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News update for Tues., Feb. 4, 2014

Two-car accident in Jamestown sends Lakewood man's car crashing into brick wall at city doctor's office...

A 73 year-old Lakewood man was hurt when his car was struck at a busy intersection on Jamestown's southside... and, then spun around and crashed into the wall of a doctor's office.  City police say officers and Jamestown fire rescuers were called to the scene at Foote and Cole Avenues shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday.  They found that the unidentified Lakewood man's car was northbound on Foote when his vehicle was struck by an eastbound car on Cole... driven by 67 year-old Ernest Strickland of Jamestown.  Officers say Strickland allegedly passed a red light while making a left... and, struck the other vehicle.  Both cars spun in the intersection... with the Lakewood man's car heading west.  It then crashed into a brick wall at the 660 Foote Ave. office of Orthodontist Andrew Kohl.  Fire rescuers shored up the wall... then extricated the man from the car.  He was taken to WCA Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  Strickland refused medical treatment... and, was ticketed for passing a red light.

Chautauqua Co. Drug Abuse -- in particular of opiates -- forum planned...

A day-long, community forum on the growing epidemic of Opiate -- or pain-killer abuse -- in Chautauqua County will be held next Month in Mayville.  County Executive Vince Horrigan... and, County Community Mental Hygiene Services Director Patricia Brinkman jointly announced Tuesday that the forum will be held Wednesday, March 12th at 9:30 a.m. at Chautauqua Suites in Mayville.  Horrigan says planning for the forum began shortly after Horrigan was elected... and, has been led by Brinkman.  He says "effective solutions to big problems require all of us to come together to evaluate where we are... and, how we can become more effective in reversing the growing problem of drug abuse..."  The growing problem of Heroin use has become a prominent issue in the city of Jamestown.  Several local mental health and substance abuse agencies will be involved in the forum... including the Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council... and, the Mental Health Association.