County's Salary Commission approves increases for elected offices, reommendations move onto county legislature...

A commission that has studied the salaries of Chautauqua County Executive, County Clerk, Sheriff and County Legislators has made its recommendations... and, county lawmakers will now consider several local laws that would raise the pay for each position.  Fredonia Mayor Steve Keefe chaired the Salary Review Commission.  The former county legislator says the panel was on board with the pay hikes.  Keefe says they had three options, one to lower salaries -- which had no support.  He adds the other was to keep them where they're at... but, that also had no support.  The third was agreed to, and that was to look at pay increases.  Keefe says they looked at a number of factors when arriving at the recommendations... including the number of years since a raise had been put in place.  The proposed local laws would increase the salaries of legislators from $9,000 a year to $12,000.  The salary of the County Executive would increase from $85,000 to $109,000, County Clerk from $53,000 to just over $68,000 and County Sheriff from $82,500 to nearly $87,500.  The raises, if granted would not take effect until the start of the next term...January in the case of the county executive, the county clerk and county lawmakers. The Sheriff's payraise wouldn't kick in until January of 2015.


Sheriff's Gerace, and Whitcomb warn public about new telephone scam that targets seniors...

The sheriff's in both Chautauqua and Cattaraugus County are warning people -- especially the elderly -- about the latest phone scam to surface in both counties.  In fact... this one -- involving a call from someone saying you've won -- or someone has bought you a Medical Alert System -- has been a problem state-wide.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says anytime someone calls you with such an offer... then asks for personal information including a Social Security number, or credit or debit card information... don't give it out.  Gerace says scammers are becoming "even more sophisticated than they were before," and people need to be "very careful" about the information they give out.  In at least some cases... there is no cost to have the monitoring system put in place.  However... there is a big monthly monitoring fee.  In that case... Gerace says you're always going to pay "one way or another."  Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb says the scam there has involved someone making 4 or 5 calls... unlike when you receive one call... and, it stops.  Both Gerace and Whitcomb remind residents to never give out ANY personal information over the telephone.  People receiving such calls should contact their local law enforcement agency.


Erie, PA man arrested following high speed pursuit that ends in North Harmony...

An Erie, Pennsylvania man, who led State Police on a high speed chase in the town of North Harmony that ended with a crash, will face a number of charges.  31-year-old William Brown was clocked going 84 m.p.h. on Interstate 86.  After failing to pull over... the pursuit by State Police wound up on Route 394 and ended when Brown lost control of the SUV and it rolled onto its side in a field near the Ashville BOCES.  Uninjured, Brown was taken into custody without incident.

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