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62-year-old William Spengler is the alleged gunman in Webster, NY. Photo:  Monroe County Sheriffs Office via WXXI
62-year-old William Spengler is the alleged gunman in Webster, NY. Photo: Monroe County Sheriffs Office via WXXI

Gunman attacks, kills firefighters near Rochester

A Christmas eve shooting in a small town near Rochester has left two emergency responders dead and others wounded.

Authorities say the alleged gunman, William Spengler, laid an ambush for firefighters by setting a blaze and then lying in wait with a rifle or shotgun.

The shooting occurred in Webster, New York, near the shore of Lake Ontario.  Go to full article

Malone prison singled out in report on "extreme isolation"

A report released this week by the New York Civil Liberties Union calls for major reforms to the state prison system that would reduce the number of inmates held in solitary confinement or isolation.

According to the study, roughly 8% of state prisoners are being held in special isolation cells. Roughly a third of those solitary confinement cells, known as "special housing units," are located here in the North Country.

Critics say the use of solitary confinement by prison guards has spiraled out of control.  Go to full article
These bear paws were seized from an Asian market in Brooklyn last year (Source:  NYS DEC)
These bear paws were seized from an Asian market in Brooklyn last year (Source: NYS DEC)

New law regulates North Country trade in black bear parts for Asian markets

When black bear hunters head back into the woods this fall, they'll face new regulations that require them to document any parts of the animal that they plan to sell.

The new law went into effect this year. It's designed to help state and Federal officials crack down on black bear poaching.

It's still legal for hunters in New York to sell bear parts for use in Asian medicine and cooking, but the trade will be much more closely monitored.

Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
Last year, then state Sen. Darrel Aubertine spoke at a rally to save Ogdensburg Correctional (Photo: NYS Senate)
Last year, then state Sen. Darrel Aubertine spoke at a rally to save Ogdensburg Correctional (Photo: NYS Senate)

Ogdensburg waits to find out if state prisons will be spared

Governor Andrew Cuomo is preparing a final list of state correctional facilities that will close this year as part of his austerity spending plan.

That means prison towns here in the North Country are waiting on pins and needles, hoping their facilities aren't on the list.

Once the governor announces his decision, prisons could close within thirty days.

Brian Mann visited Ogdensburg. He found that people there are worried, but hopeful.  Go to full article
You're not a priest...you're no more than a common thug.

Former North Country priest sentenced to 20-25 years for child rape

A former priest convicted of raping two altar boys from the Glens Falls area has been sentenced to 20 to 25 years in state prison in Massachusetts.

Gary Mercure was traveling in that state with two boys from his North Country parish when he raped and assaulted them.

The attacks happened in the 1980s. Other children who were once under Mercure's care have since come forward to say that they were also molested.  Go to full article
Tower at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora (Source:  Wikipedia)
Tower at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora (Source: Wikipedia)

Does the North Country's prison industry have a future?

Tomorrow, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will unveil a plan to cut New York's budget deficit, which now stands at more than $11 billion. Cuomo's spending plan could hit nearly every part of the North Country's economy, from schools to hospitals. He's also considering massive layoffs, with as many as 10,000 jobs on the line statewide.

One state agency that could face the deepest cuts is the Department of Correctional Services. According to the New York Times, between six and ten prisons could be slated for closure. This morning, Brian Mann looks back at the changing debate over prisons and their role as an economic engine here in the North Country.  Go to full article
Former Assemblyman Chris Ortloff
Former Assemblyman Chris Ortloff

Ortloff sentencing tomorrow

After months of delay, former Plattsburgh Assemblyman Chris Ortloff is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow on charges that he attempted to have sex with two underage girls.

Ortloff was arrested in 2008 and has been behind bars since April of last year.

Federal prosecutors say he has been cooperating with police, who are pursuing other sexual predators.

Ortloff's efforts are expected to win him a reduced sentence.

But as Brian Mann reports the disgraced lawmaker still faces at least a decade behind bars.  Go to full article

Three decades after Minerva murder, a search for closure

State police have begun excavating a site in the Adirondack town of Minerva that they think may be a thirty-year-old murder scene.

A local woman named June Collard vanished in November of 1980. Last month, her former husband, Thomas Collard, allegedly confessed to killing her and hiding her body. As Brian Mann reports, local officials are working with police in an effort to find the victim's remains.  Go to full article
Sheriff Henry Hommes passed away Friday in Essex County
Sheriff Henry Hommes passed away Friday in Essex County

Veteran Essex County sheriff Henry Hommes remembered

Essex County's veteran sherrif, Henry Hommes passed away Friday night after a battle with cancer. Hommes was re-elected last year and was serving his thirteenth year in the post. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Bill curtailing Adirondack Park Agency enforcement power fails in Assembly

An effort by North Country lawmakers to limit the enforcement power of the Adirondack Park Agency failed to pass the state Assembly last week. The bill which passed in the Senate would have placed a ten-year statute of limitations on environmental and zoning violations.

As Brian Mann reports, supporters of the change say they'll bring it back next session.  Go to full article

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