Usually, drug arrest sweep stories are pretty straight forward in the North Country, so Miranda Orso’s report this morning for the Plattsburgh Press-Republican makes for some interesting reading.
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District Attorney Derek Champagne from Franklin County says counties need to begin tracking and reporting heroin overdoses and deaths more accurately. He also wants better regional crime intelligence. NCPR File photo: Brian Mann
Malone, NY, May 15, 2014 — One of the North Country's prosecutors says the region needs better intelligence-gathering to deal with the spread of crime, including a surge in heroin trafficking. Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne says he hopes to see crime analysts based in Malone who would help share information throughout the North Country. Go to full article
Feb 12, 2009 — Yesterday, we reported on a North Country Community College student jailed in Essex County after being charged with rape. Michael Odumosu has been held without bail because he's a foreign student and his visa has been suspended. Franklin County District Attorney Dereck Champagne now says a grand jury will likely hear the charges against Odumosu "within the next two or three weeks." He also says more student-athletes at the school are being investigated. Meanwhile, college officials say they're handling of the case was appropriate. Brian Mann has this update. Go to full article
Apr 27, 2006 — Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne says it's too late to file criminal charges against a Vermontville man videotaped while hitting and slapping his 15-year-old daughter. But Champagne says state and local officials are reviewing whether three children still living in the home of Joe and Lynn Nelson are receiving proper care. Last Friday, the ABC news magazine "Primetime" broadcast footage of the Nelson home that included scenes of physical and emotional violence. The footage aired as part of a documentary on stepfamilies struggling with children from separate marriages. The broadcast prompted a public outcry. As Brian Mann reports, it has also triggered a new debate over the ethics of journalism.
A warning: Some of the sounds in this story are violent and disturbing. Go to full article
Jan 28, 2003 — A 72-year-old man from Saranac Lake - accused of molesting an 11-year-old-boy - will serve up to eight years in prison. Former coach Frank Miller pleaded guilty to first degree sodomy. Brian Mann has details. Go to full article