Archives for January 2014

Trial In Illegal Casino Case Delayed Till May

The trial, set for Federal Court, of a Hogansburg man who is accused of operating an illegal casino has now been re-scheduled for May.
A mistrial was declared on November 18th in the case of Anthony Laughing because of medical issues.
A jury then acquitted William Jock and Thomas Square, both of Hogansburg, along with a man from Atlanta, Joseph Hight, of charges that they illegally ran the Three Feathers Casino on Route 37 that was shut down following a raid in December, 2012.
The federal government said the men conducted a non tribal gambling business and unlawfully possessed gambling devices on the reservation in connection with the operation of the casino.
Although the casino reportedly had shut down in September 2012, investigators say it continued to draw power from National Grid through an illegal electrical connection. That connection was cut during the December, 2012 raid.
A fifth defendant, James Gray, is still on the run and has yet to be arraigned on any charges. Authorities are still trying to find him.

Alleged Bank Robber Caught

New York State Police nabbed a suspected bank robber in Constable on Wednesday.
28 year old Michael Peterson of Syracuse, was found at the home of a friend on state Route 30. That friend was not arrested.
Malone-based state police, with assistance from the Malone Village Police and the Franklin County Narcotics/Border Task Force took Peterson into custody.
He’s been charged with third-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny.
Peterson had been wanted in Onondaga County for the robbery of a Bank of America on Jan. 14.

Sri Lankans Acquitted In Kidnapping Case

An extended family and close friend were acquitted Wednesday in a Cornwall courtroom, of kidnapping and other charges.
The five defendants, all native Sri Lankans, had been accused of driving off with a Cornwall woman against her will.
The five were acquitted by Justice Richard Leroy of kidnapping, forcible confinement and uttering threats of death.
The defendants’ bail lawyer said all the defendant’s did was come from another part of the country to bring back a relative. They meant no harm.

Drug Considered A Health Risk

In Ottawa, New Democrats are pushing for a speedy Health Canada review of an abortion pill they claim could be connected to several women’s deaths.
On the other hand proponents of the drug, RU-486, claim it can provide “safe abortions.”
Health Minister Rona Ambrose says her department’s scientists won’t rush to any quick conclusions.
Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth says he has heard about “adverse health consequences” from the drug.
In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration says it knows of at least eight women who have died in the US from serious infections after taking RU-486 and a related drug.

Fire fatality in Malone, suspicious no more.

Although investigators continue their assessment of
Tuesday’s fatal house fire at 20th South Street, Malone
Police Chief Chris Premo says early indications about
the death of 45 year old Pamela Taylor doesn’t suggest
foul play. Premo says it appears Taylor’s death was
caused by asphyxiation. An autopsy was to be performed
Wednesday evening. Two others were injured in the
Blaze-one of Taylor’s twin sons–19 year old son, Jared Smith,
suffered extensive burns and remains hospitalized
at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. Taylor’s 39 year
old boyfriend, Vernon Rivers was treated at for smoke
inhalation at Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone. No word
on the status of their conditions.

Malone fatal fire investigation continues

Don Murley reports that fire investigators were at the scene of Malone’s fatal fire all day yesterday.

COPY—The investigation is continuing but so far nothing suspicious has shown up at the scene of the fatal fire in Malone. Still no official cause. The fast moving fire destroyed the home at 20 South Street in Malone early on Wednesday morning and claimed the life of 45 year old Pamela Taylor. An autopsy was preformed last evening in Postdam. Taylor’s 19 year old son Jared Smith was badly burned in the blaze and is at the Fletcher Allen Health Care Center in Burlington. Pamela’s boyfriend 39 year old Vernon Rivers was taken to the Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone and treated for smoke inhalation. Pamela Taylor’s body was found in a second floor bedroom amidst the rubble Wednesday afternoon. The home was completely destroyed by the fire. Chief Premo said fire investigators will continue looking for the cause of the fatal fire. I’m Don Murley

Chateaugay rally in Albany

More efforts are underway to save the prison as Franklin County residents working to save the Chateaugay Correctional Facility joined union members from around the state in Albany this afternoon at a “Save Our Services” rally protesting state plans to close prisons and reduce mental health services. The rally was held at noon inside the Legislative Office Building.
The Chateaugay facility is one of four prisons in the state set to close this summer under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s plan to cut state spending.

Malone School Bus Garage

At last night’s school board meeting in Malone the district’s bus garage capital project and tentative costs were presented and updated. District officials hope to pass a resolution in favor of the project at an upcoming February meeting.
The project would involve demolishing part of the current bus garage along with the former Harrison School complex on College Avenue. Part of the current bus garage would be renovated and an addition put on to connect it with the nearby district building and grounds department offices.

Latest Unemployment Numbers from Dept of Labor

Employment is looking up in NY. According to the latest Labor Department statistics the New York State unemployment rate in the 52-county upstate region fell to 6.4 percent in December, down from 8.4 percent a year earlier.
In Franklin County, the unemployment rate fell more than 2 percent, to 8 percent in December from 10.1 percent in the same month in 2012.
The county unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in November.

The 10-county downstate region including New York City saw the rate fall from 8.2 percent to 6.7 percent over the year, and metropolitan areas upstate saw their rate drop from 8.1 to 6.2 percent.

The statewide unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in December. The national rate was 6.7 percent.

The Labor Department said nearly 110 thousand private sector jobs were added to New York’s economy in 2013, bringing the job count to a record high of 7,503,700.

In Franklin County, approximately 19,900 people were employed in December, while roughly 1,700 were unemployed. The number of unemployed dropped from about 2,200 a year ago, but the number of people working also ticked down — from roughly 20,000, according to the state statistics.

Save The Prison Rally Held In Albany

A “Save Our Services” rally, planned to protest state plans to close prisons and reduce mental health services, was scheduled at the Legislative Office Building in Albany.
Franklin County residents who are working to save the Chateaugay Correctional Facility are joining with union members from around the state to make their case about the economic importance of keeping the facility open.
Chateaugay Correctional Facility is one of four prisons in the state that are scheduled to be shuttered this summer under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s plan to cut state spending.
Closing the Chateaugay prison will cause the loss of 111 local jobs, along with the loss of a $5.8 million annual payroll currently being spent in the local economy according to the group.