Norfolk man dies in motorcycle crash

TUPPER LAKE – A St. Lawrence County man was killed after he crashed his motorcycle off of state Route 30 Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, police arrested two people who witnessed the crash for allegedly smuggling more than 10,000 untaxed cigarettes in their car.

Ray Brook-based state police, in a news release, said troopers from the Tupper Lake barracks were called to a report of a motorcycle crash around 1:10 p.m. Saturday on Route 30 near the intersection with Panther Mountain Road.

Rick Aslanian, 60, of Norfolk, was traveling north on Route 30 on a 2009 Kawasaki motorcycle when he drove off the east shoulder and was ejected from the bike, police said.

Aslanian was taken to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, where he was pronounced dead.

A state police spokesman didn’t have any other information, saying the crash remains under investigation.

Aslanian’s Facebook page says he was from Massena, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1975, served in the Army from 1975 to 1981 and worked at Alcoa. A 1971 graduate of Massena Central High School, he was slated to be inducted to the school’s athletic hall of fame on Sept. 13, according to an announcement last week in the Watertown Daily Times.

Cigarette smuggling

After Saturday’s crash was reported, police said a trooper was interviewing a pair of witnesses at the scene when he detected the smell of marijuana coming from their car.

A search of the vehicle turned up a small amount of marijuana and more than 10,000 untaxed and unstamped cigarettes.

Police charged Melissa L. Beddow, 39, of Broadalbin, and Sandra Aponte, 46, of Gloversville, with felony and misdemeanor counts of transporting untaxed/unstamped cigarettes. Beddow was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

The two women were released on appearance tickets for the town of Harrietstown court.

Contact Chris Knight at 518-891-2600 ext. 24 or