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Car in high-speed chase found; suspect sought

JAMESTOWN -- City police said the car involved in Tuesday's high-speed pursuit has been found in a Warren County supermarket parking lot, and police are looking for the suspected driver.

Police said they tried to stop Mario Carter, 23, of Dunkirk, on Newland Avenue at about 5 p.m. Tuesday because he was wanted on several outstanding warrants.

But police said Carter led them on the chase through parts of the city's south side. Officers said they broke off the pursuit when it was deemed a threat to police and the public's safety.

Three other vehicles sustained minor damage during the pursuit, but no one was hurt.

Police are still looking for Carter, who faces several charges, including assault.

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Board member not indicted for incident at office

MAYVILLE -- A grand jury investigating a Jamestown School Board member accused of unlawful imprisonment has decided not to indict her.

Deann Nelson had been charged with unlawful imprisonment in connection with an incident Nov. 4 in the school administration offices.

Though it was a misdemeanor case, District Attorney David Foley said the case called for a grand jury review.

Nelson was accused of not allowing school administrator Karen Briner-Peterson to leave her office during a dispute. Nelson was trying to obtain billing records she had been requesting for more than a year, and was accused of not letting Briner-Peterson leave her office to get more information.

Nelson said Wednesday she was "relieved" by the grand jury's decision.

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2 women, 2 children injured in collision

CHARLOTTE -- An accident along Cassadaga Road on Wednesday sent two women and two children to the hospital.

Amanda Harding, 25, of Sinclairville was traveling west along the road around 4:15 p.m. when she lost control of her vehicle, according to Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies.

Harding crossed into the eastbound lane, into the path of Jody Schaffer, 53, of Cherry Creek. The two vehicles collided, and both vehicles were heavily damaged.

Schaffer, Harding and Harding's two children were taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, where they were treated for minor injuries.

Harding was ticketed for failure to keep right.

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