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A member of the Fredonia Village Board is facing a sex related charge following an incident at a local bar.  Fredonia Police say that 43-year-old Joe Cerrie was bartending at Heenan's Pub on East Main Street around 1:30am on Friday, June 28th.  While talking with a 28-year-old female patron, police say Cerrie allegedly touched her breasts which were covered by a dress.  Cerrie was arraigned in Village Court and released on his own recognizance.  Cerrie has been on the Village Board for ten years.  Cerrie, Police Chief Brad Meyers, and Mayor Steve Keefe would not comment on the incident when reached for comment.


Two people were flown to Hamot Medical Center in Erie following an accident in the town of Poland Tuesday afternoon.  Chautauqua County Sheriff's Deputies report that just after 3pm on Route 394 an Eastbound Sedan turned onto Drybrook Road in front of a West bound Pickup truck.  The pickup struck the sedan in the front passenger side  causing severe damage to both vehicles.   The sedan's driver 16 year old Boon Exford of Cattaraugus admitted to miss judging the speed of the oncoming pick up truck causing the collision.  Exford was not injured, but his passenger Linda Exford of Cattaraugus and the driver of the pick up truck Clinton Wait of Randolph were flown to Hamot Medical Center in Erie for unknown non-life threatening injuries.  Deputies were assisted at the scene by Falconer and Kennedy Fire Departments, All Star ambulance, Starflight, and Stat Medivac helicopters.  No charges will be filed.


Jamestown Board of Public Utilities' crews restored power to parts of Jamestown's eastside... and, the industrial corridor... late yesterday afternoon.  That after a possible power surge tripped off a transformer in Falconer.  The problem apparently triggered flames that damaged one side of the Rand Machine Company.  There were reports of a couple of sounds -- like explosions -- that occured in the area about 9:15 last night... but, BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says crews are still trying to determine what happened.  Robbins says the first set of outages occured with an underground cable shortly before 4 PM Monday. When the underground cable faulted... Robbins says the Cassadaga and Buffalo Street Water pumps failed... but, came back on line after power was initially restored.  Robbins says two transformers were replaced... while others in the area of the outage were also checked.  Robbins adds a water main break and valve replacement occurred later in the day Monday in the area of Bush School, near English, Sanford and Pardee Streets. 


The president and vice-president for the Jamestown School Board over the past year will again lead the panel in a new year that includes a new face... and, new challenges.  The board last night approved Joe DiMaio again as board president... even though he was out-of-town, and couldn't attend the meeting.  In addition... Laurel Lucas will serve again as the board's vice-president.  Lucas ran the meeting once she was re-elected... and, says she appreciates the other board member's support.  As for the new face... she says she's looking forward to working with new Superintendent Tim Mains... who comes from Rochester. Those "new things" include new core curriculum requirements.  But... Lucas says the board works "well as a team."  Mains will take over as school Superintendent at the beginning of August with the retirement of current Superintendent Deke Kathman.  Mains was an internal controls administrator in Rochester. 


The Jamestown School Board also held the first "reading" of the district's new policy book.  Kathman says the BOCES Policy Management Service is helping with the update.  He asked board members to look it over during the next two weeks because he would like to have the manual completely updated before Tim Mains takes over.


A two-car accident at a Jamestown intersection last weekend has left one woman hurt... while another was charged with running a red-light.  State Police in Jamestown say 25 year-old Stephanie Grice of Jamestown was driving her car on North Main Street about 2 PM Sunday when she allegedly ran the light at the intersection with Fourth Street.  Troopers say Grice's vehicle struck the second car... which was driven by an unidentified 22 year-old city woman.  The second driver complained of neck pain, and was taken to WCA Hospital for treatment.  Grice was ticketed for failing to stop at a red light... and, issued an appearance ticket.


The state Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing at the SUNY College at Fredonia's Williams Center in two weeks on the proposed NRG Repowering Project.  Regional State Senator Cathy Young is urging the public to not only attend the hearing... but, to make public comment. Young says presentations by National Grid and NRG with a question-and-answer period will be held from 6 to 7 PM on Monday, July 15th.  The hearing itself will begin at 7 PM.  Young says this will be the last chance for the local community to make a case for the project... because the public comment period ends July 26th.  She says the PSC will make a decision in either August or September.  Young... who chairs the Western New York Repowering Coalition... sent a letter to the PSC seeking the hearing.  She followed that up with a phone call to the Commission... which announced the hearing last Friday.


Governor Andrew Cuomo has established a powerful investigative body to examine the state Board of Elections and potential wrongdoing by legislators in campaign fundraising.  Cuomo outlined the panel this morning at the state capitol.  He announced his attentions two weeks ago after abandoning efforts this year at legislative reforms. That followed federal bribery and embezzlement charges filed against several state lawmakers.  The committee, established under New York's anti-corruption Moreland Act, will have subpoena power and go after the influence of campaign contributions.  Similar panels ordered by governors over decades have resulted in lengthy corruption probes and arrests.  The commission is chaired by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Syracuse District Attorney William Fitzpatrick and attorney Milton Williams.


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