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The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is investigating a boat crash that occurred near Sunset Bay in the town of Hanover....  

WJTN News has learned that a 23-foot Cuddy-Cabin crashed into the break wall around 2:30 am  Monday morning.  Sheriff's Officers indicate several agencies were involved in a three-hour search for the occupants of the vessel, which ended when 40 year-old Robert Bengert, of Blazdel was found.  Deputies say Bengert was a passenger on the boat at the time of the accident and further investigation identified 54 year-old Scott Schieder, of Cheektowaga as the operator. Schieder reportedly left the scene without reporting the crash and both men sufferred minor injuries.  Deputies say charges are pending the outcome of the investigation. Sunset Bay Fire Department, Lake Erie Beach Fire Department, Erie County Air One, Chautauqua County Water Emergency Team, and the Chautauqua County Navigation Unit all assisted in the search.


Reports say that thousands of New Yorkers could lose food stamp benefits under reforms being proposed by the Trump Administration....  

Local Congressman Tom Reed says he understands what the White House is proposing to do with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- otherwise known as SNAP.

Reed, who spoke about the reforms during a conference call late last week, indicated he had some changes he would like to see implemented.  The Corning Republican says he would like to see the welfare cliffs "harmonized" between the agencies involved.  The Trump administration’s proposed reforms involve rule changes outlined by the Department of Agriculture back in April. 

 
New York state officials say police will be cracking down on speeders through this Wednesday....  

The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee says agencies around the state will conduct a crackdown as part of "Speed Awareness Week."  The campaign includes high-profile enforcement activity along with public service messages.  An analysis from the University at Albany's Rockefeller College shows fatal crashes in New York caused by speeding increased during the summer, with many occurring between Noon and 6 PM.


The 2019 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, which begins this Wednesday night, may be the best one ever given the number of big names that'll be in Jamestown for this year's event..... 

Those are the feelings of National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson, who says the most demand has been for the two headliner shows:  John Mulaney's two performances on Friday, August 9th and, Sebastian Maniscalco's two shows on Saturday, August 10th.

Gunderson says, many people believe the best shows are the Late Night Comedy shows that feature up-and-coming Comedians and one of those is already sold out.  She adds there's also the educational component, with veteran stand-up artist Lewis Black doing another seminar at the Comedy Center on Wednesday night.  Gunderson says Black's seminar called "Stand-Up BS" runs about 70 minutes.  Black did one of his stand-up comedy seminars last week during the week on comedy at Chautauqua Institution.  More than 30 events are on the schedule for the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival and, you can learn more at ComedyCenter.ORG.


Former State Senator Cathy Young will make one of her first major public appearances in Chautauqua County since leaving the senate a week from today, when she addresses the annual Farmer-Neighbor Dinner....  

Young left her elected post to become director of New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell.  The Farmer-Neighbor Dinner Chairperson, Lindsay Eckman, says they are looking forward to hearing how she continues to have an impact on agriculture. The farmer-neighbor event will be held at the Grandview of Ellington at 6 PM next Tuesday (August 13th).  The dinner features locally sourced food, and the presentation of three agricultural awards, as well.  Tickets are available from the Soil and Water Conservation District office on Fluvanna Avenue in Jamestown, and Farm Credit in Mayville.  


Large group insurers are now required to cover all medically necessary mammograms for women age 35 to 39 in New York state.... 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation making the change on Friday.  Under current law, many insurance companies are only required to cover mammograms for women older than 40.  The measure is known as Shannon's Law after Shannon Saturno, a Long Island woman who died from breast cancer at age 31.  Senator Monica Martinez, a Long Island Democrat who sponsored the bill, says it's imperative to ensure that women under 40 have access to potentially life-saving early screening.