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The driver "reportedly became drowsy" before the fatal accident.

Watertown: infant's death blamed on fatigued driving

State police say a car accident on I-81 near Watertown early Saturday morning claimed the life of a five-month-old child.

According to a statement, officials are blaming the accident on "drowsy" driving.

"Investigation revealed that 21 year old Quartez Smith...reportedly became drowsy," police said. "His vehicle, a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer, left the roadway and traveled into the median striking an earth embankment."

After flying airborne, the vehicle struck a portable DOT sign, then overturned several times before coming to a rest in the median.

Smith and two adult passengers were transported to Samaritan Medical Center, where they were treated for minor injuries, according to police.

The infant was airlifted to a hospital in Syracuse, but was later pronounced deceased.

The family, from Virginia, was traveling through the North Country after visiting relatives in London, Ontario.

According to State Police, an investigation of the accident is still underway. They say they were asisted by Jefferson County Sheriff's officers, the Watertown Fire Department, as well as other emergency crews.  Go to full article

"Tahawus Memories" brings vanished mining town back to life

Seventy-nine-year-old Leonard Gereau asked his former neighbors at the once-vibrant mining town of Tahawus to dig through their attics. So they did. And they found hundreds of photos from their days living in this village in the town of Newcomb. The community was built in 1941 and dismantled in 1963.

As part of the Adirondack Attic series, Andy Flynn recently sat down with Gereau, who has taken many of those photographs and stories to produce a new book on the former mining town. Gereau's book is called "Tahawus Memories, 1941-1963: The Story of a Unique Adirondack Hometown."  Go to full article
NYCO's Mark Buckley points to the border between mine-owned lands and the state forest preserve.  Photo: Brian Mann

Green groups plan to sue over NYCO Adirondack mining

A coalition of green groups, including two based in the Adirondacks, say they will file legal action to block "exploratory drilling" in the forest preserve.

The groups planned to hold a press conference Friday afternoon in Albany to detail their concerns.  Go to full article
The St. Lawrence County courthouse and legislative building.

High-level legal feud escalates in St. Lawrence County

A legal feud between two prominent St. Lawrence County officials continues to escalate.

Days after being served a subpoena to deliver 10 years of financial...  Go to full article
The seal of St. Lawrence County rendered in stained glass at the county building in Canton. Photo: Mark Kurtz

After two months, Hillary bail hearing set to resume

The bond hearing for Oral "Nick" Hillary is set to continue in St Lawrence County Court Monday. Hillary is charged with the 2011 murder of Garrett Phillips, a 12-year-old boy...  Go to full article
Gore Mountain is an anchor for Warren County's winter economy. Photo: Gore Mountain website

Comptroller: Olympic authority needs "fiscal balance"

A new report issued this week by New York's state Comptroller office is aiming fire at the business and accounting practices of the Olympic Regional Development Authority. ...  Go to full article
The 28-member joint advisory committee in the Potsdam High school library last fall. After a comprehensive study, school boards have decided it's now up to the public to vote on the merger. Photo: David Sommerstein

Canton-Potsdam school merger process moves to public vote

The Canton school board voted unanimously to move the merger process forward last night. Earlier this week, the Potsdam school board also voted in favor of public vote on the...  Go to full article
A sign for Interstate 81 sits under an overpass in Syracuse, N.Y. City officials and residents are debating what to do about an aging stretch of the highway that cuts through the city. Photo: Zack Seward

State plans more public meetings on I-81 project

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) State transportation officials plan to hold more public meetings in Syracuse on the upcoming project to redesign the elevated stretch of Interstate 81....  Go to full article
Blue Mountain Lake. Archive Photo of the Day: Laurie Dirkx

This weekend in the Adirondacks

This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.  Go to full article

Weather Service confirms North Creek tornado

NORTH CREEK, N.Y. (AP) The National Weather Service has confirmed that a fourth tornado touched down in upstate New York during severe storms that killed four people....  Go to full article

Police: Bus in fatal crash had no brake problems

LAKE LUZERNE, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say no mechanical problems have been found on a bus that crashed while transporting passengers for an Adirondack river excursion company,...  Go to full article
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