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No formal arrest has been made, but police have a suspect in connection with last weekend's stabbing incident on Jamestown's southside that's left a 27 year-old man in stable condition at an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital....  

City police Captain Bob Samuelson says otherwise... the investigation into the incident at 320 Newland Avenue is continuing.  City police and a fire rescue crew were called to the scene shortly before 3 AM Saturday on the report of a fight... and, found the unidentified victim.  The man was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital... and, later transferred to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania. 

A city man has pleaded guilty to federal charge of receiving and possessing child pornography....  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 34 year-old Matthew Bailer entered the plea before Chief District Court Judge Frank Geraci, Junior.  Prosecutors say Jamestown Police received a complaint from a parent that her minor children may have been sexually abused by Bailer in July of 2018.  They say the parent stated that his sister told her about a series of "concerning pictures, sexual in nature," were sent on a Nokia cellular telephone used by Bailer.  He was later arrested on a warrant... and, law enforcement found hundreds of images and images of child pornography.  The charges carry a mandatory minimum of five years in prison, and a maximum of life.

A new application has been sent to the U-S Department of Transportation requesting that commercial air service be restored at the Chautauqua County Airport near Jamestown...  

County Executive George Borrello says the new application, with the help of Boutique Air, was sent out about a week ago.  Borrello says they have changed the "business model" extensively, with Boutique Air now committing to have a plane based in Jamestown.

Borrello says -- having been a frequent flyer during his business days -- he knew what draws business travelers when it comes to planes, and what service an airline provides.  He says they are continuing to work on getting more business and traveler support to eventually have a self-sustaining operation, that's a better alternative then going to another airport.  The loss of the federal government's Essential Air Service was the first, big issue that Borrello had to deal with when he first became county executive in January of last year.  He has been working with local, state and federal officials to try and get the service restarted here in Jamestown.

"It's probably beyond his wild imagination."

That's what Richard Carlson, a board member at the Martz-Kohl Observatory, said about Marshall Martz, the ribbon was cut on the fully renovated observatory that bears his name.  Carlson worked with Marshall Martz to build the observatory in the 1950's.  The ribbon cutting was held Saturday afternoon at the Robbin Hill Road location, outside Frewsburg. Fans, members, and elected officials gathered to celebrate the completion of a new visitors' center, and other improvements to the facility.  Gary Nelson, President of the Marshall Martz Memorial Astronomical Association, says the observatory is gaining a national reputation because it is one of the few that is 'fully' open to the public for viewing and use.  They are open to the public every Wednesday evening, except holidays.  

There will need to be "multi-partners" needed to work with Chautauqua County to get a new "Gateway Center" put up near the state line in the town of Ripley....  

That from County Executive George Borrello after last Friday's presentation of conceptual and artist renderings of a unique center that's both a rest stop, and place where people can learn more about the region, and what it offers.  Borrello says they hope New York state will be a player.

Borrello showed a simple sketch of his own for the center, which would combine features of a lighthouse, and a barn to high-light the area's Lake Erie shoreline, and heavy-agriculture influence.  He says the rest area would cost roughly $16-million but, he adds that others -- including a new one on Grand Island -- have cost more than $30-million.  The county commissioned a study that was just completed by consultant Clark, Patterson and Lee.  Borrello says the center would be unique in that it would be "self-sustaining and revenue generating." 

A pair of labor unions have endorsed Cattaraugus County Democrat Austin Morgan in his run for the 57th State Senate Seat....  

On Media One Radio Group's weekly "Community Spotlight" program, Morgan announced he has gotten the backing of the United Auto Workers of America.  Morgan expressed his appreciation for their standing with him when he stood with them in their recent strike.  He says they endorsed Cathy Young in the past but, have chosen him this time around.  In addition, Morgan announced that he has been unanimously endorsed by the Southwestern New York Building and Construction Trades Council, a group representing 15 different local unions in Western New York.  In a letter to the Freedom man's campaign, Council President Steven Thorpe of Sheet Metal Workers Local-#112 says their members believe Morgan is the one to carry on the legacy of the retired Cathy Young in the Senate.

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