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Ogdensburg To Consider Law to Prohibit Sex Offender Loitering

Ogdensburg's Town Council will consider a law tonight that would bar sex offenders from living within 800 feet of any school, park or playground. Gregory Warner has more.  Go to full article

Potsdam Case Highlights Megan's Law Consequences

Yesterday on the 8 O'clock Hour we reported that a group of residents in Potsdam had started a leaflet campaign to try to evict a level 3 sex offender who just moved to the neighborhood. They put up posters of Ed Remington's name and face.

His landlady, Eileen Sullers, now says she's given the convicted sex offender notice and he'll likely leave by the end of July. She said she relies on boarders for her income and that the posters would make it difficult for her to rent other rooms. This has happened to Ed Remington before. Last year he was targeted by hand-painted signs in Parishville. He eventually moved out. He's moved several times in the past year. Martha Foley has more on the story.  Go to full article

Heard up North: Landlady Caught in Crossfire

Ed Remington's case in St. Lawrence County highlights a gray area of the consequences of New York's Megan's Law. Gregory Warner went to Chestnut Street. He found two houses with posters on them. Posters had also been hung on 10 Chestnut St. in Potsdam, where Remington is now living. His landlady, Eileen Sellers, says she's felt like an innocent bystander, caught in the crossfire. She's today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Ed Remington, level III sex offender. Photo: NY  Registry
Ed Remington, level III sex offender. Photo: NY Registry

Leaflet Campaign Aimed at Potsdam Sex Predator

A level 3 sex offender has moved to Potsdam but he may soon be moving on. Ed Remington has been targeted by a poster and leaflet campaign to get him to leave. Gregory Warner has more.  Go to full article

Privacy Concerns Over DNA Database

Governor Pataki and leaders of the legislature are moving toward expanding the state's DNA crime database to include all crimes, even misdemeanors. But a Democratic Senator says there are too many unanswered questions about people's privacy and their innocence. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Journey North A Burden For Inmate Families

Hundreds of family-members make the pilgrimage north every weekend to visit incarcerated men. Jack Beck, with the Correctional Association of New York says it's a burden, especially for poor working families.  Go to full article

"Primetime" Story Prompts Ethics Debate

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
Kelly McBride, Poynter Institute
Kelly McBride, Poynter Institute

Journalism Ethicist Says ABC News Made Sound Decision

For a deeper look at the ethics of journalism, NCPR contacted Kelly McBride, who writes about ethics at the Poynter Institute, one of the top journalism think tanks in America. McBride spoke with Brian Mann about the ethical gray zones that reporters sometimes navigate while pursuing complicated stories. McBride says journalists sometimes serve a greater good by acting as observers rather than active participants.  Go to full article

National Broadcast Sparks Abuse Probe in Franklin County

Authorities are reviewing a possible case of child abuse in Franklin County that was captured on videotape by a news team with the ABC News program Primetime. The incident allegedly involved slapping, hitting, and spanking. It was recorded three years ago as part of a special report about stepfamilies. The Nelson family of Lynn and Joe Nelson allowed ABC News to install cameras in their home. The program aired last Friday and prompted an outcry from viewers. As Chris Knight reports, State Police in Ray Brook and the Franklin County District Attorney's Office are investigating.

NOTE: ABC News has removed the video footage of the alleged assault from their website.  Go to full article

"Buffer Zones" for Sex Offenders Can Have Unintended Consequences

A bill now being considered in Albany would ban the highest-risk sex offenders - level 3 - from living within a quarter mile of schools and day care centers. The bill has passed the Senate, but is still stuck in committee in the Assembly. One councilman in Ogdensburg says it's too important to wait. He's proposed a city-wide law, even stricter than the state version. It would bar all sex offenders from living within 2000 feet of schools, day care centers, and also parks and playgrounds--essentially restricting them to the very fringes of the city. It's not the first such law. Similar legislation has been passed in Buffalo, and Amherst New York, and around the country. But as Gregory Warner reports, the laws can have unintended consequences.

A warning to listeners: This story includes a brief description of violence against children.  Go to full article

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