Shoemaker trial to start today

PLATTSBURGH — Jury selection for the Kathryn Shoemaker murder trial was completed Wednesday, with six men and six women jurors seated along with two alternates.

Shoemaker, accused of the August 2009 murder of Ravin Miller, 51, of Chateaugay, faces charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and six counts of third-degree grand larceny in this, her second trial.

The first ended Nov. 5, 2010, amid conflicts among jury members. It was declared a mistrial.

The new trial was scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. today with the initial charge to the jury and opening statements, according to a press release from Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie.

"The People will begin presenting evidence through its witnesses following opening statements by the attorneys," the release said.

Essex ferry closed due to ice

ESSEX — The Essex-Charlotte, Vt., Ferry is closed until the ice melts across the lake.

Essex Supervisor Sharon Boisen said Lake Champlain Transportation Co. told her the ferry could not continue to run because of ice in Charlotte Bay.

"The ice is out of the channel on our (New York) side," Boisen said. "I called Lake Champlain Transportation, and they said there was still ice on the Vermont side."

The ferry closed March 2. Lake Champlain Transportation officials said it will not reopen until the ice in the bay is gone.

—By Staff Writer Lohr McKinstry

Public session to focus on trail

PLATTSBURGH — The City of Plattsburgh Common Council will begin tonight's meeting with a public information session on the Saranac River Trail.

A representative from project engineer Barton & Loguidice will provide an update on the project at the 5 p.m. work session in the council chambers.

The regular meeting will follow at 5:30 p.m.

Both meetings are open to the public.

Northrup sentenced for sex abuse

MALONE — A 62-year-old Saranac Lake man has been sentenced to three years in state prison for sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl.

Steven G. Northrup of 114 Broadway was ordered by Acting Franklin County Court Judge Penelope Clute to serve 10 years of post-release supervision.

He was arrested in August, three months after he exposed himself to the little girl while she was watching television in his apartment.

Northrup touched the child's breasts, kissed her several times and would not allow her to leave before warning her not to tell anyone what he had done, according to an investigation by Saranac Lake Village Police and the county's Child Protective Services staff.

He was first charged with endangering the welfare of a child, but as the investigation unfolded, more details emerged. Northrup pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse in January.

—Staff Writer Denise A. Raymo

Parking restrictions set

SARANAC LAKE — The Village of Saranac Lake Highway Department will close the Dorsey Street Parking Lot at 11 p.m. today to clear it of snow.

Any vehicles left in the lot after that time will be towed at the owner's expense. Tonight, the only places vehicles can be left overnight are the village parking lot at 3 Main St., on Main Street from Broadway to the village parking lot and in the Berkley Green Parking Lot.

Rouses Point Village Board to meet today

ROUSES POINT — Due to inclement weather, the Village Board meeting scheduled for Monday, March 7, had to be canceled.

It is rescheduled for 7 p.m. tonight at Halstead Hall in Rouses Point Civic Center, 139 Lake St., Rouses Point.

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