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News Headlines for Mon., Aug. 26, 2013


Chautauqua closes for 2013 Season with traditional three-taps of the gavel...

The 140th season of Chautauqua Institution officially came to a close Sunday night.  Chautauqua President Tom Becker closed the season with the traditional three taps of the gavel.  In his annual remarks to close the season, Becker talked about why Chautauqua exists... saying it's about the "human condition."  He said all that Chautauqua does could be described in a simple way... to help people be kinder, and to build a society filled with that feeling.  Chautauqua 2014 will open on June 21 of next year, and run through Aug. 24, 2014.


City man and woman arrested for allegedly assaulting each other using stun guns...

A Jamstown couple has been arrested for allegedly using stun guns... on each other... during a domestic incident late last week.  City police were called to 93 Barker Street on a report of a physical domestic dispute late Thursday night.  Officers say on arrival... they found both 35 year-old Tara Avery and 34 year-old Jeffrey Kulig... were in possession of stun guns.  Police say futher investigation showed both Avery and Kulig had used the guns on each other.  Officers say both were arrested for criminal possession of a weapon... and, second-degree harassment.  Avery also faces one count of criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation.  Kulig was also charged with second-degee menacing.  Both were arraigned in city court... and, freed on bail.


JPD investigation suspicious situation involving as many as three men posing as representatives of telephone, TV, or Internet services...

City police are urging resident to be on the look-out for at least two suspicious subjects posing as representatives or workers for telephone, television, or internet services.  Jamestown Police Lieutenant Paul Abbott says there is at least one -- maybe two -- black males... and, one white male involved in the alleged scam.  Abbott says they are saying they say they are representing Windstream or DirectTV... and, are riding in vans being described as being either dark green, or black... or a dark-colored truck.  Police say the men may be claiming to represent other companies as well.  Abbott says none of them have been successful in gaining entry to the residence.  Police, though, are urging residents to be observant because its likely they will try to gain entry to commit crimes at a later time.  If you encounter such a situation... call law enforcement as soon as possible.


Two Jamestown residents arrested for alleged drug possession...

A Jamestown man and woman are jailed without bail for allegedly being in possession of a number of illegal drugs... some of them narcotics... during a traffic stop.  Jamestown police say they spotted 28 year-old Stephen Traver driving a car on Steele Street late last week... and, knew he had a suspended license.  Officers stopped the vehicle... and, determined it was Traver.  They also spotted a large pill bottle in the vehicle that contained the drug Hashish.  Officers asked Traver's passenger... 20 year-old Tiffany Borkowski... to get out of the car, and, a large baggie of pot fell from inside her dress.  Both she and Traver were taken to police headquarters... and, during booking... Borkowski was found to be in possession of several kinds of prescription pain killers... while Traver had a large quantity of cash.  Both were booked on Felony drug possession charges... while Traver was also charged with unlicensed operation.  Both were arraigned... and, sent to the county lock-up.


State Thruway traffic checks underway through Labor Day...

New York State Police say they're planning an enforcement initiative along the Thruway starting today and continuing through the week until Labor Day.  Troopers along the toll road that extends across the state are scheduled to be in full force and conduct what's called ``Operation Summer Brake,'' watching for speeders, intoxicated and aggressive drivers and those using cell phones while driving.  Captain Michael Eaton says police will also be conducting checks that motorists are wearing seat belts as required.  As the last holiday of the summer season... he says that usually means more Thruway traffic.


Small earthquake hits Adirondack region Sunday morning...

A small earthquake has shaken homes in the Adirondacks region near Lake George.  Monitors for the U-S Geological Survey say the magnitude 2.7-quake happened at a depth of just more than 6 miles near the Warren County town of Warrensburg at about 9:30 yesterday morning.  Local emergency centers got calls reporting shaking and a rumbling sound, but no damage.  The USGS says New York's Adirondacks region is among the most seismically active in the northeast because it contains a number of faults in the bedrock.


Former GOP Gubernatorial candidate Paladino buys former Catholic School in Buffalo...

Buffalo real estate developer Carl Paladino has purchased a closed Roman Catholic high school for $2.9-million.  The Buffalo News reports that Paladino submitted the winning bid Saturday for the former Holy Angels Academy.  The school closed in the spring because of declining enrollment.  The newspaper says Paladino hasn't revealed what he plans to do with the property. It is considered a prime location for development.


 

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