Stories from the police blotters
As we all struggling to get out of this extremely tough winter; too much cold weather, too much snow and too much complaining about it all; so here is a look at some March shenanigans in Saranac Lake back in the 1930s and 1940s.
March 1, 1931, 9:45 p.m. – Complaint received by Officer Duprey on street from Mrs. Doe, 6 Terrace Street stating that her husband was drunk and would not let her in the house. Officer Duprey went home with her and made him open the door and ordered him to go to bed. – J. A. Baker
March 3, 1931, 4:15 a.m. – Telephone call from Mrs. Charles Mullin stating that the office light in Wood’s Shop was out which was unusual and that a car was parked in front of the door with the tail light burning. She thought perhaps someone was in therethat did not belong there as she had never seen the light out before. Investigated by Officer Coughlin and Duprey who found door locked and apparently everything O.K. -?J. A. Baker
March 31, 1931, 11 a.m.?-?Complaint from Mr. George L. Starks that there was a fellow who comes to Saranac Lake from Plattsburgh once a month peddling mechanic’s tools in violation of the village ordinance. Investigated by Officer Putnam and myself, checking in different garages but was unable to find any place he had sold tools, but he was in the garages trying to get orders. – Chief
March 2,1942,10 p.m. -?Received a call from the Chinese Restaurant from the waitress complaining about a drunk up there being noisy and disorderly. Investigated by Wallace and Brown. Man had no identification but worked at Meagher’s Mill in Gabriels. He had admitted getting a little noisy and the men with him said they would take care of him and they left. – Wallace and Brown
March 27, 1942, 9 p.m. – Call from D & H Depot complaining about a couple of boys over there riding bicycles around the station and raising a rumpus in the waiting room. Investigated by Wallace and Brown. Found the boys to be Gene Christian age, 14 years, Dorsey Terrace and Philip Kline, age 16 years, River Street. Gave them a talking to and warned them about going around disturbing people and making a nuisance of themselves.
March 29, 1942, 6 p.m. – Call for an officer to investigate an accident on Lake Flower Avenue. Floyd Fullerton driving 1941 Dodge coupe had smashed the left front fender of a 1939 Chevrolet owned by Frank D’Onofrio. Fullerton admitted doing it on purpose. Had been drinking. Arrested him for reckless driving to which he plead guilty. – Wallace
March 3, 1945, 11:30 p.m. – Call from One Minute lunch that some woman wanted to see a policeman, found it to be Louise Wells, 37 Kiwassa. Her boy friend, Larry Murphy would not let her leave the Restaurant or call a cab. Brought girl home. Murphy very docile. -?Ryan
March 15 1945 3:20 a.m. – Complaint from Mrs. Burkett, 11 Baker Street. People upstairs making noise. Investigated and told Mrs. Marge Bartlett to tell her friends to get to hell out of there and stop making noise or I would lock them all up. She promised to do so. – Ryan
March 18, 1945, 10:15 p.m. – Complaint from Mrs. Dave VanNortwick that someone was looking in her windows. Checked by Wallace and Jewtraw and found TinkWilliams son walking up the road by her house. -?Jewtraw
March 19, 1945, 6 p.m. – Request from Mayor [George Carson], wants police to check bars as to the 12 o’clock curfew. Police will make a note of any violations and leave same at police desk. ?- Duprey
March 21, 1945, 8:50 p.m. – Fire alarm at Mrs. Carter’s residence at the corner of Pine and Main Streets. Mattress caught on fire. Brought outside and extinguished by Fire Dept. Mrs. Carter’s mother, age 86, in the house alone. Treated for shock by Dr. Brunfield. She apparently is all right now. Checked outdoors and in house for $20.00 she claimed she had hid under the mattress in handkerchief – unable to find it. Traffic taken care of by Higgins and Jewtraw.
3/22/45 – $20 found in house
March 23, 1945, 7 p.m. – Call from Robert Hugg at 104 River Street. Dog having a fit on the porch. Afraid to go out on porch.Shot dog and removed it to the incinerator.