Archives for September 2013

Vatican Rep Visits Lake Placid

Lake Placid’s Olympic Center became a Catholic church briefly Sunday, as Archbishop Carlo Vigano, a personal representative from Pope Francis, visited town. More than 1,000 people from across the region for a diocesan Mass to celebrate the end of the “Year of Faith” which called for Catholics to rediscover their faith.

Man Loses Hand in Traffic Crash

A Plattsburgh man lost his hand during a traffic accident earlier this month. 52-year-old Michael Bond rolled was driving north on I-87 on September 18, when he went off the side of the road. State police say he overcorrected, sending his pickup across both lanes of traffic where it rolled several times. Bond was ejected and his hand had been amputated. He had to be airlifted to a hospital in Boston. Police say alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash.

Malone Town Leaders Considering Property Tax Increase

Malone Town leaders may have to ask for permission from voters to override the tax-cap for next year’s budget. Right now, the proposed 2014 budget is about $712,000 dollars over the state mandated property tax levy cap. Budget director Andrea Stewart says most of the expenses are mandated increases, like health care, pensions and union contracts. The first work meeting on the budget is set for Wednesday afternoon at 3:30pm at the Malone airport.

NEW BOILERS FOR CHATEAUGAY TOWN HALL

New boilers are on the way for the Chateaugay Town Hall.
Ed Histed has details…

The Chateaugay Town Board has approved the spending of $15,000 to purchase three new boilers to heat the Town Hall.
The amount doesn’t include the cost of installation, which, according to engineers, could cost that much again.
The new boilers will have a ten year warranty with one hundred percent coverage, and are expected to be installed within the next three to five weeks.
Although the new boilers are certainly not cheap, they are a better alternative than trying to repair the old ones, and will not only save money on fuel, but will pay for themselves in three to four years according to estimates.

MASS MAN STILL MISSING

Rangers are continuing to search for a Massachusetts man, believed to be lost in the Dix Mountain Wilderness Area.
Scott Haworth of Chicopee, Mass., was last seen at the Valley Grocery in Keene Valley on Sept. 5. State police later found his car, a 2002 Ford Escort, parked at the Round Pond Trailhead to the Dix Mountain Wilderness on Sept. 10.
Chicopee Police say Haworth was last seen at work on Aug. 25, where he is employed at a bulk mail center in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was reported missing a week later after not showing up to work.

WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT FILED

The father of a Tupper Lake man who died after an accident has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the New York State Police and the investigators who first arrived at the scene of the accident.
Clarence Peck’s son Joshua Peck was driving home with two friends from a Nickelback concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center back in July, 2012 when his friend’s pickup truck went off state Route 30 just south of Tupper Lake, and rolled over three times.
Jordan Amell of Piercefield, who was 17 at the time, was the driver. 16 year old Matthew Corrow of Tupper Lake, was in the back seat. Both survived despite Amell being thrown from the vehicle.
Joshua Peck was the front seat passenger. He was reported as unconscious when state police arrived and instructed the boys to exit the vehicle so they could search it. When they did not, officers purportedly opened the door Corrow was leaning on, causing him to fall out of the vehicle.
Then, they allegedly dragged Peck out of the truck and dropped him on the ground.
The police are accused of “wrongful conduct, conduct, carelessness, recklessness, and negligence”. The suit alleges that the “complications, and significant and irreparable injuries, and death of Joshua Peck would have been avoidable with the exercise of due and reasonable care.”
Peck was taken to Adirondack Medical Center in Lake following the accident, then airlifted to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt., where he died later that day.

CORNWALL PD REPORT

46 year old Monte Yancey of Cornwall was arrested by The Cornwall Community Police Service Street Crime Unit and charged with 2 counts of Drug Possession, 2 counts of Drug Trafficking, 1 count of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm, 1 count of Unauthorized Possession of a Weapon, and 1 count of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime.
Cornwall Police say the investigation is ongoing and more charges are pending against others.
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34 year old Edward Steptoe of Cornwall has been arrested for fraud.
Steptoe is alleged to have made several empty envelope deposits and subsequent withdrawals at an instant teller machine in a local bank back in July. He was charged with Fraud Under $5000, Breach of Probation and Breach of Undertaking. Steptoe was held for a bail hearing.
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A domestic assault in Cornwall…
A 49 year old woman and a 39 year old woman, both of Cornwall, were arrested Thursday.
Police allege that on the day before, they assaulted a 45 year old woman on Second Street East. The victim was taken to Cornwall Community Hospital where she was was treated and released. The 49 and 39 year old women were charged with Domestic Assault and Assault. Both must appear in court on the 19th of October.
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39 year old David Gaudet, 22 year old Matthew Drew, and 32 year old William Traverse were arrested Thursday after Cornwall Police say Gaudet got into a verbal argument with a 44 year old woman which escalated a physical confrontation.
Police say he grabbed a wood handled axe and swung it toward two other women as well, while threatening them. He then used the axe to smash their motor vehicle windows, while Matthew Drew threw a beer bottle at them.
Traverse was charged with 2 counts of Breach of Undertaking.

GIRL SCOUTS KICK OFF MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN

Membership has been dropping among America’s Girl Scout troops, and a new campaign has launched to try to drum up more interest. Girl Scout councils don’t plan to use advertisements on the radio, or in newspapers or TV, but instead will use social media, and will go directly to neighborhoods with initiatives that promise adventure and fun. First Lady Michelle Obama lends her voice to a video, and encourages potential young scouts to come forward, and urges adults to volunteer.

CHATEAUGAY SHOWS DROP IN RETIREMENT PERCENTAGE

Chateaugay Central School District employees found out during the regular monthly school board meeting earlier this week, that the percentage of employee payroll the district pays into the Employee Retirement System will drop in the coming school year.
While it’s only a slight decrease — from 20.9 percent to 20.1 percent, it’s still a move in the wrong direction according to some.
Last year the district’s contributions to the ERS and the Teacher Retirement System reportedly increased between 4 and 5 percent.

CLOSING TIME COMES SOONER IN WARREN COUNTY

State regulators have have decided that bars in Warren County, home to popular Adirondack tourist destination Lake George, will be turning off the lights a little earlier.
The State Liquor Authority on Wednesday unanimously approved Warren County’s proposal to change “last call” from 4 a.m. to 3 a.m.
The earlier closing time is effective immediately, and should be in effect this weekend throughout the county.
The new regulation applies to the city of Glens Falls and the nearby village of Lake George.
The change was first proposed by Glens Falls Mayor Jack Diamond after several violent incidents in that city’s bar district last winter.
Warren County now joins neighboring Essex County, including Lake Placid, where closing time was switched from 4 a.m. to 3 a.m. this past summer.