Archives for July 2014

Mistrial Declaired in Trombly Trial

According to the Press Republican, Clinton County Judge Kevin Ryan declared a mistrial and discharged the jury in the Ronald R. Trombly manslaughter case this morning.

The 86 year old Champlain man is charged with several felonies and misdemeanors in the death of Ashley A. Poissant, who died in May 2013 after she was struck by Trombly’s car as she jogged with friends on Perry’s Mills Road in the Town of Champlain.

Neither Clinton County Assistant District Attorney or the defense attorney would comment on what prompted the decision by the judge.

Alice Hyde Recognized

National attention for a local health care facility, and in this case, in a good light.
In a recent survey of hospitals nationwide, Alice Hyde Medical Center was named as one of the nation’s most wired hospitals.
The Hospital and Health Networks’ 16th annual Health Care’s Most Wired Survey is an industry-standard benchmark study that measures the level of information technology used in U.S. hospitals and health systems.
The recogintion this week, marks the second consecutive year Alice Hyde Medical Center earned the distinction. A total of 20 New York hospitals were among the more than 420 Most Wired hospitals nationwide. AHMC was one of only two hospitals north of Albany to receive this award.
Most Wired hospitals, such as Alice Hyde, must meet a set of rigorous criteria, and use information technology to reduce the likelihood of medical errors.
The survey was conducted between January 15 and March 15. Respondents completed 680 surveys, representing 1,900 hospitals, or roughly 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.

Hit N’ Run Causes Two Deaths – One Injury

Two people are dead, and an 11-year-old child is in critical condition following a hit and run crash Thursday afternoon in Ray Brook.
42 year old James Barney was pronounced dead at the scene by the Essex County Coroner. 38 year old Kim Barney, a passenger, was taken to Adirondack Medical Center, and then airlifted to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, where she later died.
11 year old Emily Colby was airlifted to Fletcher Allen, where she underwent surgery for multiple injuries.
All three were from Potsdam.
State Police say the accident happened yesterday afternoon around 1:30.
The suspect in the hit and run, who was not identified by troopers, was taken into custody and will be charged according to troopers.
The investigation is continuing.

Petitions Coming To Try To Save Bank

The old saying is, “It ain’t over till it’s over”. Well, that may very well be the case with regard to the planned closing of one area bank branch here in the North Country.
Folks living in Brushton and Moira will soon see petitions appearing in businesses as part of efforts to keep the doors open at Community Bank’s Brushton branch.
A number of concerned locals turned out Thursday for an impromptu community meeting which was held at Scottys Diner to talk about how to prevent Community Bank from shutting down the branch as was announced at the beginning of this month.
Brushton Mayor Don Barney told the Malone Telegram that he feels, if the bank does stay, those who use it should urge bank officials to make some changes, like installing a drive-thru and an ATM.
The Mayor said the bank, like any business, needs to keep up with the times, and the fact that the bank hasn’t changed in 22 years is likely why the branch isn’t profitable, as the bank contends.
It was suggested at yesterday’s meeting, that business owners who use the bank, should notify them that if the Brushton branch does close, then they will take their business to another bank, pulling all their money from Community Bank.
The group plans another meeitn at Scotty’s Diner next Thursday, at which time they say they will approve the final wording of the petition before volunteers hand them out to businesses for customers to sign.

Spitting Cornwall Woman Arrested

A Cornwall woman was arrested after a violent incident that took place at the Cornwall Community Hospital.
25 year old Rosemary Liscomb allegedly spit on hospital staff and threatened to beat one up before she hit the staff member with a shoe and grabbed her neck. It all happened after Liscomb, apparently drunk, caused a disturbance by yelling and screaming. Liscomb was taken into custody, and charged with assault, assault with a weapon and possession for a dangerous purpose.

Fox On A Bus

A sleeping fox was discovered on an Ottawa bus which was parked at the industrial garage.
An employee noticed the fox slip in through the open front door of the bus, make it’s way inside, and then curl up to take a nap on one of the seats.
After taking a couple of photos of the sleeping fox, the employee called the police, who in turn, called the Ottawa Humane Society to come and get it.
Once the Humane Society boarded the bus though, the fox woke up took off.

Cornwall Crime Severity Down

Cornwall is showing some improvement in it’s crime severity index.
Figures released Wednesday in Statistics Canada’s annual police-reported crime statistics for communities over 10,000 inhabitants, show Cornwall’s crime severity index dropped from 100.73 to 87.54 in 2013. The higher the number, the greater the rate of more serious crimes.
Cornwall’s 13% drop is greater than the comparable 9% drop in the national crime severity index and the 11% drop for Ontario. Ontario’s average crime severity index was 52.49.

Decorated Veteran Finally Coming Home To Rest

A North Country man who was declared missing in action at the end of the Korean War more than 60 years ago, will soon be coming home.
Here’s Ed Histed with the story…

((The remains of Lawrence Jock, from Fort Covington, have been identified and will be brought back to the north country for burial. Jock was a decorated veteran of World War II, having joined the service in the 1930s, served as an infantryman in Europe with the 100th Infantry Division during WWII and was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for Valor. Jock also served with U.S. occupation forces in Japan.
The Pentagon this week, announced that Jock’s remains were identified using forensic technology, including DNA samples provided by his family.
Jock was a 37-year-old master sergeant in the 8th Army when his position was attacked on July 15, 1953, by Chinese forces in North Korea.
His remains were among those of between 350 and 400 U.S. servicemen which were turned over to the US by North Korea between 1991 and 1994.
Now, Jock will finally be back home… buried with full military honors in St. John Bosco Cemetery.
Fort Drum’s firing squad will provide the honors at the ceremony, and members of the American Legion and the AMVETS will be at the service too.))

Malone Demolitions On Track

Another one bites the dust…
One more blighted building in Malone is on schedule to be razed within the next two to three weeks.
Ed Histed fills us in…

((This time, it’s a building on Duane Street, and town officials hope that by eliminating it, the road into the village taken by both residents and visitors, will be a little more attractive.
Tax records indicate that the owners of the building at 203 Duane, have not paid taxes on the building since 2008.
In the winter of 2012, there was an emergency there when the pipes burst and flooded the basement. The house has not had water service since then.
Right now, village officials say there are 22 structures on the demolition list in Malone, though some may be able to be salvaged.
They say their next victim will likely be a building at 51 Front St.
Late last year, the Malone Village Board set aside about $100,000 for the demolition of dilapidated properties. They plan to set aside another $26,000 this year for the clean up effort.))

Michigan Man Glad To Be Alive After Lightning Strike Wednesday

A Michigan man is glad to be alive today after he was struck by lightning yesterday morning while camping with his wife and two children at Coles Creek State Park. Around 6:30 yesterday morning a thunder storm rolled through the park area. Christopher Church, who was tent camping with his family went to secure a tarp over their equipment when he was hit in the shoulder by a lightning strike and was burned. He was taken to the Massena Memorial Hospital and is going to be ok.