Benjamin Franklin Stine
Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a traffic stop made by a deputy sheriff in Philipstown resulted in weapon and drug charges against the driver, who was also wanted in Pennsylvania on a warrant.
At about 1:19 a.m. on March 22nd, Deputy Sheriff Ronald Yeager was patrolling along U.S. Route 9 in Philipstown when he pulled over a car for having an excessively loud muffler. During the course of that stop, the deputy ran a computer check on the driver, Mr. Benjamin Franklin Stine, IV, aged 24, of 43 Forest Street in Hop Bottom, Pennsylvania, which revealed that he was wanted on a bench warrant issued in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania for a probation violation.
The Sheriff’s Office communicated with Susquehanna County authorities, who advised that they would extradite Mr. Stine back to that jurisdiction on the warrant. Further investigation revealed that Mr. Stine was allegedly in possession of a stolen and loaded .32 caliber revolver, an illegal gravity knife, hypodermic needles, and quantities of substances suspected to be crystal methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana.