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Woman arrested for armed robbery in Jamestown


JAMESTWON, NY - A 25-year-old is facing serious charges after committing an armed robbery in the City of Jamestown, police say.

According to a statement released by the Jamestown Police Department, Kimberly Ballinger entered the Kwik Fill store on Forest Avenue around 10 p.m. Friday night, displayed what appeared to be a handgun, and demanded cash.

She took off, but was caught by police a short time later.

She's charged with second-degree robbery and menacing.


Designated Drivers Hold the Key to a Safe and Successful Holiday Season

Designated Drivers Hold the Key to a Safe and Successful Holiday Season

 

The holidays are upon us — a time to celebrate with family and friends and prepare to ring in the New Year. And during this hectic season, there’s one thing we simply cannot forget, and it’s far more important than any gift. 

“When we’re out celebrating the holidays, we cannot forget to designate a sober driver who will get us home safely at the end of the night,” said Monica Farrar, director of The Resource Training Center in Amherst. “Nothing can kill the buzz of the holidays quicker than a buzzed or impaired driver out on the road.”

Eagle Scout Project Enhances the Mill Road Scenic Overlook

Eagle Scout Project Enhances the Mill Road Scenic Overlook

 

Thanks to the efforts of Quinn Schwab and members of Boy Scout Troop #238, the Mill Road Scenic Overlook has had a cleanup. For his Eagle Scout Service Project, Schwab led the cleanup of debris that was the last remnant of a long-ago farm dump that had been hidden in a ravine on the property. 

Daemen Awarded Highest National Recognition in Community Service

Daemen Awarded Highest National Recognition in Community Service

Daemen College has for the seventh consecutive year been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service learning and civic engagement.

Daemen is one only five institutions in Western New York and among 35 colleges and universities in New York State to receive this national designation in the 2014 general community service category, which is awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

“This prestigious national distinction is a great tribute to our students’ exceptional dedication and hard work to a range of community service activities that have a positive, meaningful impact in our local, regional and international communities,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “We are immensely honored to be recognized for all of the college’s outstanding civic engagement efforts.”

Daemen and Mongolian Government Finalize Agreement

Daemen and Mongolian Government Finalize Agreement

In a formal ceremony held Dec. 9 at Daemen House, the presidential residence, college officials signed a memorandum of agreement with a high-level delegation of governmental officials from Mongolia that will lead to exchanges of faculty and students between Mongolia and the U.S.

“Daemen College has a longstanding relationship with the Mongolian government and its people, and we are delighted that this agreement will enable many students and faculty from Mongolia to come to our college as well as our faculty to visit Mongolia,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson.

Jamestown Police Looking for Meth Lab Fire Suspect


JAMESTOWN, NY - Police are looking for the public's help in finding a suspect connected to a November fire.

Jamestown Police say Christopher L. Swanson, 43, started a fire at 824 Prendergast Avenue while cooking methamphetamine in the upstairs apartment.

The fire happened on November 20.

Swanson fled the residence before police and the fire department arrived at the scene. Police say Swanson suffered burns.

There is a felony warrant for Swanson's arrest. He is wanted for unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Jamestown Police anonymous tip line at (716) 483-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept strictly confidential.


Opening of Daemen Visual Effects Facility Marks Major Step in Growing Industry

Opening of Daemen Visual Effects Facility Marks Major Step in Growing Industry

Daemen College’s newly completed $2 million state-of-the-art visual effects facility was formally opened Dec. 5 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, signifying a major step forward in a Buffalo Billion initiative focused on growing Buffalo Niagara’s film and post-production industry.

“Western New York is poised for success in developing a thriving regional post-production industry and this new, state-of-the-art visual effects facility is a key investment in making that happen,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “We are proud to be a part of such a dynamic venture with great potential for economic growth and job creation.”

A year in the making, the nearly 16,000-square-foot visual effects facility evolved from a collaboration between Daemen and Empire Visual Effects, a post-production and animation company. A $4.5 million Buffalo Billion grant jump-started the endeavor, which included $1.9 million to Daemen to create and equip the high-tech facility.