Archives for November 2017

Parishville Against Wind Project

The Parishville Town Council spoke out against wind development near Fort Drum, unanimously approving a resolution opposing those kinds projects. It comes as debate intensifies over the impact of turbines on military aviation and weather radar. The council agreed more needed to be looked into but were very sure they did not want Fort Drum’s capabilities to be diminished.

La Porte Case Put Back To Feb

The Massena couple, charged by state and federal prosecutors for child rape and sexually exploiting children, had their sentencing in both courts moved to next year. Stacey LaPorte Jr. and Mackenzie Bailey, are to be sentenced on federal charges on Feb. 15 and on their state charges in St. Lawrence County Court on Feb. 16. LaPorte faces 50 years in prison. He plead guilty to the charges in St. Lawrence County Court on July 20.

The Gravy Train Rolls Along

Nearly two dozen more cases in “Operation Gravy Train” are scheduled for today and Friday in St. Lawrence County Court, in an attempt to bring the yearlong drug sting nearer to conclusion. The 11-month long operation, which included covert surveillance and hundreds of hours of wiretaps, aimed to root out heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine dealers operating in the St. Lawrence County area. The sting led to two indictments of 106 people, of which 26 pled guilty and have been sentenced. 52 have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing…24 more have not yet issued pleas.

Fast Scary Storm

A sudden storm in Chesterfield knocks down trees, takes out power lines and sent emergency crews scrambling. The barrage of hail, sleet and rain lasted about five minutes…but it was enough. By late afternoon, utility crews had restored all the power.

Jenne Backs Ag Labor Regs

Assemblywoman Addie Jenne of Theresa, says new state regulations on employee scheduling will not affect agricultural workers. Gov. Cuomo recently announced a set of regulations that require scheduling in advance and provide pay for “on-call” hours. Under the new rules, workers must have 14-days of advance notice of their schedules and two hours of additional pay will be given when they must work a spur-of-the-moment shift. Additionally, workers will also get at least four hours of pay, even after last-minute shift cancellations and when workers are on-call to come into work.

Dannemora teen accused in three break-ins

A 17-year-old Dannemora boy is accused in three break-ins. State police say Zachary Miller took two dirt bikes and a couple of other items from a man’s garage earlier this month, and then stole three chickens and feeder from another garage and finally two domestic ducks that were in a shed in another woman’s backyard. The chickens were found alive and returned to their owner, but the ducks had been dismembered. Miller remains in the Clinton County jail on a $5,000 bond.

County holds community forum on stress

Feeling stressed this holiday season? Franklin County’s Department of Social Services is hold a community forum next week to talk about the neurobiology of stress and how it impacts health and development. National recognized expert Deve Melnick will be offering some tips on how to destress, or at least cope with stress in a healthy mannager. The program is free and it’ll be held on Dec. 6 from 6-8 p.m. at the Malone Golf Course.

Potsdam Public Library Seeking Donors

The Potsdam library is making a request. Karen Johnson has details.

The Public Library is taking online donations for its latest renovation project. Based on recent patron surveys, the plans to restore the existing library to its historic features includes adding more space, additional computer workstations, a classroom and a kid’s area, plus a modern heating and air-conditioning system. The building will keep some of its historic appeal including columns, hardwood floors and a ticket window in the lobby. About 65 percent of the project is covered by an NYS construction grant and the library is asking donors for the remaining 35 percent. You can click onto to make a donation. I’m Karen Johnson.

Brushton Man In Legal Trouble Again

A Brushton man is in legal trouble again. Karen Johnson reports.

48 year old Dennis Suave a former Brushton store owner sentenced to probation for allowing his customers to misuse their food stamps is resentenced to state prison for violating the terms of his supervised release including leaving the state and going to Vermont, missing his curfew and failing drug tests. Acting Franklin County Judge Jerome Richards ordered Suave to three to nine years in prison after he violated the terms of the five years’ probation as a result of his May 2016 guilty plea to 51 counts of falsifying business records, one count of third-degree welfare fraud and one count of fourth-degree grand larceny, all felonies. He also pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of misuse of food stamps. I’m Karen Johnson.

Warning Coming To New York About Drug Danger

Warning coming to New York about drug danger. Karen Johnson reports.

Governor Cuomo has given approval to a public awareness campaign warning of the dangers of fentanyl. Similar to heroin, this powerful synthetic drug is almost identical to its counterpart and is contributing to the deadly national opioid crisis.The public awareness campaign, launched in both English and Spanish, is called “Hidden Fentanyl Kills.” In a public statement Cuomo says “Fentanyl abuse is feeding this nation’s devastating opioid epidemic that destroys lives and families, and we are taking aggressive action to get these deadly drugs off our streets and protect communities across New York. “By shedding light on the dangers posed by this dangerous and addictive drug, we will help save lives and create a stronger, healthier New York for all.”
While opioid overdose deaths have increased nearly 35 percent statewide between 2015 and 2016, the number of fentanyl-related deaths has jumped 160 percent statewide.The campaign also urges New Yorkers to carry naloxone, the anti-overdose drug, to help in the case of a drug overdose. I’m Karen Johnson.