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A Jamestown man faces a number of charges for allegedly fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run car crash on the city's westside last weekend. City Police were called to a report of property damage accident at West Eighth and Washington Streets just before 9:30 Saturday morning. When officers arrived... they were told one of the cars drove off on West Eighth. Police say that vehicle was later found on Strong Street and Prendergast Avenue where several witnesses saw the driver get out and walk away. That alleged driver... Gary Woodmansee... was later found by police on Falconer Street. Following an investigation... Woodmansee was charged with several counts... including driving with a suspended license... driving while intoxicated... and, leaving the scene of property damage accident. He was taken to the city jail pending arraignment.
A major drug bust in Cattaraugus County has taken dozens of bags of heroin off the streets... and, led to the arrest of three people. Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they... along with the Olean Police Street Crimes Unit... raided a home at 440 North First Street early last weekend. Task Force members say they found 60 bags of package heroin... along with a large amount of cash... scales and drug paraphernalia. Police and Task Force members arrested two Olean residents... 24 year-old Bryant Battle and 20 year-old Ian Mason... and, John Carter-the-third of the Bronx. All three were charged with Felony criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, jailed pending arraignment.
A Brocton man has been arrested on a warrant for allegedly engaging in a criminal sex act in the town of Portland. Sheriff's officers say 40 year-old Byron Lawton of Webster Road was tracked down by officers... with the assistance of K-9 Drago... late last Saturday night. Deputies say Lawton was taken into custody without incident... and, arraigned on the warrant for second-degree criminal sex act. He was sent to the County Jail without bail.
Local Congressman Tom Reed says a recently reported effort by several Republicans to possibly replace House Speaker John Boehner after the mid-term elections is nothing but a "bunch of talk." Reed says he remains behind Boehner... and, his efforts to "change the culture" of Washington, D-C. The report had a group of "40 to 50" more conservative Republican members looking to replace Boehner. The Corning Repubican says... under Boehner's leadership... two siginficant changes have come in the way the House of Representatives operates. The report earlier this week said the disgruntled group of Republicans were looking to oust Boehner because they don't feel he's been a strong enough leader for the GOP. Reed says he's fine with Boehner... and, emphasized that he is NOT part of that effort. He won a special election to the old Southern Tier District a few years ago with TEA party support. TEA Party Republicans are reportedly the one's who have been disappointed with Boehner's leadership.
The elderly town of Ellicott man who died of apparent smoke inhalation from a fire that destroyed his house in the town of Ellicott has been identified. 93 year-old Arthur Carlson died of smoke inhalation during the blaze... which was called in about 10:40 PM last Thursday. Chautauqua County Fire investigators say Fluvanna Fire crews found the structure at 31-61 Moon Road fully-engulfed in flames on arrival. Sheriff's Department dispatchers say Fluvanna was assisted at the scene by 10 departments. Sheriff Joe Gerace says, during the firefighting operations... Carlson... was found dead inside the home.
It was cool... but, sunny and comfortable for the city of Jamestown's 67th annual Easter Egg Hunt at Allen Park last Saturday morning. Jamestown Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says they couldn't have ordered better weather for the annual Spring-time ritual... and, thousands of children and their parents were on hand for the event. Speaking with our Jim Roselle and Russ Diethrick... Ciesla-Hanley thanked the several local organizations and volunteer that allow the event to happen... including the Sertoma Club. Ciesla-Hanley also thanked Roberta Hess... the widow of Mark Hess... for continuing their business's sponsorship of the prizes for the kids who find the two Gold... and, two Silver Eggs. There were also 30 other prize eggs... and, 13-hundred other eggs. The city also put out 5-thousand wrapped candies for the egg hunt. She says residents look forward to the egg hunt each year -- so much so -- that's it's become a generational kind of event.
Motorists who repeatedly speed through New York state toll booths without a working E-ZPass would see their vehicle registrations suspended under legislation being considered by lawmakers. State Senator David Carlucci says that his proposal would allow toll officials to suspend the registration of anyone who racks up five toll violations within 18 months. Under current law... toll evaders are contacted by a collection agency and only face the loss of their registration if they've committed multiple violations within the same locality. Carlucci says he hopes lawmakers approve his proposal when they return to Albany later this month. Governor Andrew Cuomo supports the idea. Scofflaws ran up 35-million dollars in unpaid tolls and fines on the New York Thruway between 2007 and 2011.
A Mayville man has been arrested for allegedly committing an assault in the town of Chautauqua. Sheriff's officers say they arrested 34 year-old David Douglas of Valley Street late last Thursday night on a warrant for second-degree Assault. Deputies say Douglas was arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court... and, sent to the County Jail on 3-thousand dollars cash bail.
City police release name of child beaten to death in Jamestown Wednesday night...
Jamestown police have now released the name of the 16-month old girl who was 'beaten to death' Wednesday night on the city's southside. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson... who says the death has been ruled a homicide... adds the girl's name is Nayla Hodnett. Samuelson says the child was brought from a home at 218 1/2 Newland Avenue to WCA Hospital's Emergency Room Wednesday night by the girl's mother. He says the child was later transferred to Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo... where she later died. Samuelson says an autopsy was then performed at the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office... and, they ruled the child died of "blunt force trauma." Samuelson says the medical examiner's office then contacted police at 8 a.m. Thursday... and, they began probing into the death. He says a warrant was obtained... but, won't say if police found anything. He says the child's mother and her boyfriend are considered "persons of interest" at this point... and, they are continuing to investigate, and interview relatives and neighbors. If you have any information on the case... you're asked to call JPD at 483-7537... or their confidential tip-line at 483-8477.
Fire that destroys Ellicott home north of Jamestown now a fatality...
An unidentified man has died of smoke inhalation from a fire that destroyed his house in the town of Ellicott... just north of Jamestown. Chautauqua County Fire investigators says Fluvanna Fire crews were called to the scene at 3161 Moon Road about 10:40 p.m. last night... and found the structure fully-engulfed in flames. Sheriff's Department dispatchers say Fluvanna was assisted at the scene by Bemus Point... Busti... Ellery Center... Ellington... Falconer... Frewsburg... Gerry... Kennedy... Kiantone... and, Sinclairville Fire Departments. Investigators say, during the firefighting operations, a male subject was found dead inside the home. County Coroner John Sixbey was called to the scene... and, pronounced the subject dead at the scene. The home was a total loss. Investigation into the fire determined that an electrical wire had been compromised in a crawl space under the kitchen of the residence. The wire shorted out, causing the floor joist to ignite, and the spread to the rest of the house. No other injuries were reported. The fire and death are being ruled accidental.
Jamestown police say a 16-month old girl was killed Wednesday night on the city's southside... and, police says the death was a homicide. JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says the child was brought from a home at 218-and-a-half Newland Avenue to WCA Hospital's Emergency Room Wednesday night by the girl's mother. Samuelson says the child was later transferred to Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo... where she later died of her injuries. An autopsy at the Erie County Medical Center determined the cause of death was homicide. Samuelson says police are not releasing the infant's name... but, adds they do have several leads they're tracking down. He says they are still conducting interviews... and, are asking anyone with information to contact JPD at 483-7537... or their confidential tip-line at 483-8477.
Fire Crews were busy fighting a fire overnight in the town of Ellicott. Chautauqua County Dispatch reports that crews were called out to 3161 Moon Road just after 10:30 Thursday night. Fluvanna was assisted by Busti, Ellery Center, Sinclaireville, Gerry, Bemus Point and Dewitville. There is no word on whether anyone was home at the time of the fire or of any injuries. Crews are still on the scene investigating the cause of the blaze. We'll have more details when they become available.
A Chautauqua County Legislature committee has agreed to a loan... and, refund to Forestville to help the village avoid a potential 445-percent property tax increase. Audit and Control Committee Chairman John Runkle says Thursday morning's vote was a close, 3-to-2. Runkle says the panel agreed to a 150-thousand dollar loan to the village from the county's Capital Reserve Fund.... and, would be paid back at 2.5-percent interest. He adds the other key part is agreeing to pay back Forestville just over 87-thousand dollars in landfill tipping fees for an emergency demolition in the village in 2009. Combined... Runkle says that will help the village pay off just over 237-thousand dollars of a total of 400-thousand dollars that's due from the village government to pay off a couple of Bond Anticipation Notes. He says there are three other parts to the resolution... including having Forestville start to obtain grant monies for a study into dissolving the village. He says the village board will vote on that item next Tuesday. Runkle says he's most concerned about the residents ability to keep their homes because a significant, one-time, property tax increase will still be needed to balance the village budget. Runkle and fellow Republican George Borrello... along with Democrat Shawn Heenan voted for the measure. Democrats Chuck Nazzaro and Pierre Chagnon (Shag-nun) voted against it.
The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a phone scam in which the caller says they're a member of the department... and, are calling people regarding a debt on a recent purchase. The Sheriff's Department says a man received the call from the number 938-9191... which is the department's number. However... they say the scammer was apparently able to disguise the actual number using a computer program. In this case... the caller said a company called ACE claimed the money was owed for a tool purchase... and, that if the money wasn't paid... the victim would be arrested. Officers say the man gave out his credit card information. Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb says his office does not call people to collect unpaid bills... and, if you receive such a call, do NOT give out any personal bank or credit card information unless you know the organization is legitimate.
The Randolph Central School bus driver accused of having inappropriate relations with a 6 year-old boy in March of last year has agreed to a plea deal in the case. Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley says 67 year-old John Hitchcock pled guilty in county court to endangering the welfare of a child to satisfy an indictment against him. However... Foley says seven counts of first-degree Sexual Abuse against Hitchcock were dropped after lengthy discussions with the child's family.
This week's report by the Tax Foundation that recent changes in New York law would raise the state's national corporate tax climate ranking by 21 places is a -- "very positive step forward." That from Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Todd Tranum... who says the Washington-based organization's findings is a reflection of the hard work they, and other groups have put in on the issue. The Tax Foundation reports that if ALL the cuts took effect this year, the state's corporate tax rank would go from 25th in the nation to fourth. Tranum also thanked state lawmakers for moving forward reducing New York's tax burden. Tranum says the steps taken this year are important to not only bringing new business to New York... but, keeping others here and allowing them to expand. However... he says the Tax Foundation -- a non-profit research group -- also indicated that, overall, the state would only move from 50th to 48th in the U-S... and, more needs to be done to bring down property, and other taxes. Tranum adds the unemployment insurance tax is another area that needs to be addressed.
Gas prices in the Jamestown-area have gone up a little over a penny this Easter Week to 3-dollars-74 cents a gallon for regular, unleaded. However... some prices as we close out the week have increased to 3-dollars-75 cents to 3--79 a gallon. That from the Triple-A's Fuel Gauge... which reports the current national average price at the pump is 3-dollars-64 cents per gallon. That's 6-cents more expensive than one week ago. For the first-time since mid-January... the national average price registered higher than the same date the year prior last Wednesday. The Triple-A says motorists in the majority of states are now paying a 'year-over-year' premium. Triple-A ties the increase to refineries drawing down their supplies of gasoline at this time of year so as not to be left with winter-blend fuel that they can no longer sell after May 1st.
City police investigating death of toddler as a homicide...
Jamestown police say a 16-month old girl was killed Wednesday night on the city's southside... and, police say the death was a homicide. JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says the child was brought from a home at 218 1/2 Newland Avenue to WCA Hospital's Emergency Room Wednesday night by the girl's mother. Samuelson says the child was later transferred to Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo... where she later died of her injuries. An autopsy at the Erie County Medical Center determined the cause of death was homicide. Samuelson says police are not releasing the infant's name... but, adds they do have several leads they're tracking down. He says they are still conducting interviews... and, are asking anyone with information to contact JPD at 483-7537... or their confidential tip-line at 483-8477.
Legislature committee approves loan, tax credits for Forestville to help deal with projected 445-percent property tax increase...
The county legislature's Audit and Control Committee has approved a loan... and, tax credits for Forestville so the village doesn't default on two bonds. Audit and Control Committee Chairman John Runkle says the resolution includes a $150,000 loan from the county's Capital Reserve Fund.... and, would be paid back at 2.5-percent interest before the end of the year. He says the second big part of the resolution, which was approved, 3-2, is returning $87,000 to the village it had paid in tipping fees for a demolition project in 2009. Runkle also says a third key area the having Forestville start to obtain grant monies for a study into dissolving the village. He says the village board will vote on that item next Tuesday. Runkle says he's most concerned about the residents ability to keep their homes because a significant, one-time, property tax increase will still be needed to balance the village budget. Runkle and fellow Republican George Borrello... along with Democrat Shawn Heenan voted for the measure. Democrats Chuck Nazzaro and Pierre Chagnon voted against it.
Hitchcock pleas to endangerment charge in connection with incident with 6 year-old boy in March of 2013...
The Randolph Central School bus driver accused of inappropriate relations with a 6 year-old boy early last year has agreed to a plea deal in the case. Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley says 67 year-old John Hitchcock pled guilty in county court to endangering the welfare of a child to satisfy and indictment against him. However... Foley says seven counts of first-degree Sexual Abuse against Hitchcock were dropped after lengthy discussions with the family involved. He says the plea covered the other charges in the original indictment relating to the student. Foley says his -- "assistant District Attorneys worked closely with the victim's family throughout the investigation of this difficult case and the ultimate resolution." He says the plea insures that the "very young victim" will be spared the trauma of testifying in court... and held the defendant accountable. Foley says they met with the family several times... and, we all agreed that this plea was in the best interest of the child. Cases with such young victims can be quite difficult, not only to prove, but also the impact they can have on these children. Sentencing is scheduled for next July 14.
Nearly 1-million New Yorker's enroll in insurance coverage in state exchange...
The state Health Exchange says more than 960,000 New Yorkers have enrolled for insurance coverage by the final Tuesday deadline. The Health Department said Wednesday enrollment for individual and family coverage since October includes more than 435,000 New Yorkers in the exchange's 16 private insurers and more than 525,000 in government-funded Medicaid. The department says about 360,000 people completed applications, but did not finish the process. The state says more than 70 percent were uninsured. Open enrollment ended in March for 2014 coverage at state-approved rates, but the deadline was extended until Tuesday for people who started applying but didn't complete the process. Individual enrollments will continue for people with special circumstances. Enrollments for Medicaid and for businesses with up to 50 employees will continue.
A former corrections officer at the Chautauqua County Jail for more than 20 years faces criminal charges for allegedly having sexual contact with a female inmate. Sheriff Joe Gerace tells us a grand jury indicted 56 year-old Jeffrey Swan last week. Gerace says Swan was arrested... and, arraigned on a Felony charge of Criminal Sexual Act. He says the accusations were brought to his attention several weeks ago... and, his office investigated along with the District Attorney’s Office. Gerace could not comment on whether or not the alleged sex was consensual... but, adds it's never legal. New York State law says it is impossible for prisoners to voluntarily consent to sexual advances from staff members who exert complete control over their lives, and sometimes their release from prison. Gerace says Swan is free on bail... pending further court action.
A Jamestown man has turned himself in for allegedly being in possession of narcotics at a residence that was recently raided by city police during a drug sweep. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says 36 year-old Cesar Soto surrendered to police this (Tuesday) morning after two warrants had been issued for his arrest. Soto was not at the 20 Willis Street residence when the raid occured on April 2nd. Police found a quantity of heroin... packaging material... an,d prescription drugs at the location. Soto is jailed pending arraignment.
A spring warm-up didn't last long across much of New York. A cold front that swept across the region Tuesday left behind several inches of snow and sent temperatures plummeting. However... in the immediate Jamestown area... we saw less than an inch of snow -- mainly on grassy surfaces. In addition, some areas along the Black and Moose rivers are under continuing flood warnings. The Black River in Watertown is 2 1/2 feet above flood stage this morning and not expected to crest until tomorrow evening.
The intensely cold Winter... and, a deeper than usual ice cover on Chautauqua Lake is apparently what's triggered a major fish kill along the lake's shoreline. Hundreds of Silver Bass and Gizzard Shad.... and, other mainly "surface fish..." had been pushed onto land by high winds last weekend. Chautauqua County's Director of Environmental Health Services, Mark Stow, took a look at an area in Bemus Point Monday... where one-thousand fish washed up. Stow says officials with the state Department of Environmental Conservation say such fish die-off is quite natural because the thick ice... cold temperatures and decaying vegetation likely robbed oxygen from the water. He says the situation is not a health hazard... but, adds there is no agency mechanism in place to dispose of the fish. With that... he says you have to let nature take it's course. Stow adds Lake Erie has had a similar die-off. In an article today in the Jamestown Post-Journal... the DEC is telling lake side residents looking to get rid of the dead carcuses to to dispose of the fish at the county landfill.
Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino says Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino would make a ``great governor.'' However, in an email to the state GOP chairman, Paladino says Astorino will only win if he appeals to the party's conservative base. Paladino also told state Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox that he's dropping his efforts to recruit celebrity businessman Donald Trump.
Governor Andrew Cuomo's tax return shows he made just over 188-thousand dollars last year on an advance for his book that's due out in August. Cuomo's office allowed reporters to examine Cuomo's returns Tuesday, the deadline for filing. In addition to the book advance... Cuomo reported $175,277 in state compensation. The return also indicates that Cuomo gave a charitable donation of $16,000 to the HELP USA charity he founded for the homeless before he became governor. Cuomo paid a total of $102,480 in federal income taxes... and, is due a refund of just over 61-hundred dollars. The Democrat governor will receive additional installments on his book advance. Publisher HarperCollins and a Cuomo spokesman declined to provide the total amount of the advance. The book is entitled ``All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life.''
Pre-sale ticket sales are off to a "great start" for the main headliner at this year's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown. That from Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center of Comedy Executive Director Journey Gunderson... who says they're "very pleased" with pre-sales to Center members so far for the August 9th appearance by Jay Leno. Gunderson is quick to remind people, though, that Leno will be appearing at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena... which can seat 22-hundred people for such events. However... she says they're looking forward to having the "public pre-sale" begin this Friday. Gunderson says they were able to work out the logistics to hosting Leno at the arena with arena officials... and, the Gebbie Foundation. She says they've been "flooded with calls and e-mails..." so, it appears interest will be high for this show. Gunderson says getting Leno was no small task because Jamestown has to compete with larger markets... and, venues. Gunderson says the public pre-sale will also be for other events during the August 6th through 10th festival. For more information... go on-line to LucyComedyFest-dot-COM... or call 484-0800.
Sheriff's Dept. Correction's Officer resigns for allegedly having sex with female inmate at county jail...
A former corrections officer at the Chautauqua County Jail for more than 20 years faces criminal charges for allegedly having sexual contact with a female inmate. Sheriff Joe Gerace confirms a grand jury indicted Jeffrey Swan last week. Gerace says Swan was arrested, arraigned... and, resigned from his job. Gerace says the accusations were brought to his attention several weeks ago... and, his office investigated along with the District Attorney’s Office. He adds that Swan has been charged with felony third-degree Criminal Sexual Act. Gerace would not comment on whether or not the alleged sex was consensual... but, says it's never legal. Under state law.... he says it is impossible for prisoners to voluntarily consent to sexual advances from staff members who exert complete control over their lives, and sometimes their release from prison.
Tenth defendant arrested for narcotics possession in connection with April 2 drug sweep in Jamestown...
A Jamestown man has turned himself in for allegedly being in possession of narcotics at a residence that was recently raided by city police during a drug sweep. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says 36 year-old Cesar Soto surrendered to police Tuesday morning after two warrants had been issued for his arrest. Soto was not at the 20 Willis Street residence when the raid occured on April 2. A total of nine people were arrested in four separate raids. Police found a quantity of heroin... packaging material... an,d prescription drugs at the location. Soto is jailed pending arraignment.
Cody Family Reunion set for July 24-27 in Jamestown, Chaut. Institution...
It's going to be a family reunion like no other late this July in Jamestown... and, at Chautauqua Institution. The family of "Buffalo Bill" Cody will be here for the International Cody Family Association Reunion. The head of the Association, Suzanna Cody, says they hold the event every other year... and, had hoped to hold it here two years ago... but, it didn't work out. She says there was another event that year that took precidence. Cody first came to Jamestown after the "Buffalo Bill" poster was found behind a brick wall in downtown Jamestown. She says the Buffalo Bill Museum was re-installation in Cody, Wyoming that family members felt they should support. The International Cody Family Association Reunion will be held here July 24 through 27... with activities getting fully underway on Friday, July 25. That will include tours... and, an Honors Dinner at the Gateway Train Station. On Saturday... the 26th... Suzanna Cody says there will be a lecture at Chautauqua by the new curator of the Buffalo Bill Museum, Jeremy Johnston. That night... the Cody Family Association will also attend the Chautauqua Symphony Concert at the Amphitheater that night. For more information on the Cody Family Reunion... go on-line to www.cody-family.org, or call (408) 221-8625.
Dramatic weather changes bring sleet, snow today after 74-degree day in Jamestown-area...
The weather changes haven't been quite as dramatic as first believed... but, a cold front from the west has brought mixed precipitation... and, now snow to the Jamestown area. Forecaster Jason Franklin with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says it's still a much different day than yesterday. Franklin says the big change will arriving later this morning... when we began getting all snow. The good news -- he says -- is the the morning commute has not been as difficult as was first predicted. Franklin says the wet snow has made roads a little slick in spots... but, roads are mainly wet this morning. Temperatures fell about 20-degrees between last night and 5:30 this morning. It's now hovering around the freezing mark. Franklin says... depending on where you are... you could see as much as 2 -- maybe 3 -- inches of snow. Franklin says since the weekend warmed things up quite a bit... the air has not gotten as cold as was initially expected. That means paved surfaces should be mainly wet... while there may be some snow accumulation on grassy surfaces. After temperatures drop to about 15 early Wednesday morning... Franklin says we'll begin to see a bit of a warm-up Thursday.
New SAFE Act registration of guns deadline is today...
New gun control rules are kicking in across New York state today... with a deadline for owners to register assault weapons. The law already has banned new sales of semi-automatic weapons with detachable magazines. Critics say hardly anyone has signed up and expectations are that many current gun owners will ignore the registration requirement. The rules are part of New York's SAFE Act... which was passed by the state legislature in early 2013.
Second-wave of flu hit's New York state...
Health officials say a second wave of influenza has struck this spring and is putting more New Yorkers in the hospital now than in January. The Albany Times Union reports that a different strain of flu is circulating than the one in midwinter, and people who already had the flu can get it again -- especially if they didn't get the vaccine. The state Health Department says 648 New Yorkers were hospitalized with influenza during the first week of April. There were more than 2,500 confirmed cases of flu statewide that week. Most flu cases earlier this season were H1N1, a type of influenza A. The latest cases are influenza B. The Centers for Disease Control continues to recommend that people get flu shots if they haven't this year.
Reed touts tax reform on this Tax Deadline Day, 2014...
The clock is ticking for people who are still finishing up their state and federal tax returns with tonight's Midnight deadline looming. However... local Congressman Tom Reed is among those on Capitol Hill who want to reform the 70,000 page federal tax code to make it less of a headache for filers. Reed is reiterating his support of comprehensive tax reform being taken up by the House Ways and Means Committee he belongs to. With bi-partisan support growing... the Corning Republican says he's hopeful it may come next year. He says it would mean major savings of an average of $600 to his constituents in the 23rd Congressional District. Reed says the federal government had determined that the average taxpayer spends about 13-hours a year collecting information... and, filing out tax returns. He says a draft proposal has been formulated by the Ways and Means... and, Taxation Committees. Reed contends that their proposed changes would make filing much easier for about 95-percent of the nation's tax filers. He made his comments during his weekly Media Conference Call.
CleanSweepNY to be held for pesticide disposal in WNY later this month...
The Department of Environmental Conservation is planning its 16th CleanSweepNY program in western New York. The program gives an opportunity for businesses, farms and schools to properly dispose of unwanted or obsolete pesticides and other chemicals. Empty, triple-rinsed plastic pesticide containers will be accepted for recycling. The event the week of April 28 includes Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Erie, Niagara and Wyoming counties. It's designed for professional pesticide applicators, schools, golf courses, cemeteries and marinas. The services are not available to homeowners. Last fall... DEC collected a record-breaking 138,000 pounds of chemicals from 11 counties in the Western Finger Lakes region. Pre-registration is required by April 25th on-line at www.cleansweepny.org.
City homeowner arriving back at residence Sunday afternoon helps prevent major fire on Cutting Street...
A Jamestown man returned to his home shortly after a fire started in his basement Sunday afternoon... and, likely saving the house from extensive damage. That from Jamestown Fire officials... who say crews were called to the scene at 24 Cutting Street shortly before 2 p.m. Fire Battalion Chief Sam Salemme says the owner had come home to find his house full of smoke. Salemme says most of the fire was out when they arrived... but, some of the fire had traveled up the walls to the attic. He says they had to pull some parts of the ceiling to reach the fire and fully extinguish it. Salemme says the area where the blaze started was extensively damage... but, structurally... the home is intact and repairable. He says fire investigators were able to determine that spontaneous combustion triggered the flames. Salemme says the homeowner had apparently been working in the basement... and, had thrown some oily rags in a pile... and, overtime they heated up, and started the fire. He says the home owner was fortunate to return when he did. No one was hurt. He says an off-duty shift of nine firefighters was called in to assist... and, fire crews were at the scene until about 4:30 p.m.
Frewsburg woman arrested for Felony DWI Hit and Run accident...
A Frewsburg woman is accused of driving with three-time the legal limit of blood alcohol in her system when her car was involved in a crash in the Jamestown-area hamlet. Sheriff's deputies say 46 year-old Amy Schultz had already run off from the scene before they arrived at the corner of Ivory and Falconer Streets about 1:30 PM Saturday. Officers say they got help from witnesses in locating Schultz at her residence... and, she was initially arrested for Driving While Intoxicated... and, leaving the scene. However... a license check later showed that Schultz had a prior DWI conviction in 2007... making this arrest a Felony. In addition, the suspect's blood alcohol content was .24%... and, she was also charged with Aggravated DWI. Officers say, fortunately, no one was hurt in the accident.
Young updates local chamber on state PSC process for allowing NRG Repowering Project to begin...
New York state, NRG and the National Grid Company are getting closer to finalizing the agreement that will allow NRG to move forward with a $150-million plan to upgrade and expand the NRG Plant in Dunkirk. That from State Senator Cathy Young... who helped lead the charge to save the plant from being mothballed late last year. During the county Chamber of Commerce's annual Legislative Breakfast... Young updated members on the status of the project to convert the plant from coal to natural gas. She says the most recent comment period just ended on Apr. 5... and, the comments are now being evaluated. Young says the next big date is May 8... when the Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing on a final determination to allow a final contract to be negotiated between NRG and National Grid. Young also took time to thank chamber members... who worked hard to make sure the county's voice was heard regarding the need to keep the NRG plant open, and converting it to a natural gas-fired facility. Governor Andrew Cuomo traveled through snow storm last Dec. 15 to announce in Dunkirk that a final agreement plan to repower and expand the Dunkirk Power Plant.
New, high tech control center ready to go on-line...
New York's electrical grid is getting a new high-tech control center. The New York Independent System Operator will officially unveil its new, $38-million control center near Albany on Tuesday. Grid operators say the new control center will increase reliability and security. The control center is part of ``smart grid'' initiative that will match electricity production with consumer demand. The independent operator oversees the market as well as operating the state's electrical grid.
Jamestown to receive $80,000 more in CHIPS funding for pothole and street repairs...
The city of Jamestown will be getting another $80,000 in state funding to help with pothole and street repair following the harshest Winter season in recent memory. That from Mayor Sam Teresi... who says the city just learned it'll be receiving the additional funds from the $40-million allocated by the state legislature to help with the repairs. The frigid cold... along with brief thaws... wrecked havoc on street and highways across the region. Teresi thanked lawmakers... especially in the state Senate... where the funding originated. He says the funding was absolutely necessary. Teresi says the money will come from the state's Consolidated Highway Improvement Program -- or CHIPS funding. He says the city's allocation in the final, 2014-2015 budget will be nearly $800,000. Teresi says it's welcomed news because the city's Public Works crews have been out patching up the bigger trouble spots around the city. He adds they won't have quite as long a list of street repair and replacement projects because more "minor road repairs" have to be made first. Teresi made his comments on this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program.
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