The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office has now identified the woman who was killed Wednesday afternoon in an alleged homicide in the town of Westfield. Sheriff Joe Gerace says the victim is 61 year-old Mary Whitaker... who owned the home at 8448 Titus Road. Gerace also says they have received results from a preliminary autopsy done in Buffalo on Whitaker's body... which says she died from a gunshot wound. Gerace says officers were called to the scene about 4:30 PM yesterday after some friends when they couldn't reach her by phone. He would not say whether there was more than one gun-shot wound... or if they have an suspects in the case. Gerace says Whitaker's her primary home is in New York City. He adds she was a "very accomplished musician." Whitaker was a long-time member of Chautauqua Institution's Symphony Orchestra. He says this has been a difficult time for her friends and relatives... but, adds they've all been helpful in the investigation. Gerace adds they've been "stunned by her death." He says his department has been at the scene round the clock... and, is getting help from the FBI... and, New York State Police.
A Jamestown woman has been arrested for allegedly selling cocaine to undercover police officers during a three-month investigation into the trafficking of the narcotic. Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they took 22 year-old Alicia Birt of 17B Bradmar Circle into custody late yesterday on a City Court warrant. Task Force members say Birt was initially charged with third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance. However... she now faces additional charges of drug possession and sales. Agents say Birt was arraigned... and, sent to the County Jail without bail. Anyone with information on this case... or other illegal narcotics activities... is asked to call the Task Force at 1-800-344-8702.
Public safety officers on 12 State University of New York campuses will soon be equipped with the heroin antidote naloxone. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the 27-thousand dollars in funding will come from a program that reimburses police departments with money seized from drug dealers and other criminals. The SUNY Campuses receiving the funding are: Buffalo, Purchase, Potsdam, Cortland, Oswego, Albany, Geneseo, Adirondack, Canton, Utica/Rome, Farmingdale and New Paltz. In all... 258 campus officers -- nearly half of SUNY's force -- will carry the kits that can instantly reverse the effects of an opioid or heroin overdose. Schneiderman says multiple students have overdosed on SUNY campuses over the past year.
There are shortages everywhere in health care from primary care doctors... to nurses. However... in the nursing profession... it's not due to lack of people wanting to get into the field. That from Thursday's featured lecturer at Chautauqua Institution. Dr. Martha Hill is the Dean Emerita at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Hill tells our Jim Roselle there aren't "enough learning places... " and, not enough people to teach. She calls that a "real dilemna...." Hill says she reaches out to young people still in high school about nursing as a career... but, has found the most responsive group is what she calls "second-degree" students. On the current U-S health care system... she says there really isn't just "one." Hill adds the U-S provides great "specialized" care compared to the rest of the world. However... she says some European countries -- like France -- actually rate better for overall health care. Hill agreed with Wednesday's Amphitheater Speaker... Acting Deputy U-S Surgeon General Scott Giberson... who says there needs to be more focus on prevention. She spoke as part of "Health Care: From Bench to Bedside" Week at Chautauqua. Mary Whitaker's Titus Road was mainly her summer home while she performed during the Chautauqua season. She is an accomplished violinest... and, has played with the Symphony for the past 35 years.
Gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area continue to drop... falling about four cents this week to 3-dollars-76 cents a gallon. The Triple-A East Central's Fuel Gauge Report this week says the average price for regular, unleaded gas... based on reports from 19 stations in the area... 3-dollars-76.1 cents. That's down from 3--76.6 last week. Last year at this time... it was 3-dollars-79 cents. Statewide... the average price is 3--74. On the national front... the average price for a gallon of regular, unleaded has gone down about a penny to 3-dollars-46 cents. There's about one month remaining before the start of the shift from more expensive summer blend gasoline to the relatively less expensive winter blend on September 15th. Geo-political tensions remain in Russia, Ukraine and Iraq... but, these tensions have had little impact as global oil prices continue to slide. Global supply projections are relatively stable and attributed to the United States approaching its highest annual level of oil production since 1972.
The New York State Fair kicked off it's 12-day run yesterday with national touring acts and a new operator for the rides on the midway. The gates at the fairgrounds in the Syracuse suburb of Geddes (GEH'-dehs) opened at 8 AM... with Governor Cuomo cutting the ribbon. Kellie Pickler leads off the fair's entertainment lineup with a free afternoon concert at Chevy Court. The Barenaked Ladies performed last night. Other acts performing free concerts include Ashanti on Sunday and the Doobie Brothers on Labor Day, September 1st. Country music star Brad Paisley kicks off the concerts in the Grandstand with a Thursday night performance. Other Grandstand performers include Pitbull on Saturday, Kid Rock on Monday and Jason Aldean on August 30th. The fair's midway includes more than 60 rides provided by Wade Shows.