January 9, 2013

Police Log: Jan. 9, 2013


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PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man was arrested on felony reckless endangerment charges Saturday.

The roommate of James Carraway Jr., 20, called the Plattsburgh City Police Department to report an incident at the apartment he shares with Carraway, Police Chief Desmond Racicot said.

Police responded to the residence on South Catherine Street Saturday afternoon, Racicot said.

The man who reported the incident told police that Carraway had threatened to kill him and a neighbor who was visiting the apartment, the chief said.

Carraway also allegedly menaced his roommate with a knife and threw items around the residence, Racicot said. He also told police that Carraway was in the residence and may have a baseball bat. Police entered the residence from the rear of the apartment and Carraway attempted to flee, Racicot said.

Upon entering the residence, officers smelled something burning. The odor was found to be a burner on a stove in the kitchen that Carraway had allegedly put a pot cover over and left on intentionally in an attempt to burn down the apartment building, Racicot said. The burner was smoldering.

Officers spoke to Carraway in the upstairs of the apartment, Racicot said.

A resident from another apartment in the building was also interviewed by police.

Carraway’s roommate provided police both with a video and written statement as to what occurred in the apartment, Racicot said.

Carraway was arrested shortly before 7 p.m. at the police station. He was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, a felony, and second-degree menacing, a misdemeanor.

He was arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court Saturday and remained in the Clinton County Jail Tuesday in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.


KEESEVILLE — A furnace malfunction in a residence may have caused a fire in the heating device Monday evening.

The Keeseville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a trailer at 2371 Route 9 in Keeseville shortly after 5 p.m. after one of the residents reported the fire, according to Clinton County Fire Control.

Fire Chief Dave Perky said an elderly man and woman, who were renting the home, were both transported to CVPH for smoke inhalation. The man also had minor burns, Perky said.

The names of the two individuals and their health conditions were not available Monday.

The name of the person who owns the property was also unavailable.

Perky said he was unsure whether the two people had renter’s insurance.

When the Fire Department arrived, the home was smokey but the fire was already out, Perky said. The Fire Department ventilated the area and cut power to the furnace, he said.

The fire was confined to the furnace, Perky said.

The furnace was damaged but there was no other damage to the home, Perky said.

The Keeseville Volunteer Fire Department was back in service by 5:42 p.m.


NORTH ELBA — A Pennsylvania man was transported to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake after a three-car accident Dec. 26.

Shortly before 2:40 p.m., a car driven by Caldwell Lever, 29, of Toronto, Ontario, was stopped at a stop sign on John Brown Road facing north just past the intersection of Old Military Road, Ray Brook-based State Police said.

Lever allegedly failed to observe a vehicle traveling west on Old Military Road driven by Sanford L. Warter, 56, of Jay. Lever’s vehicle entered into the roadway into the lane of travel of Warter’s car, police said.

Warter was unable to avoid striking Lever’s vehicle. Lever’s car then traveled across Old Military Road and struck another car driven by Timothy K. Sullivan, 49, of Malvern, Penn., police said. Sullivan was facing south at a stop sign on John Brown Road, according to police.

Warter was taken to AMC Saranac Lake where he was treated and released with a headache, police said.

Lever and Sullivan were not injured in the accident.

HARRIETSTOWN — Two men were injured in a one-car accident Dec. 22.

Shortly before 11 p.m., Gordon A. Wells, 62, of Saranac Lake was driving west on State Route 86 just past the road’s intersection with Route 186 when he lost control of the vehicle on slushy, snow-covered roads, according to Ray Brook-based State Police.

The vehicle crossed the opposite lane of travel and left the road, striking two mailboxes and a large tree, police said.

Wells complained of chest, back and head pain after he was extricated from the vehicle by a Jaws of Life device, police said.

Transported to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake with him was Ralph A. Wells, 53, of Saranac Lake, who suffered crushing injuries to his legs and was also extricated from the vehicle, police said.

Gordon and Ralph’s health conditions were not available Tuesday.

CLINTON — A Clyde, N.Y., man was injured in a one-car accident Dec. 13.

Alan J. Lashomb, 50, told police he was traveling northwest on State Route 11 near the intersection with State Route 189 in the Town of Clinton when he fell asleep causing his vehicle to exit the north shoulder of the road, striking a sign post, Ray Brook-based State Police said.

Lashomb then over-corrected, which caused his vehicle to roll onto its side, police said.

It was unknown whether Lashomb was injured or transported to a health care facility because the trooper’s report was incomplete. Lashomb was not listed as being in CVPH Medical Center Tuesday.

MOOERS — A Mooers Forks man was injured in a one-car accident Dec. 11.

Shortly before 7:20 a.m., Mose J. Manor, 50, was driving south on Cannon Corners Road in the Town of Mooers at a unsafe speed for the road conditions, Ray Brook-based police said.

Manor left the west shoulder of the roadway, striking several small trees.

Manor was transported by private vehicle to CVPH Medical Center where he was treated and released.

LONG LAKE — A New Hampshire man was injured in a one-car accident Dec. 14.

The accident was shortly before 7:57 p.m. Alexander W. Pelletier, 19, of Franklin, N.H., was transported from the crash site for treatment of injuries, Ray Brook-based police said.

The trooper’s accident report was incomplete and further information was unavailable.

SCHROON LAKE — A woman was injured in a one-car accident Nov. 19.

Miranda Dezalia, 17, whose town of residence was unavailable, was traveling west on Hoffman Road in the Town of Schroon shortly before 12:27 p.m. when she lost control of the vehicle because of slippery pavement, according to Lewis-based State Police.

Dezalia’s vehicle left the north side of the roadway and struck a fence, two trees and a car in a driveway, police said.

The accident report was incomplete and it was unknown where Dezalia was transported for treatment of her injuries or her condition of health.

MINERVA — A North Creek man was injured in a one-car accident Nov. 19.

Shortly before 6:09 p.m., a vehicle driven by Eric Kanierim, 38, was traveling south on Route 28N in the Town of Minerva when it exited the east side of the roadway, struck an earth embankment and rolled over onto the driver’s side.

The accident report was incomplete and it was unknown where Kanierim was transported for treatment of his injuries or his condition of health.

— By Staff Writer Felicia Krieg and Contributing Writer Matthew Hamilton