City woman hurt in car-tractor-trailer accident in Stockton...         
A Jamestown woman suffered minor injuries early this morning when her car ran a stop sign, and struck a tractor-trailer on County Route 380 in the town of Stockton.  Sheriff's officers say 42 year-old Nicole Olsen allegedly failed to stop at the intersection of Route 380 and Beech Hill Road shortly before 5 a.m., and, her car hit the big rig.  Olsen was taken to Brook's Memorial Hospital for treatment.  No one else was hurt in the crash.   She was issued an appearance ticket for failure to stop at a stop sign in Stockton Town Court.


Youth arrested at Ellicottville Central School for allegedly leaving a threatening note...
State Police in Cattaraugus County have arrested a student under the age of 14 for allegedly leaving a threatening note that led Ellicottville Central School officials to lock-down the school for a while last Friday.  Troopers in Machias say the student was arrested later that day after the threat was first made about 8 a.m.  Police responded... and, say appropriate measures were taken for the safety of the students and staff.   More resources were brought in after the school went into lockdown... but, no immediate credible threats were found.  Once the student was arrested... police say the lock-down was lifted.  The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office is assisting with the investigation.


Three people arrested in Cattaraugus County for allegedly trafficking Cocaine...
Three residents from Cattaraugus County are jailed without bail for allegedly trafficking powder cocaine from a home on Block Road in the town of Yorkshire.  Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, and Franklinville Village Police, say they raided the home last Thursday night... and, arrested 51 year-old Diana Sion... 50 year-old Ella Booth, and 29 year-old Jessie Burdic.  Task Force agents say they also found 8-ounces of cocaine inside the home.  All three were arraigned on charges of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell... and, second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia.  All three were sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail... and, more charges are pending.  The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department Special Response and K-9 teams were also involved... along with State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration in Buffalo.


Bargar considering another run for New York State Senate...
A Jamestown-area Democrat has become the first from that party to announce they are considering a run for the state Senate being vacated by Cathy Young.  Lakewood's Nancy Bargar has run two other times for the 57th District seat... most recently being defeated by Young for an open seat in 2005.  Prior to that... Bargar ran for the seat against late Senator Jess Present in 1992... but, was narrowly defeated.  Bargar says it's important for people -- who have the passion -- to get involved in finding the best candidate to make it the "most competitive race is can be."  It'll be up to Governor Andrew Cuomo to decide whether to call a special election... or leave the seat vacant until the general election in November.  Bargar served on the Chautauqua County Legislature for 10 years... and, last ran for public office in 2010... when long-time incumbant Assemblyman Bill Parment retired just prior to the election.  However... she lost to Republican Andy Goodell that year.  Bargar says she's heard of 4 to 5 Democrats elsewhere in the district also considering a run... and, she says there'll be a "lot of pressure" on the county chairmen to find the right candidate to run. 


State's Working Families Party looking to fight move to end "Fusion Voting" in NYS...
In New York government news, the liberal Working Families Party is fighting what it says is an effort by Democrats to weaken third parties in the state.  Top Democrats could soon consider a party resolution supporting the elimination of so-called fusion voting.  That's an odd ballot rule that allows third parties to cross-endorse major party nominees.  It means the same politician's name may appear multiple times under multiple parties on the same ballot.  Critics say the practice is confusing, but supporters say it gives voters more choices and has helped third parties proliferate. 


Thompson announces bid to run primary in City Council's second-ward...
A Jamestown native who has been voicing her concerns over issues in the city says she plans to run in a Republican primary to represent Ward-Two on the city council.  Raven Thompson says a domestic incident in her family four-years ago allowed her to see the problems with government that cry out for change.  Thompson says the way things were being run failed her family.  She believes her experiences would help her as a lawmaker to see the real needs in the community.  She really got involved in voicing her opposition to the city's attempt to annex four-acres of property in the village of Falconer... where she lived for a time... where the Board of Public Utilities Dow Street Substation is located.  The city has argued that it needs the property annexed into the city because it would allow them to better maintain the property and the substation, and save the city, and BPU money that would have to be paid in taxes. 


 

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