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News Headlines for Sat., Oct. 22, 2016

Gerace says death of Deputy from medical emergency "stuns and shocks" department...
There's been a lot of support coming from around the community following the death of a Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputy who died from a medical emergency Wednesday while he was off-duty.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says his office has received a lot of support after learning of the death of Deputy Kevin Link.  Gerace says Link, a 16-year member of the Sheriff's Department, had a tremendous impact on the force and the community.  He says members of his department are "saddened, stunned, and shocked" by Link's passing.  The 50 year-old Link was the School Resource Officer at Silver Creek High School for about three years.  Silver Creek School Superintendent Todd Crandall says Kevin genuinely cared for the students he worked with.  For the past two days, Crandall says students have been signing a poster that has been hung in the school cafeteria with photos of the SRO.  It will be presented to Kevin's family according to Crandall.  Gerace says the Sheriff’s Office is receiving support from other police agencies throughout the area. 
Jamestown Police investigating car theft, arson fire...
Jamestown police are investigating the alleged arson fire of a car stolen from an address on the city's westside.  City firefighters and police were called to the scene at 62 Lister Avenue about 4:45 Friday morning... and, found the 2010 Toyota Camry fully-engulfed in flames.  Police say they found the car had earlier been stolen from a home on Lovell Avenue.  Officers say investigators are looking for whoever stole the vehicle, and then set it on fire.  Anyone with information on the case is asked to call JPD's anonymous tips-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.  You can also call CRIMESTOPPERS at 867-6161.
County legislature committee finds $203,000 in savings in 2017 budget proposal...
County lawmakers have been able to reduce local spending in Executive Vince Horrigan's proposed, 2017 budget proposal by another $200,000.  That from Chairman Pierre Chagnon of the legislature's Audit and Control committee... which wrapped up budget deliberations Thursday.  Chagnon says they did it through a number of changes to the more than $270-million spending plan.  He says those were in the Sheriff's Department, and the Department of Health and Human Services.  Chagnon says the panel did find about $90,000 in cost reductions in the Sheriff's Department... which is where the vast majority of additional local dollars were going.  He says the biggest cut was trimming $50,000 to the line for new, in-car cameras.  That leaves $100,000 to begin buying the new cameras next year.  Chagnon says they also reduced the Sheriff's Department by $40,000 in the fuel account, anticipating that costs won't go up by that much.  He says they also found some additional state dollars -- about $168,000 -- for DHHS.  He says they also increased appropriations by $110,000... including $25,000 more for the county's 4-H Program.  
Chagnon says the $203,000 savings will be split in two areas.  He says one half will go to further the tax rate by just over a penny per thousand... cutting the rate to $8.48 per $1,000 full value.  The other half will be used to replenish the county's undesignated fund balance.
University strike in Pennsylvania over...
The chancellor who oversees Pennsylvania's 14 state universities says a tentative contract agreement reached Friday with the faculty union is an opportunity for "a fresh start."  The deal brought an end to a strike by professors that lasted three days and disrupted classes for more than 100,000 students.  Chancellor Frank Brogan is thanking students for their patience... and, he's also praising Governor Tom Wolf for helping break the impasse.