Three people from Jamestown escaped serious injury after the driver of the car they were traveling in fell asleep at the wheel and crashed on Foote Avenue Extension in the town of Kiantone. 

 

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday, and found that the northbound vehicle, driven by 42 year-old David Philbrick, left the roadway and struck a large billboard.  Deputies say Philbrick's car then overturned some 4 to 6 times before traveling about 150-yards through several fields before striking some trees and shrubs and, then hitting a play set in a business lot. 

 

Officers say Philbrick and his two passengers were sent to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment.  He was charged with failure to keep right.


Jamestown police say they seized a quantity of marijuana from a woman who was stopped fo several traffic and vehicle violations on the city's southside Monday night. 

 

City police say officers spotted a vehicle in the area of McKinley Avenue and Park Street about 9:20 p.m., and, stopped 31 year-old Peggysue Reese Goldsmith in the mid-block of Linden Avenue. 

 

Following a short investigation officers found the marijuana in Goldsmith's possession.  She was arrested for fourth-degree criminal possesion of marijuana unnecessary noice failure to signal a turn and, having the driver's view obstructed.


There were more questions posed to Jamestown city lawmakers Monday night about the possible benefits of the proposed annexation by the city of property in Falconer owned by the Board of Public Utilities. 

 

However this time it was two city women asking about how the move would impact both the city and, the village.  If approved the four-acres of land where the Dow Street Substation sits in Falconer would become part of the city. 

 

Council President Greg Rabb says he was happy to have residents come and ask questions and make comments.  He says a vote by council should be taken in about a month once the state Department of Environmental Conservation makes a final determination of lead agency status. 

 

One of the women, Melinda Stoller asked if the annexation would provide any benefit to Falconer.  Rabb declined to comment on the impact on the village saying that Falconer officials are best able to speak to that and he should not speak for them. 

 

Lovell Avenue resident, Ravin Mason, also owns property in Falconer.  She asked how annexing the property will benefit the city.  Councilman Tony Dolce says the move would save the BPU thousands of dollars a year in taxes and provide payments in lieu of tax payments to the city and Jamestown School District.


New York state has announced a new round of funding for a program aimed at keeping students from dropping out of school. 

 

The state Education Department on Monday said 44 colleges and universities will receive a total of $17 million as part of the Liberty Partnerships Program. 

 

Under the program, colleges partner with struggling schools and community-based organizations to help middle and high school students who are at risk of dropping out complete school and go on to college. 

 

Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia says the program gives students access to skills assessment, tutoring, counseling and mentoring.  The program was started in 1988.


The week of Comedy at Chautauqua Institutiion is well-underway and, yesterday featured a comedic legend, and the daughter of a legend. 

 

Long-time comedian and T-V Director David Steinberg was on the amphitheater stage with Kelly Carlin daughter of George Carlin to discuss political satire and other comedy. 

 

Kelly Carlin spoke on our "Chautauqua Now" show with Dennis Webster prior to the appearance and, discussed her father's career.  She says her father's comedy actually came in three stages the first being individual relationships, then the langauge, and the final 25-years dealing with the culture in America. 

 

Carlin wrote a book about her father's career called, "A Carlin Home Companion" a take-off on the name of Garrison Keillor's radio program.  She says it's been part of the process of going through his artifacts including scrapbooks since Carlin passed away nine years ago. 

 

Kelly Carlin will also be on stage at the Amphitheater this Thursday morning with W. Kamau Bell host of CNN's "United Shades of America" at 10:45 a.m.


While the daughter of George Carlin says she enjoyed being able to have a relationship with her father's comedic artifacts... her father's "stuff" also belongs to his fans and, future generations. 

 

That's why Kelly Carlin has turned-over her father's materials to the new National Comedy Center in Jamestown.  Carlin says she's already talked with Director Journey Gunderson about the exhibit of her dad's artifacts including a lot of hand-written notes where patrons can "walk into my father's brain." 

 

She adds that scholars and students will also have a chance to study his work for years and decades to come.  Kelly Carlin says work on the exhibit is already underway at the Gateway Train Station which will be part of the new National Comedy Center on Jamestown's westside. 

 

Funding for the final parts of the comedy center is now in place and, a Spring or Summer 2018 opening is expected.

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