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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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