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St. Lawrence County Traffic Safety Program warns of bulky jackets, snowsuits for kids in car seats

CANTON – The St. Lawrence County Traffic Safety Program is warning those with small children that winter jackets and snowsuits can interfere with the proper harness fit of children in a car seat.


Part of Back Hannawa Road closed in Potsdam after tractor-trailer overturns

POTSDAM – Part of the Back Hannawa Road is temporarily closed because a tractor-trailer has overturned in the middle of the road. State police are redirecting southbound traffic onto the South Canton Road because the truck that appeared to be carrying salt or sand is blocking the road just south of


St. Lawrence County legislators oppose state bill that would allow online search history check for pistol licenses

CANTON – St. Lawrence County Legislators voted to oppose a proposed state law that would allow search history and electronic communications from as far back as three years to be considered when issuing pistol licenses.


State Police: 1 injured in dispute involving officer

WAVERLY — A State Police sergeant was arrested Jan. 11 after a domestic dispute, State Police say. State Police responded to a report of the dispute at 2:55 a.m. at a residence in the Town of Waverly, where it was determined that David H. Hart, 44, had engaged in a dispute and destroyed property in


St. Lawrence County approves contract extension for health insurance administration

CANTON – The St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators extended a contract with Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield to provide health insurance benefits to county employees. The measure was approved Jan. 2 at the organizational meeting.


Potsdam man charged with harassment in Parishville

PARISHVILLE — A Potsdam man was charged with harassment Sunday stemming from an incident reported to St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies Jan. 12. James W. Rabideau Jr., 53, was charged with second-degree harassment for allegedly grabbing the victim by the shoulder.


New St. Lawrence County Board will have greater political and gender balance

Elected officials were sworn in yesterday to the St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators. The start of the new year brings changes to the St. Lawrence County government. Among those changes are the two parties' balance of power within the board and an increase in the number of women legislators. Si


Canton Central School board approves senior trip to New York City

CANTON -- The Canton Central School Board of Education approved the senior trip to New York City. The approval was made at the board meeting on Jan. 10. The trip will be May 24-26. The cost will not exceed $856 per student, according to CCS Superintendent Ronald P. Burke.


Potsdam police cite three for driving infractions

POTSDAM — Potsdam police said they charged three motorists with driving infractions on Tuesday. Those charged included:. • Brian M. Gates, 20, Potsdam, was cited for third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation on State Street at 10:07 a.m.


St. Lawrence County Arts Council holding meet-the-artist event January 18th

POTSDAM - The St. Lawrence County Arts Council will hold a meet-the-artist event on Friday, January 18th, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the SLC Arts Gallery at the Potsdam Town Hall. Community members are invited to come as they are to meet artist Kevin Beary and view an exhibit of his work.


After split vote, Massena village hires contractor to take porch off of dangerous structure

MASSENA -- After some dissension among the trustees, the village board on Tuesday voted 3-2 to partially tear down a burned structure that has been deemed a public safety hazard.


Convicted killer, sexual offender Shrubsall set to return to New York State

He first gained notoriety after killing his mother on the eve of his high school graduation. Niagara Falls native William Shrubsall later fled to Canada to dodge a sexual assault conviction but got in trouble there for numerous crimes. He will soon be heading back to the United States but local auth


‘Mentoring Madness’ at Malone Middle School

MALONE — Students at Malone Middle School met with Middlebury College students and local professionals on Monday as part of a regional mentoring program. The school district set aside two periods in the middle of the day for “Mentoring Madness,” when sixth- and seventh-grade classes could talk about


Hearing set for Tuesday to discuss removal of Massena Memorial Hospital Board of Managers chair

MASSENA — A member of the Massena Memorial Hospital Board of Managers who was removed from the board by Town Supervisor Steven D. O’Shaughnessy will have an opportunity to fight her dismissal next week.


Opinion: Child poverty shows people care less about life after birth, says Potsdam resident

In response to “Great Abortion Battle is Upon Us” which ran in the Jan. 9-15 issue of North Country This Week: If anti-choicers worry so much about "life," where is their fight for universal pre-natal care, -- essential to increasing babies' survival rates? Where is the single-payer system guarantee


Two charged with theft in Massena

MASSENA -- Village police say they recently charged two people with theft:. • Susan F. Lapierre, 65, of East High Street, Norfolk was charged with petit larceny at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.


Fairfield County Residents Charged With DWI In NY State Police Stops

New York State Police troopers busted nearly two dozen local motorists who were allegedly driving while impaired in the area over the past week. On Friday, Jan. 11, State Police troopers from Rhinebeck arrested Gerard V. Ollis, 43, of Poughkeepsie, for DWAI Drugs. He was traveling on Route 9 in Rhin


Clarkson U. chemistry professor publishes paper in leading journal

POTSDAM -- A scholarly paper by Clarkson University’s Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science Dr. Mario Wriedt was recently published in Chemistry of Materials, a leading journal of the American Chemistry Society.


Massena couple charged with contempt

NORFOLK — State police on Jan. 12 charged James M. Plourde, 26, of 103 Hough Road, and Adriannah M. Sirles, 21, of 230 East Orvis St., both of Massena, each with a count of misdemeanor second-degree criminal contempt. Mr. Plourde was also cited with operating a motor vehicle without an inspection ce


13 drivers cited over four days in Massena

MASSENA -- Village police say they cited 13 drivers between Friday and Monday:. • Rhonda A. Owens, 40, of Woodlawn Avenue, Massena was charged with suspended registration and inadequate breaklight at 3:50 a.m. Monday on North Main Street.