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New York State Lawmakers Place Moratoium on Natural Gas Drilling

Gannett Albany Bureau

ALBANY, N.Y. - Opponents of natural gas drilling in the Southern Tier's Marcellus Shale formation today are cheering the state Senate's approval of a short-term moratorium late Tuesday night.

The measure sailed through the Senate, 48-9. If approved by the Assembly and Gov. David Paterson, permits to drill for natural gas in the formation would be delayed until May 15, 2011.

Now focus turns to the Assembly, where supporters of the drilling moratorium believe it could be taken up soon.

"I think it has overwhelming support in our house," said Assemblyman Robert Sweeney, D-Bablyon, Suffolk County. "We were waiting to see the Senate move the bill forward."
Sweeney said the Democratic-led Assembly could return to Albany in September to take up the measure.

The process, known as hydraulic fracturing, uses a mixture of water and chemicals to blast through rocks in order to access the gas.

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Jamestown Farmers Market Every Friday

JAMESTOWN, NY-Home grown and home made items are available every Friday until October 29th at the Jamestown Farmers Market on West Third Street.

The market operates from 9 AM until 3 PM and participating farms include: Abers Acres, Busti Cider Mill & Farm Market, Scott's Farm and Greenhouse and Small Meadow Farms.

Joining the farms is Gypsy's Trinkets, providing handmade, affordable jewelry created with semi-precious gemstone, glass and other natural materials.

"The market is going strong this summer season and we anticipate the success to continue through the fall," said Tiffani Conti, theDowntown Jamestown Development Corporation's Special Projects Manager. "We want to encourage everyone to visit the market to enjoy fresh, local produce."

King Rail Concert Series Concluding

Jamestown (WGRZ)-- The Jamestown Savings Bank Riverwalk Concert Series will close this Thursday, August 5.

The final concert will be in Brooklyn Square with King Rail, from 7-9 p.m. The band will perform along the riverwalk, adjacent to the JAMA Riverwalk Center.

All performances and parking are free to the public.

Missing Goat Returned

Dunkirk, NY - "Peedy," the 6-week old goat that has been missing from the Chautauqua County Fair this week, was returned to its owner, Heather Iannucci on Thursday night.

Iannucci says, two teens leaving a restuarant at a shopping plaza near the Fairgrounds, saw "Peedy" in the parking lot. Iannucci says they picked up the goat, and returned it promptly.

Today, fair-goers were delighted to hear the news of "Peedy's" return. Many of them bringing their children just to see "Peedy." The goat has been rejected by it's mother, but will be bottle fed from this point on, according to Iannucci.



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Judge Keeps Nushawn Williams in Jail, For Now

BUFFALO, NY - A State Supreme Court Judge ruled Monday that the sex offender who infected over a dozen women in the Jamestown area with the AIDS virus will remain behind bars as a dangerous sex offender even though his prison term is over from his original sentence.

Nushawn Williams argued it was unfair to keep him in jail under New York's recently passed Civil Confinement statute. His attorney argued that the new law was passed after Williams' rape sentence was completed. He was, however, still serving time for a reckless endangerment sentence.

The state's Attorney General's office contended that as long as Williams was still in prison, the state could move to place him in civil confinement for life.  State Supreme Court John Michalski denied a motion to dismiss the case.

Monday's ruling was in response to a motion by Williams' attorney. The case of whether or not he can be kept in jail will still go to trial.

19-Year-Old Charged with Leaving the Scene of a Boating Accident

Bemus Point, NY - 19 year old, Peter J. Saunders was charged with leaving the scene of a boat accident after a lengthy investigation by the Chautauqua County Sheriff Marine Division.

The hit and run occured in the Bemus Point area on July 17th, when a 23 foot recreational vessel left the scene of the accident and failed to report it.

After investigation by the members of the marine division and with the assistance of several witnesses, the vessel and operator responsible was identified.

Saunders will answer to the charge in the Town of Ellery Court at a later date.

Cattaraugus County Fair Under Way In Little Valley

LITTLE VALLEY - Cattaraugus County's 168th annual fair opened Monday and continues through Sunday.
Gates open at 8 a.m. daily for the event, which features 21 Bates Brothers Amusement rides at the midway, which opens at 1 p.m... Read More