September 20, 2013

Police Log: Sept. 19, 2013



SCHROON — A Schroon Lake man faces felony driving while intoxicated charges after an accident Wednesday.

Schroon Lake-based State Police reported Matthew S. Fariss, 27, was eastbound on Alder Meadow road in the Town of Schroon at about 2 a.m. As he approached a curve, his vehicle struck a guide rail and became stuck on it.

Although uninjured, subsequent investigation found Fariss allegedly intoxicated, with a blood alcohol content of 0.22 percent. He was charged with felony driving while intoxicated for having a prior conviction within 10 years, as well as aggravated driving while intoxicated for having a blood alcohol content of 0.18 percent or higher.

Fariss was also ticketed for consuming alcohol within a vehicle and failure to keep right. 

He was arraigned at the Town of Schroon Court and released on his own recognizance, to reappear in Town of Schroon Court on Sept. 25.

TUPPER LAKE — A Tupper Lake man was arrested for felony grand larceny Tuesday.

Joshue A LaFlair, 26, was arrested for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a class A misdemeanor and grand larceny auto, a class E felony, Tupper Lake police said.

LaFlair was sent to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

No further information was available.

PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man was arrested Monday for third-degree rape involving a female under age 17.

New York State law enforcement received a referral from an organization that reports maltreatment of children, initiating an investigation conducted by Plattsburgh City Police that revealed Jason Coryer, 36, allegedly had sexual contact with a 16-year-old, City Police said.

Coryer and the girl were involved in a relationship from July to September, police said.

At about 3:40 p.m. Monday police arrested Coryer. He was arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court and was committed to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $1,500 cash or $3,000 bond, police said.

He will reappear in court at a later date.

PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man was arrested for felony criminal mischief in a domestic dispute Saturday.

At about 7:50 a.m., a female family member was dropping off property to Adam Matteson Jr., 27, at the corner of North Catherine Street and Couch Street when an argument ensued, Plattsburgh City Police said.

The family member attempted to leave quickly as Matteson allegedly became agitated, and unintentionally damaged his property with her car. Matteson became irate and beat the car with a baseball bat, police said.

Matteson caused more than $1,500 damage and was charged with criminal mischief in the third degree, a felony. He was arraigned in the Plattsburgh City Court and was committed to jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond, police said.

No further information was available.

PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man was arrested for felony criminal possession of stolen property early Saturday morning.

At about 2 a.m., Roman Benitez, 22, allegedly tried to make a purchase at Pizza Bono with a stolen credit card, Plattsburgh City Police said.

An employee noticed that the picture on the card didn’t match Benitez, and while questioning the card’s validity, Benitez ran. The employee followed him on foot on Margaret Street to Brinkerhoff Street, and then to Couch Street where officers stopped him, police said.

The card was recovered and confirmed stolen by the owner. Benitez was charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree, a felony. He was placed in custody and held until the following morning when he was released on his own recognizance, police said.

Benitez is to reappear in court at a later date.

TICONDEROGA — A Ticonderoga man faces a felony charge for allegedly embezzling more than $50,000 from a local business.

Town of Ticonderoga Police reported Matthew J. Hall, 39, was arrested Sept. 18. He is alleged to have embezzled the funds from Blodgett Supply in Ticonderoga.

Hall was charged with second-degree grand larceny, a felony. He was arraigned before Town Justice James O’Bryan and released under supervision of the Essex County Probation Department to reappear in Town Court at a later date.

MALONE — A Malone woman was arrested for felony assault in a domestic dispute Sept. 13.

Andrea M. O’Keefe, 40, allegedly stabbed her husband, Michael C. O’Keefe, 45, in the arm with a butcher knife.

Mr. O’Keefe was stopped at a traffic stop, where police noticed he was bleeding. Initially he said he obtained the laceration in his garage, but after further questioning, he said Mrs. O’Keefe had stabbed him, police said.

Mrs. O’Keefe was arrested at home on one count of felony assault and one count of criminal possession of weapon in the fourth, a misdemeanor.

She was arraigned in Bangor Town Court and was committed to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

No further information was available.

TICONDEROGA — A Ticonderoga man is in jail after a probation violation.

Town of Ticonderoga Police reported Mark C. Michalak, 31, was arrested on a criminal contempt charge. He was on probation following a first-degree criminal contempt conviction stemming for his arrest on that charge in October 2012.

That arrest stemmed from violation of an order of protection issued on behalf of his ex-girlfriend due to alleged domestic incidents.

Michalak was arraigned before Essex County Judge Richard B. Meyer and remanded to Essex County Jail without bail. He is to reappear in court at a later date.


NORTH HUDSON — A Chateaugay man was injured in a one-car accident Wednesday.

New York State Police reported Brian J. Conto, AGE, was southbound on Interstate 87 at about 1:20 p.m. when he exited the west side of the road. The vehicle struck a rock cut, overturned and came to rest on its roof.

Conto was air lifted to Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington with mutiple injuries. He was listed in stable condition Thursday morning.

The North Hudson Fire Department, Schroon Lake Fire Department and Elizabethtown-Lewis EMS all responded to assist with the accident. This accident is still under investigation to determine the cause.

CROWN POINT — Three people were injured in a three-car accident Wednesday.

At about 8:40 a.m., Jaimie J. Cheney, 36, of Moriah, was eastbound on Bridge Road when her Kia struck the side of another vehicle headed west, driven by Adam W. Rice, 32, of Albany. Cheney then struck another westbound car driven by Roy B. Haynes, 59, of Moriah, State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman said.

Cheney, Rice, and a passenger in Rice’s car, William Rice, 36, were transported to Moses Ludington Hopistal in Ticonderoga. Cheney had a head injury, Rice had a back injury and William had bruising, Fleishman said.

Cheney was ticketed for failure to keep right. 

TICONDEROGA — A Keeseville man was injured in a one-vehicle accident Tuesday morning.

At about 5 a.m., James Balentino, 64, drifted off the roadway in a Fed Ex tractor trailer, which subsequently rolled over, Ticonderoga police said.

At the scene of the accident he was found to be in possession of a pistol without a permit and was arrested for criminal possession of a weapon after being transported to and treated at Moses Ludington Hospital with a head injury, police said.

He was released on an appearance ticket and is to appear in Ticonderoga Town Court Sept. 25.

SCHUYLER FALLS — One man was injured in a two-car accident Monday.

At about 5:30 p.m., a 2013 Subaru driven by Carla List-Handley, 65, of Cadyville, failed to yield to the right of way of Joshua Nolan of Morrisonville, who was driving a 2004 Yamaha motorcycle, according to a Clinton County Sherrif’s Department news release.

Nolan was transported to CVPH medical center for treatment of minor injuries.

List-Handley was cited for failure to yield to right of way when entering a roadway and is scheduled to reappear in the Town of Schuyler Falls Court at a later date.

WESTVILLE — Three people were injured in a two-car accident Sept. 12.

Heath E. Jock, 39, of Constable, was traveling south on Flat Rock Road and failed to observe a northbound car driven by Stacey M. Campbell, 19, of Constable, while making a left hand turn, striking the side of Campbell’s car, Malone-based State Police said.

Campbell complained of minor should pain from the seatbelt. Two passengers in her car had face lacerations. All three were transported to Alice Hyde Medical Center, police said.

Jock was ticketed for failure to yield to right of way.

SCHROON LAKE — One man was injured in a one-car accident Sept. 12.

Patsy R. Samicola, 80, was eastbound on Tip Top Road when his vehicle crossed over the center line for an unknown reason, and subsequently went into the ditch to strike a rock wall.

He complained of chest pain and was transported to Glens Falls Hospital.

Samicola was ticketed with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree and failure to keep right.


RAY BROOK — A Bloomingdale man faces a driving while intoxicated charge after he allegedly drove drunk to New York State Police Troop B Headquarters.

State Police reported David L. Hall, 61, allegedly drove to the station at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday to claim property that had been previously secured from him by State Police. 

As Hall spoke to the desk trooper about his property, the desk trooper detected an odor of alcohol from Hall. Hall was asked if he had been drinking and stated he had consumed beer during the day. 

Following field sobriety testing in the station lobby, Hall was arrested for driving while intoxicated. His blood alcohol content measured 0.12 percent. 

Hall is to appear at the Town of North Elba Court at 7 p.m. on Sept. 23.


PLATTSBURGH — A heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit in the basement of Century 21 at 438 Route 3 caused a small fire.

An employee placed a 911 call reporting smoke in the building and District 3 Fire Department was dispatched at about 2:45 p.m., Fire Chief Greg Burnell said.

No one was injured, and the building only suffered minor smoke damage. “Damage was to the HVAC unit itself,” Burnell said.

Morrisonville Fire Department assisted District 3, and about 25 firefighters were on scene. South Plattsburgh and Beekmantown fire departments covered the two District 3 stations.

“Everyone did a great job,” Burnell said.

— By Staff Writer Dan Heath and Contributing Writer Amy Heggen