Tractor-trailer burns on Route 81

TOWN OF ORLEANS, New York (WWNY) - The trailer part of a tractor-trailer caught fire Friday morning while headed north on Route 81 near Alexandria Bay. The fire spread quickly - by the time it was out, not much was left. The driver of the truck told 7 News he...
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City council candidate takes heat from mayor over fire department comments

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - Watertown’s mayor is adamantly denying an assertation made by a city council candidate on a talk radio show Friday. Robert Schorr called into Hotline with Jeff Graham on WATN and said he believes Mayor Jeff Smith plans to push for the closure of the north side fire station on Mill Street and layoff 15 firefighters.
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Cape Vincent,

In Cape Vincent, pavilion done, more to come

CAPE VINCENT, New York (WWNY) - In Cape Vincent, a list of waterfront projects is starting to come to fruition. One unveiled today is a new pavilion. Other projects will soon break ground. The pavilion in East End Park was 10 years in the making. It’s complete with bathrooms, showers...
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Blotter: St. Lawrence County police activity for Thursday, June 10

GOUVERNEUR — Richard L. Matott, 64, was charged by Gouverneur police this week with two counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies. The charges stem from an investigation into “the sale of heroin/fentanyl” at 15 Waid St.,...
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Philadelphia Police Officer Being Investigated After Body Camera Revealed He Deleted Video From Jacob Giddings’ Cell Phone

A police officer in Philadelphia is under investigation after he allegedly deleted footage of an arrest he made in March. According to ABC News, Officer Tyree Burnett’s body camera footage allegedly showed him deleting the cell phone footage of the interaction, which had been filmed by Jacob Giddings, the person he arrested.

Watertown police need help in ID’ing man in larceny probe

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - Watertown police issued an appeal for the public’s help Thursday afternoon. They released photos of a man inside the Ace Hardware store on State Street. Police want help in identifying the man, and say they believe “he may have knowledge of a larceny that occurred” on May 17 at the store.
Jefferson County,

South Carolina man accused of ‘sexual contact’ with girl

CLAYTON, New York (WWNY) - A South Carolina man is behind bars, accused of having ‘sexual contact’with a girl under the age of 15. Daniel Hitchcock, 51, from Pawley’s Island, South Carolina, was charged Wednesday by state police. Police charged Hitchcock with one count of Criminal Sex Act 3rd degree...

Blue heron chicks nesting in Morristown

Photographer Dean Shelato recently visited the Red Barn Preserve, 518 River Road East in Morristown, this past weekend and spotted some blue heron babies. Blue herons occupy a rookery at the preserve and tend to their nests from late March to mid July. “There are blue heron babies in most of the 40 nests on the property,” Shelato said. “If you plan to visit the Red Barn Preserve- bring binoculars. The best viewing is from the observation deck on the yellow trail.”

Need help with rent? Here’s how to get it

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - The federal government’s new Emergency Rental Assistance program provides a way to catch up on rent you owe, and can help pay the rent going forward. But you have to apply for the money. Where to start?. In Watertown, the newly-opened CARE Center at the...
Jefferson County,

Once again, few new COVID infections in north country

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - We’re not tired of this news yet, and hope you aren’t either. There are very few new COVID cases to report in northern New York - just seven today. Yes, that’s getting to be the norm. But after months of big increases every day - and with it, many deaths - we’re not ready to let go of good news.
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CNY restaurant fights back against Grubhub’s unauthorized deliveries: They’re illegal, owners charge

Watertown, NY — A family-owned Italian restaurant is taking on Grubhub in Upstate’s federal court over the food-delivery giant’s practice of adding restaurants to its online platform without their knowledge or consent. It’s part of Grubhub’s business strategy: if a restaurant declines an official business partnership, then Grubhub adds the...

Early voting starts in north country this weekend

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - If you plan to vote in the upcoming primary, you can do it early, starting Saturday. Primary day is June 22, but Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties all allow early voting from June 12 to June 20. In Jefferson County, voting is at the...
Fort Drum,

Fort Drum soldiers take part in historic live artillery fire training event

To an untrained ear, the communication used to fire live artillery rounds can sound like total chaos. However, for the soldiers of Fort Drum, it’s perfect English. Fort Drum recently hosted one of its largest and loudest live training events — an artillery live fire. It’s the communication that helps map out exactly where large rounds will land, from as far as seven miles away.

Explained: why fire struck Carthage home two days in a row

CARTHAGE, New York (WWNY) - After fire struck a home on South Mechanic Street Tuesday, and again Wednesday, a lot of people were left wondering how it could happen. That’s especially since the power to 319 South Mechanic Street was cut after the first fire, and fire officials quickly said the fires weren’t suspicious - no one was setting them on purpose.