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City man arrested for allegedly choking, holding woman against her will...

A Jamestown man is jailed without bail for allegedly choking a woman, and holding her against her will, during a weekend domestic incident on the city's southside.  City police were called to the scene at 107 Barrett Ave. just after 6 a.m. Saturday.  Officers say the female victim had a valid order of protection against 28 year-old Jesus Torres, Junior... who attacked the woman... and, wouldn't let her leave the residence several times.  Police say they found Torres in a crawl space in the basement, and, finally took him into custody following a brief stand-off.  Torres was arraigned on one count of first-degree criminal contempt -- a Felony... and, several others, including second-degree unlawful imprisonment... and, criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation.  He was sent to the county lock-up.

City stabbing in Brooklyn Square under investigation...

The investigation is continuing into an alleged stabbing in Jamestown's Brooklyn Square last Friday afternoon involving two women.  No details have been released... but, the Jamestown Post-Journal says officers were called to the scene -- in front of the CVS Store at Main and Harrison Streets -- about 4 p.m.  Police say one woman stabbed the other twice... once in the left hand and the other time in the right thigh.  The victim was taken to WCA Hospital, while the suspect was taken into custody.  Police say charges are pending.  No names have been released.

County Democrat Party chair "giddy" over Plumb's Congressional candidacy...

The head of the Chautauqua County Democratic committee says he is absolutely "giddy" over the decision by a local native and former military aide in Obama Administration to run for Congress next year.  Party Chairman Norm Green says he is impressed with John Plumb's resume... and, the fact that he is a Chautauqua County native.  Plumb... who was born in Jamestown and raised in Randolph... announced his intentions late last week to run for incumbant Republican Tom Reed's seat.  Green says the fact Plumb has some experience in Washington will make him an asset to the 23rd Congressional District.  Taking a bit of a shot at Reed, Green says "first off, he's not a lawyer.  That puts him ahead of the vast majority of people that are in the state legislature and Congress."  At this point... Green says Plumb appears to be the only candidate seeking the Democratic nomination.  He says Martha Robertson -- who ran against Reed last year -- is not seeking the party nod this time around.  Green adds that there is "no other candidate on the horizon," and "I've already told people he is Chautauqua County's 'favorite son.'"  Reed has already said that he will be seeking re-election.

Young praising agreement to compromise on SAFE Act changes with Cuomo Administration...

The region's state Senator is hailing changes agreed to in New York's controversial SAFE Act as a victory.  She also hopes the agreement between Governor Cuomo's administration and state Senate Republicans is the first step in having the entire law repealed.  The agreement reached Friday lifts a moratorium on Internet sales of ammunition... and, suspendes the development of a statewide database requiring background checks for ammunition buyers.  Repealing that measure was part of a bill co-sponsored by state Senator Cathy Young that would change several parts of the SAFE Act.  It was passed in the Senate back on June 9.  However... the measures went nowhere in the Democrat-controlled Assembly.

Horrigan says plans for North County Water District moving foward...

Plans to form a North County Water District are moving onto the next step... but, without the village of Fredonia.  That from Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan... who announced the decision at a meeting of the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation late this past week.  Horrigan says that they are very close to reaching an agreement with the city of Dunkirk to become the sole provider of water... at least for now.  Horrigan says the supplier will be the city of Dunkirk for now.  He says all sides still part of the agreement are "very, very close" on a final agreement.  Horrigan says they will keep door open for the village of Fredonia to join as a secondary supplier down the road, if an agreement is reached.  He says the current measure will allow the municipalities involved to form the district, get it adopted by the county legislature, and get the financing in place.  However... Horrigan adds they will continue talking with Fredonia officials.

County Fair tickets now on sale...

The Chautauqua County Fair opens two weeks from today... but, Fair Board President, Dave Wilson says people who buy tickets now will save $4 on the price of admission.  Presale tickets will be $6 a piece.  Once the Fair opens July 27... tickets will be $10 each.  Pre-sale tickets are available at a variety of locations including many Tops Markets, Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union offices, Brigiotta's, Peterson Farm and Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union offices.  Dave Wilson says they've got a great lineup for the grandstand shows this year with a car stunt show, tractor pull, bullriding, and there'll be demolition derbies on Tuesday and Sunday of fair week.  Wilson also says the barns will be full of animals, even though live chickens have been prohibited by the state due to fear of Avian Flu.

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