11 May 2021
 
  
 NEW YORK STATE POLICE
 Major James C. Michael
 Troop F Commander
 

  
 
 
PRESS RELEASE
 
On May 11, 2021 at 12:15 a.m., state police from the Liberty barracks responded to a residence in Eldred for a report of vandalism to a 2013 Honda Civic and a 2012 Dodge Ram. The owners of the vehicles were looking out of a window of their home when they witnessed Rachel Bates, 27 of Eldred and Jennifer Hickey, 24 of Highland Lake near their vehicles. Investigation revealed that Bates and Hickey did extensive damage to both vehicles by scratching derogatory words into the paint. While being interviewed by troopers Hickey and Bates appeared intoxicated and were argumentative with troopers. Both were placed under arrest and charged with Criminal Mischief 3rd degree, a felony.
 
Bates and Hickey were released on appearance tickets returnable to the Town of Highland Court returnable on July 14, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
 

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