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City man pleads guilty to receiving Child Porn as predicate sexual Felon...
A Jamestown man has pleaded guilty in federal court to receiving child pornography as someone previously convicted of aggravated sexual abuse, sexual abuse, or abusive sexual conduct involving a minor.  U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 50 year-old James Tracy entered the plea today in U.S. District Court in Buffalo.  Prosecutors say that between June and August of 2018... Tracy received three images and 10 videos of a 15 year-old victim.  They say Tracy then solicited the minor victim, who was a relative, to produce some of the images via Facebook.  In December 2018... he told Homeland Security agents that several years prior he had engaged sexual contact with the 15-year-old-minor victim on at least three occasions.  In 1995... Tracy was convicted of first-degree sexual abuse... and, in 2001, he was convicted of first-degree attempted sexual abuse.  He faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and $250,000 fine.


Fire destroys two-story garage near Sinclairville...
Combustables to close to a wood stove is the apparent cause of a mid-afternoon fire that has destroyed a two-story garage near the village of Sinclairville.  Chautauqua County fire dispatchers say Sinclairville firefighters were called to the scene on Route 60 about 2 p.m.  They were joined by mutual aid crews from Cassadaga, Gerry, Stockton, Fluvanna, Ashville, and Ellery Center.  Several tanker trucks were also called to the scene.  County fire coordinators and fire police were also called in along with fire investigators.  No injuries were reported.


Villenova house fire under investigation...
Chautauqua County fire investigators are searching for the cause of a structure fire in the town of Villenova that 16 fire companies were called to late Thursday night.  Sheriff's deputies say South Dayton firefighters responded to the scene at 9171 Ball Hill Road shortly before midnight... and, the occupants were able to escape without injury.  Officers say Firefighters also had to battle cold temperatures and lack of water.  Responding departments included Silver Creek, Forestville, Seneca Nation.... Cassadaga, Ellington and Sunset Bay, among others.  Crews were reportedly at the scene until later Friday morning... and, the home appeared to be destroyed.  


Cuomo Administraton confirmes thousands more nursing home resident deaths from COVID...
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration confirmed late Thursday that thousands more nursing home residents died of COVID-19 than the state's official tallies had previously acknowledged.  However... the accusation of recovering, COVID-positive residents being transferred from hospitals back to nursing homes remains unanswered.  During his Friday press conference... Cuomo said the report by state Attorney General Letitia James confirmed that the state followed federal guidance.  He says Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said no not-for-profit nursing home was "forced" to take anyone, and if they did take someone they could not care for they violated the law.  The confirmation came as a surprise... and, after months of the state refusing to divulge the true numbers.  The new numbers showed that at least 12,743 long-term care residents died of the virus, far greater than the official tally of 8,505.  The release came after a report by James found the death count could be off by 50-percent because New York is one of the only states to count just those who died on nursing home grounds.  Dr. Zucker said Friday that while the number of COVID deaths among nursing home residents changed... the overall numbers have not.


Sixty-one new COVID-19 cases reported in Chautauqua County Friday...
There are 61 new cases of the COVID-19 virus being reported today in Chautauqua County... but, there were no deaths.  The county's Health Department reports there have now been 6,561 total cases... and, 6,049 have now recovered.  The most new cases were in Dunkirk... which reported 16.  Jamestown had 14.  Health officials say there are now 409 active cases, and 35 of those are now hospitalized. 


County Legislature approves property acquistion for Fieldbrook Foods expansion...
The Chautauqua County Legislature has approved a resolution that will allow an ice cream business in the city of Dunkirk to expand.  Lawmakers this week unanimously okayed the measure allowing Fieldbrook Foods to purchase about 8-acres of land on the former Roblin Steel site on South Roberts Road.  Deputy County Executive for Economic Development, Mark Geise, says the initial agreement was for about 10-acres of land for another company -- Roberts Road Freezer, LLC -- doing business with Fieldbrook.  Geise says they exercised an option to control that property for potential, future expansion.  He would not discuss specifics of what Fieldbrook would use the additional property for... but, did say the company's owner, Wells Enterprises, is embarking on a major expansion project at it's north county location.  He says Roberts Road Freezer, LLC, is using some of the property it acquired for it's 100,000 square foot cold storage facility... but, doesn't need the additional land.  Geise made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.


Several animals killed in Garage Fire in Busti...
An accidental garage fire in the town of Busti Thursday afternoon killed several animals were killed.  Chautauqua County Fire Investigators report that Busti fire crews were called to the scene on Big Tree Road about 1:30 p.m., and, found several rabbits, and eight goats were killed in the blaze.  No one was hurt.  The cause was listed as combustible materials too close to an unattended wood stove.

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Sherman woman killled in train-pedestrian accident in Westfield... A fatal train-pedestrian accident in Westfield has claimed the life of a Sherman woman.  Westfield Village Police say they were...

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