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City police looking for man who allegedly followed child to school in Allen Park area...
Jamestown Police are looking for a tall, white male in his 30s who allegedly followed a young child walking to school in the Allen Park area Thursday morning.  City police were called to the "suspicious situation" on Cole Avenue -- near East Virginia Boulevard -- about 6:45 a.m., and, learned the man followed -- then ran after the child -- who was walking along Cole.  Officers say the man then stopped... and, went into a wooded area near the Allen Park Bandshell.  He was described as having dark hair and was wearing dark clothing with a long-sleeve shirt with a camoflague design on the back.  City police are working with the Jamestown schools on the situation.  Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Jamestown Police at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

Woman from Bemus Pt. killed in one-car crash in Stockton...
A Bemus Point woman has been killed in an early morning, single-car crash on Route 380 in the town of Stockton.  Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday... and, found the lone occupant... 46 year-old Stacy Grimes of the Maple Springs-Ellery Road... dead at the scene.  Deputies say they, along with the County Coroner's Office, investigated and determined that Grimes was northbound on Route 380 when her vehicle missed a curve... and, went off the road.  The car then struck a tree.  Officers say Route 380 in that area was closed about 2-and-a-half hours while the scene was investigated.  Members of the Stockton Fire Department also assisted at the scene. 

Legislature's Audit and Control Committee Chairman says review of proposed budget will be a "challenge..."
With Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello coming out with his tentative 2020 budget, county lawmakers will begin to scrutinize the proposed spending plan on Monday.  Legislator Pierre Chagnon Chairs the Audit and Control Committee and expects lawmakers to have a challenge because it has no tax rate increase, but, needs to draw $1-million from the undesignated fund balance.  Borrello’s budget keeps the full value tax rate at $8.37 per $1,000 full value.  But, it does include a 2.72 percent increase in the tax levy... or just over $1.6-million.  Chagnon says the review will take about a week to complete.  The County Legislature has until December to approval a final budget.

Legislature fails to get enough votes to support motion backing ban of flavored E-Liquid...
A motion that would support state legislation banning the use of flavored e-liquids for e-cigarettes did not receive enough votes during Wednesday night's County Legislature meeting.  The motion received 10 votes, but needed a super majority of 13.  Yeti Vape Vice-President Brian Ellis spoke against the measure prior to the vote... he says it penalizes people truly using it to help kick the cigarette habit, and those vape shops that operate properly.  Legislature Chairman P.J. Wendel was disappointed with the outcome.  The educator and coach still has concerns about youths vaping... and, he says thats what he hears often from administrators and other teachers. 

BPU issues alert to electric customers about reported Payment Scam...
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities is alerting it's electric customers about possible scam calls being made to businesses over the past day, stating that their electricity would be shut off if payment isn’t made within 20-to-30 minutes to the caller.  BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins reminds you that the utility does not make such calls, and you should not be fooled by such scammers.  The BPU accepts payments on it's website, in person at Customer Service... and, in their drop boxes located at the BPU, at City Hall and at the Town of Ellicott.  Robbins says they do accept phone payments that are only initiated by customers.

Borrello very happy about agreement between State and Seneca's to get I-90 in the reservation fixed...
Repair work is now underway after an agreement was announced Wednesday between the Seneca Nation and New York State on fixing the three-mile section of I-90 that crosses the Cattaraugus Territory.  County Executive George Borrello was among the elected officials who had pushed for repairs.  Borrello says he's "incredibly happy" over the agreement... which has been at least 5 years in the making.  The State Thruway Authority says crews will perform partial depth repairs to the most severely deteriorated sections of the roadway... and, to the shoulders to help extend its durability in preparation for the winter months ahead. 

Annual Busti Apple Harvest Festival set for Sunday...
The 45th annual Busti Apple Harvest Festival is set to go this Sunday at the Busti Mill and Museam grounds... and, there will be a number of new activities this year.  That from Spokeswoman Judy Schultz... who says they include a demonstration of "basic camp life" by the 111th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry... and, Hiedricks Battery.  Schultz adds there will also be a new food preservation demonstration from "then and now."  Schultz adds that they have about 100 craft vendor spots sold so far... and, there will be a "variety of items" they'll be selling.  Volunteer Lyle Ostrander will be among those putting on a woodworking shop during the festival.  The Busti Apple Harvest Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and, admission is $5 per person... with children under 11 years of age free.  For more information... call 483-3670... or 483-0134.





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