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The police blotter — May 1930

May 2, 2009
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Called to 86 Church Street, Dr. M. Lent - Complained of car parked in his driveway. It was an out-of-state car so I moved it (keys were almost always in the ignition back then) and left a warning card on same - Officer Jim Coughlin

Phone call from Forest Hill Avenue section that there were some cows running at large on the above street. Investigated by Officer Putnam but cows had gone and he was unable to find owner of same. (Wow! There must have been a lot of cows in the village! Couldn't find the cows or the owner?)

Complaint from Mrs. A. S. Bosworth, 47 Broadway, 10:45 a.m. One of Dan Foster's trucks in coming out of Academy Street, driving north, the wrong way, came very near running over her. Investigated and notified the driver. He was wrong in doing the above. - Chief

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This picture has no relationship to the column except the word “police” and the fact that I love these pictures from this 1993 State Troopers PBA calendar. Would you want to tangle with these boys from the Montgomery County Raid Detail (1934)? Trooper Van Alstyne (second from left) could pose for the cover of Trooper’s Magazine, perfect Stetson and pressed uniform. The other Troopers have their Stetsons bent into every style imaginable. From the left: Plainclothesman Holohean looking like Jimmy Cagney; then Troopers McDowell, Van Alstyne, Keating, Reynolds, Shaxby (who must have been the mole in the operation), Updike and Lt. Francis McGarvey, former superintendent.
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Complaint from James McCarthy, 31 Lake Street that Felix Delisle's black dog bit his calf on the left leg. Investigated by Chief who notified the owner to care of same.

Complaint from Mrs. Henry Leis that there is a car parked with Slausons name on side - makes a home on the street in front of the Leis Block 3 and 5 Bloomingdale Avenue. Investigated and notified the driver of the car to find some other place to advertise. Also, there was a 30-minute ordinance prohibiting parking by the day - Ed Duprey

May 1931

Received call from a resident of Neil Street wanting to know how late they were allowed to have dances and I told him until 12 midnight. He said there was a dance at Peter Bombard's residence at 55 Neil Street and they were making quite a disturbance and upon investigation found that the dance was just breaking up. Received another call from Harry Brown to come to the end of Neil Street that there was trouble up there. Investigated and found that some of the crowd from the dance were in the road arguing - Wallace & Higgins

Call from Will Mullen for an officer to come to the Supply Store. Investigated by Officer Duprey who locked up one John Doe who was having trouble with his wife. Was locked up charged with P.I. (In the parlance of the time "public intoxication" later changed to "disorderly conduct".)

Received call from the Graffo Cottage at 58 Riverside Drive that a couple were in a car near there and the way it sounded the fellow was trying to break the girl's arm. Officer Davis went over in his own car but that car had left. (What did the person in the cottage hear from the car, "I'm going to break your arm?")

Phone call from Jerry Walsh, Moody Pond, notifying police that there was a body floating around in Moody Pond. Investigated by Chief Jennings (now get this for those simpler times - no other police, no rescue squad, no fire trucks) who went out in a row boat about 150 feet and towed the body to the dock where he laid same until the arrival of Corner John Crowley of Lake Placid. (Moody Pond is in Essex County) Body was turned over to A. Fortune Undertakers. Was positively identified as Vladimir Romer, who disappeared May 19. (This was May 29). He had been reported missing by Boris Stafford, an intimate friend of his.

Turned over the $50.00 reward to the following: Curtis Wamganz, age 14, res. 16 Pine Street, $20.00; Robert Dinson (sp.?) age 13, res. 19 Franklin Avenue, $20.00 and Lawrence Carolina, 134 Main Street, $10.00. - Accidental Drowning - Judge Utting

May 1942

Accident on Upper Broadway. Ralph E. Johns ran into a car owned by John Sawyer. Arrested Johns for driving drunk, was let out on bail by Judge Weller. Judge had him put his car up for bail, told us to put the car in the Saranac Lake Garage. Ryan & Wallace

James McGlaflin came to Officer Ryan on the street and reported to him that his friend, Philip Ryan of Northfield, Vt., had been beat up in the Chinese restaurant. Officer Ryan went up to the Restaurant with McGladflin and found Philip Ryan with a cut on his face and his mouth bleeding. He claimed that one James Farrisee of Gabriels had hit him several times in the face and jaw and perhaps broken his jaw. Farrisee claimed that Philip Ryan had insulted his girl friend. Officer Ryan took Philip Ryan and Farrisee to Dr. Gedroiz who put a patch on Ryan's face and examined his jaw. Dr. Gedroiz thought Ryan's jaw was cracked. Told him to come back in the morning for an x-ray. We told him he could swear out a warrant for Farrisee for assault tomorrow if he wanted to. - Art Ryan and Matt Jones



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