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A Nissan minivan smashed into this abandoned house on Rt. 8 in the Town of Morehouse Aug. 15, injuring seven people. It would have been much worse if the foundation were on the side that was hit. (Photo/Cristine Meixner)


Police Report -- 08/27/2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - Updated: 1:43 PM

Friday, Aug. 15, 2:15 p.m.: Seven people were injured, none seriously, when a driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel on Rt. 8 in the Town of Morehouse, almost one mile west of Mountain Home Road.

Edward Johnson, 79, Syracuse, was westbound operating a Nissan minivan when it left the west shoulder of the highway, traveled down an embankment, overturned and smashed into an unoccupied house. His six passengers were able to extricate themselves from the vehicle, but he had to be freed by Morehouse Volunteer Fire Department.

The passengers suffered various cuts, contusions, and bruises. Johnson complained of neck pain.

Deputy Jason Knap charged Johnson with moving from lane unsafely.

Saturday, Aug. 23, 1:24 p.m.: Fredrick Vanacore of Long Lake reported his Old Town canoe is missing from its storage area.

Saturday, Aug. 23, 2:26 p.m.: State Police received a report of a personal injury accident on Rt. 30 in the hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake.

Robert M. Rancour, 58, Ticonderoga, was operating a 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle southbound. When he slowed to make a left turn onto Rt. 28/30 Rancour's left foot became lodged in the motorcycle. He attempted to stop and the motorcycle leaned over with his foot still caught, injuring his left ankle.

Rancour and his passenger, Linda M. Rancour, 56, were able to keep the motorcycle from falling to the ground. She was not injured.

Blue Mountain Lake Volunteer Ambulance Corps transported Robert Rancour to Glens Falls Hospital with a possible broken ankle.

Saturday, Aug. 23, 11:17 p.m.: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office charged Karly A. Venuto, 29, New York City, with violating the county noise ordinance.

Venuto is the events coordinator for WeWork "Summer Camp 2014," which rented Raquette Lake Camp for several days as a getaway for some 1,000 young professionals.

HCSO had three men monitoring noise during the entire three-day event, due to complaints from several property owners on Raquette Lake about previous WeWork events. Sheriff Karl Abrams said the noise level did not exceed the decibel limit until the last set of the final evening's entertainment, when it went above 65 decibels.

Information in the Police Report is provided by the law enforcement agencies cited, unless otherwise noted.


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