MASSENA - The National Weather Service, Burlington, Vt., issued the following special weather statement Thursday morning.
A line of strong thunderstorms was moving through eastern St. Lawrence and Franklin counties at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The National Weather Service had said at 10:06 a.m. Thursday the line of thunderstorms was located from Waddington to Degrasse to 9 miles southwest of Star Lake moving northeast at 30 mph.
The National Weather Service had reported wind gusts to 40 mph and small hail up to dime size are possible with these storms. along with expect dangerous lightning.L ocations impacted include but are not limited to Potsdam, Raymondville, Norfolk, South Colton and Massena.
The statement from the National Weather Statement said if you are close enough to hear thunder you could be struck by lightning.
AKWESASNE - The St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Commission said Thursday that they have fire Police Chief Andrew Thomas following an internal audit.
In a press release issued Thursday, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe said:
On July 24, 2014, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Commission terminated the chief of police, Andrew Thomas.
Stemming from an inquiry from a community member about the practice of the department to accept only cash payments for towing and storage fees upon impoundment of vehicles, an investigation into the practice was launched by the tribe’s chief financial officer. When requested documentation was not provided, the CFO notified the tribe’s compliance officer and an internal audit process commenced.
The integrity of records received by the tribe’s Finance Department warranted the suspension of Mr. Thomas. Formal disciplinary charges were filed on July 7, 2014. The charges included gross misconduct and disregard of tribal and regulatory policies, failure to abide by the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department policies and procedures, failure to reconcile receipts and funds per the procurement policy and personnel policy violation.
Following a disciplinary hearing held on July 15, 2014, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Commission, in a unanimous vote, terminated the employment of Mr. Thomas.
The Police Commission, comprised of five community members, is responsible for oversight of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department. The Police Commission takes its role as an independent oversight body for the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department very seriously and is committed to protecting the integrity of the department and of the policing services provided by the committed officers and personnel of the department.
The Police Commission provided the following statement concerning the termination:
“We believe that the investigation conducted by the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal corporate compliance officer and the tribal chief financial officer has been thorough and has identified all personnel responsible for the fund.
“We will continue to take appropriate steps to ensure the integrity of the department and to provide the community of Akwesasne with a professional and effective law enforcement agency that supports the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe’s duty to maintain the health, safety, education and welfare of all members of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe by addressing issues of misconduct when they are brought to our attention.
“The investigation occurred as a result of a community member making an inquiry. The commission assures the community that any complaint or inquiry regarding the conduct of the department will be properly investigated and steps will be taken to address any issues or potential issues that arise.”
NORFOLK - The railroad grade crossing on the Mill Road is currently under repair, according to St. Lawrence County Legislator Jason A. Clark.
Through traffic on the Mill Road was restricted on Wednesday due to grade work that will be completed by Tuesday at the latest. The Mill Road crossing is among the worst of the crossings that CSX Transportation agreed to repair last fall. The St. Lawrence County Department of Emergency Services was notified of the closure mid-day Wednesday.
HARASSMENT - MASSENA - Massena-based state police charged Jacquis D. Harris, 26, of Massena with second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child Wednesday following an investigation into a domestic dispute complaint filed with troopers July 25 from the town of Massena.
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF - MOIRA - Malone-based state police charged Bruce K. Waite, 44, of Bangor with a felony count of third-degree criminal mischief Thursday following an investigation into a domestic dispute reported at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday at 357 Russell Road in the town of Moira. Waite allegedly vandalized the victim’s vehicle by slicing the tires on the vehicle and dismantling several items inside the vehicle’s engine compartment. He then fled the scene in his 1992 Ford F-150.
Approximately one mile from the scene, troopers said Waite failed to stop at a stop sign and left the roadway in front of a residence at 160 County Route 17, Moira. After striking the residence’s landscaping, Waite fled the scene on foot. The state police K-9 responded to the scene but search efforts were unsuccessful.
Waite later turned himself in at SP Malone. He was charged with criminal mischief and reckless driving and ticketed for speed unreasonable and failure to stop for a stop sign. Waite was arraigned at the town of Moira Court and committed to the Franklin County Jail with bail set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond. He is to reappear Monday in town of Moira Court.
State police were assisted by United States Border Patrol.
PETIT LARCENY - MALONE - Malone-based state police charged Jordan S. Reynolds, 24, of Moira with petit larceny after responding to a shoplifting complaint at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday from the town of Malone.
ONE INJURED - BANGOR - Malone-based state police said one person was injured in a three-vehicle collision reported at 3:37 p.m. on state Route 11B at County Route 10 in the town of Bangor. Troopers said the vehicles were operated by Breanna J. Rouselle, 21, of Malone; Nicholas W. Arcadi, 31, of Norwood; and Deborah R. Holmes, 56, of North Bangor.
PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENTS - MALONE - State police investigated a number of property damage accidents around the region on Wednesday. Among those:
• Paulette R. Roque, 65, of St. Regis Falls and Gary Douglas Dumas, 76, of Malone at 12:26 p.m. on Airport Road at Route 11 in the town of Malone.
• Michiyo Reardon, 59, of Bombay at 11:45 a.m. on Frye Road at County Route 4 in the town of Fort Covington.
FELONY DWI - MASSENA - Massena-based state police charged Scott M. Baxter, 37, of 145 Beach St., Massena, with a felony count of driving while intoxicated and ticketed him for speed in zone (44/30 mph zone) following a traffic stop at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday on East Orvis Street. He reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.13 percent. A blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher is considered proof of intoxication in the state. The charge is elevated to a felony because Baxter allegedly has a previous DWI conviction within the past 10 years. Court documents indicated Baxter was convicted in July 2005 of driving while intoxicated in the town of Greece in Monroe County.
Baxter was arraigned on the felony DWI charge early Thursday morning by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and released under the supervision of the probation department.
St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender Steve Ballan appeared with Baxter at his arraignment. Following discussions with St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney A. Michael Gebo, Mr. Ballan waived his client’s right to a preliminary hearing and asked to have the case sent up to superior court for possible grand jury action.
The Police Blotter
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
0155 Patrols responded to a report of a disorderly subject at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.
0650 Patrol responded to a burglar alarm.
0847 Patrol completed a traffic stop. A verbal warning was issued.
0927 Report of a car vs. bicycle accident at intersection of Washington and Market Street.
1048 Report of power out on Walnut Street and Market Street. National Grid advised.
1339 Handicapped parking permit was issued to a town resident.
1341 Potsdam Fire and Potsdam Police were dispatched to Clarkson University for an alarm activation. Following report of a possible chemical spill, Potsdam Rescue was dispatched for standby.
1354 Patrol dispatched to Price Chopper parking lot for report of a dog in a vehicle.
1448 Patrol completed a traffic stop on Pierrepont Avenue. A verbal warning was issued.
1600 Report of the larceny of an iPad. Investigation continues.
1700 Found property turned in.
1851 Patrol responded to a medical alarm on Debra Drive. It was determined to be an accidental activation.
2042 Patrol completed a traffic stop on Market Street. A verbal warning was issued.
2214 Patrol completed a traffic stop on Maple Street. A verbal warning was issued.