WJTN News Headlines Apr 30, 2018

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello is now working to develop a plan to fill over 700 job openings in Chautauqua County with skilled workers...  
 
Borrello says openings came from a survey he did while visiting 107 businesses during his first 100 days in office.  It was the focus of his first State of the County message that he delivered last week.  Afterwards, Borrello said among the ways he intends to assist the businesses is by establishing a one-stop location that will include a website called "Chautauquajobs.org".  Borrello says if they could fill the 767 positions with unemployed people, it would lower the county's jobless rate to 4.7-percent.  He says that's below the average upstate unemployment rate of 5.4-percent.
 
 
The latest round in New York state's annual Regional Economic Development Council competition is underway, with $750-million to be awarded to entities statewide...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week that the state economic development funds will be awarded to 10 regions: western New York, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, central New York, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Capital Region, Mid-Hudson, New York City and Long Island.  The Democrat adds that businesses, local governments and not-for-profits can apply for assistance from dozens of state programs aimed at creating jobs and revitalizing communities.  Since 2011, Cuomo's first year in office, the initiative has awarded $5.4-billion to more than 6,000 projects statewide.  Cuomo's main economic development program has come under fire in recent years from political opponents and government watchdog groups who say it's not transparent enough and fails to attain job-creation goals.
 
 
There are still a couple of hurdles to be cleared before the major work can begin on the NRG Repowering Project in the city of Dunkirk...  
 
That from State Senator Cathy Young during last Friday's annual State Legislative Breakfast hosted by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce in Lakewood.  Young noted that there are still some final approvals from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and a final study by the state's Independent Systems Operator.
 
Young has been able to get some additional state funding to help ease the loss the past few years of the NRG payments in lieu of taxes.  The Olean Republican says she'll be meeting with an NRG official in the next few days to talk about the project.  In addition to the tax base, and jobs in the community, you says getting the plant up and running is important because to "grow manufacturing, you need a reliable source of energy."  She adds a number of power plants in the region have been, or are being closed up.
 
 
Three brothers were arrested following a fight at a bar in the Town of Busti on Sunday... 
 
State Police out of Jamestown say they were called to a "fight-in-progress" at the location; and report 22 year-old Cody Haller, 21 year-old Zachary Haller and 26 year-old Kyle Haller were allegedly fighting with patrons and began fighting with Troopers on-scene. Investigation revealed that Zachary and Kyle Haller assaulted patrons of the bar, while all three men caused property damage inside. The  brothers were arraigned in Busti Town Court and sent to the County Jail. 
 
 
An Ashville man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after crashing his car onto a raised embankment near a business in downtown Jamestown...  
 
City police were called to the secne early last Friday night for a car crashing in front of an East Fourth Street business.  Officers say the car, driven by 67 year-old George Kestler, came to rest on the sidewalk.  Police say they determined that Kestler was driving while drunk, and he was arrested pending further court action.
 
 
Two Brocton residents have been arrested for allegedly making and selling methamphetime after a fire broke out inside their home this past Tuesday morning...  
 
Sheriff's officers say 31 year-old Brandon Newby, and 43 year-old Tara Mlacker of 55-86 Woodcrest Avenue escaped the blaze without injury.  Deputies say Brocton firefighters were able to confine the flames to the bathroom and rear of the building.  The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team responded... and, team members and deputies found some suspicious items inside the home, and then called the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force to further investigate.  Officers say they got a search warrant and, found materials used to make Meth, as well as some "one pot" style methamphetamine labs.  Newby and Mlacker were both arraigned on Felony charges including second-degree criminal possession of a Controlled Substance and sent to the county jail without bail.  The cause of the fire is undetermined.  Two cats perished in the blaze.
 
 
An $86.6-million school budget will be up for a public vote on May 15 and, will likely set the stage for the next school year...  
 
That from School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe... who says the school board recently approved the spending plan for the 2018-19 school year.  The spending plan includes a stable tax levy of $14.6-million and an additional $1.1-million in state aid.  Apthorpe highlighted a support initiative in the budget that will get fully underway in 2019: the re-opening of Rogers Elementary as a healing place for kids that need extra support during the school year.
 
Apthorpe says the program would also include "instruction" so students don't fall behind academically.  He says the primary goals are to get children healthy and, keep them on track academically before returning them to school.  For the older students, Apthorpe says Rogers would house a year-round life and job-skills training in addition to supporting mental health. 
 
 
A number of local and state elected officials along with representatives from a number of state agencies were on hand for a ground-breaking ceremony held last Friday for the $16-million, Dunkirk Renovation and Ownership Program...  
 
The project at 111 Main Street has been two years in the making and, includes properties in the Main Street--Route 60 corridor.  That from Southern Tier Environments for Living Executive Director Tom Whitney, who says the program will improve the appearance of the north county city and, it will help a wide-range of people who are in need of affordable housing.  He says that ranges from seniors to people who are disabled, or have mental illness.  STEL -- which also operates in Jamestown -- is serving as the project's developer with assistance from the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal, the State Office of Temporary Disability Assistance, the State Office of Mental Health, and others.  State Senator Cathy Young, Assemblyman Andy Goodell, and County Executive George Borrello were among those taking part in the ground-breaking.  
 
 
Two more Republican members of the New York Senate are retiring in another sign of the political headwinds facing the GOP this fall...  
 
The decisions by Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco of Syracuse and John Bonacic of Orange County come after Democrats won two special Senate elections on Tuesday.  Democrats say voters unhappy with Washington Republicans could help them wrest Senate control from Republicans, who've the chamber for most of the last 80 years.  DeFrancisco has served in the Senate for 25 years and Bonacic for 20.  Republican Senator Kathy Marchione of Halfmoon announced Thursday that she won't seek re-election either.  Democrats now have a one-seat majority in the Senate but Republicans lead thanks to the support of a independent Democrat Simcha Felder of Brooklyn.

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News Headlines for Sat., Apr. 28, 2018

House fire in Brocton reveals working Methamphetime labs...
Two people from Brocton are jailed without bail for allegedly manufacturing and selling methamphetime after a fire broke out inside their home this past Tuesday morning.  Sheriff's deputies say 31 year-old Brandon Newby, and 43 year-old Tara Mlacker of 5586 Woodcrest Avenue escaped the blaze without injury.  Officers say Brocton firefighters were able to confine the flames to the bathroom and rear of the building.  The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team responded... and, they and deputies found some suspicious items inside the home.  They then called in the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force after getting a search warrant... and, found materials used to make Meth.  Task Force members say they also found some "one pot" style meth labs.  Newby and Mlacker were both arraigned on Felony charges including second-degree criminal possession of a Controlled Substance.  The cause of the fire is undetermined.  Two cats perished in the blaze.
 
 
Gerace announces start of first-step drug addiction treatment program in county jail...
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office has begun a new program to begin treating inmates who are addicted to drugs.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says the Vivitrol Program is voluntary... and, for inmates who are addicted to Heroin or other opioids.  Gerace says the goal is to help those inmates successfully re-enter society... and, reduce their likelyhood of re-offending.  He says a person leaving jail with an addiction is 12-times more likely to overdose in their first week out on the street... and, he says the program will use the drug Vivitrol, mentoring and case management to have a positive impact on people.  Gerace says Vivitrol is a "blocking agent" that helps to curb the cravings associated with drug addiction.  He says it's unlike Narcan... which is used as an antidote if someone has overdosed.  Gerace says his jail staff worked with the county's Department of Health and Human Services... and, Department of Mental Hygiene to get the program up and running.  He says once the inmate gets out of jail, they will also be involved in extensive counseling and therapy... and other community support programs.  Gerace says funding for the program is being provided by the state's Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. 
 
 
Randolph man arrested on several charges following traffic stop...
A Cattaraugus County man wanted on several charges by Jamestown police has been located in Randolph... and, is under arrest.  Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley say 31 year-old Daniel Fluent of Randolph was taken into custody following a traffic stop on Interstate 86 in town of Randolph Wednesday evening.  Officers say Fluent was also in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine and was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Fluent was turned over to Jamestown Police on the outstanding warrant on two counts each of Aggravated Family Offense... and, first-degree criminal contempt. 
 
 
Young and Goodell talk State Budget and other issues with county Chamber...
There is a lot of good news in the new state Budget for Chautauqua County... including funding that will help take care of the region's most pressing issue -- fixing potholes.  There are several locations across the county... and, elsewhere... where the freeze-thaw cycle has decimated roadways.  At Friday's annual State Legislative Breakfast in Lakewood... hosted by the county Chamber of Commerce... State Senator Cathy Young said she and Assemblyman Andy Goodell were able to help secure more money through the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program -- otherwise known as CHIPS.  Young says they were able to just over $5.1-million dollars locally for roads and bridges to help the state DOT with projects.  Goodell says the additional CHIPS funding specifically went for the "Extreme Winter Repair" program.  As for tax cuts... the Jamestown-area Republican says the GOP Minority has sponsored a package of tax and regulatory bills.  He says it went nowhere at first... but, he adds some measures get picked up later by the Senate Majority... or even the Assembly majority the next year, and it may get approved -- especially if it enjoys widespread public and business support. 
 
 
Borrello says site preparations are underway for Athenex project... 
Site preparations are underway at the location where the Athenex plant will be taking shape in the town of Dunkirk.  That's the word from Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello who gave an update on the project involving the planned 320,000 square foot facility after Wednesday evening's County Legislature meeting.  Borrello says contractors have started clearing the land, and a ground-breaking will take place "soon."  He says plans are still on-track for the pharmaceutical plant being completed in 2020... and, starting production in mid-2020.  Borrello adds there may be some "limited production" by sometime next year... and, adds that there is some production taking place at Athenex's Clarence plant right now.  A local contractor is doing some work at the site off Route 5 just east of the Dunkirk city line.  A bulldozer and other equipment could be observed working at the location Thursday afternoon.  Athenex has agreed to spend $1.5-billion of its own funding on facility, with the State already committing $200-million to the project.
 
 
Apthorpe talks JPS budget, and ballot initiatives for May 15...
An $86.6-million dollar school budget will be up for a public vote on May 15, and will likely set the stage for the next school year.  That from School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe... who says the school board recently approved the spending plan for the 2018-19 school year.  The spending plan includes a stable tax levy of 14.6 million dollars... and an additional $1.1-million dollars in state aid.  Apthorpe highlighted a support initiative in the budget that will get fully underway in 2019 with the reopening of Rogers School as "success academy" to help students who are struggling with school, and or issues of poverty, can get the help they need.  Apthorpe says the program would also include "instruction" so students don't fall behind academically.  For the older students... Apthorpe says Rogers would house a year-round life and job-skills training in addition to supporting mental health.  He made his comments for this weekend's Community Spotlight program. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 27, 2018

A Kennedy man accused of setting a dozen arson fires in the Jamestown-area last year will spend 15 to 30 months in jail in the Pittsburgh-area after admitting to setting a fire in a vacant house...  
 
The Butler-Eagle newspaper reports that 21 year-old Jonathan Young was given the term to be served in the Butler County Prison.  The paper adds that Young was given 395 days time served credit, and he was also ordered to pay court costs and restitution.  After serving his Butler County sentence, Young will be returned to authorities in either New York or in Warren County, Pennsylvania, where he is also wanted on arson charges.
 
 
A city man is jailed on $10,000 bail for allegedly driving while impaired by drugs on a suspended license during a high-speed chase early yesterday morning...  
 
City police say their K-9 Unit attempted to stop a vehicle for no break light and moving from lane unsafely at the intersection of West Fifth and Cherry Streets.  However, the driver reportedly failed to comply after officers activated their emergency lights and sirens.  The driver -- later identified as 23 year-old Alvin Jusino -- then led officers on a pursuit out of the city into Falconer at a high rate of speed.  The pursuit continued onto Route 380 and eventually towards the Village of Mayville.  Police say Sheriff's officers deployed spike strips, causing a flat tire on Jusino's vehicle.  He was taken into custody on Route 430 near Academy Street and, was arraigned on several charges including traffic infractions, third-degree unlawful fleeing from police and, failure to comply with lawful order. 
 
 
Sheriff's K-9 "Link" helped officers find several drugs inside a car parked at a Cassadaga gas station after closing hours Wednesday night...  
 
Deputies responded to a reported suspicious situation at the Kwik-Fill on North Main Street, and spoke with the operator -- 39 year-old Jason Remington -- and his passenger -- 26 year-old Nicholas Botticello.  While speaking with the men, officers allegedly saw Remington try to conceal packaged narcotics, and they were removed while "Link" performed a search, where he found narcotics in multiple locations.  Deputies say Remington was in possession of over half-an-ounce of methamphetamine, 0.6-grams of powder cocaine, various prescription pills, a small amount of marihuana, digital scales, and packaging materials.  He was also found with an electronic stun gun, with a previous criminal conviction making this a felony.  Botticello was found to have a small amount of pot.  He was charged with unlawful possession marihuana, and released.  Remington is jailed on $30,0000 bail on several charges, including two felony drug-possession charges and, felony third-degree criminal  possession of a weapon.  He was arraigned and sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
Work will begin soon on a new animal abuse registry in Chautauqua County...  
 
That from County Executive George Borrello, who says the Sheriff's Office will create the registry... now that the legislature approved a local law during Wednesday night's monthly meeting, 19-0.  Borrello says people involved in transactions involving animals will now be required to check the registry.  The measure had been tabled in March.  Borrello credits County Sheriff Joe Gerace with drawing attention to the program.  There is no firm timetable yet as to when the registry would be up and running.
 
 
 
Business leaders in Chautauqua County will get to hear -- first hand -- what's been taking place in Albany during the current state legislative session...  
 
The county's Chamber of Commerce will hold it's annual legislative breakfast today with State Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell on hand for the program at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club.  Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says they'll be talking about the recently approved state budget and, ever increasing worker's compensation.
 
Tranum says both Young and Goodell will provide some opening remarks and, then take questions from the audience at the forum.  He says several sponsors, including Affinity One, Cummins Engine and Chautauqua Institution, are sponsoring the event.  The Media One Group of stations is also a sponsor of the breakfast.  The cost is $18 per person for Chamber members and $21 for non-members.  For more information, go on-line to Chautauquachamber.org/events or call our offices at 366-6200 or 484-1101.
 
 
There appear to have been two positive outcomes from last week's visit by the Regional Administrator for the U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development in Chautauqua County...  
 
Lynne Patton was the guest of local Congressman Tom Reed and got to see many of the outcomes from the Community Development Block Grant program in both Jamestown and Dunkirk.  Reed says first off, both city's will see a definate increase in their allocations in the new Continuing Budget Resolution.
 
In addition, Reed says the region's construction season was discussed.  He says they got Patton to understand that HUD's timeline for releasing funds doesn't fit into what we have in this area and, extensions are sometimes necessary, and have to be secured to make sure the funding is there.  Reed says he's also hoping they can expand the "entitlement designation" to the city of Geneva.  Currently, Jamestown, Dunkirk, Ithaca and Elmira receiving funding as "entitlement" cities.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
A Randolph man wanted on several charges by Jamestown police has been located and is under arrest...  
 
City officers say Daniel Fluent was taken into custody at an unknown location.  Fluent was wanted on two counts each of Aggravated Family Offense and first-degree criminal contempt.  He also faces one count each of Aggravated Harassment and fourth-degree Stalking. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 26, 2018

 
The dead man whose body was found just off Route 20 in the town of Portland last weekend has now been identified...  
 
State Police in Jamestown say their Bureau of Criminal Investigation responded to a report of an unidentified man being found by a passing motorist just after 3 p.m. last Saturday.  Trooper say 47 year-old Brian Heyden of Brocton was apparently homeless, and lived in an encampment just west of the village.  Police say Heyden apparently travelled to Fredonia on a daily basis.  The body is scheduled for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.  Anyone with information on the case is asked to call State Police at 665-3114.
 
 
That's the thrust of Borrello's first State of the County message, delivered during the County Legislature's monthly meeting.  Borrello visited 107 businesses in his first 100 days in office, and says over 700 jobs are open in the county...
 
Borrello says the numbers did not include Athenex or any new business that's coming to the county.  He presented a multi-faceted approach to getting those jobs filled and getting ready for the future, including better matching potential workers with the jobs available.  A number of business people and elected officials attended the State of the County address held at the Chautauqua Lake School Auditorium. 
 
 
The Chautauqua County legislature voted in favor of a local law on Wednesday to establish an animal abuse registry in the county...  
 
County Executive George Borrello says changes have been made to the language of the measure after it was tabled last month.  Borrello is hopeful that this will help stop people from abusing any animal. Borrello also says people need to know when an animal abuser is residing in their neighborhood, especially if you have a pet in your home.  He says the rate of recitivism with animal abusers tends to be "high."  The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office will develop the registry and maintain it.  It will appear on the Sheriff's website and would include name, address and photo for each animal abuse offender. 
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed is expressing his appreciation to French President Emmanuel Macron for addressing a joint session of Congress on a number of shared issues...  
 
Most of all, Reed says he especially appreciates France working with the U-S to make a "safer and more secure world."  The Corning Republican adds that "President Macron and France will be key allies in eradicating violent Islamic extremism and eliminating ISIS.  It is only fair to the American people that we seek partnerships, such as that with France, to address key economic and security issues across the globe."  Macron appealed to the U-S to rejoin the Paris Climate agreement "to make our planet great again." It's a play on Trump's campaign pledge in 2016 to "make America great again."
 
 
A man from Falconer was arrested during a domestic incident in the city of Jamestown last Tuesday night...  
 
City police were called to the Second Street side of City Hall for the report of an in-progress domestic dispute and found 24 year-old Joel Acevedo; an unidentified adult female victim; and a juvenile female victim.  Further investigation revealed Acevedo allegedly damaged the front windshield of the woman's car during a previous dispute at the Prendergast Library at 8:30.  Officers also report the suspect attempted to take the woman's phone while she was driving, after they picked up two juvenile girls at the Jamestown YMCA.  Police say those actions caused the woman to swerve between lanes and brake appruptly, nearly causing an accident.  The second juvenile victim walked from the scene before officer's arrival.  Acevedo was arrested on three counts of second-degree reckless endangerment, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree criminal mischief and third-degree criminal tampering.  Jamestown Police were assisted by Ellicott Town Police.
 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo has promoted himself as a national leader in the fight against climate change, but environmentalists say he needs to put his words into action... 
 
The governor has endorsed policies that could significantly reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions.  But critics say too often, those policies amount to grand announcements with no follow-up.  Peter Iwanowicz with the group Environmental Advocates of New York, points to last week's announcement that the state will increase its energy-efficiency efforts by 50-percent over the next eight years.
 
In his "Reforming the Energy Vision" strategy, Cuomo says the state will reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40-percent by 2030, and 80-percent by 2050. Iwanowicz says the state isn't on track to meet those goals.  He believes too many of the state's goals and policies could easily be reversed by a change in the administration in Albany.  On Monday, 1,500 marched to the state Capitol to say "it's time to turn executive policies into legislative action."  Environmental groups have called for instituting a carbon tax on polluters to help fund clean-energy development.
 
 
Democrats have prevailed in two special elections for the New York state Senate -- but Republicans will retain control thanks to the support of a breakaway Democrat...
  
In Westchester County, Democratic Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer declared victory over Republican Julie Killian in Tuesday's vote.  With more than 80-percent of precincts reporting, Mayer had a 16 percentage point lead.  In the other contest, Democratic Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda easily dispatched Republican Patrick Delices in the Bronx.  The victories give Democrats a one-seat Senate majority.  However, the GOP will remain in charge through the end of the legislative session because Democrat Simcha Felder of Brooklyn sides with them.
 
 
There will be three names on the ballot in the Jamestown school budget and school board vote on Tuesday, May 15...  
 
School District Clerk Jaunita Walter says three people picked up petitions to run for two seats on the city school board and three were returned by Wednesday's 5 p.m. deadline.  Walter says incumbants Dan Johnson and Nina Karbacka and challenger Breanne Fadale handed in petitions.  The two seats up for a vote are each for a full, three-year term. 

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News Bulletin for Wed., Apr. 25, 2018

Dead man found in Portland last weekend identified as homeless man living in Brocton-area...
 
A Chautauqua County man who had been homeless has been identified as the person whose body was found by a passer-by last weekend in the town of Portland.  State Police say their Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) out of the Fredonia barracks responded to a report of a found, unidentified male body located off State Rt. 20 just after 3 p.m.  A motorist driving by spotted the man... now identified as 47 year-old Brian Heyden.  The body is scheduled for an autopsy to determine the identity and the cause of death.  Investigators say the victim was homeless and known to travel from his encampment just west of Brocton to Fredonia on a daily basis.   Any person with information or who may have had contact with him, please call the New York State Police at 716-665-3114 or e-mail information to crimetip@troopers.ny.gov.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 25, 2018

A pair of Jamestown brothers have each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possession with the intent to sell and, trafficking methamphetamine...  
 
U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior said yesterday that 33 year-old Matthew Jones and 31 year-old Beau Jones entered the plea before federal Judge Lawrence Vilardo in Buffalo.  Kennedy says Matthew Jones pleaded guilty to a conspiracy involving five-grams or more of methamphetamine and faces  five to 40 years in prison, and a $5-million fine.  He says Beau "K.C." Jones pled guilty to a conspiracy involving 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and, faces 10 years to life in prison, and a $10-million fine.  The prosecutor in the case says both men were arrested on December 1st of 2016 after a shipment of more than 360-grams of meth was delivered in the mail to the brothers at Matthew Jones' residence at 70 Colfax Street.  Shortly after the delivery, Beau Jones was arrested during a traffic stop by police and the parcel containing the meth was found in his car.  Matthew Jones was arrested later that day during a separate car stop, and a safe was found in the trunk containing an another approximately 80-grams of meth.
 
 
President Donald Trump's escalating dispute with China over trade and technology is threatening jobs and profits in working-class communities where his "America First" agenda hit home with voters...  
 
The Commerce Department has received more than 2,400 applications from companies seeking waivers from the Trump administration's tariffs on steel and aluminum imports that may result in millions of dollars in duties.  The department has begun posting the requests online for a public comment period, and several of the applications released so far suggest there are some misgivings with Trump's strategy -- especially in areas where he won strong support in the 2016 election. 
 
 
Chautauqua County's Congressman is encouraging businesses that want to apply for the waiver from the steel and aluminum tariffs to do so...  
 
But, Corning Republican Tom Reed insists that the president's proposal is not a "protectionist" policy.  Still, he says China has been the least likely nation to play by the rules of trade.  Reed says no tariffs have been imposed yet, so there should be no impact on prices being paid for those items that might be in the future.
 
Reed says he believes the threat of tariffs by the Trump Administration seem to already have Chinese leaders signaling a possible change in the way they handle "intellectual property."  He says the Chinese President recently said they were going to allow non-Chinese ownership of interests in that country, which he called a "significant shift."  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.  
 
 
It will cost you more to fill up your gas tank this week in Jamestown...  
 
That from the AAA's weekly gas price report, which says the cost per gallon of regular, unleaded fuel is up 8-cents to $2.88.  Officials say six Mid-Atlantic and Northeast States are in the "Top-10" largest price increases, including New York.  Pennsylvania's gas price average is inching close to the three-dollar mark, coming in at $2.97 on the week.  AAA registers consumer fuel demand at 9.85-million barrels per day, which is the highest record ever recorded for the month of April and summer demand measurements.  Nationally, the gas price average rose by a nickel to $2.76 a gallon.
 
 
The city of Jamestown is holding it's own financially through the first quarter of 2018, but there are some areas of concern that need to be watched...  
 
That from City Comptroller Joe Bellitto, who reported to the city council on finances for the first three-months of the year during Monday night's work session.  Bellitto says revenues were "within budget estimates..." but, adds that PILOT payments from the Board of Public Utilities were up.
 
Bellitto says, though, that there are a couple of spending lines that are causing some concern right now.  He says the first-- due to the prolonged winter weather-- overtime use was high in both the Public Works and Parks Departments.  In fact, he says they've used about 44-percent of that budget so far.  That's about 7-percent higher than last year at this time.  Bellitto says the other area of concern is the salt and snow removal budget, which the city has already used 67-percent of in 2018.  However, he says the city had used about 92-percent of it's $450,000 budget by this time last year. 
 
 
A Jamestown cab driver has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $7,500 from Medicaid by illegal billing for phony medical transports...  
 
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says Haimid "Mookie" Thompson is then accused of paying another man to claim that he was getting the rides from 716 Transportation when he wasn't.  Schneiderman says the other man was an undercover officer with the A-G's office who was part of "Operation Ghost Ride," which has been investigating Medicaid transit scams across the state.  He says the Medicaid rides never took place.  Schneiderman says Thompson faces charges including Felony first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and falsifying business records. 
 
 
Charges are pending for a teen-aged driver following a motor vehicle accident that left two people injured Monday morning in the Town of Hanover...  
 
Sheriff's deputies responded to the two-car crash on Routes 5 and 20 and Hanford Road shortly after 11:30.  Officers say a vehicle operated by 18 year-old Brett Logan made a right-hand turn and failed to yield to the right of way at a stop sign.  Logan struck a vehicle driven by 27 year-old Alfred Ford of Brocton, which was westbound on Routes 5 and 20.  Deputies say Ford and his passenger were transported to Lakeshore Hospital for minor injuries.  The investigation continues.  
 
 
Seventeen "superhero" volunteers were recognized at last night's annual reception hosted by the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County...  
 
The United Way holds it's annual Volunteer of the Year Recognition at the Boys and Girls Club in Jamestown.  Executive Director Amy Rohler has only been director a short time, having come over from Community Helping Hands.  But, she knows the value of volunteers in the community.
 
Rohler says they recognized Rachel Ludwig as volunteer of the year for the Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center and Erwin Howard for Chautauqua Striders.  Others included Cynde Johnson with CASA of Chautauqua County, Fran Michalak with the Girls Scouts and Elva Duckworth with Junior Achievement.  Joan Yost was recognized by The Resource Center; and Sally Patchen and Linnea Himes for Meals on Wheels.

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 24, 2018

A Lakewood-area man has been identified by state Police in Jamestown as the person found dead in a rural area of the town of Randolph in Cattaraugus County last weekend...  
 
Troopers say they've identified the man as 48 year-old Wilfredo Rodriguez-Colon of Busti, who was reported missing early last weekend.  State Police say his body was found just off Swanson Hill Road shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday by some residents of the area.  Troopers say they identified Rodriguez-Colon with the help of the Erie County Medical Examiners Office late Monday.  Cattaraugus County Coroner Howie VanRenselaer is assisting with the case, which remains under investigation.
 
 
An accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian in the village of Westfield Sunday night claimed the life of a Westfield man...  
 
Village Police say the driver of a vehicle had pulled out from the McDonald's parking lot on East Main Street and was westbound about 10 p.m. when he struck a man in the roadway, who was not using a crosswalk.  The victim, 65-year-old Thomas Baideme, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The body was taken to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for an autopsy.  Police say no charges have been filed and, the Sheriff's Department Accident Reconstruction Team assisted at the scene. 
 
 
Charges are pending for a teen-aged driver following a motor vehicle accident that left two people injured Monday morning in the Town of Hanover... 
 
Sheriff's deputies responded to the two-car collision on Routes 5 and 20 and Hanford Road shortly after 11:30. Officers say a vehicle operated by 18 year-old Brett Logan made a right-hand turn and failed to yield to the right of way at a stop sign. Logan struck a vehicle driven by 27 year-old Alfred Ford, which was traveling west on Route 5 and 20. Deputies say Ford and his passenger were transported to Lakeshore Hospital for minor injuries. The investigation continues.  
 
 
A cab driver from Jamestown has been arrested on a 30-count indictment for allegedly stealing more than $7,500 from Medicaid by illegal billing for phony medical transports...  
 
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says Haimid "Mookie" Thompson is then accused of paying another man to claim that he was getting the rides from 716 Transportation when he was not.  Schneiderman says the other man was an undercover officer with the A-G's office who was part of "Operation Ghost Ride," which has been investigating Medicaid transit scams across the state.  He says the ongoing investigation showed that 716 Transporation submitted claims to, and received payment from, Medicaid for rides that did not take place.  Schneiderman says Thompson appeared in Buffalo District Court and, faces Felony charges including first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and falsifying business records.  He will appear in court again this Friday.
 
 
A city man has been arrested on drug and weapons possession charges following a weekend domestic incident on Jamestown's eastside...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to 49 Anderson Street shortly before Midnight last Saturday night and, investigated.  He says they later arrested 45 year-old Danny Michael, III.  Samuelson says a search warrant revealed items including a 22-calibur rifle, a starter's pistol, 38 grams of methamphetime, drug paraphernalia and a quantity of cash.  He says there was nothing unusual about the typical amount of Meth they seize.  Samuelson says Michael is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon.  He was jailed pending arraignement.
 
 
Some Jamestown city lawmakers want to revisit the issue of trimming the deer population that's been a big problem in some parts of the city...  
 
The matter was raised by At-Large Councilman Andrew Liuzzo, who says it was brought up in a letter to the editor in the Post-Journal last weekend.  Liuzzo then raised the issue on Facebook, and it received some 400-plus "likes".  He adds that sentiment ran about 7-1 with the need to do something about it.  Liuzzo says he talked to a Regional Biologist with the state Department of Environmental Conservation about possible options, including using area bow hunters.  He also called on residents to not feed the deer.
 
Liuzzo says using bows with a small number of certified hunters may be the safest and quietest way to thin the population.  However, he also wants to get public input before any final decision would be made.  Second Ward Councilman Tony Dolce says there's especially been a problem on the city's southside.  Dolce and others suggested waiting until Police Chief Harry Snellings was back in town to talk more at length about the issue.
 
 
A boost in final state aid has allowed the Southwestern Central School district to hold a proposed spending increase below 2-percent in the $28.6-million budget to be voted on next month...  
 
School Superindent Maureen Donahue says the district received just over one-million dollars in additional aid -- above what was in the governor's budget -- in the final state budget.  Donahue says only about $166,000 of those additional funds will go towards Foundation -- or all-purpose aid.
 
Donahue says health insurance is up, and expenditures are up 4.8-percent, but the levy increase will only be about one-percent -- keeping it below the state's 2-percent property tax cap.  She adds there are also two propositions the school board approved to be on the ballot.  One of them is for spending $380,000 to buy three new buses.  The Southwestern Budget and propositions will be voted on Tuesday, May 15 from 7-9 a.m. and 2p.m..
 
 
The Southwestern School Board earlier this year agreed to put a measure up for referedum by the public libraries in Lakewood and Busti to establish a fund for both entities...  
 
School Superintendent Maureen Donahue says the proposal (which totals $204,000) will be one of the referendums on the ballot.  Donahue tells us that the money each needs has been taken out of the village and town budgets and will be up for a separate vote on May 15.  In a recent Post-Journal op-ed, the Lakewood Library Board president noted that $139,000 of the funding would go to Lakewood, while $65,000 would go to the Hazeltine Library.  Lakewood Library Director Mary Miller says -- if approved by the voters -- all residents of the Southwestern District would pay just over $16.00 a year on the average tax bill.
 
 
The 2018-19 petitions for the Jamestown School Board elections are due this Wednesday by 5 p.m.... 
 
District officials say there are two seats up for vote in the May 15 election.  Candidates will be seeking a three-year term on the board.  The two seats are currently held by Dan Johnson and Nina Karbacka.  The District Clerk is available any weekday through May 1 for voting registration at the Administration Building located at 197 Martin Road -- from 8 AM to 4 PM.  In addition, a public hearing on the district's 2018-19 Budget proposal will be held on May 8 at 6 p.m. in Persell Middle School.  For more information, call Jaunita Walter at 483-4420. 
 

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News Bulletin for Apr. 23, 2018

State Police identify man found dead last weekend in Randolph as man reported missing from Lakewood-area...

The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation out of Jamestown responded to a report of a found unidentified male body located off Swanson Hill Road in the town of Randolph.  Local residents located the deceased and advised law enforcement.  The body is scheduled for an autopsy to determine the identity and the cause of death. *With the assistance of the Erie County Medical Examiners Office the body found has been identified as 48 year-old Wilfredo Rodriguez-Colon of Busti in Chautauqua County.  Cattaraugus County Coroner, Howie Vanrenselaer, assisted with this case.  This is still an ongoing investigation and no information will be given at this time.

 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr.. 23, 2018

New York state Police are investigating the discovery of two dead bodies found Saturday afternoon and evening... 
 
Troopers in Jamestown say the first was located off State Route 20 in the Town of Portland.  Members of their Bureau of Criminal Investigation responded to a report of an unidentified male body located near the highway just after 3:00.  Police say the operator of a car traveling on the road found the deceased.  About two hours later, a second body was found in the Town of Randolph. Investigators responded to a report of a found unidentified male body located off Swanson Hill Road at 5:15.  Local residents there located the deceased and advised law enforcement.  Autopsies were scheduled for both bodies to determine the identity and the cause of death. Troopers say no additional information will be released at this time.
 
 
A Corry, Pennsylvania man has been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of marihuana with intent to selll during a traffic stop early yesterday morning in the town of Mina...  
 
Chautauqua County Sheriff's officers say they pulled over a vehicle, driven by 24 year-old Dakota Lindstrom, for a violation on Route 426 shortly after 1:00.  Further investigation led to a vehicle search by Sheriff's K-9 Link who found the passenger, 26 year-old Patrick Thompson, in possession of eight ounces of pot, and drug paraphernalia.  Thompson is charged with third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, while deputies also arrested Lindstrom for having an inadequate muffler, and no stop lights.  Both men were issued appearance tickets for Mina Town Court at a later date.
 
 
A city man was arrested on a felony court warrant following a foot chase yesterday evening... 
 
Just before 4 p.m., Jamestown Police say they attempted to make contact with 23 year-old Claude Wine-junior at the intersection of Winsor and Willard Streets. Upon officers stopping, Wine allegedly ran off leading them on a foot pursuit before being caught behind a residence on Allen Street. Once in custody, officers found him to be in possession of a small amount of cannabis. Wine faces additional charges of obstruction and unlawful possession of marijuana. He's being held in city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
Chautauqua County's Assemblyman says he voted against some of the key bills in a package of measures to help make it easier for voters to take part in elections...  
 
The state legislature's lower house again approved the measures last week, including one that would allow advanced voting up to seven days before an election.  Jamestown-area Republican Andy Goodell says he voted against that measure, largely because studies have shown that early voting does not result in more people participating. 
 
Goodell adds there's also a fairness issue with early voting, which he says favors incumbants.  He adds that there would be fewer poll sites open, which would favor the party with the largest majority in those areas.  However, he does say that he supports the idea of on-line registration because there are now safeguards in place to make sure signatures are accurate.  Goodell says while he doesn't support early voting, he does support a proposal to make absentee voting more flexible.  However, he says that could add to the time needed to decide some elections.  Similar bills have so far been blocked by the GOP-led state Senate. 
 
 
In New York state government news, two upcoming special elections in the Bronx and Westchester County could decide which party controls the state Senate... 
 
Republicans now have a one-seat majority in the chamber, meaning Democrats could take over the Senate if they win both of Tuesday's special elections.  But, the math is complicated by Democratic Senator Simcha Felder, of Brooklyn, who currently sits with the Republicans.  Democrats hope he returns if they can win both seats.  In Westchester, Democrat Shelley Mayer faces Republican Julie Killian, while in the Bronx, Democrat Luis Sepulveda faces Republican Patrick Delices.  Meanwhile, Cynthia Nixon says she'll release her tax returns as soon as they're done.  The "Sex and the City" star-turned gubernatorial candidate filed an extension this year.  Cuomo released his taxes on Tax Day.
 
 
A new report says high rents are threatening families' financial security and putting home ownership out of reach for many...  
 
The analysis from the Pew Charitable Trusts says since the Great Recession, the number of households paying more than 30-percent of their pre-tax income in rent has grown.  Director Erin Currier with Pew's Family Financial Security and Mobility Project, says 43-million American families now rent their homes, a number that has been growing in recent years.
 
Currier says in 2015, 38-percent of all renter households were "rent burdened."  That's an increase of about 19-percent since 2001.  Rent-burdened households often suffer other forms of financial insecurity.  Currier says almost two-thirds have less then $400 cash in the bank, and half have less than $10 in savings, while the typical homeowner has more than 7-thousand dollars in the bank.  The Pew report says policy makers should consider ways to make renting a home affordable for the 17-million rent-burdened American families.
 
 
State lawmakers in New York are examining a legislative proposal to give terminally ill people the right to seek life-ending medication from their physician...  
 
The Assembly's Health Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the measure Monday in Albany.  A second hearing is planned for May 3 in New York City.  A proposal now before lawmakers would require two doctors to sign off on the use of life-ending medication.  It has been proposed for years but has yet to receive a vote in the Legislature.  Colorado, Washington, Vermont, California, Oregon and Washington, D.C., have laws allowing people to seek a doctor's help in ending their life.

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News Headlines for Sat., Apr. 21, 2018

Panama man arrested for alleged sexual abuse of two girls earlier this year...
A man from Panama is jailed without bail for allegedly having sex with two juvenile girls earlier this year.  Sheriff's deputies say they arrested 50 year-old Frederick Antill, Junior of Niobe Road Friday afternoon following a joint investigation of a "suspicous situation" with Child Protective Services of Chautauqua County... and the Child Advocacy Program.  During an investigation by all three agencies... it was found that at multiple times last February and March, Antill engaged in sexual acts with the two girls.  Officers obtained a warrant... and, Antill was arrested for second-degree rape... and, third-degree criminal sex.  He was arraigned and sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
Helicopter search in Jamestown yields unknown results in search for Carpenter...
City police Friday confirmed that police helicopters from the region flew above the city in search of a city man who went missing earlier this month.  However... City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the looks from high-above are a "routine part" of the search for 35 year-old Sean Carpenter.  Carpenter went missing in the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 11th as he was walking south on Pine Street between First and Second Streets.  Police say he was walking towards his home on Superior Street... but, he never made it.  Carpenter is 6' 2" tall... and, weighs about 180 pounds.  He has brown hair and a short beard... and blue eyes.  He was last seen wearing a brown baseball hat, and a long sleeve green jacket.  If you have any information on the case... call city police at 483-7537... or their anonymous tips line at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477.
 
 
Regional HUD Administrator Lynne Patton in Jamestown and Dunkirk Friday...
A member of the Trump Administration is in Chautauqua County Friday getting a look at lower-income areas that have benefitted from a federal housing program.  Region-2 Housing and Urban Development Administrator Lynn Patton was on the northside of Jamestown this morning to check-out a small catering business, and a rehabilitated house at 835 Spring Street.  Both benefitted from Jamestown's just over $1-million allocation from the Community Development Block Grant program that Jamestown, she says visiting Elegant Edibles and the house is a great way to see how their "data-driven programs" work.  Patton says HUD Secretary Ben Carson, herself and others with the agency took part in a listening tour the past year to see how the departments programs work... and, what needs to be reformed.  She says that tour led them to get a 10-percent increase in funding for the program... which was great news to city Development Director Vince DeJoy... who administers the local program.  DeJoy says the tour is a great way to show why the CDBG program needs to continue.  DeJoy says Elegant Edible's Owner Vicky McGraw noted that the help she received from the city's CDBG Facade program literally helped "transform" her business on North Main Street.  Patton was the guest of local Congressman Tom Reed... who has been a strong supporter of the CDBG Program.  Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi and Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas were also on hand for the tour in Jamestown.
 
 
Reed receives Conservative Endorsement to run for Congress...
The New York State Conservative Party has announced it is again backing incumbant Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed for re-election this Fall.  State Party Chairman Michael Long is citing Reed's "commitment to standing with us and bringing common-sense, conservative leadership to Congress."  Long adds the Corning Republican "has been an advocate for conservative principles" during his time in Congress.  Long calls Reed a "champion of federal tax reform."  Reed says he's honored to again have their endorsement... and, says that's in addition to the state's Independence Party endorsement.
 
 
Watchdog groups renew call for crack down on state government corruption...
Government watchdog groups are renewing their call on Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York state Legislature to agree on measures that will strengthen transparency and crack down on corruption.  Saying the first half of the 2018 legislative session produced no anti-corruption legislation, members of six groups presented a proposal this week that they called a "road map to reform."  They want Albany leaders to address a lack of transparency in economic development projects, limit certain campaign contributions and require state economic development entities to follow the same laws state agencies do.  The renewed push comes during a six-month stretch of corruption trials or retrials for two former Cuomo administration officials and two ex-leaders of the Senate and Assembly.
 
 
Jamestown man arrested for DWI...
A wanted city man faces several charges for allegedly driving drunk on Jamestown's eastside last Thursday night.  Officers pulled over a vehicle at the intersection of East Second and Stowe Streets for a traffic infraction... and, identified the driver as 60 year-old Frank Nutt.  Police say he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and failed a sobriety test before refusing to submit a breath test.  Nutt was also found to allegedly have an expired-revoked license from a prior DWI incident... and, multiple active arrest warrants for probation violations. He was taken to city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 20. 2018

Four Central New York residents face Felony drug and weapons charges after their car was pulled over for making an illegal turn on Jamestown's eastside early Wednesday morning...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers stopped the car, driven by 29 year-old Michael Dubois of Canisteo, at the corner of Falconer and Winsor Streets -- just after 3:00.  During further investigation, Samuelson says they found two hand-guns and, quantities of meth and heroin, drug paraphernalia, and cash.  
 
Samuelson says they believe the four-some was passing through the area, but may have stopped here to buy the drugs.  In addition to Dubois, he says police arrested 39 year-old Glenn Shugart of Elmira, 32 year-old Sheldon Peet of Painted Post and, 36 year-old Megan Harkenrider of Hornell.  Samuelson says all four were arraigned on second and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance charges.  Dubois is also charged with failure to signal a turn and aggravated unlicensed operation.  They were sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
A Jamestown man has admitted to commiting about $173,000 in food stamp benefit fraud at his store on the city's southside...  
 
U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 57 year-old Joseph Gullotti entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Wolford Thursday.  Prosecutors say Gullotti -- as owner of Fresh Cuts on Newland Avenue -- accepted food stamp benefits to pay for ineligible items between January of 2015 and March of 2017.  Officials say retailers are prohibited from accepting food stamps for beer, cigarettes, and hot prepared food.  Gullotti faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine when he's sentenced in August.
 
 
Chautauqua County's representative in the State Assembly says lawmakers will review details of Governor Andrew Cuomo's executive order restoring the voting rights of parolees...  
 
Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan said Wednesday the move is bad public policy and, potentially illegal since Cuomo chose to sidestep the Legislature.  Local Assemblyman Andy Goodell -- who is also a Republican -- says that's a good question.  Goodell says any such measure has to "work within the law."
 
The order could impact up to 35,000 parolees who currently aren't allowed to vote.  Cuomo's directive will give corrections officials the power to block some former inmates from regaining the right to cast a ballot.  Goodell says the legislature does have some recourse -- if lawmakers chose that path.  He says they can challenge the law in court, or they could pass a new law that would override the order.  The Associated Press reports some 14 states and the District of Columbia already allow people to vote once they are released from incarceration.
 
 
The pending loss of another employer in the Jamestown-area reported this week is cause for concern for Chautauqua County's top-elected official...  
 
However, County Executive George Borrello adds there are literally hundred of jobs around for people with the qualifications.  A maker of optics and electronic precision products located in Jamestown's industrial corridor will be closing by the beginning of October.  Borrello says the decision to close Heidenhain Corporation is another decision made by an out-of-town parent company.
 
The closing by October 1st will put about 40 employees out of work.  Heidenhain Corporation plans to move the facility to either Illinois or Austria.  Borrello adds that the closing of Chautauqua Mall Anchor The Bon-Ton is a blow, but adds it's part of a national trend.  He says many Internet mail order operations are also looking for "brick and mortar" storefronts as well.  The Bon-Ton earlier this week was put up for auction after filing for bankruptcy protection last January.  However, the only two bidders were a pair a liquidation companies.  Store closings are expected to take place in August.
 
 
State Police in northwestern Pennsylvania are on the look-out for two men who burglarized a pharmacy in the Warren County boro of Tidioute...  
 
Troopers in Warren say the Darling's Pharmacy was broken into just after 5 a.m. yesterday Wednesday and, a number of medications were allegedly taken.  State Police say Darling's is taking an inventory of what was taken during the burglary, which lasted less than two minutes before the two suspects fled on Main Street.  Troopers were later called to a vehicle fire on McGuire Street and found the car involved was the one used in the burglary.  The owner of the car reported a short time later that her vehicle had been stolen from Irvine, Pennsylvania.  The two men are both described as being 5"8 to 6"0 tall, 200-250 pounds and wearing dark hoodie-type jackets and blue jeans.  If you have any information on the case, call State Police in Warren or Warren County Crimestoppers.
 
 
A leader of a liberal third party says it has no interest in playing spoiler in the New York governor's race - even if it means throwing its weight to Governor Andrew Cuomo over its recently endorsed favorite, "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon...  
 
Bill Lipton, the state political director of the Working Families Party, tells The Associated Press that if Nixon should lose the September Democratic Party primary to Cuomo, his party leaders will meet with Nixon and "make a decision that puts the interests of working families first."  The party's leaders recently endorsed Nixon, giving her a possible line on the November ballot regardless of who wins the Democratic primary.  That raised the possibility that Cuomo and Nixon could split the liberal vote in November, potentially helping a Republican candidate win.
 
 
A professional clothing drive and seminar to benefit sophomore, junior and senior high schoolers in the Jamestown-area is coming to the city for the first time ever...  
 
That from Life Skills Educator -- Kayla Franchina of Chautauqua Striders -- who says the "Strides for Success" event will take place on May 15. Students will have the chance to pick out professional clothing and accessories donated by local residents and, receive a free headshot picture, and haircut.  She says Striders will also be accepting donations at the time of the event, including slacks, blazers, blouses, ties, and jewelry. Items can be donated at Strides for Success from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Community Room at the Boys and Girls Club on Allen Street, or to the Chautauqua Striders' office on East 2nd Street.  Franchina says that they are looking for items five years-old or newer.  Any clothing and accessories not taken during the event will be donated to future drives this summer.  When dropping off donations, she says put it to the attention of the event and/or Kayla Franchina at either location. For more information, contact her at 489-3484. 
 

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News Update for Thurs., Apr. 19, 2018

Four people from central Southern Tier arrested for drug and weapons possession in Jamestown...
Four Central New York residents face Felony drug and weapons charges after their car was pulled over for making an illegal turn on Jamestown's eastside early Wednesday morning.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers stopped the car, driven by 29 year-old Michael Dubois of Canisteo, at the corner of Falconer and Winsor Streets -- just after 3 a.m.  During further investigation... Samuelson says they found two hand-guns -- one of them loaded -- and, quantities Heroin and methamphetime... drug paraphernalia, and cash.  He says they're happy to get the guns off the streets.  Samuelson says they believe the four-some was passing through the area... but, may have stopped here to buy the drugs.  In addition to Dubois... he says police arrested 39 year-old Glenn Shugart of Elmira... 32 year-old Sheldon Peet of Painted Post... and, 36 year-old Megan Harkenrider of Hornell.  Samuelson says all four were arraigned on second and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon... and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance charges.  Dubois is also charged with failure to signal a turn... and, aggravated unlicensed operation.  They were sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
Heidenhain Closing in Jamestown next Fall...
A maker of optics and electronic precision products located in Jamestown's industrial corridor will be closing it's doors by the beginning of October... putting about 40 employees out of work.  Heidenhain Corporation in the Mason Industrial Park in the town of Ellicott issued U-S Labor Department WARN Listing on April 12 that the plant would be closing by October 1st.  According to the listing... the company and it's assets would be moved to either Schaumburg, Illinois... or overseas to Austria.  Human Resources Director Sally Overend says the affected workers are not represented by a union.  We have a call into Overend for comment on the closing.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 19, 2018

The end is near for department store operator The Bon-Ton Stores, one of which is in the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood...  
 
Two liquidation firms are the victors of an auction for the bankrupt company's assets, after the retailer failed to find a bidder willing to continue operating the business.  A bankruptcy court hearing was held Wednesday to approve the sale and liquidation details.  The Bon-Ton Stores was operating 260 stores in 24 states, largely in the Northeast and Midwest, when it filed for bankruptcy in January.  Liquidation firms Great American Group and Tiger Capital Group are the winners of the auction.  The Bon-Ton stores part of a larger group of retailers falling on hard times, facing bankruptcy and store closings, due mainly to increasing online shopping.  No one was available at the Lakewood store Wednesday morning for comment.
 
 
It's "full-speed ahead" for the new Jamestown Brewing Company at the former Lillian Ney Renaissance Center after three important approvals were given by the city's Planning Commission Tuesday afternoon...  
 
That from city Development Director Vince DeJoy, who says the panel approved the brewery-restaurant's formal site plan, with one contingency that'll be addressed during renovations.  DeJoy adds they also approved the State Environmental Quality Review Act -- or SEQR documents.
 
DeJoy says the third item approved was a state Historic Review of the property at 119 West Third Street so it qualifies for Historic Tax Credits.  He says city officials are "tremendously excited" about the opening, which they hope fill coincide with the opening of the National Comedy Center, and the start of the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in August.  A father and son from the Buffalo-area are undertaking the project.  DeJoy says they expect to begin brewing three types of beer before the brewery and restaurant formally open to the public.
 
 
Dunkirk Common Council members have authorized the mayor to sign the ground lease with Erie Development, LLC to construct a new Wyndham Hotel on Lake Shore Drive East...  
 
The hotel, with about 85 rooms, will be located between the Tim Horton's store and Clarion Hotel.  Mayor Willie Rosas says it's a good deal for the city. Rosas says the agreement calls for the project preparation and approval processes to begin this year, with construction expected to be completed by December 2019.
 
 
Republicans are blasting New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's executive order restoring the voting rights of parolees...  
 
Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan said Wednesday the move is bad public policy and potentially illegal since Cuomo chose to sidestep the Legislature.  The order could impact up to 35,000 parolees who currently aren't allowed to vote.  Cuomo's directive will give corrections officials the power to block some former inmates from regaining the right to cast a ballot.  Some 14 states and the District of Columbia already allow people to vote once they are released from incarceration.
 
 
Leaders of the New York state Conservative Party are backing Republican Marc Molinaro as he seeks the GOP nomination to run for governor this year...  
 
The Dutchess County Executive on Monday thanked Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long and the organization's executive committee for supporting his campaign, which he officially launched April 2nd.  The executive committee unanimously voted last Friday in Brooklyn to recommend that the party endorse Molinaro.  Molinaro and state Senator John DeFrancisco are seeking the Republican nomination, which will be made next month.
 
 
United States' Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is introducing legislation that would protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program -- or SNAP -- benefits for eligible children...  
 
The New York Democrat says the "SNAP for Kids Act" will include more money each month to help families put food on the table for their children.  Gillibrand says it's needed for two reasons:  The first is families often run out of SNAP benefits before the end of the month and secondly, the cost of food is going up.
 
Gillibrand says 43-percent of the approximately 40-million people receiving SNAP benefits are children. She says the $42.00-a month increase would boost the child SNAP benefit from $153, to $195.  House Republicans are proposing a major cut to SNAP, as well as new work requirements for "able-bodied" people who receive them.  However, Gillibrand says work requirements have been in place for 20 years and the new proposal would do nothing more than increase paperwork.  She says that would make SNAP benefits more difficult to get.
 
 
One person has been arrested on an active warrant out of Jamestown at the K-Mart store in West Ellicott...  
 
Ellicott Town Police say they were initially called to the Wegman's for a warrant check early Tuesday night on 54 year-old James Grant.  On arrival, officers found that Grant had left the grocery store and went to the K-mart across the parking lot.  He was arraigned on the charge of first-degree criminal contempt and sent to the county jail.  He is due in Ellicott Town Court at a later date. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 18, 2018

The Jamestown Board of Education unanimously approved an $86-million budget proposal for the 2018-19 school year...
 
The proposed budget is made up of nearly 79-percent of state aid and maintains a flax tax levy similar to previous budgets. During Tuesday night's presentation at a board meeting, Superintendent Bret Apthorpe noted some fiscal tools to help save money and the long-term goals for the district. He says one of those goals is to reduce debt in what he calls "the big ugly."  Apthorpe pushed to keep the current tax figure of just over $14.6-million in place because of how heavily the district relies on state aid. Apthorpe dicussed setting up a capital reserves fund to provide additional money for the district to do capital projects as they come up. If approved by voters on May 15---the fund will include $2-million. Additionally, residents will vote on the purchase of five new school buses and an ex-officio student school board member. 
 
 
The April snowstorm that brought some accumulations to the higher elevations of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Southern Erie counties early yesterday morning wound down late last night...  
 
However, forecasters say we should start to see temperatures trending closer to normal later this week.  The National Weather Service reports a location in Frewsburg reported 2.8-inches of snow since late Tuesday.  Forecaster Dave Thomas in Buffalo says blame this snowfall on an upper level weather system. Snowfall amounts Tueday afternoon also included four inches in Humphrey in Cattaraugus County.  By late morning, there was 8.5 inches in Colden, and 2.3-inches in Little Valley.  There was nearly half-an-inch in the Jamestown-area.  Thomas says temperatures will begin to moderate starting later in the week.
 
 
Four people were hurt, but not seriously, after the car they were riding in went out of control on slippery road conditions early Tuesday morning and crashed into a guard-rail in Cassadaga...  
 
Sheriff's officers say the vehicle was traveling on Route 60 about 6:00 and, was in front of the Pine Acres Mobile Home Park when the driver lost control.  Deputies say the operator-- who was not identified-- was allegedly speeding at the time.  Officers say the four occupants inside were taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for various injuries sustained in the accident.  The crash remains under investigation.
 
 
One person was injured during a three-vehicle accident in the Town of Sheridan yesterday morning...  
 
Sheriff's deputies say the crash occurred on Route-20 at New Road just before 9:30 a.m., and they found that an eastbound dump truck collided with a vehicle stopped in traffic operated by 55 year-old Richard Lantz of Jamestown.  Officers say a third vehicle was unable to avoid the collision and struck the dump truck.  Lantz was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk for minor injuries. 
 
 
There is some short-term help available for dairy farmers in the tax reform bill approved in Congress late last year that should provide some relief until a new Farm Bill is in place...  
 
That from local Congressman Tom Reed, who says the issue was among the main ones brought up during last weekend's town hall meetings he held in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties.  Reed says there are three measures, the first is expanding help for small and mid-sized farmers from the Margin Insurance Protection program.
 
Reed adds that Congress also included reforms for feed costs to be calculated monthly instead of bi-monthly.  He says that should allow farmers to handle those costs better.  The Corning Republican says he has been working with the leadership on trade agreements to open up markets for dairy and wine in Canada and, he says they hope to expand that to other products.  Reed says they've been able to reach agreements with South Korea to import more American dairy products there.  He made his comments during his weekly conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
A noted biographer of Muhammad Ali spoke at the Robert H. Jackson Center Tuesday about the boxer's conviction as a Vietnam War 'draft dodger' and his fight to get back in the ring...  
 
Jonathan Eig says that part of Ali's career should not be forgotten because he didn't know it was going to be just 3.5-years versus a much longer period.  Ali's conviction was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Speaking at a Continuing Legal Education seminar, Eig believes boxing was only one aspect of the legacy of the man known as "the greatest." Jonathan Eig is currently working with movie maker Ken Burns on a film version of Ali's life.  He expects it to be done around the year 2020.
 
 
A city woman is jailed for allegedly using illegal drugs inside her car as it was parked in the CVS Pharmacy lot in Jamestown's Brooklyn Square...  
 
City police were called to the scene last Wednesday night and officers say they found 23 year-old Teale DiDomenico with two controlled substances, along with a hypodermic instrument.  Officers say DiDomenico was arrested on two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument.  She was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
Gas prices in the Jamestown area held steady at $2.79 this week for a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel... 
 
Gasoline inventories in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast region added 3-million barrels according to AAA officials, who say this was the only build in inventories across the country this week. On the national front, AAA reports gas prices have sky-rocketed to their most-expensive point in nearly three years. At $2.71, the national price per gallon is up a nickel on the week and is $0.18 more than last month. Expensive crude oil prices, tension in the Middle East and strong domestic demand are some of the driving forces behind the steep price at the pump this Spring. However, officials report that the United States added seven oil rigs last week, bringing the total to 815, as crude production is likely to continue growing. Find current gas prices along your route at GasPrices.AAA.com. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 17, 2018

We have now changed over from wet, rainy weather to snow in the Jamestown-area...  
 
The National Weather Service discontinued a Flood Watch for Chautauqua County late yesterday afternoon.  Forecaster Kirk Apffel says, as of late Monday morning, rainfall totals appeared to top off at between 1-1.5 inches.  Appfel adds that colder than normal temperatures will remain with us a while longer.
 
Apffel says we've seen these below normal temperatures since early March because of a trough that's been pushing colder air out of Canada here.  Rainfall totals of more than an inch were reported in the South County area by late yesterday morning with 1.16 inches near Jamestown, 1.13 inches at the airport.  The most rainfall in the county is 1.24 inches near Sinclairville.  Lesser rainfall totals have been reported in the North County. 
 
 
Traffic delays are expected the next four days when a convoy of wind turbine parts are brought along a designated route in Erie, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties to their final destination in the town of Arkwright...  
 
The state Department of Transporation says controversial propellers and other parts are to be loaded on trucks in the town of Hamburg and will have a State Police escort.  DOT officials say troopers will stop traffic where need-be during the convoys, which will impact Routes 394, 60 and 39 in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties, along with Interestate 86.  The transports will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day through Friday.
 
 
Two people were arrested after Jamestown police allegedly found multiple drugs inside a vehicle with stolen license plates late last week...  
 
The vehicle was found Friday parked in the yard of 222 Winsor Street and occupied by a sleeping man and woman.  Officers woke them up and were identified as 26  year-old Bridget Putman of Jamestown and 32 year-old Robert Clark of Randolph.  Police say they noticed a suboxone strip on the dashboard of the vehicle and a baggy of methamphetamine laying on the floor board.  Clark faces two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Putman was arrested for having multiple arrest warrants issued by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's department. 
 
 
Stacy Howser's 'Roots Salon' will open today at its third location in Falconer in a year...  
 
The beauty shop was part of the building on West Main Street torched by an arsonist in March of 2017.  She moved the salon down the street to the Falconer Vac Shop building, and was there four months when that structure burned in January of this year.  Howser says it's been a 'trying' and 'exhausting' time, but she's happy to be opening her new place on Lister Avenue, near the South Work Street bridge.  Once she's settled in, she hopes to take a little vacation.  
 
 
Local municipalities did not fare as well as they had hopped in the final state budget that was approved just before the April 1st deadline, but there was some good news...  
 
That from Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, who says mayor's across the state were most disappointed that there was no increase in General Municipal Aid for the ninth-straight year.  He adds there was also no increase in Consolidated Highway Improvement Program funding.  However, he says they did get a boost in aid to work on roads damaged from our tough Winter weather.
 
Teresi says local governments were cut between two and 9.1-percent in the 2009-2010 budget-- and that has yet to be restored-- while other areas of the spending plan received significant increases.  For instance, school aid was increased by about one-billion dollars.  Teresi says the 9.1-percent cut was to Jamestown itself.  He adds, though, that they are happy there was no cut to general aid.  Teresi made his comments for last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
Some modifications have been made to plans for new Routes 20 and 60 roundabout in the town of Pomfret, but concerns remain about the $3.4-million project...  
 
State Assemblyman Andy Goodell is among those who believer the state Department of Transportation should go back to the drawing board.  Goodell says he is mainly concerned about the impact the project will have on the businesses at the four-corners.  He also has concerns about some of the modifications, which include raised medians.
 
State DOT spokeswoman Susan Surdej indicated that modifications were also made to make the roundabout more pedestrian friendly.  Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis remains supportive of the project, but adds that she is concerned about the impact construction will have on nearby businesses.  She also says she'll continue talking to the DOT about minimizing that impact.  Construction is to begin in the fall.
 
 
New York state's call center for tax filing information is extending its hours to answer last-minute questions...  
 
The tax filing deadline is Tuesday.  The state Department of Taxation and Finance is extending the hours of its Income Tax Call Center until 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday.  The call center's usual hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The number is 518-457-5181.
 
 
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities had to resolve some electric issues that hit the service area last Saturday night and Sunday morning...  
 
BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says the problems began about 6 p.m. Saturday when a car struck a utility pole at the corner of Buffalo Street and Lakeview Avenue.  Robbins says a guy-wire broke, causing an electrical connection to fail.  That triggered "brown-outs" until repairs were made.  Robbins says, later, that voltage fluctuations and disturbances were reported throughout the BPU electric system early Sunday morning.  Those started about 1:45 a.m. and ended around 6:30.  A National Grid transmission line problem in the Buffalo area apparently caused the problem.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 16, 2018

A teenaged girl who ran away from home in the Mayville area is safe and sound after being found on Hannum Road in the town of Chautauqua late last Saturday night...  
 
Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene shortly after 11 p.m. after the teen was reported missing and had possibly fled to the Chautauqua Gorge.  Officers say they got to the Gorge campsite area and found evidence the girl had been there.  Sheriff's Department "K-9" Bentley was deployed to track here scent from the campsite.  Officers say the K-9 tracked from there, and found the girl barefoot in the surrounding wooded area.  Deputies say the unidentified 13 year-old did not require medical attention and was returned to her family.
 
 
Earlier in the evening Saturday, Sheriff's officers were in the town of Westfield, searching for two men who became lost in the Chautauqua Gorge watershed...  
 
Sheriff's officers were called to the area of Mount Baldy Road shortly after 6 PM on a report of a man who entered the trail system on an all-terrain vehicle, but had not returned for some time.  Deputies say the missing person called a family member and said the ATV became disabled, and he had gotten lost.  The family member then tried to find the man on foot and became lost himself.  Sheriff's officers say K-9 "Bentley" was deployed at the trail head to track the subjects.  After tracking for about a mile, they say Bentley located both subjects unharmed.  Officers say neither of the two men, ages 33 and 59 needed medical attention and both were returned home.
 
 
Quick work by Jamestown firefighters prevented extensive damage to a two-family house on the city's east side late last Friday night...  
 
City Fire Lieutenant Don Mowery says crews were called to the scene at 353 East Fourth Street shortly before Midnight and found smoke and fire coming from the scene. Mowery says two engines responded, but they only needed one hand-line to bring the flames under control.  He says firefighters were able to contain fire damage to the "area of origin."  He says there was water damage to the first-floor and smoke damage through-out the home.  No one was hurt and both families living in the house were not at home at the time.  He says fire crews were at the scene about two-hours.  The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental in nature. 
 
 
A plan by the Trump administration to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census has prompted legal challenges from many Democratic-led states...  
 
But, not a single Republican attorney general has sued -- not even from states with large immigrant populations.  Democratic attorneys general contend the question could drive down participation, leading to an inaccurate count.  An undercount could affect the allotment of U.S. House seats and federal funding for states.  U-S Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has said that the Census Bureau lacks definitive evidence about the consequences of including the question.  
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he hopes last Friday's targeted air-strikes against suspected chemical facIlities in Syria will end President Bashar Assad's alleged use of them against his own people...  
 
During a town hall meeting in Gerry this past Saturday morning, Reed said he supports President Trump's decision to fire off about 100 rockets on three sites which Pentagon officials say are at "the heart" of Assad's programs to develop and produce chemical weapons.
 
The chemical attack took place a week-ago last Saturday and was allegedly taken by the Assad regime against rebels in the Damascus suburb of Douma.  Reed says he had no doubt -- given his track record -- that Assad was behind the attack, which killed 40 people.  As for Congressional action, the Corning Republican feels they must act before any kind of escalation in the U.S. and allies response took place.  The A-P reports that TV footage showed piles of rubble outside a destroyed building and a burned vehicle.  The Syrian military says the attack on the center destroyed an educational center and labs. 
 
 
The progressive Working Families Party has endorsed "Sex and the City" actress Cynthia Nixon against incumbent Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo...  
 
Nixon says she was honored to receive the endorsement Saturday and "inspired by the enthusiasm of progressive working-class members of the party."  Nixon is challenging Cuomo in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.  The Working Families Party endorsement could give her a ballot line in the November general election, even if Cuomo wins the Democratic nomination.  A Cuomo campaign spokeswoman says the governor's "record of progressive accomplishment is unmatched." 
 
 
With tax day arriving tomorrow, New York's state comptroller says his office has already stopped more than $24-million in questionable or fraudulent personal income tax refunds...  
 
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says many taxpayers claimed refundable credits based on incorrect information like an inflated number of dependents or understated income.  Auditors this year stopped $3.3-million worth of refunds that were linked to tax preparers filing false returns. 
 
 
Buffalo, New York, is inviting tourists to eat their way through a new "wing trail" featuring a dozen chicken wing hot spots...  
 
Tourism officials unveiled the Buffalo Wing Trail late last week at the Anchor Bar, where the Buffalo wing took flight in 1964.  While just about every restaurant in the city has wings on the menu, the restaurants chosen for the trail each put a unique spin on how they cook, season and serve the appetizer.  'Visit Buffalo Niagara' says it polled it's 86,000 Facebook followers, looked at online reviews and consulted with National Buffalo Wing Festival founder Drew Cerza before settling on the final list. 
 

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News Headlines for Sat., Apr. 14, 2018

Fire damages two-family house on Jamestown's eastside...
Quick work by Jamestown firefighters prevented extensive damage to a two-family house on the city's east side late last night.  City Fire Lieutenant Don Mowery says crews were called to the scene at 353 East Fourth St. shortly before Midnight... and, found smoke and fire coming from the scene.  Mowery says they saw fire and smoke coming from the first floor kitchen area.  He says it took about 15 to 20 minutes to get the flames under control.  Mowery says two engines responded... but, they only needed one hand-line to bring the flames under control.  He says firefighters were able to contain fire damage to the "area of origin."  He says there was water damage to the first-floor and smoke damage through-out the home.  No one was hurt... and, both families living in the house were not at home at the time.  He says fire crews were at the scene about two-hours.  The cause remains under investigation.
 
 
Reed supports air strikes on suspected Syrian chemical weapon facilities, but, wants Congress to authorize any escalation if requested...
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he hopes last weekend's targeted air-strikes against suspected chemical faclities in Syria will end President Bashar Assad's alleged use of them against his own people.  During a town hall meeting in Gerry this past Saturday morning... Reed said he supports President Trump's decision to fire off about 100 rockets on three sites which Pentagon officials say are at "the heart" of Assad's programs to develop and produce chemical weapons.  The Corning Republican says he's hopeful that this will send the message, and stop the "horrific humanitarian" problems there.  The chemical attack took place a week-ago today... and, was allegedly taken by the Assad regime against rebels in the Damascus suburb of Douma.  Reed says he had no doubt -- given his track record -- that Assad was behind the attack, which killed 40 people.  As for Congressional action... the Corning Republican feels they must act before any kind of escalation -- or expansion -- of military action took place.
 
 
Teresi says County has yet to ask city for help on possibly moving CARTS drop-off -- pick-up area from Train Station...
The city of Jamestown will be ready and able to help Chautauqua County find a new pick-up and drop-off point for the county's bus system once it decides whether to move.  That from Mayor Sam Teresi... who says there has been no formal notification by the county that it's going to move the Chautauqua Area Rural Transit system hub from in front of the Gateway Train Station.  The move  -- at least temporarily -- is reportedly being eyed with the expected opening of the National Comedy Center this August.  Teresi says the county is thinking that the street is going to be closed off because of the new streetscape project on West Second St., and the opening of the comedy center.  He says the $700,000 Streetscape project is being undertaken for events and activities around the comedy center... and, the Northwest Ice Arena.  The question has been raised by some that if CARTS leaves the train station... could the city or others be on the hook for the $11-million in federal funding to renovate the landmark site.  Teresi says the location will still likely be used for transporation activites... so that should not be a problem.  He says the building will still be used for motor coach excursion drop offs, and, possible excursion train stops in the future.  Teresi adds that it's hoped -- and anticipated -- that more excursion bus trips will be stopping off to see the National Comedy Center... once it's opened.  The grand opening is now expected to take place during this year's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in August.  Teresi made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
Three arrested in connection with alleged Home Invasion in Jamestown...
Three people are accused of obstruction and felony criminal trespassing following an alleged home invasion on Jamestown's westside early Thursday morning.  City police were called to the scene at 504 West Sixth St. for a person with a weapon -- and possible home invasion.  Through investigation... it was learned that two males and one female unlawfully entered the home.  Officers set up a perimeter and began giving verbal commands for the suspects to come out.  Police found 30 year-old James Sullivan of Jamestown hiding in the bathroom tub with a shower curtain over himself.  It was determined that Sullivan allegedly entered the home with a shotgun, along with two other suspects from northwest Pennsylvania.  All three were arraigned... and, sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 13, 2018

A Jamestown man has been reported missing... and, city police are asking for help in finding the man, who was last seen walking in the downtown area early Wednesday morning...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says 35 year-old Sean Carpenter was seen walking south on Pine Street -- from East Second -- towards First Street -- about 1:45.  Police say he was walking towards his home on Superior Street, but he never made it home.  Officers say Carpenter is a white male, about 6"2 tall and weighs about 180-pounds.  Samuelson says he has brown hair and a short beard, and has blue eyes.  He was last seen wearing a brown baseball hat, long-sleeve green jacket, and grey and red sneakers.  If you have any information on Sean Carpenter's whereabouts, call city police at 483-7537.  You can also call their anonymous Tips-line at 483-TIPS (8477).  You can also contact their Tips 411 app.  
 
 
Construction on the new, multi-story addition at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital reached an important milestone yesterday afternoon...  
 
Community and Hospital officials were on hand at the Prather Avenue parking lot for a "topping off" ceremony as the final steel beam was put onto the 42,000 square-foot area on the building's southside.  UPMC Chautauqua WCA President and Chief Executive Officer Betsy Wright welcomed those who attended.
 
The new area will include four labor and delivery suites, 12 post-partum private rooms, 10 inpatient adolescent mental health rooms and 20 such rooms for adults -- including waiting areas.  WCA Board President Steve Kilburn laid out their vision, adding that the addition will help them in their commitment to "world-class health care" in the community.  Wright adds it will also make the hospital more of an "economic driver" in the area, providing a more than $196-million a year.  The ribbon will be cut on the new facility in April of next year.
 
 
Getting higher prices and finding new markets for concord grapes were two of the recurring themes of the first ever "Grape Summit," held Thursday at the Grape Discovery Center in Westfield...  
 
Sweet juices have lost market share in recent years, and, as a result, returns to growers have sunk.  Cornell food scientist Gavin Sacks says researchers are working to develop new 'easy to eat' concord grape products with a long shelf life.  New York's Ag and Markets Commissioner, Richard Ball, led the summit and announced some new initiatives including a 'Grape State of New York' competition for new products, and a challenge to winemakers to create a new concord grape brandy.  
 
 
The Seneca Nation of Indians is renewing its fight with New York state over its construction of the Thruway across reservation land more than 60 years ago...  
 
The western New York tribe says Thursday a new lawsuit seeks to force the state to get federal approval for the toll road, which the Senecas say the state failed to do.  The Senecas say they should receive a share of tolls from the 300-acre section.  Seneca President Todd Gates says the stretch of Interstate 90 that bisects the Cattaraugus Reservation has led to the nation's property being "invaded" for decades while hindering economic development.  Thruway officials say they can't comment on the lawsuit.  They say the Senecas granted an easement for the Thruway in 1954.  A federal court rejected a similar lawsuit in 1999.
 
 
Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed says serving in the U-S House with outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan has been a "true honor"...  
 
Reed commented Thursday on Ryan's decision to need seek re-election. The Corning Republican says it "has been rewarding to work with him (Ryan) to advance tax reform and pursue opportunities to help all Americans.  History will judge his time in Congress for its long-term, positive influence on the body through his honored and principled leadership." 
 
 
It was several years in the making, but state, county and Dunkirk city officials believe improvements to Wright Park will be worth the wait for residents.  A ground-breaking ceremony took place Wednesday morning for the project that involves $450,000 in state funding...
 
City Director of Development Rebecca Yanus says a feasibility study conducted last year helped identified uses for park-- including a splash pad, and pickle-ball courts.  Yanus adds there are also upgrades to the main pavillion in he park.  Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas thanked Thomas and other officials including the Governor's Office and state representatives for making the funding possible.  Among the officials attending the ceremony were Lori Cornell of the Governor's Office and state  Assemblyman Andy Goodell.
 
 
Two-time Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins -- who finished third in the 2014 New York election -- plans to announce that he's again seeking the party's nomination to run in the November election....  
 
The 65-year-old retired Teamster from Syracuse launched his campaign late Thursday at a news conference in Albany.  Hawkins was the Green Party candidate for governor in 2010 and 2014, when he garnered more than 184,000 votes to finish third behind incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and then-Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican. 

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News Headlines for Thurs., Apr. 12, 2018

Fire in Falconer asphalt plant hopper put out by three local fire companies...
No one was hurt when several hundred filters in a giant hopper at an asphalt paving facility in Falconer caught fire about mid-afternoon Wednesday.  Chautauqua County Fire Dispatchers say Falconer fire crews were called to the Kingsview Paving Asphalt facility on Allen Street Extension shortly after 3 p.m., and, found there was no actual material inside the hopper.  Falconer was joined at the scene by Kiantone and Kennedy fire crews, and the county's Emergency Services Department.  The county's Hazardous Materials Team was also called in as a precaution.  The Jamestown Post-Journal reports the fire was under control in about an hour.
 
 
Two city men now face federal charges in connection with weapons thefts at Warren County sporting goods store...
Two Jamestown men arrested last year after allegedly stealing guns from a Warren County, PA sporting goods store now face federal charges... and, one is also accused of trafficking drugs.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says that 27 year-old Tyler Anderson... and, 26 year-old Robert Lincoln... were arrested Tuesday and charged with conspiracy to make false statements to purchase firearms, which carries a mandatory penalty of five years in prison.  In addition... Kennedy says Anderson is charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes.  Those carry a mandatory minimum five years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.  Prosecutors say Ellicott Town Police received complaints from area residents regarding suspected drug dealing at Anderson's residence... and, started investigating Anderson's alleged drug dealing.  Last month... Kennedy says police raided Anderson's home and recovered cocaine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, 14 firearms, and ammunition.  Further investigation found that at least three of the guns were bought by Lincoln at a sporting goods store in Russell, Pennsylvania.  However... while Lincoln filled out the required federal forms saying he was the buyer... shortly thereafter... he allegedly turned the firearms over to Anderson.  
 
 
Apthorpe says city School Board looking at keeping tax levy flat in 2018-19 budget proposal...
The head of the Jamestown School District says he wants to keep the tax levy stable in the 2018-19 school budget proposal in the interest of keeping current programs... and, stability for tax payers.  School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe made the comments after Tuesday night's board meeting... the first since final state school aid wa announced.  Apthorpe says, while there was some discussion about a small tax levy cut, he pushed for keeping the current figure of just over $14.6-million in place to help preserve programming, and giving the taxpayers stable rates.  He says the current budget totals about $86.2-million... and includes $1.1-million in additional aid. 
 
 
Reed speaks on Russian interference, and trade with China...
President Donald Trump is very angry after the FBI raided the offices of his personal attorney Michael Cohen on Monday.  Mr. Trump is also openly talking about firing the special counsel looking into Russian interference in the presidential election.  But... area Congressman Tom Reed says he doesn't have a problem with the FBI's investigation so long as it doesn't violate attorney-client privilege.  Reed was asked about the investigation during a conference call Tuesday afternoon with area media... and, he says he's always supported allowing the investigation to follow the evidence and the facts, and he believes that's what's happening.  The Corning Republican also indicated during the conference call that he didn't think Trump would actually fire the special counsel.  On another topic... Reed spoke about President Trump's trade policy, and he believes it is starting to produce some positive results with China, especially because Tuesday it was reported that they were opening up their markets to more U-S automobiles... and help protect intellectual properties. 
 
 
Schumer urges V-A to allocate funding for New York V-A hospital upgrades...
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer is urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to allocate hundreds of millions of dollars for much-needed upgrades at VA hospitals across New York state.  The New York Democrat says Wednesday that the recently approved federal budget includes about $4-billion for the nation's VA medical centers.  Schumer says he's asking agency officials to expedite funding for dozens of long-delayed projects at upstate VA medical facilities that are in desperate need of repairs.  
 
 
Documentary "I Am Battle Comic" to be shown, with film maker, at RHJ Center Saturday...
Film maker Jordan Brady will bring his movie, "I Am Battle Comic..." to the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown this coming Saturday night. Brady says it's a documentary designed to help troops laugh away from the front lines.  To make the movie, Brady developed some of his own jokes... and joined a crew of professional comedians on a three-week tour of the Middle East.  Now, he's screening the film all over the country and always to help a local veterans' cause.  The Jamestown show will benefit the United Veterans Council's effort to mark every veteran's grave in Chautauqua County.  There's no fixed cost to attend, but all donations will be welcomed.  Jordan Brady says there are some hilarious moments in the film, and a serious message as well.  The show starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Jackson Center.
 
 

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News Headlines for Wed., Apr. 11, 2018

Comedy Center announces Schumer, Aykroyd, and Tomlin among those to be on hand for grand opening in August...
The National Comedy Center has a star-studded line-up in place to celebrate its grand opening this August.  Comedy Center officials late Tuesday announced there will be appearances by Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin, Saturday Night Live original season alumni including Dan Aykroyd and more, coinciding with the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival... which starts August 1 in Jamestown.  Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson says the opening celebration will including Schumer performing at the Northwest Arena on Friday, August 3... and, Tomlin will perform at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Saturday, August 4.  In between... SNL original cast members Aykroyd, Laraine Newman and Garrett Morris, along with original writer, Alan Zweibel, will come together at the Reg Lenna on Saturday, August 2nd to share stories and laughs in a conversation about the show's early years.  Tickets for ALL events go on sale at Noon, Friday April 27th for Comedy Center members... and, to the public on May 4th at www.NationalComedyCenter.org.
 
 
Gillibrand says it's time for Assad to go in Syria...
New York's Junior Senator is calling on U-S officials to work with thier  allies to get a permanent cease-fire in the Syrian civil war as a way to begin regime change in the Middle Eastern nation.  Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand made her comments during a conference call with state-wide media today.  Gillibrand is among those saying that strong-armed Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has to go after the latest chemical attack near Damascus.  She calls it a "heartbreaking" and horrific" story.  She says Assad's on-going atrocities are "an outrage."  Gillibrand says the U-S needs to engage it's allies and go to the United Nations to call for Assad's removal.  He has been Syrian president since July of 2000... and, was accused of severe crackdowns on citizens during the so-called "Arab Spring" several years ago.  The unrest is being attributed to starting the current civil war in that country.
 
 
Fredonia man arrested following high-speed chase through Lakewood and Panama...
A north county man has been arrested on some 30 charges after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase through the village of Lakewood... and, west into the village of Panama.  Lakewood-Busti Police say they were called to the Wal-Mart SuperCenter on Fairmount Avenue shortly before 8 pm Monday on a report of a person stealing several items, including clothing.  Officers say 22 year-old Tyler Elssesser of Fredonia allegedly drove off in a westerly direction with police in pursuit.  Officers say speeds reached 98 mph before Elssesser turned onto Route 474 and drove into Panama... where he was stopped.  Police say speeds on 474 reached more than 100 mph before the pursuit ended.  Elsesser is charged with larceny... reckless endangerment... and, he also faces drug charges.  He was arraigned in Busti Town Court, and sent to the county jail on $20,000 cash bail.
 
 
City of Jamestown ends 2017 with surplus, according to city comptroller...
The city of Jamestown finished 2017 with it's first budget surplus in seven years.  However... the city's chief fiscal officer is tempering that with the fact they still face several fiscal challenges.  Jamestown City Comptroller Joe Bellitto told the City Council at last night's work session that they wound up last year with an unaudited, $1.2-million surplus.  Bellitto says there were a number of factors that played into that... including some higher than expected revenues.  He says among the items that came in over-projections was sales tax revenue... as well as $614,000 in added state aid funding.  That includes the additional $1-million the city received to help with it's fiscal woes in 2017.  He says there is still concern about health care claims... all of which they may not have yet.  He says that means any claims could still be presented to their self-insured fund.  Bellitto says the windfall will likely help Jamestown in the years to come because whatever the surplus is can otherwise be applied to the city's currently low undesignated fund balance.
 
 
Borrello sets record straight on county's 2017 Budget Shortfall...
Chautauqua County officials have been able to plug a $6.3-million shortfall from the 2017 budget... and, are keeping a close eye on certain spending to prevent another one this year.  That from County Executive George Borrello... who says the shortfall is actually lower than what county finance officials projected late last year.  Borrello says that number was $6.8-million.  He says their fund-balance was more than enough to cover that... and, he says the actual deficit was about $500,000 less than they had projected.  Borrello says the biggest part of the shortfall was the unexpected, $3.8-million the state charged the county with for new, juvenile detention costs.  Those were mainly due to the new, "Raise the Age" initiative to house 16 and 17 year-olds separately from both juveniles and adult prison populations.  Otherwise... County Legislature Audit and Control Committee Chairman Pierre Chagnon says there was a $268,000 shortfall with the county's new, "Fly-Car" EMT service. 
 
 
Gas prices up local again this week...
Jamestown motorists will have to dig deeper into their pockets as gas prices have increased for the third week in a row.  That from the AAA's latest gas price report... which says the price per gallon of regular unleaded fuel is up a penny to $2.79.  Of 25 states in the country selling gas for $2.60 or more... AAA says half are in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast region, with New York being among the most expensive. Nationally.... gas prices have held at their highest price of the year for one-week at $2.66.
 
 

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News Headlines for Tues., Apr. 10, 2018

Fredonia man arrested following high-speed chase in Lakewood Monday night...
A north county man has been arrested on some 30 charges after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase through the village of Lakewood... and, west into Panama.  Lakewood-Busti Police say they were called to the Wal-Mart SuperCenter on Fairmount Avenue shortly before 8 p.m. Monday night on a report of a person stealing several items, including clothing.  Officers say 22 year-old Tyler Elssesser of Fredonia allegedly drove off in a westerly direction with police in pursuit.  Officers say speeds reached 98 miles per hour before Elssesser turned onto Route 474 and drove into Panama... where he was stopped.  Police say speeds on 474 reached more than 100 mph before the pursuit ended.  Elsesser is charged with larceny... reckless endangerment... and, also faces drug charges.  He was arraigned in Busti Town Court, and sent to the county jail on $20,000 cash bail... $40,000 property bond.
 
 
Gillibrand condemns Assad for reported Chemical attack in Syria...
New York's Junior Senator is calling on U-S officials to work with thier  allies to get a permanent cease-fire in the Syrian civil war as a way to begin regime change in the Middle Eastern nation.  Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand made her comments during a conference call with state-wide media today.  Gillibrand is among those saying that strong-armed Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has to go after the latest chemical attack near Damascus.  She calls it a "heartbreaking" and horrific" story... and, adds Assad's actions are "an outrage."  Gillibrand says the U-S needs to engage it's allies and go to the United Nations to call for Assad's removal.  He has been Syrian president since July of 2000... and, was accused of severe crackdowns on citizens during the so-called "Arab Spring" several years ago.  The unrest is being attributed to starting the current civil war in that country.
 
 
More Wintry weather before warm up later in week...
After a wintry start today, we'll see the start of a warm up over the next few days that should bring more spring-like weather to the area.  Meteorologist John Rozbicki of the National Weather Service in Buffalo says a passing weather system brought a shot of light snow to portions of Western New York overnight.  He says there was an "inch or two" of snow that fell in some spots, and it felt more like January instead of April 10.  About 8-tenths of an inch of snow was reported near Jamestown, one inch in Little Valley and 2 inches in Franklinville.  Several passing weather systems will bring milder weather to the area, but, Rozbicki says there is a question about how much of a warm up we'll be getting later this week.  It may reach 70 in the Jamestown area by Friday.
 
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 9, 2018

Chautauqua County now has a vehicle to help obtain both money and resources to help support local efforts to fight the Heroin and Opioid Drug crisis... 
 
Lawmakers recently approved a local law naming the epidemic a "public nuisance..." which makes it eligible for some of the reimbursement money being sought from major pharmacutical companies by several states.  Legislature Chairman Paul Wendel says local governments are getting on board New York's efforts to get those companies to pay the mounting costs of recovery.  He says that includes the anti-opioid drug Naloxone, also known as "Narcan".
 
In recent months, the costs have come down -- in some cases to zero -- for Narcan.  In addition to being part of any class action suits that could be filed in the matter, Wendel says the action could also allow the county to have better access to grant funding and information on dealing with the drug epidemic. 
 
 
A fire that broke out early this morning has City of Warren firefighters and investigators looking for answers... 
 
The condition of two residences in downtown Warren are unknown at this time as crew continue to battle a structure fire. According to reports from the scene, the blaze has seriously damaged a three-stroy brick home in the block between 2nd Street and 3rd Street. Fire crews set up blockaides in the area of Market and Water Streets as flames broke out. Reports indicate that the fire was first reported shortly before 5 a.m. with further details to follow. 
 
 
Sheriff Joe Gerace has announced he will be seeking re-election as Sheriff of Chautauqua County... 
 
In a released statement late Sunday evening, Gerace says, "Since I was first elected as Chautauqua County Sheriff, my professional team of deputies, correction officers, 911 dispatchers and other staff and I have risen to every challenge presented to the office at the least possible cost to property tax-payers." 
 
While serving as Sheriff, Gerace says he has implemented several innovative programs that have improved public safety, including the Forensic Identification Team, a county-wide public radio system and most recently, an EMT program where Deputies are trained as Emegency Medical Technicians to assist volunteer fire departments. Additionally, Gerace says he volunteers in the community as a youth hockey and softball coach. Gerace, a Democrat, will face former Chautauqua County Sheriff's Lieutenant James Quattrone this fall. 
 
 
A Corry, Pennsylvania man has been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop early last weekend in the town of Sherman...  
 
Sheriff's officers say a patrol pulled over a vehicle, driven by 35 year-old Scott Smith, on the Clymer-Sherman Road just before 3 a.m. Saturday morning.  Deputies say further investigation found that Smith was in possession of drug paraphernalia, scales, and a quantity of marihuana.  They add that a license check also showed Smith's New York driving privileges were suspended.  He was arrested for third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, unlawful possession of marihuana and speeding.  Smith was issued appearance tickets for Sherman Town Court.
 
 
State Police out of Jamestown arrested two men during two separate traffic stops for unlawful possession of marijuana over the weekend.... 
 
On Friday, Troopers pulled over 21 year-old Adam Apperson--of Jamestown-- on Route 62 in Kiantone. While speaking with Apperson, Troopers allegedly smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search revealed a pipe containing marijuana residue and a license check revealed a bench warrant for Apperson on a prior marijuana charge. He was arraigned and sent to the County Jail. 
 
On Saturday, a Johnson City teen was pulled over pulled over on I-86 in Stow for speeding. While speaking to 19 year-old Isaiah Colgan, Troopers reportedly smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A search of Colgan and his vehicle revealed a bag of marijuana and two smoking devices. The teen was issued a traffic ticket and an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in the town of North Harmony Court later in the month.
 
 
Recent recruitment efforts by the health care community in Jamestown and UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital are bearing fruit, as the hospital now has more than 200 physicians on staff...  
 
That from Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Betsy Wright, who made her comments during the hospital's recent physician of the year program, which honored Dr. James Cirbus, who has been a cardiologist at WCA for 35 years. Wright says Cirbus talked about how much caring for patients has meant to him, as well as treating some of the medical staff at the hospital.  UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital recent announced the hiring of two more orthopedic doctors to be on staff.  The recruitment effort was started -- in earnest -- a few years ago, lead by the Health Care Action Team from the Jamestown Strategic Planning and Partnerships Commission.  
 
 
The official in charge of New York state's $209-billion public pension fund says it will take steps to ensure women are included on the boards of companies in the fund's portfolio...  
 
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced this past week that the New York State Common Retirement fund is "putting all-male boardrooms on notice" to diversify.  The Democrat says the fund will use its power as a shareholder to vote against board directors up for re-election at companies with no women on their boards.  DiNapoli adds that companies such as Bristol-Meyers Squibb have agreed to include gender and racial diversity when considering board candidates. 
 
 
April showers bring Mayflowers. However, before "digging" into any new landscape projects, National Fuel is reminding residents to be mindful of underground utility lines... 
 
National Fuel Spokeswoman Emily Ciraolo says homeowners are required by law to dial 811 prior to digging to prevent accidental damage to lines.  The national 811 phone number connects caller's plans to National Fuel for dispatch locators to mark the positioning of utility lines on their property for free. Ciraolo says that all excavation projects from shrubs to mailboxes require a call. New York homeowners and contractors should call at least two and no more than 10 business days in advance to the start of their project. 
 
 
New York state has cancelled plans to move a child psychiatric center in western New York to the nearby campus of an adult mental health facility in Buffalo...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the decision last week, saying he decided to reverse course after residents throughout the region expressed concerns about the move.  The state had planned to relocate the center from the Buffalo suburb of West Seneca to a site near the adult hospital.  Relatives of patients, community residents and local officials had all criticized the move, which they said would put children at risk by placing them near adults with significant mental illnesses.  Officials say the state will complete renovations at the site of the planned relocation so the site can be used for another purpose in the future.
 
 
State officials are asking the federal government to change its quotas to allow New York-based commercial fishing companies to haul in more fluke...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have filed a petition seeking revised allocations for fish also known as summer flounder.  The Democrats say the current quotas unfairly limit the New York fishers' allocation because they're based on outdated data from the 1980s.  The New York officials say scientific studies have shown the summer flounder fishery has shifted north toward New York waters since then.  Cuomo and Schneiderman say the current quotas hurt New York's commercial fishers and seafood dealers.  They say increasing the allotment for New York-based commercial fishing operations will allow more fish to be landed in ports closer to where they are caught.

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 6, 2018

A Jamestown man has been arrested on a Felony charge for allegedly killing the dog that was found dead, hanging from a tree on the city's westside earlier this week...  
 
City police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers took 47 year-old Robert Overton into custody early Thursday afternoon and charged him with killing the American Pitbull late last year.  Samuelson says Overton then allegedly hung the dog using a red leash and blue nylon rope near the corner of Hallock and Palmer Streets.  He says a passerby saw the animal while walking through the area early last Monday night.  Samuelson says Overton was arrested after the department received "multiple citizen tips" on the matter.  He says the suspect was arraigned on one count of Felony Aggravated Cruelty to Animals and sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
A traffic stop at the intersection of Forest and Prather Avenues led to the arrest of a city woman allegedly driving with several drugs in her possession late Tuesday evening... 
 
City police say investigation reavealed 37 year-old Kristen Nelson was driving on a suspended license. With that, further investigation revealed equipment for the packaging and sale of controlled substances inside the vehicle. Nelson was taken to city jail where she is accused of attempting to dispose of methamphetamine on the jail floor. Officers also located additional meth, suboxone and a glass pipe on Nelson. She's being held pending arraignment on charges of fifth and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence and vehicle/traffic tickets. 
 
 
A Cattaraugus County man turned himself yesterday following an alleged burglary in Olean... 
 
State Police say they received a report that 29 year-old Guy Ackley-II, unlawfully entered a residence by kicking in and damaging a door, then chasing the resident. Troopers say Ackley initally fled the scene before patrols arrived. After turning himself in to State Police, Ackley was arrested and released with tickets to appear in Allegheny Town Court at a later date for second-degree Burglary and fourth-degree Criminal Mischief.
 
 
High winds are expected to return to Chautauqua County -- and much of western New York today as another storm system moves through the region...  
 
That after a wild and windy Wednesday across the region.  The winds brought down a number of trees and power lines and resulted in numerous power outages for National Grid and New York State Gas and Electric customers.  Forecaster Aaron Reynolds with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says the strongest reported wind gusts in Chautauqua County were in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area, including a 68 mph gust in Fredonia, and a 64 mph gust in Dunkirk.  The strongest gust reported in Western New York was in Batavia, with a gust of 75 miles per hour.  Forecasters say a Wind Advisory is in effect from Noon to 11 p.m. tonight. 
 
 
High winds have collapsed a sugar shack in northern New York, killing a 36-year-old man who was making maple syrup...  
 
State police say Jonas Swartzentruber was working in an outbuilding in the Jefferson County town of Theresa around 1 p.m. Wednesday when high winds knocked it over. He was pinned to the ground with debris.  Police say a 15 year-old boy escaped before the shack collapsed and alerted neighbors who used jacks to lift the wreckage off the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.  Winds gusting up to 75 mph toppled trees, flipped tractor-trailers and knocked out power to nearly 80,000 customers in western and central New York Wednesday.
 
 
The still-snowy and slippery road conditions Wednesday into Thursday led to a single-car accident on the Stockton-Hartfield Road in the town of Stockton yesterday morning...  
 
Sheriff's officers were called to the scene shortly before 8 a.m. and found the car had left the road due to the slick conditions.  Deputies say the vehicle then struck a tree in a ditch.  Officers say the female driver was taken by ambulance to Brook's Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
 
 
Chautauqua County's new Deputy County Executive for Economic Development says it's great to be working in the county again and he's been able to hit the ground running...  
 
Fredonia's Mark Geise was recently approved to take the new position, as well as head up the county's Industrial Development Agency.  Geise was formerly a Senior Planner for the county and says he is especially looking forward to implementing a new economic development strategy with County Executive George Borrello.
 
Geise and new director of Planning and Community Development, Don McCord, will both be working with Borrello on the project.  He says a lot is moving forward now in both the north and south county.  The legislature recently approved the sale of property in the Dunkirk area for a new, cold storage facility.  Geise has also been accompanying Borrello on several of his 100 business visits within his first 100 days in office.  Borrello officially wrapped up his visits Wednesday with a stop at the Grape Growers Cooperative in Westfield. 
 
 
New York Senate Democrats have resolved a longstanding internal power struggle that empowered Republicans and prevented votes on liberal priorities including gun control, early voting, abortion rights and help for immigrants...  
 
Under a deal negotiated by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and announced Wednesday, the eight-member faction known as the Independent Democratic Conference is reuniting with mainline Democrats.  Democratic leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins of Yonkers will lead the combined group, with IDC leader Jeff Klein of the Bronx as deputy leader.  Republicans control the Senate with support from the IDC and a ninth breakaway Democrat, Brooklyn Sen. Simcha Felder. Felder hasn't said whether he'll also return to the Democrats.  Republicans still hold the Senate majority for now, though Democrats hope to take over following two special Senate elections April 24.

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News Bulletin for Thurs., Apr. 5, 2018

**(Bulletin)City man arrested for animal cruelty in connection with dead dog found hanging from tree...
A Jamestown man has been arrested on a Felony charge for allegedly killing the dog that was found dead... hanging from a tree on the city's westside earlier this week.  City police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers took 47 year-old Robert Overton into custody early this afternoon... and, charged him with killing the American Pitbull dog late last year.  Samuelson says Overton then allegedly hung the dog using a red leash and blue nylon rope near the corner of Hallock and Palmer Streets.  He says a passerby saw the animal while walking through the area early last Monday night.  Samuelson says Overton was arrested after the department received "multiple citizen tips" on the matter.  He says the suspect faces one count of Felony Aggravated Cruelty to Animals... which is a violation of the state's Ag and Markets Law.
 
  

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 5, 2018

A  Cattaraugus County man has been arrested on several charges -- including vehicular manslaughter, and driving while intoxicated -- following a two-vehicle accident in the town of Carrollton...  
 
Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley responded to the collison on Route 417 Wednesday night.  Following an investigation, officers determined that a vehicle operated by 47 year-old John McStraw attempted to pass a semi-trailer and struck an oncoming vehicle driven by an unidentified 48 year-old Killbuck resident.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  McStraw was arraigned in Carrollton Town Court and is being held in Cattaraugus County Jail on $15,000 bail. 
 
 
Tips from the public have been a major help to Jamestown police in their investigation into the death of an adult American Pitbull found hanging from a tree on the city's westside...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says a passerby found the dog hanging on a red leash and blue nylon rope shortly before 8 p.m. this past Monday on Hallock Street near Palmer.  Samuelson tells us that they have now developed information on a suspect, and they expect to announced an arrest in the case later today.  He tells us that information on the supect will be released early this afternoon once the person has officially been charged and arraigned.  In addition to the "dozens of tips" they have received from the public, he says they have also received several requests for monetary donations towards a reward or donation for the animal's cause.  You can do so through the local Humane Society, or the Pick of the Litter Animal Shelter in Falconer. 
 
 
A Jamestown woman is accused of driving while intoxicated on the city's westside Tuesday morning... 
 
Officers say a vehicle with a loud, inadequate muffler made an improper left turn onto Washington Street from West 4th Street and was stopped. During the investigation, the operator-- 37 year-old Melissa Morrod-- was determined to be intoxicated. Norrod was also found to have cocaine in her possession and was arrested. She was taken to city jail pending arraignment on traffic violations, DWI and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 
 
 
It didn't take 100 days, but Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello has been able to officially visit 100 businesses at the beginning of his four-year term in office... 
 
Borrello visited the Grape Growers Cooperative in Westfield Wednesday as his 100th business.  However, he's been able to do it in 94 days. The Silver Creek area Republican says he's proud to have done it and adds it's been well worth doing.
 
In fact, Borrello says he's going to keep doing the visits during the remainder of his term because they've been so helpful.  He adds that each meeting has been special, and while they weren't scheduled to go long, many have lasted between 1.5 and three hours.  He says it's been a learning experience that's taught him that if local businesses are willing to spend that much time talking about their business needs, then it's "critically important."  He made his comments for this coming weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
The head of New York's School Boards Association says they'll take the nearly $860-million state aid increase in the just-approved state budget... 
 
However, there is a lot of concern about a new mandate to report on where each and every dollar goes in each district and in each of their buildings.  That from Association Executive Director Tim Kreamer, who says the "School Building -- per Pupil" Reports are part of a new federal mandate.  Kreamer says this year -- 75 school districts -- will have to issue reports by July 1.
 
Kreamer says each of New York's nearly 700 public school districts will have to do the reports in the "proper form" and submit them to ensure each gets their fair share of aid.  As for this year, Kreamer says the increase in state aid is not enough to meet current needs, which include health care and pension costs.  He says the legislature included aid for private and charter schools in the one-billion dollars in total, additional aid in the 2018-19 budget. 
 
 
The state of New York has announced a $66-million plan to repair and upgrade a stretch of the Thruway near Buffalo...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo said late Tuesday that the work will entail the rehabilitation and reconstruction of three miles of roadway between exit 54 and the Lackawanna toll barrier. New signs, wider shoulders and better guardrails will be installed.  In addition, three Thruway bridges will be repaired and renovated and a fifth span will be totally rebuilt.  Cuomo's office says the stretch of Thruway is one of the busiest, with more than 130,000 motorists using the highway every day.  The work will require some nightly lane closures on the Thruway's eastbound lanes.  The work is expected to be completed next year.
 
 
A non-profit center in the Jamestown community is dedicated to empowering students through their creativity in music, art, dancing, and singing... 
 
That from Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center's Executive Director Shane Hawkins, who says their programs help students express themselves through a healthy outlet.  She says the proof is in the art form.
 
While speaking with our Noel Blackhall, Hawkins adds that teachers serve as mentors for students, which she calls just as important to students as the teaching itself.  Infinity will be holding a "New Student Orientation" on April 19th for anyone interested in enrolling in public and private group sessions.  To find out more information on Infinity's programs,  visit their website at InfinityPerformingArts.org or call, 664-0991.
 
 
The death of a Vermont skier was ruled accidental by the Essex County Coroner's office... 
 
New York State Police in Ray Brook say 22 year-old Lukas Harvey was skiing with friends at Whiteface Mountain last Saturday morning. At 11 a.m., Harvey was passing through the lower Northway Trail when he fell and collided with a small group of hardwood trees. Troopers say life-saving measures were attempted without success and his body was taken to Adirondak Medical Center in Saranac Lake. Following an autopsy on Tuesday, Harvey's death was determined to be blunt force injuries due to a skiing accident. 
 
 
Road Closure Announcement for Jamestown Motorists...
 
The City of Jamestown Public Works Department has announced that Buffalo Street from Blackstone Avenue to Allen Street will be closed to traffic beginning on Monday, April 9. Director of Public Works Jeff Lehman says the portion of roadway will be closed to facilitate reconstruction of the railroad bridge. He says motorist will have to use alternate routes of travel through the beginning of July.

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 4, 2018

Jamestown police are searching for the owner of an adult pitbull dog found dead and hanging from a tree in a wooded area on the city's westside...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says a passerby found the dog hanging on a red leash and blue nylon rope shortly before 8 p.m. Monday on Hallock Street near Palmer.  Samuelson says they are asking for the public's help in finding who the dog belonged to.
 
Samuelson says it's hard to tell how long the dog had been hanging from the tree.  He says with several cold nights in recent days, the animal could have been there at least a week.  Samuelson says it may have been a month or longer.  He says they don't believe the animal was stolen and then tortured and killed.  He says if you have any information on the case, you should contact Jamestown police at their tip-line at 483-TIPS (8477).  You can also contact their Tips 411 app.  Samuelson says all calls will be kept confidential.  He adds they already had about half-a-dozen tips in the first two hours since posting the release online.
 
 
A city man faces charges after multiple drugs and guns were found in his Baker Street apartment Tuesday afternoon... 
 
Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force agents were assisted on-scene with the Jamestown SWAT and state police C-NET teams to execute a search warrant just before 2:30. While inside, officers found a quantity of crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, drug paraphernalia, along with two hand-guns and five long-guns. Investigators took 33 year-old Michael Davis into custody on several counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal use of drug paraphernalia. Officers say Davis was also allegedly wanted on two outstanding city court bench warrants. He's being held pending arraignment. 
 
 
A city man faces several serious charges after allegedly choking another person and holding a knife to the victim's throat during a domestic incident Monday morning on Jamestown's westside...  
 
City police were called to the scene at 401 West Fourth Street about 9 a.m. for an incident that had reportedly been going on for about an hour.  Following an investigation, officers accuse 53 year-old Russell Rea, Junior of assaulting the female victim by choking her, then threatening her with the knife.  Rea then allegedly locked her inside a bathroom for a some time after allegedly taking the victim's phone to keep her from calling 911.  He was arrested and jailed pending arraignment on several charges, including second-degree menacing and unlawful imprisonment.
 
 
A High-Wind Warning is in effect now through early this evening...  
 
National Weather Service Meteorologist Tony Ansuini in Buffalo said late yesterday that a very strong storm system is moving in from our Northwest and it's bringing winds of 30 to 40 mph, but gusting as high as 70 mph.
 
With that, Ansuini says wind gusts could cause some property damage and will likely bring down some trees and power lines, resulting in power outages. Travel will also become hazardous for high-profile vehicles.
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed was in the Jamestown-area Tuesday afternoon visiting Bush Industries to hear about the impacts of a stronger economy and tax reform...  
 
Reed says he heard a lot of good news, but also heard about the needs of the ready-to-assemble furniture company in the Jamestown industrial corridor on Allen Street.  The Corning Republican says Bush has grown about 25-percent in recent months, and is looking to hire 25 more workers.
 
Reed says tax reform has helped Bush in two ways: the first is the company having more money on hand to invest in the growth it has seen.  He adds it's also helped customers have more cash on hand to make office furniture purchases from Bush.  Reed says that's how tax reform is intended to work.  He says the major need for Bush right now is more skilled members of the workforce.  He says they continue to work with local schools and colleges on those needs.
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Reed says he was also in Dunkirk this afternoon to meet with Chautauqua Opportunities, Incorporated's new Director to find out what's taking place there, and their needs in helping people get out of poverty.
 
 
China has responded to new American tariffs on steel and aluminum imports by imposing it's own on American exports, mainly fruit and pork items...  
 
However, local Congressman Tom Reed says the move was "not unexpected" in what one outlet is calling a trade "tit for tat..." not necessarily the start of a Trade War.  Reed says the U-S move came in the wake of a new trade deal involving South Korea, which he says was successful.
 
China is one trade partner that has accepted milk and other dairy products from the U-S in recent years.  Reed agrees these moves have been "disruptive..." but, adds America needs to protect it's interests, which he says have been lost in recent decades.  He says previous agreements were "one-sided... " and put the U.S. at a great disadvantage.  Reed says the United States has been able to prove to the World Trade Organization that China had engage in unfair trade practices at least 90-percent of the time, while the U-S had only been about 10-percent of the time.  The Corning Republican made his comments during this week's telephone news conference with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
A Jamestown man was arrested during a traffic stop for allegedly violating a stay-away order of protection Monday afternoon... 
 
Jamestown police were conducting surveillance in the area of 339 Delaware Avenue shortly before 3 p.m. when they saw 36 year-old Jeremy Gross exit the residence and enter a vehicle. Officers were able to stop the vehicle with assistance from Lakewood-Busti Police in the Town of Busti and take him into custody. He is being held in city jail pending arraignment fir second-degree criminal contempt. 
 
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Gross was arrested for violating a stay-away order of protection for the same residence in mid-March, during which officers reportedly found 3.9-grams of crystal methamphetamine he attempted to dispose of during a traffic stop. 
 
 
Motorists are digging deeper into their pockets as the upward trend in gas prices continues for the Jamestown area...  
 
The price per gallon of regular, unleaded fuel is up six-cents from last week to $2.78.  That's according to AAA's latest gas price report, which says the price increase is partially due to the holiday weekend.  National gasoline prices also saw a surge, increasing to $2.66-cents, or $0.11 more than two-weeks ago.  The price increase also mirrors the stronger-than-usual demand.  Officials report the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region saw the largest drop in inventory on the week with a 3.3-million barrel draw. At 56-million barrels, inventories sit 10-million below this time last year. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 3, 2018

It was a quiet day weather wise Monday, but conditions are expected to change quickly by about midweek...  
 
The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a high wind warning for Chautauqua and Erie counties from late tonight through Wednesday evening.  Meteorologist Shawn Smith says forecasters will be keeping an eye on a strong storm system to our west.
 
Additionally, Smith says we could see winds gusting up to 65 miles per hour by Wednesday, with 30 to 40 MPH sustained.   The strong winds could bring down some trees and power lines and cause difficult travel for high profile vehicles.
 
 
A Jamestown toddler was injured after falling out of a two-story window Monday afternoon...
 
Jamestown Police dispatchers say officers were called to 214 West 8th Street shortly after 12:30. WKBW-TV reports that the 3 year-old is recovering from minor scrapes at this time. We will update this story as soon as more information becomes available.
 
 
A city man has been arrested for harassment after allegedly threatening another person with a knife during a domestic dispute late Sunday night...  
 
Jamestown Police say officers responded to 225 Steele Street for a physical domestic incident about 9:30.  An investigation led to the arrest of 34 year-old Chad Biauce, who is accused of damaging two plates in the residence, taking the undentified victim's cellphone from her so she couldn't call for help, and threatening her with a knife.  Biauce was taken into custody a short distance away and is being held pending arraignment. 
 
 
Local State Assemblyman Andy Goodell says the just-approved, 2018-19 state budget is a "mixed bag" of news for Chautauqua County, but overall is better than where they started... 
 
Goodell says he voted for many of the approxmiately one-dozen budget bills that make up the $168-billion spending plan this past weekend.  but, he adds there were others he did not.  The Jamestown-area Republican says he voted against the bill increasing the state's debt service.  However, Goodell says he supported the added one-billion dollars in school aid.
 
Goodell says there was also another $65-million put into the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program... or CHIPS funding.  Back to school aid... he says Chautauqua County's districts received another $11-million in funding.  However, Goodell says there was less money for the Southwestern District in the final spending plan.  He made his comments on the Dennis Webster Show on WJTN Radio, yesterday morning. 
 
 
There were no injuries and no damage was reported at the Lakewood Wal-Mart SuperCenter during a fire call Monday afternoon...  
 
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Dispatchers say Lakewood firefighters were called to the Fairmount Avenue local shortly before 3:00.  However, they say crews found no flames when they arrived, and add that everyone was evacuated from the building while crews checked the structure.  Firefighters were there until 3:40.
 
 
A short, simple question that's being proposed as part of the 2020 U.S. Census has stirred a lot of controversy since news first broke about it...  
 
The Trump Administration is eyeing a question wanting to know if a person being counted is a U.S. Citizen.  Some believe it's a deliberate effort to discourage legal and undocumented immigrants from taking part in the Census.  Local Congressman Tom Reed is shying away from the controversy, but adds he wants an accurate count of the people in each state.
 
Reed says the Census is very important to each state in order for states to get their fair share of federal aid and to keep representation in Congress.  He says a key issue for him is New York state enacting better policies to keep people and businesses from moving away.  He adds there were 45 members of Congress from New York at one time, but now there are 27.  Reed says more losses are projected in 2020.  The Corning Republican made his comments for his weekly telephone news conference with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
New York immigrant advocates are mounting opposition to adding that citizenship question to the Census...  
 
They're convinced the question will discourage participation by New York's 4-million immigrants, potentially costing the state billions in federal aid and political clout in Congress.  Elizabeth OuYang, with the New York Immigration Coalition says a statewide organization. known as "New York Counts 2020..."  turned out to support state Attorney General Eric Schnederman as he announced a legal challenge to the Census Bureau's addition of the citizenship question.
 
At least a dozen states have said they will sue to block the citizenship question.  The Justice Department -- which requested that the question be added -- says it would use the data to enforce the Voting Rights Act.  But, OuYang calls that reasoning disingenuous.  She claims the administration has sought to dilute the voting rights of marginalized communities and adds that the purpose of the census is to take an accurate count of every person living in the United States.
 
 
There is now an official opening time for the new, National Comedy Center on Jamestown's westside...  
 
Center officials said Monday that the 37,000 square-foot facility will open during the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, which starts on on Wednesday, August 1.  Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson says this will be the first "national cultural institution that provides comedy the opportunity for appreciation often afforded other art forms."
 
Gunderson says "Lucille Ball understood the power of comedy, and had the vision for her hometown to become a destination for its celebration in a way that would educate, foster and inspire.  That's what we've set out to do here."  The opening date comes on the heels of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer visiting the center last Friday and announcing his push for a Congressional designation for the Center becoming the nation's "cultural institution dedicated to the art of comedy."  For more information, go online to NationalComedyCenter.org.

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 2, 2018

A north county teenager has been arrested for allegedly pulling a box knife, and injuring a 26 year-old man during an altercation in the village of Silver Creek late last Saturday night...  
 
Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene on Rix Street about 11 p.m. and found the 19 year-old male was in a vehicle when he was confronted by the older man.  He's then accused of pulling the knife and cutting the 26 year-old, who was treated at Lake Shore Hospital in Irving.  Deputies say the 19 year-old was arrested following a brief investigation for second-degree assault.  He was arraigned in Silver Creek Village Court.. and, sent to the Chautauqua County Jail on $100,000 cash bail, $200,000 property bond.
 
 
There is good news for residents who are part of the city of Dunkirk's water system...  
 
Early last weekend, the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services lifted the boil water advisory for system users.  Environmental Services Director Mark Stow says the affected area included the city and water districts in the towns of Dunkirk and Sheridan.  Water samples collected on March 29 and March 30 from the affected area show that the water is safe to drink and can now be used for all purposes.  
 
 
U-S Senator Charles Schumer says he wishes new Veteran's Administration Secretary Ronny Jackson the best, but says there is concern over President Trump's decision to replace past secretary David Shulkin...  
 
Schumer, who is Senate Minority Leader, says he thought that Shulkin did a "good job."  The Obama Administration hold-over, though, had become controversial over the past year with what critics say were "wasteful and unethical actions" during a 10-day trip on V-A business.  Schumer says Shulkin was fairly popular with veteran's groups.  He says lawmakers in the most recent omnibus spending bill added one-billion dollars to veteran's dealing with mental health issues, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. 
 
Schumer says the $1.3-Trillion spending bill includes $4-billion in additional money to help V-A facilities, such as the one in Canandaigua in Western New York that's had trouble in recent years.  Back to the V-A Secretary, President Trump has tapped long-time White House doctor Admiral Doctor Ronny Jackson to be the new head of the V-A.  He made his comments during last Friday's visit to the National Comedy Center in Jamestown.
 
 
Lawmakers in New York state have approved a new, just over $168-billion state budget that includes surcharges on taxi, Uber and Lyft rides in Manhattan and a new state sexual harassment policy written following the #MeToo movement...  
 
Members of the state Senate and Assembly worked into the early morning hours today to complete their work on the spending plan before a new fiscal year begins Sunday.  State Senator Cathy Young says the approval came after the Governor issued a "message of necessity", which was needed to be able to vote on budget bills.  Young says lawmakers were briefed on what was in the bills as they were approved by leadership.  The budget includes one-billion dollars in new education spending, investments in water quality and money to fight Lyme disease.  It contains one notable new tax, a fee on opioid manufacturers and distributors that will raise funds to combat addiction. 
 
 
Most of the total reconstruction of the South Main Street Bridge in Jamestown begins today, and that means motorists should watch for detours...  
 
Mayor Sam Teresi says about a third of the approximately $4-million project has been completed by Chautauqua County and the state Department of Transporation.  Teresi says this will be the second-phase of the two-phase project and will help preserve the integrity of the historical span.  Teresi says the project is being undertaken by the county's Department of Public Facilities with 90% of the cost is being born by the state and federal governments, while the county is providing the other 10%.  He says the city is providing some in-kind services.
 
 
The head of the newly-merged Brooks-TLC Hospital System says officials are still looking to break ground on their new facility in the town of Pomfret later this Spring...  
 
That from President and Chief Executive Officer Mary LaRowe, provided a recent update on plans for a new facility for Brooks Memorial on East Main Road, just east of Fredonia.  LaRowe says they are still working on their formal application to the state Health Department.
 
If construction on the 29-bed facility can get underway this spring, LaRowe says completion for the new hospital is slated for some time in 2019.  The new Brooks-TLC facility will be located on 25-acres of land and will be affiliated with Kaleida Health.
 
 
State environmental officials say Lake Ontario Chinook salmon fishing in 2017 was the best in more than 30 years...  
 
The Department of Environmental Conservation has surveyed Lake Ontario boat anglers to estimate fishing quality and harvest annually since 1985. Surveys showed anglers had the highest catch rate ever recorded last year.  DEC estimates that anglers caught 96,000 and kept nearly 54,000 Chinook salmon in 2017.  Chinook or "king" salmon are the largest Pacific salmon in the Great Lakes and are fierce fighters on the line. 
 
 
New York state's trout fishing season has begun...  
 
The state's season actually kicked off on Sunday.  The state Department of Environmental Conservation says it will stock more than 2-million catchable-size trout in 315 lakes and ponds and in roughly 2,800 miles of streams around the state.  The state estimates that 647,000 anglers fish for trout in New York.

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