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Tales from the police blotter

November 9, 2013
By HOWARD RILEY (hjriley@adelphia.net) , Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Nov. 7, 1936 12:10 p.m. — Mrs. Clark, South Hope Street, called, wants police to scare kids away from the toboggan slide on School Street. Says they are sliding down the chute with sleds and she’s afraid someone will get hurt. Taken care of by Ryan. —?Officer Brown 3:30 p.m. — Charles Roberson stopped in the Police Station, wants an officer to go with him over to his gravel pit on Pine Street. Kids raising hell and stealing things around the crusher. Found the following kids playing there: Kenneth Furnia, 23 Forest Hill Avenue, age 9 yrs.; Edmund Demerse, 16 Pine Street, age 9 yrs. and Wilfred Perras, 10 Morehouse Lane, age 11 yrs. The kids said that George Leggett, 38- 1/2 Pine Street, age 11 yrs. and Darwin Paye, Forest Hill Avenue, age 10 yrs., had been there and that Leggett was the one who was doing the stealing. Warned them and sent them home. — Officer Brown --- Nov. 8, 1936 9:25 a.m. — Fire alarm rang 123, fire somewhere in the vicinity of the Berkeley Square. In investigated and found it to be a false alarm. Smoke rolling out of Benny Balsam’s Garage. Someone had started a fire in an oil drum used as a stove. The big fire truck operated by William Disco ran into the rear of the little truck as it turned right at the top of the hill to go down to Balsam’s Garage. The rear step on the smaller truck was damaged considerably, also the right rear fender. The steering apparatus on the big truck was also damaged. Traffic was shut off at the foot of the hill and top also, until the larger truck had gone. — Officer Brown 10:30 p.m. — Call from 11 Olive Street. Complaint about a Mrs. Petroff living upstairs. Talks and hollers to herself and swears and disturbs the Harveys below. Warned her to be quiet. Her husband is in a cottage on Franklin Avenue, and she lives alone. The poor master pays her rent. Mr. Lawrence will probably have to move her to other quarters. — Officer Jones 8:50 a.m. — Fire alarm rang 213, Upper Broadway. Investigated, false alarm. Found that Joseph Branch, 308 Broadway, age 13 yrs., had turned the alarm in. He thought it was a mail box. His brothers, Richard Branch, age 8 yrs., and George Branch, age 11 yrs., were with him at the time. Told the boys I would see their parents about the incident. — Officer Brown --- Nov. 7, 1942 11:10 p.m. —?Complaint taken by chief that dog at 51 Woodruff Street was chasing Mrs. Fortune’s chickens. Told lady at 51 Woodruff to keep her dog tied. She complained that Mrs. Fortune’s chickens were always in her yard, so I told Mrs. Fortune to keep her chickens at home. —?Officer Moody 1:30 a.m. —?Call to Melody Bar. Upon arrival a fight in progress between the proprietor McCartney and a soldier from the Lake Placid Club, 1st. Lt. Thomas W. Downey. Tried to pacify Downey and get him out of the place but were unsuccessful so had to take him out. Brought him to police station and called the MPs who, in turn, called Major Evans, who came over from Lake Placid and took him back with him. We were not informed that the trouble was with a soldier and so did not have the MPs with us and did not have time to go and look them up. — Officers Jones & Ryan --- Nov. 8, 1942 2:15 p.m. — Report from Augustus Sussey that several kids were playing on the ice at corner of River Street and Lake Flower Avenue. Investigated and found only Duncan Oddy, age 13, on ice. He gave me the names of the other boys. Bernard Goodrich, 14, Raymond Whitelaw, 13, Richard Whitelaw, 14, Girard Shea, 14, George Schaeffer, 14. Talked to parents, and they said they talk to the boys and would see that they stayed off the ice in the future. — Officer Moody 6:45 p.m. and at 8:30 p.m. — Complaint from a motorist that kids were sliding down McComb Street onto Prospect and down across Broadway. Found kids and sent them home. Complaint from driver of 110 Taxi that kids were sliding in streets “all over the village.” Investigated by Wallace and Higgins, who found kids on Hope Street, Virginia Street, Bloomingdale Avenue, Pine Street and McClelland Street. Warned them about sliding in streets and sent them home. — Higgins & Wallace

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