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City man arrested for fleeing scene of accident, and speeding for several blocks...
A Jamestown man has been arrested on several charges after allegedly speeding off from a motor vehicle accident early last weekend.  City police say officers tried to stop the vehicle... which was leaving the scene... when officers arrived on Washington Street about 7:30 p.m. Friday.  Police say the driver, 61 year-old Danny Mealy, allegedly drove off at a high rate of speed... and, did not stop.  Officers say Mealy continued on for several blocks before he finally stopped on Crescent Street.  He was arrested for driving while intoxicated, speeding, passing a solid red light, third-degree unlawfully fleeing from a motor vehicle accident, and aggravated DWI.  He was released with appearance tickets for City Court at a later date.


Sinclairville woman arrested after theft investigation...
An investigation into the theft of several items... including a credit card... has led to an arrest in the town of Charlotte.  Sheriff's officers say they recently arrested 32 year-old Jennifer Blake following a month-long probe.  Deputies say Blake is charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, and petty larceny.  She was issued an appearance ticket for Charlotte Town Court at a later date.


Sundquist says Jamestown will receive nearly $30-million dollars in COVID-19 relief funding...
The city of Jamestown will be receiving just under $30-million in COVID Relief funding from the just-approved American Rescue Plan.  But... details are still being worked out on how much, and how soon that funding will be flowing to the city.  Mayor Eddie Sundquist says they're pleased to be receiving the federal help... but, adds there will be strings attached.  Sundquist says the city can make whole it's expenses that are directly due to the pandemic and shut-down.  In addition... he says there are also economic development components to the relief package... including helping local businesses in recovery... and, necessary projects.  He says that could include expansion of broadband capabilities.  Sundquist says officials have told them they should receive their first payment in about two months.  He says that would be about half the amount... with the other half in about a year.  Sundquist adds they also have to document how all that money is spent.  He says the city is receiving the influx of money because the U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development considers Jamestown an "entitlement community," based on population and it's levels of poverty.  He made his comments for last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.


Quattrone says Chautauqua County's Police Reform and Reinvention plan goes before lawmakers this week...
Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone says the County Legislature's Public Safety Committee will be taking up his department's Reform and Reinvention Collaborative plan that is required under an executive order by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.   Late last week... Quattrone said there were two areas of concern that came up during a series of public meetings held via video conference.  The first is people want to see more "community policing," and local police work more hand-in-hand with mental health providers to deal with those issues.  The full County Legislature will take up the plan during its monthly meeting later this month.  All local law enforcement agencies are required to have their plans into Albany by Apr. 1.  The city of Jamestown's plan is to be acted on at the City Council's Mar. 29 meeting.


Cuomo urges New Yorkers to "wait for the facts" in sexual harassment investigation...
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has urged residents to "wait for the facts."  But... patience has grown thin in the state legislature, where leaders in the state Assembly have announced an impeachment investigation, a first step toward potentially removing Cuomo from office.  Cuomo has rebuffed calls to resign... as recently as last Friday during a conference call with state media... where he said he was "not elected by the politicians... but, the people."  Cuomo has staked his political future on the outcome of an independent investigation by state Attorney General Letitia James, who is examining allegations that the governor sexually harassed or inappropriately touched several female aides. 


If Cuomo resigns, or is impeached, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul would be his replacement...
New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul is known as a loyal promoter of the Cuomo administration's agenda and tireless campaigner for races at every level.  The steelworker's daughter and Democrat from western New York has leveraged an upbeat and approachable style to pull off challenging electoral wins in a career that has taken her from a town board to county clerk and Congress.  With calls for Governor Andrew Cuomo's resignation over sexual misconduct allegations growing louder, Hochul is in line to take his place.  That would make her New York's first female governor. 


Wolf says he wants to phase-out PA's gasoline tax...
In a deepening stalemate over financing highways and public transit... Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf wants to phase out the state's gasoline tax... and, is appointing a commission to recommend alternative ways to pay for the state's needs.  Wolf on Friday ordered a commission of lawmakers, transportation industry representatives, transportation planners, government officials and others to deliver recommendations by Aug. 1 of funding alternatives to foot the extra billions of dollars deemed to be necessary.  The gas tax that Wolf calls "burdensome" isn't keeping pace with construction needs as vehicles become more fuel-efficient and more motorists buy electric vehicles, transportation officials say.  The gas tax is number-two in the nation.


 

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Man armed with Machete arrested following alleged domestic incident... A Jamestown man police say was armed with a machete has been arrested following a domestic incident on the city's southside ...

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