99 NEWS HEADLINES FOR MONDAY, 2/8/10
RUSSELL EXPRESSES DISAPPOINTMENT ABOUT POSSIBLE TOPS NORTH COUNTRY SELL-OFF--Addie Russell, 118th Assembly District representative told a near-capacity crowd at Massena Town Hall Saturday she feels duped by Tops Friendly Markets possible move to sell stores in Potsdam, Canton, Gouverneur, Massena, and other North Country locations to a non-union buyer. United Food and Commercial Workers Union represents most P&C-Tops employees. Russell says she had no indication a sell-off was even being discussed. Price Chopper is believed to be the non-union grocer that could get the properties.
HEUVELTON SHOOTING INVESTIGATED--State Police and St.Lawrence County Sheriff's Detectives are looking into what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot incident at a residence on State Street in Heuvelton about 8:20pm Saturday. The victim is believed to a male between 17 and 21; he was taken to Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg. No further information is available.
STATE'S HIGHEST COURT REJECTS OXLEY CASE--The New York State Court of Appeals has refused without comment to review a motion filed by the St.Lawrence County District Attorney's Office, based on a ruling by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court calling for a new trial on the 44-year-old Oxley of Ogdensburg, convicted of killing Bernard Trickey, Jr. with a baseball bat in 2005. Oxley's defense was successful in arguing before the appellate justices County Judge Jerome Richards refused to allow witness testimony that "Chase" Webb threatened to kill Trickey before the murder took place. A new trial is expected to start in March; until that time Oxley is in County lockup on bail.
VAUGHN CASE DISMISSED--42-year-old Lisa Vaughn of Carthage, convicted of third degree rape for having sex with a Gouverneur state prison inmate, was the subject of a January 29th ruling by St.Lawrence County Judge Jerome Richards that it would be 'manifestly unfair' for the conviction stand, while the sex crime cases aginst two others were dropped. DA Nicole Duve says there is a possibility the Vaughn case may see Grand Jury action in the near future.
CANTON WINTERFEST CHILI COOK-OFF BRINGS RECORD NUMBER OF ENTRIES--27 different chilis were tasted by the judges at the Canton VFW Saturday. Joyce Dalton of Canton, ironically the wife of the Canton Fire Chief, won the second year in a row. The event has raised thousads of dollars for the Fire Department since 1994; it has grown to one of the more popular events during Canton Winterfest. There were so many electric pots brought in by contestants on Saturday, the circuit breaker tripped the lights off twice.
Theresa French--83--Brasher. Services 11am Wednesday at St.Patrick's Church. Calling hours Tuesday 7-9pm at Hammill Funeral Home, Winthrop.