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Search underway for driver involved in serious, head-on crash in Lakewood...

Local police are looking for the driver of one of two vehicles involved in a serious, head-on crash Friday afternoon at a busy Lakewood intersection.  Lakewood-Busti Police were called to the scene at East Fairmount Avenue and Fairdale Avenue just after 5 p.m., and, were told when they arrived that one of the drivers ran off on foot.  Officers from the Sheriff's Department, Ellicott Town Police, and, State Police assisted in searching for the driver.  However... they were unsuccessful.  No description of the driver was released... but, if you have any information on the driver... call Lakewood-Busti Police at 763-9563.

Edwards says new CGR study shows remaining County Homes in NYS outside of NYC will soon be "unsustainable..."

A new report by a Rochester-firm on county nursing homes in Upstate New York shows that virtually all of them -- including Chautauqua County -- are losing money.  That from Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards... who is responding to a study just completed by the Center for Governmental Research.  Edwards says there was one exception to those homes that were losing money.  Those were the three skilled nursing facilities that are tied in with a local hospital.  He says all county-run nursing homes outside of New York City were audited for the study.  Edwards says statistically, the cost of benefits to employees of those facilities have gone up by 181-percent since 2001.  He says most of the employee costs are tied up in benefit packages.  He says the cost per employee in Chautauqua County is 71-cents for each $1.  He adds the 145-page CGR report also showed that Medicare reimbursements for those homes were down by 13-percent the past two years... meaning they were getting less revenue to continue operations.  Edwards also says only 11-percent of people in skilled nursing homes... statewide... are in county nursing homes.  He made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.

Cattaraugus Reservation man gets 21-years in prison for killing young son of his girlfriend...

A western New York man has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for killing his girlfriend's 3-year-old son on a Seneca Indian reservation.  Local media report that 30-year-old Justin Crouse also was sentenced Friday to five years of post-release supervision.  The child died of a head injury in March after being struck in his mother's home on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.  Crouse found the toddler awake and walking around the house early in the morning and hit him, then placed him back in bed.  The child's grandmother performed CPR until paramedics arrived, but the boy was later pronounced dead at a hospital.  An autopsy determined he died from a blow to the head.  Crouse, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter, was living with his girlfriend in her home when the boy was killed.

Jamestown man arrested after being spotted tossing bottle of prescription drugs to avoid arrest...

A city man has been arrested for allegedly tossing away a prescription pill bottle containing several kinds of controlled substances during a police investigation on Jamestown's eastside.  City police were looking into an incident at 198 Hopkins Avenue about 9 p.m. Thursday... when they saw 24 year-old John Lawler discard the bottle so it wasn't in his possession.  Officers say Lawler was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance.. and, tampering with physical evidence.  Police say he was taken to the city jail pending arraignment.  Officers say anyone with information on the illegal possession or sales of narcotics in the Jamestown-area should contact the JPD Tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.  They say all calls will be kept confidential.

New JPS Superintendent says he's "excited," pleased by schools opening...

It's been a great start to the new, school year in the Jamestown Public School system.  That from new Superintendent Tim Mains... who took over for the retired Deke Kathman early last month.  While he's had some lead time heading into the new school year... it was busy right up to opening day Wednesday with meetings with staff and teachers regarding issues... namely full-implimentation of "Common Core" standards.  Mains has been involved in more than 40 opening days... both as a teacher and administrator... but, says it's always exciting.  As for enrollment... he says it'll still be a few days before the have a full handle on what that is.  However... Mains says he knows there are a lot of new students -- especially at Lincoln Elementary School.  He says implimenting the "Common Core" curriculum... which includes new, tougher standards... is the big challenge for teachers and students alike.  That's primarily for students in Kindergarten through Eighth-grades.

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