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A Cherry Creek woman has now been officially charged in connection with last month's alleged hit-and-run accident on a Foote Avenue crosswalk....  

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says 52 year-old Tammy Sawyer turned herself in late Wednesday morning and, has been charged with Felony leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.  Samuelson adds Sawyer is also charged speed not reasonable and prudent.  He says the woman who was walking in the crosswalk across from UPMC Chautauqua Hospital had to be treated for serious leg injuries.  The accident occured about 9:15 PM on Tuesday, April 16th.  A citizen apparently spotted the vehicle Sawyer was driving in a parking lot on the city's southside this past Tuesday.  City police found and impounded the vehicle, and located Sawyer sometime later.  She's jailed pending arraignment.

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly trying to break into a senior apartment building in the downtown area early yesterday morning.... 

City police were called to the scene at Covenant Manor at 23 West Third Street shortly before 11 AM to investigate an alleged criminal mischief complaint.  Officers say their investigation detemined that 39 year-old Daniel Harding forced open the front lobby doors, and breaking the lock about 1:30 AM.  Harding was found inside a tenant's room where he was staying, and arrested without incident for fourth-degree criminal mischief.  He was sent to the city jail pending arraignment.

Two local business membership groups have announced that they are providing a new resource to help local managers and employees be compliant with new workplace regulations on sexual harassment....  

During a news conference Wednesday at Pace's Pizzeria in Jamestown... officials with the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturer's Association of the Southern Tier, announced the on-line platform for their members, which will also provide a full, human resources package.  Director of Insurance Services Kevin Sixbey has been working to implement the program.

Sixbey says the new resources, which include interactive videos for employees and managers, are good for businesses that employ from one to several dozen people.  For many employers...such as Matt Churchill with Water Street Brass in Lakewood, this new resource is important because he wears several "hats" in the organization.  Sixbey says the training covers what workplace sexual harassment involves, how to spot it and how to prevent it.  For more information, contact Sixbey at the chamber, or MAST at 484-1101.

The Chautauqua County Board of Elections has officially designated three early voting sites in the county, where residents will be able to cast their ballots starting in late October....  

Republican Elections Commissioner Brian Abram says they decided on sites in the south, central and north county because they're in higher population corridors, and access is easy.

Abram says voting will have limited hours each day, which is different from Election Day on November 5th.  He says early voting will begin on Saturday, October 26th, from Noon to 5 PM... and continue the next nine days.  Abram says there will be NO early voting on the day before the regular Election Day on Monday, November 4th.  He says the county Board of Elections received a 200-thousand dollar state grant to help put on the early voting.  For more information, go on-line to VoteChautauqua.com or call the Board of Elections in Mayville.

A citizens advisory committee on the re-use of Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk is continuing discussions about possible uses for the facility once a new hospital is built....  

But at the same time, Mayor Willie Rosas says there are some restrictions being placed on the use of the Central Avenue site.

Rosas, who is a member of the committee, says he is concerned there may be a gap in services for low-income residents.  He says he's been talking with members of the hospital board about that.  Rosas spoke Wednesday morning in Dunkirk.  He says the committee was to meet later in the day yesterday.

New York state lawmakers have voted to join Hawaii in banning a widely used pesticide that's blamed for harming the brains of babies....  

The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly passed legislation Tuesday evening that would immediately prohibit aerial spraying of chlorpyrifos.  All use of the pesticide would be banned in December 2021.  The pesticide is used on many crops, including apples, a leading New York product.  California and other states are also considering restrictions on the chemical after the Trump administration balked at a federal ban.  Studies have linked chrlopyrifos to neurological problems in children.  A federal appeals court ruled last year that the Trump administration endangered public health by ignoring evidence about the pesticide.  The measure now moves to Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, who hasn't weighed in on the bill.

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