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Lisbon man charged with criminal contempt

POTSDAM, N.Y. (WWTI) — A St. Lawrence County man is facing felony charges after allegedly being involved in a domestic incident. According to the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, deputies investigated a domestic incident that took place on State Highway 310 in the Town of Potsdam on July 5. An investigation revealed that during the domestic, 43-year-old Eric J. Walrath from Lisbon threatened to harm the protected party of an order of protection.
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Fort Drum soldier visiting Syracuse dies from gunshot wound

SYRACUSE, New York (WWNY) - A Fort Drum soldier was shot and killed in Syracuse over the long holiday weekend. According to the Syracuse Police Department, 19-year-old Malik Sharif Shipman was shot in his midsection. He was shot in the 300 block of Parkway Drive shortly after 11 p.m. Monday....
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Historic Prohibition Hideaway on Private Thousand Island Has New Owner

One of the oldest cottages in the Thousand Islands finally has a new owner after being on the market for seven years. Whiskey Island is on the St. Lawrence River in Clayton, New York. It was originally owned by a Leavitt in 1875. Legend has it he ran off with a governess and the island was sold in 1914. The property was passed down from generation to generation until it was sold to the Randazzo Family.

Fort Drum soldier from Georgia ID’d as victim of shooting

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Army has identified the victim of a deadly weekend shooting in Syracuse as a 19-year-old soldier from Georgia who was assigned to New York’s Fort Drum. Pvt. 1st Class Malik S. Shipman, of Fairburn, Georgia, was shot near Onondaga Park in Syracuse...

Contour Airlines now offering flights to and from Ogdensburg

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - There’s a new airline in Ogdensburg after SkyWest left the airport in June. Contour Airlines will start running flights from Ogdensburg to Philadelphia. Contour leaders celebrated the new flight service Friday at the airport. Twelve flights will run throughout the week. Ogdensburg officials say...
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Some Things Are More Important Than Fish

In the movies the “three amigos” were Disney characters who shared various adventures. In my world the “three amigos” were three characters who shared a love of the St. Lawrence River that was not as colorful or exciting but bonded us together in fishing or other adventures or actions over the years. Al Benas was the owner of the Thousand Islands Inn in Clayton for decades, a river guide that was known and respected far and wide. Mike Seymour was originally from downriver in Ogdensburg but had a reputation as one of the best fishermen and guides on the river. I laid no such claim to knowledge of the river or skill at fishing equal to the other two but my enthusiasm for fishing the St. Lawrence was close behind. Over the years I spent a lot of time on the St. Lawrence, fishing, boating, or learning about the river.

Dozens of dogs cool off in Seaway Splash Competition

CLAYTON, New York (WWNY) - Farther, faster, and higher. That’s what more than two dozen, four-legged athletes were looking to get Saturday afternoon with the return of Clayton’s Seaway Splash Competition. Dogs from around the North Country took to the air and to the pool, all looking to...

Alpacas live the good life so folks can stay warm

HERMON, New York (WWNY) - “My boy, Pitt, here. Hi buddy! That’s Pitbull. He was born during an evening of a Pitbull concert,” Rock Hollow Farm owner Dayna Lancaster said, introducing her alpacas. “This is Fluff. He’s truly a wimp on the inside. My oldest boy, Alejandro....

Clayton wins 2022 USA TODAY 10Best Reader’s Choice travel award

CLAYTON, N.Y. (WWTI) — Clayton has been named one of the best travel destinations by USA Today. The local village earned to top spot in the 2022 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest for Best Small Town Cultural Scene. This award specifically highlights small towns with a population of fewer than 25,000.

Clayton wins national contest

CLAYTON, New York (WWNY) - Clayton tops the list in the 2022 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest for Best Small Town Cultural Scene. The contest, which relied on online voting, named the top 10 communities on Friday. Clayton came in at number 1. “Bigger isn’t always...

Final destination in Ogdensburg

This dark and rainy photograph was taken recently from the office of Lisbon photographer David Zufall. The photo was taken at the Ogdensburg International Airport prior to one of the final few dozen SkyWest flights.

Surge of dead muskies found on St. Lawrence River, anglers urged to report

CLAYTON, N.Y. (WWTI) — Muskies are becoming a growing concern in local waterbodies. According to the Gananoque 1000 Islands Chapter of Muskies Canada, there has been a recent surge of dead Muskellunge fish floating on the St. Lawrence River. Although the group said that dead fish are often found...

Take 5 ticket worth over $38K sold in Gouverneur

GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. (WWTI) — The New York Lottery announced that one top-prize winning ticket was sold in Gouverneur for the June 9 evening drawing. According to the NY Lottery, the ticket was worth $38,699 and was sold at the Stewarts Shops located at 242 East Main Street in Gouverneur. The winning numbers of the ticket were 2-19-23-30-31.