Watertown International Airport has announced the cancellation of all of their flights until Wednesday due to the snowstorm expected to hit the northeast. The next scheduled flight will depart, unless otherwise noted, for Philadelphia on Wednesday at 1:30 pm. Things should return to normal afterwards. Customers are encouraged to visit usairways.com or call 800-428-4322 for the most up to date information.
State police have released information on a Massena man who was seriously injured during a snowmobile accident in Franklin County this past weekend. 59 year old Kenneth Maneely was riding his snowmobile in the town of Franklin on Saturday when he lost control and veered off of the Thatcherville road. Maneeley was then thrown from the vehicle. He was being treated for injuries to his spine and head at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. His condition was listed was critical but stable.
Two Potsdam men were jailed on Sunday after they were found to be in possession of loaded rifles. Police said that they pulled over a vehicle on East Hatfield Street and noticed several rounds of ammunition inside the car as well as a long rifle. The two suspects were seen running from the area, and when police followed footprints, they discovered two loaded guns, a glove, and two masks. A short while later, 21 year old Kyle Kain and 25 year old Kurt Covey were found and taken into custody. Kain faces charges of third degree criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest. Covey was charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use. According to another person involved, the arrested pair had planned to commit a robbery.
Ontario is implementing new admission and placement policies for trans inmates in the care and custody of provincial correctional facilities to ensure their rights are recognized and protected. The new policy builds on Toby's Act,which was unanimously passed in the Legislature and made Ontario a leader in protecting the right to gender identity and gender expression. The new policy ensures that trans inmates: Are placed in an institution appropriate to their gender identity or housing preference, and involved in the accommodation process, Will be referred to by their preferred name and gender pronoun (e.g., he, she, him, her), and Will be provided the opportunity to choose the gender of staff performing searches, and will be offered privacy during searches.
Ontario is taking an important step to help break the cycle of poverty by establishing an Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness. The government's new Poverty Reduction Strategy is focused on achieving better outcomes for Ontarians living in poverty such as employment opportunities, income supports, education and housing. The province will work with this new panel to get practical advice on how to best approach the goal of ending homelessness. The province will develop a plan of action to end homelessness based on the panel's recommendations and will report on progress annually.
A Norfolk man is spending 60 days in jail on a heroin charge. 27 year old Michael Berry and another man were found to be in possession of a hypodermic needle back in September after police received a report of a suspicious vehicle off of Water Street. Additionally, Berry will be paying a $205 surcharge and will have to submit his DNA to the state data base.