MGN ImageMAYVILLE – Chautauqua County officials have reported four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in their daily press release Thursday afternoon.The new cases consist of a male in his 20’s, a male in his 40’s, and a male and female in their 70’s. There is also one new hospitalization in the county as well. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 81 with 19 active, 58 recoveries, and 4 fatalities.241 cases remain under quarantine and isolation orders while there have been 2,704 negative test results to date.Officials remind residents that people under a quarantine or isolation order are not confirmed to have COVID-19 but have either shown symptoms, are awaiting results, or have risk factors. 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)
Photo: Pxhere 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) BUFFALO — A Jamestown man is set to spend the next six and one-half years in federal prison for his role in trafficking heroin, according to U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr.Bryan Ferrer-Vazquez, 27, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and was sentenced to serve 78 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.Assistant U.S. Attorneys Laura A. Higgins and Jeremiah E. Lenihan, who handled the case, said that beginning in early 2016, Ferrer-Vazquez distributed heroin and cocaine for a drug trafficking organization led by co-defendant Sigfredo Martinez. The defendant was responsible for the “day shift” transactions, while another co-defendant, Alex Mercado, was responsible for “night shift” transactions. Ferrer-Vazquez would receive several hundred bundles of heroin from Martinez every few days and was tasked with distributing it to users and lower-level dealers. The defendant then turned over the proceeds to Martinez and took payment for his role in the distribution.During the course of the investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted three controlled purchases of heroin and cocaine from Ferrer-Vazquez, who was arrested on April 6, 2017, at his Buffalo Street residence. A federal search warrant was executed at the residence and investigators recovered 19 cellphones, a quantity of suspected cocaine hidden in lunchboxes in the rafters of the basement, a quantity of suspected heroin, $2,994 in cash, three ledger notebooks, and a scale. A loaded.380 caliber semi-automatic handgun was found wrapped in rags and a plastic shopping bag locked inside a cabinet in the detached garage. Mercado and Martinez were both previously convicted and sentenced to serve 120 months and 175 months in prison respectively.The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan; the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff James B. Quattrone; the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, under the direction of Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb; the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Acting Chief Timothy Jackson; the Town of Ellicott Police Department, under the direction of Chief William Ohnmeiss Jr.; the New York State Police, under the direction of Major James Hall; and the Dunkirk Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Ortolano.
View All (4) Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 Related Shows Hey, fellas! Pack up your dresses and eyeshadow, because Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina celebrates its Broadway opening on April 23 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The Manhattan Theatre Club production, under the direction of Joe Mantello, stars Gabriel Ebert, John Cullum, Patrick Page, Reed Birney and Mare Winningham. Gabriel Ebert View Comments Reed Birney Star Files To commemorate the play’s opening night, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of our favorite men in full drag (and one lady; can you spot her?). In addition to Ebert, Cullum, Page, Birney and Winningham, the portrait features Tom McGowan, Larry Pine and Nick Westrate. Mare Winningham Patrick Page Happy opening to the company of Casa Valentina! We can’t wait to hear who you’re wearing on the red carpet! Casa Valentina
Hetty Feather tells the story of a foster child in Victorian London searching to find her real mother and a true family of her own. The play features live music and aerial and circus acts. View Comments Hetty’s off to the West End! The acclaimed stage production of Jacqueline Wilson’s popular children’s book Hetty Feather will transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre. Adapted for the stage by Emma Reeves and directed by Olivier nominee Sally Cookson, the play will begin performances on August 5 and run through September 6. Opening night is set for August 6. Hetty Feather is currently playing in Dubai. Prior to its West End run, the play will continue its UK tour in Edinburgh, Cambridge and Sheffield. The production features designs by Katie Sykes, original music by Benji Bower with additional composition by Seamas H Carvey and Luke Potter, aerial direction by Gwen Hales, lighting design by Aideen Malone and sound design by Leigh Davies. The cast will include Phoebe Thomas, Matt Costain, Sarah Goddard, Nikki Warwick, Isaac Stanmore, Paul Mundell and Luke Potter.
Tony nominee Thomas Sadoski, who appeared on Broadway in Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities, will reunite with the playwright once more. According to Deadline, Sadoski is set for The Slap, the upcoming NBC miniseries written and executive produced by Baitz. Sadoski joins a cast that includes the previously announced Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker and Broadway alums Zachary Quinto, Peter Sarsgaard and Brian Cox, as well as Melissa George. In addition to Other Desert Cities, Sadoski’s Broadway credits include Reasons to Be Pretty, for which he received a Tony nomination, The House of Blue Leaves and Reckless. The Slap is based on the acclaimed 2011 Australian project of the same name. The family drama explodes from one small incident where a man slaps another couple’s misbehaving child. This domestic dispute pulls the family apart, begins to expose long-held secrets and ignites a lawsuit that challenges the values of those pulled into it. View Comments
Opening night is set for November 5. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 22, 2015 Dugan will also make his New York stage debut starring in the show, which is based on the true story of Simon Wiesenthal. Wiesenthal escaped death at the hands of Hitler’s S.S., lost 89 family members, and devoted more than six decades to bringing Nazi war criminals to justice. Part memoir and part spy thriller, Dugan’s play introduces us to Wiesenthal on the day before his retirement as he welcomes his final group of Americans to his office in The Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna. Related Shows View Comments The “Jewish James Bond” has arrived off-Broadway! Tom Dugan’s Wiesenthal begin performances at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row on October 24. Directed by Jenny Sullivan, the production will run through through February 1, 2015. Wiesenthal
Show Closed This production ended its run on June 28, 2015 View Comments The Spoils Related Shows The world premiere of the Jesse Eisenberg-penned The Spoils officially opens off-Broadway on June 2. Starring Eisenberg, Kunal Nayyar and more, the New Group production is playing at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center.The play follows Ben (Eisenberg) who’s been kicked out of grad school, lives off his parents’ money and bullies everyone in his life—including his Nepalese roommate Kalyan (Nayyar). But when he discovers that his former crush is marrying a banker, he is determined to destroy the relationship and win her back.The production also features Michael Zegen, Erin Darke and Annapurna Sriram. The play is currently scheduled to run through June 28.
Because of the small soil moisture reserve, central Georgia is still classified as being in severe drought. Moderate drought conditions remain in southwest, south central, east central and northeast Georgia. The rest of the state is classified as being near normal. Total rainfall for the week ending July 13 ranged from 0.2 inches at Cordele to 3.6 inches at Rome. Other places with more than 3 inches include Calhoun, Ellijay, Fort Valley, Midville, Rome, Savannah and Statesboro. Less than an inch was reported at Clark-Atlanta University, Cordele, Dixie, Eatonton, Griffin, Plains and Tifton. Soil moisture is adequate for current needs across three-fourths of the state, according to the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service. Only 16 percent of the state reports short to very short soil moisture conditions. The remaining 10 percent of the soils have a surplus of moisture. Generous rainfall since the middle of June has reduced the most severe aspects of the current drought. Parts of Georgia, however, still have drought conditions. Water is lost from the soil through evapotranspiration, or evaporation and plant transpiration. Soil moisture normally decreases across Georgia during the summer. From the middle of June to the middle of July, it is not uncommon for evapotranspiration to be 3 to 5 inches greater than total rainfall. However, this year, most of the state has had a water surplus since mid-June. A few places with a moisture deficit since then include Attapulgus, Cordele, Eatonton, Fort Valley, Gainesville, Lafayette, Plains and Statesboro. While top soil moisture is adequate for current needs, soil moisture reserves remain minimal. Two weeks with little or no rain will put crops and lawns right back into a short-moisture situation. Updates of current moisture conditions are available at the University of Georgia moisture web site
Don’t miss “Gardening in Georgia” on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. or on Saturdays at 10 a.m. on Georgia Public Television. The show is designed especially for Georgia gardeners. “Gardening in Georgia” is produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV. Window boxes can give you the glorious color of summer flowers. But like hanging baskets, they can be hard to keep watered. On “Gardening in Georgia” April 27 and 29, host Walter Reeves will show how to use hydrogels to conserve moisture in window boxes. The gel, mixed with the soil, absorbs the water and releases it over time in the box. Reeves will show how to build a wattle fence, too, to protect your ornamentals and serve as a focal point in the landscape. Finally, he’ll show how to prune crape myrtles, removing seed pods and cutting out branches in the middle. Thursdays and Saturdays
By Phil WilliamsUniversity of GeorgiaScientists may need to reexamine assumptions about the spreadof antibiotic-resistant genes, according to a new study byresearchers at the University of Georgia. They found that poultry litter -a ubiquitous part of largebroiler operations – harbors a vastly larger number of microbialagents that collect and express resistance genes than waspreviously known.The study, published April 20 in the Proceedings of theNational Academy of Sciences, shows that waste left behind by flocksraised in industrial chicken houses is rich in genes calledintegrons that promote the spread and persistence of clusters ofvaried antibiotic resistance genes. Samples takens from Georgia poultry houses Integrons are the key to the problem Humans and animals have billions of bacteria in and on theirbodies at any time, and even if resistance to a single antibioticarises in a few of them through mutation, there are still severalother antibiotics that can eliminate them. But if bacteria in thesame environment are already equipped with clusters of genesconferring resistance to many antibiotics and can readilyexchange these clusters, then the treatment options are limited.”That’s what we have today, and the surprising abundance ofintegrons in the environment is a key as to why we have thisproblem,” said Summers.The discovery is now leading Summers and her UGA colleagues tosee whether these resistance-gene-clustering systems are presentin previously unrecognized reservoirs in companion animals andhumans. The results will change our understanding of whereresistance to new antibiotics will develop and how fast and howfar it will spread and have implications for all antibiotic use,not just that in agriculture.The research was supported by a grant from the NationalResearch Initiative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and madepossible by four anonymous poultry producing companies thatafforded free access to their facilities for sample collection. Solving long-standing puzzle”We were surprised to find a vastly greater pool of thesemulti-resistance clustering agents than anyone had suspectedbefore,” said Anne Summers, a UGA microbiologist who led thestudy. “Finding such a huge reservoir of integrons explains along-standing puzzle about how clusters of resistance genesspread so rapidly and persist in bacterial communities even afterantibiotic use concludes.”Other authors of the paper included Sobhan Nandi, apostdoctoral associate in the UGA department of microbiology, andJohn Maurerand Charles Hofacre of the department of avian medicine in UGA’sCollege of Veterinary Medicine. Maurer also holds an appointmentwith the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’Center for Food Safety in Griffin.Antibiotic resistance is a serious and growing problem for farmanimal operations and human health. Antibiotic use to treatdisease and increase feed efficiency has been a common part ofindustrial farms for more than half a century. When antibiotic-resistant bacteria began to show up in hospitalsin the 1950s, researchers initially believed that simplyrestricting the use of antibiotics on farms could reduce theprevalence of antibiotic resistance among humans.”Over the past 30 years, we have learned this hope wasunrealistic because we share both pathogenic and benign bacteriawith other humans and animals,” said Summers, “and becausebacteria transfer genes among themselves.” At the heart of the multi-resistance problem are integrons,which scientists until now have exclusively studied in suchpathogenicbacteria as Salmonella and E. coli. The UGA team wondered, however: Does the poultry productionenvironment also harbor integrons that assemble these largeclusters of distinct resistance genes? To find out, samples of poultry litter from Georgia broilerhouses were collected regularly over a 13-week period. Litterbegins as a bedding material of softwood shavings placed incommercial broiler houses before chicks are brought to it. By thetime the flock is harvested, the shavings have become mixed withchicken feces, uric acid, skin, feathers, insects and smallinvertebrates. Rich in minerals, poultry litter is often recycledfor fertilizer and other uses. What the researchers discovered was startling: One integron type,called intl1 (typically found in E. coli and Salmonella) was upto 500 times more abundant than these bacteria themselves were inlitter. A bit of microbial sleuthing revealed that integrons arealso carried by so-called Gram positive bacteria that are muchmore abundant in litter than the E. coli-type bugs, called Gramnegative bacteria.”The fact that integron genes in the Gram positive bacteriaare identical to those of E. coli indicates they are beingactivelyexchanged among these otherwise unrelated bacteria,” saidSummers. “Just as intriguing, integrons and resistance genes wereabundant regardless of antibiotic use on the farms, suggestingthat, once acquired, integrons are inherently stable, evenwithout continual exposure to antibiotics.”The study has several significant implications, said Summers.Most studies of antibiotic resistance have been done in hospitalsettings, and until recently, much less work has been done on thereal-world ecology of systems that createmultiple-resistant clusters. Knowledge about how antibioticresistancesspread from animals to humans is at present sketchy; however,since humans and their pets are “colonized” by similar bacteria,it is reasonable to think we and our companion animals alsoharbor such multi-resistance gene clusters that are enriched whenwe take an antibiotic ourselves or treat our pets.