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Police body armor. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/bisgovuk/5737156828/">Mark Prisk</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Police body armor. Photo: Mark Prisk, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

State Police, local cops get new bulletproof vests

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Nearly $300,000 has been awarded to help the New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies purchase 708 new bulletproof vests.

The New York Attorney General's office announced the funding on Thursday.  Go to full article
Naloxone syringe. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Naloxone_%281%29.JPG">Intropin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Naloxone syringe. Photo: Intropin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Police at 12 SUNY colleges to get heroin antidote

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Public safety officers on 12 State University of New York campuses will soon be equipped with the heroin antidote naloxone.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the $27,000 in funding will come from a program that reimburses police departments with money seized from drug dealers and other criminals.  Go to full article
Photo: Natasha Haverty
Photo: Natasha Haverty

Local residents respond to Amish girls kidnapping

It's been six days since the two Amish girls were kidnapped from their family's roadside vegetable stand. People in this rural part of St. Lawrence County have been living crime up close. Natasha Haverty spent some time in Hermon, where the alleged kidnappers are from. Yesterday, she spoke to residents there. She joined Todd Moe this morning.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence Co. Sheriff Kevin Wells at a press briefing Thursday. Photo: David Sommerstein
St. Lawrence Co. Sheriff Kevin Wells at a press briefing Thursday. Photo: David Sommerstein

Abducted Amish girls safely returned home

Update to this story: "Police: 'no details' in search for suspects in Amish kidnapping"

Two missing Amish girls have turned up safe about 24 hours after they were apparently abducted from their family's roadside farm stand in St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article

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

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