Entries Tagged as 'crime'
June 12th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Adirondack Life
February 3rd, 2015 · No Comments · Adirondack News
Charges Include Felony Endangering Public Health, Safety and the Environment
An investigation by State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Police resulted in the arrest of a Clinton County man on charges for illegally disposing of asbestos laden debris in a wetland, DEC announced today.
On January 29, 2015, investigators from the DEC Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation (BECI) charged Randy P. Bedard, 57, of Rouses Point, NY, with endangering the public health, safety or the environment in the 2nd degree, a Class D felony. Bedard was also charged with two misdemeanors; unlawful disposal of solid waste and unpermitted activity in a regulated wetland.
The investigation stemmed from the collapse of the former Drown Funeral Home on Route 11 in Mooers on January 11, 2014, and the subsequent removal of 150 cubic yards of debris. Bedard allegedly brought the asbestos laden debris to the Clinton County Solid Waste Management Facility and to an unpermitted disposal site on North Star Road in the Town of Mooers. The site on North Star Road is a regulated wetland.
Staff from DEC’s Solid Waste and Wetlands programs assisted BECI Investigators.
Bedard was arraigned in the Town of Mooers Criminal Court where he entered a plea of not guilty. He was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to appear before the court on February 12, 2015.
Report environmental crimes to the DEC 24 hour dispatch at 844-DEC-ECOS (844-332-3267).
October 30th, 2013 · No Comments · Adirondack News
On October 24, 2013, State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Police and New York State Police arrested two Fulton County men on a dozen different charges, including two felony weapons and drug charges.
After an investigation, Environmental Conservation Police charged Todd M. Harwood, 35, of Gloversville, NY, with five misdemeanors – three counts of illegally killing a deer and one count each of possessing a pistol while muzzleloader hunting and exceeding the bag limit for deer. Harwood also was charged with three violations of hunting deer over bait.
Environmental Conservation Police sought assistance in their investigation from New York State Police. This resulted in a felony criminal possession of a weapon charge against Harwood.
The State Police part of the investigation also resulted in Steven D. Olsen 34, of Gloversville, NY, being arrested and charged with a felony for criminal possession of marijuana and two misdemeanors – unlawful possession of a large capacity ammunition clip and illegally growing marijuana.
Harwood faces maximum penalties for all charges of $15,750 in fines and up to seven years in jail.
Olsen faces maximum penalties for all charges of$7,000 in fines and up to seven years in jail.
Harwood and Olsen were arraigned in the Town of Mayfield Criminal Court and remanded to the Fulton County Jail in lieu of bail.
Bail was set for Harwood at $7,500 cash or $15,000 bond. Bail was set for Olsen at $6,000 cash or $12,000 bond.
March 20th, 2013 · No Comments · Adirondack News
A Franklin County man pleaded guilty last week to 31 violations of Environmental Conservation Law related to illegal trapping, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced today.
On February 11, DEC Environmental Conservation Police charged Terry J. Hurteau, 56, of Tupper Lake, for offenses including unlawfully setting 15 snares for coyote, multiple counts for unlawful use of body gripping traps on land and multiple counts of failing to tag traps. He was issued appearance tickets for the Town of Tupper Lake Court.
DEC Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) initially responded to complaints about a coyote running through the yards of some Tupper Lake residence. The callers reported that the coyote appeared injured and tangled in what appeared to be wire.
ECOs located the coyote by tracking it through the snow. Due to the extent of its injuries and its entanglement in the snare, the animal was euthanized. However, the ECOs were able to use the snare to begin the investigation which led them to Hurteau.
Hurteau’s activities were extreme and flagrant violations of trapping law and regulation. They do not reflect the behavior of the vast majority of ethical trappers.
Hurteau appeared in court on March 6, and pleaded guilty to all charges. He was ordered to pay total of $3,875 in fines and surcharges.
September 28th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News
Guide was intoxicated
On September 27, 2012, at approximately 12:00 p.m., New York State Police from Indian Lake and Ray Brook responded to Chain Lakes Road in the town of Indian Lake for a report of a missing rafter. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation personnel, as well as members of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, Indian Lake rescue squad, and Indian Lake Fire Department also responded to assist in the investigation.
Investigation revealed that Rory F. Fay, age 37, of North Creek, New York, was operating a raft on the Indian River as a New York State licensed guide, employed by the Hudson River Rafting Company. Fay had two passengers in the raft with him who were identified as Richard J. Clar, age 53, and Tamara F. Blake, age 53, both of Colombus, Ohio. At approximately 10:20 a.m., and while on the Indian River, Fay and Blake were ejected from the raft in whitewater conditions. Clar was able to stay within the raft and eventually steer it to the shoreline. Fay was able to swim to the shoreline. Clar and Fay walked to Chain Lakes Road where they were able to obtain assistance. Blake was unable to be located and authorities were notified.
New York State Police Aviation was utilized to search the river and Blake’s body was discovered approximately five miles down stream in the Hudson River. Essex County Coroner Walter Marvin Jr. authorized transport of Blake’s body by State Police and NYS DEC personnel to Chain Lakes Road. Marvin transported the body to the Adirondack Medical Center Morgue in Saranac Lake, New York, for an autopsy scheduled to be conducted on September 28, 2012.
State Police determined that Rory Fay was intoxicated while transporting Clar and Blake on the rafting trip. State Police consulted with Hamilton County District Attorney Marsha Purdue and Fay was arrested for Criminally Negligent Homicide regarding the death of Blake. Fay was subsequently arraigned before Indian Lake Town Justice Judy Durken and remanded to the Hamilton County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail or $100,000 bond.
June 20th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News
On the weekend of June 9, DEC Environmental Conservation Police made one arrest and issued numerous tickets related to an incident at the DEC Hearthstone Campground in the Town of Lake George, Warren County.
Anthony McPhillips, 21, of East Greenbush, NY, was charged with disorderly conduct, failure to register as a camper, failure to comply and failure to observe quiet hours, all violations. McPhillips faces total maximum possible penalties of $1000 in fines and up to 60 days in jail.
In the same incident, 26 youths from Rensselaer County, ranging in age from 16 to 20 were issued appearance tickets for underage possession of alcohol. The violation has a maximum possible penalty of $250 in fines and up to 15 days in jail.
Four of the youths received additional charges of violations:
- One was charged with failure to register and failure to comply, for a combined maximum possible penalty of $750 and 45 days in jail;
- Another was charged with littering on state land, for a combined maximum possible penalty of $750 and 45 days in jail; and
- Two others were charged with possession of marijuana, for a combined maximum possible penalty of $500 and 30 days in jail for each of the defendants.
All of the tickets were returnable to the Town of Lake George Court.
DEC warns high school graduates and others that the possession of alcohol by underage persons is prohibited at DEC campgrounds and on all State lands.
June 19th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News
Incident Occurred on Hadley Mountain on Friday, June 8
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking information about the status of the rabies vaccination from the owner of a dog that bit a Hadley Mountain Fire Tower Steward on Friday, June 8.
DEC hopes to confirm the dog is up to date on rabies vaccination to prevent the young man who was bitten from being required to get the full cycle of rabies treatment.
The incident, in which the steward was bit on the ring finger, occurred late in the morning. The dog was a black Labrador retriever mix who was accompanying a group of two males and a female estimated to be in their late 20s and early 30s. Some or all of the members of the group possibly lived in the Town of Luzerne.
Immediately after being bitten the steward left the scene of the incident to administer first aid. When he returned the group had left. The next day he went to the hospital and was required to receive five shots to begin the rabies treatment cycle.
DEC asks that the owner of the dog please contact the DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook at 518-897-1300 and confirm whether the dog it is up to date on its rabies vaccination. This may prevent the young man from having to continue rabies treatment.