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A Jamestown man is jailed on numerous charges after he allegedly led police on a chase through the city, into Pennsylvania, then back into New York Tuesday afternoon.....  

City police say officers were trying to pull over a gray sedan in the area of Arnold and Maple Streets about 3:40 PM when the car sped away.  Police say the pursuit then went through the town of Ellicott and into the Frewsburg-area before crossing the state line through Akeley, Pennsylvania.  The car, driven by 39 year-old Larry Hicks, then went into Sugar Grove.  However,  police were able to deploy stop sticks, puncturing the passenger side tires.  Officers say Hicks was able to get back into New York on Big Tree-Sugar Grove Road before stopping between Mead and Cowing Roads.  Hicks was then arrested without further incident, and, taken to the city jail pending arraignment on charges including third-degree unlawfully fleeing police in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, obstruction and several other charges.  (**City police were assisted by State Police, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, and Lakewood-Busti Police.)

A Westfield man has been arrested for allegedly driving nearly 40 miles an hour over the speed limit Monday after he allegedly passed a patrol car in the town of Sherman....  

Sheriff's deputies say they were southbound on the Clymer-Sherman Road just before 1 PM when they were passed by a car going 94 miles an hour in a 55-mile an hour zone.  Officers say they pulled over 59 year-old Raymond Near further down the road, and found he was also allegedly drunk.  Near was arrested on charges including driving while intoxicated, speeding in a 55 mph zone, and failure to keep right.  He was taken to the county jail pending arraignment.

Leaves are just beginning to change colors across Chautauqua County, but the late summer-like 'feel' to the weather remains... 

That from Forecaster Steve Welch with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, who says high pressure from Southeastern Canada is moving into New England and, that's bringing warmer-than-normal temperatures through the end of the week.

Welch says the warmest days will be about 80 or so on Saturday and Sunday before low pressure moves in, and brings some rain later in the day Sunday.  After that, he says we'll see some cooler-than-normal temperatures for a while.  He says the low will come through Sunday night and, by Monday, they're forecasting a 50-percent chance of rain, and highs in the mid-60s to about 70.  The complete forecast follows the news. 

Two people have been arrested in the town of Ellicott following a domestic incident in which a flower pot and two cellphones were broken....  

Town police were called to an undisclosed location just before 7:00 last Monday night and, took 32 year-old Brian Lowers, and 28 year-old Danielle Johnson into custody.  Officers say Lowers broke the pot and one cellphone, while Johnson broke the other cell phone involved.  Both were taken to the county jail pending arraignment in Ellicott Town Court.

A Buffalo consulting firm has been chosen to do a redevelopment and feasibilitly study on the former NRG Power Plant in Dunkirk....  

Local Congressman Tom Reed recently announced that Bergman Associates was selected to do the study, which will look at all facets of the project and determine at least three different ways for the city to move forward with the facility.  Reed says the NRG Redevelopment Plan and Feasibility Study is "an important next step" in the redevelopment of the NRG Site.

Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas says he "looks forward to working in partnership with our local, state, and federal elected officials on the study. This study will help us better understand the current conditions of the site and help guide the direction of what the best reuse of the site will be."   Dunkirk's Director of Planning and Development Rebecca Yanus says the city is also working with NRG as a partner in the effort to get the site in working order.  She says the study will take about 6-to-8 months to complete, and will focus on what the 75 acre property can be used for in the future. 

The village of Fredonia is working with the New York State on how to use $2.5-million in Smart Growth funding that was awarded to the village last October...  

Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis says funding will be used primarily for the downtown area, with about $1.3-million being allocated for upgrades for the 1891 Opera House,  while $1.2 million will go for Streetscape work in the area of Main and Temple Streets.  Fredonia was one of four Western New York communities to receive Smart Growth Community Funds from the state last fall.

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