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The Power is out on the North side of Jamestown after a car struck a utility pole on North Main Street near Tim Hortons this morning. Jamestown Police report that the one car accident happened just after 2:30. There were Apparently no injuries as the driver refused treatment. The power outage affects an area covering Buffalo Street, North Main Street and up to Horton Road.  Board of Public Utilities Crews are working to restore power and hope to have it back sometime this morning.


The public is understandably "nervous..." but, pleased that Jamestown police are doing to get drug traffickers off the streets.  That from city council members during last night's work session as City Police continue their crack-down on dealers... with several raids in recent weeks.  Lawmakers commended Chief Harry Snellings... and, his department for their efforts.  Snellings also addressed the recent shooting in the Appleyard Terrace housing complex... which is mainly for low-income residents.  At this point... he says it's not known if it was drug-related.
Snellings did say the number of shooting investigations is up from one last year to three this year... including the one at 188 Falconer Street on July 1st -- which was drug-related.  He says their investigations are on-going... and, that "aggressive" approach started about 2-and-a-half years ago when city officials recognized more drug-activity.  Council President Greg Rabb says city police have done a "pretty good job" in getting a handle on the supply side of the equation.  However... it's getting the "demand" side dealt with that's a big issue now.  That will be part of a public forum at Jamestown Community College's Scharmann Theater this Thursday night at 7 PM. 


Jamestown police hope to have two city men -- one who allegedly shot and wounded another man last Tuesday night -- returned to the area by the end of the week.  However... JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says that depends on whether either Trenton Grant, or Isaiah Pearson fights extradiction from Tennessee.  Meantime... the investigation continues into who may have allegedly helped the two 20 year-old men flee the area.  Samuelson says while those people thought they might be "helping" their friends... they too could be arrested... and, may face federal charges, as well. Samuelson says they believe several people may have helped Grant and Pearson get out of the state... then get bus tickets to Jackson, Tennessee.  The allegedly left the state last Thursday... two days after Grant allegedly shot a man in the Appleyard Terrace housing units.  Samuelson says if anyone with information on who may have helped the two fugitives is urged to call City Police at 483-7537... or call their anonymous tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.


Today's New York state primary is getting a lot of attention... but, it's not expected to bring out many additional Democrats or Republicans.  The main point Chautauqua County Elections Commissioners Brian Abram and Norm Green want local residents to know is that ALL polls in Chautauqua County open at 12 Noon today... and, voting continues until 9 PM.  Abram... the county's GOP Commissioner... says the polls do NOT open here at 6 AM as they do in the Buffalo-area.  As for turn-out... Abram says they would like 25 to 30-percent... but, don't expect it.
The big vote in Chautauqua County is for the Democratic and Republican candidates for the county's second Family Court Judge.  The state recently approved a second Family Court seat.  Abram says there are two Republicans... Mike Sullivan and Jeff Piazza... facing off.  In addition.. there are two Democrats... James Spann and Sally Jaroszynski.  The Board of Elections says reports Sullivan, Piazza and Spann are also seeking the Conservative and Independence Party endorsements... while Sullivan and Spann are seeking the Working Families' Party backing.  One other local race is for the County Legislature District 12 Independence Party endorsement between Democrat Beth Kresge... and, Republican Elizabeth Rankin.


A Jamestown man faces several charges after allegedly fleeing the scene of a serious car crash in the town of North Harmony after his speeding car went out of control early Sunday night.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Spooner Road just after 5 PM for a single-car accident... and, found the vehicle had gone down an embankment... and, struck several trees.  Further investigation led to the arrest of 25 year-old Paul Miller... who was caught a short distance from the scene.  At the time of the accident... deputies say Miller had a 15 year-old passenger in his vehicle.  He's been charged with Reckless Driving, Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident, Endangering the Welfare of a Child... and, Resisting Arrest.  Miller is also accused of violating his parole.  Miller was arraigned in North Harmony Town Court... and, sent to the County Jail without bail.


A-A-R-P says many Baby Boomers plan to leave New York as they retire and take a slice of the state's economy with them.  The group says its survey shows 60 percent of working New Yorkers over 50 say they're likely to go elsewhere in retirement, taking an estimated 105-billion dollars, or more of annual spending.  AARP says the statewide survey shows 40 percent worry about paying rent or mortgages... 56 percent are extremely or very worried about paying property taxes... 51 percent worry about utility bills and most are looking for improvements in health care, housing, transportation and jobs for older residents.  Spokesman Erik Kriss says the survey of 407 registered voters has a margin of error of 5 percent.  Boomers were born between 1946 and 1964.