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A Buffalo-area man is accused of vehicular assault after he allegedly backed his car unsafely, and struck a man walking on Route 20 in the town of Ripley last Saturday night. 


Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene of the car-pedestrian just after 11 PM and, found that the car was operated by 61 year-old Rory Stevenson of Angola, was involved in the accident.  Deputies say Stevenson's car struck 43 year-old Matthew Vogt of Buffalo, seriously injurying the man. 


Officers say Vogt was flown by Starflight Helicopter to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie for what were described as "life-threatening injuries."  Deputies say Stevenson faces several charges including second-degree vehicular assault backing unsafely uninspected motor vehicle and, several others.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail with bail to be set.

A town of Arkwright couple has been arrested for allegedly hosting an underage drinking party on their property early last weekend. 


Sheriff's officers say they were called to a residence on Miller Road shortly after 12 Midnight last Saturday on a report of the party taking place.  On arrival deputies say they observed several youths under the age of 21 on the property drinking alcohol. 


Officers say they spoke with Michael and Diane Rafan, both 53, and, determined they were in charge of the property and the party.  Deputies charged both Michael and Diane Rafan with first-degree unlawfully dealing with a minor. 


In addition they say a 17 year-old male youth was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.  All subjects are to appear in Arkwright Town Court at a later date.

A much-anticipated public hearing on the proposed annexation of five-acres of land owned by the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities in the village of Falconer at the city line is set for tonight. 


The session will begin at 7 PM at the Falconer Central School Auditorium, and will be hosted by the Jamestown City Council, Falconer Village Board and Ellicott Town Board.  During this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi said anyone from the three municipalities can speak at the hearing. 


The proposal involves shifting the 4 to 5-acres of land the BPU's Dow Street Substation is located on to being in the city where it would not have to have taxes paid on it.  This would mean a loss of tax revenues from that land to the village of Falconer, town of Ellicott and the Falconer School District. 


However Teresi says there have been some misconceptions about what's being proposed.  The biggest being that the city is trying to annex the entire village.  Teresi says that's not the case it is a small piece of property at the city line, and will help keep electric rates low.

A bill under consideration in New York's legislature would give banks the ability to temporarily freeze the accounts of older adults when they notice activity uncharacteristic of a person's normal spending habits. 


The measure is intended to combat financial abuse and fraud aimed at elders.  New York's Office of Children and Family Services says financial fraud costs the state's seniors an estimated $1.5 billion per year. 


It might also help people like Roseann Keiles, of Long Island.  Her 82-year-old mother was tricked into giving thousands of dollars before a local banker alerted the family that something was wrong. 


The bill was unanimously approved by the Senate in March, but has faced resistance in the Democratic-led Assembly and hasn't been scheduled for a vote.

The investigation into a fire late last Friday that destroyed a single-family home in the town of Carrol just outside of Frewsburg is continuing. 


The Jamestown Post-Journal reports that Frewsburg firefighters were called to the Lightner home just before 5 PM and, found the building and attached garage on fire.  Assistant Fire Chief Dan Sisson tells the paper the home on Wigren Road was "fully engulfed" on arrival and, that it took about an hour to bring the flames under control. 


Frewsburg fire crews were joined at the scene by Frewsburg, Busti, Kennedy, Falconer, Kiantone, and Russell, Pennsylvania fire companies. 


No one was hurt.  The cause is under investigation but, apparently started in the garage area.

It was a terrific first day for the newly-rebranded "Jamestown Public Market" in downtown Jamestown last Saturday morning and afternoon. 


The public market is actually the name for the original farmer's market that was held in Jamestown in 1878.  Market Manager Christina Breen says they had a very good turn-out for their first attempt at a Saturday market after holding the past several year's on Thursdays. 


Breen says they went with a Saturday because several people, many of whom live downtown, told them that a weekday even around the lunch-hour did not work as well as a weekend might.  She says they wanted to create more "vibrancy" on the weekends for people in the area. 


The market takes place in the 200-block of Cherry Street between West Second and Third Streets.  She says they had about 10 vendors for the first day.  The Jamestown Public Market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through early Fall. 


For more information, call the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation at 664-2477 or go on-line to Jamestownrenaissance.org

There was a giant celebration at the Lucille Ball Little Theater of Jamestown Saturday night. 


A huge cast performed songs from two dozen musicals to mark the theater's 80th anniversary and Norm and Helen Merrill were honored for 50 years of volunteer work.  Helen Merrill has directed 48 shows at the Little Theater, and she thanked all the actors and actresses who took part in those shows. 


Little Theater President, Bob Ostrom, announced a new curtain and fly system, air conditioning and other improvements for the Little Theater... thanks to the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, and local foundations.