Saranac Lake police blotter, March 1932

Let’s get at it:

3-5-32, 12:55 p.m. – Complaint from Mrs. Whitman at 20 Petrova Avenue that someone had been pounding on her door for more than a half hour [what took her so long to call the cops?] and she would like to have it stopped. Investigated by Officers Putnam and Coughlin who locked up Ted LaMoses.

3-8-32, 3:10 p.m. — Phone call for an officer to come to 141/2 Dorsey Street. Upon my arrival Mrs. Monty who called the police said a man by the name of Daly had been there with some liquor in him and was abusive. He tried to assault her and Mrs. Monty gave him a push. He struck his head on the door casing receiving quite a scalp wound. Daley left the house before the officers arrived. Daley hangs around Mike Egan’s place.

3-9-32, 7:10 p.m. — Officer Putnam reported a Thomas Kennedy, 39 Baker Street, dying very suddenly while waiting for the arrival of the 6:40 a.m. train. He dropped dead as the train arrived. Coroner Dr. William Wardner was called and had the body removed to the Fortune Funeral Home on Woodruff Street. Cause of death – heart attack. Acute myocarditis.

3-12-32, 2:20 p.m. — Telephone call from some woman on Forest Hill Avenue that there had been a fight going on in the street. Another resident at 16 forest Hill Avenue called about the same fight. Investigated by Officer Jones who found Gaylord Bond who works for Cliff Vandenberg just getting to his feet after some unknown person jumped out of a car and knocked him down, gave him a bad beating and drove away. Officer Jones brought him to the station and questioned him and determined that he was sober and not at fault and sent him home.

3-13-32, 1 a.m. — Complaint from Alfred Pratt, 16 Payeville Road that there was a very noisy drunk around next door to him at Charles Johnson’s. Investigated by Officer Jones and Putnam who found large party going on and found only one man who had a little too much to drink. The crowd promised to keep him quiet or take him home.

3-16-32, 2 :30 p.m. — Asked to go to 241/2 Lake Street and shoot a dog that was sick. Took dog and disposed of him in the usual manner.

3-17-32, 4:20 p.m. — Phone call from Chief Sheldon to be on the look -out for Gontowitch [very clearly written, only one name] age 16 years, med. hgt, hair black, complexion sallow. Wearing a green mackinaw, no hat, large eyes. If this girl is not working at a legitimate job pick her up and call Chief Sheldon.

3-19-32, 9 p.m. — Complaint from Betty Strong at 180 Broadway that every time that she and her mother leave the building going down the stairwell, Mrs. Wilmer Baker who lives on the second floor calls them dirty names and abuses them. Officer Coughlin investigated and talked to Miss strong but Mrs. Baker had gone out. Miss strong said she would come down in the morning and place that matter before Judge Utting,

3-20-32, 3:30 a.m. — Phone call for an officer to come to the corner of Church and River Street as there was a man who was in a bad way. Apparently intoxicated. Investigated by myself [the Chief] and upon my arrival, I found Simon Paquette who resides at 47 Franklin Avenue. He was abusive to two men who tried to get him home. I Locked him up.

3-21-32, 4:10 p.m. — Phone call from Leon J. Duflanti, 165 Broadway that his Airdale dog had disappeared from the rear of his garage. Would like the police to notify him if dog should be picked up. Answers to name “Nipper” [that doesn’t sound good]. Male, 3 years old. [Footnote: “The above dog came home.”]

3-24-32, 11:10 a.m. — Received phone call from Detective Spratt of Hudson Falls, to find out who the fellow was that left a 1931 Hudson sedan at the Talbert & Wyle Garage on Woodruff Street. This party took the plates off of same. Also requested some information about Tim Clark having a Packard sedan stolen in Canada. Call person to person on reverse. [meaning a collect call.]

3-26-32, 7:30 p.m. — Call from George Stamauler of 3 Ampersand Avenue that one Louis Louras, a patient at the above house left about midnight with a revolver and ammunition. He has threatened to kill the above gent. Mr. Stamauler thought he could be found at one of the local hotels. Investigated by Officer Duprey who checked all the hotels and could not find him. Later found him at the Hotel Saranac. He had no revolver and seemed to be a decent fellow. [I guess that settles that!]

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