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January 1, 2013

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The report urged the town to create special districts for sidewalks, streetlights, leaf and brush pickup, and village debt paid by those who benefited from the services, along with a town-wide police force rather than a police district that would be paid for by property owners within and near the existing village limits.

Such permission has apparently not been sought from the State Legislature for 80 years.

A referendum was defeated by a 2-to-1 margin in November, but a recommendation to create a shared transportation facility among the town, village and Malone Central School District is now being discussed.

— By Staff Writer Denise Raymo

MANY METH LABS

Ten methamphetamine-lab busts in 2012 netted 24 arrests in Clinton County.

Three raids took place in Plattsburgh, three in Altona and one each in Chazy, Redford, Mooers Forks and Beekmantown.

“It’s increased dramatically,” said Clinton County Assistant District Attorney Doug Collyer of meth production.

In 2010 and 2011, the District Attorney’s office prosecuted only one case each year.

But as of Dec. 20, eight meth-related cases remained open, he said.

Statewide, the increases are just as dramatic. @Body Copy:State Police reported response to more than 100 drug labs are around the state as of December 2012. That’s more than double the number from 2011.

Collyer said meth busts have increased in Clinton County because meth use and production in the area has grown.

“Once somebody who knows how to do it moves to the area, they teach more people how to do it” and things snowball from there, Collyer said. “(Meth) is very potent, and you need a very, very small dose to get high.”

It takes one hour to make a 100-dose batch, Collyer said.

Meth labs pose a risk to first responders, the public and those who concoct the harmful drug, said Doug Wildermuth, technical sergeant of the State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team.

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