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Friday, December 16, 2011

Charges For False Statements In Case Where Shots Were Filed At Troopers

New charges against woman from shots fired at troopers incident that ended in Wellsville

By Andew Poole

Two misdemeanor charges were filed Tuesday against the woman involved in the Sept. 27 incident where a man fired several shots at state police troopers during a car chase in Hornellsville.

The two were caught in Wellsville the next afternoon.

Christine M. Stevens, 19, of Bath was charged with third-degree hindering prosecution and filing a falsely written statement, both class A misdemeanors, in the Town of Hornellsville.

Wednesday night state police said charges filed against Stevens were related to false information she provided in a statement regarding the September shooting.

The man who fired several shots at troopers, Richard E. Vangorden, has been charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder, class A-1 felonies, two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, two counts of tampering with evidence, second-degree criminal mischief, first-degree criminal use of a firearm and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Vangorden entered a not guilty plea on Nov. 17.

Before the charges filed Tuesday, Stevens hadn’t been indicted on any counts related to the shooting. When she and Vangorden were initially apprehended, Stevens was held on a warrant for petit larceny. More...

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