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A high speed chase that started in the City of Jamestown ended with three people arrested in the Town of Sherman early Wednesday morning....  

Jamestown Police say a white Chrysler sedan was seen speeding on West 10th Street towards North Main just before 2:30 AM.  Police say they also saw the vehicle allegedly fail to stop at the intersection and refused to pull over for a traffic stop.  City police were led in pursuit onto Interstate-86 to the Falconer exit and back into the city. However, the sedan began to travel in the wrong direction on I-86.  The pursuit ended on the Interstate near the Sherman exit with assistance from the Ellicott Police Department and Sheriff's Deputies, who successfully deployed spike strips.  Further investigation revealed the driver -- 23 year-old Tyler Tedesco -- was under the influence of drugs. He faces 19 vehicle and traffic charges including DWAI-drugs and drug possession.  Police say the two passengers,   23 year-old Corina Baker and 22 year-old Corey Jackson were each charged with second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  All three are being held in the Jamestown City Jail pending arraignment. 

A Jamestown man has pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally receiving firearms from out of state, and, possessing cocaine.....  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 29 year-old Tyler Anderson entered the guilty plea in U-S District Court to conspiracy to transfer firearms purchased outside of state of residency, and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.  Prosecutors say that between December of 2017 and late March of 2018, Anderson, who was involved in narcotics trafficking, conspired with another man to transport firearms from Pennsylvania to New York.  At Anderson's direction, the man bought three rifles and a shot-gun under his own name but, brought them to Anderson's home on Willard Street Extension.  During a raid on Anderson's home, police recovered about 62 grams of cocaine, along with the purchased firearms, and 11 others.  The other man has been convicted and, sentencing for Anderson is set for next November 21st.

Local Congressman Tom Reed is sticking to his guns -- literally -- when it comes to the ongoing debate over gun control in the wake of recent mass shootings across the nation....  

The Corning Republican was asked this week about what he would support as debate continues during Congresses late Summer recess.  Reed says the two measures approved by the Democrat-led House earlier this year is a non-starter for him.

That legislation was back by most House Democrats and some Republicans.  Reed says he would prefer keeping guns from people who are psychopathic or have mental health issues, and those who have committed crimes with guns.  He also voiced opposition to eliminating high-capacity magazines, including the 100-round high capacity drums that are currently legal.  He says he would rather focus on "who" is pulling the trigger as opposed to the object.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.

A Jamestown man was arrested late Wednesday night for allegedly shooting a handgun at a moving vehicle.... 

City Police say they met with the unidentified victim earlier in the morning and, learned the suspect struck the woman multiple times with a pistol.  Identified as 25 year-old Bless Grant, officers also accuse him of holding the victim against her will and threatening to kill her.  As she drove away from the West 8th Street location,  Grant allegedly fired four-shots at the victim's car -- striking the trunk door.  He was arrested later at his home and, charges with first-degree charges of reckless endangerment, assault, and unlawful imprisonment.

A big celebration of labor is being planned for Jamestown's Bergman Park two weeks from this Sunday....  

The city's 40th annual Labor Day Festival will be held on Sunday, September 1st and, officials are excited about this year's event.  City Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley, who is the main organizer for the event, held the final meeting of the Labor Day Committee yesterday at the park.  She thanked everyone who helps put on the festival.

Ciesla-Hanley says there will be plenty of activites for everyone, including kids events, and plenty for the adults.  She says the annual George Ritzer Labor Award will be presented at the Main Stage at 4 PM and, the fireworks show begins at 9 PM.  This year, a new vendor, Pyrotecnics of New Castle, Pennsylvania, will provide the fireworks.  Ciesla-Hanley says they have a couple of new vendors this year, including Basil and Bones.  She says they're also excited by their musical entertainment that'll be on two stages again this year.  They've added "Uptown Fever" on the Main Stage starting at 12:30 PM. 

The Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District board has accepted the recommendations of the State Comptroller's Office regarding regular financial records reviews....  

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says those records need more stingent reviews to ensure that cash receipts are properly recorded, and deposited in the bank and that disbursements were properly supported and approved for district purposes.  DiNapoli says the fact they were not properly recorded and deposited in the bank allowed the Assistant Treasurer for the district to steal $4,100 between 2012 and 2017.  She later admitted to the thefts, and resigned from her position. 

Local car enthusiasts will be able to get their fill tonight in downtown Jamestown when the annual "Crusin'" hits the streets....  

It's being put on by the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce and, will feature dozens of classic and vintage and, newer cars from across the region.  Chamber Spokesperson Sheila Webster says the program runs from 5 to 10 PM.

Sheila adds there will also be other activites aside from being able to look at the cars, including food trucks and other vendors, plus kids activities.  There will also be music at Third and Main Streets.  Webster says the downtown streets will be closed off, starting at 3 PM and will include:  Third Street between Spring and Washington Street and all cross streets between Second and Fourth Streets including Pine, Main, and Cherry Streets.  

Former state senator Cathy Young says she's seeing some exciting advancements coming to agriculture.... 

Now the director of the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell, Young told the Farmer-Neighbor Dinner earlier this week about a pair of researchers who are using lasers to zap bee mites. The system detects the mites and destroys them without hurting the bees.  Another innovation comes from a scientist who found that short bursts of UV light, fired off at night from a farm implement or robot, can destroy powedery mildew.  Young's office is located at the Cornell research facility at Geneva.  She says she wants to hear from people who have ideas related to food, beverages and agriculture.  

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