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A medical emergency reportedly led to a motor vehicle accident in the town of Hanover that sent a north county woman to a Buffalo-area hospital early last weekend. 


Sheriff's officers say the car, operated by 60 year-old Linda Dolce of Irving went off Routes 5 and 20 last Friday afternoon, and struck a utility pole.  Deputies say Dolce was flown to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment.  No charges have been filed. 



A Lakewood man accused of striking and killing another man in Ellery last year has pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in Chautauqua County Court. 


The Jamestown Post-Journal reports that 29 year-old Jude Gagliano entered the plea late last week before County Court Judge David Foley in Mayville. 


Gagliano is scheduled to be sentenced next Nov. 6 for the September 2016 accident.  The newspaper says the guilty plea stems from an incident in which Gagliano's truck struck a car driven by 22-year-old Charles Clutter at the intersection of Sinclair Drive and Route 380 in the town of Ellery. 


Clutter, who was from Stockton, died in the crash.  Gaglino was allegedly driving drunk when the accident occured and, failed to stop at a stop sign.



The harmful Blue-Green Algal Blooms that have been widespread in the south basin of Chautauqua Lake are now showing up in the north basin, as well. 


That from County Executive Vince Horrigan who says he's not surprised by the development.  In recent weeks there had been wide-spread blooms in the shallower south basin with some around Bemus Bay in the area north of the lake bridge.  He says the county, and lake groups have been working on a number of fronts to fight the blooms and, the ongoing weed issues. 


Horrigan says lower lake levels and, warmer temperatures late this Summer have contributed to the problem, along with phospherous and other nutrients getting into the lake.  He says the phosphorous levels will be cut as a new, closed sewer system is installed around the lake.  He says another group the Chautauqua Lake Partnership just recently held it's wrap-up meeting in Bemus Point, and discussed the Bemus Bay situation. 


Horrigan adds that there are also widespread Algal Blooms in Findley Lake.



President Donald Trump has commemorated his first commemoration of the "9/11" attacks as commander-in-chief. 


Both Mr. Trump and first lady Melania Trump observed a moment of silence this morning in Washington in remembrance of the nearly 3,000 people killed 16 years ago when hijackers flew commercial airplanes into New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 


There will be a ceremony in front of the Chautauqua County Courthouse at Noon today.  A Jamestown-area native was killed in the attacks in New York City. 


Amy King of Celoron was a flight attendant on the second-plane that hit the World Trade Center towers.



The city of Jamestown's effort to annex four-acres of land owned by the Board of Public Utilities in Falconer will be heading to court after the Falconer Village and Ellicott Town Boards rejected the proposal last week. 


The City Council approved the annexation of the Dow Street Substation property at it's late August voting session.  That left the matter to be voted on in Falconer and Ellicott before Sept. 12


Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says the BPU recently prepared for the likelyhood of more legal action by approving up to another $60,000 to pay future legal fees. 


Teresi says that'll bring the total available to pay legal costs will be $105,000.  He says the BPU first approved a change-order on the original contract with their legal counsel to pay an additional $5,000 in fees.  He says they then voted on the additional legal fees for both the board, and the city. 


The town and village are fighting the move, saying it would cost them as well as the county and the Falconer School District, about $320,000 in tax revenues they take in. 


However, the BPU would save that money and, the school district and city would split about $160,000 in payments in-lieu of taxes.



Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says her visit to Westfield last Friday is an example of how the state is transitioning to a new economy. 


Hochul was on hand to help announce the opening of a high-tech fish production facility. 


TimberFish Technologies is putting into operation a treatment production system at the Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing facility on Route 20 in Westfield.


This will grow fish by reusing all by-product nutrients from the distillery and brewery production at the site combined with locally produced wood chips which she calls a "fascinating" way to take us to "a new economy." 


TimberFish is investing $555,000, and utilizing a Empire State Development's grant of $100,000 for the system.  The company intends to create 200 to 200 future jobs.



Some 8 million New Yorkers were affected by the massive cyberattack targeting the credit monitoring company Equifax. 


The figure comes from the office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has launched an investigation into the massive breach.  In total, the cyberattack targeting the credit monitoring company exposed data belonging to 143 million Americans including Social Security numbers, birthdates and driver's license numbers. 


Schneiderman says his office aims to "get to the bottom" of how the breach occurred.  He says anyone worried about their own information should call the Equifax response line at 866-447-7559.  He also encouraged consumers to monitor their credit and their accounts to check for unfamiliar charges or activity.