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by Bob LaRue


January 30, 2015

STOCKHOLM – The body of a town of Stockholm woman was discovered yesterday morning, laying in the snow outside her home on Sullivan Road.  St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating, saying the case appeared to be an unattended death, and that no foul play was suspected.  The name of the woman was not immediately released, while the investigation continues and next of kin are contacted.  It was uncertain how long the woman might have been outside.  An autopsy was ordered to determine cause and approximate time of death.

MASSENA – Massena Electric customers could soon see the first rate increase in the company’s history.  Consultants reportedly told members of the Massena Electric Utility Board yesterday that an increase of three to six percent would help offset the rising costs of health insurance, pensions, materials, supplies and maintenance.  Massena Electric serves over 8,100 residential customers.  It has been in operation for nearly 34 years.

POTSDAM-CANTON – Clarkson University and SUNY Canton are jointly researching renewable wood heating systems that would improve energy efficiency in New York State.  Researchers at the universities are evaluating a new generation of wood pellet boilers that were developed in Austria and now are being manufactured in New York State.  The newer boilers are described as cleaner and more efficient than previous models.  One of the newer wood-pellet boilers is installed at the Walker Center at Clarkson University, while two more boilers are located in residences in the Potsdam area.  SUNY Canton is overseeing pellet boiler installations at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm in Canton. They say the new boilers serve as a tool to educate the community about different options for wood heating.

CANTON – An Ohio woman, formerly from Chase Mills, was sentenced yesterday to a maximum of four years in prison plus restitution, after admitting that she stole thousands of dollars from the local Wounded Warriors organization.  Forty-year-old Jill Kubik-McCabe was sentenced yesterday in St. Lawrence County Court in Canton, after a plea bargain with prosecutors.  She was arrested for keeping cash donations, and forging and cashing donation checks while assisting with fund-raisers for the program.  She was extradited from Ohio last July on charges of  first-degree scheming to defraud, second-degree forgery and third-degree grand larceny.  Restitution was ordered in the amount of $3,911.

MASSENA – A father and son from Brushton were arrested on drug charges in Massena, after a report of suspicious activity in the parking lot at WalMart in Massena.  Massena village police say 54-year-old Dean Cox and his 25-year-old son Paul were spotted by U.S. Border Patrol.  Police say they found the father in alleged possession of a hypodermic needle and four small bags of a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for heroin.  The younger Cox had allegedly been snorting heroin when police arrived.  Both are charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and p ossession of a hypodermic needle. During arraignment, both were remanded to St. Lawrence County jail – Dean on $2,000 bail or $4,000 bond, while Paul was sent on $1,000 bail or $2,000 bond.

MASSENA – A Massena woman was arrested for allegedly sending sexually-explicit images of herself to a 15-year-old boy over a period of nearly a year.  Massena village police arrested 26-year-old Barbra Goodreau after a complaint from the youth’s mother who reportedly found several contacts between the two while helping her son with his Facebook account.  The messages allegedly continued over an eleven-month period, starting last February.  Goodreau was arraigned in Massena village court and released to probation supervision, while awaiting further court action.

MASSENA -‑ A Massena man was arrested yesterday on a charge of fourth-degree stalking.  Massena village police say 35-year-old Christopher Patnode allegedly telephoned the victim repeatedly between September 17th and January 9th, despite being asked to stop.  Police say, in some instances, he allegedly just laughed until the woman hung up.  As part of their investigation, police traced phone calls over a two-week period.  Patnode was arraigned yesterday in Massena village court and released to probation supervision with a court order of protection issued.

POTSDAM – A Potsdam man was arrested yesterday for allegedly striking a female during a domestic argument.  St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies say 27-year-old Alonso Ellison allegedly struck the female in the head, during their dispute.  Ellison was also found to be in alleged possession of marijuana.  He was charged with second-degree harassment and unlawful possession of marijuana.  Ellison was arraigned in Pierrepont town court and remanded to St. Lawrence County jail on $500 bail or $1,000 bond, to reappear in court at a later date to answer the charges.  A court order of protection was also issued.

NEW YORK ‑‑ Five good government groups sent a letter to the four announced New York State Assembly Speaker candidates yesterday calling on them to agree to a public process in which the Assembly would hold one public forum where they lay out their views and visions for the future of the Assembly's operations, rules and policies. The groups have also reached out individually to the candidates and have asked that candidates respond to the request for a public forum by today.  The new speaker will succeed Sheldon Silver who stepped down after his arrest by federal authorities for undisclosed income.



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