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A former Clymer Central School teacher recently convicted of child pornography involving a young child has been sentenced to 4-and-a-half years in federal prison.  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior has announced that 61 year-old Scott Aiken received 54 months in prison and, five-years supervised release from U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth Wolford.  Prosecutors say in June of 2018, Homeland Security Investigations in Buffalo received infromation that a Internet user, later identified as Aiken, was active on a Thailand-based child pornography website.  The agency along with State Police then raided Aiken's home on Route 474 and, interviewed Aiken, who admitted that he viewed child porn, and that it would be found on his computer. Investigators seized the computer and other electronic devices, and, found 683 videos and 22 images of child pornography.

A Conewango man has pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree rape, and criminal sex act for two incidents in Jamestown in July of last year.  

Acting District Attorney John Zuroski says 35 year-old Dennis Park pled to two of the three counts in the original indictment in County Court Tuesday and, he faces 18 years in state prison when he's sentenced next March.  The guilty pleas were entered shortly before Park was to go on trial for a second time after a mistrial was declared last August.  Zuroski says the office is "very satisfied" with the pleas for sexual assault charges, which stemmed from two incidents in 2018.  In both cases, a woman said Park assaulted them while brandishing a knife.  The first one occured behind a factory near Chandler Street on July 11th and the second occured at southside laundromat on July 17th.  Park is also facing 25 years of post-release supervision. 

State and local law enforcement across New York will be stepping up patrols to crack down on impaired driving during the busy holiday travel season.  

The crackdown got underway Wednesday, and continues through January 1st and, Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone says local law enforcement will be taking part.  It's part of the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" initiative, a crackdown designed to reduce alcohol and drug related traffic crashes.

A Buffalo man faces multiple charges including four counts of felony Leandra's Law violations following a traffic stop in the Town of Hanover early last Sunday morning.

  Sheriff's Officers pulled over a vehicle at the intersection of Routes 5 and 20 shortly after 2 AM and, through investigation, determined the driver was allegedly intoxicated, with multiple children under the age of 15 inside the car.  Identified as 39 year-old Eliezer Morales, he was taken into custody on additional charges of driving while intoxicated, four counts of endangering the welfare of a child and, speeding amongst others.  Morales is being held in the County Jail for arraignment.  

A Jamestown woman faces third-degree assault charges for allegedly injuring a man during a domestic dispute Tuesday night.  

City Police say the incident occurred at a Bowen Street residence at 11 PM.  On arrival, officers learned 33 year-old Patresha Borkowski struck a 48 year-old male victim in the face, causing pain and a bloody nose.  Borkowski was sent to the Jamestown City Jail without further incident and is being held pending arraignment. 

The Salvation Army of Jamestown will be manning one of their main locations for the annual Red Kettle Campaign for a 24-hour period this Friday and Saturday.  

Major Kim Merchant says they are taking part in a "24-Hour Challenge" this week to help them reach their fund-raising goal of $117,000 for the Christmas Season.  Merchant says, due in part to this year's late start, they are $7,000 behind last year at this time.  However, she says they could make up a lot of that by matching just over $4,000 put up by two donors.

Merchant says the 24-Hour Challenge will take place at the Lakewood Wal-Mart Superstore from 6 PM Friday to 6 PM Saturday.  She adds they already have a couple of people set to man the kettle from Midnight Friday to 6 AM Saturday but, people can stop by and say hi if they would like.  Merchant says the Salvation Army relies on donations from the campaign to support their several social service programs they have year-round.  For more information on the Red Kettle Campaign, call 664-4108.  

The city of Jamestown has signed a new, four-year lease extension with the Frewsburg Soccer Club to continue using the former Allen Park Ice Rink for their soccer programs.  

Mayor Sam Teresi says, in the short time the club has leased the space, they have "done a great job" in how they've used, and maintained the facility.

Teresi says the previous lease included a "right of first refusal" on any contract extension and, lawmakers agreed they should be given a lease extension.  The city council recently approved amending the current lease, as well as another four-year extension if the Frewsburg Soccer Club wants it.  The new lease signing took place Wednesday afternoon at the Allen Park rink.

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