North Korea has issued another threat against the United States, though experts agree that the veracity of their claims is highly questionable. A top ranking North Korean military official has accused the US Military of raising tensions in the province and has said a nuclear attackk against the White House and Pentagon is a possibility. However military officials close to the conflict say that Korea is still a long way away from developing missiles with enough range. 

Calling hours have been set for the couple that died in a head on collision last week in Ray Brook. Services are going to be held at the Seymour Funeral Home Wednesday beginning from 1 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm for 42 year old James Barney Jr. and his wife 38 year old Kim Barney. They were both killed when a pickup truck being pursued by police veered into their lane on State Route 86. Their daughter, 11 year old Emily Colby, was seriously injured and transferred to Fletcher Allen Medical Center for surgery. 20 year old Trevor Sisto of Fort Covington has been identified as the driver of the pickup truck and he is now facing charges.

Massena Village Police have arrested a Water Street woman on the strength of numerous bench warrants. 33 year old Trisha Harmer is said by the court to have failed to appear for three petit larceny counts issued following shoplifting complaints. She was being held for an arraignment Monday morning.

Smiths Falls Police officers are warning drivers against cellular device related infractions. They report that although a law prohibiting the use of hand held electronic devices was enacted in 2009, many are still in clear violation, as they estimate 4 million motorists inNorth America were involved in crashes that were directly related to that electronic usage.The Selective Traffic Enforcement Program for the month of August will focus on DistractedDriving Violations, and Smiths Falls Officers will be looking for and enforcing these violations.

Clarkson University has established a scholarship to honor the memory of the two Graduate Students who died in a plane crash earlier this month. 24 year old Kathleen Kafka and 25 year old Reed Phillips were killed alongside 63 year old Fred Kafka when their plane went down just outside of the Lake Placid Airport. The University will be taking donations, and you can get more information by calling 268-7709.

Black bear hunting opportunities have expanded this year as a result of regulation changes adopted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, which were deemed necessary to limit population growth of the species throughout the state. The adopted season changes will create a special early firearms season from September 6th to September 21st, provide a uniform start date of September 13th for bowhunting and will establish bear hunting seasons in all parts of the Upstate Region. 

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