99 NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, 11/30/11
NATIONWIDE UPTICK IN "BLACK FRIDAY" SHOPPING FELT HERE--St.Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Pat Mc.Keown told 99 News Tuesday the national 7 percent increase in holiday season kick-off shopping last week was seen in the county; over the year 2009-2010 sales tax revenue as a direct impact of shopping was up by a million dollars. Mc.Keown says she would like to think that a nationwide trend back toward more hand-made, local gift-giving is the reason, not the increased availability of big-box retail in Northern New York the past few years. Mc.Keown says the local gift-giving market is especially good for the "foodie"--with locally made chocolates, maple goods, wines, and other high-quality eating readily available at competitive prices.
50-THOUSAND-DOLLARS CASH BAIL OR 100-THOUSAND-DOLLARS BAIL BOND FOR ACCUSED BURGLAR--Massena-based State Police arrested 35-year-old Willie Moses Monday on felony counts alleging he illegally entered two locations, one in Louisville and the other in Norfolk this past July.
ACCUSED FRANKLIN COUNTY THIEF NOW FACING CHILD ABUSE ALLEGATION IN MASSENA--State Police in Massena arrested 19-year-old Kaitlyn Clark of Chateaugay on counts she allegedly put pepper in the mouth of a six-year-old she was babysitting this past summer, allegedly denied the child water and struck her bare buttocks...all as reported punishment for misbehavior. Clark faces a felony theft charge in Franklin County alleging she participated in a purse theft.
CHILD ABUSE ALLEGATIONS IN ANTWERP LEAD TO FELONY ARREST FOR DOWNSTATE WOMAN--Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 22-year-old Tiffany Jesmer of Newfield, Tompkins County Monday on a count of Criminal Sexual Act and other, lesser counts alleging forcible, deviate sexual relations and beatings upon a 14-year-old girl. Jesmer was jailed in Watertown.
ALLEGED POTSDAM SHOPLIFTER SOUGHT--Sheriff's Investigators have published on northcountrynow.com and other locations a surveillance image of a male subject accused of committing several recent larcenies at the Potsdam Wal-Mart. Anyone with information is asked to contact the office at 379-2222.
Elmer James--79--North Carolina; former longtime music director for Potsdam Central School and founder of the North Country Preservation Jazz Band. Services to be held August 12, 2012 in Ocean Isle Beach, NC
George Edwards--86--Potsdam. No services or calling hours; arrangements with Seymour Funeral Home, Potsdam.