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Readers love the old police blotters

January 29, 2011
By HOWARD RILEY

So here we go with a number of events on the streets of Saranac Lake many, many years ago. I stick to the non-criminal entries but if there is an interesting story and names are used, we change the names.

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Jan. 1 to 31, 1942

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Fire at the village garage — January 1945

The start of the New Year was pretty quiet. Only one call at 7 p.m. 12-31-42.

Mr. English called from the St. Regis Hotel. Investigation showed some tall Frenchman in a checkered jacket tried to pick a fight. Man was gone when I arrived. - Wallace

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1-1-43 7 p.m. - Eleanor Morrison, 33 Bloomingdale Avenue is unable to get her into her driveway as the snow plow filled it up and it is frozen. Wants permission to leave it on street tonight. - Wallace

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1-2-43 4:50 p.m. - T.T. message from State Police. John Doe was picked up here and turned over to the Military Police from the Plattsburgh Barracks and escaped from Guard House there this p.m. Want police to be on the lookout. (Note: at 7 pm that night that he was picked up again by state police.)

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1-2-43 9 p.m. - Complaint from Sam Kelley Sr., that the pin boy on Alley No. 5 in the Bowling Alley was throwing balls down the alley into the spectators. The boy would not stop when told to. Investigated by Wallace and found Raymond Ormsby was trying to be funny. Warned him and told boy in charge of allies. Whenever Mr. Schenck (the owner) is not there the place is a mad house. - Wallace

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1-3-43 1 p.m. - Call from Mrs. Finnigan, 20 Margaret Street. Said she rented her basement apartment to some man and she just got a call from Mrs. George L. Starks saying the man was dead downstairs. Mrs. Finnigan was afraid to go down. Investigated by Ryan and Higgins. Found "Jake" Hawley eating dinner - acted as tho' he was somewhat alive - case closed. - Higgins

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1-6-43 2:10 p.m. - Complaint from William VanNortwick of 296 Broadway that a dog bit him on the leg. He was treated by Dr. Woodruff who wanted to know more about the dog. Found that it belonged to Ed Lewis left word at the insurance company office for him to get in touch with the police. - Ryan

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1-10-43 6 p.m. - Oil tanker transport could not make it up Lake Street (remember no LaPan Highway in 1943) and slid back into telephone pole. Wrecker unable to move it - 20 tons. Looked up Charlie Goldsmith (Village Manager) and got permission to call snow plow. - Wallace

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1-11-43 6:30 p.m. - Call from Mrs. Burleigh Rose, Schuylerville. Her husband is dying and she wants to know if we could locate where he is staying. Called Trudeau, Ray Brook, General Hospital and Mrs. John Wyley of the TB Society. We were unable to locate any such man.- Wallace

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1-17-43 7 p.m. - Gave prisoner his supper. -?Wallace

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1-19-43 2 am call from Mrs. Gibney and also some other lady. Dog barking on Dorsey Street. I could hear it from the Broadway bridge. Went over there. Could not hear or see the dog. Went over later and found a tan cocker spaniel. Very friendly but could not catch it. Did not hear anymore barking. - Jones

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1-20-43 11:45 p.m. - Call from 2 boys that some car was cross-ways to road on Olive Hill and motor running but no one around. Investigated by Wallace and Duprey; found a Plymouth convertible across the street and into the wall at the top of the street. Bottle of wine on the seat and no one around. Got the car out and put it in the Saranac Lake Garage. - Duprey-Wallace

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1-29-43 4:30 pm Some elderly woman fell in front of Cheeseman's Sport Shop. Investigated and found one Mrs. A. S. McBean of 89 Park Avenue lying in a stupor on the concrete. Carried her into the Hugo Dress Shop, where, after making her comfortable notified Dr. Woodruff. A Miss Coty, who is a first aid instructor, helped me get her into the police car on the advice of Dr. Woodruff and she was taken to the Saranac Lake General Hospital. Dr. suspected broken shoulder and arm. - Wallace

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1-29-5 p.m. - Call from Mrs. Dayton, Academy Street. Said as she was going by Leonard's Store a car driven by Mr. Freedman ran into the Christmas tree - License plate Ex 167. I went to Mr. Freeman's house immediately but no one there, no car in the garage. Found car across from the Hotel Saranac all covered with pine needles, etc. Put a ticket on the car for reckless driving. No report on this from Mr. Freedman until 8 pm when he found the ticket. He said he had tried to get me for an hour but I did not get the call. He admits hitting the tree and said: "I Fire at the Village Garage - January 1945

Skidded into the tree, my windshield was too frosty to see where I was going." He will be in at 10 am. - Wallace

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And that is the way it was in Saranac Lake in January, 68 years ago.

 
 

 

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