CANTON A homeless man accused of assaulting a village police officer in January is in custody.
Village police on Wednesday charged Richard C. Harrison, 28, with felony assault of a police officer and misdemeanor second-degree obstructing governmental administration.
Harrison allegedly attacked officer Kevin J. Mousaw at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Association for Neighborhood Rehabilitation, 15 Commerce Lane, where Mr. Harrison was staying.
Mousaw and Chief Lori A. McDougal went to the single-room-occupancy building to take Harrison to Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Ogdensburg, for a mental health evaluation. When they attempted to detain him, he allegedly head-butted Mr. Mousaw and punched him.
Harrison fled and was picked up minutes later on Dies Street by state police and St. Lawrence County sheriffs deputies.
Mr. Mousaw has remained off duty since the incident. He was treated at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Potsdam, for a concussion, injuries to his mouth and damage to several teeth. Ms. McDougal said he will not be back on duty for the rest of the month.
Harrison was arrested at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was arraigned in Canton Town Court and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.
POTSDAM Marc D. Leuthold has been denied permission to build an apartment on the first floor of his property at 1 Market St., after receiving a building permit in error and beginning construction last year.
The villages Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously decided Thursday that the artist and SUNY Potsdam professors plans to turn the first floor into a shared apartment, gallery and studio did not meet the necessary requirements to justify a special permit.
Mr. Leuthold said he is considering his next step, which may involve appealing the boards decision in state Supreme Court.
I think Im going to speak with my lawyer, to see what my options are, he said.
Mr. Leuthold received a building permit to construct the apartment from village Code Enforcement Officer Larry J. Colbert in April. He began work, spending $15,000 on the project and building a wall separating the front of the space from the proposed apartment in the back.
Over two months later the village realized its mistake and issued a stop-work order. First-floor commercial properties are not to be converted into residential space, according to the village code, for fear of eroding the value of the downtown business district.
Mr. Colbert left the position of code enforcement officer in September to go back into retirement, citing an overwhelming workload. His replacement, Gregory Thompson, became the villages fifth code enforcement officer in less than three years.
In order to qualify for a special use permit to build an apartment, Mr. Leutholds property had to pass four tests. The erroneous permit was not considered in the zoning boards deliberations.
Unfortunately, our hands are tied, said board Chairman Wade A. Davis. If one of these tests is failed, then the Zoning Board of Appeals is forced to deny.
Mr. Leuthold said the village is depriving itself of the economic benefit a downtown artists studio could bring, calling such endeavours an economic engine.
This town wants to throw sand in the engine, instead of gasoline in the gas tank, he said.
The board agreed that Mr. Leutholds application passed the first two of the four tests.
First, the applicant must be unable to get a reasonable return on his or her investment in the property.
Second, this must be due to a unique hardship that does not apply to other property owners in the area.
The first floor of 1 Market St. has been vacant for several years. It is inaccessible to nearby parking, making loading and unloading nearly impossible, because it is tucked up against the Raquette River.
However, the code also states that any changes to a property must not alter the essential character of the neighborhood, and the hardship cannot be self-created by the property owner.
This is where Mr. Leutholds application fell short, according to the board. By building an apartment on the first floor, he would be altering downtown Potsdams character as a commercial district.
Although he did not directly cause his problems with parking or accessibility, he brought the problem on himself by knowing the potential issues when he bought the building, the board agreed.
If Mr. Leuthold decides to appeal to state Supreme Court, the case will be treated as a lawsuit, with the village as the defendant.
According to village Planning and Development Director Frederick J. Hanss, the village has been involved in two such lawsuits in the last nine years, winning both.
POTSDAM - The State University of New York at Potsdam has launched its new Graduate Canadian Initiative.
The program is a unique benefit designed exclusively for all graduate students enrolled at SUNY Potsdam who hold citizenship in Canada.
The program provides Canadian students in the colleges masters programs with complimentary on-campus lodging in a standard residence hall double room, as well as a $500 credit toward a meal plan. The initiative is renewable for up to four semesters for full-time students who maintain grade point averages of 3.0 or higher.
Potsdam has a strong tradition of welcoming students from Canada in pursuit of their graduate degree. In fact, more than 10 percent of our graduate degree alumni come from Canada, Director of Graduate Studies Joshua LaFave said.
As a gesture of permanent commitment to providing opportunities for this population, we are delighted to offer the Canadian Graduate Initiative, exclusively designed to provide support to students, by way of housing and food expenses, while they pursue their graduate degree at Potsdam. Our goal is to eliminate the potential stressors with commuting, and assist in creating an environment for student success, he added.
Due to Potsdams close proximity to Canada, SUNY Potsdam has one of the highest enrollments of Canadian students among the SUNY comprehensive colleges. SUNY Potsdams graduate offerings are all open to Canadians.
The Master of Science in Teaching programs in childhood education and adolescence education are particularly popular; New York State teacher certification is reciprocated in Ontario and acknowledged by the Ontario College of Teachers.
Information sessions offered:
SUNY Potsdam Graduate Studies will offer a series of upcoming information sessions in Canada. All sessions will begin at 7 p.m. on the following dates at these locations:
Brockville: April 1, at the Holiday Inn Express, located at 7815 Kent Boulevard.
Cornwall: March 31, May 5 and June 2, at the Best Western Parkway Inn and Conference Centre, located at 1515 Vincent Massey Drive.
Kingston: April 2 and May 7, at the Best Western Fireside Inn, located at 1217 Princess St.
Ottawa: April 3, April 24, May 8 and June 5, at the Ottawa Catholic School Board Boardroom, located at 570 West Hunt Club Road in Nepean.
Peterborough: March 20, at the Peterborough Waterfront Holiday Inn, located at 150 George St.
To register for the free information sessions, please visit potsdamgraduatestudies.eventbrite.com.
For more information about the Graduate Canadian Initiative, visit www.potsdam.edu/canada.
FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Connor J. Mitchell, 21, of Maple Stret, Norwood, for following too closely at 9:19 p.m. Wednesday following a property damage accident on East Orvis Street.
UNINSPECTED VEHICLE - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Jose L. Hernandez, 40, of Butler Ave., Massena, for operation of an uninspected mogtor vehicle at 2:33 p.m. Thursday following a traffic stop on Willow Street.
MENACING - WADDINGTON - Ogdensburg-based state police charged Bridget Marie Grant, 30, formerly of 87 Pork St., Waddington with two counts of second-degree menacing, two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, disorderly conduct and second-degree harassment after responding to a domestic dispute at 12:52 p.m. Wednesday in the town of Waddington.
Troopers allege that at 2:40 p.m. at her former address she shoved her ex-boyfriend during a domestic dispute and came at him and with a cattle dehorner and a kitchen knife. Troopers would not release the name of the alleged victim but said that Grant had lived at the listed address with him but is without a current address.
Grant was arraigned in Waddington Town Court and was released under probation supervision.
PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENTS - CANTON - State police responded to a number of property damage accidents Wednesday on a day when heavy snow and winds hit the area. Among those:
Ronald M. Marcsisin, 67, of Plattsburgh and Paul Fontane, 49, of Norwood at 1:31 p.m. Wednesday on state Route 190, near County Route 16, in the town of Altona.
MASSENA - West Stockholms snow accumulation led the pack Thursday, with the National Weather Service reporting 10 inches of snow had fallen between late Wednesday morning and early Thursday afternoon.
The storm, which began Wednesday morning and concludedby 8 a.m. Thursday, produced 7 inches in Gouverneur and 9 inches in Ogdensburg, according to the National Weather Service.
They said they did not yet have storm totals for Massena or Potsdam..
MASSENA - A two vehicle accident on West Hatfield Street late Thursday morning sent two people to the hospital.
Massena police arrived on scene shortly before noon where the duo were transported.
The exact cause of the crash is currently under investigation.
MASSENA - As of 7 a.m., five schools in the Massena-Potsdam area have closed for the day, while the other schools in the region started the day witg a two-hour delay.
Parishville-Hopkinton, Colton-Pierrepont, Brushton-Moira, St. Regis Falls and Edwards-Knox are closed for the day.
Potsdam, Massena, Norwood-Norfolk, Madrid-Waddington, St. Lawrence Central and Salmon River are among the area schools still on a two-hour delay.
AGGRAVATED UNLICENSED OPERATION - POTSDAM - Village police charged Jeffrey R. Pignona, 20, of Potsdam with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and failure to notify DMV of an address change and ticketed him for an equipment violation – inadequate exhaust system at 12:44 a.m. Wednesday following a traffic stop on Waverly Street.
The Police Blotter
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
0039Dispatched Potsdam Rescue to a call/
0044Traffic stop on Waverly Street. Tickets issued.
0148Dispatched Potsdam Rescue to a call/
0226Dispatched Potsdam Rescue to a call.
0505Dispatched Potsdam Rescue to a call.
0749Patrol completed an equipment inspection for a motorist.
1038Patrol completed an equipment inspection for a motorist.
1038Patrol responded to a property damage accident on Leroy Street.
1103Vehicle off the road on Clarkson Avenue. Patrol assisted the motorist with getting the vehicle back onto the roadway.
1223Completed a record check for New York State Police.
1301Dispatched PVRS to a call on the Howardville Road, Colton.
1350Dispatched PVRS to a call on the Marsh Road, Norfolk.
1403Patrols responded to a harassment complaint on Market Street. Investigation continues.
1607Patrols responded to a property damage accident on Lawrence Avenue.
1705Dispatched PVRS to a call on Munson Street.
2128Received report of an order of protection violation.Charges pending.