Local first responders recall the events surrounding the "9/11" terrorist attacks... and, how Chautauqua County sent firefighters and equipment to assist in the aftermath. The county's Emergency Services Director... Julius Leone... was coincidently at a meeting on terrorism in Albany when he learned about the attacks. Dan Imfeld, the county's Deputy Fire Coordinator, was among the firefighters and EMTs sent by the county to assist first responders in New York City in the aftermath of the attacks. Imfeld said Wednesday he assisted in an area near Ground Zero. Leone says it's important for people remember the victims of "9/11..." but, adds it's also important for people to stay aware and, be prepared should another horrific event like "9/11" again. The county suffered one loss that day. Celoron native Amy King was a flight attendant on one of the planes that struck the World Trade Center towers the morning of September 11th, 2001.
Jury selection is set to begin next Tuesday in the trial of the Virginia man accused of killing Clymer School Superintendent Keith Reed, Junior last September. Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley says the jury selection process for the second-degree murder trial of Anthony Taglianetti-the-second will probably be lengthy. In fact... Foley says they expect jury selection to last at least two weeks. Foley adds he expects to call some 40 to 45 witnesses during the trial. Taglianetti is facing one count of second-degree murder in the case. Reports indicate that Taglianetti allegedly drove to Clymer last September when he found out his estranged wife was in a relationship with Reed. Foley did not discuss any details of the case because of the pending trial.
The Jamestown man who allegedly ran off from the scene of a serious two-car, head-on crash in the village of Lakewood last week is under arrest. Lakewood-Busti Police say 38 year-old Victor Cameron of Collins Street was taken into custody on a warrant about 9 AM Wednesday. Sergeant Investigator Paul Gustafson says Lakewood-Busti Police received several anonymous tips on Cameron's whereabouts... and, they -- along with Jamestown Police -- found and arrested him. Cameron is accused of fleeing the scene of the accident at Fairmount and Fairdale Avenues last Friday afternoon. He was arraigned on charges... including leaving the scene of a personal injury accident... and, sent to the county jail without bail.
A forum is set for tonight in Jamestown to talk about the issue of sexual harassment among students in junior and senior high school. It's being put on by the local branch of the American Association of University Women... and, includes a panel discussion. It'll be held at Jefferson Middle School on Martin Road at 7 PM. Local AAUW President Maggie Irwin says the panel will discuss a 2011 Association research report on sexual harassment in grades seven through 12. Irwin admits it's a bigger problem than even she knew. Irwin says verbal harassment made up most of the incidents... especially with the proliferation of social media like texting, Facebook, or other electronic media. As of the report... she says about 30-percent of the students surveyed said they had been verbally harassed. But... Irwin says it's become worse since then. She says the main objective of the panel discussion is to define the problem locally for parents... and, students. Irwin is hopeful that students will attend. She says Jefferson Middle School Principal Carm Proctor will moderate the discussion. The event is free. For more information... go on-line to Jamestown-dot-ny-dot-aauw-dot-NET.
The other two county legislature primaries are too close to call... and, the final results will come down to absentee ballots. That from Republican Elections Commissioner Brian Abram... who says Frewsburg Republican Ron Lemon leads Tami Downey in the District 16 race, 108-to-106. But... Abram says there are still a number of absentee ballots outstanding there. In the north county... in District 5... Susan Baldwin holds a 76-to-72 lead over Amy Farnham in another close race. Abram says there are 25 absentees outstanding there... and, 10 have been returned. He says they'll continue accepting those through next Tuesday morning. Overall... Abram says it was a smooth Primary Day. There was also an opportunity Tuesday for Working Family Party members to ballot for the District 7 seat. Incumbant Democrat Tom DeJoe held onto that endorsement with 5 votes. Abram says there were 3 write-ins... and, no absentees there. He says there were no real surprises in the Legislature Primaries... adding that you tend to get close finishes when you have two good candidates.