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JPD still investigating Friday afternoon shooting incident, and seeking the public's help...
City police are asking for the public's help in finding the man who allegedly got into a fight with another person on Jamestown's northside Friday afternoon... and, then turned and shot multiple rounds towards a house.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the scene at West Eighth and Cherry Streets about 2 p.m., and, found that the two men had gotten into a fight, and then pulled out guns when the one suspect began shooting.  No one was hurt.  The suspect who fired the shots reportedly ran north on Cherry Street towards 9th Street.  However... Samuelson says neither the victim nor witnesses are cooperating.  With that... they're asking anyone who may know anything about the incident to call the JPD Tips-line at 483-TIPS.. that's 483-8477.  You can also contact them through the Tips 411 app.  Police say all tips will be kept confidential.

AAA warns of increase in Car-Deer crashes during hunting season...
There are signs across the Jamestown-area that warn of deer crossings.  However... you may want to make sure to heed those today because it's the opening day of shot-gun deer hunting season.  That from the AAA of Western and Central New York... which is warning drivers about the opening... which began at dawn.  Spokeswoman Elizabeth Carey says there are a few ways you can avoid such crashes.  Carey says be on the look-out for deer -- especially in the early morning or evening hours... and, scan both sides of the road.  She says November is a peak month for car-deer crashes... because in November of 2016... there were 104 car-deer crashes in Chautauqua County. 

Briggs leaving MHA for new job in Brocton, Cobb new director at association...
There has been a change of leadership at the organization that has been at the fore-front of the Jamestown-area's fight against the opioid drug epidemic.  The Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County formally recognized outgoing Executive Director Kia Briggs for her 11 years of service... the past three as director.  Brigg is leaving for a new job in the Brocton-area where she lives.  But, she talked about when she first came to MHA as a young woman struggling with drug addiction.  She admitted that she felt she had "destroyed my life..." and, she had no support system until she came to MHA.  Briggs will be replaced by another long-time employee and case worker at the MHA.  Steven Cobb is also a recovering addict... who returned to Jamestown more than 9 years ago -- to get sober.  Cobb says he was ashamed after going to a meeting for alcoholics... but, he had been shooting up with crystal methamphetime.  He says Briggs knew he was really struggling... and, talked with him for about two-hours.  Cobb says he looks forward to continuing the Mental Health Association's message of recovery for everyone who comes to them for help. 

Cassadaga man admits to possessing Child Porn in federal court...
A Cassadaga man has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography earlier this year... and, faces up to 20 years in prison when he's sentenced next year.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior said late Friday that 23 year-old Daniel Villafane-Lozada pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Buffalo to one count of possession of child pornography involving a pre-pubescent minor.  Prosecutors say this past April... law enforcement officers Raided Lozada's residence and seized a digital memory card which contained 30 videos and 22 images of child pornography.  Some of the images depicted pre-pubescent minors... or minors under 12 years old, the sexual abuse or exploitation of an infant or toddler, and depictions of violence.  As part of his plea... Lozada admitted that between 2014 and 2017, he engaged in sex with two minor victims under the age of 18.

Jamestown Plastics celebrates 60th Anniversary in Brocton...
A Brocton company is celebrating a major milestone.  Jamestown Plastics held an open house at its plant on Highland Avenue this past Thursday night.  The company has been operating for 60 years.  It went into business when Dwight Eisenhower was president... and, it was the same year NASA began operations.  Company President Jay Baker says Jamestown Plastics has undergone various changes over the years, and that's allow it to be competitive in an ever changing global economy.  Deputy Chautauqua County Executive for Economic Development, Mark Geise, presented the company with a proclamation from County Executive George Borrello.  Geise says the Brocton facility was one of the stops during the County Executive's visits to 100 businesses in 100 days.

Weed Mass problem in Burtis Bay focus of meeting this week...
The biggest weed mass in recent memory on Chautauqua Lake has produced an odorous mess in Burtis Bay due to tens of thousands of fish being killed off by the weeds.  That from Ellicott Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin... who says there were a number of factors that played into the weeds piling onto the shoreline area.  One... says McLaughlin... is the fact the Chautauqua Lake Association stopped it's annual weed harvest sooner than usual... secondly, there was an unusual amount of rain earlier in the Fall, and there were a lot of gusty winds that helped blow the masses towards the shoreline.  McLaughlin says the weed mass was the focus of a meeting at the Newell residence in Burtis Bay that he attended along with Celoron Mayor Scot Schrecengost, three county officials, and three members of the state Department of Environmental Conservation.  In addition to having the CLA continue weed harvesting later in the year... McLaughlin says the town is setting aside $20,000 next year to deal with weed issues in Burtis Bay, and Fluvanna. 

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