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North County man killed in tractor accident in Pomfret... 
A Fredonia man was killed after he was pinned when his tractor rolled Friday afternoon.  New York State Police say 50 year-old Daniel Hunt of Spoden Road was operating the Tractor southbound on Route 60 when he attempted to make a left turn onto his farm access road around 4 p.m. when the right front tire dropped off the road and rolled over the embankment, pinning him underneath the vehicle.  Hunt was pronounced dead at the scene.  Two excavators were used to lift the tractor.  Firefighters from Fredonia and Cassadaga assisted at the scene.

City fire crews make quick work of fire in piles of tires on northside...
Quick work by Jamestown firefighters prevented serious damage to an abandoned home next to piles of tires that caught fire and burned early Thursday night.  City Fire Battalion Chief Matt Coon says crews were called to the scene at 875 Lafayette St. about 5:15 p.m., and, found heavy, black smoke coming from the site.  Coon says crews had the flames under control in about 15 minutes, and preserved the house.  He says there was just some minor exposure damage to one side of the home.  Coon says their biggest concern was the fact a live power line to the house came down during the fire... and, they had to call in the Board of Public Utilities to take care of it.  Coon says crews were at the scene for about two-hours... but, no off-shift was needed.  No one was hurt.  The cause remains under investigation.  Jamestown police also assisted at the scene.

Olean man receives 15 years, eight-months in prison on Child Porn conviction...
An Olean man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison after being convicted on one count of receiving Child Pornography.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Jr. in Buffalo has announced that 30 year-old Jacob Tunison received the 188-month term from U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara.  Prosecutors say that, in November of 2018, Tunison used Facebook to communicate with a girl who was under the age of 16.  They say he sent numerous lewd images of himself to the minor and solicited the minor to produce and send him pictures of herself.  The Jamestown Office of the FBI, and Cuba Police Department assisted in the investigation.

Independent Health opens new Medicare Information Center in Lakewood...
Several "red-shirted" people were on hand for the ribbon cutting on a new Medicare Information Center opened by Independent Health in downtown Lakewood.  Officials with Independent Health, Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello, and Acting Lakewood Mayor Ted McCague were on hand to officially open Independent Health's new facility to help local seniors and others with Medicare services.  Independent Health's President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Cropp the opening is timely because Medicare Open Enrollment is now underway through Dec. 7.  Cropp says Independent Health worked hard to obtain the former Post Office on Chautuauqua Avenue, and get it ready for the opening.  The regional health company has been in the immediate Jamestown-area for two decades... and, Acting Lakewood Mayor Ted McCague is pleased they're remaining in the area.  Borrello also was on hand to welcome Independent Health to it's new location.  The center is open through the end of Medicare enrollment on December 7th from Monday through Fridays from 9 AM to 5 PM.  The phone number is 635-4900.

New Runnings store in West Ellicott holds Grand Opening...
The ribbon has been cut on a new outdoors retail store in the Jamestown-area, selling fishing, camping and farm equipment.  The official grand opening for Runnings was held Thursday at the store's 720 East Fairmount Ave. location as part of a five-day kick-off for the Minnesota-based retailer.  Store Manager Rob Szymandera says they're excited to be open... and, says people were inquiring about the store even before they held their "soft opening."  Szymandera says they had people in line when they had that a couple of weeks before the ribbon cutting.  Szymendera says the Grand Opening continues through Sunday night at their new location.  Hours for Runnings are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays... 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays... and, 9 to 6 on Sunday.

Montanez ordered bound over for Grand Jury in shooting death...
A Jamestown man, who has been charged with first-degree manslaughter in last Sunday's shooting death of a Mayville man in the village of Sherman, has been ordered held for grand jury action.  Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says that a preliminary hearing was held Thursday for 25-year-old Julio Montanez, and that a Sherman Town justice ordered him returned to the Chautauqua County Jail.   Montanez allegedly shot 29-year-old Justin Gibbons multiple times during an altercation in the area of 114 West Main Street in the village.  Swanson says he has up to 45 days to present the case to a grand jury. 

Limo involved in fatal crash in Eastern NY had not had needed brake work done...
A former repair shop manager says brake work was billed but not performed on the stretch limousine that crashed five months later in upstate New York, killing 20 people.  The former manager of a Mavis Discount Tire shop told investigators in a September 17th interview that a brake master cylinder was invoiced but not installed at the time of a May 2018 inspection.  The 2001 Ford Excursion limo blew through an intersection and crashed in rural Schoharie County on October 6.  The interview was disclosed by Schoharie County District Attorney Susan Mallery this week in a letter to lawyers for the limo company.

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