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News Headlines for Sat., May 23, 2020

City man arrested for alleged possession of "large amount" of Meth, and Fentanyl, along with cash...     
A Jamestown man has been arrested after allegedly being found with a large quantity of drugs and $1,700 in cash in his possession late Friday morning.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, the State Police K-9 unit and JPD Patrol were in the area of West Cowden Place -- near Charles Street -- just after 11:30 a.m.  Samuelson says officers spotted 36 year-old Walter Duprey driving a car on West Cowden, while being chased by another man yelling for him to stop.  Duprey allegedly saw police, and stopped the car and quickly got out.  Samuelson says he was driving with a suspended license, and did not have permission to drive the car.  Police later found a large amount of methamphetamine, fentanyl, scales, packaging materials and the cash in his possession.  Duprey was arrested on several drug related charges... including two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and jailed pending arraignment.

Chautauqua County has first time double-digit day for COVID-19 Cases...
Chautauqua County has seen a double-digit increase in the number of new, positive cases of COVID-19 for the first time since the outbreak began in mid-March.  That from County Executive P-J Wendel... who says that 10 new people have the Coronavirus... and, says no one age group is impacted.  He says one person is under the age of 18... two young adults... a male and female... and, three people in their 50s are among the confirmed cases.  Wendel adds, though, there are no hospitalizations.  Since last weekend, though, the county has seen 20 new cases of the virus.  As we head into the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend... she urged people to observe 6-feet social distancing, and wear a mask in public.  If you don't... she says you open yourself up to getting the virus... and, having to be quarantined for 14 days.  Schuyler says use "common sense."  With the 10 new positive cases... there are now 70 total confirmed cases.  He says there are now 27 active cases, and those people are recovering under Public Health orders.  He says 39 people have now recovered from the COVID-19 Virus.  There are now 189 people under quarantine or isolation orders, and are being monitored.

Cuomo says small gatherings can now be held this Memorial Day Weekend... including churches... but, use social distancing...
The start of the long Memorial Day Weekend brings a warning from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as much of the state reopens from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Stay vigliant.  During his daily press briefing... Cuomo says he's seen reports of a possible second wave of the coronavirus in different areas of the country.  He says he would hate to see the state have to go back to a shut-down.  With that... Cuomo urged New Yorkers to enjoy the weekend -- but, wear a mask in public -- especially if you can't realistically keep a 6-foot "social distance."  He also said the state will be starting up it's own small business loan program to help the majority of the state's businesses from having to close during the pandemic.  Cuomo says more than 100,000 small businesses have closed permanently since the outbreak began.  He says true small businesses have 20 or fewer employees.

Borrello opposes Governor Cuomo's decision to work with Gates Foundation to "Reimagine Education..."
The region's state Senator says he takes issue with Governor Andrew Cuomo's call to "reimagine" education using a greater reliance on computers and distance learning.  Irving Republican George Borrello says he believes the current use of distance learning has not worked out.  Borrello says all the educators and teachers he's talked with have almost been universal in saying that the quality of education during the shut-down has not worked well, despite the best efforts of teachers and administrators.  Borrello says he feels on-line learning does not compare to the quality of the education currently provided by teachers and staff.  He adds that it's essential for students to return to personalized instruction as soon as possible.  The governor recently enlisted the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to work with the state on ways to more incorporate on-line learning into school curriculum.

New York State Police say they'll be cracking down on drunk and impaired driving this Memorial Day Weekend...
As the Memorial Holiday weekend approaches, motorists can expect to see sobriety checkpoints and increased police patrols. That's the word from State Police Superintendent Keith Corlett... who says -- "as we take time this Memorial Day to honor those who died in service to our county, we remind motorists to make safety the top priority. If your holiday plans include alcohol, please arrange for a safe ride home. Driving impaired is a choice that often has serious and even deadly consequences." Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of this crackdown in order to more easily identify reckless or impaired drivers. During the 2019 Memorial Day weekend, Troopers arrested 225 people for drinking and driving... and, issued over 13,000 citations.