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Arrest made in connection with vandalism of Lucy statues, bathroom at Celoron Park...
Ellicott Town Police have now arrested a Celoron man for allegedly vandalizing the two Lucille Ball statues in Celoron Park.  Police and Media reports say Howard McAvoy was arrested late Friday for using a blue marker to draw on the statues, and write on the wall in the Lucille Ball Memorial Park bathroom.  Ellicott Police Chief Bill Ohnmeiss tells us that investigators have footage of McAvoy... and were working to identify him.  Ohnmeiss says a report on the statues came in about 8 p.m. last Thursday night.  He says more details are expected to be released pending the investigation.  McAvoy is charged with second-degree criminal mischief.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Ellicott Police at 665-7083. 

Manufacturing Day celebrated to start Manufacturing Month at JCC...
A lot of progress has been made in workforce development in Chautauqua County over the past year... but, there is still more to do.  That's the sentiment of most officials at Friday's celebration of National Manufacturing Day at Jamestown Community College's Manufacturing Technology Institute.  JCC President Daniel DeMarte says... after penning an Op-Ed in the Post-Journal last October... the college set out to make skills training a priority.  DeMarte says they recently obtained a $149,000, Appalachian Regional Commission Grant to broaden their current programming to include Mechanical Technology, Industrial Equipment Technology, and Welding Technology programs.  He says that's in direct response to what local manufacturer's say they need right now.
DeMarte was joined by several local officials at the MTI Friday morning... including County Executive George Borrello... who has pushed to make workforce development a priority in the county.  Borrello says it's a direct outcome of his more than 100 visits to local companies in the first 100 days of his administration.  He adds that if you want to own your own business... the best way to go is to work in the skilled trades and manufacturing.  In addition to Borrello... State Assemblyman Andy Goodell... Katrina Fuller from Congressman Tom Reed's office... and, City Council President Marie Carrubba -- representing Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi -- presented proclamations recognizing Friday as Manufacturing Day -- and month -- in the area.

Cattaraugus County man arrested for alleged Weapons assault...
A Cattaraugus County man has been arrested for allegedly threatening another person with a razor knife in the town of Yorkshire.  State Police in Machias were called to the scene on Old Olean Rd. Wednesday... and, arrested 35 year-old Jonathan Matthews for allegedly threatening a County employee, and trying to cut them with the knife.  Troopers add that Matthews also tried to assault them, and resisted arrested.  He was taken into custody on charges including second-degree menacing, resisting arrest, and Assault with intent to cause Serious Injury with a weapon.  Matthews was arraigned and jailed on $5,000 cash bail.

Sheriff warns about car deer accidents in final three months of the year...
We have entered the time of year when you will want to watch for deer during your travels.  The New York State Department of motor vehicles, and Department of Environmental Conservation say nearly two-thirds of all deer-related crashes occur during the months of October, November and December.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone says it's the time of year when motorists need to drive more cautiously and recognize that more wildlife will be present.  Quattrone says we live in an area where we "have issues with wildlife" -- specifically deer -- this time of year.  He says when trying to avoid a deer, it's better to let up on the gas instead of swerving or slamming on the brakes because you can lose control of your vehicle. 

Appeals court temporarily blocks ban on flavored vaping sales...
A state appeals court has temporarily blocked New York from enforcing its new ban on sales of flavored e-cigarettes.  The order issued Thursday gives the court time to consider the vaping industry's lawsuit to block the ban.  It comes a day before the state planned to start enforcing 90-day emergency regulations banning the sale of most flavored electronic cigarettes.  Supporters of a ban such as the American Cancer Society's advocacy group say kids are getting addicted to e-cigarettes.  But critics including the Vapor Technology Association say the prohibitions are governmental overreach.  State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker says the court's decision won't deter officials from addressing the "public health emergency."  States such as Michigan and Rhode Island have moved to ban flavored e-cigarettes.  President Trump has proposed a federal ban.

Long-time Fredonia official, and WWII veteran, Charlie St. George, dies...
A former Fredonia mayor, and World War Two veteran has passed away.  We have learned that Charles St. George died at the age of 94 on Thursday.  He served four terms as mayor from 1971 through 1979, and was on the Fredonia Central School Board for five years.  St. George also served in U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Alaska during the war.  Besides his involvement in politics, St. George ran a real estate business for over 60 years until he reached the age of 90. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Anthony's Church in Fredonia on Monday morning at 10.



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