99 News Headlines for Monday, August 24th 2009:
DEGRASSE PIPE BOMB--St. Lawrence County Sherriff Detectives arrested Ronald "Jody" Dancause, 41, of 1920 County Route 20 DeGrasse, on Sunday for First Degree Arson, a Class A Felony, as well as 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Class D Felonies & Misdemeanor Falsely Reporting an Incindent in the 3rd Degree. It's alleged by by county investigators that Dancause tossed a pipe bomb into his own garage around 1:30am Saturday morning and then called police reporting someone else threw the pipe bomb into his garage. Dancause was arrested at the scene by the Sheriff's office while assisted on site by the St. Lawrence County Hazmat Team, St. Lawrence County Bureau of Fire, the New York State Police Bomb Disposal Unit & DeGrasse Fire and Rescue. Dancause was arraigned before Russell Town Justice Sandra Gotham and ordered held on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bail bond.
MASSENA LAND DEAL-- The Massena Town Board has agreed to sell 16 acres of land on the St. Lawrence River to a developer looking to build condominiums with boat slips. Great Laker Development, a partnership between Perra Excavating's Jeff & Mark Tyo and Richard E. Maginn of Heritage Homes, will pay $450,000 for the Route 131 land parcel. According to Maginn the plan is to build 36 condos on the first parcel with private boat slips. Great Laker though is at present unsure of how many condos will be built on the second parcel. The only other bid for the property the Town acquired from NYPA in 2003 was for $220,000.
SUSPICIOUS DEATH-- A suspicious death over the weekend in Ogdensburg had City Police looking into the death of Nathan S. LaJoy. He was pronounced dead at the Claxtop-Hepburn Hospital early Saturday morning with an autopsy planned for today to determine the casue of death.
LOUISVILLE WINDMILL MORATORIUM-- The Louisville Town Board has passed a 1-year moratorium on the installation of windmills to give the Planning Board an opportunity to draft laws to regulate the structures. Before passing the moratorium, the board did hold a public hearing about the issue but no objections were raised at the hearing.
COUNTY RABIES BAIT DROP-- Beginning this Friday the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department & U.S. Department of Agriculture will be distributing rabies vaccine baits, in rural area helicopters will be used while the baits in more populated areas will be distributed by hand. The program's focus is on raccoon vaccination...Public Health officials said the baits should not be disturbed. But if you need to move them gloves should be used, also if you find any baits broken and leaking pink liquid they are no longer effective and should be thrown into the trash. More information about the bait can be found online at www.aphis.gov/wildlife_damage/oral_rabies or you can call the USDA Wildlife Services at 1.866.487.3297