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Clymer man faces DWI charges following head-on crash in town of Clymer...
A Clymer man faces drunk driving charges following a two-car, head-on crash late last Friday night at an intersection in the town of Clymer.  Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene at the intersection of Routes 426 and 474 shortly before 11 p.m.  Deputies say they interviewed all the occupants... and, found one passenger involved had minor injuries.  She was taken to Corry Memorial Hospital for treatment.  Officers say they found that 25 year-old Zane Tucker -- one of the drivers involved -- was intoxicated.  Tucker was arrested on charges including Aggravated DWI, DWI, consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle.... and, failure to stop at a stop sign.  He was later released with appearance tickets for Mina Town Court at a later date.


City woman arrested for alleged Meth possession during traffic stop...
A woman from Jamestown is accused of being in possession of methamphetamine following a traffic stop on Lakeview Ave. last week.  State Police in Jamestown say 29 year-old Sarah Fowler was a passenger in the car, which was pulled over last Wednesday.  Troopers say they found a container of meth in Fowler's possession, along with tin foil with burnt meth on it, and a scale that had white powder residue.  Fowler was issued appearance tickets for City Court on charges of seventh-degree criminal possession of a Controlled Substance... and, second-degree criminally using Drug Paraphernalia.


Cuomo highlights legislation providing low, and no-cost Internet access to low-income New Yorkers...
The "Connect New York" bill signed late last week by Governor Andrew Cuomo is designed to bridge the digital divide for New York's poor families.  During a signing ceremony in Buffalo Friday... Cuomo said those families, who are receiving some form of public assistance, will be able to get Internet service for $15 a month from their provider.  The governor says the legislation covers all providers doing business in the state... including Spectrum, Windstream, and Verizon, to name a few.  Cuomo announced that the COVID-19 Pandemic had revealed how many families are unable to obtain broadband internet service for school, telemedicine... or finding a job.  He also announced a public private partnership that will allow families that can't afford the $15 monthly cost to get it free.  Cuomo says up to 50,000 students and their families will be eligible for the free Internet... which will be funded through Schmidt Futures and the Ford Foundation.  Cuomo also announced Friday that he was appointing a commission to study places where lack of broadband is a problem.


Friday's signing ceremony in Buffalo Cuomo's latest with no press allowed...
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has lately shied away from coming face to face with reporters as sexual harassment allegations against him have mounted.  The Democratic governor gained national attention last spring for televised news briefings at which he answered barrages of questions from journalists.  But... the Democrat hasn't had an in-person news conference since December.  That's when he switched to interacting with the media only via telephone and Zoom conference calls.  The governor's sudden refusal to allow reporters to freely question him has rankled media outlets.  The governor says it is a needed pandemic safety precaution.


Fredonia man announces his candidacy for Chautauqua County Clerk...
A political newcomer from Fredonia has announced that he is running for Chautauqua County Clerk this Fall as a Democrat.  David Salley is a computer science professional... who says he has the skill and experience to work with current employees to meet customer demands at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Mayville, Jamestown and Dunkirk... direct efficiencies at the County Court House... and, work with the Department of Weights and Measures.  Salley says "it's all about the employees we have working now and me providing full time support and leadership so they can each deliver the best services possible."  He says he's done a wide variety of programming applications... and, started with "Y2K" programming for Plantrol Systems of Westfield and, most recently, database report writing for the Seneca Nation Medical Center. 


County's Office for Aging goes through name change, getting back to more normal operations during COVID...
The Chautauqua County Office for the Aging had to curtail it's programming for local seniors during the pandemic... but, beginning to do more as people get vaccinated.  The department also has a new name: the Office for Aging Services.  Director Mary Ann Spanos says it better fits their mission.  Spanos says they didn't want to change the name too much, but, it emphasizes the fact that they and their partner agencies provide services to the county's aging population.  During the height of the pandemic... Spanos says a number of activites... including Chautauqua Adult Day Services had to shut-down.  They also worked with Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown area to put protocols in place to allow meals to be delivered to shut-ins.  Spanos made her comments for last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.


Prude Grand Jury told by expert that officers didn't do anything wrong...
Newly released transcripts show that prosecutors overseeing a grand jury investigation into the death of Daniel Prude last year in Rochester, undercut the case for criminal charges with testimony from a medical expert who said police officers who held Prude to the ground didn't do anything wrong.  The grand jury voted 15-to-5 not to charge the three officers involved in Prude's restraint.  Prude stopped breathing as officers held him down with a hood over his face.  New York Attorney General Letitia James had said in February, in announcing the grand jury's decision, that the state had put on the best case it could.