WJTN News Headlines for Jan. 22, 2018

 
An Ohio man is accused of providing the firearms used to fire off errant gun shots at targets on Chautauqua Lake Sunday morning...  
 
Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene on the lake -- near Sea Lion Drive -- about 9:30 on a report of "ammunition rounds coming over the ice in a reckless manner."  Officers say they located 20 yer-old Matthew Michael of Brook Park, Ohio along with the others.  Some ice fisherman made the complaint.  Deputies found that Michael owned the weapons involved and he was arrested for second-degree reckless endangerment.  He was issued appearance tickets for Chautauqua Town Court.
 
 
 
Fire has extensively damaged a two-story apartment house on Jamestown's eastside and the cause remains under investigation...  
 
City Fire Battalion Chief Roger Sigular says crews were called to the scene at 24 Phillips Street about 9:30 last Friday night.  Sigular says crews found fire coming from the rear of the first floor when they arrived.  Sigular says it took about 15 minutes to bring the blaze under control and all the tenants were out when crews arrived.  However, Sigular says two cat perished in the blaze.  He says the house is not "habitable" right now and it's too early to tell whether or not it will be torn down.  Sigular says an off-duty shift of 12 firefighters was called in to assist.  Sigular says a woman living in one of the apartments passed away earlier in the day.
 
 
The animal protection group Farm Sanctuary says 24 pigs have been removed from a Cattaraugus County farm where officials say they were kept in inhumane conditions... 
 
The rest of the 72 found were removed later.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say they were initially called to the scene at 5119 Folts Road in Ashford last Tuesday, and then returned last Saturday.  Deputies say the pigs were owned by 56 year-old Gerald Nason, Junior.  Farm Sanctuary said Friday that it collaborated with the Cattaraugus County SPCA on last Tuesday's rescue.  The organizations worked together on a 2002 case at the same farm involving 125 neglected pigs.  Nason faces eight counts of cruelty to animals, and was jailed on one-thousand dollars bail.
 
 
 
Chautauqua County's business community apparently views Governor Andrew Cuomo's  proposed 2019 budget as a mixed bag. That from Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum...
 
On one hand, Tranum says the budget continues to emphasize job readiness, something he says the chamber continues to support. But, a major concern is the governor's proposal to shift to a pay roll tax to counter the effects of federal tax reform on workers across the state. He says this will place "an additional administrative burden on employers, and in some cases, may create cashflow issues."  He says "at some point" they'll get a break on taxes, but, they're also going to have to "front" some money.  Tranum says the chamber is still researching the effects of the governor's budget and will be reaching out to area state lawmakers to voice their concerns about the proposed state spending plant. 
 
 
It took four ballots, but Jamestown lawyer Eddie Sundquist got most of the votes on the last ballot to win the Chautauqua County Democratic Committee's endorsement for Congress...  
 
County Democratic Chairman Norm Green says Sunquist got 59% of the vote at Saturday's meeting to beat out six others.  Green says Penn Yan's Tracy Mitrano was second, and Max Dell Pia of Owego was third.  Also nominated were Linda Andrei of Ithaca, Rick Gallant of Corning, Ithaca's Ian Golden and Charles Whalen of Geneva.  He says "the endorsement process for the county Democratic Committee leads to the June 26 primary where rank and file Democrats will have the opportunity to weigh in, and finalize the party's candidate to run against Tom Reed in November."  Green says it was a "great process" with more than 100 people taking part.  He says the county committee is now "honor bound" to continue to work for Eddie up to the primary. 
 
 
A discount bakery outlet located on Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood for more than two-decades has moved and is slated to open this morning at a new location in West Ellicott...  
 
The Strohmann Bakery Outlet recently closed at it's location next to Davidson's Restaurant.  Regional Manager for Strohmann's, Stephen Freeze, says they're ready to go at their new location at 707 Fairmount Avenue in the Fairmount Plaza.
 
Freeze says they feel fortunate to find another location on Fairmount Avenue that's not far from their previous location.  He says they had narrowed the choices down to two, after their previous location got sold by the Davidson family, which owned that property.  Freeze says they "scrambled" to find a new location because they wanted to remain on Fairmount Avenue.  He says they'll be back to their full compliment of employees for the new location.  In addition to the full-line of Strohmann products, he says they'll also carry Entemann's cakes,  Thomas's English Muffins, and Sara Lee to name a few.
 
 
An international company looking to expand it's operations in Dunkirk in the coming year was one of the focuses of Mayor Willie Rosas' annual State of the City message late last week...  
 
A capacity crowd was on hand Friday afternoon for the speech.  Rosas says the major project is being proposed by Dunkirk Special Metals and he says if successful it will mean more jobs.
 
Following the meeting, Rosas said the city's Development Department is working with state and county officials to make the expansion happen.  Among his other goals, he says they include working with surrounding communities through shared services.  Rosas is taking up a challenge that Governor Andrew Cuomo made recently in his budget message.  Rosas also spoke about the many festivals and other activities that took place in the city during 2017, including a two-hour long air show.  Rosas announced there will not be another air show in 2018, but indicated there are plans for something much bigger.

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News Headlines for Sat., Jan. 20, 2018

Tenants escape flames in Jamestown apartment house fire...
The investigation is continuing into an early weekend fire that's extensively damaged a two-story apartment house on Jamestown's eastside.  City Fire Battalion Chief Roger Sigular says crews were called to 24 Phillips Street about 9:30 p.m. Friday.  Sigular says crews found fire coming from the rear of the first floor when they arrived... and, they knocked down the fire in about 15 minutes.  Sigular tells us the home is currently uninhabitable.  Sigular says all the tenants were out when crews arrived.  However... he says two cat perished in the blaze.  He says it's too early to tell whether or not the house will be torn-down.  Sigular says an off-duty shift of 12 firefighters was called in to assist.  There is no cause yet for the blaze.  Sigular says a woman living in one of the apartments passed away earlier in the day.
 
 
Long-time Maple Grove Coach Curt Fischer resigns amid disagreements with parents, school officials...
One of the region's top high school coaches has left the district where he has coached almost exclusively for the past quarter of a century.  Maple Grove Junior-Senior High School Varsity Football... Basketball... and, Girl's Softball Coach Curt Fischer has led his teams to five state titles.  But... the Falconer native tells Media One Group News that he resigned during Thursday's Bemus Point School Board meeting... but, adds it's a decision he did not want to make... adding he'll have "Dragon in my heart forever."  He says there have been so many great players, parents and people he has met down through the years.  However... Fischer says it's too bad "that things changed."  Fischer says a problem with a "few parents" over the past two years -- mainly with girl's softball -- was allowed to fester... and, the situation came to a head in recent weeks.  Fischer had been Girl's Softball Coach the past nine years... and was head boy's basketball coach the past 13 seasons.  He was emotional when talking about leaving the school... and, decided it was best for his family -- especially his two children -- who are both in high school.  Curt Fischer has been acclaimed as one of the best coaches in modern times in Chautauqua County... and, will be inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame next month.
 
 
Bemus Point School District responds for Fischer decision with printed statement...
We were unable to reach Bemus Point School Superindent Mike Mansfield directly... but, he did issue a joint statement with School Board President John Novotny.  Mansfield says "Curt Fischer asked for and was granted an unpaid leave of absence from his position of varsity boys basketball coach. The leave was approved at our January 8th Board of Education meeting."  Since that time... Mansfield says Fischer told the district that he is resigning as basketball coach.  As for his position as Football Coach... he says "all athletic coaching positions are posted annually and the District appoints all athletic coaches on an annual basis."  He says no decision has been on a football coach.  Mansfield adds that the district "deeply appreciates" Fischer's commitment, and wishes him well in the future.
 
 
Two people arrested in Jamestown during illegal narcotics investigation...
Two men are jailed after an investigation by drug agents in Jamestown for allegedly found a large quantity of methamphetamine  during a traffic stop Wednesday night.  Officers say they were investigating the trafficking of meth coming into the city when they stopped a vehicle at the intersection of Allen and King Streets.  Further investigation revealed that the driver... 26 year-old Zachary Witherwell of Youngsville, Pennsylvania.... was in possession of one half-ounce of crystal Meth and drug paraphernalia.  Witherwell was also found in possession of Clonazepam and was subsequently charged.  Officers say his passenger -- Jacob Motherwell of Jamestown -- became disorderly and began using vulgar language towards officers... creating a disturbance.  He's also accused of fighting with officers, and refused to get into the police car.  He was additionally charged with obstructing governmental administration. 
 
 
Kreamer says state school districts need at least double the amount of aid increase Cuomo is proposing...
There is a 3-percent increase in school aid in Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2018-19 budget proposal.  However... very little of it can be used as local districts want to spend it.  That from New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Tim Kreamer...  who says.. when you peel back the layers... the $769-million increase is more like a 2.3-percent increase.  He says schools actually need about $1.5-billion to just meet projected expenses in the coming year to cover transporation, salaries, security, and pay bills in general.  Kreamer says what the Governor proposes for education funding is a starting point.  It's now up to the Assembly and State Senate to review the governor's proposal... and, come back with their own budget plans.  He says early indications are that Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie also believes the increase is not enough... while Senate Majority Leader John Flanigan is "embracing" the Governor's increase.  The budget is due April 1.
 
 
Reed blames "extremists" on both sides for government shut-down...
Extremists on both sides of the political aisle are to blame for the federal government shut-down... which began at Midnight last night.  That from local Congressman Tom Reed... who calls the shut-down "unfortunate."  He adds that -- "I am deeply disappointed these extremists, who are refusing to compromise, have prevailed.  I want to assure people that I will not stop working until a solution is found."  In the meatime... Reed says his offices will remain open, accessible and able to help as many people as possible with the things they need such as social security checks, Medicare, or veterans issues."  In Washington... he says he will continue to work out the details of a bipartisan solution.
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Jan. 19, 2018

A 74 year-old man from Jamestown man has died from apparent smoke inhalation in an overnight fire early Thursday morning blamed on a space heater...  
 
Acting City Fire Battalion Chief, Lieutenant Tim Glenn says crews were called to the scene at 21 Carey Place shortly after 1 a.m. and says they found flames coming from the upper part of the structure... and, they found Patrick Reilly unresponsive in his room.  Reilly was pulled out of the room, and later died at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital.  Glenn says firefighters were able to get the flames out fairly quickly and, they determined the cause to be the electric space heater the man was using that was too close to combustables.  
 
 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2018-19 proposed budget increases state school aid by 3% or about $769-million...  
 
However, when you "peel back" the layers of the spending plan, there's really not enough to cover the anticipated increase in costs to educate children in the state.  That from New York State Schools Boards Association Executive Director Tim Kreamer, who says it's really about a 2.3% increase.
 
Kreamer says the other issue is the way the state doles out "catagorical" aid, which means the money must be used for that category.  He says when you look at that,  most of that nearly $800-million is already spoken for. He says what the Governor proposes for education funding is a starting point.  However, Kreamer says early indications are that Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie also believes the increase is not enough, while Senate Majority Leader John Flanigan is "embracing" the Governor's increase.  The budget is due April 1.
 
 
 
Most Chautauqua County schools will benefit from Governor Cuomo's proposed 2018-19 budget.  In fact, all but three will see increases in their state aid if the budget is adopted as is...  
 
State Assemblyman Andy Goodell's office released school runs for the county late yesterday and the overall increase is nearly $9.5-million.  The runs show that Jamestown will get the biggest increase -- $4.1-million -- but, about $3-million of that will be for building and building reorganizational incentive funding.  The next biggest bump in aid goes to Dunkirk, which would get nearly $1.5-million more in 2018-19.  Bemus Point is next with another $937,000.  However, there are three districts who will see reductions, led by Frewsburg, which is seeing a $139,000 cut.
 
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed was among House members in a slim majority that voted in favor of the short-term Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded after Midnight tonight...  
 
Reed today says Congress is "working to govern on behalf of the American people."  He says the vote funds essential programs such as the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for the next six years. Reed admits that -- overall -- it's only good for the next four weeks, but does include the CHIP funding.  Reed says he still wants to begin work to put at least a one-year funding deal put together.  Ideally, he says he would like to see a two-year deal like the one negotiated a few years ago between Democrats and the GOP.  DACA is reportedly not part of the Congressional resolution.  Senate Democrats are vowing a filibuster unless there's a deal to protect around 700,000 immigrants from deportation who arrived in the U.S. as children and stayed illegally.  Reed is calling on Senators from both sides of the aisle to support a sensible solution.
 
 
 
A Brocton man has been arrested for allegedly violating the state's Sex Offender Registry Act...  
 
Sheriff's officers say they took 44 year-old Victor Martinez into custody yesterday afternoon following an investigation that began last month.  Deputies say Martinez is a registered level-3 sex offender, who allegedly failed to comply with the terms of the registry.  He was arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court and sent to the Chautauqua County jail on $15,000 bail/ $30,000 property bond.
 
 
 
A Jamestown woman was arrested following a traffic stop after she was allegedly found in possession of two controlled susbstances Wednesday evening...  
 
City police say they stopped a vehicle at the intersection of Newland Avenue and Prospect Street for a traffic violation shortly after 7:00.  Officers say the driver, 37 year-old Kristen Nelson, was found to be driving on a suspended license.  Further investigation revealed Nelson also had a quantity of methamphetamine and unprescribed suboxone in her possession.  She was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and failure to stop at stop sign. 

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News Bulletin for Thurs., Jan. 18, 2018

(**Bulletin)Elderly man dies from early morning fire in his apartment in Jamestown...
An elderly man has died from smoke inhalation after fire broke out early Thursday in an apartment on Jamestown's northside.  Acting City Fire Battalion Chief Tim Glenn says crews were called to the scene at 21 Carey Place shortly about 1:15 a.m., and, says they found flames coming from the upper part of the structure.  Glenn says fire was visable from the rear second-floor, and crews got inside.  He says they found the man unresponsive in his apartment and he was rushed to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.  Glenn says the man's identify is not being released at this time... and, may be later by City police.  He says firefighters were able to get the flames out fairly quickly... and, they determined the cause was an electric space heater being placed too close to combustables.  Fire damage was confined to the man's room.  Glenn says the victim's body was taken to the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.  He says crews were at the scene until about 7:30 this morning... and an off-duty shift of 12 firefighters was called in.  No firefighters were hurt in battling the blaze.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Jan. 18, 2018

A bi-partisan panel co-chaired by local Congressman Tom Reed has released it's recommendations for using up to one-trillion dollars to build a 21st century infrastructure network in the United States...  
 
Reed says the "problem solver's" caucus has reached consensus on a set of policies to serve as the basis for a plan to address what he calls a "dire need" to rebuild and responsibly invest in the nation's infrastructure.  The Corning Republican says that includes both "traditional" and "non-traditional" infrastructure.
 
Reed says the problem solvers created the "infrastructure working group," co-chaired by fellow new york republican John Katko, and Connecticut Democrat Elizabeth Esty, who met with over 100 outside stakeholder organizations, the administration, and leaders in congress, to develop bipartisan concepts to move an infrastructure plan forward.  He says the nation needs to come up with a "dedicated, modernized user fee-based system" to pay for infrastructure needs.  Reed's co-chair on the problem solver's panel, new jersey democrat Josh Gottheimer, echoed those sentiments.  Gotthemer says "we can't keep kicking this problem down the road."
 
 
 
Business tax savings in new york state from the federal tax overhaul could be offset by new state businesses taxes proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in his 2018-19 budget...  
 
That from State Assemblyman Andy Goodell... who says it's part of the governor's plan to raise an additional one-billion dollars to help offset a projected $4.4-billion shortfall in the new spending plan.  goodell says he opposes the the moves, which would raise about $300-million for the state.
 
Also in response to federal tax reform, goodell says the governor is proposing two ways to reduce higher-wage earners tax liability.  He says one way is through charitable contributions by establishing funds to support non-profit entities. He says the second method is to limit higher income earners liability is to install a payroll tax, which would be submitted through the employer.  He says state taxes paid that way are deductable under the federal tax reforms.  Goodell says lawmakers in albany are still waiting to get more information on the governor's proposal.  He says, with all the sifting lawmakers will have to do, it may make it difficult to meet the budget's April 1 deadline.
 
 
 
Governor Cuomo was heckled during his state budget address to lawmakers by a New York City-area legislator unhappy with Cuomo's education spending plan...  
 
Democratic Assemblyman Charles Baron, of Brooklyn, stood up during the Democratic governor's speech in Albany Tuesday to call for higher taxes on millionaires to support public schools. Cuomo told him to listen to the speech before criticizing it.  Baron also interrupted the governor during his State of the State Address two years ago.  Cuomo is vowing to fight back against Washington Republicans with a state budget proposal that lays out spending on schools and mass transit while also confronting greater uncertainty in federal funding. 
 
 
 
The county aiport near Jamestown is the only one of 19 that did not receive an essential air service waiver for their U.S. Department of Transporation subsidy, but most of the others also did not reach the required passenger numbers...  
 
Those airports include the regional locations in Bradford and Franklin, Pennsylvania.  According to The Altoona Mirror in Altoona, Pennsylvania, the DOT noted that the Jamestown location is "76 miles away from the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport and 61 miles from the Erie International Airport.  That access, the government concluded, makes it unlikely that Jamestown's passenger numbers, identified at 4,408 in the 2016 fiscal year, will increase enough to put the airport into compliance with program requirements."     
 
 
A Dunkirk man has been arrested for robbery and assault following a three-month long investigation in the north county city...  
 
Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano says officers located the 37-year-old suspect at his residence on Lincoln Avenue around 4 a.m. yesterday.  Ortolano says he was found hiding in an unexpected place---a washing machine.  Fernando Martinez, junior is accused of forcibly taking an undisclosed amount of cash from an individual and causing physical injury to the victim on November 8 of last year.  Ortolano credits the work of his department in not giving up on the case because the "bad guys" will sometimes do what they have to to avoid arrest.  Martinez is facing second-degree robbery and third-degree assault charges.  He's being held in the city lock up until his arraignment in Dunkirk City court.
 
 
 
A Jamestown woman was arrested following a traffic stop after she was allegedly found a controlled substance and hypodermic instruments on the city's eastside yesterday morning...
 
At 9:00, city police say they conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Lindwood Ave and Martin Road on vehicle operated by 27 year-old Brittany Hitchcock. further investigation revealed hitchcock was in possession of a quantity of heroin and several hypodermic needles. She was taken to city jail without incident. Officers say the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force assisted with the investigation. 
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Jan. 17, 2018

The regional air carrier that's been providing commercial air service at the Chautauqua County Airport near Jamestown has packed up and left the airport after it's federal subsidy was pulled...  
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed confirmed the news yesterday afternoon during a conference call with Southern Tier Media.  The county and Southern Airways Express were as part of an announcement about two weeks ago that the U.S. Department of Transportation was terminating funding for its Essential Air Service program.  While the situation improved in recent weeks, Reed says Southern never achieved the required average of 10 passengers a day.
 
We were unable to reach County Executive George Borrello Tuesday afternoon.  Local officials have been working with Reed and, the state's two U.S. Senators on the matter.  At last count, Reed says Southern had just under two passengers a day.  The county was receiving about $2.1-million annually that allowed Southern Airways to provide flights from Jamestown to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Reed is confident another carrier will be found.
 
 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled a $168-billion state budget plan that eliminates a $4.4-billion deficit while increasing spending on public education and New York City subways... 
 
Cuomo, a Democrat, says he also will recommend changes to the state tax code to soften the blow of the new federal GOP tax overhaul.  The major change is a shift to a payroll tax where employers would withhold $5.00 in wages out of $100 in wages that the employer can deduct.
 
At the same time, Cuomo says the state would retain an income tax for other means of income, such as dividends, and what's called "passive" income.  However, he says the capping of the state and local property tax deduction at $10,000 is a larger problem and he urged lawmakers to work with him on finding solutions.  He is proposing $1-billion in new revenues to help cover the projected deificit.  Cuomo is also recommending a new surcharge on opioid prescriptions to fund the fight against addiction.
 
 
As Governor Andrew Cuomo gets ready to deliver his budget message in Albany today, a former candidate for governor has announced he is launching a new campaign to help homeowners fight for fair property taxes...  
 
Philanthropist and businessman Tom Golisano calls it, "Tax My Property Fairly".  In announcing the campaign on Facebook Tuesday morning, Golisano also indicated that he plans to launch a class action lawsuit on behalf of upstate taxpayers.
 
Golisano says the campaign features a new web site, TaxMyPropertyFairly.com.  Golisano unsuccessfully ran for governor three-times as an independent candidate.  He is no longer a state resident, having moved to Florida in 2009.  Golisano still owns two homes in New York, having successfully challenged the assessment of the properties.  He is also the former owner of the Buffalo Sabres.
 
 
 
So far, no final cause has been determined in last Sunday's massive fire that destroyed a multi-story mixed use building in downtown Falconer. However, Chautauqua County Fire investigators say it's not believed to be suspicious...  
 
The county's Fire Investigation Team released results of it's investigation late Tuesday morning.  Team members interviewed several people, including tenants, and looked at parts of the third-floor that had not yet collapsed.  They determined that the fire started in the attic area of the building.  In addition, they say during the course of the investigation, it was learned three cats were in an apartment on the second floor of the building that didn't suffer much fire damage.  Using a ladder truck, they were able to break out a window and safely rescue the three cats inside.
 
 
 
For only the second-time in it's history, the Jamestown City Council will be led by a woman... 
 
Marie Carrubba says she looks forward to serving in the coming year.  Carrubba was elected as head of the nine-member council at last week's re-organizational meeting.  The Democrat says, given the work over the past year, 2018 is shaping up as another busy year.
 
Carrubba says working to expand the city's declining tax base will be a priority in the coming year and will include trying to get dilapitated homes and properties back onto the tax rolls.  However, she says that can't be the sole focus.  Carrubba says she'll also talk with department heads to look for more cost savings.  Among the people congratulating Carrubba after the meeting was the council's first female president, Dr. Lillian Ney.  Ney served as City Council President for two years, 2004 and 2005.
 
 
A city man is jailed after allegedly threatening another man with a kitchen knife last Sunday night on Jamestown's eastside...  
 
City police were called to the 600-block of Spring Street shortly before 8 p.m. on a report of a person with a weapon.  Officers say they were told on arrival that a fight broke out between 42 year-old Ismael Rivera-Pena and another man at the scene.  Police say Rivera-Pena allegedly armed himself with the knife, and assumed a fighting stance with the other man.  Rivera-Pena was arrested for second-degree menacing, and was being held in the city jail pending arraignment.
 
 
A Jamestown woman faces several charges including three counts of endagering the welfare of a child following a domestic incident yesterday evening... 
 
City police responded to 124 Anderson Street and, found that 46 year-old Joy Ryen allegedly held the victim down while attempting to cover their mouth. Officers say her actions occurred in front of three small children. She was additionally charged with second-degree unlawful imprisonment and criminal obstruction of breathing. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Jan. 16, 2018

There was a daring, top-story aerial rescue during the beginning of Sunday afternoon's fire that destroyed a residential-commercial building on West Main Street in Falconer...  
 
That from Falconer Mayor, and Fire Department spokesman Jim Rensel, who says one of the three aerial trucks that responded to the blaze at the Falconer Vac-Shop building made the rescue from a third-floor apartment. The alarm initially went out about 11:55 a.m.,  Rensel says the four people rescued and seven others who lived in the upstairs apartments, all got out safely.  The dozen or so fire deparments that responded ended up making a defensive attack with the aerial trucks because it wasn't safe enough to get inside.  Rensel confirms there was a roof collapse while battling the blaze.
 
There is still no cause yet for the fire and West Main Street remains closed off from Phetteplace to Work Street in Falconer.  One firefighter suffered a minor injury.  No one else was hurt.  The building at 15 West Main is owned by long-time Falconer businessman, Brian Nelson.  
 
 
 
A traffic stop in Dunkirk late last Saturday afternoon resulted in the discovery of over four pounds of pot in the vehicle and led to three arrests on drug related charges...  
 
Dunkirk Police say they observed a vehicle being driven by 32-year-old Jessie Melendez of Dunkirk at West 5th and Swan Streets fail to stop at a stop sign.  At the time of the traffic stop, an officer observed a large quantity of high quality marijuana packaged in large, clear plastic bags in plain view on the rear floor of the vehicle.  Melendez and two passengers, 31-year-old Jonathan Rodriguez and 34-year-old Luis Sanchez -- both of Dunkirk -- were each charged with criminal possession of marijuana in the 2nd degree.  Melendez was also charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, failure to stop at a stop sign and unsafe tires.  The marijuana had an approximate street value of $8,000.
 
 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to unveil his proposed 2018 budget later today and the New York Democrat has hinted that it may include proposed changes to the state's tax code...  
 
Those changes would come in the wake of the passage of new, federal tax reform.  During a visit to Dunkirk earlier this month, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul noted that -- with the likely capping of the State and Local Tax deductions, the Cuomo administration was looking at ways to respond.
 
One Congressman who voted for the tax bill was local Representative Tom Reed, who says the state needs to cut it's tax burden.  However, Cuomo has indicated that some type of tax shift is needed to help soften the blow of the federal tax overhaul, which puts a $10,000 cap on the SALT deduction for property taxes.  The state is also looking at a $4-billion deficit.
 
 
 
New York lawmakers want to know if a new state initiative aimed at reducing property taxes is working as intended...  
 
A provision in the state budget directs local officials around the state to convene panels to study ways their counties, towns, cities and villages could save money by sharing services and consolidating programs.  The idea of the program, supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo, is to reduce the local tax burden by eliminating layers of bureaucracy and encouraging more efficiency.  Thirty-four counties have completed the process so far. 
 
 
 
The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was celebrated Monday afternoon in Dunkirk with the theme: "The Power of Love, Building Bridges... Tearing Down Walls" at the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior Luncheon held at the Dunkirk Moose Lodge...  
 
Buffalo School Board President Doctor Barbara Seals Nevergold was the guest speaker.  Nevergold spoke about a speech Dr. King delivered in Buffalo in 1967 and, how the message still applies today.  The lifelong educator says that when it comes to dealing with new challenges, it's important to identify the problems.  But, Nevergold adds that it's important to recognize the successes.  She says it's easy to get "mired down" in the problems that come up, but she says there have also been many successes to celebrate.  The committee also presented the Janice D. Slaton, Esquire Scholarships.  One of the winners was Destiny Paredes, a student at Jamestown Community College's Dunkirk Campus.  A record of just over 170 people turned out for the luncheon.
 
 
The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy was celebrated in New York's capital Monday and, other places in the state...  
 
A free public program was held Monday morning in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, near the state Capitol, featuring a performance by Grammy and Tony Award winner Jennifer Holliday.  Speakers included Lola Brabham, the acting state civil service commissioner, and SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson.  The holiday events also will include a march to a nearby King Monument and an Albany City Hall carillon concert.  Jamestown's annual celebration was held last Sunday at Immanuel Baptist Church.
 
 
 
The New York Police Department says detectives are looking into a man's claim that disgraced former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer threatened to stab him during an irate interaction in a Manhattan restaurant...  
 
Police say Jamie Antolini filed a complaint Friday.  He says he was having dinner January 2nd, when Spitzer came in and became angry at hearing Antolini praise someone Spitzer has fought with.  The NYPD says Antolini accuses Spitzer of threatening him with bodily harm and making statements that he would kill him.  Spitzer spokeswoman Lisa Linden says there was an argument started by a restaurant patron, and that Spitzer initially ignored his remarks.  She said at no time did he make any threats.  Spitzer resigned in 2008 amid revelations that he had sex with prostitutes.
 

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News Headlines for Mon., Jan. 15, 2018

Falconer mayor says village will rebound after latest devastating blaze in downtown area...
A major fire that broke out just before Noon yesterday in the village of Falconer has destroyed another large, residential-commercial building in the heart of the downtown area.  It's the second fire within the past 10 months on that part of Main Street.  A dozen fire companies were called to the scene of the Falconer Vac-Shop building at 15 West Main St. at 11:55 am Sunday.  Falconer Fire Department Spokesman, and Mayor Jim Rensel says all 11 tenants got out safely.  Rensel says they were being taken care of, temporarily, in the Falconer Central School building.  That shelter was needed in the wake of temperatures in the low to mid-teens.  Those frigid temperatures also made it difficult for firefighters on the scene.  The building... which housed the Falconer Vac-Shop... is believed to be a total loss.  Rensel says two other businesses were there... including a hair salon that had been burned out of the other blaze last March at 29-34 West Main.  He calls it a "tough situation."  Rensel says one firefighter suffered a knee injury... which he hopes is minor.  The fire was deemed under control about mid-afternoon... but, several fire crews remained at the scene to douse hot spots.  No cause has yet been released.  Several fire companies... including Jamestown, Lakewood, and Frewsburg joined Falconer at the scene.  West Main Street has been closed between Phetteplace... and Work Streets.  
 
 
New County Executive on hand to support Falconer in wake of second major fire in 10 months...
The second major fire in the village of Falconer is "very sad to see."  That from new Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello... who praised firefighters for their efforts in battling the blaze in Sunday's frigid conditions.  Borrello says there's still plenty of work to do... but, he's confident fire officials will find out what happened.  Mayor Jim Rensel says a tenant inside the building called in the alarm after smelling smoke and fire inside.  Borrello offered Mayor Rensel whatever help the county can... and, praised the county's on-going mutual aid program for a strong turn-out by firefighters.
 
 
BPU reports wide-spread discolored water due to Falconer fire...
The major fire in the village of Falconer has caused systemwide discolored water in the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities' service area.  That from BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins... who says the heavy hydrant use stirs up the water.  Robbins adds the BPU's electric line department had to cut power on Main Street in Falconer from Tiffany Avenue to Homestead to permit firefighters to battle the fire safely.  It was restored about mid-afternoon.
 
 
Teresi says, despite troubling and unresolved shooting and stabbing incidents, major crimes are down in city...
With a number of shooting incidents... and, one stabbing death in late 2017... public safety remains at a premium in the city of Jamestown.  Mayor Sam Teresi says the situation is getting better, but, adds that city police need to have better cooperation from the public in a few cases.  Teresi says he understands why some people may not feel safe... but, adds the crime rate will never be zero.  At the same time... he says an improving economy will help advance that.  He says that has helped "calm" the major crime numbers in the city.  Teresi adds, though, that better law enforcement first needs to have better citizen concern and involvement.  That's why he is pleased to have Chief Harry Snellings back on the job for another four-years.  He says Snellings has worked hard to impart the need for solid evidence, and witness assistance to his officers.  City police have been frustrated by not getting cooperation in a few shooting incidents, and the fatal stabbing late last year.  Snellings has carried the dual position of Police Chief and Public Safety Director for nearly the past eight years.  
 
 
Dunkirk man arrested after alleged DWI Accident...
A minor two-car crash in the north county has led to the arrest of a Dunkirk man for allegedly driving while drunk.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene of the two-car accident at Route 5 and Temple Road in the town of Dunkirk last Friday afternoon... and, found that 33 year-old Bradley Ross was driving while he was in an intoxicated state.  He was arrested for DWI, following too closely, uninspected motor vehicle, and, Aggravated DWI with a .18 BAC or higher.  Ross was issued appearance tickets for Dunkirk Town Court at a later date.
 
 

 

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News Bulletin for Sun., Jan. 14, 2018

(**Alert)Another major fire in Falconer destroys commercial-apartment building near scene of last year's major blaze...

A major fire that broke out late this morning in the village of Falconer has destroyed another residential-commercial building in the downtown area.  It's the second fire within the past 10 months on that part of Main Street.  Crews were called to the Falconer Vac-Shop building at 15 West Main Street on a report of smoke and fire in the upper floors of the building.  Falconer Fire Department Spokesman, and Mayor Jim Rensel says the 11 people living in the upstairs apartments were evacuated safely... and no one was hurt.  One firefighter suffered a minor injury.  Dozens of firefighters are at the scene... and, officials are urging motorist to avoid that area today.  West Main Street has been closed between Phetteplace... and Dow Streets.  

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News Headlines for Sat., Jan. 13, 2018

Winter Weather returns to western Southern Tier...
It is a picture post-card Winter day in the western Southern Tier after several inches of snow fell across the area last night and overnight.  The National Weather Service reports between the snow pretty much ended in the Jamestown-area early this morning... but, not before dumping 7 to 8 inches of new snow.  The snow ended early this morning, and the Weather Service discontinued our Winter Storm Warning about mid-morning.  The temperature... which was about 54 early yesterday here at our Media One Group studios in West Ellicott... fell to the mid-30s by early afternoon... then into the upper teens last night.  The temperature rose to about 12 this morning... and, will drop to near zero overnight tonight.  It'll remain very cold through Sunday night.
 
 
State to provide $5-million in snowmobile grants, Chautauqua Co. to get $218,000...
More than $5-million has been awarded to communities in New York state for snowmobile trail maintenance and grooming.  Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the funding Thursday and designated the weekend of February 2-5 as a free snowmobiling weekend for out-of-state and Canadian residents.  The Democratic governor says the state is providing $4 million in grants for snowmobile trail maintenance, a 15 percent increase from last year.  The grants support more than 10,000 miles of designated snowmobile trails.  Chautauqua County will receive abot $218,800 in funding... which comes from snowmobile registration fees. 
 
 
Local businesses, soup kitchen to be impacted by Sam's Club closing...
Individuals and businesses looking for bargains on bulk-items have been flocking to the West Ellicott Sam's Club store after Thursday's sudden announcment that it'll be closing in two-weeks.  Several local businesses... often times restaurants... buy items at Sam's to save money.  The St. Susan's Soup Kitchen in Jamestown also buys several items 2 to 3 times a week for it's operations.  Director Jeff Smith adds that Sam's has also been "incredibly generous" in donating items to the center... such as additional food items, paper products, and cleaning supplies.  Smith says he and his staff are going to have to make alternative plans to deal with issues such as buying additional milk... paper towels... and other items because Sam's Club was convenient to their operation.  As for the 115 people who will soon be laid-off... Smith says they are certainly welcome to come by the center for a hot meal when they need it.  We heard that cars were lined up along Fairmount Avenue in a couple of directions yesterday... and, people were also lined up around the building on Fairmount Avenue to get inside after the warehouse store... which was closed Thursday.
 
 
Teresi re-appoints Snellings as police chief, director of Pubic Safety...
The man who has served the dual role of Jamestown Police Chief and Public Safety Director for nearly the past eight years will remain chief for another four-years.  Chief Harry Snellings... a more than 21 year JPD veteran... was confirmed by the city council this past week after being appointed by Mayor Sam Teresi.  Teresi says his relationship with Snellings goes back to when the chief was first with the department in the late 1990s... and, went along with Snellings on a patrol "ride-along" when he first became mayor in 2000.  Snellings became a Sergeant in the early 2000s... then Lieutenant and head of the JPD SWAT Team before being appointed as Chief. Teresi says Snellings is definately "in the mold" of Teresi's past appointees to the post... William MacLaughlin and Rex Rater.  He says he's "very thankful" that Snellings agreed to one more term in office.  Snellings has been credited for leading the way on Jamestown's crack-down on drug-trafficking in the city.

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WJTN News Headlines for Jan. 12, 2018

A spokesman for a members-only warehouse store that's been part of the retail landscape in West Ellicott the past two decades is confirming that the local Sam's Club store is closing at the end of the month...  
 
The word comes from Corporate Communications Director Philip Keene in an e-mail Thursday afternoon.  Ellicott Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin calls it a "sad" day for the town.  McLaughlin spoke with Sam's Club's Northeastern Governmental Affairs Director... who confirmed the closing will take place on January 26, and there are no future plans for the location.
 
The West Ellicott Sam's Club is one of 63 being closed nationwide, with three others in New York state.  McLaughlin says there are two in the Rochester-area and one is in Syracuse.  In a note to USA Today, Sam's Club President and Chief Executive Officer John Furner said they've decided to "right-size" their fleet.  McLaughlin says he did not receive a reason for the closings.
 
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The Sam's Club at 720 Fairmount Avenue was closed without warning Thursday, with many employees finding out they weren't working when they arrived.  A flyer in the door said the store would be reopening this morning at 10:00.  Some employees referred to it as a "going out of business" sale.  
 
 
The expected closing of the Sam's Club store is a tough economic pill for the region to swallow and efforts are underway to find another retailer down the road to go into the location...  
 
Ellicott Supervisor Pat McLaughlin says he can confirm that "no major retailers" have approached the town about possibly locating here -- right now.  He adds that, while there are no plans right now, the town is not out of the running for an e-commerce location down the road.
 
In addition to McLaughlin, State Senator Cathy Young says she is "alarmed and disheartened to learn of the sudden impending closure" of the local Sam's Club.  In a printed release Thursday afternoon, Young called it a "devastating blow to the store's employees and their families and to our area."  She adds that she has already heard from small business owners, including restaurants, who are very concerned about where they will buy bulk items for their businesses.
 
 
A Flood Watch remains in effect for parts of Western New York... 
 
Along with a Winter Storm Warning that takes effect at 1:00 this afternoon.  Forecaster Tony Ansuini with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says the warning is in place until 1 p.m. Saturday.  Ansuini says another shot of arctic air will pushing into the area by early this afternoon.
 
Ansuini says the early morning temperatures may get into the low 50s before the bottom drops out later in the day.  Total snow accumulations of five to 10 inches and ice accumulations of around two tenths are possible.  Difficult driving conditions are expected for tonight through Saturday morning.  The Flood Watch remains in effect through tonight.
 
 
 
The ice jamming situation improved later in the day Thursday in the village of Silver Creek and along Walnut Creek where ice jams were forming...
 
Route 5 was closed Thursday morning, but re-opened from Main Street to Parkway Avenue by late afternoon.  Silver Creek Fire Department Public Information Officer Jeff Griewisch says much of the large jam that concerned officials had cleared into Lake Erie, but they are still monitoring the situation.
 
Griewisch says they had a reduced number of crews in the village, but are ready if crews need to spring into action.  Local and county emergency management officials are also keeping a close watch in the Sunset Bay area where there are indications of potential flooding present.  Residents in Sunset Bay are being encouraged to prepare to evacuate in the event that flooding does occur.
 
 
State officials say 19 local governments across New York are splitting nearly $10 million for consolidating... 
 
Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state funding through the Citizen Empowerment Tax Credit has gone to towns that have dissolved a village within their boundaries.  Three other municipalities that completed a village dissolution at the end of last year will also start to receive the annual tax credit benefit. 
 
 
Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says he thinks new City Council President Marie Carubba will be a "terrific" Council President...  
 
Carubba was approved 8-1 this past Monday night as new head of the panel, replacing Greg Rabb, who was not re-elected to office last November.  Carubba is a ward council member, and says she's looking forward to serving.  Teresi says Carubba has always had the city's best intentions at heart.
 
Teresi says everytime someone asked Carubba to stand up and be part of an important committee, or other task or assignment, she doesn't say "no".  Carrubba was previously chairwoman for the council's Housing Committee and she head's up the main office for Southern Tier Living Environments, Incorporated.  She is one of five women who are on city council the next two years.  She is joined by fellow Democrats Maria Jones, Vansssa Weinert and Vickeye James... and Republican Kim Ecklund.
 
 
There's a slight improvement in the number of boats requiring decontamination to remove invasive species around New York's Lake George...
 
The Post-Star says a report by the Lake George Park Commission finds 17% of the boats inspected there in 2017 required the procedure, compared to 18% the year before.  The report says a total of 6,684 boats have received a free decontamination since the program began in 2014.  The most prevalent invasive species found is a plant called Eurasian milfoil, which has also been a problem in Chautauqua Lake.  The number of boats with zebra mussels more than doubled.  The commission's executive director, David Wick, attributes that to a large number of boats coming from Saratoga Lake.  He says experts are working to address that issue.

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News Alert for Thurs., Jan. 11, 2018

Word is SAM's Club in West Ellicott will be among stores closing...
A members-only bulk sales store that's been part of the retail landscape in West Ellicott the past two decades is reportedly closing it's doors at the end of the month.  Media One Group News has learned through several sources at the SAM's Club store at 720 Fairmount Ave. will be closing on Friday, Jan. 26.  Rumors began circulating earlier this morning when the store abruptly closed for the day.  A flyer in the door said the store would be reopening tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.  Some employees referred to it as a "going out of business" sale.  However... the store manager would not comment on that... and, directed us to SAM's Club headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.  One year ago... parent Wal-Mart Corporation announced the closing of more than 100 stores... including some SAM's Clubs... over the next year.  
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SAM's Club has been a major property taxpayer in both the town of Ellicott and village of Celoron.  But... today's news has caught town and village officials by surprise.  We do have calls into Elicott Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin, and Celoron Mayor Scot Screckengost.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Jan. 11, 2018

There will be a threat of ice jam flooding for portions of Western New York, including Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Southern Erie counties now through Friday night...
 
That's the word from Meteorologist Jon Hitchcock of the National Weather Service.  He says a Flood Watch will run from 10 this morning through late Friday night.  Hitchcock says ice jam flooding can happen very quickly. About a half inch of rainfall is possible during the watch, but Hitchcock doesn't expect any general flooding.  He adds though that residents living near a creek need to keep an eye on that creek both Thursday and Friday.  The threat of ice jam flooding will ease by Friday night as cold air returns to the area.
 
 
 
Preparations are well underway in the north county to deal with any potential ice-jam flooding that could occur with the arrival of a January thaw...  
 
That from Chautauqua County's Emergency Services Director John Griffith, who says much of the prep work is taking place in the village of Silver Creek and other areas of the north county.  Griffith says the county's Public Facilities Department already has a "long-arm" excavator working to break up the ice in Silver Creek.  Still, he says residents should pay attention to all broadcasts, and other emergency alerts.
 
Griffith says he's been in touch with other agencies and says additional resources are available should be needed.  He says those include the state Department of Homeland Security.  He says county officials will continue to monitor any developments during the watch and will assist should flooding develop.  
 
 
 
Two people people were sent to the hospital when the driver of a mini-bus lost control of the vehicle and it crashed through a guard rail and rolled down an embankment in South Valley...
 
Cattaraugus County Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene at the intersection of Bone Run and West Perimeter Roads shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday.  Officers say the driver of the Corvus Bus and Charter vehicle, 55 year-old Louis Gagliardo of Olean, lost control of the vehicle as he approached the intersection and the bus rolled onto it's side as it went down the embankment.  Deputies say Gagliardo, and a bus monitor, 57 year-old Tracy Treadway of Cuba, were taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment.  A four-year-old who had been picked up for pre-school was not hurt.  Gagliardo was charged with failure to stop at a stop sign.
 
 
 
Investigators believe a medical emergency may have been the reason the driver of a car in the town of Charlotte Tuesday morning crashed into a ditch and snowbank...  
 
Sheriff Joe Gerace says fire rescuers and police found the driver, 65 year-old Charles Troutman of Randolph, dead inside the vehicle after putting out a fire inside the car.  Gerace says they believe the fire was not suspicious. The Sheriff's Ofice reports their 911 center was notified by a passerby of a vehicle on fire off the road in a ditch on Mill Creek Road shortly after 9:00.  Sinclairville Fire responded initially and put out the fire.  The Sheriff's Office and the Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team found that Troutman was dead when they arrived.  Gerace says the accident is still under investigation.
 
 
One city firefighter was injured during a fire that broke out in a two-family home early yesterday morning... 
 
That from Jamestown Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Finson, who says the firefighter was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment after he got some debris in his eye. He says crews were on scene just before 1 a.m. and were quick to stop the blaze. Finson says no other injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is believed to electrical in nature. 
 
 
Fieldbrook Foods Corporation in Dunkirk has issued a voluntary recall of 20 cases of the Tops brand of Orange Cream Bars and 320 cases of the Meijer Purple Cow brand Orange Cream Bars...
 
Officials say that's due to the possibility that the product may be contaminated with Listeria.  The recalled Top's Orange Cream Bars were sold in Tops retail stores located in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Vermont.  The recalled Purple Cow Orange Cream Bars were sold in Meijer retail stores located in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Wisconsin.  No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
 
 
The director of a propane gas trade group says it hasn't received any complaints of alleged price gouging during the recent cold spell, despite claims by New York state officials that prices may have been inflated...  
 
Shane Sweet with the New York Propane Gas Association says propane prices typically are higher in winter, but he says any increases are "nothing close to price gouging."  New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Tuesday that he was launching an investigation into extended delays in delivering propane to customers and possible price gouging during the recent cold spell. 
 
 
Village lawmakers in Fredonia have approved a resolution for engineering work to install an emergency waterline replacement to eliminate the problem of discolored drinking water on portions of six streets...  
 
Trustees earlier this week unanimously approved the resolution to have O'Brien and Gere Engineering of Syracuse to handle the design work for the project.  That from Mayor Athanasia Landis, who says the next step is is for the firm to put together a design for the project.  The total cost of the service is not to exceed $153,000. Dr. Landis says once the design work is completed, then the village can go out to bid.  She says the process will take about a year to complete.  The village is optimistic that it will be able to received an emergency loan through the state.
 
 
New York lawmakers want to know how much money the state is making off daily fantasy sports...  
 
A committee of the state Assembly met Wednesday in Albany to review the status of the online games and their impact on the state's finances.  Two years ago, lawmakers passed new regulations for daily fantasy sports to resolve concerns that daily fantasy sports companies were engaging in false advertising and illegal gambling.  The Legislature also imposed new fees and taxes on the industry.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Jan. 10, 2018

A Cattaraugus County man has been killed in a fiery, one-car crash on Mill Creek Road in the village of Sinclairville...  
 
Sheriff's officers were called to the scene shortly after 9:00 Tuesday morning and found a car in the ditch, and Sinclairville firefighters putting out a fire that had erupted in the vehicle.  Deputies say 65 year-old Charles Troutman of Randolph was found dead inside the vehicle, and was determined to be the only occupant in the car.  Officers say the accident is still under investigation, but nothing appears suspicious.
 
 
One person was reported hurt when a mini-bus slid off Bone Run Road and down an embankment in South Valley -- near the Cattaraugus-Chautauqua County line -- yesterday morning...  
 
Chautauqua County Fire Dispatchers say Frewsburg and Kiantone fire crews were called to the scene near West Perimeter Road shortly after 7:00.  They say there were three people on board the mini-bus and one passenger had to be treated for injuries.  Dispatchers say State Police in Jamestown and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's office were also called to the scene.  More information is to follow.
 
 
 
Jamestown Public Schools held their first board meeting of the new year last night at George Washington Middle School... 
 
During his Superintendent's Report, Bret Apthorpe talked about Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Address. He says the governor usually spends more time during his hour-and-a-half presentation on education. However, this year came up short.
 
Apthorpe mentioned two initiatives the governor did discuss during his presentation including an increase in funding for Pre-K programs up $15-million in high needs areas. Apthorpe says there are about 400 students and growing in the Jamestown area in the Pre-K program. Additionally, Apthorpe mentioned Governor Cuomo wants to create a new certification for teachers in computer science called "Smart Start". He says the program would benefit students looking to get a head start on their educational careers in computer science and engineering. 
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's optimistic that commercial air service from the Chautauqua County Airport near Jamestown will continue after January 16...  
 
However, Reed says it's up to Southern Airways Express to work with the county to up it's daily passenger numbers to at least the average of 10 as required for funding from the federal Essential Air Service program.  Reed took part in a conference call with County Executive George Borrello and others on the matter last week.
 
Reed says it's key for Southern Airways to make the commitment, and begin working towards building ridership before the U.S. Department of Transporation agrees to continue the $2.1-million annual subsidy to the air carrier.  At the same time, he declined to talk about how long any extension might be, because they want to ensure Southern will try to deliver on it's promises.  Borrello says he's pushing for Southern Airways to "base" a plane at Jamestown, which would allow for 6 and 7 a.m. flights out of Jamestown.  He says that would allow them to talk with major carriers about getting connecting flights.
 
 
 
Congressional leaders says they're encouraged by what they heard from President Donald Trump at a bi-partisan White House meeting on immigration, and a continuing resolution to keep the government operating...  
 
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump's "tone was very good" and that it was "encouraging that the president seems open to a narrow deal" to protect immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.  Local Congressman Tom Reed was not part of Tuesday's discussions, but says an agreement on DACA in exchange for stepped up border security was discussed by the bi-partisan Problem Solver's Caucus he co-chairs.
 
January 19 is when the current Continuing Resolution to fund the government runs out.  Reed says he also believes that there's a chance at comprehensive immigration reform, but adds it will not likely be part of the continuing resolution.  Reed made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with Western New York media.
 
 
 
One of the Democrats seeking the nomination to run against incumbant 23rd District Congressman Tom Reed has picked up the backing of a former Fredonia mayor...  
 
Jamestown attorney Eddie Sundquist says former mayor Steve Keefe is backing him in the run for the nomination.  Keefe made the announcment in an e-mail to supporters, and comes just ahead of the January 20 vote to decide the endorsement of the Chautauqua County Democratic Committee.  In the e-mail, Keefe says he's met most of the candidates, and listened to their ideas, but he says Sundquist stands out.  Keefe also says at last report, Sundquist was also the top fund-raiser in the race.
 
 
 
More than three-dozen appointments were approved by the City Council at Monday night's reorganizational meeting and former Council President Greg Rabb will remain on two panels in the new year...  
 
Mayor Sam Teresi appointed Rabb as a citizen member of the Board of Public Utilities, which Rabb had served as council president in recent years.  Teresi says the position opened up when Tyler Case resigned from the BPU and accepted an appointment to the Jamestown Local Development Corporation.
 
Teresi named current BPU member Martha Zenns to replace Case, and that opened up another citizen member vacancy.  He says cohesion was important for the BPU because of several issues before the board over the next year or two, including efforts to annex BPU property in the village of Falconer used for the Dow Street Substation.  Rabb's appointment to the BPU runs through 2021.  He will also serve again on the Planning Commission.  Teresi says it's not unusual for former Council members and mayors to be appointed to boards and commissions after serving their elected terms.  Council approved Teresi's re-appointment of City Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings. 
 
 
 
Gas prices in the Jamestown-area are almost a penny lower this week -- to $2.70 -- for a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel...  
 
AAA's weekly gas price report says that despite artic temperatures, there haven't been any real fuel supply issues in the region.  Similarly to last year, AAA says that New York is among the top-10 most expensive gas prices in the country.  At this time last year, prices at the pump were $0.15 less at $2.55 per gallon.  On the national front, prices have held steady at $2.49 per gallon for nine straight days.  According to the EIA, end of the year gains were significant for crude oil with prices the highest at a year's end since 2013. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Jan. 9, 2018

 
Women now make up the majority of the Jamestown City Council and one of them is the new president of the council...  
 
Democrat Marie Carubba was elected to head-up the panel during last night's reorganizational meeting at City Hall.  She thanked fellow members for their votes of confidence, adding that she is both "honored and humbled" to be chosen.  Newcomers Vanessa Weinert, a Democrat and Andrew Liuzzo, a Republican, were also sworn-in.  She spoke to them and the returnees.
 
Carubba announced committee assignments and Republican Tony Dolce will again chair the Finance Committee, while Democrat Vickeye James will head up the Housing Committee Carubba previously chaired.  Democrat Maria Jones will again chair the Public Safety Committee and another Democrat, Tom Nelson, will replace the retired George Spitale as chairman of the Public Works Committee.  She also called on council members on other city boards and commissions to report back regularily to provide additional transparency into city matters for all residents. 
 
 
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello is moving quickly with the Jamestown Airport's commercial air carrier to develop a plan to keep it's federal subsidy, with an eye towards self-sustainability...  
 
Borrello says he was surprised by the news a week ago today that the U-S Department of Transporation will end the $2.1-million subsidy to Southern Airways Express on January 16.  He says they're working right now for an extension.
 
Borrello they are working with Southern to have at least one Jamestown "based" airplane that would allow the airport to provide an early flight at 6 or 7 a.m. weekdays.  He says that would allow for "inter-connect" flights with bigger carriers that same day because you will have gone through security, and baggage check in Jamestown.  In addition to not having to check-in your luggage, you would also not have to go to the bigger carrier's ticket window to check in.  He made his comments for last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
 
One man was taken to the hospital with minor injuries following a four-vehicle accident in the Town of Kiantone early Saturday morning... 
 
Sheriff deputies say 28 year-old Craig Vanhook was northbound on Route 62 when he lost control of his vehicle and swerved head-on into a semi-truck operated by 35 year-old Christopher Powers. Deputies say two other Semis were involved while trying to avoid the collision. Powers was treated at the scene and released and Vanhook was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment. Vanhook was charged with driving while intoxicated, and DWAI-drugs. He is to appear in Kiantone Town court at a later date. 
 
 
 
A Celoron man has been arrested for allegedly threatening people with a sword while standing outside his home Sunday afternoon...  
 
Ellicott Town Police were called to the scene at an undisclosed location in the village shortly before 1 p.m. and arrested 37 year-old Philip Gardner on two counts of second-degree menacing and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.  Gardiner ws arraigned in Ellicott Town Court, and sent to the county jail on $1,000 cash bail.
 
 
A pair of checks from the Johnson Foundation in Jamestown will go a ways in helping the local Salvation Army run many of it's programs this year...  
 
That from Salvation Army Major John Merchant, who says they received the checks from the fouindation as it's 20 year trust has come to an end.  Merchant says the $286,000 in funding will help cover their operating costs above and beyond the Red Kettle Campaign.
 
Merchant says they use both the trust fund, and the annual Red Kettle Campaign to pay for their costs each year.  However, he says their rental assistance program will either be cut back, or discontinued after the Kettle campaign came up about $11,000 short in 2017.  Merchant says the Red Kettle Campaign, through the end of 2017, brought in just under $102,000.  The goal was $112,000.  Merchant adds, though, that the Salvation Army accepts donations year-round, and you can send a check to the organization at 83 South Main Street in Jamestown.  
 
 
There may still be some lake effect snow in the area this morning, along with some slick-spots...  
 
However, the temperature will continue to climb during the next couple of days before reaching 50 by late week.  Lake effect snow started back up about 7:30 yesterday morning and dropped about two inches in some places by late afternoon.  Meterologist Steven Welch with the National Weather Service in Buffalo by we'll really see the warm-up by Wednesday and Thursday.
 
 
 
Two people were hurt -- but, not seriously -- in a two-car accident blamed at least in part on snow-slicked roads on Route 60 in the town of Pomfret Monday morning...  
 
State Police in Fredonia are investigating the crash, which was reported near Camp Gross about 8:00.  Two people were reportedly hurt, and had to be freed by fire crews at the scene.  The Fredonia and Cassadaga Fire Departments responded to the crash along with the County Fly-Car service.  State Police in Fredonia say they didn't have any further details at this time.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Jan. 8, 2018

Chautauqua County's new executive has already been able to visit several local businesses on way to visiting 100 in his first 100 days in office. And, the results so far have been interesting...  
 
Irving Republican George Borrello visited Rand Machine Products in Falconer last Friday afternoon and came away impressed by what he saw.  Borrello says they -- and most of the other six -- are looking to grow their business.  He adds there are hurdles, though.  The main one being lack of the necessary workforce.
 
Borrello says he hopes to begin working on the workforce issue sooner rather than later.  He says Rand Machine is looking to increase both job numbers and product output to serve it's several nationwide market.  Those also include work that's classified for the defense department.  It's website says Rand Machine is a leading custom machining manufacturer serving customers in the construction, industrial, automotive, electronics, medical, oil and gas, furniture and and other industries.  Borrello made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
 
A man from Bemus Point arrested locally last August on several drug-related charges has now been indicted on federal charges by a grand jury...  
 
U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Junior in Buffalo has announced that 42 year-old Gary Hannold, Junior was indicted on seven charges for trying to distribute methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, and suboxone.  The charges carry a maximum penalty of life in prison.  Prosecutors say Hannold was stopped in Sherman for a traffic violation last August 11 and when he stopped, he allegedly threw his backpack -- which was found with packed drugs -- into the nearby weeds.  Hannold is being detained pending further court action.  
 
 
A Jamestown man faces several charges following an alleged domestic violence incident and later, a drunk-driving accident...  
 
City police were called to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital just before 10 a.m. last Saturday to speak with the victim of the incident at 233 Sprague Street.  Officers spoke with the victim, who said 37 year-old Brian Morath had punched her in the face several times, then dragged her around the home by her hair.  She says Morath pulled much of her hair out.  During the investigation, police say they were called to a property damage accident at 211 Front Street, in which Morath's car crashed into a tree.  He was later arrested at his home for second-degree unlawful imprisonment, third-degree assault, driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.  Morath was taken to the city jail pending arraignment.
 
 
 
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Chautauqua County late last week to deliver a presentation on Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address...  
 
Despite the sub-zero wind chills, Hochul appeared in Dunkirk for the presentation, with the top concerns including the impact of the federal tax reform measure will have on the state.  She says they are looking at ways to buffer the effects of the reform, which caps the deductability of local property taxes.
 
Governor Cuomo did proposal a potential move from a personal income tax towares a payroll tax to soften the blow.  Hochul also indicated that Cuomo administration officials were trying to work out a plan to allow New Yorkers to continue the State and Local Tax -- or SALT -- deduction without a cap or increasing that cap.  Without that, she says New York will be hurt. 
 
 
The Lieutenant Governor's visit was hosted by Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas and Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello...  
 
Rosas was pleased with the large crowd that filled the conference center at the Clarion. While he didn't agree with everything in the governor's State of the State, Borrello says he was delighted by the update Hochul provided on Athenex and NRG.  He says he believes that things have been taking place "behind the scenes" to especially get the Athenex project rolling.  The new county executive says he hopes to learn more about status of Athenex in the coming days.
 
 
 
A town of Portland man has been arrested for allegedly growing marijuana in his Webster Road home...  
 
Sheriff's officers say they were investigating a situation at the home about 4:30 a.m. last Thursday when they say they found 31 year-old Ryan Dudek running a cannabis growing operation.  Dudek was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana and a public health law charge of growing of the plant known as cannabis by an unlicensed person.  Dudek was issued appearance tickets for Portland Town Court at a later date.
 
 
If you're looking to get rid of your Christmas Tree in the city of Jamestown, the annual pick-up of discarded trees will begin today...  
 
City Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says the department will begin pick-up, weather permitting.  Ciesla-Hanley says the trees will be taken for recycling and residents should place their tree on the terrace between the street and sidewalk and if possible, to keep visible should a large snowfall occur.  She adds that all trees should be removed from plastic bags, lights and tree stands should be removed.  If you have any questions, call the city Parks and Recreation Office at 483-7573.

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News Headlines for Sat., Jan. 6, 2017

National Weather Service continues Wind Chill Warning, issues new Winter Weather Advisory...
The extremely low wind chills will continue into most of the weekend, along with some of the lake effect snow.  The National Weather Service says our Wind Chill Warning remains in effect until 7 AM Sunday... and there is another Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 7 o'clock tonight.  Forecaster Jon Hitchcock of the Weather Service Office in Buffalo says you'll need to dress warmly when venturing outside... and, limit your time outside.  He says wear layers with a little space between them, and leave little exposed skin.  While the dangerous wind chills will continue through early Sunday... Hitchcock says there is some light at the end of the tunnel.  A warm up will begin on Sunday... as the mercury begins rising into the 30s by Monday and Tuesday.  By Wednesday... we could see the lower 40s.  Hitchcock says overnight wind chills on Sunday will run from 10 below to 25 below zero. 
 
 
County's Health and Human Services Director advises residents to protect themselves in extreme cold...
The head of the Chautauqua County Health and Human Services Deparment is urging residents to protect themselves when they go outside with another day of dangerously cold wind chills forcast.  Director Christine Schuyler says frostbite can occur within minutes in these bone-chilling conditions... which are expected to range from 20 to 30-below zero at times.  She says if you don't have to go outside, don't.  Especially if you are among the very young... or very old.  Schuyler says they are most suseptable to the cold.  She adds that frostbite causes a loss of feeling, and a white or pale appearance in the extremities... such as toes and fingers.  She says the skin will feel unusually firm or waxy.  If the symptoms are detected... she says get medical help immediately. 
 
 
Code Blue Warning issued for county...
With temperatures in the single digits through this morning and afternoon... Chautauqua County has also issued a "Code Blue Warning" because the temperature has fallen below freezing.  That means people seeking shelter can do so at several locations across the county... and, some were open last night and will be today.  Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler says you can get help through the Sheriff's Office by calling 9-1-1... and, they will get you to a warming center.  There are several at local libraries in the Jamestown-area.  Schuyler says the hours today at the Prendergast Library are now to 4 p.m., and, you can contact the other libraries for their hours.
 
 
Bemus Point man indicted on federal drug charges...
A Bemus Point man has been incidicted by a federal grand for allegedly trafficking several types of illegal drugs after he was stopped on is motorcycle in Sherman last August.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior in Buffalo announced late this week that 42 year-old Gary Hannold, Junior was indicted on seven charges for trying to distribute methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, and suboxone.  The charges carry a maximum penalty of life in prison.  Prosecutors say Hannold was stopped in Sherman for a traffic violation last August 11th... and, when he stopped... he allegedly threw his backpack in the nearby weeds.  Deputy found suspected Crystal Meth that was packaged... as well as marijuana, a clear vile containing cocaine, 10 packets of Suboxone, a digital scale, a bag with unused small plastic bags, U.S. currency, two cell phones, a New York State motorcycle license plate, and numerous other items.  Hannold is being detained pending further court action.  
 
 
Hochul visits Dunkirk with follow-up State of State message...
Despite the sub-zero wind chills... New York Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul traveled to the city of Dunkirk to deliver a presentation of Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2018 State of State proposals.  Among the top concerns is the impact the federal tax reform will have on the state.  Hochul says the state is looking at ways to buffer the effects of the measure, signed into law by President Trump last month.  She says the Governor believes something has to be done, so New York has to look at "something to restructure our income tax system.  Hochul indicated after the presentation that Cuomo administration officials were trying to work out a plan to allow New Yorkers to continue the State and Local Tax Deduction without a cap... or increasing that cap.  Without that, she says New York will be hurt.  Hochul did bring some encouraging news to the city, indicating that 2020 will be a "transformative year" for the area, with the opening of Athenex and the repowering of the NRG plant in Dunkirk.  The extreme weather didn't keep a large crowd from turning out for Friday's presentation.
 
 
Humane Society issues Winter Safety tips for pets...
The Chautauqua County Humane Society is reminding residents to keep their furry friends in mind during these frigid wind and snow conditions.  Community Relations Director Brian Papalia suggests keeping cats inside as they can freeze quickly in cold weather.  However... if  you pet goes outside, Papalia says to stay with them.  After you go back inside... Papalia says to check your pet's paws and undersides for ice as sson as possible to prevent frostbite.  Additionally... to prevent any animal-related tragedies, he says to bang loudly on the hood of your car before starting the engine in case an outdoor cat took shelter under the vehicle. For more information on how to keep pets safe... visit their website at www.spca-pets.com.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Jan. 5, 2018

The National Weather Service is continuing a Winter weather advisory through early Saturday morning...  
 
As the lake effect snow continues to fall in the region, Forecaster Heather Kenyon from the Buffalo office says we may see up to 8-inches of the white stuff by Saturday.
 
Kenyon adds that a Wind Chill warning will be in effect through Sunday morning as Northwest winds continue to blow through the area.  She says they'll continue through much of the weekend... and, will drop to 20 to 30-below zero at times.  Kenyon says the high today will only be in the low single digits.  In addition, she says to make sure to keep covered up because frostbite is possible within 30 minutes. 
 
 
 
Sherman school officials are praising a school bus driver whose quick actions prevented serious injury or worse to a bus full of students that caught fire near Mayville Thursday morning...  
 
School Superintendent Mike Ginestre says the unidentified driver's training led to students being taken off the vehicle as it was traveling along Parker Road shortly after 7:00.  Ginestre says the driver acted at the first sign of trouble, and evacuted the bus before flames broke out. He says that another school bus that was in the area came to pick up students within three minutes.  He says the children were then taken right to school.  Ginestre says students on-board were aged between kindergarten and high school seniors.  He adds that the cause of the fire is still under investigation, while officials thanked the driver, head of the bus garage and, firefighters from the Sherman Fire Department for their amazing work and training in keeping the kids safe. 
 
 
While it was highly-political, Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says Governor Cuomo's annual State of the State Address was a "great speech" that ended on a good note...  
 
Teresi was in Albany for the governor's annual address... and, says it was a "more traditional" speech compared to the past few when the governor went out, and delivered speeches in different parts of the state.  He says he was "heartened" by Cuomo again boosting current regionalism efforts to cut costs to localities.
 
Teresi says there is also real support for the governor's call to sue the federal government over the recently approved GOP Tax Overhaul bill.  He says caping the State and Local Tax deduction up at $10,000 will be harmful to state residents, including Jamestown.  Teresi is hopeful that the strategy will "moderate the impact" of some items in the tax plan.  Teresi say he believes the tax reform measure will actually drive more deficits, increase interest rates and drive more inflation.  He says that will have a direct, negative impact on state aid to schools and municipalities.
 
 
Local State Senator Cathy Young is blasting Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address, in which she says he "laid out a very liberal, New York City-focused agenda"...  
 
Young issued the printed statement late Wednesday... saying that -- in a year in which the state is facing a significant budget gap -- there is no room for wish-list items for "narrow political interests."  The Olean Republican says it's "crucial" that infrastructure investment and economic development dollars are distributed equitably, strategically and to regions of our state that need the greatest stimulus.  She says the GOP will oppose any efforts to unfairly favor one region over another or runs counter to the values of the majority of upstate voters.
 
 
 
 
Underperformance by it's essential air carrier the past three years may lead to termination of the program at the Chautauqua County Airport near Jamestown on January 16...  
 
County Airport Manager Ron Almeter says the U.S. Department of Transportation has told Southern Airways Express that it is ending it's EAS program that day because the airline has not been averaging the 10 daily passengers it needs to keep the program going.  Almeter says Southern got a preliminary order back in late September, and a final order in late December.
 
Almeter says the county, along with Southern Airways and others, are appealing the ruling on the $2.1-million annual subsidy so that some operational changes can improve ridership.  He says one of those is again basing one plane at the airport.  Southern Airways contracted with the DOT, and Chautauqua County, to provide service starting in 2016.  However, Almeter says the air carriers the past three years have only met two-thirds of it's ridership standards.  In the past, the county has worked with U.S. Senator Charles Schumer to keep the service in place.
 
 
 
A city man was arrested after police allegedly found him in possession of methamphetamine in the parking lot of a convenience store on Jamestown's southside Wednesday afternoon...  
 
City police say they were investigating a suspicious situation in the parking lot of the 7/11at 321 Hazeltine Avenue when they found 31 year-old Brandon Smith operating a vehicle on a suspended license.  It was determined through further investigation that Smith was also in possession of a quantity of Meth, and he was arrested.  He faces charges of third-degree aggravated unlicensed operator... and, felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 
 
 
 
A Sherman couple has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child at a laundromat in the village early last month...  
 
Sheriff's officers say 42 year-old Mike Barringer and 33 year-old Hollie Petroff were with their 5 year-old daughter at the laundromat when Barringer allegedly was seen helping Petroff and their daughter over a wall separating the laundromat and a locked storage facility. Deputies say he also climbed over the wall and committed criminal mischief in another storage unit.  They add Barringer and Petroff slept inside the locked storage area overnight with their daughter.  In addition to the endangerment charge, Barringer was also charged with third-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal mischief. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Jan. 4, 2018

New York state will sue the federal government over the recently enacted Republican tax overhaul...
 
That from Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, who says the state will challenge the new law on the grounds that it's unconstitutional and, violates states' rights.  Cuomo, a possible presidential contender, announced plans for the lawsuit during Wednesday's State of the State Address.
 
The federal overhaul caps the former tax eduction for state and local taxes at $10,000.  The full deduction had been especially popular in high-tax states like New York.  Cuomo says the change is unfair and could raise some families' taxes by as much as 25 percent.  Cuomo says he will encourage Congress to repeal the tax law, and will consider other changes in state taxes to reduce the burden of the new federal tax law in New York.
 
 
 
In addition to the plan to sue the federal government over the GOP Tax Overhaul the governor also talked about a potentially major overhaul of the state's tax system...  
 
He says he would like to see the state start moving away from a personal income tax based system and, one that's based on payroll.  Local Assemblyman Andy Goodell says, though, there were no real details offered. However, Goodell says he was pleased to see the Governor say that he supported moving forward with middle-class income tax cuts.  He says those will result in the lowest tax rate since the 1940s.
 
 
A Jamestown teenager is jailed after allegedly stabbing a father and son during an argument this past New Year's morning in the town of Kiantone...  
 
State Police in Jamestown say they arrested 17 year-old Justice McBride on New Year's Day following the incident, which was reported shortly before 3 a.m. Monday at a location on Peck-Settlement Road.  District Attorney Patrick Swanson says McBride is charged with Felony first and second-degree assault, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  Swanson says all three knew each other, and one of the victims was taken to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, where he's in stable condition.  The other victim was treated at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, and later released.  Troopers say Jamestown Police assisted in the investigation.  McBride was arraigned, and sent to the County Jail in Mayville pending a preliminary hearing.
 
 
 
The city man recently sentenced to 25 years in state prison for shooting and killing his estranged wife in November of 2016 is now appealing the sentence... 
 
Keith Robbins was sentenced by Chautauqua County Court Judge David Foley after a plea deal was reached last October for first-degree manslaughter in the death of Sheri Robbins.  District Attorney Patrick Swanson says that while Keith Robbins waived his right to appeal on most aspects of the case, he can still appeal.  But, at the same time, Swanson believes the appeal will "go nowhere."  Swanson says it's not unusual to see an appeal, even if the defendant has waived his or her right to an appeal.  He adds the process could take up a year, possibly longer.  He says whoever defends the appeal will next send him the proper documentation, and his office will respond.  
 
 
 
Jamestown Public Schools' Superintendent Bret Apthorpe is reminding parents that as temperatures continue to drop, student safety remains his top priority...
 
Apthorpe says the district has received donations of winter accessories for students. Should you know of a child in need of warm gear, he says to contact officials. He noted that officials understand that most of the city district's students walk to school and, also reminded parents about the district's "cold weather policy."  He adds that from this point to a wind chill of 25-degrees below zero, the National Weather service issues a Wind Chill Advisory.  Anything lower is a Wind Chill Warning.  Ultimately, Apthorpe says it's the parents' decision to send their children to school in any conditions. 
 
 
Gas prices in the Jamestown area remained steady with the cost per gallon of regular, unleaded fuel $2.71... 
 
That from AAA's latest gas price report which says motorists in mid-atlantic and northeast states are paying more on the week than last year by about $0.22. Nationally, the gas price average is the most expensive seen at the start of a new year since 2014. Triple-A says high volumes of holiday travelers drove gas prices up five-cents on the week to $2.49 per gallon. For current gas prices along your travel route, visit AAA.com/Mobile. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Jan. 3, 2018

 
Local Assemblyman Andy Goodell says he's looking to also work to help reform the state's Welfare Program so that people can retain benefits while gaining meaningful employment...
 
During his first term in office, the Jamestown-area Republican began working on the issue, because the rules actually discourage many recipients from working lower, entry-level jobs because they lose all their benefits.  He says, if the state can get it's arms around the program better... it will help both recipients and taxpayers.  In Chautauqua County, about half of the entire local tax levy, or about $30-million, goes to pay for the local Medicaid program.
 
 
Local wind chills are expected to be about -15 this morning and with that, Jamestown School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe is reminding parents and students about the district's "cold weather closing policy"... 
 
In a press release, Apthorpe noted that officials understand that most of the city district's students walk to school, and with that, parents should make sure that children are dressed warmly.  He adds that from this point to a wind chill of 25-degrees below zero, the National Weather service issues a Wind Chill Advisory.  Anything lower is a Wind Chill Warning.  However, he says temperature is one of "many variables" they consider in closing schools.  Apthorpe says he makes the final decision by about 5:30 a.m. most school days but, he says the final decision always lies with the parent and guardian if they are concerned about the child walking in frigid conditions.  To find if the schools have issued a school closing, follow Superintendent Apthorpe's Twitter @JamestownSupt. 
 
 
 
State police say one person has died and one is seriously injured after several crashes involving numerous vehicles on the snowy New York State Thruway east of Buffalo...
 
Troopers say all lanes are blocked between Exit 50 and Exit 48A at Pembroke going into the evening rush hour Tuesday.  Trooper Michael Cassella in Albany says 15 to 25 cars and 10 tractor-trailers were involved in a series of collisions starting shortly before 2 PM Tuesday.  He says weather was a contributing factor. 
 
 
 
It was bitterly cold most of the time but, skiing conditions on the slopes at Peek 'n Peak couldn't have been better this past holiday weekend...  
 
That from General Manager Brad Gravink, who says the Clymer-area resort was as busy as expected.  Gravink says all of their facilities were busy during both Christmas and New Years.  He adds they now have plenty of good snow.
 
Gravink adds that they're in the works of building the train park and should be fully open on Thursday. Current skiing conditions at the Peak include a packed-powder surface with 23 groomed and open trails... and, a deep base. For more information on snow sport conditions or information on booking a trip visit their website at PKnPK.com
 
 
A Falconer man is facing a felony criminal mischief charge following a domestic incident early Monday morning...  
 
Ellicott town police say they responded to a domestic disturbance call just before 12:30 AM.  Officers say 32 year-old Ronald Wilson allegedly destroyed property inside a residence and was disorderly.  Wilson was arrested and charged with third-degree criminal mischief.  He was arraigned and remanded to County Jail pending a preliminary hearing and court appearance.
 

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WJTN Headlines for Tuesday Jan 2,2018

Director of Emergency Services John Griffith is asking for Chautauqua County residents to clean off their mailboxes when clearing snow near their homes.
 
He says that emergency services have had difficulty reading house numbers and that by clearing off mailboxes, crews will be able to see house numbers easier from the road. 
 
 
There is a new executive in Chautauqua County as Irving Republican George Borrello was sworn-in during a special ceremony in Mayville yesterday afternoon. 
 
Borrello thanked everyone who helped him during the campaign, many of whom were in attendance at the County Courthouse.  He says he's ready to hit the ground-running today and pledged to work with the county legislature, all 1,200 plus county employees, and resident, to improve the area.
 
During his remarks after being sworn-in, Borrello singled out the man he succeeds Vince Horrigan, for laying the ground work for what he's hoping to do.  Borrello's "Elevating Chautauqua" platform has 10-points, which include boosting economic development, and continuing work towards stemming the Heroin and Opioid Drug Crisis in the county.  He adds that Borrello says he's already begun visiting the 100 businesses that he plans to go to in his first 100 days in office. 
 
Borrello was elected last November over Fredonia Democrat Mike Ferguson receiving 63-percent of the vote. 
 
 
Chautauqua County's new Executive was not the only elected official sworn-in in Mayville yesterday, as Gerry Republican Larry Barmore received the oath of office from County Court Judge David Foley. 
 
Barmore now begins his second, four-year term in the position.  He also thanked his supporters who were on hand and noted that running for county-wide office is "very difficult".
 
Barmore has been praised for being able to move the Clerk's office forward at a time where several retirements left positions open that he had to fill.  He had to replace almost half of the people in the office. 
 
Barmore is also credited, along with Jamestown officials, for finding a new and better location for the Jamestown Department of Motor Vehicles Office.  He defeated Democrat LeeAnn Lazarony in last November's election.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Legislature begins it's 2018 session in Mayville this afternoon and will likely have a new chairman. 
 
Lakewood-area Republican Paul Wendel has been tapped by the GOP Caucus to head up the panel this year.  His selection will be acted on during today's 4 PM meeting. 
 
Wendel says he's honored to have the Republican's backing and looks forward to continuing to work with new Executive George Borrello, who he says has "a great vision for Chautauqua County."  Wendel spent the past year as the Legislature's Majority Leader for the GOP.  He was Assistant Majority Leader the previous two years. 
 
 
A man from Ohio is facing driving while under the influence charges for allegedly driving a snowmobile while intoxicated in the town of Chautauqua early yesterday morning. 
 
Sheriff's officers say they made contact with the operator of the snowmobile identified as 33 year-old Douglas Emery of Ashland just before 3 AM.  Emery was found to be intoxicated and taken into custody. 
 
Deputies say he refused a breath test and was held at the Chautauqua County Jail on pre-arraignment bail.  He is scheduled to appear in court at a later date and time. 
 
 
There are now four states in the U-S that require employers to give workers paid time off to care for a new baby or a sick loved one. 
 
New York joined California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island in the move.  But local State Assemblyman Andy Goodell says the Paid Family Leave Law appears to be a mixed-bag for New Yorkers. 
 
The program is funded by employee payroll deductions, but Goodell says employers also wind up paying for health insurance and other items, too.  He adds that there's only a benefit to two certain groups of people.
 
The new benefits will apply to about 6-and-a-half million private-sector workers in New York and, will be phased-in over the next four years. 
 
In 2018, state officials say workers will be able take up to eight weeks of paid leave and, receive 50-percent of their average wage up to a cap weekly cap of $652.  When the phase-in is complete in 2021, they'll be able to take up to 12 weeks at two-thirds of their average weekly wage.
 
 
A convicted murderer whose prison break captivated the nation says he uncovered a way to escape from another maximum-security facility in New York. 
 
But, this time David Sweat said he detailed the plan involving a makeshift tool to corrections officials, asking for extra weekly visits from his girlfriend in exchange. 
 
Sweat and another inmate, Richard Matt, escaped from New York's Clinton Correctional Facility in 2015.  They were caught after three weeks.  Matt was shot and killed. 
 
In an interview with The New York Times, Sweat said he told corrections officials how he would break out of New York's Five Points Correctional Facility.  He says officials transferred him to a different prison about 90 miles away and didn't grant any perks.  State corrections officials confirmed Sweat provided details on possible "security vulnerabilities."
 
 
A Tidioute man was sent to the hospital following a single-car accident in Warren County, Pennsylavnia Monday afternoon. 
 
State Police in Warren say the crash occurred as 54 year-old Douglas Sager was traveling near the intersection of Market Street with Jackson Street in Conewango Township just after 3:30 PM.  Troopers say Sager's vehicle struck a crossing signal pole and struck a traffic light pole causing the light to lose power. 
 
Multiple airbags were deployed in Sager's vehicle.  He was taken to Warren General Hospital for suspected minor injuries.  Troopers were assisted on scene by the Warren Volunteer Fire and Conewango Police Departments.

 

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WJTN News Headlines for Jan. 1, 2018

Happy new year!

 
 
 
It's a brutally cold morning and, get ready for some more lake effect snow...
 
However, the parts of Chautauqua County that have been buried by several feet of snow in the past week won't see that much through early Tuesday.  Meteorologist Jon Hitchcock with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says a Wind Chill Advisory ends at 10 this morning and, we are now under a Winter Weather Advisory through 4 a.m. tomorrow. Hitchcock says wind chills will be in the range of 10 to 20 below zero through mid-morning today.  That trend isn't going to be changing much through the week.  After a slight warm-up Tuesday and Wednesday, Hitchcock says we'll be back into the single digits for a high on Thursday.  He adds Friday will be even colder, adding we'll be hard pressed to reach zero during the day and, we'll be well below zero heading into Saturday.  
 
 
 
A working sprinkler system inside an apartment on Jamestown's southside held a bathroom fire in check...
 
...and prevented major damage to the building.  City Fire Lieutenant Tim Glenn says crews were called to the scene at 262 Forest Avenue shortly after 8 PM last Saturday and, they found flames coming from the second-story bathroom area.  Crews got the flames out within minutes.  Glenn says investigators found that combustibles too close to a hot water tank triggered the flames.  An off-shift was called in to assist.  No injuries were reported.  Fire damage was confined to the bathroom area.  Firefighters were at the scene until shortly before 11 PM.
 
 
 
Reducing the city of Jamestown's personnel costs may be the best way to get the city out of the financial hole it has found itself in the past couple of years. 
 
Those are the feelings of new, at-large City Councilman Andrew Liuzzo, who says he understands that there collective bargaining agreements involved.  However, Liuzzo says the city should be negotiating from the stand-point of a city that no longer has 45,000 people with most of them working.
 
Liuzzo says engaging in new talks could bring down the costs in areas from health insurance, to actual salaries.  City officials have said that lay-offs cannot be considered because 'Impact' payments would have to be paid to the Police, Fire and other unions that have minimum staffing clauses.  Liuzzo says he would also like to see more work done to provide long-term help for addicts caught up in the area's Heroin and Opioid Abuse crisis.  On the treatment side, work has begun on a new, long-term treatment facility at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital that will provide longer treatment periods for people trying to beat addiction. 
 
 
 
It's a new year and a new start for Chautauqua County with the swearing in of new County Executive George Borrello. 
 
Borrello says he has been working feverishly to get ready to hit the ground running prior to today.  His Inauguration is set for 1 p.m. today at the County Courthouse in Mayville.  County Clerk Larry Barmore will also be given the oath of office for the second time by County Court Judge David Foley.  Meantime, the County Legislature's annual re-organizational meeting, during which the entire legislature will be sworn-in, will take place tomorrow at 4:00.
 
 
 
A Sherman man was injured when he was thrown from his snowmobile as he pulled off a trail and in front of a car in the town of Chautauqua late last Friday night. 
 
Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene shortly on the Stockton-Hartfield Road after 10 p.m. and, found that 35 year-old Gregory Auge was crossing the road -- off Snowmobile Trail 4-E -- when he failed to yield to the car.  Officers say the driver of the car, 33 year-old Joshua Luce of Forestville, was eastbound when the crash occured.  Deputies say Auge was thrown from the sled and, was treated before being taken to a nearby hospital.  
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Sheriff's officers are reminding all snowmobilers to be cautious when they are out riding and to make sure you are paying attention to the signage that is placed on the trails by the snowmobile clubs.  Riders are also asked to use extra caution when crossing any roadway.
 
 
 
One person was hurt, but not seriously, when his car struck a jacknifed tractor-trailer on Interstate 86 in the town of Sherman early last Friday night. 
 
Sheriff's officers say the big-rig, operated by 62 year-old Covic Ismet of Lakewood, Ohio, was westbound shortly after 8 p.m. when the tractor-trailer skidded on the snow-slicked road, and jacknifed into the median.  Deputies say the car, driven by 59 year-old Robert Blake of Copley, Ohio was right behind the vehicle, and could not stop.  Officers say the car then crashed into the back of the trailer.  Blake was taken to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie for treatment of minor injuries.  The crashed forced the closing of the westbound lanes on I-86 for a short-time while the scene was cleared.  No charges have been filed.
 
 
 
Two people from the Jamestown-area have been arrested for allegedly shop-lifting items from the Lakewood Wal-Mart Super Center last last week. 
 
Lakewood-Busti Police add that one of the suspects, identified as 50 year-old Miguel Rivera-Morales, had previously been issued a notice of restriction to stay off the Fairmount Avenue property.  Officers say he stole some items and was arrested along with 52 year-old Lillian Lebron-Guzman.  Police say she was allegedly found with several items, including pet food and cutlery that she did not pay for.  Morales is charged with third-degree burglary, while Guzman was charged with petty larceny.
 
 
 
A woman with developmental-disabilities who became the face of local fund-raising efforts for The Resource Center passed away during 2017. 
 
Resource Center Community Relations Director Steve Waterson told us last November that Silver Creek's Laurel Hoteling died at the age of 54 at a Buffalo-area hospital.  Waterson says she had been struggling with health issues for the past year or so.
 
Waterson says Laurel was born with Downs Syndrome, but her parents -- Wayne and Elaine -- elected to "mainstream" her as much as possible. She became well-known for being the inspiration for "Laurel Run," which was named in her honor.  However, she was unable to attend this year's event.  Waterson says Wayne Hoteling called him with the news last November 13.
 
 
 
An Ashland, Ohio man is facing DUI charges for allegedly driving a snowmobile while intoxicated in the Town of Chautauqua early this morning.
 
Deputies say they made contact with the operator of the snowmobile--identified as 33 year-old Douglas Emery-- just before 3:00. Emery was found to be intoxicated and taken into custody. Deputies say he refused a breath test and was held at the Chautauqua County Jail on pre-arraignment bail. He is scheduled to appear in court at a later date and time. 
 
 
 
An Irving teen was arrested New Years Eve for allegedly threatening to kill a person with a knife in Silver Creek.
 
Sheriff's deputies say the incident occured on Babcock Avenue in the Village. Further investigation revealed 18 year-old Nathan Zaczor displayed a pocket knife at an individual and threatened to kill the person. Kaczor was taken into custody and charged with second-degree menacing. He is to appear in Silver Creek court at a later date.
 
 
 
 

 

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WJTN Headlines for Friday Dec. 29, 2017

The lake effect snow machine has died down for the moment but, more is on the way. 
 
In addition don't expect any break from the frigid temperatures until into the early part of 2018.  That's the word from Meteorologist Dave Thomas of the National Weather Service in Buffalo. 
 
Thomas says temperatures will remain below normal for the next several days.
 
In addition, Thomas says we are not done dealing with lake effect snow.  A Winter Storm Watch has been issued from this afternoon through Sunday morning. 
 
Thomas says the next round of lake effect should be mainly along the Lake Erie shoreline and will start up during the daylight hours today.  The affected areas will include Ripley, Westfield and Dunkirk.  Storm totals of 12 to 20 inches are expected from this afternoon through much of Saturday.
 
 
The Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club and several other clubs in Chautauqua County opened their trails for the season yesterday.
 
That from Membership Coordinator Matthew Terrill, who says that despite a great lake effect snowfall in Mayville, groomers are out clearing trails.
 
Terrill says snow banks at road crossings are a major concern because some are 6-feet high, or taller making for a dangerous drop off for snowmobilers.  With current conditions, he recommends that more advanced snowmobilers come out to visit the area through the weekend.  Otherwise, he says ride with caution. 
 
Snow may be hiding branches or fallen trees some spots.  The trail to Busti is the only one not open.  For the latest information on the over 400 miles of trails in the county,  Terrill says to visit ChautauquaSnow.com
 
 
A city man accused of stangling and punching his girlfriend during a domestic violence incident on Jamestown's southside late Thursday morning. 
 
Jamestown Police were called to the area of Barrows and King Streets about 10 a.m. on a report of a domestic incident.  When they arrived, officers say they spoke with the unidenfied victim, who told them that her boyfriend had choked and punched her several times during an argument. 
 
The boyfriend, identified as 34 year-old William Bean was found by police a short time later and arrested for third-degree assault and criminal obstruction of breathing. 
 
Officers also ran a background check on Bean and, found he had been convicted in a previous domestic violence incident within the past five years and, he was also charged with aggravated criminal contempt.  He was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
There is just a narrow window to pre-pay your January property taxes in Chautauqua County so they can be written off on your federal tax return for 2017. 
 
However, acting County Executive and Attorney Steve Abdella, who says the county late Wednesday issued 2018 tax warrants to local tax collectors, says check with your local tax tax collector first.  Abdella says you can also mail in your payment, but he says check the county's website first.
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an emergency order last Friday, which allows local tax warrants to be issued so property owners can pre-pay their town, city and county taxes that come due in January. 
 
However, Abdella says you can't pre-pay your village or school taxes, which come later in the year.  Again, to find your tax liability go online to Chautauqua.NY.US/349/RealPropertyTax
 
Abdella adds that property tax payers should also consult with a taxing professional regarding the deductability of property taxes and, what method you should use to pay.
 
 
State officials say enrollment in health plans through New York's official marketplace has reached more than 4-million people.  That exceeds last year's enrollment by 700,000. 
 
The deadline for 2018 enrollment in a Qualified Health Plan is January 31st.  After that, individuals can enroll only if they have a life event such as loss of coverage, marriage or birth of a child that qualifies them for a special enrollment period. 
 
Enrollment in Medicaid, Child Health Plus and the Essential Plan continues throughout the year.  For information or to enroll in a health plan, visit the New York State of Health Marketplace online.
 
 
A special "New Year's" fundraiser for the Chautauqua County Humane Society will be held this coming Sunday night at La Familia Restaurant on the ground's of Chautauqua Institution. 
 
Chef Berk Lindquist says they'll be hosting the first-ever "Tucks and Tails" New Year's Eve "black-tie" event.  Lindquist says he got together with Humane Society Director of Communications Brian Papalia and others to create the event, half the proceeds of which will go to the Humane Society.
 
Lindquist says they'll serve hors 'deuvres from 8 to 9 p.m. Sunday, then begin serving from several food stations.  He says there will be a Beef Wellington carving station, along with seafood and Salmon.  Lindquist says there's also going to be desert, with a Chocolate Fountain, along with a cash bar and live music with space for dancing. 
 
There will also be a Midnighttoast included in the price.  The cost is $75 a person and $150 per couple.  There are also accomodations available for people not wanting the drive following the event.  For more information, call Berk Lindquist at La Familia at 357-2002.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Legislature last January unanimously approved a new chairman during it's organizational meeting. 
 
Republican David Himelein of Findley Lake succeeded "Jay" Gould who held the position for the last five years.  Himelein served as majority leader before taking over his new duties.  He outlined his goals in his acceptance speech.
 
Himelein also says he will strive to keep property taxes as low as possible.  Republican members of the legislature chose Paul "PJ" Wendel of Lakewood as majority leader and, Democrats selected Jamestown's Chuck Nazzaro as minority leader.  More on this weekend's "Year-end" Community Spotlight program.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Thursday Dec. 28, 2017

The eastern ends of Lakes Erie and Ontario in New York state have been getting pouned by lake effect snow the past three days and, have produced some impressive snowfall totals. 
 
Officials in communities near both lakes are asking residents to avoid driving on local roads so crews can remove 4 to 5 feet of snow that has fallen since Christmas Day.  Heavy, lake-effect snow is being blamed for causing crashes and stranding vehicles in Chautauqua and, Oswego Counties. 
 
Officials in the town of Boylston in the Tug Hill Plateau area say people should stay off local roads so plow drivers can make traveling safer. 
 
 
The lake effect snow continued to pile up late yesterday in communities across the Chautauqua Ridge. 
 
So far, there's been more than 40 inches of the white stuff in Perrysburg in Cattaraugus County.  But, there's even more snow on the ground in the village of Mayville.  That from Mayor Marty Bova, who tells us they had nearly four-feet on the ground yesterday morning but, we understand that's now about 5-feet of the white stuff. 
 
The village had problems with its sidewalk plow Tuesday.  Bova says they are renting one while repairs are being made.  He says their Bobcat broke down, and they had to get one from Southern Tier Trailer. 
 
Bova says they rented one from Southern Tier, and tried to play catch up yesterday.  Bova says it looks like a Winter wonderland, but the mayor hopes the current lake effect snow event ends soon.
 
 
Snow continued to fall late Wednesday in Erie, Pennsylvania, and surrounding areas that already have seen a record amount of snow over the past few days. 
 
The National Weather Service office in Cleveland says at least an additional 5 to 10 inches are expected through Wednesday
 
The storm brought 34 inches of snow on Christmas Day, an all-time daily snowfall record for Erie.  Another 24.5 inches fell by Tuesday night, bringing the total since December 23rd to more than 62.9 inches. 
 
 
A Connecticut woman is being treated for non-life threatening injuries after losing control of her car, and it crashed into a guard rail on Interstate 86 in the town of Sherman. 
 
Sheriff's officers say 20 year-old Alicia Cavazos of Hartfield was traveling on the highway just before 6 a.m. Wednesday, when she lost control on the snow-slicked road, and, the vehicle struck the guard rail.  She was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for evaluation and treatment.
 
 
A former corrections officer at a state prison facility in Brocton has been charged with raping an inmate. 
 
State police say 41-year-old James Beam, Junior of Silver Creek, was also charged with several counts of official misconduct.  Troopers say Beam was charged after an investigation into an unlawful personal relationship with an inmate while working at the Lakeview Shock Incarceration Facility. 
 
Police say Beam was issued an appearance ticket at the direction of the county district attorney's office.  He's scheduled to appear in Portland Town court next month. 
 
 
State financial leaders are projecting as much as a $4-billion budget deficit in New York state heading into next year. 
 
However, a local state legislator says it's still too soon to tell.  State Assemblyman Andy Goodell says the annual spending plan is based on a number of assumptions. 
 
Goodell says if the state keeps spending in line like it has in recent years, the deficit won't be that big.  However, he says a lot will be determined by what the state does if the Trump Adminstration decides to halt the Medicare Expansion in the Affordable Care Act.
 
Goodell says that one plus is the way the stock market has been going, with it now over the 24,000 level.  He adds that how bonuses are paid out will also be critical.  The state legislative session will begin next week with Governor Andrew Cuomo's state of the State Address.
 
 
Winter weather has hindered the Salvation Army of Jamestown from reaching their goal of $112,000 through the annual Red Kettle Campaign.
 
However, despite the $11,000 shortfall, Captain Kim Merchant says that there is still time to help.
 
Merchant says that they raised $101,000 through the campaign. She says they added almost 100 more families and children in need to help this year. 
 
Merchant hopes that those who "have" will realize there are many who do not. Additionally, Merchant says that those looking to donate can write checks to the Salvation Army through New Years' Day.
 
If they don't meet the goal this year, Merchant says that they may have to cut services such as rental assistance for families who need help paying their rent. 
 
Donations can be sent to the Salvation Army of Jamestown at their 83 South Main Street address or call 664-4108.
 
 
 

Gas prices in the Jamestown area have dropped by about four cents to $2.71 for a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel.

 

That from AAA's weekly gas price report which, says gas inventories in the East Central region have increased by 1.2-million barrels on the week despite an increase in driving demand.

 

AAA says that prices were 26-cents cheaper at this time last year with a gallon of gasoline priced at $2.47 On the national front gas prices jumped by 2-cents to $2.44.

 

AAA says the increase at the pump could reflect the increase in driving through the holiday season.

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WJTN Headlines for Wednesday Dec. 27, 2017

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting, and seriously hurting a two-month old child on the city's southside. 
 
City police were called to the scene at 98 Myrtle Street about 5 a.m. Tuesday and, found that the child had been taken initially to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital.  Officers say following a brief investigation, they arrested 30 year-old Rory Davis, Junior for second-degree assault and, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. 
 
Police say the child was transferred to Children's Hospital in Buffalo, where the infant is is "very serious condition."  Davis is being held pending arraignment in City Jail.
 
 
The lake effect snow that has buried parts of the western Southern Tier, including Chautauqua County, will ease up through the morning. 
 
However, we'll be seeing bitterly cold temperatures the next two nights.  That from Meteorologist Steve Welch with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, who says our Lake Effect Snow Warning remains in place until 6 p.m.tonight, especially to the north and west of Jamestown.
 
By late yesterday,  Welch says Perrysburg, in Cattaraugus County had received 32-inches of snow from the Christmas snow event.  Mayville was also getting above the one-foot mark, along with the Dunkirk-Fredonia area. 
 
We had a couple of lake effect bursts yesterday in the immediate Jamestown-area, which brough about 3 to 4-inches of snow into last evening.  Highs today will only make it into the low teens and, lows tonight and, Thursday night will be in the low single-numbers.
 
 
Forecasters say a Christmas storm dumped a record amount of snow on the Pennsylvania city of Erie and surrounding areas. 
 
The National Weather Service office in Cleveland says the storm brought 34 inches on Christmas Day a new all-time daily snowfall record for Erie. 
 
And another 19 inches fell before dawn Tuesday, bringing the total to 53 inches the greatest two-day total in commonwealth history.  The previous record was the 44 inches that fell in Morgantown in March 1958. 
 
The city of Erie issued a snow emergency, citing "dangerous and impassable" roads, and asked residents to stay off city streets until the snow stops and roads can reopen.   
 
State police and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation are urging people to avoid travel, citing poor visibility and deteriorating conditions.
 
 
There were several strides made in Chautauqua County during the four-years Vince Horrigan was county executive. 
 
However he is also quick to say that others including the county legislature, helped him solve problems.  Horrigan noted during his last appearance as executive on our "Community Spotlight" program that he was most proud of the fact that during his tenure government was fairly non-partisan.  He says that helped the county made some good strides in economic development.
 
Horrigan adds that the legislature was able to move forward on a number of fronts, starting with the decision to sell the County Home in Dunkirk and, increase the sales tax by half-a-percent to help plug a six-million dollar "structural deficit" in the county's budget. 
 
However, he says there were also a few disappointments, with the biggest was not being able to do more to deal with the local Heroin and Opioid Drug crisis.  Horrigan says the resulting growth in the county jail population has also been troublesome but, he believes the county will soon get it's arms around that issue.  
 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo says a special task force created to crack down on illegal tobacco has seized more than $6 million worth of contraband cigarettes and cigars this year. 
 
The Democrat announced Tuesday that the $6.6 million seized in 2017 is $1 million more than what authorities hauled in last year.  The contraband included more than 1.5 million illegal cigars and 47,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes. 
 
The state's Cigarette Strike Force also seized 134,000 counterfeit tax stamps and nearly $445,000 in cash.  Cuomo says the crackdown resulted in the arrests of 85 cigarette and tobacco smugglers who face more than $7 million in fines.  The governor directed the state Tax Department in 2014 to create the strike force to focus on illegal tobacco smuggling and sales.
 
 
A long-time radio newsman from New York City who also anchored WJTN's "Medical Journal" for many years, has died. 
 
Lou Adler died last Friday in Meridian, Connecticut at the age of 88.  His death at a nursing home, was confirmed by his daughter, Valerie Adler, who said he had Alzheimer’s disease.  Adler's program was heard daily on WJTN.
 
Adler's program covered the gamut of medical conditions, from headaches to transplants.  Adler was a 1952 graduate of the SUNY College at Fredonia and, began his radio career in New York in 1959 at WCBS-AM.  He worked for CBS as a reporter on radio and, briefly, on television before returning to radio in 1967 as an anchor when the station switched to a news format.  He became news director in 1971.
 
 
A vehicle struck and killed a horse in the town of Busti this past Monday night. 
 
The Jamestown Post-Journal reports that the crash occurred around 7:30 PM near the intersection of Kortwright and Big Tree Roads.  The paper says one person has reportedly been injured in the crash with unknown severity. 
 
A Chautauqua County road crew was called to move the animal from the road.  The horse was reportedly dead by the time the crew arrived.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Tuesday Dec. 26, 2017

A Gerry man is jailed for allegedly holding his girlfiend and two children at gun-point during a brief stand-off early last weekend. 
 
State Police in Jamestown say they arrested 33 year-old Richard Sendall without incident following the incident, which began about 9:30 a.m. last Saturday on Wilson Road.  Troopers say the 31 year-old victim called in the complaint. 
 
State Police set up a perimeter and, Sendall surrendered.  The young children were located in good health, along with the woman.  Troopers say they seized loaded firearms from the Sendall residence.  They arrested him on several charges including second-degree assault, and unlawful imprisonment. 
 
While being booked, Sendall claimed he was having a medical emergency.  Troopers administered first aid and he was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment before being arraigned.
 
 
An Ashville man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting another person last weekend and, being found in possession of several guns. 
 
Sheriff's deputies say they were called to an undislosed location in the town of Harmony last Saturday night on a report of a person with a weapon.  Officers say they also found that 56 year-old Sean Reardon had thrown an object at another person during an argument, injuring them. 
 
Deputies further discovered that Reardon is a convicted felon and, is not allowed to have firearms in his possession.  Reardon was arraigned on charges of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and, third-degree assault and sent to the county jail with bail to be set.
 
 
 
Two Brocton men are accused of assaulting two other people with a large tire and a BB-gun in the village early last weekend. 
 
Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene in the village about 2 a.m. Friday, and found that a male victim had been shot in the face with the BB-gun.  Officers say they found that 31 year-old Justin Stalter and 23 year-old Daniel Gilbert started an altercation with the two victims. 
 
They accuse Stalter and Gilbert of first rolling the tire across the road and hitting a female victim, then fired the BB-gun at them.  Both victims were struck, with the male getting hit in the face.  He was treated for the wound. 
 
Stalter and Gilbert were arraigned on warrants for second-degree assault, harassment, and reckless endangerment and, sent to the county jail with bail to be set.
 
 
Infrastruture and development projects in the city of Jamestown will be receiving state funding in the latest round of funding from the western New York Regionial Economic Development Council program. 
 
That from Mayor Sam Teresi, who says the largest allocation, $140,000 will go towards a $700,000 streetscape project on West Second Street.  Teresi says it'll take place between Washington and Jefferson Streets, between the Northwest Arena and National Comedy Center.
 
Teresi says the other $560,000 for the effort will come from a grant from the Gebbie Foundation.  He says the city and Jamestown Renaissance Corporation are also receiving an $80,000 grant for an update of the city's 12-year-old Urban Design Plan.  Teresi says most of the recommendations in the plan have been implemented. 
 
In addition, Teresi says there'll be a $100,000 grant to put together a new "City Market" where the Renaissance Corporation hold's it's indoor market to create a "year-round" market area in the city.  He made his comments for last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group Stations.
 
 
Governor Cuomo is proposing new rules for online campaign ads to ensure voters know who is behind the content. 
 
The Democrat said early last weekend that on-line ads should be held to the same scrutiny as traditional campaign advertisements for print, TV and radio.  He wants lawmakers to approve rules requiring online ads to include the name of the group paying for the content. 
 
In addition, platforms like Facebook would be directed to maintain a public file containing greater information about campaign ads. 
 
 
Another aspect of the Tax Reform and Jobs Act that local Congressman Tom Reed likes is doubling the Child Tax Credit to 2-thousand dollars for each child. 
 
Reed says it's part of a two-part boost to American families.  The Corning Republican adds that the legislation will also bring "refundability" up to $1,400.  Federal officials say that means the credit could reduce your tax liability below zero and you would still be able to receive a tax refund. 
 
Reed believes that will help move more families out of poverty. The cut off for the tax credit would increase from $110,000 to $400,000 for married couples filing jointly.  However, the expanded credit ends after 2025.  Reed made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.

 

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News Alert for Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2017

(**Alert!!)I-86 being closed from Stow to Pennsylvania State Line....

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department Dispatch is announcing that state DOT officials are closing all of Interstate 86 from Stow to the Pa. State line due to impassable driving conditions.  Dispatchers say the on ramp closing gates are being lowered at Sherman for I-86 due to the impassable road conditions.

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News Headlines for Sat., Dec. 23, 2017

Change-over from rain to snow begins, colder air on the way...
Our change-over from warm-up to a severe cool-down is underway... and, it's wrecking havoc on north county roads... especially the state Thruway.  Chautauqua County police dispatchers have sent a number of crews to the superhighway between Ripley and Portland due to a quick change over from wet, to icy conditions.  Officials say that'll be the case through the afternoon as colder air moves into the region.  There was also some snow with the colder air.  Generally... we'll see about 1 to 3 inches of new snow.  Forecaster Bob Hamilton with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says we are under a Winter Weather Advisory through tonight... and, adds that cooler temperatures will be here for a while as a cold front crosses the region.
 
 
Gerace urges motorists to be safe during the Holiday Travel period...
The busy holiday travel period is underway with AAA forecasting that more than 107-million Americans will take to planes, trains, and automobiles now through Monday, January 1st.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says it's important that motorists think safety while traveling.  He says pay attention to weather conditions, buckle your seat belt, put down the phone, and don't drink and drive.  With challenging winter weather in the forecast... Gerace says it's important to make sure you vehicle is ready before hitting the highway.  He says people often wait until the snow has started falling to get their snow tires on... and, he says make sure your wiper-blades are in good shape. 
 
 
Cuomo signs measure to allow for pre-paying property taxes in wake of federal tax changes in 2018...
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says taxpayers can soften the blow of the federal tax overhaul by paying some of their local property taxes now so they can deduct the payments from their 2017 federal taxes.  The Democratic governor signed an executive order late Friday allowing New Yorkers to pre-pay their 2018 taxes to local governments and schools by January 1st... and claim the deduction on their 2017 taxes.  The new tax code will cap the deduction for state and local taxes at $10,000.  Some local governments and school districts may have to issue tax warrants or take other steps to accept early payments.
 
 
Horrigan pleased to see Cuomo propose initiative to deal with Blue-Green Algal Blooms in Chautauqua Lake...
Outgoing Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan is applauding Governor Cuomo's proposed, $65-million initiative to address algal blooms in several lakes across New York state... including Chautauqua Lake.  Cuomo made the announcement late Thursday in Syracuse.  He says the "toxic mats" pose a threat to tourism and health in areas around those lakes.  Horrigan says his administration has been working hard on ways to eliminate the mats that appear in late Summer on the lake... and, have been working on land management, and installed a closed-sewer system around the lake.  Cuomo says the algal bloom problem is "here and now."  He says the proposal is a four-step plan to tackle the issue... and, says it will be part of his state of the State Address and budget plan to be released next month.  Horrigan says the blooms are difficult to deal with once they begin sprouting up.  He says it's very different than dealing with invasive weeds... and, you need to keep working on closed sewer, and farm run-off issues. 
 
 
Rotary Club to sponsor exhibit at new National Comedy Center...
The Rotary Club of Jamestown is donating $20,000 to sponsor the "Comedy as a Tool for Social Progress" exhibit space in the National Comedy Center.  Marketing and Communication Manager Brian Distefano says the interactive video production is based on social change through comedy.  Distefano says you'll see stories like Lenny Bruce being arrested for using language that is now considered more acceptable on TV, and others.  He says the exhibit will be in the main part of the 35,000 square-foot museum.  He says that the Comedy Center is grateful for the donation by the Rotary Club of Jamestown, because they have a long history of supporting successful projects in the city.  For more information... visit www.nationalcomedycenter.org.
 
 
St. Susan's Center to be open for Christmas Dinner...
Jamestown's largest soup kitchen will be open again on Christmas Day this year.  Executive Director Jeff Smith says the St. Susan's Center will be open this Monday -- Christmas Day -- from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., serving a traditional Christmas dinner.  All are welcome.
 

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WJTN Headlines for Friday Dec. 22, 2017

Three northwestern Pennsylvania residents were arrested on drug charges after drug agents allegedly found a large quantity of methamphetamine in a vehicle on the city's eastside Wednesday morning. 
 
Jamestown Police say an officer made a traffic stop at the intersection of East Second Street and Fourth Street.  During the traffic stop, officers were advised by dispatch that the operator of the vehicle, 26 year-old Kyle Hedderick of Union City, was wanted on a warrant out of Erie County, Pennsylvania. 
 
While arresting Hedderick, officers say they saw a container of suspected meth inside the vehicle.  The passengers were asked to get out, and police found what appeared to be a suspected one-pot meth bottle sticking out from a front seat.  The Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force and state Police C-CSERT teams were called in to assist. 
 
Police say a search warrant was obtained and inside the vehicle they found 4.3 grams of methamphetamine, 4 ounces of meth oil and drug paraphernalia
 
 
Two men have been arrested for allegedly shooting inside a home on Jamestown's southside early Wednesday evening and, endangering the people inside the residence. 
 
City Police Chief Harry Snellings says officers were called to the scene at 164 Barrett Avenue, near the corner with Cowden Place about 7:30 p.m. on a report of "shots fired." 
 
Snellings says they determined that there was a shooting incident, and arrested 35 year-old Douglas Beardsley, and 25 year-old Jarried Dean.  He says both face multiple charges.
 
Snellings says, while in jail, Dean was found to be in possession of two unprescribed Hydrocodone pills.  He adds that futher investigation showed that the firearm used in the shooting incident was stolen. 
 
Both men are being held in the city jail pending arraignment.  Snellings says the incident was not random but, was a targeted shooting.  
 
 
The National Weather Service is continuing a Winter Weather Advisory through Noon today for the western Southern Tier. 
 
Forecaster Aaron Reynolds says a warm front moving across the area late yesterday brought some precipitation late last night. He adds there will also be some ice accumulation which could result in a difficult morning commute.  He says the biggest concern is for freezing rain,  which he says can cause problems you don't see until you're on top of it. 
 
The Weather Service says ice accumulations around one-tenth of an inch are expected and, urge drivers to slow down and use caution while on the road. 
 
 
Jamestown police now say more than one juvenile has been arrested in connection with an "implied threat" against the Jamestown Public Schools Thursday morning that led to a "lock-out" district-wide. 
 
That from City Police Chief Harry Snellings, who confirms the juveniles allegedly made the threat and, school officials were alerted by a concerned parent.  Officials then notified the School Resource Officer, who then contacted city police. 
 
Snellings says the lock-out started at 9:55 a.m. and, ran until 10:25 AM.  School officials say the lock-out occured out of an "abundance" of caution.  No one was hurt. 
 
During a district-wide lock-out, no one is allowed to enter any of the schools.  It's not known if the "juveniles" involved were students.
 
 
Governor Cuomo says he is proposing a 65-million dollar plan to address algal blooms in several lakes across New York state, including Chautauqua Lake. 
 
The Democrat made the announcement late Thursday in Syracuse.  Cuomo says algal blooms, which proved problematic for several areas this past Summer, pose a threat to tourism and health in areas around affected lakes.  He says it's a problem that is "here and now.  We saw it this year and we don't want to see it in the coming years." 
 
The governor said a four-step, $65 million plan to tackle the issue would be included in his State of the State address and budget proposal at the beginning of 2018. Cuomo's plan calls for a "focused effort" on 12 lakes considered to be most vulnerable to developing algal blooms. Chautauqua Lake is one of three in the western New York region that would get help.
 
 
County Legislator George Borrello is less than two weeks away from becoming Chautauqua County's next Executive. 
 
Borrello on Wednesday night received a commendation from the County Legislature for his work as a member of the lawmaking body since 2010.  The Irving-area Republican says he's proud of his accomplishments and is ready to get to work.
 
Borrello says he held his last face-to-face meeting with his transition team earlier this week and, he's looking forward to visiting with 100 local businesses in his first 100 days in office. 
 
Borrello says there will be a swearing-in ceremony at the Chautauqua County Courthouse on New Year's Day as he prepares to succeed Vince Horrigan who is leaving office for retirement.
 
 
 
The man who has been Jamestown City Council president for the past nearly 10 years says he will miss being part of the panel in the new year but, will continue to be active in the local community. 
 
At-Large Councilman Greg Rabb will be overseas when the council hold's it's re-organizational meeting January 8th... so he made some parting remarks at this week's year-end meeting.  Rabb thanked the community for his five-terms on council, and he thanked his colleagues on the panel for their hard work.
 
Rabb also thanked the city's department heads for their hard work and responsiveness to Jamestown's residents and, members of the City Council.  He also thanked Mayor Sam Teresi for his work and dedication to the city. 
 
Rabb says sometimes residents don't appreciate what Teresi does, but he thanked him for helping him find "a home" in Jamestown.  He also thanked retired City Financial Services Director, and Clerk James Olson, for his dedication and hard work on behalf of the council.  He reiterated how pleased he was that council worked towards concensus on all matters before them. 

 

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News Bulletin for Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

(**News Alert)JPS on "Lock-Out" this morning after "implied threat" made; one arrest made...
A Juvenile is in custody for allegedly making an "implied threat" against the Jamestown Public Schools this morning that led to a "lock-out" district-wide.  That from City Police Chief Harry Snellings... who confirms the juvenile allegedly made the threat on social media.  Jamestown School officials say the lock-out started at 9:55 this morning... and, ran until 10:25 a.m.  School officials say the lock-out occured out of an "abundance" of caution.  No one was hurt.  During a district-wide lock-out... no one is allowed inside any of the schools.  

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WJTN Headlines for Thursday Dec. 21, 2017

Chautauqua County lawmakers have approved a proposal to establish an agency to oversee Chautauqua Lake. 
 
By an 18-0 vote, legislators approved the proposed Chautauqua Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Agency with no discussion Wednesday evening. 
 
County Executive Vince Horrigan says it was one of his top priorities as he prepares to leave office at the end of the month. Any recommendations from the agency would have to be acted on by the legislature, including the possible formation of a district. 
 
 
A city man has been sentenced to seven years in state prison following his conviction for holding another man against his will while in possession of a gun last Spring. 
 
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says 39 year-old Mark Diers was sentenced earlier this month by County Court Judge David Foley on one count of second-degree kidnapping.  In addition to the seven years in prison, Diers received five years post-release supervision. 
 
In addition, Swanson says another Jamestown man will spend 4-years in state prison for selling drugs.  The D-A says 38 year-old Scott Meachem received the term from Acting County court Judge Paul Wojtaszek for his conviction on two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Swanson says he'll also spend two years in post-release supervision. 
 
Finally, a Forestville man will spend three to six years in prison for third-degree burglary and driving while intoxicated.  Swanson says 31 year-old Thomas Brewster received the sentence early this month in county court.
 
 
Final approval of the federal Tax Cut and Jobs Act will "ensure" historic tax cuts for "hardworking Americans and launches a new era of economic opportunity, growth and job creation. 
 
Those are the feelings of local Congressman Tom Reed, after the House of Representatives, for the second time in two days, approved the tax reform measure.  Reed says it does keep, or enhances, some tax credit programs he believes will promote economic growth in his 23rd Congressional District.
 
Reed helped craft some of the proposal as part of the House Ways and Means committee, adding that he worked on such legislation for the past seven years.  He says "this is a once in a generation opportunity to transform our tax code and spark our economy.  Today we have opened the gates to a new wave of optimism and economic prosperity -- and I'm proud to be a part of it." 
 
Reed says the bill cuts tax rates on middle and working class Americans, doubles the standard deduction, doubles the child tax credit and, maintains the state and local tax deduction for income, sales, and property tax up to $10,000. 
 
 
Demonstrators chanted and protested outside the New York Stock Exchange to protest the Republican's tax overhaul, with more than a dozen people arrested after blocking the exchange's entrance. 
 
The crowd chanted, "Tax the rich, not the poor, we won't take it anymore" and "Kill the bill, don't kill us" as they gathered late Tuesday in New York City's financial district. 
 
They also held signs in the form of gravestones, saying things like "Died to help the rich get richer."  Some demonstrators then sat down in front of the exchange, and were arrested after police warnings. 
 
 
With the holiday season upon us, Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace is warning residents to be cautious of scams. 
 
Gerace says the Sheriff's Office has received multiple reports of recent telephone-based scams, including the "Grandparent Scam."  He says the Grandparent Scam usually involves a phone call from someone pretending to be a grandchild or relative in need of emergency assistance.  Scammers may also say that the "grandchild" has been involved in an accident or arrested. 
 
Additionally, Gerace says the scammers may pretend to be a lawyer, police officer or a judge, and direct the victim to money transferring services like Western Union.  They may also request that the victim purchase an iTunes card to make instant payment to "an attorney" or for bail. 
 
The scammers will use scare tactics to get the victims to comply.  If you receive a call like this, Gerace says hang-up and call the police if assistance is needed.
 
 
The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County is nearing it's general campaign goal of $1.325-million and, there is still time for residents to make "year-end gifts" to it. 
 
That from new United Way Director Amy Rohler, who says the effort is at 84-percent of it's goal.  Rohler anticipates wrapping up the campaign by the end of January, and praised the many United Way volunteers who help out with the campaign, and it's various divisions.
 
Rohler says the volunteers put forth a lot of work and energy to make the campaign a success.  She says the emphasis now is on individual "year-end" giving, as most workplace campaigns have now wrapped up. 
 
Campaign Chairwoman Jane Becker says the next few weeks are going to be critical.  Becker says "we hope to finish strong and we will not be able to achieve that without the support from our community." 
 
Rohler says 100% of every donation remains in Southern Chautauqua County to support 41 programs at 25 local agencies.  For more information, go on-line to UWayscc.org or call 483-1561.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Wednesday Dec. 20, 2017

A Jamestown man is jailed without bail on three outstanding warrants after he was found hiding inside a home on the city's eastside Monday afternoon. 
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers and members of the JPD SWAT Team were sent to 18 Hedges Street about 2 p.m. after being notified by a woman living there that some property was missing.  Samuelson says they then learned that 20 year-old Nyren Graham was spotted there.
 
Samuelson says they called in the SWAT Team to help locate Graham because the house was also the scene last October of a major drug raid that led to three arrests after three hand-guns, and 27-grams of cocaine was found.  He says Graham was wanted by police for a violation of his probation, and warrants for second-degree robbery and grand larceny.  He was arrested without incident and, arraigned before being sent to the county jail.
 
 
A residents group opposed to the re-opening of the former Jones-Carroll Landfill in the town of Carroll is meeting tonight in the wake of a new effort to buy the Dodge Road facility. 
 
Town Supervisor Jack Jones, Junior says the Carroll concerned Citizens will hold an informational session, press conference at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall to outline it's opposition to the latest proposal by Sealand Waste, LLC to obtain permits to operate the facility.
 
The Carroll Town Board approved a local law in 2007 that bans any new landfills from being located in the town.  Jones says the meeting by the concerned citizens is geared towards making sure everyone in the town knows what's going on and, that they need to voice their opposition to the proposal.  He says reopening the landfill to dump construction and demolition debris will destroy their water supply in Carroll, and Frewsburg. 
 
Jones says the state Department of Environmental Conservation opened up a 30-day comment period on Sealand's request for permits to re-open landfill.  He says comments will be accepted until January 12
 
 
The glitch in yesterday's House vote on a 2017 Tax and Jobs bill led to cancellation of a telephone conference call with local Congressman Tom Reed, who voted for the bill. 
 
The measure was adopted, 227-to-203 with all but 12 Republicans voting for it.  However, three provisions in the GOP's $1.5-trillion tax bill violate Senate rules and will likely be removed before that chamber votes on the measure. 
 
They allow those items to be passed in the Senate with a simple majority of 51-votes.  Officials say this means the House will have to vote again on the legislation this morning, once it's been amended and approved by the Senate.
 
 
The attorney for a local manufacturer's group has raised several issues with the city of Jamestown's proposed sale of it's wastewater treatment plant to the city's Local Development Corporation. 
 
Those include whether the city, and it's Board of Public Utilities, can make the transaction without a public referendum on the matter.  Edward Primo, who is based in Rochester, is representing the Manufacturer's Association of the Southern Tier.  He also argues that having the ratepayers paying off the $16-million being borrowed by the JLDC amounts to "double taxation."
 
On the need for a public referendum, Mayor Sam Teresi said in a taping for this week's "Community Spotlight" program that they are not talking about selling the "entire" wastewater treatment system. 
 
The proposal calls for just selling one "asset" the plant itself.  Teresi says it's a perfectly legal way to raise capital for the cash-strapped city.  He adds the Board of Public Utilities would continue to operate the plant.
 
 
A man from the village of Brocton was taken to the Chautauqua County lock-up on harrassment and resisting arrest charges Monday afternoon. 
 
Sheriff's Officers say they responded to the area of Central Avenue for a reported harrassment that had occurred.  After an investigation, deputies determined that 43 year-old Christopher Small made unwanted physical contact with a victim. 
 
As deputies tried to arrest him, Small physically resisted arrest.  After a brief struggle, officers were able to take Small into custody.  He was arraigned and sent to jail on 2-thousand dollars cash bail. 
 
 
The Salvation Army of Jamestown is had a very busy day Tuesday as families participating in holiday services including the Angel Tree program, picked up toys and food for Christmas. 
 
That from Captain Kim Merchant, who says they had some generous donations and anticipated helping more than 600 families this year. 
 
Merchant also says that the annual Red Kettle Campaign was ahead of their goal up until yesterday due to rainy weather conditions. 
 
Merchant says that while they're even with money raised last year she's confident the Salvation Army of Jamestown will reach their goal of $112,000 by December 23.
 
Merchant says the last day of the Red Kettle Campaign is this Saturday, December 23rd. However, donations can be made with a check by mail or dropped off to the Salvation Army at 83 South Main Street in Jamestown.
 
 
Gas prices in the Jamestown-area are holding steady this week, with the cost of regular, unleaded fuel at 2$.75 a gallon.
 
That from the AAA's latest Gas Price Report, which says four states across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region are paying some of the highest gas prices in the county, including Pennslvania, New York, Washington D-C and Connecticut.
 
However, prices did decrease on the week across the region.  The national average dropped three-cents to $2.43 per gallon, which is $0.12 cheaper than one month ago

 

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WJTN Headlines for Tuesday Dec. 19, 2017

City lawmakers have approved a resolution to begin the process of looking into the sale of Jamestown's wastewater treatment plant to the Jamestown Local Development Corporation.
 
In a unanimous vote, the City Council agreed to begin looking into a plan for the plant's "monetization, infrastructure and budget stablization."  Lawmakers heard several people during the earlier comment period raise many concerns over the proposal, which city leaders say would raise about $16-million to support capitol projects, and some operations.  Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says this is just the first-step of what will be a lengthy process.
 
Dolce says, unlike some residents stated earlier in the meeting, this is "not an 11th hour" resolution but, the start of a process in which the new City Council, the Board of Public Utilities, and the JLDC would all have to sign off on.
 
 
Several people some representing businesses or organizations spoke out earlier against the proposed sale of the city's wastewater treatment plan to raise needed money.
 
The two biggest concerns were that city lawmakers appeared to be rushing the process and, that there are still a number of unanswered questions about the move.  Manufacturer's Association of the Southern Tier Executive Director Todd Tranum says this move does not renew confidence in the business community.
 
Tranum noted that housing values have dropped in the city, based on what he and his family have paid for two homes in Jamestown, and then later took a loss on their sale. 
 
Local International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Representative Dave Wilkinson, says they represent the 15 workers at that plant and, says they deserve some answers about a possible sale's impact.  Another business representative, Wayne Rishell, expressed a number of concerns -- including the fact there is no set price yet on the plant itself. 
 
 
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly leading city police on a vehicle pursuit into the towns of Ellicott and Ellery early Monday  morning.
 
City police say they initially pulled over 21 year-old Damien Parisi for allegedly driving without his headlights on Camp Street near Hebner Street, about 1 AM.  However, officers say Parisi drove off through the city and, the two towns before being stopped on Route 430 near Bemus Point. 
 
JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says police deployed tire sticks to deflate the car's tires.  City police were assisted by Ellicott Town Police and, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department. 
 
Parisi was allegedly found with a quantity of crystal Methamphetamine, and is charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful fleeing and several other vehicle and traffic infractions.  He was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
The Jamestown man convicted of shooting and killing his estranged wife during a domestic incident just over a year ago will spend the next 25 years in state prison.
 
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says 37 year-old Keith Robbins received the sentence in county court Monday morning for first-degree manslaughter in the death of his 36 year-old wife, Sheri. 
 
Swanson says he's pleased with the term handed down by County Court Judge David Foley, because is spares the Robbins' children from having to testify in a trial.
 
Swanson says even if they were able to get a conviction for second-degree murder, Robbins still could have only received a 15 year-to-life sentence.  He called the case "heart-breaking" for Keith and Shari Robbins' 12 and 14 year-old children. 
 
Under the plea deal, Swanson says Robbins waived his right to appeal on most aspects of the case.  He says Robbins will also spend five-years in post-release supervision.  Robbins did not address the court prior to sentencing.  
 
 
The annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" national crackdown is already underway and, several local police agencies are involved.
 
That from Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace, who is the county's STOP-DWI campaign coordinator.  Gerace says his department receives funding from the state's "Stop DWI Foundation" to help cover their costs to put out extra patrols during such crackdowns.
 
State Police are also taking part in the campaign, which began last Friday and, continues through New Year's Day, Monday, January 1.  Besides sobriety checkpoints and patrols, troopers say they will be watching for distracted drivers, those who are not properly buckled up.
 
 
A city man has been jailed on a felony weapons charge after for allegedly displaying a firearm in Jamestown early Sunday morning. 
 
City officers say they responded to a report of a man displaying a firearm at another person in the area of 164 Barrett Avenue before fleeing in a vehicle. 
 
Police say a traffic stop was made after a car matching the description was found.  Officers identified the suspect as 30 year-old Shane Corrigan, who they accuse of being in possession of a loaded firearm.  He was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
Planning for the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1969 Woodstock concert is already underway, and it's getting a big boost from New York state.
 
The Poughkeepsie Journal reports the Regional Economic Development Council awards announced earlier this week by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo include nearly $690,000 dollars for the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, located on the site of the original Woodstock Music and Art Fair. 
 
The three-day concert held in August 1969 drew more than 400,000 rock music fans to Max Yasgur's farm in the Sullivan County town of Bethel. 
 
Bethel Woods will use the state funding for the 2019 anniversary event, also planned as a three-day festival.  The 11-year-old, 15,000-capacity venue features a 4,500-seat amphitheater with a sloping lawn and a Woodstock museum.

 

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**News Bulletin - Mon., Dec. 18, 2017

(**News Bulletin) -- Robbins receives 25 years in prison shooting death of his wife in Nov. 2016...
The Jamestown man convicted of shooting and killing his estranged wife during a domestic incident just over a year ago will spend the next 25 years in state prison.  Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says 37 year-old Keith Robbins received the sentence in county court this morning for first-degree manslaughter in the death of his 36 year-old wife, Sheri.  Swanson says he's pleased with the sentence handed down by County Court Judge David Foley, because is spares the Robbins' children from having to testify in a trial....

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WJTN Headlines for Monday Dec. 18, 2017

The supervisor of a small town in Cattaraugus County and his wife, the town clerk-elect, have been struck and killed by a car.  In addition, the driver of the car has been arrested for vehicular manslaughter. 
 
The Post-Journal reports that Michael and Donna Phillips were walking to town hall on Route 353 and North State Street near Salamanca late Friday when they were hit by the car, driven by 27 year-old Kevin Donaldson, Jr. of Cattaraugus. 
 
Sheriff's officials in Little Valley say Phillips and his wife were both killed instantly.  No one in the car was seriously injured but, Donaldson is now charged with two counts of second-degree vehicular manslaughter, and one count of driving while intoxicated.  He was arraigned and jailed on $20,000 bail. 
 
Michael Phillips ran unopposed for re-election last month as Salamanca town supervisor.  Donna Phillips defeated incumbent Rosemary Shadden for town clerk by a vote of 117 to 41. 
 
 
The GOP tax reform plan that's before Congress was the major topic of discussion during local representative Tom Reed's three town hall meetings across Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties on Saturday. 
 
The Corning Republican told the crowd in Kennedy and Silver Creek that such items as the State and Local Tax deduction or SALT, the medical expense deduction, and an increase in the children's tax credit have been included in the final tax bill, which was released last Friday.  Reed says with the final plan, most residents would not itemize their taxes.
 
Reed was asked by a couple of residents in Silver Creek if he had read the final tax bill and why it is being rushed to a vote next week.  He said he's read the many bills the GOP has worked on for the past seven years.  He says if they delayed a vote to allow "everyone" to read it, he doubts they would ever act on it.  During the town halls, Reed noted that a vote is expected in the House on Tuesday.
 
 
Residents during the Silver Creek session also brought up concerns about the national debt. 
 
One person stated that the federal tax bill would increase the debt instead of lowering it.  Reed said that growing the economy in addition to getting spending under control, is what is critical to solving the debt crisis.  He says the $3.8-trillion the federal government spends each year must also come down. 
 
Reed also talked about the repealing of Net Neutrality by the Federal Communications Commission, saying that law was outdated. The town hall meeting in Silver Creek was carried on Facebook Live. 
 
 
The Cuomo administration says it will award another $100-million to revitalize downtowns in New York state. 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the third round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding Friday in a preview of his 2018 State of the State address to be delivered next month. 
 
The state will give awards of up to $10-million to communities in each of New York's 10 economic development regions.  Nearly two years ago, Jamestown was among the first recipients of the funding, receiving $10-million for several downtown projects.
 
 
His work in sales for a former supermarket chain in western New York has helped retiring Chautauqua Region Community Foundation director Randy Sweeney raise the foundation's profile. 
 
However, Sweeney says the raised profile has helped make the Jamestown-area "the best place it can be."  He says the foundation had about 200 different scholarship and other funds worth about 30-million dollars when first arrived in 1997. 
 
That number has grown to about 750 funds and, $94-million.  Sweeney had been Vice-President of Sales at Quality Markets before moving to the foundation.
 
Sweeney will be replaced by outgoing United Way of Southern Chautauqua County Executive Director Tory Irgang on January 1st.  He says the transition has gone smoothly, adding that Irgang has a very good understanding and knowledge of the community.  He says that's important because the foundation has relationships with "hundreds of individuals."  Sweeney made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
Residents of the Dunkirk City School District are calling for the reinstatement of a School Resource Officer following a recent incident involving the alleged stabbing of a Dunkirk school student. 
 
Parent Devin Freitas addressed the school board late last week, asking them to work quickly at reinstating the position.  He is calling on the school board to enhance safety in the District.  Superintendent James Tracy says the district is actively looking at possibly reinstating a SRO position. 
 
Tracy says funding does become an issue but, adds that the District is looking at ways to work around the cost factors.  The alleged stabbing was not reported to local police, or the media.
 
 
A Mayville man has pleaded guilty to causing the death of a motorcyclist and injuring three others in a crash last summer in Wyoming County. 
 
The District Attorney's office there says 29-year-old Joshua Huntress pleaded guilty late last week to aggravated vehicular homicide and assault. 
 
Prosecutors say Huntress had taken various controlled substances on July 9th and then attempted to drive from a motel in Warsaw back to Chautauqua County.  He was traveling on Route 20A in the town of Orangeville when his vehicle plowed into two motorcycles.  A passenger on one, a 66-year-old woman from North Tonawanda, died.

 

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News Headlines for Sat., Dec. 16, 2017

Two people killed in Salamanca car-pedestrian accident...
Two people were killed when they were struck by a car in the Cattaraugus County Town of Salamanca early last evening.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley were called to the scene at the intersection of Route 353 and North State Street just after 5:30 p.m., and, found the two victims dead at the scene.  No identifies have been revealed.  Deputies say the driver of the car was not hurt... but, a passenger was taken to Olean General Hospital for unspecificed injuries.  Officers say the accident remains under investigation, and charges are pending. 
 
 
National Weather Service continues Lake Effect Snow Warning through this afternoon...
The National Weather Service is continuing a Lake Effect Snow Warning through this afternoon for much of southwestern New York... including Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties.  The Weather Service's Buffalo office issued the warning yesterday morning.  Forecaster Jim Mitchell says the Dunkirk-Fredonia and Silver Creek areas are getting most of the snow today.  He says northern parts of the county will received 2-inches of snow an hour at times before weakening and moving into the Jamestown-area later in the afternoon.  Mitchell says snowfall totals will vary widely depending on where the bands set up.  He says the Jamestown-area will see another 3 to 5 inches of snow before the system breaks up.  Winds have varied in some areas... but, will weaken through the afternoon after gusts reached 30-plus miles an hour last night and overnight.  The complete forecast is coming up.
 
 
One person found decreased in Fredonia apartment after fire...
An apartment fire at One Temple Square in the village of Fredonia has turned fatal.  Fredonia firefighters responded to a general fire alarm around 3 p.m. Friday.  Second Assistant Fredonia Fire Chief and Information Officer Kurt Maytum says... when crews reached the scene... they learned about the fire and were able to confined the flames to one room.  Maytum adds that's also when they found the victim.  The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team and a Chautauqua County Coroner were also called to the scene.  The name of the victim has not been released at this time.  Firefighters had to ventilate smoke from the building before residents could return to their apartments.  Fredonia firefighters were assisted by Dunkirk at the scene. 
 
 
Mayville man pleads guilty to causing death of motorcyclist last Summer...
A Chautauqua County man has pleaded guilty to causing the death of a motorcyclist and injuring three others in a crash last summer in Wyoming County.  The District Attorney's office there says 29-year-old Joshua Huntress, of Mayville, pleaded guilty late this week to aggravated vehicular homicide and assault.  Prosecutors say Huntress had taken various controlled substances on July 9th and then attempted to drive from a motel in Warsaw to Chautauqua County.  He was traveling on Route 20A in the town of Orangeville when his vehicle plowed into two motorcycles.  A 66 year-old woman riding on one of the motorcycles suffered fatal injuries.  The man she was riding with and the couple on the other motorcycle suffered serious injuries. 
 
 
Flu Season hitting south hard...
Health officials say the Deep South is among the hardest-hit regions of the nation so far this flu season.  In its latest update on influenza activity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta identifies seven states reporting widespread flu activity, and all but one are in the South: Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Virginia.  The other state reporting widespread influenza activity is Massachusetts.  The Georgia Department of Public Health says this year's flu season is likely to be a rough one nationwide. 
 

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WJTN Headlines for Friday Dec. 15, 2017

A vacant, two-story house on Jamestown's eastside had to be torn-down late yesterday morning after flames destroyed the structure during the overnight house fire. 
 
City Fire Battalion Chief Sam Salemme says firefighters were called to the scene at 320 Stowe Street about 3 a.m. Thursday.  He says they found a lot of fire coming from the upper floors and attic areas. 
 
Salemme says it took crews about two-hours to bring the flames under control, mainly due to safety issues.  He says they had to protect two nearby homes from exposure damage.  Salemme says there was some minor damage to one.
 
Salemme says no one was hurt in fighting the blaze and, an off-shift of 12 firefighters and a shift commander was called in.  He says firefighters were there until about 1 p.m. Thursday.  The cause is under investigation. 
 
 
A city man is recovering from a minor stab wound following an altercation involving two other men on Jamestown's southside Wednesday night. 
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the 21 year-old victim was stabbed during the attack in front of 125 Sampson Street shortly after 7:30 PM.  However, Samuelson says the victim was targeted.  He was treated at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for his wound. 
 
Samuelson adds the victim is not cooperating and, the two suspects are at-large.  If you have any information, call the JPD tips-line at 483-TIPS (8477).  You can also leave a message at their Tips 411 phone app.
 
 
Today is the last day of open enrollment for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act for 2018, a deadline even those with insurance should heed.
 
The open-enrollment window was cut in half this year and the federal budget for advertising it was slashed by 90-percent. But Scott Mulhauser, with Consumers for Quality Care, points out that despite efforts to repeal the program, it's still working.  And, it's important for everyone who needs insurance and those already in the marketplace to look at what's available.
 
With all the negative comments in the news about skyrocketing premium costs, some people may believe marketplace insurance is now simply unaffordable.  Mulhauser acknowledges that costs have gone up but, he adds subsidies have also gone up in some places.  Navigators are available to help consumers pick the right plan. 
 
Mulhauser adds that some policies may change their prescription plans, their co-pay or co-insurance requirements.  To enroll or change your plan in New York, you can go to NYStateofHealth.NY.gov
 
 
There would be no closure of West Second Street in Jamestown under the proposed expansion of the Northwest Arena in at the corner with Lafayette Street. 
 
That from Arena Board Co-Chairman Dave Leathers, who addressed city Council earlier this week about the city's proposed sale of that right of-way area to the Arena. 
 
Leather discussed plans for the addition, which would add office space, and a kid's zone area to the arena.  Mayor Sam Teresi reiterated what Leathers said and that is there would be no permanent closure of that part of West Second.
 
The City Council will vote next Monday on selling that small strip of the West Second Street right of way at Lafayette Street to the arena for the proposed expansion. 
 
However, Teresi and Leathers noted that the project is contingent on obtaining that property.  One the move has been agreed to, they say formal plans will go before the City Planning Commission for final site plan approval.
 
 
The annual Community "Holiday Haul" to benefit the St. Susan's Center in downtown Jamestown is underway and, collecting donations of food stuff and money through Saturdayafternoon. 
 
Jamestown Community College Athletic Director Keith Martin is back at the Jamestown Cycle Shop in Brooklyn Square for the event, which brings in food and other kitchen items to the St. Susan's Center.
 
Martin says they've set up the Jamestown Mattress Company truck in front of the Cycle Shop and, he says it was empty to begin with.  However things started picking up later. 
 
Martin says he'll be having members of various JCC sports teams and others on hand for this year's Holiday Haul.  He says he hope to raise more than the $14,000 in money they received last year. 
 
Martin says he'll be back at the Jamestown Cycle Shop today from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and, will be back there again tomorrow from 7a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
 
The state Health Department says influenza is now prevalent in New York state, which means health care workers who haven't had a flu shot must wear procedural masks around patients. 
 
Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker says everyone over 6 months old is encouraged to get a flu shot as soon as possible.  He says the vaccine is especially important for people at high risk of complications from flu, including children under 2, pregnant women and adults over 65. 
 
 
Flags at Dunkirk City Hall were lowered to half mast on Wednesday in memory of former Mayor Richard Frey who died at the age of 86. 
 
Frey served 10 years as the mayor of Dunkirk, from 2002 to 2012.  Officials say a Memorial Mass will be held Monday morning at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.  Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 1-6 p.m. at the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Thursday Dec. 14, 2017

Ten economic development regions in New York state are splitting $755-million in state funding. 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo made the annoucement at an event in Albany on Wednesday.  The money will support hundreds of local economic development efforts, including job training, subsidies for expanding businesses and funding for community organizations. 
 
Cuomo says this latest round of funding, along with others in the past, will be a critical point in the history of the upstate region.
 
This year's big winners in the Regional Economic Development Council awards include central New York, the Mohawk Valley, and, the Albany region, which each received more than $80 million.  Western New York received $68.8-million for a total of 112 projects, just over 20 are in Chautauqua County. 
 
Under Governor Cuomo, the state has awarded hundreds of millions of dollars to the 10 regions based on economic development proposals they submit to the state.
 
 
Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan says he's "very pleased" to see 23 local projects receiving about $9.5-million in Regional Economic Development Council funding. 
 
Horrigan was not in Albany for the announcement, but says he was pleased with the variety of projects awarded and, adds that twice as many projects received funding this year compared to 2016.
 
The bigger dollar awards are mainly for sewer projects around Chautauqua Lake.  Horrigan says $5-million will go towards extending service through the town of North Harmony the the westside of the lake.  However, he says the county will still have to raise some additional dollars for that. 
 
Horrigan adds that another $1-million will go towards providing closed sewer services in the Chautauqua Heights area near DeWittville.  He adds that Sinclairville is getting one-million dollars for water system improvements there.  Improvements to the Jamestown Chadakoin River Watershed for the riverwalk project will be receiving just over $313,000.   
 
 
One person has died in a house fire that occured in eastern Cattaraugus County about mid-afternoon Tuesday
 
State Police in Olean were called to the scene on Cooper Hill Road in the town of Humphrey about 2:45 p.m. and, once fire crews had the blaze under control, they discovered a body inside. 
 
The State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Cattaraugus County Fire Investigators say the fire appears accidental and, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene by the Cattaraugus County coroner.  The body will be examined by the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office in Buffalo for cause of death and identity. 
 
This is still an active investigation.
 
 
Gas prices in the Jamestown-area are holding steady this week, with the cost of regular, unleaded fuel at $2.75 a gallon.
 
That from the AAA's latest Gas Price Report, which says that's about $0.36 a gallon more at this time last year. However... compared to one month ago, motorists are paying less for a gallon of gasoline.
 
Triple-A says with a 2.4-million barrel build the region sits at 58.4-million barrels. It's the largest amount of inventory carried since the beginning of September for the region. Nationally, prices at the pump are down $0.02 on the week at $2.46. According to the Energy Information Administration, demand is just under 9-million barrels per day for the second week in a row.
 
Looking ahead, AAA says that drivers can expect prices to decrease as the fall demand for fuel tapers off. 
 
 
Three men face drug-related charges after authorities attempted to serve a New York State Parole arrest warrant on New Road in the town of Dunkirk earlier this week. 
 
Officers from State Parole, Dunkirk Police and the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office went to 3647 New Road to serve the warrant about 8 p.m. Monday
 
That from Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano, who says a search warrant was executed and that's when the illegal drugs were discovered and, two others Jonathan Linger, and Martin Wisniewski. 
 
Hawkins, who has a Fredonia address, has been charged with resisting arrest, second-degree obstructing governmental administration, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, unlawful possession of marijuana along with the parole arrest warrant. 
 
Linger and Wisniewski have both been charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and, unlawful possession of marijuana. 
 
All three were arraigned in Sheridan Town Court and sent to the County Jail without bail. 
 
 
The commitment of Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Director Randy Sweeney to the Robert H. Jackson Center was honored during a special program Tuesday evening at the center. 
 
Sweeney will retire at the end of this year from the Community Foundation. But, Jackson Center co-founder Greg Peterson says Randy has played important roles at the Jackson Center, as well.
 
Sweeney says the Jackson Center, founded in 2001, showed him just how difficult it is to start and then sustain something new.  He says you "just can't snap your fingers." 
 
Tuesday's reception concluded with a Greg Peterson interview of Randy Sweeney, that will be posted on the Jackson Center's youtube page.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Wednesday Dec. 13, 2017

The Lake Effect Snow machine cranked out a few inches of the white stuff by mid-evening last night and snowfall totals were getting near a foot in some places in western New York. 
 
By mid-evening last night, the National Weather Service reported about 10.5 inches in Perrysburg while Mayville was reporting seven to eight inches.  Forecasters are continuing a Lake Effect Snow Warning for Chautauqua County through 7:00 tonight. 
 
Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says there were a number of crashes Tuesday morning due to the heavy snow in spots.
 
Gerace says they have the "procrastinators that wait until we get a storm like this to get their cars equiped with snow tires."  He says drivers have to slow down and, give themselves more time to stop at intersections.  He adds make sure to buckle-up and when the snow is falling, use your headlights.
 
Yesterday's tricky conditions led to a tractor-trailer accident on Route 394 in the town of North Harmony.  Sheriff's Department dispatchers say the crash occured shortly after 1 p.m. when the tractor slid off the road and into a ditch. 
 
Route 394 from Interstate 86 to Ramsey Road was closed a few hours while the scene was cleared.  The driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment. 
 
 
Voters in the Southwestern Central School District have approved a pair of propositions that will allow the next phase of renovations and upgrades to all district buildings. 
 
That from School Superintendent Maureen Donahue, who was pleased with the final vote on the $12.6-million  capital improvement project, which also includes a $1.3-million Energy Performance Project that will include outfitting all facilities with LED lighting.  She says work begins on the projects this morning. 
 
Donahue says there is also some infrastructure work that's part of the capital improvements, including electrical, heating and wastewater work.  She says there will be some outside improvements, such as a new roof for the elementary school building.  Vote totals were not available last night.
 
 
New York's junior U.S. Senator is pushing back against President Trump after calling on him to resign in the wake of renewed sexual misconduct allegations against him. 
 
White House Press secretary Sarah Sanders had promised to provide a list of eyewitnesses and evidence to exonerate Trump.  Trump Tuesday tweeted that Gillibrand would come to his office "begging" for campaign contributions and "do anything" to get them. 
 
Gillibrand said Trump's attack was a "sexist smear" to try and silence her.  During a conference call yesterday afternoon, the New York Democrat again called on Trump to resign over past allegations of sexual misconduct. 
 
Back to the rebuttals, nearly 24 hours after saying the White House would provide them to the media it released just two accounts.  One was about Trump allegedly groping a woman on a plane in the 1970s, the other that he behaved inappropriately in a beauty pageant dressing room.  However, they only cited news reports quoting eyewitnesses.
 
 
The joint conference committee on tax reform is quickly moving towards final reconcilation of a measure that can be voted on by both the House and Senate. 
 
However,  local Congressman Tom Reed says there is still a lot of misinformation out in the public about the measure, which he says will put $1,600 in the pockets of a typical family in his Southern Tier district. 
 
Reed says that's due to the doubling of the standard deduction on the basic tax form and he says that should save money for 99-percent of the residents in his district.  One of the biggest concerns in New York state is the future of the State and Local Property Tax deducton, which is taken out of the tax code. 
 
However, Reed says the provision he pushed for, to write-off property taxes up to $10,000, is in both the House and Senate versions.  He expects a vote shortly, possibly by the end of the week. 
 
 
A Jamestown woman faces second-degree assault for trying to stab a female victim Monday night. 
 
City police say they were called to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for a stab victim.  Investigation revealed at 38 year-old Rochelly Alvarez attempted to stab the victim with a knife, hitting and cutting the victim on her hands several times.
 
The victim sufferred minor lacerations. Alvarez was taken to city jail pending arraignment.
 
 
The Salvation Army of Jamestown is well on it's way to raising it's just over $100,000 goal for the annual Red Kettle Campaign this year. 
 
Captain Kim Merchant says the "kettle" drive seems to be holding its own and is at about the same place at last year at this time.  She says it's "wonderful" but, the Salvation Army still has 100 outstanding Angel Tree tags. 
 
The program ensures children in needy families get presents for Christmas.  Merchant adds there is still time to send in gifts, but the deadline is under a week away, December 18.
 
Merchant says there are 630 families receiving gifts through the program. Senior citizens participating receive food baskets with everything needed to make a Christmas meal, including Ham and Turkey, and all the trimmings.  She says the food baskets also include items to help people get through a few more days past the holiday season, such as soup and cereal. 
 
Merchant says you can drop gifts off at their front office between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m..  For more information, call 664-4108.
 
 
Upstate Republican state Assemblyman Brian Kolb says he will run for New York governor next year. 
 
The lawmaker from Canandaigua, has led the GOP minority in the Assembly for eight years and was first elected in 2000.  Kolb confirmed his plans Tuesday morning on Rochester's WHAM-1180 radio ahead of a formal announcement expected later in the day. 
 
Cuomo is considered a possible White House contender but says he plans to seek a third term in 2018.  Kolb has acknowledged that beating Cuomo will be a challenge. 
 
Cuomo is a prodigious fundraiser and his party has a big advantage in voter registration in New York.  Other potential candidates in 2018 include Democrat Stephanie Miner, the outgoing mayor of Syracuse; Republican businessman Harry Wilson; and Republican state Sen. John DeFrancisco of Syracuse.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Tuesday Dec. 12, 2017

Most of Western New York is now under a Lake Effect Snow Warning through 7 p.m. Wednesday, including Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties. 
 
That from the National Weather Service in Buffalo, which issued the warning early yesterday afternoon.  A general snowfall began last night and, will change to Lake Effect today.  By Wednesday night, Forecaster Jon Hitchcock in Buffalo says we may see upwards of a foot of new snow inland from Lake Erie.
 
Hitchcock says,  after about 2-inches of general snow overnight, and another 2 inches this morning, we'll see the Lake Effect machine start up, with enhancement from Lake Huron.  Due to that, he says the lake effect totals could be significant in some places. 
 
 
A proposal by the city of Jamestown to sell it's wastewater treatment plant to the city's Local Development Corporation to raise about $16-million in capitol for the city is meeting with some resistance. 
 
The proposal was discussed at the Finance Committee meeting last night and later at the City Council's work session.  Resident Greg Lindquist says he has serious concerns because the JLDC is the "lending arm" of the city, and that could jeopardize it's $3.3-million in lending funds.
 
Lindquist adds that while he wants lower property taxes, he doesn't want to see the city's future "leveraged" to accomplish that.  Executive Director Todd Tranum with the Manufacturer's Association of the Southern Tier called the move a "reckless scheme " and, says their lawyer believes there would have to be a public vote on the proposal. 
 
Tranum also noted that state courts several years ago, struck down a similar move proposed for New York City.  City lawmakers were given a lengthy presentation at last week's meeting by Bond Counsel Kenneth Bond about the plan.
 
 
After the Manufacturer's Association noted that their legal counsel is looking at whether the city needs to hold a public vote on selling the wastewater treatment plant, council members were advised not to speak about the matter last night. 
 
City Corporation Counsel Marilyn Fiore-Lehman noted that MAST Director Todd Tranum had brought up that their legal counsel was involved, and would be talking with the city soon.  She recommended against commenting at last night's meeting.  With that, council members moved on to other business on their agenda.
 
 
A lot of water was lost during last Saturday morning's major water main break in downtown Jamestown. 
 
That from Board of Public Utilities Spokeswoman Becky Robbins, who says the break was first discovered about 7 a.m. when water broke through the pavement at the intersection of Third and North Main Streets. 
 
Robbins says temporary repairs were made by late Saturday on the break, which also caused the Smith Avenue Pump Station to shut-down.  She says that caused low water pressure in the downtown especially the south side for several hours. 
 
Robbins says they received several calls about water in the street, and some flooded basements.  The water was reportedly running downhill from Third Street to Harrison Street in Brooklyn Square.  
 
 
The county lawmakers will consider a measure to create a new umbrella organization to oversee efforts to get funding to help with weed control on Chautauqua Lake. 
 
Legislature committees meet this week and, will consider creation of a Chautauqua Lake Rehabilitation and Improvement Agency.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says the agency would then move forward on creating a "lake district". 
 
Horrigan says there are currently "many not-for-profits and other organizations" that peform weed management work and, other tasks.  However, he says there needs to be a "central agency" that has the ability to go out and get "dedicated funding" for their work. 
 
Horrigan says, given the difficulties on the lake this past Summer, the time is right.  He says he's talked to both lake property owners, and members of local lake organizations.  Horrigan says the proposal to creat the Rehabilitation and Improvement Agency will go before the Planning and Economic Development Committee on Wednesday
 
The full legislature meets for the final time in 2017 on Wednesday, December 20.
 
 
Voters in the Southwestern Central School District are voting today on a proposed, $12.6-million capital project to make several improvements and upgrades to all three educational buildings. 
 
School Supeintendent Maureen Donahue says there would also be upgrades to the district's bus garage.  Donahue says two parts of the overall project include new facilities or additions to the elementary school, including a cafateria addition.  She says there'll also be plumbing and heating work done.
 
An energy efficient lighting portion will be part of a $1.3-million Energy Performance Contract that's included in the referendum.  Donahue says most of the lighting fixtures will be retrofitted for LED lighting.  However, she adds some may be so old they can't be. 
 
Donahue adds that in the middle school, there would be upgrades to the athletic fields and, new student lockers.  She says the district wants to take advantage of 95% state aid for the construction work, and 90% for the energy efficient projects.  Voting today runs from 7-9 a.m. and, 2-8 p.m.in the high school auditorium.
 
 
A woman had to be flown to an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital with serious injurues after being dragged by a vehicle during a domestic dispute in Falconer early Sunday night. 
 
Ellicott Police say they responded to a report that a female victim had been struck by a car in the area of South Work and East Main Streets.  On arrival, officers found 38 year-old Shawn Arnold was involved in an argument with the 38 year-old victim.  During that, the victim tried to get into the vehicle Arnold was driving when he back up and dragged her a short distance. 
 
The victim then fell to the ground and he ran her legs over with his vehicle.  The woman was treated at the scene by Falconer Fire rescuers for several serious injuries and she was flown to UPMC Hamot Medical Center. 
 
Officers say Arnold left the scene, but was later found and arrested.  He was arraigned and sent to County Jail without bail.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Monday Dec. 11, 2017

A woman had to be flown to a nearby trauma center after she was struck by a vehicle on Main Street in Falconer late yesterday. 
 
Chautauqua County Sheriff's dispatchers say Falconer fire rescue crews were called to the scene about 4:30.  The unidentified woman, who was walking at the time, was taken to a staging area to be flown to the hospital.  No other information was available Monday morning.
 
 
Four people suffered serious injuries when a Jeep Waggoner struck a skid-steer vehicle from behind on Route 430 in the town of Chautauqua early last Friday night. 
 
Sheriff's deputies say 33 year-old Larry Houser of Westfield was northbound in his Jeep about 5:45 PM when he came upon the Skid Steer, which was traveling in the same direction.  However, officers say the operator of the skid steer, 40 year-old John Weaver of Lineville, Pennsylvania, went to make a left turn into a driveway, and was struck from behind by Houser's Jeep. 
 
Deputies say Weaver was flown by Starlight to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania.  In addition, his passenger, 22 year-old John Baker of Mayville, along with Houser and his passenger, 28 year-old Tony Long of Mayville were all taken by ambulance to Hamot for their injuries.  No charges have been filed.
 
 
Despite a number of fiscal challenges, the city of Jamestown has been able to retain it's good credit rating for another year. 
 
That from Mayor Sam Teresi, who recently reported to the city council that Standard-and-Poor's let them know last week that their rating remained an A-Minus.  Teresi adds that S-and-P also gave Jamestown a "stable outlook."  He says it helps not only the city borrow money at a lower interest rate, but the Board of Public Utilities also.
 
Teresi thanked Standard-and-Poor's for it's confidence in the city and thanked others on his administrative team for preserving their bond rating at an "A" level.  He specifically named four people, led by Comptroller Joe Bellitto, City Administrative Services Directors Todd Thomas and the retired James Olson and Corporation Counsel Marilyn Fiore-Lehman.
 
Teresi says keeping a good bond rating in New York faces challenges, including never ending mandates handed down by New York state, and having to deal with the state's 2% property tax cap..
 
 
In New York state government news, Governor Andrew Cuomo has settled on a traditional state of the state address after shaking things up last year. 
 
The Democratic governor plans to deliver his speech before lawmakers in Albany on January 3rd, the first day of the 2018 legislative session.  Last year, following a period of tense relations with lawmakers, Cuomo took the state of the state on the road, with a series of speeches around the state. 
 
Cuomo will use the speech to lay out his agenda for 2018.  Meanwhile, Democratic Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda has introduced legislation to allow young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children to keep their driver's licenses after the federal program protecting them from deportation ends in 2018.
 
 
Temporary repairs were made by late Saturday on a major water main break in the heart of downtown Jamestown. 
 
Board of Public Utilities Water Division crews were called to the scene at the corner of Third and North Main Streets about 8 AM Saturday and found water flowing from the break. 
 
BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says they received several calls about water in the street, and a couple of flooded basements.  The water was reportedly running downhill from Third Street to Harrison Street in Brooklyn Square. 
 
Robbins says water pressure was very low in the city until repairs were made by the afternoon.  There was discolored water in the system through mid-day Sunday.
 
 
Governor Cuomo's office is defending the administration's hiring practices amid scrutiny by the FBI. 
 
The Albany Times-Union reports Friday that FBI investigators have questioned people who were hired to work for the governor, but who on paper were listed as working for other state agencies.  That's a move that makes the Democrat's staff and budget look smaller than they really are. 
 
Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi confirmed Friday that the administration received a subpoena months ago and has cooperated by providing documents.  Azzopardi called the investigation a "charade."
 
 
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer wrapped up another tour late last week of New York's 62 counties with a call for greater federal help for the state's craft beer industry. 
 
The Democrat visited a Columbia County brewery to discuss efforts to add New York to a list of states eligible for a crop insurance program for farmers who grow malt barley.  Schumer says malt barley is a risky proposition in New York.  He says that giving New York farmers greater crop insurance options will encourage more farmers to grow it. 
 
Demand for locally grown malt barley is expected to increase as brewers look for local ingredients to use in their beer.  Friday's visit to Columbia County, east of Albany, makes this the 19th year Schumer has visited each of the state's counties.

 

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News Headlines for Sat., Dec. 9, 2017

BPU Water crews continue work to repair major water main break in downtown Jamestown...
Water division crews with the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities are still working at the location of a major water main break at the corner of Third and North Main Streets this morning.  BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says crews were called to the scene about 8 a.m.,  and found the street in that area flooded with water all the way to Harrison Street in Brooklyn Square.  However... BPU Robbins says water pressure in the City should be back to normal now.  She adds that water is expected to be discolored through the overnight, and in some cases, until Noon tomorrow.
 
 
Amiran presented County Chamber's Lydic Award at annual meeting...
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting in the city of Dunkirk yesterday afternoon.  As part of the annual meeting, the Chamber presented the annual Pam Lydic Coalition Builder award to Dr. Minda Rae Amiran.  The retired SUNY Fredonia English professor has been an active community leader, involved in such groups as the League of Women Voters and Literacy Volunteers of America.  Dr. Amiran says it's a great honor that she believes could go to so many others, but, she adds that she it grateful "for the recognition."  The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce also approved its Board of Directors during the meeting.  President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says 2017 was a strong year for the Chamber... especially in regards to building membership, and programs for members.  The new Chairman of the County Chamber Board is Brian Bugaj of Nestle Purina... and, Curt Anderson of Standard Portable is now Immediate Past President.  The rest of the slate of officers include Vice Chair Fred Johnson of Johnson Estate Winery... Treasurer Neil Frederick of Bush Industries; and Secretary Ann Abdella, Chautauqua County Health Network.  
 
 
Schumer visits 62nd county in NYS for another year...
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has completed another tour of all 62 New York counties with a call for federal assistance for the state's burgeoning malt barley industry.  The Democrat visited a brewery in Columbia County on Friday to urge U.S. agriculture officials to make New York eligible for special federal crop insurance for malt barley, a critical component in the production of craft beer.  The trip completes Schumer's goal of visiting each county in the state this year.
 
 
TRC Foundation dissolved into Community Foundation...
In an effort to strenghten its six funds... the TRC Foundation has been dissolved by The Resource Center... and it's assets have been transferred to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation in Jamestown.  The move was jointly announced Friday morning by TRC President and Chief Executive Officer Denise Jones... and, Community Foundation Executive Director Randy Sweeney.  Sweeney says they had discussed the move with TRC officials for more than a year... and, he says the transfer was seamless.  He says it will relieve the TRC Foundation of having to pay out the cost to administer the funds.  In a press release... TRC Foundation Chairman Randy Ordines noted that the Community Foundation brings "a vast amount of experience in fund and investment management planned giving, and fund development.  Sweeney says the TRC advisory board would remain in place... and, still provide access and input on the funds.  He says those six funds include the TRC Foundation Fund... the Laurel Run Fund... and, the Kathy Seastedt "Look Good" Fund.  The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation holds nearly 750 funds... and, $94-million in assets.  The TRC Foundation transferred about $2.2-million to the Community Foundation to be administered.
 
 
Sexual Assault funds set aside in NYS...
New York state is investing $6.5 million in efforts to reduce sexual assault and offer help to victims.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the funding on Thursday.  It will support a total of 55 programs around the state, including rape crisis hotlines, counseling and therapy for victims, professional training for victim advocates and prevention campaigns in schools and on college campuses.  Cuomo says the money will give a boost to vital services and help reach more New Yorkers struggling with the aftermath of a sexual assault.
 

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WJTN Headlines for Friday Dec. 8, 2017

The first major Lake Effect Snow event of the Winter is continuing in the Jamestown-area for a short-time more this morning.
 
The snow started coming early last evening and, continued through the overnight.  A Lake Effect Snow Warning continues for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Southern Erie counties until 7 a.m. today. 
 
Forecaster Bob Hamilton with the National Weather Service's Buffalo Office said the lake effect snow fired up to the north late Wednesay and, by 6:00 last night, Silver Creek had a foot of snow on the ground. 
 
About three to four inches of snow was seen in the Mayville area early last evening.  The major lake effect snow band set up between Fredonia and Hamburg, just south of Buffalo during the day-time hours yesterday. 
 
Some places may see upwards of a foot to a 1.5 feet of snow by the time it ends in the Buffalo area tonight.
 
 
Chautauqua County snowplow crews are ready to go for the change-over to Winter Weather conditions and, all 30 pieces of equipment are ready to go. 
 
That from County Executive Vince Horrigan, who says he was at the Department of Public Facilities Sherman shop last night to see the crew's readiness.  Horrigan says they're set for whatever amount of snow we receive.
 
Horrigan says the 21,000 tons of salt sounds like a lot, but he says some of that salt goes to other local municipalities who go in with the county to purchase road salt in bulk from the state.  He says it's sometimes difficult to predict how much is needed because the county wraps up it's fiscal year needing a certain amount of salt, then needs to start the following year with a certain amount as well.
 
Horrigan says local motorists should make sure to give plow crews plenty of room to do their work, and slow down when they come upon a working plow on the roads.  He made his comments for this coming weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
The Cockaigne Ski Center has now officially been sold to two local men who hope to rebuild the lodge and, have the ski area open in time for the 2018 season. 
 
That from State Assemblyman Andy Goodell who is also the Jamestown area attorney for Adam Pirtz and Isaac Gratto.  Goodell tells the Jamestown Post-Journal that this is "great news for our county." 
 
A January 2011 fire destroyed the Austrian Pavilion lodge and, the ski resort opened 10 days later to finish the season but did not reopen thereafter. 
 
 
Deputies with the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office will soon be driving in new vehicles that are of a different make and design and, so far reviews have been good. 
 
Sheriff Joe Gerace say the first of the new vehicles was put into service Wednesday and, he says the Chevrolet Impala vehicle they used the past more than a decade is being replaced. 
 
Gerace says Chevrolet has pulled the Impala from its line of police vehicles, so he decided on the Ford Inteceptor vehicles with a black and gold color.
 
Gerace says they had used a red and white color for the old Impala's for nearly 15 years.  He says they chose the Ford Interceptor for a number of reasons. 
 
One of those reasons is that it gives deputies more room for the equipment they carry, which now includes portable defibrillators and other EMT equipment.  Gerace says the red and white cars will continue to be used until the full conversion is complete.
 
 
The annual "Toys for Tots" program to provide new toys for children in needy families in Chautauqua County is going very well but, they still need items for one particular age group. 
 
The effort, supported by The Resource Center, has seen a flurry of activity in recent days but, one of the coordinators, Heather Brown, says they're into their final week of collecting toys in the area.
 
Brown says while they have a lot of toys for most age groups, they are in dire need of toys for teenaged boys.  She says they have some clothing and sport items but, not that much. 
 
Brown says they hand out toys for kids 0 to 17 years of age.  She says there are several local stores and restaurants that are collecting, as well as their headquarters in the Allied Alarm Building at 2020 Allen Street Extension.  She says that's where they'll be distributing toys starting on December 16 and, they can use volunteers for that. 
 
If you're interested in helping out, call Heather Brown at 661-1042 or go to The Resource Center's website for more information.
 
 
A man from Westfield faces charges following a motor vehicle accident in the town of Chautauqua for allegedly driving while under the influence of drugs Wednesday afternoon. 
 
Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene of a single car crash near 63-98 Route 394 just after 3:30 PM.  On arrival, officers say 54 year-old Kevin Kelley was driving northbound when he left the roadway and, came to rest in a field.  A witness at the scene told officers that Kelley had been driving erratically prior to the crash. 
 
Following the investigation, Kelley was reportedly operating under the influence of drugs and he was arrested. Kelley was also found to be in possession of a controlled narcotic medication without prescription.  He was also charged with seventh-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, as well as several traffic tickets.  He is to appear in court in January.
  
 
North county officials are disappointed by the news that Peebles on Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk will be closing next month. 
 
Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas says he had first heard about the closing nearly a week ago.
 
The store is expected to close its doors on January 20.  About 10 associates work at the Dunkirk-area store. 
 
Rosas says he intends to work with incoming County Executive George Borrello to come up with a plan to bring new development to the area.  It's the second store to close in the Dunkirk area in less than a year.  JC Penney at the D&F Plaza also closed earlier this year.
 
 
The New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse could end up hosting more events year-round. 
 
The state said Wednesday that it's seeking a private company to book events at the fairgrounds and its planned expo center starting next summer.  Construction of the 136,000-square-foot expo center is expected to begin this month. 
 
The state's request for proposals seeks a contractor that would book at least 20 events in the expo center by the end of 2019.  Three of those events would also have to use other fairground facilities.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Thursday Dec. 7, 2017

A city woman is now listed in critical condition following a domestic violence incident on Jamestown's eastside Tuesday night in which her husband allegedly doused her with lighter fluid, and set her on fire. 
 
City police were called to the scene at 210 Thayer Street about 11:40 p.m. on a report of a domestic incident.  Officers say they found the victim, as well as the suspect identified as 37 year-old Luis Castro-Mojica. 
 
The unidentified, 27-year-old victim was rushed to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, then flown to the burn unit at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. 
 
Police say Castro-Mojica is charged with first-degree assault, and other charges are pending.
 
 
Western New York is in the midst of the first major lake effect snow event of the season. 
 
The National Weather Service is continuing a Lake Effect Snow Warning for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Southern Erie counties until 7 AM Friday.  Meteorologist Bob Hamilton with the Weather Service's Buffalo Office said the lake effect snow fired up to the north yesterday afternoon.
 
Areas north of Chautauqua Lake to Little Valley and southern parts of Wyoming County saw two to four inches. Hamilton says those same areas could see an additional three to six inches today, and another three to six tonight. He says Jamestown may see less than two inches in the next 24 hours.
 
Hamilton says the most affected areas will be north of Jamestown. Total snow accumulations of six to 11 inches are expected in the most persistent lake snows.
 
 
The Jamestown City Council will vote later this month to sell a small piece of West Second Street to the Northwest Arena for an expansion project for the facility. 
 
That after council members discussed a resolution to sell the property, contingent on the arena addressing seven to eight areas of concern. 
 
Some of those were brought up by Planning Commission citizen member Jeff Nelson, who spoke before lawmakers at this week's work session.  Nelson says the preliminary plans so far are rather incomplete.
 
At least one member of the city council echoed Nelson's concerns especially regarding traffic on the city's westside when major events like the recent Christmas Parade take place. 
 
While Nelson called for the proposal to be sent back to the planning commission for further discussion Mayor Sam Teresi noted that this measure is just on the sale, which is contingent on addressing the issues raised by the commission.
 
While the city council will vote on the sale at it's December 18 meeting, it was not stated when the planning commission will meet again on the project.
 
 
New York state lawmakers are back in Albany to discuss their plans for the 2018 legislative session, and they're already warning of difficult decisions in the months to come. 
 
Members of the state Assembly's Democratic majority gathered at the state Capitol Wednesday.  Senate Democrats held their own private meeting outside the building. 
 
Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie of the Bronx says federal funding cuts to health care programs, probably changes to the federal tax code and a projected $4-billion state deficit will likely force legislators to make tough choices when it comes to the state budget. 
 
Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is also preparing for the new year, announcing Wednesday that he'll deliver his state of the state address on the opening day of the session January 3.
 
 
A conference committee of the U-S Senate and House of Representatives will now begin work on a final tax reform proposal now that the Senate has approved moving it to the joint panel. 
 
Some GOP lawmakers have been critical of the overall measure, but local Congressman Tom Reed says he's pushing hard for some items and, is willing to compromise on others. 
 
The Corning Republican says he continues to push to keep the local property tax deduction in place up to $10,000.  That's something here's heard a lot about from peple in his 23rd Congressional District.
 
Reed says while he's not a member of the conference committee he's been able to "wield" some influence as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. 
 
The House bill approved last month includes a deduction up to $10,000, but the Senate bill does not.  There's also been some concern over possible loss of tax credits to purchase health insurance from the New York Exchange. 
 
However, Reed says the legislation only repeals the individual mandate.
 
 
The governors of California and New York are mounting a final effort to derail the GOP tax plan, which they say would devastate their states and the national economy. 
 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, California Governor Jerry Brown and Governor-elect Phil Murphy of New Jersey, all Democrats held a conference call with reporters to discuss the tax overhaul's impacts on their states. 
 
They're particularly upset with a provision that eliminates the deduction for state and local taxes.  Cuomo and Murphy said opponents are examining potential legal challenges to the tax bill when and if it is signed into law. 
 
Cuomo says he will call for its repeal as soon as it is enacted.  Brown said the immediate focus is on convincing Republicans to reconsider before approving the bill's final version.
 
 
After starting up an anonymous online bullying report form earlier this Fall, the Jamestown school board addressed the bullying issue in the school district again at Tuesday night's meeting. 
 
Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says the actions by the school and community are designed to provide a "safe climate" for students.
 
Apthorpe says since the beginning, 85 reports have been made and 33 have been deemed "material" by professionals, meaning legitimate bullying or harrassment events.  He says that it's reassuring that the reporting systems build connections between professionals and students to help work through their situations. 
 
Additionally, Apthorpe says that students have started an anti-"Bully Club" in the high school are currently reviewing apps that students can use on their phones to report instances of bullying.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Wednesday Dec. 6, 2017

The National Weather Service has now issued a Lake Effect Snow Warning for most of Western New York from 7:00 this evening, through early Friday. 
 
That from Forecaster Jon Hitchcock with the Weather Service's Buffalo office who says the prime areas for snow will be Northern Chautauqua and Cattaraugus, and Southern Erie counties. 
 
A strong cold front crossed the area late yesterday with lake effect snow impacting the Buffalo metro area first before moving into the Southern Tier late tonight through Thursday.  Hitchcock says there is still a little uncertainty.
 
Total snow accumulations of 9 to 18 inches are possible in the most persistent lake snows causing travel to become very difficult at times. 
 
The greatest snow amounts will be across northern portions of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties and Southern Erie county.  We will continue to follow developments.
 
 
There is some bi-partisan movement being made towards getting a two-year agreement in place to fund the federal government's military and non-military operations. 
 
That from local Congressman Tom Reed, who co-chairs the Congressional 'Problem Solvers Caucus' made up of both Republicans and Democrats.  Reed says that the Problem Solver's have reached a consensus on a two-year commitment, which he calls "responsible governing".
 
Reed says to him, the most important part of the two-year agreement in the bi-partisan caucus is that it adequately funds the military for the next two years.  Safety issues have arisen in the U.S. Navy with several fatal accidents with equipment over the past year. 
 
Officials say that's from the effects of budget cuts in recent years due to "sequesteration."  The Corning Republican says this agreement overrides sequestration.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
A city woman is jailed for allegedly assaulting a man during a domestic incident last Sunday on the city's eastside, during which she was holding a six-month old child. 
 
City police were called to the scene at 237 Crescent Street shortly after 7 a.m. on a report of a domestic violence incident.  When officers arrived, they were told that 21 year-old Toni Lynn Hubbard had grabbed the male victim by the throat, punched him several times and bit him on the arm. 
 
She's also accused of trying to push the victim down the stairs while holding the child.  They also learned the victim had a valid order of protection against Hubbard and, she was arrested on charges including third-degree assault, second-degree reckless endangerment and, criminal obstruction of breathing. 
 
 
All three entities involved would have to vote first to allow the city of Jamestown to sell it's wastewater treatment plant to the city's Local Development Corporation to raise roughly $16-million in "working capital." 
 
That from Mayor Sam Teresi and the city's Bond Counsel, Kenneth Bond, during Monday night's presentation to the city council.  Bond says the move would give the city some latitude in what the money is used for.  However, Teresi says the three entities involved must first approve the move.
 
Bond says before the votes are taken, though, the city needs to develop a long-term plan for using the money that would be coming in, including funding some capital improvement projects, creating reserve funds, or to provide matching money for grants. 
 
Bond says the money would be raised when the not-for-profit JLDC goes out to bond for the purchase.  That money would "pass-though" to the city.  Teresi says user fees will likely cover the pay-back costs for the city.
 
 
The Salvation Army of Jamestown is almost one-third of the way to it's goal of $112,000 for it's annual Red Kettle Campaign. 
 
That from Captain Kim Merchant, who says the campaign is well underway... and, has already raised $35,000.  Merchant says they still have a ways to go but, adds they're optimistic about making goal, which she says is critical to their operation. 
 
The Red Kettle Campaign started just before Thanksgiving at a few locations and, Merchant says they are now using all 10 of their usual sites.  Merchant says they've again had to hire bell-ringers but, adds the number of volunteers for this year is starting to pick up as we get closer to Christmas and, the wrap-up of the campaign. 
 
If you would like to volunteer to man the kettles, Merchant says call Holly Eckstrom at their South Main Street headquarters at 664-4108.
 
 
Jamestown-area residents will soon be able to order groceries through an industry-leading grocery delivery service starting today. 
 
Wegmans-Buffalo Consumer Affairs Manager Michele Mehaffy says that the partnership between Wegmans and Instacart launched in June and is now expanding to the Wegmans in West Ellicott to provide a "seamless shopping experience".
 
Mehaffy says the most recent Wegmans to partner with Insta-Cart prior to West Ellicott was the store in Erie, Pennsylvania.  She says they have had a great success with Instacart so far. 
 
Mehaffy says the delivery option allows customers to use their Wegman's Shoppers Club card to get discounts on groceries without taking time to go to the store.  For more information, visit Wegmans.com/Instacart
 
 
A Brocton woman was arrested for an alleged Leandra's Law violation in the Town of Durkirk last Saturday evening.
 
Sheriff deputies say they were called to a business on Vineyard Drive to check the well-being of a female subject at 7 PM. On arrival, deputies say the the female subject left the area in a vehicle.
 
The vehicle was located and an investigation showed that the female subject--who was identified as 37 year-old Shannon Jusko-- was operating the vehicle while ability impaired by drugs.
 
There was also a child under the age of 16 year-old inside the vehicle, making the arrest a felony. Jusko was taken to the County Jail on bail.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Tuesday Dec. 5, 2017

The city council will consider later this month selling Jamestown's wastewater treatment plant to the city's Local Development Corporation to raise about $16-million to help cover on-going capital costs. 
 
The proposal was offered during Mayor Sam Teresi's report to lawmakers at last night's work session.  Teresi says they've been working with city Bond Council Kenneth Bond of New York City on "non-traditional" ways to raise "working capital."  Bond proposed using what's called "monetization".
 
Those items Teresi mentioned included two-million dollars to help upgrade the wastewater treatment plant, and related facilities as well as 2.5-million dollars in equipment needs for the Public Works Department. 
 
Both Teresi and Bond noted that the sewer plant would have to be sold for it's "fair market" value of about $15-million to $20-million. 
 
Bond says selling the plant to the JLDC involves fewer restrictions on what the money can be used for because the JLDC is a "not-for-profit" corporation. 
 
While the JLDC would own the wastewater treatment plant, Teresi and Bond noted that there would be no change in current labor agreements between plant employees and the BPU. 
 
Under state law, they say the JLDC is a "local public authority" and subject to oversight by the state Public Authorities Budget Office.
 
 
Even with the verbal promise from the state of more municipal aid, the city of Jamestown has to look at other ways to raise revenue in addition to finding more cost-savings. 
 
Those are the feelings of City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce now that the city has a 2018 spending plan in place.  Following last week's budget vote Dolce expressed frustration over having to wait until the 11th hour to get a commitment from the state.  Otherwise, he says lawmakers have to continue working to grow the tax base.
 
Mayor Sam Teresi noted that small business owners he spoke with said business was up that Saturday after "Black Friday" about 25-percent.  That should help boost sales tax for the fourth-quarter. 
 
Dolce says there has also been an uptick in investment in some of the city's neighborhoods.  He adds the state can't keep helping plug holes in municpal budget's due to their own fiscal situation, adding that it needs to provide more incentives for consolidation and restructuring local governments.
 
 
Fire damage was confined to a back-room area of a house just south of the Jamestown city line Monday morning. 
 
Chautauqua County fire dispatchers say Kiantone firefighters were called to a reported chimney fire at a home at 1742 Route 60 shortly before 8:00.  Dispatchers say Jamestown, Busti and Frewsburg firefighters were called in to assist at the scene. 
 
Officials say the blaze was knocked down quickly and no one was hurt.  Fire crews were at the scene until just after 9 AM.  A Creosote building up in the chimney was the apparent cause.
 
 
The Winter Storm Watch for lake effect snow remains in effect from Wednesday evening through late Thursday night. 
 
That's the word from Meteorologist Jon Hitchcock of the National Weather Service.  Hitchcock says a major change in the weather pattern will take place mid-week and, lake effect snow bands are expected to set up by late Wednesday.  He says it's still hard to say how much snow northern Chautauqua County will get out of the storm.
 
However, Hitchcock says it appears the immediate Jamestown area will miss the bulk of the snowfall.  In fact, he says places away from the Lake Erie shoreline eastward, likely won't get much from this event. 
 
Total snow accumulations of 10 to 20 inches are possible in the most persistent lake snows.  Locally two feet or more is possible for locations in the Buffalo Southtowns.
 
 
He's taking full responsibility for his loss on Election Day but, the head of the Jamestown City Council says he was most disturbed about what he call's a "Trump-style Campaign" of fear against him. 
 
Democrat Greg Rabb says he was alerted by some of his students about an on-line effort to "throw shade" on him.  Throwing Shade is described as "talking trash about a friend or aquaintance, or to publicly denounce or disrespect."  Rabb says the first instance was about a talk he gave some time ago about Islam.
 
Rabb says the other issue was about his local stance on Transgender rights which has been a major national topic the past couple of years.  He says he doesn't understand why there's a problem when he's "in favor of diversity" adding that he himself is gay. 
 
Rabb says he believes he knows who was involved in the on-line shading but, says he's elected not to respond to those people.  Rabb made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
A city man is jailed for allegedly stealing items from a drug store on Jamestown's northside Sunday afternoon. 
 
City police were called to the Rite Aid store on North Main Street just after 4 p.m. and, went to arrest 54 year-old Alfredo Diaz.  However, they say Diaz ran off before being arrested at the corner of Washington and West 11th Streets. 
 
Officers say the took Diaz into custody without further incident and charged him with petty larceny and second-degree obstruction of governmental administration.
 
 
A Stockton teenager was arrested on drug charges after being found in possession of a quantity of marijuana and several marijuana smoking devices during a traffic stop. 
 
State Police in Jamestown say they pulled over a vehicle last Thursday on County Route 380 for speeding.  While speaking to the driver, 19 year-old Jerry Fricker, Troopers smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. 
 
A search revealed a bag containing over five grams of marijuana and the smoking devices. He was issued a speeding ticket and is to appear in Town of Stockton Court on a later date.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Monday Dec. 4, 2017

A Jamestown man sought on a warrant for violating terms of treatment court has been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of drugs with the intent to sell. 
 
City police say officers last Friday afternoon spotted on 27 year-old Sean Barrett inside a parked vehicle in the area of East Second Street and Foote Avenue. 
 
Officers say they took Barrett into custody on the warrant and, found him allegedly in possesion of a quantity of methamphetamine packaged for sale.  Police charged him with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was sent to the city jail pending arraignment.
 
 
There's been another fatal hunting accident in the region, this one involving an Erie-area man whose pistol accidently fired a round as he was taking it out of it's holster. 
 
State Police in Corry, Pennsylvania say 32 year-old Nicholas Powell of Union City was out hunting Friday afternoon when he returned home about 4 PM. 
 
Troopers say the gun was in a shoulder holster when Powell went to take it out and, it discharged one round into his chest.  Police say he was rushed to Titusville-Area Hospital where he later died.  
 
 
He won't be back on the Jamestown City Council next year but, outgoing Council President Greg Rabb says there's still plenty to get done before the end of the year. 
 
Rabb did not win re-election to a sixth-term last month but, says he's still keeping his nose to the grind-stone on a number of fronts.  One item going before council at tonight's work session is the proposed expansion of the Northwest Arena on West Third Street.  Rabb says it includes the city selling a piece of land on Second Street to the Arena.
 
The expansion of the ice arena will allow for more office space, likely for the new National Comedy Center to be located across West Second Street from the arena. In addition, work is progressing on the new DoubleTree by Hilton hotel on Fourth Street. 
 
Rabb says these are just two of the projects taking place.  He says there's a lot of complicated work involved in getting such projects to fruition, and he says it's been "exciting" to be part of it. 
 
Rabb made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group Stations.
 
 
A head-on collision between a car and a parked FedEx delivery truck in the town of Ellery last Friday has left a local couple in the car in serious condition at an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital. 
 
State Police in Jamestown confirm that the accident occured on Route 430 about 11:30 AM Friday.  Troopers say the driver of the westbound car, 80 year-old Bruce Cobb, crossed the center line for some unknown reason. 
 
Troopers say the truck involved was actually parked on the side of the road.  The driver of the truck, 61 year-old Rudolph DeSanto of Erie, suffered a shoulder and back injury.  He was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment. 
 
Police say Cobb and his wife and passenger, 75 year-old Patricia Cobb, were both flown to UPMC Hamot in Erie for treatment of possible head and internal injuries.  No charges have yet been filed in the case.
 
 
There's a new center for New Yorkers working to stay healthy following a struggle with drug use. 
 
Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the opening last week of the new Pillars Recovery Center in Harlem.  The facility, which received $1.75 million in state funding, offers peer support groups, job training, recreation and health programs and treatment programs tailored for individuals. 
 
The centers are intended to serve as a non-clinical, substance-free place where former users can come together to support their recovery.  The state says they now have similar recovery centers in all five of New York City's boroughs. 
 
Cuomo says the new center is an example of steps the state is taking to expand treatment and services for those struggling with addiction and drug use.
 
 
There were more than lighted floats and, the lighting of the Christmas Treet during Jamestown's annual Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration last Friday night. 
 
However, the tree lighting was the main attraction. Mayor Sam Teresi presided over the official tree lighting at Tracy Plaza.  However, he also recognized the winner of contest between classes at nearby Jamestown High School. 
 
Teresi says that involves several planters located on Third Street for the Christmas season.  Four of those were from each class at JHS. For having the winning planter, Teresi says a donation was made by an anonymous source to the Class of 2021 of $100 that will go towards the classes fund-raising efforts in the JHS "Penny Wars." 
 
Jamestown's "Mr. Baseball" Russ Diethrick, was the parade's Grand Marshall.
 
 
City officails in Dunkirk have broken ground on a $750,000 bridge project, one that has been a top priority of the Rosas Administration for the past two-years. 
 
City officials were on hand Friday to begin the replacement project for the bridge on Howard Avenue using a "Bridge New York" grant.  The portion of Howard Avenue has been closed since 2007 and Mayor Wllie Rosas says it's left abot 10 homes without timely fire protection. 
 
City Public Works Director Randy Woodbury says Rosas was able to get the funding after a meeting with Governor Cuomo.
 
Second Ward Councilman Marty Bamonto says not only will the project help the neighborhood, but it could assist with future economic development at a nearby Steel plant.  Work on the project is expected to begin on Monday
 
Woodbury says a pre-cast bridge has already been built for the site and, it'll be transported to the location.  Weather permitting, he says the project should be completed by the end of the month.
 
 
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is warning Project Veritas that it could lose its ability to raise money in New York because it didn't disclose its founder's criminal record. 
 
The Democratic prosecutor's office wrote Wednesday to the conservative non-profit, which has used disguises and hidden cameras to uncover supposed liberal bias in the mainstream media. 
 
A woman affiliated with the group tried to get The Washington Post to report a false sex assault allegation against Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.  Registered charities in New York must disclose executives' convictions.

 

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News Headlines for Sat. Dec. 2, 2017

Elderly couple seriously hurt when car crashes into delivery truck...
A head-on crash between a car and a parked delivery truck in the town of Ellery has left a local couple in the car in serious condition at an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital.  State Police in Jamestown confirm that the accident occured on Route 430 about 11:30 a.m. Friday.  State Police say the driver of the westbound car, 80 year-old Bruce Cobb, was westbound when his car crossed the center line for some unknown reason.  Troopers say the truck involved -- a FedEx Delivery truck -- was actually parked on the side of the road.  The truck driver, 61 year-old Rudolph DeSanto of Erie, suffered a shoulder and back injury.  He was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment.  Police say Cobb and his wife and passenger, 75 year-old Patricia Cobb, were both flown to UPMC Hamot in Erie for treatment for possible head and internal injuries.  No charges have yet been filed in the case.
 
 
Two Jamestown men arrested for allegedly trafficking a large amount of Meth now facing federal charges...
Two Jamestown men arrested in early November for allegedly being found in possession of more than a pound of Methamphetime have now been arrested on federal charges.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Jr. said Friday that 26 year-old Ernest Cauley, Jr and 22 year-old Zackiel Fields, Jr, are in custody after a federal criminal complaint had been filed in the case.  Both men were arrested last November 6th during a traffic stop at Hazeltine Avenue and Baker Street.  Assistant U-S Attorney Paul Parisi says  both men appeared in U-S District Court Friday... and, were charged with conspiracy of possession with intent to distribute, more than 500-grams of Meth.  Parisi says that 500-grams of Meth amounts to about 1.2-pounds of the narcotic drug.  Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson says both men are charged local with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... a Class-A-2 Felony.  Federal prosecutors say Field was also identified by U-S Postal Service officials as a person who had purchased "thousands of dollars" of postal money orders with cash at local post offices.  He says Fields and others lacked an "apparent legitimate occupation or employment" over the past 18 months while converting large amounts of cash into postal money orders. 
 
 
Swanson explains difference in charges facing Sherman hunter alleged to have shot neighbor in hunting accident...
A Sherman man will face a manslaughter charge after being indicted by the Chautauqua County Grand Jury for allegedly hunting after dark... and, shooting and accidently killing a Sherman women he mistook for a deer.  The secret panel issued the two-count indictment against 34 year-old Thomas Jadlowski on Thursday for second-degree manslaughter, and Hunting after Dark.  During a press conference late Thursday in Mayville... District Attorney Patrick Swanson said Jadlowski used a "high-powered pistol" while hunting... but, says that was within regulations.  He says it was a 35-calibur Thompson Contender gun.  Swanson adds that the Grand Jury also considered a charge of criminally negligent homicide... which involves a different level of "culpability."  He says by indicting for manslaughter, the Grand Jury is alledging that Jadlowski was "reckless in knowing that he was taking a risk... and, disregarding it."  Swanson says Jadlowski was later arraigned on the charges... and, later posted $50,000 bail.  Jadlowski is accused of hunting just before 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22, when he said he saw what he thought was a deer about 200 yards away, and he fired one shot.  However, that shot struck and killled 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist.
 
 
Holiday Season officially kicks off with Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration in Jamestown Friday night...
There may have been no snow... but, there was plenty of Christmas spirit in downtown Jamestown last night as the annual Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration took place along Third Street.  Local band "We Speak Canadian" provided the entertainment at Tracy Plaza leading up to the parade with several cover songs, and others.  The annual event was put on again this year by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation... and, new Executive Director Lisa Hatch... thanked her staff.. and, city officials... for helping to pull everything off.  Mayor Sam Teresi helped lead the countdown to light the 45-tall Blue Spruce tree.  Hatch also thanked their several sponsors... including the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation... which sponsored the fireworks after the parade.  Jamestown's "Mr. Baseball" Russ Diethrick, was the parade's Grand Marshall.
 
 
Sanvidge to leave county IDA on Dec. 15...
The man who has headed up the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency for the past three-and-a-half years has announced he'll be stepping down on mid-December.  Retired north county businessman Kevin Sanvidge says he will complete his term of service on Dec. 15.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says Sanvidge became head of the IDA and Chautauqua County Planning and Economic Development in late May of 2014, and says he couldn't be "more pleased" with Sanvidge's work... from new job creation and jobs saved, to work in the tourism and hospitality industry.  Horrigan praised Sanvidge for several initiatives... including bringing the LECOM Health Challenge PGA Web.com Tour event to Peek 'n Peak.  He says another factor is Sanvidge wanted to give incoming County Executive George Borrello the chance to go in whatever direction he wanted to with a new director.  Horrigan says even with no director in place between December 15th and the end of the year... the agency "team" should be fine. 
 
 
 

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WJTN Headlines for Friday Dec. 1, 2017

A Sherman man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with last week's hunting accident on Armenian Road that claimed the life of a woman walking her dogs in a field near her house. 
 
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says the county Grand Jury returned a two-count indictment against 34 year-old Thomas Jadlowski Thursday for second-degree manslaughter, and hunting after Sunset.  Swanson says Jadlowski was not charged at the scene in the death of 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist because their investigation was not complete.
 
Swanson says Jadlowski was able to post the $50,000 bail, $100,000 property bond set during his arraignment.  Regional State Department of Environmental Conservation Captain Frank Lauracello praised Swanson and County Sheriff Joe Gerace for their thorough investigation and, says this case shows why firearms safety is so important. 
 
Jadlowski is accused of hunting with a 35-mm handgun last Wednesday night, shortly before 5:30 p.m when he said he saw what he thought was a deer and he fired one shot.  However, that shot hit Billquist, who later died at an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital. 
 
Jadlowski faces up to 5 to 15 years in prison if convicted on the manslaughter count.
 
 
Officials with the state Department of Environmental Conservation are stressing the importance of hunter safety and expressing concern over recent incidents across the state, including last week's fatal incident in Chautauqua County.
 
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos held a news conference in Albany Thursday morning in Albany.  While he would not comment about possibility of charges from a grand jury hearing the case in Sherman, Seggos indicated there was clearly hunter error involved.
 
Sheriff's officers say 34-year-old Thomas Jadlowski of Sherman is accused of firing the shot that killed 43-year-old Rosemary Billquist of Sherman back on November 22. 
 
During the news conference, Seggos emphasized the importance following hunter safety rules and using common sense when taking part in the sport.  He says it you aren't sure what you're shooting at, "don't pull the trigger." 
 
 
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Officers are investigating a two-car, head-on collision in the Town of Sheridan that sent six people to the hospital, two with serious injuries.
 
Deputies say they responded to a reported motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Route 20 shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday.  Early investigation showed that the vehicle operated by 25 year-old Jonathan Eddings of Silver Creek, crossed the center line and struck the vehicle operated by 32 year-old Nicholas Coppola the fourth. also of Silver Creek.
 
Both Eddings and his passenger, 31 year-old Brian Nowak, were flown to a nearby trauma center for treatment of serious injuries.  Coppola and his three passenger were taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk for treatment of minor injuries.  The Sheriff's Department Accident Reconstruction Team was also called to the scene.  Charges are pending.
 
 
A Fredonia man is jailed on $3,000 bail after allegedly being found in possession of a controlled substance while driving on a suspended license Tuesday night in Ripley.
 
Sheriff Deputies say they made a traffic stop on Route 5 for a traffic infraction and, identified the driver as 25 year-old Travis Rice.  After a brief investigation, Rice was found to allegedly be driving with a suspended license. 
 
After Rice was in custody officers a controlled substance was found in the vehicle and he was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 
 
Rice was charged with several additional charges including speeding and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.  He was arraigned in the village of Ripley court and sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
One of the St. Susan's Center's biggest fund-raisers and food drives is coming up in mid-December to help the Jamestown area's largest soup kitchen get through the holiday season. 
 
St. Susan's Director Jeff Smith says the fourth-annual Holiday Haul is set to be held in the parking lot of the Jamestown Cycle Shop December 14 through the 16
 
Jamestown Community College Athletic Director Keith Martin is again hosting the event, which Smith says again has the goal of filling a Jamestown Mattress truck with food stuffs, and other items needed by St. Susan's.
 
Smith says they'll also be accepting monitary donations to help St. Susan's buy kitchen items and, others that they need.  He also reminds residents that they can get seven-dollars worth of items from the Food Bank of Western New York for each dollar St. Susan's spends with them. 
 
However, Smith says they also need supplies, like dishwashing detergent, that they don't have donated, and is not available from the Food Bank.  Smith says they are still working out the hours for the Holiday Haul but, says Martin is again looking forward to the event because of the support from the community. 
 
 
The St. Susan's Center is continuing it's current fund-raiser of selling their "Three Sisters Soup" as an off-shot of it's "Soup and a Song" fund-raisers.
 
That from Center Director Jeff Smith, who says residents can purchase packages of the bean, corn, and squash soup mix at their 31 Water Street headquarters.  Smith says it was first distributed by previous director Sue Colwell. 
 
Smith says they've been working with Chief Rusty Fredell at the Ashville BOCES and one of his students on creating the soup and, The Basket Company to package and market the soup, which costs 5-dollars per package.  He says you just add water, and the seasoning packet provided, and cook on the stove top. 
 
For more information on the St. Susan's Center and it's activities, call 664-2253 or go on-line to StSusansCenter.org
 
 
A Pennsylvania man suspected of firing a gun in an upstate New York mall crowded with holiday shoppers has been arraigned on reckless endangerment and assault charges.
 
Michael Perez Rodriguez pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday.  Two people suffered minor injuries when the gun discharged at Galleria at Crystal Run in the Orange County town of Wallkill on Sunday afternoon. 
 
The shooting sent shoppers scurrying for safety.  Assistant District Attorney Jason Rosenwasser tells the Times Herald-Record in Middletown that Perez Rodriguez turned himself in Tuesday night after police released video showing the suspect entering the mall with a woman, a young child and an infant. 
 
Rosenwasser says Perez Rodriguez is a lawful pistol permit holder in New York and Pennsylvania and has a carry permit.  Perez Rodriguez returns to court Monday

 

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News Bulletin for Thurs., Nov. 30, 2017

Jadlowski indicted, arraigned on manslaughter and hunting after dark charges in fatal hunting accident...
A Sherman man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with last week's hunting accident on Armenian Road that claimed the life of a woman walking her dogs in a field near her house.  Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says the county Grand Jury returned a two-count indictment against 34 year-old Thomas Jadlowski today for second-degree manslaughter, and hunting after Sunset.  Swanson says Jadlowski was able to post the $50,000 cash bail, and a pre-motion conference will be held in January.  Jadlowski is accused of hunting with a 35-mm handgun last Wednesday night... shortly before 5:30 p.m.... when he said he saw what he thought was a deer about 200 yards away, and he fired one shot.  However, that shot hit 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist.  Jadlowski ran to help after realizing what happened, and put pressure on her wound until Sherman fire rescue team members, and Sheriff's officers arrived.  Mrs. Billquist later died from her wound at an Erie, PA hospital.
 
 

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WJTN Headlines for Thursday Nov. 30, 2017

Jamestown Police have now identified the man killed during a stabbing incident last night on the city's eastside. 
 
City Police now say that 22 year-old Dylan Ownbey is the victim and, say he and the suspect were reportedly walking down Willard Street together when they began to fight with each other.  Officers say the other man allegedly stabbed Ownbey before running off on Peterson Street towards Scioto Street. 
 
It is believed that the two men may have known each other as they were seen walking together prior to the altercation.  It's also believed the suspect may have fled the scene with another person.  Investigators are looking for any information that on the suspects identity. 
 
City police ask anyone with information to call JPD at 483-7537, their confidential tip-line at 483-8477,  or use the Tips-411 app. 
 
 
A city man is jailed on $10,000 cash bail on nearly a dozen charges after allegedly threatening his pregnant girlfriend at the Chautauqua Mall, then leading police on a nearly 25-mile vehicle pursuit. 
 
Lakewood-Busti Police were called to the scene on Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood about noon Tuesday on a report of a domestic incident.  Officers say the victim told them that 30 year-old Travis Spencer had fled the scene after pinning her against a wall, and threatening to kill her.  She says, as she tried to get into her car, Spencer started driving away, causing her to fall onto her stomach and knee. 
 
Police later spotted the vehicle in the parking lot of the Lakewood Village Center, and tried to stop the suspect.  However, they say Spencer sped off westbound on Fairmount Avenue.  Other agencies later joined in, and three different times, they deployed deflation devices. 
 
But, they say Spencer was able to continue into Westfield, where he finally stopped and was arrested.  He was arraigned on 11 charges, including second-degree reckless endangerment and harassment and, sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
A Ripley School teacher has been charged with endangering the welfare of child following an alleged incident earlier this month. 
 
Sheriff's deputies say they received a complaint back on November 3 that 35 year-old Lisa Sabella had allegedly used inappropriate physical contact while dealing with a juvenile child.  Sabella was issued an appearance ticket for Ripley Town court at a later date.
 
 
Dunkirk city firefighters encountered heavy flames and smoke when they battled a structure fire in the north county city yesterday morning. 
 
Crews responded to the blaze at 313 Pelican Street shortly after 10 AM.  The fire scene is not that far from Fire Headquarters, just a block away.  Fire Chief Mike Edwards says they were alerted by a passerby who spotted the fire.
 
He says city crews were able to get the blaze under control within minutes, even though the house was boarded up.  He says there was "heavy-involvement, up to the second-floor" of the building.  No injuries were reported.  Edwards says a heating unit on the first floor had malfunctioned, triggering the blaze.
 
 
The Clymer Central School District will begin the search for a new superintendant shortly due to fall-out from district voters overwhelmingly defeating a proposed merger with Panama. 
 
Bert Lictus, who has been superintendent for both districts the past few years, made the announcement at Tuesday night's board meeting in Clymer. 
 
Lictus confirmed the move for us Wednesday morning.   He called it a "very trying" time, and told board members in his statement that while he supported a merger with Panama, it was "made abundantly clear that the community and the board of education may not agree with my vision for this district."  Lictus will remain superintendent there until February 2 of next year.
 
 
A new owner is looking for help from the state to redevelop the former Vikings Lodge on Jamestown's westside to become a new commercial and convention hall location. 
 
That from city Development Director Vince DeJoy after the City Council this week approved an application for an up to one-million dollar Restore-New York grant for the project.  DeJoy says the new owner, Falconer-area businessman James Schwab, is still early in the process of lining up financing for the effort.
 
The lodge fell into disrepair after it was vandalized by members of a semi-pro hockey team who were staying in the lodge at the time.  DeJoy says plans include renaming the new building the "3 Vikings Convention Center and Meeting Rooms."  He adds that Schwab had purchased the building earlier this year, and has done some preliminary work on it already. 
 
DeJoy says Schwab's son, Martin, is also going in on the venture with his experience in event planning.  He says they are also seeking old pictures of the former Vikings Lodge that would be part of the renovation effort. 
 
 
Fredonia Mayor Athenesia Landis has declared a state of emergency in the village. 
 
The mayor says she made the declaration in an effort to begin fixing the problem of discolored water in some parts of the village. Earlier this month, Dr. Landis told us that an emergency declaration was apparently the only way to secure emergency funding from the state.
 
Mayor Landis says the village is looking to address water problems that affect portions of six streets.  She is advising residents there are no new problems with the water and they should not be alarmed.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Wednesday Nov. 29, 2017

Jamestown Police are continuing to investigate a homicide that occured yesterday evening in the city. 
 
At 7 p.m., City Police report that two men were walking down Willard Street together when they began to fight with one another.  City police say one of the men allegedly stabbed the other before running off on Peterson Street towards Scioto Street. 
 
It is believed that the two men may have known each other as they were seen walking together prior to the altercation.  The name of the 22 year-old male victim is not being released at this time.  The identity of the suspect who fled after stabbing the victim in not known at this time.
 
Investigators are looking for any information that may be known on the identity of the suspect.  City police ask anyone with information to call JPD at 483-7537 or their confidential tip-line at 483-8477 or use the Tips-411 app. 
 
 
Jamestown police are on the look-out for a lone bandit who held up the Kwik Fill convenience store at knife-point on West 3rd Street early Tuesday morning. 
 
City Poilce Captain Bob Samuelson says a tall, black male entered the store at 1617 West 3rd  about 2 a.m. and demanded cash from the register.  Samuelson says they do have surveillance video that shows he appears to be a black male, who is about 6"4 or taller in height.
 
The suspect also allegedly had a backpack with him.  Samuelson says the clerk at the store was not hurt.  He says they are trying to identify the suspect and, says they are following up on several leads. 
 
Samuelson says if you have any information on the robbery, you can call them directly at 483-7537.  You can also call them anonymously at their Confidential Tips-line at 483-TIPs (483-8477).  Samuelson says you can also contact their Tips 4-1-1 app. 
 
 
Half-a-dozen fire departments responded Tuesday afternoon to the scene of an Amish sawmill fire in the town of French Creek. 
 
Chautauqua County fire dispatchers say Clymer fire crews were called to the scene at 9227 Cherry Hill Road near the Clymer town line shortly before 1:30 PM.  Clymer then reportedly put out a call for mutual aid from several departments. 
 
The fire was reportedly out by mid-afternoon.  There were no reports of injuries and, there's been no report of the amount of damage.  County fire investigators were called to the scene late yesterday afternoon to determine a cause.
 
 
A half-million dollar grant is on the way to Jamestown to help the city hire a Rochester-area firm that will help design a new downtown parking strategy for the city based on the work of an ad hoc committee. 
 
That from city Development Director Vince DeJoy, who says the final piece was put in place Monday when the City Council approved receiving a $100,000 grant from the Gebbie Foundation to match the $400,000 grant from the state.
 
DeJoy says this is the first-phase of an effort to implement what the Parking Advisory Committee has recommended.
 
DeJoy says Bergman Associates will develop what's called a "wayfinding" study to create ways to inform people of parking options in the city.  The advisory committee earlier this month released it's findings, which include removal of the two-hour free parking zone in the downtown area. 
 
The recommendations also include no increase in parking fees and, converting all two-hour meters to three-hour meters.  The 12-hour meters will be placed on the outskirts of the Central Business District to improve fairness in enforcement.
 
 
Gas prices in the Jamestown-area are holding steady this week with the cost of regular, unleaded fuel down about half-a-penny over last week. 
 
That from the AAA's Gas Price Report  which says the price is now just over $2.75 a gallon.  The Gas Price Report says that's about $0.37 a gallon more at this time last year.  AAA says nationally, the average price is now $2.51 cents, which is about $0.03 a gallon less than last week. 
 
The Gas Price Report says prices are generally cheaper in both the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions,  falling everywhere except in Washington, D.C.  
 
 
Members of the New York state Assembly are planning two big hearings on critical components of the state's educational system. 
 
The first, on December 5th, will focus on how private primary and secondary schools measure student success.  The second, a week later, will delve into new higher education scholarship programs.
 
 
Congress is expected to vote on legislation today that would make training to stop sexual harassment and discrimination manditory for members of the House of Representatives. 
 
23rd District Congressman Tom Reed says he fully-supports the measure, introduced by Virginia Republican Barbara Comstock.  Reed says the training would be required for all members of Congress and their staffs at the start of each Congressional Session.  He says his office already complies voluntarily.
 
Reed says this is not the first time that anti-sexual harassment legislation has gone before House members.  However, given the number of cases of harassment and sexual assault now being reported among House and Senate members, the Corning Republican says it's time to pass it because this kind of behavior has to "be confronted" in this nation and society. 
 
Reed has supported efforts to pass anti-sexual assault and harassment legislation in the past because it's affected his family.  His niece was raped a few years ago.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
The annual Jamestown Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration will take place this Friday night.
 
Marketing and Events Manager for the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation Zach Agett, says the over 20 year-old tradition starts with the line-up at 5 p.m. on West 3rd Street between Hallock Street and Porter Avenue. Agett says this year's theme is an acknowledgment of the Olympic winter games. 
 
He adds that there will be sports-themed floats, Olympic rings and torches for decoration and, music and remarks from Mayor Sam Teresi. In addition,  Agett says that Santa will be on the last float in the parade that ends in front of Tracy Plaza and, where the lighting of the city's Christmas tree and fireworks will be displayed at 8 PM. 
 
The Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebrated is sponsored by the Resource Center. For more information, visit JamestownRenaissance.org

 

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WJTN Headlines for Tuesday Nov. 28, 2017

The Jamestown City Council has approved a $35.7-million 2018 budget increases taxes by 1.1% but, again requires an infusion of cash from New York state. 
 
The spending plan also brings the city's total taxes to the city's constitutional taxing limit.  The council approved the budget last night by a 7-to-1 vote with Republican First-Ward Councilman Brent Sheldon casting the lone "no" vote.  Sheldon, though did vote in favor of the amendment to add just over $946,000 from the state to balance the budget.
 
However fellow Republican, and City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce said revenues remain stagnant and, city departments have already been cut to the bone.  He calls it a "frustrating situation." 
 
Following last night's meeting Mayor Sam Teresi said he's been in on-going talks with the state about the projected deficit and, he says they did not come out and say directly that the money would be there. 
 
However, he says they did say they could increase the amount of per capita state aid they receive by $946,000.
 
 
Jamestown is receiving a more than $500,000 grant to replace drinking water lead service lines as part of New York's Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017. 
 
Governor Cuomo announced Monday that a total of $20-million being awarded from the program. 
 
Cuomo says these "critical improvements to New York's drinking water infrastructure are vital to protecting public health and to laying the foundation for future growth and economic prosperity in these communities." 
 
The city is receiving just over $567,000 from the program.
 
 
A Chautauqua County Grand Jury will hear the case of a Sherman man who allegedly fired a gunshot that killed a woman during a hunting accident on Armenian Road last week. 
 
District Attorney Patrick Swanson says there are still no local charges that have been filed against 34 year-old Thomas Jadlowski in the death of 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist. 
 
Swanson says he met with Sheriff Joe Gerace and investigators from the Sheriff's Department about the case Monday morning and, finished up preliminary investigative work on the matter.
 
Sheriff's officers were called to the scene in the area of 2998 Armenian Road shortly before 5:30 p.m. last Wedneday.  On arrival, officers say EMS crews had found Billquist with a single gun-shot wound. 
 
Jadlowski called 911 and gave the woman first-aid until EMTs arrived and, Billquist was taken to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania where she later died. 
 
Jadlowski told officers that he thought he had spotted a deer, and fired on shot from about 200-yards away.  State law prohibits hunters from shooting after sunset.
 
 
Two Salamanca residents were arrested after a large quantity of drugs including methamphetamine and psychedelic mushrooms, were found in their vehicle following a traffic stop last Wednesday. 
 
State Police out of Olean say they conducted a traffic stop on Elm Street for vehicle and traffic infractions.  During an interview with the driver Lindsey Little, Troopers say an odor of marijuana was detected from inside the car. 
 
During a probable-cause search, Little refused to follow commands and pulled away from Troopers.  She attempted to walk away and was placed in handcuffs.
 
The passenger, Andrew Maclean, was then detained while Troopers searched the car, which revealed over 15 grams of meth... over five grams of psychedelic mushrooms, marijuana and heroin.
 
Officers also found a switchblade knife, digital scales and, plastic baggies. Both occupants of the vehicle were taken to Salamanca Police department holding cells pending arraignment. 
 
 
A former, long-time member of the WJTN-Media One Group family has passed away. 
 
Retired News Director Almon "Hap" Hazard died at a hospital in Manahawken, New Jersey Sundaynight following a brief illness at the age of 87.  He was living with this step-daughter, Linda Donovan, in recent times.  He had lived in Jamestown for the past several decades after retiring from the former James Broadcasting Company in 1995.
 
Hap was very involved during his approximately 40 year career here with writting many editorials for Station Owner and President, Si Goldman.
 
WJTN became known for it's editorials, voiced for many years by Si Goldman and, some later by retired General Manager Merrill Rosen. 
 
Hap was born in 1930 in Olean, New York and, grew up in Bolivar in Alleghany County.  He was a Korean War Veteran and, moved here in the 1950s.  He and his late wife, Janice Price-Hazard, were married just over 48 years.  She passed away in 2012.  Funeral arrangements for "Hap" Hazard are incomplete at this time.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Industrial Develpment Agency is getting the word out about a special meeting on the future of the Athenex project. 
 
The session involving the IDA, Southern Tier Builders Association, and the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism agency, is aimed at local construction companies. 
 
The IDA's Kristine Morabito says that includes sub-contractors, and other related groups.
 
Morabito says they expect more than 100 construction jobs to come out of the project and the County IDA would like to see as many of the jobs involve local hires. 
 
The meeting will take place on December 6th from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the JCC North County Training Center on Bennett Road.  
 
 
Dunkirk Police have released additional details about the arrest of a city man last Monday who was being sought by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office for an incident that occurred on October 7. 
 
A city police officer had stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation at the corner of West 5th Street and Central Avenue. The driver, who was later identified as 20-year-old Trevon Tripp, did not have any identification and gave officers several false names and dates of birth. 
 
Tripp is also accused of physically resisting and fighting with officers when he was being placed into custody.  Police used a taser on Tripp after a brief struggle.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Monday Nov. 27, 2017

Chautauqua County's top-cop says an Ohio man was "totally irresponsible" in his actions during a second hunting accident in the county within a three day period. 
 
In last Friday's incident in the town of North Harmony, no one was hurt, but a rifle shot from 26 year-old Marvin Miller of Middlefield, Ohio just missed two men riding in a pick-up truck near Snake Forest Road just before 11:30 a.m.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says it's "hard to believe" that Miller mistook the movement of the truck for a deer while he was hunting.
 
Fortunately in this case, neither Robert Merritt of Springboro, Pennsylvana nor his passenger were hurt.  They were reportedly riding in the pick-up truck on an access road near State Lands in North Harmony. 
 
Officers say Miller fired one round from his high-powered rifle, striking the truck in the driver's side front fender.  The round hit the engine, disabling the truck.  Deputies say Miller came out of the woods, and checked on the two occupants.  He was arraigned on charges of discharging a firearm across a public roadway, and second-degree reckless endangerment.  He was released on bail.
 
 
Sheriff's officers and the Chatuauqua County District Attorney's Office are continuing to investigate last Wednesday's tragic hunting accident in the town of Sherman that claimed the life of a woman who was out walking her dogs. 
 
Sheriff's officers were called to the scene in the area of 2998 Armenian Road shortly before 5:30 PM.  On arrival, officers say EMS crews had found 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist, who lived at the address, with a single gun-shot wound.  She later died at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania. 
 
Sheriff Gerace says District Attorney Patrick Swanson is now looking into the matter, and they will meet later today.  Sheriff's deputies say the hunter, 34 year-old Thomas Jadlowski of Sherman, had called 911 and gave the woman first-aid until EMT's arrived.  Jadlowski says he saw a deer in a field about 200 yards away from his location, and fired one shot.  Deputies say Jadlowski is cooperating with the investigation.
  
 
A man from the Fluvanna area is jailed without bail for allegedly assaulting another person in the town of Ellicott early Sunday morning. 
 
Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene on the Fluvanna-Townline Road about 12:30 a.m. on the report of a physical altercation and, on arrival, spoke with the suspect, 19 year-old Shane Waite. 
 
Following their investigation, officers arrested Waite for third-degree assault, and attempted second-degree assault, as well as second-degree criminal mischief, and endangering the welfare of a child.  He was arraigned and sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
Jamestown firefighters made quick work of a basement fire last weekend on the city's westside that's temporarily left a family of five homeless. 
 
Jamestown Fire Battalion Chief Sam Salemme says crews were called to the scene at 154 Fairview Avenue about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, and quickly found the flames in the basement area.  Salemme adds they also found smoke filling the house.
 
Salemme says crews were pretty much able to contain the blaze to the basement area, where there is some "significant damage."  He adds there was also smoke damage to the rest of the house. 
 
Salemme says an off-duty shift of 11 firefighters and a shift commander was called in to assist at the scene, and man the City Hall fire station.  Crews were at the scene until about 5:30 p.m.  The family is being helped by the local Red Cross.  No one was hurt, the cause is under investigation.
 
 
A pair of Jamestown-area men face trespassing charges after they were allegedly found living in a hunting cabin in the town of Harmony that didn't belong to them. 
 
Sheriff's deputies say they were called to the scene on Demming Road earlier this month on a report of trespassing and, found the two men there.  Officers say they arrested 29 year-old Thomas Bascom of Kennedy and, 26 year-old Luis Diaz-Vazquez of Celoron for third-degree criminal trespass.  Both were issued appearance tickets for Harmony Town Court at a later date.
 
 
In state government news this week, millions of residents can look forward to a tax cut next year. 
 
Senate Republican leaders are touting the tax cut, which they pushed through the Legislature in 2016 and which is being gradually phased in.  Middle-class tax payers will save an average of $250 next year. 
 
Meanwhile, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has returned from the recent climate conference in Bonn, Germany, where he stressed the state's interest in reducing emissions and embracing sustainability, despite the U.S. pulling out of the Paris climate agreement. 
 
 
New York officials are asking state residents to think locally when choosing a Christmas tree. 
 
State agricultural officials say there are 875 farms in upstate New York that sell more than 300,000 trees a year.  The Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York website lists local farms. 
 
The state also allows tree farmers who follow sustainability standards to take part in the New York State Grown & Certified program.  There is some concern, though, that there may be a tree shortage nationwide this year.

 

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News Headlines for Fri., Nov. 25, 2017

Gerace says Ohio hunter involved in Friday hunting accident was "totally irresponsible..."
Chautauqua County's top-cop says an Ohio man was "totally irresponsible" in his actions during a second hunting accident in the county within the past three days.  In Friday's case in the town of North Harmony... no one was hurt... but a rifle shot from 26 year-old Marvin Miller of Middlefield, Ohio just missed two men riding in a pick-up truck near Snake Forest Road just before 11:30 a.m. Friday.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says it's "hard to believe" that Miller mistook the movement of the truck for a deer while he was hunting.  Gerace says hunters not only need to be tracking their prey... but, need to be aware of all their surroundings, including people and vehicles.  He says, once a shot is taken, there's "no taking it back."  Fortunately in this case... neither Robert Merritt of Springboro, Pennsylvana nor his passenger were hurt.  They were reportedly riding in the pick-up truck on an access road near State Lands in North Harmony.  Officers say Miller fired one round from his high-powered rifle, striking the truck in the driver's side front fender.  Gerace says Miller faces two charges... including second-degree reckless endangerment.  Deputies say Miller came out of the woods, and checked on the two occupants.  He was arraigned on his two charges... and, released on bail.
 
 
Holiday Valley opens to good-turn-out Friday, open through weekend...
A special ski season at Holiday Valley resort in Ellicottville is underway... even though there's little if any snow on the ground around the Western Southern Tier.  That from Holiday Valley Ski Resort in Ellicottville opened up at 9 a.m. Friday with with a limited number of slopes open.  However... Marketing Director Jane Eshbaugh says it's been cold enough most nights to make, and keep the snow that's being made by their snow-guns.  Eshbaugh says they had a good turn-out yesterday for the start of their 60th season.  She says they have two ski lifts... and, five slopes open right now.  He says they'll be open again today until 10 p.m., and, will be open again from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.  Eshbaugh says they've been making as much snow as possible over the past two-and-a-half weeks... and, they currently have a 6 to 20-inch base so far.  She says their first big event will be their annual Demo Day on December 16th.  She says they'll be celebrating their actual 60th anniversary early next year.  For more information on Holiday Valley, call 699-2345... or go on-line to www.holidayvalley.com, or their Facebook page.
 
 
County Office for the Aging helping local seniors with Medicare Enrollment...
More of the "Baby Boomer" generation is retiring this year... and, if you have reached the age of 65 this year... that means you should be looking into enrolling in a traditional Medicare -- or a Medicare Advantage program.  The Chautauqua County Office for the Aging provides help to local residents trying to navigate the many plans out there for retirees.  The office's Chris Chernois (Chur-oh-niss) says a lot of local residents like the advantage plans... but, she adds those change each year.  Cheronis says if you don't have high hospitalization, and are on some maintenance medication, there are good Advantage plans out there that provide good coverage.  Medicare Enrollment runs now through Dec. 7, and, Chernois adds that traditional Medicare only covers 80-percent of your medical costs.  She says if you don't have any coverage... you are responsible for that bill... and, that can add up to a lot of money.  She says you will also need a stand-alone prescription drug plan in that case.  For more information... call the Office for the Aging's NY Connects number at 753-4582... or toll free at 661-7582.
 
 
Tranum touts Small Business Saturday...
Today is an important day for local retailers... Small Business Saturday.  Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says they have been a local champion of the annual event and believe it makes a difference for local businesses across the county to affirm the importance of shoping locally.  Tranum is reminding local residents about another local program through the Chamber... "Shoptauqua."  He says it's been a gift-check program... but, is now a "gift card program" with more than 100 businesses locally taking part.  Tranum says you can get more information about the gift card program by calling the Chamber at 366-6200 or by going online to www.chautauquachamber.org.
 
 
 

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WJTN Headlines for Friday Nov. 24, 2017

A woman out walking her dogs in a field in the town of Sherman is dead after a hunter mistook her for a deer and shot her late Wednesday afternoon on Aremenian Road. 
 
Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene in the area of 2998 Armenian Road shortly before 5:30 p.m..  On arrival, officers say EMS crews had found 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist, who lived at the address, with a single gun-shot wound. 
 
Deputies Officers say the hunter, 34 year-old Thomas Jadlowski of Cornish Street in Sherman, had called 911 and had applied pressure to Billquist's wound until EMT's arrived.  Jadlowski says he saw a deer in a field about 200 yards away from his location, and fired one shot.  He says he heard a woman scream and, immediately ran to help. 
 
Billquist was taken to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania where she later died.  Sheriff's deputies were joined in the investigation by the state Department of Environmental Conservation Police. 
 
DEC officials say that Jadlowski fired the shot after sunset, which is the legal limit to hunt deer.  Officers say Jadlowski is cooperating with the investigation, and no charges have been filed yet in the case.  The case will be reviewed by the Chautauqua County District Attorney's Office.
 
 
Black Friday shopping is underway across the nation and Chautauqua County. 
 
The Chautauqua Mall reopened at 6 this morning, after being open a few hours last night.  The Bon-Ton stayed open all night, while Pennys and Sears are reopening early this morning. 
 
Wal-Mart and K-Mart are also among the stores that opened a few hours late Thanksgiving Day, and open early today.  Chautauqua Mall Marketing Director Cynde Johnson says they are open until 9 tonight.  Johnson says the mall will again be open early on Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m.  Santa arrives at Noon today.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for annual shopping season that kicks off after Thanksgiving and will once again be taking part in the annual Small Business Saturday. 
 
Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says the chamber has signed on as a "Neighborhood Champion" for Small Business Saturday.  He says a recent study by the Michigan State University Center for Community and Economic Development shows that spending locally can make a difference.
 
Among the activities being supported by the county Chamber is Small Business Saturday in downtown Jamestown and, Tranum says the Dunkirk Community Chamber of Commerce is working together with the north county city to celebrate Small Business Saturday in the D&F Plaza. 
 
Tranum says the county chamber is signed on as a "Neighborhood Champion" for Small Business Saturday and, adds they rolled out their newest "Shoptauqua Gift Card" program.  You can get a full list of participating merchants by visiting Shoptauqua.com.  
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he supports "net neutrality" on the Internet but, not by government regulation. 
 
The Corning Republican is reacting to a decision by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to follow through on his pledge to repeal 2015 regulations designed to ensure that internet service providers treat all online content and apps equally.  Under net neutrality, Internet Service Providers are treated as a "public utility".
 
However, consumer advocates say eliminating net neutrality will take away such things as "high-speed" Internet from the less affluent, as well as access to the net, and content. 
 
Pai's attempt to roll back the current rules sets up a showdown with those consumer groups and internet companies who fear the move will stifle competition and innovation.  Pai says his plan will encourage providers such as Comcast and AT&T to improve their networks.
 
 
Eight peopl, including one from Jamestown, have been selected to be part of Chautauqua County Executive-Elect George Borrello's transition team. 
 
Borrello announced his team earlier this week and, it includes Jamestown Development Director Vince DeJoy a Democrat who is also a former member of the City Council. 
 
Borrello, a Republican, says his team will help carry out his campaign promise to visit 100 businesses and organizations in his first 100 days in office.  He says the team will identify those businesses and groups that'll help develop a plan to spur economic development.
 
Borrello adds that the transition team will also help him implement his "Countywide Alliance for Enforcement and Rehabilitation" or CAER program to help address the drug crisis facing the county.  He says people from law enforcement, treatment and prevention will be involved with that. 
 
Other well-known residents on Borrello's transition team include Dunkirk Democratic County Legislator Bob Bankowski, who is a retired state Corrections Officer.  Borrello adds the transition team is more about selecting people who "brought the most to the table" so he can hit the ground running on January 1st.
 
 
The effort by the Prendergast Library in Jamestown to sell what's left of it's valuable art collection at auction has drawn state and nation-wide attention. 
 
The move has drawn opposition from some of the organization's supporters.  The New York Times reports the Jamestown library was to sell nine paintings at Sotheby's European art sale this past Tuesday.  However, only three actually sold. 
 
The paintings being auctioned include 19th-century works that the auction house estimated could sell for a total of up to $1.2 million.  Library officials say they need to sell most of its art collection in order to pay the bills.  
 
 
Chautauqua County Fire investigators are looking into the cause of a garage fire that occurred late last Wednesday night in the city of Dunkirk. 
 
Dunkirk Fire Captain Gary Katta says that crews responded to a residence at 436 Lake Shore Drive West at about 11:45 PM for a report of light smoke inside the residence.
 
Katta says the fire was contained to the garage area, but a vehicle was severely damaged, and the remainder of the residence sustained smoke damage.  No injuries were reported

 

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News Headlines for Thurs., Nov. 23, 2017

Sherman woman killed in hunting accident in town of Sherman...
A Sherman woman is dead following a hunting accident Wednesday afternoon on Armenian Road in the town of Sherman.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene in the area of 2998 Armenian Rd. shortly before 5:30 p.m.  On arrival... deputies say EMS crews found 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist, who lived at the address with a single gun-shot wound.  Officers say the hunter, 34 year-old Thomas Jadlowski of Cornish Street in Sherman, called 9-1-1 and had applied pressure to Billquist's wound until EMT's arrived.  Jadlowski says he saw a deer in a field about 200 yards away from his location, and fired one shot.  He says he heard a woman scream... and, immediately went to her location.  She was taken to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania where she later died.  Sheriff's deputies were joined in the investigation by the state Department of Environmental Conservation Police.  DEC officials say their early investigation shows that Billquist was in the field walking her dogs at the time of the incident.  They add that Jadlowski fired the shot after sunset, which is the legal limit to hunt deer.  Officers say Jadlowski is cooperating with the investigation, and no charges have been filed yet in the case.  The case will be reviewed by the Chautauqua County District Attorney's Office.
 
Gerace praises two men who rescued Chautauqua man from burning house...
Two men are being praised for saving the life of a town of Chautauqua man who was trapped inside his burning home last Sunday night... and, they pulled him out to safety.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace is praising off-duty Lancaster Police officer Shaun Dimino and a next door neighbor, for getting the 67 year-old man out of his Morris Road home.  Gerace says Dimino has a nearby hunting cabin... and, called the Sheriff's Department about 9:20 last Sunday night.  However... he didn't know the address, and went next door to ask homeowner Austin Clark so he could call 9-1-1.  Gerace says the neighbor joined with him to go into the burning home to carry the unidentified man out.  Gerace says the man inside the home is doing okay after the harrowing experience.  Firefighters got to the scene and put the fire out... but, Gerace says if not for the actions of Dimino and Clark... the outcome occupant could have been very different.
 
Gerace touts Thanksgiving Day Holiday Safety...
Chautauqua County residents should be thinking "safety first..." when traveling during the long Thanksgiving Day holiday... and not drink and drive.  That from Sheriff Joe Gerace... who is urging motorists to drive with caution when going to relatives or friends over the next four days.  Triple-A is estimating that just under 51-million Americans will be traveling between now and Sunday night.  In addition to not drinking and driving... Gerace says buckle up and wear your seat-belt.  He adds be courteous to others on the highways.  In addition... Gerace says man sure you get enough rest before taking that long-trip.  The holiday -- for the most part -- starts today... and, the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving has become one of the biggest "party nights" of the year.  Gerace again urges people not to drink and drive... and, don't use drugs and drive.  If you are going to drink, get a designated driver, or taxi.
 

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WJTN Headlines for Wednesday Nov. 22, 2017

A Cattaraugus County man is accused of manslaughter in connection with last Saturday night's one-car crash in the town of Salamanca that took the life of a passenger. 
 
Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley say 21 year-old Damion Taylor of Jimerson Road was at the wheel when the vehicle crashed shortly before Midnight Sunday on Old Route 17. 
 
Officers say Taylor's car crossed the center-line, and struck a tree and, the force of the crash ejected an unidentifed passenger, who was pronounced dead at the scene. 
 
Taylor was arraigned in Salamanca Town Court and, sent to the Little Valley jail.  Deputies say the investigation is continuing and, more charges are pending.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Board of Elections is expected to certify the November 7 election later today, now that absentee and military ballots have been counted. 
 
That from Republican Elections Commissioner Brian Abram, who says there were a few races too close to call on Election Night.  Abram says they are now final, pending the certification. 
 
In Jamestown, the board reports no change in winners in the City Council at-large races.  Republican Kim Ecklund was still leading vote getter with 2,430 tallies, while Republican Andrew Liuzzo wound up second with 2,075 votes.  Democrat Vanessa Weinert wound up third with 2,063 votes.  All three win seats beginning in 2018.
 
 
The U.S. Senate's Finance Committee has approved that chamber's version of a tax cut and jobs plan President Donald Trump wants on his desk to sign by Christmas. 
 
With that, the bill is expected to go before the full Senate sometime after the Thanksgiving Break.  That from local Congressman Tom Reed, who says if that winds up being the case, that will give both the House and Senate nearly a month to reconcil plans, and get a final version to the president.
 
The Senate version does have a number of differences, including seven tax brackets compared to four in the House of Representatives. 
 
There's also the issue of the Senate version not including the local and state property tax deduction up to $10,000.  Reed says he's positive there will be a fairly quick reconciliation, especially if each side is willing to compromise for "80-percent of the loaf" instead of the entire loaf.  He says even if the bill is finally in place in the early days of 2018, it could still be made retroactive to the start of the year. 
 
 
Two people from Jamestown are being held in the county jail on $100,000 bail each after allegedly selling over half an ounce methamphetamine to an undercover drug agent Monday night in Stockton. 
 
Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, and Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies say they arrested 45 year-old Tonya Diblasi and 29 year-old James Chase shortly before 8:30 p.m. at a location on Route 380.  They face charges including third-degree criminal sale and, possession of a controlled substance. 
 
As a result of the arrest, Task force agents say they seized an additional quantity of meth, prescription narcotics and, concentrated cannabis. They also found scales, packaging materials and, a stun gun. Both Diblasi and Chase were remanded to County jail pending further court action. 
 
 
Four Jamestown-area police departments were awarded the American Automobile Association-East Central's Platinum Community Traffic Safety Award for their safety efforts yesterday afternoon at the Olive Garden in Lakewood.
 
AAA East Central's Safety Advisor says it's an honor to recognize their outstanding success with traffic safety education over a 3 to 5 year period.
 
Receiving the Platinum Award in our area were the Jamestown Police Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department, New York State Police in Jamestown, and Saint Mary's. Jamestown Police Captain Todd Isaacson says it's a great honor to receive the award and that it's a "team effort".
 
Several other departments were honored through the AAA Safety Awards Program for their continuing efforts to prevent the number of fatalities by conducting educational programs and promotional campaigns to encourage the development of safe driving habits. The gold award was presented to Warren County Sheriff's Department, Warren County Police Department, and Youngsville Police Department. 
 
 
A Dunkirk man is jailed on $250,000 bail after a drug raid Monday in the city led to the seizure of over 16-ounces of methamphetamine. 
 
The New York State Police C-NET team, in a joint investigation with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force arrested 24 year-old Ryan Lopez, junior for second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-A felony.  Officers say the meth seized is worth an estimated $16,000.  Lopez was arraigned in Dunkirk City Court and, taken to the county jail.
 
 
The organizations that represent small and bigger businesses in the Jamestown area are again asking the city to appoint business leaders to the Board of Public Utilities. 
 
In addition to heading up the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, Todd Tranum is also Executive Director of the Manufacturer's Association of the Southern Tier. 
 
Tranum was critical of the most recent changes Mayor Sam Teresi made to the BPU, which he says until the most recent appointments, had good business representation.
 
Mayor Teresi, who by virtue of his office, is president of the BPU, also makes appointments to the board.  At the time he made several appointments last year, he said business was well-represented on the panel. 
 
Those new appointees in the past year or so include Chairman Chuck Cornell and, members Tyler Case, Terrance Horner, and Ralph Wallace.
 
 
Jamestown police assisted federal authorities yesterday morning with an investigation near the downtown area.  However, no details have been released. 
 
City Police Chief Harry Snellings confirms that officers assisted agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in executing a federal warrant in the area of East Fourth and Sixth Streets. 
 
However, Snellings declined further comment because the FBI was heading up the investigation.  The raid reportedly took place about 7 AM. 
 
We do have a call into FBI Spokeswoman Maureen Dempsey in Buffalo but, have not heard back from her at this time.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Tuesday Nov. 21, 2017

The Jamestown City Council is faced with two options to close a nearly one-million dollar projected shortfall in Mayor Sam Teresi's 2018 budget proposal. 
 
That was the general feeling of the three people who addressed Council during it's required public hearing on Teresi's $35.7-million proposal last night.  On the one hand, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says there are a number of resources the city should be using to bring in more commercial and industrial development.
 
Tranum says the city needs a long-term plan to "grow" a tax base that will bring in more revenue to Jamestown.  From the other side retired Board of Public Utilities employee Doug Champ says the city needs to look at cutting costs and again proposed moving the stormwater improvement, and leaf collection program to the BPU. 
 
The city council will now consider the input offered at the hearing and, other meetings and, consider changes to the budget proposal, which is to be voted on by next Monday night. 
 
 
One of the big items that city lawmakers are waiting to hear about for next year's budget is whether the state will again be able to help plug that $947,000 shortfall. 
 
That from Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce, who says he understands the concerns about the City Council following the charter.  However, Dolce says they are not violating the city's guidelines in how they put the budget together last year and, this year.
 
If the state does help cover the entire cost, while the city continues a restructuring plan that's been underway, that gives them more time to get those pieces in place.  If not, he says they'll have to look elsewhere for help and, may again have to start the new year with a deficit-budget. 
 
Mayor Sam Teresi was in Albany last week and, met with state officials about the city's fiscal problems.
 
 
Last Saturday night's armed robbery and shooting at a home on Jamestown's eastside was not a random act. 
 
That from City Police Captain Bob Samuelson, who says police are still looking for the two suspects who allegedly broke into the home at 533 East Fifth Street and, robbed the occupants before shooting one of them. 
 
Samuelson says they were called to the scene shortly after 8 p.m., and a male victim was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for a wound to the abdomen.  Samuelson says he was later transferred to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania.
 
Samuelson says the victim is cooperating but, would not say what was taken during the robbery.  He adds that anyone who may have information on the suspects to this incident or their whereabouts should call Jamestown Police at 483-7537 or their anonymous tips line at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477. 
 
You can also contact their Tip 4-1-1 App and, police say all calls and tips will be kept confidential.  
 
 
A Sherman man is jailed on $75,000 bail after a recent raid at his home led to discovery of a methamphetamine lab and two weapons. 
 
Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, and Sheriff's Department SWAT team, executed a search warrant at 170 Park Street and, had a vaild arrest warrant for the occupant. 
 
Task Force agents say 42 year-old Edwin Hannold, Junior was wanted for fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.  A search of the home led officers to seize a quantity of cash, a large amount of Meth and methamphetamine oil. 
 
They also found the meth lab and a shotgun and a rife.  Hannold was arraigned and sent to the County Jail and he faces additional possession charges including fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
 
 
A Jamestown man was arrested for violating Leandra's Law and endangering the welfare of two children after allegedly driving while toxicated almost twice the legal limit on Saturday.
 
State Police say they received a complaint of an erratically driving vehicle in southern Chautauqua County and stopped the suspected vehicle on Buffalo Street Extension in Jamestown after observing similar violations.
 
The driver, identified as 37 year-old Jason Green was arrested after failing several sobriety tests during the stop. While in custody, Green provided a breath sample of 0.15. He is scheduled to appear in the Town of Ellicott Court on a later date to answer charges. The children were turned over to a relative at the scene.
 
 
Jamestown-area residents are being urged to contact local law enforcement if there is no animal control officer to deal with possible animal cruelty cases. 
 
That in the wake of Jamestown firefighters rescuing two dogs from a house fire late last week and, City police arrested three of the occupants.  While speaking with Dennis Webster Monday, Chautauqua County Humane Society Executive Director Kellie Roberts says that the county does not have a Humane Officer but, adds you can still contact local police.
 
Roberts says the Humane Society is part of the second step and, would aid in removing animals should such a situation arise.  She says they can provide needed food and sheltering, and take pictures to assist in an investigation. 
 
Roberts also says that the Humane Society has resources for folks who need help caring for their own pets, including those who may be struggling financially or those who may need information on pet training.  She adds that CCHS is there to take in animals, but if they are in a loving and caring home already, they are there to offer a helping hand to keep them with their owners. 
 
 
An upstate New York woman says in a federal lawsuit that she was sexually harassed by a state employee, and the governor knew and did nothing to stop it. 
 
The governor's office denies the allegations.  Lisa Marie Cater says former Empire State Development Corporation Regional President William "Sam" Hoyt helped her get a job at the department of motor vehicles, and then used that as an excuse to harass and assault her, starting in 2015.  She says he would call, text and email her inappropriately.  She says he sent her a nude image and groped her.  She says she tried to report the abuse. 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo's office said it launched investigations after the office received allegations in October 2016.  Hoyt resigned Oct. 30. His lawyer told the New York Post that his client denied the allegations.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Monday Nov. 20, 2017

The Southern Tier has seen it's first measurable snowfall of the season.
 
Bob Hamiliton with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says since the Winter Weather Advisory was put into place, snowfall amounts "worked out perfect". Adding that by looking at the web cameras, 2 to 5 inches were seen on grassy, higher elevations while there was little snow on the road.
 
Hamilton says the we can expect to see another inch or so today. The Winter Weather Advisory was lifted earlier this morning for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Wyoming, and Southern Erie Counties. 
 
 
Snow-slicked roads on Sunday are being blamed, at least in part, for a one-car, rollover crash in the town of Stockton. 
 
Sheriff's deputies say they were called to the scene on the South Stockton-Cassadaga Road just after 2 p.m. to investigate.  Officers say they found the teenage male driver was southbound when the car began sliding on the snowy pavement, and he couldn't regain control. 
 
Deputies say the car went into a ditch on the side of the road, and overturned before coming to rest on it's roof.  The operator was evaluated at the scene by an ambulance crew.  He was not identified.  No charges have been filed.
 
 
City police are looking for two black men who allegedly broke into a home on Jamestown's eastside last Saturday night, and robbed the occupants before shooting one of them. 
 
City Police were called to the scene at 533 East Fifth Street shortly after 8 PM on a report of shots being fired.  On arrival, officers learned the two men had committed a home invasion-robbery in which a male victim was shot in the abdomen. 
 
Investigators are looking for the two men, who reportedly entered the home wearing dark-colored hooded sweatshirts, and, robbed the occupants before shooting the male victim and running off.  The gun-shot victim was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, and was later transferred to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania for further treatment. 
 
Anyone who may have information on the suspects is asked to contact Jamestown Police at 483-7537 or their anonymous tips line at 483-TIPS.  You can also contact their Tip 4-1-1 App and, police say all calls and tips will be kept confidential.  
 
 
One person has been killed in a single-car accident in the Cattaraugus County Town of Salamanca. 
 
Sheriff's officers in Little Valley were called to the scene on Old Route 17 shortly before Midnight Saturday, and found the vehicle involved had crossed the center-line, and struck a tree. 
 
Deputies say the force of the crash caused a passenger in the car to be ejected from the vehicle, and that person was pronounced dead at the scene.  No names have been released, and the investigation into the accident is continuing.
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's excited that the House has approved it's tax reform package and says, if asked he would serve on the conference committee to reconcil their bill with the Senate's version. 
 
Speaking shortly after the House approved it's measure, Reed pushed for a conference committee of House and Senate members to hash-out a final bill for both chambers.  The Senate has yet to vote on it's version of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.
 
Reed, who co-authored a measure to keep a local and state property tax deduction up to $10,000 in the House bill, reiterated that the Senate measure must include that.  He adds there are a couple of other deductions he would like to see reinstated once the two measures go to conference. 
 
Those are the student loan and, Medical expense deductions.  Reed says the House plan would save the average taxpayer in the Western Southern Tier $1,600 a year.  He also rejected the argument that while the proposal would provide little tax savings to the middle-class but, a huge windfall to American corporations. 
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says it's "troublesome" to see sexual assault and harassment allegations against one U.S. Senator and a current candidate for the Senate. 
 
The Corning Republican weighed in on the allegations against Minnesota Democrat Al Franken and, Alabama Republican candidate Roy Moore. 
 
Reed, who has supported legislation in the wake of a niece who was sexually assaulted, says it's difficult to hear the allegations against Franken.
 
Reed has been part of a movement called "No More," which is pushing for more awareness that problems with sexual assault remain in U.S. Society.  He also says that he "stands with the victims" and finds "their allegations credible." 
 
Franken has already apologized for his alleged actions during a USO trip overseas against a Los Angeles Radio News anchor.  Moore maintains that the allegation against him are political and never occured. 
 
Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says former Democratic President Bill Clinton should have resigned over his sexual affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky 20 years ago. 
 
The New York Democrat made the remark in an interview with The New York Times that was published on its website Thursday after being asked if she believed Clinton should have stepped down at the time. 
 
The House in 1999 voted to impeach Clinton of perjury and obstruction of its investigation into the affair.  The Senate later acquitted him.  
 
 
New York child molestation victims are hoping the national focus on sexual misconduct allegations roiling Hollywood, the media and national politics will convince lawmakers to allow victims to sue for decades old abuse. 
 
The Child Victims Act would relax criminal and civil statutes of limitations.  The measure is backed by the Democratic-controlled Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo but has been repeatedly blocked by the Republican-led Senate. 
 
One of the bill's leading advocates, former competitive speed skater Bridie Farrell, says the national dialogue on sexual misconduct is empowering victims and hopefully improving the bill's chances in Albany. 
 
Farrell says she was molested by an older skater when she was a girl.  She says many people are surprised that New York has one of the nation's tightest statutes of limitations for molestation.

 

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News Update for Sat., Nov. 18, 2017

**(News Update) Infant and toddler taken from Salamanca by mothers found safe in NYC...
A nearly one-month-old, and a three-month-old child are now safe after police found them with their teenage mothers in New York City after the teens fled the city of Salamanca this morning.  Salamance City Police say they issued a missing persons alert after receiving word that 29 day-old Londyn Richardson, and 3-month old Melani Ventura, had gone missing.  Authorities then issued an Amber Alert about mid-morning... stating that both were apparently with their mothers, 18 year-old Keshauna Boggs, and 16 year-old Selena Ventura.  They were all reportedly in a 2007 model, blue car... and, were reportedly traveling east... possibly heading towards Suffolk County on Long Island.  There is no word yet on the status of both mothers, and what charges may be filed.
 
 

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News Headlines for Sat., Nov. 18, 2017

Lake Effect Snow expected by early Sunday morning in WNY...
Expect some roller-coaster type weather heading through today and tomorrow morning.  First off... we'll see a warm up...followed by a cool down complete with lake effect snow.  Meteorologist Aaron Reynolds of the National Weather Service says ahead of the cold front, there will be a southerly flow of mild and very moist air.  Reynold says we'll have some brief rain and warmer temperatures for today... but, behind it, a cold front will move in, and we'll begin to see some lake effect snow late tonight.  Some areas could see 6 to 8 inches of snow by early Monday.  The cold front could trigger some thunderstorms late today before the colder air moves in.  No warnings or watches have been issued yet, but Reynolds says you will want to stay updated on the latest weather forecasts since rapid changes are expected late today into tomorrow.  
 
 
Amber Alert put in place for two young children allegedly abducted in Salamanca...
Police across western New York are looking for two small children who were allegedly abducted by their mothers in the Cattaraugus County city of Salamanca early this morning.  Salamanca Police says they believe both are endangered, and have issued an Amber Alert for both.  Police say they believe 18 year-old Keshauna Boggs allegedly grabbed her daughter... 29 day-old Londyn Richardson... about 6:30 this morning.  Officers believe that Boggs and her daughter are traveling with 16 year-old Selena Ventura... who took her 3-month-old daughter, Melani, and fled about the same time.  The mothers and daughters are African-American.  If you have any information on the vehicle, Ventura and Boggs, or their children... you are asked to contact Salamanca Police... or your local agency.  Police say the four may be traveling towards Suffolk County on Long Island.
 
 
Local Humane Society puts out alert on animal cruelty after this week's Mt. Vernon Place fire...
After a toy poodle and another dog were rescued from a house fire on Moutn Vernon Street in Jamestown... the Chautauqua County Humane Society is reminded local residents to contact local authorities if they are aware of any situation involving animal cruelty.  Humane Society Director of Animal Services Sue Bobek says, "we offer services to local police agencies free of charge because we do not want cost to come into the equation when it comes to doing what local municipalities have to do versus the right thing to do when it comes to the well-being of the animals in these situations."  The poodle suffered from "extreme neglect" on the part of the owners.  Bobek also stresses the importance of Humane Education and says the humane society is a resource for the whole community. For more information... contact the Chautauqua County Humane Society at 665-2209. 
 
 
Horrigan touts Shared Services efforts after county receives State award...
Chautauqua County is one of four New York state municipalities that has received special recognition from the state for it's work on regional infrastructure, emergency medical services and local government reorganization.  County Executive Vince Horrigan was among five local leaders on hand in Albany this week to receive a Regional Impact Award during the Local Government Innovation Conference.  Horrigan says New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado presented the award to him, along with the head of the county's panel looking into regional solutions.  He says it was nice to receive the award with Legislator George Borrello, who chairs the county's Regional Soluctions Commission.  Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi... and, Westfield Mayor Michael VandeVelde were also in attendance.  The county recently awarded $50,000 to the village of Forestville and town of Hanover to help the village with unexpected expenses during it's efforts to dissolve into the town.  Horrigan says the county was also recognized for development of the North County Water District, and a county-wide EMS Plan.
 
 
City of Jamestown sees improved Sales Tax receipts in third-quarter...
Third-quarter sales tax revenues for the city of Jamestown came in better than projected for the third-quarter of this year... and, they appear to be in line to make budget for 2017.  That from City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce... who recently got the numbers from City Comptroller Joe Bellitto... and, adds the city received $1.67-million between July and September.  Dolce says they saw a one-percent hike over 2016... and, now have received $4.58-million.  He says that's about 76-percent of budget... and puts them on target to make budget for this year.  Dolce says they'll need about $1.4-million to make their $6-million target for 2017.  Historically, Dolce says the city has budgeted conservatively for sales tax... and, that any additional amounts are used to offset any shortfalls in the budget.  He says the city was just under $1,600 more in revenue than they projected for the third-quarter of this year.  He adds that -- given the figures so far in 2017 -- Bellitto has also recommended there be no change to the city's sales tax budget figure for next year.
 
 
Suicide Prevention task force being created in NYS...
New York state is creating a suicide prevention task force to study ways to reduce the number of New Yorkers who take their own lives.  Governor Andrew Cuomo called for the creation of the panel earlier this year.  Late this week... the Democrat cited the recent rise in the number of suicides across the country and says New York will make prevention a "top priority."  The task force will include state mental health officials, academic researchers and representatives of non-profit community groups.  The group will examine factors that can lead people to consider suicide, with a special focus on bullying and cyberbullying. 

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WJTN Headlines for Friday Nov. 17, 2017

Local Congressman Tom Reed was among the Republican majority yesterday that approved the "Tax Cut and Jobs" Act in the House of Representatives. 
 
With no Democratic votes, the House approved the more than 400-page document, 227-to-205.  The measure includes four tax brackets compared to the seven that are in the current Senate bill.  The Senate has yet to act on it's measure. 
 
While House Republicans agreed to keep the highest tax bracket at 39.6-percent, Reed says most people will be taxed at the new, lower level.
 
Reed adds that what happens in the U-S Senate has yet to be determined.  However, he says he will continue to push for keeping a 10-thousand dollar deduction, at least on local and state property taxes.  The Senate bill completely eliminates the SALT provisions, and does not have the property tax deduction.
 
Reed says the process remains "dynamic" at this time.  President Donald Trump calls the House passage of the $1.5-trillion tax package "a big step'' toward delivering on the Republican Party's promise of tax cuts by year's end. 
 
Trump says he wants to deliver a final measure as a "Christmas present" to the American people.
 
 
Working smoke detectors are being credited with saving three people from flames that broke out about mid-morning Thursday on Jamestown's westside. 
 
Fire Battalion Chief Matt Coon says crews were called to the scene at 12 Mount Vernon Place about 9:15 a.m. and, found heavy smoke coming from the second-floor windows and attic area.
 
Coon says it took about 15 minutes to bring the blaze under control.  He says the three adults living in the house were able to get out of the home safely, thanks to the smoke detectors.  No other injuries were reported. 
 
Coon says there was no extension of the flames but, there was smoke and water damage to both floors of the house.  He says an off-duty shift of 12 firefighters was called in and, the cause remains under investigation.
 
 
Jamestown firefighters did have to rescue two pets dogs from inside the residence at 12 Mount Vernon Place and, officers have charged the three residents there with animal cruelty because one dog was found suffering from "extreme neglect." 
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the toy Poodle was found with extremely matted hair and, was covered in feces with open sores.  She also had a large cyst on it's abdomen. 
 
Samuelson says the dog was seized, and taken to a local veterinarian for treatment.  The three residents, 40 year-old Lisa Bortz, 39 year-old William Wright, and, 31 year-old David Wright, were charged with animal cruelty. 
 
That's a violation of the state's Ag and Markets Law.  They were being held pending arraignment.
 
 
County lawmakers Wednesday night also approved an amendment to the current budget for the Office of Child and Family Services custody services that are back-billed by the state to the county. 
 
The legislature voted 18-to-1 to approve paying an additional 3.8-million dollars from fund balance to cover the extra cost for the year 2015. 
 
Jamestown Democrat Chuck Nazzaro said he would vote for the measure but, expressed frustration over the fact the state gave no explanation about why the cost was doubled on the county.  He and others agreed that they should try to get the state Comptoller's Office to investigate the additional charges.  Frewsburg Republican Ron Lemon cast the lone "no" vote on the matter.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office has been re-accredited for the new year and, was recognized for that prior to Wedneday night's monthly legislature meeting. 
 
The acknowledgement came from Lakewood Republican Paul Wendel, who chairs the Public Safety Committee.  Wendel says the local department is one of a small number that has ALL the accreditations offered by the state's Law Enforcement Accredition Program.  He says there are 110 different standards involved in three areas: adminstration, training and operations.
 
Sheriff Joe Gerace and Accreditation Manager Lieutenant Kirk Lynon were on hand with the plaque they received from the state. 
 
Gerace thanked the legislature for it's on-going support of what they do and, said he's "very proud" of the men and women in his department because they meet and often exceed the highest-known standard for public safety. 
 
Gerace says when the state comes in for it's three-days to audit the department, they go through the department's files, and monitor everything done for those three-days.  Officials did note that the plaque was made up while Lyon was still a Sergeant.  He was recently promoted to at Lieutenant in the Sheriff's Department.
 
 
A city man has been arrested for drug possession for allegedly being found in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop on Jamestown's southside. 
 
City police say the stopped a vehicle just after 5 a.m. Thursday at the corner of King and Barrows Street and, found one of the passengers was wanted on a warrant out of Pennsylvania. 
 
Officers say they arrested 29 year-old Seneca Booth, who was found to have been in possession of a quantity of Meth and the paraphernalia.  Booth was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and, Felony fugitive from justice.  Booth is being held pending arraignment.
 
 
An event to connect homeless and at-risk veterans with services in Buffalo, has been recognized nationally for effectively organizing a one-day "Stand Down". 
 
Today from 10 AM to 2 PM, a "Stand Down for Jamestown" will be held at the Herman Kent American Legion Post in Celoron.  U-S Marine Veteran Sean Lindstrom with the V-A Health Care for Homeless Veterans program, says bringing a Stand Down to the Southern Tier is important because some veterans who could benefit the most from services may not have the capabilities to travel to Buffalo for them.  
 
 
Manufacturing activity in New York expanded at a slower pace this month but remains at a healthy level. 
 
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York says its Empire State Manufacturing Survey slid to 19.4 in November from a three-year high 30.2 last month.  But any reading over zero signals growth.  New orders grew faster this month, but shipments and hiring expanded at a slower pace. 
 
Across the United States, factories are benefiting from a strengthening global economy and from a weaker dollar, which makes U.S. products cheaper in foreign markets. 
 
The New York Fed's report adds to evidence that the U.S. economy is healthy.  Growth clocked in at a solid 3 percent annual pace from July through September.  Unemployment has dropped to 4.1 percent, close to a 17-year low.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Thursday Nov. 16, 2017

County lawmakers have approved a one-year extension with Chautauqua County's largest employees union. 
 
The county legislature last night approved the new agreement with Civil Service Employees Union-#807 Unit 6300 by a 19-0 vote.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says there is a wage increase, but adds there's also an incentive for employees to move into a lower-cost, high-deductable health insurance plan.
 
County Legislator Terry Niebel of Sheridan says he favored the contract, though it's not perfect.  Niebel noted that the CSEA did include a good-faith effort to lower their health insurance costs by going with a "Allied Health Tele-medicine" program. 
 
On the county's agreeing to support employees who move to the higher-deductable insurance, Niebel says those already on it will now be getting "a reward" for staying on it.  Horrigan says the county now has union contracts in place with all of it's bargaining units.  The current CSEA contract was to expire at the end of this year.
 
 
The legislature held a moment of silence at the start of last night's meeting in honor of Joan Glenzer, the wife of past County Executive Jack Glenzer. 
 
Joan Glenzer passed away last Thursday at an Erie, Pennsylania hospital following an extended illness.  She was 83.  Joan Glenzer was an active campaigner during her husband's two terms and, was the first woman vice-president at the SUNY College at Fredonia. 
 
Later, legislators also acknowledged the passing West Ellicott's Ben Haskins, who regularily attended legislature meetings for many years.  They also recognized the passing of Silver Creek's Laurel Hotelling.
 
 
The mayor of Jamestown should not be able to present the city council an 'unbalanced budget.' 
 
The current mayor, however, says he's not going to proposed a "gimmicky" spending plan to lawmakers that appears balanced but, has unrealistic projections. 
 
Retired Board of Public Utilities' District Heating Manager Doug Champ has gone before lawmakers on the budget the past couple of weeks and, asked the question of council when the City Charter specifically asks for a "balanced budget".
 
Mayor Sam Teresi says, the past two years, he has presented spending plans that have had $825,000 and, $947,000 deficits due to increased costs and, loss of revenue.  Teresi says he certainly strives to present a balanced budget but, adds that hasn't always been possible in current times. 
 
City lawmakers will hold it's required public hearing on the Mayor's $35.7-million spending plan at 6 p.m. next Monday night.  A vote on the budget plan will be held on Monday, November 27th.
 
 
A group of off-duty police officers in the city of Jamestown will be back in the school district soon. 
 
At Tuesday's school board meeting, Superintendent Bret Apthorpe said that the officers called "Red Shirts" were not initially covered for liability.  However he says the board has worked with the Jamestown Police-Kendall Club PBA and civil service to take on the Red Shirts as district employees.
 
Apthorpe says the Red Shirts were not seen around schools, at football games or special school events for about three weeks.  After speaking with Frank Donato at the Kendall Club, the district is hopeful to see the Red Shirts resume their shifts after Thanksgiving break. 
 
Apthorpe says the officers play a large role in the student community because they interact with the kids directly and, the students and teachers enjoy that. 
 
 
There were some anxious moments but, no one was hurt when flames engulfed a dump truck that was being used to haul corn for a local farm in the town of Busti Wednesday afternoon. 
 
Lakewood fire officials say crews were called to the scene of a fully-involved truck fire on Southwestern Drive, near Baker Street Extension about 1:30 PM. 
 
They say the driver of the Oakview Farms truck got out of the vehicle alright.  The cause remains unknown at this time.
 
 
A Silver Creek man is $3-million richer after purchasing a winning "Benjamins" scratch-off ticket during a routine stop recently for gas. 
 
Chautauqua County's newest Lottery millionaire was introduced to the media in Buffalo today with Richie Thompson purchasing his $3 milllion-winning ticket at Cave's Food Center in Forestville. 
 
Spokeswoman Yolanda Vega with the New York Lottery presented Thompson with an oversized $3-million check and she told us he is a long-time lottery player.
 
Thompson opted to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment. Yolanda says he plans to open up a new trucking business in his hometown area, something he had always told family members he was going to do if he won the lottery. 
 
Thompson will receive a net check totaling $1,641,000 after required withholdings.  Yolanda says she never tires of presenting the oversized checks saying that she gets "all excited and involved" in their stories. 
 
 
A Bemus Point man was arrested on a warrant for issuing a bad check for over $2,500 Monday. 
 
State Police in Jamestown say they received a complaint back in September from a local business claiming that 29 year-old Matthew Mecusker gave them a check for more than $2,500 in June that came back returned. 
 
The business told Troopers they attempted to get Mecusker to pay the balance, but were unsuccessful and reported it to authorities.  After receiving the complain, police advised Mecusker of this but, he refused to turn himself in.  He arrested and jailed pending further court action.
 
 
Warren General Hospital has announced a comprehensive affiliation agreement with three major health networks officials say will enhance access to high-quality, high value health services. 
 
Warren General Chief Executive Officer Ron Allen says it's "an exciting day" to annnounce the joint venture with Highmark, LECOM, and the Allegheny Health Network. 
 
It's a huge step for the hospital and it's considered "rare" that all three would work jointly with one provider.  Allen says they're "thrilled to be moving forward in partnership with organizations that share our values and commitment to excellence in patient care, and community focused service."

 

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WJTN Headlines for Tuesday Nov. 14, 2017

Residents of the Panama Central School district said "yes" but, in the Clymer district they said a resounding "no" to the merger process between the two districts. 
 
That means any merger of the Panama and Clymer schools is done for now. 
 
That from Bert Lictus, superintendent for both districts in the wake of yesterday's non-binding vote on moving ahead with the merger process.  LIctus was obviously disappointed but, also saw in the Clymer vote a sense that residents want to stay with the current sharing of services.
 
Lictus says he believes there were two key factors that led to the defeat in Clymer.  One was a consideration of "losing their identity" and, "finances with the state."   The vote in Clymer was 654-to-186 while the straw vote in Panama was 192 "yes" and 168 "no." 
 
In spite of the defeat, Lictus says the continued sharing of several personnel and services will continue.
 
 
Officials with the Prendergast Library and city of Jamestown last night discussed ways to help the library stay solvent in light of another, major cut in city funding to the library. 
 
Library Director Tina Scott went before the City Council to review their allocaton from the city, which is being cut in half by Mayor Sam Teresi for 2018 to $50,000. 
 
Scott says that's another huge blow to their bottom line and, adds they are also seeing stagnant or declining revenue.  She adds that they are also running out of investment income.
 
The idea of leasing out space in the Prendergast was broached by Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce.  Scott says they current have one major tenant in the building, which is the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System, which oversees all local libraries. 
 
However, she says they have a 60-year lease on the addition that was added for the system's main offices.  Scott says that if they didn't have the library offices there, they wouldn't have that entity helping to pay expenses.  She says losing that tenant would increase their costs by $40,000 a year.
 
 
A man from Corry, Pennsylvania man is in the Chautauqua County Jail after allegedly leading State Police on a chase and, damaging several vehicles while under the influence of drugs in the town of Ripley last Sunday night. 
 
Troopers responded to a report of a property damage accident at the Ripley Toll Barrier just before 8:30 PM.  Prior to arrival, the suspect's vehicle left the scene in an attempt to flee. 
 
While responding to the area, Troopers located and attempted to stop the vehicle.  A pursuit was initiated after the driver refused to comply. 
 
The driver, later identified as 32 year-old Kevin Birchard, is accused of intentionally hitting five vehicles during the pursuit.  After Birchard's vehicle finally was stopped, he was taken into custody without further incident.
 
 
A teenager faces charges for an alleged burglary, using a baseball bat on Jamestown's southside yesterday afternoon. 
 
Jamestown Police say they responded to 224 Forest Avenue for a subject with a weapon.  Officers spoke with the residents and were told that a unnamed, 17 year-old male, kicked in the apartment door  and, made entry while in possession of a baseball bat.
 
While inside, the male allegedly threatened occupants of the residence and swung the bat at them.  The teen was located a short distance away and was taken to city jail pending arraignment.  No injuries were reported. 
 
 
County Executive Vince Horrigan went to Albany late Monday, where Chautauqua County will be recognized once again for its commitment to shared services. 
 
Prior to leaving, Horrigan said he and others involved in local consolidation efforts have been invited to take part in the program.
 
Meanwhile, elected officials at both the county and local level are still waiting to hear about the results of the $20-million dollar Municipal Consolidation and Government Efficiency Competition.  Horrigan says he doesn't know when an announcement is expected, adding that an announcement of the winner should have already been made. 
 
However, he says it may be when other state funding is typically announced in early December.  Horrigan says a number of projects from Chautauqua County have been submitted for state Consolidated Funding Application grant monies.
 
 
The city of Jamestown's annual Christmas Tree is up on Tracy Plaza after being harvested from the playground area of Bergman Park on the city's westside. 
 
The 60-foot tall White Spruce Tree was cut down by a Parks and Recreation Crew Monday morning.
 
The Board of Public Utilities, and a crew with a flatbed truck from Lakeshore Paving also assisted the Parks crew at the park.  City Arborist Dan Stone says they appreciate the help because the park grounds were wet and muddy.
 
Stone says the tree is about 60 to 80 years-old and, is in good shape.  However, he also says the tree and it's roots were starting to encroach on the play-ground equipment and, it was going to be harvested anyway. 
 
The tree will now be decorated with some 3,000 LED lights.  The tree will be lit on Friday, December 1st to begin the annual downtown Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration.
 
 
A ground-breaking ceremony was held late Monday morning for a half million dollar project to upgrade facilities at Point Gratiot in Dunkirk. 
 
City Mayor Willie Rosas, along with other elected officials were on hand for the event.  State Senator Cathy Young couldn't attend the event but, Rosas says she played an important role in landing the funding for the project, which should update and upgrade the park for the 21st century.
 
Ed Schober of Labella Associates says the roof of every building at the park will receive some attention, including the main pavilion and the restrooms. 
 
Crews were expected to begin work right after the ground-breaking with the project expected to be completed in time for Memorial Day.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Monday Nov. 13, 2017

A Jamestown teenager is jailed on $5,000 bail for allegedly holding a woman against her will and breaking her phone when she tried to call for help.
 
Jamestown police say they were called to 152 Baker Street for an alleged domestic incident about 3 p.m. last Saturday and, found that 19 year-old Justin Conklin had allegedly choked the victim. 
 
Police say Conklin then held the victim against a door when she tried to leave.  He was arraigned on charges of second-degree unlawful imprisonment, criminal obstruction of breathing and criminal mischief.  He was then sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
It was Veteran's Day, 2017 last Saturday and, a short, solumn ceremony was held at Veteran's Park on the city of Jamestown's westside.
 
A 21-gun salute was given to conclude brief remarks at the annual program put on by the Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post-53.  Post Commander J.R. Rotunda was pleased with the turn-out on a bitterly cold, November morning.
 
Rotunda says the local VFW has been doing a yearly program for the past 100 years and they use the day to honor both the fallen and, the veteran's still among us.  He says it's up to the living veterans to make sure they are honored.  Rotunda says while the program is put on by their post, it's for ALL veterans, including the younger ones returning from Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.  
 
In addition to the program at Veteran's Park, the annual American Legion 21-gun salute and rifle volley was held at 11 this morning at the corner of Third and Main Streets.  The Jamestown High School Band played the Star Spangled Banner, and buglars played taps.  A special Veteran's Day service was also held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.  There was also a service in Celoron Saturday morning.
 
 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments that can legally be treated with medical marijuana. 
 
The PTSD bill was part of a package of legislation that Cuomo signed Saturday to mark Veterans Day.  The Democratic governor said 19,000 New Yorkers with PTSD could be helped by medical marijuana.  He said the potential beneficiaries include veterans as well as police officers and survivors of domestic violence, crime and accidents. 
 
Other measures signed Saturday include a bill to provide more days off for combat veterans employed by the state and a bill waiving the civil service examination fee for veterans who were honorably discharged.  Cuomo said the legislation will help give veterans "every opportunity to continue succeeding when they return home."
 
 
Outgoing Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan has met with his successor, fellow Republican George Borrello.  Borrello, an Irving legislator, indicated on Election Night that he would meet later with Horrigan.
 
The current executive says he wants to have a smooth transition with Borrello. who is wrapping up a fourth-term on the legislature. Horrigan will be leaving office for retirement at the end of December. 
 
Borrello has been a member of the County Legislature since 2010.  He defeated Democratic candidate Mike Ferguson of Fredonia with 63-percent of the vote to Ferguson's 37-percent.
 
 
Chautauqua County's top cop says he's looking forward to working with new County Executive George Borrello when he takes over next January. 
 
Sheriff Joe Gerace says both Borrello and Democratic candidate  Mike Ferguson ran a good, "issues-oriented" campaign which he thinks residents wanted to see.  Gerace adds he will miss working with outgoing Executive Vince Horrigan.
 
Horrigan is retiring from office at the end of the year.  Borrello will become the fifth county executive Gerace has served with since becoming sheriff in 1995.   
 
 
A Jamestown man was arrested on a warrant check following a brief foot chase in the city's westside early last weekend.
 
Jamestown police say officers spotted 36 year-old Bernard Mount on West 13th Street last Friday afternoon and, confirmed he was wanted on warrants issued from Jamestown City Court, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office and, Salamanca Police.  After the foot pursuit, Mount was arrested for resisting arrest, and on the two outside agency warrants.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
The son of the highest-ranking recipient of the Medal of Honor still listed as missing from World War II is pushing for renewed interest in finding the crash site of his father's B-17 bomber. 
 
Brigadier General Kenneth Walker and 10 other men were aboard the San Antonio Rose when it disappeared over a Pacific island in January 1943.  Walker's son, Douglas Walker, a retiree from Connecticut, met with Pentagon officials earlier this year to provide information from a team of independent experts that he hopes will prompt U.S. military officials to authorize a new search for the downed bomber. 
 
Military officials say the independent team's theory on the crash site's possible location is plausible, but that more investigation is required in order to locate the plane.
 
 
A 166-count federal indictment accuses a western New York doctor of illegally prescribing pain medication that resulted in six deaths. 
 
The U.S. Attorney's office in Buffalo says that Dr. Eugene Gosy of Clarence was responsible for the mass distribution of prescription painkillers including fentanyl and oxycodone.  Investigators say the pain management doctor ignored obvious red flags that his patients were addicted and abusing their medications. 
 
Conviction on the charges connected to patient deaths could bring a maximum sentence of life in prison.  Law firm Colucci and Gallaher released a statement saying Gosy has helped tens of thousands of patients and his rate of patient overdose death is far below the national average.  Gosy was already facing an April 2016 indictment alleging illegal prescribing and health care fraud.

 

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News Headlines for Nov. 11, 2017

Veteran's Day commemorated in Jamestown...
It's Veteran's Day 2017, and, a brief program was held at Veteran's Park on the city of Jamestown's westside, and concluded with the traditional, 21-gun salute and tapes.  Those followed remarks at this morning's annual program put on by the Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post-53.  Post Commander "J.R." Rotunda was pleased with the turn-out on a bitterly cold, November morning.  He says normally, they don't get that many people.  Rotunda is a Viet Nam veteran, and says they didn't get that kind of respect when they got home, but, he says the provide that for all veteran's now.  Rotunda says the local VFW has been doing a yearly program for the past 100 years... and, they use the day to honor both the fallen... and, the veteran's still among us.  He says while the program is put on by their post... it's for all veterans... including the younger ones returning from Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.  In addition to the program at Veteran's Park... the annual American Legion 21-gun salute and rifle volley was held at 11 this morning at the corner of Third and Main Streets.  The Jamestown High School Band played the Star Spangled Banner, and buglars played taps.  A special Veteran's Day service was also held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.
 
 
Teen arrested for allegedly stabbing brother in Gerry...
A Gerry teenager was arrested Thursday afternoon after allegedly stabbing his brother during an incident on Herrick Road.  Sheriff Joe Gerace confirms that Sheriff's officers were among the first responders called to the scene shortly after 1 p.m.  Gerace says the 16 year-old allegedly stabbed the brother in the leg during the incident.  The victim was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening wound.  The 16 year-old was arrested.  However... Gerace says due to the ages of those involved... no names are being released.  No other details have been released.
 
 
PA man arrested following alleged DWI incident in Jamestown...
A man from Warren, Pa. was arrested for allegedly driving drunk the wrong way on a Jamestown street early yesterday morning.  But, city police say they also found drugs in the possession of 35 year-old Danna Merritt.  Officers say they saw his vehicle traveling the wrong way on East 2nd Street near Institute Street just after 2:30 a.m.  Police pulled the vehicle over at the intersection of Institute and First Streets, and arrested Merritt.  Further investigation revealed Merritt was drunk... and, he was allegedly in possession of oxycodone and marijuana.  Merritt was taken to City Jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
Cuomo administration now implementing Retail Workers Shift Scheduling regulations...
New York's governor says his administration is implementing regulations that require employers to pay workers extra when they're called in at the last minute.  Democrat Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that the state Department of Labor's new regulations address the practice of scheduling retail and other workers with short notice.  He says the regulations establish a 14-day advance notice standard for scheduling and provide two hours' extra pay for last-minute assignments.  The new rules also provide for extra compensation when workers have to be on stand-by or for last-minute cancellations.  New York State Retail Council President Ted Potrikus says the regulations still allow flexibility for employers.
 
 
Liuzzo talks about winning Jamestown City Council At-Large seat... 
Republican newcomer Andrew Liuzzo says he decided to run for the Jamestown City Council because he was "tired of complaining" about what's been happening -- or not happening in the city.  Liuzzo was third-leading vote-getter in the six person race for the three at-large council seats this past Tuesday night.  He says the biggest complaint that he heard during the campaign was about property taxes.  However... Liuzzo says another aspect of that caught his attention... and, found himself wondering, "what are we getting for our tax dollars?"  He says many sidewalks are broken, streets need repair, and there is still some substandard housing.  Liuzzo received 1,952 votes last Tuesday... and, finished just two votes behind second-place Vanessa Weinert in the machine vote Tuesday.  That's also prior to the counting of absentee ballots.  Liuzzo says he's also concerned about the city's fiscal position... and, having to get money from the state to balance the 2017 budget.  However... no such promise has been made for 2018... when Mayor Sam Teresi projects a $947,000 deficit.  Liuzzo says the biggest problem facing the city -- otherwise -- is the on-going Heroin and Opioid Drug crisis.  
 
 
Horrigan supports CSEA Contract Extention...
The Chautauqua County Legislature will be taking action next week on a new contract for the county's largest labor union.  This past Thursday, members of the Audit and Control Committee approved the agreement, a one-year contract extension for CSEA Local 807-Unit 6300.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says he supports the tentative agreement and says he's very hopeful that the full legislature will approve the pact, which includes a 2-percent wage increase... but, some insurance concessions.  Horrigan says an important part of the contract allows the county to offer multiple health care plans -- including some lower cost plans.  Legislators will hold their monthly meeting next Wednesday evening at the Gerace Office Building in Mayville.
 

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WJTN Headlines for Friday Nov. 10, 2017

The first arctic blast of the season has arrived, and we are seeing a major change in our weather through later this morning. 
 
Meteorologist Jon Hitchcock with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says an arctic cold front crossed the region overnight and, says rain showers and even some evening thunderstorms turned to lake effect snow late last night. 
 
Hitchcock says snowfall amounts will range from 1 to 3 inches over the higher terrain, with only dusting along the lake shore.  A flash freeze is still a concern, especially over bridges and overpasses.  
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed was among the majority of lawmakers on the House Ways and Means Committee who gave final approval to a tax reform package he continues to say will save the average taxpayer in his district $1,600 a year. 
 
The Corning Republican says the tax-writing committee approved a number of changes to the original legislation, including keeping the top individual rate of 39.6% for the highest income-earners.  Reed says that means four versus three tax brackets in the House bill.
 
Reed says the House bill also keeps the Local and State Property Tax Deduction but, it does not continue other SALT provisions.  He says that may slow things down when reconciling their measure with the U.S. Senate's. 
 
That bill would completely eliminate ALL parts of SALT and, Reed says he will fight to continue the Property Tax deduction provision in the final bill.  The Senate bill would also include seven, not four income tax brackets. 
 
During his weekly media conference call, Reed said the House bill will also save small business owners about $3,000 a year.  He expects a House vote next week.
 
 
For possibly the first-time ever, there will be a female majority on the Jamestown City Council next year. 
 
That after Democrat Vanessa Weinert won one of three at-large seats up in last Tuesday's election.  Weinert was second-leading vote getter among the at-large candidates with 1,954 votes.  There were almost 450 absentee ballots issued in the city but, Weinert says she's pretty comfortable there won't be much change in the results, mainly because of who the absentees were sent to.
 
Republican incumbant Kim Ecklund got the most votes Tuesday, with nearly 2,300 tallies.  After Weinert Republican newcomer Andrew Liuzzo was third with one-thousand-952 votes.  Fourth place finisher, Republican Michael Laurin, received 1,854 votes, while incumbant Democrat Greg Rabb was fifth with 1,852. 
 
Barring any significant swing, Weinert would become the fifth woman on the panel.  She feels that's important, regardless of what political party you belong to.  In addition to Ecklund, Weinert, and Liuzzo, Council winners on Tuesday included Democrats Marie Carrubba, Maria Jones, Vickeye James and Tom Nelson and, Republican Tony Dolce.
 
 
Running for public office for the first-time often ends up being a real learning experience and, a lot of that comes from putting a lot of mileage on your shoes. 
 
Democrat Vanessa Weinert says she found that out by campaigning for Jamestown City Council.  Weinert says, when you run locally, there's not a lot of research about what issues are important to voters.  She says you need to talk with them about what matters to them and, use a little "intuition" to determine what people care about the most. 
 
Speaking with our Dennis Webster Thursday's morning on WJTN's morning show, she agreed it's "shoeleather research." 
 
 
The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County has passed the half-way mark in it's General Campaign and officials with the agency are optimistic they will reached their $1.325-million  goal. 
 
United Way Campaign Chairwoman Jane Cleaver-Becker says they are "thrilled" to have reached 55% of the 2017 goal.  Becker says many of their workplace campaigns are well-underway and the results have been "great news".
 
Becker says the United Way has been seeing more new donors taking part and, adds there's been an emphasis on getting new people under the age of 40 involved. Becker also adds that raising the last 45% will be a challenge, and that may involve a new emphasis on getting more new donors involved and, showing them "why their gift matters." 
 
The United Way again stresses this year that 100-percent of the donations made to them remain here to be used for United Way programming, and, for some 41 community-based programs in the Jamestown-area.  For more information on the United Way, call 483-1561.  You can also go on-line to UWayscc.org
 
 
Gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area are up by 6-cents this week to nearly $2.76 for a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel. 
 
That from AAA's Gas Price Report which says the price at this time last year was $2.38 per gallon. With a 2.9 million barrel decrease in inventory the region saw the biggest drop of any in the country. AAA says the U-S Energy Information Administration reports the highest demand measurement for gasoline since 2006.
 
At $2.53 per gallon, the national fuel price increased by 6-cents as of Monday. The increase of prices at the pump is attributed to the high demand and low supply, bringing a 7-million barrel deficit compared to this time last year.  Motorists can find gas prices along their route at AAA.com/mobile

 

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WJTN Headlines for Thursday Nov. 9, 2017

"It was a good day for voters in Chautauqua County."  Those are the feelings of County Democratic Elections Commissioner Norm Green, who says voter turn-out was good for an "off-year" election, especially in Legislature District One.
 
Green adds that Jamestown voter turn-out was much lower, in the 20% range.  He says that he and Republican Elections Commissioner Brian Abram were predicting a 30-percent voter turn-out. 
 
However, with the absentee ballots, overall turnout was 40-percent.  Green says 2,132 absentee ballots were handed out and over half have been returned as of yesterday.  He says it will be at least six days before ballots and affidavits are counted.
 
Green says the affidavits are capped "full-fledged provisionally" for several reasons including, someone may have moved or the Department of Motor Vehicles did not give a record of voter registration. 
 
 
It appears there will be two new members of the Jamestown City Council in the new year. 
 
But, that's pending the election canvass and absentee ballot count.  Currently, the machine count shows that Republican Kim Ecklund was the top vote getter among at-large candidates in Tuesday's election with 2,298 votes. 
 
Ecklund far outdistanced second-place finisher, Democrat Vanessa Weinert, who had 1,954 votes.  Unlike previous years, Ecklund did not have the Independence Party line because her name was for an unknown reason not transferred to the final document to go on the ballot.  She says that didn't spur her on because, with six people running she knew she had to work hard regardless.
 
Current Council President Greg Rabb is in fifth-place following the machine ballot count on Tuesday.  However, he may still be re-elected depending on how the absentee ballots come in. 
 
After Weinert, Republican challenger Andrew Liuzzo was in third-place for the third seat with 1,952 votes.  Second-Ward Councilman Tony Dolce was handly re-elected, and expressed mixed feelings about Rabb's defeat because they have worked well together.  Right now, it appears Democrats will hold a slim, 5-to-4 majority for 2018. 
 
Late yesterday, the Board of Elections released the absentee ballots for each "to close to call" race in the county.  In the at-large Council race in Jamestown, there were 446 absentee ballots issued and, 230 are returned.  Currently Weinert is second with 1,954 while Rabb is 100 behind with 1,854.
 
 
The new Chautauqua County Executive-elect says the transition into the new office is underway today and, he still has some big decisions to make on his administration. 
 
That from County Legislator George Borrello of Irving, who defeated Democrat Michael Ferguson in Tuesdays election with 63-percent of the vote.  Borrello defeated Ferguson, 16,455 to 9,586 tallies.  He would not say if he would retain any of current County Executive Vince Horrigan's cabinet and department heads.
 
Borrello congratulated Ferguson, who likewise, congratulated Borrello on his win and, for sticking with the issues.  Ferguson says he's "proud" of the race both he and Borrello waged. 
 
During his concession speak at Rooties in Dunkirk, Ferguson thanked his family for their unwavering support, as well as other supporters who he got to know so well during the campaign.
 
 
Statewide, New Yorkers defeated a proposal holding a constitutional convention. 
 
About 77% of voters rejected the proposition.  Two other proposals on the ballot passed, including one that dealt with stripping the pensions of public officials convicted of felonies related to their jobs.  The other creating a forest preserve land bank.  Chautauqua County voters rejected Proposal One with 88 percent of the vote, while approving the other two proposals.
 
 
It was a difficult final week of the campaign but, incumbant Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore was re-elected to another, four year term. 
 
While he was pleased with the win, Barmore says he was as also very relieved it was over.  The Gerry Republican got 58% of the vote Tuesday to Democratic challenger Lee Ann Lazarony's 42%.
 
Barmore says he's "got broad shoulders" and can take the personal attacks when they come but, says it's hard on the family.  He received 14,888 votes, while Lazarony the former Mayor of Cassadaga received 10,690 votes.  
 
 
Dunkirk city voters elected a new judge in a three-way contest for the seat held by long-time City Judge Walter Drag. 
 
Democrat John Kuzdale defeated Republican Joseph Price and Green Party candidate Ron Szot.  Kuzdale received 1,118 votes, beating out Price who had 937 and Szot with 230.  The winner will succeed Drag who announced his retirement earlier this year. 
 
In the only other contested race in the city, former County Legislator Shaun Heenan, a Republican, beat incumbent Democrat Adelino Gonzalez, 1,177-947.  Heenan also previously served as Common Councilman-at-large.
 
 
A Jamestown woman faces multiple charges for allegedly driving drunk during an accident in a grocery store parking lot Tuesday afternoon. 
 
City police responded to the Save-A-Lot at 194 Fluvanna Avenue for a motor vehicle accident.  During an investigation, officer determined that 26 year-old Jordan Becker's car had left the roadway while attempting to left-turn onto Fluvanna Avenue from Washington Street. 
 
The vehicle went through the Save-A-Lot parking lot and struck a parked vehicle.  Becker was found to be operating her vehicle in an intoxicated condition and was arrested.  She is being held in City Jail pending arraignment.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Wednesday Nov. 8, 2017

It was a big night for Republicans in Chautauqua County on Election Day, as they held onto top-elected positions and, a supermajority on the County Legislature. 
 
Irving Legislator George Borrello took an early lead and, built it into a solid win in Tueday's election for County Executive.  Borrello defeated Democrat Michael Ferguson, 63 to 37 percent. 
 
Borrello received 16,455 to Ferguson's 9,586 tallies.  He congratulated Ferguson for running a clean, issues oriented campaign.
 
During a victory celebration in Mayville last night, Borrello called the victory "humbling" and called it a "mandate" for his 10-point plan called "Elevating Chautauqua County."  He said the time is now to take the county "to the next level."  He would not say if he would retain any of current County Executive Vince Horrigan's cabinet and department heads, but said regardless of party, if you "do a good job for the people of Chautauqua County" you'll have a place in the administration.
 
 
Republicans did lose a seat on the Chautauqua County Legislature, but will still have an overwhelming, 14 to 5 edge on the panel next year. 
 
Ironically, Democrats gained the seat Borrello gave up to run for County Executive.  Silver Creek Democrat Kevin O'Connell won over Irving Republican Gary Cerne Tuesday, 902-to-806. 
 
In other contested seats in the Jamestown-area, Republican John Davis defeated Democrat Terry Walker, 1,290 to 559 for the seat being vacated by Ron Lemon.  County GOP Chairman David Wilfong of Jamestown held onto his seat with a 542-to-428 win over Democrat Frank Besse. 
 
Another Republican incumbant from Jamestown, Elisabeth Rankin, held off Democrat Dave Reinhardt by less than 100 votes. 
 
Other winners in contested races included Kevin Muldowney, Robert Scudder, Pierre Chagnon, David Himelein, and John Hemmer.  The GOP will have a 14-to-5 majority in 2018.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Clerk for the past four years will remain County Clerk the next four years. 
 
Gerry Republican Larry Barmore won what at times, became a testy campaign down the stretch.  Barmore received about 58-percent of Tuesday's vote, while Cassadaga Democrat LeeAnn Lazarony got 42-percent.
 
 
It appears there will be two new members of the Jamestown City Council in the new year and, that the panel's current president has not been re-elected to the council. 
 
Long-time Second-Ward Councilman Tony Dolce won his race against Joseph Scapelitte, 535-to-220.  There were a couple of surprises in the at-large races, with Council President Greg Rabb currently sitting in fifth place out of six candidates. 
 
Totals are pending the count of absentee ballots, but at this point, Dolce says it appears Democrats will hold a 5-to-4 majority in 2018.  Republican incumbant Kim Ecklund was top vote-getter among the at-large candidates, with Democrat Vanessa Weinert second with 1,954 votes and, Republican Andrew Liuzzo was third with 1,952 votes. 
 
Republican Michael Laurin was fourth, while Rabb was fifth.  Back to the Ward races, Democrat Marie Carubba held off Republican Richard Elardo in the other contested race.
 
 
Two people have been arrested in Jamestown for allegedly being in possession of just under two pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop Monday afternoon. 
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers pulled over a car, driven by 26 year-old Ernest Cauley, at the corner of Hazeltine Avenue and Baker Street just after 1:30 PM.  Samuelson says the stop was part of an ongoing investigation by the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force into the city's growing Meth problem.
 
Samuelson says both Cauley and 22 year-old Zackiel Fields were arrested for second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class-A-2 Felony and, additional charges and arrests are pending.  He says if you have any further information on the case, or other illegal drug activity, there are two ways you can contact them anonymously call the JPD Tips line at 483-8477 or leave a message at the JPD Tips 4-1-1 app.
 
 
A Jamestown man was arrested for allegedly threatening a female victim with a knife on the city's west-side Monday night. 
 
Officers say they were called to a West Fifth Street residence for a domestic dispute, where an investigation revealed that 46 year-old Bryan Livingston, Senior threatened the victim with a knife during the incident. 
 
While in custody at City Jail, Officers say Livingston damaged property in the jail booking room. He is charged with first-degree menacing, aggravated family offense and, fourth-degree criminal mischief. 
 
 
A Lakewood man will spend up to three-years in prision for second-degree vehicular manslaughter in a drunk driving related crash that claimed the life of a Stockton man in September of 2016. 
 
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says 29-year-old Jude Gagliano received the sentence on Monday in County Court in Mayville and, says he's pleased with the outcome.
 
Swanson praised the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department for it's thorough investigation of the case.  The crash at the corner of Sinclair Drive and Route 380 last year in the town of Ellery claimed the life of 22 year-old Charles Clutter.  
 
 
A family-owned supermarket chain that's more than a century old has been named one of the "Best Workplaces in Retail" by research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and FORTUNE magazine. 
 
Wegman's, which opened its first store in 1916 has taken first-place for the second year in a row.  It has grown into 95 regional stores spanning across New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia and, Massachusetts. 
 
There is a store in West Ellicott.  The ranking accounts for responses from 38,000 employees in the retail sector detailing more than 50 factors that shape their experiences at work including, work life, diversity and, programs.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Tuesday Nov. 7, 2017

It's Election Day, 2017 and, the polls are now open across Chautauqua County at 6 AM with a number of local races to be decided.  
 
Turn-out is expected to be low across New York state, even with three state-wide propositions and some key mayoral races taking place. 
 
Locally there are two county-wide races in Chautauqua County, where voters will decide on a replacement for retiring County Executive Vince Horrigan. 
 
Republican County Legislator George Borrello of Irving is taking on Democrat Michael Ferguson of Fredonia.  There is also a county clerk's race with incumbant Republican Larry Barmore facing off against Democratic challenger LeeAnn Lazarony of Cassadaga. 
 
All 19 County Legislature seats are up for a vote, but only nine of them are contested. 
 
Two key ones to watch locally are District 11 in Jamestown where County GOP Chairman David Wilfong is being challenged by Democrat Frank Besse and, in District 16, where two men are vying to replace the retiring Ron Lemon.  They are Republican John Davis, and Democrat Terry Walker.
 
In the city of Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi is not on the ballot this year, but the entire city council is.  However, there are only two contested Ward Seats this year. 
 
In Ward-2, long-time Republican member Tony Dolce is being challenged by Democrat Joseph Scapelitte.  In Ward-4, Democratic incumbant Marie Carubba is being challenged by Republican Rick Elardo.
 
All three at-large seats in Jamestown are contested.  Incumbants Greg Rabb a Democrat and, Republican Kim Ecklund are on the ballot.  They are joined by Republican newcomers Michael Laurin, and Andrew Liuzzo and, Democrats Vanessa Weinert, and Robert Whitney.  Whitney is a former County Legislator.
 
Polls are open until 9 PM tonight.  Our coverage of Election Night, 2017 begins following the ABC News at 8 PM.
 
 
While flood waters have receded local and county governments are now surveying the damage caused by Sunday night's torrential rainfall from slow moving showers and thunderstorms that crossed the region. 
 
Chautauqua County Emergency Services Director John Griffith says the worst hit area in the county was the village of Fredonia.
 
Water levels were also on the rise in Silver Creek, but Griffith says evacuations were not needed.  A portion of Route 60, near Route 83, was closed for several hours overnight because of the high waters.  Griffith says they will be looking for damage estimates from the flooding caused by the heavy rains.
 
The rain stopped, and Chautauqua County began drying out Monday morning after torrential rains late Sunday triggered flood watches and warnings across Western New York. 
 
Some flooding took place Sunday night after the ground had already become saturated with water in recent days.  Forecaster Jon Hitchcock with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says most of the high water came from heavy rains that were part of a storm system that dropped between 2 and 3 inches of rain from Sunday morning through early Monday.
 
Initially, the weather service issued a Flood Watch for all of Western New York through early Monday afternoon.  Then, an "Areal" Flood Warning was put in place for the entire region for all streams and rivers. 
 
Hitchcock says one of those was in the Fredonia-area for a while Sunday night.  However, he says it was caused by some debris temporarily damming up along the Canadaway Creek. 
 
Hitchcock says a weather spotter in Sinclairville said they received just under 3-inches of rain from the storm. 
 
 
A driver in the town of Stockton was left stranded when his vehicle was partially submerged in water yesterday morning. 
 
Sheriff's deputies say 52 year-old Gerald Haley was traveling on South Stockton-Cassadaga Road when he failed to obey two road closure signs, drove around the signs and, proceeded southbound on the flooded roadway. 
 
Haley's vehicle became disabled and was partially submerged in water.  He was helped by Sheriff's officers, the Stockton Fire Department and, a local private citizen.
 
Haley was charged with failure to obey traffic control device and is to appear in court at a later date. 
 
 
A Jamestown man faces several charges after being arrested last weekend after he was found to be in possession of just under four grams of drugs during an accident last month. 
 
New York State Police in Jamestown responded to a motorcycle accident on October 21st in the city at the intersection of Route 60 and Kiantone Roads.  Investigation revealed that 42 year-old Victor Cameron left the roadway striking a sign post and, was injured. 
 
While conducting an inventory of Cameron's clothing cut cut off by EMS in order to treat his injuries, troopers located 1.3 grams of methamphetamine and, 2.5 grams of marijuana. 
 
A check of Cameron's driving record revealed that his license had been suspended for driving under the influence of drugs.  He was arraigned in City Court and released but, was later arrested by Jamestown Police on a larceny warrant.
 
 
A local initiative to help Spanish-speaking residents become bi-lingual and more employable is in the running for a $10,000 grant from M-&-T Bank. 
 
Community Helping Hands in the Gateway Center in Jamestown is one of five nationwide finalists for the grant from it's "Understanding What's Important Business Challenge."  Community Helping Hands Executive Director Amy Rohler says they were nominated by Jim Holler at Trinity Guitars on West Third Street.
 
Pastor Rohler says M-&-T Bank began on-line voting for the winner late last week and, voting continues through November 22.  She says they are currently in second-place in the voting, so they have some work to do.  She says first of all, you can vote by going on-line to Bank-dot-MTB/Business Contest.  She says you can use pretty much any device to make your vote. 
 
Rohler says you can also go on-line to CHHNY.ORG for more information on voting.  One other community-based group in the Hudson Valley community of Kingston is also a finalist for the $10,000 M-&-T grant.
 
 
Three men from the city of Dunkirk have been arrested on drug-related warrants following a month long investigation into the alleged sales of crack cocaine and marjuana in the north county city. 
 
The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and Durkirk Police say they carried out search warrants last Friday for two separate apartments at 47 West Second Street in the city. 
 
Officials say 21 year-old Irvin Pachecho was located at the lower rear apartment and, 21 year-olds Jonathan Torres-Morales and Victor Quinnones were taken into custody at the lower front apartment. 
 
As a result of the searches, authorities say they located and seized a quantity of cocaine, marijuana, a large sum of cash and a loaded rifle. The three subjects were taken into custody pending their arraignment.
 
 
Cornell Cooperative Extension's 'Leaf' classes are underway for the season. 
 
'Leaf' stands for 'learn, empower, achieve farm'.  Each of the sessions offers a low cost way to be introduced to an agriculture related topic. 
 
Extension educator, Katelyn Walley-Stoll, organizes the series.  She is particularly excited about a new course to offered this Thursday at 6 PMat the Bratt Agriculture Center.
 
Molly Vacco of Erie County will be teaching the Essential Oils and Animals workshop.  There are around two dozen 'Leaf' classes between now and next spring. 
 
The full catalog is available at cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Pre-registration is required for each class.  The 'Leaf' program is presented with the support of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

 

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Flood Watch Update

Flood Watches and Warnings have been lifted for Erie, Chautauqua... Cattaraugus, and Wyoming counites of Western New York.  Meteorologist David Thomas with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says that an "Areal" Flood Warning went into effect just before 5 PM yesterday... Thomas says that preceeded the cold-front moving in.
 
Thomas says the region will generally receive another 1 to 2 inches of rain from late last night through this afternoon... and, some areas to the north of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties could see 3 and 4 inches of rain since yesterday morning.  He says a lot of the smaller creeks and streams will reach their banks, and possibly overflow them today.  Some thunder was associated with yesterday's late afternoon rain, and movement of the cold front through the area.

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WJTN Headlines for Monday Nov. 6, 2017

All of Western New York is under a Flood Watch and, many areas are under warnings through this afternoon due to a slow-moving storm system that's moved in from the Midwest. 
 
Forecaster David Thomas with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says that an "Areal" Flood Warning went into effect just before 5 p.m. yesterday and, remains in effect until 4:45 this afternoon.
 
Thomas says the region will generally receive another 1 to 2 inches of rain from late Sunday through this afternoon and, some areas to the north of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties could see 3 and 4 inches of rain since yesterday morning.  He says a lot of the smaller creeks and streams will reach their banks, and possibly overflow them today. 
 
Some thunder was associated with yesterday's late afternoon rain, and movement of the cold front through the area.  Thomas says the cold front brought "waves" of rain and colder air with it.
 
 
Two Jamestown-area residents were hurt one seriously after a vehicle pursuit that began in the town of Kiantone ended with a crash in the town of Ellicott. 
 
Sheriff's deputies say they performed a traffic stop on the car, driven by 29 year-old David Jenkins of Jamestown on Route 60 in Kiantone about 10:30 p.m. last Friday.  However, officers say Jenkins drove off from the scene and, led police on a pursuit through the city of Jamestown and, into Ellicott, where the car crashed on VanCobb Road. 
 
Deputies say the crash is under investigation and charges are pending.  Jenkins was taken from the scene to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment, while a female passenger was flown to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie for treatment of serious injuries. 
 
The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by several law enforcement agencies and medical personnel.
 
 
A Jamestown man is jailed of allegedly assaulting and strangling another person during a domestic dispute on the city's eastside early last weekend. 
 
Jamestown police were called to the scene at 845 East Second Street about 3:30 last Friday afternoon for the incident.  Officers say an investigation showed that 38 year-old Christopher Patric assaulted the victim, and then strangled that person, causing injury. 
 
Police say Patric was arrested for second-degree strangulation and unlawful imprisonment and, third-degree assault.  He was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
It may not be until the end of November before Chautauqua County and five others learn the winner of a $20-million, Municipal Consolidation and Government Efficiency Grant award. 
 
That from County Executive Vince Horrigan after he recently took part in a panel presentation on government consolidation and sharing services in Albany.  Horrigan says he had hoped to hear from Governor Andrew Cuomo's Office by now but, says it may be announced when the Consolidated Funding Awards are announced. 
 
Horrigan says there are a lot of aspects of the county's entry that state leaders are interested in.  One is the proposed merging of the towns of Gerry and Charlotte, and village of Sinclairville into one entity in the central part of the county. 
 
Horrigan says consolidations and mergers are important to Chautauqua County due to the decline in population.  He says businesses and other private sector entities are doing the same thing.  Horrigan made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
New York's statewide election is expected to draw a low turnout Tuesday. 
 
Top races include New York City Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio seeking a second term and a ballot measure on whether to hold the state's first constitutional convention in 50 years.  Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse, and Rochester are also holding mayoral elections. 
 
If a constitutional convention is approved, voters would pick delegates who would consider changes to the state's governing document.  Voters will also face a proposed constitutional amendment that, if approved, would authorize judges to strip the pensions of any official convicted of corruption.
 
 
St. Bonaventure University is set to formally inaugurate its new president. 
 
Dennis DePerro took office at the private western New York university on June 1st after 18 years as a vice president at Le Moyne College. 
 
Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone led the celebration of the Inauguration Mass in the university chapel last Friday. 
 
In the afternoon, delegates representing more than 50 colleges and universities took part in a ceremony in the Reilly Center Arena.  DePerro, a native of Buffalo, is the Franciscan university's 21st president.
 
 
President Donald Trump has signed legislation to create a commission to plan celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the birth of a prominent black abolitionist he apparently thought was still alive earlier this year. 
 
The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reports the Republican announced on Thursday that the commission "will be responsible for planning, developing, and carrying out activities to honor Frederick Douglass on the 200th anniversary of his birth." 
 
During the kickoff for Black History Month in February the president's comments appeared to insinuate that Douglass was still alive.  Douglass died in 1895.  Some critics said the comments came across as indifferent toward black people. 
 
Douglass was born in Maryland, although there's debate whether it was in 1817 or 1818.  The slave-turned-abolitionist lived for 25 years in Rochester, New York, where he's buried.

 

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News Headlines for Sun., Oct. 5, 2017

City police to arrest one after vehicle pursuit, crash...
Two people were hurt -- one seriously -- after a vehicle pursuit that began in the town of Kiantone... and, ended in the town of Ellicott.  Sheriff's officers say they performed a traffic stop on the car -- driven by 29 year-old David Jenkins of Jamestown -- on Route 60 in Kiantone about 10:30 p.m. last Friday.  However... deputies say that Jenkins drove off from the scene... and, led police through the city of Jamestown... and, into Ellicott... where the car crashed on VanCobb Road.  Officers say the crash is under investigation and charges are pending.  Jenkins was taken from the scene to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital... and, a female passenger was flown by Starflight to UPMC Hamot Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.  The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by multiple law enforcement agencies as well as medical personnel.
 
 
Sundquist voices opposition to House Tax Cut and Jobs Plan...
Democrats were quick to react to Thursday's roll-out of the House Ways and Means Committee's proposed Tax Cut and Jobs plan... which is being supported by local Congressman Tom Reed.  Among those talking is one of the several potential Democratic candidates for Reed's seat in the 23rd District in next year's election.  The standard deduction would double, something Reed says will save the average family of four in the district nearly $1,600 per year.  However... Jamestown Democrat Eddie Sundquist says it eliminates several deductions... including the one on student loan debt.  Sundquist says the plan would cap student loan intersted deductions at $2,500, and that's a huge blow to recent college graduates.  He says he also opposes changes to the State and Local Tax Deduction... which would also include deductions of state income taxes.  House Republicans say they want to pass the tax reform bill by Thanksgiving.
 
 
Reed agreed with concerns over Tax Reform plan's possible impact on deficit...
While local Congressman Tom Reed is touting the new Tax Cut and Jobs Plan announced late this week by the House Way and Means Committee... he is concerned about possible negative impacts on the nation's deficit.  Reed admitted during a conference call Thursday night that he does have issues with the possibility of adding another $-trillion to $1.5-trillion to the current $20-trillion debt.  The Corning Republican says... if the Gross Domestic Product keeps growing by 3-percent a year... that should cover it.  However... Reed adds that's where the other side of the equation comes in... and, that's getting federal spending under control.  Some members of Congress have already indicated they have concerns -- or oppose -- the more than 400-page proposal... and, there is concern that this effort may go the way of health care.  But, Reed believes there's more concensus for this proposal...which will go through the House committee process next week... and, then to the full House for a vote. 
 
 
Women's groups calling for approval of Constitutional Convention Tuesday...
Women who support calls for a constitutional convention in New York state are using the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the state to rally for their cause.  A coalition of women involved in politics and advocacy say they will gather Monday at New York City Hall to encourage voters to say yes to a convention.  New Yorkers will decide on Tuesday whether to call a convention, where delegates would consider changes to the state's main political document.  The League of Women Voters is a key supporter of a convention.

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WJTN Headlines for Friday Nov. 3,2017

A seven-year effort by local Congressman Tom Reed, and others was culminated by yesterday's roll-out of the Republican 'Tax Cut and Jobs Plan' in Washington, D.C.
 
The Corning Republican joined other members of the House Ways and Means Committee to roll-out the 400 page tax plan on Capitol Hill.  Reed called an "historic" proposal, which would save the average American family of four, $1600 a year on their federal taxes.
 
The devil will remain in the details of the plan, which are still being fleshed-out by many lawmakers.  However, Reed says the new proposal will eliminate many of the deductions that have complicated the system for decades. 
 
While most news reports say the State and Local Tax deduction has been eliminated, Reed says property taxes can still be deducted.  However, the amount would be capped at $10,000. 
 
At the same time, Reed says other state and local taxes, like the deduction on state income taxes, would no longer be available.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
The first-phase of a two-part project to hook about 10 residents in the village of Celoron into the Board of Public Utilities' water system will finally begin shortly. 
 
That from Celoron Mayor Scot Schrecengost, who says the village board Wednesday night approved spending about $50,000 from fund balance for the project on Butler Avenue and 10th Street. 
 
Schrecengost says they have the money available and, will be reimbursed once they receive $75,000 state grant with the help of State Senator Cathy Young.  He says the customer will be responsible for putting in their new lines, and hooking up to a new main.
 
Schrecengost says village officials are hopeful of having customers being able to access to the water by Thanksgiving, with the second phase to take place next Spring.
 
 
A north county man has admitted to conspiring to commit bank fraud using alleged "shell corporations" to take money from small business customers who were looking to restructure loans. 
 
Acting U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior announced late yesterday that 24 year-old Dustin Walker of Dunkirk pled guilty in U-S District Court in Buffalo.  Prosecutors say Walker and two co-defendants worked at companies, one called "Corporate Restructure" between February and October of 2016. 
 
The three, along with others, allegedly used several fraudulent companies to mail solicitations to small business owners... which fraudulently informed the victims that their fraudulent companies could assist them with restructuring their debts.  However, Walker and the others pocketed the money. 
 
The conspiracy to commit bank fraud carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in state prison and a $1-million fine. 
 
 
Two north county women were arrested for allegedly making methamphetamine in separate locations Wednesday during warrant checks in the town of Hanover and, village of Silver Creek. 
 
Sheriff's officers say they conducted warrant checks for 29 year-old Amanda Weber and 25 year-old Heather Payne just before 11 AM and 2 PM.  Both women were located and taken into custody without incident. 
 
Deputies say the women were arraigned on charges including third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, sent to the county jail without bail. 
 
 
The third and final debate between the candidates running for Chautauqua County Clerk was held in Fredonia Wednedsay night. 
 
Incumbent Republican Larry Barmore and Democratic challenger LeeAnn Lazarony squared off at the 1891 Opera House.  The candidates were asked by the Chautauqua County League Women Voters, which hosted the event, what they felt was the most important issue in the County Clerk's office. 
 
Lazarony believes it's about keeping politics out of the office, and Barmore says it was the many laws facing the office. Wednesday night's forum also featured candidates running for Fredonia village board, Pomfret town council, and County legislative District 3.
 
 
A pair of men from the area have purchased the historic Cockaigne Ski Center which was closed more than six-years ago after fire destroyed the center's lodge. 
 
Issac Gratto and Adam Pirtz were recently approved for a $500,000 loan from the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency to purchase the Cherry Creek business and, are waiting to close on the sale with current owner Jack Van Scoter.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says it's part of a lot of "exciting" developments in the Cherry Creek, and north county areas.
 
The Trillium Lodge was destroyed by a huge fire this past May 1st.  However, a community effort has led to it's rebuild and, the owners hope to reopen soon. 
 
Horrigan says there's still a lot of work to be done at Cockaigne and, Gratto and Pirtz hope to open the new ski area for the 2018 Winter Season.  He says the new ski lodge and area will include a new restaurant and bar area and, a home and restaurant across the street will be leased out. 
 
 
A Ripley man is jailed without bail on a number of charges including burglary after refusing to surrender to police on Halloween night at a home in the town of Ripley. 
 
Sheriff's deputies say they were doing a warrant check at a Maple Avenue location shortly before 11 PM and, saw 31 year-old Skyler Miller inside.  However, officers say Miller initially refused to come out and, they obtained a search warrant the following day and, he was arrested at that time. 
 
Miller was arraigned on the charges, which include second-degree burglar and harassment, criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, and forcible touching, stemming from a May 24th incident on Boswell Street.  He was then sent to county lock-up.

 

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WJTN News Headlines for Jan. 22, 2018

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