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The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is continuing to search for a drowning victim in the area of Ripley Beach....  

Deputies were called to scene about 6 PM last night, alongside Westfield Police and several other agencies for a male who was in distress.  Investigation revealed four people had gone to the beach to go cliff-jumping into Lake Erie, when two 19 year-old males jumped into the rough waters.  Deputies say on arrival, one of the teens was found on some rocks at the bottom of a cliff.  Firefighters assisted the County Technical Rescue Team to pull the male to safety and he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.  Officers say the other 19 year-old was allegedly unable to get out of the water and already drowned when first responders arrived.  Due to rough water conditions, Police say the victim has not yet been found and recovery operations are on-going at this time. 


An investigation into the sales and distribution of illegal drugs between Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties has led to 8 arrests...  

The probe involving a number of police agencies, resulted in raids late Tuesday night at two residences according to Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone.  He says a large quantity of narcotics were seized at locations in Conewango Valley and the town of Ellicott, including pscyhedellic mushrooms and methamphetamine. 

Quattrone is reminding county residents that they can play a role in helping law enforcement clamp down on spread of illegal drugs, by reporting any suspicious drug activity to your local department's Tip-line.  The Sheriff credits the cooperation of the various agencies involved in the investigation, including the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force.


The investigation into an alleged kidnapping attempt led to the arrest of a Falconer woman for falsely reporting an incident.... 

Ellicott Town Police say they received a complaint rerportedly occurring at Falconer Park on July 24.  Officers say their investigation concluded yesterday and, accuse 21 year-old Tracey Dalton of additionally making a punishable false written statement. Dalton was issued an appearance ticket for Ellicott Town Court at a later date. 


Saturday is the annual dragon boat race day at Celoron.  John Siggins of the race committee says they'll have a full day of excitement in the water near Lucille Ball Park.....

The event begins at 8 AM Saturday and continues through early afternoon.  The public is welcome, and vendors will be set up in the park along the boardwalk. The day will start with a pancake breakfast put on by Meals on Wheels, and end with the traditional 'rubber ducky' race to benefit Chautauqua Lake.  Another of the committee members, Justice Joseph Gerace, says the exercise provided by dragon boating is particularly beneficial for people who've had breast surgery and they'd like to have it around all the time.  More information on tomorrow's events in Celoron can be found at chqdragonrace.org.


A new back-to-school tradition is going on at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood in an effort to support the Jamestown Local Schools LEAP program. Marketing Director at the Chautauqua Mall Kate Miller says the "Stuff a Bus" event runs now through August 18th.

Miller says the Frewburg Central School District has donated a small school bus for the event. A complete list of schools supplies needed can be found at CHQMall.com. However, Miller says they're in need of pens, pencils, folders, notebooks crayons and, less-common items such as earbuds too.  As the grand finale, Miller says Chautuauqua Mall is hosting a Back-to-School Party on August 17th from 11AM to 1:30 PM.  Guests can enjoy crafts, a bouncy-house, selfie stations and more. Call Kate for additional info at 763-9355, extension 8225. 


Health officials say they've confirmed five cases of measles in a Mennonite community in western New York....  

The state Health Department says Thursday the cases of the highly contagious respiratory disease were recorded in Wyoming County. The department has issued an advisory to notify regional health care providers of the potential for exposure.  Amid the nation's worst measles outbreak in decades, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in June signed a law ending all non-medical exemptions for vaccines required for children to attend school in the state.  The Centers for Disease Control has counted nearly 1,200 cases of measles in 30 states so far this year. About three-quarters of the cases are linked to outbreaks in New York.


The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities says district customers may see slight disturbances, due to a leak repair on a District Heating line...  

BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says crews are repairing a line near the Harrison Street Bridge project.  Customers may see disturbances such as cooler water or low water pressure.  There's no time-estimate for repair known at this time.   For more information, contact the BPU at 661-1680.