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Watertown man charged with marijuana possession

A traffic stop led to charges for a 22 year old Watertown man. Lewis County Sheriff's Deputies report that Brian Robertson was stopped Friday afternoon on State Route 26 in the Town of Turin. Following the traffic stop, Robertson was allegedly found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana, hash, & several marijuana smoking devices which contained marijuana residue. He was issued appearance tickets for unlawful possession of marijuana & operating a motor vehicle without a muffler. All charges are returnable to Town of Turin Court.

Forestport man charged after ATV accident

A 29 year old Forestport man is facing charges following a personal injury ATV accident that occurred at around 3:30 p.m. Saturday
afternoon on River Road in the Town of Forestport. Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol reports that Raymond LaComb Jr. was operating an ATV at a high rate of speed, which had resulted in LaComb rolling over and being ejected from the ATV. LaComb was transported by Prospect Ambulance to an area hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. During the course of the investigation it was
found that LaComb was allegedly intoxicated at the time of the collision. LaComb was charged with DWI and was issued numerous other traffic tickets. He is scheduled to appear in the Town of Forestport Court at a later date. The Sheriff's Office was also assisted by members of the Forestport Fire Department.

2 injured in accident

2 people were sent to the hospital following an accident in the town of LeRay Monday night. Jefferson County sheriff's deputies say a
vehicle driven by Richard Anderson of Evans Mills ran a red light at the intersection of state routes 11 and 26 & struck a pickup truck driven Cory Schaab of Lowville. Anderson was airlifted to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, where he was treated for head and leg injuries. His passenger, Alexandria Holmes, also suffered a head injury and was taken to Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown for
treatment. Schaab and a passenger in his vehicle were not hurt. Deputies say charges are pending.

Natural Bridge woman charged with DWAI

A 44 year old Natural Bridge woman is facing charges following an incident early Sunday morning on State Route 3 in the Town of Diana. State Police report that Shannon Rogers was charged with driving while ability impaired by alcohol & will appear in Town of Diana Court to
answer the charge.

County & hospital agree on payment schedule

The Lewis County Board of Legislators has reached an agreement with the Lewis County General Hospital board of managers that will pay off a $5 million debt the hospital owes the county over the span of 4 years. The Johnson Newspapers report that the agreement will reportedly have the hospital reimburse the county $200,000 a month in January, February and March of next year, then reduce the monthly repayment to $100,000 for 44 months until the debt is paid. The deal is reportedly based on the hospital retiring its current debt this year with grant and intergovernmental transfer funding. However, the county will pay the hospital's $4.8 million state retirement system obligation in December; the payback schedule will reimburse the county for that payment.

Annual Cream Cheese Festival to return for its 10th year

The 10th annual Cream Cheese Festival will return to downtown Lowville on Saturday, September 20th and is gearing up to celebrate its biggest year ever. The free admission event will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. & celebrates Lowville's status as home to the nation's
largest cream cheese plant, and, as of last year, home of the World's Largest Cheesecake. Last year, the festival welcomed a representative from Guinness World Records who certified the cheesecake made by the Kraft Foods plant on Utica Boulevard was in deed the world's largest. The massive creation weighed in at 6,900 pounds — more than 2,000 pounds heavier than the prior mark of 4,703 set in 2009 by a Kraft Foods plant in the country of Mexico. The Cream Cheese Festival has attracted much attention since its inception in 2005. The popular travel website TripAdvisor listed the Cream Cheese Festival as one of the top 10 wackiest summer festivals in 2011 and 2012. We will have more on the featured events at this year's festival as the date approaches. For more information about the Cream Cheese Festival, visit

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