Two Injured; Irving Exit Collision; Police, Fire And Helicopters Respond

IRVING-A two-car head-on collision about two Monday afternoon sent two persons with injuries described as serious but not life threatening to Mercy Hospital in Buffalo.

The wreck closed the super highway for nearly two hours, according to police. One of the autos started on fire requiring a rescue of a trapped occupant.

An earlier police report indicated one person was taken to Erie’s Hamot Hospital, but a later report mentioned only Mercy Hospital.

Fiery Wreck On Thruway; At Least One Person Trapped!

Update at 6:02 p.m.- At least one person taken by helicopter to Hamot Hospital in Erie. Both lanes of the Thruway were closed for a time.

Update at 2:43 p.m.- Accident at mile marker 455.5, and two medical helicopters were dispatched.

SILVER CREEK-At least one vehicle is on fire with at least one person “entrapped” in it, according to Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace who said the wreck happened on the Thruway near Silver Creek about 2 p.m. Monday.

Clymer: Partaaay!

CLYMER-It happened June 14th at 7331 Wiltsie Rd, but the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office is still busy in the aftermath.

A 17 year-old Jamestown female was beaten up, deputies allege by two other females from the Pearl City, one 18, the other 16.

Deputies now have an arrest warrant for the older woman, and report issuing an appearance ticket to the younger.

Fifty-six Drug Arrests By Local State Troopers During 4th Weekend


JAMESTOWN-Fifty-six arrests for Heroin, LSD, pot and other illegal substances are reported by Troop A, Zone 3, state police following the three-day Fourth of July weekend.
Many of the arrests took place in Sherman during the annual Blue Heron Festival.

Troopers made five DWI arrests, and seized “dangerous weapons” including a stun gun.

State police report working alongside local police agencies and emergency medical service providers.

Rollover Causes Serious Injury On Peck Settlement Rd

ELLICOTT-Details are not available as of Sunday evening, but police sources confirm at least one person was badly hurt as the result of a vehicle rollover on Peck Settlement Road.
Multiple police, fire and EMS personnel were summoned when a vehicle rolled over after apparently swerving to avoid a head on collision with another vehicle.

Blue Heron Fest Brings Heavy Police Presence; Controversial Road Checks

TheCAT Exclusive Drone Video: Lakewood Beach Fireworks 2015

A big thanks to Justin Hanft from the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce!

May 13, Interview:Carroll Police Chief Says “That’s Not True,” When Asked About Spousal Abuse

This interview was published here May 13, 2015. We republish as background to the assault charge lodged July 3.

Exclusive Video Report-Hedrick Reports On Carroll Chief Facing Assault Charge

Wright Remains Chief “at this point”-Carroll Supervisor Jack Jones

FREWSBURG-“Right now it’s just an appearance ticket,” Carroll Supervisor Jack Jones said Friday afternoon during a brief phone interview about the assault charge lodged against town police chief Tim Wright. “At this point he remains on the job,” Jones added.

Jones said he had talked with town attorney Paul Webb but, could not share any details of the conversation. However, he did say that at present the town board expects further resolution when Chief Wright answers the charge in court.

Exclusive Video: Police Chief Wright Turns Himself In

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Carroll police chief at NYSP station about 12:30 p.m. Friday. Image Copyright by Ryan Hedrick. Credit "Ryan" for Fair Use.

Carroll police chief at NYSP station about 12:30 p.m. Friday. Image Copyright by Ryan Hedrick. Credit “Ryan” for Fair Use.

ELLICOTT-Tim Wright, chief of Town of Carroll PD, appeared at the NY State Police station on Rt 60 here and was charged with 3rd degree assault for allegedly causing injuries which caused his now estranged wife to seek medical treatment in April.

Wright, according to state police, struck his wife “several times” during a domestic dispute that took place as the couple were driving in the Cattaraugus County Town of Leon. exclusively reported in May that Mrs. Wright sought treatment for facial injuries at Urgi-Care in Jamestown following the alleged assault.

Chief Wright is presently scheduled to answer the charge in Town of Leon court July 13, at 7:00 p.m.

Stateline Speedway: July 3 and 4 Events Cancelled

Update: Blaming lack of insurance Bill Catania announced cancellation of events scheduled July 3 and 4.


Stateline Speedway-What Is Going On?

BUSTI-A Wednesday afternoon visit to Stateline Speedway revealed only two men working on fuel storage tanks.

Repeated calls to owner Bill Catania were fruitless. After the beep the message was a frustrating, “The mailbox is full.”

Campers in trailers nearby said they only had heard “the rumors” about no insurance, bounced checks and the like. Signs at the track as well as Stateline’s Facebook page indicated no cancellation of Fourth of July weekend events.

The men working on the fuel tanks were aware of the various rumors, but said they had been promptly paid for the work they were doing, and that I had missed “the manager” by just a few minutes. This was about four in the afternoon.

“Googling” Bill Catania revealed that he had been charged late in December with assault by strangulation in North Carolina where he maintains his permanent residence. A further check confirmed that it was indeed the same Bill Catania who owns Stateline.

We are aware of other reports, notably in Thursday’s Post-Journal that at least some races scheduled for this weekend have been cancelled, but will continue to seek on the record confirmation from Catania or a track spokesman.

As of 2:35 a.m. Thursday both the track’s website and Twitter account have no mention of cancelled events, but dialing 427-FAST brought a can’t complete call message.

Yes, literally and figuratively a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the Kortwright Road dirt track.

Yes, literally and figuratively a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the Kortwright Road dirt track.

Joe Anthony Relative And Friend Urged Search Of Jones Hill Property

Shown is the general area of search.

Shown is the general area of search.

SUGAR GROVE-A close relative and a friend of missing man Joe Anthony both suggested authorities check the Jones Hill Road property where an FBI-led search continued Wednesday.
Meanwhile all police agencies remain publicly mum about the object of their effort on the property.
These FBI Evidence Collection personnel were among law enforcement officers on a rural Jones Hill Road property all day Wednesday.

These FBI Evidence Collection personnel were among law enforcement officers on a rural Jones Hill Road property all day Wednesday.

VIDEO REPORT: Key Piece in Search

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Feds, Local Agencies, Search for Missing Person Near Sugar Grove


Search for Missing Person; Statement from Jamestown Police

“We are following up on some leads in regards to the missing person complaint. This is a joint investigation with the JPD and the FBI because it has taken us into Pa. Currently both agencies along with the PA State Police, Chautauqua County Forensic Team, and NYS Police are conducting a search for evidence in Sugar Grove.”

~Police Chief Harry Snellings

Video report soon to follow.

Today! Just Before 8 p.m!

THE EARTH-One second, a precise tick and a tock, will be added to the master clock because the Earth, our favorite planet, is in fact not rotating quite as quickly as it used to.

So, the Dr WHO types will add a second to the gigantic master clock to bring it closer to the actual reality of just what time it is.

“They” say not to worry, but isn’t it THIER super-duper atomic cesium clock that has started to run slow? Or is it the fault of the Earth?

And just what is the big master clock? Does it have hands? Does it glow in the dark? How many jewels in its movement?

Sheriff: Alcohol a Factor in Fatal Crash

Ryan has the latest from the scene.

Puerto Rico Can’t Pay Its Debt; Owes $72-Billion

Puerto Rico’s governor will speak to the commonwealth’s people Monday evening and tell them the island nation can’t pay its debts, according to the digital edition of The New York Times.

Repercussions among residents and former residents are expected, especially if they have Puerto Rican bonds.

Another View Of Sweat Capture: WNYT-TV

Image by WNYT-TV

CNN Obtains Image Of Sweat After Capture

Tweet by WKBW-TV of image obtained by CNN showing David Sweat who reportedly was coughing up blood after being shot Sunday afternoon.

Tweet by WKBW-TV of image obtained by CNN showing David Sweat who reportedly was coughing up blood after being shot Sunday afternoon.


MALONE-David Sweat, 35, was seriously wounded by a New York State Trooper about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, according to a reliable police source. 

Update at 4:43 p.m.-Sweat was walking down a road toward a state police sergeant who ordered him to stop and then shot him as he attempted to run away, according to the digital edition of The New York Times which also reports the sergeant was a firearms instructor.

Sweat is one of two men who on June 6th escaped Clinton Correctional Facility. The other man, Richard Matt, 49, was shot and killed Friday. (See related report below.)i

Autopsy: Matt Died After Three Shots To His Head

ALBANY-Escaped murderer Richard Matt was hit three times in the head by bullets fired from a semi-automatic weapon, an autopsy report reveals.

Authorities said Matt was shot by a federal border control agent Friday afternoon after refusing the agent’s order to drop a 20-gauge shotgun.

The autopsy showed the 49 year-old was badly bitten by bugs and his “lower extremities” were blistered, apparently due to abrasions sustained while on the run in wooded areas.

Meanwhile, an estimated 1,300 police from various agencies continue to comb a 22-square-mile area in northern New York for David Sweat, 35, another convicted killer, who escaped with Matt from Clinton Correctional Facility June 6th.

Erie County Man Dies In N. Harmony Vehicle Wreck

NORTH HARMONY- Darrin Powers, 23,  141 Stolle Rd, Elma, died due to injuries suffered when a vehicle in which he was a passenger struck several trees along Butts Road Saturday about 9:30 p.m., according to Chautauqua County Sheriff’s investigators.

Patrick Grimm, 24, 2521 Rt 394, Ashville, was driving the vehicle northbound on Butts Road “at a high rate of speed,” deputies allege, when it left the road and hit the trees. Grimm sustained what were called non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to WCA Hospital, according to the accident report.

Charges are pending against Grimm, according to the sheriff’s office report. Lakewood volunteer firefighters aided at the scene.

Line-X of Jamestown

Nuptial: Brad R Krencik-Maria Clifford

The happy couple.

The happy couple.



Eyewitness Report: Van Collides with Farm Fresh Foods

JAMESTOWN–Chip Stebbins and his wife were out Saturday for a day of shopping everything changed when a elderly female motorist came crashing in. Watch Chip’s interview above.

Fox News Reports Second Escapee May Be Surrounded

MALONE,NY-David Sweat,35, the lone remaining Clinton Correctional Facilty escapee, may be surrounded by police in a wooded area near where Richard Matt, 49, was shot to death about 3:30 p.m. Friday.

A Fox reporter at the scene reported hearing gun fire about 6:40 p.m.