October 3, 2013

Police Log: Oct. 3, 2013


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MALONE — A Franklin County Jail inmate was charged with criminal contempt Sept. 26.

Jerome Reece, 37, allegedly made 21 calls to the land line and cellphone of his ex-girlfriend, who is protected by a court-issued order of protection, State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman said.

Reece was charged with first-degree criminal contempt, a felony, and was arraigned in Malone Town Court before he was sent back to County Jail, Fleishman said.

Reece’s bail on the criminal contempt charge was set at $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond.

MOIRA — A Brushton man was charged with forgery Sept. 13.

James R. Jewtraw, 33, allegedly forged his landlord’s signature on a Franklin County Department of Social Services Shelter Verification Form to avoid eviction, State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman said.

Jewtraw was scheduled to be evicted because he had failed to pay rent, Fleishman said.

The incident was originally reported to State Police on July 24, according to a State Police blotter entry.

Jewtraw was charged with second-degree possession of a forged instrument and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, both felonies.

He was released into the supervision of the Probation Department to appear in court at a later date.

PERU — Two people were charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property Sept. 12 after they allegedly used a stolen credit card.

On June 30, a woman called State Police reporting she had lost her wallet after she placed it on her vehicle while at her residence on Middle Road in Willsboro and drove away without removing it first, State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman said.

Travis J. Coonrod, 32, of Essex and Leslie A. VanValkenburg, 25, of Morrisonville came upon the wallet and took it with no intention of returning it to its owner, Fleishman said.

The pair later used a credit card from the wallet to make a $303 transaction at TD Bank on Main Street in Peru, she said.

The charge was flagged as suspicious by the woman’s credit card company and she reported the fraudulent charge to State Police, Fleishman said.

Coonrod and VanValkenburg were both charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony; fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony; petit larceny, a misdemeanor; and attempted petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

For the charges relating to the initial wallet theft, Coonrod was arraigned in Willsboro Town Court and released on his own recognizance, Fleishman said.

For the other charges, Coonrod was arraigned in Peru Town Court and sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond, she said.

VanValkenburg was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Willsboro Town Court.

— By Staff Writer Felicia Krieg