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A Westfield man is being held on $100,000 bail for allegedly sexually abusing a child over a 5-year span...
 
Sheriff's deputies report an investigation was conducted into a suspicious situation... and, found that 51 year-old Elliot Jimenez engaged in sexual acts with an unidentified juvenile victim on various dates between 2013 and 2018. Deputies say a warrant was issued this past Monday for his arrest on charges of first-degree sex act, second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, two counts of first-degree sex abuse, and one-count each of second and third-degree sexual abuse. Jimenez was arraigned and sent to the County Jail. 
 
 
A city man is jailed for allegedly shooting another man during an argument at a home on Jamestown's westside Tuesday morning, leaving the victim in critical condition...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says that 54 year-old David Waggoner has been charged with attempted murder, and first-degree assault.  Earlier, Police Captain Todd Issacson said officers were called to the scene at 114 Livingston Avenue -- shortly after 9:00.  Issacson says the man's wound was serious.
 
Initially, police were told the victim had received two gun-shot wounds to the head.  However, Samuelson said Tuesday afternoon that one shot struck the unidentified victim in the head.  He was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital, then flown to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Waggoner is jailed pending arraignment.  Ellicott Town Police and the Chautauqua County District Attorney's Office assisted at the scene.
 
 
The Mexican border has been getting all of the attention when it comes to immigration, but there's growing concern over the number of foreigners entering the country illegally across the porous northern border with Canada...  
 
Officials say the numbers are relatively small, but they're growing.  U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan says the number of illegal crossings in Vermont has "skyrocketed."  Officials and court records indicate people crossing the border have paid smugglers up to $4,000. 
 
 
Veterans are raising concerns that a fund supporting U-S public lands, recreational areas and monuments may be in jeopardy...  
 
Unless Congress acts, the Land and Water Conservation Fund will expire in September.  Entirely funded by money from royalties on offshore oil leases, the fund has supported more than 41,000 local projects over the past 50 years.  Garett Reppenhagen is an Army veteran and a spokesperson for the Vet Voices Foundation.  Reppenhagen says the fund helps returning veterans find the kind of solace that can help them transition back to civilian life.
 
Congress allowed the fund to expire in 2015, but after public outcry it was extended for three years.  Nationwide, nearly five-million acres of public lands have been protected for public use with L-W-C-F money.  Reppenhagen adds that renewing the fund is critical for building and maintaining parks and playgrounds, bike paths, swimming pools and other recreational facilities for today's children and future generations in almost every county in every state.  The non-profit Vet Voices Foundation is calling for permanent authorization.
 
 
For the first time ever, the annual Cents for St. Susan's campaign in Jamestown has exceeded $20,000.  
 
That from Board of Public Utilities Communications Coordinator Becky Robbins, who helps head up the effort.  Robbins made the announcement at St. Susan's headquarters Tuesday morning, adding that smaller fund-raisers played a big role.
 
Robbins adds another group brought in about $500 from redeemable cans.  She thanked all the sponsors who contributed at least $500 to the effort.  They were led by KeyBank, which contributed $2,000.  Fifteen others contributed $500 each.  St. Susan's Executive Director Jeff Smith was overwhelmed by the success, saying the money will be a big help over the next few months.  Smith says they use of the money to buy needed items at local stores, and the Food Bank of Western New York.  As of June 30, he says St. Susan's had already served 59,414 meals to the less fortunate this year.  That's just over 1,300 meals more served than last year at that time.
 
 
Things are starting to kick into high gear for the upcoming 16-to-18 year-old Babe Ruth World Series in Jamestown next month... 
 
That from local Committee Vice President, and Public Relations Division Director, Kim Ecklund, who says several more teams have made it to the series in Jamestown August 4 through 11.  Ecklund says in addition to the Southern Tier team, Crown Point, Indiana, Charleston, Missouri and from the Southeast is Fairfax, Virginia are also on the roster to play during the week.  There's also Western New York representative Onondaga.  She says all but two regions have come in due to the rain delays.  The Mid-Atlantic and Northeast played double-headers finished up regionals late yesterday.  Ecklund adds that host families are still an urgent need.  She says they have exhausted many of their resources, so far.  Ecklund says there are two full teams without host families. They need 14 to 15 homes to take two players each.  For more information, visit JamestownWorldSeries.org or contact Kathy McMaster at  488-0928
 
 
Former Southern Tier Congressman, Republican Amo Houghton of Corning says he has joined "the resistance" against President Trump....  
 
In a sharply worded statement published in the Buffalo News the 91 year-old Houghton said, " Enough already.  Every voice, every pen, every opportunity to try to get this guy out of office is a good thing."  He finished by saying, "I'm scared for the country."  Houghton represented parts of the Southern Tier of New York in the House of Representatives for 18 years, leaving office in 2005.  The Buffalo newspaper contacted three former Republican Congressman from Western New York  for their views on the President.  Jack Quinn of Hamburg and Thomas Reynolds of Clarence also expressed concerns about Donald Trump's policies and statements.  
 
 
An upstate New York school district is giving its surveillance system a novel upgrade... 
 
Facial recognition technology soon will check each face against a database of expelled students, sex offenders and other possible trouble makers.  It could be the start of a trend as more schools wary of shootings consider the technology.  The Lockport District's plan has already opened up debate in the community.  Last week...  a Seattle company began offering a free version of its facial recognition system to schools.
 

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