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A Jamestown woman has been arrested for allegedly leaving her 3-year-old child asleep inside her car while she was inside a nearby restaurant.  City police were called to the 200-block of North Main Street just after 2:30 Thursday afternoon on a report of a child left alone, inside a vehicle.  Officers say they found the child asleep inside the unattended vehicle.  Police say they determined the child had been left alone for about 20-minutes.  Police then located the mother... identified as 22 year-old Sarah Nazzaro... exiting the restaurant.  Nazzaro was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child, and sent to the city jail pending arraignment.


An Erie, Pennsylvania area man escaped serious injury late Wednesday night when his car struck a tractor-trailer from behind on Interstate 86 in the town of Sherman.  Sheriff's officers say 52 year-old Daniel Rossman of Fairview was westbound about 10:30 PM when the accident occured.  Deputies say Rossman did "significant damage" to his own vehicle.  However... officers say the operator of the tractor-trailer was unaware that another vehicle had rear-ended it... and, continued westbound.  Rossman was accused of being drunk at the time, and was arrested.  He was later released with tickets to appear in Sherman Town Court.  Rossman faces charges including Driving While intoxicated, and following to closely.  Anyone with any information on the accident is asked to contact the Sheriff's Department.


County Executive Vince Horrigan says he can live with the changes the County Legislature made to his original budget plan.  With that... his office says Horrigan signed the measure this afternoon.  Horrigan says the 270-million dollar spending plan cuts the tax levy by about 200-thousand dollars.  He says lawmakers did add some money back into his original spending plan. Horrigan says he's glad to see the legislature come together to approve the spending plan... which cuts the tax rate by about 7-cents per thousand full value.  He says "stability and lower property taxes over the long term" were the goals going in... and, the legislature was on board with it.  The 2017 budget has to be sent to Albany by November 1st. 


Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan says the new budget, just approved by county lawmakers, should help launch two programs that are intended to improve public safety in the county.  The $270 million spending plan that Horrigan expects to sign today will contain enough funding for a new Fly Car program.  He believes it will help improve the delivery of emergency medical services. The budget will also contain funding to assist the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office in implementing an In-Car Camera program.  While lawmakers removed about 50-thousand dollars from what was originally budgeted, Horrigan believes they should still be able to equip most Sheriff's office patrol cars.  He says it's a "world of video" that's hard to argue with now-a-days.  As for the reduction of funding, Horrigan says they will see how the bids come in for the program.  He says they can always amend the budget should the county find the extra dollars needed for the program.  And Horrigan is not ruling out including additional funding in the 2018 budget.


The unemployment rate in Chautauqua County last month increased nearly half-a-percent to 5.5-percent.  However... that's still considered a good rate for the area.  That from state Labor Department Analyst John Slenker... who says the jobless rate was 5.1-percent in August... with a total of 54-thousand-800 residents in the labor market.  He says 32-hundred of them were unemployed. Slenker says manufacturing is among the sectors that has held stable in recent months... staying at 92-hundred workers.  He says the biggest changes were in two areas in September and were "seasonal" in nature.  He says Leisure and Hospitality was down 500 for the month... and, Health and Education was down 300 jobs.  Slenker says all other sectors were pretty much stable for August to September.  He says the jobless rate in Chautauqua County in September of 2015 was 5.6-percent.  State-wide... the jobless rate increased from 4.8 to 5-percent last month.  Nationally... the unemployment rate fell from 5-percent in August to 4.8 in September.


The Resource Center will honor the contributions of the late Mike Felice... and his family, by re-naming their building at Sixth Street and Fairmount Avenue in Jamestown.  The announcement was made Wednesday night by Greg Peterson at the annual Disability Awareness Awards. Peterson says he worked with Felice, and his wife Laura, on many Resource Center projects dating back to the late 1970's.  He says Felice was the "inspiration" for many of the center's corporations.  Many of those affiliated corporations are now headquartered in the Sixth and Fairmount building.  Mike Felice was also instrumental in the establishment of the TRC Foundation... that helps persons with disabilities throughout the county.  Mike Felice died earlier this month at the age of 85.  He moved to Jamestown in 1971 and worked for Trend Broadcasting, Incorporated, then owned by WKSN and WHUG.  Mike served as General Sales Manager and later was promoted to Vice-President of the stations.  He was then Vice-President of broadcasting when the stations were later purchased by Derrick Publishing.


About three-dozen middle and high school girls from around the Jamestown-area got the chance to see -- and hear -- first hand about manufacturing careers for women.  "Dream It -- Do It" Western New York hosted a "Women in Manufacturing Night" at Cummins Engine Company's local plant in Ashville last night.  "Dream It -- Do It" Coordinator Justin Hanft provided the students... and, their parents... with a packet of information... including the kind of money they could make. The local chapter of the American Association of University Women also took part in the program... and, the AAUW's Janet Forbes says they learned a lot of last year's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math -- or STEM Wars... at Jamestown Community College.  Forbes says when they met the young women there... there was one overriding theme.  They wanted to meet women who were involving in working in... and, helping to manage local manufacturing plants.  In addition to the panel discussion last night... the students got to tour the Cummins plant.


The two-time state champion, Jamestown High School Red Raider Marching Band will compete in the state finals in Syracuse on Sunday night.  But, director Meghan Murray says they'll perform their show 'Crazy Train' for the public before they leave 2:30pm, Saturday at Strider field. The JHS band was moved up to 'National Class' this year, the highest class in the Field Band Conference.  Meghan Murray says they are up against some well funded districts from other areas of the state including the Syracuse and Long Island. Murray adds that if the weather is rainy, the 2:30 PM Saturday performance will be cancelle