by Bob LaRue
July 28, 2015
CANTON – St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome Richards has issued a “Protective Order” or gag order against any further public or media discussions by attorneys on both sides in the Oral “Nick” Hillary murder case. Judge Richards ordered that there be no disclosures “either directly or indirectly, regarding any information contained in the discovery files turned over to the defense counsel...to ensure that the integrity of the evidence is not compromised and to ensure both parties receive a fair and impartial jury and fair trial." The gag order was requested by county District Attorney Mary Rain. Hillary’s trial is currently slated to get underway on November 30th.
NEW YORK – With their current contract due to expire at the end of the week, Verizon workers across nine states, including New York, are bracing for a possible strike. The existing contact for both Communication Workers and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is due to expire at the strike of midnight on August first, which covers approximately 39,000 workers in its hard-wired business for fixed-line and FiOS internet services. Verizon says their contract proposal includes four-percent wage increases, benefits and a lump-sum payment at the end of the contract period. However, in a non-binding survey of CWA union workers, 86-percent said they would back a strike action. CWA Local 1124 represents several hundred workers in the North Country. They are reportedly upset over Verizon’s plans to out-source and out-contract work, so as to eliminate several thousand jobs, cut pensions and benefits, and raise medical benefit costs.
UNDATED – Air conditioning units and swimming pools will get a workout this week across the North Country and northeastern United States, as a heat wave settles in over the region. The high temperatures will hit the 90s for the longest stretch so far this year, and for the first time this summer for most parts of northern New York. With the high humidity and scorching sunshine taken into account, temperatures could feel like more than 100 degrees. The peak of the heat and humidity is expected on Wednesday, but will likely fall short of breaking any long‑standing records. However, the stifling heat can still be dangerous. Weather and health experts advise staying hydrated, wearing sunblock and not working for long periods outdoors during the peak hours of the day. Local temperatures are expected to peak in the 80s through the end of the week, then cool down into the 70s next week.
MASSENA – A Massena woman was injured yesterday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident on State Route 37 near Haverstock Road in Massena. State police say a vehicle driven by 66-year-old Anita Tyo of Massena crossed into the eastbound lane where it struck a vehicle – operated by 56-year-old Linda Bennett of Massena – in the driver’s side door and pushed it off the road. Tyo reportedly complained of leg and back pains. There were no other injuries reported. The accident remains under investigation and charges are expected to be forthcoming.
PARISHVILLE ‑ St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies reported Monday the arrest of 37-year-old Matthew Clouthier of Parishville, following an investigation into an alleged domestic incident. Deputies say Clouthier was arrested over the weekend at his Catherine Street home for third-degree menacing and endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned in Parishville town court and released to probation supervision, pending a later court date.
MASSENA – Yesterday’s early-morning power outage in downtown Massena was reportedly caused by a squirrel. Massena Electric Department reported that the squirrel made contact and blew a fuse near Woody’s General Store on East Orvis Street around 7:00 a.m. yesterday. Service was temporarily interrupted for about 320 people. However, it was restored in about 20 minutes by MED crews.
NORFOLK – Norfolk town officials are upset that St. Lawrence County legislators have denied a request by Norfolk’s First United Methodist Church to take over an abandoned, rundown property next to the church on West Main Street. The county foreclosed on the parcel due to unpaid property taxes. The church has offered to buy the parcel for a dollar, tear down the dilapidated house and clean up the rest of the property. The church would then build a food pantry and thrift shop on the parcel, to house the current operations in Norfolk and Raymondville, which are said to be short of space. County officials voted 11-1 against the proposal and said church officials, if they want the property, should bid on it at the county’s annual tax auction on September 12th.
INGLESIDE – The Canadian government announced yesterday that it was investing an additional $100,000 to support a revitalization and conservation efforts at the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary along the St. Lawrence River. The Bird Sanctuary in Ingleside, Ontario, offers more than 8 kilometers, or six miles, of self‑guided nature trails where visitors can get up close to nature seeing countless species of birds, wildlife and natural habitat. The funding will be used to pay for the boardwalk improvement project. Regional Parliament member Guy Lauzon said, “This will allow us to proceed with Phase 2 of the project which includes the second span of the Red Wing Trail. It will also allow us to begin development work on Phase 3 for the Blue Heron Trail. This is an important project that will make the nature trails safe and accessible for the thousands of visitors who come here each year.“