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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

Police Seek Stolen Morphine Patches

St. Lawrence County police are looking for up to 50 morphine patches and painkillers. Several teens stole the drugs from a house Friday night. As David Sommerstein reports, three teens overdosed on the drugs at a party. One remains in the hospital.  Go to full article

APA Cuts Violation Caseload, Drawing Praise and Concern

Over the last two years, the Adirondack Park Agency has worked to pare down a backlog of more than three thousand old enforcement cases. These are alleged violations of the Park's strict zoning and environmental laws. The APA now says ninety percent of those cases have been closed. But some critics worry that the Agency still lacks the staff and the legal clout needed to enforce its own rules. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Schumer to Unveil Meth Plan in Watertown

Senator Charles Schumer will be in Watertown this morning to unveil a plan to crack down on methamphetamines, or 'crystal meth'. As David Sommerstein reports, Watertown has become a hotspot of a problem that's growing across rural New York.  Go to full article

North Country Prisons to Lose 148 Jobs

The director of New York's state prisons says he'll move forward with a plan to cut the number of corrections officers. Commissioner Glenn Goord says nearly 150 jobs will be "down-sized" at three prisons in the north country. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

From Heroin To Hope In The North Country

In 2001, according to the latest survey, more than four hundred people in the North Country sought help for heroin and other opiate addiction. In many parts of the region, heroin has eclipsed crack and cocaine as the most popular hard drug. But some people also come north looking for help and support. John -- not his real name -- is a college student in Canton. He says the north country offered an escape from heroin, which was wrecking his life.  Go to full article

Rangers Say DEC Policies Jeopardize Public Safety

Forest rangers in the North Country say new Department of Environmental Conservation policies are making it harder for them to respond to emergencies. Rangers now need permission from a supervisor before they can go out on emergency calls. As Chris Knight reports, critics say that could mean dangerous delays.  Go to full article

Young Man Accused of Murdering Parents In Ausable

State police say a 17-year-old in Ausable shot and killed his parents early on Saturday morning. Justin McLean has been charged with two counts of 2nd degree murder. Brian Mann has our report.  Go to full article

Emergency Preparedness Since 9/11

Much has changed since September 11th in the way local law enforcement agencies look at how they would face disaster in their communities. Many municipalities have updated or revised their emergency plans. New York's Senate Task Force on State and Local Emergency Preparedness held the first in a series of meetings in Albany last week. Jody Tosti reports North Country participants need more emergency personnel and better communication.  Go to full article

NY State on High Terrorist Alert

Governor Pataki says all police and other law enforcement officials in New York are on high alert in response to the latest terrorist warning from the FBI. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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