Watertown, NY Crime & Safety

4 charged following Watertown drug raid

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - Four Watertown residents face drug possession charges after the Metro-Jefferson Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at a Watertown home last week. Police say the search at 930 Academy Street on Friday turned up 12 grams of a substance suspected to be crack cocaine,...
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North Country resident arrested for felony rape in LeRay, State Police say

LERAY- A North Country resident is accused of felony rape, investigators say. Viniciuc Cafer, 32, of Fort Drum, NY was arrested by the New York State Police in Lowville shortly after 7:00 a.m. Monday. Cafer is officially charged with one felony count of rape in the third-degree (w/out consent). According...
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North Country resident charged in town of Champion disturbance: NYSP

CHAMPION- A North Country resident is faced with charges that stem from complaints of a disturbance last month, authorities say. Dewalt S. Fayette, 19, of Natural Bridge, NY was arrested by the New York State Police (Carthage) Sunday night. Fayette is formally charged with one misdemeanor count each of criminal mischief (reckless property damage > $250); aggravated unlicensed operation in the third-degree and reckless driving.

3 vehicles involved in I-81 crash Friday

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - A crash on I-81 near Watertown sent one person to the hospital Friday evening. Around 5:45 PM, emergency crews received a call of a crash involving a tractor trailer and two other vehicles. A Town of Watertown fire official says one vehicle had some front-end...

Lewis County woman faced with drugs charges in meth case let go under New York's Bail Reform

MADISON AND LEWIS COUNTIES- A North Country woman accused of drug charges from a meth investigation was let go last Friday, due to New York’s Bail Reform Laws. Naomi S. Beadore, 32, of Lowville, NY was arrested on September 10 via a sealed indictment arrest warrant from Lewis County Court. She was stopped by the State Police that morning in Madison County, where Troopers learned Beadore was wanted by Lewis County Drug Task Force and Rome City Police.

3 hurt in chain-reaction crash on Watertown’s Arsenal Street

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - A portion of Arsenal Street in Watertown was closed to traffic Friday after a chain-reaction crash involving three vehicles. It happened near the North Country Family Health Center at around 1 p.m. Friday. City police say the driver of a pickup truck, 43-year-old William Hardie...

Man arrested in connection to 5 thefts at Watertown Walmart

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWTI) — An arrest has been made in connection to recent thefts at the Watertown Walmart. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office arrested 48-year-old Jeffrey P. Jewett of Brownville on September 26. Jewett was accused of allegedly stealing merchandise from the Walmart located on State Route 3...

Vehicle catches Croghan garage on fire

CROGHAN, New York (WWNY) - Fire destroyed a vehicle and damaged a garage in Croghan early Wednesday morning. Lewis County dispatchers say a passerby called 911 around 5 a.m. to report flames from a vehicle outside the rear of a garage owned by Joseph Lyndeker at 9843 Main Street. Croghan...

Utility pole fire knocks out power & closes highway

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - A utility pole fire on a main route between Watertown and Carthage Wednesday morning knocked out power for thousands and delayed the morning commute for many. State Route 126 was shut down from Community Drive to Rutland Hollow Extension in the town of Watertown around...

Crews search for Syracuse man last seen in Evans Mills 23 years ago

EVANS MILLS, N.Y. (WWTI) — A family left without answers. On April 2, 1999, Guy Pyke left his home near Syracuse to visit family in Evans Mills, New York. Although he arrived at his cousin’s house located on Route 11, he stayed only briefly before he turned left out of the driveway, to head North. From then on, he was never heard from again.

Extensive damage reported at Croghan work shop after truck fire sparked, spread to garage

LEWIS COUNTY- Local authorities are investigating what sparked a vehicle fire that spread through part of a workshop garage early Wednesday in Croghan, NY. Fire alarms sounded shortly before 5:00 a.m. after a witness saw flames coming from a truck at 9843 State Route 812, according to the county’s Office of Emergency Management.

North Country man accused of sex offense and obscenity charges in Lewis County

CROGHAN- A North Country man is accused of sex offense and obscenity charges in Lewis County, authorities say. Nathan D. Hotchkiss, 34, of Castorland, NY was arrested Monday evening by the New York State Police (Lowville). He is formally charged with one felony count each of criminal sex act in the first-degree and using a child under 17 in a sexual performance, along with one misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Copenhagen Fire Department ‘working on’ petitions to save department

COPENHAGEN, New York (WWNY) - Petitions are likely to be passed around to save the Copenhagen Fire Department. According to department officials, people from within the fire department are “working on it.”. It comes after the village voted to disband the department because the department didn’t meet village requirements...