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The car wash in Herkimer where two people were killed Wednesday. Photo: Google street view
The car wash in Herkimer where two people were killed Wednesday. Photo: Google street view

"Community comes together" after Herkimer shooting

It was 25 hours between the time a shooting spree started in a small town Barber Shop, and a shootout with police in an abandoned building, that led to the death of 64-year old Kurt Meyers. State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico says police had tried to coax Meyers out of the building during an all-night standoff, before deciding to go after him soon after daybreak.  Go to full article
The car wash in Herkimer where two people were killed Wednesday. Photo: Google street view
The car wash in Herkimer where two people were killed Wednesday. Photo: Google street view

Residents "puzzled" about why Herkimer suspect went on shooting spree

Update: The AP reported at about 8:40 this morning that police had killed suspect Kurt Myers in a shootout. Details and updates on this story in the Inbox blog.

Residents of southern Herkimer County are puzzled about why a 64-year-old loner allegedly went into a barbershop and opened fire in a burst of violence that would eventually leave four dead and two critically wounded Wednesday.

Hundreds of police are locked in a standoff with suspected gunman Kurt Myers in the village of Herkimer this morning.

David Sommerstein joined us for the latest on the situation.  Go to full article
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
Tim Burke at the 2006 Turin Olympics. Photo: Nancie Battaglia
Tim Burke at the 2006 Turin Olympics. Photo: Nancie Battaglia

Paul Smiths' Tim Burke leads international biathletes heading into the Vancouver Olympic Games

The 2010 Winter Olympics begin in Vancouver in less than two months and it looks like at least one North Country athlete will be ready.

Biathlete Tim Burke, from Paul Smiths, claimed the lead this weekend in overall world cup standings. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Trooper shot investigating domestic disturbance

State and local police rushed to the scene of a fatal shooting on Rt. 56 about a mile north of Potsdam shortly after 4 this afternoon. According to St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole Duve, a trooper who was shot in the shoulder while investigating a domestic disturbance returned fire and killed her assailant. Troopers at the roadblock near the scene confirm that a man is dead, and a female trooper was shot and airlifted to a Burlington Hospital. The trooper's name and condition have not been not released.

Duve told WWNY-TV the trooper was confronted by a man with a shotgun as she responded to a report of a domestic dispute. The man shot her, the trooper returned fire, killing the man. The man's name was not released. The incident happened around 4:20 pm. Neighbors near the scene were told to leave the area shortly before 4:30.  Go to full article

Trim case takes unexpected turns

In the aftermath of the firefight that killed trooper David Brinkerhoff and Travis Trim, attention focused on a lost arrest warrant issued for Trim in December in St. Lawrence County. Trim was placed on probation after a misdemeanor conviction in 2005.
Last fall, he allegedly violated probation by drinking and using drugs. An arrest warrant was issued December 29th, but it never reached local, county or state police.
Friday, county Probation Director Francine Perretta told Jonathan Brown no one knows what happened to the warrant.
She said the state division of probation and correctional alternatives will be in the county this week to investigate.  Go to full article

Friendly fire now blamed for trooper's death

The state trooper killed Wednesday in the search for 23-year-old fugitive Travis Trim may have died from friendly fire, according to a state police spokesman.
Trim holed up inside a house in the Catskill Mountains a day after allegedly shooting and wounding another trooper.
David Brinkerhoff was in the middle of what authorities now describe as a chaotic fire fight outside the house and a bullet from a colleague's gun may be responsible for the trooper's death.
Questions - and blame - are swirling over the arrest warrant issued in December for Trim.
After being convicted in 2005 of misdemeanor charges for petit larceny, Trim violated his probation by allegedly drinking and using drugs.
St Lawrence County Probation Director Francine Perretta says no one knows where the warrant went, but it never made it to police.
Jonathan Brown asked her if this case will change the way the county handles warrants.  Go to full article

Former SUNY Potsdam student with gun worries some on campus

Rumors spread quickly across Potsdam yesterday after police released information on what they called "an incident" involving a former student and a gun. To learn more, Jonathan Brown called SUNY Potsdam and talked to spokesperson Deidre Kelly.  Go to full article

Watertown Cop Sought in Off-duty Shooting Surrenders

An off-duty police officer who allegedly shot and wounded a man in what appears to be a domestic dispute has turned himself in. Martha Foley has details.  Go to full article

Deadly Confrontations: Can Agencies Intervene?

Martha Foley talks with two mental health professionals about what could have been done to avoid last Friday's fatal confrontation in Morristown. Can agencies intervene, and when? Martha talks with Karen Easter, Director of the crisis intervention program, Reachout, and Julie Degone, Director of Community Services for St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article

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