Sunmount

OPWDD asks judge to overturn retaliation verdict

A whistleblower in the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities is back under investigation by the agency as its lawyers also seek to overturn the jury’s verdict in a retaliation lawsuit he won in November. Jeffery Monsour, an OPWDD direct-care worker for 19 years, said he ...

Two Sunmount cases postponed, one set for dismissal

TUPPER LAKE — Three Sunmount employees charged with fighting with a resident and cover-up had their trials postponed in Tupper Lake town court Wednesday evening, with one set to be dismissed under certain circumstances. Joshua D. Beitter, 35, and Magnus S. Stalhammar, 44, both of Tupper ...

Sunmount employees plead not guilty in town court

TUPPER LAKE — Three Sunmount employees who have been accused of fighting with a resident and falsifying records about the incident pleaded not guilty in Tupper Lake town court Wednesday evening before town Justice Leonard Young III. Joshua Beitter, 35, and Magnus Stalhammar, 44, both of ...

State police arrest trio of Sunmount employees for assault, lying on record

TUPPER LAKE — State police arrested three Sunmount employees, all Tupper Lake residents, on Saturday, saying two of them fought with a resident in November and that the third worker lied about it. Joshua D. Beitter, 35, and Magnus S. Stalhammar, 44, were each charged with second-degree ...

State police arrest 3 Sunmount workers over incident with resident

TUPPER LAKE — New York State Police on Saturday arrested three Sunmount employees, all Tupper Lake residents, saying two of them fought with a resident in November and that the third worker lied about it. Sunmount, a residential network based in a former veterans hospital in Tupper Lake, ...

OPWDD whistleblower asks workers to speak up

ALBANY — After a jury in Syracuse ruled in favor of state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities employee Jeffery Monsour in a workplace retaliation suit Monday, he is asking other OPWDD workers to bring issues of abuse, retaliation and falsified records to light. This ...

Ruling may open OPWDD code of silence

An employee of the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities won a workplace retaliation lawsuit against the agency Monday could set a precedent enabling employees to tell the public about problems at facilities such as Sunmount, based in Tupper Lake. Jeffery Monsour, an ...

Sunmount resident walks off campus, is brought back in quickly

TUPPER LAKE — A resident of a Sunmount group home on Hosley Avenue left the premises on Monday afternoon. Sunmount staff called state police at 1:23 p.m. to help locate the resident, who was reportedly on voluntary placement at the facility, state police Troop B spokeswoman Trooper ...

Sunmount resident pleads not guilty to stabbing staffer in eye with fork

A Sunmount resident who allegedly stabbed a staff member in the eye with a fork has pleaded not guilty. A Franklin County Grand Jury indicted John Harvey, 37, in December on charges of second-degree assault, a class D felony, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a ...

Two ex-Sunmount workers get jail for false info

TUPPER LAKE — Two former employees of the Sunmount Developmental Center were sentenced to jail Monday in Franklin County Court in Malone stemming from an October 2013 cover-up. Jessica Rice, 29, was sentenced to 60 days in jail with five years of probation, and Suzanne Decheine, 51, of ...

Two ex-Sunmount workers get jail time for false info

TUPPER LAKE — Two former employees of the Sunmount Developmental Center were sentenced to jail Monday in Franklin County Court in Malone stemming from an October 2013 cover-up. Jessica Rice, 29, was sentenced to 60 days in jail with five years of probation, and ...

Former Sunmount employees sentenced to prison

TUPPER LAKE — A Franklin County judge sentenced three former employees of the Sunmount Developmental Center at 11 a.m. Monday after they were found guilty in June for assaulting one of the facility’s disabled residents. County Judge Robert Main Jr. sentenced Jerry W. Bush, 41, of Star ...

Former Sunmount employees sentenced to prison

TUPPER LAKE — A Franklin County judge sentenced three former employees of the Sunmount Developmental Center at 11 a.m. Monday after they were found guilty in June for assaulting one of the facility's disabled residents. County Judge Robert Main Jr. sentenced Jerry W. Bush, 41, of ...