Two Jamestown residents have been arrested on numerous charges following a traffic stop on the city's eastside about mid-morning Sunday...  
 
City police say they stopped a silver sedan that was allegedly stolen near the intersection of Barrows and English Streets shortly before 9:00.  Officers say the passenger, 31 year-old Samuel Critzer, ran off when the car stopped and tried to flee.  They say Critzer was sought on three bench warrants and, was caught after a short foot chase.  Police say the driver, 33 year-old Stephanie Gould, had a suspended license and, was allegedly ound to be under the influence of drugs when she was stopped.  They also found the vehicle had been reported stolen last Saturday.  Officers say Gould was arraigned on charges including driving while ability impaired by drugs, unlawful possession of marijuana and, criminal possession of stolen property.  She was jailed without bail.  Crtizer is charged with resisting arrest and, jailed on $20,000 cash bail.
 
 
A push to have an armed police officer at every school in New York state is being renewed in the wake of the Florida high school shooting that left 17 dead...  
 
What isn't clear yet is who would foot the bill for placing an armed officer at each of the more than 6,700 public and private school buildings across the state.  The New York State Sheriffs' Association this week called on the Legislature to include funding in the next state budget for at least one armed school resource officer at every grade school and high school in the state.  Enhanced security measures for New York City's 1,800 school buildings include active shooter drills to be held by mid-March and random screening by metal detectors at all middle and high schools.
 
 
Well-known local event planner, Scott Mekus of Jamestown, has a new home for his business...
 
Mekus and partner Bill Berkey have fully renovated 31 North Main... near the viaduct in downtown Jamestown.  The main floor area will be known at 'Venue 31' and is available for all kinds of events. 'Venue 31' seats around 60, with room for nearly 125 people standing.  At the ribbon cutting Friday, city Development Director Vince De Joy said it was a great step forward for the old Carlson's Jewelry Store.  One of the walls inside the new venue shows a giant photo-mural of 31 Main nearly a century ago.  
 
 
Sunday's Four-H Green Tie Affair at Chautauqua Suites in Mayville was a big success...  
 
County Four-H Educator, Kate Ewer, says close to 700 people attended the dinner.  It's held to help raise money to keep Four-H going in Chautauqua County.  Kate Ewer said spirits were high.
 
The goal each year is $25,000 and Ewer is confident they'll make it this year.  Even though he couldn't be in the room, Tom Hochran of H & H Enterprises of Bemus Point paid big money for a  pie.  With a associate doing the bidding, Hochran paid $1,450 for a pecan pie baked by Melissa Winton.  
 
 
New York's governor is blasting a proposal from the White House that he says would devastate funding for food assistance...  
 
Democrat Andrew Cuomo said late last week that President Donald Trump's plan would reduce Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits for an estimated 2.3-million New Yorkers.  Among other changes, the Republican president has proposed replacing a portion of the assistance with a box of food to be called a "harvest box."  Cuomo is calling on Congress to reject Trump's proposal and protect funding for the program.
 
 
A foster care program that helps animals old and young begins soon in Chautauqua County. That from Executive Director Kellie Roberts with the Chautauqua County Humane Society...  
 
On last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations, Roberts said foster homes are needed for strays who have kittens, or pet-owners whose cats have kittens and need help caring for them. 
 
Roberts says it's relatively easy to foster a mother cat with her litter because she can take care of them on her own.  Additionally, she says they are in need of foster homes for other animals who may need extra medical attention or "senior" pets that could use support.  For information on fostering animals through the Human Society, contact Rachel Johnson at 665-2209 or visit SPCApets.com.  
 
 
Jurors in the bribery trial of a former top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo may begin deliberations as early as later this week...  
 
The government rested its case Thursday in federal court in Manhattan against Joseph Percoco and three businessmen.  Lawyers for the defendants told Judge Valerie Caproni they will be finished presenting witnesses sometime today if the defendants don't testify.  The judge said that would enable closing arguments to take place Tuesday and Wednesday.  Jurors could then begin deliberations.
   

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