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A Cattaraugus County man has been arresed for allegedly shooting and killing his adult son during a domestic dispute in the town of South Dayton last weekend...  

Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say they were called to the scene on Mill Street in South Dayton about 2:45 a.m. Saturday.  Deputies accuse 73 year-old Richard Tyma, Senior of shooting and killing 46 year-old Daniel tyma, who also lived in the home.  The elder Tyma was arrested, and arraigned in South Dayton Village Court on one count of second-degree murder.  He was then sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail with no bail.

A Stockton woman is accused of driving drunk, and while talking on her cellphone, when her car crashed in the town of Chautauqua early last weekend...  

Sheriff's officers say 40 year-old Amy Crowe was traveling on Elm Flats Road about 8:30 last Friday night when her car went into the ditch.  On arrival, deputies located Crowe at a nearby residence.  Upon further investigation, it was found that Crowe was driving in an impaired state.  Crowe was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, DWI Per Se, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, moving from lane unsafely, operating a motor vehicle while using mobile phone, and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle.  Crowe was processed and issued appearance tickets for Chautauqua Town Court at a later date.

A big, brand new choir had its first concert Sunday at the Southwestern Central School Auditorium....

The CMP Chorale is a non-auditioned choir of 90 voices, founded this year by the Community Music Project.  General Manager, Joe Brager, estimated the audience at 350, and called the atmosphere 'electric.'  The chorale's director, Rebecca Ryan, said the choir worked hard and  'blew everyone's mind' in successfully presenting a difficult concert.  The CMP Chorale will be back with another concert in the spring.  Another Community Music Project group, the  'Chautauqua Chamber Singers', will present their annual '12th Night' concert on January 12 and 13 of next year.  

One 'defender of freedom' was in Jamestown last weekend to honor another defender of freedom at the Robert H. Jackson Center...  

A special program high-lighting the contributions of veterans was held at the Center and, the Keynote Address was given by the Vice President of Corporate and Social Responsibility at Chic-Fil-A, Rodney Bullard.  Bullard is a U-S Air Force veteran, lawyer, and former Assistant U-S Attorney, who wrote the book "Heroes Wanted."

Bullard says he went to college for pre-law, and to play football.  However, he says he felt a higher calling after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  Bullard says, while Jackson's name itself isn't prominent, his work is.  He says the Jamestown-area native played prominent roles in several major cases that went before the U-S Supreme Court, including Korematsu versus the United States, and Brown versus the Board of Education.  As for what Jackson would think about current day America, given the cases he was part of presiding over, Bullard thinks he would be "very pleased" with the impact of those major rulings.  The program involving Bullard was sponsored by Heritage Ministries.

A campaign staffer for Democratic Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano has resigned in the wake of an obscene and vulgar social media post last weekend...  

Mitrano later acknowledged it was one of her field workers, and was "not keeping with the standards to which I have run my campaign for the last 16 months.  The staffer does not speak for the campaign and the statements made in the post do not in any way represent me or my values."  However, Reed Campaign Manager Abbey Daugherty says "it's stunning that a paid member of Tracy Mitrano's staff and a spokesperson for her campaign would make such hateful and offensive statements."  She says "it shows what truly motivates Tracy Mitrano and her team: a hatred of our law enforcement community and our capitalist system." Mitrano's Campaign Manager Ryder Kessler, though, blasted the Reed campaign for trying to exploit an "ill-advised post from a young field staffer during the last few hours of the campaign."

New York has been known for losing population and, high taxes for many years now...  

And, the Republican candidate running an underdog campaign says he's the person who can fix it.  Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro made his only campaign appearance in Jamestown last Friday night at the Northwest Ice Arena on West Third Street.  Molinaro says, while Democratic incumbant Andrew Cuomo claims climate is the reason people leave the state, high taxes and better opportunity are.

Molinaro recalled his one and only debate with Governor Cuomo, where the two-term incumbant set most of the rules and, yelled at him and the moderators most of the time.  Molinaro was joined by several GOP candidates at the event, includling local Congressman Tom Reed.  It was not the first time Molinaro was in Chautauqua County.  He attended a private event in the north county earlier this year when his campaign was in it's early stages.

Residents in New York's Southern Tier and Finger Lakes region who were impacted by damaging storms and floods in August are eligible for financial help...  

Officials announced early last weekend that $13-million is available in the form of grants to homeowners whose damage was not entirely covered by insurance or other assistance programs.  To be eligible for the help, homeowners must live in Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Tioga, Delaware or Chenango counties. Individual grants are capped at $50,000.  The August 13 through 15 storms came after a month of unusually heavy rainfall, contributing to local flash flooding and greater damage to homes.  The financial assistance comes from federal sources and is being administered by the state's housing agency.

In New York political news, Cynthia Nixon is backing her former Democratic primary foe Andrew Cuomo - without mentioning him by name...  

The former "Sex and the City" star and political activist urged supporters to back candidates running on the Working Families Party "from top to bottom."  Cuomo won the liberal third-party's nomination for governor after defeating Nixon in a bruising Democratic primary.  Republican challenger Marc Molinaro, meanwhile, interrupted his campaign schedule last week to help a man suffering an apparent stroke on a sidewalk in Poughkeepsie.  The Dutchess County executive, a longtime volunteer firefighter, then directed traffic once paramedics arrived.  In other stories, supporters of legislation to authorize physician-assisted suicide held a Day of the Dead vigil for advocates who succumbed to terminal illness while pushing for the bill.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is touting work to renovate airports in Syracuse, Plattsburgh and the Southern Tier...  

The Democrat, who is up for re-election next week, traveled to Syracuse-Hancock International Airport Thursday to announce the completion of that facility's $62-million overhaul.  On Friday, his office announced the successful completion of the work at Plattsburgh International Airport.  Construction is also wrapping up at Elmira-Corning Regional Airport, though work on the airport's tower is expected to end later this month.  The work is intended to upgrade security and baggage handling and improve the experience of travelers.  In all, more than $160 million was spent at the three airports to upgrade exterior facades, modernize infrastructure and systems, and add new eating and shopping options inside the terminals.

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