CELL PHONE OUTAGE
PLATTSBURGH — A Verizon Wireless cell phone service outage left many without use of their mobile phones Thursday.
“We did have a number of sites down,” John O’Malley, Verizon Wireless public relations representative for the Northern New York region said in an email.
The sites came back online at about 8:30 p.m., O’Malley said.
“Looks like an issue with some equipment on the land line network connecting the sites. We’re working to identify the root cause but all the sites are back on the air,” O’Malley said.
No further information was available Thursday.
FATAL INCIDENT UPDATE
CHAMPLAIN — The death of a Plattsburgh who crashed his car in Champlain Wednesday is due to natural causes, not to injuries from the accident, police said.
An autopsy at CVPH Medical Center Thursday afternoon determined Francis P. Parrish, 67, of Plattsburgh died of coronary artery disease, said State Police Sgt. Robert Mesick.
At about 11:45 a.m., State Police were called to a one-car motor vehicle accident on Prospect Street in Champlain, said State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman.
Upon arrival, police found Champlain EMS performing CPR on Parrish, she said.
Police determined Parrish was driving a 2007 Dodge Caravan eastbound on Prospect Street when he drove off the south shoulder of the road and struck a reflective post and then a group of trees, Fleishman said.
Parrish was pronounced dead at CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh Wednesday, she said.
Parrish was the sole occupant of his vehicle and no other cars were involved in the accident, Fleishman said.
QUEBEC — Local fire departments were called to a house fire in Quebec where a resident was injured after jumping out of a window to safety, authorities said.
Fire departments from Mooers, Champlain and Ellenburg Depot were initially dispatched at about 6:15 a.m. to 1090 Route 219 in Hemingford, Quebec, but Champlain and Ellenburg Depot were later cancelled, said Chris Trombley, battalion deputy coordinator for Clinton County Emergency Services.