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A Cattaraugus County man has been arrested for allegedly setting a recent fire at the former Cattaraugus Central School...  
Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say 20 year-old Gage Weyrough was taken into custody following an investigation into the June 24 incident.  Weyrough was arraigned on charges including third-degree arson and burglary, and third-degree criminal mischief and, was sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail on $25,000 bail.  The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Cattaraugus County Fire Investigation Team.
Dunkirk fire and rescue crews helped two kayakers who lost their paddlecraft on Lake Erie late Monday afternoon and were forced to seek safety on the cliffs about a quarter-of-a-mile east of Wright Park...  
Dunkirk Fire Chief Mike Edwards tells us they got the call around 5 p.m. but, had a difficult time trying to determine the exact location of the kayakers.  Edwards says once they located the victims -- who were not identified -- rescuers were able bring them back to shore.  He says they were treated for some exposure but, had no serious injuries.  Rescuers were also able to find and bring the kayaks back to shore.  Edwards says the kayakers were fortunate to be wearing their life jackets.  He adds that it's important for anyone using paddlecraft to wear their personal floatation devices, let someone know where they are traveling to, and when they are expected to get back.  
A wanted Jamestown woman was arrested on obstruction charges for allegedly resisting arrest with drugs in her possession... 
City police were on patrol near McKinley and Forest Avenues last Sunday evening when they saw 23 year-old Kylah Seiberg walking in the area. Officers say Seiberg had a valid bench warrant out of Jamestown City Court and, when officers attempted to stop her, she refused commands and kept walking away. While trying to place her into custody, Seiberg physically resisted. She is also accused of possessing a quantity of methamphetamine, prior to being transported to city jail without further incident. 
A federal court will determine if the EPA should be ordered to ban a pesticide linked to brain damage in children....  
Seven states and a coalition of environmental and labor groups made final arguments before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Monday in their challenge to the EPA's refusal to ban "chlorpyrifos" an organo-phosphate related to sarin nerve gas.  According to Director Hector Sanchez with the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement -- a ban on the agricultural use of the chemical is long overdue.
Against the recommendation of its OWN scientists, last year the EPA claimed the science on chlorpyrifos is "unresolved" and allowed its use to continue until it revisits the issue in 2022.  Sanchez notes the Trump administration makes the same claim about climate change.  And he points out that prior to allowing continued use of chlorpyrifos, former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt met with Dow Chemical, maker of the pesticide.  He says farmworkers haven't had a "seat at the table."  The pesticide is used extensively on apples, a major crop in New York, and others.  It was banned for residential use almost 20 years ago.
A panel discussion will be held at the Robert H. Jackson Center during the upcoming Lucille Ball Comedy Festival dealing with free speech in comedy...  
That from National Comedy Center Executive Journey Gunderson, who says they'll also be launching a new Lenny Bruce Exhibit and Memorial Foundation Partnership with the "Comedy and the First Amendment" discussion on Thursday, August 2 at 4 p.m..  Gunderson says Bruce's daughter Kitty, and Comedian Lewis Black will be part of the panel.
Bruce was a legendary comic who was taken to court and found guilty of obsenity in the 1964 case "The People versus Lenny Bruce."  Other events during the National Comedy Center's grand opening week include appearances by Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin, and original cast and writers of Saturday Night Live -- including Dan Aykroyd and Garret Morris.  Tickets may be purchased by visiting by calling 484-2222, or go on-line to NationalComedyCenter.org
There is mixed reaction from New York state's federal lawmakers on the appointment of conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U-S Supreme Court...  
As expected, the response was split down political lines.  Local Congressman Tom Reed says -- with the appointment President Trump has "once again followed through on a campaign promise and appointed a strong conservative judge that will shape our country for generations to come."  Reed says Kavanaugh elicits all the ideals of a spectacular Supreme Court Justice.  The Corning Republican adds that that the judge has "demonstrated an exceptional legal understanding and commitment to the U.S. Constitution."   However, Democratic U-S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she'll "strongly oppose" Kavanaugh's nomination.  If confirmed, she says he "would tip the balance of the Supreme Court even more against workers' rights, civil rights, and women's rights for decades to come.  I do not think he is the right choice for our country."  Kavanaugh has begun meeting with Senators who will vote on the confirmation.
For the third-time in four years... the annual Tree Day that's part of the city of Jamestown's Summer Playground Program took place at Allen Park yesterday afternoon...  
City Arborist Dan Stone says he and several children from all five playground sites helped plant three trees.  Stone says one was an Armstrong Golden Maple, another was a Black Cherry and, the third was a Sassafrass Tree.  He thanked the Jamestown School District, and Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for supporting the program.
Stone says Tree Day is a fun day because the kids ask a lot of questions, and enjoy helping to plant the trees.  He says it allows the children to take ownership of their community, and feel involved.  Stone says many of the kids are involved in the soccer program at Allen Park.
With less than a month before the Babe Ruth 16-18 World Series return to Jamestown, the local Babe Ruth World Series committee is putting out a call for more host families. Vice President Kim Ecklund says the need is beyond urgent....
Ecklund says the biggest reward as a host family is the relationship created between themselves and their hosted players that can last for years to come. She says the players will arrive with their teams on August 2 and, each host family will house two players from the same team.  The World Series runs from August 4-11.  For more information on being a host family, call Kathy McMaster at 488-0928 or visit JamestownWorldSeries.org.

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