January 12, 2013

Police Log: Jan. 12, 2013


SCHROON — Two people were charged in connection with a November fraud case.

Brianna M. Benvie, 20, of Schroon Lake and Walter R. Thatcher, 32, of Schroon allegedly sold 50/50 raffle tickets for a bogus fundraiser for the North Country SPCA, Lewis-based State Police said.

The pair set up a table at a Stewart’s Shop in Schroon Lake Nov. 15 and collected about $60 in ticket sales, police said.

Both Benvie and Thatcher were charged the next day with first-degree scheme to defraud involving 10 or more persons, a felony; and second-degree criminal impersonation and fifth-degree conspiracy, both misdemeanors.

They were arraigned in the Town of North Hudson Court and released on appearance tickets to appear in the Town of Schroon Court at a later date, police said.


HEUVELTON — A Heuvelton man was injured and his horse was killed when a car allegedly hit his buggy Thursday.

At about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Samuel D. Miller, 39, was driving the buggy westbound on State Route 184 in Heuvelton when a vehicle driven by Richard E. Smithers, 55, of Ogdensburg struck Miller’s buggy from behind, according to Canton-based State Police.

The buggy was damaged and a veterinarian had to euthanize the horse at the site of the accident because of the severity of its injuries, police said.

Miller was transported to Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg for back and shoulder pain, according to police.

Smithers was also taken to Claxton-Hepburn for evaluation only, police said.

Smithers was ticketed for following too closely, police said.

— By Staff Writer Felicia Krieg

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