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News Headlines for Tues., July 1, 2014


City police reportedly wound one man during gun battle early this morning following fight on Jamestown's eastside, allegedly linked to drugs...

Jamestown Police are searching for three men after exchanging gun-fire with at least one of the men as officers were breaking up a fight on the city's eastside early this morning.  Police Chief Harry Snellings says they were called to the scene at 188 Falconer Street about 3 a.m.  Jamestown Police are being assisted by their K-9 Unit... Ellicott Town Police... Lakewood-Busti Police... State Police, and, Air-One from the Erie County Sheriff's office in trying to find the trio.  Snellings says one suspect was reportedly struck.  He's described as a "heavy-set" black male with dread-locks... and, was wearing a red shirt.  Snellings says police had gone to break up the fight when they were fired upon.  The incident was allegedly drug related.  No officers were hurt.  However... the men ran off.  Anyone with information is asked to call city police at 483-7537... or their Tip-line at 483-TIPS.  That's 483-8477.


Western PA man killed when tree falls on his tractor-trailer in Warren County Monday afternoon...

An Oil City, PA man was killed yesterday afternoon when a tree fell onto the cab of his tractor-trailer on Route 27 in Warren County's Pittsfield Township.  State Police in Warren say 57 year-old Lanny Ross was westbound when the incident occured just before 3 p.m.  Troopers say Ross lost control of the big rig... which was hauling lumber.  Police say the vehicle came to rest in the eastbound lane... about 250 feet from the point of impact.  Warren County Coroner Jerry Borden pronounced Ross dead at the scene.


Sullivan first to announce he's running for Chautauqua County's second Family Court Judgeship...

A north county attorney who has 25 years of experience representing children,  parents, and others in Chautauqua County Family Court says he's running for a second Family Court Judge position.  Fredonia Republican Michael Sullivan announced late Monday that he's seeking the new post... which was just recently approved by the state legislature... and, signed into law by Governor Cuomo.  In making the announcement... Sullivan says "the reality we face as a society is that almost everyone will at some time during their life, find themselves entering the Family Court system."  He adds that... "in addition to the work representing people in Family Court, I have worked diligently to improve the experience of those appearing in the Family Court."  Sullivan has been the Chautauqua County Liaison to the Appellate Court’s Attorney for the Child Program for nearly 20 years.  He says "some of the most difficult, but also most rewarding work in Family Court is representing the children."  He has practiced law in New York since February 1985.


Reed supports Boehner's lawsuit against Obama on overreach of Executive Orders...

Local Congressman Tom Reed says he supports House Speaker John Boehner's plan to sue President Obama over abusing the use of executive orders in his administration.  Reed adds that he's also heard a "lot of frustration" from residents in his 23rd Congressional District about the president's use... and, abuse of those orders.  During his weekly conference call with Southern Tier Media... the Corning Republican rattled off a number of examples... most of which have stirred controversy.   Reed rattled off a number of examples... including changes to the Affordable Care Act... and, the adminstration's handling of immigration policy.  However... he says last week's decision by the U-S Supreme Court regarding recess appointments was big because it was a 9-to-0 decision.  Reed believes the GOP's contention that President Obama has overstepped his constitutional authority on a number of occasions was upheld by that decision.  Supporters of the president say Obama has issued far fewer executive orders than previous presidents.  However... Reed says it's the "substance" of those orders that are most troubling... and, show "disregard" of the legislation involved.  He says there still needs to be "checks and balances" between the executive... legislative... and, judicial branches of government.


State's top court says local bans of "fracking" are within their bounds...

New York's top court has ruled that local officials can approve zoning laws to ban hydraulic fracturing within their borders.  The state Court of Appeals this morning affirmed a lower court ruling that state oil and gas law doesn't trump the authority of local governments to control land use.  The two ``fracking'' cases have been closely watched by drillers hoping to tap into New York's piece of the Marcellus Shale formation and by environmentalists.  Drilling opponents say more than 170 towns have passed bans or moratoriums.  A statewide moratorium on fracking has been in effect for nearly six years.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has said he won't decide whether to lift the ban until a health impact review begun in 2012 is completed.  There's no timetable for the review.


 

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