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A Ripley woman was killed late yesterday afternoon when her Sports Utility Vehicle was struck by a CSX train at the Goodrich Street crossing in the town of Ripley. 


State Police in Fredonia say the accident occured around 4 p.m. when the southbound SUV driven by 58 year-old Marillyn Triana, drove into the path of the train and, was struck. 


Troopers say the train was westbound at the time of the crash.  State Police say Triana was prounnced dead at the scene.  The cause of the collision is still under investigation.

A Jamestown man will spend 10 years in federal prison for trying to traffic 500 grams or more of cocaine from his residence in Ashville and, two vehicles he owned. 


Acting U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Junior announced Thursday afternoon that 32 year-old Taylor Larson received the sentence from U-S District Court Judge Lawrence Vilardo. 


The Assisant U-S Attorney who prosecuted the case says Jamestown police and members of the U-S Drug Enforcement Administration raided Laron's residence on Keller Road in Ashville and, searched his 2015 Saab-sedan and Jeep Liberty.


During the search of the residence, officers found about 21 grams of cocaine in an upstairs bedroom, material to package the drug.  They say another 36 grams of cocaine was found inside the Saab, and approximately 286 grams of cocaine was found inside the Jeep.  They also found another 300 grams of cocaine inside and vacant apartment behind the home.

Two Jamestown-area high schools have merged programs to create a new and very unique marching band for the Fall Season.  Falconer and Frewsburg have combined to form the new F2CS the "Blue and Gold Vanguard" band. 


Former Frewsburg Band Director Alicia Laska says their band folded about 10 years ago due to lack of interest.  However, Laska says she was recently contacted by administrators about establishing a combined band.  She says it's been a lot of work and, the kids now seem to be forming bonds. 


Last week during band camp, one of the Frewsburg kids was doing "something dorky" and one of the student leaders from Falconer yelled at him.  With that she said to herself, "we're where we're supposed to be." 


It's not been unusual to see local high school football teams combine forces to put out a team.  However it may take some time for a cohesive team to form. 


Laska says their program this year is called "Time and Space"  and, includes music from the original "Star Trek" series and, the follow-up Star Trek: Next Generation."

Three public hearings will be held next week around Chautauqua County on a proposed shared services plan that was outlined by County Executive Vince Horrigan during Wednesday night's legislature meeting. 


Horrigan says the plan includes many of the projects included in the county's application for the 20-million dollar Municipal Consolidation and Government Efficiency Competition. 


After the meeting Horrigan spoke about the plan that contained a new proposal a study on the county's court system, and whether that can be better consolidated. 


Horrigan also spoke about the competition for the $20 million dollars in state assistance.  He doesn't believe that one winner will take all and, adds that state officials made a recent visit. 


Horrigan says they wanted to know more about the projects and, what level of funding is available for them.  As for the Shared Services Plan Horrigan says the hearings will be held at the University Incubator in Dunkirk on Tuesday evening, August 29th the county's EMS Building in Mayville on Wednesday, August 30th and, at the BWB Building in Jamestown on Thursday, August 31st. All three hearings will begin at 6:30 p.m.


A Chautauqua County man is under arrest in Warren County, Pennsylvania for allegedly stealing several items including credit cards that he used at local stores from a pick-up truck in Sheffield Township. 


State Police in Warren say they wrapped up a lengthy investigation with the arrest of 34 year-old Jacob Keys of Mayville. 


Keys is accused of stealing the credit cards cash and, a 40-calibur hand-gun during the overnight hours of May 29 of this year. 


Troopers say Keys is also accused of using the stolen credit cards at two stores in Warren County.  He's being held on theft charges pending further court action.

Final preparations are being made for the 38th annual Labor Day Festival at Jamestown's Bergman Park. 


The festival committee met for the final time Thursday afternoon at the park to go over details and, finalize plans for the city's annual "End of Summer" Bash. 


City Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says they're excited about the chance to provide a big celebration that starts shortly before Noon and, runs until 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3.  She says it's a day of food, fun, activities, and fireworks. 


Ciesla-Hanley says the day will actually start with the annual Dan Feather 5K Run/Walk at 9:30 a.m. on Baker Street with registration beginning at 8 a.m.  She adds that more than 20 craft's vendors from across the area will take part along with several food vendors. 


Ciesla-Hanley says there will again be two music stages for the Labor Day Festival with Two for Flinching again closing out the day on the Main Stage from 7 to 8:30 when the fireworks show begins.

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