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Police Chief Ed Tischler has said police will release more information when it becomes available.
Police Chief Ed Tischler has said police will release more information when it becomes available.

Garrett Phillips' death declared a homicide

Potsdam police said Friday in a press release that 12-year-old Garrett Phillips' death has been listed as a homicide in initial autopsy reports.

The release said other information will be made available when the final report is received. The police say they are investigating leads, and they haven't listed a suspect or person of interest in the investigation.  Go to full article
Potsdam police chief Ed Tischler speaking to reporters Wednesday night. Photo: John Stanford
Potsdam police chief Ed Tischler speaking to reporters Wednesday night. Photo: John Stanford

Police offer few new answers in boy's death

At a press conference Wednesday night, Potsdam police chief Ed Tischler said his department is continuing to investigate the death of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips, but that no new information had emerged since he spoke to reporters that morning.  Go to full article
A forensics team investigated the scene of Garret Phillips' death Tuesday morning.
A forensics team investigated the scene of Garret Phillips' death Tuesday morning.

With little new information, police, others, work to stifle rumors about Garrett Phillips' death

Potsdam Police had little new information on Garrett Phillips' death at a press conference Wednesday morning...and Chief Ed Tischler was at pains not to provide information that would fuel speculation.

Tischler went over the facts: Police were called to the apartment where Phillips lived with his mother on Monday evening at about 5:00, and found him unconscious. EMTs performed CPR and took Phillips to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead three hours later, at 8:08.  Go to full article
State forensics investigators at the scene of Garret Phillips' death
State forensics investigators at the scene of Garret Phillips' death

Potsdam police investigate the death of 12-year-old boy

There's not much more known today about the death of a 12 year-old boy in Potsdam Monday. Police in Potsdam say Garrett Phillips was alone in his mother's apartment early Monday evening when neighbors reported hearing a loud noise and the sound of someone moaning for help.

When police officers and the manager of the apartment building entered the residence, they found the boy lying unconscious on the floor. He was taken to Canton-Potsdam Hospital, where he died around 7:20 p.m. Monday.

Rumors that his death was the result of an assault have circulated, but this morning, a spokesman at the Potsdam Police Department could neither confirm nor deny those reports. The department plans a press conference at 10. Nora Flaherty reports.  Go to full article
Police officers cannot talk to highway road crews right now. These challenges are something we face on a day-to-day basis.

Jefferson County plans emergency communications system upgrades

Federal workers reportedly complained about the inability to communicate during Irene, and following the recent earthquake, when cell phone networks went down. According to the Washington Post, many felt they were left in the dark, and agency leaders couldn't disseminate key information.

The Federal Communications Commission and wireless carriers report that 65-hundred cell sites were down along the East Coast during Hurricane Irene. Forty-four percent of Vermont's cell sites were down. The Post reports that confusion and a lack of coordination has federal employees worried that the government is still woefully unprepared for emergency situations.

Here in the North Country, Jefferson County is planning big improvements to its emergency communications system. The legislature just named a committee to research options and report back to lawmakers on the issue. Joanna Richards has more.  Go to full article

NYC gangs migrating North

Gang activity, including illegal drug trade, is up sharply in Glens Falls. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

State police in Ray Brook could add crime lab

New York State Police are planning a 13,000 square foot forensic crime lab and evidence storage facility at Troop B headquarters in Ray Brook. Plans for the building are currently being reviewed by the Adirondack Park Agency. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Trooper shot investigating domestic disturbance

State and local police rushed to the scene of a fatal shooting on Rt. 56 about a mile north of Potsdam shortly after 4 this afternoon. According to St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole Duve, a trooper who was shot in the shoulder while investigating a domestic disturbance returned fire and killed her assailant. Troopers at the roadblock near the scene confirm that a man is dead, and a female trooper was shot and airlifted to a Burlington Hospital. The trooper's name and condition have not been not released.

Duve told WWNY-TV the trooper was confronted by a man with a shotgun as she responded to a report of a domestic dispute. The man shot her, the trooper returned fire, killing the man. The man's name was not released. The incident happened around 4:20 pm. Neighbors near the scene were told to leave the area shortly before 4:30.  Go to full article

Trim case takes unexpected turns

In the aftermath of the firefight that killed trooper David Brinkerhoff and Travis Trim, attention focused on a lost arrest warrant issued for Trim in December in St. Lawrence County. Trim was placed on probation after a misdemeanor conviction in 2005.
Last fall, he allegedly violated probation by drinking and using drugs. An arrest warrant was issued December 29th, but it never reached local, county or state police.
Friday, county Probation Director Francine Perretta told Jonathan Brown no one knows what happened to the warrant.
She said the state division of probation and correctional alternatives will be in the county this week to investigate.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake board agrees to reinstate two cops

The Saranac Lake Village Board voted unanimously last night to reinstate a pair of village police officers. The men were suspended over allegations of misconduct surrounding an October 2005 car crash. The officers had been accused of driving after drinking alcohol and conspiring to cover up the incident. Martha Foley talks with reporter Chris Knight.  Go to full article

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