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The ugly act of rape has probably plagued humanity forever. But these days there’s a lot of discussion about attitudes that arguably permit – or encourage – sexual violence. Some insist we live in a what’s been labeled a...
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...
News stories tagged with "crime"
Apr 20, 2004 — Hate speech and hate crimes are on the rise on college campuses across the country. St. Lawrence University is coping with several recent cases of violence, threats of violence, and discrimination. The incidents range from racial and homophobic slurs to a phoned death threat and a physical assault on a campus running trail. As David Sommerstein reports, the incidents have sparked a debate over how to confront a very persistent problem. Go to full article
by Karen DeWitt
Apr 19, 2004 — Reforming the Rockefeller Drug Laws is an issue that has stagnated at the New York State Capitol, despite expressions of support from all of the major political players. Now, advocates are getting some help from the Argentinean Mothers of the Disappeared, who came to Albany to express solidarity with families who say they've lost a loved one to a long prison term. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Mar 19, 2004 — State and tribal police are baffled over an unprecedented arson spree on the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation near Massena. Since October 2002, suspicious blazes have consumed more than 70 abandoned buildings, the latest on January 1st. Several cars have been burnt since then. The Mohawk territory spans the international border and the St. Lawrence River. Police say those boundaries have impeded the search for suspects. David Sommerstein spoke with Charles Bishop, the New York State Police investigator in Massena who's heading the investigation. Go to full article
Feb 20, 2004 — Filming for the short movie Frozen River wraps up tonight and tomorrow along the St. Lawrence River on the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation. Written and directed by an award-winning New York City based filmmaker, Frozen River is about two women who are driven by poverty to smuggle aliens across the U.S.-Canada border in the dark of night. The subject matter has raised some eyebrows on the reservation. David Sommerstein visited the set and has this report. Go to full article
Feb 20, 2004 — Cross-border smuggling among the maze-like territory of the St. Lawrence River near Akwesasne has dogged the Mohawks' reputation for years, especially since high-profile cigarette smuggling busts in the 1990s. In the late '90s and 2000, smuggling Asian illegal immigrants spiked. David Sommerstein spoke yesterday with Akwesasne Mohawk Police Chief Louis Mitchell. Mitchell says alien traffic dropped dramatically after September 11, 2001. Go to full article
Feb 13, 2003 — Two women from the Seneca Nation in western New York are indicted for participation in a cigarette smuggling ring that allegedly helped fund the terrorist group Hezbollah. David Sommerstein has details. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Jan 28, 2003 — A 72-year-old man from Saranac Lake - accused of molesting an 11-year-old-boy - will serve up to eight years in prison. Former coach Frank Miller pleaded guilty to first degree sodomy. Brian Mann has details. Go to full article
by Todd Moe
Aug 09, 2001 — Historians recreate a stagecoach robbery near North River a century ago. Actors in period dress and an authentic Concord stage built in 1870 will help recreate the colorful era of Adirondack stagecoach travel. The event takes place Saturday at the North Creek Railroad Depot. Todd Moe spoke with Dr. Richard Bossert, who's researched the now legendary highway robbery, and is event chair for Saturday morning's re-enactment. Go to full article