City man arrested for allegedly assaulting woman with "blunt" object...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman during a fight on the city's eastside late Friday morning.  Jamestown police were called to the scene at 249 Crescent St. shortly after 11 a.m., and spotted a man riding away from the scene on a bicycle.  Officers say the unidentified female victim pointed out that the man, 44 year-old Jessie Jones, had assaulted her.  She accuses Jones of throwing a "blunt, sharp object" into a moving vehicle... striking her in the face -- and cutting her.  Jones was arrested for second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.  He was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
Former Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver, again convicted at trial...
A jury has convicted former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of public corruption charges, dashing the 74-year-old Democrat's second attempt to avoid prison after a decades-long career as one of the most powerful politicians in state government.  The verdict Friday came more than two years after his first 2015 trial resulted in a 12-year prison sentence.  An appeals court tossed out that conviction, citing a recent Supreme Court ruling that changed the legal boundaries for public corruption.  Prosecutors said Silver illegally earned $4-million from a cancer researcher and real estate developers who benefited from his clout in state government.  Defense lawyers countered that his fees were "perfectly legal."
 
 
Former County Executive Mark Thomas retires from State Parks position...
The head of the Western New York District of the state Parks system says the time was right for leaving the post for retirement.  That from Fredonia's Mark Thomas... who will be retiring later this month.  The State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation made the announcement late Thursday... and, Thomas tells us he wanted to leave on a high note.  He says his "singlar goal was to leave the place better than I found it."  He says they've been able to do that through strengthening personnel, and a robust capital program.  Thomas is pleased with the work that has involved a number of projects across Western New York.  He says the among the highlights, the major improvements that have been made on the American side of Niagara Falls... with a $70-million investment in Niagara Falls State Park.  Thomas... who is a former Chautauqua County Executive... didn't forget the county -- noting improvements made at Lake Erie State Park and the state's acquisition of Midway Park near Maple Springs. 
 
 
Elected officails in Ellicott and Celoron speak-out against proposed Library Tax in Southwestern School District...
Elected leaders in the town of Ellicott and village of Celoron have come out strongly opposing the proposed referendum on next Tuesday's ballot to establish a new Library Tax in the Southwestern School District.  Ellicott Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin... and, Celoron Village Mayor Scot Schrecengost stated their objections on our Dennis Webster Show Friday morning.  McLaughlin says he has a lot of questions about the Lakewood and Hazeltine Libraries that he hasn't gotten any answers to.  He says he wants a budget break-down to see how much is paid out in salaries, maintenance, and purchase of new materials.  Both say many of their constituents have questioned why they should pay a special tax on libraries that aren't in their municipality... and, they never use.  Schrecengost says that's especially been the case for people who are on fixed incomes... and, are barely making ends meet now.  McLaughlin says he's also concerned about how much people in West Ellicott would pay with the special tax... because it was noted that a homeowner with a home assessed at $100,000 would be paying just over $32 per year for the tax.  But... he says there are several homes worth more than that. 
 
 
Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers celebrate 35th Anniversary...
A program that gives caregivers a break... and, provides fun, social activites in Chautauqua County for seniors is celebrating it's 35th year of existance.  Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers commemorated the milestone Friday during a celebration at Christ First United Methodist Church... where the program is headquartered.  Chautauqua Day Services Executive Director Frank Bercik says the program began in 1983 serving "one or two people..." and now serves 200 people a year.  Bercik says they've been able to expand into the Dunkirk and Westfield areas, and also now provide services for people with Dementia.  Bercik says while their numbers have grown... so has their programming... which includes community recreation, such as picnics, field trips and other outtings.  He says they also have birthday parties for those who attend.  Bercik expressed his appreciation to Chautauqua County, the state, and several local foundations for their support of the Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers.  For more information... go on-line to www.seniordayprograms.com, or call 664-9759.   
 
    
 
 
 
   

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Leaders of the bi-partisan caucus that local Congressman Tom Reed co-chairs has signed a discharge petition that would force floor votes on four immigration and border security bills...  ...

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