April 20, 2013

Police Log: April 20, 2013


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PERU — One Poughkeepsie resident was allegedly found with cocaine and marijuana on Interstate 87 Thursday, police said.

Shortly after 4:30 p.m., a Plattsburgh-based State Police Trooper stopped a 4-door sedan for a window tint violation on I-87 north in the Town of Peru, State Police said.

The driver of the car, Kenneth C. Harrell, 35, of Poughkeepsie was found to have a suspended driver’s license and he told the trooper he had recently smoked marijuana and consumed alcohol, police said.

Sobriety tests were negative, police said.

Harrell was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle with three suspensions, a misdemeanor, and three traffic infractions: a windshield tint violation, driving without a license, and failure to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of an address change.

A canine alert and probable cause gave police clearance to search Harrell and his passenger, Pamela J. Phillips, 29, of Poughkeepsie.

Police found fewer than 25 grams of marijuana and more than half an ounce of cocaine concealed in Phillips’ clothing, police said.

No additional contraband was found in the vehicle, which was seized, police said.

Harrell and Phillips were taken into custody at 4:40 p.m. and were arraigned in Peru Town Court.

Both suspects were taken to Clinton County Jail.

Harrell’s bail was set at $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond and Phillips’s bail is $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

They will appear in court at a later date, police said.

CHAMPLAIN — A Tenn. man was arrested Thursday at the border on gun possession and drug charges.

Anthony M. Lipham, 55, of Butler, Tenn. was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon (loaded firearm), a felony, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

A Chazy-based State Trooper handled the case.

Lipham was attempting to pass into Canada at the Champlain port of entry when he was stopped and questioned by U.S. Customs and Border Protection authorities.

Lipham told them Tenn. residents don’t need permits to carry handguns and that he was trying to get to Maine and got lost, Plattsburgh-based State Police said.

But the loaded Rugar 0.44 magnum pistol he had with him put him in violation of New York State law, police said.

During a secondary search, authorities found a small cloth bag in Lipham’s jacket that contained a glass pipe with an unknown residue inside, police said.

It tested positive for meth, police said.

The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department said Friday they did not have Lipham in custody.

PLATTSBURGH — A Keeseville man admitted to burglarizing a Boynton Avenue property Thursday night.

At about 11 p.m., Plattsburgh City Police responded to a burglar alarm at 128 Boynton Ave., Plattsburgh City Police Lt. Scott Beebie said.

Officers found a screen had been removed from a window and it looked as though the building had been unlawfully entered, he said.

Upon searching the area, officers located Gerald Maye, 47, across the street in Melissa L. Penfield Park, Beebie said.

Maye admitted to the burglary, Beebie said.

Maye was held overnight at the City Police station and was arraigned Friday morning in Plattsburgh City Court.

He was taken to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

Maye remained in custody there Friday.

PLATTSBURGH — A second suspect in a recent burglary was arrested Thursday.

Nicholas Mackiewicz, 21, of Saratoga Springs turned himself in to Plattsburgh City Police and was charged with second-degree burglary, a felony, and petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

Brandon Marshall, 23, of Morrisonville was arrested a week ago in connection with the same alleged burglary on 77 Brinkerhoff St.

Marshall was released from the Clinton County Jail by the court, according to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department.

Mackiewicz appears to be related to a resident of the multi-apartment building, Plattsburgh City Police Lt. Scott Beebie said.

Mackiewicz was allegedly involved in the theft of two televisions, clothing, tools, DVDs, video game consoles, an iPod and a laptop, he said.

The owners of the property reported the thefts to the owner of the building who reported the incident to police, Beebie said.

Mackiewicz was arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court before Judge Rogers and was released in accordance with a pre-trail release program, Beebie said.

Further court action is pending.

PLATTSBURGH — A fugitive from Washington was arrested Thursday on a warrant for failure to appear to answer to multiple charges of sex abuse.

Jean Sony Accus, 44, of Vancouver, Wash. was arrested Thursday morning by U.S. Marshals and members of the Clinton County Sherriff’s Department assigned to the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, the Sheriff’s Department said in a press release.

He is wanted by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office in Portland, Oregon on a bench warrant for failure to appear on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and six count of third-degree sexual abuse, according to the release.

Accus was arraigned in Champlain Town Court before Judge John A. Favreau and sent to Clinton County Jail pending extradition to Oregon.

MALONE — A North Bangor man was served with two warrants Thursday morning.

Carl W. Smith, 30, allegedly burglarized a property on Bigelow Street, according to Malone Village Police.

One warrant, issued April 8, was for second-degree burglary, a felony, and fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.

The other warrant, issued April 9, calls for a revocation of Smith’s probation status, police said.

Smith was arraigned in Duane Town Court and sent to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond.

PERU — A Westport man was charged with felony criminal mischief April 10.

State Police took Trevor A. Smith, 31, into custody at 448 Bear Swamp Rd. less than two hours after the incident had been reported to them, according to a State Police blotter entry.

Smith was charged with second-degree criminal mischief and a traffic infraction.

He remained in Clinton County Jail Friday in lieu of $2,000 cash or $4,000 bond.

DANNEMORA — A Cadyville man was arrested April 5 on two counts each of menacing and weapon possession charges.

State Police received the complaint on April 5 shortly after 11 a.m., according to a blotter entry.

Joseph M. Mcpherson, 31, was arrested on the afternoon of April 5 and was charged with two counts of second-degree menacing and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

The charges stem from an alleged domestic dispute, according to the blotter entry.

Mcpherson remained in Clinton County Jail Friday in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man was charged April 4 with grand larceny of an automobile.

Michael D. Pecor, 47, was arrested by Plattsburgh-based State Police at the Super 8 Motel in the Town of Plattsburgh, 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.

Pecor was initially incurred a felony third-degree grand larceny charge in September for allegedly stealing metal items to be sold for scrap, police said.

The owner of a storage facility that contains metal equipment reported various missing items to State Police.

No further information was available.

PERU — A Plattsburgh man was charged March 31 with felony assault and weapon possession.

A State Police blotter entry lists the time the incident was reported at 10:09 p.m. on March 30.

Joseph L. Bouyea, 43, was taken into custody at 2:05 p.m. at 20 Cubb Circle in the Town of Plattsburgh.

He was charged with assault with a weapon with intent to cause physical injury and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon with a previous conviction, both felonies.

Bouyea was released on $5,000 cash bail or $1,000 bail bond from the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department that day, according to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department.

ELIZABETHTOWN — A Brooklyn man was arrested on forgery charges March 22.

The incident was originally reported at 10:20 a.m. on March 22, according to a State Police blotter entry.

Otar Tsilauri, 57, was arrested about an hour later at 7550 Court St. in the Town of Elizabethtown, the blotter entry said.

Tsilauri was charged with first-degree offer file a false instrument and second-degree possession of a forged instrument, a felony.

A State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Investigator did not return three messages left by the Press-Republican for further information.

Tsilauri was never in the custody of the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, according to a sergeant there.


PLATTSBURGH — A man sustained minor injuries after being ejected from his car following a two-car accident April 15.

Shortly before 7:44 p.m., John Eldon Zehr, 32, of Morrisonville was traveling northbound on Military Turnpike near Area Development Drive in the Town of Plattsburgh when he became distracted by a rock that had struck his windshield as the vehicles were slowing in traffic, Plattsburgh-based State Police said.

While surveying his windshield for damage, Zehr struck the rear of the car in front of him, the driver of which was Brandon Warren Cook, 19, of Plattsburgh, police said.

Cook’s vehicle was pushed off the east shoulder of the roadway and Cook was ejected from the car, police said.

He had minor injuries throughout his body, police said.

Cook’s class M permit was expired, police said.

No further information was available.

KEESEVILLE — A Plattsburgh woman was injured in a one-car accident April 12.

Shortly before 1:16 p.m., Colleen R. Carroll, 30, of Plattsburgh was traveling southbound on Hallock Hill Road near Taylor Hill Road when she lost control of the vehicle, which began turning counterclockwise into the northbound lane of the road, Plattsburgh-based State Police said.

The car left the east side of the roadway, striking a utility pole, police said.

Carroll was allegedly driving too fast for the road conditions, police said.

No further information was available.

— By Staff Writer Felicia Krieg