WJTN News Headlines

Temperatures got into the mid to upper 80s again yesterday, but it was a record-setter at the National Weather Service in Buffalo...  
 
The Queen City tied it's previous record of 91-degrees set in 2006.  Forecaster Kirk Apffel with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says it was also another day of well-above normal temperatures in Chautauqua County.  Apfell adds this is definitely not normal for May, which may end up being a near-record month.
 
 
While we won't know until all the figures are in, Apffel says we are in the running for warmest May on record.  Meanwhile, forecasters are keeping an eye on Alberto.  Apffel says showers and thunderstorms began moving into the area overnight and, will be around through Friday.  Most of Western New York, including Chautauqua County, is under a marginal risk for severe weather on Thursday.  That from the National Storm Prediction Center.  
 
 
There are more and more paddle craft using the waterways in Chautauqua County...  
 
An overturned kayak led to the rescue of two Sherman women from Chautauqua Lake Tuesday... and, illustrates the need to think safety.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says it's important that boaters and paddle craft users alike have life jackets with them at all times and use them.
 
Gerace says there are many different types of life jackets available, including inflatables that are more comfortable.  He says boaters and paddlers should also be aware that the water is still cold and, he adds that can "sap" your strength.  The Lake Erie water temperature is still hovering around 50-degrees.  Something to keep in mind when going out in your boat or kayak.
 
 
A U-S Senate committee has approved legislation that provides support for a full evaluation of the excessive run-off that causes recurring Algal Blooms in Chautauqua Lake...  
 
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the proposed feasibility study is part of the "America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018..." which has been approved by the Environment and Public Works Committee.  Gillibrand says the measure, which is also supported by New York's senior Senator, Charles Schumer, would be carried out by the Army Corps of Engineers.  In addition, Gillibrand says the Army Corps would also be able to study flood risk management measures, and address the accelerated erosion along the lake's tributary streambanks.  The measure now moves onto the full Senate for a vote.
 
 
A young, Red Oak Tree found a new home in Roseland Park Wednesday afternoon as the City of Jamestown Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department celebrated community 'Arbor Day'...
 
City Council President Marie Carrubba issued an official proclamation on behalf of Mayor Sam Teresi, for earning national recognition as a Tree City USA Community by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 37th consecutive year for the city's effective efforts in urban forestry. Additionally, Arborist Dan Stone took time to wish mothers in attendance, including the four women in his life, a belated happy Mother's Day with his annual "Arbor Day Rhyme". He presented them with ceremonial shovels during the planting of the Red Oak in the park. 
 
 
Chautauqua County is preparing for a tough tick season...  
 
The county's Department of Health and Human Services reports that tick populations are growing along with the percentage of ticks infected with the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease. With that, Director of Environmental Health Services Mark Stow says while not all ticks cause disease, humans can reduce their risk of infection by remaining "vigilant" by wearing light-colored clothing, enclosed shoes, longs pants and keeping long hair tied back. 
 
Stow says people should also do a final full-body check for ticks at the end of the day on themselves, children and pets.  He also recommends using insect repellent that contains DEET or lemon of eucalyptus to anyone enjoying outdoor activities.  If a tick is found on the body, Stow says to remove it immediately with fine-point tweezers where it enters the skin.  For more information, visit their website at CO.chautauqua.NY.US. 
 
 
Ticket sales have been brisk for the several headline shows that make up this coming August's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival and, one show is already a sell-out...  
 
That from National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson, who says the Lily Tomlin show at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Saturday night, August 4, is completely sold out.  Gunderson adds another show with original cast members of Saturday Night Live the following night is nearly a sell-out.
 
Gunderson says shows will also include "friends" of Amy Schumer and, begin at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m..  She says the SNL cast program includes Lorraine Newman, Dan Ackroyd, and Garrett Morris; along with one of the original writers.  Gunderson adds there is also a new show scheduled that headlines Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's daughter, Lucie Arnaz.  There is also a program with TV comedic actress Fran Descher.  For more information, call the Comedy Center at 484-0800 or go online to Nationalcomedycenter.org.
 
 
Gas prices in the Jamestown area touched the three-dollar mark this week at $2.99 per gallon...  
 
That from the AAA's weekly price report, which says prices in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast region are as much as a nickel more expensive for a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel on the week.  Following the Memorial Day weekend, the national gas price average has held steady for five days at $2.97, a sign that prices may begin to taper off heading into June.   
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 30, 2018

Two Sherman women are safe after a water rescue on Chautauqua Lake in the area of Magnolia Tuesday afternoon... 
 
Sheriff's deputies received a report of screams coming from the lake and, responded with Chautauqua Institution Police. Officers say they saw an over-turned kayak with a person in the water. Bemus Point fire crews were able to assist 20 year-olds Bridget Yaw and Roxanne Toy back to shore with the help of shore personnel. Deputies remind citizens that the water is still cold and recommend the use of life jackets on all vessels, including paddle craft. No injuries were reported.
 
 
Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace helped a town of Busti property owner save a number of items from his garage Tuesday morning before it was destroyed by fire...  
 
Sheriff's deputies say the homeowner at 735 Hunt Road-- John Luciano-- called 911 a few minutes before 8:00.  But, officials say Sheriff Gerace spotted the fire as a by-stander and, was able to help Luciano get some lawn mowers and an ATV out of the garage before Lakewood firefighters arrived.  Busti fire crews soon joined them in putting out the flames.  No one was hurt, but there was some minor damage to the nearby house.  Fire investigators say the blaze was caused by either an overheated electrical outlet strip and/or a lithium battery charger that was plugged into it.
 
 
If a bi-partisan caucus, co-chaired by local Congressman Tom Reed, can get signatures from two more Republicans, they could force floor action on four bills to deal with 'Dreamers...' and, move ahead on improved border security...  
 
Reed said Tuesday there is momentum building for action to be taken on the "Problem Solver's" Caucus's "Discharge Petition" on June 7.  The Corning Republican says the GOP leadership is against the move, but he says the time for talk is over.
 
Hard-line conservatives in the House are opposed to giving legal status to "Dreamers..." also known as DACA kids.  They were brought to the U-S illegally by their parents.  Reed emphasized the measure is not amnesty, but would open up debate on how best to deal with DACA and, improve security on the nation's southern border.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier media.
 
 
A Jamestown man has been arrested for drug-possession after allegedly trying to pass a counterfeit 20-dollar bill at a convenience store on the city's northside early Tuesday morning...  
 
Jamestown Police were called to the 7-Eleven store on North Main Street shortly after 3:30 a.m. on a fraud complaint.  Officers say 42 year-old Richard Barr, Junior, who allegedly tried to use the bill at the business, had run off.  Barr was found at the corner of West Sixth and Cherry Streets and, arrested for first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.  He was found with Methamphetime, marihuana and hypodermic instruments and, was also charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Barr was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
Two Stockton residents were arrested on drug possession charges following a traffic stop last Thursday in Sinclairville... 
 
State Police pulled over 23 year-old Robert Keech on Route 60 for speeding and, determined the occupants of the vehicle had allegedly been smoking marijuana. A search by a K-9 Police dog alerted troopers to a grinder of marijuana in the center console. Further search revealed Keech was in possession of a subutex pill and metal knuckles, while his passenger 23 year-old Jordan Chamberline was in possession of tramadol pills and a hydrocondone pill. Both men were released with appearance tickets for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Keech was additionally charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana. 
 
 
A new website that honors the Jamestown-area's war-dead was launched last weekend -- in advance of Memorial Day...  
 
That from Project Coordinator Barbara Cessna during last Saturday's Blue Star Mothers memorial service for Gold Star families at Veteran's Park in Jamestown last Saturday.  Cessna thanked the Blue Star Mothers, and Cindy Reedy with the Dwyer Project and, County Veteran's Services Director Greg Carlson for helping to get the "Chautauqua Veterans of Modern Warfare Memorial" up and running.
 
Cessna says another key person involved was local veteran Dan Lombardozzi, who had another commitment out-of-town and could not attend.  She says the effort to launch the site began after last year's Blue Star service.  Cessna adds their work is not done yet, adding they also want to honor those who suffer from PTSD, and other disorders associated with combat service. The new "Chautauqua Veteran's of Modern Warfare Memorial" can be found online at chqvmwmemorial.org.
 
 
As the summer baseball season approaches, Jamestown is gearing up for the 16-18 Babe Ruth World Series' return this coming August...  
 
Local Babe Ruth Committee Vice-President and Public Relations Division Director Kim Ecklund says this once-in-a-lifetime experience kicks-off August 4, with a parade with floats for all the teams, local musicians and organizations.  Ecklund adds that the committee is also in need of community support in several areas, with the biggest being host families.
 
Ecklund says the biggest reward as a host family is the relationship created between themselves and their hosted players that can last for years to come.  For more information on becoming a host family, participating in the parade and more, visit JamestownWorldSeries.org. 
 
 
Starbucks has closed thousands of stores and asked its employees to talk about when they noticed their racial identity, discuss what unconscious bias is and watch videos in which people of color describe feeling unwelcome in stores...  
 
It was all part of the coffee chain's anti-bias training, created after the arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks six weeks ago.  The West Ellicott Starbucks was among those spending an hour on the training Tuesday. 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 29, 2018

 
A large crowd gathered at Soldier's Circle in Lakeview Cemetery following the Memorial Day parade in Jamestown for the annual service, including a speech by Greg Carlson, the Director of Veterans Services for Chautauqua County... 
 
A retired major in the Air Force, Carlson said we should never forget what others have sacrificed for us.  He added, there are things we all can to to support the nation by being law-abiding citizens and participating in events that honor the flag and falled soliders. 
 
Among those who presented wreaths at the solemn ceremony was Mayor Sam Teresi, who noted the growing size of the audience at the Soldier's Circle program in recent years.
 
 
Memorial Day is a day for parades across the Jamestown-area, one of the first was in the town of Busti Monday....
 
The Southwestern High School, and Middle School Bands took part.  The Reverend Roy Ferguson from the Busti Church of God was featured speaker at the Busti Memorial Day event at the Busti Gazebo.  However...he spoke about the night before, when he paused at the Busti Veteran's Memorial near the five-corners that recognizes service members from the area who died in battle.
 
Ferguson says he has presided over more than 200 funerals during his time in Busti, but says there is still nothing like a military funeral.  A soldier presents a folded-flag to the family and, expresses the president, and nation's gratitude for that person's service.
 
 
A city woman has been arrested for alleged drug possession after she was arrested for causing a disturbance on Jamestown's eastside Sunday night...  
 
City police were called to a report of an unwanted person at 18 Grant Street shortly before 8:30 p.m. and, found that the suspect -- identified as 36 year-old Heather Blair -- was wanted on a probation warrant.  Officers then did a safety check for weapons and, found narcotics, and some marihuana in her possession.  She was arrested on two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, unlawful possession of marihuana.  Blair was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
A north county man has been arrested for allegedly shoplifting items from the Dollar General Store in Sinclairville...  
 
Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Jamestown Steet shortly after 10 a.m. last Saturday morning.  Deputies say their investigation led to the arrest of 23 year-old Michael McNiff, Junior of Dunkirk for allegedly taking the items.  He's also accused of trying to tamper with evidence obtained at the scene.  McNiff was arraigned in Charlotte Town Court and sent to the County Jail on $10,000 bail.
 
 
A serial entrepreneur who played a role in creating the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus and who is trying to work his magic in Niagara Falls spoke about the "Power of Collaboration" at the Local Economic Development May Summit held at the SUNY College at Fredonia late last week...  
 
Director Patrick Whalen with Niagara Global Tourism Institute, is also the former COO of the medical campus.  He told local leaders about the "Power of Collaboration..." and, how it played a major role in bringing the leaders of the University at Buffalo, Roswell Park and Kaleida together.
 
Whalen, who has been working with leaders in Niagara Falls over the last two years, tells us that it's important to have the top leaders involved, including the presidents of those institutions.  He feels collaboration can work for local leaders who are trying to grow Chautauqua County's economy.   County Executive George Borrello, County IDA CEO Mark Geise and a number of local and county elected officials attended the meeting held by the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation.
 
 
Authorities are continuing to search for a 14-month-old boy whose mother's body was found in western New York...  
 
But, Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts noted Monday it would be very difficult for a child so young to sustain himself.  Virts says searchers are proceeding with the awareness that little Owen Hidalgo-Calderon might not be alive, but they hope he is.  Over 170 people combed a 350-acre farm in the town of Sodus on Monday.  Owen has been missing since May 16.  His 18-year-old mother, Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, was found dead Wednesday on the farm where she and her boyfriend worked.
 
 
New York state is chipping in to help protect the water quality of Lake George...  
 
The state announced Friday that it will contribute $343,000 to efforts to repair and upgrade local wastewater collection systems around the lake. The project focuses on preventing wastewater discharges and overflows into the lake.  Lake George is a popular tourist destination in the southeastern corner of the Adirondacks.  The lake played a strategic role in the French and Indian War and was later described by Thomas Jefferson as having "the most beautiful water" he had ever seen. 
 

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News Headlines for Mon., May 28, 2018

Busti hosts Memorial Day Parade and Service under sunny, humid conditions...
Memorial Day is a day for parades across the Jamestown-area... one of the first was in the town of Busti Monday... where several local fire departments, veteran's and youth organizations took part.  The Southwestern High School, and Middle School Bands also took part.  The Reverend Roy Ferguson from the Busti Church of God was featured speaker at the Busti Memorial Day event at the Busti Gazebo.  However...he spoke about the night before, when he paused at the Busti Veteran's Memorial near the five-corners that recognizes service members from the area who died in battle.  Ferguson says he tried to picture the vision of each as they were fighting in World War-one... World War-two... Korea... and, Operation Iraq Freedom.  Ferguson says he has presided over more than 200 funerals during his time in Busti... but, says there is still nothing like a military funeral.  A soldier presents a folded-flag to the family... and, expresses the president, and nation's gratitude for that person's service.
 
 
Veteran's Council president reflects before Jamestown's Memorial Day Parade...
The head of the group that organizes Jamestown's Memorial Day encourged the public to reflect on the real meaning of the day today.  Leo Penfield is the President of the United Veterans Council... who says Memorial Day has mainly become a "sales day."  Penfield urged people to pause, and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.  Penfield spoke on WJTN's Saturday Breakfast Party.  Riding near the front of the parade in a Corvette was Elizabeth Lutgen, an eight-grade student at the Jefferson School in Jamestown.  She wrote the winning essay to become this year's 'Miss Veterans Poppy.'
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There were also parades and services this morning near the Southwestern Central Schools in West Ellicott... Falconer... Celoron... and, Frewsburg.
 
 
Blue Star Mothers honor Gold Star Families at Memorial Day Service last Saturday...
The first of the Memorial Day Weekend services and commemorations was held last Saturday in Jamestown at Veteran's Park on Logan Avenue.  The Lake Erie Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers held their annual service of rememberance for local Gold Star Families... who have military members who gave the ultimate sacrifice.  Local Blue Star Mother's President Sue Rowley said that she had been able to visit Ground Zero in New York City... and, Pearl Harbor in Hawaii over the past 10 months.  Both times...she reflected on the service of those who died... as well as what their families endured, and making sure that their sacrifices are never forgotten.  Rowley was joined at the ceremony by several local officials... including state Assemblyman Andy Goodell... County Executive George Borrello... and, Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi. 
 
 
French Creek man seriously hurt in Car-Tractor accident...
A French Creek man suffered serious injuries when his car struck the back of a tractor early last weekend on Bakerink Road in the town of French Creek.  Sheriff's officers say 66 year-old Dale Rager was southbound about 6:30 last Thursday night when his car struck the tractor -- which was also traveling south at a slower speed.  Deputies say Rager was apparently speeding, and could not stop in time.  Rager was treated at the scene... then flown by Starflight Helicopter to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania.  The person operating the tractor was not hurt.  Rager was issued a citation for French Creek Town Court.
 
 
Buffalo-area man arrested on drug charges during traffic stop in town of Harmony...
A West Seneca man faces charges after allegedly being found in possession of a significant amount of marihana during a traffic stop early Sunday morning in the town of Harmony.  Sheriff's deputies say they pulled over a vehicle... operated by 25 year-old Aaron Fischer... for an alleged traffic violation on Bear Lake Road about 12:30 a.m.  Officers say their investigation led to a search of the vehicle by K-9 'Link...' who alerted deputies about narcotics being inside the car.  They say a search of the vehicle yielded about 70 grams of marihuana... drug paraphernalia... digital scales... and, concentrated cannabis.  Fischer was issued appearance tickets for fourth-degree criminal possession of marihuana, and speeding.  He was release pending further court action.
 
 
Progress now "every evident" at site of new Athenex Plant...
The transformation from unused land to the future location of the Athenex plant is progressing quickly off Lake Shore Drive East, Route 5 in the town of Dunkirk.  Two Chautauqua County legislators provided an update on the project late last week.  Republican lawmaker Kevin Muldowney of Dunkirk owns Route 5 Warehouse and Distribution, which neighbors the site.  He says the property is undergoing change on a 'daily basis' with local contractor Steve St. George heading up the project.  Athenex plans to invest $1.5-billion dollars into a state-of-the-art, 320,000 square foot facility to produce cancer-fighting medications.  Democratic Legislator Kevin O'Connell of Hanover says he has also seen the changes that are being made at the site... with massive amounts of earthmoving taking place.  Local residents have been wondering about the project that was announced over two-years ago by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Muldowney encourages area residents to drive by the work site and see for themselves. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 25, 2018

Leaders of the bi-partisan caucus that local Congressman Tom Reed co-chairs has signed a discharge petition that would force floor votes on four immigration and border security bills...  
 
Reed says the action was taken by the "Problem Solvers Caucus" to get reluctant lawmakers to finally decide on the matter after last week's failed vote on a Farm Bill that also included immigration reform.  Reed says he was not happy with the actions of more concervative Republicans in that vote.
 
With defeat of the Farm Bill and, no further action on immigration, House Speaker Paul Ryan's leadership has been called into question. However, Reed believes he will finish out his term as speaker.  The new "discharge petition" would force a vote on the new bills which deal with DACA recipients, Immigration, and border security proposals.  Reed believes those bills take "a great step" to help those affected by DACA and, provide better border security.  The Problem Solver's group first called for the rule, also known as the "Queen of the Hill" rule, to be employed in a February 7 letter to Ryan. 
 
 
New York City Attorney Keith Wofford is the Republican Party nominee to run for New York attorney general...  
 
The party nominated Wofford on Thursday at it convention in Manhattan.  Wofford, a Harvard Law School graduate, was raised in Buffalo and is now the co-managing partner of the New York office of the law firm of Ropes & Gray.  Wofford defeated Joe Holland to win the nomination.  West Ellicott's Randy Elf had also thown his hat into the ring.  On the Democratic side, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James was nominated for attorney general Wednesday at the party's convention on Long Island.  The winner of the November election will succeed Democrat Eric Schneiderman, who resigned.  Schneiderman denies allegations that he assaulted four women he dated.  Lawmakers have tapped Barbara Underwood, previously the state's mumber-two legal official, to fill out the reminder of Schneiderman's term.
 
 
New York City Public Advocate Letitia James is the Democratic nominee for New York attorney general...  
 
Delegates picked James on Wednesday at the party's state convention on Long Island.  If elected, she'll succeed ex-Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned earlier this month after being accused of assaulting four women he dated.  James won 85-percent of the delegate count to win the nomination.  Lawmakers already have picked Barbara Underwood, previously the state's No. 2 legal official, to fill out the final months of Schneiderman's term. 
 
 
Media One Group's heritage radio station now has an 'FM' voice on the airwaves.....
 
Local listener Rolly Austin has been tuning into WJTN since he was a child and, was selected to press the button during our 'Launch Party' in the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood Thursday night.  WJTN-Jamestown will now be simulcast on 1240-AM and now the 101-3 FM frequency to provide listeners with News, Sports and Lite-Rock music courtesy of the Clearview Pools and Spas Studio. 
 
 
A lake organization that wants to use herbicides on invasive weeds in parts of the lower basin of Chautauqua Lake is repeating it's request to the county legislature to help them with funding...  
 
Leaders with the Chautauqua Lake Partneship were on hand at Wednesday night's legislature meeting and, renewed their request for $500,000 to help treat 181-acres of the lake's south and central areas.  The CLP's Jim Cirbus says the initial request was made leading up to the legislature's April 25 meeting. 
 
CLP President Jim Wuerfrenz says they have already raised $250,000 from other public and private sources, about $169,000 coming from the Chautauqua Region Community, and Lenna Foundations.  County Executive George Borrello says the request has not fallen on deaf ears.  At the same time, Borrello emphasized the need for the county to do it's "due diligence" in considering such a request because of the potential liability involved.
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CLP members also invited lawmakers to attend this Saturday's annual Rally they'll be hosting at the Village Casino in Bemus Point.  The event begins at 8 a.m..
 
 
The Robert H. Jackson Center will begin the search for a new president shortly with the announcement that Susan Murphy will be stepping down from the post later this year...  
 
The announcement was made by Jackson Center Board Chairman Stan Lundine, who says -- under Murphy's leadership -- the Center is wrapping up a successful three-year strategic plan.  Lundine says Murphy is "an outstanding executive who led us to a new level of excellence.  Sue has also significantly strengthened our programs, fundraising, branding, and financial position.  She was instrumental in securing a $1.5 million New York State Downtown Revitalization grant to renovate our historic building." 
 
 
A court order says a 30-year-old Syracuse area man who was evicted from his parents' house must move out by noon a week from today -- June 1...  
 
State Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood signed the order on Thursday.  It sets a hard deadline for Michael Rotondo to peacefully leave his parents' home in Camillus before county sheriffs can be called in to forcibly remove him.  Rotondo had asked for at least 30 days to leave, arguing for a full six months during court arguments on Tuesday - which the judge called "outrageous."  The judge said Rotondo's mother was entitled to remove him right away, but wrote that she requested he be given until June 1st to vacate.  The story has garnered national attention.
 
 
Police took veteran NFL guard Richie Incognito to a Florida mental hospital after he allegedly threw weights and tennis balls at gym employees and another patron and told officers the government is spying on him...  
 
Boca Raton police released a report Thursday detailing officers' interaction with the 34-year-old Incognito after the other patron called 911 on Wednesday to report his behavior.  Incognito announced earlier this year that he was retiring from football after 11 seasons, the last three with the Buffalo Bills.  But, the Bills released him from their reserved/retired list Monday.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 24. 2018

 
More steps have been taken in sharing and consolidating services in Chautauqua County, after the legislature last night approved a plan allowing two north county governments to merge some services...  
 
Lawmakers voted unanimously to allow the town of Portland and village of Brocton to consolidate Vital Statistic Registrar Districts.  Legislature Chairman Paul Wendel says they hope to see more and more of this among local municipalities.  Wendel says they also unanimously approved a Sheriff's Department sub-station at Pine Valley Central School.  Could this happen at more schools?  Wendel says it depends on available space.
 
Wendel, who is also a teacher in the Falconer district, says that can be difficult to find at times.  He says Sheriff Joe Gerace began looking into the idea last year and, says they're pleased to be able to offer the service to the district and community.  He says having that presence would give residents some "peace of mind."  Lawmakers also approved new enhanced Sheriff's Department protection contracts for the village of Mayville, and town of Hanover during last night's monthly meeting.
 
 
The Jamestown Community College Board of Trustees has approved a new, $33.2-million budget for the 2018-19 academic year...  
 
It's also the final budget put together by now-retired JCC President, Cory Duckworth.  Vice-President of Enrollment Management, and Institutional Advancement, Kirk Young, says the "process of developing a budget has been long and at times challenging."  Young says they've been working hard at identifying cost savings, and new ways to bring in new students and generate revenue.  Full-time New York resident tuition will increase by $60.00 to $2,435 per semester.  The out-of-state tuition rate will be $4,870 per semester.
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed has introduced a bill that he says will encourage colleges and universities to lower their tuition costs, making higher education more affordable...  
 
The Corning Republican says he "dropped" the Reducing Excessive Debt and Unfair Costs of Education -- or REDUCE Act.  Reed says a key part of his plan would be increasing transparency in how colleges are spending their money -- including their endowments.
 
Reed says if colleges and universities agree to those moves, he says he would be willing to relieve them of the 1.4-percent tax on endowments that was part of last year's tax reform bill.  He says another key part of his proposal is a requirement for college's to put a cost containment plan in place, where they would be required to publicly show how they are going to hold down the cost to students.  Reed says he hasn't been able to gauge early support for the measure, but since it's now part of the tax code, he believes there wil be.  He made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
New York Republicans have nominated Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro to run for governor...  
 
Delegates endorsed the 42-year-old Molinaro Wednesday at the GOP's state convention in Manhattan.  He had faced a challenge for the nomination from state Senator John DeFrancisco of Syracuse.  Molinaro is a former state lawmaker whose political career began when he was elected mayor of Tivoli at age 19.  In his acceptance speech, Molinaro vowed to take on corruption and deep-pocketed special interests if elected.  He said he wants to be the candidate for other "everyday New Yorkers" from all parties who want to change the status quo in Albany.  Republicans are scheduled to nominate their pick for attorney general on Thursday, the convention's final day.  Democrats are holding their nominating convention this week on Long Island.
 
 
The Government Accountability Office says Congress can take back money that has already been appropriated for the Children's Health Insurance Program...  
 
The Trump administration has proposed cutting federal spending by $15-billion, with almost half coming from CHIP.  Since the cuts would come from mandatory spending, the GAO first had to determine if it's allowable under congressional rules.  Family's USA Spokesman Shawn Gremminger says five-billion is from funds that states are not expected to spend.  But two-billion would come from CHIP's contingency fund, set aside in case states spend more than expected.
 
The administration claims that because CHIP isn't expected to spend those funds, the cuts would not affect the program's ability to function.  However, Gremminger say that the whole point of a contingency fund is to have it available if expenses exceed expectations.  He adds the cuts are being proposed as a way to soften the fiscal impact of the trillion-dollar tax cut passed in December that detractors claim mostly benefits corporations and the rich.  The House is expected to take up a rescission bill with the proposed cuts in early June.
 
 
A local businessman who is also a community activist and volunteer in Jamestown will be chairing the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County's 2018 Campaign...  
 
As a coach for both the Jamestown Area Midget Football League and Cal Ripken Baseball programs, Executive Director Amy Rohler says Kurt Eimiller brings "a lot of passion and commitment to our community."  Eimiller expressed his gratitude by saying "I am honored to chair this year's campaign and, proud to volunteer for an organization that takes an outcome-focused approach to its programs."  Eimiller is currently the President of Sloan-Melhuish Insurance in Jamestown.  The United Way's 2018 campaign officially kicks-off later this year in an effort to raise over $1.3-million for 39 programs in Chautauqua County.  For more information, visit their website at UWaysCC.org. 
 
 
The second day for Conservation Field Days will take place today at Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center...  
 
Kate Ewer, an educator from Cornell Cooperative Extension, organizes the event.  She says between the two days, one-thousand fifth-graders from all around the county will visit with a couple dozen experts. This year marks the 52nd year for Conservation Field Days.  (Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center is located between Maple Springs and Dewittville, along Rt. 430.)
 
 
On the heels of the LECOM Health Challenge at Peek'n Peak this July, an American Junior Golf Association tournament will come to the resort's upper course for the first time...  
 
Peak co-owner, Nick Scott, made the anouncement during this week's Media Day. The 'New Era Junior Championship' will run Tuesday, July 10 through Friday, the 13.  As for the space formerly occupied by Peek'n Peak's lower course, that property remains undeveloped. Nick Scott says they continue to work on plans, but the lower course has been closed since the end of the 2016 golf season.  
 
 
A Jamestown man was arrested for allegedly threatening a boy with a weapon during a fight late Monday evening...  
 
City Police were responded to the fight in the area of Thayer and Falconer Streets just after 10 p.m. and, found 19 year-old Scott Eddy had threatened to harm the unidentified victim during the altercation, while brandishing a knife.  Officers located Eddy a short distance away, and he was found with the knife.  He was taken to city jail until he could be arraigned for endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree menacing and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 23, 2018

Jamestown police - with the help of local dive teams -- found the body of a Jamestown man missing for more than a month Tuesday afternoon in the Chadakoin River...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the scene -- near Harrison Street -- about 1:40 p.m. and found the body of the 35 year-old Sean Carpenter.  Samuelson says Carpenter's body has been taken for an autopsy.
 
Carpenter went missing about 1:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11 as he was walking in the downtown area and, heading for his home.  He had been missing ever since.  Samuelson says police had already seached the area where Carpenter was found but, he believes the body had been held down by something before it emerged at the surface.  He says police were able to identify the body through items found on it.  Samuelson says Carpenter's body was taken to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, where the autopsy will be performed. 
 
 
The state Legislature has chosen acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood as interim attorney general in the aftermath of Eric Schneiderman's resignation earlier this month...  
 
A joint session of the Democrat-controlled Assembly and the Republican-led Senate overwhelmingly voted Tuesday to name the 73-year-old Underwood the state's top legal chief.  The legislature is required to vote on the attorney general's replacement should the job become vacant.  
 
 
Lawmakers in the town of Busti have okayed going forward with applying a herbicide to deal with an invasive weed problem where the town borders Chautauqua Lake...  
 
Town Supervisor Jesse Robbins says the panel voted 4-to-1 in favor of moving ahead with an application program -- with the town of Ellery -- to treat about 181 acres in the lake.  Robbins says herbicides had been used many years on the lake up until 25 years ago and, alternative methods of weed control have not worked.
 
Robbins says the herbicide is placed under the water and resembles a seed or pellet and, kills off new growth of the Eurasian Milfoil and other invasives.  Such application was done in a small area of the town of Ellery last year.  Lakewood Beach was closed much of last Summer, due to issues with the lake.  However, that was due to Blue-Green Algal Blooms.  Robbins says the state Department of Environmental Conservation has now okayed doing that in a small area of the lake's shoreline.  He says the herbicide would be applied sometime next month.
 
 
While the Busti Town Board agreed to move forward on joining the Chautauqua Lake Partnership with a herbicide program this year, the village of Lakewood did not...
  
The village board held a special meeting Monday afternoon about the matter and, officials expressed concern that Busti was taking action, but did not consider how village leaders felt.  Busti Supervisor Jesse Robbins says the village had the same information the town had.  However, Lakewood Mayor Cara Birritierri wants more information before a decision is made on allowing the treatments to go forward.  She says the board will have a special session at 6 p.m. Thursday to consider it's options.
 
 
A Jamestown woman is accused of bringing a controlled substance into the Mohawk Correction Facility in Rome last Sunday...  
 
State Police investigators say 47-year-old Christine Robinson allegedly brought the contraband in for an inmate.  While processing the gray, powdery substance, an investigator began to feel lightheaded and had to be transported to a local hospital for evaluation.  He was later released.  The State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team was called in and, determined the substance was Heroin.  Robinson was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, first-degree promoting prison contraband.
 
 
The United Veterans Council is once again asking for help in placing flags on the graves of veterans buried at Lakeview and two nearby cemeteries in Jamestown...  
 
The Secretary of the Veterans Council, Melodie Paladino, says individuals and groups are asked to go to Lakeview Cemetery at 6 p.m. on Thursday.  Among Lakeview, Holy Cross and Holy Sepulchre Cemeteries, there are 4,700 flags that need to be placed.  Paladino says helping with flag placement is an appropriate way to begin the Memorial Day observance.  
 
 
Leading up to Memorial Day weekend, gas prices in the Jamestown area are up four-cents this week to $2.99 per gallon of regular, unleaded fuel...  
 
AAA reports that fuel prices in New York and Connecticut saw the largest state-wide jump in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region by seven-cents. The national price at the pump rose 12-cents over the past two weeks, averaging $2.93 per gallon.  Gasoline inventories also continue to measure above the 63-million barrel level, despite a 7-million barrel deficit compared to this time last year. 
 
 
The city of Jamestown's 75th Historic Marker celebrates what may be called a "little bit of Brooklyn" on East Fourth Street...  
 
The marker was unveiled near The Labyrinth Press Room, and Brazil Craft Beer and Wine Lounge in what's called the "Thurston Terrace Block."  City Historian B. Delores Thompson says the terrace was originally a series of town houses developed by a former city resident, and dentist.
 
Thompson says the block area has undergone some major development changes -- including integration of commercial development.  One of those is the co-owner of Labyrinth Press and Brazil-- Frank Besse-- says they take a lot of pride in what they've been able to do with what Thurston had left.  He says it's in the "spirit" of Thurston that he and others are bringing new and different things to Jamestown.  Mayor Sam Teresi noted the work of late Mayor Steven Carlson, who pushed to recaputure the flavor of the Thurston Block in 1975 with a streetscape project. 

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News bulletin for Tues., May 22, 2018

(**Bulletin)Carpenter's Body found in Chadakoin River Tuesday
The body of the Jamestown man reported missing just over a month ago has been found in the Chadakoin River -- just off Harrison Street -- in Brooklyn Square.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the scene about 1:40 this afternoon... and discovered the body of 35 year-old Sean Carpenter.  Samuelson says Carpenter went missing about 1:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11th... and, had been missing ever since.  He says they were able to identify Carpenter through items they found on the body.  Samuelson says Carpenter's body has been taken to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, where an autopsy will be performed tomorrow.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 22, 2018

 
The Jamestown City Council has approved nearly $200,000 in additional funding improvements in the grandstand and roof at Russell Diethrick Park... 
 
Lawmakers first approved a $111,000 increase for the painting project after lead-based paint was found in parts of the stadium that were last upgraded in 1984.  Mayor Sam Teresi says council's action allows work on the affected areas, which include the ceiling and steel beams, to move forward.
 
In addition, Teresi says council agreed to use $87,000 from the 2018 budget's Contingency account for further roofing projects at the stadium.  He says that should be enough to cover the cost, but he adds they're looking for other funding streams to at least cover some of that cost.  Teresi says the Jamestown Jammers Collegiate Summer League season begins a week from this Friday, June 1. 
 
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City lawmakers last night also approved receiving a pair of grants to help further development of the West Second Street Streetscape project and, the new playground at Chadakoin Park. The grant for the streetscape from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is for $136,000.  The city will be applying to the KaBoom!! Foundation for a grant for the Chadakoin Park Playground project.  More details to follow.
 
 
Chautauqua County officials hope that the federal Department of Transportation approves the proposal submitted by Boutique Airways to provide air service to the county...  
 
County Executive George Borello says the county and Boutique Air have submitted a joint application to DOT's Essential Air Service program.  Borrello says it's important to bring commercial air service back to the airport in Jamestown, after Southern Airways ended its service in January.
 
Borrello says one key difference is that the San Fransico-based airline has a code-share agreement with amajor air carrier.  However, he says he can't identify that carrier right now.  Borrello says he is working with local Congressman Tom Reed and New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand in getting the EAS program to provide subsidies for flights by Boutique.  Southern Air had lost EAS funding due to the limited number of customers taking flights.
 
 
New York Republicans will choose candidates for statewide office tomorrow in Manhattan...  
 
Randy Elf of West Ellicott hopes they pick him for Attorney General and, he says he's gearing up to deliver a "speech of a lifetime."  Elf says Republican leaders across the state urged him to get in the race back in January.  Only one other Republican had any interest, until Democratic incumbent, Eric Schneiderman, abruptly resigned earlier this month.
 
Elf, who has practiced law privately and at the Federal Elections Commission, says he wants to bring 'decency and honor' back to the Attorney General's office, and restore respect for the 'constitutional boundaries around government's power.'  (Republicans will make their choice for Attorney General sometime Wednesday afternoon.)
 
 
A city man is jailed for allegedly using a three-foot long sword to damage and destroy more than $2,000 worth of property during a domestic incident last weekend...  
 
Jamestown police were called to the scene at 136 Park Street about 2:30 a.m. Saturday for a woman calling for help.  Officers learned on arrival that the woman's boyfriend, 24 year-old Christopher Mancari, had allegedly damaged or destroyed $2,150 worth of property.  Mancari was arrested for first-degree criminal contempt, second-degree criminal mischief and, aggravated family offense.  He was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
A wanted Jamestown man faces drug possession charges after leading police on a foot chase early Sunday morning... 
 
City police stopped a man riding a bicycle eastbound on McKinley Avenue just before 4 a.m. for allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road without lights.  Officers say after identifying the rider as 44 year-old Christopher Cleveland, he took off on foot and, was arrested following a short chase. He was found to be in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine and a hypodermic needle. Officers say Cleveland was also found to have an outstanding bench warrant out of the County Sheriff's Office. He was taken to city jail for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminally possessing a hypodermic needle, obstruction and traffic infractions. He's being held pending arraignment. 
 
 
The third-annual LECOM Health Challenge golf tournament is coming to Peek'n Peak July 2-8, 2018...  
 
At a media preview yesterday, Bo DeHuff, Business and Sponsor Relations Director for the Professional Golf Association said the Peak is a popular stop on the Web.com Tour.  The event is open to the public beginning Thursday, July 5, the day Hope's Windows will provide free admission to all, veternans, military members, and first responders.  Otherwise, spectator tickets are $10 per day and $25 for the tournament.  Peek'n Peak co-owner Nick Scott, says Chautauqua County gets a real privilege when the players hit the course.  He says it's great to see the players of tomorrow competiting on a championship course.  County Executive George Borello says the LECOM Tournament stimulates tourism and the economy on both sides of the New York-Pennsylvania border.  More information, and opportunities to volunteer, can be found at Lecomhealthchallenge.com
 
 
People from both sides of the political aisle in Chautauqua County are fondly remembering former, long-time County Clerk Sandy Sopak, who passed away last Friday...  
 
The Falconer Funeral Home is handing arrangments for Sopak, who died at her Falconer home last Friday at the age of 78.  She was first elected as Poland Town Clerk, many years ago, and, was elected Chautauqua County Clerk in 1993.  County Executive George Borrello says she became well-known during her five-terms in office.  Borrello calls Sopak a "strong leader..." yet someone who "was a wonderfully nice person."  Sandy Sopak was also a member of the New York State County Clerk Association and served as President before she retired in 2013.  Her funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Levant Weslyan Church.
 
 
Announcement... 
 
The annual Special Olympics at Strider Field in Jamestown will be held this Wednesday due to inclement weather predicted for today.  That from local Coordinator Bob Gould, who says the forecast looks much better for Wednesday.  The opening ceremonies at Strider Field begin Wednesday at 9:45 AM... with the competition starting at 10:15.

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WJTN News Headlines for May 21, 2018

A San Francisco-based regional air-carrier has submitted a formal proposal to return Essential Air Service to the Chautauqua County Airport near Jamestown...  
 
The announcement was made about Boutique Air last weekend by County Executive George Borrello and local Congressman Tom Reed.  Borrello had to deal with the abrupt loss of commercial air service during his first business day in office last January and, says he's been working with Reed to restore service to Jamestown.  In addition to getting service back, he says they've been working with Boutique Air to "improve the quality and reliability, by recruiting an airline with a great business plan."  Reed says... "for Jamestown to continue to grow their economy and attract businesses and people they need to have convenient access to an airport."  Southern Airways was cut from federal EAS funding last January due to the small number of customers taking flights.
 
 
A former long-time Chautauqua County Clerk has passed away...  
 
The Falconer Funeral Home confirms arrangements for Sandy Sopak of Falconer, who died at home last Friday at the age of 78.  She was first elected as Poland Town Clerk, many years ago and, was elected Chautauqua County Clerk in 1993.  She served five terms as clerk for a total of 20 years.  Sopak was also a member of the New York State County Clerk Association and served as President.  She received several NYS County Clerk Awards and was host to the state-wide County Clerks Convention at Chautauqua Institution in 2004.  Her funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Levant Weslyan Church.
 
 
New York state has a new plan to control the tick population and combat tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease...  
 
Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state will apply "eco-friendly" tick control treatments on public lands in the Southern Tier, the capital region and the Hudson Valley.  The state will also expand the use of deer feeding stations that automatically apply tick treatment to deer as they eat.  The stations have already been used on Long Island and in other areas.  A new public awareness campaign aimed at hunters, fishermen and hikers will provide tips on how to avoid ticks.  Additionally, the state's Department of Health will seek out private researchers to collaborate on new medical tests to detect Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.
 
 
The village of Lakewood celebrated it's 125th year of incorporation last weekend with open houses at three locations, and other activities...  
 
Officials opened both the village's Fire Department, and Lakewood History Museums Saturday to residents and visitors and, activities were hosted at the Lakewood Library.  The  history museaum first opened in 2011... following an effort to create one by long-time village Historian, Tony Barone.  Barone says he spoke with Village Clerk Joe Johnson about locating an area for dozens of artifacts he found.  He says several dealt with the hotels along Chautauqua Lake.
 
Barone worked with former Historian Helen Ebersole and others on the project.  They were given space in the downstairs area where the police department used to be located.  Barone says one room is dedicated to the Packard Family, which owned a lot of property in Lakewood, and created the Packard automobile.  If you would like to tour the Lakewood History Museum, contact current Historian Susan Lane at 969-5792.  For more information check the Village of Lakewood website at Lakewoodny.com or their Facebook page.
 
 
Retiring Jamestown Community College President Cory Duckworth feels he is leaving the college in the best possible position as he steps down from the post today...  
 
Dr. Duckworth presided over his final graduations this past weekend at JCC's Jamestown and Olean Campuses and, says the college has gone through some changes in his five years at the helm.  He says one way is improving distance, and online learning.
 
Another challenge has been dropping area and college populations, which Duckworth says they've had to deal with from both a staffing and financial aspect.  As for his own future, Duckworth and his wife recently accepted an invitation by their church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, to oversee one of their mission program on the island of Madagascar on the eastside of Africa.  A total of 676 graduates were honored with degrees and, other awards, during Saturday's commencement at the Jamestown campus.  Graduates heard from 2008 JCC Alumnus Kyle Baglia, who had been a member of the U-S Air Force's Thunderbirds Air show.
 
 
A city woman has been charged with disorderly conduct after Jamestown Police found her lying in the road last Friday night and, blocking traffic at an intersection...
 
Jamestown police were called to the area of Foote Avenue and Harrison Street shortly after 9 p.m. and, found 30 year-old Latasha Cooper lying in the street on Foote Avenue.  As officers arrived, they say Cooper threw her purse at them and, started screeming obscenities.  She also allegedly resisted arrest and, jumped on the hood of a vehicle.  She is jailed on charges of Felony criminal mischief, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.
 
 
Voters in the city of Dunkirk will decide this fall whether the terms for Common Council members should be lengthened from two to four years...  
 
By a 3-2 vote, city lawmakers approved a resolution calling for the referendum during a meeting on Tuesday.  First Ward Councilman Don Williams voted in favor of the resolution.  He feels it should be up to the residents to decide.  Second Ward Councilman Marty Bamonto voted against the resolution.  He heard opposition from a number of city residents, many of whom were "totally against it."  The proposition will appear on the ballot in Dunkirk this November.
 
 
New York state is launching a new effort to help women struggling with maternal depression.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration announced late last week that the state will require insurers to cover maternal depression screenings...  
 
In addition, the state's Department of Health and the Office of Mental Health will create a new public awareness campaign to help women and their loved ones spot the signs of maternal depression and learn about ways to seek help.  The state also plans to open the first of several new outpatient programs for mothers this month. 
 
 
Authorities in upstate New York have found the body of a California man who was reported missing earlier this month...  
 
Cattaraugus County officials say they found Rudy Ray Rockett, Sr. in Zoar Valley in East Otto on Saturday night.  His son, Rudy Rockett, Junior, confirmed Sunday that the body found was his father and that police called him to inform him of his father's death.
 

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News Headlines for Sat., May 19, 2018

North county man wanted by Jamestown Police and others arrested in Dunkirk area...
A Dunkirk man who is wanted on warrants from the city of Jamestown and Warren County, PA, and is facing charges in the village of Fredonia, has been arrested.  Fredonia Police say that a patrol spotted 36-year-old Merle Smith, getting into his car in the area of Walmart on Bennett Road around 2:30 a.m. Friday.  An officer's inquiry revealed that Smith was wanted on an arrest warrant issued by Jamestown City Court.  After a vehicle stop... an investigation found Smith to be in possession of a significant amount of crystal meth, a scale and packaging materials associated with street level drug sales.  Smith was arraigned in Fredonia Village Court for second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation... criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell... and operating with a loud exhaust.  He is jailed on $10,000 cash bail.
 
 
Three people busted in drug raid in Silver Creek...
Three north county residents were arrested following a drug bust in the Village of Silver Creek Wednesday afternoon.  Following an investigation into possible drug activity at 8 Henry Street.... Sheriff's deputies reportedly found 27 year-old Dominque Estarfaa, of Silver Creek.... and, Dunkirk residents... 21 year-old Jorge Ortiz-Reyes and 24 year-old Mariarsenia Vega.... in possession of crack-cocaine, marijuana.... and, multiple drug paraphernalia items.  All three suspects were charged with second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia... and, several drug possession charges.  Vega and Estarfaa were released with appearance tickets for Silver Creek court at a later date.... while, Ortiz-Reyes was arraigned and sent to the County jail on $10,000 bail. 
 
 
Two people from Jamestown arrested for being in stolen car in West Ellicott...
Two Jamestown residents have been arrested in West Ellicott for allegedly being found in a car reported stolen from Bradford, Pennsylvania.  Ellicott Town Police say they pulled over a possible stolen vehicle on Fairmount Avenue Thursday afternoon.  Officers confirmed the car was stolen... and, arrested Laverne Riley... and, Desiray Corrigan -- both 35 -- for criminal possession of stolen property.  Police also charged Corrigan with criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument... false impersonation... and, driving with a suspended license.  Both were arraigned and sent to the county jail with bail to be set.
 
 
Duckworth presides over last commencement exercises at JCC...
Several hundred graduates will be receiving their degrees and certificates this weekend from Jamestown Community College... and, it'll be the final graduation for JCC's retiring president.  Dr. Cory Duckworth has been president of JCC's Jamestown and Olean Campuses the past five years... and, says it's been a rewarding experience.  Duckworth says he's been busy getting ready for last night's graduation in Olean... and, this morning's in Jamestown, where they celebrate their outstanding students and award degrees and certificates.  Duckworth came to JCC from Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah... where he was vice president of student affairs and strategic planning.  He began his position in August of 2013.  Duckworth says the high-light of being at JCC has been working with such a professional staff and faculty.  In fact... he says it may be the most professional stuff he's worked with in the six institutions he's worked at.  Duckworth says JCC is ahead of the curve in dealing with the new delivery of higher education nationwide.  2008 JCC Graduate Kyle Baglia was commencement speaker.
 
 
About 1,300 graduates to be honored at the SUNY College at Fredonia...
The State University college at Fredonia is busy preparing for the annual Commencement Day ceremonies that will be held on Saturday.  Spokesman Jeff Woodard of Fredonia says there will be dual ceremonies with nearly 13-hundred students receiving degrees.  Woodard says this is the 191st annual commencement at Fredonia.  He says a member of the Class of 1973 -- Dr. Michael Marletta -- will be addressing graduates and their families.  He'll also be receiving an honorary Doctorate from SUNY during the afternoon ceremony.  Nicholas Hlifka will receive the 2018 Lanford Presidential Prize from the Oscar... and, the Esther Lanford Endowment of the Fredonia College Foundation during the morning commencement ceremony. 
 
 
Flu no longer prevalent in New York state...
For the first time since before Christmas, influenza is no longer deemed prevalent in New York state.  State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker made the announcement Thursday as one of the worst flu seasons in years winds down.  Zucker had declared the flu prevalent in the state on Dec. 13.  Cases continued to rise over the next two months.  They peaked around Feb. 17 when state health officials said there were more than 18,000 laboratory-confirmed cases reported across New York in one week.  Officials say those numbers had fallen to below 460 as of last week. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 18, 2018

An elderly Fredonia man was killed after his vehicle collided with a pick-up truck in the Town of Pomfret on Route 5 near Van Buren Road yesterday afternoon... 
 
The Jamestown Post-Journal reports investigation by State Police revealed 91  year-old Donald Thering was traveling on Van Buren Road before 2 p.m. when he stopped at the intersection with Route 5. He then proceeded through the intersection and failed to yield to a Chevy truck operated by 29 year-old Matthew Coyle. The truck impacted the left side of Thering's sedan, causing severe damage. A portion of Route 5 was closed off while emergency crews were on-scene. Thering was airlifted by Starflight before succumbing to his injuries. 
 
 
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says consumers should have the ability to block robocalls on landlines and mobile phones...  
 
The New York Democrat announced Wednesday that he's supporting legislation to require all phone carriers to make call-blocking tools available for free to customers.  The technology prevents the automated calls from ringing through by identifying suspicious phone numbers or calls, similar to how email spam filters catch unwanted emails.  Schumer cited statistics that Americans received 3.4-billion robocalls last month, an increase of nearly one-billion calls compared to the same month a year ago.  The Senate minority leader says the automated phone calls are not only a nuisance but can also hurt consumers financially by exposing them to scams.
 
 
While it's been signed by Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello, Sheriff Joe Gerace says his office still has to wait until the legislation is filed in Albany before establishing an Animal Abuse Registry....  
 
Gerace says once that's done, they'll then make the registry part of the department's website.  He says any animal abuse cases prior to the local law being filed will not be in the registry.
 
Gerace says he supports the idea of having an animal abuse registry and brought it to Borrello's attention and, he helped push it through the county legislature.  He says there are other counties in the state that have it and, he urged Borrello to support the effort and, he did.  Borrello signed the measure Monday, after holding a public hearing. 
 
 
About one-third of the school budget defeats in all of New York state took place in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties...  
 
That from state School Board's Association Executive Director Tim Kreamer, who says there were 16 total defeats on Tuesday.  Kreamer adds that five took place in our area.  Kreamer says reasons for the spending plan defeats varied from district to district, but adds the amount of spending was an important factor.
 
In addition to Clymer, Westfield and Ripley in Chautauqua County, Gowanda and West Valley's budgets were rejected in Cattaraugus County and Eden's was defeated in Erie County.  So far, Clymer officials say they will likely make changes to their spending plan and, resubmit a budget that's within the state's property tax cap.  Kreamer says 97.6-percent of all school budgets passed this year compared to 99.3-percent last year.
 
 
State Police are investigating a motor vehicle crash that led to a Jamestown woman being airlifted to an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital Wednesday morning...  
 
Troopers in Fredonia say the accident occurred as the car veered off Route 5 in the Town of Sheridan.  The Post-Journal reports 49 year-old Patricia Bova's Pontiac Grand Prix drifted across the road into a yard and, struck a tree near Herrington Road.  State Police dispatchers say she was flown to UPMC Hamot Medical Center where her condition is unknown at this time.  More details will be released later.
 
 
A community-wide event where volunteers help clean-up and beautify Jamestown is set for this Saturday...  
 
That from Marketing and Events Manager Zach Agett with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, who says participants in "Hands On Jamestown" assist the city Parks Department with flower plants, litter collections and other activities in the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods.
 
Agett says they have 323 volunteers signed up so far, but anyone is welcome to participate by filling out a form on their website, Facebook page, or call him at 489-3496.  Agett says participants are asked to wear brightly colored shirts and encouraged to bring their own tools and gloves if they have them.  In addition, they'll offer light refreshments, garbage bags and gloves at the Winter Garden Plaza.  This year's "Hands On Jamestown" takes place from 8 a.m. to Noon on Saturday.
 
 
The Jamestown Area Community Orchestra will be holding one of it's two "traditional" concerts next Sunday afternoon at First Covenant Church...  
 
Orchestra Publicist Craig Ridgway says they're excited about the upcoming event, which begins at 4:00.  Ridgway says there is no charge to the public for seeing the concert, but they are accepting donations. 
 
Ridgway says there are about 50 members of the community orchestra, who play a variety of instruments from woodwinds, to brass and others.  Ridgway himself has played Timpani for the group for about 20 years.  He says Director Andrew Coccagnia has put together about an hour-long program that includes some newer sounds,  including Washburn's St. Lawrence Overture and classics like Slovanic Dance.  The Jamestown Area Community Orchestra has been putting on free concerts each year the past 25 years.  For more information. go to their Facebook page at "Jamestown Area Community Orchestra."
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 17, 2018

 
A north county man sought on several Felony arrest warrants in Dunkirk kept police at bay for about an hour Wednesday morning in the village of Fredonia before surrendering without incident...  
 
Fredonia Police Chief Brad Meyers says police learned that Walter Duprey was being sought on the warrants for robbery, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and criminal possession of a controlled substance and, was staying in an apartment house at 112 Eagle Street.
 
After several attempts to communicate were made with Duprey, he barricaded himself on the second floor.  There were also concerns about three other people inside the residence at the time of the standoff.  However, Meyers says it appears the three were not being held against their will.  He says they later left and, Duprey eventually surrendered himself.  Meyers says Duprey was immediately turned over to Dunkirk Police.  Meyers praised the assistance from Dunkirk Police, the County Sheriff's Office and the FBI.  Dunkirk Police and Sheriff's Office K-9 units also assisted with the investigation.
 
 
Two men were arrested after a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia were found during a traffic stop in Jamestown early Wednesday morning...  
 
City police say they pulled over a car at the intersection of Newland and Broadhead Avenues for having non-transparent side windows.  During the stop, officers allegedly saw a passenger, 39 year-old Jason Remington of Brocton, drinking alcohol inside the vehicle.  Another passenger -- 32 year-old Richard Philbrick-senior -- who is a State Parolee, was reportedly found to be in possession of meth and the paraphernalia.  Both men were taken to city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
A Jamestown woman had to be flown to an Erie, Pennsylvania trauma hospital after her car went off Route 5 in the north county and, crashed...  
 
State Police in Fredonia say the accident occured yesterday morning when the Pontiac sedan, driven by 49 year-old Patricia Bova, drifted across the road and struck a tree near Herrington Road.  State Police dispatchers say she was flown to Hamot Medical Center in Erie where her condition is unknown at this time. More details pending investigation. 
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's not surprised that North Korea is threatening to cancel President Trump's planned summit with Kim Jong Un next month...  
 
However, the Corning Republican says he is "cautiously optimistic" that the summit with the president will go ahead June 12 in Singapore as planned.  President Trump says he will still insist on the country's de-nuclearization.  North Korea Wednesday threatened to scrap the historic summit next month between Trump and Kim, saying it has no interest in a "one-sided" affair meant to pressure the North to abandon its nuclear weapons.  Congressman Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
It appears the Clymer School Board will look to put up a new budget for district voters to decide on next month that falls within the state's Property Tax Cap...  
 
That from Superintendent Ed Bailey, who says the $11.5-million proposal on Tuesday's ballot received one more "yes" vote than "no."  However, they needed a supermajority of 60-percent 'yes' votes for the budget to pass.  That's because the budget increased the tax levy by 13-percent.  Bailey says the new spending plan, though, will rely heavily on undesignated reserve funds.
 
Bailey believes there were a few factors, including last year's rejection of a proposed merger with the Panama School District, that led to the defeat.  He says they won't consider a contingency budget at this point.  He says that would be a zero-percent tax increase budget, but would also include a number of "drastic" program cuts.  Bailey says the Clymer School Board will meet to discuss a "capped" budget on Wednesday, May 30.  He says if tthe board decides to go forward, there would be a vote on Thursday, June 19.  
 
 
Lakewood and Hazeltine Library officials are showing obvious relief now that the referendum for a special Library Tax in the Southwestern Central School District has been approved...  
 
The $204,000 appropriation for both libraries was approved narrowly Tuesday, 425-to-413.  Three of those officials expressed their appreciation on Wednesday's Dennis Webster Show and, Lakewood Library Board President Mary McCague they are still working turn around opponents of the move.
 
McCague, Karen Dennerlein, and Katie Smith all noted that local libraries have become much more than books and video libraries.  For lower income residents, they have become a resource for online job searches, among others.  Dennerlein also said district residents would NOT have to vote again on a budget unless there's a decrease, or an increase in it.  She adds they were "very concerned" about which way the vote may go when an "11th Hour" campaign opposing the measure cropped up and spread what she called "some misinformation" about what they do.
 
 
The Clymer School Budget was one of three in Chautauqua County that was defeated on Tuesday...  
 
The others included the Ripley spending plan, which was also defeated in a close vote.  The Post-Journal reports the vote on the $9.2-million spending plan was 91-to-90 against.  Ripley voters did approve a bus proposition, but defeated another to establish a capital reserve fund.  In Westfield, voters rejected a $16.7-million budget, 295-to-196.  
 
 
The theme for the annual Resource Center Symposium on Wednesday was 'resilience'...  
 
The keynote speaker was Stephen Manning, a noted immigration attorney from Oregon.  In working with people who desparately want to come to the United States, Manning says he's seen three distinctive characteristics-- "a staunch acceptance of reality, a deep belief that life is meaningful and an uncanny ability to improvise".  He believes people who work with the disabled often show the same abilities.  Stephen Manning is the brother of Michele Albaugh, the Resource Center's Director of Learning and Development. The symposium was held at Chautauqua.  
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 16, 2018

A possible record number of voters helped put the $28.6-million Southwestern Central School district budget over the top Tuesday, as well as a bus proposition...  
 
A Special Library Tax to support the Lakewood and Hazetline Libraries was also approved by a very narrow margin.  School Superintendent Maureen Donahue was pleased the voters came out, and approved the budget, 556-to-274.
 
The bus proposition was approved, 584-to-247.  However, it was not an easy vote regarding establishment of a special tax to fund the Lakewood Library and, the Hazeltine Library in Busti.  The final vote was 425 "yes" and 413 "no."  Lakewood Library's Karen Dennerlein was very happy and, thanked everyone who voted.  She says they will "do their best" to be responsible citizens, and serve the community as best they can.  Three of the four school board seats up for a vote were won by incumbants Jim Butler, Ed Brooks and Lisa Yaggie.  Maureen Donahue says there were 102 write-in votes and, officials will see what happens with those in deciding who will fill an open seat on the panel.
 
 
Jamestown School District voters have overwhelmingly approved an $86.6-million budget for the 2018-19 school year...  
 
The final tally was 419-to-63 for the spending plan, which included no tax levy increase.  Propositions establishing a capital reserve fund, and adding an "ex-officio" student school board member were also approved.  Incumbant School Board members Nina Karbacka and Dan Johnson were re-elected to the two seats up for a vote.  Karbacka received 410 votes, while Johnson got 363.  Challenger Brianne Fadale got 213.
 
 
Voters in the Falconer Central School District also overwhelmingly approved a new, $23-million budget for the next school year.  School Business Manager Brent Agatt says the spending plan was adopted, 150-to-28.  There were no other propositions and, School Board President Todd Beckerink ran unopposed.
 
 
Residents in the Frewsburg School District have approved a $17.7-million budget that cuts spending, voting in favor 137 to 49.  School officials say the budget includes a 2.36-percent tax  levy increase in the 2018-19 budget. A 380-thousand dollar bus proposition and, a $189,000 capitol reserve proposition were also approved.  Additionally, Chad Chitester, and Larry Lodestro were re-elected to the school board with 159 and 155 votes. 
 
 
In Bemus Point, residents approved their budget for 2018-19, 149 to 50.  They also approved a bus proposition, 152-to-47.  All three candidates running for the school board were elected.
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Also on Tuesday, voters in the Sherman school district approved a $10.3-million budget for 2018-19, 190 to 47.  They also approved setting up a capital reserve fund, 187-to-48.  A bus proposition also passed, 190-to-46.  The two school board seats up for a vote were won by Teresa Barney, with 146 votes, while Timothy Sears had 129 tallies.  Emily Reynolds was third, and Joe DeLellis fourth.  
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In Panama, voters approved the $13.8-million budget by a wide margin -- 126-to-10.  Gregory Hudson won one of the two school board seats up for a vote with 122 tallies.  Robert Delahoy won a write-in contest for the second seat with 15 votes.
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Voters in the Cassadaga Valley School District approved a $22.2-million budget for the next school year, 190-to-48.  A separate bus proposition was also adopted, 184-to-54.  Jeanne Oag and Robert Main won school board seats.
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In Brocton, residents approved the 2018-19 budget, 176-to-43.  The two board seats were sone by Melissa Seavy with 151 votes, while Robert Mead-Colegrove was second with 130.  Beth Jagoda was third.
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AND in Westfield, voters rejected their budget, 295-to-196.
 
 
New York's junior U-S Senator says she wants Agriculture Secretary Sunny Perdue to grant some emergency relief money to struggling dairy farmers...  
 
Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand says she wants $300-million--- the same amount granted to cotton farmers -- for their emergency earlier this year.  Gillibrand, who is a member of the Senate Ag Committee, says dairy farmers are being pushed into poverty and mental anguish by prices that don't meet the cost of production.  She wants the payments to be sent directly to farmers, in their milk checks, without an application process.
 
Gillibrand says the cotton sector is just one-tenth the size of the dairy industry and produces a storable product, unlike milk, which is perishable.  While preliminary work is being done on a new farm bill, the senator says dairy economics are so bad right now, producers can't wait for a new law to get relief.  
 
 
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes during a raid yesterday morning on the city's southside....  
 
City Police say 46 year-old Steven Patterson was taken into custody during the 8:40 a.m. raid by the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, and state Police C-NET Team at 262 Forest Avenue.  Officers say they found 50 cartons of untaxed, and illegal cigarettes, and several thousand dollars in cash.  Patterson was arrested for Felony possession of unstamped and untaxed cigarettes, and criminal tax fraud.  He was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
The Public Works Department in the city of Jamestown has laid out an ambitious schedule of 104 major road construction projects for this year...  
 
The city council's Public Works Committee Monday night reviewed the list of projects, which include mill and overlay, nova chipping and, chip-and-seal through this Fall.  Committee Chairman Tom Nelson is impressed by the list, which includes 18 major reconstruction projects.  Mayor Sam Teresi says he's impressed -- every year -- by DPW Director Jeff Lehman and his staff.
 
Teresi says the complete list of projects can be found at the city of Jamestown's website at JamestownNY.net.  He says you can also follow where the DPW is working each day online.  Teresi says the 18 major projects include the one that's been underway the past couple of weeks on West Fourth Street between Washington and Lafayette Streets.  Another major reconstruction project is to take place at the Allen Park Glen on the southside.
 
 
Gasoline prices continue to rise in the Jamestown area this week...
 
That from AAA's weekly price report which says motorists are paying $2.95 per gallon, or two-cents more than last week.  Officials say New York is one of the top-12 states with the most expensive gas prices in the country and one of the only four states on the east coast with price averages at $3.00 or more. AAA reports that inventories rose by 1.8-million to 68-million barrels on the week.  The mid-Atlantic and Northeast region was the only one in the country to see inventories build.  Nationally, fuel prices also saw a surge at the pump, jumping six-cents to $2.87.  Officials say this can be attributed to the White House's decision to re-impose sanctions on Iran, the nation-wide switch to "Summer Blend" fuel and, growing demand.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 15, 2018

The city of Jamestown is moving ahead with the process of taking ownership of a "zombie property" on the northside that's been abandoned for several years to be rehabilitated, and then sold as a single-family home...  
 
City Development Director Vince DeJoy says this may be the first time a municipality has been able to take advantage of the new provision of state Real Property Tax Law.  During last night's City Council work session, DeJoy said the city was able to hire a special attorney to finalize city ownership of 402 Lakeview Avenue.
 
Ben Haskin is also part of the legal team involved in the process of acquiring the property... and, says there were a number of hurdles that had to be cleared first.  Haskin says the first is proving the house had been abandoned for some time.  In this case, he says it's been five-years.  DeJoy says the good news is that the property should be eligible for historic tax credits, and, some tax abatements.  The home is near the corner of Lakeview and Van Buren Street.
 
 
Residents in the Frewsburg School District residents will decide today on a $17.7-million budget that cuts spending, but increases the tax levy...  
 
School officials say the budget includes a 2.36-percent tax  levy increase in the 2018-19 budget.  There is also a $380,000 bus proposition and, a $189,000 capitol reserve proposition.  Voters will also ballot on two school board seats currently held by Chad Chitester, and Larry Lodestro.  Voting today runs from 2 to 8 p.m.
 
 
Voters in the Falconer Central School District will cast ballots today on a just over $23-million, 2018-19 budget that has no tax increase in it...  
 
That from School Business Manager Brent Agatt... who says there is a $460,000 spending increase in the new proposal.  Agatt says the increases are mostly in two different areas: teacher-retirement system costs and health insurance.
 
Agatt says they were able to cover the added spending through a $360,000 increase in state Foundation Aid, and more BOCES Aid.  He says there are no other propositions on the ballot Tuesday and, there is one school board seat up for a vote.  Board President Todd Beckerink is running unopposed for re-election.  Voting in Falconer today runs from 2 to 8 p.m.
 
 
Residents of the Jamestown School District will vote today on an $86.6-million dollar budget that includes no increase in the tax levy...  
 
Voting takes place from Noon to 9 p.m. at Lincoln, Jefferson and, Washington Schools.  If you are unsure about where to vote, call District Clerk Nita Walter, at 483-4420.  There are also a transportation and capital reserve fund propositions.  Voters will also chose between school board incumbants Dan Johnson and Nina Karbacka, and challenger Brianna Fadale.
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The first district to vote today in the immediate Jamestown-area will be the Southwestern School District, where polls open at 7:00 this morning...  
 
There will be three propositions on the ballot, including a $28.6-million budget for the 2018-19 school year.  That includes a one-percent tax levy increase.  There is also a much-discussed proposition to establish a Special Tax for the Lakewood and Hazeltine Libraries and, another proposition for new buses.  Three people are running for four school board seats.   Voting in the morning runs from 7 to 9 a.m. and, from 2 to 8 p.m.
 
 
A proposed local law establishing an Animal Abuse Registry in Chautauqua County has cleared the final hurdle.  County Executive George Borrello says he has now signed the law, after holding a public hearing Monday morning...
 
Borrello has been a supporter of the legislation that was brought to his attention by Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace.  He says he doesn't know when a website will be launched, but he doesn't expect it to be very long.  Borrello says the Sheriff's Department will maintain the registry and, keep it updated.  Besides requiring those who are convicted of animal abuse to register, the local law will also require groups and individuals who sell or arrange adoptions to check the registry.
 
 
The Bemus Bay Pops will not be in operation this year because the "floating stage" no longer has it's home near the Italian Fisherman to operate from...  
 
The Pops posted a Facebook release last weekend, saying the news was submitted with "a heavy heart."  However, Pops Chairman Dan Dalpra says they hope "this is not the final curtain; but rather the start of our 2nd act!"  The Pops had been located along Chautauqua Lake -- in Bemus Point -- for the past 20 years.  In the release, Dalpra says they are searching for a new location to call home.
 
 
As part of National Infrastructure Week, advocates are calling on Congress to fully fund maintenance at national parks here in New York and across the country... 
 
There are two dozen National Park sites in the Empire State, drawing more than 19-million visitors a year and generating more than $700-million in local spending in 2017 alone. But, years of deferred maintenance have left a national back-log of needed repairs that was estimated at $11.6-billion.  President Mary Kay Vrba with Dutchess County Tourism says maintaining national parks in New York means preserving not only their economic value but critical pieces of our national heritage as well.
 
Pew Charitable Trusts has launched a Restore America's Parks Campaign calling on Congress to preserve the nation's history, protect local economies and create jobs by fixing the nation's parks.  A Pew-commissioned analysis found that addressing the maintenance backlog facing the National Park Service would create or support more than 9,800 jobs in New York State alone.  
 
 
A man from Conewango is jailed on $75,000 bail for allegedly shoplifting a number of items from the Lakewood Wal-Mart Superstore and being in possession of brass knuckles and drugs...  
 
Lakewood-Busti Police say they were called to the scene on Fairmount Avenue shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday and, learned that Travis Centi of Route 62 had fled in a vehicle.  He was found a short time later and, was also found with the brass knuckles, and some Methamphetimes in a liquid.  He was arraigned on Felony drug and weapons possession charges and, sent to the county lock-up.

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WJTN News Headlines for May 14, 2018

Democrats who control the Assembly are planning to start interviewing applicants for attorney general after Eric Schneiderman abruptly resigned amid allegations he physically abused four women...  
 
Speaker Carl Heastie says applicants had until last Friday to submit a resume and cover letter to the speaker's legislative counsel.  Among those reportedly applying were Jamestown-area Republican Randy Elf.  A committee of legislators will review applicants' resumes.  Public interviews will be held in Albany on Tuesday and Wednesday at a time and place yet to be determined.  The names aren't officially being released until later today.  Under state law, the Legislature has the authority to appoint a new attorney general with a joint vote by the Assembly and Senate.  Democrats hold the overall majority.
 
 
Chautauqua County officials are hard at work on a "draft proposal" for a San Francisco-based air service provider to come into the county Airport near Jamestown...  
 
That from County Executive George Borrello, who says they've been working with federal lawmakers from the state to try and bring in Boutique Air to be the airport's new Essential Air Service carrier.
 
Borrello says Boutique Air sees the county as a good location to move into, if Jamestown can get the EAS designation reinstated.  He says their proposal will include some new ideas that should boost ridership.  A key one to Borrello is beginning an early morning flight, which Jamestown hasn't had in a long time.  Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced last week that they are urging U-S Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to reconsider the decision to terminate EAS eligibility in Jamestown.  The county lost that designation earlier this year due to low ridership.
 
 
The latest round of the state's Regional Economic Development Council 's Consolidated Funding Application program is underway with the first meeting this past week...  
 
The Western New York REDC held it's iintial session at the SUNY College at Fredonia.  Jamestown was represented by Development Director Vince DeJoy.  However, Mayor Sam Teresi is in close contact with council members and, says notice was recently given to the 10 regional panels about the money now being available this year.
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello is a new member of the council and, says he spoke to the panel about the need for workforce development in Chautauqua County.  It was the chief issue in Borrello's recent State of the County message and, he asked the council to help the county address the issue, given what has already been done to fill skilled trade jobs in the Buffalo area.  The Western New York council is among those competing for more than $750-million dollars in state economic development resources.  SUNY at Fredonia President Dr. Virginia Horvath is co-chair of the Western New York council.  
 
 
The National Rifle Association has filed a lawsuit against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state's financial regulatory agency for what it says is a blacklisting campaign to prevent firms from doing business with the gun owners' group...  
 
The lawsuit filed Friday in federal court for the northern district of New York names the Democratic governor as a defendant along with the state Department of Financial Services and its superintendent, Maria Vullo.  It accuses Cuomo of depriving the NRA of its First Amendment rights through selective prosecution and threats.  The lawsuit comes after New York state fined insurance broker Lockton Cos. LLC $7-million for underwriting an NRA-branded insurance program called Carry Guard.  Cuomo called the NRA lawsuit "a futile and desperate attempt" to advance the group's "dangerous agenda."
 
 
It may be a while longer before the clock tower comes down at the Family Church of Fredonia...  
 
The clock tower was hit by flames last Friday when a portion of the gutter came loose and made contact with a nearby power transformer.  Pastor Scott Wise of Family Church says that experts have been brought in to determine the best way to remove the scorched clock tower.
 
Wise says the clock tower must come down, but they want to do it in a manner is safe for the community and does not cause further damage to the remaining structure.  He says the church is also looking beyond the clock tower after putting about a million dollars into the overall structure.  He says they reinforced the roof structure, and have tried to upgrade the outside appearance.  The Family Church pastor once again commends the work of police and fire and their quick response to last week's blaze.  
 
 
The unofficial "end-of-academic year" celebration in the village of Fredonia -- known as "Fred Fest" -- led to 77 arrests by local police...  
 
Village Police say the arrests took place one weekend ago during a five-day period in an around the SUNY College at Fredonia.  The Dunkirk Observer reports that of those arrests, 57 involved open container violations, and 38 involved underage alcohol possession.  Village police add that there were a total of 273 reported incidents.  College officials announced they were cancelling the "on-campus" festivites in February of 2015, though activities have continued in recent years off-campus.
 
 
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly trespassing in a garage apartment at a home in the Cattaraugus County village of Randolph...  
 
Sheriff's officers in Little Valley were called to the scene at 22 Sheldon Street last Friday and, found 31 year-old Dakota Kaltenbach had been told to stay away from the property.  Kaltenbach was arrested... and, charged with trespassing.  He was issued an appearance ticket for Randolph Town Court at a later date.
 
 
Americans are facing an "epidemic of dishonesty" in Washington...  
 
That from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who warned in a commencement speech at Texas' Rice University that "an endless barrage of lies" in national politics poses a dire threat to U.S. democracy.  The 76-year-old billionaire, who flirted with an independent presidential run, did not call out any politicians by name.

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News Headlines for Sat., May 12, 2018

City man arrested for allegedly assaulting woman with "blunt" object...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman during a fight on the city's eastside late Friday morning.  Jamestown police were called to the scene at 249 Crescent St. shortly after 11 a.m., and spotted a man riding away from the scene on a bicycle.  Officers say the unidentified female victim pointed out that the man, 44 year-old Jessie Jones, had assaulted her.  She accuses Jones of throwing a "blunt, sharp object" into a moving vehicle... striking her in the face -- and cutting her.  Jones was arrested for second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.  He was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
Former Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver, again convicted at trial...
A jury has convicted former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of public corruption charges, dashing the 74-year-old Democrat's second attempt to avoid prison after a decades-long career as one of the most powerful politicians in state government.  The verdict Friday came more than two years after his first 2015 trial resulted in a 12-year prison sentence.  An appeals court tossed out that conviction, citing a recent Supreme Court ruling that changed the legal boundaries for public corruption.  Prosecutors said Silver illegally earned $4-million from a cancer researcher and real estate developers who benefited from his clout in state government.  Defense lawyers countered that his fees were "perfectly legal."
 
 
Former County Executive Mark Thomas retires from State Parks position...
The head of the Western New York District of the state Parks system says the time was right for leaving the post for retirement.  That from Fredonia's Mark Thomas... who will be retiring later this month.  The State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation made the announcement late Thursday... and, Thomas tells us he wanted to leave on a high note.  He says his "singlar goal was to leave the place better than I found it."  He says they've been able to do that through strengthening personnel, and a robust capital program.  Thomas is pleased with the work that has involved a number of projects across Western New York.  He says the among the highlights, the major improvements that have been made on the American side of Niagara Falls... with a $70-million investment in Niagara Falls State Park.  Thomas... who is a former Chautauqua County Executive... didn't forget the county -- noting improvements made at Lake Erie State Park and the state's acquisition of Midway Park near Maple Springs. 
 
 
Elected officails in Ellicott and Celoron speak-out against proposed Library Tax in Southwestern School District...
Elected leaders in the town of Ellicott and village of Celoron have come out strongly opposing the proposed referendum on next Tuesday's ballot to establish a new Library Tax in the Southwestern School District.  Ellicott Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin... and, Celoron Village Mayor Scot Schrecengost stated their objections on our Dennis Webster Show Friday morning.  McLaughlin says he has a lot of questions about the Lakewood and Hazeltine Libraries that he hasn't gotten any answers to.  He says he wants a budget break-down to see how much is paid out in salaries, maintenance, and purchase of new materials.  Both say many of their constituents have questioned why they should pay a special tax on libraries that aren't in their municipality... and, they never use.  Schrecengost says that's especially been the case for people who are on fixed incomes... and, are barely making ends meet now.  McLaughlin says he's also concerned about how much people in West Ellicott would pay with the special tax... because it was noted that a homeowner with a home assessed at $100,000 would be paying just over $32 per year for the tax.  But... he says there are several homes worth more than that. 
 
 
Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers celebrate 35th Anniversary...
A program that gives caregivers a break... and, provides fun, social activites in Chautauqua County for seniors is celebrating it's 35th year of existance.  Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers commemorated the milestone Friday during a celebration at Christ First United Methodist Church... where the program is headquartered.  Chautauqua Day Services Executive Director Frank Bercik says the program began in 1983 serving "one or two people..." and now serves 200 people a year.  Bercik says they've been able to expand into the Dunkirk and Westfield areas, and also now provide services for people with Dementia.  Bercik says while their numbers have grown... so has their programming... which includes community recreation, such as picnics, field trips and other outtings.  He says they also have birthday parties for those who attend.  Bercik expressed his appreciation to Chautauqua County, the state, and several local foundations for their support of the Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers.  For more information... go on-line to www.seniordayprograms.com, or call 664-9759.   
 
    
 
 
 
   

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WJTN News Headlines for May 11, 2018

The former head of Congressman Tom Reed's district office in Jamestown has been named as the new executive director of the YWCA of Jamestown...  
 
Jacqueline Chiarot-Phelps began her new job on May 1 and, says she's enjoying her new post.  Phelps also thanked Congressman Reed for the opportunity to work, and grow in her roles as Regional Director in Jamestown in 2012 and, most recently as Director of Constituent Services.
 
Phelps says she's "ecstatic" about joining an outstanding organization dedicated to truly serving our community."  She says says wants to help strengthen the YW, and it's programming.  The YWCA's mission is "eliminating racism and empowering women."  However, she says they also have programming for young people, including teen girls.  Phelps replaces Beth Oakes at the Y.  Oakes is now the executive director for the Child Advocacy Program.  Phelps is a graduate of Maple Grove High School... and, received her undergraduate degree from Canisius College in Buffalo. For more information on the YWCA, call 488-2237, or go online YWMCAOfJamestown.com
 
 
The move by Jacqueline Phelps to the Jamestown YWCA left an opening at Congressman Reed's Jamestown office and that has been filed by a former Post-Journal reporter...  
 
Katrina Fuller began her new duties heading up the congressman's district office in Jamestown this past Monday.  Fuller, who spent just over three-years with the newspaper, will work on constituent issues including Social Security and Medicare casework.
 
 
New York state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has announced that the state legislature is accepting applications for a new Attorney General...  
 
We reached Jamestown-area Assemblyman Andy Goodell to learn more about the process of finding a replacement for Eric Schneiderman. He says it's up to the state legislature to fill the vacany until the next general election (which is this fall). 
 
Once an agreement is reached on a replacement, Goodell says a vote is taken by both the Assembly and Senate-- together.  He says both chambers would meet in the Assembly chambers because it's big enough to hold both.  Goodell says there would be a "roll-call" vote on the matter.  He says of the 213 members, 107 votes are needed to appoint a replacement.  He expects the process to move "fairly quickly," but he adds, nothing is entirely predictable in the state legislature. The State's solicitor general is currently serving as the Acting AG.
 
 
The Republican-led New York Senate has approved a package of legislation aimed at Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's economic development policies...  
 
The legislation approved Wednesday seeks to require more transparency and accountability for programs that amount to billions of dollars a year in tax breaks, business grants and loans.  One measure would require the state to create a searchable database of all state subsidies and economic development benefits.  Critics say the current system doesn't allow for clear comparisons of the various state programs involved in economic development projects.  The corporate subsidies have come under fire from lawmakers and government watchdog groups over how the funds are distributed, how many jobs are created and whether taxpayers are getting a good return on their investments.  The bills have been sent to the Democrat-controlled Assembly.
 
 
The annual STEM Wars took place Thursday morning at Jamestown Community College...  
 
Six-hundred-fifty middle and high school students competed in contests that emphasize science, technology, engineering and math.  Jamestown High School Sophomore Brianna Bommireddipalli had just finished her turn in the robotics competition and found STEM Wars valuable.
 
Looking on was Jamestown School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe.  He liked what he saw, saying it's "great" to see the students applying their math, technology and engineering knowlege.  STEM Wars is a project of 'Dream It, Do It', a program designed to get high school students interested in manufacturing careers.  The local Coordinator, Jehuu Caulcrick, says the enthusiasm for STEM Wars grows every year.  This year's event at the Phys Ed Center at JCC had to be postponed from its first scheduled day because of snow.  
 
 
New officers were elected, but otherwise, it was a routne annual meeting last weekend for the New York state Conference of Mayors....  
 
That from Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, who attended the conference in Saratoga Springs.  Teresi still serves on NYCOM's executive board, which also met. He says a new NYCOM President was elected by the several dozen mayors and others at the conference.  He says that's Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy.  Teresi says the First-Vice President will be Bob Kennedy of Freeport, Long Island.  He says there was a lot of good discussion as mayor's compare their issues to try and resolve them.  Teresi says they also held their awards ceremony for the winners of various competitions and other activities across the state.  Among those other elected officials was new Jamestown City Council member Andrew Liuzzo, who attended his first NYCOM meeting.  Teresi made his comments for this coming weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of abuse by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman...  
 
Cuomo late Tuesday said Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas will investigate and possibly prosecute "any and all matters concerning the public allegations" against Schneiderman.  The state's top legal officer resigned after four women accused the Democrat of physical violence in a New Yorker article.
 
 
A defense lawyer says New York's former assembly speaker didn't do special legislative favors for those who paid him millions of dollars in fees...  
 
Attorney Michael Feldberg told jurors in closing arguments Thursday that money earned by Sheldon Silver outside of his legislative work was "perfectly legal."  The once-powerful Democrat was convicted at an earlier trial, but the verdict was overturned.  Prosecutors say Silver engineered bribery schemes that earned $4-million in legal fees.
 
 
There may be some unsettled and discolored water in the Lakewood and Ashville areas today after water main break occured shortly before 1 p.m. yesterday on Fairmount Avenue...  
 
Board of Public Utilities Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says it took about half-an-hour to repair the break, but adds there could be stirred up water from Southwestern Drive west into Lakewood and Ashville.  Robbins says the water was shut-off between Southwestern Drive and Fairdale while repairs were made.  She says customers should avoid doing laundry until the water clears.
 

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WJTN News Headlines

A Vermont man is jailed on half-a-million dollars bail after police found six guns inside his vehicle after a motor vehicle crash in the Cattaraugus County town of Machias last night...  
 
Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley responded to the accident at 8 p.m. on Route 242 and, identifed the driver as 36 year-old Thomas Ledford.  Officers allegedly found Ledford in possession of five handguns without a New York State pistol permit and a rifle that was non-compliant with safety laws.  He was arraigned on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of marijuana and 5 counts of criminal possession of a weapon. 
 
 
The Trump administration is looking to cut federal spending by some $15-billion, with almost half coming from the Children's Health Insurance Program...  
 
In the past six months, Congress and the White House have enacted tax cuts and spending increases that will raise the federal deficit by more than a trillion dollars.  To compensate, the administration announced a package of proposed cuts Monday night that would take $7-billion from CHIP.  Families USA's Shawn Gremminger says the cut would hinder the program's ability to respond to increased demand.  Gremminger says the cuts are intended to calm fiscal conservatives who are concerned about the huge projected deficits that are coming in the years ahead.
 
The proposed rescission package is less than one-half-percent of total government spending for the year, and the administration has promised several more proposals.  Gremminger adds that Congress must approve the cuts for them to take effect.  The rescission package also calls for $800-million in cuts to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says -- if the move eliminates waste and programs no longer in place -- he supports a plan to cut $15-billion dollars in federal spending...  
 
The proposals were outlined by Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who says seven-billion would come from the Children's Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP.  Earlier this week, Mulvaney and others said that the reductions would not have an impact on the program, which has an enrollment of roughly nine-million people.
 
Reed says more recent changes in federal spending still include appropriations that can't be spent.  He says there is also apparently some old federal "stimulus money" that's in the package of cuts being considered.  Congress must approve the measures by a simple majority for them to take effect.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
State tax incentive and direct funding programs have helped some parts of the Southern Tier begin turning the corner economically, but more can be done on the federal level...  
 
Those are the feelings of the five Democratic candidates for the 23rd Congressional seat... who debated several issues in Mayville last night.  Ithaca's Ian Golden says programs like the "Buffalo Billion" help the region.  However, he also noted they're had their problems.
 
Golden says the state's help has been instrumental in bringing companies like Athenex, to the region's door in Dunkirk.  However, a couple of the candidates noted the region needs the infrastructure to support those jobs.  One was Owego's Max Della Pia, who says it's the federal government that should foot that $2-trillion to $4-trillion bill.  Linda Andrei agreed, noting that such a measure could be paid -- over 10 years -- by closing corporate tax loopholes.  Last night's League of Women Voters forum was held at Chautauqua Lake Central School.  The Democratic Primary is June 26.
 
 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of abuse by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman...  
 
Cuomo late Tuesday said Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas will investigate and possibly prosecute "any and all matters concerning the public allegations" against Schneiderman.  The state's top legal officer resigned after four women accused the Democrat of physical violence in a New Yorker article.
 
 
The city of Jamestown just received some very good news on first-quarter sales tax from Chautauqua County...  
 
City Comptroller Joe Bellitto says he got a check last Friday for just over $1.45-million for the first three months of 2018.  Bellitto told City Council members at this week's work session that's nearly 84-thousand dollars more than they received for the first quarter of 2017, which is a more than 6-percent increase.  That's just over 24-percent of the year's totals.  Typically, city officials say, the city gets most of it's sales tax revenues during the final two quarters of the calendar year.  The city of Jamestown has budgeted for about $6-million in sales tax proceeds for this year.

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WJTN News Headlines May 9, 2018

Chautauqua County's representative in Congress is supporting President Trump's decision to pull out of the thre-year-old Iran nuclear agreement...  
 
The president Tuesday afternoon signed a presidential memorandum withdrawing from the agreement and he is planning to reinstall sanctions on the Iranian regime.  Corning Republican Tom Reed says he wanted to hear Mr. Trump address two key areas, one being the need to stop the Iranians from building their ballistic missile program.
 
The president said in his address to the nation that he will be reinstituting the highest level of sanctions on Iran and, warned any country not to help the Iranian government.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
One federal lawmaker from New York says she's "strongly opposing" President Trump's decision to leave the Iran nuclear agreement...  
 
U-S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the agreement "gave us the critical ability to aggressively monitor and verify Iran's behavior. By walking away from the agreement, the President has opened the door to Iran going back to developing a nuclear weapons program."  Gillibrand says this "unilateral decision" will cost the U-S the ability to maintain a strong coalition holding Iran accountable. 
 
 
The proposal to create a separate library tax was much of the focus of questions during a public hearing on the Southwestern School District budget last night...  
 
School Superintendent Maureen Donahue says the district accepted the petition by the Lakewood and Hazeltine Libraries to hold the special vote during the regular budget vote to save money on costs.  Donahue says the district would collect the tax this year, but the $204,000 would not be released until next January for the 2019 fiscal year.
 
 
Voters in the Southwestern Central School District will not only decide on a budget, and bus proposition next week, but, also a measure to fund the two public libraries in the district...  
 
It's called the "259 Referendum..." because state education law allows libraries to put such items onto the school budget ballot.  This measure would raise $204,000 through a special tax to fund the Lakewood and Hazeltine Libraries.  Lakewood's Karen Denerline says most libraries in New York state are funded this way.
 
Denerline adds there would be no increase in taxes for voters in Busti and Lakewood, but she says there would be a first-time charge in West Ellicott and, the village of Celoron.  At the same time, Denerline says there are a "high number" of library users in the that area.  The Lakewood Library would receive $139,000 of the $204,000 to be raised, while the Hazeline Library in Busti would receive $65,000. 
 
 
The Jamestown Board of Education hosted a public hearing regarding the proposed 2018-19 budget Tuesday evening...  
 
With a stable tax levy unchanged in eight-years, the $86.6-million budget will set the stage for the 2019-20 school year.  Director of Finance Vern Connors says the proposal reflects the Board's goals to institute long-term fiscal tools, maintain school tax levy and, focus on student achievement.  There are two propositions on the ballot voters will decide on in the May 15th election.  The first establishes a capital reserve fund to set aside up to $2-million to pay local share costs for local capital projects and long-term school building repairs.  The second is the addition of an ex-officio student school board member. 
 
 
Ellicott town Police are investigating a serious accident that occurred near the intersection of South Work Street and Elmwood Avenue Monday night...  
 
Sergeant Matt Kubinski says officers initially received a report that a child was struck by a vehicle just after 6:00.  However, he says the victim allegedly fell OFF an SUV that pulled out of the driveway and struck his head on the curb. The unidentifed 16 year-old was treated at the scene and, flown by Starflight Helicopter to Buffalo Children's Hospital.  Kubinski says officers have talked to the victim's family and, learned the teen may be released from the hospital this week.  Police say the 17 year-old driver was not injured and is cooperating with authorities.  Anyone with information on the accident is asked to call Ellicott Police at 665-7083. 
 
 
Democrats and Republicans seem to back the decision by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to step down after an article published in the New Yorker in which two women accuse Schneiderman of physically abusing them.  In all, four women have come forward.  Governor Andrew Cuomo said the development was both shocking and disturbing...
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello also feels that resigning was right thing for Schneiderman to do, though he say he deserved his own day in court.  In a statement, Schneiderman said he did not commit assault, he did not engage in non-consensual sexual relations.  He did acknowledge though to "role-playing" during intimate encounters.  The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has indicated it will launch an investigation into the allegations.
 
 
Gas prices in the Jamestown area are up nearly four-cents this week to $2.93 for a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel...  
 
That from AAA's weekly gas price report, which says the price at the pump is 38-cents higher than this time last year.  Officials say gasoline inventories saw an 1.3-million barrel build on the week, and are at the highest levels in two months at 62-million. Nationally, fuel prices are up 45-cents more than last year at $2.81. AAA says prices could continue to rise as the summer driving season approaches.

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WJTN News Headlines for May 8, 2018

A spokeswoman for the New York Attorney General's office says a temporary replacement has been chosen after Eric Schneiderman resigned following accusations of physical abuse...  
 
Barbara Underwood will step in as acting attorney general.  She has been the state's Solitictor General since 2007.  Before that she served as Chief Assistant to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.  She has also worked in the Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn district attorney offices.  She got an undergraduate degree from Harvard and law degree from Georgetown.  Schneiderman says he'll resign at the close of business Tuesday.  The announcement came hours after The New Yorker published the accounts of four women, who accused the Democrat of physical violence.  Two of the women went on the record, saying Schneiderman repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, and without their consent.
 
 
There is no doubt that there is an overpopulation of deer in upstate New York's urban and suburban areas.  However, there are no "easy solutions" to the matter...  
 
That from state Department of Enviromental Conservation Wildlife Biologist Sue Binczik of Albany, who made a public presentation to city lawmakers about deer issues across New York state and, ways to deal with them to the city council and public last night.  Binczik says the overpopulation is due in part the loss of predators over the years.
 
Binczik says the deer's natural predators: wolves and mountain lions, were hunted out of New York about five decades ago.  She adds that they have adapted well to their current situation and, urban -- suburban settings are ideal because there is no hunting and, the vegetation and woodland density is about ideal for them.  Neither Binczik nor Region-9 Biologist Ryan Rockefeller made an recommendations, but they did suggest committing to a process, and being respectful of all points of view.  Council members later talked about that during their work session.
 
 
Last Friday night's fire that destroyed a church's historic clock tower in Fredonia has been ruled accidental after part of a roof gutter blew onto a live electric transformer, eventually starting the blaze...  
 
That from County fire investigators, who this afternoon released the cause.  National Grid workers inspectedand, say when the gutter came in contact with the transformer, the entire gutter system became energized.  Electricity then came in through the roof soffet.  Family Church of Fredonia purchased the building from Fredonia Baptist Church in 2015 and, Pastor Scott Wise says they have always regarded the clock tower as a symbol of Fredonia and the community.  Wise says Friday's blaze will not deter their goal of renovating the clock tower.  Family Church says the building is structurally sound. 
 
 
A Westfield area woman intends to run for the state Assembly as a Democrat against incumbent Republican Andy Goodell...  
 
Judith Einach made it official yesterday that she is a candidate for the 150th assembly district which includes all of Chautauqua County.  Einach holds a Masters degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education and, says she looks forward to challenging Goodell.
 
Einach has a background in both rural and urban economic development and, says she has a unique background for the position.  She says she's been a "community builder" in Buffalo, and has been director of New York's "Sustainable Agricultural Working Group."  Goodell has held the seat since 2010.  Einach is seeking the Democratic nomination and, is also hoping to get the Working Families Party and the Women's Equality Party lines as well.
 
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello hopes to soon have a website up and running that will better market the county to perspective employees, and people looking for better job opportunities...  
 
Borrello talked this past weekend about the difficulty local companies have expressed to him about finding workers locally who have the necessary skills, and who can pass a drug test.  He says the website will be at ChautauquaJobs.org.
 
Borrello says he's working with other county planning and economic development officials to get the site up and running.  He says the county has a number of good organizations working on the employment situation, like Chautauqua Works and, the Workforce Investment Board.  However, he says they need to tie it all together... and, he says they need to work on a more "cohesive message."  Borrello mentioned creation of the website during his "State of the County Address" to help fill at least 767 jobs at local businesses that he's visited.  He made his comments for last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
A Jamestown-area woman who has a lot of experience in marketing and public relations is the new Resource Development and Marketing Coordinator for the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County...  
 
United Way Executive Director Amy Rohler says they've hired Cynde Johnson to be part of their team at the local human service agency.  Johnson was previously Director of Marketing and Business Development at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood, and has a passion for connecting the community.  Rohler says they are "thrilled to announce that Cynde has joined our team here at the United Way.  We look forward to making more things possible and building a stronger community with her expertise and experience."  Johnsons says she's both "honored and excited" to have this opportunity and looks forward to continuing the mission of hope here in our community with the United Way.  She is a graduate of Southwestern Central High School, and Jamestown Business College.
 
 
A Cherry Creek man faces criminal contempt charges for violating a stay-away order last Saturday...  
 
Troopers out of Fredonia with the assistance of Chautauqua County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a residence in the town for the report of burglary in progress.  On arrival, officers located 32 year-old Terrence Musall and another indentified person inside.  Police say the home-owner was contacted and declined to press charges.  However, after confirmining Musall's identity, he was placed in custody because there was an active stay-away order of protection to avoid contact with his accomplice.  He was arraigned and sent to county jail, and will appear in Cherry Court at a later date to answer the charge. 
 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo is advancing legislation designed to discourage oil and gas development in New York's coastal waters...  
 
The Trump administration wants to open up the Atlantic coast from Georgia to Maine to offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling.  The governor's proposed bill would prohibit oil and gas exploration in New York waters, prohibit offshore oil and gas infrastructure on state land, and prohibit the transportation of North Atlantic crude oil from offshore wells on the state's navigable waters.  Citizens Campaign for the Environment's Adrienne Esposito says New York may not be able to ban drilling in federal waters, but it can make it less profitable.  The Trump administration wants to expand the oil and gas production but opponents argue that fossil fuels accelerate climate change, and the environmental consequences of an oil spill would be disastrous.  Esposite adds that offshore drilling also runs counter to the state's aggressive moves toward clean energy.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 7, 2018

A Kennedy man has been arrested for allegedly crashing his car into a house in the southeast corner of Jamestown and, running off...  
 
City police were joined by Ellicott Town Police in responding to the scene on Manchester Road just before 11:30 p.m. last Friday night.  Officers say 27 year-old Alan Wilson had allegedly driven the vehicle into the house and, fled on foot before police arrived.  Police say they found Wilson on the Peck-Settlement Road a short time later and, found that he was drunk at the time.  He was arraigned on charges of second-degree criminal mischief, DWI, and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident. He posted $4,000 bail.
 
 
State police are continuing to investigate the death of a 47-year-old homeless man in Chautauqua County...  
 
The body of Brian Heyden was found two weeks ago in a wooded area just off Route 20 in the Town of Portland.  Authorities are calling the death suspicious.  An autopsy is scheduled to determine cause of death.  State police say the victim was known to travel from his encampment just west of Brocton to Fredonia on a daily basis.  Troopers believe he received a ride from a passing motorist in a white or light-colored pickup truck on the afternoon of April 20th.  His body was found the next day.  Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 716-665-3114.
 
 
It's not often easy to identify people who are using and abusing drugs and alcohol, because people from all walks of life use and abuse...  
 
To address those perceptions, the Falconer Central School will be hosting a "Kids Escaping Drugs" program Tuesday, May 15 at 6 p.m. in the High School auditorium.  High School Guidance Counselor Tara Swan says the group recently made a presentation during a staff In-Service Day.
 
Swan says the goal of the program is to educate families and community members of the prevalence and harmful effects of alcohol and drug experimentation, use, and dependence among adolescents.  In addition to Kids Escaping Drugs, she says Kim Carlson from "A Fresh Start" and members of the Jamestown and Ellicott Police Departments will also take part.  Swan encourages everyone in Falconer -- and the surrouding area -- to join them on the 15.  Officials say this will be a good chance to educate the public on the dangers of the current drug crisis.
 
 
Governor Cuomo says a proposal to open supervised injection sites for illegal drug users in an effort to combat fatal overdoses will be closely reviewed...  
 
Cuomo said last weekend that the goal of fighting opioid overdoses is "laudable."  But, the Democrat says the plan to open injection sites raises legal questions.  Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his support on Thursday for a one-year pilot program to operate four injection sites in the city.  The plan would require the approval of the state Department of Health.  Cuomo said the department will review it. 
 
 
A Westfield resident has announced her plans to run for the New York state Assembly against incumbant Andy Gooddell...  
 
Judith Einach said Sunday that she is running as a Democrat for the a seat in the 150th Assembly district, which includes all of Chautuauqa County.  Einach says the county needs "new leadership."  In a media release, she notes her background in rural and economic development, and lifelong committment to improving the quality of life for all will enable her "to be a true public servant as a member of the Assembly."  Einach holds a Masters Degree from Harvard University.
 
 
A Meet the Candidates forum will be held this Wednesday night in Mayville for the five people seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the 23rd District Congressional seat...  
 
That from League of Women voters Minda Rae Amiran, who says the forum is open to the public and will be held this Wednesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at Chautauqua Lake Central School.  Amarin says most of the evening will be devoted to questions from the people attending.
 
The five candidates include one Jamestown resident, Eddie Sundquist.  The field also includes Max Della Pia, Tracy Mitrano, Linda Andrei and Ian Golden.  Minda Rae Amiran says the league is encouraging both Democrats and non-Democrats to attend the forum since one of the five candidates will be challenging incumbant Republican Tom Reed in the November general election.  The Democratic primary is set for June 26.  
 
 
A church that owns the historic clock tower that was destroyed by fire Friday evening has plans to rebuild it...  
 
Family Church of Fredonia purchased the building from Fredonia Baptist Church in 2015. Pastor Scott Wise of Family Church says they have always regarded the clock tower as a symbol of Fredonia and the community.  Family Church spent $1.3-million renovating the building at the corner of Church Street and Temple Street and had started a GoFundMe page with a goal of $100,000 to renovate the clock tower. Wise says Friday's blaze will not deter their goal of renovating the clock tower. Family Church says the building is structurally sound. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
 
 
Jamestown city lawmakers will begin looking tonight at possible options to deal with an apparent overpopulation of deers in certain areas of the city...  
 
City Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings says he's been able to contact the State Department of Environmental Conservation to have a wildlife biologist discuss options and, other ways to deter deer from moving into populated areas of Jamestown.  He says he reached out to the DEC about the matter and, got a representative to come and discuss options to look at.  Snellings made his comments during last week's Council meeting.  City Clerk Todd Thomas says the DEC representative will be on hand for next Monday night's work session.  Due to the presentation, the work session will be held in City Council chambers tonight at 7:30.  As with all council meetings, Thomas says members of the public are welcome to attend.

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News Headlines for Sat., May 5, 2018

Second city man arrested in connection with home invasion-assault in Jamestown...
A second person has been arrested in connection with last Monday morning's serious home invasion -- assault on Jamestown's southside.  City police say they arrested 31 year-old Michael Culbertson Friday afternoon in connection with the violent assault at 322 Newland Ave. that's left the victim in critical condition.  The first suspect... 33 year-old Dacien Devault... was arrested this past Tuesday.  Officers say Culbertson, Devault and others broke into the home shortly after 2 a.m. last Monday... and, hit the male victim over the head several times.  The victim was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital... then transferred to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie.  City police say more arrests are expected.  Officers say at least one gun-shot was fired from a hand-gun during the incident... but, no one was struck.  Both Culbertson and Devault are jailed on a first-degree assault charges.  If you have any further information on the incident... call police at their tips-line at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477... or use their Tips 4-1-1 app.
 
 
Ohio man arrested for driving 97 mph -- drunk -- on town of Ellery...
An Ohio man is accused of drunk driving after he was stopped for allegedly going nearly 100 mph on Interstate 86 in the town of Ellery early Friday morning.  Sheriff's officers say a patrol stopped the car... driven by 29 year-old Beau Blood of Mentor about 12:30 a.m.  Deputies say they clocked Blood's car going 97 mph.  Further investigation showed that he was intoxicated, and had open containers of alcohol inside the vehicle.  A background check showed that Blood had a previous conviction for DWI within the past 10 years... making this arrest a Felony.  Blood was charged with Felony DWI, speeding, and consumption of alcohol in motor vehicle.  Blood was arraigned in Ellery Town Court and released on bail.
 
 
Historic Clock Tower in Fredonia destroyed by fire...
A large fire destroyed a historic clock tower on top of a church building last night in downtown Fredonia.  Firefighters from Fredonia, Dunkirk, and East Dunkirk responded to Family Church on the corner of Church and Temple streets shortly after 6:30 p.m.  Fire officials say the flames were contained to the clock tower and the church attic, and there were no injuries reported.  Pastor Scott Wise from Family Church says he got a call from a church leader who was setting up for a youth event that there was a fire.  Wise says, by the time he got there, the tower was fully ingulfed in flames.  Wise says the clock tower is scheduled to be taken down sometime today, piece by piece.  The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team has been called to the scene... but the cause of the fire remains under investigation.  Crews were at the scene for about 7-and-a-half hours.
 
 
DEC representative to be at City Council to discuss deer overpopulation issues...
The Jamestown City Council will begin looking next week at possible options to deal with an apparent overpopulation of deers in certain areas of the city.  City Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings says he's been able to contact the State Department of Environmental Conservation to have a wildlife biologist discuss options... and, other ways to deter deer from moving into populated areas of Jamestown.  Snellings says, once the information is provided, lawmakers can make a decision on what they feel needs to be done.  Snellings made his comments at this past week's Council meeting.  City Clerk Todd Thomas says the DEC representative will be on hand for next Monday night's work session.  Due to the presentation... the work session will be held in City Council chambers at 7:30 p.m.  As with all council meetings... Thomas says members of the public are welcome to attend.
 
 
El Greco among local companies looking to hire...
Several Jamestown area businesses are hiring... and, some are not requiring any specific skills.  One is a local maker of wooden baby and kids furniture in Jamestown that has carved out a niche in the national and international markets.  During Thursday's Small Business Week event at El Greco Woodworking on East First Street... Co-Owner Alexis Singleton noted they employ 24 people between their two locations on First Street... and, Allen Street.  However... she says they need more workers -- who take pride in what they do -- to meet demand.  She says their a "good fit," and enjoy the work.  Not long ago... she says their work caught the eye of the U-S State Department, and they now make cribs, and other furniture for U-S Embassy's abroad.  Singleton says El Greco started out making wood furniture for homes and offices... but, began making baby and kids furniture about 20 years ago.  She says they began making just baby and kids furniture in 2004... and, she says they've gotten very good at it.  Singleton says it you are interested in working for El Greco Woodworking... go on-line to elgrecofurniture.com.
 
 
Cuomo again voices opposition to Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling...
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is ramping up his opposition to the Trump administration's proposal to open up new areas for oil and gas drilling.  The Democrat announced during a Friday news conference on Manhattan's southern tip that he's proposing legislation that would essentially ban fossil fuel drilling and exploration in New York's waters.  Cuomo's "Save Our Waters" bill would prohibit leases for drilling underwater and block navigation on New York waters of crude oil associated with offshore production in the North Atlantic.  Cuomo says allowing offshore drilling would threaten nearly 320-thousand jobs and billions of dollars generated through New York's tourism and fishing industries.
 
Happy Cino De Mayo!
 
 
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 4, 2018

Innovation isn't magic.  It's something successful businesses do on an on-going basis...  
 
That was the message Ben Rand brought to the annual meeting of Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier Thursday night.  Rand, President of Insyte Consulting in Buffalo, says businesses often wait for innovation to strike like lightning.  As an alternative, Rand outlined a process to help generate new ideas and bring them to production.
 
Rand told the group free help is available for small and medium size maufacturers in the region who want to innovate at shiftmfg.com.  It's paid for through phase-two of the Buffalo Billion. The MAST annual meeting was held at the Moonbrook Country Club. 
 
 
A local maker of wooden baby and kid's furniture items in Jamestown served as the backdrop for next week's start to Small Business Week across the city and nation...  
 
Mayor Sam Teresi was at El Greco Woodworking on East First Street in Jamestown Thursday to issue a proclamation, making May 6 through May 12 'Small Business Week' in the city.  Teresi says kicking off the week at El Greco is exciting because it's been a fixture in downtown Jamestown for the past 43 years.
 
El Greco has been a true success story, having lost it's original site on First Street in a major fire 14 years ago.  The final assembly and shipping facility is now located on Allen Street.  El Greco's long-time owner, and founder, George Theofilactidies expressed his appreciation to the city for it's support during good times and, bad.  Theofilactidies' daughter -- Alexis Singleton -- is also a co-owner of the business.  She says they originally made furniture for home and office.  Alexis says they started making baby and kids items in the 1990s and, went to all kids and baby furniture in 2008. 
 
 
A Republican from West Ellicott is looking into a run for the office of New York State Attorney General...  
 
Randy Elf annnouced his intentions Thursday night at a gathering of community leaders.  Elf says Republicans and Conservatives across the state have talked to him about putting his name in.  Elf has a law degree from Syracuse University.  He's practiced privately and before the Federal Election Commission.  Elf says he also has extensive experience conducting hearings on the constitutionality of political-speech law.  The current Attorney General is New York City-area Democrat Eric Schneiderman.
 
 
A city man is accused of holding a city woman against her will early Wednesday morning... and, damaging her cellphone...  
 
Jamestown police were called to the scene at 10 Linwood Avenue shortly after Midnight and, learned that 27 year-old Christopher Belin had allegedly thrown the unidentified woman's phone out a second-story window.  Officers later found Belin hiding in the attic, where he was arrested for third-degree criminal mischief.  He was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
A familiar face to local Democrats will be the keynote speaker at this year's Chautauqua County Democratic Banquet to be held at Chautauqua next month...  
 
Democratic Committee Chairman Norm Green says retired State Assemblyman Bill Parment will headline a full evening of speakers for the gathering on Wednesday, June 13, at the Athenaeum Hotel.  Green says this will give the local party a chance to hear from him for the first time since his decision to retire in the Summer of 2010.
 
Green says the now-75 year-old Parment has been living in recent times in the Ithaca area, largely because of the recreational hiking opportunities there.  In addition to Parment, Green says all five remaining candidates for the Democratic nomination for to run for Congress will also be there -- just before their June 26 primary.  He adds Sheriff Joe Gerace, and their Assembly candidate, who has yet to announce, will also be there.  The banquet on June 13th begins at 6 p.m., with a social hour preceeding that.  To register, go online to CHQDEM.org.
 
 
The state Assembly has voted to reduce the state's role in teacher evaluations...  
 
The Democrat-led body passed legislation late Wednesday would allow local school districts to set their own teacher evaluation rules.  The measure would also eliminate a state mandate that required such evaluations to reflect student performance on standardized tests.  The measure was praised by teachers unions, who say it will reduce what it called an over-reliance on standardized testing.
 
 
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, the presumptive Republican nominee for New York governor, has released his 2017 tax return...  
 
The joint tax filing released by his campaign Thursday shows the 42-year-old Molinaro and his wife, Corrine Adams, earned $174,048 last year, most of it from his nearly $140,000 salary as the top elected official in Dutchess County.  The couple, who live in the town of Red Hook, paid just over $24,000 in federal taxes and, received a just over $2,000 federal tax refund. 
 
 
A drug-raid at an apartment in the city of Olean led to the discovery of over half-a-pound of marijuana and, the arrest of three people inside...  
 
A search warrant was issued for the lower apartment at 15-08 West Henley Street last Thursday following an investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office.  Police say residents 28 year-old Steven Ertell and 29 year-old Billie Ferraro were allegedly found to be in possession of over 25-grams of pot and, were charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of marrijuana.  Fifty-four year-old Robert Kennedy-- of Colorado-- is accused of possessing over eight-ounces of cannabis and was charged with felony criminal possession of marijuana.  Each was issued an appearance ticket for Olean City Court next Wednesday morning. 
 
 
The Jamestown City Council Parent-Teacher Student Association is holding a Candidate's Forum next Monday for the Jamestown School Board... 
 
Officials say there are two seats on the ballot for the May 15 election, each for a three-year term beginning in July. The three candidates running for election include incumbants Dan Johnson and Nina Karbacka and, challenger Brianna Fadale. The forum will include a brief introduction of each candidate followed by an opportunity for the public to ask questions beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Administration Building on Martin Road. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 3, 2018

This week's third and final input session on updating Jamestown's 12-year-old Urban Design Plan was held last night and, work will now begin to update the plan for the city's downtown area...  
 
Work on the initial plan was headed up by Principle David Spillane with Goody-Clancy of Boston, Massachusetts, who says the plans needs to be updated because most of their initial goals were met.  Spillane says they've had good input, especially from new and young entrepreneurs that are excited about the city's direction.
 
Spillane says that "one new, remarkable attraction" should be the new National Comedy Center, which was not even on the table at the time the first Urban Design Plan was completed.  While the past 10 years has been successful, he says they'll need another good 10 years to begin to see the city's full potential.  Planners outlined six areas that appear to be key to the next decade, including Community Planning and further development on the riverfront.  A "draft" Urban Design Plan should be completed by early July.
 
 
Two Jamestown residents were arrested following a domestic dispute on the city's eastside Tuesday morning...  
 
City police were called to a residence on Bowen Street just before 2 a.m. for possible domestic dispute and, burglary in progress.  Investigation revealed 54 year-old James Grant allegedly slapped an unidentified victim several times while an order of protection was in effect. After the altercation, police say Grant and 54 year-old Warren Dinkins then entered the victim's home without permission and, stole a television.  Both men were taken into custody pending arraignment for second-degree burglary and petty larceny.  Grant also faces charges of aggravated family offense and first-degree criminal contempt.  
 
 
The city of Jamestown is getting nearly 70-thousand dollars from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services to help fight gun and other related violence in the city...  
 
The City Council this week approved receipt of the funding from the state "Gun-Involved Violence Elimination" -- or GIVE Initiative.  City Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings says the GIVE Program replaced the former Operation IMPACT program and, requires Jamestown and 16 other jurisdictions outside of New York City to focus exclusively on reducing and preventing shootings and firearm-related homicides. State Criminal Justice officials say the GIVE initiative builds upon the information sharing and partnerships developed under Operation IMPACT, while expanding the use of crime analysis, evidence-based practices and community partnerships to assist in the reduction of firearm-related crimes.
 
 
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities is about half-way through it's annual Spring Water Main Flushing in the city and most of the downtown area...  
 
BPU General Manager Dave Leathers recently spoke to the city council about this year's program... and, noted their longest day would be yesterday with the downtown area involved.  Unlike most days... that began at 5:30 a.m. so as not to interfere with downtown businesses  Leathers says they've been able to pretty much eliminate any of last year's problems.
 
Leathers says the BPU has found that daytime flushing -- which was started last year -- helps them be more efficient with Water Division personnel and, they can do it in a safer manner.  Most days... he says flushing will run from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m..  BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says they are updating the schedule on their Twitter and Facebook sites.  If you have further questions about the Spring Daytime Water Main Flushing in the BPU system, go to those platforms, or call the BPU's Flushing Hotline at 661-1688.
 
 
Gas prices in the Jamestown area are up two-cents this week to $2.90 per gallon of regular, unleaded fuel....  
 
AAA reports that prices at the pump have spiked as much as 15-cents in a few Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states.  Across New York, gas prices are five-cents high to $2.94.  Officials report a 544-million barrel gain in gasoline inventories after last week's decline. However, overall inventories lag 6-million barrels behind this time last year.  The national price-per-gallon has reached the highest in nearly three years to $2.81.  In 2014, motorists were paying an average of $3.34.  AAA says gasoline demand dropped by 774,000 barrels-per-day.
 
 
A city man faces charges following a traffic stop on Thayer Street Wednesday afternoon... 
 
Through investigation, officers found a passenger inside the vehicle-- 32 year-old Tyler Steppe-- allegedly tried to hide his identity because he has active city court warrants. Steppe was arrested on the warrants and further charged with second-degree criminal impersonation. He was taken to city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
An event to celebrate the life of a north county woman who served as the inspiration behind the annual Laurel Run will be held this Sunday in Silver Creek....  
 
Laurel Hotelling passed away last November at the age of 54.  Her parents, Wayne and Elaine Hotelling, are holding a Celebration of Laurel Hotelling's Life from 2 to 6 p.m. on May 6 at the Fireman's Association Building.  Wayne Hotelling says the entire community is invited to attend and share their memories of Laurel.
 
Laurel played an important role in helping raise awareness of those with Down syndrome and disabilities.  Steve Waterson of the Resource Center says the memory of Laurel will live on with the continuation of Laurel Run and, a board room they have named after the Hotellings in Jamestown.  Wayne Hotelling is encouraging those planning attend to write down their memories of Laurel and share them with the others at the event.
 
 
A woman from Celoron is accused of drunk-driving more than twice the legal limit and, causing property damage in Jamestown Tuesday night... 
 
City police were called to 2 Harding Avenue for a single car accident and, found 67 year-old Dianna Brooks to be intoxicated. Officers say Brooks allegedly drove over a street sign, re-entered the roadway and, the drove back off the road into a chain-link fence. She was released with appearance tickets for DWI, moving from lane unsafely... and DWI-BAC over 0.18. She was arraigned in Jamestown City Court Wednesday. 

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A rubbish fire that got out of control -- triggering a brush fire -- has reportedly destroyed a home and garage on a farm in the town of Harmony...  
 
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office Dispatchers say Panama firefighters were called to the scene at 1102 Hoag Road in Watts Flats shortly after 3 p.m. yesterday.  The Post-Journal reports that the owner was burning manure and other items when the flames got away from him, and spread to the house and garage.  Panama was joined at the scene by Ashville, Lakewood, Busti, Kiantone, Clymer and Bear Lake, Pennsylvania fire crews.  No injuries were reported; crews were at the scene through late afternoon.
 
 
A city man is jailed for allegedly taking part in an early morning home invasion Monday that's left the victim in critical condition at an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital...  
 
City police say they arrested 33 year-old Dacien Devalut in connection with their investigation into the incident at 322 Newland Avenue.  Officers say Devault and others broke into the home shortly after 2 a.m. Monday and hit the male victim over the head several times.  He was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, then transferred to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie.  City police say more arrests are expected.  Officers say at least one gun-shot was fired from a hand-gun during the incident, but no one was struck.  Devault is being held, pending arraignment on one count of first-degree assault.  If you have any information on the incident, call city police at 483-7537, or their confidential tips line at 483-TIPS (8477).  You can also contact their Tips 4-1-1 app.
 
 
Village board members in Lakewood have approved a 2018-19 budget that includes a 64 to 65-cent per thousand assessed value tax rate increase...  
 
Village Clerk Joe Johnson says the $3.9-million spending plan was approved during a special meeting Monday night.  The budget increases the tax levy by $110,000, up to $1.92-million, and includes a line item for the Lakewood Library.  That line-item was increased about $2,000 to just over $67,000.  Village officials say the increase puts the rate at $7.98. 
 
 
One person was hurt during a motor vehicle accident that caused a power outage on Lakeview Avenue yesterday afternoon... 
 
The Jamestown Post-Journal reports the unidentified driver refused treatment at the scene for minor injuries. The newspaper says the man was ticketed for failure to keep right after his SUV went onto a curb near Severn Parkway and struck a utility pole. The Board of Public Utilities says most power was restored to the area within an hour, and all power was restored just before 8 p.m. Tuesday evening. 
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's impressed with the way The Resource Center's "Community Health Center" in Jamestown is serving several thousand local residents...  
 
Reed toured the East Second Street facility late yesterday morning to see the multi-million dollar renovation project, which is nearly complete.  The Corning Republican says the project is being helped along by "several" funding sources and, he says the ultimate goal is improved service delivery.
 
The Community Health Center houses a number of health care services, from primary care, to dental and mental and behavioral health treatment.  Reed listened to health center officials, who detailed their concerns as the nation shifts from a legacy "fee for service" to "valu-based" delivery system.  He says 30 to 40-percent of reimbursement dollars go to the older system, instead of directly to patient services.  Reed says federal policies need to better match up with those.  Services at The Resource Center Community Health Center are primarily for the developmentally-disabled, as well as lower-income, Medicare, and Medicaid recipients.
 
 
Congressman Reed was later in the north county... making a stop at Dunkirk Specialty Steel.  Reed toured the facility with company officials to learn about the products they make.  Reed says he was impressed with the operations and hopes they grow...
 
Reed says the change in trade policy by President Trump seems to be helping the local company and, he hopes the threat of higher tariffs against foreign competitors such as South Korea and China can make a difference.  He adds he understands the concern voiced there, but he says there are already positives being seen -- especially from China regarding intellectual properties.  Reed was joined on the tour and roundtable meeting by Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas and Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency Chief Executive Officer Mark Geise.  
 
 
A Panama man is now jailed on one-million dollars cash bail on 11 additional charges for allegedly sexually abusing two young girls earlier this year...  
 
Sheriff's deputies say that 50 year-old Frederick Antill, Junior of Niobe Road was arraigned on new charges -- including third-degree criminal sex act, and second-degree rape yesterday afternoon.  Officers say Antill was intially arrested back on April 20th for the alleged incidents, which occured this past February and March.  He was arraigned in County Court and, sent to the county lock-up.  The Sheriff's Office was assisted in the investigation by Child Protective Services and, the Child Advocacy Program of Chautauqua County.
 
 
A Jamestown-area native convicted earlier this year of stealing a gun from a Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputy as she was trying to arrest him has been sentenced to up to seven years in state prision...  
 
The Post-Journal reports that Justin Haffa -- now of Cheektowaga -- received the 2-1/3 to seven-year maximum from County Court Judge David Foley for third-degree robbery.  Haffa was accused of crashing his car in the town of Pomfret in September of 2016 and, fought with Deputy Sara Cunningham as she was giving him a sobriety test.  Haffa was acquitted of more serious charges, including first-degree attempted murder.
 
 
Gasoline prices in the Jamestown area are up two-cents this week, to $2.90 per gallon for regular, unleaded fuel...  
 
AAA reports that prices at the pump have spiked as much as 15-cents in a few Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states.  Officials report a 544-million barrel gain in gasoline inventories after last week's decline.  Nationally, prices are the highest since November 2014 at $2.81 per gallon. 

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City police are asking for the public's help in find several alleged suspects involved in a home invasion-robbery early Monday morning on Jamestown's southside...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to 322 Newland Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. for an altercation.  On arrival, police found an unidentified male victim who had sustained a serious head laceration after he was allegedly struck repeatedly with an object after several people forcibly entered the home.  Samuelson says investigation revealed the victim was targeted and, that at least one-round was fired from a handgun during the incident.  The victim was intially taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, then then transferred to UPMC Hamot in Erie Pennsylvania for further treatment.  Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call 483-7537, or an annoymous tip can be left on their tip-line at 483-TIPS (8477), or via the TIPS 4-1-1 app. 
 
 
Progress is being made on renovation work to the front part of Jamestown Police headquarters after last year's flooding after a major rainstorm...  
 
That from Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings, who adds, though, that it's still unclear as to when the public entrance will reopen.  Snellings spoke after the City Council last night approved hiring Empire Development of Mayville was approved to do Phase-Two of the project for just under $491,000.  Snellings says Phase-Two will be more "labor intensive" than the first phase.
 
Otherwise, Snellings--- who had overseen the project-- says the first phase went well, and they're happy with the improvements made. City Public Works Director Jeff Lehman recently noted the main entryway could be re-opened to the public by early to mid-May, but Snellings says given the remaining work that has to be done, he's not sure if that will happen or not.  The City Council also approved a $1,200 change-order with Empire for Phase-One of the project.  
 
 
Three brothers were arrested following a fight at a bar in the town of Busti Sunday.  State Police in Jamestown say they were called to a "fight-in-progress" at the undisclosed location and, say 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.  Police investigation revealed that Zachary and Kyle Haller assaulted patrons of the bar, while all three men caused damage inside.  All three men were arraigned in Busti Town Court and sent to the County Jail with bail to be set. 
 
 
State lawmakers from the area are looking at a number of measures to better ensure school safety in the wake of the latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida...  
 
That from both State Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell, who talked at length about the issue during last Friday's Legislative Breakfast hosted by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce in Lakewood.  Young reiterated her support of expanding the School Resource Officer program, as well as better security at school entryways and exits.
 
Young also called for state lawmakers to pass her legislation -- Kendra's Law -- much of which was approved nearly 20 years ago.  However, many say the law needs more teeth.  The law calls for those with serious mental illness be forced to take their prescribed medication.  She also wants schools shootings, or the threat of them, to be labeled "domestic terrorism..." which would allow federal, state and local authorities to share information.  Goodell says the Assembly approved bans on bump-stocks and other items and, expand the ability of law enforcement to take guns away from people deemed serious threats to schools.
 
 
A big warm up gets underway today, although it'll still be kind of cool near the Lake Erie shoreline...  
 
Temperatures got just over 60 in the immediate Jamestown-area Monday.  Even warmer days are expected today and tomorrow.Wednesday.  That from Meteorologist Jim Mitchell of the National Weather Service's Buffalo office, who says we'll see a high around 77 Wednesday.  However, we'll see some rain and possible thunderstorms by Wednesday night. Today's high will be around the low 70s around Jamestown, but they'll struggle to get above 60 along the Lake Erie shoreline.  After the late week rain, the weekend is expected to be drier and more seasonal.
 
 
The state Senate has voted to toughen the penalties for selling drugs near a drug or alcohol treatment center...  
 
The measure, which passed the Senate on Monday, is intended to stop dealers who seek to exploit people in recovery.  It would make the sale of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a treatment center, rehab facility or methadone clinic a felony.  Senator Fred Akshar sponsored the legislation.  The Binghamton Republican said it's just one example of tougher laws needed to "drive drug dealers out" of New York communities. 
 
 
Schools and health officials across the U.S. are struggling to curb what they say is an epidemic of underage vaping...  
 
Officials say teens and children are getting easy access to e-cigarettes and other vaping devices, which heat liquid into an inhalable vapor that often contains nicotine.  Vaping is illegal under the age of 18 in many states, but students say they can buy them online or from older friends.  Federal health officials say they're cracking down on underage sales and also exploring whether certain features of the popular brand Juul appeal to young people.  Schools have responded with educational campaigns, and some now deal automatic suspensions for vaping.  The latest federal data showed a dip in teen vaping in 2016 after years of growth. Updated numbers are expected in June.

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