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Map of Ogdensburg (top), and with sex offender exclusion areas (below). Source: Matthew Flynn
Map of Ogdensburg (top), and with sex offender exclusion areas (below). Source: Matthew Flynn

Ogdensburg Considers "Pedophile-free Zone"

Sex offenders may be effectively barred from living in Ogdensburg. A proposed law would prohibit all sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school, park, playground, or licensed day care center. Such "pedophile-free zones" are becoming more popular around the country, and similar laws have been passed in Buffalo, Amherst and Cheektowaga, New York. Now State lawmakes are considering a bill in Albany. Gregory Warner reports.  Go to full article

'Serious Predator', Released from Prison, returns to Warren County

A violent felon originally from Queensbury was released from state prison in New Hampshire last week. And police in New Hampshire took the unusual step of alerting Warren County law enforcement that he would be returning. Gregory Warner reports on the man police call a 'serious predator', who served 26 years for stabbing a woman 19 times.  Go to full article

Some Ogdensburg Residents Protest Civil Confinement of Sex Offenders

Since 1998, Governor Pataki has proposed civil confinement legilislation that would enable New York State to civilly commit violent sex offenders after their release from prison. Republicans this year have pushed hard for such legislation this year, and lawmakers in Albany now seem close to a compromise bill. The governor's proposed budget provides $192 million for the project, the bulk of which would go towards capital costs to prepare 8 selected housing sites around the state to accept civilly confined sexual offenders as soon as October of 2006. One of those eight proposed sites is a building at St Lawrence Psychiatric Center, in Ogdensburg. As Gregory Warner reports, local residents aren't all happy about the idea.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Sex Offender Returned to Prison

A sex offender from St. Lawrence County who was to have been released Wednesday has instead been returned to state prison. The man is among a group of sex offenders Governor Pataki wants to detain involuntarily after they've served their time. Last week, a judge ruled the practice is illegal. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 11/23/05

A St Law County sex offender who was to be released sent back to prison. Change A Light Bulb Day, and other local energy initiatives. A brief history of canals and shipping. A ferryboat captain on Lake Champlain.  Go to full article

County Surveys Attitudes on Sex Offenders

If you live in St. Lawrence County, you may be getting a phone call to talk about sex offenders. The county's probation office is conducting a phone survey to find out people's attitudes about people who commit sex-related crimes. More than 250 sex offenders live in St. Lawrence County. About 100 of them are supervised by the probation office. Director Francine Perretta says the survey is part of an effort to better help victims and perpetrators of sexual assault and those who live near them. She spoke with David Sommerstein. She says the survey asks people to evaluate various statements.  Go to full article

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