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The Jamestown Public School District's new Success Academy at Rogers School is a "work in progress..." but, local Congressman Tom Reed has come away impressed with the pilot program....  

Reed yesterday toured the academy, which deals with psychological and traumatic issues -- including poverty and illegal drug use.  Officials estimate 1,600 students are not coming to school because of those issues but Reed says this "holistic" approach seems to be helping.

More than 70-percent of the students in the Jamestown district are considered to be living in poverty and, that can make for a difficult home-life.  Jamestown School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says they are educators, but, they reached out to various human service agencies to help them at the academy and, they've agreed to work there at no charge to the district.  He says those agencies include: The Resource Center and, the county's Office of Public Health, and Mental Health.  Academy Principal Mike McElrath says there are currently 52 students there who are in fifth through 10th grades.

It looks like the 'perfect fall day' for the annual Chautauqua County Humane Society Walk for Paws this Saturday! 

That from Community Relations Director Brian Papalia, who says the fundraiser is a fun way to support animals at the humane society looking for their forever homes.  Registration begins at 9 AM on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution. Papalia says if you have not made donations yet, that's okay because you can "stop in with a $20 donation".  He adds, pets are welcomed as long as  your pet is good with crowds.  Papalia says they've seen animals ranging from cats and dogs to rabbits and horses. There will also be a pet costume contest with prizes, as well as a "pet blessing" for all animals in attendance.  For more information on the 14th annual Walk for Paws, visit SPCAPETS.com

Former Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan has become the interim head of the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance...  

Horrigan accepted the job after previous director, Erin Brickley, resigned last month.  He says his first task is to recommend how they should move forward, and what they need in a new director.  Horrigan says they hope to fill the post before the end of the year.

The Alliance works in collaboration with lake and watershed-related organizations, municipalities and other stakeholders to improve the lake.  Horrigan says he hopes to complete his work by mid-November.  Horrigan served four years as County Executive.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office continues to assist the State Police with the investigation into Tuesday's shooting on Route 83 in the town of Cherry Creek.... 

 Fifty-Three year-old Nelson Nobles was shot multiple times on his farm and was last reported in guarded condition at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.  Sheriff Jim Quattrone says his department has been assisting the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.  The Sheriff says the investigation is ongoing, and he is encouraging anyone with information about the shooting to contact the State Police at 679-1520 or 585-344-6200.

A Jamestown man and a wanted city woman were arrested during a Thursday morning traffic stop after police allegedly found various drugs inside the vehicle....  

City police say they stopped a brown Sports Utility Vehicle on West Seventh  Street near Cherry Street shortly before 2AM and, allegedly saw drug paraphernalia and prescription pills laying the backseat.  The driver -- 35 year-old Todd Dalton -- was taken into custody on charges including second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and criminal possession of a weapon.  Police say his passenger -- 39 year-old Chasity Anderson -- gave officers a false name as she reportedly had  outstanding warrants for Jamestown and Ellicott Town Courts.  Both were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and sent to the City Jail pending arraignment. 

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