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Students to sing, read at annual Martin Luther King Celebration Sunday

GLENS FALLS — Educational, socially stimulating and entertaining — that’s how the Rev. Leonard Oates describes the annual birthday celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

The event will be led mostly by local students.

“We let the students have the freedom to express themselves however they want, as it relates to Dr. King,” said Oates, pastor of the Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church in Glens Falls.

Choir groups from Glens Falls High School and Hudson Falls High School will sing. Other students will do readings.

Last year, a male student performed a rap song he had composed about King’s legacy.

“It was excellent,” Oates said.

The event will start with the marchers, who will gather at 3 p.m. at City Hall and start walking to Christ Church United Methodist at 54 Bay St. at 3:30 p.m. Roughly 150 did the walk it last year, according to Carol Kirkwood, an organizer and attendee for the past 15 years. About 300 people attended in total.

At 4 p.m., an ecumenical service will start, celebrating King’s legacy.

Traditionally, the service has lasted about 90 minutes.

“And it gets better every year,” Kirkwood said.

“Some of us remember Dr. King, but the kids seem to enjoy (the event) too ... not only do they listen, but they understand,” she said.

Mary Gooden, an organizer with the Glens Falls NAACP who help put on the event, echoed Kirkwood’s excitement.

“The kids’ participation is what makes it,” Gooden said. “It’s the best thing the NAACP could have ever done for the celebration.”

The Greater Glens Falls Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Community Choir, conducted by Dr. Dexter Criss of SUNY Plattsburgh, will perform.

Two rehearsals are scheduled for the community choir: the first one at 7 p.m. Friday at Faith Tabernacle Church at 15 Nelson St., and the second one at noon Saturday, also in the church.

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As a student concentrates on his smartphone while walking to Wednesday morning classes at Salem Central School, crossing guard Dan Ruggles, in reflective gear, escorts and monitors the crosswalks at Main Street and Broadway. In his first year on the job, he works outside every school day, morning and afternoon.


Man headed to jail in contempt case

QUEENSBURY — A Glens Falls man was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in Warren County Jail and 5 years on probation for repeatedly violating an order of protection a Queensbury woman has against him.

Shane M. Pipek, 43, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal contempt, a felony, in connection with an arrest last June in Queensbury. Police said he repeatedly made death threats to the woman.

The woman had been in a long-term relationship with Pipek, and told Warren County Judge John Hall that she had been “physically abused” by Pipek on a number of occasions.

Pipek was also arrested in 2016 on similar charges.

Fort Edward man charged with rape

FORT EDWARD — A Fort Edward man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly having sex with a girl under the age of 17, police said.

Richard M. Alger, 53, of 48 Mechanic St., is accused of having sexual intercourse with the girl, with whom he was acquainted, on July 16, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident is alleged to have happened during a boat ride on the Champlain Canal, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

Alger was charged with third-degree rape, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

The state’s age of consent for sexual relations is 17. The rape count alleges he had sex with someone too young to legally consent.

Alger was sent to Washington County Jail for lack of $1,000 cash or $5,000 bond bail.

Sheriff’s Investigator Michael McWhorter handled the case.

Heroin seizure leads to prison term

FORT EDWARD — A Vermont man who was pulled over in Fort Ann last September for driving under the influence of drugs, leading to the seizure of 100 bags of heroin, has pleaded guilty to a felony drug count.

Brian M. Davidson, 35, of New Haven, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for a Sept. 24 arrest by State Police on Route 149.

Davidson and passenger Benjamin O. Broughton, 37, of Bristol, Vermont, were arrested that day. Broughton was sentenced last month to 3 years in state prison and 2 years on parole, while Davidson likely faces 3 years in prison and 1 year on parole when sentenced Feb. 8 by Washington County Judge Kelly McKeighan.

Man pleads guilty in drug case

QUEENSBURY — A Scotia man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony charge for illegally possessing prescription drugs and heroin last September in Glens Falls.

Nelson G. Salisbury, 51, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for an arrest after a traffic stop, during which police seized 200 Xanax tablets and an unspecified quantity of heroin.

Warren County Judge John Hall agreed to sentence him to 6 months in Warren County Jail and 5 years on probation.

Salisbury also agreed to forfeit $701 in cash that he had.

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Marchers held signs last year as they marched in the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Glens Falls.