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Police Log: Oct. 18, 2013

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Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013 3:27 am


PLATTSBURGH — A Verizon Wireless cell phone service outage left many without use of their mobile phones Thursday.

“We did have a number of sites down,” John O’Malley, Verizon Wireless public relations representative for the Northern New York region said in an email.

The sites came back online at about 8:30 p.m., O’Malley said.

“Looks like an issue with some equipment on the land line network connecting the sites. We’re working to identify the root cause but all the sites are back on the air,” O’Malley said.

No further information was available Thursday.


CHAMPLAIN — The death of a Plattsburgh who crashed his car in Champlain Wednesday is due to natural causes, not to injuries from the accident, police said.

An autopsy at CVPH Medical Center Thursday afternoon determined Francis P. Parrish, 67, of Plattsburgh died of coronary artery disease, said State Police Sgt. Robert Mesick.

At about 11:45 a.m., State Police were called to a one-car motor vehicle accident on Prospect Street in Champlain, said State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman.

Upon arrival, police found Champlain EMS performing CPR on Parrish, she said.

Police determined Parrish was driving a 2007 Dodge Caravan eastbound on Prospect Street when he drove off the south shoulder of the road and struck a reflective post and then a group of trees, Fleishman said.

Parrish was pronounced dead at CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh Wednesday, she said.

Parrish was the sole occupant of his vehicle and no other cars were involved in the accident, Fleishman said.


QUEBEC — Local fire departments were called to a house fire in Quebec where a resident was injured after jumping out of a window to safety, authorities said.

Fire departments from Mooers, Champlain and Ellenburg Depot were initially dispatched at about 6:15 a.m. to 1090 Route 219 in Hemingford, Quebec, but Champlain and Ellenburg Depot were later cancelled, said Chris Trombley, battalion deputy coordinator for Clinton County Emergency Services.

When Trombley arrived at the two-story home, he saw “Heavy fire in the garage area and the second floor.”

Only one person was believed to be home when the fire started, Trombley said.

That person sustained a broken ankle and a possible broken wrist after jumping out of a second-story window before fire departments arrived and was taken to the hospital, he said.

The name of the injured person and the homeowner was not available.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation by the Quebec Provincial Police Thursday evening, Trombley said.

The blaze appears to have started in the garage, he said.

Trombley said he thinks the home is a total loss.

Departments were called back to the fire site Thursday afternoon for a possible rekindle, he said.

All New York departments were back in service by 8 a.m., Trombley said.

“(It was) good cooperation within our mutual-aid system between Canandian and New York departments.”


WILLSBORO — A Hyde Park, N.Y. woman was charged Oct. 10 with grand larceny.

Samantha A. Smith, 44, unlawfully took her neighbor’s vehicle, leaving him her vehicle, said State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman.

Smith was charged with third-degree grand larceny, a felony.

A State Police blotter shows she was arrested at 46 Birch Avenue in the Town of Willsboro.

Smith was released on an appearance ticket for arraignment in Willsboro Town Court later that day, Fleishman said.

No further information was available Thursday.


PLATTSBURGH — Two Forestville, N.Y. residents were hospitalized following in a two-vehicle accident Oct. 8.

Shortly before 9:06 a.m., Michael Opie, 56, of Forestville, N.Y. was driving north on Military Turnpike when he failed to keep right and entered the southbound lane, striking a vehicle head on, State Police said.

The driver of that vehicle was Kelly Rodriguez, 45, of Plattsburgh, police said.

According to Chris Blake of CVPH Medical Center’s Public Relations Department, Opie was treated and released from the hospital.

Rodriguez was admitted, Blake said, and was discharged.

No further information was available Thursday.

— By Staff Writer Felicia Krieg



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