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NY community mourns 4 children, father killed in fire

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York community is struggling to cope with the deaths of four children and their father in a house fire. A funeral on Friday in Watertown will celebrate the lives of Aaron Bodah and his daughters: 4-year-old Skylar; 6-year-old Erin; 8-year-old Alexa and 14-year-o


Snowmobiler makes record attempt on St. Lawrence River

Greg Pepe of Clayton is attempting to set a new record for the Guinness Book of World Records: most miles traveled on a snowmobile in a 24-hour period. Pepe took laps from Clayton to Cape Vincent as part of his effort.


What happened overnight? Police blotter report for Friday, Feb. 22

Need a local attorney? NNYLawyers.com JeffersonScanner.com. Scott M. Fancher, 46, of 26222 Mustard Rd., Watertown, was charged by Watertown police at 5:10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Stewart’s, 508 Mill St., with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He is summoned to appe


Victims of fatal Watertown fire laid to rest today

WATERTOWN — The father and four daughters who died in last week’s heartbreaking fire will be laid to rest today. Aaron J. Bodah, 38, and his daughters Merissa, 14; Alexa, 8; Erin, 6; and Skylar, 4; died in the fire that swept through their home at 906 Myrtle Ave. during the early morning hours on Va


Clayton Town Supervisor Resigns From Post

Clayton's town supervisor is moving on. David Storandt has resigned after three years. He served his last meeting with the Clayton town board Wednesday night. Storandt accepted a position with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation spill response team and has held both jobs for


Homeland Security grant resolutions voted down in Jefferson County committee

WATERTOWN — The General Services Committee of the Jefferson County Legislature ran into a rare problem on Tuesday evening — two of the resolutions failed to pass. All the committee resolutions have to be finalized by the full Board of Legislators, and committee meetings are often over quickly.


Man Gets Prison Time For Trying To Steal From National Grid

A 43 year old Canastota man is going to prison for to trying to steal from the National Grid complex in the town of Watertown. William Vinson was sentenced as a second felony offender Friday in Jefferson County Court. His sentence is four years behind bars and five years post-release supervision.


‘Nature Talk’ to focus on winter road management effects on roadside soil, vegetation

DEPAUVILLE — The second in the series of Nature Talks offered by Depauville Free Library and the Indian River Lakes Conservancy is set for noon Feb. 23. The talk will feature Michael R. Twiss, professor of biology at Clarkson University, Potsdam, who will discuss winter road management effects on ro


Man Sentenced In Watertown Heroin Bust

A 29 year old Bronx man, who took a plea deal in connection with a Watertown drug bust, is going to prison. In Jefferson County Court Friday, Andre Barnes was sentenced as a second felony offender.


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


Utility Pole Sheared Off In Watertown Crash

No injuries were reported in a two-vehicle crash in Watertown Friday. It happened at the intersection of Gotham and Brainard streets at around 12:30 p.m. Officials said a sports utility vehicle traveling on Brainard Street hit the back of a pickup truck, which was driving on Gotham Street.


Homeless Man Admits Robbing Watertown Convenience Store

A 31 year old homeless man has pleaded guilty to robbing a Watertown convenience store last November. Matthew McMahon was in Jefferson County Court Friday. He pleaded guilty to third-degree robbery. He will be sentenced April 17.


Disability ID cards available across New York state

ALBANY, N.Y. (WRGB) - Disability ID cards are available now across New York state. The cards read, "I have a developmental disability. I may have difficulty understanding and following your directions."


Whoa! Balloons Lost in Kentucky Land in Upstate New York

We've all wondered whatever happened to that balloon that slipped out of our hand and floated away when we were young. Did it just keep floating till it got to space? No. However, an unlikely story involving some escaped balloons has left one Kentucky floral shop in shock. And they just might have l


Assemblywoman: Study split of New York state

With deepening political, economic and cultural divisions in the two regions, Sen. Daphne Jordan believes it is time for a thorough study of whether upstate should split off from New York City, Long Island and the surrounding suburbs and become the 51st state.


Vehicle crashes into telephone pole

WATERTOWN — After allegedly running a stop sign on Friday, a vehicle crashed into a telephone pole at the intersection of Gotham Street and Brainard Street. An SUV apparently hit the back of a pickup truck, spinning the truck into the telephone pole and severing it. The blue SUV’s hood was dented in


The Latest: Firefighters line entrance to victims' funeral

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - The Latest on the funeral of four children and their father, killed in a house fire (all times local):. Firefighters have lined the entrance to an upstate New York church for the funeral of four children and their father in a house fire.


Watertown School Bus Driver Admits Raping Student

A 25 year old man, who drove a bus for Watertown City School District, has admitted to raping a 14 year old girl he met while driving her bus. Shane Piche appeared Thursday in Jefferson County Court, where he pleaded guilty to third-degree rape.


New York State May Not Be Done With Amazon

There could be another chapter in the Amazon story for New York, even if the setting isn’t Queens or even any other borough but rather somewhere else in the state, Newsday reports.


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.