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A 26-year-old woman -- sought in connection with the stabbing death of a 15-year-old female on Lincoln Avenue in the city of Dunkirk on May 15th -- has been located and taken into custody.....  

Ashlyann Lopez-Lopez is facing a charge of manslaughter in the first degree and was arraigned Wednesday in Dunkirk City Court.  Judge John Kuzdale set bail at $500,000 cash or $1 million property bond, with Lopez-Lopez being remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail.  The investigation by Dunkirk Police and the Chautauqua County District Attorney's Office is still ongoing and anyone with information can call the Dunkirk Police Department at 366-2266 or the tip line at 363-0313.


 Special Counsel Robert Mueller is letting his 400-plus page report speak for itself, but did clarify some aspects of his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election....  

That from local Congressman Tom Reed, after Mueller himself made a 10-miniute statement from the Department of Justice Wednesday morning.  Reed says nothing Mueller said makes him feel that President Trump colluded with the Russians, nor obstructed the investigation.

At the same time,  Mueller emphasized that there were "multiple, systematic efforts" to interfere in the 2016 election and that "deserves the attention of every American."  He seemed to take great pains to remind people of that and, Reed agrees we need to take that seriously.  Reed says that's why he strongly supported the sanctions against Russia.  However, Reed parted ways with fellow Republican Congressman Justin Amash of Michigan, who has read the entire Mueller Report as well, but is calling for Impeachment proceedings to begin against the president.  The Corning Republican made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier media.

Residents across the region will have the chance to learn what resources are available to them during a two-day conference in Fredonia next week on mental health and chemical dependency issues.... 

The "Hope and Healing Conference of Western New York" will be held at the SUNY College at Fredonia next Wednesday and Thursday, June 5th and 6th.  Public Relations Coordinator Ann Rosenthal with Chautauqua Tapestry and the county's Department of Mental Hygiene says they'll have two keynote speakers and numerous educational resources.

Rosenthal says a number of key stakeholders are involved in the conference and, you can register with one of them.  That's the Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council. You can call them at 664-3608.  The registration fee is $40 per person.  In addition to CASAC, Rosenthal says other stakeholders include the Western New York Regional Addiction Resource Collaborative, Tobacco Free Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany and the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County.

Three people -- including a teenager -- were arrested following an early morning fight in Jamestown on Tuesday....  

City police were called to the Bullfrog Hotel shortly after 2 AM for a group fighting in the parking lot and, learned a vehicle left westbound on East 2nd Street.  Officers located the suspect's vehicle and the victim later identified the occupants as 25 year-old Tamika Elston, 35 year-old Desimond Elston and an 18 year-old female.  Desimond and the teen were transported to the city jail and charged with third-degree assault.  After Tamika Elston was taken into custody, police allegedly found a small quantity of crack cocaine in the backseat of the patrol car.  She was charged with seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance and felony third-degree criminal mischief for reportedly breaking the victim's glasses, in addition to two counts of third-degree assault.  All three are being held pending arraignment. 

It you want to vote in next month's local Primary elections and you are not registered, you only have a couple more days....  

That from Chautauqua County Democratic Elections Commissioner Norm Green, who says the Board of Elections is preparing for the upcomg vote on June 25th.  He says there is one big race for county Republicans and, one for those in the city of Jamestown.

The State Senate race involves County Executive George Borrello, and Allegany County Legislature Chairman Kurt Crandall.  In Jamestown, David Wilfong is squaring off against Andy Liuzzo for the GOP nod to run for mayor.  Green says local residents can register in-person at the County Board of Elections in Mayville.  Mail-in registration forms must be postmarked by midnight, May 31st and, received by the Board of Elections no later than June 5th. 

Jamestown police are reminding residents that stealing campaign signs is a crime and offenders can be charged with petty larceny and trespassing....  

City Police Chief Harry Snellings say they have received several complaints regarding campaign signs being removed, and stolen.  Snellings also says that "improperly placed" signs will be removed.  He says the City Code deals specifically with where campaign yard signs can be posted in section 300-0703.

Gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area held steady during the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend and continue to do so heading into the Summer driving season....  

AAA's Gas Price Report says the cost for a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel remains at $2.94 a gallon this week.  Regionally, Triple-A says prices continued to trend lower across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states, with all averages now under $3.00 a gallon.  The Energy Information Administration’s latest data shows the region saw a significant build in gasoline stocks to total 63.7 million.  Today’s national average is $2.82 a gallon, about two-cents cheaper than last week.

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