Clarkson University will be receiving nearly 400 thousand dollars to design an underground power grid that would make the Potsdam area less susceptible to weather related interruptions in service. Governor Cuomo announced the funding for the University Wednesday, which is just one of seven projects totaling 3.3 million dollars, all of which intend to strengthen the New York electric grid.

County legislator Jason Clark says construction on the Murphy Road railroad tracks in Norfolk is expected to be completed no later than Friday. Earlier this week, work began on the tracks, causing restricted traffic, but it is expected to reopen on Friday afternoon. Next week, work is slated to start on the Cherry Street in Potsdam railroad crossing.

A Man was struck by lightning shortly before 6:30 am yesterday at Coles Creek State Park in Waddington. The man was identified as Christopher Church of Michigan, who was struck when he exited his tent to check on a tarp. Church sustained a burn mark on his shoulder and suffered some head injuries during the fall to the ground. Massena Memorial Hospital said they were keeping him under observation today, but he is talking and says he wants to return to the campsite.

A Norwood man is facing an assault charge after he injured a man at his residence earlier this week. On Tuesday, 26 year old Robert Philbrook is said to have caused physical harm to an unidentified person and also threatened bodily harm to a child. As such he’s been charged with third degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. He was released on an appearance ticket.

Statistics Canada reports that 2013 marked the 10th consecutive annual decrease in criminal activity called in to police. Overall they say that there were fewer break ins and robberies, and an 8% drop in crime compared to 2012. However, they note that there was an increase in sexual offenses against children, which has been attributed to widespread access to the internet.

With the demolition of the North Channel Bridge now just a few short weeks away, Cornwall city councillors will be meeting to discuss their traffic control plan. A handful of preliminary measures have been released thus far, with a representative noting that Brookdale Avenue will remain open but will reduce traffic to one lane in either direction at the very least. The city says that ample notification will be provided to residents to warn them of upcoming closures.

Two men are facing charges after they were caught trying to smuggle alcohol over the Cornwall border. CBSA investigators say they found 528 bottles and cans worth of alcohol in a pickup truck driven up 24 year old Michael Rourke of Hogansburg. He and the passenger, 48 year old Marnie Martin of Akwesasne were also slapped with a $643 fine and will have to appear in court on August 19th.

The OPP reports that a portion of the 401 was closed Monday due to a bus fire west of exit 758 in Morrisburg. Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry Police Officers responded to a motor home fire, which erupted in flames around 4:30 in the afternoon. There was a small grass fire that occurred after the drive pulled the motor home to the side of the road, but that was quickly contained. All lanes of traffic were reopened by 8:30 that evening.

A Plan that’s been in the works for three years came to fruition Tuesday as Parks Canada set part of the Thousand Islands National Park on fire. The blaze was set on Camelot Island in an effort to simulate a natural occurrence which would rejuvenate the landscape and encourage seed propagation.

An autopsy of the three people killed in a plane crash Saturday ruled out health complications as a factor in the accident. The Essex County Coroner found that the pilot, 63 year old Fred Kafka was in good health and said that there is no evidence of any medical event that would have led to the crash. The FAA is expected to file a preliminary report of their findings in ten days. A vigil has also been announced at Clarkson University to honor the two graduate students killed in the crash, including Kafka’s daughter Kathleen and fellow student Reed Phillips, but no official date has been set.

Mets defeat the Mariners 3 to 2, Yankees over the Rangers 2 to 1, Blue Jays get another win over the Red Sox 6 to 4

In the NBA, efforts are being made to recruit Ray Allen to the Cleveland Cavaliers to join his former Miami Heat teammate Lebron James. 

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