Lady Charged with Scheme to Defraud / Other crimes

Trumansburg Police received suspicious calls of a lady going door to door in late May/ into  early June 2016 asking for money for herself for different reasons and was able to collect money from some residents. Sometimes she stated she would pay them back. The investigation discovered that more than twelve homes had been visited by this lady sometimes accompanied by a three year old male. The lady was seen going just inside some of these homes in the Whig/South St area without being authorized to enter. The money she collected was for false misleading purposes and could be viewed  as an ulterior motive for possible theft.

Over 2 1/2 weeks the police  continued to receive calls that someone had entered their homes. Two residents said a quantity of pills had been taken  from their homes. Police had to determine if there was a connection with all these incidents.

 Residents told police the lady was using three stories when she knocked on their door over several days during early evening: by asking to use their phone so  she call her mother for she was locked out of her apartment, needed money for her son for speech lessons where police found the organization she was referring to did not give speech lessons, or she needed money to have a taxi so she could pick up her son and bring him home from Elmira or McClean.

One night when defendant was going door to door police took a statement from a man who said he caught her just inside his home without knocking. During their conversation she had told him she was locked out of her apartment and needed to call her mother who had a key. The man dialed the number stated and could hear the lady’s cell phone ringing in her pocket. Obviously, the lady had a cell phone but gave her number to the resident instead of her mothers.

One night in early June the defendant walked into one home around 10:00 pm at night without permission asking for money. When the startled resident asked her why didn’t you ring the doorbell the defendant replied I did, it must not work. After she left the the resident tried the doorbell and it worked fine. Over the next few weeks the case came together and the police arrested her on Friday 6-10-16 for Scheme to Defraud and Criminal Trespass both Class A Misdemeanors.

On 6-17-16 police received a call from a man’s caregiver stating she had left for a short while and during that time a lady they know came into the man’s apartment thru unlocked door and stole 64 pills from his weekly medicine holder located in the kitchen. The victin told police he  saw the lady in his room and then he saw her stop at the cabinet and opened the door. Victim stated he could hear the medication container being opened and heard the pills being moved around in the container. The disabled man who is confined just sat there feeling terrible that he could not do or say anything due to his physical condition while she committed the theft. Police investigated and arrested the suspect for Larceny and Criminal Trespass 2nd. both Class A Misdemeanors. Felony burglary 2nd charges are pending. 

The defendant in the above cases is Rebecca Ward of East Main St Trumansburg age 37. Her case is pending in Town Ulysses Court. An Order of Protection was issued by the court for her to stay away from the victim’s home and to have no contact.

On Monday June 20th Trumansburg Police assisted Ithaca Police in an interview and arrest of Ward into a theft at Wegman’s in Ithaca on May 31st, 2016. Ward is accused of stealing money off the counter while the customer service clerk turned his head for a short periodto get more money. Ward had been there converting coins to bills and was at the customer service counter to receive her $91.00. from the clerk.  The store clerk had place most of her return money on the counter, when he turned around to finish the transaction the money was gone. He asked Ward where is the money and Ward said “what money” and denied stealing it. The clerk ended up giving Ward another $91.00. Ward was given appearance ticket for Ithaca court. The incident at Wegman’s was video taped and showed the theft being committed by Ward. When arrested at her Tburg home Ward made some admissions to the officers.

Ward, Rebecca

Cat on a roof

GE DIGITAL CAMERAA call to police on the morning of  May 31, 2016  the owner stating her young cat was on top of the neighbors home and wouldn’t come down  The owner indicated the her cat had been crying out for over half an hour.The neighbor was not home at the time. Police responded to the home and called the T-burg fire department for a ladder truck to get the kitty down. After  a little time the cat was reunited with its owner.

Black Bear Visits Village


Trumansburg Police received many calls about this two year old black bear Sunday May 22, 2016. First calls about this friendly bear came in around 9:00am. The bear hung around the area of South St In the village while police kept him company.Later the bear decided he may need some schooling so he hung around the middle school.

Realizing school was closed he wandered off. Officers kept a close eye on the 200 hundred pound bear for several hours and  warned residents and pedestrians of the bear’s presence.

Police ask residents not to feed the bear, do not follow the bear and do not leave out any garbage that may keep him here.

Chief Tom Ferretti

Trumansburg Police



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Trumansburg Police Officer on patrol was notified by county dispatch of an intoxicated male at Trumansburg Wine and Spirits on NYS Rt 96 operating a red Hundai and that he may be intoxicated as he had fallen to the ground. The man had been in the store but the clerk had refused  to sell him any liquor do to his intoxication. The man was now geting into the car and leaving.according to two witnesses.

Trumansburg Police responded and saw the man driving out of the parking lot preparing to go onto RT 96. The officer observed the red Hyundau  cross way over the centerline and the officer activated his emergency lights before there was a head-on collision.

The male smelled strongly of alcoholic beverage and was asked to step out of the car to perform sobriety tests which he failed. The man, STEVEN G STRAIGHT AGE 64 OF 597 Enfield Center Road was arrested and later released to a sober third party. His case is pending in Ulysses Court.

He was brought to the Trumanaburg Police station where he consented to take a blood alcohol test a with results of .15%BAC. He was released to a sober third party. His case is ongoing in Ulysses Court

Drug Arrests at Tburg High School

Police received call from County Dispatch to respond to the high school for a drug problem at the beginning of February 2016. Investigation went into the mid winter break and ended with four students arrested for misdemeanor and felony arrests. Seven students received significant suspensions from school.

Upon arrival at school  it was noted two of the students were not coherent to talk to due to injesting hydrocodone and oxycodone pills. These pills are opiates and considered doctor prescription only. Possesion and sale would be a felony. Investigation showed that the pills were taken from the homes of the students and were being sold in school for $4.00 a pill.

Charges placed were endandering the welfare of a minor, Criminal Possessionf a controlled substance a class C felony, Criminal Sale of a controlled substatnce a C felony, Crimiinal Sale of controlled substatnce A Misdemeanor.


Mundell violates Judge’s Court Order

Trumanburg police obtained an arrest warrant for Emmanuel Mundell of Ovid NY from Town Ulysses Court for violating an Order of Protection.  The incident tool place on February 3, 2016

New York State Police stopped the car for vehicle and traffic violations near Town of Caroline and Mundell was riding in the car. Mundell was placed under arrest and transferred to Trumanburg Police  who then processed arraigned Mundell in front of Judge Dresser and released pending further court action. Mundell, Emmanuel 2016

Trumansburg Police bring in dogs to search for Drugs

Wednesday at the  request of the schools I asked area sheriffs deparmtmnets to do a walk throught the High school and midlle school with their trained dogs.

We started at 0830 and went thru the two schools. No drugs were found but the dogs did get interested in couple of lockers. I called in extra officers for the detail.

This is good traing ing for everyone especailly after last months drug sale activity. We thank all the area sheriffs departments that participated. Seneca, Schuyler, Steuben


Chief Ferretti

Erractic Driver arrested for Felony DWI

Scammell, DavidOn March 4th 2016 Trumansburg Police arrested a Trumansburg man after he was operating a dark Jeep erracticallly as he was going south on Rt 227 heading into Trumansburg. At one point witness statted he drove off the road into a ditch and then drove back onto the roadway.

Police spotted the Jeep on East Mian St and observed the Jeep almost hitting a parked car. The vehicle then crossed the double line. Police attemtpted to pull the man over and finally did  at the Byrne Dairy. The Jeep jumped the curb as it pulled into Byrne Dairy parking lot.. The officer performed several sobriey test s on the driver which the operator failed. A 14 year old male was in the front passenger seat.

Arrested  was David  R Scammell age 38 of 6189 Bower Rd Trumansburg  for DWi , more than .08% BAC, reckless driving, moving from lane unsfasley, and Aggravated DWI a felony for being intoxicated with  a persosn under 15 in the vehcle. His case is ongoing. Scammell spent the night in jail and was released after paying bail of $750.00

Woman Shoplifter arrested

Trumansburg Police on April 3, 2014 arrested Ashley Moon age 33 of 12 Shaber Drive Ithaca for shoplifting at a local store. Police received a phone call that a woman had in her personal shopping bag many items she did not pay for when she was checking out. Police state her case is on going in Ulysses Court.

Lareceny by Credit card

Trumansburg Police on February 4th, 2014 arrested Alan Richards age 39 of South St Ext Trumansburg for petit larceny. Richards is accused of using without permission a credit card and going to an ATM and withdrawing money from the victims account. Richards was arraigned and sent to TC Jail in lieu of $500.00 cash bail. He was later released. His case is ongoing in Ulysses Town Court.

Car hits local bank

Car runs into bank

Car runs into bank

At about 8:03 am Saturday morning  January 16th Trumansburg Police investigated a two vehicle personal injury accident . Police state that a village loader was plowing snow next to the curb in front of the  Tompkins County Trust Co when a SUV 4×4 operated by Amanda Sundquist age 33 of Groton lost control of her vehicle and went into a skid as she was proceeding north on NYS Rte 96. The SUV  right rear hit the back of the loader then careened off across the sidewalk knocking down two small trees. The car continued with enough force that it made a hole in the brick wall of the bank. On the inside the wall had buckled some. Sundquist was the only one injured and she stated  she was feeling pain in her shoulder and lower back but refused medical attention at that time.

Reward for Theft of Pediatric Cancer Money

On January 25th , 2014 a large glass containing around $2500.00 in coins and bills for children with cancer was stolen from inside the Falls Tavern. This money had been collected over the past year and was going to be turned over to the cancer authorities On February 7th, 2014.

This theft is so unspeakable its hard to believe anyone would of taken it. A reward has been offered for the arrest of the suspects (s). Contact the Trumansburg Police 607 387 6513 and leave a message, their is voice mail on this line if no one answers. The jug weighed around 70 pounds and may of been taken in the afternoon or later on the 25th.


Tburg Travel Team Treasurer Arrested for Theft

Trumansburg Police arrested the treasurer of the Trumansburg Travel Baseball Team on Thursday for Grand Larceny 4th a felony and Falsifying Business Records. She will have a felony hearing on Monday February 10, 2014 in Ulysses Town Court.. She has been released on her own recognizance.

Investigators received  complaints from officers of the League that bills were not being paid and that their local  bank account had been closed by the bank for issuing too many bad checks. Police investigated the complaints and applied for subpoena’s through the DA’s office which indicated thousands of dollars of fraud. To date the amount is over six thousand dollars. taken from the Trumansburg Baseball League. The records under subpoena indicated money was spent for personal use by the treasurer.

Arrested was  Deborah Grunder age 48 of Interlaken, Her case is ongoing.pending the felony hearing to determine if the case should be held over for grand jury action.


Dog bites woman

Trumansburg Police responded to Aubles Trailer Park on January 9th and met with Trumansburg Ambulance. They were treating a woman who had been bitten in her hand by a dog. She was taken to Cayuga Medical Center by ambulance and treated for her injuries which were three puncture wounds to the top and bottom of her right hand.

investigation showed the dog was not licensed, and did not have his rabies shots. Police officer issued the owner a summon for Ulysses Court for unlicensed dog under the Ag and Markets law. Richard Austin of Aubles Park will appear in Ulysses Town Court on  January 27th 2014. Tompkins County Health Department was notified.

Senior Citizen Residential Thefts

Trumansburg Police were called to a local senior citizen residential facility regarding a series of mail thefts over the past few months. Investigation revealed that when packages were delivered to this facility they were left on a table for the residents to pick up since they were too large for the mailboxes. Thru the month of December other thefts occurred from the common room of the  facility.

Working with the staff police interviewed residents and obtained two video’s showing the  two separate thefts in progress. The suspect turned out to be a recent resident .On Tuesday January 14th police executed arrest and search warrant at the facility and took the female into custodya nd found some of the stolen property in her apartment..Packages delivered now are kept under lock and key in the office which is a little inconvenient but safer.

Arrested was Elsie W Sherman age 56 of the facility Trumansburg. She was processed and arraigned and ordered to appear in on going court action on February 19th, 2014

Aggravated Harassment

Trumansburg  Police arrested Codey A Cornell age 19 of 37 Dublin Road Lansing on December  31, 2013 for aggravated harassment a Class A Misd.  Cornell is accused of sending over a period of three months sent many harassing and alarming messages to a female victim. Cornell was arraigned and was  issued an order of protection by Ulysses Court and remanded to Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,00 property bond. His next court appearance is 1-14-14

Identity Theft /Petit Larceny

Trumansburg Police arrested Michael Perroots age  28 of 121 E Main St Trumansburg for petit larceny on January 14th 2014 . Perroots had stole checks from a deceased relative and then forged and passed the checks to a local tavern in December 2013.

Over the past two months Perroots has been charged and plead guilty on similar case to other businesses.

Repeated thefts

Trumansburg Police have arrested the same person three separate times for larceny at a local store for shoplifting.The subject has now been ordered by the court not to go inside the store due to his  continued stealing.

Polcie arrested Dylan T Murphy age 23  of 191 E Main St  three times in the past few weeks for larceny at the same store. The last time was January 7th 2014 when he took beer. Food and beere have been his choice of items to steal.

Switched Plates led to jail

Trumansburg Police stopped a vehicle for switched plates on January 15th, 2014. Police stopped the vehicle in the village and discovered the vehicle registration was suspended, the operator was suspended, no insurance on the vehicle, unlicensed operator and no valid inspection.

Arrested was Troy Yeager age 37 of Iradell Road.  His vehicle was seized and he was arraigned in Ulysses Court and sent to TC Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail. Schuyer Sherifrf was also notified as they had a fraud arrest warrant for Yaeger. He is scheduled to return to Ulysses Court on 1-20-14.

High Speed leads to DWI

Trumansburg Police arrested Tyler Jordan age 29 of 76 S Appleagatet Road for DWI, more than .08 bac and speeding 80/30 and unlawful speedometer( broken) on December 28th, 2013. Jordan was observed speeding in 30mph zone and exceeded 80 mph at one point. Once stopped the officer observations showed Jordan had been drinking so he was asked to exit his car. As Jordan exited the car and walked to the front of his car he had to hang onto the car so he would not fall.

Jordan’s case is ongoing in Ulysses Court and he will appear on January 14th, 2014