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North county man wanted by Jamestown Police and others arrested in Dunkirk area...
A Dunkirk man who is wanted on warrants from the city of Jamestown and Warren County, PA, and is facing charges in the village of Fredonia, has been arrested.  Fredonia Police say that a patrol spotted 36-year-old Merle Smith, getting into his car in the area of Walmart on Bennett Road around 2:30 a.m. Friday.  An officer's inquiry revealed that Smith was wanted on an arrest warrant issued by Jamestown City Court.  After a vehicle stop... an investigation found Smith to be in possession of a significant amount of crystal meth, a scale and packaging materials associated with street level drug sales.  Smith was arraigned in Fredonia Village Court for second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation... criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell... and operating with a loud exhaust.  He is jailed on $10,000 cash bail.
Three people busted in drug raid in Silver Creek...
Three north county residents were arrested following a drug bust in the Village of Silver Creek Wednesday afternoon.  Following an investigation into possible drug activity at 8 Henry Street.... Sheriff's deputies reportedly found 27 year-old Dominque Estarfaa, of Silver Creek.... and, Dunkirk residents... 21 year-old Jorge Ortiz-Reyes and 24 year-old Mariarsenia Vega.... in possession of crack-cocaine, marijuana.... and, multiple drug paraphernalia items.  All three suspects were charged with second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia... and, several drug possession charges.  Vega and Estarfaa were released with appearance tickets for Silver Creek court at a later date.... while, Ortiz-Reyes was arraigned and sent to the County jail on $10,000 bail. 
Two people from Jamestown arrested for being in stolen car in West Ellicott...
Two Jamestown residents have been arrested in West Ellicott for allegedly being found in a car reported stolen from Bradford, Pennsylvania.  Ellicott Town Police say they pulled over a possible stolen vehicle on Fairmount Avenue Thursday afternoon.  Officers confirmed the car was stolen... and, arrested Laverne Riley... and, Desiray Corrigan -- both 35 -- for criminal possession of stolen property.  Police also charged Corrigan with criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument... false impersonation... and, driving with a suspended license.  Both were arraigned and sent to the county jail with bail to be set.
Duckworth presides over last commencement exercises at JCC...
Several hundred graduates will be receiving their degrees and certificates this weekend from Jamestown Community College... and, it'll be the final graduation for JCC's retiring president.  Dr. Cory Duckworth has been president of JCC's Jamestown and Olean Campuses the past five years... and, says it's been a rewarding experience.  Duckworth says he's been busy getting ready for last night's graduation in Olean... and, this morning's in Jamestown, where they celebrate their outstanding students and award degrees and certificates.  Duckworth came to JCC from Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah... where he was vice president of student affairs and strategic planning.  He began his position in August of 2013.  Duckworth says the high-light of being at JCC has been working with such a professional staff and faculty.  In fact... he says it may be the most professional stuff he's worked with in the six institutions he's worked at.  Duckworth says JCC is ahead of the curve in dealing with the new delivery of higher education nationwide.  2008 JCC Graduate Kyle Baglia was commencement speaker.
About 1,300 graduates to be honored at the SUNY College at Fredonia...
The State University college at Fredonia is busy preparing for the annual Commencement Day ceremonies that will be held on Saturday.  Spokesman Jeff Woodard of Fredonia says there will be dual ceremonies with nearly 13-hundred students receiving degrees.  Woodard says this is the 191st annual commencement at Fredonia.  He says a member of the Class of 1973 -- Dr. Michael Marletta -- will be addressing graduates and their families.  He'll also be receiving an honorary Doctorate from SUNY during the afternoon ceremony.  Nicholas Hlifka will receive the 2018 Lanford Presidential Prize from the Oscar... and, the Esther Lanford Endowment of the Fredonia College Foundation during the morning commencement ceremony. 
Flu no longer prevalent in New York state...
For the first time since before Christmas, influenza is no longer deemed prevalent in New York state.  State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker made the announcement Thursday as one of the worst flu seasons in years winds down.  Zucker had declared the flu prevalent in the state on Dec. 13.  Cases continued to rise over the next two months.  They peaked around Feb. 17 when state health officials said there were more than 18,000 laboratory-confirmed cases reported across New York in one week.  Officials say those numbers had fallen to below 460 as of last week. 

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