Jeffrey Hollister, Montrose
Charges were filed against Tasha L. Smith on July 25 for theft by deception and bad checks, stemming from an incident at the Elk Lake Store. On June 6, Smith presented a check in the amount of $43.63, which bounced, causing the store to incur bank fees. Smith was notified by mail of the incident, but did not respond. A hearing has been set for Aug. 22.
Brandon Thomas Scott, New Milford, was charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition on July 26, with a hearing scheduled. The charges are the result of a report by an area resident who discovered that a substantial amount of jewelry, valued at $10,500, had gone missing from her residence while she was out of town June 24-26. The victim checked with pawn shops in Scranton and Binghamton, NY, then reported her findings to the state police, along with her suspicions that Scott, who was her daughter’s boyfriend, was involved. When police confronted Scott on July 21 about the theft, he admitted that he had sold the jewelry for a couple hundred dollars. An initial hearing scheduled for Aug. 1 has been rescheduled for Aug. 15.
Jennifer Lyn Thatcher, Montrose, has been charged as an absconding witness in a case held in county court. According to reports, Thatcher was subpoenaed to appear at the Gagnon II hearing on July 22, but did not show. When contacted by the probation officer as to why she failed to appear, she stated that she had gone to District Judge Watson Dayton’s office at 9:15, but did not go inside. Her paperwork had clearly indicated that she was to appear at the county courthouse for the hearing. On the date in question, Thatcher appeared outside the courthouse as inmate Louis Yachymiak was being transported and kissed and hugged him. Warned at the time that she could be arrested for failure to appear at the hearing, she replied, “Go ahead, arrest me.” Later viewing of surveillance footage at District Judge Hollister's office indicated that she intentionally concealed herself at the time of the hearing. Thatcher pleaded guilty at a hearing on Aug. 1 and was fined $100 plus costs and 12 months probation.