Ellicott Police officials have identified a Cassadaga man as the person who was killed in a two-vehicle crash last Saturday...  

Town Police confirm that 65 year-old Peter Tarbrake was driving a southbound car that crossed the center line on Route 60 -- near Van Cobb Road -- and, hit another car shortly before 7 PM.  Officers say Tarbrake was found unresponsive inside the vehicle and, he was rushed to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  Ellicott police say the investigation is continuing into what caused the crash.  State police, sheriff's officers, and Fluvanna fire rescue crews also assisted at the scene. 


The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office has released information on a felony Leandra's Law arrest in the Town of Portland.... 

Deputies say they saw a vehicle fail to dim its highbeams to oncoming on Route 5 last Wednesday evening. Officers stopped the vehicle and identified the operator as 51 year-old Joseph Pencek. Following an investigation, Pencek was arrested on additional charges of a DWAI-drugs and failure to dim headlights. He is due in Portland Town Court at a later date. 


A Jamestown man has pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm earlier this year when he was allegedly involved in a drug investigation...  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior announced late Tuesday that 38 year-old Douglas Wood entered the plea before federal Judge Richard Arcara.  The prosecutor handling the case says that Jamestown Police were surveilling Wood during a narcotics investigation operation and, learned that Wood was in possession of a silver handgun.  He was later approached by uniformed officers and, briefly tried to flee.  Following a brief struggle, the defendant was restrained and officers recovered a loaded revolver and 14 additional rounds of ammunition.  Wood was previously convicted of felonies, including possession of a sawed-off shotgun in Virginia in 2000, and in Chautauqua County in 2001, 2004 and, 2007.  The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  


The U-S House of Representatives and the Senate are back in session today and, while many view it as a lame duck session, area Congressman Tom Reed says there is still lot of work that can be done......

Issues that Reed says he would like to see lawmakers tackle include immigration and, he adds that he believes President Trump is sincere on wanting to get that issue taken care of.  He says members of the Problem Solvers Caucus have proposed their own package they would like pursued.  The Corning Republican made his comments during a recent conference call with Southern Tier Media, after being re-elected to a fifth-term in Congress.


Officials in Chautauqua County are pleased that the county's Land Bank Corporation was recently awarded a $2 million dollar grant from the New York State Office of the Attorney General's Land Bank Community Revitalization Initiative Fund....  

County Executive George Borrello says the grant includes a two-year funding cycle and will allow the land bank to fund its demolition program, to support bank foreclosure acquisitions and other activities.  He says the County's land bank program has far sold 90 rehab properties, demolished another 90 derelict structures, and returned over 50 vacant lots to the tax rolls.  And, the County Executive adds that more projects are in the pipeline.


Western New York will be losing one of it's smaller, but, high profile manufacturing plants next Spring...  

An official with the union representing workers at New Era Cap in Derby says the company plans to close the plant next March.  A spokesperson from CWA Local 14177 tells Channel 7 in Buffalo that the closing will put more than 200 people out of work.  New Era says in a statement it is "considering the discontinuation of operations."  However, there are reports the company will move to South Florida.  New Era Chief Executive Officer Chris Koch says the decision is "extremely difficult for me.  I grew up in Derby and worked in the facility, which has a long, productive history with the company."


The city of Jamestown now has a Christmas Tree for the season, which kicks into high-gear two weeks from this Friday......  

A combined Parks, Public Works and, Board of Public Utilities employees took down the 45-foot Colorado Blue Spruce Tree Tuesday morning at 200 Sampson Street, at the corner with Hazeltine Avenue.  City Arborist Dan Stone says they appreciate the donation from Paul and Jennifer Liuzzo and, adds this is a fun part of the job. The crew was using a BPU Crane to pick the tree up and, lay it onto a Lakeshore Paving flatbed truck.  Stone says it was then taken through the city and off-loaded in front of Tracy Plaza to be cut and further trimmed before being anchored down.  He says it'll be decorated with some 3,000 LED lights, and a large star on top.  The tree will be officially lit to begin the annual Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration in downtown Jamestown on Friday, November 30. 


Two donated blue spruce trees are being cut down this week and transported to the Capitol and Empire State Plaza in Albany to become New York state's holiday trees...

Tuesday morning, a 35-foot spruce donated by the Pfeifer family was cut down in Latham.  A tree donated by the Pappas family will be cut down in Loudonville on Thursday.  Lights will be turned on at a celebration at the Empire State Plaza on Sunday, December 2.  The event will feature free skate rentals, horse and carriage rides, music by Tuba Christmas and figure skating performances.  A special Rock and Skate will follow the tree-lighting and fireworks at 5:15.  The Empire State Plaza rink opens for skating this season on Friday, November 30.
 

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