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Fugitive Raymond DiLorenzo (Source:  Glens Falls PD)
Fugitive Raymond DiLorenzo (Source: Glens Falls PD)

Manhunt Continues for Glens Falls Man Accused of Murdering Wife

The search continues for a Glens Falls man accused of murdering his wife on Sunday. Police now say 42-year-old Laurie DiLorenzo went to a police station just minutes before she was shot three times with a hunting rifle. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Search Continues for Glens Falls Shooting Suspect

Police are still hunting today for a 48-year-old man accused of shooting his estranged wife to death in Glens Falls with a rifle as she sat in her car at a convenience store Sunday. Police say Raymond DiLorenzo apparently drove away, abandoned his car and was seen hitchhiking later Sunday on the Adirondack Northway. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Watertown Mayor Under Fire in Quick Draw Case

A multi-page report in Sunday's Watertown Daily Times is making waves in Jefferson County. It details how a compulsive gambler stole millions of dollars from his supermodel step-daughter to pay for his addiction to Quick Draw lottery games. Sentencing of John Breen Jr. has been delayed while prosecutors attempt to tally exact how much money Breen stole. Meanwhile, the controversy has reached Watertown's mayor, Jeff Graham. Graham operates one of the bars where Breen played Quick Draw. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence County's aging jail
St. Lawrence County's aging jail

Counties Bear Burden of Incarceration

The population in New York's county jails is rising fast, by almost 25% in the last five years. It comes at a time when state officials are pressuring counties to close aging facilities. The result is an explosion in new jail construction. In the North Country, the price tag will well exceed a hundred millions dollars. Warren and Washington counties have opened new jails in the past two years. St. Lawrence, Essex, Herkimer, and Clinton counties are in the planning stages. As David Sommerstein reports, the costs of building the new facilities and housing inmates will fall on local taxpayers.  Go to full article

An Old Jail Outlives Its Usefulness

The North Country is home to New York's three oldest county jails - in Hamilton, Essex, and St. Lawrence, in that order. Washington and Warren counties recently built new ones. Clinton County is expanding its 15 year-old facility. County jails have to do more than ever before. They handle all kinds of inmates. They have to follow a blizzard of state mandates. And they cost upwards of $40 million to build. But the state constitution says each of New York's 62 counties has to have one. In the first part of a series on North Country jails, David Sommerstein gets a tour of St. Lawrence County's jail, which is likely to be replaced soon.  Go to full article

Former North Country Priest Sued For Sexual Assault

A Saratoga county man is suing two former priests and the Roman Catholic diocese of Albany for alleged sexual abuse. The case was filed on Tuesday. 41-year-old Michael Mooney claims he was molested in the early seventies and hopes to win three million dollars in compensation. As Brian Mann reports, one of the priests worked as a minister at the Glens Falls hospital in the 1990s after receiving counseling for alleged sexual misconduct.  Go to full article

State Sues 'Loan Shark' Preying on Soldiers

Last week New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced a lawsuit against a North Country lending firm for being a loan-sharking operation that preys on cash-strapped military families. The suit alleges a company called JAG NY has defrauded hundreds of people of thousands of dollars by offering loans at illegally high interest rates. The company operates three stores called New York Catalog Sales, one in Queensbury and two near Fort Drum. David Sommerstein spoke with Attorney General spokesperson Christine Pritchard about the case. She says New York Catalog Sales takes advantage of military families with limited incomes. The complaint number is 800-771-7755.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Consider Death Penalty Reform

State lawmakers are still working on how to fix New York's death penalty law, after the state's highest court struck down portions of the statute earlier this summer. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Mohawks Request Border Security Funding

The maze of islands and St. Lawrence River channels along the St. Regis Reservation near Massena have given the Akwesasne Mohawk community a reputation for smuggling. In the 30s, alcohol came across a mostly porous border with Canada by boat and automobile. In the 1990s the contraband was cigarettes. Around 2000, it was illegal aliens. Today, smugglers favor hydroponic marijuana from Canada. Mohawk tribal police work closely with law enforcement in the U.S. and Canada to stem the tide of illegal border crossings. Yet the tribal police receive no money from Washington for their efforts - even as border security funding rises in response to international terrorism. As David Sommerstein reports, Mohawk chiefs are trying to change that.  Go to full article

Drug Law Reform Groups Urge Action this Year

Groups involved in reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws have joined together to put pressure on a joint legislative conference committee that will meet on Rockefeller Drug Law Reform. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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