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WJTN News Headlines for Fri., Aug. 12, 2022

(**Alert)Rushdie Attacked at Chautauqua...
Author Salman Rushdie has been attacked as he was about to give a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution.  An A-P reporter witnessed a man storm the stage Friday at the institution... and, he begin punching or stabbing Rushdie as he was being introduced.  The author was taken or fell to the floor, and the man was restrained.  However... he did reportedly walk off stage under his own power.  Rushdie's book ``The Satanic Verses'' has been banned in Iran since 1988... as many Muslims consider it to be blasphemous.  A year later, Iran's late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or edict, calling for Rushdie's death.  Iran has also offered over $3 million in reward for anyone who kills Rushdie.


Two men from Ohio escape serious injury in small plane crash in town of Harmony...
Two men from Ohio were hurt... but, not seriously... when their single-engine light plane crashed into a back yard off Baker Street Extension in the town of Harmony.  Sheriff's officers say they received a report about the plane coming down just after 11 p.m., and deputies were joined by Lakewood-Busti Police and State Police at the scene.  Officers say the two men... 63 year-old Lawrence Zupon of Bentleyville and 25 year-old Daniel Rossi of Mayfield Heights, Ohio were conducting training exercises when the plane lost power.  Police say the plane then crashed into the wooded area.  However... both Zupon and Rossi were able to walk away from the wreckage.  Both men were treated at the scene... and, later taken to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa. for further treatment.  The Sheriff's Department and the FAA are investigating the accident.


City man arrested on child porn charges...
A Jamestown man has been arrested by federal agents on multiple-child pornography charges stemming from an incident last February.  U.S. Attorney Trini Ross has announced that 34 year-old Roberto Millan was arrested on a complaint charging him with production and attempted production of child pornography, and possession of child pornography.  Prosecutors say Jamestown police received the initial complaint in early February that Millan had sexually abused a 15-year-old girl.  They say the victim told investigators that Millan requested her to produce sexually explicit images to sent to him via text and Facebook messenger.  Prosecutors says she initially refused... but she eventually produced the requested images after Millan threatened to harm her family.  The victim also said that during the first time Millan sexually abuse her, he warned that if she “made too much noise,” he would physically harm her family.  Police later recovered sexually explicit text messages from Millan's cell phone... along with images of child porn.  Ross says the charges carry a minimum penalty of 5 years in prison, a maximum of 30, and a $250,000 fine.


Jamestown man arrested on Colfax Ave. following drug raid...
A city man is jailed allegedly trafficking illegal narcotics from his apartment on Jamestown's southside following a raid early Thursday morning.  City Police say members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on the lower apartment at 57 Colfax Ave. about 6 a.m. Thursday with the help of the JPD SWAT Team.  They found 49 year-old Jason Parker inside... and, found him in possession of a quantity of fentanyl, cocaine, and items used for the packaging and distribution of those drugs.  Parker was taken to the city jail pending arraignment on two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled Substance... seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia.  The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, State Police and other agencies assisted.  If you have any information on illegal drug activity in the city... call the JPD Tips line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.


City police investigating reported burglary at La Cucina restaurant...
City police are asking for the public's help in solving a reported burglary that occured at an italian restaurant on Jamestown's westside late last month.  The Jametown Police Detective Bureau says the break-in occured at the La Cucina Della Nonna located on West Third Street -- across from the Third Street Plaza -- during the overnight hours of Wednesday, July 27.  Police say an unknown person or persons entered the business, and stole an undisclosed amount of property.  Anyone with information regarding the burglary, or that may be able to identify the subject in a photograph they've released on Facebook... is asked to contract Detective Powers at 483-7620, or the anonymous tip line at 483-8477.


More than $26,000 raised by "Cents for St. Susan's" campaign...
A major fund-raiser for the Jamestown-area's largest soup kitchen has been another huge success.  Supporters of the annual "Cents for St. Susan's campaign for the St. Susan's Center on Water Street, gathered Thursday to announce the effort had brought in $26,693 dollars.  Over it's 23 years... the campaign has raised more than $306,000.  The Board of Public Utilities leads it... and, Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says sponsors put in more than $20,000.  Robbins adds that $10,000 of that came from Steve and Judy McAllaster.  Three others -- Chautauqua Chemicals, Key Bank and Kwik Fill -- put in $1,000 each.  She adds the Robinson Law Office contributes $650 dollars... and, 14 others each put in $500 each.  They include: Asplundh, Boyles Motor Sales, Century 21/Turner Brokers, Dan and Connie Evans, Robbins and Johnson Attorneys, the Shults Auto Group, R. Patti Excavating and Concrete, Sloan Melhuish Insurance, Store-N-Lock Self-Storage, Weinberg Financial Group, Wright-Calimeri Attorneys, Falconer Printing and Design, Northwest, The Heritage Group, and the Legends Group. 


Jamestown to again host Labor Day Festival on first Sunday in September...
The city of Jamestown's annual Labor Day Festival is back this year following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Mayor Eddie Sundquist says it's planned for Sunday, Sept. 4, beginning at 12 Noon at Bergman Park.  As usual... Sundquist says it'll end with the traditional fireworks display at dusk or shortly after.  He's very happy to have it back because... it'll be the first one he's been able to be part of since being elected mayor.  He says it'll be the 41st Labor Day Festival that will again celebrate organized labor in the community.  Sundquist says they'll have a full midway again this year with food and beverage vendors... and other activites at the park.  One of the activites back this year will be the presentation of the George Ritzer Labor Award presented by the Jamestown Central Labor Council.