Convicted Felon arrested for allegedly being in possession of loaded rifle...
A convicted Felon from Sherman has been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of a loaded rifle when he was prohibited from doing so.  Sheriff's officers say they checked on a suspicious vehicle on Main Street in Sherman shortly before 1 a.m. Friday... and, found the driver was 29 year-old William Sloan.  Sloan was found with the rifle, and a background check revealed the prior convictions.  Sloan was arrested on one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.... and, sent to the county jail pending arraignment.


Annual "Cruisin'" in downtown Jamestown draws about 200 classic and vintage cars...
There was a big 'street party' in downtown Jamestown Friday night.  The band 'In Crowd' entertained as throngs of people came to look at the cars... close to 200 of them... assembled for the annual Cruise-In.  The event is organized by the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce, whose coordinator is Joanna Dahlbeck... who says it's a great way to bring the community downtown and have fun.  'Der Kobblers' Car Club helps put on the show. While most of the vehicles were not to be touched, it was just the opposite for Josh Koch.  He encourages people to make chalk drawings on the 'flat finish' of his Volkswagon super beetle, which gives them something fun to do.  Despite some rain nearby, the Cruise-In escaped all but a brief sprinkle.   


More severe thunderstorms possible through weekend in Jamestown area...
Thunderstorms reaching severe levels hit parts of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties late Thursday night, and early Friday... causing some storm damage and even large hail.  That from Meteorologist Jon Hitchcock with the National Weather Service in Buffalo... who says the main storm formed in Northwest Pennsylvania, and moved through southwestern Chautauqua County, and produced gusty winds, and some fairly large hail.  Hitchcock says the area may see another round of strong to severe thunderstorms on this afternoon... and, he says "keep an eye to the sky" today.  Besides the hail... strong, damaging winds were reported in Clymer and, Yorkshire... and, a 58 mph wind gust was reported in Delevan in Cattaraugus County.


Tenth anniversary of Silver Creek Floods looked back on...
It was 10 years ago this month when some of the worst flash flooding in memory hit the villages of Silver Creek and Gowanda.  The severity of the flooding drew the attention of then-Governor David Patterson... who visited the area during recovery efforts.  Patterson was quick to thank the volunteers and other rescuers involved in evacuating people who needed to be, and for keeping damage as minimal as possible.  Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello recalls the floods that hit in August of 2009 since his hometown was devastated by the high waters.  Borrello says he remembers working with former County Executives Greg Edwards, and Vince Horrigan.  At the time... Horrigan was the local director of the American Red Cross.  Since the floods of 10 years ago, Borrello says we are better off in some ways.  He is still pushing for a study of Silver Creek in an effort to find out what can be done to help mitigate future flooding. 


Grand Prix Boat races set for Dunkirk this weekend...
Thousands of people are expected to come to Dunkirk's waterfront to watch the Great Lakes Off Shore Grand Prix this weekend.  The President of Race World Offshore Larry Bliel says time testing will take place on today to check their propellers and gearing for their engines.  In addition... Bliel says the competition will hit the waters of Lake Erie on Sunday... beginning about Noon.  He says the actual races will run about 2 to 4 p.m.  Dunkirk city officials say that a study of last year's boat races concluded that it had an estimated impact of $10 million on the regional economy.  This year, the New York State "I Love New York" program joined local and county officials in marketing the event. 


The 50th anniversary celebration of Woodstock underway at original site in the Catskills...
Arlo Guthrie sand "The Times They Are-a-Changin'" for reporters as tie-dyed pilgrims converged at the site of the Woodstock concert to mark the festival's 50th anniversary.  Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is hosting events through Sunday at the bucolic 1969 concert site in the Catskill Mountains... about 80 miles northwest of New York City.  Guthrie performed Thursday evening before an outdoor screening of the concert documentary on the famous field. 

 

 

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