One killed, another seriously hurt in single-car accident in town of Gerry...
One man was killed... while another was seriously hurt... in a one-car crash late Friday morning on the Gerry-Ellington Road in the town of Gerry.  Sheriff's deputies say 43 year-old Paul Newell of Steamburg was a passenger in the car... which went off the road shortly before 11:30 a.m., and crashed.  Officers say Newell was partially ejected from the vehicle... and, pronounced dead at the scene.  Deputies say the driver, 41 year-old James Newell -- also of Steamburg -- was extricated from the wreckage... and, flown to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  Officers say charges are pending depending on the outcome of County Sheriff’s and District Attorney’s Offices.  The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Chautauqua County Accident Reconstruction Team... Gerry and Sinclairville Fire Departments... and the County Coroner’s Office.


Details still sketchy on overturned grocery truck near Falconer...
Police cleared the scene of a tractor-trailer rollover crash on the Peck-Settlement Road near Falconer late this morning.  Sheriff's Department dispatchers say officers were called to the scene about 6:15 this morning... and, found the Tops Markets rig rolled over.  Traffic in that area was reduced to one land for a time to clear the scene.  No injuries have been reported.  More when it becomes available.


Second man indicted in connection with Jan. 30 drive-by shooting in Jamestown...
A second person has now been indicted in connection with a drive-by shooting in Jamestown late last month that seriously wounded one of three people on a street corner.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the Chautauqua County Grand Jury issued the indictment for 19 year-old Cory Johnson earlier this week.  Samuelson says... like the other person indicted -- 30 year-old Rasul Bonds -- Johnson is charged with three counts of attempted murder... and, one count of first-degree assault.  Samuelson says both Bonds and Johnson were arrested late last week... and, Bonds was indicted first, then Johnson.  Bonds was jailed on $150,000 cash bail... while Johnson was arraigned... and, jailed on $200,000 cash... $400,000 property bond.  Samuelson says they are pleased to have both suspects off the streets after trying -- literally -- to kill three people.  He says the investigation is continuing.. but, adds that both Bonds and Johnson were allegedly targeting the three people fired upon at North Main and West Ninth Streets just before 3 a.m. on Jan. 30.  The victim was struck by one round in the face.  


Chautauqua County not likely to be among counties granting property tax deadline due to Winter storms...
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is extending a property tax deadline for residents in certain areas that were especially hard hit by recent winter storms.  However... while the governor included Chautauqua County in the executive order... it will not be.  That from County Attorney Stephen Abdella... who says there was no "chief executive request" for the county -- or affected towns.  The order will give a 21-day extension to residents in dozens towns in several upstate counties.  The impacted municipalities all had property tax deadlines during or shortly after recent winter storms.  Extensions were given to four entire counties:  Chautauqua... Cayuga... Jefferson, and St. Lawrence.  However... again the extensions will not take effect in Chautauqua County.


President's Day Weekend Winter Festival underway...
Two full days of Winter-time activites are underway at this weekend's 33rd annual President's Day Weekend Winter Festival at Lakeside Park in Mayville.  Officials say there is also an ice castle... which was lighted last night.  That from Mayville/Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce President Sally Andriaccio... who says they also announced the festival's King and Queen, and had the usual Friday night bon-fire.  Andriaccio says the big day will again be today... and, adds that admission is free.  She says parking is $5 and will benefit local youth sports teams.  As for the ice castle... Andriaccio says they got some major help from our frigid cold snap that occured in late January... and, they wound up with 6-inch thick ice blocks -- even with our recent warm-up.  Andriaccio says they'll have the annual fireworks display in the park at 8 p.m. tonight.  Activities in the park start at 10 a.m. both today and Sunday... and, there'll be some new activites... including a Kid's Tent that will include several events.  For more information... go to the festival Facebook page... or to the Mayville/Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce's website.


Schumer-Gillibrand announce national designation for Comedy Center is approved in U.S. Senate...
Jamestown's National Comedy Center is one step closer to becoming the nation's official "Center of Comedy" following U-S Senate approval of the measure.  New York Sentors Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand this afternoon announced the panel approved the designation as part of the 2019 "Lands Package."  They says the center... which was partially built to honor the vision of Jamestown native Lucille Ball... "will serve as a landmark that celebrates America’s rich comedic history."  The measure waits action in the House of Represenatives, where local Congressman Tom Reed is the sponsor.

 
 

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