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Rt. 394 in Lakewood named in honor of Marine Corp. killed in Afghanistan...
A permanent legacy has been established in the village of Lakewood for a member of the armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country.  Retired State Senator Cathy Young was back in town Friday to help with the renaming of Route 394 in the village to the "Lance Corporal Aaron M. Swanson Memorial Highway..." giving him that legacy.  Young first introduced legislation last year to rename a portion of the highway after Swanson.  A colleague of Young's picked up sponsorship of the measure this year... along with local Assemblyman Andy Goodell.  Goodell says he didn't know Aaron... but, knew about his love of his community and, favorite activities... such as playing football, working on cars, and being in the Boy Scouts.  Young and Goodell helped unveil a model of the Lance Corporal Aaron M. Swanson Memorial Highway sign that'll go on Route 394 during the dedication ceremony at the Lakewood American Legion Friday afternoon.  Several local, state and county officials were on hand... and they were joined by several members of Swanson's unit in Afghanistan.  Swanson was killed on February 7 of 2011 by a roadside bomb during combat operations in Helmend Province in Afghanistan.

County Executive says most of Thursday night-Friday morning storm damage in the north county...
Chautauqua County's top-elected official says he is reaching out to state and federal officials following the high winds that have caused extensive damage along portions of the Lake Erie shoreline.  County Executive George Borrello says the high winds, with gusts over 60 m.p.h., have caused a lot damage.  Among the worst hit areas, he says, is the city of Dunkirk, where emergency services staff are working on the issues that need to be addressed.  Borrello says the wave action from the high winds caused "significant" damage to the sea wall along Lakefront Boulevard and some "minor" damage to the newly renovated City Pier.  The county official says he is reaching out to state and federal officials to look into possible disaster assistance... for damage to sea walls and other breakwater systems.  The National Weather Service reports that wind gusts reached 61 m.p.h. near Fredonia, 54 m.p.h. at the County airport in Jamestown and 53 m.p.h. at the Dunkirk airport.  Both the High Wind and Lakeshore Flood Warnings have been lifted. 

Severe weather impacting much of Upstate NY Region...
More than 240,000 customers were without power in New York and a driver swept away by flood waters was found dead after a night of heavy rain and wind gusts of up to 70 m.p.h.  State officials say the unidentified driver was traveling through a flooded area in the Herkimer County town of Norway on Thursday night and was swept away after leaving his vehicle.  The body was recovered Friday.  Police in the nearby village of Dolgeville deployed a boat in fast-running water to rescue six people from a home.  Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday that several hundred people were evacuated around the state because of high waters.  The Journal News says a 9-year-old girl suffered fractures when a tree fell on her while she was trick-or-treating Thursday in New Rochelle.

Jamestown political leaders aware of fake door hanger political signs, but, still trying to determine who put them up...
Political signs falsely claiming that apartment rents will increase in the city of Jamestown if residents vote for Democratic candidates in the election are being denounced by both Republican and Democratic Committee Chairmen.  The local campaigns are trying to determine who committed what is considered a campaign violation.  Democratic Chairman Jim Walton tells use that he was alerted to the "door hanger" campaign flyer by a relative.  The sign falsely claims that Democratic leaders in the city have proposed a landlord tax on each apartment in Jamestown.  The signs also incorrectly state that landlords may raise rent as much as $30 a month and there could be inspections inside city apartments.  City Republican Committee Chairman Brent Sheldon wasn't aware of the matter until he was contacted by the Post-Journal about the matter.  Sheldon says no Republicans were involved as far as he knows.  The flyers do not identify who was responsible.

City man arrested for sex offense in city, and town of Busti...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a juvenile victim in the city of Jamestown and Town of Busti in early September.  Sheriff's officers were called to investigate a suspicious situation jointly with the Jamestown, and Lakewood-Busti Police Departments.  Deputies say the investigation showed that 37 year-old William Morse had in an inappropriate relationship with the juvenile victim.  Morse was issued appearance tickets for Jamestown City, and Busti Town Courts for one count of forcible touching and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Gerry man arrested for head-butting another person during domestic incident...
A man from the Town of Gerry was arrested for allegedly harrassing a person during a domestic incident on Wednesday. State Police responded to a residence in Gerry.... and, learned 50 year-old Robert Gardner made intentional contact with the unidentified victim about four times... including head-butting the victim.  Gardner was taken into custody for second-degree harrassment and sent to the County Jail.


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