News Update for July 31, 2013

City police looking for information on second speeding vehicle involved in Monday night crash on Jamestown's westside...

Jamestown police are asking for the public's help in finding the occupants of a second car that was seen speeding along with another car that slammed into a tree on Fairmount Avenue late this past Monday night.  That from City Police Captain Bob Samuelson... who says investigators have interviewed several witnesses to the crash... which occured near Meadow Lane about 10:30 p.m.  One man was ejected from the eastbound car... and, Samuelson clarified that that person was flown to the Hamot Medical Center in Erie for treatment of serious injuries.  The other person in the car was rushed to WCA Hospital for treatment there.  Samuelson says the red Cobolt -- which crashed -- and the other car -- were seen passing two other eastbound vehicles shortly before the crash.  The second car... described only as a blue, Chevy Malibu.. did not stop when the accident occured.  He says it's not yet been determined if the two drivers were racing.  Samuelson says if you have any information on the crash... call JPD at 483-7537... or their confidential tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.


County man convicted in 1977 Humm murder case dies in prison...

The Sherman man convicted in 1979 in one of the most notorious murder cases in Chautauqua County history has died in prison.  We have learned that 66 year-old Robert Earl Sawyer died at the Great Meadow prison this past Sunday... and, it was confirmed by the state Department of Corrections website.  Sawyer was found guilty by a County Court Jury of shooting, and killing 19 year-old Jeanne Ann Humm of Stow in February of 1977.  The murder occured when he robbed the Hogan's Hut store on Route 394.  Humm was a part-time store clerk, who also attended Jamestown Community College at the time.  The state's Appellate Court overturned the conviction in 1981 on grounds that Sawyer was not properly advised when he chose to defend himself without a lawyer.  However... a state Supreme Court Jury in Buffalo convicted Sawyer a second-time in January of 1984.  He was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.


Two Jamestown men arrested for alleged burglary of city rental store...

Two city men have been arrested for allegedly breaking into a rental store on Jamestown's northside early Wednesday morning.  City police say officers responded to a commercial alarm at Aaron's Rental at 1800 Washington Street about 5:15 a.m., and, found the front window had been smashed out.  Officers accuse the suspects of using a bowling ball to break the window.  They then spotted the two suspects... 23 year-old David Henn... and, 20 year-old Shane McDaniel... walking away from the scene.  Police say further investigation determined that both men broke-out the window... and, then entered the store.  Officers say they found that both men did more damage inside the business... and, they were arrested.  Police say both Henn and McDaniel are charged with third-degree burglary... and, criminal mischief.  Both were jailed pending arraignment.  State Police assisted Jamestown Police at the scene.


 

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Chautauqua County's three Department of Motor Vehicle offices are back up and operating normally after a computer glitch disrupted the new, state-wide system during the day Monday.  That from Deputy County Clerk Tracie Haskins... who says transactions were at a stand-still by early Monday afternoon.  Haskins says problems were still "intermittent" Tuesday morning... but, by about 2:30 PM... operations were all back to normal.  She says it was a "hectic" day-and-a-half... but, expressed her appreciation to the patience of their customers.The breakdown Monday affected license and registration renewals... and, the ability of police to check motorists' records.  The agency says the problem developed after a mainframe server was upgraded Sunday and tested properly... but, couldn't handle the load of actual business Monday morning.  A DMV spokesman says the system is being monitored... and, Haskins says the agency will make allowances for anyone who missed a deadline due to the problem.  The problem involved all state-operated DMV offices... as well as the local offices.  The state DMV hasn't said if it's identified the cause.

 

For the first time in many years... the Chautauqua County Jail is filled to capacity and has had to board out inmates to surrounding counties.  Sheriff Joe Gerace... who oversees the County Jail... says the population at the Mayville facility has topped the 300 mark several times this summer. Gerace says he is asking the county's elected leaders to form another task force to look at the issue of jail overcrowding. The Sheriff hopes a task force can be formed soon... and, work can begin on some alternatives.  The most recent Jail expansion occurred in 2007 with the addition of two pods containing 48 beds each.

 

A Mayville man is jailed on 20-thousand dollars bail for allegedly stealing a coin collection from a village home last December 13th.  Sheriff's Deputies say they completed a several-month investigation into the theft at 162 Sea Lion Drive with the arrest of 24 year-old Randall Rothwell, Junior of West Marvin Street.  Officers say Rothwell entered the home... and, stayed there long enough to steal the coin collection... then took it to the city of Jamestown... where a large number of them were cashed-in for dollars... and, the other ones were taken to a local pawn shop for money.  Officers were able to recover some of the coins.  Rothwell was arrested... and, arraigned on one count of second-degree burglary.  He was then sent to the county lock-up.  Deputies say the investigation is continuing... and, more arrests are expected.

 

The Jamestown Fire Department is a step closer to having a new pumper truck to replace an old one that's past it's life expectancy.  City lawmakers Monday night agreed to buy the vehicle using just over 397-thousand dollars in federal Homeland Security Funds.  The City Council voted unanimously to have Mayor Sam Teresi contract with 4 Guys Stainless Tank and Equipment of Pennsylvania to build the new vehicle.  Acting Council President Tony Dolce says... if they didn't get the grant... it would have been a major expense for the city. Dolce says they're keeping their fingers crossed because they will need an extention to be able to use the Assistance to Firefighter's grant.  That's because they were notified last Spring that they had received the grant... but, the grant was awarded nine days earlier.  That meant the city had to take delivery of the truck within one calendar year of the time approved.  However... fire officials say -- given the circumstances -- they believe FEMA will grant an extention.

       

The Jamestown City Council Monday night also approved applying to the state for two grants to help move the city's Riverwalk Project forward.  Acting Council President Tony Dolce says the first grant application will be made to the New York State Regional Economic Development Council.  Dolce says the second will be for funds from the state's Transportation Enhancement Program.  He says that money will be specifically for the city's Jones and Gifford Redevelopment Project. The resolution applying for funds from the Economic Development Council will be used to complete the northside of the Riverwalk behind the Gateway Train Station... and, connect it by a bridge to the southside.  The Jones and Gifford project would connect the Riverwalk to the boat landing.

 

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is sending an early warning that state government's long-term finances rely on one-shot revenue raisers... and some temporary tax increases.  DiNapoli also says that the 2014 election year budget will appear better because of some sleight of hand.  Tuesday's fiscal year report shows the state's short-term outlook has clearly improved under Governor Cuomo and the Legislature.  But... DiNapoli warns projected 2-billion dollar deficits in coming years could balloon to 6-billion.

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City firefighters didn't have far to go to deal with a small blaze that erupted last night on Jamestown's Tracy Plaza just outside of city hall.  Fire Battalion Chief Matt Russo says a passerby noticed the flames in some debris from construction work taking place on the northwest side of the plaza shortly after 9:30 PM.  Russo says a truck was sent out... and, firefighters used a water can... and, extinguisher to snuff out the small fire.  He says a city fire investigator was at the scene last night... but, the fire -- at this point -- appears accidental.  No one was hurt... and, damage was minimal.  Firefighters were back in service within half-an-hour.

 

The U-S Supreme Court's decision to allow corporations and businesses to anonymously make donations to political campaigns was "one of the major errors" the court has made in recent years.  That from Associate Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg... who was Monday's featured lecturer at Chautauqua Institution.  During a rare... and, exclusive one-on-one interview with WJTN's Jim Roselle... Ginsburg talked candidly about the 5-to-4 decision the court made in the 2008 case of Citizen's United versus the Federal Elections Commission.  Ginsburg... who is one of the more 'liberal' members of the court... voted against Citizen's United in the 2010 decision. Ginsburg adds, though, that there's nothing in the final opinion that suggests there shouldn't be a disclosure requirement.  She says it would still be constitutional for Congress to say there's no limit on contributions... but, all contributors must be identified.  However... Ginsburg Ginsburg says Congress hasn't taken that action.  Citizen's United is a conservative lobbying grouip that wanted to air a film critical of Hillary Clinton... and, to advertise the film during television broadcasts in what is described as an "apparent violation" of the 2002 "McCain-Feingold Act..." which sought to reform campaign financing.


Ginsburg also offered some rare insight into today's court that you normally don't get from a retired judge... let alone a sitting one.  As opposed to the "Ivory tower" vision most American's have of the U-S Supreme Court... she says it's one of the "most collegial places" she has ever worked at.  She says they have two law facilities that are part of the court facility... along with the Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals.  Ginsburg adds the justices do get out of the court to met with other court leaders internationally. Ginsburg... who is 80... will celebrate 20 years on the high court next month... and, despite a recent bout with Colo-Rectal Cancer... she plans on serving on the high court until she dies... or is no longer to continue her duties.  Ginsburg graduated from college in 1954... and, decided to become a lawyer when she began working for a Professor of Constitutional Law during the "McCarthy Era."  She spoke to kick-off "Crime and Punishment" Week at Chautauqua.


A Cherry Creek man is jailed on 50-thousand dollars bail for allegedly robbing the Kwik Fill station on Routes 5 and 20 in the town of Hanover.  Sheriff's Deputies say 44 year-old Daniel Mniszewski was arrested last night following a weekend investigation into the incident... which was reported at the gas station and convenience store last Friday night.  Officers say they followed up on several leads... but, are not saying if a weapon was involved.  They add that Mniszewski gave a voluntary statement regarding the robbery.  Officers say charges are also possible for a similar incident in the Erie County town of Hamburg.  Mniszewski arrested on one count each of first-degree robbery and petty larceny... arraigned, and sent to the county lock-up.


State officials say a glitch has substantially disabled the state Department of Motor Vehicles computer system, slowing transactions to a crawl in local offices statewide and on-line.  In some cases... they stopped all together.  A DMV spokesman says the problem hadn't been pinpointed as of Monday afternoon... and, it isn't clear when the system will be back in full operation.  The Chautauqua County Clerk's Office reported it was unable to handle DMV transactions about 2:30 PM Monday.  The state DMV says a mainframe server was upgraded Sunday and tested properly... but, it couldn't handle the load of actual business Monday morning.


The 2013 United Way Campaign is off and running with the start of the annual Pacesetter Campaign.  The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County held it's kick-off was held yesterday afternoon at Wegman's in West Ellicott.  The Pacesetters are a group of 20 businesses and groups that have agreed to set the Pace for the General Campaign... which begins in September.  Pacesetter Chairwoman Liz Lingenfelter of Wegman's says the effort to raise 144-thousand dollars of the overall, 1.315-million dollar goal is very important. Lingenfelter says the United Way office has produced a video to help the Pacesetters group in connecting with their employees about the need in the community.  General Campaign Co-Chairman Deke Kathman says the fact that over 31-thousand lives were impacted by United Way funding underscores how vital meeting this year's goal is.  Of the 144-thousand dollar Pacesetter's goal... Lingenfelter says -- if they can reach that mark by the end of August -- "it will really springboard us into the full campaign."  For more information on the campaign... call the United Way at 483-1561.

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News Update for Mon., July 29, 2013

(**Breaking)Small fire on Tracy Plaza in Jamestown put out quickly...

Jamestown firefighters didn't have far to go to deal with a small fire on Tracy Plaza just outside of city hall last night.  City Fire Battalion Chief Matt Russo says a passerby noticed the flames in some debris from construction work taking place on the plaza shortly after 9:30 p.m.  Russo says a truck was sent out... and, firefighters used a water can... and, extinguisher to snuff out the small blaze near the northwest corner of the plaza  He says a city fire investigator was at the scene last night... but, the fire -- at this point -- appears accidental.  No one was hurt... and, damage was minimal.  Firefighters were back in service within half-an-hour.


Ginsburg speaks out against Supreme Court's Citizen's United ruling at Chautauqua...

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to extend first amendment rights to corporations to anonymously make donations to political campaigns was a "major" mistake.  That from Associate Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg... who was Monday's featured lecturer at Chautauqua Institution.  During a rare, and exclusive one-on-one interview with WJTN's Jim Roselle... Ginsburg spoke candidly about the 2010 Citizen's United versus the Federal Elections Commission.  Ginsburg... who is known as one of the more 'liberal' members of the court... voted against Citizen's United... but, adds it throws the ball in Congress's court.  That's because she says there is nothing in the final opinion to suggest that there "shouldn't be a disclosure requirement."  Ginsburg says there would still be no limit on campaign contributions... but, all the people who contribute must be identified.  She adds, though, that Congress hasn't done that.  Citizen's United is a conservative lobbying group that wanted to air a film critical of Hillary Clinton... and, to advertise the film during television broadcasts in what Wikipedia describes as an "apparent violation" of the 2002 Bi-Partisan Campaign Reform Act... also known as the "McCain-Feingold Act."  Ginsburg also believes the case will be overturned -- at some point in the future.  She feels the ruling will have a tremendous impact on the political process... because members of Congress... who run every two years... have to constantly lobby for contributions to run. 


Ginsburg also offers behind the scene insight into the High Court...

Ginsburg also offered some rare insight into today's court that you normally don't get from a retired judge... let alone a sitting one.  As opposed to the "Ivory tower" vision most American's have of the U-S Supreme Court... she says it's one of the "most collegial places" she has ever worked at.  She says they have two law facilities that are part of the court facility... along with the Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals.  Ginsburg adds the justices do get out of the court to met with other court leaders internationally... with five going to Ottawa in September for exchanges with members of the Canadian Supreme Court.  Ginsburg... who is 80... will celebrate 20 years on the high court next month... and, despite a recent bout with Colo-rectal Cancer... she plans on serving on the high court until she dies... or is no longer to continue her duties.  Ginsburg graduated from college in 1954... and, decided to become a lawyer when she began working for a Professor of Constitutional Law during the "McCarthy Era."  She spoke to kick-off "Crime and Punishment" Week at Chautauqua.

 

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A town of Portland man is accused of driving while under the influence of drugs after his car struck a parked vehilce on Route 20 yesterday morning... and rolled over.  Sheriff's officers say 28 year-old Fredrick Brown was westbound just before 6 AM in the town... when his car left his lane... and, struck the other vehicle.  Deputies say Brown's car overturned and crashed on the roadway.  He was taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  Brown is charged with driving while under the influence of drugs... second-degree Aggravated Unlicensed Operation... and, moving from lane unsafely.  He was issued appearance tickets for Portland Town Court.  Portland and Brocton fire crews assisted at the scene.

 

A Sinclairville man is jailed on 20-thousand dollars bail for allegedly breaking into a Sinclairville-area home recently.  Sheriff's Deputies say they were investigating a couple of reported break-ins in the town of Charlotte when they received information about one of them.  That led to the arrest Wednesday of 30 year-old Jacob Raynor of Reed Street... who is accused of breaking into the home recently.  Officers say Raynor allegedly took personal property... including guns and jewelry.  Investigators were able to recover a couple of those guns and a quantity of jewelry belonging to the victim.  Deputies arrested Raynor for second-degree burglary... and, criminal possession of stolen property.  Raynor was arraigned... and, sent to the county jail pending further court action.

 

Final preparations are going well... and, shows involving the two main headliners are near sell-outs for the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival... which gets underway this Thursday.  Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson says ticket sales have especially gone "very well" for Bill Engvall's appearance at the Reg Lenna Civic Center Saturday night, August 3rd.  While he's first known as one of the original four members of the "Blue Collar Comedy Concerts..." Engvall's solo show has also been a big success.  Gunderson adds that the setting for his show will be very unique. On last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program... Gunderson emphasized that Engvall's show is not the "Red-neck Humor" associated with his partner Jeff Foxworthy.  She says it's much more "Blue Collar."  Gunderson adds that ticket sales have also gone well for Comediane Kathleen Madigan.  Madigan may not be a big name... but, among her peers... Gunderson says she's considered one of the best.  In fact... Engvall recently called her "the best comic working today."  Both Bill Engvall and Kathleen Madigan's shows begin at 8 PM at the Reg Lenna Civic Center.  For more information on the festival... go on-line to LucyComedyFest-dot-COM.  You can also call 484-0800.

 

Two men from out-of-state were hurt last Friday afternoon in a bizarre, two-car crash on Route 5 in the town of Westfield.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene -- near Barcelona -- about 1:30 PM... and, learned one of the drivers... 84 year-old Charles Fredricks of Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania... was eastbound at a high rate of speed.  Deputies say Fredricks tried to pass several cars on the right... but, his vehicle struck one vehicle from behind before his car went through a fence in a yard and struck a hedgerow.  The driver of the other car... 71 year-old Richard Schaack of Dunedin, Florida... was treated for his injuries at Westfield Memorial Hospital.  Fredricks had to be freed from his car... and, was flown to the Hamot Medical Center in Erie for treatment of serious injuries.  The accident remains under investigation.

 

The Progressive Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular will be returning to Jamestown again this December... and, will have a Jamestown theme.  That from the show's producer, Steve Disson, who puts the program together for NBC Sports.  He also produced last year's sell-out show at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.  During last Friday's annoucement... Disson said the program will again feature several Olympic, World and National figure skating and gymnastics champions.  He adds there'll also be some new twists... including two Disney Channel stars... Bella Thorne, and Coco Jones. Those twists include some "I Love Lucy" themed outfits.  Disson noted that the new group of athletes include two-time Olympic Medalist and three-time World Champion skater Elvis Stojko of Canada... and two-time U-S Champion Ashley Wagoner.  The gymnastics include one returnee... Olympic Champion Nastia Luikin... and, Olympic medalist and U-S Champion Jonathan Horton.  Disson says last year's group really liked the enthusiasm of the Jamestown crowd... and, he says that gives the performers a boost.  He says the TV hosts include Olympic skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi... and, Olympic gymnastic champion Nadia Comaneci.  Tickets are now on sale.  The program will air next January.''

 

More than 200 young men and women from across New York and two neighboring states wrapped up a Civil Air Patrol leadership program held last weekend at an upstate Air National Guard base.  A graduation ceremony was held last  Saturday morning at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia... which is home of New York's 109th Airlift Wing.  Five members of the Jamestown Composite Squadron were among those on hand for the encampment.  The ceremony Saturday was the culmination of the weeklong Civil Air Patrol Leadership Encampment.  The Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary organization of the U.S. Air Force.  Some 200 cadets, ages 12 to 18, from New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania were graduating from the training program.  They spent the past week at the base in Scotia learning about leadership, aerospace, physical fitness, the Air Force and other topics.
 


The trial over Pennsylvania's contentious voter-ID law is midway through a four day break... with both sides expressing confidence they will win the fight.  That's even if they have to appeal the current legal battle.  Closing arguments are expected to come next week.

 

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News update for Fri., July 26, 2013

2013 'Cents for St. Susan's' Center fund-raiser exceeds $14,000 mark for the first time ever...

The 13th annual Cents for St. Susan's Center was a lucky one for Jamestown's largest soup kitchen... as the fund-raiser passed the $14,000 mark for the first time.  Officials from the main sponsor... the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities... and, the St. Susan's Center... announced results of the campaign Friday morning.  BPU Communications Coordinator Becky Robbins says the fund-raiser brought in $14,185 dollars.  Board General Manager Dave Leathers says -- given the still-struggling economy -- they were just hoping to get $13,000.  But... he says their sponsors really stepped... and, so did the community.  St. Susan's Executive Director, Sue Colwell says she was "amazed" at the final figure.  Colwell says raising more than $14,000 is very important because their numbers are up slightly this Summer.  She says they served 469 meals Tuesday... 488 on Wednesday... and, 457 meals Thursday.  Colwell adds they're also providing bagged breakfasts for low-income families this year.  The Media One Groups is one of the corporate sponsors of the 'Cents for St. Susan's' program.


St. Susan's "Breakfast for Tomorrow" for young people working well; serving about 100 low-income youth daily...

Beating the "soft" goal of $13,000 will help the St. Susan's Center continue the"Breakfast for Tomorrow" program through the start of the new school year.  Director Sue Colwell says she had learned that several children in the community don't eat breakfast during the Summer.  She spoke with her staff... and, they felt they could provide a basic bagged breakast the kids could eat the following morning.  Colwell says they have a pint of milk, and another dairy product, and cereal or a breakfast bar... as well as whatever else they can get in the bag.  Colwell says they felt they could manage it for the two months that school is out... especially with the closing of the Joint Neighborhood Project last month.  Colwell says a few businesses... such as dollar stores... have helped out with the program.  The hours for St. Susan's Center are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday... and, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  The children's breakfasts are handed out Monday through Friday.  For more information... call the St. Susan's Center at 664-2253.


Police agencies arrest two men for stealing hand-guns, burglaries, and, growing pot...

A multi-agency investigation has led to the arrest of two Jamestown-area men for allegedly stealing three hand-guns... growing marijuana... and, their involvement in several burglaries.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says a home visitation by State Parole agents and a city police officer earlier this week at the Jamestown apartment of 34 year-old Kenneth Wynn started the investigation.  Samuelson says they found two of the hand-guns... and, more than 50 growing pot plants at the 610 Jefferson St. location.  Samuelson says another gun was traced to a Celoron home... and, adds they were assisted in that part of the investigation by Ellicott Town Police.  He says they received three "dangerous guns..." a .357 Magnum... a .44 Magnum, and .22 calibur pistol.  Samuelson says the Celoron investigation resulted in the arrest of 25 year-old Kevin Schrecengost... who they found was allegedly involved in at least four local burglaries.  Schrecengost is jailed on several charges... including two of second-degree burglary... and, two more counts of third-degree burglary.  Wynn is being held in the county jail without bail for violating his parole... and, other charges including two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  State Police also assisted in the investigation.  If you have any information on the case... call the JPD Tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.


Edwards pleased to see proposal to go to next phase of expanding the DPF Shop in Falconer approved by lawmakers...

The Chautauqua County Legislature has given the go ahead for the next step in the process of rebuilding the Department of Public Facilities Shop in Falconer.  Legislators approved a measure... 22-to-2... that County Executive Greg Edwards says will allow the county to move ahead with a Request for Proposals.  Edwards says they can now send out RFPs to engineering firms to find the company that will design the plan, and work on the SEQRA environmental process.  Edwards was pleased with the vote... and, says the county is ready to move ahead with the next phase of the project that's estimated to cost nearly $3-million.  He says a request for proposals will go out... officials will make a choice... and, go ahead with that firm on the design phase.  The facility dates back 1920... and, has had only one major upgrade that's taken place since then.  That was when an addition was built in 1950. 


Gas prices in the Jamestown-area jump 9-cents a gallon this week...

Gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area have jumped about 9-cents this week to about $3.80 a gallon.  However... the AAA's Fuel Gauge reports the price for regular, unleaded is as high as $3.84 in some places.  Nationally... the average price for regular is up to $3.67 per gallon.  The AAA says the price is 3-cents more than a week ago.  While the national price at the pump had technically fallen for 4 straight days through Tuesday... it has dropped just fractions of a penny and likely represents a temporary respite rather than the start of a return to lower prices.  This weeks's sharp increase is attributed to production concerns... most notably due to operational issues at Irving's Saint John Refinery in Canada.  Market analysts believe the Irving refinery is unlikely to return to full production until after the conclusion of the summer driving season.

 

 

 

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News Update for Thurs., July 25, 2013

Two Jamestown area men arrested for allegedly stealing hand-guns, and other items in burglaries, and one for allegedly growing marijuana...

A routine home visit by state Parole agents has led to the arrest of two men -- one from Jamestown -- for allegedly stealing three hand-guns... growing marijuana... and, their involvement in several burglaries.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the arrests culmintated from a major, multi-agency investigation.  Samuelson says it all started when state Parole agents... and, a city police officer visited the 610 Jefferson St. apartment of 34 year-old Kenneth Wynn.  He says they located, and seized more than 50 growing pot plants... and, two of the three guns.  Samuelson says they learned about the third-gun... which was taken from a Celoron home... during the investigation in Jamestown.  He says police then linked up with Ellicott Town Police to investigate the Celoron location... where they found 25 year-old Kevin Schrecengost.  Samuelson says they got a search warrant... and, found the third gun there.  He says their investigation led to Schrecengost being charged with several counts... including two of second-degree burglary... and, two more of third-degree burglary.  Wynn is in the county jail for violating his parole... and, will later be arraigned on charges including two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  Samuelson says State Police also assisted in the investigation which got "three dangerous weapons" off the streets.  He adds the investigation is continuing... and, if you have any information... you can call the JPD Tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.


Jamestown man arrested for allegedly stealing an SUV at Lakewood-area dealership... and, driving it while drunk...

A city man is jailed on $20,000 allegedly stealing a Sports Utility Vehicle... and, taking it for "a ride" in the village of Lakewood.  Lakewood-Busti Police say they pulled over the 2000 Ford Expedition shortly after 12:30 a.m. Wednesday because it didn't have any license plates on it.  Further investigation showed the driver... 42 year-old James Schnars III of Jamestown... had allegedly taken the vehicle from National Auto Distributors on Fairmount Avenue.  Schnars was arrested... and, arraigned on charges including fourth-degree Grand Larceny... criminal possession of stolen property... and, driving while intoxicated.  He was then sent to the county lock-up.


Silver Creek man now stable after falling under bus...

A north county man trying to flag down a bus in Silver Creek is now in stable condition after he reportedly lost his footing and fell underneath the motor coach.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene at Central Avenue and Howard Street just after Noon Wednesday... and, found the victim, 50 year-old Robert Stankowitz of Silver Creek... under the Coach USA bus.  Deputies say Stankowitz was running after the bus on Howard Street when it stopped for the stop sign at Central Avenue.  Officers say the bus then turned right onto Central... but, Stankowitz lost his footing and went down, under the bus -- as it continued it's turn.  Witnesses were able to alert the driver to stop so Stankowitz wasn't hurt further.  He was flown to the Erie County Medical Center for treatment.


Red Cross says donations way down this Summer, similar to last Summer...

There's usually a drop in blood donations to the American Red Cross during the Summer months... but, there's a serious blood shortage now for the second year in a row.  That from Southwestern New York Chapter Director Bill Tucker... who says they typically account for a drop in donations during the months of June, July and August.  However... Tucker says this year's situation -- nationwide -- has been termed an emergency.  That's because donations are down 10-percent from expected levels.  Tucker says they've been reaching out to their regular donors because they need all blood types.  He says -- if you're able -- they're asking their regular donors to stop by the Jamestown Chapter House... or at any upcoming blood drive in the county.  Tucker adds they're also encouraging anyone who has never given to consider giving the gift of life.  He says that in order to give blood... you must be at least 17 years of age... weigh at least 110 pounds... and, in generally good health.  For more information... call 1-800-RED CROSS. 

 


 

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County lawmakers will have to wait another month before taking final action on a proposed local law that would prohibit the use of tobacco products on county land.  That's because of a proposed amendment that would allow residents and visitors to smoke in county park and forest land, except inside and within 100 feet of roofed structures.  Frewsburg Democrat Tom Erlandson offered the amendment. While most lawmakers supported the amendment, Jamestown Democrat Timothy Hoyer did not.  He suffers from asthma. County lawmakers have to allow 14-days before taking action on the amended law, so a final vote is expected during their August meeting.


 
The decade old Clean Indoor Air Act has "saved lives... and, saved money."  That from a reported released just before yesterday's 10th anniversary of the still-controversial law.  Those points were also driven home by Program Director Laurie Adams with the Tri-County Tobacco Free Programs coalition.  Adams says it was a hard fight both locally... and, statewide to enact the measure.  She says... though... the measure -- which put a halt to smoking indoors in public places -- has had more than health benefits. Adams adds that the data shows the number of adults exposed to second-hand smoke in the workplace has been significantly reduced.  Adams adds that the law also led to 30-percent of the smokers who tried to quit did it because of the law.  She says New York became a model during that time for the rest of the country.  Adams says the findings were just published by the New York State Department of Health... and, the Bureau of Tobacco Control. 

 

The Chautauqua County Health and Human Services Department has announced that the boil water order for part of the town of Carroll has been lifted.  County Water Specialist Bill Boria says the order had been in effect since July 18th for those customers served by the Frewsburg public water supply in the Wigren Road area.  The water leak that caused the problem was repaired on July 19th... and, water samples collected this past Monday and Tuesday showed that the water is safe to drink.  The boil water order did not affect the entire water district... only the Wigren Road area.  The town of Carroll and the county's Health and Human Services Department say they appreciate the cooperation shown by those customers of the water district affected by this water emergency.  Any questions should be directed to the Town of Carroll at 569-5365... county's Public Health division at 753-4481.
 


A 'green energy' company from Canada that provides solutions centered on LED lighting... and solar technologies has started up it's first U-S venture in Dunkirk.  Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency Director Bill Daly says... though... that Proquip is not new to the area.  Daly says Proquip -- which is based in Brantford, Ontario -- has bought the Lightning Circuits Company building on Main Street in Dunkirk... and, is co-locating there with the north county company.  Daly says Proquip has been a leader in the new energy sector in Canada since 1996. Daly says Proquip was brought in to help light the front entrance to Jamestown Community College's new Science Center on the Jamestown Campus.  He says the lighting system at JCC used solar light to charge the batteries that provide the power used for the light at night.  Daly says the Dunkirk location will mainly be used for sales and marketing of their products... and, adds they'll also be doing some assembly work as well.  Daly says Proquip plans to start with about two to three people at the Dunkirk location.

 

A Silver Creek man suffered serious injuries after falling under a bus while trying to flag it down shortly after Noon Wednesday in the village.  Sheriff's Deputies say the accident occured when the victim... 50 year-old Robert Stankowitz... ran after the bus along Howard Street as the driver stopped to make a right turn onto Central Avenue.  However... officers say Stankowitz lost his footing... and, fell under the Coach USA bus as continued the turn.  Deputies say witnesses were able to alert the driver to stop so Stankowitz wasn't hurt any further.  Officers say he was flown by Starflight Helicopter to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment.  The accident is under investigation.

 

A committee is being formed to take a look at whether or not the village of Forestville should dissolve itself.  The Forestville Village Board approved the move during a meeting last (Tuesday) night.  Village attorney Mike Sullivan says the Dissolution Committee will look into several parts of the municipalities operations... including the services it provides. The committee will also look at the debt and the budget to determine what impact the move will have on tax rates.  Sullivan says a county lawmaker may serve on the panel for his leadership. The committee is expected to report back to the village Board in about 60 days. 

 

     

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News Update for Wed., July 24, 2013

(**Update)Boil Water order in part of town of Carroll lifted...

The Chautauqua County Health and Human Services Department has announced today that the boil water order for part of the town of Carroll has been lifted.  County Water Specialist Bill Boria says the order had been in effect since July 18th for those customers served by the Frewsburg public water supply in the Wigren Road area.  The water leak that caused the problem was repaired on July 19th... and, water samples collected this past Monday and Tuesday show that the water is safe to drink.  The boil water order did not affect the entire water district, only the Wigren Road area.  The town of Carroll and the county's Health and Human Services Department say they appreciate the cooperation shown by those customers of the water district affected by this water emergency.  Any questions should be directed to the Town of Carroll at 569-5365... county's Public Health division at 753-4481.


Canadian "green energy" company, Proquip, locates first U.S. facility in Dunkirk...

A Canadian 'green and clean' energy company has started up it's first United States venture in Chautauqua County.  County Industrial Development Agency Director Bill Daly says... though... that Proquip is not unfamiliar with the county.  Daly says Proquip -- which is based in Brantford, Ontario -- has bought the Lightning Circuits Company building on Main Street in Dunkirk... and, is co-locating there with the local company.  Daly says Proquip provides innovative solutions centered on LED lighting and solar technologies.  He says they've carved a niche in putting major solar panel arrays up... and, using them to power a number of items... such as security lighting for Jamestown Community College's new Science Building in Jamestown.  Daly says Proquip was brought in to the project so green energy would be used to help light the front entrance of the "green" building.  He says Lighting Circuits introduced Proquip to the IDA... and, they've been part of the county's annual Energy Conference and Expo the past three years.  Daly says the Dunkirk location will mainly be used for sales and marketing of their products... and, adds they'll also be doing some assembly work as well.  Daly says Proquip plans to have about two to three people working at the Dunkirk location to start with.


Village of Forestville looks at dissolving...

A committee is being formed to take a look at whether or not the village of Forestville should dissolve itself.  The Forestville Village Board approved the move during a meeting Tuesday night.  Village attorney Mike Sullivan says the Dissolution Committee will look into several parts of the municipality's operations, and assets... including the services it provides.  Sullivan says they'll also have to look at what would happen with those services if they dissolve.  The committee will also look at the debt and the budget to determine what impact the move will have on tax rates.  Sullivan says an out-going county lawmaker, Rod Rogers, may serve on the panel for his leadership because of what he did in working with Perrysburg on it's dissolution.  The committee is expected to report back to the village Board in about 60 days. 

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Last night's Jamestown School Board meeting turned into a big retirement -- and birthday party for outgoing school Superintendent Deke Kathman. School Board President Joe DiMaio read a resolution renaming the Central Adminstrative Offices at Jefferson Middle School after Kathman.  The birthday 'present' was an outdoor artist rendering of the offices -- by local architect Paul Hedin -- with Kathman's name on it.  DiMaio says the idea came out of a discussion he had with Board Vice-President Laurel Lucas. DiMaio says the board wanted to honor Kathman's 26 years of service to the district in a "significant way."  Kathman said he completely taken by surprise... adding that he was "honored, humbled, and embarrassed" by the honor.  A portrait of Kathman will also be put up on the wall of the board room.  He will retire on July 31st.  Tim Mains' will become the new Jamestown School Superintendent on August 1st.

 

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities is moving ahead with a just over 900-thousand dollar project to build a new, Electric Division storage building on it's Steele Street campus.  BPU General Manager Dave Leathers says the board approved hiring E.E. Austin of Falconer yesterday afternoon to purchase and install the structure on the eastside of the board's Operation Center.  Leathers says the area is currently fenced in... and, includes several pieces of equipment -- including transformers. Leathers says E.E. Austin's bid of 903-thousand dollars was the lowest of three bids that met the project's specifications.  He says there will be some internal work the BPU will have to do to shore up the bank for the foundation before the building is put up.  Leathers says the biggest benefit to having the building is the BPU's equipment will be protected... and, easy to get to when a power outage occurs.

 

A Randolph man who was convicted of shooting a rifle round that struck a Randolph school bus full of children in November of 2011 has been granted a new trial.  The Buffalo News reports that Cattaraugus County Court Judge Ronald Ploetz ruled that the prosecutor in the case of 59 year-old Robert Squire acted inappropriately during closing arguments in the case.  Ploetz  wrote that -- quote -- "nobody's going to jail because of this" -- when Squire actually wound up being sentenced to a year behind bars.  Ploetz says not only was the comment "inappropriate... it was incorrect."  The News says Squire's attorney, Barry Covert, says "they've very happy" with the results of their appeal.  Squire was convicted in July of 2012 of firing the shot that struck the school bus... carrying 35 children... on Route 241in the town of Randolph.  He was out hunting at the time... and, contends it was not his shot that struck the bus.

 

Chautauqua County lawmakers will vote tonight on a measure expanding smoking restrictions on county property to ALL county property.  County Executive Greg Edwards says a management team... led by Budget Director Kitty Crow... reviewed current policy... and, looked at expanding the prohibitation like 200 other government and not-for-profit agencies have already done in New York state.  Edwards says the expansion is being driven by one thing. With that last fact... Edwards says they have "all the incentive to do the right thing."  Edwards says the current restriction is limited to all county buildings... and, the area within 15 feet of a building entrance.  He says this will expand it to all property -- owned or leased -- including parking lots... and, parks.  Edwards says that exposes more young people to second-hand smoke.  The local law was reviewed by the legislature's Human Services Committee... and, passed onto the full legislature.  It not only prohibits tobacco products... but, electronic and herbal cigarettes.  Tonight's legislature meeting begins at 6:30 in Mayville.

 

Two Dunkirk men are jailed without bail for their alleged roles in a residential burglary in June.  An investigation by Dunkirk Police, which began on June 30th, led to the recovery of a large amount of stolen property, including cash and jewelry.  Officers also seized an illegal 9 mm handgun which had been defaced to prevent identification.  Police arrested 25-year-old Fred Santiago on July 2nd on a warrant from a related incident, and during a search of his residence, they found the cash, jewelry, and handgun.  The second suspect, Cristian Maestre, was arrested Monday for allegedly participating in the June burglary.  Both have been charged with 2nd-degree burglary, 3rd-degree grand larceny... and, conspiracy, and criminal mischief.  Santiago also faces counts of 2nd-degree menacing, criminal possession of stolen property, and criminal possession of a weapon.  Maestre is also charged with resisting arrest.  More charges... and, arrests... are expected.

 

Every year hundreds of Chautauqua County Four-H'ers create over a thousand projects to be judged at the county fair.  But, the stakes are a little higher this year for a few of the Four-H Teen Ambassadors because they are now raising funds for an endowment... and, they want to let people know what they do for kids -- and the community.  Bemus Point's Kendra Hockran's voice is on the 3-and-a-half minute video... which is designed to persuade groups and individuals to donate to the Four-H endowment at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.  Kendra says the group that put the video together touched on the history of Four-H as well as its future. The goal for the endowment is 2 million dollars... to help sustain the regular Four-H program into the future.  The video should be up for viewing in the Four-H building at the fairgrounds in Dunkirk later this week. 

 

 

  

 

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News Update for Tues., July 23, 2013

(**Bulletin)JPS Board names administrative offices after Kathman at outgoing superintendent's final board meeting...

The Jamestown School Board tonight recognized outgoing Superintendent Deke Kathman by naming the Central Administration Offices in his honor.  Board President Joe DiMaio read a resolution... naming the offices... which are connected to Jefferson Middle School... after Kathman.  Paul Hedin, from Clark Patterson Lee Design Professionals, also presented Kathman with an architectural rending of the honor.  The board also unveiled Superintendent Kathman's portrait, which will hang in the JPS Board Room.  DiMaio says the board "wanted to honor Deke's years of service to the district in a significant way.  Throughout the years that I have known Deke, the first thing that comes to my mind is how much he cares about the students of the Jamestown School District.  Kathman will retire on July 31 after 26 years with the school district.  His entire career has spanned nearly four decades.  He'll be replaced by Tim Mains on Aug. 1.


County Legislature to consider local law Wednesday that will make all county property, indoors and outdoors, smoke-free...

Chautauqua County lawmakers will vote Wednesday night on a measure expanding smoking restrictions on county property to ALL county property.  County Executive Greg Edwards says a management team... led by Budget Director Kitty Crow... reviewed current policy... and, looked at expanding the prohibition like 200 other government and not-for-profit agencies have already done in New York state.  Edwards says the expansion is being driven by one thing.  He says it's "unmistakable that the use of tobacco increases the odds for someone to contract cancer... and, tens of thousands of people a year die from tobacco use in New York alone."  With that last fact... Edwards says they have "all the incentive to do the right thing."  Edwards says the current restriction is limited to all county buildings... and, the area within 15 feet of a building entrance.  He says this will expand it to all property -- owned or leased -- including parking lots... and, parks.  Edwards says that exposes more young people to second-hand smoke.  The local law was reviewed by the legislature's Human Services Committee... and, passed onto the full legislature.  It not only prohibits tobacco products... but, electronic and herbal cigarettes.  Wednesday night's legislature meeting begins at 6:30 in Mayville.


New Trial set for hunter convicted of firing rifle shot that hit bus back in Nov. of 2011...

A Randolph man who was convicted of shooting a rifle round that struck a Randolph school bus full of children in November of 2011 has been granted a new trial.  The Buffalo News reports that Cattaraugus County Court Judge Ronald Ploetz ruled that the prosecutor in the case of 59 year-old Robert Squire acted inappropriately during closing arguments in the case.  Ploetz wrote that -- quote -- "nobody's going to jail because of this" -- when Squire actually wound up being sentenced to a year behind bars.  Ploetz says not only was the comment "inappropriate... it was incorrect."  The News says Squire's attorney, Barry Covert, says they're "very happy" with the results of their appeal.  Squires was convicted in July of 2012 of firing the shot that struck the school bus... carrying 35 children... on Route 241in the town of Randolph.  He was out hunting at the time... and, contends it was not his shot that struck the bus.

 

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It's not easy to keep a county fair going these days.  'Moonie Harrington' of Fredonia is currently the President of the Chautauqua County Fair Board of Directors.  Harrington says they face many challenges in presenting the weeklong event each year. The fair opened Monday morning at the fairgrounds on Central Avenue in Dunkirk.  In addition to being President... Harrington has managed the grounds for the last seven seasons.  Despite the challengtes, he loves the fair's history and tradition. Harrington saluted the members of 4-H who have once again filled the barns with their animal projects.  He says they work hard to "put on a show with their animals."  The fair continues through Sunday.  The annual Four-H Market Animal Sale will be Friday at Noon, at the Warren K Brown Show Arena. 

 

Both eastbound lanes of the state Thruway in the town of Hanover reopened Monday afternoon after they were shut down for more than two-and-a-half hours by a tractor-trailer fire.  State Police for the Thruway says the fire was reported just after 8:30 AM between Exits 59 at Dunkirk... and, Exit 58 at Silver Creek.  A 12-mile stretch of Interstate 90 was closed between the two exits until one lane was reopened about 11:15 AM.  State Police say the other lane re-opened about 1:45 PM... though there was still debris clean-up taking place.  Irving fire crews were called to the scene... and, were assisted by Hanover and Fredonia crews.  Troopers say the fire caused a 3-mile traffic backup before the one lane reopened.  Troopers say the truck was hauling food.  No injuries are reported.  The cause of the fire isn't known yet.

 

The Lakewood Village Board got it's first report last night from the new, Zoning and Law Review Committee.  The standing committee was added recently to help look over the village's zoning laws regarding a number of issues that have come up in the past several months.  Mayor David Wordelmann says it's been many years since the municipality's zoning laws have been updated.  Wordelmann says there are some kinds of businesses that -- due to technology -- they have to account for. Wordelmann says the village has a moratorium on businesses using such signs right now.  There are three other moratoriums... including on used car lots.  That came up after a legal battle over allowing the Spacc dealerships to put in a lot at the former Carnahan Clothing Store on Fairmount Avenue.  Wordelmann says Spacc is now in violation of his Special Use Permit because he's taken 5-and-a-half feet of green space away when the lot was repaved... and, new lighting was put in.  The other two moratoriums are on adult novelty -- or bookstores... and, storage facilities -- including self-storage.

 

Chautauqua County's Congressman is calling on the U-S Senate to act on a measure to prevent student loan rates from at least doubling before the start of college in August.  Corning Republican Tom Reed says he's heard the Senate has reached a compromise agreement on a new bill... but, that's not official yet.  During his weekly Conference Call with Southern Tier Media... Reed says the Senate returns to session this week... and, the student loan measure should be among the top items they deal with immediately. The House measure returns rates... namely Stafford Loans... to 3.4-percent.  They doubled to 6.8-percent as of July 1st because both the House and Senate need to act.  The House Republican bill... though... would have rates on other be variable, based on the markets.  Reed says the Senate compromise sounds similar to what President Obama wants in the legislation.  Obama has already threatened to veto the House Republicans bill... if it passes and is sent to him.

 

Former Governor David Paterson says he may run for Congress if Representative Charles Rangel retires.  But... Paterson also made a case for recruiting a younger candidate if his fellow Democrat chooses not to run after more than 40 years in Congress.  Paterson would be 60 if he was elected next year.

 

New York's junior U-S Senator is endorsing Scott Stringer for New York City comptroller.  Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand's choice means she is not backing former Governor Eliot Spitzer.  Spitzer resigned his office in 2008 after admitting he paid for sex with prostitutes.  He's now attempting a political comeback.

 

Authorities say four Hudson Valley motorcyclists have been issued speeding tickets after being clocked driving nearly 140 miles per hour on an upstate New York interstate highway.  State police say a group of four men on motorcycles registered 138 MPH on a trooper's radar gun in a 65-mph zone on Interstate 84 Sunday morning in the Orange County town of Greenville, on the New Jersey border 60 miles northwest of New York City.  Other troopers farther east on I-84 were alerted and stopped the bikers in the neighboring town of Wawayanda.  Police say the four men ranging in age from 32 to 45 were ticketed for speeding and ordered to return to Greenville Town Court on August 14th.

 

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News update for Mon., July 22, 2013

State Thruway's eastbound lanes between Fredonia and Silver Creek reopen after tractor-trailer fire this morning...

Both eastbound lanes of the state Thruway in the north county town of Hanover have reopened after they were shut down for more than two hours by a tractor-trailer fire.  State Police for the Thruway says the fire was reported just after 8:30 a.m. Monday morning between Exits 59 at Dunkirk... and, Exit 58 at Silver Creek.  A 12-mile stretch of Interstate 90 was closed between the two exits for a just over two hours until one lane was reopened about 11:15 a.m.  State Police say the other lane re-opened about 1:45 p.m., though there was still debris clean-up taking place.  Irving firefigthers were called to the scene... and, were assisted by Hanover and Fredonia crews.  Troopers say the fire caused a 3-mile traffic backup before the one lane reopened.  Troopers say the truck was hauling food.  No injuries are reported.  The cause of the fire isn't known yet.


Dunkirk man seriously hurt in town of Portland Motorcycle accident...

A north county man was seriously hurt when a deer collided with his motorcycle on Route 5 in the town of Portland early last weekend.  Sheriff's Deputies... and, the Brocton and Portland fire rescue teams were called to the scene just after 8 p.m. Friday.  Officers say 38 year-old Juan Barreto-Rivas was westbound when the deer entered the roadway... and, collided with the motorcycle.  Barreto-Rivas was initially taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital... then flown by helictoper to the Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.  He is being treated for serious injuries.  Barreto-Rivas was wearing a helmet.  No charges will be filed.


Reed calls on U.S. Senate to approve legislation to hold down interest rates on student loans...

Chautauqua County's Congressman is calling on the U-S Senate to act on a measure to prevent student loan rates from at least doubling before the start of college in August.  Corning Republican Tom Reed says he's heard the Senate has reached a compromise agreement on a new bill... but, that's not official yet.  During his weekly Conference Call with Southern Tier Media... Reed says the Senate returns to session this week... and, the student loan measure should be among the top items they deal with immediately.  He says the House passed it's measure, and the Senate should act before the August recess so students know what their rates will be before heading off to school.  The House measure returns rates... namely Stafford Loans... to 3.4-percent.  They doubled to 6.8-percent as of July 1 because both the House and Senate need to act.  The House Republican bill... though... would have rates on others be variable, based on the markets.  President Obama has already threatened to veto the House Republicans bill... if it's the one to pass, and is sent to him.


Chautauqua County Fair is underway...

The 133rd annual Chautauqua County Fair is officially underway at the county Fairgrounds in Dunkirk.  There are four new parts to the week-long event... including a new amusement ride provider.  However... there is still a lot of tradition... including this morning's opening ceremonies featuring the fireing of the Civil War-era cannon.  Fair Board member Dave Wilson says they ended their long association with J-&-J Amusements after last year... and, Bates Brothers Amusements will be handling this year's rides.  Wilson says Bates Brothers also provides the rides for the Cattaraugus and Warren County Fairs.  He says one benefit to the Chautauqua County Fair is the fact there is more room on the midway of the Dunkirk fairgrounds... which allows Bates Brothers to bring in more rides.  The Ohio company has brought some new rides to the Fair this year.  The County Fair runs through Sunday, July 28th.  Tickets are available for all events... and, the pay-one-price tickets are available.  For more information... go on-line to www.chautauquacountyfair.org.


 

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A north county man was seriously hurt when a deer collided with his motorcycle on Route 5 in the town of Portland early last weekend.  Sheriff's Deputies... and, the Brocton and Portland fire rescue teams were called to the scene just after 8 PM Friday.  Officers say 38 year-old Juan Barreto-Rivas was westbound when the deer entered the roadway... and, collided with the motorcycle.  Barreto-Rivas was initially taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital... then flown by helictoper to the Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.  He is being treated for serious injuries.  Barreto-Rivas was wearing a helmet.  No charges will be filed.

 

This past week's state Public Service Commission hearing for the NRG re-powering project was "an incredible outpouring of support... from a broad cross-section of citizens."  That from Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum.  Speaking late last week... Tranum said everyone from residents... to business organizations... and, educational institutions made their stance loud and clear to the PSC. Tranum says that NRG made "very good points" about their history of being involved in renewable energy during an earlier information session with the PSC.  He says that converting the current plant to natural gas is "a move towards the future."  Tranum adds it's "critically important that we get this facility repowered."  Somewhere in the neighborhood of 25-hundred people attended last Monday's hearing at the SUNY College at Fredonia's Williams Center.

 

It's fair time in the region... and, the 133rd annual Chautauqua County Fair kicks them off this week at the Fairgrounds in Dunkirk.  There are a few new parts to the week-long event... including a new amusement ride provider.  However... there is still a lot of tradition... including the opening ceremonies this morning.  Local and county officials... and, members of the fair board will be on hand at the Central Avenue location at 10 AM for the annual cannon shot. There are four new parts of the County Fair... including a new amusement ride vendor.  The fair board ended it's long association with J-&-J Amusements after last year... and, Bates Brothers Amusements will be handling this year's rides. On our "Community Spotlight" program... Wilson said one benefit to the Chautauqua County Fair is the fact there is more room on the midway of the Dunkirk fairgrounds... which allows Bates Brothers to bring in more rides.  The fair runs through Sunday, July 28th.  For more information... go on-line to Chautauquacountyfair-dot-ORG.

 

A city woman whose car allegedly passed several cars unsafely on East Second Street late last Saturday night has been arrested for drunk driving.  Jamestown police say 38 year-old Lisa Rodriguez passed the cars near the intersection with Cowing Street shortly before 11 PM.  Officers pulled Rodriguez over at the intersection of Crscent and Kipp Streets... and, found her to be drunk.  A blood test later showed her blood alcohol content was higher than point-1-8.  Rodriguez was charged with driving while intoxicated, and Aggravated DWI... and, unsafe passing.  She was held pending arraignment in city court.

 

New York's chief judge is looking at corporate in-house lawyers to help fill the need for legal services for those who can't afford it.  Judge Jonathan Lippman has named a new committee to examine ways some 9,000 in-house lawyers who are not now admitted to practice law in New York can help meet the legal needs of the state's poor.  In other efforts to close what Lippman has called a justice gap for millions of people forced to handle civil legal matters on their own... administrators are requiring 50 hours of free service work as a condition for getting a New York law license.  At the same time... they want to raise the annual service goal for all lawyers to 50 hours yearly along with mandatory reporting every two years.

 

He had to bike part of the way... but, the Resouce Center's Community Relations Director, Steve Waterson, made it all the way from Jamestown to Dunkirk Friday, in support of Laurel Run.  Waterson admits he had to use the bike for most of the distance. Several runners from local high schools took different legs of the relay Friday, as well.  Waterson says he made the effort. Wayne and Elaine Hotelling of Silver Creek started Laurel Run in honor of their daughter Laurel, who has Down's Syndrome.  Anyone who wants to contribute toward Steve Waterson's effort may still do so... by calling the Resource Center TODAY.  The Laurel Run 8-K and related events are taking place last Saturday in Silver Creek.

 

People have rallied in New York City and dozens of other U.S. cities, urging authorities to press federal civil rights charges against a former neighborhood watch leader in Florida who was found not guilty in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin.  The Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network organized the ``Justice for Trayvon'' rallies and vigils yesterday in at least 101 cities, including Miami, Los Angeles and Atlanta.  Martin was not armed... and, was shot to death in a struggle between the two.

 

New York Yankees star relief pitcher Mariano Rivera and Mets slugger David Wright bolster the lineup for the newest ``I Love NY'' advertising campaign to encourage summer tourism in New York.  They're among the Yankees and Mets who are featured in short TV ads to run on the Yankees' YES Network... and, the SportsNet NY station, which carries the Mets' games.  The ads will include Yankees Manager Joe Girardi and relief pitcher David Robertson as well as Mets' second baseman Daniel Murphy and pitcher Matt Harvey.  The ads seek to entice New Yorkers and out-of-state tourist to plan summer vacations that include Mets and Yankees games and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.  But... the spots also promote New York's vineyards, West Point, lakes and other tourist destinations.

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A north county man was seriously hurt when a deer collided with his motorcycle on Route 5 in the town of Portland early last weekend.  Sheriff's Deputies... and, the Brocton and Portland fire rescue teams were called to the scene just after 8 PM Friday.  Officers say 38 year-old Juan Barreto-Rivas was westbound when the deer entered the roadway... and, collided with the motorcycle.  Barreto-Rivas was initially taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital... then flown by helictoper to the Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.  He is being treated for serious injuries.  Barreto-Rivas was wearing a helmet.  No charges will be filed.

 

This past week's state Public Service Commission hearing for the NRG re-powering project was "an incredible outpouring of support... from a broad cross-section of citizens."  That from Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum.  Speaking late last week... Tranum said everyone from residents... to business organizations... and, educational institutions made their stance loud and clear to the PSC. Tranum says that NRG made "very good points" about their history of being involved in renewable energy during an earlier information session with the PSC.  He says that converting the current plant to natural gas is "a move towards the future."  Tranum adds it's "critically important that we get this facility repowered."  Somewhere in the neighborhood of 25-hundred people attended last Monday's hearing at the SUNY College at Fredonia's Williams Center.

 

It's fair time in the region... and, the 133rd annual Chautauqua County Fair kicks them off this week at the Fairgrounds in Dunkirk.  There are a few new parts to the week-long event... including a new amusement ride provider.  However... there is still a lot of tradition... including the opening ceremonies this morning.  Local and county officials... and, members of the fair board will be on hand at the Central Avenue location at 10 AM for the annual cannon shot. There are four new parts of the County Fair... including a new amusement ride vendor.  The fair board ended it's long association with J-&-J Amusements after last year... and, Bates Brothers Amusements will be handling this year's rides. On our "Community Spotlight" program... Wilson said one benefit to the Chautauqua County Fair is the fact there is more room on the midway of the Dunkirk fairgrounds... which allows Bates Brothers to bring in more rides.  The fair runs through Sunday, July 28th.  For more information... go on-line to Chautauquacountyfair-dot-ORG.

 

A city woman whose car allegedly passed several cars unsafely on East Second Street late last Saturday night has been arrested for drunk driving.  Jamestown police say 38 year-old Lisa Rodriguez passed the cars near the intersection with Cowing Street shortly before 11 PM.  Officers pulled Rodriguez over at the intersection of Crscent and Kipp Streets... and, found her to be drunk.  A blood test later showed her blood alcohol content was higher than point-1-8.  Rodriguez was charged with driving while intoxicated, and Aggravated DWI... and, unsafe passing.  She was held pending arraignment in city court.

 

New York's chief judge is looking at corporate in-house lawyers to help fill the need for legal services for those who can't afford it.  Judge Jonathan Lippman has named a new committee to examine ways some 9,000 in-house lawyers who are not now admitted to practice law in New York can help meet the legal needs of the state's poor.  In other efforts to close what Lippman has called a justice gap for millions of people forced to handle civil legal matters on their own... administrators are requiring 50 hours of free service work as a condition for getting a New York law license.  At the same time... they want to raise the annual service goal for all lawyers to 50 hours yearly along with mandatory reporting every two years.

 

He had to bike part of the way... but, the Resouce Center's Community Relations Director, Steve Waterson, made it all the way from Jamestown to Dunkirk Friday, in support of Laurel Run.  Waterson admits he had to use the bike for most of the distance. Several runners from local high schools took different legs of the relay Friday, as well.  Waterson says he made the effort. Wayne and Elaine Hotelling of Silver Creek started Laurel Run in honor of their daughter Laurel, who has Down's Syndrome.  Anyone who wants to contribute toward Steve Waterson's effort may still do so... by calling the Resource Center TODAY.  The Laurel Run 8-K and related events are taking place last Saturday in Silver Creek.

 

People have rallied in New York City and dozens of other U.S. cities, urging authorities to press federal civil rights charges against a former neighborhood watch leader in Florida who was found not guilty in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin.  The Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network organized the ``Justice for Trayvon'' rallies and vigils yesterday in at least 101 cities, including Miami, Los Angeles and Atlanta.  Martin was not armed... and, was shot to death in a struggle between the two.

 

New York Yankees star relief pitcher Mariano Rivera and Mets slugger David Wright bolster the lineup for the newest ``I Love NY'' advertising campaign to encourage summer tourism in New York.  They're among the Yankees and Mets who are featured in short TV ads to run on the Yankees' YES Network... and, the SportsNet NY station, which carries the Mets' games.  The ads will include Yankees Manager Joe Girardi and relief pitcher David Robertson as well as Mets' second baseman Daniel Murphy and pitcher Matt Harvey.  The ads seek to entice New Yorkers and out-of-state tourist to plan summer vacations that include Mets and Yankees games and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.  But... the spots also promote New York's vineyards, West Point, lakes and other tourist destinations.

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A north county man was seriously hurt when a deer collided with his motorcycle on Route 5 in the town of Portland early last weekend.  Sheriff's Deputies... and, the Brocton and Portland fire rescue teams were called to the scene just after 8 PM Friday.  Officers say 38 year-old Juan Barreto-Rivas was westbound when the deer entered the roadway... and, collided with the motorcycle.  Barreto-Rivas was initially taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital... then flown by helictoper to the Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.  He is being treated for serious injuries.  Barreto-Rivas was wearing a helmet.  No charges will be filed.

 

This past week's state Public Service Commission hearing for the NRG re-powering project was "an incredible outpouring of support... from a broad cross-section of citizens."  That from Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum.  Speaking late last week... Tranum said everyone from residents... to business organizations... and, educational institutions made their stance loud and clear to the PSC. Tranum says that NRG made "very good points" about their history of being involved in renewable energy during an earlier information session with the PSC.  He says that converting the current plant to natural gas is "a move towards the future."  Tranum adds it's "critically important that we get this facility repowered."  Somewhere in the neighborhood of 25-hundred people attended last Monday's hearing at the SUNY College at Fredonia's Williams Center.

 

It's fair time in the region... and, the 133rd annual Chautauqua County Fair kicks them off this week at the Fairgrounds in Dunkirk.  There are a few new parts to the week-long event... including a new amusement ride provider.  However... there is still a lot of tradition... including the opening ceremonies this morning.  Local and county officials... and, members of the fair board will be on hand at the Central Avenue location at 10 AM for the annual cannon shot. There are four new parts of the County Fair... including a new amusement ride vendor.  The fair board ended it's long association with J-&-J Amusements after last year... and, Bates Brothers Amusements will be handling this year's rides. On our "Community Spotlight" program... Wilson said one benefit to the Chautauqua County Fair is the fact there is more room on the midway of the Dunkirk fairgrounds... which allows Bates Brothers to bring in more rides.  The fair runs through Sunday, July 28th.  For more information... go on-line to Chautauquacountyfair-dot-ORG.

 

A city woman whose car allegedly passed several cars unsafely on East Second Street late last Saturday night has been arrested for drunk driving.  Jamestown police say 38 year-old Lisa Rodriguez passed the cars near the intersection with Cowing Street shortly before 11 PM.  Officers pulled Rodriguez over at the intersection of Crscent and Kipp Streets... and, found her to be drunk.  A blood test later showed her blood alcohol content was higher than point-1-8.  Rodriguez was charged with driving while intoxicated, and Aggravated DWI... and, unsafe passing.  She was held pending arraignment in city court.

 

New York's chief judge is looking at corporate in-house lawyers to help fill the need for legal services for those who can't afford it.  Judge Jonathan Lippman has named a new committee to examine ways some 9,000 in-house lawyers who are not now admitted to practice law in New York can help meet the legal needs of the state's poor.  In other efforts to close what Lippman has called a justice gap for millions of people forced to handle civil legal matters on their own... administrators are requiring 50 hours of free service work as a condition for getting a New York law license.  At the same time... they want to raise the annual service goal for all lawyers to 50 hours yearly along with mandatory reporting every two years.

 

He had to bike part of the way... but, the Resouce Center's Community Relations Director, Steve Waterson, made it all the way from Jamestown to Dunkirk Friday, in support of Laurel Run.  Waterson admits he had to use the bike for most of the distance. Several runners from local high schools took different legs of the relay Friday, as well.  Waterson says he made the effort. Wayne and Elaine Hotelling of Silver Creek started Laurel Run in honor of their daughter Laurel, who has Down's Syndrome.  Anyone who wants to contribute toward Steve Waterson's effort may still do so... by calling the Resource Center TODAY.  The Laurel Run 8-K and related events are taking place last Saturday in Silver Creek.

 

People have rallied in New York City and dozens of other U.S. cities, urging authorities to press federal civil rights charges against a former neighborhood watch leader in Florida who was found not guilty in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin.  The Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network organized the ``Justice for Trayvon'' rallies and vigils yesterday in at least 101 cities, including Miami, Los Angeles and Atlanta.  Martin was not armed... and, was shot to death in a struggle between the two.

 

New York Yankees star relief pitcher Mariano Rivera and Mets slugger David Wright bolster the lineup for the newest ``I Love NY'' advertising campaign to encourage summer tourism in New York.  They're among the Yankees and Mets who are featured in short TV ads to run on the Yankees' YES Network... and, the SportsNet NY station, which carries the Mets' games.  The ads will include Yankees Manager Joe Girardi and relief pitcher David Robertson as well as Mets' second baseman Daniel Murphy and pitcher Matt Harvey.  The ads seek to entice New Yorkers and out-of-state tourist to plan summer vacations that include Mets and Yankees games and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.  But... the spots also promote New York's vineyards, West Point, lakes and other tourist destinations.

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News Update for Fri., July 19, 2013

Broken water main in Frewsburg fixed; conservation alert just lifted... and, boil water order for pasts of the town of Carroll...

The broken water main on Route 62 in the Town of Carroll that cut off the large water tank in the north part of the water district from the rest of the town has been fixed.  Customers of the Town of Carroll and Frewsburg now don't have to worry about conserving water anymore.  That from the County Health Department's Natalie Whiteman... who adds there is also a boil water order in effect for certain parts of the town until further notice.  Whiteman says it'll probably be through Monday or Tuesday until they get back some water samples.  She says the areas affected by the boil water order include Wigren Road, Valley View Drive... and, a few homes on Ivory Street.  She adds they aren't sure if there's been any bacterial contamination in the water of those areas... but, they issued the order as a precaution.  Whiteman says they'll be taking water samples in that area through early next week... so the boil water order will likely be in effect until next Monday or Tuesday.  Again... conserve water through today.  For more information... contact the Village Hall at 569-5365... or the County Health and Human Services Department at 753-4481.


OFA issues reminder of Senior Cooling Centers being open in south county and elsewhere...

The county's Office for the Aging is reminding seniors that they have cooling centers available for people to avoid the heat... especially if they have chronic health problems.  Director Mary Ann Spanos says they have four "cooling centers" available across the county to help seniors stay cool.  Spanos says... in the south county... they include the Crystal Ballroom Senior Center in the Hotel Jamestown on West Third St.  She says that's open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.  There's also the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena at 311 West Third St.  It's open from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Saturdays.  In Mayville... Seniors can go to St. Mary of Lourdes Church Hall at 24 East Chautauqua St.  That's open Sunday through Saturday's from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  In addition... Spanos says Seniors and those with breathing problems are especially vulnerable to the heat.  She urges them to "drink additional fluids... and, get out of the heat."  If you don't have air conditioning... and, can't get to a cooling center... "draw the shades... and keep windows closed during the hottest part of the day to keep the interior as cool as possible."  She adds that if you can get to a cool basement room... do so.  For more information... call the Office for the Aging at 753-4471.


North county man dies after passing out in tractor-trailer, car crash in Fredonia-area...

A Fredonia man died Thursday afternoon after he lost control of his tractor-tailer on Route 20 in the town of Pomfret... and, it struck several cars.  State Police in Jamestown say Leland Johnson was traveling east at the intersection of Route 60 just after 2 p.m. when he apparently lost consciousness.  Troopers say the big rig drifted into oncoming traffic... and, struck one vehicle.  Johnson's passenger -- his wife, Janice -- tried to steer the vehicle off the shoulder... and, it struck three cars parked in a used car lot.  The tractor-trailer then went into a field... and, struck a tree.  Johnson was later pronounced dead at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk.  No other injuries were reported.


 

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A broken water main on Route 62 in the Town of Carroll has cut off the large water tank in the north part of the water district from the rest of the town.  Until the main can be fixed... and, the tank brought back on-line... ALL customers of the Town of Carroll are asked to conserve water until further notice.  That from the County Health Department's Natalie Whiteman... who says customers are strongly urged to conserve water, preferably cutting water usage in half.  Whiteman says use only what is absolutely necessary.  For more information... contact the Village Hall at 569-5365... or the County Health and Human Services Department at 753-4481.

 

A stronger lake breeze prevented any major heat wave issues yesterday in the Jamestown-area... and, evenhelped fire up some thunderstorms across Western New York.  However... we have one more day of the current heat wave to go.  That from Forecaster Jim Mitchell with the National Weather Service in Buffalo.  While there were Heat Index alerts in parts of the region earlier... no records were set.  Mitchell said late Thursday we'll have another day of heat and humidity... then a cold front moves through early Saturday. Mitchell adds the lake breeze will continue to hold off thunderstorm activity until later today in advance of the cold front.  Once the front moves in... he says we'll see a quick drop in humidity and temperatures.  Mitchell says a "pre-frontal troth" will come through first... triggering possible storms this afternoon.  There are some strong thunderstorms forecast for tonight.  While some parts of the Jamestown-area did reach 90 or better on Wednesday... our high yesterday at the Media One studios was 89.  The Jamestown Airport reached 86.

 

The first mass search of Chautauqua Lake for the invasive Water Chestnut plant is set for this Saturday morning... beginning on the Stow side of the Bemus Point-Stow Ferry.  Chautauqua County Watershed Coordinator Jeff Diers says local volunteers are needed again this year to search for the aquatic plant... which has wreaked havoc on some other lakes in New York state.  Late last Summer... 17 plants were found.  However... Diers says plants have already been sighted in and around the lake... mainly in the south basin area. Diers says the problem with the Water Chestnut -- which can reach 15 feet in length... and, has a floating rosetta of leaves that are green, glossy and triangular -- is they can spread rapidly.  He says each plant can produce up to 15 nutlets a season... and, 75 annually.  Diers says they tend to be found near shorelines because they get more sunlight... and, the water is clear and slow moving.  If they get established... Diers says the plants form dense floating mats that can devastate the body of water.  For more information... call the watershed hotline at 661-7499... or 363-4499.

 

Authorities say one person is dead after a fire broke out at an Olean home Wednesday morning.  Fire officials say tell YNN cable television news that the blaze was reported around 7 AM at a three-unit home in the Cattaraugus County city... near the Pennsylvania border.  Officials say firefighters found a person on the second floor a short time later.  The person died later at Olean General Hospital.  Investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire.

 

One of the organizers of Laurel Run is making a 'marathon' commitment to this year's race.  Steve Waterson, Community Relations Director at the Resource Center has a plan for the relay part of the event... which begins this morning. Waterson says because of the economy... they've lost a couple of major sponsors this year, so he thought about doing something a "little extraordinary" to get people to contribute to his effort.  So... he'll be running the entire 30 miles in 80-degree heat.  Waterson is a runner and has been training for the event.  Anyone who wants to support Steve's run can go to firstgiving.com/trcfoundation.  Two other men, one from Dunkirk... the other from Williamsville, will also attempt to run the entire distance from Jamestown to Dunkirk.  The main events for Laurel Run are Saturday in Silver Creek... with the 'centerpiece' that day being an 8-K run.  Proceeds from the Laurel Run benefit The Resource Center.

 

Well-known author and reporter George Packer says there was a 'Roosevelt Republic' in the United States for about half a century... but it has come to an end.  Packer is the author of the recent book 'The Unwinding' and was Thursday's speaker at Chautauqua Institution.  He says initially Franklin Roosevelt was viewed as kind of shallow. Packer says he was recently watching a video of Roosevelt speaking at Chautauqua in the 1930's, and compared FDR to Barack Obama.  He says Obama is not as "shrewd" politically... and, doesn't know how to us power.  Packer suggests 'the unwinding' of the 'Roosevelt Republic' has led to many of the challenges the U-S faces today.

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News Update for July 18, 2013

(**Alert)Frewsburg area residents urged to conserve water after water main break...

Just what people in the Frewsburg area didn't need during our current heat wave... a water main break along Route 62 in the town of Carroll has cut off the large water tank in the north part of the water district from the rest of the town.  Until the main can be fixed... and, the tank brought back into service... all customers of the Town of Carroll are being asked to conserve water until further notice.  That from the Chautauqua County Health Department's Natalie Whiteman... who says customers are strongly urged to conserve water, preferably cutting water usage in half.  Whiteman says use only what is absolutely necessary.  She says conservation steps include not filling pools... watering lawns or gardens... or washing cars.  You should also limit the number and length of showers... and, avoid doing laundry... and the need to wash dishes buy using paper plates and utensils.  For more information... contact the Village Hall at 569-5365... or the County Health and Human Services Department at 753-4481 or 661-7481.


Heat Wave to end for the Jamestown-area beginning late Friday...

A stronger lake breeze prevented any major heat wave issues today in the Jamestown-area... and even fired up some thunderstorms across Western New York.  However... we have one more day of the current heat wave to go.  That from Forecaster Jim Mitchell with the National Weather Service in Buffalo.  While there were Heat Index alerts in parts of the region earlier... no records were set.  Mitchell said late Thursday we'll have another day of heat and humidity... then a cold front moves through early Saturday.  He says outside of the lake breeze, there were a few thunderstorms in the area.  Mitchell adds there was just enough of a break in some areas to allow some thunderstorm activity in advance of the cold front.  Once the front moves in... he says we'll see a quick drop in humidity and temperatures.  Mitchell says a "pre-frontal troth" will come through first... triggering possible storms this afternoon.  There may be some strong thunderstorms tonight.  While some parts of the Jamestown-area did reach 90 or better on Wednesday... our high yesterday at the Media One studios was 89.  The Jamestown Airport reached 86.


 

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Forecasters are warning of potentially dangerous temperatures from Minnesota to Massachusetts.  That as the nation's largest heat wave of the summer stretched out and stagnated... and, relief in many places still days away.  However... a cold front is expected to make it's way through the Jamestown-area by Saturday... bringing some relief.  The National Weather Service says most states in the U.S. were expected to have some areas where the temperature would hit 90 degrees or more on Wednesday.  Parts of the Jamestown-area did reach that figure yesterday.

 

Another current member of the U-S Supreme Court will be speaking at Chautauqua Institution this Summer.  In fact... Institution President Tom Becker says they just got a call in recent days from Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy's office... saying he would like to speak during next week's theme of "The Pursuit of Happiness."  Becker says everything has worked out... and, Kennedy will speak at 3:30 PM at Chautauqua's Hall of Philosophy. Becker says Kennedy's appearance will be preceded by Cornell University President Hunter Rollins, and, Jefferson impressionist Bill Barker of Colonial Williamsburg.  They'll be discussing Jefferson in his later years.  Earlier... they'll both be on the Amphitheater stage to talk about the younger Jefferson to kick off the week.  Justice Kennedy was appointed to the high court by late President Ronald Reagan... and, took his seat in February of 1988.  His appearance comes just one week before fellow Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appears at the Amphitheater on July 29th.

 

Six people testified during a two-day, pre-trial hearing for the Virginia man accused of shooting Clymer School Superintendent Keith Reed, Jr. to death.  The hearing was requested by Public Defender Ned Barone... who was looking to have some evidence suppressed.  The defendant, 43 year-old Anthony Taglianetti, was present in court.  District Attorney David Foley says the six were questioned regarding search warrants obtained to search Taglianetti's home in Virginia... and, how evidence was turned over to authorities in Chautauqua County. Foley says five people... including a detective and crime scene specialist from Prince William County, Virginia... testified yesterday.  One more person testfied today.  He says County Court Judge John Ward reserved decision on motions to supress evidence... and, gave them two weeks to submit any further papers or case law.  Taglianetti is accused of killing Reed in September of last year over an alleged affair between his wife and Reed.  Foley says the trial is to begin with jury selection on September 17th. We did try to reach Public Defender Ned Barone... who is representing Taglianetti in the case.  However... we have not yet heard back from him.

 

Data show New York's violent crimes increased 2.3 percent statewide to more than 79,000 last year despite a drop in New York City murders.  Data on serious property and violent crimes still show an overall 13 percent decade-long decline to about 450,000 last year.

 

There is both good... and, bad budget news in the city of Jamestown for the first six-months of the 2013 fiscal year.  That from City Comptroller Joe Bellitto... who says the concerns include a big increase in the Fire Department's overtime budget.  That part of the spending plan is already up for the year... but, Bellitto and Deputy Fire Chief Chet Harvey say the department has five firefighters out of action due to injuries.  Bellitto adds that budget line had been cut by 29-thousand dollars after two "good years" with little overtime. Bellitto says another area of concern was overtime for the city's Parks and Public Works Departments... which is up by 54-percent... and, their road salt budget has already exceeded budget.  The good news... he says... is from four of the five divisions of the Board of Public Utilities.  Bellitto says... collectively... the five divisions have brought in 100-thousand dollars more than was budgeted.  That will mean more Tax Equivalency Payments and dividend fund for the city.  Bellitto adds that second-quarter sales tax figures aren't in, yet.

 

Gas prices across the nation have been going up... and, the Jamestown-area is no different.  The Triple-A's Fuel Gauge reports the price is up about a penny to begin the week.  That makes the price just over 3-dollars-70 cents a gallon.  However... the price has already gone up between 3-dollars-76 cents at one location... and, to 3--80 a gallon in a couple of others.  The Triple-A says today's national average price for regular, unleaded is now 3-dollars-63 cents a gallon.  That's up 15-cents over one week ago.  Prices started rising sharply in recent weeks because of new refinery issues, continued tight supplies and higher crude oil prices.

 

The former chairman of the Federal Elections Commission says he was "hugely disappointed" by the ruling by the U-S Supreme Court in the Citizen's United case against his old commission.  Trevor Potter was Wednesday's featured lecturer at Chautauqua Institution as part of "Markets, Morals, and the Social Contract" week.  Potter says he urged the court not to overturn the case... which wound up allowing corporations to be considered like people in terms of political contributions.  He believes the retirement of former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor played a big role in the outcome because of her background as a lawyer... and, politician in Arizona. O'Connor was a former member of the Arizona State Legislature.  Potter says there is still a lot that can be done to weed out corruption in the nation's political system.  He says he's drafted the "American Anti-Corruption Act..." which includes 10 items he says would change the way Congress operates.  Potter adds that the Act would suppliment current law... not replace it.

 

 

 

 

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News Update for Wed., July 17, 2013

(**Bulletin)U.S. Supreme Court Justice Kennedy joins Ginsberg as speaker at Chautauqua Institution...

Another current member of the U.S. Supreme Court will be speaking at Chautauqua Institution this Summer.  In fact... Institution President Tom Becker says they got a last minute call from Justice Anthony Kennedy... who wants to speak during the week on "The Pursuit of Happiness."  Becker says they talked some about details... and, Kennedy will speak at 3:30 p.m. Monday, July 22 at the Hall of Philosophy.  Two earlier speakers will be speaking at the Hall at 2 p.m. just prior to Kennedy's appearance.  He was appointed to the high court by late President Ronald Reagan... and, took his seat on Feb. 18, 1988.  His appearance comes just one week before fellow Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg appears at the Amphitheater on July 29.


Pre-Trial Hearing in Taglianetti case concludes with six witnesses taking the stand...

Six people testified during a two-day, pre-trial hearing for the Virginia man accused of shooting Clymer School Superintendent Keith Reed, Jr. to death.  The hearing was requested by Public Defender Ned Barone... who was seeking suppression of some evidence in the case.  The defendant, 43 year-old Anthony Taglianetti, was present in court.  Foley says he and Barone questioned the six regarding search warrants obtained to search Taglianetti's home in Virginia... and, how evidence was turned over to authorities in Chautauqua County.  He says the court is reviewing how those measures were dealt with... and, determine if they were done properly.  Foley says five people... including a detective and crime scene specialist from Prince William County, Virginia... testified yesterday.  One more person testfied today.  He says County Court Judge John Ward reserved decision on motions to supress evidence... and, he's allowed both the prosecution and defense two weeks to submit any case law and paper work... so a decision won't likely be made on the admissibility of the evidence for about a month.  Taglianetti is accused of killing Reed in September of last year over an alleged affair between his wife and Reed.  He was arrested in Virginia after being on the run about a week following the shooting.  Foley says jury selection for the murder trial is set to begin Sept. 17.


Violent Crime rate up in NYS goe up in 2012 despite drop in murders in NYC...

New York state's violent crimes increased 2.3-percent statewide to more than 79,000 last year despite a drop in New York City murders.  State data on serious property and violent crimes still show an overall 13 percent decade-long decline to about 450,000 last year.  That reflects fewer crimes in all categories, led by a 62 percent drop in stolen vehicles.  For the rest of the state... violent crimes were nearly flat at about 26,000 last year, with declines in forcible rapes and robberies, an uptick in aggravated assaults and 265 murders, a 4 percent increase.

 

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Local and state officials are very pleased with the huge turn-out... and, response by the majority... who spoke out in favor of the NRG "RePowering Dunkirk" project at Monday night's public hearing.  Well over 2-thousand people attended the approximately 4-hour session at the SUNY College at Fredonia's Williams Center.  Dunkirk School Superintendent Gary Cerne says he's proud of all of those who turned out to support the repowering project. State Assemblyman Andy Goodell called the turnout in support of the repowering project overwhelming.  He says they made an "astounding statement of community support at every level."  State Senator Cathy Young says the public understands the importance of keeping the NRG Plant in operation.  Young... who pushed for the PSC Hearing... called the turn-out "heart-warming."  Dunkirk Mayor A-J Dolce felt the attendance level demonstrated the high level of support for retaining the NRG plant.  Dolce says he was thrilled with the turn-out... adding that it can only encourage the Public Service Commission to support the repowering project.

 

Prior to the public hearing... both NRG and National Grid made their cases into the future of the NRG Plant.  David Gaier of NRG says the repowering project would create technological, environmental and ratepayer benefits.  Gaier says the project will also create up to 500 jobs during the construction phase. Senior Counsel with National Grid Carlos Gavilondo... who called the hearing spirited with passionate people... says National Grid's analysis, which included transmission upgrades, is the most feasible. National Grid officials say that repowering under NRG's proposed contract terms puts large fixed costs onto customers.  NRG states that the repowering project would create long term tax stability in the County.

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo's campaign committee has reported raising 6.2-million dollars since January... giving the incumbent Democrat 27.8-million dollars for a 2014 re-election bid.  The filing shows the campaign spent almost $852,000 during the period... including $43,000 at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan in January for a fundraiser and $75,000 for CPS Events at the Plaza for another Manhattan fund raiser last month.

 

The Jamestown Police Department has received half of a federal grant to install four more digital dash cameras in city police vehicles.  City Police Chief, and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings says their pleased to be getting nearly 74-hundred dollars through a 2013 Justice Assistance -- or JAG -- Grant.  The other 74-hundred will go to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department.  Snellings says this will bring the number of dash cams they have to seven. Snellings says the dash cams provide video and audio like what you see sometimes on television newscasts of people being arrested following high speed pursuits... or drunk driving incidents.  Snellings says it's helps back up their stopping people on "probable cause..." and in dealing with "officer complaints."  The Chief says they jointly applied for the 14-thousand-792 dollars through the Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program funds with the Sheriff's Office.  The city council will vote on receiving those funds at it's July 29th voting session.

 

State officials are making one-million dollars available to help police agencies expand the use of video equipment for recording interrogations of suspects.  State criminal justice officials say 345 agencies in 58 of New York's 62 counties currently videotape at least some interrogations.  They say those are considered more effective in both documenting confessions... and, preventing wrongful convictions than relying on officer accounts of questioning.  Prosecutors say they also help prevent false accusations of police coercion.

 

A town of Ellery man has been arrested on warrants for skipping out on sentencing on charges of second-degree menacing... and, two counts of harassment.  Sheriff's officers say they learned that 38 year-old Tyler McMaster of Dutch Hollow Road was at a Newland Avenue address in Jamestown... and, he was taken into custody without incident.  Deputies say McMaster was also charged with criminal contempt in the two County Court warrants.  He was sent to the county jail without bail... and, is being held pending further court action.

 

Seven contestants have been eliminated from the 10th anniversary season of Media One station SE-93's "Chautauqua Lake Voices" competition.  The seven were announced on the SE-93 website after the remaining nine people performed this past Monday night on the Floating Stage in Bemus Point.  Media One director of Operations, Andrew Hill, says the first 10 singers performed a week ago Monday.  He says the decision on who was eliminated was difficult because he believes this is one of the most talented groups they've ever had. Andrew Hill says they again have a very diverse group of singers... ranging from business people... to college students.  The program had been named "Chautauqua Lake Idol" until this year.  Hill says Media One had to change the name due to legalities.  He adds they tried to hold "their ground..." but, they surrendered the name... title... and, website... and, after some discussion... changed the program to "Chautauqua Lake Voices."  Once they came up with the name... there was little discussion about continuing the program.

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Close to 2,500 people filled the Williams Center at SUNY Fredonia Monday night to hear presentations from NRG and National Grid which were then followed by a public hearing held by the New York State Public Service Commission.  In total, 80 individuals, including local and state officials, signed up to voice their concerns either for or against the NRG repowering project. Testimony began with State Senator Cathy Young, who said the possible loss of NRG would be devastating. Assemblyman Andrew Goodell says NRG's tax revenue amounts to over 40 percent to the City of Dunkirk. The majority of those who spoke, including Cassadaga resident David Wilkinson, favored the repowering project, citing long-term economic stability to the region, job retention, and a guaranteed lower tax rate for the City and Dunkirk School District.  A handful of individuals favored National Grid's transmission upgrades.  Senator Young is hoping the PSC will render a decision within two to three months.

 

Hot and humid conditions are expected to be with us through the end of this week... and, even possibly into the early part of next weekend.  That from Forecaster Tom Paone with the National Weather Service in Buffalo... who says we won't likely break any records this week.  Paone says that due mainly to the amount of rain that's gotten into the ground in recent weeks.  He says high pressure affecting a large area along the upper east coast is causing it all. Buffalo Sunday reached 91 degrees... just one degree off it's record of 92.  As for us... we reached 89 degrees at our Media One studios late Monday afternoon.  Paone says the heat and humidity is not unusual because we're into the hottest time of the year.  However... he says avoid the mid-day sun if you can... and, if you have to be outside... take some precautions... including drinking plenty of liquids, wearing a hat and light-colored clothing.  Paone says a cold front will move in to the area Saturday... bringing more comfortable temperatures.

 

The Jamestown City Council will vote later this month on accepting the low bid of a Pennsylvania firm that will build a new pumper truck for the city fire department.  Deputy Fire Chief Chet Harvey told lawmakers at last night's Council Work Session that 4-Guys Company of Meyersdale, Pennsylvania had bid just under 398-thousand dollars.  Harvey adds they not only had the lowest bid... but, also was the only one of four bidders that met all their specifications.  Harvey says, though, they did have some initial concerns. Harvey says they were hoping to have a low bid of under 400-thousand dollars.  4-Guys... and, Spartan... the second-low bidder... were both under that mark.  However... Spartan was unable to meet the bid specifications.  Harvey adds, though, they need to ask the federal Department of Homeland Security for an extention on getting the new pumper, because, they have a year once the grant is awarded.  He says... once the contract is signed... it takes between 280 and 300-days to get the new pumper built, and delivered.  Harvey says they received notice of the 464-thousand dollar grant earlier this year NINE days after it had been approved.  That meant the clock was already ticking... and, the department had a year to get the new engine.

 

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly selling cocaine to an undercover police officer several times in the city over the past three months.  Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force... along with city police... arrested 22 year-old Cody Mason of 505 Palmer Street late last week on a warrant.  Task Force members say Mason was arrested without incident... and, charged with third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.  Once he's arraigned... police say he'll be sent to the county jail pending further court action.  Task Force agents say they obtained additional information during the arrest... and, the investigation is continuing.  If you have any information about drug trafficking in your area... call the task force at 1-800-344-8702.

 

Chautauqua County's Congressman says it's only fair that if there's a delay in the employer mandate for Obamacare... there should also be a delay in the individual mandate.  That from Corning Republican Tom Reed... who is supporting on two bills that support the one-year delay for employers... and, a one-year delay for individuals.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.  He says the Obama Administration should not be picking "winners and losers" in getting the program in place.
Reed says he's pushing support of the delay in the employer mandate because they need to send the message that the president cannot unilaterally ignore the laws... even laws that he supported, and pushed to have them enacted.  He also says delaying both mandates would give lawmakers more time to replace the Affordable Care Act to a more "patient centered reforms..." and, deal with rising health care costs.  Reed does say that in state's where Health Care Exchanges are in place... Americans who need health care coverage... and, can't afford it... will be able to get it.
 


SUNY plans to take up its secret proposal to spin off its most successful high-tech campus from the University at Albany to create a statewide job-creating force.  Today's agenda for the SUNY Board of Trustees includes an item described as ``relationships'' between the University at Albany... and, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, which has developed alongside the university center.  The idea was first reported March 13th by The A-P based on an extensive, privately circulated proposal.

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News Update for Mon., July 15, 2013

Hot, Humid Weather to be around Jamestown-area for rest of the week...

Hot and humid conditions are expected to be with us through the end of this week... and, even possibly into the early part of next weekend.  That from Forecaster Tom Paone with the National Weather Service in Buffalo... who says we won't likely break any records this week.  Paone says that due mainly to the amount of rain that's gotten into the ground in recent weeks.  He says high pressure affecting a large area from the Middle Atlantic states through the Great Lakes region.  On Sunday... Buffalo reached 91 degrees... just one degree off it's record of 92.  As for us... we reached 89 degrees at our Media One studios late Monday afternoon.  Paone says the heat and humidity is not unusual because we're into the hottest time of the year.  However... he says avoid the mid-day sun if you can... and, if you have to be outside... take some precautions... including drink plenty of fluids, wear light, loose fitting clothing, and a hat to protect your head.  Paone says we could see some scattered showers later Thursday... and Friday.  But... he says the next best chance of rain will be Saturday.  He says a cold front will move in to the area by then... bringing more comfortable conditions.


City an arrested for allegedly trafficking cocaine in the city...

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly selling cocaine to an undercover police officer several times in the city over the past three months.  Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force... along with city police... arrested 22 year-old Cody Mason of 505 Palmer St. late last week on a warrant.  Task Force members say Mason was arrested without incident... and, charged with third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.  Once he's arraigned... police say he'll be sent to the county jail pending further court action.  Task Force agents say they obtained additional information during the arrest... and, the investigation is continuing.  If you have any information about drug trafficking in your area... call the task force at 1-800-344-8702.


Reed supports twin measures to delay employer, and individual mandates on health insurance under Affordable Care Act...

Chautauqua County's Congressman says it's only fair that if there's a delay in the employer mandate for Obamacare... there should also be a delay in the individual mandate.  That from Corning Republican Tom Reed... who is supporting on two bills that support the one-year delay for employers... and, a one-year delay for individuals.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.  He says the Obama Administration should not be picking "winners and losers" in getting the program in place.  Reed says everyone needs relief from this "trainwreck" of a piece of legislation.  He says he's pushing support of the delay in the employer mandate because they need to send the message that the president cannot unilaterally ignore the laws... even laws that he supported, and pushed to have them enacted.  He also says delaying both mandates would give lawmakers more time to replace the Affordable Care Act with more "patient centered reforms..." and, deal with rising health care costs.  Reed does say that in state's where Health Care Exchanges are in place... Americans who need health care coverage... and, can't afford it... will be able to get it.


Sinclairville woman hurt in weekend accident on Lakewood used car lot...

An elderly Sinclairville woman escaped serious injuries after losing control of her car... and, it struck a small bridge in the back parking lot of a used car dealership in Lakewood.  Lakewood-Busti Police say 77 year-old Ruth Murray was operating the vehicle in the back of Gene Swanson's Used Auto lot on First Avenue about 6 p.m. Sunday when the accident occured.  Officers say the bridge connects the lot with the entrance to the dealership.  Lakewood fire and EMS units were called to the scene to help get Murray from the car... and, take her to WCA Hospital for evaluation.  No charges have been filed.


 

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Local Congressman Tom Reed is adding his voice to the chorus of elected officials supporting the NRG Re-Powering proposal.  The Corning Republican met with local, county and state representatives in Dunkirk last Friday afternoon to encourage the public to attend the State Public Service Commission hearing that will be held on the SUNY Fredonia campus tonight.  Reed says he has reached out to the head of the state PSC to stress the importance of keeping the plant open. Reed has officially submitted his position to the PSC... and, he has also been in touch to National Grid to let the utility know that he supports the 500-million dollar NRG RePowering proposal.  Plans are to continue the operation for the near term as a coal-fired plant... but, it would soon be converted to natural gas.  Reed made his comments at a news conference at the Clarion Hotel in Dunkirk that was also attended by Chautauqua County Executive Gre Edwards... state lawmakers... and, officials from Dunkirk.

 

A public hearing that will play a key role in whether the NRG Power Plant in Dunkirk is kept open... and, converted to a natural gas fired facility is set for tonight.  The state Public Service Commission will hold the hearing at 7 PM at the SUNY College at Fredonia campus.  State Senator Cathy Young says if NRG has to close the plant... it will have a "devastating impact" on the city of Dunkirk... as well as Chautauqua County as a whole.  County Executive Greg Edwards says the public's voice is needed now more than ever. NRG wants to "RePower" the Dunkirk plant by converting it... over time... to being a natural gas-fired plant.  However... National Grid wants to see the plant closed down... and, transmission improvements made.  Some environmentalists agree with doing that.  However... Young says the problem with that is National Grid would be importing power from Pennsylvania... which has some of the "dirtiest coal plants" in the country.

 

A Democrat from Jamestown's third-ward has been recruited to run for a vacancy on the city council being left by Councilman Michael Taylor's decision to not seek re-election.  No official announcement has been made... but, Mayor Sam Teresi confirmed during this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" that the citys Democratic Committee has found a woman, Regina Brackman, who is willing and able to run.  Teresi says the long-time third-ward resident is an employee of Truck-Lite.  It's not known if Republicans have a candidate to run for that post.  Taylor told us late last month that he would not seek a fifth-term... and, will pursue new career opportunities instead.  He said that he had more or less decided after winning a fourth-term that... if his career situation didn't turn around... that it would be his last term in office.

 

A Jamestown man faces a number of charges for allegedly driving off from the scene of a personal injury accident in which a 6 year-old child was hurt in the other vehicle involved.  City police were called to the scene on South Main Street -- near Harrison -- early last Friday night.  Officers say their investigation showed that 19 year-old Tyler LeBarron was northbound on South Main when his Ford Explorer struck a newer model vehicle.  Police say LeBarron's SUV apparently had inadequate brakes... and, he drove off.  But... a witness to the hit-and-run crash was able to give officers and description and license plate number... and, LeBarron's vehicle was found.  Officers add a 6 year-old in the newer vehicle suffered minor, non-life threatening injuries.  LeBarron faces charges including following too closely... having inadequate brakes... no insurance... and, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.  He was jailed on 500-dollars bail.

 

Three teenaged boys were arrested on drug-possesion charges early last weekend after the car they were in was stopped on West Main Street in Frewsburg for a motor vehicle infraction.  Sheriff's officers say the car was found to have an expired registration sticker when it was pulled over about 3:30 Saturday morning.  Deputies say the three occupants... a 16 year-old from Ashville... an 18 year-old from Panama... and, a 19 year-old from Lakewood... were smoking marijuana inside the vehicle.  They add a quantity of pot was surrendered to them.  Deputies also found that the 16 year-old... who was allegedly driving... was found to be driving while impaired and arrested.  He was also accused of operating a motor vehicle after 9 PM when he wasn't allowed.  Officers add all three occupants were charged with unlawful possession of marijuana... and, will appear in Carroll Town Court at a later date.

 

State health officials have awarded 27-million dollars in grants to help enroll more than one-million uninsured New Yorkers in a new health insurance exchange for coverage starting next year.  The grants will go to 50 organizations that will help applicants, including individuals, families and small businesses, get into the federally required marketplace for buyers.  Enrollment begins October 1st.  Health department officials expect to enroll about 1.1-million people with assistance in every county and in 48 languages.  There are about 2.7-million uninsured people in New York.  A department spokesman says they plan to award 27-million annually for five years.  Meanwhile... the state has received nearly 40.2-million dollars in federal funds for marketing and advertising over two years and has retained the firm DDB.

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News update for Fri., July 12, 2013

Gillibrand supports revisions to SNAP in new Farm Bill...

There is a fundamental connection between farmers and consumers.  That's why U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she'll fight to keep changes to the Supplimental Nutrition Assistance Program in the federal Farm Bill.  Gillibrand made her comments Friday morning at the Jamestown Farmer's Market.  The Hudson Valley Democrat was here to show her support for local Farmer's Markets... and, the contribution they make to local communities.  Gillibrand says she supports the Senate measure because it's morally right.  She says it's "essential" that hungry children, veteran's and seniors, have the food they need... and, they will be the one's negatively impacted by proposed cuts to food stamps.  Gillibrand says it's important for our families to be eating well.  She also pointed out that 16 cents out of every dollar spent on the SNAP program goes directly back to U-S farmers.  Gillibrand says all the money -- "we put in to make sure our families have the foods they need..." goes right back to farmers."  She says the agriculture and food service industries have a $38-billion impact on New York state's economy... and, account for 196,000 jobs.  She believes the House and Senate can work out their differences.


Reed votes in favor of five-year Farm Bill approved by House late Thursday...

Chautauqua County's Congressman was among the Republicans in the U.S. House who voted for the new, five-year Congressional Farm Bill.  Corning's Tom Reed says the major difference between the House GOP Plan and the Senate version is there is no change to the current Supplimental Nutrition Assistance Program -- or SNAP funding -- in the Congressional Plan.  Reed... who was in Dunkirk today... says "for the second time in less than a month, Democrats choose politics over farmers."  Reed says "farmers are counting on the House to get a Farm Bill passed.  Today's bill is the way forward so that we can go to conference with the Senate and get a long-term Farm Bill signed into law."  Democrats voted against last month's Farm Bill due to their opposition to reforms to SNAP programs.  Reed stresses this bill has no impact on SNAP programs, keeping full funding in place.


Gillibrand supports Farmer's Markets during stop in Jamestown...

While in Jamestown... Senator Gillibrand also spoke of four provisions in the Senate Farm bill that will benefit not only Farmer's Markets... but, the farmers that bring the produce and other goods to those markets.  Gillibrand says two of those provisions she authored focuses on specialty crops.  One is making credit more readily available to farmers going into that line of business... and, the other... making insurance available that covers 100-percent of their crop in case of a disaster.  Gillibrand says it's largely, because "in the past" when they wrote crop insurance policies... it was only for commodity farmers.  With that... it only worked if you planted in the same cycles as commodity farmers.  Gillibrand says another measure expands local markets in "high-need" communities... such as Jamestown.  Even with supermarkets and smaller convenience stores... the Senator says the city has two U.S. Department of Agriculture tracts that are designated as "food deserts..." meaning there isn't access to afforable fruits and vegetables.  Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Economic Board Director Richard Zink says the Jamestown market is one of 16 farmer's markets in the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus-Allegheny region that are supplied by small farms that need to provide for up to 500-people a week in the face of many challenges.


Another "Big Pull" planned for Water Chestnut invasive weed in Big Pond at Jamestown Audubon Center Saturday, and Sunday...

A volunteer effort to pull dozens of the invasive Water Chestnut plant from the Big Pond at the Jamestown Audubon Society has been a big success.  However... the effort has reached a "critical time period."  That from Chautauqua Watershed Coordinator Jeff Diers and Audubon officials... who say the remaining plants have begun flowering.  That means they will begin producing the pods that have the seeds that allow the plants to spread and continue growing.  Another "Big Pull" is planned for tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. to Noon... and, another is set for Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  for more information on how you can help out... call the Jamestown Audubon at 569-2345. 


Kathmans to head up United Way of So. Chautauqua County's 2013 General Campaign...

A husband and wife team that's well-known in the Jamestown community will head-up this year's General Campaign for the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County.  The human service agency has announced that Deke and Deborah Kathman will co-chair the effort to raise $1.315-million.  Deborah Kathman... who is retiring as the executive director of the Chautauqua Strider's program... says both she and her husband may be retiring shortly... but, they want to remain involved with -- and give back -- to the community.  She says that every year she's been with the Striders organization, the United Way has supported them.  Deke Kathman is the outgoing Superintendent of the Jamestown City School District.  Deborah Kathman says he -- too -- has seen first hand the need in the community.  She says many of the students in the Jamestown School District -- and others in the area -- have benefitted by programs backed by the United Way.  Deborah Kathman says this year's goal is up slightly from the 2012 campaign.  The campaign officially begins in September... but, will launch with the Pacesetter Campaign later this month.  The United Way funds 39 local programs at 18 partner agencies.  It also uses funding for the hand-full of programs it runs... including the 2-1-1 Referral Service.


 

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News update for Thurs., July 11, 2013

Area teenager arrested for allegedly setting fire that destroys Ellery home...

A 14-year-old Chautauqua County girl has been accused of setting a fire that destroyed a town of Ellery home... and, injured a firefighter.  Sheriff's Department investigators says the teen is charged with second-degree arson.  Her name's being withheld because of her age.  Deputies say the girl started the fire inside the house at 3688 Sager Road about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.  Officers say the residents were able to get out unharmed, but a firefighter suffered a minor head injury.  Sinclairville firefighters were assisted at the scene by Cassadaga, Ellery Center, Ellington, Fluvanna, Gerry and Stockton fire crews.  The house was a total loss.


Cuomo outlined details of his "Start Up NY" business initiative at JCC...

It used to be that education was never thought of in the same light as economic development.  However... with new technologies... that perception is changing.  That from Governor Cuomo... who was in Jamestown yesterday afternoon to outline details of his new "Start Up New York" business program.  Cuomo says the main mission of his administration has been to create jobs... but, he admits it's been against a back-drop of a state that's had high taxes... and, isn't business friendly.  He says they started Regional Economic Development Councils to compete for money to start up training programs... and, bring in new business.  Now... they're creating tax free zones in and around college communities.  He says they're taking a "triangle" of enterprenuerialism, education, and regional economies, and making those "tax free zones."  Cuomo adds that just lowering state taxes isn't going to keep businesses or people in New York... but, eliminating taxes will.  He says the "Start Up" program would eliminate income taxes for start-up businesses, and their workers... who locate on or near SUNY or other private college campuses.  He says the idea is to keep New York's youngest and brightest from going to states where there is no income tax.


NYS Court of Appeals to rule soon on allow public access to information on retired teacher benefits...

The New York state Court of Appeals is expected to issue a decision soon on whether to make public the names and benefits of teacher retirees in public pension plans.  The conservative Empire Center has sought the information, while teacher pension systems claim a recent court decision should protect retirees' names.


Dolce says he'll seek 10th term on city council...

Long-time Jamestown City Councilman Tony Dolce will be seeking a tenth, two-year term this November.  Dolce recently made his run official... saying representing the people of the Second-Ward "doesn't get old" for him.  The Republican says that working to help his constituents is one part of the bigger picture when it comes to serving on a local council.  Dolce says the other is dealing with issues such as the city budget... which has been a major focus in recent years.  He calls those "macro" items that are done for "all the citizens."  Dolce says serving on the City Council is a perfect "blend" with his career.  He's been a long-time Government and Economics teacher at Jamestown High School.  Dolce and Kim Ecklund are the only two Republicans on council right now.  He adds they expect to have a couple more people running, as well. 


Silver Creek man arrested on warrant also found with bag full of pot...

A north county man is jailed without bail after allegedly being found with a ziplock bag full of marijuana in his possession when he was being taken into custody on an outstanding warrant.  Sheriff's Deputies were on patrol about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday when they spotted 20 year-old D'Marcus Tallchief walking on Central Avenue in the village.  Officers stopped Tallchief because they had an arrest warrant for third-degree assault.  Officers then searched the Silver Creek man... and, found the ziplock bag containing the pot.  Tallchief was taken into custody without incident... and, taken to the County Jail on the warrant.  He'll later be arraigned on a charge of unlawful possession of marijuana.


Ellicott meeting time change working well so far...

A change in start time of Ellicott Town Board meetings -- so far -- has been a big success in getting more members of the public to attend and take part.  The town board agreed in late May to change the time after Supervisor Cecil Miller suggested they hold their first meeting in June at 6 p.m.  Miller had a conflict... but, further discussion led to a measure being approved to permanently change the time from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m.  He says there were six people at their first 6 p.m. meeting... and, more residents have attended since.  Miller says interaction is one of the things that makes "local government special."  Town officials say subsequent meetings have been attended by 4... and, 3 members of the public.  Miller says... while there aren't always "major issues" to be addressed at each meeting... there are many constituent issues.  He says they hope that moving the start time will help eliminate the "apathy" that seems to be out there among people.

 

 

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News Update for Wed., July 10, 2013

**(Alert)Jamestown Municipal Band concert for tonight called off...

There's a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for tonight... and, with that... tonight's Jamestown Municipal Band concert has been postponed.  City Parks Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says the band was to hold it's Children's Concert tonight... but, that's now been called off until July 24.  She says that had been an open date.


Cuomo lays out final details of "Start Up NY" business initiative at JCC...

Lowering state taxes isn't going to keep businesses or people in New York... but, eliminating taxes will.  That's why Governor Cuomo says his "Start Up New York" business initiative is a "game-changer.  Cuomo laid out his proposal in detail this afternoon before a crowd of more than 150 people at Jamestown Community College.  Cuomo says the program would eliminate income taxes for start-up businesses, and their workers... who locate on or near State University of New York... or private college campuses.  He says the idea is to keep New York's youngest and brightest here.  He says when you talk with young people... they're leaving for Florida, the Carolinas, and Texas "no income tax states."  To compete, Cuomo says you have to "be at zero."  Cuomo says the plan... which was initially called "Tax Free" Zones... were going to involve up to 200,000 square feet of space on... or immediately around SUNY 2 or 4 year colleges.  However... he says most SUNY and private schools will become "tax-free communities..." and, designated space within that community can also be tax-free.  That designation is key to local officials... because not only does space around Jamestown Community College become eligible for the "tax free" designation... but, so does the SUNY at Fredonia Technology Incubator in Dunkirk.


Dolce says he's running again for City Council, says there are two others joining he and Ecklund on ticket...

Long-time Jamestown City Councilman Tony Dolce will be seeking a 10th, two-year term this November.  Dolce recently made his run official... saying representing the people of the Second-Ward "doesn't get old" for him.  The Republican says that working to help his constituents is one part of the bigger picture when it comes to serving on a local council.  Dolce says the other is dealing with issues such as the city budget... which has been a major focus in recent years.  He says serving on the City Council is a perfect "blend" with his career.  He's been a long-time Government and Economics teacher at Jamestown High School.  Dolce and Ecklund are the only two Republicans on council right now.  He adds they expect to have a couple more people running, as well.  Dolce understands it's a difficult commitment to make.  Dolce feels being part of the City Council is important because he needs to set a good example to his students at JHS... as well as his own children.


DiNapoli says Medicaid overpaid health care providers over $11-million...

New York auditors say the state's Medicaid program overpaid health care providers $11.4 million, largely from overstated Medicare coinsurance charges and incorrect rate changes.  Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the state has recovered $3.8 million so far and the state's Medicaid system ``continues to be rife with waste."  Many of it's Medicaid recipients are also eligible for the federal Medicare program, which is the primary payer, with Medicaid paying the balance.  An audit of 2009 data shows Medicaid overpaid more than 210,000 claims by more than $7 million.  Auditors also examined the six months ending in March 2012, when the state health department's computer system processed 233 million claims paying providers about $25 billion.

 

 

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News Update for Tues., July 9, 2013

Cuomo coming to Jamestown Wednesday morning to talk about economic development...

Officials confirm that Governor Andrew Cuomo will be in Jamestown tomorrow to talk about economic development on the local and state level.  The governor will be speaking at Jamestown Community College's Hamilton Collegiate Center at 11 a.m.  Members of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce were notified about the appearance in a special newsletter this morning... and, JCC officials confirmed that Cuomo would be there early this afternoon.  In addition to Chamber members... local elected officials... and, labor leaders have been invited to the program.  However... it will not be open to the general public. 


Falconer man identified as victim killed in South Valley motorcycle crash...

State police say a Falconer man has died in a motorcycle accident on a rural Cattaraugus County road.  Troopers in Jamestown say 53 year-old Richard Schulz was traveling in South Valley when he crashed around 11:30 a.m. Monday on West Bank Perimeter Road.  Police say his bike left the road and struck an earth embankment... ejecting him from the motorcycle.  He was dead when emergency crews arrived.  Troopers say a passing motorist reported seeing Schulz clutching his chest just before the incident.  Family members told police that he hadn't been feeling well and the family had a history of heart problems.


Two Jamestown teens hurt... but, not seriously... when their bike strikes car...

Two girls from Jamestown suffered "non-life threatening" injuries when the bicycle they were riding crashed into a car on the city's southside.  Jamestown police were called to the scene at the intersection of Burtch Street and Elam Avenue shortly before 1 p.m. Monday.  Officers say an unidentified city woman was westbound on Burtch Street... and, the two 15 year-old girls were northbound on Elam.  Police say one of the girls was riding on the bike's handlebars when the operator failed to stop at the intersection.  Both girls were thrown from the bike when it struck the driver's side of the car.  They were taken to WCA Hospital for treatment.  Police say the driver of the car was shaken up... but, she was not hurt.  No charges will be filed.


Fourteen NYC low-income youth in region as part of "Fresh Air Fund" program...

Fourteen youngsters from the New York City area are getting some "fresh air" for the next two weeks in the Warren, Jamestown, and Erie areas.  Several families from across the region met at Betts Field in Warren yeserday afternoon to meet, and pick-up their child as part of the National "Fresh Air Fund" program.  The group of children that arrived Monday range in age from 9 to 11.  The region's Volunteer Chairperson is Warren's Brenda White.  Her family was involved in the program several years ago... but, got out as their oldest child grew up.  She adds the local program was dormant for 3 years until she decided it was time to get it going again.  White says she agreed to chair the effort last year... and, they had eight or nine kids come from NYC.  This year... between their two programs... they'll have 30.  A second group of kids will be here August 2 through 12... and, White says you can still take part in helping out by e-mailing her at thewhitehouse.5@yahoo.com.  About 15 kids will take part.  The White's are hosting 10 year-old Penelope Almanzar of the Bronx for the second-year in a row.  She's looking forward to playing with the White's children... and, she'll get more time this year... because with Brenda White being the local Chair... she gets to stay until the August group of kids leave.  The "Fresh Air Fund" is a not-for-profit organization that helps provide the trips to low-income children from New York City.

 

 

 

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News Update for Mon., July 8, 2013

Federal and state emergency officials in County today to review flood damage in Brocton and Portland...

State and Federal emergency management officials are in the county today to get a handle on the damage caused by flash flooding that hit the Brocton-Portland area in late June.  County Executive Greg Edwards says state, county and local officials are meeting with representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Edwards says they'll be determining whether affected counties and their municipalities qualify for emergency aid.  He says the local numbers are being "packaged up" with damage estimates from the central part of the state and sent first to Albany... then to Washington where the final calculations will be made.  Edwards says Emergency Services Director Julius Leone estimated local damage at $800,000.


Unattended candle labled as cause of Kennedy house fire Sunday night...

An unattended candle is the apparent cause of a blaze that's destroyed a Kennedy home.  Sheriff's Department Fire Investigators say Kennedy firefighters were called to the scene at 2094 Route 62 in the town of Poland just before 7 o'clock Monday night.  Fire investigators say two youths were in the home at the time... but, escaped the house unhurt.  However... some family pets died in the blaze.  Kenndy firefighters were joined at the scene by Frewburg, Falconer, and the Kiantone Fire Departments.  Authorities say the home is a complete loss... and, the family is being assisted by the local Red Cross.


One person seriously hurt in Bemus Point area ATV accident...

One woman was seriously hurt last weekend when she was hit by an All-Terrain Vehicle on Mahanna Road near Bemus Point.  Sheriff's officers say the ATV... operated by Kristen Brown of Amherst... was operating on property at 4812 Mahanna Rd. in the town of Ellery shortly before 6:30 p.m. Saturday.  Deputies say Brown tried to slow the ATV down... and, accidently hit the throttle.  Officers say she and her passenger, Julieann Brown -- who owned the ATV -- where thrown from the vehicle when it struck a picnic table.  However... officers say a woman sitting at the table... Lori Lang... was struck... and, the ATV and table landed on top of her.  She suffered head, chest, and back injuries... and, was flown from the scene to the Hamot Medical Center in Erie for treatment.  The investigation is continuing.


Consultant hired to help town of Ellicott match up with potential developer of I-86 interchanges...

An Oklahoma-based business consulting firm has been hired by the town of Ellicott to look into bringing more retail development to it's three interchanges on Interstate 86.  The Town Board recently approved hiring Retail Attractions to try to bring in new businesses to Exit 11 at Strunk Road... Exit 12 -- just north of Jamestown... and, Exit 13 at Falconer.  Town Supervisor Cecil Miller believes there are still plenty of "great opportunities" for development at all three locations... given the success of Harley-Davidson of Jamestown at Exit 13.  Miller says the firm will be able to look at the property... and, tell them what kind of business they can sustain and grow.  He says they have the infrastructure in place at Exits 12 and 13... and, there is some additional interest in Exit 12, but, he's not at liberty to talk about it right now.  There's been very little in the way of "planned interchange" development in the Jamestown-area... aside from Exit 12... and, some at 13.  Miller says the $1,500 cost to hire Retail Attractions was budgeted for this year.  The firm is an economic development consultant that has built good working relationships with more than 50 restaurants and retail businesses.


Jamestown man arrested for alleged drug, weapons possession charges at Blue Heron Festival...

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly being in possession of a large knife... and, several bindles of heroin at the Blue Heron Festival in Sherman last weekend.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene about 1:30 a.m. last Saturday by Festival Security Staff.  Deputies says security personnel were told about a person believed to be selling narcotics on the festival grounds.  They say security confronted the man... identified as 28 year-old Rashid Jabbar of East Sixth Street... and, found he was in possession of a large fixed blade knife, unsheathed in his pants pocket.  Security detained Jabbar and took him to their headquarters... but, while enroute, Jabbar allegedly threw seven bindles of a powdery substance onto the ground.  Sheriff's officers were called in to respond... and, Deputies field tested the substance and found it was heroin.  Deputies arrested Jabbar for third-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance because the substance was packaged for sale.  He was also arraigned in Sherman Town Court for Criminal Possession of a Weapon... and, sent to the county jail without bail.

 

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News headlines for Sun. July 7, 2013

Jamestown teen dies as result of drowing incident at Barcelona Harbor...

A Jamestown teenager has died from a drowning accident last Saturday afternoon in Barcelona Harbor on Lake Erie.  Sheriff's Officers... and, members of the department's DIVE Team responded with Westfield Police to the scene near Monroe Marina shortly before 12:30 p.m.  Deputies says DIVE Team members found the victim... identified as 17 year-old Jan Carlos Delosanto-Munez... in the water and he was taken to shore and transported to Westfield Hospital.  Delosanto-Munez was later flown by Starflight Helicopter to Women's and Children's Hospital in Buffalo for further treatment.  Officers say Delosantos-Nunez was pronounced dead shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday.


City man arrested for allegedly trying to sell Heroin at Blue Heron Festival, and being in possession of large knife...

A Jamestown man is jailed for allegedly being in possession of a large knife... and, several packages of heroin at the Blue Heron Festival in Sherman last weekend.  Sheriff's Deputies were called to the scene about 1:30 a.m. last Saturday by Festival Security Staff.  Officers say security officials were told about a man believed to be selling narcotics on the festival grounds.  Security reportedly confronted the man... later identified as 28 year-old Rashid Jabbar of East Sixth Street... and, found he was in possession of a large fixed blade knife in his pants pocket.  Security detained Jabbar and took him to their headquarters... but, on the way... Jabbar allegedly threw seven bindles of a powdery substance onto the ground.  Sheriff's officers were called in... and, field tested the substance and found it was heroin.  Deputies arrested Jabbar for third-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance because the substance was packaged for sale.  He was also arraigned in Sherman Town Court for Criminal Possession of a Weapon... and, sent to the county lock-up.


Edwards says county beginning budget work with smaller deficit than first projected...

Chautauqua County will be in a much better position to begin the budget season later this Summer than was expected even a couple of years ago.  That from County Executive Greg Edwards... who says -- due to skyrocketing Medicaid and other costs -- officials were projecting a $14-million to $16-million deficit for 2014.  However... thanks to an approximately $10-million Medicaid reimbursement late last year... the figure is more like $5.5-million to $6-million.  He adds that more hard work from his department heads has about cut that figure in half, as well  Edwards says the $5-and-a-half to $6-million has also been cut in half due to some unanticipated, non-tax revenue coming in.  He says the county received about $350,000 more in revenue from the Methane Gas-to-Energy plant at the county landfill.  However... Edwards adds that if the county had been able to sell the county home to a private interest... they would be looking at NO deficit for 2014.  Edwards says that would be another $1.7-million dollars in savings.  During this weekend's Community Spotlight program... he added they are closing in on a new offer for the Dunkirk-area facility.

 

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News Updates for July 5, 2013

Coast Guard officials talk boating safety for Fourth of July holiday...

It's been a fairly safe Fourth of July holiday weekend on area waterways... but, a representative of the U-S Coast Guard Auxiliary is reminding boaters to play it safe by practicing safe boating.  Doug Hamernik says you should wear a life jacket anytime you take to the water.  Hamerick says if you don't already have it on... you likely won't have time to put it on in the case of an emergency.  He says about 80-percent of the people who die in boating accidents did not have a life jacket on.  The coast guard will be holding a vessel safety check station held this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sunset Bay Marina.  You can learn more about safety boating on the US Coast Guard Auxiliary's website at www.wnyboatsafe.org.


Edwards says projected deficit at much more managable $5.5-to-$6-million...

Chautauqua County has a much more "managable" $5.5-million to $6-million dollar deficit to deal as work begins on the 2014 budget.  That from County Executive Greg Edwards... who says budget discussions began with department heads within the past few days.  Edwards says two-years ago... their multi-year projections had the county looking at a $14-million to $16-million dollar shortfall.  However... the county did get about $10-million in Medicaid reimbursements last year.  He adds that department heads have also been able to find more cuts.  Edwards says thats' cut the projected deficit in about half.  Edwards credited department heads, and County Finance Director Sue Marsh, and Budget Director Kitty Crowe.  He adds that other unexpected revenues... including $350,000 from the Methane-to-Energy plant... have also helped close the projected deficit.  However... Edwards adds that if the county had been able to sell the county home to a private interest... they would be looking at NO deficit for 2014.  Edwards says they are closer than they were two weeks ago to having a new offer for the Dunkirk-area facility.  More with Edwards on this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program.


Two Jamestown-area women arrested for alleged trespassing at Hotel Lenhart...

Two women have been arrested for allegedly being caught trespassing behind the counter of the Hotel Lenhart in Bemus Point.  Sheriff's Deputies were called to the 20 Lakeside Drive location about 3:20 a.m. Thursday... and, were told the two women had run off from the scene.  Officers later located the pair... 25 year-old Amanda Overbeck of Jamestown... and, 23 year-old Abbey Benton of Frewsburg... who were identified by hotel staff.  Their intentions were unclear... but, both were arrested for criminal trespass... and, released pending a future appearance in Ellery Town Court.


Toll-Free phone line set up for NYS flood victims...

New York officials say they have activated a toll-free telephone line that flood victims can call to find help.  Residents can call for local contact information for the Red Cross and Salvation Army, health and safety advice, locations for receiving tetanus shots, guidance on dealing with oil spills or power outages, mental health assistance and other recovery needs.  New York State Flood Helpline number is 1-888-769-7243.  They advise calling 911 for life threatening emergencies.  State officials listed nearly three dozen road closures Tuesday from flooding, washouts and mud slides Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Madison, Essex, Cortland and Chenango counties.  Red Cross shelters were open in Utica, Herkimer and Oneida counties.

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A fire that could be seen a few miles away has destroyed a single-family 'Crosswinds' home in the town of Ellery on Chautauqua Lake.  Maple Springs and DeWittville fire crews were called to the scene at 51 Marina Drive Extension just before 7:40 PM Wednesday.  Maple Springs Fire Chief Doug Conroe says he could see heavy smoke coming from the home as he was first responding to the call.  He says the home was fully-engulfed in flames when they arrived. Conroe says the family had left the house about half-an-hour before the blaze broke out... and, were boating on the lake at the time.  He says neighbors called in the fire.  Conroe says they had a great turn-out of manpower and equipment from 10 departments. Conroe says the home appears to be a total loss... and, the roof on the attached garage was severely charred.  He says crews were there until about 1:30 Thursday morning.  One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion... while another had to be treated for an ankle injury.  The cause is under investigation... but, Conroe says it appears accidental at this time.

 

After a very dark and rainy start to the fourth of July... the rain stopped late this morning... and, it turned out to be a pretty decent Independence Day.  Despite some high dark clouds at times... the threat of rain has gone... and, all fireworks displays got in last night. The rain only affected early events in Lakewood... where the annual Firecracker 10-K and fun runs and walks went off despite the rain.  There was also a kids run.  The rain let up about the time the Mayville Parade was to be held.  Fireworks were held last night in Lakewood... Bemus Point... Mayville... Midway State Park... Findley Lake... Dunkirk... and, Betts Park in Warren. 

 

New York officials say more state troopers in unmarked sport utility vehicles are on the road this summer looking for drivers who are texting instead of watching where they're going.  The summer campaign against texting while driving, now subject to stiffer penalties, includes state police in what authorities call ``Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement'' vehicles.  They're taller than average and intended to let officers see better into other cars to determine if somebody is texting.  The unmarked vehicles in various colors have hidden emergency lights.  More than 30-thousand tickets were issued in the state for texting at the wheel last year -- up 234 percent from 2011.

 

A Dunkirk woman has been arrested for allegedly hitting a boy on the side of his head several times during a domestic dispute in the town of Hanover early last month.  Sheriff's Deputies say 39 year-old Carriee Clarke of Dunkirk... was recently arrested for the June 5th incident on Angell Road.  Officers say Clarke was arrested at her Leming Street home on a warrant following an investigation into the incident.  She was arraigned in Hanover Town Court on charges of third-degree assault... and, endangering the welfare of a child.  Clarke was released pending a future court appearance.

 

The long-time manager of the Jamestown Municipal Band has passed away after devoting more than half his life to the organization.  Just prior to Wednesday night's annual Fourth of July Concert at Allen Park... it was announced that Al Smeragliolo died earlier in the day following a heart attack earlier in the week.  Band Director Rick Lundquist says the 82 year-old Smeragliolo was a "friend and a mentor."  Lundquist says Smeragliolo joined the band when it was first formed in 1953... then left for a year to serve in the U-S Army.  He then returned to play with the clarinet section for the next 58 years. Lundquist says Smeragliolo was a good man... who always had the band's best interests first in mind.  He adds Smeragliolo was "always encouraging."  Al Smeragliolo was also a retired Band Director from the Panama Central School District.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

 

Gasoline prices remain stable as Fourth of July travelers head to their holiday destinations.  In fact...the price for a gallon of regular, unleaded in the Jamestown-area remain unchanged at just over 3-dollars-71 cents per gallon this week.  The Triple-A's Fuel Gauge report says prices locally range from 3--70 to 3--72 a gallon.  Nationally... the Fuel Gauge reports the average retail price is just under 3-dollars-48 cents a gallon.  That's 8-cents less expensive than one week ago.  Regional supply disruptions in May and early June in some parts of the country have been resolved... and, prices have come down in those areas.

 

An Ashville man apparently wanted to celebrate the Fourth of July early in Jamestown following Wednesday night's fireworks display after the Jammers game.  A city police officer saw 53 year-old James Kris expose himself while several people were standing around at Falconer and Curtis Streets about 10 PM.  Police say Kris had begun dancing -- with his pants down -- when he was arrested.  He was arraigned on one county of public lewdness... and, jailed pending further court action.

 

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News update for Thurs., July 4, 2013

Fire destroys town of Ellery home on Chautauqua Lake...

A fire that could be seen several miles away has destroyed a single-family 'Crosswinds' home in the town of Ellery on Chautauqua Lake.  Maple Springs and DeWittville fire crews were called to the scene at 51 Marina Drive Extension just before 7:40 p.m. Wednesday.  Maple Springs Fire Chief Doug Conroe says he could see heavy smoke coming from the home as he was first responding to the call.  He says the home was fully-engulfed in flames when they arrived.  Conroe says it took about half-an-hour to bring the blaze under control, and allow firefighters to get inside to make an interior overhaul.  He says the family had left the house about half-an-hour before the blaze broke out... and, were boating on the lake at the time.  He says neighbors called in the fire.  Conroe says they had a great turn-out of manpower and equipment from 10 departments.  He says they had five tanker trucks at the scene... and, they did get additional water from Chautauqua Lake.  Conroe adds the home appears to be a total loss... and, the roof on the adjacent garage sustained roof damage.  He says crews were there until about 1:30 Thursday morning.  One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion... while another had to be treated for an ankle injury.  The cause is under investigation.


Dunkirk woman arrested for alleged assault in Hanover last month...

A north county woman is accused of striking a boy on the side of his head several times during a domestic dispute in the town of Hanover early last month.  Sheriff's officers say 39 year-old Carriee Clarke of Dunkirk... was recently arrested for the June 5 incident on Angell Road.  Deputies say Clarke was arrested at her Leming Street home on a warrant following an investigation into the incident.  She was arraigned in Hanover Town Court on third-degree assault... and, endangering the welfare of a child charges.  Clarke was released pending a future court appearance.


Gas Prices hold steady during July 4th holiday locally...

Gasoline prices remain stable as Fourth of July travelers head to their holiday destinations.  In fact...the price for a gallon of regular, unleaded in the Jamestown-area remain unchanged at just over $3.71 per gallon this week.  The AAA's Fuel Gauge report says prices locally range from $3.70 to $3.72 a gallon.  Nationally... the Fuel Gauge reports the average retail price is just under $3.48 a gallon.  That's 8-cents less expensive than one week ago.  Regional supply disruptions in May and early June in some parts of the country have been resolved... and, prices have come down in those areas.


 

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News Update for Wed., July 3, 2013

Two out-of-state men arrested for allegedly transporting $2,500 worth of fireworks through Chautauqua County...

The first fireworks arrests of the Fourth of July holiday period has been made during a traffic stop in the town of Chautauqua.  Sheriff's officers say they pulled over a vehicle... operated by 43 year-old Todd Kennedy of Gates Mills, Ohio... just before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.  Deputies say they found about $2,500 worth of fireworks -- many of them dangerous -- inside.  Both Kennedy... and, his passenger, 73 year-old Bertram Kennedy of Tequesta, Florida... were arrested for Unlawfully Dealing with Fireworks and Dangerous Fireworks.  Officers says Todd Kennedy was also issued several traffic tickets... and, both were released pending a future appearance in Chautauqua Town Court.


Gerace urges people to leave fireworks displays to the pros...

Local police urge residents to leave the fireworks displays to the professionals... and, weather permitting... several are planned across the Chautauqua region.  There are a couple planned for tonight in Chautauqua County.  One follows the Jamestown Jammers regularily scheduled game at Diethrick Park.  The seven-inning game follows completion of last night's suspended game against Mahoning Valley.  That game resumes in the second-inning at 5 p.m.  Sheriff Joe Gerace warns agains illegal fireworks possession and use... and, adds it "drains resources from police... taking away from often more important calls.  Gerace adds that they... as well as other local agencies... are obligated to check all such calls out.  He urges people to watch the "professional fireworks" shows in the county... and, elsewhere.  In addition to Diethrick Park... there'll be fireworks tonight at George Borrello Park in Silver Creek at dusk.  The rain date for that is Friday, July 5.


Gerace also urges boating safety on the Fourth of July...

The other travel concern over the Fourth of July Holiday is on the water.  Sheriff Gerace adds -- despite the weather -- the county's lakes have seen a big increase in boat traffic.  He adds that's accentuated by the number of fireworks displays along the Chautauqua Lake waterfront... as well as Lake Erie.  Again... Gerace says plan ahead... and, follow the rules of boating... including not boating while intoxicated.  He adds there's also a night-time speed limit on Chautauqua Lake.


Here's a quick list of fireworks displays beginning tonight through tomorrow...

7/3 Wednesday night - Dietrick Park... following regularily scheduled Jammers Game.  They're completing a suspended game at 5 PM, second game to follow.
7/3 Wednesday-Silver Creek-George Borrello Park dusk (rain date 7/5)
7/4-Thursday-Hartley Park, Lakewood, 10 PM.
7/4 Thursday-Midway State Park 10 PM.
7/4 Thursday-near Floating Stage at Bemus Point.  Follows Bruce Springsteen Tribute Concert at dusk.
7/4 Thursday-Dunkirk-Memorial Park at dusk.
7/4 Thursday-Mayville-Lakeside Park 10 PM (rain date, 7/5).
7/4 Thursday-Betts Park, Warren, 10 PM. (**more on our Community Events page)...


 

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A member of the Fredonia Village Board is facing a sex related charge following an incident at a local bar.  Fredonia Police say that 43-year-old Joe Cerrie was bartending at Heenan's Pub on East Main Street around 1:30am on Friday, June 28th.  While talking with a 28-year-old female patron, police say Cerrie allegedly touched her breasts which were covered by a dress.  Cerrie was arraigned in Village Court and released on his own recognizance.  Cerrie has been on the Village Board for ten years.  Cerrie, Police Chief Brad Meyers, and Mayor Steve Keefe would not comment on the incident when reached for comment.

 

Two people were flown to Hamot Medical Center in Erie following an accident in the town of Poland Tuesday afternoon.  Chautauqua County Sheriff's Deputies report that just after 3pm on Route 394 an Eastbound Sedan turned onto Drybrook Road in front of a West bound Pickup truck.  The pickup struck the sedan in the front passenger side  causing severe damage to both vehicles.   The sedan's driver 16 year old Boon Exford of Cattaraugus admitted to miss judging the speed of the oncoming pick up truck causing the collision.  Exford was not injured, but his passenger Linda Exford of Cattaraugus and the driver of the pick up truck Clinton Wait of Randolph were flown to Hamot Medical Center in Erie for unknown non-life threatening injuries.  Deputies were assisted at the scene by Falconer and Kennedy Fire Departments, All Star ambulance, Starflight, and Stat Medivac helicopters.  No charges will be filed.

 

Jamestown Board of Public Utilities' crews restored power to parts of Jamestown's eastside... and, the industrial corridor... late yesterday afternoon.  That after a possible power surge tripped off a transformer in Falconer.  The problem apparently triggered flames that damaged one side of the Rand Machine Company.  There were reports of a couple of sounds -- like explosions -- that occured in the area about 9:15 last night... but, BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says crews are still trying to determine what happened.  Robbins says the first set of outages occured with an underground cable shortly before 4 PM Monday. When the underground cable faulted... Robbins says the Cassadaga and Buffalo Street Water pumps failed... but, came back on line after power was initially restored.  Robbins says two transformers were replaced... while others in the area of the outage were also checked.  Robbins adds a water main break and valve replacement occurred later in the day Monday in the area of Bush School, near English, Sanford and Pardee Streets. 

 

The president and vice-president for the Jamestown School Board over the past year will again lead the panel in a new year that includes a new face... and, new challenges.  The board last night approved Joe DiMaio again as board president... even though he was out-of-town, and couldn't attend the meeting.  In addition... Laurel Lucas will serve again as the board's vice-president.  Lucas ran the meeting once she was re-elected... and, says she appreciates the other board member's support.  As for the new face... she says she's looking forward to working with new Superintendent Tim Mains... who comes from Rochester. Those "new things" include new core curriculum requirements.  But... Lucas says the board works "well as a team."  Mains will take over as school Superintendent at the beginning of August with the retirement of current Superintendent Deke Kathman.  Mains was an internal controls administrator in Rochester. 

 

The Jamestown School Board also held the first "reading" of the district's new policy book.  Kathman says the BOCES Policy Management Service is helping with the update.  He asked board members to look it over during the next two weeks because he would like to have the manual completely updated before Tim Mains takes over.

 

A two-car accident at a Jamestown intersection last weekend has left one woman hurt... while another was charged with running a red-light.  State Police in Jamestown say 25 year-old Stephanie Grice of Jamestown was driving her car on North Main Street about 2 PM Sunday when she allegedly ran the light at the intersection with Fourth Street.  Troopers say Grice's vehicle struck the second car... which was driven by an unidentified 22 year-old city woman.  The second driver complained of neck pain, and was taken to WCA Hospital for treatment.  Grice was ticketed for failing to stop at a red light... and, issued an appearance ticket.

 

The state Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing at the SUNY College at Fredonia's Williams Center in two weeks on the proposed NRG Repowering Project.  Regional State Senator Cathy Young is urging the public to not only attend the hearing... but, to make public comment. Young says presentations by National Grid and NRG with a question-and-answer period will be held from 6 to 7 PM on Monday, July 15th.  The hearing itself will begin at 7 PM.  Young says this will be the last chance for the local community to make a case for the project... because the public comment period ends July 26th.  She says the PSC will make a decision in either August or September.  Young... who chairs the Western New York Repowering Coalition... sent a letter to the PSC seeking the hearing.  She followed that up with a phone call to the Commission... which announced the hearing last Friday.

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo has established a powerful investigative body to examine the state Board of Elections and potential wrongdoing by legislators in campaign fundraising.  Cuomo outlined the panel this morning at the state capitol.  He announced his attentions two weeks ago after abandoning efforts this year at legislative reforms. That followed federal bribery and embezzlement charges filed against several state lawmakers.  The committee, established under New York's anti-corruption Moreland Act, will have subpoena power and go after the influence of campaign contributions.  Similar panels ordered by governors over decades have resulted in lengthy corruption probes and arrests.  The commission is chaired by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Syracuse District Attorney William Fitzpatrick and attorney Milton Williams.


 

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News Update for Tues., July 2, 2013

(Update)Power restored to areas affected by Monday power outages on Jamestown's eastside, and Falconer...

Power has now been restored to Jamestown's eastside... and, parts of Falconer after a possible power surge that triggered an outage at a Board of Public Utilities' transformer in Falconer.  BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says crews replaced two transformers... and, completed testing of others in the area about 4 this afternoon.  The problem apparently triggered flames that damaged one side of the Rand Machine Company.  The call came in about 9:15 Monday night.  Robbins says BPU officials are still trying to determine what happened.

 

 

City school board approves DiMaio and Lucas to again head up panel...

The president and vice-president for the Jamestown School Board over the past year will again lead the panel in a new year that includes a new face... and, new challenges.  The board Tuesday night approved Joe DiMaio again as board president... even though he was out-of-town, and couldn't attend the meeting.  In addition... Laurel Lucas will serve again as the board's vice-president.  Lucas ran the meeting once she was re-elected... and, says she appreciates the other board member's support.  As for the new face... she says she's looking forward to working with new Superintendent Tim Mains... who comes from Rochester....

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News Update for Tues., June 2, 2013

BPU crews still working to restore power to parts of Jamestown's eastside, and Falconer...

Jamestown Board of Public Utilities' crews were still trying to restore power to parts of Jamestown's eastside... and, the industrial corridor... after a possible power surge that tripped off a transformer in Falconer.  The problem apparently triggered flames that damaged one side of the Rand Machine Company.  There were reports of a couple of sounds -- like explosions -- that occured in the area about 9:15 Monday night... but, BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says crews are still trying to determine what happened.  Robbins adds that the problem also turned off the Cassadaga and Buffalo Street pump stations... so water has been discolored water through-out the city and Falconer areas.  The first problem occured about 3:45 p.m. Monday... when an underground cable fault triggered an outage on the city's eastside... and, the industrial corridor.  Robbins adds a water main break and valve replacement occurred later in the day in the area of Bush School, near English, Sanford and Pardee Streets. 


Miller says Regal Services is requesting new traffic light at intersection of Fairmount and Jackson Avenues in West Ellicott...

A parts supplier for Cummins Engine Company's heavy-duty engine plant in Ashville is requesting a traffic light on Fairmount Avenue at Jackson Avenue in West Ellicott.  The request by Regal Services went before the Ellicott Town Board Monday night.  Town Supervisor Cecil Miller says Regal moved into the former Quality Markets warehouse on Jackson Avenue a short time ago... and, he says their trucks have had some diffculty getting onto... or off the busy five-lane highway.  Miller says they have a lot of truck traffic going to and coming from Cummins, and Interstate 86... and, they've been having trouble at times with no traffic light.  However... since Fairmount Avenue is also State Route 394... the request must go to the New York State Department of Transporation.  Miller says county Department of Public Facilities Director George Spanos has agreed to take their request to the state for consideration.  There is a light east of Jackson at Dunham Avenue... and another to the east at the Fairmount Avenue entrance to the Wegman's Plaza.


Teresi next walking tour set for tonight...

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi will hold the next in his series of Neighborhood Walking Tours tonight on Dearing Avenue beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Teresi says this tour will cover Dearing from Frink Avenue to Falconer Street.  The door-to-door visits give residents the unique opportunity to talk with the mayor in a one-on-one environment.  If you want to find out more about the Neighborhood Walking Tours... contact Executive Assistant Matt Hanley at 483-7600.


 

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Problems with three Board of Public Utilities' pump stations led to discolored water in two parts of Jamestown, and Falconer late yesterday afternoon.  The first occured about 3:45 PM... when an underground cable fault triggered a power outage on the city's eastside... and, the industrial corridor.  Board of Public Utilities' Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says the outage cut power to TitanX... and, the former Bush Industries, Crawford and Sterling facilities on Allen Street.  Power was re-directed last night once the exact site of the fault was found.    However... while crews were still working... a transformer not far away at Dow and Allen Streets failed about 9:15 PM... triggering further outages in that area.  That also turned off the water Cassadaga and Buffalo Street pump stations. As as result of the earlier outage... Robbins says the Buffalo Street water pump station apparently tripped off and on... causing discolored water in the Village of Falconer and on the city's northside through early this morning.  Robbins adds water main break and valve replacement occurred later in the day in the area of Bush School, near English, Sanford and Pardee Streets.  Discolored water was also experienced by water customers in the Allen Park, English Hill areas through early this morning.

 

Jamestown police are investigating a shooting and stabbing that occured early Sunday morning on East Second Street.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the two victims were brought to the emergency room of WCA Hospital for treatment of what appear to be non-life threatening injuries.  Samuelson says the assaults took place about 5:15 AM at 517 East Second Street. Samuelson emphasizes that the assaults were NOT random acts.  He adds they're still investigating the motive... and, looking for possible suspects.  He says the victims were both men... who were in their 20s... and, were apparently at some kind of "after hours" party were several other people were. Samuelson says the two victims are not cooperating with police... so the public's help is greatly encouraged.  You can reach City Police at 483-7531... or the JPD Confidential Tip Line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

 

A city resident is jailed for allegedly attacking another woman with a knife during a fight on Jamestown's northside late Sunday night.  City police were called to the scene at 817 North Main Street shortly after 10 PM... and, further investigation showed that 25 year-old Alexcia Melbourne allegedly pulled a knife during the fight with another woman.   Officers say the victim suffered cuts to her head... and, pinky finger in the struggle.  Melbourne was arrested without incident... and, charged with second-degree assault.  She was being held pending arraignment in city court.

 

There are parts of the recently approved Senate Immigrant Reform Bill that he likes... but, local Congressman Tom Reed says he will NOT approve it because it includes "Amnesty" for illegal immigrants.  Reed adds that -- with that -- it won't pass in the GOP-led House.  Reed says "Amnesty..." even with a 13-year path to citizenship... is NOT fair to those immigrants who became citizens legally.  He says House members are working on their own bill... which will allow those here illegally to gain "legal status."  The Corning Republican says two bills are in the works.
Reed says both items were approved by the House Judiciary Committee.  He says he likes adding to the border "wall" with Mexico... and, adding more border agents.  However... he believes a new "ATM-like" card that takes advantage of current technology could put illegals on the proper path to being legal.  Reed says it would help control the border better.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone news conference.

 

New York's young drivers face a 60-day suspension when caught texting or using a hand-held cell phone on the road under a law now signed by Governor Cuomo.  Those traffic violations already carry fines.  The legislation approved by the Senate and Assembly applies to drivers with permits and probationary or junior licenses.  They'll now face a 60-day suspension for a first offense.  A second offense within six months will revoke a probationary license for six months... and, a junior license for 60 days.

 

The "next greatest generation" may very well be the one that's currently here on earth because technology is growing exponentially... and, everyone is using it.  Those are the feelings of Monday's featured lecturer at Chautauqua Institution.  Megan Smith is the Vice-President of Google X... and, says "networking" allows everyone to use the technology of the day.  Speaking with our Jim Roselle this (Monday) morning... Smith admits the younger generation may be leading this -- in part -- because they've had the technology around their whole lives. Smith says a good example of this is a movie that Chautauquan Dan Carslake is working called "Every 3 Seconds."  She says Carslake has a team of two younger people... one who's middle aged... and, two seniors who are doing "fabulous things."  Smith says Google is continuing to try and make things better.  She's working on a project now with "Google X" doing "Moonshot thinking."  That's where you try to make something "ten times better" than what it was to help solve problems.  Smith says she's been part of a team that has taken "driver-less" cars half-a-million miles.  Smith says robotic cars are not something from the future... they're here now.

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News Updates for Mon., July 1, 2013

Flash Flood Watch in effect for Chautauqua County until 6 p.m....

Due to all the rainfall of the past month... forecasters are concerned that any further downpours will trigger more flash flooding.  The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch  for Chautauqua County until 6 o'clock tonight.  Forecaster Dan Kelly in Buffalo says they are monitoring the situation very closely.  Kelly says the ground is already very saturated... and, when it rains... it "just runs off."  He says those who live near creeks and streams should be prepared to go to higher ground should heavy rains hit the area.  Storms that hit the Brocton-Portland area last Friday brought anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of rain... triggering flash flooding that forced some evacuations.  Showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for this afternoon.


Shooting, and stabbing victims in early morning incident on Jamestown's westside escape with non-life threatening injuries...

Jamestown police are investigating a shooting and stabbing that occured early yesterday (Sunday) morning on East Second Street.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the two victims were brought to the emergency room of WCA Hospital for treatment of what appear to be non-life threatening injuries.  Samuelson says the assaults took place about 5:15 a.m. at 517 East Second Street.  He says the person shot suffered a shoulder wound... and, the person stabbed had wounds to his arm, and head... but, he adds none of the injuries were life-threatening.  He believes both have been released from the hospital.  Samuelson emphasizes that the assaults were not random acts.  He adds they're still investigating the motive... and, looking for possible suspects.  He says the victims were both men... who were in their 20s... and, were apparently at some kind of house party... or "after hours" party where several other people were attending.  Samuelson says they're asking for the help of anyone who may have been at that part... because the two victims are not cooperating with police.  You can reach Jamestown Police at 483-7531... or the JPD Confidential Tip Line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.


Reed -- and most Republican House members -- oppose Senate Immigration Bill they call amnesty;  but, 23rd Dist. representative says backs programs that allow them to stay legally in the U.S....

The recently approved Senate Immigrant Reform Bill will not pass in the Republican-controlled House... mainly because that bill provides Amnesty to the 11-million illegal immigrants now living here.  That from local Congressman Tom Reed... who says he is completely opposed to Amnesty -- even a 13-year path to citizenship.  Reed says it's not fair to those people who have gone through the process legally.  The Corning Republican says his first concern is securing the border... and, doing so by using better technology.  He says -- if used to it's fullest extent -- it will allow those people to live here so they can stay, and better enjoy the freedoms all Americans do.  Reed says he doesn't want the 11-million people now here illegally... but, observing our laws... and, working... living in the shadows.  He believes there is common ground that could be found between the House and Senate in granting them, and their children "legal status..." where the risk of deportation is removed from those who are already here.


Martin Short tickets durign Lucy-Town Half Marathon now on sale...

Tickets are now on sale for legendary comedian Martin Short's performance during the Lucy-Town Half Marathon and 5-K Weekend on the evening of October 12th.  Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center for Comedy Spokesman Steve Neilans... says tickets went on sale at 10 AM Monday.  Short is widely known for his work in comedy... especially through Second-City Television and Saturday Night Live... where he is both a former-cast member and a three-time host.  Tickets are available by calling the Reg Lenna Civic Center box office at 484-7070 and on-line at www.LucyRace.com.  The Reg Lenna box office will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays... and, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

 

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The director of the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education Coalition says it's great to be back in Chautauqua County as part of an exciting, new initiative.  Actually... Dr. Peter Beeson says STEM is not completely new to the United States... though it is in Chautauqua County.  Beeson was introduced to members of the coalition during a check presentation to the local "Dream It -- Do It" Western New York program at Cummins Engine's Jamestown plant.  Beeson says the idea is to show students... mainly in elementary and middle schools... how subjects such as math are used in the "real world...." Just recently... a group of 5th Graders at Bemus Point Elementary School got to tour Cummins... and, learn more about the heavy-duty engine manufacturer.  Beeson says they hope to spark the students interest in what they should look for in a career... and, he calls Cummins the ultimate "teachable moment" for the STEM program. The STEM Education Coalition was able to hire Beeson... mainly through a three-year, 235-thousand dollar grant from Cummins Engine... and, the Cummins Foundation.  Most recently... he was a Research Physical Scientist with the U-S Department of Agriculture in Maryland.  He earned his engineering doctorate at Penn State University.

 

A Mayville man suffered what appears to be minor injuries in a one-car, rollover crash early Saturday morning in the town of Chautauqua.  Sheriff's officers add that 25 year-old Joshua Sundlov was apparently driving drunk at the time.  Deputies say Sundlov was westbound shortly after 3 this morning when he lost control of the vehicle... and, it struck a ditch -- rolling the vehicle over.  Sundlov was taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital for treatment.  An investigation led to him being charged with driving while intoxicated... aggravated unlicened operation... and, numerous other vehicle and traffic charges.

 

Hamburg Police were called to the Toys R Us on McKinley Street just before 6 a.m. Saturday morning. WIVB TV in Buffalo is reporting that a male employee of the store was assaulted inside and taken to Mercy Hospital. The victim, Laurence Wells,35, of Blasdell was in grave condition at the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. He was the Assistant Store Manager at Toys R Us. The suspect is described as a male 5’9 to 5’11 who was last seen wearing a Florida Gators championship hat from 2007. His race or motive has not yet been determined as surveillance footage from inside the store is not clear enough for officials to see. According to his Obituary Laurence Wells was a graduate of Pine Valley Central School class of 1996. Police are looking for evidence inside a green car found in the parking lot of the store although it is unknown if the suspect fled by foot or by car.

 

Two city men have been arrested for allegedly getting into a fight with a third man in front of the victim's teenaged child.  Jamestown police were called to the scene on Cross Street -- near Crescent Street -- early last weekend.  Prior to arrival... officers say 46 year-old David Brown... and, 33 year-old James Brown... had gotten into a fight with the unidentified man.  Police say the victim was able to get inside his home... but, James Brown then kicked in the door.... and, David Brown allegedly threw a can of beer at the victim.  Polcie say all of this was seen by the victim's 13 year-old child.  Both Brown's were arrested.  James is charged with second-degree burglary and harassment... and, endangering the welfare of a child.  David Brown was charged with second-degree harassment... and, child endangerment.  Both were jailed... pending arraignment.


 
Officials from Catholic Charities of Buffalo say social media played a key role in helping them exceed their 2013 Appeal by more than 100-thousand dollars.  Appeal Chairman Steve Ulrich says they're excited to have reached... and, passed the 10.7-million dollar mark with a few days remaining in the charities' 2012-13 fiscal year.  A month ago... Ulrich says they weren't sure if they were going to make the goal.  But... he says new donors made the difference in raising more than 10.8-million dollars.  Ulrich says a lot of them were reached through social media.
Ulrich says the new donors included both Catholics and non-Catholics.  He says two large gifts near the end really put them over the top.  As for Chautauqua County... he was very pleased with how the campaign went here.  They exceeded the 400-thousand dollar mark that had been set here... finishing at nearly 403-thousand dollars.  Catholic Charities has two offices in the county... one in Dunkirk the other in Jamestown.  Ulrich says exceeding their goal means they'll be able to help more people in the eight-country territory of Western New York.

 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature relied on an emergency provision in the constitution that allows lawmakers to suspend a requirement for three days' public review of bills during this year's end-of-session rush.  Cuomo had said for weeks he wouldn't use the shortcuts.  But... he and the Legislature did just that, adopting late amendments to two of the biggest bills passed in the final days of the 2013 session.  The emergency that justified use of the messages was that nobody wanted to stick around Albany.  The mostly overlooked message of necessity orders were amended versions of a casino expansion bill and another to enact a tax-free incentive to attract employers.   Cuomo says the changes negotiated behind closed doors were only minor technical fixes.

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