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Chautauqua County's top-cop says an Ohio man was "totally irresponsible" in his actions during a second hunting accident in the county within a three day period. 
 
In last Friday's incident in the town of North Harmony, no one was hurt, but a rifle shot from 26 year-old Marvin Miller of Middlefield, Ohio just missed two men riding in a pick-up truck near Snake Forest Road just before 11:30 a.m.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says it's "hard to believe" that Miller mistook the movement of the truck for a deer while he was hunting.
 
Fortunately in this case, neither Robert Merritt of Springboro, Pennsylvana nor his passenger were hurt.  They were reportedly riding in the pick-up truck on an access road near State Lands in North Harmony. 
 
Officers say Miller fired one round from his high-powered rifle, striking the truck in the driver's side front fender.  The round hit the engine, disabling the truck.  Deputies say Miller came out of the woods, and checked on the two occupants.  He was arraigned on charges of discharging a firearm across a public roadway, and second-degree reckless endangerment.  He was released on bail.
 
 
Sheriff's officers and the Chatuauqua County District Attorney's Office are continuing to investigate last Wednesday's tragic hunting accident in the town of Sherman that claimed the life of a woman who was out walking her dogs. 
 
Sheriff's officers were called to the scene in the area of 2998 Armenian Road shortly before 5:30 PM.  On arrival, officers say EMS crews had found 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist, who lived at the address, with a single gun-shot wound.  She later died at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania. 
 
Sheriff Gerace says District Attorney Patrick Swanson is now looking into the matter, and they will meet later today.  Sheriff's deputies say the hunter, 34 year-old Thomas Jadlowski of Sherman, had called 911 and gave the woman first-aid until EMT's arrived.  Jadlowski says he saw a deer in a field about 200 yards away from his location, and fired one shot.  Deputies say Jadlowski is cooperating with the investigation.
  
 
A man from the Fluvanna area is jailed without bail for allegedly assaulting another person in the town of Ellicott early Sunday morning. 
 
Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene on the Fluvanna-Townline Road about 12:30 a.m. on the report of a physical altercation and, on arrival, spoke with the suspect, 19 year-old Shane Waite. 
 
Following their investigation, officers arrested Waite for third-degree assault, and attempted second-degree assault, as well as second-degree criminal mischief, and endangering the welfare of a child.  He was arraigned and sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
Jamestown firefighters made quick work of a basement fire last weekend on the city's westside that's temporarily left a family of five homeless. 
 
Jamestown Fire Battalion Chief Sam Salemme says crews were called to the scene at 154 Fairview Avenue about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, and quickly found the flames in the basement area.  Salemme adds they also found smoke filling the house.
 
Salemme says crews were pretty much able to contain the blaze to the basement area, where there is some "significant damage."  He adds there was also smoke damage to the rest of the house. 
 
Salemme says an off-duty shift of 11 firefighters and a shift commander was called in to assist at the scene, and man the City Hall fire station.  Crews were at the scene until about 5:30 p.m.  The family is being helped by the local Red Cross.  No one was hurt, the cause is under investigation.
 
 
A pair of Jamestown-area men face trespassing charges after they were allegedly found living in a hunting cabin in the town of Harmony that didn't belong to them. 
 
Sheriff's deputies say they were called to the scene on Demming Road earlier this month on a report of trespassing and, found the two men there.  Officers say they arrested 29 year-old Thomas Bascom of Kennedy and, 26 year-old Luis Diaz-Vazquez of Celoron for third-degree criminal trespass.  Both were issued appearance tickets for Harmony Town Court at a later date.
 
 
In state government news this week, millions of residents can look forward to a tax cut next year. 
 
Senate Republican leaders are touting the tax cut, which they pushed through the Legislature in 2016 and which is being gradually phased in.  Middle-class tax payers will save an average of $250 next year. 
 
Meanwhile, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has returned from the recent climate conference in Bonn, Germany, where he stressed the state's interest in reducing emissions and embracing sustainability, despite the U.S. pulling out of the Paris climate agreement. 
 
 
New York officials are asking state residents to think locally when choosing a Christmas tree. 
 
State agricultural officials say there are 875 farms in upstate New York that sell more than 300,000 trees a year.  The Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York website lists local farms. 
 
The state also allows tree farmers who follow sustainability standards to take part in the New York State Grown & Certified program.  There is some concern, though, that there may be a tree shortage nationwide this year.

 

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