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A north county man faces a first-degree assault charge after he allegedly stabbed and seriously injured another man during a fight in the town of Ellicott last weekend....

Ellicott Town Police were called to the scene on Town Line Road just before midnight Saturday and found a 38 year-old male who had been stabbed several times.  Officers later found the 18 year-old suspect, Alec Stanley of Dunkirk, and arrested him.  He was sent to the County Jail without bail.  The unidentified victim was flown to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA for treatment. 

A second building that was damaged when part of another building collapsed on East Second Street in Jamestown in late 2016 may soon be redeveloped into apartments and commercial space....  

The City Council's Finance Committee last night approved a resolution to transfer the multi-story building at 8 East Second to the Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency to be sold and redeveloped.  Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says there has been a vacant lot at 10 to 12 East Second since then.

City Development Director Vince DeJoy says the Chautauqua County Landbank Corporation last week agreed to the property transfer, after the state Historic Preservation Office determined that the building was safe to use, and had historic significance.  DeJoy says there has been some definate interest expressed in the building, for two-story apartments, and some commercial space on the lower floors.  The building at 10 to 12 East Second was torn-down after it was approved for demolition in late October of 2016.  DeJoy says his department is now putting out Requests for Proposals for the property.  The full council will vote on the property transfer next Monday night.

A petition has been reportedly filed with the village of Sinclairville to hold a vote on dissolving the village..... 

County Executive George Borrello says he has been aware of the petition and says when he chaired the Regional Solutions Commission as a legislator, a proposal was developed on dissolving the village and merging the towns of Charlotte and Gerry.  Borrello says there is information available to inform voters about the viability of such move.

Borrello says a flaw with the state law is that it allows dissolution votes without requiring a proposed plan before a vote is held.  He says the only requirement is that -- once the petitions are certified -- that the vote take place within 60-days.  Borrello says he is willing to have the county provide the information gathered by the Regional Solutions Commission to the village to assist voters. No word yet on whether an actual vote has been scheduled. 

A home on Risley Street in Fredonia sustained substantial damage after an apparent drunk driver crashed into the home early Sunday morning.....  

Fredonia Police say a vehicle driven by 21-year-old Devante Grayson was traveling on Center Street at about 6 AM, when he ran a stop sign and crashed into the front porch of the house and the chimney at 63 Risley.  Officers say Grayson fled the scene, but was taken arrested a short time later.  Grayson was allegedly found to be intoxicated with a blood alcohol content more than twice the legal limit.  He was charged with DWI, aggravated DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to stop at a stop sign, speed not reasonable and prudent, unlicensed operator, and unsafe tires.  No one was injured in the crash.  Fredonia Fire, University Police, and Dunkirk Police also responded to the scene.

Triple-A and the Medical Society of the State of New York are urging passage of a new law requiring all passengers to wear seat belts when riding in the back seat.....  

Current law requires seat belts for all front-seat passengers as well as all passengers younger than 16 in the back seat.  The groups held a news conference Monday at the state Capitol ahead of a possible vote later this week in the Senate, where the legislation is sponsored by Democratic Senator David Carlucci of Rockland County.  Statistics cited by supporters show that passengers are far more likely to avoid serious injuries if wearing a seat belt, no matter which seat they're sitting in.

Local veterans and their families are encouraged to attend a town hall style meeting on June 1st in Frewsburg to learn more about their military benefits in Chautauqua County.... 

The program will be held at the Frewsburg American Legion Post, beginning at 10 AM, and runs until Noon.  It's being put on by the Vietnam Veteran's of America Chapter in Jamestown and, Chapter President Bob Lewis says they have especially geared this towards spouses, widows, and other family members.

Lewis says their first town hall a couple of years ago drew more than 120 veterans and their family members.  He adds that part of the reason they're doing this is because many veterans and their families don't know a lot about what they are entitled to.  Lewis says they'll discuss Accrued Benefits and, "Dependency and Indemnity Compensation" among others.  Lewis says the program will include presentations by Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello and, County Veterans Services Director Greg Carlson.  For more information, contact Bob Lewis at 569-2115.

The best tasting water in Chautauqua County belongs to the north county village of Fredonia.....  

Fredonia won out over five other municipal water systems to take the top spot in the 26th annual "Water Tasting Contest" held last Saturday at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood.  Water Resource Specialist Bill Boria with the county's Department of Health and Human Services says more than 100 people took part in the 4-hour long, "blind taste test," where the public was able to taste a sample of each system's water, and vote for the best.  Boria says the judging was "very close" because each system is "very good."  He says last year's winner, the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, finished a close second.  Other participants included Cherry Creek, Dunkirk, Frewsburg, and Mayville.   

Supporters of legislation that would allow people with a terminal illness to seek life-ending drugs from a physician are heading to Albany this week.....  

Organizers say dozens of advocates will be in the Capitol on Tuesday, with many sharing personal stories about the suffering experienced by loved ones with terminal illnesses.  The bill isn't scheduled for a vote but supporters say they're feeling more optimistic after Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would sign the bill into law if it passes.  The bill before lawmakers would require two doctors to sign off on the use of life-ending medication.  Eight states and Washington, D.C., already allow people to seek a doctor's help in ending their lives.

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