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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

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="">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="">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

Man damaged ambulance after garden driven over

SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y. (AP) State police say they arrested a 61-year-old upstate New York man after he threw a crowbar through the window of an ambulance because he thought the vehicle was damaging his organic garden.

Troopers say they were called late last Friday night to assist an emergency medical squad with a combative patient in the Saratoga County village of Schuylerville.  Go to full article

Boys tossed from flyaway bouncer still in hospital

SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) Police say two young boys who fell from an inflatable bounce house as it was swept skyward by gusty winds remain hospitalized in stable condition, with one in a medically induced coma with a head injury.

Police tell The Post-Star of Glens Falls that a 10-year-old girl and two boys, ages 5 and 6, were playing in the 10-by-10-foot structure at a South Glens Falls townhouse community Monday when it broke loose from plastic anchoring stakes.  Go to full article
13 fatalities were attributed to lack of helmet use and nine involved alcohol. Photo:  <a href="">fakeisthenewreal</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
13 fatalities were attributed to lack of helmet use and nine involved alcohol. Photo: fakeisthenewreal, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Off-road vehicle deaths spike in Ontario

Provincial police say off-road vehicle deaths have reached a four-year high and the force is concerned heading into the Victoria Day long weekend.

A total of 20 people died in off-road vehicle incidents in OPP jurisdiction during 2013 -- 13 of them attributed to lack of helmet use and nine involved alcohol.  Go to full article
Repair of a flood-damaged bridge. Photo: NYS DOT
Repair of a flood-damaged bridge. Photo: NYS DOT

NY lists 51 bridges needing upgrades, retrofits

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York officials have identified 51 bridges statewide most at risk from repeated flooding, saying they need upgrades and retrofits that will cost more than $257 million.

The bridges have been scoured and lost foundation materials like sand and rocks from around and beneath abutments, piers, foundations and embankments.  Go to full article

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