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A city man is jailed after allegedly trying to pull a hand-gun on another person during a fight on Jamestown's southside last Saturday afternoon.  City police were called to the scene at 68 Chambers Street just before 4:30 PM July 4th.  Officers say they learned that 26 year-old Kurry Cordosi had punched another person in the face, and continued to fight when it appeared that he tried to pull a gun out of his pants.  A third person at the scene was allegedly able to disarm Cordosi, and gave the 9-millimeter gun to police.  No one was seriously hurt... but, Cordosi was arrested for third-degree assault, criminal mischief, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  He was jailed pending arraignment.

A man from Mayville is accused of riding his motorcycle drunk... and, speeding... after his bike collided with another vehicle in Bemus Point early last weekend.  Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene on Main Street just after 6 PM Friday... and, found that 38 year-old Charles Carter was operating the bike while intoxicated.  Carter, and his passenger, 27 year-old Victoria Baran of Bemus Point... were taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  In addition to DWI and speeding... Carter was also charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, and issued appearance tickets for Ellery Town Court.

In light of the high-number of illegal fireworks calls and arrests made leading up to July 4th... Chautauqua County Interim Executive P-J Wendel says the county may look at opting out of the ability to sell non-aerial fireworks in the future.  Responding to an editorial in The Post-Journal... Wendel said it's worth a look at no longer allowing "sparkler-type" devices to be sold around the fourth to everyday residents.

No serious fireworks incidents were reported either leading up to the fourth or on the fourth... but, there have been dozens of complaints in Jamestown -- mainly on social media -- in recent weeks.  Wendel says officials are looking at some shared services that might allow codes to become more uniform across the county.  He saw this when he was a member of the Lakewood Village Board... and the "pop-up stores" were becoming a problem.  Wendel made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.

A woman in her 60s is the newest confirmed case of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County... bringing the total number of cases to 137.  County Executive P-J Wendel reports there are now six active cases... and, they are recovering under Health Department orders.  Wendel says 124 others have now recovered from the virus... while there are 100 cases under quarantine or isolation orders.  He adds that 16,596 negative test results have been reported to date.

The new president at the SUNY College at Fredonia will take on his new post in about six weeks.  That from interim President Dennis Hefner... who says he spoke with incoming President Dr. Stephen Kolison, Junior after his appointment was recently approved by the SUNY Board of Trustees.  Hefner says Kolison is wrapping up affairs at his current post, and should be on campus around mid-August.  In the meantime... he says Fredonia has submitted it's reopening plan to the state.

Hefner says students could also begin arriving by mid-August... with first classes taking place on August 24th.  However... Hefner adds this will all depend on a final decision on reopening from Governor Cuomo.  No word on when a such decision is expected.

Governor Tom Wolf's more expansive mask order issued this week as the coronavirus shows new signs of life in Pennsylvania is being met with hostility from Republicans.  They are objecting to the Democrat's use of power, to wearing a mask itself and to what they call confusion it's causing.  It is one of many partisan fights over the coronavirus in a premier presidential battleground state where Democrats blame President Donald Trump for the virus' devastation... and, Republicans blame Wolf. 

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