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A Cuyahoga, Ohio man is dead following a two vehicle accident in the Town of North Harmony Sunday.  State Police report that 57 year old Thomas Erickson was travelling west in the passing lane on Interstate 86 just after 3:30pm when his Chrysler Pacifica travelled off the south shoulder, crossed through the center median and into the east bound lanes where it struck a 2012 Jeep Cherokee.  Erickson was transported to WCA hospital where he was pronounced dead.  The Driver of the Jeep Cherokee, 52 year old Barbara Kubiak of Brandford, Pennsylvania was flown to Hamot Medical Center with complaints of chest pains.  State police are investigating the accident.


Flames have extensively damaged part of the upstairs and attic of a house on Jamestown's westside.  City Fire Lieutenant Andrew Finson says crews were called to the scene at 508 West 8th Street about 10:15 yesterday morning... and, firefighters found heavy smoke and fire coming from the attic of the home.  Finson says they immediately went to work on the blaze. Finson says the occupants of the home called 9-1-1 after being alerted to the fire, and checking the second-floor of the home.  He says... once they called 9-1-1... the residents got out of the home.  Finson says no one was hurt... but, adds that there was heavy damage to the upper portions of the house.
Finson says an off-duty shift of 12 firefighters and one shift commander was called in to assist at the scene... and, man Fire Station-one.  A malfunctioning heating and electric connection in the attic was the apparent cause.  No firefighters were hurt.  The family is reportedly being helped by relatives.


The flags flown at half-staff at New York's Capitol in honor of service men and women killed in action will be given to the service members' families under a law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Flags flying at half-staff have long been a tradition at the state Capitol.  But... until now, the flags haven't been given to the families as is often done with flags flown in Washington.  The law signed Sunday creates the Lieutenant Colonel Clark Memorial Flag Presentation Program.  Flags flown in honor of fallen service men and women will presented to their families at no cost.  Clark, of Guilderland, was a 17-year Army veteran who was killed in June in Afghanistan.  The bill was sponsored by state Senator Hugh Farley and Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy.


County Executive Greg Edwards is finishing out his final days in office before he begins his new job as the director and Chief Executive Officer of the Gebbie Foundation in Jamestown.  Edwards last day -- officially -- is a week from today -- November 18th.  Edwards feels he’s leaving the county in pretty good shape. Edwards say looking forward he’s very excited about the work he’ll be doing with the Gebbie Foundation. Edwards announced this past Summer that he would not be running for a third-term in office to "explore" his future options.  He did not indicate any firm plans at this time.... and, the Gebbie Foundation announced in mid-August that Edwards had been named to be their new director and CEO.


The planned expansion of casino gambling in New York state isn't a sure bet in Saratoga Springs despite its famous race track and a long history with wagering.  Most voters in Saratoga County said no to last week's referendum to allow seven Las Vegas-style casinos to be built, including four upstate.  Saratoga Springs is a likely front-runner to land one of them.  The city is already home to the seasonal Saratoga Race Course and a year-round racino.  But... some residents and business owners are opposed to expanding the racino into a Las Vegas-style casino with table games such as roulette.  They say it will detract from the city's charm and hurt businesses in Saratoga's thriving downtown.


One juror in the Anthony Taglianetti second-degree murder trial says he had "no doubts" that Taglianetti drove from his Virginia home to kill Clymer School Superintendent Keith Reed, Junior.  Lawrence Thompson... who was in the U-S Air Force from 1986 to 1990... says the way Reed was shot to death in September of 2012... tells the Buffalo News it was a "classic" military-style "kill shot" to the back that killed Reed.  Taglianetti was accused of killing Reed after the school official had an affair with Taglianetti's wife.  Testimony in the trial generated sensational headlines for two weeks as the story of that relationship unfolded.  Special Correspondent Dave O'Connor talked with another juror after they were dismissed. Dave O'Connor says members of Keith Reed's family were in court everyday... and, they spoke after the verdict was delivered. The sentencing for Anthony Taglianetti is not expected until February of next year.  Defense Attorney Ned Barone has indicated he intends to appeal the verdict.  Additional detail on the trial and verdict is available at