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A Jamestown man was fatally injured in a two-vehicle crash on Route 394 in the Town of Poland on Wednesday....  

Sheriff's Officers responded to the scene with various other agencies shortly after 3 PM.  Their investigation revealed 67 year-old Terry Telschow was traveling west on Route 394 when he apparently crossed the center line and collided head-on with an eastbound vehicle operated by 35 year-old Landon Armstrong, of Conewango Valley.  Deputies say Armstrong was transported by ambulance to UPMC Chautauqua for evaluation but did not appear to have any significant injuries. Telschow suffered serious injuries and was flown by Mercy Flight to ECMC where he later died. No charges are being filed in the incident.  Deputies were assisted by Criminal Investigation Division; State Police; Frewsburg, Kennedy, and Falconer Fire Departments; Chautauqua County Fire Police; County Fire Coordinators; County EMS and Mercy Flight. 


An early morning fire Wednesday destroyed an older, two-story home in downtown Jamestown....  


City fire crews were called to the scene at 618 Pine Street about 6:20 AM.  Battalion Fire Chief Chris Dahlgren says a city police car was already at the scene and, the lone occupant of the home had gotten out safely.

Dahlgren says the home's "balloon style" construction made it difficult to bring the flames under control.  He says the larger volume of fire was put out in about 10 minutes.  However, he says Deputy Fire Chief Sam Salemme ordered an emergency demolition of the structure -- partly because the remaing fire was hard to get to.  Dahlgren says fire got into the stud channels, and went up to the second floor and attic.  Dahlgren says one firefighter suffered minor injuries... and, an off-duty shift of 12 firefighters was called in to assist at the scene.  He says the Red Cross has been called in to assist the victim.  The cause is under investigation.


Chautauqua County is receiving a one-million dollar federal grant to help it obtain the resources needed to help deal with the opioid addiction crisis....  

Local Congressman Tom Reed announced the grant Wednesday from the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program.  Reed says R-CORP is a multi-year initiative aimed at reducing deaths from substance abuse disorder in high-risk rural areas.

County Executive George Borrello expressed his appreciation for the grant... and, added that the collaborative efforts that have taken place in the county are having a "positive impact."  Reed says hopefully this will help mitigate the opioid threat in the county and he's "glad to help."  He adds the U-S Health Resources and Services Administration provides funding for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program to support local efforts to combat the crisis.  Reed made his comments for during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.


A Cattaraugus County woman was arrested on a warrant for animal cruelty charges at the Probation Department in Salamanca last Wednesday.... 

Sheriff's Officers say 42 year-old Krystal Benson -- of Little Valley --  was taken into custody  on multiple Agriculture and Market Law charges, including Neglect of Impounded Animal and Failure to Provide Sustenance.  Deputies say Benson was arraigned and released to appear in Little Valley Court at a later date.  She was then turned over to the Olean Police Department on a separate warrant from their office. 


At the final concert of the summer Wednesday night, the members of the Jamestown Municipal Band honored conductor, Rick Lundquist, for 25 years at the baton....  

Speaking for all the members, clarinetist and band announcer Shaun Laska thanked the director for making the band a 'welcoming place' as well as running the group expertly.  Lundquist said he enjoys keeping the tradition alive for both the band and the community.  The band, made up of professional and amateur musicians, plays around six concerts a year at the Goranson Bandshell in Jamestown's Allen Park. Wednesday's program included some the director's favorites, including music from West Side Story, and a number of Sousa marches.


More than 400 sex abuse lawsuits have been filed across New York on the first day of a new one-year window for older molestation cases....  

Hundreds, if not thousands, of people had been expected to sue as the state allowed molestation lawsuits that had been blocked by the statute of limitations.  As of 5 PM Wednesday, 427 lawsuits had been filed.  The Roman Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts and the estate of the late financier Jeffrey Epstein are among the defendants facing lawsuits.  State lawmakers extended the statute of limitations this year for new victims and gave those with older abuse claims one year to sue their abusers or institutions or businesses that employed them.  New York's old statute of limitations was among America's most restrictive.


An Orchard Park man was arrested for Grand Larceny following an investigation into a series of thefts in Chautauqua County, Pennsylvania and Ohio.....  

Sheriff's Deputies say they received a report that a man allegedly stole a wallet from a purse at the Bemus Point Golf Course back on July 18th.  Officers say, with assistance from Millcreek, Mercyhurst University, Corry and Orchard Park Police Departments, the suspect was identified as 58 year-old Howard Barco.  A warrant was issued for his arrest and Barco was found in the Town of Hamburg.  He was sent to the Chautauqua County Jail for arraignment.