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Borrello says Chautauqua County is monitoring high levels on Lake Erie...
There's been a lot of attention focused on the flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline... but water levels are rising on all five of the Great Lakes -- including Lake Erie.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports that Lake Erie is 6 inches higher than last year, reaching 574.34-feet.  Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says there haven't been any problems so far along the county's shoreline, but adds they are monitoring the situation... along with state and federal officials.  While there is some concern about the current situation, Borrello says there is also a positive side to having higher lake levels... including that places that had been unaccessable in recent years are more accessable.  He says those areas had seen more sediment and other build-ups.  The Army Corps of Engineer's latest weekly report indicates that after the next 30 days, the lake is forecast to be within an inch of current levels.

Arrest made in connection with Nov. 2017 murder in Jamestown...
A Jamestown man accused of stabbing another man to death in late 2017 has now been formally arrested, and indicted in the victim's murder.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says 20 year-old Tavion Turner was arrested after the Chautauqua County Grand Jury handed up the indictment for second-degree murder in the Nov. 2017 death of 22 year-old Dylan Ownbey.  At the time... police said Ownbey and Turner were walking together on Williard Street before getting into a fight, and the stabbing took place.  Turner was arraigned in County Court and sent to the Chautauqua County Jail on $1-million cash bail.

Search continuing for missing Jamestown teenager...
Authories are asking for the public's help in finding a Jamestown teen who has been missing for the past four months.  The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says 16 year-old Rylunn Thompson is a white male, 5-foot-11 inches tall... and, weighs 175 pounds.  Rylunn has blonde hair and blue eyes.  He was last seen on January 5th.  If you have any information on his whereabouts... you are asked to contact Jamestown Police at 483-7536... or 483-8477.  You can also call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.

Reed says nearly 400 Congressional members now supporting new, five-year Special Diabetes Program...
The effort to boost funding back to previous levels for the federal Special Diabetes Research Program is gaining steam on Capitol Hill... thanks to the efforts of a special bi-partisan caucus.  Local Congressman Tom Reed says 378 House members have now signed onto a letter, demanding that House leadership continue the program... which prioritizes research and investment in treatment and prevention.  Reed says it's an allocation of money as well as prioritization in health policy that puts that at the "forefront."  He says the Diabetes Caucus... which he co-chairs... is calling for the program to be re-authorized for another 5 years... but, increase funding from $150-million to $200-million a year.   He says the Special Diabetes Program was first enacted in 1997... and, he says a number of steps have been taken since to help diabetics live with the disease... including creation of the pump system, and new treatments for vision restoration.  In addition... Reed says the funding also goes towards the Special Diabetes Program for Indians.  The Corning Republican says both are set to expire at the end of September.

Jacobs says he'll challenging Collins in possible June primary...
Republican New York state Senator Chris Jacobs of Buffalo is running for the congressional seat held by Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Collins.  Jacobs told The Buffalo News on Friday that Collins isn't an effective advocate for his western New York district.  He said he's prepared to challenge Collins in the Republican primary if he seeks re-election.  In a statement... Collins said he hasn't decided if he'll run again.  He criticized Jacobs as too liberal on abortion and immigration and said electing him would be the same as electing a Democrat. 

Gradudation held at JCC and SUNY College at Fredonia...
It's college graduation weekend at Jamestown Community College's campuses in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties.  JCC's Vice-President of Student Development Eileen Goodling says commencement at the Olean campus was held last night... while the Jamestown campus celebrated graduation this morning.  Goodling says some 420 graduates will get Associates Degrees combined at the two campuses... with half going into the job market, and about half going onto a four-year college or university.  She says that JCC carried on it's tradition of having a past graduate speak at commencement.  Goodling says they invited Dr. Hillary McManus of the New York Botanical Gardens, and Lemoyne University to speak.  McManus was part of the largest ever all-female science expedition to Antartica in 2018.  Goodling says this weekend also marks the first graduations for JCC's first-year president, Dr. Daniel DeMarte.
A graduate of the SUNY College at Fredonia will address both graduation ceremonies at the college tomorrow morning and afternoon.  Fredonia Spokesman Jeff Woodard says about 1,100 students are eligible to take part in the 10 am and 3 pm commencements that will be addressed by Rochester-area School Superintendent Shaun Melms.  Melms heads up East High School in the city.  In addition... Woodard says it will be an emotional one this year for SUNY at Fredonia President Virginia Horvath... who will be attending her final graduations before retiring at the end of the school year.  Both graduations are being held at Steele Hall.


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