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A pilot program is planned for this Spring and Summer on Chautauqua Lake to better pinpoint "hot spots" for toxic blue-green Algal Blooms....  

The program was announced jointly by the Chautauqua Lake Partnership and the Lake Erie Center for Fresh Water and Human Health during the latest program in the Turner Winter Series at Chautauqua Institution last night.  The center's George Bullerjahn was the featured speaker at last night's latest program.  Bullerjahn says they'll be placing two senors in the lake to find the hot spots, with the help of local experts.

The partnership last night announced that they would be funding the pilot program for $50,000 and, the sensors would be moved around this Spring and Summer, depending on how well they work.  Bullerjahn says they'll bring in more sensors when funding is available.  He says the goal is to get working on the problem because Chautauqua Lake's problem isn't as bad as others he's seen where there have been large fish kills and, impaired drinking water. 

A Forestville woman faces a driving while intoxicated charge following a serious rollover accident in the Town of Hanover Monday night....  

Sheriff's deputies were called to Dennison Road just after 8 PM and, learned the operator had lost control of the vehicle, Entered a ditch and struck a culvert before over-turning.  Officers say the vehicle caught fire after coming to rest and the driver was pulled from the car by a Good Samaritan.  Identified as 49 year-old Hilary Villafranca, she was taken to Lakeshore Hospital by Silver Creek ambulance for minor injuries.  Investigation revealed Villafranca was intoxicated.  She was issued additional tickets for speeding, move from lane unsafely and faliure to keep right. 

Lakewood village lawmakers have approved a 2019-2020 budget that keeps the tax levy stable and, cuts slightly more off the tax rate than originally proposed.....  

That from Village Clerk Joe Johnson, who says the spending plan was approved at Monday night's board meeting.  The original budget included a $5,000 tax levy increase but, some additional revenues and revised state aid will bring that down and, also lower the rate by 10-cents per thousand assessed value.  It was an 8-cent decrease in the original plan and, will fall from $7.99 per thousand to $7.89. 

The village board and residents also got a first look at plans for a new fast food restaurant to be located on an out-parcel of the Chautauqua Mall on Fairmount Avenue.  Johnson says board members approved sending the proposal for a new Taco Bell Restaurant to the village's planning board.  A formal presentation of the proposed 26-hundred square foot building will be made at the planning board's May 15th. 

The police chief in the north county city of Dunkirk says he's pleased with the burglary investigation that led to two arrests on the 200 block of Nevins Street last Sunday night....  

Chief David Ortolano says 21-year-old Angel Rosas, Jr. and 20-year-old David Smith, both of Dunkirk, were later arrested and a number of the stolen items were found.

Ortolano says that neighbor noticed the men acting suspicious and phoned police.  He says that person gave them all the information they needed to find the two suspects and, start their investigation.  

Chautauqua County's Congressman feels President Trump should not have to turn over his tax returns to the House Oversight Committee but, he believes there does need to be financial scrutiny of office holders.....  

Corning Republican Tom Reed says he understands the need for disclosure and, is calling for looking at financial disclosure forms that are filed now.  Otherwise, Reed says he's concerned that Democrats are trying to "weaponize the tax code" for political purposes.  He adds that others could then be caught up in investigations.

The president and his business organization are now suing House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings to block his efforts to get Mr. Trump's tax returns.  Reed says he believes this is part of the push to impeach Trump on the part of several Democratic members of Congress.  Cummings, who is from Georgia, earlier this month subpoenaed the president's tax returns, and other financial records.  The new complaint says the subpoena seeks to investigate events that occurred before Trump was president.  Cummings says the complaint "reads more like political talking points than a reasoned legal brief."

The city of Jamestown is receiving just over $1.8-million in three federal grants to help with housing and boosting economic opportunity from the U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development.....  

Local Congressman Tom Reed, says they are part of Jamestown's entitlement funding from the Community Development Block Grant program.  The funding is used for low to moderate-income projects to help with housing, improving commercial buildings and eliminating blight.  Mayor Sam Teresi responded by saying "continuing to invest in quality, affordable housing and economic development is important to the City of Jamestown."

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