The public's help is being sought in finding a second car speeding on Fairmount Avenue in Jamestown late last Monday night when one of the vehicles crashed into a tree. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says investigators have talked with several witnesses to the crash... which occured near Meadow Lane about 10:30 PM. Both male occupants in the red Chevy Cobalt were hurt. Samuelson says they are now looking for information on the second car... a blue Malibu... which was also eastbound on Fairmount. He says police are still looking into whether or not the drivers were racing each other. One of the males in the red car was ejected from the car... and, Samuelson clarified that that person was flown to the Hamot Medical Center in Erie for treatment of serious injuries. The other person in the car was rushed to WCA Hospital for treatment there. Samuelson says they have two witnesses who in two different vehicles that were passed by the two speeding cars. He adds the second car did not stop when the accident occured. If you have any information on the crash... call JPD at 483-7537... or their confidential tip-line at 483-8477.
The Sherman man convicted in 1979 in one of the most notorious murder cases in Chautauqua County history has died in prison. We have learned that 66 year-old Robert Earl Sawyer died at the Great Meadow prison this past Sunday... and, it was confirmed by the state Department of Corrections website. Sawyer was found guilty by a County Court Jury of shooting, and killing 19 year-old Jeanne Ann Humm of Stow in February of 1977. The murder occured when he robbed the Hogan's Hut store on Route 394. Humm was a part-time store clerk, who also attended Jamestown Community College at the time. The state's Appellate Court overturned the conviction in 1981 on grounds that Sawyer was not properly advised when he chose to defend himself without a lawyer. However... a state Supreme Court Jury in Buffalo convicted Sawyer a second-time in January of 1984. He was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. Sawyer initially fled the state following the crime... but, was found in Portland, Maine in June of 1977. The Department of Corrections did not release a cause of death for Sawyer.
Governor Andrew Cuomo spent the day Wednesday traveling among three western New York cities with casinos to deliver gambling revenue that was withheld by the Seneca Nation of Indians during a lenghty dispute with the state. Cuomo's last stop Wednesday was in Salamanca... where a symbolic 350-million dollar check was presented to him by Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder, Sr. Cuomo then presented a 34.5-million dollar check to Salamanca Mayor Carmen Vecchiarella. The first check presentations were at the Seneca Niagara casino in the city of Niagara Falls. After that... Cuomo and Snyder went to Buffalo. Nearly 140-million dollars was given to the local governments as their share of Casino revenues. Cuomo and Snyder announced last month that the Senecas would resume sharing the tribe's casino revenues with the state. The tribe suspended the payments in 2009.
A record number of entries are taking part in the 69th annual Gerry Rodeo... which got underway last night at the Rodeo Grounds on Route 60 in Gerry. Rodeo Spokesman Paul Cooley says 172 Cowboys and Cowgirls are taking part this year. Prize money will approach 45-thousand dollars. Cooley says tonight's second performance is at 8 PM. He adds that the Professional Rodeo Cowboy's and Cowgirl's Associations will compete in their usual, and popular events -- especially one. Cooley says they'll also have a midway with 20 vendors available through Saturday's matinee show... and, the very popular Barbecue Beef Dinners are back... beginning at 5 PM each night. In fact... he says some people come for just the dinners. Rodeo Chairman Tom Atwell... who is Second-Assistant Gerry Fire Chief... says they have a new event each night that'll be part of the Rodeo. Atwell says Dusty Barrett is the "Roman Rider..." which is where the rider stands on the back of two horses. Shows each night begin at 8 PM. For more information on the Gerry Rodeo... call 985-4847... or go on-line to Gerryrodeo-dot-ORG. Proceeds -- as usual -- benefit the Gerry Fire Department.
The ribbon has been cut on a new restaurant that has opened... with longer hours... at the front entrance of WCA Hospital in Jamestown. The Corner Coffeehouse is being operated by Joe and April Glarner... who also own and operate The Corner Coffeehouse and Bistro in Frewsburg. Both are from the region... and, feel they have been able to find a "niche" with their new location. Joe Glarner has been a private chef with several resort restaurants... and, says they've been focusing on what the cafeteria at WCA does not offer. While they serve food... a lot of which is organic... Glarner says their big specialty is their coffee... which they purchase from around the world. He adds they roast their own beans... and, serve it in their two locations. As for specialty foods... Glarner says one was yesterday's "special..." Glarner says they're excited about their new venture... and, thanked WCA Hospital and it's staff for being so welcoming. The Corner Coffeehouse at WCA Hospital is open weekdays from 6 AM to 9 PM.