Press-Republican

October 8, 2012

Police Log: Oct. 6, 2012


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---- — FELONY ARRESTS

PLATTSBURGH — Three people were arrested on felony charges after checks went missing from a local business.

Sophia Patterson, 25, of Plattsburgh, Ashley L. Schenk, 27, of Dannemora, and Shawn L. Gumlaw, 30, of Keeseville, were arrested in connection with forged checks that were allegedly stolen from the Plattsburgh Housing Outlet after someone from the company alerted Plattsburgh-based State Police at about 8:45 a.m. Sept. 24.

Gumlaw, a former employee at the outlet, eventually admitted to police that he stole multiple blank checks from the business. Along with Patterson, Gumlaw’s ex-girlfriend, and Schenk, the trio cashed at least four checks at a local bank and at Richard’s Bait & Tackle. Police said each check was in the amount of about $1,000.

The three individuals were arrested at different times and locations Sept. 28.

Patterson has been charged with two counts second-degree possession of a forged instrument, a felony, and two counts petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

Schenk was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and three counts second-degree possession of a forged instrument, both felonies.

Gumlaw faces a third-degree burglary charge, third-degree grand larceny and four counts second-degree possession of a forged instrument, all felonies.

They were arraigned in the Plattsburgh City Court.

Both Schenk and Gumlaw are currently in Clinton County Jail awaiting further court action.

PLATTSBURGH — An Altona woman was arrested on a felony larceny charge.

An employee at Got Yogurt alerted Plattsburgh-based State Police at about 7:16 p.m. Sept. 26 after cash went missing from an office cabinet at the shop.

Upon further investigation, police arrested Karistyn A. Lapier, 20, at about 8:10 p.m. Oct. 1 in connection with the missing money valued at more than $1,000.

She was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony.

Lapier was issued an appearance ticket and was scheduled to appear in the Town of Plattsburgh Court.

LAKE PLACID — A Plattsburgh woman was arrested following a larceny complaint.

Alison Lynn Sault-Mcdonagh, 24, was taken into custody at about 1:08 a.m. Sept. 30 following an investigation into a larceny complaint on Main Street by Lake Placid Police.

During their investigation, police said they found Sault-Mcdonagh to be in possession of items that were reported stolen. They also found other items related to a separate larceny complaint from earlier in the evening.

She was arrested and charged with three counts fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, along with two counts fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a misdemeanor.

Sault-Mcdonagh was arraigned in the Village of Lake Placid Court before being remanded to Essex County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

No further information was available.

DANNEMORA — A Clinton Correctional Facility inmate was arrested for alleged possession of prison contraband.

Rafael Hernandez, 45, was brought to Dannemora-based State Police at about 1 p.m. Oct. 3.

Police said the arrest stems from a Jan. 6, 2011, incident where he was found with an illegal foreign object considered to be a weapon.

Hernandez was charged with first-degree possession of dangerous prison contraband and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies, in connection with a Jan. 6 incident at the prison.

No further information was available.

PLATTSBURGH — Two women face felony charges in connection with a fraud investigation from January.

Amber E. Limacher, 25, of Milton, Vt. was picked up by South Burlington Police for an allegedly shoplifting from a store there.

Plattsburgh-based State Police said there was a warrant out for her arrest in New York stemming from a Jan. 24 incident involving a stolen credit card.

She was transported to authorities in Plattsburgh at about 10:30 a.m. Oct. 3 where she was arrested and charged with two counts fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony.

Limacher was also charged with two counts second-degree criminal impersonation, a misdemeanor.

She is currently being held in Clinton County Jail.

Police also arrested Cathaline L. Aylmer, 40, of Taberg, N.Y., at about 3 p.m. Oct. 5, police said, for her alleged involvement with the investigation in New York.

She was also charged with two counts fourth-degree grand larceny and two counts second-degree criminal impersonation.

PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man faces a felony burglary charge following a domestic dispute.

Ernest J. Elliott, 49, allegedly pushed his way into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment during a physical altercation at 6 Tara Lane Oct. 3 leading to his arrest, according to Plattsburgh-based State Police.

He was taken into custody at about 4:15 p.m. and charged with first-degree burglary, a felony.

Elliott was arraigned in the Town of Plattsburgh Court later that day and remanded to Clinton County Jail without bail due to a previous felony charge.

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh City Police made the following felony arrests:

Debbie L. Caron, 51, was arrested Sept. 21 at 45 Pine St. and charged with third-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny, both felonies.

Benjamin J. Medbury, 30, was arrested Sept. 28 at 199 West Church St. in West Chazy and charged with third-degree criminal mischief, second-degree assault, and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, all felonies.  He was also charged with reckless endangerment of property, a misdemeanor.

Timothy Atkins, 54, of Plattsburgh, was arrested Oct. 3 at 45 Pine St. and charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, a felony and unlawful growing of cannabis, a misdemeanor.

Larry Smith, 41, of Plattsburgh was arrested Oct. 5 and charged with second-degree strangulation, a felony.

Brandon L. Lacroix, 25, of Dannemora was arrested at 1:38 a.m. on Oct. 7 on Margaret Street for disorderly conduct, a violation; resisting arrest, a misdemeanor; and second-degree attempted assault, a felony. 

All were arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court.

CASE RESOLUTION

LAKE PLACID — A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor traffic violations following a felony DWI arrest from March 2011.

Alexander C. Stetkevych, 54, of Montclair, was arrested for an alleged felony driving while intoxicated charge but after appearing in court, the charges against Stetkevych were reduced.

He pleaded guilty to driving without headlights and reckless driving, both misdemeanor traffic violations.

— By Staff Writers Miranda Orso and Ashleigh Livingston