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Two teens injured in ATV accident

First published: August 04, 2015 at 12:18 pm
Last modified: August 04, 2015 at 4:24 pm
JASON HUNTER n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES An ATV is removed from the woods Tuesday morning around 777 River Road near Norwood after it collided with a tree. Two teens were taken by ambulance to the hospital a third teen was released to a parent.

NORWOOD - Two teens were taken to Canton-Potsdam hospital Tuesday morning following an ATV Crash near 777 River Road.

State Police received a call at 10:12 a.m. that an ATV collided with a tree after the driver missed a curve was distracted by his hat being blown off of his head.

Caleb Bresett was the driver of the vehicle when it crashed, according to passenger Riley Smutz. Mr. Bresett was taken to Canton-Potsdam Hospital for treatment of head and neck injuries and was then flown to Upstate Medical Center in Syrause. An unnamed teenage passenger was taken to Canton-Potsdam Hospital to be treated for minor injuries. Mr. Smutz was not injured. All three were between the ages of 14 and 15, according to the Norwood Fire Department.

Norwood Fire Department, Potsdam Rescue, Border Patrol, St. Lawrence County Sheriffs and State Police all responded. The accident is being investigated.

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St. Lawrence outflow levels fluctuating as part of tug boat salvage mission

First published: August 04, 2015 at 3:33 pm
Last modified: August 04, 2015 at 3:33 pm
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Kaykers paddle past Cape Vincent Friday along the St. Lawrence River. Water levels on the river will be adjusted in order to assist in efforts to salvage a sunken tug boat that remains located in the North Channel of the St. Lawrence River at Cornwall, Ontario.

MASSENA - Outflow levels on the St. Lawrence River will temporarily fluctuate over the next few weeks as crews look to salvage a tug boat that sank in the North Channel of the river near Cornwall, Ont.

The International St. Lawrence River Board of Control said in a news release that it allowed a decreased outflow during daylight work hours Tuesday to reduce current velocities and the risk of hazardous conditions.

During the work, outflows will be decreased to as low as 240,500 cubic feet per second by 6 a.m., then increased to its typical planned outflow of 300,900 cubic feet per second at 8 p.m.

The tug boat is one of two that sank in separate incidents on June 22 as they helped move a third vessel into place to facilitate the demolition of an old international bridge.

The first of the two sunken tug boats was removed Saturday.

The board said the decreased outflows will result in rising water levels on Lake St. Lawrence during the day, but will be countered by gate changes at Iroquois Dam to keep water levels below alert levels upstream of the Moses-Saunders Dam.

Strong winds may result in temporary high levels, the board warned.

On Lake Ontario, the flow variations may result in as much as 1.2 inches of added water.

The board said the water will be removed as soon as the tug is cleared — a process that should take about five to eight weeks.

The board said Lake Ontario peaked at 246.82 feet on July 8 and 10, about 5.5 inches below the monthly mean upper limit.

The lake was 8.7 inches above long-term averages as of July 29.

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Potsdam man admits to sex crime, faces 12 years in prison

First published: August 04, 2015 at 10:41 am
Last modified: August 04, 2015 at 10:41 am

CANTON — A Potsdam man is facing 12 years in prison after telling a St. Lawrence County Court judge Tuesday that he had sexual contact with a child in the spring.

Luke A. Rosenbarker, 36, of Potsdam, pleaded guilty to the Supreme Court Information charging him with the violent felony of first-degree criminal sexual act.

Rosenbarker told County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards that during the early morning hours of May 21, in the town of Parishville, he had sexual contact with a boy under the age of 11.

Judge Richards committed to sentencing Rosenbarker to 12 years in prison with 15 years of post-release supervision.

Rosenbarker sobbed and cried his way through the hearing. He began breaking down when he made the admissions, telling the judge the act was for his own sexual gratification.

If he had gone to trial, Rosenbarker was facing up to 25 years in prison with 20 years of post-release supervision. He is expected to also pay for counseling for the victim and is expected to pay $1,425 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 19.

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Potsdam PD Public Record

First published: August 04, 2015 at 8:13 am
Last modified: August 04, 2015 at 8:13 am

The Police Blotter

Monday, Aug. 3, 2015

0040 Traffic stop completed on Market Street. Verbal warning issued.

0046 Traffic stop completed on Leroy Street .Verbal warning issued.

0052 Traffic stop completed on Market Street. Verbal warning issued.

0111 Traffic stop completed on Elm Street. Verbal warning issued.

0425 Dispatched Potsdam Rescue to a call

0905 Traffic stop on Maple Street. Verbal warning issued.

0945 Dispatched Potsdam Rescue to a call.

1003 Completed a record check for the New York State Police.

1015 Received a report of a dog at large in the Broad Street area.

1100 Received numerous reports of traffic backed up at the Pine Street / Maple Street intersection.

1433 Issued a handicap parking permit.

1856 Patrol assisted a citizen that fell on Madrid Avenue.

1927 Received a report of a hit and run accident.

1947 Issued a handicap parking permit.

2102 Suspicious person at Ives Park.

2105 Traffic stop on the May Road. Verbal warning issued

2236 Drug complaint on Racquette Road.

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Massena PD Public Record

First published: August 04, 2015 at 8:12 am
Last modified: August 04, 2015 at 8:12 am

Massena PD Public Record

AGGRAVATED UNLICENSED OPERATION - MASSENA - Village police charged Michelle M. Yanacheak, 33, of 369 County Route 37, Massena, with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle following an incident at 9:53 p.m. Monday when he she drove away after police had responded to a dispute complaint on Ober Street.

FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Roger J. Anson, 33, of George Street, Massena, for following too closely at 8:34 p.m. Monday following an incident on the Center Street Extension.

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Former Massena man charged with selling counterfeit water park tickets

First published: August 04, 2015 at 8:10 am
Last modified: August 04, 2015 at 8:12 am

PETIT LARCENY - MASSENA - Village police charged Harry J. Cooper, Jr., 33, of 77 Depot St., Gouverneur, formerly of 79 Liberty St., Massena, with petit larceny Monday evening following an investigation into a complaint that he was attempting to sell counterfeit tickets on the Massena online garage sale site. Police said a Massena couple paid Mr. Cooper $140 for seven tickets to the Enchanted Forest Water Safari park and later determined those tickets were not legitimate.

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Potsdam names 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame class

First published: August 04, 2015 at 8:08 am
Last modified: August 04, 2015 at 8:08 am

POTSDAM - The Potsdam High School Hall of Fame Committee has announced its inductees in the class of 2015.

Individual inductees include David Burkett, 1961-65; Sue Taylor, 1969-73; David Wilson, 1969-73; Dan Durand, 1971-75, Tony Fiacco, 1972-76; Randy Cardinal, 1977-81; Emily Seymour, 1994-98; and Christa Sherburne, 2000-04.

They will be joined in the hall of fame’s class of 2015 by the 1964. ‘65 and ‘66 football teams and the 1999-2000 volleyball team.

Sportswriter Dave Shea will receive the Outstanding Contributions to Potsdam Central School Athletics honor ,and Ed Weegar and Gerald Bradshaw have been named the honorees of the 2015 Gertie LaBaff Community Service Award.

The 2015 induction weekend activities include a golf outing at 10 a.m. Sept. 18 at the Potsdam Town & Country Club and a tailgate party at Sergi’s at 7:30 p.m. that night.

The unveiling of the new additions to the Hall of Fame Wall at the Gillette/Saunders Physical Education Complex is planned for 12:30 p.m. Sept. 19, and the inductees will be introduced at halftime of the high school football game later that afternoon. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

The dinner and induction ceremony is slated for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the AAK Middle School cafeteria. The cost of the dinner is $15 per person.

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