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Grape stompers break record in Jamestown

JAMESTOWN, NY - More than a thousand people and more than 60 tons of grapes … that's what it took to break a world record for grape-stomping in Jamestown.

The event celebrated the region's rich Concord grape-growing history, along with TV icon and Jamestown native Lucille Ball.

Two On Your Side's Erica Brecher learned how the big event ties both together.

Stompers dressed up in the iconic costume Lucy wore in the famous "Lucy's Italian Movie" episode, where Lucy stomps grapes.

"I grew up watching Lucy . My parents watched it, and that's just what we grew up on," said Renekah Bertel in her Lucy grab, "so I love all sorts of the different episodes. When they asked me to do this I was like absolutely!"

People came from all over, like Sonya Brennan from California. "We're here to stomp some grapes and be in the world record book," she said.

Four seriously hurt in Portland crash

TOWN OF BROCTON, NY - Four people are recovering from serious injuries after an overnight crash in Chautauqua County.

Sheriff's deputies say Gage Milliman was traveling west on Ellicott Road in the Town of Portland when he failed to stop at a stop sign, swerved off the road and hit a tree.

The 21-year-old driver and two of his passengers were flown in separate helicopters to nearby hospitals. Another passenger was taken by ambulance.

It took rescuers about 45 minutes to free the passengers from the vehicle since it was wrapped around a tree.

Investigators say speed was clearly a factor and they believe alcohol may have been involved, too. Their investigation is continuing and charges are pending against the Milliman.

Sex offender arrested for violating court order

DUNKIRK, NY - A level 3 sex offender was arrested by Dunkirk police on Wednesday for allegedly watching children leave a Dunkirk school.

Police say that Richard P. Conti has an order of protection which prohibits him from getting within 150 feet of a school. Police say they received a report that at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday Conti was standing at the corner of Eagle Street and West 6th Street watching the kids exit Dunkirk Middle School.

After investigating the situation and obtaining a warrant, Conti was arrested on Thursday for felony criminal contempt in the first degree.

He was locked up in Dunkirk City Jail without bail.

Experts, Native Liberian to Discuss Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

Experts, Native Liberian to Discuss Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

In light of the worsening Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Daemen College will host a panel discussion of experts and also offer a personal perspective on the crisis from a native Liberian at the event scheduled for Oct. 20.

The panel discussion, which is part of the Daemen History and Political Science Speakers Series, will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge. The event is free and open to the public.

“In addition to the health care threat of this deadly disease, the Ebola epidemic involves many political, cultural and government policy issues,” said Dr. Joseph Sahr Sankoh, Daemen associate professor of political science/African affairs and panel chair. “The range of expertise from the panelists will help put the public health impact of the Ebola outbreak into perspective and examine the broader implications of the virus as we face this international crisis.”

Panelists will include:

Christmas in the Country Returns to Fairgrounds with New ‘Return Pass’ Offer

Christmas in the Country Returns to Fairgrounds with New ‘Return Pass’ Offer


A favorite Western New York tradition, the Christmas in the Country Holiday Artisan Market will celebrate its 30th season when it returns to the Hamburg Fairgrounds Nov. 6-9. And for the first time in its storied history, Christmas in the Country will offer complimentary return passes so patrons can enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of this one-of-a-kind shopping experience all weekend long!  

“We have always felt our patrons needed more than just one day to properly enjoy this event,” said Daniel Kaczynski of Premier Promotions, organizers of the event. “Now everyone has the opportunity to come back as much as they would like at no additional cost.”

Chautauqua County Jury Hears Grim Details of Double Murder

MAYVILLE, NY – Members of a Chautauqua County Court jury began hearing the grim details Tuesday, of the murder of a Frewsberg couple found stabbed and burned to death in their home on April 17, 2013.

Davide Coggins, 34, stands charged with first degree murder for the slayings of Gordon and Joyce Skinner, to whom he was related, when he allegedly orchestrated a robbery at their house on Wheeler Road.

The incident ended with the gruesome deaths of the couple at Coggins' hands, according to Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley.

Sherex Fastening Solutions, LLC Opens News Manufacturing Facility in Akron, Ohio

Sherex Fastening Solutions, LLC Opens News Manufacturing Facility in Akron, Ohio

Sherex Fastening Solutions, a global leader of engineered fasteners, tooling and automation, announced today the opening of its new domestic manufacturing facility, Sherex Akron, located at 850 Moe Drive in Akron, OH.

"Sherex is very proud to be ‘Made in America’ and continues to offer the largest selection of blind rivet nuts in the world,” said Adam Pratt, president of Sherex Fastening Solutions. “The opening of the Sherex Akron manufacturing plant is part of our global capacity expansion plan and will increase the number of products we can supply. It will reduce lead times providing for an overall improved experience for our customers.”