A Kennedy man has been arrested for allegedly crashing his car into a house in the southeast corner of Jamestown and, running off...  
 
City police were joined by Ellicott Town Police in responding to the scene on Manchester Road just before 11:30 p.m. last Friday night.  Officers say 27 year-old Alan Wilson had allegedly driven the vehicle into the house and, fled on foot before police arrived.  Police say they found Wilson on the Peck-Settlement Road a short time later and, found that he was drunk at the time.  He was arraigned on charges of second-degree criminal mischief, DWI, and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident. He posted $4,000 bail.
 
 
State police are continuing to investigate the death of a 47-year-old homeless man in Chautauqua County...  
 
The body of Brian Heyden was found two weeks ago in a wooded area just off Route 20 in the Town of Portland.  Authorities are calling the death suspicious.  An autopsy is scheduled to determine cause of death.  State police say the victim was known to travel from his encampment just west of Brocton to Fredonia on a daily basis.  Troopers believe he received a ride from a passing motorist in a white or light-colored pickup truck on the afternoon of April 20th.  His body was found the next day.  Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 716-665-3114.
 
 
It's not often easy to identify people who are using and abusing drugs and alcohol, because people from all walks of life use and abuse...  
 
To address those perceptions, the Falconer Central School will be hosting a "Kids Escaping Drugs" program Tuesday, May 15 at 6 p.m. in the High School auditorium.  High School Guidance Counselor Tara Swan says the group recently made a presentation during a staff In-Service Day.
 
Swan says the goal of the program is to educate families and community members of the prevalence and harmful effects of alcohol and drug experimentation, use, and dependence among adolescents.  In addition to Kids Escaping Drugs, she says Kim Carlson from "A Fresh Start" and members of the Jamestown and Ellicott Police Departments will also take part.  Swan encourages everyone in Falconer -- and the surrouding area -- to join them on the 15.  Officials say this will be a good chance to educate the public on the dangers of the current drug crisis.
 
 
Governor Cuomo says a proposal to open supervised injection sites for illegal drug users in an effort to combat fatal overdoses will be closely reviewed...  
 
Cuomo said last weekend that the goal of fighting opioid overdoses is "laudable."  But, the Democrat says the plan to open injection sites raises legal questions.  Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his support on Thursday for a one-year pilot program to operate four injection sites in the city.  The plan would require the approval of the state Department of Health.  Cuomo said the department will review it. 
 
 
A Westfield resident has announced her plans to run for the New York state Assembly against incumbant Andy Gooddell...  
 
Judith Einach said Sunday that she is running as a Democrat for the a seat in the 150th Assembly district, which includes all of Chautuauqa County.  Einach says the county needs "new leadership."  In a media release, she notes her background in rural and economic development, and lifelong committment to improving the quality of life for all will enable her "to be a true public servant as a member of the Assembly."  Einach holds a Masters Degree from Harvard University.
 
 
A Meet the Candidates forum will be held this Wednesday night in Mayville for the five people seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the 23rd District Congressional seat...  
 
That from League of Women voters Minda Rae Amiran, who says the forum is open to the public and will be held this Wednesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at Chautauqua Lake Central School.  Amarin says most of the evening will be devoted to questions from the people attending.
 
The five candidates include one Jamestown resident, Eddie Sundquist.  The field also includes Max Della Pia, Tracy Mitrano, Linda Andrei and Ian Golden.  Minda Rae Amiran says the league is encouraging both Democrats and non-Democrats to attend the forum since one of the five candidates will be challenging incumbant Republican Tom Reed in the November general election.  The Democratic primary is set for June 26.  
 
 
A church that owns the historic clock tower that was destroyed by fire Friday evening has plans to rebuild it...  
 
Family Church of Fredonia purchased the building from Fredonia Baptist Church in 2015. Pastor Scott Wise of Family Church says they have always regarded the clock tower as a symbol of Fredonia and the community.  Family Church spent $1.3-million renovating the building at the corner of Church Street and Temple Street and had started a GoFundMe page with a goal of $100,000 to renovate the clock tower. Wise says Friday's blaze will not deter their goal of renovating the clock tower. Family Church says the building is structurally sound. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
 
 
Jamestown city lawmakers will begin looking tonight at possible options to deal with an apparent overpopulation of deers in certain areas of the city...  
 
City Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings says he's been able to contact the State Department of Environmental Conservation to have a wildlife biologist discuss options and, other ways to deter deer from moving into populated areas of Jamestown.  He says he reached out to the DEC about the matter and, got a representative to come and discuss options to look at.  Snellings made his comments during last week's Council meeting.  City Clerk Todd Thomas says the DEC representative will be on hand for next Monday night's work session.  Due to the presentation, the work session will be held in City Council chambers tonight at 7:30.  As with all council meetings, Thomas says members of the public are welcome to attend.

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