WJTN News Headlines for July 31, 2018

 
A Jamestown teenager faces multiple-Felony charges after allegedly stealing 17 guns, and other items (including iPads), during a weekend burglary at a home on the city's northside...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to a home on Price Street about 9 p.m. Saturday to investigate a reported break-in.  Samuelson says officers quickly found a number of the stolen items with 19 year-old Damion Carlson.
 
Samuelson says it's alarming that Carlson was able to grab 17 firearms (along with the other items) during the break-in.  He says all the items taken have now been recovered.  Carlson was arraigned on charges of second-degree burglary, third-degree grand larceny and, first-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
Two men were arrested after at least seven different types of drugs were found during a traffic stop in the Village of Celoron early Sunday morning...  
 
Ellicott Town Police say they stopped a car for a traffic violation and say the driver -- 40 year-old Shane Messere of Jamestown -- was operating on a suspended license.  Messere was also allegedly found in possession marijuana and various controlled substances including hydrocodone pills, morphine pills, methadone and amphetamine pills.  Officers say his 59 year-old passenger had nearly 10-grams of cocaine in his possession.  Both men were sent to the county jail and will appear in Ellicott Town Court at a later date.  Police were assisted at the scene by sheriff's deputies and their K-9 Unit. 
 
 
The Jamestown City Council fullfilled a charter requirement during last night's voting session of selecting a six-member Salary Review Commission to review the pay for elected officials...  
 
The council approved it's own three appointees, along with three by Mayor Sam Teresi for the panel, which is expected to convene sometime in the next few months.  Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says the City Charter requires the convening of such a panel every four years.  Dolce adds that any changes would not be implemented until the next terms.
 
Dolce says that takes away any possibility that lawmakers would have any knowledge of voting on their own pay. However, in recent years, lawmakers have rejected the recommendations of past panels due to the city's fiscal problems.  The salaries for the mayor and city council members have remained the same for several years.  The mayor's annual salary is $72,000; while the city council's is $5,000.  The six members of the panel approved Monday were Howard Brook, Lillian Ney, John LaMancuso, Tyler Case, Scott Gee, and Catharine Way.  
 
 
Authorities have now identified the man hiking in Cattaraugus County's Zoar Valley, who slipped and fell 70 feet to his death over the weekend...  
 
Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley say is 20-year-old Conor Long of Boston, New York was with three friends when he slipped and fell into the gorge Sunday afternoon.  The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation, sheriff's deputies and multiple local fire departments worked to recover the hiker.   Due to inclement weather, sheriff's officials say they were unable to use a rescue helicopter and first responders had to rappel into the gorge to retrieve the man.  Officials say drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor.
 
 
There is a definite "wow" factor with the new National Comedy Center in Jamestown, which is slated to open this week....
 
U-S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, after getting a quick tour of the new center located at the historic Gateway Train Station on West Second Street Monday, was among the lawmakers in Washington who pushed for restoration of funding for historic preservation. The funding was critical for the Comedy Center project.  Gillibrand says because the train station was involved in the project, it's received about $2-million in federal assistance.  Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson expressed her appreciation and noted the comedy center seeks to "weave" the old with the new. 
 
 
With the grand opening of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown taking place this week, Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says the center is already have an impact on the county's economy...  
 
He says area hotels and campgrounds are seeing an uptick in activity because of the opening that coincides with the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.  Once in operation, Tranum says NCC is expected to have a major impact on the county's entire economy.  He says it will have an addtional, $23-million impact on a region that already has about a $260-million tourism impact.  Tranum says the center is expected to bring over 100,000 visitors annually.  Also kicking off this week is the 16-to-18 year-old Babe Ruth World series, which begins with a parade at 9 a.m. Saturday, along Third Street with back-to-back games starting at Noon.  
 
 
A former Rodeo cowboy will again be the announcer for the annual Gerry Rodeo, which begins this Wednesday night at the grounds off Route 60...  
 
Danville, Pennsylvania's Greg Simas will handle the announcing duties for the ninth straight year and, says Gerry is a "very unique" rodeo.  He says it takes place once a year, but has strong support by the community.  Simas adds it also has a great purse of $45,000. By this time of year, Simas says the rodeo season is winding down to it's September 30 end.  He says the finals will be held soon, and, these events are important to a number of competitiors who are looking to get into, or solidify their standing in the top 12 in each region.  The performances each night begin at 8 p.m. with the Beef Barbecue dinners being served from 5-8 p.m. through Saturday.  There are a total of seven events that'll take place each night.  Pre-sale tickets are still available at a number of locations, or call 985-4847.  You can also go online to GerryRodeo.org.
 
 
A group that assists victims of sexual abuse says the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has now interviewed the third of three alleged childhood sexual abuse victims of a Dunkirk priest...  
 
The Road to Recovery website says the third alleged childhood sexual abuse victim of Father Dennis Riter, currently Pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Dunkirk, was interviewed by Diocese representatives Monday morning.  In a media release, the group stated that Father Riter was reinstated last month as the pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, even though "a complete and thorough investigation" of all allegations did not take place.  The group held a news conference following this latest development.

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WJTN News Headlines for July 30, 2018

A State Trooper from Erie, Pennsylvania risked his own life to protect others as a two-state pursuit of a wanted man and his passenger ended last Saturday with the driver going the wrong way on Interstate 86 near Sherman....  
 
Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies say the pursuit began in the Erie about 11 a.m. after the driver, 48 year-old William Lisek, failed to comply with a traffic stop.  Police say Lisek and a 36 year-old woman were sought for a strong armed robbery, and weapons charges.  State Police say the pursuit went onto Interstate 90 before moving onto I-86 and, into Chautauqua County.  Police say Lisek lost control of his car, and it spun just past the Sherman exit.  Police say he then began driving west in the eastbound lanes.  An unidentified trooper-- seeing what happened-- then hit the fleeing vehicle.  The Trooper was not hurt but, both Lisek and the passenger were hospitalized. Numerous charges are pending.
 
 
A Mayville man has been arrested for alleged drug-trafficking following a vehicle stop early last weekend in the town of Stockton...  
 
Sheriff's officers say a patrol spotted 41 year-old Harry Radke traveling on Route 380 just after 7:30 last Friday morning, and stopped him on an outstanding Felony warrant.  Deputies say K-9 Drake was brought in during the stop and, the K-9 allegedly found Felony levels of methamphetamine, and heroin and, packaging materials, and a digital scale.  Radke was charged with two counts of Felony third-degree criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and, Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia.  Other felony level charges are pending, including violation of probation.  Radke was arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court, and sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
The National Comedy Center is slated to open in Jamestown this week, but this morning, a federal lawmaker will be in town to critical funding for historic preservation....  
 
U-S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will be at the center to announce the successful push to get just over $56-million more for historic preservation in the 2019 federal budget plan.  Gillibrand says the funding supports historic preservation and economic development projects around the state -- including the National Comedy Center -- which includes part of Jamestown's old train station as one of its buildings. 
 
 
The director of Chautauqua County's Department of Public Facilities has been recognized for his nearly 14-years of heading up the department...  
 
George Spanos is retiring on August 15.  Since the legislature doesn't meet until later in the month, Spanos was presented a commendation at this past week's legislature meeting in Mayville.  County Executive George Borrello says he has some "awfully big shoes to fill" in replacing Spanos, who just celebrated 31-years with the DPF.
 
Borrello adds that Spanos was also able to finally move the Millenium Parkway in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area to conclusion.  He says that's led to new development, including the new Cold Storage facility being located there.  Spanos says he appreciates the support he received from four county executives after being appointed by former Executive Mark Thomas in August of 2004.  He was originally appointed by Mark Thomas, and stayed on with Greg Edwards, Vince Horrigan, and for about 8 months with Borrello. Spanos has also been president of the New York State County Highway Superintendent's Association.  Borrello has named a committee to look for a new DPF director.
 
 
New York Army National Guard soldiers are heading to Puerto Rico to build houses as Hurricane Maria recovery continues...  
 
The 45 soldiers being deployed Saturday are members of the 204th Engineer Battalion headquartered in Binghamton.  They're from across the state.  They'll work with Habitat for Humanity as part of the Defense Department's readiness training program.  The New York National Guard deployed 300 soldiers to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria struck the island 10 months ago.  The 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation flew four UH-60 Blackhawks on relief missions.  The New York Air National Guard also flew supply missions.  Military unit rotations to support construction efforts began in late spring and are expected to continue through the summer.
 
 
Today is the final day for out-going Fredonia Village Administrator Richard St. George.  But with that resignation, what will village officials do now?  
 
After the 12-year administrator announced his resignation last Thursday, the village board did approve a resolution to advertise for the position of a full-time village clerk.  However, Mayor Athanasia Landis says they need to at least get someone immediately to deal with day-to-day matters.
 
Landis says they need to find someone by tomorrow because that's the day they do payroll for village employees.  In addition, trustees have another vacancy to fill.  The board has rescinded the provisional appointment of Perry Mitchell as Public Works Supervisor.  The move returns him to his position as working supervisor, so trustees will have to fill the post with someone who has passed the the civil service test for the position.
 
 
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says the late politician and power broker who convinced him to run for office was his "staunchest ally" and "greatest defender"....  
 
Giuliani was among the mourners at Guy Molinari's funeral Mass on Saturday at Our Lady Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church on Staten Island.  Molinari died last Wednesday at the age of 89.  The lifelong Staten Island resident served as a state assemblyman and five-term congressman in the 1980s.  He was also borough president.  Molinari was the first New York City politician to endorse Giuliani for mayor.
 
 
The politics of abortion could be especially prominent as Democratic Governor Tom Wolf and Republican challenger Scott Wagner hit the final stretch of Pennsylvania's gubernatorial campaign...  
 
President Donald Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court and lawsuits winding through federal courts seem sure to put abortion rights front-and-center in governor's races this fall.  Meanwhile, Wolf and Wagner are on opposite sides of abortion bills that could see votes in the Legislature before the November 6th election.  
 
 
For the second year in a row, thousands flocked to Panama Rocks over the weekend for Roger Tory Peterson's Wild America Festival...  
 
The grounds were filled with nature artists, demonstrators, local food vendors and musicians.  Jonathan Weston of Panama Rocks was thrilled with the response, and spoke of a deeper purpose for the two-day festival-- to get people to "engender a deeper connection to the world around us and to each other'. 
 
The Wild America Festival is put on by Panama Rocks and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute.  One of the speakers this year was Roger Tory Peterson's son Lee, author of the Peterson Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants.
 
 
People were dancing on Second Street Friday evening, in front of the Lucille Ball Little Theater of Jamestown....  
 
The party was organized by one of the theater's board members, Todd Pullan. He says they were celebrating with a street dance called "Curtain's UP!"  Bob Ostrom, President of the Little Theater Board, says they have a lot to celebrate, including six plays for the 2019 season, in lieu of the usual five. Ostrom says the six shows for 2019 are 'No Sex Please, We're British', 'To Kill a Mockingbird', 'Curtains', 'Disenchanted', 'The Producers', and 'Harvey'.  The 2018 season will wrapup with 'Mama Mia' this October, and a Christmas musical.  Ostrom adds, the Little Theater's new air conditioning system should be fully installed this week.  
 

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., July 28, 2018

Charter Communications merger with Time-Warner revoked by NYS regulators...
New York regulators have revoked their approval of Charter Communications' merger with Time Warner Cable and ordered the company to find another cable provider for its more than 2-million customers in the state.  The state Public Service Commission on Friday claimed the company is not meeting public benefit conditions agreed to in 2016.  A key complaint centers on the company's commitment to expand its broadband network to underserved areas.  They ordered Charter, doing business as Spectrum, to file a plan within 60 days to ensure an "orderly transition to a successor" provider or providers.  Charter says it remains focused on expanding broadband and said "rhetoric often becomes politically charged" in election years.  Charter provides cable service in Jamestown, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens and parts of Brooklyn.
 
 
Problem Solvers, Reed, introduce "Break the Gridlock" legislation in Congress...
A bi-partisan Congressional caucus has introduced proposed changes to House Rules to encourage bi-partisanship, transparency and create debate on real issues.  Local Congressman Tom Reed says the measures have been introduced by the Problem Solver's Caucus he co-chairs with New Jersey Democrat Josh Gottheimer.  The Corning Republican says the "Break the Gridlock" legislation would give "fast-track" priority to bi-partisan legislation, and would guarantee a "mark-up" on each.  Reed says extremists on both sides of the aisle are currently able to wield too much power to "control the floor," and stop consensus building.  Reed adds that one of the big items in the package is the replacement of the current "Motion to Vacate the Chair."  With Speaker Paul Ryan's pending retirement... he says there are already moves a foot to quickly replace him.  Reed says he wants a person who supports what they're calling for.  Right now... Reed says the House floor can be controlled by a "select few."  Gottheimer says they've seen their common sense measures get "jammed up" in the current system.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
Quattrone endorsed by State Police PBA in run for Sheriff...
Chautauqua County Sheriff candidate Jim Quattrone has received a signifiant endorsement in his run against long-time incumbant Democrat Joe Gerace.  Quattrone, a Republican, announced late this week that the New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association is backing him.  PBA Delegate for Troop-A, John Clark, and another union official met with Quattrone to inform him of the endorsement stating the organization was "proudly endorsing him."  Quattrone says -- "Chautauqua County residents and visitors deserve a community that they can feel safe and secure.  It is only when agencies can collaborate and cooperate with each other that we will have these safe communities." 
 
 
Former NYS Assembly Speaker sentenced to seven-years in prison...
Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been sentenced to seven years in prison for public corruption.  U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni announced the sentence Friday at a court in Manhattan.  Silver was once among Albany's most powerful Democrats until he was felled by a corruption scandal.  He was initially found guilty in 2015 of pocketing $4-million illegally by collecting fees from a cancer researcher and real estate developer.  His conviction and 12-year prison sentence were thrown out by an appeals court, but the 74-year-old fared no better at a second trial in May.  In a pre-sentence submission, Silver said he was filled with shame and feared he would die in prison.
 
 
All 16-to-18 year-old Babe Ruth World Series teams now known... many from a few hours away...
The final team in the 16-to-18 year-old Babe Ruth World Series has been determined... and, a new event has been added to the opening weekend festivities.  That from Local Committee Vice-President Kim Ecklund... who says an Eastern Pennsylvania team Westend, from Williamsport, won the multiple-time delayed Mid-Atlantic Championship Wednesday.  That means five of the world series teams -- including the local Chautauqua County entry -- will come from within seven-hours of Jamestown.  The others include Western New York Champ, Onondaga... the Mid-west representative from Indiana...  and, the New England winner, Cap Cod.  Ecklund says the new event will be held at Diethrick Park next Friday night, a skills competition and home run contest.  She says she is still getting parade entries for the World Series Parade in downtown Jamestown a week from today at 9 a.m.  She says it will step off promptly at 9 because the first game begins at 12 Noon. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 27, 2018

City police have identified the 30 year-old victim who was shot and later died following a fight on Jamestown's westside last Tuesday morning...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the victim of the incident at 114 Livingston Avenue is William Michishima, who was taken off life support late Wednesday morning.  Samuelson says police were called to the scene about 9 a.m. Tuesday, and found Michishima with a serious head wound.  He was pronounced dead about 12:20 p.m. at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie shortly after being taken off life-support.  Samuelson says police have now charged the suspect, 54 year-old David Waggoner, with second-degree murder.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
Firefighters in the city of Jamestown have had to deal with a scrap metal fire at a recycling plant on the city's westside for the second-time this month...  
 
Jamestown Fire Lieutenant Don Mowery says crews were called to Ben Weitsman Recycling at 610 West Eighth Street -- at Monroe -- just after 12:30 yesterday afternoon.  Mowery says a large pile was heavily-engulfed in a smokey fire. He adds crews spent about another hour keeping watch on the scene to make sure the blaze was completely out.  He says no one was hurt and, no buildings were threatened.  An off-duty shift of six firefighters and a battalion chief were called in to assist.  The cause is under investigation.  (The earlier fire occured in another scrap pile back on Saturday, July 1.)
 
 
 
Due to that fire in Jamestown Thursday, the Board of Public Utilities reports that water may be discolored in that part of the city through this morning....  
 
BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says fire crews needed to open a nearby hydrant and, that led to low water pressure in that area and, stirred up sediment in the water lines.  There may also be discolored water in West Ellicott, Celoron, Lakewood and past BOCES on Route 394.  She says do not do laundry until your water appears clear.
 
 
Tempers flared at a special meeting of the Fredonia Village Board yesterday afternoon as trustees consider taking a new course after the resignation of village administrator Richard St. George... 
 
The long-time village official told trustees that he resigned from the position he held for 12-plus years because of a "hostile work environment".  After the meeting, St. George explained that it's taken a toll on his health.  
 
Several former village officials spoke on behalf of St. George during the public portion of the meeting, which became heated at times. Among the speakers, former Mayor Frank Pagano said current village officials have been "getting rid of everybody that disagrees with you."  However, Mayor Athanasia Landis says she didn't force St. George to leave the position.  She also takes issue with his complaint about the work environment, adding that she's experienced a similar situation.  Village trustees are considering replacing the village administrator's post with several clerk and treasurers positions.  They rejected a resolution that would have rescinded the resolution creating the village administrator's position in 1977.
 
 
Three Chautauqua County residents face drug possession charges following a traffic stop in the town of Gerry on Wednesday....  
 
State Police in Jamestown pulled over a vehicle operated by 40 year-old Todd Witt of Stockton, on Gerry-Ellington Road for a traffic violation.  Troopers say they allegedly found a tray inside containing methamphetamine and marijuana in plain view.  Sheriff's deputies assisted, and, found Witt's license was suspended and, both of Witt's passengers were wanted on arrest warrants.  Officers say 38 year-old Brandi Howard of Sinclairville was wanted by Jamestown Police and 26 year-old Gary Warren had an active warrant for a probation violation.  All three were arraigned and sent to the county jail on drug-related counts.
 
 
The two north county residents who responsible for finding a two-year-old Silver Creek boy who wandered off from his home were officially recognized for their efforts Wednesday night...  
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello and members of the legislature presented commendations to first-responders Teddy Braidich and, Jim Tytka, Junior.  Borrello says the 17-year-old Braidich was on a four-wheeler, searching a wooded area where they found the child..  
 
Braidich met up with Tytka -- a local fire chief -- in finding the boy after they heard him crying in the distance.  Tytka was unable to attend Wednesday night's meeting... but, will receive commendations for their June 6 heroics.  They include a Congressional commendation from local Representative Tom Reed.  That was presented by Reed's District Director Alison Hunt, who says Reed is quite aware of what both men did.  The two-year-old boy was eventually found in a wooded ravine, tired and frightened, but safe.  The boy was returned to his family within minutes of the rescue. 
 
 
More than 200 people were on hand for the annual Summer picnic program put on by the Chautauqua Adult Day Centers at Midway Park Wednesday...  
 
Those attending crowded into two pavillions by Chautauqua Lake for the day of music, games dancing and a picnic lunch.  Chautauqua Day Care Executive Director Frank Berik says they were pleased the rain held off so their five locations could get together.
 
The seniors were joined by several dignitaries, including State Assemblyman Andy Goodell, who helped serve lunches.  Goodell says he always enjoys a good picnic... and, having a lot of fun.  There were also representatives from the local offices of Congressman Tom Reed and, State Senator Cathy Young at the event.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace was also on hand and, greeted the seniors.
 
 
The second annual 'Wild America Festival' comes to Panama Rocks on Saturday and Sunday, in conjunction with the Roger Tory Peterson Institute...  
 
Jonathan Weston of Panama Rocks says they hope to build on last year's success, with the addition of one more local food vendor, and a dozen additional artists. There will also be music, demonstrators and lectures.  
 
Among the speakers will be Lee Peterson, Roger Tory Peterson's son, and Sam Mason, the SUNY Fredonia micro-bead researcher.  The festival runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday at Panama Rocks.  Weekend admission for both days is $15 for adults.  One day is $10.  More information at wildamericafest.com.  
 
 
A man from Buffalo is jailed after he was found with illegal drugs during a traffic stop in Jamestown Wednesday afternoon....  
 
City police say they saw 31 year-old Peter Carcione failing to keep right on Camp Street and, he was pulled over shortly before 2 p.m at King and Hebner Streets.  Officers say they found Carcione in possession of a quantity of Methamphetime and two kinds of illegal pills and drug paraphernalia.  He was arrested on charges including one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, two counts of seventh-degree possession.  He's was jailed pending arraignment.
 

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News Bulletin for Thurs., July 26, 2018

(***Bulletin)JPD identifies victim in shooting on the city's westside...
Jamestown police have now identified the city man killed this past Tuesday morning during an argument with another man on the city's westside.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says the victim of the incident at 114 Livingston Ave. is 30 year-old William Michishima... who was taken off life support Wednesday morning.  Samuelson says police were called to the scene about 9 a.m. Tuesday, and found Michishima with a serious wound to the head.  He says the coroner pronounced Michishima dead at 12:20 p.m. at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA.  Once the victim died... Samuelson says city police charged the suspect, 54 year-old David Waggoner, with second-degree murder.  He says a fight had broken out between the two men in front of the house.  Samuelson says police have a motive... but are not releasing it at this time.  He says the two men knew each other and the incident was "not random." 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 26, 2018

Jamestown Police officials say the victim in Tuesday morning's shooting on Livingston Avenue on the city's westside has passed away...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the unidentified victim died shortly after he was taken off life support at UPMC Hamot Medical Center yesterday afternoon.  Samuelson says 54 year-old David Waggoner now faces a charge of second-degree murder in the case.
 
Samuelson says they do have a motive now in the shooting, but aren't releasing that at this time.  He says an autopsy will be conducted later today hrough the Erie County, Penn. Medical Examiners Office to determine the exact cause of death.  Waggoner was initially charged with attempted murder, and first-degree assault.  He's being held in the city jail pending arraignment on the new charge.
 
 
 
A Jamestown man charged with setting over a dozen fires-- including 12 in the city and one in Slippery Rock Pennyslvania-- has been sentenced to at least a month in jail in Warren County... 
 
The Times Observer reports 21 year-old Jonathan Young was sented by Judge Gregory Hammond on Monday afternoon after he pled guilty to felony theft and misdemeanor loitering charges. The newspapers says Judge Hammond gave Young 39 to 78 days on the theft charge. The Jamestown Post Journal reported earlier that Chautauqua County officials were waiting to see what happened in the Commonwealth before prosecuting Young in New York. 
 
 
County lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a measure reallocating salary grades for about 75 Child Protective Services caseworkers, and their supervisors...  
 
The legislature voted 17-1 last night to increase the grades by two levels each -- and thus increase their hourly pay by two-to-three-dollars an hour.  Caseworker representative, Katherine Hamernick, says the job is getting more difficult and complex.  She adds it's harder to keep good workers now because caseloads - which were about 15 per caseworker a few years ago -- are now much higher.
 
Hamernick says the basic caseworker needs about two-years of higher education to enter the field.  She adds that the opioid epidemic and other domestic issues have helped spark the increase in caseloads.  Sheridan Republican Terry Neibel says he sympathized with their predicament, but felt the matter should be taken up during budget talks in September and October.
 
 
A former Southern Tier Congressman, and the current one, are seeing things that President Donald Trump did while meeting with the Russian president in Helsinki very differently...  
 
Former Corning Congressman Amo Houghton says he has joined "the resistance" against President Trump in the aftermath of the Trump's private meeting with Vladimir Putin.  Houghton says "enough already..." and, says every opportunity to "get this guy out of office is a good thing."  Current Republican Congressman Tom Reed disagrees.
 
Houghton, also a Republican, concluded his comments in The Buffalo News this morning by saying "I'm scared for the country."  The newspaper also contacted three former Republican Congressman from Western New York for their views on the President, including Jack Quinn of Hamburg and Thomas Reynolds of Clarence, who have also voiced concerns over Trump.  Reed says he has disagreed with President Trump on policy and the way he presents issues in the media and social media.
 
 
A New York state farmers' group is welcoming the federal government's $12-billion plan to assist farmers hurt by trade disputes...  
 
But the New York Farm Bureau hopes the Trump administration's disputes with China and other trading partners can be resolved quickly.  The federal plan announced Tuesday is designed to help farmers hurt by tariffs with direct payments.  New York Farm Bureau president David Fisher said in a prepared statement Tuesday that the plan recognizes the dire need among many farmers. He added that what New York farmers ultimately want is open markets to sell their products.  President Donald Trump is trying to renegotiate trade agreements that he says have hurt American workers.  He has asked for patience ahead of key talks.
 
 
There is still no word yet on how soon there may be a special session of the New York state legislature to deal with a handful of issues left unresolved during the 2018 session...  
 
Lawmakers have been told there will likely be one held to deal with a couple of county sales tax matters and, New York City items such as speed cameras.  Local Assemblyman Andy Goodell says it depends on negotiations among legislative leaders and Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Goodell says Majority Democrats in the Assembly is trying to negotiate for more speed cameras in school zones.  Local sales taxes need to be approved before the end of the year for Warren and Greene Counties.  Many lawmakers believe those should be separated from the New York City matters. 
 
 
The showers and thunderstorms that brought torrential rains to portions of Chautauqua County Tuesday night produced some amazing rainfall totals....  
 
The National Weather Service in Buffalo reported nearly 4 inches of rainfall in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area.  Meteorologist Bob Hamilton says the heaviest rainfall occurred over a 20-mile-wide path across the county.
 
New figures show 3.77 inches of rainfall being reported at two different locations in the Dunkirk area and 3.4 inches near Fredonia.  The Dunkirk Airport had a report of 2.84 inches of rainfall.  Conditions improved during the day Wednesday, but more showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast over the next couple of days.

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News Alert for July 25, 2018

The Jamestown Police Department announced at 12:45 this afternoon that the victim of the shooting on Livingston Avenue has died....

 

City Police Captain Robert Samuelson says the unidentified victim was taken off life support at UPMC Hamot Medical Center at 12:20 p.m.. An autopsy will be completed tomorrow through the Erie County PA Medical Examiners Office to determine the exact cause of death. Samuelson tells us charges for second-degree murder are now pending against 54 year-old David Waggoner, the alleged shooter who was taken into custody at the scene of the incident. 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 25, 2018

A Westfield man is being held on $100,000 bail for allegedly sexually abusing a child over a 5-year span...
 
Sheriff's deputies report an investigation was conducted into a suspicious situation... and, found that 51 year-old Elliot Jimenez engaged in sexual acts with an unidentified juvenile victim on various dates between 2013 and 2018. Deputies say a warrant was issued this past Monday for his arrest on charges of first-degree sex act, second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, two counts of first-degree sex abuse, and one-count each of second and third-degree sexual abuse. Jimenez was arraigned and sent to the County Jail. 
 
 
A city man is jailed for allegedly shooting another man during an argument at a home on Jamestown's westside Tuesday morning, leaving the victim in critical condition...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says that 54 year-old David Waggoner has been charged with attempted murder, and first-degree assault.  Earlier, Police Captain Todd Issacson said officers were called to the scene at 114 Livingston Avenue -- shortly after 9:00.  Issacson says the man's wound was serious.
 
Initially, police were told the victim had received two gun-shot wounds to the head.  However, Samuelson said Tuesday afternoon that one shot struck the unidentified victim in the head.  He was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital, then flown to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Waggoner is jailed pending arraignment.  Ellicott Town Police and the Chautauqua County District Attorney's Office assisted at the scene.
 
 
The Mexican border has been getting all of the attention when it comes to immigration, but there's growing concern over the number of foreigners entering the country illegally across the porous northern border with Canada...  
 
Officials say the numbers are relatively small, but they're growing.  U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan says the number of illegal crossings in Vermont has "skyrocketed."  Officials and court records indicate people crossing the border have paid smugglers up to $4,000. 
 
 
Veterans are raising concerns that a fund supporting U-S public lands, recreational areas and monuments may be in jeopardy...  
 
Unless Congress acts, the Land and Water Conservation Fund will expire in September.  Entirely funded by money from royalties on offshore oil leases, the fund has supported more than 41,000 local projects over the past 50 years.  Garett Reppenhagen is an Army veteran and a spokesperson for the Vet Voices Foundation.  Reppenhagen says the fund helps returning veterans find the kind of solace that can help them transition back to civilian life.
 
Congress allowed the fund to expire in 2015, but after public outcry it was extended for three years.  Nationwide, nearly five-million acres of public lands have been protected for public use with L-W-C-F money.  Reppenhagen adds that renewing the fund is critical for building and maintaining parks and playgrounds, bike paths, swimming pools and other recreational facilities for today's children and future generations in almost every county in every state.  The non-profit Vet Voices Foundation is calling for permanent authorization.
 
 
For the first time ever, the annual Cents for St. Susan's campaign in Jamestown has exceeded $20,000.  
 
That from Board of Public Utilities Communications Coordinator Becky Robbins, who helps head up the effort.  Robbins made the announcement at St. Susan's headquarters Tuesday morning, adding that smaller fund-raisers played a big role.
 
Robbins adds another group brought in about $500 from redeemable cans.  She thanked all the sponsors who contributed at least $500 to the effort.  They were led by KeyBank, which contributed $2,000.  Fifteen others contributed $500 each.  St. Susan's Executive Director Jeff Smith was overwhelmed by the success, saying the money will be a big help over the next few months.  Smith says they use of the money to buy needed items at local stores, and the Food Bank of Western New York.  As of June 30, he says St. Susan's had already served 59,414 meals to the less fortunate this year.  That's just over 1,300 meals more served than last year at that time.
 
 
Things are starting to kick into high gear for the upcoming 16-to-18 year-old Babe Ruth World Series in Jamestown next month... 
 
That from local Committee Vice President, and Public Relations Division Director, Kim Ecklund, who says several more teams have made it to the series in Jamestown August 4 through 11.  Ecklund says in addition to the Southern Tier team, Crown Point, Indiana, Charleston, Missouri and from the Southeast is Fairfax, Virginia are also on the roster to play during the week.  There's also Western New York representative Onondaga.  She says all but two regions have come in due to the rain delays.  The Mid-Atlantic and Northeast played double-headers finished up regionals late yesterday.  Ecklund adds that host families are still an urgent need.  She says they have exhausted many of their resources, so far.  Ecklund says there are two full teams without host families. They need 14 to 15 homes to take two players each.  For more information, visit JamestownWorldSeries.org or contact Kathy McMaster at  488-0928
 
 
Former Southern Tier Congressman, Republican Amo Houghton of Corning says he has joined "the resistance" against President Trump....  
 
In a sharply worded statement published in the Buffalo News the 91 year-old Houghton said, " Enough already.  Every voice, every pen, every opportunity to try to get this guy out of office is a good thing."  He finished by saying, "I'm scared for the country."  Houghton represented parts of the Southern Tier of New York in the House of Representatives for 18 years, leaving office in 2005.  The Buffalo newspaper contacted three former Republican Congressman from Western New York  for their views on the President.  Jack Quinn of Hamburg and Thomas Reynolds of Clarence also expressed concerns about Donald Trump's policies and statements.  
 
 
An upstate New York school district is giving its surveillance system a novel upgrade... 
 
Facial recognition technology soon will check each face against a database of expelled students, sex offenders and other possible trouble makers.  It could be the start of a trend as more schools wary of shootings consider the technology.  The Lockport District's plan has already opened up debate in the community.  Last week...  a Seattle company began offering a free version of its facial recognition system to schools.
 

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News alert for Tues., July 24, 2018

(**Bulletin)One person seriously wounded in Jamestown during an argument...
City police say one person is in custody... while another is being treated for serious gunshot wounds after an argument that resulted in a shooting on Jamestown's westside this morning.  City Police Captain Todd Issacson says officers were called to the scene shortly after 9 this morning at 114 Livingston Ave. -- near the corner with Hallock Street.  Issacson says they are still piecing together what happened... and, says they're not looking for a suspect, and they are still investigating the incident.  Police were told the victim had received two gun-shot wounds to the head.  However... Issacson would not confirm that.  He says, though, that the wounds suffered by the victim were very serious.  Issacson says the victim was immediately taken to the city Helipad, and flown to a regional trauma center.  The victim was apparently taken to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.  No condition is available.  The other man involved in the argument is in custody and being questioned, along with other witnesses.  No charges have been filed as yet.
 
   

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WJTN News Headlines for July 24, 2018

Westfield Memorial Hospital has named the Vice-President of a Coudersport, Pennsylvania hospital and, previously an executive at Brooks Hospital in Dunkirk, as it's new president...  
 
Hospital officials say Valarie Jackson will become head of the hospital, effective August 13.  Jackson has more than 25 years of experience in the health care field.  She's served as V-P of the Hospital Services Division at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, where she was responsible for oversight of all clinical services and departments of the hospital.  Prior to that, Jackson served as Executive Director, Regional Operations for the UPMC Hamot Heart and Vascular Institute and Director of Regional Business Development and Telemedicine for Hamot. 
 
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says the process is underway for developing a 2019 spending plan.  The Irving-area Republican he is no stranger to budget making,since he spent several years on the county legislature prior to becoming County Executive last January...
 
As he develops the expected more than 250-million dollar budget, Borrello says there is a particular theory he will be following, called the "Bushel Full of Pennies."  Borrello says on it's face, a penny is worth very litte but, he says a bushel of pennies is worth about $332. He says in business, a lot of little savings can really "add up."  Borrello expects to release his budget to the County Legislature during the fourth week in September.  It's due on Wednesday, September 26.
 
 
Chautauqua County has received a "clean audit" with no signficant issues for fiscal year 2017....  
 
That piece of good news was delivered to members of the county legislature's Audit and Control Committee last week.  Committee Chairman Pierre Chagnon adds that there were "no surprises" found by the third-party auditor-- Drescher and Milecki from Buffalo.  In fact, Chagnon says Drescher and Milecki praised the county's financial team.
 
The county's $250-million-plus budget wound up with a just over $6-million deficit, fueled mainly by additional costs in a handful of areas, including separate housing for juvenile inmates in the county's jail system.  That separate housing is now required by New York state.
 
 
A Dunkirk man faces a number of drug-related charges after State Police allegedly found him slumped over the wheel of his BMW on Sunday...  
 
Troopers out of Fredonia responded to the TJ-Maxx parking lot in Dunkirk for a report of an individual possibly using narcotics.  On arrival, officers saw 36 year-old Justin Schuk unresponsive behind the wheel, with multiple items of drug paraphernalia in plain sight along with large amounts of a white powdery substance.  He was awakened after multiple attempts and was evaluated before he refused medical treatment.  Police later found 12-grams of heroin, 3.2-grams of cocaine, a straw containing cocaine residue and four Buprenorphine pills in an Altoid container for which Schuk did not have a prescription for.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail with bail to be set. 
 
 
Jamestown's main financial officer says the city-- overall-- is in pretty decent shape financially for the first-half of 2018...  
 
During a recent City Council work session, Comptroller Joe Bellitto reported on mid-year budget figures for the City Council.  However, Bellitto says there are a few areas of concern.  He says one is in the Public Work's Departments Central Garage, which is at 67-percent of it's budget already.
 
Bellitto adds that the city's Traffic Control Unit has used about 85-percent of it's budget on new equipment this year.  He adds that only two divisions of the Board of Public Utilities' -- water and district heat -- are at or exceeding budget on their payments in lieu of taxes in 2018.  Bellitto says the biggest part of the 2018 budget -- though -- is holding steady.  He says that's salaries and benefits, which make up 78-percent of the yearly spending plan.  He says actual salaries are at 50-percent, and benefits are slightly under-budget. 
 
 
In New York state government news, Governor Andrew Cuomo is making his fifth visit to Puerto Rico following last year's devastating hurricanes...  
 
The Democrat traveled there Monday, joined by a group of state university students, labor leaders and elected officials who will participate in rebuilding projects.  Cuomo has blasted the federal response to hurricanes Irma and Maria, calling it a "national disgrace."  In other news, two upstate casinos are partnering with online fantasy sports operators to prepare for legalized sports betting.  The two casinos - Del Lago and Tioga Downs - will have to wait for new regulations before they can offer in-house betting.  Supporters also want state permission to offer wagers online and on mobile devices.
 
 
An appeals court is questioning a township's efforts to make an Amish woman stop using outhouses and hook into its sewer system, citing Pennsylvania's religious freedom law...  
 
A seven-judge Commonwealth Court panel threw out an order Thursday that Iva Byler pay $100 a month toward fines levied by Sugar Grove Township, a community of 1,700.  A trial judge had concluded the woman is violating the state's Sewage Facilities Act.  But the higher court said the judge didn't adequately address the state's religious freedom law and asked for more information.  The law prohibits government from placing burdens on a person's religious rights without compelling justification.  The township has argued the woman didn't show that connecting to a sewer system would be a major burden on her religious beliefs.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is investigating a train--car accident in the Town of Ripley....  
 
Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the former Norfolk-Southern railroad tracks at the Station Road crossing just before 4:30 a.m. on Sunday.  Officers say the vehicle appears to be unoccupied at this time.  Westfield Police and Fire crews, as well as the Ripley Fire Department assisted Deputies at the scene. 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 23, 2018

A motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident involving a motorhome Sunday in Freehold Township, Pennsylvania.... 
 
State Police in Corry report the fatal accident occurred around 3 p.m. on Route 6 when the 57 year-old Harley Davidson operator reportedly crossed the center line just west of Route 958.  Troopers  say the rider was struck head-on by a Ford Motorhome operated by a 73 year-old male.  After the inital point of impact, the motorcycle was dragged nearly 150-feet before coming to rest. The motorhome then traveled across the left side of the road and struck a ditch. That driver was sent to Corry Memorial Hospital for minor injuries. No charges have been filed. 
 
 
Two Dunkirk men are jailed on $50,000 bail each for allegedly pulling a gun on another person at the Chautauqua County Fair in Dunkirk and, robbing them...   
 
Sheriff's deputies say 23 year-old Christian Mota-Cruz and, 22 year-old Benjamini Catalino allegedly displayed the gun while taking the items about 10:30 p.m. Thursday night.  Officers say the men then ran off, but they were located elsewhere, and arrested at the Central Avenue fairgrounds.  Both Mota-Cruz and Catalino were arraigned on charges including first-degree robbery, and fourth-degree grand larceny. They were then sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
There are some places in the south basin of Chautauqua Lake that are experiencing Harmful Blue-Green Algal Blooms, including Lakewood Beach...  
 
The Chautauqua County Health and Human Services Department reports that Lakewood Beach had been closed for a time due to blooms... but, officials say they have dissipated in recent days... and, the beach reopened last Thursday, July 19.  In addition.. health officials say there have also been blooms in the Celoron area... and, near the Chautauqua Lake Bridge.  There has also been some nearshore Algal Blooms reports in Bear Lake... but, those have not been confirmed.  There have been no Algal Blooms reported in Findley Lake so far.
 
 
A local Korean War veteran known for providing more than 300 American flags to local schools and organizations over the years has been inducted into the New York State Senate's Veteran's Hall of Fame...  
 
Jamestown's Peter Carlo received the honor last weekend from State Senator Cathy Young during a reception at the Frewsburg American Legion.  Young praised Carlo for his bravery after being wounded in combat, and re-entering the fray because of a shortage of machine gunners.
 
More than 60 peple were on hand for the event, though Carlo was officially inducted into the Hall of Fame this past Spring in Albany.   Carlo says he learned teamwork at basic training, something he has used his entire life.  But, he adds the support of his wife has kept him going.  State Assemblyman Andy Goodell and County Veteran's Services Director Greg Carlson were also on hand.  Representatives for Mayor Sam Teresi and Congressman Tom Reed were also on hand for the event.
 
 
On the ground in dozens of states, there is new evidence that democratic socialism is becoming a significant force in Democratic politics...   
 
The movement, until recently, had operated largely on the fringes of liberalism's farthest left flank. But as Donald Trump's presidency stretches into its second year, the Democratic Socialists of America is boasting tens of thousands of new members and dozens of candidates on the ballot from Maine to Kansas to Hawaii.
 
 
The skies cleared, and allowed the Babe Ruth 'World Series of Wheels' to go forward at Bergman Park in Jamestown Sunday.  Local Babe Ruth President, Russ Diethrick, said a number of classics were on the field...
 
The three-day Scandinavian Festival returned to Jamestown Community College this year.  On Sunday, organizer Don Sandy, declared success.  In Silver Creek on Saturday, the first Laurel Run following the death of Laurel Hotelling came to a conclusion.  The Resource Center's Community Relations Director, Steve Waterson, said many people attended.
 
 
A small, but high-quality number of cars, ATVs and other items with "wheels" on them were on hand for the first "World Series of Wheels" Sunday at Bergman Park in Jamestown...  
 
Rains for overnight and early Sunday morning led to a lower turn-out for what used to be the "World Series of Cars."  However, local Babe Ruth Committee President Russ Diethrick says they were ready to go -- rain or shine -- with several classic and vintage vehicles.  The Chautauqua County Antique Car Club and, some World Series committee members got together and started the event nearly 35-years ago.  Russ adds that there was a great variety of food for event-goers.  He also thanked the many sponsors and supporters for being part of the program.  The money raised helps the committee put on the local Babe Ruth World Series.  The effort has raised well over 300-thousand dollars through the years.  This year's 16 to 18-year-old series begins August 4 at Diethrick Park.
 
 
Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is begging for mercy ahead of his sentencing next week, telling a judge he prays he will not die in prison...  
 
The 74-year-old Democrat submitted a letter in Manhattan federal court late Friday, saying he and his wife "are both crumbling" since he was convicted in May during a retrial on corruption charges.  Prosecutors, in their own submission Friday, sought a sentence of well over 10 years in prison.  Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison after a 2015 conviction at trial.  That conviction was overturned by a federal appeals court following a Supreme Court decision that redefined what constituted corruption.  Silver was first elected in 1976. He served as speaker for 21 years, resigning after his arrest.

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., July 21, 2018

Bear Lake man arrested for threatening people with shot-gun while high on Meth...
A Warren County, PA man is accused of assaulting one person... and, threatening three others with a 12-gauge shotgun before he was arrested by by police.  State Police in Corry say they were called to the scene of an alleged altercation on Main Street in Bear Lake just before 1 p.m. Friday.  Troopers learned that 45 year-old Shawn Handley had arrived at the home while under the influence of methamphetimes... and, started a fight with a 53 year-old man there.  Police say Handley was chased outside, where he retrieved the shot-gun and pointed it at two other men and a woman before he fired one shot into some weeds behind the home.  Handley then allegedly fled from the scene twice on his motorcycle before troopers were able to catch him some woods behind the house.  He was arraigned on charges of assault, making terroristic threats, and reckless endangerment, and taken to the Warren County Jail pending further court action.
 
 
Missing Erie Co. Teenager returns home...
An Erie, PA-area girl reported missing last Sunday has now been located in the Corry-area.  State Police in Corry say 17 year-old Jessica Lynn Rick left her home that afternoon... and, failed to return home.  However... troopers said she did have brief contact with friends and family in the Corry-area.  She was reportedly refusing to return home.  However... she was found safe, earlier Friday.
 
 
Two men arrested for drug possession after speeding car is pulled over in Ellery...
Two men are accused of being in possession of cocaine and heroin after the car they were in was stopped for speeding in the town of Ellery.  Sheriff's deputies say they spotted the speeding car on the Bemus-Ellery Road a week ago last Friday... and, pulled over the vehicle... operated by 44 year-old Kevin Pawlak of Fredonia.  Officers say they first saw the passenger, 48 year-old Jason Selig of Brocton, throw items out of the car.  K-9 Drake was called in... and, found both men in possession of the illegal drugs.  Both men were charged with one count each of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and were issued appearance tickets for Ellery Town Court.
 
 
County Legislature committee approves added funding for Dunkirk Power Boat races...
A Chautauqua County Legislature committee has approved spending $20,500 more to support a first-ever off-shore power boat race weekend next month in the city of Dunkirk.  That from Audit and Control Committee Chairman, Pierre Chagnon, who says the panel first approved the move to use about $12,000 in bed tax funds to support the new event... which is replacing the former Dunkirk Air Show.  Chagnon says they also authorized spending the added money for an event that's national in scope.  He says the event will be televised by CBS-TV -- some of it live from the event.  The additional funding will also come from the county's 3-percent occupany tax fund... which currently has about $126,000 in it.  Chagnon says the Dunkirk Power Boat races will also fill about 600 area hotel rooms that week.  The measure now moves on to the entire legislature for a vote next Wednesday.
 
 
Saratoga race track opens Friday...
Triple Crown winner Justify won't be running during the 150th meet at Saratoga Race Course, but many of the brightest stars in thoroughbred racing will grace the historic track over the next six-plus weeks.  The 40-day meet opened Friday, offering 69 stakes races worth $18.8-million in purses, with the likes of Good Magic, Hofburg, Gronkowski, Vino Rosso, and Bravazo competing for a share of the prize money.  Todd Pletcher will be seeking his 13th training title in 16 years.  He won it last year with 40 winners, one more than Chad Brown.  As for Justify, trainer Bob Baffert has sent him back to Del Mar and will keep his prized colt under observation after swelling in his left front ankle emerged two weeks ago. 
 
 
"World Series of Wheels" set for Sunday...
The annual "World Series of Cars" will have a new name for the first-time in some 30-plus years.  It will now be known as the "World Series of Wheels" when the annual event is held this coming Sunday at Jamestown's Bergman Park.  The event has been expanded this year to pretty much include anything with wheels on it... and, it begins with the annual breakfast put on by Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown-area at 7 a.m.  Local Babe Ruth World Series President Russ Diethrick says the event was started by a local antique car group -- the Chautauqua County Antique Car Club -- and with some help from Babe Ruth officials.  Diethrick says the World Series of Cars started about the same time the Babe Ruth World Series began in Jamestown... and, has raised more than $300,000 for the baseball events.  Babe Ruth Committee Vice-President Kim Ecklund... who also heads up public relations... says by making it the "World Series of Wheels..." expands what they have to include ATVs, bicycles and motorcycles.  
 
 
 
 
 
 

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., July 21, 2018

Bear Lake man arrested for threatening people with shot-gun while high on Meth...
A Warren County, PA man is accused of assaulting one person... and, threatening three others with a 12-gauge shotgun before he was arrested by by police.  State Police in Corry say they were called to the scene of an alleged altercation on Main Street in Bear Lake just before 1 p.m. Friday.  Troopers learned that 45 year-old Shawn Handley had arrived at the home while under the influence of methamphetimes... and, started a fight with a 53 year-old man there.  Police say Handley was chased outside, where he retrieved the shot-gun and pointed it at two other men and a woman before he fired one shot into some weeds behind the home.  Handley then allegedly fled from the scene twice on his motorcycle before troopers were able to catch him some woods behind the house.  He was arraigned on charges of assault, making terroristic threats, and reckless endangerment, and taken to the Warren County Jail pending further court action.
 
 
Missing Erie Co. Teenager returns home...
An Erie, PA-area girl reported missing last Sunday has now been located in the Corry-area.  State Police in Corry say 17 year-old Jessica Lynn Rick left her home that afternoon... and, failed to return home.  However... troopers said she did have brief contact with friends and family in the Corry-area.  She was reportedly refusing to return home.  However... she was found safe, earlier Friday.
 
 
Two men arrested for drug possession after speeding car is pulled over in Ellery...
Two men are accused of being in possession of cocaine and heroin after the car they were in was stopped for speeding in the town of Ellery.  Sheriff's deputies say they spotted the speeding car on the Bemus-Ellery Road a week ago last Friday... and, pulled over the vehicle... operated by 44 year-old Kevin Pawlak of Fredonia.  Officers say they first saw the passenger, 48 year-old Jason Selig of Brocton, throw items out of the car.  K-9 Drake was called in... and, found both men in possession of the illegal drugs.  Both men were charged with one count each of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and were issued appearance tickets for Ellery Town Court.
 
 
County Legislature committee approves added funding for Dunkirk Power Boat races...
A Chautauqua County Legislature committee has approved spending $20,500 more to support a first-ever off-shore power boat race weekend next month in the city of Dunkirk.  That from Audit and Control Committee Chairman, Pierre Chagnon, who says the panel first approved the move to use about $12,000 in bed tax funds to support the new event... which is replacing the former Dunkirk Air Show.  Chagnon says they also authorized spending the added money for an event that's national in scope.  He says the event will be televised by CBS-TV -- some of it live from the event.  The additional funding will also come from the county's 3-percent occupany tax fund... which currently has about $126,000 in it.  Chagnon says the Dunkirk Power Boat races will also fill about 600 area hotel rooms that week.  The measure now moves on to the entire legislature for a vote next Wednesday.
 
 
Saratoga race track opens Friday...
Triple Crown winner Justify won't be running during the 150th meet at Saratoga Race Course, but many of the brightest stars in thoroughbred racing will grace the historic track over the next six-plus weeks.  The 40-day meet opened Friday, offering 69 stakes races worth $18.8-million in purses, with the likes of Good Magic, Hofburg, Gronkowski, Vino Rosso, and Bravazo competing for a share of the prize money.  Todd Pletcher will be seeking his 13th training title in 16 years.  He won it last year with 40 winners, one more than Chad Brown.  As for Justify, trainer Bob Baffert has sent him back to Del Mar and will keep his prized colt under observation after swelling in his left front ankle emerged two weeks ago. 
 
 
"World Series of Wheels" set for Sunday...
The annual "World Series of Cars" will have a new name for the first-time in some 30-plus years.  It will now be known as the "World Series of Wheels" when the annual event is held this coming Sunday at Jamestown's Bergman Park.  The event has been expanded this year to pretty much include anything with wheels on it... and, it begins with the annual breakfast put on by Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown-area at 7 a.m.  Local Babe Ruth World Series President Russ Diethrick says the event was started by a local antique car group -- the Chautauqua County Antique Car Club -- and with some help from Babe Ruth officials.  Diethrick says the World Series of Cars started about the same time the Babe Ruth World Series began in Jamestown... and, has raised more than $300,000 for the baseball events.  Babe Ruth Committee Vice-President Kim Ecklund... who also heads up public relations... says by making it the "World Series of Wheels..." expands what they have to include ATVs, bicycles and motorcycles.  
 
 
 
 
 
 

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News Headlines for Fri., July 20, 2018

Cattaraugus County man arrested for criminal sex act at laundromat...
A Conewango man is jailed without bail for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at a laundromat on Jamestown's southside this past Tuesday morning.  City police say 33 year-old Dennis Park, Junior is accused of assaulting the victim at the 111 Marion St. location at knife-point shortly after 11 a.m.  Officers say they talked with the victim... and found Park at a different location.  She identifed Park... and, he was taken into custody.  Police say he faces several charges... including first-degree criminal sex act... second-degree unlawful imprisonment and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  He was arraigned and sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
Two city residents hurt in Warren County accident...
Two Jamestown residents were sent to the hospital with minor injuries sustained in a car accident in Warren County on Tuesday night. State Police in Warren say the crash occurred as 24 year-old Claribel Lopez was attempting to make a left-turn onto Hatch Run Road from Conewango Avenue... but, failed to yield to the right of way to an Sports Utility Vehicle.  Troopers say the SUV driver was not injuried.  Lopez's two passengers -- 29 year-old Pedro Mongerios and a 5 year-old child -- both of Jamestown... were treated at the scene before being sent to Warren General Hospital for further evaluation.  She was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign. 
 
 
D-A talks to Audit and Control Committee about need for additional prosecutor in 2019 budget...
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson is again pitching the need for an additional prosecutor in his office due to the on-going increase in crimes related to the opioid epidemic.  That from Chairman Pierre Chagnon of the county legislature's Audit and Control Committee... who says Swanson appeared at Thursday's meeting... and, made the request for 2019.  Chagnon feels it's a "reasonable" request... given the dramatic increase in felony drug-related crimes they prosecute.  He says the increases have been "substantial."  Those felony cases increased by 31-percent from 2016 to last year... growing to more than 1,100 in 2017.  Chagnon says the 95-thousand dollar request is for each of the next four-years... and, was already viewed as reasonable last year for the 2018 fiscal year.  However... he says a plan to act on a budget including that did not materialize.  The District Attorney's budget... which totals just over $1.7-millon... was one of several items on the meeting's agenda. 
 
 
Operators in Busti car-truck accident identified...
Two people from Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania suffered non-life threatening injuries Wednesday morning when a car collided with a tractor-trailer cab in the town of Busti.  Lakewood-Busti Police say 73 year-old Margaret Black was northbound on Wellman Road shortly before 11 a.m. when she failed to stop at the stop-sign at Kortwright Road.  Black's car then struck the truck, operated by Timothy Johnson -- also of Sugar Grove.  Officers say Black had to be freed from the wreckage.  She was flown to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania for chest pains and as a precaution.  Johnson also had chest pain from hitting the steering wheel, and was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital in Jamestown.  The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office and, the Busti, Lakewood and Panama fire rescue crews and ALSTAR Ambulance also responded.  No charges have been filed.   
 
 
Goodell reintroduces legislation to end pay-to-play in NYS...
Local Assemblyman Andy Goodell has re-introduced legislation that would ban campaign contributions from contractors and others doing business with state government.  The legislation would prohibit such contributions from companies seeking contracts with the state, public unions seeking pay and benefit increases, special interest groups and others who would benefit financially from requested legislation or other action by public officials.  The legislation would also apply to political candidates.  Goodell says the bill aims to close a loophole in New York's ethics laws... which have produced two top Cuomo officials being convicted of big-rigging and other violations.  Goodell says he originally introduced the legislation three years ago, but it was blocked after a party line vote in an Assembly committee.  He thought, though, given recent verdicts in the "Buffalo Billion" bid-rigging trial.  The Jamestown-area Republican is hopeful the recent convictions of Alain Kaloyeros and Joseph Percoco in the Buffalo Billion case will help get the legislation passed.
 
 
Scandinavian Festival underway for weekend...
The annual Scandinavian Festival is now underway, and principal organizer, Don Sandy, emphasizes they're at a different location -- Jamestown Community College -- this year.  He adds there are all kinds of music, lectures, food and Scandinavian items available.  He says their theme again is "Behold Scandinavia."  The popular Viking ship will be on Chautauqua Lake for awhile today, and then at the festival grounds for the remainder of the weekend.  A ticket for the whole weekend is just $15.  Daily rates are less.  More information is available at Scandinavianjamestown.org.  
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There were some anxious moments while the Viking Ship for the Scandinavian Festival was being hauled to the location where it is sailed from today.  Jamestown fire crews were called to an engine fire in the pick-up truck that was hauling the replica ship at the corner of East Second and Winsor Streets last night.  Battalion Chief Matt Coon says two engines responded to the scene about 6:15 PM... and, quickly up out the fire.  Coon says no one was hurt... and, there was no damage to the ship.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 19, 2018

State Police in Pennsylvania are asking for the public's help in safely returning a runaway teen to her Wayne Township Home.... 
 
Troopers say 17 year-old Jessica Lynn Rick left her residence last Sunday and failed to return. Rick reportedly has had contact with family and friends in the Corry area. Officers say Jessica Lynn stands 5"3  and weighs 110 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes and snakebite piercings. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call  Corry state police. 
 
 
Two people were hurt -- one of them seriously -- when a logging truck collided with a car in the town of Busti late yesterday morning....  
 
Lakewood-Busti Police released few details Wednesday afternoon but, say they were called to the scene on Kortwright Road shortly before 11:00.  Officers say the woman driving the car had to be flown by Starflight Helicopter to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania for treatment, while the driver of the truck was taken to UPMC Chautauqua in Jamestown for treatment of lesser injuries.  Lakewood-Busti Police were assisted by Sheriff's officers along with Busti, Lakewood and Panama fire rescue crews and ALSTAR Ambulance.
 
 
Ellicott Town Police say a Falconer woman who went missing this past Monday has now returned home...  
 
Sergeant Matt Kubinski with the Ellicott Department said 24 year-old Anna Cain returned late yesterday.  Family members said they had last seen Cain this past Sunday but, had not seen her since.  Kubinski says she was visiting friends in Salamanca but, had not contacted anyone in Falconer until late Wednesday.
 
 
Following backlash over his original comments in Finland regarding Russian meddling in the 2016 election, President Donald Trump has tried to clarify what he said...  
 
He offered a one-word correction, saying that he meant to say, "I don't see any reason why it WOULDN'T be Russia."  New York's junior U-S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the president's clarification wasn't enough.
 
Gillibrand accuses Trump of abdicating his responsibility by not holding Russia accountable and, she feels that's a "disservice to the country."  The New York Democrat also told reporters, "the way he continues to denigrate our allies and cozy up to those who seek to undermine our democracy is shocking."
 
 
Despite public discord surrounding the recent Helsinki summit between President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, a Jamestown man, who is a native of Russia, says he remains positive...  
 
That from Jamestown Community College and SUNY Fredonia adjunct professor Anton Agafonov spoke with our Dennis Webster at Chautauqua Institution Wednesday morning. Agafonov says that he does not believe Putin is looking "spread his power..." but to build more stability in Russia.  He adds there are misconceptions about the country's current state including employment.  He says not everything is "great" in Russia, but, he says people are working and at least have the basics.  Agafonov says that the image people get of Russia can be "one-sided."  He says by talking to more people, you will get a variety of opinions that make up the whole picture. 
 
 
A Mayville man was arrested for allegedly being disorderly with marijuana in his possession in the village early Tuesday morning... 
 
Sheriff's deputies say they saw a male subject standing in the roadway and urinating on Water Street just after 3:00. Deputies identified the male as Juan Rivera and attempted to make contact with him.  The 33 year-old Rivera began yelling obscenities and attempted to walk away from Deputies.  While in custody, he was found to be in possession of a small quantity of marijuana. He was processed and held at the Chautauqua County Jail on pre-arraignment bail and, will appear in Town of Chautauqua Court at a later date to answer charges of disorderly conduct and unlawful possession of marijuana.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Clerk's Office is now able to accept credit card payments at their offices in Mayville, and their Department of Motor Vehicle Offices...  
 
That from Clerk Larry Barmore, who says they had four people use the service on the first day Monday.  Barmore says he he spent some time trying to find the right company to deal with for card acceptance that would provide the best service at the lowest fees.  He says he found one that charged $10 per terminal as opposed to the $50 charged by a company already used by the county.
 
Barmore says they can now handle all transactions with Visa, Master Card, Discover or American Express cards.  He says legislative policy dictates that fees charged for using a credit card are "borne" by the user.  He says it's a 2.5-percent fee on top of what's charged on the person's card.  Barmore says the move is in response to many of their customers asking for some time now to be able to use a credit card for payment. 
 
 
 
Public health and agriculture officials are warning New York residents, farms and visitors to take precautions outdoors as a new tick species has been found in the state...  
 
The Departments of Health and Agriculture and Markets issued a warning Tuesday for an insect commonly known as the "longhorned tick," which was recently discovered in multiple locations in Westchester County.  Health experts worked with researchers at Fordham University in the Bronx and at New York Medical College to identify the new species.  The identifications were confirmed by researchers at Rutgers University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Officials say the tick can also pose a threat to livestock.  The tick is native to the Pacific region but has been found recently in New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Arkansas.
 
Stateline Speedway Announcement...
 
The last big Super Late Model race of the season is scheduled for tonight at Stateline Speedway in Busti.  The 62-lap "62nd Anniversary" A-Main is the biggest race of the night.  Many of the area's top racers are expected and, the Pro-Mods will also be part of the show along with fireworks.  Racing begins at 7:00.
 

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News alert for Wed., July 18, 2018

The town of Busti Court, scheduled for 5:30 this evening, has been cancelled.

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WJTN News Headlines for July 18, 2018

Local Congressman Tom Reed doesn't feel that President Trump's actions of believing Russian President Vladimir Putin instead of U.S. intelligence officials regarding meddling in the 2016 election was "treasonous"...  
 
During a media call Tuesday afternoon, Reed said he does not agree with the assessment made by former CIA Director John Brennan.  Reed, though, disagreed with the President's statement that there was no meddling.
 
The Corning Republican believes the investigation by Robert Mueller is divisive due to a lot of confusion regarding the investigation, and adds that Brennan may simply be more interested in making news.  Reed says he does not believe that what was on display was "treason."  On Monday night, he said that he believed Russia was trying to meddle in U.S. elections, but that there was no evidence of collusion with any American.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
Local police agencies have confirmed the identity of a body found in a pond in Sherman as a missing Warren County man... 
 
That from the Jamestown Post-Journal... who reports authorities in New York and Pennsylvania identified the man as 23 year-old Sven Blumquist on Tuesday.  A State Police Sergeant in Jamestown confirmed his body was found in the vicinity of Wait Corners Road -- near the site of the Blue Heron Music Festival.    Blumquist was last seen about 1 a.m.  on July 7th as he walking away from his campsite at the festival to go listen to one of the bands. No cause of death has been announced.
 
 
Congressman Reed's Democratic opponent in the 23rd District this Fall has a very different take on the president's comments made after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin...  
 
Ithaca's Tracy Mitrano says "words can't describe my feelings as an American listening to our president side with the Russian leader against our intelligence community."  She adds that "Russian interference in the 2016 election has been well-established.  President Putin’s denial was a transparent lie."  She called on all members of the House and Senate to denounce President Trump’s remarks.
 
 
A former New York state Senate leader and his son have been convicted of bribery and extortion charges at their second federal corruption trial...  
 
A jury reached the verdict on Tuesday in the case against Dean Skelos and his son, Adam.  The two were accused of selling the once-powerful Republican's office by pressuring wealthy businessmen into giving Skelos' son roughly $300,000 for no-show jobs.  Prosecutors said the payments were bribes intended to win support for legislation favored by the businesses.
 
 
The Jamestown City Council will vote later this month on filling four positions in city government that have been left open by retirements or resignations....  
 
That from Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce... who says the four positions are in the budget... and won't impact spending.  During Monday night's work session... Dolce noted that one is in finance, and another is in the parks department.
 
Dolce says the Police Department also is in need of a clerk due to a resignation... and, the other is an administrative assistant in the Public Works Department.  The City Council has to formally vote on the moves because they require suspending the city's on-going hiring freeze.
 
 
A grassroots non-profit looking to be part of the growing revitalization efforts of Jamestown is getting ready to open its doors to children and families in August.... 
 
That from the Children's Museum of Jamestown Board President Linda Andrews, who says the idea started within her group of friends.
 
While the exhibits are geared for pre-K and early elementary children... Andrews says there will also be exhibits for older siblings as well.  She says the Children's Museum of Jamestown will have a "Tot Spot" playroom, a snack bar and an event room for birthday partie and more.  Andrews says she hopeful the grand-opening at the 14 East 2nd Street location will be August 1st. For more information, volunteer applications or to send in donations... visit their website at CMJWNY.org. 
 
 
Two people were arrested for allegedly receiving over $73,000 worth of welfare benefits illegally from the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services....  
 
Sheriff's officers say 39 year-old Emily Farnham of Sinclairville and 39 year-old Paul Farnham of Fredonia completed applications for assistance knowing the information reported was incorrect.  As a result... Emily received nearly $42,0000 in Family Assistance, over $31,000 in SNAP benefits and $25.00 in HEAP benefits that she was not entitled to. The Farnhams will answers to charges in Jamestown City Court at a later time.  (**To report incidents of suspected welfare fraud, call the county's hotline at 1-800-388-5365.)
 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 17, 2018

Rescue crews from several local police and fire departments have found the body of a Falconer man in Chautauqua Lake after about two days of searching...  
 
County Undersheriff Chuck Holder says 47 year-old Timothy Yocum apparently went missing after jumping into the lake -- near the Lakewood Yacht Club -- to cool off about 5:30 last Saturday night.  However, he never resurfaced after his boat apparently drifted away from him.  Holder says the Sheriff's Office Navigation Patrol, and Water Emergency Team coordinated the search, along with Lakewood-Busti Police and the Lakewood Fire Department.  He says they used a search grid on that area of the lake, and they also had people checking the shoreline. 
 
 
City lawmakers have given their support to a church in downtown Jamestown applying for state funding to correct two on-going issues at the historic location...  
 
The city council last night endorsed St. Luke's Episcopal Church's application for funding through New York's Consolidated Funding Application process during a special meeting.  St. Luke's pastor, Father Luke Fodor says the first task is securing the westside wall of the 120-year-old structure.  He says the other project involves preserving the bell tower of the church at Fourth and Main Streets against water.
 
Fodor says the west wall project has ended up being bigger than they first expected.  He says the church is taking on an overall, one-million dollar project to take care of a number of issues, including the undercroft of the church.  He says they received a $45,000 New York state "Sacred Sites" grant to bring in a preservation architect to look at what needed to be dealt with and how. 
 
 
A Falconer woman is being held pending arraignment following a domestic dispute Sunday afternoon...  
 
Jamestown Police say they responded to Jones and Gifford Avenue just before 1:30 p.m. and, determined 32 year-old Alicia Kelsey allegedly pulled a sink of a wall causing damage.  Kelsey is also accused of stealing several bottles of liquor from the unidentified victim.  She was arrested and sent to the city jail for fourth-degree criminal mischief and petty larceny. 
 
 
A brand new scholarship was presented for the first time Monday, during the Four-H hog show at the Chautauqua County Fair...  
 
The scholarship was founded by Nancy Johnson and Margie Morrison in honor of their late husbands, Fred Johnson and David Morrison.  Both died from cancer around two years ago.  Each was deeply committed to Chautauqua County Four-H.  The first recipient of the $500 'Four-H Hog Project Memorial Scholarship' is Braden Lesch, a recent graduate of Fredonia High School.  Braden will attend Ohio State University at Wooster in the fall, and says the scholarhip will be a great help.  He is looking forward to a career in the swine or beef industry.  The scholarship is administered by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.  
 
 
The annual shot fired by a Civil War-era cannon kicked of Fair Week at the Chautauqua County Fair late Monday morning and, the mid-way and animal exhibits are now open...  
 
Fair Board member Dave Wilson says the firing of the cannon has become a tradition at the fair over the years.  Several elected officials were on hand for yesterday's start of the fair, including County Executive George Borrello, who recalled attending the fair as a child living in Fredonia.
 
Assemblyman Andrew Goodell added that there's plenty for the whole family to enjoy, with the 4-H exhibits on one side and, amusement rides on the other.  He adds there's also the grandstand where several events -- including concerts -- take place.  The Chautauqua County Fair runs through Sunday and, you can get more information on it by going on-line to ChautauquaCountyFair.org for a rundown of the fair's events.
 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo has written to federal officials urging them to renew a policy allowing food stamp recipients to use their benefits at local farmers' markets...  
 
The New York Democrat wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue last week to express concern.  Cuomo says the federal government notified the state that because of a technology change, recipients of what's officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program would no longer be able to use their benefits at farmers' markets. 
 
 
State Senator Cathy Young has been recognized for providing $25,000 in funding -- and untold support -- for the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America...  
 
Young this past weekend was presented the Vietnam Veterans of America Achievement Medal by Local-#865 President Neil Magro.  The $25,000 she obtained in the 2006-2007 state budget was instrumental in establishing the VVA's Jamestown chapter.  Over the years, chapter officials add she has also secured significant state support for many programs benefitting veterans across the 57th Senate District and championed legislation providing state recognition and benefits in honor of their contributions.   

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WJTN News Headlines for July 16, 2018

BPU Water Annoucement...
 
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities has announced Water will be turned off after 9 a.m. today, July 16 in Lakewood on West Terrace Avenue from Chautauqua to Vista Way for approximately four hours while a fire hydrant is replaced. Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says Water in Lakewood may be discolored for 12-24 hours following the replacement.
 
 
A Sinclairville man was flown by Starflight to an Erie-Pennsylvania hospital following a motor vehicle accident yesterday morning... 
 
Sheriff's Officers responded to the crash just before 2 a.m. on Route 380 in the Town of Stockton. Deputies say 29 year-old Andrew Olson was south-bound when he veered off the north side of the roadway and struck a tree head-on. Olson sustained a severe lower leg injury as a result of the crash and, was air lifted to UPMC Hamot Medical Center for treatment.
 
 
 
Authorities late Sunday were continuing to look for a missing boater who went for a swim in Chautauqua Lake last Saturday night...  
 
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office says crews resumed searching yesterday for the man, who vanished about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.  The search is centered along the shoreline in and around Lakewood in the southern part of the lake.  Sheriff's officers says the man has been identified as 47 year-old Timothy Yocum of Falconer.  They say they got word of the boater's disappearance and, their Navigation Patrol and Water Emergency Team immediately responded.  Several other fire and police agencies also responded.
 
 
A Jamestown man faces a maximum of 30 years in federal prison after he was convicted of conspiring to traffick cocaine in the area two years ago...  
 
U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Junior annouced the federal jury decision late last week against 37 year-old Andrew Garner.   Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joel Violanti and Emmanuel Ulubiyo, who handled the prosecution of the case, say that between April and September 2016, the defendant conspired with others to distribute cocaine in the Jamestown area.  Kennedy says the verdict was the result of an investigation by the the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Jamestown and Ellicott Town Police Departments.  He says sentencing will be scheduled at a later date before U.S. District Judge Lawrence Vilardo.
 
 
Just over half of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk is open and usable for walkers, runners and bicyclists...  
 
That from Mayor Sam Teresi... who says that was accomplished with the grand-opening of two new pedestrian bridges near Brooklyn Square on July 7 connecting the north and south sides of the Chadakoin River.  Teresi says a person can now walk from the downtown area to Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron.
 
Teresi says, there is still some work to do on the riverwalk, namely the adding of signage.  However, he says they're also close to adding a new map of the riverwalk to the city's website at JamestownNY.net.  He says the homepage has an icon you can click and, get the map -- which is being designed by local artist Gary Peters, Junior.  Teresi says city officials are now moving ahead on planning for the riverwalk, moving east from the South Main Street Bridge area to the city-line at Falconer.  He made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the Media One Group stations.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Fair opens at 1 p.m. today at the fairgrounds in Dunkirk....  
 
Spokesman, Dave Wilson, says in addition to a new ride provider, they've added a new grandstand show.  At 7 p.m. Thursday, 'Cross Over the Line... Bull Riding' will come to the fair.  It's a professional show, with riders competing for prizes on between 20 and 30 bulls.  In addition, there's something new at the petting zoo this year--a camel to ride.  There's also a broom maker coming to the fair on Central Ave.  The county fair runs from today through Sunday.  Adult pay-one-price admission is $12.00 at the gate.  
 
 
New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon says Governor Cuomo should begin an investigation into corruption in the wake of guilty verdicts at a corruption trial...  
 
Nixon, a Democrat, spoke outside Manhattan federal court late Friday after a jury Thursday convicted a former school president that Cuomo had praised as an 'economic guru...' and three developers who had contributed to his 2014 re-election campaign.  Nixon says Cuomo should direct that corruption in Albany be investigated and, that the attorney general should conduct it.
 
 
A jury in New York has begun deliberating in the federal corruption trial of former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos...  
 
The once-powerful Republican is accused of using the clout of his office to pressure businessmen into giving jobs to his adult son.  Prosecutors say the jobs came with big salaries and required relatively little work, and amounted to bribes.  The defense said Skelos was just trying to help his struggling son find employment.  They say the senator never took official action for any of the businessmen.  The trial is scheduled to resume today.
 
 
A remediated brownfield site in the city of Dunkirk will be transformed into a state-of-the-art cold storage facility...  
 
On Friday, Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello signed the final paperwork to transfer the former Edgewood Warehouse building on South Roberts Road to a development group led by the Krog Group and, developer Peter Krog, in partnership with Sonwil Distribution of Buffalo.
 
The cold storage facility will be used by Fieldbrook Foods in Dunkirk to store finished product while it awaits shipping to customers across the country.  Borrello says the facility will not only help create jobs locally, but also reduce costs for Fieldbrook Foods.  He says they'll be able to have storage on site, which will save them from having to truck their product to Pennsylvania until it's sent out to market.  Officials say the cold storage facility should be fully operational by spring or summer of 2019.
 
 
An electrical outage that impacted certain Board of Public Utilities' substations led to an outage Saturday night through early Sunday morning in the Jamestown area...  
 
BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says Electric Division employees were called out about 11:30 p.m. and found a problem at the Power plant triggered the outage.  Robbins says employees re-routed electricity and, got power back on by just before 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Failed equipment at the Power Plant caused the outage.
 

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News Update for Sun., July 15, 2018

(Update**)Overnight outage blamed on issue at BPU Plant...

An electrical outage that impacted certain Board of Public Utilities' substations led to an outage Saturday night through early Sunday morning in the Jamestown area.  BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says Electric Division employees were called out about 11:30 p.m., and found a problem at the Carlson Generating Station triggered the outage.  Robbins says linemen and supervisors re-routed electricity to get power back to customers.   She says power was restored by shortly before 2:30 this morning.

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News Headlines for Sat., July 14, 2018

City man arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence of drugs...
A Jamestown man is jailed on $30,000 bail for allegedly driving while under the influence of -- and being in possession -- of illegal drugs.  State Police in Jamestown say they pulled over 25 year-old Brandon Philbrick late Thursday on South Main Street for alleged traffic violations.  Troopers say a background check revealed that Philbrick had multiple driver's license suspensions... and, he was taken into custody.  During a search of the vehicle... police say they found a container with four-grams of methamphetime, a digital scale with baggies and a hypodermic needle.  A State Police Drug Recognition Expert found Philbrick was under the influence of a stimulant... and, he was charged with several counts... including driving while ability Impaired by Drugs, and, third-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. 
 
 
Body of dead person found in Sherman; but, police not saying if it's missing Warren County man...
Searchers have found the body of a deceased person in the town of Sherman... but, police aren't saying whether it's the body of the Warren County, Pa. man reported missing earlier this week.  A State Police Sergeant in Jamestown confirmed the body was found in the vicinity of Wait Corners Road -- near the site of last weekend's Blue Heron Music Festival.  That's where 23 year-old Sven Blumquist went missing early last Saturday morning.  The sergeant says, though, that the identification is pending an autopsy.  Otherwise... State Police will only say that they are continuing to investigate Blumquist's disappearance.  He was last seen about 1 a.m. as he walking away from his campsite at the festival to go listen to one of the bands. 
 
 
GOP Gubernatorial candidate Molinaro in north county to meet local Republicans...
The man who hopes to unseat Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the fall elections made a campaign swing through Western New York on Thursday.  One stops for Marc Molinaro was in Chautauqua County where he met with County Republicans.  Assemblyman Andrew Goodell was among those attending the gathering in Sunset Bay.  Goodell says he knows the gubernatorial candidate well from his days in the Assembly... and, says Molinaro was "floor leader" when he was there, meaning he had a real good grasp of issues facing the state and counties.  He believes the Dutchess County Executive has a shot at beating Cuomo.   Goodell feels the outcome of the so called 'Buffalo Billion' trial and Cynthia Nixon's upstart primary challenge could impact the governor's campaign.  He says Cynthia Nixon is opposing Cuomo in an upcoming primary... and, also has the Working Families Party line.  In a Facebook post, Molinaro commented that he had a "great time" meeting with Chautauqua County Republicans.  
 
 
State health report recommends legalization of recreational use of pot...
A report from New York state health officials is recommending the legalization of marijuana.  The 74-page analysis released Friday concludes that the benefits of legalization outweigh potential risks.  It suggests the state could raise nearly $700-million in tax revenue off the drug, and that legalization won't significantly increase rates of marijuana use by adults or teens.  The report predicts that legalizing marijuana could reduce opioid dependency while eliminating criminal penalties that disproportionately impact minorities.  It will now be up to Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers to propose specific legalization proposals.  Cuomo has long expressed concerns about legalization, last year calling marijuana a "gateway drug."  But he has softened his stance amid pressure from legalization supporters, including his Democratic primary opponent, "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon.
 
 
Teresi says city "on track" at mid-year to meet 2018 budget projections...
Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says the city appears to be on-track to meet it's projected 2018 budget figures through the first six-months of the year.  Teresi says the five, critical areas they often review, are within budget so far at mid-year.  But -- at the same time -- Teresi says their salt and overtime budgets for snow removal were hit "pretty hard" by the past Winter and early spring.  He adds that he's expecting that second-quarter sales tax figures will be "as strong" as they were in the first-quarter of this year.  Teresi says a lot depends on "big ticket" sales such as cars, appliances, boats, and furniture.  He adds the economy plays a major role in that, as well.  Teresi adds the city is also getting a boost from a lot of development taking place in the downtown area -- especially on the westside.  That's where the final touches are being put on the new National Comedy Center.  He made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
Cable TV lineman killed in electrocution accident in Cattaraugus County...
A Maine man has died after being electrocuted while running an overhead cable television line in the Cattaraugus County Town of Yorkshire.  State Police in Machias say they were called to the scene on Block Road just after 4:30 p.m. last Wednesday.  When they arrived... Troopers say they saw Delevan rescue crews performing CPR on 39 year-old James Fogg of Fairfield, Maine.  Investigators determined that Fogg... who was working for S-G Communcations... was working in a bucket truck when he came in contact with a primary electric line...exposing him to high voltage.  Troopers say he was taken to Bertrand-Chaffee Hospital in Springville... where he later died.
 
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News Bulletin for Fri. July 13, 2018

Police find body in Sherman, but, not saying if it's missing Warren County man...
State Police are confirming this morning that a body of a deceased person has been found in the town of Sherman.  However... they are not saying if it's the Warren County, Pennsylvania man reported missing earlier this week.  State Police in Jamestown will only say that they are continuing to investigate the disappearance of 23 year-old Sven Blumquist... who was last seen about 1 a.m. last Saturday walking away from his campsite at the Blue Heron Music Festival. Troopers say Blumquist is 6' 2" inches tall, with brown hair and blue eyes... and, he weighs 170 pounds.  He was reportedly wearing a red zip-up hoodie, blue jeans and a bandana when he was last seen.
  

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WJTN News Headlines for July 13, 2018

 
Six people were arrested following an investigation into drug sales occurring in and around the Blue Heron Festival in Sherman late last week...  
 
State Police C-NET Team members and troopers from Jamestown, Fredonia and Collins say the investigation resulted in the arrests of the half-dozen people, including 27 year-old Michael Golden of Jamestown and, 33 year-olds Joshua Reeves and Jacob Gilbert, both of North East Pennsylvania.  Police say the charges range from drug possession to criminal sale, as well as a few pending felonies. In addition, Troopers say they also seized various drugs over the July 5-8 span including cocaine, LSD, MDMA, Mushrooms, Edibles and more.  State Police were assisted by Jamestown Police, state Forest Rangers, Chautauqua County Probation and Sheriff's deputies.  This investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.
 
 
Two police agencies are assisting in the search for a Warren County, Pennsylvania man who was reported missing by his family after last weekend's Blue Heron Music Festival in Sherman...  
 
Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace confirms his department has provided a K-9 Unit to the search for 23 year-old Sven Blumquist but, is otherwise not involved.  State Police in Jamestown say Blumquist is about 6-foot-2 weighs 170-pounds with blue eyes and brown hair.  Troopers say he was last seen walking away from his campsite about 1 AM Saturday... and, hasn't been seen since.  He was wearing a red zip-up hoodie, blue jeans and a bandana.  If you have any information on Blumquist, call State Police at 665-3113 or Conewango Township Police in Warren County at (814)-726-0725.
 
 
The annual 'Festa di San Giacomo' (the St. James Festival), is Saturday from 10 to 9:30 at St. James church on Allen Street...  
 
And spokesman, Tom Franco, says the seven-decade tradition is on a firmer foundation than ever, with their huge tent pitched on a brand new, and safer, parking lot.  The festival will be offering the usual array of Italian and American foods, including Sicilian pizza, fried dough, homemade sausage, and around 20,000 cookies. But, one favorite won't be there.  Franco says the growing season didn't yield enough carduni to process.  There'll be entertainment all day long as well, including the St. James Italian Dancers at 3 and 7 PM. 
 
 
The state lawmaker who spear-headed the effort to have the NRG plant in the city of Dunkirk repowered says she is not giving up...  
 
While NRG announced the decision to pull the plug on the project late Wednesday, State Senator Cathy Young says she will work with state and local officials to find another solution.  The Olean Republican has been working on the project that would have converted the plant's fuel source from coal to natural gas for six years.  She's very disappointed by the company's decision.
 
Young says she has already had discussions with County Executive George Borrello and Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas about the next steps.  Among those options, finding another energy company that may be interested in taking over the former NRG plant.  She says a fund is in place to help replace some of the lost tax revenue from the plant.  While disappointed, Young says it's important for local and state leaders to look ahead and come up with a solution.   
 
 
Chautauqua County's top-elected official says he's ready to get to work on developing a plan with several options for the NRG Power Plant...  
 
Executive George Borrello says he agrees with Senator Young that finding another company to take over repowering the plant is the first step.  Borrello adds there is interest in the facility but, he says it depends on how Governor Cuomo and the state's Independent System Operator handle the matter.  He says there is need for a base load power source in Western New York as evidenced by the spike in electric rates during the recent heat wave.   
 
 
A federal jury in New York has convicted key players of corruption in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ``Buffalo Billion'' economic redevelopment program....  
 
The jury in Manhattan federal court returned its verdict Thursday after a month-long trial that put a spotlight on how lucrative contracts were awarded for redevelopment projects in Syracuse and Buffalo worth hundreds of millions of dollars.  Prosecutors maintained the bidding process was corrupt and that deals were steered to favored developers.  One of the lead defendants in the case was Alain Kaloyeros, the former president of SUNY--Polytechnic Institute.  
 
 
A House Committee has approved a bill that officially designates the National Comedy Center as the nation's official center of comedy....  
 
That from local Congressman Tom Reed, who introduced the measure this past June on behalf of the Jamestown-based entity.  Reed thanked members of the Natural Resources Committee for the approval and, says he look's forward to the center becoming something similar to the Pro Football, Baseball and rock 'n Roll Halls of Fame.  Reed was in Jamestown early last month to announce the measure had been introduced in Congress and, U-S Senator Charles Schumer also appeared at the Comedy Center to announce a companion measure.  The bill is now eligible for action by the full House.
 
 
Actress and activist Cynthia Nixon has collected more than 65,000 signatures on a petition to secure her place on the primary ballot in her effort to oust two-term Gov. Andrew Cuomo...  
 
The number of signatures collected by the "Sex and the City" star and political activist is more than five times the amount required under state election law.  Nixon's campaign released the total on Thursday, the deadline for signatures.  Cuomo received his spot on the primary ballot thanks to the endorsement of the state Democratic Party.   

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WJTN News Headlines for July 12, 2018

The state lawmaker who fought long and hard to keep the NRG Power plant up and operating in the city of Dunkirk is expressing her "profound disappointment" the company has "prematurely" pulled out of the repowering project...  
 
State Senator Cathy Young Wedesday afternoon said, in a printed statement, that NRG has "stuck a dagger in the heart of our community.  Our people have consistantly rallied on behalf of the company since they mothballed it in 2013, standing by them through thick and thin."  The Olean Republican adds that NRG "bailed out" before they had all of the information on interconnection costs.  Young says they are blaming the New York Independent System Operator, but adds they have "always have known full well the process that is required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and NYISO.  She adds that NRG lost it's interconnection rights because they didn't renew them, and that's why they would have to go through the whole process at this point.  We do have a call into Senator Young for direct comment.
 
 
The huge cost of interconnecting the NRG Power plant to the regional electrical power system has reportedly led company officials to "pull the plug" on the project... 
 
Multiple media reports said local elected officials were notifed earlier this week that the project was being scraped.  Local Congressman Tom Reed was among those Wednesday afternoon waiting for the announcement, but blamed "extreme environmentalists" for what was happening.
 
Reed says he remains supportive of the repowering effort, which has been supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo and, other state leaders.  He says that support is regardless of whether another company was involved.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
A Jamestown man faces a handful of charges following a warrant check on the city's eastside Tuesday night... 
 
Officers were advised that  37 year-old Willie Graham was outside a residence on Bowen Street and had multiple warrants. Police report he also had a valid order of protection to stay away from the property. Upon the sight of police, Graham allegedly fled inside the house in an attempt to evade officers and refused to come out. A perimeter was set up by officers and with the assistance of K-9 Mitchell, the suspect was arrested. He's being held in city jail pending court appearance. 
 
 
Two Jamestown teenagers were arrested following a physical domestic violence incident Monday night....  
 
City police responded to Columbia Street at 7 p.m. and located the suspects, 18 year-old Andrew Pacitti and a 17 year-old female.  Officers determined that Pacitti allegedly obstructed the breathing of an unidentified female victim and damaged her property.  The 17 year-old is accused of hitting an unidentified male with a glass bottle, injuring him.  Pacitti is charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and fourth-degree criminal mischief, while the female suspect was arrested for felony second-degree assault.  The teens are being held pending arraignment. 
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed has few problems with the confrontational style that President Donald Trump is using with America's NATO allies at their meeting in Brussels...  
 
However, his "disruptive style" is be interpreted in different ways by different people.  While some say his harsh tone is driving a wedge into relationships with our European allies, others -- including Reed -- believe it's important for NATO to understand that they have to pay their fair share.
 
President Trump says the U.S. commitment to NATO ``remains very strong'' despite reports that he threated to pull out in a dispute over defense spending. At a news conference Thursday in Brussels, he told 'people' that he would be 'very unhappy if they didn't increase their commitments'. Trump will be meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin early next week.  Reed says he expects U-S grievances against the Russians to be aired, including the alleged meddling in the 2016 Presidential election.  At the same time, he says there are common goals between us and the Russians, including how to deal with Iran and North Korea.
 
 
Ohio Governor John Kasich has signed an order that sets out to create new regulations on farms and cut the amount of fertilizer feeding Lake Erie's huge algal blooms....  
 
The executive order signed by Kasich on Wednesday comes after the state has said voluntary steps farmers have taken to scale back fertilizer runoff aren't working fast enough.  Ohio, along with Michigan and the Canadian province of Ontario, have pledged to significantly cut how much phosphorus enters the lake by 2025.  The new rules would force an estimated 7,000 farms across two-million acres in northwestern Ohio to reduce the fertilizer and manure that flows into streams.  Farm groups have been pushing back against calls for increased regulations, saying it's not clear what approach will solve the algae problem. 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 11, 2018

A Cattaraugus County man has been arrested for allegedly setting a recent fire at the former Cattaraugus Central School...  
 
Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say 20 year-old Gage Weyrough was taken into custody following an investigation into the June 24 incident.  Weyrough was arraigned on charges including third-degree arson and burglary, and third-degree criminal mischief and, was sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail on $25,000 bail.  The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Cattaraugus County Fire Investigation Team.
 
 
Dunkirk fire and rescue crews helped two kayakers who lost their paddlecraft on Lake Erie late Monday afternoon and were forced to seek safety on the cliffs about a quarter-of-a-mile east of Wright Park...  
 
Dunkirk Fire Chief Mike Edwards tells us they got the call around 5 p.m. but, had a difficult time trying to determine the exact location of the kayakers.  Edwards says once they located the victims -- who were not identified -- rescuers were able bring them back to shore.  He says they were treated for some exposure but, had no serious injuries.  Rescuers were also able to find and bring the kayaks back to shore.  Edwards says the kayakers were fortunate to be wearing their life jackets.  He adds that it's important for anyone using paddlecraft to wear their personal floatation devices, let someone know where they are traveling to, and when they are expected to get back.  
 
 
A wanted Jamestown woman was arrested on obstruction charges for allegedly resisting arrest with drugs in her possession... 
 
City police were on patrol near McKinley and Forest Avenues last Sunday evening when they saw 23 year-old Kylah Seiberg walking in the area. Officers say Seiberg had a valid bench warrant out of Jamestown City Court and, when officers attempted to stop her, she refused commands and kept walking away. While trying to place her into custody, Seiberg physically resisted. She is also accused of possessing a quantity of methamphetamine, prior to being transported to city jail without further incident. 
 
 
A federal court will determine if the EPA should be ordered to ban a pesticide linked to brain damage in children....  
 
Seven states and a coalition of environmental and labor groups made final arguments before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Monday in their challenge to the EPA's refusal to ban "chlorpyrifos" an organo-phosphate related to sarin nerve gas.  According to Director Hector Sanchez with the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement -- a ban on the agricultural use of the chemical is long overdue.
 
Against the recommendation of its OWN scientists, last year the EPA claimed the science on chlorpyrifos is "unresolved" and allowed its use to continue until it revisits the issue in 2022.  Sanchez notes the Trump administration makes the same claim about climate change.  And he points out that prior to allowing continued use of chlorpyrifos, former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt met with Dow Chemical, maker of the pesticide.  He says farmworkers haven't had a "seat at the table."  The pesticide is used extensively on apples, a major crop in New York, and others.  It was banned for residential use almost 20 years ago.
 
 
A panel discussion will be held at the Robert H. Jackson Center during the upcoming Lucille Ball Comedy Festival dealing with free speech in comedy...  
 
That from National Comedy Center Executive Journey Gunderson, who says they'll also be launching a new Lenny Bruce Exhibit and Memorial Foundation Partnership with the "Comedy and the First Amendment" discussion on Thursday, August 2 at 4 p.m..  Gunderson says Bruce's daughter Kitty, and Comedian Lewis Black will be part of the panel.
 
Bruce was a legendary comic who was taken to court and found guilty of obsenity in the 1964 case "The People versus Lenny Bruce."  Other events during the National Comedy Center's grand opening week include appearances by Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin, and original cast and writers of Saturday Night Live -- including Dan Aykroyd and Garret Morris.  Tickets may be purchased by visiting by calling 484-2222, or go on-line to NationalComedyCenter.org
 
 
There is mixed reaction from New York state's federal lawmakers on the appointment of conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U-S Supreme Court...  
 
As expected, the response was split down political lines.  Local Congressman Tom Reed says -- with the appointment President Trump has "once again followed through on a campaign promise and appointed a strong conservative judge that will shape our country for generations to come."  Reed says Kavanaugh elicits all the ideals of a spectacular Supreme Court Justice.  The Corning Republican adds that that the judge has "demonstrated an exceptional legal understanding and commitment to the U.S. Constitution."   However, Democratic U-S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she'll "strongly oppose" Kavanaugh's nomination.  If confirmed, she says he "would tip the balance of the Supreme Court even more against workers' rights, civil rights, and women's rights for decades to come.  I do not think he is the right choice for our country."  Kavanaugh has begun meeting with Senators who will vote on the confirmation.
 
 
For the third-time in four years... the annual Tree Day that's part of the city of Jamestown's Summer Playground Program took place at Allen Park yesterday afternoon...  
 
City Arborist Dan Stone says he and several children from all five playground sites helped plant three trees.  Stone says one was an Armstrong Golden Maple, another was a Black Cherry and, the third was a Sassafrass Tree.  He thanked the Jamestown School District, and Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for supporting the program.
 
Stone says Tree Day is a fun day because the kids ask a lot of questions, and enjoy helping to plant the trees.  He says it allows the children to take ownership of their community, and feel involved.  Stone says many of the kids are involved in the soccer program at Allen Park.
 
 
With less than a month before the Babe Ruth 16-18 World Series return to Jamestown, the local Babe Ruth World Series committee is putting out a call for more host families. Vice President Kim Ecklund says the need is beyond urgent....
 
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. She says the players will arrive with their teams on August 2 and, each host family will house two players from the same team.  The World Series runs from August 4-11.  For more information on being a host family, call Kathy McMaster at 488-0928 or visit JamestownWorldSeries.org.

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WJTN News Headlines for July 10, 2018

Three people from Jamestown have been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of large quantity of four different kinds of illegal drugs during a traffic stop on the city's southside...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers stopped the vehicle at the corner of Hazeltine Avenue and Baker Street shortly after 8:30 a.m. Monday.  Samuelson says officers took 38 year-old Lashon Hayes, and a 17-year-old girl into custody immediately.  He says they were found with just over 34-grams of hallucinagenic mushrooms, nearly 11-grams of crack-cocaine and, 68-grams of marihuana.  The 17 year-old was also allegedly found in possession of a small amount of crystal methamphetime, and five bags of Heroin.  The third suspect, 36 year-old Lawrence McGrigg, was found with nearly 42-grams of marihuana.  All three were jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
Two Fredonia residents were sent to area hospitals following a motorcycle accident involving a deer on Route 60 in the town of Pomfret last weekend...  
 
Sheriff's officers responded to the scene shortly after 9:00 Saturday night and, found the unidentified 46 year-old rider was northbound when he struck a deer in the roadway causing him to crash the bike.  The operator was taken to Erie County Medical Center for his injuries, while his 42 year-old female passenger was sent to a local hospital for treatment.  Deputies say there are no charges stemming from the accident at this time. 
 
 
A Fredonia man is facing charges after he drove his vehicle into a convenience store in the town of Sheridan last Sunday evening...  
 
State Police were called out to Sheridan Liquor and Wine Store at the corner of Routes 20 and 39 around 7:00.  Troopers say the driver, 40-year-old Gary Epolito, II has been charged with driving while impaired, Driving while Intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana.  Epolito will appear in Sheridan Town Court later this month to answer the charges.
 
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello has passed an important bench-mark for his first year in office...  
 
Borrello reached the six-month mark last week and, it's so far, so good.  In fact, he says he is pleased with the progress made in many areas, including meeting with local business and industry leaders.  Most recently, Borrello paid a visit to Matco Tool Company in Lakewood, where they make the well-known 'Matco Tool Box."
 
Borrello easily met his goal of visiting 100 businesses in his first 100 days in office and, adds he has continued those meetings with new businesses and industry.  He says he has now visited close to 130 businesses across Chautauqua County, and more tours are in the works.  He's also visited the Grape Discovery Center in Westfield, which he calls "a great starting spot for individuals who will be exploring the 23 wineries that make up the Lake Erie Wine Country."  Among his scheduled events this week is the annual fishing trip on Chautauqua Lake with winners of the county's Fishing Essay Contest this Wednesday morning.
 
 
The state Health Department is holding public meetings to discuss the launch of cancer studies in four communities across New York state...  
 
The studies will examine cancer patterns related to demographic, behavioral, occupational and environmental factors.  The purpose is to understand the regional incidence of cancer and determine prevention and screening needs.  Meetings will be held July 17 in Stony Brook and Staten Island. Upstate, meetings will be held July 19 in Glens Falls and Buffalo.  Warren County was chosen because it has the highest rate of all cancers combined for any county in New York.  The East Side Buffalo and western Cheektowaga area was chosen because there were six kinds of cancer with elevated incidence.  Every diagnosis of cancer in New York is reported to the state cancer registry.
 
 
Lawmakers in the village of Fredonia are revisiting the idea of being a supplier for the still-new, North County Regional Water District...  
 
Mayor Athanasia Landis says she's had talks with the village board about the change in position... and, they seem to be all right with it.  Landis says the water district's board wants to hold a meeting with the village and the city of Dunkirk soon to further discuss the idea.
 
Landis says the idea of looking at being part of the district began last December in discussions she had with County Executive George Borrello as he was preparing to take office.  She says the village system now provides more water than is needed -- mainly due to the loss of ConAgra as a customer.  Landis adds that if they did a little more work on the system, they could provide more water for the district. 
 
 
 
A former New York state Senate leader has been pressured to explain why real estate executives who needed his support on legislation also agreed to steer work to his son...  
 
A prosecutor at the corruption trial of Dean Skelos asked him on cross-examination Monday if he expected jurors to accept that he genuinely believed the job opportunities had nothing to do with his position as one of the state's most powerful politicians.  Skelos insisted they "absolutely" should.  The testimony came at the retrial of the Republican and his son, Adam, in federal court in Manhattan.  Prosecutors have alleged that Dean Skelos abused his office by strong-arming the businesses into funneling more than $300,000 to the son through consulting work and a no-show job or else lose the senator's support.
 

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News Alert for Mon., July 9, 2018

Three arrested for alleged drug possession in Jamestown...
Three people from Jamestown have been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of large quantity of four different kinds of illegal drugs during a traffic stop on the city's southside.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers stopped the vehicle at the corner of Hazeltine Avenue and Baker Street shortly after 8:30 this morning.  Samuelson says officers took 38 year-old Lashon Hayes, and a 17-year-old girl into custody immediately.  He says they were found with just over 34-grams of hallucinagenic mushrooms... nearly 11-grams of crack-cocaine... and, 68-grams of marihuana.  The 17 year-old was also allegedly found in possession of a small amount of crystal methamphetime, and five bags of Heroin.  The third suspect... 36 year-old Lawrence McGrigg... was found with nearly 42-grams of marihuana.  All three were taken to the city jail... pending arraignment on several drug related charges... some of them felonies.
 

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WJTN News Headlines

 
A city man has been arrested for allegedly harassing and holding a woman against her will inside a car on Jamestown's southside last Saturday afternoon...  
 
City police were called to the scene at 125 West Virginia Boulevard about 3 p.m. on a report of a physical domestic incident.  Officers say the female victim told them that 38 year-old Scott Foster, Senior had gotten into a physical altercation with her in the presence of a four-year-old child.  Foster later returned and, was arrested on charges including second-degree unlawful imprisonment, and endangering the welfare of a child.  The child was not hurt.    
 
 
A Fredonia man is facing charges after he drove his vehicle into a convenience store in the town of Sheridan Sunday evening...  
 
State Police were called out to Sheridan Liquor and Wine Store at the corner of Routes 20 and 39 around 7:00.  Troopers say the driver, 40-year-old Gary Epolito--the second, has been charged with driving while impaired, Driving while Intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana.  Epolito will appear in Sheridan Town Court later this month to answer the charges. 
 
 
A Jamestown man has been arrested for having an expired registration but, sheriff's officers say they found that he had 35 suspensions and revocations of his license... 
 
Deputies say they stopped 37 year-old Lonnie Wicher, Junior on Route 60 in the town of Stockton last Saturday morning and found that he had a revoked non-driver ID-only license.  Further checking Witcher's license it was found that he had 30 'scoffs' on 16 different dates.  Officers say he was charged with having an unregistered motor vehicle, unlicensed operator, violation of interlock restrictions and felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.  Witcher was arraigned, and sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
A 27-year-old golfer from Argentina won the 3rd annual Lecom Health Challenge Sunday at Peek’n Peak...  
 
Nelson Ledesma finished at 22 under par for the tournament.  Ledesma does not speak English, so Chris Scott, one of the owners of Peek’n Peak, and fluent in Spanish, was recruited to interpret.  Scott says Ledesma is a 'super nice guy'  who appreciated being able to play a challenging course.  Ledesma got $108,000 for the win and the right to play on the web.com tour through 2019.  A Falconer business, Stuart Tool and Die was given the 'Web.com Small Business Championship Award.'  One of the owners,  P.J. Degnan accepted the award, saying supporting the community was part of the fabric of their business.  Also honored at the closing ceremony was the late 'Rolly' Mahany of Dunkirk.  County Executive George Borello said Mahany was a World War 2 Navy veteran, a great believer in Chautauqua County, and a 50-year member of the Shorewood Country Club. 
 
 
Mourners gathered Sunday for the funeral of a New York State trooper killed on duty at the western New York college where he starred on the football field...  
 
Family and friends of Trooper Nicholas Clark are at an arena at Alfred University, joined by numerous other state troopers and other law enforcement.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was also in attendance.  Clark died responding to a call early Monday morning near the Pennsylvania border.  Police said the 29-year-old trooper was fatally shot by a barricaded man, who was a school principal. 
 
 
State police say a school principal who killed a state trooper owned 12 illegal firearms, including eight assault rifles...  
 
Police say Trooper Nicholas Clark was shot and killed early last Monday by Steven Kiley, who had barricaded himself in a house near Corning.  Police now say the illegal firearms recovered also included three handguns and one rifle.  They also recovered numerous high-capacity magazines.  Autopsy results show Clark was struck by buckshot from a 12-gauge shotgun and that Kiley died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. 
 
 
Another major part of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk was officially opened this past weekend....
 
Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi was joined by Acting State Transportation Commissioner Paul Karas... and, State Senator Cathy Young to cut the ribbon on the two, new pedestrian bridges behind the National Comedy Center.  Karas agreed to be on hand for the dedication when he and Teresi met for the first-time several months ago.  He says the $2-million project was a joint effort.
 
Teresi thanked the state for it's help in providing a $1.6-million DOT grant.  The city provided a $400,000 match through recaptured federal UDAG funds.  While he's been critical of the state at times in the past, he said the state played a major role in this and, several other projects in the city.  More than 100 people were on hand for the dedication and ribbon cutting.  The city's Riverfront Management Council hosted the city's first-ever "BridgeFest" following the ceremonies.
 
 
There was also a bridge opening last weekend in Dunkirk, with the ribbon being cut on the new, West Howard Avenue Bridge...
 
Dunkirk Engine One cruised across the new span last Friday afternoon, following the official opening that included Mayor Wilfred Rosas, City Public Works Director Randy Woodbury and Lori Cornell, a representative of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Office.  Rosas says the replacement of the bridge was a top priority of his administration after taking office two-and-a-half years ago.
 
The city was able to secure a $750,000 state grant through the governor's office.  Cornell says Governor Cuomo was pleased to assist the city with this infrastructure need.  Jamestown Electric also assisted with the project, by donating a portion of its property to make the new bridge possible.  The project was expected to be completed earlier this year, but was delayed in part by a harsh winter.  

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News Headlines for Sat., July 7, 2018

Woman jailed following alleged Hammer attack in Jamestown...
A Jamestown woman has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a man with a hammer during an altercation on the city's eastside.  Jamestown police were called to the scene at Summer Place and East Eighth Street about 9 o'clock Thursday night... and, found that 31 year-old Jodi Semanovich had attacked the man... and, injured him.  Officers say Semanovich was later found and arrested without incident.  She was arrested and jailed pending arraignment on charges including second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
 
 
Forestville man arrested after two dead horses are found on his property...
A Forestville man has been arrested for alleged animal cruely after Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies found two dead horses inside a barn on Smith Road last Tuesday.  Officers say they were called to the scene late this past Tuesday... and, found the horses deceased.  They issued tickets to the owner, 48 year-old Jeffrey Wolfe, for overdriving, torturing and injuring animals... and, failing to Provide Sustenance.  Wolfe will appear in Villenova Town Court at a later date.
 
 
Two new pedestrian bridges officially open on Jamestown's Chadakoin River...
Another major part of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk was officially opened late this morning with the ribbon-cutting for the two, new pedestrian bridges behind the National Comedy Center.  Mayor Sam Teresi was joined by Acting State Transportation Commissioner Paul Karas... and, State Senator Cathy Young to cut the ribbon.  Karas agreed to be on hand for the dedication when he and Teresi met for the first-time several months ago.  He says the $2-million project was a joint effort... and, says they will both provide "directly linkages for residents to the recently established multi-modal transporation hub at the Gateway Train Station.  Teresi thanked the state for it's help in providing a $1.6-million dollar DOT grant.  The city provided a $400,000 match through recaptured federal UDAG funds.  More than 100 people were on hand for the dedication and ribbon cutting. 
 
 
Teresi signs DRI Contracts for project money...
The city of Jamestown is now able to move forward with three projects totaling $1.6-million in it's Downtown Revitalization Initiative program.  That from Mayor Sam Teresi after the city council authorized him to sign contracts with the New York Department of State to release the funding.  Teresi says the largest chunk of money -- $670,000 -- will be used for infrastructure upgrades for a Jamestown-to-Buffalo-Niagara Falls Excursion Train.  He says the grant will primarily deal with getting new infrastruture in place for the project.  Teresi says the other two projects authorized to move ahead on were the $325,000 allocation to improve the Riverwalk Experience with new lighting... and, $610,000 for improvements to the Streetscape and Pedestiran Experience.  He adds the city is into the final stages of completing a $50,000 feasibility study of having excursion trains running from the city to the Buffalo -- Niagara area.  He says the funding came through regional Industrial Development Agencies, and local rail entities. 
 
 
Dunkirk firefighters deal with two more fires in north county city...
Three fires within a 48-hour period have kept firefighters busy in the city of Dunkirk.  Less than a day after a blaze heavily damaged two hours on Deer Street, crews were called out to a fire Thursday night at the former Edgewood warehouse building on South Roberts Road.  Fire Chief Mike Edwards says firefighters found several pallets on fire when they reached the scene around 6 p.m. and the flames were moving into the roof.  Arson has been ruled as the cause.  While returning from the fire, crews were called out to another structure fire.  The fire at 154 Lakeshore Drive East was on the outside of the structure and crews doused the flames quickly.  Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to the interior of the house.
 
 
Deer Street fire investigation continues in Dunkirk...
The investigation continues into the major fire that damaged two houses on Deer Street in the city of Dunkirk.  Chief Edwards says no cause has been determined in the fire that broke out at 434 Deer Street and spread next door to 432 Deer Wednesday night.  Edwards says the county's Fire Investigation Team is also involved.  He thanked fire departments from surrounding communities for assisting his department with the fire and the emergency medical calls that came in during the fire.  He also wanted to give a "shout out" to the Chautauqua County Fire Police who also provided assistance.
 
 
UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital names Volunteer of the Year...
An 18-year volunteer in the radiology department at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital has been named the 2017 "5-Star" Volunteer of the Year.  The hospital held it's annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon Friday... and, Volunteer Coordinator Liz Derosa told those attending that Robert Herring was this year's Volunteer of the Year.  Derosa says his peers had nothing but praise for Herring... and, says he is "much loved" by the doctors and staff.  Derosa and hospital administrators also honored 103 other volunteers who reached special milestones in 2017.  The most hours put in by a volunteer the past year was Robert Gray with 781.  Gray also reached the 12,000 hour milestone.  Derosa says the help they get from volunteers is immeasurable.  If you would like to be a volunteer at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital... Derosa says just google their new website on line.  She says there is a form you can fill out right there.  You can also call Liz Derosa at 664-8224.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 6, 2018

Celoron-Boat Fire-#2  6AM                  7/6
 
No one was hurt, but there were tense moments on Fourth of July evening when a boat caught fire on Chauauqua Lake near the Celoron boat launch...  
 
Sheriff's deputies say the department's Marine Division was called to the scene shortly before 8 p.m. and, they found that the occupants had been able to put out the flames.  Officers say another boater came by and picked up the occupants and, took them back to shore.  Sheriff's Department Marine Officers assisted and towed the disabled vessel to shore as well. 
 
 
A Jamestown man charged with setting over a dozen fires-- including 12 in the city and one in Slippery Rock Pennyslvania-- is looking to have charges dropped in Warren County.... 
 
The Warren Times Observer reports 21 year-old Johnathan Young made it from New York to Slippery Rock by stealing a vehicle from a garage in Warren. The newspaper says Young's attorney filed a motion to dismiss in early June with arguments to be heard today. However, that hearing has been post-poned until July 24. The Jamestown Post-Journal says officials in Chautauqua County are waiting to see what happens in Pennsylvania before prosecuting Young. 
 
 
The Chautauqua Lake Association is NOT against using herbicides on the weeds in the lake...    
 
Doug Conroe, the association's executive director, says there is a role for such treatments, but they're not needed right now.  Speaking during a pre-July4th interview, Conroe said weed harvesting could be 'fully effective' if it were 'fully funded.'  But, they'd need about three times the current $700,000 budget.  With the additional money, the number of harvesters could be taken from six to nine.  Herbicides were applied to a small part of the lake near Bemus Point earlier in the season.  That effort was sponsored by another organization, the Chautauqua Lake Partnership.
 
 
A city man was arrested for allegedly assaulting a person in front of a toddler on the Jamestown westside early yesterday morning...    
 
Officers responded to the scene shortly before 1 a.m. at 50 West 9th Street and, found 28 year-old Rick Dye took the unidentified female victim's phone, held her down and, punched her in the face.  Police report the incident occurred in front of a 4 year-old child. Dye was taken into custody to city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
Two Clarendon, Pennsylvania men have been arrested for allegedly becoming disorderly and then damaging property at a Jamestown fast-food restaurant...  
 
City police were called to the Burger King restaurant at 651 Foote Avenue on a report of the two men -- 50 year-old Robert and 47 year-old Tony Thompson -- being disorderly.  Police say Tony Thompson was trying to drive off when they arrived, and he was stopped.  He was found to be drunk and, further investigation showed that Robert Thompson had damaged a door and wall while leaving.  Both were arrested, and taken to the city jail.  Tony Thompson is charged with driving while intoxicated and Robert is charged with third-degree criminal mischief.
 
 
The foundation has now been poured and set for the new Athenex pharmacutial plant on Route 5 in the north county town of Dunkirk...  
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says it's another significant milestone in construction of the huge, 320,000 square-foot facility.  A German company -- M-&-W Group -- is overseeing construction of the 1.5-billion dollar project.  Borrello says he's also keeping an eye on the need for new housing development in the area for the approxmiately 900 people to be employed there.
 
Borrello says the county's Industrial Development Agency has been involved with one housing project in the city of Dunkirk, just across from where the plant will be located, called Battery Point Villas.  He says it's the first private housing development that he has seen in the north county in many years.  There is a lot of interest in the Athenex project in Albany.  The state provided a $200-million grant to help get the project moving. 
 
 
A bi-partisan measure to boost the use of Hospice and Palliative Care in the United States has been approved in a House Subcommittee...  
 
That from co-sponsor, local Congressman Tom Reed, who crafted the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act with a New York City-area Democrat.  Reed says the bill was recently approved by the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee.
 
Reed says the legislation involves three key areas, including the promotion of training to provide such care.  He says it also promotes awareness of Hospice and what it does and, boosts funding for both Hospice and Palliative Care.  Reed says Hospice in the Corning area provided very good care to his dying mother and, adds that he himself has become a Hospice volunteer in his home area.  The Corning Republican made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo is directing the state university system to continue policies that promote racial diversity among students after the Trump administration said the federal government will let schools leave race out of admission decisions....  
 
The Democratic governor on Thursday directed the chairmen of the boards of trustees of the City University of New York and State University of New York to prepare a report by August 15th on how they'll increase diversity on campuses.  Cuomo said the Trump administration's move to rescind affirmative action guidelines is "a blatant attempt to limit the participation of minorities in higher education."  Cuomo said the SUNY system has long embraced diversity and encouraged social mobility.  He noted that SUNY is nearly 45 percent minority and CUNY is 76 percent minority.
 
Our heat wave will end later today, but New York state environmental officials are still asking anglers to be considerate of heat-stressed fish....  
 
Trout and salmon are cold-water fish that suffer when water warms up above 70 degrees.  They tend to seek refuge in pockets of cold water created by springs and small feeder streams.  The Department of Environmental Conservation is asking anglers not to disturb fish gathered in unusually high numbers because they're likely seeking relief from heat stress.  The agency also recommends avoiding catch-and-release fishing for heat-stressed trout because they're unlikely to survive no matter how carefully they're handled.  DEC says more heat-tolerant species like smallmouth bass are less prone to heat stress.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 5, 2018

The first major Summer event in Chautauqua County gets into full-swing today with the first-round of the annual LECOM Health Challenge Golf Tournament at Peek 'n Peak Golf Resort near Findley Lake... 
 
Several past champions will be in the field for this year's title, and County Executive George Borrello says it should be a fun and exciting four-day tournament.
 
The county will be in the national -- and even international spotlight during the tournament through coverage by the Golf Channel.  Borrello will also be part of that.  He will be interviewed on the Golf Channel Friday at 2 p.m. and, is looking forward to it.  Borrello says the county contributed about 40-thousand dollars in Bed Tax funding to put on the LECOM Health Challenge tournament.  The tournament is part of the Professional Golf Association's Web.com tour.  The tournament is expected to have about a $2-million impact on the county during the week.  He made his comments for this coming weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
Dunkirk city firefighters battled a blaze that destroyed two homes on Deer Street overnight...
 
The fire began at 434 Deer with firefighters responding to the two-story home shortly before 10:00.  The fire then spread next door to 432 Deer.  City firefighters received mutual aid from East Dunkirk and Fredonia.  The house at 434 Deer Street was not occupied and vacant.  An adult lived at 432 Deer, but was not home at the time of the blaze.  Several other structures were threatened by the raging fire, but crews were able to contain the fire.  Two firefighters were treated at the scene for heat related medical emergencies and transported to Brooks Memorial.  Crews were at the scene until around 2:30 this morning.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
 
 
A former attorney from Bemus Point has been sentenced to seven-years in federal prison for mail fraud and, was ordered to pay $2-million in restitution...  
 
U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior announced late Tuesday that 46 year-old James MacCallum received the sentence from U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth Wolford.  Prosecutors say MacCallum ran a "Ponzi Scheme" from January of 2008 to December of 2010 while he was an attorney by encouraging some victims to liquidate other investments in order to benefit from his false and fraudulent higher rates of return.  Kennedy says they proved that he was using victim investments to pay back earlier investors and to pay personal and other expenses such as personal travel and office expenses.  MacCallum received just over $2-million from victim investors.
 
 
A city woman is jailed without bail for allegedly trying to smuggle Methamphetime into the Chautauqua County Jail in Mayville...  
 
Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene late Tuesday and, investigated a report of a woman being in possession of a controlled substance.  Officers allegedly found 27 year-old Amanda Spitale in possession of a quantity of meth.  Deputies arrested her for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, second-degree introducing contraband into a corrections facility.  She was arraigned and sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
The twin pedestrian bridges that are part of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk will officially be opened this coming Saturday morning...  
 
The two spans have been open a few weeks now.  Mayor Sam Teresi says the ribbon will be cut at 10:30 a.m. Saturday between the bridges, which are located behind the National Comedy Center.  During last week's ribbon cutting at the new bike path along the river, Teresi said the event will kick-off the city's first-ever "BridgeFest."
 
Teresi says that "BridgeFest" is being put on by the city's Riverfront Management Council, which he says has been working on the program for some time now.  He says they'll also be celebrating the fact there are now seven bridges across the Chadakoin River in the city.  Officials say Saturday's "BridgeFest" will feature bike rentals, a petting zoo, chainsaw carving and, music by the Kokomo Time band.  The music begins at 11 a.m. and, activities will run until 3 p.m..
 
 
Results may be final later today, but it appears Ithaca's Tracy Mitrano will be the Democratic candidate facing incumbant Republican Tom Reed for Congress this Fall...  
 
A count of the absentee ballots in the 23rd Congressional District Democratic primary show Mitrano overtaking Max Della Pia, who led after the Machine ballot count on Primary night.  In Chautauqua County, Democratic Elections Commissioner Norm Green says Mitrano won the county with 1,064 votes after receiving 80 absentee tallies.  Della Pia posted a concession on Facebook, saying "it has become clear that the absentee ballots did not break in our favor."  Mitrano said on Facebook that she accepted Della Pia's gracious concession and, says she's ready to face Reed.
 
 
Dunkirk's five Common Council members and a county legislator have announced their opposition to a proposed methadone clinic on East Third Street in the north county city...  
 
First-Ward Councilman Don Williams says the council, and Legislator Bob Bankoski, announced their position in a joint statement today.  Williams says he is concerned about the impact of having a clinic so close to the Northern Chautauqua Catholic School.
 
Williams says they are not opposed to having a drug treatment clinic in the city and believe there are other viable alternatives, including leasing space at either the Save-A-Lot plaza or the D&F Plaza.  The statement was released prior this week's Common Council meeting.  United Hispanics of Buffalo is the organization that will run the clinic.
 
 
New York state has temporarily halted work on highway construction projects to ease traffic associated with the July 4th holiday period...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the move late Tuesday.  The work suspensions will run through Wednesday and Thursday, with work resuming on Friday.  The work stoppage means construction-related lane closures will be temporarily eliminated on highways and bridges, reducing the risk of traffic bottlenecks during the busy holiday. 
 

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News Headlines for Wed., July 4, 2018

Long-time woman employee at Cummins' Jamestown Engine Plant is new Plant Manager...
A woman who was part of the 2010 team assembled to deal with a 70-percent downturn in demand at Cummins' Jamestown Engine Plant is the new plant manager at the Ashville-area location.  Twenty-six year plant veteran Anna Dibble was recently named to replace Mike Abate... who was promoted to the corporate team in Columbus, Indiana... but, is still based at the Jamestown plant.  The 49 year-old Dibble received her bachlor's degree in Operations Management at Penn State University... and, Masters degrees at Gannon University... and G-M's Institute of Technology.  She's been involved at Cummin's in quality and Product Engineering... Operations... and, Plant Management.  Dibble says she was initially a "summer hire..." but, enjoyed  seeing how a large plant functioned – and, went back to college and changed her major to Operations Management.
 
 
Mitrano unofficial winner of Democratic Primary in 23rd Congressional District as Della Pia concedes...
A count of the absentee ballots in the 23rd Congressional District Democratic primary has reversed the election night result... giving Ithaca's Tracy Mitrano the opportunity to run for the house seat now occupied by Republican Tom Reed.  Chautauqua County Democratic Elections Commissioner Norm Green says... after yesterday's Absentee ballot count... Mitrano won the county with 1,064 votes.  Green says that includes the most absentee votes -- 80 -- of all five candidates.  He says Mitrano won both the machine and absentee counts... while Jamestown's Eddie Sundquist was second in each catagory.  The full district numbers aren't yet available, but it appears other counties across the Southern District showed similar numbers.  Last night, Max Della Pia, the apparent second place finisher, posted a concession on Facebook with this statement, "Although the final results of the primary election will not be certified until at least Thursday, it has become clear that the absentee ballots did not break in our favor."  Norm Green is also the county's Democratic Committee Chairman... and under that hat... he says it's time for Democrats to rally behind the winner. for the Fall campaign.  Della Pia led in the machine vote count after Primary Day with 7,022 votes... while Mitrano was second with 6,996.
 
 
Fourth of July falls on a mid-week day, but, Sheriff Gerace still expects a busy day... 
A statewide crackdown continues on drunk and drugged driving as we get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July today.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says he wants people to enjoy the holiday, but don't get behind the wheel if you had too much of a celebration.  Gerace says they want everyone to have a happy and safe Fourth... but, he says don't drink and drive.  The Sheriff's Office will be joining the State Police and local police agencies in taking part in the state-wide effort.  State troopers have indicated that they will conduct sobriety checkpoints and target reckless and aggressive driving.  Gerace says the goal is keep highways safe during one of the busiest summer holidays for travel.
 
 
Fourth of July actvities underway in Lakewood and Mayville...
It's the fourth of July... and, there are several activities taking place from Lakewood to Mayville.  It all gets started early today with the annual YMCA "Firecracker 10K" run and other activites at Lakewood's Hartley Park at 9 a.m.  The annual Lakewood Fourth of July "Summerfest" also includes a Money Hunt for kids... a "Kid's Zone..." along with wrestling demonstrations... and, music from "Two for Flinching" from 6 to 8 p.m.  Fireworks begin at 10 p.m.  In Mayville... the day begins with the annual Parade along Route 394 at 10 a.m. and starts at the intersection with Route 430.  There will also be live music, food, and kiddy rides at Lakeside Park.  Mayville will also have fireworks at 10 p.m.
 
 
Reed says State Trooper's death near Corning hits home...
The death of a New York state trooper slain during a domestic call hits home with Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed.  The Corning Republican's father-in-law was a State Trooper... and, he says he is thinking about 29 year-old Nicholas Clark, and his family.  Clark as shot and killed early Monday while responding to call about a suicidal and possibly armed man barricaded in his home near Corning and the Pennsylvania border.  He says his thoughts and prayers are with Clark's family... and, the entire law enforcement community.  Clark played college football 2008-2011 at Alfred University, where head coach Bob Rankl on Monday called him the toughest player he ever had the opportunity to coach.  As a linebacker, Clark was a two-time All-America honoree and earned honors from the school's conference.  Reed is also an Alfred graduate... and, Clark's mother is an accounting professor at the university.
 
 
Gas prices hold steady for July 4th week...
Gasoline prices nationally are topping off at the highest mark in four years, ahead of what is expected to be the most-traveled Independence Day on record.  However... AAA's latest gas price report says Jamestown-area motorists are paying the same amount for a consecutive week at $3.03 per gallon of regular fuel.  Officials say... with a build of 1.2 million barrels, the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region saw the largest build of any in the country.  The national average has remained steady for the last 10 days at $2.86 per gallon.

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A 29-year-old New York state trooper slain during a domestic call is being remembered as standout football player at his old college...  
 
Trooper Nicholas Clark was shot and killed early Monday while responding to call about a suicidal and possibly armed man barricaded in his home near the Pennsylvania border.  Clark played college football 2008-2011 at Alfred University, where head coach Bob Rankl on Monday called him the toughest player he ever had the opportunity to coach.  As a linebacker, Clark was a two-time All-America honoree and earned honors from the school's conference.  He held the school record for career tackles at 377 until 2017.  Clark tried out for the Buffalo Bills before becoming a state trooper.  Clark's mother is an accounting professor at Alfred University.
 
 
Our recent late Summer-like weather will resume today after a couple of rounds of thunderstorms and rain late Monday afternoon and evening...  
 
The National Weather Service, though, says heat will begin building through the day today in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties -- and most of Western New York.  Forecaster Jon Hitchcock in Buffalo says it'll be hazy, hot, and humid on the Fourth. Forecasters say temperatures should range from 75 to 80-degrees on both Saturday and Sunday, with sunshine and low humidity thanks to a cold front moving in later during the week. 
 
 
Chautauqua Lake will once again become a 'ring of fire' on the night of July 4th... thanks to the Chautauqua Lake Association.... 
 
The association's manager of Finance and Community Relations, Heather Nolan says it's an amazing sight with 11,000 to 12,000 flares lit at once.  The flares are sold at stores all along the lakeshore for $3.00 each.  The money goes to support the Chautauqua Lake Association's lake management efforts.  Heather Nolan notes the official time to light the flares is 10 p.m. on the 4th, but people often start them earlier, and light new ones as 10 p.m. approaches.  The Lake Association has sponsored the flare lighting since 1982. The tradition dates back to at least 1936.  Fireworks shows will be also occurring around 10 p.m. on the 4th in both Lakewood and Mayville.
 
 
Two people were hurt -- one seriously -- in a car-motorcycle accident this past weekend in the north county town of Hanover...    
 
Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene on Route 39 about 1:40 PM Saturday... but did not release details.  Deputies say the operator of the motorcycle was flown to the Erie County Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.  The driver of the car was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  Officers say Route 39 was temporarily shut down for Accident Reconstruction. The investigation is pending.
 
 
One person had to be flown to a regionial hospital following a motorcycle accident in the Town of Pomfret last Saturday afternoon...
 
Sheriff's officers report deputies and emergency crews from Fredonia and Brocton reported to the scene on Route 20.  Investigation revealed the unidentified motorcycle operator became distracted by a group of motorcycles in the opposite lane and did not see the car in front of him stopping to turn left.  Deputies say the operator applied the brakes, but lost control and laid his bike down the roadway.  He was flown via Starflight to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of severe injuries. 
 
 
With three crashes involving motorcycles occurring within a single day over the weekend, Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace is continuing to stress motorcycle safety...  
 
Two of the crashes on Saturday involved motorcycles and conventional vehicles.  The third crash, a motorcycle-deer related mishap.  Gerace says drivers of both conventional vehicles and the bikes should keep safety in mind. Gerace says there are more and more motorcycles hitting the highway each summer.  The State DMV reports more than 241,000 motorcycles are in use across the state.   
 
 
If you have an outdoor surveillance system, you can help the Chautauqua County District Attorney's office with crimes in your neighborhood...  
 
That from D-A Patrick Swanson, who says his office has begun the "Community CrimeCam" program, which is modeled after other similar initiatives across New York state, and the nation.  Swanson says you can register to be part of the effort by going to the county's webpage and, click on the District Attorney's page.
 
Swanson says they have a number of cases in the past three years where they found either private residence or business video's that were "quite usefull."  He says one recent incident was the police shooting of a dog charging at them on Winsor Street in Jamestown last week.  He says that was private surveillance footage and, shows everything that would back up the police department's position in the case.  Swanson says they are starting the program in the city's of Jamestown and Dunkirk.
 
 
The Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education held their annual re-organizational meeting during a regular meeting Tuesday night...
 
Re-elected Board Members Nina Karbacka and Dan Johnson took their official oaths of office, while Paul Abbott and Patrick Slagle were re-appointed as President and Vice President. Soon-to-be seniors Ellen Cross and Natalie Carlson were also sworn-in as ex-officio student board members. Cross and Carlson say they are excited to get started and build connections between the student body and current board members.  Both girls are active in the school community and are also co-public relations officers for the National Honor Society. Their term continues now through June 30, 2019. In other actions, the board also adopted a tentative meeting schedule for the 2018-19 school year. 
 
 
All eight days of the upcoming 16-to-18 year-old Babe Ruth World Series are now officially sold-out...  
 
That means free admission all week August 4-11, 2018.  Local Babe Ruth Committee Public Relations Division Director Kim Ecklund says they have been "blessed" with the local support of businesses and the community who have purchased "A Day at The Park" so they could offer free admission to local residents and out-of-towners.  The Jamestown Babe Ruth League will sponsor Day-One and, Championship Day will be sponsored by Chautauqua County.  

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WJTN News Headlines for July 2, 2018

The investigation is continuing into a fire in a pile at the  Ben Weitsman Recycling on Jamestown's westside this past weekend....  
 
Fire Battalion Chief Matt Coon says crews were called to the scene at 610 West Eighth Street just after 1:30 p.m. Saturday and, found heavy smoke coming from a pile in the center of the yard.  Coon says workers at Weitsman quickly directed them to the pile at the center of the yard.
 
Coon says it only took about 15-minutes to bring the blaze under control.  He says they used three hose lines to bring the flames under control and, adds they did some overhaul work in that area of the yard to prevent any re-ignition.  Coon says crews were there about an hour and, and off-duty shift was called in.  No one was hurt. 
 
 
A city man is jailed on $9,000 bail for allegedly driving drunk when he was involved in three motor vehicle accidents last Saturday night...  
 
State Police in Jamestown say two of the people in one of the cars had to be taken to the hospital.  Troopers say 29 year-old Ramon Pando was traveling on Route 394 between 7:15 and 7:30 p.m. when the accidents occured.  Two in the town, and one in the city.  Police say one accident sent 66 year-old Craig Underwood of Jamestown and 41 year-old Jennifer Hamilton of Georgetown, Kentucky to UPMC Chautauqua WCA hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  Pando was arraigned in Ellicott Town Court on several charges including Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving and, Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident. 
 
 
A Jamestown man is jailed without bail for stalking after allegedly threating the life of a woman for three days last week, then showing up at her house to harass her...  
 
City police were called to the scene of a reported domestic incident at the corner of Sprague and Adams Street just before Noon Saturday and, arrested 25 year-old Robert Tonkin.  Officers say they found Tonkin was sought on a bench warrant by Lakewood-Busti Police.  When they spoke with the female victim, she told them that Tonkin had been threatening her for some time.  He was arrested, and arraigned on charges of fourth-degree stalking, and aggravated family offense and, sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
Chautauqua County's representative to the State Assembly says he believes the State Legislative session that ended on June 20 was quite productive...  
 
But outside of the budget, Assemblyman Andy Goodell says much of the activity occurred in the last two weeks of the session.  Goodell says he was busy in those final weeks working as a floor leader.  Goodell was the featured speaker at last week's 50th anniversary dinner for Chautauqua County Rural Ministry in Dunkirk and, adds that he was disappointed that the legislature didn't deal with ethics reform.  He says there is some unfinished business and he expects lawmakers to return to Albany, possibly sometime in July.
 
 
There's just a month to go before the grand-opening of the new, National Comedy Center and, the start of the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown...  
 
The festival got a big shout-out on Twitter this past week by headliner Amy Schumer.  That was good news for Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson, who says there are still tickets remaining for Schumer's two performances on Friday, August 3rd at 7:00 and 9:30.  Gunderson says there are just a few tickets left for the program featuring some of the legends of Saturday Night Live.
 
That program with Dan Akroyd, Garrett Morris, and Laraine Newman takes place on Thursday night, August 2 at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.  The only sell-out so far is the Lily Tomlin program on August 4.  For more information on tickets for the festival, and Comedy Center opening, go online to ComedyCenter.org.  Journey Gunderson made her comments for last weekend's Community Spotlight program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
Municipalities with infrastructure projects that protect or improve local water quality can get some of the $275-million in funding available from New York state...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late this week that the grant funding is available through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and the Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grants Program.  It's part of the state's $2.5-billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act.  More than $1-billion has been allocated through the 2017 act to improve water quality and services in communities across New York.  Projects eligible for receiving the state funding include water infrastructure projects that address toxins associated with harmful algal blooms, sewer overflows and contaminated water supplies.  Grant applications for the funding have to be submitted to the state Environmental Facilities Corp. by September 7.
 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that allows immigrant parents to designate a "standby guardian" for their children if the parent is detained in New York or faces deportation...  
 
The Democrat signed the legislation at a community college in the Bronx on Wednesday, a day after a federal judge ordered immigrant families separated at the border to be reunited.  The measure passed by the state Legislature last week changes wording in a law that allows a parent to designate a guardian should the parent become incapacitated. The new law allows a standby guardian's authority to immediately begin when a child is separated from a parent.  Cuomo says the law is designed to offer increased protections for children separated from their parents as a result of the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy.

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