Police, Fire, Courts

January 18, 2013

Police Log: Jan. 18, 2013


PLATTSBURGH — A wood stove was likely the cause of a fire at 541 Military Turnpike in the Town of Plattsburgh Thursday afternoon.

The blaze was originally a chimney fire caused by a wood stove, said Eric Day, director of Clinton County Emergency Services and Assistant Chief at the South Plattsburgh Fire Department.

The fire spread into the ceiling of the single-story, double-wide mobile home and also to the roof, Day said.

The homeowner, whose name was not available, reported the fire and the South Plattsburgh Fire Department was dispatched at about 1:42 p.m., Day said.

Day said the man is likely the only resident of the home.

There were no injuries, Day said.

The South Plattsburgh Fire Department was back in service by 2:45 p.m.

It was unknown if the homeowner would remain in his home.

The house’s chimney will probably have to be replaced and the heating system inspected, Day said.

Firefighters had to put a hole in the roof of the home to extinguish the fire so there is damage to the roof, Day said.

There is minor water damage inside the home, he said.

“We tried to minimize damage,” Day said. “The guys did a good job of cleaning up.”

Between South Plattsburgh and the Peru Volunteer Fire Department, which provided mutual aid, there were about 25 firefighters at the site of the fire, Day said.


PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man was arrested Wednesday on felony charges of the sale and possession of prescription drugs.

A sealed grand jury indictment formally charged Darrin Smith, 41, with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, both felonies.

Smith was allegedly selling prescription morphine in the community, Plattsburgh City Police Chief Desmond Racicot said.

His indictment was sealed in December 2012 when the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office and other law enforcement agencies announced the arrests of 29 people on felony drug charges since November 2012. The arrests stemmed from months of investigation, Racicot said.

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