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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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



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


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


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


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



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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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



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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


With that no criminal charges are being filed.

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


JPD Alert for Wed., Aug. 16, 2017

From Jamestown Police...


...This is an ACTUAL REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE ALERT... Issued By: Chautauqua County Emergency Management
Jurisdictions: New York

Instructions:  Contact Jamestown Police at 716-483-7522 if you have any information.


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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


News Headlines for Sun., Aug. 13, 2017

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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


The investigation is continuing.

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


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


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


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

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


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


The southbound lanes were closed for work last year.


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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



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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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


News Update for Sat., Aug. 5, 2017

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


News Headlines for Sat., Aug. 5, 2017

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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.


News Headlines for Sat., July 22, 2017

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.


WJTN News Headlines

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.


WJTN Headlines

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.


New Headlines for Sat., July 15, 2017

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.


News Headlines for Sat., July 8, 2017

North County man killed in car-motorcycle crash...
A north county man has died from injuries suffered when his motorcycle was struck by one of two cars involved in a crash at the intersection of Route 39 and Hanover Rd. in the town of Hanover.  Sheriff's officers say the accident occured shortly after 6 p.m. when the driver of one of the cars... 57 year-old Dawn Clayburg of Tonawanda... had stopped at the stop sign on Hanover Road.  However... deputies say she failed to yield to the other car... driven by 23 year-old Brandon Hilton of Westfield.  Officers say Hilton's car then continued westbound, and struck the oncoming motorcycle, operated by 61 year-old William Wagner of Forestville.  Deputies say Wagner suffered serious injuries, and was flown by Starlight Helicopter to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo... where he later died.  The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department Accident Reconstruction Team responded to the scene.  At this time the accident is still being investigated.
Dunkirk woman arrested for allegedly shooting and killing boyfriend...
A Dunkirk woman is jailed without bail for allegedly shooting and killing a man some Buffaloj media have identified as her boyfriend in the north county city late Thursday night.  City Police Chief David Ortolano says police were called to the scene at 141 Lake Shore Drive East shortly after 10 p.m.  Ortolano says they found the male victim outside in a yard when officers arrived... and, he later died at the hospital.  He says they had their suspect, 28 year-old Rebecca Ruiz, in custody a short time later for second-degree murder.  Ortolano says the victim's name is being withheld until family members of notified.  Ruiz was charged with second-degree murder... and, arraigned in Dunkirk City Court late Friday morning.  Ortolano declined to comment further on the arrest... but, did say that this was not a "random act" of violence.  He says it was "an isolated incident."  Dunkirk Police were assisted at the scene by Fredonia Police, State Police, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, the County District Attorney's Office and the Chautauqua County Forensic Team.  Thursday night's murder was the first of the year in the city of Dunkirk.
Ribbon cut on McCrea Point Park...
The ribbon has been cut on the new McCrea Point Park and Boat Launch along the Chadakoin River on Jamestown's westside.  Several dozen people... including several who were in traditional dress clothes from the late 1800s and early 1900s... were on hand for the re-dedication of the park.  Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi thanked several people for helping to get the park back to it's early splendor.  Teresi noted that -- as part of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk project -- the city has been trying to "reclaim our past" -- and this was the latest example.  Teresi called it a "back to the future" type of project.  The program started with a boat ride on The Chautauqua Belle... the steamship that still goes up and down the lake.  However... for the first time... the Belle was taken down the outlet, and served as a backdrop for this morning's festivities.  Teresi especially thanked Cheryl McCrea... whose grandparents originally owned the riverfront property where the park is located. 
Horrigan says sales tax extender important part of getting 2018 budget in place...
Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan and his financial team have begun work on his final budget... and, he says there shouldn't be any surprises now that the county's additional, one-percent sales tax, has been okayed by the state.  The county's added tax was approved during the state legislature's recent "Extraordinary Session."  While the renewal is a routine matter... Horrigan says it's an important function of the legislature for some 53 counties -- including Chautauqua.  As for the budget... he says having a five-year plan in place has helped the process.  With the plan... Horrigan says they have that blueprint now through the year 2022.
Horrigan talks bicycle safety during latest installment of 100 Days of Summer Safety...
There are now biking lanes on some streets in the city of Jamestown... and, across Chautauqua County.  With bicycle traffic picking up... County Executive Vince Horrigan is continuing to high-light Summer safety.  Horrigan was at the Jamestown Cycle Shop Friday afternoon to stress being safe while riding bicycles.  He says it's the second-part of his 100 Days of Summer Safety series... and, says they want to high-light bicycle safety because so many people are doing it now.  Horrigan was joined by Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi for the event... who stressed the need to know the rules of the road -- especially in the city.  That includes wearing bike helmets and, keeping bicycles off the sidewalks in the city.  Teresi says the city has great places to bike now... with the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk nearing completion.  Fortunately... City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says there aren't many such accidents in Jamestown... adding they typically involve driver "inattention."
Independent Financial Advisor talks seven questions you need to ask for make sure your advisor is acting in your best interests...
A person needs to ask questions before deciding on a financial advisor who has their best interests at heart.  That from a 28-year veteran of providing independent, ethical and transparent financial guidance.  Managing Partner Carol Clark with OnCenter Financial Advisors recently taught a class on the seven questions you should ask an advisor before signing up with them.  Clark taught three classes on that topic during the first week of the season at Chautauqua Institution.  Clark says the first question is whether the advisor is a "broker."  She says 90-percent are paid by commission, and there is no legal obligation to represent their clients best interests first.  She adds that the other type of advisor is a registered investment advisor, and they are legally required to represent their client's interest first... and, adds they do not charge commission.  Clark says there are about 309,000 registered financial advisors in the United States who vy for people's business.  When you find a financial advisor you like... Clark says you need to ask about their affiliations.  She says if they are affiliated with a broker/dealer that person can steer you to programs with "inbedded investments."  Clark says you should also ask if the advisor provides proprietary mutual finds... and, where the money is held.  She says you should ask if it has a "third-party custodian..." meaning that no one can withdraw your money except for you.  Clark says that's important given recent scandals involving people like Bernie Madoff.  For more information on OnCenter Financial Advisors... go on-line to oncenterfinancial.com.


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A Dunkirk woman has been arrested for allegedly shooting a man duirng an incident on Lake Shore Drive in the north county city last night. 


Dunkirk police say they responded to a report of a gunshot victim at 141 Lake Shore Drive East about 10 p.m. Thursday.  On arrival officers found a male victim laying unresponsive in the yard outside the home. 


An investigation led to the arrest of 28 year-old Rebecca Ruiz of the 141 Lake Shore Drive East address on one count of second-degree murder.  Police say Ruiz is being held in the Dunkirk City Jail pending arraignment. 


The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of relatives.  Police officials say they believe the shooting was an isolated incident and, not a random act.  Dunkirk Police were assisted by the Sheriff's Office, State Police and Fredonia Police and, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.

Jamestown police are continuing to investigate following a pair of drug raids on the city's north and east sides. 


Officials say members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force raided the residence at 853 Prendergast Avenue and, the Noe Place Can Redemption Center at Second and Winsor Streets yesterday afternoon. 


Tlhe Prendergast Ave. location is where an unsolved murder occured in June of last year.  However no arrests have been reported as yet.  More when it becomes available.

A Cattaraugus County man has been arrested for allegedly trafficking Heroin laced with Fentanyl in the Randolph-area. 


Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they had been investigating 30 year-old Dakotah Kaltenbach of Steamburg for some time.  Task Force members accuse Kaltenbach of selling the illegal narcotic mix from a home at 92 West Main Street in Randolph. 


He was arrested on two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, one count of third-degree criminal sale.  Kaltenbach was arraigned in Randolph Town Court and, sent to the Little Valley Jail on $5,000 cash bail. 


The Task Force in Cattaraugus County is made up up Sheriff's officers and members of the Salamanca, Gowanda, and Franklinville Police Departments and, State Police.

The gerrymandering of Congressional District in the United States has led directly to the polarization of the House and Senate. 


Those are the feelings of former Congressman Bill Clinger of Warren, Pennsylvania.  Clinger spoke with our Dennis Webster on our "Chautauqua Now" show and, discussed the current situation where the Senate broke for the Fourth of July Holiday without acting on health care bill. 


Clinger says many Congressional Districts seem to wind up either heavily one-way or the other and, with that more hard-line Republicans and Democrats are elected and, they don't "want to negotiate."  Due to the situation Clinger says "we don't have a working Democracy anymore." 


He was known as a "moderate" Republican member of the House of Representatives from 1980 to 1997 and, saw the problem beginning as he was retiring from Congress.  Clinger recalled talking with "freshmen" members of a committee he chaired the last year he was in the House. 


He says he told them he wanted them to work with the committee to "move legislation" ahead and he says they told him no "we won't."  Clinger adds that's the main reason he didn't run for Congress again.

The McCrea Point Park and Boat Launch will be re-dedicated tomorrow morning after a lengthy project to clean-up and upgrade the location on Jamestown's westside. 


That from City Riverwalk Commission Chairman Bill Stevenson who says the park is one of the city's "hidden jems."  The re-dedication will be held at 9 AM at the launch off West Eighth Street. 


Stevenson says they're excited because there'll be plenty of chances to take a ride on The Chautauqua Bell to get a look at the outlet and, the rides will take place at 11 a.m. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and take people up, then down the outlet. 


Stevenson says the activities at the boat launch begin right after the rededication and, continue until 4 p.m.  He says those activites also include the chance to rent out kayaks or canoes at $10 each to check out the outlet on your own. 


He says there will also be a petting farm a small car show and, chainsaw exhibition.  Stevenson says there will also be music.

A city man has been arrested for allegedly using Methamphetime while he was supervising a young boy on Jamestown's northside. 


City police say officers were called to 230 Price Street about 5 Thursday morning on a report of a domestic incident.  When officers arrived they say they spoke with 27 year-old Zachary Legere and a 29 year-old woman who both admitted to taking the narcotic drug. 


Police say they also found drug paraphernalia and hypodermic needles that were within reach of the child.  Further investigation led to Legere's arrest on charges of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, endangering the welfare of a child.

A Cassadaga man is okay after his canoe capsized in Cassadaga Creek late Wednesday afternoon. 


Sheriff's officers say 66 year-old Raymond Jordan, Junior, was out on Cassadaga Lake in his canoe early in the afternoon but, had not been heard from since 3 p.m. 


Deputies were called to the scene and, deployed kayaks along with Cassadaga Fire, and Chautauqua County Emergency Services crews.  They later found Jordan on Cassadaga Creek where his canoe had capsized after encountering a beaver dam. 


Cassadaga crews helped Jordan getting back to shore where he was checked over and released.


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State Police in Pennsylvania say a body found along the New York shoreline of Lake Erie with a gunshot wound to the head and an anchor attached to the torso has been identified as that of a woman whose husband reported her missing last month. 


Police add that 48 year-old Christoper Leclair has been charged with killing her.  51 year-old Karen Leclair of Albion, PA was reported missing last June 11 by her husband who is a commercial fisherman. 


Lt. Wayne Kline says dental records were used to identify Karen Leclair's body Wednesday.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says his DIVE Team found Mrs. Leclair's body about 11 a.m. Tuesday.  Kline says Christopher Leclair's dad tried to hide the revolver used to shoot her and has been arrested. 


Christopher Leclair told police his wife was sitting on a bucket on the edge of a boat when she apparently fell overboard while he wasn't looking.  Authorities charged him with criminal homicide because dock surveillance cameras show the couple left together the day before he reported her missing and he returned alone.

A Falconer man has been arrested for allegedly stealing a hand-gun from a village residence early Tuesday morning. 


Ellicott Town Police say they were called to the unidentified location where the victim identified 22 year-old Aaron Johnson of Park Avenue as the suspect involved.  Officers say they found Johnson a few blocks away and, he was arrested. 


Police add that a search turned up the weapon and, Johnson was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and, criminal possession of a weapon.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.

Three residential burglaries in the Ripley-area has led the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office to issue a warning to residents there to lock their doors especially if they are away. 


Sheriff's deputies say the break-ins occured over a three-day span and, during the evening hours.  Officers say, in each case the suspects committed the crime while the residents were inside sleeping. 


In all 3 incidents the doors of the victim's homes were unlocked.  They were all reported around July 1st.  The Sheriff's Office is advising residents in the Ripley area to lock their doors.  To report any suspicious activity contact the Sheriff's Office at 753-2131.

The opening round of the second-annual LECOM Health Challenge gets underway this morning at the Peek 'n Peak Year-Round Resort near Findley Lake. 


The PGAWeb.com Tour event runs through Sunday and, Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan says it's great to have the tour back in town.  Horrigan said Wednesday that they have a special event taking place for military veterans who will be admitted free today. 


He adds they'll have another special event Sunday morning and, veterans will again be involved later in the day Sunday as veteran's "tend the flag" on the 18th hole that day.  There will also be a prayer service early Sunday before tee-off. 


Horrigan says it's going to be a fun four days and each days events will be shown on The Golf Channel again this year.  Tickets are still available including single-day or four-day passes. 


Other activties including a Wellness Fair are being put on during the week.  You can go on-line to their website at LECOMhealthchallenge.com.  Tickets are also available at the gate each day.

There are seven questions that a person should ask when they're looking for a financial advisor that has their best interests in mind. 



That from Managing Partner Carol Clark with OnCenter Financial Advisors who is a 28 year veteran of providing independent, ethical and transparent financial guidance.  Clark taught three classes on that topic during the first week of the season at Chautauqua Institution. 


Clark says the first question is whether the advisor is actually a "broker," because that means fees because different products are priced differently, and many fees are hidden.  Clark says 90% of the registered financial advisors in the United States are actually brokers meaning they work by commission. 


When you find a financial advisor you like Clark says you need to ask whether they or their firm affiliated with a broker-dealer.  She says you should also ask if the advisor provides proprietary mutual funds and, where the money is held. 


Clark says you should ask if it has a "third-party custodian" meaning that no one can withdraw your money except for you.  Clark says that can help stop fraud in many cases.  For more information on OnCenter Financial Advisors go online to oncenterfinancial.com.


A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly violating an order of protection when he was found at the scene of an alleged domestic incident early Wednesday morning. 


City police were called to the scene in the 100-block of East Second Street and, found the suspect, 23 year-old Joseph Novak, inside the home.  Officers say Novak resisted when they went to arrest him and, he faces several charges after being found with the victim. 


Novak is charged with first-degree criminal contempt aggravated family offense and, resisting arrest.  He was being held in city jail pending arraignment.


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The investigation is continuing into a fatal car-motorcycle crash that occurred on Route 20 in the town of Hanover on Monday afternoon. 


Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies responded to the crash on Route 20 just after 4:30 p.m.  That from Sheriff Joe Gerace who says the accident apparently occured at an intersection when the driver of the car failed to yield at a stop sign. 


Gerace says the motorcyclist, 60 year-old Michael Shoemaker, was flown to the Erie County Medical Center, where he later died.  He says the driver of the car, 48-year-old Tammy Mays of Silver Creek, has been ticketed for failing to yield the right of way at a stop sign. 


The Sheriff indicates that while a ticket has been issued, the case remains open.

Authorities in upstate New York are warning residents about a telephone scam where callers pose as police officers. 


WGRZ-TV in Buffalo reports several residents have notified the Erie County Sheriff's Office about the calls.  Sheriff Timothy Howard says in each case the caller identified themselves as an Erie County Sheriff's Office Sergeant named Robert Stzeczario. 


Howard says the callers threaten to arrest residents unless they pay a $2,500 fine for not appearing at jury duty.  Howard says the scammers ask for money orders. 


The Sheriff's Office says residents should hang up if they receive questionable calls.

Chautauqua County has submitted what it hopes is the winning application for New York's 20-million dollar Municipal Consolidation and Government Efficiency Competition. 


County Executive Vince Horrigan said late last week that the application was sent before the June 30th deadline.  Horrigan also praised the work of his Executive Assistant, Dan Heitzenreiter, and Legislator George Borrello on the final application.  He says they and the Center for Governmental Research in Rochester did a lot of work on the application. 


Horrigan says about 14 projects from across the county are included in the final application... and, he says they're in a variety of areas.  Horrigan adds there is still more work ahead.  He says each of the six entities involved in the state-wide competition will have to give a presentation in Albany in mid-July. 


While no date has been announced, Horrigan doesn't expect a winner to be determined until sometime in September.

The Chautauqua County Independence Party has endorsed George Borrello for County Executive in this Fall's election. 


In making the announcement Party Chairman Thom Shagla say's they've watched Borrello's career "as a legislator and the way he has immersed himself in the business of Chautauqua County."  Shagla says "we are impressed with his intimate knowledge of all aspects of it's running and the energy he had exhibited." 


Borrello is a Republican from Silver Creek and, founded his business "Top-Shelf Marketing" in his early 20s and, grew it into a national recognized supplier to the hospitality industry.  Borrello was first elected as a legislator in 2009 and, is finishing his fourth-term on the panel. 


He was endorsed last month by the county's Republican Committee.

Many of the best up-and-coming pro golfers in the world are in Chautauqua County for this year's second-annual LECOM Challenge tournament at the Peek 'n Peak Resort in Findley Lake. 


Tournament play begins Thursday in the 72-hole PGA Web.com tour event.  One of the tournament co-director's, Michelle Turner with the Chautauqua County Regional Economic Development Corporation, says they're excited to see the event return this year and, is hoping for another exciting finish like last year. 


Turner says there are still plenty of tickets remaining and, adds that single-day tickets cost $10 each and, a weekly pass is $25 for all four days.  She says the annual Pro-Am is being held at The Peek today but, adds that they've had activities taking place all week beginning with two on Monday


She said Tuesday that one was a Kid's Golf Clinic with many of the pros which was followed by a Kids Pro-Am.  Turner says about 100 kids took part in the activites. 


The LECOM Health Challenge runs through next Sunday afternoon.

Gasoline prices in Chautauqua County continue to fall just like national prices have over the past week. 


The AAA's Fuel Gauge Report says they've fallen to just over $2.44 a gallon for regular, unleaded fuel.  The Fuel Gauge says the local price has fallen nearly a penny and are now $2.44.3 cents.  Elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region this week gasoline prices have declined again this week. 


Compared to one month ago, gasoline prices are on average 12 cents cheaper in the region.  Gasoline stockpiles in the region were on an upward swing on the week, rising by 600,000 barrels.  This was the only region in the country to see stocks increase, which contributed to the gasoline prices drop.  Nationally AAA says the average price is now $2.23.


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Jamestown police are warning about a social media and telephone scam that has resulted in hundreds of dollars being stolen from local residents. 


City police say they've received multiple complaints about the scams over the past weekend.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says several people have reported that they were advised via Facebook, other social media, or e-mail that they were winners in a lottery. 


They were then told they would have to text a phone number to claim their cash prize and send Western Union funds or to electronically transfer Apple I-Tunes cards or prepaid Visa Cards totaling $550 or more to handle the processing fees. 


However Samuelson says, in each case, once the transfer was made, the victims were never contacted again and, were out the money they sent Captain Samuelson also says they are also seeing a renewal of the IRS Scam in which someone calls a person saying that the victim is being sued by the IRS because they owe back taxes. 


The suspect on the phone then tells the victim that they will go to jail if they don't pay.  That person then tells the victim that they should wire the funds, or electronically send pre-paid cards for the payments. 


Samuelson says citizens are urged to ignore such posts or phone calls and, never give any personal information to anyone over the phone if you cannot confirm who they are.

The crackdown continues against impaired and distracted driving in New York state and Chautauqua County during the Fourth of July holiday. 


Sheriff Joe Gerace says the New York State STOP-DWI crackdown and continues through 6 a.m. Wednesday.  Gerace says the Sheriff's Office, all local law enforcement and the State Police will continue to enforce laws related to driving while impaired.  He says drive defensively and wear your seat belt. 


Gerace also says put the hand-held devices away so your full attention is given to the road ahead.  He says the problem of distracted driving is getting so bad, you have to watch it even if you are walking or running along the highway.  He says a lot of people aren't paying attention to their driving but, "doing other things." 


There were 70 vehicle stops, arrests and summonses during the last STOP-DWI enforcement held on the Memorial Day weekend.

A city has been arrested on multiple charges including unlawful imprisonment and assault for allegedly holding a woman against her will and choking her last weekend. 


Jamestown Police were called to the scene at 164 Chandler St. shortly after 4 p.m. last Saturday and, arrested 40 year-old Joseph Thayer.  Officers say their investigation determined that Thayer choked the woman from behind then tackled her to the ground, and wouldn't allow her to get up. 


He was arrested for second-degree unlawful imprisonment criminal obstruction of breathing and third-degree assault and menacing.  Thayer was taken into custody without further incident, and sent to the county jail with bail to be set.

A Frewsburg man has been arrested following a fight in the town of Carroll that involved two people. 


Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Maple Street in Frewsburg just befoe 2:30 p.m. Sunday and, investigated the alleged altercation.  Deputies later arrested 35 year-old Jaron Dallas on several charges including second-degree assault and strangulation and, fourth-degree criminal mischief.  Dallas was arraigned, and sent to the County Jail with bail to be set.

New and modern technology has muddied the waters and, is challenging what paleoentologists previously knew about the origins and development of man. 


That from Monday's featured lecturer at Chautauqua Institution.  National Geographic Magazine Explorer-in-Residence Lee Berger led off the Week-Two theme of "The Human Journey: Origin, Exploration, and Preservation." 


Berger says they know know that at least part of European and Asian origins include Neanderthal man who came from Africa.  He says they'll have .5 to 3 to 4% Neanderthal DNA meaning some of our genes come from them.  Berger says paleoentologists had discovered a new species scientists orginally thought existed about 2 to 3-million years ago. 


However... he says they have now determined that "Homo-noleti" was here about 250,000 years ago.  Berger says they've made incredible strides through the use of robotics, drones and other new technology.  But he says just a few years ago, it took about six-weeks to get a correspondence from a colleague elsewhere in the world. 


Now, it's instantaneous with discoveries shared while they're happening.  Berger is originally from Georgia but, moved to South Africa in 1989 to be closer to where his reseach takes him.  He is the author of the new book, "Almost Human" which came out back in May.

The majority of local fireworks displays and, Fourth of July celebrations around the Jamestown-area are today. 


The day begins in Lakewood where the annual Firecracker 10-K run and 2-mile walks will be held at 9 a.m.  There will also be food, vendors and music on Chautauqua Avenue and Hartley Park. 


Local band Two for Flinching will play from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and ,the day concludes with fireworks at 10 p.m. 


In Mayville the annual Fourth of July Parade kicks off at 10 AM from the intersection of Routes 430 and 394, and will conclude at Lakeside Park.  The day's activities at Lakeside Park with food, and other events and activities through the day.  There will also be music. 


Fireworks will begin at 10 PM The Bemus Bay Pops is celebrating the Fourth of July with a Journey Tribute band tonight.  The show begins at 8 PM and fireworks will follow the performance.  For more information go on-line to www.bemusbaypops.com.


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The ribbon was cut Sunday afternoon on the new Chautauqua Amphitheater to much fanfare. 


The chairman of Chautauqua’s Board of Trustees, Jim Pardo, thanked donors and the people who designed and built the new Amphitheater Pardo offered this dedication.  Pardo says this space equally as sacred as it's predecessors that stood here shall indeed serve as the institution's new assembly and gathering space." 


Conductor Rossen Milanov of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, said the institution is now positioned to provide the highest level of programming for decades to come.  Milanov touted the new facility's larger stage, accustics and sight lines. 


Following remarks from several other institution officials as well as Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan, Chautauqua’s orchestras, and the opera, theater and dance departments presented brief performances on the new stage concluding with the Ode to Joy from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

State Police and local law enforcement agencies are increasing patrols over the long, holiday period to crack down on drunken driving and other traffic infractions. 


Troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoints along with speeding and seat-belt enforcement details from Saturday through Tuesday. Last year State Police issued nearly 11,000 vehicle and traffic tickets during the Fourth of July weekend.  Troopers arrested 206 people for DWI and responded to 756 crashes resulting in three deaths. 


Troopers will also be looking for drivers using cell phones or failing to move over for stopped emergency vehicles.  All Chautauqua County Departments are taking part in the latest Stop-DWI Crackdown which runs through Midnight Tuesday.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports 146 people died nationwide in alcohol-related crashes during the Fourth of July period in 2015.

New York state is working to make driving less of a pain this Fourth of July weekend. 


Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that the state will suspend all non-essential construction-related lane closures during the busy holiday weekend.  Cuomo says state officials are doing "everything in (their) power" to make traveling as painless as possible this Independence Day.  The restrictions will run through July 5th.

Returning to Chautauqua County and being named the new superintendent for the Jamestown Public Schools is a "dream come true" for Mayville native Bret Apthorpe. 


Apthorpe was unanimously approved late last Friday as the new head of the district during a special meeting of the school board.  Apthorpe says it will be a "coming back home" of sorts for him when he takes over the reins on September 1st


Following the meeting Apthorpe said he'll be working with Interim Superintendent Silvia Root to get a lay of the land and, begin pouring over reports and audits and, will likely spend the first six-months meeting people in the community and the schools. 


Apthorpe comes to Jamestown after three years as superintendent in the Frontier School District in Hamburg.  Prior to that he was an assistant Superintendent in the Fairport School District near Rochester.  He says he jumped at the opportunity in Jamestown when it was announced because such opportunities don't come about often because there "aren't that many big schools in Western New York." 


Apthorpe says that's were most of his experience is.  He is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo and the SUNY College at Fredonia and, got his doctorate from the University of Rochester.

The new superintendent at the Fredonia Central School District begins his new duties on July 21st. 


As with Jamestown he comes from the Frontier School District.  Jeffrey Sortisio, the principal at Frontier High School, says he's looking forward to his new job and was impressed by the community. 


Sortisio says his first goal is to learn as much as he can about the district, and the community.  He admits he will have a challenging task, wrapping up his work at the Hamburg-based school district and getting ready for his new job.  He says he's got a good team around him at Frontier so he's not concerned about that. 


Sortisio adds that he's "very excited" to begin his new postion later this month.  He is not a stranger to the Dunkirk-Fredonia area.  His wife Kim is an educator at Dunkirk High School, which could make for an interesting inner-family rivalry!  Sortisio succeeds long-time school superintendent Paul Difonzo who retired in March.

An Erie, Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to taking part in a car-jacking and brandishing a firearm in the north county city of Dunkirk in July of 2015. 


Acting US Attorney James Kennedy, Junior has announced that 37 year-old Dimas Colon-Cruz of Erie, Pennsylvania entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Lawrence Vilardo late last week.  Prosecutors say Colon-Cruz traveled with co-defendants Michael Gonzalez-Colon and Denis Cruz from Erie to Dunkirk on stolen all-terrain vehicles. 


But shortly after arriving in Dunkirk, the ATV's were seized by police leaving them without transportation.  Colon-Cruz and his co-defendents then assaulted two people in the area of Robin and Second Streets and, struck one with a pistol before stealing his car. 


Prosecutors add the trio also broke into and stole several items from Lakeside Lawncare in Fredonia including a pickup truck.  Police recovered both the car and truck in Erie two days later.  One other defendent Michael Gonzalez-Colon has been convicted and sentenced.  Charges are pending against Denis Cruz.  Dimas Colon-Cruz is to be sentenced next Oct. 25.


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Apthorpe introduced as new Jamestown Public School Superintendent...
A Chautauqua County native says it's "very exciting" to be selected as the new Superintendent of the Jamestown Public Schools.  Dr. Bret Apthorpe... a 1983 graduate of the old Mayville High School... was unanimously approved by the city School Board last night to be the new superintendent... starting Sept. 1.  Following the vote, and introduction... Apthorpe took a moment to thank the board.  He says he was "very encouraged" to see the school board's passion and commitment to bringing "the best to this school."  The decision to hire Apthorpe ends a relatively short search after former Superintendent Tim Mains left for a similar position in the Pine Bush District last February.  Apthorpe comes from the Frontier School District in the Buffalo-area... where he has been superintendent for the past three years.  He was an assistant superintendent in the Fairport District near Rochester before that.  Apthorpe is a graduate of the SUNY College at Fredonia... and, began his teaching career in the Southwestern Central School District.  School Board President Paul Abbott says Apthorpe will work with Interm Superintendent Silvia Root to begin the transition towards his taking the reins on Sept. 1.
Gerace says latest Stop-DWI Crackdown underway, targeting drunk and impaired drivers...
A combination of the lowest gasoline prices in several years... and, a four-day holiday for many is expected to lead to a record number of travelers for the Fourth of July weekend across the U-S.  Of the 44.2-million people expected to travel through next Tuesday night... 37.5-million will travel by car.  Locally... traffic began picking up in the Jamestown-area early yesterday afternoon... and, local police will be stepping up enforcement efforts through the holiday period.  That from Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace... who says the Summer season is now in full swing... and, the typical influx of tourists and visitors is here.  Gerace says the Sheriff's Department and other local agencies will be stepping up their drunk driving details.  However... in recent years with the Heroin and opioid drug crisis... they've had to be on the look-out for people also driving while under the influence of drugs -- or both.  Gerace some people may be under the mistaken impression that they can drink less... but, use drugs and not be arrested for driving while under the influence... but they can be.  He says they'll also be on the look-out for seat belt and other violations.  Gerace made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
City unveils new Street Paver...
For the first time in several years... the Jamestown Public Works Department has a brand new piece of major equipment to help with it's Summer road and bridge program.  That from Mayor Sam Teresi... who announced the city has lease-purchased a new Caterpillar Paver on an emergency basis.  Teresi says the city's 1994-model paver recently "gave up the ghost..." and, could no longer be repaired.  He says he, DPW Director Jeff Lehman, and others, began looking at various options.  Teresi says they found the new paver for $420,000 on state contract.  Teresi says they need to make sure they've got good, state-of-the-art equipment that can do the job for the DPW.  He says the new paver will be plenty busy... with the city's most ambitious paving season in years underway.  He says they've already done some significant milling on streets -- mainly on Second Street -- and there's more paving to come.  Teresi says they are not able to pay the entire cost up front... so the matter was taken to city council... and, it approved the agreement with Milton CAT of Batavia this past Monday night.  Teresi says they will likely pay for the paver using a Bond Anticipation Note.
Leone says being County Dir. of Emergency Services has been an "excellent opportunity..."
The long-time Director of Emergency Services in Chautauqua County believes the 15-years he has held the job of coordinating public and emergency responders has been a "excellent opportunity."  Julius Leone will be leaving the position he has held since March of 2002 at the end of October.  Leone says he has been thinking about it for a while since his children now live in Maryland.  Leone is quick to credit the work of first responders in Chautauqua County for working with him to "do what's necessary to make sure the county is safe."  He has worked under three county executives, starting with Mark Thomas and continuing through Vince Horrigan.  He has seen many changes, not only in technology, but also with the involvement of the position.  Leone says emergency services really changed after "9/11" in terms of public safety, and how to keep people safe.
Pennsylvania Leg. approves budget, but, lawmakers don't know how it'll be funded...
The main spending bill in a $32-billion-dollar bi-partisan budget package is past the Pennsylvania Legislature on the state fiscal year's final day, although lawmakers don't know how it'll all be funded.  The House voted 173-to-27 on Friday, hours after the Senate voted 43-7. The package was unveiled a day earlier, after being negotiated in secret. Democratic Governor Tom Wolf supports it, but has yet to say whether he'll sign it if lawmakers can't figure out a spending plan.  Both chambers recessed until at least Wednesday, and lawmakers say they'll try next week to find $2 billion-plus to cover the shortfall.


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Two people are jailed after they were arrested during a drug bust in the Cattaraugus County town of Randolph last night. 


Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they were investigating 29 year-old Brent Robbins of Kennedy for allegedly trafficking Heroin when they spotted his car stopped on Swamp Road about 8 PM


Task Force agents say they found both Robbins and his passenger, 24 year-old Ashley Waite of Salamanca in possession of a bag of Heroin, and Heroin that was packaged for sale.  Both were arrested by Task Force members and Olean Police on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance. 


Robbins was also charged with criminal sale.  Robbins is in the Cattaraugus County Jail on $15,000 bail Waite on $5,000 bail.

The man who has headed up Chautauqua County's Emergency Services Department for the past 15 years says he'll be calling it a career in late October. 


County Executive Vince Horrigan announced Thursday that Fredonia's Julius Leone will officially step down from the position October 27th.  Horrigan says he'll miss having Leone's expertise and ability to lead local fire departments in responding to major fires, tornados, and floods. 


He says their relationship goes back to Horrigan's time as director of the local Red Cross and, he says Leone has been a "master" at handling emergency situations here and across the state.  He says Leone will "truly be missed."  Horrigan adds that Leone has also led the annual training of firefighters at the county's Taylor Training Center in Jamestown and, the Murphy Training Center in Dunkirk. 


He's also been fully-involved in developing the county's new "Fly-Car" EMS Service.  Horrigan says he's already spoken with Legislature Chairman David Himelein about creating a search committee to find a replacement.  However he says not only does a person need the expertise but, they need someone who works well with several local fire agencies. 


In a printed statement Leone says it's been "an honor and privilege" to serve county residents and, work with the local fire departments.

After several hours, crews finally left the scene of Thursday's dust bin fire in the village of Silver Creek. 


Firefighters from Silver Creek and Sunset Bay first responded to the blaze which originated in a bin near Newbrook Machine on Mechanic Street around 9:30 AM.  They later had assistance from the Chautauqua County Hazardous Materials Team. 


County Emergency Services Director Julius Leone said late Thursday that village residents could go outside again shortly after 4 PM after the fire was put out.  Leone says the all clear was given at that time. 


Village residents had been asked to stay indoors with windows closed and ventilation off while the fire was burning.  Leone says crews did an excellent job in getting the blaze under control adding they are difficult fires to put out.  Leone says investigators are still looking into what sparked the blaze.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a measure that extends mayoral control of schools in New York City and names the new Tappan Zee Bridge after his father, the late Governor Mario Cuomo. 


Cuomo, a Democrat, signed the measure Thursday shortly after lawmakers approved it and adjourned.  The law giving Mayor Bill de Blasio control over city schools had been set to expire Friday.  The extension renews the 15-year-old policy for another two years. 


The Legislature also voted to name the new Tappan Zee Bridge the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.  The span will replace the current, aging structure and is expected to open later this year.  Cuomo says his father would not have sought the tribute and would have considered it an act of vanity.

People in Chautauqua County are again able to buy fireworks that are considered "sparkler-type" devices this year for the Fourth of July. 


The County Legislature took advantage of a new state law in 2016 that allows local counties to sell such devices within two weeks of the Fourth of July and, New Year's Day.  Sheriff Joe Gerace voiced several concerns over the ability to sell such devises last year and, he still has those concerns now. 


Gerace says the biggest one is parents allowing children to have, and set these off, unsupervised.  He says in that case the parents are responsible.  Gerace says the new law has taken an old one that was "difficult to enforce" and, made it "impossible" to enforce. 


He says fireworks that go "boom" like M-80s are still illegal in New York state.  Lawmakers hoped that lightening up on regulations for sparklers would keep residents in border counties from going into Pennsylvania to buy fireworks. 


On this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program Gerace also urged residents to attend one of the several professional fireworks displays locally.

The Uber and Lyft ride-hailing services are up and running in upstate New York and on Long Island. 


The apps became available for those regions as of 12:01 a.m. Thursday under legislation approved by state lawmakers and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo this month. 


The original measure called for the services to begin upstate and on Long Island on July 9th but Cuomo and the Legislature worked out a deal to push up the start to just before the busy Fourth of July holiday.


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Chautauqua County legislators are clearing the way for establishing a sustainable energy loan program in the county. 


By an 18-0 vote, lawmakers approved a local law that established the program for state financing for energy efficiency upgrades for commercial properties and multi-family homes.  Legislator George Borrello of Hanover has concerns about large-scale projects, but supported the local law.  Borrello says this is unlike large-scale wind and solar projects that are a "burden on the community... these projects are practical." 


County Executive Vince Horrigan says he now supports the program because it could have a positive economic impact and will not require any county funding.   In other action, the County Legislature approved a measure that allows the Transportation Alternatives Program Project on Dale Drive in the village of Cassadaga to proceed. 


Engineering and preliminary work will be able to move ahead on the shoulder expansion project that was recently awarded $588,000 in federal funding by the state.

The state Assembly has voted to name the new Tappan Zee Bridge after the late Governor Mario Cuomo.  The legislation endorsed by lawmakers early Thursday morning also would renew the law giving the mayor of New York City control of public education in the city.  That 15-year-old policy is set to expire Friday


Under the bill, the new bridge would be known as the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.  The structure is being built to replace the old Hudson River crossing, formally named the Governor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge.  The Senate is expected to consider the legislation later today.

A Buffalo-area man accused of attacking a Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputy last September 11th reportedly told police he suffers from multiple mental conditions. 


The Post-Journal reports that 22 year-old Justin Haffa of Cheektowaga appeared Wednesady for the continuation of a Huntley Hearing in County Court.  The hearing began in late April and, looks at how police obtained statements from the defendant. 


Police did report that Haffa may have been suicidal.  He faces multiple felony charges for allegedly attacking a female deputy in the early morning hours of late September 11th while a field sobriety test was being administered along Route 60 in Pomfret.  Haffa's trial is to begin August 22nd.

A decision on whether a one-time candidate for New York governor who publicly insulted former President Barack Obama should remain on a school board is expected in several weeks. 


Layers wrapped up a five-day hearing in Albany on Wednesday.  State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia will make her decision on Carl Paladino's future on the Buffalo school board after receiving written briefs until mid-July. 


Fellow school board members say Paladino improperly disclosed information about teacher contract negotiations discussed in closed-door sessions.  But Paladino says the real reason for the action is comments he made about Obama published in a Buffalo arts newspaper.

There will be a "cruise-in" event in downtown Jamestown this Summer thanks to the efforts of the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce which has stepped forward to put on the event.


Community Chamber Coordinator Lee Harkness made the announcement Wednesday afternoon in front of one of the sponsors of the August 18th event Shawbucks Press Room. 


Harkness says the event will begin at 4 and run until 10 PM that day and, adds they're getting a lot of help from the local Der Kobblers classic car organization.  In addition to dozens of classic cars Harkness says there'll be plenty of other activites taking place including live music, vendors and food.  He says the main stage will again be at the corner of Third and Main Streets. 


Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum thanked Harkness for taking on the project. The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation will continue involvment as a sponsor this year.  The Media One Group is also a sponsor of the event. 


For more information call Lee Harkness at 338-6089.

A Jamestown man has been cited for keeping a wild deer on the second floor of his home. 


State Department of Environmental Conservation Officer Jerry Kinney says his office received a complaint that a neighbor was harboring a wild animal in his city house. 


The resident told responding officers he believed it was legal to keep the whitetail deer fawn in his house for up to six weeks before he had to release it.  Officers told him this was not true and issued the resident a ticket for illegal possession of protected wildlife.  Kinney says the deer was in good health and was released back into the wild.

The Uber and Lyft ride-sharing services are up and running in upstate New York and on Long Island. 


The ride-hailing apps became available for those regions as of Midnight this morning under legislation approved by state lawmakers and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier this month.  Uber and Lyft had been limited to picking up passengers in New York City until lawmakers voted this year to permit the expansion.


Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling New York lawmakers back to Albany today to extend Mayor Bill de Blasio's control of New York City schools, with some lawmakers also calling for immediate action on the city's beleaguered subway system. 


Lawmakers ended their regular session last week without a deal to extend the state law giving the mayor oversight of city schools.  The 15-year-old policy expires Friday if lawmakers don't act, threatening to undermine the governance of the nation's largest school system.  Local leaders are also urging lawmakers to take up soon to expire sales tax extenders.

Jamestown Community College has announced that President Cory Duckworth is retiring at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. 


Dr. Duckworth informed JCC’s board of trustees of his decision earlier this week saying that he's enjoyed his tenure at JCC where he's served as the college’s eighth president.  Duckworth says, as part of his original agreement he would sit down with the board to determine where they were going at the end of his fourth year. 


However he and his wife decided the time was right to retire and, he says it gives the college plenty of time, better than a year to find a replacement.  Duckworth says he was to begin new discussions with the board about his future at the end of his fourth year.  He says next year will be the final year of his five-year contract. 


He says professionally his tenure at JCC will "forever be considered one of the most exceptional experiences of my life."  Duckworth's 33-year career in higher education has included leadership positions at several other colleges and universities.  He says he and his wife will retire in 2018 back to Utah.

A 15 year-old from Brocton is being treated for serious injuries at an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital after his bicycle was struck by a car on Route 20 in the town of Pomfret Tuesday afternoon. 


Sheriff's deputies say the teen was eastbound on the side of the road about 1:30 PMwhen his bike entered the roadway.  Officers say the driver of the car, 27 year-old Nicholas Galardo of Fredonia, was unable to avoid hitting the youth and, the bicycle. 


The teen rider was flow to UPMC Hamot Medical Center for treatment.  No charges have been filed in the accident.

A Jamestown woman has been ticketed for driving while on an electronic device after her car crashed in the town of Carroll early Tuesdayafternoon injuring her 3 year-old child. 


Sheriff's officers say 23 year-old Brittany Smith was driving on the Falconer-Frewsburg Road shortly before 2 PM when she was distracted and, her car left the road and rolled onto it's roof. 


Deputies say Smith was not hurt but, her daughter, Amaria Rose, was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries.  Officers say Smith was also charged with driving with a suspended driver's license.

Even before yesterday's decision to delay a vote on the Senate version of health care legislation, local Congressman Tom Reed wasn't sure the support was there for the measure. 


Reed supported the House version of the bill which passed but, adds that the current Affordable Care Act is collapsing and, lawmakers are running out of time.  The Congressional Budget Office estimates some 22-million people would lose coverage under the Senate Plan. 


Reed doesn't believe those will be the final numbers but, adds lawmakers have to be "sensitive" to that.  He says the current "one size fits all" system doesn't work.  New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul has stated that the Senate bill would provide an average $37,000 a year tax cut to the wealthy. 


Reed disputes that saying that he's pushing a program that will cut costs for everyone.  The Corning Republican says he's not sure where Hochul's numbers come from but, adds he believes she's being at least somewhat "disengenuous."  He made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with local media.

Despite a surge in the demand for gasoline nationwide the average price for regular, unleaded fuel continues to near all-time lows for the year. 


That from the AAA's Fuel Gauge Report which says in the Jamestown-area the price has fallen about 4.5-cents from last week's $2.50.  AAA says the average price in Chautauqua County is just over $2.45 a gallon. 


The Fuel Gauge reports that gas prices have declined in every Mid-Atlantic and Northeast state on average by three cents on the week, and in-line with the national trend.  However, the price drop is an outlier given that the region made the country’s largest gasoline inventory draw on the week.


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The future of the former Arcade Building on North Main Street in Jamestown may be determined by a study of the four-story structure, and a smaller two-story portion recently damaged in a fire. 


The City Council last night approved a resolution supporting the Gebbie Foundation and the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation's Consolidated Funding Application for money to support a study of possible re-uses for the building. 


Mayor Sam Teresi says given the fire that heavily-damaged the former shoe store last Wednesday a study is even more critical to the future of the building.  Teresi says if the best use of the property is tearing down the current building and marketing the vacant site, they want to know that also. 


The cause of the fire in the former shoe store remains under investigation.

Three men had to rescued from Chautauqua Lake after their boat got swamped during a storm and, overturned near the town of Ellery late Sunday morning. 


Sheriff's Department Navigation Team member Greg Paterniti says the incident was called in 11 AM after the storm filled the 12-foot boat with water, and it overturned near the Interstate 86 overlook.  Paterniti says, fortunately, the three men were able to hold onto the edges of the boat until Bemus Point fire resuers were able to arrive. 


However he says they are very concerned this year with people on non-motorized craft.  He says their biggest concern this Summer is kayaks and paddle boards, which have grown in popularity. 


Paterniti says the three men 32 year-old Nicholas Gibbons and Thomas Parks of Jamestown and, 31 year-old Nathan Gibbons of Kent, Ohio were out fishing when the incident occured. 


All three were returned to shore unhurt.  However he says their predicament underscores the need for people to wear their life jackets don't just have them stowed away.

The first major water rescue on one of Chautauqua County's five lakes of the 2017 Summer Season was on everyone's minds Monday morning as County Executive Vince Horrigan officially kicked off his "100 Days of Summer Safety" initiative. 


Horrigan says when he was an officer in the U-S Air Force they always had a 100 Days of Summer Safety Program as a way to remind people to enjoy Summer but, also be safe. 


Sheriff's Department Navigation Team member Robert Richter emphasized the need for people in "paddle-craft" to have a personal floation device because they are required. 


With the number of people using the non-motorized craft Richter urged young people and their parents create a "float plan" in case something happens.  He says that's where you tell a parent or another adult about where you're going and when you are to return.  But, Richter says they often ask the parent if the children are overdue where they are, and they don't know. 


The press conference was held at Chautauqua Marina in Mayville where owner Ken Shearer noted that they have all the latest safety equipment any boater needs.  He adds they're also holding a boater safety course tonight from 5 to 9 PM.

Rough waters on Lake Erie resulted in three separate rescues by the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Erie, Pennsylvania this past Saturday. 


One of the calls involved a 28-foot charter boat that was taking on water about three-miles offshore.  A total of seven people were recovered from the water, with one person being treated for inhaling water.  Another rescue involved a 22-foot boat with 12 people aboard that had capsized near Presque Isle Bay. 


A Coast Guard crew rescued a total 10 people while a good Samaritan rescued two others.  And a Coast Guard crew also rescued two kayakers while on patrol.

Two Jamestown residents have been arrested for allegedly trafficking methampheamine and LSD and, being in possession of a stun gun on the city's southside early last weekend. 


Jamestown police say members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force and JPD SWAT Team raided two apartments last Friday night and, arrested 35 year-old Jeremy Gross, and 34 year-old Kimberly Fred. 


Task Force members say they found about 10 grams of Meth along with doses of LSD along with drug paraphernalia, a quantity of cash, and the stun gun at the two locations, 21 Hazzard Street and 57 Colfax Street. 


Gross faces several charges including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  Kimberly Fred is charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Both are jailed pending further court action.


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Three Jamestown residents have been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of drugs during a "Targeted Enforcement Patrol" this past weekend. 


City police say they spotted the vehicle going the wrong way on Bowen Street at Bush shortly before Midnight Saturday night.  Officers did a traffic stop and, found 34 year-old Richard Hanson was driving the vehicle in an impaired condition. 


Police say they found a quantity of Methamphetamine inside the vehicle and, some was packaged for sale. 


Officers say they also arrested Robert Comber and Alicia Machado both 23 and charged all three with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 


Hanson was also charged with driving while under the influence, and, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  All three are jailed pending further court action.  State Police assisted in the traffic stop.

A Jamestown man is accused of breaking into a home on the city's northside and, hitting the person living there and holding the victim against their will early last weekend. 


City police were called to a location on Fulton Street shortly after Midnight Saturday on a report of a domestic dispute.  On arrival officers say they spoke with both the unidentified victim, and the suspect, 36 year-old Nicholas Clark. 


Police say evidence showed that Clark allegedly broke down a door to gain entry to an apartment, and then choked, and struck the victim several times.  Officers arrested Clark on several charges including second-degree burglary and unlawful imprisonment, and third-degree assault.  He was held pending arraignment.

Chautauqua's New President, Michael Hill stood in the new Amphitheater Sunday morning, and opened the Chautauqua season for the summer with the traditional "three-taps" of the gavel. 


Hill says he believes Chautauqua's founders John Heyl Vincent and Lewis Miller provide a framework for this summer and the future in three promises:  To listen and to learn, be responsible citizens in our communities, and seek the best in human values to "shape a better tomorrow." 


Hill outlined a vision for Chautauqua that includes a 'more muscular' civil dialogue, and an institution that would be more diverse, and more welcoming to millennials. The new President also addressed people who live in the immediate region, saying for too many, Chautauqua's gates are barriers and, "those separate us" and it's time to "transform those gates into gateways." 


He also talked about Chautauqua gaining an increased digital, or on-line, presence all year long and more practically including an app that allows you to make a reservation, order a book, or tickets for an event. 


Michael Hill is Chautauqua's 18th president.  The season will run through August 27th.

Chautauqua County's top elected official says the approval of a sales tax extender is crucial to the county. 


County Executive Vince Horrigan says the loss of sales tax revenues would be a major hit for the county and local municipalities that receive a share of the revenues.  Horrigan says the amount is around $37-million dollars or about two-thirds of the total property tax assessment. 


Horrigan says the extender would keep the county's sales tax at 8 percent.  The current sales tax rate is set to expired at the end of the year if no action is taken.  If that were to happen the sales tax would revert back to the basic, 7%.

Several high-profile measures failed to pass before the New York Legislature wrapped up its annual session late last week and, will likely return next year if not before. 


They include bills to legalize physician-assisted suicide, permit alcohol sales in movie theaters and crack down on heroin dealers.  Other proposals that fell flat this year would have loosened the statute of limitations on child sex crimes to give victims more time to step forward to file lawsuits or seek criminal charges.


The Legislature adjourned late last Wednesday, and isn't scheduled to return until January.  However... a special session appears likely.

A Silver Creek woman escaped serious injuries when her car was struck by a second-vehicle that was making a left turn on Routes 5 and 20 in the town of Hanover. 


Sheriff's deputies say the other car, driven by 69 year-old Patrick White of West Seneca, was traveling near Alleghany Road when he went to make the left turn and, turned in front of the oncoming car. 


The driver of that car, 27 year-old Maria Baez, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.  White was not hurt but, was ticketed for failure to yield the right of way.

A New York City auction house now has received the nearly 40 pieces of artwork from the Prendergast Library in Jamestown that will be sold later this year to help raise money for the library. 


The Library Board recently approved turning over the artwork purchased with funding from Mary Prendergast's will and, from the Packard Estate to Sotheby's Auction House.  Board President Tom Rankin says the move comes after a final decision was made by the state Attorney General's office regarding a tentative offer by Jesse Marion and his wife of Houston, Texas to buy the artwork. 


Since then, they have consigned the work to Sotheby's which will clean-up and get the artwork ready for sale in October.  Library Director Tina Scott says most of the artwork involved in the sale was being displayed but, adds much of it had been taken down during renovation work done last year on a passenger elevator. 


Scott says movers from Sotheby's began moving the artwork out, carefully last Tuesday.  She says because the frames are "very delicate" it took until Wednesday to complete moving the artwork.  Scott and Rankin were guests on Media One Group's "Community Spotlight" program last weekend.


News Headlines for Sat., June 24, 2017

Man sought on warrant arrested in Jamestown after 3-plus hour stand-off with Police...
A man sought by police on a warrant for parole violation in Jamestown is jailed after allegedly arming himself with a knife... and, holing up in an upstairs room on the city's southside.  Jamestown police say they responded to a distubance call at 242 McKinley Ave. shortly before 11 a.m. Friday... and, found the suspect, 27 year-old Alberto Acevedo, had fled the scene.  However... they soon after learned Acevedo had fled the scene to 131 Baker Street.  Officers and Jamestown SWAT Team members were called in... and, Acevedo allegedly armed himself with the knife and went up stairs.  The JPD Crisis Negotiation Team was called in... but, after just over 3 hours... the SWAT Team was able to get inside... and, capture Acevedo about just before 2:30 p.m.  He was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for evaluation... and, is now being held in the city jail pending arraignment.
Goodell says State Legislature leaves Albany without approving Sales Tax extenders... including one for Chautauqua County...
The state legislature will be returning to Albany again soon to deal with unfinished New York state business... including the need for tax extenders to be granted for 53 counties -- including Chautauqua.  That from State Assemblyman Andy Goodell... who says the current session ended Thursday without renewing New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio's "control" of the city's school system.  Goodell says Assembly Democrats tied mayoral control to the renewal of sales taxes in the various counties... and that led to a stalemate.  On Friday... he said he was on his way home Thursday when his phone rang... and, he was initially called back.  He says about 100 miles into the return trip, he was again called and state officials said "oh, nevermind."  Goodell expects the state legislature to return Albany, possibly in a few weeks after the Fourth of July holiday.  He says they can't afford to not approve the extenders because of the impact on the counties... many of which are controlled by Democrats.  Chautauqua County needs approval of an additional one-percent tax... with half-a-percent split with local towns, cities and villages. 
Cuomo disappointed about unfinished business -- including measure regarding statute of limitations on molestation cases...
Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's disappointed state lawmakers have ended their session without loosening the statute of limitations for molestation to give victims more time to report abuse.  The bill would have given victims more time to file civil lawsuits or seek criminal charges against their abusers. It also would have created a one-year window for past victims to file civil suits.  Victims now have until they turn 23 to sue, but supporters say it often takes far longer for victims to report their abuse.  The bill was supported by the Assembly and Cuomo, but never got a vote in the Senate. It faced strong opposition from the Catholic Church and other institutions.
Jamestown man, Eddie Sundquist, announces run for Congress...
A Jamestown man will be among several candidates who want to take a shot at running against incumbant Republican Congressman Tom Reed in 2018.  Eddie Sundquist has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination... and, says he's excited about running.  The Chautauqua County man says it's time to have a Congressman who keeps their promises.  Sundquist says it seems like the 23rd Congressional District is the "land that time forgot," and Reed has not kept his promises.  Sundquist is a practicing attorney with offices in Jamestown and Olean.  He says among the major issues in the campaign, agriculture, the environment and health care.  He says there are a number of area residents who are on Medicaid... or are low to middle income... and, can't get insurance, or afforable insurance.  Sundquist says he will embark on a listening tour, visiting all 11 counties in the district... and, he wants to hear about "real issues" from the people of the region. 
Green likes Sundquist as candidate...
Chautauqua County Democratic Committee Chairman Norm Green says he's excited about the announcement of Eddie Sundquist running for Congress.  Green says the Jamestown man has a lot of energy and is eager to run.  He also talked about the need for possible opponents to Reed announcing early... adding that candidates now have to raise "$2-million to $3-million to run..." and, that "doesn't happen in a month or two."  Green says he likens the 28 year-old Sundquist to a "young Bobby Kennedy."
Asian Carp found in Chicago waterway near Lake Michigan...
A live Asian carp has been discovered in a Chicago waterway about nine miles from Lake Michigan.  Federal and state officials tell The Associated Press a commercial fisherman netted the silver carp below the T.J. O'Brien Lock and Dam.  The fish was 28 inches long and weighed about 8 pounds.  Silver carp are among four Asian carp species threatening to invade the Great Lakes, where scientists say they could compete with native species and devastate the region's $7 billion fishing industry.  This is the second time a live Asian carp has turned up beyond an electric barrier network 37 miles southwest of the city that's designed to keep the invasive fish from reaching the lakes.  


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A Chautauqua County man will be among several candidates who want to take a shot at running against incumbant Republican Congressman Tom Reed in 2018. 


Eddie Sunquist of Jamestown has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination and, says he's excited about running.  Sundquist says he came back to the area and, felt the region was the "land that time forgot, here." 


He says we've been given promises by current Congressman Tom Reed that "were never kept."  Sundquist is a practicing attorney with offices in Jamestown and Olean.  He says among the major issues in the campaign, agriculture, the environment and health care. 


Sundquist says there are a lot of people in the district who are low-to middle income, or on Medicaid, and can't affort health coverage otherwise.  Sundquist says he will embark on a listening tour, visiting all 11 counties in the district and, he wants to hear about "real issues" from the people of the region.

The chairman of the Chautauqua County Democratic Committee says he's excited about the announcement of Eddie Sundquist running for Congress.  Chairman Norm Green says the Jamestown man has a lot of energy and is eager to run.  He says Sundquist has a "campaign staff that's already up and running."  He says the 28 year-old is "young Bobby Kennedy" like.  Green says Sundquist is beginning his campaign early because it takes time to raise the $2 to $3 million that is necessary to run for Congress.

It was a night of "firsts" at Chautauqua Institution last night as the nearly 300 members of the Jamestown High School Class of 2017 got their diploma's during the annual graduation. 


It was the first event to be held in the new Chautauqua Amphitheater.  That fact was not lost on many of the speakers during JHS Commencement starting with Principal Mike McElrath who asked the graduates to "think about it" because the Amp is built to last the next 100 years.  He called that "quite a first." 


Commencement Speaker Chris Olsen a member of the JHS Class of 1982 also told graduates that they were now "a part of history" at the institution.  Olsen urged them to embrace their legacy and do great things like many of the people who have appeared at Chautauqua and, who came from Jamestown. 


He says he's gotten to know many members of the Class of 2017 and, he likes their future and, made one prediction:  One of them will be there in 35 years, and addressing the Class of 2052.  Olsen says the graduates that everything they "need to know to succeed in life" they learned in Jamestown" including the values of hard work and persevering.

The lawyer for a Buffalo school board member who publicly insulted former President Barack Obama and his wife says a state Education Department hearing for the lawyer's client is "all a charade." 


Dennis Vacco says the hearing Thursday in Albany is "a subterfuge to get at Carl Paladino in retaliation for his intemperate remarks" in a Buffalo alternative weekly last December.  Vacco is a former New York attorney general. He says the derogatory remarks Paladino submitted to Buffalo's Artvoice were "low and unfortunate," but nonetheless constitutionally protected. 


The hearing is being held to determine whether Paladino disclosed confidential school board business when he released information on teacher contract negotiations.

Republicans in the U-S Senate finally revealed details about their health care plan but, many are saying it has a tough road ahead. 


The measure dismantles much of former President Obama's health care law.  It would cut Medicaid, and erase tax boosts that Obama imposed on high-earners and medical companies to finance expanded coverage. 


Local Congressman Tom Reed says the Senate needs to take action because the current system is not working for many Americans because many of the ObamaCare exchanges are collapsing.  Reed says he has yet to have anyone at his Town Hall meetings say the Affordable Care Act is working "perfectly" and, solving their problems. 


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly pushing for a vote on health care next week.  However some Senate Republicans still have concerns.  House Republicans passed a plan earlier this year.

Two more big names have been added to the line-up of comedy in Jamestown and Chautauqua Institution the week of July 31st through August 6th. 


That from National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson who says Lisa Lampanelli will appear on Satuday night, August 5th, at 9 PM at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.  Gunderson tells us Lampanelli is a contemporary star referred to as the "Queen of Mean" who is a cross between Don Rickles and Archie Bunker. 


In fact Gunderson says Howard Stern says Lampanelli is a "true original" who steals the show each time.  The other name added will be part of the week on Comedy at Chautauqua Institution.  Gunderson says W. Kamau Bell is well known on CNN. 


Bell, who is a stand-up comedian also hosts the program "United Shades of America" program which is an emmy nominated show.  Gunderson says tickets are on sale now for Bell's appearance at Chautauqua but, tickets for Lisa Lampanelli don't go on sale until next week. 


She says National Comedy Center members will be able to buy them Tuesday on-line at www.LucyComedyFest.com and, the general public will get their crack at tickets a week from Thursday.  You can also call the Comedy Center at 484-0800.


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Flames have heavily-damaged the former two-story shoe store that was part of the former Arcade Building on North Main Street in Jamestown. 


However crews were able to prevent serious damage to the main structure next to the railroad tracks in the heart of the city.  Jamestown fire crews were called to the scene between First Street and Brooklyn Square about 4:18 PM Wednesday


Deputy Fire Chief Chet Harvey says first-arriving crews at the scene found heavy smoke coming from the buillding. He says they found heavy fire on the southeast corner of the building, and they extended hand lines and Falconer's aerial truck was called in because Jamestown's was out for repairs.  Harvey says it took about 30 to 45 minutes to bring the blaze under control. 


He says no one was hurt and, no one was inside the structure.  Harvey adds that a machine shop behind the structure was not involved in the blaze. 


Harvey says they called in an additional 10 firefighters and a shift commander along with Falconer and Kiantone crews.  The cause is under investigation.

The Jamestown High School Class of 2017 will make history tonight when their hold their commencement exercises in the new Amphitheater at Chautauqua Institution. 


Some 311 members of the graduating class will accept diplomas during the ceremony which begins at 7 PM.  This year it's being held on a Thursday as opposed to Friday as the institution continues preparations for their first event Saturday night. 


Class Advisor Tony Dolce says the students are excited, and have been on "pins and needles" in anticipation of being part of the opening for the new Amp.  Dolce says each class has it's own charactoristics and, are about equally diverse. 


He says he tries to meet and get to know each class member he says he has had many in his Government class or as a coach.  JHS Class of 1982 member Chris Olsen who is a producer and attorney in Los Angeles will be the Commencement Speaker. 


Principal Mike McElrath says Olsen is a "proud and highly successful JHS alum and I'm certain his message will be well-received by students and audience members alike."

The more than 300 Jamestown High School Graduates are set for their commencement and, will hear from a number of speakers during tonight's graduation. 


Among them will be Class President, Bradley Brown.  Brown says he and fellow class members are "excited" about being the first event ever at the new Amphitheater adding that it will be a special occasion for them. 


Brown will be joined on the stage by other students including Class Valedictorian Kelly Emerson who will be attending Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, where she plans to go into pre-med. 


Salutatorian Madison Card plans to attend the University of New Haven, and major in Forensic Science.  As for Brown he plans to attend the SUNY College at Fredonia where he'll be in pre-med.

A one-time candidate for governor of New York who publicly insulted former President Barack Obama and his wife may be booted off the Buffalo School Board. 


A hearing is scheduled to begin Thursday in Albany over whether wealthy developer Carl Paladino disclosed confidential board business.  State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is set to hear testimony on a petition filed by other school board members seeking Paladino's removal. 


They say Paladino publicly disclosed information about teacher contract negotiations discussed in closed-door sessions.

The search continues for a missing Westfield man who hasn’t been seen since June 12th. 


Westfield Police are asking the public for it's help in finding 31-year-old Patrick Thompson of Clark Street.  He was allegedly involved in a domestic dispute, with a missing person report being filed the following day. 


Police believe Patrick may be distraught and may want to do harm to himself.  There have been some searches for him including one that was held last night near the Chautauqua Gorge.  However Westfield Police say there haven't been any signs of his whereabouts.  Anyone with information is asked to call them at 326-3375.

While he generally has a good relationship with the media local Congressman Tom Reed is very outspoken about comments made by a national news anchor following last week's shooting that wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others. 


Scott Pelley of CBS News said following the shooting, "It's time to ask whether the attack on the United States Congress was foreseeable, predictable and, to some degree, self-inflicted." 


Reed called Pelley's comments "despicable" and "lacking in basic human decency."  During his weekly conference call with Southern Tier Media Tuesday afternoon, Reed stated that Pelley doesn't deserve to be working in a newsroom any longer because of a "reckless attitude towards human life."  Pelley officially ended his tenure as CBS Evening News anchor last Friday.


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The proposed developer of Jamestown's Sheldon House has withdrawn it's plan to purchase the location at 9 Falconer Street for new office space. 


The Jamestown Post-Journal reports today that Lynn Development President and Chief Executive Officer Jason Spain stated in a news release that they will no longer be trying to acquire the Sheldon House for their corporate headquarters.  Lynn Development is currently located at 301 East Second Street. 


Spain expressed disappointment saying the latest Appellate Court decision against the Zoning Board of Appeals granting of a variance for the proposal was "unexpected."  He adds that "we respect the decision and would find no honor in continuing this effort at the ongoing expense of our beloved community college.  Therefore Lynn Development Inc. will acquiesce for the greater good."

Legislation co-sponsored by area State Senator Cathy Young that would provide $6.9-million dollars in flood recovery funds for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties has cleared both houses of the state legislature. 


However it still needs the backing of Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan says the bill would help cover the costs from flash flooding that occurred in July of 2015. 


Horrigan says it's part of a package that also includes funding help for victims of the severe shoreline flooding along the Lake Ontario Shoreline.  He praised Young for staying with the effort to get the local counties relief help.  The flash floods caused about $2.1-million in damage across multiple municipalities in Chautauqua County. 


The damage did not meet the requirements for federal aid through the Federal Emergency Management Administration.  The funding is part of a $90 million package to assist upstate individuals, small businesses and local governments still dealing with damage from flooding and other natural disasters since 2007.  Horrigan says its now up to the Governor to sign or veto the bill later this year.

Chautauqua County's Congressman is not saying what his position is when it comes to carrying a gun for personal protection following last week's shooting in Washington during a GOP baseball game practice. 


Corning Republican Tom Reed's western New York colleague, Chris Collins, said Monday that he will carry a gun while traveling in his district.  Reed was asked about the issue during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media Tuesday afternoon. 


He says security in general has been discussed with his staff, with the need to make sure that "we learn from the tragic events of last week."  Reed did say that he remains a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. 


He also indicated that he hoped the tragedy would bring House members closer together adding there is a "uniqueness in many of the friendships" he has formed with fellow members of Congress. 


Chris Collins first indicated last week that he would be carrying a gun after the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others during the Republican baseball team practice last week in Alexandria, Virginia.


Gas prices in the Jamestown-area have dropped slightly from last week to just under $2.50 a gallon for regular, unleaded fuel. 


The AAA's Fuel Gauge report says the price is down just over a penny to $2.49.6 per gallon.  AAA says that's also about 5-cents less that one year ago. 


The Fuel Gauge says prices at the pump dropped in every state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, on average by 4 cents on the week.  However it says gas prices vary significantly, by a range of 43 cents, from state to state. 


Nationally AAA says motorists can find gas prices less than $2.24 a gallon at 56% of gas stations nationwide.  That's well below today’s national average gasoline price of $2.29 cents a gallon.

Jamestown Police are on the look-out for a man who allegedly drove up to an eastside welding business and, stole a piece of equipment Tuesday afternoon before driving off. 


Officers say the unidentified man pulled up to Welder's Supply Company at 47 Winsor Street about 4 PM and grabbed the equipment from the garage and, drove off in his tan-colored, 1990s Honda Accord.  If you have any information on the theft contact Jamestown Police.

There were some hardships, but Great Lakes researcher and SUNY College at Fredonia professor Sherri Mason was able to successfully complete a 15.5 miles swim on Chautauqua Lake on Monday. 


Dr. Mason tells us the swim, from Lakeside Park in Mayville to Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron, was going well before she encountered some challenges in the southern basin of the lake, and she ran into windy and rainy conditions which produced choppy waves. 


She credits her team for helping her complete the swim especially her two kayakers who kept her motivated for finish the swim.  She completed the swim in 10 hours and 37 minutes.  She is gearing up for a swim across Lake Erie on August 19th.


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A Great Lakes researcher accomplished an impressive feat, swimming the 17 mile length of Chautauqua Lake. 


Sherri Mason, who is the chair of SUNY College at Fredonia's Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences, swam the length of the lake in just over 10 hours Monday morning.  WGRZ-TV reports Mason undertook the aquatic marathon to raise awareness about protecting fresh water sources. 


Mason says Monday's swim is practice for a planned 12.5-mile (20.11 kilometer) swim across Lake Erie in August.  She is fundraising for the swim through a personal GoFundMe page.

Falconer's mayor is again urging the Jamestown City Council to call-off the proposed annexation about 4 acres of land owned by the Board of Public Utilities for the Dow Street Substation into the city. 


Jim Rensel pointed out to city lawmakers that no one among the nearly 30 people who spoke during last Monday night's public hearing in Falconer supported the proposal.  He says that included a handful of residents from Jamestown who also spoke against the proposal. 


Rensel says judging by the public hearing "it doesn't appear as though you have any support for it."  Rensel added that the Jamestown School District would be benefitting from the annexation because it would also receive a payment in lieu of taxes on the property located at the city line. 


He said it was curious that no one representing the school district spoke at the hearing.  The City Council and, the Falconer Village and Ellicott Town Boards held the hearing last week on the proposal which would save the Board of Public Utilities about $325,000 in tax payments to the village, town, Falconer school district and the county. 


No council members responded, and we were unable to reach City Council President Greg Rabb last night for comment.

An Adirondack region manufacturer of scenic components has been awarded a 2.9-million dollar contract to create scenic art for exhibits in the new National Comedy Center in Jamestown. 


Governor Andrew Cuomo late Monday announced the contract with Adirondack Studios of Washington County will provide for the fabrication and installation of those components.  Cuomo says Adirondack creates the scenic and themed environments experienced in venues that range from theme parks to casinos, museums, live shows, retail and public art. 


He says with this contract the comedy center continues to make progress toward its targeted opening in 2018.  Cuomo says "The National Comedy Center, once completed, will boost the local economy and spur job creation for Western New York, while creating a world-class cultural hub for visitors and residents alike."

A strong cold front crossed the area this past Sunday night, bringing some severe weather late Sunday afternoon and evening. 


It also spawned some wind damage and localized flash flooding.  Forecaster Bob Hamilton with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says there were several reports of thunderstorm related wind damage across the area. 


There was a report of a possible tornado about two miles east-southeast of Frewsburg.  Hamilton said Monday the weather service is still checking out that report. 


But the weather service late Mondaysaid they have not been able to get anyone down to check the scene yet.  Forecasters, though, add that all the information points to "straight-line" wind damage.

Phone and Internet scams continue to be a major concern for local law enforcement officials and, they are finding that scammers have developed another tool to add their arsenal of deception and theft. 


Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says local phone exchanges are now being used by some scammers who are trying to get your money and identity.  Gerace says they are able to do this through the use of new computer software that can be researched on the Internet. 


While it's virtually impossible for law enforcement to get the victim's money back in most cases, Gerace says it's still important to report such crimes.  He says if nothing else they can "stop the bleeding." 


However in most cases the money given to the scammers is gone.  In the most recent IRS Scams they found most were coming from Pakistan.  Gerace says he believes the best way to fight this type of crime is by educating the public.

The city of Jamestown's annual Summer Playground Program will run a week longer this year at five different sites where free lunches will be served to the children who take part. 


Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says the program begins it's seven-week run next Monday, June 26th at 11 AM.  Ciesla-Hanley says that's a later starting time and, adds the program will run until 5 PM at each location. 


She says they'll run through Aug. 11 at Allen Park, Lillian Dickson Tot Lot, and three elementary schools Lincoln, Ring, and Fletcher schools.  Ciesla-Hanley says the program is free of charge and, the free lunches will be served to all children through the Jamestown YMCA and the St. Susan's Center from 12:30 to 1:30 PM each day. 


She adds that while the playground program is limited to children ages 5 to 13 children up to 18 years of age can get a free lunch at the playground nearest them if they need one.  However they need to sign up the day prior to get one. 


Ciesla-Hanley adds they have a new Playground Program Recreation Leader this year Katrina Kerkendall who is a Jamestown Community College graduate.  For more information on the program, call the Recreation Office at 483-7523.


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Severe storms roar through Chautauqua County, Warren Co. reports two possible tornadoes.

There were some trees and power lines knocked down but, no serious damage was reported in Chautauqua County from severe storms that raced through the area yesterday afternoon and early evening.  Sheriff's Department dispatchers say most of the problems were in the Frewsburg and Ashville areas.  However no severe damage, nor injuries were reported. 


Several trees were reported down in the Frewsburg-area.  There were preliminary reports of a couple of possible twisters in Warren County, Pennsylvania between 4 and 5:30 p.m.Sunday, according to the Warren Times-Observer.


U-S Senator Charles Schumer is calling for federal help in the fight against opioid addiction in New York. 


Schumer is asking the Drug Enforcement Agency to provide the state with one of four special heroin enforcement teams being formed to combat the problem. 


The four teams are specifically dedicated to counteracting heroin trafficking and are sent to states that report heroin as the highest drug threat. 


The Democrat says New York's heroin overdose death rate increased by 30% in 2015.  New data show there was an average of four overdose deaths a day in New York City alone last year.  That was double the rate two years earlier.


New York City also is a major distribution hub.  Overall 24 New York counties are considered High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas.

With the necessary funding now in place it's full-speed ahead on completing the new National Comedy Center on Jamestown's westside by Spring of 2018. 


Comedy Center Director Journey Gunderson says the approximately $30-million project is is "a good spot" right now as the outside work on the new entryway and, a connecting structure between the former Board of Public Utilities' Storage Building, and Gateway Train Station is being completed. 


He says they "finished up" the funding with a $5-million grant from Empire State Development Corporation, and $3-million from the Ralph Wilson Foundation.  Gunderson says she and the Comedy Center Board of Directors are especially grateful to the foundation community in Jamestown which really stepped up and has supported the project which began with an August 2015 ground-breaking. 


She says the indoor work will involve a lot of coordination between firms that will put up the exhibits including Cortina Productiions which is a major exhibit producer.  Gunderson says they have done work in such places at the College Football Hall of Fame. 


Gunderson says she and Board President Tom Benson who is also chairman of the project "couldn't be happier" with the progress they have made.  She made her comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.

In state government news New York lawmakers are entering their final week of work in Albany and control of New York City schools remains the top issue. 


Meanwhile, bills to protect the environment, crack down on heroin- and opioid-dealing and bar alcohol in movie theaters hang in the balance.  Another piece of high-profile legislation would extend the statute of limitations to allow molestation victims to sue for potentially decades-old abuse.  The session is scheduled to end Wednesday


The state law giving Mayor Bill de Blasio control of his city's schools expires at the end of the month unless lawmakers vote to renew it.  Last year, they extended the policy by a single year. De Blasio and other Democrats want a longer extension this year, but Senate Republicans are skeptical.

The headquarters of 'Filling the Gap' a group of corporations associated with the Resource Center has been named in honor of Mike Felice. 


The Felice Corporate Center on Fairmount Ave near the 6th Street Bridge was officially dedicated on Friday afternoon.  Mike Felice spent more that 30 years volunteering for The Resouce Center and the corporations, right up 'til the time of his death in the fall of 2016. 


The Resource Center's Chief Executive Officer, Denise Jones, says Mike Felice always "led with his heart" in everything that he did.  Mike's widow, Laura, says the family became committed to the Resource Center when Jennifer, their youngest daughter, began to receive services from the agency, and he loved what TRC did for his daughter. 


Professionally, Mike Felice was the manager of radio stations WKSN and WHUG for many years.

The summer festival season was fully underway over the weekend with two major events in the Jamestown area. 


At St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, hundreds of people flocked to the 35th annual 'Yassou' Festival.  The church's Parish Council President, Tim Anderson,  says the festival is about more than Greek food, music and dancing it's about community, and showing what the church is all about. 


Anderson adds 'Yassou' is a major fundraiser for the church.  Meanwhile, the Fluvanna Community Historical Society held its second annual 'Fluvanna Fest'.  Spokesman Richard Keefer says they are all about a community 'coming together' as well.  More than 80 people ran or walked in the Fluvanna Fest 5K a large increase from last year.


News Headlines for Sat., June 17, 2017

Neighbor to Sheldon House says he's "very, very pleased" with Appellate Court decision annulling ZBA approval of variance for sale...
A neighbor to the Sheldon House in Jamestown says he's "very, very pleased" with a court verdict annulling the Zoning Board of Appeals' granting of a variance for the property in 2016.  Paul Leone tells Media One Group News that the move is "good for the neighborhood..." because it doesn't allow Lynn Development Group to develop business offices inside the structure at Falconer Street and Lakeview Avenue.  The State Appellate Division of the Fourth Judicial Department ruled late Friday in favor of Leone and three others who appealed a lower court ruling.  They argued a number of points... but, the Appellate Division specifically stated that the city and Lynn Development did not provide evidence of "an undue hardship" in making it's ruling.  The property would be sold to Lynn Development for $240,000 contingent on the variance being approved.  Leone -- who declined to go on tape -- and the other neighbors say they want the property to remain residential
Chautauqua announces cancellation of Aretha Franklin Concert on opening night for new Amp; Leno to now appear June 24...
Health concerns have led Artha Franklin to cancel next Saturday night's concert scheduled to open the new Amphitheater at Chautauqua Institution.  The announcement was made in an on-line letter from Chautauqua's President.  Michael Hill also announced that legendary stand-up comedian... and, retired Tonight Show host Jay Leno will replace Franklin on the Amp stage.  Hill says Aretha Franklin's doctor has now ordered her to not travel over the next few weeks per doctor’s orders.  She was to perform in Chicago this weekend... and, had already cancelled that out.  He says -- if you are seeking a refund -- call the Chautauqua Ticket Office at 1-888-688-1960.  Hill adds that the Institution will not sell additional tickets for opening night unless it receives cancellations from current ticket holders.
House extensively damaged in Westfield-area fire...
Firefighters from more than a half dozen departments battled a blaze that heavily damaged a home in the town of Westfield Thursday afternoon.  Westfield firefighters responded to the blaze at 7578 Martin Wright Rd. around 3:30 p.m., and, got mutual aid from Brocton, Ripley, Portland, Mayville, Dewittville, East Dunkirk, and Sherman.  There are reports that no one was home at the time of the blaze... but, two dogs perished in the fire that caused extensive damage to the one story structure.  The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team was sent to the scene to determine a cause. 
Prendergast Library Director says decision to sell artwork spurred by funding loss...
The Prendergast Library's board of directors has agreed to move foward on selling some 40 pieces of artwork in it's possession to raise money to keep the Jamestown institution financially viable.  Library Director Tina Scott says it was a "very difficult" decision... but, one that had to be made in light of funding losses in recent years... not the least of which was a $250,000 cut in funding from the city.  Scott says the board has been reviewing the situation for the past two years... and, adds there's even a question whether the library can properly care for the artwork... which she says really has not been done the way it should be for about 30 years.  The maintenance issue was settled for a short time with an offer from Jesse and Cathy Marion of Houston, Texas in December of 2015 for $60,000 if the board would hold off on auctioning off the paintings.  Scott says the art to be sold will be those items bought with funding left in the will of Mary Prendergast... and from the Packard Estate.  Scott says the artwork will be sold by Sotheby's Auction House in New York City in the near future... and, adds the library will receive 100 percent of the proceeds.
Food Bank of WNY cuts ribbon on new, facility, truck in Chautauqua County...
The Food Bank of Western New York has a new, expanded location... and, vehicle to deliver food to more than 50 food distribution points across Chautauqua County.  Food Bank Communcations Director Christine Schick says they're excited to have cut the ribbon on their new distribution center on the Falconer-Frewsburg Road in Falconer.  Schick says both moves will allow them to "expand their footprint" here in Chautauqua County to meet increased demand for their services.  She says -- until this year -- the Food Bank had been providing about 1.2-million pounds of food annually to families across the county.  However... she says that amount rose to 2-million pounds this past year... and, the growing need required a new facility... and, delivery truck.  Schick says they also unveiled their new, 26-foot long "Partners Fighting Hunger Truck..." which includes a lift-gate.  She says it will allow them to increase the amount of food they can haul each time by 22-hundred pounds.  Schick says the Food Bank appreciates all the support of several local foundations and community sponsors who helped make the purchase possible. 
Jacobson named UPMC Chautauqua WCA Volunteer of the Year... 
A woman who has been volunteering in UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital's Occupational Therapy Department has been named as the hospital's 2016 Volunteer of the Year.  That from Volunteer Coordinator Elizabeth DeRosa... who says Maria Jacobson epitomizes what their volunteer's are all about.  DeRosa says Jacobson was recognized during the hospital's annual "Volunteer Recognition Luncheon" yesterday at the hospital's main campus... after being selected by staff for the award.  DeRosa says Jacobson works hard in putting patient packets together, filing, and helping to clean patient rooms.  She says employees have written that Jacobson is "a joy to have around..." and, has a great relationship with the patients she works with, and she encourages patients to visit with their therapy dog.  DeRosa says they currently have 102 volunteers at UPMC Chautauqua WCA... who put in a variety of hours and days putting in time at the hospital.  If you are interested in volunteering... you can contact Elizabeth DeRosa at 664-8224 for more information.


WJTN Headlines

Ongoing funding issues especially what comes from the city of Jamestown has led the Prendergast Library's Board of Directors to decide to sell much of the library's artwork. 


That from Library Director Tina Scott who says the board made it's unanimous deicision yesterday about two years after the board initially started the process.  Scott says the art to be sold will be mainly what was bought using funding left in Mary Prendergast's will and from the Packard Estate. 


She says there are also 10 paintings they've acquired over the years that would also be part of the auctions.  Scott says there are about 40 pieces of artwork that will be sold by Sotheby's Auction House in New York City in the near future. 


Scott declined to give details of the sale involving Sotheby's but, says the library should receive between $1.1-million and $1.6-million dollars for the art.  She says the decision was a "very difficult" one from the board. 


However she says given a $250,000 cut the past year from the city, and other staff and funding cuts the board had little choice.

Firefighters from more than a half dozen departments battled a blaze that heavily damaged a home in the town of Westfield Thursday afternoon. 


Westfield firefighters responded to the blaze at 75-78 Martin Wright Road around 3:30 PM and, got mutual aid from Brocton, Ripley, Portland, Mayville, Dewittville, East Dunkirk, and Sherman. 


There are reports that no one was home at the time of the blaze but, two dogs perished in the fire that caused extensive damage to the one story structure.  The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team was sent to the scene to determine a cause.

JPD officials release drowning victim's name.

The city man who died late Wednesday afternoon in what appears to be an accidental drowning in Jamestown's Chadakoin River has now been identified.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says that a woman had called 911 just after 3 PM, saying she was with 47 year-old Dennis Plummer when he went into the water to try and cool off and, slipped under the water a short distance from shore near Winsor and Harrison Streets. 


Samuelson says the county's Dive Team was also called in.and, found the man a short distance away in more than 10-feet of water.  Samuelson says it's a tragic way to begin the Summer season adding that they aren't sure if Plummer knew how to swim or not. 


While the current can be strong in some parts of the river he says the depth can be an issue, too especially at that location. 


Samuelson says it goes from several inches deep to several feet very quickly.

A Jamestown man has been arrested on Felony court warrants during a raid on an upstairs apartment on the city's eastside. 


Jamestown Police say members of the city's Metro Drug Task Force executed the warrants at a home at 45 Bush Street with the help of the JPD SWAT Team.  They arrested 28 year-old Roberto Figueredo on the warrants for third-degree assault, and second-degree conspiracy. 


Police add they allegedly found Figueredo in possession of a quantity of marijuana and, he was arrested for unlawful possession.  Figueredo was arraigned in city court... and, sent to the county jail without bail.

Chautauqua County Republicans have endorsed a "strong and full slate" of candidates for this Fall's election. 


That from County Republican Committee Chairman David Wilfong who says the panel met recently to endorse county-wide and county legislature races.  Wilfong says they are enthusiastically backing Legislator George Borrello for county executive, and Larry Barmore again for County Clerk.  He adds they also endorsed candidates for all but three legislature seats. 


Wilfong says they include several Jamestown-area Republicans starting with one in the Lakewood-area.  In District-10, P-J Wendel is running for re-election.  Wilfong himself is running again in District-11. 


He says Elizabeth Rankin will run again in District 12.  He says there are changes in District-14, where Dan Pavlock is running in place of Mark Tarbrake, who is moving from the district.  Also John Davis running in District-16, replacing Ron Lemon, who is not running again. 


Wilfong says they've had to find new candidates in three legislative districts including District-#6 which will now have Silver Creek's Gary Cerne running in Borrello's place.  Others endorsed include Kevin Muldowney in District-1 Robert Scudder in District-2 and, Terry Neibel in District-5. 


Current Legislature Chairman David Himelen of French Creek was endorsed in District-18 along with former Chairman Jay Gould in District-17.


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A 47 year-old man died late yesterday afternoon in was appears to be an accidental drowning in the Chadakoin River on Jamestown's eastside. 


City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says that a woman had called 911 just after 3 PM, saying that the man she was with had gone into the water to try and cool off and, slipped under the water a short distance from shore near Winsor and Harrison Streets. 


Samuelson says the county's Dive Team was also called in and, found the man, now identified as Dennis Plummer a short distance away in more than 10-feet of water.  He says police are still notifying relatives because the unidentified man is reportedly from the Buffalo-area. 


Samuelson says they're not sure if the man knew how to swim or not.  While the current can be strong in some parts of the river he says the depth can be an issue, too especially at that location.

Two Jamestown residents face obstruction charges in connection with a drug investigation on the city's eastside late Tuesday. 


City police say they were called to the scene at 928 East Second Street for a warrant check for 33 year-old Anthony Camarata and 25 year-old Ashley Havle.  Officers say they gained access to the residence and, began searching for the pair. 


Police say they found both hiding under some blankets in a closet.  Both were arrested on warrants issued by Chautauqua County Drug Court and, second-degree obstruction of governmental administration.  Both were taken to the city lock-up pending arraignment.

One congressman says he's going to start carrying a gun in public. Others want beefed-up security at town hall meetings.  


Wednesday'sshooting of a top Republican while he was practicing for a congressional baseball game has jolted lawmakers.  It also highlights their vulnerability when they are in public.  Only the leaders of Congress get security details.  Rank-and-file members do not. 


Local Congressman Tom Reed says "his thoughts and prayers" are with the people who were shot and wounded during a baseball practice in Virginia where House Majority Whip Steven Scalise was wounded.  However, as for security Reed's Communications Director Samantha Cotton would only says "the safety of constituents and our team members is a priority, but as a matter of office policy we do not discuss the specifics of how we secure our district offices or public events." 


However another Republican Congressman, Chris Collins of Clarence, says he is going to start carrying a gun in public.  In addition to Scalise two members of the Capitol Police were injured along with a congressional aide and a lobbyist.


Local Congressman Tom Reed is part of a group of lawmakers trying to bridge the "skills gap" in the United States that has helped keep 9-million Americans unemployed in recent years. 


A day ago Reed was among a bi-partisan group of House members who introduced the federal Leveraging and Energizing America's Apprenticeship Program or LEAP Act.  Reed is a co-sponsor along with California Democrat Linda Sanchez. 


Reed says if all the current "skilled labor" jobs were filled 5-million of those people could be employed and, he says they want to show support for the apprenticeship programs across the country.  He says the proposal involves a two-tiered tax credit program that will help encourage people to get into a local apprenticeship program. 


He says a $1,000 tax credit is available for apprentices over the age of 25 and, $1,500 for those under 25.  Reed says the idea is to help people who are looking for work to get into an apprenticeship program to learn a skill that will get them employed.

Gasoline prices in Chautauqua County have fallen about 5-cents a gallon this week to slightly over $2.50 a gallon for regular, unleaded fuel. 


The AAA's Fuel Gauge Report says it follows the trend of most places in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Region where prices fell except for the Washington, D.C. area.  AAA says the price is also lower than it was last year at this time.  The EIA reports gasoline inventory levels above year-ago levels. 


Overall compared to a year ago, gas prices are mostly reminiscent of last summer.  With comparable gas prices to last summer, consumers may feel encouraged to drive more ultimately leading to an increase in demand, which could help dip into the supply levels.  Nationally AAA says the price is also cheaper $2.34 cents a gallon than it was a year ago.

A Jamestown man has been honored by a nationally-known weight-loss program for losing just over 85-pounds and, changing his life. 


Dennis Bechmann was recently awarded the 2016 King award for Taking Pounds off Sensibly or TOPS during it's annual state conference near Syracuse. 


Bechmann says he had finally got tired of "huffing and puffing" and weighing as much as 354 pounds.  He says he learned by "word of mouth" about TOPS local chapter #721 that meets at Holy Trinity Church. 


Bechmann says the great part about TOPS is you get a lot of support from fellow members who hold you accountable but, not in any negative way.  He says he needed knee replacement surgery but, the two doctors he worked said he needed to lose weight first for the surgeries to be successful. 


It was then that he started looking for the best way to lose weight and keep it off.  Bechmann says the Jamestown chapter of 57 members is one of the largest local TOPS groups in New York state, and they meet every Thursday at Holy Trinity with weigh-ins starting at 8:30 AM


For more information about TOPS go on-line to www.tops.org.


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A Jamestown-area businessman has been indicted by the Chautauqua County Grand Jury for using improper sales procedures, and improperly filing tax returns. 


District Attorney Patrick Swanson says the grand jury handed down the 20-count indictment late Mondayagainst owner Kenneth Asel of Ken Asel R-V's in Gerry.  Swanson says the allegations include four counts of third-degree Grand Larceny one count of second-degree forgery two counts of Criminal Tax Fraud and thirteen counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing. 


Swanson says the indictment was the result of a lengthy investigation by the D-A’s office it's Crimes Against Revenue Program Investigation Unit, state Police and, others.  He says the allegations surround Asel’s business practices at Ken Asel R-V’s between March of 2012 through August 2015. 


He was arrested on a warrant and, arraigned.  Bail was set at $5,000 cash... $10,000 property bond.

The Deputy U-S Attorney General says he will "defend the integrity" of the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. elections. 


That from Rod Rosenstein to a Senate Committee Tuesday morning in the wake of comments by President Donald Trump that he may fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller who is now investigating the alleged manipulation of last year's Presidential election. 


Local Congressman Tom Reed says he doesn't believe what the president tweeted about Mueller has "any voracity."  Reed adds that if there is nothing there it's time to "move foward."  He says he wants Mueller to "get to the bottom of what's going on" for the benefit of everyone namely the American people. 


U-S Senator Dianne Feinstein of California told Rosenstein that she believes it would be "catastrophic" if special counsel Robert Mueller were fired based on the tweet by President Trump.

Legislation has again been introduced in Congress that may help officials get a better handle on the overabundance of nutrients that have led to excessive weed and algae bloom growth in Chautauqua Lake. 


That from local Representative Tom Reed who says the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act uses tax credits to develop technology that boosts the use of biomass and, recover manure resources a problem that is seen on Chautauqua Lake. 


Reed says it would allow the tax code to allow for people to develop and invest in that technology.  Reed says the idea is to support current and, new emerging techologies that will eventually "stand on their own" commercially.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.

New York state has hosted its first ever demonstration of a driverless vehicle on public roads. 


During Tuesday's test drive in Albany two engineers rode in the vehicle for about six miles. State officials say the engineers monitored the ride at all times to ensure safety. 


Governor Andrew Cuomo hailed the demonstration as a "major milestone" in the development of a technology that he says is the "next frontier" in transportation. 


Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul also took a test drive in the vehicle.  She said driverless cars offer "tremendous potential" for improving traffic safety.

With little more than a week left in the legislative session, some state lawmakers and community advocates are renewing the push for legalized recreational marijuana in New York state. 


State Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly member Crystal Peoples-Stokes are joining with advocates organized by the Drug Policy Alliance Monday afternoon to announce reintroduction of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act. 


Past efforts have stalled in legislative committees.  The bill would establish a legal market for marijuana in New York and tax and regulate it like alcohol. 


The lawmakers say the potential tax revenue stream is considerable since it's estimated that New Yorkers spend 3-billion dollars a year on marijuana. 


Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has been dubious about legalizing weed beyond limited medical use of non-smokeable forms.


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A Pittsfield, Pennsylvania man was killed last Sunday night when his motorcycle crashed into a truck that was turning into a parking lot on Route 6 in Brokenstraw Township. 


State Police in Warren say the motorcycle operated by 42 year-old Andrw Blauser was westbound about 8:30 p.m. when the eastbound truck crossed it's path.  Troopers say the truck driven by 33 year-old Ashlyn Auflick of Youngsville was turning into a lot for a local business. 


Police say Blauser was pronounced dead at the scene while Auflick and her two child passengers sustained minor injuries.  No charges have been filed but, the investigation is continuing.

A Cassadaga man has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a child under the age of 11 in the town of Charlotte earlier this year. 


Chautauqua County Sheriff's officers say they concluded an investigation involving 32 year-old Steven Morris, Junior of 7392 Hall Road into an incident back in April of this year.  Deputies say Morris was arrested on a warrant issued out of county court on one count each of first-degree criminal sexual act and, predatory sexual assault against a child. 


Officers say Morris was arraigned in county court and, sent to the county jail on $150,000 cash bail $300,000 property bond.

Comments were spirited at times during last night's public hearing on the proposal by the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities to annex about 4-acres of land used for it's Dow Street Substation from the village of Falconer. 


The session was attended by just over 200 people at the Falconer Middle and High School Auditorium.  The first person to speak was School Superintendent Steve Penhollow who says a projected loss of nearly $154,000 in tax revenue would mean cutting three full-time teachers. 


He says that's a "significant loss of opporunities in a rural school district" and he urged officials to "really look at that."  One resident of the village, Carmella Catanese opposed the plan which she called a "tax shift" by taking money away from the village, town of Ellicott, and the Falconer School District. 


A couple of other people called the city and it's BPU's proposal nothing more than a "money grab."  The proposal would save the BPU about $325,000 in taxes paid to the school district, town, village, and county. 


Under the city and BPU's payment in lieu of tax agreement plan city government and the school district would split about $158,000.

Perhaps the most contentious moments of the hearing came during the presentation by Jamestown's special legal counsel Kathy Bennett who outlined the reaon's for annexation. 


Bennett discussed the savings the city would see, and said it would lead to lower utility rates.  She also said the Jamestown Fire Department would be able to better provide fire and emergency protection for the electric substation because it's a trained, full-time deparment with a nearby fire hall. 


She says the Falconer Fire Station is closer, but, she says Jamestown stations are fully-staffed, "24/7" while Falconer, which has a volunteer department, does not.  That did not sit well with several members of the Falconer Fire Department, who were in the audience and, several village residents.  Department Second-Lieutenant Tyler Stimpson says Jamestown has 55 firefighters but, they have 80-plus more volunteers many of whom are amply qualified as EMTs. 


The lawyer for the town and village Petra Zaffrom also argued that the annexation should not go forward because unlike the city contends the BPU property does not adjoin the city line except for a very small piece of it at Tiffany Avenue.

A Jamestown man is jailed for allegedly harassing two people outside the Northwest Arena last Saturday afternoon with a knife. 


City police were called to the scene at 319 West Third Street shortly before 4 PM and, talked with the two victims who said 46 year-old Brian Livingston had threatened the pair with a knife.  Officers say they found Livingston later at his home and, arrested him.  He was arraigned on two counts of second-degree Menacing and, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon... and, sent to the county jail without bail.

A record-breaking blast of summer-like weather has hit New York and other parts of the Northeast. 


The National Weather Service says New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport recorded a sweltering 97 degrees on Monday, breaking its 1973 record of 95 degrees.  New York's LaGuardia Airport reached 95 degrees, topping its 1988 record of 92 degrees. Central Park tied its previous record of 93 degrees, set in 1973.  It was a little cooler on Long Island, where Islip reached 91 degrees, topping its 1988 record by 3 degrees. 


Here in the immediate Jamestown-area the temperature topped out at 86 degrees and, an air quailty alert was in place until 10 last night.  Meteorologist Joe Pollina says the heat is being caused by a large high pressure system over Bermuda that's pumping heat and humidity into the area.



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A Buffalo-area man is accused of vehicular assault after he allegedly backed his car unsafely, and struck a man walking on Route 20 in the town of Ripley last Saturday night. 


Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene of the car-pedestrian just after 11 PM and, found that the car was operated by 61 year-old Rory Stevenson of Angola, was involved in the accident.  Deputies say Stevenson's car struck 43 year-old Matthew Vogt of Buffalo, seriously injurying the man. 


Officers say Vogt was flown by Starflight Helicopter to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie for what were described as "life-threatening injuries."  Deputies say Stevenson faces several charges including second-degree vehicular assault backing unsafely uninspected motor vehicle and, several others.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail with bail to be set.

A town of Arkwright couple has been arrested for allegedly hosting an underage drinking party on their property early last weekend. 


Sheriff's officers say they were called to a residence on Miller Road shortly after 12 Midnight last Saturday on a report of the party taking place.  On arrival deputies say they observed several youths under the age of 21 on the property drinking alcohol. 


Officers say they spoke with Michael and Diane Rafan, both 53, and, determined they were in charge of the property and the party.  Deputies charged both Michael and Diane Rafan with first-degree unlawfully dealing with a minor. 


In addition they say a 17 year-old male youth was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.  All subjects are to appear in Arkwright Town Court at a later date.

A much-anticipated public hearing on the proposed annexation of five-acres of land owned by the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities in the village of Falconer at the city line is set for tonight. 


The session will begin at 7 PM at the Falconer Central School Auditorium, and will be hosted by the Jamestown City Council, Falconer Village Board and Ellicott Town Board.  During this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi said anyone from the three municipalities can speak at the hearing. 


The proposal involves shifting the 4 to 5-acres of land the BPU's Dow Street Substation is located on to being in the city where it would not have to have taxes paid on it.  This would mean a loss of tax revenues from that land to the village of Falconer, town of Ellicott and the Falconer School District. 


However Teresi says there have been some misconceptions about what's being proposed.  The biggest being that the city is trying to annex the entire village.  Teresi says that's not the case it is a small piece of property at the city line, and will help keep electric rates low.

A bill under consideration in New York's legislature would give banks the ability to temporarily freeze the accounts of older adults when they notice activity uncharacteristic of a person's normal spending habits. 


The measure is intended to combat financial abuse and fraud aimed at elders.  New York's Office of Children and Family Services says financial fraud costs the state's seniors an estimated $1.5 billion per year. 


It might also help people like Roseann Keiles, of Long Island.  Her 82-year-old mother was tricked into giving thousands of dollars before a local banker alerted the family that something was wrong. 


The bill was unanimously approved by the Senate in March, but has faced resistance in the Democratic-led Assembly and hasn't been scheduled for a vote.

The investigation into a fire late last Friday that destroyed a single-family home in the town of Carrol just outside of Frewsburg is continuing. 


The Jamestown Post-Journal reports that Frewsburg firefighters were called to the Lightner home just before 5 PM and, found the building and attached garage on fire.  Assistant Fire Chief Dan Sisson tells the paper the home on Wigren Road was "fully engulfed" on arrival and, that it took about an hour to bring the flames under control. 


Frewsburg fire crews were joined at the scene by Frewsburg, Busti, Kennedy, Falconer, Kiantone, and Russell, Pennsylvania fire companies. 


No one was hurt.  The cause is under investigation but, apparently started in the garage area.

It was a terrific first day for the newly-rebranded "Jamestown Public Market" in downtown Jamestown last Saturday morning and afternoon. 


The public market is actually the name for the original farmer's market that was held in Jamestown in 1878.  Market Manager Christina Breen says they had a very good turn-out for their first attempt at a Saturday market after holding the past several year's on Thursdays. 


Breen says they went with a Saturday because several people, many of whom live downtown, told them that a weekday even around the lunch-hour did not work as well as a weekend might.  She says they wanted to create more "vibrancy" on the weekends for people in the area. 


The market takes place in the 200-block of Cherry Street between West Second and Third Streets.  She says they had about 10 vendors for the first day.  The Jamestown Public Market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through early Fall. 


For more information, call the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation at 664-2477 or go on-line to Jamestownrenaissance.org

There was a giant celebration at the Lucille Ball Little Theater of Jamestown Saturday night. 


A huge cast performed songs from two dozen musicals to mark the theater's 80th anniversary and Norm and Helen Merrill were honored for 50 years of volunteer work.  Helen Merrill has directed 48 shows at the Little Theater, and she thanked all the actors and actresses who took part in those shows. 


Little Theater President, Bob Ostrom, announced a new curtain and fly system, air conditioning and other improvements for the Little Theater... thanks to the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, and local foundations.


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Nearly three dozen people had to be treated for nausea and difficulty breathing late Thursday morning after a refrigerant spilled in the upper floors of the old Furniture Mart Building on Jamestown's westside. 


That from Deputy Fire Chief Chet Harvey who says they received a call about a woman having trouble breathing at "The Connection" Call Center on West Second Street just after 10:30 a.m.  Harvey says they sent a rescue unit but, soon after found several others getting sick. 


He says they transported 11 to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital while three others took themselves.  Harvey says 19 others were treated, then released at the scene.  Harvey says the coolant known as "Propylene Glycol" spilled out as a work crew was off-loading about 200-gallons of the fluid from the Furniture Mart's HVAC Unit. 


He says the fluid called "Propylene Glycol" spilled onto a floor.  He says it's similar to anti-freeze.  The county's HazMat Team was called in to help clean-up the material.  Crews are still at the scene this afternoon and, the building remained evacuated until it could be cleaned up.

A city woman is jailed without bail for allegedly trafficking cocaine and marihauna from an apartment on Jamestown's eastside.  City police say they arrested 42 year-old Brandy McBride during a raid at 248 Buffalo Street about 5:45 AM Thursday after getting nuisance complaints from neighbors. 


Officers and members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force found McBride along with two other women and five young children between the ages of one-month and 10 years inside an apartment.  Police say they also found about 9 grams of powder cocaine 6-and-a-half grams of marihuana and, several pieces of drug paraphernalia, a quanity of cash and a canister of "CS gas" which is illegal to possess. 


McBride was arrested on charges including second and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and five counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  Anyone who may have information on the illegal drug trafficking in the Jamestown area is asked to contact the JPD Tip line at 483-TIPS that's 483-8477 or the departments Tips 411 app.

The first major event in Chautauqua's new Amphitheater will be two weeks from last night on Thursday, June 22nd, for the Jamestown High School graduation. 


That from Chautauqua's Director of Communications, Jordan Steves Wednesday. The Institution wanted to have a 'temporary Certificate of Occupancy' earlier this month but, it's not in hand yet.  In the meantime Steves says programming staff is having to wear hard-hats and work vests inside the Amp. 


That Certificate of Occupancy is expected in the next week.  Steves says the biggest 'hiccup' has been a manufacturing delay at the Nebraska company making the new benches.  They won't all be done in time but an area firm,  Fancher Chair in Falconer is saving the day by making several temporary benches for them. 


Individual tickets for the first major entertainment event in the new Amp,  Aretha Franklin on June 24th are completely sold out.

The Fancher Chair Company in Falconer that Chautauqua Institution has turned to for help in getting several thousand feet of temporary benching in place was first contacted about the situation a week-and-a-half ago. 


Fancher's President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Henry says Chautauqua officials said they had a delay in the order and, worked out the details about design within about three-days.  Henry says they mainly manufacture solid-wood chairs. 


However he says they do benches on occasion.  Henry says they had asked to be considered for the initial project but, didn't hear back about it.  However he says they are making many of the chairs that'll be used in the new Amp during the coming season.  He says their 140 employees have "really stepped up" to get the project done in time.

Work is now underway to finalize Chautauqua County's application for the $20-million dollar, Municipal Consolidation and Government Efficiency Grant competition. 


A public forum was held Wednesday night at the Carlson Community Center in Mayville.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says about 75 people turned out for the meeting, including a number of local officials many who spoke about their projects including the new wasterwater treatment plant in Dunkirk. 


Horrigan says at this point, 13 projects have been identified for the application that is due later this month.  He says the Center for Governmental Research in Rochester is working with the county and local governments to finalize the application. 


Horrigan says they got "some additional input on opportunities" Wednesday.  He adds the application is due on June 28th.  Chautauqua County is one of six finalists in the competition.  There's no word on when a final decision will be made.


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It's not Congressional Republicans but, Democratic policies the past 30 years that have made it more difficult to do business and, has driven people from New York state. 


That from local Congressman Tom Reed who pushed back Wednesday against criticism from Governor Cuomo and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi about the need to defeat them in 2018.  Reed said Cuomo's comments clearly show that he is eyeing a run for the White House in 2020.  However he says the polices of Cuomo and his late father, Mario, have caused the exodus of businesses and people seen in recent years. 


In addition Reed says it's led to a loss of representation in Washington since the 1980s.  At that time New York had 35 members of Congress but, that number has now fallen to 27.  He adds two more may be lost after the next Census. 


Cuomo and Pelosi told hundreds of union members at a Manhattan rally Tuesday that New Yorkers can play a key role in returning the House of Representatives to Democratic control.  Reed says he's been pushing "pro-growth" policies to grow jobs and population in the state.

Local Congressman Tom Reed says he likes what he's seen so far of President Trump's pick to head up the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 


House Republicans say they didn't have advance notice of Trump's choice of Christopher Wray.  He's a former Justice Department official who was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's personal lawyer during the George Washington Bridge lane-closing investigation. 


Reed says he doesn't know much more about Wray at this point but says Wray has a lot of experience with the U-S Attorney's Office, and the Justice Department.  Reed says he's very eagar to look more at Wray's resume and, record. 


He says he's hopeful that the Senate will move quickly to confirm the appointment.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with regional media.

A former mayor of Cassadaga has announced she is running for Chautauqua County Clerk this Fall. 


LeeAnn Lazarony is currently the resource coordinator for the Dunkirk City drug treatment court and also has in the past worked in that same capacity for the Jamestown drug treatment court.  Lazarony says she believes her experience in the court system and as a mayor for eight years is a major asset. 


She says she has worked in the court system for about 15 years.  If elected, Lazarony says among her goals is to provide a "professional, non-political, customer friendly" county clerk's office. 


She is seeking the Democratic nomination and would run against incumbent Republican Larry Barmore.

Four people have been arrested and, Jamestown police seized a number of stolen items including a hand-gun and shot-gun during two separate raids in the city Monday. 


Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson confirms today that officers executed a search warrant at an apartment about 10:30 AM at 108 Crescent Street after being tipped about stolen property inside.  They reportedly found items including a 12-gauge shotgun, laptop computers and a large machete. 


In addition police say they found a quantity of methamphetamine, and arrested two people.  They say 52 year-old Bernard Philbrick, Junior and 25 year-old Kyle Lewis face weapons and drug possession charges.  During the investigation, police learned that the stolen property was taken from a nearby home at 117 Crescent Street and, they arrested 37 year-old Misty Harkins there on an outstanding bench warrant. 


A second raid occured several hours later at 1063 East Second Street on a report of a person with a weapon.  They later arrested 27 year-old James Blue, and seized a 40-calibur pistol.

For the seventh week in a row gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area are holding steady. 


The AAA's Fuel Gauge Report says the price is up just 2-tenths of a cent per gallon but, is still just over $2.55  a gallon.  AAA says New York is one of four states across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region where prices remained flat from last week. 


Every other state in the region is seeing prices drop as much as three cents.  Nationally gas prices have fallen moderately in most states following a week of all-time high gasoline demand.  The price of a gallon of gasoline increased one cent this week to $2.38 from last week; however, the price at the pump in 30 states has fallen as much as 4-cents. 


The moderate decline in gas prices is typical following a long holiday weekend.


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The first of three Erie, Pennsylvania men accused of car-jacking a vehicle, and stealing a truck in the Dunkirk-area about two years ago has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison. 


Acting U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 21 year-old Michael Gonzalez-Colon was recently convicted of carjacking and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime.  He was then sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lawrence Vilardo. 


Prosecutors say Gonzalez-Colon and the two co-defendants rode stolen ATV's in Erie and, road them to Dunkirk in July of 2015... and, shortly after arriving in Dunkirk, the ATV's were seized by police.  Without transportation they then assaulted two people in the vicinity of Robin and Second Streets and, stole their car at gun-point.  They also stole a pick-up truck.

A city man is jailed without bail and, a teenaged boy is also in custody for allegedly trafficking crystal methamphetime on Jamestown's north and east sides. 


City police say they were called to the area of Dearborn Street late Monday morning on a report of 19 year-old Joshua Verrett being spotted walking there.  Verrett was wanted on several oustanding city court warrants and, police say they found the Bishop Street man with a 17 year-old on Dearborn Street. 


Officers say they arrested Verrett without incident and, during the arrest, allegedly found a quantity of crystal meth and, two digital scales in his possession.  Police say the 17 year-old was also found in possession of a small amount of crystal meth in his possession. 


Verrett was arrraigned on charges including Felony third-degree criminal possesion of a controlled substance and, the 17 year-old was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession.

The Jamestown School District can now move forward on hiring 10 new staff members four of them teachers for the upcoming 2017-18 school year. 


The school board unanimously approved formally adding the posts during last night's meeting.  Interim School Superintendent Silvia Root says she's pleased to be able to move forward on filling these positions.  Root says funding for the positions is included in the new, $80-plus million dollar budget. 


Root says she believes this is "the beginning of meeting students needs, and being able to support it.  Root says the positions include two English Language Learner teachers two ESL paraprofessionals two school counselors and two elementary teachers.  There will also be one new music teacher and, one school psychologist. 


Root says the district should be set once those people are hired.  However she says the district did leave some financial "room" for the new superintendent to possibly fill two other positions once he or she is hired. 


The school board also approved the final canvass of the May 16th budget, and school board vote.  The spending plan was approved 505-to-106.

Governor Andrew Cuomo and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi say New York's eight Republican members of Congress must be defeated in 2018. 


Pelosi and the Democratic governor told hundreds of union members at a Manhattan rally Tuesday that New Yorkers can play a key role in returning the House of Representatives to Democratic control.  Cuomo said New York's Republican Congress members don't represent the state's interests. 


He called them "political pawns of the ultra-conservative puppet masters in Washington."  While it's not uncommon for Democrats to criticize Republicans, Cuomo's remarks come amid speculation that he may seek the White House in 2020.  Corning Republican Tom Reed is one of those House members being targeted.

A Great Lakes researcher and SUNY College at Fredonia professor is preparing to swim the length of Chautauqua Lake later this month in preparation for a longer swim across Lake Erie. 


Sherri Mason has announced that she will attempt the 15.5-mile journey during the week of June 19th.  She says that the idea began as a swim across Lake Erie, but she was encouraged to do a "trial swim" first of at least 10-miles.  Dr. Mason has been in training for the swim for nearly a year. 


Initially the focus of the swim was on the problem of plastics pollution, but the message has become a larger one because of the Trump Administration and the push for changes in environmental policy.  Mason says it's a matter of how important fresh, clean water is to us in America, and the entire world. 


No specific date for the Chautauqua Lake swim has been set.  It will begin at Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron and conclude at Lakeside Park in Mayville.


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Jamestown city officials and residents of a northside neighborhood are expressing disappointment over a state decision to not fund an approximately 12-to-13-million dollar housing project. 


City Council Housing Committee Chairwoman Marie Carruba expressed her feelings after some residents spoke during last night's committee meeting.  Carrubba says she's heard from other people in the area where the Jackson-Spring Housing Development was to be built. 


She says the problem with the eight dilapitated and condemned homes there is not going away because the city can't afford to do them all.  They were to be replaced with 36-units developed by a Buffalo-area firm, NRP working locally with Citizens Opportunity for Development and Equality also known as CODE. 


CODE and the developer had applied for a second-time for funding through the state Office of Housing and Community Renewal for the funding and, housing credits.

Two Kennedy men have been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of narcotic drugs following a vehicle stop on the city of Jamestown's northside. 


City police say a pick-up truck passed a marked JPD Cruiser on West 10th Street shortly before 1 PM last Saturday afternoon and, the operator, 21 year-old Dyllan Ownbey, was pulled over.  Officers say Ownbey was smoking a marijuana cigarette in plain sight, and he was found to be driving the truck with an expired inspection sticker. 


Police ordered both Ownbey and his passenger, 23 year-old James Albro from the vehicle.  They say they found 15-grams of marijuana, 5.5-grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms, and point-3 grams of Fentanyl. 


Both were charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, and one count each of unlawful possession of marijuaua.  Both were jailed with bail to be set.

A Cattaraugus County man is jailed on $25,000 bail for allegedly trafficing narcotic drugs in the Randolph area following a raid on his apartment. 


Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office say they executed a search warrant at 106 Hall Avenue and found 27 year-old Scott Fairbanks with six bags of Heroin packaged for sale.  They say they also found a small amount of marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia and scales. 


Fairbanks faces charges including third-degree Felony criminal possession of a controlled substance and, unlawful possession of marijuana.  He also faces three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  Fairbanks was arraigned and sent to the Little Valley lock-up.

Local Congressman Tom Reed was in the majority of the House of Representatives who voted recently for the Reduction of Regulatory Burdens Act that pulls back on some regulations regarding the dumping of pesticides. 


Reed says the act, which amends what's commonly called the Clean Water Act would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency or a state from requiring a permit under the "National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System" for discharging of pesticides through a pipe or tunnel. 


The bill establishes exemptions from this prohibition which Reed feels are "reasonable."  Opponents of the move say the move "guts" clean water and clean air rules but, Reed says it's intended to eliminate duplicity, and overly burdensome regulations on businesses and individuals. 


Congress earlier this year approved the "Midnight Rules Relief Act" which simply allowed lawmakers to reject multiple rules under the Congressional Review Act. 


The Reduction of Regulatory Burdens Act was approved prior to President Trump announcing the U-S was withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord. Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.

The county's application for the $20 million-dollar New York State Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition is coming together and among the 10 projects in the application will be two involving the village of Fredonia and the city of Dunkirk. 


Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis spoke about the two projects Monday and pointed out that they are involved in talks regarding the wastewater treatment plant in Dunkirk.  Landis says an agency is working with them on that project. 


She adds there's also the ongoing effort to find one location for both community's police departments and courts.  Dr. Landis says there may be some complications involving the shared police and courts facility because of a state mandate and, circumstances are more complicated. 


She says police cars can currently go outside the area they primarily serve.  Chautauqua County is among six finalists seeking the $20-million dollar grant and there's a June 30the deadline for the applications.


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A Ripley man was killed last weekend when he apparently fell from the tractor he was using, and got pinned underneath it. 


Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Sulpher Springs Road in the town of Mina about 5:20 PM Saturday on a report of the man being pinned under the vehicle.  When they arrived, deputies say they found 57 year old Edward Schwab underneath the tractor.  However, EMS workers were unable to revive him and, Schwab was pronounced dead at the scene.


A Cassadaga Man was seriously hurt when his motorcycle struck a deer and he was ejected on the Stockton-Cassadaga Road in the town of Stockton last Saturday night. 


Sheriff's officers say the operator, 47 year-old Daniel Gloss, was westbound just after 11 PM when the crash occured.  Deputies say Gloss was unable to avoid the deer and, struck it and was thrown from the bike. 


They say Gloss was treated at the scene by Cassadaga and Stockton fire rescue crews and, was flown by Starflight Helicopter to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment of his injuries.

With the exception of some rain Sunday morning there was great weather last weekend for the return of the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament to downtown Jamestown. 


That from Tournament Director Michael Bird with the Jamestown Post-Journal.  The local newspaper, along with the Dunkirk Observer and, the Warren Times-Observer headed up the effort to bring the Macker back to Jamestown for the first time in several years. 


Bird says they expected some issues Sunday but, none was insurmountable. Bird says they got 200 teams for the tournament which was a good number for the first year back.  He says the response was very good and, overall there was a lot of good sportsmanship. 


The Media One Group was a Media Sponsor for the Gus Macker Tournament.  Bird says 20% of the proceeds will go to the Alex Foulk Foundation to support the "Fresh Start" initiative.  He adds that several other groups including the Jamestown Key Club and, Honor Society and, local elementary schools will all benefit from the tournament.

Chautauqua County is finalizing it's application for a 20-million dollar local government consolidation award from New York State. 


That from County Executive Vince Horrigan, who high-lighted the work of his Regional Solutions Commission during last Friday's County Executive Breakfast hosted by the Chautuaqua County Chamber of Commerce at Chautauqua Golf Club. The commission chaired by County Legislator George Borrello, had identified 10 projects that would receive money from that award.


Horrigan says the application is due by the end of June and, state leaders will then make a decision among the six finalists for the funding.  He says that would help the county realize the 15 focus goals of the county's 2020 Comprehensive Plan. 


Horrigan adds that having the county on solid financial footing was one of those when it was first drawn-up.  He says being able to cut the tax rate by 74 cents over the past six years has helped greatly.

New York is pushing a major clean energy job initiative in the wake of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from an international pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 


Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced $1.5 billion-dollars for renewable energy projects such as wind, solar arrays, hydro and fuel cell to advance a state goal of achieving 50% of electricity from renewables by 2030.  Cuomo says the investment will produce 40,000 clean energy jobs by 2020. 


The announcement follows Trump's Thursday decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement to reduce U.S. polluting emissions by 1.6 billion tons by 2025.  Cuomo and Democratic governors in Washington and California denounced the move and pledged to uphold the commitment.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says his state will continue to abide by the Paris climate accord regardless of President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the landmark 190-nation agreement to reduce carbon emissions. 


Cuomo says that the Republican president's decision is "reckless" and harmful for the nation and the planet.  He says he will use executive orders to ensure the state does not abandon its efforts to boost renewable energy while reducing emissions tied to climate change. 


Cuomo also says he and the governors of California and Washington state will lead a new alliance of states supporting the Paris agreement.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also vowed to use executive orders to ensure his city continues to "honor the goals" of the climate deal.

Republican Governor Phil Scott says Vermont is joining a coalition of states, including New York that have committed to upholding the Paris climate agreement despite President Trump's decision to leave the historic international pact. 


The U.S. Climate Alliance was formed by the Democratic governors of California, New York and Washington after Trump's announcement Thursday.  The governors of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island also announced Friday that their states would be joining the alliance. 


Scott says Vermont is a leader in environmental policy and natural resource management.  He says the president's decision to withdraw the country from the agreement only strengthens the states' commitment and makes their work more important.

A cold storage facility could still be coming to the city of Dunkirk and, the north county city's elected official says he couldn't be happier. 


Mayor Willie Rosas confirms that a meeting involving the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency the city of Dunkirk and, Fieldbrook Foods was held on Thursday and the former Edgewood warehouse on Roberts Road is now being considered as a possible site for the Great Lakes Cold Storage facility. 


Rosas says that while no final decision has been made, he is pleased that a city based site is in the running. Earlier this year Dunkirk's Zoning Board of Appeals had approved a location for the project between Central Avenue, Fairview Avenue and Main Street Extension, but local residents in the area of site had threatened a lawsuit.  That had led the company and Fieldbrook Foods to consider a site at the Chadwick Bay Industrial Park in the town of Sheridan.   


Rosas says no decision has been made yet because they haven't gotten a commitment yet from the developer.

Pennsylvania's state Senate is unveiling legislation to overhaul retirement benefits for future state government and public school employees in hopes of getting it to Governor Tom Wolf's desk this week. 


 A first committee vote was scheduled for last night... just hours after the legislation became public.  Pennsylvania's two big pension systems face a roughly a $60-billion dollar projected debt.  Senate Republicans have tried unsuccessfully for four years to end or reduce the traditional pension benefit for future state and school employees in favor of a 401(k)-style benefit. 


This bill would create a hybrid plan, and make the second pension overhaul in eight years.  Actuaries say it wouldn't reduce near-term pension obligations for the state and school districts.


News Headlines for Sat., June 3, 2017

Horrigan updates State of County, talks about accomplishments during county Chamber appearance...
He still has seven months left in office... but, Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan tell county business leaders that indicators show "all the arrows are pointed in the right direction" for the county.  Horrigan addressed the county's Chamber of Commerce at the Chautauqua Golf Club for the final time as executive yesterday morning.  Horrigan presented an updated version of his State of the County Address... then fielded a series of questions.  He was asked what he felt was his biggest accomplishment.  Horrigan says it was forming "consensus" on a number of issues facing the county... adding we're not arguing about "silly things..." and are getting things done.  Horrigan says "everyone has good ideas..." and, the key was to listen... compromise and move forward.  As for his biggest challenge... the Bemus Point Republican pointed quickly to the local Heroin and Opioid Drug Crisis.  He says strides have been made in law enforcement and the judicial system... but, adds the addiction part has been difficult.  Horrigan did point to the fact that UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital has been able to get the funding in place to start long-term treatment in the Jamestown-area... and, improvements have also been made in the north county.
Horrigan says former Chautauqua County Home is doing well...
Perhaps the most controversial issue faced during County Executive Vince Horrigan's lone-term as executive was the February 2014 sale of the Chautauqua County Home in Dunkirk.  After several months of discussion and debate... the county legislature voted to sell the Dunkirk facility to VestraCare for $16-million by a 13-to-5 vote.  Horrigan says it was a "very difficult" process... especially having to face the fears of residents, and their families.  He says care for the elderly is  "deeply personnal..." but, he says it's "doing well," and their rates have not increased.  Horrigan... adds though... that owning a nursing home was not a primary function of government... and, says the home was a drag on the county's finances.  He says the combination of the sale... and, boosting the county's sales tax an extra half-a-percent to 8-percent has helped the county bring the tax rate to 41-cents per $1,000 below the average in Western New York.  
Dunkirk man arrested as part of major bust in late April...
A Dunkirk man wanted in connection with a major drug bust in the city back in April has been located and arrested by police in the north county.  Dunkirk Police arrested 27-year-old Christian Maestre at 172 King Street around 7 p.m. last Thursday.  Officers say Maestre was wanted on a warrant charging him with one count each of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, second-degree criminal sale.  The charges stem from an investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and Dunkirk Police that led to a raid at 51 East 2nd Street on April 28th.  Task Force members seized a large quantity of cocaine and more than $171-thousand dollars in cash from alleged drug sales.  Maestre was arraigned in City Court and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail.
Lakewood mayor explosing possible community chamber in village...
An effort is underway to create a new "community" chamber of commerce in southern Chautauqua County.  Lakewood Mayor Cara Birritierri has been discussing the possibility of a new chamber specifically for merchants in the village.  Birritierri recently discussed the idea with Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum and other chamber leaders.  She says she first thought about creating a local Merchants group because retail is such a big part of the village's economy... including the only mall in the Jamestown-area.  Birritierri says it made sense because there are about 50 members of the county Chamber of Commerce from Lakewood.  However... she says there is a slight obstacle in that Lakewood does not currently have it's own community chamber.  She says Tranum and other Chamber officials met with Birritierri during the recent ribbon cutting for the new Lakewood Diner on Chautauqua Avenue. 


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A Jamestown-area man has been indicted by the Chautauqua County Grand Jury on 20-counts for allegedly being in possession of child pornography.  


Ellicott Town Police say they arrested 51 year-old George Ciancio of 107 Westminster Drive in West Ellicott on a County Court warrant last February following a several month-long, joint investigation with the FBI.  


Officers say Ciancio faces 10 counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child and, 10 counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child.  Ciancio is free on bail.



A Jamestown woman was arrested early Thursday morning for allegedly selling illegal drugs during a raid at a home on the city's northside.  
Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force were joined by members of the state Police C-NET Team in executing a search warrant at 11 West 10th Street shortly after 5 AM.  Samuelson said yesterday that agents arrested 48 year-old Searcy Fields as part of their ongoing investigation into the sales and trafficking of illegal narcotics in the city.
Samuelson says task force members also found quanitites of heroin and "crack" cocaine inside the residence and, also seized a small amount of cash and scales.  He says Fields was taken into custody without incident and, adds she is charged with third-and seventh-degree criminal possesion of a controlled substance and, criminally using drug paraphernalia.  
She was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.  If you have any information on illegal drug trafficking in Jamestown contact the Task Force confidentially at 483-TIPS that's 483-8477.  Or contact them via their Tips 4-1-1 app.
A north county woman is being treated for serious injuries after her car went off Route 5 in the town of Sheridan yesterday afternoon and, slammed into a tree.  
Sheriff's officers were called to the scene, near the junction with Newell Road just after 12:30 PM.  Deputies say a nearby neighbor and another motorist pulled the woman Chun Pandak of Irving, from the wreckage.  
Officers say that prevented more serious injuries.  Officers say Pandak was taken by Alstar Ambulance to a landing area and, she was then flown by Starflight Helicopter to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.
A fatal accident involving an Amish horse and buggy late last year in Clymer has led four local fire departments to donate a miniature Amish buggy to the Chautauqua Children's Safety Education Village in Ashville.  
Safety Village Director Terri Kindberg says she happened to come across the scene of that accident and, says it left an impression she'll never forget.  Kindberg says the buggy will now be part of the safety courses they teach at the village regarding traffic that moves slowly.
Kindberg says she and Safety Village Board President Sheriff Joe Gerace serve on the county's Traffic Safety Board and, she says the idea of adding an Amish buggy to their curriculum has been discussed for a while now.  
She says Panama Fire Chief Vern Sheldon, Junior knew the man killed in the Clymer accident and, called her about the idea to get the ball rolling.  The chiefs of all four communities Panama, Sherman, Clymer and Ashville have large Amish populations.  Each was represented during the unveiling of the miniature buggy Wednesday night at the Hewes Education Center BOCES in Ashville. 




An investigation into a stabbing that occurred Saturday afternoon in the area of East 4th Street and Park Avenue in Dunkirk has resulted in the arrest of an 18-year-old man.  


Dunkirk Police have charged Christopher Cancel-Vazquez of South Zebra Street with first-degree assault after allegedly stabbing a 33-year-old male from Dunkirk in the lower abdomen during an argument.  Cancel-Vazquez fled the scene, but was picked up Tuesday on an arrest warrant.  


The victim was treated at Brooks Memorial Hospital... and, was later flown by helicopter to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.  Cancel-Vazquez was arraigned in Dunkirk City Court and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail on 50-thousand dollars cash bail.



Chautauqua County's two airports picked up nearly $1.2-million dollars in federal funding.  
That from U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand who announced late Wednesday that both airports would share in 17-million dollars being provided to 36 airports in New York state.  County Executive Vince Horrigan, who was pleased to get the news, says the County Airport near Jamestown will receive just over 816,000 of those dollars.
Horrigan says Jamestown actually received two grants with a smaller one to remove an obstruction and refurbish the taxiway.  In addition Horrigan says the Dunkirk Airport will receive $437,000 in funding.  
He says that'll be used to repair runway and taxiway surfaces and, study removal of any obstructions to air traffic.  
Senator's Schumer and Gillibrand announced that more than $17 million in funding would go to the upstate area. The largest award 2.4-million dollars will go for projects at the Greater Rochester International Airport in Rochester.
A Jamestown man involved with private sector management and finance for three decades has been named the new Vice-President for Finance and Administration at the SUNY College at Fredonia.  
Fredonia President Virginia Horvath says Michael Metzger will assume his new duties at Fredonia on July 3rd.  Metzger is currently Vice President and Strategic Advisor for Blackstone Advanced Technologies in Jamestown... a position he has held since 2014.  
In previous positions Horvath said Metzger was president of Blackstone Business Enterprises from 2010 to 2013 the Chief Financial Officer for Acu-Rite Companies from 1985 to 2010 and, he worked at Bausch & Lomb from 1976 to 1984.  
Horvath says Metzger quote  "brings a range of experiences in operations management, including in the not-for-profit and government sectors."  Metzger says he's "honored to accept the position" adding that, "it's been a dream of mine to be part of the rich tradition of this exceptional educational institution."
Legislation newly introduced in Albany aims to stamp out school lunch shaming.  
The proposal announced Wednesday by state Sen. Liz Krueger and Jo Anne Simon would require schools to ensure all eligible students are signed up for free and reduced-cost school meals.  The bill would also prohibit schools from singling out students whose families fall into school lunch debt by assigning them extra chores or giving them alternative meals.  
The sponsors of the bill say there's no statewide policy for students who can't buy their lunch. They say that too often students are stigmatized and shamed if their families fall behind on school lunch payments.


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A Buffalo man living in Jamestown and accused of trafficking large quantities of crack and powder cocaine now faces federal charges in the case following his arrest locally.  


Acting U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior has formally announced that 38 year-old Odessin McBride was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, cocaine.  Kennedy says the charges carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $2,000,000 fine.  


Federal prosecutors accuse McBride of distributing both cocaine and crack cocaine in the Jamestown area.  Police and local Drug agents surveilled McBride allegedly selling cocaine and, they obtained a search warrant for McBride’s Sampson Street home.  


Special agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, working with officers from the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, raided McBride's home on May 19th and, found him and his wife, and their 4 year-old child inside.  


Police also recovered cash, four digital scales, and a shrink-wrapping machine in the kitchen.  They also allegedly found scales, baggies, a razor blade, and a quantity of cocaine sealed in shrink-wrapped plastic bags buried in the ground outside the home.  A detention hearing was held in Buffalo Wednesday afternoon. 



Western New York and Chautauqua County are both winding up an unusually wet month of May and, it's looking like a rainy start to June as well.  
That from National Weather Service Forecaster Dan Kelly in Buffalo. who says they have a weather observer in Jamestown. who reports higher than usual rainfall for May.  Kelly says that follows a rainier than usual April.
Kelly says, in Buffalo they has received 6.35-inches for the month of May as of Midnight Tuesday night which is the seventh-highest amount for the city since records have been kept.  As for the immediate future he says we'll remain somewhat rainy through the coming weekend.  
Kelly says another round of thunderstorms moved through the area late yesterday more are expected towards the end of the week on Friday.  Kelly says there's a 50-50 chance of rain through early next week with temperatures slightly below normal.  Our complete forecast is coming up.
Memorial Day weekend serves as the unofficial kick-off to Summer but, Chautauqua County's top-elected official used it to kick off his first-ever "100 Days of Summer Safety" campaign.  
County Executive Vince Horrigan discussed the program at the end of last week's County Legislature meeting talking about how great the Summer season is here.  However he says it seems like every year there is at least one tragedy that occurs. Horrigan, who also headed up the local chapter of the American Red Cross for about 12 years says he wants to try and prevent that.
To that end Horrigan says he's working with the county Department of Health and Human Services on a program that includes boating, and motor vehicle and bicycle safety and so on.  He says it can only take a moment for tragedy to strike.  
Horrigan says he's tentatively scheduled a press event for next week with a focus on water safety.  Horrigan says one focus there will be on making sure that children have life jackets on when boating. 



Gasoline prices in Chautauqua County remain steady as the Summer driving season demand kicks in.  


That from the Triple-A's Fuel Gauge Report, which ways the price for a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel remains just over $2.55 this week.  Triple-A says the price is down about 2-tenths of a cent for the week.  


The Fuel Gauge reports that New York state's average price is now $2.51 a gallon.  Elsewhere across the Northeast the growing demand for gasoline has pressured pump prices.  


Nationally the average is now $2.37 cents, one-cent more than a week ago, two cents more than a month ago and five cents more than a year ago.  The latest Energy Information Administration's report says rising gasoline demand has resulted in dropping gasoline inventories across the country.  


Last week U.S. demand for gasoline jumped to the highest level this year, while inventories dropped by 800,000 barrels. 



When Congress resumes it's 115th session next Tuesday there will be less than two months to go before the current session ends for lawmakers in August.  
That means action needs to be taken on a number of big ticket items that need to be addressed before then. Local Congressman Tom Reed says the big item currently is in the Senate which is working on a new Health Care bill.  
The House acted on the American Health Care Act earlier this Spring but, the Senate has yet to.  After that, Reed says there's the president's 4.1-trillion dollar budget proposal.
However there is some Republican opposition to the president's proposal which would add defense spending but, cut or eliminate several domestic social programs.  
Reed says there's also the issue of the nation's accumulated, 20-Trillion deficit and, President Trump's administration has already indicated the need for Congress to raise the debt ceiling before they leave for Summer recess.  
He says the bi-partisan "Problem Solver's" caucus he belongs to is already looking at common ways to deal with that issue.
A Buffalo-area woman who died of her injuries suffered in an All-Terrain Vehicle accident last weekend in Cattaraugus County has now been identified.  
Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley now say that 33 year-old Dawn Krol died after her ATV crashed on Eastland Road in Yorkshire, just after 7 PM last Sunday.  Officers say Krol was unconscious and not breathing when they arrived.  
But, she was already receiving CPR and, was rushed to Bertrand-Chaffee Hospital in Springville.  She was then taken to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo where she later died from her injuries.  
Krol was a high school math teacher in the Pembroke School District in Genesee County.
Two north county men are in the Chautauqua County Jail for allegedly committing an armed robbery Tuesday morning in the village of Fredonia.  
Fredonia Police were called to a location on Cushing Street at about 2 AM where the victims were able to provide a description of the suspects.  Police say they were later seen in a vehicle, fleeing the neighboorhood at a high rate of speed.  
Further investigation led to the arrest of 31-year-old Steven Glenn of Fredonia and 18-year-old Norman Geddis, Jr. of Dunkirk.  A search of the vehicle led to the recovery of two loaded handguns and, several items of stolen property.  
Glenn and Geddis were arraigned and jailed on two counts each of first-degree robbery and, three counts of criminal possession of stolen property.  They also face one count each of criminal use of a firearm, and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  
Geddis is being held on $150,000 cash bail, while Glenn is being held without bail. 
A Jamestown woman has been arrested for allegedly throwing her cane into the front window of a downtown bar and eatery late yesterday morning.  
City police were called to The Pub about 10:45 AM on a report of the woman hitting, and damaging the window at the 209 North Main Street location.  Officers say 53 year-old Tammy Stevenson of West Eighth Street apparently left before police arrived.  
However they say she was found near Prendergast Avenue and, was arrested.  City police say the window which was found with several cracks on it will cost more than $1,500 to replace.  
Officers say Stevenson is charged with second-degree criminal contempt a Felony.


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It's an announcement that could be historic in the effort to revitalize downtown Jamestown.
Those are the feelings of Mayor Sam Teresi as he introduced Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul late Tuesday morning to announce the 10 projects approved for about 10-million dollars in funding through the state's Downtown Revitalization Initiative.  
She says one-million dollars will be going to a major project to redevelop the former Key Bank Building at East Second and North Main Streets.
Hochul adds that the biggest award, 2.4-million dollars is going to the major project to renovate the former Ramada Inn on West Fourth Street into a Hilton Doubletree Hotel.  In addition, Hochul says the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts which hosted the event, will receive 1.5-million dollars of the funding for upgrades.  
The Robert H. Jackson Center on East Fourth Street will also be getting 1.5-million dollars.  The Jamestown Brewing Company project on West Third Street will receive $830,000.  
Five other, smaller projects are receiving between $265,000 to $670,000.
Elected officials from Chautauqua County and the state were on hand for the final DRI announcement and, call the funding awards for the 10 projects "great news."
State Senator Cathy Young congratulated Jamestown adding that downtowns have taken major hits in recent years with changes in retailing and other sectors.  However Young says cities that are able to "reinvent" themselves have been able to survive and thrive.  She says the DRI can make a big difference.
State Assemblyman Andy Goodell says the idea of making Jamestown a destination is very much a part of what's taking place.  Goodell says it begins with the proposed National Comedy Center which is scheduled to open next year on West Second and Washington Streets.  He credited Director Journey Gunderson and Board President Tom Benson with leading the effort to turn a concept into a reality.  
Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan thanked Hochul and other state leaders for helping Chautauqua County so much after the closing of the Con-Agra plants in Dunkirk and Fredonia a few years ago resulting in 600 jobs being lost.



A Buffalo-area woman has died of her injuries suffered in an All-Terrain Vehicle accident last weekend in the Cattaraugus County Town of Yorkshire.


Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley are not identifying the 33 year-old Clarence woman.  However officers say she was riding the ATV on Eastland Road just after 7 PM Sunday when the crash occured.  


Deputies say the victim was unconscious and not breathing when they arrived.  But, she was already receiving CPR and, was rushed to Bertrand-Chaffee Hospital in Springville then the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo where she later died from her injuries.



A Pittsfield, Pennsylvania man is being treated for a possibly serious head injury after his All-Terrain Vehicle crashed at a Pittsfield Township intersection late Monday afternoon.


State Police in Warren say the unidentified 66 year-old man was riding the ATV near the intersection of State Route 27 and Hamilton Road about 5:30 PM when he lost control and, was thrown from the vehicle.  


Troopers say the man landed on the roadway and, was taken by ambulance to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Police are investigating whether alcohol may have been involved in the accident.



The Jamestown Jammers begin their third-season in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League this week and, final preparations for the season opener are being made.
Opening night is Thursday at Russell E. Diethrick Park and, Team and Business Manager Anthony Barone says players started coming into town this past weekend to begin preparations.  Barone says it's a short time to get his players introduced to each other and, start practicing.
Barone says they've been working for the first two years to get the product in place and, to get the team to be a focal point in the community.  He says they see that coming together now and, adds they're seeing an increase in ticket and sponsorship sales.  
Barone says the Jammers 2017 roster is shaping up nicely especially with returning veterans.  He says they include Catcher Chris Connelly Outfielder Skylar Valentine and, infielder Ben Brookover.  Barone says Connelly will be Team Captain this year.
U-S Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer says President Donald Trump is coming up short on security for states and cities by proposing to cut hundreds of millions of dollars for anti-terrorism efforts.
The New York Democrat said Monday "it makes absolutely no sense" to reduce the money when terrorism remains a looming threat.  The White House has said over $1.9 million-dollars budgeted since 2013 hasn't gotten spent.  
Schumer's office says it can take time for cities and states to actually get and spend the money, but that doesn't mean they haven't allocated or don't need it.  
Trump is seeking new spending on border security but cuts in some other security efforts, including two counterterror programs for cities and states.  Schumer says they'd shrink by 25%, to $800-million.


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The investigation is continuing into an early morning fire Monday that destroyed a vacant house on the city of Jamestown's southside. 


City fire crews were called to the scene at 274 Prospect Street shortly before 5 AM and, Fire Battalion Chief Roger Sigular says they found heavy fire coming from the structure on arrival. Sigular says it took some time to bring the flames under control because the building was unstable. 


He says the roof eventually collapsed and, the Department of Development was called in.  Sigular says there was one neighboring structure that sustained some minor damage mainly paint blistering.  Sigular says the structure was unstable. and, crews remained on hand to douse hot spots. 


He ways officials decided to tear-down the building by late morning and, an emergency demolition was ordered.  No one was inside the building when crews arrived and, no services were on inside. 


No firefighters were hurt.  An off-duty shift of 10 firefighters and a shift commander were called in to assist.

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly being found with in possession of a quantity of powder cocaine during a traffic stop on the city's eastside last weekend. 


City police say a patrol pulled over the vehicle operated by 38 year-old Anthony Cunningham, Junior shortly before 10 PM last Saturday near 105 East Fifth Street for a violation.  Officers say they found that Cunningham was driving with his driver's license suspended. 


During further investigation they allegedly found the cocaine.  Cunninghman allegedly resisted arrest, and fled from the scene.  However police found him a short time later and, he was arrested. 


They say Cunningham faces several charges including seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance aggravated unlicensed operation and resisting arrest.  He was sent to the city jail pending arraignment.

There was a threat of rain at the beginning of the day Monday but, the weather cleared enough to allow several Memorial Day Parades and commemorations to take place locally Monday. 


The first parade of the day in the immediate Jamestown-area was in the town of Busti where the Southwestern Middle School Band performed.

The Middle School Band was also joined by the Southwestern High School Marching Band for the parade along with several area fire departments, and civic organizations.  Local Pastor Lee O'Brien was keynote speaker in Busti and he recognized the nation's fallen heroes. 


He says they came from all walks of life but, shared several qualities including courage and self-lessness.  He says including the Revolutionary War millions have died overseas and here at home.  However O'Brien says people continue to step forward and say "I'll serve." 


O'Brien noted that Memorial Day was originally known as "Decoration Day" and began following the Civil War in the mid 1860s.  He says familes began decorating the graves of those who were lost in the war.

While millions of Americans celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start of summer, some veterans and loved ones of fallen military members wish the holiday would command more respect. 


Veterans groups say a growing military-civilian disconnect contributes to a feeling that Memorial Day has been overshadowed.  More than 12% of the U.S. population served in the armed forces during World War-Two. 


That's down to less than one-half of a percent today, guaranteeing more Americans aren't personally acquainted with a soldier, sailor, airman or Marine. 


Allison Jaslow is a former Army captain and Iraq War veteran.  She says the country's "lost sight of what the day's supposed to mean."

Lawmakers in lots of states get paid extra if they hold leadership posts or oversee important committees. 


But few state legislatures have a bonus system as extensive as the one in New York's state senate.  Nearly all 63 state senators take home stipends nicknamed "lulus" that add between $9,000 and $34,000 to their wages. 


That stipend system has now drawn new scrutiny following an investigation revealing that eight senators were getting bonuses reserved for committee chairmen, even though they held no such positions.

In New York state government news, lawmakers will break for a week and the state's highest court takes up assisted suicide. 


The Legislature returns June 5th for the final three weeks of the session.  One item on the to-do list is a bill that raises the minimum age of marriage to 17.  Currently, New York allows children as young as 14 to marry with judicial and parental consent.  


On Tuesday, the Court of Appeals will hear arguments in a case filed by three New Yorkers with terminal illnesses who want the right to request life-ending medication from a physician. 


Meanwhile Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign legislation allowing Uber and Lyft to begin picking up passengers upstate in late June, just in time for the July 4 holiday.

Pennsylvania State education officials have given the green light for an educational institution to provide low-cost instruction for nine northwestern including Warren lacking a community college. 


The Pennsylvania Department of Education last week approved plans by the Rural Regional College of Northern Pennsylvania to enroll students in the fall in a partnership with Gannon University in Erie.  The college has been offering limited courses during the summer. 


The college is neither an online nor a brick-and-mortar institution but aims to curb costs with video conferencing technology linking faculty to students at places such as libraries or community education centers. 


Officials call it the first "community college-like" institution north of Interstate 80 providing "affordable and accessible education opportunities" for Warren, Cameron, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, McKean, Potter and, Venango counties.


News Headlines for Sat., May 27, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend underway, with biggest holiday travel weekend expected since 2005...
Today will be a major travel day for many Western New Yorkers as they hit the highways or the airports.  Regional AAA Spokeswoman Elizabeth Carey says more Americans will be traveling this year than 2016... and, adds that AAA projects that it will be the highest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005.  Carey says they expect about 39.3-million Americans to travel at least 50 miles this weekend, about one-million more than last year.  With many people hitting the highway this weekend, Carey says its a good idea to get your vehicle checked out before heading out... even with todah's high-tech cars.  She says most of their roadside calls are for dead batteries... flat tires, and keys locked in the car.  Carey says it's also important to carry an emergency kit.  While many of us do it during the winter, it's still a good idea during the summer months.  Last summer in New York State, AAA answered nearly 300,000 roadside calls.
Road construction suspended on state highways over Memorial Day Weekend...
Repair crews on New York state highways are taking a break over the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend.  Road and bridge construction projects on state highways will be suspended now through 6 a.m. Tuesday.  State officials say some work may continue behind concrete barriers or for emergency repairs.  Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year.  
Chautauqua Co. Office for Aging Director sounds concern over Senior Program funding levels in federal budget proposal...
The 2018 federal budget plan proposed by President Trump will have a negative impact on senior citizens across the U-S -- and, Chautauqua County.  That from County Office for the Aging Director Mary Ann Spanos... who says "direct funding" for programs in the Older Americans Act have not been touched.  However... Spanos says there are other programs that help seniors in the area that are either being cut dramatically... or completely.  She says one is the Senior Employment Program which helps them be retrained... a program they depend on to suppliment what little Social Security they receive.  Spanos says many just like to keep active... or lost a job and need to be retrained.  She says the program is run through the Department of Labor for a total of 20 hours a week for each person.  Another service on the chopping block... says Spanos... is Medicare Insurance Counseling.  She says it's one of the very few places seniors can go to get an unbiased look at the best plan for them.  She says while some brokers say they are impartial... they get a commission from one of the companies.  Spanos made her comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
Co. Legislature approves application for CDBG funding for proposed expansion at Castelli Cheese...
The Chautauqua County Legislature has approved an application for state funding to support the expansion of a new cheese-producer that's been up an operating in Blockville since last September.  Lawmakers in Mayville unanimously okayed the application for Castelli America to receive up to 750-thousand dollars in Community Development Block Grant funding from the state Office of Community Renewal.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says this is great news for a "well-established" company.  Horrigan says Castelli was first interested in the plant because of it's potential for growth and capacity.  The former AFA Foods location was owned by Empire Specialty Cheese... but, the company -- which moved to Blockville from Cattaraugus County -- was unable to make a go of it.  Horrigan is still looking into the final numbers... but, adds Castelli is looking to add about 50 jobs with the expansion.  Horrigan says Castelli is a strong employer that has been around since 1892.  If the CDBG funding is approved... the Chautauqua Regional Economic Development Corporation will create a "deferred loan" fund for the expansion project.
Fredonia man arrested for alleged sexual abuse of a child...
A Fredonia man is jailed without bail for allegedly sexually abusing a child in the village of Fredonia.  Sheriff's deputies joined with Fredonia Police to arrest 58 year-old Carmello Hernandez at his Temple Street home late yesterday morning.  Officers say Hernandez is charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse... and, second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child.  After Hernandez was located and arrested... police say he was found to be in possession of a controlled substance.  He was also charged with seventh-degree criminal possesion of a controlled substance.  Hernandez was arraigned... and, sent to the county jail without bail.


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President Trump has proposed an "aggressive budget" for 2018 but, the review of the 4.1-Trillion dollar spending plan is just getting underway.  
Those are the feelings of local Congressman Tom Reed who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee the chamber's main financial committee.  The Corning Republican says the president's priorities "make sense."  
However, the budget is already facing strong head-winds from Democrats and some Republicans.  There are deep cuts to several anti-poverty programs including an 800-billion dollar cut to Medicaid over the next 10 years.  
Reed says lawmakers need to help the poor, but do it in a more efficient manner.
There is also a larger-than-expected cut of 192-billion dollars in the Supplimental Nutrition Assistance program also known as SNAP which provides food stamps to the poor and elderly.  There are also cuts to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program known as LIHEAP.  
Reed acknowledges that there are some "high-poverty" areas of his district that would be affected.  But, he wants to see if Congress can find better ways to help people out of "generational" poverty.  Reed made his comments during his weekly media telephone conference call.
The Central New York teacher and coach who has announced he's seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the 23rd Congressional seat currently held by Corning's Tom Reed is one of several potential challengers for that post.  
That from Chautauqua County Democratic Committee Chairman Norm Green who says Rick Gallant is one of "5 or 6" people looking to run in November of 2018.  
Green says the Democratic National Committee is urging those who are interested in running to announce as soon as possible.
Green says that Tom Reed's ties to President Trump, and the Republican Party, may have sparked the interest in contesting Reed.  He says there are some who feel there's "an opportunity here."  
Gallant has been a teacher and coach for the past 17 years in the Corning-Painted Post School District.  There's no word on whether Lakewood Democrat John Plumb is interested in pursuing a rematch.  
Plumb lost to Reed last November with the incumbant receiving about 58 percent of the vote.



Waterfront property owners along Lake Ontario's New York shoreline have been braced for more flooding as high winds returned to the region yesterday.  


The National Weather Service issued a lakeshore flood warning until early this morning for a 90-mile stretch of shoreline from where the Niagara River flows into the lake to the Rochester area.  Forecasters say winds gusting to 30 mph Thursday afternoon and evening produced high waves that could cause flooding in some areas.  


A sand-bag levy in Olcott in northern Niagara County reportedly failed early last evening.  Lakeside residents and business owners have been dealing with high water levels and flooding for several weeks, placing tens of thousands of sandbags around homes and buildings.



Two years of work has produced a newly-revamped website for the city of Jamestown and, it's more "user" and "constituent" friendly.  
That from Mayoral Assistant Matt Hanley who is also the city's webmaster.  Hanley says the idea was to clean-up the site's design and, make it easier to navigate.  
Hanley says it's easier for the city to keep updated and, now includes a fully-functional "search" feature.
Hanley says the new site is set-up to cut searches to just "one or two clicks."  He adds that also makes the city's new site "mobile friendly, and easier to use on all devices.  
Hanley adds there's also a new location that lists "vital" information that's easy to find and use.  He says the new site was initially in response to a report by the public service agency "SeeThrough - New York" which was critical of the old site.  
While it's newer he says there is no change in the website address.  It's still http://jamestownny.net/ 
A north county woman with an extensive background in human resource work in the private sector is now officially Chautauqua County's new Human Resources Director.  
Fredonia's Jessica Wisniewski was unanimously confirmed at Wednesday night's County Legislature meeting after two lawmakers who were part of the search committee spoke glowingly about her credentials.  
County Executive Vince Horrigan introduced her to the legislature and, says she's currently Human Resources Manager at Precision Abrasives.
Horrigan says Wisniewski will replace the retiring Joe Porpiglia on June 30th because Precision needs a little more time to find a new H-R manager.  Wisniewski thanked lawmakers for their vote of confidence and, is excited about her new post, and, says she's really felt "welcomed."  
She has been with Precision Abrasives since 2013.  Search committee members Ron Lemon of Frewsburg, and Paul Whitford of Jamestown praised Wisniewski's credentials which stood out among the seven candidates they interviewed for the position.  Horrigan says her impressive background in the private sector will be a "great asset to the county."



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Several fire companies remained at the scene of a structure fire late last night at a well-known restaurant in the village of Bemus Point.  


Chautauqua County fire dispatchers say crews were called to the Hare 'n Hounds Inn at 64 Lakeside Drive shortly after 9 last night.  Smoke and fire were reported in the area.  


Maple Springs crews were initially called in for mutual aid and, later Ellery Center, DeWittville, Ashville, and Lakewood were called in.  No injuries have been reported.  The extent of damage was still being assessed.


An overnight fire now blamed on arson has destroyed a vacant house, and damaged another home, and two vehicles on Jamestown's southside.  
Deputy Fire Chief Chet Harvey says crews were called to the scene at 213 Barrett Avenue shortly after 2 AM Wednesday and, found heavy fire and smoke coming from the structure.
Harvey says it took about an hour to bring the fires under control.  He says fire damage was heavy to the house at 213 Barrett, while it appears 209 Barrett is salvageable.  He says three families with a total of 14 people are being helped by the local Red Cross because 209 Barrett is not habitable right now.  
He says 10 off-duty firefirefighters were also called in and, he says they all did a very good job with a challenging situation for 10 firefighters initially responding.  
Harvey says fire crews were at the scene until about 6 AM and, investigators were called to the scene.  No one was hurt.
A measure that would help local governments consolidate with the municipal neighbors has been approved by the Chautauqua County Legislature by a wide margin.  
Lawmakers in Mayville approved the legislation to assist government dissolutions, 17-to-1.  Hanover Republican George Borrello who chairs a county task force on dissoluton and consolidation praised the measure offered by Sheridan's Terry Neibel.  Borrello says, due to the county's efforts, three of four recent dissolutions have been approved. 
Niebel says the legislation that would offer up to $50,000 in help with unanticipated costs for towns and villages that decide to dissolve, or consolidate services.  He emphasized that this measure was not intended to "encourage" municipal dissolutions after CSEA-Local-#807 President Bonnie Peters took the idea that dissolutions save money to task.  
She cited that was not the case when the village of Seneca Falls dissolved a few years ago into the town of Seneca Falls.  Earlier Dunkirk Democrat Robert Bankowski earlier said he was a supporter of the initiative but, last night, after Peters spoke, said he would oppose the measure.  It still passed overwhelmingly.
A city man is jailed for allegedly robbing another Jamestown man at knife-point Tuesday afternoon and, taking cash and property from the victim.  
City officers were called to scene in the area of East Sixth and Spring Streets about 2:45 PM and, were told by the victim that he had been robbed.  Police say the suspect in the robbery, 46 year-old Daryl Coleman, and another man fled the scene before they arrived.  
However, officers located both men a short time later on Prendergast Avenue and, allegedly found Coleman in possession of one of the items reported stolen.  He was arrested for first-degree robbery and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  
He was also accused of violating his parole.  Coleman is being held in the city jail pending arraignment. 
A drug raid on the city of Jamestown's northside has led to the arrest of a city man and, seizure of a quantity of crack cocaine.  
City police say members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force arrested 30 year-old Warkim Keys during the raid conducted at 2 PM Tuesday at 1002 North Main Street.  Task Force members were assisted by the Jamestown Police SWAT Team and, found Keys in a neighboring front yard.  
The crack cocaine was found in Keys' apartment.  Keys was arraigned on charges including third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance and, was sent to the county lock-up without bail.
 Anyone with information on illegal drug trafficking in Jamestown is asked to contact the task force at 483-TIPS that's 483-8477.  You can also send a tip to their Tips 4-1-1 app.
The United Veterans Council of Jamestown is putting out an appeal for help in placing flags at Lakeview and nearby cemeteries.  
This year's Cemetery Chairman, Joe Paladino, says volunteers can meet at Soldier's Circle in Lakeview Cemetery at 6 PM Thursday.  There'll be a brief ceremony, and then small flags will be passed out.
Paladino says they had the largest group of volunteers ever last year, and they hope for more this year.  Hugh Golden, the Business Manager at Lakeview, says veterans' graves have been pre-marked to make finding them easier.  
He adds, when the work is done, the display is something to behold with 1,200 flags at Soldier's Circle alone.  No pre-registration is required, just go to Soldier's Circle at Lakeview Cemetery Thursday at 6 PM.
A teacher and coach in the Corning, New York-area has announced that he is seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the 23rd Congressional District seat in 2018.  
Painted Post resident Rick Gallant says he has "devoted his life to educating young people and serving our communities.  I look forward to taking that work ethic and focus to Congress to ensure our children have a bright future, and to bring good jobs to our district."  
Gallant has been a teacher and basketball coach in the Corning-Painted Post School District the past 17 years.  He says incumbant Republican Tom Reed is voting "in lock-step" with President Donald Trump and his party.  
Too often he says Reed has said one thing here at home and voted another way once he's in Washington.  He says it's time for a representative who will deliver more than "lip service" to the district.
The first-ever NCAA Division-Two Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament at Diethrick Park in Jamestown was a huge success, and featured some outstanding baseball.  
That from Jamestown Jammers Manager Anthony Barone who was involved with the event which was hosted by top-seeded Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Mercyhurst Coach Joe Spano wanted to hold the tournament here because the park was available, and a top-notch facility.  Barone says they "hit a home run" with the five-day event.
West Chester University from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area won the tournament over Winston-Salem State from North Carolina in Monday's title game.  Barone says while the Atlantic Region tends to be "pitching heavy" there were 27 home runs hit in the tournament.
 He says there was a lot of talent for the nearly one-dozen pro scouts on hand in Jamestown to see.  Barone says Mercyhurst and, most of the other schools involved brought plenty of fans, too.  He says aside from some rain on Sunday there were no problems.  
With the win, West Chester University advances to the Division-Two College World Series in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Dunkirk Police have located a 16-year-old runaway from Auburn who may have traveled with another runaway who died last Saturday at Brooks Memorial Hospital.  
Police Chief David Ortolano says a patrol located the teen, identified by Auburn Police as Morgan Eppinger, around 7 AM Wednesday.  She had disappeared from the Cayuga Center May 15th, around the same time as 17-year-old Destani Williams.  
Williams was brought into the hospital in Dunkirk where she later died from an apparent drug overdose. The medical examiner is still awaiting the results of toxicology tests to determine a cause of death.  
Ortolano says Eppinger has been turned over to the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services.  


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's directed state law enforcement officials to step up security and patrols at high-profile locations across the state after an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England.  


The Democratic governor says the state is increasing security at airports, bridges, tunnels and mass transit systems.  At least 22 people were killed and dozens of others were injured late Monday in the blast at the Manchester Arena.  


In a statement Cuomo called the explosion "an inexplicable and abhorrent assault on our universal values as human beings." 




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