A Brocton man is being treated for serious injuries after he fell off his snowmobile, and was run over by another one in a field off Thornton Road in the town of Cherry Creek. Sheriff's officers say 44 year-old James Karalus of Route 380 was riding with a group about 4:15 PM yesterday when he lost control in deep snow. Deputies say Karalus then fell off the sled, and was struck by a second snowmobile, been riden by 52 year-old Gregory Irish of Park Street. Cherry Creek and Ellington fire rescue crews treated Karalus at the scene, and he was flown by Starflight Helicopter to the Hamot Medical Center in Erie for further treatment.
The anti-opiate drug Narcan was used twice yesterday on an unresponsive woman in the town of Ellery Wednesday... but, the woman later died at the hospital of an overdose. Sheriff's officers were called to the undisclosed scene shortly before 10 AM for the suspected overdose. However... authorities say they won't know until toxicology tests are done whether the woman had taken Heroin. On arrival... deputies say they administered two doses of the Narcan nasal spray to the 22 year-old woman... and, Fluvanna Fire rescuers performed CPR. Officers say the patient was transferred to WCA Hospital... where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
The Chautauqua County Legislature's main financial committee has approved funding the county's lawsuit brought by the town of Ellery against the proposed landfill expansion. That from Audit and control Committee Chairman Pierre Chagnon... who says the measure was approved at Thursday morning's committee meeting. The amount to be funded is unknown at this point. The town filed suit after a possible "host agreement" for Ellery fell through. Chagnon declined comment on the measure because he represents both the town of Ellery... along with the town of North Harmony... on the legislature. The measure was also approved earlier this week by the legislature's Public Facilities Committee.
The county legislature's Audit and Control Committee has approved final funding and environmental declarations on six new, streambank projects for this year. The panel took the action at Thursday's meeting. Chairman Pierre Chagnon says the bulk of the funding for the projects comes from New York state. Chagnon says they're are designed to stop streambank erosion... which he says will accomplish three ways to help alleviate Chautauqua Lake's invasive weed problem. Chagnon says preventing streambank erosion will help stop the nurtrients the weeds feed on from getting into the lake. He says the county will have to kick-in about 370-thousand dollars in matching funds for the state grants of just over one-million dollars. In addition... Chagnon says the committee also approved the State Environmental Quality Review... or SEQRs for all six projects. He says a negative declaration was approved because they will have no adverse impact on the environment. The measures now go before the full legislature next week.
Both former New York legislative leaders found guilty of public corruption are getting state pensions, each having filed for monthly checks after their convictions by federal juries late last year. The State comptroller's office says ex-Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos' annual state pension is 95-thousand-831 dollars. Ex- Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is getting $79,222. Skelos, a Long Island Republican, was convicted of using his influence in return for getting his son no-show jobs with companies that had state interests. Silver, a Manhattan Democrat, was convicted of doing that and authorizing state grants in return for legal fees. Both have asked their trial judges to throw out their convictions, arguing crimes weren't proven. Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing legislation to strip pensions from any elected official convicted of official misconduct.
Jamestown public works crews have begun their major clean-up of the downtown area of the city in the wake of Tuesday's major northeast storm. Public Works Director Jeff Lehman says all 13 plow routes were being taken care of once the snow started falling heavy between 5 and 6 AM. Lehman says the city's in pretty good shape right now... with just a few side streets now being cleared. Lehman says his department was staffing the plow routes... starting at 1 AM Tuesday morning. However... he says they started to get overwhelmed by a "heavy amount of snow" just before the morning rush hour. At that point... Lehman says they fell behind and had trouble catching up. The snow was falling at a rate of about an inch per hour... and, a little more than that at times. Lehman says they have one plow route for all the main streets... and 12 that handle residential areas. However... he adds they will move one or more of the residential plows into the downtown area if the snow is like it was Tuesday.
The DPW late Thursday announced a major effort to clean-up the downtown area this Saturda morning. Director Jeff Lehman says there will be no parking in downtown Jamestown this Saturday, February 20th, from 2 AM to 8 AM to facilitate snow removal. Motorists must find alternate parking areas.
Local Congressman Tom Reed is blasting China for unfair trade practices after the communist nation reportly dumped cheap aluminum on to the world market. Reed says the move undercut domestic manufaturers... and, the Corning Republican adds he has signed onto a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee... urging the chairman to begin an investigation into international business practices within the aluminum industry. Reed says "enough is enough..." and "the U-S is going to enforce the trade agreements we have..." along with the World Trade Organization standards. He says this will also be part of the U-S negotiations on a new Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. China is not a partner in that group... but, he says once the agreement is in place, the U-S will be able to use that as leverage with the Chinese. Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.