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Inside the Courtroom: An exclusive look at Essex County's sweeping drug raids

A firsthand courtroom account of the people, the charges and the narcotics involved in Friday's sweeping drug raid across Essex County

Eighteen arrested in Essex County drug sweep

ELIZABETHTOWN — On March 21, 2014, the New York State Police took part in a multi-agency round-up of suspects involved in the sale of drugs in Essex County, which resulted in numerous suspects being arrested. As a result of ongoing narcotics investigations by law enforcement agencies throughout Essex County and Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague, 18 suspects were apprehended during early morning raids.

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NY National Guard Counter Drug Task Force wins fed honor

The New York State Army National Guard Counter Drug Task Force won national recognition recently from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).

Ticonderoga police make arrest

A Plattsburgh man has been arrested and charged in connection with a Ticonderoga burglary.

Malone man faces life in prison for distributing marijuana

A Malone man was convicted in U.S. District Court of conspiracy to distribute more than 1,000 kilos of marijuana recently.

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NYSP cracking down on DWI, texting Super Bowl weekend

Major Richard C. Smith Jr., Troop B Commander wants to remind motorists that the New York State Police in Troop B will join other law enforcement agencies across the Troop in a special effort to crackdown on impaired and distracted driving during Super Bowl Weekend.

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Abandoned puppies happy in their new homes

In early August, 24 puppies were abandoned by the husband of the owner of Northern Puppies, Michael Staley.

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Probation and fine only for Northern Puppies couple

On consecutive days last week, Plattsburgh City Court judge Mark Rogers handed out nearly identical sentences to Michael and Tammy Staley for their roles in the Northern Puppies abuse and abandonment cases from last summer.

Stand-off ends peacefully in West Chazy

A Jan. 19 phone call lead to a tense, 10-hour standoff with State Police.

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Man arrested under Leandra’s Law

Last weekend the New York State Police arrested a 34-year-old Peru man for aggravated driving while intoxicated, for violating Leandra’s Law by having a child under 16 in a vehicle while he was intoxicated.

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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.

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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17 year old arrested for pair of city fires

The early morning hours of Friday, November 29 saw Plattsburgh city police and fire department members, and members of the SUNY Plattsburgh police, called to a car fire and a house fire, mere minutes apart.

Michael Staley pleads guilty in puppy abandonment case

In Plattsburgh City Court Nov. 21, Michael Staley pled guilty to five counts of abandoning an animal, in a plea agreement worked out with the Clinton County District Attorney’s office.