10/20/2014
 

According to the office of the Attorney General, fundraising scams have popped up around the state which claim to benefit the victims of ebola. Eric Schneiderman says that  although these groups say that they offer preventitive measures, there is no approved vaccine for the disease at this time. Of course the Centers for Disease Control are warning residents that Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear and it is not spread through the air, only by direct contact with an infected person's bodily fluids. New York Residents should be wary of any person or group who claims otherwise. 


The Hermon Couple who has been accused of abducting and sexually abused a pair of Amish girls in August have had their trial day set. 25 year old Nicole Vaisey and and 39 year old Stephen Howells II will go before a federal court on December 15th. The two are facing federal charges for the alleged sexual exploitation of the 7 and 12 year old girls, plus the exploitation of a third unidentified victim in an unrelated incident. Howells is also facing charges for the possession of child pornography. The pair remain in federal custody in Syracuse.

The state labor department released unemployment numbers yesterday, and joblessness remains high despite improvements. St. Lawrence County's jobless rate sat at 6.8 percent in September, down 1 percent from August. Last September, that number was at 8.6 percent. In neighboring Jefferson County, that rate dropped from 6.9 percent in August to 6.6 percent in September.

The Cornwall Community Police Service is investigating two break and enters that occurred during day time hours of October 20th, 2014. The first incident occurred at a Tollgate West home while the second incident occurred at a Sixth Street West address. In both incidents entry was believed to have been gained through an unlocked window or door and once inside the suspect(s) removed electronics, cash and jewelry. The Police service is encouraging area residents to report suspicious activities and to lock up their doors.

Brockville General Hospital has said that they will be updating their safety protocols effective immediately in order to protect patients and staff from the threat of Ebola. Triage nurses will be wearing full personal protective equipment, including a respirator mask, face shield, gown and gloves. Additionally the ministry of health says that ten hospitals have been appointed to handle any confirmed cases of Ebola, including Kingston General.

The Recorder reports that the Brockville Budget Projection for the end of the year has the city sitting with a 202 thousand dollar deficit, nearly 70 thousand dollars higher than originally anticipated. However, that is based on preliminary reports. Another review is expected later this fall from the corporate services director, and that should include a plan to mitigate the loss.

Potsdam Police was arrested a Clarkson University student for the assault of a campus security officer Tuesday. 19 year old James Maguire of Rhode Island was located a short time after assaulting the officer while on campus grounds, and now faces charges of second degree assault. He was held in County lockup on five thousand dollars cash bail.

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