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A Lakewood man is being treated for serious injuries at an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital after his motorcycle ran into the back of a Ford Explorer on the city's southside.  Jamestown police were called to the scene at the intersection of Newland and Broadhead Avenues about 5:30 PM Monday.  Officers say 22 year-old Todd Dean was allegedly speeding west on Newland when the driver of the Explorer... 36 year-old Grant Monroe... pulled away from the curb on Newland.  Officers say he was then starting to make a left onto Broadhead when his vehicle was struck.  Police say Dean was initially taken to WCA Hospital... then flown by Starflight Helicopter to the Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.  He also faces charges... including speeding and aggravated unlicensed operation.  Monroe is also charged with making an unsafe start... and, having an uninsured vehicle.  Police say the interesection was closed for about three hours while the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Accident Reconstruction Team helped Jamestown Police with the investigation.


A special meeting of the Chautauqua County Legislature to consider a new offer for the County Home in Dunkirk has been cancelled because the prospective buyer has failed to make a required deposit on the purchase.  That from Legislature Chairman Jay Gould... who says County Executive Greg Edwards made the recommendation after the potential buyer, Richard Platschek of Long Island, didn't make the 1.65-million dollar deposit.  That's 10-percent of the 16.5-million dollar purchase offer made by Platschek.  Gould says Edwards told him he is terminating the tentative agreement... and, will continue efforts to find a buyer for the County Home.  The meeting was to be held tonight in Mayville.


Two men from Warren, Pennsylvania men have been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of a quantity of cocaine in their car yesterday morning in Jamestown.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers on patrol pulled over a car... driven by 60 year-old Robert Proctor... at the corner of Foote Avenue and Harrison Street about 8:40 AM for a traffic violation.  Samuelson says... while officers were talking to Proctor and his passenger... they spotted a bag of white powder lying on the floor of the vehicle. Samuelson says... given the fact the two men were from Warren... it's likely they came here to buy it.  Both Proctor and his passenger... 42 year-old Anthony Russell... were taken into custody.  They were both arraigned on charges of third and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument.  Samuelson says Proctor was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation... and, failure to signal a lane change.  Both were sent to the county jail with bail to be set pending a recommendation from the District Attorney's office.


The unemployment rates in both Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties are down in the month of July compared to June of this year... and, they're well down from last year's levels.  That from State Labor Department Associate Economist Tammy Merino... who says Chautauqua saw it's rate fall from 7.6-percent in June to 7.4-percent last month.  The figures... which weren't seasonally adjusted... were released today.  Merino says the 2-tenths of a percentage drop in the county was likely seasonal in nature. Merino says that was also the likely factor in Cattaraugus County... which saw a drop from 7.8 to 7.7-percent in July.  While leisure and hospitality are big factors in Cattaraugus's figures... she says -- overall -- the western New York region is seeing a "nice, strong decline" in the jobless rate. Merino says leisure and hospitality... and, professional and technical jobs were up "strongly" over the past year.  In Chautauqua County... the July jobless rate was down by one-percent over July of 2012.  Cattaraugus County's numbers were down by 1.4-percent.

A Dunkirk man who is accused of an attempted robbery at the Family Dollar store in north county city last Sunday... is also being linked with a home invasion that occured earlier that day.  Dunkirk Police say 25 year-old Jonathan Davis is facing charges stemming from the incident on South Roberts Road.  Police Chief David Ortolano says that occured about two hours before the attempted hold up. Davis... who has been arraigned on the charges stemming from the attempted robbery... will be re-arraigned on the additional charges.  Those include first-degree robbery... and, first-degree burglary.  He's currently jailed without bail.


New York health officials have begun posting online data about cardiac surgeries, hospitals and the doctors statewide who perform them, including their cases from 2008 to 2010 and mortality rates.  Other information posted on the Health Data NY website includes environmental radiation surveys at various facilities and sites around New York.  The measures of levels in the air, water, milk, fish, sediment and vegetation are used to determine normal levels and the effects from what people are doing.  The site now lists Medicaid program enrollments by region, child obesity by school district, restaurant food inspection results and availability of nursing home beds.


A federal judge has approved Kodak's plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection.  Judge Allan Gropper's ruling paves the way for the photography pioneer to emerge from court oversight as a new company focused on commercial and packaging printing.  The company has said it hopes to emerge from bankruptcy protection on September 3rd.



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