March 22, 2013

Police Log: March 22, 2013


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PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh City Fire Department responded to three dryer fires at Pactiv Corporation between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

No one was injured.

”They were very quick calls,” City of Plattsburgh Fire Department Assistant Chief Randy Stone said. “Luckily, on these two occasions the internal system worked and fire was extinguished.”

Most of those fires are dust fires,” Stone said. The dryers heat up paper, which is on metal drying platforms inside the dryers, he said.

Sometimes the paper will jam and ignite, Stone said.

The first call came in just before 7 p.m. Wednesday with city firefighters leaving the food service and packaging company at 7:21 p.m., Stone said.

The fire was out upon arrival, but firefighters checked all three levels to be sure the fire was extinguished, he said.

The dryers at Pactiv extend two floors above the ground floor, Stone said.

The second call was at 6:41 a.m. Thursday morning with the Fire Department leaving Pactiv just before 7 a.m.

The internal sprinkler system had extinguished the fire so it was out when the Fire Department arrived but officials searched the three floors this time too to confirm the fire was out, Stone said.

The third call, this time for a fire in machine 11, was dispatched to Pactiv shortly before 6:20 p.m Thursday.

The general manager of Pactiv Corporation, located at 74 Weed St. in Plattsburgh, could not be reached Thursday for comment.


SARANAC LAKE — A man who told police he was homeless was arrested for violating the condition of his release from law enforcement custody.

Shortly before 2 p.m. on Thursday, Heath Smith, 31, formerly of Lake Placid, was arrested on a warrant issued by Essex County Court and was sent to Essex County Jail to await arraignment, Saranac Lake Police said.

The charges that lead to Smith being incarcerated originally were not available Thursday.

SARANAC LAKE — A Saranac Lake man was arrested for allegedly stealing a bicycle.

Shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday morning, Saranac Lake Police arrested Brandon S. May, 18, according to a press release from the Saranac Lake Police Department.

May was found in possession of a stolen bike and when police saw it he allegedly tried to hide it, according to the release.

Investigation revealed he had allegedly stolen the bike from a residence a short distance away from where he was found by police, police said.

When he was arrested, police found a marijuana smoking device containing a small amount of marijuana, police said.

May was charged with second-degree burglary, a felony; fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

May was arraigned and remanded to Essex County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

The Saranac Lake Village Court could not be reached Thursday for the date of May’s next court appearance.

PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man was charged with burglary and criminal mischief.

On March 18, Plattsburgh City Police received multiple 911 calls reporting a male near an apartment complex on Margaret Street near Elm Street was fleeing the area.

Officers who responded saw a door to one of the apartments was open and that a portion of the door’s window was shattered, said City Police Lt. Scott Beebie.

Marquis Schofield, 20, had allegedly fled on foot toward Elm Street, Beebie said.

Officers located him on Champlain Street where he was arrested and later charged with second-degree burglary, a felony, and fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.

Schofield was arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court and taken to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

PLATTSBURGH — A West Chazy man was arrested for allegedly driving drunk.

At about 3 a.m. on March 10, Plattsburgh City Police Officers observed a vehicle turning onto Oak Street, attempting to drive in the wrong direction down the one-way street, said City Police Lt. Scott Beebie.

Police stopped Randy Bracy, 39, near the Plattsburgh Public Library and detected the odor of alcohol, Beebie said.

Bracy’s motor function also appeared to be impaired, he said.

Bracy failed roadside sobriety tests and was taken to the City Police Station for processing where he refused to supply a breath sample, Beebie said.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated with a prior designated offense in the past ten years, a felony, and driving the wrong way on a one-way street, an infraction.

Bracy was arraigned in City Court later that day and sent to Clinton County Jail where he posted bail.

PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh woman was arrested for allegedly causing damage to the outside of a business in downtown Plattsburgh.

At about 1 a.m. on March 9, police received a call reporting that a window of Dr. Anita Bodrogi’s office was shattered and that two suspects had fled into Rumors bar on Margaret Street, said City Police Lt. Scott Beebie.

The two suspects were identified by police shortly thereafter, Beebie said.

Bodrogi filed charges and Kristin Koehler, 28, was arrested and charged with third-degree criminal mischief, a felony, Beebie said.

Police determined that Koehler and another person were arguing and engaging in a minor physical altercation outside the office and as a result of Koehler’s actions, the window was broken, Beebie said.

She was released on a Plattsburgh City Court appearance ticket, he said.

PLATTSBURGH — A Morrisonville woman was charged with a felony after allegedly destroying an alcohol-monitoring anklet.

Legal Counsel at Clinton County Social Services filed a complaint with Plattsburgh City Police after the alcohol measuring device, which is issued and monitored through the Department of Probation, was found to be no longer working on May 11, 2012, said City Police Lt. Scott Beebie.

Social Services and the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office filed charges and an arrest warrant was issued for Carissa Secore, 26, Beebie said.

Secore’s information was entered into a state-wide computer database, as she had left the area, he said.

City Police arrested Carissa Secore, 26, in Syracuse on March 5 after Secore’s landlord contacted Syracuse Police regarding her, he said.

Syracuse police had found Secore’s warrant in the database, Beebie said.

Secore was charged with third-degree criminal mischief, a felony, and second-degree criminal contempt, a misdemeanor.

Secore was retrieved by City Police from Syracuse and arraigned in City Court before being sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man was arrested for allegedly violating an order of protection.

On March 5, Joseph Somma was visiting his child at Family Connections Resource Center in Plattsburgh when it was found that he had allegedly been in contact with the child’s mother earlier that day, violating the order, said City Police Lt. Scott Beebie.

Somma was charged with first-degree criminal contempt, a felony.

He was arraigned in City Court and sent to Clinton County Jail without bail.

FORT COVINGTON — A Brushton man was injured in a car accident in November and charged with drunk driving earlier this month.

On the evening of Nov. 13, 2012, Chad M. St. Ann, 32, was driving south on Frye Road in the Town of Fort Covington when his vehicle went off the road via the west shoulder and went into a ditch, according to Malone-based State Police.

St. Ann was taken to Alice Hyde Medical Center before State Police arrived at the site of the accident and he was later airlifted to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt., police said.

He was treated and released, according to a Fletcher Allen representative.

On March 4, St. Ann was charged with driving while intoxicated with a previous conviction within ten years, a felony; aggravated driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor; moving from a lane unsafely, an infraction, and a seat belt violation, an infraction.

St. Ann was released on an appearance ticket, according to a State Police blotter entry.

No further information was available Thursday.

PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man was arrested for allegedly strangling a woman and violating an order of protection.

On March 4, Plattsburgh City Police were called to a domestic incident in which it is alleged that Jody White, 34, was in a physical dispute with a woman he was in a relationship with, said City Police Lt. Scott Beebie.

During the altercation, White had allegedly grabbed the woman by the neck, choked her and pinned her down, Beebie said.

The woman sustained some minor injuries to her body, head and face but did not receive medical treatment, he said.

White was arrested at the residence and was charged with second-degree strangulation with obstruction breathing or blood circulation, a felony, and first-degree criminal contempt, also a felony.

He was arraigned in City Court and taken to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

A stay-away order of protection was issued, Beebie said.


MALONE — At least one person was injured in a two-car accident Tuesday.

Shortly before 11:05 a.m., a car driven by Shannon K. Wood, 28, of Saranac was stopped in traffic facing east on Route 3 near Cold Brook Road in the Town of Black Brook when Wood began backing the vehicle in a westerly direction to speak to the driver of an uninvolved vehicle, Malone-based State Police said.

Wood failed to observe a car driven Wayne R. Frederick, 26, of AuSable Forks and her car backed into Frederick’s front driver’s side bumper, police said.

No information was available on the nature of the injuries or whether any tickets had been issued.

A representative at Alice Hyde Medical Center said neither Wood or Frederick were in the hospital’s care Thursday.

MALONE — A Malone woman was injured in a one-car accident Saturday.

Shortly before 9:21 a.m., Kayla A. Ashline, 21, was driving northbound on McGillic Road near Route 11B in the Town of Malone when she attempted to steer slightly east and lost control of the vehicle, according to Malone-based State Police.

The roads were covered with snow, police said.

Ashline’s car exited the roadway and struck a fence, overturning twice to come to rest in an upright position, police said.

Ashline was taken to Alice Hyde Medical Center where she was treated and released.

She was issued a ticket for unreasonable speed for the road conditions, police said.

The owner of the fence was notified, police said.

— By Staff Writer Felicia Krieg