Routine Patrol Results in Multi-Agency Arrest – Washington County
On April 12, while patrolling a public parking area commonly used by anglers to access the Champlain Canal, ECO Thibodeau observed two individuals acting suspiciously in a vehicle. He began a preliminary investigation and then contacted the Washington County Sherriff’s Department for assistance.
Officers later arrested the subjects for outstanding warrants and searched the vehicle where they found drugs and drug paraphernalia.
A lock box inside the car also contained more controlled substances. Both subjects are facing drug possession charges and one of the individuals, wanted on a federal warrant, was turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation after being processed on the state charges.
Impatient Turkey Hunter – Saratoga County
On April 30, one day before spring turkey season opened, ECO Shaw received an anonymous tip from a complainant who reported hearing a single shot earlier that morning and watched his neighbor run into a wooded area with a large bag. Officer Shaw arrived at the location and interviewed the suspected hunter. The hunter eventually admitted to shooting a large tom turkey out of season, claiming he was too anxious for the season to begin. However, a quick check with DEC Dispatch revealed the hunter had not yet purchased his turkey privileges. When ECO Shaw asked to inspect the firearm used to illegally take the bird, the hunter handed over a rifle that is not legal for hunting turkeys. Officer Shaw issued tickets to the hunter for hunting out of season, hunting without a turkey privilege, and taking turkey with a rifle. He also seized the turkey as evidence.
DLE Pipe and Drum Band Honors Park Police Graduates – Saratoga County
On May 3, DEC DLE Director Karen Przyklek attended the graduation of the 17th New York State Park Police Officers Basic School at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga. DLE’s Pipe and Drum Band joined Director Przyklek and opened the ceremony by marching in the Academy staff and 32 new Park Police Officers. The Environmental Conservation Police band consists of current and retired members of the New York State DEC DLE.
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