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Schwab arrested for hit and run accident

Ricky Schwab

YORKSHIRE — The New York State Police in Machias arrested Ricky Schwab, 53, of Yorkshire in connection with a hit and run accident that left one woman injured.

On Dec. 10, at 3 p.m., troopers responded to a hit-and-run injury accident at Walgreens on Route 39 in Yorkshire. The investigation revealed that Melissa Snyder of Java, N.Y., had been loading her baby and young son into her vehicle, when she was struck by a pick-up truck and pinned against the door of her vehicle.

The pick-up truck then backed up and fled the scene.

A description of the suspect vehicle and occupants were obtained, and this information was put out in a press release, asking for the public’s assistance.

Channel 4 news also performed an interview with the New York State Police, detailing the case and put the information on their website. The story on its website was circulated on social media sites and, shortly after the story went out, the state police started receiving numerous tips. After following up on citizens’ information, state police were able to locate the suspect and the vehicle.

Schwab was arrested for assault in the third degree, tampering with physical evidence, possession of a forged instrument, as well as numerous vehicle and traffic tickets.

Schwab was scheduled to appear in the town of Yorkshire Court on Dec. 19.
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