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Gold Star families recognized during annual rememberance in Jamestown...
The nearly 20 service men and women who died in service to the nation are being remembered today as heros who made the ultimate sacrifice.  The Blue Star Mothers -- New York Chapter 4 -- held it's seventh-annual Gold Star Memorial Rememberance at Veteran's Park on West Third and Logan Streets.  Blue Star Mothers Chapter President Sue Rowley recognized the memory of all 19 troop members from Chautauqua County killled while on duty since Viet Nam.  Rowley called it a "special and important day."  U.S. Marine Corps Colonel Charles Watkins... who is also a Starflight Helicopter pilot... was the keynote speaker.  Other speakers included State Assemblyman Andy Goodell, County Executive George Borrello, Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi... and, Representative Randy Holcomb of retired State Senator Cathy Young's office.

State Police and local police to step up traffic law enforcement during Memorial Day Weekend...
The New York State Police and their local partners in law enforcement will step up patrols over the Memorial Day weekend in an effort to stop impaired and reckless motorists.  Motorists can expect to see added police on the roads through Monday night.  The crackdown will also include sobriety checkpoints in certain locations, as well as increased use of unmarked police cars.  Authorities say Memorial Day is one of the busiest travel weekends of the year in New York.  During last year's holiday weekend, state troopers arrested 237 people for drunken driving and issued 13,318 tickets overall.

Colorado man arrested for DWAI after vehicle chase ends when he goes into convulsions...
A Colorado man had to be treated after suffering "drug-induced" convulsions following a vehicle pursuit that began in the town of Carroll... and ended in Cattaraugus County.  Sheriff's officers say they tried to stop an erratice driver on Route 62 early Friday morning... but he failed to stop.  Deputies pursued the car onto Bone Run Road... where the vehicle went onto a residents yard.  Officers say 30 year-old Bijan Sedighzadeh of Westminster, Colo. had gone into convulsions... he was taken into custody, and taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment.  He was later sent to the County Jail pending arraignment on several charges... including Felony Driving While Ability Impaired by drugs.

City man arrested on warrants, and resisting arrest...
A Jamestown man wanted by Ellicott Town Police was arrested last Thursday night after he tried to avoid arrest on the city's eastside.  Jamestown police say they found 42 year-old David Hanley walking in the area of Winsor and Chandler Streets about 8 p.m., and, saw that he was wanted on multiple warrants.  City police approached, and told Hanley that he was under arrest.  However... officers say he started running, and refused their orders.  He was finally arrested, and, had wrist restrains put on.  Hanley was taken to the city jail on a resisting arrest charge without further incident. 

Wilfong says Langworthy will provide energy, and backing for state GOP...
Chautauqua County Republican Committee Chairman Dave Wilfong says he's excited that Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy will become the state's new Republican Party Chairman this Summer.  Wilfong recently announced he was backing Langworthy to replace Ed Cox.  Cox will reportedly step down in July to join the Trump 2020 Re-election Campaign.  Wilfong says the local committee met with both men -- Langworthy just last Saturday -- before casting their votes.  He says Langworthy impressed them with his energy and commitment.  After graduating from Pine Valley Central School... Langworthy went to college in the Buffalo-area... and, later become Erie County GOP Chairman.  He's been in the position for the past nine years.  Wilfong says in addition to more energy... he agrees with Langworthy that the party needs to support it's candidates better.  Cox has been State GOP Chairman since 2009. 

Nadler become faint during appearance in NYC...
New York City Congressman Jerrold Nadler was taken to a hospital for an evaluation after he appeared to swoon during a news conference in New York City.  The chairman of the House Judiciary committee had given remarks at an event Thursday about school zone safety when he slumped in his chair.  As people moved to assist him, Nadler put his hand to his head and appeared disoriented, then seemed to recover.  The 71-year-old Democrat was given water and an orange as staff cleared reporters from the school gymnasium where the event was taking place.  An ambulance took him to a hospital about 45 minutes later.  Nadler said in a tweet that he appreciated everyone's concern and was feeling better.  He said it was warm in the room and he felt dehydrated.

Conewango Valley Man sentenced for role in debt restructing scheme...
A man from Conewango Valley has been sentenced to 'time served...' and, five years supervised release for his part in a fraudulent debt restructuring scheme.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 26 year-old Mark Farnham received the sentence in federal court Thursday for his conviction for conspiracy to commit bank fraud.  Kennedy says Farnham spent nine months in Jail.  Prosecutors say between February and October of 2016... Farnham worked with three co-defendants at companies with various names such as “Corporate Restructure” and “Salamanca Payroll Services.”  Farnham was a manager for Corporate Restructure in Salamanca, and Buffalo.  They were accused of using several fraudulent companies to solicit small business owners... and, were told the companies could help them restructure debts they had.  However... Farnham and the others pocketed the money they took in.  


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