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WNY Teenager dies in fall on Cattaraugus Indian Reservation...

Authorities are investigating the death of a teenage girl who fell down an embankment on an Indian reservation in western New York.  The Erie County Sheriff's Office says the teen fell early Sunday morning about 100 feet down an embankment along the Cattaraugus Creek on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation... just northeast of Silver Creek.  Officials say deputies and other emergency responders tried to revive the girl, but she was already deceased.  The girl's name and other detail haven't been released.

Mayville man not seriously hurt in rollover crash, but, faces speeding and other charges...

A Mayville man escaped serious injury when his truck missed a curve on a town of Chautauqua road... and, rolled over several times last weekend.  Sheriff's officers say a patrol came up on the scene of the accident on Plank Road shortly before 6 a.m. last Saturday.  Deputies say 49 year-old Craig Hayward was northbound when he failed to negotiate the curve... and, the vehicle overturned multiple times.  Hayward was taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital for treatment of apparently non-life threatening injuries.  Hayward was ticketed for third-degree aggravated unlicensed operator... speeding... speed not reasonable or prudent... failure to stop at a stop sign... and, unlawful possession of marijuana.  He'll appear in Chautauqua Town Court at a later date.

Sherman school budget to feature no tax increase, thanks mainly to bump in School Aid...

There will be no tax increase in the approximately $10-million budget going before voters in the Sherman Central School District next month.  That from School Superintendent Kaine Kelly... who says the school board recently approved the spending plan that'll be up for a vote May 17.  Kelly says -- thanks to a boost in state school aid -- they're able to strike a balance of providing a quality education for students -- yet looking out for the district's taxpayers.  He says the spending plan is "fiscally conservative, but still keeps the needs of the students in mind."  Kelly says there were changes to two areas of their state school aid that helped Sherman a lot.  One was the elimination of the so-called "Gap Elimination Adjustment."  The other is an increase in their Foundation -- or base aid.  In addition to the budget... Kelly says there will also be a transportation proposition on the ballot for two, new, 66-passenger buses... and, one 15-passenger van.  Kelly says there will also be three people running for two school board seats.  They are incumbants Gary DeLillis... and, Jen Ferrara... and, challenger Robert Head.

Jamestown woman arrested for forgery...

A city woman is jailed on $2,500 bail for allegedl committing five acts of forgery.  Sheriff's deputies say they took 28 year-old Erica Burkholder into custody last Saturday on a warrant at 3295 Fluvanna-Townline Rd.  Officers say she faces five counts of second-degree forgery... and, was later charged with one count each of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... second-degree endangering the welfare of a child... and, third-degree possession of a forged instrument.  Burkholder was arraigned and sent to the county lock-up.

COI leader talks about Community Needs Assessment survey now underway...

A local human service agency that strives to help the poor get out of poverty and have a better life is conducting a survey to see what the needs are for low-income residents in the county.  Chautauqua Opportunities, Incorporated does a "Community Needs Assessment" every three-years to help develop it's new strategic plan.  COI Executive Director Roberta Keller says the Needs Assessment asks a number of questions to get an idea of what needs to be in place to help the poor... including income, education, and housing status.  Keller says they also look at race and ethnicity... as well as age and education.  She says they also look at the health of people... and, determine where the biggest problems are.  Keller says they use the Needs Assessment to develop the three-year plan... which gives them direction on what to tackle, and how they're going to go about it.  She says they have copies at COI's headquarters in Jamestown and Dunkirk... and, it's also on-line at www.chautauquaopportunties.com.  She made her comments for last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group Stations.

State Legislature to return to session Tuesday...

A proposal to allow Uber to expand outside of New York City... and, long-awaited reforms to address government corruption are among the top issues facing state lawmakers as they return to wrap up their 2016 session.  The Senate and the Assembly will reconvene in Albany Tuesday for what's expected to be seven weeks of work.  One item that must be resolved is the renewal of mayoral control of schools in New York City, which expires this year.  Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio wants a longer extension, but Senate Republicans are wary.  The ride-hailing service Uber wants lawmakers to pass regulations allowing it to expand into upstate cities.  Governor Andrew Cuomo says he'll push for ethics reforms to address Albany's history of government corruption, but so far lawmakers have shown little interest.



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