August 12, 2013

Lookback for the week of Aug. 12 to Aug. 17

25 years — 1988

▶ With the announcement “bring the ship to life,” Capt. Ralph Martin took command of the USS Lake Champlain as it was officially commissioned, becoming America’s newest warship. A group of North Country dignitaries joined 5,000 others witnessing the colorful and time-honored ceremony, the first commissioning to take place in New York City more than 25 years.

▶ The Mississippi man accused of killing John Henderson of Malone has hired a New York City attorney who recently successfully defended three black Marines charged with espionage in the U.S. Embassy in the Soviet Union, a case which drew international attention. The accused man, Fred Dixon Jr., has hired George Harriston, a defense attorney on retainer for the NAACP.

▶ The flow of illegal aliens into the U.S. locally appears to be declining, as is the number of illegal aliens U.S. border patrol agents are nabbing. The border patrol’s Swanton Sector, which includes the Rouses Point and Malone patrol stations, caught 588 deportable aliens in July, which is down from the July average of 650.

▶ Boat traffic on Lake Champlain is expected to hit an all-time high this summer, meaning big business for marina operators and a growing workload for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. INS officials said that boats crossing the border from Canada into the U.S. alone have increased a whopping 39 percent this summer.

▶ Five years after they were dismantled by the state, emergency telephones will return in early November to a remote section of Northway Route 87. Installation of 64 solar powered radios is expected to begin around Aug. 29 with service available around Nov 1, said a spokesman for State Sen. Ronald Stafford.

50 years – 1963

▶ A Jay resident who suffered slight lacerations and abrasions in a single car accident was fined $10 on a charge of driving while intoxicated. The accident occurred when William Lincoln, 18, of Jay failed to negotiate a curve on Route 22 in the town of Peru.

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