Archives for August 2016

Honor Flight organizers asking locals to show their support for veterans

The next Honor Flight, which takes veterans to Washington DC to see the memorials for the wars they fought in, is set for Sept. 10th. And this time, organizers hope to see people lining the route that some local veterans will take to get to the airport…from the American Legion Post in Hogansburg all the way to Plattsburgh. The veterans will depart at 2 in the afternoon, stay overnight in Plattsburgh that Friday night and then head to Washington the next morning. In all, about 14 veterans, dating back to World War II, will make the trip in a couple of weeks.


A two-car crash Monday evening around 7 on Creek Road in the town of Crown Point, turned into something a bit more serious. 23 year old Tucker Karson of Crown Point… while driving a Jeep Wrangler… was hit in the rear by a Toyota Tundra truck driven by 33 year old Marc Austin, also of Crown Point. That’s when the two got out of their vehicles, and began to fight. Ed Histed now, with what happened next…

((About then, another man stopped to help, but he was threatened by Karson with a screwdriver. Karson then punctured the tires on Austin’s truck and kicked-in the truck’s doors, all while an 8-year-old child was in Austin’s truck at the time. Karson was arrested after he was found in possession of marijuana. He’s now in the Essex County Jail, charged with Menacing… a Felony; Criminal Mischief… also a felony; Endangering the Welfare of a Child; Harassment; and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. Austin was taken to an area hosptial for medical treatment. No word on what, if anything, happened to the good samaritan who stopped to help.))

Cuomo pic sparks Sharknado firestorm

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is catching criticism from conservationists for reeling in a 154.5-pound thresher shark off Long Island. The Democrat tweeted a picture of his catch Sunday. Cuomo’s office notes he was legally permitted to keep the shark. But several social media users still criticized the decision. Shark Research Institute director Marie Levine says Monday that threshers are considered vulnerable, a conservation status just below endangered. She says that sport fishing isn’t a leading shark killer but that releasing the fish would have been preferable.

State Police continue to investigate Massena woman’s death 2 years later

State police haven’t given up on the investigation into the death of a 25-year-old Massena woman. Lacey Yekel was found dead on Commerce Drive two years ago. She was never reported missing. State Police say they’ve followed up on more than 200 leads and done multiple interviews to reconstruct Yekel’s final days. Troopers still want to talk to anyone that may have had contact with Lacey during that summer two years ago. And they’re also interested in talking to anyone who may have seen a dark-colored pick up truck in the area of Massena Industrial Park or who traveled along Commerce Drive overnight during that time period.

Massena man seriously hurt in bicycle crash

A crash yesterday afternoon leaves a 58-year-old Massena man in the hospital with serious injuries. Ricky Brainard was riding his bicycle west on the shoulder of State Route 37 when he was hit by an SUV. He was thrown from his bike and landed on his head. Brainard was airlifted to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington with a skull fracture and bleeding on his brain. State police are still investigating. The driver, a woman from Watertown, stayed at the scene and is cooperating.

Inmate assaults guard at Clinton County jail

An inmate has been charged with assaulting a guard at the Clinton County jail. 29-year-old Lamel Foster, of Brooklyn, was charged with a felony count of assault. The sheriff’s office says the attack happened in the jail on August 8. The corrections officer suffered a head injury and was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released. Foster had only been in the jail for a few days when the attack happened.


Senator Chuck Schumer was given an award on Monday that he might not want a lot of people to know about. Ed Histed explains…

((Citizens Against Government Waste named Schumer its August “Porker of the Month” for what the group termed as his leading role in the effort to create supposedly “debt free” college for all students, which they say, would intensify, rather than resolve, the student loan crisis. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, student loan debt hit an all-time high of $1.16 trillion in 2014… a $77 billion increase from the previous year. Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree, the average student owes more than $35,000, more than double the amount they owed in the early 1990s. More than 43 million Americans are liable for these loans. The cause… according to the group… is simple: Increased federal government subsidies. Over the past decade, there has been a 69 percent increase in students borrowing from federal loan programs. The federal government now provides about 71 percent of all student aid. The consequential increase in student access to credit enables colleges and universities to continue to hike prices, which necessitates more borrowing. Tuition costs have increased 153 percent over the last three decades for private colleges and 231 percent for public universities, faster than prices for both food and healthcare. Citizens Against Government Waste claims that Senator Schumer completely fails to comprehend the root cause of the student loan bubble. Schumer’s plan they say, would continue the vicious cycle of increased subsidies and higher loans that have already saddled America’s next generation with mountainous debt. Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government. Porker of the Month is a dubious honor given to lawmakers, government officials, and political candidates who the group says, have shown a blatant disregard for the interests of taxpayers.))

New TV channel launches Thursday

Your favorite old TV shows are coming back to the air this week. Shows like MASH, Star Trek, Perry Mason and Bonanza will be on MeTV North Country. United Communication Corporation, which owns WWNY and WNYF, plans to launch the new station on Thursday. It’ll be over the air on 28.2 or channel 1250 if you have Time Warner Cable. The new network is available across the country already with 177 affiliates nationwide.

Jersey man sentenced for supplying drugs in Massena

A New Jersey man who supplied heroin and crack cocaine to Massena is going to prison for three years. Matik Jones pleaded guilty last November. He was arrested following a traffic stop in Massena where police found Jones with about 103 grams of crack cocaine and another 25 grams of heroin. After he’s released, Jones will still have to serve another 3 years probation.

DMV helps fight fraud

New York authorities say that the new, enhanced computer program for recognizing faces at the state Department of Motor Vehicles has led to more than 100 arrests since January and 900 open cases. The system is used against identity theft and fraud and to keep high-risk drivers off the road by helping identify people applying for driver’s licenses under false names.
According to the DMV, it doubles the number of measurement points mapped to each digitized driver photograph to 128, better enabling it to match existing photos in the department’s database. Since the technology was first implemented in 2010, the department says more than 3,800 individuals have been arrested for possessing multiple licenses.