The 44-year-old man accused of stealing a log skidder and leading law enforcement on a low speed chase in Rome’s outer district has been ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial in County Court.
Charles D. Anken III, of 7189 Cemetery Road, appeared before Judge Michael L. Dwyer April 11 and was rule not competent.
Anken was then placed into the custody of a mental health treatment facility, where he will remain until he is rule competent to understand the charges against him and assist in his defense.
Anken is charged with one count of fourth-degree grand larceny, two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, one count each of third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, as well as three counts of third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer, three counts of reckless driving, two counts of failure to stop for a stop sign and one count of failure to keep right, according to local law enforcement officials.
Authorities said on Feb. 20, Anken was in an argument with his father at their farm shortly before 3 p.m. when Anken climbed into the family’s log skidder and started chasing his father’s truck.
Responding law enforcers found both vehicles heading north on Pennystreet Road and attempted to stop the vehicles.
Authorities said Anken drove the log skidder towards the state troopers, forcing them to take evasive action to not get struck.
Law enforcement pursued Anken — who was operating the skidder while drunk — along several roads until he circled back towards the farm and abandoned the vehicle in a wooded area. He was taken into custody a short time later.
Also in County Court:
• Adam Furner, 41, of 302 Bobs Brae, Whitesboro, was sentenced by Judge Dwyer April 10 to five years probation and was ordered to pay $3,789.11 in restitution on a charge of fourth-degree grand larceny.
The indictment said between July 11 and 24 2018, Furner was working at a state Development Disabilities State Operations home in Vernon and he stole cash from several of the residents.
• Franklin Shuck, 32, of 12 Bouck St., was sentenced by Judge Robert L. Bauer April 10 to two years in state prison, followed by one year of post-release supervision, on a charge of third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine.
According to court documents, Shuck was cooking meth in Rome on Dec. 15.
• Aarin Rizzuto, 25, of 7893 Gifford Hill Road, Western, pleaded guilty before Judge Dwyer March 28 to one count of first-degree assault.
His case was adjourned for sentencing to May 22.
Authorities said on Jan. 24, Rizzuto stabbed his brother with a folding knife during an argument at their residence.