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Lac-Megantic burning on the first day after the rail car derailment sent fireballs and streams of burning oil coursing through the Quebec village. Photo: Surete du Quebec
Lac-Megantic burning on the first day after the rail car derailment sent fireballs and streams of burning oil coursing through the Quebec village. Photo: Surete du Quebec

Tapes show confusion, misteps in Quebec oil train disaster

For the first time, audio recordings have emerged from the Lac Megantic oil train disaster in Canada last summer that killed 47 people.

The recordings, made at a railroad dispatch office the night of the deadly fire, capture some of the missteps and miscommunication that contributed to the accident.  Go to full article
Padilla lost his footing and the current swept him over the waterfall where he became lodged below the surface

Buffalo man drowns on Raquette River

State police say rescue divers have recovered the body of a 20-year-old man who drowned on Saturday near Buttermilk Falls, near Long Lake, on the Raquette River.  Go to full article
Major Richard Smith, commander of New York State Police Troop B in Ray Brook, spoke at a press conference Friday afternoon.  Photo:  Brian Mann
Major Richard Smith, commander of New York State Police Troop B in Ray Brook, spoke at a press conference Friday afternoon. Photo: Brian Mann

Was reckless driver in crash that killed Potsdam couple suicidal?

At a press conference Friday afternoon in Lake Placid, State Police said that 20-year-old Trevor Sisto of Fort Covington had spoken of suicide before Thursday's deadly crash.

Sisto, now in custody being held on $200,000 bail, has been charged with felony counts of unlawfully fleeing a Police Officer and driving while ability impaired by drugs.

He was also ticketed for reckless driving, failure to keep right and speeding. State police say more charges are pending.

Sisto crashed into a car in Ray Brook, New York, killing a Potsdam couple and seriously injuring their daughter.

"There has been some information shared with us relative to [SIsto] making general suicidal ideation in the not too distant pat," said Major Richard Smith, State Police commander for Troop B headquartered in Ray Brook.

Major Smith said that mind-set might have contributed to "the mindset that went into this reckless and erratic behavior.

He added that after being arrested, Sisto allegedly expressed regret that he hadn't killed any police officers during Thursday's chase.  Go to full article
Donald A. Combs, 84 of Sauquoit has been located. Mr. Combs had been missing for several days.

84-year-old hiker found alive in Adirondacks after search

New York State Police and New York State Forest Rangers say an elderly hiker missing since last Thursday has been located alive in the southern Adirondacks.

"Donald A. Combs, 84 of Sauquoit has been located," the release confirmed. "Mr. Combs had been missing for several days."

According to the Rome Sentinel newspaper, Coombs was last seen on Thursday of last week. He was hiking in the Black River Wild Forest.

The search for Coombs began on Sunday.

Local media report that Donald Combs of Sauquoit in central New York was located Thursday by search dogs about a mile and a half from a family camp site.  Go to full article
The "red zone" in downtown Lac-Megantic, Quebec. NCPR File Photo: Brian Mann
The "red zone" in downtown Lac-Megantic, Quebec. NCPR File Photo: Brian Mann

NPR: First Responders Unprepared For Another Oil Train Disaster

This week, we've been looking at the aftermath of that deadly train derailment in Quebec that left 47 people dead. The accident in Lac-Megantic one year ago has opened a new debate over the safety of the massive oil-tanker trains that are passing daily through towns here in the North Country.

It's also caused communities across the US to ask whether their fire departments and emergency crews are ready if that kind of train disaster occurred here? As NPR's David Schaper reports, many first responders say they don't have the equipment, the manpower or the training to respond.  Go to full article
Andre LaFlamme, a paramedic in Lac-Megantic, remembers July 6 2013 as "hell."  He stands on a ceremonial boardwalk outside the destroyed area known as the "red zone."  Photo:  Monique Cornett
Andre LaFlamme, a paramedic in Lac-Megantic, remembers July 6 2013 as "hell." He stands on a ceremonial boardwalk outside the destroyed area known as the "red zone." Photo: Monique Cornett

One year later: sorrow, hope and hard work in Lac-Megantic

Early Sunday morning in a small town in eastern Quebec, thousands of local residents held a midnight vigil for the victims of one of North America's deadliest train accidents.

One year ago, an American-owned tanker train carrying crude oil from North Dakota derailed and erupted in Lac-Megantic. The flames incinerated the community's downtown. Forty-seven people died.  Go to full article
The Black River in full spate, almost four feet above flood stage, noon Thursday April 17.  Photo: Brian Caird
The Black River in full spate, almost four feet above flood stage, noon Thursday April 17. Photo: Brian Caird

Updated: Black River receding, but officials urge caution

UPDATE - 2 P.M. High water in the Black River continues to fall. According to the the National Weather service, the water level at Watertown reads 11.5 feet at this hour. The Schroon River also continues to fall, but remains in the moderate to major flood zone, at just over 9 feet at Rivebank.

UPDATE - 8 A.M. The Black River is falling this morning. According to the National Weather Service, it's now just over 12 feet at Watertown, still two feet above flood stage, but down a foot and a half since it crested early yesterday morning.

It had been expected to crest at 14.2 feet, but after reaching 13.8 feet the river fell through the day. Those levels are still the second highest the Black River has been in recorded history. Flood warnings remain in effect for Jefferson and Lewis counties, and counties along Lake Champlain.


APR 18, 2104 - People along the Black River in the Watertown area were watching the river closely today, after forecasters predicted the Black would come close to setting a new record for high water as it crested. But as of this afternoon, the water levels are going down, according to the National Weather Service and emergency crews on the ground.  Go to full article
Forest Ranger Captain John Streiff during a press conference announcing discovery of McKay's body.  (Photo:  Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, used with permission)
Forest Ranger Captain John Streiff during a press conference announcing discovery of McKay's body. (Photo: Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, used with permission)

Missing Australian found near Ray Brook, took own life

An intensive, nearly two-week search in the Adirondacks for a missing Australian soldier ended Wednesday when a state forest ranger found Paul McKay's body on Scarface Mountain near Ray Brook.

An autopsy released Thursday found McKay committed suicide by hypothermia.

The 31-year-old Australian Army captain was a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

While the search for McKay is over, as Chris Knight reports, there are still many unanswered surrounding his disappearance.  Go to full article
As this winter storm unfolds, bringing heavy snow and high winds to many parts of the state, I strongly urge all New Yorkers to exercise caution, avoid travel, and stay indoors.-Gov. Cuomo

Gov. Cuomo: Icy weather triggers NY emergency

A state of emergency remains in effect this morning across much of New York because of the dangerous blast of icy temperatures and heavy snow.

The national Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning until 11 am this morning across much of North Country Public Radio's listening area.

Wind chill readings this morning are expected to plunge to 38 degrees below zero with winds up to 20 miles an hour. That means frostbite can result in as little as 15 minutes on exposed skin.

Meanwhile, state officials in New York say a travel ban is still in effect this morning for commercial vehicles on I-87 from Albany south to New York City. I-84 between Connecticut and the Pennsylvania border are closed to all traffic, including passenger and emergency vehicles.

Travel is also limited on the Tappan Zee Bridge and the Long Island Expressway. Those travel restrictions are expected to be lifted at 8 am this morning.

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement last night saying that "Safety remains our top priority."

He urged New Yorkers to check on neighbors and loved ones and avoid travel if possible until the storm passes.

"As this winter storm unfolds, bringing heavy snow and high winds to many parts of the state, I strongly urge all New Yorkers to exercise caution, avoid travel, and stay indoors," Governor Cuomo said.

"To ensure an effective and rapid response to this winter storm, I am declaring a statewide state of emergency, so resources can get to communities where they are needed as quickly as possible."  Go to full article
Weather alerts and warnings have been posted by the National Weather Service for all of the North Country (Image:  National Weather Service Burlington)
Weather alerts and warnings have been posted by the National Weather Service for all of the North Country (Image: National Weather Service Burlington)

Dangerous cold snap hits North Country

Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York will activate its emergency center later this morning to prepare for a pair of winter storms that are expected to bring snow, wind and dangerously low temperatures to much of the state.

The North Country could face especially difficult conditions, including a mix of difficult driving conditions and harsh cold.

State officials say a windchill watch is in effect across the region, with the cold expected to reach -30 to -40 degrees Fahrenheit on today and Friday.

The National Weather service has issued a hazardous weather outlook and wind chill advisories for most of the North Country Public Radio listening area.

In some areas, significant snowfall is possible, with difficult driving conditions and dangerously low temperatures.  Go to full article

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