In the town of Busti yesterday... one of the first Memorial Day observances in Chautauqua County was held. The Southwestern Middle School Marching Band performed the National Anthem as part of the service at the Gazebo near the hamlet's five-corners. The main speaker was the Reverend Roy Ferguson of Busti Federated Church... who told the story of 16 year-old Nancy Sullivan... who grew up in Minnesota in the 1950s. She was struggling to understand why her late Uncle Bud... who was killed during World War-Two... was a hero. Sullivan asked her grandmother about it... and, she got out a metal box with his belongs retrieved from a battlefield in Italy. Nancy right away related to his driver's license. Then her grandmother pulled out the deed to her house.Nancy Sullivan's story was in a recent "Guideposts" magazine. Ferguson says she began thinking about what life might have been like if he had lived. At that point... Ferguson says... Sullivan realized what sacrifice... and, being a hero meant.
A bizarre, two-car accident involving a deer in Warren County's Pine Grove Township last Sunday has left one person dead. State Police in Warren say one of the vehicles, operated by 57 year-old Daryl Buchanon of Russell, Pennsylvania was northbound on Route 62 about 2 PM when he first struck the deer with his pick-up truck -- near of Valentine Road. Troopers say the deer became airborne... and, went through the driver's side windshield of a southbound car... driven by 33 year-old Vickie Hussey of Warren. Police say Hussey was pronounced dead at the scene. One of her two passengers was taken to Warren General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The other passenger... and, Buchanon... were not hurt. Several fire companies responded to the scene... along with All-Star EMS from Jamestown.
In Jamestown... those who gave the ultimate sacrifice were remembered during the annual service at Soldier's Circle... but, especially... those in Vietnam. The main speaker was local veteran Mike Rauh... who made special mention of those who served during the 1960s and early 1970s. Pastor for the Jamestown service... Ron Lemon of Koinania (Coin-uh-Nee-uh) Christian Fellowship Church in Frewsburg... says Rauh's speech struck a special cord with him. Lemon says many of those veterans are still struggling with physical, and psychological problems caused by combat. Lemon has an uncle who served overseas in Vietnam. As for being asked to be presiding pastor for the annual service... he says it was a great honor. ALSO Monday... the annual Fentonville Methodist Church Memorial Day service was held... followed by the march to the Fentonville Cemetery. County Legislator Tom Erlandson was the guest speaker. And... the Lakewood-Celoron Parade and service was held late Monday morning. The parade began at Southwestern Central School and proceeded to Sunset Hill Cemetery. The service followed.
A city man is jailed without bail for allegedly selling "crack cocaine" in Jamestown and the surrounding area. City police say 23 year-old Alex Oliveras was arrested at the corner of Harrison and Institute Streets early last weekend as part of their ongoing investigations into the sale of narcotics. Officers say they found Oliveras was selling and distributing "crack." Oliveras was taken into custody... and, later arraigned on charges including third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance... and, criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was then sent to the county lock-up. Anyone with information on illegal narcotics sales is asked to call the JPD Tip-Line 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
State officials are urging New York residents to prepare for hurricane season. The season starts June 1st and lasts through November. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said last week there is a 70-percent chance that this year will be more active than an average hurricane season. Governor Andrew Cuomo noted that New Yorkers are continuing to recover from Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. His administration is asking New Yorkers to develop or review their household disaster plans. Among other steps, state officials say people should have an emergency phone list and enough non-perishable food and water on hand to last about 10 days.
A New York state county executive plans to announce a new effort to bring fiscally stressed local governments together to share their best ideas before they become ``distressed'' under a new state definition. Ulster County Executive Mike Hein (HYN') wants local governments to help each other before they reach the ``distressed'' status that could trigger state involvement in restructuring local operations. TODAY... Hein says he will announce a series of statewide forums to identify the ways local governments have eased their fiscal pain that, left unchecked, can mean higher taxes and reduced or eliminated services. Hein is president of the New York State County Executives Association and has discussed the effort with Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Police are investigating a tractor-trailer rollover that led to the spill of about 6-thousand gallons of liquid manure in the Southern Tier. The Steuben County Sheriff's Office tells local media that a tractor-trailer owned by a local dairy farm rolled over last Saturday afternoon on a road in Bath... about 60 miles south of Rochester. The rollover ruptured a tank containing the manure. As many as 40 gallons of diesel fuel also was spilled.