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Man in stable condition after stabbing early Saturday on Newland Avenue...'
An early morning stabbing has left a 27 year-old man in stable condition at an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital.  A Jamestown fire rescue crew and police were called to 320 Newland Ave. shortly before 3 a.m. on the report of a fight... which reportedly led to the stabbing.  The unidentified victim was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital... and, later transferred to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania.  The investigation is continuing, but, no arrest has been reported at this time.

Thursday morning stabbing injures victim's arm...
A city woman faces assault charges for allegedly stabbing a man in the arm in front of a baby late Thursday morning.  Jamestown police were called to an East 5th Street home... and, found a male victim on the sidewalk bleeding with a stab wound to the right arm when they arrived.  Officers say they located the suspect -- 24 year-old Karina Johnson-Fontanez -- inside the home, where the incident reportedly happened in front of a five-month-old baby.  Johnson-Fontanez was jailed on charges including fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon... and, endangering the welfare of a child.

Prendergast Library board agrees to referendum next Spring on establishing a libary taxing district...
The James Prendergast Library is once again going to take its case for public funding directly to the community.  At the urging of the state, the Board of Trustees agreed Thursday to put the issue up for a vote next May.  Tina Scott, the Prendergast's Executive Director, says they are asking for the equivalent of the $350,000 they got from Jamestown in 2016... where the residents were paying 23-cents per thousand of assessed value.  However... that has been cut to 3-cents per thousand.  She says they are trying to get back to that 23-cent mark.  Approval of the referendum would open the door to more than $100,000 in state aid... and take the Prendergast's funding out of the city budget.  If the voters say 'no' Scott says they might have to leave their iconic location in downtown Jamestown because the utility costs alone there are $50,000 a year.  The last referendum for direct taxpayer funding was turned down in 2016... and the library's financial situation has deteriorated since.  Scott says they've cut staff dramatically and are drawing more from their endowment than they are earning. The referendum would be either be held in conjunction with the Jamestown School budget vote next May, or run separately around that same time.  

Wanted city man arrested after leading police on foot chase...
A wanted Jamestown man was arrested after jumping out of a window and leading city police on a foot chase last Thursday night.  Officers say they were called to 32 Broadhead Ave. for a fight when they saw the man allegedly jump out of the window in an attempt to flee just after 9:30 p.m.  Police say they lost contact with the suspect near the intersection of Broadhead and Prather Avenue... and, called K-9 Promber in to track the man.  The K-9 was able to find 20 year-old Randall Mesler-junior hiding inside a car in the parking lot at 116 South Main St. where he refused to leave the vehicle and resisted arrest.  Once in custody.... police say Mesler was found to have an outstanding probation warrant and was charged with obstruction and resisting arrest.  Further investigation revealed he was also involved in a domestic violence incident on Broadhead Ave., and, was later charged with felony criminal contempt and felony aggravated offense.

Conceptual designs unveiled for potential Ripley Gateway Center...
It will be "a Gateway Center -- with a twist."  Those are the feelings of Ripley Town Supervisor Doug Bowen during today's unveiling of the newest concept for a welcome center on Shortman Road in Ripley.  A study commissioned by Chautauqua County has been completed by Clark, Patterson and Lee, and RKG.  County Executive George Borrello says, though, that the center will be much more than a basic rest area off the State Thruway.  Borrello says it will include artisan products, fruits and vegetables, and sign ups for wine trails and other events.  He and others presented drawings and other conceptual renderings of the center... along with two potential locations... during a press conference at Meeder's Restaurant in Ripley.  It would include an observation tower that looks like a lighthouse you would see on Lake Erie... and other amenities.  Doug Bowen says it's much different than other proposals he's seen... because it would be designed to get people off the Thruway, and able to see what the area's all about.  Borrello says the facility would cost roughly $16-million to build... but, thats just half the cost of one recently put in on Grand Island.  He says it would be "self-sustaining and revenue-generating." 

Nazzaro announces he is seeking his seventh-term on the County Legislature...
Six-term Chautauqua County Legislator Chuck Nazzaro has announced that he's running for re-election to the panel's District 9 seat on the southside of Jamestown.  Nazzaro is a Democrat... who has also been endorsed by the Working Families and Independence parties.  Nazzaro is currently the legislature's Minority Leader... and, is Vice-Chairman of the Audit and Control Committee... the panel leading the county budget process.  He is also ranking member of the Public Facilities Committee and is a member of the Health Insurance Review Committee.  Nazzaro recently retired as Chief Financial Officer at UPMC Chautauqua Hospital... and, previously served three terms as a Jamestown City Councilman.


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