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DWI - POTSDAM - Village police charged John F. Odell IV, 20, of Deerfield with driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop at 2:56 a.m. Saturday on Elm Street. He was also ticketed for failure to obey a traffic sign. He reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.15 percent, nearly double the 0.08 percent level necessary for a DWI charge.



HARASSMENT - Village police charged Ellen L. Harmer, 22, of Potsdam with disorderly conduct and second-degree harassment at 3:08 p.m. Saturday after police responded to a report of a domestic dispute at the Lawrence Avenue Elementary School playground. She was arraigned by Potsdam Village Justice Nicholas Pignone and released on her own recognizance. The court signed a temporary order of protection. Police said Harmer was at the playground when her former boyfriend arrived with his new girlfriend. She became agitated and confronted her former boyfriend, assaulting him and shouting obscenities, police said. A witness at the playground called the police for assistance. Harmer was taken into custody while attempting to leave the scene.



The Police Blotter

Saturday, May 5, 2012



0018 Noise complaint on Poplar Street. Patrols responded and shut the party down.

0034 Drug complaint at Clarkson University.

0055 Reckless driving complaint on outer Pierrepont Avenue. Patrol unable to locate.

0211 Criminal mischief complaint on Cedar Street.

0233 Suspicious activity on Market Street. Patrols investigated yielding negative results.

0254 Harassment complaint that took place at McDuff’s earlier in the night.

0256 Traffic stop on Elm Street after motorist observed making a right hand turn ona red light despite a sign at the intersection reading no turn on red. Driver found to be intoxicated and charged with driving while intoxicated.

0528 Report of people throwing beer bottles into the street at the intersection of Bay Street and Pierrepont Avenue.

0547 Trespass complaint at Riverside Apartments on Clarkson Avenue.

0900 Patrol dispatched to check on a vandalism complaint. A tire was discovered slashed on Pierrepont Avenue.

1058 Custody dispute/welfare check fielded by patrol.

1102 Unattended death at Mayfield Drive investigated by Potsdam Police.

1258 Patrol dispatched to investigate reports of vandalism on Elm Street.

1314 Property damage accident on Main Street vicinity of the fire station. Patrol dispatched to investigate.

1418 Potsdam Rescue requested for a call on Sissonville Road. Patrols were also dispatched at the request of Central Dispatch as the patient is reported to be combative and no sheriff or NYSP unit is available.

1440 Patrol dispatched to Midtown Apartments to check on a medical alarm. Alarm proved to be unfounded.

1450 Report of two tires slashed on a vehicle that had been parked on Pierrepont Avenue overnight.

1508 Patrols dispatched to the Lawrence Avenue Playground after receiving a 911 transfer-report of assault in progress at that location.

1521 Caller reports she is receiving harassing phone calls at her place of employment from her son.She requests an officer contact him and advise him to stop calling or be arrested if her continues. Suspect was advised.

1624 Record checks requested and done on four pistol permit applicants for New York State Police.

1755 Canadian couple located a purse in a shopping cart at Walmart and turned in to Potsdam Police Department. Walmart customer service notified as well as Central Dispatch in Canton. The owner went back to Walmart and was directed to the police station, where she retrieved her property.

1826 Record checks requested and done on five pistol permit applicants for New York State Police.

1851 Potsdam Rescue paged and patrols dispatched to call on Pleasant Street for an unresponsive female.

1851 Caller reports loud noise in the vicinity of Main and State. Patrol reports complaint is unfounded; no violation found.

1916 Patrol sent to the emergency room to interview a dog bite victim.

1930 Woman’s ring found on the playground at Lawrence Avenue and turned in to police department.

1937 Received noise complaint from Elm Street resident requesting the loud music be turned down at the frat house near hers.

2111 Loud music complaint at Ives Park. Patrol responded and the music was off upon their arrival.

2151 Assisted the Sheriff’s Office on Leroy Street.

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