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Jamestown police are looking for a man who allegedly fired off three gunshots during an argument outside "The Q" Sports Bar on West Second Street early yesterday morning.  City officers were called to the scene... near Cherry Street... about 12:30 AM on a report of "several gunshots" being fired.  Witnesses says the argument began inside the bar... then continued outside.  Police say one subject... described as a black male in his early to mid-20s... fired three rounds towards several people.  However... officers say no one was hit, and no injuries were reported.  Police add the suspect is about 6-foot tall in height... and, weighs about 180 pounds.  City police are working to identify the shooter... and, a possible motive.  Anyone with information is asked to call Jamestown Police... or the JPD Confidential Tips-Line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.  Police say all calls will be kept confidential.

 

A city man is being treated non-life threatening injuries at an Erie, Pennsylvania Hospital after he was struck by a car on Route 62 in the town of Carroll early last Friday night.  Sheriff's Deputies say the victim... 52 year-old Darrell Greene of Hopkins Avenue, Jamestown... was standing in the eastbound lane directing traffic for a U-Haul trailer that was being pulled from a ditch.  Officers say the driver of the vehicle... 62 year-old Susan Burns of Rock Hill, South Carolina... was eastbound about 5:15 PM when the accident occured.  Deputies say Greene was not clearly visible until the moment he was struck.  Officers say he was flown by Starflight Helicopter to the Hamot Medical Center in Erie.  The investigation into the accident is continuing.

 

Chautauqua County Executive-Elect Vince Horrigan says his transition team is about "half-way" through the process of making final recommendations to address the county's strengths... weaknesses... and, opportunities.  Horrigan addressed the panel's progress late last week after naming a Dunkirk-area labor leader to the team.  The Bemus Point Republican says he's getting feedback from interviews the team has done across Chautauqua County on economic, workforce development, and public-private partnerships. Horrigan named the panel soon after he was elected last November 5th to being looking at five key areas:  Making government more efficient, developing the local workforce, economic development priorities, local business growth and job retention... and, marketing the county to new, potential employers.  Late last week... Dunkirk labor leader Doug Stock was named to the panel.  Horrigan says Stock is well-versed in workforce development... and, currently serves on the county's Workforce Investment Board.  He adds Stock is also one of the founders of the local Labor Coalition.  Horrigan says he will be a "great addition" to the team.

 

New York's inspector general says a nonprofit established by state prison guards for neighborhood outreach misspent 348-thousand dollars on personal mileage and poorly documented expenses.  Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott says then Corrections Commissioner Brian Fischer exceeded his authority in letting correction officers take 400 days of state time for nonprofit activities.  Scott says the Correction Officers and Police Supporting Children through Awareness and Reality-based Education, or COPS CARE, has ceased operating and reimbursed the state all its remaining assets of $54,689.  A 2008 audit of its 600-thousand dollars in grants followed complaints by some guards that the nonprofit's officers filed false time sheets and failed to conduct programs.  While Scott's probe ``did not substantiate fraud,'' finding 40 school programs were presented, she cites deficient documentation for expenses and reimbursable ``administrative duties.''

 

New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan says the Roman Catholic Church has been ``outmarketed'' on the issue of gay marriage and has been ``caricatured as being anti-gay.''  Dolan's conversation with ``Meet the Press'' moderator David Gregory aired yesterday on NBC.  Asked why the church is losing the argument on gay marriage... Dolan says it's a tough battle when forces like Hollywood, politicians and ``some opinion-molders'' are on the other side.  But... he said the gay marriage debate is not over... and the church will not give up on it.  On another divisive issue... Dolan said the Catholic Church has long championed comprehensive health care.  But... he indicated that U.S. Catholic bishops cannot support the Affordable Care Act as long as it includes coverage for abortion.

 

State officials operating New York's campsites say they are offering a $25 gift card on this "Cyber Monday" to those who book on-line a two-night stay on Monday.  The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Department of Environmental Conservation say qualifying reservations have to be made sometime in those 24 hours.  Bookings can be made through Labor Day weekend, depending on availability, at many of the state's more than 15-thousand campsites.  The website is Newyorkstateparks-dot-reserveamerica-dot-COM.

 

A Major League Baseball executive and touring professional women's golfer are among the eight newest members of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame.  Hall of Fame President Randy Anderson says the baseball executive is Jamestown native Dan Lunetta.  Lunetta began his baseball career in 1979 as groundskeeper for the former Jamestown Expos.  He became General Manager in 1980.  Lunetta is now the Detroit Tigers director of Minor League Operations in 2004.  The women's golfer is Dunkirk native Cindy Miller... who won her first pro tournament in 1979.  Other inductees include: retired Southwestern Central School Cross-Country and Track and Field Coach Tom Priester... who has been a USA Track and Field Official since 1985; the late Jack Wigley... who stood out in several sports at the former Lakewood High School... and, coached several sports;  Westfield's Vincent Calarco... who lettered in four-sports... and, was a 50-year basketball official;  The Late Geza Farkus... who was born in Hungary... and, was part of their Olympic Team before moving to the Jamestown area in 1960.  He was National Coach of the Year with the Lakewood YMCA gymnastics team in 1996;  Former three-sport stand-out Al Muck from the north county... and, the late Tom Prechtl... who lettered in four sports at Fredonia High School... and, coached at several local schools.  The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet will be held next February 17th at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club.  For more information... call Chairman Chip Johnson at 485-6991.


 

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