Cops arrest 14-year-old girl for string of Summit arsons

7/19/2016

A 14-year-old Summit girl has been arrested for a string of arsons-mostly car fires--that struck fear in the heart of neighbors on Baldwin Road.
The list of 15 charges includes one count of second-degree arson, a Class B felony.
Police aren't releasing the girl's name because of her age.
She was arrested and arraigned Thursday following a two-week arson investigation and sent to a secure juvenile detention facility, pending future court appearances.
Speaking at a press conference at State Police Troop G Headquarters in Latham Friday, Summit Fire Chief Don Cla ...

Cops arrest 14-year-old girl for string of Summit arsons

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3 killed in plane crash at private airfield, Esperance

7/19/2016

An investigation is continuing into what caused a small plane to crash on takeoff Saturday at a private field in Esperance.
Police said only the pilot survived, suffering burns to his hands and face while trying to help three others-believed to be another man and two women-still in the wreckage.
Investigators from the National Traffic Safety Board have been investigating the scene at the private airfield and hanger called Hogan Airport on Brandon Road, off Route 30A near the Schenectady and Montgomery County lines.
Police have not released the names of either the ...

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Clapper sentenced for FEMA thefts

7/19/2016

Scott Clapper Jr., the Schoharie man who in January pleaded guilty to defrauding FEMA of $16,426 in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in prison.
Clapper will serve his sentence concurrently with state prison time he's already serving for his unrelated burglary convictions.
Senior United States District Judge Thomas McAvoy also ordered Mr. Clapper to pay $16,426 in restitution to FEMA, as well as court fees, and ordered him to serve three years of supervised release.
He becomes eligible for state parole in March 2019.
Clappe ...

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State Police give arson timeline

7/19/2016

State Police provided the following timeline of the string of arsons and other events that began June 26 on Baldwin Road in Summit and continued through July 11.
--On June 26, Cobleskill Troopers received a complaint of criminal mischief to a vehicle on Baldwin Road.
The damage, which occurred overnight, consisted of a slashed seat and the keying of the exterior.
--On July 2, at about 1:30am, State Police received a report from a different address on Baldwin road of a vehicle on fire.
That vehicle was totally destroyed.
--On July 5, at about 4:30am, the ...

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Unnamed sheriff's deputy put on paid administrative leave

7/19/2016

Schoharie County Supervisors Friday afternoon agreed to put a road patrolman in the Sheriff's Office on paid administrative leave.
Supervisors spoke about the issue behind closed doors in executive session and did not identify the officer.
Along with remaining on leave, there will be a monthly review by the law and personnel committees, the full board, and the Sheriff's Office.
The original motion before the board headed into executive session was to put the patrolman on leave until the investigation was complete or when the Sheriff determined the officer could re ...

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