PLATTSBURGH — A small explosion and subsequent fire within a transformer at the Veteran’s Lane substation caused a brief power outage Saturday night that affected customers in both the City of Plattsburgh and the nearby Town of Plattsburgh, including Champlain Centre mall. The Plattsburgh City Fire Department responded to the call at 10:15 p.m. Firefighters were back in their station about 30 minutes later. According to the Plattsburgh Municipal Lighting Department workers, who also responded to the scene, the outage was a temporary blip that barely affected customers. However, it is unknown how long the outage outside the city lasted or how many people were affected. Neither the state or city police reported any problems as a result of the power failure.
PLATTSBURGH — City police arrested Patrick P. Jasiewicz, 42, of Plattsburgh, early Sunday morning on charges of criminal possession of a weapon third degree, a felony, and menacing second degree, a misdemeanor. Police report that Jasiewicz attempted to break into a neighbor’s apartment on Sailly Avenue shortly after 1 a.m. while armed with a kitchen knife. Police say that several occupants of the apartment braced their bodies against their door to keep Jasiewicz from forcing his way into the apartment. Jasiewicz fled before city police arrived, but was arrested a short time later. He was arraigned in city court Sunday morning, and was committed to the Clinton County Jail on no bail. He will re-appear in City Court at a later date.
ALTONA — Troopers in Ellenburg arrested Joseph C. Cayea, 46, of Morrisonville at 4:15 p.m. Saturday for felony driving while intoxicated. Cayea was stopped for speeding on the Plank Road in Altona and was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated. Troopers discovered that Cayea had a prior driving while intoxicated conviction within the previous 10 years, elevating the charge to a felony. He was arraigned in the Plattsburgh Town Court, and was sent to the Clinton County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail. He will appear in the Altona Town Court on Tuesday.
— Compiled by Contributing Writer Shawn Ryan