Although a lot of people do it, it’s illegal. What is “it?” Placing those orange triangle signs on mailboxes or near driveways is illegal under New York State law. But still, you see a lot of them as you drive around. The signs are only legally allowed to be placed on the rear of slow moving vehicles… such as farm machinery. Authorities say placing them on stationary objects defeats that purpose. Now, verbal reminders and written notices will be given, and if the signs are not removed, then the property owner will be cited. Under the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, it is illegal to use slow-moving- vehicle triangles as driveway markers or to place them on any other stationery object.


The Franklin County tax sale was conducted this week… on Wednesday… at Mo’s Pub and Grill in Malone. More than 200 people turned out to bid on 71 properties, ranging from small pieces of vacant land to residential and commercial buildings. Of the 71 properties that hit the auction block, bids were received for 60 of them, coming in at a total of about $443,000. The properties had all been seized by Franklin County for nonpayment of taxes. Bids ranged from about $100 to more than $30,000 from the more than 200 people who filled up the Adirondack Room at Mo’s Pub and Grill to place their bids. The auction lasted about three hours. Successful bidders were required to make a down payment amounting to 20% of their bid plus an 11 percent auctioneer’s fee. The winning bidders now have until June 14 to make final payments in full. One of them has already withdrawn their bid. The bids will be up for final approval by a vote of the county legislature on June 6th. Additionally, any bidder who bought a property that has been cited for code violations… and there were quite a few of them… have until May 24th to submit a remediation plan to the county. After that, those properties must be brought up to code within 18 months after the title is transferred.

SUNY Potsdam Is Going Smoke-Free

SUNY Postsdam is about to become smoke-free. Karen Johnson explains.

Effective Aug. 1 SUNY Potsdam will become a 100% tobacco-free campus. No tobacco use will be allowed within buildings or on grounds owned or leased by the college, according to a press release from SUNY Potsdam.The expanded policy covers all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, hookah-smoked products, electronic smoking devices/electronic cigarettes, electronic aerosol delivery systems, smokeless tobacco and snuff.”In keeping with our mission as an educational institution, SUNY Potsdam has taken this step to help promote and protect the health of our students, our employees and our visitors,” said Kristen Esterberg, SUNY Potsdam president. “The U.S. Surgeon General has found that tobacco-free campus policies are effective in reducing the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, helping prevent tobacco initiation, and promoting cessation.”


The town of Malone has been picked as one of 15 communities from across the country, to participate in a program by the Trump administration, which will provide federal help to launch a local food project, including a downtown farmers market. The federal initiative is aimed at promoting local food economies, and offer another source of fresh food, while at the same time, providing a new retail outlet for area farms. According to a statement issued by Mary Scharf, president of the Malone Chamber of Commerce, supporting local businesses and getting access to locally produced farm products is essential to the economic growth of the local community and health of local citizens. She also said the closing of Yando’s Market was a big blow to Malone, and the program hopefully will help fill the gap. The 2019 program selected 15 communities in 11 states out of 70 applicants. Malone was one of them.


A Champlain woman has been arrested for possessing precursors to manufacture meth. State Police pulled over 31 year old Mary Burnell of Champlain in what began as a simple traffic stop on Church Street in the town of Champlain. Troopers discovered that Burnell had metal knuckles and precursors for the manufacture of methamphetamine in her vehicle. She was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Criminal Possession of Precursors of Methamphetamine. The United States Border Patrol assisted state police with the arrest. Burnell was arraigned and then released for now, but she was ordered to appear in the Town of Champlain Court on a date yet to be chosen.


Sending nude pictures of his genitals to a 15 year old resulted in the arrest of a man from Potsdam. State Police arrested 20-year-old Nicholas Cox, who they say sent the pictures to the teen through a social media app. Cox was charged with Disseminating Indecent Material to a Minor and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was arraigned in the Town of Potsdam Court, and then released on his own recognizance. An order of protection was issued.


A two-vehicle crash in AuSable this past Sunday left two teens injured. Details are just now being released about the crash that happened around 3:20pm on Sunday… involving a motorcycle…. on Telegraph Road at Fuller Road in the town of AuSable. Troopers say 18 year old Hayden Bell of Plattsburg was on the bike… heading west on Fuller Road… when a Ford Mustang driven by 58 year old Keith Galarneau of Keeseville… heading south on Telegraph Road… slammed into the motorcycle after Bell failed to stop at a stop sign. Bell and a passenger… 16 year old Shiann Provost of Peru… were ejected from the motorcycle. Both were taken to the University of Vermont Health Network at Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital in Plattsburgh, and then later transferred to Burlington, Vermont. At last report, Provost was listed in critical condition. Bell was last listed in fair condition. Galarneau was treated at the scene for lacerations to his face and hands. The investigation is continuing.


A man from Winthrop… already in deep troupble for possessing forged checks from a Canton area real estate agency… narrowly escaped even more serious charges, when he tested positive for drugs and alcohol… plus had another ten violations of his interim probation. 37 year old Joshua White was scheduled for final sentencing in St. Lawrence County Court this week… on Monday morning… in connection with his March 2018 guilty plea to felony charges including attempted criminal possession of a forged instrument. White had pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors, in return for being placed on one year of interim probation. If he abided by the terms of that probation and successfully completed recommended substance abuse treatment, he would have seen his felony charge vacated down to a misdemeanor. But because of his violations, that didn’t work out for him. As the judge ran down a list of violations that included hite testing positive for cocaine, THC and alcohol… plus the fact that he had been required to pay $3,498 restitution to Byrns Realty, but only paid $130… things started to look pretty grim for White… who had also been unsuccessfully discharged from treatment. The judge said he was not inclined to stick to the original plea deal… but after a lot of negotiation, another proposal was made. This time around, Judge Richards allowed White to extend his interim probation for one more year to give him the opportunity to come into compliance with the terms and conditions. But this time, if he screws up again, he is headed to prison for four years.


Just after 7:30pm on Mothers Day, troopers pulled over a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee on State Route 3 in the town of Colton for failure to keep right. The driver of that Jeep… 60 year old Cathleen Hanlon of Piercefield… was arrested for DWI. Hanlon refused roadside breath testing, so that didn’t work in her favor. She was also consuming alcohol while driving in her vehicle… another big strike against her. When finally taken, her blood alcohol content was determined to be 0.25%. Hanlon was charged with Aggravated DWI, consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle, failure to keep right, and moving from her travel lane unsafely.


A traffic stop by state troopers on State Route 3 in the town of Plattsburgh for failure to signal a turn, ended with a drug bust. State Police say the driver, 24 year old Emily Labrake of Plattsburgh, was found to have a revoked license, and was operating in violation of an interlock restriction. Labrake was also found in possession of illegal drugs, including opiates and marijuana. She was charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance; one count of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana; unlicensed operation; aggravated unlicensed operation; use of a vehicle without an interlock device; and insufficient turn signal.