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News Update for Wed., July 23, 2014


County Legislature has two, main items on agenda for Wednesday night meeting...

Two major items are on the agenda for tonight's Chautauqua County Legislature meeting in Mayville.  One is a budget change.  Cassadaga-area Legislator John Runkle says that item's a resolution to increase the county's fund balance by $2.6-million.  Runkle says they'll be looking to get more IGT monies -- a 2-for-1 deal -- to yield $5.2-million.  The resolution comes as the sale of the County Home in Dunkirk is expected to be completed by the end of this year.  The other big item is a $300,000 grant for projects on Goose Creek in order to reduce the amount of sediment that flows into Chautauqua Lake.  Legislator Keith Ahlstrom says the grant for the project would help address the root problems of the lake.  Ahlstrom says... in the past... they've basically been dealing with the symptoms... but, this will hopefully be a long-term fix.  The Dunkirk Democrat says the project will "straighten out" the meandering creek... and, reduce "thousands of tons of sediment" that flows into Chautauqua Lake.


First Blue-Green Algae blooms spotted in county on Chautauqua Lake...

Our warmer temperatures have led to the first Blue-Green algae blooms to be spotted on the lakes in Chautauqua County.  The county's Health and Human Services Department is urging all users of the lake to be cautious... especially when algae is present.  The department's Deputy Director of Enviromental Health... Mark Stow... says Blue-Green Algae is a type of cyanobacteria that can form thick "mats" on the water surface... resembling paint.  Stow says there have been two blooms spotted in Chautauqua Lake so far this Summer.  One is at The Casino dock area, but, the nearby beach has not been affected.  The other is near Long Point State Park.  However... Stow again says the beach area has not been affected.  He says Blue-green Algae blooms can be a problem because they can release a toxin... and, at high levels... it's harmful to human and animal health if ingested.  Stow says the biggest concern is for pets that walk along the shoreline... because the algae clings to their fur... and, they may ingest some of the algae -- which could kill them.  Stow says humans also need to avoid injesting the toxin... but, adds the bigger problem is skin irritation from being around it.  The blooms have been also been a problem on Lake Erie.

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Chautauqua County will have a new airline... and, return to a popular, past destination point beginning next October 1st.  That from County Executive Vince Horrigan... who says the U-S Department of Transporation has selected Sun Air to provide Essential Air Service out of the County Airport near Jamestown.  Horrigan calls it "great news..." and, adds that the county had been working hard with U-S Senator Charles Schumer to find a new carrier after Silver Airways announced early this year that they would stop providing regional service by mid-year.
Horrigan says having air service is important to most of Chautauqua County's businesses... and, local tourism.  He says they're excited about what a Sun Air official recently told them about using Pittsburgh as a 'hub' again... and, low cost fares.  Horrigan also thanked Senator Schumer for helping the county keep it's EAS Status... and, find a new carrier.  He says Schumer was "instrumental" in this positive outcome for the county.  In the beginning... Horrigan says Sun Air will offer four flights each weekday... and, two each on Saturdays and Sundays. 

 

A Jamestown police official says he's "very pleased" they have been able to get two more indictments in connection with the home invasion-robbery... and, police-involved shooting earlier this month.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says the Chautauqua County Grand Jury has handed down 22-count indictments against both 26 year-old Levelle Jones... and, 26 year-old Jacon Hicks -- each of Buffalo.  Samuelson says indictments are pending against three more persons in connection with the July 1st incident.  He says they've been able to piece together much of what happened that early morning at 188 Falconer Street. Samuelson says the person in Buffalo is still at-large... but, they're hopeful he'll be found soon.  They're continued to ask for any help the public may have... but, he adds they really haven't needed a lot of assistance since the violent incident occured.  Samuelson says they were able to talk to several witnesses at the scene... and, that's been a big help.  However... if you have any information that may help police... call 483-7537... or the JPD Tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

 

A Celoron teenager has been arrested for allegedly stealing two trucks... and, later crashing them... early Tuesday morning in the town of Ellicott.  Town police were called to the scene of the first accident on Town Line Road -- near Moon Road -- about 3:15 AM.  Officers say they found the Chevrolet dump truck in a ditch... and, that the driver had left the scene.  However... as they were investigating... they received another call from a Town Line Road resident who said a prowler was going through a vehicle.  Officers then found a pick-up truck in the ditch a half-mile down the road.  The Sheriff's Department K-9 Drago was brought in... and, police found 18 year-old Gregory Messere, Junior a short distance away.  He was arrested... and, taken to WCA Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  He's charged with Grand Larceny... unauthorized use of a motor vehicle... and, driving while intoxicated.

 

The Republican candidate for governor of New York says he intends to begin reversing New York's course in his first 100-days in office... if he's elected.  Rob Astorino says he's had a track record of adding 30-thousand jobs in Westchester County during his more than 5-years in office.  Astorino says cutting taxes and spending was a big part of that... adding that New York has lost 400-thousand people during Governor Cuomo's 3-and-a-half years in office.  When you add it up... he says Cuomo's track record has not been good. Cuomo has proposed some economic programs... but, Astorino says his latest one - "StartUp-New York" is "a joke."  In fact... the GOP challenger says he's not the only one sharing that view.  He says the Chief Financial Officer in Florida says they should sue New York state for "false advertising."  Astorino says it's too narrow in scope... and, has so many conditions it won't have that much impact.  Astorino also says he supports "reasonable, and responsible" hydro-fracking.

 

GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino says he believes New Jersey Chris Christie won't support him because of the 'Bridgegate' scandal.  Astorino said Tuesday that he thinks his opponent, Democrat incumbant Andrew Cuomo, ``has something'' on Christie.  However... he did not say what it was.  Christie is the head of the Republican Governors Association -- which normally backs GOP candidates.  He said he would not support Astorino because the race was ``a lost cause.''

 

The newest, citizen member of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities attended his first meeting Monday.  Former Chautauqua County Legislator Chuck Cornell was unanimously confirmed to the panel last month by the City Council.  Cornell is the director of the Center for Regional Advancement at the SUNY College at Fredonia... and, he fills the unexpired term left vacant by Fred Larson's resignation to become Jamestown's second City Court Judge.  Cornell served two terms in the Chautauqua County Legislature representing the northside of the city.

 

Minnesota Wild left wing Thomas Vanek says he's cooperating with federal authorities conducting an investigation in Rochester.  Local media report that Vanek was at the federal courthouse in Rochester to speak with officials.  In statement released by his agent... Vanek says they have asked for his cooperation in an investigation.  He says he's cooperating and isn't a target of the probe or prosecution.

News Update for Tues., July 22, 2014


County has new air carrier to replace Silver on Oct. 1...

Chautauqua County will have a new airline... and, return to a popular, past destination point beginning next Oct. 1.  That from County Executive Vince Horrigan... who says the U.S. Department of Transporation has selected Sun Air to provide Essential Air Service out of the County Airport near Jamestown.  Horrigan calls it "great news..." and, adds that the county had been working hard with U-S Senator Charles Schumer to find a new carrier after Silver Airways announced early this year that they would stop providing regional service by mid-year.  However... Horrigan says Silver will continue providing service through Sept. 30, and Sun Air will use Pittsburgh as it's hub.  He says having air service is important to most of Chautauqua County's businesses... and, local tourism.  He says they're excited about what a Sun Air official recently told them about using Pittsburgh as a 'hub' again... and, low cost fares.  Horrigan also thanked Senator Schumer for helping the county keep it's EAS Status... and, find a new carrier.  He says Schumer was "instrumental" in this positive outcome for the county.  In the beginning... Horrigan says Sun Air will offer four flights each weekday... and, two each on Saturdays and Sundays.


Samuelson pleased with latest indictments in Falconer St. home invasion-robbery, and police-involved shooting...

A Jamestown police official says he's "very pleased" they have been able to get two more indictments in connection with the home invasion-robbery... and, police-involved shooting earlier this month.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says the Chautauqua County Grand Jury has handed down 22-count indictments against both 26 year-old Levelle Jones... and, 26 year-old Jacon Hicks -- each of Buffalo.  Samuelson says indictments are pending against three more persons in connection with the July 1st incident.  He says they've been able to piece together much of what happened that early morning at 188 Falconer Street.  Samuelson says that, combined with the information they're received so far, have led to the four current indictments... and, they believe it will lead to charges against two more.  Samuelson says one more person in Buffalo is still at-large... but, they're hopeful he'll be found soon.  They're continuing to ask for any help the public may have... but, adds they were able to talk to several witnesses at the scene... and, that's been a big help.  However... if you have any information that may help police... call 483-7537... or the JPD Tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
 

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Two more Buffalo men have been indicted by the Chautauqua County Grand Jury in connection with the home invasion-robbery on Jamestown's eastside earlier this month.  That home invasion ended with a police-involved shooting at 188 Falconer Street.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson late Monday announced the 22-count indictments against 26 year-old Levelle Jones... and, 26 year-old Jacon Hicks.  Samuelson says both were in custody previously for parole violations.  He says both face charges including four counts of first-degree burglary... six counts of first-degree robbery... and, one count of first-degree criminal sex act.  Samuelson says both were arraigned in City Court... and, sent to the county jail on one-million dollars cash bail each.  More arrests are expected... and, if you have any information on the July 1st incident... you're asked to call City Police at 483-7537... or their anonymous tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

 

He has no problem being the underdog in a political race... in fact... he almost seems to relish it.  Republican Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino brought his underfunded... yet, energetic campaign to Chautauqua County Monday... and, addressed fellow Republicans last night at the County GOP's Annual Dinner in Lakewood.  Astorino trails in the latest Siena College Poll by 37-percentage points.  The Westchester County Executive was a big underdog five-years ago in a battle against incumbant Democrat Andrew Spano... and, wound up winning. That's what Astorino is banking on this time as he faces his biggest political test yet.  Incumbant Democrat Andrew Cuomo has outspent Astorino so far... and, has a better than 15-to-1 advantage in campaign cash available.   However... if you look further than the polls... the opportunity is there.  Astorino contends few are happy with Cuomo... and, he adds he got a great reception at Sunday's Pulaski Day Parade in the Buffalo suburb of Cheektowaga.  Astorino adds, though, that the onus is on him to get out his message of cutting taxes... and New York state government bureaucracy and red tape.

 

That new poll of likely New York voters discussed with Astorino shows Democrat Andrew Cuomo continuing his lead over the Republican challenger.  The Siena College poll finds 60 percent would vote now for Cuomo and 23 percent for Astorino.  The poll shows 61 percent have a favorable view of Cuomo, while 61 percent have no opinion of Astorino, down from 69 percent a month ago.  The telephone poll last week of 774 likely New York registered voters has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

 

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino was joined during his visits to Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties by Congressman Tom Reed -- among others.  Reed is in his own battle with Tompkins County Legislator Martha Robertson.  The Corning Republican says he likes Astorino's message of empowering people... and, providing them with the opportunity to make a better life for themselves.  Reed says when you "carry and believe" in that message... it's easy to do.  His 23rd Congressional District race is considered as one of the "top 20" to keep an eye on in 2014.  However... he says the differences between he and Robertson couldn't be more clear.  Reed says the Ithaca Democrat comes from a portion of the district that's "all in" when it comes to bigger government.  In addition to Reed and Astorino... State Senator Cathy Young... Assembly Andy Goodell... and County Sheriff candidate Russ Payne were on hand for last night's dinner.

 

With a perfect, blue sky as a backdrop... the 134th edition of the Chautauqua County Fair opened Monday morning at the fairgounds on Central Avenue (in Dunkirk), with the traditional firing of a civil war era canon. Moments before... County Executive Vince Horrigan caught the spirit of the day, he as spoke about what the fair represents.
First Vice President of the Fair Board of Directors... Jim Tytka (TIGHT-Kuh), Junior... says agriculture is first and foremost at the fair.  Tytka says they look forward to seeing what the farmers have to bring... along with the 4-H kids... each year.  He adds it wouldn't be the fair without demolition derbies.  The first one will be at the grandstand TONIGHT at 7 PM... and, another's scheduled Sunday at 4 PM.  The pay one price admission to the county fair is $10 for adults.

 

The Chautauqua County Fair Board is not only concerned about this year's Fair... they are looking at the future of the Fair.  Fair Board of Directors member Dan King says a major capital campaign is being organized.  King says they hope to raise enough money through individuals and businesses in the area.  Fair Director Dave Wilson says there are some major projects that will be tackled -- if enough funds are raised.  One of them is a major, approximately 350-thousand dollar upgrade of the drainage system. Wilson says the Fair Board is also looking to upgrade the Fairground's electrical system.  The current system is having more difficulty handling the more modern motor homes.  The public will be able to get more information about the capital campaign when they attend the 132st annual Chautauqua County Fair in Dunkirk.

 

New York ranks among the top five states for children's health, according to the 25th edition of the Kids Count Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report released Tuesday looks at data from 1990 that show the major trends in child well-being, and recent trends that compare data from 2005 to 2012. New York showed improvement in all eight categories of health and education for children. The number of children who didn't graduate from high school in four years decreased from 33 percent in 1990 to 22 percent in 2012. The number of teen births decreased, and the number of children in high-poverty areas remained stable at 17 percent. The number of children in single parent families increased by 24 percent from 1990 to 2012.

 

The conditions in Bemus were perfect for "Glee Night" at SE93 Chautauqua Lake Voices on Monday Night.  The Top 10 contestants of the show, now in it's 11th summer, performed songs that appeared on the Popular TV show - and they didn't disappoint those in attendance.  Ashley Reefer's performance of "Don't Rain On My Parade" was the fan favorite in the SlickText.com "Coolest Performer" audience voting contest.  In the end Karina Simmons and Kristina Bullock were eliminated by the panel of judges.  The final 8 are back at the Floating Stage next Monday where they will perform Phil Collins or Genesis songs.  For more information you can find SE93 Chautauqua Lake Voices on Facebook or visit ChautauquaLakeVoices.com

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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.

 

News Update for Fri., July 18, 2014


Horrigan pleased with outcome of Shared Services Forum in Mayville...

Chautauqua County officials will submit an overall plan next year for making local government more cost-efficient to qualify for the state's two-year, Tax Freeze program.  That from County Executive Vince Horrigan... who says they had a standing-room only crowd of 90 people for this week's Shared Services Forum in Mayville.  Horrigan says the combined plan -- right now -- would save about one-million dollars.  From that perspective... he calls it a "very successful" forum.  Horrigan says a final plan will have to be submitted by June of 2015... and, they're optimistic they can have a plan ready by then.  Horrigan says local government and school officials heard from State Association of Counties representative Dave Lucas on the proposal.  In 2015... those governments and school districts have to keep their taxes under the 2-percent property tax cap.  Horrigan says Lucas indicated that localities... including counties... need to show the state Department of Taxation and Finance that they are "making progress" towards cutting costs, or sharing services.


Gas prices in Jamestown-area unchanged this week...

There's been no change in gasoline prices this week in the Jamestown area... as the average price remains about $3.89 a gallon.  Most service stations have a rounded price of $3.90 a gallon for regular, unleaded.  The AAA's Fuel Gauge Report says... nationally... the average price for regular, unleaded is $3.61 per gallon... which is about 4-cents a gallon less than one week ago.  AAA says Wednesday was the 18th consecutive day the national average has decreased.  As predicted by AAA... the retail price at the pump continued to tick lower following the Independence Day holiday due primarily to lower crude oil costs as the situation stabilizes in Iraq.  The national average may continue to slide or remain flat, barring any geopolitical concerns, major hurricane or refinery disruptions.  Although the situation in Iraq remains unresolved, the possibility of disruptions to supply is increasingly viewed as unlikely.


Annual Scandinavian Folk Festival underway...

Several events and activities are underway... and, are taking place this weekend at the annual Scandinavian Folk Festival at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds on Route 60.  One of the organizers... Scott Axelson... says activities continue today throught 10 p.m.  Music will be one area that's squarely in the spotlight for the weekend... starting with the tribute band "ABBA Girls" -- which is the biggest act they've ever brought in.  They perform tonight at 7:30... and, at 8 p.m. Saturday.  Tickets are still available at a number of locations for each day... or the entire weekend.  He adds the culture of Scandinavia will also be a prime focus this weekend with a number of lectures and demonstrations.  He says one will be on the history of Swedish markets in Jamestown.  Axelson says if you plan on spending much of the weekend at the Scandinavian Folk Festival... a weekend pass will cost you $15.  For more information...go on-line to www.scandinavianjamestown.org.

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There's been considerable interest in the "StartUp-NY" program in Chautauqua County... but, the county's Industrial Development Agency wants to increase it even further.  County Executive Vince Horrigan announced this week that the County has created an informational portal on the County IDA website.  Deputy Director Mark Geise with the county's Department of Planning and Economic Development says they want to get word out about the program that is affilated with both SUNY Fredonia and Jamestown Community College. The Start Up-New York link on the CCIDA webpage both as a flash screen at the top of the home page and as a static link near the top of the homepage.  Geise says this should make it easier for people to learn more about the opportunities in Chautauqua County because it has "anything you want to know about this program."  He adds it's too early to tell how active the website has been... since the link has only been in place for a few days.  You can view link on the County IDA's website at ccida-dot-com.

 

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says changes to federal tax rules could prevent companies from sending jobs overseas -- and potentially prompt some businesses to bring jobs back to New York state.  The Democrat says that's why he's supporting legislation that would provide a 20-percent tax credit to businesses that bring outsourced jobs back to the U-S.  The bill would also eliminate incentives for companies to move jobs out of the country.

 

A Celoron man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for allegedly trafficking, and possessing one-kilogram or more of Heroin.  U-S Attorney William Hochul, Jr. has announced that the sentence was handed down in U-S District Court in Buffalo to 31 year-old Victor Anguiera.  Hochul says Anguiera was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin... and, possession of a firearm in relation to drug trafficking activities.  Hochul says Anguiera was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin... and, possession of a firearm in relation to drug trafficking activities.  He says the defendant was also ordered to forfeit 100-thousand dollars in proceeds from his drug-dealing activities.

 

City police are still looking for the man who allegedly stabbed another man during an altercation on Jamestown's northside.  However... City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the injuries suffered by the victim are not life-threatening.  Samuelson says officers were called to the scene at 823 Prendergast Avenue just after 3 AM on a report of an argument... and, a person possibly being stabbed during an argument inside the residence.  Samuelson says the male victim was taken to WCA Hospital for treatment of his injuries... while police have a warrant for the suspect's arrest.  He says the suspect... who police also aren't identifying... fled the scene before officers arrived.  Again... he remains at-large at this time.  He says the victim suffered stab wounds to the upper chest and shoulder area.  The suspect faces a charge of Felony second-degree assault.

 

Organizers for the annual Cents for St. Susan's Campaign were hoping to break the 14-thousand dollar mark again this year.  But... in the 15th year of the effort... they didn't just break that old record -- they shattered it!  The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Thursday morning officially wrapped up the annual fund-raiser... and, announced they had raised 17-thousand-260 dollars for the city's biggest soup kitchen.  BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins thanked the community for it's support. Robbins says they are pleased that residents have responded so well to the need at St. Susan's... first by donating food... and, money.  But... now strictly money because the soup kitchen can leverage seven-dollars of food from each dollar they use with the Food Bank of Western New York.  St. Susan's Director Sue Colwell says they served 10-thousand meals last month... a 17-percent increase... so the money is much needed.  Robbins says they were helped by more sponsors this year... with 18 giving at least 500-dollars each.

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo's re-election campaign and prominent Democrats have created a new Women's Equality ballot line for the fall election.  Cuomo's running mate, lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul, announced the third-party ballot line today in New York City.  New York election law allows major party candidates to also run on third-party ballot lines.

 

Local businessman Miles Lasser is being remembered as a man who had a passion for his hometown of Jamestown... and, had as much passion for giving back to the community.  Lasser died this past Tuesday at the age of 92.  Lasser followed his father's footsteps... and, became an accountant at BDO Seidman his entire career.  He not only loved his community... but, supported it's education.  Lasser served for over a decade on the Jamestown Community College Board of Trustees... and, JCC Spokesman Nelson Garifi says the college benefitted from Lasser's long-time service. Garifi says it wasn't long before Lasser's talents were spotted by the State University of New York... and, he was tapped to serve for many years on the SUNY Board of Trustees.  He's the only Jamestown resident to ever serve on that panel.  In addition to education... Lasser also served on the Jamestown City Council... and, several civic boards and panels.  A memorial celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

News Update for Thurs., July 17, 2014


Search underway for suspect in reported stabbing on Prendergast Ave. in Jamestown...

City police are still looking for the man who allegedly stabbed another man during an altercation on Jamestown's northside.  However... City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the injuries suffered by the victim are not life-threatening.  Samuelson says officers were called to the scene at 823 Prendergast Ave. just after 3 a.m. on a report of an argument... and, a person possibly being stabbed during an argument inside the residence.  He says the victim is being treated at WCA Hospital in Jamestown, and they know who the suspect is... they just need to find him.  Samuelson wouldn't identify the suspect... who allegedly fled the scene before officers arrived.  Again... he remains at-large at this time.  Samuelson says the victim suffered stab wounds to the upper chest and shoulder area.  The suspect faces a charge of Felony second-degree assault.


Anguiera sentenced to 15 years in federal prison on Heroin trafficking conviction...

A Jamestown-area man has been sentenced to 180 months -- or 15 years -- in federal prison for allegedly trafficking, and possessing one-kilogram or more of Heroin.  U.S. Attorney William Hochul, Jr. has announced that the sentence was handed down in U.S. District Court in Buffalo to 31 year-old Victor Anguiera of Celeron.  Hochul says Anguiera was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin... and, possession of a firearm in relation to drug trafficking activities.  He says the defendant was also ordered to forfeit $100,000 in proceeds from his drug-dealing activities.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Duszkiewicz handled the case against Anguiera... and, says he was arrested in Celoron, based on information obtained through a wiretap investigation.  Anguiera was found in 2011 by Chautauqua County Sheriff's officers with about half-a-kilogram of heroin... and, two firearms in his possession.  Further investigation of several other locations led to the seizure of additional quantities of heroin, cocaine, firearms, vehicles and about $300,000 in U.S. currency.  Anguiera and seven others were arrested in this heroin trafficking investigation.  All defendants have been convicted.

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The local Red Cross chapter is looking for people who would like to become Disaster Action Team members.  Southwestern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross Director Bill Tucker says that classes will begin in September... and, trained volunteers help the Red Cross to respond to disasters locally... as well as on the regional or national scene. Tucker says the next training cycle for disaster volunteers will be in September with the classes being held at the Jamestown office.  He says anyone who might want to be a volunteer can call them at 664-5115... and, they can give you all the information you need about becoming one.  Local volunteers have responded 98 times to assist 565 people across the area served by the Southwestern New York chapter that includes Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.  Several volunteers have been called out to national disasters including Hurricane Sandy which hit the downstate area two years ago. 

 

Three people -- two from Jamestown -- have been arrested for allegedly stealing a number of items... several times... from the 7-11 Store on North Main Street in the city.  Jamestown Police add they are still looking for a fourth suspect.  Officers say the JPD bike patrol arrested 31 year-old Amy Robbins... and, a 17 year-old -- both of Jamestown --  and, 45 year-old Michael Pacheco of Salamanca... about 11:30 PM Tuesday.  Officers say the trio was acting suspiciously or committing other offenses when they were stopped on North Main.  A black male between the age of 17 and 20... wearing an off-white shirt... was able to flee the scene.  If you have any information on the suspect... call city police at 483-7531... or their Confidential Tip-line at 483-TIPS.  That's 483-8477.

 

A Gowanda man has become the second member of Local 17 of the International Union of Operating Engineers to be convicted of extortion for allegedly trying to intimidate a contractor involved in a Buffalo Waterfront project.  The U-S Attorney's office says 45 year-old Michael Eddy was sentenced Tuesday in U-S District Court to eight months in prison, four months home confinement, and two years of supervised release.  Assistant U-S Attorney Anthony Bruce says Eddy was also ordered to pay 2-thousand dollars in restitution to the victim -- Earth Tech of Latham, New York.  Bruce says Eddy was part of campaign designed to force Earth Tech to sign a collective bargaining agreement with Local 17 regarding a 2005 project.

 

The newly-renovated Lillian Dickson Park on Jamestown's eastside has been officially dedicated... and, being used by neighborhood families and children.  The ribbon was cut on the updated facility yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon by the Friends of Lillian Dickson Park... city officials... and, members of the Chautauqua County Health Network... and, others.  Mayor Sam Teresi was among those on hand... and, he says they not only celebrated the park's re-opening... but, the way the "community-based" project came together. Teresi says the project was also reflective of similar ones in the past... where there was a joint public-private effort.  He says the city provided 50-thousand dollars for the project through Community Develpment Block Grant funding.  Teresi adds there were about 13-thousand dollars in charitable contributions made... along with 11-thousand more from the Health Network.  He says the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation was also a player in the effort.  Teresi adds the city provided a lot of "in-kind" services with members of the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department. 

 

CSX Transportation says it hauls an average of 20 to 35 trains a week loaded with crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region across 17 upstate New York counties en route to coastal refineries.  Canadian Pacific says it hauls an average of five to nine crude oil trains a week through five counties from the Canadian border to Schoharie County.  The information was released to The Associated Press Tuesday by the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services in response to a Freedom of Information Law request.  The U.S. Department of Transportation in May ordered railroads to give state officials specifics on oil train routes so emergency responders can better prepare for accidents.  New York officials declined requests from CSX and Canadian Pacific to avoid public disclosure of the information.

 

Two Chautauqua County residents who are in the Philippines for a United Methodist Church youth conference are okay... but, had some scary moments when a typhoon hit the island nation.  Local Youth Leader... and, former interim Cassadaga Valley Central School Superintendent Tom Schmidt... is among the regional delegation to the Global Young People's Convocation and Legislative Assembly in Manila.  Schmidt says about 200 to 300 of the attendees were in a retreat center when the full-force of the storm hit Tuesday. Bemus Point United Methodist Youth member Emily Allen is also there.  Schmidt says everyone is okay... though there was extensive damage to the first building they were in.  Speaking with our Dennis Webster this morning... he says they weathered the storm as well as can be expected... and, were being moved to another location closer to downtown Manila. Schmidt says the roofs were torn off a few of the buildings in the complex... along with a number of windows.  Early reports were that the typhoon had resulted in 12 deaths.  Manila did not take a direct hit... and, is possibly heading towards northern Vietnam or China's Hainan Island.

 

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