Pearl River Man Convicted For Violating Court Orders

Was repeatedly told to stay away from family members.

A Pearl River man accused of repeatedly violating orders to stay away from family members has been convicted by a Rockland County jury on contempt, trespassing and resisting arrest charges.

James Vines, 49, of 139 Bogart Ave., Pearl River, has been ordered held in the Rockland County Correctional Facility in New City until his sentencing in Rockland County Court in New City on Dec. 12. Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said Vines faces up to two years in for his convictions on one count of second-degree criminal trespass, one count of resisting arrest, and one count of second-degree criminal contempt.

Vines' trial began on Sept. 22. Jurors deciding the case in the courtroom of Rockland County Court Judge Charles Apotheker returned a guilty verdict following a half-day of deliberations.

Zugibe said Vines currently has more than 30 open charges in Rockland County, ranging from harassment to disorderly conduct, involving 15 people who filed complaints against him.

Vines was arrested May 4, 2010 for trespassing at the home of his father on Sickletown Road in West Nyack. The arrest came two days after Clarkstown police advised the Vines that he was not welcome at the home, and would face arrest if he was found there.

At the time, Vines’ sister had power of attorney over their father, and had notified authorities that her brother was unwelcome. When he was arrested, Vines struggled with Clarkstown officers, who used a Taser to subdue him.

Following the incident, Vines’ sister obtained an order of protection for herself and her father. During the summer of 2010, Zugibe said Vines violated the order of protection on several occasions, including one incident in which he blocked his sister from leaving a Clarkstown gas station with his car, leading to traffic delays on New Hempstead Road in New City.

Vines was arrested and charged with violating the order of protection twice during the summer of 2010.

Prin Vines Fournier Kemmer October 07, 2011 at 11:41 AM
I can assure you help was offered many times over a period of almost 20 years and totally refused- unfortunately you can not force someone to obtain the help they so desperately need.
Wendy October 07, 2011 at 05:09 PM
That's such a shame...I know someone who has a relative in a similar situation. The woman desperately needs mental help and just keeps getting worse, we're afraid she'll wind up hurting herself or someone else, but since she is a full grown adult, there is nothing my friend can do. And if this woman ends up in jail, I seriously fear for her well-being...
Prin Vines Fournier Kemmer October 08, 2011 at 01:34 PM
I so know exactly what you are going through. Good Luck !
susan October 09, 2011 at 02:17 PM
i really do feel your anguish, after speaking with your sister and seeing the garbage you had to endure on the witness stand! it was totally wrong, you were revictimized again and that should not have happened. i know this whole ordeal must have taken its toll. i do want to thank you for following through. i lived next door to him and jane marie,and can tell you we in the neighborhood were at the end of our ropes. we have had our protection orders (violated and both parties charged) over a year and a half ago. No trial date yet, no end in sight. They fed off, and enabled each other. One neighbor endured thier focus for nearly 10 years. this drama takes its toll. I could see the pain it caused you and your sister to pursue this in court. perhaps if janemarie had anyone who cared about her, as you cared about your brother they both could have been helped. together they were lethal to anyone who came into contact with them. THANK YOU for ending our suffering.
meg October 09, 2011 at 09:46 PM
Wow, I am so shocked and saddened to read the above comment. I knew Janemarie years ago and she had a wonderful, supportive family around her. I guess you never really know how things turn around for people.


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