on Thursday, 12 December 2013.
The idea of a missile interceptor site on Fort Drum is still alive. Members of the US Senate & House of Representatives announced a defense spending plan this week which contains $20 million to study thefeasibility of an interceptor site. Fort Drum is 1 of 5 sites that the Pentagon picked as a potential home for missile interceptors. The issue is controversial as it's not clear whether they would be successful knocking down enemy missiles before they explode in the U.S. while the military has questioned the need for an interceptor site on the east coast. The compromise bill also includes an extension of expiring special pays and bonuses that will otherwise expire at the beginning of the New Year. The agreement also funds the Pentagon at a level higher than sequestration & changes how sexual assaults in the military are handled, limiting the authority of commanders to reduce or change findings of guilt.
on Wednesday, 11 December 2013.
A series of sessions on Affordable Healthcare will be held tomorrow. We spoke with Tom Julian from Fidelis Healthcare, who has more on how people can get more information.
The sessions will be held tomorrow at the Lewis County General Hospital Medical Arts Building Conference Room at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. as well as at the Lowville VFW at 6 p.m.
The truck at Essenlohr Motors in Lowville is being filled with toys. We spoke with Jim Freeman with Operation Christmas Sharing, who has more.
We will have more on the program tomorrow.
Governor Cuomo has activated the State Emergency Operations Center to monitor the winter storm, which is expected to create hazardous driving conditions in the affected areas, and motorists are advised to use extreme caution. Representatives from state agencies are in the EOC to help coordinate the response, including the New York Division of Military and Naval Affairs, the State Police, the Department of Transportation and the Thruway Authority. The state Department of Transportation has more than 700 trucks and nearly 1,000 personnel available around the state to clear snow and treat roads with salt. The DOT has readied 45 large snow blowers to assist with clearing operations in the North Country region.
A 22 year old Taberg man is facing drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter stemming from an accident last week on Sulphur Springs Road in the Town of Lee that left his passenger dead. State police reported that Stephen Burke Jr. lost control of his vehicle in the early morning hours of December 6th and crashed into a tree between Belcher and Point Rock Roads. His passenger, identified as Charles Melnick Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene. Burke was taken to Rome Memorial Hospital for minor injuries. Following an investigation, Burke has been charged with one count each of first and second-degree vehicular manslaughter, and one count of DWI. He was arraigned in court and sent to county jail in lieu of bail.
A 29 year old Lowville woman is facing 2 counts of petit larceny. Lowville Police report that Tara Rheaume was charged after she allegedly took a butterfly suncatcher from Kinney Drugs on November 27th. She reportedly handed to a police officer who was in the store investigating another theft & confessed to taking it. Then on December 5th, Rheaume entered Kinney Drugs & opened 4 boxes of Kleenex, removed the $1 coupon from inside the boxes, & placed the boxes back on the shelf. She was arraigned in Village of Lowville Court & was remanded to the Lewis County Jail on $250 cash bail.
A 36 year old Carthage man is facing charges in the City of Watertown. City Police report that Jason Meeker was charged with burglary 2nd degree for allegedly forcing entry and remaining unlawfully in a residence on Winslow Street and attempted to take property consisting of a wallet and U.S. currency. Meeker was being held at the Jefferson County Jail pending arraignment in City Court.
A 20 year old Lowville man is facing charges in Oswego County. New York State Police report that RyanHayward was charged in connection with a burglary in Ellisburg on July 22nd, when police reported that over $1,300 worth of property was stolen. Hayward was processed at the Pulaski State Police Barracks and was charged with criminal possession of stolen property 5th degree. He was issued an appearance ticket for Town of Richland Court.
Snodeo starts tomorrow
Toys continue to be collected
Economic Development Council grants announced
Rome woman pleads guilty to vehicular manslaughter
Greig woman charged with identity theft
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