99 NEWS HEADLINES FOR WEDNESDAY, 9/30/09
LEGISLATORS IN COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE HANDLING OF ANIMAL CRUELTY CASES--Don Peck, Chair of the St.Lawrence County Legislature Finance Committee, says it will look at the prosecution of animal abuse incidents. The Potsdam Humane Society approached the Committee Monday asking for action, as it feels the Sheriff' Department does an excellent job of making the arrests, but the District Attorney's Office then lets them gather dust.
23RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT COMPETITION NOW AN OFFICIAL RACE; SPECIAL ELECTION CALLED--Governor Paterson called the special election to fill the seat formerly held by John Mc.Hugh November 3rd, the same day as the general election.
TEST-OPTIONAL POLICY A GOOD THING, IN MOST CASES--Larry Casey, retired Director of Guidance at Canton Cantral School, told 99 News in an interview last week that policies such as SUNY Potsdam has announced beginning next year to make ACT and SAT scores optional on admissions applications, is humane in the sense it looks at the student's entire package of grades, involvement, and skills first before the results of one Saturday morning exam.
LOCAL SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT ARRESTED ON DWI CHARGE IN ST.LAWRENCE COUNTY--Harrisville Central Superintendent Rolf Waters was pulled over in the town of Pierrepont by Sheriff's Deputies Saturday. He allegedly had a BAC of .14%. Waters was charged with a misdemeanor drunken driving count and released on a ticket for town court.
FELONY COUNTS FILED IN CONSTRUCTION FRAUD CASE--Sheriff's Detectives charged 29-year-old Jacob Runions of Massena Tuesday on two counts of Third Degree Grand Larceny, alleging he took about 11-thousand dollars from a Russell family for work that was never done, and that he refused to pay it back when the services were undelivered. Runions was arraigned and jailed on 15-thousand dollars cash bail or 30-thousand dollars bail bond.
HORSES STRUCK AND KILLED BY VEHICLE ON BLACK LAKE ROAD--State Police in Ogdensburg say the vehicle driven by 61-year-old Terrence Myers of Gouverneur struck the horses that were in his lane on County Route 6 about 8:30 Monday evening. Troopers say Myers reported he could not stop in time to avoid them. A local Amish farmer owned the horses. Myers was unhurt.
Douglas Koen--49--Parishville. No services to be held; calling hours at Garner Funeral Home in Potsdam Thursday 7-9pm.