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Making A Statement

The state Legislature approved two pieces of legislation aimed at ending wage discrimination. Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, voted in favor of both pieces of legislation on the Assembly floor, as did Assemblyman Joe Giglio, R-Gowanda. The first bill, A.8093A/S.5248B, passed ...

City Man Who Fired At Vehicle Charged

Cooperation from witnesses helped Jamestown police nab a city man who fired several shots at a car late Tuesday. Nathaniel D. Hollins Jr., 28, was taken into custody not long after officers were called to a shooting in the area of 52 Liberty St. in Jamestown. No one was injured in the ...

Police Seize Drugs, Money During Music Festival

Editor's note: The New York State Police said 65-year-old Manuel Shields was not among those charged during this year's Great Blue Heron Music Festival. His name had been included in a report issued by state police. SHERMAN — A cache of drugs, money and a pickup truck were among items ...

Pay Equality Touted As US Women’s Team Honored In NYC

ALBANY (AP) — New York state expanded a state law Wednesday that prohibits gender pay discrimination, making it illegal to pay someone less based on characteristics including race, religion, disability or gender identity. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the changes into law in ...

Shots Fired In City

Jamestown police are investigating a drive-by shooting 52 Liberty St. around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday. Witnesses said between two and seven shots were fired. The vehicle involved allegedly left the area on Sixth Street, though it wasn’t known which direction the vehicle drove from there. ...

‘Big Cats Chose Me’

CHAUTAUQUA — Steve Winter has spent much of his life chasing and capturing wild, big cats throughout parts of the world on camera. With his camera, he has helped save many big cats from death and extinction — a service he believes can in turn help save humans. “I always say, ‘If we ...

Fallen Tree Cause Of Widespread Outages

A tree that fell on a power line was the source of widespread outages Tuesday. According to David Bertola of National Grid, the tree fell on a transmission line around 11:30 a.m. in the area of Bear Lake Road in Brocton. That knocked power out to thousands of Nation Grid customers — ...

Investigation Leads To Settlement Agreement

A paraprofessional with the Jamestown Public Schools District accused of “misconduct that was in violation of district policies” has resigned. JPS and Karen Brown, who had worked at Fletcher Elementary School, agreed to terms in a settlement agreement that required her resignation. ...

Tractor Sparks Fire

PANAMA — A barn was destroyed in a large fire Monday evening. Firefighters from a half-dozen departments were called to 1049 Panama Bear Lake Road around 7:40 p.m. A passing motorist reportedly spotted the blaze and called 911. The fire was under control in about 45 minutes, though the ...

First Of Chautauqua Avenue Renovations OK’d

LAKEWOOD — The first renovation building improvement project along Chautauqua Avenue has been approved. On Monday, the Lakewood Village Board approved the renovation project for 28 Chautauqua Ave., which is owned by Vincent and Marilyn Gerace. The building is the location of Off The Beaten ...

SAFE Act Charges Dismissed In Court

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Court Judge Stephen W. Cass on Monday dismissed charges against Silver Creek resident Benjamin Wassell. Wassell received multiple charges related to the sale of rifles and ammunition shortly after the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act was ...

Waterlogged Ways

LITTLE VALLEY — Storms that dumped about 2 inches of rain left parts of Cattaraugus County under water for several hours over the weekend. The bulk of flooding was seen Saturday afternoon in the village of Little Valley, where heavy rain caused the nearby Little Valley Creek to overflow. ...

State Looks To Limit Sale, Use Of Tannerite

Despite opposition from two local state legislators, New York state is poised to more heavily regulate the sale of tannerite. Legislation passed by the state Assembly on the final day of the legislative session would make it illegal to buy tannerite in New York state without a certificate ...

Expansion Of Medication Treatment For Inmates Likely

An expansion of medication assisted treatment in jails and prison is likely coming in New York state. Legislation approved at the end of the state Legislature’s session will expand access to treatment of medications that treat substance abuse by making them covered by Medicaid available ...

Eyes In The Sky

FREDONIA — “The bluebird carries the sky on his back.” These were the words written in the personal journal of poet Henry David Thoreau as he described the bluebird in May 1852. The Eastern Bluebird is also the state bird of New York and prominent in the eastern United States. Even ...

Town Of Ellery Asks State For Herbicides In Bay

ELLERY — The town of Ellery has asked the state Department of Environmental Conservation to apply herbicides in Bemus Bay. Town officials are asking to use Aquathol K and Navigate for one day sometime between July 8 and July 31 to control Eurasian milfoil and curlyleaf pondweed. The ...

Legislation Passed To Help Zombie Property Issue

The state Legislature has passed another piece of legislation to deal with the problem of zombie properties — though several Republicans wondered if the legislation would do more harm than good. The Zombie Property Remediation Act of 2019 was approved 122-24 on the floor of the state ...

Spreading The Light

While a Jamestown pastor will still practice ministry, this summer will be a closing of a chapter in her life. The Rev. Carolyn Stow transferred earlier this week from Kidder Memorial United Methodist Church to her new assignment in Johnson City, N.Y. She is also the second female pastor ...

State May No Longer Be Immune From Road Claims

New York state may no longer be immune from claims if a driver’s car is damaged on a state road. The state Senate approved S. 5422 by a 62-0 vote while the state Assembly approved A. 1235 by a 124-22 vote. It will become law if signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The legislation is sponsored by ...

Court Rules Sex Offenders Don’t Have To Disclose Services They Use

Sex offenders do not have to register Facebook accounts under state Correction Law Section 168, according to a recent New York State Court of Appeals ruling. At issue in the People v. Arthur W. Ellis Jr., decided late last week, is a clause in the state law that requires sex offenders to ...