Archives for July 2019


A report of a missing child at Rollins Pond Campground in the town of Santa Clara Tuesday afternoon around 2. State Police say 4 year old William Mytych of Spencerport was reported missing after having last been seen playing with adult family members in the water adjacent to their campsite. Campers assisted State Police, who called in K9 and Aviation units. Other agencies that responded included the New York State Environmental Conservation Police and Forest Rangers, the Saranac Lake Fire Department Dive Team, Tupper Lake Rescue, and campground staff. Just after 3:30 yesterday afternoon, the child’s body was found in the water near where he went missing. Franklin County Coroner Shawn Stuart pronounced the victim dead and authorized the removal of the body to the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, for an autopsy. Results remain pending.


Monday afternoon around 4, St. Lawrence County 911 received a call about a missing swimmer in Massena. 19-year-old Aiden Thacker, of Indiana and a friend were swimming in the St. Lawrence River near the Long Sault Dam, when both were swept toward the dam by the strong current. Thacker’s friend was able to swim to shore, but in fighting to get there, lost sight of Thacker. Several bystanders searched the shoreline for Thacker, but without success. New York State Park Police, New York State Environmental Conservation Police, the State Police Underwater Recovery Team, and numerous volunteer fire department dive team members responded. Thacker’s body was found around 7pm downriver from the dam by the Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department Marine Unit. The St. Lawrence County Coroner pronounced Thacker dead at 8:20pm. His body was taken to Massena Memorial Hospital, where an autopsy was to be performed.


A Winthrop man was arrested by state police following a report of exual assaults by two separate female victims. Troopers took 33 year old Martrell Roberts into custody… charging him with two counts of Forcible Touching and two counts of Sexual Abuse, stemming from two separate incidents which they say occurred during the month of June in the towns of Stockholm and Lawrence. Roberts was sent to the St. Lawrence County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail, $7,500 bond.


Malone Village Police called in the state police after getting a report of a disorderly individual at Giuseppe’s Pizza on West Main Street. 53 year old James Tifft of Bellmont was inside the restaurant, and when officers tried to talk to him, he became hostile… hitting a state trooper in the face with his fist. Tifft then refused to comply with commands given by the trooper and responding Malone Police officers. The trooper had to use a Taser to do it, but Tifft was taken into custody, and charged with Assault and Resisting Arrest. Tifft was sent to the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $3,500 cash bail or $7,000 bond.


Breastfeeding women and their families are invited to participate in The Big Latch On planned for this Saturday at 10:30am on the front lawn of The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh. Sponsored by the Alice T. Miner Women and Children’s Center, the Plattsburgh Big Latch On is part of a world-wide effort to promote breastfeeding as a healthy start for babies. Any and all breastfeeding and breast milk fed families are welcome to attend. Registration takes place between 9:30 and 10. Mothers and babies should be settled on the front lawn by 10. Plenty of parking will be available in the Medical Office Building lot, off the Cornelia Street entrance. A blanket or lawn chair is recommended. In case of rain, the event will be held in the hospital’s Main Lobby. A reception will follow, and gift bags will be awarded to the youngest and oldest nursing. The event originated in New Zealand and was started by the Women’s Health Action in 2005 as part of World Breastfeeding Week.


The DQ Grill & Chill on State Route 11 in Malone recently received a PRIDE (Personal Responsibility in Delivering Excellence) Award from the Dairy Queen® system for achieving a high level of cleanliness and food safety. Ashley Smith is the manager of the Malone location, and she said that she and the others working there feel honored to have received such a prestigious award. Smith says they all work hard to keep the restaurant at a high level of cleanliness to ensure that they can provide a safe and enjoyable environment for their customers. The award is given out to those stores that demonstrate PRIDE by maintaining the Dairy Queen system’s standard of cleanliness and food safety. This is the ninth year for the award. The Malone location received recognition for their hard work in the form of a framed certificate with a picture of the crew working at the time of the assessment. The certificate states that their location achieved an Outstanding Cleanliness and Food Safety PRIDE Check by setting up for success, giving the customer a reason to return and maintaining PRIDE.


A one car crash on State Route 9N near Edgemont Road in the town of Moriah… State troopers showed up to find a 2019 Ford Explorer completely off the road, and partially in a ditch. The driver had already taken off. The vehicle was determined to be a rental vehicle, operated by 42 year old Matthew Scorsome of Port Henry. When troopers showed up at his house, Scorsome declined medical attention. He also became physically aggressive toward the troopers, and for that, he was taken into custody, and then charged with Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest. He was also ticketed for leaving the scene of a car crash. Scorsome was arraigned and then released under the supervision of probation.


State Police responded to a report of a woman who was menacing others with a shotgun on Oregon Plains Road in Vermontville, in the town of Franklin. Investigators say 39 year old Melissa Morris of Vermontville, pointed a shotgun at a man, and threatened to shoot him. Morris was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Menacing. She was arraigned at the Town of Harrietstown Court, and then released under the supervision of probation. Morris will have to appear in the Town of Franklin Court at a later date, which was not released.


Some big changes are in the works at Massena International Airport, all in an effort to make travel to and from there more comfortable and easier. Better seating and a new television in what is described as ‘the sterile area’ of the Massena International Airport are among the changes the Massena Town Council would like to see… that is, if the airport budget allows. The changes come after complaints by passengers, some of whom said after their planes were delayed and they had been screened, they had to stay in the sparsely outfitted sterile area that some said resembled a prison… because due to the shortage of staff, if they left they would not have been able to be screened again and let back in. Some said they waited hours in that area… where there is no comfortable seating, just one old broken television with one channel, no food or beverages available… not even vending machines in the area, and no way to charge cell phones or communicate with family members to even tell them about the delay.


The rape and sex abuse trial of a former Potsdam man is approaching. 28 year old
Lawrence Robinson… now of Morristown… pleaded not guilty to four counts of felony first-degree sexual abuse and one count of felony first-degree rape in connection with several incidents that happened back in 2016 in the town of Potsdam, and involved a 14-year-old girl. Robinson is accused of subjecting the minor to forcible sexual contact, and to raping her by force in the town of Parishville. Robinson… a former employee of Northern New York Newspapers Corporation… is also accused of forcibly subjecting a second minor, a 15-year-old, to sexual contact in several instances that prosecutors say took place in the town of Potsdam. For now, he remains free pending trial, but is under probation supervision.