A Forestville man was arrested early last weeked for allegedly having sex with a minor girl. Sheriff's officers say they served an arrest warrant on 19 year-old Trevor Grupa at a location on Prospect Road in Forestville. Deputies say Grupa was sought on two counts of second-degree rape... second and third-degree sexual abuse... and, endangering the welfare of a child. Grupa was found at the Prospect Road residence... and, arrested without incident. He was arraigned and sent to the county jail on 10-thousand dollars bail... pending a future appearance in county court.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed state authorities to prevent nearly 3-thousand registered sex offenders now on parole from playing Pokemon Go in an effort to safeguard children who play. The Department of Corrections and Community Services is making that a condition of supervised release from state prison for all sex offenders. The state said late Monday that county probation offices should adopt the same policy. Cuomo has also sent a letter to software developer Niantic, Inc. requesting help prohibiting sexual predators from playing the online game, where players roam through the physical world searching for virtual Pokemon creatures that appear when they go to certain locations. State Senator Jeff Klein, a Bronx Democrat who raised similar concerns last week, says New York already prohibits high-level offenders from using social media.
Parts of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties were under Flash Flood Warnings Sunday afternoon... but, no significant damage was reported. Forcaster David Church with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says the slow moving thunderstorms contained torrential rains... and, says the storms were very localized. He says that will NOT have much of an impact on the severe drought... because the coverage area was spotty. He says some places may have gotten 2 to 3 inches. There was a little bit of rain around during the day Monday... but, again nothing that made much difference in the drought conditions.
A 4-year-old boy from Ohio suffered a severe cut to his groin, and a broken ankle following a freak water-skiing accident on Chautauqua lake Sunday afternoon. The Sheriff's Office Marine Division was called to the scene -- near Chautauqua Institution -- just before 12:30 PM. Deputies say a family was tubing on the late... with several children on board... when they decided to switch to water skiing. Officers say the tube was brought into the vessel, and placed at the bow while they skiied. However... the 4-year-old began playing under the tube when the wind from the boat traveling down the lake -- combined with the actual wind -- lifted the tube with the youngster hanging onto it. Officers say the boy struck the split windshield on the boat, and was hurt. The force of the incident threw the boy and the tube into the lake. Deputies say that, due to the fact the child was wearing a life jacket, and the family had a quick response -- he was immediately pulled out and, rushed to shore. They were helped by Chautauqua Institution police, and, the Chautauqua Fire Department... and, the boy was flown by Starflight Helicopter to Buffalo Women and Children's Hospital.
The American Red Cross is experiencing a blood shortage... both nationally and locally. The Red Cross has issued an emergency request for blood and platelet donations. Communications Manager Patty Corvaia says there are two reasons for the shortage. The first is that hospitals have been needing more blood than expected this summer... and, second is that people are busy with summer plans and don't get out to donate. Corvaia says that while they need donations of all blood types... O Negative is the most helpful. Corvaia says it's easy to schedule an appointment to give blood online at Redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800 Red Cross. There is also a downloadable app that lets you know what happens with the blood you donate. The American Red Cross has two donation opportunities locally this month. The first on August 3rd at the Chautauqua Volunteer Fire Department... and, the second on August 13th at the Bemus Point Fire Department.
A Sinclairville man suffered non-life threatening injuries when the all-terrain vehicle he was riding Sunday night went out of control, and flipped over. Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene on a "well road" off North Hill Road in the town of Charlotte shortly before 8:30 PM... and, found the ATV had come to rest on it's rollbars. Deputies say 34 year-old Timothy Lerow was pinned under the vehicle. Lerow was taken to Brook's Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk for treatment. His passenger, 63 year-old Richard Langworthy of Sinclair Drive, Sinclairville, was not hurt. Deputies say Lerow was allegedly operating the ATV at an unsafe speed when the accident occured... but, no charges have yet been filed.
The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County's annual campaign season is officially underway with the kick-off to the effort's Pacesetter's Campaign. A dozen representatives from local companies and organizations -- involved with the campaign -- met with United Way leaders at Wegman's Supermarket Monday afternoon. Local Architect Paul Hedin and his wife, Anne, are heading up the General Campaign... and, helped welcome the Pacesetters. Anne Hedin says they've been involved with the campaign for several years... and, are looking forward to heading up this year's General Campaign... starting in mid-September. United Way Executive Director Tori Irgang says this year's goal is the same as last year's... 1.3-million dollars. Irgang says they hope the Pacesetter's can raise about 130 thousand dollars or more by the General Campaign start date of September 14th. The Pacesetter's campaign runs until that date... and, then indivdual company and other United Way General Campaign activities begin. This year... Irgang says they're raising the money for 42 local programs at 25 partner agencies in the Jamestown-area. For more information on the United Way... call 483-1561... or go on-line to UWayscc-dot-ORG.
Officials spent Monday afternoon looking for a boy who allegedly jumped off the Hickory Street Bridge in Warren. The Times Observer reports that police received a call about 3:30pm that reported the incident. The caller said the boy jumped off of the west side of the bridge. Officers searched the North bank of the river, but found no sign that the jumper had emerged from the water. The City of Warren Fire Department was called in to search with their boat, and video surveillance camera's from nearby businesses are being checked to see if anyone matching the boy's desription was seen in that area around the time of the incident. Warren Police Chief Raymond Zydonik stresses that jumping off the Hickory Street Bridge is just a bad idea.