Massena's Crime Increase Is 'Public Eye' Topic
Investigating robberies, shootings and stabbings is becoming all too common in Massena.
In fact, the number of violent crimes is on the rise at an alarming rate.
In 2000, Massena had three violent crimes. In 2012, that number jumped to 32.
Police Chief Timmy Currier speaks about this eye-opening statistic on Friday night's Public Eye.
Currier says Massena has a turf war going on and it's to the point where people are getting shot if they cross the wrong person.
The chief uses last week's shooting and standoff as an example.
He says these crimes are fueled by a lucrative illegal drug business, but he also blames the system.
Currier says one of the people involved had a rap sheet with 25 arrests -- 10 of which were felonies -- yet that man was not behind bars.
Currier is not happy with the way things are going.
"We need to put these convicted felons in jail," he said. "It's not acceptable to me that 27 percent of our convicted felons in St. Lawrence County go to jail."
"It's not acceptable. No one can justify to me why that number is good."
Currier said some charges against the man go back six years.
"I don't understand why the system takes so long to convict people," he said.
"We need to get these people into court, we need to convict them and we need to put them in jail so they stop terrorizing our citizens."
Currier doesn't point fingers. He says everyone has a stake in this and can improve the community.
Public Eye is a WPBS production, made in cooperation with WWNY-TV.
It airs on WPBS at 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 17, 2014, Watertown, NY
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