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Northern Puppies saga ends in probation, fine

As he did just 24 hours before, Plattsburgh City Court judge Mark Rogers ignored the pleas of Clinton County Assistant District Attorney Jason Marx, and sentenced one of the principals of the ‘Northern Puppies’ saga to probation and a fine, avoiding any jail time for the former pet store owner at the heart of one of the more gripping animal abuse cased in recent Clinton County memory.

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Staley gets probation in puppy abandonment case

Michael Staley avoided jail time in his puppy abandonment case, over the impassioned pleas of Assistant District Attorney Jason Marx.

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Queensbury man located near Syracuse

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office just sent out a bulletin asking the public to help locate a missing person.

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Missing Australian man found dead

On Wednesday, Jan. 15, New York State Forest Rangers located the body of missing Australian man Captain Paul John McKay, 33, ending a search effort that lasted nearly two weeks.

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Chester Man arrested for sex with underage girl

Peter W. Stewart, 46, of Chester was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 14, for felony rape in the third degree after he allegedly had a year-long relationship with a girl under the age of 17.

Peak’s name change to honor Battle of Plattsburgh hero

The name of an Adirondack Peak in Lewis has been changed back to its original name, MacDonough Mountain.

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DEC To Dismantle Marcy Dam

The State Department of Environmental Conservation has decided to dismantle Marcy Dam, which was severely damaged by Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011.

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Bill Owens not running for re-election

With little fanfare, Representative Bill Owens’ (D-NY 21) office issued a press release Tuesday announcing that he will not be seeking re-election for the Assembly seat he currently holds.

Police searching for suspects in church burglary

Suspects made off with money from collection box

On Dec. 25, 2013, State Police responded to a report of a burglary at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Church Street in Champlain. The suspects had entered the church sometime during the night of Christmas Eve, following the evening mass, and stole an undetermined amount of money from the collection box. The suspects also damaged other property within the church.

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Rivers sentencing delayed

Third man to be convicted in death of Keeseville man seeks new council

Michael Rivers, the man convicted on May 30, 2013 of first-degree manslaughter and gang-assault in the death of Keeseville resident Robert M. Rennie requested new counsel at his sentencing Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Essex County Courthouse. The request once again delayed sentencing for the third and final individual to be charged in relation to the father of two’s death.

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Former State Supreme Court Judge arrested for felony DWI

Former Essex County State Supreme Court Justice James P. Dawson, 68, of Elizabethtown was remanded to Essex County Jail on Sunday, Jan. 5 charged with a felony DWI.

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Fatal snowmobile accident in Champlain

On December 29, State Police in Chazy investigated a fatal snowmobile accident in the town of Champlain.

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County under State of Emergency

Please be advised that the Town of Jay, Essex County, Clinton County, Franklin County and St. Lawrence County have all declared a State of Emergency as of 4 p.m. today.

SUNY sexual assault allegation leads to multiple other arrests

Plattsburgh city police are reporting that in the early morning hours of Nov. 23 a female SUNY Plattsburgh student reported to her friends on campus that she was possibly drugged and sexually assaulted at the AXP fraternity house, 147 Brinkerhoff Street.

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Moriah Center woman dies in house fire

Police, fire investigators search for cause

The woman killed in a Moriah Center fire Dec. 3 has been identified as Sierra Daha. Daha, age 22, died in an upstairs bedroom during a blaze at 2726 Dugway Road. Two people — the home’s owner, Mary Daha, age 81, and Damian Sprague, age 20 — escaped the fire. Neither was injured.