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A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly being found with three different kinds of drugs -- at least one of them a narcotic -- in his posession.  City police say officers spotted 39 year-old Donald Dean entering the 7-Eleven Store on Hazeltine Avenue about 4:15 Monday morning.  Officers were aware that Dean was sought on several outstanding warrants... and, he was taken into custody.  Police say during a search of the suspect... they allegedly found a quantity of cocaine... Suboxone Strips... as well as some marijuana.  Officers say Dean was further charged with one count of Felony 3rd-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and unlawful possession of marijuana.  He is being held pending arraignment.


A  man was flown to Hamot in Erie following a collision between a Ford Truck and his motorcycle Monday evening.  The Post Journal reports that Bystanders say the unidentified man was pulling out of a driveway near the corner of Newland and Broadhead Avenues when the accident occured. We'll have more details as they become available.


According to WIVB TV in Buffalo a Jamestown man has been charged with locking four teens inside a vault on North Work Street in Falconer. First responders were called to the former law office last Friday around 1 a.m. to free four teens stuck inside a walk-in vault that had once been used for record storage. Ellicott Police say Lyle Howard, 19, trapped the teens inside when he shut the vault and spun the locking mechanism.  Howard has been charged with second degree reckless endangerment. After being arraigned, he was taken to the Chautauqua County Jail on $500 bail.


A Dunkirk man is facing a number of charges after an attempted robbery at the Family Dollar on East Fourth Street on Sunday.  Dunkirk Police say 25 year-old Jonathan Davis allegedly knocked down a 69-year-old man... and, attempted to take the victim's wallet.  A foot chase ensued where Davis was tackled by Captain Kenneth Kaus of the Dunkirk Police Department.  Police Chief David Ortolano says Davis pulled a knife. Davis was taken into custody without incident.  A search of the suspect turned up a quantity of crack cocaine.  Further investigation determined that Davis has an outstanding State Parole warrant for a burglary in Tioga County.  Ortolano says some of the litany of charges Davis faces include Felony second-degree attempted robbery... and, second-degree assault... and, menacing a police officer.  He is being held without bail on the charges.


The city of Jamestown is about to bring it's computer programmer position into the 21st Century.  The opportunity comes with the retirement of Programmer Dan Distefano from city employment.  The new name... along with salary schedule... were approved by the City Council's Finance Committee last night.  Chairman Tony Dolce says... other than the name... everything else pretty much remains the same. Dolce says while there will be six salary steps... where the person hired to take on the new position would begin will be decided by their experience... and, possible service already to the city.  He says city officials would like to fill the position as soon as possible... once, it's been approved by the city council.


Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed is proposing a federal, "welfare-to-work"-type program, he hopes will break the 'cycle' of Welfare dependancy.  Reed says he will submit the "Promoting Assistance with Transitional Help" -- or PATH Act -- once Congress returns from Summer recess in early September.  The Corning Republican says the key component to the measure is that it allows those people who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits... to at least keep some of those benefits if they get a job... and, still can't make ends meet.
While not penalizing those on the welfare system if they find work... Reed does say that state's won't get credit past the five-years TANF is in place -- unless those on welfare have made significant progress towards getting a job -- or, get one.  He says this is his proposal at the moment... with no co-sponsors right now.  He says the proposal was a product of town hall meetings that he's held in the 23rd Congressional District.


A nationally-known health expert says there are good parts to the Affordable Care Act -- also known as "Obamacare" - but, it won't solve all our healthcare problems.  Dr. Harvey Fineberg, president of the non-partisan Institute of Medicine, was the leadoff lecturer at Chautauqua Institution on the Week-Nine them of "Health Care: Reform and Innovation."  Fireberg says the new law will extend care to millions who've never had access to it... but doesn't touch the major escalation in costs. While the U-S spends over twice what most developed nations do... Fineberg says the quality of our people's health doesn't reflect the extra amount spent.  He says we need better "outcomes."  Fineberg believes the solution to that major problem may be within our grasp if we look carefully at the parts of our system that are already working. Fineberg has also written a book on clinical decision analysis... to help patients negotiate the difficult choices they sometimes face when they are ill.  The lectures on healthcare continue morning and afternoon... all this week at Chautauqua. 


19 year old Michael Nugent from Lancaster is the Winner of the tenth edition of SE-93's Chautauqua Lake Voices.  Nugent has won thousands of dollars worth of prizes, and will perform with the Bemus Bay Pops Orchestra during it's Labor Day Weekend Finale.  Other finalists included Teal Weatherly, Nicole Tenpas and Bill Brunacini. For more information on the competition visit Chautauqua Lake Voices dot com


Broadhead Avenue from South to Smith Streets in Jamestown will be closed during daytime work hours for the next two weeks.  That from Board of Public Utilities Spokeswoman Becky Robbins who says the BPU's Wastewater Division's maintenance workers will replace 600 feet of sewer line.