Posts Tagged ‘crime and justice’

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Info Sought On 1984 Murder of Plattsburgh Student

Dawn Svocak

State Police in Ray Brook say they are continuing to investigate the 1984 homicide of 20-year-old Dawn Andrea (Prentiss) Svocak, also known as “Magic.”

Dawn Svocak was reported missing to the Plattsburgh Police Department on August 17, 1984, when she failed to return to her apartment at 71 Clinton Street, apartment #10, in the city of Plattsburgh. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Charges Filed In Fulton County Poaching Case

Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) Shane Manns and Steve Shaw reported that on October 1st, they conducted a patrol on a baited hunting stand they located a few days earlier. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, October 13, 2019

Arrest Follows I-87 High Speed Pursuit

state police logoState Police reported that on Tuesday, October 8th, at approximately 2:04 pm, a State Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a 2008 Honda Accord for traveling 90 mph in a 65 mph zone on Interstate 87, northbound near exit 34.

Upon the trooper approaching the vehicle, the operator fled from the scene. State Police attempted to pursue the vehicle as it exited the interstate, speeding through the towns of Peru and AuSable. The trooper reported the vehicle came to a stop in the roadway on State Route 9 in the town of AuSable, and the operator fled on foot into the woods. » Continue Reading.


Friday, October 4, 2019

Guide Ticketed For Hunting Without A License, Improper Firearm

2019-2020 Canada Goose Season MapDepartment of Environmental Conservation Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) Jennifer Okonuk reported that on September 21, she encountered several migratory bird hunters in Northern Franklin County during the early goose and youth waterfowl hunting seasons.

ECO Okonuk said one group of hunters from Maine was guided by a licensed guide outfitter, but three of the hunters failed to have their required New York Harvest Information Program (HIP) number. The licensed guide also failed to possess a valid hunting license, she said. None of the hunters had their guns plugged as required, and the guns were all capable of holding more than three shells according to ECO Okonuk. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Skunks, Raccoons, Bats Could Be Added To Dangerous Animals List

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is planning to expand the list of animals regulated as “dangerous” in New York State.

Skunks, raccoons and bats would be added to the Dangerous Animals List, joining a much expanded list of more dangerous species of reptiles and mammals.  The revised list adds all other non-endangered or threatened primates, and Canid and Felid species, except domestic dogs and cats and fennec foxes to the list of animals which cannot be kept as pets.  » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 5, 2019

Police: Woman Harassed At Lake George Campgrounds

According to a press release issued by DEC, between July 20 and 22, New York State Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) responded to several complaints of an intoxicated subject causing a disturbance at the Hearthstone Point State Campsite in Lake George. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Rangers Say Man Had Long-Term Camp On State Land

NYS Forest Rangers told the press Tuesday that on July 11 at 7:40 p.m., a call came in to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch from the father of a man who was camping long-term on state land in the Hoffman Notch Wilderness Area, in violation of the law.

Rangers said the 36-year-old male from Crown Point was communicating with his father over the course of several weeks but the father stated that he had not heard from the son in some time and that he had missed the last two supply drops. Worried about his son’s well-being, he requested Forest Rangers do a welfare check based on his last known location. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 8, 2019

Charges Filed in Massive Illegal Reptile Case

king cobra courtesy decNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) charged an Allegany man with multiple violations in connection with an ongoing investigation into the illegal possession and sale of wildlife, resulting in what they say is the largest seizure of illegal reptiles in New York State history.

Several of the animals seized were threatened species or species of special concern. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 20, 2019

UPDATED: Stretch of Saranac River Reopened to Boating

saranac river paddlerUPDATE: The Saranac River is now reopened to boating between the Lower Lock and Second Pond Boat Launch. This section of river was closed on Thursday because of extremely low waters levels that made this section of the river impassable. DEC said the sluice gate was damaged by vandals.

DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers are investigating this incident and ask that members of the public with information about the act of vandalism contact (518) 897-1326.

Photo of Saranac River paddler courtesy DEC.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Man Sought In Connection With Ski Center Vandalism

man suspected of causing damage to trails at the Cascade Ski CenterAccording to a press release issued by New York State Police, on June 9, 2019 the New York State Police received a call that an individual had caused damage to trails at the Cascade Ski Center with a vehicle. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 9, 2019

Man Barred From Owning Guns Ticketed for Poaching Turkeys

Facebook post showing the turkeys shot in a single dayDepartment of Environmental Conservation Environmental Conservation Officer Maxwell Nicols reported that on the evening of April 25, he received a tip about a Facebook post showing multiple turkeys killed prior to the season opener with a subject claiming to have harvested the birds during the youth hunt weekend. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, April 25, 2019

Four Unprepared Teens Rescued At Mount Colden

Mount Colden RescueA new UH-1-A “Huey” helicopter, based in Saranac Lake, was put into action Tuesday, April 23, to help DEC Forest Rangers rescue a group of teens unprepared for conditions near the summit of Mount Colden.

Four 17-year-olds from the Ballston Spa and Saratoga Springs area, one with a leg injury, were stranded near the summit of Mount Colden. They were wearing sneakers, without snowshoes, and stuck in deep soft snow, according to reports by State Police and Forest Rangers, who were dispatched to the rescue.

» Continue Reading.


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Angler Ticketed Scamming Great Sacandaga Fishing Derby

northern pike being kept alive and stored in the iceAccording to a press release issued by the Department of Environmental Conservation, on February 15, Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) Jason Hilliard and Robert Higgins conducted a night patrol prior to the start of the Great Sacandaga Lake (GSL) Fisheries derby and the Walleye Challenge.

The ECOs reported that they located tip-ups that had been left out overnight unoccupied, a violation of Environmental Conservation Law. The officers say they also found a 32-inch northern pike being kept alive and stored in the ice next to an unoccupied fishing shanty. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Murder in Troy: The Welshman And William Wesson (Conclusion)

What follows is the conclusion of the murder story that was begun here last week, ending with testimony from several witnesses, including the defendant. This picks up in the trial’s final phase.

During closing statements, defense attorney Jeremiah K. Long pleaded for his client’s life: “The charge of murder in the first degree is a fearful one. To condemn this aged man to death will be a fearful responsibility for every individual juror. The facts did not warrant a conclusion of deliberate killing. The ends of justice might be satisfied by the infliction of a lighter penalty than death…. None of the circumstances showed that the crime was premeditated. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Murder in Troy: Thomas Jones Kills William Wesson

On the evening of June 27, 1892, in a St. John’s Street boarding house in South Troy, New York, 66-year-old Thomas Jones was nearing the end of a three-day bender. He was fond of drawing a .32-caliber pistol and showing it off, something Jones had done repeatedly that day, much to the alarm of others. He hadn’t been on the job for several days at the Burden iron works, and had argued repeatedly with a coworker and co-resident of the boarding house, 22-year-old William Wesson, even offering to fight him in a duel. It was dismissed as nothing more than the ramblings of an old, annoying drunk. » Continue Reading.