Three men have been arrested for allegedly taking part in a shooting incident between two cars on Jamestown's eastside early Christmas morning....  

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the area of East Second and Jeffords Streets about 2:40 a.m. on a complaint of shots fire.  Samuelson says they received cooperation from the alleged victim in the case, who directed them the suspect's home on Foote Avenue.

Samuelson says officers arrested the suspected shooter -- 27 year-old Angel Carino-Ricard -- along with two others.  They are identified as 31 year-old Rafael Gonzalez-Rivera and, 33 year-old Mike Santiago.  Samuelson says police got a search warrant and, found the suspected gun -- a 45-calibur hand-gun and, others.  One was a loaded AK-47 assault rifle and the other was a 22-calibur rifle.  Samuelson says Ricard faces the most serious charges, including two counts of second-degree criminal possession and use of a firearm and, first-degree reckless endangerment.  Ricard is jailed on $510,000 cash bail, while both Gonzalez-Rivera and Santiago are each jailed on $400,000 each.


An Ashville man has been arrested as a fugitive wanted in Pennsylvania for attempted criminal homicide....  

Sheriff's officers say they and Lakewood-Busti Police were contacted by State Police in Warren, about an arrest warrant for 22 year-old Michael Shreve of Blockville-Watts Flats Road.  They were told he may be in the Ashville or Busti areas after allegedly being involved in a weekend incident in Sugar Grove.  Sheriff's deputies with their K-9 units and, Lakewood-Busti Police made checks in the area and, found Shreve about 7:30 Tuesday night.  He was arraigned in the Chautauqua Town Court as a fugitive from justice and committed to the Chautauqua County jail without bail pending his extradition to Pennsylvania.


Several north county fire departments were called to the scene of a reported house fire early Wednesday morning near the village of Brocton....  

Sheriff's Department dispatchers say Brocton fire crews were called to the scene at 8299 Route 380 shortly after 5 AM.  The fire was out earlier and no injuries have been reported.  Brocton was joined at the scene by Portland, Stockton, Westfield and Fredonia firefighters.  The Jamestown Post-Journal reports investigators determined the cause to be a pipe connected to a wood stove, causing fire to begin in the wall and travel to the second floor of the home. The paper says several of the families pets also perished in the fire. 


The new year will be one of transitions for the Jamestown-area's main hospital...  

UPMC Chautauqua went through a final name change -- and is now a full affiliate of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  In addition, there will be a new leader of the local institution -- starting January 1st when Interim President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Durniok replaces the retiring Betsy Wright.  Hospital Board Chairman Steve Kilburn says, while Wright's retirement is a major loss, he says being affilated with UPMC helps cushion that blow.

Durniok, who has headed up UPMC Northwest in Venango County, Pennsylvania since February of 2017, says he's happy about the new opportunity.  Kilburn adds that Durniok will be of considerable help in 2019 because the local hospital will switch over to UPMC's Electronic Health Records program, something he's been through at UPMC Northwest.  Most recently, Durniok has served as vice president of human resources at UPMC Hamot, and later UPMC Northwest and UPMC Chautauqua, from 2013 to 2018. 


The woman who has led UPMC Chautauqua -- formerly WCA Hospital -- in Jamestown for nearly the past 20 years announced her retirement earlier this month...  

A reception and Open House at the hospital was held last Friday for President and Chief Executive Officer Betsy Wright to give community leaders and staff and administrators the chance to say good-bye.  Wright's retirement after nearly three decades there is our seventh biggest story of 2018.

After some initial photographs, nurses, doctors and others lined up to speak with Wright... who was also congratulated by Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello, and local Congressman Tom Reed -- among others.  UPMC Chautauqua Board President Steven Kilburn had nothing but praise for Wright and all she has done through her wisdom and professionalism.  During here nearly 20 years as head of the hospital, Wright oversaw operations during some drastic changes in the health care field, the new association with UPMC and the start and continuation of the approximately $20-million expansion project. 


New York state is expanding a legal defense project for immigrants launched in 2017 to include social and health care services for families....  

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the new "Project Golden Door" will provide family support services at 12 existing sites.  In addition, a new Regional Rapid Response team will set up attorneys in the state's 10 regional economic development council areas to respond to raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Democrat Cuomo says the immigrant legal defense project is the first of its kind in the nation.  The governor's office says New York is home to 940,000 immigrants in the country without legal authorization, and 53,000 of them are under 16.


An avid Buffalo Bills fan from Texas who's battling cancer has been given a trip to Disney World thanks to the efforts of a fan club known as the Bills Mafia....  

Ezra Castro is known as Pancho Billa for his game-day outfit that includes a sombrero and facemask in the NFL team's red, white and blue colors.  The 39-year-old mortician from Dallas has attended numerous Bills games on the road and at New Era Field in Orchard Park, earning him the honor of being named the inaugural member of the Buffalo Fan Wall of Fame.  Last Sunday... while watching the Bills-Patriots game at a Dallas-area bar with other Buffalo fans, the Bills Mafia surprised him with an all-expenses-paid trip to Disney World in Florida for him, his girlfriend and their two young children.

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