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Proposed dog park in Watertown gets informal approval from City Council

After eight years of lobbying, arguing and sometimes irritating City Council members, Scott A. Gates finally received enough support Monday night potentially to get a dog park created in the city. The majority of council members informally agreed that they are open to donating land for a centrally located dog park somewhere in the city.

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Mon Sep 15, 2014

Ogdensburg Courier-Observer/Journal

Privacy rules slow police investigation into JCC assault

As police investigated an alleged Labor Day weekend assault in the dormitory of Jefferson Community College, officers ran into some roadblocks getting basic information about who was involved because of federal privacy rules. Pressed by the school for a court order, Lt.

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Watertown Daily Times

Utica man faces four years in prison for having cocaine in Jefferson County

A Utica man faces four years in state prison after pleading guilty Friday in Jefferson County Court to charges that he had crack cocaine with the intent to sell the drug within the county. Roy Diggs, 36, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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Watertown Daily Times

Watertown man sentenced to 7 years in prison for sexual contact with child

A city man was sentenced Monday in Jefferson County Court to seven years in state prison for having sexual contact with a child over a three-year period. Joshua P. Koutrakos, 27, whose last known address was 1007 Bronson St., was also ordered to undergo seven additional years of supervision and register with the state as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

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The Post-Standard

How did Sgt. Patrick Rust die? Seven years later, mother of Fort Drum soldier still seeks answers

Sgt. Patrick Rust endured two tours of war, walking the perimeter of an Army post in Iraq and manning a truck-mounted gun to protect his unit along the roads of Afghanistan. But it was when Rust was home, stationed at Fort Drum with the 10th Mountain Division, that danger caught up with him.

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Sat Sep 13, 2014

Watertown Daily Times

Terrence and Maria Roche reflect on life in the north country

Terrence L. and Maria J. Roche learned how welcoming north country residents were even before they knew they would call the area home. Stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1984, serving as chief of the investigations and assistance division, Office of the Inspector General, Headquarters, U.S. Army, Mr. Roche said he received a telephone call to meet some people on the Rhine River.

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Watertown Daily Times

Pay your taxes! School superintendent has tax obligations going back to 1992

As someone who oversees a public entity, Mark T. Brand should appreciate what would happen if no one paid their taxes. There would be no money to operate a public school system, and all of the district's teachers, staff members and administrators would lose their jobs.

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Related Topix: Education Etc., Hamilton County, NY, Evans Mills, NY, Indian Lake, NY, Opinion

Ogdensburg Courier-Observer/Journal

Massena jail man jailed on $500 bail after pleading guilty to two counts of issuing a bad check

A Massena man who admitted he had cashed two checks on an account he knew had insufficient funds will be sentenced in November in Massena Village Court. Raymond E. Artz, 39, formerly of state Route 37, Ogdensburg, pleaded guilty to two counts of issuing a bad check in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied a host of charges pending in Massena courts.

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Related Topix: Prison, Massena, NY, Ogdensburg, NY, St Lawrence County, NY

Fri Sep 12, 2014

Albany Times Union

Cellphone video that shows a witness raising his hands in the air immediately after the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer in Ferguson appears to support previous accounts and could bolster arguments that Brown was surrendering when he was shot, legal experts said Friday. The video obtained by The Associated Press and first aired by CNN shows two landscapers who were working near the street where Brown was shot by officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. In the video, a man can be heard saying, "He had his hands up," while one of the workers raises his own hands in the air.

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Watertown Daily Times

Utica man faces four years in prison for having cocaine in Jefferson County

A Utica man faces four years in state prison after pleading guilty Friday in Jefferson County Court to charges that he had crack cocaine with the intent to sell the drug within the county. Roy Diggs, 36, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Utica, NY, State Prisons, Prison, Calcium, NY

Watertown Daily Times

Annual United Way food drive collects thousands of items for hungry families

That is what over 50 volunteers learned Friday during the annual United Way of Northern New York Jefferson County Food Drive. Individual community members, United Way partner agencies, Jefferson County government officials and other volunteers, gathered and sorted items in the parking lot of St. Anthony's Church, at the corner of Bellew Avenue and Arsenal Street, before 19 food pantries picked up non-perishable food and personal hygiene items.

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Watertown Daily Times

Sackets Democrats endorse candidates

Endorsements went to Aaron Woolf, 21st Congressional District; Andrew Cuomo, Governor; Katy Hochul, Lt. Governor; Addie J. Russell, 116th Assembly District; Colleen O'Neill, Jefferson County Sheriff; and Susan Sovie, Jefferson County Family Court Judge.

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Watertown Daily Times

Former school board member fails to pay property taxes but collects rent in Evans Mills

Mark T. Brand, a former Indian River school board member who is now superintendent of Indian Lake Central School District in Hamilton County, hasn't paid property taxes for two buildings on North Main Street in the village since 1992 - but that hasn't stopped him from leasing apartments to tenants and pocketing the rent. Romark Construction Co., which has an Indian Lake post office address in care of Mr. Brand, owes $220,551 to Jefferson County in unpaid property taxes and water and sewer bills for a three-acre lot with buildings at 8728 and 8740 N. Main St., where tenants now reside.

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Related Topix: Evans Mills, NY, Hamilton County, NY, Indian Lake, NY, Watertown, NY

Thu Sep 11, 2014

Watertown Daily Times

Runners remember 9/11; events held around Jefferson County

With every steep, wet step, Rachel L. Eggleston and other runners paid tribute Thursday night as they pushed themselves through nine repetitions up and down 169 stairs in Thompson Park. Each moss-covered stair represented one of the 2,977 victims of the attacks on Sept.

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Watertown Daily Times

Dog park advocates to make their case to city officials

For nearly eight years, Scott A. Gates has unsuccessfully tried to convince city officials to build a dog park at Thompson Park. On Monday night, he is trying to get enough people to join him at the Watertown City Council meeting that council members agree to help him get a dog park in Watertown.

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The Post-Standard

Jefferson County man charged with sexually abusing 9-year-old girl

A 41-year-old Evans Mills man sexually abused a 9-year-old girl in July, according to state police. Davis had sexual contact with the girl on one occasion in July in the town of LeRay, state police Investigator Jonathan Pelton said.

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Watertown Daily Times

Guilfoyle to leave former Covidien building, return to Newell Street

Less than two years after buying and moving into a larger space on Faichney Drive, Guilfoyle Ambulance Service Inc. is moving back to its former Newell Street headquarters. Bruce G. Wright, Guilfoyle's president and CEO, confirmed the ambulance service will move back to the smaller Newell Street building by Oct. 1 because the company has been unable to find a buyer for the property.

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Wed Sep 10, 2014

Ogdensburg Courier-Observer/Journal

Conservative Finley defiant in 116th Assembly District race

Russell J. Finley, the Conservative candidate for the 116th Assembly District, is confident his name will remain on the ballot after write-in candidates have been sorted out and absentee ballots counted in the primary election. Mr. Finley, a farmer and real estate broker from Lisbon, is fending off a write-in campaign launched by John L. Byrne III, the Cape Vincent town councilman who won the Republican nomination Tuesday by defeating John S. Humphrey, Brownville.

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Watertown Daily Times

Oa Neill defeats Trudeau in Democratic primary for sheriff

Colleen M. O'Neill got a congratulatory hug from her father, former Sheriff Alfred P. O'Neill, as soon she knew she was well on her way to a big win Tuesday night in the Democratic primary for Jefferson County sheriff. Throughout the night, Ms.

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Thu Sep 04, 2014

Watertown Daily Times

Jefferson County Family Court judge candidates cite need for services

The three Jefferson County Family Court judge candidates say there are not enough services available in the community to help children and families possibly avoid having a court decide their fate. The candidates, each a longtime practitioner in Family Court, made their statements during a forum attended Wednesday by about 100 people at the Children's Home of Jefferson County.

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