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No one was hurt, but a Jamestown man has been arrested in connection to a reported drive-by shooting late last night..... 

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers responded to 52 Liberty Street about 10:45 PM and, spoke to several people on arrival, including one victim who notified officers that their vehicle had been shot multiple times.  Further investigation identified 28 year-old Nathaniel Hollins-junior as the alleged suspect, who shot at the people in the vehicle multiple times.  A neighborhood canvass was conducted and officers were able to locate the suspected hand-gun used in a nearby backyard.  Police say Hollins is a convicted felon without a New York State pistol permit.  He was taken into custody without incident on charges of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree criminal use of a firearm and first-degree reckless endangerment.

A tree falling on a power line in the Brocton area led to several outages that affected as many as 12,000 National Grid electric customers during the Noon hour yesterday.....  

As we first reported shortly before 1 PM Tuesday, the power first went out in parts of Lakewood shortly after 11 AM.  We lost power here at our Media One Radio Group stations about 11:40 AM.  National Grid Corporate Affairs Manager Dave Bertola says most power was restored by 1:30 PM.  Bertola says the tree likely fell on a transmission line that delivers power to neighborhood substations.  He says no power had to be re-routed, so the fixes should be permanent.

The water in the Great Lakes is at or near record levels and that may have allowed a despondent man to survive a drop over the Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls early Tuesday morning.....  

The unidentified man made his leap on the Canadian side at 4 AM, just as Niagara Parks Police arrived.  The Buffalo News reports the water is very high and fast along the Niagara this summer.  At the time, the rate of flow was 120,000 cubic feet per second, double what is required for early in the day.  Authorities theorize the racing water propelled the man past the boulders at the base of the falls.  The jumper, a Canadian, becomes only the fifth person since 1960 to survive an unprotected trip over the falls.  The Chautauqua County Suicide Prevention and Crisis Hotline can be reached at 1-800-724-0461. 

A second-amendment rights group in New York state is praising a court decision to completely exonerate the Chautauqua County man who was the first person to be convicted under the state's SAFE Act.....  

2AWNY.COM Spokesman Steve Felano says Acting County Court Judge Stephen Cass officially dismissed all charges against ex-Marine Ben Wassell and, State Attorney General Latisha James says he should not be re-indicted.  Wassell's attorney, Jim Ostrowski, says the state's Appellate Division determined that the A-G's office lacked jurisdication in the case.  Once they reached that point, Ostrowski says it "was enough to dismiss the case, and dismiss the indictment and send it back to this court for what happened today."  Wassell was convicted about five-years ago of illegally selling an AR-15 rifle to an undercover officer.

A county clerk in western New York has filed a lawsuit challenging a new state law authorizing driver's licenses for immigrants who are in the country illegally.....  

Erie County Clerk "Mickey" Kearns filed the federal court challenge late Monday.  The suit seeks a court injunction blocking the law while its constitutionality is reviewed by the court.  The lawsuit names Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James, both Democrats, as defendants.  Kearns says the law forces county clerks to violate their oaths of office by granting licenses to immigrants who have broken immigration law.  Supporters of the measure, which passed last month, say they expected a lawsuit and carefully crafted the law to withstand court scrutiny.  Twelve states already have similar laws.

A man and woman from Celoron were arrested after Ellicott Town Police allegedly found their children living in deplorable conditions last Friday.........  

Officers were called to 10 Venice Street to check on the well-being of 5 children.  Police say the children -- ages ranging from 3-to-11 years old -- were reportedly left to take care of themselves while the adults were asleep.  Both 31 year-old Andrew Kiendl and 25 year-old Nichole Blake were taken into custody on five-counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  Kiendl also had a parole warrant and was futher charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Both are being held in the County Jail pending arraignment. 

A Bemus Point teenager is in Washington, D-C as part of the 10th Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundations Youth Congress..... 

Ben Cornell is one of 160 delegates lobbying members of Congress this week to extend the federal Special Diabetes Program.  The 13 year-old Cornell is representing the 23rd Congressional District and, will meet with local Representative Tom Reed today.  Cornell is a Type-1 diabetic and, says he looks forward to meeting Reed because the Corning Republican's son, Will, also has diabetes.

Cornell adds, though, that there is also a push to lower prescription drug prices because of the cost to obtain insulin.  He says he's fortunate because his parents insurance does a good job of covering that but, he says he's talked with others who have had a "hard time because insulin is super expensive."  In addition to Congressman Reed, Ben says he'll also be meeting today with the state's two U-S Senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.  

Fourteen months after a devastating fire that destroyed the Village of Fredonia’s iconic clock tower, Family Church of Fredonia will be installing a new steeple on top of the building where the old clock tower stood....  

Pastor Scott Wise says the installation is slated to begin around 8:00 this morning.

Wise says there will still be more work to do before the new clock tower is complete, and that includes working on the base structure underneath the steeple.  He says there is still some vinyl siding and gutter and soffet work that has to be finished.  Wise says the new clock is scheduled to be installed later this month.

A Pennsylvania-based convenience store chain is putting Bitcoin ATMs in six shops around the state and one in North Carolina, giving customers the ability to buy and sell the cryptocurrency with U.S. dollars....

Sheetz, which is based in Altoona, has announced it has teamed p with Coinsource to put the ATMs in the five Pennsylvania stores and a shop in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Vice-President Ryan Sheetz says the chain is always trying to be innovative and give customers what they want.  Customers must enroll with Coinsource before they can use the ATMs. Then, they'll be able to make transactions from $5 to $5,000 per day from the machines.

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