CITY FIRE 

PLATTSBURGH — City of Plattsburgh Police were investigating a fire in the back of a pickup truck early Friday morning.

Around 3:24 a.m. on Sept. 13, a mattress in the back of a pickup truck on Marion Street near Brinkerhoff Street, was spotted on fire in the back of a black 2015 Dodge Ram truck.

Firefighters from the City Fire Department responded and extinguished the blaze, but the truck was significantly damaged.

Police said the fire appeared to be intentionally set, and an investigation was continuing.

 

FELONY ARRESTS 

CONSTABLE — A Constable man was charged with a felony following a domestic incident here Sept. 2, State Police say.

Thomas M. Gratton, 62, allegedly caused damages in excess of $1,000 to a victim’s home on State Route 22, State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman said, before giving troopers false information about his identity.

Gratton was allegedly also found to be in possession of a small quantity of marijuana, and he was charged with second-degree criminal mischief, a felony, false impersonation, a misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

He was arraigned in Constable Town Court and sent to Franklin County Jail on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond.

Gratton is scheduled to reappear in court Oct. 9.

BOMBAY — A Fort Covington man was arrested here Sept. 3 in connection with two reports of burglaries and larcenies, State Police say.

Mattew J. Jacobs, 30, allegedly broke into three locations in the Fort Covington area in June and August.

He stole multiple items from the locations, including a 2014 Man Cave Toy Hauler trailer that was later found in Canada, Fleishman said.

Jacobs was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, all felonies.

He was arraigned in Bombay Town Court and sent to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond.

St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police and the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Services assisted State Police throughout these investigations, Fleishman added.

MALONE — A Franklin County Correctional Facility inmate was found in possession of contraband here Sept. 4, State Police say.

A guard at the 45 Bare Hill Rd. location allegedly found Katie M. Fleury, 34, in possession of a quantity of buprenorphine hydrochloride pills within the facility, Fleishman said.

She was charged with first-degree promoting prison contraband, a felony, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, and controlled substance not in original container, a violation.

Fleury was arraigned in Moira Town Court and remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man was charged after police investigated a theft at the Rip Van Winkle Motel here Sept. 5, State Police say.

Raleigh L. Eldred, 72, was arrested for unlawfully entering a common area of the motel and stealing the victims personal belongings, Fleishman said. He had previously been banned from the property.

He was charged with third-degree burglary, a felony, and arraigned in Plattsburgh Town Court.

He was sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail or $1,000 bond.

ROUSES POINT — An Alburgh, Vt., man received felony DWI charges here Sept. 7, a State Police press release says.

Officers conducted a traffic stop on a 2000 Mercury Sable for failing to keep right on Pratt Street, the release said, and the driver was identified as Timothy S. Tatro, 64. 

Tatro's alleged blood alchohol content of 0.18 percent led to him being charged with driving while intoxicated, as well as an aggravated DWI charge. The charges were made felonies due to prior DWI convictions, the release said. 

He was arraigned in Champlain Town Court and sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $250 cash bail or $500 bond. 

CHATEAUGAY — A Massena man was charged after allegedly stealing a toolbox here July 3, State Police say.

Matthew J. Prue, 32, was charged with third-degree burglary, a felony, after allegedly stealing a tool box from a garage on a County 35 property he used to rent, Fleishman said.

He was arraigned in Malone Town Court on Sept. 9 and released under probationary supervision.

CHAMPLAIN — A Champlain man was charged in relation to two reports of fraud at O’Reilly Auto Parts locations, State Police say.

State Police received a report Aug. 26 that an O’Reilly Auto Parts customer had disputed charges made to his credit account at the Plattsburgh and Rouses Point store locations, Fleishman said.

An investigation found that Patrick M. Paquette, 30, had allegedly charged $988.13 to the victim’s account.

He was charged Sept. 10 with second-degree identity theft, a felony, and petit larceny, a misdemeanor, and was arraigned in Plattsburgh Town Court before being released on his own recognizance.

He is due back in court Oct. 22.

FORT COVINGTON — A traffic stop initiated by United States Border Patrol ended with two felony charges, State Police say.

USBP pulled over a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country on State Route 37 here Sept. 12, Fleishman said, before calling State Police to assist.

Officers allegedly found a glass smoking pipe with cocaine residue in the possession of passenger Arcyla J Kearney, 45, of Malone.

Another passenger, Rebecca R. Whitney, 48, of Malone, was found allegedly in possession of a quantity of cocaine, Fleishman added.

Both Kearney and Whitney were charged with one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony. Kearney also received a misdemeanor seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Both Kearney and Whitney were arraigned in Malone Town Court and remanded to Franklin County Jail. Whitney was held in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond while Kearney was held in lieu of $3,000 cash bail or $6,000 bond.

Their driver, Jeremy F. Soulier, 40, of Constable, was not charged.

TUPPER LAKE — A Malta man was arrested for felony DWI charges here Sept. 12, State Police say.

Christopher J. Hyde, 57, was driving a 2017 Nissan pickup truck north on State Route 30 when he was pulled over for going 74 mph in a 55 mph speed zone, Fleishman said.

A test allegedly found Hyde’s blood alcohol content to be 0.09 percent and he received felony DWI charges as well as a ticket for speeding.

He was released on tickets to reappear in Tupper Lake Town Court on Sept. 18.

DICKINSON — A domestic dispute ended with one arrest here Sept. 15, State Police say.

Troopers responded to the report of the incident at a Route 11B residence to find James P. Wolf, 24, of Parishville, who had allegedly assaulted a female victim causing visible injuries to her face, Fleishman said.

When officers attempted to place Wolf into custody, he allegedly resisted and continued resisting as they were attempting to place him into a police vehicle.

The alleged victim was brought to Alice Hyde Medical Center to be treated for her injuries.

Wolf was charged with second-degree assault, a felony, and resisting arrest, fourth-degree criminal mischief and criminal obstruction of breathing, all misdemeanors.

He was arraigned in Dickinson Town Court and sent to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail, $10,000 bond.

PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man was charged with making a terroristic threat here Sept. 15, a State Police press release says.

New York State Police, Plattsburgh City Police Department, and SUNY Plattsburgh Police Department were notified Sunday of social media posts referencing threats targeting “Saranac,” the release said. 

A joint investigation found the alleged publisher of the posts to be Dominic J. Rainey, 29, of Plattsburgh.

He was charged with one count of making a terroristic threat, a felony, and was remanded to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. 

Local law enforcement, including school resource officers working with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, have received no credible information that these threats targeted any particular building, school, or community.

Based on the investigation conducted thus far, it is believed these threats were made at an individual, and this subject has been notified of these postings.

If any member of the community has information concerning a threat to the public, they are encouraged to contact law enforcement as soon as possible.

 — Compiled by Staff Writer Ben Watson

 

 

 

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