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Police in upstate New York are investigating a three-vehicle crash that killed one person and hospitalized four others. 


The crash occurred on U.S. Route 20A in Varysburg in Wyoming County Sunday afternoon.  Police say a car crossed over into oncoming traffic, striking two motorcycles.  It's the second fatal car-motorcycle accident in Western New York Sunday


The other happened in the north county town of Hanover.  Both motorcyclists in the Varysburg crash were travelling with a passenger.  All four people riding on the motorcycles were taken to the hospital.  One person died at the hospital. 


The driver of the car was also hospitalized.  The names and ages of the victims haven't been released.

Helping manufacturers save costs on energy and, use new technology to make their operations more efficient is the goal of new, bi-partisan legislation being introduced on Congress this week by local Representative Tom Reed. 


The Corning Republican was at Artone Manufacturing on Allen Street in Jamestown Monday morning to announce the SMART Manufacturing Leadership Act.  Reed says he and Vermont Democrat Peter Welch will be filing the legislation when they return to Washington, D-C from their Fourth of July break adding it allows small and medium-manufacturers better access to federal resources to help lower their costs.


Reed says the main part of the plan will be to establish a national "SMART Manufacturing Plan" to help deploy smart technologies to small and medium-sized manufacturers like Artone.  Artone manufactures "custom made" and millwork furniture for hotels and resorts.


President and Owner Mike Calimeri expressed his appreciation to Reed noting that they are already moving towards "smart' techologies.  Calimeri says it's exciting to see legislation helping smaller manufacturers like Artone.  Reed and Calimeri were joined for the press conference and a tour of Artone by State Assemblyman Andy Goodell, and several others.

Local Congressman Tom Reed says the Senate needs to get the job done when it comes to passing a new health care plan. 


We talked later with Reed on topics including the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.  The Corning Republican says the House has taken action on the measure and, adds it's time for Senate Republicans to do likewise. 


Reed says, while there is the possibility of millions of Americans losing coverage under the proposal there are millions now suffering under the burden of the ACA.  He says he believes the Senate will take action in the next two to three weeks. 


However over the Fourth of July recess, a 10th Republican in the Senate voiced his opposition to the GOP healthcare bill.  Senate leaders can only afford to lose two Republicans if they have chance to pass a final bill.

An Afghanistan combat veteran charged with killing his wife and a New York state trooper in the driveway of his home has been arraigned and ordered held without bail for grand jury action. 


About a dozen troopers stood at the back of LeRay Town Court as Justin Walters was led into the room in shackles Monday evening.  Walters is from Zeeland, Michigan. He's accused of killing his wife, Nichole Walters, and Trooper Joel Davis on Sunday


Defense Attorney Eric Swartz waived a preliminary hearing.  He says the next appearance will be in Jefferson County Court later.  He won't comment further.

City lawmakers have restated their support for a $1.4-million "green" project on Jamestown's Tracy Plaza. 


Mayor Sam Teresi says the City Council early Monday night approved a new environmental assessment form for the Tracy Plaza project... and, again approved a resolution from last Spring.  Teresi says state officials found they needed more information on the project, and action needed to be taken before the end of this month. 


He says the state money will come in the form of an Environmental Facilities' Grant.  He says the previous resolution had to be rescinded, and the new one with the new EAS included approved.  Teresi says the functional part of the project will involve continuing work on leaking issues into areas under the plaza including the parking garage and, police department. 


He adds there will also be a change made in stormwater drainage keeping the water there for the new green and landscaped areas on the plaza that will recycle rainwater collected there.

A note for Jamestown-area motorists today that Foote Avenue between Harrison and Water Streets will be closed to all traffic starting today until the barricades are removed. 


The county's Department of Public Facilities will be doing bridge deck repairs on the span there during that time.

A Lakewood restaurant that also has a location in Fredonia has announced it will be closing at the end of business this coming Sunday, July 16th


Wing City Grille on Fairmount Avenue made the announcement today on it's Facebook Page.  Restaurant officials say the closing will not affect any of our other restaurants in the area. 


They say the Lakewood location has "not allowed us any return on our investment and the closing of this restaurant will make our other area restaurants much stronger both financially and operationally."  They say their Lakewood employees will be utilized in their other local facilities. 


In addition to the Fredonia Wing City Grille owner Andrew Carlson also operated the Village Casino in Bemus Point.