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A Sinclairville man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a man in Jamestown several times yesterday morning with a knife.  City police were called to the scene at 63 Hazzard Street about 9:30 AM on the report of a fight.  Officers say when the arrived at the scene... they found a 34 year-old man had been stabbed... and, was taken to WCA Hospital.  Police say their investigation allowed them to find the suspect... identified as 25 year-old Christopher Dellahoy... a short distance from the scene.  Dellahoy was arrested... and, charged with Felony second-degree assault.  He was jailed pending arraignment.

Across southern Chautauqua County yesterday... there was patriotic music... and, speeches to commemoriate Memorial Day 2014. The Southwestern High School Marching Band was one of several groups taking part in the first Memorial Day Parade of the day in the town of Busti.  The Southwestern Middle School Band... several local fire departments and other organizations also took part.  Pastor Lee O'Brien with the Busti Federated Church delivered the main address... and, reminded the gathering of why we pause to remember our war-dead on this day.
O'Brien also expressed his appreciation to the wives, husbands, and immediate family of those who have fallen for their sacrifices.  He talked about how Memorial Day -- first known as Decoration Day -- began.  It formally became a three-day, national holiday in 1971... and, he says -- unfortunately -- it's lost some of it's meaning.  But... adds he's happy that places like Busti honor the nation's war-dead.


A Memorial Day Ceremony was held Monday at Soldier’s Circle in Lakeview Cemetery following the annual parade in Jamestown.  Guest Speaker Bill Servis from the U.S. Army took a moment to reflect on what Memorial Day means to him. During Monday's service... Jim Gardner of the Lakeview Cemetery Board spoke of a new Veteran’s Area that is scheduled to be constructed in 2015 or 2016.  The reason for the new area is that the current Soldier’s Circle Portion of Lakeview Cemetery will be filled in the next couple of years.


New York state has sent disaster assistance teams to help victims of recent flash flooding in Yates County in the Finger Lakes region.  Governor Andrew Cuomo says that the teams are being deployed to help residents and business owners as they prepare insurance claims.  Nearly 150 homes and 20 businesses in Yates County were damaged by the floods after heavy rains overwhelmed several small creeks.  Cuomo declared a state of emergency for the county back on May 14th. 


Memorial Day Weekend is typically the start of the Summer boating season... but, that was not the case in a few places in western New York.  Two of the Finger Lakes were closed due to flooding and debris from severe thunderstorms over the past week.  Locally... Chautauqua Lake is open... but, boating caution is advised because of debris floating at the top of the water... and, some just beneath the surface.  Volunteer operator John Cheney with the Bemus Point-Stow Ferry says the historic vessel did NOT be operate yesterday due to the high water... and, debris.  Once people get out... the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office will again be out patrolling the lake.  Sheriff Joe Gerace stresses boating safety. John Cheney says Bemus Point-Stow Ferry operators were able to hold their Fireworks display last Sunday night... and, a good crowd was on hand on both sides of the lake.  However... he says in taking the ferry out to the center of the narrows... they found a lot of debris... including a 55-gallon barrel that was floating just beneath the surface.  On our "Community Spotlight" program... Sheriff Gerace reminded boaters that there are new regulations regarding boating certifications for 13 to 18 year-olds.


U-S Senator Chuck Schumer is asking for 100-million dollars in funding for to curb the scourge of heroin in New York and across the country.  The New York Democrat Monday said he's requesting the additional federal funding be allocted to the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program.  Schumer says it will give authorities in New York and New Jersey the boost they needs to better assess heroin's trafficking patterns in the region.  With Mexican heroin flooding the market, Schumer hopes that the additional funding will help develop information-sharing between federal agencies and local law enforcement.  The money would be included in the Senate Appropriation bill, which is being considered within the coming weeks.


Several bronze and aluminium Military Markers have been stolen from gravesites in a Warren County cemetery.  With that... State Police in Warren says those men and women won't be able to be honored today on Memorial Day.  Troopers say the markers were stolen from several different parts of the St. Joseph Cemetery in Pleasant Township between May 12th and 23rd.  Police are asking anyone with information about this crime to call State Police in Warren... or Warren County Crimestoppers.