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Watertown Police report attempted kidnapping was hoax

In news from Watertown, City Police are saying that a report of an attempted kidnapping on Coffeen Street in the city was a hoax. A woman had claimed a man grabbed her by her hair and tried to drag her into an SUV on Monday afternoon, but was able to break free by kneeing the man in the groin and punching him. The SUV reportedly fled the scene and was driving toward downtown Watertown. City
police investigators are now stating that there was no kidnapping attempt & their investigation is still continuing. Police have not released the name of the female in the incident.

August unemployment down in local counties

Unemployment for the month of August was down in all 4 local counties. According to data from the NYS Department of Labor, Lewis County reported August unemployment of 6.8%, down 1.2% from last year. Jefferson County reported 6.9%, which is down 1.3% from 2013. Oneida County reported August unemployment of 6.1%, down 1.1% from 12 months ago while Herkimer County reported 5.8%, down 0.9% from last year. By comparison, the United States reported August unemployment of 6.3%, down 1% from 2013 while New
York State reported 6.1%, down 1.4% from 12 months ago.

Special town meeting to be held tomorrow

The Town of Leyden will hold a special meeting tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at the Town Hall. Town officials report that the purpose of the meeting will be to consider the total abandonment & purchase offer of the Cheese Factory Road in the town.

DEC to release pheasant before hunting season

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will release approximately 30,000 adult pheasants on lands open to public hunting for the upcoming fall pheasant hunting season. The pheasant hunting season begins on October 1st in northern and eastern portions of New York, October 18th in central and western portions, and November 1st on Long Island. Pheasants will be released on a number of selected release sites across the state to provide ample hunting opportunities for junior hunters. Due to new legislation that changed the start of the license year from October 1st to September 1st, either a 2013-14 hunting license or a 2014-15 hunting license can be used to hunt during September this year. A 2014-15 license is required starting October 1st. For more information, visit the DEC's website at

Watertown man facing charges from dispute

A 19 year old Watertown man is facing charges stemming from an incident last week in Lewis County. New York State Police in Lowville report that Claude Baxter was charged in relation to a physical dispute he was involved in on September 17th with a Port Leyden woman that allegedly took place across two locations between the Town of Turin and the Village of Port Leyden. Baxter was charged with Assault 2nd Degree, Strangulation 2nd degree, Menacing 2nd degree, Assault 3rd degree, and Criminal Mischief 4th Degree – Prevent Emergency Call. He was arraigned in the Village of Lowville Court and was subsequently remanded to the Lewis County Jail in lieu of $1,500 cash
bail or $3,000 bond.

Lowville woman charged with marijuana possession

A 24 year old Lowville woman was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Lowville Police report that Emilie Potter was charged after Officers were called to her residence & a marijuana pipe was allegedly located inside the apartment. She was issued an appearance
ticket returnable to Village of Lowville Court at a later date.

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