Archives for October 2014

Time Change this weekend

Don’t forget… this weekend is when you “fall back” to standard time… you’ll turn your clock back an hour, technically at 2 a.m. Sunday. this is also considered the perfect time to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are working properly. According to data reported to the National Fire Protection Association, from 2007-2011, three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. No smoke alarms were present in more than one-third, or 37 percent, of the home fire deaths. In one-quarter, or 23 percent, of the home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound.

Two Guys+Pot+Illegal Dead Deer=Arrest

It was just a plain old routine traffic stop that lead to more serious charges being filed against two Moira men.
Ed Histed explains…

((19 year old Conor Russell was pulled over by state police for a seat belt violation in Moira.
He ended up being arrested by state Department of Environmental Conservation officers for possessing and transporting untagged big game.
Russell was also charged with possession of marijuana.
While officers were processing Russell, 47-year-old Randy Mitchell of Moira showed up and claimed possession of the deer. Mitchell was charged with failure to fill out a harvest tag, and for taking deer by means not specified.
Both men are due to appear Nov. 17 in Moira Town Court.))

Halloween Safety

Today is Halloween and we all need to be aware that we need to keep our kids safe tonight. We spoke with New York State Trooper Jennifer Fleishman and she offered us some tips.

Please be extra alert as you drive tonight.

Second Arrest Made In Ogdensburg Drug Bust

The investigation into a methamphetamine lab in Ogdensburg has yielded a second arrest.
Here’s Ed Histed with details…

((The Ogdensburg Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit arrested 25 year old Jerome Dobbs Wednesday, charging him with a string of drug related offenses.
Dobbs is the second person to be arrested in the ongoing investigation into a methamphetamine production operation in Ogdensburg.
On Sunday, October 19th, police collared 31 year old Joseph Bateman of Ogdensburg.
During searches of the homes of both Bateman and Dobbs, which all came about after cops got a tip from an anonymous informer, investigators turned up methamphetamine labs, lab equipment and other components.
Police say they don’t anticipate any additional arrests, but more charges against the two are pending.
Dobbs was locked up yesterday in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.
Bateman had already been taken into custody following his arrest almost two weeks ago.))

State Employee Terminated Over Theft. Sentencing Set For December First

An employee with the Department of Environmental Conservation has pleaded guilty in St. Lawrence County Court, to stealing from the state.
Ed Histed has the details…

((34 year old Cale Nolan of Star Lake, a maintenance worker with the DEC for the past 12 years, is out of a job now, after admitting he stole more than $1,100 worth of gas by using state fuel debit cards for personal use.
Nolan purchased the gas on 20 separate occasions from April 5, 2013 to January 14 of this year, by using state-issued fuel debit cards supposed to be used exclusively for state-owned vehicles. Nolan also falsified records to conceal the thefts.
He’s currently free on probation supervision, but will be back in court to be sentenced December 1.))

Fall Safety Tips For A Safe Home

With fall now underway in the North Country thoughts turn to the arrival of cooler temperatures and winter which is just around the corner. This is the time of year when we see an increase in house fires.

As winter approaches, North Country Insurance Professionals have some home maintenance tips to share that will help keep your family safe and your home protected.

• Heating System: it is important to have your heating system inspected by a professional technician to ensure it functions properly all winter. Replace the filter at the start of the heating season and replace regularly.

• Fireplaces and Wood Stoves: have your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned annually by a certified chimney sweep. Check and make sure all stove pipes are clean and clear. Maintain proper clearance around fireplaces and wood stoves and keep the area clear of combustible material.

• Smoke Detectors and Fire Extinguishers Aid Kits: change batteries in smoke detectors when the clocks change at the end of Daylight Savings Time which is this coming Sunday Morning at 2am. This is also time to review your fire escape route and centralized meeting place with your family.
Doing these things will help ensure a safe winter season.

NYS Ranks 49th on State Business Tax Climate Index

New York has the 49th best tax climate in the U.S. according to the latest edition of the State Business Tax Climate Index, released this morning by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation. Earlier this year, New York passed a sweeping overhaul of its corporate tax code that will phase in over the next several years. As the new provisions phase in, it is projected that New York’s overall rank will improve to 48th and its corporate tax system will improve from 24th to 4th best in the country (the best of any state that has a corporate income tax).
“States with the worst tax codes have the most room for improvement,” said Tax Foundation Economist and Manager of State Projects Scott Drenkard, “New York’s corporate tax reforms are certainly a major improvement – The organization gave Governor Cuomo an award earlier this month for championing the changes.
While New York still has a long way to go, the recent reforms represent a concerted effort towards a simpler and smarter tax code.” The goal of the State Business Tax Climate Index is to start a conversation between taxpayers and policymakers about how their states fare against the rest of the country.

Traffic Stop Turns Up 44 Pounds Of Pot

A traffic stop near the Canadian turned up some 44 pounds of marijuana, and resulted in two arrests.
Ed Histed has the story…

((United States Border Patrol agents pulled over a vehicle around 8 Sunday night on State Route 37 in the town of Fort Covington.
39 year old 39 year old Carl Mottley from Englewood, New Jersey, and 30 year old Terrence Atkins of Hackensack, New Jersey were arrested by state police when the pot was discovered in their vehicle. Both were charged with first-degree criminal possession of marijuana.
Mottley was also charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance when police discovered that he had Adderal pills but no prescription.
Mottley and Atkins were sent to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail, or $30,000 bond, each.))

Troopers Busy

North Country Troopers made a number of drug arrests and an asault arrest after responding to a domestic dispute. Troopers made a traffic stop for an unsafe lane chage in Plattsburg around 8:30 Friday night and arrested the driver, 26 year old Robert Derochie of St. Regis Falls after he was found in possession of Pot, Hash and cash and taken to the Clinton County Jail. Along with the drug charges he was charged with making an unsafe lane change and having bad tires.
Later around 1am Saturday morning State Police stopped a car driven by 20 year old Samad Williams of Jersey City, New Jersey who fled on foot from his car, dropping bags of heroin as he ran. After the short persuit Williams was caught and found in possession of 300 bags of heroin. Williams was also taken to the Clinton County Jail in lieu of bail.
44 year old Leo LeClair of Plattsgurgh is also in the Clinton County Jail after he pushed a woman on Saturday afternoon and stealing her New York State Benefit Card and her Cell phone. The victim had a protection order against LeClair. Troopers were able to locate LeClair walking on Carbide Road and took him off to jail. He is facing numerous charges with a court date later this week.

Malone Revitalization Discussed

The Malone Revitalization Foundation is adopting a new communication strategy. In an effort to come up with a way to promote the foundation while providing updates to the community at large, members have been working hard with local resident John Inns to make changes.
Ed Histed explains…

((Currently, the mission statement of the MRF is “to inspire and facilitate community members to promote sustainable development and revitalization in Malone”.
Inns however, believes that mission statement should be changed, saying “a vision must be created that will define the direction for the next 10 years.”
The Malone Telgram reports that Inns says Malone has too many 501(c)(3) status organizations and various industrial organizations and nobody seems to be getting the work done.
The next general meeting of the Malone Revitalization Foundaion is at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 in the Wead Library.))