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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - Updated: 8:36 AM

Retired police officer faces murder count

OLD FORGE - A retired Rochester Police Department officer has been charged with murder in a shooting that took place at a local motel in July.

Michael Leach, 59, has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of his son last summer. He was arraigned in Herkimer County Court Feb. 6, where he pleaded not guilty to both the murder charge and a charge of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

He was remanded to Herkimer County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bond bail.

Leach told authorities after the shooting in the early hours of the morning of July 21, 2012 that he had mistaken his son, Matthew, 37, for an intruder.

— M. Lisa Monroe

Landowners present award to Cornell

OLD FORGE - The Adirondack Landowners Association has presented Cornell University’s Adirondack Fishery Research program with its 2012 Stewardship Award.

The award was presented during the ALA winter meeting Dec. 7-8 at the Adirondack League Club here.

The Cornell partnership with various Adirondack landowners over the last 60 years has focused on brook trout stocking programs, acid rain research and overall ecosystem science and management.

“This collaboration is a great example of the value of citizen-supported research and how these partnerships can benefit society on a regional and national level. In recognizing Cornell we hope others will embrace this concept and hopefully build on these accomplishments,” the ALA said in a press release.

The ALA was founded to encourage continued stewardship and sound resource management of lands in the Adirondacks; to promote public awareness of the valuable role played by private landowners in the Adirondack Park; to advocate laws, regulations and governmental policies that promote and facilitate good stewardship by private landowners; and to recognize and preserve their rights in the land.

On the dean’s list

HALEY BUSH of Inlet has been named to the Fall 2012 Dean’s List at SUNY Canton. To receive Dean’s List honors full-time students must receive a GPA of at least 3.25.

Bush is a Criminal Investigation major. She is a 2012 graduate of Town Of Webb High School.

Academy nominee

JASON LANDL of Inlet has been nominated by Congressman Bill Owens to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Landl is one of 21 students Owens nominated to service academies.

A member of Congress can nominate students to attend an academy if they meet eligibility requirements and submit a detailed application. The four service academies that accept nominations include the Air Force, Army, Merchant Marines and the Navy.


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