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A Buffalo-area man has been arrested for boating while intoxicated after he had an accident on his jet ski in the northern end of Chautauqua Lake late yesterday afternoon. 


Sheriff's Department Navigation Team was called to a reported accident in Bemus Bay about 4:30 PM and, on arrival the operator of the jet ski that was involved with the incident failed to comply with deputies and, road off at a high rate of speed. 


Another patrol boat from the Navigation Division intercepted the Jet Ski in the north basin of the lake and the operator failed to comply again.  After a 15-to-20 minute pursuit it was called off due to the Jet Ski entering a high traffic area. 


After the pursuit was terminated the Sheriff's Office received reports from shore that the operator was ejected from his Jet Ski landing in the water.  Deputies were able to take the operator 35 year-old Jason Schlemmer of Orchard Park into custody. 


They say Schlemmer was take to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for observation and, he faces charges including boating while intoexicated reckless operation and two counts of failure to comply.  There were no injuries nor serious damage due to the persuit and crash.



Raleigh, North Carolina's Chesson Hadley eked out a one shot victory Sunday at the second annual LECOM Health Challenge Golf Tournament at The Peek'n Peak Resort. 


The 32 year-old Hadley was estatic saying the week was "magical" adding that his family was on hand for the event.  He shot a record 23-under par, one shot ahead of Beau Hossler. 


As the winner was accepting his $108,000 check, his three-and-a-half year old son interrupted to say something to his dad who then responded, and they would get him "all the toys you want, bud." 


Michele Turner, one of the tournament directors, said attendance was up for the second year and she thanked Peek'n Peak, the sponsors and those who volunteered to help.  The PGA's Web.com tour presented its 'Small Business of the Tournament' award to Jim Pullan of Jamestown Mattress.

New York State police issued over 10,000 tickets during their annual Fourth of July crackdown on drunk driving. 


Overall, troopers issued 10,435 tickets statewide during the 96-hour campaign, which began July 1 and continued until midnight last Tuesday.  DWI arrests totaled 240, and crashes killed three people. 


Troop K, which patrols part of the Hudson Valley, arrested 30 drivers on DWI charges and investigated 75 motor vehicle accidents that injured 25 people.  The troop also issued 364 tickets for speeding, 24 for distracted driving, 75 for seatbelt violations, and 25 for the move-over law. 


Last year Troop K issued 496 tickets for speeding, 13 for distracted driving, 38 for seatbelt violations, and 30 for the move-over law.

A multi-year effort to re-claim McCrea Point Park and Boat Launch in Jamestown was celebrated with a ribbon cutting this past weekend. 


A large turn-out was on hand for the re-dedication of the park along the Chadakoin River.  Mayor Sam Teresi thanked several people for helping to get the park back to it's early splendor.  Teresi especially thanked members of the Riverfront Council along with those involved with the parks system including the city Parks and Recreation Commission, and the city's Planning Commission. 


The program started with a boat ride on The Chautauqua Belle from Celoron to the boat landing a first for the steamship that still goes up and down the lake.  Teresi also thanked state and county leaders for their help in funding and planning the project. 


State Assemblyman Andy Goodell says the project "builds on our past" but, also helps plan for the future that includes a city where people can go out and enjoy "this beautiful riverfront."   Riverfront Management Council Chairman Bill Stevenson hoped the entire Riverwalk would have been open but, says part is now closed for installation of two, new pedestrian bridges. 


The Chautauqua Belle served as a backdrop for Saturday morning's festivities.  Teresi also thanked Sheryl McCrea, whose grandparents originally owned the riverfront property where the park is located.