A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly unhooking the gas line to a stove inside a westside home and, poured lighter fluid on a bed with people inside the home....  

City police were called to the scene at 11 West 10th Street shortly before 7 p.m. Friday night and found the suspect -- identified as Justin Traver -- outside the home.  Officers along with Jamestown fire crews, got everyone else out of the home and, firefighters re-hooked the gas line.  Police say Traver intended on harming the people inside and, faces several charges, including first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree menacing and, five counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.


A Jamestown woman has been arrested for alleged stalking, and being at a home she was supposed to stay away from in the town of Carroll....  

Sheriff's officers say they conducted a warrant check at a home on Bragg Road in Frewsburg last Saturday afternoon for Victoria Miller and, found her inside the residence.  Deputies arrested Miller on three counts of second-degree criminal contempt and one count of fourth-degree stalking.  She was arraigned and sent to the Chautauqua County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.


Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says he's disappointed by the county legislature's vote to reject a proposal to hire qualified Assistant D-As from outside the county...  

Swanson says Chautauqua County is not alone in facing difficulty in finding qualified assistants and he says the requests are becoming more common in the more rural counties where D-A's have had a problem finding enough qualified applicants.  He says he will continue seeking the most qualified candidates he can.

He says the most recent request to the state came from Oswego County.   The measure was defeated at the legislature's November 28th meeting, 12-5.  All 12 no-votes came from Republicans on the County Legislature, something Swanson found somewhat troubling.  He considers his office non-partisan and, he has Democrats and Republicans and they really don't care what party someone is from, so long as they can do the jobs. 


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have ordered government flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of George H.W. Bush...  


Cuomo, a Democrat, said in a statement Saturday that the Republican president was "a great unifier of Americans, always putting country before party."  He said Bush showed "the compassion, decency and good humor that is often lacking in our politics today."  On Twitter, de Blasio, also a Democrat, said Bush had "devoted his life to serving our nation."  The 41st U-S president died Friday at his Houston home. He was 94.


The head of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for New York and New Jersey says she'll spend a month in a public housing apartment to "fully understand" the challenges public housing tenants face....  

Lynne Patton's plan to move from her Trump Tower home to the Grant Houses in Harlem was first reported by WPIX, Channel 11 in New York.  Patton's spokeswoman, Olga Alvarez, told the New York Daily News on Friday that Patton will move into a public housing apartment in January if HUD's general counsel approves.  Patton was named to her HUD position after serving as an event planner for the family of Republican President Donald Trump.  The New York City Housing Authority is mired in scandals over falsified lead paint inspections as well as failure to provide heat.


New York state has opened another of its welcome centers located along major interstate highways.  Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced the grand opening of the Capital Region Welcome Center....  

The Democrat says the new facility located along the Thruway in Greene County will help boost the Albany area's tourism industry for decades to come.  The new welcome center is located off Interstate 87's northbound lanes, between Exit 21B and Exit 21A, across from the New Baltimore Service Area about 15 miles south of Albany.  The welcome center features a Taste NY Market and displays and information on historical and natural attractions from the Albany area north to the Saratoga-Lake George region.  The welcome center is now one of 11 located across the state, including three along the Thruway system.


With the holiday shopping season underway, the U.S. Postal Service wants to make sure you send all of your holiday cards and presents on time...  

Karen Mazurkiewicz, spokesperson for the Postal Service's Buffalo office, has some tips to help you beat those deadlines.  Mazurkiewicz says it is very helpful to track your mailings with the Postal Service's official website -- usps.com. There are several shipping options, including overnight and expedited. Mazurkiewicz says if you're sending someone a gift domestically, please have it in the mail by December 20.  For international mailings, December 8.

 
Members of the New York state Assembly are heading to Long Island for a public hearing on proposals to legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults....  


Monday's 10:30 a.m. hearing at Babylon Town Hall is intended to gather input on legalization and how it has worked in other states.  Lawmakers expect legalization to be a big debate in next year's legislative session, which gets underway in January in Albany.  There's broad support among many lawmakers for legalization, but figuring out the details of the regulations and tax rules for the drug will be challenging.  This is fourth hearing on the topic held by the Assembly.


Nine new members of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame will be formally inducted during the hall's annual Banquet next February 18 in Lakewood....  

That from Hall of Fame President Randy Anderson, who says the living inductees are amateur and professional soccer player and coach Cheryl Bailey, Trapshooter Tiffany Decker, long-time north county baseball coach Vince Gullo, professional sports trainer Mike Lopriore, college and pro football coach Bob Palcic and, matial arts master Mark Weaver.  Anderson says those to be inducted posthumously are pro baseball player Jack Harper, north county baseball coach, Charles Johnston and, softball and baseball umpire Luella Kye.  The induction banquet will be held at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club and, will bring the total number of inductees to 200.  Dinner tickets are $50.00 each. For more information, call Chairman Chip Johnson at 485-6991.

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