A Cassadaga woman was killed... and, her passenger was seriously hurt when the car they were riding in went out of control and crashed on Cassadaga Road in the town of Charlotte. Sheriff's Deputies say they were called to the scene about 7 AM yesterday... and, determined that 31 year-old Kelly Daniels was eastbound when she lost control of her vehicle... and, it struck a tree. Officers say Daniels was pronounced dead at the scene. They add that Starflight Helicopter was called into to fly the passenger... 36 year-old Michael Priest of Cherry Creek... to the Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania for treatment of head injuries. His condition was not known. Deputies say the investigation is continuing.
A Jamestown man is in stable condition after his car apparently left the road on Foote Avenue Extension in Kiantone early last Saturday morning... and, struck a dirt embankment. Sheriff's officers say a patrol stopped the vehicle... operated by 31 year-old Larry Babcock... about 2:20 AM. Deputies say they noticed the car was riding on the rim of a blown-out front tire... and, what appeared to be fresh front end damage and mud. They say the vehicle was also leaking anti-freeze... and, the airbags had deployed. Officers say they found Babcock was hurt... and, they called in Starflight Helicopter to take him to the Hamot Medical Center in Erie for treatment. His injuries are non-life threatening. Deputies interviewed Babcock, and checked out the crash scene... and, charged him with driving while intoxicated. He also faces several traffic infractions.. including operating on an unsafe tire. He was issued appearance tickets for Kiantone Town Court.
The Scandinavian Folk Festival finished up under sunny skies Sunday at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds. And they had one of their best Fridays ever. But, Saturday was a different story, with rain all day. Festival organizer Don Sandy said there was a 'regular, steady' group despite the dismal conditions Saturday. He attributed it to the 'nordic-ness' of the people and recalled the Swedish saying, "There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing." In addition to the popular Abba Girlz stage show, Sandy said books about Scandinavia were very popular at the festival this year, as many people are 'making connections' with their grandparents and their heritage.
Subscribing to a new database software company is one of a number of steps Jamestown lawmakers are looking at to improve the city's old housing stock. That from City Council President Greg Rabb... who says voting to bring on MyGov-dot-US is one way to track what's being done... or needs to be done with buildings that are in code violation. Rabb says that... and, bringing on a second 'property maintenance crew..." are moves that are in-line with the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan that was adopted by lawmakers a few years ago. Rabb feels that bringing in the second maintenance team... along with increasing the fine when the maintenance team -- which primarily cuts grass -- has to be brought in... will get property owners to better maintain their properties. Rabb says the fine was so low that it was cheaper for property owners to let the city do it... and, pay the fine or the lien on the property. Rabb made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program.
Final preparations have been made for the 131st annual Chautauqua County Fair, which gets underway this morning in Dunkirk. Fair Director Dave Wilson says there's been a lot of activity in recent days to get everything ready. Wilson says Bates Amusements has been putting it's rides up the past few days... and, the animals were being moved into the barns through late yesterday. He adds there is plenty to see... and, do in the grandstand this year... including plenty of motorsports events. Wilson says an auto thrill show will be held on Wednesday night... and, the new Empire State Truck and Tractor Pull will be held Thursday. This morning's kick-off will feature the firing of a civil war era cannon. The rides on the Midway will open at 1 PM today once the manditory state inspection takes place. For more information... go on-line to Chautauquacountyfair-dot-ORG.
Final preparations are being made by the Chautauqua County 4-H program for this week's County Fair in Dunkirk. The 4-H Meat Animal Sale is one of the high-points of the week... and, this year it will be even moreso. That's because it's the 50th anniversary of the event. The 4-H's Emily Kidd-Reynolds says they've been doing a lot of preparation work over the past week to get ready. In addition... Reynolds says the number of non-animal exhibits will be up considerably from last year's fair. She says they have about 800 to 900 MORE entries than they had last year. Kidd says those items include recycling-type entries... along with ceramics and woodworking. The annual Chautauqua County Fair runs from July 21st through the 27th.
A new ethics ruling says four New York advocacy groups won't have to publicly disclose their financial backers because revealing the information could put those supporters at risk. Family Planning Advocates and the New York Women's Equality Coalition had sought an exemption from regulations requiring lobbying groups to disclose their financial supporters. The Joint Commission on Public Ethics said no... and, also rejected similar requests from New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, and the New York Civil Liberties Union.