99 NEWS HEADLINES FOR MONDAY, 3/30/09
RUSSELL: STATE BUDGET WILL BE ON TIME--118th Assembly District Representative Addie Jenne Russell told 99 News Saturday budget bills were in the process of being printed, and will be voted on by Wednesday. A three-way budget deal is expected to be unveiled late this morning.
POTSDAM EMBEZZLER PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL CHARGE--Sidney Belisle, a construction contractor who allegedly looted his employees' retirememt account in 2003, pled guilty to mail fraud Friday. He is expected to be sentenced to restitution of nearly 35-thousand dollars, a possible fine of up to a quarter-million dollars, and possible prison time. Mark and Kirk Mayette, Belisle's co-defendants in the case will stand trial in April.
STATE AG COMMISSIONER SAYS MAPLE POTENTIAL 'UNTAPPED,' LITERALLY--Patrick Hooker told 99 News Saturday New York has the most sugar maple trees in the nation, but only a small percentage of those trees are being tapped when compared to how many could be. He says the goumet food market in New York City is beginning to catch on to the idea that New England is not the only maple area.
MORE CHARGES FOR PARISHVILLE MAN ACCUSED OF DRUNKEN RAMPAGE--21-year-old Michael Russell, already facing numerous felony counts for allegedly smashing vehicles in Potsdam, damaging Parishville-Hopkinton Central School, and crashing into a utility pole, all while allegedly driving drunk March 13th; has now been charged with Criminal Tampering and misdemeanor criminal mischief alleging he struck several mailboxes in Unionville. The latest charges are answerable in Potsdam Town Court.
Ruth Trimboli--91--Norfolk. Services 10am Wednesday at St.Mary's Church, Potsdam. No calling hours; arrangements are with Buck Funeral Home, Norfolk.