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Trevor Sisto, age 20, of Fort Covington NY has been charged with numerous felonies following last week's deadly crash.  Photo:  Lake Placid Village Police Department via Lake Placid News
Trevor Sisto, age 20, of Fort Covington NY has been charged with numerous felonies following last week's deadly crash. Photo: Lake Placid Village Police Department via Lake Placid News

Police say deadly Lake Placid car chase handled properly

State Police and the Police Chief in Lake Placid say a high-speed car chase that ended in a fatal accident last week in the Adirondacks was handled properly.

The crash on Rt. 86 in Ray Brook left a Potsdam couple dead and their eleven-year-old daughter with serious injuries.

In the days since the accident, questions have circulated in social media about whether police made a mistake in pursuing Trevor Sisto, age 20, who was fleeing a hit-and-run accident in Lake Placid.  Go to full article

Nine heroin overdoses in one day escalate calls for change

This week NCPR is looking in-depth at the crisis of heroin use in rural New York and Vermont (hear those stories here.) Some officials say there needs to be a better way to track heroin overdoses and deaths. On Tuesday, nine people in Burlington overdosed in a single day, prompting calls for better coordination between police and healthcare experts.  Go to full article
Trooper Jackson writes out a ticket for talking on the phone while driving along Rt. 11 between Canton and Potsdam. Photo: Natasha Haverty
Trooper Jackson writes out a ticket for talking on the phone while driving along Rt. 11 between Canton and Potsdam. Photo: Natasha Haverty

How to catch a distracted driver

In 2001, New York passed its first law banning the use of handheld cell phones while driving. Thirteen years later, penalties keep getting tougher; points keep getting higher. Just last year the state added 300 new signs along roadways across the state with the message "it can wait."

But we aren't waiting. People keep texting and making calls on the road, and it's such a problem that two years ago Gov. Andrew Cuomo overturned an almost 20-year ban on unmarked police cars, introducing a fleet of Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (or CITE) vehicles just to crack down on distracted drivers.  Go to full article
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Distracted driving more likely to get you in trouble April 10-15

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State and local police are increasing patrols and checkpoints statewide from April 10 to 15 to encourage drivers not to use their mobile phones.

Authorities say "Operation Hang Up" combines anti-texting and cell phone law enforcement with advertisements to let people know about the push and convince them to obey the law.

The first offense is a minimum fine of $50. That can increase to $400 for the third offense.  Go to full article
Kodi Kadeem Beckles. This photo was used in the missing poster issued by lostnmissing.com
Kodi Kadeem Beckles. This photo was used in the missing poster issued by lostnmissing.com

Vigil held for Kodi Kadeem Beckles

A vigil was held last night in Plattsburgh for Kodi Kadeem Beckles, the SUNY Plattsburgh student found dead on Monday morning after a city-wide search.

Arlene Sabo, head of SUNY Plattsburgh's university police, spoke with WPTZ Channel 5 television.  Go to full article

Bodies buried in Stockholm yard ID'd as missing couple

STOCKHOLM, N.Y. (AP) State police say bodies dug up behind a mobile home in northern New York have been identified as a missing couple in their 80s.

Police say the bodies of Alvin and Betty Babcock were found buried in concrete-lined boxes on their property in the St. Lawrence County town of Stockholm, about 10 miles south of the Canadian border.  Go to full article
Among the stolen firearms was a Civil War-era musket. Photo: <a href="">Michael Noirot</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Among the stolen firearms was a Civil War-era musket. Photo: Michael Noirot, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Police seek help finding stolen guns in upstate NY

GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) Police in Fulton County are asking the public's help finding a Civil War musket and 11 other historic guns stolen from a Gloversville home.

The Gloversville Police Department tells local media outlets that two city residents were charged on Jan. 24 with stealing the guns during a burglary. The pair, 34-year-old Amy Simonds and 32-year-old Brandon Coopey, are in Fulton County Jail.  Go to full article
Warren County, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/5218592705/">Diane Cordell</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Warren County, NY. Photo: Diane Cordell, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Upstate NY man accused of killing estranged wife

LAKE LUZERNE, N.Y. (AP) An upstate New York man has been accused of killing his estranged wife with a knife.

The Warren County sheriff's office says 46-year-old Clifford Burns of Niskayuna was arrested after a brief car chase soon after 42-year-old Patricia Burns was attacked in her Lake Luzerne home at about 5 p.m. Tuesday.  Go to full article
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Photo: jpalinsad360, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY State Police target drunk driving at Christmas

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York State Police are joining a national crackdown on drunk driving during the holidays.

The goal of the initiative "Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest" is to maximize DWI enforcement efforts to prevent motorists from being injured or killed by an intoxicated or drug-impaired driver. Data show the holiday season is a particularly deadly time because of the increased number of drunk drivers on the roads.  Go to full article

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