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Ripley man arrested on Felony kidnapping and assault charges in connection with late July incident...
A Ripley man has been indicted on multiple kidnapping and assault charges in connection with an incident in the town of Ripley last July 31.  Sheriff's officers say they were called to check on the well-being of a person who had been injured during an altercation.  When deputies arrived... they were unable to make contact with the victim.  Investigators were contacted and a search warrant was obtained for the victim's home... and, they found the victim there.  They also found 21 year-old Isiah Fuentes... and, learned he was responsible for the victim's "numerous significant injuries."  Officers took Fuentes into custody... and, the victim was taken to the hospital for treatment.  Further investigation found that Fuentes had unlawfully entered the victim’s home and held the victim against their will for several days.  The District Attorney's Office presented the case to a Grand Jury... and, Fuentes was indicted on several charges... including two counts of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree attempted assault, and, two counts of second-degree assault.  He was sent to the county jail on $100,000 cash bail.


City man arrested for failure to comply, and possessing several illegal drugs...
A Jamestown man was arrested after he surrendered to a Sheriff's Department K-9 Officer following a vehicle pursuit over Labor Day weekend.  Deputies say they attempted to pull over 50 year-old Thomas Kimbrough, Sr. on Main Street in the village of Falconer about 11:30 p.m. last Sunday, when he failed to comply and fled the scene.  The pursuit continued onto Quaint Road in the town of Poland, but Kimbrough's vehicle reportedly left the roadway and struck a tree before becoming disabled in a ditch.  Police say he took off on foot into the woods and K-9 Link was called in... and located Kimbrough... along with 19-grams of fentanyl....15-grams of cocaine....29-grams of methamphetamine... cash and various drug paraphernalia that Kimbrough allegedly discarded.  He was found and sent to the county jail without bail. 


Mayville holds annual "9/11" Anniversary ceremony, and includes calls for unity...
It was a day of somber rememberances on this 19th anniversary of the "9/11" Attacks in New York, The Pentagon in Washington, and Shanksville, PA.  Chautauqua County's annual "9/11" ceremony remembered that day... and, also included calls for unity at a time where the country is battling the COVID-19 Pandemic, and social unrest.  Interim County Executive P-J Wendel says the "9/11" attackers wanted to change us for the worst.  However... Wendel says -- if anything -- it changed America for the better.  Local Blue Star Mother's President Sue Rowley spoke for the area's military families... and, has a son who has served several tours of duty overseas.  She says the country will come back from it's latest setbacks -- especially in dealing with the COVID-19 -- and urged people to become the people we were on Sept. 12, 2001.  Several others spoke during the annual cereony in front of the County Courthouse in Mayville... including County Emergency Services Director John Griffith... County Veteran's Services Director Greg Carlson... State Assemblyman Andy Goodell, and State Senator George Borrello.


County officials report eight new cases of COVID-19 Friday, but, 26 recoveries...
There are eight new cases of the COVID-19 Virus in Chautauqua County over the past day... bringing the local total since the pandemic began... to 558.  That from Interim County Executive P-J Wendel... who says the big number today, though, is the number of cases that are no longer active.  Wendel says there are now 98 active cases, which meant 26 reported cases from Thursday have now fully recovered.  He says that brings the overall total to 450 people who have recovered from the coronavirus.  He also announced other changes... including reporting the number of cases by zip code instead of Fire Battalions.  Wendel says that will begin next Monday... and, will allow them to give more specific information on cases without violating health care privacy laws.  He adds there are now 470 cases under quarantine or isolation orders, and are being monitored.  There are now 252 persons under domestic traveler quarantine.  Wendel adds there have now been 38,013 negative test results to date.


Local Babe Ruth officials accept AED donation...
A youth league baseball umpire from just outside Boston, Mass., has donated an automatic external defibrillator for use at Russell E. Diethrick, Junior Park.  Jamestown Babe Ruth Committee Vice President and Public Relations Division Director Kim Ecklund announced the gift Friday afternoon.  The umpire’s name is Tim Mulgrew, and he gives away AED’s from fees he gets for umpiring Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth baseball.  In this case, Mulgrew is doing so in the name of Russ Diethrick, the host President for every Babe Ruth World Series in Jamestown since 1980.  Mulgrew’s inspiration came in 2010 when a high school football player from a nearby town was hit in the chest at a field that had no AED.  The player subsequently died.  The donated AED and accompanying patches are valued at around $1,500.  The 40th anniversary of the first ever 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series… postponed this year… is set to be played in Jamestown August 15th through the 22nd of 2021.