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A town of Busti woman has pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the death of a Lakewood-area man found in the town of Randolph just over a year ago..... 

 Cattaraugus County Assistant District Attorney Preston Marshall tells us that 74 year-old Mary Lou Johnson entered the guilty plea in County Court in Little Valley Monday morning.  Marshall says it's a Class-C Felony and, Johnson will be sentenced on September 16th.  Marshall says Johnson was accused of killing 48 year-old Wilfredo Rodriguez-Colon, who was reported missing on back on April 15th of 2018 and, his body was found off Swanson Hill Road last April 21st.  

The Resouce Center had an excellent year, financially, in 2018....  

The agency, which focuses on helping the disabled in Chautauqua County, held its annual meeting Monday evening.  Treasurer Craig Colburn said they finished the year with a $2.3 million surplus, up from $83,000 the year before. Executive Director, Denise Jones, added... the surplus was helped by winning a court case that yielded $1.3 million in state reimbursements.  Outgoing Board President, Mike Goldman, said one of his priorities was to create financial stability, and said, "we have done so."  Patty Perlee is the new head of the TRC board.  The annual meeting was held at the Resource Center's newly renovated medical and dental facility on East Second Street in Jamestown.

The severe storms that pounded Chautauqua County last Saturday were widespread.....  

That from County Executive George Borrello, who says he was in contact with Public Facilities Director Brad Bentley and, County Emergency Services Director John Griffith during and after the storms.  Borrello says it appears the south county got it worst.  Borrello says they will be compiling damage estimates from local and county governments but, he says he's doubtful there will be enough to trigger any state and federal emergency funding.  Borrello praised the work of local and county governments, along with National Grid and Jamestown Board of Public Utilities crews with the clean-up efforts. 


Kayakers will have better access to the Chadakoin River in Jamestown thanks to a new launch that'll be constructed for them this Summer at McCrea Point.... 

City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says they approved using $21,870 of Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding to construct the new kayak launch.

City Development Director Vince DeJoy acknowledged the time line for Councilman Dolce.  DeJoy also noted that a Western New York firm , Great Lake E-Z Dock, will install the Kayak Launch.  He says contracting with them has two bonuses:  They are a minority and women-owned certified business and, they will install the docking themselves.  The measure was also approved by the City Council's Public Works Committee.  DeJoy says they initially looked at the basin behind the National Comedy Center but, the Warner Dam would be an issue there.  Committee Chairman Tom Nelson says the city is in line for a 7-percent discount if the order is made by this Friday, June 7th.  City officials expect to make that deadline.  The measure will be voted on by City Council at it's June 24th meeting.

Five Jamestown area residents have been arrested following a traffic stop in the town of Ellery for allegedly being found in possession of a number of drugs....  

Sheriff's officers say they pulled over 43 year-old Wendy Merrill of Jamestown about 3 PM last Friday on the Bemus-Ellery Road for a traffic infraction and, upon further investigation called in their K-9 Unit.  State Police also brought in their K-9, and they found a quantity of methamphetamine, marijuana, Adderall pills, and various other drug paraphernalia.  Merrill, and her passengers , 52 year-old Barbara Blakey and 24 year-old Samantha Myers and 20 year-old Ricky Myers, all of Kennedy, were arrested.  A fourth passenger, 43 year-old Shawn Hardy of Jamestown, was arrested on a city court warrant and turned over to Jamestown Police.  The other four were issued appearance tickets for Ellery Town Court at a later date.

State Police in Pennsylvania have released details on the arrest of a Warren County teenager accused of making terroristic threats between April 14th and May 1st......

  Troopers responded to Warren Area High School to investigate a series of verbal disputes between the 17 year-old male suspect and 16 year-old female victim.  The male reportedly made statements threatening to shoot the girl in the head and also himself.  The teen was taken into custody on one count of making a terroristic threat and harrassment via juvenile allegation.  Troopers say the investigation is ongoing. 

For older Americans living in Chautauqua County... there was a lot to celebrate during Older American's Month in May.... 

Those are the feelings of Count Office for the Aging Director Mary Ann Spanos, who says her office is getting an additional $478,000 in the new state budget.  Spanos says funding had remained stagnant for the past 8 years... but, she says Governor Andrew Cuomo's recent declaration that New York is an "age-friendly state..." gave them an opening.  Spanos says they had facts and figures showing that in the past year or so, that 65 people on their waiting list for services went into nursing homes.

Spanos says... going into this year... the county's Office for the Aging had a waiting list of about 200 seniors.  However, she says the added funding will eliminate that wait list, and provide more in-home services to them, including emergency response buttons, and day services from Chautauqua Adult Day Care.  Mary Ann Spanos made her comments on this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.

A Meet and Greet for Republicans in the town of Carroll will be held tonight at the Myers Memorial Library in Frewsburg.....  

The event is being headlined by State Senate Candidate George Borrello, who is currently Chautauqua County Executive.  GOP Carroll Town Supervisor candidate Russ Payne and Town Council candidate Susan Rowley will take part in the "Coffee and Conversation" Program.  Payne is running against current Supervisor, Laura Smith.

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