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One of the two drivers involved in the second of two, two-vehicle crashes in the town of North Harmony late Wednesday morning was killed...  

Sheriff's officers say the accident occured about 11 AM on Route 394, at the intersection with the Magnolia-Stedman Road.  Deputies say a pick-up truck failed to stop at the stop sign on Magnolia-Stedman Road, and struck a commercial vehicle on Route 394.  Officers say the commercial vehicle rolled over, and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.  the truck driver was taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital for treatment of their injuries.  No names have been released, and no charges have been filed.  The crash remains under investigation.

A western New York man was killed in an earlier two-car rollover crash on Interstate 86 in the town of North Harmony Wednesday morning....  

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene, near Exit 7, just after 4 AM.  Deputies say one of the drivers involved, 66 year-old Tommy Hyde of Warsaw, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The occupants in the second vehicle were not hurt.  Officers say the eastbound lanes of I-86 from the Panama-Stedman Exit to Stow were closed for several hours.  Several fire crews crews, and the Chautauqua County Hazardous Materials Team were called to the scene.  The investigation is still on going at this time.

The nation paused yesterday to mark the 18th anniversary of the "9/11" attacks in New York, Washington, D-C, and Pennsylvania.  Chautauqua County commemorated the anniversary with bells tolling in Dunkirk and Mayville.....

There was a large crowd that turned out in Dunkirk for Wednesday morning's ceremony outside City Fire Headquarters and, there was a good crowd on hand at Noontime in front of the county courthouse in Mayville.  Local Congressman Tom Reed thanked first responders who answered the call that day and, still do today.

In Dunkirk,  City Fire Department Captain Gary Katta said the death toll from the attacks continues to mount, as many first responders continue to die from "9/11" related illnesses.  Katta says the 200th firefighter death from those illnesses occured this past July.  Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas, who was a state trooper at the time of the attacks, spoke about assisting those at Ground Zero in the weeks following the attacks.

Hours after the official ceremony ended, crowds lingered into the night at the September 11th memorial in New York....  

As darkness fell, people filled the streets around the firehouse at the southwest corner of the memorial plaza Wednesday to listen to a bagpipe and drum corps play songs saluting the terror attack victims.  The New York Fire Department's Emerald Society Pipes and Drums led the crowd in renditions of the Irish folk song "The Wild River" and "God Bless America."  Overhead, the twin beams of the "Tribute in Light" were visible.  Each year the city shines the powerful columns of light into the sky from Lower Manhattan to represent the fallen twin towers of the World Trade Center.

A 20-year-old Jamestown man is facing a felony charge after an investigation into a reported assault on Lake Shore Drive near Serval Street in the city of Dunkirk last Friday morning.... 

Dunkirk Police say that Adrian Melo Estrada was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with the victim, a known relative, around 6 am.  Police believe the incident was the result of a disagreement.  Estrada was arraigned on a charge of first degree assault and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail on $100,000 cash bail.

State officials will host a public information meeting next week about plants to widen a one-half mile of Route 60 in both directions between Gerry and Sinclairville......  

The State Department of Transporation says the proposed paving project is scheduled to begin next spring in the towns of Charlotte, Gerry, Stockton and villages of Cassadaga and Sinclairville.  County Executive George Borrello says the road project is a good start to improving the traffic flow, something local officials have pushed for.

Borrello says, if the county can continue the momentum to get more work done to expand the number of passing lanes and widen Route 60 between Jamestown and Fredonia, that will provide a better traffic flow for local travelers, along with commercial traffic.  The public information meeting will be held next Tuesday, September 17th, from 4 to 6 PM at Cassadaga Valley High School.  

The city of Jamestown finished 2018 with about a 550-thousand dollar surplus.  That from Jamestown's third-party, independent auditor, who gave the city a "clean bill" of financial health during his report to City Council this week....  

John Trussalo gave the city an "unmodified, clean opinion" at the beginning, and end of his 69-page report.

Trussalo says the city managed it's finances well in 2018, by exceeding revenues with $36.4-million, while expenses totalled $35.9-million. However, there were some on-going concerns expressed, including that the city remains at 100-percent of it's constitutional taxing limit.  At-Large Councilman Andrew Liuzzo asked where the city's additional, one-million dollar state aid payment was accounted for.  Trussalo noted that it was with the state aid-revenues part of the report.  He says, overall, the city received about $7-million in total state aid. 

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