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Black River man charged with marijuana possession

A 21 year old Black River man has been charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Lowville Police report that Jared Gilson was charged stemming from a traffic stop on North State Street for towing a trailer with insufficient tail lamps. Gilson was allegedly found to be in possession of 2 marijuana smoking devices that contained a small amount of marijuana. He was issued appearance tickets returnable to Village of Lowville Court.

Lee Center man charged with petit larceny twice

A 28 year old Lee Center man has been charged with 2 counts of petit larceny. Rome Police report that Brian Stannard allegedly took doughnuts, pies, soda and a newspaper from Tops Market on August 4th without paying for them. 2 days later, Stannard allegedly did the same thing, taking an identical list of items when he was caught this time by store security. Stannard told police he was on his way to work and grabbed the items for his breakfast and lunch. He said he grabbed the newspapers to read and check for used car ads. Stannard was arraigned in City of Rome Court & was released on his own recognizance.

Tony Stewart speaks to media after returning to the track

NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart spoke in public for the first time about the deadly racing accident he was in just three weeks ago. On August 9th, during a sprint car event in Canandaigua, Stewart's car slammed into Kevin Ward Jr. of Port Leyden and killed him. Stewart's voice trembled as he stated that this is something that will definitely affect his life forever. The 3-time NASCAR champion missed the last 3
Sprint Cup races due to the tragedy before returning to racing this weekend in Atlanta. Ontario County Investigators have said there's no evidence of criminal intent, but the investigation is still ongoing. NASCAR officials say Stewart has received all necessary clearances to return to competition.

Fatal motorcycle accident remains under investigation

The investigation into what caused the motorcycle accident that killed two Rome men early Monday morning is continuing. State Police reported that 53 year old Paul Gentile and 29 year old Franklin Salcedo were westbound on Thomas on a motorcycle when they somehow lost control on a curve in the roadway, crashing into a mailbox and a sign post. Investigators report that the cause of the crash is not yet known. The accident reconstruction remains ongoing & there is so far no indication that excessive speed was a factor. Autopsies have been completed and both men died from their injuries. Toxicology tests have not yet been completed, so it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were involved. Anyone with information on the crash can call state police at 366-6000. All calls will be kept confidential.

JC Sheriff’s Department reopening cold case

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department is revisiting and unsolved case from several years ago and is asking the public for any information that may solve it. Sergeant Patrick Rust was a soldier at Fort Drum, disappeared back in March 2007. He was last seen
leaving the Clueless bar on Arsenal Street heading east. His remains were found six months later at a field in the Town of Hounsfield. What happened in between remains a mystery. Officials were never able to determine a cause of death for Rust. The Sheriff's Department has put together a new poster with Rust's picture and information on the case. The poster can be found at the department's official Facebook page. Anyone with any information on this case that may help investigators is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at 786-2676 or 786-2672.

moe.down festival going on this weekend

The moe.down festival is going on in Lewis County for the 15th year. Crowds have descended on the Snow Ridge Ski Area in Turin and the stage is set. The 3-day festival, founded by the band moe.down, goes through Sunday evening.

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