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Watertown man accused of falsely reporting theft to police

WATERTOWN, NY — Michael D. Yarbrough, 51, of 431 Stone St., lower apt., Watertown, was charged by Watertown police at 1:39 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at his residence with third-degree falsely reporting an incident.


Upstate NY lawmakers rally public to save state prisons

A group of Upstate NY lawmakers has started a petition to rally the public against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan for shutting down up to three state prisons by Labor Day. North Country Sen. Patty Ritchie is leading the online petition drive with Assemblymen Ken Blankenbush, of Carthage, and Mark Walczyk,


Fort Drum man charged with DWI on Huntington Street in Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY — Brock D. Bellomy, 20, of 20342 Bagram Rd., Apt. 307B, Fort Drum, was charged by Watertown police at 3:06 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18, in the 1200 block of Huntington Street with driving while intoxicated, imprudent speed and failure to stop at a stop sign.


Former Watertown school bus driver admits to rape of teen

WATERTOWN — A former Watertown City School District bus driver pleaded guilty Thursday to raping a teenager he met through his job. Shane M. Piche, 26, pleaded guilty in Jefferson County Court to third-degree rape. He admitted that on June 10 he had sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl in the to


After Fatal Fire, Horbacz Proposes Reinstating Fire Dept. Programs

In the wake of a deadly fire last week, one Watertown city council member is proposing to reinstate services and captains within in the city's fire department. "It's become an urgent issue and we need to take action now," council member Cody Horbacz said.


What happened overnight? Police blotter report for Thursday, Feb. 21

Need a local attorney? NNYLawyers.com JeffersonScanner.com. Michael D. Yarbrough, 51, of 431 Stone St., lower apt., Watertown, was charged by Watertown police at 1:39 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at his residence with third-degree falsely reporting an incident. Police allege Mr. Yarbrough falsely reporte


New York State STAR program reimbursement by county

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) - The New York Department of Taxation released the latest data on the number of School Tax Relief (STAR) reimbursements by county. The latest data shows the number and amount of rebates for 2017. Hover over each county to see the number of basic exemptions, amount of basic reim


Man sentenced to six years in prison for drug offenses; claims innocence, plans to appeal

WATERTOWN — A man who was convicted on drug charges last month was sentenced to six years in state prison Tuesday in Jefferson County Court. Leroy K. Holley, 39, was convicted of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance at no


More Wind Farm Proposals Pitched to New York State

February 21, 2019 — New York State has received bids from four groups proposing new offshore wind farms to feed the state’s electrical grid, including a proposal from the companies behind the “South Fork Wind Farm,” which have proposed a new “Sunrise Wind” project that if selected would be sited ove


Watertown Admits Mistake, Releases Vote On Firefighters Union

The city of Watertown has admitted it made a mistake and has now released the results of a controversial vote involving the firefighters union. We're talking about a closed-doors meeting earlier this month where city council decided it would file for permission to appeal a union victory in the Court


Carthage Man Gets No Prison Time For Firearm Sale

There will be no prison time for a man indicted on 40 weapons-related charges last year. Trevor Lucidi was sentenced Thursday in Jefferson County Court to 5 years probation. The 27 year old Carthage man pleaded guilty in December to one count of criminal sale of a firearm.


Boys basketball: General Brown cruises to win to reach semifinal

DEXTER — After just skating by Vernon-Verona-Sherrill in the first round of the Section 3 boys Class B tournament, General Brown had an easier path to victory against Sherburne-Earlville in the quarterfinals.


Colorful local legend continues to amuse

Charles “Huckleberry Charlie” Sherman, born on Feb. 15, 1842, in Watertown was a conspicuous figure of the north country, with a reputation that continues to intreague local historians.


26 latest births at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY — The latest births at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown:. BELL – In Samaritan Medical Center, February 14, 2019, to Katherine and Jennifer Bell, Theresa, a daughter, Braelyn Rebecca Sue.


Woolworth Building Looks To Attract Businesses

Take a look at the Woolworth building in downtown Watertown and you notice a couple of things. One: its historic look. "It's a very attractive building," said Erich Seber, one of the building's owners.


Fort Drum Man Pleads Guilty To Rape

A 21 year old Fort Drum man has admitted to having sex with a teenager. Michael Estes Jr. pleaded guilty Thursday in Jefferson County Court to third-degree rape. Estes was charged in September with third-degree rape, third-degree criminal sex act, and endangering the welfare of a child.


City Officials Promise Transparency After Council Vote Mistake

Admitting they made a mistake, Watertown city officials decided to make public the city council's actions from a February 4 executive session. "We learned the action we took may have been inappropriate," council member Cody Horbacz said. "We took action to correct the matter and I'm glad the minutes


Mourners Pay Respects To Bodah Family

Calling hours were held for the Bodah family in Watertown Thursday afternoon. Friends and family gathered at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church to pay their respects to Aaron Bodah and his four daughters, Merissa, Alexa, Erin and Skylar.


Crash Sends 1 To Hospital

A delivery truck and sports utility vehicle collided between Watertown and Sackets Harbor on Route 3 Tuesday. Police said the FedEx truck T-boned the SUV near Old Rome Road in the town of Hounsfield.


New York State not giving up on future Amazon project, ESD chief says

New York State hasn’t given up on winning a future Amazon expansion project, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s economic development czar said Thursday. “We should never burn bridges,” said Howard Zemsky, CEO of Empire State Development, the state’s primary business-aid agency. “The governor is not burning any