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Woman from Mayville arrested for leaving the scene of accident involving barn...
A Mayville woman has now been arrested for leaving the scene of an accident after her car went off a town of Chautauqua road, and crashed into some farm equipment and a barn.  Sheriff's officers say 44 year-old Erin Matjoulis of West Chautauqua Street was arrested late Thursday after investigating the crash... which occured on Parker Road about 10:30 p.m. this past Tuesday.  Deputies say Matjoulis then left the scene in her car without reporting the accident.  She was later found and charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident... fourth-degree criminal mischief... and, moving from lane unsafely.  Matjoulis will answer the charges in Chautauqua Town Court on a later date.

Cause determined in Cherry Creek house fire...
A late-morning electrical fire has displaced a family of six people in the village of Cherry Creek.  Chautauqua County Sheriff's Officers say Cherry Creek Fire received mutual aid from nearby jurisdictions for a residential fire at 665 Southside Ave. just after 11:30 a.m. Thursday.  Crews remained on the scene for nearly two-and-a-half hours before the County Fire Investigation Team was called in to determine a cause.  Deputies say flames originated in the attick due to an overheated electrical line in close proximity to combustibles.  The local Red Cross was contacted to assist the family.

Schmidt named as interim President at Jackson Center...
A familiar name has returned to head-up day-to-day operations at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown.  Retired school administrator Tom Schmidt is back as Interim President of the center... in addition to his role as chairman of the Jackson Center Board of Directors.  Schmidt tells our Dennis Webster the decision by the board came after the panel decided to restart it's search for a new executive director.  He says there was a "snag" in that, and the new search will begin at the first of next year.  The interim Director's position had recently been held by retired Jamestown School Superintendent Deke Kathman.  He replaced past director Susan Murphy... who left the position earlier this year.  Schmidt and others at the Jackson Center have been very busy the past couple of days with the state's Fourth-Circuit Court of Appeals held a day of proceedings there.  Oral arguments were heard by the five judges for a total of 22 cases Thursday.  A day featuring federal judges including... Elizabeth Wolford... Lawrence Vilardo... and, Frank Geraci, Junior... took place yesterday afternoon.

Teresi says city has lost a "community treasure" with passing of Vivian Taylor...
The city of Jamestown has lost another of it's "community treasures."  That's how many are remembering former, long-time  City Councilman Vivian Taylor... who passed away this past Wednesday morning at the age of 94.  Taylor had been in failing health in recent times... and, was preceeded by his wife, Lula, who died this past March.  Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says Vivian Taylor was a long-time friend, and colleague... who "loved this community and loved life."  Taylor and his wife moved to the Jamestown-area in the 1950s from North Carolina during the days of "Jim Crow" laws in the south.  However... both emersed themselves in the community, their church, and raised their family here.  They also strived to teach history... including African-American history.  Vivian Taylor was on the City Council for 24 years... mainly representing Jamestown's northside.  He was the long-time chairman of the panel's Public Works Committee.  The Lind Funeral Home is handling arrangments for Vivian Taylor.

In wake of arrest of man who allegedly sent mail-bombs to prominent Democrats -- including himself -- Biden calls for toning down politicial Rhetoric...
Former Vice President Joe Biden says the United States has to come together, voicing concern with the partisan division and hatred he sees.  A target of the mail-bomb scare, Biden took a moment during a Democratic political rally in Hartford, Connecticut, Friday to speak about "all the pipe bombs, the sense of hate and terror that seems to be gripping us."  Biden quoted passages from the W.B. Yeats poem "The Second Coming," including the line, "Things fall apart; the center cannot hold."  Biden says, "I hope and pray that our leaders are prepared to lower the temperature of our public dialogue," suggesting, "We just have to remember who we are and what we stand for as a nation."


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