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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

Saranac Lake and Lake Placid police discuss merger

Saranac Lake and Lake Placid may take a first step toward merging their police departments. Martha Foley has more.  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
Congressman John Sweeney
Congressman John Sweeney

Domestic violence charge rocks Sweeney race

The 20th congressional district race was rocked yesterday when two newspapers published reports of a domestic incident in December involving Republican incumbent John Sweeney and his wife Gaia, who goes by the name Gayle. The Albany Times-Union and the New York Daily News reported that Sweeney allegedly grabbed his wife by the neck. The development comes with just a week left in the campaign, as Sweeney faces the toughest re-election fight of his career against Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand. Brian Mann has the story.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake suspends police chief and two officers

The Village of Saranac Lake has suspended Police Chief Donald Perryman Jr. and two members of the village police department for incidents surrounding a car crash that occurred last fall. Perryman, Sergeant Bruce Nason and Officer Casey Reardon were notified yesterday that they've been suspended without pay. As Chris Knight reports, a separate criminal investigation into the matter is still pending.  Go to full article

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