May 23, 2013

Police Log: May 23, 2013


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HUDSON, Quebec — The U.S. Geographical Survey reported a small earthquake in the Ontario-Quebec border region Tuesday.

The earthquake measured 2.7 on the Richter Scale, the U.S. Geographical Survey reported.

The quake happened shortly after 4:40 p.m. about 63 miles away from Plattsburgh near Hudson, Quebec, according to the U.S. Geographical Survey.

Hudson is about 36 miles away from Montreal.


MOIRA — A Brushton woman was charged with criminal mischief and petit larceny Monday.

Chantel A. Snyder, 31, allegedly stole some cinder blocks from the foundation of a residence in Moira and used them to make a fire pit next door to the residence, Malone-based State Police said.

Snyder was arrested at 15 Maple Leaf Dr. in the Town of Moira, according to a State Police blotter entry.

She was charged with third-degree criminal mischief of property valued at more than $250, a felony, and petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

Snyder was arraigned in Moira Town Court and is scheduled to reappear there on June 19, police said.

PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man was charged Tuesday in connection with Workers’ Compensation fraud.

It is alleged that Kevin J. Labombard, 49, continued to work as a property maintenance employee without reporting to the New York State Insurance Fraud, thereby receiving Workers’ Compensation benefits to which he was not entitled, according to a news release from the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office.

Labombard was charged Tuesday morning with committing a fraudulent practice, a felony.

He was arraigned in Champlain Town Court before Justice John Favreau and was sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond, the DA’s Office said in the release.

Labombard is scheduled to appear in Plattsburgh City Court at 10 a.m. today.

Clinton County Assistant District Attorney Jason Marx will prosecute the case.

The DA’s office has an anonymous tip line to report any type of revenue fraud at their website,

PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man was charged Sunday with criminal contempt and attempted assault.

Frederic Gaucher, 36, allegedly attempted to assault a woman with whom he was in a domestic relationship, said Plattsburgh City Police Lt. Scott Beebie.

On Sunday, officers responded to a residence on Cornelia Street in the City of Plattsburgh for a report of a domestic incident, Beebie said.

There they found a man, woman and a 9-year-old child, he said.

A judge had previously issued a refrain from illicit contact order of protection for the woman, Beebie said.

It is alleged that Gaucher grabbed and pushed the woman, pinning her against a counter, he said.

He allegedly screamed at the woman and while she was trying to break free from him, he squeezed her hand, causing her pain, the lieutenant said.

Gaucher continued to restrain the woman against her will, Beebie said.

Gaucher was arrested shortly after 9 p.m. that day and was charged with first-degree criminal contempt, a felony; endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor; and third-degree attempted assault with intent to cause physical injury, a misdemeanor.

Gaucher was held overnight before his arraignment in Plattsburgh City Court on Monday, Beebie said.

He was sent to Clinton County Jail, Beebie said.

He is scheduled to reappear in City Court on June 12.

CONSTABLE — A Malone man was charged with assault May 16.

Malone-based State Police said that Zachary J. Butchino, 25, had hit a person in a face with a beer bottle at Tony’s Bar & Restaurant in Constable.

The incident was originally reported to police at 12:13 a.m. on March 24, 2013, according to a State Police blotter entry.

Butchino was arrested at 3327 State Route 11 in the Town of Malone, according to the blotter entry.

He was charged with assault with a weapon with intent to cause physical injury, a felony.

He was arraigned in Malone Town Court and released to reappear in Constable Town Court on May 28, police said.


FORT COVINGTON — Five people sustained injuries following a two-car accident Saturday, police said.

Shortly before 11:26 a.m., Matthew J. Hall, 25, of Massena was traveling eastbound on State Route 37 near Gove Street in the Town of Fort Covington when he attempted to turn left into the Twin Leaf parking lot and allegedly failed to yield to the right of way of a vehicle traveling west on State Route 37 driven by Camille L. White, 31, of Fort Covington, Malone-based State Police said.

White’s vehicle struck Hall’s, police said.

Hall and his passengers, Elizabeth Bushey, 23, of Massena; Olivia Hall, 4, of Massena; and Tiana Hall, a Massena resident who was born earlier this year, were taken to Massena Memorial Hospital where they were treated and later released, police said.

White and her passenger, Halle Lazore, 9, of Fort Covington, were taken to Alice Hyde Medical Center where they were treated and released, police said.

Hall was ticketed for failure to yield to the right of way when making a left turn, police said.

MALONE — A Malone man was injured in a one-car accident May 16.

Shortly before 3:41 p.m., Raymond P. Nichols, 17, was traveling south on Webster Street in the Town of Malone when he rounded a corner and lost control of his vehicle, exiting the east shoulder of the road and striking a sign post, Malone-based State Police said.

Nichols was taken to Alice Hyde Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, police said.

Nichols was ticketed for failure to reduce speed and failure to keep right.

— By Staff Writer Felicia Krieg