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A city man is jailed after police found him and a woman inside an apartment on Jamestown's eastside that neither lived-in late last Saturday night. City Police were called to the scene about 9:40 PM for a alleged burglary in progress. On arrival... officers saw the unidentified female suspect inside one of the apartments. She was detained... as was the second subject... identified as 33 year-old Jay Peck of Walnut Street. Peck was reportedly found hiding elsewhere in the apartment. Police determined the woman had a valid order of protection against him... and, Peck was arrested for first-degree criminal contempt... and, aggravated family offense. He was being held pending arraignment.
Last Friday's heavy rains are being partially blamed for one car crashing into another vehicle... then a building... in the town of Hanover. Sheriff's Deputies say 18 year-old Lydia Baake of Angola was eastbound on Routes 5 and 20 just after 7:30 PM when she lost control of her vehicle... and, it and hydroplaned into oncoming traffic. Deputies say Baake's car struck an oncoming vehicle operated by 78 year-old John Peterson of Dunkirk. Officers say her car then continued forward... and, struck the building. Baake and her passenger... 20 year-old Matthew Mardino of North Collins... were unhurt. John Peterson also wasn't hurt... but, his passenger, 73 year-old Carol Peterson... was taken to Lake Shore Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Baake was ticketed for speeding... and, failure to keep right.
A local maker of heavy-duty truck and vehicle engines will soon become one of the first in the world to make a natural gas-powered engine. Jamestown Engine Plant Manager Mike Abbate tells us that getting the new, X-12 on-line is one of the company's biggest challenges in competing in the U-S and Global Markets. During a recent interview... Abbate said they're excited about the move... which will involve making the current X-12 line inter-changeable for diesel and natural gas. However... he adds they want to make sure they maintain their high standards of quality. Abbate says they'll also continue to have their other two, diesel engine lines running -- including their long-time stand-by, the ISM, 11-liter motor. He says Cummins has been able to stablize it's labor situation at the Jamestown plant by grabbing a larger share of the U-S market. In fact... he says 40-percent of the heavy-duty trucks you see on the road have a Cummins engine inside it. Abbate says they've done it by being ready for changes in the marketplace.
A Dunkirk man who fled the state before being convicted of sex abuse has been sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison. Local media outlets report that 47-year-old Paul Turley was sentenced last Friday in Niagara County Court... where his trial was underway in January when he left the courtroom and didn't return. U.S. Marshals tracked him down, along with his wife, in Tucson, Arizona, in February. He and his wife, Diane, were found hiding out at a home of an acquaintance. After taking off... Turley was found guilty of sexually abusing two young girls in North Tonawanda during the 1990s. Diane Turley has been charged with hindering prosecution.
Federal tax records show a lobbying group created to support Goveronr Andrew Cuomo's policies saw a drop off from 17-million dollars in donations in 2011 to zero after donors had to be identified by law. The Committee to Save New York received 17.4-million dollars in donations in 2011 when contributors were anonymous. But... when the state ethics board required donors to be identified after July 2012, the group got no donations. The tax record provided by the committee shows the group received 1.15-million dollars in January of 2012, five months before names would have to be revealed. Those included a payment by one person of 600-thousand dollars. The business-based committee has funded TV ad blitzes boosting Cuomo's proposals and popularity at no cost to his campaign.
A motion supporting the "re-powering" project at NRG's Power Plant in Dunkirk has been introduced by two Jamestown Democrats on the Chautauqua County Legislature. Current Minority Leader Robert Whitney... and, past Minority Leader Lori Cornell are pushing for the measure... which will go to committee this week. Cornell has criticized past use of motionis... but, says the proposed, 500-million dollar project is one that needs state support for a number of reasons. Cornell says she believes a motion is appropriate in this case because the project has a "direct impact on our local economy... and, local tax base." The Dunkirk native says if there is enough support, the motion would then be considered by the full County Legislature later this month. If there is state support for the Re-powering Project... it would convert the NRG Plant from a coal-fired facility to one powered by natural gas.
A New York man who was charged with fraud after filing a lawsuit claiming part ownership of Facebook wants a judge to stop the criminal case from moving forward. Paul Ceglia of Wellsville says he believes Facebook is behind the criminal charges. The Menlo Park, California-based social media company declined to respond to the allegations. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan charged Ceglia last fall, saying he tried to swindle Facebook and founder Mark Zuckerberg out of part of the company by doctoring a 2003 contract. That contract is the basis of Ceglia's 2010 civil suit. Ceglia's lawyer, Joseph Alioto, asked a judge in Buffalo on Friday to suspend the criminal case until the civil action is over, arguing it's interfering with the suit. The judge reserved decision. A magistrate judge's recommendation that the civil case should be dismissed is pending.