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City man receives 7 years in prison for trafficking Methamphtetimine...
A Jamestown man will spend seven-years in federal prison after being sentenced in U-S District Court in Buffalo for trafficking signifcant amounts of Methamphetimine.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Jr. announced Friday that 63 year-old James Bess, Jr., who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine, was sentenced to 84-months by District Court Judge Lawrence Vilardo.  Prosecutors say Bess was arrested in October of 2016 after he sold a quantity of meth to an undercover officer in exchange for $800 cash.  During a search of his car... officers recovered three bags of methamphetamine.  Officers also searched a room at the Red Roof Inn near Falconer, which Bess had previously rented.  During that search, officers recovered two more bags of methamphetamine. 

Forestville man pleads guilty to producing and distributing Child Pornography...
A Forestville man has pleaded guilty to being in possession of child pornography nearly three-years ago, following a federal investigation.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Jr. says 55 year-old Joseph Harvey entered the plea in U.S. District Court Friday.  Prosecutors say that back in May of 2016... Harvey was found in possession of 37 videos and 51 images of child pornography.  In addition... between January and May of 2016... attorneys say Harvey exchanged text messages with another man in which they discussed child pornography.  During those text exchanges, Harvey distributed and received images of child pornography.  He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he's sentenced next September.

City man pleads guilty to producing and possessing child porn...
A Jamestown man has pleaded guilty to making and possessing child pornography... and, now faces up to 40 years in federal prison.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Jr. says 37 year-old James Chapman, also known as "Fatz Guy," and "Perverted Doe," entered the plea Thursday before U.S. District Judge Lawrence Vilardo to production and possession of child pornography.  Prosecutors say Chapman solicited a 16 year-old girl through Facebook in November of 2014 to have sex with him for $60.  She got a 16 year-old friend to do the same.  Chapman also allegedly took nude pictures of the girls on his bed, and he then allegedly put the pictures out on-line.  He was then accused of communicating with a third-victim -- a 17 year-old girl -- in April of 2017... and getting her to send him a sexually explicit picture of herself on line.  Kennedy says the charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $250,000 fine.  Sentencing is set for September.

Reed says U.S. needs to be vigilant, but, not overreact to World's "hot-spots..."
There are a number of "hot spots" around the world right now that U-S officials are focused on... including one in our own hemisphere.  Local Congressman Tom Reed says it's a time to be vigilant, and not overreact as some "sabre-rattling" takes place.  Most of the harsh rhetoric lately has been between the U-S and Iran... after the Iranians threatened to restart the "higher enrichment of uranium."  Reed says that would violate a 2015 nuclear deal that the United States pulled out of last year.  He says it's a matter of making sure that Iran is given the message that if they make any "aggressive moves" will be addressed.  Iran has also been accused for some time now of supporting terrorist groups in the Middle East.  Also in recent days... Venezualan citizens have been protesting the regime of dictator Nicholas Muduro... but, two days of protests were quashed by the military.  Reed believes it's a matter of time before Muduro leaves... or is ousted.  Finally... North Korea has tested new missiles in recent weeks... the latest coming late this week.  Military experts say the new missiles look a lot like a missile the Russian military has been trying to sell abroad for years.  But... it's unclear whether North Korea bought the missiles, or built them itself.

Horvath preparing for final commencement at SUNY College at Fredonia, and reflecting on 14 years at the helm...
The State University of New York is looking for a new interim president at the SUNY College at Fredonia.  MeaNtime, the out-going president to preparing for her final commencement ceremony.  We caught up Dr. Virginia Horvath on campus Thursday and spoke with her about the decision to retire on July 1.  She told us that she put her heart and soul into the campus for the past 14 years, and says she's beginning to reflect on what her time there has been like.  Horvath became Fredonia's 13th president in 2012.  She believes one of her greatest accomplishments is getting the village of Fredonia and the city of Dunkirk to begin to work together... instead of competing for state and federal monies. 

New York on track to end Coal Plant emissions by the end of 2020...
New York state's plan to end carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants by the end of 2020 remains on track.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state's Department of Environmental Conservation has adopted the final rules for the phaseout, which Cuomo first announced in 2016.  New York has only two operating coal plants, both upstate and owned by Beowulf Energy. They generate a small fraction of the state's power.  The two plants could stay open if they install costly emissions capture technology or switch to natural gas.

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