Jamestown police - with the help of local dive teams -- found the body of a Jamestown man missing for more than a month Tuesday afternoon in the Chadakoin River...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the scene -- near Harrison Street -- about 1:40 p.m. and found the body of the 35 year-old Sean Carpenter.  Samuelson says Carpenter's body has been taken for an autopsy.
 
Carpenter went missing about 1:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11 as he was walking in the downtown area and, heading for his home.  He had been missing ever since.  Samuelson says police had already seached the area where Carpenter was found but, he believes the body had been held down by something before it emerged at the surface.  He says police were able to identify the body through items found on it.  Samuelson says Carpenter's body was taken to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, where the autopsy will be performed. 
 
 
The state Legislature has chosen acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood as interim attorney general in the aftermath of Eric Schneiderman's resignation earlier this month...  
 
A joint session of the Democrat-controlled Assembly and the Republican-led Senate overwhelmingly voted Tuesday to name the 73-year-old Underwood the state's top legal chief.  The legislature is required to vote on the attorney general's replacement should the job become vacant.  
 
 
Lawmakers in the town of Busti have okayed going forward with applying a herbicide to deal with an invasive weed problem where the town borders Chautauqua Lake...  
 
Town Supervisor Jesse Robbins says the panel voted 4-to-1 in favor of moving ahead with an application program -- with the town of Ellery -- to treat about 181 acres in the lake.  Robbins says herbicides had been used many years on the lake up until 25 years ago and, alternative methods of weed control have not worked.
 
Robbins says the herbicide is placed under the water and resembles a seed or pellet and, kills off new growth of the Eurasian Milfoil and other invasives.  Such application was done in a small area of the town of Ellery last year.  Lakewood Beach was closed much of last Summer, due to issues with the lake.  However, that was due to Blue-Green Algal Blooms.  Robbins says the state Department of Environmental Conservation has now okayed doing that in a small area of the lake's shoreline.  He says the herbicide would be applied sometime next month.
 
 
While the Busti Town Board agreed to move forward on joining the Chautauqua Lake Partnership with a herbicide program this year, the village of Lakewood did not...
  
The village board held a special meeting Monday afternoon about the matter and, officials expressed concern that Busti was taking action, but did not consider how village leaders felt.  Busti Supervisor Jesse Robbins says the village had the same information the town had.  However, Lakewood Mayor Cara Birritierri wants more information before a decision is made on allowing the treatments to go forward.  She says the board will have a special session at 6 p.m. Thursday to consider it's options.
 
 
A Jamestown woman is accused of bringing a controlled substance into the Mohawk Correction Facility in Rome last Sunday...  
 
State Police investigators say 47-year-old Christine Robinson allegedly brought the contraband in for an inmate.  While processing the gray, powdery substance, an investigator began to feel lightheaded and had to be transported to a local hospital for evaluation.  He was later released.  The State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team was called in and, determined the substance was Heroin.  Robinson was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, first-degree promoting prison contraband.
 
 
The United Veterans Council is once again asking for help in placing flags on the graves of veterans buried at Lakeview and two nearby cemeteries in Jamestown...  
 
The Secretary of the Veterans Council, Melodie Paladino, says individuals and groups are asked to go to Lakeview Cemetery at 6 p.m. on Thursday.  Among Lakeview, Holy Cross and Holy Sepulchre Cemeteries, there are 4,700 flags that need to be placed.  Paladino says helping with flag placement is an appropriate way to begin the Memorial Day observance.  
 
 
Leading up to Memorial Day weekend, gas prices in the Jamestown area are up four-cents this week to $2.99 per gallon of regular, unleaded fuel...  
 
AAA reports that fuel prices in New York and Connecticut saw the largest state-wide jump in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region by seven-cents. The national price at the pump rose 12-cents over the past two weeks, averaging $2.93 per gallon.  Gasoline inventories also continue to measure above the 63-million barrel level, despite a 7-million barrel deficit compared to this time last year. 
 
 
The city of Jamestown's 75th Historic Marker celebrates what may be called a "little bit of Brooklyn" on East Fourth Street...  
 
The marker was unveiled near The Labyrinth Press Room, and Brazil Craft Beer and Wine Lounge in what's called the "Thurston Terrace Block."  City Historian B. Delores Thompson says the terrace was originally a series of town houses developed by a former city resident, and dentist.
 
Thompson says the block area has undergone some major development changes -- including integration of commercial development.  One of those is the co-owner of Labyrinth Press and Brazil-- Frank Besse-- says they take a lot of pride in what they've been able to do with what Thurston had left.  He says it's in the "spirit" of Thurston that he and others are bringing new and different things to Jamestown.  Mayor Sam Teresi noted the work of late Mayor Steven Carlson, who pushed to recaputure the flavor of the Thurston Block in 1975 with a streetscape project. 

News Update for Tues., June 19, 2018

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