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Police: Broome County man found with about 81 pounds of marijuana

MASSENA — A Broome County man is being held without bail in the St. Lawrence County jail after he was stopped at the Massena Port of Entry where he was allegedly found in possession of about 81 pounds of marijuana.

Zhang D. Ming, 34, of Endicott was charged by state police with felony first-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

According to a news release issued by Customs and Border Protection U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Massena Border Patrol Station observed a suspicious vehicle traveling from a known smuggling route.

Agents initiated a stop with the assistance of a Border Patrol K9 team which alerted agents to what they said was about 81 pounds of packaged-for-sale marijuana located in the vehicles’ truck area

“Removing more than $320,000 worth of illegal narcotics from our community is only one aspect of what our men and women do on a daily basis to safeguard our community,” said Swanton Sector Chief Patrol Agent Robert Garcia. “Agents’ keen observations and relentless work-ethic were crucial in the arrest of a drug smuggler.”

After initial processing by the U.S. Border Patrol, Mr. Ming and the marijuana were turned over to state police who arrested him on the charges.

The Swanton Sector is responsible for securing the land border between ports of entry in Vermont, New Hampshire and northeastern New York. The assistance of citizens is invaluable to the Border Patrol’s border security mission and we welcome community members’ help to keep our nation’s borders safe. Please report suspicious activity at 1-800-689-3362.

For more on Customs and Border Protection’s mission at our nation’s ports of entry with CBP officers and along U.S. borders with Border Patrol agents, please visit the Border Security section of the CBP website.

Bruce Squiers, Special to The Post-Star  

Following a brief series of showers Friday night over southern Washington County, a double rainbow loops over the Greenwich Free Library.

Hikers arrive early for elusive parking spots

KEENE VALLEY — Parking restrictions on state Route 73, aimed at limiting the number of cars and hikers, may be having an effect, even if the message isn’t getting to everyone.

On Sunday morning, parking lots along the 4-mile stretch of Route 73 — from the Rooster Comb parking lot in Keene Valley to the Roaring Brook Falls parking area near St. Huberts — were starting to fill, although some parking spots were still available in each of the numerous areas.

One set of hikers said they came earlier than they wanted because of the roadside parking ban, but it didn’t affect their day much.

“I knew a little bit about it (the parking restriction),” said Brittany Orologio of Pottersville, who was hiking Indian Head with her two sons. “I follow the Adirondack Backpackers online, so there’s a bunch of stuff about being aware that if you don’t park in the appropriate spot, at the end of day you’re going to come back to a ticket.

“We left earlier than we normally would have. Normally we can pull up here at 10:30 (a.m.) and park on the highway, and it wouldn’t be a big deal. We’re going to have to be early.”

Another couple from Montreal also arrived early, although they did not know about the roadside parking restrictions.

“We tried to come early because I read the reviews of other people online who said that it does fill up really fast in the mornings,” Arizone O’Neill said. O’Neill and Elias Harb were planning to hike Gothics but had to park in the Roaring Brook Falls lot. “I think our plan was to then try and look for a different hike.”

“I don’t think we would have parked on the side of the road anyway, just because in Canada you can’t do that anyway,” Harb said.

“It would have really sucked if there wasn’t enough room,” O’Neill continued. “I think there should be more parking spots just because it’s a pretty popular hike.”

The pair said they drove more than two hours on Saturday night and camped out so they could get to the trailhead early.

Earlier this month, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said it issued 70 parking tickets between the Rooster Comb trailhead and the Chapel Pond area over one weekend.

Revenue from the tickets is divided between the state and town they are issued in, but the state portion goes to the Comptroller’s Office, not the DEC or state Department of Transportation, which arranged the roadside parking ban.

Banking error leaves Adirondack Trust Co. customers reeling

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Some Adirondack Trust Co. customers who made purchases over the weekend were reeling on Monday, following scheduled maintenance that affected bank accounts.

According to a statement posted on the company's website, some customers' purchases were processed multiple times.

Adirondack Trust Co. Executive Vice President Charles Wait said "every resource is dedicated toward fixing this issue."

Wait described the issue as pending transactions being processed incorrectly.

He said all customers continue to have access to their funds despite the issue.

The number of customers impacted is not known at this time and remains under investigation, Wait said.

As of 2:25 p.m. Monday, Wait said the company has reversed all of the duplicate transactions and if customers have questions, they can call 518-584-5844.

The company has 13 branches in the region, with one in Queensbury and another in Glens Falls.

Today's meetings June 25

Chester Zoning Board of Appeals, Regular Meeting, Municipal Building, 7 p.m.

Glens Falls Common Council, Regular Meeting/Sustainability and Utilities Committee Workshop, City Hall, 7:30/8 p.m.

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

Horicon Zoning Board of Appeals, Regular Meeting, Community Center, Brant Lake, 7 p.m.

Lake George Park Commission, Monthly Meeting, Lake George Holiday Inn, 10 a.m.

Moreau Town Board, Public Hearings/Month End Meeting/Regular Meeting, Municipal Building, 351, Reynolds Road, 6/6:15/6:30/7 p.m.

Ticonderoga Central School District Board, Special Meeting, High School Cafeteria, 6 p.m.

Ticonderoga Town Board, Public Works, Basement Meeting Room, 8:30 a.m.

Warren County Board, Health, Human and Social Services/County Facilities/Public Works/Park Operations and Management/Budget, Committee Room, 9/9:50/10:45 /11:25/11:40 a.m.

Washington County Board, Government Operations Committee, County Building B, 10 a.m.

Washington County Board, Agriculture, Planning, Tourism and Community Development Committee, County Building B, 1 p.m.

Eight boaters rescued after boat sinks in Saratoga Lake

SARATOGA — Eight people who were on a boat that sank were rescued from Saratoga Lake on Sunday night, police said.

No injuries were reported when a Seadoo Speedster went under on the lake around 5:15 p.m.

The Saratoga County Sheriff's Office said a 911 call was received about the boat going under, and the Sheriff's Office boat patrol and Arvin Hart firefighters responded.

The agencies were able to pluck all eight occupants from the water, and police reported all eight wore life vests.

It was unclear what caused the boat to take on water.

Quote of the day

"You just can't guarantee a lot of snow and a long winter. It's so important you're open more than four months of the year."

Sara Montgomery, West Mountain general manager, about the ski area's new Aerial Adventure Park    Story, PAGE A1

New York State Lottery winning numbers for June 24

Monday’s winning numbers

Numbers: Early: 5-2-6 Late: 0-4-8

Win-4: Early: 4-5-5-9 Late: 2-2-7-4

Pick 10: 13-14-19-22-23-35-37-39-41-44-46-47-48-50-52-56-57-61-64-80

Sunday’s Late Numbers

Take 5: 1-6-7-20-39