Two residents of Natural Bridge were in Police Custody and later issued appearance tickets on TUesday for possession of heroin. During a traffic stop, police found that 29 year old Bridget Prashaw and 18 year old Gerald Woodard the third were in possession of four packets of heroin and three prescription drugs as well as hypodermic needles. State police assisted in their investigation of the matter, the most recent in a string of heroin busts for our area. 


District Attorney Mary Rain's investigation into county officials who she feels misappropriated funds has been put on hold pending a decision from a state judge. Rain is attempting to discern the usage of drug seizure money and why county officials did not apply for a state grant which would have paid for the salary of victim's rights advocates. Other county officials have suggested that Rain is incapable of handling the investigation herself, and have asked that a special prosecutor be appointed. 


The Ogdensburg City School district will be accepting offers for the purchase of the former Lincoln Elementary school building through 10 am today. The Knox street property will be sold as is without warranty, with the interested party required to make inspection arrangements. Any prospective buyers are encouraged to contact Jim McCarthy at 393-0900 extension 1927.


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that an investment of more than $9 million will be made to expand broadband access and increase broadband use among older adults in the North Country region. This investment is a result of a public/private partnership between New York State, Slic Network Solutions, Inc. and Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) and includes funding from the $6 million broadband fund awarded to the North Country Regional Economic Development Council. This investment will provide broadband access from the town of Belmont to the Southern end of Malone, and in the towns of Newcomb, Minerva, Chester, Oswegachie and Depeyster. Slic will expand access to broadband services for approximately 2,500 unserved households, 134 businesses and 33 community anchor institutions in the North Country, including 2 schools.


Congressman Bill Owens announced Wednesday that 46 thousand dollars in grant funding secured through the Department of Homeland Security will be given to the Massena Volunteer Emergency Company. In a press release, Owens said that the money will give the fire department the resources they need to ensure the safety of their firefighters and communities. 


Brockville General Hospital is praising the town of Gananoque, Legion Branch 92, and Gananoque Resident Jack Keyes for money raised which has purchased a central monitoring system critical in supporting the care and monitoring of Patients in the STep Down Unit of the Hospital. In total, the joint effort between the three raised forty thousand dollars. 


Brockville Police Officers remind area residents that although they've had the laws on the books for years now, they're still issuing a large number of distracted driving tickets related to cell phone usage. They're going to be enforcing the laws in particular in the upcoming weeks and say that fines now can reach as high as 280 dollars, up from several yeras ago, and the ticket could also include demerit points on your license. 


Cornwall area motorists are being told to reroute their usual travel plans for the next couple of weeks as COunty Road 31 north of Winchester will be undergoing repairs and resurfacing. Single lane closures began on July 28th, with single lane closures expected to last for three weeks time, depending upon weather and production speeds. 


The Iroquois Wastewater Treatment Plant is up and running after two years of construction. The plant will provide another treatment process intended to improve the qualify of wastewater effluent which is being released into the ST Lawrence River. Officials say that it will significantly improve the quality of life for area residents and will reduce the amount of untreated wasterater that's expelled in wet weather.  
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