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Erie man arrested for alleged shooting death in Waterford, PA...
An Erie County, Pennsylvania man has been arrested in Ripley for allegedly shooting and killing another man during an incident early yesterday morning in Waterford Township.  State Police in Erie say 43 year-old William Concini of Erie was arrested... with the help of Chautauqua County Sheriff's officers... shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday.  Troopers say Concini allegedly shot the victim at 12508 West Drive about 6:30 a.m. and fled the scene.  The car was found about 10 a.m. in Ripley.  State Police say anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call state Police in Erie at (814)-898-1641. 


City woman accused of vehicular assault after drunk driving accident...
A Jamestown woman is accused of vehicular assault after allegedly driving drunk in a single-car crash in the village of Brocton Tuesday night.  State Police in Fredonia say they arrested 25 year-old Victoria Bradberry after investigating the accident on Old Mill Road... which was reported just after 7 p.m.  Troopers say they saw Bradberry, showing obvious signs of impairment and admitted to drinking alcohol before driving.  Bradberry was taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital... while two passengers -- one an 11 year-old child -- were taken by Mercyflight to other area hospitals.  Police have charged her with two counts of second-degree vehicular assualt... endangering the welfare of a child... and, other vehicle and traffic violations.  Bradberry was taken to the county jail pending arraignment.


Juvenile arrested for alleged stabbing in Dunkirk...
A stabbing that occured on Central Avenue in Dunkirk late Tuesday evening remains under investigation.  Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano says the lone victim in the 9:30 p.m. incident had to be flown to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania for treatment.  The suspect, who is under the age of 18, has been petition to Youth Part of Chautauqua County Court on a charge of first degree assault.


Goodell says budget work is moving foward, but, slowly...
New York state lawmakers are now fully-focusing their efforts on trying to get a new, 2021-2022 budget plan in place.  The deadline is Midnight Wednesday... but, it will likely be early next week before final votes are taken on all 12 of those bills.  Those are the feelings of local Assemblyman Andy Goodell... who told us Wednesday morning that only one bill has been brought forward.  However... it isn't considered a "live bill" until later today.  Goodell says lawmakers will remain in Albany until they finish the budget, possibly early next week.  Goodell says... given the state receiving just under $13-billion from the $1.9-trillion American Rescue Plan... the state should be in pretty good shape for the next fiscal year.  The new spending plan is expected to increase the budget to around $200-billion.  However... the Jamestown-area Republican says he's concerned about a huge budget deficit for 2022-23.


Borrello, Goodell vote against legalizing marijuana bill approved by the legislature...
Governor Andrew Cuomo has now signed the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act just hours after the state legislature approved it.   The Senate... and, then the Assembly passed the measure late Tuesday.  Sunset Bay Republican Senator George Borrello was among 23 Senators voting against the legislation.  Borrello says it's not responsible legislation because it handcuffs police from being able to prove someone is driving while under the influence.  He says... for the most part... the bill takes away most "probable cause" aspects of the law, including marijuana being found in plain sight.  Goodell opposed it in the Assembly, where all Republicans and about a dozen Democrats voted against it.  Borrello says it also fails "miserably" to protect the health and safety of New Yorkers.  The bill establishes the Office of Cannabis Management, and expands the state's existing medical marijuana and cannabinoid hemp programs.  


County reports 15 New COVID-19 cases Thursday...
There are only 15 new confirmed cases of the COVID-19 Virus being reported in Chautauqua County over the past day... but, hospitalizations are up to five.  The county's Health Department reports seven of the new cases are from the Jamestown 14701 zip code... and, that brings the total number to 8,235.  The number of recovered cases is now nearly 8-thousand... at 7,931.  Officials say there are 162 active cases.  There were no new deaths.  The seven-day positivity rate is 1.2-percent.


Jamestown School Board approves just over $86-million Capital Improvement Project...
The Jamestown School Board has approved putting a five-year, $86.5-million Capital Improvement Project up for a public vote on Tuesday, May 18.  The board Tuesday night approved the project... which would be reimbursed at a rate of 98-percent by New York state.  Board President Paul Abbott says the district has saved the remaining 2-percent needed to fund the local share, so there would be no local tax impact.  Abbott says there are three goals for the project; modernizing classrooms and student spaces, improving safety and security, and maintaining our investment in our school buildings.  He says the board "understands the importance of being forward-thinking in ensuring that our district's buildings and infrastructure stay up-to-date but that we also do it in the most cost-effective way for our community."  Abbott says the project will start with work on six schools... including JHS, Persell Middle School, Fletcher Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Ring Elementary School, and the Tech Academy.

 


  

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