Press-Republican

August 24, 2013

Police Log: Aug. 24, 2013


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SENTENCING

PLATTSBURGH — A Hogansburg woman has pleaded guilty to conspiracy regarding illegal transportation of reptiles.

In 2009 and 2012, Olivia Terrance, 28, participated in a conspiracy to smuggle more than 18,000 endangered and threatened reptiles from the United States into Canada, the Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District said in a news release.

Terrance was sentenced to 18 months in jail to be followed by three years of probation, the release said.

“Terrance smuggled turtles and reptiles worth hundreds of thousands of dollars into Canada where they were sold to retailers and collectors,” the release said. “She was caught when law enforcement followed her by car and helicopter after she received a shipment of wildlife and transported it by boat into Canada.”

Special Agents of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service investigated the case with assistance from the Department of Homeland Security, the Canadian Wildlife Service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canada Border Services Agency, and the Mohawk Nation Tribal Police.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Craig A. Benedict. 

PERSONAL-INJURY ACCIDENTS

BLACK BROOK — One person was injured in a one-car accident Aug. 12.

Shortly before 10:39 p.m., Courtney L. Bombard, 26, of Lake Placid was driving westbound on Route 9N in the Town of Black Brook when a deer entered the road from the south shoulder, Lewis-based State Police said.

Bombard swerved to avoid the deer and her vehicle went into a ditch on the north shoulder, police said.

The deer then went into the woods via the north shoulder, police said.

No further information was available Friday.

CHAZY — Two people were injured in a car and motorcycle accident Aug. 10.

Shortly before 4:23 p.m., Jennifer Perez, 37, of New York City was driving eastbound on Miner Farm Road in the Town of Chazy when she failed to stop at a stop sign at the road’s intersection with Route 9, State Police said.

Tirah L. Constant, 44, of Milton, Vt., was driving a 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound on Route 9 and attempted to avoid hitting Perez’s vehicle but was unable to avoid a collision, police said.

No further information was available Friday.

PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man was charged with drunken driving Aug. 6 after he crashed his vehicle, injuring himself, police said.

Eric A. Martin, 23, of Chazy was driving a sedan when it crashed, State Police said.

He was not wearing a seat belt, police said, and he was the only one in the 2004 Honda Civic when it crashed in the early morning hours of Aug. 6.

At the accident site, CVPH Medical Center EMTs and representatives from the South Plattsburgh Volunteer Fire Department attended to Martin, who had minor cuts to his head.

A trooper detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on Martin’s breath and he failed field sobriety tests, police said.

Martin was taken to CVPH for further treatment of his injuries, police said, and a sample of his blood was taken and sent to the New York State Police laboratory in Albany for analysis.

After his release from the hospital, Martin reported to the State Police barracks in Plattsburgh and was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, moving from a lane unsafely, an infraction, and a seat belt violation.

Additional tickets are pending the blood sample analysis.

— By Staff WriterFelicia Krieg