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With two straight days of water sampling that showed normal levels of bacteria... the Boil Water Order in Sinclairville has been lifted.  That from Chautauqua County Health and Human Services Water Specialist Bill Boria... who says water samples collected this past Tuesday  and, Wednesday showed the water is safe to drink.  The Village had a major water main leak on Monday, May 9th that was repaired the same day... but due to a loss in pressure, a boil water order was put into effect as a precaution.  Village and county officials thank residents, and water customers for their cooperation, and patience while the boil water order was in effect.  If you have any questions... call Sinclairville Mayor Tami Berg at 962-9455... or the Chautauqua County Health Department at 753-4481.


Chautauqua County residents and businesses got their opportunity to voice their opinions on proposed legislation that would raise Chautauqua County's legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old.  County Executive Vince Horrigan held a public hearing Thursday afternoon on the local law in Mayville.  He says that more than a dozen people showed up for the 40-minute long hearing. Horrigan says a number health professionals spoke in favor of the law... and, some business owners spoke against the measure.  He says he's also received 34 comments via e-mail or fax.  Horrigan says he will consider the views heard at Thursday’s hearing... as well as those electronically sent.  He could reach a decision on the proposed tobacco law by next Monday.


Governor Andrew Cuomo says "justice prevailed" after the state's former Senate majority leader... and, his son were sentenced to prison for corruption.  Cuomo issued a statement after Manhattan federal Judge Kimba Wood sentenced Long Island Republican Dean Skelos (SKEH'-lohs) to five years in prison Thursday.  She also sentenced his son, Adam, to 6 1/2 years in prison.  Both men were convicted last year of conspiracy, extortion and bribery.  Prosecutors say the men used Dean Skelos' clout to force companies to funnel over 300-thousand dollars to Adam Skelos.  The father and son did not comment as they left court.  The judge says the men caused "immeasurable damage" to New Yorkers' confident in the integrity of government.


Much cooler weather is on the way... that after the Jamestown-area enjoyed near 80-degree temperatures yesterday afternoon.  In fact... our first shot of cooler weather moved through overnight when a cold front came through the region.  National Weather Service Forecaster Aaron Reynolds in Buffalo says the first front is dropping temperatures about 10 to 15-degrees. A second front will move into the region early Saturday... and, Reynolds says that'll bring much cooler air from Canada to the area.  Reynolds says it may get so cold Sunday, that the higher elevations of Cattaraugus and Allegany counties may see some snow showers mixing with rain showers.  That's NOT forecast for Chautauqua County.  Reynolds says it can still get pretty cool this time of the year... but, adds temperatures should return to more normal levels by the middle of next week.


A town of Dunkirk woman has been arrested for allegedly stabbing her husband during a domestic dispute Wednesday morning.  State Police in Fredonia say troopers were called to the scene at the Lakeside Trailer Park at 37-11 Route 5 about 6:30 AM.  Police say the domestic incident escallated... and, 24 year-old Kristi Jones stabbed her husband in the chest.  Troopers say the male victim was treated at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk... and, is now listed in good condition.  Police arrested Kristi Jones for second-degree assault... and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  She was arraigned in Dunkirk Town Court and sent to Chautauqua County jail on 30-thousand dollars cash bail.  Animal control officers were also called to the scene, along with Child Protectiive Services.  Dunkirk city police also assisted at the scene.


The chairman of the Republican Party says Thursday's meeting with Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan was ``a very positive step toward party unity.''  Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's also working to bridge the rift between Trump and some party members... and, he adds that he believes all Republicans will come together ahead of the November election.  Reed...who recently came out in favor of Trump... says the stakes this Fall are too high. Reed says he's been listening to the people in the 23rd Congressional District he represents, who say they are backing Trump for president.  He adds that party members don't have to be in 100-percent agreement with Trump... but, they appear to be on the same page on a number of national issues... namely getting the economy going... and, a strong national security policy.  Speaker Ryan says today that he's "encouraged" by the meeting... but, still has not endorsed Trump as yet.


An Erie County, New York man is accused of possessing and selling illegal drugs in the north county village of Silver Creek.  Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they arrested 19 year-old Joshua Heimerl of Angola on a warrant in the village late Wednesday.  Drug agents say Heimerl was taken into custody without incident.  Police say they allegedly found a quantity of crack cocaine... and, a number of hydrocodone pills... both of which were packaged for street sale.  In addition to the outstanding County Court warrant... Heimerl was charged with third and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was arraigned in Silver Creek Village Court... and, sent to the County Jail without bail.


There are more than 100 major road and bridge projects on this year's Summer schedule of work for the city of Jamestown's Public Works Department.  That from Mayor Sam Teresi... who says those projects are already underway due to the nice weather we've had so far this Spring.  Teresi says the work is above and beyond the typrical filling of potholes... and, other repairs from the Winter season. Teresi says there are a couple of major projects coming up shortly... both within a few blocks of each other on North Main Street.  He says the first is replacement of the Main Street Bridge in Brooklyn Square.  Teresi says that's a county bridge...but, adds the city is working with the county on the one-million dollar effort.  However... he says that will take away important access for one business located between the Chadakoin River and the railroad viaduct -- Blackstone-Ney Ultrasonics.  Once the bridge is out, he says the only access will be from North Main... heading south.  He says -- for tractor-trailers -- that's going to require the city to lower the road around and under the span... by about two-feet.


One of the few people to ever attempt suicide from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge... and live... addressed the Resource Center's Annual Syposium Thursday.  In an interiview with Media One, Kevin Hines said people in crisis need to know they have options. Hines told the symposium that society needs to reduce the stigma of 'disease above the neck'.  He continues to fight bi-polar disease and he tours the country...hoping to get people to realize that mental illness is often a chronic disease that needs long term treatment.   The Resource Center's Educational Symposium was held at Bellinger Hall at Chautauqua. 


At Saturday night's choir concert at Jamestown High School, the late Denise Snyder-Norberg will be honored with the Acappella VIP award.  Last Saturday, Denise was named to the JHS Band's Hall of Fame.  Acappella Director, Norm Lydell says it's the first time the band and choir have honored the same person, in the same year. Snyder-Norberg was a JHS graduate.  She died in April at the age of 53.  The annual spring choir concert begins at 7 PM on Saturday night at Jamestown High School.  

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