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Flash Flood Watch in place for Jamestown-area through mid-evening...

The National Weather Service is continuing a Flash Flood Watch for a portion of Western New York including Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.  The weather service says it'll run from now until 8 PM tonight.  Forecaster David Church says a storm system will be approaching the area... and, bringing with it a lot of moisture during the day today.  Church says low pressure has tracked into the area from the Ohio Valley, bringing large amounts of rain with it.  He says 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected from mid morning through early evening with local amounts of over 2 inches.  He adds you'll want to keep an eye on local creeks and streams and poor drainage areas... and, remember that flooding could be possible.  Church says if you see water rising around the area you're at -- move to higher ground -- and a place of safety.  The heavy rain should be ending this evening.

Carroll Town Police Chief put on administrative leave as assault case against him moves through court...

The Carroll Town Police chief has been put on 60-day Administrative Leave after an assault charge was placed against him late last week by State Police.  Town Supervisor Jack Jones says the town board approved the leave of absence for Timothy Wright following an executive session at Wednesday night's meeting.  Wright is accused of hitting his wife several times during a domestic incident back on April 5 in Cattaraugus County....  Jones says it was a "very difficult decision..." adding that -- professionally -- Wright's done good work.  He says it will be a paid leave.  Jones adds that the decision was made jointly with Wright... who felt the leave would take some pressure off the town... and, allow him to move forward on this "personal matter..." without a media spotlight over them.  Wright was arrested back on July 3rd following an investigation into the incident... which occured in the town of Leon.  Jones says that part-time investigator James Curtis... who is also an officer in the town of Ellicott... will be Acting Chief during the interim.

City police looking for two men who allegedly burglarized eastside pizzeria... 
Police in Jamestown are asking for the public's help in trying to track down two men who allegedly stole cash and liquor from an East Second Street restaurant late Tuesday night.  City police say the break-in occured at Fresco's Pizza about 11:40 p.m.  They say the two white males, wearing partial masks... were caught on surveillance video.  Both were wearing t-shirts and shorts.  Investigators say they are trying to identify the men from evidence found at the scene... and, are asking for assistance in identifying the pair.  Anyone with information is asked to contact City Police at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477. 

Horrigan says plan in place to move onto next phase of getting all homes and other structures along Chautauqua Lake hooked into sewer service...

Chautauqua County is ready to move ahead with the next step in cutting a significant amount of sediment and chemical run-off into Chautauqua Lake.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says initial plans are in place to eliminate possible sewer run-off around the lake.  Horrigan says connecting all sewers around the lake to the existing systems will be a big part in eliminating the algae bloom problem that's been seen the past few years.  He says cutting down the weeds and blooms are a critical "economic generator" for the county's tourism industry.  Horrigan says the plan will require a significant amount of money... but, adds they are looking for grant monies to pick up a lot of the cost.  Horrigan says sewer plants around Chautauqua Lake are also in the process of trying to remove more phosphorous outake from their operations.  He adds that Chautauqua Lake has been in decent shape this year... mainly because of the amount of rain we had this Spring and early Summer.  Horrigan made his comments on this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the Media One Group stations.

Schumer pushing for defeat of amendment to Title-One education funding that could steer it away from New York state...

New York's senior U-S Senator is pushing hard to keep a bi-partisan amendment, which would change a federal school funding formula, from being approved.  New York Democrat Charles Schumer says he wants to block passage of the amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act... previously known as "No Child Left Behind."  During a conference call with media across the state yesterday... Schumer said the proposal would slash about $300-million in funding annually to 680 districts in New York state funding.  He says the proposal is a "real threat" to public school funding because it cuts funding for "high needs" districts -- like Jamestown -- that get Title-One funding.  He says there is a competing bill in the House.  Schumer says the district's in need in New York state are not just urban schools... but, many rural ones as well.

Falconer man arrested for allegedly soliciting a prostitute in Jamestown...

A Falconer man is charged with soliciting a prostitute after allegedly picking up a woman in Jamestown... then taking her to the village, where he would pay her for "sexual activities."  City Police accuse 67 year-old Larry Canaley with having sexual relations with the woman.  Officers say Canaley turned himself into Ellicott Town Police Tuesday night... and, he was arraigned in town court.  The Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force learned about the situation... and, investigated the alleged prostitution.  No drugs were reportedly involved.  Canaley was released pending a future court appearance.  Anyone with information on illegal activities involving Narcotics is asked to call the Task Force's tip line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.



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