99 NEWS FOR FRIDAY, 7/8/11
RITCHIE: PEOPLE SEEM TO BE IGNORING IMPORTANT PART OF TAX CAP LAW--48th State Senate District representative Patty Ritchie told 99 News Thursday school districts and governments throughout the district are complaining about the 2 percent or CPI cap, while not considering the fact a council has been set up to examine state mandates and refer legislative options to Governor Cuomo to ease them. Ritchie says the mechanism has safeguards that guarantee results in a timely fashion, and relief local governments and schools so desperately need, and that taxpayers need, will come.
POTSDAM MAN WITH ALLEGED BAC OF .24% STOPPED, ARRESTED--Potsdam Police pulled over a vehicle on Grove Street during the midnight hour early this morning. 24-year-old Garrett Burr was found at the police station to have an alleged blood-alcohol content three times the legal limit. Burr was charged with Aggravated DWI and Failure to Keep Right, and released on court tickets.
WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES REPORT: SYNAGOGUE SIGN VANDALISM IS HATE CRIME--A report in the paper earlier this week about damage to the monument in front of Congregation Beth-El on Market Street in Potsdam is believed by the Congregation to be inspired by enemies, Nazi sympathizers and Holocaust deniers. The monument was first knocked over, and later flowers pulled up and placed on it like a gravestone. Police believe it to be the handy-work of drunken college students. ALSO FROM THE SAME NEIGHBORHOOD--Police are invstigating a series of vandalisms on Elderkin and Maynard Streets, where vehicle license plates were removed or damaged, and many garbage cans tipped over. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 265-2121.
CAMP OWNED BY MASSENA RESIDENT BELIEVED SET ABLAZE BY LIGHTNING--Firefighters from Bangor and surrounding communities were called about 3:45 Wednesday afternoon to Reynoldston Road in Bangor, to a seasonal residence owned by Massena resident Richard Billings. It is believed a lightning strike traveled down a utility wire and set the camp ablaze. The first floor was lost; the second floor extensively damaged.
HEUVELTON MAN CHARGED WITH FIVE COUNTS ALLEGING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, 42-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL CARR OF DOLLAR ROAD ALLEGEDLY HAD AN ALTERCATION WITH A FEMALE AND BROKE A CELL PHONE IN FRONT OF 3 CHILDREN. CARR WAS ARRAIGNED AND RELEASED ON COURT TICKETS
STATE POLICE IN OGDENSBURG ARREST 16-YEAR-OLD TREVOR JAMESON OF NEW YORK AVENUE FOR ALLEGEDLY HAVING A STOLEN DIRT BIKE. THE BIKE WAS PAINTED AND ITS VIN NUMBER PARTIALLY SCRAPED OFF. JAMESON ARRAIGNED AND JAILED ON 1000 DOLLARS CASH BAIL OR 2-THOUSAND-DOLLARS BAIL BOND
BOX OF HUMAN REMAINS FROM CANADA FOUND FLOATING IN ST.LAWRENCE RIVER--Troopers in Ogdensburg told us yesterday the box, from a crematorium in the Ottawa area, was located in the water off Red Mills in the Town of Lisbon during the 6 o'clock hour Wednesday evening. St.Lawrence County Coroner Jamie Sienkiewycz told us the box is best described as a 'temporary urn' for remains; the box is to be returned to the deceased person's loved ones as soon as possible.