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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
Sheriff Henry Hommes passed away Friday in Essex County
Sheriff Henry Hommes passed away Friday in Essex County

Veteran Essex County sheriff Henry Hommes remembered

Essex County's veteran sherrif, Henry Hommes passed away Friday night after a battle with cancer. Hommes was re-elected last year and was serving his thirteenth year in the post. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Gov. Paterson at the Olympic Museum in lake Placid, where he signed a new law beefing up DWI enforcement. Photo: Adirondack Daily Entperprise.
Gov. Paterson at the Olympic Museum in lake Placid, where he signed a new law beefing up DWI enforcement. Photo: Adirondack Daily Entperprise.

Paterson signs "Jack Shea" anti-DWI law

Gov. David Paterson signed a new law closing a legal loophole that prevented the driver accused of killing Olympic medalist and Lake Placid native Jack Shea from standing trial.

It authorizes certified nurse practitioners and advanced emergency medical technicians to draw blood from motorists suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol--without a doctor present. Paterson says "Jack Shea's Law" simply brings the legal standard into conformity with standard medical practice.

In 2002, a driver faced charges in the crash outside Lake Placid that killed 91-year-old Shea, who won two gold medals for speedskating at the 1932 Olympics. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Bill curtailing Adirondack Park Agency enforcement power fails in Assembly

An effort by North Country lawmakers to limit the enforcement power of the Adirondack Park Agency failed to pass the state Assembly last week. The bill which passed in the Senate would have placed a ten-year statute of limitations on environmental and zoning violations.

As Brian Mann reports, supporters of the change say they'll bring it back next session.  Go to full article
Senator Little
Senator Little

Sen. Little: State budget politically motivated, but praise for Gov. Paterson

State Senator Betty Little says the budget chaos in Albany has been brutal for the North Country - with more spending for more programs shifting to communities downstate.

But she gave Governor David Paterson high marks for promising to veto additional deficit spending proposed by Democrats in the legislature.

Senator Little spoke yesterday with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Counties fear costs of "Leandra's Law"

A majority of New York's counties have asked for a delay in implementation of a new state law toughening penalties for people who drive drunk with children in the vehicle.

The new law mandates monitoring devices in the cars of some people convicted under "Leandra's Law." County probation heads say the devices are a good idea, but they're expensive, and the state hasn't provided any help in paying for them. They call the extra costs an "unfunded mandate" -- and an unfair burden in tough economic times.

Gov. David Paterson says he won't grant a delay, and he wants implementation plans by June 15. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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