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Man sentenced for DWI in Jefferson County court

WATERTOWN — A Watertown man was sentenced in Jefferson County Court on Monday to two years probation for attempted grand larceny. Cedric D. Sapp, 24, of 22489 Echo Drive, pleaded guilty in December to fourth-degree attempted grand larceny after admitting he stole a wallet with a credit card and $110


Dad and four daughters die in Watertown house fire after electric stove blaze

Aaron Bodah and four daughters lose their lives after a fire started at their Watertown, upstate NY home after an electric stove caught on fire. A father and his four young daughters have all died in a New York house fire as the man desperately went back into the blaze and save his children, early F


Watertown woman accused of shoplifting at Party City

WATERTOWN, NY — Juliane S. Aubertine, 45, of 15735 Eimicke Place, Apt. 302, Watertown, was charged by Watertown police at 7:47 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Party City, 1125 Arsenal St., with petit larceny.


Jefferson County legislators reflect on tax penalties

WATERTOWN — Jefferson County legislators voted Feb. 5 to reduce the tax penalties on a delinquent property in Lyme due to some highly unusual circumstances. According to the resolution passed by the county, the property had a tax lien set in 2007 and 2008, but a bankruptcy filing in 2008 automatical


Belleville Henderson to shorten winter recess due to snow days

BELLEVILLE — The Belleville Henderson Board of Education, upon agreement with its teachers and support staff, decided Monday to shorten next week’s winter recess due to closures from weather conditions since December.


Community grieves at evening vigil for five who died in city fire (VIDEO)

WATERTOWN — Aaron J. Bodah would have been awestruck by the outpouring of support that filled a block of Myrtle Avenue on such a blustery, wintry Friday evening. About 300 people — many of whom never met Mr. Bodah, who died in Thursday’s devastating fire in his Myrtle Avenue home — huddled together


Jefferson County Dog Control attempts to address jurisdictional confusion

WATERTOWN — The Jefferson County Dog Control agreement was finalized in early January, after months of contentious negotiation with the city of Watertown. The dog control program nearly closed after eight towns left the program, but the new agreements with 15 towns and the city — Theresa rejoined un


BREAKING: Cuomo wants to close three more NY state prisons

Governor Cuomo announced Friday that three state correctional facilities will close under the new state spending plan. "In my first State of the State address eight years ago, I said prisons are not a jobs program. Since then, I am proud to have closed more prisons than any governor in history," Cuo


Dealing with grief following the city’s fatal fire

WATERTOWN — A fire early Thursday morning that killed five family members has left the community struggling with how to cope. What could one say to a family who has been through such abrupt tragedy? In the hours after the fire department packed up their equipment and left 906 Myrtle Ave., the front


Father went looking for other daughters in fatal Myrtle Avenue fire

WATERTOWN — The father who died in Thursday’s fatal fire sent the only surviving daughter across the street to call the fire department while he went to help his four other daughters from the home.


Jefferson County Historical Society to host Fire Festival on Feb. 16

WATERTOWN — The Paddock Mansion will heat up the entertainment scene downtown with the Fire Festival from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. The festival will be hosted by the Jefferson County Historical Society, which is headquartered at the mansion, 228 Washington St.


2 children pass away overnight; 5 family members now killed in Watertown fire

WATERTOWN N.Y. -- Watertown police said two girls injured in a house fire died overnight, and now five of the six people living at a home that caught fire have passed away. Aaron Bodah, 38, and his five daughters were in the home on Myrtle Ave. when it caught fire in the kitchen around 1:30 a.m., ac


Microgrid developer relocates headquarters to Jefferson County

WATERTOWN — A small-scale power grid developer has made Jefferson County the new home of its corporate headquarters. Acadia Energy Corp. has relocated its main office from Rochester to its satellite facility at the Watertown Center for Business and Industry, 800 Starbuck Ave. The company previously


Fatal fire in Watertown claims three

WATERTOWN — City firefighters responded early this morning to a fatal fire at 906 Myrtle Avenue. City Fire Chief Dale C. Herman said at the scene that there were six people in the house when the fire started. He did not have ages, but said one was an adult and the rest were children.


Volunteers Needed for 2019 New York State Seed to Supper course

HELP WANTED! Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County and The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition are excited to announce the launch of their 2019 New York State Seed to Supper course. Throughout this 5-week class, new gardeners will learn the ins and outs of vegetable gardening—on a bud


DBAs filed in February at Jefferson County clerk’s office

WATERTOWN, NY — A list of the DBAs (Doing Business Under an Assumed Name) certificates filed at the Jefferson County clerk’s office in February 2019:. To request a correction, email newzjunky@gmail.com.


LaFargeville man accused of grand larceny

WATERTOWN — A LaFargeville man was charged by state police at 8:14 a.m. Monday with felony fourth-degree grand larceny. Gary L. Phelps, 32, was issued a ticket to appear in a local court.


Jefferson County travel advisory lifted; winter weather advisory again in effect, high wind warning on the horizon

The north country is under another winter weather advisory, according to the National Weather Services located in Buffalo and Burlington, Vt. Although the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department lifted the travel ban before 7 a.m. this morning, Jefferson County is under the advisory until 10 p.m. this


Sex Offender Charged With Endangering The Welfare Of A Teenage Girl

ALTMAR – State Police today (February 14) arrested George M. Smith, 34, of Altmar, for Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class “A” misdemeanor. It is alleged that Smith, who is currently on parole and a level three sex offender, passed a written correspondence to a 15-year-old girl on a public b


Virtual sports complex celebrates grand opening

WATERTOWN — William and Debra Gaudette will celebrate the grand opening of their virtual reality sports center today in the Stateway Plaza. Above Reality Virtual Sports Complex, located in the former Cici’s Pizza and Cold Stone Creamery, 1222 Arsenal St., features four golf simulators and will have