WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 30


City lawmakers have agreed to hire a Long Island law firm to represent Jamestown in it's appeal of the recent arbitration ruling in favor of the city policeman's union..... 

The City Council voted 8-to-1 last night in favor of hiring Bond, Shoenick, and King of Garden City to handle the appeal for a cost up to $25,000.  During his message to the council, Mayor Sam Teresi said he wanted to set the record straight, the city is not 'bound' to accepting the panel's split decision.  At the same time, he says the city is still willing to return to the negotiating table with the Kendall Club-PBA.

Teresi emphasized that this was "Compulsory Interest" -- not "Binding" Arbitration.  That means neither side was bound by the decision, whether it went against the city or not.  Last night's lone "no" vote was cast by Republican Councilman Andrew Liuzzo, who wanted to table the measure to give both sides another chance to come back to the negotiating table.  However, the proposal was not seconded, and the final vote was taken.

A new, local group has officially taken ownership of the Jamestown Jammers Summer collegiate baseball team and, the team will resume play in 2020.....  

The organization, called Jamestown Community Baseball, LLC, officially received the team from ROC Ventures of Milwaukee, Wisconsin during a press conference at Diethrick Park Monday afternoon.  The park's namesake -- Russell E. Diethrick, Junior -- who chairs the local ownership group,signed the agreement.

The situation is similar to something Diethrick did back in the 1960s, as city Parks and Recreation Director, when a local group took ownership of the former Jamestown Falcons when there was a threat that the franchise would be moved, or shut-down.  The group's Greg Peterson says it's the first of two actions that were being taken Monday.  He says the other took place last night with the city council voting to transfer the current lease from ROC Ventures to the new ownership group.


The new Jamestown Community Baseball group can now officially call Diethrick Park home to it's franchise for the next five years, starting next season....  

The City Council last night unanimously approved transferring the Jammers lease from ROC Ventures to the new, local ownership group.  Mayor Sam Teresi says the contract is good for next season, then again for the 2021-2025 playing seasons.  As had been discussed during the press conference at Diethrick Park, there will also be the five-year renewal option for the 2026 through 2030 seasons.   


With the legal and ownership hurdles cleared for the Jamestown Jammers, the issue of player development and managment also had to be looked at.... 

Jamestown Community Baseball decided to look to a local native, who has been involved in that area on the Major League level for several years.  Dr. George Carlo is currently involved in player development with the Boston Red Sox, and previously with the Detroit Tigers.  Carlo, who also heads up the Secrets of Champions Foundation, was at the press event.

In addition, Carlo noted that another Jamestown native, Jordan Basile, will manage the team when it returns to action in 2020.  Basile is currently head baseball coach at Patrick Henry Community College in Virginia.  In addition, Carlo says Basile will be in Jamestown hosting a Jammers Summer Camp for ball players at Diethrick Park.  Carlo says he founded Secrets of Campions Foundation last year in Jamestown to help "our young people be the best they can be in whatever they do."


Carelessly discarded smoking materials are being blamed for a fire that damaged a two-story home on Jamestown's westside late Sunday afternoon...  

City Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Finson says crews were called to the scene at 238 Hall Avenue shortly before 5 PM and, found some smoke and fire coming from one side of the structure.  Finson says everyone was out of the home, and one crew pulled one handline to get the blaze out, while another crew went to the upper floors.

Finson says it took about 20 minutes to bring the blaze under control.  No injuries were reported.  He says the cause was accidental.  Crews were at the scene about three hours and, the two families living in the home are now being helped by the local Red Cross.


The search is winding down for the next Principal at Jamestown High School.... 

Current principal Mike McElrath will be leaving the position to serve as head of the district's new Success Academy, which will open in September.  Jamestown District Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says he's excited Dr. McElrath has decided to lay the foundation for students at Rogers.

Apthorpe says the Rogers Success Academy is for grades 5-12 and, will open as an "intentional place of healing" for students. On the flip side, Apthorpe says the search for the new JHS Principal is going well.  It started with 16 applicants and, he says the field has been cut to two finalists.  He hopes to have a decision by May 21st, and the new principal beginning July 1st.  Apthope says the feedback received from an on-line survey for community members served as an important step for interviewers to create a profile of what kind of person that should be.


Jamestown police are still requesting the public's help and are providing more detail on the vehicle allegedly involved in a hit-and-run accident that occured earlier this month....  

City Police say the accident occured on Foote Avenue, in front of UPMC Chautauqua Hospital, on Tuesday, April 16th at 9:15 PM.  Investigators say a woman was struck in the cross-walk by a 2009 to 2012 model Toyota Rav-4 that was silver in color.  Police add that the suspect vehicle is missing a piece to its front drivers side bumper, a small black plastic insert where a fog light would be -- and will be noticeable.  Anyone with information on the wherabouts of this vehicle or who may have been driving it is asked to contact City Police at 483-7537 or anonymous tips can be left at 483-8477 or via the Tips 411 App.  Police say all calls will be kept confidential.


A Jamestown woman was arrested on several charges for allegedly leading police on pursuit with a child in the vehicle Sunday afternoon....  

Officers responded to 839 Lafayette Street just before 4 PM, where it was reported a female was trying to run over a man with her car.  On arrival, police saw the car vehicle traveling down the sidewalk, and back onto the roadway.  A traffic stop was attempted, but, 27 year-old Susan Walker fled the scene.   After a short chase, Walker got out on Cherry Street and, attempted to flee on foot before being taken into custody.  She was sent to the City Jail pending arraingment.  

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 29, 2019

Two people from Jamestown are jailed without bail following a drug raid last Saturday night in which they were allegedly found with a "large quantity" of Crystal Methamphetamine in their possession...  

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro, and Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Forces jointly raided the home at 12 Partridge Street shortly after 10 PM and, arrested 22 year-olds Jacob Komenda, and Loegan Morrison-Samples and, found about 2.2-ounces of Crystal meth.

Samuelson adds officers also found Komenda and Morrison-Samples in possession of a small quantity of powder cocaine, along with a shot-gun and stun gun, drug paraphernalia and, a quantity of cash.  He says both Komenda and Morrison-Samples were arraigned in city court, and sent to the county lock-up.  Samuelson says both face a preliminary hearing later this week.  The JPD SWAT Team assisted in the raid.  (**If you have any information about illegal drug activity in the city, call the Metro Drug Task Force at 483-TIPS or contact their Tips 4-1-1 app.)

Pennsylvania's highest court is striking down a provision of 2017's sprawling state law expanding casino-style gambling, saying a tax on higher-revenue casinos to provide cash grants to help market and improve lower-performing casinos is unconstitutional....  

The state Supreme Court on Friday agreed with a challenge by Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, invalidating the tax and ordering the money repaid.  Sands Casino argued the provision violated various parts of the state constitution and the U.S. constitution's equal protection and due process clauses.  Based on 2017-18 revenues, Presque Isle Downs in Erie, and Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Poconos were to get $4-million dollars each, with smaller amounts going to three other casinos.  Seven casinos wouldn't receive anything.  Chief Justice Tom Saylor writes that the benefit received and the burden imposed make it unconstitutional.


While Chautauqua County lost 20 percent of its grape and dairy farms in the new Ag Census, there are some areas where agriculture is growing.... 

Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Farm Business Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension, says beef farming is increasing, and the number of dairy farms adding beef has also gone up.  Another area, that doubled in value from 2012 to 2107 is 'direct to consumer' production, up to around $3.5 million a year.  That 'direct to consumer' marketing includes such diverse areas as baking bread for farmers' markets, having a sweet corn stand, or adding a colony of bees.  A decade ago Chautauqua County had the most farms of any county in New York.  Now with 1,228 farms, the county is third, behind Steuben and St. Lawrence counties. (Walley Stoll spoke on the Farm Bureau Radio Show this past weekend.)


A Jamestown man is accused of leading city police on a brief foot chase on the southside last Saturday afternoon when they tried to arrest him on a warrant....  

Officers say they spotted 38 year-old Alberto Narvaez-Aponte in the area of Foote Avenue and Harrison Street about 5:30 PM and, went to arrest him.  However, police say Narvaez-Aponte pulled away from them, and he tried to hit one of them.  The suspect then ran off, but, was quickly stopped and taken into custody.  Narvaez-Aponte was also found in possession of three Suboxone strips, which he did not have a prescription for.  He was arrested for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree obstruction, and resisting arrest.


The three-phased clean-up of a huge weed mass that inundated the Burtis Bay-area of Celoron on Chautauqua Lake late last Fall is to begin this week.....  

That from County Executive George Borrello, who says members of the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance had hoped to begin lakeshore clean-up in that area before last Winter.  However, that didn't work out.  Borrello says leaders met at the end of March to further develop a clean-up plan.  Burtis Bay resident Peggy Newell spoke at this past week's County Legislature meeting in Mayville.

Newell says Borrello told her just prior to the meeting that the official clean-up was beginning shortly.   The executive says a combination of excessive floating aquatic vegetation and high water levels and high winds created the weed mass.  He says the county worked with the state Department of Environmental Conservation to find a way to remove the weeds and, $73,000 in funding was secured for the project through contributions from the county, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, and the Alliance. 


Last Saturday morning's strong winds in Jamestown blew over part of a brick wall on a more than 100 year-old building in the downtown area..... 

City Fire Battalion Chief Don Mowry says the gusty winds blew the brick facade off the side of the Coffee Exchange building at the corner of West 8th Street and Murray Avenue shortly after 9 AM.  The winds were still gusting when we spoke with Mowry.

Mowry says the city's Department of Development and a contractor have been called to figure out how they can stabilize the building.  He says an engineer was looking at the building late Saturday morning, and they were working to stablize the building until repairs can be made.  Mowry says no injuries were reported.  He says the building itself is still structurally sound.  However, Mowry says a portion of West 8th Street has been blocked off in case any more bricks fall.

 
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is shrugging off her state's governor's endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden's 2020 presidential campaign over her own....  

Speaking to reporters after an event Friday at a bar in Nashua, New Hampshire, Gillibrand said, "Our governor can endorse whoever he likes, but I am the best candidate to defeat President Trump, and I will."  Fellow Democrat and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said he's supporting Biden, who formally launched his White House bid Thursday.  Gillibrand said, "The truth is, this presidential election will not be won on the endorsements of powerful people."  She later briefly played beer pong, successfully tossing a pingpong ball across a table and into a plastic glass of water, making her opponents take long swigs of beer.

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News Headlines for Sat., Apr. 27, 2019

No one hurt in building wall collapse in downtown Jamestown Saturday...
A wall on a more than 100 year-old building in downtown Jamestown collapsed in this morning's strong winds.  Jamestown Fire Battalion Chief Don Mowry says the gusty winds blew the brick facade off the side of the Coffee Exchange building at the corner of West 8th Street and Murray Avenue shortly after 9 a.m.  The winds were still gusting when we spoke with Mowry... who says the brick was blown off... but, fortunately no one was struck.  Mowry says the city's Department of Development and a contractor have been called to figure out how they can stabilize the building.  He says no injuries were reported, and the building itself is still structurally sound.  However... Mowry says a portion of West 8th Street has been blocked off in case any more bricks fall.


Hamilton says there are winds, and snow on tap for weekend...
Spring began just over a month ago... but, it's feeling more like Winter again this weekend as a pair of storm systems move through the region.  There were also windy conditions forecast, but, there were no advisories, watches or warnings.  Snow showers were in the forecast last night... and, again tonight.  Meteorologist Bob Hamilton at the National Weather Service in Buffalo says we could see a light coating of wet snow -- in places -- again tonight.  Hamilton says the better chance of snow comes with the second system that comes through later in the day today... and, it may leave a few inches of accumulation on the higher terrain early Sunday.  Hamilton says it’s not unusual to get some snowfall this time of the year... but, this would be the latest we've had snow in several years.


Tranum says, in spite of new state budget, NYS remains "Business Unfriendly..."
The head of Chautauqua County's largest merchants organization says the state legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo need to do more to make New York business friendly.  County Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says they are concerned about a proposed change that would provide more rights to farmworkers... and, he also sounded the alarm on rising workers compensation costs.  In fact... he says after being number three a couple of years ago, the state is now again number-one in that area.  The state legislature is currently holding hearings on the new Farmworker Fair Labor Practice Act.  Under current law, agricultural workers aren't allowed to unionize and many farmers don't have to pay overtime.  Farm workers told lawmakers that they deserve the same protections as other workers.  Some shared stories of injuries, long hours and difficult conditions.  Farm owners said such cases are rare, but that higher wages and potential strikes could drive some farms out of business, bad news for both owner and employee.


Reed warns Democrats should not push too hard for Impeachment of Trump...
Congressional Democrats need to be careful if they decide to travel down the road of Impreachment... because they'll show they're more about politics than the American people.  Those are the feelings of local Congressman Tom Reed... who says that's even though the Mueller Report shows 10 possible instances of obstruction by President Trump or the Trump Administration.  Reed agrees that Congress have oversight powers, but, he says to bring Impeachment charges and "overturn the will of the people" is not want the people feel should be prioritized.  Reed echoed comments by Colorado Senator Cory Gardiner... who says many statements in the report show the administration's behavior did not warrant "merit badges."  However... he says what is in the report does not rise to the level of collusion or obstruction.  Reed reitrated that Majority Democrats need to watch how hard they push the idea of impeachment... and, notes some extremists seem to have taken control of the party away from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.


Gillibrand shrugging off Cuomo's endorsement of Biden to be Democrat's choice to run in 2020 Presidential election...
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is shrugging off her state's governor's endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden's 2020 presidential campaign over her own.  Speaking to reporters after an event Friday at a bar in Nashua, New Hampshire... Gillibrand said, "Our governor can endorse whoever he likes, but I am the best candidate to defeat President Trump, and I will."  Fellow Democrat and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said he's supporting Biden, who formally launched his White House bid Thursday.  Gillibrand said, "The truth is, this presidential election will not be won on the endorsements of powerful people." 


State's annual Firefighter Recruiting Weekend underway...
More than 600 volunteer fire departments across New York -- including several in Chautauqua County -- are opening their doors to the public this weekend as part of an annual recruitment drive.  The open houses on Saturday and Sunday are being held to help local fire departments recruit more volunteers.  Visitors will get the chance to speak with active volunteers and participate in department activities.  The ninth annual "RecruitNY" drive is an undertaking by the Firemen's Association of the State of New York, which represents about 105,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr 26, 2019

With the latest push to develop more renewable energy sources, the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier hosted a training session on high-efficiency biomass boilers.....  

Use of such boilers has caught on in Central and Eastern New York but, not the Western New York region.  Locally, Econoburn Boilers of Brocton has been one of the manufacturer's on the leading edge of that technology.  Vice-President Mark O'Dell says our area's supply of low-cost, natural gas, is part of the reason it's not big here yet.

O'Dell was among the presenters during the training held Thursday at the Manufacturing Technology Institute at Jamestown Community College.  It was attended by local technology students and instructors.  O'Dell, who is also a Chautauqua County Legislator, put on an outdoor demonstration of how Econoburn's two-stage boilers his company produces work.  He says the boilers burn the product itself, then burn the gas and smoke emissions so nearly 100-percent of the product is used.  The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority also took part in the program.


Farm owners are warning state lawmakers that legislation that would give farm workers the right to organize to demand better wages and conditions could devastate New York's agricultural economy.....  

Several farm owners and the leaders of agricultural trade groups testified against the Farmworker Fair Labor Practice Act during a public hearing on the bill Thursday in Morrisville.  Under current law, agricultural workers aren't allowed to unionize and many farmers don't have to pay overtime.  Farm workers told lawmakers that they deserve the same protections as other workers.  Some shared stories of injuries, long hours and difficult conditions.  Farm owners said such cases are rare, but that higher wages and potential strikes could drive some farms out of business, bad news for both owner and employee.


It appears we'll see a brief return to Winter-like weather this weekend... but, it won't be around very long....  

The long-range forecast from the National Weather Service says there is a chance of some snow in the Jamestown-area late this Saturday night through early Sunday morning.  That from Forecaster Dan Kelly in Buffalo, who says a storm system tracking south of the region will bring colder air over the middle part of the weekend.

Kelly says -- right now -- they're looking at a half-an-inch or less, with the higher amounts over the higher elevations.  We'll be keeping an eye on the situation through the weekend.


Three men are under arrest following a large fight in the area of Fulton and Strong Streets in Jamestown this past Wednesday afternoon......  

City police were called to the scene just after 4 PM and, on arrival broke up a fight between several people.  Officers say they arrested 26 year-old Mari Courteau for allegedly punching a 14 year-old in the face.  They add that both 37 year-old Lindsay Voye and 30 year-old Joshua Courteau were charged with disorderly conduct.  Voye was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.  Mari Courteau was arrested for second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.  All three were jailed with bail pending.


The man who has been Chautauqua County Democratic Elections Commissioner the past 20 years will now be able to finish out his term..... 

The county legislature Wednesday night approved the appointment of Norm Green to fill-out what is the remainder of his term in Mayville after he retired from the post so he could be covered by Medicare.  His former colleague in the Board of Elections Office, Republican Legislator Terry Niebel  of Sheridan, says Green is the most qualified person for the post.

Niebel adds that Green has also served on a number of state boards and, is past president of the State Elections Commissioners Association.  He adds that the county's Democratic Committee nominated Green for the post and, it's been past practice that the legislature approve that nomination.  The appointment was approved 14-to-1 with Fredonia's Robert Scudder voting no.


There is good news for motorists who use South Main Street and the Main Street Bridge in downtown Jamestown...  

The span has now reopening after two-weeks of work to do the final paving and striping of the span, also known as County Bridge 1085.  The bridge was closed April 15th after being open the past several months following a major reconstruction project.  Again, though, the South Main Street Bridge is now open in Jamestown.


Dunkirk city officials this week announced plans for the return of the Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix boat races this summer.... 

Mayor Willie Rosas says the second year of the speed boat competition will run from August 16th through 18th and, will be streamed live to 105 countries.

Larry Bleil, chief executive officer of Race World Offshore, says the event draws major companies to the area and, they are the ones that are "going to come back at some point."  Officials also announced that the event will be televised nationally and internationally on the CBS Sports Network.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for April 25, 2019

The Chautauqua County Legislature has approved the appointment of a new member who will fill out the current year in place of a deceased member of the panel....

Lawmakers in Mayville last night unanimously approved having Republican Martin Proctor of Findley Lake replace David Himelein, who passed away due to health issues back on April 5th.  Proctor says it's an "honor and a privledge" to fill out his "good friends" term in District 18.

Proctor says his goals for the remaining eight months of 2019 include supporting  efforts to create more jobs in the county... and, do more to stem the ongong opioid addiction crisis.  However, Proctor says he will NOT be a candidate for the seat next November, adding he's just "filling in" for the rest of Himelein's term.  Proctor is a golf cart salesman in Findley Lake.  He did not join in for a Republican Primary that will be held next June involving candidates Rick Syper and Bill Ward of the Mayville area.  Himelein was to also be a candidate in the primary but, it will now be a two-way race.


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he opposes giving felons in prison the right to vote....  

Appearing on CNN Tuesday, the Democrat said he disagrees with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who says he supports giving the right to vote back to felons serving prison sentences.  Last year, Cuomo issued an executive order restoring the voting rights of paroled felons, saying it's another way to help them rebuild their lives and reintegrate into the community.  But he said Tuesday that offenders are still paying a debt to society while serving their sentences and shouldn't be allowed to cast a ballot.  Sanders' comments supporting voting rights for imprisoned felons came Monday during a televised CNN town hall featuring Democratic candidates for president.


Following a suspicious person investigation.... Chautauqua County Sheriff's officers arrested a Sinclairville man for drug possession Tuesday night....  

Deputies say they were performing an area check of the Village Park when they observed 23 year-old Austin Schwab inside a vehicle.  Investigation revealed he was in possession of two controlled substances.  It was later found that Schwab allegedly gave a person under the age of 17 with a controlled substance and, he was taken into custody without incident.  Schwab was arraigned and sent to the County Jail for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic needle and, endangering the welfare of a child.


Chautauqua County has had it's first rabies case of 2019 but, county health officials say it could have been worse....  

The Director of the county's Environmental Health Services Division says an 11 year-old boy was bitten by a rabid raccoon while hunting with his father in the town of Stockton.  Mark Stow says the attack occured on Open Meadows Road last Sunday and, adds while they want people to be aware of the situation, attacks like this are seldom.

Stow says rabid raccoons tend to be more friendly, and appears unsteady when they are walking.  He says only about 10-percent of rabid animals will attack.  Stow also warns parents about allowing their children to touch -- or carry home baby raccoons that may have acquired the disease.  He says it can create a "very dangerous situation."  Stow says the boy was able to fling the raccoon clear allowing his father time to shoot the raccoon, which the state DEC found was rabid.  He says the boy is now receiving the series of painful shots to combat the disease. 
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Stow says state law requires pet owners to have all dogs, cats and other domesticated animals vaccinated against rabies at 4 months of age.  The next free local rabies clinic be held on Saturday, May 4th from 1 to 3 PM at the Town of Poland Highway Barn on Grubb Hill Road in Kennedy.


Local Congressman Tom Reed says he agrees that lawmakers need to act "sooner rather than later" in shoring up Social Security and Medicare for future generations....  

Reed... who is the ranking Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee’s Social Security Subcommittee... says there were some positives in the recent Trustees Report.  He says he's pleased they pushed out the deadline for insolvency for the combined trust fund from 2034 to 2035.  However... he says lawmakers can't sit still, either.

Howver, the trustees said Medicare now appears headed for insolvency by 2026 and, Reed says that's concerning.  The Corning Republican believes that could be extended if lawmakers were willing to work on health care costs.  As for Social Security, he says there is way to boost that without raising taxes.  He says if you "grow" the economy and add workers, you'll add to the payroll taxes taken in.  Reed says he is pleased to see that the insolvency date for the Social Security Disability fund was pushed out from 2032, to 2052. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 24, 2019

A pilot program is planned for this Spring and Summer on Chautauqua Lake to better pinpoint "hot spots" for toxic blue-green Algal Blooms....  

The program was announced jointly by the Chautauqua Lake Partnership and the Lake Erie Center for Fresh Water and Human Health during the latest program in the Turner Winter Series at Chautauqua Institution last night.  The center's George Bullerjahn was the featured speaker at last night's latest program.  Bullerjahn says they'll be placing two senors in the lake to find the hot spots, with the help of local experts.

The partnership last night announced that they would be funding the pilot program for $50,000 and, the sensors would be moved around this Spring and Summer, depending on how well they work.  Bullerjahn says they'll bring in more sensors when funding is available.  He says the goal is to get working on the problem because Chautauqua Lake's problem isn't as bad as others he's seen where there have been large fish kills and, impaired drinking water. 

A Forestville woman faces a driving while intoxicated charge following a serious rollover accident in the Town of Hanover Monday night....  

Sheriff's deputies were called to Dennison Road just after 8 PM and, learned the operator had lost control of the vehicle, Entered a ditch and struck a culvert before over-turning.  Officers say the vehicle caught fire after coming to rest and the driver was pulled from the car by a Good Samaritan.  Identified as 49 year-old Hilary Villafranca, she was taken to Lakeshore Hospital by Silver Creek ambulance for minor injuries.  Investigation revealed Villafranca was intoxicated.  She was issued additional tickets for speeding, move from lane unsafely and faliure to keep right. 


Lakewood village lawmakers have approved a 2019-2020 budget that keeps the tax levy stable and, cuts slightly more off the tax rate than originally proposed.....  

That from Village Clerk Joe Johnson, who says the spending plan was approved at Monday night's board meeting.  The original budget included a $5,000 tax levy increase but, some additional revenues and revised state aid will bring that down and, also lower the rate by 10-cents per thousand assessed value.  It was an 8-cent decrease in the original plan and, will fall from $7.99 per thousand to $7.89. 
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The village board and residents also got a first look at plans for a new fast food restaurant to be located on an out-parcel of the Chautauqua Mall on Fairmount Avenue.  Johnson says board members approved sending the proposal for a new Taco Bell Restaurant to the village's planning board.  A formal presentation of the proposed 26-hundred square foot building will be made at the planning board's May 15th. 


The police chief in the north county city of Dunkirk says he's pleased with the burglary investigation that led to two arrests on the 200 block of Nevins Street last Sunday night....  

Chief David Ortolano says 21-year-old Angel Rosas, Jr. and 20-year-old David Smith, both of Dunkirk, were later arrested and a number of the stolen items were found.

Ortolano says that neighbor noticed the men acting suspicious and phoned police.  He says that person gave them all the information they needed to find the two suspects and, start their investigation.  


Chautauqua County's Congressman feels President Trump should not have to turn over his tax returns to the House Oversight Committee but, he believes there does need to be financial scrutiny of office holders.....  

Corning Republican Tom Reed says he understands the need for disclosure and, is calling for looking at financial disclosure forms that are filed now.  Otherwise, Reed says he's concerned that Democrats are trying to "weaponize the tax code" for political purposes.  He adds that others could then be caught up in investigations.

The president and his business organization are now suing House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings to block his efforts to get Mr. Trump's tax returns.  Reed says he believes this is part of the push to impeach Trump on the part of several Democratic members of Congress.  Cummings, who is from Georgia, earlier this month subpoenaed the president's tax returns, and other financial records.  The new complaint says the subpoena seeks to investigate events that occurred before Trump was president.  Cummings says the complaint "reads more like political talking points than a reasoned legal brief."


The city of Jamestown is receiving just over $1.8-million in three federal grants to help with housing and boosting economic opportunity from the U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development.....  

Local Congressman Tom Reed, says they are part of Jamestown's entitlement funding from the Community Development Block Grant program.  The funding is used for low to moderate-income projects to help with housing, improving commercial buildings and eliminating blight.  Mayor Sam Teresi responded by saying "continuing to invest in quality, affordable housing and economic development is important to the City of Jamestown."

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 23, 2019

Friendly's Ice Cream was not required to give employees at the 14 upstate New York restaurants two-month's advanced notice....  

However, U-S Senator Charles Schumer says Friendly's took advantage of a loophole in the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and, he wants to close it.  Under the 1988 act, only workplaces that exceed a 50 employee threshold at any one employment site are mandated to give employees the advanced notice.  Schumer noted that by spreading out layoffs across multiple sites throughout the state, Friendly’s was able to skirt its WARN Act obligations.  Schumer stated that while Friendly’s might not have violated the current law, the company didn’t adhere to the spirit of the WARN Act.  To deal with it, he says he'll be introducing legislation in the Senate to close this loophole by adjusting the applicability of the single site requirements.  The Jamestown Friendly's was one of the restaurants that closed back on April 8th.


Wegman's Supermarkets plan to eliminate single-use plastic grocery bags in New York by year's end - just before a state ban takes effect.....  

The Rochester, New York-based grocery chain announced the move on Monday along with steps to reduce the usage of bags, straws and other plastic items at its stores in other states.  New York will join California and Hawaii when its ban on plastic grocery bags takes effect in March.  Under the law, local counties will have the option of imposing a 5-cent fee on paper bags.  On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, touted the ban he helped pass during a speech on Long Island.  He said going without plastic bags will be a "minor inconvenience" compared to the devastating impact of plastic pollution.


Officials in Chautauqua County are getting more information on how proceeds from New York state's ban on plastic bags will be doled out....  

County Executive George Borrello says the county will have to decide on whether to opt in to the 5-cent fee for paper bags.  County Executive George Borrello says they first want to get a better handle on potential impacts on local people and businesses.

Borrello says the county would get 3-cents for each bag sold, while two-cents would go towards the state's Environmental Protection Fund.  He says there would be "other expenses..." including providing free bags -- under the law -- for poor residents.  Borrello says he will work county legislators to decide on whether or not to opt in to the 5-cent fee -- or not.


A decision may be made soon on whether the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities effort to annex about four-acres of property in the village of Falconer will go foward....  


A five-member Appellate Court panel recently heard oral arguments in the case in Mayville.  In the meantime, legal costs have mounted for both sides in the case involving property the BPU owns, and is home to it's Dow Street Substation.  That from BPU General Manager Dave Leathers, who says those are now over $300,00.

Leathers says there are times where they have had to spend "ridiculous" amounts of money on the case but, adds there have also been lulls where nothing has occured.  The BPU and the city have argued that if they are successful in the annexation, it will save them about z4325,000 a year in taxes.  However, the village, Falconer School District, and town of Ellicott maintain that in losing that property would cost them that much a year and, put an unfair burden on the rest of their taxpayers.

  
A Jamestown man was arrested on menacing charges for allegedly threatening an 11 year-old child with a knife Sunday afternoon.....  

City police responded to the area of Winsor and Chandler Streets for a person with a weapon complaint and, spoke with three juveniles who said 48 year-old Johnny Nunez, Senior allegedly pulled out the knife.  Nunez was located a short time later and taken into custody without incident.  He is being held in the city jail on additional charges of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child.  Officers say none of the juveniles were injured and were released to their parents. 


No one was hurt when a large box truck went out of control and, rolled over onto it's side on Route 60 in the town of Pomfret early Monday afternoon....  

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene about Noon time and, found the truck resting on it's side in the northbound lane, blocking traffic.  Fredonia fire rescuers and the state Department of Transporation investigated and helped clear the scene.  No charges have been filed.  The driver of the box truck was not identified.


The long-time head of the New York State School Boards Association has announced that he will be retiring at the end of the year after 20-plus years with the organization..... 

Executive Director Tim Kreamer says he actually thought about retiring last year but, his board of directors talked him into staying on for a 21st year.  Kreamer says, after doing the same work for 19 years in the state of Ohio, he says the timing is right.

Kreamer says he's enjoyed his work and says the School Board's Association does all it can to help assist, and advocate for the board's that govern the state's approximately 700 school districts.  He says they've especially worked hard to look ahead to let local school boards know what may be on the horizon.  Kreamer says it's their mission to help these "lay people" who have to make enormous decisions on behalf of the communities they live in.  He was previously head of the state of Ohio school board's association for 19 years, starting in 1979.  


An internationally-recognized expert on harmful Algae Blooms will be the featured lecturer during the Chautauqua Turner Winter Series at the Turner Community Center at Chautauqua tonight.....  

The Series will feature an interview of Dr. George Bullerjahn from the Lake Erie Center for Fresh Water and Human Health at 6:30 PM.  The Chautauqua Lake Partnership is helping to put on the program, which will focus mainly on the issue of the toxic blooms.  The CLP's Paul Johnson says Bullerjahn has proposed placing five mobile phosphorus sensors in Chautauqua Lake to determine phosphorus "Hot Spots" to enable the identification of the areas most needing remediation.  The lake is considered to be an ideal test area because it's a relatively small lake.  
 

Work was completed early last evening to repair a broken water valve on North Main Street in Jamestown that occured about Noon Monday and, required the Board of Public Utilities to turn off water between Third and Fourth Streets....  

That from BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins, who says further work required water on North Main to be shut off from Third to Fifth Streets.  Water service was also restored and, because of that, expect widespread discolored water for another few hours, or until late afternoon.

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 22, 2019

A Stockton man has been arrested on illegal drug and weapons charges following a suspicious vehicle call in the town of Pomfet early yesterday morning....  

Sheriff's Deputies say they were called to the State Land Boat Launch off Dale Drive about 2:30 AM and, found 25 year-old Quentin Lawton with the vehicle.  Officers say they found a small amount of marijuana, and metal knuckles in plain view on the driver's side of the vehicle.  Deputies say a license check also found that Lawton's driving privileges were suspended.  He was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and unlawful possession of marijuana.  Lawton was issued appearance tickets for Pomfret Town Court.


A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly pepper spraying three people during an incident on the city's southside last Friday morning....  

City police were called to 320 Newland Avenue about 10 AM on a report of a fight.  Officers say they found that 38 year-old Laverne Riley had pepper sprayed a 5-year-old victim, along with two others.  Riley was found a short distance away and, after a brief struggle with officers, was taken into custody.  He is jailed on charges inclduing two counts of second-degree assault and one count each of second-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.  Riley was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.


All five divisions of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities are performing "as expected" through the first-quarter of 2019.....  

That from BPU General Manager Dave Leathers, who says the public utility had a "strong 2018."  Leathers says they are awaiting final figures for March, but, says they expect good numbers.

Leathers says the Electric Division was performing well... and, adds it does not appear they will be seeking a small, or moderate rate increase until sometime late next year, at the earliest.  Late last year, the BPU wrapped up it's two-year, $5.7-million boiler dismantling project.  Two boilers were taken off line. and, he says the project went so well, the board was able to complete it slightly under budget.  At last week's City Council work session, Comptroller Joe Bellitto said some of the BPU's payments in lieu of taxes were ahead of last year at this time.  Bellitto says that indicated strong performance.  Leathers made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the six Media One Group stations.


Former State Senator Cathy Young defines the role of the 'Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture' she now leads as that of a 'sherpa'... helping people up the mountain.....  

For agriculture, that means helping farmers be more productive and profitable and helping agri-businesses get off the ground. The Center of Excellence is part of Cornell Agri-Tech in Geneva, NY.  Cathy Young abruptly left the Senate on March 10th, after Democrats took control in January and her subsequent bid to become leader of the Republican minority was unsuccessful.  Personally she says she's 'fine'... and that she took the new job so she could continue to have an effective, positive impact on her district.  The former Senator would not rule out a return to politics, saying, "Right now, I'm just focused on doing the best job that I can at Cornell."  Young spoke on Media One's 'Farm Bureau Radio Show' over the weekend.


Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's hopeful that this week's acquisition of Fieldbrook Foods in Dunkirk by Iowa-based Wells Enterprises will eventually lead to additional investment in the Dunkirk facility....  

Reed was asked about the acquisition during his weekly conference call with regional media…and, he says hopefully it leads to good things. Reed says he's glad to see that Fieldbrook was acquired by an American company and, he's confident there will be a "strong relationship" between the two U-S firms.


Charter Communications will expand broadband internet access upstate under a tentative deal with New York regulators......  

Under the proposed agreement announced Friday, Charter will roll out broadband service to 145,000 upstate customers before October 2021 - a move projected to cost more than $600 million.  In addition, Charter agrees to pay $12 million for expanded service in especially underserved rural areas.  Once formally approved by regulators, the agreement will resolve a dispute between the state and Stamford, Connecticut-based Charter over upstate broadband access.  In a statement, Charter says the settlement prevents the possibility of a costly legal battle.  Charter, which does business as Spectrum, merged with Time Warner Cable in 2016.  Last year... Charter agreed to give customers refunds and free services to settle allegations that Time Warner failed to deliver promised internet speeds.


Three children from Jamestown and one from Frewsburg were the big winners in last Saturday's 72nd annual Easter Egg Hunt at the former Allen Park Ice Rink.....

City Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says the 5 to 8 year-old Gold Egg prize winner was Jamestown's Kolton Marucci, while the Gold egg was found by Jamestown's Jesse Sprague for the 9-to-12 year-old group.  Ciesla-Hanley says they win the two bicycles, donated by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.  The Silver egg in the 5-to-8 catagory was found by Alex Rosenow of Frewsburg, while the winner in the 9-to-12 group was Jamestown's Caryleigh DeJesus.  Ciesla-Hanley says the each win 50-dollar gift cards, donated by Roberta Hess in Memory of Mark Hess.


Employees of the state Department of Transportation will be picking up trash along roads across New York today to mark Earth Day......  

April 22nd is celebrated as Earth Day... and, DOT officials say the agency's workers from every region of New York will be volunteering their time to collect and dispose of litter along roads, highways and other locations.  The so-called Earth Day "Trash Blitz" resulted in more than 9,200 bags of garbage collected by DOT employees a year ago.  DOT workers will be out collecting trash Monday from New York City to the Buffalo area.  On Tuesday, DOT workers in the Mohawk Valley will be pickup up garbage along Interstate 790 in Utica.  The DOT is reminding drivers to slow down when driving through work zones.

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News Headlines for Sat., Apr. 20, 2019

City man arrested following violent, bloody, domestic incident Friday morning...
A Jamestown man has been arrested following an alleged, bloodly domestic incident very early Friday morning.  City Police were called to the scene at 611 Washington Street about 12:30 a.m., and, were told by witnesses that a fight had occured in one of the apartments.  Officers say there appeared to be blood "all over" a common hallway, and, there was also a distinct odor of bleach present.  Police found the suspect, 50 year-old Michael Weathers, hiding in a closet of the apartment.  Officers looked for the alleged victim... who was able to escape.  She was found several hours later.  Police say they got a warrant, and found a knife Weathers' allegedly used to threaten the woman.  There was also an order of protection against him.  He was arraigned on several charges... including third-degree assault, second-degree menacing... and, criminal possession of a weapon... and, jailed without bail.


Apthorpe rejects allowing convicted sex offenders to vote in May school budget and board vote...
Jamestown School Officials are now set with a just over $90-million budget for the public to vote on this coming May 21.  However... a certain group of criminal offenders will not be welcome.  School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says three schools will be open as polling stations. This past week... he told told board members about Governor Andrew Cuomo's executive order at allowed certain convicts the ability to vote in school elections.  However... Apthorpe also announced he is exercising the right to not grant permission for sex offenders to enter onto school property.  He says they'll have School Resource Officers at each polling site and they will have the pictures and names of all registered offenders, and if they try to go on school grounds, they'll be stopped, and escorted off campus.  Apthorpe reiterated that student safety is of utmost importance.... and, says he believes it's the right thing to do. 


Charter to expand broadband Internet access as part of deal with state regulators...
Charter Communications will expand broadband internet access upstate under a tentative deal with New York regulators.  Under the proposed agreement announced Friday, Charter will roll out broadband service to 145,000 upstate customers before October 2021 - a move projected to cost more than $600-million.  In addition, Charter agrees to pay $12-million for expanded service in especially underserved rural areas.  Once formally approved by regulators, the agreement will resolve a dispute between the state and Stamford, Connecticut-based Charter over upstate broadband access.  In a statement, Charter says the settlement prevents the possibility of a costly legal battle.  Charter, which does business as Spectrum, merged with Time Warner Cable in 2016. 


City's Salary Review Commission makes it's recommendations to City Council...
The city of Jamestown's Salary Review Commission is recommending pay hikes for both the mayor and city council positions... but, it remains to be seen whether lawmakers will approved them.  City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says the commission was very thorough in it's review... which took place late last year.  Dolce says they also provide a rationale for their decisions.  However... he says, because of the city's on-going budgetary troubles, the past "two or three" council's have not approved increases... but, he says this council will decide what happen's to these recommendations.  Dolce says the commission is recommending a $13,000 increase for the mayor... from $72,000 a year to $85,000.  The last increase took place in 2008.  Dolce says councilmembers currently make $5,000 each... and, that's been in place since 1984.  The commission is recommending $10,000... and an $11,000 salary for council president.  Dolce says they have three options.  One is to accept the recommendations, another is to "do nothing..." or thirdly, make some changes to what the panel recommended.  Dolce urged city council members to look over the report... and, a full review will take place next month.


Panel recommends more consideration of Climate Change when investing NYS Public Employee Pension Fund...
An advisory panel recommends New York state's $200-billion public employee pension fund be transitioned to 100 percent sustainable assets by 2030 to adapt to climate change.  State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli this week released the Decarbonization Advisory Panel's report... and says his staff will develop a climate action plan based on the report.  The panel of investment and environmental experts didn't recommend the fund divest specific stocks.  But Mark Dunlea, former Green Party candidate for comptroller, says it lays the groundwork to divest the fund from fossil fuels. 


Jamestown man arrested for drunk driving after allegedly backing into State Police cruiser...
A city man faces drunk driving and marijuana possession charges after he allegedly backed his car into a State Police vehicle on East Second Street early Friday morning.  State Police say a trooper pulled over 65 year-old David Miller for an alleged traffic infraction.  But... when police approached the vehicle... Miller put his car in reverse, and struck and damaged the trooper's vehicle.  Miller was arrested for DWI, and unlawful possession of marijuana after troopers found burned pot inside the vehicle.  A breath test found Miller's blood alcohol level was .28.  He was issued appearance tickets for Jamestown City Court at a later date.

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 19, 2019

Jamestown police are asking for the public's help in finding a smaller-sized sports utility vehicle that was involved in an alleged hit-and-run accident in front of UPMC Chautauqua Hospital last Tuesday night.... 

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they are looking for a grey-colored smaller SUV like a Toyota Rav4, or a Honda CR-V, that was traveling north on Foote Avenue about 9:15 PM.  Samuelson says the car hit a woman in the crosswalk and, continued on.  He says the woman was taken to the hospital with a non-life threatening, lower leg injury.  Police say the vehicle should have damage to its front left side and hood area.  A picture is on the JPD Facebook page.  Anyone who may have information on the incident is asked to call City Police at 483-7537.  Anonymous tips can also be left at 483-TIPS.


It's appearing less likely that there will be a Special Election called this spring or early Summer to fill the vacant 57th State Senate Seat....  

That from Chautauqua County Board of Elections Republican Commissioner Brian Abram, who says they are moving ahead with plans for a GOP Primary on Tuesday, June 25th.

Abram says Governor Andrew Cuomo really needed to call for a Special Election by now for the run-off to take place on New York's Primary Day.  However, he says the governor could still call one.  Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello and Allegany County Legislature Chairman Curt Crandall are seeking the GOP nomination to run for the seat, vacated in early March by long-time State Senator Cathy Young.  Young resigned from the Senate to become director of the Center for Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell Agri-Tech.


Chautauqua County's Family Court will be moving to the county seat -- starting in mid-June....  

The Eighth Judicial District Administrative Office has announced all Family Court proceedings will convene in Mayville, at the County Family Courthouse at 2 Academy Street, beginning June 10th.  Family Court currently holds a Tuesday morning intake calendar in Jamestown City Court at 200 East Third Street.  But, the intake calendar will be handled starting June 10th in Mayville.  Court officials say the move is part of an effort to streamline court proceedings and the need to have counsel available for both intake calendars and other matters, including trials, which are currently ongoing simultaneously in Mayville and Jamestown.  The Court will continue to take into account the CARTS bus schedule to allow parties time to arrive for their court appearances.


Local Congressman Tom Reed says he was confident that the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election would turn up nothing implicating President Trump nor his campaign.... 

Reed made his comments prior to Thursday morning's press conference held by Attorney General Robert Barr -- just before the report's 11 AM release.  The Corning Republican says the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be as fully-released as possible, but says there was no collusion.

At the same time, Reed says he has no problem with an "evidenciary based" follow-up investigation by Congress itself.  Meantime, President Trump celebrated the upcoming release of the redacted version of Mueller's report, saying ``No Collusion'' and ``No Obstruction."  However, Congressional Democrats have already sent a letter to Mueller requesting him to publicly testify on the report.


New York state agencies paid out $787-million in overtime for more than 18 million extra hours worked by state employees in 2018....  

That from a new report released Thursday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.  His report says last year's total overtime cost was at the highest level within the past decade.  DiNapoli says the average number of state employees decreased slightly last year to nearly 156-thousand.  That total doesn't include employees of the State University of New York and the City University of New York.  The agencies with the most overtime: Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, and Office of Mental Health.  The comptroller says the state "needs to find ways to better manage costs while providing taxpayers with critical services."


A likelyhood of rain is still in the forecast for tomorrow and with that Jamestown's 72nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be moved inside the Allen Park Ice Rink....  

City Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says it will still be held this Saturday, April 20th, beginning at 10:30 AM and, is free and open to the public.  Children will be allowed to hunt one age group at a time.  Ciesla-Hanley thanked the Frewsburg Soccer Club, which now leases the rink, for their support of the city's event.

Ciesla-Hanley says, once a group has found all the eggs hidden for their hunt, volunteers will hide the eggs for the next group.  The 4 and under group will go first on Saturday.  Ciesla-Hanley adds that Girl Scout Troop #20029 also helped fill their original 3,000 eggs with candy.  In fact, she says it only took the girl scouts only about an hour to fill all 3,000 eggs, which will be hidden in the ice rink.  In addition, 33 toy prize eggs and two Gold and two Silver eggs will be hidden. 


A new poll finds most registered voters in New York support the plastic bag ban recently passed by the Democrat-controlled state Legislature.....  

They're not so keen on the big pay raise lawmakers approved for Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The Siena College poll released Tuesday found that 62-percent of those surveyed said the ban on single-use plastic bags will be good for the state, while 33-percent oppose the ban.  Voters polled also approved by wide margins two other proposals included in the budget: making the 2% local property tax cap permanent and eliminating cash bail for misdemeanors and non-violent felonies.  Cuomo's salary raise from $179,000 to $250,000 by 2021 was opposed, 63%-32%.  The poll of 735 registered voters was conducted April 8-11. It has margin of error of 4.1 percentage points.

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WJTN Bulletin for Thurs., Apr. 18, 2019

**Jamestown announces annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday will be held indoors at former Allen Park Ice Rink...

With adverse weather conditions being forecasted... Jamestown's 72nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be moved inside the Allen Park Ice Rink this coming Saturday, April 20.  That from city Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley... who says the free event for children age 12 and under... is free and open to the public.  It will begin at 10:30 AM... and, children will be allowed to hunt one age group at a time.  Once a group has found all the eggs hidden for their hunt, volunteers will hide the eggs for the next group.  The first age group allowed in will be children 4 and under, followed by children ages 5 to 8 years, and finally children 9 to 12 years of age.  Over 3,000 eggs filled with candy will be “hidden” in the Hunt area. In addition, 33 toy prize eggs and two Gold and two Silver eggs will be hidden. 

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WJTN News Bulletin for Thurs., Apr. 18, 2019

**Vehicle identification sought in connection with alleged Car-Pedestrian accident in Jamestown...

City police are asking for the public's help in finding a smaller-sized sports utility vehicle that was involved in an alleged hit-and-run accident in front of UPMC Chautauqua Hospital.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they are looking for a grey-colored smaller SUV like a Toyota Rav4... or a Honda CR-V... that was traveling north on Foote Avenue about 9:15 P.M.  Samuelson says the car hit a woman in the crosswalk... and, continued on.  He says the woman was taken to the hospital with a lower leg injury.  The injuries were not life-threatening.  Police say the vehicle should have damage to its front left side and hood area.  A picture is on the JPD Facebook page.  Anyone who may have information on the incident is asked to call City Police at 483-7537.  Anonymous tips can also be left at 483-Tips (8477) or via the Tips 411 App.  Samuelson says all calls and tips are kept confidential.

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 18, 2019

A Jamestown couple has now been arrested for allegedly trafficking drugs, and being in possession of firearms during a trafficking crime...  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 33 year-old Douglas Beardsley, and 18 year-old Camille Lopez were taken into custody on charges including possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, and possession of stolen firearms.  He says Beardsley was also charged with being a Felon in possession of a firearm.  Prosecutors say both were arrested during a raid on the couple's 70 Forest Avenue home, where authorities seized a quantity of crystal Meth, and a cutting agent, along with cash, and credit cards.  They also found two firearms reported stolen from a home in the town of Ellicott last January.  The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a one-million dollar fine.


The Zonta Club of Jamestown presented its annual 'Women in Leadership' awards last night (Wednesday).

 The honors went to longtime nurse and health educator Peg Cornell, Tara Eastman, the Pastor of the Tree of Life Lutheran Community in Jamestown, and Sheila Webster, the Director of Marketing, Communications and Governmental Relations at the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce.  The Zonta Club also presented three $1,000 scholarships at the event at the Marvin House.  They went to Chautauqua Lake senior Hannah Roush, Jill Swanson, a graduate of Maple Grove High School, who is about to begin dental school, and Stacey Chase, a secretary in the Pine Valley guidance office, who is studying to be a counselor.  


All but one of the 16 local governments and groups around Chautauqua Lake has signed onto the Lake Management Consensus Strategy "Memorandum of Agreement."  

That's the word from County Executive George Borrello, who announced the agreement in late March.  While the town of Ellery has decided not to sign it, Borrello says he's pleased that the rest of the groups are on board to deal with weed, algal bloom and, other lake issues.

Borrello says he was encouraged to have both the Chautauqua Lake Association and the Chautauqua Lake Partnership among the groups.  He says it's important for the group's to speak with "one voice."  The consensus strategy was developed through the involvement of the county, the State Department of Environmental Conservation and, a consulting firm.


The Jamestown School Board adopted a more than $90-million budget during what School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe called "their busiest board meeting yet" Tuesday night....  

The panel unanimously approved the $90.7-million spending plan.  The 2019-2020 budget includes $50.8-million in Foundation -- or base -- aid.  But, Apthorpe says that's grossly under-funding Jamestown students.

Apthorpe credits the school board's hard work on putting together a special kind of plan which he calls a "community budget..." because it will allow them to put on a literacy program for about 600 kids with the help of local organizations and foundations.  He says they'll also be starting up the district's new "Success Academy" at the former Rogers Elementary School.  The 2019-2020 budget also includes a $100,000 captial outlay project, which is proposed to "harden" the entrance of Fletcher Elementary School.  A public hearing on the budget will take place May 7th at Persell Middle School, prior to the May 21st vote.


The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities has scheduled it's annual Spring Water Main Flushing for May 3rd through May 15th this year and it will again be done during the daytime....  

That from BPU officials at this week's City Council Work Session.  Communications Coordinator Becky Robbins says they'll again begin -- weather permitting -- in Falconer on May 3rd with pre-flushing.  The head of the Water and Wastewater Divisions, Mike Saar, says actual flushing begins the following day.

Flushing in Falconer remains a mainly night-time operation but, Jamestown will still be done during the day-time.  Robbins says information on water main flushing can be found from a number of sources, including radio spots.  She adds that all the information will be on the BPU's website, the Jamestown Post-Journal and, social media.  Robbins says the lone exception in Jamestown is on Wednesday, May 8th, when flushing will take place from 5:30 AM to 5 PM to accommodate downtown Jamestown restaurants and businesses.  She says flushing that day could affect streets directly off Fairmount Avenue, even though those particular streets are not flushed that day.


New York state will grant free state tuition and room and board to the families of New York military members who are killed or disabled while on duty....  

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the move Wednesday, days after Republican lawmakers accused the Democrat-led state Assembly of blocking legislation to expand scholarships for Gold Star families.  Cuomo said there's no need to wait for lawmakers to act, so he has directed education officials to begin covering tuition costs for dependents of fallen or permanently disabled service members.  The state already covered tuition for dependents of service members killed or disabled in combat or in training - but that didn't cover all military deaths or injuries.  Cuomo says the expansion will cost "several million dollars" but that it's a small price to honor Gold Star families.

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 17, 2019

The Jamestown Board of Education unanimously approved a $90.7-million budget proposal for the 2019-2020 school year....  

Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says the spending plan will maintain the current tax levy in the interest of keeping current programs and stability for tax payers. Jamestown is projected to receive $50.9-million in foundation aid next year, a $1.7-million increase from 2018.  Main priorities in the 2019-2020 budget include a focus on student achivement. A public hearing will take place May 7th at Persell Middle School, prior to the May 21st vote. 


The first quarter of 2019 went as well as could be expected for the city of Jamestown financially....  

Those are the feelings of City Comptroller Joe Bellitto, who presented the March 2019 financial report during Monday night's City Council work session.  From a revenue stand-point, Bellitto says they did well on payments in lieu of taxes from the Board of Public Utilities, as well as most others.  As for spending, he says all but one area was "normal" for the first three-months of the year.

Bellitto says the one item they are lacking so far is the city's first-quarter sales tax payment, which he says should be received on or about May 1st.  Back to the spending side, he says there is one area of concern... and, that's the Central Garage Contractural account.  Bellitto says 34-percent of that budget has already been used in 2019.  He adds that the 'early year' Winter Season saw overtime costs down by 30-percent and, salt expenses down about 19-percent compared to last year.


Four men -- three from Jamestown -- will serve state prison time for crimes ranging from drug possession to robbery following recent sentencings in Chautauqua County Court....  

District Attorney Patrick Swanson says 23 year-old Collin Slack was sentenced by County Court Judge David Foley to 6 to 12 years total on two counts of third-degree Grand Larceny and one of first-degree reckless endangerment.  In addition, Swanson says 35 year-old Albert Chapman of Jamestown will serve 3.5 to 7 years for third-degree robbery, and first-degree attempted robbery.  He'll also serve 5-years in post-release supervision.  The D-A says 51 year-old Fredrick Antill of Panama will spend 7 years in state prison and, 20 years post-release supervision for first-degree course of sexual conduct, and second-degree rape.  Lastly... Swanson says 20 year-old Richard Catanese of Jamestown was sentenced by Acting County Court Judge John LaMancuso to 3 to 6 years for third-degree grand larceny.


An Iowa-based ice cream maker has acquired Fieldbrook Foods, headquartered in Dunkirk, from Arbor Investments....  

County Executive George Borrello says Wells Enterprises, Incorporated, made the deal -- effective yesterday (Monday).  Borrello believes the move by Wells and Arbor will be a good one for the local area.

Borrello says Wells Enterprises is looking to expand into the Northeast and this will help that increase their capacity to do that.


Pennsylvania State Police have identified the man at a Warren County home who was reported as "out of control" when they were called and, was dead when they arrived....

Troopers in Corry  were called to the scene on Sutton Road in Freehold Township shortly before 11 PM last Friday... and, found 33 year-old Steven Little --of Erie -- deceased.  Police say they are still investigating the cause and manner of death of the victim.  The State Police Major Case Team.... Warren County Coronor's Office, and District Attorneys Office are also involved in the investigation. Autopsy results are pending. 


Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone says he'll hold a series of listening sessions to hear from Roman Catholics about the clergy sex abuse crisis.... 

The diocese said Monday the sessions could begin next month and are part of a series of initiatives being undertaken with a community group that was formed to restore trust in the church.  The diocese and group, the Movement to Restore Trust, also will review the way the names of accused clergy are made public.  Malone has apologized for his handling of some abuse allegations against priests but has resisted calls by some in the community for his resignation.  The Buffalo diocese says it has received allegations of child sexual abuse against more than 130 diocesan priests and more than 40 religious order priests.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 16, 2019

A city man has died of his injuries suffered when he was struck by a Sports Utility Vehicle while walking across an intersection on Jamestown's eastside early Monday morning.....  

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says 59 year-old Kent Norgren had entered the intersection of East Fifth Street and Prendergast Avenue shortly before 6 AM when he was struck.  Samuelson says they are still investigating what led to the accident.  Witnesses say Chautauqua County Sheriff's officers offered assistance and, helped close the streets around the intersection.  The Sheriff's Departments Accident Reconstruction Team was also brought in.  Norgren was intially taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment of serious injuries, and was taken to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he later died.  The unidentified driver has not been charged at this time.


The city of Jamestown is closing out fiscal year 2018 with a slight budget surplus.....  

That from Comptroller Joe Bellitto, who told the City Council at last night's work session, that his unaudited spending plan shows the city finished in the black by just-over $400,000.

Those revenues now include the one-million dollars in special, additional aid the city has secured from New York state the past two years.  With that money just coming in, the city beat it's total, budgeted aid figure by $356,000.  Bellitto adds that the city was really helped by their health and dental insurance being $1.1-million UNDER budget.  He says the city was just plain lucky in many respects, but, he adds they believe their new wellness program is working.  Bellitto says the other big positive from the 2018 close-out was the fact the city didn't have to touch it's undesignated fund balance, which was about $1.85-million to begin the year.  That total has increased to $2.2-million. The city's third-party auditor will present the final 2018 audit later in the year.


A reminder of the city of Jamestown's past when steamships went up and down Chautauqua Lake, and the Chadakoin River, will be returning, starting this Summer....  

The city has reached a five-year agreement with the owner of the Chautauqua Belle, allowing the replica steamer to dock at the McCrea Point Boat Landing this Spring through mid-Fall.  That from City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce, who says the steamship will be making round-trip excursions from the landing to the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel in Celoron.

Dolce and Mayor Sam Teresi say the agreement also calls for the Belle's owner -- U-S Steam Lines -- to maintain the dock within the boat slip.  Dolce says the lease will cost $250 the first year and, increase by $25 each year after that.  Teresi says the city will install electric service at the dock and, the Belle's operator will pay all electric charges.  The Chautauqua Belle is captained by Matt Stage from the Mayville-area, who started working on boats on Chautauqua Lake when he was about 9 years old.  For more information, go on-line to 269belle.com.


The loss of about 250 farms between 2012 and 2017 in Chautauqua County is a concern to state lawmakers from the region but, hopefully better days should be coming....  

Those are the feelings of retired State Senator Cathy Young, and Assemblyman Andy Goodell during last Friday's State Legislative Breakfast hosted in Lakewood by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce.  Young, who is now director of the state Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell, says a new trade deal for milk is in the offing.

Young says, Cornell is working on milk and grape "alternatives" that capitalize on new fresh and natural products because those are most in demand now.  On the legislative side, Assemblyman Goodell says new farm labor bills make it very difficult on local farmers to meet the bottom line, and, get their crops in.  The latest Farm Census from Cornell shows the number of farms in Chautauqua County fell from 1,500 in 2012 to about 1,250 in 2017, a 19-percent drop.


An EF-2 Tornado packing winds of up to 130 miles an hour tore the roof off a Warren, Pennsylvania business and, left a path of damage 16 miles long....  

Forecasters with the National Weather Service in State College say the twister first touched down in Pleasant Township and tracked northeast into the Starbrick-area, where it ripped the roof off and did other damage the Carter Lumber company.  Meteorologist Kevin Fitzgerald says they sent a team to investigate this morning.

Forecaster Joe Ceru says the team found the tornado was about 400 yards wide and, first hit the area about 8:30 Sunday night in Pleasant Township.  He says it then moved into the area where the roof was torn off Carter Lumber.  Ceru says it then moved into Conewango Township and knocked down several trees, and damaged a few homes.  However, no injuries were reported.  The twister then knocked down a communications tower in the Scandia area and, then caused some damage to the Blueberry Hills Golf Course in Elk Township. 


Strong to severe storms that caused some wind damage and downed trees rolled across portions of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Erie counties Sunday evening.... 

The National Weather Service in Buffalo reports no confirmed sightings of tornadoes.  That from Weather Service forecaster Heather Kenyon.

A possible "downburst cloud" was reportedly seen over Lake Erie.  The storms did deposit hail of up to 1.75 inches in such locations as Mayville, Sherman and Westfield.  Today, the colder air is changing rain showers to snow showers, especially over the hilltops.


A Jamestown woman was arrested for allegedly providing insufficient living conditions for her children early Monday morning....  

City police were sent to 21 Price Street to check on the welfare of two-and-four year-old toddlers, who they found living in filth, poor hygiene and without food or water.  Officers took 27 year-old Crystal Depew into custody for two counts of endangering the welfare of child.  Child Protective Services were called to the scene to take custody of the children.  Depew is in the city jail awaiting arraignment. 

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News Bulletin for Mon., Apr. 15, 2019

Victim identified in fatal SUV-Pedestrian accident in Jamestown...

A Jamestown man died from injuries suffered when he was struck by a car while walking across an intersection on the city's eastside early this morning.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says 59 year-old Kent Norgren had entered the intersection of East Fifth Street and Prendergast Avenue shortly before 6 a.m.  However... Samuelson says the driver of the Sports Utility Vehicle involved was unable to see Norgren until it was too late.  Witnesses say Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies offered assistance on-site and helped set up a road block.  The Sheriff's Departments Accident Reconstruction Team was also brought in to investigate.  Norgren was intially taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment of serious injuries, and was taken to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania... where he later died.  The unidentified driver has not been charged at this time.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 15, 2019

Strong storms hit most parts of the region last night, but the worst of it appears to have struck an area just west of Warren, PA... 

Meterologist Kevin Fitzgerald with the National Weather Service in State College says a roof was ripped off a lumber company along with damage to steel doors of the building.    Fitzgerald says they'll send investigators to the scene later today to determine if a tornado occurred.  As for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties, the Buffalo Weather Service office reports storm damage at disperate locations, including Findley Lake, Mina, Salamanca, Little Valley and Delevan, but no suspected tornadoes.  There have been no reports of personal injury from any of the storms.


State Police in Pennsylvania are investigating the death of an Erie man at a Warren County home who was reported as "out of control" when they were called and, was dead when they arrived.... 

State Police in Corry say troopers were called to the scene on Sutton Road in Freehold Township shortly before 11 PM last Friday and, found the unidentified, 33 year-old man had died.  Police say they are still investigating the cause and manner of death of the victim.  The Warren County Coronor's Office, and District Attorneys Office are also involved.


A city man is jailed for alleged burglary after he was found trepassing on a porch last Saturday morning on Jamestown's Southside....

Officers were called to 102 McKinley Avenue just after 8:30 AM on a report of a suspicious man there and, found the man at the scene.  However, police say 34 year-old Tony Fish initially lied about his identity because he was wanted on a Felony warrant.  Fish was arrested without incident, but, was found in possession of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.  He was arrested for second-degree burglary, false personation, unlawful possession of marijuana, and criminally using drug paraphernalia.

 
There is both good and bad news in the new state budget recently adoped by the New York state legislature and, signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo....  

That from Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, who says, while there were cuts, the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program, or CHIPS Aid and, "Extreme Weather" road aid remains intact.  Teresi adds there's also more fairness with sales tax being imposed on most Internet sales.

Teresi says there were some items the legislature "punted on..." including an increase in funding for Jamestown to maintain state highways in the city.   However,  he says there are bills in both the Senate and Assembly now that would rectify that situation.  On the issue of additional aid, Teresi says they've been told that one-million dollars the city has received the past two-years is in this spending plan.  However, it's not in the normal state aid catagory.  He says they have to apply for the funding, and that creates some delays.  In fact, he says last year's payment was just released two weeks ago. 


A north county man had to be revived using naloxone following a drug overdose in Rumsey Street in the village of Silver Creek late last week.... 

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene just after 5 PM last Friday on a report of an unresponsive male and, deputies administered what's also commonly known as narcan and, the unidentified male soon after became alert and responsive.  Officers say the subject was taken to Lake Shore Hospital for further treatment.  No charges were filed.


The Dunkirk School Board has adopted the district's proposed 2019-20 budget.  The action came at it's monthly meeting held late last week....  

District Business Manager Cindy Mackowiak presented the board with a spending plan that totals $47.8-million, a 4.6 percent increase over the current budget.  Mackowiak says there were several factors that led to the increase, although the budget calls for no change in the tax levy.  Those include some special education costs and, salary increases.  Mackowiak says the proposed budget also includes an increase in State foundation aid of just over 5-percent, or about $1-million. The budget vote is scheduled for May 21st.


A Jamestown man faces several charges after he allegedly trespassed on property where he got involved in a fight in the town of Harmony last week....  

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Route 474 in Ashville about 4 PM last Wednesday and, arrested 27 year-old Shawn Battle.  Deputies found Battle was trespassing and, damaged a cell phone that did not belong to him.  Battle then fled the scene but, officers say they later found Battle and, he was taken into custody on charges including third-degree criminal mischief, second-degree harassment criminal mischief and, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Battle was taken to the county jail pending arraignment.


An idea floated by President Donald Trump to send immigrants from the border to "sanctuary cities" to exact revenge on Democratic foes could end up doing the migrants a favor....  

Immigration advocates say sanctuary cities typically make it easier for migrants to put down roots and stay in the country.  The plan would put thousands of immigrants in cities that are not only welcoming to them, but also more likely to rebuff federal officials carrying out deportation orders.  Many of these locations have more resources to help immigrants make their legal cases to stay in the United States than smaller cities.  Trump blames troubles on the border on Democrats and their inaction in Congress.


New York state is launching a new effort to fight synthetic cannabinoids....  

Late last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a multi-agency initiative that includes public awareness campaigns and greater resources for law enforcement.  The Democrat says the effort includes additional drug-sniffing dogs who will search for the illicit substance in state correctional facilities.  Officials say the strategy also includes clinical guidance for mental health professionals and emergency room staff who treat users of the drug.  Known as synthetic cannabinoids or synthetic marijuana and sold under brand names such as K2, the lab-made drugs are intended to mimic the effects of marijuana but can have far more dangerous side effects.  The state has outlawed several different chemical formulations of the drug, but Cuomo says more must be done to discourage use and hold dealers accountable.

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., Apr. 13, 2019

County Chamber hears budget details from Goodell and Young...
The loss of a Republican Majority in the New York State Senate led to a final budget that heavily-favors downstate interests at the expense of the upstate region.  Those are the feelings of State Assemblyman Andy Goodell as he and retired State Senator Cathy Young addressed the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce's annual State Legislative Breakfast in Lakewood yesterday morning.  Goodell says a number of items that were often approved in the more liberal Assembly would be stopped in the Senate.  He says transportation funding was a big one... as upstate received about $1-billion in the new budget.  However... Goodell says the MTA in New York City received $5.6-billion... five times more than upstate.  He says he was also disappointed to see the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program -- or CHIPS Funding -- cut by $65-million.  Young was making her first public appearance in Chautauqua County since stepping down last month to become director of the state Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell Agri-Tech.


County Chamber, Tranum honor and thank Young...
The State Legislative Breakfast was also the first public appearance since retiring for Cathy Young in Chautauqua County... and, members of the county chamber gave her a rousing welcome.  Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum praised Young for the many projects she worked on... and, pushed in the Senate.  The first... and biggest... was probably the effort to save the NRG Power Plant in Dunkirk... which NRG ended up walking away from.  There were others, as well... such as funding to combat the opioid drug epidemic, and securing record school aid here and state-wide.  Tranum also praised Young for her commitment to constituent service... and, for considering the chamber's position when dealing with legislation.  He says the chamber will "miss having you as a representative in the Senate."  Young was given a standing ovation at the end of Tranum's remarks.


St. Bonaventure President calls on Buffalo Bishop Malone to resign...
The president of a Catholic university in Cattaraugus County is calling on Buffalo's bishop to resign.  St. Bonaventure University President Dennis DePerro says in an interview with WKBW that Bishop Richard J. Malone needs to step aside so the Diocese of Buffalo can begin to heal after a year of scandals related to the handling of sexual abuse.  DePerro acknowledged that the bishop had come forward with a period of prayer and healing.  But... he says "those things do not seem to be working."  An e-mail requesting comment was sent to the diocese on Friday.


Man arrested for weapons possesion in Falconer...
A Falconer man was arrested on weapons possession charges following a domestic dispute late Thursday night.  Ellicott Town Police were called to a residence in the village about 11 p.m., and, found 52 year-old Ronald McClaran was allegedly in possession of four semi-automatic handguns. Officers say McClaran did not a state-issued permit for the guns, and was charged with four-counts of criminal possession of a firearm.  He was sent to the County Jail pending arraignment. 


Borrello joins officials with new Chautauqua Lake Pops to announce move...
The village of Mayville is poised to become "the gateway" to Chautauqua Lake as the former Bemus Bay Pops program will be returning as the new "Chautauqua Lake Pops."  That from County Executive George Borrello... who says it's a "great thing" the pops is returning after a year in limbo.  That follows more than 20 years as the Bemus Bay Pops in Bemus Point.  Borrello says it became an important cultural and economic engine for the entire region... and, he says it's return is good news and will be a nice fit for the village.  With it's summer concert series, programs, and special events... Borrello says economic impact studies have determined that the Pops has generated between $12 to 14-million annually for Chautauqua County in past summers and is poised to do so again.  Chautauqua Lake Pops Chairman and President Dan Dalpra says “we are excited to bring this great program back to the lake. Mayville has come forward with an opportunity and partnership to make this happen."  Pops Communications Director Mike Ferguson thanked Mayor Ken Shearer and others for working hard to "make it happen."


Haynes received CAP Earhart Award...
A newly promoted Cadet-Captain with the Jamestown Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol has received CAP's highest honor... the Amelia Earhart Award.  State Assemblyman Andy Goodell was on hand to present the Earhart award to Emma Haynes at the organization's weekly gathering.  Goodell says "when you get this award on behalf of Amelia Earhart, there’s a special recognition of what you have accomplished so far, and what we expect of you in the future."  The 17 year-old Haynes plans on applying to West Point and other ROTC scholarship programs in the future.


Bogus Tax Refunds on the rise...
New York's comptroller is reporting a big increase in the number of questionable or fraudulent state tax refunds this year.  State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's office said Friday that it had blocked more than 12,000 bogus refunds worth $43.7 million as of Monday, compared to $24 million in bogus returns at the same point last year.  DiNapoli says his office is using increasingly sophisticated data-driven methods to catch those who claim refunds they're not entitled to. Tax day this year is Monday.

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 12, 2019

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a 28 year old male inmate at the Chautauqua County Jail....  

At this time, Deputies say there is no suspicion of foul play.  The New York State Commission of Corrections has been notified and the investigation is continuing.  Next of kin have been notified.


Two people had to be rescued when a structure fire broke out at a two-family home in the City of Jamestown....  

Fire Battalion Chief Don Mowry says crews were called to 34 Regent Street just before 9 AM Thursday morning and, found fire venting out a window.  He says a neighbor alerted the tenants to the flames and one person was able to get out from the first-floor.  Mowry says Good Samaritans pulled a woman and child on the second floor to safety. The cause remains under investigation. 


The value of agricultural products produced has remained stable at $161 million, but Chautauqua County has lost about one-fifth of its farms over five years....  

Farm Business Educator, Katelyn Walley-Stoll at Cornell Cooperative Extension reports the 2017 Census of Agriculture... out  Thursday... shows the county with 1,228 farms... down 19 percent from 2012.  The whole of New York state lost farms over the five year period, but only at a 6 percent rate.  Walley-Stoll says the drop in the number of farms is more than statistics.  Each farm lost represents a family and history for the land, as well.  Dairy remains the largest sector of agriculture here, producing $75 million in 2017.  Fruits... mostly grapes... come in second at $42.5 million.  In raw numbers, both sectors lost 20 percent of their farms from 2012 to 2017.  One area of agriculture saw dramatic growth in the new census... direct marketing... up 63 percent.  Walley-Stoll believes that growth came primarily in vegetable stands and 'freezer sale meats.'


It was not a very springlike day, but that didn't keep Dunkirk officials from holding a ground-breaking ceremony for the $1.5 million city pier improvements project....  

Mayor Wilfred Rosas is pleased to see work getting underway on the project.  He says it's part of his vision of improving the city's waterfront area.
 
Once completed by late summer, the project will feature a new gateway structure, pedestrian enhanced area, new lighting, and 30 parking spaces. 


Chautauqua County's top-elected official says he's hopeful that development of a Barley and Hops Cooperative in Chautauqua County will help jump start an industry that has struggled some in the county..... 

County Executive George Borrello was able to get the county legislature last month to approved $20,000 to help fund a feasibilty study that'll be mainly backed by entreprenuer Chris Lacarata.  He says the decision came after meeting with Lacarata... who agreed to fund 50-percent of the study.

Borrello says there are some Hops Farmers in the county now... and, some of them have been successful.  However, he says they also want to help those who are struggling.  He says while Lacarata is picking up $60,000 of the cost, and the county is chipping in $20,000 some local foundations will help with the remaining $40,000 .  Borrello made his comments for last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.


A low cost, one-stop pet wellness event is slated to start this weekend in Jamestown! 

The Chautauqua County Humane Society will host a healthy pet clinic at Saint Luke's Episocopal Church this Saturday. CCHS Clinic Coordinator Allie Russell says the event runs from 12 PM to 3 PM and will offer preventative care for pets. The treatments include a wellness check, flea medications and vaccines. 

Executive Director Kellie Roberts says they were able to see nearly 500 pets in 2018 and hold nine clinics in our community. She say their 2019 goal is to host 14 healthy pet clinics, however they are in need of more veterinary support in order to do so.  A small co-pay will be requested at the time of service, although receiving care is not based on one’s ability to pay.  More information is available online at SPCAPets.com.


The Robert H Jackson Center in Jamestown named Kristan Mc Mahon as its new President....  

Intermin President, Tom Schmidt, says Mc Mahon is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been a practicing attorney for 20 years.  She is currently 'principal' at Vetted Solutions... a DC based company that helps non-profits and associations find new leaders.  Schmidt says she rose to the top in an extensive search that took place through the winter.  He adds, Mc Mahnon believes Justice Jackson's values and guidance are just as relevant today as they were in his own time. Among the new initiatives Mc Mahon will take on is the expansion of Jackson Center programming beyond the immediate Jamestown area, first to Washington, DC and possibly other places as well. Kristan Mc Mahon is expected to begin her work in Jamestown later this month.  The Jackson Center has operated under interim leadership since Susan Murphy left the organization in July of 2018.


The 2020 Census Day is April 1st of next year, but opportunities are opening up now to help ensure the count is a success.... 

The Census Bureau is charged with counting every person living in the United States once each decade. According to Tim Olson, with the U-S Census Bureau, they'll soon start hiring more than a half-million workers nationwide to help the count go smoothly. Applications are being accepted now and for the first time and, people can apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs.

In another first, when the count begins next year, the 2020 Census will also allow the public to fill out their census forms online.  The Trump administration wants the census to ask respondents if they are U-S citizens, which many believe would discourage non-citizens from participating. That question is being challenged in the courts, but Olsen says either way, no one should feel intimidated.  The U-S Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case challenging the citizenship question later this month.

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 11, 2019

The Robert H Jackson Center in Jamestown will name Kristan Mc Mahon as its new President today.....  

Intermin President, Tom Schmidt, says Mc Mahon, is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been a practicing attorney for 20 years.

Schmidt says she rose to the top in an extensive search that took place through the winter.  He adds she is keenly aware of Jackson's work and legacy.  Kristan Mc Mahon is expected to begin her work in Jamestown later this month.

New York's senior U-S Senator is blasting Friendly's Restaurants for closing 14 Upstate stores -- including Jamestown's -- with no real notice to it's employees, saying they were "anything but Friendly."  

Democrat Chuck Schumer Wednesday accused Friendly's of potentially violating the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification -- or WARN Act when it suddenly shuttered the 14 New York, and 9 other stores in the Northeast.  Schumer says he has written Labor Secretary Alex Acosta about the matter.

However... Schumer adds that -- even if Friendly's actions didn't violate the law... then what's on the books now needs to be changed.  He says employers generally expect two-weeks notice when a worker is leaving.  However... in these cases... he says workers don't have similar protections.  He says it often leads people with mortgages and health care bills with no money to pay them.  The Friendly's on South Main Street in Jamestown closed without notice early Monday morning... leaving about 30 workers out of a job.


Officials with the Chautauqua County Board of Elections say they will be getting a share of nearly $25-million in funding in the state budget to cover the costs of electronic poll books and early voting....  

Democratic Elections Commissioner Norm Green says he expects the county's share of funding to be about $150,000.

Green says early voting won't be in effect for the June primaries, but will be ready for the general election in November.  He says it will "definately" be ready then.  Green says the county's estimated share would take care of the Board of Elections' startup costs but, not year-to-year expenses.


The fight over whether or not to make President Donald Trump release the past six-years of his tax returns will likely wind up in court....  

Those are the feelings of local Congressman Tom Reed, with yesterday's deadline set by a Congressional committee for Trump to turn over his tax returns for lawmaker's scrutiny.  However... Reed says the Ways and Means committee... of which he is a member... does have the right to review taxes for "tax administrative purposes."  However... he says there are political... and, privacy issues involved here.

However... in a letter from Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig... Democrats feel this is a vital first step toward oversight of Trump’s income taxes and business network.  Some lawmakers say they believe they could be rife with conflicts of interest and potential tax law violations.  He adds there would also be privacy issues if the president's New York state tax returns are requested as well. 


H. Carl McCall, the chairman of the board of trustees of the State University of New York, has announced his retirement after nearly eight years in the appointed post....  

The 83-year-old McCall announced Wednesday that he'll "pursue other interests" after more than 50 years in public service.  McCall served as state comptroller from May 1993 through December 2002, a month after he lost the November election for governor to incumbent George Pataki.  A state senator representing a Manhattan district from 1975 through 1980, McCall also served as ambassador to the United Nations and commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
 Governor Andrew Cuomo called the fellow Democrat "a quintessential public servant" and "a trailblazer who paved a path for others to follow."


Crews spent much of the day Wednesday working on a major water main break in the city of Dunkirk that occurred early yesterday morning in the 100 block of Central Avenue......  

The city was alerted to the break around 4:30 AM and it appeared like a "small geyser" shooting into the air.  Once they were able to isolate the break... City Public Works Director Randy Woodbury says they will able to dig down and make repairs.  Central Avenue from Lake Shore Drive, Route 5 to 2nd Street reopened early yesterday afternoon.  Woodbury says the city lost about 100,000 gallons of water from the break. 

 

With Easter Weekend being later in April this year compared to the past few... organizers of the 72nd annual Easter Egg Hunt in Jamestown are hoping to have the event outdoors this year... 

That from City Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley... who announced this year's event at Allen Park... where the hunt will again be held.  Ciesla-Hanley says this year's egg hunt will be held in the playground area beginning at 10:30 AM on Saturday, April 20th.

Ciesla-Hanley says they are able to put on the event again this year, thanks to generous sponsors... such as the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation... which is taking on a primary sponsorship this year.  She says the foundation is donating the two children's bicycles that'll be given away to the two Golden Egg prize winners.  Fifty-dollar Wal-Mart gift cards will be presented to the two children finding the Silver Eggs by the Hess family.  Children ages 12 and under are invited to attend the egg hunt.  For more information... call 483-7523.


The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Water Division is warning of discolored water expected in Celoron, West Ellicott and the Village of Lakewood today....  

BPU Spokewoman Becky Robbins says a warehouse on Jackson Avenue in Celoron will execute a fire system flow test this morning.  Robbins says water may be discolored for 12-to-24 hours after the test occurs.  Customers in Cottage Park and west could also be affected... and, should not do laundry until water appears clear.

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 10, 2019

Employees of the 23 Friendly's ice cream and restaurant chain stores across the Northeast that closed early Monday will be offered jobs at other locations, or offered severance pay....... 

That from Chief Executive Officer George Michel late Tuesday after 14 franchises in the upstate region -- including Jamestown -- shut-down with no prior notice.  The Wilbraham, Massachusetts-based company cited dramatic changes in the areas where some restaurants are located for the closures of the corporate-owned shops.  In addition to the 14 upstate restaurants, three more in Massachusetts, three in Connecticut, two in New Hampshire, and one in Maine also closed.  Michel says the closures "will best position the brand for a bright future."  Friendly's now has 174 restaurants - 77 corporate-owned and 97 franchisee-owned - down from 254 when the company emerged from bankruptcy in 2012.


Local Congressman Tom Reed says it's "not net neutrality..." it's basically a government take-over of the Internet..... 

That's how the Corning Republican is charactorizing a Democratic bill slated for a vote later this week in the House of Representatives.  Reed was highly-critical Tuesday of the Democratic Majority's proposed "Save the Internet Act of 2019."  He says it's heavy-handed, and would regulate the net like a utility under the Communication's Act of 1934.

Under the Democratic proposal... the three "bright line" rules of the Open Internet Order are restored... No blocking of access to lawful content... no throttling of Internet speeds, exclusive of reasonable network management practices and, thirdly, no paid prioritization.  Reed says he is supporting the Republican-backed Promoting Internet Freedom and Innovation Act of 2019, proposed by Washington State Representative Cathy McMorris-Rogers, which also includes those three rules and, not as many regulations to provide a "competitive marketplace" he says will provide Internet access in rural areas.  Reed says the Democratic bill would block future innovation, such as "5G" by requiring federal lawmakers to approve each new technology. 


Chautauqua County's Congressman says he is willing to wait for Attorney General William Barr's expected release of a redacted version of the special counsel's Russia investigation report.....  

Barr yesterday told members of a House Committee that the report would be out "within a week."  Local Congressman Tom Reed says he expects Barr to be true to his word.

Reed is not on the appropriations committee that hosted the hearing, which was mainly to review the Department of Justice's proposed budget to 2019-2020.   Barr told members of Congress at his first public appearance since receiving special counsel Robert Mueller's report that his earlier projection of releasing a version of the document by mid-April still stood.


A Jamestown woman has pleaded guilty to possessing and trafficking significant amounts of methamphetimine in the city from late 2017 through mid-2018....  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 39 year-old Stacie Yancer entered the plea before U-S District Court Judge Lawrence Vilardo Monday.  Prosecutors say that between November 2017 and mid-June of last year, Yancer conspired with others to operate a drug trafficking organization -- primarily involving methamphetamine -- in the Jamestown-area.  She was accused of selling meth to an undercover agent with the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force in January of 2018 and, she was arrested during a raid at 22 Bassett Street on March 12th of 2018.  Yancer was one of 14 people arrested, and the second to be convicted.  She faces 5-years to life in prison, and up to a 10-million dollar fine when she's sentenced on August 16th.


Chautauqua County is now trying to move forward on a more united front when it comes to economic development....  

That from County Executive George Borrello, who has unveiled his new economic development strategy that pushes collaboration among several entities that are involved in the effort across the county.  Borrello calls it a new "alliance" for now... but, adds he wants it to eventually become a county agency.

Borrello says Chautauqua County has had it's successes with economic development but, he hopes bringing these groups and organizations together will help the county "hit home-runs... " as opposed to singles and doubles."  He says the county will also use this to help businesses already here to expand, if that's what they are looking to do.  Borrello made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.


Police in Dunkirk are investigating a shooting that occurred earlier Tuesday morning in the city's First Ward...... 

Dunkirk Police investigators say a city man was shot while in the area of South Beaver and East Second Streets around 1:55 AM.  The man was transported to the hospital for gunshot wounds to his leg.  Police are encouraging anyone with information on the shooting to call Dunkirk Police Headquarters at 366-2266. 
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Dunkirk Police are also looking for the public's assistance in locating a 39-year-old man who is wanted on a felony arrest warrant stemming from a shooting at 92 East Second Street on March 22nd.  Police say that Jeremiah Toliver is wanted for second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  Anyone with information can call Dunkirk Police or the department's confidential tip line at 363-0313.


An Arizona truck driver was arrested by state police following a traveling domestic dispute last weekend....  

State police say they pulled over the tractor trailer on Interstate 88 in Colesville and interviewed the couple inside.  Investigation revealed that while stopped at the town of Randolph Rest Area, 39 year-old Christopher Raymond allegedly grabbed the victim and struck her head against the interior of the rig, causing a laceration. Troopers say the victim was treated at a nearby hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and Raymond was taken into custody.  He was arraigned and sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail for third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harrassment. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 9, 2019

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says the city is ready to now launch an "enhanced version" of it's Rental Property Registration Program, allowing them to better track where code enforcement action is needed.....

Teresi discussed the program, which was initially launched in 2010 after a task force developed the program, and method for registration.  By next year, he says rental property owners will be able to register -- on line -- after they receive their tax bill at the end of the year.

Teresi says Development Director Vince DeJoy has been working on the new database, using the city's "MyGov" on-line platform.  DeJoy says any property with at least one rental will have to register and they will have to register on an annual basis.  Teresi says there are three ways code enforcement can check on a property but, he says 85 to 90-percent of those are generated by complaints from neighbors, and others. 


With no warning nor announcement, a popular restaurant in downtown Jamestown has closed....  

Friendly's Restaurant in Brooklyn Square was shut down Monday morning with no prior notice.  The move is apparently part of a series of about two-dozen store closings across upstate New York and, it caught many people off guard.  One of them was Mayor Sam Teresi, who was having a breakfast meeting just up the street at Lisciandro's Restaurant today when he learned about the closing.

Teresi also confirmed reports to us that the closing is not related to the number of customers at the Jamestown location.  In fact, officials had noted that the Brooklyn Square location was one of the chain's best.  Teresi says it'll be a loss to patrons who frequented the restaurant and enjoyed it's food options and, it's well-known ice cream creations.   WJTN's Saturday Breakfast Party has broadcast from Friendly's every Saturday since early 2002.  Broadcasts of that show will be temporarily suspended until a new location can be secured.   


The National Comedy Center has announced that a second show has now been added for the other headliner at the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival this coming August.....  

Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson says the second show for John Mulany will be held at 9:30 PM on Friday, August 9th, shortly after his first show at 7 PM at the Northwest Arena that night.  Gunderson says they are pleased to add a second show for the man called "one of the best stand-up comics alive" by Entertainment Weekly.  Earlier this year, the Comedy Center added a second show for fellow headliner Sebastian Maniscalco on Saturday, August 10th.  Gunderson says tickets for Mulany's 9:30 PM performance will go on pre-sale for National Comedy Center members only starting Wednesday, May 1st at Noon eastern time.. and, to the general public on Friday, May 3rd at Noon at ComedyCenter.org.  

A Jamestown woman was arrested after becoming physically violent with children at Liilian Dickson Park early Sunday evening.....  

City Police responded to the Falconer Street playground just before 7 PM and, learned 25 year-old Denise Livingston and another female began to argue over children playing in the park.  Police were reportedly told that Livingston punched a 13 year-old girl in the face and, slapped a 5-year-old girl after a verbal argument.  Livingston was taken into custody a short distance away was charged two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  She's being held in the Jamestown City Jail pending arraignment. 


A Forestville woman faces drunk-driving charges after striking a Chautauqua County Sheriff's Deputy's patrol car early last Saturday morning....  

Officers say the Deputy was stopped with their emergency lights activated on West Main Street in the Village of Fredonia  -- and shortly before 1 AM --  a passing vehicle struck the patrol unit causing damage.  Police say 34 year-old Jessica Tenamore fled the scene, but was stopped a short distance away.  Tenamore was taken into custody and, released with appearance tickets for Frednia Village Court.


A Dunkirk resident has come up with an alternative plan to moving Brooks Memorial Hospital from its current site to a location in the village of Fredonia.....  

But, there is no indication whether the plan would have the backing of state officials or those with Brooks itself.  Frank Beach consulted with an architect for Indiana Universities Health/Clarion Healthcare to develop the proposal that would keep the hospital at its current location on Central Avenue.  Key parts of the proposal include construction of a new facility on the current north parking lot providing up to 65,000 square feet of space.  The project would also add three floors vertically to the newer section of the current hospital.

The proposal would also involve the construction of a city-owned parking garage at the corner of 6th Street and Eagle Street. That's where the Middle School Soccer field is located.  Beach says the plan would also provide for the repurposing of the current facility over time.  He insists it would be "bigger and better" than what's there now.  Beach did not include any cost figures but, believes it's an opportunity for the Brooks Board to meet its "fiduciary responsibility" to the hospital, it's employees and the community. 


A renewed push across the United States to issue driver's licenses to immigrants in the country illegally resonates with rural workers who say driving is an absolute necessity....  

Immigrants feel frustrated because supermarkets and job sites are too far away to walk, but they risk alerting authorities if they get behind the wheel.  Thirty-four-year-old dairy farm worker Luis Jiménez in upstate New York gambles daily by driving to work and for family errands.  He says driving is a necessity in farm country.  Twelve states including California and Illinois already allow residents here illegally to get licenses, accepting such documents as tax returns for identification.  New York is among a half-dozen states where immigrants and their advocates believe a friendlier political map gives such a measure a fighting chance.

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 8, 2019

A popular Jamestown restaurant has abruptly closed.....  

Friendly's Restaurant in Brooklyn Square was shut down this morning.  The move is apparently part of a series of closings affecting up to two dozen Friendly's locations across upstate New York and not related to the number of customers at the Jamestown location.  WJTN's Saturday Breakfast Party has broadcast from Friendly's every Saturday since early 2002.  Broadcasts of that show will be temporarily suspended until a new location can be secured.   


A four-term Chautauqua County legislator from the Findley Lake-area has passed after due to health problems at the age of 72....  

Republican lawmaker David Himelein -- who was legislature chairman in 2017 -- passed away last Friday at his home.  Current Legislature Chairman P-J Wendel of Lakewood says lawmakers knew Himelein was having some issues, because he missed last month's legislature meeting.  Wendel says Himelein was always consciencious, and thorough in his work.

Wendel says Himelein and he both served as Majority Leader and Assistant Majority Leader respectively for several years, so they developed a close working relationship.  Himelein was first appointed to the legislature in 2011 when Jim Caflisch was appointed to be the county's new Director of Real Property Tax.  After redistricting, Himelein defeated another former chairman, Fred Croscut, in a primary to run for the new District 18 seat in 2012.  He later won the seat easily over the Democratic candidate. 


Two Jamestown-area men were arrested in the town of North Harmony last weekend for allegedly transporting a significant amount of methamphetimine to be sold to others..... 

Members of the Jamestown Metro, and Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Forces learned that 37 year-old Justin Meacham of Jamestown was traveling with another man on Interstate 86 and, he was wanted for criminal sale of a controlled substance.  State Police joined Sheriff's officers in finding the speeding vehicle, operated by 32 year-old Coty Schauers of Frewsburg, and pulled it over.  Police say their investigation uncovered just over 27-grams of Meth in their possession.  Both Meacham and Schauers were charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and taken to the county jail pending arraignment.  (**Anyone with information on illegal drug activity is asked to call the Southern Tier Task Force at 1-800 344-8702.  The Jamestown task force number is 483-8477.)


There is a sigh of relief coming from Chautauqua County law enforcement and others after the District Attorney's office found no reason to bring charges against Fredonia Police Officer involved in a fatal shooting last December....  

D-A Patrick Swanson announced that their four-month long investigation, that included more than 20 eyewitness interviews, and the officer's body camera video, showed Officer Nathan Scriven acted properly during the incident.  He says it also showed the man killed, 23 year-old George Penev, was under the influence of LSD and other narcotic drugs.

The fatal shooting incident began as a well-being check at the house at 76 Liberty Street.  The investigation also showed that Penev had several knife-wounds that were apparently self-inflicted at the time.  Swanson says it was clear this was not normal behavior for Penev, who was well-liked in the community.  Investigators believe Penev brandished a nine-inch long knife and, had chased Scrivin outside.  The officer fired all four shots from the driveway of a neighboring house and had gone more than 150 feet from where the incident first began.  The investigation also led to the arrest of SUNY college at Fredonia student Amanda Bridges, who is accused of selling LSD to Penev.  The 21 year-old was taken to the County Jail for arraignment. 


The chief of the Fredonia Police Department says the conclusion of the investigation into the police-involved shooting last December will help bring some closure to them....  

Chief Brad Meyers also took part in last Friday afternoon's news conference at the Opera House.  Meyers says it’s been a difficult ordeal for everyone involved, he adds that officers did not expect what they found at 76 Liberty Street that day. 

Meyers and D-A Swanson both indicated that the use of a body cam video played an important role in the case.   It captured nearly all of the incident, including when the four shots were fired.


A Jamestown man has been arrested following a routine traffic stop in Lakewood and, being found in possession of alcohol, marijuana and cocaine.... 

Sheriff's officers say a patrol pulled over the car, operated by 22 year-old Wyatt Mann, on Sessions Avenue just before 2 AM Saturday for a traffic violation.  Deputies found Mann had a suspended license and, was drinking alcohol while driving.  They later allegedly found him in possession of a quantity of cocaine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.  Officers say he faces a number of charges, including driving while intoxicated, seventh-degree criminal possession controlled substance and, unlawful possession of marijuana.  Mann was issued appearance tickets for Busti Town Court at a later date.


It appears the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging will see a significant increase in funding under the State Budget approved in Albany earlier this week.....  

That's the word from the County's OFA Director Dr. Mary Ann Spanos, who tells us today that the budget contained a boost in funding for the State Office for the Aging and the increased funding is targeted for high need counties.

Dr. Spanos says at one point, the wait list for services had reached 450 people.  She says county seniors were a big help in getting Albany's attention through their letters that told Albany officials what the local office does.  Spanos says that brought another $15-million in funding to the state Office for the Aging.  The Chautauqua County Office s OFA  hasn't seen an increase in funding from the state since 2010. 


A state audit says food safety inspectors in New York state failed to take action in response to hundreds of serious health violations.....  

The audit published Friday by Democratic Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli analyzed records of more than 400,000 inspections between 2014 and September 2017.  Inspectors identified 984 Class I violations, the most serious type.  Yet 73 percent of the violations resulted in no enforcement action.  Enforcement actions can include fines or even closure.  Auditors also found problems in how the data is reported.  Inspections are carried out by a mix of state and local health agencies.  Auditors recommended tougher responses to serious violations and improvements in record keeping.  In their response, state health officials agreed to review inspection policies but noted violations are often remedied at the time of the inspection.


Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf says he'll allow his administration to formally study a petition that calls for the state to impose a cap-and-trade program to make Pennsylvania carbon neutral by 2052.... 

Friday's statement by Wolf's office, however, says the Democrat isn't taking a position on the petition itself.  The roughly 400-page petition is scheduled for a preliminary vote April 16th before a 20-member environmental rulemaking board that includes several Wolf appointees.  A positive vote would allow Wolf's Department of Environmental Protection to study it and decide whether to recommend it for a rulemaking process, which requires another vote.  A coalition of business associations is urging board members to take no action until they've studied its implications for Pennsylvania's economy.  The petition seeks to require polluters to buy permits for each ton of carbon they release.

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News Headlines for Sat., Apr. 6, 2019

Officer involved in fatal shooting incident in Fredonia last Dec. will not be charged... 
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson held a news conference in Fredonia Friday afternoon to update the investigation into last December's police-involved shooting in the village.  Swanson announced that charges will not be filed against police officer Nathan Scriven who fatally shot 23-year-old George Penev.  The findings come after a four-month investigation into the shooting incident that occurred December 10 at 76 Liberty St.  Swanson says his "ethical obligations prohibit me from filing charges where there are no probable cause to support them."  He says Officer Scriven's actions were bth "lawful and appropriate."  Penev was found to have a quantity of illegal drugs in his system.  The investigation also led to the arrest of a college student from Erie County named Amanda Bridges.  The 21-year-old Bridges allegedly sold Penev LSD and was charged this morning with criminal sale of a controlled substance.  Bridges was transported to the Chautauqua County Jail for arraignment.


Driver involved in fatal, one-car crash in Pomfret is identified...
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office has now identified the man killed in a single-car crash on Ellicott Road in the town of Pomfret late last Thursday night.  Deputies say they were called to the scene just before 10:30 p.m., and, determined that the driver, 28 year-old Philip Cunningham of Fredonia... had lost control of the vehicle and it went down a ravine. The Fredonia Fire Department assisted at the scene. 


City man arrested following domestic incident on Jamestown's southside...
A Jamestown man was arrested early Friday morning following a domestic assault.  City police responded to a Broadhead Avenue residence shortly after 1 a.m. for the incident... and, made contact with some of the occupants outside.  Officers say 40 year-old Thomas Salverson refused to let police and the occupants back inside... and, a brief struggle ensued with Salverson.  Police say all this occurred in front of a 10 year-old child.  Salverson was taken into custody on charges of endangering the welfare of a child... obstruction and resisting arrest. He's being held pending arraignment. 


Green says decision from Cuomo on Special Senate Election could come next week...
Chautauqua County elections officials say it appears that Governor Andrew Cuomo will decide sometime next week if there will be a special election in June for the 57th State Senate seat... formerly held by Cathy Young.  That from Democratic Election's Commissioner Norm Green... who says that's the time-frame for when Cuomo will have to make a decision in order to hold it on Primary Day.  Green says they don't know if there will be a special vote or not.  If there is one... the four GOP and Democratic Committees will have to meet again, and select their candidate.  We have learned that Allegany County Legislature Chairman Kurt Crandall has announced he has filed petitions with the State Board of Elections in Albany for the GOP line in the June 25th primary.  Green has also heard that Crandall and Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello were able to file petitions prior to the Thursday’s deadline... and, says the filings will trigger a primary -- unless there is a special election.  Borrello announced earlier this week that he filed double the required number of signatures... and, Crandall says he got the required number of signatures by a "wide margin."


State Audit shows food safety inspectors failed to act on nearly 1,000 health violations between 2014-17...
A state audit says food safety inspectors in New York state failed to take action in response to hundreds of serious health violations.  The audit published Friday by Democratic Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli analyzed records of more than 400,000 inspections between 2014 and September 2017.  Inspectors identified 984 Class I violations, the most serious type.  Yet 73 percent of the violations resulted in no enforcement action.  Enforcement actions can include fines or even closure.  Auditors also found problems in how the data is reported.  Inspections are carried out by a mix of state and local health agencies.


State lawmakers to introduce legislation to also outlaw plastic take-out bags for restaurants...
A state lawmaker wants to expand New York's plastic bag ban to include the sacks used for restaurant take-out and leftovers.  Democratic Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, of Albany, has announced legislation that would eliminate an exemption for restaurants in the new law banning single-use shopping bags beginning next March.  She says restaurants provide too many plastic bags to be left out of the law.  Lawmakers passed the bag ban earlier this week as part of a new state budget.  Under the new law, local counties can also impose a 5-cent fee on paper bags.  The county could keep a portion of the proceeds, with the rest going to state environmental programs. 


Quattrone discusses Criminal Justice Reforms...
Law enforcement officials in Chautauqua County are still diving into the details of the criminal justice reforms that were included in new state budget.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone says many of the changes don't take effect until January of 2020, including the elimination of cash bail.  Quattrone says he has mixed reaction over the changes... especially when it comes to cash bail because it will lower the number of inmates in the jail, and may speed up court action.  However, he says there is an obvious concern about "protecting our communities."  Quattrone says, though, there may be some cases where cash bail may still apply... such as when a suspect threatens someone with bodily harm.  Other criminal justice reforms that are part of the budget include a requirement for courts to reduce unnecessary delays and to overhaul the state's discovery process.  

 

 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 5, 2019

An unidentified man sustained fatal injuries in a motor vehicle accident in the Town of Pomfret yesterday evening....

 

Chautauqua County Sheriff's Officers and the Fredonia Fire Department responded to the scene on Ellicott Road just before 10:30 PM.  Through investigation.... Deputies determined the operator had lost control and traveled down a ravine. The investigation is still on-going,  further details will be released at a later time. 

 

 

The Chautauqua Lake Association was hoping to get $150,00 in the new state budget for lake maintenance, the same as last year..... 

 

But, they got nothing.  CLA Executive Director, Doug Conroe, says that money about 20 percent of their annual budget,  guaranteed they could put three crews on the lake for weed cutting and debris maintenance.  Conroe says they are now looking closely at every expense and 'no stone will be unturned' in the search for extra money.  It will another month before they know what they'll be able to do, but at this point he believes it'll be a stretch to get one crew on the water this year. 

 

 

Chautauqua Institution officials have become the first to sign onto the new Memorandum of Agreement for the Chautauqua Lake Weed Management Consensus Strategy..... 

 

The strategy, championed by County Executive George Borrello, seeks to bring together lake agencies and organizations, as well as the municipalities located around Chautauqua Lake to work more effectively to deal with lake issues,  such as managing invasive aquatic plants, nuisance native vegetation, and hazardous algal blooms in the lake, while considering the lake and its watershed’s economic, recreational and ecological significance.  Chautauqua Institution President Michael Hill, who signed the agrement says he "proudly signed" the memorandum, "because it represents the comprehensive and scientifically sound approach for Chautauqua Lake conservation that we’ve been advocating for many years."  The deadline for groups and municipalities to sign on to the agreement is April 17th.

 

 

A recently formed agency is investigating long-term maintenance solutions for Chautauqua Lake and, how to pay for them.... 

 

That sparked some discussion during the agency's meeting Wednesday night in Mayville.  Chairman Pierre Chagnon says the nine-member panel has met a handful of times since it was formed by the county legislature last year but, is still looking at all possible ways to deal with invasive weeds, algal blooms, and water quality.

 

Chagnon says -- at first -- the agency discussed a possible "taxing district" where property owners on the lake would be taxed at one amount, while others living in the watershed would be charged a lower amount.  Ellicott Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin, who is also an agency members, Wednesday night suggested the entire county be charged a tax to spread out the cost.  However... Chagnon emphasized that they are looking at a number of potential sources of funding, including the state, and the entire county.  He says agency members were given a number of assignments before they meet again in early June. 

 

 

The woman who has been the president of the State Unversity College at Fredonia for the past seven years is announcing her retirement at the end of the current academic year...... 

 

In a press release from the SUNY Office this morning, Chancellor Kristina Johnson says Dr. Virginia Horvath is retiring after more than 40 years of service and leadership in public higher education.  Johnson says Horvath... who became Fredonia's 13th president in 2012, plans to step down at the end of the Spring semester on July 1st. Johnson says she truly appreciate's "Dr. Horvath’s enthusiasm and commitment to providing the highest quality education for our students and leading a dedicated and stellar team of faculty and staff."  More on this story later.

 

 

Chautauqua County's Congressman is sharing the concern of many others about the fact that New York state will likely lose at least one seat in the House of Representatives -- and possibly two -- after the next Census.... 

 

Corning Republican Tom Reed says the exodus from New York is continuing, not because of the weather, but, taxing and other policies out of Albany.  Reed says it's frustrating because when the state loses Congressional members,  it loses another voice in Washington.

Reed and other members of the New York, and other Great Lake state delegations, were recently able to talk the Trump Administration out of cutting a huge amount of funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for a second-year in a row.  He's hopeful that state lawmakers will realize the need for shift in policies to keep people and businesses here.  State officials are also again pushing another "Complete Count" effort to make sure all New Yorkers are counted during the 2020 Census.

 

 

New York State Police have released additional details of last Wednesday's stabbing incident in the Village of  Sinclairville,  involving a Lakewood man, Frewsburg woman and a teenager...... 

 

Troopers and the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office responded to a residence on Kent Street and, found that the suspects involved fled the scene.  Officers say they later stopped the vehicle on Route 60 in Jamestown and, found drug paraphernalia where 23 year-old Kylah Seiberg was sitting.  Troopers also found the weapon used in the stabbing, methamphetamine, and, a hypodermic needle in the center console.  Seiberg allegedly provided Troopers with a false name during the investigation and was subsequently charged with False Personation.  Police say 39 year-old Jeffery Shriver was transported to the Chautauqua County Jail, while Seiberg and the teenager were turned over to Sheriff's Deputies in regards to the stabbing incident.

 

 

The Democrat-controlled New York state Legislature has approved a change in a property tax credit benefit program..... 

 

The new state budget lawmakers worked out last weekend with Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and approved on Monday makes changes to the School Tax Relief -- or STAR Program.  Starting in 2016, homeowners eligible for the program started receiving their rebates in a check rather than having the savings included directly in their school tax bills.  According to Lohud.com, starting this fall, all property owners earning between $250,000 and $500,000 a year will receive a check for their STAR rebates.  Property owners earning less than $250,000 who bought their homes prior to mid-2015 will get the STAR rebate in their tax bills.  The STAR benefit program provides more than $3 billion dollars in property tax relief each year.

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr 4, 2019

President Trump has come around to now endorsing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative after originally proposing major cuts to the program......  

That from local Congressman Tom Reed, who says pressure from himself and other Great Lakes region lawmakers helped turn the president around on the matter.  Reed says several of them met with administration officials after Trump's initial budget plan called for cutting 90-percent to the program.

Reed expects there will likely be an ongoing fight to keep the funding where it has been but, adds it should be easier from this point because the President has now endorsed the initiative.  The Corning Republican says the initiative encompasses a number of issues surrounding the Great Lakes, including dealing with invasive species, and habitat restoration.  County Executive George Borrello was pleased to hear the news because residents are "so fortunate to have the single largest source of freshwater in the world right here at our doorstep.  Protecting and enhancing that precious recourse is vital to our future here in Chautauqua County.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with regional media.


If and when Governor Andrew Cuomo calls a special election to fill the region's vacant State Senate seat, Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello is set to be the Republican candidate....  

Borrello says he's "very pleased" with how his petitioning process has gone, given the fact it was only two-weeks long, due mainly to the timing of Senator Cathy Young's resignation in early March.  Borrello says his campaign was able to get double the signatures needed to be on the ballot.

Borrello says -- if there is a special election and, he has competition for the seat, the chairmen of the four county committees that make up the 57th Senate District would have to take a more formal vote on who they will support.  Allegheny County Legislature Chairman Kurt Crandall has also expressed interest in the seat but, Borrello is confident he would get the nod if the chairpersons have to decide for a Special Election.  He says there would be no primary in that situation.  On our Dennis Webster Show Wednesday, Assemblyman Andy Goodell said that Governor Cuomo is expected to decide in the next two to three weeks if there will be a special election. 


The new 'bag ban' enacted as part of the state budget has some consumers and retailers wondering what will be legal and when....  

Chautauqua County Assemblyman Andy Goodell says the ban does not go into effect for a year and primarily affects 'single use' bags.  Garbage bags and drum liners would not be affected.  The law includes an option for counties to charge most customers a nickel for paper bags.  Three cents would go to the state Environmental Protection Fund.  Two cents would come back to the county to help low income shoppers get reuseable bags.  As currently written, Goodell says there's an odd quirk in the law, in that the heavy duty reuseable bags already used by many shoppers couldn't be sold anymore, if they are plastic.  The Assemblyman says the 'bag ban' originated with New York City legislators worried about enormous quantities of litter.


State forest rangers are reminding area residents that a statewide burning ban is in effect....  

A homeowner in the town of Arkwright apparently learned that lesson the hard way recently.  The homeowner, who was not identified, had started a brush pile fire and the flames spread to an adjacent field last Thursday around 4:30 PM.  Rangers say the fire burned nearly 1/2 an acre of land.  Cassadaga firefighters responded to the blaze and quelled the flames.  The forest rangers issued a ticket to the homeowner for illegal burning during the burning ban.  The statewide burning ban continues until May 14th.


A Jamestown woman was arrested for allegedly shoplifting from the Wegman's grocery store with a hypodermic needle in her possession..... 

Ellicott Town Police say the March 25th incident occurred shortly after 5PM when Assest Protection reported several people inside the store taking items without paying.  Officers arrived to the Fairmount Avenue store as employees identified two suspects walking away.  Wegmans advised that the female had been seen concealing items.  She was taken into custody and allegedly gave police a false name.  She was later identified as 26 year-old Caitlin Arnold, who has two active felony warrants from the Chatuauqua County Sheriff's Department.  Arnold is being held in the County Jail pending arraignment. 


Computer-based standardized testing will resume for New York students, two days after technical problems disrupted the mandatory assessments across the state....

Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia says she'll hold test vendor Questar Assessment financially accountable for failing to fully deliver on its contract.  Elia told reporters Wednesday that high usage caused problems that prevented some students from logging in and submitting the English language tests online Tuesday.  Testing will be staggered when it starts up again Thursday to avoid another crash.  Of the 93,000 students that started the test, about 93 percent were able to submit it.  All of the state's 1 million third- through eighth-grade students are required to take the annual two-day tests.  About a quarter take them by computer.  Math testing is scheduled for May.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 3, 2019

Two Jamestown men are accused of trafficking methamphetimine and heroin following a raid on the city's westside late Monday morning.... 

Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro, and Southern Tier Region Drug Task Forces executed a search warrant at 135 Sprague Street shortly after 11 AM and, arrested 39 year-old Richard Brown, and 30 year-old Timothy Blakeslee inside.  Samuelson says they also found 2.1-ounces of crystal meth and, several bags of heroin, along with $1,300 in drug proceeds.  He says Brown faces second and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance counts, as well as criminally using drug paraphernalia.  Blakelsee is charged with criminal nuisance.  The state Police K-9 Unit assisted.  Both men are being held pending arraignment.

 
State Assemblyman Andrew Goodell is now sounding off on the just-approved, 2019-2020 state budget....  

The Jamestown-area Republican calls Governor Andrew Cuomo's $175.5-billion spending plan, adopted by the legislature, a "mixed bag."  Goodell says one of the positives is a nearly $7-million increase in education aid for Chautauqua County schools.

Goodell says another positive included restoration of library funding to last year's levels.  Meanwhile, he was critical of Cuomo's criminal justice reforms.  In fact, Goodell says he was debated on the Assembly floor over one of the reforms that he opposed.  He says it amends the state penal law to reduce the number of days you have to serve the maximum for a Class-A Misdemeanor.  Goodell says, cutting that by one day, will help illegal immigrants avoid deportation.  Goodell also criticized an election reform that provides for an expansion of paid time off from work for voters, calling it a "huge new burden" on all employers across the state.


There's not as much state aid as they had hoped for in New York's 2019-2020 budget but, there are new resources to help districts save money in the coming year.... 

 Those are the feelings of New York State School Board's Association Executive Director Tim Kreamer, who says -- overall -- the state's public schools are actually receiving less funding than last year.  Kreamer says there's a realization the state doesn't have as much money to go around this year.

Kreamer says there are a handful of areas where schools will be able to save money, including the ability to "piggyback" on other districts contracts that have better deals for transportation costs.  Back to the school aid picture, he says the poorer or "high needs" district -- like Jamestown -- did better when it comes to Foundation Aid.  Kreamer says the school board's association isn't happy about the Governor and legislature's decision to make the 2-percent property tax cap permanent.  However, he adds they never thought it was going away, either.


Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello has received double the number of signatures on petitions to run for the state Senate on the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party line.....  

Borrello says a "major outpouring of support from residents across the Southern Tier and Western New York" allowed him to submit double the number of mandatory petitions to the New York State Board of Elections.  The second-year county executive says "I would like to thank each and every person who signed.  I'm honored to have received double the required amount of signatures from voters in the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties and I'm truly encouraged by this strong start to my campaign."


The changes in New York State election law continue to stream out of Albany with the passage of a new budget......  

Chautauqua County Election Commissioners Norm Green and Brian Abram are keeping track of the sweeping changes.  Among the reforms, is expanding paid time off from work for voters.

Another major change, is the use of electronic poll books for early voting to better track people during the process, to make sure they don't try to vote again.  Green says the changes also include uniform statewide 6 AM to 9 PM polling hours for all primaries statewide starting in 2020 and mandated online voter registration by 2021 on all County Board of Elections websites.

 
Gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area are on the upswing, having increased by 4-cents a gallon for regular, unleaded fuel to begin the week... 

 

However, some places in the area have seen another increase over the past day of about six-cents a gallon.  On Monday, the Triple-A's Gas Price Report said the cost was just under $2.70 a gallon.  However, the price at some locations has now jumped to about $2.76 a gallon.  Triple-A says that's due to a decrease in national gasoline stocks, and prices have begun spiking with the Summer driving season not far away.  Nationally, the average price for a gallon of regular, unleaded is up seven-cents to $2.69. 

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**News Bulletin for Tues., April 2, 2019

BPU Outage reported in Celoron...
Approximately 500 electric customers in the village of Celoron are without power due to a contractor working on a demolition in the Village.  Board of Public Utilities Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says  BPU linemen are at the scene and expect to repair the situation in the near future.

 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 2, 2019

State lawmakers are wrapping work in Albany on passing budget bills and, reaction has been mixed over the new spending plan for New York.....

The $175-billion spending plan includes nearly $1-billion in additional school aid and, makes the 2 percent property tax cap permanent.  It also includes criminal justice reforms, including the elimination of cash bail.  Governor Andrew Cuomo says the budget really grapples with the tough issues that have been facing the state for a long time.

Not everything in the budget pleases local officials, including Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello.  He's concerned about how Aid and Incentives for Municipalities will be funded.  Borrello says the budget does not include that but, aid will now come from sales tax allocations.  Borrello says it "robs from Peter to pay Paul."  Borrello also has concerns about the impact the criminal justice reforms will have on local law enforcement officials and district attorneys across the state.   Besides eliminating cash bail, the budget includes measures that would restore speedy trials and transform the discovery process in criminal trials.

 
New York State released details of its $175.5-billion dollar spending plan Monday morning and, Jamestown School District Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says Western New York schools got the "short end of the stick" again this year, including Jamestown....

Based on the proposed budget for the 2019-2020 school year, Dr. Apthorpe says Jamestown is looking to receive $51.5-million dollars in state aid.  With that... he says student attendance is a main priority.  He says they have 17-hundred children that aren't attending school on a regular basis.  With that, some teachers will be reassigned to the new "Success Academy" slated to open at the former Rogers Elementary School in the coming school year.  With 4,800 students enrolled, that's nearly 35-percent of students not regularly attending.  Apthorpe says the Success Academy will work to improve student wellness, in addition to supplementing course curriculums for grades 5-12.  The Jamestown School Board will vote on the proposed $89.6-million budget on Tuesday, April 16th.


A Chautauqua County Jail inmate has now been charged with criminal mischief after allegedly damaging a commissary kiosk, resulting in about $1,000 in damages....  
Sheriff's officers say their investigation into the March 15th incident has resulted in the arrest of 18 year-old Jordan Klein.  Klein was arraigned on one count of third-degree criminal mischief, and returned to the county jail on $20,000 cash bail.


Two people were hurt -- but not seriously -- when the car they were riding in struck another vehicle head-on on Route 426 in the town of French Creek last Friday night....  

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene shortly after 5 PM and, found that 29 year-old Jennifer Barton of Erie, Pennsylvania was making a left turn off 426 but, went into the path of the oncoming vehicle.  Barton and her passenger were taken to UPMC Hamot in Erie for treatment of minor injuries.  Deputies say the driver of the other car was not hurt.  Barton was charged with Failure to Yield Right of Way and, will appear in French Creek Town Court at a later date.


An accidental fire on Jamestown's southside Sunday night destroyed a car, and extensively damaged the garage it was in.....

City Fire Battalion Chief Don Mowery says crews were called to the scene at 100 Willard Street about 7:45 PM and, found fire and smoke coming from the structure.  However, Mowery says firefighters had the blaze out in about 5 to 10 minutes.  He says one firefighter and one civilian suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.  In addition to the car and garage, Mowery says the nearby house sustained some heat damage to the siding.  He says the cause was accidental and, crews were at the scene until just after 10 PM.  An off-duty shift was called in to assist.


Five-term Congressman Tom Reed says he is running for re-election in 2020....  

There was no formal announcement but, the Corning Republican says he was answering a question about his re-election during an interview about a week ago.  Reed says he still enjoys the job and, adds the job is not finished in Washington, D-C.
Reed says he will continue to get his "message out there..." and let the people decide in next year's election.  The former Corning Mayor has represented the Southern Tier Region since 2010, when he won a special election to replace Democrat Eric Massa.  The Southern Tier District changed several years ago with re-apportionment, and Chautauqua County was put back into the Southern Tier region.  As of now, Reed already has one possible opponent, the one he defeated last year.  Democrat Tracy Mitrano announced late last year that she intends to seek the party's endorsement to run again in 2020.

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 1, 2019

Governor Andrew Cuomo and fellow Democrats who control the New York Legislature say they've reached an agreement on a $175.5-billion state budget a day before the spending plan deadline....

Cuomo and legislative leaders Andrea Stewart-Cousins of the Senate and Carl Heastie of the Assembly announced the agreement in a statement at 12:30 AM Sunday.  Lawmakers began passing budget bills Sunday during what's expected to be an all-day session.  The spending plan is for the 2019-2020 state fiscal year that starts today.  Agreed-to items in the budget include a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, closing up to three yet-to-be-determined state prisons and congestion tolls for traffic below 60th Street in Manhattan.  Major issues that didn't make it into the spending plan include legalization of recreational marijuana.


Garage Fire in Jamestown....

Sparce details were made available, but the Jamestown fire department made quick work of putting out a garage fire Sunday evening. The Post-Journal reports crews were called to 100 Willard Street about 7:45 PM and heavy smoke was seen coming from the structure. The paper says firefighters doused the fire in five minutes. The cause is unknown at this time.


Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says the business group is keeping a close eye on the on-going state budget deliberations....  

Tranum said late last week that there are a number of concerns and positives they are hoping to have resolved in the final, $175-billion spending plan.  Tranum says they one key item they're looking at is continued economic development support for the upstate region.

Governor Cuomo recently said that he would not sign-off on a budget that doesn't include making the 2-percent property tax cap permanent.  Tranum adds it's hard to tell what impact a proposed plastic bag ban will have on local businesses, namely grocery and other retail stores.  The budget was due by Midnight Sunday night, Midnight Monday starts the state's new fiscal year.


A new law will affect the types of smoke detectors on sale in New York..... 

Starting today, all new or replacement smoke detectors sold in the state must either be powered by a non-removable battery good for at least 10 years or be made to be hard-wired to buildings.  State officials say these types of smoke detectors can be safer because they do not require periodic battery replacements, reducing the chances of human error.  The law does not require the replacement of any existing smoke detectors powered by replaceable, removable batteries.  Retailers also will be able to sell remaining residential smoke detectors with removable batteries that were ordered before April 1st.


Car-versus-Pedestrian Accident in Lakewood...

A unidentified male was taken to UPMC Chautauqua with serious injuries after being struck by a car in front of the Fifties Restaraunt in Lakewood last Friday night.  Lakewood-Busti police report the incident happened just after 8:30 PM at the West Fairmount Avenue restaraunt.  Witnesses say the male ran out in front of an East bound vehicle and was struck.  The investigation is still on going at this time.  

Three Dunkirk residents have been arrested for allegedly trafficking drugs following a "several month" investigation in the north county city....   

Dunkirk Police and members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force had been investigating the alleged sale and distribution of illegal narcotics from a home at 49 East Second Street and, obtained arrest warrants for all three.  Law enforcement also obtained a search warrant and, raided the residence shortly before 8 PM last Friday.  They arrested 45 year-old Jose Rodriquez, Junior, 35 year-old Aixmary Rodriguez-Rosa, and 29 year-old Christian Manuel Padilla-Rivera on multiple counts of criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance.  Police say they also seized a "large amount" of money from inside the home.  All three were taken into custody, pending arraignment.  If you have any information on illegal drug activity, call the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force at 1-800-344-8702.


The lastest effort by the Trump Administration to finishing dismantling the Affordable Care Act through a recent court challenge is being met with skepicism by local Congressman Tom Reed....  

The Corning Republican, who has voted several times to eliminiate the ACA, says he would rather see lawmaker in Washington work to improve what's also referred to as "Obamacare."  Reed made his comments after the president this past week against voiced his desire to completely elminate the law.

Trump, through the Department of Justice, is again asking a court to throw out major elements of the ACA, including hugely popular provisions that protect sick people from being denied health insurance or charged higher rates.  The administration was successful in getting the individual mandate, which called for every American to have health insurance, struck down.  However, there is much concern among more moderate GOP members of Congress that getting rid of provisions covering pre-existing conditions will turn voters against them.


A Jamestown woman is accused of being in possession of a small amount of Heroin -- with Fentanyl mixed in -- during a traffic stop in the city earlier this week.... 
Officers pulled over 34 year-old Jacqueline Delo shortly before 3 AM Monday at the intersection of Cherry and West Fourth Streets and, she allegedly gave police a false name.  She was later identified as Delo and, that she had a suspended driver's license.  Officers say she was also wanted on a warrant issued from Erie, Pennsylvania.  She was arrested on a Felony charge of Fugitive from Justice and, criminal impersonation and, criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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