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  Police investigating apparent stabbing in Watertown Friday night

A number of police agencies are investigating an apparent violent altercation in Watertown.

Samaritan confirms doctor has COVID-19

Samaritan Health reports first COVID case in nursing home resident

Pink plows in Ellisburg honor highway department employees

  Late St. Lawrence County fire chief’s legacy lives on

  Deck the Parkway: Watertown holds reverse Christmas parade during pandemic

  St. Lawrence hospitals gear up for COVID fight

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  Claxton-Hepburn medical director: ’We are stretching people very thin”

Tri-county region reports 64 new COVID cases Friday

Man accused of sexually assaulting 10 year old

18-wheeler, pickup collide in Philadelphia

2 more deaths reported at Ogdensburg nursing home

  Old Newsboys Day marks 74th year of raising funds for Salvation Army

  Toy drive organizers ‘thrilled’ with donations

Imagine holding a toy drive in the middle of a pandemic and in the final days still being worried if enough toys would be donated.

  Lieutenant governor discusses COVID vaccine, testing delays, PPE costs

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul appeared on 7 News at Noon on Friday to discuss a variety of topics related to COVID-19.

  Blast from the Past: 2007 bowling

On this week’s Blast from the Past, we go back to 2007 for some bowling in Constableville.

Some New York vote counts shrouded in secrecy

Policies favoring secrecy over transparency have meant that New Yorkers will be among the last Americans to learn the final vote tallies in the 2020 election.

Colton-Pierrepont sends students home because of COVID-19

  Deer River family keeps decades-long tradition alive

Copenhagen man dies in Croghan crash

  Missile defense site at Fort Drum a ‘multi-year effort,’ Stefanik says

  Wolves remain hopeful for a season in 2021

Man faces charges following domestic incident

  Nursing home residents recover in Lewis County

There is some good COVID-19 news in Lewis County.

  Tri-county region reports 142 new COVID cases

St. Lawrence and Lewis counties set single-day records for new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.

  NY’s lieutenant governor weighs in on COVID testing delays

New York’s lieutenant governor says the state is “not satisfied with any delays” when it comes to testing for COVID-19.

  Waddington hardware store stays open thanks to help from family and friends

It didn’t look good for Waddington Hardware and Building Supply over the weekend. Its entire full-time staff of four went into quarantine.

COVID quarantines hit Watertown firefighters

Watertown Fire Chief Matt Timmerman tells 7 News a handful of firefighters is in quarantine.

  City, firefighters still can’t come up with contract

The city and firefighters will now move to “mediation,” in which a neutral third party attempts to broker a solution both sides can live with.

  Watertown removes ash trees to fight insect

Watertown streets and parks might start to look a little emptier, but there is a reason for it.

Copenhagen schools return to in-person classes Friday

The school district went to remote instruction for one day, Thursday, after a teacher tested positive for COVID-19.

  North Country gets ready as NY prepares to distribute COVID vaccine

Governor Andrew Cuomo gave people a look at the COVID-19 vaccine Thursday. The state could have the first round soon and the North Country is getting ready for the roll out.

Judge issues ‘stay away’ order to Currier

A judge has issued an "order of protection" against Massena's mayor, who was charged Tuesday with possessing crack cocaine.

Bassmaster Elite Tournament headed back to Waddington

The schedule, announced Thursday, puts Waddington as the last event on the Bassmaster Pro Elite circuit, with competition scheduled for July 15-18.

  Woman donates care packages to Watertown nursing home residents

One woman is giving back this holiday season to a group of people who may have been hit the hardest during the pandemic - senior citizens.

Stefanik supports continued Trump election challenges

In an interview with the Watertown Times, Stefanik said “I support the president’s legal challenges to make sure that every legal vote is counted, that we’re not counting the illegal ballots.”

  12 Days of Christmas Giveaway: here’s how to win gift cards, merchandise

How would you like a free recliner, jewelry or a restaurant gift card? They’re just a few of the things you can win through our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Cover your ears, crow hazing’s tonight

Wildlife biologists from Loomacres Wildlife Management will target nuisance crow flocks during the evening.

Thruway tolls to increase for drivers without E-ZPass

The State Thruway Authority voted this week to raise tolls by 30 percent for drivers without an E-ZPass.

Officials waiting for traffic study for Pamelia truck stop

The Love’s truck stop would be just outside Watertown on Bradley Street in the town of Pamelia.

  Alex Bay lights up Christmas tree for the season

A small crowd gathered to watch the ceremony on Upper James Street Wednesday night.

Copenhagen Central School District going to full remote instruction

All students in the Copenhagen School District will learn remotely tomorrow.

Ogdensburg Grade 6 pivoting to remote instruction

Students in 6th grade at Ogdensburg’s John F. Kennedy Elementary School will learn remotely.

  Day after drug arrest, Currier takes leave of absence as Massena mayor to seek treatment

Massena Mayor Timmy Currier, who was arrested on drug and other charges, said Wednesday that he’s taking a leave of absence so he can seek professional treatment.

  People in Massena stunned by mayor’s drug arrest

All over the village of Massena, people can’t stop talking about their mayor being arrested at gunpoint on a drug charge.

80 new COVID cases reported in tri-county region Wednesday

St. Lawrence County Public Health said Wednesday that 44 more people have tested positive for the coronavirus.

  More deer + fewer hunters = cause for concern

With fewer hunters in the woods, there are more deer and that has the state thinking about new management strategies.

  After JCC declines $2.5M in state funds, Watertown learns it can use the money for other projects

Watertown can reallocate the $2.5 million that Jefferson Community College turned down.

  Watertown kicks off holiday season with tree lighting ceremony

Watertown’s annual tree lighting ceremony couldn’t publicly happen this year because of COVID-19. Instead, the city and 7 News teamed up to bring the tree lighting to you.

State expects first COVID-19 vaccines by middle of December

New York will get its first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in about two weeks.

  Assembly leader: expect deal for legal marijuana in 2021

“I think it will, but I thought it was gonna get done last year,” Will Barclay of Pulaski told 7 News Wednesday.

Trees for Troops coming to Fort Drum this weekend

Christmas trees will be handed out to Fort Drum soldiers beginning this weekend. It’s called Trees for Troops.

  The story behind the ‘Eight Maids-a-Milking’ Christmas tree

Who would decorate a Christmas tree with the theme “Eight Maids-a-Milking?”

Runway project completed at Watertown airport

At a Jefferson County general services committee meeting Tuesday night, airport manager Grant Sussey said the 5,000-foot runway is now in use.

  Massena mayor arrested on drug charge

Massena Mayor Timmy Currier was arrested Tuesday afternoon on drug-related charges, according to St. Lawrence County Undersheriff Sean O’Brien.

  Wolves scrimmage, hoping for a season next year

A Watertown Wolves scrimmage Monday night doesn’t count in the standings, but in this age of COVID it was nice to see hockey once again at the Alex Duffy Fairgrounds.

  COVID-19: 73 new cases, 5 deaths reported Tuesday in tri-county region

Jefferson County reported a record number of new COVID-19 cases Tuesday. Meanwhile, St. Lawrence County Public Health reported 16 people died from the virus to date.

  Boutique Air could add Massena to Baltimore flight

Massena wants to keep Boutique Air as its carrier at the airport and it could add another city to fly to.

  Local supporters hope former Fort Drum commander becomes Secretary of Defense

On President-elect Joe Biden’s shortlist of candidates for Secretary of Defense is a former commander of the 10th Mountain Division. North Country supporters hope General Lloyd Austin gets the job.

  Leak in one Watertown pool could save another from being filled in

A leak in one Watertown swimming pool could save another from demolition.

  The medical advancements that save lives of COVID patients

Because of medical advancements that have been made since March, doctors have been able to save lives of COVID patients who might have died during the early days of the pandemic.

Old bakery a step closer to becoming a brewery

The city’s planning board unanimously approved the business’ plans to update the former Alteri’s Bakery on Waterman Drive. It’ll be the new home to Sackets Harbor Brewing Company.

Fed’s vaccination plan would leave out vulnerable groups, governor says

While a COVID-19 vaccine is “the light at the end of the tunnel,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the federal government’s plan for distributing it has major flaws.

  Giving Tuesday - the military edition

Take 24 hours - midnight to midnight - and pack it with helping others. That’s what’s happening on Giving Tuesday. There’s a twist though with a military edition of the day.

  16,000 student-designed masks headed to schools around St. Lawrence County

They hope a snazzy mask design will help in the fight against COVID-19. Soon, every student in St. Lawrence County will have one.

COVID-19 breaks out at United Helpers in Canton

There is a COVID-19 outbreak at United Helpers Canton Rehabilitation and Senior Care.

  Update: Ogdensburg nursing home now reports 6 deaths since Thanksgiving

There have been 5 deaths since Thanksgiving at one Ogdensburg nursing home. Plus, nearly half the residents there are infected with COVID-19. Families are growing more and more anxious.

  Ogdensburg fire union says it won’t renegotiate contract

The union is digging its heels in over a contract dispute with the city.

Former Fort Drum commander considered to lead DoD

CNN reports that retired Gen. Lloyd Austin is one of several people in line for the job.

Copenhagen schools learning remotely, issues with building’s heating system

All Copenhagen Central School students will be learning remotely Tuesday, December 1st.

COVID: 5 deaths, 120 new cases, 17 hospitalizations reported Monday in tri-county region

At least 5 COVID-19 deaths were reported Monday in the tri-county region. In addition, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties reported their highest number of COVID-positive tests since the pandemic began.

Man in critical condition after being shot in abdomen at Felts Mills home, officials say

The man who was shot over the weekend in Felts Mills in the town of Rutland was listed in critical, but stable condition Monday.

  JCC declines $2.5M in state funding for entrepreneurial center

Jefferson Community College has turned down $2.5 million it received through the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The college had planned to use the money to create a technical center in downtown Watertown.

  Hospitals face new rules to deal with coronavirus surge

As coronavirus cases continue to surge and officials brace for a post-holiday spike, the state has developed a series of strategies to deal with the expected rise in cases.

Canton Central School District going fully remote

Canton Central School District is switching to fully remote learning at least until Thursday, December 3rd.

  Lewis County employees help public health workers with COVID contact tracing

When it comes to COVID contact tracing, it’s the job of the county public health department. But with things so busy, people whose jobs have nothing to do with public health are now working to help public health.

  Stepping Up: Volunteer driver stays on the road, to help during pandemic

Kathy Hicks and her blue Nissan Sentra are getting people from point A to point B

  Your Turn: feedback on worship ruling, panic shopping & soldier’s donation

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled New York can’t enforce certain attendance limits at houses of worship in areas designated as hard hit by COVID-19. You shared your thoughts on that and other stories in the news.

  From the hospital to home: A homecoming for a Lowville COVID-19 survivor

Sunday, Joe Bush sat in Lowville, smiling and waving to a line of cars - hundreds of them. They came to welcome him home after he spent a month in the hospital fighting COVID-19.

Indian River Intermediate School pivots to remote learning; staff member tests positive for COVID-19

Indian River Intermediate School (IRIS) is pivoting to remote learning as a staff member had tested positive for COVID-19.

Gouverneur Schools to stick with remote learning

Gouverneur Central School District will not open it’s doors to in person learning Monday as was previously planned.