Jefferson County, NY

Drug suspects taken into custody in Watertown High School parking lot

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - A drug investigation led to a police chase, Watertown school lockouts, and 3 men being taken into custody Wednesday afternoon. The Metro-Jefferson Drug Task Force said it was conducting an investigation when a car chase began Wednesday afternoon. Officials said city police and Jefferson County...
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Watertown woman accused of stealing $11K from county treasurer

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - A 47-year-old Watertown woman is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the Jefferson County Treasurer’s Office, where she worked. Carri Paige was arrested Monday on a felony count of third-degree grand larceny. She’s accused of stealing more than $11,000. Paige was arraigned...
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Suspect’s statement presented in Lacey manslaughter trial

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - It was day 3 of the Nicole Lacey manslaughter trial in Jefferson County Court. Lacey is accused of running over and killing her boyfriend with a car. Jurors heard Lacey’s story and saw evidence from under the vehicle. The jury had a chance to...
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Power mostly restored after outage in Theresa area

THERESA, New York (WWNY) - More than 1,200 National Grid customers lost electricity in part of Jefferson County late Wednesday morning. According to the utility’s power outage map, the problem was in the Theresa area. The electricity went out at 11:30 a.m. A spokesperson for National Grid said crews...

CPR training, Narcan kits available to help avoid overdose deaths

ANTWERP, New York (WWNY) - With the soaring number of overdose deaths, communities in northern Jefferson County are taking action by equipping residents with something free to save lives. First responders in the Theresa, Antwerp, and Philadelphia areas have noticed drug overdose numbers are getting worse. That’s why Indian River...

Lacey manslaughter trial: opening statements, testimony

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - Opening statements and testimony marked the second day of Nicole Lacey’s manslaughter trial in Jefferson County Court Tuesday. The case is centered on an incident that happened at a home on County Route 24 in the town of Antwerp in May of 2018. Prosecutors...

Sources: one, two new candidates possible in state senate race

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - At least one new candidate is likely to enter the race for the 48th state senate district, which takes in all of Jefferson County and part of Lewis County. Sources tell 7 News businessman Matt Doheny has begun soliciting endorsements. Doheny is waiting on a...

Morning Checkup: Thousand Islands Golf Classic

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - It’s almost time for the Thousand Islands Golf Classic, the golf tournament that raises money for the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation. Committee co-chair Corry Lawlor and Dawn Atwood from the Foundation say the tournament itself is fully booked, but there’s still room for people to attend the traditional dinner and auction.

Rep. Stefanik would keep Fort Drum in proposed congressional redistricting

ALBANY, N.Y. (WWTI) — On Monday, a new congressional redistricting map was submitted to the State following a ruling from a judge that ruled the originally submitted maps unconstitutional. The New York State of Appeals also agreed with the Steuben County Judge’s ruling in late April that the congressional...

Frost advisory issued for eastern Lake Ontario region

LAKE ONTARIO REGION, N.Y. (WWTI) — The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for the eastern Lake Ontario region, which includes Jefferson County. The weather conditions are expected to specifically affect inland areas away from Lake Ontario. The NWS stated that between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Wednesday temperatures are expected to drop to the mid-30s.

Jury seated in Lacey manslaughter trial

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - Twelve jurors have been selected to decide the fate of Nicole Lacey as her manslaughter trial begins in Jefferson County Court. Lacey, of Black River, is on trial for the 2018 death of 28-year-old Jared Cook. She’s accused of intentionally striking and driving over Cook...

Graham raises objections to draft congressional districts

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - A former Watertown mayor is voicing opposition to drafts of congressional district maps released on Monday. Former Mayor Jeff Graham sent a letter to state Supreme Court Judge Patrick McAllister urging him and the court-appointed expert who drew the lines to reconsider. Graham says Jefferson...

Town of Orleans incident leads to over $1.5K worth of car damage

ORLEANS, N.Y. (WWTI) — A man in Jefferson County has been arrested following a criminal mischief incident. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, on May 16 around 8 a.m., a suspect “intentionally” damaged a 2019 Jeep Renegade in the Town of Orleans. The suspect was...

Can-Am driver spotlight: Gavin Eisele

LAFARGEVILLE, New York (WWNY) - There’s a Sportsman driver at Can-Am Speedway in LaFargeville with a familiar last name. He comes from a local racing family. Gavin Eisele is like many drivers. He got his start on a different track at Can-Am. But there’s not much comparison between driving...

Children’s Home holds job fair

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - The Children’s Home of Jefferson County is having a job fair today (Tuesday, May 17). Human resources director Lisa McCarty gave us an overview of what jobs are available. Watch the video above for her interview on 7 News This Morning. The job fair...