On January 18th, the day returning students arrived on campus to begin the new semester, the Skidmore community received a safety alert from Lori Parks announcing that Campus Safety and the Saratoga Springs Police Department were investigating two Skidmore-related break-ins and burglaries in SkidShop and Sasselin Art Building. Click to continue »
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Today, The Saratogian‘s Lucian McCarty penned a great article detailing the criminal record of Lance Leonard, the man who allegedly threatened a Skidmore student and caused last month’s campus-wide lockdown and multi-state police response. Leonard has a long list of felonies, violations, and convictions stretching back to the mid-1980s.
In his hometown of Cuttyhunk, Mass.—a sleepy island community a few miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard—Leonard pleaded guilty in 1985 to indecent assault and battery, a felony. He was originally charged with assault with intent to rape, burglary with intent to commit a rape, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Ed. Note – I would assume that a headline about “rape” is probably sufficient, but I’ve been advised to include a “Trigger Warning” anyway.
Allow me to be serious for a moment.
There have been a few developments in the the ongoing scandal over the Saratoga Springs Police Department’s huge mishandling of the September 1 rape investigation. Last Friday, Lucian McCarty wrote a post on his City Desk blog at The Saratogian calling attention to comments made by Public Safety Commissioner Christian Mathiesen, the city official who—along with Police Chief Chris Cole—made the final decision to withhold virtually all information related to the rape for over a month. Mathiesen has repeatedly engaged in shameless victim-blaming in an attempt to skirt responsibility, saying (once again) that “walking alone on a street at that time of night may not be advisable for a woman who is alone.”
Now, I’m all for common sense, but the irony of the Public Safety Commissioner telling the women of Saratoga Springs to take their lives and well-beings into their own hands is just a little too much to bear. The attitude is, essentially, “we can never, ever stop rape, so the only realistic thing to do is place the full burden of responsibility on you.”
Sage wisdom, ladies. You’d better padlock your door and crawl under the bed, because the Saratoga cops are too busy beating the shit out of random strangers in bar fights on Caroline Street to do their jobs and protect you.
Those of you who were Downtown on Saturday night probably noticed an inordinate number of cop cars on Caroline Street. Well, it turns out the commotion was due to a stabbing that occurred on Broadway, after two groups of men were ejected from Paddock Lounge for fighting.
The Saratogian reports:
“Police believe the altercation began between two groups of males at about 1:20 a.m. inside the Paddock Lounge at 6 Caroline St. Lounge employees removed bar patrons from the establishment, but the altercation continued on the street outside the bar and moved to the west side of Broadway, where the stabbing occurred.
“The suspect is described by police as a 20- to 30-year-old Hispanic male about 6 feet tall with short, dark hair. Police said he was wearing a gray thermal long-sleeved shirt and jeans. He was last seen running from the scene with several other males toward Church Street.”
Those with information or knowledge of the suspect are encouraged to contact police at (518) 584-1800 or anonymously at (518) 584-TIPS (8477).