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Four people were hurt -- two seriously -- in a single-car accident early last weekend in the Cattaraugus County Town of Perrysburg.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say the driver... who was not identified... was northbound on North Road about 2 AM Saturday when the operator lost control of the vehicle.  Deputies say the car went off the road... and, slammed into a telephone pole before overturning.  Officers say the driver, and front seat passenger, were flown by medivac helicopters to the Erie County Medical Center for treatment.  Deputies say two backseat passengers were taken by ambulance to ECMC with non-life threatening injuries.  Officers say several fire rescue crews responded.  The investigation is continuing... and, charges are pending.


Police have found the dead body of a Cattaraugus County man who went missing in the town of Freedom last Wednesday afternoon.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley were notified late last Wednesday that 22 year-old Jared Kraft had been missing since he was last seen by family leaving his home on Route 98 about 2:30 PM.  Deputies say they were told that Kraft was believed to be distraught, and was carrying a guitar case concealing a rifle.  Officers brought in a K-9 unit... and, state police helicopter to find the man.  However... none of their searches were successful until Kraft's body was found in a small, wooded area of the town of Freedom last Saturday night.  Sheriff's officers say their investigation is ongoing... and, if you have any information on the case... contact them at 938-9191.


A Dunkirk man has repaid the Lakeshore Midget Football League nearly 5-thousand dollars he allegedly stole from the organization earlier this fall.  Chautauqua County Sheriff's investigators say they arrested 41 year-old Allen Carlson, Junior for allegedly taking the money... which belonged to the league... to pay off debt he owed.  Carlson was League Treasurer at the time.  He's accused of taking 47-hundred-85 dollars from this past September 8th through October 15th.  Officers say the league is comprised of 10 teams from across the county... including Sherman-Ripley, Bemus Point, Southwestern, Frewsburg, Cassadaga, Falconer and Panama.  Deputies say Carlson allegedly took the money from the league's account for two months before someone spotted it.  Once they were alerted to the situation... Sheriff's investigators looked into the matter... and, Carlson was arrested for Grand Larceny.  They say he did pay the league back the same day of his arrest.  Carlson will appear in Chauauqua Town Court at a later date.


The Jamestown High School Marching Band has taken the top spot in its division at the annual state championships.  The Red Raiders competed Sunday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse against six other bands in the 'Large School 2' category.  Jamestown finished with an 89.60 score.  The band from Webster, NY came in second at 87.10.  Jamestown's presentation, called Gold Rush, is an original show that captures the excitement and challenge of discovering gold in California in the 1800's. The group has been working on perfecting the show since the summer.  The band buses are expected back at Jefferson School around 5 this afternoon.  Members of the public are invited to greet the championship band as they return home. 


Democratic Congressional candidate Martha Robertson says incumbant Tom Reed has distorted her record of support for the NRG Repowering project in Chautauqua County.  However... Reed stands by his comments regarding Robertson... and, the support she's received from the Sierra Club... which is suing the Public Service Commission over it's approval of the project.  While Robertson is now voicing support of repowering the plant with natural gas... that wasn't her stand in the beginning.  On our "Community Spotlight" program last weekend... Reed says she supported repowering with a type of "green energy....." Reed also says that he's been behind the repowering effort since Day-One.  However... Robertson says she's been supportive since the beginning, also.  She adds that she was also on hand when Governor Cuomo traveled to Dunkirk last December to announce approval of the project.  Robertson says she stood with the "working families of Chautauqua County... and, Reed was not there.  Robertson says that, while she has the backing of the Sierra Club... she doesn't agree with them 100-percent of the time.  However... Reed says Robertson also has the financial backing 24 members of the Ratepayer group that has also signed onto the lawsuit against the PSC.


The governors of New Jersey and New York say they're issuing a mandatory quarantine for travelers who have had contact with Ebola-infected patients in West Africa.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said a health care worker who had contact with Ebola patients in Africa already has been quarantined even though she has no symptoms.  They say the woman landed Friday at Newark-Liberty Airport.


Republican candidate Rob Astorino has raised another 711-thousand dollars for his challenge against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and is entering the final weeks of the campaign with a little over one-million dollars in his campaign account.  Cuomo's campaign reported that it had raised an additional 731-thousand dollars since October 4th... and, has $15.8 million on hand.