Judge sparks outrage for no jail time in rape sentence
WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York judge who stoked social media outrage for sentencing a former school bus driver to probation in the rape of a 14-year-old is getting "numerous vitriolic"...
WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A former Army sergeant convicted of murdering his wife and a state trooper answering a domestic violence call in northern New York has been sentenced to life in prison...
Tuition hiked $5 an hour at technical schools
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Board of Technical Education is raising tuition by $5 an hour at the state's four public technical schools.
WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has activated 13 members of the South Dakota Army National Guard to help distribute water on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation after...
WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A former Army sergeant is guilty of murder for shooting his wife and gunning down a state trooper answering a domestic violence call in northern New York, a jury decided on...
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem is encouraging residents in the Big Sioux River Valley in eastern South Dakota to start preparing for record flooding.
WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A former Army sergeant on trial for killing his wife and a state trooper in northern New York wasn't responsible for his actions due to his mental state, his defense lawyer...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Interstates have reopened in North Dakota and South Dakota after a winter storm dumped more than a foot (0.3 meter) of snow in parts of the Upper Midwest.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A nonprofit health organization in central New York is handing out test strips at needle exchange sites so heroin users can test their drugs for fentanyl to avoid...
Watertown implement repair business destroyed by fire
WATERTOWN, Wis. (AP) — Officials say a large fire at an implement repair business in Watertown caused about $1 million in damage.
At least ten additional agencies helped Watertown...
Community mourns 4 children, father killed in house fire
WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Hundreds of mourners attended a funeral Friday for a father and four daughters who died in an upstate New York house fire.
The Latest: Hundreds pay respects to 5 victims of house fire
WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the funeral of four children and their father, killed in a house fire (all times local)
Funeral planned Friday for father, children killed in fire
WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A funeral will be held on Friday for a father and four children killed in an upstate New York house fire.
There also will be a public visitation Thursday at Our Lady...
South Dakota couple reflects on chocolate business
WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) — Truffles, caramels, peanut butter cups, turtles, toffee and fudge — the Watertown Confectionery makes it all. Located Watertown, the Confectionery is owned and operated by Mike and Vickie Marotz.
Father, 4 daughters dead after upstate New York house fire
WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Four children and their father were killed in a fire that ripped through their northern New York home.
Hundreds of people gathered in Watertown for a vigil Friday night to Aaron Bodah and daughters Skylar, Erin, Alexa and Merissa.
The girls ranged in age from 4 to 14.
Investigators say it appears the fire started in the kitchen around 1:30 a.m. Thursday. They said pots were left on the electric stove and smoke detectors had no batteries.
Father, 2 children die in upstate New York house fire
WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A father and two children died in an early morning house fire in northern New York that sent a teenager out into the cold to plead for help from neighbors.
Three children were taken to a hospital, firefighters said.
SkyWest to serve Pierre, Watertown under federal program
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The federal Transportation Department has chosen SkyWest to provide federally subsidized commercial air service to Pierre and Watertown.
SkyWest will provide six weekly direct round-trip flights between Pierre and Denver and six weekly round-trip flights to Denver that will be shared with Watertown.
South Dakota mother creates online support group
WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) — In its 1979 hit "Message in a Bottle," the rock group The Police sang about a lonely castaway who put a message in a bottle, threw it into the sea and a year later saw that a billion bottled replies had washed up on his shore.
Something similar is starting to happen to Ashley Holida.
South Dakota family bonds over basketball
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Jay and Dawn Plitzuweit met at a senior high school basketball all-star game in Wisconsin when they were both getting ready to go off to college. Given how things have gone for their family since then, this part of the story seems too good to be true.
No travel advisory for northeast South Dakota
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Transportation officials are advising against travel in northeast South Dakota because of a blizzard warning.
The Department of Transportation says high winds are reducing visibility on some roads to near zero because of the blowing snow. The travel advisory includes Interstate 29 from Watertown to the North Dakota border.
Dupree and Eagle Butte schools are opening two hours later Thursday morning because of the weather.
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South Dakota native enjoying time at US Military Academy
WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) — Few can withstand the rigors of the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.
With its emphasis on academics and conduct expected of the academy's future military officers, just getting into the nation's academy is difficult enough let alone staying.
In short, it's not for the typical college-aged student.
Fortunately, Watertown's Zachariah Markel appears to be doing just fine.
Mayors: Airline ends service to Pierre, Watertown
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Passenger air service has stopped to the South Dakota cities of Pierre and Watertown.
Watertown Mayor Sarah Caron and Pierre Mayor Steve Harding said in a statement Sunday that California Pacific Airlines has stopped service to their cities.
CP Air provides essential air service to the two South Dakota cities. The mayors say both their communities currently have no scheduled air service and there is no information indicating that it will resume.
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Driver’s license examiners unite as a team until the end
WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) — In mid-November one of Watertown's best teams called it quits. You probably didn't know them, and for sure you won't find their successes in any record book.
But listen to Ruby Reichling, Terry Weaver and Ken Hejl talk about their time together and one realizes they were a good team.
Survey: Thousands Islands region tourism had strong summer
WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A survey of businesses in the Thousands Island region along the U.S.-Canada border say this past summer was a strong one for tourism.
WWNY-TV in Watertown reports that the Thousand Islands International Tourism Council conducted the survey, and more than 150 businesses in the U.S. and Canada responded with positive feedback.
Anonymous donor gives gift cards for Watertown families
WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) — A secret Santa is spreading holiday cheer for dozens of families in the eastern South Dakota city of Watertown.
Former Assembly candidate gets probation for fake signatures
JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) — A former Democratic state Assembly candidate has been sentenced to a year's probation after pleading guilty to faking signatures on her nomination papers.
WKOW-TV reports that Charisse Daniels, of Watertown, entered the plea Wednesday in Jefferson County Circuit Court. She could have faced up to three-and-a-half years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Noem names Veterans Affairs secretary for new administration
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov.-elect Kristi Noem has named a military and veterans official in her congressional office to serve as South Dakota's Veterans Affairs secretary.
Noem announced Tuesday that Greg Whitlock, of Watertown, will be appointed to the post. Noem will be sworn in Jan. 5.
Whitlock has served since 1975 in the South Dakota Army National Guard and now works as military and veterans service representative in Noem's congressional office.
Former Wisconsin Assembly candidate charged with felony
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a former Democratic state Assembly candidate with a felony for allegedly forging signatures on her nomination papers.
Charisse Daniels of Watertown faces one count of falsifying information on her nomination papers, a felony punishable by up to three-and-a-half years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Jefferson County prosecutors filed the charge Friday and a hearing was scheduled for Wednesday.
Watertown bookstore owners struggle to stay in business
WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) — The book-selling business in Watertown is alive and ... well, it's alive, anyway.
The city has two bookstores — DDR Books located in downtown Watertown, and The Book Zealot located in the East Point mini-mall across 14th Avenue from HyVee.
Neither of the owners said their business is robust.
"If I'm going to be completely honest with you, it's a struggle from month to month," said Renee Scriver of The Book Zealot.
2 hearings scheduled on new state-tribe gambling compact
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Public hearings are planned in Sisseton and Watertown on Nov. 20 to discuss proposed amendments to the state's gambling compact with the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Oyate.
Man charged in nightclub shooting that injured 5
WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A 31-year-old man has been charged in a weekend shooting at a northern New York nightclub where five people were wounded, four of them soldiers from Fort Drum.
Police in the city of Watertown say the shooting occurred around 1:20 a.m. Saturday in the fenced-in outdoor area at Club Rio. Officials say four people hit by gunfire were taken to a local hospital where they were treated and released.
A fifth person was taken to a Syracuse hospital for treatment and then released.
Fallen NY state trooper posthumously honored with award
WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A state trooper who was fatally shot in the line of duty last year in northern New York has been posthumously awarded a top state honor for his bravery.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that Trooper Joel Davis' three children were presented with the Division of Criminal Justice Services' Lifesaving Award during a ceremony held at the state police's Watertown station.
2-vehicle crash in Hamlin County kills 69-year-old woman.
LAKE NORDEN, S.D. (AP) — A two-vehicle crash in Hamlin County killed a 69-year-old woman.
The Highway Patrol says the woman was driving a sport utility vehicle that turned in front of a pickup truck on U.S. Highway 81 about 3:30 p.m. Monday, east of Lake Norden. The truck was pulling a trailer loaded with construction equipment.
The SUV driver was pronounced dead at a Watertown hospital. Her name wasn't immediately released.
Arrest warrant issued for driver in fatal crash
SISSETON, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Highway Patrol says an arrest warrant has been issued for Watertown man suspected of causing a crash that killed one man and injured another.
The patrol says evidence shows the 52-year-old man was driving an SUV that went into a ditch and rolled over near Sisseton on Sept. 4. The driver has not been seen since the crash that killed 73-year-old Dennis Brant of Peever and injured 50-year-old David Keeble of Sisseton.
2 National Guard units to deploy for training in Europe
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Yankton- and Watertown-based National Guard units will be deployed to Europe this winter for a noncombat training operation.
The Yankton-based 1-147th Bravo Battery field artillery battalion and its supporting Watertown-based 147th Forward Support Company will be mobilized in December for eight months.
The deployment affects about 115 soldiers. They'll get final training at Fort Bliss in Texas before heading overseas, where they'll take part in multinational exercises.
4 plead not guilty in alleged Watertown drug conspiracy
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Three men and one woman from Watertown are charged in an alleged conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
The U.S. attorney's office says 35-year-old Amos Hall, 28-year-old Dayvon Byrd, 39-year-old Danny Callahan and 30-year-old Alexis Dumarce all have pleaded not guilty.
They each face at least 10 years in federal prison and a maximum of life behind bars if convicted. Trial is scheduled for late August.
Patrol identifies man killed in Codington County crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Highway Patrol has identified a Milbank man killed in one-vehicle crash on Interstate 29 in Codington County.
The Highway Patrol says 39-year-old Robert Gerriets was killed in the crash Tuesday afternoon.
The Patrol says he was driving a car that went into the median and crashed into a pillar supporting an overpass north of Watertown.
Elk believed to be 1 of the oldest in world dies at zoo
WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Officials at a zoo in upstate New York say an elk believed to be one of the oldest in the world has died.
The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park in Watertown announced Monday that its eldest female Roosevelt elk, named Rosie, was put down on Aug. 3. Executive director Larry Sorel says Rosie lived to age 26 — twice the life span of the average elk.
The zoo says that Rosie was euthanized after her quality of life had recently deteriorated.
Crash on I-29 in Codington County kills 39-year-old man
WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) — A one-vehicle crash on Interstate 29 in Codington County killed a 39-year-old man.
The Highway Patrol says the man was driving a car that went into the median and crashed into a pillar supporting an overpass north of Watertown.
He was pronounced dead at the scene about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. His name was not immediately released.