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Sheriffs Deputies in Cattaraugus County are looking into the death of a St. Bonaventure student.  19 year old Tyler Davis went missing early Saturday  and was found dead in the town of Allgany on Sunday.  Sheriffs are investigating his death.


There have been definate challenges encountered by both teachers and students in the first three-months of the new, Common Core standards.  However... the situation has gotten a "little bit easier" in that time.  That from new Jamestown School Superintendent Tim Mains... who says the district hit the ground running with the new standards for third through eighth-graders.  Mains reported on his first 90-days in the district to the school board this past week.  In that time... he's visited 130 classrooms in the district.  He says he's seen a lot of hard work being done by both students and teachers. Mains adds that many teachers are still adjusting... and, some are getting more comfortable with it.  He says he's seeing teachers "being pretty clear with kids about what it is they want them to do."  So... he thinks the momentum they started the school year with hasn't slowed at all.  He made his comments on this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program.


A Buffalo man is jailed without bail for allegedly selling "crack" cocaine to undercover police officers in Jamestown... and, the town of Ellicott.  Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they arrested 26 year-old Ulus Battle without incident at a location on East Sixth Street in the city.  Task Force members say Battle was initially charged with third-degree criminal sale of possession of a controlled substance.  Agents add that they also obtained a warrant... and, searched the residence at 620 Fairmount Avenue in the town of Ellicott.  They allegedly found a quantity of crack cocaine... and, Battle was additionally charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was arraigned in Ellicott Town Court... and, sent to the county lock-up.  If you see or know of any narcotics-related activity... your asked to call the task force at 1-800-344-8702.


A two-county car chase involving a Cattaraugus County man has led to his arrest on multiple charges in the town of Sheridan.  Chautauqua County Sheriff's officers say deputies stopped 32 year-old Michael Buthy of Perrysburg on Route 39 just after Midnight last Saturday for speeding.  While speaking with deputies... Buthy allegedly put his car into gear... and, drove off.  Officers pursued.  He led deputies to Route 20 where State Police deployed spike strips to deflate the vehicles tires in effort to stop the suspect.  Multiple tires were deflated... but, police say the vehicle continued on for a short distance before Buthy pulled into a driveway.  Deputies pulled in behind the vehicle... at which time Buthy put his vehicle in to reverse and struck the front of the Patrol car... damaging it.  Buthy then allegedly drove off... and, headed back to Route 39 towards Cattaraugus County.  The chase continued to Buthy's Townline Road home... where he was arrested.  Buthy faces charges including speeding... leaving the scene of a personal injury accident... and second-degree reckless endangerment.  He was arraigned and send to the county jail on 5-thousand dollars bail.


Smart investment in the nation's aging infrastructure will be the key to getting the economy back fully-underway.  That from Congressman Tom Reed... who was in Jamestown last Friday to see the completed, one-million dollar rail-bridge project in Falconer.  Reed was among those pushing for the project because the span had been posted for lower weight because of years of deterioration.  He says that prevented full-rail cars from going into Jamestown and out.  Reed says state grants helped pay half the cost. The Corning Republican the project was completed three weeks ago... and, some finishing work is being completed.  However... he says the bridge can now handle the full, 286-thousand pound rail cars to bring materials to local manufacturers -- like Monofrax --- and, haul completed products out.  Reed says such projects are important to keeping... and, growing jobs in the 23rd Congressional District.  He adds the project was done on-time, and under budget.


A north county man is jailed on 50-thousand dollars bail for allegedly being found in possession of child pornography.  State Police in Fredonia, and investigators from Troop "A" say they arrested 30 year-old Christopher Travis of Villenova was arrested late Thursday on warrant charging him with several counts in the case.  Troopers say Travis was arrested following a lengthy investigation... and, they seized computers and equipment from Travis containing numerous images of child pornography.  He was arraigned in Hanover Town Court on several counts of possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child... three counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child... and, others.


New York's attorney general has announced an $8 million settlement with ExxonMobil for the cleanup of oil spilled at Ogdensburg in northern New York.  State officials say the company operated a major oil storage facility that received deliveries by barge from the late 1800s to 1984 on the peninsula along the St. Lawrence and Oswegatchie rivers called Lighthouse Point.  Petroleum contamination was found in 2001 around the terminal and underground pipelines connecting to the Oswegatchie River, followed by cleanups in 2006-2007 paid for by the state's Oil Spill Fund.  The settlement was reached last week in state Supreme Court.  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says it's only right that corporations pay for damage they caused to New York's natural resources.  ExxonMobil spokesman Todd Spitler says the company is pleased to reach the settlement with the state.