MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County’s Sheriff says 41 vehicle stops, arrest and summonses were issued part of the county’s STOP-DWI program on the Fourth of July.Sheriff Jim Quattrone in a media released Thursday says his office worked with municipal law enforcement agencies and the New York State Police during the effort.The Chautauqua County STOP-DWI Program is funded by drinking and driving fines collected from convicted drunk drivers; with additional funding from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.“Removing intoxicated drivers from Chautauqua County roadways is one of our top priorities,” said Quattrone in a statement. “If you choose to drink, don’t drive. Drunk drivers not only put themselves in danger, they threaten everyone who shares the road with them.” The program went from Friday, July 3, and continued through Monday, July 6. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Vast swathes of China have been inundated by the worst flooding in decades along the mighty Yangtze River, with residents piling into boats and makeshift rafts to escape a deluge that has collapsed flood defenses and turned their homes into waterways. Heavy rains since June have left at least 141 people dead and missing, forced nearly 15 million people to be evacuated from their homes in July alone, and caused billions of dollars in economic losses, according to the government.An AFP photographer travelled through central Jiangxi, floating past partly submerged villages and towns as rescue workers battled to repair levees and dykes as forecasters warned of yet more rain. Topics : Dramatic improvement is not expected anytime soon.Fresh rains far upstream have caused a “rapidly increasing inflow” to the reservoir created by the massive Three Gorges Dam, state media said, citing authorities.The government has so far said that the dam — condemned by environmentalists for upsetting the river’s ecology and for the forced relocation of millions of residents — can handle the increased load.Critics say the summer flooding threat has worsened over the decades due in part to rampant overdevelopment and poor water conservancy policies such as overbuilding of ill-advised dams and levees.State media said Thursday that authorities also had issued a warning for the Huaihe River, another major Chinese waterway to the north of the Yangtze, as its waters continued to rise. Waters in more than 400 rivers have exceeded warning levels, while some have reached historic highs over a period that officials say has caused the highest average rainfall levels across the Yangtze basin since 1961.Summer rains and seasonal glacial melt in the river’s Tibetan plateau headwaters cause routine annual flooding.Authorities are particularly concerned with Poyang Lake — China’s largest freshwater lake — in hard-hit Jiangxi province.Water levels there have hit historic highs, prompting an effort by more than 100,000 soldiers and other personnel to rescue residents and shore up dykes and levees to prevent worse flooding.
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoWith the quickness and decisiveness he often displays on the ice, Kyle Turris wasted little time signing an entry-level contract to play for the Phoenix Coyotes, the team’s general manager Don Maloney announced Monday.Less than 24 hours after the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team’s season ended with a 3-2 overtime loss to North Dakota in the Midwest Regional Finals, the freshman made the decision to leave UW and play in the NHL. He becomes the first Badger since Ryan Suter in 2004 to go pro after just one season with the team.Turris, 18, was an integral part of Wisconsin’s run to the regional final, leading the team in scoring with 35 points — 11 goals and 24 assists — in 36 games. For his efforts, Turris was named to the All-WCHA Third Team and All-WCHA Rookie Team. He was also ranked as the second-best NHL prospect in The Hockey News’ annual “Future Watch” issue earlier this month.While the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder struggled at times during the grueling conference season, managing three points during one 10-game stretch, Phoenix looks forward to reuniting with its first selection (third overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.“We are very excited to sign Kyle and have him join the Coyotes organization,” Maloney said in a Coyotes press release. “He is a very talented player and is a big part of our future.”The plan, Maloney said, is for Turris to get some NHL experience — as early as Thursday against the Dallas Stars — before the Coyotes’ season concludes April 6 against Anaheim. Turris is then expected to return to UW to complete the spring semester.“By adding him to the roster, we hope to give him valuable experience that will help him heading into next season and beyond,” Maloney said.In addition to skating for the Badgers this season, Turris played in the 2008 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic in January. His team-leading eight points, including four goals, helped Team Canada win the gold medal.With the signing, Phoenix now has each of its last three first-round picks under contract. Peter Mueller — the eighth selection in 2006 — and Martin Hanzal — the 17th pick in 2005 — are the other two.