A prosecutor says the inmate captured 22 days after breaking out of a northern New York prison claims to have used no power tools in the breakout, contrary to official accounts from soon after the June 6 breakout at the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility.
The Supreme Court ruled Monday against Environmental Protection Agency rules that limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants. The decision is being panned by many in Vermont who say the court is backing business interests.
Democrat Aaron Woolf challenged Republican Elise Stefanik in November’s race for New York’s 21st Congressional district seat. It was a three-way race to fill the seat of retiring Democrat Bill Owens. A first-time candidate, Woolf lost by 20 points and Stefanik became the youngest woman elected to the U.S. House. In an e-mail blast to supporters this morning, Woolf announced he will not run again in 2016. But he tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he will stay involved and is leaving the door open for a possible future campaign.
A total of twelve workers at the Clinton Correctional facility – including three executive and nine security staff employees - have been put on administrative leave. The suspensions include the prison's superintendent and his deputy in charge of security.
The two men who escaped from the Clinton Correctional facility in Dannemora on June 6th have been caught after a three-week manhunt. Richard Matt was shot dead Friday and David Sweat was shot and captured Sunday. Now comes one of the lengthier challenges – the prosecution of the surviving fugitive. The escape occurred in two counties and therefore any crimes Matt and Sweat committed while on the lam must be coordinated by two district attorneys. That’s what WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley learned when she spoke with Clinton County D.A. Andrew Wylie Sunday after Sweat’s capture.
Residents within a 50-mile radius of the Clinton Correctional facility have spent much of the month of June on edge. Murderers David Sweat and Richard Matt were the first to escape from the maximum security portion of the prison, and despite thousands of searchers, the pair evaded capture for days and then weeks. But their bout for freedom ended this weekend and residents of the area are looking forward to getting back to normal.
It was a dramatic end to a three-week manhunt Sunday when a police officer felled the remaining fugitive from the Clinton Correctional facility less than two miles from the Canadian border. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, both fugitives are accounted for and no civilians or law enforcement officers were hurt.
Escaped murderer Richard Matt is dead. Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Malone, a village about 30 miles west of the prison and 50 miles west of Plattsburgh, with law enforcement officers Friday night to describe the events that led to the death of the convict that escaped the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility three weeks ago.