Archives for January 2019


A death on Gougeville Springs Road in Cadyville is under investigation. State Police responded after getting a call about a 51-year-old woman who was found dead outside her home. The woman’s body was removed to the University of Vermont Healthcare Network at the Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital in Plattsburgh, where an autopsy was scheduled to be performed to determine the exact cause of death. So far, investigators say they have no reason to believe there was any foul play involved, and so far, it appears that the woman possibly suffered a medical episode and fell outside her home. Her name has not yet been released.


One North Country village is seriously considering a complete ban on all pet snakes.
Gouverneur is considering just that, after a complaint was lodged New Year’s Day about a snake that was said to be eating a kitten. That complaint now has the entire village Board of Trustees considering a ban, which would prohibit all village residents from having pet snakes in their homes. Governeur Police got a call about a resident who was said to be feeding the kitten to his pet boa constrictor, after that person had apparently posted something about it on Facebook. But police could find no absolute proof that the man fed a cat to his snake. He did however, post on Facebook that he was going to help control the overpopulation of cats by feeding them to his snake. The person may have been charged with cruelty to animals if evidence had been found, but none was. Now however, the Village Board of Trustees is mulling a complete ban on anyone keeping such snakes as pets in their homes. So far thought, no decision has been made. If snakes are eventually banned, any already there will be grandfathered in… meaning they can stay. Some spoke out about it, saying just trying to enforce such a ban would be pretty difficult. HOwever, one other North Country village already has restrictions on snakes and reptiles. Ogdensburg’s city code prohibits boa constrictors, and other snakes and reptiles longer than 12 inches.

North Country Groups At Odds About A Bridge

Several North Country groups are at odds about a bridge. Karen Johnson has a report.

Two of the Adirondack Park’s environmental groups are suing the state of New York to block construction of a new snowmobile bridge over the Cedar River. State officials say the bridge will create a new connector trail linking some of the Park’s most remote communities in Essex and Hamilton Counties. Green groups say the bridge is unnecessary and illegal.A wild, scenic river and a snowmobile routeThe Cedar River is one of the Park’s most beautiful and it’s been given special protected status as a ‘scenic river’ since 1973. In theory, that restricts the kind of recreation that can happen nearby, setting limits on the width of the trail and non-motorized recreation. I’m Karen Johnson


A woman who was arrested and charged last September in connection with a burglary in Westville, is now facing new charges. 31 year old Jeannie Johnson… who also may be known as Jeanie Deuyour… is now facing new charges, after being arrested Monday by state troopers in connection with a break-in in the town of Clinton, which has been under investigation since it occured back in September… about a week after the Westville burglary. Johnson… or Deuyour… or whoever she is, listed two addresses too… one in Mooers Forks and another in North Bangor. The new charges are additional felonies. After her arrest for the Westville burglary, she was released under supervison of the Franklin County Probation Department. 18 year old Michael Leaf of Constable, was also charged with felonies in connection with the burglary in Westville. One of those charges was criminal possession of a weapon, because he was using a gun that had been reported stolen in Moira. Both the teen and Johnson/Deuyour were taken into custody.


Another person has been charged in connection with a stabbing that happened at a house party on Saturday, January 19th in Chateaugay, that sent one victim to the hospital. 20 year old Tyler Moy of Chateaugay, was arrested by New York State Police and charged with criminal nuisance. That makes Moy the second person charged with criminal nuisance and the fourth person charged in connection with the stabbing. Last Friday, state police arrested 20 year old Jordan LaBare of Chateaugay on the same charge. 24 year old Angelo Jones of Malone, is accused of actually doing the stabbing. He is facing a string of felonies. Jones’ mother, 44 year old Bobbie Jo Potter of Westville, was arrested too, and she is now charged with hindering prosecution and unlawfully growing cannabis; and unlawful possession of marijuana. The stabbing victim was a 20-year-old man from Chateaugay who was able to drive himself to the Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone for treatment. There has been no update on that victim’s condition.

Wind chill advisory posted for tonight, Thursday morning

Expect some dangerously cold wind chills tonight through noon on Thursday across all of the North Country. Forecasters have issued a wind child advisory for northern Franklin County, with the feels-like temperature at negative 25 tonight. The super cold air could cause frostbite on any exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes, so make sure you wear a hat and gloves if you have to be outside. In southern Franklin County, it’ll get even colder, with windchills down to 30 below.

New York Is Poised To Have Stricter Gun Laws

New York is poised to have even stricter gun laws. Karen Johnson has details.

The Democrat-controlled New York Legislature on Tuesday passed a package of bills aimed at making the state’s already tough gun laws even stricter, including a measure barring teachers from carrying firearms in schools.The legislation easily made its way through the Assembly, long controlled by Democrats, and the Senate, where Democrats regained control of the chamber in the November elections.”It seems like every day we wake up to headlines of another mass shooting, another horrific gun crime,” said Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, of Yonkers. “The madness has to stop.”The gun control legislation was the first approved in Albany since Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act in early 2013, when Republicans controlled the Senate. The tougher gun laws known as the SAFE ACT passed just weeks after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.The latest round of gun control legislation comes in the first month of Cuomo’s third term. He supports the measures and is expected to sign them into law. Cuomo called the new legislation “a big step forward” for commonsense gun control.

Franklin county sees growth in sales tax revenue in 2018

A new report from the state comptroller’s office shows that sales tax revenue in Franklin County increased by more than $1.5 million last year. Every region in the state saw growth in 2018, except the Finger Lakes. Franklin County’s increase of 7.3 percent outpaced the state average of 5.3 percent. But Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli warned that sales tax revenues can be unpredictable, so local officials still need to keep a close eye on spending.

Chicken Recall In New York

There is a chicken recall across New York. Karen Johnson has details.

Perdue Foods is recalling approximately 16,011 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken nugget products because they were misbranded with undeclared allergens according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The products, which USDA says have been sold to retailers in New York state, contain milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label. They are recalling 12-ounce packages of “PERDUE Fun Shapes Chicken Breast Nuggets” with a “USE BY” date of “MAR 11 2019”. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-369” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The problem was discovered when a retail store notified the company of an incorrect label. There was an investigation and it was determined that the incorrect back label was applied to the product according to the USDA. So far there are no reports of anyone getting sick. I’m Karen Johnson.

NCCC misses enrollment goals

NCCC is facing a budget shortfall after the school, once again, missed enrollment goals by about 40 full-time equivalent students. CFO Robert Farmer however says the college’s fund balance should be able to cover the gap. His office is already making adjustments to next year’s budget based on this year’s numbers. The college is still hoping to have its Path to Potsdam program approved, which would allow students to take NCCC classes and then transfer them to SUNY Potsdam to earn their four-year degrees.