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(Corr) Car-Pedestiran Accident in Portland occured Wednesday morning...

A Fredonia man was seriously hurt when he was struck by a vehicle when he apparently walked in front of a car on Route 20 in the town of Portland Wednesday morning.  Sheriff's officers say 38 year-old Christopher Barnett was standing by the side of the road just after 9 AM when he entered the roadway for an unknown reason.  Deputies say Barnett was struck by the westbound car... driven by Eddie Acevado of Fredonia.  Officers say Barnett was initially taken to Brook's Memorial Hospital... then transferred to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for further treatment.  No charges have been filed.


Jury selection in the town of Carroll double-homicide trial resumed this morning in Chautauqua County Court after a motion for a mistrial was denied.  The Buffalo News reports that's because a third person allegedly involved in the murders of 66 year-old Gordon... and, 59 year-old Joyce Skinner... has agreed to a plea deal.  NO additional jurors were selected Wednesday... so there are still 11 jurors so far.  Public Defender Ned Barone requested the mistrial... or at least a delay in jury selection... for the trial of 34 yer-old David Coggins.  However... both requests were denied by County Court Judge John Ward.  Jury selection was halted just after it started yesterday morning.  It resumed this morning.


Chautauqua County is nearing the final step in the process of selling the County Home in Dunkirk to a private operator.  County Executive Vince Horrigan will be attending a meeting in New York City today that will determine whether or not a Certificate of Need will be granted to Vestracare of Long Island.  Horrigan says the session begins at 10 AM....where the commitee and the publics health commision will make their final determination on the certificat of need, which is the final apporoval.  Horrigan expects that to "go in a positive manner"
Horrigan says he doesn't see any reason the authorization will not be given.  He says the transition from county to private ownership has been going along very smoothly with few problems.  In fact... Horrigan says all the County Home employees that applied for jobs, have been offered their jobs for at least what they were making.  Another change is complete electronic records-keeping.  Chautauqua County lawmakers approved the sale of the County Home last February by a 13-to-5 vote.  The sale price is 16-million dollars.  Horrigan says if all goes well, a closing date could be set for mid to late December.


Gas prices in the Jamestown-area have fallen 4-cents a gallon this week to just under $3.65 cents.  The AAA's Weekly Fuel Gauge report says the price for regular, unleaded this week is based on reports from 19 stations in the Jamestown-area.  Last week's average was $3.68.8... while it was $3.70.8 at this time last year.  Nationally... AAA says less than one week into the Autumn driving season, the national average price for regular, unleaded gasoline has dropped a penny to $3.33.3 cents per gallon.  That's the lowest price seen since February.


State regulators have again extended the public comment period for a fuel shipping company's plan to expand crude oil handling operations at the Port of Albany.  The Department of Environmental Conservation says Monday that the comment period on Global Companies' air permit application has been extended an additional 60 days until November 30th because of broad public interest.  Waltham, Massachusetts-based Global wants to add heating facilities at its Albany terminal so it can handle thick, tar-like crude oil of the sort that's being mined in western Canada.  Global and another company, Buckeye Partners, have vastly expanded their Port of Albany operations to handle crude oil shipped by train from North Dakota's Bakken Shale region. Albany has become a key hub for western crude heading for East Coast refineries.


There less than two-weeks to go before the big day... and, the man in charge of race operations for the Lucy-Town Half Marathon says the number of entries for that road race are running ahead of last year's pace.  The director of Athletics, Health, and Wellness for the Chautauqua Striders... David Reinhardt... says they're excited about this year's event... which will conclude the Lucy-Town Half-Marathon Weekend on Sunday, October 12th. Reinhardt says the Lucy-Town Half-Marathon committee has put up 2-thousand dollars in prize money for the overall... and, Masters winners.  But... he adds their 13.1-mile certified course has been added to USA Track and Field's list of three sanctioned races.  He says that'll bring another 25-hundred dollars... which should attract a top-flight field.  In addition to Sunday's half-marathon... and, the 5-K run Saturday... Reinhardt says they've added a 2-K Kids Run this year.  Registration forms available at all local schools... or kids can register right up to the time the race starts on October 11th.  You can also go on-line for ALL the forms at


The Lucy-Town Half-Marathon will feature one of the top distance runners in the country this year.  That from Race Director David Reinhardt... who says the added purse money is obviously making an impact.  Reinhardt says last year's top half-marathoner -- who happens to be from Rochester -- will be here.  He says Tee-sah Kip-lih-Cat registered last month.  He's the reigning USA Track-and-Field half-marathon champion.  Reinhardt says the Half-Marathon on Sunday, the 12th, begins at 9 AM.  The 5-K Race on Saturday starts at 10 AM... while the new Kids 2-K starts at 11:30.  There'll be plenty of other activities on Saturday... including the attempt at a Grape Stomping Record in a 200 foot vat on West Second Street near the Gateway Train Station.  The day will be capped by the big Bob Newhardt comedy show at the Reg Lenna Civic Center at 8 PM.  For more information on those events... go to Lucy-Desi-dot-COM.