Four people escaped serious injury yesterday afternoon when the car they were riding in swerved to avoid another vehicle... and, crashed on Route 430 in DeWittville. Sheriff's officers were called to the scene in the area of Point Chautauqua Golf Course... and, determined the unidentified driver had swerved to avoid hitting another car that was turning onto Route 430. Deputies say the vehicle struck a dirt embankment and became airborne. Officers say the vehicle then landed on one of the greens of the golf course. They say the four occupants were then transported to Westfield Memorial Hospital for treatment of apparent minor injuries. Mayville, Maple Springs, and Dewittville Fire rescuers were called to the scene to assist.
A Brocton teenager faces charges after allegedly stealing a pick-up truck hauling a trailer... and, crashing it on Webster Road in the town of Pomfret late last week. Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene last Wednesday afternoon... and, found the truck and trailer... which had struck several trees and rolled over. Deputies say the unidentified 14 year-old had apparently lost control on a curve in the road when the speeding vehicle crashed. The teen reportedly fled the scene, and was later found on Ellicott Road. He was checked over by EMS crews, and refused further treatment. The teen faces charges once the investigation is completed.
Dozens of people crowded around a small tent in Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron Saturday afternoon to see the unveiling of the new Lucy statue. Mayor Scot Schrecenogst and sculptor Carolyn Palmer performed the unveiling. Immediate reaction to the new statue has been very positive. Schrecengost talked about the past year... and, the process of finding a different sculptor to do a new statue to replace the one that had become known as "Scary Lucy." He says... once that decision had been made... they were inundated with offers. Schrecengost says that team included local artist Gary Peters, Junior... and, Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Comedy Center Director Journey Gunderson. He says they ultimately decided on Palmer... who thanked the village for hiring her, and those who supported her efforts along the way. Palmer says she really had to work hard to get the project done in time for the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival Weekend.
Celoron Mayor Scot Schrecengost told the throng of people on hand for Saturday's unveiling that it was "quite a ride" to get here. However... a year after a Facebook page gained international notariety... and, a new sculptor was found... the new statue is in place. Schrecengost says he set up the panel to decide on someone new to make the new sculpture. But... State Senator Cathy Young says it was a fellow Senator from the Hudson Valley region who got the ball-rolling on hiring Carolyn Palmer. Palmer was a finalist to be hired... but, she also urged Schrecengost and the others to make a decision soon because... to have the sculpture ready for the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival Weekend was going to be tight. In fact... she says it usually takes about a year to make a life-sized sculpture. In this case... she says it took her about nine-months to complete. The sculpture done by Dave Poulin has been retired to another part of the park until the new, National Comedy Center is able to take accept "Scary Lucy" to be put on display.
An electric outage late last Saturday night cut power to a large area of downtown Jamestown. The Jamestown Post-Journal reports a breaker apparently went off around 10:30 PM... causing the outage... which affected an area from about Spring Street to the Washington Street... and, went down to the area of Second Street where the newspaper is headquartered. A crew from the Board of Public Utilities arrived... and, power was restored about 1 AM Sunday. The Post-Journal reports a comedian from Buffalo, performing during the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, John Lockwood, took his show to the street in light of the outage. Lockwood said "This is the black-out comedy show, folks," as he performed on the street corner.
New York is requiring that each public and charter school post the phone number for the state's child-abuse hotline in a prominent location where students can see it. The law, recently signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, directs the state education commissioner to issue related regulations. Legislative sponsors say one in four girls and one in six boys nationwide are molested, mainly at home, and the notices offer a simple and effective way to let victims report abuse. The statewide toll-free number is 1-800-342-3720. The Office of Children and Family Services says the hotline receives calls of alleged abuse or maltreatment around the clock every day.
A former firefighter says he's innocent of arson charges in the blaze that damaged the western New York apartment of a volunteer firefighter who said he received a racist, threatening letter earlier this week. North Tonawanda police say 39-year-old Matthew Jurado was arrested Thursday and charged in the fire at 28-year-old Kenneth Walker's home. WGRZ-TV reports Jurado is Walker's neighbor and the two know each other. A judge entered a not guilty plea Friday morning for Jurado because he didn't have an attorney for his arraignment. He's being held in jail on 50-thousand dollars bail. Police say Jurado confessed to setting the fire. But they say he didn't claim responsibility for an anonymous letter that Walker said was left in his mailbox on Monday. It told him to resign because he's black. Investigators say Jurado told them a friend of his was behind the letter.
The 72nd Gerry Rodeo wrapped up successfully on Saturday. That's Rodeo Chairman, Tom Atwell. A total of 185 competitors competed for 61 thousand dollars in prize money. J.R. Myers of Felton, Pennsylvania was named 'All-Aound Cowboy'... winning the most money while competing in at least two events. Total attendance for the rodeo was around 7300, with just over 3000 roast beef dinners served. All proceeds benefit the Gerry Fire Department.