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Man from Westfield arrested for DWI after rollover crash...
A Westfield man has been accused of drunk driving after he was allegedly involved in a single-car, rollover accident on Barnes Road in the town of Stockton.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene shortly before 7 p.m. last Saturday... and, found the vehicle unoccupied.  Deputies say they found 20 year-old Jordan Hebner a short time later near the scene.  Further investigation led to Hebner being arrested for driving while intoxicated, and other vehicle and traffic violations.  He was issued appearance tickets for Stockton Town Court.

Brehm wins LECOM Health Challenge tourney in play-off...
Mount Pleasant,, Michigan's Ryan Brehm sank an uncertain putt at the end of a one hole playoff Sunday to win the fourth... and final... LECOM Health Challenge at Peek'n Peak.  Brehm says, when he stroked the winning putt, he wasn't real sure it was going to go into the hole.  Brehm defeated Tim Wilkinson of New Zealand to win the $108,000 first prize after both finished regulation at 20 under par.  Unless a new sponsor or sponsors are found, this could be the last pro golf event for 'The Peak.'  Tournament Director, Mark Geise, of the Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation called Sunday's conclusion 'bittersweet,' because the tournament has been fun, but, they need a new title sponsor to keep the event going.  The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine sponsored four years of the tournament... part of the what's now known as the Korn Ferry Tour.  LECOM announced earlier this year they'll be moving their sponsorship to a similar tournament in Florida.

Borrello says while there was quantity in State Legislative session, there was a lacking in quality...
The New York state legislature finished what lawmakers say was a record session for the number of pieces of legislation being passed.  However... not all 935 bills approved by the Demcratic majorities in the Assembly and Senate is considered good legislation.  The legislature approved controversial new abortion-rights measures... along with allowing illegal immigrants to apply for driver's licenses.  County Executive George Borrello says the quality of legislation is lacking, because in a number of instances... lawmakers had to quietly go back and vote on a number of amendments, and other changes because the original legislation could not be enacted as is.  He says the best example was the Farmworkers Fair Labor Act... which ignores the concern of upstate farmers.  Borrello says not considering the potentially "devastating impact" on farmers is a concern.  One measure that was not acted on would legalize recreational marijuana...but, lawmakers did approved decriminalizing possession of smaller amounts of pot.  Borrello is the Republican candidate for the 57th State Senate Seat this November.

Jammers to Sign Jordan Basile today as Manager...
A Jamestown native is returning to town to be the new field manager for the Jamestown Jammers when the team resumes play in the Perfect Game Collegiate baseball league next year.  Jamestown Community Baseball last weekend announced it has reached agreement with Jordan Basile to head up the team for the 2020 season.  An official signing ceremony will take place at Diethrick Park this (Monday) afternoon at 1:30 p.m.  Basile graduated from Jamestown High School... and, was a stand-out baseball player at the SUNY College at Fredonia and later served as Assistant Coach at his alma mater. 

Southern Tier Kidney Walk another big success on 10th anniversary...
Well over 100 people were on hand yesterday afternoon in downtown Jamestown to support kidney donation in the region.  The weather was perfect for the 10th anniversary Southern Tier Kidney Walk from St. James Catholic Church... to Panzarella Park... and, back.  It's put on by the Southern Tier Kidney Association... and, The Kidney Connecton... which helps link people in need of transplants with potential donors.  Walkers sign up sponsors... but, Association President Sam Pelleritto says they also had several event sponsors this year... including Pepsi, Artone Manufacturing, "Rosie's Run," and UPMC Chautauqua Hospital.  Pelleritto adds they also had Audio Care on board for this year's walk.  Kidney Walk Chairman Mitch Stone thanked his committee, and others who support the walk.  He adds they also raffled off a number of gift basket, and other items.  Stone says the event annually brings in between $10,000 and $15,000 to help support kidney donations, and dialysis treatment at UPMC Chautauqua Hospital. 

RTPI Weeds Program to resume tonight...
The Roger Tory Peterson Institute's program 'What Are These Weeds' resumes tonight at RTPI beginning at 6 p.m.  Conservation biologist, Jonathan Townsend, says the hour-long session will help people identify weeds commonly found in the lake... and those that could be real trouble if they  move in.  Tonight's program is free, and runs about an hour.  There are longer sessions later in the summer that include visits to the water.  Townsend says anyone who uses the lake, lives on the water, or has a lake related business should know what the current weeds are, and the potential dangers of new ones.  More information is available at RTPI's website, or phone Melanie Smith at the institute at 665-2473.

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Chautauqua County is quickly closing in on 200 confirmed cases of COVID-19... with nine more being added over the past day.  That from Interim County Executive P-J Wendel... who says that brings ...

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