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News Headlines for Fri., Aug. 1, 2014


Ripley girl being treated at Pittsburgh-area hospital following serious ATV accident...

A 10 year-old girl suffered serious injuries when the All-Terrain Vehicle she was riding in the town of Ripley crashed.  Chautauqua County Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Wattlesburg Road about 3:20 p.m. yesterday.  Deputies say their investigation revealed that the girl was operating the ATV when... for an unknown reason... the vehicle overturned in the roadway.  Officers say the 10 year-old girl was thrown from the ATV.  She was treated at the scene by Ripley Fire Rescue crews... and, was flown to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh for further treatment.  The investigation is continuing.


JPD Tip-line tips lead to year-long investigation -- "Operation Horseback" -- into major Heroin sales in Jamestown and surrounding area...

Calls to the Jamestown Police Department's Tip-line triggered the year-long investigation into a Heroin trafficking ring busted Wednesday by some 120 police officers across the region.  Five agencies were involved in the lengthy investigation -- dubbed "Operation Horseback."  It led to charges against 47 people from the region -- mainly Jamestown.  Officials say many of these people actually moved here from three major northeastern U-S cities... New York City... Philadelphia... and, Buffalo.  They allegedly kept ties to family and friends... and, brought their drug dealing with them.  Jamestown Police Lieutenant Paul Abbott heads up their investigative unit... and, says there was no real ringleader.  Abbott says they discovered a lot of "different pipelines" bringing the opiate drug into the city.  However... Deputy State Attorney General Peri Cadanoff says one person... Carlos Encarnacion... was charged with a Class-A-2 Felony... the most serious charge of all those lodged in a 159-count indictment handed up in state Supreme Court.  Most of the suspects were arraigned in Chautauqua County Court... and, jailed without bail pending further court action.


Cuomo looking to speed up implementation of Medical Marijuana program for children's with Epilepsy...

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to speed up the implementation of the state's new medical marijuana law to help children with epilepsy get medication more quickly.  Right now... it's expected to take 18 months for the state to get the medical marijuana program up and running.  Many parents of children with epilepsy had said that is too long to wait.  Cuomo Wednesday wrote to the state's health commissioner asking if the process can be accelerated.  Earlier this month... New York became the 23rd state to authorize medical marijuana for patients with diseases including AIDS, cancer and epilepsy.  Parents of children with epilepsy were among the staunchest supporters for the new law, saying medical marijuana has shown promise in helping children with the condition.


Mains to hold public hearing on two, new education based programs to be housed in former Rogers School...

Two more uses are being considered for the former Rogers Elementary School in Jamestown... and, school officials have set a public hearing on those proposed uses next week.  Superintendent Tim Mains says the hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday -- prior to the regular school board meeting -- at the School Administrative offices on Martin Road.  Mains says the hearing is not required under the district's Environmental Quality Review... but, he wants to hear what the public has to say first.  Up to this point... he says the former school has been used mainly for long-term storage.  It's also been used for Jamestown Police school-incident drills.  Mains says the two uses they're looking at include housing the Jamestown Community Learning Council... which needs to move out of Lincoln School while it's renovated.  The other is for their expanded professional development program.  Mains knows there was a lot of controversy over the closing of the school... and, he wants to be "transparent" about what they're proposing to do.  Again... the public hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday before the regularly scheduled school board meeting.


NY Corruption Commission controversy continues to dog Cuomo...

Governor Andrew Cuomo is looking to move past allegations that his administration meddled with an anti-corruption commission... but, questions about his office's involvement aren't going away.  The Democrat governor traveled to Long Island to discuss help for homeowners rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy.  But... he ended up fielding questions about the political storm regarding his top aide Larry Schwartz's efforts to stop the corruption commission from issuing subpoenas to groups linked to the governor.  Cuomo says Schwartz only offered suggestions... and, says the commission's decision to ignore those suggestions shows his office didn't interfere.  He again pointed to a statement from one of the commission's leaders saying there was no interference from the Cuomo administration.


Two bidders - including Trump - move onto next round of bidding...

Billionaire Donald Trump's attorney has confirmed the real estate mogul has been chosen to advance to the next round of bidding to purchase the Buffalo Bills.  A person close to the process confirmed Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula also have been selected by Morgan Stanley, a firm overseeing the sale for late owner Ralph Wilson's estate.  The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the sale process is supposed to be private.  The selections were made Thursday, two days after prospective groups submitted non-binding bids.

 

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