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Heavy Rain overnight in Chautauqua County could have an effect on your travel this morning.  County Dispatch reports that  the thruway is closed eastbound from Ripley to Westfield and Route 60 is closed from Cassadaga to Layona due to flooding.  A number of flooded basements were being pumped out in Westfield, Portland and Brocton.  It was also reported that emergency shelters were set up in the Westfield and Brocton Schools. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch from noon today through this evening and a flood warning for western Chautauqua County until 10 o'clock this morning.


The Jamestown City Council will be voting in two-weeks on filing a second, School Resource Officer for the city school district's Tech Academy on East Fourth Street.  The council's Finance Committee approved the measure, creating the new position, at last night's meeting.  Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says one, new additional officer will be hired to replace a veteran officer, who will be filing the SRO position. The Tech Academy had a couple of issues over the past school year with two students being arrested for allegedly assaulting two instructors.  City Police Captain Todd Issacson says the SRO will not just be at the academy to "keep the peace..." but, to develop a rapport with students to try and head-off any potential problems.  Issacson says the police department would like to hire the new officer as soon as possible so they can be trained and brought up to speed before the current officer is placed in the Tech Academy this Fall.


A Jamestown woman is jailed without bail for allegedly stabbing her boyfriend in the hand during a domestic dispute late Sunday night on the city's northside.  City police were called to the scene at 1140 North Main Street shortly before 11 PM... and arrested Zenia Morales.  Officers say Morales allegedly stabbed the boyfriend in front of a 13 year-old child.  She was arresed for second-degree assault... and, endangering the welfare of a child.  She was arraigned in city court... and, sent to the county lock-up.


The head of New York's National Rifle Association affiliate says a gun control deal between Governor Andrew Cuomo and Republicans in the state Senate does little, and possibly nothing, to lift restrictions on ammunition sales.  New York State Rifle and Pistol Association President Tom King says rolling back gun controls enacted two years ago was a topic of negotiations from January until lawmakers adjourned in June.  King says their initial understanding was that a memo signed Friday by a top Cuomo aide and Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan would lift the prohibition on direct Internet ammunition sales to New Yorkers and eliminate a database of ammunition buyers required by the law.  Based on subsequent statements from Cuomo's office, he says that hasn't happened and ``there's nothing there.''  Cuomo's office says the database will be created when technically feasible.


Incumbant Tom Reed says he welcomes the first Democrat to join the race for the 23rd Congressional District... adding that voters will see a "clear" difference between them.  The Corning Republican commented for the first time Monday on having a challenger in the 2016 race.  John Plumb... a military man from Randolph... announced his intention to run late last week.  Reed says it's "fundamentally up to the people of the district" to decide who their representative will be.  He adds his main focus -- right now -- remains representing his contituents in Washington. When he announced last week... Plumb criticized Reed for -- in his words -- not representing the area "very well."  Plumb cited Reed's vote to shut down the Department of Homeland Security in a budget dispute.  Reed says that wasn't a vote against the Department of Homeland Security as much as how much the government spends.  Plumb was a top military aide for the Obama Administration.  During his weekly telephone conference call... Reed said he had not crossed paths with Plumb during his time in Washington.


The day immigration stops will be a day of "great trouble" for the United States.  Those are the feelings of Monday's featured speaker at Chautauqua Institution... who says America is still "a beacon of freedom" in the world.  The chairman of the History Department at Notre Dame University, Patrick Griffin, led off this week's lecture series on the hot-button issue.  Griffin tells our Jim Roselle there are mainly two arguments taking place. However... there is another school of thought... led by Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump.  The controversial, billionaire developer made immigration a major issue during his announcement that he's running... saying that Mexico is not "sending it's best" to America.  Griffin calls Trump's comments show "ignorance, and, scornful and hateful."  Griffin compared the situation with Ireland when 4 to 5-million Irish citizens fled during and following the Potato Famine in the mid-1800s to the U-S.  Many American citizens... at the time... said there's "no way" the Irish influx could assimilate into the nation.  Griffin spoke to lead off "Immigration: Origins and Destinations" week.


Six people face a number of charges -- including Felonies -- following a round-up by police, and members of the county's Health and Human Services Department, of people allegedly committing Welfare Fraud.  Sheriff's officers say the six people... five of whom are from Jamestown... received just over 8-thousand dollars in public assistance they were not entitled to.  Deputies say the biggest offender... 31 year-old Nichole Brown of Jamestown... received just over 24-hundred dollars worth of benefits.  A fifth person from Dunkirk was also arrested.  Deputies say the charges range from grand larceny... to first-degree filing a false instrument for filing... and, misuse of food stamps.


A Stockton man has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than 550-dollars worth of items -- including copper piping -- from a barn in the town of Stockton.  State Police in Fredonia say they took 21 year-old Justin Peck into custody for the alleged break-in... which occured last February 26th on Pierson Road.  Troopers say Peck is also accused of taking four lawn-tractor batteries, an electric vacuum pump, a kids four wheeler, and a dirt bike.  In addition... police say there was a rear door to the house that had been pushed in... copper water lines were cut from the basement ceiling... and, from the upstairs baseboard heaters, and electrical lines were also stolen.  Peck was issued appearance tickets for Stockton Town Court for third-degree burlgary... and, criminal mischief.







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