99 NEWS HEADLINES FOR WEDNESDAY, 3/11/09
FIRST DRAFT POTSDAM SCHOOL BUDGET HAS 1 PERCENT LEVY HIKE, 580-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO BE CUT--Superintendent Pat Brady told the Board of Education last night a 1-percent levy hike means tax rates would go down next year. Spending would go up 2.68 under the current draft.
PRINT MEDIA REPORT SAYS POTSDAM TOWN OFFICIAL SUSPENDED WITH PAY FOR SEXUAL HARRASSMENT ALLEGATIONS--The Courier-Observer quotes sources that say Code Enforcement Officer Mike Weller has been suspended as the result of ultimatums from female employees demanding something be done. Town officials said little Tuesday, Town Attorney Frank Cappello is quoted as saying they are obligated by law not to divulge details but there is an ongoing situation involving Weller and the union that represents him.
DOG-SHOOTING INCIDENT BRINGS FELONY ARREST FOR RENSSELAER FALLS MAN--State Police arrested 36-year-old John Harrison of Mayhew Road on a count of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, alleging he used a sniper rifle to shoot a neighbor's dog in a nearby field Saturday afternoon. Troopers say Harrison made threats to kill the dog before the incident. The pet was not expected to survive. Harrison was released on a ticket for Depeyster Town Court.
DEC ALLEGES MANURE SPILL FROM LISBON FARM INTO ST. LAWRENCE RIVER--WWNY-TV7 is reporting the state agency is looking into whether WoodCrest Dairy is negligent in what DEC believes is a runoff of liquid fertilizer from a frozen field into a ditch that empties into a stream, that empties into a river bay. Odors have reportedly been noticed in Red Mills.
Sally Frederick--73--Potsdam. Services 10am Fridat at St. Mary's Church, Potsdam. Arrangements are with Garner Funeral Home, Potsdam.
Neal Frysinger--62--Canton. Services 4pm Thursday at O'leary Funeral Home, Canton. Calling hours Thursday 2-4pm.
Rita LaVare Bell--61--Chase Mills. Services to be announced at a later date; calling hours at Hammill Funeral Home in Winthrop tonight 6-6pm.