July 1, 2013

Police Log: July 1, 2013



PLATTSBURGH — Flash flooding is possible for Northern New York beginning late Monday and lasting through the week.

“There’s a threat for those thunderstorms that produce very heavy rainfall through much of next week,” according to the National Weather Service in Burlington, Vt.

The thunderstorms will be more localized, but all of northern New York will have the potential for flash flooding.

The National Weather Service said that flash floods can happen very quickly with an inch or two of rain occurring in a short period of time, so residents should pay attention to the weather.


MALONE — A Bangor man was charged with felony drunken driving and aggravated unlicensed operation Saturday.

At about 10:01 p.m., Derrick L. Trumble, 47, was traveling east on County Route 8 when he allegedly veered into the westbound lane and sideswiped another vehicle, Malone-based State Police said.

No one was injured, police said.

Trumble with charged with driving while intoxicated with a previous conviction, a felony; aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree, a felony; failure to have an interlock device in the vehicle, a misdemeanor; and failure to keep right, a violation, police said.

Trumble was arraigned in Bangor and sent to jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond, police said.

He is to appear in the Town of Malone Court on July 2 at 1 p.m.

MALONE — A Brushton man was charged June 23 with felony driving while intoxicated after he crashed his car with a child passenger in the vehicle, police said.

Shortly before 12:15 a.m., James R. Jewtraw, 33, was traveling westbound on Cargin Road in the Town of Malone when he failed to observe a stop sign at the intersection of Cargin Road and Route 37, Plattsburgh-based State Police said.

Jewtraw’s vehicle continued west and exited the north shoulder of the road, striking a guardrail, police said.

The trooper detected a strong odor of alcohol from Jewtraw’s vehicle upon interviewing him, police said.

He failed field sobriety tests and was arrested, police said.

Jewtraw was charged with first offense aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child under age 16 in the vehicle, a felony, and driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor.

He was arraigned in Bangor Town Court and was released into the supervision of the Franklin County Probation Department, police said.

SARANAC LAKE — A Saranac Lake man is accused of attempted assault. 

According to a news release from the Saranac Lake Police Department, at about 4:14 a.m. on Saturday, Shaun M. Smith, 33, allegedly threw someone down a flight of stairs and kicked the individual while that individual was on the ground. 

In addition, police said, Smith allegedly slammed a half-open door against the same person’s head several times with the intent of causing physical injury to that person, who was later transported to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake for medical treatment. 

During the same altercation, according to police, Smith allegedly grabbed a third individual by the throat and pushed that individual away from him. 

Following an in-depth investigation, police said, Smith was arrested at 9 a.m. Saturday and charged with second-degree attempted assault, a class E felony, and criminal obstruction of breathing, a class A misdemeanor. 

He was arraigned in Village Court and released on $1,500 cash bail. 


MALONE — One woman was injured in a two-car accident Wednesday.

At about 1:52 p.m., Marta K. Leavine, 37, of Saranac Lake was traveling southeast in the Chateaugay Correctional Facility parking lot when she allegedly struck a light pole and subsequently a parked, unattended vehicle while attempting to make a left turn, Malone-based State Police said.

Leavine was transported to Alice Hyde Medical Center for head and neck pain, police said.

She was issued a traffic ticket for turning improperly, police said.

PERU — Two people were injured in a two-car accident June 24.

At about 7:47 p.m., Charlyne Chandias Ferrari, 24, of Chateauguay, Quebec, was traveling northbound on Interstate 87, taking the Exit 35 ramp to Bear Swamp Road when she allegedly failed to yield to right of way and hit a car on Bear Swamp Road driven by Travis A. Dumas, 26, of Schuyler Falls, according to Plattsburgh-based State Police. 

Ferrari and a passenger in the same vehicle were transported to CVPH Medical Center, police said.

Ferrari was ticketed with failure to yield to right of way, a traffic violation, police said.

CHATEAUGAY — A North Bangor man was injured in a one-car accident.

James P. Roberto, 57, was driving south on Route 3 when he fell asleep, Plattsburgh-based State Police said.

Roberto’s vehicle crossed into the northbound lane, struck a tree and then a National Grid utility police, coming to rest on the south shoulder of the road, police said.

Roberto was taken to Alice Hyde Medical Center after he complained of head and back pain, police said.

He was ticketed for failure to keep right.

CHATEAUGAY — A pedestrian sustained minor injuries after she was struck by a vehicle June 20, police said.

Joann Perry, 45, of Chateaugay was stopped at a red light facing westbound on Route 11 at the intersection of County Route 52, Plattsburgh-based State Police said.

Terri J. Janisewki, 56, of Chateaugay was in the crosswalk heading east, police said.

Janisewki did not press the cross walk control device button, police said.

Perry turned right at the red light and struck Janisewki, police said.

Perry could not see the pedestrian because of a sun glare, police said.

Janisewki sustained a minor injury to her right leg and was taken to Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone where she was treated and released.

— By Staff Writers Felicia Krieg and Ashleigh Livingston and Contributing Writer Amy Heggen