The former head of England's intelligence service says she has never see a more "difficult, dangerous and disturbing time" as there is now in the world. 

 

That from former Director General of MI-5, Stella Rimington, on the war of words between the United States and North Korea.  Rimington was Wednesday morning's featured lecturer at Chautauqua Institution and, makes her comments one day after the president warned North Korea it could face "fire and fury" if it theatens the United States or it's allies.  She says it was already disconcerting to learn that North Korea is now able to fix a small nuclear device to the end of one of it's ballistic missiles and, you have the leaders of North Korea and the U.S. effectively "threatening each other." 

 

Rimington says there is no "sure" way to deal with the possiblity of a Nuclear North Korea.  However she believed that the nation's top diplomat, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had previously done a good job of trying to ease some of that tension by saying the US was not trying for a "regime change."


A lack of trust will eventually erode the ability of intelligence services in the federal government no matter what country you're talking about.  

 

Wednesday's featured lecturer at Chautauqua Insitution warned of that danger as part of the week-seven theme of "The Nature of Fear."  Former MI-5 Director General Stella Rimington who says the intelligence business is already complicated by the new "digital age" where various forms of communication are used. 

 

At the beginning of the year President Trump got off to a rocky start with his intelligence agencies on the issue of possible Russian meddling in last November's US Presidential Election.  It has led to some distrust between those agencies, such as the FBI and CIA and the administration. 

 

On our "Chautauqua Now" program Rimington said that erodes the morale of those serving and, consequently lessens the ability to do their job.


A Jamestown woman faces a child endangerment charge after allegedly leaving her infant child inside her car unattended, on the city's eastside. 

 

Officers were called to the scene in front of the Taco Hut restaurant on East Third Street about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday on a report of a child locked inside a vehicle.  Police say witnesses allegedly saw 20 year-old Alexia Taylor placing a car seat with the child in it inside the vehicle locking it, and walking away. 

 

A Jamestown Parking Enforcement Officer the notified JPD who then found Taylor.  She unlocked the car so police could check on the child's well-being. 

 

The child was plased in protective custody, and Taylor was arrested and taken to the city lock-up pending arraignment.


Authorities say a 17-year-old Pennsylvania girl has been charged with attempted murder after a baby was found alive in a plastic bag outside an upstate New York home. 

 

Police in the city of Elmira say neighbors checking out a noise Tuesday found a 12- to 16-month-old girl whose feet were sticking out of the bag. They called 911 and tended to the child until police and emergency crews arrived. 

 

Officials tell WENY-TV  the baby was taken to a hospital, where she's in stable condition.  Later Tuesday, police charged Harriette Hoyt with attempted murder. 

 

Officials say she's from Sayre, Pennsylvania, on the New York border about 20 miles southeast of Elmira.  She's being held in the Chemung County Jail.


City officials say they hope to find other ways to fund the purchase of a new paving machine for Jamestown. 

 

Still, the City Council will vote later this month on issuing bonds to pay the $420,000 cost.  That from Mayor Sam Teresi while council members discussed the matter earlier this week. 

 

The Finance Committee agreed to issue a Bond Anticipation Note for the purchase from a Batavia firm on state contract.  City Comptroller Joe Bellitto explained the procedure saying they'll be issuing the bonds once the county approves the move, and, pay it back over a 5-year period. 

 

Bellitto says he expects no problems with moving ahead on the borrowing adding it's a relatively small amount of funding. 

 

Teresi says the new Paver has already been used for a number of jobs several to get downtown streets ready for last weekend's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.  He says there is still another round of milling off old, crumbling pavement in spots and, repaving those streets before Winter weather sets in.


Thousands of migrants are fleeing the United States for Canada via a remote back road in upstate New York. 

 

The Canadians arrest the migrants as soon as they step across the border.  But the migrants prefer to take a chance by seeking asylum in Canada rather than risk being deported from the United States. 

 

Canadian police have set up a reception center on their side of the border.  It includes tents where migrants are processed before they are turned over to the government agency that handles their applications for refuge. 

 

Officials estimate that 400 people crossed the border at the site on Sunday alone.  Canada said last week it planned to house some migrants in Montreal's Olympic Stadium.  It could hold thousands, but current plans only call for only 450.

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