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A Sinclairville man is jailed on $200,000 cash bail for allegedly assaulting his 18-month-old child in the village late Thursday morning...  
Sheriff's officers say Sinclairville Fire Rescue crews were called to 40 East Avenue about 11 a.m. on a report of a toddler with an unknown medical issue.  Deputies say once the child was rushed to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, they began an investigation into the incident.  Once they knew the extent of the child's injuries, officers say they arrested 34 year-old Richard Pryll-Simpson for first-degree assault.  Deputies say the child was later flown to Oishei Children's Hospital in Buffalo for further treatment.  Pryll-Simpson was arraigned, and sent to the county lock-up.
The 3 year-old child who suffered a serious head injury when she was assaulted by her caretaker this past Tuesday morning in Jamestown has now been stablized at a Bufffalo-area hospital...  
City police updated the child's condition yesterday afternoon, saying the unidentified girl is in "guarded, but stable" condition.  Police Captain Bob Samuelson says she underwent surgery Wednesday at Oishei  Children's Hospital after sustaining a severe brain injury.  A city man, 28 year-old Joshua Berg, is being held on charges -- including Felony second-degree assault, in connection with the incident at 196 Clyde Avenue.  The investigation is continuing, and more charges are pending.
A boil water order continues for the city of Dunkirk until further notice after construction at the city water plant triggered a large leak...  
The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services is requiring all city water customers to boil their water before using That from the Department's Environmental Health Director Mark Stow. He says water should come to a rolling boil and continue for at least a minute before use. 
Meanwhile, city water customers are also being asked to conserve water as much as possible.  Stow says the break caused water levels to reach critically low levels.  He says conditions are improving because the line was patched Thursday morning.  Until then, industrial users are being asked to shut down to conserve water.  Residential customers are being asked to conserve water by limiting laundry and showers and use paper and plastic ware for eating to decrease dish washing.  Stow says the boil order will continue until at least Saturday when the first round test results should be available.
A Celoron man is jailed following a pair of raids in the village around Noon-time Wednesday, one of which uncovered a major marihuana grow operation...  
Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the city's Metro Drug Task Force, State Police C-NET Team, JPD SWAT Team and the FBI, first executed a search warrant at 16 Venice Street shortly before noon.  Samuelson says they found and arrested 47 year-old Alan Miller, who was in possession of quantities of cocaine, marihuana and a 12-gauge shotgun.  He says the investigation then led police to 10 Venice Street. After getting a search warrant, they entered and found the pot growing operation.  Police seized 88 plants from the home.  Samuelson says Miller is jailed pending arraignment on charges including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawfully growing cannabis.  Ellicott Town Police also assisted in the investigation.
A Jamestown woman heavily involved in local politics and community affairs has passed away...  
Former Chautauqua County Legislator Lula Taylor died this past Tuesday morning at the age of 89 at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital.  Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, who knew Lula, and her husband Vivian for many years, says the new hit him like a ton of bricks.  Teresi says Lula was a trailblazer, becoming the first black woman in New York state to be elected to a county legislature.  However, he says Lula and Vivian's contributions to the area went well beyond politics--as leaders among history and promoting and advancing the rich African American culture in the community. 
Lula Taylor was first elected to the county legislature in the Fall of 1991 and served there for 14 years.  In addition, Teresi says she was the first woman to chair a major political party in Chautauqua County in the late 1980s when she headed up the county's Democratic Committee.  She served on the legislature around the same time her husband served on the Jamestown City Council.  She was also involved with several organizations, including the Chautauqua County Board of Health and, Office for the Aging Advisory Board. 
Democratic Congressional candidate Rick Gallant has announced that -- due to finanical issues -- he is suspending his campaign...  
The Corning-area teacher says he's making the announcement with "a heavy heart..." adding that he would "like to sincerely thank all of those who have supported me in the past year-it means the world to me.  I have had the privilege of meeting the wonderful people of NY-23 and will cherish every moment spent getting to know so many amazing citizens."  Gallant 's decision means there are five Democrats left in the race to face Republican incumbant Tom Reed next November.
A desire for more information... and, better wording is the reason county lawmakers Wednesday night tabled a local law establishing an animal abuse registry in Chautauqua County...  
Sheridan Republican Terry Neibel made the motion, which was accepted, to table action on the registry and send it back to committee for more work. Legislature Chairman Paul Wendel, a Lakewood Republican, says as lawmakers began moving towards okaying the measure, they wanted to "fine tune" it to make sure it works the way it should.  He says as lawmakers talked to people who could be affected-- including farmers-- they wanted to make sure there aren't "unintended consequences" from the local law.  He says the legislature basically agreed they wanted to take a harder look at it.  

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