Archives for October 2019


Turns out, a man accused of having a firearm in a police car had previous convictions for dealing drugs while serving a prison sentence for earlier crimes. 38 year old Ali Nassir Showbeg was busted for impaired driving this past weekend in Toronto. Showbeg was wearing layers of clothing to conceal a Ruger handgun that was strapped beneath his genitalia, and he pulled it out while being cuffed. Toronto Police are investigating the incident to determine whether it is now a training or a disciplinary matter.


Early voting is now underway here in New York State for the first time, and so far it’s success is seen as variable across much of the North Country. Between last Saturday and this past Tuesday… the most recent figures available… Franklin and Essex County each have had 151 early voting participants. In Clinton County, there have been 378 early voters. There are still a few days left… with early voting continuing until Sunday… so obviously those figures are going to go up. But they seem to be a very small slice of voters overall. The New York State Board of Elections website shows that, as of February of this year, Clinton County had 48,799 registered voters, Franklin County had 27,509 and Essex County had 27,309.


In Malone, the village trustees are working to trim the cost of a new facility for the Department of Public Works. However, no matter how the numbers fall, it is still going to be a multimillion dollar project. Engineers have already presented the board with three options for replacing the DPW garage, which was badly damaged in a wind storm about 18 months ago. Now comes a possible fourth solution, but the latest proposal could be even more expensive. It would all depend on possible renovations and repairs that would come with the purchase of the Glazier building on College Avenue. The DPW currently uses that building as a temporary site. It would not come cheap. It would come in at a little more than $4.7 Million… but that is still a bit lower than the original $6.6 million estimate that was presented when trustees first considered a new DPW headquarters.


Plattsburgh has inked a deal with a budgeting-and-performance cloud operator that will cost the city $18,000 annually with a $4,000 start-up fee. That as it turns out, is actually a bargain. Previously, city leaders were looking at a software package that would cost $49,000 annually, plus a one-time implementation fee of $15,000. OpenGov is the name of the program. The company is headquartered in California, and operates in all 50 states. OpenGov was founded in 2012 as a response to the 2008 financial crisis. Their contract with Plattsburgh is for a seven-year term, but it can be terminated with a 90-day notice.


There continues to be a severe school bus driver shortage in Eastern Ontario. So far, the local school transportation authority though, hasn’t dealt with any interruption in service because of it. But that could change. It seems many boards across the region are dealing with a school bus driver shortage. So far, bus companies are reallocating staff internally to ensure all routes are covered. That sometimes involves office staff, managers, and even the owners themselves, who now find themselves driving routes.


An ATV accident over this past weekend on Minerva Club Road in the town of Long Lake, leaves a man from Fort Edward with serious injuries. It happened Saturday morning, when state police say 27-year-old Logan Carpenter was operating his ATV at a high rate of speed, when it ran off the road, and Carpenter was ejected. Carpenter was Life-Flighted to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont where he was last said to be in critical condition, suffering from a serious head injury. The crash remains under investigation.


State Police answered a report of a motorbike accident Saturday afternoon around 3 at the old Clinton County Airport Property off of State Route 3 in the town of Plattsburgh. 48-year-old Thomas Burdo of Plattsburgh, was rushed to the University of Vermont Healthcare Network at CVPH in Plattsburgh… suffering from serious injuries. Investigators now say they believe Burdo was operating a dirt-bike on an off-road trail when he lost control , ran off the trail, and hit a tree. Burdo has since been transferred to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont, where he is being treated for fractured ribs, a lacerated spleen, a lacerated liver and other serious injuries. He was last listed in stable condition. The accident remains under investigation.


A domestic dispute apparently happened in a vehicle on US Highway 11, in the town of Gouverneur. State Police, along with Governeur Police, say 22-year-old Tyler Shaw of Gouverneur, pulled a knife on the victim in the presence of her three children. Police say Shaw then threw an object at the windshield from inside the vehicle, cracking the windshield, and then whacked the passenger side door, and windshield with a baseball bat. Shaw was arrested and is now facing felony charges, including Criminal Mischief; Endangering the Welfare of a Child; and Menacing. For now, Shaw remains free, but under the supervision of probation. He will have to reappear in the Town of Gouverneur Court at a later date.


A traffic stop by state police last Friday afternoon in St. Lawrence County for a traffic violation, resulted in two drug arrests. Troopers pulled over a car driven by 31 year old Shawn Cullen of Heuvelton. They quickly discovered that Cullen and his passenger… 38 eyar old Darcy Whalen… also of Heuvelton… were in possession of methamphetamine. Both were immediately arrested and both now face felony charges including Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance. They were both sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, where Cullen was held without bai. Whalen was held on $10,000 cash bail, or $20,000 bond.


A Cadyville man is in deep trouble with the law after getting pulled over by state police, who found out he was driving drunk… again. Troopers pulled over 30 year old Kade Sewell just after 3am last Saturday, on State Route 3 in the town of Plattsburgh… at first because they noticed his car had a suspended registration. Sewell however, was arrested for DWI when it was determined that his blood alcohol level was 0.10%. Then, the charge against Sewell was upped to Felony DWI when it was discoverd that he had a previous DWI conviction in the preceding ten years. He was released… for now, but not without tickets to appear in the Town of Plattsburgh Court.