Brocton man hurt when utility truck crashed on Route 394 near Ashville BOCES...
A Brocton man escaped serious injury Friday morning when he lost control of the heavy-crane truck he was operating and it overturned on Route 394 in the town of North Harmony. Sheriff's officers say 46 year-old Jason Selig was southbound about 7:40 a.m. when he failed to negotiate the curve near the Ashville BOCES. Deputies say the truck left the road... and, struck a utility pole and rolled onto it's side. Officers say Selig was ejected. They add that the accident brought down some live electric lines over the road. Traffic was detoured a short time... and, the road was re-opened shortly before 11 a.m. Deputies say Selig was flown by Starflight Helicopter to the Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA where he's in stable condition. Charges are pending.
Fourth of July activities and fireworks planned in several locations...
There'll be plenty of chances to see fireworks across the Jamestown and Warren, Pennsylvania areas this weekend. It actually begins tonight with fireworks during Stateline Speedway's annual Fourth of July show. In Lakewood Monday... village officials say the annual Fourth of July Summerfest will start with the annual "Firecracker 10K Run." There are also kids races... and, a 2-mile run and walk beginning at 9 a.m. You can register Monday morning... starting at 7 a.m. in Hartley Park. There will also be several activities... including miniature golf... bounce houses.. and, music beginning at 11:30 a.m. There will also be an appearance by LECOM Health Challenge Web.com Tour pros "The Bryan Brothers..." who do trick shots from 6 to 7:30 p.m. There'll also be a concert with Steve Davis and Marla Harris until the fireworks at 10 p.m. by Zambelli fireworks.
The village of Mayville will also have it's big Fourth of July celebration... starting with the annual parade along Route 394... starting at the intersection with Route 430... at 10 a.m. Organizers say there will also be a petting zoo, face painting... live music and food all day at Lakeside Park. Skylighters of Western New York will conclude the day at 10 p.m. with a big fireworks show.
Also in Chautauqua County... there will be Fourth of July fireworks at Bemus Point following the Bemus Bay Pops Concert Monday night at 10 p.m., and, there will also be fireworks at Midway State Park in Maple Springs at 10:05 p.m. Monday.
In Warren County, PA... there will be the annual parade in Warren at 11 a.m. Monday. The annual celebration and fireworks show will be held at Bett's Park Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. The fireworks show will be at 10 p.m. Saturday.
Gerace urges drivers to use caution when driving this Fourth of July weekend, explains DWI Crackdown...
Police agencies across Chautauqua County will be taking part in the state's STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdown during the long, Fourth of July weekend. That from Sheriff Joe Gerace... who says local agencies will join with State Police to "vigorously" enforce laws related to driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Gerace says his department will be out in force through next Monday night... in cojunction with other local police agencies. He says -- in addition to drunk and drowsy drivers -- they'll also be on the look-out for one of the more recent nuisances on the highways... the "distracted driver." He says that if you glance down to look at a text for three seconds -- at 55 mph -- you've traveled the length of a football field without looking at the road. During the last STOP-DWI effort in Chautauqua County on Memorial Day Weekend... Gerace says there were four arrests for Driving While Intoxicated... and, 112 other vehicle stops and arrests. He made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
Road Construction across NYS suspended for holiday weekend...
New York state is limiting road work this week to prevent traffic problems during the July 4th weekend. Governor Andrew Cuomo's office says most projects requiring the closure of a lane are now suspended... and, work will resume next Tuesday morning. The weekend around Independent Day is typically one of the busier travel periods of the year. Cuomo says state officials want to ensure New Yorkers can get to their holiday destinations without delay.