Archives for April 2016

One of the properties going up for sale in the Franklin County tax auction next month is the scene of a 2012 murder. The home at 14 White Street in Chateaugay was where Dale Jarvis Sr. was killed by his son after an argument about a loud video game back in 2012. The property sits on less than a tenth of an acre with waterfront access. There are about 100 tax delinquent properties on the auction block. The sale starts at 11 a.m. on May 25.

Cars burglarized overnight in Saranac Lake

The rash of thefts from cars is under investigation in Saranac Lake. Overnight, someone broke into at least 11 cars parked in the area of French Hill, Sumner Place, Upper Broadway and the Dorsey Street parking lot. At least two of the cars were scratched during the break-ins.The thief or thieves stole iPods, phone charges, prescription sunglasses, and perfume. Anyone with information is urged to call police.

Chinese national sentenced for smuggling aliens across the border

A Chinese national accused of smuggling two Chinese citizens across the border will serve 8 months in prison. Wanxiang Chen was sentenced this week after he was convicted of transporting aliens into the US for financial gain. Federal prosecutors said he was arrested in August after Border Patrol agents stopped his car in Fort Covington. He’d just come from the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino and was headed back to New York City. Chen, who was in the US illegally himself, has been in jail since then and now faces deportation.

Franklin County ranks #1 for lowest tax burden in NYS

The North Country scores well in a new study. Franklin County ranks first in the state for counties with the lowest tax burden. That’s an improvement from 14th last year in the SmartAssest study, which looks at what a person making the US median income pays in incomes, sales, property and fuel taxes. Property taxes were some of the lowest, at just over $2,000, as was the fuel tax at $662 per year. Hamilton, Lewis, St. Lawrence, and Essex counties rounded out the top 5.

Clinton County hosts “SafeTalk” training

The Clinton County Coalition to Prevent Suicide is hosting a Safe Talk Training on May 9th. It’s a three-hour training to teach caregivers how to identify someone who’s considering suicide and get them help. Experts say most people who take their own lives will often reach out for help for first. The training will teach you how not to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide. The event will be held at the Clinton County social services office in Plattsburgh. It is free and open to the public.

Rain Facing Increasing Pressure

Things keep getting stickier and stickier for St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain… Ed Histed with more…

((Earlier this month, Rain admitted allowing one of her assistant district attorneys to prosecute a case, even though that Assistant DA didn’t possess a law license. And prior to that, a written complaint was filed, claiming Rain disclosed grand jury testimony given by one of four defendants charged with assaulting and robbing a pizza delivery man in Canton. Rain has also been accused of abusing her authority by threatening to convene grand juries to investigate people she dislikes. St. Lawrence County Legislators approved a resolution Monday, in which they formally stated that they have no confidence in her ability to serve as the county’s chief prosecutor. The resolution asks state officials to investigate Rain’s questionable ethics and lapses of judgment, and urges Gov. Andrew Cuomo to determine if she should be removed from office. The latest…. The Rockland County District Attorney and President of the District Attorneys Association of New York, sent a letter this week to the Committee on Professional Standards, calling on that group to investigate whether there is any merit to the accusations made against Rain.))

State AG going after “ticket bots”

The state attorney general’s office has reached a $3 million settlement with six ticket brokers. The New York Times reports investigators found the brokers sold tickets without proper licenses. Five of them used software called “ticket bots.” These buy up tickets for resale at huge markups, which state law forbids.

Motorcycle registrations due April 30

Motorcycle drivers have until April 30th to renew their registrations. Unlike other vehicles, motorcycles can only register for one year at a time. The state DMV says there are more than 350,000 registered bikes on the road and more than double that number of people licensed. You can renew online, by mail, or at the DMV. The agency also reminding drivers that with the warmer spring weather, you need to watch out for bikes on the road.

Plastitel merges with GT Plastic

More work is coming to the Plastitel plant in Chazy. The company announced a merger with GT Plastic’s, which will allow Plastitel to double its production capacity and add new clients. The deal is expected to be completed later this summer.

Malone cow gives birth to triplets

A 5-year-old cow named Reanna on the Bilow Farm on Brainardsville Road in Malone had triplets Monday night. They say its a 1 in 8 million chance. The calves were named Snowball, Snowflake, and Snow-white in honor of the weather. Mom and babies are all doing well. The farm is inviting the public to come see the calves during Sundae on the Farm on June 12.