Monday, January 22, 2007

Warren County Sheriff Has A File On You

There was a scary revelation in Sunday’s Glens Falls Post Star by Warren County Sheriff Larry Cleveland in a story about Adirondack hermit Alan Como. According to Cleveland, his department has access to your tax records, they know who your relatives are, if you hold any licenses, and your prior addresses – all pretty well expected, but they apparently have ANOTHER 20 PAGES of your life stored away somewhere as well. 20 pages… that’s a lot of info.

“We used one of our global (background) searches on [Alan Como] and found almost nothing — no prior addresses, no relatives, no taxes, licenses, nothing,” Cleveland said. “When you do a search like that on most people, you get back 20 pages. With him we got three. We all looked at it and said, ‘Wow, that’s it?’ There’s nothing there.”

No wonder it takes them so long to.. ahem… “run your license.”

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John Warren

John Warren has been exploring the woods and waters of the Adirondacks for almost 50 years. After a career as a print journalist and documentary television producer he founded Adirondack Almanack in 2005 and co-founded the geolocation services company Adirondack Atlas in 2015.

John remains active in traditional media. His Adirondack Outdoors Conditions Report can be heard Friday mornings across the region on the stations of North Country Public Radio and on 93.3 / 102.1 The Mix. Since 2008, John has been a media specialist on the staff of the New York State Writers Institute.

John is also a professional researcher and historian with a M.A. in Public History. He edits The New York History Blog and is the author of two books of regional history. As a Grant Consultant for the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, he has reviewed hundreds of historic roadside marker grant applications from around New York State for historical accuracy.




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