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(10:35 AM) New York Lawmakers Approve Decriminalization Of Marijuana

ALBANY (AP) — Lawmakers in New York state have voted to eliminate criminal penalties for public possession and use of marijuana after efforts to legalize pot stalled. The measure would reduce low-level criminal charges for unlawful possession of marijuana to a violation, which comes with a ...

(10:45 PM) City Firefighters Battle Cherry Street Blaze

A firefighter was taken to the hospital for injuries suffered in a blaze that engulfed a city property late Friday. https://youtu.be/CtgB0qWJ8qw The blaze at 719 Cherry St. was reported around 10:30 p.m. Heavy smoke was visible in the downtown area as first responders were summoned. Upon ...

(9 AM) Heavy Rain Early Causes Widespread Flooding Thursday

Heavy rain early Thursday caused widespread issues throughout southern Chautauqua County. Flooded roads were reported on Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood near the railroad viaduct, as well as along Hunt Road. Multiple flooded basements were also reported just outside Lakewood in the town of ...

(2:50 PM) City Parks Focus Of Summer Playground Program

The five sites for the 2019 Summer Playground Program will all be at city parks. On Thursday, city officials announced the details of this year's program at Chadakoin Park, which will be one of the locations. The other parks include Allen Park, Bergman Park, Lillian Dickson Tot Lot and ...

(8:24 PM UPDATE) Deceased Forestville Man Identified

FORESTVILLE — One person is confirmed dead as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning in a residence located at 26 Pearl St. in Forestville. Chief Kyle Barthel of the Forestville Volunteer Fire Department said that he was dispatched to the residence at 4 a.m. today for an unresponsive subject. ...

(5:50 PM) Temporary Bridge Likely After Road Is Washed Away

SOUTH VALLEY — A portion of a road and culvert in Cattaraugus County were washed away in flooding that also blocked passage of traffic throughout the Southern Tier. https://youtu.be/l7JnFLT96Dw Heather Lamberson, South Valley town supervisor, confirmed that Burch Drive will remain closed ...

(9:45 AM) Pair Charged With Assault, Burglary After Man Found Unresponsive

Two people were taken into custody on assault and burglary charges after a man suffered serious injuries in an early morning incident in Jamestown on Wednesday. Officers were called to 1414 E. Second St. at 3:10 a.m. for a reported fight. Upon arrival, officers found a man in his apartment ...

(11 AM) Warren County Man Charged With Inappropriately Touching Minors

WARREN, Pa. — A Youngsville, Pa., man is facing charges he inappropriately touched two female juveniles at his residence between May and June, the Pennsylvania State Police reported. David W. Dickson, 71, was charged with two counts of felony corruption of minors and two counts of indecent ...

(11:40 AM) County Clerk Says DMV Will Not Alter How Licenses Are Issued

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore said he will not allow local DMV offices to alter the way it issues driver's licenses. The decree, in effect, will likely limit immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally obtain New York state driver's licenses despite a bill signed into law ...

(1:25 PM) Updated Bill Would Allow Farmers To Unionize, Earn Overtime Pay

An updated Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act has been introduced in the state Legislature — and it has a good chance of passing, according to Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, D-Queens and sponsor of the bill. During committee votes on Tuesday, Assemblyman Joe Giglio, R-Gowanda, voted ...

(4:25 PM) Bill To Forgive Panama Fine Awaits Cuomo’s Approval

Legislation has again been approved to forgive an outstanding fine against the Panama Central School District. The forgiveness of $1.9 million now awaits Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature after passing the state Senate and Assembly. "Penalizing the school district for an administrative error that ...

(9:35 AM) Missing Warren County Man Found Safe

WARREN, Pa. — A Warren County man who went missing late Sunday has been found safe, the Pennsylvania State Police said. The man, 80-year-old Richard W. Smith, was located Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. about a half-mile from his Mead Township, Pa., home in a heavily wooded area near Route 160. Smith ...

(11:40 AM) Five Area ‘Top Performing’ Schools Recognized By State

Five schools in Chautauqua County have been identified as high achieving and high progress by New York state. MaryEllen Elia, commissioner of the state Education Department, announced Tuesday all Recognition Schools for the 2018-2019 year. Under New York's Every Student Succeeds Act Plan, ...

(8:55 PM) Clymer Voters Pass 2019-20 School Budget

CLYMER -- Second time was the charm for the Clymer Central School District's 2019-20 budget. The $11,495,924 spending plan, which called for an 8.8% percent tax levy increase, was approved comfortably by a vote of 703 to 392. The re-vote met the 60% approval needed by district voters to ...

(8:09 PM) New York To Adopt Aggressive Emission Reduction Goals

ALBANY — New York would adopt some of the nation's most aggressive emission reduction goals under a proposal worked out by state leaders and set for a vote in the state Legislature Tuesday night. Under the proposal, New York would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050 and allocate ...

(10:32 AM) Historic Warplanes To Visit Jamestown Airport Saturday, Sunday

Chautauqua County's Jamestown Airport will host a pair of planes from the National Warplane Museum, based in Geneseo, N.Y., Saturday and Sunday. The museum is sending a World War II-era B-17 Flying Fortress bomber and T-6 Texan to the Jamestown airport for static display, tours and excursion ...

(1:40 PM) Rollover Closes Portion Of Route 60 In Fredonia

FREDONIA -- A portion of Route 60 was temporarily closed to traffic due to a vehicle rollover crash Monday. The crash took place shortly before 1 p.m. at Webster Road. The vehicle struck a fire hydrant in the collision. A medical issue is believed to have caused the crash; minor injuries ...

(6 PM) Kayaker Knocked Into Water Rescued By Firefighters

KENNEDY — A man who was knocked out of his kayak and forced to cling to a tree branch for a half hour was rescued by firefighters Monday. The incident, reported around 4 p.m., began after the unidentified man who was kayaking alone on Cassadaga Creek in the town of Poland was apparently ...