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Jamestown teenager dies from injuries in two-car crash on West Fairmount Ave. in Lakewood...

A teenaged girl from Jamestown has died from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle accident on Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood last night that sent one other person to the hospital.  Lakewood-Busti Police now say 16 year-old Genesis Toldeo of Colfax Street was a passenger in an eastbound compact car that made an illegal left turn into the Lakewood Village Center at 270 West Fairmount about 9 PM.  Officers say the driver of the car, 17 year-old Jose Rosa, Junior of Jamestown, was hurt... but, not seriously in the accident.  Police say the driver of a westbound Jeep Sports Utility Vehicle, Daniel Hulton, Junior, was unable to avoid the crash... and, the SUV struck the passenger side of the car.  Officers say Toledo was rushed to WCA Hospital... where she later died.  Rosa was also treated at WCA.  Hultin and his passenger was released at the scene.  Police say charges are pending against Rosa. 

Formal charges placed against 14 year-old girl in death of nearly 2-year-old boy in Harmony...

A 14 year old Chautauqua County girl faces a charge of manslaughter in connection with the alleged strangulation of a 20 month-old child Monday evening on Route 474 near Ashville.  Sheriff Joe Gerace identified the child as Joshua Jock, Jr.  District Attorney David Foley announced the charge at a press conference in Mayville on Wednesday.  Foley says the girl has been charged with first-degree manslaughter in the case.  Foley says the decision to leave the child with the girl was made by a guardian.  He says the guardian was not a parent to the 20-month-old, though the exact relationship was not given.  The 14 year-old girl was arraigned Tuesday night in local court... and, waived her preliminary hearing at that time with bail set at one-million dollars cash bail... or 2-million dollars real property.  This is an ongoing investigation so, the 14 year-old girl may still be charged as an adult.  The residence where the Incident took place on Route 474 is also the site of Little Racers Daycare.  Sheriff Joe Gerace did state that the license was pulled from the daycare by the state for apparent unrelated violations.

Regis Philbin hosts panel from Letterman Show to begin Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown...

The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival  started with a laugh Thursday as Regis Philbin hosted a panel that included the senior staff from the Late Show with David Letterman. One of the highlights of the panel was a conversation with Letterman director Jerry Foley who says the idea for the show's top ten lists originally came from a New York magazine that did a top-10 list of eligible bachelors at the time.  However... Foley says as for who gets credit for the Top Ten lists... he says it's like having an island full of starving people, and a crate of food floats up.  Foley says who would get the credit for saying "let's eat it."  The Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy continues through Sunday.  For the full line up of events, general information and tickets... go on-line to lucycomedyfest.com.

City lawmakers approve hiring new officer to allow veteran to be assigned as new SRO in Jamestown public schools...

City lawmakers have approved providing a second, School Resource Officer to the Jamestown school district during the 2015-16 school year.  The city council has okayed assigning a current member of the city Police Department to the district, and, that officer will be stationed at the district's Tech Academy on East Fourth Street.  Acting City Council President Tony Dolce says the school district will pick up those costs.  Dolce says the veteran officer will be specifically at the tech center... and, that officer will be replaced in the police department by the new hire.  Dolce says an officer is needed at the academy... which was the scene of a couple of incidents this past school year.   One of the incidents at the Tech Academy led to the arrest of two students for allegedly assaulting an instructor, and one of people who heads of the academy.  The city will now negotiate a final, one-year agreement with the school district on picking up the cost of providing the SRO.

Mayor announces Celoron to receive $400,000 in CDBG funding...

At least a dozen houses in Celoron will be getting an upgrade after the village received news this week that it'll be receiving $400,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding.  Mayor Scott Schrecengost says -- quote "the village of Celoron is extremely pleased to receive this housing Rehabilitation grant from the New York State office of Community Renewal."  Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the funding.  The village was able to secure the funding with the aid of the Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation and during the next few months CHRIC will administer the contract implementation phase with at least 12 low-to-moderate income Celoron Homeowners.  Schrecengost says the funds can be used to repair or replace windows, doors, roofs, insulation, electrical upgrades, furnaces, and plumbing.  Also the properties will be made lead safe.  


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