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Camp Gabriels prison finds no takers (Photo Source:  Save Camp Gabriels website)
Camp Gabriels prison finds no takers (Photo Source: Save Camp Gabriels website)

Tangle of rules slows Gabriels prison sale

Yesterday we heard that Governor Andrew Cuomo is talking again about downsizing the state's prison industry.

The North Country has eighteen state correctional facilities, which provide thousands of high-paying jobs.

Local leaders say finding new uses for mothballed prisons will be difficult.
The state has struggled for nearly two years to sell the Camp Gabriels prison,
which closed in 2009.

As Brian Mann reports, prisons inside the Adirondack Park are tangled up in legal questions involving the state constitution and the APA's zoning rules.  Go to full article
Rep. Bill Owens
Rep. Bill Owens

Lawmakers want better drug enforcement at border

Congressman Bill Owens is one of a group of lawmakers working on a law designed to slow drug trafficking from Canada into the U.S.
A bill passed by both houses of Congress calls on the Office of National Drug Control Policy to craft a multi-agency and international strategy to tighten up on drug smugglers without hurting tourism and other commercial traffic across the northern border.
Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
NYS Senator Pedro Espada Jr.
NYS Senator Pedro Espada Jr.

Espada faces embezzlement charges

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Brooklyn and state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo yesterday indicted state Senator Pedro Espada Jr. and his son for embezzlement.
The Bronx Democrat has been at the center of two of the most tumultuous years the New York Senate has ever seen. He helped engineer the "coup" among Democrats that tied the Senate up in gridlock for five weeks in 2009. As the new Democratic majority resolved the dispute, the freshman Senator Espada wound up in the majority leader's seat.

Now he's accused of embezzling state grants he directed to his Bronx health clinic in some of New York's poorest neighborhoods. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Paterson issues end of term pardons

With his term in its fnal weeks, Governor David Paterson yestrday pardoned six people facing possible deportation because of prior convictions. Paterson says the pardons address "shortcomings" in often harsh and inflexible federal
immigration laws on deportation. He also granted clemency to an ex-addict who spent 20 years in prison. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
The Adirondack Museum's Laura Rice with Earl's beam knife
The Adirondack Museum's Laura Rice with Earl's beam knife

Adirondack Attic: a knife, a murder

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. You may know Andy from his series of "Adirondack Attic" books on local history. He uses the objects people make, use and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring these stories to air. Today, we hear the story of a knife and a 19th century murder in Hamilton County.  Go to full article

Police, Forest Rangers find body of missing Lake Clear woman

An Adirondack woman missing since the weekend was found dead yesterday after an intensive search north of Saranac Lake. State police haven't yet disclosed the cause of death, or said whether the incident is being considered suspicious. Chris Morris has details.  Go to full article
Former Assemblyman Chris Ortloff
Former Assemblyman Chris Ortloff

Former Plattsburgh Assemblyman Chris Ortloff receives 12 year sentence after child sex plea

Former Plattsburgh Assemblyman Chris Ortloff will spend the next twelve and a half years in Federal prison, following his sentencing yesterday in an Albany courtroom.

Once one of the most powerful Republican lawmakers in the North Country, Ortloff was arrested in 2008 after arranging what he believed was a sexual encounter with two pre-teen girls.

Before handing down the sentence, US district court Judge Thomas McAvoy told Ortloff that his crimes were "unbelievable" and "scary."

Brian Mann was in the courtroom yesterday afternoon and has our story.  Go to full article
Former Assemblyman Chris Ortloff
Former Assemblyman Chris Ortloff

Ortloff sentencing tomorrow

After months of delay, former Plattsburgh Assemblyman Chris Ortloff is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow on charges that he attempted to have sex with two underage girls.

Ortloff was arrested in 2008 and has been behind bars since April of last year.

Federal prosecutors say he has been cooperating with police, who are pursuing other sexual predators.

Ortloff's efforts are expected to win him a reduced sentence.

But as Brian Mann reports the disgraced lawmaker still faces at least a decade behind bars.  Go to full article

SLC sheriff investigates murder-suicide

The St. Lawrence County sheriff's office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide in the town of Dekalb. Officials say a man called 911 Thursday morning, said, "please hurry", then hung up.

Deputies found 43 year-old Jeffrey Paquette and 44 year-old Denise Paquette both dead from apparent gun shots. According to investigators, Jeffrey Paquette appears to have shot his wife, Denise, then turned the gun on himself.

Sheriff Kevin Wells says investigators found no note. Asked if mental health was a factor, Wells told the Watertown Daily Times, "We're looking for things that may have been a trigger."  Go to full article

Three decades after Minerva murder, a search for closure

State police have begun excavating a site in the Adirondack town of Minerva that they think may be a thirty-year-old murder scene.

A local woman named June Collard vanished in November of 1980. Last month, her former husband, Thomas Collard, allegedly confessed to killing her and hiding her body. As Brian Mann reports, local officials are working with police in an effort to find the victim's remains.  Go to full article

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