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Reed in good condition after collapsing prior to T-V interview in Washington...
A scary moment for local Congressman Tom Reed in the Capitol in Washington, D-C.  The Corning Republican was getting ready to do a T-V interview when he suddenly collapsed in a hallway-area.  Reed was seen being wheeled out on the emergency gurney, but, appeared awake and alert.  His spokesman issued a statement late Thursday saying that -- quote -- "Tom is in good condition, responsive, and being checked out by medical personnel following today's fall."  Later this morning... Reed released a statement noting that he had an undiagnosed case of pneumonia.  He adds he appreciates everyone's thoughts and concern.  Reed was also scheduled to do his weekly telephone conference call with regional media Thursday afternoon... but, that was abruptly cancelled.

Sundquist really to go "full-speed ahead" with campaign after opening of Democratic Headquarters...
It's now "full-speed ahead" for Democrats in the city of Jamestown running for local and county races.  The ribbon was cut on the Democratic Headquarters at 14 East Third St. for Mayoral Candidate Eddie Sundquist, and members of "Team Jamestown."  Sundquist is a local attorney... who ran unsuccessfully last year for Congress.  However... Sundquist told me last night that he's looking forward to a big campaign kick-off this weekend.  He says they'll have a drone video shoot Friday night and invites residents to take part, and they'll have a campaign canvass day Saturday.  Sundquist says he's very happy with the reception he's received from everyone in the community he's had the chance to meet.  The Democrat says the biggest issues he wants to tackle is attracting newer "21st Century technology jobs" to the city... and, work to deal with the city's aging housing and strenghtening it's housing market.  Several city council, and county legislature candidates were also on hand for last night's grand opening of Democratic Headquarters.

Mexican National in Dunkirk sentenced for Child Pornography...
A Mexican national, living in Dunkirk, has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison following his conviction for possession of child pornography.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior has announced 26 year-old David Flores-Torres was also sentenced to 30 years supervised release by Federal Judge Lawrence Vilardo.  Prosecutors say a search warrant was executed at Flores-Torres home, and investigators seized his cell phone... which contained 79 images and 14 videos of child pornography.  Kennedy says some of the images depicted prepubescent minors or minors less than 12 years-old.  In addition... Flores-Torres is accused of having sexual contact with two children under the age of 18 on three occasions during 2017 and 2018.

Teenager arrested for alleged theft of nearly three-dozen handguns from PA store...
A teenager has been arrested in Jamestown for allegedly stealing more than 30 handguns from a sports store in the Corry, Pennsylvania area.  State Police in Corry say the break-in at C-&-H Sports on Route 6 in Columbus Township occured this past Saturday morning when the suspect broke into the store, and took 32 guns from various glass cases.  Troopers say the 17 year-old... who has not been identified because of his age, was arrested following a joint investigation involving Jamestown Police... and, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  State Police provided the information to the Warren County District Attorney's Office, and charges were filed agains the teen... who was arrested on a warrant in Jamestown.  He's being held pending exradiction.

Gaden receives CRCF's John D. Hamilton Award...
The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation has presented its annual 'John Hamilton Community Service Award' to Joel Gaden.  He moved to Jamestown in the late 1960's to be a banker, and Gaden says back then, bankers were encouraged to be part of community organizations.  Gaden served as President of the Bank of Jamestown, and later First National Bank... and has been a literacy volunteer, and also served the Salvation Army, YMCA and the United Way.  That's where Community Foundation Director Tori Irgang, first got to know him, and says he was very involved in their fund-raising efforts.  Irgang adds, Joel Gaden has fun in his work.  The annual ceremony was held Thursday at Harbor Hotel in Celoron.   

Goodell reacts to TRIP County Bridge Report... 
A new report from a national transportation research group called TRIP has released a report that indicates that 42 out of more than 500 bridges in Chautauqua County are rated in poor/structurally deficient condition.  State Assemblyman Andy Goodell offered his reaction.  The former county executive says most bridges in Chautauqua County are safe to drive on, and adds the issue is move "how many bridges are unsafe to drive on.  Goodell says very few are in that kind of condition.  Goodell says the state legislature has increased funding for bridge repairs, including funding for the Bridge-New York program.  He says he looks at striking a balance between public safety... and, those costs.  He says the key is protecting the motoring public from unnecessary dangers, and, making sure to maintain those spans.  Statewide, TRIP says about 10-percent of the more than 17,500 bridges in New York are rated in poor and structurally deficient condition.


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