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Jefferson County couple arrested on robbery charges

On March 15, 2019, State Police in Watertown responded to 661 Factory St., Watertown, for a reported robbery of a backpack that contained multiple items including $500 in cash.

The victim stated a female acquaintance and an unknown male forcibly entered his apartment and stole a backpack that contained items and cash. Investigators identified subjects and a vehicle and received a call of a vehicle matching the description of the robbery suspect vehicle driving recklessly and now disabled in the median of Interstate 81 near exit 39 in Ellisburg.

The driver, identified as James Lavancha, 40, of County Route 189, Adams; and passenger Kara Garnsey, 23, of County Route 9, Clayton, were taken into custody without incident.

Lavancha was charged with second-degree robbery, a class C felony; driving while impaired by drugs, an unclassified misdemeanor; and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor.

Garnsey was charged with second-degree robbery, a class C felony; and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor.

Lavancha was arraigned in Watertown City Court and remanded to the Jefferson County Jail without bail. He is scheduled to return to court at 10 a.m. March 18, 2019.

Garnsey was arraigned in Watertown City Court and remanded to the Jefferson County Jail on $20,000 cash bail/ $40,000 bond; she is scheduled to return to court at 10 a.m. March 18, 2019.

Syracuse man charged with drunken-driving after driving the wrong way on I-690

On March 17, 2019, at 4:30 a.m., troopers responded to an area of Interstate 690 in the town of Geddes for a vehicle traveling east in the westbound lane. A 911 caller reported an SUV had shut its headlights off and was traveling toward the city of Syracuse in the opposite lane.

As police officers from several agencies attempted to stop the vehicle, officers from the DeWitt Police Department who were eastbound on I-690, observed a vehicle traveling towards them and then collide into a guide rail just west of Thompson Road in Syracuse.

As troopers arrived, they observed a male in the driver’s seat of the vehicle and attempting to get out of the vehicle.

The driver, identified as Jeffrey Letson, 30, of Woodson Street, Syracuse, was not injured in the crash. Letson was taken into custody and transported to SP North Syracuse, where he provided a breath sample that resulted in a BAC of .15 percent.

Letson was charged with driving while intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor; and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony, for possessing a switchblade knife.

He was transported to the Onondaga County Justice Center pending centralized arraignment.

State police conduct underage drinking initiative in Onondaga County

Troopers in Onondaga County conducted an underage drinking initiative during the evening hours of March 15, 2019. A total of 20 retail establishments were checked in Salina, Clay, Cicero and North Syracuse.

The following establishments were checked and found to be compliant:

  • Speedway, 3060 Court St., Syracuse
  • Gulf Gas Station, 2300 Court St., Syracuse
  • Rite Aid, 2616 Brewerton Road, Mattydale
  • Delta Sonic, 3720 Brewerton Road, North Syracuse
  • Speedway, 711 S. Main St., North Syracuse
  • Gulf Gas Station, 200 S. Main St., North Syracuse
  • Speedway, 7961 Brewerton Road, Cicero
  • Rite Aid, 7939 Brewerton Road, Cicero
  • Kwik Fill, 5812 State Route 31, Cicero
  • Speedway, 5895 State Route 31, Cicero
  • Sunoco, 1825 Teall Ave., Syracuse
  • Lyncourt Deli, 2342 Court St., Syracuse
  • Byrne Dairy, 2307 Brewerton Road, Mattydale
  • Speedway, 2723 Brewerton Road, Mattydale
  • Tops Supermarket, 3803 Brewerton Road, North Syracuse
  • Peter’s Liquors, 628 S. Main St., North Syracuse
  • 7-Eleven, 123 N. Main St., North Syracuse
  • Wegmans, 7952 Brewerton Road, Cicero
  • Maximum Wine and Liquors, 8011 Brewerton Road, Cicero
  • FasTrac, 5858 State Route 31, Cicero

The state police would like to commend these businesses for their compliance during this initiative and is grateful for their support in helping to prevent underage drinking.

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