Archives for December 2014

Walmart Bomb Threat Overnight

New York State Police were called to the Wal-Mart at teh Consumer Square Plaza in Plattsburgh overnight for a bomb threat.
State Police Plattsburgh recieved an anonymous bomb threat shortly after 2:30 this monring. State Police evacuated Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club, and shut down entry to Consumer Square. A suspicious package was located inside Wal-Mart. The New York State Police Bomb Disposal Unit responded and determined that the package was non-explosive.
Consumer Square was then reopened. State Police were assisted by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, the Plattsburgh City Police Department and the New York State Department of Transportation. This case remains under investigation. If you have any information regarding this investigation, Please call the New York State Police.

Fire Departments Look At Consolidation As Cost Saving Move

The Town of Lawrence is looking into how they might be able to save some money by consolidating three volunteer fire departments… North Lawrence, Lawrenceville and Nicholville.

((For the past fifty years or so, the three have operated independently. How, town officials are exploring options to bring them all together.
According to the Malone Telegram, the town now spends $99,000 annually for fire protection, giving each fire department $33,000 a year. As contracts with all three have already been inked for the coming new year, no changes will be made until at least 2016.
The next meeting between the town and the fire departments will be held in February.))

Employee evaulations starting in January for Malone town workers

Starting next month, non-union workers in Malone town government will start getting evaulations. The three-page evaluation form will looking at everything from personal characteristics and effectiveness to inter-personal relationships. Employees will be ranked either “good,” “satisfactory,” or “unsatisfactory.” And the workers will get to add in their own comments. The new reviews were adopted during last week’s council meeting, without any public discussion.

Massena Man To Be Sentenced For Pulling Off Another Man’s Pants

A man from Massena man who was arrested back in June after he allegedly ripped the shorts off another person at the Price Chopper store, apparently over a drug deal gone wrong, has pleaded guilty to petit larceny.

((26 year old Darrell Trammel will be sentenced in March.
Trammel’s guilty plea comes following a motion by prosecutors to reduce a felony robbery charge to a second petit larceny in a plea bargain agreement.
Back in June, police allege that Trammel confronted Lance Beaubien, tackled him, and pulled his shorts off during a brief struggle near the shopping carts at Price Chopper.
Beaubien told police he had $520 in his shorts when they were stolen.))

Windy, wet weather for Christmas

Christmas will be wet and windy. The National Weather Service has posted a high wind warning in effect all day tomorrow. Wind gusts are expected up to 60 miles an hour, starting around daybreak and lasting until after sundown. There are some concerns that the strong winds will knock down trees or power lines. And if you’re traveling to Grandma’s house for Christmas Day…high profile vehicles will have a tough time staying on the road. A flood watch is also posted starting this evening through Friday morning…all thanks to the combination of rain and melting snow.

Seven arrested in cocaine ring in the North Country

A cocaine conspiracy foiled in the North Country. Five Keeseville residents and a man from Plattsburgh are among the seven arrests announced by the US Attorney’s office. Prosecutors say the conspirators had a sizeable cocaine ring going on in Plattsburgh, but their supplier was in New York City. 31-year-old Thomas Farlekas from the Bronx and 48-year-old Earl Mudd from Keeseville are facing a minimum of 10 years in prison and a $10-million dollar fine for their role. The US Attorney said in a statement that the “plague of addictive drugs like cocaine devastates lives and communities.”

St. Regis School Board President Charged With DWI

The President of the St. Regis Central School Board has been charged with driving while intoxicated.
Ed Histed reports…

((New York State Police say 48 year old Mickey Smith, of Dickinson Center, was arrested Saturday, and charged with driving while intoxicated. Police say Smith had a blood alcohol content of .08 percent, he refused to take a breath test, and he failed to stop at a stop sign on county Route 5 in the town of Dickinson. Smith was pulled over Saturday night just before 10.
Smith has been on the school board for seven years. He is in his second year as president.))

Duane Moves To Save 1800’s Era Church

In Duane, town officials say they want to do all they can to preserve the historical Duane Methodist Episcopal Church on County Route 26 near the Duane Fire Station.

((Now, the town has moved to hire a contracter to inspect the old church, which hasn’t been used in years, and is now ready to submit a grant application to the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Adirondack Park Community Smart Growth Program for funding to save the structure.
The Malone Telegram reports that the money would come from the state Environmental Protection Fund.
The deadline for the grant application is Jan. 30.
Town officials say they would like to see the church, which was built in the mid-1800’s, used once again for weddings, community events or perhaps as a meeting spot for the council.))

Heavy Load Permits Under Discussion In Bellmont

In Bellmont, they’re trying to come up with a permit system for heavy trucks on town roads to cover the costs of repairing roads damaged by that heavy truck traffic.

((The Malone Telegram reports that some of the roads in Bellmont have been damaged by logging trucks. Those roads were built, according to town officials, to carry much lighter traffic. Now, a proposal requiring logging companies and others running heavy loads to obtain a town permit first is under consideration. The permit would cost $50, and would include a pledge by anyone getting such a permit, to cover the cost of repairs to any roads damaged by the heavy loads.
The aim of the proposal is mainly toward logging companies that use the small roads to access their worksites, but it would also apply to trucks bringing in heavy equipment such as wind turbine parts if a new proposed wind farm moves forward.
The draft of the permit presented at Monday’s Town Board meeting will be refined and re-presented at the board’s next meeting in January.))

Stefanik Lines Up Staff

Rep.-elect Elise Stefanik, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress last month, has announced four new hires for her congressional office.
The Malone Telegram reports that Stefanik announced Tuesday that Chris Perry would serve as her legislative director.
Perry, who is a California native, was hired just a week after Stefanik announced she had been named to the Armed Services Committee.
Other appointments were also made, as Ed Histed reports…

((Stefanik also announced that Herkimer County native Anthony Pileggi, who also worked as her deputy campaign manager and director of operations during her campaign, would be her district director, overseeing operations in the 21st Congressional District.
Ethan Gilbert, a graduate of Cornell University who previously ran Stefanik’s Watertown campaign office, has been named legislative correspondent and Anderson Briggs, a graduate of SUNY Cortland, has been named a staff assistant in Stefanik’s office.))