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A Bemus Point man has been arrested for allegedly being in possession of a large amount of methamphetime and marijuana after his motorcycle was stopped for a traffic infraction in the town of Sherman. 


Sheriff's officers say they spotted the westbound motorcycle, operated by 41 year-old Gary Hannold of 4933 Ellery-Centralia Road, about 1:30 a.m. Friday commit the infraction.  Deputies say Hannold got off the motorcycle and, allegedly threw a backpack into the weeds.   


Officers say they recovered the bag and found that Hannold had been in possession of the meth and marijuana and, they also allegedly found Hannold in possession of drug paraphernalia. 


Hannold was arrested on several charges including second-degree criminal possession of controlled substance third-degree criminal possession and, two counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia.  He was arraigned In Sherman Town Court and was remanded to the county jail without bail.

Several hundred police officers from many area agencies were in Dunkirk yesterday for the funeral of a police officer who died last Sunday following a lengthy illness. 


A Police procession went through the north county city for Dunkirk Police K-9 Officer Matthew Hazelton.  Dunkirk Police Chief Dave Ortolano says "it was an amazing sight" to see the "sea" of officers in blue come out in support of Hazelton, and his surviving family. 


Ortolano says Hazelton's wife is an "amazing young lady" and, they've been doing all they can to support her and their daughter during this difficult time.  Ortolano says police agencies involved in the procession included Dunkirk, Fredonia, Jamestown, New York State Police, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, and others from Cattaraugus and Erie counties. 


The Jamestown Police Department provided the color guard for yesterday's service for Matt Hazelton.  The 39 year-old officer was with the Dunkirk Police Department for 14 years.

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities is again warning of a scam involving someone calling a BPU customer and telling them they had to immediately pay a bill or have their service shut-off. 


BPU Communications Coordinator Becky Robbins says a customer contacted them Thursday and, told them they had received such a call and, that the caller told him that if he did not pay his bill by a certain time yesterday his service would be turned off. 


Robbins says the customer was given an 800 number to call for payment.  However she says such calls do NOT come from the Board of Public Utilities.  Robbins says anyone in danger of utility service shut-off receives notice from the BPU by mail and, well in advance of such an action. 


In addition she says BPU payments are accepted in their Customer Service Office, online and on our own phone payment system which requires customers to call the board's own number not an 800 number.

A Clymer man is being treated for serious injuries following an all-terrain vehicle accident on Potter Road in Mayville earlier this week. 


Sheriff's officers say 23 year-old Kyle Hannold was riding the ATV shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday when the vehicle struck a tree.  Deputies say Hannold was taken by Starflght Helicopter to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania for treatment. 


The investigation is continuing.

President Donald Trump yesterday clarified his stand on the need to deal with the national Heroin and Opioid Addiction Crisis in America two days after offering a simplistic view of the matter. 


Those are the feelings of Rick Huber with the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County.  Huber has been on the front-lines of the local fight against addition.  He says it's great to make a push to prevent young people from getting hooked on drugs to begin with.  He says we're losing hundreds of people a week nationally but, adds there are other issues related to drug addiction including jobs. 


Huber says he was taking to a businessman who says he's having trouble filling positions because many looking can't pass a drug test.  Earlier in the week the president basically said that you need to tell youth not to start taking drugs and, beef up law enforcement and penalties for drug offenders. 


New York state has taken steps to limit the amount of Opioid medication that a person can receive and, there is federal legislation pending.  In many cases Huber adds that there are underlying Mental Health issues there as well as the overprescribing of pain killers.

The Jamestown Public Works Department has closed North Main Street between Second and Third Streets to begin a cold milling and repaving project today through next Wednesday


That from Public Works Director Jeff Lehman who says the project will involve reconstruction of the northbound lane which had been damaged from the nearly two-year-old water main leak in that area of the highway. 


The southbound lanes were closed for work last year.

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