The Chautauqua County District Attorney's Office and not the New York State Attorney General's Office will lead the investigation into Monday's police involved shooting at 76 Liberty Street in Fredonia....  

That from D-A Patrick Swanson yesterday.  He says the decision was based on evidence gathered in the case.  Swanson says an investigator from the A-G's Office was sent to the scene of the fatal shooting on Monday.

Swanson says the investigation is continuing, but he admits it has been a slow process, which is probably the "right way to do it."  He says there are several pieces of evidence his office still needs from the incident.  Police officials said Monday night that the officer fatally shot the man who was wielding a knife.  Swanson did indicate that he met with the man's family today and they did not want authorities to release his identity.  The D-A says he will leave it up to Fredonia Police Chief Brad Meyers to decide whether to release the officer's name.

 
A newspaper is now identifying the man suspected of fatally stabbing another man in western New York last weekend and, is being held in a Nevada jail....  

The Olean Times-Herald reports police in Henderson, Nevada say 22-year-old Brandon Francis is being held in a local jail on an outstanding warrant from Cattaraugus County.  Francis is accused of fleeing to Nevada after allegedly stabbing 22-year-old Juwaan Holt, of Buffalo, to death.  The victim's body was discovered Saturday at a home in Salamanca.  The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office has declined to identify the suspect for investigative purposes but, deputies have said the man is charged with second-degree murder.  Francis is awaiting extradition proceedings to be brought back to New York.  It couldn't be learned from prosecutors if he has a lawyer.


Jamestown police have arrested a city man on 13 Felony charges stemming from a late November investigation into a rash of criminal mischief complaints....  

In a printed release, Police Chief Harry Snellings says 21 year-old Kyle Seekings and three male juveniles are allegedly responsible for damages -- in excess of $30,000 -- to homes, business and vehicles along First Street and the Riverwalk.  In addition, Snellings says the four are also accused of throwing rocks and snowballs from the viaduct on North Main Street and Foote Avenue.  Seekings is being held pending arraignment on 6 counts of second-degree criminal mischief and 7 counts of third-degree criminal mischief.  Snellings says the three juveniles will be petitioned to Family Court. 


Local Congressman Tom Reed is joining with other GOP House members from New York in calling on the Justice Department to investigate the state's Justice Center for failure to investigate crimes involving death and abuse of people with disabilities...  

Reed says those people are directly under the state's care and, says they were made aware of these "egregious and unreported crimes" by an advocate whose son died while in state care.

Reed says nearly 1,400 allegations related to staff abuses, patient neglect, sexual assaults and even patient deaths have been reported to the New York State Justice Center, which is authorized to investigate all reports of abuse and neglect and prosecute criminal offenses.  However... he says it has only investigated about 2.5-percent of those.  That's why he and others have written the Justice Department.  Reed says they include fellow Repubicans Lee Zeldin, Peter King and Elise Stefanik.  He adds that "for Governor Cuomo’s Justice Center to sweep these crimes under the rug is unfair for the people our government is charged with protecting." 


Members of the New York state Assembly are getting an early start to 2019.  Members of the Assembly's Democratic majority are gathered in Albany for a few days of meetings....  

Senate Democrats are also meeting this week to prepare for 2019, when they will have the majority in the Senate.  The Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs held a hearing Wednesday on veteran employment programs.  Lawmakers say the early meetings, many held behind closed doors, help them pick priorities and plot strategy before the session begins.  The full Legislature is scheduled to convene January 9th for the beginning of its six-month session.  Meanwhile, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo will get the new year started when he delivers his third inaugural address on January 1st on Ellis Island.


The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County is now over 80-percent of it's goal for the 2018 General Campaign....  

Committee officials met Thursday and, learned the campaign was at 82-percent of their $1.335-million goal.  United Way Executive Director Amy Rohler says they're pleased with where they are at but, she adds they still have to get over the finish line.

Rohler says she and others with the United Way are in the midst of making presentations to local businesses and companies to generate excitement about the campaign.  She and others were at our Media One Radio Group headquarters yesterday to talk about what their dollars do for one local human service agency, the Chautauqua Blind Association.  Rohler says all United Way campaign dollars stay local to support 39 programs at 26 member agencies.  She says the best way to keep up with the campaign and, learn more about their visits, is to go to their Facebook page.  You can also got to their website at UWaysCC.org.  You can also call 483-1561.

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