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Parents charged after 2-year-old found on road

HORICON, N.Y. (AP) Authorities have charged the parents of a 2-year-old girl with endangering the welfare of a child after a motorist found the toddler walking along an Adirondack road at night.

The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports that state police say a motorist spotted the girl around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday along Route 8 in the Warren County town of Horicon, 70 miles north of Albany.  Go to full article
The driver "reportedly became drowsy" before the fatal accident.

Watertown: infant's death blamed on fatigued driving

State police say a car accident on I-81 near Watertown early Saturday morning claimed the life of a five-month-old child.

According to a statement, officials are blaming the accident on "drowsy" driving.

"Investigation revealed that 21 year old Quartez Smith...reportedly became drowsy," police said. "His vehicle, a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer, left the roadway and traveled into the median striking an earth embankment."

After flying airborne, the vehicle struck a portable DOT sign, then overturned several times before coming to a rest in the median.

Smith and two adult passengers were transported to Samaritan Medical Center, where they were treated for minor injuries, according to police.

The infant was airlifted to a hospital in Syracuse, but was later pronounced deceased.

The family, from Virginia, was traveling through the North Country after visiting relatives in London, Ontario.

According to State Police, an investigation of the accident is still underway. They say they were asisted by Jefferson County Sheriff's officers, the Watertown Fire Department, as well as other emergency crews.  Go to full article
Andre LaFlamme, a paramedic in Lac-Megantic, remembers July 6 2013 as "hell."  He stands on a ceremonial boardwalk outside the destroyed area known as the "red zone."  Photo:  Monique Cornett
Andre LaFlamme, a paramedic in Lac-Megantic, remembers July 6 2013 as "hell." He stands on a ceremonial boardwalk outside the destroyed area known as the "red zone." Photo: Monique Cornett

One year later: sorrow, hope and hard work in Lac-Megantic

Early Sunday morning in a small town in eastern Quebec, thousands of local residents held a midnight vigil for the victims of one of North America's deadliest train accidents.

One year ago, an American-owned tanker train carrying crude oil from North Dakota derailed and erupted in Lac-Megantic. The flames incinerated the community's downtown. Forty-seven people died.  Go to full article
Cherry Grove Pier in North Myrtle Beach during Hurricane Arthur. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/lekeiner/14586771773/">Louis Keiner</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Cherry Grove Pier in North Myrtle Beach during Hurricane Arthur. Photo: Louis Keiner, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Disaster readiness program pools community knowledge and experience

The National Weather Service predicts 2014 will be a relatively tame hurricane season, but already, this July 4th saw Hurricane Arthur brushing the North Carolina coast.

Significant hurricanes like Sandy and Irene as well Tropical Storm Lee, have led Governor Cuomo to order training so New Yorkers can be their own first responders.

The Inovation Trail's Jenna Flanagan spoke with the head of the state Department of Homeland Security, Jerome Hauer, who's leading the creation of the Citizen Preparedness Corps.  Go to full article
A train of oil tankers. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/11072040@N08/6184231577/">Russ Allison Loar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A train of oil tankers. Photo: Russ Allison Loar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Plattsburgh rally to demand stop to dangerous crude oil trains

This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of a train derailment that killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. This Saturday, local activists will gather in Plattsburgh to commemorate the tragedy. Protestors will rally against crude oil shipments by rail through Plattsburgh, the Adirondack Park and along Lake Champlain.  Go to full article
Neighbors tried to save the children but were turned back by "intense heat and smoke."

Two children dead in Clinton County fire

State officials say two children died Monday night in a fire in the Clinton County community of Harkness near Keeseville.

A 911 call was made Monday night at 9:30. State police, along with fire and EMS crews from Keeseville, Peru and other nearby communities responded and found the home on Clintonville Road "engulfed in fire."

When the fire was out, seven year-old Tucker Burnham, and four year-old Payden Burnham were found dead in the wreckage.  Go to full article
State officials worked on Friday to recover a second body missing in the West Branch of the Ausable River.   Safety lines were laid to allow crews to work in the "Flume" area where fast currents were swollen by heavy rains.  Photo:  courtesy NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation
State officials worked on Friday to recover a second body missing in the West Branch of the Ausable River. Safety lines were laid to allow crews to work in the "Flume" area where fast currents were swollen by heavy rains. Photo: courtesy NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation

Second student's body found in Ausable River

The body of Michael Lawson was found Sunday afternoon by state rescue divers working in the west branch of the Ausable River.

Lawson was a Plattsburgh High School junior. He and another Plattsburgh High student drowned on Thursday while swimming near 'the flumes" during high water.

The body of Taoufik Maknani, age 17, was found late Thursday. Maknani was a popular two-sport star at the high school. He would have graduated over the weekend.

The recovery effort involved state police divers, Environmental Conservation crews, and local fire and rescue workers. It concluded Sunday when Lawson's body was recovered.

"Essex County Coroner Francis Whitelaw responded to the scene and authorized removal of the body to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake for an autopsy to be conducted [on Monday]," said State Police in a release.

Both teenagers have been mourned during vigils and graduation ceremonies in Plattsburgh over the weekend.  Go to full article

Man dead after disturbance at Indian Lake church

State police are investigating an altercation at St. Mary's Church in Indian Lake over the weekend that left one man dead and two parishioners injured. Officials say Hamilton County sheriff's deputies and state police were called to the church just before 5 pm Saturday.

They found 44-year-old Jason Berg of Indian Lake unresponsive. Efforts by the local volunteer ambulance crew to revive him were unsuccessful and Berg was declared dead at the scene.

According to a statement issued by state police, Berg allegedly entered the church and started "shouting obscenities and throwing objects" at parishioners.  Go to full article
US Sen. Charles Schumer. Photo: Julie Grant
US Sen. Charles Schumer. Photo: Julie Grant

US Sen. Schumer wants tighter trucking regulations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) In the wake of an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that injured actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is launching a plan to keep tired truck drivers off the road.  Go to full article

Church members safely escape fire on Grand Isle

GRAND ISLE, Vt. (AP) State police say members of a church in Grand Isle safely escaped a fire that broke out in the basement during their services.  Go to full article

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