WJTN Headlines for Wednesday Dec. 13, 2017

The Lake Effect Snow machine cranked out a few inches of the white stuff by mid-evening last night and snowfall totals were getting near a foot in some places in western New York. 
 
By mid-evening last night, the National Weather Service reported about 10.5 inches in Perrysburg while Mayville was reporting seven to eight inches.  Forecasters are continuing a Lake Effect Snow Warning for Chautauqua County through 7:00 tonight. 
 
Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says there were a number of crashes Tuesday morning due to the heavy snow in spots.
 
Gerace says they have the "procrastinators that wait until we get a storm like this to get their cars equiped with snow tires."  He says drivers have to slow down and, give themselves more time to stop at intersections.  He adds make sure to buckle-up and when the snow is falling, use your headlights.
 
Yesterday's tricky conditions led to a tractor-trailer accident on Route 394 in the town of North Harmony.  Sheriff's Department dispatchers say the crash occured shortly after 1 p.m. when the tractor slid off the road and into a ditch. 
 
Route 394 from Interstate 86 to Ramsey Road was closed a few hours while the scene was cleared.  The driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment. 
 
 
Voters in the Southwestern Central School District have approved a pair of propositions that will allow the next phase of renovations and upgrades to all district buildings. 
 
That from School Superintendent Maureen Donahue, who was pleased with the final vote on the $12.6-million  capital improvement project, which also includes a $1.3-million Energy Performance Project that will include outfitting all facilities with LED lighting.  She says work begins on the projects this morning. 
 
Donahue says there is also some infrastructure work that's part of the capital improvements, including electrical, heating and wastewater work.  She says there will be some outside improvements, such as a new roof for the elementary school building.  Vote totals were not available last night.
 
 
New York's junior U.S. Senator is pushing back against President Trump after calling on him to resign in the wake of renewed sexual misconduct allegations against him. 
 
White House Press secretary Sarah Sanders had promised to provide a list of eyewitnesses and evidence to exonerate Trump.  Trump Tuesday tweeted that Gillibrand would come to his office "begging" for campaign contributions and "do anything" to get them. 
 
Gillibrand said Trump's attack was a "sexist smear" to try and silence her.  During a conference call yesterday afternoon, the New York Democrat again called on Trump to resign over past allegations of sexual misconduct. 
 
Back to the rebuttals, nearly 24 hours after saying the White House would provide them to the media it released just two accounts.  One was about Trump allegedly groping a woman on a plane in the 1970s, the other that he behaved inappropriately in a beauty pageant dressing room.  However, they only cited news reports quoting eyewitnesses.
 
 
The joint conference committee on tax reform is quickly moving towards final reconcilation of a measure that can be voted on by both the House and Senate. 
 
However,  local Congressman Tom Reed says there is still a lot of misinformation out in the public about the measure, which he says will put $1,600 in the pockets of a typical family in his Southern Tier district. 
 
Reed says that's due to the doubling of the standard deduction on the basic tax form and he says that should save money for 99-percent of the residents in his district.  One of the biggest concerns in New York state is the future of the State and Local Property Tax deducton, which is taken out of the tax code. 
 
However, Reed says the provision he pushed for, to write-off property taxes up to $10,000, is in both the House and Senate versions.  He expects a vote shortly, possibly by the end of the week. 
 
 
A Jamestown woman faces second-degree assault for trying to stab a female victim Monday night. 
 
City police say they were called to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for a stab victim.  Investigation revealed at 38 year-old Rochelly Alvarez attempted to stab the victim with a knife, hitting and cutting the victim on her hands several times.
 
The victim sufferred minor lacerations. Alvarez was taken to city jail pending arraignment.
 
 
The Salvation Army of Jamestown is well on it's way to raising it's just over $100,000 goal for the annual Red Kettle Campaign this year. 
 
Captain Kim Merchant says the "kettle" drive seems to be holding its own and is at about the same place at last year at this time.  She says it's "wonderful" but, the Salvation Army still has 100 outstanding Angel Tree tags. 
 
The program ensures children in needy families get presents for Christmas.  Merchant adds there is still time to send in gifts, but the deadline is under a week away, December 18.
 
Merchant says there are 630 families receiving gifts through the program. Senior citizens participating receive food baskets with everything needed to make a Christmas meal, including Ham and Turkey, and all the trimmings.  She says the food baskets also include items to help people get through a few more days past the holiday season, such as soup and cereal. 
 
Merchant says you can drop gifts off at their front office between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m..  For more information, call 664-4108.
 
 
Upstate Republican state Assemblyman Brian Kolb says he will run for New York governor next year. 
 
The lawmaker from Canandaigua, has led the GOP minority in the Assembly for eight years and was first elected in 2000.  Kolb confirmed his plans Tuesday morning on Rochester's WHAM-1180 radio ahead of a formal announcement expected later in the day. 
 
Cuomo is considered a possible White House contender but says he plans to seek a third term in 2018.  Kolb has acknowledged that beating Cuomo will be a challenge. 
 
Cuomo is a prodigious fundraiser and his party has a big advantage in voter registration in New York.  Other potential candidates in 2018 include Democrat Stephanie Miner, the outgoing mayor of Syracuse; Republican businessman Harry Wilson; and Republican state Sen. John DeFrancisco of Syracuse.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Tuesday Dec. 12, 2017

Most of Western New York is now under a Lake Effect Snow Warning through 7 p.m. Wednesday, including Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties. 
 
That from the National Weather Service in Buffalo, which issued the warning early yesterday afternoon.  A general snowfall began last night and, will change to Lake Effect today.  By Wednesday night, Forecaster Jon Hitchcock in Buffalo says we may see upwards of a foot of new snow inland from Lake Erie.
 
Hitchcock says,  after about 2-inches of general snow overnight, and another 2 inches this morning, we'll see the Lake Effect machine start up, with enhancement from Lake Huron.  Due to that, he says the lake effect totals could be significant in some places. 
 
 
A proposal by the city of Jamestown to sell it's wastewater treatment plant to the city's Local Development Corporation to raise about $16-million in capitol for the city is meeting with some resistance. 
 
The proposal was discussed at the Finance Committee meeting last night and later at the City Council's work session.  Resident Greg Lindquist says he has serious concerns because the JLDC is the "lending arm" of the city, and that could jeopardize it's $3.3-million in lending funds.
 
Lindquist adds that while he wants lower property taxes, he doesn't want to see the city's future "leveraged" to accomplish that.  Executive Director Todd Tranum with the Manufacturer's Association of the Southern Tier called the move a "reckless scheme " and, says their lawyer believes there would have to be a public vote on the proposal. 
 
Tranum also noted that state courts several years ago, struck down a similar move proposed for New York City.  City lawmakers were given a lengthy presentation at last week's meeting by Bond Counsel Kenneth Bond about the plan.
 
 
After the Manufacturer's Association noted that their legal counsel is looking at whether the city needs to hold a public vote on selling the wastewater treatment plant, council members were advised not to speak about the matter last night. 
 
City Corporation Counsel Marilyn Fiore-Lehman noted that MAST Director Todd Tranum had brought up that their legal counsel was involved, and would be talking with the city soon.  She recommended against commenting at last night's meeting.  With that, council members moved on to other business on their agenda.
 
 
A lot of water was lost during last Saturday morning's major water main break in downtown Jamestown. 
 
That from Board of Public Utilities Spokeswoman Becky Robbins, who says the break was first discovered about 7 a.m. when water broke through the pavement at the intersection of Third and North Main Streets. 
 
Robbins says temporary repairs were made by late Saturday on the break, which also caused the Smith Avenue Pump Station to shut-down.  She says that caused low water pressure in the downtown especially the south side for several hours. 
 
Robbins says they received several calls about water in the street, and some flooded basements.  The water was reportedly running downhill from Third Street to Harrison Street in Brooklyn Square.  
 
 
The county lawmakers will consider a measure to create a new umbrella organization to oversee efforts to get funding to help with weed control on Chautauqua Lake. 
 
Legislature committees meet this week and, will consider creation of a Chautauqua Lake Rehabilitation and Improvement Agency.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says the agency would then move forward on creating a "lake district". 
 
Horrigan says there are currently "many not-for-profits and other organizations" that peform weed management work and, other tasks.  However, he says there needs to be a "central agency" that has the ability to go out and get "dedicated funding" for their work. 
 
Horrigan says, given the difficulties on the lake this past Summer, the time is right.  He says he's talked to both lake property owners, and members of local lake organizations.  Horrigan says the proposal to creat the Rehabilitation and Improvement Agency will go before the Planning and Economic Development Committee on Wednesday
 
The full legislature meets for the final time in 2017 on Wednesday, December 20.
 
 
Voters in the Southwestern Central School District are voting today on a proposed, $12.6-million capital project to make several improvements and upgrades to all three educational buildings. 
 
School Supeintendent Maureen Donahue says there would also be upgrades to the district's bus garage.  Donahue says two parts of the overall project include new facilities or additions to the elementary school, including a cafateria addition.  She says there'll also be plumbing and heating work done.
 
An energy efficient lighting portion will be part of a $1.3-million Energy Performance Contract that's included in the referendum.  Donahue says most of the lighting fixtures will be retrofitted for LED lighting.  However, she adds some may be so old they can't be. 
 
Donahue adds that in the middle school, there would be upgrades to the athletic fields and, new student lockers.  She says the district wants to take advantage of 95% state aid for the construction work, and 90% for the energy efficient projects.  Voting today runs from 7-9 a.m. and, 2-8 p.m.in the high school auditorium.
 
 
A woman had to be flown to an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital with serious injurues after being dragged by a vehicle during a domestic dispute in Falconer early Sunday night. 
 
Ellicott Police say they responded to a report that a female victim had been struck by a car in the area of South Work and East Main Streets.  On arrival, officers found 38 year-old Shawn Arnold was involved in an argument with the 38 year-old victim.  During that, the victim tried to get into the vehicle Arnold was driving when he back up and dragged her a short distance. 
 
The victim then fell to the ground and he ran her legs over with his vehicle.  The woman was treated at the scene by Falconer Fire rescuers for several serious injuries and she was flown to UPMC Hamot Medical Center. 
 
Officers say Arnold left the scene, but was later found and arrested.  He was arraigned and sent to County Jail without bail.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Monday Dec. 11, 2017

A woman had to be flown to a nearby trauma center after she was struck by a vehicle on Main Street in Falconer late yesterday. 
 
Chautauqua County Sheriff's dispatchers say Falconer fire rescue crews were called to the scene about 4:30.  The unidentified woman, who was walking at the time, was taken to a staging area to be flown to the hospital.  No other information was available Monday morning.
 
 
Four people suffered serious injuries when a Jeep Waggoner struck a skid-steer vehicle from behind on Route 430 in the town of Chautauqua early last Friday night. 
 
Sheriff's deputies say 33 year-old Larry Houser of Westfield was northbound in his Jeep about 5:45 PM when he came upon the Skid Steer, which was traveling in the same direction.  However, officers say the operator of the skid steer, 40 year-old John Weaver of Lineville, Pennsylvania, went to make a left turn into a driveway, and was struck from behind by Houser's Jeep. 
 
Deputies say Weaver was flown by Starlight to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania.  In addition, his passenger, 22 year-old John Baker of Mayville, along with Houser and his passenger, 28 year-old Tony Long of Mayville were all taken by ambulance to Hamot for their injuries.  No charges have been filed.
 
 
Despite a number of fiscal challenges, the city of Jamestown has been able to retain it's good credit rating for another year. 
 
That from Mayor Sam Teresi, who recently reported to the city council that Standard-and-Poor's let them know last week that their rating remained an A-Minus.  Teresi adds that S-and-P also gave Jamestown a "stable outlook."  He says it helps not only the city borrow money at a lower interest rate, but the Board of Public Utilities also.
 
Teresi thanked Standard-and-Poor's for it's confidence in the city and thanked others on his administrative team for preserving their bond rating at an "A" level.  He specifically named four people, led by Comptroller Joe Bellitto, City Administrative Services Directors Todd Thomas and the retired James Olson and Corporation Counsel Marilyn Fiore-Lehman.
 
Teresi says keeping a good bond rating in New York faces challenges, including never ending mandates handed down by New York state, and having to deal with the state's 2% property tax cap..
 
 
In New York state government news, Governor Andrew Cuomo has settled on a traditional state of the state address after shaking things up last year. 
 
The Democratic governor plans to deliver his speech before lawmakers in Albany on January 3rd, the first day of the 2018 legislative session.  Last year, following a period of tense relations with lawmakers, Cuomo took the state of the state on the road, with a series of speeches around the state. 
 
Cuomo will use the speech to lay out his agenda for 2018.  Meanwhile, Democratic Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda has introduced legislation to allow young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children to keep their driver's licenses after the federal program protecting them from deportation ends in 2018.
 
 
Temporary repairs were made by late Saturday on a major water main break in the heart of downtown Jamestown. 
 
Board of Public Utilities Water Division crews were called to the scene at the corner of Third and North Main Streets about 8 AM Saturday and found water flowing from the break. 
 
BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says they received several calls about water in the street, and a couple of flooded basements.  The water was reportedly running downhill from Third Street to Harrison Street in Brooklyn Square. 
 
Robbins says water pressure was very low in the city until repairs were made by the afternoon.  There was discolored water in the system through mid-day Sunday.
 
 
Governor Cuomo's office is defending the administration's hiring practices amid scrutiny by the FBI. 
 
The Albany Times-Union reports Friday that FBI investigators have questioned people who were hired to work for the governor, but who on paper were listed as working for other state agencies.  That's a move that makes the Democrat's staff and budget look smaller than they really are. 
 
Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi confirmed Friday that the administration received a subpoena months ago and has cooperated by providing documents.  Azzopardi called the investigation a "charade."
 
 
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer wrapped up another tour late last week of New York's 62 counties with a call for greater federal help for the state's craft beer industry. 
 
The Democrat visited a Columbia County brewery to discuss efforts to add New York to a list of states eligible for a crop insurance program for farmers who grow malt barley.  Schumer says malt barley is a risky proposition in New York.  He says that giving New York farmers greater crop insurance options will encourage more farmers to grow it. 
 
Demand for locally grown malt barley is expected to increase as brewers look for local ingredients to use in their beer.  Friday's visit to Columbia County, east of Albany, makes this the 19th year Schumer has visited each of the state's counties.

 

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News Headlines for Sat., Dec. 9, 2017

BPU Water crews continue work to repair major water main break in downtown Jamestown...
Water division crews with the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities are still working at the location of a major water main break at the corner of Third and North Main Streets this morning.  BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says crews were called to the scene about 8 a.m.,  and found the street in that area flooded with water all the way to Harrison Street in Brooklyn Square.  However... BPU Robbins says water pressure in the City should be back to normal now.  She adds that water is expected to be discolored through the overnight, and in some cases, until Noon tomorrow.
 
 
Amiran presented County Chamber's Lydic Award at annual meeting...
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting in the city of Dunkirk yesterday afternoon.  As part of the annual meeting, the Chamber presented the annual Pam Lydic Coalition Builder award to Dr. Minda Rae Amiran.  The retired SUNY Fredonia English professor has been an active community leader, involved in such groups as the League of Women Voters and Literacy Volunteers of America.  Dr. Amiran says it's a great honor that she believes could go to so many others, but, she adds that she it grateful "for the recognition."  The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce also approved its Board of Directors during the meeting.  President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says 2017 was a strong year for the Chamber... especially in regards to building membership, and programs for members.  The new Chairman of the County Chamber Board is Brian Bugaj of Nestle Purina... and, Curt Anderson of Standard Portable is now Immediate Past President.  The rest of the slate of officers include Vice Chair Fred Johnson of Johnson Estate Winery... Treasurer Neil Frederick of Bush Industries; and Secretary Ann Abdella, Chautauqua County Health Network.  
 
 
Schumer visits 62nd county in NYS for another year...
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has completed another tour of all 62 New York counties with a call for federal assistance for the state's burgeoning malt barley industry.  The Democrat visited a brewery in Columbia County on Friday to urge U.S. agriculture officials to make New York eligible for special federal crop insurance for malt barley, a critical component in the production of craft beer.  The trip completes Schumer's goal of visiting each county in the state this year.
 
 
TRC Foundation dissolved into Community Foundation...
In an effort to strenghten its six funds... the TRC Foundation has been dissolved by The Resource Center... and it's assets have been transferred to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation in Jamestown.  The move was jointly announced Friday morning by TRC President and Chief Executive Officer Denise Jones... and, Community Foundation Executive Director Randy Sweeney.  Sweeney says they had discussed the move with TRC officials for more than a year... and, he says the transfer was seamless.  He says it will relieve the TRC Foundation of having to pay out the cost to administer the funds.  In a press release... TRC Foundation Chairman Randy Ordines noted that the Community Foundation brings "a vast amount of experience in fund and investment management planned giving, and fund development.  Sweeney says the TRC advisory board would remain in place... and, still provide access and input on the funds.  He says those six funds include the TRC Foundation Fund... the Laurel Run Fund... and, the Kathy Seastedt "Look Good" Fund.  The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation holds nearly 750 funds... and, $94-million in assets.  The TRC Foundation transferred about $2.2-million to the Community Foundation to be administered.
 
 
Sexual Assault funds set aside in NYS...
New York state is investing $6.5 million in efforts to reduce sexual assault and offer help to victims.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the funding on Thursday.  It will support a total of 55 programs around the state, including rape crisis hotlines, counseling and therapy for victims, professional training for victim advocates and prevention campaigns in schools and on college campuses.  Cuomo says the money will give a boost to vital services and help reach more New Yorkers struggling with the aftermath of a sexual assault.
 

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WJTN Headlines for Friday Dec. 8, 2017

The first major Lake Effect Snow event of the Winter is continuing in the Jamestown-area for a short-time more this morning.
 
The snow started coming early last evening and, continued through the overnight.  A Lake Effect Snow Warning continues for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Southern Erie counties until 7 a.m. today. 
 
Forecaster Bob Hamilton with the National Weather Service's Buffalo Office said the lake effect snow fired up to the north late Wednesay and, by 6:00 last night, Silver Creek had a foot of snow on the ground. 
 
About three to four inches of snow was seen in the Mayville area early last evening.  The major lake effect snow band set up between Fredonia and Hamburg, just south of Buffalo during the day-time hours yesterday. 
 
Some places may see upwards of a foot to a 1.5 feet of snow by the time it ends in the Buffalo area tonight.
 
 
Chautauqua County snowplow crews are ready to go for the change-over to Winter Weather conditions and, all 30 pieces of equipment are ready to go. 
 
That from County Executive Vince Horrigan, who says he was at the Department of Public Facilities Sherman shop last night to see the crew's readiness.  Horrigan says they're set for whatever amount of snow we receive.
 
Horrigan says the 21,000 tons of salt sounds like a lot, but he says some of that salt goes to other local municipalities who go in with the county to purchase road salt in bulk from the state.  He says it's sometimes difficult to predict how much is needed because the county wraps up it's fiscal year needing a certain amount of salt, then needs to start the following year with a certain amount as well.
 
Horrigan says local motorists should make sure to give plow crews plenty of room to do their work, and slow down when they come upon a working plow on the roads.  He made his comments for this coming weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
The Cockaigne Ski Center has now officially been sold to two local men who hope to rebuild the lodge and, have the ski area open in time for the 2018 season. 
 
That from State Assemblyman Andy Goodell who is also the Jamestown area attorney for Adam Pirtz and Isaac Gratto.  Goodell tells the Jamestown Post-Journal that this is "great news for our county." 
 
A January 2011 fire destroyed the Austrian Pavilion lodge and, the ski resort opened 10 days later to finish the season but did not reopen thereafter. 
 
 
Deputies with the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office will soon be driving in new vehicles that are of a different make and design and, so far reviews have been good. 
 
Sheriff Joe Gerace say the first of the new vehicles was put into service Wednesday and, he says the Chevrolet Impala vehicle they used the past more than a decade is being replaced. 
 
Gerace says Chevrolet has pulled the Impala from its line of police vehicles, so he decided on the Ford Inteceptor vehicles with a black and gold color.
 
Gerace says they had used a red and white color for the old Impala's for nearly 15 years.  He says they chose the Ford Interceptor for a number of reasons. 
 
One of those reasons is that it gives deputies more room for the equipment they carry, which now includes portable defibrillators and other EMT equipment.  Gerace says the red and white cars will continue to be used until the full conversion is complete.
 
 
The annual "Toys for Tots" program to provide new toys for children in needy families in Chautauqua County is going very well but, they still need items for one particular age group. 
 
The effort, supported by The Resource Center, has seen a flurry of activity in recent days but, one of the coordinators, Heather Brown, says they're into their final week of collecting toys in the area.
 
Brown says while they have a lot of toys for most age groups, they are in dire need of toys for teenaged boys.  She says they have some clothing and sport items but, not that much. 
 
Brown says they hand out toys for kids 0 to 17 years of age.  She says there are several local stores and restaurants that are collecting, as well as their headquarters in the Allied Alarm Building at 2020 Allen Street Extension.  She says that's where they'll be distributing toys starting on December 16 and, they can use volunteers for that. 
 
If you're interested in helping out, call Heather Brown at 661-1042 or go to The Resource Center's website for more information.
 
 
A man from Westfield faces charges following a motor vehicle accident in the town of Chautauqua for allegedly driving while under the influence of drugs Wednesday afternoon. 
 
Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene of a single car crash near 63-98 Route 394 just after 3:30 PM.  On arrival, officers say 54 year-old Kevin Kelley was driving northbound when he left the roadway and, came to rest in a field.  A witness at the scene told officers that Kelley had been driving erratically prior to the crash. 
 
Following the investigation, Kelley was reportedly operating under the influence of drugs and he was arrested. Kelley was also found to be in possession of a controlled narcotic medication without prescription.  He was also charged with seventh-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, as well as several traffic tickets.  He is to appear in court in January.
  
 
North county officials are disappointed by the news that Peebles on Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk will be closing next month. 
 
Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas says he had first heard about the closing nearly a week ago.
 
The store is expected to close its doors on January 20.  About 10 associates work at the Dunkirk-area store. 
 
Rosas says he intends to work with incoming County Executive George Borrello to come up with a plan to bring new development to the area.  It's the second store to close in the Dunkirk area in less than a year.  JC Penney at the D&F Plaza also closed earlier this year.
 
 
The New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse could end up hosting more events year-round. 
 
The state said Wednesday that it's seeking a private company to book events at the fairgrounds and its planned expo center starting next summer.  Construction of the 136,000-square-foot expo center is expected to begin this month. 
 
The state's request for proposals seeks a contractor that would book at least 20 events in the expo center by the end of 2019.  Three of those events would also have to use other fairground facilities.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Thursday Dec. 7, 2017

A city woman is now listed in critical condition following a domestic violence incident on Jamestown's eastside Tuesday night in which her husband allegedly doused her with lighter fluid, and set her on fire. 
 
City police were called to the scene at 210 Thayer Street about 11:40 p.m. on a report of a domestic incident.  Officers say they found the victim, as well as the suspect identified as 37 year-old Luis Castro-Mojica. 
 
The unidentified, 27-year-old victim was rushed to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, then flown to the burn unit at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. 
 
Police say Castro-Mojica is charged with first-degree assault, and other charges are pending.
 
 
Western New York is in the midst of the first major lake effect snow event of the season. 
 
The National Weather Service is continuing a Lake Effect Snow Warning for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Southern Erie counties until 7 AM Friday.  Meteorologist Bob Hamilton with the Weather Service's Buffalo Office said the lake effect snow fired up to the north yesterday afternoon.
 
Areas north of Chautauqua Lake to Little Valley and southern parts of Wyoming County saw two to four inches. Hamilton says those same areas could see an additional three to six inches today, and another three to six tonight. He says Jamestown may see less than two inches in the next 24 hours.
 
Hamilton says the most affected areas will be north of Jamestown. Total snow accumulations of six to 11 inches are expected in the most persistent lake snows.
 
 
The Jamestown City Council will vote later this month to sell a small piece of West Second Street to the Northwest Arena for an expansion project for the facility. 
 
That after council members discussed a resolution to sell the property, contingent on the arena addressing seven to eight areas of concern. 
 
Some of those were brought up by Planning Commission citizen member Jeff Nelson, who spoke before lawmakers at this week's work session.  Nelson says the preliminary plans so far are rather incomplete.
 
At least one member of the city council echoed Nelson's concerns especially regarding traffic on the city's westside when major events like the recent Christmas Parade take place. 
 
While Nelson called for the proposal to be sent back to the planning commission for further discussion Mayor Sam Teresi noted that this measure is just on the sale, which is contingent on addressing the issues raised by the commission.
 
While the city council will vote on the sale at it's December 18 meeting, it was not stated when the planning commission will meet again on the project.
 
 
New York state lawmakers are back in Albany to discuss their plans for the 2018 legislative session, and they're already warning of difficult decisions in the months to come. 
 
Members of the state Assembly's Democratic majority gathered at the state Capitol Wednesday.  Senate Democrats held their own private meeting outside the building. 
 
Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie of the Bronx says federal funding cuts to health care programs, probably changes to the federal tax code and a projected $4-billion state deficit will likely force legislators to make tough choices when it comes to the state budget. 
 
Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is also preparing for the new year, announcing Wednesday that he'll deliver his state of the state address on the opening day of the session January 3.
 
 
A conference committee of the U-S Senate and House of Representatives will now begin work on a final tax reform proposal now that the Senate has approved moving it to the joint panel. 
 
Some GOP lawmakers have been critical of the overall measure, but local Congressman Tom Reed says he's pushing hard for some items and, is willing to compromise on others. 
 
The Corning Republican says he continues to push to keep the local property tax deduction in place up to $10,000.  That's something here's heard a lot about from peple in his 23rd Congressional District.
 
Reed says while he's not a member of the conference committee he's been able to "wield" some influence as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. 
 
The House bill approved last month includes a deduction up to $10,000, but the Senate bill does not.  There's also been some concern over possible loss of tax credits to purchase health insurance from the New York Exchange. 
 
However, Reed says the legislation only repeals the individual mandate.
 
 
The governors of California and New York are mounting a final effort to derail the GOP tax plan, which they say would devastate their states and the national economy. 
 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, California Governor Jerry Brown and Governor-elect Phil Murphy of New Jersey, all Democrats held a conference call with reporters to discuss the tax overhaul's impacts on their states. 
 
They're particularly upset with a provision that eliminates the deduction for state and local taxes.  Cuomo and Murphy said opponents are examining potential legal challenges to the tax bill when and if it is signed into law. 
 
Cuomo says he will call for its repeal as soon as it is enacted.  Brown said the immediate focus is on convincing Republicans to reconsider before approving the bill's final version.
 
 
After starting up an anonymous online bullying report form earlier this Fall, the Jamestown school board addressed the bullying issue in the school district again at Tuesday night's meeting. 
 
Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says the actions by the school and community are designed to provide a "safe climate" for students.
 
Apthorpe says since the beginning, 85 reports have been made and 33 have been deemed "material" by professionals, meaning legitimate bullying or harrassment events.  He says that it's reassuring that the reporting systems build connections between professionals and students to help work through their situations. 
 
Additionally, Apthorpe says that students have started an anti-"Bully Club" in the high school are currently reviewing apps that students can use on their phones to report instances of bullying.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Wednesday Dec. 6, 2017

The National Weather Service has now issued a Lake Effect Snow Warning for most of Western New York from 7:00 this evening, through early Friday. 
 
That from Forecaster Jon Hitchcock with the Weather Service's Buffalo office who says the prime areas for snow will be Northern Chautauqua and Cattaraugus, and Southern Erie counties. 
 
A strong cold front crossed the area late yesterday with lake effect snow impacting the Buffalo metro area first before moving into the Southern Tier late tonight through Thursday.  Hitchcock says there is still a little uncertainty.
 
Total snow accumulations of 9 to 18 inches are possible in the most persistent lake snows causing travel to become very difficult at times. 
 
The greatest snow amounts will be across northern portions of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties and Southern Erie county.  We will continue to follow developments.
 
 
There is some bi-partisan movement being made towards getting a two-year agreement in place to fund the federal government's military and non-military operations. 
 
That from local Congressman Tom Reed, who co-chairs the Congressional 'Problem Solvers Caucus' made up of both Republicans and Democrats.  Reed says that the Problem Solver's have reached a consensus on a two-year commitment, which he calls "responsible governing".
 
Reed says to him, the most important part of the two-year agreement in the bi-partisan caucus is that it adequately funds the military for the next two years.  Safety issues have arisen in the U.S. Navy with several fatal accidents with equipment over the past year. 
 
Officials say that's from the effects of budget cuts in recent years due to "sequesteration."  The Corning Republican says this agreement overrides sequestration.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
A city woman is jailed for allegedly assaulting a man during a domestic incident last Sunday on the city's eastside, during which she was holding a six-month old child. 
 
City police were called to the scene at 237 Crescent Street shortly after 7 a.m. on a report of a domestic violence incident.  When officers arrived, they were told that 21 year-old Toni Lynn Hubbard had grabbed the male victim by the throat, punched him several times and bit him on the arm. 
 
She's also accused of trying to push the victim down the stairs while holding the child.  They also learned the victim had a valid order of protection against Hubbard and, she was arrested on charges including third-degree assault, second-degree reckless endangerment and, criminal obstruction of breathing. 
 
 
All three entities involved would have to vote first to allow the city of Jamestown to sell it's wastewater treatment plant to the city's Local Development Corporation to raise roughly $16-million in "working capital." 
 
That from Mayor Sam Teresi and the city's Bond Counsel, Kenneth Bond, during Monday night's presentation to the city council.  Bond says the move would give the city some latitude in what the money is used for.  However, Teresi says the three entities involved must first approve the move.
 
Bond says before the votes are taken, though, the city needs to develop a long-term plan for using the money that would be coming in, including funding some capital improvement projects, creating reserve funds, or to provide matching money for grants. 
 
Bond says the money would be raised when the not-for-profit JLDC goes out to bond for the purchase.  That money would "pass-though" to the city.  Teresi says user fees will likely cover the pay-back costs for the city.
 
 
The Salvation Army of Jamestown is almost one-third of the way to it's goal of $112,000 for it's annual Red Kettle Campaign. 
 
That from Captain Kim Merchant, who says the campaign is well underway... and, has already raised $35,000.  Merchant says they still have a ways to go but, adds they're optimistic about making goal, which she says is critical to their operation. 
 
The Red Kettle Campaign started just before Thanksgiving at a few locations and, Merchant says they are now using all 10 of their usual sites.  Merchant says they've again had to hire bell-ringers but, adds the number of volunteers for this year is starting to pick up as we get closer to Christmas and, the wrap-up of the campaign. 
 
If you would like to volunteer to man the kettles, Merchant says call Holly Eckstrom at their South Main Street headquarters at 664-4108.
 
 
Jamestown-area residents will soon be able to order groceries through an industry-leading grocery delivery service starting today. 
 
Wegmans-Buffalo Consumer Affairs Manager Michele Mehaffy says that the partnership between Wegmans and Instacart launched in June and is now expanding to the Wegmans in West Ellicott to provide a "seamless shopping experience".
 
Mehaffy says the most recent Wegmans to partner with Insta-Cart prior to West Ellicott was the store in Erie, Pennsylvania.  She says they have had a great success with Instacart so far. 
 
Mehaffy says the delivery option allows customers to use their Wegman's Shoppers Club card to get discounts on groceries without taking time to go to the store.  For more information, visit Wegmans.com/Instacart
 
 
A Brocton woman was arrested for an alleged Leandra's Law violation in the Town of Durkirk last Saturday evening.
 
Sheriff deputies say they were called to a business on Vineyard Drive to check the well-being of a female subject at 7 PM. On arrival, deputies say the the female subject left the area in a vehicle.
 
The vehicle was located and an investigation showed that the female subject--who was identified as 37 year-old Shannon Jusko-- was operating the vehicle while ability impaired by drugs.
 
There was also a child under the age of 16 year-old inside the vehicle, making the arrest a felony. Jusko was taken to the County Jail on bail.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Tuesday Dec. 5, 2017

The city council will consider later this month selling Jamestown's wastewater treatment plant to the city's Local Development Corporation to raise about $16-million to help cover on-going capital costs. 
 
The proposal was offered during Mayor Sam Teresi's report to lawmakers at last night's work session.  Teresi says they've been working with city Bond Council Kenneth Bond of New York City on "non-traditional" ways to raise "working capital."  Bond proposed using what's called "monetization".
 
Those items Teresi mentioned included two-million dollars to help upgrade the wastewater treatment plant, and related facilities as well as 2.5-million dollars in equipment needs for the Public Works Department. 
 
Both Teresi and Bond noted that the sewer plant would have to be sold for it's "fair market" value of about $15-million to $20-million. 
 
Bond says selling the plant to the JLDC involves fewer restrictions on what the money can be used for because the JLDC is a "not-for-profit" corporation. 
 
While the JLDC would own the wastewater treatment plant, Teresi and Bond noted that there would be no change in current labor agreements between plant employees and the BPU. 
 
Under state law, they say the JLDC is a "local public authority" and subject to oversight by the state Public Authorities Budget Office.
 
 
Even with the verbal promise from the state of more municipal aid, the city of Jamestown has to look at other ways to raise revenue in addition to finding more cost-savings. 
 
Those are the feelings of City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce now that the city has a 2018 spending plan in place.  Following last week's budget vote Dolce expressed frustration over having to wait until the 11th hour to get a commitment from the state.  Otherwise, he says lawmakers have to continue working to grow the tax base.
 
Mayor Sam Teresi noted that small business owners he spoke with said business was up that Saturday after "Black Friday" about 25-percent.  That should help boost sales tax for the fourth-quarter. 
 
Dolce says there has also been an uptick in investment in some of the city's neighborhoods.  He adds the state can't keep helping plug holes in municpal budget's due to their own fiscal situation, adding that it needs to provide more incentives for consolidation and restructuring local governments.
 
 
Fire damage was confined to a back-room area of a house just south of the Jamestown city line Monday morning. 
 
Chautauqua County fire dispatchers say Kiantone firefighters were called to a reported chimney fire at a home at 1742 Route 60 shortly before 8:00.  Dispatchers say Jamestown, Busti and Frewsburg firefighters were called in to assist at the scene. 
 
Officials say the blaze was knocked down quickly and no one was hurt.  Fire crews were at the scene until just after 9 AM.  A Creosote building up in the chimney was the apparent cause.
 
 
The Winter Storm Watch for lake effect snow remains in effect from Wednesday evening through late Thursday night. 
 
That's the word from Meteorologist Jon Hitchcock of the National Weather Service.  Hitchcock says a major change in the weather pattern will take place mid-week and, lake effect snow bands are expected to set up by late Wednesday.  He says it's still hard to say how much snow northern Chautauqua County will get out of the storm.
 
However, Hitchcock says it appears the immediate Jamestown area will miss the bulk of the snowfall.  In fact, he says places away from the Lake Erie shoreline eastward, likely won't get much from this event. 
 
Total snow accumulations of 10 to 20 inches are possible in the most persistent lake snows.  Locally two feet or more is possible for locations in the Buffalo Southtowns.
 
 
He's taking full responsibility for his loss on Election Day but, the head of the Jamestown City Council says he was most disturbed about what he call's a "Trump-style Campaign" of fear against him. 
 
Democrat Greg Rabb says he was alerted by some of his students about an on-line effort to "throw shade" on him.  Throwing Shade is described as "talking trash about a friend or aquaintance, or to publicly denounce or disrespect."  Rabb says the first instance was about a talk he gave some time ago about Islam.
 
Rabb says the other issue was about his local stance on Transgender rights which has been a major national topic the past couple of years.  He says he doesn't understand why there's a problem when he's "in favor of diversity" adding that he himself is gay. 
 
Rabb says he believes he knows who was involved in the on-line shading but, says he's elected not to respond to those people.  Rabb made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
A city man is jailed for allegedly stealing items from a drug store on Jamestown's northside Sunday afternoon. 
 
City police were called to the Rite Aid store on North Main Street just after 4 p.m. and, went to arrest 54 year-old Alfredo Diaz.  However, they say Diaz ran off before being arrested at the corner of Washington and West 11th Streets. 
 
Officers say the took Diaz into custody without further incident and charged him with petty larceny and second-degree obstruction of governmental administration.
 
 
A Stockton teenager was arrested on drug charges after being found in possession of a quantity of marijuana and several marijuana smoking devices during a traffic stop. 
 
State Police in Jamestown say they pulled over a vehicle last Thursday on County Route 380 for speeding.  While speaking to the driver, 19 year-old Jerry Fricker, Troopers smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. 
 
A search revealed a bag containing over five grams of marijuana and the smoking devices. He was issued a speeding ticket and is to appear in Town of Stockton Court on a later date.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Monday Dec. 4, 2017

A Jamestown man sought on a warrant for violating terms of treatment court has been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of drugs with the intent to sell. 
 
City police say officers last Friday afternoon spotted on 27 year-old Sean Barrett inside a parked vehicle in the area of East Second Street and Foote Avenue. 
 
Officers say they took Barrett into custody on the warrant and, found him allegedly in possesion of a quantity of methamphetamine packaged for sale.  Police charged him with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was sent to the city jail pending arraignment.
 
 
There's been another fatal hunting accident in the region, this one involving an Erie-area man whose pistol accidently fired a round as he was taking it out of it's holster. 
 
State Police in Corry, Pennsylvania say 32 year-old Nicholas Powell of Union City was out hunting Friday afternoon when he returned home about 4 PM. 
 
Troopers say the gun was in a shoulder holster when Powell went to take it out and, it discharged one round into his chest.  Police say he was rushed to Titusville-Area Hospital where he later died.  
 
 
He won't be back on the Jamestown City Council next year but, outgoing Council President Greg Rabb says there's still plenty to get done before the end of the year. 
 
Rabb did not win re-election to a sixth-term last month but, says he's still keeping his nose to the grind-stone on a number of fronts.  One item going before council at tonight's work session is the proposed expansion of the Northwest Arena on West Third Street.  Rabb says it includes the city selling a piece of land on Second Street to the Arena.
 
The expansion of the ice arena will allow for more office space, likely for the new National Comedy Center to be located across West Second Street from the arena. In addition, work is progressing on the new DoubleTree by Hilton hotel on Fourth Street. 
 
Rabb says these are just two of the projects taking place.  He says there's a lot of complicated work involved in getting such projects to fruition, and he says it's been "exciting" to be part of it. 
 
Rabb made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group Stations.
 
 
A head-on collision between a car and a parked FedEx delivery truck in the town of Ellery last Friday has left a local couple in the car in serious condition at an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital. 
 
State Police in Jamestown confirm that the accident occured on Route 430 about 11:30 AM Friday.  Troopers say the driver of the westbound car, 80 year-old Bruce Cobb, crossed the center line for some unknown reason. 
 
Troopers say the truck involved was actually parked on the side of the road.  The driver of the truck, 61 year-old Rudolph DeSanto of Erie, suffered a shoulder and back injury.  He was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment. 
 
Police say Cobb and his wife and passenger, 75 year-old Patricia Cobb, were both flown to UPMC Hamot in Erie for treatment of possible head and internal injuries.  No charges have yet been filed in the case.
 
 
There's a new center for New Yorkers working to stay healthy following a struggle with drug use. 
 
Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the opening last week of the new Pillars Recovery Center in Harlem.  The facility, which received $1.75 million in state funding, offers peer support groups, job training, recreation and health programs and treatment programs tailored for individuals. 
 
The centers are intended to serve as a non-clinical, substance-free place where former users can come together to support their recovery.  The state says they now have similar recovery centers in all five of New York City's boroughs. 
 
Cuomo says the new center is an example of steps the state is taking to expand treatment and services for those struggling with addiction and drug use.
 
 
There were more than lighted floats and, the lighting of the Christmas Treet during Jamestown's annual Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration last Friday night. 
 
However, the tree lighting was the main attraction. Mayor Sam Teresi presided over the official tree lighting at Tracy Plaza.  However, he also recognized the winner of contest between classes at nearby Jamestown High School. 
 
Teresi says that involves several planters located on Third Street for the Christmas season.  Four of those were from each class at JHS. For having the winning planter, Teresi says a donation was made by an anonymous source to the Class of 2021 of $100 that will go towards the classes fund-raising efforts in the JHS "Penny Wars." 
 
Jamestown's "Mr. Baseball" Russ Diethrick, was the parade's Grand Marshall.
 
 
City officails in Dunkirk have broken ground on a $750,000 bridge project, one that has been a top priority of the Rosas Administration for the past two-years. 
 
City officials were on hand Friday to begin the replacement project for the bridge on Howard Avenue using a "Bridge New York" grant.  The portion of Howard Avenue has been closed since 2007 and Mayor Wllie Rosas says it's left abot 10 homes without timely fire protection. 
 
City Public Works Director Randy Woodbury says Rosas was able to get the funding after a meeting with Governor Cuomo.
 
Second Ward Councilman Marty Bamonto says not only will the project help the neighborhood, but it could assist with future economic development at a nearby Steel plant.  Work on the project is expected to begin on Monday
 
Woodbury says a pre-cast bridge has already been built for the site and, it'll be transported to the location.  Weather permitting, he says the project should be completed by the end of the month.
 
 
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is warning Project Veritas that it could lose its ability to raise money in New York because it didn't disclose its founder's criminal record. 
 
The Democratic prosecutor's office wrote Wednesday to the conservative non-profit, which has used disguises and hidden cameras to uncover supposed liberal bias in the mainstream media. 
 
A woman affiliated with the group tried to get The Washington Post to report a false sex assault allegation against Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.  Registered charities in New York must disclose executives' convictions.

 

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News Headlines for Sat. Dec. 2, 2017

Elderly couple seriously hurt when car crashes into delivery truck...
A head-on crash between a car and a parked delivery truck in the town of Ellery has left a local couple in the car in serious condition at an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital.  State Police in Jamestown confirm that the accident occured on Route 430 about 11:30 a.m. Friday.  State Police say the driver of the westbound car, 80 year-old Bruce Cobb, was westbound when his car crossed the center line for some unknown reason.  Troopers say the truck involved -- a FedEx Delivery truck -- was actually parked on the side of the road.  The truck driver, 61 year-old Rudolph DeSanto of Erie, suffered a shoulder and back injury.  He was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment.  Police say Cobb and his wife and passenger, 75 year-old Patricia Cobb, were both flown to UPMC Hamot in Erie for treatment for possible head and internal injuries.  No charges have yet been filed in the case.
 
 
Two Jamestown men arrested for allegedly trafficking a large amount of Meth now facing federal charges...
Two Jamestown men arrested in early November for allegedly being found in possession of more than a pound of Methamphetime have now been arrested on federal charges.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Jr. said Friday that 26 year-old Ernest Cauley, Jr and 22 year-old Zackiel Fields, Jr, are in custody after a federal criminal complaint had been filed in the case.  Both men were arrested last November 6th during a traffic stop at Hazeltine Avenue and Baker Street.  Assistant U-S Attorney Paul Parisi says  both men appeared in U-S District Court Friday... and, were charged with conspiracy of possession with intent to distribute, more than 500-grams of Meth.  Parisi says that 500-grams of Meth amounts to about 1.2-pounds of the narcotic drug.  Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson says both men are charged local with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... a Class-A-2 Felony.  Federal prosecutors say Field was also identified by U-S Postal Service officials as a person who had purchased "thousands of dollars" of postal money orders with cash at local post offices.  He says Fields and others lacked an "apparent legitimate occupation or employment" over the past 18 months while converting large amounts of cash into postal money orders. 
 
 
Swanson explains difference in charges facing Sherman hunter alleged to have shot neighbor in hunting accident...
A Sherman man will face a manslaughter charge after being indicted by the Chautauqua County Grand Jury for allegedly hunting after dark... and, shooting and accidently killing a Sherman women he mistook for a deer.  The secret panel issued the two-count indictment against 34 year-old Thomas Jadlowski on Thursday for second-degree manslaughter, and Hunting after Dark.  During a press conference late Thursday in Mayville... District Attorney Patrick Swanson said Jadlowski used a "high-powered pistol" while hunting... but, says that was within regulations.  He says it was a 35-calibur Thompson Contender gun.  Swanson adds that the Grand Jury also considered a charge of criminally negligent homicide... which involves a different level of "culpability."  He says by indicting for manslaughter, the Grand Jury is alledging that Jadlowski was "reckless in knowing that he was taking a risk... and, disregarding it."  Swanson says Jadlowski was later arraigned on the charges... and, later posted $50,000 bail.  Jadlowski is accused of hunting just before 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22, when he said he saw what he thought was a deer about 200 yards away, and he fired one shot.  However, that shot struck and killled 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist.
 
 
Holiday Season officially kicks off with Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration in Jamestown Friday night...
There may have been no snow... but, there was plenty of Christmas spirit in downtown Jamestown last night as the annual Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration took place along Third Street.  Local band "We Speak Canadian" provided the entertainment at Tracy Plaza leading up to the parade with several cover songs, and others.  The annual event was put on again this year by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation... and, new Executive Director Lisa Hatch... thanked her staff.. and, city officials... for helping to pull everything off.  Mayor Sam Teresi helped lead the countdown to light the 45-tall Blue Spruce tree.  Hatch also thanked their several sponsors... including the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation... which sponsored the fireworks after the parade.  Jamestown's "Mr. Baseball" Russ Diethrick, was the parade's Grand Marshall.
 
 
Sanvidge to leave county IDA on Dec. 15...
The man who has headed up the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency for the past three-and-a-half years has announced he'll be stepping down on mid-December.  Retired north county businessman Kevin Sanvidge says he will complete his term of service on Dec. 15.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says Sanvidge became head of the IDA and Chautauqua County Planning and Economic Development in late May of 2014, and says he couldn't be "more pleased" with Sanvidge's work... from new job creation and jobs saved, to work in the tourism and hospitality industry.  Horrigan praised Sanvidge for several initiatives... including bringing the LECOM Health Challenge PGA Web.com Tour event to Peek 'n Peak.  He says another factor is Sanvidge wanted to give incoming County Executive George Borrello the chance to go in whatever direction he wanted to with a new director.  Horrigan says even with no director in place between December 15th and the end of the year... the agency "team" should be fine. 
 
 
 

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WJTN Headlines for Friday Dec. 1, 2017

A Sherman man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with last week's hunting accident on Armenian Road that claimed the life of a woman walking her dogs in a field near her house. 
 
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says the county Grand Jury returned a two-count indictment against 34 year-old Thomas Jadlowski Thursday for second-degree manslaughter, and hunting after Sunset.  Swanson says Jadlowski was not charged at the scene in the death of 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist because their investigation was not complete.
 
Swanson says Jadlowski was able to post the $50,000 bail, $100,000 property bond set during his arraignment.  Regional State Department of Environmental Conservation Captain Frank Lauracello praised Swanson and County Sheriff Joe Gerace for their thorough investigation and, says this case shows why firearms safety is so important. 
 
Jadlowski is accused of hunting with a 35-mm handgun last Wednesday night, shortly before 5:30 p.m when he said he saw what he thought was a deer and he fired one shot.  However, that shot hit Billquist, who later died at an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital. 
 
Jadlowski faces up to 5 to 15 years in prison if convicted on the manslaughter count.
 
 
Officials with the state Department of Environmental Conservation are stressing the importance of hunter safety and expressing concern over recent incidents across the state, including last week's fatal incident in Chautauqua County.
 
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos held a news conference in Albany Thursday morning in Albany.  While he would not comment about possibility of charges from a grand jury hearing the case in Sherman, Seggos indicated there was clearly hunter error involved.
 
Sheriff's officers say 34-year-old Thomas Jadlowski of Sherman is accused of firing the shot that killed 43-year-old Rosemary Billquist of Sherman back on November 22. 
 
During the news conference, Seggos emphasized the importance following hunter safety rules and using common sense when taking part in the sport.  He says it you aren't sure what you're shooting at, "don't pull the trigger." 
 
 
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Officers are investigating a two-car, head-on collision in the Town of Sheridan that sent six people to the hospital, two with serious injuries.
 
Deputies say they responded to a reported motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Route 20 shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday.  Early investigation showed that the vehicle operated by 25 year-old Jonathan Eddings of Silver Creek, crossed the center line and struck the vehicle operated by 32 year-old Nicholas Coppola the fourth. also of Silver Creek.
 
Both Eddings and his passenger, 31 year-old Brian Nowak, were flown to a nearby trauma center for treatment of serious injuries.  Coppola and his three passenger were taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk for treatment of minor injuries.  The Sheriff's Department Accident Reconstruction Team was also called to the scene.  Charges are pending.
 
 
A Fredonia man is jailed on $3,000 bail after allegedly being found in possession of a controlled substance while driving on a suspended license Tuesday night in Ripley.
 
Sheriff Deputies say they made a traffic stop on Route 5 for a traffic infraction and, identified the driver as 25 year-old Travis Rice.  After a brief investigation, Rice was found to allegedly be driving with a suspended license. 
 
After Rice was in custody officers a controlled substance was found in the vehicle and he was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 
 
Rice was charged with several additional charges including speeding and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.  He was arraigned in the village of Ripley court and sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
One of the St. Susan's Center's biggest fund-raisers and food drives is coming up in mid-December to help the Jamestown area's largest soup kitchen get through the holiday season. 
 
St. Susan's Director Jeff Smith says the fourth-annual Holiday Haul is set to be held in the parking lot of the Jamestown Cycle Shop December 14 through the 16
 
Jamestown Community College Athletic Director Keith Martin is again hosting the event, which Smith says again has the goal of filling a Jamestown Mattress truck with food stuffs, and other items needed by St. Susan's.
 
Smith says they'll also be accepting monitary donations to help St. Susan's buy kitchen items and, others that they need.  He also reminds residents that they can get seven-dollars worth of items from the Food Bank of Western New York for each dollar St. Susan's spends with them. 
 
However, Smith says they also need supplies, like dishwashing detergent, that they don't have donated, and is not available from the Food Bank.  Smith says they are still working out the hours for the Holiday Haul but, says Martin is again looking forward to the event because of the support from the community. 
 
 
The St. Susan's Center is continuing it's current fund-raiser of selling their "Three Sisters Soup" as an off-shot of it's "Soup and a Song" fund-raisers.
 
That from Center Director Jeff Smith, who says residents can purchase packages of the bean, corn, and squash soup mix at their 31 Water Street headquarters.  Smith says it was first distributed by previous director Sue Colwell. 
 
Smith says they've been working with Chief Rusty Fredell at the Ashville BOCES and one of his students on creating the soup and, The Basket Company to package and market the soup, which costs 5-dollars per package.  He says you just add water, and the seasoning packet provided, and cook on the stove top. 
 
For more information on the St. Susan's Center and it's activities, call 664-2253 or go on-line to StSusansCenter.org
 
 
A Pennsylvania man suspected of firing a gun in an upstate New York mall crowded with holiday shoppers has been arraigned on reckless endangerment and assault charges.
 
Michael Perez Rodriguez pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday.  Two people suffered minor injuries when the gun discharged at Galleria at Crystal Run in the Orange County town of Wallkill on Sunday afternoon. 
 
The shooting sent shoppers scurrying for safety.  Assistant District Attorney Jason Rosenwasser tells the Times Herald-Record in Middletown that Perez Rodriguez turned himself in Tuesday night after police released video showing the suspect entering the mall with a woman, a young child and an infant. 
 
Rosenwasser says Perez Rodriguez is a lawful pistol permit holder in New York and Pennsylvania and has a carry permit.  Perez Rodriguez returns to court Monday

 

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News Bulletin for Thurs., Nov. 30, 2017

Jadlowski indicted, arraigned on manslaughter and hunting after dark charges in fatal hunting accident...
A Sherman man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with last week's hunting accident on Armenian Road that claimed the life of a woman walking her dogs in a field near her house.  Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says the county Grand Jury returned a two-count indictment against 34 year-old Thomas Jadlowski today for second-degree manslaughter, and hunting after Sunset.  Swanson says Jadlowski was able to post the $50,000 cash bail, and a pre-motion conference will be held in January.  Jadlowski is accused of hunting with a 35-mm handgun last Wednesday night... shortly before 5:30 p.m.... when he said he saw what he thought was a deer about 200 yards away, and he fired one shot.  However, that shot hit 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist.  Jadlowski ran to help after realizing what happened, and put pressure on her wound until Sherman fire rescue team members, and Sheriff's officers arrived.  Mrs. Billquist later died from her wound at an Erie, PA hospital.
 
 

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WJTN Headlines for Thursday Nov. 30, 2017

Jamestown Police have now identified the man killed during a stabbing incident last night on the city's eastside. 
 
City Police now say that 22 year-old Dylan Ownbey is the victim and, say he and the suspect were reportedly walking down Willard Street together when they began to fight with each other.  Officers say the other man allegedly stabbed Ownbey before running off on Peterson Street towards Scioto Street. 
 
It is believed that the two men may have known each other as they were seen walking together prior to the altercation.  It's also believed the suspect may have fled the scene with another person.  Investigators are looking for any information that on the suspects identity. 
 
City police ask anyone with information to call JPD at 483-7537, their confidential tip-line at 483-8477,  or use the Tips-411 app. 
 
 
A city man is jailed on $10,000 cash bail on nearly a dozen charges after allegedly threatening his pregnant girlfriend at the Chautauqua Mall, then leading police on a nearly 25-mile vehicle pursuit. 
 
Lakewood-Busti Police were called to the scene on Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood about noon Tuesday on a report of a domestic incident.  Officers say the victim told them that 30 year-old Travis Spencer had fled the scene after pinning her against a wall, and threatening to kill her.  She says, as she tried to get into her car, Spencer started driving away, causing her to fall onto her stomach and knee. 
 
Police later spotted the vehicle in the parking lot of the Lakewood Village Center, and tried to stop the suspect.  However, they say Spencer sped off westbound on Fairmount Avenue.  Other agencies later joined in, and three different times, they deployed deflation devices. 
 
But, they say Spencer was able to continue into Westfield, where he finally stopped and was arrested.  He was arraigned on 11 charges, including second-degree reckless endangerment and harassment and, sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
A Ripley School teacher has been charged with endangering the welfare of child following an alleged incident earlier this month. 
 
Sheriff's deputies say they received a complaint back on November 3 that 35 year-old Lisa Sabella had allegedly used inappropriate physical contact while dealing with a juvenile child.  Sabella was issued an appearance ticket for Ripley Town court at a later date.
 
 
Dunkirk city firefighters encountered heavy flames and smoke when they battled a structure fire in the north county city yesterday morning. 
 
Crews responded to the blaze at 313 Pelican Street shortly after 10 AM.  The fire scene is not that far from Fire Headquarters, just a block away.  Fire Chief Mike Edwards says they were alerted by a passerby who spotted the fire.
 
He says city crews were able to get the blaze under control within minutes, even though the house was boarded up.  He says there was "heavy-involvement, up to the second-floor" of the building.  No injuries were reported.  Edwards says a heating unit on the first floor had malfunctioned, triggering the blaze.
 
 
The Clymer Central School District will begin the search for a new superintendant shortly due to fall-out from district voters overwhelmingly defeating a proposed merger with Panama. 
 
Bert Lictus, who has been superintendent for both districts the past few years, made the announcement at Tuesday night's board meeting in Clymer. 
 
Lictus confirmed the move for us Wednesday morning.   He called it a "very trying" time, and told board members in his statement that while he supported a merger with Panama, it was "made abundantly clear that the community and the board of education may not agree with my vision for this district."  Lictus will remain superintendent there until February 2 of next year.
 
 
A new owner is looking for help from the state to redevelop the former Vikings Lodge on Jamestown's westside to become a new commercial and convention hall location. 
 
That from city Development Director Vince DeJoy after the City Council this week approved an application for an up to one-million dollar Restore-New York grant for the project.  DeJoy says the new owner, Falconer-area businessman James Schwab, is still early in the process of lining up financing for the effort.
 
The lodge fell into disrepair after it was vandalized by members of a semi-pro hockey team who were staying in the lodge at the time.  DeJoy says plans include renaming the new building the "3 Vikings Convention Center and Meeting Rooms."  He adds that Schwab had purchased the building earlier this year, and has done some preliminary work on it already. 
 
DeJoy says Schwab's son, Martin, is also going in on the venture with his experience in event planning.  He says they are also seeking old pictures of the former Vikings Lodge that would be part of the renovation effort. 
 
 
Fredonia Mayor Athenesia Landis has declared a state of emergency in the village. 
 
The mayor says she made the declaration in an effort to begin fixing the problem of discolored water in some parts of the village. Earlier this month, Dr. Landis told us that an emergency declaration was apparently the only way to secure emergency funding from the state.
 
Mayor Landis says the village is looking to address water problems that affect portions of six streets.  She is advising residents there are no new problems with the water and they should not be alarmed.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Wednesday Nov. 29, 2017

Jamestown Police are continuing to investigate a homicide that occured yesterday evening in the city. 
 
At 7 p.m., City Police report that two men were walking down Willard Street together when they began to fight with one another.  City police say one of the men allegedly stabbed the other before running off on Peterson Street towards Scioto Street. 
 
It is believed that the two men may have known each other as they were seen walking together prior to the altercation.  The name of the 22 year-old male victim is not being released at this time.  The identity of the suspect who fled after stabbing the victim in not known at this time.
 
Investigators are looking for any information that may be known on the identity of the suspect.  City police ask anyone with information to call JPD at 483-7537 or their confidential tip-line at 483-8477 or use the Tips-411 app. 
 
 
Jamestown police are on the look-out for a lone bandit who held up the Kwik Fill convenience store at knife-point on West 3rd Street early Tuesday morning. 
 
City Poilce Captain Bob Samuelson says a tall, black male entered the store at 1617 West 3rd  about 2 a.m. and demanded cash from the register.  Samuelson says they do have surveillance video that shows he appears to be a black male, who is about 6"4 or taller in height.
 
The suspect also allegedly had a backpack with him.  Samuelson says the clerk at the store was not hurt.  He says they are trying to identify the suspect and, says they are following up on several leads. 
 
Samuelson says if you have any information on the robbery, you can call them directly at 483-7537.  You can also call them anonymously at their Confidential Tips-line at 483-TIPs (483-8477).  Samuelson says you can also contact their Tips 4-1-1 app. 
 
 
Half-a-dozen fire departments responded Tuesday afternoon to the scene of an Amish sawmill fire in the town of French Creek. 
 
Chautauqua County fire dispatchers say Clymer fire crews were called to the scene at 9227 Cherry Hill Road near the Clymer town line shortly before 1:30 PM.  Clymer then reportedly put out a call for mutual aid from several departments. 
 
The fire was reportedly out by mid-afternoon.  There were no reports of injuries and, there's been no report of the amount of damage.  County fire investigators were called to the scene late yesterday afternoon to determine a cause.
 
 
A half-million dollar grant is on the way to Jamestown to help the city hire a Rochester-area firm that will help design a new downtown parking strategy for the city based on the work of an ad hoc committee. 
 
That from city Development Director Vince DeJoy, who says the final piece was put in place Monday when the City Council approved receiving a $100,000 grant from the Gebbie Foundation to match the $400,000 grant from the state.
 
DeJoy says this is the first-phase of an effort to implement what the Parking Advisory Committee has recommended.
 
DeJoy says Bergman Associates will develop what's called a "wayfinding" study to create ways to inform people of parking options in the city.  The advisory committee earlier this month released it's findings, which include removal of the two-hour free parking zone in the downtown area. 
 
The recommendations also include no increase in parking fees and, converting all two-hour meters to three-hour meters.  The 12-hour meters will be placed on the outskirts of the Central Business District to improve fairness in enforcement.
 
 
Gas prices in the Jamestown-area are holding steady this week with the cost of regular, unleaded fuel down about half-a-penny over last week. 
 
That from the AAA's Gas Price Report  which says the price is now just over $2.75 a gallon.  The Gas Price Report says that's about $0.37 a gallon more at this time last year.  AAA says nationally, the average price is now $2.51 cents, which is about $0.03 a gallon less than last week. 
 
The Gas Price Report says prices are generally cheaper in both the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions,  falling everywhere except in Washington, D.C.  
 
 
Members of the New York state Assembly are planning two big hearings on critical components of the state's educational system. 
 
The first, on December 5th, will focus on how private primary and secondary schools measure student success.  The second, a week later, will delve into new higher education scholarship programs.
 
 
Congress is expected to vote on legislation today that would make training to stop sexual harassment and discrimination manditory for members of the House of Representatives. 
 
23rd District Congressman Tom Reed says he fully-supports the measure, introduced by Virginia Republican Barbara Comstock.  Reed says the training would be required for all members of Congress and their staffs at the start of each Congressional Session.  He says his office already complies voluntarily.
 
Reed says this is not the first time that anti-sexual harassment legislation has gone before House members.  However, given the number of cases of harassment and sexual assault now being reported among House and Senate members, the Corning Republican says it's time to pass it because this kind of behavior has to "be confronted" in this nation and society. 
 
Reed has supported efforts to pass anti-sexual assault and harassment legislation in the past because it's affected his family.  His niece was raped a few years ago.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
The annual Jamestown Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration will take place this Friday night.
 
Marketing and Events Manager for the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation Zach Agett, says the over 20 year-old tradition starts with the line-up at 5 p.m. on West 3rd Street between Hallock Street and Porter Avenue. Agett says this year's theme is an acknowledgment of the Olympic winter games. 
 
He adds that there will be sports-themed floats, Olympic rings and torches for decoration and, music and remarks from Mayor Sam Teresi. In addition,  Agett says that Santa will be on the last float in the parade that ends in front of Tracy Plaza and, where the lighting of the city's Christmas tree and fireworks will be displayed at 8 PM. 
 
The Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebrated is sponsored by the Resource Center. For more information, visit JamestownRenaissance.org

 

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WJTN Headlines for Tuesday Nov. 28, 2017

The Jamestown City Council has approved a $35.7-million 2018 budget increases taxes by 1.1% but, again requires an infusion of cash from New York state. 
 
The spending plan also brings the city's total taxes to the city's constitutional taxing limit.  The council approved the budget last night by a 7-to-1 vote with Republican First-Ward Councilman Brent Sheldon casting the lone "no" vote.  Sheldon, though did vote in favor of the amendment to add just over $946,000 from the state to balance the budget.
 
However fellow Republican, and City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce said revenues remain stagnant and, city departments have already been cut to the bone.  He calls it a "frustrating situation." 
 
Following last night's meeting Mayor Sam Teresi said he's been in on-going talks with the state about the projected deficit and, he says they did not come out and say directly that the money would be there. 
 
However, he says they did say they could increase the amount of per capita state aid they receive by $946,000.
 
 
Jamestown is receiving a more than $500,000 grant to replace drinking water lead service lines as part of New York's Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017. 
 
Governor Cuomo announced Monday that a total of $20-million being awarded from the program. 
 
Cuomo says these "critical improvements to New York's drinking water infrastructure are vital to protecting public health and to laying the foundation for future growth and economic prosperity in these communities." 
 
The city is receiving just over $567,000 from the program.
 
 
A Chautauqua County Grand Jury will hear the case of a Sherman man who allegedly fired a gunshot that killed a woman during a hunting accident on Armenian Road last week. 
 
District Attorney Patrick Swanson says there are still no local charges that have been filed against 34 year-old Thomas Jadlowski in the death of 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist. 
 
Swanson says he met with Sheriff Joe Gerace and investigators from the Sheriff's Department about the case Monday morning and, finished up preliminary investigative work on the matter.
 
Sheriff's officers were called to the scene in the area of 2998 Armenian Road shortly before 5:30 p.m. last Wedneday.  On arrival, officers say EMS crews had found Billquist with a single gun-shot wound. 
 
Jadlowski called 911 and gave the woman first-aid until EMTs arrived and, Billquist was taken to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania where she later died. 
 
Jadlowski told officers that he thought he had spotted a deer, and fired on shot from about 200-yards away.  State law prohibits hunters from shooting after sunset.
 
 
Two Salamanca residents were arrested after a large quantity of drugs including methamphetamine and psychedelic mushrooms, were found in their vehicle following a traffic stop last Wednesday. 
 
State Police out of Olean say they conducted a traffic stop on Elm Street for vehicle and traffic infractions.  During an interview with the driver Lindsey Little, Troopers say an odor of marijuana was detected from inside the car. 
 
During a probable-cause search, Little refused to follow commands and pulled away from Troopers.  She attempted to walk away and was placed in handcuffs.
 
The passenger, Andrew Maclean, was then detained while Troopers searched the car, which revealed over 15 grams of meth... over five grams of psychedelic mushrooms, marijuana and heroin.
 
Officers also found a switchblade knife, digital scales and, plastic baggies. Both occupants of the vehicle were taken to Salamanca Police department holding cells pending arraignment. 
 
 
A former, long-time member of the WJTN-Media One Group family has passed away. 
 
Retired News Director Almon "Hap" Hazard died at a hospital in Manahawken, New Jersey Sundaynight following a brief illness at the age of 87.  He was living with this step-daughter, Linda Donovan, in recent times.  He had lived in Jamestown for the past several decades after retiring from the former James Broadcasting Company in 1995.
 
Hap was very involved during his approximately 40 year career here with writting many editorials for Station Owner and President, Si Goldman.
 
WJTN became known for it's editorials, voiced for many years by Si Goldman and, some later by retired General Manager Merrill Rosen. 
 
Hap was born in 1930 in Olean, New York and, grew up in Bolivar in Alleghany County.  He was a Korean War Veteran and, moved here in the 1950s.  He and his late wife, Janice Price-Hazard, were married just over 48 years.  She passed away in 2012.  Funeral arrangements for "Hap" Hazard are incomplete at this time.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Industrial Develpment Agency is getting the word out about a special meeting on the future of the Athenex project. 
 
The session involving the IDA, Southern Tier Builders Association, and the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism agency, is aimed at local construction companies. 
 
The IDA's Kristine Morabito says that includes sub-contractors, and other related groups.
 
Morabito says they expect more than 100 construction jobs to come out of the project and the County IDA would like to see as many of the jobs involve local hires. 
 
The meeting will take place on December 6th from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the JCC North County Training Center on Bennett Road.  
 
 
Dunkirk Police have released additional details about the arrest of a city man last Monday who was being sought by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office for an incident that occurred on October 7. 
 
A city police officer had stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation at the corner of West 5th Street and Central Avenue. The driver, who was later identified as 20-year-old Trevon Tripp, did not have any identification and gave officers several false names and dates of birth. 
 
Tripp is also accused of physically resisting and fighting with officers when he was being placed into custody.  Police used a taser on Tripp after a brief struggle.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Monday Nov. 27, 2017

Chautauqua County's top-cop says an Ohio man was "totally irresponsible" in his actions during a second hunting accident in the county within a three day period. 
 
In last Friday's incident in the town of North Harmony, no one was hurt, but a rifle shot from 26 year-old Marvin Miller of Middlefield, Ohio just missed two men riding in a pick-up truck near Snake Forest Road just before 11:30 a.m.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says it's "hard to believe" that Miller mistook the movement of the truck for a deer while he was hunting.
 
Fortunately in this case, neither Robert Merritt of Springboro, Pennsylvana nor his passenger were hurt.  They were reportedly riding in the pick-up truck on an access road near State Lands in North Harmony. 
 
Officers say Miller fired one round from his high-powered rifle, striking the truck in the driver's side front fender.  The round hit the engine, disabling the truck.  Deputies say Miller came out of the woods, and checked on the two occupants.  He was arraigned on charges of discharging a firearm across a public roadway, and second-degree reckless endangerment.  He was released on bail.
 
 
Sheriff's officers and the Chatuauqua County District Attorney's Office are continuing to investigate last Wednesday's tragic hunting accident in the town of Sherman that claimed the life of a woman who was out walking her dogs. 
 
Sheriff's officers were called to the scene in the area of 2998 Armenian Road shortly before 5:30 PM.  On arrival, officers say EMS crews had found 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist, who lived at the address, with a single gun-shot wound.  She later died at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania. 
 
Sheriff Gerace says District Attorney Patrick Swanson is now looking into the matter, and they will meet later today.  Sheriff's deputies say the hunter, 34 year-old Thomas Jadlowski of Sherman, had called 911 and gave the woman first-aid until EMT's arrived.  Jadlowski says he saw a deer in a field about 200 yards away from his location, and fired one shot.  Deputies say Jadlowski is cooperating with the investigation.
  
 
A man from the Fluvanna area is jailed without bail for allegedly assaulting another person in the town of Ellicott early Sunday morning. 
 
Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene on the Fluvanna-Townline Road about 12:30 a.m. on the report of a physical altercation and, on arrival, spoke with the suspect, 19 year-old Shane Waite. 
 
Following their investigation, officers arrested Waite for third-degree assault, and attempted second-degree assault, as well as second-degree criminal mischief, and endangering the welfare of a child.  He was arraigned and sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
Jamestown firefighters made quick work of a basement fire last weekend on the city's westside that's temporarily left a family of five homeless. 
 
Jamestown Fire Battalion Chief Sam Salemme says crews were called to the scene at 154 Fairview Avenue about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, and quickly found the flames in the basement area.  Salemme adds they also found smoke filling the house.
 
Salemme says crews were pretty much able to contain the blaze to the basement area, where there is some "significant damage."  He adds there was also smoke damage to the rest of the house. 
 
Salemme says an off-duty shift of 11 firefighters and a shift commander was called in to assist at the scene, and man the City Hall fire station.  Crews were at the scene until about 5:30 p.m.  The family is being helped by the local Red Cross.  No one was hurt, the cause is under investigation.
 
 
A pair of Jamestown-area men face trespassing charges after they were allegedly found living in a hunting cabin in the town of Harmony that didn't belong to them. 
 
Sheriff's deputies say they were called to the scene on Demming Road earlier this month on a report of trespassing and, found the two men there.  Officers say they arrested 29 year-old Thomas Bascom of Kennedy and, 26 year-old Luis Diaz-Vazquez of Celoron for third-degree criminal trespass.  Both were issued appearance tickets for Harmony Town Court at a later date.
 
 
In state government news this week, millions of residents can look forward to a tax cut next year. 
 
Senate Republican leaders are touting the tax cut, which they pushed through the Legislature in 2016 and which is being gradually phased in.  Middle-class tax payers will save an average of $250 next year. 
 
Meanwhile, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has returned from the recent climate conference in Bonn, Germany, where he stressed the state's interest in reducing emissions and embracing sustainability, despite the U.S. pulling out of the Paris climate agreement. 
 
 
New York officials are asking state residents to think locally when choosing a Christmas tree. 
 
State agricultural officials say there are 875 farms in upstate New York that sell more than 300,000 trees a year.  The Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York website lists local farms. 
 
The state also allows tree farmers who follow sustainability standards to take part in the New York State Grown & Certified program.  There is some concern, though, that there may be a tree shortage nationwide this year.

 

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News Headlines for Fri., Nov. 25, 2017

Gerace says Ohio hunter involved in Friday hunting accident was "totally irresponsible..."
Chautauqua County's top-cop says an Ohio man was "totally irresponsible" in his actions during a second hunting accident in the county within the past three days.  In Friday's case in the town of North Harmony... no one was hurt... but a rifle shot from 26 year-old Marvin Miller of Middlefield, Ohio just missed two men riding in a pick-up truck near Snake Forest Road just before 11:30 a.m. Friday.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says it's "hard to believe" that Miller mistook the movement of the truck for a deer while he was hunting.  Gerace says hunters not only need to be tracking their prey... but, need to be aware of all their surroundings, including people and vehicles.  He says, once a shot is taken, there's "no taking it back."  Fortunately in this case... neither Robert Merritt of Springboro, Pennsylvana nor his passenger were hurt.  They were reportedly riding in the pick-up truck on an access road near State Lands in North Harmony.  Officers say Miller fired one round from his high-powered rifle, striking the truck in the driver's side front fender.  Gerace says Miller faces two charges... including second-degree reckless endangerment.  Deputies say Miller came out of the woods, and checked on the two occupants.  He was arraigned on his two charges... and, released on bail.
 
 
Holiday Valley opens to good-turn-out Friday, open through weekend...
A special ski season at Holiday Valley resort in Ellicottville is underway... even though there's little if any snow on the ground around the Western Southern Tier.  That from Holiday Valley Ski Resort in Ellicottville opened up at 9 a.m. Friday with with a limited number of slopes open.  However... Marketing Director Jane Eshbaugh says it's been cold enough most nights to make, and keep the snow that's being made by their snow-guns.  Eshbaugh says they had a good turn-out yesterday for the start of their 60th season.  She says they have two ski lifts... and, five slopes open right now.  He says they'll be open again today until 10 p.m., and, will be open again from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.  Eshbaugh says they've been making as much snow as possible over the past two-and-a-half weeks... and, they currently have a 6 to 20-inch base so far.  She says their first big event will be their annual Demo Day on December 16th.  She says they'll be celebrating their actual 60th anniversary early next year.  For more information on Holiday Valley, call 699-2345... or go on-line to www.holidayvalley.com, or their Facebook page.
 
 
County Office for the Aging helping local seniors with Medicare Enrollment...
More of the "Baby Boomer" generation is retiring this year... and, if you have reached the age of 65 this year... that means you should be looking into enrolling in a traditional Medicare -- or a Medicare Advantage program.  The Chautauqua County Office for the Aging provides help to local residents trying to navigate the many plans out there for retirees.  The office's Chris Chernois (Chur-oh-niss) says a lot of local residents like the advantage plans... but, she adds those change each year.  Cheronis says if you don't have high hospitalization, and are on some maintenance medication, there are good Advantage plans out there that provide good coverage.  Medicare Enrollment runs now through Dec. 7, and, Chernois adds that traditional Medicare only covers 80-percent of your medical costs.  She says if you don't have any coverage... you are responsible for that bill... and, that can add up to a lot of money.  She says you will also need a stand-alone prescription drug plan in that case.  For more information... call the Office for the Aging's NY Connects number at 753-4582... or toll free at 661-7582.
 
 
Tranum touts Small Business Saturday...
Today is an important day for local retailers... Small Business Saturday.  Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says they have been a local champion of the annual event and believe it makes a difference for local businesses across the county to affirm the importance of shoping locally.  Tranum is reminding local residents about another local program through the Chamber... "Shoptauqua."  He says it's been a gift-check program... but, is now a "gift card program" with more than 100 businesses locally taking part.  Tranum says you can get more information about the gift card program by calling the Chamber at 366-6200 or by going online to www.chautauquachamber.org.
 
 
 

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WJTN Headlines for Friday Nov. 24, 2017

A woman out walking her dogs in a field in the town of Sherman is dead after a hunter mistook her for a deer and shot her late Wednesday afternoon on Aremenian Road. 
 
Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene in the area of 2998 Armenian Road shortly before 5:30 p.m..  On arrival, officers say EMS crews had found 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist, who lived at the address, with a single gun-shot wound. 
 
Deputies Officers say the hunter, 34 year-old Thomas Jadlowski of Cornish Street in Sherman, had called 911 and had applied pressure to Billquist's wound until EMT's arrived.  Jadlowski says he saw a deer in a field about 200 yards away from his location, and fired one shot.  He says he heard a woman scream and, immediately ran to help. 
 
Billquist was taken to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania where she later died.  Sheriff's deputies were joined in the investigation by the state Department of Environmental Conservation Police. 
 
DEC officials say that Jadlowski fired the shot after sunset, which is the legal limit to hunt deer.  Officers say Jadlowski is cooperating with the investigation, and no charges have been filed yet in the case.  The case will be reviewed by the Chautauqua County District Attorney's Office.
 
 
Black Friday shopping is underway across the nation and Chautauqua County. 
 
The Chautauqua Mall reopened at 6 this morning, after being open a few hours last night.  The Bon-Ton stayed open all night, while Pennys and Sears are reopening early this morning. 
 
Wal-Mart and K-Mart are also among the stores that opened a few hours late Thanksgiving Day, and open early today.  Chautauqua Mall Marketing Director Cynde Johnson says they are open until 9 tonight.  Johnson says the mall will again be open early on Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m.  Santa arrives at Noon today.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for annual shopping season that kicks off after Thanksgiving and will once again be taking part in the annual Small Business Saturday. 
 
Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says the chamber has signed on as a "Neighborhood Champion" for Small Business Saturday.  He says a recent study by the Michigan State University Center for Community and Economic Development shows that spending locally can make a difference.
 
Among the activities being supported by the county Chamber is Small Business Saturday in downtown Jamestown and, Tranum says the Dunkirk Community Chamber of Commerce is working together with the north county city to celebrate Small Business Saturday in the D&F Plaza. 
 
Tranum says the county chamber is signed on as a "Neighborhood Champion" for Small Business Saturday and, adds they rolled out their newest "Shoptauqua Gift Card" program.  You can get a full list of participating merchants by visiting Shoptauqua.com.  
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he supports "net neutrality" on the Internet but, not by government regulation. 
 
The Corning Republican is reacting to a decision by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to follow through on his pledge to repeal 2015 regulations designed to ensure that internet service providers treat all online content and apps equally.  Under net neutrality, Internet Service Providers are treated as a "public utility".
 
However, consumer advocates say eliminating net neutrality will take away such things as "high-speed" Internet from the less affluent, as well as access to the net, and content. 
 
Pai's attempt to roll back the current rules sets up a showdown with those consumer groups and internet companies who fear the move will stifle competition and innovation.  Pai says his plan will encourage providers such as Comcast and AT&T to improve their networks.
 
 
Eight peopl, including one from Jamestown, have been selected to be part of Chautauqua County Executive-Elect George Borrello's transition team. 
 
Borrello announced his team earlier this week and, it includes Jamestown Development Director Vince DeJoy a Democrat who is also a former member of the City Council. 
 
Borrello, a Republican, says his team will help carry out his campaign promise to visit 100 businesses and organizations in his first 100 days in office.  He says the team will identify those businesses and groups that'll help develop a plan to spur economic development.
 
Borrello adds that the transition team will also help him implement his "Countywide Alliance for Enforcement and Rehabilitation" or CAER program to help address the drug crisis facing the county.  He says people from law enforcement, treatment and prevention will be involved with that. 
 
Other well-known residents on Borrello's transition team include Dunkirk Democratic County Legislator Bob Bankowski, who is a retired state Corrections Officer.  Borrello adds the transition team is more about selecting people who "brought the most to the table" so he can hit the ground running on January 1st.
 
 
The effort by the Prendergast Library in Jamestown to sell what's left of it's valuable art collection at auction has drawn state and nation-wide attention. 
 
The move has drawn opposition from some of the organization's supporters.  The New York Times reports the Jamestown library was to sell nine paintings at Sotheby's European art sale this past Tuesday.  However, only three actually sold. 
 
The paintings being auctioned include 19th-century works that the auction house estimated could sell for a total of up to $1.2 million.  Library officials say they need to sell most of its art collection in order to pay the bills.  
 
 
Chautauqua County Fire investigators are looking into the cause of a garage fire that occurred late last Wednesday night in the city of Dunkirk. 
 
Dunkirk Fire Captain Gary Katta says that crews responded to a residence at 436 Lake Shore Drive West at about 11:45 PM for a report of light smoke inside the residence.
 
Katta says the fire was contained to the garage area, but a vehicle was severely damaged, and the remainder of the residence sustained smoke damage.  No injuries were reported

 

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News Headlines for Thurs., Nov. 23, 2017

Sherman woman killed in hunting accident in town of Sherman...
A Sherman woman is dead following a hunting accident Wednesday afternoon on Armenian Road in the town of Sherman.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene in the area of 2998 Armenian Rd. shortly before 5:30 p.m.  On arrival... deputies say EMS crews found 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist, who lived at the address with a single gun-shot wound.  Officers say the hunter, 34 year-old Thomas Jadlowski of Cornish Street in Sherman, called 9-1-1 and had applied pressure to Billquist's wound until EMT's arrived.  Jadlowski says he saw a deer in a field about 200 yards away from his location, and fired one shot.  He says he heard a woman scream... and, immediately went to her location.  She was taken to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania where she later died.  Sheriff's deputies were joined in the investigation by the state Department of Environmental Conservation Police.  DEC officials say their early investigation shows that Billquist was in the field walking her dogs at the time of the incident.  They add that Jadlowski fired the shot after sunset, which is the legal limit to hunt deer.  Officers say Jadlowski is cooperating with the investigation, and no charges have been filed yet in the case.  The case will be reviewed by the Chautauqua County District Attorney's Office.
 
Gerace praises two men who rescued Chautauqua man from burning house...
Two men are being praised for saving the life of a town of Chautauqua man who was trapped inside his burning home last Sunday night... and, they pulled him out to safety.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace is praising off-duty Lancaster Police officer Shaun Dimino and a next door neighbor, for getting the 67 year-old man out of his Morris Road home.  Gerace says Dimino has a nearby hunting cabin... and, called the Sheriff's Department about 9:20 last Sunday night.  However... he didn't know the address, and went next door to ask homeowner Austin Clark so he could call 9-1-1.  Gerace says the neighbor joined with him to go into the burning home to carry the unidentified man out.  Gerace says the man inside the home is doing okay after the harrowing experience.  Firefighters got to the scene and put the fire out... but, Gerace says if not for the actions of Dimino and Clark... the outcome occupant could have been very different.
 
Gerace touts Thanksgiving Day Holiday Safety...
Chautauqua County residents should be thinking "safety first..." when traveling during the long Thanksgiving Day holiday... and not drink and drive.  That from Sheriff Joe Gerace... who is urging motorists to drive with caution when going to relatives or friends over the next four days.  Triple-A is estimating that just under 51-million Americans will be traveling between now and Sunday night.  In addition to not drinking and driving... Gerace says buckle up and wear your seat-belt.  He adds be courteous to others on the highways.  In addition... Gerace says man sure you get enough rest before taking that long-trip.  The holiday -- for the most part -- starts today... and, the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving has become one of the biggest "party nights" of the year.  Gerace again urges people not to drink and drive... and, don't use drugs and drive.  If you are going to drink, get a designated driver, or taxi.
 

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WJTN Headlines for Wednesday Nov. 22, 2017

A Cattaraugus County man is accused of manslaughter in connection with last Saturday night's one-car crash in the town of Salamanca that took the life of a passenger. 
 
Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley say 21 year-old Damion Taylor of Jimerson Road was at the wheel when the vehicle crashed shortly before Midnight Sunday on Old Route 17. 
 
Officers say Taylor's car crossed the center-line, and struck a tree and, the force of the crash ejected an unidentifed passenger, who was pronounced dead at the scene. 
 
Taylor was arraigned in Salamanca Town Court and, sent to the Little Valley jail.  Deputies say the investigation is continuing and, more charges are pending.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Board of Elections is expected to certify the November 7 election later today, now that absentee and military ballots have been counted. 
 
That from Republican Elections Commissioner Brian Abram, who says there were a few races too close to call on Election Night.  Abram says they are now final, pending the certification. 
 
In Jamestown, the board reports no change in winners in the City Council at-large races.  Republican Kim Ecklund was still leading vote getter with 2,430 tallies, while Republican Andrew Liuzzo wound up second with 2,075 votes.  Democrat Vanessa Weinert wound up third with 2,063 votes.  All three win seats beginning in 2018.
 
 
The U.S. Senate's Finance Committee has approved that chamber's version of a tax cut and jobs plan President Donald Trump wants on his desk to sign by Christmas. 
 
With that, the bill is expected to go before the full Senate sometime after the Thanksgiving Break.  That from local Congressman Tom Reed, who says if that winds up being the case, that will give both the House and Senate nearly a month to reconcil plans, and get a final version to the president.
 
The Senate version does have a number of differences, including seven tax brackets compared to four in the House of Representatives. 
 
There's also the issue of the Senate version not including the local and state property tax deduction up to $10,000.  Reed says he's positive there will be a fairly quick reconciliation, especially if each side is willing to compromise for "80-percent of the loaf" instead of the entire loaf.  He says even if the bill is finally in place in the early days of 2018, it could still be made retroactive to the start of the year. 
 
 
Two people from Jamestown are being held in the county jail on $100,000 bail each after allegedly selling over half an ounce methamphetamine to an undercover drug agent Monday night in Stockton. 
 
Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, and Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies say they arrested 45 year-old Tonya Diblasi and 29 year-old James Chase shortly before 8:30 p.m. at a location on Route 380.  They face charges including third-degree criminal sale and, possession of a controlled substance. 
 
As a result of the arrest, Task force agents say they seized an additional quantity of meth, prescription narcotics and, concentrated cannabis. They also found scales, packaging materials and, a stun gun. Both Diblasi and Chase were remanded to County jail pending further court action. 
 
 
Four Jamestown-area police departments were awarded the American Automobile Association-East Central's Platinum Community Traffic Safety Award for their safety efforts yesterday afternoon at the Olive Garden in Lakewood.
 
AAA East Central's Safety Advisor says it's an honor to recognize their outstanding success with traffic safety education over a 3 to 5 year period.
 
Receiving the Platinum Award in our area were the Jamestown Police Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department, New York State Police in Jamestown, and Saint Mary's. Jamestown Police Captain Todd Isaacson says it's a great honor to receive the award and that it's a "team effort".
 
Several other departments were honored through the AAA Safety Awards Program for their continuing efforts to prevent the number of fatalities by conducting educational programs and promotional campaigns to encourage the development of safe driving habits. The gold award was presented to Warren County Sheriff's Department, Warren County Police Department, and Youngsville Police Department. 
 
 
A Dunkirk man is jailed on $250,000 bail after a drug raid Monday in the city led to the seizure of over 16-ounces of methamphetamine. 
 
The New York State Police C-NET team, in a joint investigation with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force arrested 24 year-old Ryan Lopez, junior for second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-A felony.  Officers say the meth seized is worth an estimated $16,000.  Lopez was arraigned in Dunkirk City Court and, taken to the county jail.
 
 
The organizations that represent small and bigger businesses in the Jamestown area are again asking the city to appoint business leaders to the Board of Public Utilities. 
 
In addition to heading up the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, Todd Tranum is also Executive Director of the Manufacturer's Association of the Southern Tier. 
 
Tranum was critical of the most recent changes Mayor Sam Teresi made to the BPU, which he says until the most recent appointments, had good business representation.
 
Mayor Teresi, who by virtue of his office, is president of the BPU, also makes appointments to the board.  At the time he made several appointments last year, he said business was well-represented on the panel. 
 
Those new appointees in the past year or so include Chairman Chuck Cornell and, members Tyler Case, Terrance Horner, and Ralph Wallace.
 
 
Jamestown police assisted federal authorities yesterday morning with an investigation near the downtown area.  However, no details have been released. 
 
City Police Chief Harry Snellings confirms that officers assisted agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in executing a federal warrant in the area of East Fourth and Sixth Streets. 
 
However, Snellings declined further comment because the FBI was heading up the investigation.  The raid reportedly took place about 7 AM. 
 
We do have a call into FBI Spokeswoman Maureen Dempsey in Buffalo but, have not heard back from her at this time.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Tuesday Nov. 21, 2017

The Jamestown City Council is faced with two options to close a nearly one-million dollar projected shortfall in Mayor Sam Teresi's 2018 budget proposal. 
 
That was the general feeling of the three people who addressed Council during it's required public hearing on Teresi's $35.7-million proposal last night.  On the one hand, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says there are a number of resources the city should be using to bring in more commercial and industrial development.
 
Tranum says the city needs a long-term plan to "grow" a tax base that will bring in more revenue to Jamestown.  From the other side retired Board of Public Utilities employee Doug Champ says the city needs to look at cutting costs and again proposed moving the stormwater improvement, and leaf collection program to the BPU. 
 
The city council will now consider the input offered at the hearing and, other meetings and, consider changes to the budget proposal, which is to be voted on by next Monday night. 
 
 
One of the big items that city lawmakers are waiting to hear about for next year's budget is whether the state will again be able to help plug that $947,000 shortfall. 
 
That from Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce, who says he understands the concerns about the City Council following the charter.  However, Dolce says they are not violating the city's guidelines in how they put the budget together last year and, this year.
 
If the state does help cover the entire cost, while the city continues a restructuring plan that's been underway, that gives them more time to get those pieces in place.  If not, he says they'll have to look elsewhere for help and, may again have to start the new year with a deficit-budget. 
 
Mayor Sam Teresi was in Albany last week and, met with state officials about the city's fiscal problems.
 
 
Last Saturday night's armed robbery and shooting at a home on Jamestown's eastside was not a random act. 
 
That from City Police Captain Bob Samuelson, who says police are still looking for the two suspects who allegedly broke into the home at 533 East Fifth Street and, robbed the occupants before shooting one of them. 
 
Samuelson says they were called to the scene shortly after 8 p.m., and a male victim was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for a wound to the abdomen.  Samuelson says he was later transferred to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania.
 
Samuelson says the victim is cooperating but, would not say what was taken during the robbery.  He adds that anyone who may have information on the suspects to this incident or their whereabouts should call Jamestown Police at 483-7537 or their anonymous tips line at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477. 
 
You can also contact their Tip 4-1-1 App and, police say all calls and tips will be kept confidential.  
 
 
A Sherman man is jailed on $75,000 bail after a recent raid at his home led to discovery of a methamphetamine lab and two weapons. 
 
Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, and Sheriff's Department SWAT team, executed a search warrant at 170 Park Street and, had a vaild arrest warrant for the occupant. 
 
Task Force agents say 42 year-old Edwin Hannold, Junior was wanted for fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.  A search of the home led officers to seize a quantity of cash, a large amount of Meth and methamphetamine oil. 
 
They also found the meth lab and a shotgun and a rife.  Hannold was arraigned and sent to the County Jail and he faces additional possession charges including fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
 
 
A Jamestown man was arrested for violating Leandra's Law and endangering the welfare of two children after allegedly driving while toxicated almost twice the legal limit on Saturday.
 
State Police say they received a complaint of an erratically driving vehicle in southern Chautauqua County and stopped the suspected vehicle on Buffalo Street Extension in Jamestown after observing similar violations.
 
The driver, identified as 37 year-old Jason Green was arrested after failing several sobriety tests during the stop. While in custody, Green provided a breath sample of 0.15. He is scheduled to appear in the Town of Ellicott Court on a later date to answer charges. The children were turned over to a relative at the scene.
 
 
Jamestown-area residents are being urged to contact local law enforcement if there is no animal control officer to deal with possible animal cruelty cases. 
 
That in the wake of Jamestown firefighters rescuing two dogs from a house fire late last week and, City police arrested three of the occupants.  While speaking with Dennis Webster Monday, Chautauqua County Humane Society Executive Director Kellie Roberts says that the county does not have a Humane Officer but, adds you can still contact local police.
 
Roberts says the Humane Society is part of the second step and, would aid in removing animals should such a situation arise.  She says they can provide needed food and sheltering, and take pictures to assist in an investigation. 
 
Roberts also says that the Humane Society has resources for folks who need help caring for their own pets, including those who may be struggling financially or those who may need information on pet training.  She adds that CCHS is there to take in animals, but if they are in a loving and caring home already, they are there to offer a helping hand to keep them with their owners. 
 
 
An upstate New York woman says in a federal lawsuit that she was sexually harassed by a state employee, and the governor knew and did nothing to stop it. 
 
The governor's office denies the allegations.  Lisa Marie Cater says former Empire State Development Corporation Regional President William "Sam" Hoyt helped her get a job at the department of motor vehicles, and then used that as an excuse to harass and assault her, starting in 2015.  She says he would call, text and email her inappropriately.  She says he sent her a nude image and groped her.  She says she tried to report the abuse. 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo's office said it launched investigations after the office received allegations in October 2016.  Hoyt resigned Oct. 30. His lawyer told the New York Post that his client denied the allegations.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Monday Nov. 20, 2017

The Southern Tier has seen it's first measurable snowfall of the season.
 
Bob Hamiliton with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says since the Winter Weather Advisory was put into place, snowfall amounts "worked out perfect". Adding that by looking at the web cameras, 2 to 5 inches were seen on grassy, higher elevations while there was little snow on the road.
 
Hamilton says the we can expect to see another inch or so today. The Winter Weather Advisory was lifted earlier this morning for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Wyoming, and Southern Erie Counties. 
 
 
Snow-slicked roads on Sunday are being blamed, at least in part, for a one-car, rollover crash in the town of Stockton. 
 
Sheriff's deputies say they were called to the scene on the South Stockton-Cassadaga Road just after 2 p.m. to investigate.  Officers say they found the teenage male driver was southbound when the car began sliding on the snowy pavement, and he couldn't regain control. 
 
Deputies say the car went into a ditch on the side of the road, and overturned before coming to rest on it's roof.  The operator was evaluated at the scene by an ambulance crew.  He was not identified.  No charges have been filed.
 
 
City police are looking for two black men who allegedly broke into a home on Jamestown's eastside last Saturday night, and robbed the occupants before shooting one of them. 
 
City Police were called to the scene at 533 East Fifth Street shortly after 8 PM on a report of shots being fired.  On arrival, officers learned the two men had committed a home invasion-robbery in which a male victim was shot in the abdomen. 
 
Investigators are looking for the two men, who reportedly entered the home wearing dark-colored hooded sweatshirts, and, robbed the occupants before shooting the male victim and running off.  The gun-shot victim was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, and was later transferred to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania for further treatment. 
 
Anyone who may have information on the suspects is asked to contact Jamestown Police at 483-7537 or their anonymous tips line at 483-TIPS.  You can also contact their Tip 4-1-1 App and, police say all calls and tips will be kept confidential.  
 
 
One person has been killed in a single-car accident in the Cattaraugus County Town of Salamanca. 
 
Sheriff's officers in Little Valley were called to the scene on Old Route 17 shortly before Midnight Saturday, and found the vehicle involved had crossed the center-line, and struck a tree. 
 
Deputies say the force of the crash caused a passenger in the car to be ejected from the vehicle, and that person was pronounced dead at the scene.  No names have been released, and the investigation into the accident is continuing.
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's excited that the House has approved it's tax reform package and says, if asked he would serve on the conference committee to reconcil their bill with the Senate's version. 
 
Speaking shortly after the House approved it's measure, Reed pushed for a conference committee of House and Senate members to hash-out a final bill for both chambers.  The Senate has yet to vote on it's version of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.
 
Reed, who co-authored a measure to keep a local and state property tax deduction up to $10,000 in the House bill, reiterated that the Senate measure must include that.  He adds there are a couple of other deductions he would like to see reinstated once the two measures go to conference. 
 
Those are the student loan and, Medical expense deductions.  Reed says the House plan would save the average taxpayer in the Western Southern Tier $1,600 a year.  He also rejected the argument that while the proposal would provide little tax savings to the middle-class but, a huge windfall to American corporations. 
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says it's "troublesome" to see sexual assault and harassment allegations against one U.S. Senator and a current candidate for the Senate. 
 
The Corning Republican weighed in on the allegations against Minnesota Democrat Al Franken and, Alabama Republican candidate Roy Moore. 
 
Reed, who has supported legislation in the wake of a niece who was sexually assaulted, says it's difficult to hear the allegations against Franken.
 
Reed has been part of a movement called "No More," which is pushing for more awareness that problems with sexual assault remain in U.S. Society.  He also says that he "stands with the victims" and finds "their allegations credible." 
 
Franken has already apologized for his alleged actions during a USO trip overseas against a Los Angeles Radio News anchor.  Moore maintains that the allegation against him are political and never occured. 
 
Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says former Democratic President Bill Clinton should have resigned over his sexual affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky 20 years ago. 
 
The New York Democrat made the remark in an interview with The New York Times that was published on its website Thursday after being asked if she believed Clinton should have stepped down at the time. 
 
The House in 1999 voted to impeach Clinton of perjury and obstruction of its investigation into the affair.  The Senate later acquitted him.  
 
 
New York child molestation victims are hoping the national focus on sexual misconduct allegations roiling Hollywood, the media and national politics will convince lawmakers to allow victims to sue for decades old abuse. 
 
The Child Victims Act would relax criminal and civil statutes of limitations.  The measure is backed by the Democratic-controlled Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo but has been repeatedly blocked by the Republican-led Senate. 
 
One of the bill's leading advocates, former competitive speed skater Bridie Farrell, says the national dialogue on sexual misconduct is empowering victims and hopefully improving the bill's chances in Albany. 
 
Farrell says she was molested by an older skater when she was a girl.  She says many people are surprised that New York has one of the nation's tightest statutes of limitations for molestation.

 

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News Update for Sat., Nov. 18, 2017

**(News Update) Infant and toddler taken from Salamanca by mothers found safe in NYC...
A nearly one-month-old, and a three-month-old child are now safe after police found them with their teenage mothers in New York City after the teens fled the city of Salamanca this morning.  Salamance City Police say they issued a missing persons alert after receiving word that 29 day-old Londyn Richardson, and 3-month old Melani Ventura, had gone missing.  Authorities then issued an Amber Alert about mid-morning... stating that both were apparently with their mothers, 18 year-old Keshauna Boggs, and 16 year-old Selena Ventura.  They were all reportedly in a 2007 model, blue car... and, were reportedly traveling east... possibly heading towards Suffolk County on Long Island.  There is no word yet on the status of both mothers, and what charges may be filed.
 
 

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News Headlines for Sat., Nov. 18, 2017

Lake Effect Snow expected by early Sunday morning in WNY...
Expect some roller-coaster type weather heading through today and tomorrow morning.  First off... we'll see a warm up...followed by a cool down complete with lake effect snow.  Meteorologist Aaron Reynolds of the National Weather Service says ahead of the cold front, there will be a southerly flow of mild and very moist air.  Reynold says we'll have some brief rain and warmer temperatures for today... but, behind it, a cold front will move in, and we'll begin to see some lake effect snow late tonight.  Some areas could see 6 to 8 inches of snow by early Monday.  The cold front could trigger some thunderstorms late today before the colder air moves in.  No warnings or watches have been issued yet, but Reynolds says you will want to stay updated on the latest weather forecasts since rapid changes are expected late today into tomorrow.  
 
 
Amber Alert put in place for two young children allegedly abducted in Salamanca...
Police across western New York are looking for two small children who were allegedly abducted by their mothers in the Cattaraugus County city of Salamanca early this morning.  Salamanca Police says they believe both are endangered, and have issued an Amber Alert for both.  Police say they believe 18 year-old Keshauna Boggs allegedly grabbed her daughter... 29 day-old Londyn Richardson... about 6:30 this morning.  Officers believe that Boggs and her daughter are traveling with 16 year-old Selena Ventura... who took her 3-month-old daughter, Melani, and fled about the same time.  The mothers and daughters are African-American.  If you have any information on the vehicle, Ventura and Boggs, or their children... you are asked to contact Salamanca Police... or your local agency.  Police say the four may be traveling towards Suffolk County on Long Island.
 
 
Local Humane Society puts out alert on animal cruelty after this week's Mt. Vernon Place fire...
After a toy poodle and another dog were rescued from a house fire on Moutn Vernon Street in Jamestown... the Chautauqua County Humane Society is reminded local residents to contact local authorities if they are aware of any situation involving animal cruelty.  Humane Society Director of Animal Services Sue Bobek says, "we offer services to local police agencies free of charge because we do not want cost to come into the equation when it comes to doing what local municipalities have to do versus the right thing to do when it comes to the well-being of the animals in these situations."  The poodle suffered from "extreme neglect" on the part of the owners.  Bobek also stresses the importance of Humane Education and says the humane society is a resource for the whole community. For more information... contact the Chautauqua County Humane Society at 665-2209. 
 
 
Horrigan touts Shared Services efforts after county receives State award...
Chautauqua County is one of four New York state municipalities that has received special recognition from the state for it's work on regional infrastructure, emergency medical services and local government reorganization.  County Executive Vince Horrigan was among five local leaders on hand in Albany this week to receive a Regional Impact Award during the Local Government Innovation Conference.  Horrigan says New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado presented the award to him, along with the head of the county's panel looking into regional solutions.  He says it was nice to receive the award with Legislator George Borrello, who chairs the county's Regional Soluctions Commission.  Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi... and, Westfield Mayor Michael VandeVelde were also in attendance.  The county recently awarded $50,000 to the village of Forestville and town of Hanover to help the village with unexpected expenses during it's efforts to dissolve into the town.  Horrigan says the county was also recognized for development of the North County Water District, and a county-wide EMS Plan.
 
 
City of Jamestown sees improved Sales Tax receipts in third-quarter...
Third-quarter sales tax revenues for the city of Jamestown came in better than projected for the third-quarter of this year... and, they appear to be in line to make budget for 2017.  That from City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce... who recently got the numbers from City Comptroller Joe Bellitto... and, adds the city received $1.67-million between July and September.  Dolce says they saw a one-percent hike over 2016... and, now have received $4.58-million.  He says that's about 76-percent of budget... and puts them on target to make budget for this year.  Dolce says they'll need about $1.4-million to make their $6-million target for 2017.  Historically, Dolce says the city has budgeted conservatively for sales tax... and, that any additional amounts are used to offset any shortfalls in the budget.  He says the city was just under $1,600 more in revenue than they projected for the third-quarter of this year.  He adds that -- given the figures so far in 2017 -- Bellitto has also recommended there be no change to the city's sales tax budget figure for next year.
 
 
Suicide Prevention task force being created in NYS...
New York state is creating a suicide prevention task force to study ways to reduce the number of New Yorkers who take their own lives.  Governor Andrew Cuomo called for the creation of the panel earlier this year.  Late this week... the Democrat cited the recent rise in the number of suicides across the country and says New York will make prevention a "top priority."  The task force will include state mental health officials, academic researchers and representatives of non-profit community groups.  The group will examine factors that can lead people to consider suicide, with a special focus on bullying and cyberbullying. 

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WJTN Headlines for Friday Nov. 17, 2017

Local Congressman Tom Reed was among the Republican majority yesterday that approved the "Tax Cut and Jobs" Act in the House of Representatives. 
 
With no Democratic votes, the House approved the more than 400-page document, 227-to-205.  The measure includes four tax brackets compared to the seven that are in the current Senate bill.  The Senate has yet to act on it's measure. 
 
While House Republicans agreed to keep the highest tax bracket at 39.6-percent, Reed says most people will be taxed at the new, lower level.
 
Reed adds that what happens in the U-S Senate has yet to be determined.  However, he says he will continue to push for keeping a 10-thousand dollar deduction, at least on local and state property taxes.  The Senate bill completely eliminates the SALT provisions, and does not have the property tax deduction.
 
Reed says the process remains "dynamic" at this time.  President Donald Trump calls the House passage of the $1.5-trillion tax package "a big step'' toward delivering on the Republican Party's promise of tax cuts by year's end. 
 
Trump says he wants to deliver a final measure as a "Christmas present" to the American people.
 
 
Working smoke detectors are being credited with saving three people from flames that broke out about mid-morning Thursday on Jamestown's westside. 
 
Fire Battalion Chief Matt Coon says crews were called to the scene at 12 Mount Vernon Place about 9:15 a.m. and, found heavy smoke coming from the second-floor windows and attic area.
 
Coon says it took about 15 minutes to bring the blaze under control.  He says the three adults living in the house were able to get out of the home safely, thanks to the smoke detectors.  No other injuries were reported. 
 
Coon says there was no extension of the flames but, there was smoke and water damage to both floors of the house.  He says an off-duty shift of 12 firefighters was called in and, the cause remains under investigation.
 
 
Jamestown firefighters did have to rescue two pets dogs from inside the residence at 12 Mount Vernon Place and, officers have charged the three residents there with animal cruelty because one dog was found suffering from "extreme neglect." 
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the toy Poodle was found with extremely matted hair and, was covered in feces with open sores.  She also had a large cyst on it's abdomen. 
 
Samuelson says the dog was seized, and taken to a local veterinarian for treatment.  The three residents, 40 year-old Lisa Bortz, 39 year-old William Wright, and, 31 year-old David Wright, were charged with animal cruelty. 
 
That's a violation of the state's Ag and Markets Law.  They were being held pending arraignment.
 
 
County lawmakers Wednesday night also approved an amendment to the current budget for the Office of Child and Family Services custody services that are back-billed by the state to the county. 
 
The legislature voted 18-to-1 to approve paying an additional 3.8-million dollars from fund balance to cover the extra cost for the year 2015. 
 
Jamestown Democrat Chuck Nazzaro said he would vote for the measure but, expressed frustration over the fact the state gave no explanation about why the cost was doubled on the county.  He and others agreed that they should try to get the state Comptoller's Office to investigate the additional charges.  Frewsburg Republican Ron Lemon cast the lone "no" vote on the matter.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office has been re-accredited for the new year and, was recognized for that prior to Wedneday night's monthly legislature meeting. 
 
The acknowledgement came from Lakewood Republican Paul Wendel, who chairs the Public Safety Committee.  Wendel says the local department is one of a small number that has ALL the accreditations offered by the state's Law Enforcement Accredition Program.  He says there are 110 different standards involved in three areas: adminstration, training and operations.
 
Sheriff Joe Gerace and Accreditation Manager Lieutenant Kirk Lynon were on hand with the plaque they received from the state. 
 
Gerace thanked the legislature for it's on-going support of what they do and, said he's "very proud" of the men and women in his department because they meet and often exceed the highest-known standard for public safety. 
 
Gerace says when the state comes in for it's three-days to audit the department, they go through the department's files, and monitor everything done for those three-days.  Officials did note that the plaque was made up while Lyon was still a Sergeant.  He was recently promoted to at Lieutenant in the Sheriff's Department.
 
 
A city man has been arrested for drug possession for allegedly being found in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop on Jamestown's southside. 
 
City police say the stopped a vehicle just after 5 a.m. Thursday at the corner of King and Barrows Street and, found one of the passengers was wanted on a warrant out of Pennsylvania. 
 
Officers say they arrested 29 year-old Seneca Booth, who was found to have been in possession of a quantity of Meth and the paraphernalia.  Booth was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and, Felony fugitive from justice.  Booth is being held pending arraignment.
 
 
An event to connect homeless and at-risk veterans with services in Buffalo, has been recognized nationally for effectively organizing a one-day "Stand Down". 
 
Today from 10 AM to 2 PM, a "Stand Down for Jamestown" will be held at the Herman Kent American Legion Post in Celoron.  U-S Marine Veteran Sean Lindstrom with the V-A Health Care for Homeless Veterans program, says bringing a Stand Down to the Southern Tier is important because some veterans who could benefit the most from services may not have the capabilities to travel to Buffalo for them.  
 
 
Manufacturing activity in New York expanded at a slower pace this month but remains at a healthy level. 
 
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York says its Empire State Manufacturing Survey slid to 19.4 in November from a three-year high 30.2 last month.  But any reading over zero signals growth.  New orders grew faster this month, but shipments and hiring expanded at a slower pace. 
 
Across the United States, factories are benefiting from a strengthening global economy and from a weaker dollar, which makes U.S. products cheaper in foreign markets. 
 
The New York Fed's report adds to evidence that the U.S. economy is healthy.  Growth clocked in at a solid 3 percent annual pace from July through September.  Unemployment has dropped to 4.1 percent, close to a 17-year low.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Thursday Nov. 16, 2017

County lawmakers have approved a one-year extension with Chautauqua County's largest employees union. 
 
The county legislature last night approved the new agreement with Civil Service Employees Union-#807 Unit 6300 by a 19-0 vote.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says there is a wage increase, but adds there's also an incentive for employees to move into a lower-cost, high-deductable health insurance plan.
 
County Legislator Terry Niebel of Sheridan says he favored the contract, though it's not perfect.  Niebel noted that the CSEA did include a good-faith effort to lower their health insurance costs by going with a "Allied Health Tele-medicine" program. 
 
On the county's agreeing to support employees who move to the higher-deductable insurance, Niebel says those already on it will now be getting "a reward" for staying on it.  Horrigan says the county now has union contracts in place with all of it's bargaining units.  The current CSEA contract was to expire at the end of this year.
 
 
The legislature held a moment of silence at the start of last night's meeting in honor of Joan Glenzer, the wife of past County Executive Jack Glenzer. 
 
Joan Glenzer passed away last Thursday at an Erie, Pennsylania hospital following an extended illness.  She was 83.  Joan Glenzer was an active campaigner during her husband's two terms and, was the first woman vice-president at the SUNY College at Fredonia. 
 
Later, legislators also acknowledged the passing West Ellicott's Ben Haskins, who regularily attended legislature meetings for many years.  They also recognized the passing of Silver Creek's Laurel Hotelling.
 
 
The mayor of Jamestown should not be able to present the city council an 'unbalanced budget.' 
 
The current mayor, however, says he's not going to proposed a "gimmicky" spending plan to lawmakers that appears balanced but, has unrealistic projections. 
 
Retired Board of Public Utilities' District Heating Manager Doug Champ has gone before lawmakers on the budget the past couple of weeks and, asked the question of council when the City Charter specifically asks for a "balanced budget".
 
Mayor Sam Teresi says, the past two years, he has presented spending plans that have had $825,000 and, $947,000 deficits due to increased costs and, loss of revenue.  Teresi says he certainly strives to present a balanced budget but, adds that hasn't always been possible in current times. 
 
City lawmakers will hold it's required public hearing on the Mayor's $35.7-million spending plan at 6 p.m. next Monday night.  A vote on the budget plan will be held on Monday, November 27th.
 
 
A group of off-duty police officers in the city of Jamestown will be back in the school district soon. 
 
At Tuesday's school board meeting, Superintendent Bret Apthorpe said that the officers called "Red Shirts" were not initially covered for liability.  However he says the board has worked with the Jamestown Police-Kendall Club PBA and civil service to take on the Red Shirts as district employees.
 
Apthorpe says the Red Shirts were not seen around schools, at football games or special school events for about three weeks.  After speaking with Frank Donato at the Kendall Club, the district is hopeful to see the Red Shirts resume their shifts after Thanksgiving break. 
 
Apthorpe says the officers play a large role in the student community because they interact with the kids directly and, the students and teachers enjoy that. 
 
 
There were some anxious moments but, no one was hurt when flames engulfed a dump truck that was being used to haul corn for a local farm in the town of Busti Wednesday afternoon. 
 
Lakewood fire officials say crews were called to the scene of a fully-involved truck fire on Southwestern Drive, near Baker Street Extension about 1:30 PM. 
 
They say the driver of the Oakview Farms truck got out of the vehicle alright.  The cause remains unknown at this time.
 
 
A Silver Creek man is $3-million richer after purchasing a winning "Benjamins" scratch-off ticket during a routine stop recently for gas. 
 
Chautauqua County's newest Lottery millionaire was introduced to the media in Buffalo today with Richie Thompson purchasing his $3 milllion-winning ticket at Cave's Food Center in Forestville. 
 
Spokeswoman Yolanda Vega with the New York Lottery presented Thompson with an oversized $3-million check and she told us he is a long-time lottery player.
 
Thompson opted to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment. Yolanda says he plans to open up a new trucking business in his hometown area, something he had always told family members he was going to do if he won the lottery. 
 
Thompson will receive a net check totaling $1,641,000 after required withholdings.  Yolanda says she never tires of presenting the oversized checks saying that she gets "all excited and involved" in their stories. 
 
 
A Bemus Point man was arrested on a warrant for issuing a bad check for over $2,500 Monday. 
 
State Police in Jamestown say they received a complaint back in September from a local business claiming that 29 year-old Matthew Mecusker gave them a check for more than $2,500 in June that came back returned. 
 
The business told Troopers they attempted to get Mecusker to pay the balance, but were unsuccessful and reported it to authorities.  After receiving the complain, police advised Mecusker of this but, he refused to turn himself in.  He arrested and jailed pending further court action.
 
 
Warren General Hospital has announced a comprehensive affiliation agreement with three major health networks officials say will enhance access to high-quality, high value health services. 
 
Warren General Chief Executive Officer Ron Allen says it's "an exciting day" to annnounce the joint venture with Highmark, LECOM, and the Allegheny Health Network. 
 
It's a huge step for the hospital and it's considered "rare" that all three would work jointly with one provider.  Allen says they're "thrilled to be moving forward in partnership with organizations that share our values and commitment to excellence in patient care, and community focused service."

 

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WJTN Headlines for Tuesday Nov. 14, 2017

Residents of the Panama Central School district said "yes" but, in the Clymer district they said a resounding "no" to the merger process between the two districts. 
 
That means any merger of the Panama and Clymer schools is done for now. 
 
That from Bert Lictus, superintendent for both districts in the wake of yesterday's non-binding vote on moving ahead with the merger process.  LIctus was obviously disappointed but, also saw in the Clymer vote a sense that residents want to stay with the current sharing of services.
 
Lictus says he believes there were two key factors that led to the defeat in Clymer.  One was a consideration of "losing their identity" and, "finances with the state."   The vote in Clymer was 654-to-186 while the straw vote in Panama was 192 "yes" and 168 "no." 
 
In spite of the defeat, Lictus says the continued sharing of several personnel and services will continue.
 
 
Officials with the Prendergast Library and city of Jamestown last night discussed ways to help the library stay solvent in light of another, major cut in city funding to the library. 
 
Library Director Tina Scott went before the City Council to review their allocaton from the city, which is being cut in half by Mayor Sam Teresi for 2018 to $50,000. 
 
Scott says that's another huge blow to their bottom line and, adds they are also seeing stagnant or declining revenue.  She adds that they are also running out of investment income.
 
The idea of leasing out space in the Prendergast was broached by Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce.  Scott says they current have one major tenant in the building, which is the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System, which oversees all local libraries. 
 
However, she says they have a 60-year lease on the addition that was added for the system's main offices.  Scott says that if they didn't have the library offices there, they wouldn't have that entity helping to pay expenses.  She says losing that tenant would increase their costs by $40,000 a year.
 
 
A man from Corry, Pennsylvania man is in the Chautauqua County Jail after allegedly leading State Police on a chase and, damaging several vehicles while under the influence of drugs in the town of Ripley last Sunday night. 
 
Troopers responded to a report of a property damage accident at the Ripley Toll Barrier just before 8:30 PM.  Prior to arrival, the suspect's vehicle left the scene in an attempt to flee. 
 
While responding to the area, Troopers located and attempted to stop the vehicle.  A pursuit was initiated after the driver refused to comply. 
 
The driver, later identified as 32 year-old Kevin Birchard, is accused of intentionally hitting five vehicles during the pursuit.  After Birchard's vehicle finally was stopped, he was taken into custody without further incident.
 
 
A teenager faces charges for an alleged burglary, using a baseball bat on Jamestown's southside yesterday afternoon. 
 
Jamestown Police say they responded to 224 Forest Avenue for a subject with a weapon.  Officers spoke with the residents and were told that a unnamed, 17 year-old male, kicked in the apartment door  and, made entry while in possession of a baseball bat.
 
While inside, the male allegedly threatened occupants of the residence and swung the bat at them.  The teen was located a short distance away and was taken to city jail pending arraignment.  No injuries were reported. 
 
 
County Executive Vince Horrigan went to Albany late Monday, where Chautauqua County will be recognized once again for its commitment to shared services. 
 
Prior to leaving, Horrigan said he and others involved in local consolidation efforts have been invited to take part in the program.
 
Meanwhile, elected officials at both the county and local level are still waiting to hear about the results of the $20-million dollar Municipal Consolidation and Government Efficiency Competition.  Horrigan says he doesn't know when an announcement is expected, adding that an announcement of the winner should have already been made. 
 
However, he says it may be when other state funding is typically announced in early December.  Horrigan says a number of projects from Chautauqua County have been submitted for state Consolidated Funding Application grant monies.
 
 
The city of Jamestown's annual Christmas Tree is up on Tracy Plaza after being harvested from the playground area of Bergman Park on the city's westside. 
 
The 60-foot tall White Spruce Tree was cut down by a Parks and Recreation Crew Monday morning.
 
The Board of Public Utilities, and a crew with a flatbed truck from Lakeshore Paving also assisted the Parks crew at the park.  City Arborist Dan Stone says they appreciate the help because the park grounds were wet and muddy.
 
Stone says the tree is about 60 to 80 years-old and, is in good shape.  However, he also says the tree and it's roots were starting to encroach on the play-ground equipment and, it was going to be harvested anyway. 
 
The tree will now be decorated with some 3,000 LED lights.  The tree will be lit on Friday, December 1st to begin the annual downtown Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration.
 
 
A ground-breaking ceremony was held late Monday morning for a half million dollar project to upgrade facilities at Point Gratiot in Dunkirk. 
 
City Mayor Willie Rosas, along with other elected officials were on hand for the event.  State Senator Cathy Young couldn't attend the event but, Rosas says she played an important role in landing the funding for the project, which should update and upgrade the park for the 21st century.
 
Ed Schober of Labella Associates says the roof of every building at the park will receive some attention, including the main pavilion and the restrooms. 
 
Crews were expected to begin work right after the ground-breaking with the project expected to be completed in time for Memorial Day.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Monday Nov. 13, 2017

A Jamestown teenager is jailed on $5,000 bail for allegedly holding a woman against her will and breaking her phone when she tried to call for help.
 
Jamestown police say they were called to 152 Baker Street for an alleged domestic incident about 3 p.m. last Saturday and, found that 19 year-old Justin Conklin had allegedly choked the victim. 
 
Police say Conklin then held the victim against a door when she tried to leave.  He was arraigned on charges of second-degree unlawful imprisonment, criminal obstruction of breathing and criminal mischief.  He was then sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
It was Veteran's Day, 2017 last Saturday and, a short, solumn ceremony was held at Veteran's Park on the city of Jamestown's westside.
 
A 21-gun salute was given to conclude brief remarks at the annual program put on by the Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post-53.  Post Commander J.R. Rotunda was pleased with the turn-out on a bitterly cold, November morning.
 
Rotunda says the local VFW has been doing a yearly program for the past 100 years and they use the day to honor both the fallen and, the veteran's still among us.  He says it's up to the living veterans to make sure they are honored.  Rotunda says while the program is put on by their post, it's for ALL veterans, including the younger ones returning from Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.  
 
In addition to the program at Veteran's Park, the annual American Legion 21-gun salute and rifle volley was held at 11 this morning at the corner of Third and Main Streets.  The Jamestown High School Band played the Star Spangled Banner, and buglars played taps.  A special Veteran's Day service was also held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.  There was also a service in Celoron Saturday morning.
 
 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments that can legally be treated with medical marijuana. 
 
The PTSD bill was part of a package of legislation that Cuomo signed Saturday to mark Veterans Day.  The Democratic governor said 19,000 New Yorkers with PTSD could be helped by medical marijuana.  He said the potential beneficiaries include veterans as well as police officers and survivors of domestic violence, crime and accidents. 
 
Other measures signed Saturday include a bill to provide more days off for combat veterans employed by the state and a bill waiving the civil service examination fee for veterans who were honorably discharged.  Cuomo said the legislation will help give veterans "every opportunity to continue succeeding when they return home."
 
 
Outgoing Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan has met with his successor, fellow Republican George Borrello.  Borrello, an Irving legislator, indicated on Election Night that he would meet later with Horrigan.
 
The current executive says he wants to have a smooth transition with Borrello. who is wrapping up a fourth-term on the legislature. Horrigan will be leaving office for retirement at the end of December. 
 
Borrello has been a member of the County Legislature since 2010.  He defeated Democratic candidate Mike Ferguson of Fredonia with 63-percent of the vote to Ferguson's 37-percent.
 
 
Chautauqua County's top cop says he's looking forward to working with new County Executive George Borrello when he takes over next January. 
 
Sheriff Joe Gerace says both Borrello and Democratic candidate  Mike Ferguson ran a good, "issues-oriented" campaign which he thinks residents wanted to see.  Gerace adds he will miss working with outgoing Executive Vince Horrigan.
 
Horrigan is retiring from office at the end of the year.  Borrello will become the fifth county executive Gerace has served with since becoming sheriff in 1995.   
 
 
A Jamestown man was arrested on a warrant check following a brief foot chase in the city's westside early last weekend.
 
Jamestown police say officers spotted 36 year-old Bernard Mount on West 13th Street last Friday afternoon and, confirmed he was wanted on warrants issued from Jamestown City Court, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office and, Salamanca Police.  After the foot pursuit, Mount was arrested for resisting arrest, and on the two outside agency warrants.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
The son of the highest-ranking recipient of the Medal of Honor still listed as missing from World War II is pushing for renewed interest in finding the crash site of his father's B-17 bomber. 
 
Brigadier General Kenneth Walker and 10 other men were aboard the San Antonio Rose when it disappeared over a Pacific island in January 1943.  Walker's son, Douglas Walker, a retiree from Connecticut, met with Pentagon officials earlier this year to provide information from a team of independent experts that he hopes will prompt U.S. military officials to authorize a new search for the downed bomber. 
 
Military officials say the independent team's theory on the crash site's possible location is plausible, but that more investigation is required in order to locate the plane.
 
 
A 166-count federal indictment accuses a western New York doctor of illegally prescribing pain medication that resulted in six deaths. 
 
The U.S. Attorney's office in Buffalo says that Dr. Eugene Gosy of Clarence was responsible for the mass distribution of prescription painkillers including fentanyl and oxycodone.  Investigators say the pain management doctor ignored obvious red flags that his patients were addicted and abusing their medications. 
 
Conviction on the charges connected to patient deaths could bring a maximum sentence of life in prison.  Law firm Colucci and Gallaher released a statement saying Gosy has helped tens of thousands of patients and his rate of patient overdose death is far below the national average.  Gosy was already facing an April 2016 indictment alleging illegal prescribing and health care fraud.

 

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News Headlines for Nov. 11, 2017

Veteran's Day commemorated in Jamestown...
It's Veteran's Day 2017, and, a brief program was held at Veteran's Park on the city of Jamestown's westside, and concluded with the traditional, 21-gun salute and tapes.  Those followed remarks at this morning's annual program put on by the Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post-53.  Post Commander "J.R." Rotunda was pleased with the turn-out on a bitterly cold, November morning.  He says normally, they don't get that many people.  Rotunda is a Viet Nam veteran, and says they didn't get that kind of respect when they got home, but, he says the provide that for all veteran's now.  Rotunda says the local VFW has been doing a yearly program for the past 100 years... and, they use the day to honor both the fallen... and, the veteran's still among us.  He says while the program is put on by their post... it's for all veterans... including the younger ones returning from Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.  In addition to the program at Veteran's Park... the annual American Legion 21-gun salute and rifle volley was held at 11 this morning at the corner of Third and Main Streets.  The Jamestown High School Band played the Star Spangled Banner, and buglars played taps.  A special Veteran's Day service was also held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.
 
 
Teen arrested for allegedly stabbing brother in Gerry...
A Gerry teenager was arrested Thursday afternoon after allegedly stabbing his brother during an incident on Herrick Road.  Sheriff Joe Gerace confirms that Sheriff's officers were among the first responders called to the scene shortly after 1 p.m.  Gerace says the 16 year-old allegedly stabbed the brother in the leg during the incident.  The victim was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening wound.  The 16 year-old was arrested.  However... Gerace says due to the ages of those involved... no names are being released.  No other details have been released.
 
 
PA man arrested following alleged DWI incident in Jamestown...
A man from Warren, Pa. was arrested for allegedly driving drunk the wrong way on a Jamestown street early yesterday morning.  But, city police say they also found drugs in the possession of 35 year-old Danna Merritt.  Officers say they saw his vehicle traveling the wrong way on East 2nd Street near Institute Street just after 2:30 a.m.  Police pulled the vehicle over at the intersection of Institute and First Streets, and arrested Merritt.  Further investigation revealed Merritt was drunk... and, he was allegedly in possession of oxycodone and marijuana.  Merritt was taken to City Jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
Cuomo administration now implementing Retail Workers Shift Scheduling regulations...
New York's governor says his administration is implementing regulations that require employers to pay workers extra when they're called in at the last minute.  Democrat Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that the state Department of Labor's new regulations address the practice of scheduling retail and other workers with short notice.  He says the regulations establish a 14-day advance notice standard for scheduling and provide two hours' extra pay for last-minute assignments.  The new rules also provide for extra compensation when workers have to be on stand-by or for last-minute cancellations.  New York State Retail Council President Ted Potrikus says the regulations still allow flexibility for employers.
 
 
Liuzzo talks about winning Jamestown City Council At-Large seat... 
Republican newcomer Andrew Liuzzo says he decided to run for the Jamestown City Council because he was "tired of complaining" about what's been happening -- or not happening in the city.  Liuzzo was third-leading vote-getter in the six person race for the three at-large council seats this past Tuesday night.  He says the biggest complaint that he heard during the campaign was about property taxes.  However... Liuzzo says another aspect of that caught his attention... and, found himself wondering, "what are we getting for our tax dollars?"  He says many sidewalks are broken, streets need repair, and there is still some substandard housing.  Liuzzo received 1,952 votes last Tuesday... and, finished just two votes behind second-place Vanessa Weinert in the machine vote Tuesday.  That's also prior to the counting of absentee ballots.  Liuzzo says he's also concerned about the city's fiscal position... and, having to get money from the state to balance the 2017 budget.  However... no such promise has been made for 2018... when Mayor Sam Teresi projects a $947,000 deficit.  Liuzzo says the biggest problem facing the city -- otherwise -- is the on-going Heroin and Opioid Drug crisis.  
 
 
Horrigan supports CSEA Contract Extention...
The Chautauqua County Legislature will be taking action next week on a new contract for the county's largest labor union.  This past Thursday, members of the Audit and Control Committee approved the agreement, a one-year contract extension for CSEA Local 807-Unit 6300.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says he supports the tentative agreement and says he's very hopeful that the full legislature will approve the pact, which includes a 2-percent wage increase... but, some insurance concessions.  Horrigan says an important part of the contract allows the county to offer multiple health care plans -- including some lower cost plans.  Legislators will hold their monthly meeting next Wednesday evening at the Gerace Office Building in Mayville.
 

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WJTN Headlines for Friday Nov. 10, 2017

The first arctic blast of the season has arrived, and we are seeing a major change in our weather through later this morning. 
 
Meteorologist Jon Hitchcock with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says an arctic cold front crossed the region overnight and, says rain showers and even some evening thunderstorms turned to lake effect snow late last night. 
 
Hitchcock says snowfall amounts will range from 1 to 3 inches over the higher terrain, with only dusting along the lake shore.  A flash freeze is still a concern, especially over bridges and overpasses.  
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed was among the majority of lawmakers on the House Ways and Means Committee who gave final approval to a tax reform package he continues to say will save the average taxpayer in his district $1,600 a year. 
 
The Corning Republican says the tax-writing committee approved a number of changes to the original legislation, including keeping the top individual rate of 39.6% for the highest income-earners.  Reed says that means four versus three tax brackets in the House bill.
 
Reed says the House bill also keeps the Local and State Property Tax Deduction but, it does not continue other SALT provisions.  He says that may slow things down when reconciling their measure with the U.S. Senate's. 
 
That bill would completely eliminate ALL parts of SALT and, Reed says he will fight to continue the Property Tax deduction provision in the final bill.  The Senate bill would also include seven, not four income tax brackets. 
 
During his weekly media conference call, Reed said the House bill will also save small business owners about $3,000 a year.  He expects a House vote next week.
 
 
For possibly the first-time ever, there will be a female majority on the Jamestown City Council next year. 
 
That after Democrat Vanessa Weinert won one of three at-large seats up in last Tuesday's election.  Weinert was second-leading vote getter among the at-large candidates with 1,954 votes.  There were almost 450 absentee ballots issued in the city but, Weinert says she's pretty comfortable there won't be much change in the results, mainly because of who the absentees were sent to.
 
Republican incumbant Kim Ecklund got the most votes Tuesday, with nearly 2,300 tallies.  After Weinert Republican newcomer Andrew Liuzzo was third with one-thousand-952 votes.  Fourth place finisher, Republican Michael Laurin, received 1,854 votes, while incumbant Democrat Greg Rabb was fifth with 1,852. 
 
Barring any significant swing, Weinert would become the fifth woman on the panel.  She feels that's important, regardless of what political party you belong to.  In addition to Ecklund, Weinert, and Liuzzo, Council winners on Tuesday included Democrats Marie Carrubba, Maria Jones, Vickeye James and Tom Nelson and, Republican Tony Dolce.
 
 
Running for public office for the first-time often ends up being a real learning experience and, a lot of that comes from putting a lot of mileage on your shoes. 
 
Democrat Vanessa Weinert says she found that out by campaigning for Jamestown City Council.  Weinert says, when you run locally, there's not a lot of research about what issues are important to voters.  She says you need to talk with them about what matters to them and, use a little "intuition" to determine what people care about the most. 
 
Speaking with our Dennis Webster Thursday's morning on WJTN's morning show, she agreed it's "shoeleather research." 
 
 
The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County has passed the half-way mark in it's General Campaign and officials with the agency are optimistic they will reached their $1.325-million  goal. 
 
United Way Campaign Chairwoman Jane Cleaver-Becker says they are "thrilled" to have reached 55% of the 2017 goal.  Becker says many of their workplace campaigns are well-underway and the results have been "great news".
 
Becker says the United Way has been seeing more new donors taking part and, adds there's been an emphasis on getting new people under the age of 40 involved. Becker also adds that raising the last 45% will be a challenge, and that may involve a new emphasis on getting more new donors involved and, showing them "why their gift matters." 
 
The United Way again stresses this year that 100-percent of the donations made to them remain here to be used for United Way programming, and, for some 41 community-based programs in the Jamestown-area.  For more information on the United Way, call 483-1561.  You can also go on-line to UWayscc.org
 
 
Gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area are up by 6-cents this week to nearly $2.76 for a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel. 
 
That from AAA's Gas Price Report which says the price at this time last year was $2.38 per gallon. With a 2.9 million barrel decrease in inventory the region saw the biggest drop of any in the country. AAA says the U-S Energy Information Administration reports the highest demand measurement for gasoline since 2006.
 
At $2.53 per gallon, the national fuel price increased by 6-cents as of Monday. The increase of prices at the pump is attributed to the high demand and low supply, bringing a 7-million barrel deficit compared to this time last year.  Motorists can find gas prices along their route at AAA.com/mobile

 

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WJTN Headlines for Thursday Nov. 9, 2017

"It was a good day for voters in Chautauqua County."  Those are the feelings of County Democratic Elections Commissioner Norm Green, who says voter turn-out was good for an "off-year" election, especially in Legislature District One.
 
Green adds that Jamestown voter turn-out was much lower, in the 20% range.  He says that he and Republican Elections Commissioner Brian Abram were predicting a 30-percent voter turn-out. 
 
However, with the absentee ballots, overall turnout was 40-percent.  Green says 2,132 absentee ballots were handed out and over half have been returned as of yesterday.  He says it will be at least six days before ballots and affidavits are counted.
 
Green says the affidavits are capped "full-fledged provisionally" for several reasons including, someone may have moved or the Department of Motor Vehicles did not give a record of voter registration. 
 
 
It appears there will be two new members of the Jamestown City Council in the new year. 
 
But, that's pending the election canvass and absentee ballot count.  Currently, the machine count shows that Republican Kim Ecklund was the top vote getter among at-large candidates in Tuesday's election with 2,298 votes. 
 
Ecklund far outdistanced second-place finisher, Democrat Vanessa Weinert, who had 1,954 votes.  Unlike previous years, Ecklund did not have the Independence Party line because her name was for an unknown reason not transferred to the final document to go on the ballot.  She says that didn't spur her on because, with six people running she knew she had to work hard regardless.
 
Current Council President Greg Rabb is in fifth-place following the machine ballot count on Tuesday.  However, he may still be re-elected depending on how the absentee ballots come in. 
 
After Weinert, Republican challenger Andrew Liuzzo was in third-place for the third seat with 1,952 votes.  Second-Ward Councilman Tony Dolce was handly re-elected, and expressed mixed feelings about Rabb's defeat because they have worked well together.  Right now, it appears Democrats will hold a slim, 5-to-4 majority for 2018. 
 
Late yesterday, the Board of Elections released the absentee ballots for each "to close to call" race in the county.  In the at-large Council race in Jamestown, there were 446 absentee ballots issued and, 230 are returned.  Currently Weinert is second with 1,954 while Rabb is 100 behind with 1,854.
 
 
The new Chautauqua County Executive-elect says the transition into the new office is underway today and, he still has some big decisions to make on his administration. 
 
That from County Legislator George Borrello of Irving, who defeated Democrat Michael Ferguson in Tuesdays election with 63-percent of the vote.  Borrello defeated Ferguson, 16,455 to 9,586 tallies.  He would not say if he would retain any of current County Executive Vince Horrigan's cabinet and department heads.
 
Borrello congratulated Ferguson, who likewise, congratulated Borrello on his win and, for sticking with the issues.  Ferguson says he's "proud" of the race both he and Borrello waged. 
 
During his concession speak at Rooties in Dunkirk, Ferguson thanked his family for their unwavering support, as well as other supporters who he got to know so well during the campaign.
 
 
Statewide, New Yorkers defeated a proposal holding a constitutional convention. 
 
About 77% of voters rejected the proposition.  Two other proposals on the ballot passed, including one that dealt with stripping the pensions of public officials convicted of felonies related to their jobs.  The other creating a forest preserve land bank.  Chautauqua County voters rejected Proposal One with 88 percent of the vote, while approving the other two proposals.
 
 
It was a difficult final week of the campaign but, incumbant Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore was re-elected to another, four year term. 
 
While he was pleased with the win, Barmore says he was as also very relieved it was over.  The Gerry Republican got 58% of the vote Tuesday to Democratic challenger Lee Ann Lazarony's 42%.
 
Barmore says he's "got broad shoulders" and can take the personal attacks when they come but, says it's hard on the family.  He received 14,888 votes, while Lazarony the former Mayor of Cassadaga received 10,690 votes.  
 
 
Dunkirk city voters elected a new judge in a three-way contest for the seat held by long-time City Judge Walter Drag. 
 
Democrat John Kuzdale defeated Republican Joseph Price and Green Party candidate Ron Szot.  Kuzdale received 1,118 votes, beating out Price who had 937 and Szot with 230.  The winner will succeed Drag who announced his retirement earlier this year. 
 
In the only other contested race in the city, former County Legislator Shaun Heenan, a Republican, beat incumbent Democrat Adelino Gonzalez, 1,177-947.  Heenan also previously served as Common Councilman-at-large.
 
 
A Jamestown woman faces multiple charges for allegedly driving drunk during an accident in a grocery store parking lot Tuesday afternoon. 
 
City police responded to the Save-A-Lot at 194 Fluvanna Avenue for a motor vehicle accident.  During an investigation, officer determined that 26 year-old Jordan Becker's car had left the roadway while attempting to left-turn onto Fluvanna Avenue from Washington Street. 
 
The vehicle went through the Save-A-Lot parking lot and struck a parked vehicle.  Becker was found to be operating her vehicle in an intoxicated condition and was arrested.  She is being held in City Jail pending arraignment.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Wednesday Nov. 8, 2017

It was a big night for Republicans in Chautauqua County on Election Day, as they held onto top-elected positions and, a supermajority on the County Legislature. 
 
Irving Legislator George Borrello took an early lead and, built it into a solid win in Tueday's election for County Executive.  Borrello defeated Democrat Michael Ferguson, 63 to 37 percent. 
 
Borrello received 16,455 to Ferguson's 9,586 tallies.  He congratulated Ferguson for running a clean, issues oriented campaign.
 
During a victory celebration in Mayville last night, Borrello called the victory "humbling" and called it a "mandate" for his 10-point plan called "Elevating Chautauqua County."  He said the time is now to take the county "to the next level."  He would not say if he would retain any of current County Executive Vince Horrigan's cabinet and department heads, but said regardless of party, if you "do a good job for the people of Chautauqua County" you'll have a place in the administration.
 
 
Republicans did lose a seat on the Chautauqua County Legislature, but will still have an overwhelming, 14 to 5 edge on the panel next year. 
 
Ironically, Democrats gained the seat Borrello gave up to run for County Executive.  Silver Creek Democrat Kevin O'Connell won over Irving Republican Gary Cerne Tuesday, 902-to-806. 
 
In other contested seats in the Jamestown-area, Republican John Davis defeated Democrat Terry Walker, 1,290 to 559 for the seat being vacated by Ron Lemon.  County GOP Chairman David Wilfong of Jamestown held onto his seat with a 542-to-428 win over Democrat Frank Besse. 
 
Another Republican incumbant from Jamestown, Elisabeth Rankin, held off Democrat Dave Reinhardt by less than 100 votes. 
 
Other winners in contested races included Kevin Muldowney, Robert Scudder, Pierre Chagnon, David Himelein, and John Hemmer.  The GOP will have a 14-to-5 majority in 2018.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Clerk for the past four years will remain County Clerk the next four years. 
 
Gerry Republican Larry Barmore won what at times, became a testy campaign down the stretch.  Barmore received about 58-percent of Tuesday's vote, while Cassadaga Democrat LeeAnn Lazarony got 42-percent.
 
 
It appears there will be two new members of the Jamestown City Council in the new year and, that the panel's current president has not been re-elected to the council. 
 
Long-time Second-Ward Councilman Tony Dolce won his race against Joseph Scapelitte, 535-to-220.  There were a couple of surprises in the at-large races, with Council President Greg Rabb currently sitting in fifth place out of six candidates. 
 
Totals are pending the count of absentee ballots, but at this point, Dolce says it appears Democrats will hold a 5-to-4 majority in 2018.  Republican incumbant Kim Ecklund was top vote-getter among the at-large candidates, with Democrat Vanessa Weinert second with 1,954 votes and, Republican Andrew Liuzzo was third with 1,952 votes. 
 
Republican Michael Laurin was fourth, while Rabb was fifth.  Back to the Ward races, Democrat Marie Carubba held off Republican Richard Elardo in the other contested race.
 
 
Two people have been arrested in Jamestown for allegedly being in possession of just under two pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop Monday afternoon. 
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers pulled over a car, driven by 26 year-old Ernest Cauley, at the corner of Hazeltine Avenue and Baker Street just after 1:30 PM.  Samuelson says the stop was part of an ongoing investigation by the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force into the city's growing Meth problem.
 
Samuelson says both Cauley and 22 year-old Zackiel Fields were arrested for second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class-A-2 Felony and, additional charges and arrests are pending.  He says if you have any further information on the case, or other illegal drug activity, there are two ways you can contact them anonymously call the JPD Tips line at 483-8477 or leave a message at the JPD Tips 4-1-1 app.
 
 
A Jamestown man was arrested for allegedly threatening a female victim with a knife on the city's west-side Monday night. 
 
Officers say they were called to a West Fifth Street residence for a domestic dispute, where an investigation revealed that 46 year-old Bryan Livingston, Senior threatened the victim with a knife during the incident. 
 
While in custody at City Jail, Officers say Livingston damaged property in the jail booking room. He is charged with first-degree menacing, aggravated family offense and, fourth-degree criminal mischief. 
 
 
A Lakewood man will spend up to three-years in prision for second-degree vehicular manslaughter in a drunk driving related crash that claimed the life of a Stockton man in September of 2016. 
 
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says 29-year-old Jude Gagliano received the sentence on Monday in County Court in Mayville and, says he's pleased with the outcome.
 
Swanson praised the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department for it's thorough investigation of the case.  The crash at the corner of Sinclair Drive and Route 380 last year in the town of Ellery claimed the life of 22 year-old Charles Clutter.  
 
 
A family-owned supermarket chain that's more than a century old has been named one of the "Best Workplaces in Retail" by research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and FORTUNE magazine. 
 
Wegman's, which opened its first store in 1916 has taken first-place for the second year in a row.  It has grown into 95 regional stores spanning across New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia and, Massachusetts. 
 
There is a store in West Ellicott.  The ranking accounts for responses from 38,000 employees in the retail sector detailing more than 50 factors that shape their experiences at work including, work life, diversity and, programs.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Tuesday Nov. 7, 2017

It's Election Day, 2017 and, the polls are now open across Chautauqua County at 6 AM with a number of local races to be decided.  
 
Turn-out is expected to be low across New York state, even with three state-wide propositions and some key mayoral races taking place. 
 
Locally there are two county-wide races in Chautauqua County, where voters will decide on a replacement for retiring County Executive Vince Horrigan. 
 
Republican County Legislator George Borrello of Irving is taking on Democrat Michael Ferguson of Fredonia.  There is also a county clerk's race with incumbant Republican Larry Barmore facing off against Democratic challenger LeeAnn Lazarony of Cassadaga. 
 
All 19 County Legislature seats are up for a vote, but only nine of them are contested. 
 
Two key ones to watch locally are District 11 in Jamestown where County GOP Chairman David Wilfong is being challenged by Democrat Frank Besse and, in District 16, where two men are vying to replace the retiring Ron Lemon.  They are Republican John Davis, and Democrat Terry Walker.
 
In the city of Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi is not on the ballot this year, but the entire city council is.  However, there are only two contested Ward Seats this year. 
 
In Ward-2, long-time Republican member Tony Dolce is being challenged by Democrat Joseph Scapelitte.  In Ward-4, Democratic incumbant Marie Carubba is being challenged by Republican Rick Elardo.
 
All three at-large seats in Jamestown are contested.  Incumbants Greg Rabb a Democrat and, Republican Kim Ecklund are on the ballot.  They are joined by Republican newcomers Michael Laurin, and Andrew Liuzzo and, Democrats Vanessa Weinert, and Robert Whitney.  Whitney is a former County Legislator.
 
Polls are open until 9 PM tonight.  Our coverage of Election Night, 2017 begins following the ABC News at 8 PM.
 
 
While flood waters have receded local and county governments are now surveying the damage caused by Sunday night's torrential rainfall from slow moving showers and thunderstorms that crossed the region. 
 
Chautauqua County Emergency Services Director John Griffith says the worst hit area in the county was the village of Fredonia.
 
Water levels were also on the rise in Silver Creek, but Griffith says evacuations were not needed.  A portion of Route 60, near Route 83, was closed for several hours overnight because of the high waters.  Griffith says they will be looking for damage estimates from the flooding caused by the heavy rains.
 
The rain stopped, and Chautauqua County began drying out Monday morning after torrential rains late Sunday triggered flood watches and warnings across Western New York. 
 
Some flooding took place Sunday night after the ground had already become saturated with water in recent days.  Forecaster Jon Hitchcock with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says most of the high water came from heavy rains that were part of a storm system that dropped between 2 and 3 inches of rain from Sunday morning through early Monday.
 
Initially, the weather service issued a Flood Watch for all of Western New York through early Monday afternoon.  Then, an "Areal" Flood Warning was put in place for the entire region for all streams and rivers. 
 
Hitchcock says one of those was in the Fredonia-area for a while Sunday night.  However, he says it was caused by some debris temporarily damming up along the Canadaway Creek. 
 
Hitchcock says a weather spotter in Sinclairville said they received just under 3-inches of rain from the storm. 
 
 
A driver in the town of Stockton was left stranded when his vehicle was partially submerged in water yesterday morning. 
 
Sheriff's deputies say 52 year-old Gerald Haley was traveling on South Stockton-Cassadaga Road when he failed to obey two road closure signs, drove around the signs and, proceeded southbound on the flooded roadway. 
 
Haley's vehicle became disabled and was partially submerged in water.  He was helped by Sheriff's officers, the Stockton Fire Department and, a local private citizen.
 
Haley was charged with failure to obey traffic control device and is to appear in court at a later date. 
 
 
A Jamestown man faces several charges after being arrested last weekend after he was found to be in possession of just under four grams of drugs during an accident last month. 
 
New York State Police in Jamestown responded to a motorcycle accident on October 21st in the city at the intersection of Route 60 and Kiantone Roads.  Investigation revealed that 42 year-old Victor Cameron left the roadway striking a sign post and, was injured. 
 
While conducting an inventory of Cameron's clothing cut cut off by EMS in order to treat his injuries, troopers located 1.3 grams of methamphetamine and, 2.5 grams of marijuana. 
 
A check of Cameron's driving record revealed that his license had been suspended for driving under the influence of drugs.  He was arraigned in City Court and released but, was later arrested by Jamestown Police on a larceny warrant.
 
 
A local initiative to help Spanish-speaking residents become bi-lingual and more employable is in the running for a $10,000 grant from M-&-T Bank. 
 
Community Helping Hands in the Gateway Center in Jamestown is one of five nationwide finalists for the grant from it's "Understanding What's Important Business Challenge."  Community Helping Hands Executive Director Amy Rohler says they were nominated by Jim Holler at Trinity Guitars on West Third Street.
 
Pastor Rohler says M-&-T Bank began on-line voting for the winner late last week and, voting continues through November 22.  She says they are currently in second-place in the voting, so they have some work to do.  She says first of all, you can vote by going on-line to Bank-dot-MTB/Business Contest.  She says you can use pretty much any device to make your vote. 
 
Rohler says you can also go on-line to CHHNY.ORG for more information on voting.  One other community-based group in the Hudson Valley community of Kingston is also a finalist for the $10,000 M-&-T grant.
 
 
Three men from the city of Dunkirk have been arrested on drug-related warrants following a month long investigation into the alleged sales of crack cocaine and marjuana in the north county city. 
 
The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and Durkirk Police say they carried out search warrants last Friday for two separate apartments at 47 West Second Street in the city. 
 
Officials say 21 year-old Irvin Pachecho was located at the lower rear apartment and, 21 year-olds Jonathan Torres-Morales and Victor Quinnones were taken into custody at the lower front apartment. 
 
As a result of the searches, authorities say they located and seized a quantity of cocaine, marijuana, a large sum of cash and a loaded rifle. The three subjects were taken into custody pending their arraignment.
 
 
Cornell Cooperative Extension's 'Leaf' classes are underway for the season. 
 
'Leaf' stands for 'learn, empower, achieve farm'.  Each of the sessions offers a low cost way to be introduced to an agriculture related topic. 
 
Extension educator, Katelyn Walley-Stoll, organizes the series.  She is particularly excited about a new course to offered this Thursday at 6 PMat the Bratt Agriculture Center.
 
Molly Vacco of Erie County will be teaching the Essential Oils and Animals workshop.  There are around two dozen 'Leaf' classes between now and next spring. 
 
The full catalog is available at cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Pre-registration is required for each class.  The 'Leaf' program is presented with the support of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

 

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Flood Watch Update

Flood Watches and Warnings have been lifted for Erie, Chautauqua... Cattaraugus, and Wyoming counites of Western New York.  Meteorologist David Thomas with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says that an "Areal" Flood Warning went into effect just before 5 PM yesterday... Thomas says that preceeded the cold-front moving in.
 
Thomas says the region will generally receive another 1 to 2 inches of rain from late last night through this afternoon... and, some areas to the north of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties could see 3 and 4 inches of rain since yesterday morning.  He says a lot of the smaller creeks and streams will reach their banks, and possibly overflow them today.  Some thunder was associated with yesterday's late afternoon rain, and movement of the cold front through the area.

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WJTN Headlines for Monday Nov. 6, 2017

All of Western New York is under a Flood Watch and, many areas are under warnings through this afternoon due to a slow-moving storm system that's moved in from the Midwest. 
 
Forecaster David Thomas with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says that an "Areal" Flood Warning went into effect just before 5 p.m. yesterday and, remains in effect until 4:45 this afternoon.
 
Thomas says the region will generally receive another 1 to 2 inches of rain from late Sunday through this afternoon and, some areas to the north of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties could see 3 and 4 inches of rain since yesterday morning.  He says a lot of the smaller creeks and streams will reach their banks, and possibly overflow them today. 
 
Some thunder was associated with yesterday's late afternoon rain, and movement of the cold front through the area.  Thomas says the cold front brought "waves" of rain and colder air with it.
 
 
Two Jamestown-area residents were hurt one seriously after a vehicle pursuit that began in the town of Kiantone ended with a crash in the town of Ellicott. 
 
Sheriff's deputies say they performed a traffic stop on the car, driven by 29 year-old David Jenkins of Jamestown on Route 60 in Kiantone about 10:30 p.m. last Friday.  However, officers say Jenkins drove off from the scene and, led police on a pursuit through the city of Jamestown and, into Ellicott, where the car crashed on VanCobb Road. 
 
Deputies say the crash is under investigation and charges are pending.  Jenkins was taken from the scene to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment, while a female passenger was flown to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie for treatment of serious injuries. 
 
The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by several law enforcement agencies and medical personnel.
 
 
A Jamestown man is jailed of allegedly assaulting and strangling another person during a domestic dispute on the city's eastside early last weekend. 
 
Jamestown police were called to the scene at 845 East Second Street about 3:30 last Friday afternoon for the incident.  Officers say an investigation showed that 38 year-old Christopher Patric assaulted the victim, and then strangled that person, causing injury. 
 
Police say Patric was arrested for second-degree strangulation and unlawful imprisonment and, third-degree assault.  He was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
It may not be until the end of November before Chautauqua County and five others learn the winner of a $20-million, Municipal Consolidation and Government Efficiency Grant award. 
 
That from County Executive Vince Horrigan after he recently took part in a panel presentation on government consolidation and sharing services in Albany.  Horrigan says he had hoped to hear from Governor Andrew Cuomo's Office by now but, says it may be announced when the Consolidated Funding Awards are announced. 
 
Horrigan says there are a lot of aspects of the county's entry that state leaders are interested in.  One is the proposed merging of the towns of Gerry and Charlotte, and village of Sinclairville into one entity in the central part of the county. 
 
Horrigan says consolidations and mergers are important to Chautauqua County due to the decline in population.  He says businesses and other private sector entities are doing the same thing.  Horrigan made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
New York's statewide election is expected to draw a low turnout Tuesday. 
 
Top races include New York City Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio seeking a second term and a ballot measure on whether to hold the state's first constitutional convention in 50 years.  Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse, and Rochester are also holding mayoral elections. 
 
If a constitutional convention is approved, voters would pick delegates who would consider changes to the state's governing document.  Voters will also face a proposed constitutional amendment that, if approved, would authorize judges to strip the pensions of any official convicted of corruption.
 
 
St. Bonaventure University is set to formally inaugurate its new president. 
 
Dennis DePerro took office at the private western New York university on June 1st after 18 years as a vice president at Le Moyne College. 
 
Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone led the celebration of the Inauguration Mass in the university chapel last Friday. 
 
In the afternoon, delegates representing more than 50 colleges and universities took part in a ceremony in the Reilly Center Arena.  DePerro, a native of Buffalo, is the Franciscan university's 21st president.
 
 
President Donald Trump has signed legislation to create a commission to plan celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the birth of a prominent black abolitionist he apparently thought was still alive earlier this year. 
 
The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reports the Republican announced on Thursday that the commission "will be responsible for planning, developing, and carrying out activities to honor Frederick Douglass on the 200th anniversary of his birth." 
 
During the kickoff for Black History Month in February the president's comments appeared to insinuate that Douglass was still alive.  Douglass died in 1895.  Some critics said the comments came across as indifferent toward black people. 
 
Douglass was born in Maryland, although there's debate whether it was in 1817 or 1818.  The slave-turned-abolitionist lived for 25 years in Rochester, New York, where he's buried.

 

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News Headlines for Sun., Oct. 5, 2017

City police to arrest one after vehicle pursuit, crash...
Two people were hurt -- one seriously -- after a vehicle pursuit that began in the town of Kiantone... and, ended in the town of Ellicott.  Sheriff's officers say they performed a traffic stop on the car -- driven by 29 year-old David Jenkins of Jamestown -- on Route 60 in Kiantone about 10:30 p.m. last Friday.  However... deputies say that Jenkins drove off from the scene... and, led police through the city of Jamestown... and, into Ellicott... where the car crashed on VanCobb Road.  Officers say the crash is under investigation and charges are pending.  Jenkins was taken from the scene to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital... and, a female passenger was flown by Starflight to UPMC Hamot Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.  The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by multiple law enforcement agencies as well as medical personnel.
 
 
Sundquist voices opposition to House Tax Cut and Jobs Plan...
Democrats were quick to react to Thursday's roll-out of the House Ways and Means Committee's proposed Tax Cut and Jobs plan... which is being supported by local Congressman Tom Reed.  Among those talking is one of the several potential Democratic candidates for Reed's seat in the 23rd District in next year's election.  The standard deduction would double, something Reed says will save the average family of four in the district nearly $1,600 per year.  However... Jamestown Democrat Eddie Sundquist says it eliminates several deductions... including the one on student loan debt.  Sundquist says the plan would cap student loan intersted deductions at $2,500, and that's a huge blow to recent college graduates.  He says he also opposes changes to the State and Local Tax Deduction... which would also include deductions of state income taxes.  House Republicans say they want to pass the tax reform bill by Thanksgiving.
 
 
Reed agreed with concerns over Tax Reform plan's possible impact on deficit...
While local Congressman Tom Reed is touting the new Tax Cut and Jobs Plan announced late this week by the House Way and Means Committee... he is concerned about possible negative impacts on the nation's deficit.  Reed admitted during a conference call Thursday night that he does have issues with the possibility of adding another $-trillion to $1.5-trillion to the current $20-trillion debt.  The Corning Republican says... if the Gross Domestic Product keeps growing by 3-percent a year... that should cover it.  However... Reed adds that's where the other side of the equation comes in... and, that's getting federal spending under control.  Some members of Congress have already indicated they have concerns -- or oppose -- the more than 400-page proposal... and, there is concern that this effort may go the way of health care.  But, Reed believes there's more concensus for this proposal...which will go through the House committee process next week... and, then to the full House for a vote. 
 
 
Women's groups calling for approval of Constitutional Convention Tuesday...
Women who support calls for a constitutional convention in New York state are using the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the state to rally for their cause.  A coalition of women involved in politics and advocacy say they will gather Monday at New York City Hall to encourage voters to say yes to a convention.  New Yorkers will decide on Tuesday whether to call a convention, where delegates would consider changes to the state's main political document.  The League of Women Voters is a key supporter of a convention.

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WJTN Headlines for Friday Nov. 3,2017

A seven-year effort by local Congressman Tom Reed, and others was culminated by yesterday's roll-out of the Republican 'Tax Cut and Jobs Plan' in Washington, D.C.
 
The Corning Republican joined other members of the House Ways and Means Committee to roll-out the 400 page tax plan on Capitol Hill.  Reed called an "historic" proposal, which would save the average American family of four, $1600 a year on their federal taxes.
 
The devil will remain in the details of the plan, which are still being fleshed-out by many lawmakers.  However, Reed says the new proposal will eliminate many of the deductions that have complicated the system for decades. 
 
While most news reports say the State and Local Tax deduction has been eliminated, Reed says property taxes can still be deducted.  However, the amount would be capped at $10,000. 
 
At the same time, Reed says other state and local taxes, like the deduction on state income taxes, would no longer be available.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
The first-phase of a two-part project to hook about 10 residents in the village of Celoron into the Board of Public Utilities' water system will finally begin shortly. 
 
That from Celoron Mayor Scot Schrecengost, who says the village board Wednesday night approved spending about $50,000 from fund balance for the project on Butler Avenue and 10th Street. 
 
Schrecengost says they have the money available and, will be reimbursed once they receive $75,000 state grant with the help of State Senator Cathy Young.  He says the customer will be responsible for putting in their new lines, and hooking up to a new main.
 
Schrecengost says village officials are hopeful of having customers being able to access to the water by Thanksgiving, with the second phase to take place next Spring.
 
 
A north county man has admitted to conspiring to commit bank fraud using alleged "shell corporations" to take money from small business customers who were looking to restructure loans. 
 
Acting U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior announced late yesterday that 24 year-old Dustin Walker of Dunkirk pled guilty in U-S District Court in Buffalo.  Prosecutors say Walker and two co-defendants worked at companies, one called "Corporate Restructure" between February and October of 2016. 
 
The three, along with others, allegedly used several fraudulent companies to mail solicitations to small business owners... which fraudulently informed the victims that their fraudulent companies could assist them with restructuring their debts.  However, Walker and the others pocketed the money. 
 
The conspiracy to commit bank fraud carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in state prison and a $1-million fine. 
 
 
Two north county women were arrested for allegedly making methamphetamine in separate locations Wednesday during warrant checks in the town of Hanover and, village of Silver Creek. 
 
Sheriff's officers say they conducted warrant checks for 29 year-old Amanda Weber and 25 year-old Heather Payne just before 11 AM and 2 PM.  Both women were located and taken into custody without incident. 
 
Deputies say the women were arraigned on charges including third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, sent to the county jail without bail. 
 
 
The third and final debate between the candidates running for Chautauqua County Clerk was held in Fredonia Wednedsay night. 
 
Incumbent Republican Larry Barmore and Democratic challenger LeeAnn Lazarony squared off at the 1891 Opera House.  The candidates were asked by the Chautauqua County League Women Voters, which hosted the event, what they felt was the most important issue in the County Clerk's office. 
 
Lazarony believes it's about keeping politics out of the office, and Barmore says it was the many laws facing the office. Wednesday night's forum also featured candidates running for Fredonia village board, Pomfret town council, and County legislative District 3.
 
 
A pair of men from the area have purchased the historic Cockaigne Ski Center which was closed more than six-years ago after fire destroyed the center's lodge. 
 
Issac Gratto and Adam Pirtz were recently approved for a $500,000 loan from the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency to purchase the Cherry Creek business and, are waiting to close on the sale with current owner Jack Van Scoter.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says it's part of a lot of "exciting" developments in the Cherry Creek, and north county areas.
 
The Trillium Lodge was destroyed by a huge fire this past May 1st.  However, a community effort has led to it's rebuild and, the owners hope to reopen soon. 
 
Horrigan says there's still a lot of work to be done at Cockaigne and, Gratto and Pirtz hope to open the new ski area for the 2018 Winter Season.  He says the new ski lodge and area will include a new restaurant and bar area and, a home and restaurant across the street will be leased out. 
 
 
A Ripley man is jailed without bail on a number of charges including burglary after refusing to surrender to police on Halloween night at a home in the town of Ripley. 
 
Sheriff's deputies say they were doing a warrant check at a Maple Avenue location shortly before 11 PM and, saw 31 year-old Skyler Miller inside.  However, officers say Miller initially refused to come out and, they obtained a search warrant the following day and, he was arrested at that time. 
 
Miller was arraigned on the charges, which include second-degree burglar and harassment, criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, and forcible touching, stemming from a May 24th incident on Boswell Street.  He was then sent to county lock-up.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Thursday Nov. 2, 2017

A Jamestown man faces multiple charges following a violent domestic incident Wednesday morning on the northside during which he struck his girlfriend several times and, threw joint compound all over her. 
 
City police were called to the scene at 846 Prendergast Avenue about 7 a.m. and found the victim on the porch of the apartment house covered with the joint compound.  Officers say the women told them that the boyfiend had gotten into an argument when he could find his hygiene supplies. 
 
Police say 19 year-old Brandon Tate began trashing the apartment, and threw the woman's car keys into a toilet.  Tate is then accused of holding the woman down with his foot, and took her cell phone when she tried to call for help.  He then allegedly knocked the victim to the ground, and punched her several times. 
 
Once she stood back up, Tate allegedly threw the five-gallon bucket of joint compound on her.  Tate was arrested, and was also found to be involved in a domestic incident this past Summer.  He was arraigned on charges of second-degree unlawful imprisonment, third-degree assault and second-degree strangulation and sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
The majority of voters in New York state may oppose holding a constitutional convention, but one local group with state-wide ties favors having one. 
 
The constitutional convention is the first of three propositions on next week's Election Day ballot.   The League of Women Voters supports holding a convention because, local leader Minda Rae Amiran says it's a chance to reform the state's broken budget process.
 
While there have been yard signs, and other efforts to get people to reject a consitutional convention, there hasn't been a lot of publicity about the other proposals.  Amiran says Proposition-Two, if passed, would allow the complete or partial forfeiture of a public officer's pension if he or she is convicted of a felony. 
 
The proposal, if passed would also apply to elected officials at all levels of government in the state.  While the State League of Women Voters has decided to support Proposition-One, Amiran says the league has not taken a position on Proposal Two.  Proposition-Three, if passed would authorize the use of forest preserve land for specified purposes. 
 
 
A new survey from Siena College shows big opposition to a constitutional convention among likely New York voters in next week's election. 
 
The poll found that 57% of respondents plan to vote 'no' on the question of calling a constitutional convention.  Twenty-five percent of respondents said they will vote yes. 
 
Voters in Tuesday's election will be asked whether they support calling a convention, where delegates would consider changes to the state constitution.  By a similar 2-to-1 margin respondents to the survey say they believe "nothing good will get done" at a convention. 
 
The decision on whether or not to hold a constitutional convention is voted on once every 20 years, and would begin the process of re-working or re-writing the state's governing document. 
 
Chautauqua County is one of the rare one's that will have the proposition on the same side as offices being voted on next Tuesday.  That from Democratic Election's Comissioner Norm Green says the Board of Elections printed the ballots proposition side-up.
 
Green adds that by printing the ballots in-house, it is believed to save Chautauqua County taxpayers nearly $50,000 each budget year.  The public will also vote on two other propositions, one that would allow a judge to take away the pensions of lawmakers who are convicted of Felony charges.
 
 
The issue of transparency on the part of Jamestown city government was again called into question during this week's Council voting session. 
 
But, the senior member of the panel says they try to be as open as possible and, don't make decisions on important issues at one meeting, or behind closed doors. 
 
Lovell Avenue resident Raven Mason, who has been an outspoken critic of the city's Annexation plans for the Dow Street Substation in the village of Falconer, addressed lawmakers.  Mason questioned whether comments made by the public prior to voting sessions is even considered.
 
Mason and other members of the public got into a rare back-and-forth with lawmakers during last month's voting session.  Typically, the public is asked to address questions and concerns to the Council President, and direct answers aren't given. 
 
At the end of the meeting, long-time Councilman Tony Dolce said he for one, takes the city's issues to heart, from recent shooting incidents, and the drug crisis to the city's deficit. 
 
 
A New York City native looking to move into Jamestown has now taken possession of the historic Sheldon House on the city's eastside. 
 
The City Council and Chautauqua County Legislature recently approved the sale of the property from Jamestown Community College to Edward Signorile for $240,000.  Signorile tells the Post-Journal that he was first interested in the property when it initially went on the market. 
 
However, he says it just as quickly went off when Lynn Development Group put in an offer to buy it for their corporate offices.  However, when a state court ruled that a zoning variance was improperly granted, Lynn withdrew it's proposal. 
 
Signorile remained interested and, kept in touch with a local broker, and was able to put in an offer once the Sheldon House went back on the market.
 
 
New York state's top fiscal officer says a looming budget deficit combined with lower-than-expected tax revenues and cuts in federal spending are adding up to a "triple threat" to the state's bottom line. 
 
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli warned late Tuesday about the possibility of more cuts from Washington and suggests state officials could face some difficult choices about funding important state programs and services. 
 
The Democrat noted New York is projected to have a $4 billion deficit next fiscal year.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Nov. 1, 2017

Jamestown city lawmakers continued their review of Mayor Sam Teresi's proposed, 2018 budget plan Monday night looking at another smaller department. 
 
The City Council looked over Director of Administrative Services, and City Clerk Todd Thomas' spending proposal for next year.  Council President Greg Rabb says they have now looked at that the city's Public Works Department, Parks and Recreation, and City Comtroller's budgets. 
 
Rabb agrees, with a projected $946,000 shortfall, this proposal will be a major challenge.
 
While taxes can often be a big topic on the campaign trail, Rabb says the budget itself hasn't been as much.  There are also more immediate issues brought up as lawmakers enter the final week of the campaign and he says he gets a lot of good input on those while meeting people. 
 
Mayor Sam Teresi earlier this month proposed a $35.7-million, 2018 budget plan that increases the tax rate by $0.21 per thousand full-value, but keeps the tax levy within the city's constitutional taxing limit.  That limit has gone up because the city's tax base has grown over the past year.  
 
 
The Village Board in Celoron is holding a meeting this evening to discuss and potentially take action on the extension of a waterline. 
 
Ten homeowners in the Village are trying to get into a water district because of past issues with their wells, including low water pressure and discolored water. 
 
The meeting will take place at 6 PM in the Community Center at 47 Dunham Avenue.  For more information contact the Village Hall at 487-4175. 
 
 
The public will be getting more specifics today on the House Republican Tax Reform and Budget propsal that a committee has been fine-tuning the past several weeks. 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed, who is a member of the committee, is defending the proposal in the wake of strong criticism last week by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and California Governor Jerry Brown. 
 
Cuomo was critcal of Reed and fellow Republican Chris Collins, who last week supported the basic outline of the plan, which they say eliminates the State and Local Tax deduction.  Reed says that's not happening, and needs to be compromised on. 
 
Cuomo and Brown say residents in their states would be heavily impacted by any more to eliminate SALT because they have higher tax burdens than most other states. 
 
At the same time, Reed and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, say their governors also need to work to lower their taxes. 
 
McCarthy says he wants a higher-cap on the amount of money people can add to their 401K Retirement Plans without being taxed on it.  He represents California's 23rd Congressional District. 
 
 
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is investigating a small arson fire set on a window sill inside a Bemus Point church early last Sunday morning. 
 
Fire investigators say the fire at the Lakeside Bible Chapel at 98 Lakeside Drive was intentionally set between the hours of 4 and 5 AM last Sunday. 
 
Sheriff's Office officials say anyone that may have information on the case to call them at 753-4925.
 
 
A Jamestown woman was arrested Monday afternoon for allegedly threatening a family member with a knife on the city's southside. 
 
City police say they were called to a Stearns Avenue residence for a girl bleeding after being hit by a window.  Officers spoke to 22 year-old Brittany Hinson, who said she was involved in a fight over over a ripped halloween costume with one of her relatives. 
 
Hinson was taken by ambulance to be treated for facial lacerations. Shortly after, officers determined that Hinson was the aggressor and, threatened the victim with a knife after being angered over the ripped costume. She is being held in city jail without bail. 
 
 
A number of places across western New York, and Chautauqua County have seen their first snowfall of the season. 
 
However, there were few instances of accumulating snow reported.  Snowflakes started to fly early Tuesday morning on some of the hilltops near Cassadaga, Arkwright and Sinclairville.  We also got a few snowflakes yesterday afternoon at our Media One Group studios. 
 
Forecaster Dave Zaff with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says there was a 'trace here and maybe a tenth of an inch or two there."  Zaff says the atmosphere will warm up slightly this afternoon, keeping much of the precipitation in the form of rain. 
 
As for trick or treating last night he says there were some places in the interior valleys looking at cold temperatures.  A return to milder weather is on the way as temperatures should reach the mid to upper 40s today, and low 60s are possible on Thursday.  
 
 
Gas prices in the Jamestown-area are holding steady this week at $2.69 a gallon for regular, unleaded fuel. 
 
That from the American Automobile Association's Gas Price Report, which says the price at this time last year was $2.34 per gallon. 
 
Today's national average is up a penny to $2.47 per gallon.  Despite the fluctuation, AAA says prices should continue to decrease as the holiday season approaches.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Tuesday Oct. 31, 2017

City lawmakers have approved receiving a $1.5-million state grant to put an "alternative" private health insurance plan in place for the city of Jamestown's Medicare-eligible retirees. 
 
However, a representative from one of the two firms okayed to provide plans says there could be more savings on ALL retirees if officials wanted to discuss them.  Tim DeAngelo with Arcade Senior Services urged lawmakers last night to hold off on a final vote because he had new information that he believes would save everyone money.
 
While they appreciated the offer, Council President Greg Rabb said lawmakers had to act by last night to be able to get the $1.5-million from the state's Financial Restructuring Board. 
 
Mayor Sam Teresi says he also has no problem talking with Arcade about different options.  However, he says to go outside the perameters of what the state approved runs the risk of violating current union contracts. 
 
The city started it's "self-insurance" program for it's employees in 1986.  Teresi says the city hopes to save about $600,000 through the alternative plan through Arcade and, Northwest Financial Services.
 
 
Jamestown School District residents Monday overwhelmingly approved the sale of the Crescent Street Warehouse in the city to a local business that puts the property on the tax roles. 
 
In a small turn-out, voters approved the sale to Henry James Properties, LLC 179-16  The School Board approved the sale at last week's meeting for one-dollar.  However, officials say the move also required a public vote to be taken.  
 
 
A teenager from Jamestown is jailed for allegedly threatening his brother with a knife during a domestic incident on the city's eastside Monday afternoon. 
 
City Police were called to the scene at 14 Franklin Street, not far from the high school just after 12:30 p.m.  They found the 16 year-old had fled the scene. 
 
Officers say they talked with the brother about the incident and, added that the teen also damaged his vehicle.  Police say they found the suspect a short distance away and, he was arrested for second-degree menacing, and fourth-degree criminal mischief.  He was taken to the city jail pending further court action.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Legislature has cleared the way to extending the South and Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer District to the Stow-area. 
 
The project's goal is to improve Chautauqua Lake's water quality by helping reduce the amount of phosphorus entering the lake. 
 
Former State Assemblyman Rolland Kidder was among several speakers at last Wednesday night's legislature meeting who supported the move.  Kidder says his family won't benefit by this move but, may in the future.  He adds that the lake needs the help a closed-system will provide.
 
The extension will take place in Coutny Legislator Pierre Chagnon's legislative district and, he is pleased with the approval of what he called a "major step" in the project. 
 
Chagnon says they can now aggressively pursue more grant funding to help reduce user fees.  He says they've been able to do that for the new North County Water District and, in the town of Chautauqua. 
 
 
Despite the vetoing of legislation that would forgive the Panama Central School District of the remaining $2.4-million, five-year-old state fine, the district will move ahead with a merger vote. 
 
That from Panama and Clymer School District Superintendent Bert Lictus who says he's "disappointed" by Governor Andrew Cuomo's veto that came late last week. 
 
State Senator Cathy Young, who helped Panama by getting the legislation drafted, says she's "very disappointed" by the move.  But, at this point, Lictus says he's unaware of any effort to try to override the veto. 
 
Lictus says "they" because State Assemblyman Andy Goodell was also involved in the passing of the legislation in the legislature's lower chamber. 
 
While the veto doesn't forgive the rest of the fine, Lictus says both school board's recently approved moving forward with a public, "straw vote" on November 13th in both districts. 
 
If it's approved in both locations, there will be a binding vote in January.  The $5-million fine resulted from "mismanaging paperwork" after a capital project undertaken by a previous Panama school administration.
 
 
Federal prosecutors in western New York say a 28-year-old man has been fined 5-thousand dollars for mailing live snakes to China. 
 
The U.S. attorney's office in Buffalo says Chaoyi Le, of Shanghai, China, sent seven ball pythons from Amherst, New York to China in 2014 using a fake name and labeling the package "belts, candy and chocolate."  The package was intercepted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Le was convicted of federal Lacey Act false labeling. 
 
In addition to the fine, U.S. District Judge Frank Geraci on Monday ordered Le to pay $3500 in restitution to the Fish and Wildlife Service.  His lawyer, Victor Sherman of Los Angeles, said Le will return to China on Tuesday and "wishes to apologize to the American people for his actions."
 
 
The annual championships for high school marching bands in New York state was held Sunday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. 
 
The brand new, F2CS Blue and Gold Vanguard, with students from Falconer and Frewsburg competed for the first time, finishing 8th out of 11 bands.  Director Alicia Laska says she's thrilled with how their show 'Time and Space' went over.
 
The F2CS band competes in 'Small Schools 3', the smallest division of the New York State Field Band Conference.  The Jamestown High School Red Raider Marching Band is in the 'National Class', the largest in the state conference. 
 
Their show, 'Big Top', finished 8th out of 8 bands.  Marc Lentsch, one of the JHS directors, says they aren't disappointed, as they are still new to the class.
 
Jamestown was bumped up to 'National Class' after winning a couple of consecutive state championships in a lower division of the competition.

 

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Trick or treating times updated!

Jamestown:  6-8 PM
Ellington:  5-7 PM

Bemus Point:  6-8 PM

Busti:  5:30-8 PM
Cassadaga:  5-7 PM
Celoron:  6-8 PM
Ellicott:  5:30-7 PM
Falconer:  5:30-7 PM
Gerry:  5-7 PM
Lakewood:  5:30-7:30 PM
Sherman:  5-7 PM

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Local Area Trick Or Treat Times For Halloween

Here are the trick-or-treat times for local communities:
 
Bemus Point:  6-8 PM
Busti:  5:30-8 PM
Cassadaga:  5-7 PM
Celoron:  6-8 PM
Ellicott:  5:30-7 PM
Falconer:  5:30-7 PM
Gerry:  5-7 PM
Lakewood:  5:30-7:30 PM
Sherman:  5-7 PM

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WJTN Headlines for Monday Oct. 30, 2017

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of narcotic drugs with the intent to sell in the village of Bemus Point last weekend. 
 
Sheriff's officers say a patrol pulled over a car on Main Street shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday and, their investigation led deputies to bring in Department K-9 "Link." 
 
Officers say "Link" alerted officers to drugs being found in possession of the passenger, 49 year-old Jeffrey Myers.  Those included quantities of Heroin, methamphetamine, Suboxone, and prescription pills.  Deputies say they also found Myers with digital scales, packaging materials, and, $2800 in cash. 
 
The driver was issued a traffic ticket and released.  Myers was arrested and charged with Felony criminal possession of controlled substance with intent to sell, seventh-degree criminal possession, and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia.  Myers was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
The National Heroin and Opioid drug addiction crisis got national attention with last week's declaration by President Trump of a Public Health Emergency. 
 
Locally, steps have been taken to begin addressing the issue here. led by the mother of Alex Foulk, who died from an overdose in February of last year.  Kim Carlson started a foundation in honor of her son at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.  She then worked with local attorney Dale Robbins to establish a new organization to help recovering addicts.
 
Carlson says their efforts received a major boost from the Jamestown High School "Battle of the Classes" last Spring.  The students raised nearly $13,000 for the effort to being the "Fresh Start" fund at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital. 
 
Carlson says it will help develop a long-term rehabilitation program.  Thirdly, she has worked with Oxford House officials in Buffalo to begin a house here in Jamestown, named after Alex.  Kim Carlson made her comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
A South Dayton man is accused of speeding and drunk driving after his car was pulled over early Sunday morning in the town of Hanover.  Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies say they pulled over 28 year-old Mathew Easterly-Press just after 2 a.m. on Route 39 for a traffic infraction. 
 
Officers say they allegedly found him in an intoxicated condition.  Easterly-Press was charged with DWI, and Speeding in a 55 mile per hour zone.  He was issued appearance tickets for Hanover Town Court.
 
 
Chautauqua County's top cop says he's concerned about the county's 2018 spending plan due to overcrowding issues in the jail in Mayville. 
 
Sheriff Joe Gerace says he doesn't believe the budget has enough funding to run the jail.  Gerace says he conveyed his concerns to the Legislature's Audit and Control Committee during the budget review, saying that they've been having to "board-out" inmates in record numbers.  He says he's hopeful they can get back to the numbers they should be at through local and state judicial reforms. 
 
The Sheriff also says they saw some parole violators ordered back to state prison, as well as others.  However, he adds they got 10 new prisons brought in the same day last week.  Gerace says it costs the county $85 per day per person to board out inmates.  He estimates the overage could reach nearly $100,000 in this year's budget.  
 
 
Labor unions are leading the fight against a New York ballot measure to hold a constitutional convention. 
 
They argue that it's just too risky to tinker with the state's governing document and threaten existing protections for worker's compensation, unemployment benefits and collective bargaining. 
 
But convention supporters say the November 7th ballot measure is a chance to address some of New York's most pressing problems, such as chronic corruption and high taxes.  They say unions are just trying to hang on to the status quo. 
 
 
In state government and political news, New York has taken action to protect the Hudson River amid increased oil tanker traffic. 
 
Governor Cuomo signed into law new rules giving the state the authority to establish tanker-avoidance zones to prevent damage to the environment or problems for local residents. 
 
It's one of several new policies signed into law recently including a statewide ban on electronic cigarette use in bars and restaurants.  Another new law will make it easier for children in foster care to visit their siblings.  
 
 
Lawmakers in the village of Fredonia have given the go ahead to establishing a paid fire chief's position. 
 
They have also made a provisional appointment.  During last week's meeting, the village board approved the appointment of Ryan Walker to the position by a unanimous vote.  Mayor Athanasia Landis says she was pleased with the choice of Walker.
 
While the fire chief will now be a paid position, Dr. Landis says the assistant chiefs will still come from the volunteer ranks.  She says the volunteer part of the department remains an important part of it. 
 
Walker has begun his new job and will received an annual salary of $85,000.  The appointment is provisional until he takes and passes the Civil Service exam.

 

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News Headlines for Sat., Oct. 28, 2017

No one hurt when Farm Truck losses brakes, hits three cars at town of Poland intersection...
No injuries were reported after a farm truck lost it's brakes and crashed into three cars at an intersection in the town of Poland Friday afternoon.  Sheriff's deputies say the "semi-truck," operated by 21 year-old Nicholas Hettenbaugh of Kennedy, was hauling silage on Waterboro Hill Road just after 1 p.m. when he approached the intersection with Route 394.  Deputies say the engine of the truck apparently shut-off... causing the brakes to malfunction.  Officers say the Hettenbaugh's truck went through the intersection... and, overturned... striking the three vehicles.  Officers say Route 394 was shut down for about four-hours while the roadway and silage was cleaned up.  Hettenbaugh was ticketed for failure to stop at a stop sign... Operating Out of Class... and, Inadequate Brakes.  Multiple fire companies and the county's HazMat Team also responded to the scene.
 
 
Leone received commendation from Horrigan, Legislature, at this week's legislature meeting...
Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan and county lawmakers recognized the long-time director of emergency services as he prepares to retire from the post.  Horrigan praised the work of Julius Leone.  Horrigan, who served with the American Red Cross before becoming County Executive, praised Leone's leadership and organization, saying he was in the middle of disasters where people needed help, be they floods, tornadoes, or train derailments.  He adds that Leone had the support and respect of everyone in the fire services.  Leone, who served under three county executives, called the job an "incredible" opportunity and praised the work of his staff.  He says he is overwhelmed by the honor.  John Griffith, a former Ellington Town Supervisor with extensive experience in the fire service, will replace Leone at the end of the month.  Griffith's appointment was announced last month.
 
 
NRA Gun Insurance under scrutiny...
An insurance policy being offered by the nation's most powerful gun lobbying group is under scrutiny by insurance regulators after gun-control groups raised questions about how it's being marketed.  The National Rifle Association's Carry Guard insurance was launched earlier this year.  It's being promoted to gun-owners in case they shoot someone in self-defense and face legal costs.  Gun-control advocates believe it will lull gun owners into a false sense of security and encourage them to shoot rather than try to avoid confrontations.  New York state financial regulators have now launched an investigation into how it's being marketed. 
 
 
BPU now warning of two scams in service area...
There's been a repeat of one reported phone scam -- and a new in-person one -- reported by two businesses in the Jamestwon Board of Public Utilities' service area.  BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says the newer one involves a person showing up at the business, and, demanding cash to avoid a utility shut-off.  Robbins says when BPU field representatives are sent to turn off a customer, they may accept a check to avoid the shut-off… but, never cash.  She says -- if there's a question -- ask for the representative's identification.  In addition... a business has received a call from a "Steven" or "Charles" who asks the customer to call a local phone number to pay by phone.  She says the BPU only accepts phone payments through it's phone system -- and, customers have to initiate those calls.  Robbins says they do not call... and, ask you to call a local number for payment.  Before the BPU can turn off service for an overdue electric bill or deposit, the utility must send a Final Termination Notice. 
 
 
Young and Santini speak on World Jr. Pre-Tournament games returning to Jamestown...
The World Junior Hockey Tournament pre-tournament will be an exciting, economic boost to the city of Jamestown.  It's the first time the Under-20 Exhibition games have been here in about six years.  Two of the Under-20 Games will be held at the Northwest Arena later this December.  State Senator Cathy Young says the games will give Chautauqua County's hotel, gas stations and restaurants an economic shot in the arm.  Young says since the games are in town during the holiday season, they are a great present to Jamestown.  In his earlier career, Southern Tier Xpress head coach Lou Santini worked with USA Hockey as a coach and instructor for the USA Player Development Program in Michigan, Minnesota and New York... and, says the competition there is always keen.  Santini says he's excited for the preliminary games and is glad Jamestown is hosting because the players are potential NHL stars.  USA plays against Belarus on Dec. 20 and Belarus takes on Slovakia on Dec. 21.  For ticket information... go on-line to www.northwestarena.com. 
 
 

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News Update for Fri., Oct. 27, 2017

City police update, and correct story on Thursday night robbery...
A Jamestown woman is now facing multiple charges after she allegedly robbed a man with a fake gun early last evening on the city's northside.  Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to 625 Prendergast Avenue just after 6 p.m on a report of a robbery involving a hand-gun.  On arrival... Samuelson says officers were told that the female suspect ran into the house.  He says the woman -- later identified as 21 year-old Jillian Matthews -- was seen running out the back, then down East Eighth St.  She was taken into custody on East Seventh -- near North Main Street.  Samuelson says they found the money that was taken when they arrested Matthews.  He says they then obtained a search warrant for the apartment at 625 Prendergast... and, found the imitation hand-gun.  Samuelson says "in the 25 years I've been doing this, it's the most authentic replica pistol I have ever seen."  He adds that under the law, since the gun looks real, she can be fully charged.  Samuelson says Matthews is being held in the city jail... pending arraignement on charges including secon-degree robbery.  He says police are pleased to have the weapon -- even thought it's fake -- off the streets.  It's the fifth weapon to have been taken off city streets this week.
 

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WJTN Headlines for Friday Oct. 27, 2017

Crews are on the scene of what officials say is a fully-involved structure fire in the Jamestown city area of Whitley Avenue and 6th Street. An off-duty crew was called in at 4:15 this morning.
 
The intersection of Whitley and 6th Street is currently closed off to traffic, Jamestown Police recommend using 3rd Street for your commute. More on this story as it develops. 
 
 
A Jamestown teen is facing multiple charges after an alleged strong-armed robbery in the city yesterday evening.
 
City police say they were called to the 600 block of Prendergast Avenue for a report of a strong-armed robbery with a gun. On arrival, officers were advised that the suspect took off on foot towards North Main Street.
 
Officers did locate the suspect, 19 year-old Jillian Matthews in the area of North Main Street and 7th Street. A search warrant was obtained to locate the weapon used in the robbery and, officers were able to locate an imitation pistol inside the residence. Matthews was taken to city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
A city man has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for shooting his estranged wife to death in a parking lot on Jamestown's southside last November. 
 
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says both sides were ready to begin the second-degree murder trial of 36 year-old Keith Robbins.  However, Swanson says Robbins' attorney wanted to speak with him before opening statements were to be made.
 
Robbins was accused of shooting and killing his wife, Sheri, in the parking lot at 9 Prospect Street about 9 AM the morning of last November 10th
 
Swanson says getting the plea was better than if the case had gone to trial for second-degree murder because Robbins could have gotten out of prison sooner, after 15 years for good behavior.  He says 20 to 25 years with no appeal is a "very satisfying result." 
 
Robbins was arrested last November 15th after a six-hour standoff with police at this father's home on Todd Avenue.  He was also accused of stabbing City Police K-9 "Mitchell" during the stand-off.
 
 
Chautauqua County's Congressman is among the slim majority of House members who voted in favor of the overall, GOP budget plan adopted late Thursday morning. 
 
GOP leaders were reportedly scrambling for votes on the plan, which would pave the way for a 10-year, $1.5-trillion tax cut measure that is now a high-priority of President Donald Trump. 
 
Reed says the budget is "a critical step towards making reforms to our broken and outdated tax code."  However, he and Buffalo-Area Congressman Chris Collins were the only two members of the New York delegation to vote for the plan.
 
 
Fire investigators say an unattended grill was the apparent cause of a fire that heavily damaged the back part of an apartment house in Sinclairville. 
 
Chautauqua County fire investigators say Sinclairville firefighters were called to the scene at 6381 Route 60 about 7:30 PM Wednesday
 
Officials say tenants of one apartment had started the grill on the rear deck but, left it unattended for some time until they noticed the back portion of the home was on fire.  Sinclairville fire crews were assisted by several area departments.
 
 
An earlier fire at an Ashville home has been ruled accidental due to a malfunctioning exterior light. 
 
Ashville firefighters were called to the scene at 33-93 Carpenter-Pringle Road shortly before 5 PM Wednesday
 
Officials say the home owner was inside his home when he was alerted by neighbors that his attic was on fire just above the ceiling.  He was able to get out and fire crews were able to extinguish the blaze. 
 
The owner was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA hospital with chest pains but, later was released. 
 
 
The months of October and November are peak months for car-deer related crashes across the state, and Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says the same is true here in our county.
 
He says if you see one deer, chances there may be more nearby.  He says it's also important to stay in your lane if a deer should cross in front of you, break sharply.  But, he says hit the brake once you know impact is likely, then slowly release the brake.  Deer are most active at dawn and again at dusk.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Thursday Oct. 26, 2017

A pair of structure fires Wednesday evening kept fire crews in the central part of Chautauqua County busy and, heavy damage was reported in each case. 
 
The first call came just before 5 p.m. from a mobile home near Interstate 86 in the Ellery area.  Sheriff's Department dispatchers say Ellery Center and Ashville firefighters were called to the scene.  The occupants were outside when fire crews arrived.  The second blaze was called in about 7:30 p.m. from a location on Route 60 near Sinclairville. 
 
Dispatchers say Sinclairville and Cassadaga fire crews were called in, along with tankers from other departments.  No injuries were reported in that fire.  Crews were still at the scene late last night.
 
 
Chautauqua County lawmakers have passed a 2018 budget that includes a tax cut. 
 
 
By a 19-0 vote, the Legislature approved a spending plan that lowers the county's full value tax rate by four-cents per thousand.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says he welcomes the changes legislators made to his original budget plan which proposed a 10-cent per thousand increase.
 
Legislators approved changes proposed by the Audit and Control Committee.  Chairman Pierre Chagnon was pleased with the process, calling it a total teamwork. Chagnon says it's fourth consecutive year that county lawmakers have been able to deliver a budget that cuts property taxes.
 
 
Three people have been arrested in Jamestown for allegedly being found in possession of three gun and, a significant amount of cocaine during a separate burglary investigation. 
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were following up on a tip from Lakewood-Busti Police about a recent home burglary in the town of Busti.  Samuelson says officers raided the residence at 18 Hedges Avenue shortly after 5 PM Tuesday evening.
 
Samuelson says the cocaine seized totalled nearly 30-grams.  He says they also arrested 45 year-old Cindy Cunningham and her husband, 39 year-old Anthony Cunningham and, 21 year-old Maiker Anderson. 
 
Anthony Cunningham is jailed without bail, while Cindy Cunningham is being held on 50-thousand dollars cash bail.  Anderson is being held on 60-thousand dollars bail. 
 
All three are charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He says they are pleased to have the guns off the street given the number of recent shooting incidents in the city.  He says more charges are expected. 
 
If you have any information on illegal drug activity in Jamestown, call the confidential tips-line at 483-TIPS.  You can also call the JPD Tips 4-1-1 app.
 
 
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly displaying a pistol in the city's riverwalk area Tuesday night. 
 
City Police responded to the intersection of Institute and First Streets for a person with a weapon. Officers say they spoke to a victim who described the suspect later identified as 25 year-old Benny Overstreet, Junior.  Officers were able to locate Overstreet and place him in custody.  He was jailed pending arraignment on a second-degree menacing charge.
 
 
A Buffalo police officer killed in a training dive accident has been hailed at his memorial service for his bravery, dedication and sense of humor. 
 
Fellow officers eulogized Craig Lehner today Wednesday as someone whose steady demeanor enabled him to engage calmly with colleagues and the public during his nine years with the Buffalo Police Department. 
 
The 34-year-old member of the department's underwater rescue team went missing during a training dive in the Niagara River back on October 13th. 
 
Several thousand officers, several from Chautauqua County along with elected officials and others filled the KeyBank Center for the service.  Dozens of police K-9s and their handlers were among those lining the street outside the arena.
 
 
Residents in the Jamestown public school district are being asked to decide next Monday on a proposal to sell the district's former Crescent Street Warehouse. 
 
The school board voted unanimously Tuesday night to sell the building because it no longer served the district's purposes.  Back on October 14th the district received a bid at auction from Henry James Properties, LLC to buy the warehouse for one-dollar. 
 
However the district's Director of Finance and Business Affairs Vern Connors says the district must have the public's approval before selling the warehouse to the winning bidder.  He urged residents to call him for more information.
 
Unless the sale is approved, Connors says the building would most likely be torn down at a cost of $500,000.  He says that's due to the state Education Department building regulations driving up the price tag. 
 
Connors adds that an additional benefit to the sale is the building would go back onto the city's tax rolls.  Next Monday's vote runs from Noon to 9 PM.  Again... for more information, call 483-4420.
 
 
A Cattaraugus County man has been arrested for allegedly having sex with an underage girl several times in the village of Perrysburg. 
 
Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say they arrested 24 year-old Jack Richter (Rick-ter) of Perrysburg late last week regarding several incidents involving Richter and a 14 year-old girl.  He was arrested for second-degree rape and, endangering the welfare of a child.  He was arraigned in New Albion Town Court, and sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail on 25-thousand dollars bail.
 
 
Two teenagers were taken to the hospital after they were thrown from their Amish buggy during an accident in Conewango Township yesterday morning. 
 
Cattaraugus County Sheriff's officers say 36 year-old Rachel Fuller's car was southbound on Route 241 when her vehicle struck an Amish buggy traveling in the same direction.  Both teenage occupants of the buggy were ejected, injuring both.  One teen had a severe head injury... and the other sustained head and leg injuries. 
 
They were transported from the scene to UPMC Chautauqua WCA hospital.  Fuller and two young occupants of the vehicle were not hurt.  She was issued a traffic ticket for Conewango Court at a later date. 

 

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News Headlines for Wed., Oct. 25, 2017

Three arrested in Jamestown on drug, and weapon's charges...
Three people in Jamestown are jailed for allegedly being found in possession of three hand-guns... and, a significant amount of cocaine... during a raid on the city's eastside late Tuesday.  Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were assisting Lakewood-Busti Police... and, following up on leads regarding a recent home burglary in the town of Busti.  Samuelson says officers raided the residence at 18 Hedges Ave. shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday... and, arrested 45 year-old Cindy Cunningham and her 39 year-old husband, Anthony... along with 21 year-old Maiker Anderson.  Samuelson says all three face charges of third-degree criminal weapons and drug possession charges.  Samuelson says they found the three guns... which police are pleased to have off the street... along with nearly 30-grams of cocaine... and drug paraphernalia.  He says police are still looking into whether the guns may have been involved in any recent shooting incidents... including last week's at 150 Barrows Street.  If you have any information on illegal drug activity in Jamestown... call the confidential tips-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.  You can also call the JPD Tips 4-1-1 app.
 
 
Candidates sound off during forum at JCC...
The League of Women Voters held a 'Meet the Candidates' night Tuesday night at Jamestown Community College.  One of the questions put to the County Executive candidates was what they would do to make Chautauqua Lake 'a success'.  Republican George Borrello said more work needs to be done 'upstream'. Democrat Mike Ferguson believes county resources could be better allocated, to better serve the lake. The County Legislature added $100,000 for lake maintenance in the middle of the summer.  The candidates also shared views on economic development, the size of government, and the sale of the county office building in Jamestown.
 
Boiler water order lifted in Fredonia area...
The boil water order for customers of the Fredonia Water System in the village and Town of Pomfret has been lifted.  That from the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services... which reports that water samples collected on Oct. 21 and 23 from the affected areas... showed the water is safe to drink.  The Village had a major water main leak on October 21 that was repaired the same day but due to a loss of pressure in the system, a boil water order was placed into effect as a precaution.  Health officials are thanking all  affected water customers for their cooperation and patience while the boil water order was in effect. 

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WJTN Headlines for Tuesday Oct. 24, 2017

Two of New York's top Democrats say they have launched a statewide push against tax reform bills that call for the repeal or reduction of state and local tax deductions. 
 
US Senator Chuck Schumer joined with Governor Andrew Cuomo to say that all New Yorkers will feel the impact if the so-called "SALT Deduction" is eliminated. 
 
Schumer says they are calling on the state's nine Republican House members, including local Congressman Tom Reed, to join in opposing the move.
 
Schumer cited figures from the Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy, which say 23% of taxpayers who make between $65,000 and $111,000 would see a tax increase.  He adds that jumps to 42% for workers earning $111,00 and $240,000 a year. 
 
Schumer says the average increase would be about $1900.  Cuomo calls the elimination of the SALT Deduction a "tax on a tax."  
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he is supporting a bi-partisan tax reform package that would continue the State and Local Tax Deduction for property owners making up to $400,000. 
 
However, it would change the deduction to a tax credit and, would eliminate the credit for people who earn more than the $400,000 level. 
 
That's where he differs with Senator Schumer and Governor Cuomo.  Reed says that would make it available to all but about 650 to 700 residents of his 23rd Congressional District.
 
Reed says he explained his position to Governor Cuomo during a phone call late last week and, called it hypocritical to see politicians on the other side of the aisle painting those supporting tax reform in the wrong light.  He says the move would help 99-percent of the people in his district.
 
Reed, a Republican from Corning made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media Monday afternoon.
 
 
Jamestown police are investigating a shooting incident on the city's eastside last Sunday that sent one man to the hospital with a non-life threatening wound. 
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the incident, which occured in the area of 150 Barrows Street just after 7:30 PM, was one where the victim was targeted. 
 
Samuelson says the unidentified victim was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment.  No arrests have been made and, no motive has been disclosed.  However, he says they do have suspects in the case. 
 
If you have any information, you can call the confidential JPD Tips-line at 483-TIPS that's 483-8477.  You can also contact them on the Tips 4-1-1 app.
 
 
A Westfield man faces charges after being found over the past weekend with more than half-a-pound of marijuana in his possession. 
 
Sheriff's officers say they stopped a westbound vehicle on Route 5 for unapproved headlights.  Deputies say investigation revealed that the driver, 26 year-old Cory Raynor, was in possession of just over 13 ounces of marijuana. 
 
Officers say Raynor was issued appearance ticket for Portland Town Court at a later date. 
 
 
A local effort to better link people with substance abuse issues with the services they need in Chautauqua County is getting a $1.5-million boost from the federal government towards those efforts. 
 
That from retired Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Director Andy O'Brien with UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital.  O'Brien still consults for the hospital and, wrote the award-winning grant.  He says the main part will be program to quickly link addicts in crisis with the services they need.
 
O'Brien says a lot of people get into the chemical dependency "system" but, often don't get the services they need that may be available locally.  In addition to better informing the public about those, he says they also want to help addicts with better transportation services because many can't drive. 
 
O'Brien says they'll be getting a vehicle to help people in the central and north county areas.  The $1.5-million is part of $5.7-million Governor Cuomo recently announced to be used for medication-assisted treatment options and, programs that help pregnant women and new mothers dealing with drug abuse.
 
 
Strong winds moved into the area late yesterday and through the early overnight along the Lake Erie shoreline. 
 
A Wind Advisory expired overnight for both Chautauqua and Southern Erie counties. 
 
Southeast winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph arrived late yesterday through the about Midnight.  Gusty winds likely brought down a few small tree limbs and result in isolated power outages. 
 
Along with the strong winds, we has another unseasonably warm day Monday.  But, Meteorologist Kirk Apffel of the National Weather Service in Buffalo says a cold front has brought an end to the August-like weather.
 
While it was expected to reach the mid 70s in parts of western New York it only got to about 67 in the immediate Jamestown-area.
 
 
New York state's top prosecutor has launched a civil rights investigation into The Weinstein Co. following sexual assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. 
 
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the probe Monday.  His office says it issued a subpoena seeking all company records. 
 
The Democratic attorney general says his office wants to know whether any New York employees were subjected to pervasive harassment or discrimination at the company, which is based in New York City. 
 
Weinstein was fired October 8th by the company he co-founded after allegations of sexual assault and harassment spanning decades were exposed by two newspapers.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Monday Oct. 23 2017

A Fredonia man is accused of driving the wrong way on Interstate 86 and, driving drunk with a person under the age of 16 inside the vehicle last weekend. 
 
Sheriff's deputies received a complaint about the vehicle, driven by 47 year-old James Murphy shortly after 10 p.m. last Saturday.  Officers say the car had exited I-86 at Stow and, was westbound on Route 394, traveling towards Mayville. 
 
Deputies say the alleged vehicle was later found parked on a sidewalk on South Erie Street and, the driver was identified as Murphy, who was also found to have a previous DWI accident within the past 10 years. 
 
Officers say further investigation found the child was also inside the car, leading to a Leandra's Law violation charge.  Murphy was sent to the county jail pending arraignment.
 
 
A major water leak in the Castel Heights area of the village of Fredonia has led Chautauqua County Health and Human Services officials to issue a "Boil and Conserve" water order for the village and town of Pomfret. 
 
County Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler says the water filtration plant operator noted high water usage and decreasing water levels and capacity about 7:30 last Saturday morning.  With that, crews were assembled and work is being done to fix the water main breaks. 
 
However, customers of the Fredonia Village Public Water System are being urged to boil their tap water for one minute and, cool before using.  Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and preparing food and infant formula until further notice. 
 
In addition, Water system officials are urging watering of lawns, shrubs, and plants, as well as no vehicle washing.  They also urge residents not to use their dishwashers until further notice.
 
 
A Tompkins County businessman has won a western Southern Tier Congressional "Straw Poll" of Democrats vying to run in next year's General Election. 
 
Chautauqua County Democratic Committee Chairman Norm Green says Ian Golden won the poll among eight announced candidates with 30% of the vote.  
 
Green says nearly 200 area Democrats participated in the straw poll, which is non-binding last Saturday.  He says Jamestown attorney Eddie Sundquist was second with 26-percent of the vote and, College Administrator Tracy Mitano of Yates County, was third with 24%.  Green says Air Force retiree Max Dellapia was next with 14%. 
 
However, he says the rest, including Corning area teacher Rick Gallant, failed to get at least 10% of the vote.  Golden says he's "thankful" that the Democratic chairpersons of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties put together the event.  He called it a "great opportunity to connect with all of the capable and committed candidates and weigh in on not just the candidate, but the team most capable of uniting us in forward progress."
 
 
The fire that destroyed the old Masonic Building in Dunkirk seven-years ago displaced a number of businesses and county agencies in the downtown area. 
 
One County Executive candidate says many have returned, or never left.  However, ther other feels the county still needs to return more of those vital services.  That from Democratic candidate Mike Ferguson, who says it's "time to bring those back....".
 
During an hour-long debate in Dunkirk late last week, the candidates also discussed such topics as the county airports and wind power.  The winner on November 7th will succeed Vince Horrigan, who is leaving the office to retire after serving one term.
 
 
In state government news Uber spent more on lobbying than any other group in New York during the first half of 2017 as it worked to convince lawmakers to allow it to expand upstate. 
 
Uber reported nearly $1.8 million in lobbying expenses from January through June.  Lawmakers voted this spring to allow ride-hailing services like Uber to expand outside of New York City into cities including Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse. 
 
Meanwhile, Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is skeptical about holding a special fall legislative session.  Heastie said he's not sure a special session is needed, unless Washington cuts more funding for the state. 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo pitched the idea of a special session focused on federal cuts and flood relief for residents along Lake Ontario.
 
 
The numbers seem to be increasing of those coming to Chautauqua County from Puerto Rico because of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. 
 
That's the word from Chautauqua County Rural Ministry in Dunkirk where they have seen an influx of people.  Director of Programs, Bridget Majka, says about 20 people have walked through the doors looking for assistance.
 
Majka says the numbers don't include the total number of family members who need assistance.  Executive Director Kathleen Peterson says they will provide as much help as possible for the displaced people as possible, including food and shelter. 
 
Peterson says they are also encouraging the newcomers to utilize other Rural Ministry services including the Friendly Kitchen.  Both Peterson and Majka both expect the numbers to increase, since much of the island remains with out power.   
 
 
New York health officials are warning state residents that disease-carrying ticks might still be active this fall. 
 
Ticks can remain active until temperatures drop below about 40 degrees.  So officials say it's important to take precautions and perform tick checks after being outdoors even as the weather cools down.  Lyme disease-causing bacteria are spread by blacklegged ticks, which are common around the state. 
 
More recently, the state has confirmed several cases of Powassan virus, a tick-borne illness.  There has been one confirmed case in Dutchess County and three cases in Saratoga County.  A 74-year-old man died this year in Saratoga County after contracting Powassan virus.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Friday Oct 20, 2017

The Chautauqua County Legislature will vote next week on a just over $236-million, 2018 budget that reduces the tax rate by 4-cents per thousand full-value. 
 
That from Audit and Control Committee Chairman Pierre Chagnon, who says his panel finalized proposed changes during Thursday's meeting.  Chagnon says the committee did approve an additional $11,000 in savings after Sheriff Joe Gerace told them more about insurance needs for his department's helicopter.
 
However, Chagnon says that wasn't enough to lower the tax rate any further.  County Executive Vince Horrigan has said, generally, that he has no problem with the committee's reductions. 
 
Horrigan proposed a 10-cent increase to $8.58.  However,  Chagnon says the reductions drop the rate to $8.44.  He believes there is "broad support" for the proposed changes. 
 
The county budget, along with the legislature's amendments, will be voted on at next Wednesday night's meeting.  Chagnon says the public will have a chance to comment on the spending plan during an earlier 2 p.m. Session and, the regular meeting at 6:30.
 
 
Two murder cases are moving foward in Chautauqua County. 
 
District Attorney Patrick Swanson says the trial is about to get underway for 36-year-old Keith Robbins, who is accused of shooting his estranged wife, Sheri, to death in Jamestown last November. 
 
Robbins is facing second degree murder and injuring a police animal charges.  He is accused of stabbing City Police K-9 "Mitchell" during a six-hour standoff that led to his arrest.
 
Swanson expects the trial before Chautauqua County Court Judge David Foley to last about three to four weeks at the most.   In another development, the District Attorney says a tentative date has been set for the trial of 28-year-old Rebecca Ruiz. 
 
Ruiz's trial date is tentatively set for next March 6th.  She faces a second degree murder charge in the shooting death of 21-year-old Julian Duman back in July.  She was also indicted on second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with evidence.  
 
 
Two law enforcement agencies in Chautauqua County are receiving a combined $100,000 from New York state to help bolster local drug enforcement efforts. 
 
State Senator Cathy Young announced the grants, including one for $75,000 will go to the Sheriff's Office to fund some additional personnel for the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. 
 
Sheriff Joe Gerace expressed his appreciation to Senator Young for obtaining the funding to fight the Heroin and Opioid Drug Abuse crisis locally.  He says they will have five officers taking part. 
 
The other $25,000 will go to the Jamestown Police Department to help with equipment purchases for the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force.   
 
JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says the funding will help provide the resources his officers need to "have the tools they need to combat the drug epidemic plaguing our community."  Samuelson would only say the money will help buy needed equipment for their work.
 
 
New York state is getting $19-million in federal money to boost efforts to help those struggling with substance abuse. 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the funding on Wednesday, some of which will go to three hospitals one of them in Chautauqua County, to help expand and enhance addiction treatment. 
 
Cuomo says there will be a special focus on some medication-assisted treatment options and programs that help pregnant woman and new mothers dealing with substance abuse. 
 
UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital will share in $5.7-million for it's medication-assisted treatment program.  The Governor says addiction has torn too many families apart and that the state must do all it can to ensure those who need help have access to comprehensive treatment.
 
 
A city man was arrested on several charges after allegedly driving with three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system Wednesday night. 
 
Jamestown police were called to the area of Foote Avenue for a possibly intoxicated male driving a vehicle.  On arrival, officers say they observed the suspect, Jamie Davidson fail to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Newland Avenue and South Main Street. 
 
Police say the 42 year-old also failed to use a turn signal and, turned into the wrong lane almost striking a parked car.  Officers intiated a traffic stop where it was found that Davidson was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.  He was taken to city jail pending arraignment.
 
 
Jamestown will soon be able to offer a program that gives people the incentive to buy and redevelop vacant and condemned properties in the city through a tax break. 
 
Mayor Sam Teresi late Wednesday signed into law the Local Property Tax Abatement Incentive Redevelopment of Vacant and Condemned Properties program.  City Development Director Vince DeJoy says he expects they'll have the program fully up and running before the end of the year.
 
DeJoy says there would be no city taxes taken the first three years on the property and, there will be 20-percent increments for year's 4 through 11.  After the 11th year the property owner will pay full taxes on the property.  He says they are working with the county right now the on details, including getting the proper paperwork in place. 
 
DeJoy says both Chautauqua County and the Jamestown School District are interested in developing their own tax abatement program for owned-occupied vacant and condemned properties.  The program was initially suggested by City Councilwoman Marie Carubba.
 
 
Metro New York City, Buffalo-Rochester, greater Syracuse and the Albany region are all in the running to win Amazon's second headquarters. 
 
All four regions submitted formal bids for the $5 billion project before Thursday's deadline.  All four take a regional approach, with the New York City proposal covering Long Island and suburban Westchester County as well. 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo's economic development head, Howard Zemsky, wouldn't reveal what financial incentives the state is ready to offer.  But he says that when factors including transportation access, workforce, economy and quality of life are considered he expects New York to be among the strongest competitors. 
 
Cities across the country and Canada were expected to submit bids to Amazon.  The Seattle-based retail tech giant says the project could create up to 50,000 jobs.
 
 
A Jamestown man is facing charges after a domestic incident on the city's west-side yesterday afternoon.
 
City police say they responded to a Price Street residence for a reported domestic incident just after 4 p.m.. Following investigation, it was found that 26 year-old Johnathan Akers and the victim became involved in a verbal argument during which, Akers picked up a television and threw it through the rear window of a vehicle belonging to the victim. He was arrested and taken to City jail pending arraignment.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Thursday Oct. 19, 2017

Chautauqua County's efforts to consolidate and share services was discussed during a state-wide forum in Albany late Tuesday and, the reaction was positive. 
 
That from County Executive Vince Horrigan, who took part in a review of the first shared services plan developed under the state's County-Wide Shared Services Initiative law. 
 
The county was one of 34 that submitted a plan by September 15th.  Horrigan says 23 other counties chose to delay adoption until next September.
 
The Rockefeller Institute of Government, the Benjamin Center at the SUNY College at New Paltz, and the Center for Technology in Government at the University of Albany hosted the program and presentation. 
 
The groups indicated that the shared services plans combined included 389 proposals totaling $208-million in projected savings in 2018 and at least $76.1-million in recurring savings.  
 
 
A study just released by a merger committee and a consultant says that the Panama and Clymer Central School Districts should move ahead with a consolidation of both districts. 
 
That from one of the members of Learning Design Associated, Tom Schmidt, who says the panel released it's findings to both school boards during Tuesday night's special meeting in Clymer. 
 
On our Dennis Webster Show Wednesday, Schmidt said there were three major recommendations in the study, the first being that the rest of Panama's $5-million fine by the state be reconciled.
 
Schmidt says there is a bill on Governor Cuomo's desk that would whip out the rest of that fine, which is about $2.5-million.  He says they also called on the two districts to create a community of "trust, respect, and understanding" as they decide on what traditions to keep from each school and, new ones.  He says they also recommended keeping both the Panama and Clymer Elementary Schools open for students Kindergarten throught 5th grades.  He says they recommended the middle school be in Panama and, the high school in Clymer.
 
 
Both the Clymer and Panama School Districts will now review the approximately 300-page report and, will have to vote to accept the report, and then vote on a merger. 
 
That from the superintendent of both districts, Bert Lictus, who says both panels will meet in the next two weeks to discuss the report and then vote on it. 
 
Lictus says the report by Learning Design Associates was very thorough, and adds he was "struck by the detail" in it and, the fact it dealt with the education of "each child."  Lictus says that if both boards accept the report and agree on a non-binding straw vote, it would take place on Monday, November 13th.
 
 
A man from Washington, D-C is being held on $500 cash bail in Cattaraugus County for allegedly being in possession of a firearm and, a quantity of marijuana during a traffic stop in the town of Carrolton last weekend.   
 
State Police say they stopped a vehicle on State Route 219 early last Saturday morning for not dimming their headlights for on-coming traffic.  While talking to the driver, troopers say they noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. 
 
A search revealed the 20 year-old passenger, Dante Hicks, was in possession of a small bag of marijuana and a loaded semi-automatic pistol.  Troopers say Hicks did not have a permit for the weapon and was arrested. 
 
 
One person suffered a minor injury in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Forest Avenue Extension and Garfield Road in the town of Busti early Tuesday evening. 
 
Lakewood-Busti Police say the accident occured shortly after 5:30 p.m. and, on arrival, officers found the pick-up truck involved had rolled onto it's side. 
 
Police say the unidentified man driving the vehicle was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment.  The woman driving the car involved was apparently not hurt.  Police say charges are pending.
 
 
Elected officials in the city of Dunkirk are voicing their opposition over a proposal by Brooks Memorial Hospital to build its new hospital in the town of Pomfret. 
 
By a unanimous vote, common council members approved a resolution opposing the relocation of the hospital on East Main Road. 
 
Mayor Willie Rosas says his administration did everything possible to keep the hospital in the City. Prior to the passage of the resolution, several area residents spoke out against the move. 
 
 
The seventh-annual Emporium put on by Jamestown's Community Helping Hands is set to take place on the first Saturday of November at the Gateway Center at 31 Water Street near downtown. 
 
Community Helping Hands Executive Director, Pastor Amy Rohler says new to this year is the early opening of the Christmas shop, which normally doesn't get a start until the end of Novmeber.
 
Rohler says she is excited and hoping to make this the largest Community Helping Hands event yet.  The Emporium is an indoor craft show, flea market, and rummage sale event that draws in local vendors and the community alike.
 
Auction baskets include lazer tag, Planet Fitness, a gardening basket from the Audabon and, others.  All the proceeds benefit the ministries of Community Helping Hands, who help local families and indivuals and serves as a resource for workforce development. 
 
For more information on the Emporium or vendor registration, call the CCH office at 481-1488. 

 

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WJTN Headlines for Wednesday Oct. 18th 2017

While the Senate has now announced a plan aimed at stabilizing America's health insurance markets, local Congressman Tom Reed says a bi-partisan caucus he is part of already has a plan in place. 
 
Reed said Monday in Lakewood that the effort by the Problem Solver's Caucus would help continue subsidies to help low-income Americans afford their health insurance premiums for the short-term.  Reed has touted his group's plan which he says would at least "stabilize" the current exchanges until a new plan is in place.
 
The Trump Administration says the subsidies that were a hall-mark of the Affordable Care Plan under President Obama, are illegal because Congress never approved them. 
 
However, he said Tuesday that he would be willing to look at such a short-term plan.  Reed was in the area Monday touting two pieces of legislation Monday that he's introduced that will boost local hospice and palliative care programs, which he says should be part of any health care legislation.  
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he is "continuing" his record-breaking fund-raising having brought in more than $1.4-million so far for the 2017-18 election cycle. 
 
The Corning Republican's campaign reports that they are also continuing to add new volunteers to their "grassroots" organization.  In a printed release, Reed says he's "thankful to have the support of the hundreds of people who have given to our campaign this year."  He says the donations "represent real people who are responding to our bipartisan, practical approach to government." 
 
Campaign Manager Nicholas Weinstein says "the campaign is growing every day and is in its strongest position ever at this point in the election cycle."  Weinstein adds they are "building momentum" for 2018. 
 
Meantime, Reed's potential Democratic opponents are way behind in fund-raising.  Among those who have filed, the Reed Campaign says Rick Gallant has raised about $4800 and, currently has just over $17,000 in the bank.  Jamestown Attorney Eddie Sundquist has raised $26,000 and, has just over $15,000 in the bank.
 
 
Southern Tier Environments for Living has received two awards from New York State that would aid in developing 35 new housing units in Chautauqua County though its Dunkirk Renovation and Ownership Program and, proposed Gateway Lofts Program in Jamestown. 
 
The $790,000 award is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's $2.6-billion Empire State Supportive Housing Iniative, a plan to create 6,000 supportive housing units across the state.  STEL's Dunkirk Renovation and Ownership Program is a affordable housing project to create rental housing for low income individuals and families. 
 
Officials say the award provides $165,000 for 10 units for individuals that are homeless with serious mental illness.  The Gateway Lofts Project is still in the planning phase but, the housing project would be located in Jamestown and include 74 housing units, 25 of which homeless individuals with serious mental illness or a substance abuse issues.
 
 
We had a very frosty start to the day Tuesday but, it'll be warming up now through the end of the week. 
 
National Weather Service Forecaster Aaron Reynolds in Buffalo says it reached 34 degrees at the Dunkirk Airport... but, it was even colder away from Lake Erie. 
 
Temperatures rebounded to near 60 Tuesday afternoon and, Reynolds expects the warm up to continue.  By the end of the week he says we'll see 70 to 71-degrees.  The meteorologist doesn't expect the next cool down to occur until early next week.   
 
City lawmakers will vote later this month on hiring two health insurance companies with local ties to provide Jamestown's new voluntary, Medicare-eligible health insurance plan for retired city employees. 
 
City Comptroller Joe Bellitto and Mayor Sam Teresi rolled out the $1.5-million program Monday night, which the state is helping to fund to lower the health cost burden on the city.  Bellitto told the City Council during it's work session that those choosing to go into one of the plans will have an incentive grant set aside for them to use to pay premiums only.
 
Bellitto says... depending on the union they were represented by the premiums for the new plan will cost the retiree between $108-$128 a month.  He says the top pay-outs will go to the younger retirees who are 65 to 69 and will receive a one-time grant of $17,000. 
 
The grants fall to $3,000 for retirees ages 80 and up.  Bellitto says four companies offered proposals and, he says they selected Northwest Financial, and Arcade Financial Services. 
 
 
New York is poised to adopt new standards for the treatment of prisoners held in solitary confinement in local jails. 
 
The state's Commission on Corrections approved the new rules Tuesday.  The changes come at the urging of Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The new regulations will mandate that all prisoners held in solitary at local jails get at least four hours of time outside their cell each day. 
 
The rules also require local authorities to tell the state whenever a prisoner under 18 is placed in solitary or when an inmate is held in solitary for more than a month. 
 
Cuomo says the standards will create consistent rules and prevent prisoner mistreatment.  The state has already implemented changes to reduce the use of solitary confinement in state facilities.
 
 
Buffalo police yesterday afternoon found the officer who went missing during a training dive last week in the Niagara River. 
 
The Buffalo Police Department said Tuesday afternoon that the body of 34-year-old Officer Craig Lehner was recovered in the area where a search had been going on since Friday afternoon.  Authorities say Lehner was participating in a routine training exercise on the river at Buffalo near Unity Island when he failed to resurface. 
 
Police, emergency crews and the U.S. Coast Guard participated in the search.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace earlier said one of his units assisted Tuesday.
 
The A-P reports that a procession brought Lehner's body to Erie County Medical Center as police and firefighters lined the route.  Lehner, a nine-year veteran of the force, was a member of Buffalo's K-9 unit and underwater recovery team.
 
 
State police in Warren are investingating a hit and run accident that occurred between Farmington and Sugar Grove Townships early yesterday morning.
 
Troopers say the incident occurred as an unknown vehicle was traveling west on State Route 957 near Lanning Hill Road between midnight and 1 a.m. 
 
The vehicle struck a horse in the roadway and continued traveling in an unknown direction. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police. 

 

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WJTN Headlines for Tuesday, 10/17/2017

It wasn't on the schedule of entities to be reviewed last night for the 2018 budget proposal but, supporters of the Prendergast Library in Jamestown urged City Council members to restore funding to the outside agency. 
 
Several people spoke at the council's regular work session about the 50-percent cut to the library in Mayor Sam Teresi's $35.7-million budget.  Lucille Wilson worked there part-time several years ago, and heard compliments about how great a resource it is. Wilson adds that, even in the age of the Internet, it gets a lot of use.
 
One person said that the library was his source for on-line resources, and the Internet, when he was young.  Michael Smoker says the library was a "great place" to go to as a kid. 
 
However, he says while the library can get grants for fixed costs and repairs, it doen't help with day-to-day costs.  At the same time, they have do deal with several state mandates to operate.  The library was cut by 70% in this year's budget, to $100,000.  If approved as is in the mayor's budget, it will receive $50,000 in 2018.
 
 
Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi is urging city lawmakers to say "no!" to any new spending in the 2018 budget proposal until they deal with it's $947,000 deficit. 
 
Teresi made his comments during his report at the end of last night's open session.  He says providing more funding for the library or to help buy badly needed equipment for the Department of Public Work may be a great idea. 
 
However, Teresi says there are other areas that have to be addressed first, including paying the city's bond holders on time to get the city's debt is paid off.  He adds they also have to make a full payment to the state's retirement system for it's police and fire department, as well as general employees.
 
 
A Jamestown teenager was arrested after taking his roommate's car early last Saturday morning.
 
Officers responded to a Lakeview Avenue residence for a report of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. It was found that the victim's roommate, 19-year old Nicholas McChesney had taken the vehicle without permission. Officers were able to locate McChesney and he was taken to city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
We'll see cooler temperatures for another day or so after a strong cold front passed through the area late Sunday and, triggered some severe weather as it crossed the western New York area Sunday afternoon. 
 
Forecaster Bob Hamilton with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says the front brought gusty winds that caused a lot of damage in the region.
 
There was a report of a 56 MPH gust near Dunkirk.  Hamilton says there were nearly 100 reports of downed trees and power lines, with some of the downed trees falling on homes in the region. 
 
Many of those reports were from Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.  There is a Frost Advisory locally until 8 this Tuesday morning.
 
 
There is strong support across the 23rd Congressional District for two measures introduced by the county's member of Congress to would improve access and financial support for hospice and palliative services. 
 
Local Representative Tom Reed was on hand at Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care in Lakewood Mondaymorning to get the local backing for The Patient Choice and Quality Care Act and, the Rural Access to Hospice Act. 
 
Chautauqua Hospice Director Shawna Anderson says the Patient Choice Act will support three areas:  Workforce training, education and awareness, and enhance research.
 
Anderson adds that the Rural Access measure will help assure a person in their care can keep their primary care doctor.  Unless your primary care doctor has the proper approvals, she says they can't be reimbursed for their services.  In addition, the Corning Republican says both pieces of legislation will help doctors, and hospice organizations get the federal reimbursements they should be. 
 
Right now, Anderson says they have to go after grants, and use fund-raisers to support their "end of life" hospice and palliative services for people with longer-term, terminal illnesses. 
 
 
Chautauqua County's top-elected official says he has a plan to keep the Dunkirk Airport operating until a new Fixed Based Operator can be found. 
 
County Executive Vince Horrigan says the current operator, Lou Nalbone, gave the County 60-days notice in September that he would not continue operations at the airport on Middle Road in the town of Sheridan at the end of October. 
 
Horrigan was slated to make his full presentation at the County Legislature's Public Facilities Committee meeting last night.
 
Nalbone will continue to provide services at the Chautauqua County Airport in Jamestown.  Horrigan says it's important to keep the Dunkirk Airport open, especially for corporate aviation.  He says that will include hangering services, and re-fueling of planes. 
 
Nalbone has given notice that he will end services as the FBO on October 31.  He will continue to provide services at the Chautauqua County Airport in Jamestown.  
 
 
Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan will be traveling to Albany today to take part in a panel discussion on Shared Services. 
 
Horrigan made his comments yesterday morning, adding that it will allow him to share what's being done locally to share services.
 
Besides filing a Shared Services Plan that's required by the State, Horrigan is awaiting word on the winner of a $20-million Municipal Consolidation and Government Efficiency Competition. 
 
Chautauqua County is one of six local governments competing for the major funding.  Horrigan expects an announcement in early November.

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News Headlines for Mon., Oct. 16, 2017

Sharp Cold Front brings short-lived storms, knocks down trees and power lines...
There were some downed trees and power lines... but, no serious issues were reported when a sharp cold front came through the Jamestown-area late yesterday afternoon.  There were some rain showers associated with the front... which passed through within about half-an-hour after the rain started about 4:30 p.m.... the system then moved to the east.  After a high of 77 degrees... temperatures dropped about 10-degrees within that time period.
 
 
City man arrested and jailed without bail on drug, weapons charges...
An accused drug dealer is jailed without bail for allegedly being found in possession of more than 15 pounds of marihuaua late last week on Jamestown's northside.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, state Police C-NET Team, and U-S Postal Service obtained a search warrant for the 35 Lakeview Ave. apartment of 23 year-old Bryan Torres.  Samuelson says, inside, they found the drugs, along with a loaded shotgun, a bullet-proof vest, and, more than $47,000 in cash.  He says the apartment appeared to be a "hub" of drug trafficking for pot to be dealt in the Jamestown-area.  Samuelson says they're pleased to have the drugs, and weapon off the street.  He says police spotted Torres leaving the scene when they arrived about 4:40 p.m. last Friday... and, he was arrested when his vehicle was stopped a short time later.  He says Torres faces one count of first-degree criminal possession of marihuana... and, disorderly conduct during the traffic stop.  Torres was arraigned and sent to the county lock-up.  If you have any information on illegal drug activity in the city... you're asked to call the Drug Task Force at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.  You can also leave an anonymous message on their Tips 4-1-1 app.
 
 
Man arrested in Sherman for possessing meth...
A Sherman man is accused of being in possession of drugs during a traffic stop in the village of Sherman late last month.  Sheriff's deputies say 41 year-old James Linger has now been formally charged with one count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after deputies checked on his car last Sept. 29 on East Street.  Officers say Linger's vehicle was parked in a traveling lane when they checked on him.  He was found with a quantity of Methamphetime, and drug paraphernalia.  In addition to the drug charges... Linger was ticketed for parking on pavement.  He was issued appearance tickets for Sherman Town Court.
 
 
DiNapoli visits with Mayor Teresi during visit to city last Friday afternoon...   
The state's fiscal watchdog reassured Jamestown city officials late last week that New York stands behind their efforts to restructure city government, and dig out from their deficit problems.  That from State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli... who met with Mayor Sam Teresi last Friday afternoon to discuss the city's financial situation... and, economic development initiatives.  DiNapoli says the city has "done well" in leveraging state dollars... and, working with the state's Restructuring Board.  He says there have been indications of "on-going support" to help with the city's short term budget issues.  The state provided Jamestown with some short-term help this past year in plugging an $825,000 shortfall.  New York also provided $1.5-million to get a new health insurance program in place for the city's Medicare-eligible retirees.  Teresi says he appreciated the Comptroller's reassurance... after speaking with him about the situation.  Teresi presented his 2018 budget proposal this past Tuesday.  It totals $35.7-million... and, includes a 21-cent per $1,000 full value tax rate increase. 
 
 
Cuomo hails decision to grant in-state tuition for displaced students...
In New York state government news, Governor Andrew Cuomo is hailing the state's decision to grant in-state tuition to displaced students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The Democratic governor had encouraged state higher education officials to make the change, which he says will help students whose education has been disrupted by recent hurricanes.  Meanwhile, mental health advocates are urging the state to increase funding for housing, arguing that community-based housing for the mentally ill provides better services for less money compared to institutions or prisons.  And state labor officials are taking a look at on-call scheduling, a practice in which retail and other workers have to call before a scheduled shift to learn whether they're needed.  Officials may propose new scheduling rules to reduce disruption on workers' lives.
 
 
Rosas proposes 2018 Dunkirk Budget...
Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas has released his proposed 2018 city budget... and, he says it will not include a tax rate increase.  Rosas made the announcement during his annual budget presentation at City Hall late last week.  He says the budget totals $22.2-million dollars... and, is balanced, and there is no increase in the tax levy.  Rosas says through the assistance of Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Senator Cathy Young, the city will not see a reduction in transitional aid for 2018, funding the city is receiving because of the moth-balling of the NRG Power Plant.  He says the budget will also not change sewer and water rates.  The Common Council will have until Nov. 15 to make any changes to the budget.  
 
 

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News Headlines for Sat., Oct. 14, 2017

City man arrested in major, Marihuana Bust...
Jamestown police say they have taken a major drug trafficker off the street with the arrest of a city man late yesterday... and, seizing several pounds of marihuana... and, a loaded shotgun.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the arrest of 23 year-old Bryan Torres... who was trying to leave the scene at 35 Lakeview Ave., was a significant one.  Samuelson says the ongoing investigation involved the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, State Police C-NET Team, and the U-S Postal Service... who got a search warrant... and, found about 15-pounds, and 13 ounces of pot inside the apartment.  He says they also found a loaded shot-gun, a bullet proof vest, and more than $47,000 in cash.  Samuelson says they saw Torres leaving the scene when they arrived about 4:40 p.m., and, he was arrested when his vehicle was stopped a short time later.  Samuelson says Torres faces one count of first-degree criminal possession of marihuana, and one of disorderly conduct.  He adds that others are pending.  Samuelson says the items were seized... and, Torres is being held pending arraignment.  If you have any information on illegal drug activity in the city... you're asked to call the Drug Task Force at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.  You can also leave an anonymous message on their Tips 4-1-1 app.
 
 
Major drug bust in Dunkirk leads to one arrest...
Police in the north county say an investigation of suspicious activity involving a vehicle early Thursday morning on Maple Avenue in Dunkirk has led to the arrest of a Fredonia man on a series of charges.  Dunkirk Police say an officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation after observing suspicious activity in a known drug area.  Further investigation lead to the discovery of more than an eighth of an ounce of "high purity" cocaine powder, several rocks of crack cocaine, a digital scale and assorted packaging materials as well as several hundred dollars in cash.  The driver, 21-year-old John Dewey, is facing several charges... including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
 
 
DiNapoli in Jamestown to see local projects, and endorse two Democratic candidates...
The two Democrats running for county-wide office in Chautauqua County got a major boost to their campaign's Friday afternoon.  State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli... who was also a local, elected official some years ago... stopped in Jamestown to give his endorsement to County Executive Candidate Mike Ferguson and County Clerk Candidate LeeAnn Lazarony.  While these are local races... DiNapoli says they're very important because they are the "closest to the people."  He says it "sets the tone" for an entire region, and leverage support for state and federal candidates.  DiNapoli touted Ferguson's broad background in business and marketing... adding that -- with an open seat this year -- there's a lot of opportunity for a "fresh start."  DiNapoli says it's also great to have a candidate who is a seasoned veteran... and, he says the voters have a choice with Lazarony.  The Cassdaga Democrat has been a mayor, and village board member.  DiNapoli says that give's Lazarony a lot of experience in "customer service," which is a major part of the job.  DiNapoli was in Jamestown earlier, meeting with Mayor Sam Teresi about the city's budget situation, and touring some local economic development projects that are being backed by the state.
 
 
Local League of Women voters providing information on state-wide Constitutional Convention propostion...
There are a lot of lawn signs... and, bumper stickers appearing in the area regarding a key state-wide proposition on the Nov. 7 election ballot.  Voters will have the chance to decide whether or not told hold a Constitutional Convention.  A number of groups oppose having a convention, including the State AFL-CIO, the State Conservative Party and the State Rifle and Pistol Association. The League of Women Voters of New York State is among the groups supporting the convention.  Minda Rae Amiran of the Chautauqua County League says the state League is supporting the need for a convention to make the state's budget process more democratic.  Amiran says the local League of Women Voters has also decided to educate voters about the pros and cons of having a constitutional convention.  She says they see their role as educating the public on the proposition.
 
 
BPU General Manager pleased to have state grant to help rehab 6-miles of wastewater pipes in the city...
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities will use it's $375,000 state grant to cover it's local share of $1.5-milion in wastewater upgrades.  BPU General Manager Dave Leathers says they appreciate the grant... which was announced Thursday by Governor Cuomo.  Leathers say it will allow them to hire a contractor to use a special process called "slip-lining" to protect their wastewater lines in the city.  He says they coat the pipes in a process to protect them, as opposed to costly replacement.  Leathers says they submitted the grant to do about 6-miles of pipe rehabilitation within the city limits.  He says, though, this project probably won't start in earnest until the weather breaks next year.  Leathers says the rest of this year will be used for final planning... with the project starting next year -- but, he adds it may continue into 2019. 
 
 
Anti-Bullying Law now in place in North Tonawanda...
A city in Western New York has a new law that lets authorities send parents of bullies to jail for up to 15 days and fine them up to $250.  The North Tonawanda City Council voted unanimously Oct. 3 to amend an existing law to add bullying, harassment and underage drinking to existing curfew violations parents already could be held accountable for.  Lawmakers also removed a provision that prevented anything more than a warning for a first offense, meaning parents can face a fine or jail right away.  A community coalition pushed for the change after being told there was little police could do to stop the bad behavior of a dozen or so teenagers.  
 

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Jamestown police continue to investigate a a shooting in which one person was wounded, and two others remain at large. 

 

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the unidentified man who was shot is being treated for a non-life threatening wound at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital.  Samuelson says officers were called to the scene at 95 Liberty Street about 3 p.m., and, found the victim with a gun-shot wound to the left forearm. 

 

Samuelson says the unidentified suspect then fled the scene with another man.  He says both are black males and, were wearing dark colored clothes and hats.  One reportedly was wearing red or purple colored jeans.  Samuelson says they apparently targeted the victim. 

 

Anyone with information on the incident and suspects is asked to call JPD at 483-7536 or the JPD Tips-line at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477.  Police say all calls will be kept confidential.

 

 

A city man was arrested after allegedly stealing from a business on Jamestown's eastide last weekend. 

 

Officers responded to Jamestown Bronze Works on Hopkins Avenue for a larceny complaint that occurred during the overnight last Saturday.  With help from surveillance photographs, officers say they were able to identify the suspect as 45 year-old Michael Anderson. 

 

Shortly after, officers located Anderson near his home, and he was arrested.  Once in custody, he was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance.  He was arraigned and taken to the county jail on $1,500 cash bail.

 

 

A total of seven municipalities in Chautauqua County will receive state grants for vital water infrastructure improvements. 

 

County Executive Vince Horrigan says Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the allocation of over $6.5-million for the county to upgrade either water or sewer systems. 

 

Horrigan says the funding is part of $20-million dollars in grants awarded by Cuomo to support 17 essential drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects in Western New York.  Horrigan says the grants are great news for the county and, another example of how the Governor is continuing to support projects in western New York and Chautauqua County. 

 

The grants include $975,000 for the county for the creation of the North Chautauqua Lake sewer district and $375,000 for the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities.  The BPU's project totals $1.5-million.

 

 

The Chief Operating Officer of the Girls Scouts of Western New York says decision of the Boy Scouts of America expanding to include girls came as a surprise to the Girl Scouts. 

 

Alison Wilcox says the Girl Scouts had heard mainly through word-of-mouth that the Boy Scouts were considering the move before Wednesday's official announcement. 

 

Wilcox says the Girl Scouts are better positioned to serve girls after having been in existance for more than 100 years.  She says that the Girl Scouts are not concerned about a decline in numbers due to the Boy Scouts' decision to include girls.  She adds the Girl Scouts are still doing well in the entire western New York region. 

 

There are approximately 15,000 Girl Scout members in Western New York, including about 1,200 in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.  The local Allegany Highlands Council of the Boy Scouts declined comment on the matter.

 

 

An important deadline is coming up today as Election Day draws closer. 

 

Chautauqua County Democratic Elections Commissioner Norm Green says Friday, is the deadline to register to vote in this year's general election.  He says if you need to check on your status, go on-line to votechautauqua.com.  He says you can register by mail, or in person. 

 

Green says Friday is also the deadline to change political party enrollment for those seeking to vote in a specific primary next year.

 

 

The two new pedestrian bridges that will be part of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk have now both been installed and, are expected to open once the weather breaks next Spring or Summer. 

 

That from Mayor Sam Teresi who says the two-million dollar project culminated earlier this week.  Teresi says two cranes were brought in to install the spans.  He says New York state is providing most of the funding for the projects totaling $1.6-million in grant funding. 

 

The city also has recaptured federal funds that will cover the rest.  Teresi says the two bridges will connect the north and south sides of the Chadakoin River to give people a chance to enjoy the entire Riverwalk area.  He says one goes from the northshore behind the new,National Comedy Center to Panzarella Park near the BPU Campus. 

 

The second will be closer to the Washington Street Bridge and, also connect the north and south shores.

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News Update for Fri., Oct. 13, 2017

**City police investigate Eastside shooting incident, targeted man suffers non-life-threatening wound...                     
Jamestown police say one man was shot... and, two others are being sought... in connection with a shooting incident on the city's eastside yesterday afternoon.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the scene at 95 Liberty St. about 3 p.m., and, found the victim with a gun-shot wound to the left forearm.  Samuelson says the unidentified suspect then fled the scene with another man.  He says both are black males... and, were wearing dark colored clothes and hats.  One reportedly was wearing red to purple colored jeans.  Samuelson says they apparently targeted the victim.  Anyone with information on the incident and suspects is asked to call JPD at 483-7536... or the JPD Tips-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.  Police say all calls will be kept confidential.  The victim was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital... where he's being treated for teh non-life threatening wound.
 
 
Jamestown man arrested for theft and drug possession...
A city man was arrested after allegedly stealing from a business on Jamestown's eastide last weekend.  Officers responded to Jamestown Bronze Works on Hopkins Avenue for a larceny complaint that occurred during the overnight last Saturday.  With help from surveillance photographs... officers say they were able to identify the suspect as 45 year-old Michael Anderson.  Shortly after, officers located Anderson near his home, and he was arrested.  Once in custody, he was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance.  He was arraigned and taken to the county jail on $1,500 cash bail. 

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Local Congressman Tom Reed says he remains comfortable with President Donald Trump's leadership despite last weekend's Twitter barbs traded with U-S Senator Bob Corker. 
 
The pair had an unusually harsh exchange between a president and a senator from his own party.  Trump says the Tennessee Republican had "begged" him for an endorsement for his re-election campaign and that he "didn't have the guts" to run again.  Corker shot back that he felt Trump could lead the U.S. into World War-Three.
 
Reed does agree, though, that a continued focus on the fight could make it harder to pass the president and Republican Majority in Congress's agenda.  After Trump said Corker didn't "have the guts" to run again Corker called the White House "an adult day care center" and that "someone obviously missed their shift this morning."
 
 
Some students gave first-hand accounts of the bullying problem in the Jamestown public schools Tuesday night and talked about the need to take steps to better protect students. 
 
The students joined the relatives of a handful of current and past students who recently committed suicide who spoke during last night's board meeting at the high school. 
 
One was 2015 graduate Natalie Schaefer who says it got so bad she tried to harm herself.  She says students never had a real way to anonymously tells school officials what was going on.
 
Another girl who just graduated from high school in Oregon says she was bullied in Jamestown but, has had no such problem at her school in Oregon. 
 
Sativa Allen says she has a younger brother still here who says he's being bullied by some students, along with a teacher.  She says that also happened to her in third-grade.  Allen says the teacher said she would never graduate but, says she did and with honors.
 
 
The Jamestown School District has begun taking "baby steps" in an effort to curb the bullying problem in the district mainly at the high school. 
 
School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe said Tuesday night that the effort began before the recent handful of suicides that occured. 
 
Apthorpe says he and School Board president Paul Abbott talked to parents and others during a break in Tuesday night's meeting.  Apthorpe later previewed a new anonyomous report form they'll be using in cases of bullying, and to ensure proper follow-up.
 
During the break following the public session, Apthorpe says he spoke with one of the adults, who suggested creating an on-line app that would allow a complaint to be filed.  He says a kid could simply send a text to a certain code on their phone. 
 
Apthorpe adds the district is starting to provide more "Charactor Education" at all grade levels that teach personal accountability.  He says a video is now being shown to students to encourage students to not be bystanders if they see bullying.
 
 
A new scam that's a take-off on one seen in the past is targeting Jamestown Board of Public Utilities customers. 
 
BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says, at least one business received a call today from someone pretending to be from the BPU, saying their bill is past due and that their utilities will be shut off unless they call an 800 number. 
 
When the number is dialed, the scammer answers as the Board of Public Utilities and transfers the customer to a separate extension for payment.  Robbins says the "BPU does not call customers and ask them to call an 800 number for payment.  Should you get such a call, hang up".
 
 
A Dunkirk man is being held on several charges following a traffic stop on Lake Shore Drive East near Armadillo Street late Tuesday night. 
 
Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano says the incident occured about 11:30 p.m., and escalated after the officer discovered a passenger who was trying to hide under a blanket in the back seat who was wanted on several outstanding warrants for felony robbery charges. 
 
The 33 year-old Duprey was located on Pangolin Street near Pine after trying to take off from officers.  Ortolano says he is facing several charges, including first and third-degree robbery, along with those from last night.  He says the drug related charge resulted from Duprey allegedly dropping a small bag of cocaine on the floor of the vehicle during the traffic stop. 
 
Duprey is expected to be arraigned on the charges in Dunkirk City Court this afternoon.
 
 

Gas prices nationally have dropped by about $.06 a gallon over the past week but, they remain the same in Chautauqua County this week. 

 

That from the AAA's Gas Price Report, which says the price this week locally remains about $2.69 a gallon for regular, unleaded fuel.  AAA says that's about the same as last week. 

 

Nationally, AAA says the price has fallen to $2.49 a gallon which is $.18 cheaper than a month ago.

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A handful of recent suicides by students who were relentlessly-bullied by other students has led family members to call on Jamestown school officials to take action on a problem they say is out of hand. 
 
Several people addressed the school board during last night's meeting at the high school.  One Barbara Solis, just recently had to bury her 14 year-old niece.  She called for students found to have bullied get more than a suspension.
 
Solis also urged the board to look at a law similar to one just instituted in Tonawanda, just north of Buffalo where parents could be held liable in cases involving bullying.  Marsha Hamilton also feels more needs to be done.  She recently lost her 14 year-old granddaughter, Mariah Schroeder and, says she knew of a 17 year-old girl who also committed suicide on the same day. 
 
A couple of former students who have dealt with being bullied also spoke about how relentless the bullying was and, the fact that social media amplified the problem especially on some special, on-line apps that kids were able to use.
 
 
Jamestown school board members were visibly moved by the stories by family members and, former students about the bullying situation. 
 
Board President Paul Abbott spoke following the public comment session which lasted more than half-an-hour.  Abbott says the board's number-one priority is student safety and, says officials have already been discussing ways to address the problem.  He says he and new District Superintendent Bret Apthorpe have been discussing the situation and looked at ways to deal with the matter. 
 
Apthorpe says one is better ways for students to anonymously notify school officials about being bullied.  More on that later today.
 
 
A Forestville man is jailed on 20-thousand dollars bail for allegedly being in possession of child pornography earlier this year. 
 
State Police in Fredonia say their Bureau of Criminal Investigation arrested 62 year-old Robert Howard of Forestville earlier this month on 10 Felony counts of Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child, as well as two counts of Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child. 
 
State Police say their initial investigation began following a complaint that was filed last July 20th.  Howard was arrested and, arraigned in Hanover Town Court.  He was sent to the County lock-up.
 
 
For the second year in a row, Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi has presented a new budget proposal that includes a sizeable,  projected deficit. 
 
Teresi announced his $35.7-million spending plan yesterday afternoon and the need to work with the city council to reduce the nearly $947,000 shortfall.  In addition, he says the city remains at it's constitutional taxing limit, which this year allows for about a "slight" tax levy increase.
 
Teresi says the budget includes a $.21 per thousand full-value tax rate increase, which would bring the rate to $23.98 for next year.  He says the increase is largely being driven by increases in personnel costs as well as increases in the city's own health insurance program for retirees. 
 
However Teresi says they are still working with New York state to fully-impliment an incentive program to get Medicare-eligible retirees.  He says "bottom-line, the state of New York doesn't want the city of Jamestown to fail."  City Council budget hearings begin next Monday night.
 
  
A woman who has been involved in the church and, community outreach work has been named as the new director of the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County. 
 
The United Way, late this morning, announced that the Reverend Amy Rohler will replace Tory Irgang on January 1st.  Irgang was recently named as the new Executive Director of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. 
 
In a printed release, United Way Board President Christopher Colburn says Rohler became director of Community Helping Hands in 2009.  Since then, the organization has grown from a simple thrift store... into a relationship-based workforce development resource.
 
 
Chautauqua County's Congressman says he's not surprised that New York state isn't getting it's fair share of tax dollars returned by the federal government. 
 
However, Corning Republican Tom Reed says, at least part of the reason is the state's own tax policies that have driven people and businesses from the state.  Commenting on a state report that New York gets back 84-cents for each federal dollar sent to Washington Reed added that that's why tax reform is so necessary.
 
The House recently approved a budget blueprint that includes some tax reform.  Reed says it's his goal to make the tax code more fair for all Americans.  He says much of the reason why New York gets short-shrifted on federal money is the New York City-Metro area is part of the state and there is a "lot of wealth" there. 
 
In a recent report by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, he noted that New York state got back 84-cents on each federal dollar returned to individual states.  DiNapoli says only three states New Jersey, North Dakota and Connecticut get back less.

 

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News Headlines for Tues., Oct. 10, 2017

County Dept. of Health and Human Services announces Rabid Cat attack...
The first rabid animal attack of 2017 has occured in Chautauqua County after a stray-feral cat attacked two people in the town of Stockton late last week.  Department of Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler says the residents were attacked by the cat last Thursday, Oct. 5.  Schuyler says the incident should "serve as a warning to Chautauqua County residents that animal rabies is a serious public health concern that we must not get complacent about."  She adds that pets "face a very real risk of exposure which can then translate to human exposure."  Schuyler adds that children are often at greatest risk from rabies because they are more likely to be bitten.  Schuyler says prevention is the best way to go and says pet owners need to be aware that the state requires all dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets be vaccinated against rabies at 4 months of age.  The next free rabies vaccination clinic will be held this Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Gerry Town Highway Garage on Route 60 from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon.
 
 
Remnants of Hurricane Nate leave up to 2-inches of rain on WNY...
The soaking rain associated with former Hurricane Nate have moved off to the east after past of Western New York received upwards of two-inches of rain from the system.  The remnents of the storm that battered the Gulf coast on Saturday moved though the region quickly.  Forecaster Shawn Smith from the National Weather Service in Buffalo says conditions began to improve about mid-afternoon yesterday.  While the rain is ending, Smith says the mild weather will not be ending anytime soon.  In fact, he says we'll see highs in the 70s.  Areas further north saw the highest rainfall totals, with some areas north of Buffalo getting close to 2.4-inches of rain.  In Chautauqua County, the Dunkirk area received .96 inches, while the County Airport near Jamestown received .36 inches of rain. 
 
 
Jamestown Young Professionals to talk economy during panel discussion at Jackson Center...
The 'Jamestown Young Professionals' will present a panel discussion on the Chautauqua County Economy this evening at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown.  The event will be moderated by Matthew Mazgai, a member of the Young Professionals board, and an attorney at Phillips-Lytle.  County Executive Vince Horrigan, Chamber of Commerce President Todd Tranum, and Dunkirk Development Director Rebecca Yanus are among those on the panel.  They'll be joined by Chase Churchill from Jamestown Electroplating and Jonathan Weston from Panama Rocks.  Matt Mazgai says there are good things happening in the local economy. The panel discussion will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight at the Jackson Center and is free and open to the public.  The Phillips Lytle law firm is sponsoring the program.
 
 
Teresi to present 2018 budget today...
The city of Jamestown's proposed 2018 budget will be presented this afternoon by Mayor Sam Teresi, who says it'll be a "realistic and tight" spending plan.  Teresi is required, by city charter, to present the spending plan to council members and the public in early October.  Teresi says he's been working hard on the new spending plan with City Comptroller Joe Bellitto, and new director of Administrative Services, Todd Thomas.  He says their challenges are many, including likely increases in employee costs.  Teresi says they don't have agreement with three of their bargaining units.  Once the budget is presented, Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says he'll be working with Thomas to develop a schedule of hearings with department heads.  The city's current budget is just over $35-million and the city is currently at it's constitutional taxing limit.  Today's budget presentation is at 4 p.m. in the Mayor's Conference Room at City Hall.  
 
 
Marijuana found in Dunkirk Vehicle Stop...
A Dunkirk man was arrested on various charges including unlawfully dealing with a child, following a vehicle stop last weekend. Shortly before 12:30 a.m. Saturday, deputies stopped a vehicle on Central Avenue in the village of Silver Creek and found the driver, 20 year-old Rodregus Tripp and a 16 year-old passenger to be in possession of over 25 grams of cannabis. Tripp and the teen were charged with 5th-degree criminal possession of marijuana. Both individuals will answer their charges in Silver Creek Village Court on a later date.
 
 
Man arrested in North Harmony for assault...
An Ashville man was sent to county jail following an assault in the town of North Harmony last weekend.  Deputies were called to a residence on Route 394 shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday, where the female victim accused 26 year-old Cory Raynor of striking her in the head and face multiple times, causing physical injury.  Raynor was taken into custody and later arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court on $2,500 cash bail -- $5,000 dollar property bond. 
 
 
Randolph teen arrested for allegedly threatening others with a Pellet Gun...
A Randolph teenager is facing menancing charges after allegedly pointing a gun at a passing motorist in the town of Ellicott last weekend.  Shortly after 7 p.m. last Friday... town police responded to a report that a gun was pointed at a female victim from a suspect in a passing vehicle.  Soon after, Ellicott officers with assistance from Jamestown police, Sheriff's Officers, and New York State Police did locate the vehicle in a parking lot in Jamestown along with the suspect, 18 year-old Nicholas Becker.  Following investigation, they found a pellet gun in the vehicle that resembled a 44-Magnum revolver.  Becker was issued an appearance ticket for Ellicott Town Court at a later date to answer the charge. 
 
 
Horrigan proposed Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Agency...
The top-elected official in Chautauqua County expects to propose legislation late this year to create a  new agency that would oversee management of Chautauqua Lake.  During his State of the County Address, Executive Vince Horrigan proposed the Chautauqua Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Agency, which he says would be able to set aside funding and put other programs in place to more effectively deal with the invasive weed, and algal bloom issues on the lake.  He says the agency would then create a "lake district".  The Chautauqua Lake Alliance was formed a couple of years ago to serve as an "umbrella" organization to oversee what the lake's several groups want to have done.  However, Horrigan says the group does not have the authority to direct funding to what needs to be done.  He says an agency would be able to respond in a "more definative way" and allocate resources or make decisions that are directive in nature.  Horrigan made his comments for last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 

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The western New York community of Batavia and Cortland in Central New York are the final two winners of Governor Andrew Cuomo's downtown redevelopment prize. 
 
The Democratic governor announced late last week that the two cities will each receive $10-million to further efforts to make their downtowns more attractive to residents, business owners and visitors.  Now in its second year, the Downtown Revitalization Initiative contest awards $10- million each to the 10 regional communities that submitted the best revitalization plans. 
 
More than 100 communities around the state entered the contest.  The winners already announced this year included Olean in Cattaraugus County.  Jamestown won one of last year's awards.

 
Police in Eastern New York say a car going 166 miles per hour slammed into the back of another vehicle moments later, though both drivers escaped injury. 
 
Police in the Dutchess County town of Red Hook tell the Kingston Daily Freeman that an officer was driving on Route 9G last Wednesday night when he was passed by a 2004 Audi traveling at 140 mph.  Police say the Audi driver then accelerated to 166 mph. 
 
Authorities say a short time later the car rear-ended a Jeep.  Police say they don't know how fast the Audi was going when it crashed.  Police say the 27-year-old man from nearby Staatsburg who was driving the Audi was ticketed for reckless driving, unlawfully fleeing a police officer and several traffic infractions.

 
Legislation geared towards making human service agencies that help with early childhood development in lower-income families more efficient, and cuts red tape, has been approved in Congress. 
 
That from local Congressman Tom Reed, who says the House of Representatives approved his proposed "Standard Data Act" last week.  Reed says the Act requires consistant data requirements being used across key human service programs. 
 
The Corning Republican says it should knock down some of those bureaucratic "silos". Reed says, with the approval the Standard Data Act will be part of the federal "Maternal Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program."  He says similar measures have helping improve efficiency in other programs, such as the nation's Welfare Program. 
 
Reed says the idea is to improve services and service delivery.  He says this will hopefully end the need to re-enter data when other agency services are used.  Reed says the Senate version of the Standard Data Act is similar so not much work would have to be done to reconcile the measure, so it can be approved and signed by the President.

 
Two people from Dunkirk are jailed without bail for allegedly trafficking crack-cocaine, and being found with a stolen gun, during a raid in the city late last week. 
 
Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force agents and Dunkirk Police Department, executed a search warrant on the upstairs apartment at 632 Deer Street about 6:40 AM Friday.  Task force members say they found and arrested 31 year-old Ontario Eldridge and 27 year-old Katelyn Smith inside. 
 
They had a warrant for Eldridge on one count each of third-degree Criminal Possession and Sale of a Controlled Substance.  The warrant stemmed from a months long investigation by the Task Force and alleges the sale of crack cocaine.  Task Force agents also say they found a marijuana grow operation, packaging materials and a stolen handgun.  With that, Eldridge was also charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. 
 
Smith also faces several charges, including fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawfully growing marijuana.  If you see or know about illegal drug activity in your area contact the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force at 1-800-344-8702.  

 
A former county Democratic Party chairman from Buffalo has been charged again with bribing a judge. 
 
An eight-count federal indictment unsealed Friday includes charges similar to those brought against Steven Pigeon in state court last year. 
 
Prosecutors say the former Erie County Democratic Party chairman got former state Supreme Court Judge John Michalek's relatives political jobs in 2012 and 2013 in exchange for favorable decisions and to control who Michalek would appoint to a paid court receivership.  Michalek pleaded guilty last year.  Pigeon pleaded not guilty in federal court last Friday.

 
Chautauqua County's top-elected official believes he and the legislature will be able to deliver at least a "break-even" budget for 2018 once it's in place. 
 
That from Executive Vince Horrigan after the Audit and Control Committee last week drew up recommendations that would cut the tax rate from his proposal by 13-cents per thousand full-value.  Horrigan says he is "optimistic at least that they can whip-out that 10-cent per thousand tax increase.
 
Horrigan adds that he thought they were going to have a "flat" tax in the 2018 Budget.  However he says the county was then hit by the $715,000 bill from the state Office of Children and Family Services for Juvenile Detention Services.  They had expected a $340,000 bill.  He says another concern going forward is getting the NRG Plant in Dunkirk repowered, and fully back on the tax roles. 
 
The Audit and Control Committee will meet again on October 19th to finalize their proposed changes to the budget.  Horrigan made his coments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the Media One Group stations.
 
 
A Canadian startup company whose invention lets dairy farmers check the quality of milk from individual cows is getting $1 million to set up shop in Buffalo. 
 
SomaDetect is the grand prize winner of the fourth annual 43North competition.  The New York state-sponsored contest is meant to bring economic development to western New York by awarding cash and incubator space to winners who pitch ideas from all over the world.  SomaDetect's sensor technology allows farmers to detect illness in cows or impurities in milk. 
 
The company was established in Fredericton, New Brunswick, but must operate in Buffalo for at least a year.  The runner-up company, Squire, received $650,000 during Thursday night's awards. 
 
The New York City company's app allows users to book and pay for haircuts at participating barbershops.

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Victims of Pittsfield, PA Double-Fatal accident identified...
Two Warren, Pennsylvania women have now been identified as the people killed when their sports utility vehicle was struck by a Mack truck at an intersection in Warren County's Pittsfield Township late this week.  State Police in Warren say the car was operated by 71 year-old Vercil Pierce... and, the other fatality was her front seat passenger, 80 year-old Louise Williams.  Troopers were called to the scene on Route 6 shortly after 10 a.m., and, found that Pierce was westbound, and had stopped at the intersection with Route 27.  However... Troopers say she failed to yield to the oncoming truck and the truck, operated by 61 year-old Gerald Silvis of Franklin, crashed into the car.  Both Pierce and Williams were pronounced dead at the scene.  A third passenger, 52 year-old Susan Conquer of Warren, is in critical condition at UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Silvis was not hurt.
 
 
Jamestown man arrested for alleged drug trafficking Friday...
A city man is jailed on multiple drug-related charges following a late morning raid on Jamestown's eastside Friday.  City police say members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, State Police C-NET Team, and JPD SWAT Team... executed a search warrant at 10 Peterson Street about 11:30 a.m.  Once inside... police say they found the suspect, 30 year-old Shanis Garcia, and a young child... and, a loaded 40-calibur hand-gun.  Police add they also found quantities of heroin... hydrocodone pills... suboxone... and Clonazepam in Garcia's possession.   Garcia faces charges including second-degree criminal possession of a weapon... third and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, endangering the welfare of a child.  He was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
City man arrested for allegedly Cocaine possession...
A city man is jailed on drug-possession charges following a call for a domestic incident yesterday morning on Jamestown's northside.  City police were called to the scene at 16 Blanchard Street about 10:30 a.m., and found that 22 year-old Tyler Rizzo had broken a window at the house.  When taking Rizzo into custody... police say they found 28-bages of powder cocaine in his possesion.  He was jailed on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, fourth-degree criminal mischief.
 
 
Drug Task Force members arrest two in Dunkirk raid...
Two north county residents have been arrested for allegedly trafficking crack-cocaine, and being found with a stolen gun, at a home in the city of Dunkirk.  Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force... and Dunkirk Police Department... conducted a raid in the upstairs apartment at 632 Deer Street about 6:40 a.m. Friday.  Once inside... task force members found and arrested 31 year-old Ontario Eldridge... and, 27 year-old Katelyn Smith.  The task force had an arrest warrant for Eldridge on one count each of third-degree Criminal Possession and Sale of a Controlled Substance.  The arrest warrant for Eldridge stems from a months long investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and alleges the sale of crack cocaine.  Task Force agents also say they found a marijuana grow operation... packaging materials... and a stolen handgun.  With that... Eldridge was also charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  Smith also faces several charges... including fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.. and, unlawfully growing marijuana.  If you see or know about illegal drug activity in your area... contact the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force at 1-800-344-8702.   
 
 
Chagnon relieved that committees work done on proposed 2018 County Budget...
It's a relief to have concluded budget delibrations... but, even better to have concluded discussions by cutting projected taxes in Chautauqua County for 2018 by about 13-cents per $1,00 full-value.  That from Audit and Control Committee Chairman Pierre Chagnon... who says lawmakers had an exhaustive week of hearings... but, says it was worth.  Chagnon says everyone worked together to produce a 3-cent per $1,000 tax rate cut in County Executive Vince Horrigan's $236.4-million spending plan... and adds that he's "very pleased and very relieved by what we were able to accomplish."  Horrigan's budget proposal... which was presented at the legislature's Sept. 27 meeting... included a 10-cent per $1,000 increase to $8.58.  While there were "across the board" cuts in the budget... Chagnon says lawmakers did increase one line... and that was for Cornell Cooperative Extension.  He says the 4-H Program will receive another $50,000.  However... no decision has been made yet on the county's Coroners request for a pay increase in 2018.  As for revenues... Chagnon says sales taxes have been trending upwards the past couple of years... and, lawmakers decided to bump that number up for 2018.  
 
 
About 50 take part in Domestic Violence Awareness Walk in Jamestown...
Domestic Violence Awareness Month began Friday afternoon during the 20th annnual Walk Against Domestic Violence and 15th annual Unity Day Celebration in downtown Jamestown.  Roughly 50 people joined the walk down 3rd Street starting from the Northwest Ice Arena and ending at Tracy Plaza.  Project Crossroads Program Manager Elizabeth Bracey, who says the intial Unity Day was recognized in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Violence and... over time... has evolved into commemorating October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  She began the event with a moment of silence.  Keynote speaker for the Unity Day celebration this year was the director of the county's Department of Health and Human Services, Christine Schuyler, says education is power and necessary to success... and, calls attention to what we can do to prevent future cases.  Schuyler says they need to "ensure support and resources" to those people traumatized" in abuse cases.  A victim of domestic violence herself, Schuyler shared her story with those in attendance today for the first time.
 
 

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Two women were killed when their sports utility vehicle was struck by a Mack truck at an intersection in Warren County's Pittsfield Township late yesterday morning. 

 

State Police in Warren were called to the scene on Route 6 shortly after 10 a.m. and found that the driver of the westbound car, a 71 year-old woman, had stopped at the intersection with Route 27. 

 

However, Troopers say the woman didn't yield to an oncoming truck and the driver of the car, and his 80 year-old female passenger, were both pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

A third passenger, a 52 year-old woman, was flown to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania where she's in critical condition. 

 

The driver of the truck was not hurt.The intersection was closed for about 3 hours.

 



Expect to see an increase in your winter gas bills, a nearly 27% increase. 

 

That's the word from National Fuel gas, which issued its forecast for 2017-18 winter heating season bills. 

 

NFG Spokeswoman Karen Merkel says the typical residential customer should expect to pay about $588-dollars for the five-month heating season, up from $464 last Winter.

 

Merkel says the utility used an average Winter weather model in making the forecast.  She says the other factor the utility used in making the forecast was natural gas commodity costs, which have been on the rise.


The President and General Manager of Monofrax in Falconer was named 'Person of the Year' Thursday night at the annual Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet. 

 

William Andrews joined the company in June of 2016 and has changed the direction of the business. The 'Economic Development Award' was given to Fieldbrook Foods, a major ice cream maker in Dunkirk.  President Bob Charleston says they've added three new production lines just within the last year.

The local Chambers of Commerce also presented their service awards at the event.  The Jamestown Community Chamber recognized John Willilams, long time Parks Manager for the City of Jamestown.  Williams was unable to attend the ceremony at Suny Fredonia, and will receive his award at a later date.


A Falconer mother faces charges after her child was found outside without supervision last Saturday. 

 

Back on September 30th, Ellicott police observed a small child on the sidewalk on East Main Street in the village without an adult present. During investigation, it was found that the child's mother was 28 year-old Crystal Laroy.  She was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and is to appear in Ellicott Town Court at a later date.


A "consolidated effort" on the part of Chautauqua County Legislators and department heads, has turned a 10-cent per thousand full value tax rate increase in the 2018 budget proposal into a 3-cent per thousand decrease. 

 

That from Audit and Control Committee Chairman Pierre Chagnon who says the panel finished up it's four-days of work Thursday on County Executive Vince Horrigan's $236.4-million spending plan.  Chagnon especially praised the work of the "home" committees.

Chagnon says lawmakers "cast a wide net" in looking for cost savings and additional revenues.  He says one of the areas they found some additional savings was in the Department of Health and Human Services and the cost for "safety net" services for the poor.
Chagnon adds that sales taxes have been trending up for 2017 and lawmakers decided to bump that number up as well.  He says it's a great relief to eliminate a proposed $700,00 increase in the local budget share.  Chagnon says the committee will finalize it's work in two-weeks so the legislature can vote on the budget at the end of the month.


The City of Dunkirk is one of four communities that will be receiving $2.5-million in Smart Growth funding as part of the next phase of the "Buffalo Billion Two." 

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo traveled to North Tonawanda to make the announcement Wednesday afternoon.  Cuomo says Smart Growth focuses more on smaller communities.

The village of Gowanda in Cattaraugus County will also receive a $2.5 million grant.  The two other communities included North Tonawanda and Lackawanna.  All four communities filed applications for the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative that went to the city of Olean. 

 

Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas says he is "very, very excited" about the announcement.  He calls it "great news" for the city, which plans on using the grant money towards revitalizing the city's downtown and waterfront areas.  The funding may include improvements to the city pier and reconfiguration of the harbor plaza.


The State Department of Motor Vehicles and Department of Environmental Conservation urged motorist to take caution this morning as deer will become more active and are more likely to enter public roadways in the fall months.

 

They say two-thirds of all collisions between deer and vehicles occur during the months of October, November, and December because this is the time when deer breed and travel the most. Deer are especially active during dawn and dusk, making them less visible to traffic.

 

To reduce the chances of encountering a deer while driving, the DEC recommends to decrease speed when you see deer near roadsides; they tend to travel in groups so expect other deer to follow. 

 

If you do strike a deer, the DEC says to stay away from the animal, pull off to the side of the road in a safe place, and alert authorities if the deer is blocking traffic and creating a threat for other drivers.


Warren County's top prosecutor says last August's police-involved shooting of a Clarendon, Pennsylvania man who looked like he was going to open fire with a loaded AK-47 at an ice cream stand was justified. 

 

In fact District Attorney Rob Greene says Warren City Policeman Matt Mumford not only acted in "defense of himself, but others" when he shot and killed 54 year-old Joseph Miller in the Dairy Delite parking lot in Mead Township. 

 

The Warren Times-Observer reports that Greene released a report late Wednesday on the August 4thincident after reviewing materials, including a video of the incident,trooper's reports, witness statements and interviews. 

 

Police say Miller had been pulled over for various traffic violations when Mumford noticed he was acting strangely and he reported seeing Miller loading the AK-47.  He says he ordered Miller to stop but, Miller failed to comply and got out of the vehicle with the loaded rifle, at which point Mumford fired his gun.  Greene says the case is now closed.

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A former Clymer Central School District teacher has been formally charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a 16 year-old male student from May of last year through early this year. 

 

Sheriff's deputies say they have charged 31 year-old Samantha Dascomb of the Mina-French Creek Road with endangering the welfare of a child. 

 

A complaint was filed this past March in the case, after which she resigned.  The 16 year-old boy was not identified.  Dascomb was issued an appearance ticket for Clymer Town Court.


A Dunkirk woman was injured when she was hit by a vehicle while walking in the north county TOPs Market late yesterday morning. 

 

Just before 10:15 a.m., Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene on Vineyard Drive for a car-pedestrian accident.  Further investigation revealed that 68 year-old Margaret Steffan was crossing the pedestrian crosswalk as she was leaving the store. 

 

At the same time, 84 year-old Corrine Crino was driving a vehicle and struck Steffan.  She was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries. 

 

Crino was charged with failure to yield right of way to pedestrian and will appear in court at a later date and time.


The United States is standing with the people of Hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico and is also ready to help those coming to New York's Southern Tier to live -- or stay temporarily. 

 

That from local Congressman Tom Reed, who says he's already working on aid for those communities that are expecting an influx of people fleeing the island. 

 

The Corning Republican says it's been a logistical "nightmare" trying to deal with everything there, but adds that they are ready to help those coming to places like Dunkirk, which has a significant Puerto Rican community.

Jamestown is another community that may see an influx of people from Puerto Rico coming to stay with family or friends until things are back to normal on the island. 

 

Reed also praised the efforts of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.


A report from New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says that the state received 84 cents for every dollar it sent in taxes to the federal government in 2016. 

 

DiNapoli says New York receives significantly less per tax dollar than the vast majority of states.  The report estimates that New York sent an estimated $40.9-billion dollars more in tax payments to Washington last year than it received back in federal spending. 

 

The report shows most states received more than they paid.  The average return for all states was $1.18 per tax dollar sent to Washington. 

 

According to DiNapoli's 2015 analysis, New York generated $19.9 billion more in federal taxes than it received in federal spending in federal fiscal year 2013.


Jamestown police were called to scene of an unsual domestic incident late last night on the city's east side.

 

Just before 11:30 p.m., officers arrived to a Shaw Avenue residence and heard a female screaming. After making contact, officers determined that 29 year-old Jessica Solinger threw a ceramic goose at the male victim in the back of the head, causing minor injury. She was charged with third-degree assault and transported to city jail pending arraignment.


With what proved to be a ground-breaking event for Jamestown business last year, the 2nd annual Jamestown Business Expo presented by the Lynn Development group, will take place today at the Lynn Building on East 2nd Street.

 

The expo runs from noon to 6 p.m. and will feature booths with samples and demonstrations from local businesses including service providers, banks, construction, and bakeries.

 

Director of Marketing at Lynn Development, Heather Lynn, says the first annual expo helped launch a new platform called " Jamestown Business First", which hopes to keep services within the local market for the Jamestown community.

New to the expo this year is a symposium will also take place 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Willow Bay Theater on East 3rd Street on the 4th floor. Lynn says guests speakers are set to take the stage and include Simone Sellstrom talking about social media marketing, Todd Tranum with the Chautauqau County Chamber of Commerce, and the new Executive Director of the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, Lisa Hatch.

 

The sessions are an hour long, but Lynn encourages attendees to sign up for all If they can.  To register for the symposium or the expo, go online to JamestownBusinessFirst.com.  The event is free to vendors and the public.


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state's first-in-the-nation tuition-free college program will pay the bill for about 22,000 students this year. 

 

The governor's office says an additional 23,000 students who applied also qualified to have their tuition covered, but by existing state and federal financial aid. 

 

About 75,000 people applied for the new Excelsior Scholarship, which pays the balance of tuition for New York residents from families earning $100,000 or less who attend a State University of New York or City University of New York school full-time.  Cuomo says thanks to the new program 53% of full-time SUNY and CUNY in-state students now go to school tuition-free. 

 

Excelsior Scholarship recipients must live and work in New York for as many years as they receive the benefit.


An outage of unknown origin left nearly 900 National Grid customers in the Lakewood area to lose power yesterday morning. 

 

National Grid Company reports the outage occured about 11:40 a.m. and restoration time was expected to take about two-hours total.  More when it becomes available.

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Construction is on target for a new hotel located in downtown Jamestown.

 

The Hamister Group will be opening the DoubleTree by Hilton on West Fourth Street, with a date currently project by late summer of 2018.  General Manager Brandon Wade says that the full-service hotel will include ammenties not just for business travelers, but families as well.

Wade also says he hopes to bring an open environment where people can relax and unwind in downtown Jamestown.  The plan for the location includes a gastropub with craft brews on tap and entrees and appetizers to match as well as a 4,100 square foot ballroom to cater to large events. 

 

The Double Tree will have 147 rooms, seven of which will be suite-style and 132 are double-queen bedrooms.  For a look at a single king room concept, you can visit their Facebook page at "Double Tree by Hilton Jamestown".


Gasoline prices in Chautauqua County are up slightly this week but, remain under $2.70 a gallon for regular, unleaded fuel. 

 

The American Automobile Association's Gas Price Report this week says the price is up six-tenths of a penny this week after dropping to $2.69 even last week.  The price at this time last year was $2.29 per gallon.  

 

AAA says the U-S Energy Information Administration reports a 2.4-million barrel build in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region.  The national average this week is down two-cents a gallon to $2.55.  However, the Gas Price Report says that's still the highest price to start October since 2015.


With another tragedy in last Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas, there is word of new, malicious cyber activity that's targeting both victims and people looking to help victims. 

 

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace Tuesday afternoon is warning of potential scams where callers, or people online try to get sensitive information from you. 

 

Gerace says there are several ways you can donate to legitimate charities and, avoid getting scammed.  He says always be skeptical of e-mails or social media posts asking for donations.


Gerace says don't respond to an unsolicited e-mail.  He adds you should also not allow anyone to pressure you into donating.  He says credible organizations won't try to guilt you. 

 

Gerace adds to find out if an organization is reputable log onto the Federal Trade Commission's website, which is Consumer.FTC.GOV.  You should then go to "0074-giving-charity." 

 

Gerace adds that you can also check to make sure the charity is registered in your own state.  He says, often, the state will list this information on its official website.


A Jamestown man was arrested following a domestice incident Monday evening.

 

City officers say they responded to a Forest Avenue residence just after 9:30 p.m.. Upon arrival and further investigation, it was found that 42 year-old Charles Karr, junior punched a female victim in the face causing the victim to be injured. Karr was taken to city jail pending arraignment.


The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation has received a $2,500 gift from a local bank to help it's mission of downtown and neighborhood revitalization in the city. 

 

JRC Executive Director Lisa Hatch says the donation continues Northwest's commitment to the city and it's growth.  Hatch says they are "happy to partner and collaborate with them on our many upcoming projects." 

 

For more information on the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and it's mission go-online to JamestownRenaissance.org.  You can also call them at 489-3496.


Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says he plans to deliver a 2018 budget proposal nextg week that will be both a "realistic and tight" spending plan to the city council. 

 

Teresi spoke briefly at Monday night's work session about some of the challenges facing he, City Comptroller Joe Bellitto, and new director of Administrative Services, Todd Thomas have faced in recent weeks. 

 

Teresi says their challenges include the "usual culprits" including rising pension costs.  He says that's despite a lowering of rates by the state, and the fact they have three unions that don't have contracts.

Additionally, Teresi says three of their biggest unions don't have new contracts in place at least for now, heading into 2018.  City Council Finance committee Chairman Tony Dolce says, once the budget has been presented, he'll be working with Thomas to develop a schedule of hearings with department heads in the coming weeks. 

 

Teresi will present his 2018 spending proposal next Tuesday, October 10th, at 4 p.m.in the mayor's conference room at city hall.


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed that flags on all state government buildings be lowered to half-staff to honor victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. 

 

The Democrat says the directive is in effect from Tuesday through sunset Friday in conjunction with a federal proclamation.  Cuomo called the Nevada killings "yet another senseless and horrific mass shooting" and a "heinous and vile act of gun violence." 

 

The governor said he has directed additional security measures around New York state as a precaution, but didn't release details.  Police in Las Vegas say 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock opened fire Sunday night on the crowd at a country music concert from a hotel room, killing 58 and wounding more than 500.


A man from northwest Pennsylvania suffered serious injuries when his car crashed in the Warren County borough of Tidioute Mondayafternoon. 

 

State Police in Warren say 29 year-old Derek Neddo of Mount Jewett was southbound on Tidioute Creek Road about 2:45 p.m.when he began honking his horn and yelling out the window for an unknown reason. 

 

Troopers say the vehicle traveled through the intersection on Main Street, then entered the parking lot of Tidioute Fire Department before crashing head-on into a pine tree.  Upon impact, the top of the tree snapped off and landed in the bed of Neddo's pick-up truck.  He was flown to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania for treatment.  The accident remains under investigation.

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New York state will soon be releasing the $2.5-million in funding to help the city of Jamestown balance it's current budget, and create a new health insurance program for it's Medicare-eligible retirees. 

 

Mayor Sam Teresi reported to lawmakers at last night's work session that the city has heard back from the state Department of State, which is ready to allow them to formally offer the new insurance program.  Teresi says the city still has to provide some additional information, but they should have a resolution ready to discuss in two weeks.

 

Earlier this year, the state announced the city would get 1.5-million dollars to provide an "incentive package" to get retirees to move into the private sector insurance program.  Teresi reiterated that it would be a voluntary program. 

 

In addition, the mayor says the Empire State Development Corporation will be the entity providing the city the one-million dollars in state funding to help plug an $835,000 hole in this year's budget.  He says the ESD Board is expected to act on the measure at it's October meeting.

 



Local law enforcement is reacting to the late Sunday night mass shooting in Las Vegas that's left 59 people dead.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace Monday called it a horrific event that is "everyone's worst nightmare." 

 

Gerace says this was obviously a "planned" attack and, while it's an on-going investigation he urges peole to report any unusual activity to local authorities, no matter how insignificant it may seem.

 

Gerace says says the event is shocking and hard to rationalize.  He says it's hard to "wrap your head" around something where someone would take dozens of lives like this.


Chautauqua County has sold the Bratt Agriculture Center, near the Jamestown Airport, to a private developer. 

 

But, Cornell Cooperative Extension will still be located there, at least for awhile.  Emily Reynolds, the Executive Director of the county extension service, says the sale needs to go through the Federal Aviation Administration first.

Reynolds says her agency could be there even longer, if the rent under the new owner, Jamestown Rental Properties fits their budget.  The Bratt Agriculture Center opened nearly 40 years ago as a place where all agriculture related agencies could be under one roof. 

 

Reynolds says the sale of the building is 'another blow' to that idea.  She says the concept is something that's need now more than ever.  The U-S Department of Agriculture determined the building no longer met their specifications, and left the Ag Center in December 2013.   

 

The Soil and Water Conservation District moved with them to a leased office on Fluvanna Avenue in Jamestown.


Budget deliberations head into a second day in Chautauqua County today as the legislature's Audit and Control Committee began reviewing County Executive Vince Horrigan's proposed 2018 spending plan Monday

 

Department heads are meeting with committee members the next four days to see where some savings might be found in the $236.4-million budget.  Committee Chairman Pierre Chagnon says lawmakers have been able to cut taxes the past three years but, this year will be a challenge.  Chagnon says another tax cut remains their goal. 

 

Horrigan's 2018 budget proposal, which will be his last, increases the tax levy by about 2%.  However he says it's about 1.2-million dollars under the state's 2% property tax cap.  It's increases the tax rate by about 10-cents per thousand full value. 

 

If adopted as is, Horrigan says the rate would increase to $8.58 per thousand.  He says that's still about the average tax rate for western New York counties.  Lawmakers looked over the Department of Public Facilities and adminstrative budgets Monday.


It was a tearful day of joy for a local State Farm agent who opened her own branch in Jamestown in September.

 

With her employees and family by her side, Paige Foriska cut the silk ribbon in front of the 2000 Washington Street State Farm branch Monday morning. A Pittsburgh native, Foriska says they opened September 1st, but used the month to train fellow employees and put final touches on the recently remodeled location.

 

After the ribbon cutting ceremony, Foriska shared a few heartfelt words. She  has been working for State Farm, a company that prides itself on being a "good neighbor" for 5 years and is proud to continue extending that vision in the Jamestown area with offers such as auto, health, and life insurance as well as banking options.

 

Those looking for insurance or financial services through State Farm can call the Washington Street branch at 716-483-2762.


A Jamestown man was arrested in late last month on charges related to an alleged sexual offense that took place in Bemus Point in late August of 2016. 

 

That after a Chautauqua County Sheriff's officers eceived a complaint of a sex offense on a minor.  An investigation was conducted and led to the arrest of 28 year-old Timothy Perrin. 

 

Perrin taken into custody by deputies and was arraigned Monday morning in county court.  He was remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of 25-thousand dollar cash bail or 50-thousand property bond.


In New York state government news, lines are being drawn over whether to hold a state constitutional convention as supporters and opponents line up on either side of the issue. 

 

The state Bar Association announced its support this month, joining the government watchdog group Citizens Union. Opponents include organized labor and top lawmakers.  Voters will decide November 7th whether to hold a convention, where delegates would propose changes to the constitution.  Voters would then decide whether to approve or reject the changes. 

 

Supporters say a convention is an opportunity to address political corruption and campaign finance.  Opponents worry about special interests hijacking the process.  Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to add synthetic fentanyl to the controlled substances list to crack down on dealers who manufacture the powerful drug.

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The Jamestown City Council has approved a new tax exemption program for people who purchase land where the home had to be torn-down, or the home needs to be rehabilitated. 

 

Lawmakers this week unanimously approved a local law establishing the program which Council President Greg Rabb says is for "owner-occupied" properties.

 

The program could also be used for property owners looking to fix up a condemned structure; though Rabb says that may not be the best way to go because if the home needs a lot of work, the abatement may not help much. 

 

City Clerk Todd Thomas says a pubic hearing on the property tax exemption will be held by Mayor Sam Teresi at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 10th.


A Cattaraugus County man is facing charges after driving while under the influence of drugs when his car crashed during a vehicle pursuit in the town of Ellery last Saturday night. 

 

Sheriff's officers say they received several complaints about a person driving erratically on Dutch Hollow Road about 9:30 p.m. 

 

Deputies say they attempted to stop the vehicle but, the driver failed to comply.  Later identified as 30 year-old Heath Zawatski of Randolph, drove off and later crashed his car into a ditch and the vehicle rolled over. 

 

Zawatski was flown to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.


Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas says he is pleased with the response from the community in helping with hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. 

 

Earlier last weekend, Rosas who's family is from Puerto Rico, said they are working closely with groups in Jamestown and Olean.

Rosas says collections continue from 3 until 7 p.m. daily at Lake Shore Drive and Washington Avenue.  The items will be trucked to Buffalo as part of a statewide collection effort spearheaded by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

 

On another topic, Rosas says he and his brothers were finally able to speak to his mother, via telephone, from Puerto Rico, and says she is okay.


Authorities say the driver of a pickup truck is in custody after crashing into two homes in a Buffalo suburb while trying to elude police. 

 

Officers in the town of Amherst say they tried to stop the driver for speeding early last Friday morning but the motorist sped away. 

 

The truck traveled into the town of Kenmore, where the driver lost control and hit a one-story house, then struck a two-story home next door before coming to a stop in front of a third home.


Two people were hurt but, not seriously in a two car crash early last weekend in the town of Hanover. 

 

Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene at the corner of Bennett State Road, and Stebbins Road about 8 AM Saturday.  Officers say their investigation showed that 40 year-old Margarita Sanchez of Dunkirk did not stop at a stop sign and her vehicle was struck by the second vehicle operated by 46 year-old Jennifer Hilliker of Forestville. 

 

Deputies say Hilliker was taken to Lake Shore Hospital in Irving, while Sanchez was flown by Starflight Helicopter to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment of non-life-theatening injuries. 

 

Sanchez was charged with failure to stop at a stop sign.


The state is sending more help to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico. 

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late Friday that the state is deploying additional personnel from the Port Authority and State Police to help the Caribbean commonwealth following Hurricane Maria.  The 77 Port Authority workers will help reopen and operate the island's ports and airports. 

 

53 state troopers will provide security and public safety assistance.  Cuomo says 10 employees from the New York Power Authority will also join utility officials in Puerto Rico as they work to restore power on the island.


Daily Alternate parking rules are now in effect in the city of Jamestown. 

 

Alternate Parking began yesterday, October 1st.  City police say vehicles should be parked only on the 'odd-numbered' side of the street on odd-numbered days. 

 

They should also be parked on the even-numbered side of the street on even-numbered days only.  Police say the parking alternates at 10 a.m. each day and there is no grace period.


Today marks the beginning of the transition to a new Director of Emergency Services in Chautauqua County. 

 

That from the current director, Julius Leone, who is set to retire at the end of October.  Leone says he is pleased with the selection of John Griffith because of his experience and abilities with the local fire services. The appointment of Griffith was announced by County Executive Vince Horrigan in mid-September. 

 

Leone says he will stay on during the month of October to help make the transition a smooth one.  He says he'll be spending the next 30-days introducing Griffith to as many people on the state and federal level he can that they work with. 

 

Leone adds that he'll also have the new director on hand for this week's budget hearings in Mayville.  He has held the job for 16-years and has served under three Chautauqua County Executives Mark Thomas, Greg Edwards, and Vince Horrigan.


With most of the island territory destroyed, expect another influx of people from Puerto Rico coming into Jamestown. 

 

That from two leaders of the local Hispanic community who says some will likely be here temporarily while life on the island returns to normal. 

 

Pastor Alfonso Pagan with the Hispanic affiliate at First Covenant Church in Jamestown, is a native of Puerto Rico.  Pagan says part of the problem right now is while you can get an airline flight to the island, it's hard to get one back to the mainland.

In addition, Director Max Martin with the Hispanic Community Council of Chautauqua County says families with younger children will likely come to the mainland because it may be at least six-months before schools are back up and running.  Martin's organization, and Pagan's church have been involved in the local relief efforts to get supplies and money to the people of Puerto Rico. 

 

Martin says he's heartend by the way the "non-Hispanic" community has rallied to help the relief effort.  Donations can be made to Pagan's church, and the Hispanic Community Council through October.

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JHS JV Player takes a knee during anthem in Thursday night game, Superintendent responds...
The issue of football players kneeling during the National Anthem has reached Chautauqua County... as a Jamestown High School Freshman reportedly took a knee during the anthem at Thursday night's Junior Varsity Game at Dunkirk.  School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe Friday confirmed multiple media reports that Lebron Fisher quietly knelt down during the national anthem with his teammates around him.  Apthorpe says teachers and students had already been talking about taking stands against racial injustice in school.  He says -- historically -- civil disobediance can be dry stuff for kids, but, he says the issue has their attention right now.  Apthorpe says there are no rules in New York state, Section 6, nor in the Jamestown District that order students to stand for the anthem.  He equates it with the situation surrounding the Pledge of Alligiance the kids... Kindergarten through 12th grade... recite in the morning before school.  Apthorpe says nearly every student recites the pledge, though they are not required to.  He adds that there will be no disciplinary action taken... and, there has been no call to institute such a rule in the district.
 
 
Borrello pledges to have more IDA meetings on "the road" if elected Executive...
The Republican candidate for Chautauqua County Executive this November says he would like to see the county's Industrial Development Agency hold it's monthly meetings on the road.  Irving's George Borrello says -- if elected -- he plans to hold the meetings in various venues throughout the county.  Typically... Borrello -- who is a member of the IDA Board -- they meet at the agency's south county headquarters.  Once is a while... they meet at the Dunkirk Incubator facility.  Borrello says taking the meetings "on the road" will help get more people engaged with the IDA... and, economic development around the county.  He says he's also proposing other reforms in the way the IDA conducts business, such as revisions in the methods for seeking public input, and in the process leading up to board meetings themselves.  Borrello and Democrat Michael Ferguson are vying for the office now held by Vince Horrigan.
 
 
Brooks Hospital files "certificate of need" for new hospital site in town of Pomfret...
The Brooks Memorial Hospital board of directors has announced that they have filed a "certificate of need" with the New York State Department of Health for its new hospital project. The new, 29-bed hospital, will be located just east of the Routes 20 and 60 intersection in the town of Pomfret.  Hospital President Mary LaRowe and Board Chair Chris Lanski held a conference call yesterday afternoon on the announcement.  Lanski says the board, working with hospital relocation specialists... and, Turner Brokers in Lakewood... reviewed over dozen potential sites.  He says they looked at convenience to businesses, and where people live.  The 25-acre site is currently owned by Countryside Sand and Gravel.  LaRowe says they hope to have a ground-breaking next spring for the 100,000 square foot project.  She says they've been working closely with the state Department of Health, which has said they speed along the process.  Hopefully... LaRowe says they hope to have it done in 30 to 60 days.  They hope for a Spring 2018 ground-breaking... and, completion of a new hospital is slated for 2019.  Meanwhile, a Hospital Reuse Project Advisory Committee is being formed.
 
 
Local relief efforts for Puerto Rico well underway...              
Local relief efforts to get water and money to the people of Puerto Rico are well-underway in both the Jamestown and Dunkirk-areas of Chautauqua County... and, will continue through the month of October.  That from Director Max Martin with the Hispanic Community Council of Chautauqua County after Hurricane Maria ravaged the U-S Island territory last week.  Martin says after the hurricane hit... he was approached by about 15 people... most of them natives of Puerto Rico... and, they mobilized a drive in the city of Dunkirk through the Salvation Army.  There is also a drive taking place through the Hispanic Church affliate at First Covenant Church in Jamestown.  Pastor Alfonso Pagan is a native of Puerto Rico... and, says -- with most communications down on the island -- it's been tough on people who have relatives there.  He says most of his family is here... but, his father is still there.  If you would like to contribute to the effort... contact The Salvation Army in Dunkirk at 499-5622... or the Hispanic church at First Covenant Church in Jamestown at 708-8184. 
 
 
More state help being sent to Puerto Rico...
New York state is sending more help to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico.  Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late Friday that the state is deploying additional personnel from the Port Authority and State Police to help the Caribbean commonwealth following Hurricane Maria.  The 77 Port Authority workers will help reopen and operate the island's ports and airports.  Fifty-three state troopers will provide security and public safety assistance.  Cuomo says 10 employees from the New York Power Authority will also join utility officials in Puerto Rico as they work to restore power on the island.  Cuomo said a shipment of medication and supplies left Long Island's Republic Airport Friday morning.  
 
 

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A spokeswoman for Equifax says her company is "actively engaging" with state and federal officials following a data breach that exposed personal information for 143 million Americans. 

 

The company decided not to attend a legislative hearing on identity theft and data breaches Thursday in New York, however.  One lawmaker called that a "slap in the face" to New Yorkers. 

 

New York legislators are considering proposals to impose greater regulations on credit monitoring companies like Equifax, TransUnion or Experian following the cyberattack on Equifax. 

 

Representatives from TransUnion and Experian were also invited to Thursday's hearing but did not attend.  Eight million New Yorkers were among those whose sensitive information was exposed in the Equifax breach.


The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities has agreed to a three-year extension of the board's contract with it's full-time employees in the solid waste division. 

 

BPU General Manager Dave Leathers says the board this week approved the extension, which takes effect October 1st with Teamsters Local-264.  Leathers says there are 11 full-time employees covered by the contract, which includes a 2.36% wage increase for Tier-One employees and  consolidation of the bottom two tiers to bring stability.

 

The previous contract ended in 2018.  Leathers says Tier-One workers wil receive $20.40 an hour while the second-tier will receive $16.40 an hour.  He says they also agreed to stay with the Teamsters Health Insurance coverage, which will be frozen through 2021. 

 

Leathers say they have two years to go on it's contract with their biggest union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 459 and adds their wastewater treatment employees are under contract through the end of 2020.  Leathers says he believes it's a good agreement for both sides.


After some debate county lawmakers Wednesday night approved selling the South County Office Building, and two others, to a Jamestown-area developer. 

 

In fact, a couple of legislators wanted to table the measure until the proposal was looked at more closely.  However, a significant majority felt the sale had already been through enough scrutiny and, wanted to move foward on the sale.  Legislator Chuck Nazzaro says he wanted more review but, added that he was also concerned about losing "control" of the building.

 

The county legislature approved sale of the South County Office Building and two others to Jody Peterson, doing business as Jamestown Rental Properties, LLC.  The sale of the South County building was approved, 15-4. 

 

The other sales of the Bratt Agricultural building in the town of Ellicott, and the Sherman Shop Maintenance Facility to Jamestown Rental properties were approved unanimously.


The Chautauqua County Humane Society has again opened their arms and hearts to furry friends this time three dogs from South Florida that were displaced by Hurricane Irma. 

 

The dogs started out as part of a group of 25 from the Brevard County Animal Care Center in Florida, but, were removed from the center after issues with flooding and power following the storm.  CCHS was chosen to house the three dogs because of previous cooperative efforts with the Ten Lives Club in Buffalo. 

 

Sue Bobek, Director of Animal Services at the Humane Society says "we have had a partnership with Ten Lives Club for many years.  After the dogs arrived to them, circumstances had changed for a few of their fosters and they had three dogs without a place to go.  When approached about taking them, we said we could help just as they have helped us in the past." 

 

The three dogs are healthy and available for adoption.  If you are interested in adopting one of them, call 665-2209; visit SPCAPETS.COM or message CCHS through Facebook at Chautauqua County Humane Society.


New York state is home to more than one-million people of Puerto Rican background and, is sending a lot more than thoughts and prayers to the hurricane-ravaged island. 

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo has organized an aid package including 34,000 bottles of water, more than 10,000 meals ready to eat, 1,400 cots, and four Black Hawk search-and-rescue helicopters. 

 

The Democratic Governor says more than 100 New York City firefighters, police officers and other workers are in Puerto Rico to help, and Mayor Bill de Blasio is expecting an influx of thousands of Puerto Ricans fleeing the storm's damage.  Most of the immediate Jamestown-area's 4,000-5,000 Latinos are from Puerto Rico.


Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan's final budget plan will be a "challenging" one for county legislators. 

 

Those are the feelings of the chairman of the legislature's main financial committee.  Audit and Control Chairman Pierre Chagnon says, on first blush, a lot of the spending increase in the 2018 budget proposal is in response to the ongoing Heroin and Opioid Abuse epidemic. He says they were able to reduce taxes during the first three years of Horrigan's administration.  However he says it'll be more difficult this year with a 10-cent per thousand full-value tax rate increase. 

 

Minority Leader Chuck Nazzaro of Jamestown says he's concerned about seeing a $7.6-million, 3.3-percent spending increase in the $236-million plus budget and will dig into the details with the panel next week.

 

Nazzaro is the ranking minority member of the Audit and Control Committee says they're ready for four full-days of budget deliberations with department heads, and home committees.  Lawmakers hope to act on the budget by the end of October.


A Falconer man faces several charges, including criminally possessing a hypodermic intstrument after trying to flee on his bicycle from Jamestwn Police early Wednesday morning. 

 

City police say the spotted 30 year-old Sam Critzer riding a bicycle with no lights or horn on the 40 block of Eagle Street about 12:30 a.m..  Officers pulled up to the suspect, got out of the vehicle and told him to stop. 

 

However, Critzer refused and got back on his bike and tried to get away in the opposite direction.  Officers say they were able to stop him a few houses down the street. 

 

After a search, Critzer was also found to be in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine, marijuana, several hypodermic needles, and several prescription drugs outside their original container.   Critzer was arraigned, and sent to the county jail on $3500 bail.

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A former employee of a housing agency in the city of Jamestown has lost his job and arrested for misconduct after allegedly running up a more than $500 bill on a company credit card. 

 

City police say they investigated the matter and took 37 year-old Joey Weise into custody on one count of official misconduct.  Weise was a maintenance worker for Citizen's Opportunity for Development and Equality, Incorporated (CODE), when he allegedly rang up the unauthorized charges on the credit card last May.  He was also allegedly found in possession of a small amount of Crystal Methamphetime and was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Weise arraigned, and released on bail.


The legislature last night approved resolutions to sell three county buildings to private owners, but one stirred some controversy. 

 

Lawmaker eventually approved selling the South County Office Building in Jamestown, 15-4.  That came after an effort was made to table the measure for further study. 

 

The legislature also agreed to sell the Bratt Agricultural Building on Airport Hill and the Sherman Shop Maintenance Facility in the town of Sherman.


Local bakeries are getting a holiday dedicated to them, their service, and their delectable treats. 

 

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi proclaimed Wednesday, the first-ever National Local Bakery Day at Ecklof as today September 28th.

 

In his proclamation, Teresi highlights the significance local bakeries provide. He also encouraged all residences of the greater Jamestown area to come out and celebrate not only on National Local Bakery Day, but throughout the year. 

 

All day today, Jamestown bakeries will be celebrating in one-of-a-kind ways with promotional activites including a spinning prize wheel at Ecklof's Bakery on Foote Avenue.  National Local Bakery Day is expected to become an annual event.


In the Dunkirk area statewide collection is continuing to help with the hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. 

 

Mayor Wilfred Rosas says the city is working with the city of Buffalo as part of the statewide effort that's being coordinated by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. He says the local collection will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily at the corner of Washington Avenue and Lake Shore Drive. 

 

Non-perishable items are being accepted.  Rosas says funds may be dropped off at Dunkirk City Hall.  By the way, the Mayor has yet to make contact with his mother, who lives on the Island.


New York state has allotted $50-million in grant funding for water quality projects on livestock farms. 

 

The money is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's $2.5 billion dollar Clean Water Infrastructure Act.  It's aimed at helping large livestock farmers make sure there's proper management and storage of nutrients, such as manure.  New York State has over 500 farms with more than 200 livestock, and most are dairy farms with 300 or more cows. 

 

Projects that get funded will help farmers meet new environmental requirements first announced in January.  The first of three application periods is currently open and closes Nov. 20. Grant awards will be made by mid-December. 

 

An additional $15 million will be available in both 2018 and 2019.


The mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania says he's skipping the Pittsburgh Penguins' October 10th White House visit because of recent tweets by President Donald Trump. 

 

Democrat Bill Peduto accompanied the NHL team when they met with President Barack Obama following last year's Stanley Cup championship.  But, Peduto says he's not going this year because of Trump's tweets criticizing NFL players for kneeling or otherwise protesting during the national anthem. 

 

Peduto says the visit could bring negative attention to the city so he'll "take a knee on this one and stay home."  Peduto previously criticized Trump for pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord and saying it was because he was "elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris."


A German-based company with a manufacturing facility just outside of Jamestown is confirming that it will end operations in the town of Ellicott by the end of the year. 

 

MD Electronics President Bruce Dudgeon says, in a printed statement, that increasing global competition and the need for shorter supply lines were "primary drivers" for the decision. 

 

Dudgeon says MD Electronics began manufacturing operations on Precision Drive in 2009 and employs 90 full-time workers.  He says MD makes communication cables for the automotive industry. 

 

Late Tuesday, local Congressman Tom Reed said in a printed release that "this is also a direct result of the unfavorable business climate in New York State."


The still-growing Latino community in the Greater Jamestown-area is rallying around the devastated island of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. 

 

Relief efforts across the United States are well-underway and locally, a handful of people are collecting bottled water and non-perishable goods for the people of Puerto Rico. 

 

One of them, Miguel Correa, says they have three places locally that are taking donations. Correa says there a several, basic items needed on the tiny U-S Territory, including bottled water, and baby food.  He says communications are improving on the island, though it's still hard to send or receive calls from the United States mainland.  He says communications on the island itself have improved. 

 

The A-P reports today that conditions have improved in San Juan, but more rural areas are still struggling.
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Reviews of the U-S response to the disaster in Puerto Rico have been mixed.  However, Miguel Correa says the Federal Emergency Management Administration has been a big help. 

 

Correa says FEMA has especially helped provide gas generators for hospitals and other critical needs.  He's lived in Jamestown for the past 17 years after moving here from New York City and, his family is from Puerto Rico.

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A electronics company is reportedly planning to move 87 jobs out of it's Jamestown-area plant and take them out of the country. 

 

That from local Congressman Tom Reed, who says the "trend of moving good paying jobs out of the country has to end".  Reed overnight commented on the potential loss of 87 "hardworking employees" at MD Electronics on Precision Drive in the town of Ellicott. 

 

A company spokesperson recently told the Post-Journal that work on the company's third-shift had ended.  In a printed release late yesterday, Reed said "this is also a direct result of the unfavorable business climate in New York State. 

 

Having seen firsthand the work ethic of these employees, I will make sure MD Electronics does not leave their workers in a lurch and that the company upholds their prior commitments to each and every employee."


Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's very pleased with how yesterday's bi-partisan meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House went regarding tax reform. 

 

Reed was one of several members of the House Ways and Means Committee that met with Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence on the matter, which the Corning Republican adds may be fully introduced by President Trump later today in Indiana.  Reed has pushed hard for tax reform in the past few years and he's happy to see the general frame-work come together.

 

However, local lawmakers say they're concerned about the possible loss of the "State And Local Tax" or SALT Deduction.  Reed says he's sensative to that, but adds that may be replaced by an expansion of the Standard Deduction.  He says lawmakers are looking at doubling that. 

 

The Jamestown City Council went on record Monday night supporting retention of the SALT Deduction which allows state and local taxes to be written off.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.


A Buffalo mother was arrested for several charges including a violation of Leandra's Law, after rolling-over a stolen vehicle with four unrestrained children aboard late last week in Cattaraugus County. 

 

State police tried to make a traffic stop for a speeding SUV on East River Road in the Town of Olean last Friday night.  Troopers say  the driver, 24 year-old Alesaundra Allen, failed to comply to troopers emergency lights and turned onto Steam Valley Road. 

 

After a short distance, Allen lost control of the SUV and entered a culvert causing the vehicle to roll once and land upright.  Further investigation revealed that the SUV was reported stolen out of Buffalo on September 19th. 

 

The suspect failed a sobritey test and the 26 year-old passenger and four children were not injured in the crash.  Child Protective Services responded for the children involved.


It was another record day of warmth for western New York yesterday as Buffalo nearly reached 90-degrees. 

 

However, Forecaster Jeff Wood with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says it did reach 88-degrees at the Buffalo-Niagara Airport yesterday.  Wood says it's not quite as warm as the past two days when the mercury reached at least 90.

 

The three-consecutive days of record setting warmth was only exceeded by six-straight days in March of 2012.  However, Wood says having a stretch like this in late September is "highly-unusual".  Wood adds our string of much warmer than usual temperatures comes to an end later today, but says it will still reach into the lower eighties today in front of a cold front that moves in later in the day. 

 

The record high temperatures started over the weekend when it reached 90 at the Buffalo-Niagara Falls Airport on Sunday; it then reached 91-degrees on Monday

 

While temperatures get into the sixties and even upper fifties over the weekend, temperatures are expected to rebound into the seventies again early next week.


A few Jamestown residents were critical Monday night about what they called the lack of openness on the part of city lawmakers leading up to August's final vote on annexing four-acres of land from the village of Falconer. 

 

One took the added one more step by criticizing lawmakers for lack of transparency and the media for being complicit.  Lovell Avenue resident Raven Mason said she didn't mean to be critical, but questioned how much discussion is taking place before important measures are voted on.

 

Mason also said that she was concerned that the City Council never addressed any of a series of questions she had about the proposal to take the land used by the Board of Public Utilities for the Dow Street Substation.  However, Rabb says residents who only come to the monthly voting sessions aren't seeing the start of the process, just the end of it. 

 

Mason also took exception with the wording of a letter she received from Rabb following the August meeting.  He says he simply stated that if she had a question about an issue that comes up to call his cell number.


Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son have been granted new trials in their corruption case. 

 

A federal appeals court said Tuesday the jury was wrongly instructed.  That's in light of a recent Supreme Court ruling narrowing the definition of what it takes to convict a public official.  Prosecutors say they'll retry the case. 

 

Dean Skelos' lawyer, Alexandra Shapiro, says he "looks forward to the next steps."  Prosecutors said the Republican politician strong-armed three companies into giving his son, Adam Skelos, $300,000.  Father and son were convicted in 2015 of extortion, conspiracy and bribery in one of a series of corruption cases that roiled the state. 

 

Dean Skelos was sentenced to five years in prison. His son got six and a half years.  Both remain free on appeal.


A Jamestown man was arrested after he was discovered with a signifcant amount of marijuana, paraphernalia, and plants in the Town of Ellery last week. 

 

While state troopers were investigating an unrelated complaint, they were approached by an individual who told them that 55 year-old Stephen Watson was growing marijuana plants. 

 

Investigation affirmed that Watson was in possession of 145 grams of marijuana, two marijuana smoking devices and three marijuana plants.  He was charged with criminal possession of marijuana in the fourth-degree and unlawful growing of cannabis. 

 

Watson was issued appearance tickets for the Town of Ellery Court.


New York state has allotted $50-million in grant funding for water quality projects on livestock farms. 

 

The money is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act.  The first $20-million will be disbursed in mid-December after an application process.

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For the second-day in a row Monday, our Summer like hot weather was a record setter. 

 

Forecaster David Thomas with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says it got into the low 90s by mid-afternoon.  This comes a day after the Weather Service reported that the mercury hit 90 degrees on Sunday breaking the old record set in 1970. 

 

Yesterday Thomas says Buffalo reached 91-degrees at 3 p.m which beat the old record of 87.  He adds that most areas at least hit 90. 

 

Earlier fellow Forecaster Kirk Apfell said temperatures will drop to more seasonal levels on later on Wednesday.  Apfell says a cold front will move through the area but, the cooler air will still be about seasonal. 

 

Forecasters say high temperatures by Thursday and Friday will be in the 60s.  Night-time lows will be in the 40s away from Lake Erie.


It was a rare night of back-and-forth public discussion during last night's Jamestown City Council voting session with the main focus on the proposed annexation of four-acres of land in the village of Falconer. 

 

It began with questions about the transparency surrounding the decision to try and make the property the Board of Public Utilities' Dow Street Substation is located on part of the city.  Raven Mason of Lovall Avenue voiced that concern, given the fact there was no discussion about the resolution the night of the vote. 

 

However, Council President Greg Rabb says it was discussed though briefly due to legal concerns, during work sessions.  Resident Chris Gardner again asked who sponsored the resolution by the BPU.  Mayor Sam Teresi interrupted, and, told Gardner it's a matter of public record, and there were two ways to get it. 

 

One was through the city clerk's office while the other was through the BPU Secretary.  Teresi later noted that the BPU is made up of nine members most of them citizen panelists   He noted that both he and Council President Greg Rabb were members of the board, Teresi because he is mayor. 

 

The mayor also said that neither he, nor Rabb brought forth the BPU resolution to the board for a vote.


A city man is jailed following a suspicious situation last Sunday night in the 300 block of Palmer Street. 

 

Jamestown Police say, just after 8 p.m., they responded and found that James Spitale had stabbed a car with a knife belonging to another person.  Officers say Spitale also allegedly threatened that person with the knife.  He was arrested, and charged with second-degree menacing third-degree criminal mischief and, endangering the welfare of a child.  Spitale was jailed pending arraignment.


A Cattaraugus County man is now jailed for an alleged incident involving a gun late last week in the town of Randolph. 

 

Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say they arrested 37 year-old Joshua Dash last Friday morning and, he was later charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and, criminal possession of a firearm. 

 

Deputies say additional charges are pending.  Dash was arraigned and sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail on $300,000 cash bail.


Two parents face child endangerment charges following a domestic disturbance at their home in the Cattaraugus County Community of Limestone early last Sunday morning. 

 

Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say they were called to 501 Parkside Drive for multiple people fighting.  On arrival there was a report of a missing child and all parties involved in the altercation were separated. 

 

The child was later found safe with his grandmother in Bradford, Pennsylvania after a sober party had driven the child there.  The child's parents 23 year-old Tyler Carlson and 25 year-old Samantha Simonds were charged with one-count each of endangering the welfare of a child. 

 

They were issued appearance tickets for Carrolton Town Court.  Child Protective Services was also notfied of the incident.


A pair of western New York members of the House of Representatives will be part of a bi-partisan meeting on tax reform with President Donald Trump today at the White House. 

 

The Buffalo News reported Sunday that local Congressman Tom Reed and Buffalo-area Congressman Brian Higgins have been invited to be part of the meeting because both are members of the powerful Ways and Means Committee that writes the tax code. 

 

During a recent town hall meeting in Kiantone that real progress was being made in reforming the nation's tax code.  He says this would be the first time since 1986 that "substantive" policy reform is being looked at. 

 

Higgins who represented Chautauqua County several years ago after the county was put into a district with Southern Erie County is back on the House Ways and Means Committee through Seniority.
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During today's meeting, Higgins is expected to voice his support for keeping the State and Local Tax deduction otherwise known as SALT. 

 

In a tweet on Friday Higgins indicated that eliminating SALT "takes money from hardworking Americans and gives it to people who don't need it and won't spend it to benefit the economy."

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A Sinclairville man has been arrested for allegedly selling and, being in possession of a significant amount of Crystal Methamphetime inside his car in the town of Sheridan. 

 

Sheriff's officers say they, along with members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, and Fredonia Police, pulled over 26 year-old Benjamin Gray on Route 20 late last week on an arrest warrant for allegedly selling Meth to undercover drug agents. 

 

Deputies say the warrant was issued out of Fredonia Village Court and, charged Gray with third-degree criminal possession and, third degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.  He's also wanted for burglary in the Allegany County town of Belmont. 

 

Following arraignment officers say Gray was sent to the county jail without bail.  Police say they later seized more than 20 grams of Meth as well as scales and packaging material inside the cause. 

 

Additional Felony charges are pending.  Task Force members urge residento to call when they see suspicious or narcotics related activity at 1-800-344-8702.

 

 

In response to the addiction epidemic in Chautauqua County, community members held the "Rally to Recover Jamestown" this past Saturday

 

The event, put on by grandmother-granddaughter duo Adrian Smith-Madden and Chanda Lynn Germain was open to all with free resources for those looking for recovery options and even those looking to get involved with stopping the epidemic in our community. 

 

The founder of the national "Fight For Recovery" program, Richie Webber, says they had two moms reach out to help get their children into treatment.  He says his goal for each event is to at least help one person, and helping two is great. 

 

The Rally began at 1 p.m. in the former Dahlstrom Manufacturing plant on East 2nd Street and involved live music and guest speakers.

 

Assemblyman Andy Goodell and County Executive Vince Horrigan were also on hand and, addressed the spectrum of drug addiction and drug related deaths.

 

 

A Lakewood woman escaped serious injury early last weekend when she fell asleep at the wheel of her car and, it crashed in the town of Ripley. 

 

Sheriff's officers say 35 year-old Tiffany Green was traveling on Route 76 about 6:30 a.m. Saturday when she fell asleep, and the car left the road and rolled-over, coming to rest on it's roof. Deputies say Green suffered minor injuries and was treated at Westfield Memorial Hospital. 

 

Further investigation showed that Green's vehicle registration was suspended and, she was issued a traffic ticket for Ripley Town Court at a later date.

 

 

A city man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and, 10 years supervised release for his conviction for distribution of Child Pornography. 

 

Acting U.S. James Kennedy, Junior announced late last week that U-S District Court Judge, Elizabeth Wolford, hand down the sentenced on Friday to 46 year-old Christopher Whitford. 

 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Baumgarten, who handled the case, says that in May of last year Whitford shared files using a 'peer-to-peer' file sharing program with an undercover police officer. 

 

In June of 2016 she says a federal search warrant was executed at the defendant's residence and, investigators found several electronic media items that were seized.

 

 

People were trying to keep cooler on a very hot, Fall Day at the annual Busti Apple Harvest Festival some were under a tree listening to a string quintet. 

 

Another place people were staying cool was inside the Miller House across from the Busti Grist Mill.  Some members of the Busti Historical Society, who put on the event were inside. 

 

Among them member Judy Schultz said, while many people left by late afternoon it was a "great day."  Schultz says the demonstation building was full "constantly.." and, adds there were new demonstrators this year. 

 

Judy Schultz says their new demonstrations this year included a glass-blower and, horseshoer.  Her husband, Bob, was talking to people about the Miller House which the historical society acquired about 10 years ago.  He says it was originally built in 1846 for the person running the gristmill. 

 

Both Bob and Judy Schultz were among several historical society members dressed in 1840s-to-1850s clothing for the event.

 

 

In New York state government news, Governor Andrew Cuomo is once again slamming a proposal from Washington Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act. 

 

The Democratic governor says the latest idea, from Republican U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, would cut billions in critical funding for the state's health care system.  Cuomo says that while the measure would give states greater flexibility in how they design their own health care system, the cuts would devastate hospitals and jeopardize coverage for as many as 2.7 million New Yorkers. 

 

Meanwhile, Democratic Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein of Brooklyn has been tapped to lead the Assembly's Ways and Means Committee.  It's the first time a woman will chair the powerful committee, which oversees the Assembly's work on the state budget.

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News Headlines for Fri., Sept. 22, 2017

Hung Jury declared in Saeli trial...
A "hung jury" has been confirmed in the trial of a north county man accused of kidnapping a 13 year-old autisic boy in Fredonia last year.  Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says a mistrial was declared this afternoon in the case of 38 year-old Samuel Saeli because the 12-member jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision.  The jury spent Thursday... and, today deliberating for several hours.  Swanson says the jury continued deliberations today... but, following an eighth note from jury in which the foreman said they remained deadlocked... Acting County Court Judge Paul Wojtaszek declared a hung jury.  Swanson says the case will be re-tried... but, did not yet have a date for a pre-trial conference yet.
 
 
City man arrested for allegedly assaulting woman on westside...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman... and, taking her credit card during a domestic incident early this morning.  City police say they were called to the scene in the 300-block of Jefferson Street about 12:30 a.m., and, on arrival, they found that 56 year-old David Payne, Junior had allegedly taken the victim's credit card.  After returning to the home... Payne allegedly struck the victim in the face several times, injuring her eye.  He was arrested on charges of fourth-degree assault... and, Grand Larceny.  Payne is being held pending arraignment.
 
 
NWS Forecaster says unseasonably warm weather to remain until early next week...
Fall is getting off to a start that feels more like summer than fall!  The Autumnal Equinox began at 4 this afternoon... but, the unseasonably mild weather will continue for several more days.  That from Forecaster Aaron Reynolds with the National Weather Service in Buffalo.  Reynolds explains no major pattern changes in the works, at least in the short-term.  Reynolds says a "real strong ridge of high pressure" has allowed a lot of warm air to move into the region.  He says we may see some upper 80s in some places over the weekend and into early next week.  Temperatures are expected to hit the 80s over the next several days... away from Lake Erie.  The National Weather Service is out with the latest three-month outlook and it appears the same weather pattern will continue with above normal temperatures for Western New York.  He says there will be some colder days in there, but, not as many as usual.  There are also equal chances for above and below normal precipitation levels.  The record high in Buffalo for this Saturday is 86 degrees.  Forecasters say that's one record that could be broken.
 
 
Disagreement comes over use of bed tax dollars in County Executive's debate in Jamestown...
The "balanced" approach that Chautauqua County has taken regarding the use of it's occupancy tax revenues... and, other assets... have helped boost local tourism and the economy.  Those are the feelings of Republican County Executive Candidate George Borrello during a candidates debate in Jamestown last night in response to a point by Democrat Mike Ferguson.  Ferguson noted that the county should have provided the money needed for shoreline clean-up for Chautauqua Lake sooner -- not in late August.  Borrello defended the way the county uses it's bed tax monies... saying it's the only one in New York state that goes to where it should -- tourism and the county's lakes.  Ferguson also said the county should not be using the bed tax to support events like the PGA 's Web.com Tour event at Peek 'n Peak in Findley Lake.  The county approved $75,000 for the event this year... and, provided $150,000 last year.  Ferguson says he supports the golf tournament... but, believes that money could have been better spent taking care of the lake's issues.  However... Ferguson says that's what sponsorship and other funding mechanisms are used for in supporting such events.  He says he did that sort of work with the Jamestown Jammers, and at the Northwest Arena several years ago.  Borrello says the county's investment in the tournament helped draw thousands of people and millions of dollars in tourism to the county.
 
 
Annual Busti Apple Festival ready to go Saturday...
Final preparations are taking place for the annual Busti Apple Harvest Festival... which is set to go this Sunday on the Busti Historial Society grounds... near the five-corners in the hamlet.  Historical Society members are urging people to come early this year because it's expected to be unseasonably warm... and, there's usually a crowd to buy all the apple and other items being sold.  One of the organizers... Judy Schultz... says they'll have 85 vendors this year -- and they all have one distinction -- they have to be hand-crafted.  Schultz says they'll have a glass-blowing vendor this year... who will also do some demonstrations.  She says this man makes several unique kinds of glass-ware.  Of course... she adds they'll have all kinds of Apple items... and, others... including pulled pork and flour.  The Busti Apple Harvest Festival runs Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is $5 each.  Proceeds are split between the Historical Society and Busti Fire Department.  Schultz says parking is free... but, no pets please.
 
 

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WJTN Headlines for Wednesday Dec. 13, 2017

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