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One person was injured in an early morning shooting in the Town of Cherry Creek.... 

State Police out of Dunkirk responded to Route 83 shortly after 6:15 this morning and say a male victim was transported for medical treatment by Mercy Flight.  The Bureau of Criminal Investigation are in the early stages of this investigation.  Pine Valley Central was closed due to safety concerns according to the school district's Facebook page. Troopers say more information will be available as the investigation continues. 

The Jamestown City Council has approved a pair of resolutions to "get the ball rolling" on borrowing $12.6-million to begin a Smart City Capital Improvement Program for the city....  

Lawmakers approved the authorizing of bonding for the projects and equipment purchases, 8-to-1 with At-Large Councilman Andrew Liuzzo casting the lone no vote.  Liuzzo agrees much of what's proposed needs to be done.  However, he's concerned that the new mayor in 2020 will be stuck with what's adopted.

However, Councilman Tony Dolce, who chairs the Finance Committee, says the bonding measure has been thought out over a long-time and, does not "lock" the city into anything.  Dolce says the borrowing, and new projects or purchases, would be handled in phases.  He says as they go to each phase, the council and mayor will determine which direction they go in.  In addition to a new Central Fleet Maintenance Facility, Dolce says borrowing would be done for renovations to facilities, Public Works, and Parks Department equipment purchases.  Council also approved a measure designating the city as "Lead Agency" for the bond resolution.

The Jamestown City Council has approved a new, three-year agreement with 58 public works and parks employees represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees -- also known as AFSCME.  Lawmakers unanimously okayed the agreement which no wage increase this year and, two-percent wage hikes in 2020 and 2021.  Mayor Sam Teresi says the three-year deal with the AFSCME represented workers takes effect retroactive to last January 1st and, runs through December 31st of 2021.

City lawmakers also approved selling four parcels of land in the Winsor-Crescent Streets corridor for an Alabama-based company to locate a new discount store on.  Council approved selling the land to the Broadway Group of Huntsville, Alabama for the location of a new Dollar General store.  More on that today at Noon.

Congressman Chris Collins of New York is resigning from the House of Representatives ahead of his expected guilty plea in an insider trading case....  

That's according to a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said Collins has sent a letter of resignation that will take effect when Congress meets in a brief session on Tuesday.  It would be up to Governor Andrew Cuomo to set a special election to fill the seat, which leans Republican.  Collins, a Republican, was among the first members of Congress to endorse President Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Local Congressman Tom Reed says he sees no "smoking gun" regarding President Donald Trump's conduct regarding an investigation into a political opponent's dealings with Ukraine....  

Reed says he's seen a whistleblower's transcript, and report regarding the president's conduct during a phone call with the new Ukrainian president earlier this year.  The Corning Republican says that could change during the course of House Democratic leaders investigation.

Reed says while there may be questions about what the president did, he doesn't see an impeachable offense.  The head of the House Intelligence Committee says he expects the whistlebloweer to testify "very soon."  Reed says that committee, along with the Judiciary panel, will deal with those matters.  He says -- ultimately -- "we'll have to vote on this."  Many Democrats are pushing for a vote on articles of impeachment before the end of the year, mindful of the looming 2020 elections.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with regional media.

 U-S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he supports President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Guiliani's push for the Ukrainian government to investigate Joe Biden's son....  

However, there are still questions about why Guiliani is involved in such matters while he is not a State Department, nor Justice Department official.  For month's, Trump and Guiliani have pushed claims that the former Vice-President bribed Ukraine officials to stop investigation of a gas company for which Hunter Biden served on the board off.  Local Congressman Tom Reed doesn't see anything wrong with what Guiliani is doing.

Back on May 1st, the New York Times reported that the former vice president had successfully gotten a Ukrainian prosecutor removed from office, which raised questions about a possible conflict of interest and if Biden was trying to shield his son from an investigation into what happened.  There is no evidence to substantiate that theory, though Biden is on tape allegedly boasting about being able to get the Ukrainian government to get rid of what he felt was a corrupt prosecutor.

Three people face Felony charges after various drugs and paraphernalia were found during probation visit in Jamestown last Thursday...  

City Police were called to assist with the home visit at 501 Lakeview Avenue about 6:30 PM and, allegedly found a quantity of methamphetamine in plain sight.  Police and Probation say a search of the residence revealed 32.4-grams of meth, suboxone strips packaged for sale, 3.4-grams of marijuana, three scales and packaging materials.  Officers took 32 year-old Nicole Figueroa and 24 year-old Jeremy Fish-junior into custody, along with 33 year-old Akyia Crowe of Salamanca.  All three were jailed pending arraignment on charges including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Police say Figueroa was on probabtion at the time and, was further charged with Felony fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Chautauqua County lawmakers began their review of County Executive George Borrello's tentative 2020 budget Monday, a budget that doesn't call for any change in the tax rate.....  

Borrello unveiled his budget during last week's Legislature meeting and while the tax rate remains unchanged at $8.37 per thousand, the tax levy is up by 2.72 percent.  Audit and Control Committee Chairman Pierre Chagnon says he's looking forward to the process.  Chagnon says they try to leave no stone unturned to make sure they have the best spending plan in place.  The County Legislature has until December 1st to adopt a final budget.

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