January 18, 2013

Police Log: Jan. 18, 2013


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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.

Smith’s name and three others were not released with the other names in December because he had not yet been arrested and his indictment was sealed, Racicot said.

Smith was arrested at the City Police station on Pine Street at 9 p.m.

He was arraigned Thursday in Plattsburgh City Court and sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail.

PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a burglary in the City of Plattsburgh.

James Costello, 24, was charged with second-degree burglary of a dwelling, a felony, and attempted petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

A resident of Morrison Avenue called City Police Wednesday morning and informed them that a “suspicious male” was in the backyard of 21 Morrison Ave. and had left his jacket in the driveway of the home, said Police Chief Desmond Racicot.

The homeowner of 21 Morrison Ave. was not home at the time of the incident, Racicot said.

Officers arrived at the residence, found a jacket in the driveway and walked to the back of the house where they could see a man inside, Racicot said.

The officers knocked on the door and motioned for the man to come to the door and asked him to identify himself and state why he was at the residence, Racicot said.

The man, who Racicot said was Costello, told police his parents lived at the residence.

When police asked Costello what his parent’s address was, he said 217 South Junction Road in the Town of Plattsburgh, Racicot said.

When police told Costello to step outside the house, he allegedly tried to shut the door but the officers were able to prevent that and arrested him at about 9:20 a.m.

Police contacted the homeowner, who did not recognize Costello. Upon inspection of the house, the homeowner found the stereo system on the floor, removed from the entertainment console, Racicot said.

Costello was arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court and sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail or $5,000 cash bond.

— By Staff Writer Felicia Krieg