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Local and Regional News

by Bob LaRue


July 29, 2014

PYRITES – St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells says a deputy had pulled over another motorcyclist for speeding, just moments before 34-year-old Robert Taylor, Jr. of Waddington rode past on his motorcycle at a high rate of speed, then crashed just moments later when he failed to negotiate a curve on Northwoods Road near the hamlet of Pyrites in the town of Canton.  The deputy was reportedly operating a radar trap on County Road 21, after complaints of speeding motorcyclists. An eyewitness indicated Taylor looked briefly over his shoulder and the then accelerated as the patrol vehicle was entering the roadway.  However, Taylor was not being pursued at the time of the crash. He was pronounced dead a short time later at the Gouverneur hospital.  Authorities say Taylor was allegedly unlicensed and operating an unregistered motor vehicle at the time of the accident.

GOUVERNEUR – An inmate at the Gouverneur Correctional Facility is accused of forging a judge’s signature on a court document in an attempt to get out of prison. State police accused 38-year-old Robert Horton of using the forged document in hopes of overturning a Chemung County court indictment charging him with grand larceny. Horton is further charged with using the document to file a show cause order in St. Lawrence County Court in Canton, and later a motion to sue New York State, the State Department of Corrections and the Gouverneur Correctional Facility superintendent. He was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, and second-degree counts of perjury and criminal possession of a forged instrument. Horton was arraigned in Fowler town court and returned to the Gouverneur prison while he awaits further court action.

OGDENSBURG – An Ogdensburg man is jailed without bail for alleged possession of a sawed-off shotgun. State police arrested 39-year-old Jason Gilmour on a felony count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Troopers say Gilmour was found in alleged possession of a sawed-off, 20-gauge shotgun, during an incident in the town of Clifton.  As a previously-convicted felon, Gilmour is prohibited from possessing a firearm. He was previously convicted on an attempted arson charge in January of this year in St. Lawrence County Court in Canton. Gilmour was arraigned in Pierrepont town court and remanded to county lockup, pending further court action.

POTSDAM – The North Country is one of only five State Regional Economic Development Councils that was awarded a Hot Spot program to bring together area institutions, agencies and multiple businesses to create an innovation ecosystem across the northern New York region.  Clarkson University’s Shipley Center and its Peyton Hall Incubator administer the local program to advance technology transfer and support all aspects of start‑ups and expansion in the northern region.  Now, the Shirley Center has pinpointed several of the locations launch the Hot Spot Program, including at 351 East Orvis Street in Massena and locations in Ogdensburg, Plattsburgh, Watertown and Saranac Lake.  Each office will be open one day per week and staffed by a start‑up professional who will meet with entrepreneurs who have ideas for new businesses and need assistance. They will be able to help with information on area resources, forming a corporation, developing a business plan, commercializing products and growth.

IROQUOIS – Improvements to the Iroquois, Ontario Wastewater Treatment Plant are being touted now having the capacity to support the growing community, helping to clean up the St. Lawrence River and preserve the river’s ecosystem for years to come.  The $18.1 million upgrade was jointly funded by the Canadian and Ontario governments, along with the Municipality of South Dundas.  At ceremonies yesterday, officials said that after two years of construction, the facility now provides a secondary treatment process which improves the quality of wastewater released into the nearby St. Lawrence River and significantly reduce the amount of untreated wastewater discharged during wet weather conditions.

PAUL SMITHS ‑‑ Paul Smith’s College announced yesterday that Cathy Dove has been named the tenth president and first female president of their institution.  Dove has most recently been vice president of Cornell NYC Tech in New York City.  She will begin at Paul Smith's on September 1st.  Dove will succeed John Mills, who is retiring after 10 years at the college’s helm.

ALBANY – While Governor Andrew Cuomo broke his silence yesterday regarding allegations that his administration interfered with the anti-corruption Moreland Commission’s work, State Attorney General candidate John Cahill publicly demanded the state’s current AG Eric Schneiderman break his silence regarding his role in the scandal. It has been five days since the New York Times story, detailing the corruption scandal.  Cahill accused Schneiderman as being “complicit in political interference” and said,  “he sold out his office, sold out those he deputized and sold out the people of New York.”    Commission Chair William Fitzpatrick said yesterday that Cuomo’s office never interfered.  Cuomo created the commission a year ago, but abolished it this spring.  He said the commission made its own decisions and that his office only “offered suggestions.”

GOUVERNEUR – The Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fair is underway.  This year’s event begins today with rides, games, food and entertainment.  One of the annual highlights is the Fireman’s parade that will take place on the fairgrounds behind Gouverneur High School tomorrow evening.  The fair continues through Sunday.

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