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The Chautauqua County Water Emergency Team rescued a despondent male in the Village of Cassadaga Tuesday afternoon.... 

Sheriff's Officers responded to Mill Street just before 2 PM and while speaking to the male subject, he reportedly fled into the swampy canal behind the street.  The Sheriff's WET Team searched the area, but were unable to immediately locate him.  Deputies say team members used a small boat to search further down the canal and the male was located about a half-a-mile from where he entered the water.  Officers say he was struggling in the water prior to being rescued and taken safely to shore.  Cassadaga Fire EMS crews gave the subject an evaluation on scene and, he was later transferred to UPMC Chautauqua for a mental health evaluation.  Environmental Conservation Police also assisted deputies in the search.

A Jamestown teenager was arrested Tuesday afternoon for allegedly assaulting employees at a G-A Family Services residence where he lived....  

City Police were called to 200 Gustavus Avenue for a disorderly person and, staff reported a 17 year-old male resident was non-compliant and refused to follow staff instructions. When the teen returned to his room, police say he allegedly attacked the staff. One employee sufferred non-life-threatening injuries, while a second was also struck and spit on during the altercation.  The male was taken into custody by officers and charged with third-degree assault and second-degree harassment. 

The Brooklyn Square eatery that was Friendly's will re-open Friday as 'Jimmy's Family Restaurant.'   

Local owner, Vince DeJoy, says the renovated facility will have a real local feel and look with a large mural displaying the history of Brooklyn Square.The manager under Friendly's, Marcy Parenti, will be back to run the new restaurant.  She says they've taken some of the old favorites and 'kicked them up a notch' including the honey barbequed chicken supermelt, and reuben sandwich.  Parenti adds they will be offering 'lots' of Hersheys Ice Cream.  

Sixty-eight years after the classic TV show 'I Love Lucy' took the air, it's effect is still profound....  

Those are the feelings of Diane Vincent, who's back in Jamestown to play Lucy Recardo for the Comedy Festival.  She performs the same role at Universal Studios in California.

This is Diane Vincent's 20th Comedy Festival.  She recalls the early dreams of a National Comedy Center in Jamestown, and calls what's happened in the last year 'extraordinary.'  Vincent and Rhonda Medina, who plays Ethel, will join local performer Adam Owens to present 'Lucy and Ethel's Rootin', Tootin' Western Review' in the Cappa Theater at the Jackson Center Friday afternoon at 4:30 and Saturday at 1:30 and 4:30 PM.  Tickets through the National Comedy Center. 

Jamestown's week of comedy and fun will take a serious turn on Sunday when renowned journalist and author Bob Woodward comes to speak at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts....  

His appearance is sponsored by the Robert H. Jackson Center.  Center President Kristan McMahon says his topic will be 'Have We Forgotten the Lessons of Watergate.'  Woodward is a longtime reporter for the Washington Post who's won Pultizer Prizes for his coverage of the Watergate scandal in the Nixon administration, as well as the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  Ticket through the Reg box office start at $35. Those buying the highest tier of tickets, at $150, will get a signed copy of his most recent book, "Fear: Trump in the White House", and the opportunity to meet Woodward after his speech.  The program starts at 5 PM on Sunday.

Federal prosecutors in New York have dropped some charges against a U.S. congressman indicted in a federal insider trading case....

U.S. Rep. Chris Collins was dropped from three counts in a rewritten indictment filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court.
 Collins, a Republican, has pleaded not guilty in the criminal case set for trial next year.
 Prosecutors said in a letter to the trial judge that the charges were modified to avoid a delay in the case.
 They say the charges prompted Collins to complain that he was being accused of wrongdoing over statements related to a speech and debate clause that protects members of congress from being prosecuted for legislative acts.
 Collins was originally indicted in August 2018. His district covers part of western New York between Buffalo and Rochester.