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Friday, August 29, 2014 - Updated: 10:25 AM

Food safety grant to Trudeau Institute

SARANAC LAKE (AP) -- The Trudeau Institute in the Adirondacks has received a $150,000 federal grant to help fight food poisoning.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture targets research for a vaccine to stop Campylobacter, a harmful bacteria commonly linked to raw milk and poultry.

The Press-Republican of Plattsburgh reports that U.S. Rep. Bill Owens said the project could lead scientists to a vaccine that would help farmers and ranchers manage the threat from the bacteria.

Crackdown coming on boater safety

ISLIP (AP) -- Officials say they're stepping up enforcement to increase boater safety around Suffolk County during the long holiday weekend.

Participants in Friday's announcement include families of victims killed in boating accidents off Long Island.

The crackdown will target areas off the coasts of Long Island and Fire Island.

The initiative is a joint effort with Suffolk County and the towns of Babylon, Brookhaven and Islip.

Beekeeper accused in fraud sting

CANTON (AP) -- A beekeeper is being accused of defrauding people in New York and Vermont out of thousands of dollars by failing to provide them with beehives.

New York State Police charged 36-year-old John P. Clarke of the northern New York town of Waddington with felony first-degree scheme to defraud on Wednesday.

Troopers told the Watertown Daily Times that they had received four complaints from people who said they sent Clarke money for beehives or beehive nucleuses that were never delivered or only partially delivered. All of the customers said they contacted Clarke through a Craigslist ad.

Clarke was arraigned in Waddington Town Court and was sent to jail on $50,000 cash bail.

Mom gets probation for leaving son in car

ROCHESTER (AP) -- A mother who left her 4-year-old son in a car while she worked at a Rochester-area restaurant has been sentenced to one year of probation.

Thelma Louise Edwards had previously pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child in exchange for the sentence handed down Thursday.

The 22-year-old woman was arrested July 10.

The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reports that Edwards has said her brother was watching her son on the day of her arrest. But the brother dropped the boy off at her suburban Victor restaurant after getting called to his own job.

NY launches air study at bridge

BUFFALO (AP) -- The state Department of Environmental Conservation has launched a yearlong study of air quality in the neighborhood near the Peace Bridge in Buffalo.

The study will monitor seasonal changes in air quality associated in traffic patterns around the bridge.

Local resident Kathleen Mecca tells the Buffalo News that another study isn't needed. She says there's already scientific proof the air is unsafe.

Mecca, president of the Niagara Gateway Columbus Park Association, says residents want trucks moved off the bridge to alleviate the air problem.

DEC performed a six-month air monitoring study near the Peace Bridge in 2012 and 2013 that focused on particulate matter and black carbon and found the air quality met state and federal standards. Environmental groups criticized that study.

College offers craft-beer minor

PAUL SMITHS (AP) -- As the craft-beer business booms, Paul Smith's College in the Adirondacks will begin offering a minor in craft-beer studies this fall.

The college already offers courses in culinary arts, hospitality and business. The new minor is designed to prepare students for careers in craft brewing.

The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports that Paul Smiths students who sign up for the minor will take business courses in management, marketing, advertising and promotion. The students also will study brewing and the business of beer.

More than 2,700 craft breweries were in operation in 2013, selling 15.6 million barrels of beer.

Man convicted of killing dog with arrow

KINGSTON (AP) -- A 39-year-old New Jersey man has been found guilty of animal cruelty for killing an Ulster County family's dog with a bow and arrow while he was deer hunting.

The Kingston Daily Freeman reports that David Moors of Beachwood, N.J., was found guilty Thursday in a non-jury trial of felony aggravated cruelty to animals. He faces a maximum sentence of up to two years in Ulster County Jail. Sentencing is Oct. 30.

County Judge Donald Williams called the killing "reprehensible" and without justification.

The shepherd-terrier mix named Clara was killed in October 2013.

Moors said he believed the dog was feral and he had a right to kill it.

Julie Palinkas, Clara's owner, said the dog was outside for less than nine minutes when she was killed.


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