Hague man charged with bomb threat
A Hague man was arrested after allegedly making a bomb threat in Ticonderoga.
Douglas R. Laundree, age 55, of Hague was arrested Aug. 16 for falsely reporting an incident in the 1st degree (Class D Felony) after a bomb threat which was called into the Best Western Hotel in Ticonderoga on Friday, Aug.13, at about 8:57 p.m.
On Aug. 13 two phone calls were made to the front desk at the Best Western Hotel on Burgoyne Road in Ticonderoga indicating there was a bomb going to explode inside the building.
The Ticonderoga Police Department, New York State Police, Ticonderoga and Chilson fire departments, Ticonderoga Emergency Squad and the Essex County Office of Emergency Services responded to that incident.
Approximately 150 people were evacuated from that hotel and The Burgoyne Grill for two hours while emergency workers and an explosive's K9 searched the building.
No explosives were located, and the customers were allowed to return inside by 11 p.m.
Police have indicated that Laundree is familiar with an employee at the Best Western.
Laundree was also charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated because at the time of his arrest he was allegedly driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
Laundree was arraigned in front of Town Justice James O'Bryan at the Ticonderoga Town Court. He was released on $500 cash bail pending a future court appearance on Sept. 1.
The criminal investigation was handled by Investigator Daniel LaFrance of the Ticonderoga Police Department.
Schroon woman charged
A Schroon woman was arrested on Aug. 16 for allegedly helping her fugitive son try to avoid arrest, officials said.
Carol J. Moore, 42, was arrested after State Police determined she brought her son from New Jersey to Schroon Lake as police sought him in New Jersey, then took him to a bus station in Schenectady as State Police searched for him in the Schroon area, authorities said.
Moore's son, a New Jersey resident, was wanted on charges he was involved in a gunpoint home invasion in New Jersey, police said.
Moore, who moved to Schroon from New Jersey about two weeks ago, took him to Schroon in recent days, then took him to Schenectady when she learned State Police were checking whether he was in Schroon, officials said.
Schenectady Police were able to arrest the son, whose name was not available, at a bus station in Schenectady without incident when they learned he had been dropped off there.
Carol Moore was charged with second-degree hindering prosecution, a felony, and was sent to Essex County Jail for lack of $5,000 cash bail.
Five businesses in the hamlet of Schroon Lake were burglarized in the hamlet of Schroon Lake overnight Aug. 20 and state police are seeking the public's help.
Morning Star Bistro, Crunch Time Bakery and Deli, Flannigan's Pub, Timberwolf Pub and Pitkin's Restaurant were all burglarized, police said. Money was stolen from each business, police said.
Anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area or who has information in the case, are asked to call state police at 873-2771.
The driver of a pickup truck was seriously injured Aug. 20 after he lost control of his vehicle on state Rte. 74 and smashed into an approaching log truck, state police said.
The male, in his mid-20s, was airlifted to Albany Medical Center.
Officials said the pickup driver may have been driving while intoxicated, and authorities were awaiting blood tests to see if alcohol was indeed involved in the crash.
State Trooper Theresa Stannard said Aug. 20 the injured driver's name would not be released because police were unable to contact his immediate relative. On Aug. 24, police said his name had not yet been filed in their incident report.
The pickup driver was extricated from the vehicle by personnel of the Schroon Lake Fire Department prying the truck open with hydraulic devices.
The driver of the log truck was Jay Howe of Jay Howe Logging of Pottersville. A passenger was also traveling in the rig, and both were unhurt, police said.
Stannard said the crash victim was ticketed for failure to keep right, and other charges are may be filed, pending alcohol blood content tests.
Evidence at the scene indicated that the pickup driver might be intoxicated, Stannard said.