OGDENSBURG — A residential check on a parolee Tuesday by city and state police led to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab and the arrest of two city men.
Police charged Rusty T. Simmons, 27, of 829 Pickering St., a state parolee, with felony third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.
Police also charged John E. Pratt, 50, of 1423 Ford St., with two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Police said a search of Mr. Simmons’s home with state parole officers Tuesday morning led to the discovery of several components and ingredients used in the “one-pot” methamphetamine lab manufacturing process. Mr. Simmons also was alleged to have been in possession of 31 packages of Suboxone.
NORFOLK — State police on Monday charged Joshua J. Gurrola, 21, of 795 County Route 39, Massena, with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. He also was cited with second-degree harassment.
Troopers charge that at 8:12 p.m., while traveling on Route 56 in a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu, Mr. Gurrola punched the driver, a 25-year-old Louisville woman, in the throat, causing her to swerve into the opposing lane of traffic.
She recovered from the swerve and then pulled to the shoulder of the road. Mr. Gurrola got out of the vehicle and left on foot. A 5-month-old child was in the vehicle, according to police.
Mr. Gurrola was arraigned in Norfolk Town Court and was sent to St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, on $1,500 cash bail or $3,000 bond.
WASHINGTON –– As Congress wrestles over renewing the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, federal law enforcement officials are warning that legal authority is also at risk for lesser-known surveillance tools that are even more valuable in fighting terrorism.
The Patriot Act authorities give the FBI flexibility to intercept the calls of terror suspects who continuously switch phones during the course of an investigation and to conduct surveillance on “lone wolf” individuals who pose threats but aren’t affiliated with an international terrorism organization.
WASHINGTON –– IRS investigators believe the identity thieves who stole the personal tax information of more than 100,000 taxpayers from an IRS website are part of a sophisticated criminal operation based in Russia, two officials told the Associated Press.
The information was stolen as part of an elaborate scheme to claim fraudulent tax refunds, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told reporters. Koskinen declined to say where the crime originated.
But two officials briefed on the matter said Wednesday the IRS believes the criminals were in Russia, based on computer data about who accessed the information. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the ongoing criminal investigation.
ALBANY –– New York’s chief judge called Wednesday for state judges to be allowed to set fixed prison terms rather than handing convicts a range of time they might serve.
Judge Jonathan Lippman said that’s the recommendation of the commission he established five years ago to evaluate New York’s sentencing laws and find ways to make them fairer and simpler and improve public safety. The commission will advocate legislation to amend sentencing laws, he said.
Mike Sicley, right, and Nicole Vogt with the Department of Environmental Conservation prepare to stock Malone-area waterways with brown and rainbow trout on Wednesday morning. Vogt stocked trout into the Salmon River off Duane Street and the two helped stock the pond on College Avenue in Malone in preparation for a youth fishing derby sponsored by the Malone Fish and Game Club, which is scheduled to be held on June 6.
Someone is dumping large slabs of concrete on Akwesasne and the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is not happy about it.
A trip over to Cornwall Island revealed several spots where the concrete slabs have been placed, including a recreational site, Duck Island.
The Standard-Freeholder was contacted by concerned citizens after the slabs began appearing about a couple of weeks ago at a number of sites throughout Cornwall Island.
DWI - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police charged Janet M. Swamp, 41, of Hogansburg with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with .08 of 1 percent or more alcohol and no tail lights. She was issued tickets to appear June 9 in Bombay Town Court.
UNLAWFUL FLEEING - AKWESASNE - St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police charged Braiden F. Mattice-Sunday, 19, of Hogansburg with unlawful fleeing from a police officer, resisting arrest, reckless driving, speed in zone, failure to obey a police officer, improper right turn, improper left turn, failure to stop at stop sign and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle. The tickets are returnable Tuesday in Bombay Town Court.
RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT - LOUISVILLE - Massena-based state police charged Drake Martin Dishaw, 22, of South Grasse River Road, Massena, with second-degree reckless endangerment following a complaint reported to troopers at 2:52 p.m. Tuesday from the trailer park at 259 County Route 43, Massena. Christine I. Deforge, 66, told troopers she and Diane L. Nagle went outside to confront Mr. Bishaw, whom they felt was driving too fast through the trailer park. She said she was leaning on Mr. Dishaw’s vehicle when he uttered an expletive and suddenly drove away. She said she fell to the ground, suffering a cut on her left elbow and a bump on the back of her head. She was transported to Massena Memorial Hospital by Massena Rescue, treated and released. Mr. Dishaw was released on an appearance ticket for Louisville Town Court.
MASSENA - New York Power Authority trustees have approved spending more than $12 million for the engineering and construction of a new Nature Center at Robert Moses State Park.
The trustees approved the $12,112,200 expense during their May 19 meeting, which includes $7.687 million for a two-year contract with Bette & Cring, LLC, Watertown, for the construction of the new nature center on Robinson Bay Road.
Funding in the amount of $1.55 million had previously been approved for preliminary engineering and site preparation, as well as detailed design. In addition, an interim award of $250,000 had been approved to start pre-construction and mobilization activities.
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