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Groundbreaking for National Comedy Center

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Some legendary comedy names - Rivers, Carlin and Berle - were on hand to break ground for the National Comedy Center coming soon to Jamestown.

Melissa Rivers and Kelly Carlin, the daughters of Joan Rivers and George Carlin, along with Milton Berle's nephew, Marshall Berle, and Harold Ramis's son, Julian, were among those celebrating Saturday's start of construction.

The groundbreaking coincides with the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in the late comedienne's hometown.

Plans for the National Comedy Center include a hologram comedy club that will put visitors in the audience for classic routines of comedic legends.

Also on the drawing board is a comedy "boot camp" offering how-to instruction on joke delivery.

Woman who drowned off Wendt Beach Identified

EVANS, NY – A woman drowned Thursday night after trying to rescue two girls from Lake Erie at Wendt Beach in Evans.

She is identified as Mary E. Creighton, 51, of Buffalo. She is the mother of one of the children.

First responders got a 911 call around 7 p.m.

The children, ages 10 and 11, were in the water about 100 yards from shore when they started struggling. Creighton went in after them to help but went under the water.

The rough waters and waves between five and seven feet high made it difficult for rescuers to get to the three people.

The 10-year-old girl was able to make her way back to shore with the help of a bystander. That person told police there were still two people in the water.

Evans Police Lieutenant Bradley DiMartino spotted the 11-year-old in the water and swam out to help.

Police make arrests in Jamestown shooting

JAMESTOWN, NY - Jamestown Police say they have made two arrests in connection with Friday's shooting that happened in the parking lot of Tops supermarket on Washington Street.

Both suspects, whose names have not been released at this time, were charged with first-degree assault. Police say additional charges are possible pending further investigation. They are being held in Jamestown City Jail without bail.

The male victim was shot several times as he walked towards the store, police say. He is in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. His name has not been released.

A car used in the shooting was found on Saturday.

Fatal accident on Southwestern Blvd.

TOWN OF EVANS, N.Y. – Police are investigating a car accident on Southwestern Boulevard ( Route 20) that claimed a life Saturday morning.

Police say the car was traveling westbound when it left the roadway, crossed a ditch, a field and a lawn, and then hit a tree in a front yard.

The driver was trapped in the wreckage and had to be extricated by emergency personnel. Two other passengers are believed to have been ejected from the vehicle. A fourth person who was ambulatory flagged down a passerby who called 911.

The call came in just before 5 a.m.

All four people were taken to Erie County Medical Center; one by ambulance and three by helicopter. One person died due to the accident and another is in critical condition. The other two are in stable condition. Their names have not been released.

Shooting outside Tops in Jamestown

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. - A person was shot in the parking lot of the Tops supermarket on Washington Street just before 6 p.m. Friday.

Jamestown Police say the victim was shot several times at close range from a car that drove up to him as he was leaving the store.

After leaving the lot, the car headed north on Washington Street towards Fluvanna Avenue. Surveillance cameras captured the photo shown below. It's believed to be a Ford Focus.

There's no word on the condition of the victim at this time. He was taken by ambulance to WCA Hospital.

Anyone with information about the shooting or may know the current location of the car in the photo is asked to call the Jamestown Police Department at (716) 483-7537.

You can help an accident victim who lost both legs

BUFFALO, NY - There's a family in the Southtowns who needs your help after a horrific farm accident.

Dillon Williams, 20, of Eden, was helping a friend clear a field of weeds last Thursday, near the home of his girlfriend, where they planned to stage her graduation party.

They were using a tractor and brush hog.

"I went to jump up on the tractor and slipped," recalled Williams. "I fell beneath the tire."

His friend who was driving the tractor immediately tried to shut down the power take-off which was operating the mower behind the tractor, but it was not in time to keep Williams' lower body from encountering the blades.

"My legs went feet first right into the brush hog," Williams told WGRZ-TV.

After the machinery stopped his friend and his girlfriend's father lifted the mower to a ghastly sight.

11th Annual Memorial Kickball Tournament

NORTH COLLINS, NY –Kickball fans in the Southtowns gathered for a fun annual event on Saturday to honor a fallen friend.

Beth Nicotera and her friends started the kickball tournament 11 years ago to honor the memory of their friend Kathy George. She passed away in 2004 from breast cancer.

Organizers say they use the money raised at the annual tournament to help out the local community.

"She loved North Collins, she loved being part of this community," said Nicotera. "Part of the reason we wanted to give back is because I think that's something that she would really appreciate. We decided that rather than give to a big organization that we would keep it local. And we've really helped so many people by doing so. It's been a huge success."

This year's tournament had 14 teams, making it the biggest one yet.