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A Mayville woman has been arrested for allegedly trying to set fire to a multiple-unit apartment house in the village last weekend.  Sheriff's Deputies were called to the scene on South Erie Street shortly before 9 PM Saturday... and, learned someone had tried to commit arson while people were inside the dwelling.  Officers investigated... and, arrested 40 year-old Brenda Harper.  Deputies say Harper is charged with second-degree attempted arson... and first-degree reckless endangerment.  She was arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court... and, sent to the county jail without bail.


A north county woman escaped serious injury after her car went off York Road in the town of Hanover Road... and crashed into a shallow pond.  Sheriff's Deputies say the vehicle... driven by 24 year-old Liana Halliman of Forestville... left the roadway about 3:30 AM Saturday... and, went through a front lawn and entered a small, shallow pond -- becoming partially submerged.  Officers say Halliman was helped out of the vehicle by the homeowner at the scene.  Further investigation found Halliman was drunk... and, she was charged with driving while intoxicated... having a blood alcohol level of point-18 or higher... and, failure to keep right.  She was processed in Hanover Town Court, and released pending a future court appearance.


Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan says his first budget proposal... which will be made at this week's County Legislature meeting... will be brought in under the 2-percent property tax cap.  That's the first hint Horrigan has given as to how the tax levy... and, tax rates... will look in next year's spending plan.  However... the legislature will have to approve a final budget by December 1st.  Horrigan said -- in a prepared statement early last weekend -- that by "using our fund balance... it will keep the 2015 budget under the property tax cap to provide relief to our County taxpayers."  Earlier... he told us that's due to anticipated proceeds from sale of the County Home in Dunkirk. The sale of the County Home to VestraCare of Long Island is expected to be completed by the end of the year.  The final sale price is 16-million dollars... but, extra revenue will be a good deal less than because there is some debt from the home that must be paid off.  Otherwise... he says the 2015 budget focuses on "investing in an offensive economic development strategy, protecting our watersheds, coordinating health care and substance abuse initiatives... and, implementing cost containment resources to target welfare fraud and rising public defender costs."


New York's comptroller reports state tax collections through the first five months of the current fiscal year were 26.9-billion dollars.  Democrat Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said last weekend tax revenues were slightly higher than projected... while the state received some 3.5-billion dollars from financial settlements, most of that unexpected.  DiNapoli says the state government's cash position is strong.  His office's monthly cash report shows overall tax receipts are 1.3 percent less than a year earlier.  He says all but 300-million dollars of the settlement funds were unanticipated.


California is poised to become first in the nation to enact a statewide ban on single-use grocery-store plastic bags... and, local advocates say New York is working to keep pace.  The New York City Council meeting was the focus of an "Advocacy Day" this past week... and, Attorney Jennie Romer with 'PlasticBagLaws.org' says more than 100 students from eight local schools spoke to council members in support of a measure to impose a similar fee in the city for plastic bag use. Romer says the measure is headed to the city council's Sanitation Committee.  She says communities from Long Island to Westchester will be keeping a close eye on the council action as they work to impose similar measures across the state.


A Jamestown teenager is jailed following a suspicious incident in an area of the city where it's most recent shooting incident took place.  City police were called to the scene at the Appleyard Terrace Housing units at 633 East Second late last Friday night on a report of suspicious persons smoking marijuana.  Officers say a 16 year-old boy ran from the scene during the investigation.  Police chased down the teen... and, arrested him.  Officers say the unidentified boy was charged with obstructing governmental administration... and, is being held pending arraignment.


About 4,000 people packed Steele Hall late last week to see Bill Nye "the Science Guy " at the SUNY College at Fredonia deliver the campus' annual Convocation Series.  His focus was on "You can change the world."  But... he also answered a number of questions about his career as a scientist... engineer... author... and, inventor.  Neye also spoke about his childhood hero... Mr. Wizzard... Don Hurbert. Nye, who followed Hubert onto the small screen in the 1980s and 1990s, entered a different arena... the TV dance floor.  He was asked about his appearance on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, and whether he enjoyed it.  However... he says it was disappointing that he had to drop out due to an injury.  Nye says producers told him he needed to "clear his schedule" because they really have to focus during the competition.  He says he's still recovering from the injury... but, would welcome a return to the highly rated TV show.  Funding for Fredonia’s annual Convocation keynote address is provided by the Maytum Lecture Endowment... and, the Williams Visiting Professorship Endowment.