Field work starts for 34-mile Adirondack rail-trail

ALBANY (AP) — Field work is starting for a 34-mile-long rail-trail in the Adirondacks from Tupper Lake to Lake Placid.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation says personnel involved in the final design and construction of the multi-use trail will be working in the corridor starting Monday.

Work such as engineering surveys, wetland mapping and property boundary surveys is expected to go on for two months.

After many years of contentious debate over the future of the 119-mile railroad corridor from Utica to Lake Placid, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a compromise plan in May 2016. It involves upgrading 45 miles of tracks to Tupper Lake and removing tracks from there to Lake Placid.

The planned trail would be open year-round for biking, hiking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and other recreation.

9/11 victim’s remains identified nearly 16 years later

NEW YORK (AP) — The remains of a man killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11 have been identified nearly 16 years after the attacks.

The New York City medical examiners’ office announced the finding Monday. The agency withheld the man’s name, citing a request from his family.

It’s the first new identification made since March 2015 in the ongoing effort. Medical examiners use DNA testing and other means to try to match bone fragments to the 2,753 people killed by the hijackers who crashed airplanes into the trade center’s twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001.

Remains of 1,641 victims have been identified so far. That means 40 percent of those who died have yet to have any remains identified.

The new identification was made through DNA.

3rd EPA public meeting on Hudson cleanup review set for NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Environmentalists are encouraging people to attend a meeting in New York City this week about the Hudson River Superfund cleanup.

The Environmental Protection Agency is holding a meeting in Manhattan on Wednesday to discuss the agency’s recent review of how well the $1.7 billion dredging project is working. In its review, the agency said that while polychlorinated biphenyl levels in fish remain high, more dredging doesn’t seem necessary for now.

But many environmentalists want more PCBs removed from the river. People critical of the EPA’s stance attended two previous public meetings in Poughkeepsie and Saratoga Springs.

3 dealership workers save man trapped under Hummer in river

SCHROEPPEL (AP) — Three men working at a central New York car dealership teamed up to save a man who had become trapped under his Hummer after backing the vehicle into a river.

Kip Northrup tells The Post-Standard of Syracuse that he was working at a car dealership in Schroeppel Friday night when he heard someone yelling for help.

He followed the sound to a neighboring property, where he found a man whose legs were trapped under a back tire of a Hummer that was partially in the Oswego River.

The man told Northrup he had backed into the river and got trapped under the back end when he checked it out.

Northrup called 911, then ran back to the dealership. He and two employees freed the man, who was treated at a hospital and released.

Man sentenced for threatening to shoot up VA hospital in Albany

ALBANY (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a 59-year-old western New York man has been sentenced to time already served for threatening to commit a mass shooting at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Albany.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Robert Seifert, of Canandaigua, was also sentenced last Thursday in federal court in Albany to three years of supervised release.

Seifert spent more than a year in jail after being arrested in July 2016 and charged with making an interstate threat to injure another person.

Seifert admitted making a phone call the previous month to a Veterans Crisis Line operator in Portland, Oregon, during which he stated he had an Uzi and wanted to “kill everybody” at the Stratton Veterans Affairs Hospital in Albany.

He pleaded guilty to the charge on March 31.

Trial looms for 2 men charged in Chinese student’s slaying

SYRACUSE (AP) — Jury selection has begun in the trial of two men charged with killing a Syracuse University student from China during a drug deal robbery last year.

The Post-Standard reports the selection process began Monday in a Syracuse courtroom, where 24-year-old Cameron Isaac and 20-year-old Ninimbe Mitchell face second-degree murder and other charges in the shooting of Yuan Xiaopeng.

Prosecutors say the 23-year-old student from Qingdao (cheeng-DOW’), on China’s east coast, was killed during a drug deal being transacted at an apartment complex in suburban DeWitt last Sept. 30.

Yuan was a junior studying mathematics at Syracuse when he was killed.

Authorities say Isaac gunned down Yuan while Mitchell was there to serve as the getaway driver.

Isaac and Mitchell are being tried before the same jury.


Information from: The Post-Standard,