The director of the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education Coalition says it's great to be back in Chautauqua County as part of an exciting, new initiative. Actually... Dr. Peter Beeson says STEM is not completely new to the United States... though it is in Chautauqua County. Beeson was introduced to members of the coalition during a check presentation to the local "Dream It -- Do It" Western New York program at Cummins Engine's Jamestown plant. Beeson says the idea is to show students... mainly in elementary and middle schools... how subjects such as math are used in the "real world...." Just recently... a group of 5th Graders at Bemus Point Elementary School got to tour Cummins... and, learn more about the heavy-duty engine manufacturer. Beeson says they hope to spark the students interest in what they should look for in a career... and, he calls Cummins the ultimate "teachable moment" for the STEM program. The STEM Education Coalition was able to hire Beeson... mainly through a three-year, 235-thousand dollar grant from Cummins Engine... and, the Cummins Foundation. Most recently... he was a Research Physical Scientist with the U-S Department of Agriculture in Maryland. He earned his engineering doctorate at Penn State University.
A Mayville man suffered what appears to be minor injuries in a one-car, rollover crash early Saturday morning in the town of Chautauqua. Sheriff's officers add that 25 year-old Joshua Sundlov was apparently driving drunk at the time. Deputies say Sundlov was westbound shortly after 3 this morning when he lost control of the vehicle... and, it struck a ditch -- rolling the vehicle over. Sundlov was taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital for treatment. An investigation led to him being charged with driving while intoxicated... aggravated unlicened operation... and, numerous other vehicle and traffic charges.
Hamburg Police were called to the Toys R Us on McKinley Street just before 6 a.m. Saturday morning. WIVB TV in Buffalo is reporting that a male employee of the store was assaulted inside and taken to Mercy Hospital. The victim, Laurence Wells,35, of Blasdell was in grave condition at the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. He was the Assistant Store Manager at Toys R Us. The suspect is described as a male 5’9 to 5’11 who was last seen wearing a Florida Gators championship hat from 2007. His race or motive has not yet been determined as surveillance footage from inside the store is not clear enough for officials to see. According to his Obituary Laurence Wells was a graduate of Pine Valley Central School class of 1996. Police are looking for evidence inside a green car found in the parking lot of the store although it is unknown if the suspect fled by foot or by car.
Two city men have been arrested for allegedly getting into a fight with a third man in front of the victim's teenaged child. Jamestown police were called to the scene on Cross Street -- near Crescent Street -- early last weekend. Prior to arrival... officers say 46 year-old David Brown... and, 33 year-old James Brown... had gotten into a fight with the unidentified man. Police say the victim was able to get inside his home... but, James Brown then kicked in the door.... and, David Brown allegedly threw a can of beer at the victim. Polcie say all of this was seen by the victim's 13 year-old child. Both Brown's were arrested. James is charged with second-degree burglary and harassment... and, endangering the welfare of a child. David Brown was charged with second-degree harassment... and, child endangerment. Both were jailed... pending arraignment.
Officials from Catholic Charities of Buffalo say social media played a key role in helping them exceed their 2013 Appeal by more than 100-thousand dollars. Appeal Chairman Steve Ulrich says they're excited to have reached... and, passed the 10.7-million dollar mark with a few days remaining in the charities' 2012-13 fiscal year. A month ago... Ulrich says they weren't sure if they were going to make the goal. But... he says new donors made the difference in raising more than 10.8-million dollars. Ulrich says a lot of them were reached through social media.
Ulrich says the new donors included both Catholics and non-Catholics. He says two large gifts near the end really put them over the top. As for Chautauqua County... he was very pleased with how the campaign went here. They exceeded the 400-thousand dollar mark that had been set here... finishing at nearly 403-thousand dollars. Catholic Charities has two offices in the county... one in Dunkirk the other in Jamestown. Ulrich says exceeding their goal means they'll be able to help more people in the eight-country territory of Western New York.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature relied on an emergency provision in the constitution that allows lawmakers to suspend a requirement for three days' public review of bills during this year's end-of-session rush. Cuomo had said for weeks he wouldn't use the shortcuts. But... he and the Legislature did just that, adopting late amendments to two of the biggest bills passed in the final days of the 2013 session. The emergency that justified use of the messages was that nobody wanted to stick around Albany. The mostly overlooked message of necessity orders were amended versions of a casino expansion bill and another to enact a tax-free incentive to attract employers. Cuomo says the changes negotiated behind closed doors were only minor technical fixes.