Archives for February 2015

Brushton men facing drug charges

A couple of Brushton men are facing drug charges today. Malone police along with state police and Franklin County sheriff’s deputies searched two homes. 18-year-old Luke Dillabough and 22-year-old Larry Dillabough were arrested for selling marijuana. According to Malone Police Chief Premo, investigators found 22 ounces of marijuana in the homes, more than $3,700, brass knuckles, a collapsible police baton, a stun gun and 97 marijuana smoking devices. More charges are possible for the illegal weapons, as well as potential welfare fraud. Both Dillaboughs are now in the Franklin County jail on a $10,000 cash bail.

Chateaugay Water Tests Confirm No Contamination

The results are in, and soil tests at Chateaugay Central school found no contamination.
Ed Histed has details…

((The tests were conducted at a monitoring well near a fuel tank that leaked earlier this month. Initially, the tests had shown some fuel oil had gotten into the water. At the time though, officials said that it didn’t pose a threat to the school’s drinking water supply.
While the initial test results received yesterday indicate all is clear, the DEC is expected to do further testing in the spring.
The fuel tank is slated for removal just as soon as the district is hooked up to the Enbridge St. Lawrence natural gas pipeline. If there had been contamination in the ground water, the school would have had to declare an emergency and remove the tank immediately.
As for that pipeline, Enbridge officials have informed the Franklin County Legislature that it is expected to finally be completed just as soon as the weather breaks. Then, the McCadam Cheese Plant in Chateaugay will be hooked up first, followed almost immediately by the school.))

Changes At Massena Memorial

A reorganizational effort is underway from the top down at Massena Memorial Hospital.
Ed Histed explains…

((Zachary Chapman, the hospital’s senior director of practice management is leaving. He won’t be replaced either.
Mark Brouillette, who also serves as senior director of ancillary services will take over Chapman’s duties.
Also, Chief Nurse Executive and Corporate Compliance Officer, Sue Beaulieu, is retiring. Julie Zyzik will handle corporate compliance, while Ralene North will take over the the Chief Nurse duties.
In total, almost 15 full time positions will be reorganized, with the final tally showing about 4 or 5 to be most likely laid off.
Hospital officials say it was necessary because of a reduction in Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement rates, and a shift from what was inpatient, to outpatient care.))

Deadline near for Malone town clerk applications

Anyone who wants to be the next Town Clerk for Malone has just a few more days to turn in their applications. The town board is accepting resumes through the 27th. They’re looking for someone to take over for Susan Hafter, who’s resigning as of Friday. She took some heat over her decision not to sell sportsman licesenses this past year. The new clerk, whoever he or she might be, will have to be a resident of the town of Malone, and be able to fulfill multiple job requirements, including organizing town records, filing reports, taking minutes at board meetings, selling sportsman licenses and issuing permits.

Bills would change licensure requirements for military spouses

There could be new help for military families in New York. Assemblywoman Janet Duprey is asking for support for a new bill that would allow military spouses to use their out-of-state professional licenses whenever they get relocated to New York. Duprey says 47 other states have already fixed the problem. She calls it “shameful” and wants to change the “archaic process.” There are three bills currently working their way through the Assembly that would allow out-of-state licenses, like for nursing or teaching, for military families.

Franklin Tourism Targeted

Jim McKenna, President of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, met late last week with the Franklin County Board of Legislators regarding his plans for supporting the tourism industry in Franklin County.
The Malone Telegram this morning reports that ROOST, based in Lake Placid, was chosen to head up Franklin County’s tourism efforts. ROOST provides tourism services for Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, Essex and Hamilton counties.
Ed Histed has more about last week’s meeting…

((McKenna said tourists who come to the casino at Akwasasne are different than the types of tourists ROOST usually reaches, which typically are skiing enthusiasts and those interested in nature expeditions.
McKenna wants to seat a team of bloggers, who would be writing articles on attractive locations in the area for a number of activities such as winter sports, camping, and golfing. The blogs would then serve as a focus for online searches. In turn, the blogs will link back to Franklin County businesses and the Franklin County tourism office.
That way he says, if someone is searching for skiing or fishing in Franklin County, it will pop up in their search.
Kerry Blinn, a ROOST representative, will serve as management coordinator for Franklin County’s Tourism Advisory Committee.))

Naked Dancing Man Arrested

In a rather bizarre incident, a Clarkson University student was charged Thursday with the assault of two university security guards.
Ed Histed has the strange story…

((The student, 20 year old Ryan Dsouza of South Carolina, told the guards that he was Lucifer, and he had been to Jupiter when they responded to the report of a man dancing naked in a lecture hall on campus.
Dsouza has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor third-degree assault after he injured the two Clarkson university security officers after they told him to put his pants back on.
The officers say he did that, and then ran into another room. When they tried to detain him, he attacked them by punching and kicking.
Dsouza was finally cuffed, and taken to Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg for a mental health evaluation.
The odd event began to unfold earlier, when a 19 year old female student said she was in a lecture, when Dsouza stood up from his desk, and started stripping off his clothes, and dancing with headphones on.
Mr. Dsouza was released from the hospital, then arraigned in Village Court, where he pleaded not guilty and was released on $500 cash bail.))

Franklin County fair announces dates

The Franklin County fair has announced the dates for this year’s big event! The 165th annual fair will be held August 8-16th in Malone. Headlining this year’s event will be Montgomery Gentry, who’s performing on Saturday, August 15th. The demolition derby is set for Monday August 10th and again on Sunday, August 16th, and the YMCA Franklin County has Talent Finals will be held on August 13th. Tickets go on sale in early April.

Arrest Made In Sunmount Attack

The Sunmount employee, accused of assaulting a disabled man at the Tupper Lake facility, has been arrested.
Ed Histed has the story…

((38 year old Thomas Burns of Tupper Lake, was charged Tuesday with endangering the welfare of an incompetent person in the first degree and third-degree assault, after he allegedly assaulted the 35 year old man at the Sunmount Office for People With Developmental Disabilities in Tupper Lake.
Burns was taken to the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $1,500 cash bail or $3,000 bond. He is scheduled to make his next appearance in the Tupper Lake Town Court on March 18.))

Snow Mobile Search

A second full-day search ended Tuesday without any sign of a missing snowmobiler whose machine is believed to have fallen through the ice on the frozen St. Lawrence River Sunday afternoon. Rescue crews planned to resume their search this morning at daybreak after a fruitless day of searching Tuesday. Snow showers were in the forecast for today and tonight.
A second man who had been snowmobiling with the missing man was identified Tuesday as 26-year-old Brandon Sweeting of Akwesasne. His body was discovered Sunday evening.