12/19/2014


After issuing an Amber alert for a missing child Thursday afternoon, police in Albany say that they found the body of five year old Kenneth White near the trailer where he lived with his Aunt. Police were questioning one person this morning, and have discounted the initial report that the boy was taken by two men wearing ski masks.

The Canadian Federal Government is instituting new rules to cut down on railway crossing crashes. Transport Canada made public the regulations Wednesday, and say that they will provide consistent safety standards at all railways across Canada, as well as clarify the responsibilities of the companies that manage them. The last four years have seen an average of 26 deaths and 26 major injuries annually.

The town of Fowler is going to be reopening a zinc mine which has been closed since 2008. The New York Power Authority approved a deal Tuesday which will provide the mine with power at a reduced cost. NYPA officials say that the 33 million dollar capital project will produce one hundred new Jobs in St Lawrence county, as Northern Zinc prepares to finalize negotiations for the purchase of the property.

Two Winthrop Men are faces charges after they were found with two pounds of marijuana inside of their vehicle. Troopers stopped 23 year old Zachary Kerberg and 24 year old Jake Richards on County Route 49 Wednesday night for inadequate tail lamps and brake lights. Inside the vehicle, the drugs were found, leading to the arrest and subsequent release of the two men under the probation department. They’re both facing charges of second degree criminal possession, which is a class D felony.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new regulations to include transgender health care services under New York State’s Medicaid program. The proposed regulations provide treatment for hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery. Under the proposed regulations, hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery would be covered for persons who have referrals from medical professionals. Surgery would be covered for individuals who are a minimum age of 18 or 21 years old, depending on specific circumstances.

Public comments are now being gathered for proposed medical marijuana regulations across the state. The New York Health Department posted preliminary rules online Thursday, which would authorize patients with certain diseases to be able to obtain non-smokeable forms of marijuana, either to be ingested or vaporized. Initially, the Governor is calling for five businesses across the state to be licensed to grow and distribute. The full rules can be seen online at the state’s health website.

A Former Chase Mills woman took a plea deal with prosecutors in court Wednesday and admitted to stealing more than three thousand dollars from the Wounded Warrior Outdoor Adventures program. 50 year old Jill Kubik could be facing up to four years in prison for the crime. She currently sits in St Lawrence County Jail without bail, and will be sentenced late next month.

A Mallorytown man is being investigated by Leeds OPP officers for historical sexual assaults. Earlier this month, police received reports of multiple sexual assaults occurring between 1988 and 2005, perpetrated by the now 58 year old man. He’s been arrested, charged, and held pending a bail hearing in Brockville.

 
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