officials are still attempting to determine if a second shooter could be
involved in the attack on two sites yesterday. The gunmen, now identified as
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, was killed during his attack on Parliament, just minutes
after opening fire at the Canada War Memorial. Police are unsure at this time
if he was involved in both shootings. The soldier killed in the attack was
Corporal Nathan Cirillo of Hamilton, Ontario, and he was murdered while
standing guard at the Memorial. Three other people were briefly hospitalized
after the shootings, but were later released in stable condition. The incident
caused lockdowns throughout Ottawa while RCMP and other police officials
attempted to determine the nature of the situation. Although the Rideau Center
was shut down, police later determined that no incident had occurred
there. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has added that Canadians will never
be intimidated by terrorist actions. That being said, there are serious
discussions under way about changes to security protocols.
State police have released the identity of the body found in late August in the Massena Industrial Park. Investigators confirmed the identity of 25 year old Lacey Yekel on Tuesday. At this time, they have not ruled out foul play in her death. The cause of her death will be determined following a toxicology and forensic report. Yekel had not been seen by her family since June, but it was not until a body was reported found at the Industrial Park that she was reported missing. District Attorney Mary Rain indicated that she would be treating the case as homicide until such time that natural causes can be confirmed. Authorities are looking for any information on Ms. Yekel or her disappearance and subsequent death. That can be passed along to State Police in Ray Brook by contacting 518-897-2000.
The Massena Drug Free Community Coalition will be receiving a 625 thousand dollar grant to help support their efforts. With the money, they'll be hiring on a full time coordinator, training their staff members, and enacting media campaigns to raise awareness. The Coalition says they will be targeting marijuana and prescription drug abuse specifically.
An Edwards man is being held on fifty thousand dollars cash bail after the alleged kidnap of a Russell woman Tuesday. St. Lawrence County Sheriffs Deputies received a call of a domestic disturbance at 2 AM, and upon investigating, were told that 36 year old Paul Willard had been inside the Pestle Street Road residence with a gun and had left with a female. Deputies followed up by tracking Willard to his home, where they found the female victim unharmed. Willard faces charges of second degree kidnapping and first degree burglary, as well as second degree menacing and endangering the welfare of a child. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.