A Sinclairville family is being helped by the local Red Cross after their home was destroyed in a fire Tuesday night.... 

Chautauqua County Fire Investigators were called to 37 Park Street at 9 PM at the request of the Sinclairville Fire Department.  Investigators determined the flames originated along the south exterior wall, due to heat exposure from an inadequate chimney pipe in close proximity to wood siding.  Sinclairville received mutual aid from multiple neighboring fire departments. Four people were displaced from the residence. The Dunkirk Observer reports one firefighter was under observance for smoke inhalation.


A Jamestown man is accused of trafficking crack and powder cocaine following a mid-morning drug raid Tuesday on the city's southside..... 

Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson says 29 year-old Antonio Sanders, Junior was arrested about 8:45 AM as members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 162 McKinley Avenue.  Task Force agents say they found Sanders with a quantity of crack, and powder cocaine and, packaging material for selling illegal drugs.  Police say Sanders was also found with three small children inside the home.  He was arrested on several charges, including third and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  He was jailed pending arraignment.  If you have any information on illegal drug activity, Samuelson says call their confidential tips line at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477.  You can also contact their Tips 4-1-1 app.


No one was hurt when a car struck a cow in the middle of the road on Route 60 in Sinclairville Monday night and, burst into flames....

Sheriff's officers says they were called to the scene about 10:30 PM and, found the vehicle fully engulfed in flames.  However... they say all the occupants were found safe at a nearby home.  Deputies say their investigation found the vehicle was northbound when the cow entered the roadway and, the car struck it.  Officers say the vehicle then caught fire, but, everyone inside was able to get out alright.  The cow perished in the accident.  Route 60 was closed from Gerry to Sinclairville for about an hour while the scene was cleared.  State Police and the Sinclairville, Gerry and Fluvanna fire crews assisted at the scene.


A new proposal by a freshman member of Congress from New York City would create a nationwide voter registry and, make Election Day a national holiday.....

Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez includes both in Campaign Finance Reform that she has proposed.  However, it's being met with some skepticism on the part of many lawmakers, including local Congressman Tom Reed of Corning.  He says he supports some of the ideas she's expressed but, also wants to look at any plan in more detail.

Reed says, though, he also has concerns over any kind of "large federal take-over" of the voting process.  The Corning Republican says the voting process is one that's covered by state's rights.  Reed made his comments during a recent telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.


New York's governor doesn't want state police to routinely release mug shots of criminal suspects, or arrest booking records about exactly what they are accused of doing....  

Andrew Cuomo's proposal is the latest by states aimed at curtailing the so-called "internet shaming industry"- websites that claim to be able to remove embarrassing information such as booking mug shots from the web for a fee.  Under Cuomo's proposal, unless there is a compelling law enforcement reason to do so, the public release of booking mugs and arrest information would be refused as "an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy."  Many journalists and civil libertarians are opposed to such measures, calling them an infringement on the public's right to know what the government is doing.


Several local projects are receiving funding through New York State's Regional Economic Development Council's Consolidated funding Application program....  

That's very good news to Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello, who adds though, that officials want see even more projects funded this year.  Now that the CFA allows applicants to sending out letters of interest before submitting applications, those could very well improve the likelyhood that more local projects get funded.

Borrello adds, though, that letters of intent are not required to receive funding.  Chautauqua County did well in 2018, obtaining funding for four of the 16 priority projects that were selected by the Western New York regional council.  Borrello says he hopes 2019 is a banner year is for CFA submittals.


A Falconer woman was arrested for allegedly breaking into and stealing items from a home in the village early last Sunday morning...... 

Ellicott Town Police were called to a reported residential burglary at 3:30 AM and, were given a description of the female suspect. Officers were able to locate and identify her as Laurie Gullett. Once in custody, police allegedly found Gullett in possession of a small quantity of hydrocodone pills.  She was arraigned and sent to the county jail for third-degree burglary and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

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