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Six people were arrested following an investigation into drug sales occurring in and around the Blue Heron Festival in Sherman late last week...  
 
State Police C-NET Team members and troopers from Jamestown, Fredonia and Collins say the investigation resulted in the arrests of the half-dozen people, including 27 year-old Michael Golden of Jamestown and, 33 year-olds Joshua Reeves and Jacob Gilbert, both of North East Pennsylvania.  Police say the charges range from drug possession to criminal sale, as well as a few pending felonies. In addition, Troopers say they also seized various drugs over the July 5-8 span including cocaine, LSD, MDMA, Mushrooms, Edibles and more.  State Police were assisted by Jamestown Police, state Forest Rangers, Chautauqua County Probation and Sheriff's deputies.  This investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.
 
 
Two police agencies are assisting in the search for a Warren County, Pennsylvania man who was reported missing by his family after last weekend's Blue Heron Music Festival in Sherman...  
 
Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace confirms his department has provided a K-9 Unit to the search for 23 year-old Sven Blumquist but, is otherwise not involved.  State Police in Jamestown say Blumquist is about 6-foot-2 weighs 170-pounds with blue eyes and brown hair.  Troopers say he was last seen walking away from his campsite about 1 AM Saturday... and, hasn't been seen since.  He was wearing a red zip-up hoodie, blue jeans and a bandana.  If you have any information on Blumquist, call State Police at 665-3113 or Conewango Township Police in Warren County at (814)-726-0725.
 
 
The annual 'Festa di San Giacomo' (the St. James Festival), is Saturday from 10 to 9:30 at St. James church on Allen Street...  
 
And spokesman, Tom Franco, says the seven-decade tradition is on a firmer foundation than ever, with their huge tent pitched on a brand new, and safer, parking lot.  The festival will be offering the usual array of Italian and American foods, including Sicilian pizza, fried dough, homemade sausage, and around 20,000 cookies. But, one favorite won't be there.  Franco says the growing season didn't yield enough carduni to process.  There'll be entertainment all day long as well, including the St. James Italian Dancers at 3 and 7 PM. 
 
 
The state lawmaker who spear-headed the effort to have the NRG plant in the city of Dunkirk repowered says she is not giving up...  
 
While NRG announced the decision to pull the plug on the project late Wednesday, State Senator Cathy Young says she will work with state and local officials to find another solution.  The Olean Republican has been working on the project that would have converted the plant's fuel source from coal to natural gas for six years.  She's very disappointed by the company's decision.
 
Young says she has already had discussions with County Executive George Borrello and Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas about the next steps.  Among those options, finding another energy company that may be interested in taking over the former NRG plant.  She says a fund is in place to help replace some of the lost tax revenue from the plant.  While disappointed, Young says it's important for local and state leaders to look ahead and come up with a solution.   
 
 
Chautauqua County's top-elected official says he's ready to get to work on developing a plan with several options for the NRG Power Plant...  
 
Executive George Borrello says he agrees with Senator Young that finding another company to take over repowering the plant is the first step.  Borrello adds there is interest in the facility but, he says it depends on how Governor Cuomo and the state's Independent System Operator handle the matter.  He says there is need for a base load power source in Western New York as evidenced by the spike in electric rates during the recent heat wave.   
 
 
A federal jury in New York has convicted key players of corruption in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ``Buffalo Billion'' economic redevelopment program....  
 
The jury in Manhattan federal court returned its verdict Thursday after a month-long trial that put a spotlight on how lucrative contracts were awarded for redevelopment projects in Syracuse and Buffalo worth hundreds of millions of dollars.  Prosecutors maintained the bidding process was corrupt and that deals were steered to favored developers.  One of the lead defendants in the case was Alain Kaloyeros, the former president of SUNY--Polytechnic Institute.  
 
 
A House Committee has approved a bill that officially designates the National Comedy Center as the nation's official center of comedy....  
 
That from local Congressman Tom Reed, who introduced the measure this past June on behalf of the Jamestown-based entity.  Reed thanked members of the Natural Resources Committee for the approval and, says he look's forward to the center becoming something similar to the Pro Football, Baseball and rock 'n Roll Halls of Fame.  Reed was in Jamestown early last month to announce the measure had been introduced in Congress and, U-S Senator Charles Schumer also appeared at the Comedy Center to announce a companion measure.  The bill is now eligible for action by the full House.
 
 
Actress and activist Cynthia Nixon has collected more than 65,000 signatures on a petition to secure her place on the primary ballot in her effort to oust two-term Gov. Andrew Cuomo...  
 
The number of signatures collected by the "Sex and the City" star and political activist is more than five times the amount required under state election law.  Nixon's campaign released the total on Thursday, the deadline for signatures.  Cuomo received his spot on the primary ballot thanks to the endorsement of the state Democratic Party.   

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