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News Bulletin for Mon, May 17, 2021

A Cattaraugus County man has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for receiving pictures of naked girls through Instagram nearly five years ago.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 30 year-old Shane Guay of Olean was given the sentence after being convicted of receiving child pornography... along with 10 years supervised release in federal court in Buffalo.  Prosecutors say Guay solicited minor girls through Instagram to produce images of child porn in Novmember of 2016.  He received images from a 12 year-old and 13 year-old girl.  During the investigation... law enforcement officers recovered 154 images and five videos of child pornography on electronic devices seized from Guay.  Some of the images included prepubescent children, as well as depictions of violence.


The Roger Tory Peterson Institute is offering free bird walks every Wednesday morning at 9 AM at its Curtis Street location.  They are led by Craig Thompson of Falconer… Vice Chair of the Audubon Council of New York State.  Thompson says seasonal migrations are reaching a peak, so this is the ideal time to go out.  He believes taking a bird walk can open the door to many other things.   This week’s walk will focus on nests and nesting behaviors.  While the Wednesday walks are free, reservations are needed.  Phone or email the Peterson Institute by 5 PM on Tuesday.


An Olean man is safe after being reported as missing for thirteen days.  Cole Geise, was found over the weekend behind the 500 block of a Family Dollar store near Boardman Park in the Cattaraugus County city.  Police, friends and family had put out special alerts across the Southern Tier communities via social media looking for the 21 year old autistic man.  Geise was uninjured and reunited with his family late Saturday night.


A portion of Route 60 was closed to traffic on Saturday as a result of a rollover crash.  The accident happened around 3:30 between Eagle Street and Lakeview Avenue where two vehicles had collided.   Eye witnesses said one of the cars went airborne and rolled over numerous times before finally resting on its roof.  Two medevac helicopters were called to the scene and were assisted by New York State Police, Altar EMS, Dunkirk and Cassadaga fire departments. As of Sunday afternoon there was no report on the health status of those injured.  


Just a few hours later in the Town of Westfield emergency personal responded to a one-vehicle rollover crash on I-90.  According to New York State Police 36 year old Ropi Ma of Buffalo attempted to change lanes and did not see a vehicle which caused Ma to lose control and roll into a ditch.  Ma was transported by MedEvac to Hamot Medical Center in Erie where he was being treated for head injuries.  The passenger in the car was uninjured.


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has yet to say whether he'll change his state's mask or social distancing rules in light of new federal guidance that eases rules for fully vaccinated people.  Cuomo said Thursday that the state's mask mandate is still in place as his administration reviews the new federal guidance and consults with health officials in neighboring states.  His office said there's no immediate update Friday.  In April 2020... the governor first required all people in New York over age 2 to wear a mask when out in public or unable to distance themselves from others.


The Jamestown City Council will hold a special work session-retreat tonight... touring both the National Comedy Center and the new addition to the nearby Northwest Arena.  Lawmakers will meet at 6:30... and, begin by doing a walkthrough of the three-story addition to the arena before a discussion is held on the project, and the history of the train station renovation and the comedy center's development.  After that... Mayor Eddie Sundquist says they'll then tour the comedy center.   Sundquist says center officials believe it's important to have a conversation with council members after the controversy earlier this year over the center's initial decision not to host a polling site in 2021.  After some discussion... the center agreed to do that again this year.  However... it's anticipated the site may be different in 2022.  Sundquist made his comments for last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.


Jamestown High School will hold a Senior Prom on Saturday, June 5th, at Jefferson School's Athletic Complex.  Jamestown Principle Dana Williams says they are excited to see the seniors able to have a prom with everything they've had to go through over the past year.  Williams adds, "The health and safety of our students is always our number one priority and we are confident we can hold a prom for our seniors that is fun, but also safe.” Students will need to sign up in groups of 10 which will become their dancing and table group for the entire event.


A unique bakery that serves a variety of items from cream puffs, to cheesecake, sugar cookies and scones has opened in the main concourse area of the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood.  Mall officials welcomed Sweets Pastry and Fudge, which opened early last weekend.  Officials say Founder Jaycee Moore is also offering 52 flavors of fudge.  Moore is currently working on obtaining her associates degree in Baking and Pastry Arts at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts... and, it's brought her a great deal of knowledge and experience, especially in French inspired techniques and specialty products.  Sweets Pastry and Fudge will be located  in the center of the mall near Kay Jewelers.  In addition to fresh baked goods and fudge, Sweets Pastry and Fudge will serve regular and specialty flavored coffees.  The bakery’s hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday from 9:30 AM to 7 PM... and, Sundays from 9:30 AM to 6 PM.


SUNY Jamestown Community College graduates received their diplomas in person on Saturday at the Cattaraugus County Campus and on Sunday at the Jamestown Campus.  Donning caps and gowns, graduates accompanied by their families lined the college’s two campuses to receive their degrees and certificates in-person after an academic year of mostly hybrid instruction.  Seventy-eight graduates from the Cattaraugus County Campus were recognized while 232 were recognized on the Jamestown Campus. The college’s virtual ceremony debuted on Friday evening, honoring a total of 1,114 students who completed their degree as far back as the summer of 2019.  Catharine Young, former state senator representing Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, and parts of Livingston counties, likened the graduates to a “beautiful phoenix rising from the ashes” for completing their coursework amid the COVID-19 pandemic during the keynote address.