April 6, 2013

Police Log: April 6, 2013


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SARANAC — A maple sugar house was destroyed by fire Friday afternoon.

No one was injured.

Cadyville Fire Chief James Favaro said the sugar shack, located at 25 Clark Hill Road in Saranac, was privately owned and the owners were present at the site when fire departments responded.

The call was initially dispatched shortly after 2 p.m.

About 20 firefighters from fire departments from Saranac, Cadyville and Dannemora worked to extinguish the blaze, Favaro said.

Favaro said the Cadyville Volunteer Fire Department was back in service at about 3:45 p.m.

He was unsure if the owners had insurance.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Favaro said.

A representative from the Saranac Volunteer Fire Department who was present at the fire could not be reached Friday.


PLATTSBURGH — A Chatham, N.Y., man was arrested Friday in connection with a report of a stolen vehicle.

New York State Police received a report of a car stolen from the Plattsburgh area on Wednesday morning, Plattsburgh-based State Police said.

Joshua J. Case, 31, was taken into custody by Troop K State Police, the headquarters of which is in Poughkeepsie.

Case was transported to Plattsburgh and arrested early Friday morning, according to a State Police blotter entry.

He was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny of an automobile valued at more than $1,000, a felony.

Case was arraigned in Plattsburgh Town Court and released on his own recognizance, police said.

He is due to reappear at 4 p.m. on April 11.

PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man was arrested Thursday on criminal mischief charges.

John L. Lawliss, 25, was charged with third-degree criminal mischief, a felony, and third-degree criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor.

On Thursday night, Plattsburgh City Police were called to an apartment on Durand Street to respond to an alleged domestic dispute, Plattsburgh City Police Lt. Scott Beebie said.

Lawliss had gone to the residence to visit his ex-girlfriend and allegedly forced his way into the apartment, damaging a wooden door, Beebie said.

Lawliss was arraigned before Plattsburgh City Court Judge Mark Rogers Friday morning.

He is being held without bail at Clinton County Jail, according to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department.

His court date was not available.

PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man was arrested April 1 in connection with a fight that happened in 2010.

Darnell McKeller, 21, was charged with second-degree assault, a felony, and fourth-degree criminal mischief for allegedly recklessly damaging property, Plattsburgh City Police Lt. Scott Beebie said.

The fight among several individuals happened March 28, 2010, in the parking lot of Bazzano’s Pizza on South Catherine Street, Beebie said.

McKeller allegedly injured a male victim who was taken to CVPH Medical Center for treatment, he said.

The victim required extensive medical procedures following the alleged fight, Beebie said.

McKeller was originally arrested in Utica in January 2011 and brought back to Plattsburgh, he said.

He was transported from Utica back to Plattsburgh again and was arrested April 1, 2013, on a bench warrant issued by Plattsburgh City Court, Beebie said.

McKeller was arraigned in City Court and taken to Clinton County Jail on April 1. The court released him from jail the next day, according to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department.

McKeller’s case is pending further action by City Court Judge Mark Rogers, Beebie said.


PLATTSBURGH — A woman was arrested for allegedly driving while impaired after she ran over a man with a car, police said.

At 1:42 p.m. March 31, Plattsburgh City Police were called to an incident on Brinkerhoff Street.

Shortly before, Meisha Kent, 21, who was previously in a relationship with Todd Breyette, was in the process of moving her belongings out of their joint apartment on Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh City Police Lt. Scott Beebie said.

As Kent was backing out of the driveway, Breyette held onto the vehicle’s window because he did not wish for her to leave, Beebie said.

Breyette lost his balance and landed on the ground and Kent allegedly backed her car over him, he said.

He was transported to CVPH Medical Center for treatment of lower body injuries, said Beebie.

A cat that was in the vehicle at the time of the accident was uninjured and returned to the apartment, he said.

When officers arrived, they suspected Kent was under the influence of an unknown substance and she submitted to roadside sobriety testing, he said.

She was arrested that day after a drug recognition expert detected that Kent was impaired by drugs, Beebie said.

Kent was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving while under the influence of drugs, both misdemeanors. She also incurred a charge of unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

Kent was released on a appearance ticket, according to a City Police blotter entry, and is due to appear in Plattsburgh City Court to face the charges on April 12.

— By Staff Writer Felicia Krieg