July 29, 2013

Police Log: July 29, 2013


HARRIETSTOWN — Two woman were arrested Saturday for allegedly smuggling cigarettes. 

Melissa L. Beddow, 39, of Broadalbin, N.Y., and Sandra Aponte, 46, of Gloversville, N.Y., stopped to provide police with information on a motorcycle accident on State Route 30, according to a State Police press release.

During the interview, police smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle they were traveling in, and subsequently found 10,000 untaxed and unstamped cigarettes inside the vehicle. 

Beddow and Aponte were charged with a felony and a misdemeanor for transporting untaxed and unstamped cigarettes. Beddow was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

Both women were released on appearance tickets.


CONSTABLE — A Constable man was injured in an ATV accident Wednesday.

At about 6:14 p.m., Lloyd R. Roberts, 53, received injuries to his lower back as well as a laceration to his head as a result of driving his four-wheeler in his backyard, according to Malone-based State Police.

Lloyd was transported to Alice Hyde Medical Center by Constable Rescue, police said.

No further information was available.


VERMONTVILLE — Neighbors called in a fire at 105 Cold Brook Road, as the residents weren’t home.

The Franklin County Cause and Origin Team is investigating the cause of the fire, though it isn’t believed to be suspicious, said Tim Woodruff, Bloomingdale Fire Chief.

“First arriving units found smoke coming out of all the windows,” Woodruff said. “The house was full of smoke.”

There was fire and smoke damage to the house, but the fire wasn’t too serious and it wasn’t a total loss, he said.  

The Bloomingdale Fire Department responded with three trucks and 16 people at about 1:30 p.m. Saranac Lake, Paul Smiths-Gabriels, and Lake Placid fire departments also responded.

“We knocked the fire down quickly,” Woodruff said.

The Bloomingdale Fire Department was back in service at about 4:30 p.m.

— By Contributing Writer Amy Heggen

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