on Friday, 07 March 2014.
Lewis County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating a 2-vehicle personal injury accident that occurred at around 8 a.m. Thursday morning on the Moose River Road in Port Leyden. We spoke with Undersheriff James Monnat, who stated that the accident report is not complete, but said that a vehicle driven by Thomas Jones collided with a garbage truck that was stopped to pick up trash. Injuries were reported, but no further information was available & the accident remains under investigation.
The Adirondack Central School Winter Arts Festival will be held tomorrow. We spoke with Debi Burns, who has more.
Once again, the Winter Arts Festival will be from 11-3 tomorrow in the High School.
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. We spoke with Ellon Grunert from Lewis County Public Health & Christine Flint with Lewis County General Hospital, who have more on help for those having trouble paying for a colon cancer screenings.
We will wrap up our look at colon cancer awareness month tomorrow.
Lewis County has won a 2011 legal challenge to the opening of several roads to ATVs. According to the Court Report from the Johnson Newspapers, acting state Supreme Court Judge Peter Schwerzmann filed his decision citing a previous court ruling in the case in his decision, stating the law of the case doctrine prohibits reaching a decision on the merits of the law in this case as it is bound to apply common law standing standard as used in prior rounds of litigation. Then-state Supreme Court Judge Joseph McGuire selected that legal path, requiring standing to be determined at trial in an earlier decision. County Attorney Richard Graham agreed with a statement in the decision by Judge Schwerzmann, saying that the plaintiffs, Janette Peek of Watson, and Gerald Smith of Barnes Corners, demonstrated that the county did make all the findings required.
A traffic stop in the City of Watertown led to charges for a 21 year old Carthage man. City Police report thatPhillip Colsch was charged with DWI, failure to obey a traffic control device and no taillights following a stop on Polk Street. His blood alcohol content was allegedly 0.12%. He will answer his charges March 19th in City Court.
The Village of Prospect continues to face possible bankruptcy as a second workers' compensation claim has been identified. Village officials reported that they have been able to make payments toward that claim, plus one filed against its now dissolved fire department, through reserve funds, which will not be possible by 2015. The 1st claim stems from an incident back in 2008 at the fire department field days, during which a member of the department injured her foot. The second claim also involves the fire department, but is not now specifically what the claim is for or how much. The village and Prospect Volunteer Fire Department will go to court June 16th to settle a dispute over the ownership of all the firefighting equipment after residents voted to dissolve the department in September. Village officials hope to sell the equipment to help pay off the original workers' compensation claim, however firefighters hope to keep the equipment in case it ever becomes a workingdepartment again. The village is also considering consolidating the fire department with the other departments in the Town of Trenton as a means of saving money.
Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush met with highway superintendents to push for more funding to repair local roads. Blankenbush is calling for an additional $50 million to be added to the Consolidated HighwayImprovement Program or CHIPS. Blankenbush was one of 73 Assembly members who signed a letter to thegovernor and legislative leaders advocating for an additional $50 million to be added to CHIPS. The effort, although spearheaded by Republicans, has broad bi-partisan support. Additionally, 23 senators have signed on to the proposal. Blankenbush and his colleagues added $75 million to CHIPS in the Enacted 2013-14 Budget. Local governments are charged with maintaining 87 percent of roads in New York and half of the state's 18,000 bridges. Reports show that nearly a third of bridges and 40 percent of roads are rated fair to poor in the state. With limited funding, especially recent losses in federal funding, these conditions continue to worsen.
A two-year delay in implementing Common Core standards for teacher evaluations and student assessment was approved by the State Assembly. Meanwhile State Senator Joe Griffo has called on his colleagues tore-design its process for appointing Board of Regents members, in light of systemic failures in the implementation of the Common Core curriculum. Griffo said he believes Board of Regents appointmentsshould be determined by the voters, adding that the current method of appointments should be made by a majority from each chamber & not by a single vote. The senator has also called on the Board of Regents torefrain from using Common Core results for teacher, principal and student evaluations for at least two years.
Personal injury accident under investigation
Winter Arts Festival at ACS tomorrow
Funds available to pay for colon tests
Lewis County wins ATV lawsuit
Carthage man charged with DWI
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