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Motorists are asked to proceed with caution when traveling on Interstate-86 this morning following a motor vehicle accident.  

County Dispatch confirm the rollover accident occurred about 4:10 AM.... and, the eastbound exit 7 for Panama-Stedman is closed to traffic.  Dispatchers say Sheriff's Officers are directing traffic and remain on scene with Ashville, Bemus Point and Chautauqua Fire crews.  A HAZMAT Team was also called in. We'll continue to update this story as more information becomes available. 

Americans are commemorating 9/11 with mournful ceremonies, volunteering, appeals to "never forget" and rising attention to the terror attacks' extended toll on responders.  

A crowd of victims' relatives is expected at ground zero Wednesday.  President Donald Trump is scheduled to join an observance at the Pentagon.  Vice President Mike Pence is to speak at the third attack site, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  Locally... veterans and officials will gather for the annual Noontime ceremony in front of the County Courthouse in Mayville. 

A former Boy Scout leader and the local organization are being sued in State Supreme Court by the parent of a 14 year-old boy the scoutmaster is acccused of sexually abusing two years ago.  

The Post-Journal reports the lawsuit against the Allegheny Highlands Council... Lakewood's Donald Shriver... and, the Boy Scouts of America was filed last Friday in Mayville.  The suit claims that Shriver was allowed to 'segregate' the youth, and sleep with him in a shack when the alleged abuse took place.  The parent says the Boy Scouts and the local council allowed Shriver to do this at Camp Chickasaw in Meadville, Pennsylvania.  Shriver pled guilty to charges of third-degree corruption of minors and unlawful contact with minor - both sexual offenses. 

City lawmakers are considering a nearly $13-million dollar "Smart City" Capital Investment Program that includes a new facilty to house and repair Jamestown's vehicle fleet.  

Mayor Sam Teresi laid out the proposal during Monday night's three-and-a-half hour work session at city hall.  Teresi says the plan takes into consideration the city's aging fleet and infrastructure.  He adds some believe it should be bolder... but he says it needs to be affordable.

Under the proposal... Teresi says the city would actually borrow $9.4-million dollars... with the centerpiece being a $6.9-million dollar Central Maintenance Facility.  The city's Fleet Manager, Pat Monahan, joined with Public Works Director Jeff Lehman to discuss the advantages of the plan.  Monahan says a larger facility would allow them to possibly be reimbursed for some of their mechanic's work by become "factory-certified" for the work done.  Lehman says they're looking at a 20,000 square foot structure that would be located at the old Union National site.  Another big piece of the investment program is $1.2-million dollars for two new pumper trucks... and, the main ladder truck refurbished for the fire department.

The third-party candidate for Mayor of Jamestown has opened his campaign headquarters on the city's eastside... just a block away from city hall.  

Libertarian candidate Andrew Liuzzo opened the doors to his headquarters in the former McDuff's Restaurant on Pine Street Tuesday afternoon.  Liuzzo says this "kicks" his effort into high-gear... and, adds the cornerstone is "we need to become better neighbors...."

Liuzzo was joined at his headquarters opening by a Cleveland, Ohio man whose company works to help local municipalities deal with the on-going Zombie and vacant housing issue.  Jamestown has had it's share of those.  Liuzzo says his campaign will be posting hours of operation and events shortly.  He adds you can also find out more at his "Friends of Andrew Liuzzo" Facebook page... which provides information on the issues, and gives people a chance to give him feedback.  Liuzzo recently obtained the Libertarian endorsement to run for mayor after losing in a Republican Primary last June to nominee David Wilfong. 

The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County's 2019 General Campaign is off to a great start... thanks to some dedicated "game changers."  

The local agency kicked off it's campaign in the parking lot of the Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union on East Second Street yesterday afternoon... and, Executive Director Amy Rohler praised the efforts of their "Game Changers..." formerly known as the Pacesetters.

Rohler says they held the program at the credit union because they have been big United Way supporters... and, have now been designated to be part of a program that helps local Hispanic familes advance in the community through credit and asset-building, and getting access to needed services.  The United Way's goal this year is 1.33-million dollars, and the campaign runs through the end of the year.  For more information, go on-line to UWayscc.org or call 483-1561.

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