A north country school superintendent is being recognized for promoting technology in his school. Copenhagen Superintendent Scott Connell is the winner of the 2014 Outstanding Superintendent Award. The award is given out by the New York State Association for Computers and Technology in Education. Connell has been involved with grants for iPads and advance placement classes, as well as science and technology.
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A Harrisville man was sentenced to 6 and a half years state prison yesterday in St. Lawrence County for the rape of a 12-year-old girl. Joseph R. Clement II, 22, was sentenced after his Sept. 29 guilty plea to second-degree rape, a class D felony. The Johnson Newspaper Group reported that Clement was indicted on 31 counts of first-degree rape, a class B violent felony, accused of raping a 12-year-old Pitcairn girl on 31 occasions from March 5 to May 3, 2012. Clement was also sentenced to 6 and a half years of post-release supervision, was ordered to pay more than one hundred and 40 dollars in restitution as well as one thousand four hundred and twenty five dollars in court fines, fees and surcharges.
Speeders beware! New York State has just been ranked the 3rd worst state in the nation if you are trying to avoid getting a speeding ticket. With more than 12 thousand five hundred tickets handed out in this past October alone, slow and steady truly does win the race.
Speeding was, however, not the only thing on The New York State Police’s minds this past holiday weekend. Thanksgiving Day weekend saw upwards of 11 thousand tickets issued. With the help of fixed sobriety checkpoints, an underage drinker initiative, and the “Operation Hang Up,” initiative, troopers awarded over 5 hundred and fifty distracted driving tickets, over one hundred and fifty DWI tickets, one hundred and thirty eight “Move over Law,” tickets, and well over 4 thousand speeding tickets.
News literally rocked The Carrier Dome late Monday afternoon as the venue announced that Billy Joel will be preforming at The Loud House October 13th in 2015. This will be Billy Joel’s 7th appearance at The Carrier Dome and the moment will be commemorated with a number 7 banner to be hung from the roof. Ticket will go on sale December 6th at 9 am.
A wolf in wolf’s clothing is hitting the North Country. Phone scammers are pretending to be IRS agents making collection calls. Equipped with phony ID numbers and caller ID numbers that appear to be either from the area or government locations, these scammers ask for personal information and even threaten callers with bogus penalties if they do not pay such as wage garnishes and even deportation. Local police want to remind you that the IRS will never call and demand payments, ask for personal information over the phone, or threaten you.
Close to One Thousand people braved the cold weather Saturday evening to kick off the Christmas Season in Boonville. The Festivities kicked off with a Chicken Riggies and holiday cookie contest in the little Village Park. The parade consisted of floats from various organizations and local businesses. Many of the floats were bursting with holiday lights with a fun Christmas theme. Santa and Mrs Clause brought up the rear of the parade and took up their Boonville residence in the Little Village Park .and Hundreds of children got the chance to visit with Santa. The winners of the Chicken Riggies Contest are: 3rd Place: Capri Pizzeria; 2nd Place, The Hulbert House, and the first place winner is Rookies.
38 year old David Allen suffered minor head injuries Friday afternoon in a motor Vehicle accident on The Carpon Road in the Town of Lee.
Oneida County Sheriff’s deputies reported that Mr. Allen was traveling north when his pick up truck slid into a tree. He was taken to Rome Memorial Hospital for evaluation. No tickets were issued.
Starting this winter, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is contracting with the S.U.N.Y College of Environmental Science and Forestry, the Wildlife Conservation Society and Cornell University do do an indepth research project on the Adirondack Moose. Moose die offs in Minnesota and New Hamphire have lead wildlife biologists to launch this 3 year study in New York. Minnesota has seen a 52% drop in it’s moose population since 2010. One theory for the deline is that rising temperatures are stressing the animals and allowing parasites and diseases to have a greater effect on them. New Hampshire has seen it’s moose population drop from 7,000 to 4600. An increase in the winter tick population is New Hampshire is suspected to be the cause. The New Hampshire Fish and game department blames the tick population explosion on warmer, shorter winters. New York is on the southern edge of moose range. Its population was wiped out in the 1800s but has gradually grown from animals that wandered in from other northern states and Canada starting in around 1980. The state doesn't allow moose hunting but solicits information from deer hunters who encounter moose in the field.
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