A north county man was seriously hurt when a deer collided with his motorcycle on Route 5 in the town of Portland early last weekend. Sheriff's Deputies... and, the Brocton and Portland fire rescue teams were called to the scene just after 8 PM Friday. Officers say 38 year-old Juan Barreto-Rivas was westbound when the deer entered the roadway... and, collided with the motorcycle. Barreto-Rivas was initially taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital... then flown by helictoper to the Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania. He is being treated for serious injuries. Barreto-Rivas was wearing a helmet. No charges will be filed.
This past week's state Public Service Commission hearing for the NRG re-powering project was "an incredible outpouring of support... from a broad cross-section of citizens." That from Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum. Speaking late last week... Tranum said everyone from residents... to business organizations... and, educational institutions made their stance loud and clear to the PSC. Tranum says that NRG made "very good points" about their history of being involved in renewable energy during an earlier information session with the PSC. He says that converting the current plant to natural gas is "a move towards the future." Tranum adds it's "critically important that we get this facility repowered." Somewhere in the neighborhood of 25-hundred people attended last Monday's hearing at the SUNY College at Fredonia's Williams Center.
It's fair time in the region... and, the 133rd annual Chautauqua County Fair kicks them off this week at the Fairgrounds in Dunkirk. There are a few new parts to the week-long event... including a new amusement ride provider. However... there is still a lot of tradition... including the opening ceremonies this morning. Local and county officials... and, members of the fair board will be on hand at the Central Avenue location at 10 AM for the annual cannon shot. There are four new parts of the County Fair... including a new amusement ride vendor. The fair board ended it's long association with J-&-J Amusements after last year... and, Bates Brothers Amusements will be handling this year's rides. On our "Community Spotlight" program... Wilson said one benefit to the Chautauqua County Fair is the fact there is more room on the midway of the Dunkirk fairgrounds... which allows Bates Brothers to bring in more rides. The fair runs through Sunday, July 28th. For more information... go on-line to Chautauquacountyfair-dot-ORG.
A city woman whose car allegedly passed several cars unsafely on East Second Street late last Saturday night has been arrested for drunk driving. Jamestown police say 38 year-old Lisa Rodriguez passed the cars near the intersection with Cowing Street shortly before 11 PM. Officers pulled Rodriguez over at the intersection of Crscent and Kipp Streets... and, found her to be drunk. A blood test later showed her blood alcohol content was higher than point-1-8. Rodriguez was charged with driving while intoxicated, and Aggravated DWI... and, unsafe passing. She was held pending arraignment in city court.
New York's chief judge is looking at corporate in-house lawyers to help fill the need for legal services for those who can't afford it. Judge Jonathan Lippman has named a new committee to examine ways some 9,000 in-house lawyers who are not now admitted to practice law in New York can help meet the legal needs of the state's poor. In other efforts to close what Lippman has called a justice gap for millions of people forced to handle civil legal matters on their own... administrators are requiring 50 hours of free service work as a condition for getting a New York law license. At the same time... they want to raise the annual service goal for all lawyers to 50 hours yearly along with mandatory reporting every two years.
He had to bike part of the way... but, the Resouce Center's Community Relations Director, Steve Waterson, made it all the way from Jamestown to Dunkirk Friday, in support of Laurel Run. Waterson admits he had to use the bike for most of the distance. Several runners from local high schools took different legs of the relay Friday, as well. Waterson says he made the effort. Wayne and Elaine Hotelling of Silver Creek started Laurel Run in honor of their daughter Laurel, who has Down's Syndrome. Anyone who wants to contribute toward Steve Waterson's effort may still do so... by calling the Resource Center TODAY. The Laurel Run 8-K and related events are taking place last Saturday in Silver Creek.
People have rallied in New York City and dozens of other U.S. cities, urging authorities to press federal civil rights charges against a former neighborhood watch leader in Florida who was found not guilty in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin. The Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network organized the ``Justice for Trayvon'' rallies and vigils yesterday in at least 101 cities, including Miami, Los Angeles and Atlanta. Martin was not armed... and, was shot to death in a struggle between the two.
New York Yankees star relief pitcher Mariano Rivera and Mets slugger David Wright bolster the lineup for the newest ``I Love NY'' advertising campaign to encourage summer tourism in New York. They're among the Yankees and Mets who are featured in short TV ads to run on the Yankees' YES Network... and, the SportsNet NY station, which carries the Mets' games. The ads will include Yankees Manager Joe Girardi and relief pitcher David Robertson as well as Mets' second baseman Daniel Murphy and pitcher Matt Harvey. The ads seek to entice New Yorkers and out-of-state tourist to plan summer vacations that include Mets and Yankees games and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. But... the spots also promote New York's vineyards, West Point, lakes and other tourist destinations.