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More than 50 State Police and police officials spent the day Tuesday searching an area on Kortwright Road in Busti in hopes of finding more clues in a nearly eight-year-old missing person's case.  However... that was not the case.  Troop "A" Public Information Officer Trooper James O'Callahan also would not say if there was any new information in the case of Busti's Corrie Anderson.  However... he does say they've accumulated tips over the years... and, now is a good time to follow up on them. Police staged their search off the main parking lot at Stateline Speedway... which is located on Kortright Road.  O'Callahan says they continued searching the area until around dusk.  The rural area was where police found Anderson's abandoned mini-van shortly after she was reported missing.  O'Callahan says -- even after eight-years -- it's worth looking again.  He adds the first goal is... to solve the case... and, find Corrie Anderson.  The mother of three went missing on October 28th of 2008 after she left a Jamestown car dealership... and, was not heard from again.


Four Jamestown-area teenagers have been arrested for allegedly stealing a car late last weekend... and, crashing it into another vehicle before fleeing the scene.  State Police in Jamestown say the owner of the vehicle had apparently parked his car on a friend’s property in the town of Kiantone on Sunday.  However... they returned about 20 minutes later and it was gone.  During that time, an accident was reported in the city of Jamestown, where the four teens were seen fleeing the vehicle.  However... Troopers say they were arrested a short time later after being identified by witnesses.  All four teens were charged with fourth-degree Criminal Possession of Stolen Property.  One of the teens was also charged with second-degree criminal impersonation for initially provided a false identity.  All four teens were arraigned... and, three were sent to the county jail without bail.  A fourth was released to his father due to his age. 


Fredonia Police are continuing to investigate a shooting that occurred on Liberty Street early Saturday morning where a homeowner shot an intruder.  Police Chief Brad Meyers has released the identity of the man who was shot after he and a female suspect reportedly entered the home's enclosed porch. Meyers did not identify the homeowner... nor the female involved in the incident.  Duman and the female are accused of trying to force their way inside the victim's home.  Police say the homeowner shot the suspect when the victim went outside to identify the vehicle, and Duman got out and charged the man.  He says the investigation is continuing and police are working with the Chautauqua County District Attorney's Office.  


The power was fully restored by late yesterday morning to about 2-thousand National Grid customers in the Lakewood and Sherman areas after it was knocked out early Tuesday morning.  That from National Grid Spokesman Steve Brady... who says two sections of power line on Shadyside Road were taken down in gusty winds about 4 AM.  Brady says -- despite the distance between Lakewood and Sherman -- it affected both of them.  Brady says crews were able to get most people back on by 6 AM... but, there were still about 50 customers still out as of 9 AM.  The Southwestern Central Schools were on a two-hour delay due to the outage.


It appears that local Congressman Tom Reed won't have to face a primary against a fellow Republican from Tioga County in June.  Objections were raised last week to petitions submitted by Gary Perry of Waverly, who announced his bid in early March.  A spokesman for the State Board of Elections says that... after a review of the petitions.. it appears that Perry may have 780 valid signatures.  That’s well below the 12-hundred-50 that are required.  Reed hopes the Board of Elections does the right thing. Reed says he's not sure if there will be any objection raised about Democrat opponent John Plumb's petitions.  But... he says there's another reason to make sure Perry actually qualified for a primary... and, that's the cost to the taxpayers.  The State Board of Elections will make a final determination during it's meeting on May 2nd.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.


Gas prices in the Jamestown-area remain unchanged over the past week... and, are now just under 2-dollars-29 cents a gallon this week.  That from the Triple-A's weekly Fuel Gauge Report... which says the average prices is based on reports from 19 service stations in the Jamestown-area.  The Fuel Gauge reports that -- at this time last year -- the price was 2-69 a gallon for regular, unleaded fuel.  Triple-A says the national average price is now about 2-dollars-14 cents a gallon.  Nationally... the Fuel Gauge Reports that relatively cheap gas prices are boosting driving demand... and, 2016 remains poised to be a record year for both gasoline consumption... and, annual miles traveled.  Although pump prices moved higher by 2-cents a gallon, today’s average price of 2--14 is the lowest for this calendar date since 2009.


New York state's comptroller is urging federal authorities to strengthen safety measures against oil spills and require trains to carry sufficient insurance to cover cleanup costs from major accidents.  Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is administrator of New York's Oil Spill Fund.  He cites a U.S. Transportation Department finding that oil shippers and rail companies carry insurance that may be insufficient to cover a serious accident involving tankers carrying crude oil or other hazardous materials.  In a letter to the department and the Federal Railroad Administration... DiNapoli says a review of Securities and Exchange Commission filings shows CSX Corporation is self-insured for $25 million for ``non-catastrophic'' property damage and $50 million for natural catastrophes.  In his report... DiNapoli cited the March 1st train derailement in the town of Ripley... which led to the evacuation of some 50 homes in that area.


State Police are looking for whoever drove by a pair of Amish homes on Wilson Road in Sugar Grove Township in Pennsylvania... and, fired shots into the structures.  Troopers in Warren County say witnesses spotted a vehicle traveling east about 2:30 AM Sunday... and, fired several shots from a 22-calibur gun out a car window.  Police say one round struck the home of 47 year-old Iva Byler... and, another the home of 23 year-old John Shetler.  No one was hurt.  Anyone with information is asked to call Warren County Crimetoppers.  The investigation is continuing.