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The investigation continues into what caused a head-one collison in the Town of Ripley that killed a 22 year-old woman Sunday evening... 

Sheriff's Officers say the accident occurred just before 8 p.m. on Route 20 when a westbound vehicle operated by Madison Dunlap -- of Ripley -- and an east-bound vehicle operated by 58 year-old Kim Robbins -- of Dunkirk -- collided. Officers say Robbins was transported by ambulance to Brooks Hospital in Dunkirk, then later sent to UPMC Hamot in Erie-Pennslvania. Dunlap was pronounce deceased at the scene.  Ripley Fire Rescue, Westfield Police also responded to assist. The Sheriff's Accident Reconstruction Team remained on-scene until midnight. Deputies say charges are pending the investigation.

A Sinclairville man faces numerous charges after his car crashed on the Gerry-Ellington Road in the town of Ellington early last weekend...  

Chautauqua County Sheriff's officers say 21 year-old Jemini Merzweiler was operating the vehicle about 9:30 p.m. Friday when the accident occured.  Deputies say Merzweiler was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment of his injuries.  Officers investigated and, charged Merweiler with driving while intoxicated, failure to keep right, moving from land unsafely, and speeding.  He was issued appearance tickets for town court at a later date.

The investigation is continuing into a fatal car-motorcyle crash in the Cattaraugus County town of Olean nearly two-weeks ago...  

Sheriff's officers in Little Valley aren't releasing many details, but say the accident occured on Route 16 just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, September 18.  Deputies say the motorcycle was southbound when it was struck by a Sports Utility Vehicle that was turning onto Route 16 from Fairview Lane.  The operator of the bike was rushed to Olean General Hospital where they were pronouned dead.  The driver of the SUV was also taken to Olean General and, treated for minor injuries.  No charges have been filed pending the investigation.

The cost of both producing and selling their precision metal parts and fittings have gone up, but Anderson Precision Products has been the busiest they've ever been the past year...  

That from Co-Owner David Archer, who says a combination of tariffs and demand has increased the cost of both the steel and aluminum they use.  Archer says demand is up, but he says added costs from the tariffs are holding down the bottom line.

However,  Archer says that American company -- New Corps -- has to ship it's "hot-milled" steel to Canada for final processing, and it's then shipped back to the U.S., so it falls under the tariffs imposed by the Trump Administration.  Despite the tariffs and other increased costs, Archer says it's been their "number-one sales year so far.  After being at just under 100 employees for a short time, he says they have been hiring people lately and, are up to about 110 workers.  Archer says he hopes the tariffs are short-lived, and that demand remains high.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that names portions of four New York roadways after fallen soldiers and a state trooper....  

The Democrat signed the bills late Friday, one of them honoring a Celoron man killed in action in Iraq in 2004.  State Senator Cathy Young played a role is naming part of Route 394 in the town of Ellicott after Sergeant James Matteson.  In addition, Part of the Jericho Turnpike on Long Island was named after Master Sergeant Christopher Raguso, who was a lieutenant in the Fire Department of New York, and was killed when his New York Air National Guard helicopter crashed near Syria earlier this year.  The other two included the state Trooper killed in Jefferson County in the line of duty last year.  A local road was named after Trooper Joel Davis.

There was rain earlier and mud later in spots, but thousands still came out yesterday for the annual Busti Apple Harvest Festival at the Historical Society grounds....

That's festival Publicity Director Norm Carlson says one of the newer aspects of this year's festival was that people were able to see a lot of progress in restoration of the early 1840s home.  He says they now have three big rooms, and two smaller ones for people to see how life was back then.  Carlson adds they had several new craft vendors this year on the road between the fireman's grounds and the mill.  He says the 1839 gristmill was open, but this year they did hourly tours so the operation could be quieted and people could hear better. 

The Diocese of Buffalo has hired a former FBI agent to investigate complaints of clergy abuse and other wrongdoing...  

Bishop Richard Malone has announced the appointment of Steven Halter as director of the newly created Office of Professional Responsibility.  Halter was a special agent in the FBI for nearly 30 years.  His hiring comes at a time of turmoil in the western New York diocese, including calls for Malone to resign over his handling of claims of sexual misconduct by priests.  While Malone has acknowledged what he calls "past inadequacies" in his handling of complaints, he says he will not resign.

A Buffalo man who was stopped for not having any tail lights on Route 60 in the town of Charlotte last weekend was found have a suspended license and, it had been revoked 17 times...  

Sheriff's officers say they pulled over 38 year-old Devon Taylor about 9:30 Saturday night and also found that there was an active warrant for his arrested.  He was arraigned on the warrant, and a charge of second-degree unlicensed operation and, sent to the County Jail pending bail.

Daily alternate parking begins today in the city of Jamestown.  The Jamestown Police Department says vehicles need to be parked on the odd-numbered side of the street on odd-numbered days... while cars need to be parked on the even-side on even-numbered days.  Pooice say daily parking alternates at 10 AM each day... and, there is no grace period.

A federal district judge in Washington says a group of nearly 200 Democratic senators and representatives has legal standing to sue President Trump to prove he violated the U.S. Constitution's emoluments provision banning the acceptance of gifts from foreign interests...  

The ruling by Judge Emmet Sullivan is the second decision by a federal court advancing such constitutional lawsuits against the president.  A federal judge in Maryland ruled in July that a similar lawsuit against Trump by attorneys general for Maryland and the District of Columbia could proceed... but it only covered Trump's earnings from his hotel in Washington.  To allow the lawsuit to proceed, Sullivan said he would "accept as true the allegations that the President has accepted prohibited foreign emoluments without seeking the consent of Congress."

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