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News Headlines for Fri., Apr. 22, 2016

Meeting scheduled between Athenex representatives, state and county leaders called off after State officials say they can't do Friday meeting...

Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan has announced that today's Athenex meeting in Dunkirk has been canceled.  But... he says it will be rescheduled for a later time.  Horrigan tell use that some state officials wanted to be present for the meeting... and, that led to some scheduling conflicts.  He says those state reps. wanted to be here for the session.  Horrigan says they'll plan to meet when "we can get everyone there."  Horrigan emphasizes that the approximately $1.5-billion project is still on track.  The state is making a 200-million dollar investment in the project... which will bring about 900 new jobs to the Dunkirk-area and Chautauqua County.  Horrigan says they are looking to reschedule the roundtable discussion at a future date. 

Man from Mayville arrested after being found in possession of "liquid Meth..."

A Mayville man is jailed without bail for allegedly being found in possession of a quantity of Methamphetime.  Sheriff's officers and members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force investigated a report of someone in possession of the narcotic at 9 East Marvin Street.  Deputies say they learned that the suspect... 35 year-old Dennis Topliffe... allegedly had in excess of four ounces of liquid Meth in his possession.  Topliffe was not at the residence at the time... and, police got a warrant for his arrest.  He was later found, and arrested in the town of Sheridan.  He was arraigned on one count of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, sent to the county jail.

North County man arrested after traffic stop for allegedly being in possession of significant amount of Methamphetime...

Dunkirk Police made a discovery during a traffic stop on Pelican Street shortly after 2  a.m. Friday... a significant amount of methamphetamine.  It all began when officers pulled over a vehicle for a traffic infraction.  During the stop, suspicious activity by one of the occupants, Nicholas Shelley, caused officers to further investigate.  Police Chief David Ortolano says Shelley to turned over a small bag of white powder, telling officers it was heroin. Testing determined it was Meth.  That led to a search uncovering more meth in several large bags, and also finding some drug paraphernalia.  Shelley is facing several charges including fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... a Felony...  criminal possession of a hypodermic needle/syringe... and two counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia.  Shelley is being held pending arraignment in Dunkirk City Court.

Several fire departments respond to overnight barn fire in Clymer...

Several fire companies from New York and Pennsylvania responded to a barn fire in the town of Clymer early Friday morning.  Chautauqua County Fire Dipatchers say Clymer fire crews were called to the scene at 10252 Belknap Road about 12:45 a.m.  Dispatchers say crews were there about 6 hours.  There were no injuries, nor animal death's reported.  Clymer fire crews were joined at the scene by Findley Lake, Sherman, Ashville, Panama, Celoron and Chautauqua firefighters from Chautauqua County... and, Greenfield and Wattsburg from Pennsylvania.  Most fire companies were called in to bring water to the scene.  There is no word on the extent of damage.

County Democrat Chairman "not surprised" by Sanders win over Clinton in county on Primary Day...

While Hillary Clinton carried New York State, receiving 58 percent of the vote and collecting as many as 169 of the 291 delegates, Bernie Sanders won the popular vote in Chautauqua County.  Elections Commissioner Norm Green, who is also the Chautauqua County Democratic Party Chairman, says he wasn't surprised.  Green says they knew it was going to be close one-way or the other.  He adds some insiders told him that Hillary was going to win Chautauqua County... but, in his heart, he was hoping she would win Chautauqua County.  Sanders received about 54-percent of vote among Chautauqua County Democrats... while Clinton picked up 46-percent.  Green says Sanders also received the more delegates from the 23rd Congressional District, picking up 3 out of the 5 delegates.  ABC News reports Sanders finished with as many as 104 delegates... while Clinton has at least 135.

Head of Chautauqua Lake Association says lake is in "pretty good shape..."

Chautauqua Lake is beginning the season in pretty good shape.  That from Chautauqua Lake Association Director Doug Conroe... who says "so far -- it's looking good."  Conroe says the heavy plant growth hasn't started -- yet.  We spoke to him at Earthfest Wednesday at Jamestown Community College.  Conroe says, while it's hard to predict what will happen with weeds later in the season, there is the potential for another problem in the water... and, that's Algae Blooms.  He says the water is clear, and the lake is warmer now than it usually is.  Conroe says this year's warmer than normal conditions have allowed the Lake Association a head start on lake maintenance.  He says the best thing residents can do... all year... is to keep bad things from getting into the lake... everything from nutrients, to trees... to refrigerators.