Officer involved in fatal shooting incident in Fredonia last Dec. will not be charged... 
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson held a news conference in Fredonia Friday afternoon to update the investigation into last December's police-involved shooting in the village.  Swanson announced that charges will not be filed against police officer Nathan Scriven who fatally shot 23-year-old George Penev.  The findings come after a four-month investigation into the shooting incident that occurred December 10 at 76 Liberty St.  Swanson says his "ethical obligations prohibit me from filing charges where there are no probable cause to support them."  He says Officer Scriven's actions were bth "lawful and appropriate."  Penev was found to have a quantity of illegal drugs in his system.  The investigation also led to the arrest of a college student from Erie County named Amanda Bridges.  The 21-year-old Bridges allegedly sold Penev LSD and was charged this morning with criminal sale of a controlled substance.  Bridges was transported to the Chautauqua County Jail for arraignment.


Driver involved in fatal, one-car crash in Pomfret is identified...
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office has now identified the man killed in a single-car crash on Ellicott Road in the town of Pomfret late last Thursday night.  Deputies say they were called to the scene just before 10:30 p.m., and, determined that the driver, 28 year-old Philip Cunningham of Fredonia... had lost control of the vehicle and it went down a ravine. The Fredonia Fire Department assisted at the scene. 


City man arrested following domestic incident on Jamestown's southside...
A Jamestown man was arrested early Friday morning following a domestic assault.  City police responded to a Broadhead Avenue residence shortly after 1 a.m. for the incident... and, made contact with some of the occupants outside.  Officers say 40 year-old Thomas Salverson refused to let police and the occupants back inside... and, a brief struggle ensued with Salverson.  Police say all this occurred in front of a 10 year-old child.  Salverson was taken into custody on charges of endangering the welfare of a child... obstruction and resisting arrest. He's being held pending arraignment. 


Green says decision from Cuomo on Special Senate Election could come next week...
Chautauqua County elections officials say it appears that Governor Andrew Cuomo will decide sometime next week if there will be a special election in June for the 57th State Senate seat... formerly held by Cathy Young.  That from Democratic Election's Commissioner Norm Green... who says that's the time-frame for when Cuomo will have to make a decision in order to hold it on Primary Day.  Green says they don't know if there will be a special vote or not.  If there is one... the four GOP and Democratic Committees will have to meet again, and select their candidate.  We have learned that Allegany County Legislature Chairman Kurt Crandall has announced he has filed petitions with the State Board of Elections in Albany for the GOP line in the June 25th primary.  Green has also heard that Crandall and Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello were able to file petitions prior to the Thursday’s deadline... and, says the filings will trigger a primary -- unless there is a special election.  Borrello announced earlier this week that he filed double the required number of signatures... and, Crandall says he got the required number of signatures by a "wide margin."


State Audit shows food safety inspectors failed to act on nearly 1,000 health violations between 2014-17...
A state audit says food safety inspectors in New York state failed to take action in response to hundreds of serious health violations.  The audit published Friday by Democratic Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli analyzed records of more than 400,000 inspections between 2014 and September 2017.  Inspectors identified 984 Class I violations, the most serious type.  Yet 73 percent of the violations resulted in no enforcement action.  Enforcement actions can include fines or even closure.  Auditors also found problems in how the data is reported.  Inspections are carried out by a mix of state and local health agencies.


State lawmakers to introduce legislation to also outlaw plastic take-out bags for restaurants...
A state lawmaker wants to expand New York's plastic bag ban to include the sacks used for restaurant take-out and leftovers.  Democratic Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, of Albany, has announced legislation that would eliminate an exemption for restaurants in the new law banning single-use shopping bags beginning next March.  She says restaurants provide too many plastic bags to be left out of the law.  Lawmakers passed the bag ban earlier this week as part of a new state budget.  Under the new law, local counties can also impose a 5-cent fee on paper bags.  The county could keep a portion of the proceeds, with the rest going to state environmental programs. 


Quattrone discusses Criminal Justice Reforms...
Law enforcement officials in Chautauqua County are still diving into the details of the criminal justice reforms that were included in new state budget.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone says many of the changes don't take effect until January of 2020, including the elimination of cash bail.  Quattrone says he has mixed reaction over the changes... especially when it comes to cash bail because it will lower the number of inmates in the jail, and may speed up court action.  However, he says there is an obvious concern about "protecting our communities."  Quattrone says, though, there may be some cases where cash bail may still apply... such as when a suspect threatens someone with bodily harm.  Other criminal justice reforms that are part of the budget include a requirement for courts to reduce unnecessary delays and to overhaul the state's discovery process.  

 

 
 

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