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The investigation is continuing into the stabbing death of a Dunkirk teenager earlier this month, but the suspect in the case is now in custody....  

City Police Chief David Ortolano said Thursday that 26 year-old Ashlyann Lopez-Lopez was arrested and, is now in the Chautauqua County Jail for allegedly killing a 15 year-old girl back on May 15th.

Ortolano says Lopez-Lopez is being held on $500,000 cash bail, or $1 million property bond, after being picked up late Wednesday on a charge of first-degree manslaughter.  He says police are working closely with District Attorney Patrick Swanson's Office and, anyone with information on the fatal stabbing is asked to contact Dunkirk Police at 366-2266 or the tip line at 363-0313.

A Jamestown man wanted on multiple city court warrants has been arrested after police spotted him walking on Jamestown's eastside Wednesday.....  

City police say a patrol spotted 41 year-old David Hanley walking in the area of Winsor and Water Streets about 4:30 PM and, went to take him into custody when he ran off.  Officers caught him after a brief foot chase.  Hanley was also charged with resisting arrest, and sent to the city jail pending arraignment.

The 57th State Senate District, including Chautauqua County,is feeling the absense of a representative in the state legislature's upper chamber....

That from local Assemblyman, Andy Goodell, who says he still stays in touch with former State Senator Cathy Young, who stepped down back in March.

Young held the seat for nearly 14 years.  The seat will remain vacant until the November election and Goodell says that's presented a challenge, because lack of a voice in the Senate makes it hard to get some legislation over the finish line.  The Jamestown-area Republican says was unhappy that Governor Andrew Cuomo decided against holding a special election.  Goodell says he's "disappointed" that Cuomo put politics ahead of policy, because he believes that was the case when regional Democrats got a candidate -- Austin Morgan -- who hadn't yet graduated from college at Cornell.  Morgan would be tied up with final exams and graduation at the same time he would have had to campaign during a special election run.

A Detroit-based drinking water and wastewater treatment service provider says it has surpassed a federal and state regulators' goal for cutting phosphorus levels....  

The Great Lakes Water Authority says it has reduced levels by 60-percent -- ahead of a 2025 state goal to cut them by 40-percent.  Phosphorus levels have been reduced in treated and discharged waters from the authority's Water Resource Recovery Facility.  Phosphorus runoff from agriculture fertilizer is largely responsible for massive algae blooms that turn water in parts of western Lake Erie into a 'pea soup' color.  The blooms also are the cause of tainted drinking water, fish kills and beach closures.  The water authority provides service to nearly 130 communities in southeastern Michigan.  It is working with other organizations to reduce phosphorus runoff into Lake Erie.

Early indications are that the herbicide treatments on about 400-acres of Chautauqua Lake went well....  

However, monitoring is continuing after 14 different areas of the lake were treated between May 15th and 17th.  That from Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management and Alliance Chairman, and county legislator Pierre Chagnon, who says Princeton Hydro was brought in to do "three-step" monitoring of the treated areas.

The legislature recently approved hiring Princeton Hydro for $35,000 while the Alliance paid another $10,000 to make the payment $45,000.  Chagnon says the Alliance has been able to help support many of the recent efforts after raising $6-million  through various means since it was established six-years ago.  He says state and federal grants they've been bringing in lately, though, have been primarily for watershed issues, and projects.  With that, Chagnon says they have been trying to get lake funding from local foundations.  He made his comments during a recent Community Spotlight program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.

New York's Legislature could soon repeal a longstanding ban on paid surrogacy contracts, in which a woman is compensated for carrying the child of another person or couple....  

New York and Michigan are now the only two states that expressly forbid surrogacy contracts, forcing many prospective parents to go to other states to start a family.  A measure sponsored by Senator Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat, would permit surrogacy contracts and impose rules intended to protect surrogates, intended parents and babies.  Hoylman has two daughters born to a surrogate in California.  He says state law hasn't kept up with medical advances that make surrogacy a good option for many couples and single people.  Lawmakers held a hearing on the legislation Wednesday, a critical step before a possible vote.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is creating a commission to find new ways to harden Lake Ontario's shoreline as federal officials warn this year's flooding will be worse than 2017's records....  

The Democrat said Wednesday that it appears high water levels are the "new normal" and it would be foolish to keep rebuilding to the same standards.  He noted the state committed more than $100-million after 2017's floods to rebuild communities that are once again facing flood damage.  Cuomo calls the commission the Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative.  He says it will tour hard-hit areas and work with communities to develop shoreline projects to improve flood resistance.  Part of the plan is to replenish sand and enhance natural shorelines.  He says legislation will be needed to provide funding for projects.

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