Potsdam Police report that a woman entered into their station yesterday to report that she had fallen prey to a scam in which she thought she was being hired as a nanny who would shortly arrive from overseas. She received a check in the mail to buy supplies and sent the remaining money back to the couple. The check, as it turns out, was fraudulent. The Police remind the public that if unknown people are sending money in the form of a check and asking for money to be returned then the possibility that it is a scam is very high.

The State University of New York at Potsdam has launched its new Graduate Canadian Initiative. The program is a unique benefit designed exclusively for all graduate students enrolled at SUNY Potsdam who hold citizenship in Canada. The program provides Canadian students in the College's master's programs with complimentary on-campus lodging in a standard residence hall double room, as well as a $500 credit toward a meal plan. The initiative is renewable for up to four semesters for full-time students who maintain grade point averages of 3.0 or higher.

A Canton man has been held on ten thousand dollars bail after being arraigned on charges of assaulting a police officer back in January. 28 year old Richard Harrison is said to have assaulted Canton Police Officer Kevin Mousaw in mid January while the officer was attempting to take Mousaw into custody by by request from Claxton Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg. A report indicates that Moussaw was headbutted by Harrison, and Mousaw is still on leave for those injuries, which include chipped teeth and a concussion. Harrison was at the St Lawrence Psychiatric Center until Wednesday when he was released and then transported to the Canton Town Court for his arraignment.


Not too many accidents or problems caused by the storm yesterday, however a Canton School bus was rear-ended early in the morning. Canton Central School officials said bus 21 was hit by an SUV on Riverside drive at around 9:30 in the morning. Emergency responders checked children for injuries, and found none. The drivers of both vehicles were uninjured, as well, though the bus and SUV did sustain damage.

Elected officials were in Cornwall yesterday to announce two million dollars in funding to support a sewer rehabilitation project. They say that it will help fix flooding issues between Eleventh Street and Grand and Miron Avenues. The project could last around two years.


The Norfolk Hepburn library could soon have asbestos removed, but nothing is set in stone as of now. Fryable asbestos shingles on the roof will necessitate about 155 thousand dollars in work to be done, and it could begin as soon as May if the town receives a 50/50 matching grant from the State in the form of a Library Construction Grant. If approved, then Lupini Construction would do the work, which would involve removing the asbestos contaminated roof and replacing the shingles. However, that is all dependent upon how much is received in the grant, which could change depending on the number of libraries who apply.


The CFIA has issued a warning to consumers in Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick, urging them no to eat Dole Bran Italian Blend Salad, as it is being recalled due to a possible listeria contamination. This affects the ten oz size bag, with a best Before Date of March 12th of 2014. If you have this in your home, return it to the store from which it was purchased. The CIFA notes that even though listeria contaminated food might not look or smell bad, it can still make you sick.


A report form the Courier says that Potsdam town officials have accepted a bid from Dow Electric to install a replica clock at the Town Court. Town Supervisor Marie Regan said that company will be accepted just over two thousand dollars for their work, which will come out of a six hundred thousand dollar grant issued by the State Historical Preservation office two years ago. Officials say itís part of an initiative to return the town hall to its past splendour, dating bating to the forties and fifties when the town hall was first erected. The clock will likely be installed sometime in the spring.  

A Massena man has been sentenced to a year in prison for two separate assaults over the span of six months. 28 year old Cory Tuper took a plea deal which saw him plead guilty to two counts of third degree assault. The victim, 45 year old Mark Lefrancois said that Tuper assaulted him as he was attempting to leave a friendís house. Lefrancois said that he was attempting to leave the residence when Tuper began to punch him, later pinning him to the ground and continuing the assault. He was taken to Massena Memorial Hospital for treatment.  Of course the plea deal will satisfy other charges he faces, too. Heíll be serving concurrent terms of one year for each of the assaults.

Governor Cuomo announced that the New York State Police are kicking off a campaign to crack down on drinking and driving, underage drinking, and distracted driving this St. Patrickís Day weekend in an effort to prevent tragedies caused by impaired driving. The State Police will initiate special traffic enforcement efforts beginning Friday, March 14th and running through Monday, March 17th

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