OVERNIGHT SNOW MAKES FOR CAUTIOUS MORNING COMMUTE
MAYVILLE – Motorists making their morning commute today may want to take a little more time getting to their destination. The area saw about two inches of heavy snow fall overnight, and that’s caused some of the city’s side streets and rural roadways to become slippery this morning. Emergency crews have already been called to the scene of at least one accident this morning on Route 394 between Falconer and Kennedy. No serious injuries were reported.
MAYVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH ROBBING LOCAL MOTEL
ELLICOTT – A Mayville man is in custody after an armed robbery at a hotel that occurred just north of the city limit early Wednesday. Authorities say 26 year-old Matthew McKane was charged with second-degree robbery after an investigation into the incident in Ellicott.
Ellicott Police responded at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday to a call at the Comfort Inn at 2800 N. Main St. Ext., Ellicott for a reported armed robbery that had just occurred. The man then fled with an undisclosed amount of money. Responding officers were able to get a vehicle description along with a description of a single person involved. A short time later a Sheriff’s deputy saw a vehicle matching the description in Dewittville. The vehicle was pulled over and after an investigation and search of his vehicle, evidence was found allegedly linking McKane to the crime. He was then taken into custody and arraigned in Ellicott Town Court.
Police believe McKane may have also been involved in other hotel robberies both in Chautauqua County and in Pennsylvania – including the one earlier this week at the Holiday Inn Express in Findley Lake.
MISSING SENIOR FOUND SAFE IN BINGHAMTON
WEST ELLICOTT – A man who was missing from an assisted-living facility on Wednesday was found more than 200 miles away Thursday. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the Ellicott Police Department issued a missing person bulletin Wednesday afternoon for 77 year old John Kircher Sr., man who walked away from Tanglewood Manor in West Ellicott. Ellicott police said Kircher was found Thursday after he safely arrived at a family member’s home in Binghamton. According to authorities, Kircher told staff members at Tanglewood hat he was going to the store and would be right back.
Tanglewood Manor confirmed Thursday afternoon that Kircher, a new resident wanting to go back home to Binghamton, was able to come and go at will, so there was no neglect of care
JAMESTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOLS FAIL TO SEE IMPROVEMENTS IN STUDENT TESTING
JAMESTOWN – New York State released its newest list of schools that are identified for improvement, and three Jamestown Public School District schools have made that list. According to an article in today’s Post-Journal, Jefferson, Persell and Washington Middle Schools have all been identified as needing improvement. Three schools have been identified in the Salamanca and Dunkirk districts as needing improvement as well.
A total of 1,325 elementary, middle and high schools and 123 districts statewide have been identified for improvement under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as the No Child Left Behind Act.
HOUSE, SENATE PASS VETERANS’ COMPENSATION COST-OF-LIVING ADJUSTMENT ACT
WASHINGTON – Earlier this week Congressman Brian Higgins joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives in the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011. Higgins said the modest increase is the least congress can do for our veterans who make supreme sacrifices to protect our freedom and serve our country.
The bill increases the amounts paid to veterans for disability compensation and to their survivors for dependency and indemnity compensation by 3.6-percent, the same cost-of-living adjustment payable to Social Security recipients. The VA estimates that it will provide disability compensation to nearly 3.6 million veterans with service-connected disabilities in FY 2012. The legislation – now approved by the House and the Senate, and awaiting the president’s signature – will take effect on Dec. 1, 2011
VETERAN’S DAY SERVICES PLANNED FOR AREA
JAMESTOWN – Today is Veteran’s Day and several services are scheduled to take place in and around the Jamestown area.
As always, local veterans groups and city officials will meet in Veteran’s Circle shortly before 11 a.m. for the annual Veteran’s Day memorial ceremony in Soldier’s Circle. Prior to that event, a service is typically held at St. Lukes church on the corner of 4th and Main Streets in the city.
Also, Senator Cathy Young will be in town today and tomorrow for two events. This afternoon at 5 p.m., Young will appear at the Lakewood American Legion, which will hosting a celebration recognizing the club paying off their mortgage loan obligation 10 years early. Senator Young was invited to say a few words on how a business can survive and be successful.
And tomorrow, Senator Young will appear at the new Veteran’s Park in Jamestown on W. Third St. near the city line with west Ellicott. She will speak at 1:30 p.m. during the Dedication ceremony of a new Memorial Boulder & Plaque to Honor Navy Seabees. A memorial boulder with a bronze plaque will be dedicated to past, present and future Navy Seabees at the future location of the new veterans park in