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NYC Tolls, Plastic Bag Ban Approved In State Budget

ALBANY — New York’s Democrat-controlled Legislature on Sunday passed a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags and planned to approve tolls for driving into the busiest sections of Manhattan starting in 2021 as part of a $175.5 billion state budget agreement worked out with Gov. Andrew ...

‘So Full Of Life’

Whether as a member of the Jamestown Police Department or in retirement, Stephen Promber always craved movement. And when he took on a project, be it helping those battling addiction while a member of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force or starting up a business with his brother after leaving ...

Interaction Limitation Reduces Smuggling

MAYVILLE — “I think it’s a problem in all counties,” said Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone about contraband smuggling into jail. But a greater problem the jail faces is balancing the safety of the jail with the freedom of inmates. While limiting interactions has proven to ...

Business Owners Overcome Cannabis Challenges

Businesses selling cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, are expanding throughout the Southern Tier, bringing with it economic opportunity and potential health benefits for consumers. As the debate regarding the legalization of recreational marijuana in New York continues, CBD — a ...

Recovery Resources

Drug-related deaths in Chautauqua County, including fatal overdoses, were lower in 2018 than in the three years prior, and with the increased dedication to multiple addiction treatments, first responders’ life-saving practices and educational outreach, county officials hope the positive ...

Collins Receives UPMC Physician Of Year Accolade

Rough roads weren’t enough to stop the 2019 UPMC Chautauqua Physician of the Year from moving to the Jamestown area. On Friday, Dr. Patrick Collins was announced as the hospital’s Physician of the Year during a special Doctors’ Day luncheon held at the UPMC Chautauqua’s Foote ...

Vietnam Veterans Receive Recognition

March 29, 1973, is a date all Vietnam veterans recognize. The reason March 29 is memorable is because it was the day U.S. combat troops departed the Republic of Vietnam and the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, which was a joint-service command of the United States Department of ...

Search Turns Up No Leads For Missing Woman

ELLERY — A search of an Ellery property on Friday for an Ashville woman who has been missing for more than a decade turned up no additional leads. Troopers searched a property at 5230 Slide Road, Ellery, after a new opportunity to search an area that was previously unavailable presented ...

‘Justice Was Served’

MAYVILLE — “I can breathe now.” Those were the words of William J. Michishima’s mother, Jessie Michishima, after a jury convicted David F. Waggoner of second-degree murder for the July 2018 death of her son. “I thank God for (Chautauqua County District Attorney) Patrick Swanson. ...

County Economic Development Plan Unveiled

MAYVILLE — In an attempt to hit more “home runs,” Chautauqua County officials unveiled the new Chautauqua County Economic Development Organizational Plan at Webb’s Captain’s Table restaurant Thursday. County Executive George Borrello and Mark Geise, deputy Chautauqua County ...

State Sues Billionaire Family Behind Maker Of OxyContin

NEW YORK (AP) — New York is suing the billionaire family behind the company that created OxyContin, joining a growing list of state and local governments seeking to hold not only the firm but its owners accountable for the nation’s opioid crisis. The state, which averages nine ...

Jury Deliberation Begins In Murder Trial

MAYVILLE — Jury deliberation began Wednesday in the second-degree murder trial of David. F. Waggoner. Waggoner, 54, is accused of shooting 30-year-old William J. Michishima in front of 114 Livingston Ave. in Jamestown on July 24, 2018. Michishima died the following day in an Erie, Pa., ...

‘New Era For Lake’

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello called the near future a “new era for Chautauqua Lake.” By ushering in a Memorandum of Agreement for the Chautauqua Lake Weed Management Consensus Strategy, Borrello, backed by other county officials, delivered a plan for ...

Lakewood Village Residents Back Herbicide Use

LAKEWOOD — At a widely attended village discussion, Lakewood residents expressed overwhelming support for herbicide treatments for local Chautauqua Lake waters. Of the 14 individuals who spoke at the public hearing and shared opinions, 13 Lakewood residents said they wanted herbicides to ...

Plastic Bag Ban Gains Traction In Budget Talks

ALBANY — The ubiquitous plastic bag would be banned throughout New York state under a provision negotiated Wednesday as part of the budget plan that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Democrat-controlled Legislature are trying to finalize before the April 1 deadline. Sen. Todd Kaminsky and ...

Defense Rests, Closing Statements To Begin Today

MAYVILLE — The defense representing David F. Waggoner, who is facing a second-degree murder charge, rested its case Tuesday with closing statements anticipated to begin today. Judge David Foley approved a justification charge and a lesser included charge of second-degree manslaughter for ...

Harbor Hotel Donates Funds To CAP

Staff members of the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel donate a $15,000 check for the Child Advocacy Program in Jamestown. From left, Terra Bollman, hotel administrative assistant; Tori Jordan, CAP family advocate; Chris Scott, hotel general manager; Diandra Morgan, catering operations manager; Linda ...

No Tax Increase For City School District

There will be no local property tax levy increase for Jamestown Public Schools District taxpayers as long as state education aid is approved at projected levels. Bret Apthorpe, district superintendent, and Lisa Almasi, district chief operating officer, discussed the first draft of the ...

Republican Candidates Hold Meet-And-Greet Reception

Jamestown residents Tuesday had a chance to meet their GOP candidates for the 2019 election. The Jamestown Republican Party held a meet-and-greet reception at Sauce restaurant, located at 306 N. Main St., with several candidates in attendance. The Republican candidates included David ...

Woman Of The Year

“I hadn’t the slightest clue,” Beth Trosper proclaimed after discovering the well-kept secret that she was the 2019 Woman of the Year. The 63rd annual Woman of the Year was announced Monday at the Marvin Community House in Jamestown. A banquet was provided prior to the announcement by ...