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by Bob LaRue


April 28, 2015

CANTON – The St. Lawrence County Legislature’s Finance Committee voted 10-4 yesterday to fill several county job positions, and moved the measure to the full board for final approval next week.  The committee agreed to fill a vacant assistant district attorney’s position, following the April 17th resignation of Otis Simon to take a position in a private law firm.  The resolution before lawmakers said, “The office of the district attorney is currently running at a dangerously low staffing level.”  The committee also approved filling the vacant assistant county administrator’s job, now that Ruth Doyle has succeeded  Karen St. Hilaire to the administrator’s position.

POTSDAM – Two bridges in downtown Potsdam are partially closed, as of today, requiring motorists to detour around the reconstruction site till sometime in November.  Preparation work on the Maple Street bridge has been underway over the past two weeks.  Now eastbound traffic headed for downtown will be detoured from Route 11 over to Market Street.  Westbound traffic going out Maple Street will still be allowed.  The two bridges, shoulders and sidewalks are being widened a new steel-and-concrete span, approaches will be repaved and new improved lighting will be installed, before the bridge is reopened in late fall.

TUPPER LAKE – Three Franklin County men have been arrested on assault and other charges in connection with the latest case allegedly involving the abuse of a client at Sunmount Developmental Center in Tupper Lake.  The three men are all employees at the center and are accused of attacking a 35-year-old disabled person.  State police say 23-year-old Callum King and 20-year-old Carter Hayes, both of Tupper Lake, along with 23-year-old Dylan Holmes of North Bangor, are charged with assault, endangering the welfare of an incompetent person and official misconduct.  Police say the three allegedly threw the male victim to the floor and struck him in the back and head.  King was jailed on $2,500 bail or $5,000 bond.  The other two men were released pending further court action.  The latest arrests bring the total to 11 people charged with assault on clients since the beginning of the year.

MASSENA – A Massena man was charged with taking his girlfriend’s truck without authorization and driving without a license.  Massena village police stopped 35-year-old Chad McGregor on East Orvis Street yesterday morning, charging him with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and second-degree aggraved unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.  The truck’s owner reportedly told police that McGregor has been refused permission several times because the did not have a license. He was arraigned in Massena village court and released in his own recognizance after posting $500 bail.

ST. LAWRENCE RIVER – A two-hour search for a possible boat in distress along the St. Lawrence River was ended early yesterday afternoon when authorities were unable to locate any boaters in trouble.  Emergency boat, aviation and dive crews spread their search from Massena to Ogdensburg, shortly after the U.S. Coast Guard received what it called "an uncorrelated distress call" at approximately 10:00 a.m.  Rescue crews from Massena, Waddington, Lisbon and Ogdensburg were dispatched, but the search was called off two hours later when no distressed boaters were located.

CANTON – A Rensselaer Falls man has been indicted for allegedly attempting to stab a woman last fall.  The grand jury indictment alleges that 43-year-old Girard Gillett allegedly swung a knife and cane within three feet of the woman, then struck her with both items before being restrained.  The incident allegedly happened last October.  Gillett was charged with first‑degree attempted assault, first‑degree reckless endangerment and second‑degree menacing. 


In a separate case, the grand jury indicted 49-year-old Ruben Quinones of Malone on charges of fourth‑degree grand larceny, second‑degree criminal trespass and third‑degree identity theft.  He is accused of unlawfully entering a Massena woman’s home last July, stealing an NBT card and using the card to make purchases without permission. 

CANTON – Two people have been indicted on drug-sale charges by a St. Lawrence County grand jury.  Authorities say 29-year-old Robert LaRock, Jr. of Gouverneur was named in a sealed indictment, following a lengthy investigation into the alleged sale of the prescription drug suboxone.  LaRock was charged with three counts of fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, along with one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell.  He was sent to county lockup without bail, while he awaits further court action. 


In a separate case, 38-year-old Brandee Arquiett of North Lawrence was indicted for allegedly selling cocaine.  Arquiett was charged with third-degree criminal sale and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  She was also ordered held without bail in St. Lawrence County jail, pending a future court date.

ALBANY – North Country Assemblywoman Addie Russell voted in favor of a bill that is designed to strengthen anti‑discrimination language in state law to ensure women are treated fairly in New York.  Russell said, “On average, women earn only 78 cents to every dollar a man makes for working the same job.”  She said, “It is unacceptable that in 2015 a woman does not earn equal pay for equal work... especially when many are the breadwinners supporting families.”



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