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A former 7-12 grade school teacher for the Clymer Central School District has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography involving a prepuebscent minor.....  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy-juinor says 60 year-old Scott Aikens entered the plea before Judge Elizabeth Wolford on Tuesday.  Prosecutors say  in June 2018, Homeland Security Investigations in Buffalo received information that a user -- later identified as Aikens -- was active on a Thai-based child porn site. On September 14th, Investigators alongside State Police executed a search warrant of the defendant's home on Route 474 in Clymer, where Aikens admitted he viewed child pornopgrahy and that it would be found on his laptop. Police reportedly seized a laptop and other devices, which contained a total on 683 video and 22 images of minors less than 12 years old. Prosecutors say some of the evidence also contained sadistic, masochistic or other depictions of violence. Aikens is scheduled for sentencing on October 24th, 2019. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, lifetime supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.


A Falconer man has been killed in a two-car crash on Interstate 70 -- just west of Columbus, Ohio......  

The Ohio State Highway Patrol tells us that 20 year-old Matthew Eskeli-the-fourth was driving a Ford Focus eastbound about 2:30 AM Tuesday when his car was struck from behind by a BMW.  Patrol officials say the BMW, driven by 37 year-old Mark Terrell of South Charleston, Ohio, was apparently speeding when his car struck the left side of Eskeli's vehicle and, it stuck a light pole and flipped upside down.  Eskeli was flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Springfield, Ohio, where he later died.  His front seat passenger, a 21 year-old from Brockport, New York, was seriously hurt.  A backseat passenger, a 22 year-old Corning resident, suffered minor injuries.  Neither Terrell nor his passenger were hurt.  Police say alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.

Flames have destroyed a trailer home in the Frewsburg-area....  

Sheriff's Department dispatchers say Frewsburg fire crews were called to the scene at the Homestead Trailer Park about 12:30 yesterday afternoon.  The occupants had gotten out safely but, the trailer appeared to be a total loss.  Kiantone fire crews assisted at the scene and, the cause is under investigation.


A north county woman has been indicted by a Chautauqua County Grand Jury on a charge of second degree manslaughter in the stabbing death of a 15-year-old girl.....  

District Attorney Patrick Swanson says that 26-year-old Ashlyann Lopez-Lopez of Dunkirk was arraigned in Chautauqua County Court on Monday.

Lopez-Lopez was originally charged with first degree manslaughter.  Swanson explained the difference in the charges, saying that first-degree manslaughter has an intent to "cause serious injury in which results in death."  He says there is more "recklessness" in second-degree.  Jefrena Brown was stabbed on the 100 block of Lincoln Avenue on May 15th and, died a day later at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.

All 11 County Republican Committee Chairmen in New York's 23rd Congressional District have voted to endorse local Congressman Tom Reed for re-election....  

In a press release late yesterday, Reed's Campaign said the chairs cited Reed's "commitment to fairness and accessibility, and his record of standing with us in the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and Western New York."  Among the chairs on hand for the unanimous vote was Chautauqua County Chairman, David Wilfong, who says Reed is a "strong advocate for Chautauqua County."  Reed is seeking a sixth-term in the U-S House of Representatives in 2020.

It's been a very good past two-years for a Jamestown-area maker of ready-to-assemble furniture.....  

Bush Industries is celebrating it's 60th anniversary this year and, they are looking to even bigger and better things ahead.  That's because they have been approved to bid on New York state contracts, both locally and elsewhere.  That from Director of Inside Sales, Peggy Brown, who says they were approved for their first general state contract back in late May.

Brown says it's the culmination of about 10 years of work to get the state contract after they got their first federal contract in 2009.  She says it's a furniture contract allowing them to bid on selling and installing products to schools, state universities, and state-wide agencies.  In addition, Brown says Bush has expanded it's total operation by 50-percent over the past two years.  While they are well-staffed... she says they're always looking for qualified people to work.  For more information on work opportunities at Bush Industries, contact Angie Turner in their Human Resources Department at 665-2000.

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