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News Update for Mon., Mar. 17, 2014

Village Elections to be held in nine county municipalities tomorrow...

There are four villages that have contested races among the nine that will hold their annual March elections tomorrow across Chautauqua County.  That from County GOP Elections Commissioner Brian Abram... who says voting begins at 12 Noon.  Abram says the most competitive races will be in Mayville... where two village board seats are up for grabs.  However... he adds that there won't be a vote on for mayor.  Abram says three people will be running for the two seats.  Rick Syper is running for village trustee on both the Republican and Democrat lines... while Tim Jacobson is on the Republican line... and, James Mayer is on the Democrat line only.  Another contested Cherry Creek... where four people are running for two seats on the village board.  Three people are running for two seats in Westfield... and, two are running for one seat in Brocton.  Abram says two villages -- Mayville and Forestville -- are also considering moving their election to the Fall.  Several villages have voted in the past few years... most recently Lakewood... to move their vote to November.  Lakewood residents will start voting in November of 2015.  Others that have moved are Celoron... Falconer... Fredonia and Silver Creek.  Tomorrow's village elections run from Noon to 9 p.m.  You can view results for all but Sinclairville's election on-line at

Chautauqua Lake students, officials, celebrating first team title in school history...

They are still celebrating a first-ever New York State high school team championship at Chautauqua Lake Central School in Mayville today.  The Lady Thunderbirds basketball team defeated Hoosick Falls of Section 2 in yesterday's Class-C Final, 47-to-36.  Chautauqua Lake High School Principal and Athletic Director Josh Lydell says the girls came to school -- still sporting their gold medals -- this morning.  Lydell says they returned home about 11 p.m. Sunday to a police and fire escort... and, virtually the entire parking lot was full of people to welcome the girls home.  Lydell says the team became a rallying point for the Mayville and Chautauqua communities which make up the Chautauqua Lake District... and, he says they're all still on "Cloud 9" today.  Since Ripley tuitioned out students to Chautauqua Lake... he adds at least one girl from Ripley also got to enjoy the experience.  While the Chautauqua Lake Girls Team is the first team to win a state title from the school... they are not the first students to win a state championship.  Craig Howard won the state pole vault championship a few years ago.

More than 12 hour Police Standoff comes to end in Boston in Erie Co....

Authorities say a man who opened fire on police responding to his rural western New York home has surrendered after a standoff that lasted more than 12 hours.  No one was seriously injured in the incident that ended at about 9:30 a.m. today in the southern Erie County town of Boston.  The Erie County Sheriff's Office says the 48-year-old man fired about 60 shots Sunday night when deputies arrived at a house.  Officials say no one was hit but a sheriff's deputy sustained an eye injury from flying glass when the windshield of his cruiser was struck by the gunfire.  In all... three police cars were struck.  Police maintained a perimeter around the house and closed off nearby roads.  The man, whose name hasn't been released, surrendered after hours of negotiations.