COUNTY COURT WARRANT - MASSENA - Village police picked up Timothy M. Campbell, 28, of 500 Dishaw Road, Madrid, on a county court bench warrant at 4:57 p.m. Tuesday. Campbell was taken into custody when he was making an appearance at Massena Village Court. He was transported to the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, pending arraignment in St. Lawrence County Court.
SPEEDING - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Cody C. Meacham, 18, of North Lawrence for speed in zone at 1:53 p.m. Tuesday following a traffic stop on East Hatfield Street.
While the final Thursday of November brings to mind the smell of roasting turkey and the sound of a happy family gathering, the final Wednesday of the month often means cars packed with kids and luggage.
This Wednesday, the primary travel day for Thanksgiving, will arrive with a bit of harsh weather. While Northern New York figures to avoid any tremendous snowfall, much of the East Coast where friends and family members could be driving from will be affected.
Here’s a look at the forecast for Wednesday in prominent areas that are home to Northern New York friends and family:
n New York City: The rain will come before 10 a.m., turning into snow before 1 p.m. That mix of wet snow and rain will slow travel into the afternoon, but the worst conditions will be toward evening into the night as snow falls.
n Binghamton and Albany: Snow will arrive about 7 a.m. and could be heavy at times throughout the morning and into the afternoon. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches is possible.
n Boston: The rain, or a mix of wet snow and rain, before noon will slow travel into the afternoon. The worst conditions will be toward evening into the night, with new snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible before midnight.
n Worcester, Mass., and Concord, N.H.: Snow will fall by 1 p.m. and conditions will worsen from late afternoon into the night. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
n Philadelphia: With a high near 41 degrees, expect plenty of rain before 4 p.m., with the worst conditions coming in the evening as rain changes to snow. Roads will become slippery.
n Harrisburg and Scranton, Pa.: Snow will come after 7 a.m. and should accumulate about 5 inches, with the worst conditions during the day into the evening. Roads will be snow-covered and slippery.
n Washington, D.C., and Baltimore: Expect rain before 10 a.m., then rain and snow between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The mix of wet snow and rain will slow travel in the morning and worsen throughout the afternoon and evening.
State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald encouraged motorists to adjust Thanksgiving travel around the expected winter weather and to check 511NY before departing to get the latest traffic and winter road conditions.
The 511NY website features a winter travel advisory system, with real-time travel reports and a color-coded map indicating which state roads are snow covered, ice covered, wet, dry, or closed to help drivers determine if travel is advisable. The system provides updated snow and ice conditions for interstates and other heavily traveled roads, as reported by snowplow operators.
The free 511NY travel information system is accessible 24 hours per day by calling 511 or visiting www.511NY.org. The service provides real-time traffic conditions and links to information about air, rail and transit services.
GOUVERNEUR — A Gouverneur native recalls that after scratching off her winning $1 Million a Year for state lottery ticket, she continued with her plans that day: a trip to the Awkwsasne Mohawk Casino with her sister-in-law.
Judy E. Brown, 62, Watertown, was presented Tuesday with an oversized check by state lottery officials at the Valentine Nice N Easy, 238 W. Main St., where she bought a $30 scratch-off ticket from a machine Aug. 29.
“Oh yeah, let’s get the big check,” Mrs. Brown joked as Gretchen Dizer, a representative from the New York State Lottery, formally announced her prize.
Several family members and others looked on.
The award is for at least $20 million over her lifetime, broken down into annual payments of $800,000, according to lottery officials.
After required withholdings, she will receive a net check totaling $529,440 year for the rest of her life.
Mrs. Brown, a retired nurse, has decided to share her winnings with two brothers, Richard C. Whalen, of Murphy, N.C., and Michael H. Whalen, of St. Augustine, Fla. They each will receive $100,000, which amounts to $66,180 per year after taxes.
She said her plans also include donating funds to her church, Gouverneur Presbyterian, and the Gouverneur Museum.
“This is my hometown,” Mrs. Brown said, noting that she also intends to move back to Gouverneur.
Mrs. Brown said she buys lottery tickets every day and has been fairly lucky in the past at winning smaller amounts, but the prize attached to this ticket was difficult to comprehend.
She was parked in the driveway at the Gouverneur home of her sister-in-law, Elaine J. Burt, when she scratched off a $10 ticket followed by the lucky $30 winning ticket.
“I was in shock,” Mrs. Brown said. “I ran in the house and said, ‘Elaine, look at this. It doesn’t look right.’”
After she signed the ticket and put it in Ms. Burt’s safe, the two headed on their way to the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, Hogansburg.
A few days later, she traveled with one of her brothers to the Lottery’s Schenectady Service Center to verify her winning ticket.
Richard Whalen said he initially thought the ticket was fake.
“I thought it was amazing, an astronomical amount of money,” he said.
Michael Whalen described his sister’s decision to share her winnings with her brothers as “quite a gift.”
“I don’t think she realizes how drastically her life is going to change,” he said. “This (Gouverneur) is a community of 5,000 people.”
So far this year, Mrs. Brown is the 117th New Yorker to claim a New York Lottery prize of $1 million or more, lottery officials said.
During fiscal year 2013-14, the New York Lottery has contributed $28,413,162.79 to school districts in Jefferson County. Statewide, it contributed $3.17 billion that year to help support education in the state.
The lottery’s contribution represents 15 percent of total state education aid to local school districts and is distributed to school districts by the same formula used to allocate other state aid for education. A school district’s size and income level are major factors, with larger, lower-income districts receiving proportionately larger shares.
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF - MASSENA - Village police charged Angela M. Mercado, 31, of 90 East Hatfield St., Massena, with a felony count of second-degree criminal mischief Monday evening following an investigation into an incident that took place Sept. 8 at Softtail’s bar, East Orvis Street. Mercado reportedly kicked and broke the glass in a back door at the establishment. The damage was estimated at $3,917. Court documents indicated an argument started inside the bar at 2 a.m., and bar employees ushered the crowd outside, where a fight started. Mercado, reportedly seeking to locate her boyfriend, demanded to be let back inside the locked door. When bar employee didn’t comply with her request, she reportedly kicked and broke the door. She was arraigned by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and released after posting $2,500 cas bail.
PETIT LARCENY - POTSDAM - Village police charged Jacqueline L. Paige, 32, of Potsdam with petit larceny Monday morning stemming an investigation into an incident on Oct. 19 when she allegedly entered an office at one of Canton Potsdam Hospital’s facilities and stole a wallet. The wallet was recovered, police said.
The Police Blotter
Monday, Nov. 25, 2014
0446 Patrol responded to the Prosh Lot for a parking complaint.
0945 Patrol responded to a property damage accident on Market Street.
1109 Patrol responded to a medical alarm at 3 Debra Drive. It was determined to be false.
1110 Issued Jacqueline Paige a ticket for petit larceny.
1206 Patrol responded to a noise complaint on Spring Street. A verbal warning was issued.
1216 Patrol contacted the staff when a sign was blown off the front of a business in the high wind.
1416 A local business reports a shoplifting incident that took place last night.
1555 Patrol responded to CPH for a reported hit and run property damage accident.
1700 Assisted a local business with a problem.
1818 Dispatched a patrol to a burglar alarm at a local business.
2238 Patrol reports investigating suspicious activity at a business on Market St.
2352 Potsdam Rescue dispatched to a call.
BURGLARY - NORFOLK - Massena-based state police charged Darrell L. Freeman, 21, of Norfolk with third-degree burglary Monday following an investigation into to a burglary that occurred Sept. 15 at Lavigne’s Garage, Norfolk.
Freeman was arraigned in Norfolk Town Court and released under the supervision of the probation department.
DWI - GOUVERNEUR - Gouverneur-based state police charged Dillon P. Vallance, 23, of Lisbon with driving while intoxicated and ticketed him for making an unsafe lane change at 3:27 a.m. Tuesday following a traffic stop on Route 11 in the town of Gouverneur.
DISORDERLY CONDUCT - BOMBAY - Malone-based state police reported Tuesday had charged Neil M. Winters, 33, of Bombay with disorderly conduct after responding to a disturbance complaint at 11:06 p.m. Nov. 20 at 203 County Route 1. He was arraigned in local court and sent to the Franklin County jail, Malone, with bail set at $250. He was released from custody the next day.
ONE INJURED - PIERREPONT - Canton-based state police said one person was injured in a one-vehicle rollover reported at 8:33 a.m. Monday on County Route 24, near Selleck Road, in the town of Pierrepont. Troopers said the vehicle was operated by Jessica A. Burns,19, of Potsdam. Colton Rescue received mutual aid from Parishville and Potsdam rescue squad units on the call. The injured person suffered a back injury, according to emergency services radio transmissions.
PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENTS - CANTON - State police investigated a number of property damage accidents Monday around the region. Among those:
• Paul C. O’Keefe, 64, of Moira and Egya N. Chinbuch, 36, of Malone were involved in a two-vehicle collision at 1:29 p.m. on Route 11 at County Route 24 in the town of Malone.
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - GOUVERNEUR - Gouverneur-based state police charged Mackenzie T. Daniels, 25, of Dekalb with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana at 8:48 a.m. Saturday following a traffic stop on Route 11 in the town of Gouverneur.
PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENTS - CANTON - State police investigated a number of property damage accidents on Saturday around the region. Among those:
• Shannon L. Wallace, 40, of Watertown at 4:58 p.m. on Route 12, near Duck Cove Road, in the town of Hammond.
UNLAWFUL POSSESSION - MASSENA - Massena-based state police charged Angus L. LaBorgne, 27, of Irving with unlawful possession of marijuana at 2:50 p.m. Sunday at the U.S. port of entry in Rooseveltown.
He was turned over to troopers by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers after they found he was in possession of a small quantity of marijuana during a secondary inspection at the port of entry. He was released on an appearance ticket.
PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENTS - CANTON - State police investigated several property damage accidents on Sunday around the region. Among those:
• Aleesha M. Crobar, 37, of Heuvelton and Henry L. Stampel, 59, of Massapequa were involved in separate accidents reported at 5:18 p.m. on state Route 12, near Atwood Road, in the town of Morristown.
CRIMINAL POSSESSION - ROSSIE — State police on Saturday charged Marcus Jackman, 39, Pennellville, with two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia.
Troopers said that about 7:30 p.m. on County Route 10 in the town of Rossie, Mr. Jackman was a passenger in a 2003 Kia Rio driven by Julie A. Parks, 35, same address, who was heading north when she was stopped by troopers for inadequate headlights. During the traffic stop troopers allege that a state police K-9 was alerted to the vehicle and Mr. Jackman was found in possession of four Suboxone films, two buprenorphine hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride pills and five wax envelopes containing heroin.
Ms. Parks was cited with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed operation, and inadequate headlight.
Both Ms. Parks and Mr. Jackman were arraigned in Rossie Town Court and were released on their own recognizance.