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Watertown man facing drug, weapon charges after drug task force raid of apartment

WATERTOWN, NY — Members of the Metro-Jeff Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at about 10:13 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at 1620 Huntington St., Apt. P-6, in Watertown. This is the residence of Bishme S. Smith Sr. and Chandra A. Smith and has been the focus of an on-going drug investigation, police


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Man accused of falsely reporting domestic incident, carjacking

WATERTOWN, NY — James E. Busler, 25, of 1153 E. 2nd North St., Morristown, TN, was charged by Watertown police at 9:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building with falsely reporting an incident.


Funeral planned Friday for father, children killed in fire

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A funeral will be held Friday for a father and four children killed in an upstate New York house fire. WWNY says there also will be a public visitation on Thursday in Watertown for Aaron Bodah and his daughters: 4-year-old Skylar; 6-year-old Erin; 8-year-old Alexa and 14-year-


Case of 'zombie deer disease' confirmed in New York state

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WHEC) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning about "zombie deer disease" that affects deer, elk, and moose. As of January, 24 states have reported cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), according to the CDC, including a reported case in Oneida Co


Councilman Horbacz wants to reinstate city fire education officer

WATERTOWN — City Councilman Cody J. Horbacz on Tuesday night suggested reinstating a fire department position that would be devoted solely to handling fire prevention and education.


Fatal Fire Prompts Plenty Of Requests For Smoke Detectors

"Hundreds, hundreds of calls. People were telling us it was hard to get through because the line was busy," said Jane Gendron, executive director of the American Red Cross of NNY.


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.


Watertown's Ice Rink Sees Jump In Attendance

School's out for the week and kids are hitting the ice. "I like going passing and the air going through my face. It feels like a roller coaster," said Adrian Rathbun. "Then you get a little breeze," added his brother Camryn.


Mourners pray for Bodah family at Watertown vigil

WATERTOWN — At the end of a prayer vigil on Monday evening, mourners circled the burned out Myrtle Avenue home and held hands in a show of support for the Bodah family while they grieve for five family members who lost their lives in last week’s tragic fire.


Fundraisers set for the Bodah family

WATERTOWN — More fundraising efforts have been announced to help the Bodah family. A Watertown business has designed a T-shirt to honor the family. All the money from the T-shirts will go toward the daughter, Hailey, 13, who survived last Thursday’s devastating fire that took the lives of her father


Here's Your Chance To Weigh In On Watertown Sidewalk Costs

The cost of having Watertown put in your new sidewalks will nearly double. On Tuesday night, you'll have a chance to tell lawmakers what you think about that. The next neighborhoods that are set to have new walks put in this summer include parts of North Indiana Avenue and Gill, Bronson and North Pl


Ice fisherman’s pickup sinks into Chaumont Bay

WATERTOWN — Three people escaped injuries on Saturday morning after the pickup truck they were in went through the ice on Chaumont Bay in Lake Ontario. Jacob L. Jones, 20, of Hunlock Creek, Pa., and two passengers of a 2006 Dodge Pickup drove onto the ice to go ice fishing when the mishap occurred s


Lewis County young woman named New York State Dairy Princess

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A young woman from Lewis County was crowned this year's New York State Dairy Princess. Reegan Domagala received the honor Tuesday night at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool. She has served as the Lewis County Dairy Princess since the spring of 2018. She will now spend the next year promo


Fort Drum appears unlikely to be impacted by border wall

FORT DRUM — Fort Drum seems to have been spared cuts to military spending from President Donald J. Trump’s emergency declaration diverting funds to build a border wall. A list compiled by the House Appropriation Committee of 2019 military construction projects, including vulnerable projects, does no


Why Local Officials Aren't Happy About State Aid 'Restoration'

The state pays the village of Sackets Harbor $7,500 each year. It may not seem like much, but the village uses it to pay for half of its deputy clerk's wages, overtime for Department of Public Works plow drivers and to make improvements to facilities and services.


Woman who pleaded to sex crime sentenced to 10 years probation

WATERTOWN — A woman who previously pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sex act was sentenced to 10 years probation Friday in Jefferson County Court. Steffany T. Delaney, 36, was also ordered to pay $1,425 in surcharges and fees. She pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sex act in December.


Accused Killer's Lawyer Want's Victims' Autopsy Photos Withheld At Trial

The lawyer for a man accused of killing 2 people, including state Trooper Joel Davis, wants autopsy photos withheld at an upcoming trial. Justin Walters stands accused of shooting and killing his wife, and Trooper Davis in July 2017 near Theresa.


Winter weather leads to waning snow days for local schools

Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties have suffered blizzards that caused piles of snow and a waning number of school district emergency days, which may lead to shorter school vacations.


Heuvelton woman finds brother she never knew she had (VIDEO)

WATERTOWN — Unexpected snow fell outside the 167 Polk St. office window of William W. Bowman Monday morning, the day before his 59th birthday, as he waited to receive what was, four days earlier, another unexpected surprise.