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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


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


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


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


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.


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


Fort Drum man charged with aggravated DWI early Friday, Watertown police say

WATERTOWN, NY — Jovan D. Martinez, 22, of 8211 S. Lewis Ave., Apt. A, Fort Drum, was charged by Watertown police at 1:04 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in the 100 block of S. Massey Street with aggravated driving while intoxicated, failure to keep right and two counts of failure to obey a traffic control dev


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.


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


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


Watertown Residents Honor Fatal Fire Victims With Impromptu Memorial

A small part of Myrtle Avenue in Watertown become a memorial for victims of a fatal fire on that street early Thursday morning. A father and two children who lived at 906 Myrtle Avenue died. Three other children were injured.


Friday Sports: Boys' Section 3 Basketball Playoffs Underway

The Section 3 Basketball playoffs underway Friday night at a variety of locations starting with the Boys' Section 3 Class A playoffs from Carthage as the Comets hosted C.B.A. In the 1st quarter, it's Jaden Kennedy inside for the bucket, putting the Comets up by 2. Then it's Calvin Harper driving bas


2 More Dead - 5 Total - From Watertown Fire

The death toll from Thursday's fatal fire in Watertown is now five. Friday morning Watertown police released the names of the family involved in the fire at 906 Myrtle Avenue. They also announced that two more victims have died.


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


Report: Payless ShoeSource To Close All Stores

Payless ShoeSource plans to close all of its stores, according to a Reuters report. There are two stores in Watertown - one in the Towne Center plaza and one in the Salmon Run Mall.


Fundraising Underway To Help Family Devastated By Fatal Fire

Efforts are underway to help raise money for funeral expenses for the five people who died as a result of Thursday's fire on Myrtle Avenue in Watertown. Ted Nevill works with Kenneth Bodah, the brother of fire victim Aaron Bodah.


Book’s errors will become historical record

I am writing concerning the recently published “Watertown Memories: A Pictorial History of the Mid-1800s through the 1930s,” a keepsake photo of our fair city of Watertown. The concept is great. The pictures, for the most part, are clear and well presented.


Jefferson IDA approves sales tax abatement for couple seeking to open Carthage restaurant

CARTHAGE — The couple who want to transform a derelict Dock Street building into a restaurant will not have to pay sales tax on purchases for renovations. The Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency approved sales tax abatement Thursday for restaurateurs Scott C. and Shannon J. Sauer, Beaver


Fire Chief: Smoke Detectors Never Sleep'

Watertown Fire Chief Dale Herman says the two smoke detectors inside the home at 906 Myrtle Avenue had no batteries. If the detectors had been working, Herman says the outcome of Thursday's triple fatal fire would likely have been different.


Latest births at Carthage Area Hospital

CARTHAGE, NY (Feb. 16, 2019) — The latest births at Carthage Area Hospital:. HAAS — In Carthage Area Hospital on Feb. 13, 2019, to Charles and Ashlee Haas, Castorland, a daughter, Norah Diana, 7 pounds, 12 ounces.