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A Jamestown man has been arrested on a Felony charge for allegedly killing the dog that was found dead, hanging from a tree on the city's westside earlier this week...  
City police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers took 47 year-old Robert Overton into custody early Thursday afternoon and charged him with killing the American Pitbull late last year.  Samuelson says Overton then allegedly hung the dog using a red leash and blue nylon rope near the corner of Hallock and Palmer Streets.  He says a passerby saw the animal while walking through the area early last Monday night.  Samuelson says Overton was arrested after the department received "multiple citizen tips" on the matter.  He says the suspect was arraigned on one count of Felony Aggravated Cruelty to Animals and sent to the county jail without bail.
A traffic stop at the intersection of Forest and Prather Avenues led to the arrest of a city woman allegedly driving with several drugs in her possession late Tuesday evening... 
City police say investigation reavealed 37 year-old Kristen Nelson was driving on a suspended license. With that, further investigation revealed equipment for the packaging and sale of controlled substances inside the vehicle. Nelson was taken to city jail where she is accused of attempting to dispose of methamphetamine on the jail floor. Officers also located additional meth, suboxone and a glass pipe on Nelson. She's being held pending arraignment on charges of fifth and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence and vehicle/traffic tickets. 
A Cattaraugus County man turned himself yesterday following an alleged burglary in Olean... 
State Police say they received a report that 29 year-old Guy Ackley-II, unlawfully entered a residence by kicking in and damaging a door, then chasing the resident. Troopers say Ackley initally fled the scene before patrols arrived. After turning himself in to State Police, Ackley was arrested and released with tickets to appear in Allegheny Town Court at a later date for second-degree Burglary and fourth-degree Criminal Mischief.
High winds are expected to return to Chautauqua County -- and much of western New York today as another storm system moves through the region...  
That after a wild and windy Wednesday across the region.  The winds brought down a number of trees and power lines and resulted in numerous power outages for National Grid and New York State Gas and Electric customers.  Forecaster Aaron Reynolds with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says the strongest reported wind gusts in Chautauqua County were in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area, including a 68 mph gust in Fredonia, and a 64 mph gust in Dunkirk.  The strongest gust reported in Western New York was in Batavia, with a gust of 75 miles per hour.  Forecasters say a Wind Advisory is in effect from Noon to 11 p.m. tonight. 
High winds have collapsed a sugar shack in northern New York, killing a 36-year-old man who was making maple syrup...  
State police say Jonas Swartzentruber was working in an outbuilding in the Jefferson County town of Theresa around 1 p.m. Wednesday when high winds knocked it over. He was pinned to the ground with debris.  Police say a 15 year-old boy escaped before the shack collapsed and alerted neighbors who used jacks to lift the wreckage off the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.  Winds gusting up to 75 mph toppled trees, flipped tractor-trailers and knocked out power to nearly 80,000 customers in western and central New York Wednesday.
The still-snowy and slippery road conditions Wednesday into Thursday led to a single-car accident on the Stockton-Hartfield Road in the town of Stockton yesterday morning...  
Sheriff's officers were called to the scene shortly before 8 a.m. and found the car had left the road due to the slick conditions.  Deputies say the vehicle then struck a tree in a ditch.  Officers say the female driver was taken by ambulance to Brook's Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Chautauqua County's new Deputy County Executive for Economic Development says it's great to be working in the county again and he's been able to hit the ground running...  
Fredonia's Mark Geise was recently approved to take the new position, as well as head up the county's Industrial Development Agency.  Geise was formerly a Senior Planner for the county and says he is especially looking forward to implementing a new economic development strategy with County Executive George Borrello.
Geise and new director of Planning and Community Development, Don McCord, will both be working with Borrello on the project.  He says a lot is moving forward now in both the north and south county.  The legislature recently approved the sale of property in the Dunkirk area for a new, cold storage facility.  Geise has also been accompanying Borrello on several of his 100 business visits within his first 100 days in office.  Borrello officially wrapped up his visits Wednesday with a stop at the Grape Growers Cooperative in Westfield. 
New York Senate Democrats have resolved a longstanding internal power struggle that empowered Republicans and prevented votes on liberal priorities including gun control, early voting, abortion rights and help for immigrants...  
Under a deal negotiated by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and announced Wednesday, the eight-member faction known as the Independent Democratic Conference is reuniting with mainline Democrats.  Democratic leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins of Yonkers will lead the combined group, with IDC leader Jeff Klein of the Bronx as deputy leader.  Republicans control the Senate with support from the IDC and a ninth breakaway Democrat, Brooklyn Sen. Simcha Felder. Felder hasn't said whether he'll also return to the Democrats.  Republicans still hold the Senate majority for now, though Democrats hope to take over following two special Senate elections April 24.

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