April 22, 2013

Police Log: April 22, 2013


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CHAMPLAIN — A man has been arrested after allegedly using a hunting knife to damage a car that was on display outside a local church.

Matthew M. Clar, 18, of Champlain was arrested at about 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.

He was charged with third-degree criminal mischief, a felony, for property damage greater than $250. Clar was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Charges stemmed from an incident involving a new car that was on display as part of a raffle. The car, a 2013 Chevrolet Sonic, had been donated to St. Mary Parish on Church Street in Champlain by Parker Chevrolet. The car was on public display, and on Sunday, April 14, damage to the car was noticed and police were contacted.

An investigation led to the arrest of Clar that Wednesday.

Clar had allegedly damaged the hood of the donated car with a hunting knife.

He was arraigned in Champlain Town Court and remanded to County Jail in lieu of $1,500 cash or $3,000 bond.

MALONE — A man from Newark, N.J., is accused of driving a stolen bus.

According to Malone-based State Police, Charles J. Brown, 49, was stopped by a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit on Saturday morning at the Upstate Correctional Facility on Bare Hill Road in Malone.

Police said Brown was driving a charter bus carrying passengers from New York City to visit inmates at the prison.

Upon stopping the bus, according to police, law-enforcement officials discovered that it had been reported stolen from New Jersey, where Brown was also wanted for a probation violation.

He was arrested at 8:30 a.m. as a fugitive from justice and charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor.

Brown was also charged with two infractions for being an unlicensed operator and having improper plates.

He was arraigned in Malone Town Court and remanded to Franklin County Jail.

The date Brown is scheduled to reappear in court was not available Sunday night.


PLATTSBURGH — A SUNY Plattsburgh student was hit by a car in a Rugar Street crosswalk and seriously injured at about 10 p.m. Friday.

The student, Caryn Rich, was transported to CVPH Medical Center, and then transferred to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt..

Michelle, Ouellette, the college’s director of public relations and publications, said Sunday that Rich had since been released from the hospital and returned to the campus.

However, no further details of the accident were being released Sunday, and the incident continues to be investigated, according to Ouellette.

She added that pedestrian safety is of great importance to SUNY Plattsburgh, which recently worked with the city to install button-operated crossing signals along Rugar Street.

The lighted signals have been in place for a couple of months, Ouellette said.

In addition, she noted, the college is looking into installing raised crosswalks that would act as speed bumps on the street.

“It really is a situation where we need motorists to be careful and students to be careful when they cross the road,” Ouellette said.

— By Contributing Writer Chris Fasolino and Staff Writer Ashleigh Livingston