Vernon Police Department

  • Agency: Vernon Police Department
  • Address: 8 Ruth St, Vernon, 13476 NY
  • Chief: James Hastings (Chief of Police)
Phone: 315-829-2777
Fax: (315) 829-3974

Vernon Police Department is located at 8 Ruth St, Vernon, 13476 NY. The Chief of Police of the department is James Hastings. The Vernon Police Department phone number is 315-829-2777.

Vernon Police Department News

*** Public Safety Announcement *** November 2, 2017 The Vernon police department received two complaints today regarding the discovery of a silver-colored sewing needle inside a package of red Twizzler Twists candy, and in or near a children's Halloween candy bag. The two victims are not related and claim they do not know each other. This is being investigated as separate incidents at this time. The video of the woman discovering the sewing needle inside the red Twizzlers Twists package is one of the subjects who was interviewed by Vernon police and subsequently, filed a formal complaint. Please carefully inspect your children's candy if you and/or your family trick-or-treated in the village of Vernon on Halloween. Area of concern are the neighborhoods of Peterboro Street, Black Avenue West and East, Judson Drive and Curtis Road. The below-listed photograph is the actual sewing needle the second victim discovered among her children's candy. Both victims indicated the sewing needle seen in the photograph is the identical sewing needle seen on the Facebook video. These incidents are being investigated criminally and more information will be available when applicable. If you feel you have been victimized this Halloween, please contact Vernon police officer Green at (315) 829-2550.

*** ARREST NOTIFICATION *** On Friday, September 15, 2017, members of the Vernon police department assisted members of the Oneida county sheriff's office narcotics unit, along with the New York state department of tax and finance and the city of Rome police department with the execution of a search warrant at a business in the town of Vernon, New York. A joint investigation into the sale and distribution of heroin and un-taxed cigarettes was co-launched by the Vernon police department and the Oneida County sheriff's office regarding an employee at "Three Aces Auto," located at 5110 State Route 5 in the town of Vernon, New York, selling and distributing narcotic drugs and cigarettes. Arrested and charged: Morries L. Briggs, 51, Oneida, New York. Mr. Briggs was taken into custody on-scene and transported to the Oneida County sheriff's office for processing. Mr. Briggs was arraigned in Vernon town court where $20,000 bail was placed. Mr. Briggs was committed to the Oneida County jail as a result. Mr. Briggs has been charged with: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, Criminal Tax Fraud in the fifth degree, and Possession/Transport for sale of Unstamped/Unlawfully Stamped Cigarettes. Illegal possession of prescription pills, along with methamphetamine were discovered as a result of the search warrant. More charges are pending. The Vernon police department would like to thank the Oneida County sheriff's office, the New York state department of tax and finance and the city of Rome police department for their assistance and dedication to this case.

*** ARREST NOTIFICATION *** On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, while on foot patrol, VPD Officer Green located the below-pictured female wading in the Sconondoa Creek, southeast of Bartholomew Park, smoking marijuana while supervising her four-year-old son, who was observed playing in the creek. The female, who was accompanied by another adult female and her three-year-old son, and while under the influence of marijuana, failed to provide a life vest or other flotation device to prevent an accidental drowning to her four-year-old child. Arrested and charged with the following is: Shannon E. Richards, 30, Westmoreland, New York. Ms. Richards is charged with one count of criminal possession of marijuana in the fifth degree, a class B misdemeanor and one count of endangering the welfare of a child less than seventeen-years-old, a class A misdemeanor. Ms. Richards was processed and issued an appearance ticket and released to the New Hartford police department on a separate bench warrant issued out of New Hartford town court for her failure to pay a fine on a trespass conviction. Ms. Richards is scheduled to appear for arraignment in Vernon village court on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 4:00 PM. The custody of Ms. Richards four-year-old son was released to her friend who was not impaired by marijuana. Officer Green contacted Child Protective Services, who will follow-up with this investigation at a later date.

The Vernon Police Department would like to remind our Facebook followers to be sure to stop when you see a stopped school bus with their flashers activated. This means all vehicular traffic in all lanes and directions need to stop for the school bus. In regards to State Route 5, there seems to be some confusion. The law applies not only to the lanes in the same direction as the stopped bus, but both opposite lanes of travel as well. In this instance, motorists in all four lanes of State Route 5 need to stop for a stopped school bus with flashers activated. Please feel free to contact us with any questions should the need arise! (315) 829-2550. Thank you and have a great rest of your week!

*** ARREST NOTIFICATION *** On Saturday, April 8, 2017, VPD Officer Pelesic was dispatched to the Vernon fire department for a report of an injured male who claimed he was assaulted on Mill Street in the village of Vernon, New York. Upon Officer Pelesic's arrival, he interviewed the male victim/complainant who was being treated my emergency medical personnel. Further investigation lead to the identification of a suspect. Arrested and charged with the following is: James T. Becker, 28, Vernon, New York Mr. Becker is charged with assault in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor. Mr. Becker is scheduled to appear in Vernon village court on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

*** ARREST NOTIFICATION *** On March 20, 2017, VPD Officer Sanborn and Sherrill police Sergeant Platt were dispatched to a residence in the village of Vernon, NY for a domestic dispute. According to the complainant, the male half left the apartment when police were called. While en route to the call location, Officer Sanborn observed a male walking on State Route 5 matching the description given to 911 dispatchers. Officer Sanborn stopped and interviewed the man, who provided Officer Sanborn with the name and date of birth of another person. After warning the man it is illegal to lie to the police about his name and date of birth, the man continually lied and provided an incorrect name and birth date. It was later proven through prior arrest and DMV records that the name and date of birth the man provided to officers was false. Arrested and charged with the follow is: Michael T. Patterson, 24, Vernon, NY Mr. Patterson was charged with False Personation, a Class B Misdemeanor. Mr. Patterson also had a felony probation arrest warrant out of Montgomery County, New York which was served at the time of his arrest. Mr. Patterson was taken into custody, arraigned in Vernon village court and remanded to the Oneida County jail in lieu of one-thousand dollars bail.

*** ARREST NOTIFICATION *** The Vernon police department has made two arrests regarding the larceny at the Vernon Nice n Easy store. The Vernon police department would like to sincerely thank our Facebook followers for the anonymous tips that lead to the identification and subsequent arrest of the white male suspect posted in the surveillance footage image. Do to an anonymous tip from one of our Facebook followers, Officer Green was able to identify the suspect, Shawn P. Burke, via the surveillance footage image provided by Nice n Easy and past booking photographs. Further investigation lead to the discovery that Mr. Burke is actively under the supervision of New York State Parole for prior felony convictions. Officer Green was able to contact Mr. Burke's parole officer and an arrest warrant was issued and filed with New York State Parole. Arrested and charged with the following are: Shawn P. Burke, 20, Norwich, New York. Mr. Burke, who is the male captured in the surveillance footage, is charged with one count of petit larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor. Brenden T. Powers, 16, Vernon, New York. Mr. Powers is charged with one count of petit larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor. Through additional video surveillance, VPD Officer Pelesic was able to identify the second suspect as Brenden T. Powers and subsequently made the arrest prior to the identification of Mr. Burke. Both defendants were arraigned in Vernon village court by Justice W. Croll. Mr. Burke was sentenced to fifteen days in the Oneida County jail and Mr. Powers was ordered to pay a New York state surcharge. The Vernon police department would like to thank the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision - Division of Parole - for their help with this investigation and subsequent arrest.

The Vernon police department is attempting to identify the below-listed white male, who was captured on surveillance footage during a larceny, committed at the Vernon Nice n Easy on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 04:56 AM. If you are able to identify this person, please contact Officer Green at (315) 829-4700. All calls will be kept confidential. Thank you!

Due to the income tax return season, the Vernon police department would like to remind all residents that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does not abruptly contact citizens by telephone and threaten, harass or verbally abuse people for late payments, delinquent debts, or reoccurring non-payments. The IRS will never ask you to make a payment over the telephone, or ask you to provide credit card information in the same fashion. On today's date, a village resident received a threatening telephone call from a (347) area code. A voicemail was left and a male with an accent, identifying himself as a United States Marshal assigned to the IRS, threatened the village resident with arrest if he continues to refuse to recontact the aforementioned "marshal." This is a classic tax season telephone scam. Please do not fall victim to this crime. The IRS does not, and will not, call you to collect back-taxes or delinquent funds. You should receive official documentation from the IRS via U.S. Mail if you are contacted by the IRS for any reason. You will always be offered the opportunity to dispute the claim(s) made against you by the IRS and you will never be threatened with arrest over the telephone by the IRS in such case(s). Please stay vigilant and contact the Vernon police department with any questions you may have. Thank you!

The Vernon Police Department would like to remind all village residents to lock your vehicles and to not leave any valuable items in plain view. We have received multiple complaints from village residents regarding stolen property from within unsecured motor vehicles. Most incidents have occurred on Judson Drive, Peterboro Street, North Sconondoa Street and Mill Street. Please be advised and remember to lock your vehicle and remove items of value so thieves are not instantly attracted to the contents within. Thank you and have a great day!

***News Release*** On Thursday, October 27, 2016 at approximately 10:19PM, VPD Officer Green and Sherrill police department Sergeant S. Platt were dispatched to the Nice n Easy Grocery Shoppe in the village of Vernon, New York for a report of a disorderly, intoxicated and unruly male. Further investigation lead to officers being told, and sworn depositions being signed, regarding the male suspect making threats to Nice n Easy staff that he was in possession of a pistol and was going to shoot everyone on site. Video surveillance footage was then viewed and it was discovered that prior to the incident, the suspect removed an alcoholic beverage from the beer cooler, placed it in his pocket and exited the store without first paying for the merchandise. Arrested and charged with the following is: Donald W. Davis, Jr., 23, Vernon, NY. Mr. Davis was charged with the following: -Petit Larceny (M) -Harassment 2nd (V) -Disorderly Conduct (V) Mr. Davis was immediately taken into custody, processed, arraigned by Justice W. Croll in Vernon village court and remanded to the Oneida County jail on $2,500.00 cash bail. Mr. Davis is scheduled to re-appear in Vernon village court in November, 2016.

On Saturday, September 10, 2016, VPD Officer Bloss fielded a complaint by a female victim who reported she was sexually assaulted by her boyfriend the previous night, which violated their current refrain-from order of protection. Due to the severity of the accusations/complaint, the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) was contacted and assisted with this investigation and subsequent arrest. Arrested and charged with the following is: Darryl L. Barron, 52, Vernon, NY. Mr. Barron was charged with the following: -Rape in the Third Degree (F) -Criminal Contempt in the First Degree (F) Mr. Barron was taken into custody by the New York State Police, arraigned in Vernon village court and committed to the Oneida County Jail pending litigation. The Vernon police department would like to express our gratitude to the New York State Police, Troop D Oneida BCI, for their assistance and hard work.

***News Release*** On Friday, August 26, 2016 at approximately 09:10PM, VPD Officer Green and Officer Pelesic were dispatched to the Nice n Easy Grocery Shoppe in the village of Vernon, New York to assist the Vernon Fire Department with a reported unresponsive male unconscious inside a motor vehicle. Further investigation lead to the identification of the male and a subsequent summary arrest. Arrested and charged with the following is: Daniel G. Swalgin, 55, Oneida, NY. Mr. Swalgin was charged with the following: -Driving While Intoxicated (M) -Operating a Motor Vehicle w/ .08 of 1% or more blood alcohol (M) -Open Container of an Alcoholic Beverage (V) -Unlawful Possession of marijuana (V) Mr. Swalgin was immediately taken into custody, processed and released with several uniform traffic and appearance tickets. Mr. Swalgin was arraigned in Vernon village court in September, 2016. His case has been adjourned pending legal representation.

Just as a reminder to all of our Facebook followers: Please do not attempt to or submit complaints via the Vernon Police Department's Facebook account. We do not monitor this account on a daily basis and your submission may go unnoticed. If you need police services, please dial either 911 or the non-emergency line at (315) 829-2550. Thank you.

***News Release*** On Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at approximately 04:27PM, VPD Officer Green was dispatched to a residence on Peterboro Street in the village of Vernon, New York for a domestic dispute that resulted in the theft of a motor vehicle. During the initial interview, the female victim reported to police that she and her fiance, the male suspect, engaged in a verbal altercation over stolen money that resulted in the male suspect driving away from their residence in a vehicle he did not own, nor, have permission to operate. Arrested and charged with the following is: Matthew T. Casey, 36, Vernon, NY. Mr. Casey was charged with the following: -Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (M) -Petit Larceny (M) An arrest warrant was issued by Justice W. Croll out of Vernon village court for Mr. Casey's arrest due to his failure to return the vehicle to its rightful owner. Mr. Casey was then observed in the parking-lot of the Nice n Easy in Vernon, NY operating the stolen vehicle the next day. Mr. Casey was immediately taken into custody by VPD Officer Sanborn and VPD Officer Pelesic. Officers Sanborn and Pelesic were assisted on scene by Sergeant Platt of the Sherrill Police Department. Mr. Casey was eventually arraigned in Sherrill city court by Justice Betro where he posted $200.00 cash bail. Mr. Casey is scheduled to appear in Vernon village court in the month of June, 2016.

***News Release*** After a lengthy investigation and subsequent to the issuance of an arrest warrant, the female suspect from a larceny at Nice n Easy during the month of July, 2015 has been arrested. Oneida city police arrested Andrea A. Stratton, 28, of Vernon, New York following an Oneida city court appearance today. VPD Officer Landry was notified and took Ms. Stratton into custody, transported her to the Vernon village court where she was arraigned by Justice W. Croll and released on her own recognizance. Ms. Stratton is scheduled to re-appear in Vernon village court on April 8, 2016 to answer one count of petit larceny for stealing sunglasses from the Nice n Easy. Ms. Stratton also had an active bench warrant out of the city of Utica court for a Driving While Intoxicated charge. At the conclusion of her arraignment, Ms. Stratton was transported to the Utica Police Department and released to their custody.

***News Release*** On Saturday, February 06, 2016 at approximately 07:50 PM, VPD Officer Gregory stopped a vehicle for excessive speed on East Seneca Street in the village of Vernon, New York. During the roadside interview, the vehicle's operator advised Officer Gregory that his New York state driver's license was suspended. A license validity check was conducted and revealed that the defendant's driver's license was in-fact suspended. Arrested and charged with the following is: Jose R. Baez, 34, Utica, NY. Mr. Baez was charged with the following: -Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 1st (M) -Speed in Zone (V) Mr. Baez was immediately taken into custody, transported to the Vernon police department for processing and arraigned by Judge W. Croll in Vernon village court. Mr. Baez was released on his own recognizance and scheduled to appear in Vernon village court in the month of February, 2016.

***News Release*** On Friday, February 5, 2016 at approximately 11:15 PM, VPD Officer Green stopped a vehicle for speeding on Verona Street in the Village of Vernon, New York and made a subsequent illegal weapons possession arrest after a Colt BB gun pistol and metal knuckles were discovered in the glove compartment of the vehicle the defendant was operating. Arrested and charged with the following is: Kevin J. Scherl, 22, Bridgeport, NY. Mr. Scherl was charged with the following: -Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th (M) -Speed in Zone (V) Mr. Scherl was immediately taken into custody, transported to the Vernon police department for processing and released with an appearance ticket and one uniform traffic ticket. Mr. Scherl is scheduled to appear in Vernon village court on Friday, March 11, 2016.

***News Release*** On Saturday, January 16, 2016 at approximately 06:30 PM, VPD Officer Gregory was dispatched to a residence on South Sconondoa Street in the village of Vernon, New York for a reported assault/domestic dispute in progress. Upon arrival, Officer Gregory and Sherrill Police Department Officer Sullivan met with the victim, also a resident of the building. The victim provided a sworn statement that he and his girlfriend, the suspect, were involved in a verbal altercation that turned physical when his girlfriend began hitting him in the head and scratching his neck. The victim also reported the suspect struck him with an alarm clock multiple times and threatened the deadly use of a kitchen knife. The victim was transported to Oneida Healthcare, via Vineall Ambulance, for sustained injuries and was later released. Arrested and charged with the following is: Jennifer M. Williams, 34, Vernon, NY. Ms. Williams was charged with the following: -Assault in the Second Degree (Weapon) (M) -Menacing in the Second Degree (Weapon) (M) -Criminal Contempt (M) -Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree (M) -Harassment in the Second Degree (V) Ms. Williams was later located at an address in the City of Oneida, taken into custody and arraigned by Judge W. Croll in Vernon Village Court. Ms. Williams was committed to the Oneida County Jail on $500.00 cash bail/insurance bond. Ms. Williams is scheduled to re-appear in Vernon Village Court in the month of February, 2016.

***News Release*** On Sunday, December 27, 2015 at approximately 02:14 AM, VPD Officer Gregory stopped a gray Dodge Caravan on Verona Street with no front lights illuminated. During the roadside interview, Officer Gregory concluded the driver was possibly intoxicated by alcoholic beverages. Standardized field sobriety tests were administered and the following person was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated: Raymond A. Barbour, 34, Syracuse, NY. Mr. Barbour was charged with the following: -Inadequate/no headlamps (V) -Driving While Intoxicated (M) -Operating a Motor Vehicle w/ .08 of 1% or more blood alcohol (M) -Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 1st (F) Mr. Barbour was taken into custody and arraigned by Judge W. Croll in Vernon Village Court. Mr. Barbour was committed to the Oneida County Jail on $1000.00 cash bail and $2000.00 insurance bond. Mr. Barbour was scheduled to re-appear in Vernon Village Court in the month of January, 2016.

***News Release*** On Sunday, November 29, 2015 at approximately 02:18 AM, VPD Officer Gregory stopped a gray Honda Accord on East Seneca Street for obstructed view. Following a subsequent license check, Officer Gregory determined the male operator's driver's license was suspended twenty times by various courts within Oneida County with eighteen scoffs on four dates. Arrested and charged with: Dominick I. Moore, 23, Utica, NY Mr. Moore was charged with the following: -Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd (M) -Obstructed View (V) -Unlicensed Driver (V) Mr. Moore was committed to the Oneida County Jail on $300.00 cash bail and was scheduled to appear in Vernon Village Court during the month of December, 2015.

**ARREST BLOTTER** Week of 11/21- 11/27/15 11/24- Ryan M. Creamier, 33, Vernon, NY -Suspended Registration (M) 11/25- Corina M. Sehn, 23, Kirkland, NY -Suspended Registration (M) -Inadequate Platelamp (V)

**ARREST BLOTTER** Week of 11/14- 11/20/15 11/14- Alex V. Boykin, 24, Apalachin, NY -Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd (M) -Spoeed in Zone (V) 11/16- Stephanie A. Conroy, 22, Vernon, NY -Unlawful Possession of Marihuana (V) -Inadequate Headlights (V) 11/18- Mohamed Hussein, 27, Utica, NY -Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd (M) -Speed in Zone (V)

**ARREST BLOTTER** Week of 11/07- 11/13/15 11/08- Asmira Palic, 27, Utica, NY -Suspended Registration (M) -Obstructed View (V) 11/09- Jessica L. Wagner, 30, Stockbridge, NY -Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd (M) -Inadequate Headlights (V) 11/13- Scott C. Miller, 24, Vernon, NY -Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd (M) -Failure To Stop For a Stop Sign (V)