March 10, 2014

Lookback: March 10 to 16

25 YEARS — 1989

• District Attorney Penelope D. Clute announced stricter guidelines for prosecution of drinking and driving offenses, after statistics showed there were 697 DWI arrests in Clinton County in 1988. Clute hopes the guidelines will show that her office is taking the news seriously. Under the new policy, every case will be considered individually and the facts and evidence specifically evaluated. 

• Wilmington Firefighters were given training to use special equipment to free accident victims. Completing the course is a prerequisite of being chosen as a member of a new 10-person Wilmington Fire Department team that will be engaged in heavy-rescue operations. The new unit will deal with any rescue not within the usual operation of fire department rescue, such as a car falling into the AuSable River in the Wilmington Notch area. 

• Moriah Town Supervisor Tom Scozzafava lobbied for and won approval for a 250-bed shock-incarceration facility now being completed in Moriah. Keeseville Prison Task Force invited Scozzafava to their meeting to find out how Moriah won its campaign for a correctional facility. “It would be nice to have General Motors or a major industry in the North County, buts let’s face it, its not going to happen. People say they don’t want to have a prison in town, but it’s better than being known as a welfare town,” Scozzafava said.

50 YEARS — 1964

• Welfare Department commissioners and employees from Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties will meet today for a conference with Social Security Administration officials. The conference will follow a noon luncheon at Howard Johnson’s restaurant on Route 9 North. John E. Clute, district social security manager, said the aim will be to clarify the status of persons eligible for both welfare and social security benefits. 

• Clinton County Judge Sherlock Haley demanded that a 16-year-old Plattsburgh youth apologize to each person he stole from before he can expect consideration for youthful offender treatment. The youth was charged with the theft of at least five cars.

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