A Hermon man is facing a charge of unsafe backing after accidentally hitting a 2 year old with his car Tuesday afternoon. 25 year old Kyle Fountain is said by police to have backed into the child on Larnard street before 5 in the afternoon. The child suffered only minor scrapes and did not require hospitalization. Fountain received an appearance ticket for village court.
A Vermont man is accused of making terrorist threats to the Paul Smith's college community. 21 year old Paul Smith's Junior Ryan Bell is said by police to have posted threats on social media Monday night, and thus faces a charge of making a terroristic threat. The details of that threat were not made public at news time. Bell was sent to Franklin County jail Tuesday on 10 thousand dollars cash bail. No one was harmed in any way and the investigation is ongoing.
A Cape Cod Police officer who was under investigation for driving over a St. Lawrence University student on New Year's Day has been cleared of any wrongdoing. Officer Christopher Vardarkis struck student Garrett Gagne around 4 am on January 1st while Gagne was lying in the middle of an unlit street. Gagne had drugs and alcohol in his system at the time of the incident. Officer Vardarkis was responding to an alarm at a Cape Cod business at the time, and an investigation determined that he was not under the influence at the time.
The Village of Massena could be looking at increased water rates. NCNOW reports that Trustee Timothy Ahlfeld addressed the board of Trustees Tuesday to say that in just two years, the village could be in the red due to water costs exceeding revenue by four-hundred thousand dollars. Village residents could see an increase of about $1.80 for the first three thousand gallons of water, with costs increasing after that limit. Rates for Alcoa and institutions would raise as well. This would be the first time the village has seen a water rate hike in five years. A public hearing will be scheduled to address any concerns.
The Village will also be spending nearly 8 thousand dollars on increasing security at the Department of Public Works building. Following an incident in which a village resident entered into the building and dumped trash on a clerk's desk, the Department says they feel the added expense is necessary to protect employees.
An Augusta Township man has been arrested for the robbery of the Mr. Gas and Mac's Convenience Store in Prescott over the weekend. 25 year old Sean Kinghorn faces two counts of robbery and two counts of failure to comply with his probation. Kinghorn is alleged to have entered into the convenience store on October 3rd and demanded cash and cigarettes from the store clerk, though he is not said to have brandished any weapons and no one was injured.
Leeds and Grenville MPP Steve Clark has come out in opposition of the Great Lakes Protection Act passed yesterday by the Wynne government. Clark says that the bill will not protect the waterways as it promises and will strip municipalities of decision making authority and will allow for authorities to gain access to private property without necessary warrants.
A Brockville area group says they want to bring a minimum of ten Syrian refugee families to the area. The Brockville Refugee Assistance Committee has been meeting for the last month and has formalized their decision to spearhead an effort to provide aid to families fleeing Syria. To date, fundraising efforts have brought in about six thousand dollars, though the cost per family would be in the range of twenty thousand dollars.