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A Sinclairville man has been arrested for allegedly selling and, being in possession of a significant amount of Crystal Methamphetime inside his car in the town of Sheridan. 


Sheriff's officers say they, along with members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, and Fredonia Police, pulled over 26 year-old Benjamin Gray on Route 20 late last week on an arrest warrant for allegedly selling Meth to undercover drug agents. 


Deputies say the warrant was issued out of Fredonia Village Court and, charged Gray with third-degree criminal possession and, third degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.  He's also wanted for burglary in the Allegany County town of Belmont. 


Following arraignment officers say Gray was sent to the county jail without bail.  Police say they later seized more than 20 grams of Meth as well as scales and packaging material inside the cause. 


Additional Felony charges are pending.  Task Force members urge residento to call when they see suspicious or narcotics related activity at 1-800-344-8702.



In response to the addiction epidemic in Chautauqua County, community members held the "Rally to Recover Jamestown" this past Saturday


The event, put on by grandmother-granddaughter duo Adrian Smith-Madden and Chanda Lynn Germain was open to all with free resources for those looking for recovery options and even those looking to get involved with stopping the epidemic in our community. 


The founder of the national "Fight For Recovery" program, Richie Webber, says they had two moms reach out to help get their children into treatment.  He says his goal for each event is to at least help one person, and helping two is great. 


The Rally began at 1 p.m. in the former Dahlstrom Manufacturing plant on East 2nd Street and involved live music and guest speakers.


Assemblyman Andy Goodell and County Executive Vince Horrigan were also on hand and, addressed the spectrum of drug addiction and drug related deaths.



A Lakewood woman escaped serious injury early last weekend when she fell asleep at the wheel of her car and, it crashed in the town of Ripley. 


Sheriff's officers say 35 year-old Tiffany Green was traveling on Route 76 about 6:30 a.m. Saturday when she fell asleep, and the car left the road and rolled-over, coming to rest on it's roof. Deputies say Green suffered minor injuries and was treated at Westfield Memorial Hospital. 


Further investigation showed that Green's vehicle registration was suspended and, she was issued a traffic ticket for Ripley Town Court at a later date.



A city man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and, 10 years supervised release for his conviction for distribution of Child Pornography. 


Acting U.S. James Kennedy, Junior announced late last week that U-S District Court Judge, Elizabeth Wolford, hand down the sentenced on Friday to 46 year-old Christopher Whitford. 


Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Baumgarten, who handled the case, says that in May of last year Whitford shared files using a 'peer-to-peer' file sharing program with an undercover police officer. 


In June of 2016 she says a federal search warrant was executed at the defendant's residence and, investigators found several electronic media items that were seized.



People were trying to keep cooler on a very hot, Fall Day at the annual Busti Apple Harvest Festival some were under a tree listening to a string quintet. 


Another place people were staying cool was inside the Miller House across from the Busti Grist Mill.  Some members of the Busti Historical Society, who put on the event were inside. 


Among them member Judy Schultz said, while many people left by late afternoon it was a "great day."  Schultz says the demonstation building was full "constantly.." and, adds there were new demonstrators this year. 


Judy Schultz says their new demonstrations this year included a glass-blower and, horseshoer.  Her husband, Bob, was talking to people about the Miller House which the historical society acquired about 10 years ago.  He says it was originally built in 1846 for the person running the gristmill. 


Both Bob and Judy Schultz were among several historical society members dressed in 1840s-to-1850s clothing for the event.



In New York state government news, Governor Andrew Cuomo is once again slamming a proposal from Washington Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act. 


The Democratic governor says the latest idea, from Republican U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, would cut billions in critical funding for the state's health care system.  Cuomo says that while the measure would give states greater flexibility in how they design their own health care system, the cuts would devastate hospitals and jeopardize coverage for as many as 2.7 million New Yorkers. 


Meanwhile, Democratic Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein of Brooklyn has been tapped to lead the Assembly's Ways and Means Committee.  It's the first time a woman will chair the powerful committee, which oversees the Assembly's work on the state budget.

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