City man arrested for being in possession of "large amount" of Methamphetamine...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly acting suspiciously, then being found with a significant amount of methamphetamine in his possession.  City Police Lt. Greg Wozneak says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force  were in the area of East Second and Cheney Streets just after 10 p.m. Friday, and, saw 23 year-old John Danh walking between two U-Haul Trucks.  Wozneak says police approached and spoke with Danh... and, soon after found him in possession of about 15 grams of meth.  Dahn was arrested for thrid-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, was jailed pending arraignment.


Erie, PA man arrested during traffic stop for dealing Meth...
A man from Erie, Pennsylvania is jailed for allegedly trafficking significant amounts of methamphetamine in the Greater Jamestown-area.  Members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force say they and State Police were involved in the stop... which took place at Exit 12 on Interstate 86 just after 10 a.m. Friday.  City police say they were assisted by the State Police K-9 unit in pulling over the vehicle, operated by 39 year-old David Flannigan.  Officers say they found that Flannigan's license had been suspended... and, they found him in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine.  Police obtained a search warrant... and, found more than 5 additional ounces of meth inside the vehicle.  Flannigan was arrested on one count each of second-and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia.  He was sent to the city jail pending arraignment.


County Health and Human Services Dept. warns about distemper...
The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services has received numerous reports of concern about animals acting like they might be rabid.  Director of Environmental Health Mark Stow says he believes many of the animals may have distemper.  He says he went out in one case, and says it was not a rabies case, but, a distemper one.  Stow says distemper can’t be contracted by humans, but it can be deadly for cats and dogs.  He says it's important to have your pets vaccinated against rabies and distemper and leave wild animals alone.


Reed talks about renewing, and new Manufacturing legislation he's pushing...
Local Congressman Tom Reed is pushing for renewal of a number of manufacturing related measure that have helped the 23rd Congressional District, and United States overall.  The Corning Republican says there are three manufacturing bills that he is re-introducing with others that need to be approved soon.  Reed says the first is the Made in America Manufacturing Act of 2016... and with that... the American Manufacturing Leadership Act which he says will renew the "Manufacturing USA Centers of Excellence" across the country that helps get the new photonics plant going in Rochester.  Reed says that legislation... co-sponsored by Democrat Joe Kennedy... has led to $1.4-billion in new manufacturing investment, and 180 new jobs.  He says the final piece is creation of the new, Chief Manufacturing Officer's position in the federal government.  He says, currently, it's handled in piece-meal fashion.  In addition... Reed says it's also time for Congress to finally act on the United States, Mexico, and Canadian Trade Act... which still has not received a final vote.  He made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.


CLA receives $100,000 grant from DEC program to deal with invasive weed species...
The Chautauqua Lake Association will be receiving $100,000 in critical funding to deal with the invasive weed problem on the lake this year.  Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday afternoon announced the money will be part of $2.8-million dollars in grant awards to combat invasive weed issues across the state.  Cuomo says the CLA award is one of 42 being made to municipalities, lake groups and others.  He says the grants are part of the State Department of Environmental Conservation's Invasive Species Grant Program and are funded by the State's Environmental Protection Fund.  Cuomo says -- "the state is leading the way in invasive species management to ensure our environment remains sustainable, healthy and strong."  While the state is providing the $100,000 in grant funding... the CLA lost $150,000 in state funding in the most recent budget.


Cuomo defends signing measure removing non-medical vaccination exemptions...
Governor Andrew Cuomo is defending his decision to sign legislation removing non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements for children.  Cuomo, who signed the bill shortly after the Assembly passed the measure in a tight vote on Thursday, spoke about its necessity on WAMC Northeast Public Radio Friday morning.  He says he understands the religious objections that have been voiced, along with the "anti-vaccers."  However, he believes public safety "outweighs both."  Cuomo says the move will help protect the public amid the worst measles outbreak in more than 25 years... although he did indicate it may face a legal challenge.


June Diethrick retires from Community Foundation...
After 17 years on the job... Chief Operating Officer June Diethrick with the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, retired at the end of the day Friday.  She says she's looking forward to dedicating time to her 'community passions' and having some 'fun times' with her husband Russ.  June estimates the size of the foundation has about doubled during her tenure, but remains a great place to work.  Executive Director Tory Irgang greeted Diethrick's retirement with some apprehension, saying "June knows things about this foundation that we don't even know we need to know." Irgang adds anyone wishing to honor June should attend the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation's annual meeting at the Third on Third Gallery next Wednesday at 4 p.m.

 

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