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Standoff in North Creek ends peacefully

NORTH CREEK — A domestic assault case at a home on Main Street led to a several-hour standoff that ended with the man at the center of the case eventually surrendering, police said.

The Warren County Emergency Response Team was called out around noon after police received a call about domestic violence and were told the suspect was in a home just south of Johnsburg Town Hall and refusing to cooperate with police.

Warren County Undersheriff Shawn Lamouree said the man, whose name was not immediately released, injured a woman earlier Sunday.

She was taken to Glens Falls Hospital, but Lamouree said her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

The man believed to be responsible refused to acknowledge police or answer his phone, and there were believed to be guns in the home, Lamouree said.

So the ERT, a special weapons and tactics team that is equipped with military-grade vehicles and weapons, responded and closed part of the road as the standoff continued for several hours.

Lamouree said the suspect eventually responded to calls from relatives and police and surrendered around 3:30 p.m.

The suspect was being questioned and was to be charged later Sunday, and police said his name would be released at that point.


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Flomatic seeks expansion approval

GLENS FALLS — A proposal to build a nearly 19,000-square-foot addition to the Flomatic Corp. building will be reviewed on Tuesday by the city Planning Board.

Flomatic, which makes valves, needs the additional room to install a new epoxy coating system. That would increase the capacity by about 50 percent.

The meeting will take place at 4:45 p.m. in the Common Council chambers in City Hall.

Bo Andersson, president and chief executive officer, said he hoped to start the project immediately if it receives approval. Rozell Industries would begin clearing the site in the following days.

Company officials hope to start construction in late April, with October as the intended completion date.

“Everything is on target,” he said.

Andersson said the addition to the building at 15 Pruyn’s Island would allow the company to hire more people. It currently employs nearly 50 people.

“We expect to hire about 15 people in the next year to three years,” he said.

Andersson said the split-level addition would feature a new epoxy coating system on the first floor and, on the second level, there would be a research and develop laboratory and a state-of-the-art hydraulic pump training facility.

“We have formalized training for our own salespeople, but also our customer base,” he said.

The addition would match the architecture of the current building, according to Andersson. There would be a large 20-foot by 40-foot window facing the Hudson River on that side of the building.

“It’s going to be pretty from the inside and pretty from the outside,” he said. “The building is not going to be like your average warehouse.”

The cost of the work is $1.64 million. In December, the company learned it had been awarded $650,000 from the Regional Economic Development Council for the project.

Also to be reviewed by the Planning Board is a proposal by Atilla and Stephanie Kayalar to open a second Restore Balance location at 107 Bay St.

The business at 451 Glen St. offers yoga, acupuncture, massage, therapy, aromatherapy and reiki, as well as psychological services, workshops and meditation, according to its website.

The space was formerly occupied by a law office and was the site where Queensbury Taxi had hoped to run its business. The company abandoned that plan.

On the agenda as well is a plan by Mike Stevens to build two three-unit condominiums at 14 Culvert St. A fire destroyed a building at the site in September 2016. The board tabled the application at February’s meeting because Stevens lacked detailed plans.


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Glens Falls man headed to prison for attack on woman

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QUEENSBURY — A parolee who was arrested in October for choking a woman and holding her against her will is headed to state prison after his guilty plea Wednesday to a felony in Warren County Court.

Christopher L. Magee, 37, of Glens Falls, pleaded guilty to felony aggravated family offense in connection with an arrest by Glens Falls Police, records show. He entered an "Alford Plea" in which he did not admit the underlying allegations, but pleaded guilty.

No serious injuries were reported.

Magee was on parole at the time for a 2009 burglary conviction related to a knifepoint home invasion robbery in Glens Falls and has at least two prior felony convictions.

He faces up to 4 years in state prison when sentenced April 25 by Warren County Judge John Hall. He is being held in Warren County Jail pending sentencing.


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Beak performance

Pileated woodpeckers, such as this one spotted last week near Salem, are busy drilling out hollow trees to build nests for their April breeding season. This one either has help or is particularly busy, evidenced by the pile of wood chips at the base of the nearly burrowed-out tree.


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Lake George Teen Center hires first director

LAKE GEORGE — The Lake George Teen Center has a new director.

Or, more accurately, the Lake George Teen Center has a director — its first-ever one.

Haley Pogonowski, a graduate of the Lake George High School Class of 2013, has been hired for the part-time position.

The center, which is located in the Lake George Senior Center at 22 Schuyler St., was started in September 2016 as a partnership of Sacred Heart Parish, St. James Church and Caldwell Presbyterian Church.

The center is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., and on Thursdays there is off-site programming. The center attracts about 13 to 17 students. Students can play Ping-Pong, pool and a Nintendo Wii. There are also snacks, which have all been donated.

Lake George Junior-Senior High School Principal Francis Cocozza, who is on the organizing committee, said he is excited to have Pogonowski.

“It’s so awesome and so incredible that all of the work has come to the point where we have a new director,” he said.

Pogonowski said she is eager to get started.

“I’m so, so excited to be here with you guys,” she said.

Pogonowski had studied at the University at Albany.

“I started as an accounting major — realized that was totally not my thing,” she said.

She minored in education and said this part-time position would give her experience in working with children.

“My interest was giving back to the community,” she said.

Pogonowski said she wants to expand the offerings at the center. She is interested in giving a presentation about orienteering, which is the art of using a compass. She also is interested in doing tours about history in Lake George.

She said the center is a safe space to hang out. It does not have to be structured.

Cocozza said Pogonowski rose to the top from about 10 applicants because of her joy, love, enthusiasm and ability to relate to the children and her experience.

“We were so impressed with her vision for this center,” he said.

The program is being funded through donations and some support from the town and village of Lake George. The Lake George Steamship Company held an event last fall that raised about $6,000.

The Caldwell Presbyterian Church is handling paying Pogonowski and other expenses.

Stacie Dunn, a member of the committee, said the long-term plan is to form a nonprofit organization that will oversee the Teen Center as well as the Student Connection, which is the group that is handling the concerns and issues with international students who work in the region during the summers.

Students enjoy coming to the center.

“I like how I can get away and just hang out with friends. I can draw and just be myself and be around people that love me,” said 17-year-old senior Emma Swift.

Eighth-grader Cameron Grover, 13, said he likes playing pool and Ping-Pong.

“It’s something fun to do other than just staying at home,” he said.


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Today’s meetings
Today's meetings 3.5

Day Planning Board, Regular Meeting, Town Hall, 7 p.m.

Fort Ann Village Board, Regular Meeting, Village Hall, 4:30 p.m.

Fort Edward Village Board, Regular Meeting, Village Hall, 7 p.m.

Hadley-Luzerne Central School District Board, Committee Meeting/Budget Workshop, Stuart M. Townsend Elementary School, LGI Room, 6:30 p.m.

Hadley Planning Board, Regular Meeting, Town Hall, 7 p.m.

Hartford Youth Commission, Regular Meeting, Town Hall, 7 p.m.

Kingsbury Town Board, Regular Meeting, Town Hall, Court/Board Room, 6 Michigan St., Hudson Falls, 7 p.m.

Queensbury Town Board, Regular Meeting/Public Hearing, Activities Center, 7 p.m.

Stillwater Town Planning Board, Regular Meeting, Town Hall, 7:30 p.m.


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