Driver faces drug possession charges following traffic stop

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A man was charged with drug possession during a traffic stop Wednesday.

Rome Police Lt. Sharon Rood said patrols pulled over a vehicle driven by Cody J. Teesdale, 34, of North Washington Street, for a suspended registration. Upon investigation, Officer Alexandra Carletta and K-9 Spock were called to the scene to assist, and a search of the vehicle was conducted.

Police said the K-9 indicated the presence of drugs inside. During a search, patrols were able to locate a quantity of heroine and methamphetamine, Rood said.

Teesdale was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and for having a suspended registration. He will appear in City Court.

Also charged:

• At 12:08 a.m. Oct. 12, patrols responded to the 500 block of Elm St. for a report of a domestic dispute. While interviewing the victim, the woman stated that her ex-boyfriend had been following her and had driven past her home several times. It was also learned that the man, identified as Stephen W. Smith, of Bedford Street, contacted a third party to also convey messages to the victim, Rood said. On Oct. 14, Smith was located and charged with second-degree criminal contempt for violating a court order of protection, and stalking. He will appear in court.

• At 8:44 p.m. Sept. 14, police said they responded to 724 N. Washington St., Apt. 3, for a report of a domestic dispute that occurred earlier in the day, during which the victim stated Mishaun J. Reed, 25, of an unknown address, threw a box fan at her head, but missed. Both the woman and Reed separated for about two hours, and then the victim stated at about 8:40 p.m. that she was going for a walk, leaving Reed to watch her infant inside the apartment.

When the victim returned from her walk, she noticed patrol cars outside her house at about 8:56 p.m. It was then the woman found a text message from Reed on her phone, stating he was no longer at the home, leaving the infant alone without supervision. Reed was later charged with endangering the welfare of a child and fourth-degree criminal mischief. He will appear in court.

• A man was taken into custody on a warrant charging him with assaulting his ex-girlfriend and her current boyfriend back in April.

Police said at 8:05 p.m. April 4, the victim stated that Joseph L. Ruggerio, 36, of South James Street, drove by her Parry Street residence on his motorcycle and started threatening her and her boyfriend. Ruggerio then confronted the victim and grabbed the boyfriend.

When the woman stated she was going to call 911, Ruggerio pushed her into the apartment, and her boyfriend was then able to push off the suspect. Police said while contacting 911, Ruggerio found a 12-pack of beer that the couple left near their vehicle when he confronted them and threw it against the house. After the victim called 911 and came back outside the residence, Ruggerio fled the scene.

Ruggerio was charged with second-degree harassment and will appear in court.

• Two men were charged with first-degree unlawful possession of marijuana after being found smoking the drug inside a vehicle.

At 2:08 a.m. Oct. 11, police said they located a vehicle parked in the 300 block of E. Chestnut St. and when interviewed, the two occupants admitted to smoking. During a search of the vehicle, police said they located a small container of a brown, leafy substance that later tested positive for marijuana, along with a blunt containing the same material.

Upon further investigation, police discovered a larger container of marijuana, along with $10 in cash and a digital scale. Both occupants, Dante S. Lisacki, 28, and Christopher Balthzar, 29, both of no known address, were issued appearance tickets for court.

• Taner A. Murabito, 33, of no known address, was charged with second-degree criminal contempt for violating a court order of protection. Police said at 1:32 p.m. Sept. 17, patrols responded to the 400 block N. Washington St. for a report of a dispute. During an investigation it was learned that Murabito was involved in a verbal argument that turned physical in which he pushed the victim and struck him with a metal pole. The victim held a knife in front of them to protect themselves, and Murabito then struck their hand and arm, police said.

• A woman was charged with harassing a man after going to his residence three times while intoxicated, police said. At 6:44 p.m. Sunday, patrols responded to the 400 block of E. Bloomfield St. for a report of a woman going to a man’s apartment to retrieve her TV, during which she threw a Tupperware container of receipts at him. The man did not wish to press charges, however, the woman identified as Tammy E. Turnage-Wilson, 47, of no known address, returned again to the apartment with the television at 7:22 p.m. That is also when she started to damage the inside of the residence, police said.

Turnage-Wilson then left the scene and returned again at 10:32 p.m. She was located and charged with second-degree harassment and open container, and will appear in court.

• A woman was charged with assaulting another woman who she said, had made some inappropriate comments about her child.

Police said at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 9, patrols responded to the 400 block of E. Bloomfield St. for a harassment complaint. During an investigation, it was learned that India L. Parkhurst, 23, of West Thomas Street, arrived to a woman’s residence and had a third party coerce her outside.

Once the victim was outside the residence, Parkhurst began striking the woman for “talking about her child,” police said. Besides punching her in the head, police said Parkhurst also kicked the victim and broke her eye glasses.

Parkhurst was charged with second-degree harassment and fourth-degree criminal mischief. She will appear in City Court.

• Two homeless people were charged with taking up residence in a vacant building that’s up for sale.

Police said at 7:25 p.m. Oct. 15, patrols were dispatched to Fort Stanwix Park South for a report of two people being seen inside a residence that is unoccupied and for sale. Upon arrival, officers located Brittany T. Ransier, 29, and Joshua B. Sharon, 28, along with a dog, in the attic of the home. While being interviewed, Ransier and Sharon stated they entered the residence through a side door that wasn’t secured and had been staying there for a few days.

Police said the owner was contacted and he wished to press charges. Ransier and Sharon were charged with second-degree criminal trespass, and Ransier was additionally charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. They will appear in City Court.

• At 6:08 p.m. June 29, a woman stated that her ex-boyfriend, Robert J. Grande, 29, of Conkling Avenue, Utica, went to her residence in the 300 block of S. George St. despite a court order of protection being filed against him. The victim stated she had video of Grande standing in her driveway and going onto her porch. It was also learned that Grande did enter the house.

Grande was charged with second-degree criminal contempt and will appear in court.

• Jose R. Roellano, 42, of Stearns Road, was charged with traffic violations and for having a false inspection sticker on his vehicle on Oct. 14. Police said the charges stemmed from a traffic stop at 2:16 p.m. in which patrols found that the inspection sticker on Roellano’s car was forged.

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