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Deputy, woman identified from Friday morning crash in north county...
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department is now identifying the two people hurt in a two-car crash involving a Sheriff's patrol car at the intersection of Straight and Center Roads in the town of Sheridan.  The  Sheriff's Office, State Police, and Chautauqua County Emergency Medical Services were among the units responding to the scene around 9 a.m. Friday.  Sheriff Joe Gerace, who was at the scene, says that the Sheriff's vehicle struck another vehicle... and, the Deputy, identified as 29 year-old Joseph Hallmark of Mayville, was flown by Starflight to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment of neck injuries.  Gerace says they are still investigating a number of factors that may have been involved in the crash.  He says it's not often that a patrol car is involved in such a crash, but Gerace says it's "alarming" and he is very concerned about his deputy and the other driver... identified as 36 year-old Theona Szumigala.  Szumigala was transported to Brooks Memorial with minor injuries. 

K-9 involved in Wednesday night drug bust in Jamestown...
A teenager wanted in the city of Jamestown was arrested during a traffic stop with drugs in the vehicle last Wednesday night.  Members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force say they assisted officers with pulling over the vehicle -- operated by 57 year-old Donald Peach, Jr. --  at the intersection of North Main and 10th Streets.  Officers say his passenger, 19 year-old Scott Eddy was taken into custody on the bench warrant, and, was also found in posssession of methamphetamine.  Assistance from State Police and K-9 "Kubi..." allegedly revealed more meth and crack cocaine inside the vehicle.  Officers say Peach was taken into custody on two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

CARTS hub to be relocated to East Third St. in Jamestown starting this Monday...
The Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System has announced that effective next Monday, Oct. 22, the new location for its bus hub in the city of Jamestown will be at 215 East Third St.  County Executive George Borrello says the hub, which was temporarily stationed at Pine Street, will provide a central location for CARTS customers in Jamestown.  He says renovations to the site in the coming months will also add a heated indoor waiting area and accessible bathroom facilities.  The county's Director of Public Facilities... Brad Bentley... says "there are many benefits to our new hub location.  “First and foremost, the new hub will provide location certainty to our customers.  CARTS will be able to maintain this hub year-round without having to temporarily move its operations for city functions.

Arbitrtation panel sides with JPD Union on wage increases...
The state's Public Employee Relations Board arbitration panel has awarded Jamestown police officers a 2-percent pay increase for 2016 and 2017.  On Thursday... the Post-Journal reported the PERB panel voted 2-to-1 in favor of the Kendall Club-Police Benevolent Association.  The paper reports that the PBA requested 5-percent pay increases for each year... while the city countered with no pay increases.  The city cited Jamestown's status exhausting the state’s constitutional taxing limit, and financial issues as reasons the city has no ability to pay.  The decision states that the city's case was weakened by "countervailing evidence."  The  board said despite the stresses it faced... the city's "careful and skillful budgeting" resulted in a surplus of more than $1.2-million in 2017.  However... union members will have to contribute more towards their health care. 

Teresi testifies on proposed annexation of property in Falconer at city line...
Testimony from all sides has been heard by a three-member State Appellate Court-tribunal regarding the city of Jamestown's effort to annex about four-acres of property in the village of Falconer at the city line.  Mayor Sam Teresi confirms that he was among the people called to testify before the panel last week on the city's proposal to take the property owned by the Board of Public utilities for it's Dow Street Substation.  Teresi says the panel is accepting all briefs, arguments and testimony in the case, and will present it to the Appellate Division with a recommendation.  The village... along with the town of Ellicott and Falconer School District oppose the annexation because they will be losing taxable property... and, sustain loses of tax revenues due to the change.  The city has argued that it needs the property to reduce costs, and claim it would be able to better maintain the location.  Teresi says the full court will next hear oral arguments from the attorneys in the matter before the end of the year. 


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