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2 charged in custody disagreement

A Wednesday evening disagreement over the custody & visitation of a child resulted in charges against 2 Lowville men. Lewis County Sheriff's Deputies report that they were called to a residence on State Route 26 in the Town of Lowville regarding the disagreement & as a result of the complaint, 40 year old Michael Turck was charged with harassment 2nd degree for allegedly making unwanted physical contact with 37 year old Luke Thisse, who was charged with trespass for allegedly not leaving the Turck property immediately when told to
do so. All charges are returnable to Town of Lowville Court.

Fairport man injured in motorcycle/deer accident

A 68 year old Fairport man was injured Wednesday when he struck a deer. Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol reports that a motorcycle driven by Louie Guilmette was riding on Moose River Road in the Town of Boonville when a deer entered his lane of travel. He struck the deer &was thrown from his motorcycle, sustaining serious injuries. Deputies at the scene said Guilmette was obeying all traffic laws at the
time but the accident was still unavoidable. Guilmette was transported by the Boonville Ambulance Company to St. Elizabeth's Hospital for medical treatment.

Kidnapping suspects now facing federal charges

The two St. Lawrence County residents accused of kidnapping two Amish sisters last month are now facing a five-count federal indictment involving sexually exploiting the sisters as well as a third victim. United States Attorney Richard Hartunian announced yesterday in Syracuse that 39 year old Stephen Howells and 25 year old Nicole Vaisey, who are from Hermon, were both charged sexual exploitation of a child involving one Amish girl, a 12 year old, and with conspiracy to sexually exploit children involving the both the 12 year old and her 7 year old sister. They were also each charged with the sexual exploitation of a third child. Howells was charged separately with possession of child pornography. The charges reportedly involve conspiring to entice the Amish girls to engage in sexual conduct so they could produce and distribute porn. If convicted, the pair faces a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in prison on the first four counts. Howells faces a maximum of 20 years on the pornography possession charge. They could also be fined $250,000 on each count.
Both would have to register as sex offenders after prison.

4 students sent to hospital in bus accident

Four Camden Elementary students were sent to the hospital as a precaution after a pickup truck collided with a school bus on Route 69 earlier this week. School officials report that there were no serious injuries in the accident, which occurred at around 8:25 a.m. Tuesday
morning at the intersection with MacFarland Road. Three of the four students have returned to school and the district is reaching out to the family of the fourth. The bus was bound for Camden Elementary School with a total of 13 students at the time of the crash along with the bus driver, who was not injured. The Oneida County Sheriff's Office is investigating. Officials report that the accident report is not yet complete.

SNAP benefits will not be available Sunday morning

New York State is urging those that receive SNAP and Temporary Assistance to plan ahead because benefits will be unavailable for a time this weekend. The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance has alerted recipients that this Sunday, from midnight until no later than noon, their benefits will be unavailable while a system change is made to allow a new contractor to take over operating the EBT system. During this time, SNAP recipients will not be able to make food purchases with their SNAP benefits using the EBT cards, and Temporary Assistance recipients will not be able to use their EBT cards to make purchases or withdraw cash. There will be no impact on Medicaid recipients' ability to use their cards to access medical benefits. If you are in need of food assistance during the EBT downtime period, the state urges you to visit your nearest food pantry or soup kitchen that is usually open on Sundays. Once the conversion is complete and cards can be used again. For more information, visit otda.ny.gov.

Unemployment benefits to go up

Those that receive New York state unemployment benefits may see their payout go up. Governor Cuomo announced that the maximum and minimum rates for weekly unemployment insurance benefits will increase on October 6th. The minimum rate will increase from $64 to
$100 and the maximum rate will increase from $405 to $420. The state's unemployment insurance trust fund, which pays benefits, reportedly did not have enough funds to pay for claims filed by unemployed workers for years, which forced the state to borrow funds from the federal government to cover the difference with employers having to pay back a $3.5 billion debt with interest. Last year, the Governor signed into law a major reform to the state's unemployment insurance system, which included paying off the debt to the federal government sooner, increasing fraud prevention measures and penalties, and making sure there is enough money to pay claimant benefits and increase weekly benefits for the first time in 14 years. A claimant's weekly benefit rate is determined by a formula that takes into account what that person earned from recent employers & those eligible to receive the benefit increase will receive a separate notice from the Department of Labor.

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