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A nearly week-long investigation into a serious stabbing incident on Jamestown's westside has led to the arrest of a suspect who is charged with Felony assault...  
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers arrested 22 year-old Askia Faison yesterday morning after getting information from the victim in the case, who was being treated for a knife wound at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Samuelson says the stabbing -- which occured just after 2 p.m. on August 14 -- followed an altercation.  He says the unidentified victim has now been released from the hospital and, has been cooperating with the investigation.  Samuelson says both men know each other.  Faison was arraigned on one count of first-degree assault and, sent to the county jail without bail.  Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Jamestown Police at 483-TIPS (8477) or their Tips-411 app.
A city man wanted on charges stemming from a physical domestic incident last Friday has now been arrested...  
Jamestown police say they were called to 131 Martin Road for a previous dispute and found 26 year-old Cain Colville allegedly punched a female victim in the face.  Cain was located at another home, and was arrested for second-degree harrassment and felony warrants out of Jamestown City Court.  He's being held pending arraignment. 
Two good quarters have put the city of Jamestown in "good position" to meet it's projected sales tax revenues for fiscal year 2018...  
That from City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce, who updated lawmakers at last night's work session on where the city is for the first-half of the year.  Dolce says they brought in $1.6-million for April through June, which was an increase of just over $60,000 from last year.
The Finance Committee received the news from Comptroller Joe Bellitto, who says the city has now received $3,052,000 through the first half of 2018.  That means they need to get about 92-percent of what they received for the second-half of last year to make this year's budget.  Bellitto told lawmakers that the city had only received 48.4-percent of their budget for the first half of last year on way to meeting the 2017 total.  He says their third-quarter payment will be received around November 1.  Typically, city leaders say the third and fourth-quarters of the year are the best for sale tax revenues.
A local woman with a strong background in business and real estate has been named as the new Business Development Manager for the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency... 
IDA Chief Executive Officer Mark Geise says Linda Burns completed her first day Monday. She replaces 30 year-plus Manager Lawrie Taylor, who recently retired.  Geise says Burns is from Bemus Point but, has a lot of local and national experience.
Geise says Burns will provide business development help to clients throughout the county and be based at the IDA's headquarters in the BWB Center in downtown Jamestown.  For the first couple of weeks, he says Burns will be working primarily with IDA officials Carol Rasmussen and Christine Morabito on all the services they provide businesses and developers.  Geise believes that the hiring will benefit the IDA considerably and help improve their service offerings.  Burns is also involved in community service with the Jamestown YWCA and, the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County.
The sun was out a little yesterday afternoon after the late weekend featured rather dim sunshine -- even with no rain in the forecast...  
Meteorologist Dave Thomas with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says we didn't see mostly sunny skies because of smoke from wildfires over parts of Canada.  Thomas say some of that smoke was still around yesterday morning but, not as much as Sunday.  Thomas says satellite photos captured the smoke cross the area, after it moved in from the Canadian Rockies and other parts of the country.  He says there should not be much impact from the smoke today, due to showers and thunderstorms coming into the region.
A new law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo bans smoking in home-based day care centers...  
The law signed Monday requires facilities licensed or registered for child care services to comply with the smoking ban even when children are not present.  Operators and residents of home-based day care centers had previously been permitted to smoke outside of their hours of operation.  Advocates say the law will protect young children from second-hand smoke and from residual contamination from cigarette smoke that can linger on surfaces for many days.  Cuomo said the law will "protect children from this public health hazard and the life-long misery that comes with it."
Governor Andrew Cuomo's recent comments that he doesn't feel America was "that great" are still being taken to task by Republican lawmakers...  
Local Congressman Tom Reed says it's "disappointing" that the New York Democrat doesn't feel America was ever "that great."  Cuomo's controversial statement came during a bill signing ceremony in New York City last week.  Cuomo said "we're not going to make America great again.  It was never that great."  Reed says he believes in the "American Spirit..." but, adds we also need to strive to be better.
Reed says, though, that he believes Cuomo "spoke his mind" before his office walked back the comments.  A recent Rasmussen telephone and on-line survey finds that 67-percent of likely U.S. voters disagree with Cuomo's statement.  Only 17-percent agree.  In his statement, Cuomo later said "we have not reached greatness.  We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with area media.
A cache of emails shows a lobbyist whose cooperation helped convict two former aides to Governor Andrew Cuomo on corruption charges had access to the top levels of the governor's administration... 
The New York Times obtained nearly 350 pages of emails as part of a Freedom of Information request showing aide-turned-lobbyist Todd Howe corresponded with and gave suggestions to top Cuomo officials.  Howe was a key figure in federal corruption cases involving Cuomo adviser Joseph Percoco and economic development official Alain Kaloyeros.
A traveling memorial to the victims of the nation's opioid crisis is making a weeklong stop in Buffalo...  
The memorial called "Prescribed to Death" was unveiled at Canalside Monday.The art installation features a wall constructed of 22,000 carved pills, each representing the face of someone who fatally overdosed on a prescribed opioid in 2015.  Buffalo is the fourth stop on the memorial's nationwide tour, which launched in Chicago.  The memorial will be on display through August 26.

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