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A Cattaraugus County woman is being treated for serious injuries after the Sports Utility vehicle she was riding in crashed after the driver fell asleep on Route 219 in the town of Ashford Tuesday night. 


Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley say 29 year-old Rochelle Dunkleman of Little Valley was northbound shortly after 7 p.m. when she apparently fell asleep and, the SUV slammed into a culvert. 


Dunkleman was treated at the scene for abrasions and released.  However her passenger, 31 year-old Dana Lichy of Salamanca, was flown to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment of internal injuries.  Her condition was not released.  No charges have been filed.

One child leaving a door unsecured allowed a 4-year-old girl to get out of her house on Jamestown's eastside and, wander alone in in the street until police were called. 


City police say they responded to the 800-block of East Second Street about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.  On arrival officers found the child but, she was unable to say her name, or give any other information to them. 


Police say she was taken to JPD Headquarters for safety reasons and, a Reverse 9-1-1 call was put out and police conducted a neighborhood canvas in an attempt to find her parents. 


About Noon time police say the child's mother came to the police department.  Officers say an investigation revealed that there was miscommunication between the parents before the child ran off that resulted in both believing the child was with the other parent. 


With that no criminal charges are being filed.

Authorities say an 8-month-old girl who survived being abandoned in a plastic bag left in an upstate New York yard has been released from a hospital. 


Police in Elmira say Wednesday that the baby recently was released from Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.  Sergeant  William Solt says the infant has been placed in foster care. 


Official say the child's 17-year-old mother placed the girl in a white garbage bag and left her in bushes in the backyard of a home in Elmira on August 5th. 


The baby wasn't discovered until three days later when neighbors checking out animal-like sounds found her.  Authorities have charged the mother, Harriette Hoyt, of Sayre, Pennsylvania, with attempted murder.


She remains in the Chemung County Jail.  Her attorney, John Brennan, says he's not commenting.

Jamestown police arrested seven people on a number of charges including drug possesion following a raid early Tuesday night on the city's southside. 


Jamestown police say they responded to numerous neighbor complaints regarding 248 Forest Avenue and, executed a search warrant just before 6:30 p.m. 


Officers say they arrested 55 year-old Edgar Gregory for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, on a warrant for criminal possession of a weapon. 


Police say they also arrested 36 year-old Matthew Haskins of Kennedy for fifth and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Police also arrested 32 year-old Jacqueline Delo and 24 year-old Shawn Beardsley both of Jamestown, 37 year-old Brian Haskins of Kennedy and, 47 year-old Alisha Scinta of Fredonia.  All three were taken to the city jail pending arraignment. 


Police again urge residents who see any suspicous activity to call the JPD Tips line at 483-TIPS that's 483-8477.  You can also contact the JPD Tips 4-1-1 app.

Local Congressman Tom Reed is working on a bi-partisan measure that would make a provision of the U-S Tax Code added in 1996 permanent. 


Reed has announced that he and New York Democrat Joe Crowley are co-sponsoring the "Work Opportunity Tax Credit" act which would make the provision permanent after 2019. 


The Corning Republican says the measure would allow employers to hire people that otherwise would not be "employable."  They are lower-income people who are dealing with issues such as being a convicted Felon. 


Reed says it allows the private sector the change to partner with the federal government to get more people into the workforce. 


In addition to Felons he says the measure also helps unemployed veterans and "cash welfare" and food stamp recipients.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.