Archives for September 2019


When State Police responded to a call from Maple Street in the village of Rouses Point for a report of a suspicious person, they found a man who gave them what turned out to be a fake name and date of birth. He was eventually identified as 33 year old Van Starrr of Rouses Point, and troopers quickly figured out that he was under the influence of alcohol. Starrr was arrested and charged with Criminal Impersonation. Then, police learned that
Starrr was also wanted by the Broward County Sheriff’s Department, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. so he was cuffed. As he was being arraigned, Starrr used profane language and made loud outbursts, so he was also charged with Criminal Contempt, and then he was sent to the Clinton County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail, or $2,000 bond.


A New York State man is headed to prison for decades, after he pled guilty on Friday in Federal Court, to narcotics and firearms charges. 39 year old Darrell Chapman of Rensselaer… also known as ‘Bishop’ and sometimes known as ‘Sly Fox’… a self-described founder of the East Bishop Family, a set of the Bloods gang operating in upstate NY… primarily in the Capitol Region but also with connections reaching into the North Country… admitted to regularly obtaining distribution-size quantities of cocaine and heroin in New York City, which he and others then sold in the Albany area, Rochester, The North Country, and in Pennsylvania. In pleading guilty, Chapman agreed to be sentenced to 262 months in prison, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. He will be sentenced on June 10, 2020.


Local school boards are preparing for action today by educational workers. The Canadian Union of Public Employees released a statement late last week, saying it will be in a legal strike position by today, but the province was scheduled to meet over the weekend in an attempt to reach a deal to try to ward off job action. While there are 23 job actions specified by the union, the union also stressed that no member should do anything or omit any practice to make a school unsafe or put any student at any risk. School officials say schools in all boards will remain open in the event of work action.


The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and AARP Tax Aid program in Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties helped 4,150 low income individuals and families last year get their taxes done for free, and receive almost $5.9 Million in refunds in the three counties. The Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition of the Adirondacks is now seeking volunteers for this
season. The program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income people who cannot
prepare their own tax returns, including older adults, veterans, the disabled, and those in rural communities. If you want to help, you do not need to have experience in taxes. Certified volunteers receive training to help prepare tax returns. Online training is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via and allows volunteers to take courses and obtain certification at their own pace. Supplemental classroom training is also offered, and it begins on October 9th from 3:30 to 6:30pm at SUNY Plattsburgh. To learn more, call 518-566-0944 for Clinton County; 518-546-3565 for Essex County; or 518-359-7688 for Franklin County.


25 years-to-life in prison… that was the sentence handed down to 25 year old Gustavo Segundo-Clark of Beekmantown, for the November 2018 murder of his grandmother, 73 year old Ginger Clark. Segundo-Clark was found guilty back in August, of second degree murder; assault; criminal possession of a weapon; grand larceny; and tampering with physical evidence… all felonies. Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie said that while Segundo-Clark is mentally ill, there’s no evidence or testimony that suggests that that was a factor when he murdered his grandmother. The judge… citing what he referred to as Segundo-Clark’s ‘lack of emotion and lack of remorse’ handed down maximum. In addition to 25 years-to-life in prison for the murder charge, Segundo-Clark was sentenced to a maximum of 20 years with five years of postrelease supervision for the assault charge, three-and-a-half to seven years for the criminal possession of a weapon charge and two to four years for the tampering with physical evidence charge. All the sentences will be served concurrently. He was also sentenced to concurrent maximum sentences for the grand larceny charges related to the theft of his grandmother’s credit card and car, which will also be served consecutively with the other sentences. Segundo-Clark was also ordered to pay $30,000 in fines and $6,885.20 in restitution.


A Crown Point woman is behind bars after state police pulled her over and found that she was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. 29 year old Maranda Mccaughin was driving a Jeep in Crown Point around 4pm on Monday, when troopers stopped her, and found her in possession of pills and controlled substances. Mccaughin was charged with felony DWAI-Drugs, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. She was taken to the Essex County Jail, and held without bail.


The president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation says the public school board is silencing his concerns about student mental health. Jim Mulville says the school board denied his request to present a delegation in which he planned to discuss the impacts of the cuts to front-line mental health workers on students. The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation’s concerns, reportedly stem from a decision the board made earlier this year in which, due to funding constraints, it eliminated 24 front-line mental health workers, known as student support partners.


A Beekmantown man who was convicted in the Thanksgiving Day killing of his grandmother last year, will learn his fate today. 25 year old Gustavo Segundo-Clark was convicted in August following a 7-day trial… of the murder of his grandmother… 73 year old Ginger Clark… who died last year on Thanksgiving Day. Segundo Clark will be back in court in Clinton County this morning, when he will be sentenced for 6 felony charges, including second degree murder; first-degree assault; third-degree criminal possession of a weapon; third-degree grand larceny; fourth-degree grand larceny; and tampering with physical evidence. Segundo-Clark was found guilty of stabbing Clark with a serrated knife on Nov. 20th last year at her home in Beekmantown, then rolling her body up in a carpet and taking off in her car with her credit card. Her body was found by relatives two days later.


56 year old Linda O’Leary, the wife of one of Canada’s most famous businessmen, could be facing more than a year in jail. Yesterday, Linda O’Leary was charged in connection with a boat crash that killed two people. The Ontario Provincial Police announced the charges Tuesday… about a month after two boats collided at night on Lake Joseph. O’Leary is facing a charge of careless operation of a vessel, which carries a maximum penalty of 18 months in prison or a $1 million fine. Three other people were injured in the crash. The O’Learys have been summering on Lake Joseph, where the collision occurred, for at least 15 years.


Ariwiio Swamp appeared in a Franklin County court room on Tuesday, to face charges resulting from his arrest in July following a standoff with the St. Regis Mohawk Police. More charges may now be pending, in connection with the standoff and high-speed chase where he evaded capture by crossing the American/Canadian border. Other charges stemming from the standoff are said to include burglary, criminal possession of a weapon and obstruction. Swamp remains in custoday, with bail set at $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond. On Tuesday, he asked for a bail reduction. The Franklin Country District Attorney’s office opposed that, arguing that he is a considerable flight risk because he has dual citizenship and the ability to flee easily. The request for decreased bail was denied.