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Federal and state emergency officials in County today to review flood damage in Brocton and Portland...

State and Federal emergency management officials are in the county today to get a handle on the damage caused by flash flooding that hit the Brocton-Portland area in late June.  County Executive Greg Edwards says state, county and local officials are meeting with representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Edwards says they'll be determining whether affected counties and their municipalities qualify for emergency aid.  He says the local numbers are being "packaged up" with damage estimates from the central part of the state and sent first to Albany... then to Washington where the final calculations will be made.  Edwards says Emergency Services Director Julius Leone estimated local damage at $800,000.

Unattended candle labled as cause of Kennedy house fire Sunday night...

An unattended candle is the apparent cause of a blaze that's destroyed a Kennedy home.  Sheriff's Department Fire Investigators say Kennedy firefighters were called to the scene at 2094 Route 62 in the town of Poland just before 7 o'clock Monday night.  Fire investigators say two youths were in the home at the time... but, escaped the house unhurt.  However... some family pets died in the blaze.  Kenndy firefighters were joined at the scene by Frewburg, Falconer, and the Kiantone Fire Departments.  Authorities say the home is a complete loss... and, the family is being assisted by the local Red Cross.

One person seriously hurt in Bemus Point area ATV accident...

One woman was seriously hurt last weekend when she was hit by an All-Terrain Vehicle on Mahanna Road near Bemus Point.  Sheriff's officers say the ATV... operated by Kristen Brown of Amherst... was operating on property at 4812 Mahanna Rd. in the town of Ellery shortly before 6:30 p.m. Saturday.  Deputies say Brown tried to slow the ATV down... and, accidently hit the throttle.  Officers say she and her passenger, Julieann Brown -- who owned the ATV -- where thrown from the vehicle when it struck a picnic table.  However... officers say a woman sitting at the table... Lori Lang... was struck... and, the ATV and table landed on top of her.  She suffered head, chest, and back injuries... and, was flown from the scene to the Hamot Medical Center in Erie for treatment.  The investigation is continuing.

Consultant hired to help town of Ellicott match up with potential developer of I-86 interchanges...

An Oklahoma-based business consulting firm has been hired by the town of Ellicott to look into bringing more retail development to it's three interchanges on Interstate 86.  The Town Board recently approved hiring Retail Attractions to try to bring in new businesses to Exit 11 at Strunk Road... Exit 12 -- just north of Jamestown... and, Exit 13 at Falconer.  Town Supervisor Cecil Miller believes there are still plenty of "great opportunities" for development at all three locations... given the success of Harley-Davidson of Jamestown at Exit 13.  Miller says the firm will be able to look at the property... and, tell them what kind of business they can sustain and grow.  He says they have the infrastructure in place at Exits 12 and 13... and, there is some additional interest in Exit 12, but, he's not at liberty to talk about it right now.  There's been very little in the way of "planned interchange" development in the Jamestown-area... aside from Exit 12... and, some at 13.  Miller says the $1,500 cost to hire Retail Attractions was budgeted for this year.  The firm is an economic development consultant that has built good working relationships with more than 50 restaurants and retail businesses.

Jamestown man arrested for alleged drug, weapons possession charges at Blue Heron Festival...

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly being in possession of a large knife... and, several bindles of heroin at the Blue Heron Festival in Sherman last weekend.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene about 1:30 a.m. last Saturday by Festival Security Staff.  Deputies says security personnel were told about a person believed to be selling narcotics on the festival grounds.  They say security confronted the man... identified as 28 year-old Rashid Jabbar of East Sixth Street... and, found he was in possession of a large fixed blade knife, unsheathed in his pants pocket.  Security detained Jabbar and took him to their headquarters... but, while enroute, Jabbar allegedly threw seven bindles of a powdery substance onto the ground.  Sheriff's officers were called in to respond... and, Deputies field tested the substance and found it was heroin.  Deputies arrested Jabbar for third-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance because the substance was packaged for sale.  He was also arraigned in Sherman Town Court for Criminal Possession of a Weapon... and, sent to the county jail without bail.


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