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A woman out walking her dogs in a field in the town of Sherman is dead after a hunter mistook her for a deer and shot her late Wednesday afternoon on Aremenian Road. 
 
Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene in the area of 2998 Armenian Road shortly before 5:30 p.m..  On arrival, officers say EMS crews had found 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist, who lived at the address, with a single gun-shot wound. 
 
Deputies Officers say the hunter, 34 year-old Thomas Jadlowski of Cornish Street in Sherman, had called 911 and had applied pressure to Billquist's wound until EMT's arrived.  Jadlowski says he saw a deer in a field about 200 yards away from his location, and fired one shot.  He says he heard a woman scream and, immediately ran to help. 
 
Billquist was taken to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania where she later died.  Sheriff's deputies were joined in the investigation by the state Department of Environmental Conservation Police. 
 
DEC officials say that Jadlowski fired the shot after sunset, which is the legal limit to hunt deer.  Officers say Jadlowski is cooperating with the investigation, and no charges have been filed yet in the case.  The case will be reviewed by the Chautauqua County District Attorney's Office.
 
 
Black Friday shopping is underway across the nation and Chautauqua County. 
 
The Chautauqua Mall reopened at 6 this morning, after being open a few hours last night.  The Bon-Ton stayed open all night, while Pennys and Sears are reopening early this morning. 
 
Wal-Mart and K-Mart are also among the stores that opened a few hours late Thanksgiving Day, and open early today.  Chautauqua Mall Marketing Director Cynde Johnson says they are open until 9 tonight.  Johnson says the mall will again be open early on Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m.  Santa arrives at Noon today.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for annual shopping season that kicks off after Thanksgiving and will once again be taking part in the annual Small Business Saturday. 
 
Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says the chamber has signed on as a "Neighborhood Champion" for Small Business Saturday.  He says a recent study by the Michigan State University Center for Community and Economic Development shows that spending locally can make a difference.
 
Among the activities being supported by the county Chamber is Small Business Saturday in downtown Jamestown and, Tranum says the Dunkirk Community Chamber of Commerce is working together with the north county city to celebrate Small Business Saturday in the D&F Plaza. 
 
Tranum says the county chamber is signed on as a "Neighborhood Champion" for Small Business Saturday and, adds they rolled out their newest "Shoptauqua Gift Card" program.  You can get a full list of participating merchants by visiting Shoptauqua.com.  
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he supports "net neutrality" on the Internet but, not by government regulation. 
 
The Corning Republican is reacting to a decision by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to follow through on his pledge to repeal 2015 regulations designed to ensure that internet service providers treat all online content and apps equally.  Under net neutrality, Internet Service Providers are treated as a "public utility".
 
However, consumer advocates say eliminating net neutrality will take away such things as "high-speed" Internet from the less affluent, as well as access to the net, and content. 
 
Pai's attempt to roll back the current rules sets up a showdown with those consumer groups and internet companies who fear the move will stifle competition and innovation.  Pai says his plan will encourage providers such as Comcast and AT&T to improve their networks.
 
 
Eight peopl, including one from Jamestown, have been selected to be part of Chautauqua County Executive-Elect George Borrello's transition team. 
 
Borrello announced his team earlier this week and, it includes Jamestown Development Director Vince DeJoy a Democrat who is also a former member of the City Council. 
 
Borrello, a Republican, says his team will help carry out his campaign promise to visit 100 businesses and organizations in his first 100 days in office.  He says the team will identify those businesses and groups that'll help develop a plan to spur economic development.
 
Borrello adds that the transition team will also help him implement his "Countywide Alliance for Enforcement and Rehabilitation" or CAER program to help address the drug crisis facing the county.  He says people from law enforcement, treatment and prevention will be involved with that. 
 
Other well-known residents on Borrello's transition team include Dunkirk Democratic County Legislator Bob Bankowski, who is a retired state Corrections Officer.  Borrello adds the transition team is more about selecting people who "brought the most to the table" so he can hit the ground running on January 1st.
 
 
The effort by the Prendergast Library in Jamestown to sell what's left of it's valuable art collection at auction has drawn state and nation-wide attention. 
 
The move has drawn opposition from some of the organization's supporters.  The New York Times reports the Jamestown library was to sell nine paintings at Sotheby's European art sale this past Tuesday.  However, only three actually sold. 
 
The paintings being auctioned include 19th-century works that the auction house estimated could sell for a total of up to $1.2 million.  Library officials say they need to sell most of its art collection in order to pay the bills.  
 
 
Chautauqua County Fire investigators are looking into the cause of a garage fire that occurred late last Wednesday night in the city of Dunkirk. 
 
Dunkirk Fire Captain Gary Katta says that crews responded to a residence at 436 Lake Shore Drive West at about 11:45 PM for a report of light smoke inside the residence.
 
Katta says the fire was contained to the garage area, but a vehicle was severely damaged, and the remainder of the residence sustained smoke damage.  No injuries were reported

 

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