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No fancy announcement to be made, but, Teresi officially running for a fifth term...

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says that... after year's of dealing with budget shortfalls... and, other struggles small cities have dealt with... it's fun again to be mayor.  That's why Teresi says he's running for an unprecidented fifth, four-year term in office.  Teresi... who first ran for the city's top-elected position in 1999... is confirming today that he's running for re-election.  However... he adds there'll be no fanfare nor 'big' announcement... similar to what he's done before.  Teresi says he plans on running the city's "day to day" business, and let people know "what they're doing moving forward."  He says the city has been able to focus more attention in recent months to economic development... and, neighorhood improvement.  For a while... it looked like the Democrat was going to have an opponent... but, a possible independent candidate decided against running.  Teresi says he's a little suprised to not have an opponent.  But, he adds he understands it's a big commitment... and, whether or not he has an opponent won't change the way he campaigns.  Teresi made his comments for this coming weekend's "Community Spotlight" Program on the five Media One Group stations.

Rosas wins Democrat Primary for Dunkirk Mayor...

City Councilman at-large Willie Rosas has won the Democratic nomination to run for mayor in the city of Dunkirk.  Rosas won yesterday's Democrat Primary in Dunkirk over incumbant mayor, A-J Dolce, 568-to-380.  There were also 12 write-ins.  Earlier this year... Rosas was endorsed by the Dunkirk Democat Committee.  However... Dolce circulated petitions... and, got the needed signatures to force a primary.  In addition... Dolce may have lost the Working Families line in November during an "Opportunity to Ballott" in the city.  He received 6 votes.  However... write-ins received 15 votes.  It will depend on how many valid write-ins one candidate received.  Results can be viewed on-line at www.votechautauqua.com.

Two arrested for alleged burglary spree in the county...

A two-month investigation of eight burglaries around Chautauqua County has led to the arrest of two north county men... and, more arrests are pending.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says officers yesterday arrested 50 year-old Kevin Weary of Cassdaga... and, 25 year-old Joshua Link of Fredonia in connection with the rash of break-ins.  Gerace says the work of his road patrol officers likely helped to prevent more burglaries.  He says they're still investigating the motive... but, it appears Weary and Link were looking for money during the overnight hours.  Gerace says they mainly used what he called the "smash and grab" way to get valuables.  He says the eight businesses hit appear to have been picked randomly.  One was in the north county... the Vineyards Golf Course.  He says there was also the Jamestown-area Federal Credit Union in the village of Panama... and, the 430 Market in Ellery.  Gerace says both Weary and Link were arraigned... and, sent to the county jail.  Weary is jailed on 40-thousand dollars bail for third-degree burglary... and, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.  Link is being held on 25-thousand dollars bail for third-degree burglary.

Fire on Bush St. in Jamestown quickly contained...

Quick work by Jamestown firefighters prevented a small fire in the living room of a house on the city's eastside from spreading... and, causing heavy damage.  City Fire Battalion Chief Matt Russo says firefighers were called to the scene at 16 Bush Street shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday, and, found the flames quickly.  Russo says crews pulled one line... and, had the fire extinguished within minutes.  He says no one was hurt.  Crews were at the scene just under an hour.  The cause is under investigation.

Gas prices go down another 4-cents in Jamestown-area this week...

Gasoline prices in Chautauqua County have fallen about another 4-cents a gallon this week for regular, unleased.  That from the AAA's weekly Fuel Gauge Report...which says the price fell from $2.75 last week to just under $2.71 a gallon.  The price is based on reports from 19 area service stations.  AAA says the national average is now down to $2.39 a gallon.  That's about $1.33 less than a year ago at this time.  In fact... the AAA says Labor Day 2015 brought consumers the lowest national average gas prices in more than a decade.  Over the past 22 days... gas prices have dipped consecutively... even with an increase in demand as more travelers hit the road enticed by cheaper gas prices over the first eight months of the year.

Schumer announces winners in lottery to get to see the Pope during his visit later this month...

Some 100 people from across New York State have won the lottery.  There's no money involved... but, it's just as exciting to have won.  U-S Senator Charles Schumer says more than 100,000 New Yorkers signed up for a chance to be chosen to be part of the crowd on hand to hear Pope Francis speak on the West Lawn of the White House on Sept. 24.  Schumer says each member of the Senate received 100 tickets... and, he decided the best way to decide who got them was a random drawing.  Schumer adds that 10 people were selected... along with a guest... from the Western New York Region.  One of those was from Fredonia... however... that person has not been specifically identified.  We hope to have that later.  A woman from the Bronx won the chance to sit with Schumer when he is among the joint session of Congress to hear the Pope earlier that day.  The pope will arrive in the United States on Tuesday, Sept. 22.  It will be the fourth papal visit ever to the U-S.



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