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An overnight fire has extensively damaged part of a vacant, two-story home on Jamestown's westside. 

 

City Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Finson says crews were called to the scene at 8 Whitley Ave. shortly before 3:30 this morning. 

 

Finson says, on arrival, they found a lot of fire on the front corner of the house extending from the basement area to the roof.  He adds that firefighters found a side door open, and did a quick search, but found no one inside.  He says it took about 10-mintues to bring the blaze under control and, they spent about 45 minutes overhauling the scene. 

 

Finson says an off-duty shift of 15 firefighters was called in.  He adds that two of them suffered minor injuries, but, were able to stay at the scene. 

 

Finson says crews were at the scene for nearly two-hours.  He says all services were shut-off to the house.  The cause remains under investigation.

 

 

The first "Rally to Recover Jamestown" event to raise money and awareness in the fight against drug addiction is a go at a new location on the city's eastside this Saturday

 

The city has been working closely with organizers to have the event staged at the Sherwood Arts Complex in the former Dahlstrom's building on East Second Street. 

 

City Council Public Safety Committee Chairman Maria Jones says since organizers Chanda Lynn Germain and her grandmother, Adrian Smith-Madden, moved the event to a private location they didn't need to go through council. 

 

Jones says they had been working with the fire chief and building inspector to address safety matters.  She says they still have to comply with building and fire codes to hold the event. 

 

Mayor Sam Teresi was asked to speak at the event but, will be at a family function out of town.  He says he's asked Council President Greg Rabb to represent him there. 

 

"Rally to Recover Jamestown" will feature a number of local and national speakers on the Heroin and Opioid Crisis and, several regional bands will also take part.  It will run at the Sherwood Arts Complex from 1 to 11 p.m. this Saturday, September 23rd.

 

 

The deployment of more than 100 members of the New York Army National Guard and state police to the U.S. Virgin Islands to help with hurricane recovery efforts is on hold because of another storm approaching the region. 

 

National Guard officials said Monday that the departure of 100 soldiers in a Buffalo-based military police unit and 30 troopers has been delayed because of Hurricane Maria, which has strengthened into a Category 5 storm as it pushes toward the eastern Caribbean. 

 

The New York contingent was set to depart from Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station aboard a military aircraft for St. Thomas, one of several Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma.  Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he was sending aid to the U.S. Virgin Islands during a one-day visit to the U.S. territory last Friday.

 

 

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi's finance team will have a couple of extra days to work out a new budget plan for next year and, they'll need that time to get a spending plan ready. 

 

Teresi says due to the actual deadline day being on a Sunday, and the following Monday being a holiday, the budget will be due on Tuesday, October 10

 

Teresi says he, City Comptroller Joe Bellitto, and new Administrative Services Director Todd Thomas, have been meeting often lately on the proposal.  He says they'll be meeting almost daily from here on. 

 

Teresi says the challenges include exceeding budgeted overtime costs this year in the police and fire departments and, the department of Public Works.  He says due to budget constraints in recent years they start every year in a "deficit" situation. 

 

The state had agreed to give the city a one-time, $1-million infusion of cash for 2017 but, Teresi says they haven't received that money yet.  Teresi says another strain on the budget has been providing the money to support the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force to deal with the city's on-going Heroin and Opioid Abuse crisis. 

 

The date the budget presentation will be made was incorrection on a couple of our stations this morning.  However, it will be on Tuesday, Oct. 10th.  Teresi made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.

 

 

The problem of overcrowding is once again a concern at the Chautauqua County Jail. 

 

That from Sheriff Joe Gerace who says they have had to board out 22 inmates to other county jails in Western New York.  Gerace says one of the factors has to do with parole violators which currently number 22.  He called it very frustrating. 

 

The Sheriff says the county has to pay $85 per inmate per day, and does not receive any reinbursement from the state.  Gerace says he is working with area State Senator Cathy Young on possible legislation to get those people back to state prison. 

 

The cost of boarding out inmates comes at the same time as County Executive Vince Horrigan is finalizing his proposed 2018 budget.

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A Dayton woman suffered non-life threatening injuries in a drunk-driving crash in the town of Villanova early yesterday morning. 

 

Sheriff's deputies say they were called to the scene on Flucker Hill Road shortly after Midnight Sunday and, found that 30 year-old Ashley Knopf was driving at a high rate of speed when her vehicle left the road and became airborne and struck a tree and utility pole.  She was taken to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries. 

 

Further investigation determined that Knopf was drunk and, she was charged with speeding and DWI.  She was issued appearance tickets for Villenova Town Court.

 

 

A Frewsburg woman suffered minor injuries early this morning when her car reportedly ran a stop sign at a town of Stockton intersection and crashed into a ditch. 

 

Sheriff's officers say 19 year-old Bobbie Jo Ostrom was traveling on Munger Road shortly before 4 a.m. when she failed to stop for the sign at the intersection with Route 380. 

 

Deputies say that Ostrom's car then went into the ditch.  She was taken to Brook's Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries but, a male passenger was not hurt. 

 

Ostrom was ticketed for failure to stop, and being an unlicensed operator.

 

 

Local Congressman Tom Reed spent much of last Saturday's town hall meeting in Kiantone addressing the issue of health care and, what's happening right now. 

 

Several residents asked the Corning Republican about proposed legislation in the U-S Senate that would "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act. 

 

However, Reed says he doesn't agree with the Cassidy-Graham bill because it doesn't consider three areas the Problem Solvers Caucus he co-chairs deal with.  He says they are to first stablize the current ACA exchanges, provide options where they aren't available and stop the 30 and 40% premium exchanges.  He adds the GOP wanted to have a "small business" in the law defined as 500 workers as opposed to 50. 

 

However, one woman expressed worries about losing provisions for pre-existing conditions and re-instatement of "high-risk" pools.  She called those "death panels." 

 

There was also heated discussion over how the Trump Administration has been dealing with the immigrantion issue.  Town Halls were also held last Saturday in Fredonia and, Ellicottville in Cattaraugus County.

 

 

The president genially calls them "Chuck and Nancy." Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and his House counterpart, Nancy Pelosi, have used two White House meetings to become Trump's dealmaking partners on the budget and immigration. 

 

They have a combined 67-year record of being willing negotiators in Congress.  But they're also partisan Democrats who are perfectly happy to rumble.  Each has clashed often with Republicans. 

 

The GOP even uses Pelosi's image in campaign commercials to vilify Democrats, while President Trump has derided the New York Democrat as "Cryin' Chuck."

 

 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order prohibiting state agencies or state officers from inquiring about or sharing a person's immigration status.  The new rule bars state police and other state law enforcement agencies from asking about a person's right to be in the country when they're the victim of a crime or a witness. 

 

It also means state agencies won't be able to share a person's immigration status with federal authorities, except in certain situations, such as a law enforcement investigation.  The Democratic governor issued the executive order late last Friday.

 

 

Chautauqua County's new director of Emergency Services says he's excited to get started and, working to provide better services to county residents. 

 

John Griffith comes to the position with about 35 years of experience in fire and emergency services, as a businessman, and former town supervisor. 

 

County Executive Vince Horrigan announced late last week that Griffith will begin his new position on October 2nd.  He replaces Julius Leone who will be retiring at the end of October. 

 

In addition to supporting the county's 42 fire departments, Horrigan says Griffith will head-up two ongoing programs, one is the county's new Fly-Car program.  He says the other will be helping local departments with recruitment efforts. 

 

In addition to being Fire Chief in Ellington Griffith was Ellington Town Supervisor from 1992-to-1999.  He has also been co-owner of Zahm and Matson, based in Falconer.

 

 

The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County's 2017 General Campaign is off to a "strong start." 

 

Even before last Friday night's official kick-off at the Southwestern Varsity Football game the effort had already gotten a major "kick-start." 

 

Executive Director Tory Irgang says the annual Pacesetter's Campaign brought in 11-percent of the $1,325,000 goal.  Irgang says they a few new activities planned and, workplace campaign's will begin within the next month or so. 

 

Irgang says she's excited by this year's Campaign Chairwoman.  Jane Cleaver-Becker who is chairing her first campaign and, has some new ideas for this year's effort. 

 

A new video presentation helped the effort last year and, Irgang says there's a new one for this year.  She says a group of employees who contribute get to take an "impact tour" of local agencies to see how their dollars are used. 

 

Irgang says this year's goal is a slight increase over the past couple of years.  For more information on the 2017 General Campaign she says go on-line to uwayscc.org or call 483-1561.

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News Headlines for Sat., Sept. 16, 2017

Reed hosts first of three town hall meetings in Kiantone this morning...
There were smaller numbers... but, the passions were just as high for a couple of federal issues during a town hall meeting hosted by local Congressman Tom Reed in Kiantone this morning.  There were about 50 people on hand at the Kiantone Fire Hall... and, many expressed concerns over two proposals now being considered by the U-S Senate.  Reed says he opposes the Cassidy-Graham bill because it doesn't consider three areas the Problem Solvers Caucus he co-chairs deal with.  He says one was to stablize the current Affordable Care Act exchanges... and, guarantee payments to insurance companies, a stability fund that states would have access to exchange funding, and that would also help states that have only one, or no exchanges left.  On the Republican side... Reed says they were able to get Democrats to agree to increasing the number of employees to be considered for a small business from 50 to 500 workers... and, set the "work week" provision at 40 hours instead of the current 30.  There were also heated discussion over how the Trump Administration has been dealing with the immigrantion issue.  Town Halls are also being held today in Fredonia and Ellicottville.  The 50 people on hand this morning was about a quarter of the number at two previous town halls this year in the immediate Jamestown-area.
 
 
Former Ellington Supervisor John Griffith named as new county Emergency Services Director...
An Ellington man with more than 35 years experience in the fire and emergency services, and many years as a businessman, has been named Chautauqua County's new Emergency Services Director.  County Executive Vince Horrigan Friday afternoon announced that John Griffith will begin his new position on October 2nd... replacing Julius Leone... who will be retiring after 15 years as director at the end of October.  Horrigan says Griffith has a wide variety of experience in the fire service... including Battalion Coodinator, Hazmat crew member, and fire chief.  He adds that Griffith has also been a successful businessman in the Jamestown-area.  Griffith has been Fourth Battalion Coordinator since 2012.  He was Ellington Town Supervisor from 1992-to-1999.  For nearly 20 years... Griffith was also co-owner of the Zahm and Matson John Deere dealership in Falconer.  He thanked Horrigan for the appointment... saying it's an honor to be chosen.
 
 
Jamestown man arrested for allegedly robbery late this week...
A city man is jailed without bail for allegedly robbing a woman of $300 in cash at knife-point early Thursday afternoon on Jamestown's eastside.  City police say officers were called to the scene at 124 Barrows Street just after 1 p.m., and, found the female victim visabily upset and crying.  Police say she told them that 26 year-old Terin Butler took the money and fled the scene on foot.  They later found Butler at a location on Pine Street... and, he was detained there until the victim could arrive and identify him.  She positively identified the man... and, he was arrested for first-degree robbery and, first-degree unlawful imprisonment... and, second-degree menacing.  Butler was arraigned and sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
United Way of So. Chautauqua County kicks-off -- literally -- it's 2017 Campaign...
The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County kicked-off it's 2017 General Campaign last night -- literally -- at a local high school football game.  Leaders with this year's campaign held a "Live United" banner that players from the Southwestern Trojans ran through before last night's home opener against Allegheny-Limestone.  United Way Executive Director Tory Irgang says School Superintendent Maureen Donahue is a member of the Campaign Committee, and said Southwestern would like to host the unique kick-off.  Last night's kick-off event that was the first public event to begin the annual fund-raiser for the local human service agency.  Irgang says they're pleased to have Jane Cleaver-Becker as this year's chairperson. She adds that this year's goal is higher than in the past couple of years -- $1,325,000 -- which she calls "very achievable."  The United Way recently finished up it's Pacesetters Campaign... which has brought in 11-percent of their goal for this year.  For more information on the campaign... go on-line to www.uwayscc.org... or call 483-1561.
 
 

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News Headlines for Thurs., Sept. 14, 2017

Remnants of Hurricane Irma brings about 2-inches of rain to Jamestown area...
The remnants of Hurricane Irma moved out of Western New York late yesterday morning... but portions of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties got some heavy rainfall during the early morning hours.  Enough in fact to cause some localized flooding.  In some locations, Forecaster Aaron Reynolds with the National Weather Service says rainfall amounts reached over 2 inches in some places.  Reynolds says most places received at least an inch of rain.  There were reports of over 2 inches in the Jamestown area.  Kennedy received 2.3 inches, the greatest amount of rainfall in Chautauqua County.  Conditions slowly improved during the afternoon Thursday... with some sun breaking out later in the day.  Meanwhile, the Dunkirk-Fredonia area received only about a tenth of an inch of rain. 
 
 
Irma's rains cause High Water issues at JPD...
There were a few flooding problems in the immediate Jamestown-area Thursday due to the remnants of Irma.  Jamestown police have had flooding issues at headquarters in the basement of City Hall since early yesterday morning.  Officials say they had high water at the front entrance... as well as the command desk and entryway to the headquarters on the Second Street level of the building.  That are is closed until further notice.  Anyone needing to make a non-emergency call to JPD call the Mayville 9-1-1 center at 661-7232.
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The other issue was high-water on Route 394 in the area of Route 62 area near Kennedy.
 
 
Cuomo sends Air National Guard to southern states to help with relief efforts...
Governor Andrew Cuomo has sent units of the New York Army and Air National Guard to two southern states to assist in the response to Hurricane Irma.  The Democrat says 10 Blackhawk helicopters and 55 soldiers from the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade deployed Monday to Florida. The unit operates out of airports in Rochester, Albany and Ronkonkoma on Long Island.  The crews are flying to Richmond, Virginia, and are scheduled to arrive in Jacksonville on Tuesday.  Cuomo also has dispatched to Mississippi a C-17 cargo plane from the 105th Airlift Wing based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh.  The seven-member crew is handling satellite communications in support of the Florida National Guard.  A plane from the 106th Rescue Wing based on Long Island also deployed Monday to Kentucky to transport military personnel to Florida.
 
 
City man arrested for trespassing...
A Jamestown man faces several charges for allegedly breaking into an apartment house on the city's southside, and then resisting police when he was being arrested.  Jamestown police were called to the scene at 45 Baker Street late this past Tuesday night on a noise complaint.  On arrival... officers say they heard the sound of breaking glass... and, spotted a man climbing into a second-story window.  They later found 27 year-old Israel Aponte Camacho... and, tried to arrest him.  However... Camacho actively resisted verbal commands... but, he was taken into custody for second-degree criminal trespass... criminal mischief.. and obstruction.  He was jaile dpending arraignment.
 
 
Olean Man faces federal Bank Fraud charges for stealing nearly $500,000...
An Olean man has been arrested for alleged bank fraud following an investigation into his alleged withdrawl of nearly half-a-million dollars from a local business owner's account.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 53 year-old Joseph Stevens was recently arrested after he was found to have taken the money out over a three-and-a-half year period.  Kennedy says they found that Stevens had been hired by the unidentified business owner as a bookkeeper... and, was given responsibilities, including paying vendors, employee payroll, and personal and business tax return preparation.  The owner began learning about the problems in the Fall of last year... and, that Stevens had received a couple of checks -- not authorized -- that were made out to him.  Stevens was later arrested.  He faces up to 30 years in prison... and, a one-million dollar fine.
 
 
Horrigan to announce new Director of Emergency Services Friday...
Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan has made a decision on who will be his new director of Emergency Services... and, will be announcing that choice this afternoon.  Horrigan says he'll be making the announcement outside the Office of Emergency Services on Academy Street at 3:30 PM.  Horrigan says he'll be joined by current director Julius Leone, Junior... and, members of the bi-partisan Emergency Services Director Search Committee.
 
 
State Budget borrowing in PA debated...
Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled House of Representatives is sending the Senate a no-new-taxes borrowing package to help plug state government's $2.2-billion dollar budget gap.  The GOP-penned measure passed, 103-91, late Wednesday night, with heavy opposition by Democrats.  Pennsylvania's budget stalemate is in its third month and Democratic Governor Tom Wolf says the House GOP's plan doesn't solve the state's underlying financial problems.  The plan follows the collapse of earlier House GOP proposals. Republican Representative Paul Schemel of Franklin County, says it uses money the state already has.  But critics say it "robs Peter to pay Paul."
 
 
PA Uninsured Rate drops again in 2016...
The number of people without health insurance in Pennsylvania continues to decline, reaching what Democratic Governor Tom Wolf's office says is the lowest uninsured rate on record.  U.S. Census Bureau data released this week shows Pennsylvania's 2016 uninsured rate at 5.6 percent, tied for the 12th lowest rate in the nation.  That's down from 9.7 percent in 2013 and 6.4 percent in 2015.  The national uninsured rate was 8.6 percent last year.  The Census Bureau estimates 700,000 Pennsylvanians lacked health insurance last year, about 500,000 fewer than in 2013.  Pennsylvania expanded Medicaid in 2015 under the Obama administration's signature health care law, and Wolf's administration says more than 1.1 million Pennsylvanians are covered through the law's Medicaid expansion or individual policies sold through the Healthcare.gov exchange.
 
 

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Flames have destroyed a two-story home along Chautauqua Lake in the Vukote area of the town of Busti, just west of the village of Lakewood. 

 

Lakewood fire crews were called to the scene at 2398 Lakeside Drive shortly after 7 o'clock last night.  Fire Chief Kurt Hallberg says firefighters found heavy fire coming from "all four sides" of the home on arrival. 

 

Hallberg says they also had to dodge a "live wire" that was down in the driveway.  He says they began pouring water on the home and, the exposure side of the home next door on the west side of the house.  Hallberg says the family inside the home escaped safely. 

 

Hallberg says it took about 10 minutes to bring the blaze under control.  He says the cause is under investigation but, says the residents heard a "popping noise" and then the fire started. 

 

Hallberg says they were joined at the scene by Ashville fire crews and Celoron was on stand-by.  No firefighters were injured.  However two pets perished in the blaze.

 

 

Due to last night's fire in the Lakewood-area Board of Public Utilities water customers on Fairmount Avenue and west toward the Ashville BOCES may see discolored water. 

 

A hydrant was used in fighting the blaze on Lakeside Drive.  BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says when hydrants open, the water stirs up any sediment that may be in the water lines.  Don't do laundry unless your water is clear.

 

 

There's been an unexpected turn in the attempted murder trial of a Buffalo-area man accused of attacking a Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputy last September. 

 

We learned late this afternoon that Chautauqua County Court Judge David Foley declared mistrial in the case.  District Attorney Patrick Swanson says the decision was made after Public Defender Ned Barone said a DNA report was never provided to his office.  It's a report he'd had since Spring and, adds he had fully-intended to get the report to Barone.  However it was not provided until the prosecution had begun presenting it's case.  It was then that Barone began asking for a mistrial. 

 

Barone says it's disheartening because he was feeling good about how the case was going from the defense's perspective.  However he adds he needs to have the evidence he's requested before trial.  Barone says not having that evidence made it harder for him to prepare his defense. 

 

Swanson says he takes responsibility for what happened and says they need to make upgrades and improvements to their procedures because technology and information gathering has changed a lot in the past 20 years. 

 

Judge Foley did deny Barone's initial request to dismiss the charges against Haffa including first-degree attempted murder.  A pre-trial conference has now been scheduled for Sept. 22.

 

 

A city man is jailed on a number of charges, including drug possession counts after allegedly leading police from several local agencies on a high-speed vehicle pursuit Monday night that started and, ended in Jamestown. 

 

City Police say officers spotted a pick-up truck, operated by 47 year-old Thomas Kimbrough, Senior, run a stop sign at the corner of Prather and Barrett Avenues shortly after 9 p.m. 

 

Police say they tried to stop the vehicle but Kimbrough allegedly sped off and police pursued him onto Baker Street Extension and into the town of Ellicott.  The chase then went into Lakewood, and West Ellicott before Kimbrough stopped on West 15th Street, and he fled on foot. 

 

Police say he was caught after a short foot chase, and found with 6.8-grams of cocaine packaged for sale.  He was also accused of driving while impaired. 

 

Kimbrough faces several charges including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.

 

 

Gas prices in the Jamestown area jumped 10-cents this week to $2.69 per gallon for regular, unleaded fuel. 

 

That from the AAA East Central's Gas Price Report.  The price for regular, unleaded at the pump continues to reflect the offline refineries in the south due to Hurricane Harvey, while simutaneously shortening the supply available. 

 

The current Energy Information Administration report says that regional gasoline supplies dropped to 60.5 million barrels last week.  At this time last year local gas prices sat at $2.39 per gallon a 30-cent difference.  Nationally the price is holding steady at $2.67 this week.

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A medical emergency reportedly led to a motor vehicle accident in the town of Hanover that sent a north county woman to a Buffalo-area hospital early last weekend. 

 

Sheriff's officers say the car, operated by 60 year-old Linda Dolce of Irving went off Routes 5 and 20 last Friday afternoon, and struck a utility pole.  Deputies say Dolce was flown to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment.  No charges have been filed. 

 

 

A Lakewood man accused of striking and killing another man in Ellery last year has pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in Chautauqua County Court. 

 

The Jamestown Post-Journal reports that 29 year-old Jude Gagliano entered the plea late last week before County Court Judge David Foley in Mayville. 

 

Gagliano is scheduled to be sentenced next Nov. 6 for the September 2016 accident.  The newspaper says the guilty plea stems from an incident in which Gagliano's truck struck a car driven by 22-year-old Charles Clutter at the intersection of Sinclair Drive and Route 380 in the town of Ellery. 

 

Clutter, who was from Stockton, died in the crash.  Gaglino was allegedly driving drunk when the accident occured and, failed to stop at a stop sign.

 

 

The harmful Blue-Green Algal Blooms that have been widespread in the south basin of Chautauqua Lake are now showing up in the north basin, as well. 

 

That from County Executive Vince Horrigan who says he's not surprised by the development.  In recent weeks there had been wide-spread blooms in the shallower south basin with some around Bemus Bay in the area north of the lake bridge.  He says the county, and lake groups have been working on a number of fronts to fight the blooms and, the ongoing weed issues. 

 

Horrigan says lower lake levels and, warmer temperatures late this Summer have contributed to the problem, along with phospherous and other nutrients getting into the lake.  He says the phosphorous levels will be cut as a new, closed sewer system is installed around the lake.  He says another group the Chautauqua Lake Partnership just recently held it's wrap-up meeting in Bemus Point, and discussed the Bemus Bay situation. 

 

Horrigan adds that there are also widespread Algal Blooms in Findley Lake.

 

 

President Donald Trump has commemorated his first commemoration of the "9/11" attacks as commander-in-chief. 

 

Both Mr. Trump and first lady Melania Trump observed a moment of silence this morning in Washington in remembrance of the nearly 3,000 people killed 16 years ago when hijackers flew commercial airplanes into New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 

 

There will be a ceremony in front of the Chautauqua County Courthouse at Noon today.  A Jamestown-area native was killed in the attacks in New York City. 

 

Amy King of Celoron was a flight attendant on the second-plane that hit the World Trade Center towers.

 

 

The city of Jamestown's effort to annex four-acres of land owned by the Board of Public Utilities in Falconer will be heading to court after the Falconer Village and Ellicott Town Boards rejected the proposal last week. 

 

The City Council approved the annexation of the Dow Street Substation property at it's late August voting session.  That left the matter to be voted on in Falconer and Ellicott before Sept. 12

 

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says the BPU recently prepared for the likelyhood of more legal action by approving up to another $60,000 to pay future legal fees. 

 

Teresi says that'll bring the total available to pay legal costs will be $105,000.  He says the BPU first approved a change-order on the original contract with their legal counsel to pay an additional $5,000 in fees.  He says they then voted on the additional legal fees for both the board, and the city. 

 

The town and village are fighting the move, saying it would cost them as well as the county and the Falconer School District, about $320,000 in tax revenues they take in. 

 

However, the BPU would save that money and, the school district and city would split about $160,000 in payments in-lieu of taxes.

 

 

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says her visit to Westfield last Friday is an example of how the state is transitioning to a new economy. 

 

Hochul was on hand to help announce the opening of a high-tech fish production facility. 

 

TimberFish Technologies is putting into operation a treatment production system at the Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing facility on Route 20 in Westfield.

 

This will grow fish by reusing all by-product nutrients from the distillery and brewery production at the site combined with locally produced wood chips which she calls a "fascinating" way to take us to "a new economy." 

 

TimberFish is investing $555,000, and utilizing a Empire State Development's grant of $100,000 for the system.  The company intends to create 200 to 200 future jobs.

 

 

Some 8 million New Yorkers were affected by the massive cyberattack targeting the credit monitoring company Equifax. 

 

The figure comes from the office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has launched an investigation into the massive breach.  In total, the cyberattack targeting the credit monitoring company exposed data belonging to 143 million Americans including Social Security numbers, birthdates and driver's license numbers. 

 

Schneiderman says his office aims to "get to the bottom" of how the breach occurred.  He says anyone worried about their own information should call the Equifax response line at 866-447-7559.  He also encouraged consumers to monitor their credit and their accounts to check for unfamiliar charges or activity.

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News Headlines for Sat., Sept. 9, 2017

Randolph man arrested for allegedly trafficking Heroin in the Catt. County town...
A Cattaraugus County man accused of selling Heroin to another person late last Spring in the town of Randolph has now been arrested.  Sheriff's deputies in LIttle Valley say they and members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force arrested 32 year-old Brandon Reynolds Thursday at this home at 28 Sheldon Street.  Officers accuse Reynolds of selling the illegal narcotic to another person back on May 25.  He was arraigned on charges of third-degree criminal sale... and, possession of a controlled substance and was taken to the Cattaraugus County Jail without bail.
 
 
Hochul in Westfield Friday to cut ribbon on new eco-tech business...
New York's second-in-command visited a new business in the town of Westfield that is using eco-technology to raise fish to benefit the local economy and the environment.  Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul spoke at yesterday's grand opening of TimberFish Technologies High-Tech Fishery located on the grounds of Five&20 Spirits & Brewing.  Hochul spoke about the state's investment of over $100,000 into the new tech approach to raising fish using wood chips and the by-products of local wineries and breweries... saying that it's needed because old technologies aren't working anymore.  State Senator Cathy Young first heard about TimberFish in 2008.  She feels it's a great way of reinventing what we are doing in agribusiness using waste products from businesses in the area.  State Assemblyman Andy Goodell and County Executive Vince Horrigan were also among the elected officials taking part in Friday's event.  
 
 
Horrigan says budget team is wrapping up work on 2018 spending plan...
The finishing touches are being put on Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan's final budget so it can be presented to county lawmakers by late this month.  Horrigan says much of the 2018 spending plan is coming together... but, the majority of it is mandated by the state.  He says there are a couple of state costs his budget team is still working to get a handle on with local state legislative representatives.  As for his budget team... Horrigan says both are very seasoned.  Horrigan says his former Budget Director, Kitty Crow, is now the Finance Director and is working with new Budget Director, Kathleen Dennison on the approximately $270-million spending plan.  Dennison was budget director for the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office before moving to overall budget director.  At this point... Horrigan still can't say whether there will be a tax increase or decrease next year.  However... he says he's confident that they will be under the state's 2-percent property tax cap.  Horrigan says he will formally present the 2018 executive budget at the county legislature's September 27th meeting.  He made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
Penhollow says Falconer Schools off to "smooth" start...
They've had a "very smooth start" to the new school year in the Falconer Central School District.  That from School Superindent Steve Penhollow... who says they got in four full-days of school this week... and he says a big help was something they normally did at the beginning of the year... but, this year did it before the start of classes.  For the second year in a row... they have held all of their orientations and open houses prior to the start of the school year on Sept. 5.  Penhollow says enrollment in the Falconer School District is right around 1,200 -- right about where it has been in recent years.  He says they're currently down about 25 students total... mainly in the high school.  He says Fenner Elementary School is up about 15 this year.
 
 
The 30th anniversary "Battle of Businesses" underway...
It's the 30th anniversary of the YMCA's "Battle of the Businesses..." and competition gets underway in several sports and other contests today.  It's again being sponsored by the Lakewood Family "Y..." and, begins with it's most popular event -- pitch softball.  Lakewood Branch Manager Tom Anderson says several other events take place later for companies across the Jamestown area.  He says golf, bowling and pickle-ball begin Sunday.  Anderson believes the "Battle" brings companies-- and the community closer together.  He says it's "neat" to see top management people working together on a team with people who do maintenance work at a local company.  Anderson says it also allows businesses to become more familiar with others in the area.  This year's battle will take place September 9 -- 16.
 
 
Lakewood to pick up storm debris on Monday...
Storm debris from last Monday night's storm in Lakewood will begin next Monday morning...Sept. 11.  Mayor Cara Birritierri says this is a "one time" pickup.  She says if anyone has branches, or brush that came down in their yards due to the heavy winds that were part of that storm... you are asked to pile up the "Storm" debris only in the right-of-ways by Sunday night. 
 
 
 
 
   
 

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Due to today's rainy weather Stateline Speedway has postponed opening night of it's Fall Classic racing weekend tonight

 

Track officials say they will run the two-day show now on Saturday and Sunday nights. 

 

Again tonight's opening night for Stateline's fall weekend show has been called off until tomorrow night.  Saturday's program will now take place Sunday night.

 

 

A Bemus Point man, already wanted by police, has been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of one-and-a-half pounds of Methamphetamine during a raid in the town of Ellery. 

 

Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they arrested 41 year-old Gary Hannold of the Ellery-Centralia Road shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday on an indictment warrant. 

 

During the investigation Hannold was earlier stopped by a Sheriff's Department Patrol which allegedly found a quantity of Meth in the car.  Hannold was later indicted by a Federal Grand Jury, and charged with Unlawfully Possessing with Intent to Distribute more than 50 grams of Methamphetamine. 

 

The total found in the house was 680 grams.  Hannold was arrested and taken to the county jail without bail.  He will be arraigned in U-S District Court at a later date. 

 

Authorities continue to ask residents to contact them if they see suspicious or narcotics related activity 1-800-344-8702.

 

 

A Warren County, Pennsylvania man has been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of a quantity of Methamphetime and marijuana during a traffic stop on Jamestown's southside. 

 

City police say they and members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force pulled over the car for an alleged traffic infraction and, arrested 55 year-old William Dale, Senior of Russell. 

 

Officers say they found that Dale's driving privledges were suspended in New York and, they also found 11.5-grams of Meth and, 2.6-grams of pot.  Police add their investigation also led to a location where they also found another 6-ounces of Meth. 

 

Dale was charged with second and third-degree criminal possesion of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.  He was sent to the city jail pending arraignment. 

 

Anyone with information on any illegal drug activity is asked to call their anonymous tip line at 483-TIPS that's 483-8477.  You can also send a message to their Tips 4-1-1 app.

 

 

Weather forecasters in western New York are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Irma, as residents of Florida either evacutate or brace for the deadly hurricane which could be record-breaking storm. 

 

The hurricane has devastated parts of the Carribean already with winds up to 185 MPH.  Forecaster Jim Mitchell with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says there are long range forecasts showing the remnants of the storm bringing rainfall here by the middle of next week. 

 

Chautauqua County Emergency Services Coordinator Julius Leone says they're working with state and federal officials that includes the New York State Emergency Management Office, and NOAA. 

 

At this point Jim Mitchell says it's still too early to tell how much rainfall we could get out of storm system because the storm will have lost a lot of it's punch once it gets here.  Leone says the area has been impacted by floods caused by previous storms where we've had tremendous amounts of rain from them. 

 

The remnants of Hurricane Agnes in 1972 brought record rainfall amounts to parts of the region.  In fact Wellsville received a record 13.9-inches from Agnes.

 

 

The Ellicott Town Board has followed it's colleagues in Falconer in voting unanimously against two resolutions rejecting the city of Jamestown's attempt to annex four-acres of property in the village that is owned by the Board of Public Utilities. 

 

Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin says the panel yesterday afternoon voted against a "negative declaration" on the city's Environmental Assessment Form for the effort. 

 

McLaughlin says they also rejected the actual annexation measure, 5-0.  McLaughlin declined to go on tape but, did say this is, quoted - "the saddest day I've had here since I became town supervisor."

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Wednesday night the Falconer Village Board voted 5-0 on the same two measures.  That means that, outside of the city council the two other boards directly involved have rejected the resolutions. 

 

Village Mayor Jim Rensel says both items were voted down unanimously, 5-0.  Rensel declined comment Thursday morning. 

 

The proposed annexation would cost the village, the Falconer School District, Chautauqua County, and town of Ellicott, about $320,000 total in tax dollars that the four entities would lose if the annexation goes through.

 

 

The retiring director of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation has received the organization's highest award in his final year of service. 

 

Randy Sweeney became the 25th recipient of the John D. Hamilton Community Service Award last night during a dinner presentation at Chautauqua Suites in Mayville. 

 

Selection Committee Chairwoman Bridget Johnson said Sweeney is not only director of the foundation but, gives his time to help several local organizations carry out their missions. 

 

Those organizations include the Robert H. Jackson Center, and the National Comedy Center in Jamestown.  Sweeney's son Adam, and wife, Peggy also spoke.  Peggy Sweeney presented a tongue-in-cheek slide show about the Randy Sweeney those attending didn't know. 

 

In accepting the Hamilton Award, Sweeney recalled moving up to be a Vice-President at the former Quality Markets.  He says the owners wanted to do more with the community and, that's when he realized "how important that service is to the communities and the individuals involved."  He is celebrating his 20th year as director of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation during his final year with the foundation which has seen continued growth during his tenure.

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Falconer village lawmakers have voted unanimously against the city of Jamestown's attempt to annex four-acres of property in the village that is owned by the Board of Public Utilities. 

 

Village Mayor Jim Rensel confirms the 5-0 vote took place at Wednesday night's meeting at village hall. Rensel says there were two votes taken, the first was to reject the city council's "negative declaration" that the annexation would have no environmental impacts and, the other regarded the annexation itself. 

 

Rensel declined further comment Thursday morning.  Village officials have rejected the proposed annexation which would cost the village, the Falconer School District, Chautauqua County, and town of Ellicott about $320,000 total in tax revenues all four entities would lose if the annexation goes through. 

 

The Ellicott Town Board is voting this afternoon on the annexation which has been approved by the Jamestown City Council.

 

 

Chautauqua County's Congressman believes it was a wise move by President Trump to phase-out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA Program. 

 

The Corning Republican says he agrees with the president in not just cutting off DACA but for providing a six month window of opportunity for Congress to finally act on the issue. 

 

Reed says he would like the 800-thousand people, who were brought here as children, be allowed to stay.  However he says legislative action is needed to deal with the matter not just executive orders, because "what can be done by executive orders can be undone by executive orders." 

 

Reed says he is hopeful that some kind of legislation can be enacted by the Senate and House and, that it may ultimately lead to comprehensive Immigration Reform.  He says it could also be part of a border security measure.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.

 

 

Hurricane Harvey is having a significant impact on the prices of gasoline across the nation and, Chautauqua County. 

 

That from the AAA's Fuel Gauge Report which says the price for a gallon of regular, unleaded, is up 15-cents a gallon from last week.  AAA says the local price which was $2.44 a gallon last week is now nearly $2.59 a gallon. 

 

The Fuel Gauge reports that prices across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region continue to follow the trend of having some of the most expensive states in the country.  Nationally AAA says the average price is now $2.65 a gallon.  Motorists in 26 states are paying 25 to 44 cents more for a gallon of unleaded compared to seven days ago.

 

 

The new head of the Jamestown Public Schools says they had a good and "uneventul" start to the new school year Wednesday. 

 

Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says there were no significant problems reported to him yesterday during the opener which was a half-day of school. 

 

Apthorpe had been working with former interim Superintendent Sylvia Root late this Summer to get ready to hit the ground-running on September 1st after coming from the Frontier District.  He says he's excited to be back in Chautauqua County where he grew up in Mayville. 

 

Apthorpe says there's something special about the area and, it's really "the jewel of New York State."  He says there have been some capital projects taking place at Bush Elementary and Jefferson Middle Schools but, adds both schools were "buttoned up" about two-weeks before classes started.  He comes to Jamestown after serving a few years as superintendent at Frontier.  He says he was impressed with the Jamestown district from the moment he got to meet members of the school board. 

 

Apthorpe is a 1983 graduate of the former Mayville Central School District.

 

 

A coalition of more than 100 nonprofit community service organizations is urging New York's congressional delegation to reject proposed budget cuts to food stamps, Medicaid and other social programs. 

 

The group wrote to the state's federal lawmakers Thursday asking them to fight the cuts, which they said would devastate services for the most vulnerable residents.  Groups that signed on to the letter include child advocacy organizations, food banks, community service groups and religious organizations like Catholic Charities and the state's Council of Churches. 

 

In the letter, the groups say that proposals to cut billions of dollars from family assistance programs, the Child Tax Credit and Medicaid are "deeply disturbing."  They say Congress should find a bipartisan solution that protects services and avoids big problems at the state and national level.

 

 

The former head of the Central Intelligence Agency has been named a fellow at the Fordham University School of Law's Center on National Security. 

 

Former CIA Director John Brennan, who led the agency from 2013 until January of this year, took the new position Tuesday.  The New York Times reports he has been named a distinguished fellow for global security and will participate in the Center on National Security's programs. 

 

Brennan says he also will mentor students at Fordham University who are interested in government service and national security. He graduated from the school in 1977, earning a degree in political science. 

 

Karen Greenberg, the founding director of the center, says Brennan will be the first fellow with the title of distinguished fellow.

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The search is continuing for two men who allegedly held up the 575 Convenience Mart on Fairmount Avenue in West Ellicott early Tuesday morning. 

 

Ellicott Town Police say the two male suspects entered the store about 5:30 a.m., armed with knives.  They then assaulted the store clerk.  Police say a quantity of cash was taken from the cash register. 

 

At this time, Ellicott Police are asking for the public's help in finding the robbers.  If you have any information call Ellicott Police at 665-7083.

 

 

A sharp cold front moving through western New York late Monday into early Tuesday triggered a wave of severe thunderstorms that caused damage across portions of both Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. 

 

That from Forecaster Jeff Wood with the National Weather Service in Buffalo.  Wood says there was a "clashing" of air masses involved one was very warm, while a sharp cold front pushed through it with strong winds aloft.  Wood says there were many reports of trees and power lines down across the region and, adds that top winds were in the north county, where there was a 60-mph an hour wind gust in Fredonia and a 59 mph gust at the Dunkirk Airport.  Among the many damage reports, a tree toppled onto a house in Silver Creek.

 

 

Thousands of students across Chautauqua County began school Tuesday while some others start today. 

 

Among those starting classes today is the Jamestown Public Schools which will have a half-day of school for all grade levels. 

 

That from new School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe, who began his tenure last Friday, Sept. 1.  However, Apthorpe has been working closely with former interim Superintendent Sylvia Root on the transition.  He says he's been catching up and, is enjoying his work especially seeing the excitement in the kids. 

 

Apthorpe says the main word for opening day is "safety" because so many students walk to school in Jamestown.  He says that number totals more than 4,000 students will be attending this year.  He says most of the kids are just learning their routes to school so motorists need to exercise care.

 

 

Four teenagers had to be treated for non-life threatening injuries after their car was involved in a rollover crash in the town of Mina.

 

Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene on Sulpher Springs Road about 8 p.m. Sunday night on a report of an accident.  Deputies say the teens were in a westbound car at an apparent high rate of speed, when the car left the road and overturned several times before hitting a utility pole, shearing it in half. 

 

All four juveniles were taken to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.  The accident remains under investigation.

 

 

It appeared by late yesterday that everyone who lost power in the Jamestown Board of Public Utliities' service area had power back after dozens of customers in the city and surrounding area lost elecricity during powerful overnight storms. 

 

That from BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins, who says the outages began shortly after 11 p.m. Monday when a line of storms with strong winds hit the area. 

 

Robbins says they had Electric Division crews out quickly and, they had portions of Jamestown and Celoron restored by late Tuesday morning.  She says they had a long-list of places that had lost power including the area of King, English, and Tower Streets which also includes the English Hill Substation as well as a Water Division pump station. 

 

In addition Robbins says that several customers in the Bonita-area of Fluvanna and, on Elmwood Avenue in Falconer lost power during the overnight hours.  She says in West Ellicott Howard, Warwick and Elmwood Avenues also lost power for some time. 

 

Robbins says there may still be an outage here or there.  If you have not had power restored call the BPU at 661-1660 and dial Extension 3.

 

 

There's a major vote being taken by Teamster's Union members across New York state today that would reduce their pension benefits significantly. 

 

That from Local Congressman Tom Reed who is urging retired members of the Teamsters union to make sure to vote by today's deadline and, to vote "no" on the proposal. 

 

Reed says he has been working with some of the local retirees who are among the 35,000 who would be impacted by the final vote.  Reed says they're facing a 29% reduction in their pensions.  He says he doesn't know how many of them are going to survive with such a cut in their pension. 

 

Reed says retirees can vote over the phone or on-line.  Reed says under the plan, present workers are also looking at an 18-percent reduction due to problems in the pension fund.   Teamsters leaders say they need the concession because they don't have the money to fully fund the pension plan. 

 

However, Reed says retirees need to have their voices heard especially regarding the need for an alternative that doesn't cut funding like the union is calling for. 

 

Reed adds that if a retired member doesn't vote directly he will be counted as a "yes" vote.

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Electric crews with the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities are continuing to work on several scattered outages in the area that occured during the overnight storms that hit the region. 

 

BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says the outages occured shortly after 11 p.m. Mondaywhen a line of storms with strong winds hit the area. 

 

Robbins says the gusty winds were especially a problem with many tree and limbs falling onto power lines across the area.  She says one trouble area on the city's westside, King, English and Tower Streets had power restored by late morning. 

 

The English Hill pump station also lost power for a while.  Robbins said late this morning that there were still some outages in the village of Celoron due to a downed tree on Duquesne Avenue. 

 

Power remains out on parts of Jackson Avenue, and, Livingston Avenue.  A few customers in the Bonita-area of Fluvanna and, on Elmwood in Falconer lost power. 

 

West Ellicott streets of Howard, Warwick and Elmwood have also been out of power.  She says crews will be into your area soon if not already but, if your power has not come on by early afternoon call the BPU at 661-1660 and customer service is at Ext. 3. 

 

 

Several waves of severe thunderstorms moved across Western New York overnight, causing damage across portions of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. 

 

The storms were ahead of a strong cold front that crossed the area according to Meteorologist Jeff Wood of the National Weather Service.  He says the storms left behind toppled trees and downed power lines with the strongest gust reported in Fredonia at 60 mph. 

 

A 59 mile an hour wind gust was also reported at the Dunkirk Airport.  Among the many damage reports, a tree toppled onto a house in Silver Creek.

 

 

There were a couple of scary moments during last night's abbreviated fireworks show at the Labor Day Festival. 

 

Mayoral Assistant Matt Hanley says, preliminarily, a couple of people suffered what appeared to be very minor burns when hot embers from the fireworks went into the crowd shortly after the show began. 

 

Hanley says the winds really picked up shortly into the 12-minute program but, once they were alerted about the embers blowing into the crowd the fireworks were immediately stopped. 

 

An announcement was made saying there was a safety concern, and the fireworks show was concluded. 

 

 

For the third-time Jamestown's 38th annual Labor Day Festival was held at Bergman Park on Monday due to the storm system that passed through the area Sunday morning and early afternoon. 

 

Mayor Sam Teresi says it was the "right call" to make given the forecast for not only rain but, cooler than normal temperatures in the area.  He thanked the large number of people who turned out for the event on a sunny and warmer, but, breezy afternoon Sunday

 

Teresi also recalled what happened with David Willkinson was given the Ritzer award in 2013 and, just as they were wrapping up a storm system with 50 mph winds roared through and they had to evacuate people from the park. 

 

Teresi says the safety of their workers, volunteers and residents was their first consideration in deciding to move the festival to Monday

 

The storm included the remnants of Hurricane Harvey.  Teresi also recognized the city's 450 employees for the work they do every day for the residents of Jamestown.

 

 

For only the third time in the past 34 years a woman has received the Jamestown Central Labor Council's "George Ritzer Labor Award." 

 

Current Civil Service Employees Association Local #807 President Bonnie Peters was presented the award during yesterday afternoon's ceremony at the Jamestown Labor Day Festival. 

 

Peters who has headed up the unit representing most Chautauqua County employees says she's "extremely honored" to be one of the few women to have been honored.  She also used the opportunity to urge women involved in labor to take on more leadership positions to "help labor unions" regain the stature they once had. 

 

Central Labor Council President David Wilkinson echoed those sentiments, adding women are needed in the labor movement.  Peters was presented with a plaque and other accolades including a citation from the New York State Assembly.  Local Representative Andy Goodell presented it acknowledging that he and Peters don't always agree on labor matters. 

 

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi also presented Peters with a proclamation recognizing her and, also declared this week as "Labor Appreciation Week" in Jamestown. 

 

The Ritzer Award not only recognizes union leadership but, community involvement.

 

 

New York state had more jobs last year than at any time since the Great Recession, though upstate regions continue to struggle with job losses. 

 

The figures were published Monday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and first reported by The Associated Press. 

 

According to DiNapoli's statistics more than 9.1 million New Yorkers were working last year. The unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent in 2016, its lowest point in nine years.

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News Alert for Tues., Sept 5, 2017

BPU Power Outage update!!...
 
Crews with the Electric Division of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities is working to repair several outages that began occurring around Midnight this morning... due to storms and high winds.  Power has been out in the Village of Celoron in the vicinity of Jackson Avenue, Livingston Avenue, 5th and 7th Streets.  A few customers in the Bonita-area of Fluvanna... and, on Elmwood in Falconer lost power.  West Ellicott streets of Howard, Warwick and Elmwood have also been out of power.  
 
Jamestown electric outages are reported in the Palmer, Norton and Pershing areas.  Electricity is off in the areas of King,  English and Tower Streets. The BPU's English Hill water pump station has been off due to the outages... and, they've caused some low water pressure and discolored water in that area.  BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says damage to electric lines appears to be caused by high wind conditions bringing down trees and tree branches.
 
BPU crews are working to restore electricity... but no time estimate can be made at this time.
 

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News Headlines for Mon., Sept. 4, 2017

Peters becomes third woman to receive Ritzer Labor Award...
For only the third time in the past 34 years... a woman has received the Jamestown Central Labor Council's "George Ritzer Labor Award."  Current Civil Service Employees Association Local #807 President Bonnie Peters was presented the award during this afternoon's ceremony at the Jamestown Labor Day Festival.  Peters... who has headed up the unit representing most Chautauqua County employees... says she's "extremely honored" to be one of the few women to have been honored... and, used the opportunity to urge women involved in labor to take on more leadership positions to "help labor unions" regain the stature they once had.  Central Labor Council President David Wilkinson echoed those sentiments.  Peters was presented with a plaque and other accolates... including a citation from State Assembly Andy Goodell.  Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi also presented Peters with a proclamation recognizing her... and, also declared September 3rd through 9th as "Labor Appreciation Week" in Jamestown.
 
 
City couple arrested after 2-year-old child is found unattended to...
A Jamestown couple is under arrest after their 2-year-old child was left unattended for more than 30-minutes last Sunday night... and, was found walking around in the 700 block of East Second Street.  City police were called to the scene at East Second and Thayer Streets just before 6:30 p.m., and found the child wandering alone.  However... officers couldn't locate the parents.  Police say about 30-minutes later... the parents called police... saying they couldn't find their child.  Further investigation revealed that one parent had left the house, and the other was sleeping when the 2-year-old left the house unattended... and, walked nearly a block before being found okay.  Police say the child was turned over to a family friend... and, they arrested the parents, 29 year-old Christina Scivener and 25 year-old Andrew Morton for endangering the welfare of a child.  Child Protective Services was also called.
 
 
City man arrested for Cocaine possession during traffic stop...
A city man has been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of a quantity of cocaine during a traffic stop on Allen Street early yesterday morning.  Jamestown Police say they pulled over 42 year-old Scott Moore's car shortly before 3 a.m. for failure to dim his high-beams.  Officers say they found Moore had a suspended non-driver ID only... and, he was taken to the city jail pending arraignment.  Police say they found the cocaine during a search prior to his being put in the city jail on charges including seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... unlicensed operation... and, on two bench warrants.
 
 
Reed believes there will be no government shut-down over Trump's proposed Border Wall...
Chautauqua County's representative in Congress says he believes lawmakers can avoid a government shut-down... and, provide what's needed for border security.  That from Corning Republican Tom Reed in the wake of President Donald Trump's threat to shut the government down if there's no funding for a border wall in the final budget that Congress needs to pass before the end of September.  Reed says the bi-partisan Problem Solver's Caucus has been working on House measures that have broad support among Republicans and Democrats.  As for a border wall... Reed believes there are other -- less expensive means -- to secure the southern border.  Increasing the debt ceiling is another matter that Congress needs to take-up once lawmakers return from their August recess.  However... officials on Sunday talk shows feel that should happen due to the need for federal Hurricane relief in southeastern Texas.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
Capitol Watch on new SUNY Chancellor...
In New York state government news, the state's higher education system is getting a new leader and its Court of Appeals faces a busy week.  Kristina Johnson formally takes over as chancellor of the State University of New York on Tuesday.  The Stanford University-educated scientist and engineer holds 118 patents and has held top positions at Johns Hopkins and Duke University.  Meanwhile, the court will hear arguments in several cases, including one centering on DNA evidence lost to floods during Superstorm Sandy.
 
 
Jamestown man and woman arrested on drug and other charges following traffic stop...
Two city residents have been arrested on several traffic infractions... and, for allegedly being in possession of a quantity of Methamphetime and drug paraphernalia.  Jamestown Police say they pulled over a Ford Brono on South Main Street about 4 a.m. Saturday for a loud muffler, and suspended registration.  Officers say they found the operator, 27 year-old Zachary Legere, was driving with a suspended license... without a registration... and, no insurance.  Police say his passenger, 29 year-old Maddie Seiler, was found in possession of a quantity of Meth, drug paraphernalia, and a hypodermic needle.  She's charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.  Seiler was being held pending arraignment... Legere was cited and released.
 
 

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News Alert for Sun., Sept. 3, 2017

(**Announcement!!!) The city of Jamestown's annual Labor Day Festival has been postponed to tomorrow due to the forecast Sunday of inclement weather from remnants of Hurricane Harvey passing through the region.  Mayoral Assistant Matt Hanley says the forecast tomorrow is much warmer, and it'll be sunny for ALL the activities -- including the Dan Feather 5-K Run/Walk.  Again, all activities planned for Jamestown's 38th annual Labor Day Festival have been moved to tomorrow, Sept. 4.

 

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News Headlines for Sat., Sept. 2, 2017

Remnants of Harvey claims one event today; Stateline is cancelled tonight...
We have learned that Stateline Speedway has cancelled tonight's racing program due to the remnants of Hurricane Harvey arriving in the area later today.  There has been no make-up date scheduled... because Stateline will have it's three-day racing festival next weekend.  Again... due to remnants of Harvey arriving later today... tonight's final night of the regular season has been cancelled.
 
 
Jamestown's Labor Day Festival still on for Sunday -- as of now -- here's a preview...
Remnants of Hurricane Harvey are expected to reach the Jamestown-area by late today... But, the forecast late this week improved late this week for Sunday's 38th annual Labor Day Festival.  The event remains on track to start at 9:30 a.m. at Bergman Park with the annual Dan Feather 5-K Run/Walk... with other activities beginning at 11 a.m.  That from the festival's main organizer... Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley... who says there'll be plenty for everyone of all ages.  There'll be free kids games, Pepsi Bingo, and several food booths put on by local non-profits, or for them by local businesses.  For the first time this year... those organizations will include the Chautauqua Children's Safety Education Village at the Ashville BOCES.  Another organizer is Mayor's Assistant Matt Hanley... who says the 24 arts and crafts booths will open at 11 a.m.  Music will begin on the "second-stage" on the festival grounds at 12 Noon... with the main stage starting at about 12:30 p.m.  There'll be fireworks just after 8:30 p.m., and, the annual George Ritzer Labor Award will be presented at 4 p.m. on the main stage.
 
 
Gerace says Sheriff's Office is part of latest Stop-DWI Crackdown...
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department will be joining wit state Police and other agencies for this weekend's latest STOP DWI Crackdown over the Labor Day Holiday period.  That from Sheriff Joe Gerace... who says it's part of a national crackdown on impaired and distracted driving.  Gerace says this will be the last "high traffic" weekend of the Summer season... and, they'll be out looking for people driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or distracted driving.  He says drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints during the campaign... along with more troopers and other law enforcement on major highways.  With more people traveling on the highway... motorists need to think safety.  Gerace adds they'll be watching for people who are not properly buckled up... as well as drivers who are violating the Move Over Law.  The Sheriff's Department receives grant funding to help support the Stop DWI Crackdown efforts.
 
 
Kolb looking into run for Governor...
The top Republican in the New York state Assembly says he's considering running for governor next year.  Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb told The Auburn Citizen that he's giving "serious thought" to a campaign after being approached by Republican leaders and business owners.  The Canandaigua lawmaker acknowledged the challenges of taking on Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has already raised more than $25 million for his bid for a third term.  Kolb has criticized Cuomo's handling of the economy and has pushed for tougher state ethics rules.
 
 
Ellicott Town Board sets meeting to vote on proposed Annexation of Dow St. Substation by Jamestown...
One of the other muncipal entities that has to vote on the proposed annexation of four-acres of land at the Jamestown City line with Falconer will vote on the measure next Thursday.  Ellicott Town Clerk Mike Erlandson says the town board will hold a special meeting next Thursday, Sept. 7 at 12 Noon.  The annexation would bring the property the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities' Dow Street Substation is located on into the city.  The property is assessed at between $7-million and $7.5-million.  The city council voted unanimously this past Monday to approve the annexation.  It must also be voted on by the Ellicott Town... and, Falconer Village Boards.  If either rejects the measure... it will go to state appellate court.
 

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A truck hitting a utility pole anchor, breaking the pole and shorting out the electric lines triggered a major outage Wednesday morning affecting several industrial and commercial locations in Falconer. 

 

Spokeswoman Becky Robbins with the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities says the truck hit the anchor, and broke the pole about 9:45 a.m. at the corner of Dow and Allen Streets. 

 

Robbins says the power outage impacted SKF Aerospace, Truck-Lite, Schwann, Jones-Carroll, Kingsview Paving and others.  She says electricity to South Dow Street customers was restored in about an hour.  All remaining customers had power back by about 11:30 a.m.

 

 

The New York Air National Guard is deploying more resources to Texas to help out with the response to Harvey's record-breaking flooding. 

 

New York officials say a search and rescue aircraft carrying 15 airmen from the 106th Rescue Wing was headed to Fort Hood in Texas on Tuesday. A regional medical plans officer will head to Texas on Thursday to help with the evacuation and transportation of patients from local hospitals. This is in addition to the 104 Airmen already dispatched to the area along with rescue helicopters and watercraft.

 

 

 

The city of Houston has set a new single-storm rainfall record for the continental U-S with more than 50 inches of rain due to Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey. 

 

That's a lot more than the heaviest rainfall amounts ever recorded in Western New York.  That from Forecaster Jon Hitchcock with the National Weather Service in Buffalo who says the wettest 5-day period in Western New York resulted from the remnants of Hurricane Agnes in 1972. 

 

Hitchcock says some locations including Olean and Wellsville had upwards of 13-inches of rain.  He says Wellsville had a record 13.9-inches from Agnes. 

 

Hitchcock says 50 inches of rainfall in such a short-time in Western New York is not likely because we are not in a tropical environment right off the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  Still, the remnants of Agnes caused some of the worst flooding in recorded history across parts of the Southern Tier including Olean, Elmira and Corning. 

 

We are expected to get some rain from the remnants of Harvey by late next weekend.

 

 

The price of gasoline in the Jamestown-area has risen sharply late yesterday at some gasoline stations with a number of refineries in southeastern Texas shut-down due to Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey. 

 

While the price had stayed steady the past few days it's gone up 9 to 10 cents a gallon since yesterday morning at some service stations. 

 

The AAA's Fuel Gauge Report said the average price yesterday was still about $2.44 cents a gallon.  During the lunch hour we had a chance to check some prices in the area and, some had already gone up to $2.53 and $2.54 a gallon while a few others were still at $2.44 a gallon for regular, unleaded. 

 

Nationally the price was up four-cents to $2.37 a gallon as of late Monday.

 

 

Local Congressman Tom Reed has signed-on as a co-sponsor of legislation proposed by another member of the House from western New Yorker he says would guarantee American's second-amendment rights. 

 

The Corning Republican adds that the Second Amendement Guarantee Act would also make New York's controverial SAFE Act null-and-void. 

 

The Corning Republican said Tuesday that he has signed onto the legislation authored by Clarence Republican Chris Collins. 

 

Reed says he believes the issue of gun violence can be addressed in other ways than restricting gun rights and, the focus needs to be on mental health and, violent criminal activity.  He has often discussed the need to deal with Mental Illness issues better as opposed to limiting access to guns.  He calls this a protective measure and feels that an attack against citizen's Second-Amendment is "not the right way" to go. 

 

The SAFE Act otherwise known as the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act was proposed by Governor Cuomo in 2013 in the wake of the mass shooting deaths of more than two-dozen people, mostly young children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.  So far it has withstood court challenges.

 

 

Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan has now held the first two of three public hearings on a county-wide shared services plan. 

 

Horrigan held the first hearing at the Fredonia Technology Incubator in Dunkirk and, the second was last night at the county's EMS Office in Mayville.  He says turnout was light for the first one but there was generally positive feedback about a proposal to look at the consolidation of the County's court system from those involved.  He says people want some more information though. 

 

Horrigan says he is outlining the current proposals they have and, the final hearing will be tonight in Jamestown at the BWB Building on West Third Street.  Horrigan says it'll begin in the second-floor conference room at 6:30 p.m.

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Local Congressman Tom Reed says he supports President Trump's decision to go to Texas while rescue and relief efforts are still on-going. 

 

The president was in both Austin and the Corpus Christi area yesterday where he called Hurricane, now Tropical Storm Harvey a storm of "epic proportion." 

 

Congressman Reed earlier Tuesday said his "thoughts, prayers, and support" go to the people of Houston and, surrounding area. 

 

Reed says he doesn't believe it's "too early" for the president to be in Texas adding that knowing the president, "he wants to be hands-on and, on the ground."  Preliminarily the recovery effort was expected to cost at least $3-billion.  However, the Corning Republican says this has been an "unprecidented storm" and, he believes Congress will provide the needed emergency funding once members return from their August break. 

 

The president received an update from Texas Governor Greg Abbott and others Tuesday.  Reed made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.

 

 

While prices shot up across parts of the country in the wake of Hurricane Harvey blasting the southeast Texas coast the cost for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline in the Jamestown-area is holding steady this week. 

 

The AAA's Fuel Gauge Report says today that the average, local price was down. slightly to $2.43.9 this week. 

 

AAA says it's the sixth-straight week that prices have held steady in the region.  The Fuel Gauge reports that prices are relatively stable throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. 

 

Nationally the price is up to $2.37 a gallon this week which is four-cents more than last week.

 

 

Sinclairville woman being treated for injuries following head-on accident in Kiantone.

 

A Sinclairville woman escaped serious injury yesterday morning when she swerved to avoid a deer in the town of Kiantone and, her car went off the road and struck a utility pole head-on. 

 

Sheriff's officers say 55 year-old Lori Swift was northbound on Peck-Settlement Road about 7:30 a.m. when her car went off the road, and hit the National Grid pole. 

 

Deputies say Swift was treated at the scene by an Allstar Ambulance crew and, was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  No charges were filed.

 

 

A 21.5% increase in student enrollment at the State University of New York College at Fredonia has left college officials pleased with the results of new recruitment efforts. 

 

College Council Chair Frank Pagano says he is thrilled with the efforts and says they are picking up more students from the downstate area. 

 

Pagano says they hired a recruiter to get more students from the New York Metro-area as well as Long Island.  He says SUNY at Fredonia is also responding more quickly to student applications. 

 

At one point he says it was nearly two-weeks before university got back to prospective students.  He says that's now been cut to five-days from the time the college receives the application to the student being notified of acceptance. 

 

A former mayor of Fredonia, Pagano says the increase in enrollment is bringing new excitement to the campus.  The university is the largest employer in the Dunkirk-Fredonia and remains a key player in the region's economy.

 

 

Criticism of the city of Jamestown's plan to annex the Dow Street Substation continued during Monday night's privledge of the floor at the city council's voting session. 

 

City resident Chris Gardner continued to ask who pushed for the annexation in the beginning and, who supported it. Gardner says the move will have a significant tax impact on the village of Falconer town of Ellicott and Falconer School District.  

 

While the BPU voted to petition city council for the annexation he insisted that BPU staff he's talked to said they didn't "push for it."  Gardner adds that he feels it's "politically motivated." 

 

Another resident Ravin Mason of Lovell Avenue had a dozen questions she felt city council should answer in their own minds before voting one was what kind of financial straits would the loss of $7.5-milion in assessment have on these smaller municipalities? 

 

She adds that this would add to the loss of taxable property due to the major apartment, commercial building fire in downtown Falconer late last Winter.

 

 

Members of the Jamestown City Council and Mayor Sam Teresi celebrated the more than 30-year career of retiring Director of Finance and City Clerk James Olson at the end of Monday night's Council meeting. 

 

Teresi was joined by lawmakers in presenting a special plaque to Olson.  Olson returned to city government after a short hiatus when Teresi began his tenure as Mayor in 2000. 

 

However Teresi says their friendship dates back to when Teresi interned at City Hall with former Mayor Steven Carlson and, Olson was Carlson's Executive Assistant at the time. 

 

The mayor says he understood that Olson had a hard decision to make in retiring because his head was telling him he needed to take his new opportunity, but, his heart wanted to be with city government. 

 

That opportunity is the chance to work full-time with a local accounting and tax preparation firm.  Olson's final day will be Thursday, Aug. 31.  He'll be replaced by Jamestown-area attorney Todd Thomas who will become the city's new Director of Administrative Services and City Clerk on Sept. 1.

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City officials in Jamestown are pleased to see the state's Department of Environmental Conservation approve the city council as lead agency for the final process of annexing four-acres of land in the village of Falconer and, town of Ellicott. 

 

With that city council last night gave final approval to the annexation of land the Board of Public Utilities' Dow Street Substation is located on.  The DEC issued it's ruling late last week and, notified the city late last Friday. 

 

With that, lawmakers approved three measures accepting the DEC's approval as well as the final two phases of an Environmental Assessment Form stating that the annexation would have no "negative impact" on the environment. 

 

Mayor Sam Teresi says the DEC ruling can't be challenged but, he says the city's environmental assessment could be in the state's Appellate Division.  Teresi says once they got e-mail confirmation of the approval by the DEC last Friday they began drafting resolutions for last night's meeting. 

 

The city had been waiting for the DEC Commissioner to sign-off on the measure so lawmakers could vote on approving the annexation of land.  The annexation must now must be voted on by the Falconer village and, Ellicott town boards. 

 

Teresi says if either one rejects the annexation the matter will go to court.

 

 

Jamestown city leaders last night celebrated a more than 30-year career in the city and, said a fond farewell to retiring Director of Finance and City Clerk James Olson. 

 

Mayor Sam Teresi was joined by council members in presenting a special plaque to Olson at the end of last night's meeting. 

 

Olson returned to city government after a short hiatus when Teresi began his tenure as Mayor in 2000.  However Teresi says their friendship dates back to when Teresi interned at City Hall with former Mayor Steven Carlson and, Olson was Carlson's Executive Assistant at the time. 

 

Teresi adds that Olson will remain a member of two boards and commissions that he is a member of, as he becomes a full-time employee of a local accounting firm.  He also acknowledged that Olson was having a fight between his head and his heart over the decision to retire especially over the past month. 

 

Olson will be replaced by Jamestown-area attorney Todd Thomas who will become the city's new Director of Administrative Services and City Clerk on September 1st.

 

 

The New York State Department of Transportation has reportedly rescinded approvals for the massive roundabout project that's been planned for the Route 20 and Route 60 intersection in the town of Pomfret. 

 

That's the word from an area business that filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court. 

 

McDonald's restaurant Owner/Operator Enrico Francani challenged the DOT's determination that the roundabout project is not subject to an environmental impact review in state law.  As a result the State DOT has agreed to undertake the required environmental review. 

 

Attorney Adam Walters represents Francani and believed more review is needed and that the initial decision was "a mistake."  With that, they filed the lawsuit, and the DOT rescinded all the approvals. 

 

Walters says the lawsuit also highlighted changes that would adversely impact the franchise.  He says both of their entrances would be cut off by medians for the roundabout which he says will have a "significant impact on the business." 

 

We have also reached out to the State DOT's Regional Office in Buffalo for comment but, have not received a response at this time. 

 

 

The American Red Cross is again on the scene of a major, national disaster this time the Houston, Texas region that's been devastated by Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey. 

 

That from Western and Central New York Red Cross Disaster Officer Ken Turner who says their hearts go out to the millions of victims in the region. 

 

Turner says the western part of the region alone has sent 33 volunteers to help staff shelters, and assist people with emergency provisions.  He says five are from Western New York and, one is Silver Creek's Ron Chwojdak. 

 

Turner says the Red Cross effort is truly "Americans helping Americans."  He says the number of volunteers is by no means final because the Red Cross is likely to be in the Houston area for the next several weeks providing assistance. 

 

Turner says if people would like to help the effort you can mail a check to the American Red Cross.  You can also text to "Harvey at #90999".  You can also call the Red Cross at 1800-RED CROSS.

 

 

Investigators in the north county are continuing to look into why a Dunkirk man was sitting between the rails of the CSX Rail line last Friday when he was struck by an eastbound train. 

 

That from City Police Chief David Ortolano who released the name of the victim late yesterday morning.  Ortolano says 27 year-old John Sharp was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident which occured about 8:30 p.m. above the South Roberts Road overpass. 

 

Ortolano says they didn't release Sharp's name immediately because they had difficulty reaching relatives and, notifying them.  The Chautauqua County Coroner's Office has also been involved in the investigation.

 

 

New York has 31 new environmental conservation officers and nine new forest rangers. 

 

The Department of Environmental Conservation says they all graduated from the agency's 21st Basic School for Uniformed Officers and received diplomas Friday in Pulaski. 

 

The academy ran for 28 weeks with training and coursework in environmental conservation law, physical conditioning, firearms, wildlife identification, search and rescue, wildfire suppression and other skills. 

 

Across the state in 2016, environmental conservation officers responded to over 26,000 calls and issued 22,000 tickets for crimes ranging from deer poaching to corporate toxic dumping and illegal mining.

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The investigation is continuing into a train/pedestrian accident that claimed a life in the city of Dunkirk Friday night. 

 

Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano says a Dunkirk man lost is life after being hit by a CSX freight train above the South Roberts Road overpass shortly before 8:30 p.m.  Ortolano says they have notified next of kin and can released the name. 

 

The man is identified as 27 year-old John Sharp of Dunkirk.  He says they are still trying to find out why Sharp was on the tracks. 

 

Ortolano was sitting between the rails when he was struck by the eastbound train.  He says Dunkirk Police are continuing the investigation with the Chautauqua County Coroner's Office and CSX Police.

 

 

The American Red Cross is again on the scene of a major, national disaster this time the Houston, Texas region that's been devastated by Hurricane Harvey. 

 

That from Regional Red Cross Disaster Office Ken Turner who says their hearts go out to the millions of victims in the region. 

 

Turner says the western and central New York Region alone has sent 33 volunteers to help staff shelters, and assist people with emergency provisions.  He says five are from the western part of the region including Ron Chwojdak of Silver Creek. 

 

Turner says they are helping in "mass care" sheltering.  He says the number of volunteers is by no means final because the Red Cross is likely to be in the Houston area for the next several weeks providing assistance. 

 

Turner says if people would like to help the effort you can mail a check to the American Red Cross.  You can also text to "Harvey at #90999".  You can also call the Red Cross at 1800-RED CROSS.

 

 

The American Red Cross and officials from Chautauqua County are urging people to know and understand the need to have working smoke detectors in your home as well as a disaster escape plan. 

 

Red Cross Regional Disaster Officer Ken Turner was at the Jamestown Chapter House Monday morning to announce their "Sound the Alarm" campaign begins on Sept. 23 and runs through Oct. 15

 

Turner says there have been 35 such instances in Western New York this past year and, he says the Red Cross is ready to help residents put in working smoke detectors and develop and evacuation plan.  He says if the alarms are not operable they will replace them at no cost to the homeowner.  He says they will also have people to help with creating home evacuation plans. 

 

Turner pointed out that the local Red Cross prevention efforts since 2014 have saved, directly and indirectly some 270 lives in Western New York.  That's included 19 over the past year. 

 

One was where a woman living in an apartment house was awakened by a working smoke detector in her apartment and, she managed to wake up her fellow tenants so they could get out safely.  For more information call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to their website.

 

 

A city man is jailed without bail for allegedly being a fugitive from justice and, for being in possession of illegal narcotics during a traffic stop early Sunday morning in Jamestown. 

 

City police say a patrol stopped the vehicle at the corner of North Main and First Streets about 1:30 a.m. for a violation.  However, officers say the front seat passenger, 29 year-old David Talyor, was found to be wanted on a warrant in Warren County, Pennsylvania. 

 

Police say they found a quantity of marijuana in Taylor's possession when he was taken into custody.  They say they also found some crushed prescription pills on the back seat and floor of the patrol car. 

 

Taylor faces charges including Felony fugitive from justice tampering with physical evidence and, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was arraigned... and, sent to the county lock-up pending extradiction.

 

 

Chautauqua Institution's new President, Michael Hill, brought his first season to a close Sunday night. 

 

Saying it was a 'remarkable' summer he charged Chautauquans to 'take it home.'  He says the power of Chautauqua is bringing all that's at Chautauqua "home with us." 

 

Hill also talked about his focus to make Chautauqua a more diverse place in the future including a new diversity program and officer... and, advisory council on diversity and inclusion.  He also promised more opportunity for local residents particularly young people in the off-season, and pledged to develop a 'business center' at Chautauqua by next summer. 

 

That center would assist people who need to bring their work with them when they come during Chautauqua's nine-week program. 

 

Hill made his 'three taps' closing address to around 700 people in attendance at the final Sacred Song Service of the summer Sunday night. 

 

 

A new study shows that the 25 million people who live among the Appalachian mountains have struggled to keep up with the health gains of the rest of the country, falling behind in nearly every major public health indicator. 

 

The report released late last week shows the 13-state region lags the rest of the country in 33 out of 41 public health indicators, including seven of the leading 10 causes of death in the United States. 

 

Deaths by poisoning, which include drug overdoses, were 37% higher than the rest of the country, a testament to the opioid addiction crisis.

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Ortolano says person hit by train dies on CSX tracks in Dunkirk Friday night...
There's been another fatal train accident in along the Lake Erie Shoreline in Chautauqua County.  One person was killed after getting struck by a train in the city of Dunkirk Friday night.  Dunkirk Police Chief Dave Ortolano says Dunkirk Police and Fire responded to the CSX rail line above the South Roberts Road overpass a little before 8:30 p.m.  Ortolano says patrols and fire crews were called to the area above the CSX overpass.  He says the male victim was reportedly sitting between the rails and was struck by an eastbound CSX freight train... and, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police are withholding the name of the victim pending notification of family.  This is the second time in as many days that a person died in a train accident in Chautauqua County.  State Police say 58-year-old Marilyn Triana died after her Sports Utility Vehicle got hit by a train in Ripley on Thursday.
 
 
Jamestown man arrested in West Ellicott for allegedly trafficking narcotics...
A city man is jailed without bail for allegedly being found in possession of a significant amount of illegal drugs, and a loaded hand-gun that was reported stolen, during a traffic stop this past Thursday night.  Sheriff's deputies say they and members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force located and arrested 29 year-old Allen Yarbrough while he was driving in a parking lot at 945 Fairmount Ave. in West Ellicott.  Officers say Yarbrough was sought on one count of Felony criminal contempt.  During the investigation... Task Force members got a search warrant... and, found him with about 12 grams of uncut heroin... a half-an ounce of Methamphetamine... 100 hydrocodone tablets... and, 21 dosage units of Suboxone.  They also found the stolen hand-gun... and, packaging materials and scales.  With that... Yarbrough will be arraigned at a later date on charges including five counts of third-degree criminal possession of a Controlled Substance... fourth-degree criminal possession... and, second-degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon.  Yarbrough was sent to the county lock-up... and, deputies add additional charges are pending.
 
 
Reed announces reintroducting HELP Act to help prosecute those involved in dealing Heroin laced with other substances...
A law that would stiffen penalties for drug dealers who sell -- or cut Heroin and other drugs with other deadly substances -- has been re-introduced in Congress.  That from Local Representative Tom Reed... who has again filed the Help Ensure Lives are Protected -- or HELP -- Act in Washington, D-C.  The Corning Republican says the law would allow prosecutors to seek life in prison... or the death penalty... if someone knowingly sells Heroin laced with Fentanyl... and it results in an overdose death.  Reed has met the family of several people who died from overdose... including Kim Carlson of Jamestown, whose son, Alex Foulk, died of an overdose of Heroin laced with Fentanyl... nearly two years ago.   He says he wants to see the legislation taken up in September.  Reed says he is looking for someone to co-sponsor the Help Ensure Lives are Protected Act in the U-S Senate.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
Teresi appoints Todd Thomas to replace Olson in new position...
Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi has named a practicing attorney from Chautauqua County as his new Director of Administrative Services -- and City Clerk -- beginning September 1st.  Teresi says his appointment of Todd Thomas to replace the retiring Jim Olson will take place at next Monday night's City Council voting session.  Olson will step down as the current Director of Financial Services/City Clerk next Thursday, Aug. 31.  Teresi says he's looking forward to having Thomas joined their administrative team.  He says Thomas has "very large foot prints" to fill... but, adds he's confident that "given his background, skill set and past experience, Todd will be up to the challenge."  Thomas and his wife, Lana, live in Jamestown.  Due to the change in title to reflect the new bredth and scope of the position... Teresi says there will also have to be a charter change voted on by the city council.
 
 
City woman arrested for allegedly leaving 1-year-old alone to wander outside...
A Jamestown woman is jailed after her one-year-old child was found -- alone -- chasing a small dog on the city's eastside Friday afternoon.  City police were called to the scene at 86 Falconer Street shortly before 3 p.m., where they found an uninvolved person holding the child.  The woman told police the child was alone... and, was running towards the street.  Police began talking with neighbors... and, located the child's mother -- 20 year-old Katlin DiDomenico -- inside her house.  Officers learned DiDomenico hadn't noticed that the toddler had wandered off for at least 5-minutes.  Police went to arrested her for endangering the welfare of a child.  However... once handcuffed... DiDomenico tried to pull away... and, was additionally charged with resisting arrest.  The one-year-old child was turned over to a family member.
 
 
Young announces $5-Million in funding for new passing landes on Route 60 between Cassadaga and Gerry...
There will be new passing lanes along a busy and dangerous stretch of Route 60 between Gerry and Cassadaga... thanks to the efforts of State Senator Cathy Young.  Young was at the Chautauqua County Public Facilties headquarters in Falconer yesterday to announce that she was able to obtain $5-million in capital funding for the effort.  The Olean Republican says she's "very, very pleased" that the Senate could negotiate the funding to improve that important 12-mile stretch of roadway.  Young adds that Route 60 is "very, very important" to the local economy as well.  Young adds that the state Department of Transporation will do a study to find where the best places are to put in passing lanes.  State Assemblyman Andy Goodell the project will improve traffic flow. 
 

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A Ripley woman was killed late yesterday afternoon when her Sports Utility Vehicle was struck by a CSX train at the Goodrich Street crossing in the town of Ripley. 

 

State Police in Fredonia say the accident occured around 4 p.m. when the southbound SUV driven by 58 year-old Marillyn Triana, drove into the path of the train and, was struck. 

 

Troopers say the train was westbound at the time of the crash.  State Police say Triana was prounnced dead at the scene.  The cause of the collision is still under investigation.


A Jamestown man will spend 10 years in federal prison for trying to traffic 500 grams or more of cocaine from his residence in Ashville and, two vehicles he owned. 

 

Acting U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Junior announced Thursday afternoon that 32 year-old Taylor Larson received the sentence from U-S District Court Judge Lawrence Vilardo. 

 

The Assisant U-S Attorney who prosecuted the case says Jamestown police and members of the U-S Drug Enforcement Administration raided Laron's residence on Keller Road in Ashville and, searched his 2015 Saab-sedan and Jeep Liberty.

 

During the search of the residence, officers found about 21 grams of cocaine in an upstairs bedroom, material to package the drug.  They say another 36 grams of cocaine was found inside the Saab, and approximately 286 grams of cocaine was found inside the Jeep.  They also found another 300 grams of cocaine inside and vacant apartment behind the home.


Two Jamestown-area high schools have merged programs to create a new and very unique marching band for the Fall Season.  Falconer and Frewsburg have combined to form the new F2CS the "Blue and Gold Vanguard" band. 

 

Former Frewsburg Band Director Alicia Laska says their band folded about 10 years ago due to lack of interest.  However, Laska says she was recently contacted by administrators about establishing a combined band.  She says it's been a lot of work and, the kids now seem to be forming bonds. 

 

Last week during band camp, one of the Frewsburg kids was doing "something dorky" and one of the student leaders from Falconer yelled at him.  With that she said to herself, "we're where we're supposed to be." 

 

It's not been unusual to see local high school football teams combine forces to put out a team.  However it may take some time for a cohesive team to form. 

 

Laska says their program this year is called "Time and Space"  and, includes music from the original "Star Trek" series and, the follow-up Star Trek: Next Generation."


Three public hearings will be held next week around Chautauqua County on a proposed shared services plan that was outlined by County Executive Vince Horrigan during Wednesday night's legislature meeting. 

 

Horrigan says the plan includes many of the projects included in the county's application for the 20-million dollar Municipal Consolidation and Government Efficiency Competition. 

 

After the meeting Horrigan spoke about the plan that contained a new proposal a study on the county's court system, and whether that can be better consolidated. 

 

Horrigan also spoke about the competition for the $20 million dollars in state assistance.  He doesn't believe that one winner will take all and, adds that state officials made a recent visit. 

 

Horrigan says they wanted to know more about the projects and, what level of funding is available for them.  As for the Shared Services Plan Horrigan says the hearings will be held at the University Incubator in Dunkirk on Tuesday evening, August 29th the county's EMS Building in Mayville on Wednesday, August 30th and, at the BWB Building in Jamestown on Thursday, August 31st. All three hearings will begin at 6:30 p.m.

 



A Chautauqua County man is under arrest in Warren County, Pennsylvania for allegedly stealing several items including credit cards that he used at local stores from a pick-up truck in Sheffield Township. 

 

State Police in Warren say they wrapped up a lengthy investigation with the arrest of 34 year-old Jacob Keys of Mayville. 

 

Keys is accused of stealing the credit cards cash and, a 40-calibur hand-gun during the overnight hours of May 29 of this year. 

 

Troopers say Keys is also accused of using the stolen credit cards at two stores in Warren County.  He's being held on theft charges pending further court action.


Final preparations are being made for the 38th annual Labor Day Festival at Jamestown's Bergman Park. 

 

The festival committee met for the final time Thursday afternoon at the park to go over details and, finalize plans for the city's annual "End of Summer" Bash. 

 

City Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says they're excited about the chance to provide a big celebration that starts shortly before Noon and, runs until 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3.  She says it's a day of food, fun, activities, and fireworks. 

 

Ciesla-Hanley says the day will actually start with the annual Dan Feather 5K Run/Walk at 9:30 a.m. on Baker Street with registration beginning at 8 a.m.  She adds that more than 20 craft's vendors from across the area will take part along with several food vendors. 

 

Ciesla-Hanley says there will again be two music stages for the Labor Day Festival with Two for Flinching again closing out the day on the Main Stage from 7 to 8:30 when the fireworks show begins.

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Chautauqua County will be joining several others across New York state in a lawsuit against major drug manufacturers seeking the recovery of damages from the opioid epidemic.  

 

County legislators last night approved a resolution authorizing the litigation by a 19-nothing vote.  County Executive Vince Horrigan compares this legal action to the lawsuits that led to a settlement with tobacco companies in the 1990s especially when you look at the magnitude of the health issued caused and the number of people affected. 

 

Horrigan says that County Attorney Steve Abdella has selected a downstate law firm that is handling similar lawsuits with other counties.  He says they looked at three different law firms, and adds it won't cost anything for the county to join with 11 to 12 others who have filed suit. 

 

Information included in the resolution that cleared the County Legislature indicated that there were 21 confirmed overdose deaths in the county last year.


Five people are jailed for allegedly being in possession of small quantities of Crystal Methamphetime during a raid at an apartment on Jamestown's eastside Wednesday. 

 

JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force and state Police C-NET Team executed a search warrant on the basement apartment at 20 Bush Street about 1:45 p.m. 

 

Samuelson says police suspected the residence was being used for drug trafficking.  He says task force members spotted one person, 50 year-old Delbert Clark flee the scene. 

 

Samuelson says Clark was caught following a several-block long foot chase and found him with a small amount of Meth and, a CO2 Pistol.  He says police arrested four others inside the apartment, including Heather Diaz and Jeffrey Rigerman both 33, 24 year-old Cassandra Cole, and an unidentified 18 year-old. 

 

Samuelson says all five face charges including aeventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child because two small children were found inside the apartment.  Rigerman is jailed on $12,000 cash bail, Cole on $6,000, and Diaz on $2,500 bail.


About 60 people turned out for a community forum on poverty that was held in Dunkirk Wednesday afternoon. 

 

Local Congressman Tom Reed was among the panelists who took part during the forum held by Chautauqua Opportunities, Incorporated.  The Corning Republican believes there is a need to change the way the nation is fighting poverty, giving local organizations such as COI more flexibility. 

 

Reed says the U.S. has a history of spending trillions of dollars on the "War on Poverty" but, haven't gotten the results they should.  He says the added flexibility will help organizations, like COI, put resources towards what works. 

 

Reed spoke about legislation he reintroduced earlier this year, the Help Americans in Need Develop their Ultimate Potential or HAND-Up Act.  The proposal would give states the flexibility to change how agencies administer social welfare programs.  He also spoke about tax reform and the work of the Problem Solvers Caucus, which he co-chairs. 

 

COI Executive Roberta Keller believes the forum has an important purpose because "so many things are changing" and most have a big impact on people living in poverty.


A North East, Pennsylvania area man who allegedly broke into a Ripley home last weekend has been arrested in Franklin, Pennsylvania after police there found his abandoned vehicle nearby. 

 

Sheriff's deputies say a "Be on the Look-Out" alert was put out to all area agencies regarding the arrest warrant issued for 59 year-old Joseph Leone. 

 

Officers say Leone allegedly burglarized the localtion at 10-550 Route 20 last Saturday.  His vehicle was found along a road in Sugar Creek, Pennsylvania late Tuesday and, a short time later he was found in Franklin, and, arrested. 

 

Leone is currently awaiting extradition back to Chautauqua County on charges of third-degree grand larceny and, criminal mischief.


Gasoline prices in Chautauqua County are holding steady again for the fifth-consecutive week dropping 3/10ths a cent this week over last. 

 

That from the AAA's Fuel Gauge Report which says the price is still $2.44 a gallon for regular, unleaded fuel.  Gas prices are cheaper in all states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on the week with the exception of New York, where gas prices remained stable. 

 

The price drop goes hand-in-hand with the region's latest gasoline inventory trend where there's been a 'sizeable' build.  Nationally AAA says the average price is down two cents to $2.33 a gallon.


There are several coffee shops across the Greater Jamestown-area but, one in the downtown area not only serves different kinds but, also roasts the bean right there on the premesis. 

 

City officials and leaders with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation joined with owners Michael and Sarah Bigney to cut the ribbon Wednesday on the Crown Street Roasting Company at 16 West Third Street. 

 

New JRC Executive Director Lisa Hatch said she was "excited" about the official opening because coffee houses are usually good economic indicators. 

 

Sarah Bigney says Michael has roasted his own coffee for several years and, that led to opening the new business.  She says they've been open since August 1st and, adds they've been well-received by the community. 

 

Mayor Sam Teresi says having Crown Street open helps make downtown a "really, really cool place" to be with so many young, entrepreneurs coming into the downtown area.  The Bigney's say they are open Mondays through Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and, Saturday's 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  They can be found on-line and, on Facebook and Instagram.

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The Jamestown man who admitted to killing his wife and step-son in early December of 2015 has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison on two counts of first-degree manslaughter. 

 

That from Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson who says 53 year-old Allen Witruke received the concurrent sentences from Acting County Court Judge James Bargnesi Tuesday morning. 

 

Swanson says Witruke pled guilty to both counts back on May 4th.  Swanson says "today, with the family of Eric Washburn and Catherine Witruke present, closure in the matter came in the form of concurrent 20 year sentences." 

 

In addition Swanson says the judge also sentenced Witruke to five-years of supervised released.  He also praised the police and investigators involved in the case. 

 

Swanson says Sheriff's Department deputies went to 235 Barrows St. in Jamestown the morning of Dec. 8, 2015 to perform an eviction and discovered the bodies of Catherine Witruke and her son. 

 

Allen Witruke had beaten and stabbed Eric Washburn to death and stabbed Catherine to death.  He then fled to Olean where other family members lived before being located by Olean Police.

 

 

Local Congressman Tom Reed is among those applauding President Donald Trump's speech Monday night focusing on needs and conditions instead of an arbitrary timeline in Afghanistan. 

 

Reed is reacting to the president's address in which he reassured the government in Afghanistan of U-S support in dealing with terrorism and the Taliban. 

 

The war and conflict in the Middle Eastern nation has been going on for 16 years now and, Reed says it's refreshing to see the president listening to his military advisors.  He says "we need to respect the advice of our generals and advisors" and, it's important to get us out of the "quagmire of the last 16 years." 

 

Reed says he knew what the president was going to say before Monday night's prime-time speech because the Corning Republican received a call from the White House telling him what the president was doing to address.  He believes that's important to keeping lawmakers unified on this policy.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.

 

 

Prosecutors in western New York say they're investigating allegations that representatives of the Indian tribe that runs three casinos in the region eavesdropped on employees of the state Gaming Commission. 

 

The Erie County District Attorney's Office in Buffalo confirms Tuesday that it's investigating allegations by commission workers who say they were eavesdropped by the Seneca Gaming Authority. 

 

The Senecas operate casinos in downtown Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Salamanca. 

 

Spectrum News in Buffalo first reported Monday that a listening device was found last year by commission officials in an office the agency leases from the Senecas at the tribe's Buffalo casino. 

 

Seneca officials say the investigation involves a Seneca employee but provided no details. 

 

The allegations come amid testy relations between the Cuomo administration and the Senecas over the tribe's halting of payments of millions of dollars in casino revenue to the state.

 

 

City officials in Jamestown are still awaiting word from the state Department of Environmental Conservation on whether it will name the city as lead agency for the process of annexing about four-acres of land in the village of Falconer. 

 

The City Council was updated on the process of trying to obtain the property the Board of Public Utilities' Dow Street Substation is located on by Mayor Sam Teresi during Monday night's work session. 

 

Teresi says the Falconer Village and, Ellicott Town Boards have objected to the city being lead agency but, adds all three parties could hear back from the DEC "any day now."  He says the DEC's decision needs to be rendered shortly because all three boards have to vote on the proposed annexation within 90-days of the June 12 public hearing held at Falconer Middle-High School.  He says the city is already preparing for the second phase of an environmental assessment which he says should be fairly "straight-forward." 

 

The city began looking into the annexation after the BPU requested it back in January.  City officials say the move would save about $325,000 in taxes paid out. But the village, town and Falconer School District will lose significant tax payments.

 

 

Interim Jamestown School Superintendent Sylvia Root says she's enjoyed her work and, the people in the district but, it's time to turn the reigns over to the new, permanent superintendent. 

 

Root attended her final school board meeting last night at Washington Middle School and is wraping up a six-month stay in the district. 

 

New superintendent Bret Apthorpe begins work in the district a week from Friday, Sept. 1.  Root expressed her appreciation to the board and administrators for their help in doing what she needed to during her short tenure.  She did admit to one surprise during her time as interim superintendent that being the incredible support the district gets from the community at-large and, various organizations such as the Chautauqua Striders.  She says there are also individuals that provide a lot of help and support. 

 

Root says she has been working closely with Apthorpe to make sure he's up to date on what's happening in the district.  She says classes start in the Jamestown district on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

 

 

Authorities say a 4-year-old boy who plunged off a cliff into a western New York gorge with his parents has internal injuries, multiple fractures and a head injury. 

 

Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard said Monday that Alexander Green is listed in guarded condition in the intensive care unit at Women's and Children's Hospital in Buffalo. 

 

That's an improvement from the day before, when he was listed in critical condition.  His parents, William and Amanda Green, of Buffalo, were found dead Sunday in the Zoar Valley Gorge.

 

Alexander was found with them.  Rescuers discovered a discarded sneaker that was too big for the 4-year-old. 

 

A couple of hours later, they found the couple's 7-year-old Jacob wandering around.  The sheriff says Jacob has a broken right arm and ankle and is in good condition.

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Western New York was not in the direct path of yesterday's total solar eclipse that was viewed by millions of people from the west to the east coast yesterday. 

 

However, that didn't bother nearly 2,000 people who attended a viewing party held at the SUNY College at Fredonia Monday afternoon.  Those turning out saw about 73% of the sun covered. 

 

College Council Chairman Frank Pagano, a former mayor of Fredonia, was among those taking in the view and was pleased with the turnout.  SUNY at Fredonia President Virginia Horvath also attended the event and, called it "historic" for the college and the community. 

 

Dr. Michael Dunham, Assistant Professor with the University's Physics Department, says you don't see a partial solar eclipse every day.  He also had some good news about another viewing opportunity coming up in a few years. 

 

A total eclipse is expected in early April of 2024 that will pass over Western New York. 

 

The viewing party was held in the field behind the Science Center.  Mostly clear skies allowed attendees to get a good view of the eclipse.  

 

 

State leaders have now signed off on a local law that would allow the city of Jamestown to provide an 11-year property tax exemption on owner-occupied homes that have been rehabilitated or newly-built in the city. 

 

Mayor Sam Teresi announced the approval during last night's city council work session adding that the measure was originally developed by City Councilwoman Marie Carubba. 

 

Teresi says Carubba patterned the program after one in her hometown of Batavia and, would exempt rehabilitated one or two-family homes or new ones on existing building lots.  He emphasized this only applied to city taxes, not county nor school taxes. 

 

Teresi says that was done for those taxes several years ago for new owner-occupied properties.  He says the measure has been approved by both the state Senate and Assembly and, was recently signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

 

Teresi says the local law would only be for small cities in New York state that have a population of 31,000 to 32,000 residents.  He says the program would exempt 100-percent of the taxes in each of the first three years... then 80-percent for the next two years.  Teresi says it would drop to 20-percent in years 10 and 11... and, the exemption would be gone by the 12th-year.

 

 

A preliminary hearing is set for this Friday morning for a Jamestown man accused of murdering a neighbor in their eastside apartment house early last Saturday morning. 

 

Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says he was called to the scene at 508-to-512 East Sixth Street shortly before 5 AM Saturday in connection with the incident.  However while they were neighbors Swanson says the relationship between 51 year-old Michael Korzeniewski and victim Michael Bull is not yet fully known.  He also says Bull died at the scene from blunt-force trauma to the head. 

 

Otherwise Swanson declined to discuss many specifics about the murder case.  He did praise the work of city police for their quick arrest in the case.  Police say Bull was found laying face down in a driveway between two cars when they arrived.

 

 

A Brocton man is jailed on $2,000 cash bail for allegedly manufacturing Methamphetamine at a location where he was found on two active police warrants. 

 

Sheriff's deputies say they were looking for 26 year-old Steven Seavy when they found him at a home on East Main Street last weekend. 

 

Officers say during the course of Seavy's arrest they found precursors for making Methamphetamine as well as various drug paraphernalia. 

 

Seavy was detained on a new arrest warrant issued in Brocton Village Court.  He's been arraigned on charges of third-degree unlawful manufacture of Methamphetamine criminally using drug parapherenalia resisting arrest, and others.  He was sent to the county lock-up.

 

 

The first year president at Chautauqua Institution says his first Summer Season in the top post has been a "whirlwind" experience. 

 

Those are the feelings of Michael Hill who was installed as the institution's 18th President at the beginning of the year.  During our Chautauqua Now broadcast yesterday, Hill told our Dennis Webster it's "one of the most unique jobs in the world."  He talked about the high-lights to the season noting the institution had it's third-largest number of visitors on record during the week-six theme on "Comedy and the Human Condition" where they partnered with the National Comedy Center during the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. 

 

Hill spoke as Week-Nine on "our changing relationship with Food" began.  He says it's a job that is part-time small town mayor, part-time university president, preacher, and teacher.  Hill says it's great to have such a strong team in place at Chautauqua which helps the nine-week season go as smoothly as possible.

 

 

Chautauqua President Michael Hill's first season coincides with the first-season for the new Chautauqua Amphitheater and, so far there have been few if an problems with the new, larger facility. 

 

That from Hill Monday morning during our Chautauqua Now broadcast.  He says it's been an incredible transformation for the amp which was nothing more than a "dirt pit and organ chamber" when he first arrived last Fall. 

 

Hill praised the institution staff and, project manager Ciminelli Construction for all the work they did to get the project completed.  He adds they're still on site to conclude finishing work.

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A city man is jailed without bail for allegedly killing another man who was found laying face down in a driveway on Jamestown's eastside early last Saturday morning. 

 

City Police Lieutenant Fred DeGolier says officers were called to the area of 508 to 512 East Sixth Street about 4:45 a.m., and, found the victim, Michael Bull laying between two cars. 

 

DeGolier says their investigation found that Bull had died from blunt force trauma.  He says officers arrested 51 year-old Micheal Korzeniewski for second-degree murder. 

 

Korzeniewski was arraigned and, sent to the county jail without bail.  The Chautauqua County District Attorney's Office and the county's Forensic Investigation Team are also involved in the investigation.

 

 

One person has died, while two others were hurt in a one-car rollover crash on Route 242 in the Cattaraugus County Town of Little Valley early last weekend. 

 

Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley say they were called to the scene shortly before 1:30 a.m. Sunday and, found one person, who was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

Officers say the county coroner was called to the scene and, the other two victims were taken to a local hospital for treatment.  No names are being released pending notification of relatives.  The accident remains under investigation.

 

 

Expect to see stepped up enforcement of the use of crosswalks in downtown Fredonia once the state Department of Transporation finishes work on the "Complete Streets" program in the village. 

 

Police Chief Brad Meyers says more cross-walks have been added after repaving Route 20 through the village and, he says the department will be stepping up enforcement. 

 

Meyers say bike lanes and the crosswalks have been added, and with that they will also be enforcing people crossing in the cross-walks as well.  He says that signs will be added to crosswalks that are not located at intersections where traffic lights are in operation, although drivers will have to keep an eye out for the signs once they are installed.  He says those without traffic lights will have signage leading up to them, then right at the crosswalk itself. 

 

Meyers expects the State DOT to complete the work within the next one to two weeks.  New York State law requires motorists to stop for pedestrians using crosswalks.

 

 

Police in western New York say two adult hikers from Buffalo died and one of their children was hurt after falling from a cliff. 

 

Authorities say the bodies of 35-year-old Amanda Green and 33-year-old William Green were discovered along with their injured 4-year-old son in Zoar Valley shortly before 1 PM Sunday

 

Rescuers found the couple's 7-year-old son unharmed. 

 

Erie County Sheriff's Department Spokesman Scott Zylka, the 4-year-old boy was airlifted to Women and Children's Hospital where he is listed in critical condition.  The 7-year-old boy is being evaluated.

 

 

There have been a few national media entities that have drawn the direct ire of President Donald Trump and his administration and, they include the Washington Post.  But covering the president of the United State is always challenging. 

 

At the same, the lead editor at the Post says Donald Trump has been especially challenging. 

 

Executive Editor Marty Baron of the Washington Post was featured lecturer at Chautauqua Insitution last Friday and, says they're part of what Trump calls "fake news." 

 

Baron admits it's a "little hard not to be upset about those kinds of comments" but, he adds they keep coming into do their work, the best they can.  He was interviewed on the Chautauqua Stage by University of Arizona Journalism and Mass Communication Department chief Eric Newton.  He spoke earlier with our Dennis Webster and Matt Warren on our "Chautauqua Now" program. 

 

Baron adds their editing work is always rigorous especally on their most "sensative stories."  Baron appeared to wrap up "Media and the News: Ethics in the Digital Age" week at Chautauqua.

 

 

In New York state government news, lawmakers are using the summer to connect with constituents back home, and a Senate task force takes aim at tick-borne illness in the face of what experts say is an especially bad year for the blood-sucking creatures. 

 

A Senate task force plans to meet Aug. 29 in Albany to hear from medical authorities, tick experts and others involved in trying to prevent infections and fight the illnesses. 

 

Republican Senator Sue Serino chairs the task force. The Hudson Valley lawmaker noted that while tick-borne illness is nothing new downstate, it's now clear illnesses like Lyme disease is a statewide concern. 

 

A 74-year-old man died this summer in Saratoga County after contracting Powassan virus.

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A Cattaraugus County woman is being treated for serious injuries after the Sports Utility vehicle she was riding in crashed after the driver fell asleep on Route 219 in the town of Ashford Tuesday night. 

 

Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley say 29 year-old Rochelle Dunkleman of Little Valley was northbound shortly after 7 p.m. when she apparently fell asleep and, the SUV slammed into a culvert. 

 

Dunkleman was treated at the scene for abrasions and released.  However her passenger, 31 year-old Dana Lichy of Salamanca, was flown to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment of internal injuries.  Her condition was not released.  No charges have been filed.


One child leaving a door unsecured allowed a 4-year-old girl to get out of her house on Jamestown's eastside and, wander alone in in the street until police were called. 

 

City police say they responded to the 800-block of East Second Street about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.  On arrival officers found the child but, she was unable to say her name, or give any other information to them. 

 

Police say she was taken to JPD Headquarters for safety reasons and, a Reverse 9-1-1 call was put out and police conducted a neighborhood canvas in an attempt to find her parents. 

 

About Noon time police say the child's mother came to the police department.  Officers say an investigation revealed that there was miscommunication between the parents before the child ran off that resulted in both believing the child was with the other parent. 

 

With that no criminal charges are being filed.


Authorities say an 8-month-old girl who survived being abandoned in a plastic bag left in an upstate New York yard has been released from a hospital. 

 

Police in Elmira say Wednesday that the baby recently was released from Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.  Sergeant  William Solt says the infant has been placed in foster care. 

 

Official say the child's 17-year-old mother placed the girl in a white garbage bag and left her in bushes in the backyard of a home in Elmira on August 5th. 

 

The baby wasn't discovered until three days later when neighbors checking out animal-like sounds found her.  Authorities have charged the mother, Harriette Hoyt, of Sayre, Pennsylvania, with attempted murder.

 

She remains in the Chemung County Jail.  Her attorney, John Brennan, says he's not commenting.


Jamestown police arrested seven people on a number of charges including drug possesion following a raid early Tuesday night on the city's southside. 

 

Jamestown police say they responded to numerous neighbor complaints regarding 248 Forest Avenue and, executed a search warrant just before 6:30 p.m. 

 

Officers say they arrested 55 year-old Edgar Gregory for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, on a warrant for criminal possession of a weapon. 

 

Police say they also arrested 36 year-old Matthew Haskins of Kennedy for fifth and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Police also arrested 32 year-old Jacqueline Delo and 24 year-old Shawn Beardsley both of Jamestown, 37 year-old Brian Haskins of Kennedy and, 47 year-old Alisha Scinta of Fredonia.  All three were taken to the city jail pending arraignment. 

 

Police again urge residents who see any suspicous activity to call the JPD Tips line at 483-TIPS that's 483-8477.  You can also contact the JPD Tips 4-1-1 app.


Local Congressman Tom Reed is working on a bi-partisan measure that would make a provision of the U-S Tax Code added in 1996 permanent. 

 

Reed has announced that he and New York Democrat Joe Crowley are co-sponsoring the "Work Opportunity Tax Credit" act which would make the provision permanent after 2019. 

 

The Corning Republican says the measure would allow employers to hire people that otherwise would not be "employable."  They are lower-income people who are dealing with issues such as being a convicted Felon. 

 

Reed says it allows the private sector the change to partner with the federal government to get more people into the workforce. 

 

In addition to Felons he says the measure also helps unemployed veterans and "cash welfare" and food stamp recipients.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.

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JPD Alert for Wed., Aug. 16, 2017

From Jamestown Police...

 

...This is an ACTUAL REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE ALERT... Issued By: Chautauqua County Emergency Management
Jurisdictions: New York
Headline: JPD FOUND APPROX 2 YR OLD HISPANIC FEMALE CHILD WALKING IN THE 800 BLOCK OF E 2ND ST. CHILD IS CURRENTLY AT THE JPD


Description: 
JPD FOUND APPROX 2 YR OLD HISPANIC FEMALE CHILD WALKING IN THE 800 BLOCK OF E 2ND ST. CHILD IS NON VERBAL, WEARING A BLUE MINECRAFT TSHIRT, BLUE JEANS AND PINK CROCKS. CHILD IS CURRENTLY AT THE JAMESTOWN POLICE STATION. 
Instructions:  Contact Jamestown Police at 716-483-7522 if you have any information.

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The former New York State Police superintendent who headed up the agency during the massive manhunt for an escaped inmate who killed a trooper and wounded two others has died. 

 

Wayne Bennett was 71.  City officials in Schenectady, where Bennett was public safety commissioner, say he died Tuesday.  Local media report he had been undergoing cancer treatments. 

 

Bennett led the state police when career criminal Ralph "Bucky" Phillips escaped from a county jail just outside of Buffalo in 2006.  While on the loose Phillips shot and wounded two troopers and fatally shot a third.  He was captured in a field across the border in Warren County, Pennsylvania, ending what was up to then the largest manhunt in state history. 

 

Bennett retired in 2007 after 38 years with the state police and became Schenectady's fire and police commissioner.


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing changes to the state's hate crimes law following the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

 

The Democratic Governor announced Tuesday that he'll introduce legislation making it a hate crime to riot or incite a riot that targets a specific class of people protected by anti-discrimination laws. 

 

If approved by state lawmakers, Cuomo's proposal would enhance criminal penalties for rioting that targets people because of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation. 

 

Cuomo says that while peaceful protests must be allowed, New York will not tolerate violence and discrimination.


Local Assemblyman Andy Goodell says he believes current laws would cover any incident should they arise in New York State. 

 

That's the Ellery Republican's reaction to the proposed legislation who says there is a tradition in state government dating back to the beginning where First Amendment rights are recognized but, there is no tolerance for inciting violence, or engaging in violence against anyone else. 

 

Goodell says he doesn't think violence against one group should result in a higher penalty than another group.  He believes that all groups are entitled to protection under the same laws. 

 

There's no indication whether Cuomo will seek a special legislative session to take action on the proposed legislation.


Local Congressman Tom Reed says he believes it's "appropriate" to take a look at current Hate Crimes statutes to see if there needs to be more teeth when it comes to dealing with rioting and violence. 

 

The Corning Republican made his comments after Governor Cuomo released his proposal for the legislature to consider.  Reed says it's important to look at what's happened historically and, he says violence is "never the answer."  He says there needs to be "dialogue" and "tolerance." 

 

Reed says there are other examples of where rioting and violence took place during President Obama's presidency namely Ferguson, Missouri.  He feels that a meaningful dialogue is the best way to put away racial and other violence.  He says that could make racism and hate become more of a "footnote" in our history. 

 

Reed says he's always concerned about political grandstanding and, proposing legislation that's already on the books.  He says it the legislation will "substantively advance the ball to bring peace," he's all for it. 

 

Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.


Many rural parts of New York state don't have the manpower or ability to seek grant funding for worthwhile projects that don't otherwise get done. 

 

However the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council is trying to remedy that through it's "Technical Assistance" program for an underdeveloped beach along Lake Erie.  Ripley Beach is one of the most scenic locations on the lake. 

 

However Council Co-Chairman Jeff Belt says what infrastructure is there is in disrepair it's hard to get to and, there are safety issues. 

 

Belt says the need for a project to upgrade the park has been there for a while it's just now getting the attention is needs to move it forward.  He says Empire State Development the state's economic development arm first brought these issues forward and, proposed the assistance program.  He says a plan is in the works to provide two new access points to the beach along with parking for cars, motorcycles and bicycles.  He says motorcycle and biking is popular in that area because it's part of the St. Lawrence Seaway Trail. 

 

In addition to Ripley Beach the Council is also looking at a program to help the village of Wellsville in Allegheny County.


Gas prices in the Jamestown-area are again steady and basically unchanged from last week. 

 

That from the AAA's Fuel Gauge Report which says the price for a gallon of regular, unleaded gas is just over $2.44 a gallon.  At the same time AAA says regional inventories are building at this point as the Summer driving season winds down. 

 

However AAA says the price is still about 15-cents a gallon more than the same time period last year.  The Fuel Gauge reports that, on average consumers in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states are paying $2.36 a gallon which is flat compared to last week.  Nationally the average price is now gasoline is $2.35 cents per gallon.

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A town of Chautauqua man has been arrested for allegedly trafficking cocaine and other narcotic drugs following a raid at his home on Nettle Hill Road. 

 

Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they executed a search warrant about 11:30 Mondaymorning and, found cocaine, opioids, a sawed-off 12 gauge shotgun and paraphernalia used to weigh and process controlled substances. 

 

They also arrested 60 year-old Dana Erhard on the warrant which charged him with several counts including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

 

The FBI was also involved in the investigation.  Erhard was arraigned, and sent to the county jail without bail pending further court action.


Two Dunkirk residents were sent to the Chautauqua County Jail after being arraigned on drug charges after city police responded to a vehicle lockout that was anything but routine. 

 

Dunkirk Police were called to the area of the car wash behind the Crosby Mart on Central Avenue.  After opening the vehicle's door, Police Chief David Ortolano says the officers detected a strong odor of marijuana, and they called in their K-9 officer, and new K-9 "gunny to search the vehicle... and, they found heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and prescription drugs. 

 

Ortolano says 29-year-old Rafael Gonzalez-Rivera was allegedly in possession of a quantity of heroin and cocaine while 37-year-old Onix Lopez-Ortiz was allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana, as well as prescription medication which was not properly packaged.


A regional panel met in Jamestown Monday for the first time and was updated on a number of projects they have funded and learned more about new projects proposed for the next round of state funding. 

 

The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council met at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts Monday afternoon and, Co-Chairman Jeff Belt from West Valley says the panel is very interested in Jamestown and several projects here led the by National Comedy Center. 

 

Belt says they believe that Jamestown can be a role model for turning around a small, upstate community and, they're very excited about further possibilities through the $10-million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award the city has received.  Belt says they also began looking at the many projects several western New York communities have submitted for funding in Round-Seven of the Consolidated Funding Application process. 

 

In their six-years of existance the Belt, who is Chief Executive Officer at SolEpoxy in Cattaraugus County says the Regional Councils have helped keep "consistancy" in the funding process.  Belt says their final ranking of projects will take place next month and, then the results will go to the state Oct. 2.  Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, who is honorary chair of the 10 regional councils, spoke to open the meeting. 

 

Co-Council Chairwoman, SUNY College at Fredonia President, Virginia Horvath was also on hand as were Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas, and County Executive Vince Horrigan.


The erosion of trust in the Mainstream Media has been developing for the past 48 years but, has become an even bigger issue with the advent of the digital age. 

 

That from Monday's featured lecturer at Chautauqua Institution.  New York University Journalism Professor Jay Rosen addressed the amphitheater audience to begin "Media and the News: Ethics in the Digital Age." 

 

On our "Chautauqua Now" program Rosen said that the media is in the "worst shape it's ever been" due mainly to what's called the "echo chamber" effect where people view or listen to news and opinion that "confirms" their beliefs. 

 

Rosen equated the problem with what's been happening in the medical profession, and the availability of "on-line" resources.  He says with all the sources of information now doctors have to adjust to that. 

 

Rosen says people have more information with which to question their doctors than ever before.  At the same time he says there is still very much a need for a free and independent press.


A coalition of Democratic state attorneys general has unleashed a torrent of litigation they argue is necessary to protect their citizens from a Trump administration that too often ignores the law. 

 

State attorneys from Massachusetts to California have brought more than 40 legal actions against the administration so far.  The pace, which both parties describe as unprecedented, has produced an average of one lawsuit or legal motion every five days since Trump's inauguration, not including many more letters, legal threats and formal comments to federal agencies. 

 

But the frequency and variety of the legal challenges from cases involving immigration and health care to gender reassignment surgeries at the Veteran's Administration have sparked criticism that Democrats may be playing politics with their states' legal resources.

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A leader with a local conservative organization that supported Donald Trump in his presidential campaign is "catagorically condemning" this past weekend's racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

 

Frewsburg's Mel McGinness has been a long-time leader and spokesman for the Southern Tier TEA Party Patriots, which meets monthly in Lakewood.  McGinness this morning specifically called out several "alt-right" and white supremicists who are condoning their actions.  He says they are "totally opposed" to any form of demonstrations like that. 

 

McGinness also rejected and renounced the KKK, neo-Nazi and White Supremicist groups.  McGinness who is also the pastor at the Kiantone Congregational Church, says the images of last Friday night's rally and, Saturday's violent confrontations were "horrifying."  He was especially troubled by the "torch-light" march the White Nationalists and Supremicists used in a march last Friday night. 

 

McGinness says he strongly supports the White House's most recent statement condemining the groups involved in last weekend's protests and violence.


Before specifically announcing that the FBI and other federal agencies would investigating federal crimes in the weekend incidents in Virginia, Governor Andrew Cuomo called on President Trump to denounce the white supremacist rally that spiraled into a deadly day of violence. 

 

The Democratic governor of Trump's home state launched the on-line petition Sunday, a day after a woman was killed when a car rammed into a crowd of people protesting the racist rally.  Cuomo is calling it "a terror attack by white supremacists." 

 

This afternoon Mr. Trump said that "racism is evil" as he condemed the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists as "criminals and thugs."  He is speaking at the White House after meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI director Christopher Wray about the race-fueled violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

 

Trump has come under fire for his comments Saturday that "many sides" are to blame for the violence and did not single out white supremacist groups.


Local Congressman Tom Reed is condemning last week's violence in Charlottesville, Virgina. 

 

The Corning Republican issued a statement last weekend, saying that he's "outraged by the violence and senseless deaths that occurred in Charlottesville and condemn those who would abuse our freedoms and divide us with bigotry." 

 

Reed also said that "hatred will never have a place in the true American spirit."  He expressed his condolences to the families of the three victims in Saturday's violence.


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law new penalties for those who make bomb threats. 

 

The Democratic governor approved the legislation on Monday.  It was passed by the state Legislature earlier this year in response to a string of bomb threats called into Jewish Community Centers in New York and elsewhere in the country. 

 

Citing those bomb threats and recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Cuomo says that "now, more than ever" it's vital for New Yorkers to stand united against "bias and hate."  Specifically, the new law changes criminal statute to ensure that suspects accused of making bomb threats against a community center can, at minimum, face a sentence of up to a year in jail. 

 

Cuomo says the new law will help authorities prosecute those who seek to "spread fear and terror."


In New York state government news this week the first official candidate for a vacant Senate seat is promising to work to clean up Albany, and there's a renewed push to provide free feminine hygiene products in schools and emergency shelters. 

 

Democrat Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh announced his candidacy for the seat representing portions of Brooklyn and lower Manhattan shortly after Democrat Daniel Squadron announced his plans to resign to take a job working on national political reform.  Kavanagh pledged to work to support ethics and campaign finance reforms, one of Squadron's own long-time goals. 

 

Meanwhile, the state now requires local police detention facilities to provide free tampons to female prisoners.  Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal says the state should go further by requiring free tampons at schools and emergency shelters statewide.

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Schumer and Gillibrand announce $4.1-million dollars in Head Start funding in Chautauqua County...
Early childhood programs in Chautauqua County are getting a $4.1-million boost from the federal government to support child care services for low-income families in the area.  U-S Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand jointly announced Friday that Chautauqua Opportunities, Incorporated.. is getting $2.8-million for it's Head Start and Early Head Start programs... while it's Early Head Start Expansion-Child Care partrnership program is receiving $1.3-million.  Schumer says study after study shows that "the better we prepare our young children through programs like Head Start and Head Start the better they perform in school later in life."  Gillibrand says Head Start programs "help our children start out strong at critical early learning stages."  Schumer says he believes the funding will bring "real results" to the region.  
 
 
Man from Bemus Point arrested on Felony drug charges following traffic stop in Sherman...
A Bemus Point man is jailed without bail for allegedly being found in possession of a large amount of two illegal drugs after his motorcycle was stopped early early last Friday morning on Park Street in Sherman.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says one of his deputies spotted the motorcycle... operated by 41 year-old Gary Hannold II... about 1:30 a.m.  Gerace says the officer saw Hannold riding without a helmet and a loud exhaust... and, pulled him over.  At that point.. he says the suspect tossed a backpack into some weeds.  It was later found with a large amount of methamphetime and marijuana inside... and, he's been charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... a Class-A-2 Felony.  Gerace commended the officer for making "good observations..." and adds that it's no longer a surprise to pulled over someone, and find drugs these days.  He says they're pleased with being able to get that amount of Meth off the street.  Gerace says the amounts being found everywhere these days is "troubling."  Gerace says Hannold was arrested on several other charges... including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, two counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia.  He was arraigned In Sherman Town Court and sent to the county jail.
 
 
Congressman Reed condemns violence, deaths in Charlottesville, Virginia...
Chautauqua County's Congressman today issued a statement condemning the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Corning Republican Tom Reed says he is "outraged by the violence and senseless deaths that occurred in Charlottesville and condemn those who would abuse our freedoms and divide us with bigotry.  Reed adds that "hatred will never have a place in the true American spirit.  Our condolences are with the families of all three of today's victims."
 
 
Horrigan pleased with first-half Sales Tax revenues...
County Executive Vince Horrigan says he is pleased that Chautauqua County's sales tax revenues are doing better than a lot of counties across New York State.  A new report from State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli shows that the county's sales tax revenues for the first half of 2017 are up by 5.1-percent compared to last year.  Horrigan says that's a result of work in economic development paying off... and, he adds the county is slightly ahead of the state's overall average.  Horrigan says the increase in the county sales tax rate from 7.5 to 8-percent is part of the strategy for local economic growth.  He says he's tried to work to take pressure off the property tax payers... and, grow the tax base and economy at the same time.  Horrigan... a Bemus Point Republican... adds that he's optimistic about seeing continued growth with a "strong summer" season.
 
 
Mayville man faces charges following high-speed pursuit...
A Mayville man is jailed without bail for allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase on Beajean Road in the town of Chautauqua Friday morning.  Sheriff's officers say a patrol spotted 41 year-old Michael Hannold operating the vehicle about 9:30 a.m., and, knew that he was wanted for parole violation and on a misdemeanor warrant from State Police.  Deputies say they tried to stop Hannold... but, he fled the scene and a pursuit ensued... with speeds reaching nearly 100 miles an hour.  Officers say he pulled the vehicle into a driveway... and, fled on foot.  However... deputies later found and arrested him.  Hannold was charged with third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle... reckless driving... second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.. and, speed over 55 mph.  Hannold was arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court on the new charges... and, sent to the County Jail on the parole violation.
 
 
Jammer's Manager Anthony Barone named PGCBL Coach of Year...
Post-season honors are starting to roll in for the Jamestown Jammers... who just this past week were edged out in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League champioship series by Mohawk Valley.  Jamestown Manager and Coach Anthony Barone was named Friday afternoon as 2017 Perfect Game League Coach of the Year.  The Jammers announced the news on their Facebook Page. 

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A Bemus Point man has been arrested for allegedly being in possession of a large amount of methamphetime and marijuana after his motorcycle was stopped for a traffic infraction in the town of Sherman. 

 

Sheriff's officers say they spotted the westbound motorcycle, operated by 41 year-old Gary Hannold of 4933 Ellery-Centralia Road, about 1:30 a.m. Friday commit the infraction.  Deputies say Hannold got off the motorcycle and, allegedly threw a backpack into the weeds.   

 

Officers say they recovered the bag and found that Hannold had been in possession of the meth and marijuana and, they also allegedly found Hannold in possession of drug paraphernalia. 

 

Hannold was arrested on several charges including second-degree criminal possession of controlled substance third-degree criminal possession and, two counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia.  He was arraigned In Sherman Town Court and was remanded to the county jail without bail.


Several hundred police officers from many area agencies were in Dunkirk yesterday for the funeral of a police officer who died last Sunday following a lengthy illness. 

 

A Police procession went through the north county city for Dunkirk Police K-9 Officer Matthew Hazelton.  Dunkirk Police Chief Dave Ortolano says "it was an amazing sight" to see the "sea" of officers in blue come out in support of Hazelton, and his surviving family. 

 

Ortolano says Hazelton's wife is an "amazing young lady" and, they've been doing all they can to support her and their daughter during this difficult time.  Ortolano says police agencies involved in the procession included Dunkirk, Fredonia, Jamestown, New York State Police, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, and others from Cattaraugus and Erie counties. 

 

The Jamestown Police Department provided the color guard for yesterday's service for Matt Hazelton.  The 39 year-old officer was with the Dunkirk Police Department for 14 years.


The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities is again warning of a scam involving someone calling a BPU customer and telling them they had to immediately pay a bill or have their service shut-off. 

 

BPU Communications Coordinator Becky Robbins says a customer contacted them Thursday and, told them they had received such a call and, that the caller told him that if he did not pay his bill by a certain time yesterday his service would be turned off. 

 

Robbins says the customer was given an 800 number to call for payment.  However she says such calls do NOT come from the Board of Public Utilities.  Robbins says anyone in danger of utility service shut-off receives notice from the BPU by mail and, well in advance of such an action. 

 

In addition she says BPU payments are accepted in their Customer Service Office, online and on our own phone payment system which requires customers to call the board's own number not an 800 number.


A Clymer man is being treated for serious injuries following an all-terrain vehicle accident on Potter Road in Mayville earlier this week. 

 

Sheriff's officers say 23 year-old Kyle Hannold was riding the ATV shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday when the vehicle struck a tree.  Deputies say Hannold was taken by Starflght Helicopter to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania for treatment. 

 

The investigation is continuing.


President Donald Trump yesterday clarified his stand on the need to deal with the national Heroin and Opioid Addiction Crisis in America two days after offering a simplistic view of the matter. 

 

Those are the feelings of Rick Huber with the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County.  Huber has been on the front-lines of the local fight against addition.  He says it's great to make a push to prevent young people from getting hooked on drugs to begin with.  He says we're losing hundreds of people a week nationally but, adds there are other issues related to drug addiction including jobs. 

 

Huber says he was taking to a businessman who says he's having trouble filling positions because many looking can't pass a drug test.  Earlier in the week the president basically said that you need to tell youth not to start taking drugs and, beef up law enforcement and penalties for drug offenders. 

 

New York state has taken steps to limit the amount of Opioid medication that a person can receive and, there is federal legislation pending.  In many cases Huber adds that there are underlying Mental Health issues there as well as the overprescribing of pain killers.


The Jamestown Public Works Department has closed North Main Street between Second and Third Streets to begin a cold milling and repaving project today through next Wednesday

 

That from Public Works Director Jeff Lehman who says the project will involve reconstruction of the northbound lane which had been damaged from the nearly two-year-old water main leak in that area of the highway. 

 

The southbound lanes were closed for work last year.

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The former head of England's intelligence service says she has never see a more "difficult, dangerous and disturbing time" as there is now in the world. 

 

That from former Director General of MI-5, Stella Rimington, on the war of words between the United States and North Korea.  Rimington was Wednesday morning's featured lecturer at Chautauqua Institution and, makes her comments one day after the president warned North Korea it could face "fire and fury" if it theatens the United States or it's allies.  She says it was already disconcerting to learn that North Korea is now able to fix a small nuclear device to the end of one of it's ballistic missiles and, you have the leaders of North Korea and the U.S. effectively "threatening each other." 

 

Rimington says there is no "sure" way to deal with the possiblity of a Nuclear North Korea.  However she believed that the nation's top diplomat, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had previously done a good job of trying to ease some of that tension by saying the US was not trying for a "regime change."


A lack of trust will eventually erode the ability of intelligence services in the federal government no matter what country you're talking about.  

 

Wednesday's featured lecturer at Chautauqua Insitution warned of that danger as part of the week-seven theme of "The Nature of Fear."  Former MI-5 Director General Stella Rimington who says the intelligence business is already complicated by the new "digital age" where various forms of communication are used. 

 

At the beginning of the year President Trump got off to a rocky start with his intelligence agencies on the issue of possible Russian meddling in last November's US Presidential Election.  It has led to some distrust between those agencies, such as the FBI and CIA and the administration. 

 

On our "Chautauqua Now" program Rimington said that erodes the morale of those serving and, consequently lessens the ability to do their job.


A Jamestown woman faces a child endangerment charge after allegedly leaving her infant child inside her car unattended, on the city's eastside. 

 

Officers were called to the scene in front of the Taco Hut restaurant on East Third Street about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday on a report of a child locked inside a vehicle.  Police say witnesses allegedly saw 20 year-old Alexia Taylor placing a car seat with the child in it inside the vehicle locking it, and walking away. 

 

A Jamestown Parking Enforcement Officer the notified JPD who then found Taylor.  She unlocked the car so police could check on the child's well-being. 

 

The child was plased in protective custody, and Taylor was arrested and taken to the city lock-up pending arraignment.


Authorities say a 17-year-old Pennsylvania girl has been charged with attempted murder after a baby was found alive in a plastic bag outside an upstate New York home. 

 

Police in the city of Elmira say neighbors checking out a noise Tuesday found a 12- to 16-month-old girl whose feet were sticking out of the bag. They called 911 and tended to the child until police and emergency crews arrived. 

 

Officials tell WENY-TV  the baby was taken to a hospital, where she's in stable condition.  Later Tuesday, police charged Harriette Hoyt with attempted murder. 

 

Officials say she's from Sayre, Pennsylvania, on the New York border about 20 miles southeast of Elmira.  She's being held in the Chemung County Jail.


City officials say they hope to find other ways to fund the purchase of a new paving machine for Jamestown. 

 

Still, the City Council will vote later this month on issuing bonds to pay the $420,000 cost.  That from Mayor Sam Teresi while council members discussed the matter earlier this week. 

 

The Finance Committee agreed to issue a Bond Anticipation Note for the purchase from a Batavia firm on state contract.  City Comptroller Joe Bellitto explained the procedure saying they'll be issuing the bonds once the county approves the move, and, pay it back over a 5-year period. 

 

Bellitto says he expects no problems with moving ahead on the borrowing adding it's a relatively small amount of funding. 

 

Teresi says the new Paver has already been used for a number of jobs several to get downtown streets ready for last weekend's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.  He says there is still another round of milling off old, crumbling pavement in spots and, repaving those streets before Winter weather sets in.


Thousands of migrants are fleeing the United States for Canada via a remote back road in upstate New York. 

 

The Canadians arrest the migrants as soon as they step across the border.  But the migrants prefer to take a chance by seeking asylum in Canada rather than risk being deported from the United States. 

 

Canadian police have set up a reception center on their side of the border.  It includes tents where migrants are processed before they are turned over to the government agency that handles their applications for refuge. 

 

Officials estimate that 400 people crossed the border at the site on Sunday alone.  Canada said last week it planned to house some migrants in Montreal's Olympic Stadium.  It could hold thousands, but current plans only call for only 450.

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The Jamestown Jammers lost the championship in the Perfect Game League Tuesday night, 8 to 4 to Mohawk Valley at Russell E. Diethrick Park. 

 

Mohawk Valley wins the series 2-games to 1.  You can hear the disappointment in Jammers Coach and Manager Anthony Barone's voice who says Mohawk Valley "played better than us, and a couple of things didn't go our way." 

 

Jamestown trailed Mohawk Valley by one run most of the game.  The Jammers got two runners on base in the bottom of the eighth, but a failed bunt and double play ended the chance for a rally.  As he walked off the field, Barone was disconsolate left to hope for next year. 

 

Barone says he'll start work shortly to replace the core of players he's had the past couple of years that produced this year's championship run.  The coach was grateful to the community for its broad support for the Jammers this year and to the fans for attending the games. 

 

Over 1,100 people watched last night's game at the stadium.  Mohawk Valley was presented the trophy at the conclusion of the game.


A Jamestown woman faces a child endangerment charge after allegedly leaving her infant child inside her car, unattended on the city's eastside. 

 

Officers were called to the scene in front of the Taco Hut restaurant on East Third Street about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday on a report of a child locked inside a vehicle.  Police say witnesses allegedly saw 20 year-old Alexia Taylor placing a car seat with the child in it inside the vehicle, locking it and walking away. 

 

A Jamestown Parking Enforcement Officer the notified JPD who then found Taylor.  She unlocked the car so police could check on the child's well-being. 

 

The child was plased in protective custody, and Taylor was arrested and taken to the city lock-up pending arraignment.


A regional panel that has made decisions that have helped drive several economic development projects in the Greater Jamestown Area will meet in Jamestown for the first time next Monday

 

Mayor Sam Teresi has announced that the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council will be here for a 1 PM meeting at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts but, will also be on hand to tour some of the projects they have supported at 11 a.m. 

 

Teresi says that'll take place weather permitting.  He says they want to see some of the projects that are being planned, as well as the projects receiving Downtown Revitalization Initiative or DRI funding. 

 

The city got word late last year that it was one of the 10 winners of $10-million in DRI funding to back about a dozen public-private projects to help revitalize the downtown area. 

 

Teresi says a luncheon will be provided through the county's Industrial Development Agency followed by the meeting on the Reg stage.  He says Council members are interested in seeing what's taking place in Jamestown and southern Chautauqua County.


A long-time Jamestown city official will be retiring at the end of August after about 30 years of service in the city in several capacities. 

 

Mayor Sam Teresi says his long-time Director of Financial Services, James Olson, will conclude his career on Thursday, Aug. 31.  Teresi says Olson, "has been and continues to be a close, trusted advisor and valued friend, "family member."  The Mayor adds that Olson "is the quintessential example of what public service can be and should be all about."  He wished Olson the best in his retirement.  

 

 

Olson began his career as Executive Assistant to former Mayor Steven Carlson in 1981 and, left city government in January of 1994 and, returned in 2000 to be Teresi's Director of Financial Services.


Chautauqua County officials are moving ahead with developing a county-wide plan for sharing services with local municipalties even as the county awaits word on its application for the $20-million Municipal Consolidation and Government Efficiency Competition grant. 

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to have counties work with local governments to develop plans for shared services and, consolidation became part of the state budget in April. 

 

County Executive Vince Horrigan says they are making progress in developing a final plan and, adds that they have several elements of the application that are in the county-wide plan. 

 

Horrigan says more and more local governments are becoming involved in the process, especially with the momentum being made after successful dissolution votes in the villages of Forestville and Cherry Creek.  He says there needs to be more of a "regional focus" that allows services to continue. 

 

Horrigan says he expects to present an update on the plan during the next County Legislature meeting later this month with a vote on a final plan expected at the September meeting. 

 

As for the county's application for the $20 million competition, Horrigan expects to hear something in September.


Gas prices in the Jamestown area are holding steady while the price across the United States is continuing to rise. 

 

The AAA's Fuel Gauge Report says locally the price is just over $2.44 a gallon for regular, unleaded fuel.  AAA also says pump prices in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions moved higher on the week, with New York state now at $2.45 a gallon putting it in the top 15 of most expensive markets.  That price is about 10 cents more than a year ago. 

 

Nationally the average price is up 3-cents a gallon this week to $2.35 a gallon.

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A Jamestownn woman is jailed without bail for alleedly trafficking methamphetamine and suboxone on the city's southside. 

 

Jamestown police say members of the Metro Drug Task Force, and JPD SWAT Team raided an apartment at 248 Broadhead Avenue shortly after NoonMonday after receiving several neighborhood complaints. 

 

Officers say they found the suspect identified as 35 year-old Tracey Wynn inside and searched the apartment.  Police say they found just over 43-grams of Meth and, several doses of suboxone.  They add they also found several items of drug paraphernalia and, a quantity of cash. 

 

Task Force members say Wynn was arrested on charges including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia.  She was arraigned and sent to the county jail. 

 

Anyone with information on illegal drug-activity in Jamestown is asked to call the JPD Tips-line at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477.  You can also contact the department's Tips 4-1-1 app.


The city of Jamestown did well in one of it's key revenue lines during the second-quarter of the year and, is lending optimism to making budget for 2017. 

 

City Council members last night received sales tax figures for April through June of this year and, learned there was a more than 7-percent increase over the second-quarter of last year. 

 

City Comptroller Joe Bellitto reviewed the numbers with Finance Committee members first and, Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says the city received $1.54-million-dollars for the quarter. 

 

Dolce says that's about $111,000 more than was budgeted adding the city is now "in relatively good shape."  Bellitto says, for the first two quarters of the year the city has received just over 2.9-million dollars which is about 48.5% of budget.  He says the city needs to receive about 99.5% of what they budgeted in the third and fourth-quarters to make budget for the year. 

 

That total is $6-million dollars which is $10,000 more than last year.  Last year Bellitto says the city had received just over 5% LESS than the 2017 figure for the first two quarters.  He says the city budgeted conservatively in 2017 because they fell 1.38% under budget last year.


Ex-New York Senate leader Dean Skelos is asking an appeals court for a new trial, citing the precedent set when former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was granted a new trial. 

 

Attorney Alexandra Shapiro wrote in papers filed Monday with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the Republican Skelos, like the Democrat Silver, is entitled to a new trial because public corruption laws were recently freshly defined by the U.S. Supreme Court. 

 

Skelos was convicted in 2015 on extortion, bribery and conspiracy charges.  He was sentenced last year to five years in prison.  He has remained free on appeal. That's in part because it was unclear what effect, if any, a Supreme Court ruling reversing the conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell would have on the Skelos case.


Prosecutors have asked a federal judge to set a spring retrial date for ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. 

 

The government asked the judge in Manhattan to schedule a trial for March, April or May.  The request comes a day after an appeals court agreed to let Silver's lawyers ask the U.S. Supreme Court to look at the case.  The Supreme Court turns down most requests. 

 

Prosecutors have said a defense request of the Supreme Court should not delay any retrial, especially since a key witness is over age 80.  Silver, who's 73, was sentenced last year to 12 years in prison after he was convicted of public corruption charges.  The conviction was overturned last month by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.


Chautauqua County's top elected official was in Dunkirk early Monday afternoon for his latest announcement regarding his "100 Days of Summer Safety" Campaign. 

 

County Executive Vince Horrigan yesterday focused on sun safety at Wright Park Beach.  Horrigan says times have changed when it comes to sun safety and, Shelly Wells of the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services indicated that you have to think about it all year long. 

 

Well says the U-V rays are still getting to the ground, even with cloud cover, so you should apply sunscreen whenever you go outside for any length of time. 

 

Mike Porpiglia of the American Cancer Society says you can sum up the sun safety rules with four words: slip  slop slap and wrap.  He says slip on a shirt, Slop on the sunscreen, wrap on sunglasses and, slap on your "wide-brimed" hat. 

 

Horrigan was also joined by Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas who supports the message to practice sun safety tips.

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Quick work by Jamestown firefighters prevented serious fire damage to a two story apartment house on the city's southside late yesterday afternoon. 

 

City Fire Battalion Chief Sam Salemme says crews were called to the scene at 191 Barrett Avenue about 4:45 p.m., and, he says there was lots of fire on one side of the structure where downstairs and upstairs porches were located.  Salemme says it took about 10 minutes to bring the blaze under control.  He says the owner smelled the smoke, and was able to get out of the downstairs apartment quickly. 

 

Salemme says no one else was inside.  He says several windows were knocked out of the second-floor because of the heavy amout of smoke inside.  Fire crews were at the scene until about 6:30 p.m. 

 

Salemme says an off-duty shift of nine firefighters and a shift commander were called in.  No firefighters were hurt.  The cause has now been released as accidental with hot coals too close to combustables.


A Jamestown woman accused of pulling a knife on two people early last Friday morning and, robbing both is jailed on $100,000 bail on first and second-degree robbery charges. 

 

City police say they were flagged down by one of the victim's about 3 a.m., and, told that 21 year-old Jillian Matthews had put a knife to her throat, and robbed her.  Officers say they previously had talked to another victim who said they were robbed by Matthews inside a home on Clinton Street. 

 

Police say their investigation led them to 10 West Sixth Street where they found Matthews on the back stairwell.  She was arrested on the two robbery counts and, several others including second-degree robbery and, burglary.


A prosecutor says a shooting by a police officer near Warren, Pennsylvania in the parking lot of an ice cream stand that killed an armed driver following a traffic stop appears to have been justified. 

 

State police in Erie say 54-year-old Joseph Miller of Clarendon was killed in the confrontation at 7:15 p.m. last Friday in the Dairy Delite parking lot in Mead Township.  District Attorney Rob Greene said the shooting is under investigation but, adds it appears to have been justified.


A new, county-supported "Fly-Car" emergency medical services program begins operations today in Chautauqua County. 

 

The new service which will operate out of Ashville, Gerry, Arkwright and Mayville will be available to cover the gaps in local EMS fire service. 

 

County Emergency Services Director Julius Leone announced the start of the Medical Services Team made up of 11 people last Friday afternoon.  He says their hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays were determined through a study done a few years ago of where they had the least amount of manpower. 

 

Medical Services Team Project Coodinator Kevin Peebles and Senior Paramedic Mike Volpe will staff the car at the Emergency Services Office in Mayville. 

 

Volpe says they'll have the latest equipment and medications needed for any emergency including cardiac monitoring, air-way management equipment and, pharmacutials such as pain medications.  Medical Service Team members will also have Narcan available for opioid overdose victims. 

 

County officials say they are providing the program to suppliment what the fire services are able to perform along with professional services.  A state Department of Health officials says state officials will be watching what happens due to a lack of volunteers in the fire services.



Long-time Dunkirk City Judge Walter Drag has announced that he will be laying aside his gavel and hanging up his robe for the last time on December 31st. 

 

Judge Drag is retiring after nearly 32 years on the bench in the north city's courtroom.  He is also wrapping up a 40-year career as an attorney. 

 

In a statement released late last week Judge Drag said, "I have been very fortunate to have the trust and confidence of the people of Dunkirk who have elected me four times to be their judge and to preside over cases that personally touch them, their families and neighbors and this community."  He also commented that, "As judge, you also try to set a tone of dedication and concern for the community and reach out to try to help our neighbors as much as possible."


The Chautauqua County Board of Elections says many Dunkirk city voters will have the opportunity to participate in next month's primary. 

 

Five candidates will be in the running for City Court Judge according to County Elections Commissioner Norm Green... who says there's been "a lot of interest" by most people who have a legal background. 

 

Those in the running include James Scott Dimmer, John Kuzdale, Joseph Price, Rachel Roberts and former County Legislator Ronald Szot.  Voting during the Sept. 12 primary will run from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Nationally known comedians performed before sell-out crowds this past weekend at the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown where the late comedy legend was born. 

 

Among this year's highlights were a celebration of what would have been her husband Desi Arnaz's 100th birthday, and performances by Jim Gaffigan, Kevin James, Robert Klein and Lisa Lampanelli. 

 

Visitors were also able to see late comedian George Carlin's handwritten notes and jokes.  They're showcased at the site of the future National Comedy Center, where they will have a permanent home when the museum opens next year.

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News Update for Sat., Aug. 5, 2017

(**Update)State Police identify man killed in officer-involved shooting in Warren Co., PA...
 
A prosecutor says a shooting by a police officer just south of Warren, Pennsylvania in the parking lot of an ice cream stand that killed an armed driver following a traffic stop appears to have been justified.  State police in Erie say 54-year-old Joseph Miller of Clarendon was killed in the 7:15 p.m. Friday confrontation in Mead Township.  Officials said a Warren City officer pulled Miller over for erratic driving in the area of the Dairy Delite at the junction of Routes 6 and 59.  However... while he was talking to the officer in the parking lot... Miller became agitated and began loading an AK-47 rifle.  Authorities said the officer backed away and ordered him to stop, but Miller continued to load the weapon and was shot and killed as he exited the vehicle.  Warren County District Attorney Rob Greene said the shooting is under investigation... but, appears to have been justified.
 

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News Headlines for Sat., Aug. 5, 2017

Man shot and killed during officer-involved shooting at drive-in ice cream shop near Warren, Pa...
A 54 year-old man was shot and killed early last evening during an officer-involved shooting that occured during a traffic stop just south of Warren, Pennsylania.  State Police in Erie say a Warren City Police Patrol pulled over a car in the parking lot of the Dairy Delight store at the intersection of Routes 6 and 59 in Mead Township about 7:15 p.m.  Officials say the unidentified man got out of his car with a firearm in his hand... and, that led to shots being fired.  State Police say there were several patrons at the drive-in ice cream shop at the time of the incident... but, none of them were hurt.  The man died from his wounds at the scene.  The Warren City officer was not hurt.  State Police are investigating the incident... along with Warren County District Attorney Rob Greene... Warren City Police and the Warren County Sheriff's office.
 
 
Cooler, breezy conditions in Jamestown-area today...
Much cooler... but, calmer weather is expected today after two waves of severe thunderstorms caused some scattered damage across Chautauqua County yesterday afternoon.  The Sheriff's office and Jamestown Police report some downed trees and some high water in spots... but, no major problems.  One of the downed trees in the immediate Jamestown-area was here on the driveway to our Media One Group stations.  Forecaster Dan Kelly with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says there were two waves of storms... the first one came with a cold front... and dropped the temperature by 15-degrees.  He says it'll remain cool today... with highs of only 65 to 68 degrees.  Kelly says we'll rebound into the 70s by Sunday afternoon.  
 
 
Chautauqua County rolls out new "Fly-Car" EMS Service to begin Monday...
A much-studied and heralded "Fly-Car" ambulance service will begin operating in Chautauqua County during the day-time hours starting next Monday morning.  That from county Emergency Services Director Julius Leone... who announced the new, Emergency Medical Services Team during a press conference this (Friday) afternoon.  Project Coodinator Kevin Peebles says there has been a decline in the number of firefighters, and EMTs across the county... and, he thanked county lawmakers for their support of the program because they had to develop their plans and budget fairly quickly.  Leone emphasized that program is not intended to replace EMT service provided by the county's fire departments... but, to augment them.  He says there will be three levels of service.  One will be provided by the fire services... the next will be their paramedic service.. and, then there'll be the professional service that will provide care on "a timely basis."  Peebles says there will be four stations for each of their fly-cars during the week.  One will be there in Mayville... while the others will be in Ashville... Gerry... and, Arkwright.  Again... the office will officially begin the new, Fly-car service in Chautauqua County at 6 a.m. Monday.
 
 
City man and woman face trespass and drug possession charges...
An alleged trespassing at an apartment house on Jamestown's eastside early last Thursday night has led to the arrest of two people -- one for alleged drug possession.  City police were called to the scene at 207 Spring Street shortly before 6 p.m., and, found the suspects... identified as 40 year-old Wilfredo Castrillo and 38 year-old Jennifer Aldrich.  Officers say the pair did not have permission to be inside the apartment.  In the course of identifying both... Aldrich allegedly gave a false name.  She was allegedly found in possession of a quantity of Methamphetime, cocaine and marijuana.  Police say both were charged with second-degree criminal trespassing... while Aldrich was also charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possesion of marijuana.
 
 
City man arrested for alleged possession of unregistered gun...
A Jamestown man has been jailed for allegedly being found in possession of an unregistered revolver.  City police say they pulled over a car operated by 26 year-old Andrew McFalls in the area of Chandler and Winsor Streets about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday for numerous alleged traffic violations.  During the investigation... officers say they found the gun.  Police say they arrested McFalls for second-degree criminal possession of a weapon... and, traffic violations including failure to signal a turn.  He was taken to the city jail pending arraignment.
 
 
Two men involved in "History of Comedy" Series on CNN speak at Chautauqua Amphitheater....
Two men involved in producing the CNN T-V Series "The History of Comedy" are also heavily-involved in the creation of the new National Comedy Center in Jamestown.  Executive Producer Steven Morrison, and Kliph Nesteroff were yesterday's featured lecturer's at Chautauqua Institution as part of the week on "Comedy and the Human Condition."  On our "Chautauqua Now" show... Morrison... who is now producing media for the center... says they first came to Jamestown last year for the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival because there were so many comedians here... including Lewis Black, Mark Russell, and Rain Pryor... daughter of the late Richard Pryor.  He says they were also introduced to Comedy Center Executive Director, Journey Gunderson.  Both men agree that the new Comedy Center has great potential.  Nesteroff... who will be curator for the National Comedy Center... says needs to be the most "unique" attraction possible -- one that people are willing to travel to.  He says the Comedy Center is starting to fullfil a lot of that with Kelly Carlin turning over her late father, George's, artifacts to the center for exhibits.  Kelly Carlin interviewed both Morrison and Nesteroff as the final 10:45 a.m. lecture of the week Friday at Chautauqua.
 
 
 

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You'll want to keep an eye on the sky today.  
 
The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has all of Western New York including Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties under a slight risk for severe weather.  Forecaster Dan Kelly with the weather service's Buffalo office says there are two rounds of storms on the way one is moving through during this time period, and the other will bring a cold front through the area around mid-afternoon.  
 
Thunderstorms late this afternoon and evening may become severe, with damaging winds and possible some hail being the primary severe weather threat.
 
 
An alleged trespassing at an apartment house on Jamestown's eastside early last evening has led to the arrest of two people one for alleged drug possession.  
 
City police were called to the scene at 207 Spring Street shortly before 6 p.m., and, found the suspects identified as 40 year-old Wilfredo Castrillo and 38 year-old Jennifer Aldrich.  Officers say the pair did not have permission to be inside the apartment.  
 
In the course of identifying both Aldrich allegedly gave a false name.  She was allegedly found in possession of a quantity of Methamphetime, cocaine and marijuana.  
 
Police say both were charged with second-degree criminal trespassing while Aldrich was also charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possesion of marijuana.
 
 
New York state has committed about $14-million towards building the new National Comedy Center in downtown Jamestown and, it will now also help spread the word about the new attraction through the state's tourism promotion arm.  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke before a standing-room only crowd early Thursday afternoon at the center to announce the $500,000 program which will be run through the "I Love NY" program.  
 
Cuomo says backing the National Comedy Center's construction has been part of his three-part strategy to get the entire state's economy going.  He says it's part of their program to create and boost "national attractions" in the upstate region that have been devastated by the loss of people and manufacturing jobs.  
 
Cuomo was introduced by Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi who praised the governor for making the upstate economy a priority of his administration.  Teresi says he's worked with five governors during his time in public service, and says none of them was more "zeroed in" on boosting the upstate economy than Andrew Cuomo.  
 
Cuomo was joined by the head of his economic development office Empire State Development Executive Director Howard Zemsky.  Zemsky says Cuomo turned economic development "180-degrees" a few years ago by having the state's 10 regions compete for funding for projects they develop.  
 
They were also joined by State Senator Cathy Young, Assemblyman Andy Goodell and, County Executive Vince Horrigan and, several dignitaries from the north county.  The comedy center is to open in the late Spring or Summer of 2018.
 
 
A nearly three-year old conservative business organization is blasting Governor Cuomo's pledge of half-a-million dollars more for the National Comedy Center.  
 
In a statement released late Thursday Reclaim New York's Doug Kellogg said the center would be "a better fit at the State Capitol, it’s the perfect punchline to Albany’s complete joke of an economic strategy."  
 
The group which claims to be non-partisan says Cuomo can't claim with a straight face this is "a good use of tax dollars" and a model for repairing the region's economy. 
 
 
The New York state Board of Elections says it will hand over some voter information to President Donald Trump's commission investigating voter fraud, becoming the first state to largely comply with the request after initially balking.  
 
The Board voted late Wednesday to provide data like voter names, birthdates, addresses and voting history after determining it had no lawful reason to deny the request.  
 
Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo said in June the state would not comply.  The commission then filed an open records request for voter data already available to members of the public who file such requests.  
 
The state will not provide voters' Social Security numbers because of state voter privacy laws.  Thirteen states and Washington, D.C., still say they won't comply with the information request. Three others are reconsidering their denials.
 
 
Ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver can ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review his case rather than go straight to a retrial.  
 
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday that the Democrat can ask the high court to review his case.  The Second-Circuit tossed out his public corruption conviction in July, citing a recent Supreme Court decision. But it also said there is sufficient evidence to conduct a retrial.  A government spokesman says prosecutors still plan to retry the case as soon as possible.  
 
Prosecutors had opposed Silver's request for the Second-Circuit to suspend the effect of its decision long enough for a Supreme Court review.  The 73 year-old Silver originally was convicted in a $5 million scheme and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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Two days after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo joked that millions in additional funding would be available for struggling cities, the Democrat is set to appear at the future home of the National Comedy Center. 

 

The governor's office says he'll make an announcement Thursday afternoon at the National Comedy Center construction site in Jamestown.  Cuomo's appearance comes during the start of the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown, where the late television and film actress was born in 1911. 

 

The governor's visit also comes two days after he said there would be second-, third- and fourth-place winners in a state program funneling millions of dollars to communities seeking to revitalize their downtowns.  Cuomo's office afterward said he was joking about rewarding the also-rans.


Local Congressman Tom Reed says he understands the point President Donald Trump was trying to make last week when Trump said in an interview that people living in upstate New York should move elsewhere to find jobs. 

 

Trump made the controversial statements in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that appeared on July 26th.  He said that people in New York and some other states are going to have to move to Wisconsin, Iowa and Colorado where many new manufacturing jobs are going. 

 

Reed, a Republican from Corning, says he loves the region and isn't going anywhere.  He says he's going to continue to fight for the region, and says it's recognition that the "rust belt" has had it's struggles.  Reed agrees that the upstate region needs a significant economic boost and, the loss of jobs and people can clearly be seen by the loss of 4 to 5 members of Congress over the past few decades. 

 

Trump said new plants in some parts of the country are going to need people to work and, places like "upper New York" are getting "very badly hurt."  An official with the Buffalo-Niagara Partnership told The Buffalo News that Trump's asserstion is wrong adding that Buffalo is "doing better than we've done in decades."


A Dunkirk woman accused of shooting and killing her boyfriend last month has been indicted by a Chautauqua County grand jury. 

 

Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says 28-year-old Rebecca Ruiz was indicted Wednesday in county court on one count of second-degree murder as well as two other charges, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and tampering with evidence. 

 

Swanson says Ruiz was returned to the county jail in Mayville on $1-million cash bail, and $2-million property bond.  Ruiz is accused of shooting and killing 21-year-old Julian Duman at her home at 141 Lake Shore Drive East back on July 6th. 

 

Swanson says additional evidence was developed that allowed the grand jury to indict Ruiz on the two additional charges.  He says the case will continue in October for motions in front of Judge David Foley.  A trial date will then be set.


No one was hurt but, an apartment building in Dunkirk sustained extensive damage during a late morning fire Wednesday in the area of Maple Avenue, Route 60 and King Street. 

 

That from Dunkirk Fire Captain Gary Latta who says they were called to the scene of the large structure that housed several apartments about 10:30 a.m.  Latta says they checked twice to make sure that everyone was out of the burning structure and, then moved to knock down the fire and bring it under control before checking inside again. 

 

Katta says crews hussled to the scene after receiving reports of smoke in the area.  He says three of the apartments were occupied and, they checked those when they first arrived.  He says they received mutual aid from nearby Fredonia and an engine from East Dunkirk. 

 

The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team was called to the scene.  A portion of Route 60 was closed late Wednesday morning through early afternoon due to the fire, and subsequent clean-up.


Two witnesses report seeing shots fired yesterday morning on Jamestown's northside but, no one was hurt. 

 

City Police Chief Harry Snellings confirms that officers were called to the scene at Prendergast Avenue and Regent Street about 7:15 a.m.  Snellings says two people were allegedly involved in a disagreement and, wound up apparently firing shots at each other. 

 

However both ran off before police arrived.  He says police interviewed the two witnesses there.  Snellings says no shell casings have been found yet and, no buildings were hit.  The investigation is continuing.


Gas prices in the Jamestown-area are holding steady this week while on the national scene they have increased over the past week. 

 

The AAA's Fuel Gauge Report says the price locally is just over $2.44 a gallon this week.  It's actually about about 2-10ths of a penny higher than it was last week. 

 

AAA adds that the price across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions continue to join the pack of most expensive states in the country.  Nationally, the price is up to $2.32 a gallon this week and, is at its highest price since June 15th.

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Three people from Jamestown escaped serious injury after the driver of the car they were traveling in fell asleep at the wheel and crashed on Foote Avenue Extension in the town of Kiantone. 

 

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday, and found that the northbound vehicle, driven by 42 year-old David Philbrick, left the roadway and struck a large billboard.  Deputies say Philbrick's car then overturned some 4 to 6 times before traveling about 150-yards through several fields before striking some trees and shrubs and, then hitting a play set in a business lot. 

 

Officers say Philbrick and his two passengers were sent to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment.  He was charged with failure to keep right.


Jamestown police say they seized a quantity of marijuana from a woman who was stopped fo several traffic and vehicle violations on the city's southside Monday night. 

 

City police say officers spotted a vehicle in the area of McKinley Avenue and Park Street about 9:20 p.m., and, stopped 31 year-old Peggysue Reese Goldsmith in the mid-block of Linden Avenue. 

 

Following a short investigation officers found the marijuana in Goldsmith's possession.  She was arrested for fourth-degree criminal possesion of marijuana unnecessary noice failure to signal a turn and, having the driver's view obstructed.


There were more questions posed to Jamestown city lawmakers Monday night about the possible benefits of the proposed annexation by the city of property in Falconer owned by the Board of Public Utilities. 

 

However this time it was two city women asking about how the move would impact both the city and, the village.  If approved the four-acres of land where the Dow Street Substation sits in Falconer would become part of the city. 

 

Council President Greg Rabb says he was happy to have residents come and ask questions and make comments.  He says a vote by council should be taken in about a month once the state Department of Environmental Conservation makes a final determination of lead agency status. 

 

One of the women, Melinda Stoller asked if the annexation would provide any benefit to Falconer.  Rabb declined to comment on the impact on the village saying that Falconer officials are best able to speak to that and he should not speak for them. 

 

Lovell Avenue resident, Ravin Mason, also owns property in Falconer.  She asked how annexing the property will benefit the city.  Councilman Tony Dolce says the move would save the BPU thousands of dollars a year in taxes and provide payments in lieu of tax payments to the city and Jamestown School District.


New York state has announced a new round of funding for a program aimed at keeping students from dropping out of school. 

 

The state Education Department on Monday said 44 colleges and universities will receive a total of $17 million as part of the Liberty Partnerships Program. 

 

Under the program, colleges partner with struggling schools and community-based organizations to help middle and high school students who are at risk of dropping out complete school and go on to college. 

 

Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia says the program gives students access to skills assessment, tutoring, counseling and mentoring.  The program was started in 1988.


The week of Comedy at Chautauqua Institutiion is well-underway and, yesterday featured a comedic legend, and the daughter of a legend. 

 

Long-time comedian and T-V Director David Steinberg was on the amphitheater stage with Kelly Carlin daughter of George Carlin to discuss political satire and other comedy. 

 

Kelly Carlin spoke on our "Chautauqua Now" show with Dennis Webster prior to the appearance and, discussed her father's career.  She says her father's comedy actually came in three stages the first being individual relationships, then the langauge, and the final 25-years dealing with the culture in America. 

 

Carlin wrote a book about her father's career called, "A Carlin Home Companion" a take-off on the name of Garrison Keillor's radio program.  She says it's been part of the process of going through his artifacts including scrapbooks since Carlin passed away nine years ago. 

 

Kelly Carlin will also be on stage at the Amphitheater this Thursday morning with W. Kamau Bell host of CNN's "United Shades of America" at 10:45 a.m.


While the daughter of George Carlin says she enjoyed being able to have a relationship with her father's comedic artifacts... her father's "stuff" also belongs to his fans and, future generations. 

 

That's why Kelly Carlin has turned-over her father's materials to the new National Comedy Center in Jamestown.  Carlin says she's already talked with Director Journey Gunderson about the exhibit of her dad's artifacts including a lot of hand-written notes where patrons can "walk into my father's brain." 

 

She adds that scholars and students will also have a chance to study his work for years and decades to come.  Kelly Carlin says work on the exhibit is already underway at the Gateway Train Station which will be part of the new National Comedy Center on Jamestown's westside. 

 

Funding for the final parts of the comedy center is now in place and, a Spring or Summer 2018 opening is expected.

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A bi-partisan group of Congress members in Washington, DC including Chautauqua County's representative have reached consensus agreement on a proposal to stabilize the Affordable Care Act markets. 

 

That from Congressman Tom Reed who co-chairs the Problem Solvers Caucus that reached the agreement over the past weekend and, in the wake of the Health Care defeat in the U-S Senate. 

 

Reed says the move would take effect for heatlh insurance plans offered in 2018 and, would include three basic reforms:  Eliminating the employer mandate up to 500 employees, recognize a 40-hour work week for health insurance being provided versus a 30-hour week originally in the ACA, and eliminating the medical device tax. 

 

Reed says a stablization fund would be set up to help stabilize the markets in those areas of the county where the ACA also known as ObamaCare are collapsing.  The Corning Republican says they're also working on cost-sharing reductions. 

 

He says he's already been attacked by "the right" on the proposal and, adds that his co-chair New Jersey Democrat Josh Gottheimer has also been attacked for the proposal.  Reed adds that he has not "abandoned his position" on Repeal and Replacing the ACA.  However he say this is a step in the right direction for the people.


A major bio-pharmacutical company planning to put a new anti-cancer drug production facility in the Dunkirk-area is now a publically-traded entity. 

 

With that, excitement is continuing to grow towards Athenex which celebrated it's Initial Public Offering or IPO Sunday during a dinner event in Buffalo. 

 

Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan was among the local officials involved and, he says company officials from Taiwan, Chicago and Buffalo all took part in the dinner and teleconference there.  He says they're now looking at a 2 to 3-week period to a ground-breaking. 

 

Horrigan says all the financing is in place for the project on Route 5 near the Dunkirk City line.  He says the final piece was a 20 year Payment in Lieu of Tax agreement with the county's Industrial Development Agency that was approved last week. 

 

In addition to the more than $1-billion investment Horrigan says they'll have an estimated payroll of $50-million.  He says Athenex's President and Chief Executive Officer is also talking about other opportunities once their western New York facilities are on-line.  Officials say they are hoping the intial offering of stock in the company will raise about $100-million at $11 a share.


The Jamestown City Council has tabled action on a proposal to abandon a portion of Osborne Street on the city's southside to look into drainage and tree issues. 

 

The decison was made during last night's Council voting session, following a public hearing in which several neighbors spoke.  One Steve Muscarella of Sampson Street, said he believed the neighbor's would like a letter from the city to clarify what they would be responsible for if the abandonment took place. 

 

Muscarella says they would hope the city would improve drainage there, as well as get rid of old and dying trees.  One of those people who didn't want to deal with the tree issue was Jim Fusco of Colfax Street.  He says he took down some pine trees that he thought he owned but, later learned they were on city property.  He says he gets high water in that part of the property now. 

 

Steve Atwater of Colfax Street says he's not opposed to the abandonment but, says he'd also like to have more clarity on drainage and, property tax issues. 

 

Public Works Committee Chairman George Spitale urged lawmakers to table the matter until his committee could look further into the matter.


New York state now considers an inmate's age at the time of the crime to ensure that offenders receiving long sentences as juveniles have a legitimate chance at release. 

 

Corrections officials say the Board of Parole made the change immediately after a 2016 ruling that juveniles must be granted a meaningful chance at release during parole proceedings. 

 

Though New York has never sentenced juveniles to life without parole, groups including the New York Civil Liberties Union had criticized officials for looking only at crimes, and not youth, in parole determinations.


The town of Gerry becomes "Rodeo City" later this week as the 73rd annual Gerry Fire Department's PRCA Rodeo gets underway Wednesday evening. 

 

Spokesman Paul Cooley with the rodeo says this year's event will have a record number of competitors for all four nights 256 cowboys and cowgirls from 34 states.  Cooley says they'll be vying for about $45,000 in prize money each night, Wednesdaythrough Saturday

 

He adds that word getting around about the success of the rodeo and the fact is drawing some top names in the sport.  He says one of the top saddle-bronc riders, Cody DiMass, who has won over $2-million in the professional ranks will be here again this year. 

 

Among the fan favorites at the rodeo is the delicious beef barbecue dinners which are served from 5 to 8 p.m. each day during the rodeo.  Cooley says you can get more information about this year's rodeo on-line at www.gerryrodeo.org.


The Trump administration says a Pennsylvania-based coal company has won a contract to supply coal used for heating to Ukraine's state-owned power company. 

 

The deal announced Monday calls for X-coal Energy and Resources to ship 700,000 tons of thermal coal to the Ukraine to heat homes and businesses.  The first shipment is expected to leave the Port of Baltimore next month at a cost of $113 per metric ton. 

 

Energy Secretary Rick Perry hailed the deal with state-owned Centrenergo, saying such partnerships "are crucial to the path forward to achieve energy dominance" for the U.S.  President Donald Trump has vowed to revive the struggling coal industry.

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The investigation into last Saturday morning's fatal fire in the town of Ellicott in which a man in his 40s died is continuing. 

 

Falconer Fire Chief Charlie Piazza says crews were called to the scene at 37-30 Wilson Hollow Road shortly after 7 a.m.  At the scene Piazza told us that he and initial crews found heavy fire in half of the house.  He adds neighors told them that someone was trapped inside and, they called in a second alarm. 

 

He says they found the fire load was too much to get firefighters inside, and there was also a lot of debris inside the home.  Piazza says would not say where the unidentified man was found inside the home.  He says the man's name is being withheld pending notification of relatives and, an autopsy at the Erie County Medical Center. 

 

Piazza says the resident apparently was a hoarder and, that made fighting the blaze difficult.  He says county Fire Service officials are debriefing firefighters who were there and touched by the tragedy.  Piazza says it took about an hour to bring the fire under control. 

 

Falconer firefighters were joined at the scene by crews from Gerry, Kennedy, Fluvanna, Sinclairville, Ellington, Cassadaga, and Kiantone.


Two people have been arrested for allegedly trafficing cocaine, pills and marijuana and, being in possession of a weapon during a Target Enforcement Patrol on Jamestown's southside. 

 

City police say they were joined by State Police in conducting the vehicle stop on Foote Avenue, near Barker Street, shortly before 10 p.m. last Friday.  Officers say they saw the car, operated by 55 year-old Randy Nicoloff, commit a traffic infraction and, he was stopped. 

 

During the stop police confiscated the drugs, along with a switchblade knife.  Police arrested Nicoloff on several charges including fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and, unlawful possession of marijuana. 

 

His passenger, 38 year-old Douglas Fain, was charged with two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of drugs and, criminally using drug paraphernlia.  Both were jailed pending arraignment.


The state's fiscal watchdog is sounding a "cautionary" alarm, saying that New York could be headed toward increased financial challenges later this year and further in the future. 

 

Late last week DiNapoli issued a report in which he cited uncertainty in Washington about proposals to cut funding for health care and other programs that boost the state's bottom line. 

 

During a stop at Southern Tier Brewing in the town of Busti he said potential changes to the U-S Tax Code are also a concern with potential tax reform on the horizon.  He says changes to the Affordable Care Act could also be an issue.  DiNapli also pointed to lower-than-expected tax revenue as a concern. 

 

He says year-to-year those collections are down just over $1-billion and collections versus projections for the year are also down about $315-million. 

 

DiNapoli says personal income tax receipts in the first quarter of this fiscal year were down by about $1.7 billion dollars from estimates made back in February.


One of the six men convicted of running a drug trafficking ring in the Dunkirk-area has been sentenced to time served in connection with the two-year case. 

 

Acting U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior announced late last week that 32 year-old Javier Pagan, Junior... who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, cocaine received the sentence from U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth Wolford. 

 

Prosecutors say that Pagan was one of the key people who ran the organization between 2013 and, June of 2015.  Pagan was arrested at that time, along with David Jesus Pagan and Rafael Burgos. 

 

Three others were later arrested for allegeldy distributing a large amount of cocaine being in possession of about $175,000 in drug proceeds and, an assault rifle.


A big week of Comedy at Chautauqua Institution and in Jamestown gets underway today with political comedian Lewis Black being the featured lecture at Chautauqua. 

 

Black kicks off the week-six theme of "Comedy and the Human Condition" in the Amphitheater while the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival begins with a show by another well-known Comedian Jim Gaffigan in Jamestown Thursday

 

National Comedy Center Director Journey Gunderson says that show is a sell-out but, adds the Friday night show featuring Kevin James still has tickets remaining for his show at the Northwest Arena in downtown Jamestown.  James has been in movies, and stars in the CBS Sitcom, "Kevin can Wait." 

 

Gunderson adds that James started in stand-up comedy and, his show is very good.  One of the most popular programs during the festival, though, will be next Friday with the Stand-up Comedy Showcase at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts which is free to military veterans and, will feature five comedians including Tammy Pescatelli. 

 

For more information on all events at Chautauqua and in Jamestown call 484-0800 or go on-line to www.lucycomedyfest.com.


Organizers are very pleased with the first-ever Wild America Nature Festival at Panama Rocks. 

 

Chairman Bill Hackney with the Roger Tory Peterson Institute Board of Directors says it was an "overwhelming success."  The institute partnered with Panama Rocks to put on the weekend event. 

 

A crowd estimated in the thousands went to the lectures, watched the birds of prey demonstrations, listened to the music, and sampled the food.  Jonathan Weston, General Manager of Panama Rocks, was the principal organizer of the festival. 

 

Weston says they're received great feedback on the event, and people seemed very happy with it.  Around 40 artists were placed in the wooded area adjacent to the rocks.  One of them assessed the scene and the fair weather and called it 'dreamy'.

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One person dies in Saturday morning fire north of Falconer...
One person has died in a serious fire that destroyed a home early this morning in the town of Ellicott. -- just north of Falconer.  Falconer Fire Chief Charlie Piazza says a passer-by called in the alarm at 3730 Wilson Hollow Road shortly after 7 a.m.  Piazza told us... at the scene... that he and initial crews found heavy fire in half of the house.  He adds they also learned someone may be trapped inside... and they called in a second-alarm for manpower.  Piazza adds they weren't able to make an interior attack because of the heavy fire conditions, and the fact there was a lot of "rubble inside" the structure.  He says the unidentified victim was a "40 to 50 year-old" male.  He says the man's name is being withheld pending notification of relatives.  Piazza says the resident apparently was a hoarder... and, that made fighting the blaze difficult.  He says it took about an hour to bring the fire under control.  Chautauqua County Fire Dispatchers say Falconer firefighters were joined at the scene by crews from Gerry... Kennedy... Fluvanna... Sinclairville... Ellington... Cassadaga... and, Kiantone.  Piazza and county fire investigators were still at the scene late this morning.  The cause remains under investigation.
 
 
City man arrested for possessing a "large amount" of Methamphetime during traffic stop...
A Jamestown man is jailed without bail for allegedly being found in possession of a large amount of Methamphetime after being pulled over early Friday morning for driving erratically on the city's southside.  Jamestown police say officers pulled over 35 year-old Maurice Hough just before 6:30 a.m., and, checked on his well-being because he appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  Police say Hough admitted to recently smoking Meth, and added there were also warrants out for his arrest.  But... when officers tried to arrest him, he resisted before being taken into custody.  Police say they found Hough with the Meth, and two hypodermic needles in his possession.  He faces charges including fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument.  Hough was arraigned and sent to the county jail.
 
 
Jamestown woman arrested during mid-week drug bust...
A Jamestown woman has been arrested for allegedly making and trafficking Methamphetime following a traffic stop and investigatiion early this past Wednesday morning.  City police were called to the Charlestown Apartments at 30 Charles Street shortly after 3 a.m. on a report of a dark-colored Sports Utility Vehicle driving in and out of the property... possibly involved in narcotics sales.  Officers say they found a dark-colored Jeep in the area... and, pulled over 35 year-old Cassie Nichols on McKinley Avenue.  Officers say they saw Nichols commit several traffic infractions.  She was allegedly found with a quantity of Methamphetime... several glass pipes... scales... precusors... solvents... re-agents... and other items.  Nichols was arraigned on charges including third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetime... and, sent to the county jail on $25,500 cash bail.
 
 
DiNapoli tours So. Tier Brewing in Busti, touts investment by state's Pension Fund used to help craft brewer grow...
It's an investment program that has helped to build New York state's Common Retirement Fund... and, helped several businesses across the state expand and grow.  Those are the feelings of State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli... who visited Southern Tier Brewery in the town of Busti yesterday to tour the facility... and, discuss the pension fund's 'In-State Private Equity Program."  The program invests about $1.6-billion in businesses -- like Southern Tier.  All told... DiNapoli says they've invested $7.6-million in the local, craft brewery... since it opened in 2003.  He says the program provides a good return for the pension fund, about 11.5-percent, and helps the businesses involved in the program.  DiNapoli says Southern Tier... which recently bought out Victory Brewing in Pennsylvania for an expansion... has done "very, very well."  Southern Tier Owner and Operator Phin DiMink... who started Southern Tier Brewery with three employees in 2003.. says the investment by the Comptroller's office has helped grow to be 13th biggest craft brewery in the northeast.  DiNapoli was joined for the event by State Senator Cathy Young.
 
 
County Legislature resolves tax issue Busti properties...
Four properties that have belonged to a town of Busti man for many years... and, that town was trying to take for back-taxes... has been returned to the man.  The County Legislature this week agreed to return the Fairmount Avenue properties --- between First Avenue and Big Tree Road -- to Lee Fischer after some discussion and a closed-door session.  Fischer spoke earlier in the meeting... and, laid out his on-going dispute with the town over how the property is maintained.  He says one nearby business also complained of vermin... but, he says he knows that's not the case because as a pest control business operator... he's strived to do that.  Fisher... who lives on Fourth Avenue... owns the 40-by-70 foot property that fronts on Fairmount Avenue... and, three lots behind it.  He says the properties were being wrongly put up for tax auction because he had paid the taxes when they were due.  Fisher also says he has invested about $100,000 into the Fairmount Avenue property.
 
 
Tarbrake likely to step down after August Legislature meeting due to moving out of the district...
A veteran member of the Chautauqua County Legislature from the Jamestown-area will be likely be stepping down after next month's meeting because he's moving out of his district.  Republican Mark Tarbrake has represented District 14 for the past nearly eight-years... but, he and his family will be moving to the Bemus Point area soon... and, he'll have to step down.  Tarbrake says he'll miss working with his fellow lawmakers, county staff, and his constituents.  He also did not rule out the idea of running for office again sometime in the future.  Before being voted onto the legislature... Tarbrake served in local government... including several years on the Busti Town Board. 
 

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The accident involving a ride at the Ohio State Fair that killed one person has raised concerns about ride-safety at fairs across the nation. 

 

Chautauqua County Fair officials say they too are concerned about safety, but indicate that a rigorous inspection of the rides was conducted before the mid-way opened this part Monday.  The Fair Board's Dave Wilson says they "feel" for the people in Ohio who are involved with the fair and, says the people in Dunkirk look over everything very carefully.   

 

Wilson says New York state inspectors check everything and know "all the wear points" on rides.  Wilson says they also like the safety record that the midway rides vendor, Bates Brothers, has.  He says they are "at the mercy of the inspectors," and everyone does the best job they can." 

 

Meanwhile Wilson says he's pleased with the way the 2017 edition of Chautauqua County Fair has been going.  This year's fair continues through Sunday in Dunkirk.


A convicted Felon from Ohio is accused of being in possession of a firearm after Chautauqua County Sheriff's officers pulled him over for driving erratically on Route 394 in the town of North Harmony this past Friday night. 

 

Deputies say they pulled over 32 year-old James Schmidt of Orrville, Ohio after receiving information that he was driving erratically.  Upon being pulled over Schmidt fled the scene on foot, but was apprehended a short distance away from his vehicle.  Schmidt was in possession of a 45-caliber pistol despite having prior felony convictions in the state of Ohio. 

 

He was arraigned in North Harmony Town Court on charges of criminal possession of a Firearm third-degree criminal possession of a Weapon, and having an illegal windshield.  Schmidt was sent to the county jail on $10,000 cash bail.


More care should have been taken to protect fish and other habitats when two herbicides were sprayed weeds on a limited area of Bemus Bay on Chautauqua Lake last month. 

 

Those are the feelings of a few people who spoke prior to Wednesday night's vote by the County Legislature on allocating $100,000 to the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance for weed management, and maintenance. 

 

A member of the Alliance's Scientific and Advisory Committee, Becky Nystrom, says spraying guidelines say one of those herbicides 2-4-D should not be used in those fish habitats. 

 

Current Jamestown Community College Biology Professor Janice Bowman says she believes that last month's limited weed spraying in Chautauqua Lake's Bemus Bay was not needed to get rid of the Curly Pond Leaf and, Eurasian Milfoil that's been a problem in different parts of the lake for the past few decades. 

 

Bowman says she and some of her students were on the lake the day before spraying began and found the Milfoil had already been "dying back" and the pond leaf was in decline.


A problem with drinking water in a small part of the village of Celoron will be addressed in part with a $75,000 state grant obtained through the efforts of State Senator Cathy Young. 

 

The grant will be used to help install a new water main in a portion of the village where 10 families have well-water that they are no longer able to use for drinking, cooking or bathing any more. 

 

Young says "this grant will resolve a fundamental human need and quality of life issue, while taking pressure off the rest of village water users so they don’t have to shoulder a heavy financial burden."  Celoron Mayor Scott Schrecengost thanked Young for obtaining the grant so residents can be hooked up to a public water system.


A local woman has been announced as the new exexutive director for the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation in Jamestown. 

 

The Board of Directors says current United Way of Southern Chautauqua County Director Tory Irgang will succeed Randy Sweeney, who is set to retire from the foundation December 31st after 20 years as director. 

 

Community Foundation Board President Don Butler says they are "thrilled" to welcome Irgang and Sweeney says she's been "actively involved" in the local community meaning the transitition for her should be relatively easy and seemless. 

 

Irgang has served as executive director for the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County since February of 2011 and prior to that spent seven years in the government and not-for-profit sectors.  She held positions with the Chautauqua County Department of Health and the Chautauqua County Health Network.


Four men who have devoted most of their lives to be part of the Sherman Fire Department and other organizations have been honored with the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation's annual Axel W. Carlson Award. 

 

Foundation Executive Director Randy Sweeney says they present the 32nd annual award honoring the area's "unsung heroes" during a program last night at the Stanley Hose Company.  Sweeney says the four include Bob Crane, Joel Fischer, Douglas Neal, and, Matt Oehlbeck who have been actively involved with the Sherman Fire Department. 

 

He tells our Dennis Webster that the foundation has been recognizing more and more people across the region as opposed to just in the immediate Jamestown-area... and, they selected the Sherman-area this year.  He says while all four have served for many years with the Stanley Hose Company in Sherman they've also been involved in other community activities from coaching to helping at the Yorker Museum. 

 

The award is named after Axel Carlson, a Swedish immigrant to Jamestown who volunteered in a number of capacities.

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The Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance will be receiving $100,000 to help cover expenses for weed management and shoreline maintenance this year. 

 

However, the County Legislature last night unanimously agreed that no county funds be used to pay for a recent, limited amount of herbicide use in Bemus Bay.  The legislature agreed to the allocation of 2% bed tax funding by a 13-to-4 vote. 

 

Hanover Republican George Borrello supported an amendment requiring the alliance provide the necessary documentation to be reimbursed.  Borrello says that's because, last year, the alliance needed more money for shoreline clean-up than was allocated, and they couldn't clean-up the shortline. 

 

Jamestown Democrat Chuck Nazzaro urged lawmakers to keep in mind that the alliance, and the other lake entities seeking the funding stated these were "anticipated" costs.  He wanted to reduce the allocation to $50,000 now and, then see if they needed the additional $50,000.   Nazzaro says that could be approved in August. 

 

An handful of other lawmakers agreed with Nazzaro's concerns but, ultimately the majority said they were comfortable with the language in the resolution ensuring that receipts would have to be shown for money to be doled out.


State parks and New York Sea Grant are getting the word out about algae that can make dogs sick. 

 

The problem is harmful algal blooms, which poison water with toxins from blue-green algae.  The toxins can disrupt liver and nervous system function and cause skin irritation in people, pets and wildlife. 

 

Dogs are especially susceptible because they often drink from ponds and lakes and eat scummy algal mats with attractive odors.  Fact sheets and brochures are being provided at numerous state parks where harmful algal blooms occur.  New York Sea Grant has also posted information on its website.


Chautauqua County lawmakers took the final step to extend the county's 8% sales tax at last night's meeting in Mayville. 

 

Lawmakers said, prior to the meeting that the proposed extension of the tax is for a longer period of time this time around.  It is a three-year extension versus a two-year one. 

 

The measure was approved unanimously at last night's monthly meeting.  The State Legislature approved the extender allowing the county to impose the additional one-percent tax last month.  County lawmakers initially approved the legislation earlier this year.


The idea of using "textalyzer technology" to help law enforcement agencies when it comes to dealing with accidents caused by texting while driving will be investigated. 

 

That after Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee Wednesday to study the new technology.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says he will be following the results very closely because it currently would be a "post-crash" type of application. 

 

Gerace says privacy issues will also have to be addressed at some point.  Gerace says the problem of drivers texting behind the wheel continues to grow according to Gerace.  He says it can still be a problem to prove if a driver is using a cellphone but, he says in many cases, they can't validate those with current technology. 

 

The committee will work with member agencies, advocates, legal experts and other stakeholders to gather information about the technology and its impact.  But, Gerace says the best advice is to wait before texting.


A member of the County Legislature says he believes Cott Corporation's decision to sell Cott Beverages to Refresco could be a good thing for the local area. 

 

That from Silver Creek area Republican, George Borrello, who is also a member of the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency's Board of Directors.  He has done some research into sale that was announced on Tuesday and, found that Refresco want's to expand it's North American operations. 

 

Cott Beverages operates a plant in the city of Dunkirk and Borrello feels that the move should help the local facility which Cott acquired from the former Cliffstar and, he said there is every indiction that this is a "positive move" for the county.  Cott and Refresco announced the sale for $1.25-billion. 

 

Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas indicated that the city will be reaching out to Refresco to see how they can work together.


The annual Chautauqua County Fair in Dunkirk has moved into it's second half and, those attending this year's fair will see a strong presence by the County's 4-Hers on the fairgrounds off Central Avenue. 

 

Cornell Cooperative Extension in Chautauqua County's Emily Reynolds says it’s a great opportunity to learn more about 4-H and see all of the animal exhibits and, take part in the annual Meat Animal Sale tomorrow afternoon beginning at 12 p.m. 

 

Reynolds says 4-Hers are eager to show off their animals and to share their knowledge with fairgoers about many of the approxiamtely 600 animals they bring to the fairgrounds during the week.  All the animals with the exception of the Market Chickens will be there. 

 

Again the annual 4-H market sale that will be held tomorrow starting at Noon.  Our Dennis Webster will preview the sale tomorrow morning.

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A man was reportedly flown to a regional hospital after being struck by a car on Route 394 just west of the Lakewood village line. 

 

Chautauqua County Fire dispatchers say the accident was called in about 9:15 Tuesday night.  Fire rescue units responded, and Starflight was called in to transport the victim.  Dispatchers say Route 394 from Route 474 to Fardink Road was closed for some time to get the victim transported, and the scene cleared. 

 

Efforts to reach Lakewood-Busti Police for comment so far have been unsuccessful.


Combustables too close to a light bulb is the apparent cause of a fire that heavily-damaged an upstairs apartment on Jamestown's eastside late Monday night. 

 

City fire crews were called to the scene at 262 Falconer Street shortly before Midnight and, found fire on the second floor.  That from Fire Battalion Chief Roger Sigular who says they also had to assist the family living in that apartment out of the building after an occupant called in the alarm for a fire that started in a room in that apartment. 

 

He adds that it took about 10 minutes to bring the blaze under control and, there was extensive fire damage to a room on the second-floor.  He says an off-duty shift of nine firefighters was called in.  A pet perished in the blaze.  Sigular says fire crews and investigators were at the scene until about 3:30 Tuesday morning.


The Jamestown Board of Public Utiliities has agreed to a two-year extension of a contract with a local manufacturer to provide them with lower cost electric so long as they keep up their job numbers and invest in their facility. 

 

BPU and city officials signed the deal with Monofrax through October of 2019.  Monofrax was an original partner with the BPU once it was able to offer "Flex Rate" programs to local industry.  President and General Manager William Andrews says with the help of their parent company Callesta, they've been able to again grow the company which now has 217 employees.   

 

Andrews says they've been able to expand markets for their ceramic glass refactories and will soon need a second furnace to make their ceramic linings for furnaces and glass products.  He adds their acquisition by Callesta last year has also made a difference in working with the community. 

 

BPU General Manager Dave Leathers says Monofrax is one of seven companies that are part of the Flex Plan program.


The Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency's Board of Directors has approved incentives including a 20 year PILOT agreement with Athenex as the company prepares to break ground for a new plant in the town of Dunkirk. 

 

That from County Executive Vince Horrigan who attended a meeting held at the IDA Office in Jamestown Tuesday morning.  Horrigan says the incentives were part of the plan to land the project in Chautauqua County and, without those incentives he believes the project would not be moving forward. 

 

Horrigan says Teresa Bair, Athenex's Vice President of Corporate Development and Legal Affairs, was among those attending the meeting.  He says ground-breaking will be sometime during the third quarter.


Cott Corporation in the north county announced Tuesday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its traditional beverage manufacturing business, Cott Beverages to Refresco for $1.25-billion dollars. 

 

The transaction includes Cott's North America, U.K., and Mexico businesses.  The move, according to Refresco's website, would create the world's largest independent bottler for retailers and A-brands in Europe and North America.


Several Boy Scouts from Chautauqua County and the surrounding area, were on hand to hear President Donald Trump's 40-minute address to them at their National Jamboree in West Virginia. 

 

The scouts from the Allegheny Highlands Council arrived there in Glen Jean last week and, will be there through Friday.  One of them is Eagle Scout Joe Pillitieri-the-third who says it was a "once in a lifetime experience" to see the president.  Pillitierri says the President gave "a good speech" and, tried to encourage the scouts to work towards what they want to achieve. 

 

Pillitierri says the message from the president resonates because he's been a successful businessmen in the world.  He says Mr. Trump emphasized that if it worked for him, it could work for them also.  Pillitierri says there's still plenty to do at the Jamboree which is being attended by some 30,000 Boy Scouts from across the country. 

 

Pillitierri's father, Joe, Junior, heads up the Allegheny Highlands Council which has brought 36 youth to the Jamboree along with one youth adult and three adult leaders.  Mr. Trump's address makes him the eighth president to attend the National Scout Jamboree.


For the fourth-straight year the annual Cents for St. Susan's campaign to raise money for the Jamestown-area's largest soup kitchen has wound up with more than $17,000. 

 

Officials with St. Susan's and the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities announced yesterday that the 18th annual drive raised $17,346.  St. Susan's Executive Director Jeff Smith says he's "thrilled" with the final amount... making it the fourth-straight year the Cents for St. Susan's effort raised more than $17,000. 

 

Smith again thanked the community and event sponsors for their great support during the campaign including their hot dog and bake sales.  Smith says KeyBank pledged $2,000, while 15 others contributed at least $500. 

 

During it's 18 years of existance the fund-raiser has brought just over $195,000 to the soup kitchen to support it's on-going efforts to feed the city's hungry residents.  For more information on St. Susan's Center call 664-2253.

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An early morning fire Monday in Jamestown that destroyed a vacant home at the corner of Lincoln and 5th Streets has now been ruled arson. 

 

That from city fire officials who say the investigation is on-going into the blaze at 426 East Fifth.  City Fire Lieutenant Don Mowery says crews were called to the scene shortly before 5 a.m., and, found heavy fire through-out much of the structure. 

 

Mowery says they were unable to make an interior attack due to the intensity of the blaze and, it took about 45 minutes to bring the fire under control using master stream lines to put out the fire, and a handline to protect an exposure at 7 Lincoln St. 

 

Mowery says no one was inside the building, and the alarm was called in by a passer-by.  He says most crews were at the scene about 3-hours.  Mowery says an off-duty shift was called in to assist.  He says two firefighters suffered minor injuries. 

 

Mowery says no utilities were hooked up to the building.  The city's Department of Development tore down the house yesterday afternoon.


A former Jamestown police officer who is now the Police Chief in the town of Carroll has been awarded more than $170,000 in damages regarding time he served with the military overseas. 

 

Attorney Michael Macomber of Albany who represented Timothy Wright has announced that Wright received the award last week in State Supreme Court.  Macomber says the court ordered the police department and city pay Wright just over $44,000 plus an additional $44,000 as liquidated damages, and further ordered the city to pay him just over $83,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs.  The case resulted from what Macomber says was JPD denying vacation time and a promotion within the department.


U-S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Jamestown yesterday morning to officially roll-out new legislation designed to get to what she calls one of the "root causes" of the nation's Heroin and opioid addiction crisis. 

 

The New York Democrat was at the Mental Health Association in Jamestown to announce the Opioid Addiction Prevention Act... which addresses the need to curb the amount of opioid pain killers that a doctor can prescribe to someone with "acute short term pain." 

 

In 2015 Gillibrand says the Centers for Disease Control reported the amount of opioids prescribed was enough for "every American to be medicated around the clock for three full weeks."  Gillibrand says the legislation has come out of meetings she's had with several families who have been impacted by the crisis like Jamestown's Kim Carlson whose son, Alex Foulk, died of a Heroin overdose in February of 2016. 

 

She says his problems started when he was prescribed a pain killer for a hockey injury in January of 2015.  Carlson says he died from a drug overdose on February 26th of last year.  She says it was a combination of Heroin and, a large amount of Fentanyl.  She says in "her grief" she decided to do what she can to help others overcome the horrors of addiction.  Local leaders urged support of the bill.


The 135th annual Chautauqua County Fair is officially underway. 

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo's local representative Lori Cornell read a special proclamation from the top state leader during today's opening ceremonies held at the fairgrounds in the city of Dunkirk who wished the fair a "wonderful week."  Cornell also assisted in firing the Civil War-era cannon during the ceremonies. 

 

County Executive Vince Horrigan was among those present.  Horrigan says the fair is a great way to enjoy the summer in Chautauqua County and, expressed his appreciation to the Fair Board for it's hard work.  He predicted the weather this week will "be "fair!." 

 

Others turning out included Assemblyman Andy Goodell, Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas and several county legislators.  After the ceremonies concluded, the elected officials had the opportunity to tour the fairgrounds with 4-H members.  This year's Chautauqua County Fair continues through Sunday, July 30th.


A Pennsylvania man has been arrested for allegedly backing his boat into another vessel that was moored off Loomis Bay Road in the town of Busti seveal days ago. 

 

Sheriff's officers say 19 year-old Raymond Yoder of Mayport, PA allegedly backed his rented boat into the other boat during the late night hours of July 15th and, left the scene. 

 

Deputies say they investigated and that led to Yoder being identified as the operator of the rental boat.  He was arrested for a violation of the state's Navigation Law and, issued an appearance ticker for Busti Town Court.

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Flames have destroyed a vacant home at the corner of Lincoln and 5th Streets in Jamestown. 

 

City fire crews were called to the scene at 426 East Fifth Street shortly before 5 AM.  Lieutenant Don Mowery says they found heavy fire in much of the building when initial crews arrived.  Mowery says there was heavy fire coming from at least half-the-building on both floors, and one exposure nearby was being theatened.  He says it took about 45-minutes to bring the flames under control.  He says no one was inside the building, and the alarm was called in by a passer-by. 

 

Mowery says they pulled hand-lines to put the fire out at 426 East 5th and protect a nearby exposure at 7 Lincoln Street.  He says most crews were at the scene about three hours.  One crew still there. 

 

Mowery says an off-duty shift was called in to assist.  He says two firefighters suffered minor injuries.  Mowery says no utilities were hooked up to the building.  The cause is under investigation.


Three people were found dead after a reported shooting late Sunday morning in a home near North East Pennsylvania. 

 

State police at the scene in North East Township confirmed that three people were deceased in an area containing some mobile homes and houses behind a machine shop.  Police said Sunday it appeared to be a murder-suicide.

 

The Erie Times-News reports 53-year-old Jack Hemmis apparently shot a man and woman, both in their 50's, several times and then turned the gun on himself.


The 16th annual Scandinavian Festival wrapped up Sunday at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds. 

 

Festival organizer, Don Sandy speaking Saturday was pleased with how the event went.  He says there was a nice crowd on hand -- especially for the Mid-Summer event late in the morning. 

 

One of the special moments at this year's festival was a tribute to the late Norm Owen.  Known as the inventor of the 'korv burger', Owen was a committed leader of the America Scandinavian Heritage Foundation, and worked hard for the festival each year.  Sandy said during the planning this year people often said, "well, Norm would have done it this way." 

 

The 96th Highlanders Pipes and Drums made a special appearance, and played Amazing Grace in Owen's honor.


A city man is jailed without bail for allegedly stabbing a woman during a "violent domestic incident" on Jamestown's westside. 

 

City police say they were called to the scene at 401 West Seventh Street just after Midnight Saturday and, on arrival found the female victim with a stab wound to the arm.  Officers say they learned that 48 year-old Carlos Castellano had stabbed the woman during a brief argument. 

 

Police say the victim was treated for a non-life threatening wound at the scene.  Castellano was arraigned on one count each of second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon and, sent to the county lock-up.


A city man has been arrested for allegedly shooting off three compressed air guns within the Jamestown City limits. 

 

City police were called to the scene in the area of Barrows and Willard Streets late last Thursday night on a report of a man shooting off a B-B gun.  Officers say they found 36 year-old James Chapman trying to leave the area in a car but, he was stopped on Forest Avenue. 

 

Police found the air guns that Chapman had just purchased and, was reportedly shooting off to check to see if they worked properly.  He was charged with unlawful discharge of firearms within the city limits, and issued an appearance ticket for City Court.


Threatening skys and some rain in the immediate Jamestown-area Sunday morning may have kept some people away but, those who were on hand for the annual World Series of Cars at Bergman Park were treated to another good show. 

 

That from local Babe Ruth President Russ Diethrick who says the skys were kind of ominous about mid-morning and, that kept some participants at home.  But he says once there was a break in the clouds people and cars really began arriving.  In fact, he says the cars were backed up onto Baker Street once the sun came out. 

 

For the first time this year Russ Diethrick says the World Series of Cars was not a "judged" show with prizes.  He says that may have played a role also because a number of people with classic and vintage cars look for judged shows. 

 

Diethrick expressed his appreciation to the Dave Warren Dealerships, which brought several trucks to the event as well.  Officials say preliminary counts show they had more than 100 cars and other vehicles on hand for this year's World Series of Cars.


The annual Chautauqua County Fair gets underway this morning at the fairgrounds off Central Avenue. 

 

That from Fair Board member Dave Wilson who says everything has come together well.  Wilson says the rainy weather hasn't set them back, and hasn't created any real issues there.  He says they'll begin the 135th fair with the traditional cannon shot at 10 a.m. following remarks from several local officials and dignitaries at the Main Gate. 

 

Wilson says they've really been working to get the fairgrounds and events ready the past several months but, adds they begin work on the next year's fair once the current one ends.

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Clean-up continuing in southern Erie County after twin tornados strike Hamburg and Holland...
The clean-up is now underway in Erie County -- south of Buffalo -- after two tornadoes caused significant damage Thursday afternoon.  The National Weather Service in Buffalo says the first tornado touched down at about 12:30 p.m. in Hamburg, while the second touched down 20 minutes later in the Town of Holland.  Governor Andrew Cuomo made a stop in Hamburg after the tornadoes hit... and, called it another "test" for New York's response.  Cuomo says the tornados are a "high-level" test.  He says western New Yorkers are ready and "can handle it."  He says 100 National Guardsmen were deployed, and are now on hand to help with cleanup efforts.  He says they'll be helping to remove debris from roadways, yards, and other places.  A state of emergency was declared in Hamburg and Orchard Park... and, no unnecessary travel is advised.  As many as 23,000 residents in Erie County had lost power.
 
 
CLA Harvester swamped by rough waters, sinks in Chautauqua Lake near Lakewood...
Officials with the Chautauqua Lake Association will try again this week to salvage a weed harvester that took on water earlier this week... and, capsized on the lake.  A source tells us the operator began encountering rough water near the Bemus Point area... and, tried to return to the CLA headquarters in Lakewood before having to abandon the 35 year-old vessel.  CLA Executive Director Doug Conroe tells The Post-Journal that they met with the county's Water Emergency Team to try and lift the harvester, but, that didn't work.  The rough water incident was reported by the operator... who was the only person on board the vessel.  He was able to get off the sinking vessel and was retrieved by another lake harvester near Lakewood. 
 
 
Horrigan, Sheriff, tout Motorcycle safety in latest "100 Days of Summer Safety" event in Falconer...
Summer-time means more motorcycles on the road... and, that means make sure to share the road an be safe.  In fact... Chautauqua County's top cop says operate your motorcycle as if you're "invisable."  Sheriff Joe Gerace was one of the officials on hand for County Executive Vince Horrigan's latest "100 Days of Summer Safety" event.  Gerace emphasized the importance of making sure you wear your helmet... leathers and other safety equipment in the wake of two recent fatal accidents in the north county.  He also reminds motorists that motorcycles are unique because they can accelerate and, brake quicker.  He adds that judging their speed can be more difficult.  Horrigan's latest program was held at Harley-Davidson of Jamestown located in Falconer.  Helmets are legally required for riding in New York state... but, Gerace says he's happy to report that compliance is "very good" in Chautauqua County.  County Senior Paramedic Mike Volpe adds that you should always dress for safety when riding... including helmets, leather jackets and other safety equipment. 
 
 
New Exec. Director, and Marketing and Events Mgr. named for JRC...
There are two new leaders at the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation... which also has a new location on the city's eastside.  That from the JRC's new Marketing and Events Manager, Zach Agett, who says Lisa Hatch has been on the job now for about two weeks... and, is pleased to be back in Chautauqua County.  Agett says Hatch is a Buffalo native... but, adds she came to love Chautauqua County while attending the SUNY College at Fredonia.  He says -- after graduation -- she worked in health care for 25 years in the Buffalo-area.  Hatch is a 1994 graduate of SUNY at Fredonia.  Agatt adds that Hatch was most recently the Administrative Director at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.  Agatt has also been with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation a short time.   He replaces Edwin Rodriguez... who is now work at Lutheran.  Agatt is from West Ellicott, and, has a Masters in Business Administration from Capella University.  He saw several positives happening in Jamestown during that time that had the JRC's name on them... and, he wanted to be part of it.  Kristy Kathmann served as Interim Director during the time prior to Hatch's arrival.
 
 
Scandinavian Folk Festival underway in Gerry...
An annual event high-lighting the Jamestown-area's rich, Scandinavian heritage continues today on the Gerry Rodeo grounds on Route 60 -- just south of the four-corners.  The Scandinavian Folk Festival continues today until 9:30 p.m.  Organizer Don Sandy adds the hours for Sunday will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  It began Friday afternoon.  Sandy says Jamestown was known from 1870 to about 1930 as a place where Scandinavians -- especially those from Sweden -- settled.  He says they'll have all the Swedish foods, too, including Korv, and Swedish Meatballs.  Sandy says they'll have plenty of education and music to convey the culture of Scandinavia.  The second of two musical performances will be tonight at 7.  There will also be several vendors on hand... selling their wares this weekend at the festival.   A number of lectures on Scandinavian history... and, language will also be presented.
 
 
World Series of Cars set for Sunday at Bergman Park -- rain or shine...
The Jamestown Babe Ruth World Series Committee will hold it's major, yearly fund-raiser again this weekend... as the World Series of Cars will be held Sunday at Bergman Park.  Local Babe Ruth President Russ Diethrick says they'll again have upwards of 400 cars on the ballfields at Bergman Park Sunday... but, adds this year will be different.  He says it will no longer be a "judged" show... but, adds there will be "People's Choice" awards this year.  Diethrick says the World Series was created by the Chautauqua County Antique Automobile Association.  He says the event... as usual... will begin with their annual Breakfast in the morning... and, it runs until 5 p.m.  The event will be held rain or shine.  The car event has raised just over $250,000 for the World Series tournaments.
 

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Chautauqua County officials say their official presentation of proposed projects in their application for the state's $20-million in Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition went well. 

 

County Executive Vince Horrigan says he County Legislator George Borrello and, his Executive Assistant Dan Heitzenrater made a 20-minute presentation to a six-member review panel in Albany Wednesday about the 13-projects in the application. 

 

Horrigan says the county partnered with 23 local governments to develop the final application.  He says they had videos of mayors and supervisors who helped make the pitch to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's six-member review panel for the grant. 

 

Horrigan says the projects include the dissolution of the village of Cherry Creek into the town of Cherry Creek... merging the Portland and Brocton Fire Departments  and the proposed consolidation of the towns of Gerry and Charlotte into one town and, Sinclairville dissolving into that single town.  He says they aren't ready to announce how much each project would receive but, he says the county's Regional Solutions Commission would also receive some money for future project development. 

 

Horrigan says the panel told him the winner of the "winner-take-all" grant would likely be sometime between late August and early to mid-September.


Forecasters with the National Weather Service have now confirmed that two tornados struck parts of western New York, just south of Buffalo early Thursday afternoon. 

 

No injuries were reported as severe storms ripped through the area shortly after Noon... uprooting trees and knocking down power lines.  Governor Andrew Cuomo traveled to Hamburg to assess the damage.  He says additional utility crews had been called in to help restore electrical service there and other parts of the region. 

 

The first storm struck the Hamburg area at the Erie County Fairgrounds while the second hit in the town of Holland.


A Stockton man had to be hospitalized after his car slammed into another vehicle from behind on the Stockton-Cassadaga Road in the town of Stockton earlier this week. 

 

Sheriff's deputies say they were called to the scene about 8 p.m. Monday and, determined that 29 year-old Joshua Burke of Bowen Road was southbound when his car struck the car in front of him. 

 

Officers say the driver of the other car, 40 year-old Andrew Hall of Sherman, was not hurt.  Burke was taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. 

 

He's been charged with aggravated unlicensed operation and, having no insurance. Burke was issued appearance tickets for Stockton Town Court.


Some unexpected retirements in the Police Department and overtime in the Fire Department has led spending to be over-budget for the first half of 2017. 

 

That from City Comptroller Joe Bellitto who presented first-half budget figures to the City Council at this week's work session.  Bellitto says they are about $300,000 over budget in Police buy-outs. 

 

While that's the case he believes the city will make up at least "some" of those costs once new hires are in place.  Bellitto adds that the fire department's overtime budget is up about $40,000 due to several arson fires this year. 

 

However he says they are still pretty much on target on salaries overall.  Bellitto also says the city had hoped to be presenting it's new incentive program to get Medicare eligible city retirees off the city's insurance plan by now. 

 

However he says their proposal was just recently approved by the state's Restructuring Board.  That means it won't be implemented until the fourth-quarter of the year because the attorney general's office has to sign off on it.  Bellitto adds that the city's health care spending is about half-a-percent over budget right now.


Two new Jamestown Police officers will be added to the ranks soon. 

 

However they won't be going onto the streets but, into the city's middle and high schools.  That from City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce, who says his committee this week approved the hiring of three officers total to be School Resource Officers for the distrct. 

 

Dolce adds their cost will also be taken on by the school district at $95,000 for each of the three, total SROs.  He says once the hirings take place the Jamestown Police Department's ranks will increase to 62 officers. 

 

That's above the minimum staffing requirement in the city's IMPACT Agreement with the Kendall Club-PBA... the city policemen's union.  Dolce says with the increase in the number of officers it will decrease the city government's IMPACT Payment to the union membership. 

 

The hirings will be formally voted on by the full City Council at it's July 31 voting session.


A Warren, PA native who served in the U-S House of Representatives with Senator John McCain is wishing him well and, believes if anyone can beat Cancer it's him. 

 

Retired Congressman Bill Clinger served with McCain in the House from 1982 to 1986 when McCain was elected to the Senate.  During our Chautauqua Now program yesterday morning he told us that the Arizona Republican is a man of independence and integrity and, says if he's not able to serve any longer it's the Senate's loss. 

 

It was announced late Wednesday that McCain has the same type of Cancer that killed former Senator Ted Kennedy.  Clinger served in the House from 1980 to 1997.  He is a past president of the Chautauqua Institution Board of Directors.

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The north county woman accused of shooting and killing a man in the city of Dunkirk has been ordered held over for Grand Jury action. 

 

Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says 28-year-old Rebecca Ruiz made an appearance late Tuesday in Dunkirk City Court for a preliminary hearing, where Judge Walter Drag determined that there was sufficient evidence presented to hold Ruiz in custody.  Swanson says a preliminary hearing is just the beginning of the process of trying a felony case, and adds that each defendent has a right to that. 

 

Judge Drag made his ruling after hearing testimony from two Dunkirk Police officers during the hearing.  Swanson says the next step is presenting the case to a Chautauqua County Grand Jury.  He says bail was set for Ruiz at one-million dollars cash two-million property bond.  Swanson says the case must they go before the secret panel within 45 days

 

Ruiz is accused of second-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Julian Duman on July 6th at her home at 141 Lake Shore Drive East.  The two reportedly had a relationship at one time.


A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly threatening a woman, who had an order of protection against him with a golf club. 

 

City police add that 40 year-old Simeon Leeper, Senior was also in possession of drugs when he was arrested.  Officers were called to the scene at 270 Fairmount Avenue about 3 a.m. Wednesday and, spotted a vehicle leaving the scene.  They then detained the vehicle and arrested Leeper who was taken to the city jail. 

 

Police say they found nearly 11-grams of cocaine in his posession and, he tried to hide a quantity of marijuana.  Police say Leeper also spit at officers, and ripped up evidence paperwork.  He was charged with second-degree menacing, harassment and trespassing in connection with the Fairmount Avenue incident. 

 

He was also charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and three counts of trying to conceal or destroy evidence.  Leeper is being held pending arraignment.

 



A Jamestown man and a teenager have been arrested after their Sports Utility Vehicle was pulled over on the city's southside and, the man was found in possession of illegal drugs. 

 

Jamestown officers say they went to pull over the SUV operated by an unidentified 17 year-old male early last Monday night near Willard and Allen Streets.  However the 17 year-old driver allegedly ran over a stop sign before driving off at a high speed.  He was later stopped and, arrested on several charges including obstruction for those violations. 

 

Meantime police later arrested the passenger, 22 year-old Karee Rizzo-Walker, after he was found with nearly 12 grams of cocaine and, another 5-grams of a "cutting agent" use to mix with and dilute the drug.  Walker was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail on charges including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.


There have been some wild animal sightings mainly of Coyotes in the city of Jamestown in recent days. 

 

City Councilman Tony Dolce says he and others have received some complaints and, heard some concerns in recent days.  Dolce asked City Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings Monday night what residents should do if they see a Coyote, and have small pets. 

 

Snellings says they aren't equiped to deal with those calls but, says he would recommend people in the city not allow their pets to "run freely."  There were some Coyote sightings in the Jamestown-area mainly in the Moonbrook area of the town of Ellicott a couple of years ago. 

 

Encroaching development is believed to, at times drive them into more urban areas.  At the time a wildlife biologist with the state DEC said such incidents are relatively rare.  But he also recommended that anyone experiencing problems with coyotes call  the DEC and report it.


A north county man has been arrested after being accused of forcibly touching a child in the village of Silver Creek last weekend. 

 

Sheriff's officers say they issued an arrest warrant for 27 year-old Arthur Hubbard of Southside Avenue in Cherry Creek late Tuesday morning.  In addition to forcible touching deputies say Hubbard was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child out of Silver Creek Village Court. 

 

They says Hubbard was taken into custody without incident and, arraigned on the charges.  He was then sent to the county jail with bail to be set, pending a future court appearance.


Gas prices in the Jamestown-area have increased by about a penny this week moving back to just under $2.44 a gallon for regular, unleaded. 

 

That from the AAA's Fuel Gauge Report which says the price is up about 6-tenths of a cent from last week's $2.43.9.  However that's still down 4 cents from the same time last year.  AAA says states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast saw moderate changes in gas prices on the week. 

 

The Fuel Gauge reports that only Washington, D.C. and Maine saw prices increase albeit by one cent while six states saw prices drop.  Nationally the price has fallen one-cent this past week to $2.25 per gallon.

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A north county man has been arrested after being accused of forcibly touching a child in the village of Silver Creek last weekend. 

 

Sheriff's officers say they issued an arrest warrant for 27 year-old Arthur Hubbard of Southside Avenue in Cherry Creek late Tuesday morning.  In addition to forcible touching deputies say Hubbard was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child out of Silver Creek Village Court. 

 

They says Hubbard was taken into custody without incident and, arraigned on the charges.  He was then sent to the county jail with bail to be set, pending a future court appearance.


A Cassadaga man is in the Chautauqua County Jail without bail for allegedly driving drunk for the second time in the past decade. 

 

Sheriff's officers say they got a report of a vehicle traveling erratically in the area of Hall Road in the town of Charlotte about 5 p.m. Monday.  Deputies later found the vehicle, and identified the operator as 47 year-old Shawn Cavender. 

 

Upon further investigation officers found that Cavender to be driving while intoxicated.  He was arrested for Felony DWI, Aggravated DWI and first-degree Aggravated Unlicensed Operation along with several other traffic violations.  Cavender was arraigned in Stockton Town Court and sent to the county lock-up.


A leading authority on China’s economic policy and its global economic relations says the world's biggest nation is trying to return to "the world stage." 

 

That from Deputy Director of China Studies Scott Kennedy with the Center for Strategic and International Studies... who was Tuesday's featured lecturer in the Chautauqua Amphitheater.  However Kennedy spoke earlier with our Dennis Webster about the U-S and China "Trading Places."  He says China is the "world's factory floor, and innovation workshop now" and it's taking a leadership role in multi-lateral discussions. 

 

Kennedy has worked hard to understand China and, it's international relations by working for nearly 30 years traveling to China where he has interviewed thousands of officials, business and political leaders.  He adds China has changed dramatically from when he first traveled there in 1988. 

 

While it's still a dictatorship it's been quickly growing economically.  Kennedy says, while the United States has it's political disagreements with the Asian nation the people there are "awesome."  He says they have a "rich history and culture."  Kennedy also says the people are "very competitive."  He spoke as part of "Geopolitics Today" Week at Chautauqua.


A city woman is free on bail but, faces several charges including a violation of Leandra's Law after her car was stopped for a loud exhaust on Jamestown's northside early Monday morning. 

 

City police say they pulled over 31 year-old Vanessa Maldonado on Lakeview Avenue about 4:30 a.m., and, found that Maldonado was allegedly drunk.  Officers say they also found a quantity of cocaine inside the car along with a 6 year-old child. 

 

Police say Maldonado has been charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated DWI, a Leandra's Law Violation.  Officers say she's also been charged with Felony first-degree Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and, endangering the welfare of a child.  Maldonado was arraigned and, later released on bail.


New York state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is heading to the North Country as his summer tour of upstate New York continues. 

 

The Bronx Democrat is scheduled to stop at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton and visit the Thousand Islands on Wednesday.  Heastie was in Rochester on Tuesday, where he toured a training center for apprentice carpenters and saw damage from recent flooding. 

 

Heastie is also planning trips to western New York, the Southern Tier, the capitol region and Long Island later this summer and fall.  He took a similar upstate tour after becoming speaker and says the trips help him better understand the challenges and opportunities facing the state's many regions.


Three children were among the six people hospitalized after a pickup truck crashed off a rural Cattaraugus County road not far from Buffalo. 

 

Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say the accident occurred around 4:30 PM Sunday in the town of Freedom, where the Cattaraugus, Wyoming and Allegany county lines meet 40 miles southeast of Buffalo.  Officers say the truck, driven by 18 year-old Richard Neamon, Junior of Freedom, crashed off state Route 98 into a parked minivan with two children in it, then hit another child and two adults who were in front of a yard sale near the van. 

 

Neamon and the adults, ages 42 and 39, were taken to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, while the children ages 2,3, and 4, were taken to Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo.  No information has been released on their conditions and, there's no word on any charges.


The annual Chautauqua County Fair is less than a week away, and this year, there will be plenty of new entertainment at the fairgrounds in Dunkirk. 

 

One of the big attractions at the fair has always been the demolition derbies, which will run on Tuesday, July 25th and Sunday, July 30th.  But one of the demolition derbies will feature something new this year. 

 

Fair Board member and past president Dave Wilson said there will be a "lawn mower" demolition derby during intermission on Sunday.  Fair Board Vice-President Becky Merrick says a country musician will perform at the fair on Monday, July 24th Ruthie Collins, who was born and raised in Fredonia. 

 

Merrick says Collins has been named as one of Country Music Television's Top 10 "rising stars."  She says her first music video was filmed at the Fredonia Opera House and, has "that connection to the Fair."  For more information about this year’s fair go on-line to www.chautauquacountyfair.org, or call 366-4752.

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An overnight fire has heavily-damaged a two-story apartment house on Jamestown's southside. 

 

City Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Finson says crews were called to the scene at 14 Lindwood Ave. for the blaze just after 2 a.m., and, people were reportedly trapped on the roof.  However Finson says the people living in the second-floor apartment were able to get out of the building safely by the time fire crews arrived.  He says there were seven people inside the second-floor apartment that were able to get down off the roof, and out of the house while the three people in the downstairs apartment were already out. 

 

Finson says once firefighters accounted for everyone inside they looked to get inside to battle the flames.  However he says the building was not safe at that point and, crews pulled three handlines to put out the stubborn blaze.  Finson says it took about an hour to bring the fire under control but, adds a crew is still there dousing hot spots. 

 

Most crews returned to the fire station at 7 a.m.  An off-duty shift was called in.  Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and two pets perished in the blaze.  The cause is under investigation.  Finson says the building will be torn-down today.


For the first time since the proposal was announced there was a little 'back-and-forth' between Jamestown officials and a Falconer official regarding the proposed annexation of about 4-acres of property in the village at the city line into Jamestown. 

 

As he has during all recent City Council meetings Falconer Mayor Jim Rensel addressed lawmakers about the plan to bring the land, belonging to the Board of Public Utilities into the city.  Rensel again asked what city officials have heard from their constituents and, referred specifically to recent comments made by Council President Greg Rabb, who said recently that he didn't hear any "burning negative" comments about the proposal. 

 

However, he says he would like to hear what negative comments have been made.  Rensel said he was concerned that council members weren't really talking to consitutents, and debating the matter, but just "following directions" on the matter.  That drew the ire of At-Large Councilman George Spitale who shot back that all Rensel has done when he comes to their meetings is hurl insults and, he referred to last month's public hearing in Falconer on the proposal as "a set-up."  The BPU formally requested the city look into annexing the land the board uses to house it's Dow Street Substation.


Five people have been arrested and three guns and, a large amount of drugs were seized over the past weekend by Jamestown police during three different separate incidents. 

 

City Police were called to the area of South Main Street and Newland Avenue about 6:30 p.m.Sunday on the report of a person with a gun.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers arrived and, got information about the suspect, identified as 24 year-old Giovanny Torres, and, his direction of travel. 

 

Samuelson says police arrested Torres a short time later after what appeared to be dispute with another person.  He says the loaded hand-gun was found to have been stolen from a Rochester, NY location back in 2015. 

 

Samuelson says Torres was found in possession of the hand-gun which was seized.  He says Torres was arrested for second-degree criminal possesion of a weapon and, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.  He was being held pending arraignment.

 


The second gun-related incident was early last Friday morning in which three people were arrested for being in possession of two loaded hand-guns and, a large quantity of Heroin and cocaine. 

 

That happened when officers were called to the scene of a gun being pointed at someone at 601 Lafayette Street.  CIty police were called to the scene shortly after 3 a.m., and made contact with a group of adults and children gathered outside the residence.  Officers were approaching when one person later identified as 27 year-old Jean Jimenez-Camacho, ran off and police pursued.  She was caught and initially charged with obstruction. 

 

Police later found the original suspect, 26 year-old Juan Tuffino, Junior, hiding inside, and arrested a tenant of the building, 30 year-old Sasha Montanez, after finding the guns and drugs, which were found in the presence of children.  Samuelson says all three suspects face a number of Felony charges including multiple-counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts each of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  If you have any information on alleged drug activity call the JPD Tips line at 483-TIPS that's 483-8477.


Sheriff's officers in Cattaraugus County say three children were among the six people who have been hospitalized after a pickup truck crashed off a rural western New York road. 

 

Deputies say the accident occurred around 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the town of Freedom, where the Cattaraugus, Wyoming and Allegany county lines meet 40 miles southeast of Buffalo.  Deputies say the man's truck crashed off state Route 98 into a parked minivan with two children in it, then hit another child and two adults who were in front of a yard sale near the van. 

 

The driver and the adults were taken to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, while the children were taken to Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo.


Chautauqua County's Congressman will be holding his annual Manufacturing Summit in his 23rd District later this week in the Rochester-area. 

 

Corning Republican Tom Reed made the announcement during yesterday afternoon's weekly conference call with regionial media nothing that they'll have several panels involved in the program focusing on what he calls the "optimism" surrounding the future of U-S manufacturing. 

 

He says they'll be looking mainly as supply chain, and trade and tax reform will be discussed.  Reed says there are two main areas of focus for him on helping manufacturing one is access to cash, and the other is access to investment opportunities. 

 

Reed adds that one panel will focus on ways to bring the North American Free Trade Agreement into the 21st Century and, creating what he called a "fair and level playing field" so US manufacturers can make it here to "sell it around the world."  He says the summit will be held Fridayfrom 9 AM to 2:15 PM at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua and, that'll be followed by a tour of GW Lisk Incorporated in Clifton Springs at 3 p.m.

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A Warren County, Pennsylvania woman was killed in a one-car, rollover crash in Pittsfield Township last Sunday afternoon. 

 

State Police in Warren say 36 year-old Rachel West of Tidioute was northbound on Davey Hill Road about 3:30 p.m. when she lost control of the car and, it hit an embankment.  Troopers say the vehicle then rolled over several times before coming to rest on it's roof. 

 

State Police say the woman, who is not being identified at this time was ejected from the vehicle during the crash.  She was taken to Warren General Hospital where she later died from her injuries.


No one was hurt after a car got stuck on the CSX railroad tracks on Berry Road in the town of Pomret last weekend and, was struck by a westbound train. 

 

Sheriff's officers say the driver of the car, 20 year-old Kayla Boedner of Fredonia, allegedly moved a "Road Closed" barrier and attempted to cross the tracks shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday.  Deputies say her vehicle got stuck on the crossing but, she was able to get out while the train was approaching. 

 

However her car was struck because the engineer didn't have time to stop. Officers say Boedner was ticketed for failure to obey a traffic control device and, will appear in court at a later date.  No one was injured in the incident.


One person was serious hurt in a one-car crash blamed on drunk driving early Sunday morning on Route 430 in the town of Mina.  Sheriff's officers say the car, driven by 22 year-old Christopher Jones of Jamestown, was eastbound about 3:15 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle and it left the roadway. 

 

Deputies say the vehicle then struck several trees and overturned.  Officers say an unidentified passenger sustained serious injuries and, was taken by ambulance to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania for treatment. 

 

Further investigation led officers to arrest Jones, who was not hurt, for driving while intoxicated.  Deputies also charged him with Felony first-degree vehicular assault and Aggravated DWI.  He was arraigned in Sherman Town Court and sent to the county jail without bail.


Members of the public still have a week to comment on the city of Jamestown's application for federal Community Development Block Grant and HOME funds this year. 

 

Mayor Sam Teresi says the timetable is much later this year because the Trump Administration has proposed eliminating the program offered by the U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The city council held it's required public hearing on the proposed plan in late June... but, Teresi says it's pretty much in line with the past two action plans.  He says there's little change in the plans because this is the fhird-year of the five-year plan they submitted two years ago, and the program's status is "up in the air." 

 

Teresi says the five year plan must be submitted by entitlement communities like Jamestown to HUD.  He says, while the Trump Administration is looking at eliminating the CDBG and HOME programs funding has been reduced significantly over the past 10 years. 

 

The public comment period runs until Monday, July 24.  The CDBG and HOME Program plans can be viewed at the city's website at Jamestownny.net.


The 13 year-old Jamestown Babe Ruth All-Stars have won the New York state Championship and, have qualified for the Mid-Atlantic Regional. 

 

However... they need to raise between $15,000 and $20,000 for their trip to Sommers Point, New Jersey a week from today.  Manager Tom Tantillo says they're excited to have won the state tournament but, adds they're thinking more about fund-raising at the moment.  He says they had some fund-raisers over the past weekend including a chicken barbecue.  He says they've also been able to obtain some individual donations and, are accepting those. 

 

Tantillo says people can contact him or send donations to Jamestown Babe Ruth c/o 13 year-old State Champs at 758 Harding Ave., Jamestown.  He says they'll have three-games in pool play starting next Tuesday, July 25 before moving onto the rest of the tournament. 

 

Tantillo says their next Tag Days for the Babe Ruth All-Stars will be from Noon to 7:30 next Friday at Brigotta's on Fairmount Avenue in Jamestown and, the same day and times at Wal-Mart in Lakewood.  A car wash, and bottle and can collection fund-raiser will be held at Raymor and Flanigan this Tuesday from 12 Noon to 5 p.m.


A federal court decision overturning the conviction of ex-state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is bringing fresh attention to the New York Legislature's chronic corruption problem and reigniting efforts to address conflicts of interest and government ethics. 

 

The downfall of the Democratic powerbroker from Manhattan sent shockwaves through the state Capitol but prompted only modest ethics reforms.  While federal prosecutors plan to retry Silver, some in Albany say there's no reason to wait for the final outcome of Silver's case to act. 

 

They've floated ideas including tighter limits on campaign contributions, restrictions on how much lawmakers can make from outside jobs and even term limits.  Other suggested reforms include term limits on leadership positions, more robust ethics enforcement and greater government transparency to prevent top lawmakers from making big decisions behind closed doors.


Chautauqua County Sheriff's officers were able to revive an opioid overdose victim early last weekend in Silver Creek with Naloxone commonly known as Narcan. 

 

Deputies say they were called to the scene on Main Street about 3:15 p.m. last Friday and, found an unresponsive 38 year-old woman. 

 

Officers say they administered Narcan and, stabilzed the victim who was taken to Lake Shore Hospital in Irving for further treatment.  Deputies were assisted at the scene by a Silver Creek Fire-Rescue crew.

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Hochul on hand for ground-breaking, Champaign toast for new Celoron Haborfront Hotel...
Construction is underway on the new, $30.8-million Celoron Haborfront Hotel.  Several local and state officials were on hand yesterday afternoon just west of Lucille Ball Memorial Park for an official ground-breaking, and toast to the effort.  The project is being undertaken by Buffalo-area Developer Peter Krog and Hotel Operator David Hart.  Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was on hand for the toast and ground-breaking... and, says she's known both Krog and Hart for a long-time.  With that... she says the project is "going to happen..." adding that hotel's "telegraph confidence."  Hochul says they do "magnificant" work, which has been seen at their hotel's in Watkins Glen and the Thousand Islands.  She says the project is important because hotel's "telegraph confidence" for other development.  She and the other officials noted the state's investment of $5-million in the new National Comedy Center... and, $10-million for the city of Jamestown's Downtown Revitalization Initiative that will help make the area a 'destination point.'  State Senator Cathy Young adds the new hotel will be a great addition to the area... and, adds they are pleased to see the state provide a $1.9-million grant for the project... as well as $2.6-million in tax credits.
 
 
Peter Krog and David Hart look forward to project, using local contractors...
Both the developer and hotel operator involved in the Celoron Harborfront Hotel project say they are pleased to put putting up their latest, state of the art facility on Chautauqua Lake.  Peter Krog and David Hart say they look foward to opening the facility by Summer of next year.  Krog expressed his apprecation to local and state officials for their support of the project.  He adds that they are also using local businesses to help put up the new hotel... including Chautauqua Brick, Tri-James, and Southern Tier Supply.  Hart says the grant... and, the state Office of Community Renewal tax credits were a big help in getting the project started.
 
 
Funeral taking place in Northern NY for slain Trooper...
Several thousand law enforcement officers from across the U.S. and Canada are expected to attend this weekend's funeral for a New York state trooper killed in the line of duty.  WWNY-TV in Watertown reports  that state police officials expect 3,000 to 5,000 officers to attend Saturday's services for Trooper Joel Davis.  The 36-year-old was fatally shot Sunday night while responding to reports of gunfire on a couple's property in the town of Theresa.  Police say a Fort Drum soldier, Staff Sgt. Justin Walters, fatally shot his 27-year-old wife before shooting Davis.
 
 
Horrigan stresses slowing down to deal with "slow-moving" traffic in latest 100 Days of Summer Safety event...
Slow down and pay attention to the road ahead.  That's the message from local and county officials when it comes to dealing with farm vehicles and Amish buggies this Summer in Chautauqua County.  County Executive Vince Horrigan hosted his latest 100 Days of Summer Safety event at John Wiggers and Son Farm Equipment on Route 474 in Clymer Friday morning.  Horrigan urged people to be ready for the unexpected... especially when it comes to dealing with animals pulling buggies along rural roads.  He says the horses sometimes get spooked by unexpected noises and movement.  The ability to be able to stop within your sight distance is a key to a member of the Sheriff's Department Traffic Safety Board.  Pete James of Chautauqua was on hand for the program in Clymer.  He says emphasized being able "to stop within your sight distance..." adding that if you do that "you won't crash." 
 
 
Bharara believes Silver will be convicted again on re-trail...
Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is defending his prosecution of ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver after Silver's conviction was reversed.  The prosecutor fired earlier this year by President Donald Trump's administration after he refused to resign says the evidence of public corruption against Silver was strong.  He says he thinks the 73-year-old Democrat will be convicted again.  Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim has said prosecutors will retry Silver.  Bharara shared his opinion about the Silver case on Twitter after the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals tossed out the conviction Thursday.  The appeals court said the evidence against Silver was sufficient, but instructions on the law given to the jury were not consistent with a Supreme Court ruling in another case that came out after the Silver verdict.
 
 
St. James Italian Festival underway...
The annual St. James Italian Festival will take place today at the St. James Catholic Church grounds in Brooklyn Square.  Preparations have been taking place over the past several days... and, the big tent already up.  Festival Chairman Tom Franco says they're compressing the festival into just one day this year... and, activities will begin at 10 this morning... and, run until 9:30 p.m.  Franco says they decided to make it one day to allow volunteers to only have to commit to one day this year.  Franco says they have some new wrinkles this year... including the operator of a new pizzaria -- named "Sauce" -- in the downtown area who'll be selling his wares.  
 
 
Jamestown 13 year-old Babe Ruth Team wins NYS title, moves on to Mid-Atlantic Regional...
The Jamestown Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-stars have won the New York State Babe Ruth Tournament... and, have now advanced to the Mid-Atlantic Tournament.  Manager Tom Tantillo says they're very excited about going to the tournament in Sommers Point, New Jersey beginning July 24th and 25th.  However... Tantillo adds they need to raise $15,000 and $20,000 for the trip.  Tantillo says fund-raising is underway... with a number of events planned to cover the kids food, lodging and other expenses.  Tantillo says they have one fund-raiser today... with a Tag Days event now through 5:30 p.m. at Farm Fresh Foods on West Third Street.  There will also be a Chicken Barbecue Dinner served on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Quick Lube Parking Lot located across from the Foote Avenue Plaza.
 
  

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Quick response by Jamestown fire crews prevented serious damage to a bar frequented by the city's LGBTQ community that caught fire early yesterday morning in Brooklyn Square. 

 

Fire officials say the investigation into the cause of the fire at Sneakers at 100 Harrison Street is continuing but, the owner says it was intentionally set.  City Fire Battaliion Chief Sam Salemme says firefighters were called to the scene shortly after 2 a.m., and on arrival, they found heavy smoke, and tracked the flames to a storage room in the bar area. 

 

Salemme says firefighters had the blaze under control fairly quickly.  Fire damage was confined to the storage room area... but, there was some smoke and water damage through-out the first floor area.  Salemme says a person living upstairs called in the blaze after hearing smoke alarms going off. 

 

He says the bar area was closed by the time the fire broke out.  He says an off-duty shift of eight firefighters and a shift commander was called in to assist.  Salemme says no one was hurt fire damage was confined to the storage room near the bar.  Fire crews were at the scene for about 2-and-a-half hours. 

 

Sneakers owner Mary Green who also lives in the building says on her Facebook page that it appears someone broke in and started the blaze.


A federal appeals court has overturned the 2015 corruption conviction of former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. 

 

He was found guilty in a 4-million dollar pay to play scheme, but the Second-U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals cited a Supreme Court decision last year in the case of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell that narrowed the definition of official corruption.  Area Assemblyman Andy Goodell, who has a legal practice in Chautauqua County, explains what happened. 

 

He says when there's a change brought about by a Supreme Court ruling, that can affect all previous decisions that have been made.  Goodell says he hopes the prosecutor will retry Silver and obtain a conviction as well as require Silver to give up the "millions of dollars that he improperly pocketed." 

 

The Bemus Point Republican says the overturned conviction "does not mean Sheldon Silver is innocent."


The head of the Chautauqua County Democratic Committee says he's pleased to have 14 candidates on the ballot for the county legislature in this Fall's elections. 

 

Norm Green says the group includes the four incumbants on the panel and, 10 newcomers who have experience in the business and the public sectors.  Green announced the slate yesterday noting that it's an "exciting slate of candidates" he believes will be "well-received" by the voters in each district. 

 

He says each of the candidates will be on a least one other line in November.  Green says all of them, except Charles Nazzaro in Jamestown, will be on the Working Families line, and some will also be on the Independence Party or Women's Equality lines.  He says the slate is complete because Thursday was the final day to turn in petitions to run for office. 

 

He says there are a few interesting contested races shaping up.  The big one in the Jamestown-area Green says is in the city in District 11 where young businessman Frank Besse is running against incumbant Republican Dave Wilfong who is also County GOP Chairman. 

 

In the north county Tommy Roque is challenging Republican Kevin Muldowney in District-1 in Dunkirk. 

 

In addition Chautauqua Lake Elementary School Principal Ella Ames will take on incumbant GOP Chairman David Himelein in District 18.


Incumbant Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore has announced that he's running for re-election to a second-term in office adding that he "really enjoys" the job he first won in 2013. 

 

Barmore made it official yesterday, though he had already been endorsed by the county's Republican Committee.  Barmore says he's been able to update and modernize their facilities even with a 50-percent turn-over in personnel during his 3-and-a-half years in office. 

 

Barmore says they implemented electronic recording land records in early 2014 and, now they're working to get approval to E-file court records.  He says a few "pilot counties" were set up for the program a few years ago, and Chautauqua will become part of that on August 16th

 

Barmore says probably the biggest accomplishment during his first-term was getting the Jamestown Department of Motor Vehicles Office moved out of the South County Office Building to a new location on West Third Street that's bigger, and has more off-street parking. 

 

He says they've also made the move at a cost savings of about 9-thousand dollars a year.  Barmore will also have the Conservative line in the November election.


Scientists predict a ``significant'' harmful algae bloom will form on western Lake Erie this summer. 

 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and research partners are releasing their annual algae forecast Thursday for the shallowest and warmest of the Great Lakes.  It's been plagued by massive summer algae formations that pose health risks for humans and wildlife. 

 

A bloom in 2014 contaminated drinking water for 400,000 people in Toledo, Ohio, and southeastern Michigan.  Scientists base a bloom's severity on how much algae it contains over a sustained period.  They predict this year's will register above the level considered potentially harmful. 

 

But they think it will be smaller than the largest blooms, which formed in 2011 and 2015.  Some algae blooms generate toxins. Size doesn't necessarily indicate degree of toxicity.


U-S Senator Charles Schumer says New York state's power plants are vulnerable to cyberattacks and that Washington must do more to ensure their security. 

 

The Democrat said Wednesday that he has written to the secretaries of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy seeking an update on efforts to improve cybersecurity at critical facilities such as power plants.  He says that reports that hackers have targeted power plants should serve as a "wake up call" that the facilities could be at risk. 

 

Schumer says the federal government must to more to safeguard power stations from attacks that could disrupt the power grid.  Specifically, Schumer wants any infrastructure bill that passes Congress to include funding for cybersecurity upgrades at power plants and other vital facilities.

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Quick response by Jamestown fire crews prevented serious damage to a bar and apartment building in the city's Brooklyn Square-area. 

 

City Fire Battaliion Chief Sam Salemme says firefighters were called to Sneakers Bar at 100 Harrison Street shortly after 2 this morning and, traced the flames to an indoor storage room.

 

Salemme says there was heavy smoke inside the bar when crews arrived.  He says firefighters had the blaze under control within minutes.  Salemme says a tenant in an upstairs apartment called in the fire and, everyone was out of the building when they arrived. 

 

Salemme says an off-duty shift of eight firefighters and a shift commander was called in to assist at the scene.  He says no one was hurt fire damage was confined to the storage room near the bar. 

 

Salemme says the cause of the blaze is under investigation.


Police in Western New York are investigating fatal shooting. 

 

The Erie County Sheriff's Office responded to a call at the Spring Wood Trailer Park in Collins around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday.  Police say a male was killed.  No further information is available.


Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's approval ratings are slipping amid transit problems in New York City.  46% of those surveyed in a just-released Quinnipiac University poll say they approve of Cuomo's performance, the lowest rating for the governor in the Connecticut college's polls since September 2015. 

 

Respondents gave Cuomo low grades for New York City transit, with nearly a third awarding a "D'' or "F."  The city's subway and commuter train systems have been plagued by mounting delays and breakdowns, prompting Cuomo to warn of a "summer of hell" as emergency repairs begin. 

 

Cuomo is a possible 2020 presidential contender but Tuesday's poll indicates 55 percent of New Yorkers don't want him to run.


Proposed cuts to Medicaid in New York state have raised concerns that money will be taken away from the fight against the Heroin and opioid drug crisis. 

 

However local Congressman Tom Reed says the money "is there" in the Republican health care bill approved by the House of Representatives.  Governor Andrew Cuomo voiced those fears in a weekend Op-Ed piece in a New York City newspaper. 

 

However Reed says Cuomo's fears are unfounded because it has a priority designation.  He says Cuomo and the state legislature need to make the tough decisions on either covering the reduction, or cutting the program.  However Cuomo says the House bill will cut Medicaid funding to New York by $2.3-billion something he says has to be made up somewhere in the state budget. 

 

Reed says a move towards private insurance is a better solution.  However the Corning Republican acknowledged the fact that many with addiction issues aren't able to hold a job and, don't have coverage.  Reed made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier media.


A House committee has unveiled legislation to fund President Donald Trump's long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

 

The $1.6 billion-dollar appropriations for a down payment on building a physical wall and other blockades matches Trump's request, but comes after the GOP-controlled Congress failed to deliver the money when passing an omnibus spending measure earlier this year. 

 

Democrats objected to the funding and the Trump administration and congressional Republicans took a pass on forcing the issue.  But the fight over funding the wall is a major obstacle to funding government agency operations for the budget year beginning October 1st

 

Some conservatives are threatening to shut the government down if the wall is not included.  The wall money is embedded in a $44 billion homeland security funding bill released Tuesday by the House Appropriations Committee.


The mayor of Dunkirk says progress is being made on two major economic development projects that will have an impact on the Dunkirk area. 

 

Willie Rosas says that he met with State Senator Cathy Young on Monday and she assured him that NRG is moving ahead with the repowering project.  However the issues are more with the federal government right now. 

 

Young says repowering is on track, and the state has a written, and sign agreement with NRG.  Rosas says he also has news regarding the new Athenex plant planned for property on Route 5 just outside the city limits.  He says they are close to scheduling a groundbreaking for the plant. 

 

He says they are waiting for Governor Cuomo to open up his schedule so he can be here for the event.  Back to the NRG Repowering project, Senator Young is continuing to work on having the city made whole by the state on any tax revenue losses caused by the delay in repowering plant.  The NRG plant has been moth-balled since January of 2016.


Gasoline prices in Chautauqua County are holding steady this week and are hovering around $2.44 a gallon for regular unleaded fuel. 

 

That from the AAA's Fuel Gauge Report which says the average price locally is now $2.43.9.  That's 4-tenths of a cent less than last week.  During the week New York and Vermont saw prices drop by one penny.  On the week, AAA says gas stockpiles decreased by 2-million barrels and, currently sit 5.6 million barrels below levels this time last year. 

 

Nationally... for the first time in five weeks, the national average gas price is increasing.  At $2.26 a gallon today’s price has been moving higher since July 6th and, is 3-cents more than last week.

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One person is jailed while two others are free on bail after being arrested for allegedly being in possession of a quantity of Methamphetamine during a traffic stop on Jamestown's westside Tuesday morning. 

 

City police say a bike patrol stopped a vehicle for alleged traffic violations on West Sixth Street at Lafayette Street shortlly before 8 a.m.  Officers say they found the driver of the vehicle, 37 year-old Chad Nelson, had a suspended driver's license.  Further investigation turned up the Meth and drug paraphernalia. 

 

Police also arrested 35 year-old Manda Moffett of Jamestown, and 32 year-old Heather Crilley of Ashville.  Officers say all three are chargd with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia. 

 

Moffet is also charged with fourth-degree criminal possesion.  She's jailed without bail while Nelson and Crilley were arraigned and freed on bail.


A preliminary hearing is still scheduled for this afternoon in last week's shooting death in the city of Dunkirk. 

 

Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson confirms that the preliminary hearing for 28-year-old Rebecca Ruiz is set for 3 p.m. in Dunkirk City Court.  Ruiz has been charged with second-degree murder in the July 6th death of 21-year-old Julian Duman.  Ruiz was arraigned on Friday and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail.


As many as 2-million Americans are currently "suffering" under the collapse of the health insurance exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act. 

 

That from local Congressman Tom Reed who Tuesday cited a report countering the possible loss of health insurance to some 22-million to 24-million people under the two Republican Health Care proposals.  Reed says he won't predict where the Senate is going on health care legislation but, adds he's hopeful that something will be approved before the August recess, because Senators know they only have two to three weeks to work. 

 

President Donald Trump recently suggested that if the Senate can't come up with a plan to "repeal and replace" lawmakers should just go ahead and repeal the ACA and, replace it later.  Reed says regardless. that will be an ongoing process with the issue of improving health care namely quality of care. 

 

The Senate GOP Majority's task got much harder over the Fourth of July recess because a 10th Republican in the Senate voiced his opposition to the GOP healthcare bill.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.


The appointment of Conservative Neil Gorsuch, and the possibility of as many as three more appointments to the U-S Supreme Court, could pull the court to the far right for the next several decades. 

 

That from Senior Editor and Legal Correspondent Dalia Lithwick with the on-line magazine "Slate" who appears this morning in the Chautauqua Amphitheater.  Speaking with our Dennis Webster yesterday she also noted that the next step may be replacing Anthony Kennedy who is rumored to be looking at retiring before next year's mid-term elections. 

 

Lithwick says there "no question" that if Kennedy leaves the court, it will signal the end of Affirmative Action, abortion, and same sex marriage because he is now "the fifth vote."  Lithwick says that's the feeling among court observers because Trump promising to nominate conservatives to the high court and, did so with Gorsuch. 

 

In fact, she says Gorsuch has been everything that conservatives want.  Lithwick says Gorsuch was on the bench for a handful of rulings in April, May and June and, was even to the right of late Justice Antonin Scalia whom he replaced.  She adds, though, there are still more than 130 lower court seats Trump has yet to fill and, those could have even more of an impact.


New York State Police say the calling hours and funeral for slain Trooper Joel R. Davis will be held at Magrath Sports Complex at Fort Drum in northern New York. 

 

Separate calling times are scheduled Friday for law enforcement and the public.  The funeral will be held at 1 p.m.Saturday.  A 32-year-old Fort Drum soldier, Staff Sergeant Justin Walters, is accused of killing his wife and Davis who was responding Sunday to reports of shots fired at the Walters' home in rural Theresa, near the base.  Walters, a native of Zeeland, Michigan, was ordered held without bail in the Jefferson County Jail at his arraignment on murder charges Monday.


A number of "last-minute gifts" has helped Catholic Charities of Buffalo meet and exceed it's goal of $11-million raised through this year's Appeal. 

 

That from Monsignor David Slubecky during yesterday afternoon's announcement about the campaign which officially ended back on June 30.  Slubecky says their early results looked good but, then sank as Spring turned to Summer and, they had a one-million dollar shortfall entering the final month of the effort. 

 

He says, though with the community, their friends and local media support "we slowly, but, surely inched closer and closer to our $11-million goal as the deadline rapidly approached."  Catholic Charities has two offices in Chautauqua County, one in Jamestown and the other in Dunkirk.

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Police in upstate New York are investigating a three-vehicle crash that killed one person and hospitalized four others. 

 

The crash occurred on U.S. Route 20A in Varysburg in Wyoming County Sunday afternoon.  Police say a car crossed over into oncoming traffic, striking two motorcycles.  It's the second fatal car-motorcycle accident in Western New York Sunday

 

The other happened in the north county town of Hanover.  Both motorcyclists in the Varysburg crash were travelling with a passenger.  All four people riding on the motorcycles were taken to the hospital.  One person died at the hospital. 

 

The driver of the car was also hospitalized.  The names and ages of the victims haven't been released.


Helping manufacturers save costs on energy and, use new technology to make their operations more efficient is the goal of new, bi-partisan legislation being introduced on Congress this week by local Representative Tom Reed. 

 

The Corning Republican was at Artone Manufacturing on Allen Street in Jamestown Monday morning to announce the SMART Manufacturing Leadership Act.  Reed says he and Vermont Democrat Peter Welch will be filing the legislation when they return to Washington, D-C from their Fourth of July break adding it allows small and medium-manufacturers better access to federal resources to help lower their costs.

 

Reed says the main part of the plan will be to establish a national "SMART Manufacturing Plan" to help deploy smart technologies to small and medium-sized manufacturers like Artone.  Artone manufactures "custom made" and millwork furniture for hotels and resorts.

 

President and Owner Mike Calimeri expressed his appreciation to Reed noting that they are already moving towards "smart' techologies.  Calimeri says it's exciting to see legislation helping smaller manufacturers like Artone.  Reed and Calimeri were joined for the press conference and a tour of Artone by State Assemblyman Andy Goodell, and several others.


Local Congressman Tom Reed says the Senate needs to get the job done when it comes to passing a new health care plan. 

 

We talked later with Reed on topics including the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.  The Corning Republican says the House has taken action on the measure and, adds it's time for Senate Republicans to do likewise. 

 

Reed says, while there is the possibility of millions of Americans losing coverage under the proposal there are millions now suffering under the burden of the ACA.  He says he believes the Senate will take action in the next two to three weeks. 

 

However over the Fourth of July recess, a 10th Republican in the Senate voiced his opposition to the GOP healthcare bill.  Senate leaders can only afford to lose two Republicans if they have chance to pass a final bill.


An Afghanistan combat veteran charged with killing his wife and a New York state trooper in the driveway of his home has been arraigned and ordered held without bail for grand jury action. 

 

About a dozen troopers stood at the back of LeRay Town Court as Justin Walters was led into the room in shackles Monday evening.  Walters is from Zeeland, Michigan. He's accused of killing his wife, Nichole Walters, and Trooper Joel Davis on Sunday

 

Defense Attorney Eric Swartz waived a preliminary hearing.  He says the next appearance will be in Jefferson County Court later.  He won't comment further.


City lawmakers have restated their support for a $1.4-million "green" project on Jamestown's Tracy Plaza. 

 

Mayor Sam Teresi says the City Council early Monday night approved a new environmental assessment form for the Tracy Plaza project... and, again approved a resolution from last Spring.  Teresi says state officials found they needed more information on the project, and action needed to be taken before the end of this month. 

 

He says the state money will come in the form of an Environmental Facilities' Grant.  He says the previous resolution had to be rescinded, and the new one with the new EAS included approved.  Teresi says the functional part of the project will involve continuing work on leaking issues into areas under the plaza including the parking garage and, police department. 

 

He adds there will also be a change made in stormwater drainage keeping the water there for the new green and landscaped areas on the plaza that will recycle rainwater collected there.


A note for Jamestown-area motorists today that Foote Avenue between Harrison and Water Streets will be closed to all traffic starting today until the barricades are removed. 

 

The county's Department of Public Facilities will be doing bridge deck repairs on the span there during that time.


A Lakewood restaurant that also has a location in Fredonia has announced it will be closing at the end of business this coming Sunday, July 16th

 

Wing City Grille on Fairmount Avenue made the announcement today on it's Facebook Page.  Restaurant officials say the closing will not affect any of our other restaurants in the area. 

 

They say the Lakewood location has "not allowed us any return on our investment and the closing of this restaurant will make our other area restaurants much stronger both financially and operationally."  They say their Lakewood employees will be utilized in their other local facilities. 

 

In addition to the Fredonia Wing City Grille owner Andrew Carlson also operated the Village Casino in Bemus Point.

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A Buffalo-area man has been arrested for boating while intoxicated after he had an accident on his jet ski in the northern end of Chautauqua Lake late yesterday afternoon. 

 

Sheriff's Department Navigation Team was called to a reported accident in Bemus Bay about 4:30 PM and, on arrival the operator of the jet ski that was involved with the incident failed to comply with deputies and, road off at a high rate of speed. 

 

Another patrol boat from the Navigation Division intercepted the Jet Ski in the north basin of the lake and the operator failed to comply again.  After a 15-to-20 minute pursuit it was called off due to the Jet Ski entering a high traffic area. 

 

After the pursuit was terminated the Sheriff's Office received reports from shore that the operator was ejected from his Jet Ski landing in the water.  Deputies were able to take the operator 35 year-old Jason Schlemmer of Orchard Park into custody. 

 

They say Schlemmer was take to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for observation and, he faces charges including boating while intoexicated reckless operation and two counts of failure to comply.  There were no injuries nor serious damage due to the persuit and crash.

 

 

Raleigh, North Carolina's Chesson Hadley eked out a one shot victory Sunday at the second annual LECOM Health Challenge Golf Tournament at The Peek'n Peak Resort. 

 

The 32 year-old Hadley was estatic saying the week was "magical" adding that his family was on hand for the event.  He shot a record 23-under par, one shot ahead of Beau Hossler. 

 

As the winner was accepting his $108,000 check, his three-and-a-half year old son interrupted to say something to his dad who then responded, and they would get him "all the toys you want, bud." 

 

Michele Turner, one of the tournament directors, said attendance was up for the second year and she thanked Peek'n Peak, the sponsors and those who volunteered to help.  The PGA's Web.com tour presented its 'Small Business of the Tournament' award to Jim Pullan of Jamestown Mattress.



New York State police issued over 10,000 tickets during their annual Fourth of July crackdown on drunk driving. 

 

Overall, troopers issued 10,435 tickets statewide during the 96-hour campaign, which began July 1 and continued until midnight last Tuesday.  DWI arrests totaled 240, and crashes killed three people. 

 

Troop K, which patrols part of the Hudson Valley, arrested 30 drivers on DWI charges and investigated 75 motor vehicle accidents that injured 25 people.  The troop also issued 364 tickets for speeding, 24 for distracted driving, 75 for seatbelt violations, and 25 for the move-over law. 

 

Last year Troop K issued 496 tickets for speeding, 13 for distracted driving, 38 for seatbelt violations, and 30 for the move-over law.


A multi-year effort to re-claim McCrea Point Park and Boat Launch in Jamestown was celebrated with a ribbon cutting this past weekend. 

 

A large turn-out was on hand for the re-dedication of the park along the Chadakoin River.  Mayor Sam Teresi thanked several people for helping to get the park back to it's early splendor.  Teresi especially thanked members of the Riverfront Council along with those involved with the parks system including the city Parks and Recreation Commission, and the city's Planning Commission. 

 

The program started with a boat ride on The Chautauqua Belle from Celoron to the boat landing a first for the steamship that still goes up and down the lake.  Teresi also thanked state and county leaders for their help in funding and planning the project. 

 

State Assemblyman Andy Goodell says the project "builds on our past" but, also helps plan for the future that includes a city where people can go out and enjoy "this beautiful riverfront."   Riverfront Management Council Chairman Bill Stevenson hoped the entire Riverwalk would have been open but, says part is now closed for installation of two, new pedestrian bridges. 

 

The Chautauqua Belle served as a backdrop for Saturday morning's festivities.  Teresi also thanked Sheryl McCrea, whose grandparents originally owned the riverfront property where the park is located.

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North County man killed in car-motorcycle crash...
A north county man has died from injuries suffered when his motorcycle was struck by one of two cars involved in a crash at the intersection of Route 39 and Hanover Rd. in the town of Hanover.  Sheriff's officers say the accident occured shortly after 6 p.m. when the driver of one of the cars... 57 year-old Dawn Clayburg of Tonawanda... had stopped at the stop sign on Hanover Road.  However... deputies say she failed to yield to the other car... driven by 23 year-old Brandon Hilton of Westfield.  Officers say Hilton's car then continued westbound, and struck the oncoming motorcycle, operated by 61 year-old William Wagner of Forestville.  Deputies say Wagner suffered serious injuries, and was flown by Starlight Helicopter to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo... where he later died.  The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department Accident Reconstruction Team responded to the scene.  At this time the accident is still being investigated.
 
 
Dunkirk woman arrested for allegedly shooting and killing boyfriend...
A Dunkirk woman is jailed without bail for allegedly shooting and killing a man some Buffaloj media have identified as her boyfriend in the north county city late Thursday night.  City Police Chief David Ortolano says police were called to the scene at 141 Lake Shore Drive East shortly after 10 p.m.  Ortolano says they found the male victim outside in a yard when officers arrived... and, he later died at the hospital.  He says they had their suspect, 28 year-old Rebecca Ruiz, in custody a short time later for second-degree murder.  Ortolano says the victim's name is being withheld until family members of notified.  Ruiz was charged with second-degree murder... and, arraigned in Dunkirk City Court late Friday morning.  Ortolano declined to comment further on the arrest... but, did say that this was not a "random act" of violence.  He says it was "an isolated incident."  Dunkirk Police were assisted at the scene by Fredonia Police, State Police, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, the County District Attorney's Office and the Chautauqua County Forensic Team.  Thursday night's murder was the first of the year in the city of Dunkirk.
 
 
Ribbon cut on McCrea Point Park...
The ribbon has been cut on the new McCrea Point Park and Boat Launch along the Chadakoin River on Jamestown's westside.  Several dozen people... including several who were in traditional dress clothes from the late 1800s and early 1900s... were on hand for the re-dedication of the park.  Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi thanked several people for helping to get the park back to it's early splendor.  Teresi noted that -- as part of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk project -- the city has been trying to "reclaim our past" -- and this was the latest example.  Teresi called it a "back to the future" type of project.  The program started with a boat ride on The Chautauqua Belle... the steamship that still goes up and down the lake.  However... for the first time... the Belle was taken down the outlet, and served as a backdrop for this morning's festivities.  Teresi especially thanked Cheryl McCrea... whose grandparents originally owned the riverfront property where the park is located. 
 
 
Horrigan says sales tax extender important part of getting 2018 budget in place...
Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan and his financial team have begun work on his final budget... and, he says there shouldn't be any surprises now that the county's additional, one-percent sales tax, has been okayed by the state.  The county's added tax was approved during the state legislature's recent "Extraordinary Session."  While the renewal is a routine matter... Horrigan says it's an important function of the legislature for some 53 counties -- including Chautauqua.  As for the budget... he says having a five-year plan in place has helped the process.  With the plan... Horrigan says they have that blueprint now through the year 2022.
 
 
Horrigan talks bicycle safety during latest installment of 100 Days of Summer Safety...
There are now biking lanes on some streets in the city of Jamestown... and, across Chautauqua County.  With bicycle traffic picking up... County Executive Vince Horrigan is continuing to high-light Summer safety.  Horrigan was at the Jamestown Cycle Shop Friday afternoon to stress being safe while riding bicycles.  He says it's the second-part of his 100 Days of Summer Safety series... and, says they want to high-light bicycle safety because so many people are doing it now.  Horrigan was joined by Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi for the event... who stressed the need to know the rules of the road -- especially in the city.  That includes wearing bike helmets and, keeping bicycles off the sidewalks in the city.  Teresi says the city has great places to bike now... with the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk nearing completion.  Fortunately... City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says there aren't many such accidents in Jamestown... adding they typically involve driver "inattention."
 
 
Independent Financial Advisor talks seven questions you need to ask for make sure your advisor is acting in your best interests...
A person needs to ask questions before deciding on a financial advisor who has their best interests at heart.  That from a 28-year veteran of providing independent, ethical and transparent financial guidance.  Managing Partner Carol Clark with OnCenter Financial Advisors recently taught a class on the seven questions you should ask an advisor before signing up with them.  Clark taught three classes on that topic during the first week of the season at Chautauqua Institution.  Clark says the first question is whether the advisor is a "broker."  She says 90-percent are paid by commission, and there is no legal obligation to represent their clients best interests first.  She adds that the other type of advisor is a registered investment advisor, and they are legally required to represent their client's interest first... and, adds they do not charge commission.  Clark says there are about 309,000 registered financial advisors in the United States who vy for people's business.  When you find a financial advisor you like... Clark says you need to ask about their affiliations.  She says if they are affiliated with a broker/dealer that person can steer you to programs with "inbedded investments."  Clark says you should also ask if the advisor provides proprietary mutual finds... and, where the money is held.  She says you should ask if it has a "third-party custodian..." meaning that no one can withdraw your money except for you.  Clark says that's important given recent scandals involving people like Bernie Madoff.  For more information on OnCenter Financial Advisors... go on-line to oncenterfinancial.com.
 
 

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A Dunkirk woman has been arrested for allegedly shooting a man duirng an incident on Lake Shore Drive in the north county city last night. 

 

Dunkirk police say they responded to a report of a gunshot victim at 141 Lake Shore Drive East about 10 p.m. Thursday.  On arrival officers found a male victim laying unresponsive in the yard outside the home. 

 

An investigation led to the arrest of 28 year-old Rebecca Ruiz of the 141 Lake Shore Drive East address on one count of second-degree murder.  Police say Ruiz is being held in the Dunkirk City Jail pending arraignment. 

 

The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of relatives.  Police officials say they believe the shooting was an isolated incident and, not a random act.  Dunkirk Police were assisted by the Sheriff's Office, State Police and Fredonia Police and, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.


Jamestown police are continuing to investigate following a pair of drug raids on the city's north and east sides. 

 

Officials say members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force raided the residence at 853 Prendergast Avenue and, the Noe Place Can Redemption Center at Second and Winsor Streets yesterday afternoon. 

 

Tlhe Prendergast Ave. location is where an unsolved murder occured in June of last year.  However no arrests have been reported as yet.  More when it becomes available.


A Cattaraugus County man has been arrested for allegedly trafficking Heroin laced with Fentanyl in the Randolph-area. 

 

Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they had been investigating 30 year-old Dakotah Kaltenbach of Steamburg for some time.  Task Force members accuse Kaltenbach of selling the illegal narcotic mix from a home at 92 West Main Street in Randolph. 

 

He was arrested on two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, one count of third-degree criminal sale.  Kaltenbach was arraigned in Randolph Town Court and, sent to the Little Valley Jail on $5,000 cash bail. 

 

The Task Force in Cattaraugus County is made up up Sheriff's officers and members of the Salamanca, Gowanda, and Franklinville Police Departments and, State Police.


The gerrymandering of Congressional District in the United States has led directly to the polarization of the House and Senate. 

 

Those are the feelings of former Congressman Bill Clinger of Warren, Pennsylvania.  Clinger spoke with our Dennis Webster on our "Chautauqua Now" show and, discussed the current situation where the Senate broke for the Fourth of July Holiday without acting on health care bill. 

 

Clinger says many Congressional Districts seem to wind up either heavily one-way or the other and, with that more hard-line Republicans and Democrats are elected and, they don't "want to negotiate."  Due to the situation Clinger says "we don't have a working Democracy anymore." 

 

He was known as a "moderate" Republican member of the House of Representatives from 1980 to 1997 and, saw the problem beginning as he was retiring from Congress.  Clinger recalled talking with "freshmen" members of a committee he chaired the last year he was in the House. 

 

He says he told them he wanted them to work with the committee to "move legislation" ahead and he says they told him no "we won't."  Clinger adds that's the main reason he didn't run for Congress again.


The McCrea Point Park and Boat Launch will be re-dedicated tomorrow morning after a lengthy project to clean-up and upgrade the location on Jamestown's westside. 

 

That from City Riverwalk Commission Chairman Bill Stevenson who says the park is one of the city's "hidden jems."  The re-dedication will be held at 9 AM at the launch off West Eighth Street. 

 

Stevenson says they're excited because there'll be plenty of chances to take a ride on The Chautauqua Bell to get a look at the outlet and, the rides will take place at 11 a.m. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and take people up, then down the outlet. 

 

Stevenson says the activities at the boat launch begin right after the rededication and, continue until 4 p.m.  He says those activites also include the chance to rent out kayaks or canoes at $10 each to check out the outlet on your own. 

 

He says there will also be a petting farm a small car show and, chainsaw exhibition.  Stevenson says there will also be music.


A city man has been arrested for allegedly using Methamphetime while he was supervising a young boy on Jamestown's northside. 

 

City police say officers were called to 230 Price Street about 5 Thursday morning on a report of a domestic incident.  When officers arrived they say they spoke with 27 year-old Zachary Legere and a 29 year-old woman who both admitted to taking the narcotic drug. 

 

Police say they also found drug paraphernalia and hypodermic needles that were within reach of the child.  Further investigation led to Legere's arrest on charges of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, endangering the welfare of a child.


A Cassadaga man is okay after his canoe capsized in Cassadaga Creek late Wednesday afternoon. 

 

Sheriff's officers say 66 year-old Raymond Jordan, Junior, was out on Cassadaga Lake in his canoe early in the afternoon but, had not been heard from since 3 p.m. 

 

Deputies were called to the scene and, deployed kayaks along with Cassadaga Fire, and Chautauqua County Emergency Services crews.  They later found Jordan on Cassadaga Creek where his canoe had capsized after encountering a beaver dam. 

 

Cassadaga crews helped Jordan getting back to shore where he was checked over and released.

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State Police in Pennsylvania say a body found along the New York shoreline of Lake Erie with a gunshot wound to the head and an anchor attached to the torso has been identified as that of a woman whose husband reported her missing last month. 

 

Police add that 48 year-old Christoper Leclair has been charged with killing her.  51 year-old Karen Leclair of Albion, PA was reported missing last June 11 by her husband who is a commercial fisherman. 

 

Lt. Wayne Kline says dental records were used to identify Karen Leclair's body Wednesday.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says his DIVE Team found Mrs. Leclair's body about 11 a.m. Tuesday.  Kline says Christopher Leclair's dad tried to hide the revolver used to shoot her and has been arrested. 

 

Christopher Leclair told police his wife was sitting on a bucket on the edge of a boat when she apparently fell overboard while he wasn't looking.  Authorities charged him with criminal homicide because dock surveillance cameras show the couple left together the day before he reported her missing and he returned alone.


A Falconer man has been arrested for allegedly stealing a hand-gun from a village residence early Tuesday morning. 

 

Ellicott Town Police say they were called to the unidentified location where the victim identified 22 year-old Aaron Johnson of Park Avenue as the suspect involved.  Officers say they found Johnson a few blocks away and, he was arrested. 

 

Police add that a search turned up the weapon and, Johnson was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and, criminal possession of a weapon.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.



Three residential burglaries in the Ripley-area has led the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office to issue a warning to residents there to lock their doors especially if they are away. 

 

Sheriff's deputies say the break-ins occured over a three-day span and, during the evening hours.  Officers say, in each case the suspects committed the crime while the residents were inside sleeping. 

 

In all 3 incidents the doors of the victim's homes were unlocked.  They were all reported around July 1st.  The Sheriff's Office is advising residents in the Ripley area to lock their doors.  To report any suspicious activity contact the Sheriff's Office at 753-2131.



The opening round of the second-annual LECOM Health Challenge gets underway this morning at the Peek 'n Peak Year-Round Resort near Findley Lake. 

 

The PGAWeb.com Tour event runs through Sunday and, Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan says it's great to have the tour back in town.  Horrigan said Wednesday that they have a special event taking place for military veterans who will be admitted free today. 

 

He adds they'll have another special event Sunday morning and, veterans will again be involved later in the day Sunday as veteran's "tend the flag" on the 18th hole that day.  There will also be a prayer service early Sunday before tee-off. 

 

Horrigan says it's going to be a fun four days and each days events will be shown on The Golf Channel again this year.  Tickets are still available including single-day or four-day passes. 

 

Other activties including a Wellness Fair are being put on during the week.  You can go on-line to their website at LECOMhealthchallenge.com.  Tickets are also available at the gate each day.


There are seven questions that a person should ask when they're looking for a financial advisor that has their best interests in mind. 

 

 

That from Managing Partner Carol Clark with OnCenter Financial Advisors who is a 28 year veteran of providing independent, ethical and transparent financial guidance.  Clark taught three classes on that topic during the first week of the season at Chautauqua Institution. 

 

Clark says the first question is whether the advisor is actually a "broker," because that means fees because different products are priced differently, and many fees are hidden.  Clark says 90% of the registered financial advisors in the United States are actually brokers meaning they work by commission. 

 

When you find a financial advisor you like Clark says you need to ask whether they or their firm affiliated with a broker-dealer.  She says you should also ask if the advisor provides proprietary mutual funds and, where the money is held. 

 

Clark says you should ask if it has a "third-party custodian" meaning that no one can withdraw your money except for you.  Clark says that can help stop fraud in many cases.  For more information on OnCenter Financial Advisors go online to oncenterfinancial.com.

 



A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly violating an order of protection when he was found at the scene of an alleged domestic incident early Wednesday morning. 

 

City police were called to the scene in the 100-block of East Second Street and, found the suspect, 23 year-old Joseph Novak, inside the home.  Officers say Novak resisted when they went to arrest him and, he faces several charges after being found with the victim. 

 

Novak is charged with first-degree criminal contempt aggravated family offense and, resisting arrest.  He was being held in city jail pending arraignment.

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The investigation is continuing into a fatal car-motorcycle crash that occurred on Route 20 in the town of Hanover on Monday afternoon. 

 

Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies responded to the crash on Route 20 just after 4:30 p.m.  That from Sheriff Joe Gerace who says the accident apparently occured at an intersection when the driver of the car failed to yield at a stop sign. 

 

Gerace says the motorcyclist, 60 year-old Michael Shoemaker, was flown to the Erie County Medical Center, where he later died.  He says the driver of the car, 48-year-old Tammy Mays of Silver Creek, has been ticketed for failing to yield the right of way at a stop sign. 

 

The Sheriff indicates that while a ticket has been issued, the case remains open.


Authorities in upstate New York are warning residents about a telephone scam where callers pose as police officers. 

 

WGRZ-TV in Buffalo reports several residents have notified the Erie County Sheriff's Office about the calls.  Sheriff Timothy Howard says in each case the caller identified themselves as an Erie County Sheriff's Office Sergeant named Robert Stzeczario. 

 

Howard says the callers threaten to arrest residents unless they pay a $2,500 fine for not appearing at jury duty.  Howard says the scammers ask for money orders. 

 

The Sheriff's Office says residents should hang up if they receive questionable calls.


Chautauqua County has submitted what it hopes is the winning application for New York's 20-million dollar Municipal Consolidation and Government Efficiency Competition. 

 

County Executive Vince Horrigan said late last week that the application was sent before the June 30th deadline.  Horrigan also praised the work of his Executive Assistant, Dan Heitzenreiter, and Legislator George Borrello on the final application.  He says they and the Center for Governmental Research in Rochester did a lot of work on the application. 

 

Horrigan says about 14 projects from across the county are included in the final application... and, he says they're in a variety of areas.  Horrigan adds there is still more work ahead.  He says each of the six entities involved in the state-wide competition will have to give a presentation in Albany in mid-July. 

 

While no date has been announced, Horrigan doesn't expect a winner to be determined until sometime in September.


The Chautauqua County Independence Party has endorsed George Borrello for County Executive in this Fall's election. 

 

In making the announcement Party Chairman Thom Shagla say's they've watched Borrello's career "as a legislator and the way he has immersed himself in the business of Chautauqua County."  Shagla says "we are impressed with his intimate knowledge of all aspects of it's running and the energy he had exhibited." 

 

Borrello is a Republican from Silver Creek and, founded his business "Top-Shelf Marketing" in his early 20s and, grew it into a national recognized supplier to the hospitality industry.  Borrello was first elected as a legislator in 2009 and, is finishing his fourth-term on the panel. 

 

He was endorsed last month by the county's Republican Committee.


Many of the best up-and-coming pro golfers in the world are in Chautauqua County for this year's second-annual LECOM Challenge tournament at the Peek 'n Peak Resort in Findley Lake. 

 

Tournament play begins Thursday in the 72-hole PGA Web.com tour event.  One of the tournament co-director's, Michelle Turner with the Chautauqua County Regional Economic Development Corporation, says they're excited to see the event return this year and, is hoping for another exciting finish like last year. 

 

Turner says there are still plenty of tickets remaining and, adds that single-day tickets cost $10 each and, a weekly pass is $25 for all four days.  She says the annual Pro-Am is being held at The Peek today but, adds that they've had activities taking place all week beginning with two on Monday

 

She said Tuesday that one was a Kid's Golf Clinic with many of the pros which was followed by a Kids Pro-Am.  Turner says about 100 kids took part in the activites. 

 

The LECOM Health Challenge runs through next Sunday afternoon.


Gasoline prices in Chautauqua County continue to fall just like national prices have over the past week. 

 

The AAA's Fuel Gauge Report says they've fallen to just over $2.44 a gallon for regular, unleaded fuel.  The Fuel Gauge says the local price has fallen nearly a penny and are now $2.44.3 cents.  Elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region this week gasoline prices have declined again this week. 

 

Compared to one month ago, gasoline prices are on average 12 cents cheaper in the region.  Gasoline stockpiles in the region were on an upward swing on the week, rising by 600,000 barrels.  This was the only region in the country to see stocks increase, which contributed to the gasoline prices drop.  Nationally AAA says the average price is now $2.23.

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Jamestown police are warning about a social media and telephone scam that has resulted in hundreds of dollars being stolen from local residents. 

 

City police say they've received multiple complaints about the scams over the past weekend.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says several people have reported that they were advised via Facebook, other social media, or e-mail that they were winners in a lottery. 

 

They were then told they would have to text a phone number to claim their cash prize and send Western Union funds or to electronically transfer Apple I-Tunes cards or prepaid Visa Cards totaling $550 or more to handle the processing fees. 

 

However Samuelson says, in each case, once the transfer was made, the victims were never contacted again and, were out the money they sent Captain Samuelson also says they are also seeing a renewal of the IRS Scam in which someone calls a person saying that the victim is being sued by the IRS because they owe back taxes. 

 

The suspect on the phone then tells the victim that they will go to jail if they don't pay.  That person then tells the victim that they should wire the funds, or electronically send pre-paid cards for the payments. 

 

Samuelson says citizens are urged to ignore such posts or phone calls and, never give any personal information to anyone over the phone if you cannot confirm who they are.


The crackdown continues against impaired and distracted driving in New York state and Chautauqua County during the Fourth of July holiday. 

 

Sheriff Joe Gerace says the New York State STOP-DWI crackdown and continues through 6 a.m. Wednesday.  Gerace says the Sheriff's Office, all local law enforcement and the State Police will continue to enforce laws related to driving while impaired.  He says drive defensively and wear your seat belt. 

 

Gerace also says put the hand-held devices away so your full attention is given to the road ahead.  He says the problem of distracted driving is getting so bad, you have to watch it even if you are walking or running along the highway.  He says a lot of people aren't paying attention to their driving but, "doing other things." 

 

There were 70 vehicle stops, arrests and summonses during the last STOP-DWI enforcement held on the Memorial Day weekend.


A city has been arrested on multiple charges including unlawful imprisonment and assault for allegedly holding a woman against her will and choking her last weekend. 

 

Jamestown Police were called to the scene at 164 Chandler St. shortly after 4 p.m. last Saturday and, arrested 40 year-old Joseph Thayer.  Officers say their investigation determined that Thayer choked the woman from behind then tackled her to the ground, and wouldn't allow her to get up. 

 

He was arrested for second-degree unlawful imprisonment criminal obstruction of breathing and third-degree assault and menacing.  Thayer was taken into custody without further incident, and sent to the county jail with bail to be set.


A Frewsburg man has been arrested following a fight in the town of Carroll that involved two people. 

 

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Maple Street in Frewsburg just befoe 2:30 p.m. Sunday and, investigated the alleged altercation.  Deputies later arrested 35 year-old Jaron Dallas on several charges including second-degree assault and strangulation and, fourth-degree criminal mischief.  Dallas was arraigned, and sent to the County Jail with bail to be set.


New and modern technology has muddied the waters and, is challenging what paleoentologists previously knew about the origins and development of man. 

 

That from Monday's featured lecturer at Chautauqua Institution.  National Geographic Magazine Explorer-in-Residence Lee Berger led off the Week-Two theme of "The Human Journey: Origin, Exploration, and Preservation." 

 

Berger says they know know that at least part of European and Asian origins include Neanderthal man who came from Africa.  He says they'll have .5 to 3 to 4% Neanderthal DNA meaning some of our genes come from them.  Berger says paleoentologists had discovered a new species scientists orginally thought existed about 2 to 3-million years ago. 

 

However... he says they have now determined that "Homo-noleti" was here about 250,000 years ago.  Berger says they've made incredible strides through the use of robotics, drones and other new technology.  But he says just a few years ago, it took about six-weeks to get a correspondence from a colleague elsewhere in the world. 

 

Now, it's instantaneous with discoveries shared while they're happening.  Berger is originally from Georgia but, moved to South Africa in 1989 to be closer to where his reseach takes him.  He is the author of the new book, "Almost Human" which came out back in May.


The majority of local fireworks displays and, Fourth of July celebrations around the Jamestown-area are today. 

 

The day begins in Lakewood where the annual Firecracker 10-K run and 2-mile walks will be held at 9 a.m.  There will also be food, vendors and music on Chautauqua Avenue and Hartley Park. 

 

Local band Two for Flinching will play from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and ,the day concludes with fireworks at 10 p.m. 

 

In Mayville the annual Fourth of July Parade kicks off at 10 AM from the intersection of Routes 430 and 394, and will conclude at Lakeside Park.  The day's activities at Lakeside Park with food, and other events and activities through the day.  There will also be music. 

 

Fireworks will begin at 10 PM The Bemus Bay Pops is celebrating the Fourth of July with a Journey Tribute band tonight.  The show begins at 8 PM and fireworks will follow the performance.  For more information go on-line to www.bemusbaypops.com.

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The ribbon was cut Sunday afternoon on the new Chautauqua Amphitheater to much fanfare. 

 

The chairman of Chautauqua’s Board of Trustees, Jim Pardo, thanked donors and the people who designed and built the new Amphitheater Pardo offered this dedication.  Pardo says this space equally as sacred as it's predecessors that stood here shall indeed serve as the institution's new assembly and gathering space." 

 

Conductor Rossen Milanov of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, said the institution is now positioned to provide the highest level of programming for decades to come.  Milanov touted the new facility's larger stage, accustics and sight lines. 

 

Following remarks from several other institution officials as well as Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan, Chautauqua’s orchestras, and the opera, theater and dance departments presented brief performances on the new stage concluding with the Ode to Joy from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.


State Police and local law enforcement agencies are increasing patrols over the long, holiday period to crack down on drunken driving and other traffic infractions. 

 

Troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoints along with speeding and seat-belt enforcement details from Saturday through Tuesday. Last year State Police issued nearly 11,000 vehicle and traffic tickets during the Fourth of July weekend.  Troopers arrested 206 people for DWI and responded to 756 crashes resulting in three deaths. 

 

Troopers will also be looking for drivers using cell phones or failing to move over for stopped emergency vehicles.  All Chautauqua County Departments are taking part in the latest Stop-DWI Crackdown which runs through Midnight Tuesday.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports 146 people died nationwide in alcohol-related crashes during the Fourth of July period in 2015.


New York state is working to make driving less of a pain this Fourth of July weekend. 

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that the state will suspend all non-essential construction-related lane closures during the busy holiday weekend.  Cuomo says state officials are doing "everything in (their) power" to make traveling as painless as possible this Independence Day.  The restrictions will run through July 5th.


Returning to Chautauqua County and being named the new superintendent for the Jamestown Public Schools is a "dream come true" for Mayville native Bret Apthorpe. 

 

Apthorpe was unanimously approved late last Friday as the new head of the district during a special meeting of the school board.  Apthorpe says it will be a "coming back home" of sorts for him when he takes over the reins on September 1st

 

Following the meeting Apthorpe said he'll be working with Interim Superintendent Silvia Root to get a lay of the land and, begin pouring over reports and audits and, will likely spend the first six-months meeting people in the community and the schools. 

 

Apthorpe comes to Jamestown after three years as superintendent in the Frontier School District in Hamburg.  Prior to that he was an assistant Superintendent in the Fairport School District near Rochester.  He says he jumped at the opportunity in Jamestown when it was announced because such opportunities don't come about often because there "aren't that many big schools in Western New York." 

 

Apthorpe says that's were most of his experience is.  He is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo and the SUNY College at Fredonia and, got his doctorate from the University of Rochester.


The new superintendent at the Fredonia Central School District begins his new duties on July 21st. 

 

As with Jamestown he comes from the Frontier School District.  Jeffrey Sortisio, the principal at Frontier High School, says he's looking forward to his new job and was impressed by the community. 

 

Sortisio says his first goal is to learn as much as he can about the district, and the community.  He admits he will have a challenging task, wrapping up his work at the Hamburg-based school district and getting ready for his new job.  He says he's got a good team around him at Frontier so he's not concerned about that. 

 

Sortisio adds that he's "very excited" to begin his new postion later this month.  He is not a stranger to the Dunkirk-Fredonia area.  His wife Kim is an educator at Dunkirk High School, which could make for an interesting inner-family rivalry!  Sortisio succeeds long-time school superintendent Paul Difonzo who retired in March.


An Erie, Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to taking part in a car-jacking and brandishing a firearm in the north county city of Dunkirk in July of 2015. 

 

Acting US Attorney James Kennedy, Junior has announced that 37 year-old Dimas Colon-Cruz of Erie, Pennsylvania entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Lawrence Vilardo late last week.  Prosecutors say Colon-Cruz traveled with co-defendants Michael Gonzalez-Colon and Denis Cruz from Erie to Dunkirk on stolen all-terrain vehicles. 

 

But shortly after arriving in Dunkirk, the ATV's were seized by police leaving them without transportation.  Colon-Cruz and his co-defendents then assaulted two people in the area of Robin and Second Streets and, struck one with a pistol before stealing his car. 

 

Prosecutors add the trio also broke into and stole several items from Lakeside Lawncare in Fredonia including a pickup truck.  Police recovered both the car and truck in Erie two days later.  One other defendent Michael Gonzalez-Colon has been convicted and sentenced.  Charges are pending against Denis Cruz.  Dimas Colon-Cruz is to be sentenced next Oct. 25.

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Apthorpe introduced as new Jamestown Public School Superintendent...
A Chautauqua County native says it's "very exciting" to be selected as the new Superintendent of the Jamestown Public Schools.  Dr. Bret Apthorpe... a 1983 graduate of the old Mayville High School... was unanimously approved by the city School Board last night to be the new superintendent... starting Sept. 1.  Following the vote, and introduction... Apthorpe took a moment to thank the board.  He says he was "very encouraged" to see the school board's passion and commitment to bringing "the best to this school."  The decision to hire Apthorpe ends a relatively short search after former Superintendent Tim Mains left for a similar position in the Pine Bush District last February.  Apthorpe comes from the Frontier School District in the Buffalo-area... where he has been superintendent for the past three years.  He was an assistant superintendent in the Fairport District near Rochester before that.  Apthorpe is a graduate of the SUNY College at Fredonia... and, began his teaching career in the Southwestern Central School District.  School Board President Paul Abbott says Apthorpe will work with Interm Superintendent Silvia Root to begin the transition towards his taking the reins on Sept. 1.
 
 
Gerace says latest Stop-DWI Crackdown underway, targeting drunk and impaired drivers...
A combination of the lowest gasoline prices in several years... and, a four-day holiday for many is expected to lead to a record number of travelers for the Fourth of July weekend across the U-S.  Of the 44.2-million people expected to travel through next Tuesday night... 37.5-million will travel by car.  Locally... traffic began picking up in the Jamestown-area early yesterday afternoon... and, local police will be stepping up enforcement efforts through the holiday period.  That from Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace... who says the Summer season is now in full swing... and, the typical influx of tourists and visitors is here.  Gerace says the Sheriff's Department and other local agencies will be stepping up their drunk driving details.  However... in recent years with the Heroin and opioid drug crisis... they've had to be on the look-out for people also driving while under the influence of drugs -- or both.  Gerace some people may be under the mistaken impression that they can drink less... but, use drugs and not be arrested for driving while under the influence... but they can be.  He says they'll also be on the look-out for seat belt and other violations.  Gerace made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
City unveils new Street Paver...
For the first time in several years... the Jamestown Public Works Department has a brand new piece of major equipment to help with it's Summer road and bridge program.  That from Mayor Sam Teresi... who announced the city has lease-purchased a new Caterpillar Paver on an emergency basis.  Teresi says the city's 1994-model paver recently "gave up the ghost..." and, could no longer be repaired.  He says he, DPW Director Jeff Lehman, and others, began looking at various options.  Teresi says they found the new paver for $420,000 on state contract.  Teresi says they need to make sure they've got good, state-of-the-art equipment that can do the job for the DPW.  He says the new paver will be plenty busy... with the city's most ambitious paving season in years underway.  He says they've already done some significant milling on streets -- mainly on Second Street -- and there's more paving to come.  Teresi says they are not able to pay the entire cost up front... so the matter was taken to city council... and, it approved the agreement with Milton CAT of Batavia this past Monday night.  Teresi says they will likely pay for the paver using a Bond Anticipation Note.
 
 
Leone says being County Dir. of Emergency Services has been an "excellent opportunity..."
The long-time Director of Emergency Services in Chautauqua County believes the 15-years he has held the job of coordinating public and emergency responders has been a "excellent opportunity."  Julius Leone will be leaving the position he has held since March of 2002 at the end of October.  Leone says he has been thinking about it for a while since his children now live in Maryland.  Leone is quick to credit the work of first responders in Chautauqua County for working with him to "do what's necessary to make sure the county is safe."  He has worked under three county executives, starting with Mark Thomas and continuing through Vince Horrigan.  He has seen many changes, not only in technology, but also with the involvement of the position.  Leone says emergency services really changed after "9/11" in terms of public safety, and how to keep people safe.
 
 
Pennsylvania Leg. approves budget, but, lawmakers don't know how it'll be funded...
The main spending bill in a $32-billion-dollar bi-partisan budget package is past the Pennsylvania Legislature on the state fiscal year's final day, although lawmakers don't know how it'll all be funded.  The House voted 173-to-27 on Friday, hours after the Senate voted 43-7. The package was unveiled a day earlier, after being negotiated in secret. Democratic Governor Tom Wolf supports it, but has yet to say whether he'll sign it if lawmakers can't figure out a spending plan.  Both chambers recessed until at least Wednesday, and lawmakers say they'll try next week to find $2 billion-plus to cover the shortfall.

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Two people are jailed after they were arrested during a drug bust in the Cattaraugus County town of Randolph last night. 

 

Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they were investigating 29 year-old Brent Robbins of Kennedy for allegedly trafficking Heroin when they spotted his car stopped on Swamp Road about 8 PM

 

Task Force agents say they found both Robbins and his passenger, 24 year-old Ashley Waite of Salamanca in possession of a bag of Heroin, and Heroin that was packaged for sale.  Both were arrested by Task Force members and Olean Police on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

 

Robbins was also charged with criminal sale.  Robbins is in the Cattaraugus County Jail on $15,000 bail Waite on $5,000 bail.


The man who has headed up Chautauqua County's Emergency Services Department for the past 15 years says he'll be calling it a career in late October. 

 

County Executive Vince Horrigan announced Thursday that Fredonia's Julius Leone will officially step down from the position October 27th.  Horrigan says he'll miss having Leone's expertise and ability to lead local fire departments in responding to major fires, tornados, and floods. 

 

He says their relationship goes back to Horrigan's time as director of the local Red Cross and, he says Leone has been a "master" at handling emergency situations here and across the state.  He says Leone will "truly be missed."  Horrigan adds that Leone has also led the annual training of firefighters at the county's Taylor Training Center in Jamestown and, the Murphy Training Center in Dunkirk. 

 

He's also been fully-involved in developing the county's new "Fly-Car" EMS Service.  Horrigan says he's already spoken with Legislature Chairman David Himelein about creating a search committee to find a replacement.  However he says not only does a person need the expertise but, they need someone who works well with several local fire agencies. 

 

In a printed statement Leone says it's been "an honor and privilege" to serve county residents and, work with the local fire departments.


After several hours, crews finally left the scene of Thursday's dust bin fire in the village of Silver Creek. 

 

Firefighters from Silver Creek and Sunset Bay first responded to the blaze which originated in a bin near Newbrook Machine on Mechanic Street around 9:30 AM.  They later had assistance from the Chautauqua County Hazardous Materials Team. 

 

County Emergency Services Director Julius Leone said late Thursday that village residents could go outside again shortly after 4 PM after the fire was put out.  Leone says the all clear was given at that time. 

 

Village residents had been asked to stay indoors with windows closed and ventilation off while the fire was burning.  Leone says crews did an excellent job in getting the blaze under control adding they are difficult fires to put out.  Leone says investigators are still looking into what sparked the blaze.


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a measure that extends mayoral control of schools in New York City and names the new Tappan Zee Bridge after his father, the late Governor Mario Cuomo. 

 

Cuomo, a Democrat, signed the measure Thursday shortly after lawmakers approved it and adjourned.  The law giving Mayor Bill de Blasio control over city schools had been set to expire Friday.  The extension renews the 15-year-old policy for another two years. 

 

The Legislature also voted to name the new Tappan Zee Bridge the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.  The span will replace the current, aging structure and is expected to open later this year.  Cuomo says his father would not have sought the tribute and would have considered it an act of vanity.


People in Chautauqua County are again able to buy fireworks that are considered "sparkler-type" devices this year for the Fourth of July. 

 

The County Legislature took advantage of a new state law in 2016 that allows local counties to sell such devices within two weeks of the Fourth of July and, New Year's Day.  Sheriff Joe Gerace voiced several concerns over the ability to sell such devises last year and, he still has those concerns now. 

 

Gerace says the biggest one is parents allowing children to have, and set these off, unsupervised.  He says in that case the parents are responsible.  Gerace says the new law has taken an old one that was "difficult to enforce" and, made it "impossible" to enforce. 

 

He says fireworks that go "boom" like M-80s are still illegal in New York state.  Lawmakers hoped that lightening up on regulations for sparklers would keep residents in border counties from going into Pennsylvania to buy fireworks. 

 

On this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program Gerace also urged residents to attend one of the several professional fireworks displays locally.


The Uber and Lyft ride-hailing services are up and running in upstate New York and on Long Island. 

 

The apps became available for those regions as of 12:01 a.m. Thursday under legislation approved by state lawmakers and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo this month. 

 

The original measure called for the services to begin upstate and on Long Island on July 9th but Cuomo and the Legislature worked out a deal to push up the start to just before the busy Fourth of July holiday.

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Chautauqua County legislators are clearing the way for establishing a sustainable energy loan program in the county. 

 

By an 18-0 vote, lawmakers approved a local law that established the program for state financing for energy efficiency upgrades for commercial properties and multi-family homes.  Legislator George Borrello of Hanover has concerns about large-scale projects, but supported the local law.  Borrello says this is unlike large-scale wind and solar projects that are a "burden on the community... these projects are practical." 

 

County Executive Vince Horrigan says he now supports the program because it could have a positive economic impact and will not require any county funding.   In other action, the County Legislature approved a measure that allows the Transportation Alternatives Program Project on Dale Drive in the village of Cassadaga to proceed. 

 

Engineering and preliminary work will be able to move ahead on the shoulder expansion project that was recently awarded $588,000 in federal funding by the state.


The state Assembly has voted to name the new Tappan Zee Bridge after the late Governor Mario Cuomo.  The legislation endorsed by lawmakers early Thursday morning also would renew the law giving the mayor of New York City control of public education in the city.  That 15-year-old policy is set to expire Friday

 

Under the bill, the new bridge would be known as the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.  The structure is being built to replace the old Hudson River crossing, formally named the Governor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge.  The Senate is expected to consider the legislation later today.


A Buffalo-area man accused of attacking a Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputy last September 11th reportedly told police he suffers from multiple mental conditions. 

 

The Post-Journal reports that 22 year-old Justin Haffa of Cheektowaga appeared Wednesady for the continuation of a Huntley Hearing in County Court.  The hearing began in late April and, looks at how police obtained statements from the defendant. 

 

Police did report that Haffa may have been suicidal.  He faces multiple felony charges for allegedly attacking a female deputy in the early morning hours of late September 11th while a field sobriety test was being administered along Route 60 in Pomfret.  Haffa's trial is to begin August 22nd.


A decision on whether a one-time candidate for New York governor who publicly insulted former President Barack Obama should remain on a school board is expected in several weeks. 

 

Layers wrapped up a five-day hearing in Albany on Wednesday.  State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia will make her decision on Carl Paladino's future on the Buffalo school board after receiving written briefs until mid-July. 

 

Fellow school board members say Paladino improperly disclosed information about teacher contract negotiations discussed in closed-door sessions.  But Paladino says the real reason for the action is comments he made about Obama published in a Buffalo arts newspaper.


There will be a "cruise-in" event in downtown Jamestown this Summer thanks to the efforts of the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce which has stepped forward to put on the event.

 

Community Chamber Coordinator Lee Harkness made the announcement Wednesday afternoon in front of one of the sponsors of the August 18th event Shawbucks Press Room. 

 

Harkness says the event will begin at 4 and run until 10 PM that day and, adds they're getting a lot of help from the local Der Kobblers classic car organization.  In addition to dozens of classic cars Harkness says there'll be plenty of other activites taking place including live music, vendors and food.  He says the main stage will again be at the corner of Third and Main Streets. 

 

Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum thanked Harkness for taking on the project. The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation will continue involvment as a sponsor this year.  The Media One Group is also a sponsor of the event. 

 

For more information call Lee Harkness at 338-6089.


A Jamestown man has been cited for keeping a wild deer on the second floor of his home. 

 

State Department of Environmental Conservation Officer Jerry Kinney says his office received a complaint that a neighbor was harboring a wild animal in his city house. 

 

The resident told responding officers he believed it was legal to keep the whitetail deer fawn in his house for up to six weeks before he had to release it.  Officers told him this was not true and issued the resident a ticket for illegal possession of protected wildlife.  Kinney says the deer was in good health and was released back into the wild.


The Uber and Lyft ride-sharing services are up and running in upstate New York and on Long Island. 

 

The ride-hailing apps became available for those regions as of Midnight this morning under legislation approved by state lawmakers and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier this month.  Uber and Lyft had been limited to picking up passengers in New York City until lawmakers voted this year to permit the expansion.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling New York lawmakers back to Albany today to extend Mayor Bill de Blasio's control of New York City schools, with some lawmakers also calling for immediate action on the city's beleaguered subway system. 

 

Lawmakers ended their regular session last week without a deal to extend the state law giving the mayor oversight of city schools.  The 15-year-old policy expires Friday if lawmakers don't act, threatening to undermine the governance of the nation's largest school system.  Local leaders are also urging lawmakers to take up soon to expire sales tax extenders.


Jamestown Community College has announced that President Cory Duckworth is retiring at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. 

 

Dr. Duckworth informed JCC’s board of trustees of his decision earlier this week saying that he's enjoyed his tenure at JCC where he's served as the college’s eighth president.  Duckworth says, as part of his original agreement he would sit down with the board to determine where they were going at the end of his fourth year. 

 

However he and his wife decided the time was right to retire and, he says it gives the college plenty of time, better than a year to find a replacement.  Duckworth says he was to begin new discussions with the board about his future at the end of his fourth year.  He says next year will be the final year of his five-year contract. 

 

He says professionally his tenure at JCC will "forever be considered one of the most exceptional experiences of my life."  Duckworth's 33-year career in higher education has included leadership positions at several other colleges and universities.  He says he and his wife will retire in 2018 back to Utah.


A 15 year-old from Brocton is being treated for serious injuries at an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital after his bicycle was struck by a car on Route 20 in the town of Pomfret Tuesday afternoon. 

 

Sheriff's deputies say the teen was eastbound on the side of the road about 1:30 PMwhen his bike entered the roadway.  Officers say the driver of the car, 27 year-old Nicholas Galardo of Fredonia, was unable to avoid hitting the youth and, the bicycle. 

 

The teen rider was flow to UPMC Hamot Medical Center for treatment.  No charges have been filed in the accident.


A Jamestown woman has been ticketed for driving while on an electronic device after her car crashed in the town of Carroll early Tuesdayafternoon injuring her 3 year-old child. 

 

Sheriff's officers say 23 year-old Brittany Smith was driving on the Falconer-Frewsburg Road shortly before 2 PM when she was distracted and, her car left the road and rolled onto it's roof. 

 

Deputies say Smith was not hurt but, her daughter, Amaria Rose, was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries.  Officers say Smith was also charged with driving with a suspended driver's license.


Even before yesterday's decision to delay a vote on the Senate version of health care legislation, local Congressman Tom Reed wasn't sure the support was there for the measure. 

 

Reed supported the House version of the bill which passed but, adds that the current Affordable Care Act is collapsing and, lawmakers are running out of time.  The Congressional Budget Office estimates some 22-million people would lose coverage under the Senate Plan. 

 

Reed doesn't believe those will be the final numbers but, adds lawmakers have to be "sensitive" to that.  He says the current "one size fits all" system doesn't work.  New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul has stated that the Senate bill would provide an average $37,000 a year tax cut to the wealthy. 

 

Reed disputes that saying that he's pushing a program that will cut costs for everyone.  The Corning Republican says he's not sure where Hochul's numbers come from but, adds he believes she's being at least somewhat "disengenuous."  He made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with local media.


Despite a surge in the demand for gasoline nationwide the average price for regular, unleaded fuel continues to near all-time lows for the year. 

 

That from the AAA's Fuel Gauge Report which says in the Jamestown-area the price has fallen about 4.5-cents from last week's $2.50.  AAA says the average price in Chautauqua County is just over $2.45 a gallon. 

 

The Fuel Gauge reports that gas prices have declined in every Mid-Atlantic and Northeast state on average by three cents on the week, and in-line with the national trend.  However, the price drop is an outlier given that the region made the country’s largest gasoline inventory draw on the week.

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The future of the former Arcade Building on North Main Street in Jamestown may be determined by a study of the four-story structure, and a smaller two-story portion recently damaged in a fire. 

 

The City Council last night approved a resolution supporting the Gebbie Foundation and the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation's Consolidated Funding Application for money to support a study of possible re-uses for the building. 

 

Mayor Sam Teresi says given the fire that heavily-damaged the former shoe store last Wednesday a study is even more critical to the future of the building.  Teresi says if the best use of the property is tearing down the current building and marketing the vacant site, they want to know that also. 

 

The cause of the fire in the former shoe store remains under investigation.


Three men had to rescued from Chautauqua Lake after their boat got swamped during a storm and, overturned near the town of Ellery late Sunday morning. 

 

Sheriff's Department Navigation Team member Greg Paterniti says the incident was called in 11 AM after the storm filled the 12-foot boat with water, and it overturned near the Interstate 86 overlook.  Paterniti says, fortunately, the three men were able to hold onto the edges of the boat until Bemus Point fire resuers were able to arrive. 

 

However he says they are very concerned this year with people on non-motorized craft.  He says their biggest concern this Summer is kayaks and paddle boards, which have grown in popularity. 

 

Paterniti says the three men 32 year-old Nicholas Gibbons and Thomas Parks of Jamestown and, 31 year-old Nathan Gibbons of Kent, Ohio were out fishing when the incident occured. 

 

All three were returned to shore unhurt.  However he says their predicament underscores the need for people to wear their life jackets don't just have them stowed away.


The first major water rescue on one of Chautauqua County's five lakes of the 2017 Summer Season was on everyone's minds Monday morning as County Executive Vince Horrigan officially kicked off his "100 Days of Summer Safety" initiative. 

 

Horrigan says when he was an officer in the U-S Air Force they always had a 100 Days of Summer Safety Program as a way to remind people to enjoy Summer but, also be safe. 

 

Sheriff's Department Navigation Team member Robert Richter emphasized the need for people in "paddle-craft" to have a personal floation device because they are required. 

 

With the number of people using the non-motorized craft Richter urged young people and their parents create a "float plan" in case something happens.  He says that's where you tell a parent or another adult about where you're going and when you are to return.  But, Richter says they often ask the parent if the children are overdue where they are, and they don't know. 

 

The press conference was held at Chautauqua Marina in Mayville where owner Ken Shearer noted that they have all the latest safety equipment any boater needs.  He adds they're also holding a boater safety course tonight from 5 to 9 PM.


Rough waters on Lake Erie resulted in three separate rescues by the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Erie, Pennsylvania this past Saturday. 

 

One of the calls involved a 28-foot charter boat that was taking on water about three-miles offshore.  A total of seven people were recovered from the water, with one person being treated for inhaling water.  Another rescue involved a 22-foot boat with 12 people aboard that had capsized near Presque Isle Bay. 

 

A Coast Guard crew rescued a total 10 people while a good Samaritan rescued two others.  And a Coast Guard crew also rescued two kayakers while on patrol.


Two Jamestown residents have been arrested for allegedly trafficking methampheamine and LSD and, being in possession of a stun gun on the city's southside early last weekend. 

 

Jamestown police say members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force and JPD SWAT Team raided two apartments last Friday night and, arrested 35 year-old Jeremy Gross, and 34 year-old Kimberly Fred. 

 

Task Force members say they found about 10 grams of Meth along with doses of LSD along with drug paraphernalia, a quantity of cash, and the stun gun at the two locations, 21 Hazzard Street and 57 Colfax Street. 

 

Gross faces several charges including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  Kimberly Fred is charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Both are jailed pending further court action.

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Three Jamestown residents have been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of drugs during a "Targeted Enforcement Patrol" this past weekend. 

 

City police say they spotted the vehicle going the wrong way on Bowen Street at Bush shortly before Midnight Saturday night.  Officers did a traffic stop and, found 34 year-old Richard Hanson was driving the vehicle in an impaired condition. 

 

Police say they found a quantity of Methamphetamine inside the vehicle and, some was packaged for sale. 

 

Officers say they also arrested Robert Comber and Alicia Machado both 23 and charged all three with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

 

Hanson was also charged with driving while under the influence, and, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  All three are jailed pending further court action.  State Police assisted in the traffic stop.


A Jamestown man is accused of breaking into a home on the city's northside and, hitting the person living there and holding the victim against their will early last weekend. 

 

City police were called to a location on Fulton Street shortly after Midnight Saturday on a report of a domestic dispute.  On arrival officers say they spoke with both the unidentified victim, and the suspect, 36 year-old Nicholas Clark. 

 

Police say evidence showed that Clark allegedly broke down a door to gain entry to an apartment, and then choked, and struck the victim several times.  Officers arrested Clark on several charges including second-degree burglary and unlawful imprisonment, and third-degree assault.  He was held pending arraignment.


Chautauqua's New President, Michael Hill stood in the new Amphitheater Sunday morning, and opened the Chautauqua season for the summer with the traditional "three-taps" of the gavel. 

 

Hill says he believes Chautauqua's founders John Heyl Vincent and Lewis Miller provide a framework for this summer and the future in three promises:  To listen and to learn, be responsible citizens in our communities, and seek the best in human values to "shape a better tomorrow." 

 

Hill outlined a vision for Chautauqua that includes a 'more muscular' civil dialogue, and an institution that would be more diverse, and more welcoming to millennials. The new President also addressed people who live in the immediate region, saying for too many, Chautauqua's gates are barriers and, "those separate us" and it's time to "transform those gates into gateways." 

 

He also talked about Chautauqua gaining an increased digital, or on-line, presence all year long and more practically including an app that allows you to make a reservation, order a book, or tickets for an event. 

 

Michael Hill is Chautauqua's 18th president.  The season will run through August 27th.


Chautauqua County's top elected official says the approval of a sales tax extender is crucial to the county. 

 

County Executive Vince Horrigan says the loss of sales tax revenues would be a major hit for the county and local municipalities that receive a share of the revenues.  Horrigan says the amount is around $37-million dollars or about two-thirds of the total property tax assessment. 

 

Horrigan says the extender would keep the county's sales tax at 8 percent.  The current sales tax rate is set to expired at the end of the year if no action is taken.  If that were to happen the sales tax would revert back to the basic, 7%.


Several high-profile measures failed to pass before the New York Legislature wrapped up its annual session late last week and, will likely return next year if not before. 

 

They include bills to legalize physician-assisted suicide, permit alcohol sales in movie theaters and crack down on heroin dealers.  Other proposals that fell flat this year would have loosened the statute of limitations on child sex crimes to give victims more time to step forward to file lawsuits or seek criminal charges.

 

The Legislature adjourned late last Wednesday, and isn't scheduled to return until January.  However... a special session appears likely.


A Silver Creek woman escaped serious injuries when her car was struck by a second-vehicle that was making a left turn on Routes 5 and 20 in the town of Hanover. 

 

Sheriff's deputies say the other car, driven by 69 year-old Patrick White of West Seneca, was traveling near Alleghany Road when he went to make the left turn and, turned in front of the oncoming car. 

 

The driver of that car, 27 year-old Maria Baez, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.  White was not hurt but, was ticketed for failure to yield the right of way.


A New York City auction house now has received the nearly 40 pieces of artwork from the Prendergast Library in Jamestown that will be sold later this year to help raise money for the library. 

 

The Library Board recently approved turning over the artwork purchased with funding from Mary Prendergast's will and, from the Packard Estate to Sotheby's Auction House.  Board President Tom Rankin says the move comes after a final decision was made by the state Attorney General's office regarding a tentative offer by Jesse Marion and his wife of Houston, Texas to buy the artwork. 

 

Since then, they have consigned the work to Sotheby's which will clean-up and get the artwork ready for sale in October.  Library Director Tina Scott says most of the artwork involved in the sale was being displayed but, adds much of it had been taken down during renovation work done last year on a passenger elevator. 

 

Scott says movers from Sotheby's began moving the artwork out, carefully last Tuesday.  She says because the frames are "very delicate" it took until Wednesday to complete moving the artwork.  Scott and Rankin were guests on Media One Group's "Community Spotlight" program last weekend.

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Man sought on warrant arrested in Jamestown after 3-plus hour stand-off with Police...
A man sought by police on a warrant for parole violation in Jamestown is jailed after allegedly arming himself with a knife... and, holing up in an upstairs room on the city's southside.  Jamestown police say they responded to a distubance call at 242 McKinley Ave. shortly before 11 a.m. Friday... and, found the suspect, 27 year-old Alberto Acevedo, had fled the scene.  However... they soon after learned Acevedo had fled the scene to 131 Baker Street.  Officers and Jamestown SWAT Team members were called in... and, Acevedo allegedly armed himself with the knife and went up stairs.  The JPD Crisis Negotiation Team was called in... but, after just over 3 hours... the SWAT Team was able to get inside... and, capture Acevedo about just before 2:30 p.m.  He was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for evaluation... and, is now being held in the city jail pending arraignment.
 
 
Goodell says State Legislature leaves Albany without approving Sales Tax extenders... including one for Chautauqua County...
The state legislature will be returning to Albany again soon to deal with unfinished New York state business... including the need for tax extenders to be granted for 53 counties -- including Chautauqua.  That from State Assemblyman Andy Goodell... who says the current session ended Thursday without renewing New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio's "control" of the city's school system.  Goodell says Assembly Democrats tied mayoral control to the renewal of sales taxes in the various counties... and that led to a stalemate.  On Friday... he said he was on his way home Thursday when his phone rang... and, he was initially called back.  He says about 100 miles into the return trip, he was again called and state officials said "oh, nevermind."  Goodell expects the state legislature to return Albany, possibly in a few weeks after the Fourth of July holiday.  He says they can't afford to not approve the extenders because of the impact on the counties... many of which are controlled by Democrats.  Chautauqua County needs approval of an additional one-percent tax... with half-a-percent split with local towns, cities and villages. 
 
 
Cuomo disappointed about unfinished business -- including measure regarding statute of limitations on molestation cases...
Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's disappointed state lawmakers have ended their session without loosening the statute of limitations for molestation to give victims more time to report abuse.  The bill would have given victims more time to file civil lawsuits or seek criminal charges against their abusers. It also would have created a one-year window for past victims to file civil suits.  Victims now have until they turn 23 to sue, but supporters say it often takes far longer for victims to report their abuse.  The bill was supported by the Assembly and Cuomo, but never got a vote in the Senate. It faced strong opposition from the Catholic Church and other institutions.
 
 
Jamestown man, Eddie Sundquist, announces run for Congress...
A Jamestown man will be among several candidates who want to take a shot at running against incumbant Republican Congressman Tom Reed in 2018.  Eddie Sundquist has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination... and, says he's excited about running.  The Chautauqua County man says it's time to have a Congressman who keeps their promises.  Sundquist says it seems like the 23rd Congressional District is the "land that time forgot," and Reed has not kept his promises.  Sundquist is a practicing attorney with offices in Jamestown and Olean.  He says among the major issues in the campaign, agriculture, the environment and health care.  He says there are a number of area residents who are on Medicaid... or are low to middle income... and, can't get insurance, or afforable insurance.  Sundquist says he will embark on a listening tour, visiting all 11 counties in the district... and, he wants to hear about "real issues" from the people of the region. 
 
 
Green likes Sundquist as candidate...
Chautauqua County Democratic Committee Chairman Norm Green says he's excited about the announcement of Eddie Sundquist running for Congress.  Green says the Jamestown man has a lot of energy and is eager to run.  He also talked about the need for possible opponents to Reed announcing early... adding that candidates now have to raise "$2-million to $3-million to run..." and, that "doesn't happen in a month or two."  Green says he likens the 28 year-old Sundquist to a "young Bobby Kennedy."
 
 
Asian Carp found in Chicago waterway near Lake Michigan...
A live Asian carp has been discovered in a Chicago waterway about nine miles from Lake Michigan.  Federal and state officials tell The Associated Press a commercial fisherman netted the silver carp below the T.J. O'Brien Lock and Dam.  The fish was 28 inches long and weighed about 8 pounds.  Silver carp are among four Asian carp species threatening to invade the Great Lakes, where scientists say they could compete with native species and devastate the region's $7 billion fishing industry.  This is the second time a live Asian carp has turned up beyond an electric barrier network 37 miles southwest of the city that's designed to keep the invasive fish from reaching the lakes.  
 
 

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A Chautauqua County man will be among several candidates who want to take a shot at running against incumbant Republican Congressman Tom Reed in 2018. 

 

Eddie Sunquist of Jamestown has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination and, says he's excited about running.  Sundquist says he came back to the area and, felt the region was the "land that time forgot, here." 

 

He says we've been given promises by current Congressman Tom Reed that "were never kept."  Sundquist is a practicing attorney with offices in Jamestown and Olean.  He says among the major issues in the campaign, agriculture, the environment and health care. 

 

Sundquist says there are a lot of people in the district who are low-to middle income, or on Medicaid, and can't affort health coverage otherwise.  Sundquist says he will embark on a listening tour, visiting all 11 counties in the district and, he wants to hear about "real issues" from the people of the region.

The chairman of the Chautauqua County Democratic Committee says he's excited about the announcement of Eddie Sundquist running for Congress.  Chairman Norm Green says the Jamestown man has a lot of energy and is eager to run.  He says Sundquist has a "campaign staff that's already up and running."  He says the 28 year-old is "young Bobby Kennedy" like.  Green says Sundquist is beginning his campaign early because it takes time to raise the $2 to $3 million that is necessary to run for Congress.


It was a night of "firsts" at Chautauqua Institution last night as the nearly 300 members of the Jamestown High School Class of 2017 got their diploma's during the annual graduation. 

 

It was the first event to be held in the new Chautauqua Amphitheater.  That fact was not lost on many of the speakers during JHS Commencement starting with Principal Mike McElrath who asked the graduates to "think about it" because the Amp is built to last the next 100 years.  He called that "quite a first." 

 

Commencement Speaker Chris Olsen a member of the JHS Class of 1982 also told graduates that they were now "a part of history" at the institution.  Olsen urged them to embrace their legacy and do great things like many of the people who have appeared at Chautauqua and, who came from Jamestown. 

 

He says he's gotten to know many members of the Class of 2017 and, he likes their future and, made one prediction:  One of them will be there in 35 years, and addressing the Class of 2052.  Olsen says the graduates that everything they "need to know to succeed in life" they learned in Jamestown" including the values of hard work and persevering.



The lawyer for a Buffalo school board member who publicly insulted former President Barack Obama and his wife says a state Education Department hearing for the lawyer's client is "all a charade." 

 

Dennis Vacco says the hearing Thursday in Albany is "a subterfuge to get at Carl Paladino in retaliation for his intemperate remarks" in a Buffalo alternative weekly last December.  Vacco is a former New York attorney general. He says the derogatory remarks Paladino submitted to Buffalo's Artvoice were "low and unfortunate," but nonetheless constitutionally protected. 

 

The hearing is being held to determine whether Paladino disclosed confidential school board business when he released information on teacher contract negotiations.


Republicans in the U-S Senate finally revealed details about their health care plan but, many are saying it has a tough road ahead. 

 

The measure dismantles much of former President Obama's health care law.  It would cut Medicaid, and erase tax boosts that Obama imposed on high-earners and medical companies to finance expanded coverage. 

 

Local Congressman Tom Reed says the Senate needs to take action because the current system is not working for many Americans because many of the ObamaCare exchanges are collapsing.  Reed says he has yet to have anyone at his Town Hall meetings say the Affordable Care Act is working "perfectly" and, solving their problems. 

 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly pushing for a vote on health care next week.  However some Senate Republicans still have concerns.  House Republicans passed a plan earlier this year.


Two more big names have been added to the line-up of comedy in Jamestown and Chautauqua Institution the week of July 31st through August 6th. 

 

That from National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson who says Lisa Lampanelli will appear on Satuday night, August 5th, at 9 PM at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.  Gunderson tells us Lampanelli is a contemporary star referred to as the "Queen of Mean" who is a cross between Don Rickles and Archie Bunker. 

 

In fact Gunderson says Howard Stern says Lampanelli is a "true original" who steals the show each time.  The other name added will be part of the week on Comedy at Chautauqua Institution.  Gunderson says W. Kamau Bell is well known on CNN. 

 

Bell, who is a stand-up comedian also hosts the program "United Shades of America" program which is an emmy nominated show.  Gunderson says tickets are on sale now for Bell's appearance at Chautauqua but, tickets for Lisa Lampanelli don't go on sale until next week. 

 

She says National Comedy Center members will be able to buy them Tuesday on-line at www.LucyComedyFest.com and, the general public will get their crack at tickets a week from Thursday.  You can also call the Comedy Center at 484-0800.

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