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CSX's upgraded and faster rail crossing passes right by dozens of houses in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein.
CSX's upgraded and faster rail crossing passes right by dozens of houses in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Ritchie: CSX "less than responsive" on rail safety in Canton

State Senator Patty Ritchie says she's still waiting for freight rail company CSX to provide more information about the hazardous materials being transported through villages like Canton and Potsdam. And she's calling for Governor Cuomo to expand his investigation into rail safety to include the North Country.  Go to full article
Photo: Village of Massena
Photo: Village of Massena

NY court to consider acceptable police lies

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Police lie to suspects.

Now New York's top court is considering whether they go too far by claiming a dead victim is still alive.

The question is whether that's so deceptive that it amounts to coercion and therefore disqualifies any incriminating statements from a suspect that follow.  Go to full article
Archive Photo of the Day 2/28/12: Lizette Colon Haenel, Canton NY.
Archive Photo of the Day 2/28/12: Lizette Colon Haenel, Canton NY.

Salt on roads, salt in groundwater

Harsh winter weather events bring with them a downpour of salt, de-icing sidewalks, walkways and roads.

It's a regular chore and rock salt is a cheap, popular and effective fix for slippery footing.

But once winter is over and the spring thaw sets in, a secondary effect sets in. This is what becomes of road salt after the snow melts.  Go to full article
Lake effect snow. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/31064702@N05/3061220270/">Dawn Huczek</a>, Creative C0mmons, some rights reserved
Lake effect snow. Photo: Dawn Huczek, Creative C0mmons, some rights reserved

Upstate NY braces for gusty wind, bitter cold

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) After an interval of mild, rainy weather, upstate New York is about to be socked again with gusty winds, lake-effect snow and wind chills plunging well below zero.

The National Weather Service has posted high wind warnings Monday morning for western New York, where gusts of up to 60 mph could bring down some trees and power lines.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nikrowell/3202293273/">nikrowell</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: nikrowell, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Travel bans lifted, weather emergency continues

Some light snow continues to fall across much of New York this morning but what's getting the attention of anyone who goes outdoors is the bitter cold.

Greece, in Monroe County has seen the heaviest snow so far, at 18 inches.

A state of emergency remains in effect this morning across much of the state.  Go to full article
A Canadian Forces search and rescue helicopter plucks to safety a crane operator trapped by the fire. Photo: @ChisinKingston via Twitter, used with permission
A Canadian Forces search and rescue helicopter plucks to safety a crane operator trapped by the fire. Photo: @ChisinKingston via Twitter, used with permission

Damaged crane poses collapse hazard in Kingston

KINGSTON, Ont. Authorities in Kingston say a charred crane towering above the remains of a building that burned in a massive fire on Tuesday remains a major concern.

Kingston fire chief Rheaume Chaput says the crane was damaged by heat from the blaze, and officials have cordoned-off a "collapse zone" in case it crashes down.  Go to full article
C.J., an explosive detection dog in current service. Photo: NYS Police
C.J., an explosive detection dog in current service. Photo: NYS Police

NYS police add 13 canine units to force

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York State Police Canine Unit is up to 77 teams.

That includes another 13 units who graduated Tuesday from Canine Handler Basic School after 20 weeks of training.

The graduates, who began serving on Nov. 26, include members from the New York State Police, Albany County Sheriff's Office, Oswego Police Department, St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department, Schenectady County Sheriff's Office, and Warren County Sheriff's Office.  Go to full article
A Canadian Forces search and rescue helicopter plucks to safety a crane operator trapped by the fire. Photo: @ChisinKingston via Twitter, used with permission
A Canadian Forces search and rescue helicopter plucks to safety a crane operator trapped by the fire. Photo: @ChisinKingston via Twitter, used with permission

Kingston building fire prompts evacuation, helicopter rescue

KINGSTON, Ont. A number of Kingston residents hope to return home today after being evacuated due to a massive fire.

The blaze broke out yesterday afternoon in an apartment building under construction and trapped a crane operator high above the blaze for more than an hour. A military helicopter crew rescued the man from his perch and police say he suffered only minor injuries.  Go to full article
Snowmobile track on Lake Couchiching, Longford, Ontario. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/84614046@N00/4351889564/">Robert Snache</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Snowmobile track on Lake Couchiching, Longford, Ontario. Photo: Robert Snache, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

OPP: Ice not yet safe for recreational vehicles

The OPP and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs are reminding snowmobilers that no ice can be considered safe to ride on with a snowmobile.

They say this is especially true this winter when ice is forming earlier than usual in many areas and may look safe, but is not yet thick or strong enough.  Go to full article
Police agencies are advising commuters to allow some extra time as a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing drizzle spreads across upstate New York. Photo: Nancie Battaglia
Police agencies are advising commuters to allow some extra time as a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing drizzle spreads across upstate New York. Photo: Nancie Battaglia

NY expected to get snow, ice from storm system

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Police agencies are advising commuters to allow some extra time as a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing drizzle spreads across upstate New York.

The National Weather Service has posted winter weather advisories from Buffalo through Albany area and south throughout the Hudson Valley through Monday morning.  Go to full article

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