Archives for December 2013

Snowmobile accident fatal

NY State Police say a 21-year-old man was killed in a snowmobile accident in Champlain on Sunday. Troopers said Nicholas Roberts of Champlain was driving his snowmobile across a cornfield near Route 9 when he hit a culvert at a high rate of speed. Police said the snowmobile flipped end over end several times, ejecting Roberts. He was wearing a helmet, authorities said, but the impact of the crash threw it off his head. Police say the accident happened around 2pm. He was found at about 5:20 p.m. and taken to CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh, where he was pronounced dead at 8:15. Robert’s death has been ruled accidental.

Drones coming to the north country

The skies of Central and Northern New York area will be a part of a nationwide test of drones in civilian airspace. The region was one of six nationwide that were selected by the Federal Aviation Administration Monday. The bid from Central New York-based Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance, or NUAIR, will put the drone flights in multiple areas of central and northern New York, including Fort Drum, along with portions of Massachusetts. NUAIR includes 40 academic institutions and private and public entities from the two states. The FAA said the site was picked “to work on developing test and evaluation as well as verification and validation processes under FAA safety oversight.”

GOVERNOR TOUTS SNOWMOBILE IMPORTANCE

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday, announced a major state-sponsored ad campaign promoting winter sports here in the North Country.

Ed Histed has the story…

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The governor also spent some time checking some of those sports out himself.
Cuomo visited Lewis County to highlight the economic benefits of winter sports such as snowmobiling, and to announce a $4.5 million promotional campaign that will target state, national and international markets.
Cuomo was joined by state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens and several north country state representatives.
AFter making his announcement, the governor took off on a tour of snowmobile trails.
According to a study commissioned by the New York State Snowmobilers Association, snowmobiling has an annual statewide economic impact of $868 million.
There are more than 10,000 miles of snowmobile trails in New York state, and since 2011, the state has spent more than $11 million for trail maintenance and development.
Approximately 90,000 New York households use snowmobiles and tourism is the third fastest growing job sector in New York.

Snowmaking Lawsuit

An ongoing lawsuit involving an Owls Head man who lost a limb in a snowmaking incident at Titus Mountain in 2012 has now pulled in the mountain itself.
The Dewey Electronics Corporation is being sued for designing and manufacturing the snowmaker in question.
Now Dewey has filed a third-party complaint against Titus Mountain Family Ski Center for not providing a safe workplace for their employee.
Don Murley has the rest of the details.

COPY—The complaint accuses the mountain of negligence, and says if the court rewards plaintiff Ricky Malley any level of damages against Dewey Electronics, the company will in turn, sue Titus Mountain for that amount.
Malley worked as a lift operator and snowmaker at the mountain. In November, 2012 his right hand and arm unexpectedly became entangled in a fan of a snowmaker. The resulting injuries led to the amputation of his right arm and hand.
Last August, Malley first filed his official complaint against Dewey Electronics and against The American Fan Company, attributing his accident to a lack of adequate guarding.
Both companies claim Malley is “culpable” for at least some of the incident and should have known the potential dangers inherent in the use of the product.

Story Blogged at 12-30-13 09:23 by ehisted

Fatal snowmobile accident

A man was killed in a snowmobile accident Sunday afternoon. Don Murley has the story.

COPY—NY State Police say a 21-year-old man was killed in a snowmobile accident in Champlain on Sunday. Troopers said Nicholas Roberts was driving his snowmobile across a cornfield near Route 9 when he hit a culvert at a high rate of speed. Police said the snowmobile flipped end over end several times, ejecting Roberts. He was wearing a helmet, authorities said, but the impact of the crash threw it off his head. He was found at about 5:20 p.m. and taken to CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh, where he was pronounced dead about three hours later. I’m Don Murley in Plattsburgn.
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snowmobile death

NY State Police say a 21-year-old man was killed in a snowmobile accident in Champlain on Sunday. Troopers said Nicholas Roberts was driving his snowmobile across a cornfield near Route 9 when he hit a culvert at a high rate of speed. Police said the snowmobile flipped end over end several times, ejecting Roberts. He was wearing a helmet, authorities said, but the impact of the crash threw it off his head. He was found at about 5:20 p.m. and taken to CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh, where he was pronounced dead about three hours later.

Snowmaking Amputation Suit

An ongoing lawsuit involving an Owls Head man who lost a limb in a snowmaking incident at Titus Mountain in 2012 has now pulled in the mountain itself.
The Dewey Electronics Corporation is being sued for designing and manufacturing the snowmaker in question.
Now Dewey has filed a third-party complaint against Titus Mountain Family Ski Center for not providing a safe workplace for their employee. The complaint accuses the mountain of negligence, and says if the court rewards plaintiff Ricky Malley any level of damages against Dewey Electronics, the company will in turn, sue Titus Mountain for that amount.
Malley worked as a lift operator and snowmaker at the mountain. In November, 2012 his right hand and arm unexpectedly became entangled in a fan of a snowmaker. The resulting injuries led to the amputation of his right arm and hand.
Last August, Malley first filed his official complaint against Dewey Electronics and against The American Fan Company, attributing his accident to a lack of adequate guarding.
Both companies claim Malley is “culpable” for at least some of the incident and should have known the potential dangers inherent in the use of the product.

Malone Re-Zoning

In a move designed to make the village attractive for businesses, The Malone village board plans to rezone part of the village for commercial use, contingent on a public hearing.
Trustees set the parameters for the rezoning last week, and the required public hearing will be held at the board’s upcoming meeting on Jan. 27.
The proposed commercial areas are on Finney Boulevard from the Indian Trails apartment complex to the village limits on that side of the road and from the Gateway Motel to the village limits for state Route 30 on the other side; both sides of Fort Covington Street to the village limits on state Route 37; Rockland Street, which is currently a mix of residential and commercial zoning; and both sides of Raymond Street.
All Malone residents in the area will be notified by mail before the hearing.

Progress In Insurance Suit

Some progress has been reported in the lawsuit involving two Malone-based insurance groups.
According to the Malone Telegram, after filing a complaint in mid-October and receiving no response from defendant Daniel Clark, the owner of King-Clark Co., Patrick Maguire of Sid G. Spear requested a judicial intervention.
Clark responded with a notice of motion requesting dismissal of the entire complaint and reimbursement of filing and legal fees.
Maguire meanwhile, requests ties between the companies be severed and shares from a 2001 shareholder’s agreement returned.
He also requested payment of any outstanding expenses, including more than $95 Thousand Dollars plus interest that Maguire claims Clark owes him from a promissory note dated Feb. 1, 2008.
A hearing between the two party’s lawyers has been scheduled for Jan. 6 at 9:30 a.m. at the Franklin County Courthouse.

Fatal Hit And Run Arrest

The case of a Rensselaer Falls man accused in a fatal hit and run of a bicyclist, is headed to a St Lawrence County grand jury. Julius White reports.

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At a court hearing Friday in Canton, state troopers testified that 28 year old Daniel Lester made certain admissions during questioning about the December 23rd fatal incident which claimed the life of 69 year old Richard Morrow. Investigators said Morrow was not intoxicated but appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic, a depressant and marijuana in the hours after he was arrested. Judge Christopher Curley denied prosecutor’s attempts to increase Lester’s bond to 200 thousand dollars…leaving in place the $7,500 cash bail or $15,000 bond.