BENCH WARRANT - MASSENA - Village police said Donald J. Jacobs of 412 state Route 37, Akwesasne, turned himself in on a bench warrant at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The warrant had been issued by Acting Village Justice James M. Crandall and alleged Jacobs had failed to appear in court as directed on a pending driving while intoxicated charge.
EXPIRED REGISTRATION - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Matthew V. Morris, 30, of Center Street, Massena, for operation of a vehicle with an expired registration and failure to wear his seatbelt at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday following a traffic stop on Center Street.
UNREGISTERED MOTOR VEHICLE - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Kaitlin C. Gilbo, 31, of Warren Avenue, Massena, for operation of an unregistered motor vehicle at 1:58 p.m. Wednesday following a traffic stop on Willow Street.
POTSDAM - Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $3.3 million has been awarded to seven research teams, including Clarkson University, to develop technologies that add resiliency and efficiency to New York state’s electric grid. These “smart grid” technologies will use innovative methods to enhance grid performance, reduce the risk of power outages and lessen environmental impacts and energy consumption, all while reducing the cost of power delivery.
Clarkson University will receive $381,000 for the design of a resilient underground microgrid in the village of Potsdam.
NYSERDA is partnering with Clarkson University, National Grid, General Electric, SUNY Potsdam and other local businesses to plan and design a large microgrid system to generate electricity for a number of entities in the village of Potsdam. The power system would supply electricity to Clarkson and SUNY Potsdam, along with Canton-Potsdam Hospital and National Grid’s Potsdam Service Center.
The region has been particularly susceptible to power outages due to winter storms and flooding, and the underground system would provide a localized source of power that would be more energy-efficient and resilient.
The National Weather Service has issued a special statement that rain and thunderstorms that have been moving across northern St. Lawrence and Franklin counties for the past hour may intensify this afternoon.
The statement said that brief periods of heavy rain are likely, accompanied by wind gusts up to 40 mph and hail up to the size of a dime.
People should be aware of the potential for heavy runoff into local streams and ponding of water in residential areas.
WADDINGTON - State Parks and Recreation officials are investigating a report a man was struck by lightning shortly before 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning at Coles Creek State Park.
New York State Parks and Recreation Thousand Islands Regional Director Kevin Kieff said he was made aware of the report Wednesday morning.
The man, who was not identified, was taken to Massena Memorial Hospital by the Waddington Volunteer Rescue Squad.
Mr. Kieff said he learned later Wednesday morning that the gentleman was going to be discharged.
“I spoke with staff at Coles Creek who had spoken with the man,” Mr. Kieff said. “He was being discharged and planning to return to the park.”
While social media reports indicate the man was camping at a tent site, Mr. Kieff said he could not confirm whether he was using a tent or a camper.
“We’re waiting to complete the accident report until we can talk to the gentleman involved,” Mr. Kieff said, adding, he’s glad the gentleman appears to be OK.
“We’re really glad it worked out this way and no one was seriously injured,” he said.
A heavy thunder and lightning storm moved through the Waddington area shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday.
CRIMINAL POSSESSION WEAPON - CLIFTON - Canton-based state police charged Jason M. Gilmour, 39, of Ogdensburg with a felony count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon after investigating a report filed with troopers at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The arrest was made at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday on the Benson Mines Golf Road. Gilmour was arraigned in local court and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.
STOLEN PROPERTY - MORRISTOWN - Ogdensburg-based state police charged Todd J. Tyo, 24, of Ogdensburg with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property Tuesday afternoon stemming from an investigation into a complaint filed with troopers May 28 from the town of Morristown. Troopers said the arrest was made at 410 Cedar St., Ogdensburg.
PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENTS - MALONE - State police investigated a number of property damage accidents around the region on Tuesday. Among those:
• J.M. Shariat-Panihi, 69, of Kingston and Jeannine A. Granger, 45, of Bombay were involved in a two-vehicle collision in the Cedar Commons parking lot off Route 11 in the town of Malone.
ONE INJURY - CANTON - Canton-based state police said one person was injured in a two-vehicle collision at 7:39 a.m. Tuesday on County Route 27 at County Route 25 in the town of Canton. Troopers said the vehicles were operated by Suzanne L. Burnette, 51, of Russell and Paul H. Sibbits, 55, of Canton.
NORFOLK - The railroad grade crossing on the Murphy Road is currently under repair according to St. Lawrence County Legislator Jason A. Clark.
Through traffic on the road has been restricted since late last week. The crossing was excavated on Monday and substructure work was initiated on Tuesday. Track replacement across the road grade and culvert work was expected to start on Wednesday. Final track work and paving is expected to be complete by no later than Friday with the expectation that the road will open that afternoon.
Late last year, Mr. Clark, Norfolk Town Supervisor Charles Pernice and Norfolk Highway Superintendent Larry Villnave met with representatives from CSX Transportation. The officials agreed that all of the deficient grade crossings located along the CSX main line in Norwood and Norfolk would be replaced or repaired by the end of the summer of 2014 to a standard that was safe and easily passable.
The next crossing in the Potsdam-Norfolk corridor to be repaired will likely be Cherry Street in Potsdam with work beginning next week. Mr. Clark said he continues to barter with CSX officials to address the crossings in disrepair throughout his district with an extra emphasis being put on the Mill Road in Norfolk.
“My colleagues at CSX remain true to their word and I think we as a collective community should be grateful to them for that,” Mr. Clark said. “I continue to press because several crossings remain extremely dangerous. The Murphy Road crossing was by far the worst and has comparatively taken the longest to repair. I continue to press the Mill Road because it has suffered the most continued damage, especially during the winter, since I sent my first letter in October.”
In the meantime, if people have concerns or questions, they should contact Mr. Clark at 617-312-8594.”
BENCH WARRANT - MASSENA - Village police picked up Alan M. Green, 22, of McCluskey Ave., Massena, on a bench warrant at 12:11 a.m. Wednesday on East Orvis Street. He was turned over to state police, who held the warrant.
UNLICENSED OPERATION - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Corbin J. Swamp, 19, of Christine Lane, Hogansburg, for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operation of a vehicle with no headlight and operation of a motor vehicle withou the required interlock ignition device following a driving while intoxicated conviction.
NO SEATBELT - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Dusty J. Huckle, 21, of East Orvis Street, Massena, for failure to wear his seatbelt at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday following a traffic stop on Liberty Avenue.
ASSAULT - NORWOOD - St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies charged Robert C. Philbrook, 26, of 466 Elliot Road, Norwood, with third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child Tuesday following an incident at his residence. He reportedly injured another man during an altercation and threatened bodily harm to a child. Philbrook was released on an appearance ticket for local court.
ASSAULT - COLTON - Two men face charges following a dispute between family members Tuesday on East Higley Road in the town of Colton.
St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies charged Morris Fifield, 22, of Colton with a felony count of second-degree assault following the incident on East Higley Road. He was arraigned by Pierrepont Town Justice Robert Camp and released under the supervision of the probation department.
Deputies charged Thomas Fifield, 41, also of Colton with second-degree harassment. He was released on an appearance ticket.
CELL PHONE - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Matthew J. Wurtzel, 23, of Plainview for using a mobile device while operating a vehicle at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday.
STOP SIGN - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Melody A. Brunet, no age provided, of Hermon for a stop sign violation at 2:42 p.m. Tuesday following a traffic stop on Leroy Street. Police allege Brunet failed to stop for a stop sign on Leroy at Cottage Street.
SPEEDING - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Ervin E. Francis IV, no age provided, of Plattsburgh for speed in zone (50/30 mph zone) at 9:05 a.m. Tuesday following a traffic stop on Maple Street.
The Police Blotter
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
0028 Patrols responded to Leroy Street to check the welfare of an intoxicated subject walking down the street. Arrangements made to get the subject back to their residence.
0755 Vehicle and traffic complaint.
0905 Patrol completed a traffic stop on Maple Street. Ticket issued.
1202 Theft of service complaint received. Investigation continues.
1433 Domestic Incident reported. Patrols dispatched.
1442 Traffic stop on Leroy Street. Ticket issued.
1515 Patrol completed a traffic stop on Elm Street. A verbal warning was issued.
1530 Patrols were requested by the Sheriff’s Office to check on a suspicious vehicle outside the village in a business parking lot that has been parked in the lot for several hours with people inside it. A patrol checked on the vehicle and found that the subjects had a legitimate reason for being there.
1548 Received a mental health pick-up order from Claxton Hepburn requesting patrols pick up an individual for an evaluation.
1550 Received a driving complaint.
1740 Traffic stop. Ticket issued.
1746 Dispatched Potsdam Rescue to a call.
1746 Dispatched a patrol to check on a dog left in a car. Dog was found to be in good health and not in any distress.
2230 Received a walk-in complaint of harassment.
2338 Records check completed for another law enforcement agency.