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Police Blotter (Dec 4)

A 29 year old Croghan man was arrested in Watertown Monday night. Police report that Anthony J. Hirsch, was cited by in the 400 block of Black River Parkway with unlawful possession of marijuana and passing a red light. Police said marijuana was located in his pants pockets during the traffic stop. He is summoned to appear Dec. 16 in City Court. 


On November 30th, 2014, Kyle P. Roberts, 18, of Carthage was arrested on three counts of burglary in the third degree, three counts of petit larceny, and 1 count of criminal mischief. Roberts allegedly broke into several garages and cars that early morning. Village of Lowville Court arraigned Roberts; however the investigation is still ongoing with more arrests pending.

Sports Report for Dec. 4

And in Sports today,,, First the NHL,
The Oilers have lost 11 games straight with Winnipeg doing the honors, 3-2.

The Wild of Minnesota beat the Canadians, 2 – 1.
The Blackhawks beat St. Louis, 4 – 1 while the Blues new signing, Martain Brodor was in backup and did not play.
And The Ducks continue their winning ways against the Flyers, 5 - 4

In the AHL, the Utica Comets stayed alive in OT 4 – 3 against the Texas Stars.

Next in local sports, on to Boys Basketball
Beaver River beat LaFargeville 47 – 33
Tonight, South Jefferson will play at Lowville at 7:30

Also tonight in Girls Basketball action, Old Forge will host Indian Lake at 5pm

And in Wrestling Lowville will take on Watertown IHC in Watertown at 6pm

New Fort Drum commanding general

A former Fort Drum deputy commanding general for operations will return to the post as the 10th Mountain Division's commanding general. Major General Jeffrey Bannister will replace Major General Stephen Townsend, who has served as commanding general since 2012.
Bannister, then a brigadier general, left Fort Drum in 2011 for an assignment with the U.S. Army's Central Command. He is currently serving as director of strategy, plans, and policy in the Office of the Deputy Chief Of Staff for the Army in Washington, D.C. Bannister was promoted to major general in 2013.

Missing lotto ticket worth 1 million dollars

Do you have 1 million dollars in your pocket? The New York Lottery stated that a winning Powerball ticket was bought last December in Rockland County, which is worth 1 million dollars. You have till December 12th to clam your prize. Those winning numbers were     1    10    13    18    19   but was missing the final Powerball number, 27.

Increase Obama-care premiums

With health insurance policy enrollments for 2015 due soon, many NY residents have been complaining about increases in their premiums for next year.  Back in September the state announced it reduced the average rate hike requested by the 16 insurers selling Obamacare plans on the state health insurance exchange by more than 50 percent. The insurers asked for an average increase of 11.97 percent, but the state gave them less than half of that -- an average increase of 5.7 percent but many NY residents are wondering why their rates have increased more than the average.  The answer is…Averages can be misleading because very few people pay the average. Some pay a lot more than the average, some a lot less. For example…. MVP asked the state for an 18.31 percent average increase for its Obamacare plans and was granted an 11.97 percent average increase. That means some of its plans are going up by more than 11.97 percent, while others are increasing by less than that. To avoid big premium increases, both the government and consumer experts advise people to shop around and consider switching to a different plan. If you do nothing, your existing plan will be automatically renewed. In addition to the premium rate, other aspects of a plan can change such as its prescription drug coverage or its network of doctors and other providers who accept the plan.

Bridge repares coming to Oneida County


Herkimer and Oneida counties will receive nearly $5 million to update four bridges. The money is part of more than $71.2 million allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and will fund the necessary improvements for bridges in high-risk flood areas throughout the central and northern NY area. This federal funding will cover 100 percent of the repair and replacement costs, according to a news release from Democratic U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. The only investment for our area will be $1.06 million for the bridge on Dustin Road over Kayuta Lake in the town of Remsen in Oneida County.

Sports Report for Dec. 3

In sports last night,
First, in college basketball action, number 17 Michigan just beat Syracuse, 68 – 65.
On to the NHL,

Vancouver bested the Capitals, 4-3.

Pittsburg shut out the devils, 1 -0.

The Islanders beat the Senators in overtime, 3 – 2.

In an upset, Buffalo beat Tampa Bay in the shootout, 2 – 1.

Pilly fell to The Sharks of San Jose, 1-2.

And The Bruins were shut out by the defending champ Kings, 0 – 2.

Lastly, in the AHL, The Comets lost in overtime to the Barons of OKC, 0 - 1.

In local sports, let’s start out with boys basketball…
The River Valley Mennonite School Royals (Castorland) defeated the Mohawk Valley Christian Academy Eagles (Little Falls) 59 to 20 at River Valley.The high scorer for River Valley was Ryan Zehr with 22 points.

Carthage beat the Watertown, 74 – 50.

Also, the Eskimos of Old Forge fell to the Adirondack Wildcats, 32 – 66.

On to the girl’s basketball…
Watertown lost to Carthage, 18-73.

The South Lewis Falcons fell to SackETS Harbor, 40 – 67.

And Lastly, The Beaver River Beaver held their own at home against LaFargeville, 35 – 20.

State Supreme Court halts water plant in Town of Greig

The town of Greig’s case truly did “hold water.”  State Supreme Court Judge Hugh A. Gilbert upheld the town’s authority to regulate use of land for a commercial water extraction business,  denying a request by John and Lynn Smoke, of Pennsylvania, declaring that such regulation falls completely under state jurisdiction. Judge Gilbert also ordered that until the wells are approved for commercial use, there can be no pipeline construction at all. In his 7 page decision, Judge Gilbert explained that the town of Greg cannot regulate the withdrawal of water from local land; however the town has the final say about the use of land.

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