05/22/2015
 
The long holiday weekend will see the suspension of all construction projects on New York State Highways. COnstruction will cease as of 6 am Friday and run through 6 am Tuesday. Ideally, this will cut down on any traffic delays that might otherwise be experienced. Travelers who intend to cross the Canadian border this weekend are also reminded that they can cut down on wait times by having all of their identification at the ready when they reach the border checkpoint. SOme people may also be eligible for the NEXUS Program, which promises little to no wait times for low risk travelers. More information on the nexus program can be found by visiting cbp.gov.

The Former Potsdam Town Court Clerk who stole more than one hundred thousand dollars in court fees has been sentenced to six months behind bars. In all, Mary Jo Guyette stole one hundred and seventeen thousand dollars from the court over a five year period and altered court records to cover her tracks. The woman is said to have used the money for a gambling addiction, according to 7 News. Guyette took a plea deal and began serving the sentence on February 2nd. Guyette was fined fifty-thousand dollars and will pay 128 thousand dollars in restitution.

Gouverneur police are investigating the finding of dog brains in the village. Neighbors on Beckwith street initially reported to police that seven brains were discovered earlier this week. When they were transported to a nearby veterinarian, it was confirmed that the specimens did belong to dogs and they had been professionally removed. Police believe the brains may be part of a collection, and it's not clear at this time that a crime has been committed.

A Parisvhille man has been jailed for allegedly having sexual contact with a twelve year old boy. The 22 year old man was charged on May 20th by Massena based state troopers, and faces a first-degree count of criminal sexual act, a felony, as well as misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child and forcible touching. The alleged incident is said to have occured earlier this week in Parishville. The man currently sits in County correctional on ten thousand dollars cash bail.

Changes have come to employees of the Massena Town Library due to a ratified contract with the Teamsters Local 687. According to the terms of the deal, part time employees will now receive paid leave, but they'll also have to contribute an extra five hundred dollars toward their health benefits. Additionally, part-timers will see their hours cut as part of a cost saving measure. Anyone who works less than 30 hours a week will see fewer hours at the library each week, however that might not be permanent.
 
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