WJTN News Headlines for Apr.. 23, 2018

New York state Police are investigating the discovery of two dead bodies found Saturday afternoon and evening... 
 
Troopers in Jamestown say the first was located off State Route 20 in the Town of Portland.  Members of their Bureau of Criminal Investigation responded to a report of an unidentified male body located near the highway just after 3:00.  Police say the operator of a car traveling on the road found the deceased.  About two hours later, a second body was found in the Town of Randolph. Investigators responded to a report of a found unidentified male body located off Swanson Hill Road at 5:15.  Local residents there located the deceased and advised law enforcement.  Autopsies were scheduled for both bodies to determine the identity and the cause of death. Troopers say no additional information will be released at this time.
 
 
A Corry, Pennsylvania man has been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of marihuana with intent to selll during a traffic stop early yesterday morning in the town of Mina...  
 
Chautauqua County Sheriff's officers say they pulled over a vehicle, driven by 24 year-old Dakota Lindstrom, for a violation on Route 426 shortly after 1:00.  Further investigation led to a vehicle search by Sheriff's K-9 Link who found the passenger, 26 year-old Patrick Thompson, in possession of eight ounces of pot, and drug paraphernalia.  Thompson is charged with third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, while deputies also arrested Lindstrom for having an inadequate muffler, and no stop lights.  Both men were issued appearance tickets for Mina Town Court at a later date.
 
 
A city man was arrested on a felony court warrant following a foot chase yesterday evening... 
 
Just before 4 p.m., Jamestown Police say they attempted to make contact with 23 year-old Claude Wine-junior at the intersection of Winsor and Willard Streets. Upon officers stopping, Wine allegedly ran off leading them on a foot pursuit before being caught behind a residence on Allen Street. Once in custody, officers found him to be in possession of a small amount of cannabis. Wine faces additional charges of obstruction and unlawful possession of marijuana. He's being held in city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
Chautauqua County's Assemblyman says he voted against some of the key bills in a package of measures to help make it easier for voters to take part in elections...  
 
The state legislature's lower house again approved the measures last week, including one that would allow advanced voting up to seven days before an election.  Jamestown-area Republican Andy Goodell says he voted against that measure, largely because studies have shown that early voting does not result in more people participating. 
 
Goodell adds there's also a fairness issue with early voting, which he says favors incumbants.  He adds that there would be fewer poll sites open, which would favor the party with the largest majority in those areas.  However, he does say that he supports the idea of on-line registration because there are now safeguards in place to make sure signatures are accurate.  Goodell says while he doesn't support early voting, he does support a proposal to make absentee voting more flexible.  However, he says that could add to the time needed to decide some elections.  Similar bills have so far been blocked by the GOP-led state Senate. 
 
 
In New York state government news, two upcoming special elections in the Bronx and Westchester County could decide which party controls the state Senate... 
 
Republicans now have a one-seat majority in the chamber, meaning Democrats could take over the Senate if they win both of Tuesday's special elections.  But, the math is complicated by Democratic Senator Simcha Felder, of Brooklyn, who currently sits with the Republicans.  Democrats hope he returns if they can win both seats.  In Westchester, Democrat Shelley Mayer faces Republican Julie Killian, while in the Bronx, Democrat Luis Sepulveda faces Republican Patrick Delices.  Meanwhile, Cynthia Nixon says she'll release her tax returns as soon as they're done.  The "Sex and the City" star-turned gubernatorial candidate filed an extension this year.  Cuomo released his taxes on Tax Day.
 
 
A new report says high rents are threatening families' financial security and putting home ownership out of reach for many...  
 
The analysis from the Pew Charitable Trusts says since the Great Recession, the number of households paying more than 30-percent of their pre-tax income in rent has grown.  Director Erin Currier with Pew's Family Financial Security and Mobility Project, says 43-million American families now rent their homes, a number that has been growing in recent years.
 
Currier says in 2015, 38-percent of all renter households were "rent burdened."  That's an increase of about 19-percent since 2001.  Rent-burdened households often suffer other forms of financial insecurity.  Currier says almost two-thirds have less then $400 cash in the bank, and half have less than $10 in savings, while the typical homeowner has more than 7-thousand dollars in the bank.  The Pew report says policy makers should consider ways to make renting a home affordable for the 17-million rent-burdened American families.
 
 
State lawmakers in New York are examining a legislative proposal to give terminally ill people the right to seek life-ending medication from their physician...  
 
The Assembly's Health Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the measure Monday in Albany.  A second hearing is planned for May 3 in New York City.  A proposal now before lawmakers would require two doctors to sign off on the use of life-ending medication.  It has been proposed for years but has yet to receive a vote in the Legislature.  Colorado, Washington, Vermont, California, Oregon and Washington, D.C., have laws allowing people to seek a doctor's help in ending their life.

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News Headlines for Sat., Apr. 21, 2018

Panama man arrested for alleged sexual abuse of two girls earlier this year...
A man from Panama is jailed without bail for allegedly having sex with two juvenile girls earlier this year.  Sheriff's deputies say they arrested 50 year-old Frederick Antill, Junior of Niobe Road Friday afternoon following a joint investigation of a "suspicous situation" with Child Protective Services of Chautauqua County... and the Child Advocacy Program.  During an investigation by all three agencies... it was found that at multiple times last February and March, Antill engaged in sexual acts with the two girls.  Officers obtained a warrant... and, Antill was arrested for second-degree rape... and, third-degree criminal sex.  He was arraigned and sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
Helicopter search in Jamestown yields unknown results in search for Carpenter...
City police Friday confirmed that police helicopters from the region flew above the city in search of a city man who went missing earlier this month.  However... City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the looks from high-above are a "routine part" of the search for 35 year-old Sean Carpenter.  Carpenter went missing in the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 11th as he was walking south on Pine Street between First and Second Streets.  Police say he was walking towards his home on Superior Street... but, he never made it.  Carpenter is 6' 2" tall... and, weighs about 180 pounds.  He has brown hair and a short beard... and blue eyes.  He was last seen wearing a brown baseball hat, and a long sleeve green jacket.  If you have any information on the case... call city police at 483-7537... or their anonymous tips line at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477.
 
 
Regional HUD Administrator Lynne Patton in Jamestown and Dunkirk Friday...
A member of the Trump Administration is in Chautauqua County Friday getting a look at lower-income areas that have benefitted from a federal housing program.  Region-2 Housing and Urban Development Administrator Lynn Patton was on the northside of Jamestown this morning to check-out a small catering business, and a rehabilitated house at 835 Spring Street.  Both benefitted from Jamestown's just over $1-million allocation from the Community Development Block Grant program that Jamestown, she says visiting Elegant Edibles and the house is a great way to see how their "data-driven programs" work.  Patton says HUD Secretary Ben Carson, herself and others with the agency took part in a listening tour the past year to see how the departments programs work... and, what needs to be reformed.  She says that tour led them to get a 10-percent increase in funding for the program... which was great news to city Development Director Vince DeJoy... who administers the local program.  DeJoy says the tour is a great way to show why the CDBG program needs to continue.  DeJoy says Elegant Edible's Owner Vicky McGraw noted that the help she received from the city's CDBG Facade program literally helped "transform" her business on North Main Street.  Patton was the guest of local Congressman Tom Reed... who has been a strong supporter of the CDBG Program.  Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi and Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas were also on hand for the tour in Jamestown.
 
 
Reed receives Conservative Endorsement to run for Congress...
The New York State Conservative Party has announced it is again backing incumbant Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed for re-election this Fall.  State Party Chairman Michael Long is citing Reed's "commitment to standing with us and bringing common-sense, conservative leadership to Congress."  Long adds the Corning Republican "has been an advocate for conservative principles" during his time in Congress.  Long calls Reed a "champion of federal tax reform."  Reed says he's honored to again have their endorsement... and, says that's in addition to the state's Independence Party endorsement.
 
 
Watchdog groups renew call for crack down on state government corruption...
Government watchdog groups are renewing their call on Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York state Legislature to agree on measures that will strengthen transparency and crack down on corruption.  Saying the first half of the 2018 legislative session produced no anti-corruption legislation, members of six groups presented a proposal this week that they called a "road map to reform."  They want Albany leaders to address a lack of transparency in economic development projects, limit certain campaign contributions and require state economic development entities to follow the same laws state agencies do.  The renewed push comes during a six-month stretch of corruption trials or retrials for two former Cuomo administration officials and two ex-leaders of the Senate and Assembly.
 
 
Jamestown man arrested for DWI...
A wanted city man faces several charges for allegedly driving drunk on Jamestown's eastside last Thursday night.  Officers pulled over a vehicle at the intersection of East Second and Stowe Streets for a traffic infraction... and, identified the driver as 60 year-old Frank Nutt.  Police say he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and failed a sobriety test before refusing to submit a breath test.  Nutt was also found to allegedly have an expired-revoked license from a prior DWI incident... and, multiple active arrest warrants for probation violations. He was taken to city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 20. 2018

Four Central New York residents face Felony drug and weapons charges after their car was pulled over for making an illegal turn on Jamestown's eastside early Wednesday morning...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers stopped the car, driven by 29 year-old Michael Dubois of Canisteo, at the corner of Falconer and Winsor Streets -- just after 3:00.  During further investigation, Samuelson says they found two hand-guns and, quantities of meth and heroin, drug paraphernalia, and cash.  
 
Samuelson says they believe the four-some was passing through the area, but may have stopped here to buy the drugs.  In addition to Dubois, he says police arrested 39 year-old Glenn Shugart of Elmira, 32 year-old Sheldon Peet of Painted Post and, 36 year-old Megan Harkenrider of Hornell.  Samuelson says all four were arraigned on second and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance charges.  Dubois is also charged with failure to signal a turn and aggravated unlicensed operation.  They were sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
A Jamestown man has admitted to commiting about $173,000 in food stamp benefit fraud at his store on the city's southside...  
 
U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 57 year-old Joseph Gullotti entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Wolford Thursday.  Prosecutors say Gullotti -- as owner of Fresh Cuts on Newland Avenue -- accepted food stamp benefits to pay for ineligible items between January of 2015 and March of 2017.  Officials say retailers are prohibited from accepting food stamps for beer, cigarettes, and hot prepared food.  Gullotti faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine when he's sentenced in August.
 
 
Chautauqua County's representative in the State Assembly says lawmakers will review details of Governor Andrew Cuomo's executive order restoring the voting rights of parolees...  
 
Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan said Wednesday the move is bad public policy and, potentially illegal since Cuomo chose to sidestep the Legislature.  Local Assemblyman Andy Goodell -- who is also a Republican -- says that's a good question.  Goodell says any such measure has to "work within the law."
 
The order could impact up to 35,000 parolees who currently aren't allowed to vote.  Cuomo's directive will give corrections officials the power to block some former inmates from regaining the right to cast a ballot.  Goodell says the legislature does have some recourse -- if lawmakers chose that path.  He says they can challenge the law in court, or they could pass a new law that would override the order.  The Associated Press reports some 14 states and the District of Columbia already allow people to vote once they are released from incarceration.
 
 
The pending loss of another employer in the Jamestown-area reported this week is cause for concern for Chautauqua County's top-elected official...  
 
However, County Executive George Borrello adds there are literally hundred of jobs around for people with the qualifications.  A maker of optics and electronic precision products located in Jamestown's industrial corridor will be closing by the beginning of October.  Borrello says the decision to close Heidenhain Corporation is another decision made by an out-of-town parent company.
 
The closing by October 1st will put about 40 employees out of work.  Heidenhain Corporation plans to move the facility to either Illinois or Austria.  Borrello adds that the closing of Chautauqua Mall Anchor The Bon-Ton is a blow, but adds it's part of a national trend.  He says many Internet mail order operations are also looking for "brick and mortar" storefronts as well.  The Bon-Ton earlier this week was put up for auction after filing for bankruptcy protection last January.  However, the only two bidders were a pair a liquidation companies.  Store closings are expected to take place in August.
 
 
State Police in northwestern Pennsylvania are on the look-out for two men who burglarized a pharmacy in the Warren County boro of Tidioute...  
 
Troopers in Warren say the Darling's Pharmacy was broken into just after 5 a.m. yesterday Wednesday and, a number of medications were allegedly taken.  State Police say Darling's is taking an inventory of what was taken during the burglary, which lasted less than two minutes before the two suspects fled on Main Street.  Troopers were later called to a vehicle fire on McGuire Street and found the car involved was the one used in the burglary.  The owner of the car reported a short time later that her vehicle had been stolen from Irvine, Pennsylvania.  The two men are both described as being 5"8 to 6"0 tall, 200-250 pounds and wearing dark hoodie-type jackets and blue jeans.  If you have any information on the case, call State Police in Warren or Warren County Crimestoppers.
 
 
A leader of a liberal third party says it has no interest in playing spoiler in the New York governor's race - even if it means throwing its weight to Governor Andrew Cuomo over its recently endorsed favorite, "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon...  
 
Bill Lipton, the state political director of the Working Families Party, tells The Associated Press that if Nixon should lose the September Democratic Party primary to Cuomo, his party leaders will meet with Nixon and "make a decision that puts the interests of working families first."  The party's leaders recently endorsed Nixon, giving her a possible line on the November ballot regardless of who wins the Democratic primary.  That raised the possibility that Cuomo and Nixon could split the liberal vote in November, potentially helping a Republican candidate win.
 
 
A professional clothing drive and seminar to benefit sophomore, junior and senior high schoolers in the Jamestown-area is coming to the city for the first time ever...  
 
That from Life Skills Educator -- Kayla Franchina of Chautauqua Striders -- who says the "Strides for Success" event will take place on May 15. Students will have the chance to pick out professional clothing and accessories donated by local residents and, receive a free headshot picture, and haircut.  She says Striders will also be accepting donations at the time of the event, including slacks, blazers, blouses, ties, and jewelry. Items can be donated at Strides for Success from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Community Room at the Boys and Girls Club on Allen Street, or to the Chautauqua Striders' office on East 2nd Street.  Franchina says that they are looking for items five years-old or newer.  Any clothing and accessories not taken during the event will be donated to future drives this summer.  When dropping off donations, she says put it to the attention of the event and/or Kayla Franchina at either location. For more information, contact her at 489-3484. 
 

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News Update for Thurs., Apr. 19, 2018

Four people from central Southern Tier arrested for drug and weapons possession in Jamestown...
Four Central New York residents face Felony drug and weapons charges after their car was pulled over for making an illegal turn on Jamestown's eastside early Wednesday morning.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers stopped the car, driven by 29 year-old Michael Dubois of Canisteo, at the corner of Falconer and Winsor Streets -- just after 3 a.m.  During further investigation... Samuelson says they found two hand-guns -- one of them loaded -- and, quantities Heroin and methamphetime... drug paraphernalia, and cash.  He says they're happy to get the guns off the streets.  Samuelson says they believe the four-some was passing through the area... but, may have stopped here to buy the drugs.  In addition to Dubois... he says police arrested 39 year-old Glenn Shugart of Elmira... 32 year-old Sheldon Peet of Painted Post... and, 36 year-old Megan Harkenrider of Hornell.  Samuelson says all four were arraigned on second and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon... and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance charges.  Dubois is also charged with failure to signal a turn... and, aggravated unlicensed operation.  They were sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
Heidenhain Closing in Jamestown next Fall...
A maker of optics and electronic precision products located in Jamestown's industrial corridor will be closing it's doors by the beginning of October... putting about 40 employees out of work.  Heidenhain Corporation in the Mason Industrial Park in the town of Ellicott issued U-S Labor Department WARN Listing on April 12 that the plant would be closing by October 1st.  According to the listing... the company and it's assets would be moved to either Schaumburg, Illinois... or overseas to Austria.  Human Resources Director Sally Overend says the affected workers are not represented by a union.  We have a call into Overend for comment on the closing.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 19, 2018

The end is near for department store operator The Bon-Ton Stores, one of which is in the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood...  
 
Two liquidation firms are the victors of an auction for the bankrupt company's assets, after the retailer failed to find a bidder willing to continue operating the business.  A bankruptcy court hearing was held Wednesday to approve the sale and liquidation details.  The Bon-Ton Stores was operating 260 stores in 24 states, largely in the Northeast and Midwest, when it filed for bankruptcy in January.  Liquidation firms Great American Group and Tiger Capital Group are the winners of the auction.  The Bon-Ton stores part of a larger group of retailers falling on hard times, facing bankruptcy and store closings, due mainly to increasing online shopping.  No one was available at the Lakewood store Wednesday morning for comment.
 
 
It's "full-speed ahead" for the new Jamestown Brewing Company at the former Lillian Ney Renaissance Center after three important approvals were given by the city's Planning Commission Tuesday afternoon...  
 
That from city Development Director Vince DeJoy, who says the panel approved the brewery-restaurant's formal site plan, with one contingency that'll be addressed during renovations.  DeJoy adds they also approved the State Environmental Quality Review Act -- or SEQR documents.
 
DeJoy says the third item approved was a state Historic Review of the property at 119 West Third Street so it qualifies for Historic Tax Credits.  He says city officials are "tremendously excited" about the opening, which they hope fill coincide with the opening of the National Comedy Center, and the start of the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in August.  A father and son from the Buffalo-area are undertaking the project.  DeJoy says they expect to begin brewing three types of beer before the brewery and restaurant formally open to the public.
 
 
Dunkirk Common Council members have authorized the mayor to sign the ground lease with Erie Development, LLC to construct a new Wyndham Hotel on Lake Shore Drive East...  
 
The hotel, with about 85 rooms, will be located between the Tim Horton's store and Clarion Hotel.  Mayor Willie Rosas says it's a good deal for the city. Rosas says the agreement calls for the project preparation and approval processes to begin this year, with construction expected to be completed by December 2019.
 
 
Republicans are blasting New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's executive order restoring the voting rights of parolees...  
 
Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan said Wednesday the move is bad public policy and potentially illegal since Cuomo chose to sidestep the Legislature.  The order could impact up to 35,000 parolees who currently aren't allowed to vote.  Cuomo's directive will give corrections officials the power to block some former inmates from regaining the right to cast a ballot.  Some 14 states and the District of Columbia already allow people to vote once they are released from incarceration.
 
 
Leaders of the New York state Conservative Party are backing Republican Marc Molinaro as he seeks the GOP nomination to run for governor this year...  
 
The Dutchess County Executive on Monday thanked Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long and the organization's executive committee for supporting his campaign, which he officially launched April 2nd.  The executive committee unanimously voted last Friday in Brooklyn to recommend that the party endorse Molinaro.  Molinaro and state Senator John DeFrancisco are seeking the Republican nomination, which will be made next month.
 
 
United States' Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is introducing legislation that would protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program -- or SNAP -- benefits for eligible children...  
 
The New York Democrat says the "SNAP for Kids Act" will include more money each month to help families put food on the table for their children.  Gillibrand says it's needed for two reasons:  The first is families often run out of SNAP benefits before the end of the month and secondly, the cost of food is going up.
 
Gillibrand says 43-percent of the approximately 40-million people receiving SNAP benefits are children. She says the $42.00-a month increase would boost the child SNAP benefit from $153, to $195.  House Republicans are proposing a major cut to SNAP, as well as new work requirements for "able-bodied" people who receive them.  However, Gillibrand says work requirements have been in place for 20 years and the new proposal would do nothing more than increase paperwork.  She says that would make SNAP benefits more difficult to get.
 
 
One person has been arrested on an active warrant out of Jamestown at the K-Mart store in West Ellicott...  
 
Ellicott Town Police say they were initially called to the Wegman's for a warrant check early Tuesday night on 54 year-old James Grant.  On arrival, officers found that Grant had left the grocery store and went to the K-mart across the parking lot.  He was arraigned on the charge of first-degree criminal contempt and sent to the county jail.  He is due in Ellicott Town Court at a later date. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 18, 2018

The Jamestown Board of Education unanimously approved an $86-million budget proposal for the 2018-19 school year...
 
The proposed budget is made up of nearly 79-percent of state aid and maintains a flax tax levy similar to previous budgets. During Tuesday night's presentation at a board meeting, Superintendent Bret Apthorpe noted some fiscal tools to help save money and the long-term goals for the district. He says one of those goals is to reduce debt in what he calls "the big ugly."  Apthorpe pushed to keep the current tax figure of just over $14.6-million in place because of how heavily the district relies on state aid. Apthorpe dicussed setting up a capital reserves fund to provide additional money for the district to do capital projects as they come up. If approved by voters on May 15---the fund will include $2-million. Additionally, residents will vote on the purchase of five new school buses and an ex-officio student school board member. 
 
 
The April snowstorm that brought some accumulations to the higher elevations of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Southern Erie counties early yesterday morning wound down late last night...  
 
However, forecasters say we should start to see temperatures trending closer to normal later this week.  The National Weather Service reports a location in Frewsburg reported 2.8-inches of snow since late Tuesday.  Forecaster Dave Thomas in Buffalo says blame this snowfall on an upper level weather system. Snowfall amounts Tueday afternoon also included four inches in Humphrey in Cattaraugus County.  By late morning, there was 8.5 inches in Colden, and 2.3-inches in Little Valley.  There was nearly half-an-inch in the Jamestown-area.  Thomas says temperatures will begin to moderate starting later in the week.
 
 
Four people were hurt, but not seriously, after the car they were riding in went out of control on slippery road conditions early Tuesday morning and crashed into a guard-rail in Cassadaga...  
 
Sheriff's officers say the vehicle was traveling on Route 60 about 6:00 and, was in front of the Pine Acres Mobile Home Park when the driver lost control.  Deputies say the operator-- who was not identified-- was allegedly speeding at the time.  Officers say the four occupants inside were taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for various injuries sustained in the accident.  The crash remains under investigation.
 
 
One person was injured during a three-vehicle accident in the Town of Sheridan yesterday morning...  
 
Sheriff's deputies say the crash occurred on Route-20 at New Road just before 9:30 a.m., and they found that an eastbound dump truck collided with a vehicle stopped in traffic operated by 55 year-old Richard Lantz of Jamestown.  Officers say a third vehicle was unable to avoid the collision and struck the dump truck.  Lantz was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk for minor injuries. 
 
 
There is some short-term help available for dairy farmers in the tax reform bill approved in Congress late last year that should provide some relief until a new Farm Bill is in place...  
 
That from local Congressman Tom Reed, who says the issue was among the main ones brought up during last weekend's town hall meetings he held in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties.  Reed says there are three measures, the first is expanding help for small and mid-sized farmers from the Margin Insurance Protection program.
 
Reed adds that Congress also included reforms for feed costs to be calculated monthly instead of bi-monthly.  He says that should allow farmers to handle those costs better.  The Corning Republican says he has been working with the leadership on trade agreements to open up markets for dairy and wine in Canada and, he says they hope to expand that to other products.  Reed says they've been able to reach agreements with South Korea to import more American dairy products there.  He made his comments during his weekly conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
A noted biographer of Muhammad Ali spoke at the Robert H. Jackson Center Tuesday about the boxer's conviction as a Vietnam War 'draft dodger' and his fight to get back in the ring...  
 
Jonathan Eig says that part of Ali's career should not be forgotten because he didn't know it was going to be just 3.5-years versus a much longer period.  Ali's conviction was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Speaking at a Continuing Legal Education seminar, Eig believes boxing was only one aspect of the legacy of the man known as "the greatest." Jonathan Eig is currently working with movie maker Ken Burns on a film version of Ali's life.  He expects it to be done around the year 2020.
 
 
A city woman is jailed for allegedly using illegal drugs inside her car as it was parked in the CVS Pharmacy lot in Jamestown's Brooklyn Square...  
 
City police were called to the scene last Wednesday night and officers say they found 23 year-old Teale DiDomenico with two controlled substances, along with a hypodermic instrument.  Officers say DiDomenico was arrested on two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument.  She was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
Gas prices in the Jamestown area held steady at $2.79 this week for a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel... 
 
Gasoline inventories in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast region added 3-million barrels according to AAA officials, who say this was the only build in inventories across the country this week. On the national front, AAA reports gas prices have sky-rocketed to their most-expensive point in nearly three years. At $2.71, the national price per gallon is up a nickel on the week and is $0.18 more than last month. Expensive crude oil prices, tension in the Middle East and strong domestic demand are some of the driving forces behind the steep price at the pump this Spring. However, officials report that the United States added seven oil rigs last week, bringing the total to 815, as crude production is likely to continue growing. Find current gas prices along your route at GasPrices.AAA.com. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 17, 2018

We have now changed over from wet, rainy weather to snow in the Jamestown-area...  
 
The National Weather Service discontinued a Flood Watch for Chautauqua County late yesterday afternoon.  Forecaster Kirk Apffel says, as of late Monday morning, rainfall totals appeared to top off at between 1-1.5 inches.  Appfel adds that colder than normal temperatures will remain with us a while longer.
 
Apffel says we've seen these below normal temperatures since early March because of a trough that's been pushing colder air out of Canada here.  Rainfall totals of more than an inch were reported in the South County area by late yesterday morning with 1.16 inches near Jamestown, 1.13 inches at the airport.  The most rainfall in the county is 1.24 inches near Sinclairville.  Lesser rainfall totals have been reported in the North County. 
 
 
Traffic delays are expected the next four days when a convoy of wind turbine parts are brought along a designated route in Erie, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties to their final destination in the town of Arkwright...  
 
The state Department of Transporation says controversial propellers and other parts are to be loaded on trucks in the town of Hamburg and will have a State Police escort.  DOT officials say troopers will stop traffic where need-be during the convoys, which will impact Routes 394, 60 and 39 in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties, along with Interestate 86.  The transports will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day through Friday.
 
 
Two people were arrested after Jamestown police allegedly found multiple drugs inside a vehicle with stolen license plates late last week...  
 
The vehicle was found Friday parked in the yard of 222 Winsor Street and occupied by a sleeping man and woman.  Officers woke them up and were identified as 26  year-old Bridget Putman of Jamestown and 32 year-old Robert Clark of Randolph.  Police say they noticed a suboxone strip on the dashboard of the vehicle and a baggy of methamphetamine laying on the floor board.  Clark faces two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Putman was arrested for having multiple arrest warrants issued by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's department. 
 
 
Stacy Howser's 'Roots Salon' will open today at its third location in Falconer in a year...  
 
The beauty shop was part of the building on West Main Street torched by an arsonist in March of 2017.  She moved the salon down the street to the Falconer Vac Shop building, and was there four months when that structure burned in January of this year.  Howser says it's been a 'trying' and 'exhausting' time, but she's happy to be opening her new place on Lister Avenue, near the South Work Street bridge.  Once she's settled in, she hopes to take a little vacation.  
 
 
Local municipalities did not fare as well as they had hopped in the final state budget that was approved just before the April 1st deadline, but there was some good news...  
 
That from Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, who says mayor's across the state were most disappointed that there was no increase in General Municipal Aid for the ninth-straight year.  He adds there was also no increase in Consolidated Highway Improvement Program funding.  However, he says they did get a boost in aid to work on roads damaged from our tough Winter weather.
 
Teresi says local governments were cut between two and 9.1-percent in the 2009-2010 budget-- and that has yet to be restored-- while other areas of the spending plan received significant increases.  For instance, school aid was increased by about one-billion dollars.  Teresi says the 9.1-percent cut was to Jamestown itself.  He adds, though, that they are happy there was no cut to general aid.  Teresi made his comments for last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
Some modifications have been made to plans for new Routes 20 and 60 roundabout in the town of Pomfret, but concerns remain about the $3.4-million project...  
 
State Assemblyman Andy Goodell is among those who believer the state Department of Transportation should go back to the drawing board.  Goodell says he is mainly concerned about the impact the project will have on the businesses at the four-corners.  He also has concerns about some of the modifications, which include raised medians.
 
State DOT spokeswoman Susan Surdej indicated that modifications were also made to make the roundabout more pedestrian friendly.  Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis remains supportive of the project, but adds that she is concerned about the impact construction will have on nearby businesses.  She also says she'll continue talking to the DOT about minimizing that impact.  Construction is to begin in the fall.
 
 
New York state's call center for tax filing information is extending its hours to answer last-minute questions...  
 
The tax filing deadline is Tuesday.  The state Department of Taxation and Finance is extending the hours of its Income Tax Call Center until 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday.  The call center's usual hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The number is 518-457-5181.
 
 
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities had to resolve some electric issues that hit the service area last Saturday night and Sunday morning...  
 
BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says the problems began about 6 p.m. Saturday when a car struck a utility pole at the corner of Buffalo Street and Lakeview Avenue.  Robbins says a guy-wire broke, causing an electrical connection to fail.  That triggered "brown-outs" until repairs were made.  Robbins says, later, that voltage fluctuations and disturbances were reported throughout the BPU electric system early Sunday morning.  Those started about 1:45 a.m. and ended around 6:30.  A National Grid transmission line problem in the Buffalo area apparently caused the problem.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 16, 2018

A teenaged girl who ran away from home in the Mayville area is safe and sound after being found on Hannum Road in the town of Chautauqua late last Saturday night...  
 
Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene shortly after 11 p.m. after the teen was reported missing and had possibly fled to the Chautauqua Gorge.  Officers say they got to the Gorge campsite area and found evidence the girl had been there.  Sheriff's Department "K-9" Bentley was deployed to track here scent from the campsite.  Officers say the K-9 tracked from there, and found the girl barefoot in the surrounding wooded area.  Deputies say the unidentified 13 year-old did not require medical attention and was returned to her family.
 
 
Earlier in the evening Saturday, Sheriff's officers were in the town of Westfield, searching for two men who became lost in the Chautauqua Gorge watershed...  
 
Sheriff's officers were called to the area of Mount Baldy Road shortly after 6 PM on a report of a man who entered the trail system on an all-terrain vehicle, but had not returned for some time.  Deputies say the missing person called a family member and said the ATV became disabled, and he had gotten lost.  The family member then tried to find the man on foot and became lost himself.  Sheriff's officers say K-9 "Bentley" was deployed at the trail head to track the subjects.  After tracking for about a mile, they say Bentley located both subjects unharmed.  Officers say neither of the two men, ages 33 and 59 needed medical attention and both were returned home.
 
 
Quick work by Jamestown firefighters prevented extensive damage to a two-family house on the city's east side late last Friday night...  
 
City Fire Lieutenant Don Mowery says crews were called to the scene at 353 East Fourth Street shortly before Midnight and found smoke and fire coming from the scene. Mowery says two engines responded, but they only needed one hand-line to bring the flames under control.  He says firefighters were able to contain fire damage to the "area of origin."  He says there was water damage to the first-floor and smoke damage through-out the home.  No one was hurt and both families living in the house were not at home at the time.  He says fire crews were at the scene about two-hours.  The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental in nature. 
 
 
A plan by the Trump administration to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census has prompted legal challenges from many Democratic-led states...  
 
But, not a single Republican attorney general has sued -- not even from states with large immigrant populations.  Democratic attorneys general contend the question could drive down participation, leading to an inaccurate count.  An undercount could affect the allotment of U.S. House seats and federal funding for states.  U-S Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has said that the Census Bureau lacks definitive evidence about the consequences of including the question.  
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he hopes last Friday's targeted air-strikes against suspected chemical facIlities in Syria will end President Bashar Assad's alleged use of them against his own people...  
 
During a town hall meeting in Gerry this past Saturday morning, Reed said he supports President Trump's decision to fire off about 100 rockets on three sites which Pentagon officials say are at "the heart" of Assad's programs to develop and produce chemical weapons.
 
The chemical attack took place a week-ago last Saturday and was allegedly taken by the Assad regime against rebels in the Damascus suburb of Douma.  Reed says he had no doubt -- given his track record -- that Assad was behind the attack, which killed 40 people.  As for Congressional action, the Corning Republican feels they must act before any kind of escalation in the U.S. and allies response took place.  The A-P reports that TV footage showed piles of rubble outside a destroyed building and a burned vehicle.  The Syrian military says the attack on the center destroyed an educational center and labs. 
 
 
The progressive Working Families Party has endorsed "Sex and the City" actress Cynthia Nixon against incumbent Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo...  
 
Nixon says she was honored to receive the endorsement Saturday and "inspired by the enthusiasm of progressive working-class members of the party."  Nixon is challenging Cuomo in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.  The Working Families Party endorsement could give her a ballot line in the November general election, even if Cuomo wins the Democratic nomination.  A Cuomo campaign spokeswoman says the governor's "record of progressive accomplishment is unmatched." 
 
 
With tax day arriving tomorrow, New York's state comptroller says his office has already stopped more than $24-million in questionable or fraudulent personal income tax refunds...  
 
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says many taxpayers claimed refundable credits based on incorrect information like an inflated number of dependents or understated income.  Auditors this year stopped $3.3-million worth of refunds that were linked to tax preparers filing false returns. 
 
 
Buffalo, New York, is inviting tourists to eat their way through a new "wing trail" featuring a dozen chicken wing hot spots...  
 
Tourism officials unveiled the Buffalo Wing Trail late last week at the Anchor Bar, where the Buffalo wing took flight in 1964.  While just about every restaurant in the city has wings on the menu, the restaurants chosen for the trail each put a unique spin on how they cook, season and serve the appetizer.  'Visit Buffalo Niagara' says it polled it's 86,000 Facebook followers, looked at online reviews and consulted with National Buffalo Wing Festival founder Drew Cerza before settling on the final list. 
 

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News Headlines for Sat., Apr. 14, 2018

Fire damages two-family house on Jamestown's eastside...
Quick work by Jamestown firefighters prevented extensive damage to a two-family house on the city's east side late last night.  City Fire Lieutenant Don Mowery says crews were called to the scene at 353 East Fourth St. shortly before Midnight... and, found smoke and fire coming from the scene.  Mowery says they saw fire and smoke coming from the first floor kitchen area.  He says it took about 15 to 20 minutes to get the flames under control.  Mowery says two engines responded... but, they only needed one hand-line to bring the flames under control.  He says firefighters were able to contain fire damage to the "area of origin."  He says there was water damage to the first-floor and smoke damage through-out the home.  No one was hurt... and, both families living in the house were not at home at the time.  He says fire crews were at the scene about two-hours.  The cause remains under investigation.
 
 
Reed supports air strikes on suspected Syrian chemical weapon facilities, but, wants Congress to authorize any escalation if requested...
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he hopes last weekend's targeted air-strikes against suspected chemical faclities in Syria will end President Bashar Assad's alleged use of them against his own people.  During a town hall meeting in Gerry this past Saturday morning... Reed said he supports President Trump's decision to fire off about 100 rockets on three sites which Pentagon officials say are at "the heart" of Assad's programs to develop and produce chemical weapons.  The Corning Republican says he's hopeful that this will send the message, and stop the "horrific humanitarian" problems there.  The chemical attack took place a week-ago today... and, was allegedly taken by the Assad regime against rebels in the Damascus suburb of Douma.  Reed says he had no doubt -- given his track record -- that Assad was behind the attack, which killed 40 people.  As for Congressional action... the Corning Republican feels they must act before any kind of escalation -- or expansion -- of military action took place.
 
 
Teresi says County has yet to ask city for help on possibly moving CARTS drop-off -- pick-up area from Train Station...
The city of Jamestown will be ready and able to help Chautauqua County find a new pick-up and drop-off point for the county's bus system once it decides whether to move.  That from Mayor Sam Teresi... who says there has been no formal notification by the county that it's going to move the Chautauqua Area Rural Transit system hub from in front of the Gateway Train Station.  The move  -- at least temporarily -- is reportedly being eyed with the expected opening of the National Comedy Center this August.  Teresi says the county is thinking that the street is going to be closed off because of the new streetscape project on West Second St., and the opening of the comedy center.  He says the $700,000 Streetscape project is being undertaken for events and activities around the comedy center... and, the Northwest Ice Arena.  The question has been raised by some that if CARTS leaves the train station... could the city or others be on the hook for the $11-million in federal funding to renovate the landmark site.  Teresi says the location will still likely be used for transporation activites... so that should not be a problem.  He says the building will still be used for motor coach excursion drop offs, and, possible excursion train stops in the future.  Teresi adds that it's hoped -- and anticipated -- that more excursion bus trips will be stopping off to see the National Comedy Center... once it's opened.  The grand opening is now expected to take place during this year's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in August.  Teresi made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
Three arrested in connection with alleged Home Invasion in Jamestown...
Three people are accused of obstruction and felony criminal trespassing following an alleged home invasion on Jamestown's westside early Thursday morning.  City police were called to the scene at 504 West Sixth St. for a person with a weapon -- and possible home invasion.  Through investigation... it was learned that two males and one female unlawfully entered the home.  Officers set up a perimeter and began giving verbal commands for the suspects to come out.  Police found 30 year-old James Sullivan of Jamestown hiding in the bathroom tub with a shower curtain over himself.  It was determined that Sullivan allegedly entered the home with a shotgun, along with two other suspects from northwest Pennsylvania.  All three were arraigned... and, sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 13, 2018

A Jamestown man has been reported missing... and, city police are asking for help in finding the man, who was last seen walking in the downtown area early Wednesday morning...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says 35 year-old Sean Carpenter was seen walking south on Pine Street -- from East Second -- towards First Street -- about 1:45.  Police say he was walking towards his home on Superior Street, but he never made it home.  Officers say Carpenter is a white male, about 6"2 tall and weighs about 180-pounds.  Samuelson says he has brown hair and a short beard, and has blue eyes.  He was last seen wearing a brown baseball hat, long-sleeve green jacket, and grey and red sneakers.  If you have any information on Sean Carpenter's whereabouts, call city police at 483-7537.  You can also call their anonymous Tips-line at 483-TIPS (8477).  You can also contact their Tips 411 app.  
 
 
Construction on the new, multi-story addition at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital reached an important milestone yesterday afternoon...  
 
Community and Hospital officials were on hand at the Prather Avenue parking lot for a "topping off" ceremony as the final steel beam was put onto the 42,000 square-foot area on the building's southside.  UPMC Chautauqua WCA President and Chief Executive Officer Betsy Wright welcomed those who attended.
 
The new area will include four labor and delivery suites, 12 post-partum private rooms, 10 inpatient adolescent mental health rooms and 20 such rooms for adults -- including waiting areas.  WCA Board President Steve Kilburn laid out their vision, adding that the addition will help them in their commitment to "world-class health care" in the community.  Wright adds it will also make the hospital more of an "economic driver" in the area, providing a more than $196-million a year.  The ribbon will be cut on the new facility in April of next year.
 
 
Getting higher prices and finding new markets for concord grapes were two of the recurring themes of the first ever "Grape Summit," held Thursday at the Grape Discovery Center in Westfield...  
 
Sweet juices have lost market share in recent years, and, as a result, returns to growers have sunk.  Cornell food scientist Gavin Sacks says researchers are working to develop new 'easy to eat' concord grape products with a long shelf life.  New York's Ag and Markets Commissioner, Richard Ball, led the summit and announced some new initiatives including a 'Grape State of New York' competition for new products, and a challenge to winemakers to create a new concord grape brandy.  
 
 
The Seneca Nation of Indians is renewing its fight with New York state over its construction of the Thruway across reservation land more than 60 years ago...  
 
The western New York tribe says Thursday a new lawsuit seeks to force the state to get federal approval for the toll road, which the Senecas say the state failed to do.  The Senecas say they should receive a share of tolls from the 300-acre section.  Seneca President Todd Gates says the stretch of Interstate 90 that bisects the Cattaraugus Reservation has led to the nation's property being "invaded" for decades while hindering economic development.  Thruway officials say they can't comment on the lawsuit.  They say the Senecas granted an easement for the Thruway in 1954.  A federal court rejected a similar lawsuit in 1999.
 
 
Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed says serving in the U-S House with outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan has been a "true honor"...  
 
Reed commented Thursday on Ryan's decision to need seek re-election. The Corning Republican says it "has been rewarding to work with him (Ryan) to advance tax reform and pursue opportunities to help all Americans.  History will judge his time in Congress for its long-term, positive influence on the body through his honored and principled leadership." 
 
 
It was several years in the making, but state, county and Dunkirk city officials believe improvements to Wright Park will be worth the wait for residents.  A ground-breaking ceremony took place Wednesday morning for the project that involves $450,000 in state funding...
 
City Director of Development Rebecca Yanus says a feasibility study conducted last year helped identified uses for park-- including a splash pad, and pickle-ball courts.  Yanus adds there are also upgrades to the main pavillion in he park.  Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas thanked Thomas and other officials including the Governor's Office and state representatives for making the funding possible.  Among the officials attending the ceremony were Lori Cornell of the Governor's Office and state  Assemblyman Andy Goodell.
 
 
Two-time Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins -- who finished third in the 2014 New York election -- plans to announce that he's again seeking the party's nomination to run in the November election....  
 
The 65-year-old retired Teamster from Syracuse launched his campaign late Thursday at a news conference in Albany.  Hawkins was the Green Party candidate for governor in 2010 and 2014, when he garnered more than 184,000 votes to finish third behind incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and then-Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican. 

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News Headlines for Thurs., Apr. 12, 2018

Fire in Falconer asphalt plant hopper put out by three local fire companies...
No one was hurt when several hundred filters in a giant hopper at an asphalt paving facility in Falconer caught fire about mid-afternoon Wednesday.  Chautauqua County Fire Dispatchers say Falconer fire crews were called to the Kingsview Paving Asphalt facility on Allen Street Extension shortly after 3 p.m., and, found there was no actual material inside the hopper.  Falconer was joined at the scene by Kiantone and Kennedy fire crews, and the county's Emergency Services Department.  The county's Hazardous Materials Team was also called in as a precaution.  The Jamestown Post-Journal reports the fire was under control in about an hour.
 
 
Two city men now face federal charges in connection with weapons thefts at Warren County sporting goods store...
Two Jamestown men arrested last year after allegedly stealing guns from a Warren County, PA sporting goods store now face federal charges... and, one is also accused of trafficking drugs.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says that 27 year-old Tyler Anderson... and, 26 year-old Robert Lincoln... were arrested Tuesday and charged with conspiracy to make false statements to purchase firearms, which carries a mandatory penalty of five years in prison.  In addition... Kennedy says Anderson is charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes.  Those carry a mandatory minimum five years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.  Prosecutors say Ellicott Town Police received complaints from area residents regarding suspected drug dealing at Anderson's residence... and, started investigating Anderson's alleged drug dealing.  Last month... Kennedy says police raided Anderson's home and recovered cocaine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, 14 firearms, and ammunition.  Further investigation found that at least three of the guns were bought by Lincoln at a sporting goods store in Russell, Pennsylvania.  However... while Lincoln filled out the required federal forms saying he was the buyer... shortly thereafter... he allegedly turned the firearms over to Anderson.  
 
 
Apthorpe says city School Board looking at keeping tax levy flat in 2018-19 budget proposal...
The head of the Jamestown School District says he wants to keep the tax levy stable in the 2018-19 school budget proposal in the interest of keeping current programs... and, stability for tax payers.  School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe made the comments after Tuesday night's board meeting... the first since final state school aid wa announced.  Apthorpe says, while there was some discussion about a small tax levy cut, he pushed for keeping the current figure of just over $14.6-million in place to help preserve programming, and giving the taxpayers stable rates.  He says the current budget totals about $86.2-million... and includes $1.1-million in additional aid. 
 
 
Reed speaks on Russian interference, and trade with China...
President Donald Trump is very angry after the FBI raided the offices of his personal attorney Michael Cohen on Monday.  Mr. Trump is also openly talking about firing the special counsel looking into Russian interference in the presidential election.  But... area Congressman Tom Reed says he doesn't have a problem with the FBI's investigation so long as it doesn't violate attorney-client privilege.  Reed was asked about the investigation during a conference call Tuesday afternoon with area media... and, he says he's always supported allowing the investigation to follow the evidence and the facts, and he believes that's what's happening.  The Corning Republican also indicated during the conference call that he didn't think Trump would actually fire the special counsel.  On another topic... Reed spoke about President Trump's trade policy, and he believes it is starting to produce some positive results with China, especially because Tuesday it was reported that they were opening up their markets to more U-S automobiles... and help protect intellectual properties. 
 
 
Schumer urges V-A to allocate funding for New York V-A hospital upgrades...
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer is urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to allocate hundreds of millions of dollars for much-needed upgrades at VA hospitals across New York state.  The New York Democrat says Wednesday that the recently approved federal budget includes about $4-billion for the nation's VA medical centers.  Schumer says he's asking agency officials to expedite funding for dozens of long-delayed projects at upstate VA medical facilities that are in desperate need of repairs.  
 
 
Documentary "I Am Battle Comic" to be shown, with film maker, at RHJ Center Saturday...
Film maker Jordan Brady will bring his movie, "I Am Battle Comic..." to the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown this coming Saturday night. Brady says it's a documentary designed to help troops laugh away from the front lines.  To make the movie, Brady developed some of his own jokes... and joined a crew of professional comedians on a three-week tour of the Middle East.  Now, he's screening the film all over the country and always to help a local veterans' cause.  The Jamestown show will benefit the United Veterans Council's effort to mark every veteran's grave in Chautauqua County.  There's no fixed cost to attend, but all donations will be welcomed.  Jordan Brady says there are some hilarious moments in the film, and a serious message as well.  The show starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Jackson Center.
 
 

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News Headlines for Wed., Apr. 11, 2018

Comedy Center announces Schumer, Aykroyd, and Tomlin among those to be on hand for grand opening in August...
The National Comedy Center has a star-studded line-up in place to celebrate its grand opening this August.  Comedy Center officials late Tuesday announced there will be appearances by Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin, Saturday Night Live original season alumni including Dan Aykroyd and more, coinciding with the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival... which starts August 1 in Jamestown.  Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson says the opening celebration will including Schumer performing at the Northwest Arena on Friday, August 3... and, Tomlin will perform at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Saturday, August 4.  In between... SNL original cast members Aykroyd, Laraine Newman and Garrett Morris, along with original writer, Alan Zweibel, will come together at the Reg Lenna on Saturday, August 2nd to share stories and laughs in a conversation about the show's early years.  Tickets for ALL events go on sale at Noon, Friday April 27th for Comedy Center members... and, to the public on May 4th at www.NationalComedyCenter.org.
 
 
Gillibrand says it's time for Assad to go in Syria...
New York's Junior Senator is calling on U-S officials to work with thier  allies to get a permanent cease-fire in the Syrian civil war as a way to begin regime change in the Middle Eastern nation.  Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand made her comments during a conference call with state-wide media today.  Gillibrand is among those saying that strong-armed Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has to go after the latest chemical attack near Damascus.  She calls it a "heartbreaking" and horrific" story.  She says Assad's on-going atrocities are "an outrage."  Gillibrand says the U-S needs to engage it's allies and go to the United Nations to call for Assad's removal.  He has been Syrian president since July of 2000... and, was accused of severe crackdowns on citizens during the so-called "Arab Spring" several years ago.  The unrest is being attributed to starting the current civil war in that country.
 
 
Fredonia man arrested following high-speed chase through Lakewood and Panama...
A north county man has been arrested on some 30 charges after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase through the village of Lakewood... and, west into the village of Panama.  Lakewood-Busti Police say they were called to the Wal-Mart SuperCenter on Fairmount Avenue shortly before 8 pm Monday on a report of a person stealing several items, including clothing.  Officers say 22 year-old Tyler Elssesser of Fredonia allegedly drove off in a westerly direction with police in pursuit.  Officers say speeds reached 98 mph before Elssesser turned onto Route 474 and drove into Panama... where he was stopped.  Police say speeds on 474 reached more than 100 mph before the pursuit ended.  Elsesser is charged with larceny... reckless endangerment... and, he also faces drug charges.  He was arraigned in Busti Town Court, and sent to the county jail on $20,000 cash bail.
 
 
City of Jamestown ends 2017 with surplus, according to city comptroller...
The city of Jamestown finished 2017 with it's first budget surplus in seven years.  However... the city's chief fiscal officer is tempering that with the fact they still face several fiscal challenges.  Jamestown City Comptroller Joe Bellitto told the City Council at last night's work session that they wound up last year with an unaudited, $1.2-million surplus.  Bellitto says there were a number of factors that played into that... including some higher than expected revenues.  He says among the items that came in over-projections was sales tax revenue... as well as $614,000 in added state aid funding.  That includes the additional $1-million the city received to help with it's fiscal woes in 2017.  He says there is still concern about health care claims... all of which they may not have yet.  He says that means any claims could still be presented to their self-insured fund.  Bellitto says the windfall will likely help Jamestown in the years to come because whatever the surplus is can otherwise be applied to the city's currently low undesignated fund balance.
 
 
Borrello sets record straight on county's 2017 Budget Shortfall...
Chautauqua County officials have been able to plug a $6.3-million shortfall from the 2017 budget... and, are keeping a close eye on certain spending to prevent another one this year.  That from County Executive George Borrello... who says the shortfall is actually lower than what county finance officials projected late last year.  Borrello says that number was $6.8-million.  He says their fund-balance was more than enough to cover that... and, he says the actual deficit was about $500,000 less than they had projected.  Borrello says the biggest part of the shortfall was the unexpected, $3.8-million the state charged the county with for new, juvenile detention costs.  Those were mainly due to the new, "Raise the Age" initiative to house 16 and 17 year-olds separately from both juveniles and adult prison populations.  Otherwise... County Legislature Audit and Control Committee Chairman Pierre Chagnon says there was a $268,000 shortfall with the county's new, "Fly-Car" EMT service. 
 
 
Gas prices up local again this week...
Jamestown motorists will have to dig deeper into their pockets as gas prices have increased for the third week in a row.  That from the AAA's latest gas price report... which says the price per gallon of regular unleaded fuel is up a penny to $2.79.  Of 25 states in the country selling gas for $2.60 or more... AAA says half are in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast region, with New York being among the most expensive. Nationally.... gas prices have held at their highest price of the year for one-week at $2.66.
 
 

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News Headlines for Tues., Apr. 10, 2018

Fredonia man arrested following high-speed chase in Lakewood Monday night...
A north county man has been arrested on some 30 charges after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase through the village of Lakewood... and, west into Panama.  Lakewood-Busti Police say they were called to the Wal-Mart SuperCenter on Fairmount Avenue shortly before 8 p.m. Monday night on a report of a person stealing several items, including clothing.  Officers say 22 year-old Tyler Elssesser of Fredonia allegedly drove off in a westerly direction with police in pursuit.  Officers say speeds reached 98 miles per hour before Elssesser turned onto Route 474 and drove into Panama... where he was stopped.  Police say speeds on 474 reached more than 100 mph before the pursuit ended.  Elsesser is charged with larceny... reckless endangerment... and, also faces drug charges.  He was arraigned in Busti Town Court, and sent to the county jail on $20,000 cash bail... $40,000 property bond.
 
 
Gillibrand condemns Assad for reported Chemical attack in Syria...
New York's Junior Senator is calling on U-S officials to work with thier  allies to get a permanent cease-fire in the Syrian civil war as a way to begin regime change in the Middle Eastern nation.  Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand made her comments during a conference call with state-wide media today.  Gillibrand is among those saying that strong-armed Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has to go after the latest chemical attack near Damascus.  She calls it a "heartbreaking" and horrific" story... and, adds Assad's actions are "an outrage."  Gillibrand says the U-S needs to engage it's allies and go to the United Nations to call for Assad's removal.  He has been Syrian president since July of 2000... and, was accused of severe crackdowns on citizens during the so-called "Arab Spring" several years ago.  The unrest is being attributed to starting the current civil war in that country.
 
 
More Wintry weather before warm up later in week...
After a wintry start today, we'll see the start of a warm up over the next few days that should bring more spring-like weather to the area.  Meteorologist John Rozbicki of the National Weather Service in Buffalo says a passing weather system brought a shot of light snow to portions of Western New York overnight.  He says there was an "inch or two" of snow that fell in some spots, and it felt more like January instead of April 10.  About 8-tenths of an inch of snow was reported near Jamestown, one inch in Little Valley and 2 inches in Franklinville.  Several passing weather systems will bring milder weather to the area, but, Rozbicki says there is a question about how much of a warm up we'll be getting later this week.  It may reach 70 in the Jamestown area by Friday.
 
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 9, 2018

Chautauqua County now has a vehicle to help obtain both money and resources to help support local efforts to fight the Heroin and Opioid Drug crisis... 
 
Lawmakers recently approved a local law naming the epidemic a "public nuisance..." which makes it eligible for some of the reimbursement money being sought from major pharmacutical companies by several states.  Legislature Chairman Paul Wendel says local governments are getting on board New York's efforts to get those companies to pay the mounting costs of recovery.  He says that includes the anti-opioid drug Naloxone, also known as "Narcan".
 
In recent months, the costs have come down -- in some cases to zero -- for Narcan.  In addition to being part of any class action suits that could be filed in the matter, Wendel says the action could also allow the county to have better access to grant funding and information on dealing with the drug epidemic. 
 
 
A fire that broke out early this morning has City of Warren firefighters and investigators looking for answers... 
 
The condition of two residences in downtown Warren are unknown at this time as crew continue to battle a structure fire. According to reports from the scene, the blaze has seriously damaged a three-stroy brick home in the block between 2nd Street and 3rd Street. Fire crews set up blockaides in the area of Market and Water Streets as flames broke out. Reports indicate that the fire was first reported shortly before 5 a.m. with further details to follow. 
 
 
Sheriff Joe Gerace has announced he will be seeking re-election as Sheriff of Chautauqua County... 
 
In a released statement late Sunday evening, Gerace says, "Since I was first elected as Chautauqua County Sheriff, my professional team of deputies, correction officers, 911 dispatchers and other staff and I have risen to every challenge presented to the office at the least possible cost to property tax-payers." 
 
While serving as Sheriff, Gerace says he has implemented several innovative programs that have improved public safety, including the Forensic Identification Team, a county-wide public radio system and most recently, an EMT program where Deputies are trained as Emegency Medical Technicians to assist volunteer fire departments. Additionally, Gerace says he volunteers in the community as a youth hockey and softball coach. Gerace, a Democrat, will face former Chautauqua County Sheriff's Lieutenant James Quattrone this fall. 
 
 
A Corry, Pennsylvania man has been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop early last weekend in the town of Sherman...  
 
Sheriff's officers say a patrol pulled over a vehicle, driven by 35 year-old Scott Smith, on the Clymer-Sherman Road just before 3 a.m. Saturday morning.  Deputies say further investigation found that Smith was in possession of drug paraphernalia, scales, and a quantity of marihuana.  They add that a license check also showed Smith's New York driving privileges were suspended.  He was arrested for third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, unlawful possession of marihuana and speeding.  Smith was issued appearance tickets for Sherman Town Court.
 
 
State Police out of Jamestown arrested two men during two separate traffic stops for unlawful possession of marijuana over the weekend.... 
 
On Friday, Troopers pulled over 21 year-old Adam Apperson--of Jamestown-- on Route 62 in Kiantone. While speaking with Apperson, Troopers allegedly smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search revealed a pipe containing marijuana residue and a license check revealed a bench warrant for Apperson on a prior marijuana charge. He was arraigned and sent to the County Jail. 
 
On Saturday, a Johnson City teen was pulled over pulled over on I-86 in Stow for speeding. While speaking to 19 year-old Isaiah Colgan, Troopers reportedly smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A search of Colgan and his vehicle revealed a bag of marijuana and two smoking devices. The teen was issued a traffic ticket and an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in the town of North Harmony Court later in the month.
 
 
Recent recruitment efforts by the health care community in Jamestown and UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital are bearing fruit, as the hospital now has more than 200 physicians on staff...  
 
That from Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Betsy Wright, who made her comments during the hospital's recent physician of the year program, which honored Dr. James Cirbus, who has been a cardiologist at WCA for 35 years. Wright says Cirbus talked about how much caring for patients has meant to him, as well as treating some of the medical staff at the hospital.  UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital recent announced the hiring of two more orthopedic doctors to be on staff.  The recruitment effort was started -- in earnest -- a few years ago, lead by the Health Care Action Team from the Jamestown Strategic Planning and Partnerships Commission.  
 
 
The official in charge of New York state's $209-billion public pension fund says it will take steps to ensure women are included on the boards of companies in the fund's portfolio...  
 
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced this past week that the New York State Common Retirement fund is "putting all-male boardrooms on notice" to diversify.  The Democrat says the fund will use its power as a shareholder to vote against board directors up for re-election at companies with no women on their boards.  DiNapoli adds that companies such as Bristol-Meyers Squibb have agreed to include gender and racial diversity when considering board candidates. 
 
 
April showers bring Mayflowers. However, before "digging" into any new landscape projects, National Fuel is reminding residents to be mindful of underground utility lines... 
 
National Fuel Spokeswoman Emily Ciraolo says homeowners are required by law to dial 811 prior to digging to prevent accidental damage to lines.  The national 811 phone number connects caller's plans to National Fuel for dispatch locators to mark the positioning of utility lines on their property for free. Ciraolo says that all excavation projects from shrubs to mailboxes require a call. New York homeowners and contractors should call at least two and no more than 10 business days in advance to the start of their project. 
 
 
New York state has cancelled plans to move a child psychiatric center in western New York to the nearby campus of an adult mental health facility in Buffalo...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the decision last week, saying he decided to reverse course after residents throughout the region expressed concerns about the move.  The state had planned to relocate the center from the Buffalo suburb of West Seneca to a site near the adult hospital.  Relatives of patients, community residents and local officials had all criticized the move, which they said would put children at risk by placing them near adults with significant mental illnesses.  Officials say the state will complete renovations at the site of the planned relocation so the site can be used for another purpose in the future.
 
 
State officials are asking the federal government to change its quotas to allow New York-based commercial fishing companies to haul in more fluke...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have filed a petition seeking revised allocations for fish also known as summer flounder.  The Democrats say the current quotas unfairly limit the New York fishers' allocation because they're based on outdated data from the 1980s.  The New York officials say scientific studies have shown the summer flounder fishery has shifted north toward New York waters since then.  Cuomo and Schneiderman say the current quotas hurt New York's commercial fishers and seafood dealers.  They say increasing the allotment for New York-based commercial fishing operations will allow more fish to be landed in ports closer to where they are caught.

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 6, 2018

A Jamestown man has been arrested on a Felony charge for allegedly killing the dog that was found dead, hanging from a tree on the city's westside earlier this week...  
 
City police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers took 47 year-old Robert Overton into custody early Thursday afternoon and charged him with killing the American Pitbull late last year.  Samuelson says Overton then allegedly hung the dog using a red leash and blue nylon rope near the corner of Hallock and Palmer Streets.  He says a passerby saw the animal while walking through the area early last Monday night.  Samuelson says Overton was arrested after the department received "multiple citizen tips" on the matter.  He says the suspect was arraigned on one count of Felony Aggravated Cruelty to Animals and sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
A traffic stop at the intersection of Forest and Prather Avenues led to the arrest of a city woman allegedly driving with several drugs in her possession late Tuesday evening... 
 
City police say investigation reavealed 37 year-old Kristen Nelson was driving on a suspended license. With that, further investigation revealed equipment for the packaging and sale of controlled substances inside the vehicle. Nelson was taken to city jail where she is accused of attempting to dispose of methamphetamine on the jail floor. Officers also located additional meth, suboxone and a glass pipe on Nelson. She's being held pending arraignment on charges of fifth and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence and vehicle/traffic tickets. 
 
 
A Cattaraugus County man turned himself yesterday following an alleged burglary in Olean... 
 
State Police say they received a report that 29 year-old Guy Ackley-II, unlawfully entered a residence by kicking in and damaging a door, then chasing the resident. Troopers say Ackley initally fled the scene before patrols arrived. After turning himself in to State Police, Ackley was arrested and released with tickets to appear in Allegheny Town Court at a later date for second-degree Burglary and fourth-degree Criminal Mischief.
 
 
High winds are expected to return to Chautauqua County -- and much of western New York today as another storm system moves through the region...  
 
That after a wild and windy Wednesday across the region.  The winds brought down a number of trees and power lines and resulted in numerous power outages for National Grid and New York State Gas and Electric customers.  Forecaster Aaron Reynolds with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says the strongest reported wind gusts in Chautauqua County were in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area, including a 68 mph gust in Fredonia, and a 64 mph gust in Dunkirk.  The strongest gust reported in Western New York was in Batavia, with a gust of 75 miles per hour.  Forecasters say a Wind Advisory is in effect from Noon to 11 p.m. tonight. 
 
 
High winds have collapsed a sugar shack in northern New York, killing a 36-year-old man who was making maple syrup...  
 
State police say Jonas Swartzentruber was working in an outbuilding in the Jefferson County town of Theresa around 1 p.m. Wednesday when high winds knocked it over. He was pinned to the ground with debris.  Police say a 15 year-old boy escaped before the shack collapsed and alerted neighbors who used jacks to lift the wreckage off the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.  Winds gusting up to 75 mph toppled trees, flipped tractor-trailers and knocked out power to nearly 80,000 customers in western and central New York Wednesday.
 
 
The still-snowy and slippery road conditions Wednesday into Thursday led to a single-car accident on the Stockton-Hartfield Road in the town of Stockton yesterday morning...  
 
Sheriff's officers were called to the scene shortly before 8 a.m. and found the car had left the road due to the slick conditions.  Deputies say the vehicle then struck a tree in a ditch.  Officers say the female driver was taken by ambulance to Brook's Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
 
 
Chautauqua County's new Deputy County Executive for Economic Development says it's great to be working in the county again and he's been able to hit the ground running...  
 
Fredonia's Mark Geise was recently approved to take the new position, as well as head up the county's Industrial Development Agency.  Geise was formerly a Senior Planner for the county and says he is especially looking forward to implementing a new economic development strategy with County Executive George Borrello.
 
Geise and new director of Planning and Community Development, Don McCord, will both be working with Borrello on the project.  He says a lot is moving forward now in both the north and south county.  The legislature recently approved the sale of property in the Dunkirk area for a new, cold storage facility.  Geise has also been accompanying Borrello on several of his 100 business visits within his first 100 days in office.  Borrello officially wrapped up his visits Wednesday with a stop at the Grape Growers Cooperative in Westfield. 
 
 
New York Senate Democrats have resolved a longstanding internal power struggle that empowered Republicans and prevented votes on liberal priorities including gun control, early voting, abortion rights and help for immigrants...  
 
Under a deal negotiated by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and announced Wednesday, the eight-member faction known as the Independent Democratic Conference is reuniting with mainline Democrats.  Democratic leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins of Yonkers will lead the combined group, with IDC leader Jeff Klein of the Bronx as deputy leader.  Republicans control the Senate with support from the IDC and a ninth breakaway Democrat, Brooklyn Sen. Simcha Felder. Felder hasn't said whether he'll also return to the Democrats.  Republicans still hold the Senate majority for now, though Democrats hope to take over following two special Senate elections April 24.

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News Bulletin for Thurs., Apr. 5, 2018

**(Bulletin)City man arrested for animal cruelty in connection with dead dog found hanging from tree...
A Jamestown man has been arrested on a Felony charge for allegedly killing the dog that was found dead... hanging from a tree on the city's westside earlier this week.  City police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers took 47 year-old Robert Overton into custody early this afternoon... and, charged him with killing the American Pitbull dog late last year.  Samuelson says Overton then allegedly hung the dog using a red leash and blue nylon rope near the corner of Hallock and Palmer Streets.  He says a passerby saw the animal while walking through the area early last Monday night.  Samuelson says Overton was arrested after the department received "multiple citizen tips" on the matter.  He says the suspect faces one count of Felony Aggravated Cruelty to Animals... which is a violation of the state's Ag and Markets Law.
 
  

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 5, 2018

A  Cattaraugus County man has been arrested on several charges -- including vehicular manslaughter, and driving while intoxicated -- following a two-vehicle accident in the town of Carrollton...  
 
Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley responded to the collison on Route 417 Wednesday night.  Following an investigation, officers determined that a vehicle operated by 47 year-old John McStraw attempted to pass a semi-trailer and struck an oncoming vehicle driven by an unidentified 48 year-old Killbuck resident.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  McStraw was arraigned in Carrollton Town Court and is being held in Cattaraugus County Jail on $15,000 bail. 
 
 
Tips from the public have been a major help to Jamestown police in their investigation into the death of an adult American Pitbull found hanging from a tree on the city's westside...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says a passerby found the dog hanging on a red leash and blue nylon rope shortly before 8 p.m. this past Monday on Hallock Street near Palmer.  Samuelson tells us that they have now developed information on a suspect, and they expect to announced an arrest in the case later today.  He tells us that information on the supect will be released early this afternoon once the person has officially been charged and arraigned.  In addition to the "dozens of tips" they have received from the public, he says they have also received several requests for monetary donations towards a reward or donation for the animal's cause.  You can do so through the local Humane Society, or the Pick of the Litter Animal Shelter in Falconer. 
 
 
A Jamestown woman is accused of driving while intoxicated on the city's westside Tuesday morning... 
 
Officers say a vehicle with a loud, inadequate muffler made an improper left turn onto Washington Street from West 4th Street and was stopped. During the investigation, the operator-- 37 year-old Melissa Morrod-- was determined to be intoxicated. Norrod was also found to have cocaine in her possession and was arrested. She was taken to city jail pending arraignment on traffic violations, DWI and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 
 
 
It didn't take 100 days, but Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello has been able to officially visit 100 businesses at the beginning of his four-year term in office... 
 
Borrello visited the Grape Growers Cooperative in Westfield Wednesday as his 100th business.  However, he's been able to do it in 94 days. The Silver Creek area Republican says he's proud to have done it and adds it's been well worth doing.
 
In fact, Borrello says he's going to keep doing the visits during the remainder of his term because they've been so helpful.  He adds that each meeting has been special, and while they weren't scheduled to go long, many have lasted between 1.5 and three hours.  He says it's been a learning experience that's taught him that if local businesses are willing to spend that much time talking about their business needs, then it's "critically important."  He made his comments for this coming weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
The head of New York's School Boards Association says they'll take the nearly $860-million state aid increase in the just-approved state budget... 
 
However, there is a lot of concern about a new mandate to report on where each and every dollar goes in each district and in each of their buildings.  That from Association Executive Director Tim Kreamer, who says the "School Building -- per Pupil" Reports are part of a new federal mandate.  Kreamer says this year -- 75 school districts -- will have to issue reports by July 1.
 
Kreamer says each of New York's nearly 700 public school districts will have to do the reports in the "proper form" and submit them to ensure each gets their fair share of aid.  As for this year, Kreamer says the increase in state aid is not enough to meet current needs, which include health care and pension costs.  He says the legislature included aid for private and charter schools in the one-billion dollars in total, additional aid in the 2018-19 budget. 
 
 
The state of New York has announced a $66-million plan to repair and upgrade a stretch of the Thruway near Buffalo...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo said late Tuesday that the work will entail the rehabilitation and reconstruction of three miles of roadway between exit 54 and the Lackawanna toll barrier. New signs, wider shoulders and better guardrails will be installed.  In addition, three Thruway bridges will be repaired and renovated and a fifth span will be totally rebuilt.  Cuomo's office says the stretch of Thruway is one of the busiest, with more than 130,000 motorists using the highway every day.  The work will require some nightly lane closures on the Thruway's eastbound lanes.  The work is expected to be completed next year.
 
 
A non-profit center in the Jamestown community is dedicated to empowering students through their creativity in music, art, dancing, and singing... 
 
That from Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center's Executive Director Shane Hawkins, who says their programs help students express themselves through a healthy outlet.  She says the proof is in the art form.
 
While speaking with our Noel Blackhall, Hawkins adds that teachers serve as mentors for students, which she calls just as important to students as the teaching itself.  Infinity will be holding a "New Student Orientation" on April 19th for anyone interested in enrolling in public and private group sessions.  To find out more information on Infinity's programs,  visit their website at InfinityPerformingArts.org or call, 664-0991.
 
 
The death of a Vermont skier was ruled accidental by the Essex County Coroner's office... 
 
New York State Police in Ray Brook say 22 year-old Lukas Harvey was skiing with friends at Whiteface Mountain last Saturday morning. At 11 a.m., Harvey was passing through the lower Northway Trail when he fell and collided with a small group of hardwood trees. Troopers say life-saving measures were attempted without success and his body was taken to Adirondak Medical Center in Saranac Lake. Following an autopsy on Tuesday, Harvey's death was determined to be blunt force injuries due to a skiing accident. 
 
 
Road Closure Announcement for Jamestown Motorists...
 
The City of Jamestown Public Works Department has announced that Buffalo Street from Blackstone Avenue to Allen Street will be closed to traffic beginning on Monday, April 9. Director of Public Works Jeff Lehman says the portion of roadway will be closed to facilitate reconstruction of the railroad bridge. He says motorist will have to use alternate routes of travel through the beginning of July.

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 4, 2018

Jamestown police are searching for the owner of an adult pitbull dog found dead and hanging from a tree in a wooded area on the city's westside...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says a passerby found the dog hanging on a red leash and blue nylon rope shortly before 8 p.m. Monday on Hallock Street near Palmer.  Samuelson says they are asking for the public's help in finding who the dog belonged to.
 
Samuelson says it's hard to tell how long the dog had been hanging from the tree.  He says with several cold nights in recent days, the animal could have been there at least a week.  Samuelson says it may have been a month or longer.  He says they don't believe the animal was stolen and then tortured and killed.  He says if you have any information on the case, you should contact Jamestown police at their tip-line at 483-TIPS (8477).  You can also contact their Tips 411 app.  Samuelson says all calls will be kept confidential.  He adds they already had about half-a-dozen tips in the first two hours since posting the release online.
 
 
A city man faces charges after multiple drugs and guns were found in his Baker Street apartment Tuesday afternoon... 
 
Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force agents were assisted on-scene with the Jamestown SWAT and state police C-NET teams to execute a search warrant just before 2:30. While inside, officers found a quantity of crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, drug paraphernalia, along with two hand-guns and five long-guns. Investigators took 33 year-old Michael Davis into custody on several counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal use of drug paraphernalia. Officers say Davis was also allegedly wanted on two outstanding city court bench warrants. He's being held pending arraignment. 
 
 
A city man faces several serious charges after allegedly choking another person and holding a knife to the victim's throat during a domestic incident Monday morning on Jamestown's westside...  
 
City police were called to the scene at 401 West Fourth Street about 9 a.m. for an incident that had reportedly been going on for about an hour.  Following an investigation, officers accuse 53 year-old Russell Rea, Junior of assaulting the female victim by choking her, then threatening her with the knife.  Rea then allegedly locked her inside a bathroom for a some time after allegedly taking the victim's phone to keep her from calling 911.  He was arrested and jailed pending arraignment on several charges, including second-degree menacing and unlawful imprisonment.
 
 
A High-Wind Warning is in effect now through early this evening...  
 
National Weather Service Meteorologist Tony Ansuini in Buffalo said late yesterday that a very strong storm system is moving in from our Northwest and it's bringing winds of 30 to 40 mph, but gusting as high as 70 mph.
 
With that, Ansuini says wind gusts could cause some property damage and will likely bring down some trees and power lines, resulting in power outages. Travel will also become hazardous for high-profile vehicles.
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed was in the Jamestown-area Tuesday afternoon visiting Bush Industries to hear about the impacts of a stronger economy and tax reform...  
 
Reed says he heard a lot of good news, but also heard about the needs of the ready-to-assemble furniture company in the Jamestown industrial corridor on Allen Street.  The Corning Republican says Bush has grown about 25-percent in recent months, and is looking to hire 25 more workers.
 
Reed says tax reform has helped Bush in two ways: the first is the company having more money on hand to invest in the growth it has seen.  He adds it's also helped customers have more cash on hand to make office furniture purchases from Bush.  Reed says that's how tax reform is intended to work.  He says the major need for Bush right now is more skilled members of the workforce.  He says they continue to work with local schools and colleges on those needs.
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Reed says he was also in Dunkirk this afternoon to meet with Chautauqua Opportunities, Incorporated's new Director to find out what's taking place there, and their needs in helping people get out of poverty.
 
 
China has responded to new American tariffs on steel and aluminum imports by imposing it's own on American exports, mainly fruit and pork items...  
 
However, local Congressman Tom Reed says the move was "not unexpected" in what one outlet is calling a trade "tit for tat..." not necessarily the start of a Trade War.  Reed says the U-S move came in the wake of a new trade deal involving South Korea, which he says was successful.
 
China is one trade partner that has accepted milk and other dairy products from the U-S in recent years.  Reed agrees these moves have been "disruptive..." but, adds America needs to protect it's interests, which he says have been lost in recent decades.  He says previous agreements were "one-sided... " and put the U.S. at a great disadvantage.  Reed says the United States has been able to prove to the World Trade Organization that China had engage in unfair trade practices at least 90-percent of the time, while the U-S had only been about 10-percent of the time.  The Corning Republican made his comments during this week's telephone news conference with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
A Jamestown man was arrested during a traffic stop for allegedly violating a stay-away order of protection Monday afternoon... 
 
Jamestown police were conducting surveillance in the area of 339 Delaware Avenue shortly before 3 p.m. when they saw 36 year-old Jeremy Gross exit the residence and enter a vehicle. Officers were able to stop the vehicle with assistance from Lakewood-Busti Police in the Town of Busti and take him into custody. He is being held in city jail pending arraignment fir second-degree criminal contempt. 
 
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Gross was arrested for violating a stay-away order of protection for the same residence in mid-March, during which officers reportedly found 3.9-grams of crystal methamphetamine he attempted to dispose of during a traffic stop. 
 
 
Motorists are digging deeper into their pockets as the upward trend in gas prices continues for the Jamestown area...  
 
The price per gallon of regular, unleaded fuel is up six-cents from last week to $2.78.  That's according to AAA's latest gas price report, which says the price increase is partially due to the holiday weekend.  National gasoline prices also saw a surge, increasing to $2.66-cents, or $0.11 more than two-weeks ago.  The price increase also mirrors the stronger-than-usual demand.  Officials report the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region saw the largest drop in inventory on the week with a 3.3-million barrel draw. At 56-million barrels, inventories sit 10-million below this time last year. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 3, 2018

It was a quiet day weather wise Monday, but conditions are expected to change quickly by about midweek...  
 
The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a high wind warning for Chautauqua and Erie counties from late tonight through Wednesday evening.  Meteorologist Shawn Smith says forecasters will be keeping an eye on a strong storm system to our west.
 
Additionally, Smith says we could see winds gusting up to 65 miles per hour by Wednesday, with 30 to 40 MPH sustained.   The strong winds could bring down some trees and power lines and cause difficult travel for high profile vehicles.
 
 
A Jamestown toddler was injured after falling out of a two-story window Monday afternoon...
 
Jamestown Police dispatchers say officers were called to 214 West 8th Street shortly after 12:30. WKBW-TV reports that the 3 year-old is recovering from minor scrapes at this time. We will update this story as soon as more information becomes available.
 
 
A city man has been arrested for harassment after allegedly threatening another person with a knife during a domestic dispute late Sunday night...  
 
Jamestown Police say officers responded to 225 Steele Street for a physical domestic incident about 9:30.  An investigation led to the arrest of 34 year-old Chad Biauce, who is accused of damaging two plates in the residence, taking the undentified victim's cellphone from her so she couldn't call for help, and threatening her with a knife.  Biauce was taken into custody a short distance away and is being held pending arraignment. 
 
 
Local State Assemblyman Andy Goodell says the just-approved, 2018-19 state budget is a "mixed bag" of news for Chautauqua County, but overall is better than where they started... 
 
Goodell says he voted for many of the approxmiately one-dozen budget bills that make up the $168-billion spending plan this past weekend.  but, he adds there were others he did not.  The Jamestown-area Republican says he voted against the bill increasing the state's debt service.  However, Goodell says he supported the added one-billion dollars in school aid.
 
Goodell says there was also another $65-million put into the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program... or CHIPS funding.  Back to school aid... he says Chautauqua County's districts received another $11-million in funding.  However, Goodell says there was less money for the Southwestern District in the final spending plan.  He made his comments on the Dennis Webster Show on WJTN Radio, yesterday morning. 
 
 
There were no injuries and no damage was reported at the Lakewood Wal-Mart SuperCenter during a fire call Monday afternoon...  
 
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Dispatchers say Lakewood firefighters were called to the Fairmount Avenue local shortly before 3:00.  However, they say crews found no flames when they arrived, and add that everyone was evacuated from the building while crews checked the structure.  Firefighters were there until 3:40.
 
 
A short, simple question that's being proposed as part of the 2020 U.S. Census has stirred a lot of controversy since news first broke about it...  
 
The Trump Administration is eyeing a question wanting to know if a person being counted is a U.S. Citizen.  Some believe it's a deliberate effort to discourage legal and undocumented immigrants from taking part in the Census.  Local Congressman Tom Reed is shying away from the controversy, but adds he wants an accurate count of the people in each state.
 
Reed says the Census is very important to each state in order for states to get their fair share of federal aid and to keep representation in Congress.  He says a key issue for him is New York state enacting better policies to keep people and businesses from moving away.  He adds there were 45 members of Congress from New York at one time, but now there are 27.  Reed says more losses are projected in 2020.  The Corning Republican made his comments for his weekly telephone news conference with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
New York immigrant advocates are mounting opposition to adding that citizenship question to the Census...  
 
They're convinced the question will discourage participation by New York's 4-million immigrants, potentially costing the state billions in federal aid and political clout in Congress.  Elizabeth OuYang, with the New York Immigration Coalition says a statewide organization. known as "New York Counts 2020..."  turned out to support state Attorney General Eric Schnederman as he announced a legal challenge to the Census Bureau's addition of the citizenship question.
 
At least a dozen states have said they will sue to block the citizenship question.  The Justice Department -- which requested that the question be added -- says it would use the data to enforce the Voting Rights Act.  But, OuYang calls that reasoning disingenuous.  She claims the administration has sought to dilute the voting rights of marginalized communities and adds that the purpose of the census is to take an accurate count of every person living in the United States.
 
 
There is now an official opening time for the new, National Comedy Center on Jamestown's westside...  
 
Center officials said Monday that the 37,000 square-foot facility will open during the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, which starts on on Wednesday, August 1.  Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson says this will be the first "national cultural institution that provides comedy the opportunity for appreciation often afforded other art forms."
 
Gunderson says "Lucille Ball understood the power of comedy, and had the vision for her hometown to become a destination for its celebration in a way that would educate, foster and inspire.  That's what we've set out to do here."  The opening date comes on the heels of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer visiting the center last Friday and announcing his push for a Congressional designation for the Center becoming the nation's "cultural institution dedicated to the art of comedy."  For more information, go online to NationalComedyCenter.org.

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 2, 2018

A north county teenager has been arrested for allegedly pulling a box knife, and injuring a 26 year-old man during an altercation in the village of Silver Creek late last Saturday night...  
 
Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene on Rix Street about 11 p.m. and found the 19 year-old male was in a vehicle when he was confronted by the older man.  He's then accused of pulling the knife and cutting the 26 year-old, who was treated at Lake Shore Hospital in Irving.  Deputies say the 19 year-old was arrested following a brief investigation for second-degree assault.  He was arraigned in Silver Creek Village Court.. and, sent to the Chautauqua County Jail on $100,000 cash bail, $200,000 property bond.
 
 
There is good news for residents who are part of the city of Dunkirk's water system...  
 
Early last weekend, the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services lifted the boil water advisory for system users.  Environmental Services Director Mark Stow says the affected area included the city and water districts in the towns of Dunkirk and Sheridan.  Water samples collected on March 29 and March 30 from the affected area show that the water is safe to drink and can now be used for all purposes.  
 
 
U-S Senator Charles Schumer says he wishes new Veteran's Administration Secretary Ronny Jackson the best, but says there is concern over President Trump's decision to replace past secretary David Shulkin...  
 
Schumer, who is Senate Minority Leader, says he thought that Shulkin did a "good job."  The Obama Administration hold-over, though, had become controversial over the past year with what critics say were "wasteful and unethical actions" during a 10-day trip on V-A business.  Schumer says Shulkin was fairly popular with veteran's groups.  He says lawmakers in the most recent omnibus spending bill added one-billion dollars to veteran's dealing with mental health issues, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. 
 
Schumer says the $1.3-Trillion spending bill includes $4-billion in additional money to help V-A facilities, such as the one in Canandaigua in Western New York that's had trouble in recent years.  Back to the V-A Secretary, President Trump has tapped long-time White House doctor Admiral Doctor Ronny Jackson to be the new head of the V-A.  He made his comments during last Friday's visit to the National Comedy Center in Jamestown.
 
 
Lawmakers in New York state have approved a new, just over $168-billion state budget that includes surcharges on taxi, Uber and Lyft rides in Manhattan and a new state sexual harassment policy written following the #MeToo movement...  
 
Members of the state Senate and Assembly worked into the early morning hours today to complete their work on the spending plan before a new fiscal year begins Sunday.  State Senator Cathy Young says the approval came after the Governor issued a "message of necessity", which was needed to be able to vote on budget bills.  Young says lawmakers were briefed on what was in the bills as they were approved by leadership.  The budget includes one-billion dollars in new education spending, investments in water quality and money to fight Lyme disease.  It contains one notable new tax, a fee on opioid manufacturers and distributors that will raise funds to combat addiction. 
 
 
Most of the total reconstruction of the South Main Street Bridge in Jamestown begins today, and that means motorists should watch for detours...  
 
Mayor Sam Teresi says about a third of the approximately $4-million project has been completed by Chautauqua County and the state Department of Transporation.  Teresi says this will be the second-phase of the two-phase project and will help preserve the integrity of the historical span.  Teresi says the project is being undertaken by the county's Department of Public Facilities with 90% of the cost is being born by the state and federal governments, while the county is providing the other 10%.  He says the city is providing some in-kind services.
 
 
The head of the newly-merged Brooks-TLC Hospital System says officials are still looking to break ground on their new facility in the town of Pomfret later this Spring...  
 
That from President and Chief Executive Officer Mary LaRowe, provided a recent update on plans for a new facility for Brooks Memorial on East Main Road, just east of Fredonia.  LaRowe says they are still working on their formal application to the state Health Department.
 
If construction on the 29-bed facility can get underway this spring, LaRowe says completion for the new hospital is slated for some time in 2019.  The new Brooks-TLC facility will be located on 25-acres of land and will be affiliated with Kaleida Health.
 
 
State environmental officials say Lake Ontario Chinook salmon fishing in 2017 was the best in more than 30 years...  
 
The Department of Environmental Conservation has surveyed Lake Ontario boat anglers to estimate fishing quality and harvest annually since 1985. Surveys showed anglers had the highest catch rate ever recorded last year.  DEC estimates that anglers caught 96,000 and kept nearly 54,000 Chinook salmon in 2017.  Chinook or "king" salmon are the largest Pacific salmon in the Great Lakes and are fierce fighters on the line. 
 
 
New York state's trout fishing season has begun...  
 
The state's season actually kicked off on Sunday.  The state Department of Environmental Conservation says it will stock more than 2-million catchable-size trout in 315 lakes and ponds and in roughly 2,800 miles of streams around the state.  The state estimates that 647,000 anglers fish for trout in New York.

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News Headlines for Sat. Mar. 31, 2018

Boil Water Advisory has been lifted for Dunkirk Water System users...
There is good news today for the city of Dunkirk... and, all water customers of the city's water supply.  The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services has now lifted the boil water advisory for system users.  Environmental Services Director Mark Stow says the affected area included the city and water districts in the towns of Dunkirk and Sheridan.  Water samples collected on March 29 and 30 from the affected area show that the water is safe to drink and can now be used for all purposes.  Construction at the City of Dunkirk's water plant caused a large leak on March 28 that could have allowed contaminants to enter the system.  Stow says the leak was repaired the same day but as a precaution, the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services placed the City on a boil water advisory.
 
 
State lawmakers approve 2018-19 budget early Saturday morning... 
Lawmakers in New York state have approved a new... just over $168-billion state budget that includes surcharges on taxi, Uber and Lyft rides in Manhattan and a new state sexual harassment policy written following the #MeToo movement.  Members of the state Senate and Assembly worked into the early morning hours today to complete their work on the spending plan before a new fiscal year begins Sunday.  State Senator Cathy Young says the approval came after the Governor issued a "message of necessity" because the budget bills would normally have to "age" for three-days on lawmakers desks.  However... she says the mon allows immediate action.  The budget includes $1-billion dollars in new education spending, investments in water quality and money to fight Lyme disease.  It contains one notable new tax, a fee on opioid manufacturers and distributors that will raise funds to combat addiction. 
 
 
High Wind Warning now in effect for late Saturday through early Sunday for Chautauqua County...
The National Weather Service has now issued a High Wind Warning from 5 this afternoon through 8 a.m. tomorrow for both Chautauqua and Erie counties.  Southwest winds will become sustained later today at 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.  Meteorologist John Rozbicki in Buffalo says the strong winds will be triggered by a deepening low pressure system to our northeast... and, he says that will pull stronger winds behind it.  Strong to potentially damaging winds will be possible... and, could bring down trees and power lines resulting in scattered power outages. 
 
 
Gerace calls assault on toddler a "horrific" act...
Chautauqua County's top cop says the investigation is continuing into an assault in the village of Sinclairville that has left an 18-month-old child hospitalized after -- what he calls -- a "horrific incident."  Sheriff Joe Gerace says 34-year-old Richard Pryll-Simpson is facing a felony charge after first responders were called out 40 East Avenue around 11 AM Thursday.  Gerace says the young girl was first rushed to UPMC Chautauqua WCA in Jamestown, then flown to Children's Hospital in Buffalo.  He says they don't have a condition update on her at the moment.  Gerace says he can't release a lot of details at this time... including the child's name.  He saays Pryll-Simpson, the child's custodial parent, was arraigned in Cherry Creek Town Court, then committed to the County Jail with bail set at $200,000 cash bail... $400,000 property bond.  The Sheriff says the investigating is continuing.
 
 
Eleven people arrested in Cattaraugus County Meth Busts...
Eleven people from Cattaraugus County are jailed following drug raids at three homes... and, the search of a vehicle Thursday in four different locations in the county.  Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force members say all four deal with the making and selling of methamphetime.  They executed the first warrant at 363 Freedom Road in the town of Freedom shortly after 8 p.m., and, arrested 23 year-old Richard Fancher, Junior and 19 year-old Travis Sawyer.  Task Force agents also raided the home at 10250 Pleasant Valley Road in Yorkshire... and, arrested 52 year-old Daniel, and 47 year-old Shelene Bemish.  The third raid occured at a home on Route 98 in Freedom... and, four people were arrested.  They include 47 year-old Jason Previty... 36 year-old Michael Hecht... 33 year-old Amber Pierce and 30 year-old Katy Lang.  The task force then executed a search warrant following a traffic stop on South Main Street in Franklinville.  Task Force members say they found a number of items used for making meth... and, arrested 33 year-old Michael Nesbit-the-second... 28 year-old Jessica Juda... and, 23 year-old Aaron Pierce.  Several law enforcement agencies were involved in the raids... including the Erie County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team... and, the New York National Guard Counter Drug Task Force.
 
 
Schumer announces proposal to name new, National Comedy Center the "nation's Comedy Center..."
A soon-to-be bestowed federal designation will help launch the new, National Comedy Center in Jamestown into national prominance.  U-S Senator Charles Schumer was at West Second Street location to make the announcement late yesterday morning.  Schumer says he will do that shortly.  Schumer noted that he's been a strong supporter of the comedy center -- which is set to open in August of this year.  It's expected to coincide with the start of the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.  Schumer helped secure $1.7-million in federal funds, as well as New Market Tax Credits.  Schumer is excited the project is nearing the finish line, and adds that with the designation and hard work of people locally, that Jamestown will become the "Cooperstown of Comedy."  Schumer says the National Comedy Center will not just be a tourist attraction... but, something draws new residents to the area.  Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson says contractors are still finishing interior work on the center... which has a targeted opening date of August 1.
 
 
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 30, 2018

A Sinclairville man is jailed on $200,000 cash bail for allegedly assaulting his 18-month-old child in the village late Thursday morning...  
 
Sheriff's officers say Sinclairville Fire Rescue crews were called to 40 East Avenue about 11 a.m. on a report of a toddler with an unknown medical issue.  Deputies say once the child was rushed to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, they began an investigation into the incident.  Once they knew the extent of the child's injuries, officers say they arrested 34 year-old Richard Pryll-Simpson for first-degree assault.  Deputies say the child was later flown to Oishei Children's Hospital in Buffalo for further treatment.  Pryll-Simpson was arraigned, and sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
The 3 year-old child who suffered a serious head injury when she was assaulted by her caretaker this past Tuesday morning in Jamestown has now been stablized at a Bufffalo-area hospital...  
 
City police updated the child's condition yesterday afternoon, saying the unidentified girl is in "guarded, but stable" condition.  Police Captain Bob Samuelson says she underwent surgery Wednesday at Oishei  Children's Hospital after sustaining a severe brain injury.  A city man, 28 year-old Joshua Berg, is being held on charges -- including Felony second-degree assault, in connection with the incident at 196 Clyde Avenue.  The investigation is continuing, and more charges are pending.
 
 
A boil water order continues for the city of Dunkirk until further notice after construction at the city water plant triggered a large leak...  
 
The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services is requiring all city water customers to boil their water before using That from the Department's Environmental Health Director Mark Stow. He says water should come to a rolling boil and continue for at least a minute before use. 
 
Meanwhile, city water customers are also being asked to conserve water as much as possible.  Stow says the break caused water levels to reach critically low levels.  He says conditions are improving because the line was patched Thursday morning.  Until then, industrial users are being asked to shut down to conserve water.  Residential customers are being asked to conserve water by limiting laundry and showers and use paper and plastic ware for eating to decrease dish washing.  Stow says the boil order will continue until at least Saturday when the first round test results should be available.
 
 
A Celoron man is jailed following a pair of raids in the village around Noon-time Wednesday, one of which uncovered a major marihuana grow operation...  
 
Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the city's Metro Drug Task Force, State Police C-NET Team, JPD SWAT Team and the FBI, first executed a search warrant at 16 Venice Street shortly before noon.  Samuelson says they found and arrested 47 year-old Alan Miller, who was in possession of quantities of cocaine, marihuana and a 12-gauge shotgun.  He says the investigation then led police to 10 Venice Street. After getting a search warrant, they entered and found the pot growing operation.  Police seized 88 plants from the home.  Samuelson says Miller is jailed pending arraignment on charges including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawfully growing cannabis.  Ellicott Town Police also assisted in the investigation.
 
 
A Jamestown woman heavily involved in local politics and community affairs has passed away...  
 
Former Chautauqua County Legislator Lula Taylor died this past Tuesday morning at the age of 89 at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital.  Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, who knew Lula, and her husband Vivian for many years, says the new hit him like a ton of bricks.  Teresi says Lula was a trailblazer, becoming the first black woman in New York state to be elected to a county legislature.  However, he says Lula and Vivian's contributions to the area went well beyond politics--as leaders among history and promoting and advancing the rich African American culture in the community. 
 
Lula Taylor was first elected to the county legislature in the Fall of 1991 and served there for 14 years.  In addition, Teresi says she was the first woman to chair a major political party in Chautauqua County in the late 1980s when she headed up the county's Democratic Committee.  She served on the legislature around the same time her husband served on the Jamestown City Council.  She was also involved with several organizations, including the Chautauqua County Board of Health and, Office for the Aging Advisory Board. 
 
 
Democratic Congressional candidate Rick Gallant has announced that -- due to finanical issues -- he is suspending his campaign...  
 
The Corning-area teacher says he's making the announcement with "a heavy heart..." adding that he would "like to sincerely thank all of those who have supported me in the past year-it means the world to me.  I have had the privilege of meeting the wonderful people of NY-23 and will cherish every moment spent getting to know so many amazing citizens."  Gallant 's decision means there are five Democrats left in the race to face Republican incumbant Tom Reed next November.
 
 
A desire for more information... and, better wording is the reason county lawmakers Wednesday night tabled a local law establishing an animal abuse registry in Chautauqua County...  
 
Sheridan Republican Terry Neibel made the motion, which was accepted, to table action on the registry and send it back to committee for more work. Legislature Chairman Paul Wendel, a Lakewood Republican, says as lawmakers began moving towards okaying the measure, they wanted to "fine tune" it to make sure it works the way it should.  He says as lawmakers talked to people who could be affected-- including farmers-- they wanted to make sure there aren't "unintended consequences" from the local law.  He says the legislature basically agreed they wanted to take a harder look at it.  

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 29, 2018

Several north county residents thanked the Chautauqua County Legislature at the end of last night's meeting for standing up to the operators of major wind farms and limiting their scope...  
 
A handful spoke after lawmakers unanimously approved a measure calling on the county's Industrial Development Agency to no longer approve Payment-in-Lieu of Tax agreements for wind energy projects larger than five megawatts.  Arkwright's Jack Shimigah says their roads can't take the heavy-duty truck traffic anymore.
 
Residents say the deliver trucks bringing in the turbines and other equipment have caused major problems on Straight Road... along with Bard, and Meadows Roads.  County Executive George Borrello... who has been outspoken against wind turbines... later reiterated that wind turbines are profitable only because they are heavily subsidized by the government and they don't full-fill their "clean energy" promises.  Other towns seriously impacted include Villanova, and Pomfret, as well as the Cassadaga-area.  The legislature's resolution only makes a recommendation to the IDA because it's not a county government entity.
 
 
County lawmakers last night tabled a local law that would create an Animal Abuse Registry that would allow people selling animals to know more about who is buying them...  
 
Members of the legislature generally support the measure, but some concern was expressed last night about wanting more specifics about the proposal before a final vote is taken.  The legislature, however, did approve a local law declaring that the Opioid Epidemic was a "public nuisance" in Chautauqua County, allowing for a cost recovery program to be put in place if settlement monies are received from drug makers.
 
 
A Bemus Point man has been arrested for allegedly stealing two vehicles-- one in the town of Ellery, and the other in the Cattaraugus County town of Randolph...  
 
Sheriff's officers say they were called to the first scene at 5535 Weaver Road in Ellery about 7 a.m. Tuesday after the victim woke up and found his car was missing from his driveway.  Deputies say the vehicle was later recovered abandoned in Cattaraugus County.  Upon taking the report, Chautauqua County dispatchers got a call from the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office that a second motor vehicle was stolen in Randolph, and last seen driving towards Chautauqua County.  Deputies later located vehicle at an Ellery home.  Officers say they also found the suspect -- 31 year-old Shawn Paprocki -- in the presence of people that had orders of protection for him to stay away.  Paprocki was arraigned on several charges including Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and criminal possession of stolen property.  He was sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
One-million dollars in state funding has been approved for a nearly $2.5-million project to redevelope the historic Viking's Lodge in downtown Jamestown...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo's office announced earlier this week the Restore-New York grant for the vacant structure at 318 Washington Street, which was purchased by James and Martin Schwab late last year.  City Development Director Vince DeJoy says they're estatic the funding has been approved to help get the building's infrastructure back up and working.
 
DeJoy says getting the former Vikings building back in use has been part of the city's development strategy for the westside with two major projects nearing conclusion later this year-- the National Comedy Center and the new DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.  He says the project will include a new, first-floor craft beer business called "The Beer Snob."  DeJoy says there'll be meeting rooms and a convention area upstairs that should augment what the hotel will provide.  DeJoy says they'll be in contact with the Schwab's about a final timetable for stabilizing the building, and moving forward.
 
 
The possibility of a pay raise for state lawmakers has emerged as a bargaining chip as Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders work to pass a new budget ahead of a deadline...  
 
Sunday is the start of a new state fiscal year and the deadline for a new budget.  But. lawmakers want to finish in time for the Jewish Passover, which begins Friday at sundown, or Christian Easter, which is Sunday.  Senate Leader John Flanagan said it came up during a meeting last night with Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeff Klein.
 
 
The proposed merger of Brooks Memorial Hospital of Dunkirk and TLC Health Network in Irving has now been finalized...  
 
That follows final approval of the move by the New York State Department of Health and filings with the state Attorney General and the New York Secretary of State.  The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon and the new organization will be known as the "Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Incorporated."  Brooks President and Chief Executive Officer Mary LaRowe says the merger has been in the works since late 2015.
 
While the two hospitals were at one time under the Lake Erie Regional Health System, LaRowe says this merger is a better fit because they can now better negotiate contracts.  She will serve as President and CEO of the Brooks-TLC Hospital system.  She says with the merger now complete, the Brooks-TLC Hospital Systems, Inc. will now move forward in the process of formally affiliating with Kaleida Health. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 28, 2018

Jamestown Police are looking for the public's help in finding an armed bandit who held up the West 3rd Street Kwik Fill convenience store early Tuesday morning...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the incident occured shortly before 1 a.m. at the 1617 West Third location.  Samuelson says the unidentifed, masked man came inside and pulled a silver revolver and demanded cash from the clerk before taking off towards Kenmore Avenue. 
 
Samuelson says they do have a photo of the suspect up on their website, and Facebook page.  He adds the suspect was wearing a black Carhart Jacket and a black hat with the bandana over the face.  Samuelson adds the man is about 5"10.  He says they hope to hear from members of the public because robbers sometime like to "brag" about or describe their success to others.  No one was hurt and he says there were other people in the store when the hold-up occured.  Samuelson says if you have any information, call them confidentially at 483-TIPS (8477).  You can also contact them anonymously at their Tips 4-1-1 app.
 
 
A city man is jailed after allegedly striking a 3-year-old girl in the head yesterday morning on Jamestown's northside, sending her to a Buffalo-area hospital...  
 
City police say they were called to the scene at 196 Clyde Avenue on a report of an unresponsive child.  Officers say local EMTs arrived and initially took the child to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital.  Police say the toddler was later transferred to a Buffalo hospital for emergency surgery.  The preliminary investigation showed that the caregiver who was at home with the child -- 28 year-old Joshua Berg -- hit her in the head.  Berg was charged with second-degree assault, and endangering the welfare of a child.  The investigation is continuing, and more charges are pending.
 
 
Leaders of the New York state legislature are still pushing for an on-time budget, but lawmakers remain far apart on how much to spend and tax in the new spending plan...  
 
That from State Senate Finance Committee Chairwoman Cathy Young, who says talks stalled briefly Tuesday afternoon.  The Olean Republican (who represents Chautauqua County), says there are still some significant disagreements, including Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to hike taxes by about a billion dollars.
 
Young says the good news is, there are no real "non-budget policy" items included in the spending plan.  She says once the budget is in place, there is plenty of time to deal with those before the end of the 2018 session.  Young adds, while the governor was looking at a billion-dollar tax increase, there's a $2-billion dollar increase in the Assembly Democrat's plan.  She says, if the budget is to be acted on by the April 1 deadline, the governor will likely have to issue a "message of necessity."
 
 
The state's new budget year begins Sunday morning and the county's state Assemblyman says lawmakers are running out of time...  
 
Jamestown-area Republican Andy Goodell says legislators in both chambers have approved only one budget bill in the $168-billion package.  Goodell says negotiators from both the Assembly, Senate and governor's office have made some progress.
 
Goodell says lawmakers have only approved the one bill that one dealing with the state's debt service.  It's among the 10 to 12 bills that usually make up the budget.  Otherwise, Goodell says no other bills have been printed so.  He adds that what is complicating matters this year is that the first day of Passover is Saturday and many Orthodox Jewish members will not be able to take part in any votes.  Sunday is Easter.  However, the budget is due Sunday because it's April  1-- which is the start of the fiscal year.
 
 
The Jamestown School Board got the ball rolling during Tuesday night's budget work session for the 2018-19 school year... 
 
Board President Paul Abbott says he's encouraged about future plans for the district, including re-instituting 14 full-time employees. He says the district is re-postitioning itself "very well for handling the ebb and flow of the state budget while addressing scholastic needs".
 
Abbott says he is also committed to keeping the current tax levy flat at $14.6-million-- or lower. The board also discussed introducing an annual capital outlay project, meaning that the district could carry out a small capital project up to $100,000. Jamestown Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says the school district would be eligible for 98% aid. Apthorpe says each project then would cost the district $2,000. This year's capital outlay project would be used to improve security at the main entrance of Jamestown High School. 
 
 
A Mayville man was arrested following the seizure of multiple drugs and paraphernalia during a raid at his home early last Saturday morning...  
 
The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office SWAT team carried out a search warrant at 5 Blanchard Street around 1:00.  Officers also had an arrest warrant for 64 year-old Charles Baker based on an investigation into alleged meth trafficking.  The arrest warrant was for one count each of third-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance.  Baker was arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court sent to County Jail without bail with additional charges pending.  During a search of the home, officers located an additional quantity of methamphetamine and marijuana, packing materials, scales and a quantity of cash.  As a result, Baker faces several more drug charges.
 
 
A catholic priest in Dunkirk has been put on administative leave following a sexual abuse complaint dating back to the 1990s when he served at a church in Buffalo...  
 
Bishop Richard Malone announced Monday afternoon that Dennis Riter was placed on leave as an investigation continues into the complaint.  WKBW-TV in Buffalo reports that Riter, current pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Dunkirk, is facing allegations that he had inappropriate sexual contact with two former altar boys.  A victim who spoke with Channel 7 said he was abused more than 20 times over the course of three years. 
 
 
Even before last Saturday's "March for Our Lives" in Washington, DC and elsewhere, the national conversation about how to prevent school shootings was well underway...  
 
That from local Congressman Tom Reed... who applauded the students and adults for bringing attention to the issue.  Reed says lawmakers have been listening and potential gun ban is not on the table.  The Corning Republican says the bi-partisan "Problem Solver's Caucus" he's part of has come to a 75% consensus on three areas-- "funding School Resource Officers, make sure background check system is functioning to keep guns out of the hands of those who commit crimes and the dangerously mentally ill".  
 
Reed says there are too many differences right now for the caucus to talk about the second-amendment because Republicans and Democrats are too far apart on that.  Students at the rallies were being urged to register and vote in the coming elections if they are 18 years-old.  Reed sees that as a good thing for Democracy and will push the debate for better solutions to the issue. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 28, 2018

Jamestown Police are looking for the public's help in finding an armed bandit who held up the West 3rd Street Kwik Fill convenience store early Tuesday morning...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the incident occured shortly before 1 a.m. at the 1617 West Third location.  Samuelson says the unidentifed, masked man came inside and pulled a silver revolver and demanded cash from the clerk before taking off towards Kenmore Avenue. 
 
Samuelson says they do have a photo of the suspect up on their website, and Facebook page.  He adds the suspect was wearing a black Carhart Jacket and a black hat with the bandana over the face.  Samuelson adds the man is about 5"10.  He says they hope to hear from members of the public because robbers sometime like to "brag" about or describe their success to others.  No one was hurt and he says there were other people in the store when the hold-up occured.  Samuelson says if you have any information, call them confidentially at 483-TIPS (8477).  You can also contact them anonymously at their Tips 4-1-1 app.
 
 
A city man is jailed after allegedly striking a 3-year-old girl in the head yesterday morning on Jamestown's northside, sending her to a Buffalo-area hospital...  
 
City police say they were called to the scene at 196 Clyde Avenue on a report of an unresponsive child.  Officers say local EMTs arrived and initially took the child to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital.  Police say the toddler was later transferred to a Buffalo hospital for emergency surgery.  The preliminary investigation showed that the caregiver who was at home with the child -- 28 year-old Joshua Berg -- hit her in the head.  Berg was charged with second-degree assault, and endangering the welfare of a child.  The investigation is continuing, and more charges are pending.
 
 
Leaders of the New York state legislature are still pushing for an on-time budget, but lawmakers remain far apart on how much to spend and tax in the new spending plan...  
 
That from State Senate Finance Committee Chairwoman Cathy Young, who says talks stalled briefly Tuesday afternoon.  The Olean Republican (who represents Chautauqua County), says there are still some significant disagreements, including Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to hike taxes by about a billion dollars.
 
Young says the good news is, there are no real "non-budget policy" items included in the spending plan.  She says once the budget is in place, there is plenty of time to deal with those before the end of the 2018 session.  Young adds, while the governor was looking at a billion-dollar tax increase, there's a $2-billion dollar increase in the Assembly Democrat's plan.  She says, if the budget is to be acted on by the April 1 deadline, the governor will likely have to issue a "message of necessity."
 
 
The state's new budget year begins Sunday morning and the county's state Assemblyman says lawmakers are running out of time...  
 
Jamestown-area Republican Andy Goodell says legislators in both chambers have approved only one budget bill in the $168-billion package.  Goodell says negotiators from both the Assembly, Senate and governor's office have made some progress.
 
Goodell says lawmakers have only approved the one bill that one dealing with the state's debt service.  It's among the 10 to 12 bills that usually make up the budget.  Otherwise, Goodell says no other bills have been printed so.  He adds that what is complicating matters this year is that the first day of Passover is Saturday and many Orthodox Jewish members will not be able to take part in any votes.  Sunday is Easter.  However, the budget is due Sunday because it's April  1-- which is the start of the fiscal year.
 
 
The Jamestown School Board got the ball rolling during Tuesday night's budget work session for the 2018-19 school year... 
 
Board President Paul Abbott says he's encouraged about future plans for the district, including re-instituting 14 full-time employees. He says the district is re-postitioning itself "very well for handling the ebb and flow of the state budget while addressing scholastic needs".
 
Abbott says he is also committed to keeping the current tax levy flat at $14.6-million-- or lower. The board also discussed introducing an annual capital outlay project, meaning that the district could carry out a small capital project up to $100,000. Jamestown Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says the school district would be eligible for 98% aid. Apthorpe says each project then would cost the district $2,000. This year's capital outlay project would be used to improve security at the main entrance of Jamestown High School. 
 
 
A Mayville man was arrested following the seizure of multiple drugs and paraphernalia during a raid at his home early last Saturday morning...  
 
The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office SWAT team carried out a search warrant at 5 Blanchard Street around 1:00.  Officers also had an arrest warrant for 64 year-old Charles Baker based on an investigation into alleged meth trafficking.  The arrest warrant was for one count each of third-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance.  Baker was arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court sent to County Jail without bail with additional charges pending.  During a search of the home, officers located an additional quantity of methamphetamine and marijuana, packing materials, scales and a quantity of cash.  As a result, Baker faces several more drug charges.
 
 
A catholic priest in Dunkirk has been put on administative leave following a sexual abuse complaint dating back to the 1990s when he served at a church in Buffalo...  
 
Bishop Richard Malone announced Monday afternoon that Dennis Riter was placed on leave as an investigation continues into the complaint.  WKBW-TV in Buffalo reports that Riter, current pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Dunkirk, is facing allegations that he had inappropriate sexual contact with two former altar boys.  A victim who spoke with Channel 7 said he was abused more than 20 times over the course of three years. 
 
 
Even before last Saturday's "March for Our Lives" in Washington, DC and elsewhere, the national conversation about how to prevent school shootings was well underway...  
 
That from local Congressman Tom Reed... who applauded the students and adults for bringing attention to the issue.  Reed says lawmakers have been listening and potential gun ban is not on the table.  The Corning Republican says the bi-partisan "Problem Solver's Caucus" he's part of has come to a 75% consensus on three areas-- "funding School Resource Officers, make sure background check system is functioning to keep guns out of the hands of those who commit crimes and the dangerously mentally ill".  
 
Reed says there are too many differences right now for the caucus to talk about the second-amendment because Republicans and Democrats are too far apart on that.  Students at the rallies were being urged to register and vote in the coming elections if they are 18 years-old.  Reed sees that as a good thing for Democracy and will push the debate for better solutions to the issue. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 27, 2018

A Warren County, Pennsylvania man was pronounced dead at the scene of a single-car motor vehicle accident last weekend in Warren...  
 
State Police in Warren say 22 year-old Nathan Park was southbound in his pick-up truck on Conewango Avenue shortly after 10 p.m. on Saturday.  While making a left-hand turn, troopers say Park's vehicle went out of control, and traveled 300-feet along an embankment leading away from the roadway.  It then hit a depression in the road before the wheels lifted off the ground.  State Police says the truck traveled 48-feet and rotated counter-clockwise before rolling on it's side. The GMC Sierra landed on the south-side of a driveway on Conewango Avenue and bounced before landing on its right-side.  The truck then struck a tree with the roof of its cab and police say Park was trapped inside before being freed by rescuers.  Troopers were assisted by Glade Township Fire and a Deputy Coroner.
 
 
A catholic priest in Dunkirk has been put on administative leave following a sexual abuse complaint dating back to the nineties when he served at a church in Buffalo...  
 
Bishop Richard Malone announced Monday afternoon that Dennis Riter was placed on leave as an investigation continues into the complaint.  WKBW-TV in Buffalo reports that Riter, current pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Dunkirk, is facing allegations that he had inappropriate sexual contact with two former altar boys.  A victim who spoke with Channel 7 in Buffalo said he was abused more than 20 times over the course of three years.  a release issued by the Diocese of Buffalo states that the Erie County District Attorney's Office has been notified.  Bishop Malone also wrote an open letter to the parishioners of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.  In the letter, Malone tells parishioners to pray for Father Riter and the investigation.
 
 
Two city residents are jailed after they were allegedly found with drugs and a set of brass knuckles during a traffic stop last Sunday night...  
 
Jamestown police say they stopped a vehicle at the intersection of Newland and Forest Avenues at 6:00.  During the stop, officers identified a passenger in the vehicle as 23 year-old Chloe Fries-Isaac, who had an active warrant for her arrest on a prior incident.  She was arrested and a search of Fries-Isaac's property uncovered a quantity of marijuana and a hypodermic instrument in her possession.  Police say the driver, 40 year-old Henry Stoval, was found to have a revoked drivers license.  While searching the vehicle, police found methamphetamine the brass knuckles and a digital scale.  Both Fries-Isaac and Stoval face several charges and were jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he understand's President Donald Trump's frustration with the $1.3-trillion continuing resolution he wound up signing last Friday afternoon...  
 
The move came after Trump had threatened to veto the measure earlier in the day because of additional spending on domestic programs added by Congress.  Reed agrees that lawmakers need to be better prepared when this new agreement expires next September.
 
Trump ended up signing the appropriations measure because it funded most of his budget priorities, namely upgrades to the nation's defense.  It also included some new funding for border security.  However, Trump also issued a warning to Congress that this was the "last time" that he would sign such a spending bill.  Reed made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
The United States is pursuing a "disruptive path" in trade negotiations with other countries, including our neighbors to the north and south...  
 
That from local Congressman Tom Reed, who addressed the issue of new tariffs on steel and aluminum recently signed by President Trump, during last Friday's Congressional Luncheon in Mayville.  During the session, hosted by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, Reed cautioned business leaders to pay more attention to the actions that come out of negotiations.
 
Reed says the President's tone regarding tariff's (especially on China for "dumping steel" in the U.S.), is being taken seriously in negotiations with others -- namely those involved in the North American Free Trade Agreement-- also known as NAFTA.  The Corning Republican says while Mexico has been negotiating in "good faith..." Canada was not in the beginning.  But, he says that's changed in the past two weeks.  Reed was part of a trade mission two weeks ago that went from "Montreal to Mexico City..." and adds that he's "very confident" there will some new, and better trade policy acted on sooner rather than later.
 
 
If you're tired of mowing lawns in the summer, the National Audubon Society suggests you could plant bird-friendly gardens instead...  
 
Spring is finally here, and that means Americans will soon be mowing about 40-million acres of lawns every week.  With climate change and urbanization reducing the range of North American bird species, replacing parts of lawns with gardens can help restore the environment that birds need.  Community Conservation Director John Rowden with the Audubon Society says selecting the right native plants will do the most for local bird populations. He says this happens directly by providing food, nuts, seeds and nectars; but also indirectly by hosting insects.
 
The Audubon Society has launched a national "Plants for Birds" campaign urging Americans to grow one-million bird-friendly native plants this year. To help get there, there's a native-plant database on the Audubon Society webpage.  Rowden says users just have to type in their zip code.  It also provides a list of retailers that carry native plants and links to the local Audubon Society.  Replacing some lawn area with native plants also cuts down on the use of fertilizer and weed killers as well as the noise and air pollution from mowers.
 
 
The Jamestown City Council recently approved receipt of a $140,000 matching grant from New York State for the Second Street Piazza Streetscape Project...  
 
City officials say the project will create a festival street area between the Northwest Arena and Train Station to the intersection with Washington Street.  It will create a new, pedestrian area when the street is closed off for major events at the new National Comedy Center, and the arena.  The bulk of the funding for the project ($560,000) is being provided by the Gebbie Foundation in Jamestown.
 
 
New York state's top fiscal watchdog says the average bonus paid to securities industry employees in New York City rose by 17% last year as Wall Street profits soared for a second consecutive year...  
 
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said Monday that the average bonus paid to brokers jumped to more than $184,000.  The Democrat says pre-tax profits for the Wall Street operations of New York Stock Exchange member firms jumped 42% to $24.5 billion, the highest level since 2010.

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A Warren, Pennsylvania man was killed last weekend in a one-car crash... 
 
State Police in Warren say 22 year-old Nathan Park was traveling south on Conewango Avenue shortly after 10 p.m. on Saturday, and went to make a left turn.  However, Troopers say Park's vehicle traveled  300-feet along an embankment leading away from the roadway.  The GMC-Sierra's right wheels then dipped into a depression and came out airborne, then traveled 48-feet in a southern direction as it turned and rolled towards its side.  The Sierra then landed on it's front right wheel and corner and turned onto it's right-side.  Subsequently, the vehicle struck a tree with the roof of its cab and partially folded around the tree before coming to rest.  Police say Park was trapped inside and was freed by mechanical means.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.
 
 
A Jamestown man wanted in Buffalo for several armed robberies has been been arrested here after allegedly leading local police on a more than one-hour long car chase...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says that the vehicle pursuit began in the city shortly before 10 p.m. last Friday night and continued through the village of Falconer and Kennedy on Interstate-86.  Samuelson says the chase continued back into the city and the suspect -- now identified as 19 year-old Jordan Alexander of Jamestown -- was finally located on Stow Street.  He says Alexander was apparently armed, and was holding a woman in the car at gun-point while she was driving.  However, police were able to arrest him without incident; no one was hurt. Alexander is being held in the county jail without bail on multiple Felony armed robbery counts from Buffalo and several local charges (including unlawful imprisonment).  State Police and other agencies assisted Jamestown Police.
 
 
An early morning house fire in the village of Cherry Creek Sunday has left a family homeless...  
 
Sheriff's Office dispatchers say a passerby called in the alarm at the home, owned by Jeff and Ivory Fishgold, at 775 Southside Avenue -- shortly before 4:00.  Officials say the house collapsed due to the fire, but they add that everyone was out of the house when the blaze began and that everyone inside was accounted for.  No injuries were reported.  The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team was called in, but is still investigating the cause.
 
 
The New York State Senate this week approved a measure to hold drug dealers accountable for overdose deaths...  
 
Local Senator Cathy Young co-sponsored Laree's Law, which would allow a charge of homicide if a death results from a drug sale.  Young says one of the contributing factors fueling both addiction and overdose deaths are the drug dealers who are lacing heroin with fentanyl. The Olean Republican says that was the case with a 2016 overdose death in Cattaraugus County.
 
Young says Cattaraugus County District Attorney Lori Rieman obtained a guilty plea in the case for criminally negligent homicide.  She says the new law would give D.A.'s the ability to charge a Class A-1 Felony, with a penalty of 15 to 25 years in prison.  Young says the measure is named after an Albany County teen who died of a heroin overdose in 2013.  
 
 
Advocates for New Yorkers with mental illness have delivered nearly 25,000 letters to state leaders urging them to find more funding for community housing for those with significant mental health issues...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed an additional $10-million to expand community housing programs for the mentally ill, but advocates say much more money is needed.  Community housing programs often link up residents with workforce training, medical care, therapy and other resources that advocates say reduces other costs related to homelessness, and incarceration.
 
 
A reminder for motorists in the city of Jamestown that West Fourth Street -- between Washington and Lafayette Streets -- will be closed starting today for a complete reconstruction of the street in that one-block area...  
 
City Public Works Director Jeff Lehman says the street will be closed until further notice to facilitate the work.  The City Council last week approved hiring a local contractor to dig up the asphalt, bricks and concrete, and put do a reconstruction to eliminate a major pothole problem. 
 
 
The promotion known as Maple Weekend is over for the year, but syrup producers hope the sap season will go on for a little longer...  
 
Big Tree Maple's David Munsee in Lakewood says for the first 20 days of March they "didn't turn a wheel."  Munsee says it was just too cold to get any sap.  He adds, things got a little better this past week with sap flows in the afternoon for a few hours. Munsee says it's weather what you would normally expect in February. 
 
Another maple syrup producer, John Wangler, of Lily Acre Farms on the Chautauqua Ridge in Stockton characterized the season as "kind of lousy". He says the latest they have ever boiled in April 11. Wangler is hoping the season extends. In addition, John Wangler says it's taken as much as 80 gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup this year, about twice the usual amount.  
 
 
A Randolph man faces a handful of charges stemming from a break-in at a residence in the town... 
 
Troopers out of Jamestown say  investigation revealed 26 year-old Dustin Waite had allegedly entered the unidentified victim's home on Saturday without invitation in an intoxicated condition and refused to leave peacefully. After being locked out, Troopers say Waite broke the victim's window and urinated on his porch. Police say he physically resisted arrest on scene, but was successfully taken into custody where a search revealed beef jerky, later determined to be stolen from a 7-11 convenience store just prior to the break-in call. Wait was arraigned in Randolph Town Court and remanded to Cattaraugus County Jail. 
 
 
A city man is jailed without bail on a county court warrant after being pulled over for alleged vehicle infractions in the town of Carroll early last Friday morning...  
 
Sheriff's deputies say they pulled over 37 year-old Brian Wilson of Jamestown on Old Warren Road just after 7 a.m. after finding the Lafayette Street man's pick-up truck was unregistered and uninsured -- and had illegal Tennessee license plates.  Officers say Wilson also had a suspended driver's license.  They say Wilson initially refused to pull over for Sheriff's vehicles, and he later stopped at a Frewsburg business where he was arrested without incident.  Wilson is being held in the county jail on the Felony warrant, and several traffic violations.
 
 
A long-time member of the medical staff at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital has been named it's 2018 "Physician of the Year"...  
 
The presentation was made to Dr. James Cirbus during last Friday's annual "Doctor's Day Celebration" at the hospital.  WCA President and Chief Executive Officer Betsy Wright says Cirbus was chosen by the medical staff for the award. She calls him a "wonderful recipient..." who has dedicated 35 years to the hospital and community.
 
Wright says Cirbus has also has taken on a number of leadership roles at the hospital and is involved in several local organizations.  She says the "Doctor's Day" program is very important because they are critical to their operation.  Wright says they have more than 200 doctors on staff now at UPMC Chautauqua WCA and the luncheon is a great way to say "thank-you" to them.  This year's "Doctor's Day" program was a presentation by officials with the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History.
 

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News Headlines for Sat., Mar. 24, 2018

City man wanted for robberies in Buffalo arrested after car chase, and holding woman at gun-point...
A man wanted in Buffalo for several armed robberies has been been arrested in Jamestown after allegedly leading local police on a more than one-hour long car chase.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson said early this afternoon that the vehicle pursuit began in the city shortly before 10 p.m. Friday night... and, continued through the village of Falconer and Kennedy on Interstate 86.  Samuelson says the chase continued back into the city... and, the suspect -- now identified as 19 year-old Jordan Alexander of Jamestown -- was finally located on Stow Street.  He says Alexander was reportedly armed and holding a female in the car as gun-point as she was driving.  But... police were able to arrest him without incident.  No one was hurt... and, Alexander is being held without bail on multiple Felony armed robbery counts from Buffalo... and, several local charges... including unlawful imprisonment, and menacing.  Several police agencies assisted Jamestown Police.
 
 
Another city man arrested following car chase in Carroll...
A Jamestown man has been arrested on a Felony county court warrant after being pulled over for alleged vehicle infractions in the town of Carroll early last Friday morning.  Sheriff's officers say they pulled over 37 year-old Brian Wilson of Lafayette Street on Old Warren Road just after 7 a.m., after finding his pick-up truck was unregistered and uninsured -- and had illegal Tennessee license plates.  Deputies say Wilson also had a suspended driver's license.  They say Wilson initially refused to pull over for Sheriff's vehicles, and he later stopped at a Frewsburg business where he was arrested without incident.  Wilson is being held in the county jail without bail  on the Felony warrant, and several traffic violations... including second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.
 
 
Dunkirk woman acquitted on most serious charges in shooting death last year, found guilty of weapon's possession...
A Chautauqua County Court jury has found a Dunkirk woman guilty of only one of the four charges she was facing for shooting and killing her boyfriend.  Rebecca Ruiz was found guilty of second degree criminal possession of a weapon in the July 2017 shooting death of Julian Duman.  We heard from District Attorney Patrick Swanson late Friday afternoon, and he said she was found guilty of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and she faces a manditory state prison term of 3-and-1/2 to 15 years.  Ruiz was found not guilty on the other charges including second-degree murder and tampering with evidence.  The jury also had the option of convicting Ruiz on second-degree manslaughter, but did not do so.  Swanson says he was pleased that Ruiz was found guilty of a Felony charge and will spend some time in state prison.  He says they had to quickly re-group at the start of the trial because they lost their eye-witness to the crime.  Swanson says sentencing for Ruiz has been tentatively scheduled for June 15.
 
 
Jamestown man arrested in Ellicott for alleged drug possession...
A Jamestown man was arrested while walking in the village of Falconer Friday morning after allegedly being found in possession of a controlled substance.  Ellicott police say they saw a man -- later identified as 31 year-old Adam Meachem -- walking down East Main Street at 3 a.m.  Officers say Meacham was found to have a Valid Warrant out of the Ellicott Town Police Department.  After searching Meacham... Officers located a quantity of Crystal Methamphetamine... a Digital scale and other packaging materials.  He was arrested and charged with fifth-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to sell and second-degree Criminally using Drug Paraphernalia... and, remanded to county jail without bail. 
 
 
Reed talks taxes, continuing resolution, and trade with County Chamber of Commerce...
There were several good things in the just-agreed to $1.3-trillion continuing budget resolution in Congress.  However... local Representative Tom Reed voted against the resolution... which was signed by President Trump Friday afternoon.  Reed discussed the spending plan... and, other issues during the once-delayed Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce's annual Congressional Luncheon in Mayville.  The Corning Republican says he voted "no" because it will add to the national debt... but, adds there is funding for some local and regional initiatives... including the Great Lakes Initiative, and the Community Development Block Grant program.  Reed says there's also $75-million in funding for the on-going clean-up at the West Valley Nuclear Demonstration Site in Cattaraugus County.  Even before the deal was announced... budget leaders in Washington sounded the alarm that the tax cuts recently enacted by the president and Congress would create another $1.5-trillion dollars in debt over the next 10 years.  However... Reed believes there is a difference when you're comparing "revenue loss" to "increased spending."  
 
 
City's 71st annual Easter Egg Hunt set for next Saturday at Allen Park Ice Rink...
The Jamestown Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department has already made the early decision to hold this year's 71st annual Easter Egg Hunt at Allen Park a week from today indoors.  That from Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley... who says the weather appears to be warmer for that time period.  However... she adds that, while the long-range forecast is looking okay, they don't want to take a chance.  She says children up to age 12 are welcome to take part... with ages 4-and-under will go first... followed by 5-to-8, and 9-to-12 will go last.  Ciesla-Hanley says they'll have three-thousand candy-filled eggs placed inside the Rink.  She says they'll also have the usual Gold and Silver prize eggs... but, there are some new prizes this year.  Ciesla-Hanley says they include two new bicycle for children who find the Golden Eggs.  In addition to Sertoma Club... and, the family of Mark Hess... the Media One Group is a media sponsor of the event.  It begins at 10:30 a.m. next Saturday, Mar. 31 at the Allen Park Ice Rink.
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 23, 2018

Congress has easily approved a bi-partisan $1.3-trillion measure handing huge spending increases to defense programs and domestic initiatives ranging from road-building to biomedical research...  
 
However, Chautauqua County's representative in the House voted against the latest continuing resolution in Washington.  Corning Republican Tom Reed's office says he voted against the measure, which was approved early Thursday afternoon, 256-167.  That shipped the more than 2,200-page package to the Senate, where it passed earlier this morning 65-32.
 
 
The Jamestown Public Works Department will begin work on the reconstruction of West 4th Street -- between Washington and Lafayette Streets -- next Monday morning...  
 
DPW Director Jeff Lehman says they'll be closing that one-block area to local traffic until the project is completed.  City Council this week approved a resolution to allow Mayor Sam Teresi to enter into an agreement with R. Patti Construction to head up the project for $167,000.  Teresi says they were just waiting for warmer weather to get here.
 
Teresi says the project on West 4th will be the first of 90 to 100 projects taken up by the DPW this Spring and Summer.  He says they are projects that are "above and beyond" the routine maintenance work the city does on potholes and other smaller projects.  R. Patti Construction submitted the lowest of three bigs for the project, which will involve tearing out the asphalt pavement, bricks, and concrete base surface.  Teresi says most of the problem on West 4th involves the concrete breaking up, and pushing the bricks and pavement up, creating major potholes. 
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The Jamestown City Council this week also approved a resolution to lift the hiring freeze so the Police Department can hire a new full-time officer to replace on that has retired.  Lawmakers say the retirement was planned for this year, and funding for the new hire is in the 2018 budget.  The hiring will bring the department to a full compliment of 62.
 
 
Lakewood Mayor Cara Birrittieri has released her proposed 2018-19 budget, which includes a 7.7% tax rate increase...  
 
Birritieri released the spending plan late Thursday and says rising health care costs remains the main reason why the rate is increasing by $0.57 per thousand of assessed value from $7.34 to $7.91.  She says her tentative budget shows it's going to be a very "challenging fiscal year for the village."  She says another issue in recent years is a drop in assessments, while the village has had to deal with increasing costs.  The tentative spending plan totals just over $3.7-million.  The village board must adopt a budget prior to May 1.
 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to reform the system of cash bail in New York, but some say his reforms don't go far enough...
 
Sixty-three percent of prisoners held in jails around New York State have not been convicted of a crime but can't afford the bail to secure their release.  The governor wants to end the current cash bail system for those charged with misdemeanors or nonviolent felonies.  But critics of the proposal say his plan would force those charged with a crime to pay for electronic monitoring and other services while awaiting trial.  Kesi Foster, with Make the Road New York, says that approach is fundamentally flawed.
 
Supporters of electronic monitoring note that nationally, one-third of defendants released while awaiting trial don't comply with discharge requirements, including court appearances.  While the governor's proposal would reduce the number of people in pretrial detention, Foster believes that by including required payment for monitoring services and expanding offenses with no pretrial release, the reforms would fall short of the desired goal.  The governor's bill is included in the state budget proposals.
 
 
Several police agencies raided a home in the Cattaraugus County city of Olean Wednesday night to arrest a woman accused of trafficking three kinds of illegal drugs...  
 
Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force joined with Olean Police and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Special Response Team to execute a search warrant at 210-1/2 West Green Street shortly before 9:00.  Task Force members say they arrested 21 year-old Kasia Lewis and seized about 11-grams of crack cocaine, eight-grams of Heroin and six morphine pills.  Lewis is awaiting arraignment today in Olean City Court on one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia.  The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit also assisted with the arrest.
 
 
Officials in the Silver Creek Central School district say they're elated with the results of this week's vote on a $17.6 million capital improvement project.  Voters approved the project on Tuesday, 287-85.  That was much to the delight of Superintendent Todd Crandall...
 
Crandall says the project will address a number of items including an expanded security and new communications system, transportation facility addition and a number of maintenance items including roofing.  He says a six-classroom addition at the elementary school is also part of the project because they have a "diversified" student population to provide more teaching space, and support services.  Crandall expects plans to be submitted soon to the State Department of Education.  If all goes well, construction could start by the summer of 2019.
 
 
The annual Grow Jamestown gardening and home improvement show will take place at the Northwest Arena this coming Saturday...  
 
Marketing and Events Manager Zach Agett from Jamestown Renaissance Corporation says this year's show features 52 vendors including presenting sponsor Mike's Nursery.  Additionally, the show will also include workshops periodically throughout the day starting at 10:30.  JRC's Neighborhood Project Manager Mary Maxwell says the workshops will dive into backyard wildlife, butterfly gardens for kids, composting and others. For more information,  visit JamestownRenaissance.org.  Grow Jamestown is a free event running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 22, 2018

As the New York City area deals with it's fourth nor'easter in less than three weeks, Governor Andrew Cuomo used a storm briefing Wednesday to vent his frustration over the performance of utility companies during recent storms...  
 
Cuomo says that the utilities serving parts of Upstate and New York City have failed to adapt to what he calls "a new reality."  He says they've been "slow to respond..." and that's unacceptable. He says they are "not a charity..." and regardless of whether there's bright sunshine or snow,  they're supposed to produce.  Cuomo says that's why he has ordered the state's Public Service Commissioner to perform a review of the utilities.  He also made it clear that they have the power to revoked the licenses of any utility.  
 
 
One of the businesses destroyed by fire earlier this year in Falconer will re-open in the next few days.  Brian Nelson's Falconer Vac Shop will be operating in a temporary structure at the site of the old store on Main Street...
 
An electrical problem caused the January 14 fire that burned Nelson's building down.  A year ago today (March 22), an arson fire took out several other businesses, just down the block. Brian Nelson's been in business in Falconer for 48 years. Despite the fires and changes in retail, he's still enthusiastic about the village. Nelson says his vac shop will remain in its temporary location while the village decides what to do, to redevelop the burned out areas.  He plans a formal grand opening on May 1.  
 
 
A group of bi-partisan federal lawmakers is completing it's work on legislation that will address school and other mass shootings, the latest one taking place in Maryland Tuesday...  
 
That from Chautauqua County's Congressman Tom Reed (who co-chairs the Problem Solvers Caucus), which is half Republican and half Democratic.  Reed says their legislations deals with gun issues, school safety and mental illness issues.  Reed adds, though, that lawmakers need to get to what "drives" a person like Florida shooter Nicholas Cruz to do what he did.
 
Reed says he is pushing on controversial idea 'forced treatment', which he says would deal with socio and psychologistal problems Cruz was known by many people to have.  Reed says it's unclear how soon the Problem Solver's legislation may be introduced.  He made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
One of the six Democrats seeking the nomination to run for the 23rd Congressional District seat says sensible gun control would be one way to curtail school shootings...  
 
Owego's Max Della Pia was in Jamestown for several appearances Wednesday to talk about the issues and why he should be elected to go to Washington.  Della Pia is a retired U-S Air Force officer, who supports the Second Amendment.  Yet, he feels there is a need for federal background checks.
 
Della Pia adds that bump stocks should be illegal, along with military-style weapons.  However, he admits there would have to be some compromise to bring those about.  Della Pia says there needs to be "a respectful conversation with all the stakeholders because that's the only way we get to "enduring policy." 
 
 
Democratic Congressionial candidate Max Della Pia of Owego is being touted as the one person seeking the Democratic nomination who has a lot of public service on his resume...  
 
However, Della Pia said during a series of stops in Jamestown yesterday that the reason why he decided to enter the race last Summer is because of the challenges facing his adult children.  One of those challenges is getting good, affordable health care.  Della Pie says he supports "Medicare for All".
 
Della Pia says he also wants to help his son -- who is trying to make a go of it in farming -- by working to improve the economy for them and others.  He says he also has a transgender daughter, and her rights are important to him.  Republican Tom Reed's campaign has already painted the six candidates as "Extreme Ithaca Liberals", which Della Pia calls nothing more than a distraction.  He says voters should be focusing on capabilities and experience.  The Democratic Primary will be held in late June.  Della Pia hosted a "Meet and Greet" last night at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Jamestown.
 
 
The Catholic Diocese of Western New York has released a list of 42 retired or deceased priests who were removed or retired from the ministry amid sex abuse allegations...  
 
The list, which was disclosed by Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone on Tuesday, includes eight priests who previously served in Jamestown-area parishes.  The Post-Journal reports that some of those served for many years in Jamestown at three catholic churches.  They are the Reverend Martin Pavlock, James Spielman, Donald Fafinski, John Hajduk and the Reverend Chester Stachewicz.  The others serving locally include the Reverends Mark and Joseph Friel, Thomas Kemp and Francis Hogan.  
 
 
A Warren County, Pennsylvania man was hurt Tuesday evening after a firearm accidentally went off with two 4 year-old children inside a Youngsville home...  
 
State Police in Warren say while the suspect was involved in a verbal argument at a Homestead Drive residence, he retrieved a small-caliber handgun.  Identified as 28 year-old Michael Battko, III, Troopers report he did not brandish the weapon, but allegedly kept it behind his back while pacing in the residence.  The gun is believed to have discharged by accident injuring Battko in the leg, he was taken to an Erie hospital for treatment.  The incident is still under investigation with additional interviews still pending, as well as court action. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 21, 2018

Local Congressman Tom Reed supports President Trump's call to strengthen criminal penalties for the trafficking of deadly opioids such as Heroin and Fentanyl -- including possible use of the death penalty...  
 
Reed also agrees with the idea of using some drug asset forefeiture monies to help pay for treating those with addiction.  The Corning Republican says it's part of the Help Ensure Lives are Protected -- or HELP Act -- that he has proposed. Reed additionally agrees that it's time to go after major pharmacutial makers who are found guilty of "super-saturating" certain areas of the country with opioid pain-killers.  He says he likes the idea of taking at least some of the drug forefeiture assets seized during raids to help treat the addicts left in the wake of the Opioid epidemic.  He agrees law enforcement should have some of that money, but he feels using some to pay for treatment is a "very sound idea."  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
New York State Police are investigating a tractor-trailer collision that left one person dead on Interstate-86 early Tuesday morning...  
 
Troopers say the collision occurred in the eastbound lane in the Allegany County town of Cuba just before 5:30.  Police say their investigation shows that a 1987 tractor-trailer was disabled partially in the roadway.  The operator, 41 year-old Kyle Willis of Dorset, Ohio, was outside the rig trying to make repairs when both he and the rig were struck by another eastbound tractor-trailer.  Troopers say Willis was transported to Olean General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. 
 
 
The nearly 20 people on hand at Monday's Jamestown City Council meeting to press for using half of drug forefeiture monies for local drug addiction treatment programs found a sympathetic ear.  However, the fact remains that there isn't enough local money to put towards such programs...  
 
Following the meeting, City Council President Marie Carrubba addressed the issue.  Carrubba has worked with the local Health Action Team dealing with the issue and says probably the place to start is Chautauqua County, because it puts funding towards a number of mental health issues.  Carrubba says New York state is "really where the money gets allocated" for drug treatment.  With that, she urged members of the "Fight for Recovery" movement to contact State Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell about the issue.  She says part of the problem is people sometimes have to go through recovery two or three times before it takes hold and, that costs more money.  Carrubba echoed the sentiments of at-large Councilwoman Vanessa Weinert, who says it's part of the health insurance coverage debate because some insurances cover treatment, and others don't as well.
 
 
Fredonia Mayor Athenesia Landis has delivered a no tax increase budget to the village board that adds seven new employees...  
 
The tentative, $10.4-million spending plan, was presented during Monday night's board meeting.  Landis is proposing the hiring of three full-time and four part-time employees to help with reducing overtime costs. The mayor is also seeking an increase in state aid from Albany.  As a comparison, Dr. Landis says Fredonia and other villages receive much less funding from Albany than cities such as Dunkirk.  She says they only get $7.90-a person.  However, if they got $100 (still lower than cities get) she could lower taxes by 15-20%.  The budget calls for a 3.9% increase in spending.  Trustees will now review the proposal with a final budget due by early May.  
 
 
It was Jamestown Raider State Champions Day in the city Tuesday...  
 
Mayor Sam Teresi issued the proclamation at Monday night's City Council meeting while honoring the Jamestown Raiders AAU State Championship hockey team.  The Raiders recently won the state High School Championships played at the Northwest Arena.  Teresi not only honored the players, but the people who supported them through-out an outstanding season.
 
The Raiders went undefeated -- winning five games during championship weekend -- and team members were praised for their hard-work and sacrifice during the entire season.  Head Coach Joe Gerace echoed the mayor's sentiments, and especially singled out the parents who stood behind their sons, and the team through "thick and thin."  Teresi gave the team a copy of the proclamation, as well as a framed copy of the front page story in the Jamestown Post-Journal.  They also received a pin and pen from the city.  The Raiders hockey team finished it's season 23-4-1.
 
 
Former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon says she'll challenge Governor Cuomo in New York's Democratic primary in September...  
 
Her announcement sets up a race pitting an openly gay liberal activist against a two-term incumbent with a $30-million dollar war chest and possible presidential ambitions.  In a video on Twitter, the public education advocate says "We want our government to work again."  Nixon in recent speeches has called on Democrats nationally to carve out a strong liberal identity instead of being merely the "anti-Trump party."  The 60 year-old Cuomo was favored 66% to 19% over Nixon in a recent Siena College poll.
 
 
New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon says one of the reasons she's running in the Democratic primary against Governor Andrew Cuomo is because of the poor condition of New York City's subway system...  
 
She experienced that firsthand on Tuesday as she was on her way to her first official campaign event in Brooklyn after announcing her candidacy the day before.  The liberal activist and "Sex and the City" actress told the crowd at the Bethesda Healing Center that she just made it to the event.  She said a ride which should have been 30 minutes took vastly longer. 
 
 
Jamestown residents are seeing a price decrease at the pump this week for the first time in nearly two months, according to AAA's weekly gas price report... 
 
Even though New York gas prices's are among the most expensive in the region (and land on list of the top-10 most expensive in the country this week), the cost for a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel dropped to $2.71.  Nationally, AAA says gasoline demand is at the highest level on record for March. The national gas price average is $0.26 higher than this time last year, at $2.55. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 20, 2018

The regional "Fight for Recovery" effort came to Jamestown last night to call for some drug forefeiture money to be used to help addicts get the help they need...  
 
Several people spoke during the public comment portion of the City Council's monthly voting session, asking that 50% of drug seizure funds go to recovery.  Local "Fight for Recovery" advocate Chanda Germain says, while the $50-billion-a-year "War on Drugs" has largely been a failure, supporting recovery can and will work.
 
Germain says only about one in nine addicts are able to get into actual treatment.  Another member of the effort-- Clyde, Ohio's Richie Webber-- says they have 5,000 signatures on a petition so far.  Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings did some research and found out just over $28-million  was seized in drug assets in New York state in 2016 and says Chautauqua County only received $50,800.  He says Jamestown and other communities split about $17,000 (35%) of that.  Snellings says his department depends on the money it gets because his department gets no other extra money to help fight the local battle against drugs.
 
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The young people who spoke received a very sympathetic ear from City Councilmembers, who acknowledged the city doesn't have the money to support treatment.  However, they did urge the grassroots organization to keep fighting both on the county and state levels to get money funding for treatment efforts, along with support for "sober-living" facilities.  More details to follow. 
 
 
Chautauqua County is losing ground when it comes to health factors and outcomes compared to the rest of New York state between last year and this year...  
 
The county's Health and Human Services Department has released a report from the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which ranks the county 57th among the state's 62 counties for Health Factors.  County Epidemiology Manager Breeanne Agett says the county was 58th in Health Outcomes-- premature deaths (suicide, cancer, cardiovascular disease and fatal drug overdoses). 
 
There were two areas where Chautauqua County had the highest rate of negative health factors.  The first was the smoking rate, which was about 24% for the county, but it was 14% state-wide.  Agett says the second area is obesity, which is 33%, while it's 25% state-wide.  She says the report reinforces the need for "community action" to improve health behaviors.  Agett says that runs the gamut from churches to employers; to friends and family.  She says the county's Health Rankings Report is available on-line at countyhealthrankings.org;  the Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan for 2016-18 is available at chautauqua.ny.us.
 
 
The case against a Sherman man who allegedly shot and killed a woman while she was walking her dogs in a field behind her Sherman home appears to be back on track...  
 
In a joint statement, Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson, Sheriff Joe Gerace and DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that Thomas Jadlowski has been re-indicted.  Jadlowski was arraigned today in County Court on a two-count indictment for second-degree manslaughter and hunting after dark.  Swanson tells us the case was re-submitted to a county grand jury.
 
Fourty-three year-old Rosemary Billquist was struck in the hip by the bullet fired by Jadlowski, the alleged incident occurring on the day before Thanksgiving. The bail amount remains at $50,000 cash bail, which Jadlowski had posted after the first indictment.   The charges carry a potential indeterminate state prison sentence of 5 to 15 years if condicted.
 
 
The official start of spring comes early this afternoon and forecasters at the National Weather Service says colder than normal temperatures will hang on for the next several days.  However, there is a break on the way...  
 
That from Meteorologist Dan Kelly at the service's Buffalo office, who says somewhere near the end of March, the weather pattern will change into warmer weather across Western New York.  Kelly says that sets the stage for a warm than normal spring.  He says the latest 90 day outlooks shows a warmer and wetter than normal Spring.  Kelly says there is a 45% chance that temperatures will be warmer than usual during that time period, which he says is "promising."  Spring officially gets underway at 12:15 p.m. today.

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 19, 2018

A Warren, Pennsylvania woman has been arrested as a fugitive from justice after being found in a hotel in downtown Jamestown...  
 
City Police say they were sent to the Best Western Hotel at 200 West Third Street late last Friday on a report of a wanted person being there.  Officers say they quickly found 31 year-old Jessica Lamper, who was wanted on a warrant issued by the Warren County Sheriff's Department.  Police say Lamper disobeyed several officer commands, but was taken into custody without further incident.  She was taken to Jamestown City Jail on one count of Felony Fugitive From Justice and second-degree obstruction.  She was arraigned, and sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
A man from Clymer has been arrested for allegedly violating Leandra's Law for being drunk while driving with three children under the age of 15 in his car...  
 
Sheriff's deputies say they stopped the vehicle-- driven by 39 year-old Johnathan Whitney-- on Route 474 in the town of French Creek shortly before Midnight last Saturday for a traffic infraction.  Deputies say they found that Whitney was driving in an intoxicated state, and the children were his passengers.  Whitney has been charged with Felony Driving While Intoxicated -- Leandra's Law, DWI, and Speed in Zone.  He was issued appearance tickets for French Creek Town Court.
 
 
An Ohio man was arrested for allegedly operating a snowmobile while intoxicated in the village of Mayville...  
 
Sheriff's officers say they saw a snowmobile on its side just after 2:30 a.m. Saturday, on Trail-Four.  Investigation revealed that 55 year-old Kevin Ropes of Rocky River, had left the groomed portion of the trail and tipped over on its side in soft, unpacked snow. Ropes was taken into custody for snowmobiling while intoxicated and SWI per-se. He was released and will appear in the Town of Chautauqua Court at a later date.
 
 
Chautauqua County's top-cop is voicing his support for a proposed local law that would create an animal abuser registry in the county...  
 
Sheriff Joe Gerace says he's been working with County Executive George Borrello... who announced the proposed local law late last week, to develop the proposal.  Gerace says he already has an animal abuse officer on staff and the proposed registry would assist in her work.
 
Gerace says the idea of a registry came from his counterpart in Niagara County and, he says their sheriff has also been helping Chautauqua County through the process of getting the program in place.  He says the idea is similar to the sex offender registry that has been in use for years.  Gerace says he believes the idea of an animal abuser registry will catch on across the state and adds he believes it will become something that's used state-wide to reduce animal abuse.  The Chautauqua County Legislature's Public Safety Committee will be taking up a proposed local law during it's meeting this Wednesday, March 21.   
 
 
New York's two U-S senators say they'd like to honor Congresswoman Louise Slaughter by renaming a Rochester train station after her...  
 
The New York Democrat died Friday at a Washington hospital where she was treated following a fall at home.  She was 88.  Democrats Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, said last Saturday that the renaming would be appropriate nearly a year after Slaughter dedicated the station.  They noted that Slaughter spent years fighting to secure over $15-million in federal funding for the station.  They said Slaughter was solely responsible for securing the necessary federal funding.
 
 
The two new, twin pedestrian bridges that are part of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk are now award-winning spans...  
 
That from Mayor Sam Teresi, who says they were recently recognized by a New York state association with it's "Structures of the Year" award for 2017.  Teresi says Public Works Director Jeff Lehman and Development Director Vince DeJoy accepted the award, along with span designer Dan Dupree from Clark-Patterson Lee.  Teresi says the $2-million project was presented the award by the western New York chapter of the American Public Works Association.
 
Teresi says the city received a $2-million grant through the state with the help of Empire State Development.  Jamestown used $400,000 in left-over Urban Development Action Grant monies to pay the match on the grant.  He adds that the spans have both been installed, but says there is still some finishing work that remains, including some landscaping work around the twin spans.  Teresi says project to make and install the bridges was done with no local tax dollars involved.
 
 
Police say a former Cornell University student has been arrested after bomb-making materials and an AR-15 rifle were found in his apartment near the campus...  
 
The Syracue Post-Standard reports that 20-year-old Maximilien Reynolds was charged in federal court Friday with possessing a silencer and a destructive device.  He was also charged with aiding and abetting the straw purchase of a rifle.  Information on an attorney for Reynolds wasn't immediately available.
 
 
If you bought a Powerball ticket in Pennsylvania for Saturday's drawing, you may be holding a piece of paper worth $457-million...  
 
Powerball officials say a single winning ticket was sold in Pennsylvania that matches all of the winning numbers: 22-57-59-60-66 and Powerball 7.  The jackpot from Saturday's drawing is the eighth-largest ever for the Powerball game.  The specific location where the winning ticket was sold has not been announced.  Powerball is played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

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News Headlines for Sat., Marc. 17, 2018

House fire on Willard Street in Jamestown remains under investigation....
Jamestown fire investigators are continuing to look for the cause of a fire that destroyed a multi-story home on the city's eastside late Thursday night that left one person homeless.  City Fire Lieutenant Bruce Sheldon says crews were called to the scene at 382 Willard St. about 9:45 p.m., and, found heavy flames coming from the structure.  Sheldon says firefighters were not able to get inside the structure, and took a defensive posture to fight the blaze.  He says the lone tenant of the building was at work at the time.... and, no one was hurt.  An emergency demolition was ordered late Thursday.  Crews were at the scene for several hours.  An off-duty shift was called in to assist at the scene and at the City Hall fire station.
 
 
Bus fire in Cattaraugus County under investigation... but, no one hurt...
State Police say three children and the driver escaped injury after their school bus caught fire in the Cattaraugus County town of Yorkshire early Friday morning.  The blaze involving a Pioneer School District bus occurred just before dawn.  The bus was completely engulfed in flames.  Troopers are investigating the cause, but believe a possible engine issue may have triggered the fire.
 
 
Animal Abuse registry proposed for Chautauqua County, lawmakers to vote on it this month...
The Chautauqua County Legislature's Public Safety Committee will consider a local law next week that would authorize the creation of an animal abuser registry.  That from County Executive George Borrello says the local law would create an on-line registry to identify any county resident who has been convicted of animal abuse crimes.  He says the list will be able to be used by anyone to check on who has abused or neglected animals.  Borrello says there are great organizations and people involved in the effort.  He adds there are people who have been convicted of animal abuse in the county who are still able to buy an animal because there is no registry.  The local law would also require animal shelters and pet sellers to examine the Animal Abuser Registry to confirm that the name of the potential owner is not listed.  The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office would be responsible for establishing and maintaining the registry.  The Public Safety Committee will take up the proposed local law at its March 21 meeting.  
 
 
Jamestown man arrested following alleged violent domestic incident...
A city man faces multiple charges including unlawful imprisonment, criminal obstruction of breathing and endangering the welfare of a child stemming from a domestic dispute overnight.  Officers responded to 188 Falconer Street where the victim stated 26 year-old DeVonte Chandler allegedly put his hands on their neck causing the victim to be unable to breathe.  The victim said Chandler then threw them onto a rocking chair where an infant was sleeping.  Officers located Chandler a short distance away and was taken to city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
Flu Epidemic in NYS beginning to loosen it's grip...
The flu continues to loosen its grip on New York, with state health officials saying the number of laboratory-confirmed influenza cases has dropped for the third consecutive week.  Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late this week that the number of flu cases reported to the Department of Health fell last week to around 37-hundred... that's down from about 6,400 the previous week.  Cuomo says the number of New Yorkers requiring hospitalization for the flu dipped just under 700 last week, compared to more than 1,000 the week before.  State health officials say the total number of lab-confirmed cases of the flu since it was deemed widespread in New York state in December has topped 111,000, with more than 20,000 people requiring hospitalization.  The flu is blamed for the deaths of eight children.
 
 
Mason says her research has found a lot of microscoping plastic in bottled water...
Go back to the tap!  That's the message from a professor of chemistry, and chairwoman of the Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences at the State University of New York at Fredonia.  Dr. Sherri Mason says she has found microscopic particles of plastic in nearly all major brands of bottled water.  Mason says they investigated 59 bottles from 11 different brands, and found 93-percent has plastic pollution in them.  Her research is now receiving international attention... including from the B-B-C.  It has also drawn the attention of the World Health Organization.  She says consumers need to reconsider where they get their water from... and, should look at going back to tap water.  Dr. Mason has done extensive research into microplastic pollution.  That research led to Congress passing the Microbead-Free Water Act in 2015.
 
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 16, 2018

Jamestown firefighters were called to the scene of a house fire on the city's eastside late last night...  
 
Fire officials say the call at 382 Willard Street came in about 9:45.  Unofficially, there was word the building was a vacant house.  An emergency demolition was being ordered late last night.  No injuries have been reported. We have a call in to the Jamestown Fire Department for further information at this time. 
 
 
A city man is jailed pending arraignment for allegedly being found in possession of a controlled substance in a taxi-cab Wednesday evening...  
 
A Jamestown Officer reportedly saw a person exit a residence at 339 Delaware Avenue and get into a taxi-cab just before 6:30.  Officers say the vehicle was stopped for a traffic infraction as further investigation revealed that the passenger --36 year-old Jeremy Gross -- had a valid order or protection to stay away from the residence and its occupant. Investigation also revealed that Gross attempted to dispose of 3.9 grams of crystal meth while seated in the taxi. Officers located the drug where Gross was sitting.  He arrested on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal contempt. 
 
 
A parole check yesterday morning on Jamestown's eastside led to the arrest of two people for allegedly being in possession of drugs, and drug paraphernalia...  
 
City police say officers assisted New York Parole agents on a house visit at 302 Allen Street about 8:00.  Officers say they found 31 year-old Patricia Raynor in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine, along with drug paraphernalia, and hyperdermic syringes.  They also found 45 year-old Dennis Penhollow-the-second, in possession of meth, as well as Suboxone and a small amount of marihuana.  He was charged with three counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marihauna.  Raynor was arrested for seventh-degree criminal possession of drugs and criminally using drug paraphernalia, and possessing a syringe.  Both were jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
A Fredonia man is being held in the Chautauqua County Jail after being indicted by the county grand jury after a lengthy investigation into a robbery that occurred at a store at the D&F Plaza last month...   
 
Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano says that 30-year-old Nathaniel Lion was arrested Wednesday on a felony indictment warrant in connection with the hold up that occurred at Gamerz Haven.  Ortolano says Lion was arraigned on a robbery charge and remanded to the County Jail.   He praised the work of his detectives, saying they stayed on the case and brought it to closure.  
 
 
Chautauqua County's representative in the New York State Assembly says he's "very disappointed" in the final "one-house budget bill" the legislature's lower chamber has approved...  
 
The Assembly (which is about 2-1 Democratic) OKed the measure Wednesday, with Jamestown-area Republican Andy Goodell voting no.  Goodell says he has some major issues with the spending plan.  He says it cuts more than $1-billion from economic development programs and includes significant tax hikes.
 
Goodell says there are a few parts of the Assembly's budget that he likes, including restoration of some agricutural funding that the governor had cut in his budget proposal.  One will make sure to fund programming for Cornell Cooperative Extension, while another will restore money to the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program -- or CHIPS fundings.  Goodell says the increase in eduction funding totaled more than $1-billion, but the final breakdown is not yet available.  He says the Legislature's Joint Budget Conference Committee began it's work yesterday on hammer out a final agreement.  A final spending plan is due April 1.
 
 
The State Senate approved it's 2018-19 budget plan which "promotes affordability, opportunity, and security for all New Yorkers"...  
 
That from State Senator Cathy Young, who says the spending plan is "fiscally responsible..." and keeps state spending within the two-percent cap.  Young says it also serves as a "blueprint" for the creation of a better budget and a stronger, safer, and more prosperous New York.  The Olean Republican, who also chairs the Senate Finance Committee, says the budget "delivers on our promises to provide additional tax relief to overburdened families..." and others, as well as supporting key investments in education, infrastructure, health care and other areas.
 
 
Jamestown police are looking for the alleged suspect in a stabbing that occured early Wednesday night on the city's westside...  
 
City police confirm the stabbing occured at an apartment at 303 Lafayette Street shortly before 8:00.  Officers and Jamestown firefighters were called to the scene, with the male victim being rushed to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment of an apparent head injury.  Police say the suspect remains at-large, but they know who that person is.  The severity of victim's injuries aren't immediately known.  The investigation is continuing.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 15, 2018

Students across the United States staged walkouts yesterday, calling for stricter gun laws in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida...  
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed spoke about the walkouts during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media Wednesday afternoon.  He says there are a couple of items being seriously looked at federal lawmakers in Washington.  One is supporting school resource officers, and providing help for facility and staffing improvements.  Reed also indicated that he was encouraged by the student walkouts, saying it was important for them to be "engaged in democracy."  A walkout was held yesterday morning outside the Dunkirk High School on Sixth Street with about 300 students taking part.
 
 
One person was sent to the hospital following an alleged stabbing at an apartment in Jamestown Wednesday evening... 
 
The Post-Journal reports city police and firefighters were called in for assistance at 303 Lafayette Street just before 8:00. The newspaper says the man appeared to suffer a head injury in the incident and was rushed to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital. The severity of injuries wasn't immediately known.  Additional information was not yet available this morning. 
 
 
The enlarged Jamestown City School District is still mandated to provide certain services, even though it's getting a relatively small increase in state aid...  
 
That from School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe, who says the district is currently looking at a no-tax increase budget for 2018-19.  The school board reviewed the first budget draft this past Tuesday night. While Governor Cuomo is proposing a general, 4% aid increase next year, Apthorpe says Jamestown would only see about a 2% increase to help out with special education, and English-language learning services.
 
Jamestown's Director of Finance and Business Affairs, Vern Connors, says the current revenue budget proposal for next school year has increased to $84.8-million.  Apthorpe says he's encouraged that both State Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell are on the record opposing the lesser amount of aid for Jamestown.  He adds that he's heard from various groups that the item may be "negotiated away" as they resolve school aid in both the Senate and Assembly. 
 
 
Two young students in Warren County, Pennsylvania have been accused of making threats to teachers and staff at the Warren Area Elementary Center...  
 
State Police in Warren say they were called to tthe scene about 9:30 Tuesday morning after a 10 year-old boy allegedly made a hand-written threat with "disturbing" hand-drawn sketches.  Troopers assessed the situation and investigated and removed the child from school.  They then made a Juvenile Petition for the child on one count each of terrorist threats and disorderly conduct.  Shortly after 10 a.m. while investigating the earlier incident, troopers were alerted to another alleged threat involving a 7 year-old boy.  Another juvenile petition is also being prepared in that case.  State Police say the investigation is ongoing.
 
 
Fear of retaliation by neighbors for allegedly housing code violations has left some Jamestown residents deciding not to contact the city about those problems...  
 
That from City Council Housing Committee Chairwoman Vickeye James during discussion at this week's Council work session.  James brought up alleged retaliation by some people after someone complained about the condition of one house.  She says someone "lasered out" a cellphone being used to call in a complaint.  City Council President  (past Housing Committee Chairwoman) Marie Carrubba says it's too bad that some people are fearful of reporting housing violations.  She says those problems can grow bigger in scope when violators move to another location.
 
James was urged to remind residents that they should report housing issues, and can do so anonymously.  If the problem is significant enought to warrant a police check, Chief Harry Snellings said that's certainly something they can do.  Snellings says people can go on their cell phones to the department's Tips 411 app.
 
 
A north county woman arrested by federal authorities nearly a year ago has pleaded guilty in U-S District Court in Buffalo to possessing and attempting to traffic 28-grams or more of crack cocaine...  
 
U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior has announced that 49 year-old Minerva Maestre of Dunkirk entered the plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kenneth Schroder; she faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $5-million fine.  Prosecutors say Dunkirk Police and members of other agencies raided Maestre's home at 51 East Second Street, and found 60 grams of crack cocaine, 42 grams of cocaine, and more than $171,000 in cash.
 
 
Gas prices in the Jamestown area remained steady for the seventh consecutive week at $2.76 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel...  
 
That from AAA's weekly gas price report, which says every state in the region is paying more than at this time last year.  A handful are paying as much as $0.25 or more to fill up (in New York the price is $0.26 more than in March 2017). Regional inventory sits at 61.8-millions barrels despite a 3.4-million barrel drop on the week.  The national average price for regular gas has remained steady at $2.53 for the last nine days.  Officials say the price at the pump reflects an unseasonably high demand for fuel this winter.  Get prices along your route GasPrices.AAA.com.
 
 
A proposal to cut about a quarter of state lawmakers from the Pennsylvania General Assembly is moving ahead, but it's still not certain that the constitutional amendment will make it onto the November ballot...  
 
The House voted 109 to 80 on Tuesday for a bill that would cut the House from 203 to 151 members, and the Senate from 50 to 38.  Supporters predict it will make the Legislature work more efficiently and could produce some cost savings.  Opponents warn it will dilute the voices of constituents and give more power to leaders when new district lines are drawn after the 2020 census.  Procedural rules mean that the proposal to cut the Senate would have to be eliminated in order for the bill to go before voters later this year.

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 14, 2018

A Winter Storm Warnings remains in effect through 2 a.m. tomorrow for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Southern Erie counties... 
 
That from Meteorologist Tony Ansuini with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, who says the snowfall amounts will start to add up through the early morning... and, this morning's commute could be very challenging.  The greatest amounts will occur over the higher elevations, but Ansuini says everyone will be getting more than a half-foot from the storm.
 
Winds gusting as high as 45 mph will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow and could help to bring down snow covered tree limbs.  Ansuini adds that we won't see any quick change in the weather pattern because a fourth coastal storm is taking shape for the middle of next week.  So -- he says -- keep that snow shovel handy... and the snow blower filled with gas!
 
 
An alarming Facebook post about a person threatening to do "terrible violence" in the village of Falconer has led to a convicted Felon's arrest in Falconer, and the discovery of a huge cache of weapons...  
 
Ellicott Town Police Detective Kevin Pierce says a resident alerted them to the Facebook post on February 28, which led them to a storage unit rented by 36 year-old James Caloren in the town. Pierce says a search warrant issued by Ellicott Town Court led to the seizure weapons, including AK-47 assault rifle, a 308-calibur rifle, a sawed-off 16-gauge shotgun and, a 12-gauge shotgun, as well as a large amount of ammunition. 
 
An arrest warrant was obtained for Caloren, who faces five Felony counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Pierce says Caloren was arraigned in Ellicott Town Court and sent to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail on the five charges.  He adds the FBI and ATF are assisting and federal charges are pending.  If you any information on suspicious activity in the town, call Ellicott Police at 665-7083; the Sheriff's Department at 661-7232; or the JPD tips-line at 483-TIPS (8477).
 
 
One of three Erie, Pennsylvania-area men convicted of carjacking and brandishing a firearm in the city of Dunkirk has been sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison...  
 
U.S. Attorney James Kennedy says 37 year-old Dimas Colon-Cruz received the 154 month-long term late Monday in federal court in Buffalo.  Prosecutors say Colon-Cruz and his co-defendants, Michael Gonzalez-Colon and Denis Cruz, fled to Dunkirk on stolen All-terrain vehicles. Shortly after arriving in Dunkirk, the stolen ATV's were seized by Dunkirk Police.  At that point, Kennedy says all three assaulted two people... and, stole a car and pick-up truck and other items before fleeing again.  Both vehicles were later recovered in Erie.  Kennedy says Michael Gonzalez-Colon has been convicted and sentenced. Charges are still pending against Denis Cruz. 
 
 
A former top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been convicted of accepting bribes...  
 
A jury delivered a verdict Tuesday in the trial of Joseph Percoco after deliberating for parts of three weeks.  It convicted Percoco on two counts of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud and one count of soliciting bribes.  Percoco was a longtime friend of the governor and the manager of his 2014 re-election campaign.  Defense lawyers said the payments were legitimate fees for consulting work performed when Percoco was out of state government.
 
 
The Jamestown School District presented it's first budget proposal for the 2018-19 school year at a regular School Board Meeting Tuesday evening... 
 
At first glance, Director of Finance and Business Affairs-- Vern Connors, says the current revenue budget proposal for next school year is a million-dollar increase to $84.8-million. Board President Paul Abbott says despite a number of difficult years, he sees a "number of opportunities" in order to shield the district from unexpected expenses in the infrastructure of the budget. 
 
Additionally, Abbott says that any improvements the district makes or programs they add, would be sustainable and able to "weather the ebbs and flows of the budget". There's also no change in the tax levy. A public hearing regarding the 2018-19 Budget will be held on May 8, 2018 at 6 p.m. at Persell Middle School.
 
 
New York's junior U-S Senator, Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, is not comfortable with Mike Pompeo as the next Secretary of State...  
 
Speaking at the end of a news conference call Tuesday about dairy policy, the senator said something she sees in Pompeo's past jumps out right away and that's the fact he has a record that supports torture.  She says that don't project well out into the world.  Gillibrand concluded her remarks by saying the U.S. needs strong foreign policy and diplomacy right now, and Pompeo might not be the right choice.  New York's senior senator, Chuck Schumer issued a statement saying he hopes Pompeo would 'turn over a new leaf' as Secretary of State and toughen policies toward Russia, and its leader Vladimir Putin.
 
 
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says it's time for the federal government to get back in the dairy price support business.  She's a member of the Agriculture Committee, and is introducing the "Price Loss Contract" program that would pay dairy farmers when returns drop below a certain level...
 
The money would come straight out of the federal treasury, and would not involve the purchase of any dairy products by the government.  The old price support program has been inactive for about a decade, and was repealed in the 2014 farm bill.  A new farm bill is about to be written, and Gillibrand hopes dairy farmers will speak loudly in support of her idea.  The price of milk has been hovering around $15 to $16 per 100 pounds for over a year, straining the mental health and financial stability of many in the business.  (The new "Price Loss Contract" would be in addition to "Margin Protection Program".) 
 
 
A Jamestown man was arrested for allegedly driving drunk close to three-times the legal limit last weekend...  
 
State Police in Jamestown responded to the four-corners area of Falconer for a report of an erratic driver that had nearly been involved in multiple accidents on Saturday.  Troopers initated a traffic stop on the suspected vehicle at Homestead and Falconer Streets and identified the driver as 34 year-old Joshua Nuse.  He was arrested after failing several sobriety tests and provided a breath sample of 0.22 while in custody.  He was charged with aggravated-DWI. Troopers say his license was suspended and was additionally charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. Nuse is scheduled to appear in Ellicott Town Court at a later date. 
 
 
New York wildlife researchers are taking a new approach to gathering citizen input to guide deer management objectives...  
 
The Department of Environmental Conservation and researchers at Cornell University have developed a survey asking people about deer-related interests and concerns.  The survey also asks how they would like to see the deer population in their area change over the next few years.  The survey is currently being mailed to people in a third of the state.  The rest of the state will be surveyed next year.

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News Update for Mon., March 13, 2018

An alarming Facebook post about a person threatening to do "terrible violence" in the village of Falconer has led to a convicted Felon's arrest in Falconer, and the discovery of a huge cache of weapons...  

 
Ellicott Town Police Detective Kevin Pierce says a resident alerted them to the Facebook post on February 28, which led them to a storage unit rented by 36 year-old James Caloren in the town. Pierce says a search warrant issued by Ellicott Town Court led to the seizure weapons, including an AK-47 assault rifle, a 308-calibur rifle, a sawed-off 16-gauge shotgun and, a 12-gauge shotgun, as well as a large amount of ammunition. 
 
An arrest warrant was obtained for Caloren, who faces five Felony counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Pierce says Caloren was arraigned in Ellicott Town Court and sent to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail on the five charges.  He adds the FBI and ATF are assisting and federal charges are pending.  If you any information on suspicious activity in the town, call Ellicott Police at 665-7083; the Sheriff's Department at 661-7232; or the JPD tips-line at 483-TIPS (8477).

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 13, 2018

Another nor'easter is taking aim on the Northeast this week and, like last week's storm, there won't be a direct effect on Western New York...  
 
However, forecasters expect the area to pick up some snowfall.  Meteorologist Jim Mitchell with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says the snowfall could start to add up by mid-week, especially over the higher terrain.
 
The flow around the storm will result in periods of snow from today through Wednesday night with moderate accumulations across the lower elevations and locally heavy amounts for the higher terrain of the Chautauqua Ridge. A winter storm warning is in effect from 6 p.m. this evening  until 2 a.m. Thursday morning. Today's snow accumulation of three to six inches are expected. 
 
 
A new Salary Review Commission will begin reviewing current salaries for elected officials in the city of Jamestown and, make recommendations on any changes to lawmakers...  
 
City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says the commission is enpaneled every four-years to review current pay for council members, and the mayor.  Dolce handed out some information on salaries-- dating back to the late 1950s.  He says there will be six members of the new panel.
 
Dolce says the city council has not had a raise since 1984, when individual council members were granted a $5,000 a year salary.  The Council president reviewed $6,000 a year.  Dolce adds that the mayor's salary is now $72,000 per year, which has been in place since 2008.  He says the Salary Review Commission is to meet as many times as they feel necessary, then report to the city council by the end of this year, or very early in 2019.  Dolce says the council can accept the recommendations, not accept them, or adopt modified recommendations.  In 2014, he says the commission decided against any change in salaries.
 
 
There's been a stablization in the number of condemned and vacant homes in the city of Jamestown.  However, due to a shortage of funds, the city will only be able to demolish 10 of them this year... 
 
That from City Development Director Vince DeJoy, who told the city council that his department had done a quick tally and found between 100 and 105 homes are still unoccupied, and condemned.  DeJoy says they worked up their list of homes to be torn down from those whose owners can no longer be found.
 
DeJoy says they could only do 10 demolitions this year because the grant monies provided to the Chautauqua County Landbank to pay for tearing down the homes has been used up.  City Council Housing Committee Chairwoman Vickeye James says two of the properties listed would have been torn-down by a private developer if the state had agreed to support the Jackson-Spring Housing Project on the city's northside. 
 
 
A 3-on-3 basketball tournament open to all-ages returns to Jamestown this summer for the second-consecutive year... 
 
That from Publisher Mike Bird of the Jamestown Post Journal, who says the Gus Macker Tournament is celebrating it's 45th anniversary. Bird says the tournament returned last year with the help of three local newspapers-- the Post Journal, Dunkirk Observer and Warren Times Observer. He says 20% of the proceeds will be donated to the Alex Foulk Fund.
 
In addition, Bird says last year's event hosted 200 teams and 800 players and expects up close to 300 teams this year. The tournament will be held Saturday, June 2 through Sunday, June 3 along Third Street between Washington and Monroe Streets. Bird says this also incorporates the Northwest Arena as well as Layfette Street and a portion of Second Street. Player-registration is Friday, June 1 inside the Northwest Arena from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.. Bird says they will also hold registration that Saturday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. however, players must be registered before their first game and wearing their tournament-issued bracelet throughout the entire weekend. For more information, visit Macker.com or call Mike Bird at the Post-Journal: 487-1111, extension 201.
 
 
A Jamestown was arrested following a domestic incident on Barrows Street yesterday afternoon... 
 
City police were called to the residence shortly before 4 p.m. and could hear screaming and observed clothingn on the ground outside on arrival. Investigation revealed 44 year-old James Cook allegedly held the unidentified victim down and would not ler her leave the residence. Cook was additionally found in possession of a gravity butterfly knife, which is illegal. He was taken to city jail pending arraignment on charges of second-degree unlawful imprisonment and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. 
 
 
The leader of Planned Parenthood is coming to Albany for her organization's annual lobby day...  
 
Cecile Richards plans to address a rally of Planned Parenthood supporters Tuesday near the New York state Capitol. Richards is president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.  State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins are also expected to speak.  All are Democrats.  More than 1,500 advocates for women's health and abortion rights are expected to attend the rally and participate in other events, such as meetings with lawmakers. 
 
 
A special Saint Patrick's Day celebration is returning to the Chadakoin River this Saturday morning... 
 
That from Vice President of the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce Bill Stevenson, who says only three cities in the United States besides Jamestown turn their waters green for the Irish-American holiday: Chicago, Indianapolis and Tampa.
 
Stevenson says the Chamber voted to bring back turning the Chadakoin River green in Jamestown this year.  He says spectators can stand on the Riverwalk area along the Jamestown Area Medical Associates parking lot.  Additionally, Stevenson says the event is free and some Leprechauns will be on-hand. He says the recipe for turning the water green is a well-kept secret by the late Randy Peterson.  Peterson headed up the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities water operations for many years.  Stevenson says this year's Saint Patrick's Day green river will be in memory of Peterson.
 
 
More than $8-million in federal funding is available for emergency response teams across New York state...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week that $8.5 million in funding from the federal government's State Homeland Security Program can be used to support hazardous materials teams, bomb squads, bomb-detection K-9 teams, SWAT units and urban search teams. The Democrat says the funding will help ensure that New York's first responders have the tools and resources they need to protect local communities. 
 
 
A Frewsburg man was arrested following an investigation into harassment and unwanted contact by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office over the weekend...  
 
Deputies say 43 year-old Eric Sohl allegedly intiated contact with a person between December 2017 to March 2018, after repeatedly being told to stop such contact.  A warrant was put out for Sohl on 2 counts of fourth-degree stalking. Deputies say he was taken into custody Saturday afternoon and remanded to the county jail on $1,000 bail.

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 12, 2018

A city man is jailed without bail for allegedly trafficking drugs and being in possession of 15 "long-guns" following his arrest while walking his dog on Jamestown's eastside last Friday...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, State Police C-NET Team and the FBI had been investigating 27 year-old Tyler Anderson for some time, and were conducting surveillance on his home at 2256 Willard Street Extension just before 2:30 p.m. in the town of Ellicott.  Samuelson says they moved in when Anderson took the dog for a walk, they then raided the home and found four pounds of marihuana and must over two ounces of cocaine.
 
Samuelson said he wasn't sure if any ammunition was found during the raid or if the guns were loaded.  However, he says they are pleased to have those illegally possessed guns off the street and that's why the FBI was involved.  Samuelson says Anderson also faces federal charges for possessing the guns.  He says Anderson initially resisted arrested, but was eventually taken into custody on several local charges, which also include criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
 
 
Six other people were also arrested early last Friday morning in drug-related raid-- one on Jamestown's southside, and the other on the northside...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, State Police C-NET Team were assisted by the JPD SWAT Team in executing search warrants shortly after 6 a.m. at 238 Forest Avenue, then at 22 Basett Street about 6:40.  Samuelson says much of the information they get about suspected drug activity in the city comes from their tipline ( 483-8477).
 
Samuelson says the Tips 411 App can be downloaded for free.  At 238 Forest Avenue, police arrested 44 year-old Christine Dean after learning the location was being used to traffic Crystal Methamphetime.  Police allegedly found a quantity of meth, drug paraphernalia and cash inside.  Dean was arrested for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  She's jailed without bail.  Two others were arrested for endangering the welfare of an incompetent or disabled person.
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At 22 Bassett Street, police arrested three others and allegedly found 21-grams of Methamphetime, cocaine, suboxone, paraphernalia, and cash inside.  Officers say 38 year-old Stacie Yancer, 24 year-old Morgan Merrill-Larson, and 26 year-old Dustin Newbree were arrested for third, fifth and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controll substance, as well as endangering the welfare of a child.  All three were arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
A Frewsburg man was arrested over the weekend following an investigation into harassment and unwanted contact by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office... 
 
Deputies say 43 year-old Eric Sohl allegedly intiated contact with a person between December 2017 to March 2018, after repeatedly being told to stop such contact. A warrant was put out for Sohl on two counts of fourth-degree stalking. Deputies say he was taken into custody Saturday afternoon and remanded to the county jail on $1,000 bail.
 
 
State health officials say the number of confirmed influenza cases across New York has decreased for the second consecutive week last week...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that about 6,400 laboratory-confirmed cases of the flu were reported to the state Department of Health last week, about half the number reported the previous week.  The Democrat says the number of flu-stricken people requiring hospitalization dropped for the fourth straight week to just around 1,070.
 
 
The local Red Cross is helping the lone occupant of a home that was extensively damaged by a fire on Jamestown's southside during the overnight hours last Saturday...  
 
City Fire Battalion Chief Matt Coon says crews were called to the scene at 106 Charles Street shortly before Midnight last Friday and says they found light smoke initially coming from the peak of the roof, and ceiling areas.  However, he says they found a lot of fire in the upper floors, but found it originated on the first floor.
 
Coon says it took some time to get the blaze under control because of the building's "balloon wall" construction.  He says they were able to get the lone occupant out safely, but adds they couldn't save the structure, which had extensive damage to all three floors of the building.  Coon says an off-duty shift of eight firefighters and a shift commander were also called in.  He says crews were there for about five hours.  Coon says no injuries were reported and the cause remains under investigation.
 
 
A three-person arbitration panel will try again to meet next month in an effort to break the impasse between the city of Jamestown and it's policemen's union from the past two years...  
 
That from Mayor Sam Teresi, who says the arbitration was postponed from last month after one of the two out-of town arbiters had a health issue and could not attend.  Teresi says the panel will now meet on Thursday, April 12, and will also meet on Friday, April 13 -- if need be.
 
The union, the Kendall Club-Police Benevolent Association, will have it's representative.  The city will be represented in the arbitration hearing by City Clerk and Administrative Services Director Todd Thomas.  A Buffalo arbitrator, Howard Foster, will also be involved in the three-way meetings.  The contract (once the panel decides) will run from December 31, 2015 to the end of 2017.  Teresi says the process still allows discussion to continue towards a negotiated settlement right up to the time a decision is rendered, but he says he's doubtful one will be reached at this stage.
 
 
In state government news, Republican Marc Molinaro says he's poised to make his run for New York governor official...  
 
The Dutchess County executive has told Republican Party leaders he's running but he's yet to announce his candidacy to voters.  That could soon change.  In a letter to local GOP chairpersons obtained by The A-P, Molinaro writes that he'll publicly kick off his campaign "in the near future."  Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to require more information about the groups behind online political ads picked up the support of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. 
 
 
A Jamestown-area health care organization has been recognized by the federal government for it's solutions to delivering health care in the region...  
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says the Chautauqua County Health Network has received the 2018 Champion Impact award from the Health Resources and Service Administration.  Reed adds that the Health Network also received Honorable Mention for the Innovations in Health Care Delivery award.  The Corning Republican says, "the model that CCHN has pioneered to provide health care results for people in rural communities is a valuable asset to our community, and I join in applauding them for receiving this award".  Network Director Ann Abdella says they're "thrilled" to receive the recognition. 

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News Headlines for Sat., Mar. 10, 2018

No one hurt in overnight fire on Charles St. in Jamestown...
An overnight fire on the city of Jamestown's southside has heavily-damaged an older, two-and-a-half story house.  City Fire Battalion Chief Matt Coon says crews were called to the scene at 106 Charles Street shortly before Midnight last night... and, says they found light smoke initially coming from the peak of the roof, and ceiling areas.  When crews arrived... Coon says they sent crews to the first and second-floors and the attic area... and found the fire started on the first-floor and quickly moved into the second-floor.  He says crews extended hoses into the first and second-floors... but, at one point they had to evacute the building to knock down heavy fire on one exterior wall.  He says it took some time to get the blaze under control because of the building's "balloon wall" construction.   Coon says they were able to get the lone occupant out safely... but, adds they couldn't save the structure... which had extensive damage to all three floors of the building.  He says an off-duty shift of eight firefighters and a shift commander were also called in.  He says crews were there until shorlty after 5 this morning.  Coon says no injuries were reported... and, the cause remains under investigation.
 
 
City man arrested on local, and possibly federal gun possession charges after drug raid late Friday...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly trafficking drugs... and, being in possession of several "long-guns" following his arrest while walking his dog on the city's eastside.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, State Police C-NET Team... and, the FBI... had been investigating 27 year-old Tyler Anderson for some time, and were conducting surveillance on his home at 2256 Willard St. Ext. just before 2:30 p.m. Friday in the town of Ellicott.  Samuelson says they moved in when Anderson took the dog for a walk... they then raided the home and found 4 pounds of marihuana, just over two ounces of powder cocaine, 15 "long" guns, and cash inside.  Samuelson wasn't sure if any ammunition was found during the raid... or if the guns were loaded.  However... he says they are pleased to have those illegally possessed guns off the street.  He says that's likely why the FBI was involved in the raid operation.  Samuelson says Anderson initially resisted arrested... but, was eventually taken into custody on several local charges... including third and fourth-degree criminal possesson of a controlled substance.  He was jailed pending arraignment in Jamestown city, and Ellicott Town Courts. 
 
 
First "Gun Done Cases" in the county disposed of with manditory sentences...
The first defendants sentenced under a new policy enacted just over a year ago in Chautauqua County for defendants on simple, illegal gun possession, have made their way through the court system.  District Attorney Patrick Swanson says his office implimented a "Gun Done Case" policy in January of 2017 that takes a tougher stance on people convicted of having a gun in their possession.  Basically... Swanson says the policy says the D-A's office will not "plead down" a possession case.  He says they are seeing success with those.  Swanson says a person convicted in the basic, criminal possession of a weapon's case will receive 3 1/2 years in state prison.  However... he adds they are also working with the U-S Attorney's Office in Buffalo to make sure they pick up cases involving Felons... who cannot legally have a gun... as well as being in possession of drugs.  One of those people sentenced... James Blue of Jamestown... received 4-years in state prision, and 2 1/2 years post-release supervision.  Another Jamestown man... 18 year-old Eduardo Rivera... received 3 years in prison and two years post-release supervision.
 
 
Catt. County teen arrested for alleged, multi-school threats last week...
A Cattaraugus County teenager is being held on $2,500 cash bail in connection with an alleged school threat a week ago Thursday.  Following investigation by Sheriff's officers in Little Valley... the unidentified teen was taken into custody for allegedly instructing others in a Facebook chat room on how, and where to purchase items that would be used by a school shooter.  Deputies say the actions caused alarm and concern by multiple Cattaraugus County School Districts.  The districts along with School Resource Officers followed proper protocols... which, ensured no immediate threats.  The teen was sent to the Little Valley Jail on a charge of making a terroristic threat.
 
 
 
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 9, 2018

A federal grand jury has indicted a Jamestown man on 14-counts charging him with sex trafficking of a minor and producing and trafficking child pornography...  
 
U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Junior in Buffalo announced late Thursday that 37 year-old James Chapman is also charged with enticement of a minor and, receipt of child pornography.   Prosecutors say Chapman is accused of trying to coerce a minor to engage in prostitution and sexual activity between November 24-25 of 2014.  During that same time, they say he is accused of recruiting two minor victims to engage in a commercial sex act and, video taping the encounter.  Kennedy says the charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $250,000 fine. Anyone with information about Chapman (also known as "Fatz Guy" and "Perverted Doe") should contact the FBI in buffalo at 856-7800.
 
 
The Jamestown-area is under a Winter Weather Advisory though early Saturday morning...  
 
That from Forecaster Kirk Apffel from the National Weather Service in Buffalo, who says some parts of the region could see upwards of a foot of snow through 5 a.m. Saturday, when the advisory ends.  Apffel says the places where Lake Snows tend to be heavy will see the higher amounts. Additionally, Apffel says an upper level low is what's helping to drive the Nor-easter off the east coast.  However, he adds that we're getting some "wrap-around" snow from that system.  The immediate Jamestown-area is looking at lower amounts of snow from this system.
 
 
One major road construction project this coming Summer in Jamestown will look to resolve a long-standing problem at the corner of West Fourth and Washington Streets... 
 
That from Mayor Sam Teresi, who told the city council this week that the project will involve West Fourth between Washington and Lafayette Streets.  Teresi says that one-block stretch has had to be milled and overlayed at least four times since he's been mayor.
 
Teresi says the problem is not with the bricks under the paved surface, but with the concrete sub-surface under the bricks which has deteriorated, and is pushing against the bricks and pavement.  However, Teresi says the entire street from Washington to the junction with Third Street will get a makeover-- including new lighting and landscaping and drainage improvements.  He says the city will also undertake a major project on North Main Street due to the two recent water main breaks -- including one last Fall.  He says those have undermined the street in a couple of locations.
 
 
Dunkirk city officials late Thursday unveiled details of a big event that they hope will make a "real splash" for the city and Chautauqua County...  
 
Mayor Willie Rosas announced an agreement to have Race World Offshore to hold a Grand Prix speed boat race in Dunkirk next August 17-19.  Special Events Coordinator Hector Rosas says the effort to bring a major boat race to the city began last September when they learned there would not be another air show.
 
With help from Chautauqua County, the state and several major sponsors, city officials were able to raise enough funding without using city tax dollars.  One of the race organizers, Rich Dancisin, says there will be five racing classes taking part in the event including the Unlimited Class which includes speed boats capable of reaching speeds of up to 200 mph.  Dancisin says under race conditions, they go about 180 to 185.  City officials say the event will be televised internationally by NBC Sports.  Among the major sponsors involved are DFT Communications, and a company that will soon locate in the Dunkirk area-- Athenex.
 
 
A city man faces several charges after allegedly leading Jamestown police on a pursuit in a reported stolen vehicle Wednesday evening...  
 
After seeing an expired registration from 2016, police attempted to stop a vehicle on Willard Street.  However, it fled from officers.  After a short pursuit, the vehicle stopped on the 100-block of Barrows Street where officers say the driver and passenger got out while the car was still moving, and took off on foot.  Officers were able to take the driver -- 20 year-old Jordan Thayer -- into custody without incident after a short foot chase.  Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was stolen out of the town of Ellicott earlier this week.  While searching the vehicle, officers found a switch blade knife and a small quantity of marijuana. Thayer was also found to be impaired by drugs while driving.  He is being held in City Jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
The ribbon has been cut on the new Western New York P-TECH STEM College and Career Academy on Benton Street in Dunkirk...  
 
The ceremony was led by Principal Stephen Rusczyk and District Superintendent David O'Rourke with the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES.  O'Rourke says P-TECH provides both a high school diploma and an Associates Degree from Jamestown Community College in advanced manufacturing.
 
O'Rourke says they have a partnership that led to the academy, one of only three in Western New York and has no tax impact on the Dunkirk School District.  He says the program has been operating for about three years, but this is the first time it has place that's designed specifically for the program.  A number of community leaders took part in Wednesday afternoon's program including Mayor Willie Rosas, Dunkirk's Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Tracy and representatives for Senator Cathy Young, Congressman Tom Reed and Governor Andrew Cuomo.
 
 
The annual meeting of the Warren County Historical Society will be held in the main courtroom of the Warren County court house next Tuesday, March 13 at 6 p.m. ... 
 
The meeting will feature a lecture from noted author Michael J. Shults who will speak about his recent book "From the Forest to the Battlefield". The book highlights stories of 40 conservation corps members who were awarded the Medal of Honor during World War II. For more information, call 814-723-1795 or go online to warrencountyhistory.org. The meeting is free and open to the public. 
 
 
Gas prices in the Jamestown-area held on for the sixth-consecutive week at $2.76 for a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel, despite dropping a penny in New York state...  
 
That from the AAA's weekly gas price report, which says prices increased in only two states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region on the week, while decreasing 1 to 3 cents in the others.  On the national front, gas prices have gone up as much as $0.09 in some states.  At $2.53 per gallon -- AAA says prices are $0.08 cheaper from last month, and $0.22 more expensive than this time last year.

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 8, 2018

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 3 p.m. this afternoon through 5 a.m. Saturday morning...
 
Total snow accumulations adding up to six to 12 inches are expected. The snow will be spread out over a long period, with the majority of the snow tonight and Friday. Effected areas include Chautauqua county, with greatest amounts along the Chautauqua Ridge with less snow along the immediate lakeshore.
The weather service says to plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Friday; be prepared for reduced visibilities at times.
 
 
An ammunition maker near Brooklyn Square in Jamestown sustained little damage late Wednesday morning when some chemicals reacted in a one-thousand gallon tank, sending an orange vapor plume into the air...  
 
City Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Finson says crews were called to the scene at International Ordinance at 101 Harrison Street shortly before 10 a.m. and made sure everyone had been evacuated from the building.  Finson says they then called in the county's Hazardous Materials team, and an ambulance. 
 
Once the building is cleaned-up, Finson says it will be ready for use again.  He says crews were at the scene until just after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.  He says seven off-duty firefighters were called in to staff Fire Station-One while their crew was at International Ordinance.  No firefighters were injured or overcome by fumes during the incident response.
 
 
Two teenagers have been arrested for allegedly making terroristic threats against two schools in the Warren County District Tuesday morning and afternoon...  
 
State Police in Warren say troopers were called to Sheffield Area Middle School to investigate a verbal threat against the school about 10 in the morning.  Police say they investigated, and found a 14 year-old boy made a threat to "shoot up the school."  He was arrested.  Shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, Troopers say they were called to the Warren Area High School where a 16 year-old male student made a similar threat.  State Police say both were charged with Felony Making Terroristic Threats, and disorderly conduct.  Both were put into the juvenile court system.  Troopers say they take a "zero-tolerance approach" to such threats.
 
 
A recently retired member of the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department has announced his decision to run for the county's top-law enforcement position next Fall...  
 
Lakewood-area Republican Jim Quattrone is seeking the nod to run for the office in November after a 30 year career with the department.  Quattrone recalled talking with late Sheriff John Bentley when he was hired in 1987 and was asked about career ambitions. He said he'd like to sit in Bentley's chair someday.
 
On a post on his "Quattrone for Sheriff" Facebook page, he says, "I have been focused on serving our community throughout my career with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and in various volunteer organizations."  He adds he "would like to use my experience and education along with my passion for our community to serve county residents.  Currently, Quattrone is the executive director of Jamestown's United Christian Advocacy Network -- or "UCAN" -- City Mission.  If nominated, he would run against Democratic incumbent Joe Gerace in the Fall.  Gerace has yet to announce his plans.
 
 
The Democratic majority in the New York State Assembly is proposing legislation their leader says will help "prevent and reduce gun violence in New York..." 
 
Speaker Carl Heastie of the Bronx says the package of bills includes measures that would keep individuals deemed a danger to themselves, or others, from possessing or purchasing firearms.  Heastie says it would also establish longer background checks and ban "bump stocks" that turn legal guns into machine guns.
 
Heastie says the legislation would allow a court to issue an "extreme risk protection order" that would prevent someone deemed a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing a firearm for up to one year.  It would also establish a 10 day waiting period to a purchaser who has not cleared a background check.  Heastie says these two items are in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.  He adds the measure regarding bump stocks is in response to last year's deadly massacre at a concert in Las Vegas.  
 
 
Tractor-trailers were banned on the New York State Thruway late yesterday from the Syracuse area to New York City because of the nor'easter that's hitting the region...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo issued the ban for Interstate 90 from Exit 36 just outside Syracuse to the Albany area, and for Interstate 87 from Albany to the Yonkers-Bronx line.  The ban also prohibited tandem trailers, buses, box trucks and other high-profile vehicles from those highways.  It also applied to sections of I-81, I-88, I-84, I-684, I-287, I-95 and Route 17. 
 
 
A Jamestown man was arrested for criminal contempt following a traffic stop on the city's eastside earlier this morning... 
 
City police say they stopped a Ford Escape in the 400-block of Windsor Street near East 7th Street. Investigation revealed that the backseat passenger, 21 year-old Anthonie Sugden, had a valid stay-away order from the front-seat passenger. Officers say Sugden allegedly gave a false name and birthdate to hide the order of protection violation, along with being wanted on other domestic-related charges out of city court. He was taken to city jail pending arraignment for second-degree criminal contempt and false personation. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 7, 2018

A special weather statement remains in effect until 11:00 this morning...
 
The National Weather Service's Buffalo Office reports a band of heavy snow was located over Findley Lake this morning. They say the band will slowly move northeast and weaken this morning. Snowfall rates of one to two inches per hour are expected with impacted areas including Jamestown, Dunkirk, Fredonia, Salamanca, Allegany State Park, Westfield, Lakewood, Silver Creek, Falconer, Clymer and Mayville. 
 
The weather service says this also includes I-90 between exits 61 and 59, and I-86 between exits 4 and 19. Additionally, they say to be prepared for snow or ice covered roads. Slow down and allow extra time when traveling. 
 
 
 
A city man is jailed on Felony charges after allegedly being found in possession of a loaded gun and some methamphetime following a brief foot chase in Jamestown's westside Tuesday afternoon...  
 
City police say they, along with members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, had information that the suspect -- 38 year-old Douglas Wood -- was in possession of a revolver.  Police say they went to do a street check on a suspicious person at West Sixth Street and Fairview Avenue.  However, officers say Wood tried to run off when they approached.  He was caught a short time later, and arrested after a brief struggle.  Police say Wood had a loaded, 357-calibur gun, and a small amount of Meth.  He was jailed pending arraignment on charges including second-degree criminal possession of a weapon,  two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
 
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed is bucking Republican leadership in both the House and Senate by saying that he's in agreement with President Trump's proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports...  
 
House Speaker Paul Ryan is now saying that he would support some "surgical" tariffs on countries that have blatently abused trade agreements.  However, Ryan and others are fearful that a "blanket" tariff will touch off a trade war.  Reed says he understands that, but believe's America's interests need to be defended.
 
Reed says he is "aware" that a trade war has consequences, but adds that he wants to avoid that.  At the same time, he says the U.S. is a significant consumer market and says the possible loss of that may make other nations reconsider their stance.  Reed made his comments during Tuesday's weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.  Also, Chairman Orrin Hatch of the Senate Finance Committee said he is concerned that proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports would "undermine" the tax cuts Congress recently passed. 
 
 
 
Concerns are being raised across New York state about how President Trump's proposal to impose new, stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum may impact relations with North American trade partners...  
 
Congressman Reed says he's also "keenly aware" of that situation, in particular when it comes to dairy farmers looking to export milk and milk products to Canada.  However, he believes a better North American Free Trade Agreement could open up new markets for farmers. President Trump has already indicated that he wants to renegotiate NAFTA with several nations, including Canada and Mexico.
 
 
 
Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says the major snowstorm that hit the region last week provided another example of why the city needs to have a new, Capital Improvement Fund for new equipment...  
 
During last Monday night's City Council work session, Teresi noted that he talked with other officials about the fact some pieces of snow-removal equipment were broken down, and out-of-service last Friday morning.  Teresi said that -- along with some illnesses in the Pubic Works Department -- contributed to delays in getting streets cleared.
 
Teresi used the situation to again push for the Capital Improvement program, which he says could be funded through the sale of the Board of Public Utilities' wastewater treatment plant to the Jamestown Local Development Corporation.  The Mayor and the city's bond counsel proposed the move late last year as a way to raise about $16-million that could be used to buy newer equipment so it doesn't break-down on a frequent basis.  It would also be used to create a tax stablization fund.  
 
 
 
The New York state Senate has approved more than a dozen bills that are designed to improve school security, including legislation that would increase state funding to help schools pay for armed police and security upgrades...  
 
Local State Senator Cathy Young was among Republican Senators who backed legislation that would treat school shootings and other mass shootings as acts of domestic terrorism.  She expressed her support during debate on the Senate floor late Monday.
 
Young says the move would empower federal and state intelligence gather resources towards preventing crimes, which will allow them to not only find out about about them before it happens -- but, act as well.  Other bills passed in the Senate Monday would mandate two annual active-shooter drills and set aside money for mental health services coordinators in local schools.  The legislation now moves to the Democratic-controlled assembly.  
 
 
 
Special license plates to raise money for armed guards in schools are part of a package of legislation passed by the Republican-controlled New York State Senate...  
 
The Senate passed a series of bills Monday evening to bolster school security in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting.  The measures include a "Guardians for Schools" vanity plate.  Senate Democrats have pushed a package of gun control measures in response to the Florida shooting.
 
 
 
A Jamestown man is accused of stealing items from the Tops Market on Washington Street early last Sunday morning...  
 
City police were called to the grocery store shortly before 12:30 for a shoplifting in progrress.  Officers located a suspect matching the description and, identified him as 22 year-old Tyler Donovan, who was found in possession of several food items from Tops.  He was taken to city jail pending arraignment for petty larceny. 
 
 
 
A new exhibit highlighting New York women who contributed to the nation's women's rights movement has opened at the state Capitol...  
 
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul unveiled the exhibit Monday during an event in the East Gallery on the building's second floor.  Titled 1918: The New Day for New York Women the display celebrates a century of progress since women's suffrage was passed in New York state during World War I.  The exhibit also honors 25 New York women who were trailblazers and accomplished a "first" in their chosen fields.   

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 6, 2018

A city man recently convicted of being in possession of an illegal drug -- and trafficking it across the region -- has been sentenced to 2.5 years in federal prison...  
 
U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 34 year-old Barrett Johnson was sentenced to the 30-month term by Chief U-S District Court Judge Frank Geraci, Junior in Buffalo late Monday.  Johnson was convicted of possession with intent to distribute MDA, also known as "Molly."  Prosecutors say Johnson sold MDA on multiple occasions, at locations which included Johnson's barbershop.  Two other co-defendants have already been convicted, as well.
 
 
Our on-going freeze-thaw cycle in western New York has caused a lot of "heaving" in the ground, resulting in hundreds of potholes across the city of Jamestown...  
 
With that, the city has developed a new tool for residents to report potholes on-line to help the Public Works Department locate and deal with them once warmer weather arrives.  Mayor Sam Teresi last night outlined the new part of the city's JamestownNY.net website.
 
Teresi says residents just need to leave their information, and the specific location where the pothole is located.  He says DPW crews will use the cold patch until the weather warms up, and "hot patch" is available from Jamestown MacAdam.  Teresi says-- once Jamestown MacAdam opens-- they plan to dedicate a crew to patch potholes and cracks on city streets.  He says street repair will be part of the DPW's Summer Project schedule, which will come out sometime later in April.  
 
There are schools across the state-- including at least one locally-- that have looked into arming teachers in the classroom the past few years to protect against potential shooters...  
 
Sheriff Joe Gerace was part of that panel, along with retired school administrator Tom Schmidt, a few years ago.  Schmidt says the panel first looked at the state's Penal Law and, it could be done under an exemption in that law.
 
Gerace says even after that, there are many questions still to be answered, including what firearms would be allowed, and who would have them.  He says the law itself does not include what kind of firearms would be permitted, or who would be allowed to be trained, and have them.  Gerace says the idea has gone no further than being studied.  Neither Gerace nor Schmidt are advocating for or against guns in schools.  Gerace says there are also liability issues that would have to be considered first.  With that, he would prefer schools that would allow some school personnel to carry guns to also have School Resource Officers.
 
 
The New York Senate has voted to increase state funding to help schools pay for armed police and security upgrades...  
 
Other bills endorsed by the Senate Monday would mandate two annual active-shooter drills and set aside money for mental health services coordinators in local schools.  Another measure would change criminal penalties to make the criminal discharge of a gun within 1,000 feet of a school or place of worship eligible to be considered a terrorist act.  The bills came from members of the Senate's Republican majority, who called them common-sense responses to incidents like the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.  Democrats complained that the bills ignore access to firearms and tried unsuccessfully to add stronger background checks and other gun restrictions.  The legislation now moves to the Democrat-controlled Assembly.
 
 
The mayor of Fredonia says she's disappointed with the direction the Fredonia School Board intends to take when it comes to having a school resource officer in the school district...  
 
School Board members indicated during a meeting last week they desired to have either a retired officer or a school peace officer.  Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis Monday moring said she still supports having a village police officer handle the duties for a number of reasons-- including at retired officer not  having the resources a current-officer has.
 
The Fredonia Central School system did have an SRO from the police department handle the duties until three years ago when the village board at the time pulled the plug on the program because of budget cuts.
 
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello is well past the mid-way point in his effort to visit 100 local businesses in his first 100 days in office...  
 
Borrello was out visiting Fredonia Hardware late last week and earlier in the week stopped at Ripley Machine and Tool in Ripley.  Ripley Machine is now owned and operated by the grandson of original owner Quentin Buesink.  Borrello says 24 year-old Andy Reinwald now heads up the operation.
 
Borrello agrees that there has been an up-tick across the county of young "Millennials" who have taken over businesses, or are helping to run them locally.  He says they seem to appreciate what is here and aren't being driven so much by monetary gain.  Borrello says he's been using the visits to see what local companies need to be able to compete and grow in the area.  He says workforce issues continue to be big right now.  As of Monday, Borrello said he has now visited 65 businesses so far. 
 
 
A man from Pennsylvania has been arrested in Jamestown for allegedly driving while drunk, and talking on his cellphone when he nearly struck a pedestrian with his car early last weekend...  
 
City police say a patrol spotted a vehicle commit several traffic infractions on West Third Street about 1 a.m. Saturday and almost struck the person walking.  Officers pulled over 33 year-old Chad Thompson who allegedly had an open container of alcohol in the car and was using his cellphone.  Thompson was arrested for DWI, Aggravated DWI, failure to maintain lane, and operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile device.

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 5, 2018

Two brothers from Jamestown are jailed without bail after allegedly being found with a large quantity of drugs in their possession during routine traffic stop...  
 
City police say their K-9 Unit pulled over the car for failing to sign for a turn at the intersection of Allen Street and Foote Avenue -- near UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital -- about 7:30 last Friday night.  Officers say they found the driver was 49 year-old Henry Myers, while the passenger was his 50 year-old brother, Jeffrey.  Police say they found Henry Myers was driving with a suspended license. When he was taken into custody, he was found with a large amount of Meth and a digital scale.  Police searched the vehicle, and allegedly found another large quantity of methamphetime, along with heroin, marihuana and nearly $2,000 in cash.  Police say they seized nearly 3,000 ounces of Meth, 7 bags of Heroin and 4.2 grams of marijuana.  Both men were arraigned on Felony charges, including second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
 
Two Jamestown residents were arrested late last week on outstanding bench warrants... and, being found in possession of a small amount of methamphetime...  
 
City police say officers spotted the pair, identified as 39 year-old Bradley Knapp and 28 year-old Heather Brown, acting suspiciously near the corner of Water and King Streets.  When police got out of their patrol car, officers say Knapp ran off behind the houses there.  They arrested Brown, who was sought on warrants.  They then searched the area, and found Knapp hiding on the front porch of a home on Water Street.  He was also wanted on city court warrants.  The JPD K-9 found a small baggy of Meth.  Both were arrested on the bench warrants, and for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.    
 
 
 
The Jamestown Raiders went undefeated in the AAU State Hockey tournament mixed division for win the state title... 
 
The Raiders capped the weekend with a sweet victory over Roy-Hart. Our Andrew Hill was featured along-side a group of broadcasters for the play-by-play on WKSN-1340.
 
Net-minder Tommy Chapman was piled on by teammates as the coaching staff embraced during the celebration. The game remained tied until a goal by defenseman Cole Sndyer lifted the Raiders over the Rams with just over 8:00 remaining. Jack Brinkley sealed the deal for Jamestown in the last two minutes, letting a shot fly as Blade Ellis scored on the rebound, making the final score 4-2. 
 
 
 
The number of laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza has dropped across New York state, the first decline since the flu was deemed widespread in December...  
 
Governor Cuomo announced late last week that about 13,700 flu cases were reported last week to the state Department of Health, down from 18,250 the previous week.  He continues to encourage New Yorkers to get a flu shot.  Health officials say the number of New Yorkers hospitalized last week with the lab-confirmed flu cases fell for the third consecutive week to around 1,700.
 
 
 
Chautauqua County's top-elected official says they are "actively pursuing" another Essential Air Service carrier for the county airport near Jamestown after losing it's previous carrier earlier this year...  
 
County Executive George Borrello says the loss of the EAS for Southern Airways Express as one of his first major issues to deal with upon taking office.  Borrello says he remains optimistic that they can get a reliable carrier into the airport soon, and plans to talk with two of them next month when he visits Massena in the north country.
 
Borrello says there are currently two carriers servicing the Massena International Airport which is in a very rural part of the state.  He declined to talk about Massena's carriers, but it's website touts Boutique-Air is one of the carriers.  Chautauqua County lost the Southern Airways service because of low ride counts in it's flights.  The EAS program calls for an average of 10 daily passenger flights per day; however, the county was only averaging 1.7.  Borrello made his comments during this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
 
Jury selection is expected to get underway this week in Chautauqua County Court for a Dunkirk woman who is accused of murdering her boyfriend last summer...  
 
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson confirms that jury selection in the trial for Rebecca Ruiz is set to begin on Tuesday, March 6.  Ruiz allegedly shot 21-year-old Julian Duman to death last July 6 at a residence near the intersection of Lake Shore East and South Zebra Street in Dunkirk.  Ruiz faces charges including second-degree murder.
 
 
 
More than $210-million in state grants is being awarded to scores of municipalities from Buffalo to Westchester to bring broadband internet access to thousands of New York homes and businesses...  
 
Governor Cuomo announced late last week that seven separate grants, totaling $214-million, will be shared by localities in western, central and northern New York, the Finger Lakes region, the Southern Tier, the Mohawk Valley, the Albany area and the Hudson Valley.  When the projects are completed, another 125,000-plus homes and business will have access to high-speed broadband. 
 
 
 
When some Northeast dairy farmers received their milk checks last month, their dairy cooperative included a list of mental health services and a suicide prevention hotline...  
 
It was an alarming sign of the financial stress small dairy farms are enduring.  The Agri-Mark Inc. dairy cooperative says it felt obligated to get the resources out to its one-thousand farmers in New England and New York following the suicide of a member farmer in January.  Minnesota has set up a free 24-hour confidential helpline for farmers, and calls have been pouring into FarmNet, a help line in New York.

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News Headlines for Sat., Mar. 3, 2018

Clean-up underway after Winter Storm drops 8 to 18 inches of snow on much of Chautauqua County...
The clean-up is now underway following the half-day long snow storm that struck the region... dumping one to one-and-a-half feet of snow in many parts of Western New York.  The National Weather Service discontinued a Winter Storm Warning late Friday morning as the snow was beginning to end.  Snowfall totals -- in many cases -- mimiced what we see when we get Lake Effect.  The higher amounts tended to be around the Chautauqua Ridge to the north.  Forecaster Steve Welch says the highest official amount was found in two places... one of them Dunkirk.  Welch says both the Dunkirk Aiport and East Aurora, received 18 inches of snow by mid-morning Friday.  Unofficially... we heard about 19 inches of snow in the town of Arkwright... and, there was a report of 16 inches in Cassadaga.
 
 
Winter storm that hits WNY moves into Central and Eastern New York, forming Nor'easter...
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says more than 350,000 utility customers were still without power late last night across the state as winds and snow down tree limbs and power lines.  Most of those have been in Central and Eastern New York.  Cuomo says tractor-trailers are banned on bridges during the severe winter storm that is expected to continue through this afternoon.  He says truck drivers who violate the ban will be arrested and fined.  Overturned tractor-trailers on the Verrazano Bridge and the new Mario Cuomo Bridge caused major traffic delays Friday.
 
 
Jury Selection for Ruiz trial set to begin...
Jury selection is expected to get underway next week in Chautauqua County Court for a Dunkirk woman who is accused of murdering her boyfriend last summer.  Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson confirms that jury selection in the trial for Rebecca Ruiz is set to begin on Tuesday, March 6.  Ruiz allegedly shot to death 21-year-old Julian Duman on July 6th at a residence near the intersection of Lake Shore East and South Zebra Street in Dunkirk.  Besides second degree murder, Ruiz was also indicted by a county grand jury on second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with evidence.  
 
 
Dunkirk man arrested for forgery...
A north county man is being held on $5,000 bail for allegedly stealing and cashing checks that did not belong to him.  Sheriff's officers received the report of a larceny that previously occurred on February 16th at an address on Bennett Road in the town of Dunkirk.  Following an investigation... deputies say 28 year-old Michael Bobik -- of Dunkirk -- had stolen bank checks that did not belong to him. He is alleged to have forged a signature and cash the checks for a total of $2,000.  Bobik was arraigned and sent to county jail on charges of petty larceny... fourth-degree grand larceny... second-degree forgery... and, criminal possession of a forged instrument. 
 
 
"Alarming sign" of financial stress on small dairy farms being seen in Northeast...
When some Northeast dairy farmers received their milk checks last month, their dairy cooperative included a list of mental health services and a suicide prevention hotline.  It was an alarming sign of the financial stress small dairy farms are enduring.  The Agri-Mark Inc. dairy cooperative says it felt obligated to get the resources out to its one-thousand farmers in New England and New York following the suicide of a member farmer in January.  Agri-Mark economist Bob Wellington says farmers are facing their fourth year of payments well below their cost of production, due in part to a national and global oversupply of milk.  Minnesota has set up a free 24-hour confidential helpline for farmers, and calls have been pouring into FarmNet, a help line in New York.
 
 
Democratic candidates for 23rd Congressional race sound off on Health Care...
Health care was a major focus of this past week's Democratic candidate's forum for the 23rd Congressional District in Celoron.  All six candidates vying for a chance to run against incumbant Republican Tom Reed support creaton of a "single-payer..." or "Medicare for All" program.  However... the issue becomes how to pay for it.  Jamestown attorney Eddie Sundquist says he supports a special tax to help cover that projected 25 to 40-percent tax increase that would be needed.  Sundquist says the tax would be on corporate profits being held overseas to avoid taxes.  All six candidates support the concept of "Medicare for All" because -- they say -- health care outcomes would be better... and, it would be more cost-effective over the long-run.  One of them is Ithaca's Ian Golden... who says citizens pay about $3.2-trillion for health care each year.  He says projections are that "Medicare for All" would cost $1.8-to-$2.5-trillion.  Most of the candidates -- including Ithaca's Tracy Mitrano -- supported a "phasing-in" of a lower age for people to go onto the "Medicare for All" program.  Another candidate from the eastern part of the district... Linda Andrei... agrees with a phasing-in of a lower age.  Mitrano added that there is currently a House bill that would eliminate the current "profit-motive system" of health care.
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 2, 2018

The National Weather Service is continuing a Winter Storm Warning through 1 p.m. this afternoon for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties...  
 
Forecaster Aaron Reynolds of the National Weather Service in Buffalo says a storm system has brought some heavy, wet snow to the area that began last night and will continue well into today.  Reynolds says some places will see more than others.  Reynolds says travel will be very difficult to near impossible through the morning commute today.  Gusty winds and wet, heavy snow could cause tree branches to fall.  Again, our Winter Storm Warning remains in effect through 1:00 today, but we're expecting snow through much of the day.
 
 
 
The six people vying for the Democratic nomination to run against incumbant Congressman Tom Reed were on Celoron last night for the party's latest candidates forum...  
 
They spoke before just over 100 people during the forum at the Celoron American Legion about why they got into the race and what they feel are the key issues.  Jamestown attorney Eddie Sundquist returned to the area a few years ago and says he want's to be part of the effort to bring real change to the area.
 
Linda Andrei is from the eastern end of the 23rd Congressional District... and, is a doctor and scientist.  She says the U-S has had a number of programs that are part of a "social contract" with it's citizens.  Andrei want's to expand that.
 
Owego's Max Della Pia provides a number of perspectives to the race with a military background, as well as legislative and legal.  Della Pia says he will stand up against special interests, which he calls a "domestic threat."  He adds he also will not be a "rubber stamp" for President Trump, like Reed currently is.  The candidates sounded off during the two-hour forum about a number of topics, including single-payer health care and the threat of nuclear war.
 
 
 
Democratic members of Congress are feeling some pressure to propose a school-gun safety bill for lawmakers to consider...  
 
But, there will be one by the end of the week.  That from U-S Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, who made his comments late Wednesday in the wake of criticism by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Cuomo said Democrats on the federal level need to draw up a "serious" proposal that covers school safety, and gun control.
 
Meantime, a Republican senator from neaby Pennsylvania is calling on President Donald Trump to back his proposed legislation on gun restrictions and says it would an important step in standing up to the NRA.  Senator Pat Toomey acknowledges the bill he's sponsoring with Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia lacks the needed votes for Senate passage.
 
 
 
Chautauqua County's top-elected official believes there should be school resource officers in every school...  
 
County Executive George Borrello spoke about SROs after the County Legislature approved an agreement that will have a sheriff's deputy as an SRO in Silver Creek Central.  Borrello says Sheriff Joe Gerace is looking into a plan that would allow all schools to have the specially trained police officers in their buildings.
 
Borrello says he believes having an SRO in a school building makes a big difference because they help create a "better environment" in these schools.  The legislature approved the agreement that will have a Sheriff's deputy continue to serve as an SRO at Silver Creek Central for about $76,000.  The vote was unanimous.
 
 
 
There have been more tough discussions for school officials across the nation in the wake of the recent mass shooting that took 17 lives in Florida... 
 
In the Southwestern Central School District, Superintendent Maureen Donahue says the subject came up during this week's school board meeting.  Donahue says they reviewed safety measures they take for their three-building campus in West Ellicott.  Donahue says theY don't have a School Resource Officer, but adds they do have a standing agreement with Ellicott Town Police that allows them to check in during the week.
 
With tight budgets in recent years, Southwestern has not been able to fund an SRO program.  However, Donahue says they would certainly look at it -- if state and federal funding were again made available.  In addition, Donahue says it's time for government to start funding Mental Health services in the community the way it needs to be and enhance programs for youth-in-need.  She says the district itself has been able to address mental health issues in the schools themselves.
 
 
 
Minority Republicans in the state Assembly are calling on Governor Cuomo to create a new commission to study school security...  
 
The proposed panel, which would be called the Temporary Commission on School Safety and Security, would include members from law enforcement, public education and state government.  Assemblyman Brian Kolb, who leads the chamber's Republican minority, says the commission could look at setting uniform security standards for schools throughout the state.  He says simple, small changes that could prevent another tragedy, like limiting access to schools to a single secure entry point. 
 
 
 
A Randolph man faces several charges including felony aggravated driving while intoxicated, after being pulled over on Interstate-86 for driving the wrong direction...  
 
Sheriff's officers in Little Valley received the report of a vehicle traveling east in the westbound lane shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday.  Deputies say they pulled over the vehicle and believed the driver, 59 year-old John Fellows, to be intoxicated.  Fellows was given sobriety and breath tests at scene by deputies before being arrested.  He was arraigned and released to appear in Randolph Town Court next week.

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 1, 2018

February has left the area like a lamb, but it appears that March could come roaring in like a lion after all... 
 
A storm system will approach western New York later today and could bring some heavy, wet snow to the area through Friday morning.  The National Weather Service is continuing a Winter Storm Warning for tonight into Friday night for the entire area including Chautauqua, Cattauragus and Erie counties.  Forecaster David Church in Buffalo says the precipitation will begin as rain this afternoon before turning into snow by nighttime or overnight.
 
Church says there is some uncertainty about snowfall totals, due to the temperatures.  He says where the mercury is slightly above freezing, there won't be as much snow;  colder areas will have more.  Difficult travel conditions are possible, including during the morning commute on Friday.  Gusty winds and wet heavy snow could cause tree branches to fall. Total snow accumulations are expected to be between six to 10 inches.  We'll continue to have updates as the storm approaches.
 
 
A federal program designed to "choke off" drugs and drug trafficking on the local level is in jeopardy of being dimembered by the Washington bureaucracy...  
 
That from U-S Senator Charles Schumer of New York, who said late Wednesday that the new budget is proposing to move the "High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area" -- or HIDTA Program from a White House-level program, to one that's part of the U-S Department of Justice.  
 
Schumer says the best part of HIDTA is that it provides a direct link between federal and local law enforcement. He says the feds may find out a new shipment of Fentanyl -- for example -- may have come in from China, and is destined for an upstate community.  Under the current program, he says the federal agents are able to go directly to local officials and let them know what's going on.  He says if it get's "buried" in the Justice Department, it will require jumping through "10 different hoops" to get information from the federal to the local level.  Schumer says Chautauqua County was among the first counties in the United States that became part of the "High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area" program.
 
 
A total of $10-million in state funding has been awarded to five providers who will offer detox programs for New Yorkers suffering from addiction withdrawal...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late Tuesday that 84 beds for the Medically Supervised Withdrawal and Stabilization Services will be overseen with around-the-clock care for people under the influence of alcohol or opioids and will connect addiction sufferers to long-term treatment services.  The Democrat says the funding will allow service providers to people in underserved areas get the help they need. 
 
 
Chautauqua County lawmakers have taken another step toward extending the South Chautauqua Lake Sewer District...  
 
By an 18-0 vote, legislators approved $16.9-million in bonding for the design and construction of the extension.  County Executive George Borrello says it's a good start, but more work is needed because of a funding gap.  The State Comptroller's Office wants the gap closed before moving ahead with the project.
 
The legislature approved  another bonding resolution, this one for $650,000 to cover the cost for the design and construction of a fuel farm at the Dunkirk Airport. The vote 17-1 with Legislator David Himelein casting the lone no vote. In other action, county legislators approved an agreement for a school resource officer at Silver Creek Central.  A sheriff's deputy will be used as an SRO at an annual cost of about $76,000.  The district will fund the position.
 
 
Heritage Ministries has announced that it has acquired an eldercare facility near Meadville, Pennsylvania that is now part of it's network of assisted living and other facilities...  
 
Heritage's President and Chief Executive Officer, David Smeltzer, says they have acquired Rolling Fields Elder Care Community of Conneautville, Pennsylvania.  Smeltzer says Rolling Fields was founded in 1968 when Duane and Marlene Braham purchased the facilities belonging to Elwood Heaster.  In 1995, a 60 bed addition was constructed resulting in the current 181 bed facility which also offers on-site childcare services for employee care partners and the community.  Smeltzer says Heritage is a leader in the industry, and this acquisition will serve to strengthen that position.  He says there will be no change in local operations.
 
 
The Ellicott Town Board will hold a special meeting this afternoon at the town offices in Falconer to discuss a resolution to support aquatic pesticide use on Chautauqua Lake...  
 
Town Clerk Mike Erlandson says it's the only item on the agenda, but says there are three parts to the resolution.  The board decided to take up the measure now instead of waiting until it's regular meeting on March 19.  The Ellicott Town Board meeting will begin at 12 p.m. this afternoon.
 
 
An investigation by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Fraud Unit and Fredonia Police has led to additional arrests for possession of fraudulent driver's licenses...  
 
Fredonia Police Chief Brad Meyers says that on February 8, undercover officers with both agencies reviewed the licenses of patrons entering downtown bars and made a total of 17 arrests.  He says those arrested were released on appearance tickets.  A December detail led to 26 arrests.

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 28, 2018

A moment of silence for the victims of the recent school shooting in Parkland Florida was held during Tuesday's nights Jamestown School Board meeting... 
 
During his superintendent's report, Bret Apthorpe addressed school safety and reiterated what measures the district has put into effect. Apthorpe says they plan to reconvene the District Safety Committee, which he says is meant to be a "living committee" made up of teachers, law enforcement, parents and students. The Jamestown School District uses a double-door "person trap" where visitors have to be physically "buzzed in" before entering the building. Apthorpe says they also employ three full-time city police officers as School Resource Officers and also employs full-time, on-duty officers that walk through schools connecting with kids. 
 
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed is standing by the School Resource Officer program as a way to keep public schools safe across the nation...  
 
The Corning Republican says teachers have a "second-amendment right" to carry guns, adds he doesn't believe it's the best way to protect children.  Reed made his comments in the wake of President Trump's call to allow some "gun adept" teachers to carry guns during the school day.
 
Mass school shootings in recently years led to SRO programs expanding... and, federal and state monies were made available for a few years to support putting officers in schools.  However, that money eventually dried up.  Some schools would like to have SROs, but can't afford them.  Reed says it's up to communities to call on school administrators to press lawmakers on the matter to keep "our children safe."  The Jamestown School District has SROs in the middle and high schools.  Reed made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
 
Cattaraugus County law enforcement officials are proposing to take school safety "a step further..." and, are taking steps to put metal detectors and officers in each school...  
 
Sheriff Timothy Witcomb and State Assemblyman Joe Giglio held a press conference late Monday on the matter, saying they are also pushing for "single-points of entry" for all schools.  Congressman Tom Reed calls it an "intriging" idea and, adds that kind of prioritization has to be made.  For several years now, Whitcomb noted that New York state has required single-entry points for it's courts, along with armed security and metal detectors.  
 
 
 
The Jamestown City Council has approved three resolutions to move the repair project to the front of city Police Headquarters on East Second Street forward...  
 
Lawmakers approved the measures unanimously during Monday night's meeting.  As for the project itself, Chief Harry Snellings says they are still working in makeshift areas after water leaking through the ceiling area flooded the reception, entrance and command desk areas of the department.
 
One of the resolutions with local firm, Empire Development, was for a change order, but another was for more insultation to be sprayed on the deck above the headquarters on Tracy Plaza.  Snellings says that will help keep water out, but also help keep warmer air in the facility during the Winter months and cooler air during the Summer.  The third measure approved Monday night is an agreement with LaBella Associates for architectural and engineering services for Phase-Two of the project.  Those measures total about $65,000.
 
 
 
A Warren County, Pennsylvania man faces drug possession charges following an investigation at a gas station just outside of Jamestown early Monday morning...  
 
Sheriff's deputies responded to the Kwik-Fill on Route 60 for a suspicious person in a vehicle who had been parked outside of the business. On arrival, deputes made contact with 26 year-old Rocky Fiscus, who was found to be in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine and Suboxone.  Fiscus was also found to be in possession of various forms of drug paraphernalia and was sent to County Jail on two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia.  He is to appear in Kiantone Town Court at a later date and time. 
 
 
 
The State Department of Transportation is expected to hold a public presentation in April on the roundabout project for the intersection of Routes 20 and 60 in the town of Pomfret.  That from Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis, who says that state DOT officials want to address concerns raised by local residents...
 
Dr. Landis says the DOT has received a number of comments about the project, prompting the public presentation.  The mayor says she is concerned that it could delay the start of the project that was expected to begin this Spring.  She is afraid construction during the Summer months could affect local businesses.  A member of the Village Board, trustee Doug Essek, had started an online petition opposing the project.  About 1,400 people have signed the petition so far.  The roundabout will cost about $3.5-million dollars in federal and state funding.
 
 
 
Gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area remained steady for the fifth straight week with regular, unleaded staying at $2.76 for a gallon...  
 
That from AAA's latest gas price report-- which says despite a one to four-cent drop in prices across the  Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region-- motorists are seeing expensive prices at the pump. The national gas price average is the cheapest seen this month at $2.52, one penny less than last week. However, AAA says prices across the country are $0.29 more than this time last year. Motorists can find current gas prices at GasPrices.AAA.com. 
 
 
 
A teen from Cattaraugus County has been arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated in the town of East Otto early Tuesday morning...  
 
Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley say 19 year-old Jacob McGrainor is accused of getting his vehicle stuck in a farmer's field following a car crash on Monk Hill Road.  McGrainor faces DWI charges in addition to fail to keep right and operate with learner permit.  He was released with tickets to appear in court at later date. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 27, 2018

City officials have been able to negotiate new terms for a Jamestown Local Development Corporation loan to developers of the new DoubleTree by Hilton hotel on West Fourth Street...  
 
Following last night's vote, which came after some discussion, Mayor Sam Teresi noted that the move also prevented a considerable loss of tax revenue because the Hamister Group (which is developing the project) was able to get the property's assessment lowered from $3.3-million to $1.8-million dollars.
 
Teresi says a recent State Court ruling challenging the assessment went in favor of the Hamister Group on the former Ramada Inn.  City Development Director Vince DeJoy says he and Corporation Counsel Marilyn Fiore-Lehman began re-negotating terms of the $350,000 JLDC loan, which was initially approved in May of 2016.  DeJoy says terms were set to give Hamister incentives to stay at the location for 10 years.  The city council had to approve the JLDC loan because it was for more than $100,000 and approval by lawmakers is required.  The new assessment is to be filed March 1.
 
 
There was some confusion that had to be cleared up prior to last night's vote on the revised loan to the Hamister, or H&H Jamestown Group...  
 
That was partly due to the fact that final terms of the loan weren't finalized until last Friday night, after the pre-filed resolution had gone out to councilmembers and the media.  With that, Councilwoman Kim Ecklund says a dummy resolution was filed to hold that space in the agenda for last night.
 
However, new Councilman Andrew Liuzzo said he had not received the new information and questioned the legitimacy of the action being taken.  He moved to table the measure.  However, lawmakers voted 8-to-1 with Liuzzo voting no to go ahead with a vote.  Mayor Teresi said the information, and new resolution were sent out by Development Director Vince DeJoy, but he said they could table the matter if they wished.
 
 
In this week's New York state government news, state lawmakers are returning to the Capitol to begin their push to pass a new state budget by April 1...  
 
Legislators will be back in session Tuesday after a week off for winter break.  There's one final budget hearing scheduled on environmental protection before the Senate and Assembly begin working on their own budget proposals.  Those recommendations will be the basis of negotiations with Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo.
 
 
The changes being proposed for the Chautauqua County Planning and Economic Development Department are being made to allow it and the Industrial Development Agency to work more "hand-in-hand"... 
 
That from County Executive George Borrello who announced the hiring of former County Deputy Planner Mark Geise to be the new Deputy County Executive for Economic Development.  In addition, Deputy Director of Planning and Development Don McCord will have the new position of Director of Planning and Community Development.  As in business, Borrello says your economic development efforts have to adapt and evolve.
 
Both Geise and McCord say they look forward to working with each other again.  Geise worked with the county from 2009 through part of 2016.  Current IDA Board Chairman Mike Metzger says he too is excited that Geise is back with the county... where he headed up the creation of the Chautauqua County Landbank.  Geise was also instrumental in developing the county's new Comprehenive Plan, "Chautauqua 20/20," a few years ago.  He begins his new economic development duties with the county next week.
 
 
The name of the victim in a fatal car crash on Route 20 -- just over the Chautauqua County line in Erie County -- has now been released...  
 
The Erie County Sheriff's Office says 64 year-old Eugene Bauer of Brant died in the two-vehicle accident on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation last Saturday afternoon.  The Sheriff's Office says the crash occured around 3:00.  Bauer was the driver of a vehicle that collided with a trailer being towed by a pickup truck in the northbound lane of Route 20.  Bauer was pronounced dead at the scene.  Sheriff Timothy Howard says the Crash Investigation Unit is still investigating the crash.  
 
 
A city teenager was arrested for allegedly stealing from a Falconer motel after attempting to flee police by jumping in the Chadakoin River early Sunday morning...  
 
Ellicott Town Police responded to the Budget Inn Motel on East Main Street shortly after 12:30 a.m. for a burglary in progress.  On arrival, officers say the 17 year-old suspect fled on foot towards the Falconer Fire Hall and jumped into the Chadakoin River.  Police say the teen was taken into custody after surrendering to officers with the assistance of K-9 Link.  The teen is accused of unlawfully entering a private bedroom belonging to the motel manager and stole several items from the room.  He was arraigned and sent to County Jail on charges of third-degree burglary, petty larceny, resisting arrest and obstruction.  Ellicott Police were assisted with State Police, Chautauqua County Sheriff's Deputies and Sheriff's K-9 in setting up a perimeter at the scene. 
 
 
A Chautauqua County native may wind up playing a part in designing the wedding dress for American Actress Megan Markle when she marries Prince Harry of England...  
 
Media One Group News has learned that Dunkirk native Amy Kuschel, who has run a wedding dress design business in San Francisco, was selected to do that by the local paper.  We recently spoke with Amy's Media and Marketing Director, Lauren Aranador, who says Amy-- a graduate from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City-- has been designing clothing for women that is "minimal, with clean-lines" yet iconic and with mid-century charm.  Aranador says she chose a "trumpet silouette" design for Markle.  She says they have yet to hear from Markle and the Royal Family, but adds they would like to be chosen to design some part of the wedding ensemble.  We hope to hear from Amy herself soon.  Megan Markle's wedding to Prince Harry is scheduled for Windsor Castle in England on May 19.

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 26, 2018

 
Two Jamestown residents have been arrested on numerous charges following a traffic stop on the city's eastside about mid-morning Sunday...  
 
City police say they stopped a silver sedan that was allegedly stolen near the intersection of Barrows and English Streets shortly before 9:00.  Officers say the passenger, 31 year-old Samuel Critzer, ran off when the car stopped and tried to flee.  They say Critzer was sought on three bench warrants and, was caught after a short foot chase.  Police say the driver, 33 year-old Stephanie Gould, had a suspended license and, was allegedly ound to be under the influence of drugs when she was stopped.  They also found the vehicle had been reported stolen last Saturday.  Officers say Gould was arraigned on charges including driving while ability impaired by drugs, unlawful possession of marijuana and, criminal possession of stolen property.  She was jailed without bail.  Crtizer is charged with resisting arrest and, jailed on $20,000 cash bail.
 
 
A push to have an armed police officer at every school in New York state is being renewed in the wake of the Florida high school shooting that left 17 dead...  
 
What isn't clear yet is who would foot the bill for placing an armed officer at each of the more than 6,700 public and private school buildings across the state.  The New York State Sheriffs' Association this week called on the Legislature to include funding in the next state budget for at least one armed school resource officer at every grade school and high school in the state.  Enhanced security measures for New York City's 1,800 school buildings include active shooter drills to be held by mid-March and random screening by metal detectors at all middle and high schools.
 
 
Well-known local event planner, Scott Mekus of Jamestown, has a new home for his business...
 
Mekus and partner Bill Berkey have fully renovated 31 North Main... near the viaduct in downtown Jamestown.  The main floor area will be known at 'Venue 31' and is available for all kinds of events. 'Venue 31' seats around 60, with room for nearly 125 people standing.  At the ribbon cutting Friday, city Development Director Vince De Joy said it was a great step forward for the old Carlson's Jewelry Store.  One of the walls inside the new venue shows a giant photo-mural of 31 Main nearly a century ago.  
 
 
Sunday's Four-H Green Tie Affair at Chautauqua Suites in Mayville was a big success...  
 
County Four-H Educator, Kate Ewer, says close to 700 people attended the dinner.  It's held to help raise money to keep Four-H going in Chautauqua County.  Kate Ewer said spirits were high.
 
The goal each year is $25,000 and Ewer is confident they'll make it this year.  Even though he couldn't be in the room, Tom Hochran of H & H Enterprises of Bemus Point paid big money for a  pie.  With a associate doing the bidding, Hochran paid $1,450 for a pecan pie baked by Melissa Winton.  
 
 
New York's governor is blasting a proposal from the White House that he says would devastate funding for food assistance...  
 
Democrat Andrew Cuomo said late last week that President Donald Trump's plan would reduce Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits for an estimated 2.3-million New Yorkers.  Among other changes, the Republican president has proposed replacing a portion of the assistance with a box of food to be called a "harvest box."  Cuomo is calling on Congress to reject Trump's proposal and protect funding for the program.
 
 
A foster care program that helps animals old and young begins soon in Chautauqua County. That from Executive Director Kellie Roberts with the Chautauqua County Humane Society...  
 
On last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations, Roberts said foster homes are needed for strays who have kittens, or pet-owners whose cats have kittens and need help caring for them. 
 
Roberts says it's relatively easy to foster a mother cat with her litter because she can take care of them on her own.  Additionally, she says they are in need of foster homes for other animals who may need extra medical attention or "senior" pets that could use support.  For information on fostering animals through the Human Society, contact Rachel Johnson at 665-2209 or visit SPCApets.com.  
 
 
Jurors in the bribery trial of a former top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo may begin deliberations as early as later this week...  
 
The government rested its case Thursday in federal court in Manhattan against Joseph Percoco and three businessmen.  Lawyers for the defendants told Judge Valerie Caproni they will be finished presenting witnesses sometime today if the defendants don't testify.  The judge said that would enable closing arguments to take place Tuesday and Wednesday.  Jurors could then begin deliberations.
   

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News Headlines for Sat., Feb. 24, 2018

Borrello named new Economic Development, and Community Development directors...
Chautauqua County will soon have a new director of Economic Development... and, a new head of planning that will report directly to County Executive George Borrello.  Borrello announced Friday afternoon in Mayville the return of former Deputy Director of Planning and Economic Development Mark Geise... who has been Monroe County Director of Economic Development for the past 18 months.  He says Geise will have the new position of Deputy County Executive for Economic Development... and, he'll be representing the county "in all of these negotiations (on development and adding jobs)."  He says current Deputy Director of Planning and Development, Don McCord, will become the new Director of Planning and Community Development... which will focus more on planning to align that with their economic development strategies.  Borrello says Geise will also head up the county's Industrial Development Agency.  He adds that the moves reflect his desire to better align the county's ability to better market and deliver services to help grow and attract businesses. 
 
 
Interim IDA Director is "excited" to have Mark Geise back working in the county...
The announcement of Mark Geise returning to Chautauqua County to be the new head of economic development and the IDA "very exciting."  That from County IDA Interim Director, and Chief Financial Officer Rich Dixon.  Dixon has been heading up the IDA since previous director Kevin Sanvidge retired late last year.  Dixon says Geise has a proven track-record of achievement in the county... including doing a lot of work to make the county's Land Bank work so well.  Geise first came to the county in 2009 as Deputy Director of Planning and Economic Development... and was there until 2016 when he left for a short time to work with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation.  Dixon says Geise was heavily involved in creating 25-miles of equestrial trails in the county.  He adds that IDA staff is "ecstatic" to have Mark back.
 
 
Chagnon says Audit and Control Committee looks at financial concerns from 2017...
There is some concern over where a number of areas in Chautauqua County's 2017 budget wound up at the end of the past year.  The chairman of the County Legislature's Audit and Control Committee says a key one goes back to the end of 2016 when lawmakers approved a contract extension with the union representing Sheriff's Department deputy officers.  Pierre Chagnon says county finance leaders said the new contract "would not have much of an impact" on last year's budget... but, he says that wound up being false.  Chagnon says it had a "dramatic impact" on last years budget... and, wound up costing the county an additional $700,000.  He adds they also found a few other revenue areas of the Sheriff's Department budget came up short.  Chagnon says they want more information on how the shortfalls to see what happened... and how to avoid them in 2018.  Chagnon says they also found issues with the Assigned Counsel part of the District Attorney's budget... along with a shortfall in the county's new "Fly-Car" ambulance service. 
 
 
High Wind Watch in effect for region...
Get ready for some strong winds starting late tonight... and, continuing through much of Sunday.  The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch for both Chautauqua and Erie counties from 2 a.m. Sunday to 6 p.m. Sunday.  Forecaster Kirk Apffel in Buffalo says strong winds will develop as a weather system passes to the west of the area.  Appfel says southwest winds will be about 20 to 30 mph sustained... with gusts of 50 mph possible.  He says shallow-rooted trees may be downed more easily with the recently thawed and saturated soil conditions.  Travel may become hazardous for high profile vehicles.
 
 
Two arrested during drug bust-traffic stop in Jamestown...
A Jamestown man and his passenger face several charges after city police allegedly found a quantity of controlled substances in a vehicle during a traffic stop Thursday afternoon.  Officers say the stop occurred in the area of East Second and Jeffords Streets. Investigation revealed that the operator -- 33 year-old Michael Davis -- was driving on a suspended license and in violation of an interlock restriction.  Further investigation showed that Davis was in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine and oxycodone tablets.  His passenger, 35 year-old Tiffany Farnham of South Dayton, was also allegedly found in possession of a quantity of Meth, oxycodone tablets... and, ecstasy.  Both Davis and Farnham were taken to city jail pending arraignment.
 
 
Man and woman arrested during traffic stop in Jamestown after weapons are found...
A South Carolina man and his passenger were arrested after two weapons were allegedly found in their vehicle during traffic stop on Jamestown's eastside last Wednesday night.  City police conducted the stop at 1392 East Second St. at 5:30 p.m. for a traffic infraction.  Investigation revealed the driver, 35 year-old William Davis, provided a false name.... and, his passenger, 27 year-old Tina Stockman of Falconer, was allegedly in possession of a loaded 9-millimeter handgun and silver switch-blade knife was also located inside the vehicle.  Davis was charged with false personation and several traffic and vehicle violations. Stockman was charged with second-degree and fourth-degree criminal possesion of a weapon. They are being held in city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
St. Susan's Basket Fair to be held on St. Patrick's Day...
The next major fund-raiser for the Jamestown-area's largest soup kitchen will have a distinct "luck of the Irish" feel to it.  The St. Susan's Centers 15th annual Basket Fair will be held on St. Patrick's Day... Saturday, March 17th... at Jamestown Community College.  That from Center Executive Director Jeff Smith... who says this year's theme is "Find Your Pot of Gold..." and, he says they hope to have at least as many baskets to raffle off as last year -- 138.  The event begins at 10 a.m., and, people can view the baskets until 2 p.m., which is when the drawings will begin.  Smith says they're also looking for more baskets to give away.  For more information... call 664-2253.
 
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines

A Chautauqua County Court Judge has thrown out a lone manslaughter charge against the Sherman man accused of accidently shooting and killing his neighbor in a hunting accident last November...  
 
In a four-page ruling issued earlier this week, Judge David Foley said the District Attorney's Office erred when it presented its case in front of a grand jury against 34 year-old Thomas Jadlowski in the death of Rosemary Billquist.  The Post-Journal reports the judge specifically said that District Attorney Patrick Swanson failed to answer a question of a grand juror regarding a lesser charge against the Sherman man.  Jadlowski was indicted by the grand jury on charges of second-degree manslaughter and hunting after dark.  Swanson says he disagreed with Foley's ruling, and now has 30 days to re-submit the case to another grand jury. 
 
 
 
The city man accused of dousing a woman with a flammable liquid and setting her on fire during a domestic incident last December has been indicted for attempted murder by a Chautauqua County grand jury...  
 
The Post-Journal reports that 37 year-old Luis Castro-Mojica will appear at a pre-trial conference next month after being indicted on one count each of second-degree attempted murder, and first-degree assault.  Both are felonies.  The new charge is the result of an ongoing investigation into the December 5 domestic incident at a Thayer Street home were Castro-Mojica set her on fire, seriously burning her.  District Attorney Patrick Swanson says the 27 year-old woman is still recovering from the ordeal at a Buffalo hospital.
 
 
 
Site plan approval has been given for the new Athenex manufacturing plant proposed in the north county town of Dunkirk...  
 
Officials say the Dunkirk Planning Board Thursday night approved the plan, another step in developing final plans for the Route 5 site for the pharmacutical maker.  Fourth-Ward Dunkirk City Councilman Mike Civiletto was among those attending the meeting held at Jamestown Community College's North County Campus.
 
Civiletto says there was much discussion about concerns people had with the project -- including those of some neighbors to the project.  The Dunkirk Town Board will have the final say when members meet on March 1.  In another development, First Ward Councilman Don Williams says the facility will likely be built using a Project Labor Agreement.  He says details of the PLA are currently being negotiated, which he says will put "a lot of local tradespeople to work."  Company officials have indicated to local officials they hope to break ground on the plant early this spring.
 
 
 
One person was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident in the Cattaraugus County Town of Allegany last Tuesday night...  
 
Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley say the crash occurred just before 10:30 p.m. on Buffalo Road.  Officers say the accused driver, 30 year-old Rolland Neilly of Olean, was later located in the city.  His unidentified passenger was taken to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment of serious injuries sustained in the accident.  Neilly was arrested and arraigned on charges of felony unlawful fleeing from a police officer and causing serious injury to a third-party, leaving the scene of a person injury accident, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, failure to keep right and speeding. Deputies say the investigation is still on-going with possible further charges pending. 
 
 
 
A Jamestown resident was arrested Wednesday evening for allegedly blocking traffic from passing in the area of Newland and Forest Avenues... 
 
Officers were called to the scene shortly after 6 p.m. for an intoxicated-disorderly male in the roadway stopping traffic. Officers saw 39 year-old Raymond Brown-Senior standing in the middle of the road preventing traffic from passing. He was taken to city jail and is being held on charges of disorderly conduct and second-degree obstructing governmental administration. 
 
 
 
A federal assistance program that helps low-income families with their heating bill payments is available again for National Fuel customers... 
 
That from Assistant Director of Corporate Communications Emily Ciraolo, who says the second round of The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is available to households that need assistance or have exhausted both the regular and first-emegency HEAP benefits. She says there are guidelines for applying, including a "shut off"  notice, your case number, social security number, utility account number and household income and resource amounts (bank account, etc).  Ciraolo says that HEAP benefits are available on a first-come-first-serve basis until funds run out.  The deadline to apply is April 27, 2018.  For more information or to check eligibilty, vist HEAPhelps.com or call 1-877-443-2743. 
 
 
 
Site work is now underway for  two, new health-related businesses that would be located between Sacred Heath Catholic Church and Davidson's Restaurant in Lakewood...  
 
After a delay in demolition work on the former Stroehman Bakery Outlet, and the former Pfeffer Insurance building was turned over to Morgan Management, which began work on the Fairmount Avenue site earlier this year.  The proposal would combine both properties and involve construction of a new 6,700 square foot building that would house a new Aspen Dental, and Five Star Urgent Care. 
 
 
 
Fox News personality and former New York prosecutor Jeanine Pirro has pleaded guilty to driving 95 mph in a 65 mile an hour zone...  
 
Authorities previously said that a state trooper clocked Pirro's Cadillac going 119 mph on Route 17 in Nichols, New York -- near Binghampton -- last November 19th.  The Journal News says Pirro - who negotiated a plea deal with the Tioga County district attorney's office - has been fined $300 plus fees and has to take a defensive driving course.  Pirro said in November that she'd been driving for hours to visit her ailing mother and didn't realize how fast she was going.  Pirro was a Westchester County judge before serving as district attorney from 1994 to 2005.

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 22, 2010

Top's Friendly Markets confirmed Wednesday that it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  However, all of it's stores across the region-- including the one in Jamestown-- will remain open...  
 
Officials with the supermarket chain say they are pursuing a financial restructuring in order to eliminate a major part of the debt it's been carrying and, position it for long-term success.  Tops' Chief Executive Officer Frank Curci says they are "pursuing a voluntary financial restructuring that will help make us a stronger competitor.  All of our stores are open, with no impact on daily operations.  Just as we have for 56 years, Tops Markets is as focused as ever on serving our communities and providing our customers with an exceptional shopping experience." Tops has 169 stores in all across upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and Vermont. 
 
 
 
An investigator for State Police Troop "T" confirms that a 20-year-old woman from Erie, Pennsylvania lost her life in a three-vehicle crash that involved a tanker-truck on the state Thruway eastbound in the town of Portland...  
 
We have learned 20-year-old Dinaszah Green died in the accident, which occured in the eastbound lanes between Exits 61 and 59 just before 7:30 Tuesday night.  Four others were injured, with two being treated at Westfield Memorial and two others receiving treatment at Brooks Memorial Hospital, including the driver of the tanker truck.  The injuries were non-life threatening. according to the investigator.  The crash that occurred near the Mathews Road overpass remains under investigation.  
 
 
 
Jamestown police are warning local residents and businesses of a telephone scam that has re-emerged in the area...  
 
Police say someone called a Jamestown-area business Wednesday morning, claiming to be from the Board of Public Utilities, and telling the business they they owe the BPU a large amount of money. has apparently returned.  Officers were contacted by the business later and reported the call.  The business operator said they were threatened with having their service cut-off and terminated if they didn't pay the amount owed in cash and at a specific location.  Investigators say they determined the BPU had not placed the call.  Board officials say it is not their policy to make such calls and that the business was in good standing.  Police say if you receive such a call, contact them at 483-7537, or the BPU's Help-line.
 
 
 
For the fourth-year in a row, the Northwest Arena in Jamestown will try to be a Kraft Hockeyville USA, by taking part in a national contest...  
 
The arena has been nominated to seek the distinction... which Arena General Manager Craig Hinterleiter says will be won through a couple of rounds of balloting by fans of each arena.  Hinterleiter says the initial round will help cut the field to four finalists for the top prize,  which includes a $150,000 award for upgrades to the facility and an NHL pre-season game. 
 
Hinterleiter says you'll have to register, then select your arena and cast your vote.  He says you can even submit a picture of a memory you have from the arena to go with your written nomination.  This year, Hinterleiter says Kraft has added "rally points" that emphasize both quantity and quality of nominations.  He says the deadline for submissions is early March and the top four will receive the major prizes.  Second prize this year will receive $30,000 for arena upgrades, while third and fourth will get $10,000 each.  For more information on the contest, go online to northwestarena.com  or Krafthockeyville.com. 
 
 
 
Initial site plan approval has been given by the Jamestown Planning Commission to a new addition to the Northwest Arena which will provide more space for offices, and other amenities...  
 
City Department of Development officials confirm the panel approved the plan during Tuesday's meeting after the sale of the property was recently approved by the City Council.  Councilman Tony Dolce says there were no problems with selling the 10x90-foot right of way, and adds the ball is in the commission's court.
 
Once council approved the sale, Dolce says the commission was able to move forward on approving the new site plan.  One concern voiced was over the loss of five parking spaces in the area of Lafayette and West Second Streets.  However, that was addressed by the Center City Development Corporation... which owns the arena.  City planners say the move allows the corporation to seek funding for the project, but add final approvals are still needed.  The Corporation bought the property for $1,000 for offices and a gift shop for the nearby National Comedy Center, a Kids Zone Play-area and a concession stand.
 
 
 
Authorities say a 28-year-old central New York man has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a U.S. congressman and his family over net neutrality...  
 
The U.S. District Attorney's Office says Tuesday that Patrick Angelo of Syracuse has pleaded guilty in federal court in Buffalo and faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  He'll be sentenced on June 21.  Officials say Angelo called the Washington D.C. office of Republican Congressman John Katko in October and left a voicemail threatening to kill Katko and his family if he didn't support net neutrality. 
 
 
 
The price for a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel has remained steady again this week for the Jamestown-area at $2.76... 
 
That from AAA's latest gas price report, which says drivers in some states-- including New York-- are paying some of the highest prices per gallon in the nation.  On the national front, gas prices are down $0.04 to $2.53 a gallon, but, are 25-cents more than a year ago.  Motorists can find gas prices along their route at GasPrices.AAA.com.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 21, 2018

State Police Troop-T officials say the investigation is continuing into a crash involving two vehicles and an oil tanker on the State Thruway in the town of Portland last night...  
 
Several fire departments were sent to the scene of the crash on the Thruway eastbound near Matthews Road around 7:20 p.m.  Officials indicate that the crash has left one person dead with four others being treated for injuries.  The Thruway eastbound was closed for several hours overnight because of the crash from Exit 61 to Exit 59.  State Police expect to release more details later this morning. 
 
 
Several records were broke across western New York yesterday as temperatures soared into the lower 70s in some parts of the region...  
 
That from Meteorologist Aaron Reynolds with the National Weather Service Office in Buffalo... who says they beat their old record high of 64 in 1955 with a 66-degree reading.  Reynolds adds that there were several 70-degree readings reported across the Jamestown-area.
 
Reynolds says it got to just short of 70 at the County Airport near Jamestown.  Here at our Media One Group stations in West Ellicott, we reached 71 while the sun was out a brief time early Tuesday afternoon.  However, Reynolds says enjoy it because colder air returns when a cold front pushes through the area about mid-morning today.  Reynolds says temperatures will only rise into the upper 30s on Thursday before they rise again on Friday and to near 50 on Saturday. 
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he wants to work to solve the problems that have led to mass shootings in schools across the United States...  
 
However, Reed says any talk about gun control is a non-starter in Congress.  At the same time, Reed says he is committed to taking action that deals with the perpetrators of such heinous acts.   The Corning Republican says those with serious mental health issues need to be identified and prevented access to guns.
 
Reed says he doesn't support-- nor does the majority in Congress-- the notion of bringing back the assault weapons ban of the mid and late 1990s.  He also indicted some support for tightening up background checks on people because the accused Florida shooter: 19 year-old Nickolas Cruz, was able to purchase an AR-15 in spite of his troubled past.  Reed says he also supports the students who have been protesting across the nation and Florida in particular, who are voicing the need for lawmakers to act on the issue.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call Tuesday with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
Are lawmakers who accept campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association serious about solving the nation's problem with mass shootings?  
 
That question was put to the county's Congressman during his weekly conference call.  An investigative report by Channel 7 in Buffalo shows that Tom Reed has received nearly $11,000 from the NRA during his time in Congress.  He says he's always supported the Second-Amendment, and that's why the NRA donates to his campaign.  
 
Reed did not indicate whether he has ever... or would return the donations.  However, Buffalo Congressman Brian Higgins (who represented Chautauqua County at one time) has turned over about $5,000 he received from the NRA to organizations dedicated to stopping gun violence.  Clarence-area Congressman Chris Collins has received $4,000 from the NRA during his time in office.
 
 
The U.S. government has acquired the two final land parcels needed for a New York veterans' cemetery that will eventually ease a burden for thousands of military families...  
 
Democratic U-S Senator Charles Schumer is now urging the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to quickly begin work on the Western New York National Veterans Cemetery.  The cemetery in Pembroke will serve the Buffalo and Rochester areas.  Schumer says many families now have to travel about 100 miles to the closest veterans' cemetery, in Bath, New York.
 
 
An Erie, Pennsylvania man was arrested last weekend after a large quantity of marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms were allegedly found during a traffic stop...  
 
State Police in Jamestown say they pulled over 21 year-old Matthew Ebach for speeding on I-86 near the city.  While speaking to Ebach, Troopers say they saw marijuana in plain-view.  A search of the vehicle uncovered 24 grams of marijuana, two bongs containing marijuana residue and just under three grams of psilocybin mushrooms.  Ebach was arrested for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, seventh-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.  He was issued appearance tickets for Ellicott Town Court.
 
 
A couple of the newest members of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame have made a name for themselves in the sport of softball, mainly in college and the coaching ranks away from the area...  
 
However, they say the coaching they received in high school, and the calibur of play... helped their development.  Those are the feelings of Southwestern High School Graduate Sheila Lingenfelter-Gulas, who was co-captain of her softball team at Clarion State University in Pennsylvania.
 
That career took Gulas to the coaching ranks at Allegany College in Meadville, Pennsylvania and Wittenburg and Ashland in Ohio.  She retired just this past year from Ashland after 18 years at the helm.  She was joined by Falconer's Lori Franchina, who also made her mark in women's sports in college after a stellar high school career.  Franchina was just inducted into the New England U-S Senior Softball Hall of Fame.  Others honored during the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame dinner in Lakewood was retired Southwestern high school football and track coach, Fran Sirianni.
 
 
There were several other awards given out during Monday night's Hall of Fame induction dinner... including several legacy and "all-star" awards that recognized athletic accomplishments, and support of sports...  
 
One was the James Sharp Legacy Award, which was given to our own Dennis Webster.  Dennis was recognized for his support of the Hall of Fame and interviews with several members and inductees over the years.  Congratulations Dennis!!

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 20, 2018

The eight latest additions to the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame were officially inducted in front of a sell-out crowd during last night's induction dinner in Lakewood...  
 
During the annual event at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club, the past met the present.  Former Maple Grove head football and basketball coach Curt Fischer was among the inductees and called it an "overwhelming" experience.
 
Fischer coached the Red Dragons football team to two state championships and almost a third this past season.  He also led the boy's basketball team to two state titles.  Dunkirk's Clem Worosz was an all-around sports stand-out at St. Mary's and Cardinal Minszenty High Schools in the 1950s, went on to play college basketball at Niagara, where he played with legendary NBA Coach Larry Costello, and, Hubie Brown.  Other inductees included two softball stand-outs: Southwestern graduate Sheila Lingenfelter-Gulas and Falconer graduate Lori Franchina.  Long-time Post-Journal Sports Editor Jim Riggs, III was also honored postumously during the dinner.
 
 
A major warm up is underway, with a southwesterly flow of warm air moving into the western New York region...  
 
Highs got to near 50 late Monday and, the mercury could hit 70 in some places away from the lakes today.  That from Forecaster Aaron Reynolds with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, who says we'll see warmer and wetter conditions.
 
Reynolds says-- in fact-- we may see a new record high temperature recorded today.  However, he says that's up in the air because temperatures will be in the upper sixties near Lake Erie.  The record for today is 64 degrees.  Looking ahead, Reynolds says we'll cool down a bit for the second-half of the week.  However, he says it's going to be fairly warm for a while after a dip in the temperature on Wednesday and Thursday.  He adds temperatures will climb again by the weekend and, there's no real cold air predicted in the region through the end of the month.  Reynolds says the rain should not produce any major problems locally because the snow-pack is pretty much gone.
 
 
The presence of an ice castle helped draw huge crowds to Mayville for last weekend's annual President's Day Weekend Winter Festival...  
 
However, the castle almost didn't happen.  Early last Friday morning, Scott Dearing-- a long time volunteer on the building crew-- saw what the rain and warm temperatures had done.
 
Local Restaurant Owner Nick Andriaccio returned as 'crew chief' for this year's castle construction and says they had to work fast through the day Friday to keep the castle solid using a method called "slushing."  A group of students from the BOCES Conservation Club was responsible for 'slushing' the construction this year, helping to keep the ice blocks together.  Andriaccio says they used a snowblower to pack snow against the bottom part of the ice castle.  The technique was successful, and may be used in again in future years when warm conditions threaten the castle.  
 
 
A firefighter with the city of Jamestown is jailed without bail for allegedly brandishing a hand-gun during a domestic violence incident on the city's eastside last weekend...  
 
Jamestown police were called to the scene at 23 Alfred Street about 10 p.m. last Saturday for an incident involving a gun.  Officers say they spoke with the victim at a neighbor's house after she ran there for help.  Police learned the woman's boyfriend, 35 year-old Ryan DiDomenico, had gotten into a fight with her and at one point, held her down on the floor against her will.  DiDomenico is also accused of pulling a hand-gun during that time.  The victim tells police she tried to call 911, but he grabbed the phone away.  DiDomenico was arraigned on charges including second-degree menacing, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and reckless endangerment and sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
A city man is accused of resisting arrest and attempting to flee during a traffic stop early Monday morning on Jamestown's northside...  
 
City police say they stopped a vehicle near Lakeview Avenue and Bassett Street shortly before 1:30 a.m. for a traffic violation. Further investigation found that a passenger, 31 year-old Jermaine Gordon had a confirmed parole violation warrant.  When officers went to arrest Gordon, he began to actively resist officers and tried to run off.  But, after a short skirmish, officers were able to place Gordon in custody and take him to city jail without further incident.  He was also found to be in possession of a large quantity of marijuana and a digital scale.  Gordon faces several charges, including resisting arrest, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia, fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and second-degree obstruction.  He's jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
While Part-One crimes are down significantly in the city of Jamestown from 2016 to 2017, they don't tell the entire story...  
 
That from City Police Chief Harry Snellings, who recently provided more information on crimes in the city so City Council members will have the "full picture" of crime fighting.  Snellings says part of the problem in the city is repeat offenders, noting that a dozen people were responsible for a large number of criminal offenses.
 
Snellings also provided major crime statistics for nine parts of the city, and says they included serious crimes -- such as shootings.  He says these were based on the city's Gun-Involved Violence Enforcement (GIVE) Program.  He says there were eight shootings for 2017.  He says the city has two officers for every one-thousand residents and, says that's about where it should be, according to FBI crime reports.  For communities of Jamestown's size, he says they should have 1.7 officers for every one-thousand residents.  Snellings adds they have 14 officers during each platoon.
 
 
Local town officials from all across New York state are in Manhattan for meetings that will feature discussions with some of the state's top elected officials...  
 
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman were among the featured speakers during Monday morning's general session of the Association of Towns 2018 annual meeting.  Today, fellow Democrat Chuck Schumer, the U.S. Senate minority leader, will address the gathering. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 19, 2018

 
A Jamestown man remains jailed on $80,000 bail after a traffic stop in the town of North Harmony led to multiple drug charges against him...  
 
Sheriff's deputies say they pulled over a car operated by 18 year-old Camille Lopez of Jamestown, for an alleged traffic violation on Route 394 shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday.  Officers say they also identified Lopez's passenger as 28 year-old Jonathan Vega-Rivera, who was wanted on multiple Felony and misdemeanor arrest warrants.  Deputies arrested him on the outstanding charges and they brought in K-9 Officer "Link" for an exterior sniff of the vehicle.  He alerted officers to narcotics being inside the vehicle.  During the search, officers found drug paraphernalia, multiple prescription pills, and a quantity of methamphetamine.  Vega-Rivera was arraigned on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and, sent to the county lock-up.  Lopez was given appearance tickets for unlicensed operation, and inadequate head lights.
 
 
 
An elderly woman died in a house fire in Dunkirk this past Friday afternoon...  
 
Dunkirk Fire Chief Mike Edwards says crews responded to 35 Crooked Brook Drive at about 2:30.  On arrival, Edwards says firefighters were alerted by a resident that there was a person with burns inside the house.  He says they found an elderly woman deceased and a small amount of fire in a living space.  The fire was quickly put out.  Dunkirk Police, Chautauqua County Fire investigators, and the Chautauqua County Coroner were also called to the scene.  The fire and fatality are under investigation.  The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family.
 
 
 
It was one of the most successful -- if not most successful -- President's Day Weekend Winter Festivals ever at Lakeside Park in Mayville...  
 
Those are the feelings of Mayville/Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce Coordinator Debbie Marsella, who says having an ice castle this year played a major role in that success.  However, Marsella says it wasn't easy; she gave full credit to their work crew for keeping it up through the weekend.
 
Marsella says it was "very scary" when they got to Friday because of the warmer weather, and it's potential impact on the castle.  However, she says the work crew was determined to do what it took to keep the structure up and in place.  She adds it helped their other activities, including what may have been a record number of people taking part in the annual "Polar Plunge" on Saturday.  She adds they had a great sign-up for their Chili Cook-off.  Marsella says the more "moderate" weekend weather conditions likely helped with attendance and, they were busy right up to closing time at 4 p.m. Sunday. 
 
 
 
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly holding another person against their will during a domestic incident on the city's eastside early last weekend...  
 
Jamestown police were called to the scene on Barrows Street about 1:30 a.m. Saturday for a domestic dispute in progress.  Officers say their investigation showed that 20 year-old Duane Crawford-the-third prevented the unidentified victim from leaving several times.  Police took Crawford into custody, and he was booked on one count of second-degree unlawful imprisonment.  He was held pending arraignment.
 
 
 
While the numbers on what the federal government have come in on the low-side, President Trump's proposal to rebuild the nation's infrastructure is still a "huge opportunity"...  
 
Those are the feelings of local Congressman Tom Reed, who reacted to the public-private plan crafted by the administration.  While a plan identifying one-trillion dollars in projects was outlined by the "Problem Solvers Caucus" he co-chairs. Reed says it could still end up being larger.
 
Reed says being a former mayor, he agrees that there are a lot of "traditional" infrastructure needs including roads, bridges, and water and wastewater treatment.  At the same time... he says any plan must also take "non-traditional" infrastruture needs into account, including broadband -- especially in rural areas.  He says there also has to be a hard-look at upgrades to the nation's power-grid.  Several New York lawmakers... including fellow Republican Chris Collins, were critical of the president's plan because the federal government would only provide $200-billion of the cost.  Reed made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
 
A New York City Council member has announced he will challenge Kathy Hochul in this year's Democratic primary for lieutenant governor...  
 
Jumaane Williams announced his candidacy for the position on Friday outside New York City Hall.   The 41-year-old from Brooklyn says his record as a progressive leader on the City Council shows that if elected, he would be he "people's lieutenant governor."  Hochul was elected four years ago as the running mate of Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo.  No Republicans have so far stepped forward to announce their candidacy for lieutenant governor, an often overlooked position that is second in line to the governor.
 
 
 
State officials are hosting a free fishing weekend and an ice fishing clinic...  
 
The Department of Environmental Conservation has designated Saturday and Sunday as one of a series of free fishing weekends, with license fees waived.  On Wednesday, DEC and the state parks and recreation office are hosting a free ice fishing clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Glimmerglass State Park on Otsego Lake.  Anglers can expect to catch yellow perch and chain pickerel. Bait and tackle will be provided for beginners.  Free sport fishing days have been around since 1991. 
 
 

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News Headlines for Sat., Feb. 17, 2018

One person found dead in Dunkirk fire...
A fatal fire has been reported in the city of Dunkirk... but, few details have been released.  Dunkirk Fire and Police responded to a report of a structure fire on Crooked Brook Drive about 2:30 p.m. Friday.  We have learned that the fire was out when crews reached the scene at 35 Crooked Brook Drive.  An elderly woman was reportedly found dead at the scene and a county coroner was sent to the scene.  The incident remains under investigation.  More when details are released.    
 
 
Three local school buildings go into lock-down, or "shelter down" after receiving threats...
Three local school students have been arrested for allegedly making threats against two schools in Chautauqua County... and, another in Cattaraugus County.  The incidents... which were reported Friday morning to State Police... took place at Chautauqua Lake Central School, the Ashville BOCES, and Randolph Academy.  Troopers were first called ot Chautauqua Lake just after 9 a.m. for a threat of violence reported to school staff.  Police say the school initiated a lockout while they investigated.  The investigation also reportedly revealed there was a possible threat at the Ashville BOCES.  The BOCES went into a "Shelter Down" protocol for a short time.  A 17-year-old student at Chautauqua Lake and a 15-year-old student from Ashville BOCES were taken into custody under the state’s mental hygiene law... and, taken to local hospitals for evaluation, and this investigation is continuing.
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A short-time later... troopers and investigators responded to the Randolph Academy for a threat there.  The school went into a lock-down situation while police investigated.  Troopers soon located a 16-year-old student believed to be involved in the incident.  He was taken to State Police headquarters in Machias for questioning.  He was later taken into custody under the state's mental hygiene law... and, was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.  That lock-down was lifted a short time later.
 
 
Young calls local school threats "alarming and dispicable..."
State Senator Cathy Young says the three "copy-cat" student threats made at the schools are both "alarming and despicable."  Young is commenting on the threats made in the wake of this past Wednesday's mass shooting at Parkland, Florida in which 17 innocent people... 15 of them students... were killed in cold blood by a former classmate.  Young says Friday's threats were made against the Chautauqua Lake, Ashville BOCES and Randolph Academy schools.  She says "while we don't yet know if their motivations were malicious or attention-getting, any type of threat understandably strikes terror in the hearts of other students, their parents and school staff."  She says these actions will not be tolerated and the consequences for threats of any nature will be rightfully harsh. 
 
 
Young in Sherman to present Bus driver with Liberty Medal...
Sherman School bus driver David Tenpas... who saved his students from a burning bus... has received the New York State Senate's Liberty Medal.  State Senator Cathy Young presented the award to David Tenpas at an assembly at Sherman yesterday morning... saying that it's the highest award that is presented by the Senate.  Tenpas hustled a dozen students off his bus on January 4, just moments before it burst into flames.  He was humble in his acceptance... and, thanked those on the bus for cooperating and moving when the problem was discovered.  
 
 
Tranum has concerns about proposed Payroll Tax in Governor's budget proposal...
The top official with the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce says they have concerns about Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal for a voluntary payroll tax.  The Governor has included details of the proposal in his 30-day budget amendments that were released this week.  Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum tells us there are two concerns about the proposal that attempts to blunt the effects of federal tax reform on employees... and, create another administrative burden on employers in NYS.  Tranum says businesses would have to -- it appears -- pay the tax in "some form" before getting the deduction.  There are some good things included in the budget proposal... according to Tranum... that should help the business community -- including more help for workforce training.  
 
 
JRC welcomes New Public Market Manager...
A Frewsburg native has been hired as the new Jamestown Public Market Manager for the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation.  JRC Executive Director Lisa Hatch says Linnea Carlson has a background with the Chautauqua County Health Network... most recently coordinating it's Creating Healthy Communities program to promote healthy retail and worksite development.  Carlson says most of her work was done in the north county... with the Salvation Army in Dunkirk, and later with the Fredonia Farmer's Market.  Carlson says she's "very excited" to be heading up this year's market... which will run from June 9th through the month of October.  She says she's most excited about the market receiving a $200,000 U-S Department of Agriculture grant to help grow and promote the Public Market.  For more information, call Linnea Carlson at 489-3497. 
 
 

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News Update for Fri., Feb. 16, 2018

Three students arrested for alleged copy-cat threats made at Chautauqua Lake, Randolph Academy, and Ashville BOCES schools...
Three local school students have been arrested for allegedly making threats against two schools in Chautauqua County... and, another in Cattaraugus County.  The incidents... which were reported this morning to State Police... took place at Chautauqua Lake Central School, the Ashville BOCES, and Randolph Academy.  They are believed to be "copy-cats" of Wednesday's mass school shooting that killed 17 people in Florida.  Troopers were first called ot Chautauqua Lake just after 9 AM for a threat of violence reported to school staff.  Police say the school initiated a lockout while State Police investigated.  The investigation also reportedly revealed that a possible threat of violence could exist at Ashville BOCES.  The Ashville BOCES went into a "Shelter Down" protycol for a short time.  A 17-year-old student at Chautauqua Lake and a 15-year-old student from Ashville BOCES were taken into custody under the state’s mental hygiene law... and, taken to local hospitals for evaluation, and this investigation is continuing.
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A short-time later... troopers and investigators responded to the Randolph Academy for a threat of violence reported to school staff.  The school went into a lock-down situation while police investigated.  Troopers soon located a 16-year-old student believed to be involved in the incident.  He was taken to State Police headquarters in Machias for questioning.  He was later taken into custody under the state's mental hygiene law... and, was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.  That lock-down was lifted a short time later.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 16, 2018

A 19 year-old Florida man is jailed without bail for allegedly shooting and killing 17 people at a high school in Parkland Florida Wednesday afternoon...  
 
President Trump addressed the nation Thursday morning about the school shooting, the 18th reported this year.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace calls it another senseless act and, "we're all searching for answers."  Gerace says he believes school resource officers can make a difference. Gerace adds, though, that local school districts are struggling with the costs involved.  He says the federal government should step in to help out, like they did when the SRO programs first began.  Gerace says the federal government is where it should all begin.  He says there are a number of local schools that have SROs, but adds they don't have to money to have the number they would like.
 
 
 
It was an "all hands on deck kind of day" in the Jamestown School District Thursday...  
 
That from Superintendent Bret Apthorpe, who says the atmosphere in city schools following Wednesday's mass shooting at a Florida high school was solemn.  Apthorpe says these kind of events "hit all of us..." and it's "unbelievable that they're still happening."  He says he spoke with school principals and safety officials Wednesday night to mentally re-enact safety plans to see if there was anything they may need to re-visit.  He tells our Noel Blackhall that the U.S. needs to get serious about mental health issues.
 
Apthorpe hopes that if something positve comes from this, it's the "awakening of a nation" of a mental health crisis in our youth.  In Jamestown, schools have secure entrances and visitors need to be physically "buzzed in" before entering.  Apthorpe says that the district also employs three full-time city police officers as School Resource Officers and also employs full-time, on-duty officers that walk through schools connecting with kids. 
 
 
 
New York state's comptroller says the budget proposal submitted by Governor Andrew Cuomo gives him "significant flexibility" to adjust spending after the plan is approved by the Legislature...  
 
Thomas DiNapoli's analysis of the fellow Democrat's $168-billion budget proposal would weaken the checks and balances over the how taxpayer dollars are spent.  DiNapoli's report released Wednesday calls 2018 a "high-pressure year" for the state budget because of the federal tax overhaul and other changes Washington is making that will impact New York's bottom line.  The comptroller says aspects of Cuomo's spending plan raise concerns about transparency and oversight.  Cuomo will negotiate with the leaders of the Republican-controlled Senate and the Democrat-controlled Assembly to come up with a final state budget, which is due by April 1.
 
 
 
There will still be an ice castle at this year's annual President's Day Weekend Winter Festival in Mayville, despite a social media posting Thursday morning that the castle had been torn-down...  
 
It was apparently a mistaken inference made after someone saw the castle with snow piled up against it.  We talked with Mayville/Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce President Sally Andriaccio, who says crews had put insulated blankets on the castle to preserve it and later, also put snow over the blankets in spots to provide more insulation.  The ice castle lighting in Mayville is still set for 6 p.m. tonight; the festival runs through Sunday afternoon.
 
 
 
A fire that broke out in the basement of Falconer High School early Thursday morning has been ruled "accidental" by Chautauqua County fire investigators.
 
At 1:30 a.m., Sheriff's Department dispatchers say the Falconer Fire Department -- along with five others -- responded to an alarm at the high school.  The Sheriff's Office says on arrival, responding fire companies found heavy smoke inside the school.  A short time later, investigators say the blaze was found in the custodian work shop area in the basement.  Sheriff's officers say the flames were quickly extinguished and the Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team was called.  The fire was contained to a plastic garbage can inside this custodian work shop area.  Following investigation, the blaze was determined to be accidental due to a spontaneous combustion of mineral oil saturated cotton rags confined in a plastic garbage can.  There was no fire damage seen to the building. Calls into School Superintendent Steve Penhollow to update the situation were unsuccessful Thursday.
 
 
 
A Jamestown woman has been arrested for allegedly bilking Chautauqua County Public Assistance out of just over $3,200 in SNAP -- Food Stamp benefits...  
 
Sheriff's officers say an investigation showed that 61 year-old Patricia Gray of West 11th Street failed to notify the county's Department of Health and Human Services of income within her household.  Deputies say Gray was arrested for third-degree Welfare Fraud, Grand Larceny and first-degree using a false instrument for filing.  Gray was issued appearance tickets for Jamestown City Court.  To report cases of suspected Welfare Fraud, call the fraud hotline at 1-800-388-5365.
 
 
 
Two Jamestown women were arrested for allegedly shoplifting with children in their care at the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood last Tuesday night...  
 
On arrival, Lakewood-Busti Police located 45 year-old Tonya Diblasi and 44 year-old Dawn O'Shell.  Diblasi was allegedly found in possession of several controlled substances and to be stealing with a young child in her care.  O'Shell was found in possession of marijuana and was also with a young child.  Both suspects were charged with petty larceny, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of marijuana. Diblasi was additionally charged with two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and two counts of controlled substance outside user's original container.  They are scheduled to appear in Busti Town Court at a later date. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 15, 2018

A fire that broke out in the basement of Falconer High School earlier this morning has been deemed "accidental" following an on-scene investigation... 
 
At 1:30 a.m. the Falconer Fire Department along with other area fire departments responded to a fire alarm at the high school. The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office says on arrival,  responding fire companies dealt with a heavy smoke issue inside the school. A short time later, the fire was found in the custodian work shop area in the basement. Sheriff's Officers say the fire was quickly extinguished and the Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team was called. The fire was investigated and found to be a contained to a plastic garbage can inside this custodian work shop area. Following investigation, the fire was determined to be accidental due to a spontaneous combustion of mineral oil saturated cotton rags confined in a plastic garbage can. No fire damage to the building was observed.
 
 
 
It's already that time of year again, when those pesky potholes pop up on area roads and highways, causing problems for drivers and highway crews alike...  
 
While we have seen some extreme weather conditions this winter, Chautauqua County Public Facilities Director George Spanos says it doesn't appear to be any worse than usual. What makes potholes pop up?  Spanos says you can blame it on the freeze-thaw cycle.  He says it stresses pavement by expanding and contracting and, it causes the asphalt to break-up.  Spanos says county highway crews are responding to reports of the pesky potholes, but they can only make temporary repairs until the asphalt plants open in April.  He encourages the public to report any major potholes on county roads to the Chautauqua County DPF dispatcher at 716-661-8401.
 
 
 
The 31st annual President's Day Winter Festival in Mayville will again be held at Lakeside Park and, include a number of activities through late Sunday afternoon...
 
That from Mayville/Chautauqua Chamber President Sally Andriaccio, who says the festival kicks into high gear late Saturday morning and includes several "family-oriented" activites.  Andriaccio says the annual Polar Bear Plunge and Chili Cook-off will run starting at 2 p.m. Saturday and the annual fireworks display will be held in the park at 8 p.m. Saturday.  For more information on the President's Day Winter Festival, call the chamber at 753-3113 or go online to dmarsala@chautauquachamber.org
 
 
 
The Ice Castle for this year's President's Day Weekend Winter Festival in Mayville is nearly finished and crews are taking steps to preserve it for the weekend in light of a forecast of warmer temperatures...
 
That from Mayville/Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce President Sally Andriaccio, who says construction of the Ice Castle is about 90% complete.  Andriaccio said Wednesday that, given how solid the ice blocks are, it should be okay through Sunday.
 
Andriaccio says the insulated blankets they're using on the castle helps in two ways-- it holds in the cold and keeps out the rain, which tends to be the ice castle's biggest enemy.  She says the crew has also been "slushing" the castle, which helps strengthen the bond between the huge blocks of ice.  Overall, she says the ice castle is pretty good sized compared to the last one they had.  Andriaccio says nearly 1,000 blocks of ice will be used to make the ice castle, which features an "Ice Seat" for picture takers.  This year's castle will be officially lighted at 6 p.m. this Friday to start the festival.
 
 
 
Chautauqua County's Congressman says he's "gravely concerned" about the federal government borrowing nearly one-trillion dollars to support additional non-military spending in the budget agreement reached late last week...  
 
Corning Republican Tom Reed says the agreement reached in the U.S. Senate allowed spending caps to be taken off a number of areas, including defense spending.  It also added another $300-billion in non-defense spending.
 
Reed says he traces the problem back to last year's Presidential budget... which did include an increase in military spending.  However, he adds that the House and Senate both approved an additional $61-billion for the military, which he says set the stage for this year's increases.  He says it's easy to broker a deal when "you're spending other peoples money."  Reed says the changes just "didn't add up in a responsible way..." and that's why he voted against the final bill.  He made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
 
The budget proposed by President Donald Trump on Monday would slash funding for food assistance for low-income Americans... 
 
Under the Trump budget proposal, the USDA would substitute packages of "shelf-stable" food, such as pasta, cereal and canned goods, for about half of the value of the SNAP benefits.  Hunger Free America's Joel Berg says that -- combined with other program changes -- would reduce the overall SNAP budget by $213-billion over ten years, 20-billion more than Trump proposed cutting it last year.
 
The administration says supplying packages of government-selected food would reduce costs through bulk purchasing.  However, the recent bipartisan budget agreement makes passage of the cuts to SNAP unlikely.  Still, Berg is concerned that the proposal could serve as an opening for Congress to reduce funding for the food program by a smaller amount, which he says is bad because they have already been cut twice.  He points out that 41-million Americans-- including two-million New Yorkers--struggle against hunger every day.  Berg says in two weeks Hunger Free America will travel to Washington with low-income people and other hunger advocacy groups to ask Congress to spare SNAP from any further budget cuts.
 
 
 
Several "legacy society" awards will be handed out during next Monday night's Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner in Lakewood and a member of the Media One Group family is one of them...  
 
Officials say they'll be honored outstanding contributors to the local sports scene during the annual event.  One of them, the James A. Sharp Legacy Award, will be given to our own Dennis Webster.  The Ted Olson and Bill Present Legacy Wards for outstanding Jamestown High School student/athletes will be given to Andrew Pumford, and Allie Stockwell.  Next Monday night's inductees include Fran Sirianni, Sheila Lingenfelter-Gulas, and Phil Young.  The dinner begins with a hospitality hour at 5 p.m. at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club.
 
 
 
The ribbon was cut late yesterday morning at the new on-site Health and Wellness Center in the Jones Memorial Health Center in Jamestown...  
 
The "MyHealth @ Work Center" is available to UPMC Chautauqua WCA employees that are in need of medical services -- at no cost.  UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital Medical Director of Occupational Services, Dr. Todd Jacobson, says those services include treatment for minor illnesses and health coaching referrals. 
 
Jacobson adds that an employee can stop in during their break or even after work hours for an appointment.  He says the goal of the MyHealth @ Work Center is to administer services to employees without them having to miss work, or go to the emergency room.  Jacobson says they want to keep their people healthy as possible all year-long.  Jacobson says the clinic is available to all UPMC employees in the system.  Additionally, there are MyHealth centers located in Pittsburgh and Erie, Pennsylvania for employees as well. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 14, 2018

It appears President Trump's $1.5-billion infrastructure program will primarily be paid for by the states and localities and that's causing some concern among members of Congress...  
 
One of them is Junior New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who says the federal government would only pay $200-billion of the $1.5-trillion plan.  Gillibrand says, the way it's set up, only certain communities and states would be able to take part.
  
Trump has said his proposal is a "common sense," bipartisan plan that every member of Congress should support.  But, Gillibrand says it's not helpful when you're expecting local governments to pick-up 80-percent of the costs.  A key Republican, Congressman Chris Collins from the Buffalo area told the Buffalo News that he had concerns about whether the $200-billion in federal spending could possibly spur an additional $1.3-trillion in infrastructure investment nation-wide.  He indicated that it is a first step in the process.
 
 
 
President Donald Trump again is trying to drastically reduce or eliminate federal support for cleanups of some iconic U.S. waterways...  
 
His proposed budget would slash Environmental Protection Agency funding for Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay restoration programs by 90-percent.  It would kill all EPA spending on programs supporting other waters including San Francisco Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and Puget Sound.  The administration made a similar attempt last year, but Congress refused to go along.
 
 
 
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, and the family of a fallen deputy are getting a lot of support from police and fire agencies from across the region...  
 
Veteran Sheriff's officer Michael Seeley passed away last weekend at the Cleveland Clinic after a bout with Leukemia.  Undersheriff Charles Holder, who is helping to organize a processional following Seeley's funeral, says the department has received a number calls from across the county and from other parts of the state.
 
In addition to the Sheriff's office and State Police, several local police agencies took part in Monday's escort on Interstate 86 from near Findley Lake to Jamestown where the 44 year-old Seeley's funeral will take place Friday.  A number of fire departments also took part in the procession, including the Bemus Point Fire Department where Seeley had been a member.  Visitation for Seeley will take place this Thursday from 1-4 and 6-9 p.m. in the Lind Funeral Home in Jamestown.  The funeral will follow on Friday at 11 a.m.  in the First Lutheran Church.
 
 
 
The property for the new Athenex pharmacutical manufacturing plant in northern Chautauqua County is now being cleared and work will begin in earnest once the weather breaks this Spring...  
 
That from County Executive George Borrello, who says the bidding process is underway for the project on Route 5 in the town of Dunkirk.  Borrello says he expects work to begin on the 300,000 square-foot facility later this year, with completion expected in mid-2020.
 
Borrello says he has been staying in touch with company officials on the project's progress.  The Dunkirk Observer is reporting that a pre-bid meeting was held last week at Jamestown Community College's North County Center Training Facility and, that bids will be received now through February 20.
 
 
 
A large group of parents, grandparents and students filled the auditorium at Bush Elementary School for a special performance during the Jamestown School Board meeting Tuesday night... 
 
Kathy Brunco's music students sang three songs framed around what makes "Bush School a happy place to be" . Included in the performance-- a rendition of "Happiness" by Charlie Brown.
 
Students also used sign language while they sang "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong. Additionally, the board approved a gift resolution. Jamestown School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says a Wurlitzer Upright piano was donated to the district's music department on behalf of Carol Montgomery Drake. 
 
 
 
A Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania man was arrested following a traffic stop on Interstate-86 for allegedly possessing a controlled substance on Friday...  
 
State Police in Jamestown say they pulled over 27 year-old Chad Carlson for a traffic violation.  During the stop, Carlson was found to be in possession of a Vicondin pill for which he did not have a prescription for.  He was taken into custody and released with an appearance ticket for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Carlson is scheduled to appear in North Harmony Town Court at a later date. 
 
 
 
A Kennedy man is accused of drunk-driving on a revoked license and possessing a controlled substance in Jamestown Monday evening... 
 
Shortly before midnight, city police for performed a traffic stop in area of Buffalo Street and Blackstone Avenue on a vehicle for switched plates and failure to maintain a lane. Officers say the vehicle was not registered nor insured. During the investigation, the driver, 36 year-old Adam Paxton was determined to be operating the vehicle in an intoxicated condition on a revoked license for a previous DWI conviction and without proper interlock device. Officers also located a quantity of cocaine and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. He was taken to city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
 
A strong fourth-quarter for sales tax in Jamestown allowed the city to exceed it's quarterly projections for last year, as well as exceed it's total year's projections by nearly 2-percent...  
 
That from City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce, who says Jamestown received just over $1.5-million for the final quarter of 2017, which was just over 6-percent more than what they got in the fourth-quarter of 2016.  He says for the year, they were up nearly 2-percent.  Dolce adds the total sales tax for last year was also nearly 4-percent more than was taken in for 2016, in which the city brought in about $5.87-million.  The city also budgeted $6-million in sales tax revenues for the current year.

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 13, 2018

 
Two city officials have determined that the Jamestown Local Development Corporation is a separate, not-for-profit organization that can set and approve it's own by-laws...  
 
A one-week review of the situation by City Corporation Counsel Marilyn Fiore-Lehman, and City Clerk Todd Thomas was in response to questions about whether the by-law changes approved late last year were done legally and properly.  Thomas says, while the City Council approves the JLDC's Certificate of Incorporation, the corporation itself votes on by by-laws.
 
The JLDC was established by the city in 1981, but had existed under those by-laws for 35-plus years.  The question was raised by new Councilman Andrew Liuzzo who questioned why the mayor was given the power to act on appointments by three local organizations if their representative no longer lived in the city.  Liuzzo was also concerned about changes in the JLDC by-laws which allows for funds to be used for infrustructure upgrades.  An informal proposal has been introduced to use the JLDC to purchase the Board of Public Utilities' wastewater treatment plant to raise about $16-million to do extensive upgrades of city infrastructure.  
 
 
 
One student has been expelled, and two others have been removed from Jamestown Community College's residence life program following last month's alleged sexual assault at a residence hall on the city campus...  
 
JCC Vice-President of Enrollment Management and Institutional Advancement, Kirk Young, says the college made the moves after JCC officials and Jamestown police determined the victim was not a JCC student, nor a resident of the residence halls.  Young says they learned that a breach of residence hall security occured the night of January 29 when the incident occured.  He added Monsday that -- "as of this afternoon, JPD has advised JCC officials that it is now at a point in its criminal investigation that JCC can resume its investigation into this incident."  JCC officials say they believe the situation was an isolated incident and that the campus community and residents are not at risk.
 
 
 
More details have been released about how New York state would change it's tax code in response to federal tax reform...  
 
State Budget Director Robert Mujica announced the plans Monday as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's 30-day budget amendments.  Mujica says the proposed Employer Compensation Expense Tax that would be optional for employers, but would provide a chance to get a bigger tax deduction.
 
The budget director also announced plans to expand charitable contribution options, creating health care and education funds so people who itemize can claim those contributions on their federal tax return.  Changing the tax code was one of three-steps Cuomo had outlined in fighting the effects of federal tax reform on state taxpayers.  New York is one of several states that filed a lawsuit against the federal government, challenging the constitutionality of the tax plan.  
 
 
 
New York state's legislative budget hearings are routinely marathon affairs - up to 13 hours...  
 
That gives New York some of the most drawn-out budget discussions in the nation.  Some advocates are asking whether there's a better way.  Despite similar grumbling over the years in several states, and moves to include remote testimony via computers and video, there is little evidence any have succeeded in solving the problem.  At least one good-government group, Common Cause New York, suggests allowing more meetings, with each of them more focused with more public comment.  New York state law requires public hearings on the governor's budget proposal. 
 
 
 
There is a new Deputy Democratic Elections Commissioner in Chautauqua County who is also the county's first-ever Latino election's manager...  
 
Democratic Elections Commissioner Norm Green says Luz Torres is a Dunkirk resident who has been the Board of Elections Spanish Language Interpreter and has directed poll site operations in Jamestown and other parts of the south county.
 
Green says Torres replaces Doris Parment, who was forced to leave the board due to illness.  He says Torres is also bi-lingual, which he says is important to have.  Green says it's required both by the state and federal governments now to provide all ballots and information in both English and Spanish because more than five-percent of the population is Hispanic.  Green says Torres has worked for Chautauqua County since 2011.
 
 
 
As mentioned, Luz Torres replaces Doris Parment, who had been number-two Democrat Elections Commissioner for more than 10 years...  
 
Norm Green says Parment's had a recent illness, and was forced to retire from her job... and, is now trying to figure out how to pay her ever-mounting health care costs.  Green says a fund has now been established in Mayville for her. Green says Doris Parment has been "our neighbor, our friend and has lived in our community for the past 55 years."
 
 
 
Jamestown School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says the four-year graduation rate in Jamestown has increased from 81 to 89 percent for students that aren't "economically disadvantaged."  However, he says there's been a six-percent decrease in rates for disavantaged students...  
 
Statistically, Apthorpe says 3-out-of-4 Jamestown students live in poverty. Athorpe says in order to improve graduation rates for those at a lower advantage, more needs to be done. He says a meeting to discuss options will be held in March, with local community and business leaders.  Apthorpe adds that he and the Board of Education are "very committed" to turning these results around in the 2018-19 school year. 
 
 
 
A Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania man was arrested following a traffic stop on Interstate-86 for allegedly possessing a controlled substance on Friday...  
 
State Police in Jamestown say they pulled over 27 year-old Chad Carlson for a traffic violation.  During the stop, Carlson was found to be in possession of a Vicondin pill for which he did not have a prescription for.  He was taken into custody and released with an appearance ticket for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Carlson is scheduled to appear in North Harmony Town Court at a later date. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 12, 2018

An Ashville woman is accused of drunk driving after she was involved in a one-car crash on Route 380 in the town of Stockton late last Saturday night...  

 
Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene just after 11:30 p.m. and identified the driver as 21 year-old Taren Grover.  Following a short investigation, deputies say they found Grover was operating her vehicle in an intoxicated state.  Officers say Grover was taken into custody, and later released on appearance tickets for DWI, Aggravated DWI and, moving from lane Unsafely.  She will appear in the Town of Stockton Court at a later date.
 
 
 
Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says he is "extremely disappointed" with last week's verdict in the Justin Haffa trial...  
 
The 22-year-old man from Cheektowaga was found not guilty in an indictment on three counts, including attempted murder, in connection with an incident in which he allegedly attacked a sheriff's deputy in the Town of Pomfret in September 2016.  Gerace says although there is no such thing as a "perfect case," he feels that because of television, juries often expect to have a perfect case presented. Haffa was found guilty on a lesser count of third-degree robbery.  Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson told us that he felt a lack of evidence led to the not guilty verdict.
 
 
 
The first meeting of an arbitration panel set for later this morning to begin work on breaking the current impasse between the city of Jamestown and it's policemen's union has been called off...  
 
In an e-mail yesterday, Mayoral Assistant Matt Hanley said the arbitration hearing has been called off "indefinintely."  No reason was given.  Mayor Sam Teresi told the city council it's past two meetings that representation had been selected for the Kendall Club-Police Benevolent Association, and the city.  The Kendall Club PBA's most recent contract with the city expired on December 31 of 2015; it filed paperwork for arbitration last year. 
 
 
 
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's officer who gained widespread praise for helping save the life of another man in 2013 has passed away following a brief battle with Leukemia...  
 
The Post-Journal reports that 44 year-old Michael Seeley of West Ellicott, who had been a Sheriff's deputy, firefighter and dispatcher, died last Friday night at the Cleveland Clinic.  The paper says Seeley was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia last August.  He underwent a bone marrow transplant in November after his sister, Jennifer Scolton, was found to be a match.  However, the transplant didn't take hold, and he was readmitted to Cleveland Clinic last month.
 
 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo's top budget official says the Democrat wants to separate the state's tax rates from the federal rates to keep New Yorkers from a $1.5-billion income tax increase...  
 
Budget Director Robert Mujica told lawmakers during Thursday's joint Senate and Assembly budget hearing on taxes that Cuomo plans to detail the proposal in an amendment to the spending plan he released last month.  Mujica testified that Cuomo's move would decouple the state tax code from the federal government's to restore deductibility many New Yorkers stand to lose under the new federal tax overhaul.  The Republican-controlled Senate passed a similar plan last month.  During the four hour hearing lawmakers also questioned state officials about new taxes and fees included in Cuomo's $168-billion budget proposal.
 
 
 
While at the Boy's and Girl's Club on Friday, State Senator Cathy Young said the Senate had taken steps to blunt some of the negative effects of the federal tax changes on New Yorkers...
 
Young, who is chair of the Finance Committee,  says the Senate action addresses one of the issues regarding deductions. She says example, if standard deduction--on a federal level-- makes sense for you, you can still now take state deductions on property taxes, childcare deductions and others. Young expects the governor to include these changes in his '30 day budget amendments'.  Otherwise, the senator says the budget process has been relatively routine, so far.  She reiterated the Senate's view that the deficit in budget due April 1st is around $1.7-billion, not $4.4 billion, as the governor has claimed.  
 
 
 
The investigation is continuing into the fire that heavily-damaged the back portion of a single-family home on Jamestown's eastside early last weekend...  
 
City Fire Battalion Chief Matt Coon says crews were called to the scene at 31 Flagg Avenue shortly after 3 p.m. Friday and adds they were able to get water on the blaze pretty quickly.
 
Coon says it took about 15 minutes to knock down the blaze and fire damage was confined to the back of the structure.  He says there was noderate damage elsewhere. Coon says the family was not home at the time, but says the fire sent two cats, and a dog scurrying.  He says the cats were found okay, but the puppy got loose outside, and the family is still looking for him.  Coon says the family is being helped by relatives as they secure the house.  He says no injuries were reported.  Coon says an off-duty shift of 12 firefighters was called in to assist at the scene.
 
 
 
Republican state lawmaker Brian Kolb has dropped out of the race for New York governor...  
 
The Assembly Minority Leader said Friday that he decided he doesn't want to sacrifice time with his family in order to mount a long campaign.  His decision leaves two Republicans in the race: state Sen. John DeFrancisco, of Syracuse, and former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra.  Kolb has been GOP Minority Leaders the past several years.  He is a resident of the city of Canandaigua in the Finger Lakes.  Early in his campaign Kolb acknowledged the challenges of defeating Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is seeking a third term in the November election.  Democrats have a 2-1 advantage in party registration in New York. 
 
 
 
If you see a giant fish with a snout like a canoe paddle, New York state wildlife officials want to know...  
 
The Department of Environmental Conservation is asking anglers and outdoor enthusiasts to report paddlefish sightings. The primitive fish, related to sturgeon, can get up to 6 feet long or more.  Native to southwestern New York, paddlefish disappeared from the state over a century ago due to dams and pollution.  They're now protected.  The state started stocking them in 1998 in the Allegheny Reservoir, Chautauqua Lake and the Conewango Creek.  Two have been caught in the Jamestown area in the last two years. 
 

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News Headlines for Sat., Feb. 10, 2018

Fire damages back part of Flagg Ave. home in Jamestown...
Jamestown fire investigators are still looking for the cause of a blaze that heavily-damaged the back portion of a one-family home on the city's eastside Friday afternoon.  That from Fire Battalion Chief Matt Coon... who says crews were called to the scene at 31 Flagg Ave. shortly after 3 p.m.  Coon says they were able to use an "aggressive attack" to push the flames back.  He says crews got the flames under control in about 15 minutes.  He adds there is severe damage to the back of the structure, and moderate elsewhere.  Coon says the family was not home at the time... and, there were no human injuries.  He adds three pets also survived... but, two cats had to scurry to other parts of the home... while a puppy got out.  Coon says the family was still looking for the pet.  He adds the family is being helped by relatives as they secure the house.  The cause remains under investigation.  Coon says an off-duty shift of 12 firefighters was called in... and, crews were at the scene for just over two hours.
 
 
Stockton man arrested for alleged rape...
A Stockton man is being held on $75,000 bail after allegedly raping another person followinng an investigation at a location on Route 380 in the town of Stockton.  Sheriff's deputies say they were looking into reports of "suspicious activity" at the address... and found that 34 year-old Leland Breese had sexual intercourse with a victim without their consent.  Officers say a warrant was issued for Breese's arrest by a Stockton Town Judge on a charge of first-degree rape.  Deputies arrested Breese at a Jamestown home in Friday... and, he was arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court.  Breese was sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
Dunkirk man arrested for alleged robbery in Hanover...
A north county man is being held on $30,000 bail after Sheriff's deputies received a report of an alleged robbery that occurred on Route 5 in the Town of Hanover.  Officers say an investigation determined that 20 year-old Melwin Berrios of Dunkirk had forcibly taken property from a victim, while being aided by two other suspects.  Berrios was arrested on Thursday and committed to the Chautauqua County Jail. 
 
 
Sheriff's Deputies dies after brief battle with Leukemia...
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's officer who gained widespread praise for helping save the life of another man in 2013 has passed away following a breif battle with Leukemia.  The Post-Journal reports today that 44 year-old Michael Seeley of West Ellicott... who had been a Sheriff’s deputy, firefighter, and dispatcher... died last night at the Cleveland Clinic.  The paper says Seeley was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia last August.  He underwent a bone marrow transplant in November after his sister, Jennifer Scolton, was found to be a match.  However... the transplant didn't take hold, and he was readmitted to Cleveland Clinic last month.
 
 
Apthorpe says graduation rates climbing for more affluent in Jamestown district...
While the New York State high school graduation rate edged above 80-percent in 2017... it remained steady at 76 to 77-percent the past three years in the Jamestown school district.  However... School District Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says the four-year graduation rate has increased from 81 to 89 percent for students that aren't "economically disadvantaged" as compared to a six-percent decrease in rates for disavantaged students.  He says there are two different "stories" happening here.  One is they have phenominal college prep programs for students, but, student achievement for children living in poverty is "getting worse."  Apthorpe says that he and the Board of Education feel that they "have to do something different" to turn the negative trend around.  He says Jamestown School district will be holding a meeting with community and business leaders in March to discuss ways to implement a change to improve student graduation rates that involve community partnerships.  
 
 
Teresi to make presentation on DRI Progam at NYCOM Conference in Albany...
Several mayors from across the state -- including Jamestown's Sam Teresi -- will be on hand in Albany for next week's state Conference of Mayor's annual Legislative conference.  Teresi... who is past President of NYCOM... says the three day program begins on Sunday afternoon... and, runs through Tuesday.  He says he'll be among the headliners this year... along with the mayor's of Olean and Glens Falls.  Teresi says all three have won Downtown Revitalization Initiative awards the past two years... and adds they'll talk about how to apply for the award... along with the process.  He adds that Governor Cuomo has already announced there will be another round of DRI Funding this year.  Teresi says made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
Reed votes against House appropriations bill...
The federal government was back up and running again this morning after a short shutdown that lasted just over five-hours.  Both the Senate and House of Representatives passed a two-year spending plan, but local Congressman Tom Reed was not on board.  The Corning Republican says he had concerns about what he calls "out-of-control" government spending.  Reed says the spending plan will add to the national debt... something he has opposed since he was elected in 2010.  Reed did support increasing military spending, but didn't support this plan.  He says he voted for a package to fully-fund the military to make sure they had the resources they need that was "fiscally-responsible."  Reed says that plan was paid for... but, this is not.  The website www.govtrack.us says that Republican Chris Collins, and Democrats Brian Higgins and Louise Slaughter, all voted in favor of the measure.
 
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 8th, 2018

 
The Jamestown-area and part of Western New York could see up to a foot of snow between now and late Sunday as another Winter storm is moving into the region,  starting this morning...  
 
That from Forecaster Jim Mitchell with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, who said late Thursday that a "warm frontal boundary" for the storm will move into the region as we head through the morning hours.  Mitchell says we'll generally see between four to eight inches of snow through the overnight Saturday.
 
Mitchell says we'll see another two to four inches during the day Saturday and, a chance of snow on Sunday.  However, Mitchell says we may also see some rain and freezing rain during the afternoon on Sunday.  He says it's going to depend on where the "frontal boundary" sets up for the latter part of the weekend.  Right now, Mitchell says no warnings or watches that have been issued due to the snow amounts expected.  But, he says that could change. 
 
 
 
One of the candidates seeking the Democratic nod to run for the 23rd Congressional election this Fall was in Chautauqua County about mid-week to visit and talk issues...  
 
Linda Andrei is from Tompkins County... which is in the far eastern part of the district.  Andrei is the only physician in the race and says she believes one of the most important issues facing the nation is health care.
 
Andrei says many people have come to the realization that health care is really of primary importance; not just for each person individually, but our economic system.  Andrei was born and raised in New York City.  She feels that the district is very diverse and one approach won't work for each county.  Andrei was campaigning in the backyard of Eddie Sundquist, an attorney from the Jamestown area, who is also among the candidates who hope to have a chance to run against incumbent Republican Tom Reed.  A Democratic primary will be held on June 26 of this year.
 
 
 
The Buffalo area man -- originally from Falconer -- found not guilty on multiple charges in connection with an attack on a Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputy in September 2016 may not face prison time...  
 
That from County Public Defender Ned Barone after a jury in Mayville Wednesday acquitted 22-year-old Justin Haffa of Cheekowaga on charges of first-degree attempted murder, first-degree robbery and aggravated assault on a police officer.  He was found guilty of third-degree robbery, which Barone had requested for the trial.
 
Barone says while the third-degree robbery conviction carries a prison sentence of 2 1/3 to seven years it's possible Haffa may not face prison time because it's considered a "non-violent Felony."  He says "we're very happy with the outcome."  Barone had requested the lesser third-degree robbery charge, also considered by the jury.  Chautauqua County Court Judge David Foley will hand down the sentence on April 2.
 
 
 
A 25 year-old woman faces several charges after a K-9 Officer allegedy found controlled substances in her vehicle during a traffic stop in Ashville early Thursday morning...  
 
Sheriff's Officers say they stopped a vehicle on Route-394 operated by Bridget Putman, of Falconer, for a traffic violation.  A license check showed Putman's driving privileges were revoked in New York State.  Following a search by K-9 Link, she was found to be in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine, prescription pills and drug paraphernalia.  She was is to appear in North Harmony Town Court at a later date. 
 
 
 
A new member of the Jamestown City Council is seeking some changes in the way the panel and city deal with making appointments to three public-private agencies...
  
This week, At-Large Councilman Andrew Liuzzo told fellow lawmakers that the Manufacturer's Association of the Southern Tier, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, should be able to directly appoint representatives to the JLDC.  In additon, Liuzzo is also asking for city officials to get appointments to lawmakers sooner, citing the more than 40 appointments at last month's re-organizational meeting.
 
Councilman Tony Dolce says the groups are represented on the JLDC, unless their chairman or director is not from the city.  In that case, they have typically substituted the name of someone who lives in the city.  Mayor Sam Teresi ultimately recommends members to the panel.  But, he asked for City Corporation Councsel Marilyn Fiore-Lehman, and City Clerk Todd Thomas, to prepare a legal report for next Monday night on making appointments to the JLDC.  During a nearly two-year review, the JLDC and city officials worked on updating the corporation's Certificate of Incorporation, and by-laws.
 
 
 
New York state is providing $55-million in funding to improve emergency communications across the state...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that two grants will be awarded to counties statewide and to New York City. The Democrat says the funding will enhance the abilities of local governments to expand their communications systems and assist police, fire departments and other first responders.  The grants are administered by the state's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. 
 
 
 
A Clymer woman was arrested following a car crash in the town of Busti for allegedly driving while intoxicated early last Saturday morning...  
 
Lakewood-Busti Police say they were called to scene on Wellman Road just just before 3:00  On arrival, officers located a black pick-up truck rolled over on it's side with the operator -- Amanda Dallas -- out of the vehicle uninjured.  Dallas was additionally charged with DWI-per se, Speeding and failure to use designated lane.  She is to appear in Busti Town Court at a later date. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 8, 2018

A former Falconer resident accused of trying to kill a Chautauqua County Sheriff's officer during a traffic stop in September of 2016 in the town of Pomfret has been acquitted on three of the four charges against him...  
 
The jury in the trial of 20 year-old Justin Haffa, most recently of Cheektowaga in Erie County, New York, found him guilty of third-degree robbery in the case.  District Attorney Patrick Swanson was disappointed in the outcome because he felt the evidence was there.
 
The most serious charge was first-degree attempted murder.  Swanson acknowledged that this has become on on-going issue for his office.  He says they did have a chance to talk with the jury afterwards, and he says it seems that some jurors now have unrealistic expectations of prosecutors. 
 
Swanson says the jury did indicate that they couldn't convict Haffa on the first-degree robbery charge because they weren't able to recover the knife he allegedly used in the attack on Deputy Sara Cunningham.  Haffa did admit to police that he was high on drugs when the incident occured, but said he never intendend to kill Cunningham.  He faces 2.6 to seven years in State Prison when he's sentenced sometime in April.
 
 
 
It was a packed house during last night's legislative public hearing regarding the Jones-Carroll Landfill held by the state Department of Environmental Conservation in Frewsburg High School's auditorium... 
 
Local residents and elected officials took to the podium to share their feelings about the latest proposal by Sealand Waste. Chairman of the Chautauqua County Legislature P.J. Wendel noted that the construction of a new landfill is not necessary. 
 
In a similar fashion, County Executive George Borrello spoke his opposition to the landfill on behalf of the executive branch. Local residents expressed their exhaustion in fighting against the landfill. Others spoke of safety concerns regarding traffic and water quality. The permit-proposal by Sealand Waste for the landfill has been in dispute for almost 14 years. 
 
 
 
Congressional members have been working together on a plan to at least fund the federal government through March 23 and possibly two years...  
 
That from local Congressman Tom Reed, who say's he's confident that a government shutdown will be averted this time around.  The Corning Republican says he feels the Senate has given serious consideration to the funding bill that passed the House Tuesday night and they were included in the two-year plan.
 
The Senate approved the plan Wednesday afternoon, and he feels they'll avoid the possibility of a shut-down at Midnight tonight.  Reed says there was bi-partisan support for many of the provisions contained the House bill.  At this point, Congress will have to rush to pass a budget measure in both chambers before the Midnight deadline.
 
 
 
The state's high school graduation rate edged above 80 percent in 2017, but black and Hispanic students graduated at much lower rates than white students...  
 
New York state education officials say black, Hispanic and white students all made small gains in the four-year graduation rate, but a 20-point gap exists between white students and their minority peers.  Data released Wednesday shows the overall June graduation rate was 80.2 percent.  That's up from 79.7 percent in 2016.  Students in poorer urban districts also continue to lag behind. 
 
 
 
Officials at Jamestown Community College plan to sell more excess property the college has near it's main campus on Falconer Street on the city's eastside...  
 
The college is asking the city council for permission to sell eight acres of the approximately 50 acres it acquired from the Coan Family five years ago at 2835 Curtis Street Extension.  Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says JCC had planned to use the home on the land for an Alumni House and reception location; however, he says the plans changed.
 
Dolce says there's also a single pole-barn also located on the property, which JCC officials are asking $300,000 for.  Council President Marie Carrubba is also a member of the JCC Board of Trustees... and, says -- though -- that using it for college activities didn't work out.  She says the facility would require some work first because it doesn't have a sewer hook-up.  The property, which is located in the town of Ellicott, has a septic system.  Both the city council, and the Chautauqua County Legislature must approve the sale because both are sponsors of the college.
 
 
 
A defense lawyer is attacking the credibility of the government's star witness in the trial of a former top aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo...  
 
Attorney Barry Bohrer on Wednesday defended longtime Cuomo confidante Joseph Percoco by highlighting lies and crimes committed by the government's key witness, Todd Howe.  Howe and Percoco were close friends for three decades before Howe pleaded guilty to multiple crimes and began cooperating with prosecutors against Percoco.  Percoco has pleaded not guilty to charges he accepted over $300,000 in bribes from an energy consultant and two real estate developers.  Bohrer began his cross examination by asking Howe if he is an honest man.  Howe said he is today.  But, he admitted to years of dishonesty and crimes.
 
 
 
A Cattaraugus County woman faces several charges -- including a couple of Felonies -- for alleged Welfare Fraud...  
 
Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say 42 year-old Linda Tally is accused of falsely claiming another person was living in her household, which resulted in her fraudulently receiving just over $3,411.  Tally, who turned herself in last Monday, faces felony charges of third-degree welfare fraud and grand larceny and four counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.  She is to appear in Olean City Court next Tuesday morning. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 7, 2018

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 4 a.m. Thursday morning... 
 
That from the National Weather Service office in Buffalo's Dan Kelly who says the Southern Tier may see between four and eight inches of snow throughout the day. Kelly says that snowfall today will be wet and heavy in comparison to lake effect snow. 
 
Kelly says the bulk of snowfall will be late-morning on with an inch per hour expected. Additionally, travel conditions will be difficult during the morning and evening commutes. Kelly urged drivers to take caution and allow for extra time to reach your destination as snow-slick roads could cause slippery spots and reduced visibility of a quarter-mile or less.
 
 
 
A resident's group that's opposed to re-opening of the former Jones-Carroll Landfill in the town of Carroll is hosting a joint legislative hearing with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Sealand Waste tonight in Frewsburg...  
 
Town Supervisor Jack Jones, Junior says the Carroll concerned Citizens will hold the meeting at 6 p.m. in the Frewsburg High School auditorium, to outline it's opposition to the latest proposal by Sealand Waste to obtain permits to operate the Jones-Carroll landfill.  The Carroll Town Board approved a local law in 2007 that bans any new landfills from being located in the town. 
 
 
 
The House of Representatives has released a spending plan includes priority legislation co-sponsored by local Congressman Tom Reed...  
 
Reed says the bill, will fund the federal government through March 23, temporarily preventing another shutdown.  The legislation includes the extension of four health care programs which Reed says are critical to his district.  They include two programs for Medicare Dependent and Low Volume hospitals.
 
Reed says another one of the programs is the Special Diabetes Program.  The Corning Republican, who co-chairs the Diabetes Caucus with Democrat Diane Dugette, has been working to ensure that program was also prioritized.  Reed says the program will continue for two more years to help all Americans, including the Native American population.  He adds the plan would fully fund the nation's military through the end of this year.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
 
The state is getting closer to a goal of providing broadband internet to every corner of New York by the end of this year...  
 
That from Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was in northern New York late last week to announce the start of the third and final round of the program bringing access to high-speed internet.  The Democrat announced in Plattsburgh that nearly $210-million dollars in state funding will provide more than 120,000 homes, business and institutions with broadband, closing the final gap.  The program was launched in 2015.
 
 
 
An arbitration panel will begin meeting in Jamestown next week to begin work on ending a two-year impasse between the city and it's policement's union...  
 
Mayor Sam Teresi says the three-member panel will begin meeting next Monday morning, February 12 at 10 a.m. to begin work on imposing a contract on the city and the Kendall Club-Police Benevolent Association.  Teresi told City Council Monday night that the union's most recent contract with the city expired at the end of 2015 and, it filed paperwork for arbitration last year.
 
Teresi says each side has named it's representative for the panel.  He says the city will be represented by City Clerk Todd Thomas, who is also an attorney by trade.  The Kendall Club will be represented by Albany Attorney John Crotty.  The third and neutral member of the panel is a long-time, state arbitrator Howard Foster of Buffalo.  If the first day doesn't produce a final resolution, Teresi says there will be a second day of arbitration talks on Tuesday, February 13.  In New York state, only public safety contracts for police and fire unions can go to arbitration.
 
 
 
The Post-Journal reports the motion was made by Public Defender Ned Barone last week in the re-trail of 20 year-old Justin Haffa, who is accused of attacking and trying to kill Sheriff's Deputy Sara Cunningham on September 11 of 2016...  
 
At issue is a reported conversation between Cunningham and District Attorney Patrick Swanson about a follow-up visit she had with her doctor after the incident, which occured on Route 60 in the town of Pomfret.  That conversation took place between the first and second trials.  Barone made several motions regarding potential Brady violations, which were denied by Judge David Foley.  The newspaper reports Foley expressed concern with how the prosecution represented itself. Jurors return today as summations begin. 
 
 
 
A lobbyist testifying at the bribery trial of a former aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he helped arrange a consulting job for the aide's wife with a client who needed help from the state...  
 
Todd Howe testified Tuesday in Manhattan federal court against ex-aide Joseph Percoco, his longtime friend.  Howe started the day talking about how he helped arrange the job for Percoco's wife.  Percoco has pleaded not guilty to charges he accepted $300,000 in bribes to help three businessmen get favors from the state.  Prosecutors say Percoco and Howe used the word "ziti" as code to refer to bribe payments.  Howe pleaded guilty to crimes including bribery and corruption and is testifying as the government's chief witness.  Percoco's lawyer says Howe is lying to get leniency instead of decades in prison.
 
 
 
There are more New Yorkers than ever are signed up for health coverage under the state's health insurance marketplace...  
 
State health officials say 4.3-million New Yorkers are now enrolled through the marketplace following the end of open enrollment on Wednesday.  That's an increase of 700-thousand from 2017.  Of the total 4.3 million, nearly 3-million are signed up for Medicaid.  Another 740,000 are enrolled in the state's Essential Plan for low income individuals.  More than 253,000 people are covered by a qualified health plan, and more than half of those received some financial assistance. 
 
 
 
New York's Marist College has revoked an honorary degree it awarded to former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly in 2001...  
 
Marist's trustees cited accusations of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment in a statement about O'Reilly posted Sunday on the college website.  O'Reilly was fired from Fox in April.  The New York Times reported in October that he had reached a $32-million settlement with a former Fox analyst over sexual harassment allegations.  O'Reilly has denied the allegations of sexual misconduct.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 6, 2018

A city man is in custody on Felony arson charges after turning himself into Jamestown Police Monday morning.  That from City Police Captain Bob Samuelson, who says 31 year-old David Wright faces two counts each of second-degree arson and second-degree criminal mischief...
 
Samuelson says the charges come after Jamestown Police and Fire Departments' arson investigators determined the cause of two separate fires -- the first at 12 Mount Vernon Place in November 2017-- and, the second at 24 Philips Street on January 19.  He says the joint investigation showed both were intentionally set.. and, that Wright set them.  Wright reportedly lived at both residences at the time of the fires.  He was being arraigned late yesterday morning and, will be sent to the county jail pending further court action.
 
 
 
A Westfield woman is accused of prostitution in her home for several months late last year...  
 
Sheriff's Deputies say they arrested 35 year-old Amy Figueroa of Nichols Avenue after they looked into "ongoing suspicious activity" from last September through December.  Officers say they arrested her without incident just before Noon Monday.  Deputies say Figueroa was issued an appearance ticket for Westfield Village Court for prostitution and will appear in court at a later date and time.
 
 
 
The city of Jamestown now has a state-approved program in place that allows local residents to buy vacant or condemned properties to fix up and live in and save on property taxes...  
 
City Development Director Vince DeJoy told City Council members last night that the city's 11-year Property Tax Abatement Program is now up and running, and people can apply on-line, or in person.  DeJoy says the person buying the home must also live in it.  He says the on-line, or hard copy form will ask the homeowner a series of questions about their plans for the property.
 
During the first year of home ownership, DeJoy says there would be no taxes paid to the city or chautauqua County.  After that, the taxes paid will steadily increase through the 11th year.  Mayor Sam Teresi says realistically, they're hoping that they may have two or three such projects undertaken each year to help get properties back on the tax roles and lessen the city's cost for demolitions.  He adds, though, that not all vacant and condemned properties in the city are going to be "candidates" for this program.
 
 
  
Chautauqua County's top-elected official says he feels optimistic that New York state may take some action to allow institutions of higher learning to taylor their training programs for local industry...  
 
County Executive George Borrello says, in talking with local industrial leaders during his business visits in the county, he's learned that workforce training is the biggest issue they face right now.  Borrello adds that he brought that up to a member of Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration; he says they are looking into that.
 
Borrello says he met earlier with officials at both Jamestown Community College and the SUNY College at Fredonia about tayloring their programs and found their hands are tied by requirements of the state's Board of Regents.  He says it got their attention, especially when he noted that SKF officials said it happens in other states where they do business.  Borrello has now visited 30 businesses in the first 30 days of his administration.  He made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
 
The Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce presented its annual 'Salute to the Finest' awards Monday night...  
 
The 'Pride of Jamestown Award' went to the Babe Ruth World Series Committee.  the group has brought 16 World Series events to Jamestown since 1980, with another one set for August of this year.   Accepting the award was Vice-President and Public Relations Director Kim Eklund.  The 'Community Service Award' went to John Williams, the City of Jamestown's Parks Manager; he's had a twenty year career with the city.
 
The James Prendergast Library was given the 'Service to Humanity Award.'  Director Tina Scott was particularly grateful, as the library has faced some difficult times.  Crown Street Roasting was named New Business of the Year.  Justin Hanft of the Education Coalition was named Young Business Leader of the Year.  Forte' received the Restaurant of the Year Award.  Anderson Precision Tool, a 125 year old business in Jamestown, was recognized as Manufacturer of the Year.  Honest John's Pizza and Wings was named Business of the Year.  The awards were presented at Shawbucks Restaurant.  
 
 
 
Bon-Ton Stores has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection...  
 
The department store chain filed Sunday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Delaware.  Several dozen retailers including Toys R Us, and Payless ShoeSource, have filed for reorganization over the past year as shoppers abandon traditional stores.  Bon-Ton has been hurt by shoppers' changing behavior, and its $1-billion in debt gives it less flexibility to invest in stores and online.  The company, which operates 260 stores -- including one in Lakewood -- saw holiday sales at established stores fall 2.9%.  However, the company says its stores, e-commerce and mobile platforms will operate as usual during the restructuring.
 
 
 
The comments continue to go back-and-fourth about the proposed roundabout at the intersection of Routes 20 and 60 in the north county town of Pomfret.  Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis says there have been a high number of crashes at that busy intersection and the data backs the need for a change....
 
Dr. Landis says engineers with the state Department of Transportation indicate that the use of raised medians along with the roundabout would eliminate the need for left-hand turns, which she says is the main cause of the crashes.  Landis says data shows left-turns-- not speed-- is at issue with vehicles going to and leaving businesses.  Not everyone is on board with use of a roundabout, including some of the businesses at the intersection.  A trustee, Doug Essek, launched an online petition drive opposing the roundabout.  The State DOT announced in late January the released of a report on the project and a public comment period that will last about two weeks.
 
 
 
A woman living at a farm in the Cattaraugus County town of Ashford that was the scene of an animal seizure earlier this year has been arrested for animal cruelty...
 
Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley say 60 year-old Connie Lipka faces five counts of cruelty to animals -- an unclassified misdemeanor and five more cruelty counts that are Class "A" misdemeanors.  Deputies say an investigation by the Sheriff's office and Cattaraugus County SPCA found that Lipka failed to provide sufficient food, clean water, and shelter for her five goats.  The animals were surrendered, and taken for evaluation and medical treatment.  Officers say the arrest occured late last week after a nearly month-long investigation.  Others animals were seized from the property last month.  

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 5, 2018

A Jamestown man has been arrested on several Felony charges following a domestic violence incident late last week on the city's westside...  
 
City police were called to the scene at a location on West Fourth Street about 8 p.m. last Friday and found that 56-year-old Randy Harrington, Senior allegedly threatened and restrained a female victim.  Officers say there was also a valid order of protection for Harrington to stay away from the victim.  Police found Harrington and he was arrested without incident.  He is charged with two counts of first-degree criminal contempt, Aggravated Family Offense, second-degree unlawful imprisonment and third-degree menacing.  He was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
 
A New York state Surpreme Court Judge has dismissed the case of an out-of-state company looking to build a cellphone tower in the village of Lakewood...  
 
In a printed release last weekend, Mayor Cara Birritierri noted that Judge Frank Sedita agreed that Up State Tower lacked the standing to challenge local laws regarding the siting of such towers.  The case began in June of 2016 when the village board adopted a Local Law regulating the siting of cell towers, which was designed to limit commercial towers to property that would have minimum impacts on the community.  It also puts the responsibility for paying the cost for evaluating the necessity of the towers, and their proposed heights, on the developer.  Late last month, Birritierri says Judge Sedita resoundingly rejected the challenges by UpState Tower to the Village's local laws, and dismissed the case.
 
 
 
Leaking water from snow melt at the end of January has damaged the console of Chautauqua Institution's nearly 111 year-old Massey Memorial Organ...
 
However, officials at Chautauqua Institution say no other parts of the organ were damaged and, a replacement for the console should be in place in plenty of time for the 2018 season.  That from Chautauqua's Communications Director, Jordan Steves, who says a routine inspection late last month revealed the leak had gotten into the console's four Ivory keyboards.
 
Steves says their experts were on scene last Friday and Saturday.  Steves says they are still trying to determine the cause of the leak; he says their personnel, contractors and engineers will look further into the matter, and take steps to make sure "this doesn't happen again."  The 1907 Massey Memorial Organ is at the heart of the institution's amphitheater, which was recently rebuilt.  The organ was in storage backstage for the Winter when the leak occured.  The organ's last full restortation was in the 1990s.
 
 
 
The attempted murder trial of a Buffalo-area man is facing a potential mistrial over whether the prosecution in the case turned over information to the defense...  
 
The Post-Journal reports the motion was made by Public Defender Ned Barone yesterday in the retrial of 20 year-old Justin Haffa, who is accused of attacking and trying to kill Sheriff's Deputy Sara Cunningham on September 11 of 2016.  At issue is a reported conversation between Cunningham and District Attorney Patrick Swanson about a follow-up visit she had with her doctor after the incident.  After the defense rested in the case, Judge David Foley said that he would rule on a motion for a mistrial on Monday.
 
 
 
A second Chautauqua County native was among the 200-plus graduates honored last week from the Basic School of the New York State Police Academy...  
 
The State Police press release also lists 24-year-old Dalton Walsh of Stockton, who has been assigned to State Police Troop "C" in the Binghamton area for his 10 weeks of training.  He'll join Jamestown Police Chief, Harry Snellings son, Sean, in training there.  During a recent interview, Walsh said it's a "great honor" to be a state trooper.
 
Walsh says he "looks forward" to 'selflessly serving' the people of New York state to on the job and moving up the ladder in the State Police ranks'.  Before joining State Police, Walsh was an officer for two years with the Secret Service, and he had been assigned to the White House.  Walsh and the other new troopers will begin their field duty on Monday.
 
 
 
Two teenagers from Jamestown have been arrested for allegedly hosting a loud party on the city's eastside early last Saturday morning and becoming combative with police...  
 
City police were called to the scene at 321 Allen Street shortly after 1 a.m. for a complaint of loud music coming from the building. Officers say they made contact with 19 year-old Lastar Farmer, and a 16 year-old girl who claimed responsibility for the party.  However, as people were leaving the party, officers say the teens became disorderly, and were yelling and disturbing others.  Both females were arrested for unnecessary noise and jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
 
A new study aims to shed light on the weather phenomenon that's behind many of Buffalo's most epic snowfalls...  
 
Researchers at the University at Buffalo will focus on lake-effect snow from the past in hopes of better predicting it in the future as the Earth warms.  Lake-effect snow occurs when cold winds flow over warmer water - in this case, the Great Lakes - fueling intense bands of moisture that can quickly dump feet of snow on a single location.  U.B. researchers are developing tools to look at whether snowfall was heavier 10,000 years ago, when the Earth was warmer.  They'll seek clues in hydrogen atoms found in the remains of ancient leaves buried at the bottom of ponds and lakes.
 

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News Update for Sat., Feb. 3, 2018

Snowmelt damages keyboards on Chautauqua Institution's 1907 Massey Organ...
Water from melting snow has damaged one of the world's largest outdoor pipe organs -- the 111-year-old Massey Memorial Organ -- at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York.  However... officials say they expect to have it's console restored in time for the 2018 season at the summer arts and religious retreat.  The 1907 Massey Memorial Organ is at the heart of the institution's amphitheater, which was recently rebuilt.  President Michael Hill says a routine inspection this past week revealed that a leak from melting snow permeated a protective covering and made its way into the organ's wooden console and its four ivory keyboards while the unit was stored backstage.  Chautauqua Spokesman Jordan Steves tells Media One Group News today that they've had their experts in to to look at the keyboards, and, begin work to replace them.  However... he says the organ's pipework and other systems were unaffected.  More on this story Monday.
 

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News Headlines for Sat. Feb. 3, 2018

Gunderson says Comedy Center very excited to get Berman archives...
The head of the National Comedy Center says they are excited to have received another archive from one of comedy's most-prolific stand-up comedians.  Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson says they officially took over the archives of Shelly Berman... who died last Sept. 1 at age 92... in California this past Wednesday.  Gunderson says the best part of getting Berman's artifacts is they're like a "mini time-machine."  She says the archives include memories of the "last 70 years of American comedy..." including stand-up, theater, and television.  Gunderson says there are a "few notable" items included in the archives... such as the stool that Berman used when he was on tour... and, another is his two "gold" records.  That includes the first album to ever win a grammy.  While it's still to be determined... Gunderson says the National Comedy Center is excited to display Berman's gold records in their "awards and distinctions area."  The National Comedy Center is to open its doors during the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in August. 
 
 
Snellings proud of son graduating State Police Academy -- and with honors...
The son of Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings is at the top of the class among the just over 200 graduates of this year's New York state Police Academy.  Chief Snellings was in Albany Wednesday for his son, Sean's graduation.  It's the first step towards his formal training and assignment.  Harry Snellings says the graduation was a "great event..." and he is very proud of him.  He says Sean was also tops in two other areas...he was also there for the presentation of his Troopers shield on Tuesday.  The elder Snellings says Sean also topped his class in marksmanship, and physical fitness training.  Chief Snellings says Sean had been considering a police career for a few years... but, actually had been working in banking in the Buffalo-area when he finally decided to make the change... and, the opportunity presented itself.  He says Sean considered the Jamestown Police Department... but, finally decided he wanted to be a state Trooper.  Snellings says Sean will now move onto his 10-weeks of formal training with the State Police at Troop "C" in Binghampton.  After that... he'll be assigned to another barracks in Troop "C." 
 
 
City man arrested for allegedly threatening another person...
A Jamestown man is jailed for damaging property property, and allegedly threatening to kill another person during a domestic incident last Thursday afternoon.  City police were called to 51 Glasgow Ave. shortly before 4:30 p.m. for an earlier incident reported at 54 McKinley Ave.  Officers say investigation found that the suspect -- 41 year-old Frank Bindics, Sr. -- was additionally in violation of a Order of Protection.  Bindics was charged with first-degree criminal contempt, felony aggravated family offense... fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harrassment.  He's being held in City jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
Apthorpe feels all State School Aid should be foundation -- or discretionary...
It's time to give local school districts the funding they need according to the state aid formulas... and, get the politicians out of it.  Those are the feelings of Jamestown School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe... who says it's nice that Jamestown is getting a $4.1-million increase in aid.  However... Apthorpe says -- given his experiences with several districts over three decades -- the western New York region gets the short end of the stick.  He says he doesn't mind other districts having "equestrian" programs... but, don't ask for state funding for it.  He says children in New York state have a constitutional right to a "sound, basic education..." that includes reading, writting and arithmatic.  Apthorpe says he supports the idea of making all state aid foundation aid that local schools can use as they see fit. 
 
 
Jamestown native has front-row seat for Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day...
A Jamestown native was among the throng of thousands on hand early yesterday morning when Punxsatawney Phil saw his shadow at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa.  Betsy Wolfe now lives in Dallas, Texas, and is the daughter of John and Margie Fuchs of Jamestown.  Betsy says she was able to get VIP passes... which allowed her to have a front-row view of the show.  She says it was very cold... but, not overly Wintry.  She says there was just a little snow falling at times, but, it was very cold.  Wolfe traveled to Punxsatawney Thursday... and, having a VIP Pass... was able to have a picture taken with Phil.  She arrived at Gobbler's Knob about 3:30 this morning... and, spoke with our Dennis Webster shortly before 7:30 when Phil's prediction was read.  He did see his shadow... meaning six more weeks of Winter.  While the crowd was vocal... Wolfe says it was well behaved. 
 
 
Dunkirk Dave predicts early Spring...
Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania's famous groundhog emerged from his burrow yesterday morning and predicted six more weeks of winter.  But despite sub-zero windchills, Dunkirk Dave had a different outlook...he apparently didn't see his shadow and predicted an early spring.  The announcement was made by Lieutenant Govenor Kathy Hochul who made a special visit to the Dunkirk area to attend the event held each year at the home of Dunkirk Dave's handler Bob Will.

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 2, 2018

 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says unfunded mandates continue to be a concern for county officials from across the state...  
 
Borrello is back from the annual New York State Association of Counties conference in Albany.  He says one of the biggest issues are the costs that will be associated with Raise the Age, the increase in the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18.  Borrello says the biggest concern is about who will be paying the tab.
 
Another concern is the impasse between the State and the Seneca Nation of Indians.  Borrello says NYSAC passed a resolution, urging the state to move as quickly as possible to resolve the impasse.  This was Borrello's first conference as county executive and called it a great experience. He was one of 17 county executives attending the meeting that was held in Albany.
 
 
 
A new institution in Jamestown dedicated to the art and legacies of comedy has received the archive of modern stand-up comedian Shelley Berman...  
 
The National Comedy Center announced Thursday that they received the gift from Shelley Berman's wife, Sarah, on Tuesday.  The archive was collected and stored in Berman's office and contains photographs, scripts and rare footage and audio of his work in stand-up.  Comedy Center Director Journey Gunderson says it includes television and comedy-writing work spanning from the 1940s to the 2010s.  Artifacts also include two of Berman's albums and the trademark stool, which he used on-tour during his routines.  Gunderson says the National Comedy Center is honored to be the institution to house Shelley's archive. The center is to open it's doors during the 2018 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in August. 
 
 
 
Another 200-plus troopers have joined the ranks of the New York State Police...  
 
A graduation ceremony was held Wednesday at the Empire State Plaza in Albany for 208 new members of the state police.  It was the 206th class to graduate from the Basic School of the New York State Police Academy in Albany.  Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul spoke at the graduation ceremony and state police Superintendent George Beach, II welcomed the graduates to the ranks.
 
 
 
The $23-million expansion project at UPMC Chautauqua WCA is being supported by a$ 26.4-million grant awarded by the state Department of Health in March of 2016... 
 
Operations Director Cecil Miller says the General Contractor is LeChase Construction from the Buffalo-area, which has been involved in several health care projects through the years.  Milller adds, though, that several of the sub-contractors are local.  
 
Miller says there was also a goal -- because state funding is involved -- to have 30% of the expansion projects contracts go to women and minority-owned businesses; he says they are "very close" to that goal right now.  He adds that the out-patient and emergency parking lot will remain closed for about another year, but adds their free valet service has been working out well.
 
 
 
Progress is being made as the TLC Health Network and Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk continue the process toward a merger of the two health systems...  
 
That from Michael Hughes, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff for Kaleida Health.  Hughes says TLC has achieved a major milestone and is exiting bankruptcy.  He says that enabled the hospital based in Irving to sign a management agreement. Hughes says work continues on a new facility for Brooks Memorial at a location off Route 20 in the town of Pomfret.  He says they have selected a construction manager and are going through some of the preliminary construction planning.  Hughes says they anticipate the merger between TLC and Brooks within a few months.  
 
 
 
A Jamestown woman was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated almost three-times the legal limit on Wednesday...  
 
State Police say they responded to a complaint of an erratically-driving vehicle and pulled over 50 year-old Michelle Hilton on State Route 430 in Greenhurst.  Troopers say Hilton provided a breath sample of 0.21 and was additionally charged with possession of marijuana after Troopers found a pipe in her coat and a canister of marijuana inside her vehicle.  Hilton is scheduled to appear in the town of Ellery Court on a later date to answer the charges. 

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News Bulletin for Thurs., Feb. 1, 2018

(News Bulletin)National Comedy Center receives Shelley Berman Archives...

A Jamestown institution dedicated to the art of comedy has received the archive of modern stand-up comedian Shelley Berman. The National Comedy Center announced they received the gift from Shelley Berman's wife Sarah on Tuesday. The archive was collected and stored in Berman's office and contains photographs, scripts... and rare footage and audio of his work in stand-up... television and comedy-writing spanning from the 1940s to the 2010s. Also included in the archive are two of Berman's albums and the trademark stool... which he used on-tour during his routines. Executive Director of the National Comedy Center Journey Gunderson says the National Comedy Center is honored to be the institution to house Shelley's archive. The National Comedy Center is slated to open its doors during the 2018 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in August.  We talk directly with Gunderson tomorrow.  Stay tuned!

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr.. 23, 2018

New York state Police are investigating the discovery of two dead bodies found Saturday afternoon and evening...    Troopers in Jamestown say the first was located off State Route...

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