Archives for June 2015

Prison Investigation Update – Superintendent and 11 others on leave – FBI Investigate

More people are coming under the microscope as the Clinton Prison investigation expands. Here’s Don Murley.

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(((The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision today announced it has placed three members of the Clinton Correctional Facility’s Executive Team, including the Superintendent, and nine security staff employees on administrative leave as part of the ongoing review associated with the June 6, 2015 escape from Clinton Correctional Facility of Richard Matt and David Sweat.
Assistant Commissioner for Correctional Facilities James O’Gorman will oversee the Clinton Correctional Facility as the new leadership team transitions this week. Staffing for the security positions will be addressed through procedures outlined in the union contract.
Meanwhile it has been reported on CNN and Syracuse.com that The FBI has launched a corruption probe into the Facility, with possible drug trafficking and other allegations. And, According to CNN and Newsweek criminal behavior between both employees and inmates is being investigated at the Clinton County Correctional Facility.
It is also reported that yesterday David Sweat told investigators from his hospital bed that the pair did a dry run on the escape the night before the escape.)))

Twelve on Leave from Clinton Facility, including Superintendent

The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision today announced it has placed three members of the Clinton Correctional Facility’s Executive Team, including the Superintendent, and nine security staff employees on administrative leave as part of the ongoing review associated with the June 6, 2015 escape from Clinton Correctional Facility of Richard Matt and David Sweat.

Assistant Commissioner for Correctional Facilities James O’Gorman will oversee the Clinton Correctional Facility as the new leadership team transitions this week. Staffing for the security positions will be addressed through procedures outlined in the union contract.

Meanwhile it has been reported on CNN and Syracuse.com that The FBI has launched a corruption probe into the Facility, with possible drug trafficking and other allegations. And, According to CNN and Newsweek criminal behavior between both employees and inmates is being investigated at the Clinton County Correctional Facility.

Demolition at 395 W Main to start Sunday

Demolition on a dilapidated building on Malone’s Main Street will start on Sunday. Equipment will be moved in and close down at least two lanes of Main Street, creating some traffic headaches for drivers. The building is dangerously close to collapse, but engineers believe they can bring it down safely. The plan is to have the demolition finished before the Franklin County Fair begins in August. The village has already spent about $50,000 on the project so far. Cost estimates have ranged up to $1 million to bring down the building.

JP Morgan Chase changing rules for checking accounts in New York

JP Morgan Chase Bank is changing its rules for checking accounts thanks to an agreement with the state. Chase will allow more people to open checking accounts and will offer a prepaid debit card for anyone who doesn’t qualify. Customers will also be able to pay bills online or have Chase mail checks for them at no additional cost. The goal is to allow especially low-income New Yorkers to pay their bills or rent without having to resort to check-cashing businesses. Anyone who keeps their new prepaid debit cards in good standing for six months could then open a conventional checking account. The changes are expected to go into effect before the holiday shopping season.

Sweat Talks From Albany Hospital Bed

Now, 35 year old convicted murdererer David Sweat, one of the pair who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility and eluded a massive manhunt for three weeks until he was shot and taken into custody on Sunday, is starting to talk from his Albany hospital bed. Ed Histed now with more…

((Sweat says he and Richard Matt initially planned to drive to Mexico but headed toward Canada on foot when their ride backed out at the last minute. It was prison tailor shop employee Joyce Mitchell who allegedly got close to the men and agreed to be their getaway driver. Mitchell backed out in the eleventh hour however, because she felt guilty over her part in the escape. The plan called for the escapees and Mitchell to kill Mitchell’s husband, and then use the car to drive to Mexico on the theory that Mitchell was in love with one or both of them. When Mitchell doesn’t show up, the Mexico plan fell through, and the two then turned north toward Canada. When he was captured, Sweat had a bag with him, containing maps, tools, insect repellent and Pop Tarts. He was unarmed at the time. The two used power tools to saw through a steel cell wall and several steel steam pipes, then bashed a hole through a 2-foot-thick brick wall, squirmed through pipes and finally popped out of a manhole outside the prison. Mitchell and another prison worker, corrections officer Gene Palmer, have been charged with helping them. Palmer’s attorney has said he will plead not guilty. Mitchell has already pleaded not guilty. Sweat will be charged with escape, burglary and other charges, but for now, prosecutors are waiting for Sweat to recover before charging him. In the meantime, they are talking to him to learn more details.))

Ticonderoga businesses decorated rain barrels for new Street Art project

If you head into Ticonderoga later this summer, you may notice a lot of rain barrels in the downtown business district. The town’s new Street Art project this summer will be painted rain barrels. Businesses and groups can sponsor a rain barrel for $60 and then display them at their storefronts. This is the fifth year for the Street Art program. Last year, they decorated Adirondack benches. The deadline to sign up is tomorrow. The decorated rain barrels will then be auctioned off on Sept 9at the the Street Art Auction at Eddie’s Restaurant.

Cuomo officiates first gay wedding

In light of the Supreme Court’s decision last Friday that allows same sex marriage, Gov. Andrew Cuomo officiated his first gay wedding this weekend. David Turley and Peter Thiede tied the knot outside a Greenwich Village bar that was the scene of riots in the late 60s. The Governor’s wasn’t even allowed to officiate weddings until last week, thanks to a new bill passed by the legislature. Cuomo says New York helped same-sex marriage by passing it in 2011.

Matt Shot Dead. Sweat Shot And Taken Into Custody

It’s over… finally! No civilians or law enforcement officers were hurt either. Ed Histed has more now on the story that catapulted the North Country into the national spotlight for weeks…

The Search Continues For Two Escaped Killers

The search for David Sweat and Richard Matt continues again today. Ed Histed now with more…

((On Thursday, searchers concentrated on an area between Titus Mountain and Lake Titus in the town of Malone. K-9’s, along with sheriff’s officers, state forest rangers, and SWAT equipped officers combed the forest along Fayette Road between state Route 30 and Webster Street Road in the continuing search for Sweat and Matt, who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility three weeks ago this Saturday. Despite the massive effort, no evidence of the two escaped murderers was found in the area, perhaps due to the heavy rain that may have washed away scents. Meanwhile, despite the fact that most experts say the two escapees will likely avoid larger towns like Malone, Malone Village Police are taking no chances as they continue to search vacant buildings in Malone, including the Flanagan Hotel and empty barns on the Franklin County Fairgrounds. Locally, there have been dozens of reports of suspicious activity, but none has turned up any evidence to indicate that Matt and/or Sweat have been in Malone. State police have received more than 2,400 leads. Troopers continue to urge anyone who sees anything suspicious however, to contact police. That would include any signs of a trespass, burglary or vehicle larceny, or something that may have shown up on either surveillance video or perhaps a trail camera. Contact 911, your local law enforcement agency, or the New York State Police to report any information that you think might be suspicious.))

Brushton chicken bbq set for Sunday

The Brushton Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its annual chicken barbeque and parade on Sunday at noon. There will be rides for the kids, a flea market and lawn tractor pulls. And if you don’t want to stay for the fun, you can call for takeout.