Archives for October 2018


It was a call about a domestic dispute at a home on Water Street in the town of Lawrence, that brought state police out for a visit. Before they left, 26-year-old Harold Nason Jr. of Bangor was arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief; Criminal Obstruction of Breathing; and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The charges that are now lodged against Nason, stem from an altercation with the victim in the presence of their 2-year old child. Nason was arraigned, and then released after posting $500 cash bail. But his troubles are far from over… in fact, they may be just beginning. Next, he is to reappear in the Town of Lawrence Court, at a date to be determined. An order of protection has been issued.


A traffic stop on Cumberland Head Road in the town of Plattsburgh for failure to keep right, resulted in the arrest of a Canadian woman, who state troopers say was driving drunk. 26-year-old Rosalie Basser of Quebec is now charged with DWI, after troopers pulled her over and found her with open containers of alcohol, and a blood alcohol content of 0.13%. Basser was also charged with failure to keep right, failure to maintain lane, and consumption of alcohol within a motor vehicle. She was released for now, but not without with tickets returnable to the Plattsburgh Town Court.


A helicopter crash just after 4 Tuesday afternoon on Burke Road in the town of Beekmantown has claimed the lives of two people. State Police say two others were injured. The helicopter was owned by Catalyst Aviation, LLC of Hammonton, New Jersey. The names of those onboard when it went down… along with specific details surrounding the crash… have not yet been released. A New York Power Authority spokesperson said the helicopter was contracted to inspect power lines. There were reports that some power lines in the vicinity of the crash were burning. New York State Police report this morning, that they are being assisted at the scene by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, Clinton County Emergency Services, and local fire and rescue personnel. State Police have been in contact with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. The investigation is ongoing.


A Peru man has been arrested for violating an order of protection. State Police took 51 year old Roger Howerton Jr into custody, after they learned that Howerton violated a “stay-away” order of protection which was issued by the Clinton County Family Court, by contacting the victim through text messages and social media. He is now facing a felony charge of Criminal Contempt. Howerton was arraigned, and then… for now anyway… released on his own recognizance.

Malone man accused of making crude posts online

A Malone man is facing tampering charges after he allegedly made some lewd and crude posts on another person’s social media accounts. 35-year-old Carl Smith used the St. Lawrence County victim’s computer, causing that person “substantial inconvenience,” deputies said. Smith was arraigned in the town of Hermon court and is being held on a $1,500 bond. The judge also ordered him to stay away from the victim.

Village board approves plans to survey for new DPW garage

Survey work will begin immediately on a potential site for the new public works garage in the village of Malone. Board members say they want to get the inital planning done before the snow flies and they can’t see the land. They’re considering building the new garage on village-owned land along Lane Street, just north of the wastewater treatment plant. Village officials had discussed putting the new garage on College Avenue, but the costs there are significantly higher thanks to the Salmon River being so close. AES Northwest will handle the survey work and should be able to produce technical drawings before the end of the year.

Arrest In the Case Of Abandoned Puppies

There’s an arrest in the case of puppies and their mother thought to be left for dead in Jefferson County. Karen Johnson has details.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 26 year old Krista Loudermilk of the town of LeRay. According to officials, Loudermilk owned the Rottweiler mix of eleven puppies and their mother and tried to give the pregnant dog away before she gave birth to the litter. After the puppies’ birth, officials say she made up an abandonment story to make sure the SPCA would take them in. Originally it was reported a good Samaritan found the mother dog on the side of the road off Route 11 between Evans Mills and Gouverneur. The dog reportedly led the motorist to a tied-off pillowcase, which contained the puppies. One pup had died and the umbilical cords were still attached to the 11 surviving puppies. Officials now say that good Samaritan was actually Loudermilk. They also say the dog and puppies were never in any real harm and the 12th puppy’s death was due to natural causes. Loudermilk is charged with third-degree falsely reporting an incident and second-degree making an apparently sworn false statement. She was issued tickets and will appear in LeRay Town Court to answer the charges. The SPCA says the puppies are thriving and have been earmarked for adoption. I’m Karen Johnson.


State Police anwered a call about a domestic dispute at a home on Cumberland Head Road, in the town of Plattsburgh. That’s where they arrested 31-year-old Joshua Baker of Plattsburgh, for Criminal Mischief, after troopers say they learned that he punched a hole in a sheet rock wall during a dispute with a female victim. As troopers were taking Baker into custody, he attempted to resist and pull away. Baker was then also charged with Obstruction of Governmental Administration. Baker was arraigned in the Plattsburgh Town Court, and then released on his own recognizance. An order of protection was served.


A man and his son from North Bangor were arrested, and are now facing charges, after State Conservation Officers say they illegally shot a five-point buck. 44 year old Timothy Gratton and his son… 24 year old Dylan Gratton… are now each charged with spotlighting on lands inhabited by deer from a motor vehicle while in possession of a firearm; and transporting an illegal deer, after officers say they shot the deer in a field off Akins Road. Timothy Gratton… who was driving at the time, was also charged with having a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle; shooting from a public highway; taking wildlife from a public highway; taking wildlife while in a motor vehicle; and killing a wild deer except as permitted by the fish and wildlife law. Timothy Gratton admitted to actually shooting the deer, so he was also cited for failure to carry his license and tags. The two are now looking at some serious consequences. The deer was given to a local venison donation program.


A traffic stop on East Main Street in the village of Malone, where state police pulled over a Ford Escape, for driving without headlights on… resulted in DWI charges being filed against a Malone woman. Troopers stopped 47 year old Cathlyn Lamitie, who immediately refused to provide a breath sample. Her blood alcohol content however, was then determined to be 0.17%, so Lamitie was charged with DWI, and also ticketed for no headlamps, and refusal to take that breath test.