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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

'Serious Predator', Released from Prison, returns to Warren County

A violent felon originally from Queensbury was released from state prison in New Hampshire last week. And police in New Hampshire took the unusual step of alerting Warren County law enforcement that he would be returning. Gregory Warner reports on the man police call a 'serious predator', who served 26 years for stabbing a woman 19 times.  Go to full article

Man Arrested In Double Murder

State police have charged a man in the double murder of a couple in Schuyler Falls just before Christmas. David and Lorraine Donivan were stabbled to death on December 20th. 37-year-old Edward Dashnaw of Plattsburgh was arrested last night and charged with 2 counts of murder in the second degree. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Police Say Donivan Murder Suspect Returned to Scene of Crime

Edward Dashnaw's attorney declined to be interviewed today when contacted by North Country Public Radio. Brian Mann spoke with state police Captain Robert LaFountain about the investigation that led to Dashnaw's arrest.  Go to full article
John Briant
John Briant

Books: Adirondack Detective

The Jason Black Adirondack Detective series has garnered a regional and national following in the last few years. Author John Briant lives and writes about Black's crime solving adventures in Old Forge. He's working on the fifth book in the mystery series this winter. Like his protagonist in the novels, Briant is a retired state trooper and crime investigator. He told Todd Moe that writing is his third career.  Go to full article

Albany Agrees to Toughen Gun Laws

In a special session of the legislature, Governor Pataki and legislative leaders have reached agreement on new laws to stiffen penalties against the use of illegal guns, and to protect police officers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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