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Jamestown High School will host motivational speaker, Reggie Dabbs, this evening at 7 p.m. in their auditorium. Mr. Dabbs is fast becoming an in-demand speaker who helps teenagers meet their problems head-on and overcome them by sharing his own story.   His visit is sponsored through the generosity of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Jamestown Schools, several other local schools, and number of other donors. The presentation at 7pm this evening in the JHS auditorium is free and open to the public. 


A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly leaving his two young children unsupervised last weekend for about 15 hours.  City police were called to a Sampson Street location just after 3 PM Saturday to check on the well-being of the two children.  Officers say they spoke to the kid's grandmother... who said the father... 24 year-old Depree Gamble... had left the children, ages 5 and 7... unsupervised.  Police took Gamble into custody on two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  He was sent to the city jail pending arraignment.


A Mayville man has been arrested for resisting arrest after they were called to an unknown disturbance in the village last Saturday night.  Sheriff's Deputies were called to investigate the disturbance at 34 South Erie Street... and, made contact with the man allegedly involved.  While trying to speak with 48 year-old Douglas Fischer... officers say he intetionally grabbed a deputy by the tie.  Officers say Fischer then ripped the deputy's tie off and damaged the officer's uniform shirt.  Officers say they tried to place Fischer under arrest... and, he resisted.  He was then taken into custody following a brief struggle.  Fischer was arraigned in Westfield Town Court on several charges... including second-degree harassment... and, resisting arrest.  He was freed on 4-thousand dollars bail.


Local Congressman Tom Reed is blasting President Obama's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act as an "affront" to our men and women in uniform.  Reed is critical of the move... which Congress will try to override on November 5th.  He says both the House and Senate approved the measure in a bi-partisan vote.  The Corning Republcan adds -- quote -- "our troops and their families sacrifice so much, sometimes even their lives, in defense of our nation.  I care about making sure they have everything they need to remain safe, let alone pay their bills."  Reed says the legislation would ensure they continue to get paid... and, fund other vital programs designed to ensure our national security.  Reed adds that "this is just another move by the President that demonstrates he fails to understand the vital need for a strong national defense."


Governor Cuomo has signed a number of laws designed to protect and further women's equality in New York State.  Among the legislators who attended the bill signing ceremony late last week was local State Senator Cathy Young.  The Olean Republican helped to pass the legislation in the State Senate. Young sponsored one of the measures that became law... adding they also take steps to protect women from a number of terrible crimes... including sexual harassment and human trafficking.  Cuomo also announced that the state has allocated a total of 6.4-million dollars for sexual assault prevention and assistance providers across the state. 


A midlevel court has rejected a challenge to New York's new gun law, dismissing arguments it was pushed through the state Legislature improperly and that its restrictions violate the Second Amendment.  The four Appellate Division justices say they agree with a trial judge that the law's chief provisions don't violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms.  Those provisions ban large-capacity magazines and prohibit sales of some guns newly classified as assault weapons while requiring registration of such firearms that New Yorkers already own.  The court on Thursday also upheld Governor Andrew Cuomo's use of a special message permitting the Assembly and Senate to vote soon after the bill was introduced, without waiting the usually required three days.  Earlier this week a federal appeals court upheld New York's gun law.


Two doctors say a western New York woman is incompetent to stand trial for killing her farmer husband and burying his body in a manure pile.  Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O'Geen disputed the judgment of the doctors hired by the defense who said 48-year-old Charlene Mess of Attica was unfit for trial.  Prosecutors will argue their side at a hearing December 14th in Wyoming County Court.  Mess can only be declared incompetent for trial by a judge.  Searchers found the body of 52-year-old Douglas Mess on the couple's Attica farm in April after his son reported him missing.  Investigators say he was killed by a .22-caliber rifle shot to the back of his head and buried under three feet of manure.


The 14-hundred employees at Cummin's Engines Jamestown Engine Plant had the chance late last week to see how their final product is marketed and sold across the world.  Cummin's "Redefining Tour" made a stop at the town of Busti facility for just over one-day to show off the tour to all three shifts.  Project Leader for the Redefining Tour... Christy House... who works out of Cummin's world headquarters in Columbus, Indiana... says they were excited to bring the tour "home" to where all their heavy-duty engines are made. In fact... House says they were able to show two trucks during the tour that are "prototype" 2017 engines that will eventually be made at the Jamestown-plant.  House says they wanted to give employees the chance to see what happens to the engines after they leave the facility.  Plant Manager Mike Abbate (Ah-bayt) say they jumped at the chance to have the tour make a stop.  There were three tractor trailers that were part of the tour stop, with one set-up for the multi-media tour.  The Jamestown Engine Plant was the Redefining Tour's 37th, and final stop of the tour.


New York's comptroller says state tax collections reached 38.2-billion dollars through the first half of the current fiscal year, almost 676-million dollars higher than the latest projections.  Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says that's largely due to strong personal income tax receipts.  He says the state's cash position continues to improve, also because of state spending that was lower than expected from April through September.  The report shows the state's general fund ended the first half of the year with a balance of 10.7-billion dollars... up by 33-percent from a year earlier, largely because of legal settlements.