Weekly police news for March 28, 2010.

Warrant
Sheriff deputies of  Steuben County report the arrest of Jeremy A. Smith, 27, of Mechanic Street, Prattsburgh. Smith was arrested on an arrest warrant issued by the town of Prattsburgh for fourth-degree criminal mischief. Smith was arraigned at the town of Prattsburgh court and released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to appear back in court at a later date.

Welfare fraud
The Steuben County Department of Social Services, through its Fraud and Legal Affairs Unit, in conjunction with the office of Steuben County Sheriff announce the conviction of Esther J. Share to fifth-degree welfare fraud in the village of Bath court on March 17. Share pled guilty and admitted illegally receiving public benefits between July 9, 2009 and Aug. 8, 2009 to which she was not entitled totaling $147.76. Sentencing included a 60 day incarceration in the Steuben County Jail and full restitution to the Steuben County Department of Social Services payable within the terms of agreement and disqualification of designated future benefits.

Assault
Sheriff deputies of Steuben County report the arrestof a town of Fremont man. Steven J. Kelly, 41, of Myrtles Drive, was arrested and charged with assault in the third-degree following an altercation that took place on Myrtles Drive. While at a neighbor's house Kelly struck and choked another man. The victim was treated and released from St. James Hospital. Kelly was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the town of Fremont court at a later date.

Probation warrant
Sheriff deputies of Steuben County reports the arrest of a town of Wayland man. Nathan R. Smith, 24, of Day Road in the town of Wayland was arrested on a Steuben County Violation of Probation Warrant. Smith was transferred to the Steuben County Jail to be held until court is in session. Deputies were assisted by the Hornell Police Department.

Controlled substance
Sheriff deputies of Steuben County report the arrest of a town of Lindley resident. Mickey T. Heffner, 50, of Tannery Creek Road, Lindley was arrested March 21 for criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth-degree. Heffner was arraigned in the town of Lindley court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail. Heffner will appear in the town of Lindley court at a later date.

AUO
Sheriff deputies of Steuben County report the arrest of a Cohocton resident on Monday morning. Scott G. Rivers, 42, of North Dansville Street was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the second-degree. Allegedly Rivers operated a 1996 Chrsler Concorde with seven outstanding suspensions on his New York Driver License. Rivers is to appear in the village of Cohocton court at a later date.

Bench warrant
Sheriff deputies of Steuben County report the arrest of a town of Canisteo man Saturday. Tyler S. Odell, 18, of County Route 31, Canisteo. Odell was arrested on a bench warrant issued by the town of Troupsburg court for failure to appear. Odell was arraigned in the town of Woodhull court and posted $500 cash bail and was released. Odell will appear in the town of Troupsburg court at a later date.

Warrant
Sheriff deputies of Steuben County report the arrest of Michael E. Rinehart, 45, of Galeton, Pennsylvania. Deputies apprehended Rinehart in the town of Tuscarora. Rinehart had a violation of probation warrant out of Tioga County, Pennsylvania with full extradition from the State of New York. Deputies processed Rinehart and arraigned him at the town of Bath court where he was remanded to the Steuben County Jail until he reappears in Steuben County Court.

Welfare fraud
Sheriff deputies of Steuben County and the Steuben County Department of Social Services Fraud and Legal Affairs Unit announce the arrest of Sharon Acly-Blakeslee and David Blakeslee of East Second Street, Corning on March 19. Sharon Acly-Blakeslee, 39, was charged with one count of offering a false instrument for filing in the first-degree and one count of welfare fraud in the third-degree. David Blakeslee, 37, was charged with one count of welfare fraud in the third-degree. Sharon Acly-Blakeslee allegedly offered a false statement and failed to report income in the household to Social Services which she is required to do. This resulted in her receiving more than $3,000 in benefits that she was not entitled to. David has also failed to report income he was receiving in the household to the Social Services and this resulted in the household receiving benefits.
Both were arraigned in the town of Bath court and was released on their own recognizance.