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City man sought by Jamestown Police turns-himself into JPD...
A Jamestown man wanted in both New York and Pennsylvania has turned himself into city police after a two-day search on Jamestown's eastside.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they received several tips on the possible whereabouts of 47 year-old Todd Dellahoy... whose vehicle was spotted in the area of Willard Street and Willow Avenue this past Thursday afternoon.  Samuelson says Dellahoy turned himself into JPD investigators about 9 this morning... and, he was arrested for first-degree attempted arson.  He was also sought on an unrelated warrant in Pennsylvania.  He was jailed pending arraignment.

Person taken for mental health evaluation following incident on Cole Ave. Friday...
A reported stand-off situation yesterday afternoon wound up being a call for a domestic situation on Jamestown's southside.  Officers were called to a location on Cole Avenue just before 2 p.m. for a person reportedly not wanting to come out of a home.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says the situation was later diffused, and the person involved was taken for a mental health evaluation and possible treatment.  No one was hurt, and no arrests were made.  No other information was released.

Swanson, Kennedy announce new, formal Overdose Response Initiative...
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson has joined with the U-S Attorney's Office in Buffalo to formalize an agreement to create an Overdose Response Initiative.  Swanson and U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior said Friday that it's modeled after similar initiatives across the state and country, this program aims to examine overdose deaths in an effort to track down drug dealers and offer support to victims' relatives.  He says the ORI aims to coordinate local law enforcement and compile information from a multitude of sources to find the origin of the drugs that lead to overdoses.  Swanson says they then work with their federal partners to put these cases together for federal prosecution. 

Reed expresses concern as New York's new "Red Flag" takes effect today...
Local Congressman Tom Reed is putting a "Caution Flag" on New York's new "Red Flag Law" which takes effect today.  The measure was approved earlier this year... and, would allow certain authorities to seek the temporary removal of firearms from individuals who pose a threat to their own selves or to the general public, even if they haven't been arrested.  Reed says you can have a "reasonable conversation" about such laws... but, adds you can't trample on people's second-amendment rights either.  He says it must recognize that people must have a voice in the process.  Reed says the state is within it's rights to enact such laws... but, adds there needs to be due process, and a guard against frivolus claims in matters such as divorce and family custody situations.  He adds there should also be stronger enforcement of current "credible threat" laws... and, he says doing such recently has possibly averted as many as a dozen mass shooting threats.  New York's "Red Flag" Law was approved by state lawmakers... then signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo this past February.  New York is the 13th state in the U-S to enact such a law.  

About three-dozen personnel changes as JPS begins new school year...
With a new school year just around the corner.... personnel adjustments will also go into full-effect in the Jamestown city schools. District Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says -- the most notable changes include three new principals.  They include Rosemary Bradley, who brings a dynamic background to Jamestown High School.  He adds they also have Leslie Melquist at Jefferson Middle School... and former JHS Principal Mike McElrath will be principal at the new Rogers Success Academy.  In addition, Apthorpe says a district-wide leave incentive led to 31 new hires this year.  He says the addition of a lighted sign -- donated by the Class of 2016 -- on the Jamestown High School is a symbol of good things to come.  The first day of classes for city students is a half-day on Thursday, Sept. 5. 

Chautauqua Institution season coming to an end Sunday...
Chautauqua Institution is looking at a strong finish as another season comes to a close on Sunday.  Chautauqua's Director of Marketing and Analytics, Vanessa Weinert, says attendance has been up from last year and may nudge ahead of 2017 when the season wraps up on Sunday.  Weinert says they have already surpassed their 2018 numbers.  She says the addition of a week-long food festival has helped to bring in the people during the final week of the season.  Chautauqua President Michael Hill is expected to provide some reflections on the season before the traditional three-taps of gavel on Sunday.

State Fair to become 100-percent powered by Renewable Energy in four years...
A New York state commissioner says the state fair will be solely powered by renewable energy by 2023.  State Agriculture and Markets Commission Richard Ball made the comment in front of a crowd of hundreds at the fair this week.  He says the efforts are to create "the greenest fair in the U.S."  Officials report the effort involves the building of wind turbines and installation of solar panels.  Governor Andrew Cuomo also joined Ball for the event in Syracuse and announced a promotion effort to push fair attendance.  


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