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A man from the Buffalo-area was killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash in the Cattaraugus County town of South Valley...  
Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley say 35 year-old Robert Geddes of Cheektowaga was riding the ATV on Bone Run Road shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday when he lost control and, the vehicle hit a guard rail.  Sheriff's officers were assisted by Frewsburg firefighters, and others.  Starflight Helicopter also responded.  The accident remains under investigation.
Quick work by Jamestown firefighters prevented flames in one part of an apartment house from causing serious damage to much of the multi-unit structure...  
City Fire Battlion Chief Matt Coon says crews were called to the scene at 111 Thayer Street about 4 a.m. Saturday and, found Jamestown Police helping residents getting out of the structure.
Coon says it only took firefighters about 10 minutes to bring the blaze under control and, the fire was completely out in about an hour.  He says the apartment involved was vacant at the time and, that dwelling had extensive heat, smoke and water damage.  Coon adds there had to be some overhaul work in and around that apartment.  No injuries were reported and, an off-duty shift of 12 firefighters was called in to assist.  He says the seven people living in the four occupied apartments will be able to return to the dwelling.  An overheated exhaust fan was the apparent cause.
Three Mayville residents face drug related charges following a routine traffic stop on Route 430 in the town of Chautauqua early last weekend...  
Sheriff's officers say they tried to pull over the car, operated by 19 year-old Joshua Heilman, about 9 a.m. last Friday for not having an inspection sticker.  Deputies say Heilman tried to evade the stop by taking a seasonal dirt road and, hiding in a wooded area.  He was later located and, K-9 Drake was brought in to help further investigate.  Officers say Heilman was found to be in possession of marijuana.  His passenger 26 year-old Tyler Bowen was found to be in possession of heroin, fentanyl and marijuana.  His other passenger, 21 year-old Erik Baker, was found to be in possession of heroin fentanyl and a hypodermic needle. All three were issued appearance tickets for Chautauqua Town Court.
The third annual Jim Roselle Read-a-thon will be this Saturday (June 9) at the James Prendergast Library... 
Executive Director Tina Scott says it's an opportunity for anyone, particularly young people, to read out loud.  They will have a couple of dogs as part of the audience to read to this year. The event is named in honor of the late Jim Roselle, an announcer on WJTN radio for more than 60 years. Roselle was a great supporter of the library and always said his library card was the most important one in his wallet.  The read-a-thon runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and is designed to raise money for the library.  Phone the Prendergast or stop by to reserve a time.  A petting zoo will be brought to the library for the concluding hours of the event. 
The mayor of the biggest city in the 23rd Congressional District has thrown his support behind the local candidate seeking the Democratic nomination...  
Jamestown attorney Eddie Sundquist has announced that he has received the support of city Mayor Sam Teresi in his effort to get the nomination to run agains incumbant Republican Tom Reed.  In a printed release, Teresi says Sundquist's "commitment to honorable public services, his positive energy and focus on bringing jobs back to the Southern Tier is exactly what this district needs."  Sundquist says he's "honored" by the endorsement. 
In New York government news, lawmakers are entering the final weeks of their 2018 session and the fate of several high-profile bills will soon be decided...  
They include measures to make it easier to prosecute sex trafficking and allow early voting.  One bill would permit sports betting and another would legalize recreational marijuana.  While some of those bills could pass before the session is scheduled to end June 20 others may be too complicated or contentious to pass before time runs out.  A bill that would extend the statute of limitations on child molestation and allow victims to sue over decades-old abuse is also awaiting action.  That legislation has long been blocked by the state Senate and appears to be languishing again this year.
The weather threatened a few times, but there were no delays in the annual Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in downtown Jamestown this past weekend...  
Three local newspapers -- The Jamestown Post-Journal, Dunkirk Observer, and the Warren Times-Observer -- put on the tournament again this weekend.  As play wrapped up Sunday afternoon, Post-Journal Publisher Mike Bird said he was pleased with how the event went.
Bird says they wound up with 171 teams this year, which was fewer than last year.  However, he says it's a very managable number and, worked out well because space was more limited this year.  Bird was very happy that more than 100 people volunteered to help out.  He adds they also had over 20 local basketball officials help out with officiating.  He says the papers plan to hold the event again next year.  Twenty-percent of the proceeds from this year's tournament will benefit the Alex Foulk Fund to help people beat drug addiction.
In local auto racing news... 
South Park, Pennsylvania's Jared Miley passed leader Alex Ferree with 15-laps to go to win Saturday night's 80-lap Super Late Model feature at Stateline Speedway.  Ferree, who is from Saxonburg, led most of the way up to that point.  The race was in honor of Stateline Co-Owner Jim Scott's 80th birthday.  Scott's grand-son, Wyatt, finished third.  In the Paula Southwell Memorial 30-lap E-Mod race, Conneaut, Ohio's Joel Watson was the winner.

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