09/22/2014 

In World News, after 3 years of continued civil war, the various warring parties of Myanmar could be close to negotiating a cease fire in the next few weeks. However, there are concerns that the terms of the cease fire could be negligible, as a similar deal was reached in 1991, only for fighting to breakout again.

State Senator Chuck Schumer has announced that it’s likely that hundreds of children are being affected by a rare respiratory virus that’s been making its way through the United States. As of now, the CDC has confirmed only 160 cases of ed-68 through 22 states. The virus causes flu like symptoms and can be particularly harmful to children who are already asthmatic. In the most severe cases, children have needed life support due to breathing difficulties. Senator Schumer is calling on the CDC to provide better tracking and information on the virus.

A Burlington, Ontario woman was issued a traffic ticket on Saturday after a vehicle rollover in Potsdam. 19 year old Renata Fast is said to have pulled into the path of an oncoming vehicle as she was making a turn from Elm Street onto Lawrence Avenue. Her vehicle was hit on the passenger side which caused her vehicle to overturn and strike another vehicle which was stopped. Potsdam Fire and Rescue responded but there were no injuries sustained by either the drivers or passengers involved.

Ogdensburg City Council have set a public hearing for tonight at 7 pm, during which they will consider removing a paper street from the city map. Additionally, council will set a date for another public hearing in order to name eight city lanes which currently are without name. Again, that first public hearing tonight at 7 pm.

State officials are warning drivers to be extra cautious of moose as the fall approaches. The approach of early fall signals the beginning of breeding season for moose, which means that more are likely to be out around dawn and dusk. Last year, the DEC reported ten vehicle collisions with moose.

Changes are coming during the final phase of the 120 million dollar renovation to the Cornwall Community Hospital. Many upgrades have come to all sections of the hospital, and a hospital rep confirmed that services have transferred from the Second Street building over to the McConnell Avenue site. One of the few services remaining at the former hospital is the Sleep lab, which will transfer over next month. The project should reach completion by January of next year.

Since the beginning of the school year starting September 2nd, 2014 members of the Gananoque Police have been conducting targeted patrols of the school zones directly adjacent to St. Joseph’s and Linklater Public Schools. Police are specifically targeting distracted driving and stop sign offences. As a result officers have issued 15 provincial offence notices and 13 cautions to motorists during the peak drop-off and pick-up times. This initiative will continue for the remainder of the school year.

Police in Ottawa have so far arrested four people and are seeking a fifth in connection with the beating of individuals. In the two cases, the people also had items stolen from them. One such victim was said to have been held captive for two days and then was set free in the woods near Gananoque. That man suffered only minor injuries, but according to one of the officers, his apartment was cleaned out. This last suspect sought is said to be a black man around 6 foot tall with medium build, possibly going by the name “J.” 

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