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Chautauqua County Dispatch reports power outages in Sherman and Lakewood this morning.  Trees fell on power lines during some intense winds around 4am.  National Grid reports the estimated time for the return of power is approximately 9am.  Southwestern Central Schools are operating on a two hour delay this morning due to that outage effecting their bus garage.   Again Southwestern Central Schools opening on a 2 HOUR delay this morning.


Local Congressman Tom Reed says he has some concern over the 'deal' reached by Ted Cruz and John Kasich to divvy up several upcoming primary states in an effort to block Donald Trump from getting the Republican presidential nomination.  Reed says that was one of his concerns when he first came out for Trump in mid-March.  He says he doesn't know if this latest strategy to keep Trump from getting the 12-hundred-37 delegates he needs for the GOP nomination... but, adds he feels the Billionaire developer has a lot of momentum going. Trump also has sizable leads in each of the five states where voting takes place today.  Reed also said Monday that part of the reason he announced his support for Trump was because of the support he was seeing for the front-runner at his district Town Hall meetings.  The Corning Republican says Trump's big night in last week's New York state primary can't be ignored.  He made his comments during his weekly conference call with Southern Tier Media.


Drivers who have have accumulated parking ticket fines and fees in the city of Jamestown have only a few more days to take advantage of the city's Parking Ticket Amnesty program.  That from Mayor Sam Teresi... and, city Finance Director Jim Olson.  Teresi says the program allows vehicle owners with outstanding tickets -- prior to April 1st -- to only have to pay the face value of those tickets.  He says... after Sunday, April 30th... all charges, fees and fines are re-applied. Through the past weekend... Teresi says the program has been bringing in about one-thousand dollars a day... which puts the city on track to receiving 25-thousand to 40-thousand dollars from the amnesty program.  After this coming Sunday... he says if the motorist whose accumulated the tickets, fines and fees hasn't paid up... those penalties are re-applied.  There are three ways you can pay up those tickets... one is go directly to the city Treasurer's Office... mail the payment to the Treasurer's office... or go on line to the city's website at Jamestownny-dot-NET.


The Jamestown City Council has approved naming the city's Zoning Board of Appeals the lead agency for the review of a proposal by Lynn Development to purchase the Sheldon House.  Lawmakers voted last night, 7-0, to have the ZBA lead the process of the current owner -- Jamestown Community College -- seeking a zoning variance for the proposal.  Lynn Development wants the building at 7 Falconer Street to be granted the ability to house professional offices.  Lynn wants to re-locate it's offices there.  There has been some neighorhood opposition to such a change.  If all of JCC's sponsors approve... the zoning board will take up the matter next mon


The Wal-Mart Super Center in Lakewood had to be evacuated briefly early last night after fire broke-out in a refrigeration unit at the Fairmount Avenue store.  However... there was no major damage... nor injuries reported.  Lakewood-Busti Police say the call came in about 6:20 PM... and, an officer says the building had already been evacuated when they arrived.  He adds that fire crews got the blaze out fairly quickly.  Police say the Wal-Mart store was re-opened shortly after 7 PM.


Late Jamestown Post-Journal Sports Editor Jim Riggs was dedicated to his craft... and, a compassionate person to work with.  That's the way Riggs is being remembered at the newspaper he spent about 40 years with in the sports department.  He passed away last Saturday morning at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo at the age of 65.  Current Sports Editor Scott Kindberg was Riggs's assistant for many years... and, says Jim often thought of co-workers in his department when he traveled... or went shopping with his wife, Sharon. Riggs battle Leukemia for the past year, or so.  However... Kindberg says Jim did his weekly column up until a week before his death.  He says Riggs' last column was printed on April 16th because he wanted to keep doing it.  Riggs himself started as a staff member in 1975... and, he succeeded Frank Hyde as Sports Editor in 1979.  He was also an avid golfer.
Jim Riggs' funeral will be held this coming Friday at 11 AM in Bethel Lutheran Church.  The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 PM Thursday in the Lind Funeral Home.


A Kennedy man was arrested early last weekend for allegedly being found in possession of more than 70 grams of bagged marijuana during a traffic stop in the village of Falconer.  State Police say they pulled over 29 year-old Brian Lowers for a traffic violation on South Work Street last Saturday... and, Troopers say they found a pipe containing burnt marijuana residue in plain sight.  Further investigation revealed that Lowers was in possession of the more than 70 grams of pot... a jar containing a small amount of marijuana... a marijuana cigarette... and, two additional pipes containing marijuana residue.  Lowers was issued appearance tickets for fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana... and, unlawful possession of marijuana.  He'll appear in Ellicott Town Court.


The four New York nuclear plants that generate more than a quarter of the state's electricity are going through turbulent times amid slumping power prices.  And... depending on how things play out, one or more could shut down entirely, affecting jobs, power reliability, electricity bills and carbon emissions.  Though opposed by many environmentalists, New York's nuclear plants are seen by state regulators as a steady source of electricity that doesn't contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration is crafting a plan that would direct millions of dollars a year extra to keep ailing upstate nuclear plants operating.  Officials say the cost to individual customers would be small and would be outweighed by environmental and economic benefits.


Republican Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were all campaigning in Pennsylvania ahead of today's primary.  Trump had two rallies Monday... one at West Chester University in suburban Philadelphia... and, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre.  Clinton beat out current President Barack Obama in 2008 by about 200-thousand votes. In Warren County... voters will be able to keep track of balloting in the northwestern Pennsylvania county.  Warren County Commissioner Jeff Eggleston says WarrenVotes-dot-COM will be live today... providing election returns on-line with "cutting edge" technology.  Eggleston says the new system replaces the current VoteWarren-dot-ORG site.  However... he says -- if you go to the old site -- it will take you to "WarrenVotes-dot-COM.