Archives for October 2013


It’s that time of year again here in the North Country…
Fresh, sticking snow Wednesday morning led to slippery road conditions and a number of accidents on local roads.
Ed Histed has more…

There were at least nine reports of crashes Wednesday morning in the Tri-Lakes area. No injuries were reported however.
In Lake Placid, a section of Old Military Road was closed to traffic for about an hour after a tractor-trailer became stuck trying to get up a snow-and-ice-covered hill.
A car crashed into a guiderail on snow-covered state Route 3 between Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake Wednesday morning.
Around 8:15 yesterday morning, Lake Placid firefighters were called to a two-car collision on state Route 86 that was caused by slippery road conditions.
There were no injuries.
Elsewhere, state police reported two crashes on state Route 3 between Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake, another between Tupper Lake and Piercefield, also on Route 3, and another crash between Tupper Lake and Long Lake on state Route 30.


Be prepared…
Rolling power outages are scheduled for today that will affect the same locations that lost power on Tuesday in Lake Placid.
There are three circuits involved, and starting at 8:30 this morning, one circuit at a time will be out for repair for approximately 2.5 hours each according to officials.


A family practice doctor from Malone, running for the Franklin County Legislature District 4 seat, had his license to practice medicine suspended earlier this year.
Carl Sherwin says however, the suspension should not affect his candidacy.
Sherwin’s license was suspended for three years, beginning last May 9th, by the New York State Department of Health state Board for Professional Medical Conduct.
At that time, Sherwin was also ordered to complete 30 hours of continuing education for prescribing medicine, 17.5 credit hours in the area of recordkeeping and 20 credit hours in the area of ethics.
Sherwin was also placed on three years of probation as well as barred from giving Suboxone or methodone prescriptions, and he can’t treat patients for pain management or chronic pain.
Sherwin said Wednesday that by the time he was penalized, he was already nearly retired, and therefore didn’t contest the charges because it would have cost between $80,000 and $100,000 in legal fees.


The state has a buyer for Camp Gabriels.
New York State, according to the state Office of General Services, has sold the shuttered former minimum-security prison for $210,777 at auction. No word on what the new buyer plans to do with the property yet.
The agency received a total of seven bids for the former prison. The next highest bid was for $166,000 and came from a prospective buyer who reportedly wanted to turn the property into a summer camp.
Other bidders included a pair of Saranac Lake residents who bid $122,001, another person who bid $121,250, a bid of $121,000, and another potential buyer bid $91,117 for the property.


Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau didn’t hesitate to denounce Stephen Harper on his handling of the Keystone XL file in Harper’s hometown.
Trudeau said the prime minister, (Natural Resources) Minister (Joe) Oliver, (Foreign Affairs) Minister (John) Baird and others have taken every opportunity to make it harder for the Americans to approve Keystone.
Trudeau made his remarks in a speech Wednesday in front of the Calgary Petroleum Club.
He says Harper’s decision to call the project to connect Alberta’s oilsands to Texas refineries a “no-brainer” only antagonized U.S. President Barack Obama, who’s expected to deliver his Keystone decision next year.


In Cornwall, City Hall whistleblower Rob Hickley says the CAO gave him no options for extending his employment with the city. Hickley, in a letter issued to the media, said he was left with no choice but to retire.
The 57 year old Hickley, outgoing deputy fire chief, had been on temporary sick leave, but his benefits were nearing the end, so he applied for long-term disability (LTD).
Hickley said the LTD provider for the city turned him down.
Hickley said he plans on providing more medical information and has until December to file an appeal.
Hickley and the city of Cornwall are waiting for a judge’s decision regarding Hickley’s application to have his legal costs paid by the municipality.
He has asked the courts to rescind any decision regarding the hiring of the mayor’s son, Chad Kilger, alleging there was a conflict of interest, namely… interference by Mayor Bob Kilger.

Haunted Garage to be Open for Halloween

The finishing touches are going up on Malone’s annual “Haunted Garage.” The Spicer family turns their garage into a scary Halloween delight for kids of all ages every year. They’ve been featured in a couple of books, including “Weird Northern New York” and “Haunted Northern New York Volume 4”. Trick-or-Treaters are invited to stop by for a scare and candy at the home at 19 Wellington Street.

Cops out in force looking for Halloween drunks

State and local law enforcement agencies are out in force, utilizing sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols to deter drunk driving during this week of Halloween. Motorists are reminded that driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher will put them over the limit – if they don’t drive sober, they will get pulled over. Law enforcement agencies will also be cracking down on drivers who are impaired by drugs, both illegal and prescription .


New York State Police say it was helps and tips from the public that assisted them in identifying and arresting a woman for stealing $500 worth of plants from a local business.
51 year old Jamie Ackerson of Saranac Lake, was charged after being identfied as the person in surveillance tapes that caught her allegedly stealing plants from Carla’s Greenery in Malone on Oct. 1 while the business was closed.
Police say a “number of tips from people identifying Ackerson” helped lead to her arrest.
Ackerson will appear in Malone Town Court on Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.


Police have released the name of the elderly woman who died following an accidental fire in her Saranac Lake apartment Sunday morning.
She’s 91 year old Rose Schoonmaker.
An autopsy was scheduled to determine Schoonmaker’s exact cause of death.
Flames broke out around 8 Sunday morning in the high rise on Church Street in Saranac Lake, which consistes of apartments for seniors.
Some reports say that Schoonmaker became stuck in a bathroom when her scooter caught fire, but that hasn’t been confirmed by authorities.
The building’s roughly 110 residents were evacuated to the ground floor or to nearby churches, while firefighters searched the building three times to make sure everyone got out. Residents were allowed back in their apartments around 7 Sunday night.