by webadmin | 30 Nov : 15:54 |
On October 2, 2015 – Plattsburgh City Police Detectives began a bail scam investigation after receiving a report from the Plattsburgh FedEx office concerning a 74 year old Texas woman who was the apparent victim. Investigation showed the woman received a phone call from an as yet unknown person posing as an attorney stating that her grandson had been arrested for DWI and incarcerated in the county jail and cash was needed to bail him out. The caller instructed the woman to place $21,000 between the pages of a magazine then ship via FedEx overnight delivery to 334 Cornelia St. 334 Cornelia St is a commercial mail drop store named “Plattsburgh Mail Boxes”. After sending the package the woman became suspicious, feeling she may have been scammed, and called the Plattsburgh FedEx office to stop delivery. Fortunately FedEx was able to intercept the package prior to delivery and turned it over to City Police Detectives.
On November 25, 2015 – Plattsburgh City Police Detectives received a call from a man in Colorado reporting his mother, located in Carson City NV, sent $9,000 via UPS to “Plattsburgh Mail Boxes” to bail him out of jail. Using a tracking number provided by the Colorado man detectives learned that the package had been delivered to “Plattsburgh Mail Boxes” within the last 15 minutes. Detectives responded immediately and recovered the package. Follow up investigation showed the Carson City woman had been instructed to send $9,000 cash to bail her son out of jail. She was also instructed to place the money between different pages of a magazine.
While at “Plattsburgh Mail Boxes” investigating the Colorado / Carson City complaint, detectives discovered another suspicious package waiting to be picked up. Detectives set up surveillance and waited. Several hours later a Burlington Vt. man arrived and took delivery of the package. Detectives stopped the man and determined he is the owner of a legitimate delivery business. He had been hired by another person to come to Plattsburgh to pick up the package then deliver it to a Burlington VT hotel. Investigation showed this package contained $8,000 cash and the sender received the same phone call (relative in jail, send cash for bail money) with the same packaging instructions (stick cash between pages of a magazine).
Total money returned to victims is $38,000.
Several leads have been identified, investigation continues.
How To Protect Yourself
The following are tips from the Federal Trade Commission
Know who you’re dealing with.
Try to find a seller’s physical address (not a P.O. Box) and phone number. With internet phone services and other web-based technologies, it’s tough to tell where someone is calling from. Do an online search for the company name and website, and look for reviews. If people report negative experiences, you’ll have to decide if the offer is worth the risk. After all, a deal is good only if you get a product that actually works as promised.
Know that wiring money is like sending cash.
Con artists often insist that people wire money, especially overseas, because it’s nearly impossible to reverse the transaction or trace the money. Don’t wire money to strangers, to sellers who insist on wire transfers for payment, or to anyone who claims to be a relative or friend in an emergency and wants to keep the request a secret.
Read your monthly statements.
Scammers steal account information and then run up charges or commit crimes in your name. Dishonest merchants bill you for monthly “membership fees” and other goods or services without your authorization. If you see charges you don’t recognize or didn’t okay, contact your bank, card issuer, or other creditor immediately.
After a disaster, give only to established charities.
In the aftermath of a disaster, give to an established charity, rather than one that has sprung up overnight. Pop-up charities probably don’t have the infrastructure to get help to the affected areas or people, and they could be collecting the money to finance illegal activity. For more donating tips, check out www.ftc.gov/charityfraud.
Talk to your doctor before you buy health products or treatments.
Ask about research that supports a product’s claims — and possible risks or side effects. In addition, buy prescription drugs only from licensed U.S. pharmacies. Otherwise, you could end up with products that are fake, expired, or mislabeled — in short, products that could be dangerous to your health.
Remember there's no sure thing in investing.
If someone contacts you with low-risk, high-return investment opportunities, stay away. When you hear pitches that insist you act now, that guarantee big profits, that promise little or no financial risk, or that demand that you send cash immediately, report them at ftc.gov.
What Not To Do
Don’t send money to someone you don’t know.
Not to an online seller you’ve never heard of — or an online love interest who asks for money. It’s best to do business with sites you know and trust. If you buy items through an online auction, consider using a payment option that provides protection, like a credit card.
If you think you’ve found a good deal, but you aren’t familiar with the company, check it out. Type the company or product name into your favorite search engine with terms like “review,” “complaint,” or “scam.” See what comes up — on the first page of results as well as on the later pages.
Never pay fees first for the promise of a big pay-off later — whether it’s for a loan, a job, a grant or a so-called prize.
Don’t agree to deposit a check and wire money back.
By law, banks have to make funds from deposited checks available within days, but uncovering a fake check can take weeks. You’re responsible for the checks you deposit: If a check turns out to be a fake, you’re responsible for paying back the bank. No matter how convincing the story, someone who overpays with a check is almost certainly a scam artist.
Don’t reply to messages asking for personal or financial information.
It doesn't matter whether the message comes as an email, a phone call, a text message, or an ad. Don’t click on links or call phone numbers included in the message, either. It’s called phishing. The crooks behind these messages are trying to trick you into revealing sensitive information. If you got a message like this and you are concerned about your account status, call the number on your credit or debit card — or your statement — and check on it.
Don’t play a foreign lottery.
It’s illegal to play a foreign lottery. And yet messages that tout your chances of winning a foreign lottery, or messages that claim you’ve already won, can be tempting. Inevitably, you have to pay “taxes,” “fees,” or “customs duties” to collect your prize. If you must send money to collect, you haven’t won anything.
And if you send any money, you will lose it. You won’t get any money back, either, regardless of promises or guarantees.
If You Think You’ve Been Scammed
• File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. If you are outside the U.S., file a complaint at econsumer.gov.
• Visit ftc.gov/idtheft, where you’ll find out how to minimize your risk of identity theft.
• Report scams to your state Attorney General.
If you get unsolicited email offers or spam, send the messages to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you get what looks like lottery material from a foreign country through the postal mail, take it to your local postmaster.
* Federal Trade Commission (http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0060-10-ways-avoid-fraud )
by webadmin | 29 Oct : 14:30 |
On October 28, 2015 the Plattsburgh City Police Arrested Taurian West 27 of Jersey City, New Jersey, Christopher Mason 26 of Plattsburgh, New York and Beatriz Cruz 27 of Plattsburgh, New York. The arrests stem of the execution of a search warrant by the Adirondack Drug Task Force at 49 Lafayette Street in the City of Plattsburgh.
On 10/28/15 a search warrant issued by the City of Plattsburgh Court was executed. As a result West was found to be in possession of approximately 559 individual bags of heroin. Police estimate the street value of the heroin to be over $20,000. Other items recovered were various items used in the distribution of heroin and approximately $1,500 in U.S. Currency.
West was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree a Class “B” Felony. Mason and Cruz were each charged with Criminal Nuisance 1st Degree Class “E” Felonies and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child Class “B” Misdemeanors. The Criminal Nuisance charges are a result of Cruz and Mason knowingly maintaining a residence where the unlawful sale of controlled substances was taking place. The Endangering of a Child charges are a result of mason and Cruz allowing two children ages four and six be present in their residence while heroin was being sold.
West was arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court and committed to the Clinton County Jail on $100,000 cash /$200,000 bond. Both Mason and Cruz were arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court and committed to the Clinton County Jail on $10,000 cash / $20,000 bond.
The execution of all the search warrant was a result of an investigation conducted by the Adirondack Drug Task Force which is comprised of members of the Plattsburgh City Police Department, Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, New York State Police, Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, Clinton County District Attorney’s Office and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department.
Beatriz Cruz 27 Christopher Mason 26 Taurian West 27
Submitted by Detective Matthew Bell
Contact: Chief Desmond Racicot
by webadmin | 29 Sep : 05:00 |
On September 24, 2015 the Plattsburgh City Police Arrested Russell McGee 33 of Schuyler Falls, New York, Denise Giddings 23 of Schuyler Falls New York and Travis McLean 36 of Plattsburgh, New York. The arrests stem of the execution of two separate search warrants that were executed by the Adirondack Drug Task Force.
During the execution of the first search warrant that was issued by of the Town of Plattsburgh Court, McGee was found to be in possession of approximately 32 grams of heroin. Police estimate the street value of the heroin to be in excess of $25,000. Other items recovered were various items used in the distribution of heroin and approximately $3,300 in U.S. Currency. McGee was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree a Class “B” Felony and Giddings was charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence a class “E” Felony after she attempted to destroy drug evidence. McGee was arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court and committed to the Clinton County Jail without bail. Giddings was released on an appearance ticket.
On September 24, 2015 a second search warrant was executed in the Town of Plattsburgh by the Adirondack Drug Task Force where the Plattsburgh City Police Department arrested McLean after he was found to be in possession of sixty one bags of heroin. Plattsburgh Police estimate the street value of the heroin to be approximately $2,400. McLean was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree a class “B” Felony and arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court, bail was set at $25,000 cash and $50,000 bond.
On September 29, 2015 as a result of the continuing investigation a third warrant was issued by the Schuyler Falls Town Court. As a result of the execution of the search warrant members of the Adirondack Drug Task Force recovered a loaded 25 caliber semiautomatic handgun from a vehicle believed to be owned by McGee.
The execution of all three search warrants were a result of a several month investigation conducted by the Adirondack Drug Task Force which is comprised of members of the Plattsburgh City Police Department, Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, New York State Police, Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, Clinton County District Attorney’s Office and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department.
Denise Giddings, 23 Russell McGee, 33 Travis McLean, 36
Submitted by Det.Matthew Bell
Contact: Chief Desmond Racicot
by webadmin | 18 Sep : 09:20 |
On September 16, 2015 at approximately 11:05 pm, Plattsburgh Police responded to the industrial complex off Wall Street in the City of Plattsburgh for a report of an individual who had been assaulted with a knife. Responding Officers identified the victim as Ryan Grigware (22) of 57 Clinton Street, Plattsburgh. The suspect had fled the area prior to the arrival of the Police.
Through their investigation, Detectives identified the suspect as Seth Adolfsen (32) of 7 Hilltop Way, Plattsburgh. Investigating Officers learned Grigware and Adolfsen, who were known to one another, became involved in an altercation as Adolfsen was walking home from work. During the altercation, Adolfsen allegedly stabbed Grigware multiple times in the upper leg/thigh area with a folding knife. After the assault, Adolfsen fled on foot; however, Grigware was able to call Police.
Grigware was transported to UVM Medical Center, CVPH where he underwent emergency surgery for the stab wounds to his legs. Adolfsen was later located at his Hilltop Way residence and taken into custody. A search warrant was executed at 7 Hilltop Way on Thursday where several articles of evidence relating to the assault were located.
Seth Adolfsen was charged with one count of Assault in the Second Degree (Class C Felony) and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree (Class D) Felony. He was arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court on Thursday evening and remanded to the Clinton County Jail in lieu of $40,000 bail/ $80,000 bond.
Submitted by Sgt. Bradley Kiroy
Contact: Chief Desmond Racicot
by webadmin | 07 Sep : 10:45 |
On September 5, 2015 at approximately 8:12 pm, Plattsburgh Police responded to 118 Sailly Avenue in the City of Plattsburgh for a report of an individual who had been assaulted with a knife. Responding Officers identified the victim as Samuel Lepore (41) of 118 Sailly Avenue. The suspect fled on foot prior to the arrival of the Police. Through their investigation, Detectives identified the suspect as Christopher Morgan (45) of 396 Margaret Street, Plattsburgh. Detectives learned LePore and Morgan became involved in an argument after drinking together for several hours that afternoon. During the argument, Morgan stabbed LePore one time in the upper chest with a folding knife and then fled on foot. After the assault, neighbors called 911. LePore was ultimately transported to UVM Medical Center, CVPH where he was treated for a puncture wound to his upper chest and lacerations to his hands. Morgan was later located at his Margaret Street residence and taken into custody without further incident.
Christopher Morgan was charged with one count of Assault in the First Degree (Class B Felony) and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree (Class D) Felony. He was arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court on Sunday Morning and remanded to the Clinton County Jail.
Submitted by Sgt. Bradley Kiroy
Contact: Chief Desmond Racicot
by webadmin | 30 Jul : 04:00 |
On Tuesday July 28th, 2015 Members of the Adirondack Drug Task Force and Plattsburgh Police Department arrested Darrel Chinn on a Bench Warrant issued from Kings County Court Brooklyn, NY. The Bench Warrant was issued for failure to appear on a Reckless Endangerment charge from 2014. In addition the New York Police Department was seeking Chinn for questioning in regards to an attempted Murder investigation from June 2015.
Chinn was arrested as he exited the Amtrak train in the City of Plattsburgh without incident. Upon being processed at the Plattsburgh Police Department Chinn was found to be in possession of 20 grams of uncut compressed heroin. Included in Chinn’s property were scales, spoons and packaging supplies which are commonly used to distribute heroin. Compressed heroin is usually mixed with other substances, then packaged and sold. After being cut the approximate street value of the heroin could reach up to $90,000.00.
Darrel Chinn, 22, Jefferson Ave., Brooklyn NY 11221
Criminal Possession of a controlled substance the 3rd degree a class “B” felony
Darrel Chinn, 22
Chinn appeared before Hon. Mark Rogers in Plattsburgh City Court and committed to the Clinton County Jail under $100,000.00 dollars bail.
Authorized by: Chief Desmond Racicot
by webadmin | 24 Jul : 12:49 |
Shortly after 4:00 am on July 24, 2015 the Plattsburgh Police Department received two 911 calls reporting an altercation on Clinton St. Responding patrols located a group of people in the area of Clinton and Oak St who stated that they saw a man wearing a red bandana over his face, carrying a stick, pounding on doors and windows of buildings located along Clinton St.
A description was broadcast and officers began searching the area. At about the same time, 19 year old Joshua Forster came out of his Clinton St apartment and reported to officers that a man wearing a red bandana over his face assaulted him with a stick and demanded his cell phone. The man hit Forster several times in the face with the stick then fled the area on foot without the phone.
As patrols searched, other witnesses reported seeing a man fitting the description headed south on South Catherine then moments later running across Broad St towards Couch St where he was spotted by a patrol and apprehended. The man was identified as Keith R. Bassett, age 33 of Plattsburgh and charged with the following crimes:
• Robbery in the First Degree, a class B Felony
• Assault in the Second Degree, a class D Felony
• Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd Degree, a class D Felony
Bassett is currently being held in the Plattsburgh PD lockup awaiting arraignment in Plattsburgh City Court.
Joshua Forster’s injuries consisted of contusions to the face and neck area. He did not seek medical treatment.
Keith R. Bassett, 33
Chief Desmond J. Racicot
by webadmin | 24 Jun : 13:20 |
June 23rd, 2015 at about 3:30pm members of the Adirondack Drug Task Force, assisted by members of the Plattsburgh Police Department, went to an apartment building located at 64 Margaret St. in the City of Plattsburgh to serve a warrant on Brandon Griffith, age 35. Griffith had been indicted by a Clinton County Grand Jury on the following charges:
• Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th degree, a class C felony (2 counts)
• Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th degree, a class D felony (2 counts)
Upon entering Griffith’s 3rd floor apartment officers discovered an active Meth Lab, various drug paraphernalia, including precursors for the manufacture of meth, finished product (Meth), used syringes and two other occupants. Due to hazardous by-products created during the manufacture of methamphetamine which include toxic fumes and fire hazard Margaret St, between Bridge St and Broad St, was blocked to vehicular and pedestrian traffic for approximately 6 hours. Plattsburgh City Fire Department responded to assist in evacuating residents of 64 Margaret and staged for the possibility of a fire. Approximately 15 residents of the building were evacuated.
Specially trained Drug Task Force members working in protective clothing and filter masks collected evidence, made safe the lab and separated out harmful chemicals. A hazardous materials disposal company from Vermont responded to the scene and removed harmful items for safe disposal.
The two occupants of Griffith’s apartment were identified as Dale Waldron, age 40 of Plattsburgh and Arthur Southwell, age 40 also of Plattsburgh. They were each charged with one count of Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine 3rd degree, a class D Felony.
All three were transported to the Plattsburgh Police Department for processing. Griffith was lodged at the Clinton County Jail on the indictment. Waldron and Southwell spent the night in the city police lockup, arraigned this morning in City Court then transported to Clinton County Jail. No bail set on Waldron. Southwell’s bail set at $50,000 bond, $100,000 cash.
Investigation continues and numerous other charges are pending.
The Adirondack drug task force consists of members from the Clinton County Sheriff's Department, Clinton County District Attorney's Office, New York State Police, DEA, US border patrol, Homeland Security and Plattsburgh Police Department.
Brandon Griffith, 35 Arthur Southwell, 40 Dale Waldron, 40
Contact: Chief Desmond Racicot
by webadmin | 24 Jun : 13:00 |
On Sunday June 21st, 2015, the Plattsburgh City Police Department received a call from a resident of 71 Clinton Street who reported a burglary to his apartment. It was reported the resident was missing approx. $3500.00 cash and a black duffle bag of electronics. As officers inspected the location for evidence of the crime, they located a large amount of Marihuana and a 12 gauge shotgun. All contraband and the shotgun were seized by officers.
On Tuesday June 23rd, Detectives and uniformed officers executed a search warrant at 432 Margaret Street apt#76 (Golden Gate Motel). Officers located a large cache of marihuana and cash inside the apartment. Also located inside the apartment was a set of brass knuckles; which is classified as an illegal weapon in the State of New York.
Arrested as a result of this investigation are:
Marc T. Woodley, 30 of 71 Clinton Street Plattsburgh, charged with Criminal Possession of Marihuana in the 3rd degree a class “E” felony
Carolann Peters, 47 of 432 Margaret Street Plattsburgh, charged with Criminal Possession of Marihuana in the 4th degree a class “A” misdemeanor
Daniel Peters, 37 of 432 Margaret Street, charged with Criminal Possession of Marihuana in the 2nd degree a class “D” felony, and Criminal possession of a weapon in the 3rd degree, a class “D” felony. The weapon charge is based on the possession of brass knuckles and his criminal history.
Dan Peters was arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court on June 24th, 2015 and remanded to the Clinton County Jail under no bail.
Carolann Peters was released on an appearance ticket pending further court action in Plattsburgh City Court on July 7th, 2015.
Marc Woodley was released on an appearance ticket pending further court action in City Court on June 30th, 2015.
The estimated weight of the marihuana seized from Clinton Street is approx. one pound.
Located at the Margaret Street location: Daniel Peter was found to be in possession approx. two pounds; Carolann Peters was in possession of approx. 200 grams.
Photographs of all the defendants are available upon request.
Authorized by: Chief Desmond Racicot
by webadmin | 08 May : 09:15 |
Location: Saranac River from Adirondack Lane to Pine Street, City of Plattsburgh, County of Clinton, State of New York.
Details: The Saranac River cleanup project is entering a new phase starting Friday May 08, 2015. Preparations are under way to start constructing a river diverting dam in the area of the old Saranac Street Bridge (just upstream of the Plattsburgh Police Department). The diverting dam will consist of steel sheeting and concrete blocks placed in the middle of the river and will be hazardous to anyone traveling on the river through that section. Signs and buoys have been placed in and around the river requiring people to exit in the area across from 90 Pine Street. This is a temporary but mandatory exit point. ALL tubers, boaters, kayakers, canoers, fishermen (all persons) are prohibited from trespassing within the river construction zone. This section of the river is fenced and posted "No Trespassing" as there is a risk of serious injury or death if these warnings are ignored.
The river cleanup / construction company has installed a set of stairs leading from the river's edge, up the bank to Pine Street (across from 90 Pine Street). Once out of the river you may walk down Pine Street to the Kennedy Bridge on Broad Street and re-enter the water.
Anyone violating these no trespassing provisions will subject themselves to arrest. Criminal Trespass in the third degree is a class "B" misdemeanor.
Questions related to the construction project should be directed to:
(ARCADIS) on behalf of NYSEG
NYSEG Public Relations
Chief Desmond J. Racicot
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