Archives for January 2020


A major OPP bust nicknamed “Operation Daytona” targeting the drug trafficking trade has put a “significant” dent in the flow of illicit drugs through Eastern Ontario according to police, who executed dozens of search warrants across the province and now have charged 12 people as a result of those raids. Police seized high grade cocaine, along with methamphetamine, ecstasy, more than 100 pounds of cannabis, and cannabis resin and concentrates. The 12 people arrested face a total of 81 charges.


State Police arrested 35-year-old Timothy McCaffrey Jr., of Port Henry, following the issuance of an Essex County Court warrant for the possession and sale of narcotics which occurred in the village of Port Henry. McCaffrey… according to investigators… sold a quantity of illicit pills and suboxone strips. He was charged with two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substances and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Both charges are felonies. McCaffrey was arraigned in Essex County Court and then he was released on his own recognizance.


According to a report in the Malone Telegram, business at Nancy’s Cafe on West Main Street is suffering these days. In fact, the paper reports that the owner… Nancy Brunet… says she is getting more phone calls now just to see if they are still in business than they are getting for food orders. According to Brunet… it is the result of rumors caused by people who are confused about a big wrap over the fire damaged Gorman Building at the intersection of West Main and Harrison… reading “Commercial Space Available” that is driving away her business. The sign was put up last month by the group “Citizen Advocates.” They have plans to demolish all the buildings but one between Harrison Place and Academy Street and replace them with a row of new buildings that will result in street-level commercial space and 40 residential units on the upper floors. The building housing Nancy’s Cafe is one of the buildings that would be taken down. She says before that sign went up, her business was booming. But ever since, fewer and fewer customers are coming in because they think the building has been sold. While Brunet said she is not opposed to selling her building to Citizen Advocates, she does wish that they had made the purchase before advertising space for rent. Citizen Advocates responded, saying that while it does not yet own the building, the group has made an early commitment, and they received approval from its owner to secure the area with a protective wrap for safety reasons because the building suffered extensive damage from a fire back in July 2017.

Chateaugay Town Hall Theater Director Quitting

The Director of the Chateaugay Town Hall Theater, Josee Allard, long closely associated with everything musical in Franklin County… has announced she is resigning from her position with the theater. Allard gave no other details about her decision, simply saying via an email she is sick with the flu. She did say however, that she plans to release a public statement about her reasons for quitting at the next Town Board meeting, which as of now is set to take place on February 10 at 6:30 p.m. According to the Malone Telegram though, it is believed… after some recent discussions that took place at a previous board meeting, that Allard may actually be leaving in a dispute over what she is paid to run the theater… an annual salary of $9,600. The paper reports that Allard asked the board for more to cover her costs for the extra time she worked putting together a concert by the nationally renown Gibson Brothers bluegrass musicians, but the board members rejected her request, saying they didn’t want to set a precedent for other workers who are paid a salary rather than an hourly wage. Allard was hired for the position back in 2012. Originally from British Columbia, she lived in the state of Washington for 10 years before she and her husband moved to the North Country in 2010. Now, the board is looking for members of the community to help out as volunteers until a replacement is found. Allard has agreed to stay on until the end of February.


In a move that many say is overdue, and one that perhaps should be made more available nationwide, the Malone Central School Board of Education has approved what the are calling “Adulting Day’ for students. School officials say such things as staying fit, cooking and doing laundry are basic life skills that kids should know… but unfortunately, many don’t. To help students learn those skills, the high school will be holding a career and “adulting” day on May 8th, with half of the day devoted to simply helping kids get ready for the work force. On Career Day, people will help students with resumes, law enforcement will talk about opportunities in that field, and educators from BOCES will be talking to students who might want to learn a trade, like welding. But the other half of the day will be dedicated to what they are calling “Adulting Day,” when students will have a chance to learn skills like changing a tire, getting a credit card, filing taxes, sewing, and more. It has already been a success in other school districts, most notably locally at the St. Lawrence Central High School in Brasher Falls. The day will not only about learning how to do things, but but it will also show kids how to interact with others and develop healthy relationships, without relying on emails or text message… or a snap or tweet. Students will have to put down their phones and actually communicate with each other… in an attempt to teach students basic life skills that they will need to know to get through… well… LIFE!

Burke Man Arrested

State Police have now arrested 30-year-old Christopher King of Burke, following an investigation into two larcenies that occured in early December. King…. according to investigators… stole a debit card from one victim and used it to make an online purchase in the amount of $75.39. He also stole flooring from another person’s residence in Bangor and then installed it in another person’s kitchen. King was charged with Burglary and Grand Larceny, arraigned in the Town of Bangor Court, and then was released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to return to Bangor Town Court on February 26. But his troubles weren’t quite over… You see, King was also then charged on a New York State Parole warrant, and for that, he was remanded to the Franklin County Jail without bail.

Domestic Dispute In Peru

State Police answered a call about a domestic dispute at a residence on Union Road in Peru. Troopers say 42-year-old Patrick Arseneault of Peru, threatened to harm the victim and subjected her to unwanted sexual contact. He was arrested and charged with Forcible Touching, Menacing, and Harassment. Arseneault was arraigned in the Town of Peru Court and then set free for now, under pre-trial release. He is scheduled to reappear in the Town of Peru Court on February 4th.

Malone Police Persuit Ends With Arrest

It started out as a simple traffic stop, when State Police pulled over a Dodge Charger on Webster Street in the town of Malone for an inadequate driver’s side headlight. The driver however, refused to stop, and sped off south on Webster Street. Eventually the vehicle traveled through a red light at the intersection of State Route 30 and Franklin Street without stopping and then continued west onto State Route 11B, before turning north onto County Route 53 where State Police ended the pursuit. Not long after that though, troopers found the vehicle disabled on Donovan Road in the town of Fort Covington. Three teenagers in the car were uninjured, but they were detained. The driver, a 16-year-old from Brasher, was charged with Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer.


The local Director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension is now gone… after having filled the position for less than seven months. Sean Connin took the position as director for Essex and Franklin counties in June, but on Friday, Cooperative Extension officials confirmed that Connin is no longer with them. No details, including when he left and the circumstances of his departure however, were released. Back on June 1st of last year, Connin was hired to manage programs provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension for both counties under a memorandum of understanding between the two associations. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County utilizes the educational resources of Cornell University and the New York State Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Human Ecology and Veterinary Medicine to assist families, individuals and communities locally. No word yet on a replacement for Connin.


Local Ontario teachers plan a strike this week. Teachers with the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario will strike on Wednesday, making it the third walkout of its kind in under two weeks. That means that there will be no elementary school classes on Wednesday, and no transportation for any Kindergarten to Grade 8 students, including Grade 7 and Grade 8 students that attend a secondary school or specialized programs. Classes will resume as usual on Thursday. Classes and transportation for students in Grades 9 to 12 will not be affected. The is in Ontario only, where the union’s collective agreement expired on Aug. 31st of last year, and the two sides have been trying to come to an agreement ever since.