Archives for October 2016

Stefanik announces engagement

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is focused on the future—and we’re not talking about politics. Last week, she announced that she and her longterm boyfriend are engaged. Stefanik and Matt Manda have been together since 2012, when the met through friends while working in Washington. Manda hails from Lawrence Kansas. The pair have been engaged since late August. They plan to get married next summer.

St. Lawrence County deputies investigate string of armed robberies

In St. Lawrence County, the sheriff’s office is looking for two people believed to have been involved in three armed robberies on Saturday night. Witnesses described a similiar man and woman in all three cases. The first robbery occured just after 7 p.m. at McAllister’s LIquor Store in Rensselaer Falls. The second occured just before 9 p.m. at Parkway Store in Ogdensburgh. The final robbery happened around 10:45 p.m. when an Amish man reported that a couple with guns robbed him at his home in Heuvelton. The Amish man said he was sleeping and woke up to a gun barrel in his chest. The man is white, about 5’7″ to 5’11” tall wearing all black. A heavy-set woman of about the same height was with him. The Amish man told police the man had a black pistol, while the woman was holding a knife. State police say if you see the couple, they are considered armed and dangerous, so call police.

AG’s office encourages New Yorkers to shop around for health insurance

The New York AG’s office wants to help you choose new insurance. They’ve put out a pamplet called “Shopping for Health Insuance Coverage” in advance of open enrollment, which starts Tuesday. The pamplet recommends you check out if you qualify for any federal subsidies, check if your doctors are participating within your plan and if your prescritptions are covered, and finally don’t forget to look at your deductibles and co-payments will be for any medical services. Low-income New Yorkers can also enroll in Medicaid, Child Health Plus and the Essential Plan year-round. The Essential Plan—at $20 a month— offers coverage to low income individuals who don’t meet the requirements for Medicaid.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota Gets Local Support

A march Sunday along state Route 37 in Akwesasne was said to be a solidarity protest with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota over Sioux’s opposition to an oil transmission pipeline. More than 100 protesters turned out… mostly tribal residents… who said the march was being held partly in response to the incident in which local North Dakota and federal authorities dispersed a camp of peaceful protesters at Standing Rock last Thursday. Ed Histed now with more…

((The whole thing stems from construction of a section of oil pipeline that will cross under the Missouri River… just a half-mile upstream of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The Standing Rock tribe claims the area is their ancestral territory and is recognized as such by previous treaties with the federal government. Tribal residents taking part in the protest, according to the Telegram, said that they were glad to see so many of their neighbors marching with them on such short notice. The local protesters said the issue in North Dakota was similar to environmental concerns close to home on the Mohawk reservations, such as cleanup plans for the former General Motors factory in Massena and a discharge site for toxins from the Alcoa steel plant.))

Halloween drunk driving crackdown starts today

Law enforcement agencies across the North Country will be targeting drunk drivers this Halloween weekend. The STOP-DWI weekend crackdown starts today and runs through Monday. Officials say when it comes to impaired driving, Halloween can turn the roads into a horror fest. Sobriety road checks and extra patrols will be out looking for anyone who may have had too much to drink. Last year, more than half of all deadly crashes that happened on Halloween night involved a legally drunk driver.

Jones wins another labor union endorsement

Democratic assembly candidate Billy Jones announced another endorsement yesterday. Surrounded by members of Local 910 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Jones said labor unions are essential for making sure that families have good paying jobs. This is now the 20th union to throw their support behind the Franklin County legislature chairman. Jones also called for a “postive” end to the race.

120-Months Behind Bars For Convicted Constable Pot Dealer

A Constable woman has been sentenced for her part of a large scale marijuana distribution conspiracy.

(54 year old Stacie Demers was sentenced yesterday to 120 months in prison, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. She was convicted by a jury in January, when evidence proved that Demers worked with members of her family and other co-conspirators to smuggle tons of marijuana from Canada and into the United States. After the loads of marijuana crossed the border, Demers stored it in a shed behind her home and in other places. The marijuana was then picked up by drivers who transported it to street-level marijuana dealers throughout the Eastern United States.)

Malone Facing Fines

The Town of Malone could be on the hook for more than $16,000 in fines, for failing to meet state requirements with regard to the hiring of minority contractors during a sewer project along U.S. Route 11. Ed Histed has details…

((Town officials though, say it’s not the town that’s at fault, but rather the engineer and contractor that were hired to do the work. The Empire State Development Agency fined the town $16,560 for failing to meet a 23 percent Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise “participation goal” during the sewer project. Now, according to the Telegram, the money will have to be taken from a $72,000 grant the town received to help pay for the project… leaving the West Side Sewer District #2 budget about $11,000 short. That money… according to the paper… will have to be pulled from a loan that will come from the general fund…. a loan that the sewer district will have to pay back within a year at 2 percent interest. Further more… and to complicate things even more… if the town can’t get the fine dropped, or if it can’t recover the money from the contractors and engineers, the loan will have to be paid by by the sewer district customers.))

Deputy faces charges in DWI case

A St. Lawrence County deputy faces charges for felony DWI. Troopers say Dale O’Donnell side-swiped another car along Route 11 in the town of DeKalb Junction on Tuesday night. The other driver managed to swerve out of the way to avoid a straight head-on collision, but didn’t entirely miss O’Donnell’s truck. State police say he fled the scene and later found the truck with damage down the entire length of the driver’s side. O’Donnell was taken into custody and his blood alcohol level was .12 percent, according to troopers. This was his second DWI within the last 10 years.

Assault with meat cleaver reported in Lake Placid

A domestic assault with a meat cleaver led to a standoff in Lake Placid yesterday. Neighbors called police around 9:30 Wednesday morning, when a bleeding woman escaped and ran to a nearby apartment for help. Village police responded, but the suspect, 24-year-old Michael Sears, refused to come to the door. After a two hour standoff that led to the rest of the apartment building being evacuated, Sears was finally taken into custody. Village police say he was armed with a meat cleaver. He’s now facing assault and criminal possession of a weapon charges. The woman who was cut was treated and released from the hospital.