A Cassadaga man has been arrested for allegedly firing several shots from a long-gun near several people at a home in the town of Arkwright....  

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Tarbox Road just before 10:30 Tuesday night.  Deputies say their investigation revealed that 43 year-old Elliott Dones was involved in a confrontation with multiple people inside the home and, during that, he allegedly fired off several rounds.  Officers say Dones fled the scene before their arrived and, he was later arrested on a warrant for multiple charges, including first-degree reckless endangerment and, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and, menacing.  Dones was arraigned, and jailed on $250,000 cash bail and, the investigation is continuing.


A record number of local middle and high school students took part in the annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math -- or STEM Wars at Jamestown Community College Thursday....  


That from Chautauqua County Education Coalition Executive Director Justin Hanft, who helps coordinate the annual STEM Wars at JCC's Physical Education Complex.  Hanft says they've placed more emphasis on getting middle schoolers to take part in recent years, to "energize a new workforce."

Hanft says STEM Wars allows students to complete with other students and schools to show off the skills they've learned in the classroom.  With that, he says they are able to connect teachers, students and local employers seeking skilled workers.  Hanft says it also let's students and educators know about the kinds of jobs available.  He says the STEM Wars are put on -- primarily with the help of the "Dream it -- Do it" campaign through the Manufacturer's Association of the Southern Tier.  Others involved in the collaboraton include JCC, and the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce.


Another round of windy weather is on the way today for the Jamestown-area through tonight....

 The National Weather Service is continuing a Wind Advisory until 8:00 tonight for Chautauqua and Southern Erie counties.  Meteorologist Kirk Apffel at the Buffalo Office tells us we also saw the warmest temperatures in the region since last Fall.  The weather service reports the high yesterday in Buffalo was 66, while it reached 67 in Jamestown.  The warmest spot in the Western New York region was Rochester, which reached 70.  However, some thunderstorms will pass through the area as a cold front brings those gusty winds into the area.  Apffel says the gusty winds may reach 50 mph at times.


The mayor of the largest city in New York's 57th State Senate District says he is not a candidate for that open seat.....  

Jamestown's Sam Teresi says he is not seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the seat recently vacated by Olean's Cathy Young.  Teresi's name has shown up in the rumor mill about potential candidates.  However, he says those rumors are absolutely false and, says he will support whoever the Democratic chairs of the four-county district decides on.

Teresi says he believes Democrats have a "unique opportunity" this year because it's an open seat and, Democrats have the majority in both houses of the state legislature.  He says that's important because in the past, the area had "great representation" in the majorities in both the Assembly and Senate.  Cathy Young had risen to high-leadership status in the Senate during her 13-years in office as a member of the Republican majority.


Chautauqua County Republicans have backed the candidate they would like to see fill the vacant 57th Senate Senate....  

County Executive George Borrello says he has "proudly" accepted the endorsement from his home county's GOP committee and, will be meeting with party chairs from the three other counties that make up the Senate district.

Borrello says there will be a meeting soon with party chairs from Cattaraugus, Allegany and Livingston counties, and he expects to have additional meetings as the selection process continues.  Cathy Young, who held the seat for over 13 years, announced her resignation from Senate earlier this month to head up Cornell University's Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture.


A man from Falconer faces charges for allegedly possessing controlled substances while driving ability impaired Wednesday afternoon.....  

Sheriff's Officers stopped the vehicle on Route 60 in the Town of Pomfret for a traffic infraction and, the operator identified himself as 46 year-old Charles Brown.  Investigation revealed he was operating the vehicle under the influence of drugs and, was also found to possess Methamphetamine and Xanax.  He is to appear in Pomfret Town Court at a later date to answer the charges. 


The Democrat-controlled state Legislature has passed its resolutions for New York's budget amid renewed threats by Governor Andrew Cuomo to reject any spending plan that doesn't make the 2 percent property tax permanent.....  

The Assembly and Senate both passed one-house budget bills Wednesday, hours after the Democratic governor said during two public events held downstate that he won't sign off on a budget that doesn't include a permanent tax cap.  The Senate's budget proposal includes a cap, but the Assembly's spending plan doesn't.  Cuomo has made the tax cap a must-do component of his $175-billion budget proposal.  Cuomo and legislative leaders will now use each of the budget proposals to try to reach a final budget agreement for the 2019-2020 state fiscal year by the April 1st deadline.

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