A report from Reuters indicates that sales of recreational
marijuana in Colorado have accumulated 2.1 million dollars in revenue in the
first Month alone. Additionally, sales of medicinal marijuana added up to about
1.4 million in the same amount of time. No numbers were available for
Washington at press time.
A Winter storm warning will be in effect from 8 am
tomorrow until 8 pm Thursday for the Southern Portion of St Lawrence County.
The national weather service is reporting that we could see anywhere between 10
and twenty inches of snow.
A Potsdam Woman who was responsible for the hit and
run death of a pedestrian last year has pleaded guilty to the crime. 45 year
old Laurel Randall has pleaded guilty to first degree vehicular manslaughter as
part of a plea deal which satisfies other charges laid against her, as well. Randall
had a BAC of almost three times the legal limit when she struck 59 year old
Fuli Wu on the may Road on March 30th. When she struck Ms. Wu, Randall
said she was not aware of what she had hit. A Passenger at the time by the name
of Stephen Coates is said to have gotten out of the vehicle to investigate the
damage, and then told Randall she had just hit a deer, and the two took off
again. Coates is facing a charge of tampering with physical evidence. A third
passenger in the vehicle helped bring the incident to the attention of the police
and faces no charges. Randall is facing a maximum of fifteen years in state
prison. (Source, Courier Observer, http://www.mpcourier.com/article/20140311/DCO/703119872)
There’s another scam making the rounds in St
Lawrence County, but for the first time in a long time, it’s got nothing to do
with your computer freezing up. Enbridge St Lawrence Gas says that some of
their customers have been getting calls about their gas bills which demand
immediate payment, or alternatively, offer them a discount for being a good
customer. The caller then attempts to acquire the person’s debit or credit card
information. Enbridge says that they will contact people over the phone if they
have a past due balance, but they will not be asking for payment over the phone.
A representative indicated that delinquent customers will first receive a
written notice in the mail before they receive a phone call.
SUNY Potsdam students will be organizing the county’s
first gay pride parade. Students will
begin the parade at SUNY Potsdam on April 26th, traveling from the
college campus to Ives Park. John Youngblood is the professor who is overseeing
the student project, which will reportedly include floats, as well. Other
campus groups will be invited to attend, and if they like, high school groups
and marching bands.
State police continue their search for a Tupper Lake
teen who has been missing for two years. Colin Gillis was eighteen years old
when he was last seen in the town of Piercefield. The last person to see him
was a motorist traveling Westbound on State Route 3 close to the St Lawrence
and Franklin County line. After reporting seeing Gillis to state police, they
performed a search of the area but did not find anything. Family and friends
said that prior to passing motorist, Gillis was last seen at a party attended
by several dozen people. With no sign of Gillis, police began their search on
March 11th of 2012 and managed to locate his personal effects near
the county line, but two weeks of searching turned up nothing else. They are
still looking for information, which can be sent along to the BCI Unit in Ray
Brook, their number 51-8897-2000.
A sixteen year old Watertown teen who was reported
missing last week was found in Massena on Sunday. 16 year Old Trent Perrin had
been reported missing from the Children’s Home of Jefferson County. Somehow,
Perrin managed to make his way back up to his first home in Massena. He was
subsequently turned over to Child Protective Services.
Former St Lawrence County Democratic Chairman
Stephen Burke is the latest to announce his run for the 21st
Congressional District seat which will be left vacant by Bill Owens. Burke, who
now serves the town of Macomb as a councilman, announced his bid yesterday, and
has begun circulating nomination petitions. Previously, Burke has experience as
a democratic county chair for St Lawrence County, a candidate for New York Lieutenant
Governor, and has previous run for congress in 1993.
A Town hall meeting regarding the potential merger
between the Canton and Potsdam School districts has been rescheduled for March
24th. It will begin at 7 pm the Canton High School Auditorium. The
joint advisory committee will share information related to the possible
challenges posed by merging athletics and extracurricular activities, as well
as school configurations will be made available. A question and answer session
will follow, and of course the public is invited to attend.
A St Lawrence University professor has been honored
with the Fulbright Scholar Grant. Daniel Koon is a physics professor who says
that he will be doing research on electrical resistence of semi-conductors,
which will examine how to improve electrodes in smart phone microchips. He will
conduct the research in Prague. It is actually the second time he has received
the Fulbright grant. The first was in 1981.
OPP Officers said that a pedestrian was struck and
killed by a via train near the 5th Line Road in the South Glengarry
Township. Their report indicated he was struck around 4 pm yesterday, but they
have not yet released his name or age.
Police in South Dundas say they’re looking for a car
that was stolen from a dealership. A 2014 Chevy Silverado was taken by an
unknown party from the lot on County Road 2 within the South Dundas Township.
No further information was available.
A Man who ran a Ponzi scheme and took more than 130
million dollars awaits his sentencing in Cornwall. William Wise has had his
sentencing delaying for the fourth time for money laundering and tax evasion.
He faces several years in US Prison for pleading guilty to the 17 counts
against him. He was indicted in the fall of 2011 and turned himself in during
the Spring of 2012 and has been incarcerated since, though still does not know
how long he’ll spend behind bars.
Raptors lose to the nets 101 to 97
Knicks win one over the 76ers, score there 123 to
NHL – Toronto beats the Ducks, 3 to 1
Predators and Sens go to OT and Nashville wins it,
score 4 to 3
And Islanders stomp the Canucks, score there 7 to 4