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Search continues for missing man in Chautauqua Lake, divers call it a day at 4 p.m. due to extreme heat...

A Conewango Valley man is missing and persumed drowned after he was thrown from an inner tube being pulled by a boat on the northern end of Chautauqua Lake.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says his department's Marine Division and members of the county's Water Emergency Team were called to the scene by the boat operator shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday.  Gerace says the location where 48 year-old Ricky Whipple went missing was just north of the northern end of Chautauqua Institution.  He says they said Whipple had gone into the water, and he hadn't come up.  Fire rescue crews were called in from Chautauqua, Ashville, Bemus Point, and DeWittville.  Gerace says crews searched for about two-hours before calling it a night... and, resuming at 5:30 this morning.  He says it was an exhaustive day for divers... due mainly to the extreme heat.  They concluded their dives by 4 p.m., but, Gerace says boat patrols were still checking the area.  He says the water is about 25-feet deep in that area... but, he adds it's a big area... but, you start from a "rough area" to search and it's like "looking for a needle in a haystack."  Gerace says Whipple's problems were compounded by the fact that he was not wearing life jacket or vest.  He says the search has now become a recovery operation... and, his department's search will resume at about 6 tomorrow morning.


City man arrested for menacing...

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly threatening another person with a knife at a southside home early last weekend.  City police were called to the scene at 109 Newland Avenue shortly after 8 p.m. last Friday... and, learned that 58 year-old Patrick Liberte had allegedly gone after another person during an argument.  The victim was not identified.  Officers arrested Liberte for second-degree menacing, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  He was sent to the city jail pending arraignment.


About 300 JHS graduates receive diplomas at Commencement at Chautauqua Institution...

It was a night of tradition... and, pomp and circumstance at the Chautauqua Amphitheater.  However... it was mainly also the "graduate's night" for some 300 Jamestown High School seniors who received their diplomas.  The Keynote Speaker was 1978 JHS Graduate Kim Sinatra... who is Executive Vice-President and General Counsel for Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas.  Sinatra first congratulated the graduates on their big accomplishment.  However... Sinatra also challenged them to do their best, like she has tried to do.  She says, while their celebrating today, they're going to go out into the world, and they're "going to own it."  However... she believes they make it because she did, too.  Sinatra says that's because they come from Jamestown, New York... a place she says fosters "care, compassion, emphathy, and dedication."  She says she learned that working in her father's doctors office when she was a teenager... and, that's stayed with her even though she's lived elsewhere for 38 years.

 

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