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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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News Headlines for Sat., July 29, 2017

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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News Headlines for Sat., July 1, 2017

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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WJTN Headlines for Sat., July 21, 2018

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