Jamestown police are asking for the public's help in finding a smaller-sized sports utility vehicle that was involved in an alleged hit-and-run accident in front of UPMC Chautauqua Hospital last Tuesday night.... 

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they are looking for a grey-colored smaller SUV like a Toyota Rav4, or a Honda CR-V, that was traveling north on Foote Avenue about 9:15 PM.  Samuelson says the car hit a woman in the crosswalk and, continued on.  He says the woman was taken to the hospital with a non-life threatening, lower leg injury.  Police say the vehicle should have damage to its front left side and hood area.  A picture is on the JPD Facebook page.  Anyone who may have information on the incident is asked to call City Police at 483-7537.  Anonymous tips can also be left at 483-TIPS.


It's appearing less likely that there will be a Special Election called this spring or early Summer to fill the vacant 57th State Senate Seat....  

That from Chautauqua County Board of Elections Republican Commissioner Brian Abram, who says they are moving ahead with plans for a GOP Primary on Tuesday, June 25th.

Abram says Governor Andrew Cuomo really needed to call for a Special Election by now for the run-off to take place on New York's Primary Day.  However, he says the governor could still call one.  Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello and Allegany County Legislature Chairman Curt Crandall are seeking the GOP nomination to run for the seat, vacated in early March by long-time State Senator Cathy Young.  Young resigned from the Senate to become director of the Center for Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell Agri-Tech.


Chautauqua County's Family Court will be moving to the county seat -- starting in mid-June....  

The Eighth Judicial District Administrative Office has announced all Family Court proceedings will convene in Mayville, at the County Family Courthouse at 2 Academy Street, beginning June 10th.  Family Court currently holds a Tuesday morning intake calendar in Jamestown City Court at 200 East Third Street.  But, the intake calendar will be handled starting June 10th in Mayville.  Court officials say the move is part of an effort to streamline court proceedings and the need to have counsel available for both intake calendars and other matters, including trials, which are currently ongoing simultaneously in Mayville and Jamestown.  The Court will continue to take into account the CARTS bus schedule to allow parties time to arrive for their court appearances.


Local Congressman Tom Reed says he was confident that the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election would turn up nothing implicating President Trump nor his campaign.... 

Reed made his comments prior to Thursday morning's press conference held by Attorney General Robert Barr -- just before the report's 11 AM release.  The Corning Republican says the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be as fully-released as possible, but says there was no collusion.

At the same time, Reed says he has no problem with an "evidenciary based" follow-up investigation by Congress itself.  Meantime, President Trump celebrated the upcoming release of the redacted version of Mueller's report, saying ``No Collusion'' and ``No Obstruction."  However, Congressional Democrats have already sent a letter to Mueller requesting him to publicly testify on the report.


New York state agencies paid out $787-million in overtime for more than 18 million extra hours worked by state employees in 2018....  

That from a new report released Thursday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.  His report says last year's total overtime cost was at the highest level within the past decade.  DiNapoli says the average number of state employees decreased slightly last year to nearly 156-thousand.  That total doesn't include employees of the State University of New York and the City University of New York.  The agencies with the most overtime: Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, and Office of Mental Health.  The comptroller says the state "needs to find ways to better manage costs while providing taxpayers with critical services."


A likelyhood of rain is still in the forecast for tomorrow and with that Jamestown's 72nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be moved inside the Allen Park Ice Rink....  

City Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says it will still be held this Saturday, April 20th, beginning at 10:30 AM and, is free and open to the public.  Children will be allowed to hunt one age group at a time.  Ciesla-Hanley thanked the Frewsburg Soccer Club, which now leases the rink, for their support of the city's event.

Ciesla-Hanley says, once a group has found all the eggs hidden for their hunt, volunteers will hide the eggs for the next group.  The 4 and under group will go first on Saturday.  Ciesla-Hanley adds that Girl Scout Troop #20029 also helped fill their original 3,000 eggs with candy.  In fact, she says it only took the girl scouts only about an hour to fill all 3,000 eggs, which will be hidden in the ice rink.  In addition, 33 toy prize eggs and two Gold and two Silver eggs will be hidden. 


A new poll finds most registered voters in New York support the plastic bag ban recently passed by the Democrat-controlled state Legislature.....  

They're not so keen on the big pay raise lawmakers approved for Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The Siena College poll released Tuesday found that 62-percent of those surveyed said the ban on single-use plastic bags will be good for the state, while 33-percent oppose the ban.  Voters polled also approved by wide margins two other proposals included in the budget: making the 2% local property tax cap permanent and eliminating cash bail for misdemeanors and non-violent felonies.  Cuomo's salary raise from $179,000 to $250,000 by 2021 was opposed, 63%-32%.  The poll of 735 registered voters was conducted April 8-11. It has margin of error of 4.1 percentage points.

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