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Local News Headlines

Local News Headlines


A Cattaraugus County man has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing several children between the ages of 11 and 14 in the Salamanca area.  Sheriff's Deputies in Little Valley say 71 year-old Leonard Redeye of 37-61 Center Road faces six counts of first-degree... and, three counts of second-degree sexual abuse.  These charges stem from an investigation in which it's alleged that Redeye engaged in sexual contact with the children on a number of occasions from 2002 to now.  Redeye was arraigned in Town of Salamanca court and released on his own recognizance.  He is scheduled to appear in town of Salamanca Court at a later date.


Four people were sent to the hospital following a head on collision in Warren, Pennsylvania Tuesday.  State Police in Warren say 29 year old William Fiscus of Sheffield was traveling west on State Route 6 onto Cherry Grove Road in Mead Township when he pulled into the path of an eastbound vehicle causing them to hit head on.  The crash sent the second vehicle driven by Renee Bloom of Kane across the lanes of the road and into an embankment.  The drivers and their occupants were all taken to Warren General Hospital with minor to moderate injuries.  Both vehicles were towed from the scene.


The Lakewood Village Board will decide in two weeks on putting a moratorium on allowing adult novelty stores in the village until it's zoning can be updated.  That from Mayor David Wordelmann... who says the board will hold a public hearing on the matter at it's May 13th meeting at 6:45 PM.  The move comes after a proposal to open a store in the Jamestown Mattress Company Plaza on Fairmount Avenue was withdrawn.  Wordelmann says the owner of the proposed store had gone before the planning board... but, the panel had nothing to refer to in deciding on whether to issue a special permit. Wordelmann is referring to the fact the board passed a similar moratorium on earlier this year regarding vehicle sales... storage sheds... and, electronic advertising signs. The person applying for the special use permit... Jill Laemmerhirt (Laymmer-hurt)... told village officials she wanted to put the shop in an area away from schools... parks... and, where children generally would be.  Laemmerhirt was to lease out space in the small plaza near the intersection with Shadyside Avenue.  However... The Post-Journal reports the deal apparently fell through.


Months after the Cuomo administration promised a decision ``within weeks'' on whether to allow hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, it now says there's ``no timetable for a decision.''  State officials say recent meetings with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have provided new information that's factoring into the state health review.  Health commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah says Wednesday he recently met with EPA officials in Washington to discuss the drilling technology known as ``fracking.''  It's fiercely opposed by environmental groups and Cuomo's Democratic base.  Supporters of hydraulic fracturing to extract gas from upstate shale deposits say it will provide a long-needed economic boost to the region.


Governor Cuomo wants to postpone a referendum on whether to allow major casinos off Indian land in New York.  That vote by the public to amend the constitution to allow casino gambling beyond tribal facilities had been anticipated this November.  But... Cuomo says the lack of statewide political races could reduce voter turnout and support for the referendum.


Registration is underway for the city of Jamestown's annual comprehensive "Spring Clean-up" later this month.  "Hands on Jamestown" is scheduled for Saturday, May 18th... beginning with check-in at 8 AM on Tracy Plaza.  However... there are a couple of changes this year.  The event is now being put on by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation... and, it's not just focused on the downtown-area.  JRC Event and Marketing Associate Tiffani Conti says they'll be spreading out into some of the city's neighborhoods... so they could use some extra hands this year. Conti says people should come prepared to pick-up litter... sweep... rack... and mulch.  She says "Hands on Jamestown" has become a major event because it kind of "kicks-off" the busy Summer season downtown.  Conti urges people to register so they have an idea of how many people will be attending.  She adds that this year -- for the first time -- you can register on-line at jrconline-dot-ORG.  Conti adds that those who pre-register will get a free T-shirt as a "thank-you" for your time and effort.  Check -n on May 18th begins at 8 AM on Tracy Plaza... and, a continental breakfast will be provided.  M & T Bank is back this year as the event's main sponsor.


Jamestown-area motorists are enjoying slightly lower gasoline prices again this week... as the price per gallon is down 2 cents.  The Triple-A's Fuel Gauge reports the cost for regular, unleaded... is now 3-dollars-79 cents.  That's about 28 cents higher than the national, retail average of 3-dollars-51 cents.  The national price is a penny less than one week ago... and, 13 cents less than one month ago.  Gas stations in much of the country must make the retail switch to selling summer-blend gasoline by June 1st.  However... refineries make the shift to summer blend in March and April in order to meet a May 1st production deadline.  During this switch... regional production is reduced and supplied markets are more sensitive to unexpected disruptions, as was the case during the recent storms in the Midwest.