May 20, 2013

Police Log: May 20, 2013


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BURLINGTON, Vt. — The condition of a Malone woman who was injured in a car accident Friday has improved, hospital officials said.

Marlene LeRoy, 38, was transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care after a car accident and was listed in critical condition there Friday evening.

On Saturday, her condition had been improved from critical to serious, according to a nursing coordinator at the hospital.

At about 8:15 a.m. Friday, LeRoy was traveling east on Brainardsville Road/County Route 24 when she allegedly crossed into the westbound lane, Malone-based State Police said.

LeRoy’s vehicle struck a manure spreader owned by Bilow’s Farm traveling in the opposite direction, police said.

The driver of that vehicle was James Poirier, 62, of Bangor, police said.

Poirier was transported to Alice Hyde Medical Center and released later that day, according to police.


MOOERS — A barn at 215 Eddy Road was destroyed by fire Sunday. 

The barn, which was used for hay and lumber storage, was substantially engulfed in flames as firefighters arrived just before 11:30 a.m. 

The amount of hay and lumber in the barn is not known at this time. No animals were housed there.

Mooers Volunteer Fire Department was assisted by a Clinton County Mutual Aid Tanker Task Force, including trucks from Ellenburg Depot, Altona, Chazy, Rouses Point and Champlain. Also helping at the fire was a crew from Hemmingford, Quebec, and West Chazy firefighters stood by at the Mooers station.

Firefighters were able to save an attached building, which Mooers Fire Chief Raymond Phair said was either a shed or a smaller barn.

An old Dodge pickup truck near the barn was destroyed in the fire. In addition, a grass fire was started by the blaze, but the Mooers and Hemmingford brush trucks were able to put it out.

As to the cause of the fire, Phair said, “We’re not entirely sure yet, but we’ve pretty much narrowed it down to old electrical.” Ownership of the barn was uncertain Sunday evening.

Phair also said that the hay and lumber in the barn made the fire more difficult to fight.


CHAZY — A West Chazy woman was injured in a one-vehicle accident early Sunday. 

According to Chazy-based State Police, Bonnie L. Whelden, 51, was traveling north on Oneil Road, when her vehicle exited the west side of the road. 

It continued north, police said, struck a utility pole and overturned. The vehicle then struck a mailbox before coming to rest. 

Police were notified of the accident at 12:08 a.m.

Whelden was transported to CVPH Medical Center and then to Fletcher Allen with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police. 

Police said later Sunday the incident remained under investigation and tickets were pending. 


PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man was charged with felony driving while intoxicated Friday evening.

Shortly before 6:30 p.m., Nathaniel Paige, 23, was traveling south on South Catherine Street, allegedly “tailgating” the car in front of him, Plattsburgh City Police said.

Paige was pulled over by Plattsburgh City Police and failed sobriety tests, police said.

He was arrested and charged with three felonies: DWI with a prior designated offense in the past ten years, driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol content of more than 0.08 and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Paige was also charged with following a motor vehicle too closely, an infraction.

Paige was arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court and sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond, police said.

The date of Paige’s next court appearance was not available Saturday.

ELLENBURG — A Merrill woman was charged with assault and possession of a weapon Tuesday.

According to a State Police blotter entry, Michelle L. Randall, 44, was arrested at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday and charged with assault with intent to cause physical injury with a weapon, a felony, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use, a misdemeanor.

The charges stem from a domestic incident, Plattsburgh-based State Police said.

Randall was arraigned in Plattsburgh Town Court and was sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

No further information was available.

— By Staff Writers Felicia Krieg and Ashleigh Livingston