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Saranac Lake, April 1945 police blotter

April 23, 2011

I am happy to be serving on a committee with my friend and colleague, Joe Hackett, Adirondack guide extraordinarie; and for a young fellow he knows a lot of history of this region much of it, but not limited to, the forever wild variety. He writes an outdoor column for a number of newspapers and where and what he writes about you can bet he's been there and done that.

So in the course of discussions at this history round table we were attending, Joe mentions my columns from the old police blotters so here we go again, no matter what I research and how much time I might spend putting a column together, the police blotter columns are among the most popular with the readers.

The Lake Placid Club was an R & R facility for GI's returning from World War II so the village was a different place back then with this temporary and changing population base.

The following are excerpts from the Saranac Lake Police Department's April 1945 police blotter:


April 4, 6:55 p.m. Call from Phil Collins (he owned the Miss Saranac Diner on Bloomingdale Avenue) asking for an M.P. but there were none in town. He had a bunch of colored G.I.'s with their women in the Dinette who were getting noisy and white people were leaving. Went over and found them just coming out and going away. Had been drinking but not very drunk. - Jones


April 4, 6:45 p.m. Call from John Doe, 38 East Pine Street. His wife was raising hell inside the house again, drinking, throwing objects around and threatening him and the children with a pair of shears. Wanted the police to talk to her and make her behave. Advised Mr. Doe that the police were fed up with running to his house talking to his wife. Told him if he wanted the police to do something, for him to see the Judge and get a warrant. He got a warrant for disorderly conduct. Locked her up. Got Mrs. Anna Ryan as matron for the night. - Higgins


April 6, 2:30 p.m. Call from Dr. Bouton advising us that his dog had broken loose and was running in a swamp by the Edgewood Road. Will try to catch him. Do not shoot the dog. - Wallace

---April 7, 5:30 p.m. Call from Manager of the Hotel Saranac who wanted three notices "Ladies Will Not Be Served at the Bar". Took notices to Hotel - Jones


April 9, 12:30 a.m. Call from Bob Dickie for Police at the One Minute Lunch. Investigated a drunk was laying at the foot of the stairs near the men's room. Dickie thought he fell down the stairs. Tried to bring him too but couldn't. Name Bert McCloud. Didn't know whether he was hurt or not. Took him to hospital where they looked him over said he was O.K. He had $20 in his pocket. Paid the bill with his $20 which was $2 and got a receipt. Brought him down and locked him up for P.I. - Higgins & Jewtraw


April 12, 10:30 p.m. Corp. Hanby, State Police called to report a notification he received from Plattsburg police. Sgt. Gray of the Plattsburgh Police Department reports that one Mrs. Edna Bennett of Plattsburg reported that a John Cross, alias Harry Liberty had been staying with her for a few days and that on April 11, 1945, shortly after he had left she missed 15 bed sheets & pillow cases. This man is a floater described as follows: age 50 years. 5'8'' tall, very (very is underlined in the blotter) peculiar head, wide between the eyes. Man was carrying a duffle bag and there is claimed to be a .45 colt pistol in this bag. Should this subject be apprehended or arrested for something and sheets are found on him or a confession gotten from him a warrant will be issued. - Wallace


April 16, 1:30 a.m. Call from Mrs. Louis Morency at 66 Shepard Avenue that a G.I. was trying to get in the house. Checked by Jones, Jewtraw and an M.P. and found the G.I. around in back of house trying to get in the back door. Picked him up and brought him to the police station. He said he was in the Minute Lunch and then went across the road and got a taxi to take him to Placid and on the way the driver asked him if he wanted to be fixed up and told him that 66 Shepherd was the place and took him there. This taxi was still there when we got back there. It was a 405 (the phone number) Taxi, a 1938 Buick and the driver was Sussy. - Jewtraw

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April 24, 7:30 p.m. William McGrain, 15 Merril Street complains that Tucker's dog has been killing his chickens. - Jewtraw



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