Press-Republican

January 31, 2013

Police Log: Jan. 31, 2013


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FIRE

PORT KENT — Three fire departments responded to a house fire in Port Kent Wednesday evening.

At 7:13 p.m., the Keeseville Fire Department was dispatched to 19 West St. in Port Kent.

Peru and South Plattsburgh provided mutual aid, according to Clinton County Fire Control.

The AuSable Forks Volunteer Fire Department stood by at Keeseville’s station and the Morrisonville Volunteer Fire Department stood by at Peru’s station.

No further information was available Wednesday night.

PERSONAL-INJURY ACCIDENTS

SARANAC — A Saranac man was taken to the hospital Monday after he lost control of his truck on snow-covered roads.

Plattsburgh-based State Police said Bruce Kipp, 61, was driving on Pup Hill Road near his home at about 2:15 p.m. when his pickup slid off the road and into a nearby snowbank and mailbox, where it overturned.

Kipp complained of minor injuries after the wreck and was taken to CVPH Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

CHAZY — Slippery roads and excessive speed left a West Chazy man off the road and in the hospital Monday night.

Plattsburgh-based State Police said Shain Samuels, 24, was driving on Ratta Road around 7 p.m. when he drove off the road and into two mailboxes.

Samuels was subsequently taken to CVPH Medical Center, where he was treated and released, hospital officials said Tuesday.

ELLENBURG — A Massena man was injured Monday morning when his truck overturned on an ice-covered road.

Plattsburgh-based State Police said Patrick J. Sullivan, 56, was driving east on Route 11 at about 7 a.m. when he slid off the road and hit a mailbox, sending his truck on its side.

Sullivan was later taken to CVPH Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Police said excessive speed and slippery road conditions were factors in the crash.

BEEKMANTOWN — A Chazy woman was injured Monday when she veered off the road to avoid traffic and slammed into a tree.

Plattsburgh-based State Police said Dana Marie MacDougal, 30, was driving on Route 9 at about 3:30 p.m. when she swerved off the road to avoid hitting other vehicles.

MacDougal was later taken to CVPH Medical Center, where she was treated and released, hospital officials said Tuesday.

FELONY ARRESTS

PLATTSBURGH — A former SUNY Plattsburgh student was arrested Tuesday for allegedly hitting a man in the head with a beer bottle.

The incident happened near Woodstock bar on Margaret Street in the City of Plattsburgh at about 2 a.m. Oct. 14, 2012, Plattsburgh City Police Lt. Scott Beebie said.

A city police officer was flagged down by the victim, who was bleeding from his head and right ear area, Beebie said.

He told officers he was struck in the head with a beer bottle during an altercation with another man.

Police identified Michael Melville Jr., 21, of Troy as a suspect, obtained a warrant for his arrest and contacted the City of Troy Police Department for assistance, as Melville had returned to Troy for winter break, Beebie said.

Melville turned himself in to Troy police and he was retrieved by Plattsburgh City Police, Beebie said.

Melville was charged with second-degree assault with a deadly weapon, a felony, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor.

Melville was arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court Wednesday morning and taken to Clinton County Jail.

PLATTSBURGH — A West Chazy woman was arrested Monday after she allegedly drove into a ditch while under the influence of drugs and with a child in her vehicle.

Plattsburgh-based State Police said troopers were patrolling Interstate 87 at about 10 a.m. when they spotted Angie L. Cruz’s vehicle off the road.

Police said Cruz, 36, is believed to have been under the influence of an unspecified narcotic and marijuana and was subsequently arrested for operating a vehicle while impaired by drugs.

She was also charged with felony DWI, an automatic offense since there was a child present in the vehicle.

Cruz was released on her own recognizance and is scheduled to face the charges in Plattsburgh Town Court Jan. 31.

PLATTSBURGH — Two Hopewell Junction residents were arrested in connection with an alleged criminal impersonation and drug possession incident.

Shortly before 11:18 a.m. Jan. 8, a white Volvo traveling eastbound on Route 3 in the Town of Plattsburgh allegedly swerved into the opposite lane and almost struck a State Police patrol car head-on, according to Plattsburgh-based State Police.

The trooper issued a traffic stop and was told by the driver that he did not have a license or other identification, police said.

The man told the trooper his name was Christian Green. That name did not match records in the trooper’s computer but the description of a secondary name, Christopher J. Green, 21, matched the appearance of the driver, police said.

The trooper informed Christopher that providing a false name would lead to an arrest and Christopher again provided the false name, police said.

He was placed into custody at 1:46 p.m. so his identity could be confirmed, police said.

Christopher was charged with second-degree criminal impersonation, a misdemeanor, and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle with more than three suspensions, a misdemeanor. He was also charged with operating a motor vehicle without a license, moving from a lane unsafely and illegal signaling, all infractions.

He was arraigned in Plattsburgh Town Court and was released from custody after providing $500 cash bail, police said.

Christopher was scheduled to reappear in court Jan. 15.

Christopher’s passenger, Christina J. Green, 43, was found to be in possession of oxycodone pills, hydrocodone, Xanax, four fennel pain relief patches and two unknown drugs, police said.

She was arrested that day at 4:19 p.m. and was charged with one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a narcotic drug, a felony, and three counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

Christina was arraigned in Plattsburgh Town Court and released on her own recognizance to reappear Jan. 15.

SCHUYLER FALLS — Three local men were arrested Jan. 6 in connection with a narcotic/drug paraphernalia possession incident.

The details of the incident could not be released Wednesday since the investigation is ongoing, said the Plattsburgh-based State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

All three men were arrested in the early morning hours of Jan. 6 on Flat Rock Road in the Town of Schuyler Falls, according to a State Police blotter entry.

Jessie J. Mashtare, 32, of Morrisonville was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, specifically a narcotic drug with intent to sell, a felony. Jessie was also charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

Joshua R. Mashtare, 30, of Plattsburgh was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, specifically a narcotic drug with intent to sell, a felony. Joshua was also charged with two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

Robert S. Gumlaw, 35, of Morrisonville was charged with possession of a hypodermic instrument, a misdemeanor, aggravated unlicensed opperation of a vehicle, a misdemeanor, and driving a motor vehicle with no license, an infraction, according to the blotter entry.

PLATTSBURGH — A Dannemora man was arrested Jan. 7 on felony forgery charges.

On Jan. 3, a man told State Police money was missing from his bank account.

The man also told police his cousin had taken an unsigned $400 check made out to cash from his residence.

On Jan. 7, Jacob C. Ball, 18, was arrested and charged with second-degree possession of a forged instrument, a felony, and petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

Ball was arraigned in Plattsburgh Town Court and sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond, police said.

The next day, charges of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, and fifth-degree possession of stolen property, a misdemeanor, relating to an incident reported Oct. 9, 2012, were logged in a State Police blotter entry for Ball.

Back in October 2012, Ball was arrested after a long State Police investigation into a report they received the morning of Nov. 13, 2010.

It is alleged that Ball caused about $1,200 worth of damage to a parked pickup truck in Peru, police said.

He was charged Oct. 21, 2012, with third-degree criminal mischief, a felony, and released on an appearance ticket for a Nov. 1, 2012, court date, police said.

— Staff Writer Felicia Krieg and Contributing Writer Andrea VanValkenburg