Warren Co. Teenager killed when dirt bike collides with SUV in Glade Twp...

A 16 year-old boy was killed when his dirt bike collided with a Sports Utility Vehicle in Warren County's Glade Township.  State Police in Warren say the 16 year-old... who was not identified... was riding a 1998 Suzuki Dirt Bike about 6 p.m. Wednesday night on Jackson Avenue when he lost control of the motorcycle... and, it crashed into a 2011 Chevy Avalanche, driven by 37 year old John Newton of Warren.  Troopers say the teen was pronounced dead at the scene.  Newton was not injured.  Glade Township Volunteer Firefighters assisted with traffic control.  No charges have been filed... but, the investigation is continuing.


Comedy Center announces three headliners for Lucille Ball Comedy Festival...

There will be a headliner for each of the three nights of this year's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown August 4 -- 7.  The announcement was made Wednesday afternoon by National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson at the Gateway Train Station in downtown Jamestown.  Gunderson say the final night... Friday, August 6... will feature maybe the top Stand-Up act in the country -- Brian Regan.  Gunderson says Regan just did the first live show from Radio City Music Hall for Comedy Central.  He's also the "favorite" comedian of last year's Headliner -- Jerry Seinfeld.  Gunderson says Night-One on August 4 will feature well-known "Political Satirist" Lewis Black... who came to Jamestown in the early days of the Lucy festivals.  The second night will feature Trevor Noah... the man who replaced Steven Colbert on Comedy Center's late night show.  Gunderson says each show will be sold separately.  For more information... go on-line to www.lucycomedyfest.com, or call 484-0800.


Lucy Comedy Festival among those saluted as "Jamestown's finest" Wednesday night...

Wednesday was a great day for the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.  In addition to announcing this year's headliners, the festival won the Pride of Jamestown Award from the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce.  Accepting the award was the festival's Program and Venue Manager, Malachai Livermore.  Livermore says what "makes this event special, is that it has the ability to bring our community together for one amazing weekend."  The chamber's 'Salute to the Finest' event was held at Moonbrook Country Club, and attracted the largest crowd ever... over 150 people.  The Resource Center was given the Service to Humanity award.  Chief Executive Officer Denise Jones expressed her appreciation back to the community, and thanked them for their support.  Among the other awards presented Wednesday night was Business of the Year.  That went to Weaver Materiel Service, Inc., a fourth-generation Jamestown business that services foundries and other specialty industries. 


Sheriff's officers, and JPD warn about resurgient IRS Tax Scams...

There's less than a week before people have to file their state and federal taxes -- if they haven't already.  With that... the IRS Tax Scam is apparently back and very busy in Jamestown... and, Chautauqua County.  Both the Sheriff's Department and City Police say they've been investigating several instances where a caller... posing as an IRS Tax Agent... advised the person they called that they owed thousands of dollars in back taxes.  Police say the victim is often an elderly person... and, the caller usually advises that if they don't pay up... they will face arrest and asset seizures.  However... officers again warn the public that the IRS does not operate that way.  They say don't give out any information... just hang-up.


Social Sec. Preservation head Max Richtman outlines candidates views on Social Security and solvency...

Both Social Security funds are solvent for the next 20 years... and, there are a couple of proposals before federal lawmakers that could extend that solvency through 2085.  That from the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.  Max Richtman says there have been a "lot of myths" perpetuated by some politicians.  Richtman says some money was shifted from the main Social Security fund last year to boost the Social Security Disability fund.  He says the perception that the program is on the verge of bankruptcy "colors the view" that people have of the program.  Richtman says some "reasonable" changes would make the program solvent for at least the next 50 years.  He says money has been shifted from the SSI fund to the SSD fund has not been uncommon.  He adds it's been done about 11 times -- both ways -- in the past 20 years.  However... he says there are some simple adjustments that would be made to the Social Security withholding that will keep it solvent.  Both would increase the cap on payroll withholding... which is currently at $118,500.  One would move the cap to $250,000 a year... which he says would extend the solvency to 50 years -- beyond the next 20.  Richtman says there is also a second bill to increase the cap to $400,000.  However... he says whether it goes to either amount... those who would pay that increased amount would also get more SSI benefit when they retire. 

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