City police are looking for a woman they say walked into a convenience store on Jamestown's northside Sunday afternoon... and, stole a donation cannister full of money. City investigators say the white female went into the Robo Mini-Mart at 817 North Main Street shortly before 4 PM... and, took the donation cannister for the "Cents for St. Susan's" fund-raiser. Officers say the woman is in her 20s... and, was wearing a light blue top. Police say they have a surveillance photo of the woman. City police say anyone who may have information on the woman should call them at 483-7537... or you can leave an anonymous tip at the JPD Tip-Line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477. Police say all calls will be kept confidential.
A Conewango Valley man is being treated at an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital after the feed truck he was driving went out of control... rolled over... and, crashed in the town of Sherman. Sheriff's officers say 32 year-old Justin Raynor was southbound on Route 76 just after 7:30 AM Monday morning when he lost control of the vehicle. Deputies say the truck left the road... and, came back onto the roadway when it overturned. The vehicle traveled on it's passenger side until it went off the road... and, crashed into a ravine. Raynor was taken to the Hamot Medical Center to be evaluated. Deputies say Route 76 had limited access between Interstate 86, and Bailey Hill Road for about an hour-and-a-half... before it was closed until sometime after 12:30 PM.
The Jamestown City Council has taken another step towards establishing a Parking Violations Tribunal designed to allow hearing officers to handle 'non-moving' traffic infractions. Last night... lawmakers unanimously agreed to ask the state to approve final "language" in the bill to establish the citizen panel. Council President Greg Rabb says they had to rush the measure through because the state legislature needs it before the end of the current session. State approval is needed to set up the tribunal... which Rabb says will help lighten the load on a busy city court schedule. Rabb adds the idea is to allow the court to deal with "more important" cases... which will help save money as well. Mayor Sam Teresi says Assemblyman Andy Goodell... and, State Senator Cathy Young will hopefully get the measure passed in both houses before the state legislative session ends Thursday.
There is another group interested in possibly buying the Chautauqua County Home in Dunkirk. That Monday from County Executive Greg Edwards. Edwards says the county is continuing to work with the Chicago-based Real Estate firm of Marcus and Millichap to try and identify potential buyers. He says they have another group that's gotten back in touch with them that's "very interested" in the home. Earlier this year... Edwards presented the County Legislature with a proposal to sell the facility to Altitude Health Services of Evanston, Illinois. However... lawmakers failed to muster the needed 17 votes to sell the Home for about 16.5-million dollars. Edwards admits it has not been easy finding a buyer as more public facilities hit the market in New York. He says two more county-operated nursing homes have been put on the market... and, with that... the price gets pushed down. Edwards says the Chautauqua County Home is continuing to lose about 72-hundred dollars a day under county ownership.
One of Chautauqua County's two elections commissioners says there would be some additional cost in the beginning... but, he believes that early voting is an idea whose time has come in New York. The county legislature's Administrative Services Committee, though, dealt last night with a motion opposing state legislation to enact early voting. Democrat Elections Commissioner Norm Green says early voting is already allowed in 32 states... and, he believes the local board has a good plan in place to make it work. Green says the plan he and Brian Abram have put together would involve five voting sites... including the Board of Election's offices in Mayville. He says the time period being looked at by the state is within 14 days of the election. Green says they have determined the cost would be about 30-thousand dollars per election. Green says some of the cost savings would come from decreasing the work-load at the county's current poll sites on the actual election day. As for whether early voting brings out more voters... he says the states that currently allow it have been about 30-percent of their registered voters take advantage of it.
Governor Cuomo says he expects his women's rights agenda... and, the abortion proposal that threatens its passage to be taken off the negotiating table. Cuomo says he hopes it can be taken up again next year when he and lawmakers are running for election. He spoke on public radio's ``The Capitol Pressroom'' Monday, a day after the Senate's Independent Democratic Conference introduced its own women's bill dropping the abortion provision. However, closed-door negotiations continue this week.