According to a press release issued by DEC, on the evening of August 9th, a man backed his Jeep and boat trailer, with boat attached, into Onondaga Lake — missing the newly erected DEC boat launch by 50 feet and becoming stuck in mud along the shoreline. [Read more…] about Epic Failures At New Onondaga Lake Boat Launch Lead To Charges
Crime and Justice
Saratoga has always been a gambling town. Even before the famous racetrack was built, Saratoga was full of gambling dens.
Many of the early gambling places were run by men who were considered “gentlemen gamblers.” They ran relatively clean games and generally avoided violence or other forms of vice. They were professional gamblers.
Later, with gambling well entrenched and Saratoga’s location along the notorious bootleg trail from Canada during prohibition, Saratoga attracted nationally known gangsters. [Read more…] about Gamblers and Gangsters of Saratoga
New York State Environmental Conservation Officer DEC Franz reported that on July 19th, they responded to a call regarding individuals using a gill net to catch fish in the town of Cortlandt, Westchester County. [Read more…] about Poachers Caught With Hundreds of Illegally Caught Fish
In April of 1931, eight slot machines were seized by Troopers in raids on a number of hotels in the Catskills town of Fallsburg, including the Elm Shade, the Ambassador, and the Flagler. The machines were destroyed “in the public square” before more than 150 onlookers and the $130 found inside them was turned over to the Town’s poor fund. [Read more…] about The Catskills Slot Machine Racket
The Saratoga Springs City Council has accepted a donation by the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation to make a repair to the architectural surround of the Spirit of Life and Spencer Trask Memorial in Congress Park, a National Historic Landmark. In 2019 a baluster of the surround was stolen. [Read more…] about Saratoga’s Spencer Trask Memorial Being Restored After Vandalism
According to a press release issued by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), on June 2nd, Department investigators and investigators from the Office of the Attorney General Letitia James executed a search warrant and a covert street sweep in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan to confiscate unregistered pesticides being sold to the public. [Read more…] about Sting Nets Illegal Pesticide Sellers in Manhattan
According to a press release issued by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), on June 10th, after receiving multiple complaints of people keeping undersized marine species, shellfish from uncertified waters, and protected terrapins (commonly called turtles) during low tide, Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) Veloski and Currey participated in Operation Low Tide, an enforcement initiative to combat the illegal taking of wildlife and shellfish in New York City. [Read more…] about Operation Low Tide Nabs Crab, Turtle Poachers
According to a press release issued by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), a hunter who previously had his license to hunt revoked for poaching recently received jail time for illegally taking a deer in Saratoga County.
Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) Shaw reported that in January 2021, they received an anonymous tip regarding large deer antlers brought into a local taxidermist in November 2020 by a revoked hunter using another hunter’s tag. [Read more…] about Repeat Saratoga County Poacher Gets Jail Time
This week on The Historians Podcast, Aja Raden is author of The Truth About Lies: The Illusion of Honesty and the Evolution of Deceit (St. Martin’s Press, 2021), a history of con artistry and deception. [Read more…] about The Truth About Lies: A History of Deceit
Hundreds of cars drive down McMaster Street in Ballston Spa on a daily basis, but few may notice the beautiful old bell that sits silently on display in front of Building 1 of the Saratoga County Complex. [Read more…] about Saratoga’s Courthouse Bell Was Saved By Preservationists