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No one was hurt, but a Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly firing several gun-shots during a drive-by shooting late Tuesday night..... 

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers responded to 52 Liberty Street about 10:45 PM and, spoke to several people on arrival.  They included one victim who told officers that their vehicle had been shot multiple times.  Further investigation identified 28 year-old Nathaniel Hollins-junior as the alleged suspect, and that he was shooting at the people in the vehicle.  Police conducted a neighborhood canvass, and found the suspected hand-gun used in a backyard.  Police say Hollins is a convicted felon without a New York State pistol permit.  He was arrested without incident on charges of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree criminal use of a firearm and first-degree reckless endangerment.  Hollins is jailed without bail.


A man from Cassadaga faces drug and weapons charges following a raid by local drug agents early Wednesday morning...  

Members of the Southern Tier Regional, and Jamestown Metro Drug Task Forces, executed a search warrant at the 27 South Main Street home of 49 year-old Joseph Keyser shortly before 6 AM.  The Sheriff's Department's SWAT Team made entry and, task force members seized a quantity of methamphetamine, marijuana, suboxone, drug paraphernalia and, a stun gun.  More charges are pending against Keyser.  To report suspected drug activity in Jamestown, call the Metro Drug Task Force at 483-8477.  Elsewhere, call the Southern Tier Task Force at 664-2420.


A father and daughter from Jamestown who were both known for their infectious smiles have been memorialized by having two benches in Bergman Park named after them....  

Brad and Lauren Proctor both passed away over the past year... and, city officials held a special dedication ceremony yesterday afternoon for the two benches.  City Arborist Dan Stone says he worked directly with Brad Proctor for many years and, says this is a fitting tribute.

Stone says Proctor worked in the city Parks Department for 17 years, and was Bergman Park's Caretaker for six.  Many of his former co-workers were on hand.  There were also several from the Jamestown Public School's where Proctor's wife, Carm, was an administrator.  Carm Proctor was pleased so many came out on what is the first-anniversary of her husband's death.  Lauren Proctor died this past March following a brief illness.  Lauren worked for the Media One Radio Group just a few years ago.  The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation helped establish a fund to help pay for the benches.


A group of western New York Republicans is courting Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia to run for Congress.  The Iraq War veteran ran in 2012 and lost to Representative Chris Collins in the Republican primary.....  

Now, Collins is facing trial on charges of money laundering and, hasn't said yet whether he'll seek re-election next year.  He's pleaded not guilty.  Bellavia supporters launched a "draftbellavia.com" website Tuesday.  Led by political consultant Michael Caputo, organizers say the campaign-style website is meant to show Bellavia the level of support for a possible candidacy.  Bellavia, who received the Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump last month, hasn't ruled out a run.  But he's said he is not interested in using the award to bolster his chances of getting elected.


It was a busy day of meetings Wednesday with federal lawmakers for members of the 10th Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Youth Congress in Washington, D-C.... 

Bemus Point's Ben Cornell was a member of the New York Delegation at the two-and-a-half day event, representing the 23rd Congressional District.  There were meetings regarding how the youth should handle themselves while talking to House and Senate members.  However, there have also been opportunities to talk with others who have Type-1 Diabetes from across the country and, Cornell says it helps to talk about what they deal with on a daily basis.

The 13 year-old Cornell was one of 160 delegates lobbying members of Congress this week to extend the federal Special Diabetes Program for another 5 years.  Cornell met with local Congressman Tom Reed and, was looking forward to it because Reed has first-hand knowledge of the disease.  The Corning Republican's son, Will, is also a Type-1 Diabetic.  In addition to Congressman Reed, Ben Cornell was also to meet with the state's two U-S Senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.  


Two people were injured in a motorcycle accident in the Town of Hanover Tuesday afternoon and, charges against the operator are pending.... 

Sheriff's Officers responded to Laona Road for the crash just after 1 PM and, identified the operator as 51 year-old Richard Catanese, of Dunkirk.  Deputies say he and the unidentified female passenger were transported to Brooks Memorial Hospital with apparent minor injuries. The accident remains under investigation. Officers were assisted at the scene by the Forestville Fire Department, Cassadaga Fire Department and Chautauqua County EMS.


Pennsylvania students who attend one of the 14 state-owned universities won't see higher tuition next year, the first such freeze in more than 20 years....  

The State System of Higher Education's board on Wednesday voted for to keep in-state tuition flat at about $7,700.  Most of the system's students are from Pennsylvania.  The system's last tuition freeze was for the 1998-99 school year, when the cost for in-state students was less than half what it is today.  The universities have seen total enrollment fall over the past eight years from about 112,000 to just over 90,000.  The state government's support for the system is rising by about 2 percent this year, to $477 million.

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