FELONY ARRESTS

SARANAC LAKE — A Moira man was arrested on a warrant for allegedly violating conditions of a release.

At 2 p.m. Tuesday, Malone-based State Police arrested Timothy M. Machain, 33, on a warrant issued by Saranac Lake Village Court for allegedly violating the conditions of his release from a previous felony arrest, according to a press release from the Saranac Lake Police Department.

State Police transported Machain and placed him in the custody of Saranac Lake Police.

He was arraigned in Saranac Lake Village Court and sent without bail to Franklin County Jail.

He is due to reappear in court on April 22, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.

DEC VIOLATION

TUPPER LAKE — A Tupper Lake man pleaded guilty last week to 31 violations of Environmental Conservation Law related to illegal trapping.

Terry J. Hurteau, 56, entered his guilty pleas in an appearance in Tupper Lake Town Court on March 6, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation said in a press release.

Hurteau was ordered to pay $3,875 in fines and surcharges.

On Feb. 11, the DEC Police charged Hurteau with offenses including unlawfully setting 15 snares for coyote, multiple counts for unlawful use of body-gripping traps on land and multiple counts of failing to tag traps, the DEC said in a press release.

He was issued appearance tickets for Tupper Lake Town Court.

DEC officers initially responded to complaints about a coyote running through the yards of some Tupper Lake residences, according to the release.

The callers reported that the coyote looked to be injured and tangled in what appeared to be wire, the DEC said.

Environmental Conservation officers located the coyote by tracking it through the snow. Due to the extent of its injuries and its entanglement in the snare, the animal was euthanized, the DEC said.

But the officers were able to use the snare to begin the investigation that led them to Hurteau, the DEC said.

Hurteau’s activities were extreme and flagrant violations of trapping law and regulation, the DEC said in the release.

They do not reflect the behavior of the vast majority of ethical trappers, the DEC said.

PERSONAL INJURY ACCIDENTS

SCHROON — A Plattsburgh woman was injured in a car accident March 15, according to a police blotter entry.

Shortly before 6 p.m., Chelsea Ensel, 22, of Plattsburgh was traveling north in the passing lane on I-87 near mile post 85 in the Town of Schroon when she allegedly lost control of her car due to unsafe speed and slippery road conditions, Ray Brook-based State Police said.

Ensel’s vehicle left the road via the east shoulder, struck a snow embankment and overturned, police said.

Information on the nature of her injuries and where she was transported was not available.

Any ticket information was also not available.

— By Staff Writer Felicia Krieg

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