WJTN News Headlines for Monday August 31st

Chautauqua Institution's 142nd season has come to a close. That's Chautauqua's President, Tom Becker, Sunday night in the Amphitheater... offering the traditional wrap-up... as part of the final event of the year.  He talked in detail about the season and how the institution's programs affect the people who attend them.  Becker did not directly address plans for the Amphitheater. Saturday, Chautauqua's Board of Trustees voted to go out to bid on the 'renewal' of the Amphitheater... a plan to replace most of the current structure.  The Board expects to review the bids at its meeting November 7th. 

 

The Chautauqua Institution board of trustees has voted to demolish and rebuild its amphitheater rather than preserve the 122-year-old space that has played host to speeches and performances from Susan B. Anthony... and, Duke Ellington.  The western New York retreat's board also released a statement Saturday night after the vote.  The institution's plans to rebuild the open-air venue led to an outcry from preservationists and a summer-long series of discussions about possible alternatives.  Chautauqua President Tom Becker addressed several hundred people in Bestor Plaza following the decision. Becker and other officials cited the need for structural repairs and better wheelchair access, as well as an orchestra pit for the staging of larger productions as reasons for the complete rebuild.  The National Trust for Historic Preservation weighed in on the side of keeping and preserving the existing structure, conferring a ``National Treasure'' designation.

 

An Olean man has been charged with first-degree robbery after allegedly holding up a cab driver -- at gun-point late last week.  State Police in Olean say 24 year-old Darrin Hunter got a ride from the Coldspring Cab Company from the city of Buffalo to Olean... where he allegedly claimed he couldn't pay the fare.  Troopers say the cab driver then stopped at the 7-Eleven store in the village of Allegany.  At that point... police say Hunter displayed and pointed a black hand-gun at cab driver's head, and threatened to kill him.  Troopers say the cabbie then put his car in reverse... and, jumped out of the vehicle.  He ran into the 7- Eleven... and, yelled for the clerk call 9-1-1.  Hunter then reportedlydrove off in the cab before he later crashed it on Interstate 86 in the town Carrollton.  Police say the suspect was arrested and taken to a local Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released to troopers.  The gun was apparently and air pistol.  Hunter was arraigned several charges including the robbery count... as well as third-degree grand larceny.  He was sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail on 25-thousand dollars cash bail.

 

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly leading police on a high-speed pursuit... then fighting with officers as they were arresting him. City Police say they spotted 23 year-old Charles Monroe's car speeding on Newton Avenue just after 5 PM Saturday as he was driving in the left-hand lane.  Officers say Monroe allegedly failed to use his turn signal properly... and, did not stop at a stop sign.  Once they pulled him over... officers say they determined that Monroe was also drunk.  He was arrested... but, began fighting with officers once he was placed in the back of the patrol car.  Monroe faces a number of charges... including speed not reasonable and prudent... failure to stop at a stop sight... and DWI.  He's being held pending arraignment.

 

School begins in Chautauqua County later this week... and, teachers and staff in Jamestown are busy preparing for the start of classes this coming Thursday.  School Superintendent Tim Mains says the opening of school is "a big deal..." so, a lot of work goes into it.  Mains says the biggest push has been getting the two schools that'll house students from Love Elementary School ready.  He says the biggest influx will be at Lincoln Elementary and Washington Middle Schools. Love school has been shut-down for a major capital project which involved the re-wiring of the building... and installing central air.  Mains says there'll be about 700 students in Lincoln... which will make it the second-most populated school... outside of the high school.  With even more rigerous standards to meet this year... Mains says there's a lot of emphasis on preparation before Thursday's start to the school year.  Mains says students will go to their school at the regularily scheduled time on Thursday... but, it'll be a half-day of school for everyone.  Mains made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program.

 

New York state is changing school immunization requirements to ensure children receive their final doses of three standard vaccines before entering school.  Beginning on September 1st... the state's Department of Health will require students to receive a complete series of immunizations for measles-mumps-rubella, polio and tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis before starting school.  Students who have received initial doses of the vaccines may attend school only if parents can show they have scheduled appointments for the final doses.  Previously, children could wait until age 6 to receive final doses.  The new policy reflects recommendations from an advisory panel to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Health Commissioner Howard Zucker says the changes will give children ``the best protection'' from ``devastating diseases.''

 

The New York State Fair has a new mobile app.  It allows users to purchase tickets online, create a custom schedule with reminders for events, and features a GPS-enabled map that shows visitors where they are on the Fairgrounds.  The app also features the ``Food Finder,'' which shows the location of food vendors.  Buttons for Facebook and Twitter allow users to see posts and tweets from the fair in real time, while the messages section gives the fair the ability to push important or urgent information to all app users at once.  The app is available on-line at Nysfair-dot-org/app... and, also for free at the Apple and Google Play marketplaces.  Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the new app on Saturday and is encouraging the public to use it.

 

The Seneca Nation of Indians says it will expand its Buffalo casino.  Tribal leaders on Friday outlined plans for a 40-million dollar, two-story expansion at the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino that will make room for more slot machines, table games, a non-smoking area and a steakhouse restaurant.  Construction is expected to start in October and be done in early 2017.  The Senecas opened the existing Buffalo casino in 2013.   A temporary casino operated at the site before then.  The western New York tribe also has casinos in Niagara Falls and Salamanca.

 

 


 

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News Update for Sat., Aug. 29, 2015

(**Update)Chautauqua board votes to demolish, rebuilding historic Amphitheater...

The Chautauqua Institution board of trustees has voted to demolish and rebuild its amphitheater rather than preserve the 122-year-old space that has played host to speeches and performances from such luminaries as Susan B. Anthony and Duke Ellington.  The western New York retreat's board also released a statement Saturday night after the vote.  The institution's plans to rebuild the open-air venue led to an outcry from preservationists and a summer-long series of discussions about possible alternatives.  Administrators cite a need for structural repairs and better wheelchair access, as well as an orchestra pit for the staging of larger productions.  The National Trust for Historic Preservation weighed in on the side of keeping and preserving the existing structure, conferring a ``National Treasure'' designation.  More on this story Monday.

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News Headlines for Fri., Aug. 28, 2015

Former court clerk in Ellicott indicted for allegedly stealing $34,000 from the court's till...

A former Ellicott Town Court Clerk has been arraigned on one count of Felony Grand Larceny for allegedly stealing $34,000 in court funds.  Chautauqua County district Attorney David Foley tells us that 40 year-old Jennifer Piazza was arraigned Thursday in county court after being indicted by the county Grand Jury.  Foley says Piazza allegedly stole the fine... and, other funds over a four-year period.  Piazza was one of two Court Clerks in Ellicott... and, had been a full-time employee for the past 15 years before being terminated during the investigation in mid-June.  Foley says a pre-motion conference will be held in mid-September... and, Piazza will be free on her own recognizance until that time.  Foley says the State Comptroller's office was also involved in the investigation.


City man arrested for allegedly trafficking powder cocaine...

A Jamestown man has been arrested following a drug raid on the city's southside this morning.  City Police say members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force... and, the State Police C-NET Team executed a search warrant at 18 Columbia Avenue about 8:30 a.m.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says the raid was part of the ongoing investigation into the sales and trafficking of illegal narcotics.  Samuelson says police arrested 34 year-old Gerald Rivera, Jr. for allegedly trafficking powder cocaine from the residence.  They also allegedly found a quantity of cocaine, and drug paraphernalia during the raid.  Rivera is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, criminal use of drug paraphernalia.  More charged are pending.  He's being held pending arraignment.


Syracuse University officers to be outfitted for body cameras...

Syracuse University officials say the school's officers will soon be outfitted with body cameras.  The Syracuse Post-Standard reports the central New York university's Department of Public Safety purchased 36 cameras for its officers.  Campus Police Chief Bobby Maldonado says the cameras should be operational by October 1st.  He says every officer will be trained and they all will wear the cameras on their shifts.  The body cameras will only be provided to the university's 42 peace officers, who are armed.  Maldonado says the school's 14 community service officers, who are state-licensed security guards, will not be given the equipment.  The decision to obtain body cameras was made by Maldonado's predecessor, Anthony Callisto Jr., who now serves as Syracuse's senior vice president and chief law enforcement officer.


Brocton school Superintendent reflects on tenure, and long career...

Brocton Central School Superintendent John Hertlein is getting ready to retire after spending 45 years in a career in education that began in the classroom... and, ended as a top official of a school district.  Hertlein will be succeeded by Jason Delcamp in early October.  Hertlein says he is pleased with the school board's choice of Delcamp, the man he hired as high school principal when becoming the superintendent.  He says he and Delcamp have worked together for about five-years.  Hertlein says there have been many changes in education since he began his career as a Kindergarten teacher in Pennsylvania... the biggest being the involvement of the state and federal governments in education.  The long-time educator expects a smooth transition between now and October 2nd when he steps down... and, Delcamp takes over as superintendent. 


Two injured in two-car accident in town of Ripley...

A two-car crash in the town of Ripley near the Pennsylvania state line sent two women to the hospital.  Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene on the Northeast-Sherman Road just after 9 Thursday morning... and, found that a vehicle, operated by 19 year-old Haley Reslink of Ripley, was slowing to pull into a driveway.  Deputies say Reslink's car was struck from behind by another vehicle, driven by 22 year-old Katelynn Kenny of Mayville.  Officers say Reslink was transported to the Hamot Medical Center in Erie for treatment of non-life threatening injuries... while Kenny was taken to Westfield Hospital as a pre-caution.  The investigation is continuing.


Jamestown officials announce final plans for 36th Labor Day Festival...

The city of Jamestown's 36th annual Labor Day Festival is set for Sunday, Sept. 6 starting at Noon at Bergman Park.  The Labor Day Festival Committee met for the last time yesterday afternoon to finalize details before the annual "end of Summer" bash.  City Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says the event will again have an early start with the annual Dan Feather Memorial 5-K Run/Walk at 9:30 a.m.  She says registration begins at 8 a.m.  Ciesla-Hanley says the Arts and Crafts area opens at 11 a.m... and, the rest begins at 12 Noon.  She says there will be about a dozen vendors selling food at Bergman Park to benefit a number of not-for-profit organizations... including the Jamestown Babe Ruth World Series Committee... and, the Train Engine Museum.  Also again this year... several musical groups will play on two separate stages beginning at Noon and 12:30 p.m.  Ciesla-Hanley says they are again excited to have the huge fireworks display put on by Zambelli fireworks at 8:30 p.m.  Ciesla-Hanley says "labor" is also a big part of the Labor Day Festival... and, the annual George Ritzer Labor Award will be handed out at 4 p.m. on the main stage.

 

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News Headlines for Fri., Aug. 27, 2015

Jamestown dog owner, attorney, lay-out complaint against deputy who shot and killed the dog; sheriff responds...

An animal rights lawyer working with a Jamestown family that says their dog was shot and killed by a Chautauqua County Sheriff's officer for no good reason says the animal wouldn't "hurt a fly."  However... Sheriff Joe Gerace says his deputy felt threatened... and, says if the dog was on a leash... last Friday's incident never would have occured.  Buffalo attorney Matt Albert addressed the county legislature last night... and, says Officer Rob Holcomb was at least reckless... and, should be held accountable for his actions.  Albert says there's a "cover-up culture," that allows officers to do what they want, and get cleared.  Albert says all the Donisi's wanted is justice for their animal... and, with that... they have formed the group "Justice 4 Rocky..." which has gotten followers across the country.  Sheriff Gerace says Holcomb is upset over the incident... but, adds that people with no knowledge of the facts have threatened the officer.  He says Holcomb feels "terrible" about what happened, and says Holcomb has been the subject of e-mail and social media death threats.  Gerace calls that appalling.  Unfortunately... he says while a dog may generally be friendly... his officers have no way of knowing what the dog's intentions are when it "comes at you" on a dead run -- and it's teeth are showing.  Several times... Albert referred to the shooting as "cold blooded."  Gerace called those comments "despicable" and "ridiculous."  Albert hinted there may be legal action coming.


Gerace says one "good thing" came out of last night's meeting... support for police body cameras...

The attorney for the Nathan Donisi family proposed two ways to help resolve police and pet incidents... such as the one involving the dog named "Rocky."  Matt Albert made the suggestion during last night's legislature session that a Citizen Review Board be established... and, that deputies be equiped with body cameras.  The move to body cameras is sweeping the nation in the wake of several high-profile officer-related shootings.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says he's already moving in that direction.  In fact... he's been working to get funding for in-car, and body cameras for his deputies.  He adds it's part of his 2016 budget proposal.  However... Gerace doesn't feel a Citizen Review Panel would be a good idea.  He questions there real effectiveness.  Albert says cameras help establish "trust and accountability."  The Jamestown Police Department is also taking a serious look at body cameras.


Residents in north county village of Forestville to vote Nov. 3 on dissolution...

Forestville residents will decide this fall on the future of the village.  The Forestville Village Board last night took action setting the official vote on dissolving the village.  Village Attorney Mike Sullivan explains that the vote will coincide with the general election on Nov. 3.  Sullivan says there will be a simple question there; "Should the village of Forestville dissolve?"  If the referendum passes... the village and Town of Hanover will be required to put together and approve a dissolution plan.  Sullivan says the village board also approved the hiring of a contractor that will do a baseline study, which will determine the impacts of dissolving on taxes and services.  The cost will be covered by grants.  The information will be provided to residents before the vote.


Gas prices drop by 4-cents a gallon this week...

Gas prices in the Jamestown-area have dropped another 4-cents a gallon for regular, unleaded fuel this week.  That from the AAA's East Central Fuel Gauge report this week.  The Fuel Gauge says the average price... based on reports from 19 local service stations... has fallen to $2.76.  It was $2.80 a gallon last week.  The current national average has dipped to $2.59.5.  Nationally... AAA says gas prices are now at the lowest levels for this time of year since 2004 due to the steep decline in the cost of crude oil.  Gas prices have dropped recently despite ongoing refinery problems, and prices should continue to fall this autumn due to declining demand and the switchover to winter-blend gasoline.


JCC official says it appears enrollment for Fall Semester is down compared to last year...

The start of the new school year at Jamestown Community College is "always an exciting time."  That from JCC's Vice-President for Enrollment, Marketing, and Communications... Kirk Young... who says classes for the Fall Semester got underway this past Monday.  Young says final enrollment figures for the first semester won't be known for about two more weeks... but, he says it looks like the number of students is down slightly from the 2014-15 academic year.  He adds, though, that the final numbers usually adjust through the first three weeks of the new year.  Young says there is still time for students to enroll for the Fall Semester.  He adds they're not sure what Freshman enrollment is going to look like... but, says it appears to be down by roughly 50 students.  Young says they should wind up at -- or close -- to where they were last year.  That's about 3,000 full-time students.  He adds that the lower numbers for the first semester are not surprising, because graduating classes at local high schools have also been trending lower.

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News Headlines for Wed., Aug. 26, 2015

NRG Dunkirk project on hold due to Entergy lawsuit...

Developments concerning two NRG power plants in Western New York -- including the one in Dunkirk -- have left the north county plant's status in limbo.  Company officials yesterday announced that they have filed an application to retire the Huntley plant in Tonawanda by March 2016.  NRG officials also confirm that the project to convert the Dunkirk plant from coal to natural gas is now on hold.  Company Spokesman David Gaier says a lawsuit is holding up the project and creating a massive amount of uncertainty about the plant's future.  Gaiser says the lawsuit was filled by the Entergy Corporation.  In another development, Gaier says the last turbine that's in operation will be "mothballed" by next Jan. 1.  Unlike the Huntley plant, Gaier says the Dunkirk plant is not being retired.


Young, and Horrigan vow to fight to keep NRG project moving foward, and keeping plant open...

Local and state officials, who played an important role in championing the NRG Repowering project two years ago, vow to continue to fight for the project.  State Senator Cathy Young tells us that she will work with state officials to keep that project on track.  Young says she, the governor, and Public Service Commission remain committed to keeping the plant open, and viable.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says he remains upbeat about the project.  He participated in a conference call Tuesday concerning the NRG announcement.  Horrigan says "we worked long and hard" on the project, and reconfirmed his commitment to it.  Dunkirk Mayor A.J. Dolce says he is disappointed with the delay in the project because of the widespread community support for it.  He also says he stands ready to take action should it be needed.


Dead body recovered at bottom of overlock area in Allegheny Nat. Forest...

A body has been found at the Jake's Rocks Overlook area of the Allegheny National Forest in Warren County.  The Warren Times-Observer says the discovery was made Tuesday night... but, the identity of the person has not yet been released.  Warren County Sheriff Kenneth Klakamp says the body was discovered earlier Tuesday evening by deputies.  Officials aren't sure how long the body had been there.  Klakamp says the body was found about 75 yards down the very steep hill from the first overlook.


Jamestown man jailed without bail after alleged burglary...

A city man is jailed without bail for allegedly breaking into a home on Jamestown's eastside... and, stealing a purse.  City police responded to a reported burglary at 529 Crescent Street just after 9:30 this past Monday night.  Officers say the female victim arrived at the residence... and, saw 45 year old Angel Diaz exiting her house through a window.  Police were able to obtain a video of Diaz carrying the purse from the residence and postivitly identify him.  Diaz was located near the scene... and, taken into custody.  Diaz was arraigned on charges... including second-degree burglary... and, sent to the county lock-up.


Fallowses talk about rebounding of small cities and towns from 2008 recession...

For the past two years, well known authors James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling to small and middle size cities that have rebounded from the shock of the recession.  Deborah Fallos says it's places like Eastport, Maine... Columbus, Mississippi... Winters, California... and they went to those places to see how they did it.  She says one of the things they found was a focus on education of a particular kind... those being career track programs that allow them to go into specific career fields.  One of the things people in turnaround communities almost never discuss is the 'disfunction in Washington...' and, they're not quite sure why.  The Fallows work is part of Atlantic magazine's 'American Futures Project' and will be featured in a cover story early in 2016.  They spoke Tuesday as part of 'Creating Livable Communities' week at Chautauqua.


Teresi says public hearing next Monday night will be on final design plans for new, Third Street Bridge configuration...

A public hearing will be held next Monday night in Jamestown on final plans to reduce the four-lanes of traffic on the Third Street Bridge to two... and, include new bicycle lanes.  That from Mayor Sam Teresi who... along with Public Works Director Jeff Lehman... discussed those plans at Monday night's City Council work session.  Lehman says the state Department of Transporation has drawn up it's final plans for the project.  Teresi says officials have already considered several plans to include a two-lane bridge with a turning lane, primarily for Porter Avenue, and two bicycle lanes.  He says the move should be a welcome change from the span that's been there since 1986... and, at times has become a "drag strip" for people trying to pass slower traffic.  In recent years... he says local affiliates with the Safe and Complete Streets programs have been urging the city to make the streets more "bicycle-friendly."  There would be a middle "turning lane..." with seven-foot bicycle lanes on each side of the street.  Next Monday night's public hearing begins at 6:30 p.m.


 

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News Headlines for Mon., Aug. 24, 2015

City couple arrested in connection with domestic incident involving a knife...

A Jamestown couple has been arrested for an alleged domestic dispute... and, the woman involved faces a menacing charge for allegedly throwing a large knife.  City police were called to the scene at 8 Cowing Street late last week on a report of a physical domestic incident.  Following an investigation... officers accuse 23 year-old Robert Porter of head-butting his girlfriend, 31 year-old Michelle King, on the forehead.  Police say that King then allegedly chased Porter... and, threw a large kitchen knife at him twice.  Officers say several neighbors corroborated what had happened.  King is charged with second-degree menacing... and reckless endangerment.  Porter was arrested for second-degree harassment.  Both were held pending further court action.


City man arrested for allegedly burglarizing a Jamestown business last weekend...

A Jamestown man is jailed for allegedly burglarizing a westside business early last weekend.  City police were called to the scene at 718 West Third St. shortly after 4 a.m. last Saturday to investigate a burglary complaint.  Officers found someone had broken into the business... and, stole merchandise valued at more than one-thousand dollars.  City police later Saturday say they found... and, arrested Timothy Geigert of Kortwright Road.  Officers say he's been charged with third-degree burglary... and, fourth-degree grand larceny.  He was jailed pending arraignment.


Man arrested in Mayville for allegedly domestic violence incident while picking up personal items from village home...

A Mayville man is jailed for allegedly assaulting and strangling his estranged girlfriend at her apartment on Erie Street last weekend.  Sheriff's Deputies say they were called to the scene at 34 South Erie early Saturday morning. Officers say the victim told them that 45 year-old William Osthehagen, Jr., came to her apartment to take some of his belongings.  However... they say the situation escalated in to a domestic dispute.  The victim says Osthehagen allegedly destroyed her phone... struck her in the face... and, choked her to a point that she could not breath.  Deputies arrested him without incident for criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation... and, second-degree harassment.  Osthehagen was arraigned on the charges Stockton Town Court, was sent to the county jail on $2,000 cash bail.  Just before being jailed... deputies say they also found him in possession of a quantity of marijuana.


Tri-Valley wins Babe Ruth World Series, avenging earlier lose in tournament...

An opening game loss to Tri-County, Maine didn't phase the Tri-Valley, California 13 year-old Babe Ruth World Series team.  They just played hard... and, beat Tri-County in last Saturday afternoon's title game in Jamestown.  Tri-Valley Manager Tony Battilega got doused by bucket of ice water after his team's convincing, 20-0 win over Tri-County in the game at Russell E. Diethrick, Jr. Park.  Speaking with our Terry Frank... Battilega says his team just wanted another shot at Tri-County in the title game... and, they got it.  He says one thing they had going for them was a solid hitters... 10 of which swing left-handed.  Battilega says they never really saw any left-handers in the series, so they got more comfortable as the week went on.  Tri-Valley got a lot of mileage out of those left-handed bats... jumping out to a 9-0 lead in the top of the first inning after two-outs... on way to their big win in 5-innings.  Tri-Valley also took a lot of individual honors... with World Series Outstanding Pitcher and Player "Beau" Garrat.  Four members of the Tri-Valley team also made the World Series All Tournament Team.  Asher Golden was awarded Best Hitter of the series for his .526 batting average.


Diethrick looks back on Jamestown's 16th BRWS...

The 16th Babe Ruth World Series in Jamestown was a "amazing..." and a success.  That from Jamestown Host President Russ Diethrick... who says his committee did another outstanding job of overseeing the eight-day series... which wrapped up last Saturday afternoon.  Even though the championship game ended up being a rout... Diethrick says the teams played hard right up to the end.  He adds that tradition is what makes Babe Ruth Baseball a great sport for youngsters.  He also reflected back 35 years to the first 13 year-old Series in 1980... and, recalled many of the city and county officials who have come and gone.  The Jamestown Babe Ruth World Series Committee also continues to innovate... and, find new ways to make the series better.  With the "Host Family" program no longer in place... they began the "Host Ambassador" program to help the out-of-town families and player handle any situation that comes up.


Route 60 redesign in town of Dunkirk underway...

A $300,000 pilot re-striping project on Route 60 n the north county will be used to help ease left-hand turns... and, widen shoulders.  The State Department of Transportation has announced the project... which will involve Route 60 from Vineyard Drive to the Dunkirk South City Line in the town of Dunkirk.  DOT Commissioner Matthew Driscoll says the idea is to increase motorist, pedestrian and bicyclist safety.  After a two week pilot period... Driscoll says that stretch of road will be paved and final pavement markings will be installed based on DOT observations and community feedback.  He says the existing four-lane section of Route 60 will be converted to a three-lane section of highway... with a continuous, dedicated two-way center turn lane.  The shoulders will be widened to seven feet to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists.

 

 

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News Update for Sat., Aug. 22, 2015

Tri-Valley takes big lead early, cruises to BRWS victory over Tri-Valley...

Tri-Valley, California just wanted another shot at Tri-County, Maine in the championship game of the 35th anniversary 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series in Jamestown... and, they got it.  They also took full advantage of the opportunity... jumping out to a 9-0 lead in the top of the first inning after two-outs... on way to a huge 20-to-0 win over Tri-County in this afternoon's title game at Russell E. Diethrick Park.  Tri-Valley lost to Tri-County in the first game of pool play last weekend... and, Tri-Valley Manager Tony Battilega says they weren't looking for revenge... but, another chance, and they took advantage of it.  Congratulations to ALL the teams that made it to the World Series -- you're all winners in our eyes.

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News Update for Sat., Aug. 22, 2015


(**Update)Tri-County to take on Tri-Valley for 13 year-old Babe Ruth World Series title in Jamestown...

It will be a battle of the east coast versus the west coast in today's Championship of the 13 year-old Babe Ruth World Series.  Tri-Valley California nailed down one of the spots in the title game at Jamestown's Russell E. Diethrick Park with a 5-to-1 win over previously unbeaten Bismark, North Dakota.  In Friday's other semi-final game... Tri-County, Maine held off Janesville, Wisconsin, 6-to-5.  Today's Championship Game begins at 1 p.m., and, can be heard on WJTN, 1240 AM.

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News Headlines for Fri., Aug. 21, 2015

New director named for FBI office in Buffalo...

An FBI agent with experience investigating Internet and international terrorism has been chosen to lead the agency's Buffalo office.  FBI Director James Comey announced the appointment of Adam Cohen as special agent in charge of the upstate New York office on Thursday.  Cohen most recently served as the section chief for the FBI's Counterterrorism Internet Operations Section, managing investigations of terrorists' use of the Internet.  He began his FBI career in the New York City field office in 1997.  Cohen will report to Buffalo in early October.


Sweat now arraigned on Felony charges in connection with prison break with Richard Matt...

Convicted killer and captured prison escape David Sweat has been arraigned on a pair of felony counts over the breakout. David Sweat escaped June 6 from Clinton Correctional Facility with fellow inmate Richard Matt.  Matt was shot dead June 26, and Sweat was shot and captured two days later.  The 35-year-old Sweat is already serving life without parole for the killing of a sheriff's deputy.  He was hospitalized after his capture and then sent to a different prison.


Janesville, Tri-Valley, advance to division finals of BRWS...

An outstanding 13 year-old Babe Ruth World Series for the Western New York representative has come to an end.  Ithaca... which made it to the single-elimination part of the series... was eliminated last night by Janesville, Wisconsin, 7-0.  But... for a self-annointed "underdog... " Ithaca did well.  Janesville was one of three teams that went 3-and-1 in round-robin play.  Manager Tom Davey says his kids have looked strong... but, adds it's "13 year-old baseball.  Let's make the routine plays and throw strikes and see how things unfold."  Also at Russell E. Diethrick, Jr. Park last night... Tri-Valley, California edged out Paulino-Bronx by an 8-to-2 score.  With that... tonight's semi-finals are set.  In the early game... top-seed Bismark, North Daktota will take on Tri-Valley at 5 p.m., while Janesville will play Tri-County, Maine in the second-game.  In addition to tuning us in... you can keep up at jamestownworldseries.org... or Jamestown BRWS on Facebook.  They're also on Twitter.


Jamestown Babe Ruth series team member says it was a "great experience..."

They didn't win any games... but, playing in the Babe Ruth World Series was a great experience for the host Jamestown team.  That from Isaah Rojas... one of the players on the Jamestown team in the 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series.  The host team gets a berth in the series, and four games in the 'round robin' part of the tournament.  Rojas says the team knew going in it would be a big challenge because they play better than most teams, and are the "best teams in the country."  Rojas and his teammates did a lot of volunteering to support the world series... and he knows the community did a great deal to support the team, and thanked the community for cheering them on.  The semi-final games in the Babe Ruth World Series begin at 5 p.m. today Diethrick Park.  The championship will be at 1 p.m. Saturday.  Sponsors bought out all the games so fans can attend free of charge.


Ross says 1978 Camp David Peace accords part of Carter's legacy...

A long-time friend of former U-S President Jimmy Carter says Carter will fight his recent diagnosis of brain cancer with the same determination he showed while in public office.  American diplomat and author Dennis Ross was one of yesterday's featured lecturers at Chautauqua Institution.  Ross also worked with the state Departments of a number of presidents... both, Republicans and Democrats -- often working on issues involving Israel.  Ross says Carter's defining work was the 1978 Camp David Peace Accords... which served as the basis for future treaties he was directly involved with.  He says those include the pacts crafted in 1993 and 1995.  Ross says -- when negotating a peace deal -- you have to be practical and deal with the "reality on the ground."  He began his government work in the Department of Defense under Jimmy Carter... and, is now a Special Assistant and Envoy for President Obama.  He is a distinguished Fellow with the Washington Institute.  Ross and another Senior Fellow at the institute -- Ghaith Al-Omari -- spoke yesterday as part of "The Middle East Now and Next" week at Chautauqua.


Former Lakewood Mayoral candidate files suit against current mayor, police and others...

A former mayoral candidate in Lakewood is now taking steps to sue the current mayor and Lakewood-Busti Police Department for a reported $5-million.  Officials confirm that Randy Ridgeway is filing the suit over what he calls a 'wrongful' domestic incident arrest... and, an alleged attempt to destroy his credibility.  A notice of claim has been filed against the police department, and Mayor David Wordelmann... as well as his own campaign manager, and fund-raiser--promoter.  Lakewood-Busti Police Chief John Bentley spoke briefly to village officials this week about the matter.  Bentley says Ridgeway was charged in June after allegedly attacking and strangling his girlfriend.  He says the claim states that Wordelmann and the other defendants "acted in malice and corruption..." to sabotage his mayoral campaign, and got his girlfriend to file a false claim against him.  An order of protection against Ridgeway has been dismissed in court.


Horrigan says SBA Flood assistance can now applied for...

Chautauqua County residents and small-businesses hit by the flash flooding in July will now be able to apply for federal low-interest loans.  State Senator Cathy Young says Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the necessary paperwork for the loan program through the U.S. Small Business Administration.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says he is pleased with the news... and, he thanked Young for moving the process along.  The loans can be used to make repairs or replace items damaged or destroyed in last month's flooding, according to Young.


 

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News Headlines for Thurs., Aug. 20, 2015

Two arrested in Appleyard Terrace Heroin bust...

Two Jamestown residents are jailed for allegedly being found in possession of Heroin in the presence of four small children they were babysitting at an eastside apartment.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says an ongoing drug investigation led members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force to 616 East Second St. -- Appleyard Terrace -- about Noon Wednesday.  Samuelson says the department's SWAT Team raided the apartment... and, they found 24 year-old Ramael Fields... and, 28 year-old Teela Nicholas inside.  Police searched the location... and, found a quantity of Heroin in a bedroom.  They add the four children were not hurt... but, did have access to the Heroin.  Nicholas and Field were arrested... and, charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, four counts each of endangering the welfare of a child.  Both are being held pending arraignment.


Jamestown man arrested for allegedly stealing items from Silver Creek store...

A city man has been arrested for allegedly taking several items from a store in Silver Creek without paying for them late last month.  Sheriff's Deputies say they arrested 33 year-old Lee Lookenhouse last weekend on a warrant for petty larceny issued out of Hanover Town Court.  Officers say the arrest warrant stemmed from an incident that occurred last July 20 at the Dollar General store on Route 5.  Lookenhouse was received directly from Erie County Sheriff's officers... and, was taken to Sheridan Town Court for arraignment.  Lookehouse was sent to the Chautauqua County Jail with bail to be set... and, is due in Hanover Town Court at a later date.


U.S. Diplomat reacts to news about friend Jimmy Carter now being treated for brain cancer...

A long-time American diplomat and author says he believes former U-S President Jimmy Carter will fight his brain cancer with the same determination he showed while in office.  Dennis Ross was one of today's featured lecturers at Chautauqua Institution... and, has been a long-time friend of Carter's.  He also worked with the state Departments of a number of presidents... both, Republicans and Democrats -- often working on issues involving Israel.  Ross says Carter's defining work was the 1978 Camp David Peace Accords... which he says was "entirely a function of his."  Carter and his diplomatic team served as the intermediaries between Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin... and, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.  Ross was heavily involved in the 1993 and 1995 peace deals in the Middle East.  Speaking with our Jim Roselle... Ross says -- when negotating a peace deal -- you have to be practical and deal with the situation "on the ground."  Ross began his government work in the Department of Defense under Jimmy Carter... and, is now a Special Assistant and Envoy for President Obama.  He is a distinguished Fellow with the Washington Institute.  Ross and another Senior Fellow at the institute -- Ghaith Al-Omari -- spoke today as part of "The Middle East Now and Next" week at Chautauqua.


Sweat arraigned today on criminal charges in connection with escape with Matt in early June...

A convicted killer who escaped from a maximum-security prison in northern New York has been arraigned on criminal charges stemming from the breakout.  A judge entered a not-guilty plea for David Sweat at his arraignment Thursday in Plattsburgh on two felony counts of first-degree escape and a charge of promoting prison contraband.  Sweat escaped back on June 6 from Clinton Correctional Facility with fellow inmate Richard Matt.  Matt was shot dead June 26... and, Sweat was shot and captured two days later.  The prisoners used power tools to saw through steel cell walls and steam pipes to reach a manhole outside the prison.  The 35-year-old Sweat is already serving life without parole for the killing of a sheriff's deputy.  Sweat was hospitalized after his capture and then sent to a different prison.


Johnson Foundation makes $250,000 gift to CLA for new equipment...

The Chautauqua Lake Association has received a quarter-of-a-million dollar grant to help the CLA with replacement, repair and reconditioning it's equipment.  The CLA has announced the grant... from the Johnson Foundation in Jamestown... will mainly be used for the purchase of a new, Aquatic Weed Harvester, and Shore Conveyor.  Association President Craig Butler says their equipment is in "good working order."  However... he adds that "looking to the future, we realize we need to start replacing our equipment to maintain our efficiency with annual lake maintenance."  Johnson Foundation Trustee John Sellstrom says they're "happy" to have "substantially" supported the CLA for over 20 years.  He says the lake is the "most valuable natural resource asset in Western New York."  The CLA has headed up weed harvesting efforts on Chautauqua Lake for many years.


 

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News Headlines for Wed., Aug. 19, 2015

Flash Flood Watch now in place for all of WNY on Thursday...

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for all of Western New York including Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties from Thursday morning through Thursday night.  A slow moving cold front crossing Western New York could trigger possible flooding.  That from Forecaster Bob Hamilton with the Weather Service's Buffalo office... who says with warm, soupy air already in place... that will produce numerous showers and thunderstorms.  Hamilton says some of those storms could stay over a few areas, triggering those flash floods.  He says rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are possible in localized areas on Thursday.  Generally, he says the region will see about half-an-inch of rain.  Hamilton adds that excessive runoff produced by the localized heavy rainfall may result in rapid rises on small streams and creeks in addition to poor drainage areas.


Ribbon is cut on new Jamestown DMV Office on city's westside...

The new location for the Chautauqua County Department of Motor Vehicles in Jamestown has been open for about two weeks now... and, it couldn't be working any better.  That from County Clerk Larry Barmore during Wednesday morning's official opening of the location at 512 West Third St.  Barmore first of thanked Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi... and, Renaissance Corporation Executive Director Greg Lindquist, and city Development Director Vince DeJoy for finding the new location.  He's says it's been a "great place," and they've received nothing but customer compliments on the free parking, and spacious interior.  He says they have six full service stations to serve customers.  In fact... Barmore says they haven't had to use their numbering service because they've been able to move customers in and out fairly quickly.  County Executive Vince Horrigan called it a "neat development" in many ways.  He says one of those is... with the DMV moving out of the South County Office Building on East Fourth Street to the new location opens up more space for the Department of Social Services.  Horrigan says that'll relieve congestion at that location, as well.  Teresi and DeJoy both thanked the county for being flexible enough to consider a different location.  Initially... county officials were looking at the former Big-N Plaza on Fluvanna Avenue for a new DMV office.


Jamestown school district has new, four-year agreement in place with union representing paraprofessionals...

The Jamestown school district has reached unanimous agreement on a new, four-year contract with one of it's largest unions.  The school board last night approved the new pact... which is retroactive to July 1st of 2013 and runs until June 30th of 2017.  Association of Jamestown Paraprofessionals Co-President Val Hagglund says she's very happy and relieved to have the new contract in place.  Co-President Cheryl Jones says... after dealing with several stumbling blocks along the way... a new mediator helped get the ball rolling on talks.  Hagglund adds this was the "most difficult" negotiation she's ever been part of... because key negotiators left the talks... or someone passed away.  She says the vote by the 133-member unit was also unanimous.  School Superintendent Tim Mains agrees the new contract was a "long-time coming" and he's "very pleased" it's now in place.  Salaries, and benefits were among the key issues to deal with.  Mains says there were "step" and hourly wage increases that don't add up to a-dollar over the four-years.


Schumer proposing legislation to deal with Drones around airports, and other "No fly" areas...

U-S Senator Charles Schumer is introducing legislation forcing the Federal Aviation Administration to require drone manufacturers to implement technology that would prevent the aircraft from entering ``no-fly zones'' like airports.  The New York lawmaker's proposal follows a recent spate of reports that unmanned aircrafts appearing near airports.  Schumer tells The A-P it's only a matter of time before a deadly collision results from one of these encounters.  He says so-called ``geo-fencing'' technology exists that would limit where drones can fly.  Schumer noted there have been at least seven reported drone sightings at Kennedy and Newark airports in the past week.


Donation of $2,500 Kaye Trainer allows special figure, and hockey skaters to stand-up while participating...

The developmentally and physically disabled have a new way, locally, to help them stand up so they can enjoy ice skating or playing hockey.  The Chautauqua County Council United Commercial Travelers-#202 has donated a $2,500 "Kaye Trainer" to the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena that will help them to do that.  The arena has hosted a Sled Hockey program for people with developmental disabilities... but, this is new and different.  Arena Ticket and Guest Services Director Brittany Mason says that the trainer allows the player to be in a standing position.  Mason says the first candidate was put into the equipment late Tuesday morning.  She says the trainer has a metal frame with a pulley attached to a harness.  She says that allows them to pull the person up from a wheelchair.  Mason says several people... including current Sled Hockey Coach Rod Kolstee... are working to create at least one "stand-up special" hockey team by drawing people from sled hockey... The Resource Center... Aspire and Special Olympics to take part.  For more information on the program... call Mason at the arena at 484-2624.

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News Headlines for Tues., Aug. 18, 2015

Behar to perform comedy at Lucytown Half Marathon...

Comedian and talk show co-host Joy Behar will be coming to Jamestown this October to perform during the third-annual Lucy Town Half Marathon and 5K Race Weekend.  The announcement was made late this morning by the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Comedy Center... which says Behar will do her stand-up comedy show at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts at 8 p.m., Saturday, October 10.  Executive Director of the Lucy-Desi Center... and, the National Comedy Center... Journey Gunderson.. says Behar has "been doing stand-up since well before ‘The View’, and it shows.  I’ve seen her live in New York and I’m excited to bring her stand-up to Jamestown.  She’s very funny and she’s one-of-a-kind. Plus, we have a thing about funny redheads here in Jamestown."  Tickets will go on-sale to members of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum and Lucy Town registered runners on Wednesday, August 19th at Noon by calling the Reg Lenna box office at 484-7070... or visiting www.lucyrace.com.  Tickets will go on-sale to the general public on Wednesday, August 26 at Noon.


Jamestown man burned when personal watercraft catches fire in DeWittville...

A Jamestown man who is also an "Extreme" marine boat mechanic suffered second-degree burns when fire broke out on his personal watercraft at Bayberry Landing on Chautauqua Lake Monday afternoon.  Sheriff's officers say the department's Navigation Team was called to the scene in DeWittville shortly before 1 p.m., and found that 31 year-old Jeremy Strickland had suffered burns to his forearms and face.  Deputies say Stickland was working on the vessel... and, was trying to start the engine when a spark ignited gas fumes.  The resulting fire did minimal damage to the boat.  Stickland was able to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher... and, was taken to WCA Hospital for treatment... and, released. 


City man arrested for alleged domestic violence incident...

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly destroying items inside a southside home during an alleged domestic violence incident early Sunday morning.  City police were called to the scene at 414 Park Avenue about 1:30 a.m., and, found the man -- 26 year-old Juan Batista -- destroying property inside.  Officers say he was also yelling at a visably upset woman.  Police say the two were separated... and, they found dishes had been smashed... and an interior door was broken.  Batista was arrested for fourth-degree criminal mischief... and, is jailed pending arraignment.


County lawmakers to look at Microbead Ban during committee meeting...

With the approval of a ban on personal care products containing microbeads in Erie County... at least one Chautauqua County lawmaker would like to see a similar ban enacted in this county.  County Legislator George Borrello, who chairs the Legislature's Planning and Economic Development Committee, says he has scheduled a presentation about the problem of microbead pollution during this week's committee meeting.  Borrello adds he's been following the work of a local researcher, Dr. Sherri Mason of the SUNY College at Fredonia for the past year.  Borrello says her work has been "ground-breaking," and he wants to committee to hear from her.  Mason says the problem with microbeads is that they can't be treated by wastewater treatment plants... and, they wind up in local waterways and lakes.  She says her studies have involved looking at local wastewater treatment plants, because that's where the microbeads would be coming from once they are used in cosmetic and other products.  Mason says the problem has become so widespread that every species of fish they have been able to obtain from Lake Erie has had some amount of the plastic in their system.


Schumer pushing for military veterans to be hired for border protection...

U-S Senator Charles Schumer wants to expedite hiring for border protection jobs by recruiting returning soldiers to fill them.  Schumer is sponsoring a bill that would require federal agencies to recruit qualified military service members for currently open positions as U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.  He says the bill seeks to address delays in hiring that have left border crossings understaffed, while giving veterans the opportunity to continue protecting their country.  Schumer says soldiers returning home to the North Country from overseas have the skills and training needed for these positions.  The senator will join local officials at the Plattsburgh International Airport Monday afternoon to promote the bill.


Reed demanding that Chinese stop manipulating currency to give them unfair trade advantage vs. U.S....

Direct manipulation of it's currency has given China an unfair trade advantage against the United States over the past week.  Local Congressman Tom Reed says it's a practice that hurts local manufacturers... and, he's calling on the Chinese to be accountable... and, take responsibility for what it's done.  Reed says the move by China artificially lowers the cost of their goods... below market value... making it more difficult to sell American goods around the world.  He calls it a "continuation" of Chinese policies regarding their currency that have been used to manipulate their trade situation.  Reed says the U.S. has no formal trade agreement with China... but, says we can put some pressure on the Chinese through the World Trade Organization.  The Corning Republican adds that he would "love" to see a negotiated agreement in the near future... which he says can help keep the Chinese accountable.  Reed says the 'Trans-Pacific Partnership...' also known as "TPP..." is expected to be considered by Congress this Fall.  It's a trade agreement he'd like to see improved.  He made his comments during his weekly Conference Call with Southern Tier Media.


National Babe Ruth volunteer official says BR creates opportunity for kids...

Babe Ruth Baseball creates opportunity for boys of all economic backgrounds.  That's the feeling of Joe Cormier of Erath, Louisiana.  Cormier's been a Babe Ruth volunteer for 37 years, and is in Jamestown as part of the Task Force for the 13-year-old World Series.  He says it's a "community-based" program that deals mainly with "blue-collar" kids.  Cormier says regional tournaments around the country teach players the value of hard work... and becoming a team.  He says they have over one-million kids involved in the program... and, says only a few have qualified for this world series... and, they've earned their way here.  During the tournament... Cormier is the liason between team managers and the Babe Ruth organization, and is also responsible for the game schedule and umpires. 

 

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News Headlines for Mon., Aug. 17, 2015

City man arrested in alleged Domestic Violence case in Jamestown this morning...

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly destroying items inside a southside home during an alleged domestic violence incident early this morning.  City police were called to the scene at 414 Park Ave. about 1:30 a.m., and, allegedly found the man -- 26 year-old Juan Batista -- destroying property inside.  Officers say he was also yelling at a visably upset woman.  Police say the two were separated... and, they found dishes had been smashed... and an interior door was broken.  Batista was arrested for fourth-degree criminal mischief... and, is jailed pending arraignment.


Falconer man arrested for allegedly holding woman against her will following fight on East Everett...

A Falconer man is jailed for allegedly holding a woman against her will during a domestic incident in the village last Friday night.  Sheriff's officers say they were called to an alleged fight on East Everett Avenue, just after 9:30 p.m.  Deputies say... on arrival... they made verbal contact with the male allegedly involved, 55 year-old Alan Feeney.  However... they add that Feeney would not open the door to allow them to check on the well-being check of the occupants inside.  Deputies say they could also hear the voice of a woman inside that Feeney would not allow to answer the door.  Officers were finally able to gain entry... and, Feeney was taken into custody... and, charged with second-degree unlawful imprisonment... and, second-degree Obstruction.  He was arraigned... and, sent to the county jail in lieu of bail.


City of Jamestown officials begin 2016 budget process...

Jamestown city officials have begun the process of developing a 2016 Budget that falls within the boundaries of the state's 2-percent property tax cap.  That's just one of the challenges facing Mayor Sam Teresi and his financial team as they receive the budgets from individual department heads.  Teresi says all but a couple of spending plans had been handed in by late last week.  His budget plan must be submitted by October 8th.  City Council must then deliberate, and approve a budget by December 1st.  Otherwise, the mayor's plan goes in place.  That's part of the charter change made about a decade ago to eliminate the problems caused by late budgets.  That has not happened since the new budget process was put in place.  Teresi says that's good because this procedure keeps lawmakers "feet to the fire" to get a solid, basic spending plan in place.  The current year's budget is just over $33-million.  Teresi made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.


Schumer pushing for hiring returning U.S. soldiers to patrol border...

U-S Senator Charles Schumer wants to expedite hiring for border protection jobs by recruiting returning soldiers to fill them.  Schumer is sponsoring a bill that would require federal agencies to recruit qualified military service members for currently open positions as U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.  He says the bill seeks to address delays in hiring that have left border crossings understaffed, while giving veterans the opportunity to continue protecting their country.  Schumer says soldiers returning home to the North Country from overseas have the skills and training needed for these positions.  The senator will join local officials at the Plattsburgh International Airport Monday afternoon to promote the bill.


Babe Ruth World Series underway, day-three on tap for Monday...

The 35th anniversary Babe Ruth World Series got underway this past weekend at Jamestown's Diethrick Park with eight games played Saturday and Sunday.  It's a busy first five days of the tournament with 20 games taking place during the preliminary round-robin rounds of the series.  Each team plays four games.  Host Jamestown took on Mountain Valley, Arkansas -- the Southwest Regional Champion late Saturday night.  Jamestown Manager Joe Jackson says his team is excited about the tournament... and, will play hard.  Jackson calls playing for the Jamestown team is a "great honor and great privledge."  As for Arkansas... Manager Lance Gross says they've enjoyed their stay... and, are looking forward to the first-round of games.  He says they've received an "awesome" welcome.  All the Jamestown games can be heard here on WJTN and, will be streamed live at wjtn.com.  Scott Eddy and Matt Warren will have the play-by-play.


Babe Ruth Tournament Director pleased Jamestown BR Committee remains pretty much intact...

The 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series has drawn players from all over the continent... and, officials, too.  Gordon Welbourne is the tournament director for this year's series, now underway at Russell E. Diethrick Junior Park.  He is from Surrey in British Columbia.  It's his 46th year in Babe Ruth Baseball, and his fourth trip to Jamestown as an official.  Welbourne says Jamestown is a joy to come to, because of Host President, Russ Diethrick, and the local organization.  He says when he got the list of committee members, he was pleased to see a number of long-time members there.  Welbourne believes it's important to remember that the 13-year-old players in Jamestown this week are at a very impressionable age.  He's talked to the teams about "growing up and being mature" while they're here.  Round robin play for all ten teams in the Babe Ruth World Series continues through Wednesday.  The single elimination playoffs begin Thursday at Diethrick Park.

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News Headlines for Fri., Aug. 14, 2015

Preservationist report makes six recommendations to Chautauqua regarding future of historic Amphitheater...

A report from a panel of preservationists charged with looking at Chautauqua Institution's proposed amphitheater project includes several recommendations... including delaying the project.  Institution officials released the 14-page report by the Historic Preservation Panel Thursday.  Spokesman George Murphy says the six-member panel looked at the current Amphitheater... and, alternatives to demolition.  Murphy also says the panel says institution had to decide between continued expansion of amphitheater programming... and, preserving the current amp.  He says more "dynamic" programming has been added to the amp... and, that "stretches" the capabililty of the facility.  Murphy says the groups suggest putting up another facility... but, he says the money is not available for that, and goes against their mission.  Murphy says the preservationists came to understand the dilemna the institution has had since the project was first looked at in 2010.  That's the "tension" between Chautauqua's mission and preserving the amphitheater as it is.  He says one recommendation the panel made was to add more bleachers... but, he says aside from the new bleachers added to the back of the Amp in 1981... that was never the intension for the facility.  Murphy says the report will now be considered by the Institution's board of directors at it's Aug. 29 meeting... where it's expected to vote on Amp design plans.


Local preservationist who opposes demolishing Amphitheater says they "embrace" report...

The head of a local preservation group that has called on Chautauqua Institution to reconsider demolishing the entire amphitheater... and, building a new one... says they "embrace" the preservationist's report.  The head of the Committee to Save the Historic Chautauqua Amphitheater says they also embrace the documents six recommendations.  Brian Berg says they also outlined how to preserve the historic facility in a "straight-forward" way.  In addition, the group had been advocating for such a study to be done for the past 3 to 4 years, and, the "Save the Amp" group is pleased that's come to fruition.  Berg says it also confirms that the Amphitheater is historic... and, been changed -- or upgraded -- from time to time.  However... he says the basic structure has remained intact for well over 100 years.  While institution officials say they need a facility to handle programming needs now, and into the future, Berg says they need to better define what that programming is... and, the best way to handle it.  


Erie Co. Executive signs Microbead Ban...

Cosmetic products containing small plastic beads are now banned from being sold in upstate New York's most populous county.  Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Thursday signed into law a local measure that bans the sale of personal cosmetic products containing microbeads.  The signing comes after lawmakers in the county, which includes the city of Buffalo, approved the bill in a unanimous vote last month.  Supporters of the ban say the plastic particles are too fine to be caught in wastewater treatment plants... and, are flowing by the billions into the Great Lakes and other waterways.  Scientists say they're also showing up inside fish that are caught for human consumption.  Stores will now have six months to pull microbead products down from their shelves or face possible fines.


Jamestown Babe Ruth Committee president looks back on 35 years, and this world series going forward...

The man who helped bring the first Babe Ruth World Series to Jamestown in 1980 is at the helm again for the 2015 series that begins tomorrow.  Host President Russ Diethrick says they're ready to go... and ,he feels very "confident and excited" about it.  Thirteen-year-olds on nine visiting teams have arrived in Jamestown to play a total of 25 baseball games at Russell E. Diethrick Junior Park over eight days.  This is the 16th world series hosted by Jamestown since the 13-year-olds first came to play here in 1980.  Diethrick says each time is a little different.  He says the banquet, and living arrangments are all set... and, there's been nothing "negative" other than maybe a glitch on how things have gone.  Through community sponsors... all the games in this year's series will be open to the public free of charge.  Teams in the series have a picnic and skills competition at Bergman Park today, and a banquet tonight at JCC.  The opening parade is at 9 a.m. Saturday on Third Street downtown.  Games begin at noon Saturday at the ball park on Falconer Street. 


 

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The man who helped bring the first Babe Ruth World Series to Jamestown... 35 years ago... is at the helm again for the event that starts Saturday.  Host President Russ Diethrick believes they're ready to go. Thirteen-year-olds on 10 teams have arrived in Jamestown to play a total of 25 baseball games at Russell E Diethrick Junior Park over eight days. This is the 16th world series hosted by Jamestown since the 13-year-olds first came to play here in 1980.  Diethrick says each time is a little different. Through community sponsors, all the games in this year's series will be open to the public free of charge.  Teams in the series have a picnic and skills competition at Bergman Park today, and a banquet tonight at JCC.  The opening parade is Saturday morning at 9 on Third Street downtown.  Games begin at noon Saturday at the ball park on Falconer Street. 


Jamestown city lawmakers are reviewing two proposals that could possibly increase the salaries for both city council members... and, the mayor... beginning next year.  The city's Salary Review Commission met earlier this year... and, has recommended a 10-thousand dollar total increase for the nine council members.  They also proposed about a 16-thousand dollar increase for the mayor -- starting in 2016.  City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says they cannot raise salaries until the next term for elected officials. The last time the mayor's salary was increased was 2008.  City Council has had no increase since 1983.  A recent proposal by Councilman Brent Sheldon would increase council salaries one-thousand dollars one-time... in 2016... and, 2-thousand dollars for the Mayor each year for four years.  That's half of what was proposed by the commission.  Sheldon is the only lawmaker that's made a proposal in response to the Salary Commission's recommendation.  City Council members have decided to send Sheldon's proposal back to the Finance Committee for further review.

 

A federal grand jury has indicted a 44-year-old Buffalo-area man on charges that allege he attempted to support a foreign terrorist group.  U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, (HOH'-kuhl), Jr. announced Thursday that the jury returned a two-count indictment against Arafat Nagi (NAH'-gee) of Lackawanna.  Nagi's charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to a terrorist organization, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group.  Nagi was arrested July 29th at his home outside Buffalo.  He's being held without bail.  Prosecutors say Nagi traveled overseas to try to join ISIS and declared his allegiance to the militant organization online.  Officials say he went to Turkey twice in the past three years... and, had planned to travel there this month.  Prosecutors say before one of the trips he purchased military combat items, including body armor, a hunting knife and night vision goggles.

 

Local police say they are very familiar with a Mayville man who was arrested earlier this week for allegedly running a Methamphetime Lab out of his residence.  Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies pulled over 43-year-old John Noel-the-third for a traffic violation, charging him with 3rd-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.  After being sent to the County Jail... officers and agents from the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant for Noel's home... and, located quantities of methamphetamine and a meth lab.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says Noel was arrested earlier this year for allegedly doing the same thing. Noel has been charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine... and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court... and, sent to the county jail on 50-thousand dollars cash bail.

 

The newest member of the Dunkirk Police Department played a role in last Friday's drug bust on Hoyt Street in the north county city.  Dunkirk Police detectives and the department's new K-9 "Nico" (Nee-koh) assisted New York State Parole with house checks.  A check of the upper apartment at 438 Hoyt Street led to the arrests of 25-year-old Bianca Larkins and 24-year-old Zacre Jasinski.  Police Chief David Ortolano says he was pleased with Nico's performance... adding that the K-9 was able to identify a significant amount of marijuana, and some cocaine inside the apartment.  K-9 Nico has completed his certification for narcotics, but is continuing his training for other certifications.  As for Larkins and Jasinski... they are facing charges of 4th-degree criminal possession of marijuana and 7th-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Jasinski is also facing a parole violation.

 

A local business group slated to take over operations at Stateline Speedway in Busti say they hope to open by the beginning of September... and, buy the facility by September 15th.  Media One News received confirmation Wednesday that retired Late Model star driver Jim Scott and his wife, Jean... and, Jamestown-area business owner Brian Horner... had signed a one-month lease with Stateline Owner Jenifer Seamens.  The new group reports... depending on how soon operations can be restarted... they hope to open September 5th.  The current season was disrupted back early July... when officials with Short Track Management -- the previous operator -- announced it's insurance coverage had lapsed.  STM  had operated the facility under a lease agreement with Seamens since May 2014.

 

Cosmetic products containing small plastic beads are now banned from being sold in upstate New York's most populous county.  Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Thursday signed into law a local measure that bans the sale of personal cosmetic products containing microbeads.  The signing comes after lawmakers in the county, which includes the city of Buffalo, approved the bill in a unanimous vote last month.  Supporters of the ban say the plastic particles are too fine to be caught in wastewater treatment plants... and, are flowing by the billions into the Great Lakes and other waterways.  Scientists say they're also showing up inside fish that are caught for human consumption.  Stores will now have six months to pull microbead products down from their shelves or face possible fines.

 

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and a key Republican budget negotiator say they're still grappling with unresolved issues after the latest meeting over the impasse ended inconclusively.  Democrat Wolf and House Majority Leader Dave Reed emerged from a session that lasted well over an hour on Thursday to say they worked on two major issues -- how much to spend on education and proposals to cut public sector pensions.  Pennsylvania is midway through the second month of the fiscal year without a budget in place.  Wolf wants more funding to plug a budget deficit and add money for schools and human services.  He vetoed a Republican-penned spending plan that passed with no Democratic votes.  Wolf says he and legislative leaders plan to meet again next Tuesday.
 

 


 

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News Headlines for Aug. 13, 2015

City Council hears new salary proposals for all elected officials...

Jamestown city lawmakers are reviewing two proposals that could possibly increase the salaries for both city council members... and, the mayor... beginning next year.  The city's Salary Review Commission met earlier this year... and, has recommended a $10,000 total increase for the nine council members.  They also proposed about a $16,000 increase for the mayor -- starting in 2016.  City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says they cannot raise salaries until the next term for elected officials... and, says they can accept, or modify the numbers the commission gave.  They can also increase one salary, and not the other -- which is what happened in 2008.  That was the last time the mayor's salary was increased.  City Council has had no increase since 1983.  A recent proposal by Councilman Brent Sheldon would increase council salaries $1,000 one-time... in 2016... and, $2,000 for the Mayor each year for four years.  That's half of what was proposed by the commission.  Sheldon is the only lawmaker that's made a proposal in response to the Salary Commission's recommendation.  City Council members have decided to send Sheldon's proposal back to the Finance Committee for further review.


Gerace says man arrested in traffic stop, then drug raid, is a repeat from earlier this year...

Local police say they are very familiar with a Mayville man who was arrested earlier this week for allegedly running a Methamphetime Lab out of his residence.  Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies pulled over 43-year-old John Noel III for a traffic violation, charging him with 3rd-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.  After being sent to the County Jail... officers and agents from the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant for Noel's home... and, located quantities of methamphetamine and a meth lab.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says Noel was arrested last March for allegedly doing the same thing.  Noel has been charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine... and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was sent to the county jail on $50,000 bail. 


Grand Jury indicts Lackawanna man for allegedly trying to support ISIS...

A federal grand jury has indicted a 44-year-old Buffalo-area man on charges that allege he attempted to support a foreign terrorist group.  U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced Thursday that the jury returned a two-count indictment against Arafat Nagi of Lackawanna.  Nagi's charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to a terrorist organization, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group.  Nagi was arrested July 29th at his home outside Buffalo.  He's being held without bail.  Prosecutors say Nagi traveled overseas to try to join ISIS and declared his allegiance to the militant organization online.  Officials say he went to Turkey twice in the past three years... and, had planned to travel there this month.  Prosecutors say before one of the trips he purchased military combat items, including body armor, a hunting knife and night vision goggles.


Two arrested in Cattaraugus County for allegedly selling prescription drugs illegally...

A pair of Cattaraugus County residents have been arrested for allegedly selling prescription drugs illegally in two different cases.  Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they first arrested 42 year-old David Dillie, Junior, of Salamanca last Tuesday morning.  Agents accuse Dillie of selling the drugs to another person in the city.  Dillie was arraigned in Salamanca City Court yesterday on several charges... including two counts each of criminal sale... and, possession of a controlled substance.  He's jailed pending further court action.  Later in the day... Task Force members arrested 18 year-old Autumn White of Steamburg for allegedly selling pills to another person in Little Valley.  White was arraigned on similar charges in Little Valley Town Court... and sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail on $25,000 jail.


Attorney General Schneiderman in Jamestown to release report on effort to help New Yorkers keep their homes during mortgage crisis...

The state Attorney General came to Jamestown Wednesday afternoon to announce the state has helped 50,000 New Yorkers keep their homes... despite the mortgage crisis.  A-G Eric Schneiderman says the Homeowner Protection Program has been a huge success.  Schneiderman says HOPP has been an unprecidented program that provides funding for housing counseling and legal services.  In addition to HOPP... the state also offers small loans to facilitate refinancing for homeowners in trouble, and a website to ferret out housing scams.  Schneiderman says he came to Jamestown to make the announcement because the Chautauqua County Landbank has been such an extraordinary success.  He says it's become an example that you don't need to be in a big city to have a successful landbank.  Landbanks buy up abandoned properties, and work to get them on the tax rolls again.  Landbanks and the HOPP program are funded by money the Attorney General's office secured from banks that contributed to the housing crisis earlier in the decade.

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News Headlines for Wed., Aug. 12, 2015

Horrigan says budget process moving along; looking at zero-spending increases in departments, and awaiting governor's signature on sales tax increase...

Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan is continuing preliminary work on a moe than $230-million, 2016 budget.  Horrigan says he is now in the process of meeting with department heads to get an initial read of the spending plan.  He says they'll be going through the budget's... line-by-line... looking to keep spending "flat."  Horrigan says he will then meet with his finance team to go through the overall impact on the budget.  In addition... he says he's sticking with his pledge of a property tax reduction by at least 3-percent.  However... Horrigan says that depends on an increase in the county's sales tax.  He says the request has made it through the State legislature... but, still needs Governor Andrew Cuomo's signature.  Horrigan expects to release his budget proposal to the County Legislature in late September.


State Education Department to released results of statewide English and Math tests from Spring...

New York state education officials are ready to release the results of the statewide English and math tests given to students in grades 3-8 in the spring.  The Education Department will make the results public on Wednesday.  The tests measure student performance across the state's 700 districts.  They have become controversial in recent years after being tied by the state to teacher evaluations and more rigorous Common Core learning standards.  Tens of thousands of students sat out this year's testing in protest.


Johnson Foundation donates $1-million trust for health care-related scholaships at JCC...

Jamestown Community College students pursuing nursing and health-related degrees will now be able to get help from a new, $1-million trust fund established by the Johnson Foundation.  Foundation adminstrators Carole Sellstrom and her husband, John... where on hand Tuesday afternoon to present the check to JCC President, Dr. Cory Duckworth at the college's nursing facility.  Duckworth called it a "great day" for JCC where they were announcing the "John A. and Oscar Johnson Memorial Trust Scholarship Fund."  Duckworth says the trust will provide scholarships -- with a preference given to students who have graduated from Chautauqua County high schools... are Chautauqua County residents... and, who meet financial aid eligibility requirements.  The one-million dollar investment was formally accepted at a special meeting of the JCC board of trustees just prior to the presentation.  John Sellstrom says the fund will especially help students who need an extra financial shot-in-the arm to go to college.  Duckworth says funds will be available for the coming school year at JCC.  In addition... the nursing area of the Arts and Sciences Center will now be known as the "John A. and Oscar Johnson Nursing Education Center."


Gas prices in Chautauqua County down about 6-cents this week...

Gas prices in the Jamestown-area have been plummeting for 26 consecutive days... and, have fallen another 6-cents this week.  The AAA's Fuel Gauge Report says the average price of regular, unleaded, according to 19 local gas stations, has fallen by 19 cents during that streak.  The Fuel Gauge reports the price of gas has dropped from about $2.88 last week to about $2.82 this week.  AAA says that the current national average is $2.59 a gallon.  That's 89 cents cheaper than it was last year at this time.


New Swing set at Allen Park dedicated in memory of Kallie Swan...

A new swing set is now being used by youngsters in Jamestown's Allen Park following the set's dedication last night.  The park was filled with people wearing Orange as the playground equipment was named in honor of Kallie Swan.  Kallie is the little girl whose courageous battle against a form of Childhood Cancer captured the hearts of local residents.  The 3-year-old passed away back in May from Lympoblastic Leukemia.  The swings were purchased by the Allen Park Women's Club.  Club President Shannon Neubauer says they decided to dedicate this particular project.  She says they decided the swing set should be treated special... and, they were looking to dedicate it to someone.  Neubauer says her husband suggest Kallie Swan.  However... Neubauer says she had to bring the idea to the entire club for a vote.  But... she barely got Kallie's first name out -- and every hand went up.  Kallie's parents, Shane and Tara, were on hand for the dedication... and, thanked everyone who came to the dedication... and, the Allen Park Women's Club for what they've done.  A temporary marker is in place until the permanent one is.  Neubauer adds they are also raising money to have an "orange" slide installed with the swings.

 

 

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News Headlines for Tues., Aug. 11, 2015

County begins work on new landfill cell in Ellery; town looking at getting a "host agreement..."

Chautauqua County hopes to have a state permit soon so work can begin on a new, 53-acre cell at the county landfill in Ellery.  That from County Executive Vince Horrigan... who says the current cell has about 3 to 4 years of life left in it.  On this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program... Horrigan emphasized this is not an addition to the approximately 800-acre site on Towerville Road, but, is property the county already has there.  He says the process has already been underway... and, will take about two more years.  Horrigan says it'll make the Ellery facility viable for the next 20 years.  However... Horrigan says the town of Ellery is seeking a "host agreement" with the county on the landfill... and, that's become a sticking point on a new cell.  He says Ellery is calling for a large amount of money from such an agreement.  Horrigan says between the landfill... and, it's Methane Gas-to-Electric plant... brings in about $1-million in revenue to the county each year.  He adds that helps them keep in-county rates low.  County leaders have looked at privatizing the county landfill in the past... but, they say -- in most every case -- rates would go up for in-county users -- and, environmental restrictions aren't as strong for a private operator.
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The Ellery Town Board recently approved a local law that would prohibit expansion of the current landfill... and, ban construction of any new areas.  It's part of an effort by Ellery lawmakers to put a "host agreement" in place.  That from Ellery Supervisor Arden Johnson... who says the county now receives about 35-percent of it's waste from outside of the county.  Johnson says residents near the landfill have had to put up with odors from the facility... and, increase truck traffic from haulers taking waste to the facililty.  The county Planning Board recently rejected Ellery's proposed law.


City of Jamestown holding it's own financially through first six-months of 2015...

The city of Jamestown is holding it's own so far, during the first-half of the 2015 budget year.  That from city Comptroller Joe Bellitto... who had both good and bad news for the first six-months of the year.  Bellitto told City Council members at last night's work session that their health insurance costs leveled off in the second-quarter after being 'very high' for the first-quarter.  But... he says they remain at 60-percent through the first six-months of 2015.  However... Bellitto says if they continue at the rate of the first three-months, they'll be where they were last year when Health insurance costs were about $522,000 over budget.  He says he will continue reviewing the situation monthly with Blue Cross, and their "Stop-Loss" carrier.  He says the city is doing okay from a revenue stand-point, though, they're a little short on the projected Payment in Lieu of Tax Agreement with the Board of Public Utilities.  He says the city had projected a 1.8-percent increase... but, it's up 1.2-percent for the first six-months of the year.  Otherwise... Bellitto says most other revenue catagories are about where they should be after 6 months. 


Cattaraugus County man arrested for burglary and assault...

A Cattaraugus County man has been arrested for allegedly breaking into a Cold Spring residence last weekend... and, assaulting another man living there.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say 21 year-old Jonathan Wright of Jamestown Street, Randolph is accused of breaking into a house on Blood Road just before 5:30 last Sunday morning.  Deputies say Wright attacked the man at the residence, who had begun seeing the woman living there.  Wright allegedly injured the man... and, committed other crimes while he was there.  He was arraigned on several charges... including first-degree burglary... and, third-degree assault.  Wright was arraigned and sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail on $200,000 cash bail.


Reed applauds Schumer for opposing Iran nuclear deal on it's merits...

Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed says he is pleased there is growing bi-partisan support in Congress to defeat the nuclear deal the Obama Administration has reached with Iran.  Reed... who has been opposed to the deal from the start... says he is glad that New York Senator Democrat Chuck Schumer has announced his opposition to the agreement.  The Corning Republican says it shows that "contrary to what the White House and the president are trying to say," that this is an effort just to oppose the president, it is about the merits of the deal itself.  Reed... who made his comments during is weekly telephone Conference Call with Southern Tier Media Monday... says he is confident the deal will be defeated.  However... he adds it may be difficult to override a veto because a two-thirds majority of Congress will be needed for that to happen.  Reed says this will be one of the issues he'll be discussing when he holds town hall meetings across the district in the coming weeks.


DiNapoli says employment in New York state has reached 9-million for first time...

New York's comptroller says statewide employment reached a record nine million jobs last year, with 538,000 added since the recession.  Monday's report shows 143,000 jobs were added in 2014, capping four years of steady gains.  But... growth was uneven statewide, with New York City gaining three-fourths of the total, while four upstate regions lost jobs, led by the Mohawk Valley and Southern Tier.  Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says bright spots include ``fast-rising wages in the finance and information sectors'' and growth in western New York.  At the same time, he says more New Yorkers are relying on part-time work or have dropped out of the labor force.
 

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News Headlines for Mon., Aug. 10, 2015

Fire destroys two-and-a-half story home at 623 Newland Ave. in Jamestown...

Flames late yesterday morning destroyed a single-family home on Jamestown's southside... which later had to be torn-down because it was a safety hazzard.  City Fire Battalion Chief Sam Salemme says firefighters were called to the scene at 623 Newland Avenue about 11:30 a.m., and, says there was heavy fire and smoke coming from the back of the structure.  Salemme tells us the fire moved so quickly through the old house, they had to take a defensive posture to fight the blaze.  He says they used a couple of large hoses, and set up their "water tower" to douse the flames.  Salemme says it took about an-hour and a-half to get the fire under control.  Salemme says... in addition to the house at 623 Newland... they had to protect exposures on the homes to it's left and right  He says the siding was melted off one side... and, some of the windows had melted on the other home.   Salemme says the nine-member family that lived in the home at 623 Newland got out safely... and, no injuries were reported.  He says they had to call in an off-duty shift of 11 firefighters... and a shift commander.  He says the family is being helped by the local Red Cross.  The cause remains under investigation.


Boat fire in Ellery send six people scurrying to nearby vessel for safety...

Six people has to jump to a nearby boat when the vessel they were on caught fire last weekend on Chautauqua Lake in the town of Ellery, and was eventually destroyed.  Member of the Sheriff's Department Navigation Patrol were called with the help at the scene shortly before Noon Saturday... and found the six had been able to get onto a nearby pontoon boat.  Officers say they saw heavy smoke and flames coming from the back of the vessel when they arrived.  Bemus Point firefighters were called to the scene... and, put out the blaze.  Deputies say the boat was towed onto shore at Long Point State Park.  The county's HAZMAT Team was also called in to contain leaking fuel from damaged vessel.  Officers spoke with owner and operator of the vessel, 61 year-old Edward Guy of Willoughby, Ohio, and determined the fire was electrical in nature.


PA men rescued on Lake Erie after catamaran overturns...

A Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania man escaped serious injury last Friday night when his Catamaran overturned on Lake Erie near Van Buren Point in the town of Portland.  Sheriff's Deputies say they received a report of an overdue vessel, operated by 68 year-old Robert Wilson, just before 8:30 p.m.  Officers called out the department's Navigation Patrol... and, they found Wilson sitting on top of his overturned boat about two-miles offshore.  Deputies add he had floated several miles away from where the boat overturned.  Wilson was rescued... and, taken to Dunkirk Harbor where he was checked out... and, turned over to family members.  Dunkirk firefighters... along with Allstar Ambulance... and, U.S. Border Patrol assisted.  The Sheriff's Office reminds boaters that everyone on board any vessel including kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards must have a proper personal floatation device -- or life jacket -- on board the vessel.  It is also recommended to make a "float plan" to advise friends/family of the details of your trip.


71st annual Gerry Rodeo a huge success...

The 71st Gerry Rodeo was a smashing success.  That from Rodeo Spokesman Paul Cooley as the final performance was wrapping up Saturday night.  Cooley says they had capacity crowds the final two nights of the four-day event, and a record-number of rodeo contestants.  He adds they had the most prize money ever... over $45,000, and some of the best performances Gerry has seen in a long time.  Cooley says the barrel racing was fantastic, and they had some outstanding bareback riders.  Jake Brown of Hillsboro, Texas has a bareback score of 86 on Wedensday -- opening night -- which was possibly a record for the arena at Gerry.  Cooley says a successful rodeo is good news for the entire Gerry community because proceeds benefit the Gerry Fire Department.  Cooley thanked the 150 volunteers from the community who worked to put on the annual event.  


Former Buffalo Bills general manager, Polian, inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame...

Bill Polian, the architect of two major rebuilding projects in Buffalo and Indianapolis is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  The 72-year-old Polian was inducted last night following a career in which he showed a knack for giving struggling clubs a needed boost.  Polian began his career as a scout for Kansas City before eventually taking over as general manager in Buffalo in 1984.  He put together the building blocks that became the core of a franchise that went to four consecutive Super Bowls.

 

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News Headlines for Sat., Aug. 8, 2015

Two arrested during raid at Weeks St. apartment in Jamestown Friday...

A man and a woman are now jailed without bail for allegedly trafficking a large amount of narcotic drugs from a home on Jamestown's northside.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force... JPD SWAT Team... and, state Police C-NET Team... raided the lower apartment at 23 Weeks Street about 6:45 a.m. Friday.  Samuelson says they arrested both 37 year-old Michael Gibson of Buffalo... and, 34 year-old Jean-anne Rysdyke of Jamestown.  Samuelson says both are charged with three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, one count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  He says the weapon seized was a stun gun.  He adds police also found quantities of Heroin... crack-cocaine... and, ecstasy... and, drug paraphernalia.  They also found that Gibson was also sought by State Parole.  Anyone with information on illegal drug trafficking is asked to call City Police at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.


Heroin now linked to increase in Hepatitis C cases...

Public health agencies and drug treatment centers nationwide are scrambling to catch up with a dramatic rise in Hepatitis-C.  They believe the disease... which now affects about 3-million Americans... is due at least in part, from growing heroin use.  The number of acute cases grew by more than 270 percent from 2009 to 2013.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the number of people using heroin rose nearly 150 percent from 2007 to 2013.  New treatments for hepatitis C are making headlines because of their popularity and high price.


Schumer announces he opposes Iran Nuke Deal...

U-S Senator Chuck Schumer, the Number-three Senate Democrat, is breaking with President Barack Obama and will oppose the Iran nuclear deal.  Schumer made the announcement late Thursday night.  The move is a blow to the Obama administration, which has lobbied hard for the international accord ahead of a vote next month.  Schumer says in a statement that there is a "real risk" that Iran will not moderate... and, will use the pact to pursue its nefarious goals.  Schumer is widely expected to become the next Democratic leader after Senator Harry Reid retires, and his split with Obama is remarkable for a senior leader.  But Schumer, who is Jewish, also is a strong supporter of Israel and represents a state with a significant population of Jewish voters.


Hendrickson says Fiorina, Rubio, were big winners in GOP Debates... 
Many potential Republican voters in next year's presidential Election were most impressed by former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Officer Carly Fiorina during Thursday last night's two GOP debates.  Count Chautauqua County Republican Committee Chairman Al Hendrickson among them.  Hendrickson watched both forums... and, feels the first one involving seven 'lower-polling' candidates was the better of the two.  While he didn't like the formats... he says the debates did help some candidates get their name out there... one being FiorIna.  She was in the first debate because her polls numbers weren't high enough.  The first debate also included former U-S Senator Rick Santorum... former Texas Governor Rick Perry and former New York Governor George Pataki.  As for the second-debate... Hendrickson felt U-S Senator Marco Rubio of Florida was the winner.  He feels the second forum  wasn't "as fair" as the first one... partly because of the man creating the most stir in recent weeks -- Donald Trump -- was the focal point.  He says the moderators and main candidates seemed to focus on the billionaire developer.   

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WJTN News Headlines

A routine traffic stop on Jamestown's southside has led to the arrest of a city man for allegedly being in possession of a large amount of Heroin... ready for sale.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says a patrol car pulled over the vehicle on Newton Avenue shortly before 2 PM Wedneday for failing to signal a turn.  Samuelson says... it wasn't long into the traffic stop that the suspect... who was a passenger... tried to run off. Samuelson says officers then searched Johnson... and, found that he had concealed more than 300 bags of packaged Heroin in his possession.  He says the weight of the Heroin was more than 87 grams -- which is "a significant quantity."  Investigators aren't sure where Johnson was going with the drugs... but, Samuelson says they're sure he was taking them somewhere to sell.   He says Johnson was arraigned in City Court on one count each of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, obstructing governmental administration.  He was then sent to the county jail without bail.  The driver faces several vehicle and traffic charges. 

 

A Jamestown woman has been arrested for allegedly selling Heroin to undercover drug agents in the city's Forest Avenue area.  Southern Tier regional Drug Task Force members say they found... and, arrested 28 year-old Lindsey Mason of 9 Forest Park... just after 5 PM Wednesday.  Task Force agents say Mason they took her into custody without incident.  She's accused of selling quantities of Heroin to officers on several occasions.  She was arraigned on charges of third-degree criminal possesion... and, sale of a controlled substance... and sent to the county jail without bail.  She's being held pending futher court action.  Anyone with information about the sale or possession of illegal drugs is asked to call the task force at 1-800-344-8702.

 

Authorities say a 57-year-old Cattaraugus County man has been charged in connection with the seizure of 800 marijuana plants found growing in the town of Ishua (Ish-oo-Wah).  State police say the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force used a National Guard helicopter on Tuesday to spot the pot plants Randy Wade-Kenyon was growing in the woods near his home in the town... and, in neighboring Allegany County.  Kenyon was charged with criminal possession of marijuana.  He's being held in the Cattaraugus County Jail with bail to be set.  Troopers say more arrests are pending.  Police tell the Olean Times Herald that it took drug task force officers several hours to remove all the plants and haul them away in three pickup trucks.

 

New York has broadened a ban on synthetic marijuana to keep up with drug makers who create new chemical recipes to evade the existing law.  Governor Andrew Cuomo says that the state health department has approved tougher regulations to include new compounds of synthetic pot.  While the drugs were first created to mimic the effects of marijuana, their chemical makeup is far different, and new formulations have been created by chemists looking to evade a 2012 ban.  Adverse effects from synthetic marijuana abuse prompted more than 2,300 emergency room visits in the state between early June and August 1st.  That's 10 times more than the same period last summer.  The governor says the state will continue to monitor evolving chemical formulas and will ban more compounds if necessary.

 

The author of a New York Times best-seller says there still needs to be a national conversation about perceived biases against African-Americans.  Isabel Wilkerson wrote the book, "The Warmth of Other Suns," which high-lighted the northern migration of three young people who left the American South for the North and Midwest between 1915 and 1970.  Wilkerson was Thursday's featured lecturer at Chautauqua Institution.  She tells our Jim Roselle that both regions weren't sure what to do with that migration. Wilkerson says she doesn't use the words "progress..." or "racism..." in the book to define where things are right now.  But... she says recent incidents involving police and African-American men are telling of an underlying problem.  Wilkerson says, though, there was a "appropriate sense of outrage" at the killing of nine black parishioners at a Charleston, South Carolina church.  She says our response as a nation will be watched.  Wilkerson says there is still a sense of hypocracy due to "long-standing assumptions and sterotypes that go far beyond racism." 

 

Flames of an electrical nature have destroyed a private boat on Chautauqua Lake in Lakewood.  Sheriff's officers say members of the Navigation Patrol were called to the scene at the Lakewood Rod and Gun dock just before 6:30 PM Wednesday.  Deputies say they found the boat fully-engulfed in flames on arrival.  The Lakewood Fire Department was called into to fight the flames.  After speaking with the owner... 73 year-old Dalton Burgett of Bemus Point... officers learned that Burgett was out on the boat when he smelled smoke coming from the cabin area.  He later found smoke coming from an electrical panel... and, he brought the vessel to shore.  Soon after... the boat caught fire.  No one was hurt... and, no other property was damaged.

 

The New York State Police are targeting speeding motorists with a stepped-up enforcement effort.  Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the crack down on Wednesday.  It begins then... and, runs through Tuesday.  Officials say speeding was a contributing factor in crashes that killed more than 350 people in 2013.  Another 19,000 people were injured in speed-related crashes that year.  During the period of stepped-up enforcement... troopers in marked and unmarked cars will also target drunken driving, seatbelt violations and distracted driving.  A similar effort last August resulted in 22,000 traffic tickets being issued, with just under half of them for speeding violations.

 


Two political advocacy groups are considering a legal appeal after a New York state ethics board rejected their request to shield major donors from public disclosure.  The New York Civil Liberties Union and Family Planning Advocates had asked the Joint Commission on Public Ethics to allow them to withhold the names of the donors because they said identifying them could put them at risk of harrassment.  The commission rejected the request on Tuesday, saying they had not shown valid justification for the exemption.  Both groups are now considering an appeal before a judicial hearing officer.  The NYCLU says it's confident they would win.  Last year... the commission rejected similar requests to withhold donors on earlier financial disclosures.  The decision was reversed on appeal.

 

 

 

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News Update for Thurs., Aug. 6, 2015

Jamestown man arrested after fleeing traffic stop for possession of more than 300 doses of Heroin...

A city man is jailed without bail following a routine traffic stop on Jamestown's southside for allegedly being in possession of more than 300 doses of Heroin.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says a patrol car pulled over the vehicle on Newton Avenue shortly before 2 p.m. Wedneday for failing to signal a turn.  Samuelson says officers walked up to the car... and, a back-seat passenger... 37 year-old Larry Johnson.  He says Johnson was caught after running through several back-yards... and, found with the packaged Heroin in his possession.  Samuelson says it totalled about 87 grams of Heroin... a "significant amount" of the drug for a vehicle and traffic stop.  He says it's believed that Johnson was going somewhere to sell the drugs.  However... they don't know where.  He says Johnson was arraigned in City Court on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, obstructing governmental administration.  He was then sent to the county lock-up... pending further court action.  The driver... who was not identified... also faces several vehicle and traffic laws.


 

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News Headlines for Thurs., Aug. 6, 2015

2015 13 year-old Babe Ruth World Series field now complete...

The field has now been set for the 13 year-old Babe Ruth World Series to be played in Jamestown August 15 through 22.  Public Relations Division Chairwoman Kim Ecklund says the New York Metro Champion... Paulino Babe Ruth from New York City... is the Mid-Atlantic Champion.  They won their championship Tuesday night.  The other winners include the Western New York Champion... Ithaca.  The Pacific Southwest Champion is Tri-Valley, California... the Midwest Plains winner Bismark, ND... the Southeast Region winner is Tallahassee, Florida.  Ecklund adds that Tri-County, Maine is the New England Region champ... while Thomas, Washington will represent the Pacific Northwest... the Southwest Region winner is Mountain Home, Arkansas... and, Janesville, Wisc. is the Ohio Valley champion.  Host Jamestown will also have a team of all-stars in the tournament.  They have been playing exhibition games locally to prepare.  For more information on the series... go on-line to www.jamestownworldseries.org.


BRWS Parade also shaping up nicely...

The Babe Ruth World Series Parade is set to be held on the Saturday morning just prior to the start of the 35th anniversary series.  That from Series Committee Spokewoman Kim Ecklund... who says the number of units entered is growing.  Ecklund adds that they are still looking for people who were involved in the first Jamestown series in 1980 to take part.  If you need more information... contact Lee Harkness at the Gateway Train Station... or Ecklund at 664-0405.


City man arrested for menacing...

A Jamestown man is jailed on $10,000 bail for allegedly threatening a woman at a northside home... and, displaying a hand-gun in the presence of two young children.  City police say they found 37 year-old Nicholas Alainell walking in the 300-block of Crossman Street just after 9:30 a.m. yesterday.  Officers say the incident occured the night before.  Alainell was arrested without incident... and, the hand-gun believed to have been involved was also found.  He's charged with one count of second-degree menacing... and, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.


Ribbon cut at Jones Valhalla Grand Reopening...

The fourth-generation of a family of bakers is starting a new tradition in downtown Jamestown with the Grand Re-opening of a new restaurant.  The ribbon was cut Tuesday at the new, Jones Valhalla Restaurant at 306 North Main Street.  The new restaurant was actually launched last November by owners Sean and Elizabeth Jones.  Sean Jones is the Great-grandson of the founder of Jones Tasty Baking.  Jones say they got a lot of help from the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, and the city in opening the new location after closing 'Jones 212' at 212 Pine Street.  Mayor Sam Teresi praised the Joneses for what they're doing... saying Sean's grandfather would be "so proud" of him.  Jones got emotional when speaking about his Grandfather... and, Great-grandfather.  He says it was a lot of work, closing up 'Jones 212..." and, opening the new location.  Jones thanked his wife, and staff for all their hard work.  Jones Valhalla is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and, on Saturday's from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  They are closed on Sundays and Mondays.

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The Jamestown School Board has accepted the resignation of it's previous director of Finance and Business Affairs... and, approved hiring a new one.  The board last night okayed the appointment of former Rochester City School District Business Director Vernon Connors... who brings 20 years of school business administration experience with him.  Connors also worked with Jamestown School Superintendent Tim Mains about 10 years when Mains was an administrator in Rochester.  Mains says he likes Connors "bredth of experience...."
Mains says Connors officially begins his new position on August 17th.  However... he says unofficially... Connors has already begun working in the district so he can be brought up-to-speed with his new position before school starts in September.  That will include work with former Assistant Superintendent for Administration Dale Weatherlow.  Mains says Connors was also the Business Administrator in the Lansing School District... Business Manager for Bishop Kearney High School... and, was District Treasurer in the Brockport School District.  He replaces Kevin Ziemba... who recently resigned from the district to pursue other opportunities.

 

The man who has headed-up activities at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena for the past year-and-a-half is out as general manager of the facility.  However... arena operators say that Brian Cersosimo will stay on as the General Manager for the Southern Tier Xpress.  The Xpress just finished up it's first-season in the North American Hockey League's Tier-3 Junior program.  In a printed statement Tuesday afternoon... operators said they had parted ways with Cersosimo... but, say they "appreciate" the work he did with there.  They especially said they liked working with him on the strategic plan for the arena.  They add that one of Cersosimo's assistants... Craig Hinderlighter... will now be Interm Arena General Manager. 

 

Final preparations are underway for what will be a record-smashing 71st annual Gerry Rodeo... which begins it's four-day run at the Rodeo Grounds tonight.  That from Rodeo Spokesman Paul Cooley... who says the event went over 200 entries for the first-time ever about a week ago.  However... Cooley says those numbers have continued to grow because of a record purse the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association cowboys and cowgirls will compete for. Cooley says an "anonymous donor..." and, other money raised has allowed them to exceed 45-thousand dollars in prize money for the rodeo.  He says it's especially allowed them to boost their numbers for the "rougher" events... including bareback riding... the saddleback bronc... and, bullriding events.  Cooley says they also have quality coming.  One of the big names in rodeo is expected to be here Saturday.  That's Cody Ohl... who's made the national finals 15 times... and, world champion six times.  Cooley says there'll be four performances... one each night beginning at 8 PM... and, the Gerry Fire Department will be serving their famous Beef Barbecue dinners beginning at 5 PM each day... Wednesday through Saturday.  For more information... call the Rodeo Office at 985-4847... or go on-line to Gerryrodeo-dot-ORG.

 

A Central New York couple face drug-related charges after their vehicle was pulled over for allegedly having an unregistered trailer in the town of Ellicott.  State Police in Jamestown say they arrested 37 year-old Jamey Dowd, and 30 year-old Cassondra Morse last Friday during a traffic stop on Interstate 86.  Troopers say... while interviewing Dowd... they smelled a strong odor of marijauana.. and, with the assistance of K-9 Kubi... Dowd and Morse were found to be in possession of both pot and cocaine.  Police add they also found three mortar-style fireworks inside the trailer.  Troopers took Dowd and Morse into custory... and, they were issued appearance tickets for criminal possession of a Controlled Substance... Unlawful Possession of Marihuana... Unlawful Possession of Fireworks... and, for having an unregistered trailer.  Both were released on bail... pending a future court appearance.

 

A unified effort to fight crime in Jamestown's neighborhoods was celebrated last night during the annual "National Night Out" against crime.  It was the 32nd annual "Night Out..." which has been recognized in the city for the past several years.  Jamestown Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings says... locally... it's been a partnership between law enforcment... public safety... and, the city's neighborhoods. Snellings says there are now 27 Neighborhood Watch groups in the city... which have varying degrees of activity... but, are all geared towards providing extra "eyes and ears" in the community.  Snellings says that has been critical to his department in fighting the on-going drug epidemic... and, other crimes.  He says they "can't be everywhere."  Snellings says they especially appreciate the many tips they've received on their tip-line in fighting drug trafficking in the city.  That number again is 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.  He says the Neighborhood Watch Coaltion held two block parties last night on Harris Avenue... and, Forest Avenue.  If your neighborhood is interested in forming a Neighborhood Watch Group... call Snellings' Administrative Assistant at 483-7530. 

 

No one was hurt in a house fire reported in the Ashville area late Monday night.  Chautauqua County Sheriff's dispatchers say Ashville fire crews were called to the scene on Hogg Road shortly before 11 PM.  Officials say firefighters were at the scene about an hour-and-a-half.  The residents were reportedly not at home at the time... and, no injuries were reported.  Sherman and Lakewood firefighters joined Ashville at the scene.  There was no word on damage done to the structure.

 

Gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area have seen their biggest drop in several weeks... falling 5-cents a gallon this week for regular, unleaded fuel.  That from the Triple-A's Fuel Gauge Report... which says the price has dropped from 2-dollars-92 cents a gallon to 2--87.  The Fuel Gauge reports the average price locally is based on reports from 19 service stations in the area.  At this time last year... the average price was just over 3-dollars-86 cents a gallon.  Triple-A says the national average price is now 2-dollars-65 cents.  The resolution of localized refinery issues... and, lower prices for crude oil has kept downward pressure on the national average price at the pump.  It's now fallen for 19 consecutive days.  Drivers are paying the lowest averages for this date since 2009... and, today’s national average represents a savings of 85 cents per gallon compared to this same date last year.  The national average is now 15 cents per gallon lower than the 2015 peak price of 2-dollars-80 cents back on June 15th.  The national average is expected to keep moving lower leading up to the Labor Day holiday, barring any unexpected spikes in the price of global crude oil or unexpected disruptions to domestic production.

 

Candidates from each of the major parties have emerged to campaign for a state Senate seat representing New York's Southern Tier after its previous occupant was convicted of lying to the FBI.  Republican Fred Akshar announced his candidacy late Monday.  Akshar is now the undersheriff in Broome County, the number-2 position in the sheriff's office.  He is supported by top Republican leaders from Broome, Tioga, Chenango and Delaware counties.  On the Democrat side... former state Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Barbara Fiala announced her campaign last week.  Fiala is a former Broome County executive.  The winner will succeed Thomas Libous of Binghamton, who had been the Senate's number-2 ranking Republican until his conviction last month. The special election is expected in November.

 

 

 

 


 

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The two men accused of taking part in the drive-by shooting of a Jamestown man have now been charged with second-degree attempted murder.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the Chautauqua County Grand Jury Monday handed up the indictments against 23 year-old Alex Jewell... and, 31 year-old Michael Robinson.  Meantime... Samuelson says the victim... a city man... remains in critical condition at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.  He says both Jewell and Robinson alleged drove into the Tops Market parking lot at 2000 Washington Street about 6 PM Friday, July 24th... and, opened fire on the man.  Samuelson says the victim was hit multiple times by the gun shots.  Both were arrested the following day... after the car they allegedly used was found on the city's southside.  They were initially charged with first-degree assault.  Samuelson says both men were arraigned on the new charge... and, sent back to the County Jail on one-million dollars cash bail each.

 

Stand-up comedian and actress Amy Schumer is teaming up with U-S Senator Charles Schumer to call for tighter gun control.  She joined the Senator Monday to unveil a three-part plan that would make it harder for violent criminals and mentally ill to obtain guns.  They cited the recent shooting in a Louisiana movie theater that killed two women and injured nine others during a screening of the movie ``Trainwreck'' starring Amy Schumer.  Amy Schumer is the senator's cousin.  The senator's legislation would create monetary rewards for states that submit all necessary records into the background check system and penalize states that do not.  He also called on Congress to preserve mental health funding and substance abuse programs.

 

Organizers with the annual Chautauqua County Fair are pleased with the end result of the seven-day event near Dunkirk.  County Fair Board President Dave Wilson says a lot of people were "very happy" with this year's fair. Wilson says the weather we have had over the past week was a key factor. Wilson does not have final attendance figures yet... but, he says that fairgoers - overall - were respectable, and the Board is pleased with the turnout.  He also says a record number of animals were sold during the 4-H Meat Animal Sale on Friday.  A large group of teens were reportedly involved in a huge brawl at the County Fair last Saturday night... forcing police to shut it down early.  However... no one was seriously hurt.  The fair did resume, and finish up it's week-long run Sunday.

 

Chautauqua County's Congressman is calling for the suspension of federal funding for Planned Parenthood in light of allegations of one chapter allegedly harvesting and selling fetal body parts.  Corning Republican Tom Reed made his comments yesterday in light of the recent furor over a lengthy, undercover video made by a group opposed to Planned Parenthood.  During his weekly conference call with Southern Tier media... Reed said the temporary suspension would allow an investigation to go foward to determine whether this happened... and, who was involved. Reed says -- if what's shown on the video tape is true -- at least the Planned Parenthood chapter involved is violating the law.  He adds he would hope that Planned Parenthood... which has a Finger Lakes chapter in his district... would support an investigation to clear it's name.  Reed's comments came before Senate Democrats blocked an effort to cut off federal funding late yesterday.  He says he will continue to support efforts to provide access to women's healthcare... and, counseling for victims of sexual abuse and rape.

 

The annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival was another big success -- led by the two sell-out crowds for Jerry Seinfeld at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.  That from Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center of Comedy Director Journey Gunderson... who says festival officials were both pleased, and "thrilled" by the turn-out for all of the 40-plus events that took place during the four-day event.  Gunderson says there were a lot of favorable comments abound Seinfeld. There was also a lot of buzz about a downtown "light-show" at the arena that many people saw Saturday night.  Gunderson says they also did an interview for the new, National Comedy Center with Seinfeld in between shows.  She says Seinfeld made one interesting point during that interview that stood out... and, that was that comedy and jazz are two things that are "uniquely American."  Gunderson says Seinfeld also posed for a special picture with Kelly Carlin... the daughter of George Carlin... and, Harold Ramis' son... Julian Ramis.  Gunderson also introduced a couple of other shows... and, while they weren't sell-outs... they were well-attended.

 

The county's Department of Motor Vehicles' new location in Jamestown is now open at it's new location on the city's westside.  County Clerk Larry Barmore says the new location, at 512 West Third Street, opened at 8 AM Monday.  Barmore says the location will be newer, brighter and more customer friendly.  He adds that most people drove to the old location in the South County Office Building... but, parking was a problem.  Barmore says there are 18 FREE off-street parking spaces next to the building... and, plenty of nearby on-street parking.  A grand opening is expected later this month.

 

The language of the Seneca Nation is one of several that have either becoming lost... or, in danger of vanishing from the earth.  That from Monday's featured lecturer at the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater... who spoke on the topic of lost languages.  Associate Professor of lingustics at Swarthmore College, K. David Harrison, spoke on a number of languages... including Seneca.  Speaking with our Jim Roselle... Harrison says the Seneca Language is where the word "Chautauqua" comes from. Harrison spoke to lead off "Vanishing" week at the institution... and, says he was providing the audience with a tour of the world's languages that have been lost.  He addressed the question of "why should we care?"  Harrison says it provides an alternative view of the world we live in.  Harrison says what's interesting about a lot of the languages that have been lost... or are being threatened with being lost... is that are not formally written out.  He says he's met story tellers who can recite 10-thousand lines of a story that isn't written.

 

A Jamestown couple escaped serious injuries after the motorcycle they were riding struck a deer on Route 59 in Warren County's Mead Township late Sunday afternoon.  State Police in Warren say 61 year-old Lance Hedlund was westbound about 4:30 PM when the deer entered the roadway.  Troopers say Hedlund applied the brakes... but, was unable to avoid the collision.  Police say he lost control after hitting the animal... but, the bike slid on it's right side into the eastbound lane and berm about 230-feet.  Troopers say both Hedlund and his passenger, 58 year-old Rhonda Hedlund, were wearing helmets.  He suffered a minor injury... while his wife was treated for moderate injuries at Warren General Hospital.  No charges were filed.  

 

The Chautauqua Lake Dragon Boat Festival... scheduled for August 29th... has been postponed.  Organizers say in order to generate more rowers and more sponsors, the event will be put on hold until next year.  A date for the 2016 festival has not be determined, as yet.  For more information, contact the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation in Jamestown. 

 

 

 

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News Update for Mon., Aug. 3, 2015

(**Update)Two men accused of shooting, critically wounding city man, arraigned on new charge...

The two men accused of taking part in the drive-by shooting of a Jamestown man have now been charged with second-degree attempted murder.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the Chautauqua County Grand Jury earlier today handed up the indictments against 23 year-old Alex Jewell... and, 31 year-old Michael Robinson.  Meantime... Samuelson says the victim... a city man... remains in critical condition at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.  He says both Jewell and Robinson alleged drove into the Tops Market parking lot at 2000 Washington Street about 6 p.m. Friday, July 24... and, opened fire on the man.  Samuelson says the victim was hit multiple times by the gun shots.  Both were arrested the following day... after the car they allegedly used was found on the city's southside.  They were initially charged with first-degree assault.  Samuelson says both men were arraigned on the new charge... and, sent back to the County Jail on $1-million cash bail each.

 

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No arrests made, but, one hurt in huge brawl at Chautauqua County Fair last Saturday night...

A large group of teens were reportedly involved in a huge brawl at the Chautauqua County Fair last Saturday night... forcing the sheriff’s department to shut it down early.  The fair did resume, and finish up it's week-long run Sunday.  Sheriff's Department dispatchers say officers were called to the scene about 9 p.m.  Deputies say those involved in the brawl were primarily juveniles.  One was taken to Brook's Hospital in Dunkirk for treatment of minor injuries.  WKBW-TV in Buffalo reported that Fredonia Police were called in for backup.  The TV Station also reports deputies ordered the midway rides to be shut down at 9:30 p.m. in an effort to get the crowd to disperse.


Youngsville, PA man killed when motorcycle hit's his car...

A Warren County, Pennsylvania man was killed early last Friday night when a car drove into the path of his motorcycle on Matthews Run Road in Sugar Grove Township.  State Police in Warren say 50 year-old Patrick Littlefield of Youngsville, was killed when he was struck by the vehicle, which was pulling from a private driveway onto Mathews Run just after 6 p.m.  Troopers say Littlefield was pronounced dead at the scene.  State Police say the driver of the car, a 16 year-old juvenile, was not hurt.  The investigation is continuing.


Buffalo area woman seriously hurt in one-vehicle accident in Cattaraugus County...

A Buffalo woman suffered serious injuries when the pick-up truck she was riding in crashed on Route 219 in the Cattaraugus County town of Carrolton.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say 45 year-old Josh Smith was northbound just before 4 a.m. Sunday when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel.  Deputies say Smith's Silverado truck left the road... and, rolled over in a ditch before coming to rest on the other side of the ditch in an upright position.  Officers say his passenger, 45 year-old Michelle... was flown to the Erie County Medical Center for treatment of internal injuries.  Josh Smith was treated at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.  No charges have been placed.


Ground broken on National Comedy Center in Jamestown...

Some legendary names in comedy -- Rivers, Carlin and Berle -- were on hand last Saturday afternoon to break ground on the National Comedy Center planned for downtown Jamestown.  It was one of the major high-lights of the four-day Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.  It took place at the proposed site of the center at the corner of Washington and West Second Streets.  Melissa Rivers says her late mother, Joan, would be be "very touched" to be part of such a place... but, confused at the same time.  Rivers says her mother never "thought of herself as a legend or trailblazer... she always went by funny is funny."  Carlin, the daughter of the late George Carlin, called the idea of a National Comedy Center "awesome."  Julian Ramis... son of the late Harold Ramis... was also touched by the honor.  He says comedy was "everything" to his dad, and his family.  Kelly Carlin says comedy provides a great "mirror" into who we are... and, allows us to look at "ourselves through different lenses."  Plans for the National Comedy Center include a hologram comedy club that will put visitors in the audience for classic routines of comedic legends.


Lakewood-Busti Police Chief says they will push state again for better signage in trouble spot near intersection of Fairmount Ave. and Mall Boulevard...

The investigation is continuing into last Thursday night's fatal, two-vehicle crash in Lakewood that claimed the life of a 16 year-old girl from Jamestown.  Lakewood-Busti Police Chief John Bentley says Genesis Toledo of Colfax Street was a passenger in an eastbound compact car that made an illegal left turn into the Lakewood Village Center at 270 West Fairmount Ave.  Bentley says the village has been pushing for the state to put up a "more visable" left turn sign for the eastbound lane -- just in front of the intersection with Mall Boulevard.  He says the signs are "properly posted..." but, adds he wants the state to look at that again.  Bentley says the other problem is the fact the far right westbound lane ends a Mall Boulevard.  He says some drivers get caught in the lane merge in front of the Tim Horton's Restaurant.


Proposal for $15 an hour wage for fast food workers now formally filed...

The plan to give most of New York state's fast-food workers a $15 minimum wage is taking another step toward reality.  Late last Friday... a state Wage Board formally filed the proposal with the state Department of Labor.  That's a largely bureaucratic step... but, it also means the proposal is likely to be approved by Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration by mid-September.  The increase would be gradually phased in over three years in New York City and over six years elsewhere.  The wage increase would apply to fast-food workers in restaurants with 30 or more locations.  An estimated 200,000 workers in New York will be directly affected by the increase.


New  Jamestown DMV Office opens today...

The county's Department of Motor Vehicles' new location in Jamestown opens this morning at it's new location on the city's westside.  County Clerk Larry Barmore says the new location, at 512 West Third Street, opens at 8 AM.  Barmore says the location will be newer, brighter and more customer friendly.  He adds that most people drove to the old location in the South County Office Building... but, parking was a problem.  Barmore says there are 18 off-street parking spaces next to the building... and, plenty of nearby on-street parking.  A grand opening is expected later this month.

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