Ortolano says person hit by train dies on CSX tracks in Dunkirk Friday night...
There's been another fatal train accident in along the Lake Erie Shoreline in Chautauqua County.  One person was killed after getting struck by a train in the city of Dunkirk Friday night.  Dunkirk Police Chief Dave Ortolano says Dunkirk Police and Fire responded to the CSX rail line above the South Roberts Road overpass a little before 8:30 p.m.  Ortolano says patrols and fire crews were called to the area above the CSX overpass.  He says the male victim was reportedly sitting between the rails and was struck by an eastbound CSX freight train... and, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police are withholding the name of the victim pending notification of family.  This is the second time in as many days that a person died in a train accident in Chautauqua County.  State Police say 58-year-old Marilyn Triana died after her Sports Utility Vehicle got hit by a train in Ripley on Thursday.
 
 
Jamestown man arrested in West Ellicott for allegedly trafficking narcotics...
A city man is jailed without bail for allegedly being found in possession of a significant amount of illegal drugs, and a loaded hand-gun that was reported stolen, during a traffic stop this past Thursday night.  Sheriff's deputies say they and members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force located and arrested 29 year-old Allen Yarbrough while he was driving in a parking lot at 945 Fairmount Ave. in West Ellicott.  Officers say Yarbrough was sought on one count of Felony criminal contempt.  During the investigation... Task Force members got a search warrant... and, found him with about 12 grams of uncut heroin... a half-an ounce of Methamphetamine... 100 hydrocodone tablets... and, 21 dosage units of Suboxone.  They also found the stolen hand-gun... and, packaging materials and scales.  With that... Yarbrough will be arraigned at a later date on charges including five counts of third-degree criminal possession of a Controlled Substance... fourth-degree criminal possession... and, second-degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon.  Yarbrough was sent to the county lock-up... and, deputies add additional charges are pending.
 
 
Reed announces reintroducting HELP Act to help prosecute those involved in dealing Heroin laced with other substances...
A law that would stiffen penalties for drug dealers who sell -- or cut Heroin and other drugs with other deadly substances -- has been re-introduced in Congress.  That from Local Representative Tom Reed... who has again filed the Help Ensure Lives are Protected -- or HELP -- Act in Washington, D-C.  The Corning Republican says the law would allow prosecutors to seek life in prison... or the death penalty... if someone knowingly sells Heroin laced with Fentanyl... and it results in an overdose death.  Reed has met the family of several people who died from overdose... including Kim Carlson of Jamestown, whose son, Alex Foulk, died of an overdose of Heroin laced with Fentanyl... nearly two years ago.   He says he wants to see the legislation taken up in September.  Reed says he is looking for someone to co-sponsor the Help Ensure Lives are Protected Act in the U-S Senate.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
Teresi appoints Todd Thomas to replace Olson in new position...
Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi has named a practicing attorney from Chautauqua County as his new Director of Administrative Services -- and City Clerk -- beginning September 1st.  Teresi says his appointment of Todd Thomas to replace the retiring Jim Olson will take place at next Monday night's City Council voting session.  Olson will step down as the current Director of Financial Services/City Clerk next Thursday, Aug. 31.  Teresi says he's looking forward to having Thomas joined their administrative team.  He says Thomas has "very large foot prints" to fill... but, adds he's confident that "given his background, skill set and past experience, Todd will be up to the challenge."  Thomas and his wife, Lana, live in Jamestown.  Due to the change in title to reflect the new bredth and scope of the position... Teresi says there will also have to be a charter change voted on by the city council.
 
 
City woman arrested for allegedly leaving 1-year-old alone to wander outside...
A Jamestown woman is jailed after her one-year-old child was found -- alone -- chasing a small dog on the city's eastside Friday afternoon.  City police were called to the scene at 86 Falconer Street shortly before 3 p.m., where they found an uninvolved person holding the child.  The woman told police the child was alone... and, was running towards the street.  Police began talking with neighbors... and, located the child's mother -- 20 year-old Katlin DiDomenico -- inside her house.  Officers learned DiDomenico hadn't noticed that the toddler had wandered off for at least 5-minutes.  Police went to arrested her for endangering the welfare of a child.  However... once handcuffed... DiDomenico tried to pull away... and, was additionally charged with resisting arrest.  The one-year-old child was turned over to a family member.
 
 
Young announces $5-Million in funding for new passing landes on Route 60 between Cassadaga and Gerry...
There will be new passing lanes along a busy and dangerous stretch of Route 60 between Gerry and Cassadaga... thanks to the efforts of State Senator Cathy Young.  Young was at the Chautauqua County Public Facilties headquarters in Falconer yesterday to announce that she was able to obtain $5-million in capital funding for the effort.  The Olean Republican says she's "very, very pleased" that the Senate could negotiate the funding to improve that important 12-mile stretch of roadway.  Young adds that Route 60 is "very, very important" to the local economy as well.  Young adds that the state Department of Transporation will do a study to find where the best places are to put in passing lanes.  State Assemblyman Andy Goodell the project will improve traffic flow. 
 

 

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