A report from North Country Now indicates that a Norfolk man
is facing 74 counts of child pornography charges. The report says that Tyler
Harriman is facing a litany of felony charges, which each include possessing an
obscene sexual performance by a child. Sheriff’s Deputies performed a search on
Harriman’s Marsh Road residence back in Early February and confiscated numerous
electronic devices containing the pornography. More charges are pending while
the Sheriff’s department continues their investigation.
Alcoa says that there are going to be no involuntary job
loses when the East Plant closes this spring, due to the the number of early
retirement and severance packages which have been taken. Effective April first,
about 170 employees will be taking the packages, which include a twenty-five
thousand dollar lump sum payment and five hundred dollars for each year worked.
Some other employees may still be used to decommission the East Plant once it
has closed down, and Alcoa said that starting in April they will begin
negotiating with unions to put together a new agreement.
Cornwall city officials say that the details of the lease
deal with Trillium Distribution in regards to to those controversial chemical
storage tanks will be made available during the next meeting with the company. Despite
the freedom of information request, there is a possibility however that certain
information could be –quote- whited out from the report.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is asking that the Department of
Agriculture keep open ten New York offices which aid farmers. Those are the
County Farm Service Agency Offices, which help farmers handle the USDA system
and sign up for certain programs and benefits. Gillibrand said that this is
especially important because of recent changes to the Farm Bill. Not keeping
those offices open could result in long and costly trips for farmers to get to
their nearest office.
Border patrol agents arrested a man who walked across the US
Canadian Border on Sunday. Border agents say they followed the man’s footsteps
on the snow, which lead from the Lake of the Isles to a home close to the
border. Agents then found the man in the basement of the home. A report
indicates that the man was taken to the Wellesley Island Border Patrol station
and then returned to Canada. He’s been barred from entering into the US for
Brockville General Hospital hosted a grand opening ceremony
for their new mental health unit yesterday, which will now be home to the
patients which were once housed at the Elmgrove site. The project has been
completed after more than 12 years in the works.
Some good news on the education front – State Senator Patty
Ritchie said that the new State Senate Budget plan would do away with the Gap
Elimination Adjustment which has kept money from public schools for the last
couple of years. The senate’s budget plan also includes a new College
Affordability Plan, which provides middle income families with more tuition
assistance, and a tax credit for college graduates who decide to stay within state
Lines after completing their education. There is also an increase to the Tap
award that college bound students can receive.
Claxton Hepburn Medical Center says that they are now offering
free colonoscopies for uninsured adults who are over the age of fifty. If
you’re at all interested, you should contact the hospital at 713-5251 to find
out if you’re eligible. Colonoscopies have been made possible by the St Lawrence
County Cancer Fund.
The Village Board of Trustees has set a date for their next
Budget Hearing. That meeting’s going to be held on April 1st and
5:30 in the evening. Some suspect that it will be a tough process due to a slim
fund balance, and much of what remains of that fund could already be
earmarkerd. Last month the board met and agreed to pass a law which will allow
them to override a 2 percent tax cap if it’s necessary. More will be heard
about it when the board meets again, again April 1st at 5:30.
27 agricultural projects are underway in the North Country
thanks to the NNY ADP. Five hundred thousand dollars will be spent as part of
this year’s state budget on projects under the Northern New York Agricultural
Development Program’s wing, which include researching how to better handle the
alfalfa snout beetle at a low cost to farmers. Projects will span the counties
of St Lawrence, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, and Clinton.
SUNY Canton Students are honoring our law enforcement
officers in a pretty unique way today. They’ll be presenting the Massena k-9
unit with a Kevlar vest specifically designed for dogs. The money was raised by
three student run organizations, to the tune of about a thousand dollars each.
That ceremony will take place today at 2:30 in the Miller Campus Center’s
Kingston Theater, and is free and open to the public.
A Massena teen has been warned that if he experiences any
more run-ins with the law he will be headed back to the county jail. 19 year
old Richard Schwartfigure was released from jail after meeting with counsel
yesterday afternoon in Massena Village Court. Schwartfigure was behind bars on
a felony criminal contempt charge, and has since been released under the
supervision of the probation department.