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Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan has unveiled his tentative 2015 budget which cuts spending, but also increases the county’s tax rate.  Horrigan's proposed spending plan totals $228.6 million and cuts spending by nearly $449,000. Much of reduction in spending comes from the sale of the Chautauqua County Home in Dunkirk.  With the sale expected to be completed by the end of the year, Horrigan says the County Home has not been included in the 2015 budget. While the move will result in the elimination of 197 positions, Horrigan wants to add 34 new positions including one in area of economic development. Some of the positions will be covered through funding from the state and other sources. The budget closes a $7 million gap, including $2 million in budget cuts.  It also includes a tax increase of 9-cent-per-thousand of market value assessment. The County Legislature is expected to begin its budget review next week.  Lawmakers have until December 1st to adopt a final 2015 county budget.


Jamestown Police are investigating a pair of overnight Burglaries that occured on the city's southside.  All that is being reported at this time is that they happened at 2:40 and 3am.  Police are investigating and we'll pass along more details when they become available.


A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly threatening to kill a family member... who then drove off to get away from the suspect... and, wound up involved in a two-car accident.  City police were called to the scene of the crash at the intersection of West Seventh and Washington Streets just before 5:30 PM yesterday.  Officers learned that 24 year-old Andrew Panebianco attacked the unidentified victim inside the vehicle... then threatened to kill that person.  Police says the victim -- who was fearing for their safety -- was able to drive away... but, the car went into the path of another vehicle... which was northbound on Washington Street.  Officers say the victim was taken to WCA Hospital for treatment.  No other injuries were reported.  Panebianco was charged with menacing... second-degree reckless endangerment... and, criminal mischief.  He was jailed pending arraignment.


Two men face drug charges in Cattauragus County following a bust early last Tuesday night.  The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and Sheriff's deputies executed a search warrant about 8 PM at 3601 South Authority Road in the town of Great Valley... and, arrested 35 year-old Carl Simmons of the same address and 32 year-old Raymond Jemmison of Buffalo.  The two allegedly were in possession of approximately 6 grams of crack cocaine, marijuana and suspected heroin.  Simmons and Jemmison were taken to the Cattaraugus County Jail and committed in lieu of 75-hundred dollars bail.  The Seneca Nation Marshalls Office also assisted with the arrests.


An Olean man has been sentenced to 7-years and six-months -- or 90 months -- in federal prison after his conviction for possessing child pornography.  That from U-S Attorney William Hochul, Jr.... who says 47 year-old Willie Reid was given the term in U-S District Court Tuesday by Judge Richard Arcara.  Hochul says the case was prosecuted by Assistant U-S Attorney Marie Grisanti.  Grisanti says Reid was found in possession of more than 600 images on a computer and hard drive he owned back on May 2nd of last year while he was working as a nurse at Olean General Hospital.


The Local Motorcycle Club 'The Axemen' are looking for your help to "Help Fill The Bus" this Saturday at Friendly's Restaraunt in Brooklyn Square.  The group is made up of professional firefighters.  Local "Axemen" President Shawn Shilling says they are looking for school supplies to help both the students and teachers in the Jamestown Public School System.  Shilling says they are looking for donations of. Shilling says if you can't make it Saturday there are other places donations can be dropped off - just look for the Board of Public Utilities Recycle Bins at the Jamestown Police and Fire Departments, Southside Redemption, and the Chautauqua Striders Headquarters.  The Axemen are a local motorcycle club made up of professional firefighters from four unions around Southwestern New York.  Fill The Bus takes place this Saturday from 9 to 3pm at the Brooklyn Square Friendly's restaraunt in Jamestown. 


A Jamestown man is in jail following a domestic incident that ended in the middle of the street. Police were reponding to the report just after 5:30pm Tuesday when they witnessed a female run from a residence at 77 Allen Street and into the traffic lane in the area of Foote and Victoria Avenue's.  26 year old William Blakey of Jamestown then allegedly pushed the female victim to the street causing several cars to stop and swerve around them.  Blakey faces a number of charges including 2nd Degree Reckless Endagerment, Harrasment and Disorderly Conduct. Blakey was taken to the city jail pending arraignment.


A new poll shows Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to hold a big lead over challenger Rob Astorino in New York's governor's race.  Fifty-four percent of likely voters in the survey support Cuomo's re-election bid.  Twenty-nine percent favor Astorino, the Republican Westchester County executive, and nine percent back Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins. The poll also found that Cuomo -- the Democrat incumbant's -- approval rating is 42 percent among registered voters.  That's down from 47 the month before and matching his lowest rating since taking office.



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