Northern New York Newspapers
Watertown
Ogdensburg
Massena-Potsdam
Lowville
Carthage
Malone
NNY Buisness
NNY Living
NNY Ads
Tue., Jul. 22
ADVERTISE SUBSCRIBE
Serving the communities of Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties, New York
In print daily. Online always.
Related Stories

St. Regis Mohawk Tribal officials suspended amid cash account scrutiny

ARTICLE OPTIONS
A A
print this article
e-mail this article

HOGANSBURG— Police Chief Andrew Thomas, Supervising Officer Larry Edgeley and a civilian employee in the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department have been suspended indefinitely due to allegations of a discrepancy in a petty cash account.

The tribal Police Commission appointed Matthew Rourke as acting chief of police late last month.

Franklin County District Attorney Derek P. Champagne confirmed the suspensions and said his office has been talking with Mr. Rourke.

Tribal Communications Director Allyson Doctor would not comment.

Mr. Champagne said his office is waiting for information from the tribe and has not received anything in writing. He said he was told that the suspensions came after the discovery of a discrepancy in a petty cash account. He had no further information.

Mr. Champagne said he has dealt only with Mr. Rourke. He said the tribe is handling the matter internally.

The district attorney said his office has made the state police aware of the matter. He said tribal police obtain their authority from the state police.

Maj. Richard C. Smith Jr., state police Troop B commander, said there is no investigation into the tribal police at this time. Troop B covers Franklin, St. Lawrence, Clinton, Essex and Hamilton counties.

The chief of police reports to the tribal Police Commission, which consists of five community members.

“It is their expressed role to ensure any community issues that have developed are heard and responded to for the benefit of the Akwesasne community, and to do so with integrity and confidentiality,” according to a tribal statement.

Connect with Us
WDT News FeedsWDT on FacebookWDT on TwitterWDT on InstagramWDT for iOS: iPad, iPhone, and iPod touchWDT for Android
Showcase of Homes
Showcase of Homes