A Potsdam man’s posting on the North Country Now Website has landed him in handcuffs. Police say 32 year old Michael Preston placed a response to a letter to the editor saying he was someone else. This lead to an investigation by police, and subsequently Preston was charged with Criminal Impersonation in the 2nd Degree and Stalking in the 4th Degree. He was arraigned in the town of Potsdam Court and released.

Two Massena based Seaway Development Corporation Employees have been recognized by the Department of Transportation for their quick work to prevent a catastrophe about the ship they were piloting last December. Randy Gilmer and Nate Jarvis are recipient of the DOT’s Transportation Safety Award. Both men acted swiftly when their boat’s engine room caught fire. In a prepared statement, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx called their actions heroic.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter Weather Advisory for the Northern Adirondacks region. The advisory lasts through 7 pm tonight and effects southeastern St Lawrence County, southern Franklin County, and western Clinton county. An estimated three to five inches of heavy, wet snow is predicted for these regions. Additionally, below freezing temperatures Friday night could make for hazardous driving conditions.

Canadian consumers will soon now more about the adverse health effects of their prescription drugs. Vanessa’s Law has just passed, which requires that pharmaceutical companies more accurately report on the unintended effects associated with their drugs. Companies who violate the law could be subject to hefty fines as well.

The search is on for a train conductor who went missing after his locomotive went off the tracks after being hit by a mudslide near Quebec Thursday morning. The Iron Ore Company of Canada indicated the man was currently unaccounted for, and that their first priority is to locate him. His name is not being released. Divers were searching the nearby river for him, but the Police and Transportation Safety Board indicated that it might be a while before more information is available because the site is remote, with its only transportation through the area being the tracks which were hit.

Browns almost blank the Bengals in NFL action last night, Browns win it 24 to 3.

NHL – Bruins pull out the stops late in the game to win 5 to 2 over the Oilers, Ottawa Sens shutout the Wild with 3, Maple Leafs fall to the Avalanche in a shootout, score 4 to 3, Islanders beat Kings in a shootout 2 to 1.

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