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January 1, 2013

Crime, economic growth top '12 news


Rennie’s daughters, Morgan and Mackenzie, still live in Keeseville, according to Vaida Rennie, Robert’s mother.

She has established an education fund for them. Donations can be mailed to her at 4 Apple Valley Drive, Apt. D4, Peru, NY 12972.

— By Staff Writer Felicia Krieg


Four members of the same Moira family, along with a close friend, were killed July 19 in a fiery crash in the Town of Antwerp in Jefferson County.

Laurie Dana, 42; her two daughters, Caitlynn, 14, and Lauren, 11; her mother-in-law, Janet Dana, 69; and Caitlynn’s best friend, Shannon Planty, 14; died when their vehicle was struck from behind at a construction site by a tractor-trailer driven by James Mills Jr. of


The crash caused a chain reaction that also killed Maryann Gregory, 59, of Dickinson Center.

Driver inattention was blamed, but no charges were filed.

More tragedy for that area in Franklin County came Aug. 4, when Cody O’Connor, 21, of Moira was killed Aug. 4 on County Road 8 in the Town of Bangor after he lost control of his vehicle in a curve. A trailing car driven by Justin Supernault, 21, of Brushton, also went off the road and struck O’Connor’s car.

That accident came eight months after Brooke Lyon, 17, of Moira, was killed in a one-car crash off Eddy Road in the Town of Bangor on Dec. 7, 2011.

She was a passenger in a car driven by Tanya Menke, 17, of Moira, who was sentenced to probation and 45 days in Franklin County Jail for her death and for injuring a second passenger, Alexis Collette.


A joint village and town committee was formed to study the merits of dissolving the Village of Malone and identifying consolidation and shared-services options.

Months of research concluded that taxes on village parcels would go down $330 on a $75,000 home and about $55 on a similar property in the town the first year, based on the town receiving $720,000 a year from the state, which must be funded in the annual state budget.

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