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Onondaga County mosquitoes misdiagnosed

James T. Mulder

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Onondaga County Health Department says it incorrectly reported Tuesday that mosquitoes trapped in Cicero were infected with the potentially deadly Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus.

That report was based on information the county gets from the state Health Department, which routinely tests mosquitoes trapped in Onondaga County for EEE, West Nile and other viruses.

White explains decision to plead guilty, offers his version of events that led to charges

- Malone Telegram

MALONE — Former Franklin County Undersheriff Pat White, who pleaded guilty to harassment charges Wednesday in response to allegations he had ordered a deputy to target members of the county Legislature, broke his silence Thursday to present his version of the situation.

In a phone interview with The Telegram, White said that he previously could not reply to requests for interviews either because as an official he could not comment on personnel publicly or on the advice of his attorney. With a plea deal to resolve three officials misconduct charges against him in place, he said that he was now free to share his side of the story.

Ritchie secures funding for anti-drug abuse programing in schools

- Massena Daily Courier

State Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, announced Wednesday that $70,000 would be dedicated to improve drug abuse prevention efforts in schools throughout Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties.

The Jefferson County share of the money will go toward Pivot Prevention and Health Services, also known as the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council of Jefferson County. The funding will help expand its Student Assistance Program, which places highly trained addiction professionals in schools to provide support for students struggling with drug abuse and related issues.

Massena Central School District, Boys and Girls Club sign new agreement for use of school facilities

- Massena Daily Courier

MASSENA — Because their clubhouse won’t be ready by the time school opens on Sept. 6, the Boys and Girls Club of Massena will continue to use Massena Central School District facilities for their after-school programming during the 2016-17 school year.

“They have had some delay with their facility,” Superintendent Patrick H. Brady said.

The club has signed a memorandum of understanding with the district for the use of Jefferson Elementary School and, at times, Massena Central High School and J.W. Leary Junior High School to expand their programming to upper grades.

MASSENA — A Massena man was indicted Thursday on federal allegations that he distributed child pornography over the internet. Joseph R. Banker Jr., age not available, is charged in U.S. District Court, Plattsburgh, with distribution of child pornography,

- Massena Daily Courier

MASSENA — A Massena man was indicted Thursday on federal allegations that he distributed child pornography over the internet.

Joseph R. Banker Jr., age not available, is charged in U.S. District Court, Plattsburgh, with distribution of child pornography, receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Massena man indicted on federal allegations of receiving, distributing child pornography

- Massena Daily Courier

MASSENA — A Massena man was indicted Thursday on federal allegations that he distributed child pornography over the internet.

Joseph R. Banker Jr., age not available, is charged in U.S. District Court, Plattsburgh, with distribution of child pornography, receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Former Waddington couple charged with attempted murder in child starvation case

- Massena Daily Courier

CANTON — A former Waddington couple was indicted by a grand jury on attempted murder and assault charges Thursday in St. Lawrence County Court in connection with the alleged nearly two-year malnourishment of a 5-year-old child.

Shelly L. Shirley, 44, of 53 Franklin Road, Waddington, and Anthony J. Gladle, 32, of 300 Ellis Road, Canton, are each charged with second-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault.

Tribal Council Extends Support to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

Akwesasne, NY — For the past week; more than 1,500 environmentalists, tribal members and other supporters have made their way to Cannon Ball, North Dakota to show their support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. The most recent supporters to arrive are Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Chief Ron LaFrance and Sub-Chief Cheryl Jacobs, who made their way to the protest site located just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Tuesday, Seskéha/August 23, 2016.

Arsenic in Hopis' water twice the EPA limit, and it may be making them sick

, The Republic

HOPI RESERVATION – When their water doesn’t taste right, many residents living on First Mesa will boil it.

Boiling gets rid of the taste of chlorine, which the Hopi Tribe uses to treat its water. But it does nothing about the tasteless, odorless arsenic that could be making tribal members sick.

Zora Polingyumptewa, 76, and Anita Polacca, 92, preferred the water in nearby springs, which sustained the community of Sichomovi on the rocky mesa for as long as they could remember. It wasn’t until running water came in the 1980s that the water began to taste odd.

Hotel Blames Bad Coffee on Native American Employees

Sheena Louise Roetman - Indian Country Today

A Best Western Plus just outside the Navajo Nation in Page, Arizona, came under fire last week for allegedly posting an offensive response to a customer complaint on its TripAdvisor page.

An account named “Guest Relations Manager” responded to a negative review of the Lake Powell location, stating that the hotel “is working with a mostly Native population that have not had privileged education available in most parts of the country.”

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