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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

Town, county in spat over hiring of officers

TICONDEROGA, N.Y. (AP) _ Officials in a small Adirondack town are fuming after
the sheriff's office in a neighboring county hired half of the town's police
force.

William Grinnell, supervisor for the town of Ticonderoga in southern Essex County, says three of the six full-time officers are now working next door in Warren County. He says he's concerned that the larger law enforcement agency is purposely recruiting from the town's police force.  Go to full article
Belt Trauma Kit. Photo: <a href="http://www.z-medica.com/">Z-Medica</a>
Belt Trauma Kit. Photo: Z-Medica

Emergency kits distributed to New York officers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state is spending $2.7 million in federal grant money to distribute advanced first aid kits law enforcement officers can wear on their belts.

The military-tested "belt trauma kits" made by Wallingford, Connecticut-Based Z-Medica include gauze, a tourniquet, gloves and a "CPR shield" to help rescuers safely deliver breaths to people in cardiac or respiratory arrest.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/45478555@N05/4188517246/">Brandon Anderson</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Brandon Anderson, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Police: Driver intentionally hit New York trooper

CHENANGO BRIDGE, N.Y. (AP) Police say a pickup truck driver has intentionally hit a trooper conducting a traffic stop along a southern New York highway, killing him instantly, and has been charged with murder.  Go to full article

Storms damage rural towns in eastern New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The National Weather Service says investigators will examine storm damage in rural Schenectady County to determine if it was caused by a tornado or straight-line winds.

The weather service reports that trees and power lines were knocked down, several homes were damaged and a barn collapsed as strong storms moved through rural Schenectady and Albany counties between 3:30 and 4:30 Thursday afternoon. A tornado warning was in effect at the time, based on radar images.  Go to full article

Vermont school track team members escape bus fire

HINESBURG, Vt. (AP) A Vermont school track team has escaped safely from a burning school bus.

The coach of Bristol's Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School track team tells The Burlington Free Press newspaper Wednesday afternoon's fire burned the bus, the team's gear and the students' belongings.  Go to full article

Rate of seat belt use lower in Northeast Kingdom

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) Police in Vermont are enforcing seat belt laws to try to increase the use of seat belts, especially in the Northeast Kingdom.

The Vermont Highway Safety Alliance -- a collaboration of several state and private organizations -- is concerned that data from the Vermont Agency of Transportation shows that seat belt use is less than 78 percent in Caledonia, Essex and Orleans counties, compared to a rate of more than 84 percent statewide.  Go to full article

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