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Former court clerk in Ellicott indicted for allegedly stealing $34,000 from the court's till...

A former Ellicott Town Court Clerk has been arraigned on one count of Felony Grand Larceny for allegedly stealing $34,000 in court funds.  Chautauqua County district Attorney David Foley tells us that 40 year-old Jennifer Piazza was arraigned Thursday in county court after being indicted by the county Grand Jury.  Foley says Piazza allegedly stole the fine... and, other funds over a four-year period.  Piazza was one of two Court Clerks in Ellicott... and, had been a full-time employee for the past 15 years before being terminated during the investigation in mid-June.  Foley says a pre-motion conference will be held in mid-September... and, Piazza will be free on her own recognizance until that time.  Foley says the State Comptroller's office was also involved in the investigation.


City man arrested for allegedly trafficking powder cocaine...

A Jamestown man has been arrested following a drug raid on the city's southside this morning.  City Police say members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force... and, the State Police C-NET Team executed a search warrant at 18 Columbia Avenue about 8:30 a.m.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says the raid was part of the ongoing investigation into the sales and trafficking of illegal narcotics.  Samuelson says police arrested 34 year-old Gerald Rivera, Jr. for allegedly trafficking powder cocaine from the residence.  They also allegedly found a quantity of cocaine, and drug paraphernalia during the raid.  Rivera is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, criminal use of drug paraphernalia.  More charged are pending.  He's being held pending arraignment.


Syracuse University officers to be outfitted for body cameras...

Syracuse University officials say the school's officers will soon be outfitted with body cameras.  The Syracuse Post-Standard reports the central New York university's Department of Public Safety purchased 36 cameras for its officers.  Campus Police Chief Bobby Maldonado says the cameras should be operational by October 1st.  He says every officer will be trained and they all will wear the cameras on their shifts.  The body cameras will only be provided to the university's 42 peace officers, who are armed.  Maldonado says the school's 14 community service officers, who are state-licensed security guards, will not be given the equipment.  The decision to obtain body cameras was made by Maldonado's predecessor, Anthony Callisto Jr., who now serves as Syracuse's senior vice president and chief law enforcement officer.


Brocton school Superintendent reflects on tenure, and long career...

Brocton Central School Superintendent John Hertlein is getting ready to retire after spending 45 years in a career in education that began in the classroom... and, ended as a top official of a school district.  Hertlein will be succeeded by Jason Delcamp in early October.  Hertlein says he is pleased with the school board's choice of Delcamp, the man he hired as high school principal when becoming the superintendent.  He says he and Delcamp have worked together for about five-years.  Hertlein says there have been many changes in education since he began his career as a Kindergarten teacher in Pennsylvania... the biggest being the involvement of the state and federal governments in education.  The long-time educator expects a smooth transition between now and October 2nd when he steps down... and, Delcamp takes over as superintendent. 


Two injured in two-car accident in town of Ripley...

A two-car crash in the town of Ripley near the Pennsylvania state line sent two women to the hospital.  Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene on the Northeast-Sherman Road just after 9 Thursday morning... and, found that a vehicle, operated by 19 year-old Haley Reslink of Ripley, was slowing to pull into a driveway.  Deputies say Reslink's car was struck from behind by another vehicle, driven by 22 year-old Katelynn Kenny of Mayville.  Officers say Reslink was transported to the Hamot Medical Center in Erie for treatment of non-life threatening injuries... while Kenny was taken to Westfield Hospital as a pre-caution.  The investigation is continuing.


Jamestown officials announce final plans for 36th Labor Day Festival...

The city of Jamestown's 36th annual Labor Day Festival is set for Sunday, Sept. 6 starting at Noon at Bergman Park.  The Labor Day Festival Committee met for the last time yesterday afternoon to finalize details before the annual "end of Summer" bash.  City Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says the event will again have an early start with the annual Dan Feather Memorial 5-K Run/Walk at 9:30 a.m.  She says registration begins at 8 a.m.  Ciesla-Hanley says the Arts and Crafts area opens at 11 a.m... and, the rest begins at 12 Noon.  She says there will be about a dozen vendors selling food at Bergman Park to benefit a number of not-for-profit organizations... including the Jamestown Babe Ruth World Series Committee... and, the Train Engine Museum.  Also again this year... several musical groups will play on two separate stages beginning at Noon and 12:30 p.m.  Ciesla-Hanley says they are again excited to have the huge fireworks display put on by Zambelli fireworks at 8:30 p.m.  Ciesla-Hanley says "labor" is also a big part of the Labor Day Festival... and, the annual George Ritzer Labor Award will be handed out at 4 p.m. on the main stage.