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After a bomb threat this morning, Watertown High School was evacuated, according to a press release from the Watertown City School District. Police, school officials and a bomb-sniffing dog found no evidence of a bomb. They’re currently...
Happy post-Thanksgiving week to you all, and thanks, weather gods, for reminding us it is, in fact, winter. Man, is it winter. There are many stories in the papers so far this week with opportunities to do nice things for other people because...
North Country now is reporting this week about a new effort Massena is making to keep local kids off drugs: distributing drug testing kits to parents (actually, they’re giving them to the school district for distribution to parents who want...
What are the most famous – or notorious – prisons in the U.S.? Alcatraz? Sing-sing? Attica? Well, in Canada, that distinction seems to belong to a penitentiary opened in 1835, right on the scenic lake shore of Kingston, Ontario. You may not have...
In the wake of revelations about government surveillance in the U.S., it’s only natural to wonder what’s going on in other countries. Here’s a recent article from the Globe and Mail about norms in Canada: For nearly two decades,...
News stories tagged with "crime"
Apr 13, 2007 — The deadline for filing state and federal income taxes hits next Tuesday. It's a day that millions of Americans dread. Around the country, a small group of tax protestors claim that the collection of income taxes is illegal and violate the U.S. Constitution. One of their leaders, Robert Schulz, lives in Queensbury and runs an organization called "We the People." Critics say Schultz's arguments amount to little more than an urban myth. But according to the Federal government, thousands of people have been misled by Schultz's amateur tax advice at a cost to the treasury of more than 20 million dollars. As Brian Mann reports, the Justice Department is now suing Schultz in an effort to end what they call a "tax scam." Go to full article
Mar 27, 2007 — The captain and the cruise line operators who ran the Ethan Allen cruise boat pleaded guilty yesterday to misdemeanor charges. Shoreline Cruises and Captain Richard Paris admitted to not having enough crewmembers on board when it flipped on Lake George, killing twenty elderly tourists. Brian Mann has details. Go to full article
Nov 24, 2006 — The December issue of Adirondack Life magazine tells the story of Jane McCrea, a young Scottish woman who lived in Fort Edwards in the 1770s. While waiting to meet her fiance, McCrea was murdered and scalped by native soldiers loyal to the British. Her death sparked outrage in the American colonies and served as a major catalyst for the Revolutionary War. In the centuries since, McCrea has become a part of North Country legend. The Adirondack Life article was written by David Starbuck, who lives in Chestertown. Starbuck teaches anthropology at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire and led the scientific team that is working to reconstruct details of McCrea's life. He told Brian Mann that Jane McCrea's story is tangled up in his own family's history. Go to full article
Nov 22, 2006 — Police say a church fire in the Adirondack village of Pottserville last May was an act of religious intolerance. According to the Warren County Sheriff's office, 20-year-old Caleb Uriah Lussier confessed to burning the church. Lussier is a student at the Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake. Investigators say he believed that the Episcopal church had deviated from the true teachings of the Bible. As Brian Mann reports, Lussier may have been involved in another church fire in his hometown. Go to full article
Nov 17, 2006 — The New York Times is reporting this morning that governor-elect Eliot Spitzer will push for the ouster of fellow Democrat Alan Hevesi. Hevesi, the state's comptroller, was forced to repay tens of thousands of dollars following the revelation that he used a state employee to chauffeur his wife. Fall-out also continues from the controversial leak of state police documents that described a domestic incident involving Republican congressman John Sweeney. The union representing New York state police says an investigator is being wrongly demoted because he's being blamed for leaking a trooper's report about a the incident. The story broke in the press just days before the November seventh election, which Sweeney lost to Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand. Brian Mann spoke about the ugly political climate with Fred LeBrun, veteran columnist with the Albany Times-Union. Go to full article
by Chris Knight
Nov 16, 2006 — A grand jury is recommending disciplinary action against an unnamed "public servant" in Saranac Lake following a car crash last year that involved two village police officers. The grand jury in Franklin County is not recommending criminal charges be filed against police chief Donald Perryman, Jr., or the two policemen involved. As Chris Knight reports, the names of those under review have been sealed by the judge reviewing the case. Go to full article
Nov 02, 2006 — The 20th congressional district race was rocked yesterday when two newspapers published reports of a domestic incident in December involving Republican incumbent John Sweeney and his wife Gaia, who goes by the name Gayle. The Albany Times-Union and the New York Daily News reported that Sweeney allegedly grabbed his wife by the neck. The development comes with just a week left in the campaign, as Sweeney faces the toughest re-election fight of his career against Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand. Brian Mann has the story. Go to full article
by Chris Knight
Oct 04, 2006 — The Village of Saranac Lake has suspended Police Chief Donald Perryman Jr. and two members of the village police department for incidents surrounding a car crash that occurred last fall. Perryman, Sergeant Bruce Nason and Officer Casey Reardon were notified today that they've been suspended without pay. As Chris Knight reports, a separate criminal investigation into the matter is still pending. Go to full article
Sep 25, 2006 — A report published this morning in the New York Times alleges widespread incompetence and abuse of power in New York's system of town and village courts. The article, based on a year-long investigation by the Times, focuses on six local courts in the North Country. Brian Mann has details. Go to full article