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A playful act in southern Warren County, Pennsylvania turned tragic when a 7-year-old boy was killed when he was run over by a pick-up truck....  

State Police in Warren say 33 year-old Justin Sweitzer of Tidioute was leaving the Tidioute Scenic Overlook-area in Limestone Township when he would "speed up" as the boy was trying to open the vehicle's door.  Troopers say the boy was accidently run over by the truck.  He later died at Warren General Hospital.  Police say no charges have been filed but, the investigation is continuing.


Two men have been arrested for allegedly being involved in a fight that was initially reported as involving several people last week in the town of Chautauqua.....  
Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Valley Street shortly after 2 AM on April 30th.  Deputies say they saw the two men -- 34 year-old Juan Rivera of Jamestown and 20 year-old Delonte Fredrick of DeWittville -- fighting on the sidewalk.  When deputies approached, they say Rivera fled on foot.  He was taken into custody a short distance away and charged with disorderly conduct, as well as second-degree obstruction.  Officer say Fredrick was charged with disorderly conduct.  Both wer jailed pending arraignment.


An Afghanistan War veteran and his family are seeing their home in Ashville getting a complete re-make as part of the Lifetime Channel's "Military Makeover" program..... 

Crews have already been working on home of Cody Willett and his family for several days making upgrades and other improvements.  "Military Makeover" is hosted by talk show star, Montel Williams.  His co-host, Art Edmonds, says it's "Home Improvement" with a twist.  Edmonds says their Construction Manager, Ryan Stanley, has been here, and hard at work.


Edmonds adds they get hundreds of requests each year for current or past military personnel to get make-overs on their home.  He says they work with their corporate partners in choosing who qualifies for a renovation or upgrade.  Edmonds says the main question is "can they help" this veteran and their family?  The "Military Makeover" renovation project at the Willett home is being supported by the Chautauqua County Veteran's Service Agency Joseph P. Dwyer Program.  The Dwyer program helps veterans in their efforts to return to civilian life. 


Farmworkers from around New York plan to gather at the state Capitol in Albany today to push for legislation that would grant them the right to unionize for better wages and conditions....  

Monday's rally comes as lawmakers consider whether to vote on the bill, known as the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act.  The act would rescind an 80-year-old law that prohibited farmworkers from unionizing. It would also guarantee extra pay for overtime as well as workers compensation benefits.  Farm laborers say they deserve the same benefits and protections as other workers.  Many farm owners and agricultural organizations, however, argue that higher wages and the risk that workers could strike will devastate small farms and hurt the state's agricultural economy.


The Rotary Club of Jamestown celebrated its 100th anniversary on Saturday with a major event at the Harbor Hotel in Celoron...  

The club's current President, Katie Geise, saluted the members of Rotary for 'Service Above Self' for their club, their families and the community.  The Jamestown club's Foundation Chairman, Greg Jones, announced the local group has raised a total of a million and half dollars for charitable work locally and around the world.  The two active members with the longest Rotary careers were honored: Dudley Ericson, who joined in 1970, and Bill Larson who's been in the club since 1955. 


Local police agencies are gearing up for the criminal justice reforms that were included in the recently approved New York state budget....  

Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone says he participated in a meeting that was held this week with some of the local police chiefs and, Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson... to discuss some of the changes that will go into effect in January.  Among the concerns, says Quattrone, is the elimination of cash bail.

Quattrone, who took office in January, says that some of the policy changes are already being phased in by some of the courts and, they've been starting to see some of those offenders out, and commiting crimes again.  He says that makes their jobs more difficult.  Quattrone says there are some exceptions when it comes to the elimination of cash bail, but he says they are limited.  He says there is not much that can be done about the changes that were approved by Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers last month.  

 
A north county woman accused of stealing property from a Vineyard Drive business for more than a year has been arrested on petty lacency charges...  

Sheriff's officers were called to an undisclosed location last Friday afternoon and, following an investigation, deputies arrested 54 year-old Wendy Privitera of Dunkirk.  Privitera was issued an appearance ticket for Dunkirk Town Court at a later date.


The Cuomo administration's top economic development official is stepping down..... 

Empire State Development says Friday that Howard Zemsky will relinquish his duties as president and Chief Executive Officer of the state's main economic development agency.  Zemsky will remain with the ESD as chairman of the board and will help in the search for his successor.  State officials say there's no timetable for naming his replacement.  The Brooklyn native and Buffalo real estate developer was appointed to the position in March 2015 and was paid an annual salary of $1.  Before joining ESD, Zemsky worked with the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council.  His company's redevelopment projects include turning an old factory in Buffalo's Larkin District into an office complex.  Zemsky's move was first reported Thursday by the Wall Street Journal.

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