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Fire destroys barn in West Leyden

Fire destroyed a barn in West Leyden Sunday night. The Lewis County Fire Coordinator's Office reports that dispatchers received a call at around 11:50 p.m. for a report of a fire at the Gene Norrs Farm on the Mud Lake Road. West Leyden Firefighters responded along with mutual aid from Constableville, Boonville, West Leyden Ambulance, & the Lewis County Cause & Origin Team. Fire Joe Chasson reports that the barn was already collapsed when firefighters arrived on scene, so protecting a nearby garage & other exposures became a top priority. The barn & its contents were listed as a total loss & was not insured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported.

Buffalo publication ranks local school districts

The Buffalo Business First Journal has rated the academic performances of 432 public school districts in the 48 counties of Upstate New York, based on four years of test data from the New York State Education Department. We spoke with Scott Thomas, Projects Editor with Buffalo Business First Journal, who discusses how the list was compiled.

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We will look at the local school rankings tomorrow.

Here is the latest overall rating of area schools based on their state rank.

Beaver River

Town of Webb

Holland Patent

Lowville Academy

156. Copenhagen

257. Carthage

304. South Lewis

310. Adirondack

319. Harrisville

329. Remsen

In Comparison, New Hartford ranked 13 in Upstate and Clinton ranked 33. Rome School ranked 383.

We will break down each area district in the various categories throughout the week.

West Leyden man arrested after bomb scare

A 60 year old West Leyden man is in the Jefferson County Jail following a bomb scare at the Jefferson County Public Safety Building. Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputies report that John Rauscher was charged after dispatchers were alerted Saturday morning of a bomb in the building. Deputies found a container in the lobby that wasn't explosive. The call was traced to have come from inside the lobby. Deputies chased down a car that had left the building shortly after the call. Rauscher was reportedly inside & was charged with placing a
false bomb in the first degree and falsely reporting an incident. He is being held on $20,000 bail.

2 charged with underage alcohol possession

2 Croghan men were charged with unlawful possession of alcohol by a person under the age of 21. State Police report that 20 year old Forrest Houppert & 17 year old Ryan Hoch were charged early yesterday morning on the Devines Road in the Town of New Bremen. Troopers also charged 19 year old Aaron Snyder of Turin with unlawful possession of fireworks. All charges are returnable to Town of New Bremen Court.

3 charged with petit larceny

3 Lowville teens have been charged with 2 counts each of petit larceny. Lowville Police report that the teens, whose names were not released, were charged with allegedly stealing pumpkins from porches in the Village & smashing them in the middle of the road. All 3 subjects were issued appearance tickets returnable to Village of Lowville Court.

Fort Drum brigade combat teams increasing in size

Fort Drum's two brigade combat teams are getting bigger. The 2nd Brigade Combat Team added around 1,000 soldiers that were formerly part of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, which was deactivated by a Pentagon decision. The new soldiers are a welcome addition to the brigades. The 1st Brigade Combat Team will also be adding to its ranks as well.

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