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.

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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 five years.

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. 

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