99 NEWS HEADLINES FOR FRIDAY, 6/24/11
RUN-DOWN PROPERTIES A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION BY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN COMMITTEE--The Committee had a lengthy discourse Wednesday about one of the classic Potsdam issues--substandard housing, mostly rental units occupied by students. Committee Member David Acker, CEO of Canton-Potsdam Hospital says the appearance of the Village is a key factor to whether people come to live or do business. He says a drive-through "windshield survey" he did with the help of Code Enforcement revealed by his count 111 run-down residences, over half on the main thoroughfares. He says paint alone would do a world of good for many of the houses; some only need minor work as most of them are architecturally-pleasing to the eye otherwise. Karen Collins, who represents Clarkson University on the panel says there needs to be an incentive to instill pride in place and motivate property owners to make the upgrades. Acker says it's surprising what property owners can do that will not increase the tax assessment.
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100-THOUSAND-DOLLARS CASH BAIL OR 200-THOUSAND-DOLLARS BAIL BOND FOR 35-YEAR-OLD JOSEPH GREENWOOD OF MOIRA, ACCUSED OF REPEATED FORCIBLE SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH A GIRL UNDER AGE 13. GREENWOOD ARRESTED AND ARRAIGNED ON FELONY COUNTS OF FIRST DEGREE RAPE AND FIRST DEGREE SEXUAL ABUSE
20-YEAR-OLD BRANDON DOBBS OF RENSSELAER FALLS PLEADS GUILTY TO FIRST DEGREE CRIMINAL SEXUAL ACT, ADMITTING HE FORCED A 13-YEAR-OLD TO PERFORM FELLATIO. DOBBS IS EXPECTED TO SERVE UP TO 4 YEARS IN PRISON AND EIGHT YEARS POST-RELEASE SUPERVISION
150-THOUSAND-DOLLAR GIFT TO CLARKSON UNIVERSITY FROM MASSACHUSETTS-BASED ALDEN TRUST WILL BE USED TO UPGRADE DIGITAL MEDIA FACILITIES
KAITLYN MONTE, 2006 CLARKSON SCHOOL GRADUATE IS THE NEW MISS NEW YORK, WINS 8500-DOLLAR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP. MISS NEW YORK IS THE STATE LEAD-UP TO THE MISS AMERICA PAGEANT
17-YEAR-OLD MIRANDA LARABY OF POTSDAM, A SUSPECT IN A COERCION CASE ALSO INVOLVING HER MOTHER IN WHICH THEY ALLEGEDLY FORCED A MAN TO SIGN OVER HIS CAR BY A THREAT OF TELLING POLICE HE SEXUALLY-ABUSED MIRANDA; NOW CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED CRIMINAL MISCHIEF FOR ALLEGEDLY BREAKING A REMOTE CONTROL UNIT DURING AN ARGUMENT OVER A RABBIT AT EVERGREEN PARK. LARABY ARRAIGNED AND RELEASED ON COURT TICKET
David Foster, Sr--72--North Lawrence resident. No calling hours or funeral service; arrangements with Hammill Funeral Home, Winthrop.