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Election: the race for St. Lawrence County Sheriff

We're covering a number of tight, local campaigns this election season, including the race to be St Lawrence County Sheriff. Gary Jarvis, who's held the position since 1999, is not seeking re-election. He says the sprawling geography of the county and a tight budget that prevents him from hiring more officers has strained the department's ability to patrol the roads, respond to calls, and transport inmates to and from jail. As Jonathan Brown reports, the two men vying for his seat differ in their views as to how they'd deal with these challenges.  Go to full article

Over-21 students can be pipeline for campus alcohol abuse

This week, we're looking at the issue of drinking and safety on college campuses. Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne announced last week that criminal charges are still possible following the alcohol-related deaths of two students at Paul Smiths College. Champagne says state police are still investigating the drownings of 20 year-old Sean Cornell and 18 year-old Lee Walker. The students died when their canoes overturned on Lower St. Regis Lake last month as they returned from a party. State police said drinking alcohol contributed to their deaths. Champagne said they're looking into how Cornell, Walker and other underage students at the party obtained alcohol. Yesterday, Brian Mann reported on the controversy surrounding Paul Smiths College, where five young people have died in the last three years. Brian spoke with Paul Smiths President John Mills, who says the school is working hard to keep older students from supplying liquor to friends who are underage.  Go to full article

Grand jury rules on Saranac Lake police

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

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

'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

Arsonist Hits Adirondack Camps

Last month, an arsonist set fire to another historic hunting cabin owned by the Adirondack League Club in Old Forge. The Club owns more than fifty thousand acres in Hamilton and Herkimer Counties. The organization, with four hundred members, is seventh-largest landowner inside the blue line. Since 2000, six of their most remote cabins have burned mysteriously. The Club's general manager, Egan Willard, spoke with Brian Mann. He says there have been two attacks this year.

Anyone with information can call the state police in Herkimer at 315-866-7275. State police and the Department of Environmental Conservation are also investigating an unrelated case of possible arson in Franklin County, where two bridges were damaged on the former Champion timberlands.  Go to full article

Stiffer Penalties for Meth Labs

Methamphetamine, or crystal meth, is a powerful stimulant. It's manufactured from a number of readily available products, like over-the-counter cold medicine and common agricultural fertilizer. The state legislature has just passed new legislation that would make it illegal to possess combinations of these materials, plus the instruments used to mix the meth. It means meth makers can be prosecuted even if the finished drug is not found. Governor Pataki has said he will sign the legislation. It will put state law in line with existing federal law. State law enforcement have had to turn to federal authorities for help prosecuting meth labs. Greg Warner spoke with Sheriff John Burns of Jefferson County. Jefferson County has had one of the state's highest rates of meth lab busts in recent years.  Go to full article

New York State Forest Ranger Arrested for Sexual Assault on Children

State police arrested a New York state forest ranger yesterday for allegedly having sex with children over a period of several years. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Glanda Murder Convictions Upheld

An appeals court has once again upheld the most serious convictions in the Jeffrey Glanda murder trial. Glanda was sentenced to life in prison without parole for murdering his estranged wife. He was also convicted of attempted murder after ramming a Lake Placid police car. As Brian Mann reports, one count of reckless endangerment was dismissed last week on a technicality.  Go to full article
A border patrol checkpoint on Route 37 in Waddington.
A border patrol checkpoint on Route 37 in Waddington.

Questions Over Border Stops Inside the Border

The U.S. Border Patrol has dramatically increased the use of road checkpoints inside the U.S.- Canada border. One on the Adirondack Northway grabbed headlines last year after 4 people died and more than 50 were seriously injured in accidents there. But there are also dozens of border patrol checkpoints on smaller roads across the North Country. The Border Patrol says they're a critical second line of defense for stopping terrorism. But some citizens and civil liberties groups say they're an invasion of privacy and may not be very effective. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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