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Friday Sports: Edwards Knox Girls, Lowville Still Vying For State Titles Video included

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Three north country girls' basketball teams are on the hunt for New York State glory this weekend at Hudson Valley Community College. In the Girls' State Class D Semi-finals from Troy, Edwards Knox took on South Kortright.

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Residents Object To Ogdensburg School Budget Cuts Video included

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Hundreds of people at an Ogdensburg school board meeting Monday night voiced their concerns about what getting rid of more than two dozen positions in the district would do to students' education. 

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Watertown Fire Captains Officially Reinstated Video included

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Four Watertown city firefighters will be reinstated to their captain positions. 

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Closing Arguments Set For Tuesday In Walters Murder Trial Video included

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Closing arguments are set for Tuesday in the Justin Walters murder trial.

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Juror Replaced In Hebert Murder Trial Video included

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The murder trial of Christopher Hebert resumed in St. Lawrence County Court Monday. 

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Rapist Sentenced To 7 Years In Prison

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After pleading guilty to forcibly raping a minor and hearing a statement from the victim, a Utica man nearly walked back his admission of guilt in St. Lawrence County Court Monday morning. 

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Woman Arrested In Ogdensburg Meth Bust

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An Ogdensburg woman has been charged with making meth. 

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Ogdensburg School District Considers Cutting 26 Jobs Video included

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A multimillion dollar budget gap at Ogdensburg Free Academy has school officials considering cutting 26 jobs.  

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Soon-To-Be Laid Off Concentrix Workers Find Other Jobs Video included

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A third of the workers being let go in the next couple of months at downtown Watertown's call center are leaving early and finding work. 

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Copenhagen Mayoral Candidates Speak Out On Eve Of Election Video included

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The polls will open Tuesday and voters will choose their new mayor in the village of Copenhagen. We sat down with the candidates.

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Your Turn: Feedback On Test Strips, Mail Delays & Potholes Video included

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In an effort to prevent drug deaths, ACR Health's syringe exchange site in Watertown is handing out "test strips" so addicts can test heroin or methamphetamine to see if it's laced with fentanyl. You shared your thoughts on that and other stories in the news.

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Kinney Drugs Worker Accused Of Stealing Narcotics

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A 36 year old is accused of stealing narcotics from Kinney Drugs, where she worked. 

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2 Alleged Robbers Captured In Their Disabled Vehicle

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Two people were charged in connection with a robbery at a Watertown home on Friday. 

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State Champs Welcomed Home Video included

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It was a homecoming fit for heroes. 

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Morley Fire Truck Finds New Home In Pamelia Video included

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One north country fire department is helping out another. 

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Majority of Watertown City Council Wants To Reinstate Fire Captains Video included

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Four captains at the Watertown fire department could be reinstated as early as Apr. 1. That's what city manager Rick Finn has put on the agenda for city council's next meeting Monday night. 

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Flag Raising & Parade at St. Patrick's Day Weekend In Watertown Video included

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Wrapping up St. Patrick's Day weekend with celebrations in Watertown. A small crowd marched from St. Patrick's Church to City Hall in Watertown Sunday morning.

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Meth Bust on Ogdensburg's Knox Street, 3 Arrested

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Three people were arrested after a meth bust in Ogdensburg Friday night. Ogdensburg Police said multiple active "one-pot" methamphetamine labs were found at 1110 Knox Street. 

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Fun Day For Kids At North Country Kids Expo Video included

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It was a fun filled day for hundreds of kids in Saint Lawrence County at this year's North Country Kids Expo.

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Irish Fest 2019: Donegal Beards & Miss Ireland Pageant Video included

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The 34th annual North Country Goes Green Irish Festival kicked off Friday with the Donegal Beard contest and the Miss Ireland Pageant. 

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Nichole Walters Talked About Divorce, Text Messages Show Video included

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Nichole Walters talked about divorcing Justin Walters as the couple was going through marital problems because of his drinking. 

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Witness: Hebert Admitted Killing Yekel, Sought Help In Dismembering Body Video included

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A man currently serving a 20-year prison term for robbery says Christopher Hebert not only admitted to killing Lacey Yekel, he also asked him to asked him for help in cutting up her body.

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Watertown's Credit Rating Good, But Outlook Turns 'Negative'

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Watertown's credit rating stays the same, but the company establishing it changes its outlook on city finances to "negative." 

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Blast From The Past: 1997 St. Patrick's Day Parade Video included

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This week on Blast From The Past, we go back to 1997 for the north country's St. Patrick's Day celebration.

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Irish Festival Celebrates 34th Year Video included

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St. Patrick's Day Weekend kicks off with the 34th Annual North Country Goes Green Irish Festival. We got a sneak preview of a performance by an a capella group made up of six brothers from Ireland. 

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Stay Off The Ice On Area Of Seaway

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There's a warning from the St. Lawrence Seaway. 

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Ice Shanties Must Be Removed

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No matter how thick the ice is right now, all ice shanties must be removed as of Friday.  

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Life Jackets And The Law Video included

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Soon enough the ice will thaw and boats will be on the water. But until the end of April, a life jacket is the law. 

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900 Flu Cases Confirmed In Jefferson County This Season Video included

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Friends have the flu? Maybe it's you?! Flu activity is currently high across Jefferson County. 

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Lowville, Edwards-Knox Win State Semifinals

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The Lowville boys basketball team and the Edwards-Knox girls basketball team are both headed to state finals. 

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New York Air Brake Buys Missouri Company

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New York Air Brake continues to expand beyond railroad braking systems with the recent purchase of a company that makes locomotive fueling and servicing equipment. 

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Watertown City Manager To Recommend Reinstating Fire Captains

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Watertown's city manager wants to reinstate four fire captains who were demoted three years ago. 

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Still A Problem, But Warmer Weather Means Fewer Crows Video included

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Crows were out and about like they usually are this time of year, but on Thursday many of them perched on trees near the outskirts of Watertown.  

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Belleville Henderson Soccer Players Sign Scholarship Letters Video included

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A pair of Belleville Henderson soccer players have signed letters of intent to attend college on athletic scholarships. 

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Hebert Trial Witness: Hebert, Lacey Yekel Together Video included

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A witness in the Christopher Hebert murder trial testified Hebert was Lacey Yekel were together on at least one occasion in June 2014, the month Yekel disappeared.  ...

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Jurors Watch Recording Of Accused Killer Justin Walters Video included

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For the first time, jurors heard directly from Justin Walters through a recorded interview.

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Veterinarian Accused Of Forcible Touching Is A Registered Sex Offender Video included

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We have new information on the criminal history of a Lewis County veterinarian, who is currently facing charges of forcible touching. This isn't his first time being accused of inappropriate behavior.

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Man, Who Lived In Ellisburg, Faces Child Pornography Charges

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A 25 year old Mexican man, who had been living Ellisburg, faces federal child pornography charges. 

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Call Center Delays Layoffs

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The first round of layoffs at downtown Watertown's call center will be delayed by a month.

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Samaritan Urges Sick Visitors To Stay Home

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If you're planning on visiting a patient at Samaritan Medical Center or any of its facilities, make sure you're healthy. 

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Is Deal Near To Keep Alcoa Jobs In Massena?

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Is a deal near to keep the Alcoa plant in Massena operating, and with it, some 400 jobs? On Thursday, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer issued a letter calling on the New York State Power Authority and Alcoa to "to expeditiously reach an agreement" for low cost electricity.

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Watertown Takes Steps To Make Sure Hydrants Can Be Found Video included

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What if the Watertown fire department responded to a fire and couldn't find the hydrant? The city is taking steps to make sure that doesn't happen.  

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7 News Goes Bowling...Sort Of Video included

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Members of the Channel 7 family recently did something many families enjoy - go bowling. Click on the picture to watch our amazing form! More>>

Learning To Use Narcan To Treat Drug Overdoses Video included

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The Seaway Valley Prevention Council spent Thursday in Gouverneur training those interested on how to use Narcan when treating a drug overdose. 

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Youngsters Enjoy Thursday's Warm Weather Video included

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Getting outside for recess - students at Ohio Elementary School in Watertown were excited to play outside in the sun and warmer temperatures Thursday.

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Opening Statements To Begin In Hebert Murder Trial

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As of 2 p.m. Thursday, opening statements were set to begin in St.Lawrence County Court in Christopher Hebert's murder trial.

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Man Accused Of Injuring Deputy During Arrest

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A town of LeRay man allegedly attacked a Jefferson County sheriff's deputy who was serving the man an order of protection Wednesday evening.

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City Hall Selected For New Watertown Courtroom Video included

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Watertown city lawmakers have decided where to put a new courtroom. 

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Plans Move Forward To Connect Downtown With Riverfront Video included

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Plans for connecting downtown Watertown with the Black River riverfront are starting to take shape.

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Lowville Athletes Sign Scholarship Letters Video included

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Two Lowville students put pen to paper Wednesday to take their athletic careers to the next level. 

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Croghan Veterinarian Accused Of Forcibly Touching Woman Video included

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A Lewis County veterinarian is charged with forcibly touching a Watertown woman.

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Fort Drum Chopper Involved In Snowmobile Crash

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A Fort Drum helicopter was involved in an accident with a snowmobile in a Massachusetts field Tuesday evening. 

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Testimony: Walters Claimed He 'Was Just Trying To Scare' Trooper During Shooting Video included

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Jurors in the Justin Walters murder trial heard from a state trooper Wednesday morning, a trooper who arrived on scene shortly after Walters fatally shot his wife Nichole and state trooper Joel Davis. 

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Potential Layoffs Loom In Ogdensburg School District

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There are potential layoffs looming in the Ogdensburg City School District. Officials with the Ogdensburg Education Association notified its union members in an email that the school district has proposed 8 potential layoffs. 

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10 Jurors Seated In Hebert Murder Trial Video included

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Four jurors were picked Wednesday morning in the second day of jury selection for the Christopher Hebert murder trial. 

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Injured Bald Eagle Dies

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A bald eagle that was being nursed back to health has died. 

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Watertown Replacing CitiBus Fleet Video included

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Watertown's newest buses are getting ready to hit the streets. The new bus features make for a smoother ride.

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Equine Herpes Confirmed In St. Lawrence County

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A virus that can cause fever, loss of balance and unsteady gait in horses has cropped up in St. Lawrence County. 

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Blackhawk Training Happening Thursday Over Potsdam Video included

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Keep an eye out over Potsdam. Thursday afternoon you'll see a couple of Blackhawk helicopters from the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade flying over the village. 

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Pinwheels With A Purpose Video included

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They're symbols to spread awareness of child abuse prevention efforts.

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Troopers Ask For Help Looking For Man In Connection With Theft

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State police are asking for help identifying a man they want to talk to about a theft at Walmart in Evans Mills. 

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President Trump To Award Posthumous Medal of Honor to 10th Soldier Video included

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President Trump will award the Medal of Honor to a 10th Mountain Division soldier who died when he tackled an insurgent wearing an explosive "suicide vest," the White House announced Tuesday. The award will be made March 27 to Staff Sergeant Travis W. Atkins.  

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Cyclones Head North For Gridiron Season Video included

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The Watertown High School football program is heading north to Section 10 for the upcoming season.

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Walters Trial Afternoon Update: First Witnesses Video included

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There was compelling testimony Tuesday, the first day of the Justin Walters murder trial in Jefferson County Court. Walters is accused of shooting and killing his wife, Nichole Walters, and the state trooper who responded to the domestic violence call, Joel Davis.  

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Jury Selection Underway In Hebert Trial Video included

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Jury selection was underway Tuesday in St. Lawrence County Court in Canton, in the murder trial of Christopher Hebert.  

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Update: Ogdensburg Woman Charged In Meth Bust After Fire Video included

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An Ogdensburg woman was charged Tuesday with manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine, after fire broke out in her apartment on Ogden Street.

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Accused Meth Maker Remains In Jail, No Bail

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A man charged with starting a fire when his alleged meth lab exploded at a Potsdam apartment in February will remain in jail without bail. 

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North Country Unemployment Rates Improve, But Still Lag

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North country counties didn't have the worst unemployment rates in the state in January, but they weren't far off. 

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Witness Says She Was Forced To Move Nichole Walters' Body Video included

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Opening statements in the Justin Walters murder trial concluded Tuesday morning. 

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Test Strips Distributed In Watertown; May Reduce Drug Deaths Video included

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They're about the size of a band aid, and they can help save the lives of drug addicts. Tiny "test strips" are being used by addicts to test the heroin or methamphetamine they have, to see if it's laced with fentanyl.  

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What's Holding Up Mail Delivery In Lowville? Video included

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It's not sleet, snow nor rain that's slowing down mail delivery in Lowville. 

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Verizon Customers Could Have Texting Troubles

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If you're a Verizon Wireless customer, you might be having trouble texting. 

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Show You 'Care A Latte' By Helping Suicide Prevention Video included

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One downtown Watertown business is hoping to collect "a latte" money for charity. 

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Full Steam Ahead For Ogdensburg Riverfest Concert Video included

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While we're still getting through the cold and snowy weather of March, Ogdensburg now has one more summer event it will be hosting. 

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Not Bad Today, Warmer Wednesday, Even Warmer Thursday Video included

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Any snow in the north country will likely end fairly early on Tuesday. 

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It's Not Easy To Legalize Pot, Governor Says Video included

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Legalizing marijuana could be more complicated than it sounds. 

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Loud Noises? Bright Lights? It's Probably Just Crow Hazing

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If you hear loud noises and see bright lights in Watertown over the next couple of nights, don't be alarmed. 

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Red Raiders Ready For First State Final Four Video included

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Five teams from the north country are headed to New York State basketball Final Four tournaments this weekend.  

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After Meeting, City On Road To Second Courtroom Video included

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After a meeting Monday between the Watertown city council and Judge James Tormey, the city is on its way to meeting Tormey's demand for a second courtroom.  

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Opening Statements Begin Tuesday In Walters Murder Trial Video included

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All 12 jurors were seated Monday in the Justin Walters murder trial in Jefferson County Court.

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Update: Officer Charged With Rape No Longer Employed

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An Ogdensburg police officer, accused of raping a woman, is apparently out of a job.

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Owner Speaks Out About Crumbling Mannsville Building Video included

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We told you last week the Huggins and Bettinger building in Mannsville is crumbling. The village can't afford to tear it down and the owner can't either.

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Crews Begin Work On This Year's Pothole Crop Video included

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Potholes are becoming intense obstacles on local roads. 

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Owners Of Iced-In Home Still Digging Out Video included

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Imagine digging your home out of nearly four feet of ice. 

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Investigators Return To Find Cause Of Water Street Blaze Video included

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Investigators are returning to the scene Monday to try to determine the cause of a fire on Water Street in Watertown on Sunday.

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Your Turn: Feedback On Cigarettes, Meth Arrests & SAFE Act Video included

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A bill to raise the legal age to buy cigarettes to 21 has passed the state assembly. Two assemblymen from our area were among those voting no. We asked for your thoughts on that and other stories in the news.

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Craft Fair Benefits Ogdensburg Hospital Video included

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Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg is filled with gifts as the auxiliary holds its annual craft fair. 

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Gouverneur Man Accused Of Waving Pistol In Bar

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A Gouverneur man was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly waved a stolen handgun inside a bar. 

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Slippery Sunday Leads To Several Accidents Video included

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Wintry weather Sunday morning made roads slippery throughout the north country.

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Woman Accused Of Assaulting State Trooper

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A 30 year old Gouverneur woman is accused of attacking a state trooper and trying to bite a police officer.

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Sunday Sports: Semi-final Game Schedule Out For 5 North Country Teams Video included

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The stage has been set for the New York State High School Basketball Final Four Tournaments, five area schools are looking for state titles.

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Fire at Water Street Building in Watertown Video included

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A building in Watertown appears to be a total loss after a fire earlier Sunday evening. Watertown and Fort Drum firefighters responded to a steel building on Water Street a little after 5:30 p.m. 

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Shaving Heads Raises $3,500 for Childhood Cancer Research Video included

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Losing hair to raise a whole lot of money. Four people, including one child, got their heads shaved Sunday at Power Play Sports in Watertown as part of a fundraiser for St. Baldrick's Foundation. 

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Jury Selection Monday for Justin Walters Murder Trial Video included

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It's a record number of potential jurors. As many as 500 people have been called for jury duty as the murder trial for Justin Walters begins.

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Concert Raises Money for 18-Month-Old Battling Cancer Video included

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Izzie Bagarozzo was diagnosed with a rare liver cancer and is currently going through treatment.

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Why You Should Check Smoke Alarms When Changing Clocks Video included

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For years, Watertown City Fire Chief Dale Herman has been telling people as they reset their clocks to make sure their smoke alarms are working. 

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Craft Fair Helps Area Food Pantries Video included

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Crafts to help those in need. The North Pole Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary held their second craft fair of the year Saturday.

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7 News Wins Awards For Newscasts, Reporting

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7 News was honored Saturday night as "best newscast" during the New York State Associated Press Association's annual awards dinner. 

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Partly Sunny & A Little Cool Video included

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Temperatures will reach the low-30s Monday, but they start out quite a bit colder. 

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Another Warm Day, But Temps Start To Fall Video included

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It's going to be warm most of the day, just not as warm at the end as at the beginning. 

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A Taste Of Spring For A Couple Days Video included

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It hasn't been often so far this year that we've started the day above freezing. 

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Decision Apparently Made On Second Watertown Courtroom

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It looks like Watertown lawmakers have made a decision on where to put a second city courtroom. 

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2 North Country Murder Trials Resume

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A Jefferson County murder trial will resume testimony in its second day at the same time jury selection continues for a separate murder trial in St. Lawrence County Court.

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40s Today, 50s On Thursday & Friday Video included

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If you've been waiting for a warmup, you should be happy with next couple of days. 

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Work Continues To Free Ice-Encased Home Video included

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It was time to break out the heavy machinery to free a home encased in ice. 

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A Winter Weather Advisory To Start The Week Video included

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Another week, another weather alert to start it off. 

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  • Your Turn: Feedback On Test Strips, Mail Delays & Potholes

    Your Turn: Feedback On Test Strips, Mail Delays & Potholes

    Tuesday, March 19 2019 6:06 AM EDT2019-03-19 10:06:33 GMT

    In an effort to prevent drug deaths, ACR Health's syringe exchange site in Watertown is handing out "test strips" so addicts can test heroin or methamphetamine to see if it's laced with fentanyl. You shared your thoughts on that and other stories in the news.

    In an effort to prevent drug deaths, ACR Health's syringe exchange site in Watertown is handing out "test strips" so addicts can test heroin or methamphetamine to see if it's laced with fentanyl. You shared your thoughts on that and other stories in the news.

  • Your Turn: Feedback On Cigarettes, Meth Arrests & SAFE Act

    Your Turn: Feedback On Cigarettes, Meth Arrests & SAFE Act

    Tuesday, March 12 2019 5:22 AM EDT2019-03-12 09:22:47 GMT

    A bill to raise the legal age to buy cigarettes to 21 has passed the state assembly. Two assemblymen from our area were among those voting no. We asked for your thoughts on that and other stories in the news.

    A bill to raise the legal age to buy cigarettes to 21 has passed the state assembly. Two assemblymen from our area were among those voting no. We asked for your thoughts on that and other stories in the news.

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  • ObituariesMore>>

  • Carol J. Ambrose, 84, of Black River

    Carol J. Ambrose, 84, of Black River

    Monday, March 18 2019 4:49 PM EDT2019-03-18 20:49:50 GMT

    Carol J. Ambrose, 84, of 185 Maple Street, Black River, NY passed away March 17, 2019 at the Carthage Area Hospital surrounded by her loving children.

    Carol J. Ambrose, 84, of 185 Maple Street, Black River, NY passed away March 17, 2019 at the Carthage Area Hospital surrounded by her loving children.

  • Rosemary T. Fazio, 93, of Watertown

    Rosemary T. Fazio, 93, of Watertown

    Monday, March 18 2019 4:05 PM EDT2019-03-18 20:05:19 GMT

    Rosemary T. Fazio, 93, of Watertown passed away at her home surrounded by family and under the care of Hospice on Sunday evening, March 17, 2019.

    Rosemary T. Fazio, 93, of Watertown passed away at her home surrounded by family and under the care of Hospice on Sunday evening, March 17, 2019.

  • Kathy A. Rasmussen, 57, of Watertown

    Kathy A. Rasmussen, 57, of Watertown

    Monday, March 18 2019 4:02 PM EDT2019-03-18 20:02:11 GMT

    Kathy A. Rasmussen, 57, Watertown, passed away Tuesday evening on March 12th at the Samaritan Medical Center with her family by her side.

    Kathy A. Rasmussen, 57, Watertown, passed away Tuesday evening on March 12th at the Samaritan Medical Center with her family by her side.

  • Meet The News TeamMore>>

  • Jeff Cole

    Jeff Cole

    After 14 years of waking up the north country as anchor of 7News This Morning, Jeff Cole began anchoring our 6 p.m. evening news on May 1, 2017.

    7News This Evening Anchor-

    After 14 years of waking up the north country as anchor of 7News This Morning, Jeff Cole began anchoring our 6 p.m. evening news on May 1, 2017.  Read more

  • Mel Busler

    Mel Busler

    Friday, April 17 2009 6:20 PM EDT2009-04-17 22:20:28 GMT

    7News Sportscaster for 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. News

    Mel started his broadcast career at WATN radio in 1978. He moved over to 7News in 1982, becoming full time Sports Anchor of the 6 and 11 news in 1984. Mel has had the pleasure of covering North Country sports for over 27 years here at 7News. He says he was lucky... Read more

    7News Sportscaster for 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. News

    Mel started his broadcast career at WATN radio in 1978. He moved over to 7News in 1982, becoming full time Sports Anchor of the 6 and 11 news in 1984. Mel has had the pleasure of covering North Country sports for over 27 years here at 7News. He says he was lucky... Read more

  • John Kubis

    John Kubis

    Monday, May 25 2009 11:46 AM EDT2009-05-25 15:46:38 GMT

    7News Chief Weathercaster-

    After a successful career reporting weather conditions for the Air Force, John joined the 7News Team as the weekend weather personality and now is the Chief Weathercaster and appears weekdays on 7News This Evening, 7News at 10 on FOX, and 7News Tonight.

    7News Chief Weathercaster-

    After a successful career reporting weather conditions for the Air Force, John joined the 7News Team as the weekend weather personality and now is the Chief Weathercaster and appears weekdays on 7News This Evening, 7News at 10 on FOX, and 7News Tonight. Read more

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  • Keith Benman

    Keith Benman

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 1:27 PM EDT2018-04-11 17:27:46 GMT

    7News Journalist

    Keith Benman is St. Lawrence County reporter for 7 News, covering Canton, Potsdam, Ogdensburg, Massena and the rest of  the largest county in New York state. He came to 7 News from the world of print journalism, where he was most recently business editor at The Times of Northwest Indiana. 

    Keith Benman is St. Lawrence County reporter for 7 News, covering Canton, Potsdam, Ogdensburg, Massena and the rest of  the largest county in New York state. He came to 7 News from the world of print journalism, where he was most recently business editor at...Read more

  • Katie Benoit

    Katie Benoit

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 2:09 PM EDT2018-09-18 18:09:57 GMT

    Katie Benoit joined the WWNY news team in September 2018. Katie was born and raised in Rhode Island...Read more

    Katie Benoit joined the WWNY news team in September 2018. Katie was born and raised in Rhode Island...Read more

  • Erin Bischoff

    Erin Bischoff

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 1:29 PM EDT2018-04-11 17:29:29 GMT

    Erin joined the news team as a reporter in December 2016. Erin graduated from SUNY Oswego in May 2016 with a B.A. in Broadcasting and Mass Communication and a minor in Business Administration. While at Oswego, Erin was involved with the student-run television station, WTOP-10, where she served as the news assignment manager her senior year and had experience as an anchor, reporter and producer. Erin was born and raised in Rochester, NY. 

    Erin joined the news team as a reporter in December 2016. Erin graduated from SUNY Oswego in May 2016 with a B.A. in Broadcasting and Mass Communication and a minor in Business Administration...Read more

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