by webadmin | 20 Sep : 03:45 |
At approximately 1:15AM this date, City Police received a 911 call reporting a structure fire
at 15 Couch Street, a multi-unit apartment house in the City of Plattsburgh belonging to Tom Latinville.
Patrol Officers responded with the fire department. Upon their arrival, the flames were emanating from the second and third stories. A 21 year old female was trapped in a third story window until the fire department could get to her with a ladder and rescue her. She was taken to CVPH and then airlifted to the ClarkBurn Center at Syracuse Upstate University Hospital for treatment. Her condition has been listed as serious.
City Detectives were called in to investigate the cause and origin of the fire. It was determined the fire was accidental and started in electrical wiring within the walls of a second story apartment.
A total of 11 people have been displaced by the fire both college students and local residents. The American Red Cross and representatives from Plattsburgh State University were on scene to assist with temporary housing.
Contact Chief Desmond Racicot
by webadmin | 07 Aug : 03:55 |
On this date, members of the Plattsburgh Police Department Detective Division arrested Michael D. Staley (36) of Plattsburgh on 24 misdemeanor counts of Abandonment of Animals, in violation of NY Agriculture and Markets Law section 355. Staley is currently being held at the Plattsburgh Police Department lock-up awaiting arraignment in Plattsburgh City Court.
On August 2nd, Staley allegedly removed 24 puppies from his wife's business, Northern Puppies, and then abandoned them in remote locations across Clinton County. To date, 19 puppies have been recovered by police and area volunteers.
Photo: Michael D. Staley
Contact: Chief Desmond Racicot
by webadmin | 06 Aug : 03:42 |
At approximately 3:42am a southbound train operated by CP Rail struck and killed an adult female between the Saranac River train trestle and Green St in the city of Plattsburgh.
The victim has been identified as Virginia T. Merrill, 32 of Plattsburgh. Plattsburgh Police are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident.
Although the facts are not yet certain, preliminary information suggests the person was laying on the tracks as the train approached. An autopsy was performed at CVPH earlier today, the results of which are pending.
Contact: Chief Desmond Racicot
by webadmin | 05 Aug : 04:00 |
On Saturday morning, August 3, 2013, an employee of Northern Puppies pet store, 11 Plattsburgh Plaza, reported the store burglarized. When the employee arrived at the store she found the back door forced open. Money had been stolen from the cash register and shelving units had been knocked over. 24 puppies between the ages of 8 weeks and 6 months had been stolen.
Later Saturday night, police learned a family who lives near Strackville Road in Peasleeville, NY found a German Shepard puppy in the woods. A few hours later members of that family and friends went searching in the same general area and found another German Shepard puppy.
Police were able to identify the dogs as those that had been reported stolen from Northern Puppies. Saturday night and Sunday police used All Terrain Vehicles and searched the woods in Saranac, Peasleeville and Dannemora areas. Police located another puppy in the woods in the area of Collins Road and Pup Hill Road. Three more of the Northern Puppies dogs were found by residents in the area and turned in to a local veterinarian and shelter.
Through the investigation, police determined the person responsible for the reported burglary and theft of the dogs is Michael Staley of Plattsburgh NY (DOB 02/26/77). Staley is married to Tammy Staley who is the licensed owner of Northern Puppies pet store. (Tammy Staley DOB 06/29/80 – was charged on July 10th, 2013 with 20 counts of animal cruelty.)
Michael Staley admitted to police he faked the burglary and stole the dogs. Mr. Staley told police he abandoned them in numerous wooded locations around Clinton County. He told police he dumped the animals to avoid large veterinarian bills, because the dogs were sick.
City Police continued searching Sunday evening and found six more puppies in the area of Macomb State Park in Peru. Police also learned another puppy had been found in Dannemora. To this point, 13 of the 24 puppies have been recovered.
These puppies are animals of interest in a current criminal investigation involving the business and some may be very sick. As a result of the investigation into the treatment of these animals, City Police Detectives learned the dogs have been exposed to: Coccidia, Ring Worm and Parvo.
Police are now asking for your help in locating the rest of the puppies. Dogs may be in these general areas.
Macomb State Park and surroundings forests and the following roads in the Plattsburgh, Saranac and Redford areas:
Davis Pond Rd.
Burnt Hill Rd.
Pup Hill Rd.
Ore Bed Rd.
Kent Falls Rd.
If you locate one of these puppies, call City Police at 563 – 3411. These dogs may have the aforementioned diseases of Coccidia, Ring Worm and Parvo. These are contagious illnesses to other animals. Dogs can also pass the fungal ring worm infection to people.
The dogs that have been found are currently being cared for at Eagle’s Nest Veterinary Clinic in Plattsburgh.
The investigation is continuing and criminal charges are pending.
Contact: Chief Desmond J. Racicot
by webadmin | 17 Jul : 12:50 |
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 continues. 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 have been erected 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 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.
Contact NYSEG public relations at (518) 664-9534 ext. 353 with any questions regarding the river construction / cleanup site.
Chief Desmond J. Racicot
by webadmin | 10 Jul : 10:00 |
The Plattsburgh City Police Department arrested TAMMY STALEY, 33 of Plattsburgh, owner of Northern Puppies pet store in the Plattsburgh Plaza on 20 counts of cruelty to animals. Officers from the Plattsburgh Police Department in conjunction with members of the Agriculture and Markets Division of Animal Industry opened the investigation in June 2013. As the investigation continued, a spot inspection was conducted by uniformed officers and Ag. & Markets staff revealing deceased kittens, and several kittens in poor health in a back room of the shop. In addition to this several animals were found caged in inappropriate sized enclosures, covered in their own feces and urine, and quarantined animals were being housed along with non-quarantined animals. As a result of this inspection, some 18 kittens of mixed breeds were seized and transported to Eagles Nest Veterinary Hospital due to multiple medical issues including: ring worm, malnutrition, ear mites, flees, eye and respiratory infections. During the course of treatment of the 18 seized kittens, three more have succumbed to their medical issues, totaling 5 deceased to date.
Staley’s license to operate the pet store has been suspended pending an Ag & Markets hearing in Albany on July 16th. The remaining animals in the store were ordered to be medically cleared by a certified veterinarian. Since the date of the seizures, the remaining animals have been seen by a Vet, and food and water have been provided on a daily basis. Once the seized animals are healthy enough to leave the hospital they will be placed in foster care until the completion of the criminal case.
Staley was released pending a court date on July 25th in Plattsburgh City Court. Each count of Animal Cruelty is a class “A” misdemeanor.
Contact: Chief Desmond Racicot
Photo: Tammy Staley
by webadmin | 21 Jun : 09:48 |
On Friday June 21st, 2013 at approx. 4:38pm, the Plattsburgh Police Department received a report of a two car motor vehicle accident with one vehicle rolling over. Officers arrived to find a 2012 GMC all-terrain vehicle on its roof. The driver, Tammy Hester, 49 of Plattsburgh was south bound on Prospect Ave. The second vehicle was operated by Malone Maxwell, 20 of Brooklyn NY was travelling East on Cornelia Street. The vehicles collided in the south-east corner of the intersection resulting in the Hester vehicle flipping over onto its roof. Hester was trapped inside the vehicle and had to be extricated by District #3 fire department. Once she was removed from the vehicle, she was transported to CVPH. The extent of her injuries is believed to be minor. Plattsburgh Police Department accident reconstruction team was called into reconstruct and investigate the accident. The intersection of Cornelia and Prospect was partially closed with traffic being diverted away from the investigation. The Police Department is actively investigating this incident and is requesting anyone with information to please contact us at 563-3411.
The Plattsburgh City Police Department received assistance with this incident from: the New York State police, University Police Dept., The Plattsburgh Fire Department and the District #3 fire department. Contact: Chief Desmond Racicot
by webadmin | 07 Mar : 16:08 |
Yesterday evening at 8:15 PM, City Police Officers arrested DANIEL W. BURKE, 60 yrs, of 3 Charles Way, Plattsburgh, on Margaret Street in Plattsburgh, for Driving While Intoxicated. He was processed at Police Headquarters and then released on his tickets to a sober third party.
At 9:56 P.M., Officers responded to 3 Charles Way (a duplex trailer) for a neighbor’s report of glass breaking at that location. Officers arrived and could see DANIEL W. BURKE inside the trailer by himself. Officers knocked and attempted to speak with BURKE when he shut off the lights and lit himself on fire inside the trailer. Officers breached the door and were able to drag BURKE from the burning trailer and extinguish him. The trailer became engulfed in flames. Plattsburgh Fire Department personnel responded and fought the blaze. A neighboring trailer and also a single family home were damaged by the extreme heat and flames. Neighbors were all evacuated during the firefighting effort.
BURKE was transported to CVPH medical center in Plattsburgh where he was initially treated and then transferred to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. He suffered 1st and 2nd Degree burns to half of his body. Two of the four Officers who rescued BURKE received treatment at CVPH for smoke inhalation and also had their uniforms burned while attempting to extinguish the flames on BURKE.
Detectives were called in to investigate the cause and origin of the fire. That investigation is continuing this morning. The trailer is a total loss.
DANIEL W. BURKE is the same defendant arrested on February 13th by Plattsburgh PD Detectives for Sexual Abuse 2nd Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. It is alleged that in January of 2013, BURKE subjected another person, less than fourteen years of age, to sexual contact. He had been arraigned and was out on bail stemming from those charges.
See below for mug photo.
Contact: Chief Desmond Racicot
by webadmin | 21 Dec : 14:00 |
The Plattsburgh Police Officers' Union and their members donated around $1500.00 to $1600.00 in toys to the Christmas Bureau. Members from the union turned over the toys to the Christmas Bureau today at the Plattsburgh Police Department. Photo Left to Right Jean Schneider (Christmas Bureau), Sgt. Kevin Riley, Ptl. Robert Hall, John Landry (Christmas Bureau).
by webadmin | 22 May : 10:34 |
DATE OF RELEASE: May 22st, 2012
TIME OF RELEASE: 9:30 AM
On Thursday May 18th, 2012 at approximately 8:30 PM, Plattsburgh City Police and Fire Department personnel responded to 2 Flaglar Drive for a house fire. The resulting investigation has led to the arrest of a local teen in connection with that fire.
The Plattsburgh teen, whose name is being withheld due to his age, was arrested and charged on Monday May 21st, 2012 for his part in the fire which caused extensive damage to the home. The teen, escorted by his attorney, turned himself in at the Plattsburgh City Police Department. The teen was charged with Arson in the 4th degree a class “E” felony. He was arraigned before Plattsburgh City Court Judge Mark Rodgers and committed to the Clinton County Jail in lieu of $5000.00 dollars cash or 10,000 bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 22nd, 2012 in City Court.
Contact: Chief Desmond Racicot