WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 14, 2018

An elderly Warren County, Pennsylvania woman was killed, while three others were hurt, when a car struck a tractor on Route 957 in Sugar Grove Township Sunday night.... 
 
State Police in Warren say the eastbound car, driven by 86 year-old Elizabeth Donovan of Warren, crossed the center line just after 9:30 p.m. and, struck the tractor.  The operator of the tractor, 37 year-old Travis Larson of Warren, was not hurt.  Troopers say a passenger in the car, 78 year-old Anne Wolf of North Warren, later died at Warren General Hospital, while Donovan was taken there for treatment of her injuries.  Two others in the car, a male and female from Russell, were also taken to the hospital for treatment.  The female was later flown to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie.  The crash remains under investigation.
 
 
A man from Cherry Creek lost his life after his motorcycle was struck by a car in Cherry Creek Sunday night...  
 
Sheriff's deputies responded to the crash on Farrington Hollow Road and found 47 year-old Jassen Sherman of Falconer, failed to yield when backing out of a driveway.  Officers say his vehicle was struck by the northbound motorcycle, operated by 50 year-old Paul Diaz.  Diaz was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital where he later died due to injuries sustained in the collision.  Sherman was cited for failure to yield to right of way when entering the roadway and is due back in court at a later date. 
 
 
The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy has begun an effort to acquire 77-acres of land in the Cassadaga area for a nature park...  
 
The Conservancy is working with the Cassadaga Lakes Association on the project that will be located near the upper lake.  CWC Director John Jablonski says they consider it an important piece of property for the Cassadaga Lakes' ecosystem.
 
The process of acquiring the property began about a year ago and, recently received support from several local governments, including the Chautauqua County Legislature.  Jablonski says they have raised about a third of the funding that's needed for the project.  He says they have about $53,000 pledged so far, while acquistion costs should be about $120,000.  The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy is currently in the process of applying for a $90,000 state grant through the consolidated funding application process.  
 
 
A popular waterfront eatery in Bemus Point has broken the Guiness World Record for the most chicken wings served in 24 hours... 
 
Breaking it's own record set in 1982, Event Coordinator Steve Carlson says  the Village Casino sold 40,210 chicken wings in the one-day span.
 
Carlson says they 158 staff members -- current and former -- helping out with the event.  He tells us it was a big community effort that was "unique" with people working towards a common goal.  The profits raised will be paid forward to help the Bemus Point Volunteer Fire Department, Bemus Point Library, the Bemus Point Ferry and the local American Red Cross.
 
 
New York state will invest $1.5 million in additional funds in efforts to bring fresh, locally grown farm products to public schools in the coming school year....  
 
School districts can apply for grants of up to $100,000 each that can support the hiring of a program coordinator, staff training or the purchase of equipment to store, prepare or transport farm products.  Since the state's "farm-to-school" program began in 2015 the state has set aside more than $1.8 million to help programs in 164 school districts across the state.  State officials announced the funding on Thursday. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo says the program benefits students by providing them with fresh fruits, vegetables and other products while also helping create markets for the state's farmers.
 
 
The Greater Jamestown community and World Series Committee were the real winners of last week's Babe Ruth World Series at Diethrick Park...  
 
Those are the feelings of Host President Russ Diethrick, who says except for a rain delay and a power outage at the park, the series moved like clockwork.  Russ complemented everyone on the committee and, adds that the local media did a great job in getting the word out about the host committee's needs, the what was going on.
 
A good crowd of about 1,200-1,400 people was on hand for Saturday's championship game between Charleston, Missouri and Mobile, Alabama.  He says the media helped a lot in helping the committee get enough host families for the teams that came from out-of-town for the national tournament.  Charleston defeated Mobile in Saturday's championship game, 4-1.
 
 
It's already shaping up as a challenging season for National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell as the pre-season gets underway for the league...  
 
There are new rules, with the biggest being that any player who initiates contact with his helmet is subject to ejection after an 'in-game' video review.  There was some confusion expressed last weekend over it but, Goodell -- who was in Jamestown for the opening of an exhibit about his father -- former U-S Senator Charles Goodell -- says there was no more confusion than any other rule change.  He says getting helmet hits out of the game is good.
 
The biggest controversy involved some players continuing to kneel during the National Anthem. Goodell says they are still working on a policy with the Players Association, that has them standing for the anthem, but also has them working to improve their communities.  The league and the NFLPA have yet to announce a policy for this season regarding demonstrations during the anthem.
 
 
A north county man is jailed for allegedly entering a home in Silver Creek and, damaging property while he was inside...  
 
Sheriff's officers say they were called to a home on Jaekle Avenue about 1 p.m. last Saturday on a report of criminal mischief.  Deputies found, during their investigation, that 35 year-old Travis Eaton of Silver Creek had entered the home without permission.  He was arrested and, charged with third-degree burglary, and criminal mischief.  He was arraigned in Silver Creek Village Court and, sent to the county jail on $30,000 cash bail.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 13, 2018

A motorcyclist lost his life following a two-vehicle accident in Cherry Creek yesterday evening... 
 
Sheriff's Deputies responded to the crash on Farrington Hollow Road shortly before 7 p.m., and found 47 year-old Jassen Sherman, of Falconer, field to yield when backing out of a driveway. Officers say his vehicle was struck by a motorcycle travelling north. The unidentified operator was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. Sherman was cited for failure to yield to right of way when entering the roadway and is due back in court at a later date. 
 
 
A woman from Forestville is jailed on $10,000 bail for allegedly trying to stab another person on several occasions last weekend with a sharp object...  
 
Sheriff's deputies say they were called to a location in the north county village on a report of a disorderly person and, later took 27 year-old Sharlene Downey into custody.  Officers say she also tried to physically injure the victim, and keep them from calling 911.  Downey is also accused of hitting a second person several times and, add the second victim had an active order of protection against Downey.  Downey was arrested on several charges, including third-degree criminal possession of a weapon first-degree criminal contempt and, second-degree attempted assault.  She was arraigned and sent to the county lock-up pending further court action.
 
 
1968 was a year of turmoil, upheaval and war, but there was one bright spot for the region at that time...  
 
But, it was also a controversial time for Jamestown-area Congressman Charles Goodell.  Goodell's life and legacey were examined during the opening of a new exhibit honoring the 50th anniversary of his replacing the late Robert F. Kennedy after Kennedy's assassination while running for President.  Members of Goodell's immediate and extended family were on hand at the Jackson Center for a celebration yesterday and, son Tim represented the family in thanking the center.
 
The program and reception was set so one of Goodell's brothers, Roger, could be on hand in Jamestown.  Roger Goodell -- of course -- is the commissioner of the National Football League.  He later told us he was "honored" to be back in his family's hometown and, he expressed his appreciation for the way the Jackson Center "captured" his father's career, and the impact it had.  The exhibit honoring Charlie Goodell is called "A Model of Courage: The Life of Charles Goodell..." who roundly criticized by many Republicans for his opposition to the Vietnam War.
 
 
Elected officials from all levels of government continue to hold discussions over the future use of the NRG plant in the city of Dunkirk but, what does the company have in mind?  
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says that a meeting with NRG officials is expected to take place in the near future.  Borrello says a number of options are being considered for the facility, but they want to hear from NRG, which decided last month to withdraw from the repowering project.
 
While Borrello says finding another energy company to repower the plant is one of the options, the President and Chief Executive Officer with the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce thinks another option should be considered.  Todd Tranum would like to see the plant municipally operated if possible, similar to the way the Jamestown Board of Public Utliities is operated.  Borrello says there has been some discussion about that option, although he feels it will be a "very heavy lift" and will need strong support from Governor Andrew Cuomo. 
 
 
The third annual Dragon Boat Festival on Chautauqua Lake Saturday enjoyed great weather, great crowds, and intense competition...  
 
Joe Gerace of Lakewood is one member of the group that brought dragon boat racing to Celoron. He says they had 32 boats signed up, the biggest registration number in history. 
 
Another committee member, Bill Stevenson, told our Dennis Webster the competition took a step forward this year, with a few 20-class vessels. Stevenson says it's the same boats, but with more people. The afternoon concluded with a rubber duck race to benefit the Chautauqua Lake Association.  
 
 
Local Republican Congressman Tom Reed and New York Democrat Kathleen Rice are introducing legislation prohibiting House members from serving on the boards of publicly-held companies...  
 
The measure, announced late last week, would create a House equivalent to the Senate Rule 37.6, which states that no Senator "shall serve as an officer or member of the board of any publicly-held or publicly regulated corporation, financial institution, or business entity."  The measure is in response to the decision by Buffalo-area Congressman Chris Collins being indicted on federal charges of insider trading.
 
 
Timely hitting and great defensive play late in the game propelled Charleston, Missouri to a 4-1 championship win over Mobile, Alabama in the 16-to-18 year-old Babe Ruth World Series in Jamestown...  
 
The "Fighting Squirrels" scored three runs in the fourth-inning to break a 1-1 tie, but it took a couple of outstanding plays by Charleston in the bottom of the seventh-inning to preserve the win.  Manager and Coach Mark Minner called it a big championship for the team, and their fans.
 
In that seventh-inning, Mobile had runners on first and third and no one out, but third-baseman Brevo Yarbro grabbed a high chopper and tagged out the lead runner before throwing to first for the second out.  Charleston then recorded the final out on a fine play by their shortstop for the win.  Charleston pitcher Will Pratt was rewarded with the Serie's "Most Outstanding Player" award.  It was a great finish to a fine week of baseball at Diethrick Park.  Host President -- and park namesake -- Russ Diethrick -- says you could not have scripted a better finish.

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WJTN News Bulletin for Sat., Aug. 11, 2018

(**Corrected)Charleston, Missouri wins 16-to-18 year-old Babe Ruth WS in dramatic final game...
Timely hitting and great defensive play late in the game propelled Charleston, Missouri to a 4-to-1 victory over Mobile, Alabama in the 16-to-18 year-old Babe Ruth World Series in Jamestown.  The "Fighting Squirrels" scored three runs in the fourth-inning Saturday afternoon to break a 1-1 tie... but, it took an outstanding play by Charleston third-baseman Breven Yarbro (not Will Pratt who pitched the win) to help preserve the win.  With runners on first and third and no one out in the bottom of the seventh-inning... Yarbro grabbed a high chopper and tagged out the lead runner before throwing to first for the second out.  Charleston then recorded the final out for the win.  Manager and Coach Mike Minner called it a big championship for the team, and their fans.  Minner says it was a "magical week" for his team, and add's it's "pretty special" to be national champions.  Pratt was rewarded with the Serie's "Most Outstanding Player" award.  It was a great finish to a fine week of baseball at Diethrick Park.  Host President -- and park namesake -- Russ Diethrick -- says you could not have scripted a better finish with good play on both sides.  The host Southern Tier All-Stars played well in pool play... winning a game over Southeastern Champion Fairfax, Virginia.  They wound up the series 1-and-3.  Pitcher Bryce Jackson made the Tournament's All-Defensive team after two terrific pitching performances for the local team.
 

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News Headlines for Sat., Aug. 11, 2018

City man and woman arrested for having illegal gun, Meth and fake $100 bills...
A Jamestown man and woman are jailed without bail for allegedly being found in possession of illegal gun, drugs and several fake $100 bills during a traffic stop late Thursday.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says 24 year-old Daniel McKay and 22 year-old Kaylyn Barlow were arrested during the stop at Strong and Fulton Streets after their car was pulled over for having a loud exhaust.  Samuelson says the found items including a loaded, .380-pistol with the serial number defaced... nearly 4-grams of Methamphetime... and, nine fake $100 bills during the Targeted Enforcement Detail.  Samuelson says the phony bills have been cropping up a lot lately at various businesses -- especially pizzerias and pizza delivery businesses.  However... he says if you're not paying attention... you can be dupped by those bills.  Samuelson says -- since they aren't considered counterfeit -- there are no charges against McKay -- who is a state Parolee -- and Barlow.  He says both were arraigned on charges including second-degree criminal possession of a weapon... and, third and seventh-degree criminial possession of a controlled substance, and sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
Cattaraugus County man arrested for having venomous snakes, reptiles...
Authorities say state wildlife officers have seized three king cobras and other venomous reptiles from a western New York home.  The Olean Times-Herald reports that Department of Environmental Conservation officers obtained a warrant Thursday morning to search a home in the Cattaraugus County town of Allegany.  Officers say inside they found three king cobras and other venomous species, along with numerous turtles, kept in enclosures throughout the home, located on East Union Street.  The snakes and other reptiles were taken to the Buffalo Zoo.  It's illegal in New York state to own venomous snakes without a DEC permit.  The man living at the house hasn't been charged.
 
 
Collins suspends campaign after Reed says it's up to Collins on what he should do...
Congressman Tom Reed says the charges of insider trading and lying to the FBI leveled against fellow Representative Chris Collins are "troublesome."  Reed made the comment during a conference call with regional media late this past week.  The Corning Republican said he would let Collins and his family handle the matter themselves and let the voters in his Western New York district decide if he should remain in office.  Reed says it's "his choice."  Collins finally decided to suspend his campaign for re-election this (Saturday) morning after consulting with family members and friends.  Reed says House members are taking the allegations seriously, and that it will take Collins time to work through this situation.  Collin's statement said he's ending his campaign in the best interest of his constituents, President Donald Trump and the Republican Party.  A spokeswoman for the New York state Republican party said no decision has been made about a possible replacement for Collins on the ballot.
 
 
Olean man accused of stealing from Cattaraugus County employer sentenced to prison time, restitution... 
A Cattaraugus County man will spend nearly three-years in federal prison after being convicted of bank fraud and tax evasion.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Jr. adds that 54 year-old Joseph Stevens of Olean was also ordered to pay 512-thousand dollars in restitution to the victim, and the Internal Revenue Service.  That's in addition to the 33-month sentence he received.  Prosecutors say Stevens... who was a CPA... was hired by a business owner in August of 2012 for pay vendors, taxes, and to handle employee payroll.  However... he was accused of later using a ruse that the business was not doing well financially.  He was later found to have made more than $342,000 in unauthorized withdrawls... and, forged nearly 40 checks for nearly $88,000.  Stevens also failed to file income taxes for 2015.
 
 
Audubon's new director introduced to the public Friday...
The new director of the Jamestown Audubon Nature Center says she hopes to expand the local center's outreach once she has settled into her new position.  That from Rochester native Leigh Rovegno... who was formally introduced to the public Friday afternoon as the replacement for the retiring Ruth Lundin.  Rovegno has already been on the job for about two-weeks and says she's very excited about returning to western New York, and putting ways to better connect with people in the Jamestown community to spread audubon's message.  Audubon Board Chairman Pierre Chagnon says one thing that stood out about Rovegno is that she flew here from her home in Denver, Colorado to interview for the post.  Chagnon says most of the out-of-town candidates interviewed via Skype.  Rovegno had been working in horticulture... and, organic farming in Denver the past several years.  She says her parents are originally from Salamanca.  A welcoming reception was held for Leigh Rovegno after a press conference announing her appointment Friday.
 
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 10, 2018

It's going to take boots on the ground, and trust in the community to make sure there is a complete, and accurate Census count in the city of Jamestown in 2020...  
 
That from state and U-S Census Bureau officials who joined city leaders Thursday afternoon for a kick-off meeting at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.  Mayor Sam Teresi welcomed about 20 people from various parts of the community to help with the effort.
 
Teresi says a preliminary count they received in 2008 showed the city's population between 27,000 and 28,000 people.  However, he says they used residential utility bill information to cross reference and, that prevented a 3,000 to 4,000 undercount.  Deputy Director of State Operations Richard Tobe says there are typically certain population segments that are undercounted, including people in low-income communities, and children under the age of 5.  The Census is used to determine Congressional and legislative districts, and state and federal funding.
 
 
Players with the Jamestown Jammers and member of the organization were honored with a special proclamation and the "key to the city" Thursday afternoon after winning their league championship...  
 
The Jammers won the third and deciding game of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League over Amsterdam Wednesday, 8-6.  Mayor Sam Teresi welcomed team members to his offices and, Manager and Coach Anthony Barone says it's a "perfect way" to end the season.
 
Teresi issued the proclamation and presented the key to the city to Barone, and a handful of players who were still here.  He says they have an outstanding organization, top to bottom.   It is the first championship for the Jammers since collegiate league baseball came to the city in 2015.
 
 
The expanded series of concerts at Jamestown's Goranson Band Shell this summer has been a great success.  
 
That's the report from Sandy Galati, co-President of the Allen Park Women's Club, who says the attendance has been the best that she can remember.  The women's club raises money by selling fudge and other treats at each concert.  Club Vice-President, Carol Winterburn, says they're finishing up a $10,000 project near the picnic area- a new sink, lighting and a hot water tank.  The Jamestown Municipal Band played the last of its seven Allen Park concerts Thursday night.  There's still one event at the bandshell, Shakespeare's  "As You Like It", to be performed by the Chautauqua Theater, on Wednesday, August 15.  
 
 
A Jamestown man is accused of stealing $31.00 worth of items from the Dollar General on Washington Street...  
 
City police were called to the store Wednesday afternoon for a shoplifting in progress and, made contact with the suspect who had a shower liner stuffed in the back of his pants.  When 33 year-old James Scotchmer was confronted by officers about it, he denied having anything on him.  When Scotchmer finally removed the items, he had two sports bras, a pair of shorts, ladies underwear, the shower liner and a pair of boxers.  He was charged with petty larceny for having no intent to pay for the property that he stuffed in his pants. 
 
 
The arrest of a Republican congressman from western New York is emboldening Democrats who say it could help them win a heavily Republican district...  
 
U.S. Representative Chris Collins pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges that he gave inside information about a company's failed drug trial to his son, allowing him to avoid big stock losses.  Collins served on the board of the company, Sydney, Australia-based Innate Immunotherapeutics.  His Democratic opponent, Nate McMurray, says his campaign received "tens of thousands" of dollars in new contributions following Collins' arrest.  But the arrest itself may not be enough to cost Collins his seat.  The district voted overwhelmingly for Republican President Donald Trump and backed Collins over his 2014 Democratic challenger by more than 2-1. 
 
 
The 88th annual Warren County Fair is off to fine start...  
 
Fair President, Dave Wilcox, says  the some of the traditional exhibits are a big draw.... including, agriculture... carvinal festivities and artwork. The Fair runs through Saturday. Admission is $10.  Gates open daily at 8 a.m. with the Powers and Thomas midway opening at 1:00.  Major events include a modified truck and tractor pull tonight, and stock car football, Saturday at 7p.m.,  for more information visit warrencountyfair.net.  
 
 
A coalition of immigrant, labor and environmental groups is demanding details on government plans to detain migrant families at military bases known to have toxic hazards.... 
 
On Wednesday, as the Trump administration rushes to build tent cities at two bases in Texas, the groups filed an expedited records request under the Freedom of Information Act.  According to Earth-Justice's Lisa Evans, the sites at Fort Bliss, in El Paso, and Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo are known to be contaminated from decades of use for munitions and hazardous-waste disposal, nuclear-weapons development and military firing ranges.
 
The information request seeks information about 10 polluted sites on the two bases.  The total number of migrants the government wants to detain could be well over 30,000.  Although she thinks it unlikely that tent cities would be located in northeastern states, Evans says anything is possible.  The government has ten days to state whether it will grant the request for expedited processing of the FOIA request.
 
 
The search has been on-going in Washington State for a 28-year-old woman who graduated from the SUNY College at Fredonia but, family and friends are keeping a positive attitude during the process...  
 
Samantha Sayers has now been missing for over a week after she went for a hike August 1 on Vesper Peak.  Samantha's mother, Lisa Sayers, recently gave an update on Facebook on the search, and she says they are not losing hope.
 
Lisa says the family is appreciative of the efforts put forth by the Snohomish County Sheriff's Department, who is heading up the search.  Sayers says they are "grateful" for all the rescue crews, and others, who are helping with the search to find her.  In addition, Samantha's boyfriend, Kevin Dares, is offering a $20,000 reward to anyone who finds her.  Search and rescue teams have been looking for Sayers since she went missing, and police say her car was found at the bottom of the mountain trail.  Samantha Sayers is a 2013 graduate of Fredonia State.
 
 
After holding steady for the past several weeks, gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area have begun to creep downward this week...  
 
The AAA's Gas Price Report says the price for regular unleaded has dropped just over a penny a gallon, from nearly $3.05 cents to just over $3.03 cents this week.  Nationally, the price per gallon reached it's highest level since August of 2014 at $2.87 a gallon.
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for August 9, 2018

Republican U.S. Representative Chris Collins says he will remain on the ballot running for re-election in New York as he fights charges that he used inside information about a biotechnology company to make illicit stock trades...  
 
At a press conference Wednesday night, Collins called the charges "meritless" and said he looks forward to being exonerated.  He earlier pleaded not guilty to insider-trading charges.  Prosecutors say Collins got an email while attending a picnic last year at the White House that the company's medication had failed an important medical trial.  They say Collins told his son, who then dumped his stock in the company before the trial results were announced publicly.  Due to the indictment, Collins was removed from the House Energy Committee by Speaker Paul Ryan.
 
 
The Jamestown Jammers won the Perfect Game League Championship in Amsterdam...  
 
The final score of the final game in the three game series was 8 to 6.  Coach and manager, Anthony Barone, said is was a great, comeback game. Barone says they didn't take the lead until the 7th inning when Chase King hit a three-run homer, then closer Ryan Bowyer shut the door for the win.
 
Barone spoke from the bus as the team was returning early this morning.  The Jammers had to play the entire championship in the other team's ballpark because of the commitment to the Babe Ruth World Series at Russell E. Diethrick, Jr. park, their home field, in Jamestown. Barone says while they would have liked to play  home, being on the road was a bonding experience. This is the second year the Jamestown team has made it to the final series.  It is the first championship for the Jammers since collegiate league baseball came to the city in 2015.
 
 
Democrats in the New York state Assembly say any broadband provider picked to replace Charter Communications in the state should be required to observe net neutrality....  
 
Twenty-five Democratic lawmakers proposed the idea this week.  The state recently revoked its approval of Charter's merger with Time Warner Cable and, ordered the company to find a new provider for its more than two-million New York customers.  The lawmakers say whichever company replaces Charter should be prohibited from altering web speeds or traffic to favor certain sites or apps.  The federal government repealed its net neutrality policy earlier this year.
 
 
Members of the Northwest Arena's board of directors didn't think they would make a decision so soon about a new executive director...  
 
However, when retired Jamestown Community College Athletic Director Keith Martin expressed an interest, they decided to move forward on it.  That from board co-president Dave Leathers, who says Martin's 25 years of experience in sports management and coaching was what they were looking for.  He says they were initially going to look for marketing and operations, and then in finance.
 
Leathers says they initially thought they might promote from within once the two lower management positions were filled.  He says they decided to move on an executive director's right now because of the new junior hockey team (the Jamestown Rebels) coming here to play for the first time.  He says there's also a matter of an expansion project at the arena.  Martin just recently retired from JCC.  He also stepped down from the Arena's board of directors earlier this month after expressing interest in the post. 
 
 
Cynthia Nixon's economic development plan calls for investments in green jobs, minority communities and crumbling infrastructure...  
 
The former "Sex and the City" star and Democratic candidate for New York governor also wants greater transparency and accountability in state economic development spending.  The candidate's plan was first reported Tuesday by The Associated Press.  Nixon says she wants to spread the benefits of economic development funding broadly while strengthening protections for workers.  Nixon faces two-term incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo in next month's primary.  Cuomo has touted billions of dollars in investments in the upstate economy, but critics complained about the number of jobs created and note that two former top state officials have been convicted, along with several real estate developers, on corruption charges stemming from their involvement in Cuomo's economic development initiatives.
 
 
National Night Out is still a relatively new idea, but it's become a big part of the north county city of Dunkirk...  
 
Hundreds of people turned out for the 25th annual event in Dunkirk on Tuesday evening.  Dunkirk Police Chief Dave Ortolano, who introduced the event to the city 25 years ago, says he can't believe it's still going strong.  He adds that it continues to serve as a way for police to have positive interactions with the community.
 
Ortolano was recognized for his involvement with National Night Out and, he received commendations from Mayor Willie Rosas, County Executive George Borrello, and state Assemblyman Andy Goodell -- among others.  He also received recognition from Congressman Tom Reed and Governor Andrew Cuomo. 
 
 
Dunkirk city lawmakers have approved a new contract for a school resource officer with the Dunkirk City School District...  
 
The vote was unanimous.  Mayor Willie Rosas says the city will receive 100 percent reimbursement from the school district to pay for the new police officer.  He adds they'll be getting a more-experienced officer.  Rosas says the agreement is retroactive to August 1 and runs through July 2021. 
 
 
The Water Division of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities is issuing alerts for water customers in two areas of their water territory today...  
 
BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says a water main break near Sixth and Washington Streets in the city will be repaired, starting around 8:00 this morning.  At this time, discolored water is not expected but traffic patterns may be affected during the work.  Drivers may want to avoid the area.  In Lakewood, a valve replacement is scheduled to begin around 8 a.m. at the corner of Winchester and Terrace Avenues.  Water may be off in the vicinity while the repair takes place.  Once work is completed and the water restored, Lakewood customers and west towards BOCES will likely see discolored water for the next 12-24 hours.
 
 
Concert Announcement....
 
Last night's Jamestown Municipal Band concert at the Allen Park Bandshell was postponed due to a threat of inclement weather.  However, it's been rescheduled for tonight.  City Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says the concert will be held at 7 p.m. at Allen Park.

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WJTN News Headlines Aug. 8, 2018

The investigation continues after a bomb threat was called into Chautauqua Mall, forcing evacutation procedures Tuesday evening....
 
Lakewood-Busti Police say the "Game Stop" store, received a phone call stating, "a man with a camera was coming to the store and he has a bomb," then hung up. Lakewood-Busti K-9 and Sheriff Deputies's K-9 units did a sweep inside and outside the shopping center. The Chautauqua County bomb team was also called in to assist and, further investigation found that the call came from an unidentified juvenile in Ohio. Police say the child admitted to the local police that the phone call was a joke. Ohio State Police and Tallmadge Police assisted with the incident. No charges have been announced at this time. 
 
 
Four Jamestown residents are accused of stealing property from several parked and unlocked cars in the village of Celoron late last week....  
 
Ellicott Police officers were called to a report of suspicious people going through a vehicle late last Friday and, spoke with a witness and several victims.  Police say they determined that four males had been going through the vehicles, and they were arrested on several charges.  They include 34 year-old Gregory Skinner, 17 year-old Robert Gilbert, 21 year-old Michael Johnson and, an unidentified 16 year-old face six counts each of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, and one count each of petty larceny and conspiracy.  Johnson and the teen also face minor drug charges.  All four were arraigned and, sent to the county jail with bail to be set.  Police say residents should lock their cars when they're left unattended.
 
 
A Gerry man has been arrested for allegedly being in possession and, trafficking marihuana in the area....  
 
Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force have formally arrested 47 year-old Jonathan Barmore in connection with an operation that began in late June.  Task Force members, Chautauqua County Sheriff's officers, and members of the department's SWAT Team, raided Barmore's home at 2638 Elwell Road and arrested the suspect.  Once inside, police say they found a marihuana growing operation, as well as a quantity of drying marihuana.  As a result, Barmore was charged with second-degree criminal possession of Marihuana, and, Unlawfully Growing Cannabis.  Barmore will answer to the charges in the Town of Gerry Court at a later date.  If you see or hear of any suspicious or narcotics related activity, you're asked to call 1-800-344-8702.
 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision to give conditional pardons to about 24-thousand convicted felons -- now on supervised parole -- is drawing outrage from Republicans -- including local Congressman Tom Reed...  
 
Reed says Cuomo is engaging in an "extremist policy" that will allow those men and women to regain their voting rights.  The Corning Republican says it's especially troubling that nearly 80 sex offenders released in his 23rd District will be allowed to vote in school elections.
 
Reed says convicted sex offender should never be allowed near a school or school setting.  He says he's drafting legislation in an effort to prevent those 24,000 from regaining voting rights.  Cuomo's conditional pardons have been controversial  but, no one moreso than the one for 70-year-old Herman Bell.  Bell was recently approved for parole after serving 40 years for murdering two New York City Police officers when he was a member of the Black Liberation Army.  Bell never expressed any remorse for the deaths.   
 
 
A public roundtable will be held in Jamestown this Thursday, August 9th, at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, beginning at 3 p.m......
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Sam Teresi have jointly announced the session to discuss the upcoming 2020 Census and steps to ensure a full count of all New Yorkers.  Officials says this will be the first in a series of Census-specific regional events to take place across the state in coming months, which will include local stakeholders and U.S. Census Bureau representatives.  The discussion, which will be led by Mayor Teresi and Cuomo's Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Tobe  is open to the public.  Teresi says that prior to the Complete Count effort in 2010, "Census Bureau estimates had the population of Jamestown in the 27,000 to 28,000 range.  When all was said and done, as the results of the Complete Count Committee's work and our enumerators here on the ground, our final 'official' count was just over 31,000."  He adds that having a strong, organized local effort is important for getting as accurate a count as possible."
 
 
City lawmakers will have a special, informal public gathering with Jamestown, Chautauqua County and state representatives taking part at Jamestown's Love Elementary School later this month....  
 
City Councilman Andrew Liuzzo has headed up the effort to bring leaders together to meet with the public outside of city hall and, their offices.  Liuzzo says he's spoken with Jamestown School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe and, has secured the building from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28.
 
Liuzzo says he has has also spoken with several department heads at city hall, and invited them to attend the "Ask Us" meeting.  He also has invited School Superintendent Apthorpe and other district officials to attend if they can.  Liuzzo says the plan is to hold the meeting outside of Love School if possible.  However, if the weather does not cooperate, it'll be held inside.
 
 
An experienced athletic's executive has been named as the new Executive Director of the Northwest Arena in downtown Jamestown....  
 
Co-President's Kristy Zabrodsky and Dave Leathers with the arena's Board of Directors have announced that former Jamestown Community College Athletic Director and Women's Basketball Coach, Keith Martin, will begin his new duties on August 13th.  Martin just recently retired as JCC's athletic director.  In a joint announcement, Zabrodsky and Leathers say they are "very happy" to reintroduce the director's position at the arena, "especially with all the growth and development occuring in the city and surrounding area."  The Jamestown Rebels will kick-off their inaugural season soon and, a building expansion is planned.  In addition... they add that long-term management employees, Craig Hinderleider and Sue Schiavone, will remain in their respective positions.  Martin has been a six-year member of the arena's board of directors.
 
 
Four people were hurt -- but not seriously -- in a two-vehicle crash in the town of Ellery late Monday afternoon....  
 
Sheriff's officers say the accident occured on Pickard Road as a 16 year-old Cherry Creek teen attempted a U-Turn, which caused a dump truck to strike the driver's side of the vehicle.  Deputies say the collision sent 4 of the 5 occupants in the Sports Utilitiy Vehicle to Westfield Memorial Hospital.  The dump truck driver was not hurt, but the teen was ticketed for moving from lane unsafely and having more than one passenger on a 'DJ' class license. 
  

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 7, 2018

Chautauqua County's top-cop says he has concerns about Governor Cuomo's recent announcement that he has appointed a workgroup to draft legislation for a regulated adult-use marijuana program...  
 
Cuomo says he wants the state legislature to consider a measure in the 2019 session.  County Sheriff Joe Gerace says he doesn't agree with the move to legalize the recreational use of pot.
 
Gerace, who is seeking another term as Sheriff, says he also disagrees with the conclusion of a study led by the State Department of Health that says the positive impacts of a regulated marijuana market outweigh the potential negative impacts.  Gerace says he says sometimes the desire for "revenue outweighs common sense."  Unfortunately, he says there are members of the public who have the attitude that it should be legalized but, he still has a problem with it.  Gerace adds he believes that marijuana may be a "gateway drug" for some users.   
 
 
Jamestown fire investigators are still investigating the cause of an early morning fire Monday that destroyed a vacant, three-story house on the city's eastside....  
 
Jamestown Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Finson says crews were called to the scene at 429 Allen Street shortly before 2 a.m. and, found the structure fully-engulfed in flames.  Finson says crews had to take a "defensive" stance due to the volume of flames and set up three lines to put out the blaze.  He says firefighters remained at the scene until 7:00.  The city's Department of Development was called in and, determined that an emergency demolition should be done.  The street was closed for a few hours while the demolition was taking place.  No electric service was hooked up to the home.  No injuries were reported. 
 
 
A Cattaraugus County teenager is being held on $5,000 bail for damaging two law enforcement vehicles early Sunday morning....  
 
Sheriff's officers in Little Valley along with Seneca Nation Marshalls, were called to Low Banks Campground in Cold Spring to investigate a large underage party.  On arrival, deputies saw several underage drinkers and began to dispurse kids from the party safely.  Officers say witnesses saw 18 year-old Nicholas Becker become upset after deputies confiscated his large amount of alcohol.  Becker allegedly smashed out the window of a Sheriff's K-9 patrol vehicle with the K-9 inside and, also the window of a Seneca Nation Marshall's vehicle.  The K-9 was not injuried but, Becker faces several charges, including two counts of felony criminal mischief. 
 
 
A federal program designed to help improve educational outcomes for elementary and middle school students were in the spotlight Monday in the Jamestown school district....  
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed was at Love Elementary School to hear more about what the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program is doing for local students.   21st Century Grant Program Director Amanda Gesing says they have the program in the Love, Ring, Fletcher, and Bush Elementary Schools, and Jefferson and Washington Middle Schools.
 
Gesing says the nearly $2.9-million Jamestown gets comes mainly from the federal government but, goes to the state which then doles out the funding.  The district is receiving $579,000 each year over a five-year period.  Gesing says the program helps them provide teachers to give more "personal attention" to students who need some extra help after school or during the summer.  She says the teachers specialize in literacy intervention for students considered at-risk of falling behind.  
 
 
The 3rd annual Chautauqua County Farmer-Neighbor Dinner is a week from today (Tuesday, August 14th) at the Grandview in Ellington....  
 
The event is an opportunity for farmers and consumers to enjoy a 'farm to table' dinner of local products.  Several awards will be presented: Agricultural Producer, Friend of Agriculture and a new one, Legacy Producer.  The guest speaker will be Paul Trowbridge, a lifetime farmer from Corfu, New York, and author of the popular column 'From the Tractor Seat.'  Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling Deb Kelley at the Soil and Water Conservation District in Jamestown at 664-2351.  The dinner begins with a social hour at 5 p.m., dinner at 6.  The meal will be prepared by Robert Cross of Three C's Catering.  (WJTN's Dennis Webster will emcee the event.) 
 
 
The 500-plus 'I Love NY' highway signs at the center of a spat between Governor Andrew Cuomo and federal transportation officials are going nowhere fast....  
 
The Federal Highway Administration says the signs arrayed in groups along the state's highways have to be removed because they contain too much information and could be distracting.  The Cuomo administration said earlier this year that the signs would come down.  But, to date, no signs have been removed, despite the threat by the federal agency to withhold $14-million in transportation funding if they aren't gone by September 30.  Cuomo's critics say the Democrat wasted taxpayer dollars on the $8-million project.  The governor has said the signs have helped boost the state's $100-billion tourism industry.
 
 
Republican lawmakers in New York will hold hearings into recent decisions by the state parole board to release some high-profile offenders...  
 
The state Senate's GOP majority announced the move Monday.  No dates have been announced.  Lawmakers say the hearings will focus on several parole decisions, including one earlier this year to release 70-year-old Herman Bell, a former Black Liberation Army radical who killed two New York City police officers in 1971.  The hearings will also examine Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision to restore voting rights of thousands of former inmates. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 6, 2018

A portion of Allen Street was blocked off to traffic for an emergency demolition due to a structure fire this morning on Allen Street... 
 
Jamestown Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Finson says the call came in shortly before 2 a.m. at 429 Allen Street for a fully-involved three-story property.  Finson says crews went "defensive" because of the volume of flames by setting up two blitz fire monitors and a water tower to extinguish the fire. Chief Salemme ordered the emergency demolition because of the unstability of the structure. Chief Finson says firefighters remained at the scene until 7 a.m., Allen Street has been re-opened. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No injuries were reported. 
 
 
A Lakewood woman is free on bail after allegedly being found to be driving while under the influence of drugs when her car struck two parked vehicles Jamestown's eastside Saturday night...  
 
City police were called to the scene in front of 1065 East Second Street about 9:40 p.m. on a report of a three-car accident.  Officers say they found that the westbound car, driven by 24 year-old Theresa Marsh, crossed two lanes of traffic before hitting two, unoccupied vehicles.  Further investigation showed that she was under the influence of drugs and, police arrested her for driving while ability impaired by drugs, refusal to submit to a chemical test and, failure to keep right.  She was arraigned, then posted bail.
 
 
A Stockton man has been arrested on burglary and drug possession charges after allegedly stealing nearly $400 worth of speakers from the Lakewood Wal-Mart SuperCenter...  
 
Lakewood-Busti Police say they found 25 year-old Jeremy Burke shortly after 9 p.m. last Friday night on Hillcrest Avenue -- in possession of the speakers.  He was also allegedly found with a small amount of an illegal drug.  Burke is accused of destroying some of the stolen property.  He was arrested on charges including third-degree burglary, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, possession of a hypodermic instrument.  He was arraigned and posted $3,000 bail.
 
 
Three outdoor events Saturday night enjoyed perfect weather, and great crowds.... 
 
In Gerry,  parking places were scarce and the stands were full for the final performance of the 74th year of the rodeo.  Rodeo spokesman, Paul Cooley, said it was the largest crowd they'd seen in years.
 
In Ellington, Mat Pickup, President of the Ellington Town Picnic was 'ecstatic' with the crowd in the town square, saying it had been busy all weekend.  
 
At the same time, the first day of the Babe Ruth World Series was coming to a conclusion at Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park.  Host President, Russ Diethrick, was pleased with the turnout for the first games of the series, and looked forward to good crowds all week long.  The 16 to 18 year-old Babe Ruth World Series runs through Saturday.
 
 
The new National Comedy Center received it's latest artifact that will be going on display sometime in the future, but it was an emotional send-off for legendary comedian and actor Dan Aykroyd...  
 
Aykroyd road the 1971 Harley-Davidson that he road to the NBC Studios when he worked on Saturday Night Live in the 1970s to it's "New Home."  The native of Canada says the bike was also what he road back to Canada late each May after the SNL season was over.
 
Aykroyd got choked up when he said that his mom always "loved the sound" of his Harley pulling into the driveway because she knew he was home safely.  He also gave a number of SNL regulars and writters rides when he worked on the show from 1975-to-1979.  Comedy Center Director Journey Gunderson says they "very much" appreciate the donation.  She says people like Gilda Radner, and Bill Murray road the motorcycle with Aykroyd.  Gunderson says she was able to get Aykroyd to donate the bike two years ago, during a lunch they had in Santa Monica California... that featured some his his own brand of vodka called "Crystal Skull."
 
 
New York's elections board is working out the final details of a new state law requiring more information about groups paying for online political ads...  
 
Lawmakers and Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo approved the new rules earlier this year, but it's now up to election officials to issue the actual regulations.  Cuomo says he wants to see the strongest possible regulations to prevent nefarious groups from using ads and social media to influence elections.  The new law requires the state's Board of Elections to maintain a file of all political ads paid for by any individuals or groups.  It also requires Facebook and other sites to ensure ads aren't being illegally purchased by foreign entities.  The board is expected to create the final regulations this month.
 
 
You can get a replacement license plate at your local Department of Motor Vehicle's office if your's is having a problem with peeling... 
 
That from Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore, who adds they'll be replaced free of charge at any of the county's three DMV offices, including the one on West Third Street in Jamestown.  Barmore says the problem has occured with both older and newer plates.
 
Barmore says the best time to change them out at the DMV is during the mid-morning or mid-afternoon times on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.  He adds that law enforcement agencies say they may ticket a motorist if their car's license plate is unreadable.  
 
 
Fredonia Police are continuing an investigation into an assault that occurred in the village last month...  
 
The victim remains in UPMC Hamot with head trauma.  Police Chief Brad Meyers says the assault occurred during the overnight hours of July 20-21 in the area of 36 Water Street.  The victim, William Hall Jr., with no permanent address, was transported by Fredonia Fire to Brooks Memorial and was later transferred to the Erie based hospital.  Anyone with information about the assault is being encouraged to call Fredonia Police at 679-1531.

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., Aug. 4, 2018

Waggoner indicted for second-degree murder in shooting death of Jamestown man...
A city man is now jailed on $1-million bail ($2-million property bond) for allegedly shooting and killing another man during an argument in front of a home on Jamestown's westside.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the Chautauqua County Grand Jury late this week handed up a second-degree murder indictment against 54 year-old David Waggoner.  Waggoner is accused of shooting 30-year-old William Michishima in the head... and, critically wounding the victim back on Tuesday, July 24.  Michishima later died at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Waggoner was arraigned in County Court... and, sent back to the county jail.
 
 
Conewango man arrested for sexual assault now indicted for first-degree rape...
A Cattaraugus County man has now been indicted for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at a laundromat on Jamestown's southside back on July 17.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says the Chautauqua County Grand Jury handed up the first-degree rape indictment against 33 year-old Dennis Park of Conewango late this week.  Park was originally charged with first-degree sexual assault in connection with the incident at Robo Laundromat at 111 Marion St.  Samuelson says Park was arraigned on the new charge... and, sent to the county jail on $1-million cash bail... $2-million property bond.
 
 
Investigation into serious assault in Fredonia continues...
Fredonia Police are continuing an investigation into an assault that occurred in the village last month.  The victim remains in UPMC Hamot with head trauma.  Police Chief Brad Meyers says the assault occurred during the overnight hours of July 20-21 in the area of 36 Water Street.  The victim, William Hall Jr., with no permanent address, was transported by Fredonia Fire to Brooks Memorial and was later transferred to the Erie based hospital.  Anyone with information about the assault is being encouraged to call Fredonia Police at 679-1531.
 
 
Aykroyd donates motorcycle he road most days to work at SNL to National Comedy Center...
Comedy Legend Dan Aykroyd road his 1971 Harley-Davidson one last time up to the entrance of the National Comedy Center... which will be the motorcycle's new home.  Aykroyd got the motorcycle in his Canadian hometown... and, wound up riding it to and from the NBC Studios when he worked on Saturday Night Live from 1975 to 1979.  With people mobbed around him... he said he gave several noteworthy people rides on the bike... including the late Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman, and Singer Linda Ronstadt.  The coup was pulled off by Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson while she was visiting Aykroyd two years ago in Santa Monica, California... and, they were talking over lunch.  They were enjoying some of his own Crystal Skull Vodka, and martinis at the time.  A few hundred people were on the city's westside last night for the Aykroyd event... prior to the two huge shows by stand-up and actress Amy Schumer at the Northwest Arena.
 
 
BRWS gets underway, 10-games to be aired on WJTN...
We will be doing 10 of the Babe Ruth World Series games on the air here on 101-3 and 1240 AM... WJTN.  We begin tonight with the local Southern Tier All-Stars playing Mid-West Champion -- Charleston, Missouri at 7:30 PM.  We'll have the 7:30 game each night with the local team playing the Southeast Regional winner on Sunday... and, the New England representative on Monday night.  On Tuesday... we'll have the game between Western New York champ Onondaga, and Pacific Northwest Champion Columbia Basin, Washington.  The broadcast schedule is on-line at mediaonegroupradio.com.
 
 
BR Tournament Director says charactor and discipline are big parts of teams...
The Jamestown area is about to be introduced to some fine young men, who play excellent baseball.  That's the assessment of Eugene Reynolds.  He's come to Jamestown from Alexander City, Alabama to be the Tournament Director for the 16 to 18 year old Babe Ruth World Series.  He says "charactor" comes first when the teams are selected to begin tournament play.  Reynolds has been Tournament Director for about a dozen World Series for 16 to 18 year-olds.  He says this level of Babe Ruth can be a real springboard for talented players... with some players making the major leagues in just a few years.  Reynolds complimented the Jamestown Babe Ruth committee for its work over the last year. The series is now underway at Diethrick Park.
 
 
Five-Star Urgent Care, Aspen Dental building opens in Lakewood...
One of New York's fastest growing urgent care providers has opened a second location in the Jamestown-area... along with a new dental office.  Five-Star Urgent Care... and, Aspen Dental... are now open at there new location at 390 East Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood.  Five Star's Regional Physician Assistant Jennilee Foster, says they're excited to now be up and running.  They're open seven-days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  She says no appiontment is needed... but, adds you can go on-line and save a spot in line.  Just Google Five-Star Urgent Care.  The 6,700 square foot building is about equally shared by Five-Star, and Aspen Dental.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 3, 2018

A Falconer man who allegedly set a dozen fires in Jamestown and Falconer in March of 2017 is now being held in the Chautauqua County Jail after being arraigned in county court on two dozen counts...  
 
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says the cases in Pennsylvania involving 20-year-old Jonathan Young have been resolved, allowing him to be sent back to Chautauqua County.
 
Young was serving a sentence in the Butler County Jail in western Pennsylvania.  Swanson says Young was arraigned on a 25-count indictment before County Court Judge David Foley and, was sent to the county jail on one-million dollars cash bail -- $2-million property bond.  The charges in Chautauqua County stem from more than a dozen fires in the Jamestown-area, including a major fire that damaged a half-block commercial area in the Village of Falconer.  
 
 
A Cattaraugus County man faces felony driving while under the influence charges following a traffic stop on the westside of Jamestown early Thursday morning...  
 
City police pulled over a tan Ford sedan at the intersection of Cherry and West 5th Street for multiple infractions and say the driver appeared to be under the influence of drugs.  Later identified as 44 year-old George Keech, he was arrested for driving on a suspended licesnse.  Officers determined Keech was driving while ability impaired by drug through a series of sobriety tests.  He was arrested and jailed pending arraignment. 
 
 
A Silver Creek man had to be treated with Narcan after he was found unresponsive Wednesday afternoon...  
 
Sheriff's deputies were called to 12 Jaekle Avenue in the Village for an unconscious male.  Shortly before 2 p.m., first responders gave the 35 year-old one dose of naloxone for an apparent overdose.  He was then sent to Lakeshore Hospital for further treatment. 
 
 
The Jamestown Jammers quest for a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League championship begins tonight at Diethrick Park...  
 
However, after last night's home game, the Jammers will have to become "road-warriors" if they're going to win the title.  Last minute efforts to find a compromise with Babe Ruth Baseball over the use of Diethrick Park fell through... and, Jamestown will play game three on Saturday -- if it's needed -- at Geneva.  The city of Jamestown is the park's landlord but, Mayor Sam Teresi says it was up to the two parties to resolve the matter.
 
Teresi made his comments after this past Monday night's City Council meeting.  Since then, the Jammers have informed the league that Diethrick Park will be unavailable once the 16-to-18 year-old World Series begins at Noon Saturday.  Jammers Manager Anthony Barone tells the Jamestown Post-Journal that he thought there was a way to work around the competing schedules but, it didn't happen.  Barone says he and his top-seeded team are viewing these circumstances as a "challenge."
 
 
It came down to the final day, but every player coming to Jamestown for the 16 to 18-year-old Babe Ruth World Series will have a place to call home...  
 
World Series Host Family Chair Kathy McMaster says they got the final family they needed Thursday morning, just in front of the first teams arriving into town.  Finding enough host families was made more difficult this year because the teams in the 16 to 18 year range are allowed to bring more players than the younger divisions.  In addition, McMaster says the host family program is 'new again' since the last series in 2015, which did not use the host family program.  She says some players, this year, will be staying at Jamestown Community College.
 
All the players for the World Series should be in Jamestown by early this morning.  Events begin with a skills competition at 6 PM this evening at Russell E. Diethrick, Jr. Park.  The Babe Ruth parade starts at 9 a.m. Saturday on Third Street.  The baseball games begin at Noon Saturday at the stadium.  
 
 
New York state lawmakers from the region played a pivotal role in helping to secure funding for the new National Comedy Center, which is now open to the public....  
 
Jamestown-area Assemblyman Andy Goodell, and State Senator Cathy Young were on hand for Tuesday's ribbon cutting and, praised the effort to make the center a reality.  Goodell says it will be a "phenominal international attraction."
 
Young says that state funding totalled just over $16-million a lot of that being what's called "bridge funding" that was used to leverage private investment in the $50-million project.  Young says the state ended up being the biggest funder of the project because they "believed in the project."  Both Young and Goodell, along with others, noted the Comedy Center will be a significant employer, with some 32 full-time equivalent jobs being created, along with about 180 spin-off jobs in the area.  Governor Andrew Cuomo was on hand for Tuesday's festivities and, helped cut the ribbon on the new facility.
 
 
Volunteers from the community are an essential part of the success of the annual Lucy Comedy Festival and the ongoing work of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown...  
 
Cindy Aronson, a member of the Comedy Center board of directors, has been recruiting volunteers for seven comedy festivals.  She says 370 community residents have stepped up to help this week.
 
With the Comedy Center now open, there's a new, ongoing need for additional helpers.  Anyone interested can apply through the Comedy Center website.  The commitment is a minimum of four hours a month.  As for Wednesday's opening of the center, Cindy Aronson said "We have arrived. 'Team Jamestown' made it."
 
 
The Jamestown area is about to be introduced to some fine young men, who play excellent baseball...  
 
That's the assessment of Eugene Reynolds.  He's come to Jamestown from Alexander City, Alabama to be the Tournament Director for the 16 to 18 year old Babe Ruth World Series.
 
Reynolds has been Tournament Director for about a dozen World Series for 16 to 18 year-olds.  He says this level of Babe Ruth can be a real springboard for talented players.  Reynolds complimented the Jamestown Babe Ruth committee for its work over the last year getting ready for the games that start at noon Saturday at Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park.  
 
 
A New York judge has rejected a lawsuit brought against Fox News by the parents of a Democratic National Committee employee killed in 2016...  
 
The judge said Thursday he understood Seth Rich's parents might feel his death was exploited for political purposes.  But he says the lawsuit lacked specific instances of wrongdoing necessary to proceed to trial.  A lawyer says the parents are disappointed and will appeal.  Joel and Mary Rich claimed Fox News turned Seth's death into a "political football" by claiming he had leaked DNC emails to Wikileaks during the presidential campaign.  Rich was killed in what Washington police believe was a random robbery attempt.  U.S. District Judge George Daniels also dismissed a related suit by a private investigator.

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 2, 2018

What was little more than a "pipe dream" several years ago became reality Wednesay morning in downtown Jamestown with the official opening of the National Comedy Center....  
 
An excited Comedy Center Director Journey Gunderson greeted a full-house in the "Holigram Room" to begin the program.  Gunderson expressed several emotions she felt, from excitement to relief.
 
Gunderson says the center at 203 West Second Street began to take shape shortly after she was hired in 2011 and, says the center has gotten the reaction she and the board had hoped for from the comedians, to the general public.  Governor Cuomo took a personal interest in the Comedy Center... noting that it has the potential to be an economic "game-changer" for the region.  Cuomo adds that the comedy center fullfills the dream of the late Lucille Ball for her hometown to someday host a center that celebrates the history and art of comedy.  He also commended Journey Gunderson and Comedy Center Board Chairman Tom Benson for fullfilling Lucille Ball's dream. 
 
 
A number of elected officials from across the region and state were on hand for Wednesday morning's grand opening of the National Comedy Center, while others spoke from afar...  
 
Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi was one of Wednesday's speakers and, said he's "very proud, relieved... and, exhausted" that the long-time effort has come to fruition.  Teresi quoted a good friend who once said there's "a thousand reasons why something doesn't happen but, only one why it happens..."
 
Teresi expressed his appreciation to all the people who helped to make the Comedy Center a reality, including Director Journey Gunderson and Chairman Tom Benson and, the unwavering support of Governor Cuomo.  Local Congressman Tom Reed had business elsewhere in the 23rd District but, was represented at the ribbon-cutting.  Reed calls it a "great day" for Jamestown, and the region.  Reed says a resolution he has introduced making the National Comedy Center the official center of comedy in the United States should be acted on by the full Congress.
 
 
It's going to be a very busy 11 days in the immediate Jamestown-area with upwards of 30,000 visitors expected here for four major events of national scope taking place...  
 
The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation has developed an "Ambassador" program for businesses in the downtown area to help direct people to local venues, restaurants, and parking.  Marketing and Events Manager Zach Agatt says it augments "wayfinding" signage recently put in place.
 
The downtown area started getting busy about mid-morning Wednesday, around the opening of the Comedy Center.  The city has also put up several of the "wayfinding" signs along downtown streets to guide visitors to the comedy center, the Luci-Desi Museum, Reg Lenna Center for the Arts and, others. 
 
 
A Jamestown man was arraigned on numerous charges after leading police on a vehicle pursuit in the Town of Busti Tuesday night...  
 
Lakewood-Busti Police say officers pulled over a speeding vehicle on Hunt Road shortly before 11:30.  Upon speaking with the driver, 45 year-old Anthony Charles, officers say Charles allegedly put the car in drive and took off after drugs were found inside.  While in pursuit, police saw him throw drugs from the driver-side window, before pulling him over for a second time.  A large amount of marijuana was recovered before Charles was taken into custody.  He is being held in the county jail on $50,000 bail and will appear in Busti Town Court at a later date. 
 
 
The 74th annual Gerry Rodeo got underway last night, but if you didn't make it, you still have plenty of opportunity to see the performances...  
 
One of the high-lights is even before the rodeo begins at 8p.m.---their famous beef barbecue dinners are served starting at 5:00 at the dining hall next to the arena.  Rodeo Spokesman Paul Cooley says they barbecue about 1,100 pounds of beef each day before it's served.
 
Cooley says they serve potatoes, salad, rolls, and a beverage with each dinner and, you also get ice cream with it.  He says some of the women from the Gerry Fire Department Auxillary and others help out in cutting the potatoes, and performing other duties for that day.  The show and dinner combo packages are $24 for adults and $14 for children, while just the rodeo shows are $16 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $9 for kids.  The rodeo runs each night through Saturday.  For more information, call 985-4847.
 
 
A Lakewood woman was arrested on false personation charges in the city of Jamestown Tuesday evening.... 
 
Jamestown police were called to Hazel Avenue around 8 p.m. for a suspicious person lying in middle of the street. On arrival, officers found 43 year-old Marla Mitchell sitting in the roadway. Mitchell is accused of lying about her true identity and giving a false name. While atttempting to place her into custody, she began to resist arrest. Mitchell was eventually taken into custody without further incident and is being held in city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
New York state is moving to prevent health insurers from raising premiums because of the repeal of a federal requirement for most people to carry insurance or pay fines...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the move during a speech earlier this week at a Manhattan hospital.  The Democrat said he will direct state regulators to reject any proposed rate hikes from insurance companies that cite the repeal of the individual mandate as justification.  There's no immediate response from insurers.  The Affordable Care Act's individual mandate required most Americans to have insurance or face fines.
 
 
Authorities say they've seized 37-pounds of cocaine and more than $660,000 dollars in cash and charged three men after an investigation in western New York...  
 
The U.S. Attorney's Office says the Erie County Sheriff's Office started the investigation after stopping a tractor-trailer with Alabama plates outside Buffalo last month.  Federal prosecutors say officers observed three men involved in a drug deal five days later in West Seneca and arrested two Alabama men, ages 22 and 41, and a 41-year-old Buffalo man.  Police say they seized 17 individually packaged pressed powder bricks of cocaine and $664,000 dollars in cash in 52 shrink-wrapped and taped bundles.  Authorities say all three men are being detained.

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 1, 2018

The opening of the new National Comedy Center is just a few hours away and, final touches were being made on the finished product Tuesday.... 
 
Thousands of hours of work has gone into the new center, which celebrates the art of comedy in all it's forms.  Comedy Center Director Journey Gunderson has recently been working with 'short-sleep' in getting ready for the opening, but adds they're ready.
 
In addition to the construction and exhibit crews, the National Comedy Center will be a job producer for Jamestown.  Gunderson says they'll have 32 Full-time equivalent permanent jobs and, should also spin-off another 183 jobs.  U-S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in town to announce added funding for the federal Historic Preservation program in 2019.  It's a program the Comedy Center has taken advantage of.  The comedy center -- located on West Second Street -- will open to the public at 9 this morning.  For more information, go online to comedycenter.org.
 
 
The city of Jamestown is sure in for a treat as the new, National Comedy Center gears up to open it's doors to the public this morning....  
 
That from critically-acclaimed Westwood-One talk-show host Jim Bohannon of the "Jim Bohannon Show" and, "America in the Morning."  Bohannon -- who made his comments during our Dennis Webster Show Tuesday morning -- says 'it's about time' for an institution dedicated to comedy.
 
Bohannon hopes the Comedy Center will be a big draw to Jamestown, but he also hopes it will help preserve historic comedy, such as Vaudeville.  In additional to our local broadcasts and, regional coverage, the Associated Press has ranked the opening of the National Comedy Center as one of the top 10 stories receiving coverage this week.
 
 
Two people were hurt when a car collided with a truck at the four-corners in Blockville late Tuesday morning...  
 
Chautauqua County police dispatchers say the accident occured at the intersection of Route 474 and Cherry Hill Road in the town of Harmony about 11:15.  Dispatchers say the intersection was closed a short while and, traffic in that area of Route 474 was down for one-lane for a while.  Neither person was identified.  Both were taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment.
 
 
A city man is jailed for second-degree assault after allegedly stabbing a woman during a domestic incident on Jamestown's westside Monday morning...  
 
City police say they were called to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital about 9:30 a.m. on a report of a stabbing victim in the emergency room.  After talking with the victim, they went to the scene at 35 West 12th Street and, arrested 65 year-old Lonnie Fields.  Field's was arraigned, and sent to the county jail in lieu of bail.
 
 
The Jamestown City Council will learn more about the three people who have now applied to fill a vacant constables position in the city to help perform evictions for landlords next month...  
 
That from Mayor Sam Teresi near the end of Monday night's City Council voting session, where he told lawmakers he had received two more applications over the past month.  Teresi says his staff is now reviewing, and will do background checks on those three -- and any others that come to him.
 
Area resident Dan Hill had applied for the position some time ago, but Teresi said last month that they were still trying to pin down Hill's residency.  Since then, two more applications came in.  City landlord Harold Whitford, from Frewsburg, urged lawmakers to fill the vacant constable's position because the Sheriff's Department doesn't have the officers to deal with all the evictions that need to be performed.  Hill's mother currently holds one of the constable positions, but has said she would like to retire in the near future. 
 
 
A north county man was arrested for vandalizing property at a residence in Kennedy last weekend... 
 
State Police in Jamestown say an unknown victim advised Troopers that he saw the suspect allegedly punch the door to his residence, shattering the glass. Later identified as 30 year-old Steven Rice of Dunkirk, Troopers say the caller then saw him breaking and entering into his neighbor's pole barn. On arrival, Troopers placed Rice under arrest. Investigation revealed Rice threw multiple items around the barn, causing damage. He was transported to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital in Jamestown to be treated for hand injuries from striking the door. Once released, he was arraigned in Ellicott Court and sent to the County Jail. 
 
 
Food stamp recipients will be able to use their benefits at farmers' markets across New York state under an agreement the state and the Farmers Market Federation have reached with a mobile application vendor...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo wrote to federal officials earlier this month urging them to renew a policy allowing food stamp recipients to use their benefits at local farmers' markets.  The Democrat took the action after the federal government notified the state that food stamp benefits could no longer be used at farmers' markets because of a technology change. 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 31, 2018

 
A Jamestown teenager faces multiple-Felony charges after allegedly stealing 17 guns, and other items (including iPads), during a weekend burglary at a home on the city's northside...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to a home on Price Street about 9 p.m. Saturday to investigate a reported break-in.  Samuelson says officers quickly found a number of the stolen items with 19 year-old Damion Carlson.
 
Samuelson says it's alarming that Carlson was able to grab 17 firearms (along with the other items) during the break-in.  He says all the items taken have now been recovered.  Carlson was arraigned on charges of second-degree burglary, third-degree grand larceny and, first-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
Two men were arrested after at least seven different types of drugs were found during a traffic stop in the Village of Celoron early Sunday morning...  
 
Ellicott Town Police say they stopped a car for a traffic violation and say the driver -- 40 year-old Shane Messere of Jamestown -- was operating on a suspended license.  Messere was also allegedly found in possession marijuana and various controlled substances including hydrocodone pills, morphine pills, methadone and amphetamine pills.  Officers say his 59 year-old passenger had nearly 10-grams of cocaine in his possession.  Both men were sent to the county jail and will appear in Ellicott Town Court at a later date.  Police were assisted at the scene by sheriff's deputies and their K-9 Unit. 
 
 
The Jamestown City Council fullfilled a charter requirement during last night's voting session of selecting a six-member Salary Review Commission to review the pay for elected officials...  
 
The council approved it's own three appointees, along with three by Mayor Sam Teresi for the panel, which is expected to convene sometime in the next few months.  Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says the City Charter requires the convening of such a panel every four years.  Dolce adds that any changes would not be implemented until the next terms.
 
Dolce says that takes away any possibility that lawmakers would have any knowledge of voting on their own pay. However, in recent years, lawmakers have rejected the recommendations of past panels due to the city's fiscal problems.  The salaries for the mayor and city council members have remained the same for several years.  The mayor's annual salary is $72,000; while the city council's is $5,000.  The six members of the panel approved Monday were Howard Brook, Lillian Ney, John LaMancuso, Tyler Case, Scott Gee, and Catharine Way.  
 
 
Authorities have now identified the man hiking in Cattaraugus County's Zoar Valley, who slipped and fell 70 feet to his death over the weekend...  
 
Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley say is 20-year-old Conor Long of Boston, New York was with three friends when he slipped and fell into the gorge Sunday afternoon.  The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation, sheriff's deputies and multiple local fire departments worked to recover the hiker.   Due to inclement weather, sheriff's officials say they were unable to use a rescue helicopter and first responders had to rappel into the gorge to retrieve the man.  Officials say drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor.
 
 
There is a definite "wow" factor with the new National Comedy Center in Jamestown, which is slated to open this week....
 
U-S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, after getting a quick tour of the new center located at the historic Gateway Train Station on West Second Street Monday, was among the lawmakers in Washington who pushed for restoration of funding for historic preservation. The funding was critical for the Comedy Center project.  Gillibrand says because the train station was involved in the project, it's received about $2-million in federal assistance.  Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson expressed her appreciation and noted the comedy center seeks to "weave" the old with the new. 
 
 
With the grand opening of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown taking place this week, Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says the center is already have an impact on the county's economy...  
 
He says area hotels and campgrounds are seeing an uptick in activity because of the opening that coincides with the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.  Once in operation, Tranum says NCC is expected to have a major impact on the county's entire economy.  He says it will have an addtional, $23-million impact on a region that already has about a $260-million tourism impact.  Tranum says the center is expected to bring over 100,000 visitors annually.  Also kicking off this week is the 16-to-18 year-old Babe Ruth World series, which begins with a parade at 9 a.m. Saturday, along Third Street with back-to-back games starting at Noon.  
 
 
A former Rodeo cowboy will again be the announcer for the annual Gerry Rodeo, which begins this Wednesday night at the grounds off Route 60...  
 
Danville, Pennsylvania's Greg Simas will handle the announcing duties for the ninth straight year and, says Gerry is a "very unique" rodeo.  He says it takes place once a year, but has strong support by the community.  Simas adds it also has a great purse of $45,000. By this time of year, Simas says the rodeo season is winding down to it's September 30 end.  He says the finals will be held soon, and, these events are important to a number of competitiors who are looking to get into, or solidify their standing in the top 12 in each region.  The performances each night begin at 8 p.m. with the Beef Barbecue dinners being served from 5-8 p.m. through Saturday.  There are a total of seven events that'll take place each night.  Pre-sale tickets are still available at a number of locations, or call 985-4847.  You can also go online to GerryRodeo.org.
 
 
A group that assists victims of sexual abuse says the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has now interviewed the third of three alleged childhood sexual abuse victims of a Dunkirk priest...  
 
The Road to Recovery website says the third alleged childhood sexual abuse victim of Father Dennis Riter, currently Pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Dunkirk, was interviewed by Diocese representatives Monday morning.  In a media release, the group stated that Father Riter was reinstated last month as the pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, even though "a complete and thorough investigation" of all allegations did not take place.  The group held a news conference following this latest development.

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WJTN News Headlines for July 30, 2018

A State Trooper from Erie, Pennsylvania risked his own life to protect others as a two-state pursuit of a wanted man and his passenger ended last Saturday with the driver going the wrong way on Interstate 86 near Sherman....  
 
Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies say the pursuit began in the Erie about 11 a.m. after the driver, 48 year-old William Lisek, failed to comply with a traffic stop.  Police say Lisek and a 36 year-old woman were sought for a strong armed robbery, and weapons charges.  State Police say the pursuit went onto Interstate 90 before moving onto I-86 and, into Chautauqua County.  Police say Lisek lost control of his car, and it spun just past the Sherman exit.  Police say he then began driving west in the eastbound lanes.  An unidentified trooper-- seeing what happened-- then hit the fleeing vehicle.  The Trooper was not hurt but, both Lisek and the passenger were hospitalized. Numerous charges are pending.
 
 
A Mayville man has been arrested for alleged drug-trafficking following a vehicle stop early last weekend in the town of Stockton...  
 
Sheriff's officers say a patrol spotted 41 year-old Harry Radke traveling on Route 380 just after 7:30 last Friday morning, and stopped him on an outstanding Felony warrant.  Deputies say K-9 Drake was brought in during the stop and, the K-9 allegedly found Felony levels of methamphetamine, and heroin and, packaging materials, and a digital scale.  Radke was charged with two counts of Felony third-degree criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and, Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia.  Other felony level charges are pending, including violation of probation.  Radke was arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court, and sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
The National Comedy Center is slated to open in Jamestown this week, but this morning, a federal lawmaker will be in town to critical funding for historic preservation....  
 
U-S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will be at the center to announce the successful push to get just over $56-million more for historic preservation in the 2019 federal budget plan.  Gillibrand says the funding supports historic preservation and economic development projects around the state -- including the National Comedy Center -- which includes part of Jamestown's old train station as one of its buildings. 
 
 
The director of Chautauqua County's Department of Public Facilities has been recognized for his nearly 14-years of heading up the department...  
 
George Spanos is retiring on August 15.  Since the legislature doesn't meet until later in the month, Spanos was presented a commendation at this past week's legislature meeting in Mayville.  County Executive George Borrello says he has some "awfully big shoes to fill" in replacing Spanos, who just celebrated 31-years with the DPF.
 
Borrello adds that Spanos was also able to finally move the Millenium Parkway in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area to conclusion.  He says that's led to new development, including the new Cold Storage facility being located there.  Spanos says he appreciates the support he received from four county executives after being appointed by former Executive Mark Thomas in August of 2004.  He was originally appointed by Mark Thomas, and stayed on with Greg Edwards, Vince Horrigan, and for about 8 months with Borrello. Spanos has also been president of the New York State County Highway Superintendent's Association.  Borrello has named a committee to look for a new DPF director.
 
 
New York Army National Guard soldiers are heading to Puerto Rico to build houses as Hurricane Maria recovery continues...  
 
The 45 soldiers being deployed Saturday are members of the 204th Engineer Battalion headquartered in Binghamton.  They're from across the state.  They'll work with Habitat for Humanity as part of the Defense Department's readiness training program.  The New York National Guard deployed 300 soldiers to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria struck the island 10 months ago.  The 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation flew four UH-60 Blackhawks on relief missions.  The New York Air National Guard also flew supply missions.  Military unit rotations to support construction efforts began in late spring and are expected to continue through the summer.
 
 
Today is the final day for out-going Fredonia Village Administrator Richard St. George.  But with that resignation, what will village officials do now?  
 
After the 12-year administrator announced his resignation last Thursday, the village board did approve a resolution to advertise for the position of a full-time village clerk.  However, Mayor Athanasia Landis says they need to at least get someone immediately to deal with day-to-day matters.
 
Landis says they need to find someone by tomorrow because that's the day they do payroll for village employees.  In addition, trustees have another vacancy to fill.  The board has rescinded the provisional appointment of Perry Mitchell as Public Works Supervisor.  The move returns him to his position as working supervisor, so trustees will have to fill the post with someone who has passed the the civil service test for the position.
 
 
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says the late politician and power broker who convinced him to run for office was his "staunchest ally" and "greatest defender"....  
 
Giuliani was among the mourners at Guy Molinari's funeral Mass on Saturday at Our Lady Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church on Staten Island.  Molinari died last Wednesday at the age of 89.  The lifelong Staten Island resident served as a state assemblyman and five-term congressman in the 1980s.  He was also borough president.  Molinari was the first New York City politician to endorse Giuliani for mayor.
 
 
The politics of abortion could be especially prominent as Democratic Governor Tom Wolf and Republican challenger Scott Wagner hit the final stretch of Pennsylvania's gubernatorial campaign...  
 
President Donald Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court and lawsuits winding through federal courts seem sure to put abortion rights front-and-center in governor's races this fall.  Meanwhile, Wolf and Wagner are on opposite sides of abortion bills that could see votes in the Legislature before the November 6th election.  
 
 
For the second year in a row, thousands flocked to Panama Rocks over the weekend for Roger Tory Peterson's Wild America Festival...  
 
The grounds were filled with nature artists, demonstrators, local food vendors and musicians.  Jonathan Weston of Panama Rocks was thrilled with the response, and spoke of a deeper purpose for the two-day festival-- to get people to "engender a deeper connection to the world around us and to each other'. 
 
The Wild America Festival is put on by Panama Rocks and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute.  One of the speakers this year was Roger Tory Peterson's son Lee, author of the Peterson Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants.
 
 
People were dancing on Second Street Friday evening, in front of the Lucille Ball Little Theater of Jamestown....  
 
The party was organized by one of the theater's board members, Todd Pullan. He says they were celebrating with a street dance called "Curtain's UP!"  Bob Ostrom, President of the Little Theater Board, says they have a lot to celebrate, including six plays for the 2019 season, in lieu of the usual five. Ostrom says the six shows for 2019 are 'No Sex Please, We're British', 'To Kill a Mockingbird', 'Curtains', 'Disenchanted', 'The Producers', and 'Harvey'.  The 2018 season will wrapup with 'Mama Mia' this October, and a Christmas musical.  Ostrom adds, the Little Theater's new air conditioning system should be fully installed this week.  
 

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., July 28, 2018

Charter Communications merger with Time-Warner revoked by NYS regulators...
New York regulators have revoked their approval of Charter Communications' merger with Time Warner Cable and ordered the company to find another cable provider for its more than 2-million customers in the state.  The state Public Service Commission on Friday claimed the company is not meeting public benefit conditions agreed to in 2016.  A key complaint centers on the company's commitment to expand its broadband network to underserved areas.  They ordered Charter, doing business as Spectrum, to file a plan within 60 days to ensure an "orderly transition to a successor" provider or providers.  Charter says it remains focused on expanding broadband and said "rhetoric often becomes politically charged" in election years.  Charter provides cable service in Jamestown, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens and parts of Brooklyn.
 
 
Problem Solvers, Reed, introduce "Break the Gridlock" legislation in Congress...
A bi-partisan Congressional caucus has introduced proposed changes to House Rules to encourage bi-partisanship, transparency and create debate on real issues.  Local Congressman Tom Reed says the measures have been introduced by the Problem Solver's Caucus he co-chairs with New Jersey Democrat Josh Gottheimer.  The Corning Republican says the "Break the Gridlock" legislation would give "fast-track" priority to bi-partisan legislation, and would guarantee a "mark-up" on each.  Reed says extremists on both sides of the aisle are currently able to wield too much power to "control the floor," and stop consensus building.  Reed adds that one of the big items in the package is the replacement of the current "Motion to Vacate the Chair."  With Speaker Paul Ryan's pending retirement... he says there are already moves a foot to quickly replace him.  Reed says he wants a person who supports what they're calling for.  Right now... Reed says the House floor can be controlled by a "select few."  Gottheimer says they've seen their common sense measures get "jammed up" in the current system.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
Quattrone endorsed by State Police PBA in run for Sheriff...
Chautauqua County Sheriff candidate Jim Quattrone has received a signifiant endorsement in his run against long-time incumbant Democrat Joe Gerace.  Quattrone, a Republican, announced late this week that the New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association is backing him.  PBA Delegate for Troop-A, John Clark, and another union official met with Quattrone to inform him of the endorsement stating the organization was "proudly endorsing him."  Quattrone says -- "Chautauqua County residents and visitors deserve a community that they can feel safe and secure.  It is only when agencies can collaborate and cooperate with each other that we will have these safe communities." 
 
 
Former NYS Assembly Speaker sentenced to seven-years in prison...
Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been sentenced to seven years in prison for public corruption.  U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni announced the sentence Friday at a court in Manhattan.  Silver was once among Albany's most powerful Democrats until he was felled by a corruption scandal.  He was initially found guilty in 2015 of pocketing $4-million illegally by collecting fees from a cancer researcher and real estate developer.  His conviction and 12-year prison sentence were thrown out by an appeals court, but the 74-year-old fared no better at a second trial in May.  In a pre-sentence submission, Silver said he was filled with shame and feared he would die in prison.
 
 
All 16-to-18 year-old Babe Ruth World Series teams now known... many from a few hours away...
The final team in the 16-to-18 year-old Babe Ruth World Series has been determined... and, a new event has been added to the opening weekend festivities.  That from Local Committee Vice-President Kim Ecklund... who says an Eastern Pennsylvania team Westend, from Williamsport, won the multiple-time delayed Mid-Atlantic Championship Wednesday.  That means five of the world series teams -- including the local Chautauqua County entry -- will come from within seven-hours of Jamestown.  The others include Western New York Champ, Onondaga... the Mid-west representative from Indiana...  and, the New England winner, Cap Cod.  Ecklund says the new event will be held at Diethrick Park next Friday night, a skills competition and home run contest.  She says she is still getting parade entries for the World Series Parade in downtown Jamestown a week from today at 9 a.m.  She says it will step off promptly at 9 because the first game begins at 12 Noon. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 27, 2018

City police have identified the 30 year-old victim who was shot and later died following a fight on Jamestown's westside last Tuesday morning...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the victim of the incident at 114 Livingston Avenue is William Michishima, who was taken off life support late Wednesday morning.  Samuelson says police were called to the scene about 9 a.m. Tuesday, and found Michishima with a serious head wound.  He was pronounced dead about 12:20 p.m. at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie shortly after being taken off life-support.  Samuelson says police have now charged the suspect, 54 year-old David Waggoner, with second-degree murder.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
Firefighters in the city of Jamestown have had to deal with a scrap metal fire at a recycling plant on the city's westside for the second-time this month...  
 
Jamestown Fire Lieutenant Don Mowery says crews were called to Ben Weitsman Recycling at 610 West Eighth Street -- at Monroe -- just after 12:30 yesterday afternoon.  Mowery says a large pile was heavily-engulfed in a smokey fire. He adds crews spent about another hour keeping watch on the scene to make sure the blaze was completely out.  He says no one was hurt and, no buildings were threatened.  An off-duty shift of six firefighters and a battalion chief were called in to assist.  The cause is under investigation.  (The earlier fire occured in another scrap pile back on Saturday, July 1.)
 
 
 
Due to that fire in Jamestown Thursday, the Board of Public Utilities reports that water may be discolored in that part of the city through this morning....  
 
BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says fire crews needed to open a nearby hydrant and, that led to low water pressure in that area and, stirred up sediment in the water lines.  There may also be discolored water in West Ellicott, Celoron, Lakewood and past BOCES on Route 394.  She says do not do laundry until your water appears clear.
 
 
Tempers flared at a special meeting of the Fredonia Village Board yesterday afternoon as trustees consider taking a new course after the resignation of village administrator Richard St. George... 
 
The long-time village official told trustees that he resigned from the position he held for 12-plus years because of a "hostile work environment".  After the meeting, St. George explained that it's taken a toll on his health.  
 
Several former village officials spoke on behalf of St. George during the public portion of the meeting, which became heated at times. Among the speakers, former Mayor Frank Pagano said current village officials have been "getting rid of everybody that disagrees with you."  However, Mayor Athanasia Landis says she didn't force St. George to leave the position.  She also takes issue with his complaint about the work environment, adding that she's experienced a similar situation.  Village trustees are considering replacing the village administrator's post with several clerk and treasurers positions.  They rejected a resolution that would have rescinded the resolution creating the village administrator's position in 1977.
 
 
Three Chautauqua County residents face drug possession charges following a traffic stop in the town of Gerry on Wednesday....  
 
State Police in Jamestown pulled over a vehicle operated by 40 year-old Todd Witt of Stockton, on Gerry-Ellington Road for a traffic violation.  Troopers say they allegedly found a tray inside containing methamphetamine and marijuana in plain view.  Sheriff's deputies assisted, and, found Witt's license was suspended and, both of Witt's passengers were wanted on arrest warrants.  Officers say 38 year-old Brandi Howard of Sinclairville was wanted by Jamestown Police and 26 year-old Gary Warren had an active warrant for a probation violation.  All three were arraigned and sent to the county jail on drug-related counts.
 
 
The two north county residents who responsible for finding a two-year-old Silver Creek boy who wandered off from his home were officially recognized for their efforts Wednesday night...  
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello and members of the legislature presented commendations to first-responders Teddy Braidich and, Jim Tytka, Junior.  Borrello says the 17-year-old Braidich was on a four-wheeler, searching a wooded area where they found the child..  
 
Braidich met up with Tytka -- a local fire chief -- in finding the boy after they heard him crying in the distance.  Tytka was unable to attend Wednesday night's meeting... but, will receive commendations for their June 6 heroics.  They include a Congressional commendation from local Representative Tom Reed.  That was presented by Reed's District Director Alison Hunt, who says Reed is quite aware of what both men did.  The two-year-old boy was eventually found in a wooded ravine, tired and frightened, but safe.  The boy was returned to his family within minutes of the rescue. 
 
 
More than 200 people were on hand for the annual Summer picnic program put on by the Chautauqua Adult Day Centers at Midway Park Wednesday...  
 
Those attending crowded into two pavillions by Chautauqua Lake for the day of music, games dancing and a picnic lunch.  Chautauqua Day Care Executive Director Frank Berik says they were pleased the rain held off so their five locations could get together.
 
The seniors were joined by several dignitaries, including State Assemblyman Andy Goodell, who helped serve lunches.  Goodell says he always enjoys a good picnic... and, having a lot of fun.  There were also representatives from the local offices of Congressman Tom Reed and, State Senator Cathy Young at the event.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace was also on hand and, greeted the seniors.
 
 
The second annual 'Wild America Festival' comes to Panama Rocks on Saturday and Sunday, in conjunction with the Roger Tory Peterson Institute...  
 
Jonathan Weston of Panama Rocks says they hope to build on last year's success, with the addition of one more local food vendor, and a dozen additional artists. There will also be music, demonstrators and lectures.  
 
Among the speakers will be Lee Peterson, Roger Tory Peterson's son, and Sam Mason, the SUNY Fredonia micro-bead researcher.  The festival runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday at Panama Rocks.  Weekend admission for both days is $15 for adults.  One day is $10.  More information at wildamericafest.com.  
 
 
A man from Buffalo is jailed after he was found with illegal drugs during a traffic stop in Jamestown Wednesday afternoon....  
 
City police say they saw 31 year-old Peter Carcione failing to keep right on Camp Street and, he was pulled over shortly before 2 p.m at King and Hebner Streets.  Officers say they found Carcione in possession of a quantity of Methamphetime and two kinds of illegal pills and drug paraphernalia.  He was arrested on charges including one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, two counts of seventh-degree possession.  He's was jailed pending arraignment.
 

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News Bulletin for Thurs., July 26, 2018

(***Bulletin)JPD identifies victim in shooting on the city's westside...
Jamestown police have now identified the city man killed this past Tuesday morning during an argument with another man on the city's westside.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says the victim of the incident at 114 Livingston Ave. is 30 year-old William Michishima... who was taken off life support Wednesday morning.  Samuelson says police were called to the scene about 9 a.m. Tuesday, and found Michishima with a serious wound to the head.  He says the coroner pronounced Michishima dead at 12:20 p.m. at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA.  Once the victim died... Samuelson says city police charged the suspect, 54 year-old David Waggoner, with second-degree murder.  He says a fight had broken out between the two men in front of the house.  Samuelson says police have a motive... but are not releasing it at this time.  He says the two men knew each other and the incident was "not random." 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 26, 2018

Jamestown Police officials say the victim in Tuesday morning's shooting on Livingston Avenue on the city's westside has passed away...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the unidentified victim died shortly after he was taken off life support at UPMC Hamot Medical Center yesterday afternoon.  Samuelson says 54 year-old David Waggoner now faces a charge of second-degree murder in the case.
 
Samuelson says they do have a motive now in the shooting, but aren't releasing that at this time.  He says an autopsy will be conducted later today hrough the Erie County, Penn. Medical Examiners Office to determine the exact cause of death.  Waggoner was initially charged with attempted murder, and first-degree assault.  He's being held in the city jail pending arraignment on the new charge.
 
 
 
A Jamestown man charged with setting over a dozen fires-- including 12 in the city and one in Slippery Rock Pennyslvania-- has been sentenced to at least a month in jail in Warren County... 
 
The Times Observer reports 21 year-old Jonathan Young was sented by Judge Gregory Hammond on Monday afternoon after he pled guilty to felony theft and misdemeanor loitering charges. The newspapers says Judge Hammond gave Young 39 to 78 days on the theft charge. The Jamestown Post Journal reported earlier that Chautauqua County officials were waiting to see what happened in the Commonwealth before prosecuting Young in New York. 
 
 
County lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a measure reallocating salary grades for about 75 Child Protective Services caseworkers, and their supervisors...  
 
The legislature voted 17-1 last night to increase the grades by two levels each -- and thus increase their hourly pay by two-to-three-dollars an hour.  Caseworker representative, Katherine Hamernick, says the job is getting more difficult and complex.  She adds it's harder to keep good workers now because caseloads - which were about 15 per caseworker a few years ago -- are now much higher.
 
Hamernick says the basic caseworker needs about two-years of higher education to enter the field.  She adds that the opioid epidemic and other domestic issues have helped spark the increase in caseloads.  Sheridan Republican Terry Neibel says he sympathized with their predicament, but felt the matter should be taken up during budget talks in September and October.
 
 
A former Southern Tier Congressman, and the current one, are seeing things that President Donald Trump did while meeting with the Russian president in Helsinki very differently...  
 
Former Corning Congressman Amo Houghton says he has joined "the resistance" against President Trump in the aftermath of the Trump's private meeting with Vladimir Putin.  Houghton says "enough already..." and, says every opportunity to "get this guy out of office is a good thing."  Current Republican Congressman Tom Reed disagrees.
 
Houghton, also a Republican, concluded his comments in The Buffalo News this morning by saying "I'm scared for the country."  The newspaper also contacted three former Republican Congressman from Western New York for their views on the President, including Jack Quinn of Hamburg and Thomas Reynolds of Clarence, who have also voiced concerns over Trump.  Reed says he has disagreed with President Trump on policy and the way he presents issues in the media and social media.
 
 
A New York state farmers' group is welcoming the federal government's $12-billion plan to assist farmers hurt by trade disputes...  
 
But the New York Farm Bureau hopes the Trump administration's disputes with China and other trading partners can be resolved quickly.  The federal plan announced Tuesday is designed to help farmers hurt by tariffs with direct payments.  New York Farm Bureau president David Fisher said in a prepared statement Tuesday that the plan recognizes the dire need among many farmers. He added that what New York farmers ultimately want is open markets to sell their products.  President Donald Trump is trying to renegotiate trade agreements that he says have hurt American workers.  He has asked for patience ahead of key talks.
 
 
There is still no word yet on how soon there may be a special session of the New York state legislature to deal with a handful of issues left unresolved during the 2018 session...  
 
Lawmakers have been told there will likely be one held to deal with a couple of county sales tax matters and, New York City items such as speed cameras.  Local Assemblyman Andy Goodell says it depends on negotiations among legislative leaders and Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Goodell says Majority Democrats in the Assembly is trying to negotiate for more speed cameras in school zones.  Local sales taxes need to be approved before the end of the year for Warren and Greene Counties.  Many lawmakers believe those should be separated from the New York City matters. 
 
 
The showers and thunderstorms that brought torrential rains to portions of Chautauqua County Tuesday night produced some amazing rainfall totals....  
 
The National Weather Service in Buffalo reported nearly 4 inches of rainfall in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area.  Meteorologist Bob Hamilton says the heaviest rainfall occurred over a 20-mile-wide path across the county.
 
New figures show 3.77 inches of rainfall being reported at two different locations in the Dunkirk area and 3.4 inches near Fredonia.  The Dunkirk Airport had a report of 2.84 inches of rainfall.  Conditions improved during the day Wednesday, but more showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast over the next couple of days.

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News Alert for July 25, 2018

The Jamestown Police Department announced at 12:45 this afternoon that the victim of the shooting on Livingston Avenue has died....

 

City Police Captain Robert Samuelson says the unidentified victim was taken off life support at UPMC Hamot Medical Center at 12:20 p.m.. An autopsy will be completed tomorrow through the Erie County PA Medical Examiners Office to determine the exact cause of death. Samuelson tells us charges for second-degree murder are now pending against 54 year-old David Waggoner, the alleged shooter who was taken into custody at the scene of the incident. 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 25, 2018

A Westfield man is being held on $100,000 bail for allegedly sexually abusing a child over a 5-year span...
 
Sheriff's deputies report an investigation was conducted into a suspicious situation... and, found that 51 year-old Elliot Jimenez engaged in sexual acts with an unidentified juvenile victim on various dates between 2013 and 2018. Deputies say a warrant was issued this past Monday for his arrest on charges of first-degree sex act, second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, two counts of first-degree sex abuse, and one-count each of second and third-degree sexual abuse. Jimenez was arraigned and sent to the County Jail. 
 
 
A city man is jailed for allegedly shooting another man during an argument at a home on Jamestown's westside Tuesday morning, leaving the victim in critical condition...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says that 54 year-old David Waggoner has been charged with attempted murder, and first-degree assault.  Earlier, Police Captain Todd Issacson said officers were called to the scene at 114 Livingston Avenue -- shortly after 9:00.  Issacson says the man's wound was serious.
 
Initially, police were told the victim had received two gun-shot wounds to the head.  However, Samuelson said Tuesday afternoon that one shot struck the unidentified victim in the head.  He was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital, then flown to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Waggoner is jailed pending arraignment.  Ellicott Town Police and the Chautauqua County District Attorney's Office assisted at the scene.
 
 
The Mexican border has been getting all of the attention when it comes to immigration, but there's growing concern over the number of foreigners entering the country illegally across the porous northern border with Canada...  
 
Officials say the numbers are relatively small, but they're growing.  U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan says the number of illegal crossings in Vermont has "skyrocketed."  Officials and court records indicate people crossing the border have paid smugglers up to $4,000. 
 
 
Veterans are raising concerns that a fund supporting U-S public lands, recreational areas and monuments may be in jeopardy...  
 
Unless Congress acts, the Land and Water Conservation Fund will expire in September.  Entirely funded by money from royalties on offshore oil leases, the fund has supported more than 41,000 local projects over the past 50 years.  Garett Reppenhagen is an Army veteran and a spokesperson for the Vet Voices Foundation.  Reppenhagen says the fund helps returning veterans find the kind of solace that can help them transition back to civilian life.
 
Congress allowed the fund to expire in 2015, but after public outcry it was extended for three years.  Nationwide, nearly five-million acres of public lands have been protected for public use with L-W-C-F money.  Reppenhagen adds that renewing the fund is critical for building and maintaining parks and playgrounds, bike paths, swimming pools and other recreational facilities for today's children and future generations in almost every county in every state.  The non-profit Vet Voices Foundation is calling for permanent authorization.
 
 
For the first time ever, the annual Cents for St. Susan's campaign in Jamestown has exceeded $20,000.  
 
That from Board of Public Utilities Communications Coordinator Becky Robbins, who helps head up the effort.  Robbins made the announcement at St. Susan's headquarters Tuesday morning, adding that smaller fund-raisers played a big role.
 
Robbins adds another group brought in about $500 from redeemable cans.  She thanked all the sponsors who contributed at least $500 to the effort.  They were led by KeyBank, which contributed $2,000.  Fifteen others contributed $500 each.  St. Susan's Executive Director Jeff Smith was overwhelmed by the success, saying the money will be a big help over the next few months.  Smith says they use of the money to buy needed items at local stores, and the Food Bank of Western New York.  As of June 30, he says St. Susan's had already served 59,414 meals to the less fortunate this year.  That's just over 1,300 meals more served than last year at that time.
 
 
Things are starting to kick into high gear for the upcoming 16-to-18 year-old Babe Ruth World Series in Jamestown next month... 
 
That from local Committee Vice President, and Public Relations Division Director, Kim Ecklund, who says several more teams have made it to the series in Jamestown August 4 through 11.  Ecklund says in addition to the Southern Tier team, Crown Point, Indiana, Charleston, Missouri and from the Southeast is Fairfax, Virginia are also on the roster to play during the week.  There's also Western New York representative Onondaga.  She says all but two regions have come in due to the rain delays.  The Mid-Atlantic and Northeast played double-headers finished up regionals late yesterday.  Ecklund adds that host families are still an urgent need.  She says they have exhausted many of their resources, so far.  Ecklund says there are two full teams without host families. They need 14 to 15 homes to take two players each.  For more information, visit JamestownWorldSeries.org or contact Kathy McMaster at  488-0928
 
 
Former Southern Tier Congressman, Republican Amo Houghton of Corning says he has joined "the resistance" against President Trump....  
 
In a sharply worded statement published in the Buffalo News the 91 year-old Houghton said, " Enough already.  Every voice, every pen, every opportunity to try to get this guy out of office is a good thing."  He finished by saying, "I'm scared for the country."  Houghton represented parts of the Southern Tier of New York in the House of Representatives for 18 years, leaving office in 2005.  The Buffalo newspaper contacted three former Republican Congressman from Western New York  for their views on the President.  Jack Quinn of Hamburg and Thomas Reynolds of Clarence also expressed concerns about Donald Trump's policies and statements.  
 
 
An upstate New York school district is giving its surveillance system a novel upgrade... 
 
Facial recognition technology soon will check each face against a database of expelled students, sex offenders and other possible trouble makers.  It could be the start of a trend as more schools wary of shootings consider the technology.  The Lockport District's plan has already opened up debate in the community.  Last week...  a Seattle company began offering a free version of its facial recognition system to schools.
 

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News alert for Tues., July 24, 2018

(**Bulletin)One person seriously wounded in Jamestown during an argument...
City police say one person is in custody... while another is being treated for serious gunshot wounds after an argument that resulted in a shooting on Jamestown's westside this morning.  City Police Captain Todd Issacson says officers were called to the scene shortly after 9 this morning at 114 Livingston Ave. -- near the corner with Hallock Street.  Issacson says they are still piecing together what happened... and, says they're not looking for a suspect, and they are still investigating the incident.  Police were told the victim had received two gun-shot wounds to the head.  However... Issacson would not confirm that.  He says, though, that the wounds suffered by the victim were very serious.  Issacson says the victim was immediately taken to the city Helipad, and flown to a regional trauma center.  The victim was apparently taken to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.  No condition is available.  The other man involved in the argument is in custody and being questioned, along with other witnesses.  No charges have been filed as yet.
 
   

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WJTN News Headlines for July 24, 2018

Westfield Memorial Hospital has named the Vice-President of a Coudersport, Pennsylvania hospital and, previously an executive at Brooks Hospital in Dunkirk, as it's new president...  
 
Hospital officials say Valarie Jackson will become head of the hospital, effective August 13.  Jackson has more than 25 years of experience in the health care field.  She's served as V-P of the Hospital Services Division at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, where she was responsible for oversight of all clinical services and departments of the hospital.  Prior to that, Jackson served as Executive Director, Regional Operations for the UPMC Hamot Heart and Vascular Institute and Director of Regional Business Development and Telemedicine for Hamot. 
 
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says the process is underway for developing a 2019 spending plan.  The Irving-area Republican he is no stranger to budget making,since he spent several years on the county legislature prior to becoming County Executive last January...
 
As he develops the expected more than 250-million dollar budget, Borrello says there is a particular theory he will be following, called the "Bushel Full of Pennies."  Borrello says on it's face, a penny is worth very litte but, he says a bushel of pennies is worth about $332. He says in business, a lot of little savings can really "add up."  Borrello expects to release his budget to the County Legislature during the fourth week in September.  It's due on Wednesday, September 26.
 
 
Chautauqua County has received a "clean audit" with no signficant issues for fiscal year 2017....  
 
That piece of good news was delivered to members of the county legislature's Audit and Control Committee last week.  Committee Chairman Pierre Chagnon adds that there were "no surprises" found by the third-party auditor-- Drescher and Milecki from Buffalo.  In fact, Chagnon says Drescher and Milecki praised the county's financial team.
 
The county's $250-million-plus budget wound up with a just over $6-million deficit, fueled mainly by additional costs in a handful of areas, including separate housing for juvenile inmates in the county's jail system.  That separate housing is now required by New York state.
 
 
A Dunkirk man faces a number of drug-related charges after State Police allegedly found him slumped over the wheel of his BMW on Sunday...  
 
Troopers out of Fredonia responded to the TJ-Maxx parking lot in Dunkirk for a report of an individual possibly using narcotics.  On arrival, officers saw 36 year-old Justin Schuk unresponsive behind the wheel, with multiple items of drug paraphernalia in plain sight along with large amounts of a white powdery substance.  He was awakened after multiple attempts and was evaluated before he refused medical treatment.  Police later found 12-grams of heroin, 3.2-grams of cocaine, a straw containing cocaine residue and four Buprenorphine pills in an Altoid container for which Schuk did not have a prescription for.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail with bail to be set. 
 
 
Jamestown's main financial officer says the city-- overall-- is in pretty decent shape financially for the first-half of 2018...  
 
During a recent City Council work session, Comptroller Joe Bellitto reported on mid-year budget figures for the City Council.  However, Bellitto says there are a few areas of concern.  He says one is in the Public Work's Departments Central Garage, which is at 67-percent of it's budget already.
 
Bellitto adds that the city's Traffic Control Unit has used about 85-percent of it's budget on new equipment this year.  He adds that only two divisions of the Board of Public Utilities' -- water and district heat -- are at or exceeding budget on their payments in lieu of taxes in 2018.  Bellitto says the biggest part of the 2018 budget -- though -- is holding steady.  He says that's salaries and benefits, which make up 78-percent of the yearly spending plan.  He says actual salaries are at 50-percent, and benefits are slightly under-budget. 
 
 
In New York state government news, Governor Andrew Cuomo is making his fifth visit to Puerto Rico following last year's devastating hurricanes...  
 
The Democrat traveled there Monday, joined by a group of state university students, labor leaders and elected officials who will participate in rebuilding projects.  Cuomo has blasted the federal response to hurricanes Irma and Maria, calling it a "national disgrace."  In other news, two upstate casinos are partnering with online fantasy sports operators to prepare for legalized sports betting.  The two casinos - Del Lago and Tioga Downs - will have to wait for new regulations before they can offer in-house betting.  Supporters also want state permission to offer wagers online and on mobile devices.
 
 
An appeals court is questioning a township's efforts to make an Amish woman stop using outhouses and hook into its sewer system, citing Pennsylvania's religious freedom law...  
 
A seven-judge Commonwealth Court panel threw out an order Thursday that Iva Byler pay $100 a month toward fines levied by Sugar Grove Township, a community of 1,700.  A trial judge had concluded the woman is violating the state's Sewage Facilities Act.  But the higher court said the judge didn't adequately address the state's religious freedom law and asked for more information.  The law prohibits government from placing burdens on a person's religious rights without compelling justification.  The township has argued the woman didn't show that connecting to a sewer system would be a major burden on her religious beliefs.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is investigating a train--car accident in the Town of Ripley....  
 
Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the former Norfolk-Southern railroad tracks at the Station Road crossing just before 4:30 a.m. on Sunday.  Officers say the vehicle appears to be unoccupied at this time.  Westfield Police and Fire crews, as well as the Ripley Fire Department assisted Deputies at the scene. 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 23, 2018

A motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident involving a motorhome Sunday in Freehold Township, Pennsylvania.... 
 
State Police in Corry report the fatal accident occurred around 3 p.m. on Route 6 when the 57 year-old Harley Davidson operator reportedly crossed the center line just west of Route 958.  Troopers  say the rider was struck head-on by a Ford Motorhome operated by a 73 year-old male.  After the inital point of impact, the motorcycle was dragged nearly 150-feet before coming to rest. The motorhome then traveled across the left side of the road and struck a ditch. That driver was sent to Corry Memorial Hospital for minor injuries. No charges have been filed. 
 
 
Two Dunkirk men are jailed on $50,000 bail each for allegedly pulling a gun on another person at the Chautauqua County Fair in Dunkirk and, robbing them...   
 
Sheriff's deputies say 23 year-old Christian Mota-Cruz and, 22 year-old Benjamini Catalino allegedly displayed the gun while taking the items about 10:30 p.m. Thursday night.  Officers say the men then ran off, but they were located elsewhere, and arrested at the Central Avenue fairgrounds.  Both Mota-Cruz and Catalino were arraigned on charges including first-degree robbery, and fourth-degree grand larceny. They were then sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
There are some places in the south basin of Chautauqua Lake that are experiencing Harmful Blue-Green Algal Blooms, including Lakewood Beach...  
 
The Chautauqua County Health and Human Services Department reports that Lakewood Beach had been closed for a time due to blooms... but, officials say they have dissipated in recent days... and, the beach reopened last Thursday, July 19.  In addition.. health officials say there have also been blooms in the Celoron area... and, near the Chautauqua Lake Bridge.  There has also been some nearshore Algal Blooms reports in Bear Lake... but, those have not been confirmed.  There have been no Algal Blooms reported in Findley Lake so far.
 
 
A local Korean War veteran known for providing more than 300 American flags to local schools and organizations over the years has been inducted into the New York State Senate's Veteran's Hall of Fame...  
 
Jamestown's Peter Carlo received the honor last weekend from State Senator Cathy Young during a reception at the Frewsburg American Legion.  Young praised Carlo for his bravery after being wounded in combat, and re-entering the fray because of a shortage of machine gunners.
 
More than 60 peple were on hand for the event, though Carlo was officially inducted into the Hall of Fame this past Spring in Albany.   Carlo says he learned teamwork at basic training, something he has used his entire life.  But, he adds the support of his wife has kept him going.  State Assemblyman Andy Goodell and County Veteran's Services Director Greg Carlson were also on hand.  Representatives for Mayor Sam Teresi and Congressman Tom Reed were also on hand for the event.
 
 
On the ground in dozens of states, there is new evidence that democratic socialism is becoming a significant force in Democratic politics...   
 
The movement, until recently, had operated largely on the fringes of liberalism's farthest left flank. But as Donald Trump's presidency stretches into its second year, the Democratic Socialists of America is boasting tens of thousands of new members and dozens of candidates on the ballot from Maine to Kansas to Hawaii.
 
 
The skies cleared, and allowed the Babe Ruth 'World Series of Wheels' to go forward at Bergman Park in Jamestown Sunday.  Local Babe Ruth President, Russ Diethrick, said a number of classics were on the field...
 
The three-day Scandinavian Festival returned to Jamestown Community College this year.  On Sunday, organizer Don Sandy, declared success.  In Silver Creek on Saturday, the first Laurel Run following the death of Laurel Hotelling came to a conclusion.  The Resource Center's Community Relations Director, Steve Waterson, said many people attended.
 
 
A small, but high-quality number of cars, ATVs and other items with "wheels" on them were on hand for the first "World Series of Wheels" Sunday at Bergman Park in Jamestown...  
 
Rains for overnight and early Sunday morning led to a lower turn-out for what used to be the "World Series of Cars."  However, local Babe Ruth Committee President Russ Diethrick says they were ready to go -- rain or shine -- with several classic and vintage vehicles.  The Chautauqua County Antique Car Club and, some World Series committee members got together and started the event nearly 35-years ago.  Russ adds that there was a great variety of food for event-goers.  He also thanked the many sponsors and supporters for being part of the program.  The money raised helps the committee put on the local Babe Ruth World Series.  The effort has raised well over 300-thousand dollars through the years.  This year's 16 to 18-year-old series begins August 4 at Diethrick Park.
 
 
Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is begging for mercy ahead of his sentencing next week, telling a judge he prays he will not die in prison...  
 
The 74-year-old Democrat submitted a letter in Manhattan federal court late Friday, saying he and his wife "are both crumbling" since he was convicted in May during a retrial on corruption charges.  Prosecutors, in their own submission Friday, sought a sentence of well over 10 years in prison.  Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison after a 2015 conviction at trial.  That conviction was overturned by a federal appeals court following a Supreme Court decision that redefined what constituted corruption.  Silver was first elected in 1976. He served as speaker for 21 years, resigning after his arrest.

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., July 21, 2018

Bear Lake man arrested for threatening people with shot-gun while high on Meth...
A Warren County, PA man is accused of assaulting one person... and, threatening three others with a 12-gauge shotgun before he was arrested by by police.  State Police in Corry say they were called to the scene of an alleged altercation on Main Street in Bear Lake just before 1 p.m. Friday.  Troopers learned that 45 year-old Shawn Handley had arrived at the home while under the influence of methamphetimes... and, started a fight with a 53 year-old man there.  Police say Handley was chased outside, where he retrieved the shot-gun and pointed it at two other men and a woman before he fired one shot into some weeds behind the home.  Handley then allegedly fled from the scene twice on his motorcycle before troopers were able to catch him some woods behind the house.  He was arraigned on charges of assault, making terroristic threats, and reckless endangerment, and taken to the Warren County Jail pending further court action.
 
 
Missing Erie Co. Teenager returns home...
An Erie, PA-area girl reported missing last Sunday has now been located in the Corry-area.  State Police in Corry say 17 year-old Jessica Lynn Rick left her home that afternoon... and, failed to return home.  However... troopers said she did have brief contact with friends and family in the Corry-area.  She was reportedly refusing to return home.  However... she was found safe, earlier Friday.
 
 
Two men arrested for drug possession after speeding car is pulled over in Ellery...
Two men are accused of being in possession of cocaine and heroin after the car they were in was stopped for speeding in the town of Ellery.  Sheriff's deputies say they spotted the speeding car on the Bemus-Ellery Road a week ago last Friday... and, pulled over the vehicle... operated by 44 year-old Kevin Pawlak of Fredonia.  Officers say they first saw the passenger, 48 year-old Jason Selig of Brocton, throw items out of the car.  K-9 Drake was called in... and, found both men in possession of the illegal drugs.  Both men were charged with one count each of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and were issued appearance tickets for Ellery Town Court.
 
 
County Legislature committee approves added funding for Dunkirk Power Boat races...
A Chautauqua County Legislature committee has approved spending $20,500 more to support a first-ever off-shore power boat race weekend next month in the city of Dunkirk.  That from Audit and Control Committee Chairman, Pierre Chagnon, who says the panel first approved the move to use about $12,000 in bed tax funds to support the new event... which is replacing the former Dunkirk Air Show.  Chagnon says they also authorized spending the added money for an event that's national in scope.  He says the event will be televised by CBS-TV -- some of it live from the event.  The additional funding will also come from the county's 3-percent occupany tax fund... which currently has about $126,000 in it.  Chagnon says the Dunkirk Power Boat races will also fill about 600 area hotel rooms that week.  The measure now moves on to the entire legislature for a vote next Wednesday.
 
 
Saratoga race track opens Friday...
Triple Crown winner Justify won't be running during the 150th meet at Saratoga Race Course, but many of the brightest stars in thoroughbred racing will grace the historic track over the next six-plus weeks.  The 40-day meet opened Friday, offering 69 stakes races worth $18.8-million in purses, with the likes of Good Magic, Hofburg, Gronkowski, Vino Rosso, and Bravazo competing for a share of the prize money.  Todd Pletcher will be seeking his 13th training title in 16 years.  He won it last year with 40 winners, one more than Chad Brown.  As for Justify, trainer Bob Baffert has sent him back to Del Mar and will keep his prized colt under observation after swelling in his left front ankle emerged two weeks ago. 
 
 
"World Series of Wheels" set for Sunday...
The annual "World Series of Cars" will have a new name for the first-time in some 30-plus years.  It will now be known as the "World Series of Wheels" when the annual event is held this coming Sunday at Jamestown's Bergman Park.  The event has been expanded this year to pretty much include anything with wheels on it... and, it begins with the annual breakfast put on by Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown-area at 7 a.m.  Local Babe Ruth World Series President Russ Diethrick says the event was started by a local antique car group -- the Chautauqua County Antique Car Club -- and with some help from Babe Ruth officials.  Diethrick says the World Series of Cars started about the same time the Babe Ruth World Series began in Jamestown... and, has raised more than $300,000 for the baseball events.  Babe Ruth Committee Vice-President Kim Ecklund... who also heads up public relations... says by making it the "World Series of Wheels..." expands what they have to include ATVs, bicycles and motorcycles.  
 
 
 
 
 
 

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., July 21, 2018

Bear Lake man arrested for threatening people with shot-gun while high on Meth...
A Warren County, PA man is accused of assaulting one person... and, threatening three others with a 12-gauge shotgun before he was arrested by by police.  State Police in Corry say they were called to the scene of an alleged altercation on Main Street in Bear Lake just before 1 p.m. Friday.  Troopers learned that 45 year-old Shawn Handley had arrived at the home while under the influence of methamphetimes... and, started a fight with a 53 year-old man there.  Police say Handley was chased outside, where he retrieved the shot-gun and pointed it at two other men and a woman before he fired one shot into some weeds behind the home.  Handley then allegedly fled from the scene twice on his motorcycle before troopers were able to catch him some woods behind the house.  He was arraigned on charges of assault, making terroristic threats, and reckless endangerment, and taken to the Warren County Jail pending further court action.
 
 
Missing Erie Co. Teenager returns home...
An Erie, PA-area girl reported missing last Sunday has now been located in the Corry-area.  State Police in Corry say 17 year-old Jessica Lynn Rick left her home that afternoon... and, failed to return home.  However... troopers said she did have brief contact with friends and family in the Corry-area.  She was reportedly refusing to return home.  However... she was found safe, earlier Friday.
 
 
Two men arrested for drug possession after speeding car is pulled over in Ellery...
Two men are accused of being in possession of cocaine and heroin after the car they were in was stopped for speeding in the town of Ellery.  Sheriff's deputies say they spotted the speeding car on the Bemus-Ellery Road a week ago last Friday... and, pulled over the vehicle... operated by 44 year-old Kevin Pawlak of Fredonia.  Officers say they first saw the passenger, 48 year-old Jason Selig of Brocton, throw items out of the car.  K-9 Drake was called in... and, found both men in possession of the illegal drugs.  Both men were charged with one count each of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and were issued appearance tickets for Ellery Town Court.
 
 
County Legislature committee approves added funding for Dunkirk Power Boat races...
A Chautauqua County Legislature committee has approved spending $20,500 more to support a first-ever off-shore power boat race weekend next month in the city of Dunkirk.  That from Audit and Control Committee Chairman, Pierre Chagnon, who says the panel first approved the move to use about $12,000 in bed tax funds to support the new event... which is replacing the former Dunkirk Air Show.  Chagnon says they also authorized spending the added money for an event that's national in scope.  He says the event will be televised by CBS-TV -- some of it live from the event.  The additional funding will also come from the county's 3-percent occupany tax fund... which currently has about $126,000 in it.  Chagnon says the Dunkirk Power Boat races will also fill about 600 area hotel rooms that week.  The measure now moves on to the entire legislature for a vote next Wednesday.
 
 
Saratoga race track opens Friday...
Triple Crown winner Justify won't be running during the 150th meet at Saratoga Race Course, but many of the brightest stars in thoroughbred racing will grace the historic track over the next six-plus weeks.  The 40-day meet opened Friday, offering 69 stakes races worth $18.8-million in purses, with the likes of Good Magic, Hofburg, Gronkowski, Vino Rosso, and Bravazo competing for a share of the prize money.  Todd Pletcher will be seeking his 13th training title in 16 years.  He won it last year with 40 winners, one more than Chad Brown.  As for Justify, trainer Bob Baffert has sent him back to Del Mar and will keep his prized colt under observation after swelling in his left front ankle emerged two weeks ago. 
 
 
"World Series of Wheels" set for Sunday...
The annual "World Series of Cars" will have a new name for the first-time in some 30-plus years.  It will now be known as the "World Series of Wheels" when the annual event is held this coming Sunday at Jamestown's Bergman Park.  The event has been expanded this year to pretty much include anything with wheels on it... and, it begins with the annual breakfast put on by Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown-area at 7 a.m.  Local Babe Ruth World Series President Russ Diethrick says the event was started by a local antique car group -- the Chautauqua County Antique Car Club -- and with some help from Babe Ruth officials.  Diethrick says the World Series of Cars started about the same time the Babe Ruth World Series began in Jamestown... and, has raised more than $300,000 for the baseball events.  Babe Ruth Committee Vice-President Kim Ecklund... who also heads up public relations... says by making it the "World Series of Wheels..." expands what they have to include ATVs, bicycles and motorcycles.  
 
 
 
 
 
 

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News Headlines for Fri., July 20, 2018

Cattaraugus County man arrested for criminal sex act at laundromat...
A Conewango man is jailed without bail for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at a laundromat on Jamestown's southside this past Tuesday morning.  City police say 33 year-old Dennis Park, Junior is accused of assaulting the victim at the 111 Marion St. location at knife-point shortly after 11 a.m.  Officers say they talked with the victim... and found Park at a different location.  She identifed Park... and, he was taken into custody.  Police say he faces several charges... including first-degree criminal sex act... second-degree unlawful imprisonment and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  He was arraigned and sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
Two city residents hurt in Warren County accident...
Two Jamestown residents were sent to the hospital with minor injuries sustained in a car accident in Warren County on Tuesday night. State Police in Warren say the crash occurred as 24 year-old Claribel Lopez was attempting to make a left-turn onto Hatch Run Road from Conewango Avenue... but, failed to yield to the right of way to an Sports Utility Vehicle.  Troopers say the SUV driver was not injuried.  Lopez's two passengers -- 29 year-old Pedro Mongerios and a 5 year-old child -- both of Jamestown... were treated at the scene before being sent to Warren General Hospital for further evaluation.  She was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign. 
 
 
D-A talks to Audit and Control Committee about need for additional prosecutor in 2019 budget...
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson is again pitching the need for an additional prosecutor in his office due to the on-going increase in crimes related to the opioid epidemic.  That from Chairman Pierre Chagnon of the county legislature's Audit and Control Committee... who says Swanson appeared at Thursday's meeting... and, made the request for 2019.  Chagnon feels it's a "reasonable" request... given the dramatic increase in felony drug-related crimes they prosecute.  He says the increases have been "substantial."  Those felony cases increased by 31-percent from 2016 to last year... growing to more than 1,100 in 2017.  Chagnon says the 95-thousand dollar request is for each of the next four-years... and, was already viewed as reasonable last year for the 2018 fiscal year.  However... he says a plan to act on a budget including that did not materialize.  The District Attorney's budget... which totals just over $1.7-millon... was one of several items on the meeting's agenda. 
 
 
Operators in Busti car-truck accident identified...
Two people from Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania suffered non-life threatening injuries Wednesday morning when a car collided with a tractor-trailer cab in the town of Busti.  Lakewood-Busti Police say 73 year-old Margaret Black was northbound on Wellman Road shortly before 11 a.m. when she failed to stop at the stop-sign at Kortwright Road.  Black's car then struck the truck, operated by Timothy Johnson -- also of Sugar Grove.  Officers say Black had to be freed from the wreckage.  She was flown to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania for chest pains and as a precaution.  Johnson also had chest pain from hitting the steering wheel, and was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital in Jamestown.  The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office and, the Busti, Lakewood and Panama fire rescue crews and ALSTAR Ambulance also responded.  No charges have been filed.   
 
 
Goodell reintroduces legislation to end pay-to-play in NYS...
Local Assemblyman Andy Goodell has re-introduced legislation that would ban campaign contributions from contractors and others doing business with state government.  The legislation would prohibit such contributions from companies seeking contracts with the state, public unions seeking pay and benefit increases, special interest groups and others who would benefit financially from requested legislation or other action by public officials.  The legislation would also apply to political candidates.  Goodell says the bill aims to close a loophole in New York's ethics laws... which have produced two top Cuomo officials being convicted of big-rigging and other violations.  Goodell says he originally introduced the legislation three years ago, but it was blocked after a party line vote in an Assembly committee.  He thought, though, given recent verdicts in the "Buffalo Billion" bid-rigging trial.  The Jamestown-area Republican is hopeful the recent convictions of Alain Kaloyeros and Joseph Percoco in the Buffalo Billion case will help get the legislation passed.
 
 
Scandinavian Festival underway for weekend...
The annual Scandinavian Festival is now underway, and principal organizer, Don Sandy, emphasizes they're at a different location -- Jamestown Community College -- this year.  He adds there are all kinds of music, lectures, food and Scandinavian items available.  He says their theme again is "Behold Scandinavia."  The popular Viking ship will be on Chautauqua Lake for awhile today, and then at the festival grounds for the remainder of the weekend.  A ticket for the whole weekend is just $15.  Daily rates are less.  More information is available at Scandinavianjamestown.org.  
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There were some anxious moments while the Viking Ship for the Scandinavian Festival was being hauled to the location where it is sailed from today.  Jamestown fire crews were called to an engine fire in the pick-up truck that was hauling the replica ship at the corner of East Second and Winsor Streets last night.  Battalion Chief Matt Coon says two engines responded to the scene about 6:15 PM... and, quickly up out the fire.  Coon says no one was hurt... and, there was no damage to the ship.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 19, 2018

State Police in Pennsylvania are asking for the public's help in safely returning a runaway teen to her Wayne Township Home.... 
 
Troopers say 17 year-old Jessica Lynn Rick left her residence last Sunday and failed to return. Rick reportedly has had contact with family and friends in the Corry area. Officers say Jessica Lynn stands 5"3  and weighs 110 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes and snakebite piercings. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call  Corry state police. 
 
 
Two people were hurt -- one of them seriously -- when a logging truck collided with a car in the town of Busti late yesterday morning....  
 
Lakewood-Busti Police released few details Wednesday afternoon but, say they were called to the scene on Kortwright Road shortly before 11:00.  Officers say the woman driving the car had to be flown by Starflight Helicopter to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania for treatment, while the driver of the truck was taken to UPMC Chautauqua in Jamestown for treatment of lesser injuries.  Lakewood-Busti Police were assisted by Sheriff's officers along with Busti, Lakewood and Panama fire rescue crews and ALSTAR Ambulance.
 
 
Ellicott Town Police say a Falconer woman who went missing this past Monday has now returned home...  
 
Sergeant Matt Kubinski with the Ellicott Department said 24 year-old Anna Cain returned late yesterday.  Family members said they had last seen Cain this past Sunday but, had not seen her since.  Kubinski says she was visiting friends in Salamanca but, had not contacted anyone in Falconer until late Wednesday.
 
 
Following backlash over his original comments in Finland regarding Russian meddling in the 2016 election, President Donald Trump has tried to clarify what he said...  
 
He offered a one-word correction, saying that he meant to say, "I don't see any reason why it WOULDN'T be Russia."  New York's junior U-S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the president's clarification wasn't enough.
 
Gillibrand accuses Trump of abdicating his responsibility by not holding Russia accountable and, she feels that's a "disservice to the country."  The New York Democrat also told reporters, "the way he continues to denigrate our allies and cozy up to those who seek to undermine our democracy is shocking."
 
 
Despite public discord surrounding the recent Helsinki summit between President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, a Jamestown man, who is a native of Russia, says he remains positive...  
 
That from Jamestown Community College and SUNY Fredonia adjunct professor Anton Agafonov spoke with our Dennis Webster at Chautauqua Institution Wednesday morning. Agafonov says that he does not believe Putin is looking "spread his power..." but to build more stability in Russia.  He adds there are misconceptions about the country's current state including employment.  He says not everything is "great" in Russia, but, he says people are working and at least have the basics.  Agafonov says that the image people get of Russia can be "one-sided."  He says by talking to more people, you will get a variety of opinions that make up the whole picture. 
 
 
A Mayville man was arrested for allegedly being disorderly with marijuana in his possession in the village early Tuesday morning... 
 
Sheriff's deputies say they saw a male subject standing in the roadway and urinating on Water Street just after 3:00. Deputies identified the male as Juan Rivera and attempted to make contact with him.  The 33 year-old Rivera began yelling obscenities and attempted to walk away from Deputies.  While in custody, he was found to be in possession of a small quantity of marijuana. He was processed and held at the Chautauqua County Jail on pre-arraignment bail and, will appear in Town of Chautauqua Court at a later date to answer charges of disorderly conduct and unlawful possession of marijuana.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Clerk's Office is now able to accept credit card payments at their offices in Mayville, and their Department of Motor Vehicle Offices...  
 
That from Clerk Larry Barmore, who says they had four people use the service on the first day Monday.  Barmore says he he spent some time trying to find the right company to deal with for card acceptance that would provide the best service at the lowest fees.  He says he found one that charged $10 per terminal as opposed to the $50 charged by a company already used by the county.
 
Barmore says they can now handle all transactions with Visa, Master Card, Discover or American Express cards.  He says legislative policy dictates that fees charged for using a credit card are "borne" by the user.  He says it's a 2.5-percent fee on top of what's charged on the person's card.  Barmore says the move is in response to many of their customers asking for some time now to be able to use a credit card for payment. 
 
 
 
Public health and agriculture officials are warning New York residents, farms and visitors to take precautions outdoors as a new tick species has been found in the state...  
 
The Departments of Health and Agriculture and Markets issued a warning Tuesday for an insect commonly known as the "longhorned tick," which was recently discovered in multiple locations in Westchester County.  Health experts worked with researchers at Fordham University in the Bronx and at New York Medical College to identify the new species.  The identifications were confirmed by researchers at Rutgers University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Officials say the tick can also pose a threat to livestock.  The tick is native to the Pacific region but has been found recently in New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Arkansas.
 
Stateline Speedway Announcement...
 
The last big Super Late Model race of the season is scheduled for tonight at Stateline Speedway in Busti.  The 62-lap "62nd Anniversary" A-Main is the biggest race of the night.  Many of the area's top racers are expected and, the Pro-Mods will also be part of the show along with fireworks.  Racing begins at 7:00.
 

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News alert for Wed., July 18, 2018

The town of Busti Court, scheduled for 5:30 this evening, has been cancelled.

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WJTN News Headlines for July 18, 2018

Local Congressman Tom Reed doesn't feel that President Trump's actions of believing Russian President Vladimir Putin instead of U.S. intelligence officials regarding meddling in the 2016 election was "treasonous"...  
 
During a media call Tuesday afternoon, Reed said he does not agree with the assessment made by former CIA Director John Brennan.  Reed, though, disagreed with the President's statement that there was no meddling.
 
The Corning Republican believes the investigation by Robert Mueller is divisive due to a lot of confusion regarding the investigation, and adds that Brennan may simply be more interested in making news.  Reed says he does not believe that what was on display was "treason."  On Monday night, he said that he believed Russia was trying to meddle in U.S. elections, but that there was no evidence of collusion with any American.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
Local police agencies have confirmed the identity of a body found in a pond in Sherman as a missing Warren County man... 
 
That from the Jamestown Post-Journal... who reports authorities in New York and Pennsylvania identified the man as 23 year-old Sven Blumquist on Tuesday.  A State Police Sergeant in Jamestown confirmed his body was found in the vicinity of Wait Corners Road -- near the site of the Blue Heron Music Festival.    Blumquist was last seen about 1 a.m.  on July 7th as he walking away from his campsite at the festival to go listen to one of the bands. No cause of death has been announced.
 
 
Congressman Reed's Democratic opponent in the 23rd District this Fall has a very different take on the president's comments made after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin...  
 
Ithaca's Tracy Mitrano says "words can't describe my feelings as an American listening to our president side with the Russian leader against our intelligence community."  She adds that "Russian interference in the 2016 election has been well-established.  President Putin’s denial was a transparent lie."  She called on all members of the House and Senate to denounce President Trump’s remarks.
 
 
A former New York state Senate leader and his son have been convicted of bribery and extortion charges at their second federal corruption trial...  
 
A jury reached the verdict on Tuesday in the case against Dean Skelos and his son, Adam.  The two were accused of selling the once-powerful Republican's office by pressuring wealthy businessmen into giving Skelos' son roughly $300,000 for no-show jobs.  Prosecutors said the payments were bribes intended to win support for legislation favored by the businesses.
 
 
The Jamestown City Council will vote later this month on filling four positions in city government that have been left open by retirements or resignations....  
 
That from Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce... who says the four positions are in the budget... and won't impact spending.  During Monday night's work session... Dolce noted that one is in finance, and another is in the parks department.
 
Dolce says the Police Department also is in need of a clerk due to a resignation... and, the other is an administrative assistant in the Public Works Department.  The City Council has to formally vote on the moves because they require suspending the city's on-going hiring freeze.
 
 
A grassroots non-profit looking to be part of the growing revitalization efforts of Jamestown is getting ready to open its doors to children and families in August.... 
 
That from the Children's Museum of Jamestown Board President Linda Andrews, who says the idea started within her group of friends.
 
While the exhibits are geared for pre-K and early elementary children... Andrews says there will also be exhibits for older siblings as well.  She says the Children's Museum of Jamestown will have a "Tot Spot" playroom, a snack bar and an event room for birthday partie and more.  Andrews says she hopeful the grand-opening at the 14 East 2nd Street location will be August 1st. For more information, volunteer applications or to send in donations... visit their website at CMJWNY.org. 
 
 
Two people were arrested for allegedly receiving over $73,000 worth of welfare benefits illegally from the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services....  
 
Sheriff's officers say 39 year-old Emily Farnham of Sinclairville and 39 year-old Paul Farnham of Fredonia completed applications for assistance knowing the information reported was incorrect.  As a result... Emily received nearly $42,0000 in Family Assistance, over $31,000 in SNAP benefits and $25.00 in HEAP benefits that she was not entitled to. The Farnhams will answers to charges in Jamestown City Court at a later time.  (**To report incidents of suspected welfare fraud, call the county's hotline at 1-800-388-5365.)
 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 17, 2018

Rescue crews from several local police and fire departments have found the body of a Falconer man in Chautauqua Lake after about two days of searching...  
 
County Undersheriff Chuck Holder says 47 year-old Timothy Yocum apparently went missing after jumping into the lake -- near the Lakewood Yacht Club -- to cool off about 5:30 last Saturday night.  However, he never resurfaced after his boat apparently drifted away from him.  Holder says the Sheriff's Office Navigation Patrol, and Water Emergency Team coordinated the search, along with Lakewood-Busti Police and the Lakewood Fire Department.  He says they used a search grid on that area of the lake, and they also had people checking the shoreline. 
 
 
City lawmakers have given their support to a church in downtown Jamestown applying for state funding to correct two on-going issues at the historic location...  
 
The city council last night endorsed St. Luke's Episcopal Church's application for funding through New York's Consolidated Funding Application process during a special meeting.  St. Luke's pastor, Father Luke Fodor says the first task is securing the westside wall of the 120-year-old structure.  He says the other project involves preserving the bell tower of the church at Fourth and Main Streets against water.
 
Fodor says the west wall project has ended up being bigger than they first expected.  He says the church is taking on an overall, one-million dollar project to take care of a number of issues, including the undercroft of the church.  He says they received a $45,000 New York state "Sacred Sites" grant to bring in a preservation architect to look at what needed to be dealt with and how. 
 
 
A Falconer woman is being held pending arraignment following a domestic dispute Sunday afternoon...  
 
Jamestown Police say they responded to Jones and Gifford Avenue just before 1:30 p.m. and, determined 32 year-old Alicia Kelsey allegedly pulled a sink of a wall causing damage.  Kelsey is also accused of stealing several bottles of liquor from the unidentified victim.  She was arrested and sent to the city jail for fourth-degree criminal mischief and petty larceny. 
 
 
A brand new scholarship was presented for the first time Monday, during the Four-H hog show at the Chautauqua County Fair...  
 
The scholarship was founded by Nancy Johnson and Margie Morrison in honor of their late husbands, Fred Johnson and David Morrison.  Both died from cancer around two years ago.  Each was deeply committed to Chautauqua County Four-H.  The first recipient of the $500 'Four-H Hog Project Memorial Scholarship' is Braden Lesch, a recent graduate of Fredonia High School.  Braden will attend Ohio State University at Wooster in the fall, and says the scholarhip will be a great help.  He is looking forward to a career in the swine or beef industry.  The scholarship is administered by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.  
 
 
The annual shot fired by a Civil War-era cannon kicked of Fair Week at the Chautauqua County Fair late Monday morning and, the mid-way and animal exhibits are now open...  
 
Fair Board member Dave Wilson says the firing of the cannon has become a tradition at the fair over the years.  Several elected officials were on hand for yesterday's start of the fair, including County Executive George Borrello, who recalled attending the fair as a child living in Fredonia.
 
Assemblyman Andrew Goodell added that there's plenty for the whole family to enjoy, with the 4-H exhibits on one side and, amusement rides on the other.  He adds there's also the grandstand where several events -- including concerts -- take place.  The Chautauqua County Fair runs through Sunday and, you can get more information on it by going on-line to ChautauquaCountyFair.org for a rundown of the fair's events.
 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo has written to federal officials urging them to renew a policy allowing food stamp recipients to use their benefits at local farmers' markets...  
 
The New York Democrat wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue last week to express concern.  Cuomo says the federal government notified the state that because of a technology change, recipients of what's officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program would no longer be able to use their benefits at farmers' markets. 
 
 
State Senator Cathy Young has been recognized for providing $25,000 in funding -- and untold support -- for the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America...  
 
Young this past weekend was presented the Vietnam Veterans of America Achievement Medal by Local-#865 President Neil Magro.  The $25,000 she obtained in the 2006-2007 state budget was instrumental in establishing the VVA's Jamestown chapter.  Over the years, chapter officials add she has also secured significant state support for many programs benefitting veterans across the 57th Senate District and championed legislation providing state recognition and benefits in honor of their contributions.   

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WJTN News Headlines for July 16, 2018

BPU Water Annoucement...
 
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities has announced Water will be turned off after 9 a.m. today, July 16 in Lakewood on West Terrace Avenue from Chautauqua to Vista Way for approximately four hours while a fire hydrant is replaced. Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says Water in Lakewood may be discolored for 12-24 hours following the replacement.
 
 
A Sinclairville man was flown by Starflight to an Erie-Pennsylvania hospital following a motor vehicle accident yesterday morning... 
 
Sheriff's Officers responded to the crash just before 2 a.m. on Route 380 in the Town of Stockton. Deputies say 29 year-old Andrew Olson was south-bound when he veered off the north side of the roadway and struck a tree head-on. Olson sustained a severe lower leg injury as a result of the crash and, was air lifted to UPMC Hamot Medical Center for treatment.
 
 
 
Authorities late Sunday were continuing to look for a missing boater who went for a swim in Chautauqua Lake last Saturday night...  
 
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office says crews resumed searching yesterday for the man, who vanished about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.  The search is centered along the shoreline in and around Lakewood in the southern part of the lake.  Sheriff's officers says the man has been identified as 47 year-old Timothy Yocum of Falconer.  They say they got word of the boater's disappearance and, their Navigation Patrol and Water Emergency Team immediately responded.  Several other fire and police agencies also responded.
 
 
A Jamestown man faces a maximum of 30 years in federal prison after he was convicted of conspiring to traffick cocaine in the area two years ago...  
 
U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Junior annouced the federal jury decision late last week against 37 year-old Andrew Garner.   Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joel Violanti and Emmanuel Ulubiyo, who handled the prosecution of the case, say that between April and September 2016, the defendant conspired with others to distribute cocaine in the Jamestown area.  Kennedy says the verdict was the result of an investigation by the the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Jamestown and Ellicott Town Police Departments.  He says sentencing will be scheduled at a later date before U.S. District Judge Lawrence Vilardo.
 
 
Just over half of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk is open and usable for walkers, runners and bicyclists...  
 
That from Mayor Sam Teresi... who says that was accomplished with the grand-opening of two new pedestrian bridges near Brooklyn Square on July 7 connecting the north and south sides of the Chadakoin River.  Teresi says a person can now walk from the downtown area to Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron.
 
Teresi says, there is still some work to do on the riverwalk, namely the adding of signage.  However, he says they're also close to adding a new map of the riverwalk to the city's website at JamestownNY.net.  He says the homepage has an icon you can click and, get the map -- which is being designed by local artist Gary Peters, Junior.  Teresi says city officials are now moving ahead on planning for the riverwalk, moving east from the South Main Street Bridge area to the city-line at Falconer.  He made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the Media One Group stations.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Fair opens at 1 p.m. today at the fairgrounds in Dunkirk....  
 
Spokesman, Dave Wilson, says in addition to a new ride provider, they've added a new grandstand show.  At 7 p.m. Thursday, 'Cross Over the Line... Bull Riding' will come to the fair.  It's a professional show, with riders competing for prizes on between 20 and 30 bulls.  In addition, there's something new at the petting zoo this year--a camel to ride.  There's also a broom maker coming to the fair on Central Ave.  The county fair runs from today through Sunday.  Adult pay-one-price admission is $12.00 at the gate.  
 
 
New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon says Governor Cuomo should begin an investigation into corruption in the wake of guilty verdicts at a corruption trial...  
 
Nixon, a Democrat, spoke outside Manhattan federal court late Friday after a jury Thursday convicted a former school president that Cuomo had praised as an 'economic guru...' and three developers who had contributed to his 2014 re-election campaign.  Nixon says Cuomo should direct that corruption in Albany be investigated and, that the attorney general should conduct it.
 
 
A jury in New York has begun deliberating in the federal corruption trial of former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos...  
 
The once-powerful Republican is accused of using the clout of his office to pressure businessmen into giving jobs to his adult son.  Prosecutors say the jobs came with big salaries and required relatively little work, and amounted to bribes.  The defense said Skelos was just trying to help his struggling son find employment.  They say the senator never took official action for any of the businessmen.  The trial is scheduled to resume today.
 
 
A remediated brownfield site in the city of Dunkirk will be transformed into a state-of-the-art cold storage facility...  
 
On Friday, Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello signed the final paperwork to transfer the former Edgewood Warehouse building on South Roberts Road to a development group led by the Krog Group and, developer Peter Krog, in partnership with Sonwil Distribution of Buffalo.
 
The cold storage facility will be used by Fieldbrook Foods in Dunkirk to store finished product while it awaits shipping to customers across the country.  Borrello says the facility will not only help create jobs locally, but also reduce costs for Fieldbrook Foods.  He says they'll be able to have storage on site, which will save them from having to truck their product to Pennsylvania until it's sent out to market.  Officials say the cold storage facility should be fully operational by spring or summer of 2019.
 
 
An electrical outage that impacted certain Board of Public Utilities' substations led to an outage Saturday night through early Sunday morning in the Jamestown area...  
 
BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says Electric Division employees were called out about 11:30 p.m. and found a problem at the Power plant triggered the outage.  Robbins says employees re-routed electricity and, got power back on by just before 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Failed equipment at the Power Plant caused the outage.
 

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News Update for Sun., July 15, 2018

(Update**)Overnight outage blamed on issue at BPU Plant...

An electrical outage that impacted certain Board of Public Utilities' substations led to an outage Saturday night through early Sunday morning in the Jamestown area.  BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says Electric Division employees were called out about 11:30 p.m., and found a problem at the Carlson Generating Station triggered the outage.  Robbins says linemen and supervisors re-routed electricity to get power back to customers.   She says power was restored by shortly before 2:30 this morning.

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News Headlines for Sat., July 14, 2018

City man arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence of drugs...
A Jamestown man is jailed on $30,000 bail for allegedly driving while under the influence of -- and being in possession -- of illegal drugs.  State Police in Jamestown say they pulled over 25 year-old Brandon Philbrick late Thursday on South Main Street for alleged traffic violations.  Troopers say a background check revealed that Philbrick had multiple driver's license suspensions... and, he was taken into custody.  During a search of the vehicle... police say they found a container with four-grams of methamphetime, a digital scale with baggies and a hypodermic needle.  A State Police Drug Recognition Expert found Philbrick was under the influence of a stimulant... and, he was charged with several counts... including driving while ability Impaired by Drugs, and, third-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. 
 
 
Body of dead person found in Sherman; but, police not saying if it's missing Warren County man...
Searchers have found the body of a deceased person in the town of Sherman... but, police aren't saying whether it's the body of the Warren County, Pa. man reported missing earlier this week.  A State Police Sergeant in Jamestown confirmed the body was found in the vicinity of Wait Corners Road -- near the site of last weekend's Blue Heron Music Festival.  That's where 23 year-old Sven Blumquist went missing early last Saturday morning.  The sergeant says, though, that the identification is pending an autopsy.  Otherwise... State Police will only say that they are continuing to investigate Blumquist's disappearance.  He was last seen about 1 a.m. as he walking away from his campsite at the festival to go listen to one of the bands. 
 
 
GOP Gubernatorial candidate Molinaro in north county to meet local Republicans...
The man who hopes to unseat Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the fall elections made a campaign swing through Western New York on Thursday.  One stops for Marc Molinaro was in Chautauqua County where he met with County Republicans.  Assemblyman Andrew Goodell was among those attending the gathering in Sunset Bay.  Goodell says he knows the gubernatorial candidate well from his days in the Assembly... and, says Molinaro was "floor leader" when he was there, meaning he had a real good grasp of issues facing the state and counties.  He believes the Dutchess County Executive has a shot at beating Cuomo.   Goodell feels the outcome of the so called 'Buffalo Billion' trial and Cynthia Nixon's upstart primary challenge could impact the governor's campaign.  He says Cynthia Nixon is opposing Cuomo in an upcoming primary... and, also has the Working Families Party line.  In a Facebook post, Molinaro commented that he had a "great time" meeting with Chautauqua County Republicans.  
 
 
State health report recommends legalization of recreational use of pot...
A report from New York state health officials is recommending the legalization of marijuana.  The 74-page analysis released Friday concludes that the benefits of legalization outweigh potential risks.  It suggests the state could raise nearly $700-million in tax revenue off the drug, and that legalization won't significantly increase rates of marijuana use by adults or teens.  The report predicts that legalizing marijuana could reduce opioid dependency while eliminating criminal penalties that disproportionately impact minorities.  It will now be up to Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers to propose specific legalization proposals.  Cuomo has long expressed concerns about legalization, last year calling marijuana a "gateway drug."  But he has softened his stance amid pressure from legalization supporters, including his Democratic primary opponent, "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon.
 
 
Teresi says city "on track" at mid-year to meet 2018 budget projections...
Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says the city appears to be on-track to meet it's projected 2018 budget figures through the first six-months of the year.  Teresi says the five, critical areas they often review, are within budget so far at mid-year.  But -- at the same time -- Teresi says their salt and overtime budgets for snow removal were hit "pretty hard" by the past Winter and early spring.  He adds that he's expecting that second-quarter sales tax figures will be "as strong" as they were in the first-quarter of this year.  Teresi says a lot depends on "big ticket" sales such as cars, appliances, boats, and furniture.  He adds the economy plays a major role in that, as well.  Teresi adds the city is also getting a boost from a lot of development taking place in the downtown area -- especially on the westside.  That's where the final touches are being put on the new National Comedy Center.  He made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
Cable TV lineman killed in electrocution accident in Cattaraugus County...
A Maine man has died after being electrocuted while running an overhead cable television line in the Cattaraugus County Town of Yorkshire.  State Police in Machias say they were called to the scene on Block Road just after 4:30 p.m. last Wednesday.  When they arrived... Troopers say they saw Delevan rescue crews performing CPR on 39 year-old James Fogg of Fairfield, Maine.  Investigators determined that Fogg... who was working for S-G Communcations... was working in a bucket truck when he came in contact with a primary electric line...exposing him to high voltage.  Troopers say he was taken to Bertrand-Chaffee Hospital in Springville... where he later died.
 
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News Bulletin for Fri. July 13, 2018

Police find body in Sherman, but, not saying if it's missing Warren County man...
State Police are confirming this morning that a body of a deceased person has been found in the town of Sherman.  However... they are not saying if it's the Warren County, Pennsylvania man reported missing earlier this week.  State Police in Jamestown will only say that they are continuing to investigate the disappearance of 23 year-old Sven Blumquist... who was last seen about 1 a.m. last Saturday walking away from his campsite at the Blue Heron Music Festival. Troopers say Blumquist is 6' 2" inches tall, with brown hair and blue eyes... and, he weighs 170 pounds.  He was reportedly wearing a red zip-up hoodie, blue jeans and a bandana when he was last seen.
  

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WJTN News Headlines for July 13, 2018

 
Six people were arrested following an investigation into drug sales occurring in and around the Blue Heron Festival in Sherman late last week...  
 
State Police C-NET Team members and troopers from Jamestown, Fredonia and Collins say the investigation resulted in the arrests of the half-dozen people, including 27 year-old Michael Golden of Jamestown and, 33 year-olds Joshua Reeves and Jacob Gilbert, both of North East Pennsylvania.  Police say the charges range from drug possession to criminal sale, as well as a few pending felonies. In addition, Troopers say they also seized various drugs over the July 5-8 span including cocaine, LSD, MDMA, Mushrooms, Edibles and more.  State Police were assisted by Jamestown Police, state Forest Rangers, Chautauqua County Probation and Sheriff's deputies.  This investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.
 
 
Two police agencies are assisting in the search for a Warren County, Pennsylvania man who was reported missing by his family after last weekend's Blue Heron Music Festival in Sherman...  
 
Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace confirms his department has provided a K-9 Unit to the search for 23 year-old Sven Blumquist but, is otherwise not involved.  State Police in Jamestown say Blumquist is about 6-foot-2 weighs 170-pounds with blue eyes and brown hair.  Troopers say he was last seen walking away from his campsite about 1 AM Saturday... and, hasn't been seen since.  He was wearing a red zip-up hoodie, blue jeans and a bandana.  If you have any information on Blumquist, call State Police at 665-3113 or Conewango Township Police in Warren County at (814)-726-0725.
 
 
The annual 'Festa di San Giacomo' (the St. James Festival), is Saturday from 10 to 9:30 at St. James church on Allen Street...  
 
And spokesman, Tom Franco, says the seven-decade tradition is on a firmer foundation than ever, with their huge tent pitched on a brand new, and safer, parking lot.  The festival will be offering the usual array of Italian and American foods, including Sicilian pizza, fried dough, homemade sausage, and around 20,000 cookies. But, one favorite won't be there.  Franco says the growing season didn't yield enough carduni to process.  There'll be entertainment all day long as well, including the St. James Italian Dancers at 3 and 7 PM. 
 
 
The state lawmaker who spear-headed the effort to have the NRG plant in the city of Dunkirk repowered says she is not giving up...  
 
While NRG announced the decision to pull the plug on the project late Wednesday, State Senator Cathy Young says she will work with state and local officials to find another solution.  The Olean Republican has been working on the project that would have converted the plant's fuel source from coal to natural gas for six years.  She's very disappointed by the company's decision.
 
Young says she has already had discussions with County Executive George Borrello and Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas about the next steps.  Among those options, finding another energy company that may be interested in taking over the former NRG plant.  She says a fund is in place to help replace some of the lost tax revenue from the plant.  While disappointed, Young says it's important for local and state leaders to look ahead and come up with a solution.   
 
 
Chautauqua County's top-elected official says he's ready to get to work on developing a plan with several options for the NRG Power Plant...  
 
Executive George Borrello says he agrees with Senator Young that finding another company to take over repowering the plant is the first step.  Borrello adds there is interest in the facility but, he says it depends on how Governor Cuomo and the state's Independent System Operator handle the matter.  He says there is need for a base load power source in Western New York as evidenced by the spike in electric rates during the recent heat wave.   
 
 
A federal jury in New York has convicted key players of corruption in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ``Buffalo Billion'' economic redevelopment program....  
 
The jury in Manhattan federal court returned its verdict Thursday after a month-long trial that put a spotlight on how lucrative contracts were awarded for redevelopment projects in Syracuse and Buffalo worth hundreds of millions of dollars.  Prosecutors maintained the bidding process was corrupt and that deals were steered to favored developers.  One of the lead defendants in the case was Alain Kaloyeros, the former president of SUNY--Polytechnic Institute.  
 
 
A House Committee has approved a bill that officially designates the National Comedy Center as the nation's official center of comedy....  
 
That from local Congressman Tom Reed, who introduced the measure this past June on behalf of the Jamestown-based entity.  Reed thanked members of the Natural Resources Committee for the approval and, says he look's forward to the center becoming something similar to the Pro Football, Baseball and rock 'n Roll Halls of Fame.  Reed was in Jamestown early last month to announce the measure had been introduced in Congress and, U-S Senator Charles Schumer also appeared at the Comedy Center to announce a companion measure.  The bill is now eligible for action by the full House.
 
 
Actress and activist Cynthia Nixon has collected more than 65,000 signatures on a petition to secure her place on the primary ballot in her effort to oust two-term Gov. Andrew Cuomo...  
 
The number of signatures collected by the "Sex and the City" star and political activist is more than five times the amount required under state election law.  Nixon's campaign released the total on Thursday, the deadline for signatures.  Cuomo received his spot on the primary ballot thanks to the endorsement of the state Democratic Party.   

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WJTN News Headlines for July 12, 2018

The state lawmaker who fought long and hard to keep the NRG Power plant up and operating in the city of Dunkirk is expressing her "profound disappointment" the company has "prematurely" pulled out of the repowering project...  
 
State Senator Cathy Young Wedesday afternoon said, in a printed statement, that NRG has "stuck a dagger in the heart of our community.  Our people have consistantly rallied on behalf of the company since they mothballed it in 2013, standing by them through thick and thin."  The Olean Republican adds that NRG "bailed out" before they had all of the information on interconnection costs.  Young says they are blaming the New York Independent System Operator, but adds they have "always have known full well the process that is required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and NYISO.  She adds that NRG lost it's interconnection rights because they didn't renew them, and that's why they would have to go through the whole process at this point.  We do have a call into Senator Young for direct comment.
 
 
The huge cost of interconnecting the NRG Power plant to the regional electrical power system has reportedly led company officials to "pull the plug" on the project... 
 
Multiple media reports said local elected officials were notifed earlier this week that the project was being scraped.  Local Congressman Tom Reed was among those Wednesday afternoon waiting for the announcement, but blamed "extreme environmentalists" for what was happening.
 
Reed says he remains supportive of the repowering effort, which has been supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo and, other state leaders.  He says that support is regardless of whether another company was involved.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
A Jamestown man faces a handful of charges following a warrant check on the city's eastside Tuesday night... 
 
Officers were advised that  37 year-old Willie Graham was outside a residence on Bowen Street and had multiple warrants. Police report he also had a valid order of protection to stay away from the property. Upon the sight of police, Graham allegedly fled inside the house in an attempt to evade officers and refused to come out. A perimeter was set up by officers and with the assistance of K-9 Mitchell, the suspect was arrested. He's being held in city jail pending court appearance. 
 
 
Two Jamestown teenagers were arrested following a physical domestic violence incident Monday night....  
 
City police responded to Columbia Street at 7 p.m. and located the suspects, 18 year-old Andrew Pacitti and a 17 year-old female.  Officers determined that Pacitti allegedly obstructed the breathing of an unidentified female victim and damaged her property.  The 17 year-old is accused of hitting an unidentified male with a glass bottle, injuring him.  Pacitti is charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and fourth-degree criminal mischief, while the female suspect was arrested for felony second-degree assault.  The teens are being held pending arraignment. 
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed has few problems with the confrontational style that President Donald Trump is using with America's NATO allies at their meeting in Brussels...  
 
However, his "disruptive style" is be interpreted in different ways by different people.  While some say his harsh tone is driving a wedge into relationships with our European allies, others -- including Reed -- believe it's important for NATO to understand that they have to pay their fair share.
 
President Trump says the U.S. commitment to NATO ``remains very strong'' despite reports that he threated to pull out in a dispute over defense spending. At a news conference Thursday in Brussels, he told 'people' that he would be 'very unhappy if they didn't increase their commitments'. Trump will be meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin early next week.  Reed says he expects U-S grievances against the Russians to be aired, including the alleged meddling in the 2016 Presidential election.  At the same time, he says there are common goals between us and the Russians, including how to deal with Iran and North Korea.
 
 
Ohio Governor John Kasich has signed an order that sets out to create new regulations on farms and cut the amount of fertilizer feeding Lake Erie's huge algal blooms....  
 
The executive order signed by Kasich on Wednesday comes after the state has said voluntary steps farmers have taken to scale back fertilizer runoff aren't working fast enough.  Ohio, along with Michigan and the Canadian province of Ontario, have pledged to significantly cut how much phosphorus enters the lake by 2025.  The new rules would force an estimated 7,000 farms across two-million acres in northwestern Ohio to reduce the fertilizer and manure that flows into streams.  Farm groups have been pushing back against calls for increased regulations, saying it's not clear what approach will solve the algae problem. 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 11, 2018

A Cattaraugus County man has been arrested for allegedly setting a recent fire at the former Cattaraugus Central School...  
 
Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say 20 year-old Gage Weyrough was taken into custody following an investigation into the June 24 incident.  Weyrough was arraigned on charges including third-degree arson and burglary, and third-degree criminal mischief and, was sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail on $25,000 bail.  The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Cattaraugus County Fire Investigation Team.
 
 
Dunkirk fire and rescue crews helped two kayakers who lost their paddlecraft on Lake Erie late Monday afternoon and were forced to seek safety on the cliffs about a quarter-of-a-mile east of Wright Park...  
 
Dunkirk Fire Chief Mike Edwards tells us they got the call around 5 p.m. but, had a difficult time trying to determine the exact location of the kayakers.  Edwards says once they located the victims -- who were not identified -- rescuers were able bring them back to shore.  He says they were treated for some exposure but, had no serious injuries.  Rescuers were also able to find and bring the kayaks back to shore.  Edwards says the kayakers were fortunate to be wearing their life jackets.  He adds that it's important for anyone using paddlecraft to wear their personal floatation devices, let someone know where they are traveling to, and when they are expected to get back.  
 
 
A wanted Jamestown woman was arrested on obstruction charges for allegedly resisting arrest with drugs in her possession... 
 
City police were on patrol near McKinley and Forest Avenues last Sunday evening when they saw 23 year-old Kylah Seiberg walking in the area. Officers say Seiberg had a valid bench warrant out of Jamestown City Court and, when officers attempted to stop her, she refused commands and kept walking away. While trying to place her into custody, Seiberg physically resisted. She is also accused of possessing a quantity of methamphetamine, prior to being transported to city jail without further incident. 
 
 
A federal court will determine if the EPA should be ordered to ban a pesticide linked to brain damage in children....  
 
Seven states and a coalition of environmental and labor groups made final arguments before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Monday in their challenge to the EPA's refusal to ban "chlorpyrifos" an organo-phosphate related to sarin nerve gas.  According to Director Hector Sanchez with the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement -- a ban on the agricultural use of the chemical is long overdue.
 
Against the recommendation of its OWN scientists, last year the EPA claimed the science on chlorpyrifos is "unresolved" and allowed its use to continue until it revisits the issue in 2022.  Sanchez notes the Trump administration makes the same claim about climate change.  And he points out that prior to allowing continued use of chlorpyrifos, former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt met with Dow Chemical, maker of the pesticide.  He says farmworkers haven't had a "seat at the table."  The pesticide is used extensively on apples, a major crop in New York, and others.  It was banned for residential use almost 20 years ago.
 
 
A panel discussion will be held at the Robert H. Jackson Center during the upcoming Lucille Ball Comedy Festival dealing with free speech in comedy...  
 
That from National Comedy Center Executive Journey Gunderson, who says they'll also be launching a new Lenny Bruce Exhibit and Memorial Foundation Partnership with the "Comedy and the First Amendment" discussion on Thursday, August 2 at 4 p.m..  Gunderson says Bruce's daughter Kitty, and Comedian Lewis Black will be part of the panel.
 
Bruce was a legendary comic who was taken to court and found guilty of obsenity in the 1964 case "The People versus Lenny Bruce."  Other events during the National Comedy Center's grand opening week include appearances by Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin, and original cast and writers of Saturday Night Live -- including Dan Aykroyd and Garret Morris.  Tickets may be purchased by visiting by calling 484-2222, or go on-line to NationalComedyCenter.org
 
 
There is mixed reaction from New York state's federal lawmakers on the appointment of conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U-S Supreme Court...  
 
As expected, the response was split down political lines.  Local Congressman Tom Reed says -- with the appointment President Trump has "once again followed through on a campaign promise and appointed a strong conservative judge that will shape our country for generations to come."  Reed says Kavanaugh elicits all the ideals of a spectacular Supreme Court Justice.  The Corning Republican adds that that the judge has "demonstrated an exceptional legal understanding and commitment to the U.S. Constitution."   However, Democratic U-S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she'll "strongly oppose" Kavanaugh's nomination.  If confirmed, she says he "would tip the balance of the Supreme Court even more against workers' rights, civil rights, and women's rights for decades to come.  I do not think he is the right choice for our country."  Kavanaugh has begun meeting with Senators who will vote on the confirmation.
 
 
For the third-time in four years... the annual Tree Day that's part of the city of Jamestown's Summer Playground Program took place at Allen Park yesterday afternoon...  
 
City Arborist Dan Stone says he and several children from all five playground sites helped plant three trees.  Stone says one was an Armstrong Golden Maple, another was a Black Cherry and, the third was a Sassafrass Tree.  He thanked the Jamestown School District, and Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for supporting the program.
 
Stone says Tree Day is a fun day because the kids ask a lot of questions, and enjoy helping to plant the trees.  He says it allows the children to take ownership of their community, and feel involved.  Stone says many of the kids are involved in the soccer program at Allen Park.
 
 
With less than a month before the Babe Ruth 16-18 World Series return to Jamestown, the local Babe Ruth World Series committee is putting out a call for more host families. Vice President Kim Ecklund says the need is beyond urgent....
 
Ecklund says the biggest reward as a host family is the relationship created between themselves and their hosted players that can last for years to come. She says the players will arrive with their teams on August 2 and, each host family will house two players from the same team.  The World Series runs from August 4-11.  For more information on being a host family, call Kathy McMaster at 488-0928 or visit JamestownWorldSeries.org.

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WJTN News Headlines for July 10, 2018

Three people from Jamestown have been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of large quantity of four different kinds of illegal drugs during a traffic stop on the city's southside...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers stopped the vehicle at the corner of Hazeltine Avenue and Baker Street shortly after 8:30 a.m. Monday.  Samuelson says officers took 38 year-old Lashon Hayes, and a 17-year-old girl into custody immediately.  He says they were found with just over 34-grams of hallucinagenic mushrooms, nearly 11-grams of crack-cocaine and, 68-grams of marihuana.  The 17 year-old was also allegedly found in possession of a small amount of crystal methamphetime, and five bags of Heroin.  The third suspect, 36 year-old Lawrence McGrigg, was found with nearly 42-grams of marihuana.  All three were jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
Two Fredonia residents were sent to area hospitals following a motorcycle accident involving a deer on Route 60 in the town of Pomfret last weekend...  
 
Sheriff's officers responded to the scene shortly after 9:00 Saturday night and, found the unidentified 46 year-old rider was northbound when he struck a deer in the roadway causing him to crash the bike.  The operator was taken to Erie County Medical Center for his injuries, while his 42 year-old female passenger was sent to a local hospital for treatment.  Deputies say there are no charges stemming from the accident at this time. 
 
 
A Fredonia man is facing charges after he drove his vehicle into a convenience store in the town of Sheridan last Sunday evening...  
 
State Police were called out to Sheridan Liquor and Wine Store at the corner of Routes 20 and 39 around 7:00.  Troopers say the driver, 40-year-old Gary Epolito, II has been charged with driving while impaired, Driving while Intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana.  Epolito will appear in Sheridan Town Court later this month to answer the charges.
 
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello has passed an important bench-mark for his first year in office...  
 
Borrello reached the six-month mark last week and, it's so far, so good.  In fact, he says he is pleased with the progress made in many areas, including meeting with local business and industry leaders.  Most recently, Borrello paid a visit to Matco Tool Company in Lakewood, where they make the well-known 'Matco Tool Box."
 
Borrello easily met his goal of visiting 100 businesses in his first 100 days in office and, adds he has continued those meetings with new businesses and industry.  He says he has now visited close to 130 businesses across Chautauqua County, and more tours are in the works.  He's also visited the Grape Discovery Center in Westfield, which he calls "a great starting spot for individuals who will be exploring the 23 wineries that make up the Lake Erie Wine Country."  Among his scheduled events this week is the annual fishing trip on Chautauqua Lake with winners of the county's Fishing Essay Contest this Wednesday morning.
 
 
The state Health Department is holding public meetings to discuss the launch of cancer studies in four communities across New York state...  
 
The studies will examine cancer patterns related to demographic, behavioral, occupational and environmental factors.  The purpose is to understand the regional incidence of cancer and determine prevention and screening needs.  Meetings will be held July 17 in Stony Brook and Staten Island. Upstate, meetings will be held July 19 in Glens Falls and Buffalo.  Warren County was chosen because it has the highest rate of all cancers combined for any county in New York.  The East Side Buffalo and western Cheektowaga area was chosen because there were six kinds of cancer with elevated incidence.  Every diagnosis of cancer in New York is reported to the state cancer registry.
 
 
Lawmakers in the village of Fredonia are revisiting the idea of being a supplier for the still-new, North County Regional Water District...  
 
Mayor Athanasia Landis says she's had talks with the village board about the change in position... and, they seem to be all right with it.  Landis says the water district's board wants to hold a meeting with the village and the city of Dunkirk soon to further discuss the idea.
 
Landis says the idea of looking at being part of the district began last December in discussions she had with County Executive George Borrello as he was preparing to take office.  She says the village system now provides more water than is needed -- mainly due to the loss of ConAgra as a customer.  Landis adds that if they did a little more work on the system, they could provide more water for the district. 
 
 
 
A former New York state Senate leader has been pressured to explain why real estate executives who needed his support on legislation also agreed to steer work to his son...  
 
A prosecutor at the corruption trial of Dean Skelos asked him on cross-examination Monday if he expected jurors to accept that he genuinely believed the job opportunities had nothing to do with his position as one of the state's most powerful politicians.  Skelos insisted they "absolutely" should.  The testimony came at the retrial of the Republican and his son, Adam, in federal court in Manhattan.  Prosecutors have alleged that Dean Skelos abused his office by strong-arming the businesses into funneling more than $300,000 to the son through consulting work and a no-show job or else lose the senator's support.
 

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News Alert for Mon., July 9, 2018

Three arrested for alleged drug possession in Jamestown...
Three people from Jamestown have been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of large quantity of four different kinds of illegal drugs during a traffic stop on the city's southside.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers stopped the vehicle at the corner of Hazeltine Avenue and Baker Street shortly after 8:30 this morning.  Samuelson says officers took 38 year-old Lashon Hayes, and a 17-year-old girl into custody immediately.  He says they were found with just over 34-grams of hallucinagenic mushrooms... nearly 11-grams of crack-cocaine... and, 68-grams of marihuana.  The 17 year-old was also allegedly found in possession of a small amount of crystal methamphetime, and five bags of Heroin.  The third suspect... 36 year-old Lawrence McGrigg... was found with nearly 42-grams of marihuana.  All three were taken to the city jail... pending arraignment on several drug related charges... some of them felonies.
 

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WJTN News Headlines

 
A city man has been arrested for allegedly harassing and holding a woman against her will inside a car on Jamestown's southside last Saturday afternoon...  
 
City police were called to the scene at 125 West Virginia Boulevard about 3 p.m. on a report of a physical domestic incident.  Officers say the female victim told them that 38 year-old Scott Foster, Senior had gotten into a physical altercation with her in the presence of a four-year-old child.  Foster later returned and, was arrested on charges including second-degree unlawful imprisonment, and endangering the welfare of a child.  The child was not hurt.    
 
 
A Fredonia man is facing charges after he drove his vehicle into a convenience store in the town of Sheridan Sunday evening...  
 
State Police were called out to Sheridan Liquor and Wine Store at the corner of Routes 20 and 39 around 7:00.  Troopers say the driver, 40-year-old Gary Epolito--the second, has been charged with driving while impaired, Driving while Intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana.  Epolito will appear in Sheridan Town Court later this month to answer the charges. 
 
 
A Jamestown man has been arrested for having an expired registration but, sheriff's officers say they found that he had 35 suspensions and revocations of his license... 
 
Deputies say they stopped 37 year-old Lonnie Wicher, Junior on Route 60 in the town of Stockton last Saturday morning and found that he had a revoked non-driver ID-only license.  Further checking Witcher's license it was found that he had 30 'scoffs' on 16 different dates.  Officers say he was charged with having an unregistered motor vehicle, unlicensed operator, violation of interlock restrictions and felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.  Witcher was arraigned, and sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
A 27-year-old golfer from Argentina won the 3rd annual Lecom Health Challenge Sunday at Peek’n Peak...  
 
Nelson Ledesma finished at 22 under par for the tournament.  Ledesma does not speak English, so Chris Scott, one of the owners of Peek’n Peak, and fluent in Spanish, was recruited to interpret.  Scott says Ledesma is a 'super nice guy'  who appreciated being able to play a challenging course.  Ledesma got $108,000 for the win and the right to play on the web.com tour through 2019.  A Falconer business, Stuart Tool and Die was given the 'Web.com Small Business Championship Award.'  One of the owners,  P.J. Degnan accepted the award, saying supporting the community was part of the fabric of their business.  Also honored at the closing ceremony was the late 'Rolly' Mahany of Dunkirk.  County Executive George Borello said Mahany was a World War 2 Navy veteran, a great believer in Chautauqua County, and a 50-year member of the Shorewood Country Club. 
 
 
Mourners gathered Sunday for the funeral of a New York State trooper killed on duty at the western New York college where he starred on the football field...  
 
Family and friends of Trooper Nicholas Clark are at an arena at Alfred University, joined by numerous other state troopers and other law enforcement.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was also in attendance.  Clark died responding to a call early Monday morning near the Pennsylvania border.  Police said the 29-year-old trooper was fatally shot by a barricaded man, who was a school principal. 
 
 
State police say a school principal who killed a state trooper owned 12 illegal firearms, including eight assault rifles...  
 
Police say Trooper Nicholas Clark was shot and killed early last Monday by Steven Kiley, who had barricaded himself in a house near Corning.  Police now say the illegal firearms recovered also included three handguns and one rifle.  They also recovered numerous high-capacity magazines.  Autopsy results show Clark was struck by buckshot from a 12-gauge shotgun and that Kiley died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. 
 
 
Another major part of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk was officially opened this past weekend....
 
Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi was joined by Acting State Transportation Commissioner Paul Karas... and, State Senator Cathy Young to cut the ribbon on the two, new pedestrian bridges behind the National Comedy Center.  Karas agreed to be on hand for the dedication when he and Teresi met for the first-time several months ago.  He says the $2-million project was a joint effort.
 
Teresi thanked the state for it's help in providing a $1.6-million DOT grant.  The city provided a $400,000 match through recaptured federal UDAG funds.  While he's been critical of the state at times in the past, he said the state played a major role in this and, several other projects in the city.  More than 100 people were on hand for the dedication and ribbon cutting.  The city's Riverfront Management Council hosted the city's first-ever "BridgeFest" following the ceremonies.
 
 
There was also a bridge opening last weekend in Dunkirk, with the ribbon being cut on the new, West Howard Avenue Bridge...
 
Dunkirk Engine One cruised across the new span last Friday afternoon, following the official opening that included Mayor Wilfred Rosas, City Public Works Director Randy Woodbury and Lori Cornell, a representative of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Office.  Rosas says the replacement of the bridge was a top priority of his administration after taking office two-and-a-half years ago.
 
The city was able to secure a $750,000 state grant through the governor's office.  Cornell says Governor Cuomo was pleased to assist the city with this infrastructure need.  Jamestown Electric also assisted with the project, by donating a portion of its property to make the new bridge possible.  The project was expected to be completed earlier this year, but was delayed in part by a harsh winter.  

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News Headlines for Sat., July 7, 2018

Woman jailed following alleged Hammer attack in Jamestown...
A Jamestown woman has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a man with a hammer during an altercation on the city's eastside.  Jamestown police were called to the scene at Summer Place and East Eighth Street about 9 o'clock Thursday night... and, found that 31 year-old Jodi Semanovich had attacked the man... and, injured him.  Officers say Semanovich was later found and arrested without incident.  She was arrested and jailed pending arraignment on charges including second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
 
 
Forestville man arrested after two dead horses are found on his property...
A Forestville man has been arrested for alleged animal cruely after Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies found two dead horses inside a barn on Smith Road last Tuesday.  Officers say they were called to the scene late this past Tuesday... and, found the horses deceased.  They issued tickets to the owner, 48 year-old Jeffrey Wolfe, for overdriving, torturing and injuring animals... and, failing to Provide Sustenance.  Wolfe will appear in Villenova Town Court at a later date.
 
 
Two new pedestrian bridges officially open on Jamestown's Chadakoin River...
Another major part of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk was officially opened late this morning with the ribbon-cutting for the two, new pedestrian bridges behind the National Comedy Center.  Mayor Sam Teresi was joined by Acting State Transportation Commissioner Paul Karas... and, State Senator Cathy Young to cut the ribbon.  Karas agreed to be on hand for the dedication when he and Teresi met for the first-time several months ago.  He says the $2-million project was a joint effort... and, says they will both provide "directly linkages for residents to the recently established multi-modal transporation hub at the Gateway Train Station.  Teresi thanked the state for it's help in providing a $1.6-million dollar DOT grant.  The city provided a $400,000 match through recaptured federal UDAG funds.  More than 100 people were on hand for the dedication and ribbon cutting. 
 
 
Teresi signs DRI Contracts for project money...
The city of Jamestown is now able to move forward with three projects totaling $1.6-million in it's Downtown Revitalization Initiative program.  That from Mayor Sam Teresi after the city council authorized him to sign contracts with the New York Department of State to release the funding.  Teresi says the largest chunk of money -- $670,000 -- will be used for infrastructure upgrades for a Jamestown-to-Buffalo-Niagara Falls Excursion Train.  He says the grant will primarily deal with getting new infrastruture in place for the project.  Teresi says the other two projects authorized to move ahead on were the $325,000 allocation to improve the Riverwalk Experience with new lighting... and, $610,000 for improvements to the Streetscape and Pedestiran Experience.  He adds the city is into the final stages of completing a $50,000 feasibility study of having excursion trains running from the city to the Buffalo -- Niagara area.  He says the funding came through regional Industrial Development Agencies, and local rail entities. 
 
 
Dunkirk firefighters deal with two more fires in north county city...
Three fires within a 48-hour period have kept firefighters busy in the city of Dunkirk.  Less than a day after a blaze heavily damaged two hours on Deer Street, crews were called out to a fire Thursday night at the former Edgewood warehouse building on South Roberts Road.  Fire Chief Mike Edwards says firefighters found several pallets on fire when they reached the scene around 6 p.m. and the flames were moving into the roof.  Arson has been ruled as the cause.  While returning from the fire, crews were called out to another structure fire.  The fire at 154 Lakeshore Drive East was on the outside of the structure and crews doused the flames quickly.  Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to the interior of the house.
 
 
Deer Street fire investigation continues in Dunkirk...
The investigation continues into the major fire that damaged two houses on Deer Street in the city of Dunkirk.  Chief Edwards says no cause has been determined in the fire that broke out at 434 Deer Street and spread next door to 432 Deer Wednesday night.  Edwards says the county's Fire Investigation Team is also involved.  He thanked fire departments from surrounding communities for assisting his department with the fire and the emergency medical calls that came in during the fire.  He also wanted to give a "shout out" to the Chautauqua County Fire Police who also provided assistance.
 
 
UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital names Volunteer of the Year...
An 18-year volunteer in the radiology department at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital has been named the 2017 "5-Star" Volunteer of the Year.  The hospital held it's annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon Friday... and, Volunteer Coordinator Liz Derosa told those attending that Robert Herring was this year's Volunteer of the Year.  Derosa says his peers had nothing but praise for Herring... and, says he is "much loved" by the doctors and staff.  Derosa and hospital administrators also honored 103 other volunteers who reached special milestones in 2017.  The most hours put in by a volunteer the past year was Robert Gray with 781.  Gray also reached the 12,000 hour milestone.  Derosa says the help they get from volunteers is immeasurable.  If you would like to be a volunteer at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital... Derosa says just google their new website on line.  She says there is a form you can fill out right there.  You can also call Liz Derosa at 664-8224.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 6, 2018

Celoron-Boat Fire-#2  6AM                  7/6
 
No one was hurt, but there were tense moments on Fourth of July evening when a boat caught fire on Chauauqua Lake near the Celoron boat launch...  
 
Sheriff's deputies say the department's Marine Division was called to the scene shortly before 8 p.m. and, they found that the occupants had been able to put out the flames.  Officers say another boater came by and picked up the occupants and, took them back to shore.  Sheriff's Department Marine Officers assisted and towed the disabled vessel to shore as well. 
 
 
A Jamestown man charged with setting over a dozen fires-- including 12 in the city and one in Slippery Rock Pennyslvania-- is looking to have charges dropped in Warren County.... 
 
The Warren Times Observer reports 21 year-old Johnathan Young made it from New York to Slippery Rock by stealing a vehicle from a garage in Warren. The newspaper says Young's attorney filed a motion to dismiss in early June with arguments to be heard today. However, that hearing has been post-poned until July 24. The Jamestown Post-Journal says officials in Chautauqua County are waiting to see what happens in Pennsylvania before prosecuting Young. 
 
 
The Chautauqua Lake Association is NOT against using herbicides on the weeds in the lake...    
 
Doug Conroe, the association's executive director, says there is a role for such treatments, but they're not needed right now.  Speaking during a pre-July4th interview, Conroe said weed harvesting could be 'fully effective' if it were 'fully funded.'  But, they'd need about three times the current $700,000 budget.  With the additional money, the number of harvesters could be taken from six to nine.  Herbicides were applied to a small part of the lake near Bemus Point earlier in the season.  That effort was sponsored by another organization, the Chautauqua Lake Partnership.
 
 
A city man was arrested for allegedly assaulting a person in front of a toddler on the Jamestown westside early yesterday morning...    
 
Officers responded to the scene shortly before 1 a.m. at 50 West 9th Street and, found 28 year-old Rick Dye took the unidentified female victim's phone, held her down and, punched her in the face.  Police report the incident occurred in front of a 4 year-old child. Dye was taken into custody to city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
Two Clarendon, Pennsylvania men have been arrested for allegedly becoming disorderly and then damaging property at a Jamestown fast-food restaurant...  
 
City police were called to the Burger King restaurant at 651 Foote Avenue on a report of the two men -- 50 year-old Robert and 47 year-old Tony Thompson -- being disorderly.  Police say Tony Thompson was trying to drive off when they arrived, and he was stopped.  He was found to be drunk and, further investigation showed that Robert Thompson had damaged a door and wall while leaving.  Both were arrested, and taken to the city jail.  Tony Thompson is charged with driving while intoxicated and Robert is charged with third-degree criminal mischief.
 
 
The foundation has now been poured and set for the new Athenex pharmacutial plant on Route 5 in the north county town of Dunkirk...  
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says it's another significant milestone in construction of the huge, 320,000 square-foot facility.  A German company -- M-&-W Group -- is overseeing construction of the 1.5-billion dollar project.  Borrello says he's also keeping an eye on the need for new housing development in the area for the approxmiately 900 people to be employed there.
 
Borrello says the county's Industrial Development Agency has been involved with one housing project in the city of Dunkirk, just across from where the plant will be located, called Battery Point Villas.  He says it's the first private housing development that he has seen in the north county in many years.  There is a lot of interest in the Athenex project in Albany.  The state provided a $200-million grant to help get the project moving. 
 
 
A bi-partisan measure to boost the use of Hospice and Palliative Care in the United States has been approved in a House Subcommittee...  
 
That from co-sponsor, local Congressman Tom Reed, who crafted the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act with a New York City-area Democrat.  Reed says the bill was recently approved by the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee.
 
Reed says the legislation involves three key areas, including the promotion of training to provide such care.  He says it also promotes awareness of Hospice and what it does and, boosts funding for both Hospice and Palliative Care.  Reed says Hospice in the Corning area provided very good care to his dying mother and, adds that he himself has become a Hospice volunteer in his home area.  The Corning Republican made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo is directing the state university system to continue policies that promote racial diversity among students after the Trump administration said the federal government will let schools leave race out of admission decisions....  
 
The Democratic governor on Thursday directed the chairmen of the boards of trustees of the City University of New York and State University of New York to prepare a report by August 15th on how they'll increase diversity on campuses.  Cuomo said the Trump administration's move to rescind affirmative action guidelines is "a blatant attempt to limit the participation of minorities in higher education."  Cuomo said the SUNY system has long embraced diversity and encouraged social mobility.  He noted that SUNY is nearly 45 percent minority and CUNY is 76 percent minority.
 
Our heat wave will end later today, but New York state environmental officials are still asking anglers to be considerate of heat-stressed fish....  
 
Trout and salmon are cold-water fish that suffer when water warms up above 70 degrees.  They tend to seek refuge in pockets of cold water created by springs and small feeder streams.  The Department of Environmental Conservation is asking anglers not to disturb fish gathered in unusually high numbers because they're likely seeking relief from heat stress.  The agency also recommends avoiding catch-and-release fishing for heat-stressed trout because they're unlikely to survive no matter how carefully they're handled.  DEC says more heat-tolerant species like smallmouth bass are less prone to heat stress.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 5, 2018

The first major Summer event in Chautauqua County gets into full-swing today with the first-round of the annual LECOM Health Challenge Golf Tournament at Peek 'n Peak Golf Resort near Findley Lake... 
 
Several past champions will be in the field for this year's title, and County Executive George Borrello says it should be a fun and exciting four-day tournament.
 
The county will be in the national -- and even international spotlight during the tournament through coverage by the Golf Channel.  Borrello will also be part of that.  He will be interviewed on the Golf Channel Friday at 2 p.m. and, is looking forward to it.  Borrello says the county contributed about 40-thousand dollars in Bed Tax funding to put on the LECOM Health Challenge tournament.  The tournament is part of the Professional Golf Association's Web.com tour.  The tournament is expected to have about a $2-million impact on the county during the week.  He made his comments for this coming weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
Dunkirk city firefighters battled a blaze that destroyed two homes on Deer Street overnight...
 
The fire began at 434 Deer with firefighters responding to the two-story home shortly before 10:00.  The fire then spread next door to 432 Deer.  City firefighters received mutual aid from East Dunkirk and Fredonia.  The house at 434 Deer Street was not occupied and vacant.  An adult lived at 432 Deer, but was not home at the time of the blaze.  Several other structures were threatened by the raging fire, but crews were able to contain the fire.  Two firefighters were treated at the scene for heat related medical emergencies and transported to Brooks Memorial.  Crews were at the scene until around 2:30 this morning.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
 
 
A former attorney from Bemus Point has been sentenced to seven-years in federal prison for mail fraud and, was ordered to pay $2-million in restitution...  
 
U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior announced late Tuesday that 46 year-old James MacCallum received the sentence from U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth Wolford.  Prosecutors say MacCallum ran a "Ponzi Scheme" from January of 2008 to December of 2010 while he was an attorney by encouraging some victims to liquidate other investments in order to benefit from his false and fraudulent higher rates of return.  Kennedy says they proved that he was using victim investments to pay back earlier investors and to pay personal and other expenses such as personal travel and office expenses.  MacCallum received just over $2-million from victim investors.
 
 
A city woman is jailed without bail for allegedly trying to smuggle Methamphetime into the Chautauqua County Jail in Mayville...  
 
Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene late Tuesday and, investigated a report of a woman being in possession of a controlled substance.  Officers allegedly found 27 year-old Amanda Spitale in possession of a quantity of meth.  Deputies arrested her for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, second-degree introducing contraband into a corrections facility.  She was arraigned and sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
The twin pedestrian bridges that are part of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk will officially be opened this coming Saturday morning...  
 
The two spans have been open a few weeks now.  Mayor Sam Teresi says the ribbon will be cut at 10:30 a.m. Saturday between the bridges, which are located behind the National Comedy Center.  During last week's ribbon cutting at the new bike path along the river, Teresi said the event will kick-off the city's first-ever "BridgeFest."
 
Teresi says that "BridgeFest" is being put on by the city's Riverfront Management Council, which he says has been working on the program for some time now.  He says they'll also be celebrating the fact there are now seven bridges across the Chadakoin River in the city.  Officials say Saturday's "BridgeFest" will feature bike rentals, a petting zoo, chainsaw carving and, music by the Kokomo Time band.  The music begins at 11 a.m. and, activities will run until 3 p.m..
 
 
Results may be final later today, but it appears Ithaca's Tracy Mitrano will be the Democratic candidate facing incumbant Republican Tom Reed for Congress this Fall...  
 
A count of the absentee ballots in the 23rd Congressional District Democratic primary show Mitrano overtaking Max Della Pia, who led after the Machine ballot count on Primary night.  In Chautauqua County, Democratic Elections Commissioner Norm Green says Mitrano won the county with 1,064 votes after receiving 80 absentee tallies.  Della Pia posted a concession on Facebook, saying "it has become clear that the absentee ballots did not break in our favor."  Mitrano said on Facebook that she accepted Della Pia's gracious concession and, says she's ready to face Reed.
 
 
Dunkirk's five Common Council members and a county legislator have announced their opposition to a proposed methadone clinic on East Third Street in the north county city...  
 
First-Ward Councilman Don Williams says the council, and Legislator Bob Bankoski, announced their position in a joint statement today.  Williams says he is concerned about the impact of having a clinic so close to the Northern Chautauqua Catholic School.
 
Williams says they are not opposed to having a drug treatment clinic in the city and believe there are other viable alternatives, including leasing space at either the Save-A-Lot plaza or the D&F Plaza.  The statement was released prior this week's Common Council meeting.  United Hispanics of Buffalo is the organization that will run the clinic.
 
 
New York state has temporarily halted work on highway construction projects to ease traffic associated with the July 4th holiday period...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the move late Tuesday.  The work suspensions will run through Wednesday and Thursday, with work resuming on Friday.  The work stoppage means construction-related lane closures will be temporarily eliminated on highways and bridges, reducing the risk of traffic bottlenecks during the busy holiday. 
 

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News Headlines for Wed., July 4, 2018

Long-time woman employee at Cummins' Jamestown Engine Plant is new Plant Manager...
A woman who was part of the 2010 team assembled to deal with a 70-percent downturn in demand at Cummins' Jamestown Engine Plant is the new plant manager at the Ashville-area location.  Twenty-six year plant veteran Anna Dibble was recently named to replace Mike Abate... who was promoted to the corporate team in Columbus, Indiana... but, is still based at the Jamestown plant.  The 49 year-old Dibble received her bachlor's degree in Operations Management at Penn State University... and, Masters degrees at Gannon University... and G-M's Institute of Technology.  She's been involved at Cummin's in quality and Product Engineering... Operations... and, Plant Management.  Dibble says she was initially a "summer hire..." but, enjoyed  seeing how a large plant functioned – and, went back to college and changed her major to Operations Management.
 
 
Mitrano unofficial winner of Democratic Primary in 23rd Congressional District as Della Pia concedes...
A count of the absentee ballots in the 23rd Congressional District Democratic primary has reversed the election night result... giving Ithaca's Tracy Mitrano the opportunity to run for the house seat now occupied by Republican Tom Reed.  Chautauqua County Democratic Elections Commissioner Norm Green says... after yesterday's Absentee ballot count... Mitrano won the county with 1,064 votes.  Green says that includes the most absentee votes -- 80 -- of all five candidates.  He says Mitrano won both the machine and absentee counts... while Jamestown's Eddie Sundquist was second in each catagory.  The full district numbers aren't yet available, but it appears other counties across the Southern District showed similar numbers.  Last night, Max Della Pia, the apparent second place finisher, posted a concession on Facebook with this statement, "Although the final results of the primary election will not be certified until at least Thursday, it has become clear that the absentee ballots did not break in our favor."  Norm Green is also the county's Democratic Committee Chairman... and under that hat... he says it's time for Democrats to rally behind the winner. for the Fall campaign.  Della Pia led in the machine vote count after Primary Day with 7,022 votes... while Mitrano was second with 6,996.
 
 
Fourth of July falls on a mid-week day, but, Sheriff Gerace still expects a busy day... 
A statewide crackdown continues on drunk and drugged driving as we get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July today.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says he wants people to enjoy the holiday, but don't get behind the wheel if you had too much of a celebration.  Gerace says they want everyone to have a happy and safe Fourth... but, he says don't drink and drive.  The Sheriff's Office will be joining the State Police and local police agencies in taking part in the state-wide effort.  State troopers have indicated that they will conduct sobriety checkpoints and target reckless and aggressive driving.  Gerace says the goal is keep highways safe during one of the busiest summer holidays for travel.
 
 
Fourth of July actvities underway in Lakewood and Mayville...
It's the fourth of July... and, there are several activities taking place from Lakewood to Mayville.  It all gets started early today with the annual YMCA "Firecracker 10K" run and other activites at Lakewood's Hartley Park at 9 a.m.  The annual Lakewood Fourth of July "Summerfest" also includes a Money Hunt for kids... a "Kid's Zone..." along with wrestling demonstrations... and, music from "Two for Flinching" from 6 to 8 p.m.  Fireworks begin at 10 p.m.  In Mayville... the day begins with the annual Parade along Route 394 at 10 a.m. and starts at the intersection with Route 430.  There will also be live music, food, and kiddy rides at Lakeside Park.  Mayville will also have fireworks at 10 p.m.
 
 
Reed says State Trooper's death near Corning hits home...
The death of a New York state trooper slain during a domestic call hits home with Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed.  The Corning Republican's father-in-law was a State Trooper... and, he says he is thinking about 29 year-old Nicholas Clark, and his family.  Clark as shot and killed early Monday while responding to call about a suicidal and possibly armed man barricaded in his home near Corning and the Pennsylvania border.  He says his thoughts and prayers are with Clark's family... and, the entire law enforcement community.  Clark played college football 2008-2011 at Alfred University, where head coach Bob Rankl on Monday called him the toughest player he ever had the opportunity to coach.  As a linebacker, Clark was a two-time All-America honoree and earned honors from the school's conference.  Reed is also an Alfred graduate... and, Clark's mother is an accounting professor at the university.
 
 
Gas prices hold steady for July 4th week...
Gasoline prices nationally are topping off at the highest mark in four years, ahead of what is expected to be the most-traveled Independence Day on record.  However... AAA's latest gas price report says Jamestown-area motorists are paying the same amount for a consecutive week at $3.03 per gallon of regular fuel.  Officials say... with a build of 1.2 million barrels, the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region saw the largest build of any in the country.  The national average has remained steady for the last 10 days at $2.86 per gallon.

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WJTN News Headlines

A 29-year-old New York state trooper slain during a domestic call is being remembered as standout football player at his old college...  
 
Trooper Nicholas Clark was shot and killed early Monday while responding to call about a suicidal and possibly armed man barricaded in his home near the Pennsylvania border.  Clark played college football 2008-2011 at Alfred University, where head coach Bob Rankl on Monday called him the toughest player he ever had the opportunity to coach.  As a linebacker, Clark was a two-time All-America honoree and earned honors from the school's conference.  He held the school record for career tackles at 377 until 2017.  Clark tried out for the Buffalo Bills before becoming a state trooper.  Clark's mother is an accounting professor at Alfred University.
 
 
Our recent late Summer-like weather will resume today after a couple of rounds of thunderstorms and rain late Monday afternoon and evening...  
 
The National Weather Service, though, says heat will begin building through the day today in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties -- and most of Western New York.  Forecaster Jon Hitchcock in Buffalo says it'll be hazy, hot, and humid on the Fourth. Forecasters say temperatures should range from 75 to 80-degrees on both Saturday and Sunday, with sunshine and low humidity thanks to a cold front moving in later during the week. 
 
 
Chautauqua Lake will once again become a 'ring of fire' on the night of July 4th... thanks to the Chautauqua Lake Association.... 
 
The association's manager of Finance and Community Relations, Heather Nolan says it's an amazing sight with 11,000 to 12,000 flares lit at once.  The flares are sold at stores all along the lakeshore for $3.00 each.  The money goes to support the Chautauqua Lake Association's lake management efforts.  Heather Nolan notes the official time to light the flares is 10 p.m. on the 4th, but people often start them earlier, and light new ones as 10 p.m. approaches.  The Lake Association has sponsored the flare lighting since 1982. The tradition dates back to at least 1936.  Fireworks shows will be also occurring around 10 p.m. on the 4th in both Lakewood and Mayville.
 
 
Two people were hurt -- one seriously -- in a car-motorcycle accident this past weekend in the north county town of Hanover...    
 
Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene on Route 39 about 1:40 PM Saturday... but did not release details.  Deputies say the operator of the motorcycle was flown to the Erie County Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.  The driver of the car was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  Officers say Route 39 was temporarily shut down for Accident Reconstruction. The investigation is pending.
 
 
One person had to be flown to a regionial hospital following a motorcycle accident in the Town of Pomfret last Saturday afternoon...
 
Sheriff's officers report deputies and emergency crews from Fredonia and Brocton reported to the scene on Route 20.  Investigation revealed the unidentified motorcycle operator became distracted by a group of motorcycles in the opposite lane and did not see the car in front of him stopping to turn left.  Deputies say the operator applied the brakes, but lost control and laid his bike down the roadway.  He was flown via Starflight to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of severe injuries. 
 
 
With three crashes involving motorcycles occurring within a single day over the weekend, Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace is continuing to stress motorcycle safety...  
 
Two of the crashes on Saturday involved motorcycles and conventional vehicles.  The third crash, a motorcycle-deer related mishap.  Gerace says drivers of both conventional vehicles and the bikes should keep safety in mind. Gerace says there are more and more motorcycles hitting the highway each summer.  The State DMV reports more than 241,000 motorcycles are in use across the state.   
 
 
If you have an outdoor surveillance system, you can help the Chautauqua County District Attorney's office with crimes in your neighborhood...  
 
That from D-A Patrick Swanson, who says his office has begun the "Community CrimeCam" program, which is modeled after other similar initiatives across New York state, and the nation.  Swanson says you can register to be part of the effort by going to the county's webpage and, click on the District Attorney's page.
 
Swanson says they have a number of cases in the past three years where they found either private residence or business video's that were "quite usefull."  He says one recent incident was the police shooting of a dog charging at them on Winsor Street in Jamestown last week.  He says that was private surveillance footage and, shows everything that would back up the police department's position in the case.  Swanson says they are starting the program in the city's of Jamestown and Dunkirk.
 
 
The Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education held their annual re-organizational meeting during a regular meeting Tuesday night...
 
Re-elected Board Members Nina Karbacka and Dan Johnson took their official oaths of office, while Paul Abbott and Patrick Slagle were re-appointed as President and Vice President. Soon-to-be seniors Ellen Cross and Natalie Carlson were also sworn-in as ex-officio student board members. Cross and Carlson say they are excited to get started and build connections between the student body and current board members.  Both girls are active in the school community and are also co-public relations officers for the National Honor Society. Their term continues now through June 30, 2019. In other actions, the board also adopted a tentative meeting schedule for the 2018-19 school year. 
 
 
All eight days of the upcoming 16-to-18 year-old Babe Ruth World Series are now officially sold-out...  
 
That means free admission all week August 4-11, 2018.  Local Babe Ruth Committee Public Relations Division Director Kim Ecklund says they have been "blessed" with the local support of businesses and the community who have purchased "A Day at The Park" so they could offer free admission to local residents and out-of-towners.  The Jamestown Babe Ruth League will sponsor Day-One and, Championship Day will be sponsored by Chautauqua County.  

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WJTN News Headlines for July 2, 2018

The investigation is continuing into a fire in a pile at the  Ben Weitsman Recycling on Jamestown's westside this past weekend....  
 
Fire Battalion Chief Matt Coon says crews were called to the scene at 610 West Eighth Street just after 1:30 p.m. Saturday and, found heavy smoke coming from a pile in the center of the yard.  Coon says workers at Weitsman quickly directed them to the pile at the center of the yard.
 
Coon says it only took about 15-minutes to bring the blaze under control.  He says they used three hose lines to bring the flames under control and, adds they did some overhaul work in that area of the yard to prevent any re-ignition.  Coon says crews were there about an hour and, and off-duty shift was called in.  No one was hurt. 
 
 
A city man is jailed on $9,000 bail for allegedly driving drunk when he was involved in three motor vehicle accidents last Saturday night...  
 
State Police in Jamestown say two of the people in one of the cars had to be taken to the hospital.  Troopers say 29 year-old Ramon Pando was traveling on Route 394 between 7:15 and 7:30 p.m. when the accidents occured.  Two in the town, and one in the city.  Police say one accident sent 66 year-old Craig Underwood of Jamestown and 41 year-old Jennifer Hamilton of Georgetown, Kentucky to UPMC Chautauqua WCA hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  Pando was arraigned in Ellicott Town Court on several charges including Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving and, Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident. 
 
 
A Jamestown man is jailed without bail for stalking after allegedly threating the life of a woman for three days last week, then showing up at her house to harass her...  
 
City police were called to the scene of a reported domestic incident at the corner of Sprague and Adams Street just before Noon Saturday and, arrested 25 year-old Robert Tonkin.  Officers say they found Tonkin was sought on a bench warrant by Lakewood-Busti Police.  When they spoke with the female victim, she told them that Tonkin had been threatening her for some time.  He was arrested, and arraigned on charges of fourth-degree stalking, and aggravated family offense and, sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
Chautauqua County's representative to the State Assembly says he believes the State Legislative session that ended on June 20 was quite productive...  
 
But outside of the budget, Assemblyman Andy Goodell says much of the activity occurred in the last two weeks of the session.  Goodell says he was busy in those final weeks working as a floor leader.  Goodell was the featured speaker at last week's 50th anniversary dinner for Chautauqua County Rural Ministry in Dunkirk and, adds that he was disappointed that the legislature didn't deal with ethics reform.  He says there is some unfinished business and he expects lawmakers to return to Albany, possibly sometime in July.
 
 
There's just a month to go before the grand-opening of the new, National Comedy Center and, the start of the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown...  
 
The festival got a big shout-out on Twitter this past week by headliner Amy Schumer.  That was good news for Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson, who says there are still tickets remaining for Schumer's two performances on Friday, August 3rd at 7:00 and 9:30.  Gunderson says there are just a few tickets left for the program featuring some of the legends of Saturday Night Live.
 
That program with Dan Akroyd, Garrett Morris, and Laraine Newman takes place on Thursday night, August 2 at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.  The only sell-out so far is the Lily Tomlin program on August 4.  For more information on tickets for the festival, and Comedy Center opening, go online to ComedyCenter.org.  Journey Gunderson made her comments for last weekend's Community Spotlight program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
Municipalities with infrastructure projects that protect or improve local water quality can get some of the $275-million in funding available from New York state...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late this week that the grant funding is available through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and the Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grants Program.  It's part of the state's $2.5-billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act.  More than $1-billion has been allocated through the 2017 act to improve water quality and services in communities across New York.  Projects eligible for receiving the state funding include water infrastructure projects that address toxins associated with harmful algal blooms, sewer overflows and contaminated water supplies.  Grant applications for the funding have to be submitted to the state Environmental Facilities Corp. by September 7.
 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that allows immigrant parents to designate a "standby guardian" for their children if the parent is detained in New York or faces deportation...  
 
The Democrat signed the legislation at a community college in the Bronx on Wednesday, a day after a federal judge ordered immigrant families separated at the border to be reunited.  The measure passed by the state Legislature last week changes wording in a law that allows a parent to designate a guardian should the parent become incapacitated. The new law allows a standby guardian's authority to immediately begin when a child is separated from a parent.  Cuomo says the law is designed to offer increased protections for children separated from their parents as a result of the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy.

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News Headlines for Sat., June 30, 2018

Heat Advisory remains in effect, Hot weather to continue through coming week...
A Heat Advisory and Air Quality Alert are in effect for today... and, the advisory will last into early next week.  That from Forecaster Jon Hitchcock with the National Weather Service in Buffalo... who says temperature and humidity levels will continue ramping up through Sunday night.  Hitchcock adds the heat index values will be in the mid-90s today... and, possibly into the low 100s by Sunday.  He says we'll see some relief after Monday... but, not much.  Hitchcock says a cold front will finally move through the region by next weekend.  Hitchcock says temperatures inland away from Lake Erie will run into the lower 90s today... and, could reach 95-degrees on Sunday.  The Heat Advisory runs from now through 10 p.m. Monday.  The State Department of Environmental Conservation has also issued an Air Quality Alert for much of New York state... including all of Western New York.  The alert is in effect for Ozone until 11 p.m. tonight.
 
 
County Office for Aging Director urges people to keep an eye on seniors during heat wave...
The unseasonably hot weather the next few days has led state and local Offices for the Aging to warn senior citizens and their caregivers about high temperatures as a heat wave moves in for the weekend.  Officials say hot weather can be particularly dangerous for older adults, especially those who live alone, or have chronic health conditions.  Chautauqua County Office for the Aging Director Mary Ann Spanos urges the elderly to drink plenty of water during this time period.  Spanos adds you should also try to keep cool in the house by keeping drapes and shades closed -- especially if you have no air conditioning.  She adds limit outdoor activity between 1 and 3 p.m. when the sun is at it's hottest.  Spanos adds that if you need a place to beat the heat... there are several designated cooling stations across the county... including some libraries and senior centers that are cooled.  For more information on where the cooling centers are... Spanos says call their NY Connects number at 753-4582.  She also again reminds residents to check on their elderly neighbors who are living alone during the heat wave.
 
 
Local Humane Society urges people to keep on eye on their pets during warm spell...
With that heat advisory... officials with the Chautauqua County Humane Society are reminding pet-owners to be cautious of 'Fido and Fifi' during hot and humid weather conditions.  They say it's best to keep animals cool because most have fur on year-round.  They add another important item is to be aware of to never leave your pets alone in a parked vehicle, even with the windows cracked, because it can get real hot -- real quick.  For more pet safety info, visits www.spcapets.com. 
 
 
Cuomo signs bill allowing immigrant parents to designate "Standby Guardian" for children if parent faces deportation...
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that allows immigrant parents to designate a "standby guardian" for their children if the parent is detained in New York or faces deportation.  The Democrat signed the legislation at a community college in the Bronx on Wednesday, a day after a federal judge ordered immigrant families separated at the border to be reunited.  The measure passed by the state Legislature last week changes wording in a law that allows a parent to designate a guardian should the parent become incapacitated. The new law allows a standby guardian's authority to immediately begin when a child is separated from a parent.
 
 
Ribbon cut to open up Phase-5 of Greater Jamestown Riverwalk...
The ribbon has been cut on the newest section of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk -- not far from the McCrea Point Boat Launch.  The 1.2-mile bicycle and walking trail runs over the former J-&-W Railbed between Chadakoin Park and the river.  The project cost just over $500,000... but, it's Genesis was 44 years ago with a letter from Jamestown High School Senior Cindy Hedberg-Sorenson to then Mayor Stan Lundine.  Sorenson was unable to attend the ribbon cutting... but, Lundine was on hand.  He recalled the days of the railroad... and steamboats as he was growing up.  He says the steamboats used to come down the outlet directly behind them.  Lundine was invited by current Mayor Sam Teresi... who thanked the city Parks and Recreation staff, and Public Works Department for their efforts to complete Phase-5 of the riverwalk project from Eight Street to Clifton Avenue in a beautiful area of the city.  The city received a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program grant from the state for just over $262,000 for the project.  It was matched by the city. 
 
 
Randolph man arrested following vehicle pursuit...
A Randolph man is being held on $5,000 cash bail following a vehichle pursuit in the town Wednesday night.  Cattaraugus County Sheriff's deputies say they attempted to take 56 year-old David Hare into custody on an outstanding warrant just after 11:30 p.m. when he allegedly fled the scene in a vehicle, leading deputies on a pursuit.  Officers were able to arrest Hare when he eventually stopped his vehicle.  While in custody.... deputies say Hare was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail on several charges including second-degree reckless endangerment, obstruction and various traffic infractions.  He is due back in court at a later date. 
 
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 29, 2018

A man from the town of Busti faces several charges following a domestic incident last Monday afternoon at a home on Hoag Road in the town...  
 
Lakewood-Busti Police say they were called to the scene at 1974 Hoag Road just after 3 p.m. and, talked with the female victim.  She told officers that 27 year-old Tyler Johnson had assaulted her, and held her against her will for a period of time.  Police say further investigation led them to get a warrant and, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force later assisted in a raid at the Hoag Road address.  Johnson was taken into custody and arraigned on charges including second-degree assault, and second-degree unlawful inprisonment.  He was sent to the county jail with bail to be set.
 
 
A man from Warren, Pennsylvania has been formally charged with 111 counts of sexual abuse of children after he was allegedly found in possession of child pornography at the Warren State Hospital...  
 
State Police in Warren say they were called to the scene in North Warren back on May 31 and, found that 58 year-old Thomas Wolosyn was in possession of "numerous" images of child porn.  Troopers say Wolosyn also faces 111 counts of criminal use of a communication facility.  A preliminary hearing is pending.
 
 
As the Independence nears, Chautauqua Lake is in 'generally good condition.'  That's the assessment of two officials of the Chautauqua Lake Association...  
 
Lake Operations Manager, James Cappalino, says they've got six harvesters removing weeds everyday, and he thinks lake users will be happy.  Executive Director, Doug Conroe, calls the weed growth 'patchy'... and adds there's early evidence of harmful algal blooms, but only in little bays or inlets.  Regarding algal blooms, he says, an old adage applies, "if it doesn't look good... stay out."
 
 
This year's report by the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees says long-term funding shortfalls continue for both programs and, that should be a wake-up call for federal lawmakers...  
 
Those are the feelings of local Congressman Tom Reed, who says the report shows Medicare will become insolvent by the year 2026 and, Social Security by 2034.  The trustees say lawmakers have a "broad continuum" of options to close or reduce those shortfalls.  Reed agrees and, adds action needs to be taken sooner rather than later.
 
Reed says he feels moving away from the current "fee for service" type program for Medicare would be best and, bring costs down.  He also would like to see more emphasis on better end of life care from Hospice and palliative care programs.  The trustees report also shows that the Social Security Disability fund will become depleted in 2032, but that's better than last year's projections.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
Chautauqua County has been recognized by a state agency for making several strides in recent years to become more energy efficient, cut costs and promote clean energy use...  
 
The county recently received a "Clean Energy Community Designation" from the New York State Energey Research and Development Authority.  That from County Junior Planner Michael Longley, who says the county recently took four required actions to get the designation.  He says the action he was directly involved with was taking part in a six-month-long program called Solar Chautauqua.
 
Longley says the other "high-impact" actions include energy benchmarking for all county facilities to make them more efficient, obtained two, electric heavy duty trucks for two of the county's transfer stations.  They also established an Energize NY Finance Program to help local businesses and not-for-profits become more energy efficent.  The designation will also bring $150,000 to the county for further energy efficiency projects.  It's one of four such grants in Western New York.
 
 
Former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon is taking inspiration from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Democratic primary victory over a 10-term congressman as she battles Governor Andrew Cuomo...
 
The liberal activist says voters are eager to retire establishment insiders.  Cuomo and his supporters say there's no comparing one congressional primary to the contest for governor.
 
 
The ribbon will be cut today at 1:30 p.m. for the newest part of Jamestown's Riverwalk trail...  
 
The section runs from 8th Street to Clifton Avenue along the abandoned Jamestown, Westfield and Northwestern railroad. The 1.2 mile trail is 10 feet wide and includes three pedestrian bridges across some of the wetter parts of the swamp.  Mayor Sam Teresi says the new section 'takes you away from everything... you don't even realize you're in the city.'  Jamestown matched a state grant to build the half-million dollar project.  The ribbon will be cut by former Mayor Stan Lundine, and Cindy Hedberg Sorenson.  She wrote a letter to Lundine in the 1970's advocating for such a trail.  The event will be at the Chadakoin River overlook, not far from the Weinstein recycling facility off 8th Street. 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 28th, 2018

A dog that aggressively charged at two Jamestown police officers yesterday afternoon was shot by one officer and, later died at a local veterinarian's office...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the officers were looking for a subject on an outstanding warrant at 222 Winsor Street just before 2 PM.  Samuelson says, as both officers approached the home, a large Pit Bull/Mastiff charged at both men while they were walking on the sidewalk.  He says one policeman discharged his duty weapon, and struck the animal.  No persons were hurt.  Samuelson says the owner was issued a summons for having a dog "at-large" that attacks and a $50.00 fine. The investigation is continuing. 
 
 
Chautauqua County will continue to have four coroners on call after county lawmakers took emergency action last night to replace two coroners who had resigned from their positions...  
 
The resignations from Warren Riles and Larry Wilcox will take effect today.  County Executive George Borrello says without the approval of an emergency resolution, the positions would have been unfilled leaving only two coroners available.
 
Legislators approved the appointments of Richard Mackowiak and Daniel DiStasio by an 16-2 vote.  Legislators Terry Nieble and David Himelein voted against it. An executive session was called by legislators before the vote was taken in open session.  Riles has been a long-time coroner, leaving the position after 41-years of service.
 
 
A North Carolina man who remained a "person of interest" in the case of a Lakewood woman who went missing more than 20 years ago has died in a car crash in Utah...  
 
Lakewood-Busti Police confirm that 47-year-old Tyrone Bova (Boh-vay) was one of six people involved in a two-vehicle accident a week ago.  Bova, along with his current wife, 43-year-old Holly, and one of their sons died in the accident.  Tyrone Bova was married to Lori Ceci Bova  when she disappeared in mid-1997 after the couple was seen arguing at their home.  Lakewood-Busti Police Chief John Bentley says the case of her disappearance, and presumed death is not closed.
 
Lori Ceci Bova was last seen by others alive the night of June 7, 1997 at the Red Lobster Restaurant in Lakewood.  However, her husband was the last person to see her before she went missing.  Tyrone Bova told investigators that he and Lori had an argument after leaving the restaurant, and Lori later went for a walk that night... and, has not been seen nor heard from since.  There have been no arrests made in the case and, Bentley says -- to this day -- Tyrone Bova cooperated "minimally" with police.
 
 
KeyBank is announcing it's support for the new, National Comedy Center which is set to open in early August, during Jamestown's annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival...  
 
KeyBank Spokesman Matthew Pitts says the $250,000 donation is being made in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation and, will be used to support the new "KeyBank Plaza" in front of the Center on West Second Street.
 
In a printed release, KeyBanks' Upstate New York Regional Executive Gary Quenneville  says the move "perfectly aligns with our mission of helping the communities we serve thrive."  Pitts says they've had a long-term relationship with the Comedy Center, including providing "bridge financing" for it's development... and, monitize their long-term grant commitments.  Pitts says the Plaza will feature two large high definition video screens, speakers embedded throughout the plaza, and seating areas.  Comedy Center Project Chairman Tom Benson says KeyBank has been a "wonder partner" for the project.
 
 
The latest figures on the well-being of children show little change in New York, but child advocates fear trouble ahead... 
 
While most indicators remained unchanged or showed improvement, the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2018 'Kids Count Data Book' shows the Empire State slipped from 30th to 31st in the overall well-being of children. Laura Speer, an associate director at the Foundation, is concerned that including a controversial citizenship question on the 2020 U-S Census will discourage immigrants from participating and lead to an undercount of children, especially in states such as New York with large immigrant populations.
 
Census figures are used to determine levels of federal support for child-focused programs from school lunches to children's health insurance. The census is intended to count everyone living in the United States, not just citizens. Speer says with more than 14-million children living in poverty nationwide, and almost 850-thousand in New York alone, getting the numbers right is critical because the state receives more than ten-billion-dollars a year in federal funds that support programs for children.
 
A key Congressional contest for Democrats in the 23rd District will go to "overtime" for a decision...  
 
Tuesday's five-way race was too close to call and, will come down to absentees.  Owego's Max Della Pia leads the Democratic primary with 7,022 votes to face incumbant Republican Tom Reed in the general election this Fall.  Ithaca's Tracy Mitrano was second with 6,996 votes, a 26-vote difference.  Chautauqua County Democratic Elections Commissioner Norm Green says there will be no recount of machines.
 
Green says there are about 600 absentee ballots out in Chautauqua County but, he doesn't know how many are outstanding district-wide.  He expects about 250 of those to be received by the deadline -- next Tuesday.  That's the last day a ballot can be received.  Finishing a distant third, fourth and fifth in the machine vote were Linda Andrei, Jamestown's Eddie Sundquist and Ithaca's Ian Golden.
 
 
The head of incumbant Congressman Tom Reed's re-election campaign says there is "no surprise" that in a field of "liberal options..." that Democrats could not make a definate selection in Tuesday's primary...  
 
Reed's Campaign Manager Nicholas Weinstein says -- quote -- "with their unanimous support for higher taxes, heroin injection sites in our neighborhoods and government-run socialized medicine, these Extreme Ithaca Liberals have clearly demonstrated to the voters that they are out of touch with our values in the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and Western New York." 
 
 
The first "special" program of the 2018 Summer Performance Series will take place with "Shakespeare in the Park..." at the Allen Park Bandshell tonight...  
 
The Chautauqua Theatre Company will be putting on two performances of Shakespeare's "As You Like It."  The Company's Artistic Associate Sarah Wansley says they're excited to bring the program to the Gorenson Bandshell not once but, twice.
 
Wansley says eight of thier actors will be part of the approximately 90-minute program.  She says they come from the top Graduate Acting programs.  City Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says it's part of an exciting line-up this year.  The performances also include the Jamestown Municipal Band... which was rained out last night.  Ciesla-Hanley says the second performance by the Theatre Company will be held on Wednesday, August 15 and, again it will start at 7 PM.  The Theatre Company is under the direction of Andrew Borba.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 27, 2018

Polls in New York have closed as voters decide key congressional primaries around the state... 
 
It was "too close to call" in the 23rd Congressional District, but unofficially, Owego's Max Della Pia leads the Democratic primary with 7,022 votes to face incumbant Republican Tom Reed in the general election this Fall. Della Pia is retired from the U-S Air Force and Air Force Reserves.  He says he's a strong supporter of federal programs to help combat and intervene with issues in communities such as hunger and the opioid crisis. Not far behind was Ithaca's Tracy Mitrano with 6,996 votes, while retired cardiologist Linda Andrei rounded out the Top 3 with 3,330 votes. The absentee ballots still have yet to be counted. The others contending for the Democratic nomination were Ian Golden and Eddie Sundquist. 
 
 
  
The third time has been the charm for President Trump's travel ban on visitor's coming from several, mainly Muslim nations...  
 
Even before yesterday's 5-4 U-S Supreme Court decision, Local Congressman Tom Reed said he felt this version would withstand muster.  Reed says he felt this ban was better defined, and fully recognized policies the president can enact and, was not discriminatory.
 
Reed and other fellow Republicans, say the measure will help stop terrorism.  He says it recognizes that there are "threats to American coming from different areas of the world..." and, that American's need to be protected from those threats.  The high court's decision is it's first substantive ruling on a Trump administration policy.  In addition to Muslim-majority nations like Syria, the ban also includes North Korea and Venezuela.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
The Jamestown City Council has approved the city's 2018 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Program action plans...  
 
The plans -- approved Monday night -- total about $1.48-million and, funds several low and moderate income projects.  However, one resident says there is too much money going for administration of the program.  Retired Board of Public Utilities manager Doug Champ says the current 20-percent is the maximum you can use.  Before Jamestown became an "entitlement community..." Champ says he was involved in the program for the city, and they used about 10-percent.
 
Council President Marie Carrubba says it appears the city is taking more for administrative costs because they've been cut most of the past several years, so it appears they are taking more for those costs.  Champ was also critical of whether lawmakers did their due diligence in holding meetings in their wards about the plan.  Carrubba says they do hold several meetings, but adds they often don't get a lot of participation.
 
 
A Westfield woman has been arrested on federal charges for allegedly embezzling $227,000 from her employer...  
 
U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 40 year-old Alicia Raynor was charged late Tuesday by a criminal complaint.  Prosecutors say Raynor was hired as Business Manager for Compassion at Home, Incorporated about six-years ago.  She had access between November 2012 and August 2015, to the company's payroll processing service, which was used to deposit pay directly into employee bank accounts.  Raynor used the service to divert funds from the company's bank account to accounts she controlled.  Compassion at Home fired her in August of 2015, but the president said she continued to divert money to her accounts before being arrested.  
 
 
Seventeen states, including New York and California, are suing to force the Trump administration to reunite migrant families who have been separated at the U.S.-Mexico border...  
 
The states, all led by Democratic attorneys general, joined Washington, D.C., in filing the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Seattle Tuesday.  It's the first legal challenge by states over the practice.  Immigration authorities have separated about 2,300 children from their parents in recent weeks, sparking global outrage as images of weeping children emerged.
 
 
Governor  Andrew Cuomo says the state will provide free legal services to anyone detained at New York airports on immigration charges...  
 
The Democrat says the move is in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling upholding President Donald Trump's ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries.  Cuomo says lawyers will be available through the Liberty Defense Project, administered by the Office of New Americans.  Cuomo created the office in 2013 to help immigrants navigate the naturalization process.  The governor referred to the Trump administration's travel ban as religious discrimination camouflaged as national security.  The state has set up a new multi-lingual state hotline for people seeking immigration assistance: 800-566-7636.  The Liberty Defense Project was created in 2017 as the Trump administration's policies cracked down on immigration.
 
 
An event to raise awareness and support for those affected by kidney disease, including living donors and those who need a kidney transplant, will celebrate nine years of helping the community....
 
That from Southern Tier Kidney Association President Sam Pellerito, who says the 2018 Kidney Challenge Walk takes place on Sunday, July 8. 
 
Pellerito says prior to walk starting, there will be a memorial ceremony called the "Butterfly Release" during which butterflys who were purchased in memory of a loved one will be released about 1:15 p.m., before the walk begins at 1:30. He says the Kidney Association may be one of the first groups in the area to use the newly-opened bridges on the Riverwalk from St. James Church all the way down to Panzarella Point and back.  For more information on the 9th annual Kidney Challenge Walk or to donate, call 450-8958.  All proceeds benefit Dialysis patients at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, kidney transplant donors and recipients through the WNY Kidney Connection and, to promote the awareness of kidney disease. 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 26, 2018

A city woman and a teen-aged boy both face 10 counts each of animal cruelty after a dead dog was found among the ten inside their home on Jamestown's northside last Saturday...  
 
City police were called to the scene at 1101 Prendergast Avenue just before 11:30 p.m. and, found the animal dead.  Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they found all 10 dogs living in deplorable conditions and without sustenance.  Samuelson says a Necropsy  has been ordered to determine the cause of death.  He says 40 year-old Christine Emming and the 16 year-old may also face additional charges pending the outcome of the examination of the deceased dog.  The other nine animals were taken to a local shelter to be cared for.
 
 
The organization representing landlords in the city of Jamestown has come forward and is calling on Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi to once again fill a vacant constable's position in the city...  
 
Frewsburg's Harold Whitford, who owns rental property in Jamestown, spoke at last night's City Council voting session... and urged the mayor to fill the open position with a man who recently re-applied for the post.  Whitford says Dan Hill meets Each of those requirements, including having insurance.
 
Local Attorney Charles Hall represents several landlords as they go through the eviction process and, he says the fact there are only two constables, one who works full-time otherwise, produces a back-log of cases.  Hall says the city charter states there "shall be" three constables in the city.  However, Teresi says Hill applied two other times and, was found not to meet the residency requirement.  He says Hill has submitted a new, updated application to the city.  There is also a law enforcement training requirement that must be completed during the first year of being a constable.
 
 
It's primary day and, a total of five people will be running in for the Democratic nomination to run for the 23rd Congressional District seat this Fall...  
 
The winner will oppose incumbant Republican Tom Reed.  Chautauqua County Elections Commissioner Norm Green says the polls will be open from Noon until 9 p.m.
 
Besides Democrats, voters from another party will be heading to the polls Tuesday.  He says there will be an "Opportunity to Ballot" for the Women's Equality Party... but, Tracy Mitrano is the only person on the ballot.  Green says there are 25,000 Democrats in the county who are eligible to vote.  Linda Andrei, Tracy Mitrano, Max Della Pia, Ian Golden and Eddie Sundquist are competing for an opportunity to run against incumbent Republican Tom Reed in November.
 
 
A motorcycle accident in the village of Silver Creek last weekend sent an Angola man to a Buffalo hospital with serious injuries...  
 
Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene at Central Avenue and Christy Street about 10:30 last Saturday night.  Deputies say they located a motorcycle overturned on it's side.  They say 42 year-old Jacob Farabaugh was trying to negotiate a turn on Central Avenue and, lost control of the bike.  Officers say Farabaugh was taken to the Erie County Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.  No condition has been released.  The investigation is on-going, and charges are pending.
 
 
Two Jamestown residents were arrested, including one who gave a fake name during a traffic stop in the city early Sunday morning...  
 
Just before 1:30 a.m., city police pulled over a vehicle on Scioto Street near Barrows Street and, determined the driver, 23 year-old Kylah Seiberg, was operating the vehicle with only a non-drivers I-D and was suspended for failure to pay fines.  Officers say the rear passenger, 33 year-old John Kellom, was found to have allegedly given a false name to evade an active arrest warrant. Both Seiberg and Kellom were taken to city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
The state Department of Environmental Conservation has awarded the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities a just over $29,000 grant to build a "fast-charging" Electric Vehicle charging station in the city...
 
BPU Energy Efficiency Coordinator Dan Reynolds says they're pleased to receive the funding, which is being provided through the DEC's Municipal Zero-Emission Vehicle and Infrastructure Rebate Program.
 
Reynolds says this will be the city's fourth charging station, but will be -- by far -- the quickest one to get your electric vehicle, or hybrid, recharged.  He compared the recharging of a Chevrolet Volt with the current system as an example.  With the other local stations, it can take 2-3 hours to completely recharge a strictly electric car.  However, it can be about an hour with the new station, once it's online.  Reynolds says the new station will be up and running on or around September 1.  He says they have charging stations on Cherry Street, at Jamestown Community College and, at the North Main Street Park and Ride in the town of Ellicott.
 
 
A 67-year-old Pennsylvania woman lost her life in a crash that injured four others on Route 20 in the town of Brant Sunday afternoon...  
 
Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard reports that Kathleen Lewis of Volant, Pennsylvania was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Route 20 between Route 249 and Hammond Road around 1:30.  Lewis' granddaughters were taken to Oishei Children's Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  A man and woman from Kentucky in the second vehicle were transported to ECMC with non-life threatening injuries as well.  The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
 

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News update for Mon., June 25, 2018

City woman, juvenile, arrested in allegedly animial cruelty case... one of 10 dogs found dead...
A Jamestown woman and a 16 year-old boy face 10 counts each of animal cruelty after a dead dog was found among the 10 found inside their home on the city's northside.  City police were called to the scene at 1101 Prendergast Avenue just before 11:30 p.m. last Saturday... and found the animal dead.  Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they found all 10 dogs living in deplorable conditions and without sustainance.  Samuelson says a Necropsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death.  Samuelson says 40 year-old Christine Emming and the 16 year-old may also face additional charges pending the outcome of the examination of the deceased dog.  The other nine animals were taken to a local shelter to be cared for.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 25, 2018

Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Water Division work today will mean re-routing of traffic beginning at 8 a.m.  for approximately 5-6 hours near the corner of North Main Street and Buffalo Street in the City...  
 
BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says while valve replacement on a water main occurs, all southbound traffic on North Main will be redirected between West 21st Street to Buffalo Street.  Southbound truck traffic will be rerouted down Fluvanna Avenue to Buffalo Street.  Other vehicles will be sent down Fluvanna or up Buffalo Street.  The northbound lane on North Main Street will remain open.  Robbins says water will be turned off in the area at some point during the project.  Once work is completed, the area may see discolored water for 12 to 24 hours.
 
 
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states can force online shoppers to pay state sales tax...  
 
The justices reversed a 1992 decision that a business didn't have to collect sales tax unless it had a physical presence in that state.  Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says forcing on-line shoppers to pay a state sales tax would "level the playing field" with local businesses who have to charge that tax.
 
Borrello says if New York state adopts a measure that would require a sales tax online, it would help reduce local property taxes.  He feels such a law will be adopted in the state, but not until 2019 at the earliest, with this year's legislative session having wrapped up this week.
 
 
The nine-week Summer Season at Chautauqua Institution got underway with rain falling at times, but it held off for some of the bigger events last weekend...  
 
That from Chautauqua Spokesman Jordan Steves... who says they got a break in the weather Friday night for the concert featuring Grammy Award-winner Alison Krauss.  Steves adds the weather was also okay for the official "Three-Taps of the Gavel" opening speech Sunday morning in the amphitheater.
 
Today... Steves says the weekly lecture series begins with featured presentations by a number of renowned guests.  He says today's lecturer, American Author John Irving, will be interviewed by New York Times Book Review Editor Pamela Paul.  In addition to Irving, Steves says National Book Foundation Executive Director Lisa Lucas will also appear as part of "The Life of the Written Word" Week at Chautauqua.
 
 
Two Mayville residents have been arrested for allegedly breaking into a home on Valley Street in the village and, being in possession of illegal drugs...  
 
Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene shortly before 9 p.m. last Thursday and, found 28 year-old Eric Courtier, and 21 year-old Page Zenns inside the residence, and found they had allegedly damaged property there.  Deputies also found the pair in possession of heroin and methamphetamine.  Both Courtier and Zenns were charged with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal mischief and, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Both were arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court and, sent to the county jail on $50,000 cash bail each.
 
 
Republican candidate for governor Marc Molinaro says if elected he'll reform what he called the state's "failing and bloated" economic development programs that cost New York taxpayers billions of dollars annually...  
 
The Dutchess County executive said during a Friday news conference down the hall from Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's Capitol office that handing cash in the form of state grants to privately owned corporations needs to stop.  Molinaro says if he wins in November he'll ban companies that contribute to New York political campaigns from receiving state tax breaks or other taxpayer-funded corporate subsidies.
 
 
The state legislature's 2018 session ended with a whimper, but that's not all bad for the organization representing school boards across New York...  
 
That from state School Boards Assocation Executive Director Tim Kreamer, who says there was no final action on legislation to change teacher evaluations.  Kreamer says the leadership in the Republican-controlled Senate and Democrat-controlled Assembly leadership were unable to agree on similar measures.
 
Kreamer says they support evaluation reforms but, they should not include cumbersom new collective bargaining requirement, and "sweetners" for charter schools.  Kreamer says they were pleased to have a couple of measures dealing with BOCES across the state.  He says the main one eliminates a district's contribution to a BOCES capital project from the property tax cap equation.  He says that will incentivize those district's to contribute to those projects.  In addition, Kreamer says the legislature did agree to raise the salary cap for BOCES District superintendents, something that's been a long-standing priority for the School Board's Association.
 
 
There's lots of uncertainty over the future of the NRG repowering project, but the organization that oversees New York's power grid wants to clear the air about the costs surrounding the project's interconnection charge...  
 
NRG had indicated that the charge could reach over $100-million.  We have now heard from the New York Independent System Operator.  Executive Vice President Rich Dewey says the interconnection costs depend on how many projects move forward.  Dewey says right now, there are 27 projects under consideration.
 
Those costs do not include additional costs for the Pennsylvania system.  Dewey says one of the organization's main concerns is the reliability of the system and, he says the NYISO is responsible for that.  He says when new producers or generators come on line, they need to ensure it's reliability.  Dewey indicated that a final decision on which projects move forward is expected to be made later this year.  
 
 
A New York Republican who's one of two World War-Two veterans believed to be still serving in a state legislature has bid farewell to fellow lawmakers...  
 
Senator William J. "Bill" Larkin, Junior cast what are likely his final Senate votes earlier this week as the Legislature wrapped up its 2018 session.  The 90-year-old Larkin served in the Assembly from 1979 to 1990 before winning the first of 20 two-year terms representing a section of the Hudson Valley.  The Troy, New York, native's political career followed a 23-year career in the U.S. Army.

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News Headlines for Sat., June 23, 2018

Community Bank robber caught after trying to rob Kwik Fill in Jamestown of money...
A Jamestown-area man is jailed without bail for allegedly holding up the bank near Falconer Thursday afternoon... then committing another on the city's southside Thursday night.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the Kwik Fill station at 342 Forest Avenue just after 11:30 p.m. for an alleged hold up.  Samuelson says the suspect -- 34 year-old Albert Chapman -- entered the store, pulled a knife and demanded money.  However... he says Chapman wound up fleeing the store empty-handed.  Samuelson says they are also looking for the driver of an SUV that may have helped drive Chapman to and from the robbery at the Community Bank at 1982 East Main St. in the town of Ellicott -- just east of Falconer.  He says the accomplice was allegedly driving a darker-colored SUV.  Samuelson says... if you have any information on the vehicle or the driver... call Ellicott Town Police at 665-7083.  He says you can also call the JPD tips line at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477.  You can also contact their Tips 4-1-1 app.  Samuelson says Chapman is a known drug-addict... and, was trying to get money to support his use of crystal methamphetimine.  He was arraigned on charges including first and third-degree robbery.
 
 
Three arrested for trespassing, drug possession, in town of Pomfret...
Three people accused of trepassing on property in the town of Pomfret earlier this week are also accused of using the location to make Methamphetime.  Sheriff's deputies and members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force were called to the scene at 5251 Webster Rd. about 11 p.m. Wednesday... and, found the trio.  Officers say they also found items used to produce meth while arresting 29 year-old Tyler Jaynes of Cherry Creek... and, 40 year-old Jessica Rumsey, and, 25 year-old Andrew Lindstrom of Fredonia.  All three were charged with one count each of second-degree criminal trespassing... and, third-degree unlawful manufacturing of Methamphetime.  They were all arraigned... and, sent to the county jail on $15,000 to $20,000 cash bail each.  The State Police C-SERT Team was also called in to help clean-up contamination at the Webster Road address.  If you have any information on suspicious or drug-related actvities... you are asked to call the Task Force at 1-800-344-8702.
 
 
WCA Corporations celebrate successes of past year... hospital's "positive" bottom line...
The past year has been a "great" one for UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital in Jamestown... which celebrated it's success at it's annual "Meeting of the Corporations" Thursday.  WCA President Betsy Wright high-lighted many of those accomplishments during the 23rd annual gathering.  She spotlighted the breaking of ground for the new, $20-million dollar, 44-thousand square foot facility... which is on target for opening about a year from now.  Wright says the project has been on-time, and on-budget so far.  She says contractors recently closed in the structure... and, work on the interior is moving forward.  In addition... she says the other big item is the fact the hospital -- again the past year -- finished with a "positive" bottom line.  She attributed that to three things... the first being their new affiliation with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  She adds they've also been able to recruit several new physicians... and, that helped boost their volume by 6-percent.
 
 
Church clock-tower in Fredonia now removed...
It took several days, but demolition crews have completed the task of removing the clock tower from atop the Family Church building in downtown Fredonia.  Associate Pastor Scott Wise says the contractor was able to finish the removal work on Thursday and is now working on installing temporary roofing.  Wise says the contractor involved noted that there are still some interior parts that still need to be removed.  Once the roof is in place... Wise says work can begin making permanent repairs.  He says they will be working with their architects and engineers on what needs to be replaced.  Flames heavily damaged the clock tower on May 4th. 
 
 
In sports... the Buffalo Sabres select Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin first overall in NHL draft...
The Buffalo Sabres have selected defenseman Rasmus Dahlin with the first overall pick in the NHL draft, giving them a dynamic player who should spark their rebuilding process.  Dahlin is the second Swedish player to be taken No. 1 and the first since Mats Sundin in 1989.  The smooth-skating playmaker has been considered the consensus first pick for more than a year.  After putting on a Sabres jersey Friday night, the 18-year-old will jump to the NHL right away and should help the club's league-worst offense that contributed to its last-place finish.  He had six assists in seven games at the world junior championships in Buffalo and put up 20 points in 41 games in Sweden's top pro league this season.
 
 

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News Bulletin for Fri., June 22, 2018

Local man arrested after second attempted robbery for Ellicott bank robbery Thursday...
A local man accused of holding up a bank near Falconer has been arrested after allegedly trying to rob a convenience store last night on Jamestown's southside.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the Kwik Fill service station at 342 Forest Avenue just after 11:30 p.m. Thursday.  Samuelson says 34 year-old Albert Chapman entered the store, pulled a knife and demanded cash from the register.  He ended up fleeing without any cash or proceeds... but, he was arrested.  He says city police and Ellicott Town officers were able -- though investigation -- to also link Chapman to the robbery at the Community Bank at 1982 East Main St. -- east of Falconer.  Chapman has been charged with first and third-degree robbery... and, third degree criminal possession of a weapon.  Samuelson adds that police are now looking for a darker colored Sports Utility Vehicle, and the driver because they believe that person and SUV helped Chapman arrive at, and flee the scene in Falconer.  If you have any information on the SUV and or the person, contact Ellicott Town Police at 665-7083.  Samuelson says you can also call the JPD tips line at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477.  You can also contact their Tips 4-1-1 app.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 22, 2018

Police in the city of Jamestown and town of Ellicott are asking for the public's help in tracking down the man who allegedly walked into the Community Bank -- just east of Falconer -- and robbing it...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says police were called to the scene at 1982 East Main Street in Ellicott a few minutes before 12 Noon Thursday but, say the bandit had fled the scene.  However, he says suveillance camera's caught the man in the act, location and, demanded money from a teller.
 
Samuelson says the man, who had dark-colored facial hair, gave a teller a note, and did not show any kind of weapon.  In the suveillance photo, the suspect was wearing a dark, horizontal-striped polo shirt and, striped pants.  Samuelson says the man's picture is on all their platforms including their Facebook page.  If you have any information on the robber, he says contact Ellicott Police at 665-7083 or call the JPD Tips-line is 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477.  You can also use the Tips 4-1-1 app.  Samuelson says they've already received a number tips so far.
 
 
A city man faces at least 20 years in prison after admitting in a federal court in Buffalo to conspiracy to distribute large quantities of illegal drugs in the area...  
 
U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior announced late Thursday that 36 year-old Juan Pacheco, Junior pled guilty to conspiring to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, and marijuana.  Prosecutors say Pacheco was receiving large quantities of cocaine and meth from California that were smuggled into the U-S from Mexico.  He would then distribute them locally from a stash house at 477 Main Street.  Police and drug agents raided the home in August of 2016 and, arrested Pacheco and seized signifcant amounts of cocaine, meth., and marihuana. 
 
 
The Jamestown High School class of 2018 will approach a key milestone in their lives tonight...  
 
JHS Principal Mike McElrath says the annual commencement ceremony starts at 7 p.m. in the Chautauqua Institution Ampitheater.
 
McElrath says this year's Valedictorian and Salutatorian are just two of 305 students who will turn their tassles in celebration of their high school graduation.  He says the Valedictorian is Andrew Pumford, who will be attending Vanderbilt University in the Fall.  McElrath adds that Salutatorian Alisha Rensel, who is going to Penn State-Behrend near Erie.  This year's commencement speaker is Cyber Security Researcher Terrance DeJesus, a 2012 Jamestown graduate.
 
 
New York state lawmakers have wrapped up an annual session marked by gridlock and missed opportunities...  
 
The Legislature adjourned Thursday morning after failing to renew New York City's school zone speed camera program.  Proposals to improve school security also fell flat.  The final days mirrored the session.  Proposals to authorize sports betting, eliminate cash bail, reform antiquated election laws and improve school security were introduced but never approved.  Bills to make it easier to prosecute sex traffickers passed, as did a new tax on opioids and a requirement that law enforcement retain rape kits for 20 years.
 
 
The fifth candidate for the Democratic nomination to run for the 23rd District Congressional seat this Fall says it's time to return to the days of the "humble servant politician"...  
 
Ithaca's Ian Golden says that's why he got into the race for the nomination to run against incumbant Republican Tom Reed this Fall.  During the Chautauqua County Democratic Party's annual dinner... Golden also said it's because the policies of the past seven years haven't helped the western Southern Tier.
 
The "Bill" Ian Golden was referencing is retired state Assemblyman Bill Parment who was keynote speaker for the event at Chautauqua.  He says the economy, jobs and education are the key issues he's most passionate about and, he also said he supports single-payer health care and Medicare for all.  Golden said he will push to make economies more local and fair.
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Media One Group news has high-lighted all five candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Congress during next Tuesday's primary in the 23rd District.  In addition to Golden the candidates are Eddie Sundquist, Linda Andrei, Tracy Mitrano and, Max Della Pia.
 
 
A Summer full of free activities and personal enrichment is being made available again this year through the city of Jamestown's annual Summer Playground Program...  
 
That from Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley, who says the program begins for children ages 5 to 13 years-old.  Ciesla-Hanley says they'll again be at five locations: Fletcher, Lincoln, and Ring Elementary Schools, Allen Park and, the Lillian Dickson Tot Lot.  She says lunch will again be free for all kids this year.
 
The Playground program was announced at the Fletcher School playground Thursday afternoon, along with the new Playground Program Recreation Leader.  It's former Recreation Attendant Amelia Dolce, who is the daughter of City Councilman Tony Dolce.  She says it's "exciting" to play a bigger role in the planning this year, which includes a Nature Day Field Trip to Allen Park and, the Summer Reading Program at the Prendergast Library.  The program runs at all sites each day -- Monday through Friday -- from 11 a.m. to 5p.m..  The program runs through August 3.  For more information, call 483-7523.
 
 
There is free legal advice to Jamestown-area residents the third Thursday of each month for people that are dealing with financial issues, including debt... 
 
Spokeswoman and Paralegal Carol Joyce with the Western New York Law Center says representatives were at Chautauqua Opportunities, Incoporated at 402 Chandler Street for three hours yesterday offering their advice on a number of legal matters surrounding their finances.
 
Joyce says they can also help people understand their free credit reports, as well as address problems with creditors seeking payment on something the holder could be unaware of, including charges you were not aware of getting rung up on your credit card.  Joyce says there are no income eligibility requirements to receive their services.  The people working with the Law Center to provide the service are from the Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office in Buffalo.  For more information, call Carol Joyce at 828-8414.

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News Bulletin for Thurs., June 21, 2018

Jamestown, Ellicott Town Police looking for suspect in Community Bank robbery -- east of Falconer...
Jamestown police are helping Ellicott town police to investigate an alleged bank robbery -- near Falconer -- that occured just before 12 Noon today.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says a man walked into the 1982 East Main Street location... and, demanded money from a teller.  Samuelson says the bandit was a white male... who had dark-colored facial hair... who walked into the Community Bank -- just east of the village -- and handed the teller a note.  No weapon was shown.  In a surveillance photo... the man was wearing a dark-horizontal Striped polo shirt... and, striped pants.  Samuelson says the man's picture is on all their platforms including their Facebook page.  He says you can contact them or Ellicott Police if you have any information.  The number for Ellicott is 665-7083... while the JPD Tips-line number is 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.  Samuelson says they've already received a number tips... and, other leads in the case.  Police say all calls will be kept confidential.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 21, 2018

A Chautauqua County man is in stable condition at an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital after his motorcycle crashed on Route 430 in the town of Ellery early yesterday morning...  
 
Sheriff Joe Gerace says a deputy saw the 30 year-old man speeding about 12:30 a.m., and began a pursuit.  Deputies later found the crash after coming across the debris field in roadway.  Gerace says the victim, who was not identified, was flown by Starflight Helicopter to UPMC Hamot Medical Center. The cause remains under investigation. 
 
 
A Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputy is being credited with saving the lives of two overdose victims Tuesday evening by using Narcan...  
 
Gerace says the overdoses -- involving a 26-year-old male and a 23-year-old female -- were reported around 7 p.m. at a residence in the village of Mayville.  He says the officer was able to revive both victims, which he attributes to the officer's training  Gerace adds they have had to respond to such instances more often than they would like.  Both individuals responded to the naloxone and were transported to Westfield Memorial by EMS personnel from Chautauqua and Mayville Fire.
 
 
A Jamestown man faces up to 20-years in prison and a 250-thousand dollar fine after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography...  
 
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Cantil -- who is handling the case -- says 36 year-old Steven Fetterman was found last November with over 1,720 videos and 13,838 images of child porn.  Cantil says the files included minors under the age of 12, as well as depictions of violence.  Prosecutors say Fetterman also engaged in a pattern of sexual abuse or exploitation of a minor.  The plea is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.  Sentencing is scheduled for October 30 before Judge Lawrence Vilardo in U-S District Court.
 
 
One of the candidates for the Democratic nomination to run for the 23rd District Congressional Seat this Fall is a retired doctor...  
 
Ithaca's Linda Andrei is a retired Cardiologist, who believes it's time to send a doctor to Washington.  Health care, and the need for a single-payer system is one of her key issues.  However, she says she's also up on the other major issues facing the "working people" of the Southern Tier and, is ready to voice their concerns in Washington.
 
In addition to Medicare, she says the other big institutions under the gun are preserving Social Security, and public education.  She says she'll be an independent voice in Washington.  The primary is next Tuesday, June 26.
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Each day this week, Media One Group News is high-lighting one of the five candidates seeking the Democratic endorsement to run for the 23rd Congressional District against Tom Reed.  The others are Tracy Mitrano, Max Della Pia, Ian Golden, and Eddie Sundquist.
 
 
The New York Legislature has adjourned for the year without much to show for it...  
 
The Senate adjourned early Thursday morning, three hours after the Assembly.  The work ended without a deal to renew the state law authorizing school zone cameras in New York City, meaning the 140 devices now active in the city will have to come down.  Lawmakers also failed to reach a compromise on bills to overhaul teacher evaluations and address school security.  The session's final day was much like the preceding six months. Lawmakers proposed, but did not act, on bills to authorize sports gambling, eliminate cash bail for most offenses and address Albany's chronic corruption problem.  Lawmakers aren't scheduled to reconvene until January, after a new Legislature is elected this November.
 
 
A prosecutor said greed led a former New York state Senate leader to pressure companies that relied on state legislation to funnel over $300,000 to his adult son...  
 
But lawyers for ex-Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam said during opening statements Wednesday in Manhattan federal court that the defendants did nothing illegal.  The men were convicted in 2015 of extortion, conspiracy and bribery.  Dean Skelos, a 70-year-old Republican, was sentenced to five years in prison.  His son got 61/2 years.  But neither served time. 
 
 
Due to the rainy weather, the Jamestown City Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department postponed last night's Summer Bandshell Performance featuring Pearl City Jazz at Allen Park...  
 
Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says the concert has been moved to tonight, June 21, at 7 p.m. at the Goranson Bandshell. 

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News Bulletin for Wed., June 20, 2018

Bulletin***Summer Bandshell Concert at Allen Park postponed...
I'm Terry Frank in the Media One Newsroom.  Due to the rainy weather... the Jamestown City Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department has postponed tonight's Summer Bandshell Performance featuring Pearl City Jazz at Allen Park.  Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says the concert has been moved to tomorrow night, June 21, at 7 p.m. at the Goranson Bandshell. 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 20, 2018

Sixteen people -- all but three from Jamestown -- are jailed for allegedly trafficking methamphetime initially brought in through Mexico the past several months...  
 
Chief of the Criminal division of the U-S Attorney's Office, Joseph Karaszewski, says eight people were arrested during three raids Tuesday morning as part of "Operation Melt Down."  Karaszewski says they are accused of conspiracy to traffic and, distribute 50-grams or more of Meth.  He calls the arrests "significant".
 
Karaszewski says Hare is from Randolph, the other seven from Jamestown.  He says the two leaders of the operation, Jamell Trapp and Marcus Bowman of Fredonia... were arrested Monday during a sting operation involving the U-S Postal System.  Both face several major charges, including possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.  Karaszewski says agents had intercepted a package containing "high-grade" Meth from Southern California.  He says the other six were arrested on State Search warrants.  He says all sixteen are jailed pending further court action. 
 
 
A north county woman who was convicted on a weapons charge in connection with a homicide last year in Dunkirk is headed to prison...  
 
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says 29-year-old Rebecca Ruiz was given a determinate sentence of six years in state prison, plus five years post-release supervision on one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
 
Swanson says while he would've liked to see Ruiz get the maximum 15-year sentence, he says he's not dissatisfied with the sentence that Judge Dave Foley handed her on Tuesday.  He says Ruiz received a violent felony conviction, which he says was a positive.  Swanson says 21-year-old Julian Duman was shot and killed at a home on Lake Shore Drive East in Dunkirk last July.  In March, a jury found Ruiz not guilty on other charges in that case, including second-degree murder and tampering with evidence.
 
 
The clean-up is continuing after a line of severe thunderstorms raced across portions of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties early Monday night, downing several trees and power lines across the area...  
 
The National Weather Service reported a 43 mile-per-hour wind gust near Dunkirk.  The same storms caused a tree to fall on a house on Willard Street here in Jamestown.  However, Forecaster Aaron Reynolds in Buffalo says it's now much drier and cooler than Monday.  Reynolds says Monday's severe, 15-minute storm was ahead of a strong cold front that dropped the temperature about 10-degrees.  Electric Division workers for the Board of Public Utilities spent much of Monday night working in some areas because of tree and pole damage from the storm. 
 
 
Over a hundred people gathered for a candlelight vigil Tuesday night at Veterans Park on Jamestown's west side... 
 
The 'Vigil for the Children' was to protest the separation of parents and children at U.S. border points.  Susan Meara of the group 'Chautauqua Progressive Action' organized the event. She said it was not a political or partisan issue, but one of American 'value and decency.'  She added, the policy has reached a new intensity, even separating famlies with credible asylum claims.  A number of people carried signs saying 'families belong together' and 'what kind of country do we live in?'  Several people spoke extemporaneously, including one who asked, "Is this beoming Nazi Germany. Are we putting numbers on children?"
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed is throwing his support behind the more "moderate" of two immigration bills in the House of Representatives...  
 
The Corning Republican today said he supports what's being called the "Ryan Bill" over a measure proposed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte of Virginia.  Reed says the Ryan Bill deals includes relief for DACA recipients and, deals with the current issue regarding children being separated from parents at the border.
 
Reed says Republicans are working to shore-up support for the Ryan bill in the House, where the 30-member "Freedom Caucus" opposes a path to citizenship for DACA recipients.  However, he says they need about 10 more votes in the Senate for the bill to get through that chamber.
 
 
One of the five Democratic candidates running for the nomination to run against incumbant Republican Congressman Tom Reed has military experience...  
 
Owego's Max Della Pia says he decided to run after attending a Town Hall meeting hosted by Reed and, felt someone needed to run against him.  While there has been some question about his affiliation, Della Pia says he is very much a Democrat and, in fact worked as a legislative liason for one in Congress.
 
While he's retired from the U-S Air Force and, Air Force Reserves.  He says he's fairly "moderate" on issues.  Della Pia says he's a strong supporter of federal programs to help combat and intervene with issues in communities such as hunger and the opioid crisis. On issues like international trade,  Della Pia, who has a background in economics, advocates for the government to be tough on nations like China and Vietnam who may be producing goods using exploited labor.  The 23rd District Congressional Democratic Primary is Tuesday, June 26.
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Each day this week, Media One Group News is high-lighting one of the five candidates seeking the Democratic endorsement to run for the 23rd Congressional District against Tom Reed.  The others are Tracy Mitrano, Max Della Pia, Ian Golden, and Eddie Sundquist.
 
 
Time is running out for action on some state bills important for New Yorkers with disabilities... 
 
The legislative session ends on Wednesday, but some bills that would help people with disabilities have yet to come up for a vote. Susan Dooha, who heads the Center for Independence of the Disabled New York, says housing issues are at the top of the list. New York City has passed a law prohibiting source of income discrimination in housing. Now, Dooha says, it's time for the state to act.
 
Bill "A-10610" has the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, but it hasn't had a vote on the floor of the State Assembly and the State Senate has yet to take up the issue.  Dooha says another challenge will be getting a state law encouraging the development of new housing with first floor apartments that are affordable and accessible to people with disabilities.  She says lack of accessible housing statewide has led to homelessness and the unnecessary institutionalization of people with disabilities who could be living independently.  
 
 
Proposals to overhaul teacher regulations and add more school zone speed cameras in New York City are on the table as New York state lawmakers enter the final days of the legislative session...  
 
The Senate and Assembly hope to adjourn for the year later today.  High-profile proposals to extend the statute of limitations for child molestation, crack down on government corruption and eliminate cash bail in criminal cases aren't expected to get votes before lawmakers head home. 
 
 
The three school budgets in Chautauqua County that were rejected by voters last month will be voted on today, two of them with changes to them...  
 
School officials in Clymer say their 2018-19 budget passed.  Superintendent Ed Bailey says this budget only has a four-percent increase, which is under the state property tax cap.  The budget in Westfield includes a 1.5-percent increase and, was passed by a large margin-- 581 in favor to 267 against. The same budget was up for a vote in Ripley, which was defeated 106-YES and 264-NO. 

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News Update for Tues., June 19, 2018

Sixteen people... most from Jamestown... arrested during federal drug trafficking bust...
Sixteen people have been arrested for allegedly trafficking about $300,000 worth of methamphetime intially brought in through Mexico over the past several months.  That from Chief of the Criminal division of the U-S Attorney's Office, Joseph Karaszewski... who says 10 of them face federal drug trafficking charges following three raids that took place on Tuesday as part of "Operation Melt Down."  Karaszewski says there were three federal raids -- two in Jamestown and one in Randolph.  He adds there were also six state warrants executed during the operation.  Karaszewski says the eight people arrested on federal charges Monday face charges including conspiracy to traffic... and, distribute 50 grams or more of Meth.  He says the two leaders of the operation... Jamell Trapp and Marcus Bowman of Fredonia... were arrested Monday during a sting operation involving the U-S Postal System.  Both face several major charges... including possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.  Karaszewski says agents intercepted a package containing "high-grade" Meth from Southern California.  He says all 16 are jailed pending further court action.  Karaszewski says they began investigating the matter last November. 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 19, 2018

Jamestown firefighters were hard at work battling flames at a two-story, wood-frame house early this morning... 
 
City Fire Batallion Chief Sam Salemme says the call came in at 1:30 a.m. for a fire at 2 Vega Street. He says on firefighters' arrival, had significant fire on the first-floor that had self-vented out the front door and on the southside of house in two windows. 
 
Salemme says the property received significant fire damage, but a mother and infant daughter living there were not at home at the time of the fire. He adds the local Red Cross was called in to assist and no injuries were reported. The cause remains under investigation. 
 
 
The on-going negotiations on new water and sewer agreements between the city of Jamestown and the town of Ellicott were brought into the open during last night's City Council work session...  
 
At-large Councilman Andy Liuzzo expressed concern over whether the city was negotiating in good faith after changes were made to a proposal last Spring.  Liuzzo says he was blind-sided by the response from the town in a closed-packet he received from the city clerk.  Acting Council President Tony Dolce admonished Liuzzo for making the proposal public.
 
An angry Mayor Sam Teresi accused Liuzzo of trying to "blow up" the process by grand-standing during an open meeting about a matter that is still being negotiated.  Teresi says the two proposals were strictly that, adding that the Board of Public Utilities -- which must first ratify any agreement -- hasn't even received a final proposal to vote on yet.  Once the nine-member BPU does that, then it moves onto the City Council for final action.
 
 
A new report is revealing which New York counties have the highest rates of gun-related suicide and homicide and, one of them is just east of Chautauqua County...
  
The analysis looked at the rate of homicide and suicide in each county from 2012 to 2016 and found the highest rates in the rural upstate counties of Cattaraugus, Delaware, Allegany, Wyoming, and Sullivan.  Erie County, which includes the city of Buffalo, had the highest gun homicide rate.  The report was published Monday by a coalition of law enforcement officials, public health experts and elected officials who support a proposal to allow teachers and parents to petition a judge to remove guns from the homes of troubled students.  The bill's co-sponsor, Democratic Senator Brian Kavanagh of Manhattan, says the report shows gun deaths are a statewide problem that demands attention.
 
 
A local man is under arrest following a domestic incident involving a child at the Park and Ride on Route 60 in the town of Ellicott over the weekend...  
 
Ellicott Police report 32 year-old Joshua Brown allegedly engaged in a verbal altercation with an unknown female victim shortly after 6 p.m. last Friday.  While the victim was attempting to take their one year-old child from the vehicle, officers say Brown pulled the vehicle forward, ran over the victim's foot and, struck the victim and child with the car's door.  Brown then fled the scene, before being arrested with the help of Sheriff's officers.  He was taken to county jail and charged with second-degree harrassment, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. 
 
 
The count-down is on for the beginning of August when three major events all take place at about the same time and, thousands of people are expected in the Jamestown...  
 
August 1 will feature the grand opening of the National Comedy Center, and the start of the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in the downtown area.  There's also the start of the 16-to-18 year-old Babe Ruth World Series, with teams arriving on Thursday, August 2.  Gebbie Foundation and Center City Development Corporation Director Greg Edwards says they're in a "sprint now" to those events.
 
However, the new Double-Tree by Hilton, and Celoron Harborfront hotels won't be open by that time.  Edwards and Mayor Sam Teresi agree it's a "great problem" to have and believe they'll be ready for the influx.  In the past, the city has worked with hotels as far away as Warren and Erie, Pennsylvania and others, to accomodate people coming in for Summer events.
 
 
There are two women seeking the Democratic nomination to run in the General Election against incumbant 23rd District Congressman Tom Reed...  
 
One of them has already received the backing of the Working Families Party and Women's Equality Party.  Ithaca's Tracy Mitrano is originally from Rochester and, spent some time working in Buffalo.  Mitrano also taught the Internet and cyber-security at Cornell.  She says the two main issues for her are affordable health care, and putting public education first.
 
Mitrano says that and, the area's abundant beauty and resource, will draw people here.  She says it's important to focus more on "working people and families," and bringing them back to the region.  Mitrano has won all five 2018 Democratic straw polls by sizeable margins.  She has also drawn several attacks from her opponents, challenging her residency, and stance on certain issues.  The 23rd District Congressional Democratic Primary is a week from today, Tuesday, June 26.
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Each day this week, Media One Group News is high-lighting one of the five candidates seeking the Democratic endorsement to run for the 23rd Congressional District against Tom Reed.  The others are Linda Andrei, Max Della Pia, Ian Golden, and Eddie Sundquist.
 
 
Demolition work got underway yesterday morning on the fire-damaged clocktower in downtown Fredonia...  
 
Family Church of Fredonia Associate Pastor Scott Wise said Monday that the goal was to get the work completed in one day, then begin work on a temporary roof structure.  Temple Street has been closed from Lambert Avenue to Church Street until the work is completed.  The clock tower was severely damaged in a fire that occurred on May 4.
 
 
Chautauqua County's retired Director of Emergency Services is the new president of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs...  
 
Fredonia's Julius Leone, Junior was elected to the post during the Association's annual conference in Turning Stone last weekend.  Leone was director of the Department of Emergency Services for 15 years before retiring last year.  Leone has been a long-time member of the Fredonia Fire Department and, has served a couple of stints as it's chief.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 18, 2018

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly shoving another man into a door, and threatening him last weekend...  
 
City police say they were called to the scene on Beverly Place about 11:30 Saturday night on a report of a domestic incident.  They found that 45 year-old Richard Becker, Senior had threatened the 21 year-old victim and, violated an order of protection issued out of city court.  Officers arrested Becker for first-degree criminal contempt and, took him to the city jail pending arraignment.
 
 
State Police are continuing their investigation into a crash involving a Sports Utility Vehicle, and a motorcycle on Route 83 near Farrington Hollow Road in the town of Arkwright...  
 
Troopers say the accident occurred around 3 p.m. last Thursday.  Police in Fredonia say the SUV was apparently backing into a driveway and the motorcyclist couldn't avoid the collision.  The motorcyclist, who was not identified, was flown by Starflight to to the Erie County Medical Center with a possible broken arm and concussion.  No other details are available.
 
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello has announced that the county has joined a group that aims to save money and energy for businesses and non-profits in the county...  
 
In the joint announcement with the Energy Improvement Corporation, Borrello says the county will become the first in Western New York to join EIC's Energize NY Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) finance program.  Borrello says the move can not only help existing business in the county, but can also help bring in new businesses though a new tool that allows them to being a "better and more efficient company."  The Energy Improvement Corporation's board voted unanimously this week to accept Chautauqua County into the program.
 
 
The New York state Assembly has again endorsed a single-payer universal health care system...  
 
The Democrat-led chamber passed the measure late last week for the fourth year in a row.  Passage of the legislation is largely symbolic, however.  The Republican-led Senate is not expected to take up the measure before lawmakers adjourn for the year on Wednesday.  Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says Democrats in his chamber believe all Americans deserve a health care system that guarantees coverage for all.  The proposal would allow all New Yorkers to enroll for health coverage that comes with no network restrictions, deductibles or co-pays.  The system would use state and local funds that now go to Medicaid and other health care programs.
 
 
In New York state government news, lawmakers are wrapping up the 2018 session with a long list of measures still up for debate....  
 
Proposals to authorize and regulate sports betting at casinos and on mobile devices are a top issue.  Casino owners are urging lawmakers to act soon to catch up to states like New Jersey, which began offering wagers on athletic events Thursday.  On school safety, Republicans want more armed school security guards while Democrats favor allowing teachers and parents to ask a judge to confiscate firearms from the homes of troubled students.  Bills to overhaul teacher evaluations, eliminate cash bail in most criminal cases and extend the statute of limitations for child molestation will also get a final push.  The Senate and Assembly are scheduled to adjourn Wednesday.
 
 
One of the five Democratic candidates seeking the nomination to run against Republican Congressman Tom Reed in the upcoming primary is from Jamestown...  
 
Attorney Eddie Sundquist has been endorsed by the county's Democratic Committee for the endorsement.  During last week's annual Democratic Party Dinner in Mayville, Sundquist thanked the committee and, says he will always remember the county and it's residents.
 
Sundquist says Reed "doesn't care about Chautauqua County, and hasn't for the past seven years."  The 29 year-old Democrat was a science teacher in Philadelphia when he decided to return to the area.  He was Salutatorian for the Jamestown High School Class of 2007.  Sundquist says he roots his philosophy in what he sees as best for the "average working class constituent" in the 23rd Congressional District.  He's a supporter of single-payer healthcare systems, a strong believer in climate change and a defender of public schools.
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Each day this week, Media One Group news will be high-lighting one of the five candidates seeking the Democratic endorsement to run for the 23rd Congressional District against Tom Reed.  The others are Tracy Mitrano, Linda Andrei, Max Della Pia, and Ian Golden.
 
 
The Republican leader of the state Senate is accusing Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo of playing politics with school security...  
 
Senator John Flanagan says Cuomo isn't seriously considering the Senate's proposal to increase funding for school security upgrades and armed security officers.  The Long Island lawmaker says Cuomo is instead attacking Republicans for not backing his own proposals, saying he is "extraordinarily disdainful" of anyone who disagrees with him.  Cuomo has blamed Republicans in Washington and Albany for blocking efforts to respond to school shootings.
 
 
A former top official in the New York Democratic Party is kicking off an independent run for governor...  
 
Stephanie Miner, who's the ex-mayor of Syracuse, made her announcement in an interview with The New York Times.  Polls show Governor Andrew Cuomo with comfortable leads over actress Cynthia Nixon in the Democratic primary and Republican Dutchess County executive Marcus J. Molinaro in a general election matchup.  The Times reports Monday that the governor may now face a four-way race in November.  Nixon has already won the nomination of the Working Families Party, meaning she could stay on the ballot in the general election.
 
 
The Jamestown Board of Education is holding a Special Meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in the Superintendent's Conference Room on Martin Road... 
 
Members will call roll prior to going into Executive Session regarding Personnel Matters. In other news, Jamestown High School has announced its Graduation Commencement Ceremony will  be held this Friday, June 22 at 7 p.m. in the Chautauqua Institution Ampitheater. The JHS Baccalaureate will be held Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in SS Peter and Paul Church. 
 

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News Headlines for Sat., June 16, 2018

Hot weather arrives this weekend, especially on Father's Day...
Get ready for some real summer-like heat and humid coming to the region this weekend... especially on Father's Day.  Forecasters say temperatures will reach the 80s away from Lake Erie today and everyone will see the mid to upper 80s on Sunday.  Meteorologist Jim Mitchell of the National Weather Service says today will be the better of the two days for outdoor work.  Sunday could get kind of unbearable.  Mitchell adds, though, that the "real feel" will be into the 90s due to the arrival of some humidity.  There is a also chance of showers and thunderstorms developing on Sunday... and, Mitchell says that could lead to a slight risk of flash flooding due to heavy downpours in some isolated areas.  While it will seem hot on Sunday... he says the 93 degree record high set in 1953 is not in danger of being shattered.
 
 
Two city men indicted by federal grand jury on drug and weapons charges...
Two Jamestown-area men have been indicted by a federal grand jury on drug and firearms charges following a raid earlier this year.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Jr. says 27 year-old Tyler Craig Anderson... and, 26 year-old Robert Lincoln... are charged with conspiracy to make false statements to purchase firearms.  In addition... he says Anderson is charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana, maintaining a drug-involved premises, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes.  Prosecutors say Ellicott Police received complaints of suspected drug dealing at Anderson's Willard Street Extension home.  They later conducted undercover purchases... and, also learned that Anderson had several guns.  The raid was conducted in March... and police found cocaine, marijuana, and 14 firearms.  Kennedy says Lincoln is accused of buying at least three of the guns for Anderson.
 
 
Former County Legislator, Jamestown Democrat Joe Trusso passes away...
The voice of a giant in Chautauqua County politics has been silenced... but, he won't soon be forgotten.  Long-time Chautauqua County Legislator Joe Trusso of Jamestown passed away Thursday afternoon at the age of 86.  He was initially a member of the county's old Board of Supervisors, and was later elected to the legislature... and, chaired a number of committees.  Trusso spend nearly four decades as a county lawmaker.  He was good friends with late Legislator Tony Teresi... father of Mayor Sam Teresi.  Sam Teresi called Trusso a "great public servant."  Teresi says he could tell stories about Joe Trusso that could fill an entire day.  However... he says Trusso was "kind hearted... loved his church, loved his country... and, loved politics.  Not just the sport of politics, but, as a vehicle to do good for people in the community."  Funeral arrangments for Joe Trusso are being handled by the Lind Funeral Home in Jamestown. 
 
 
Borrello disappointed that Chautauqua County will not be receiving $20-million government efficiency grant...
Chautauqua County reached the top six last year... but, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that a Suffolk County town was the winner of the first Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition.  County Executive George Borrello says that area earned the $20-million award to reduce property taxes and modernize services.  Borrello says he was disappointed by the announcement that was delayed for several months.  He says the town of Brookhaven on Long Island, was declared the winner.  Borrello says Brookhaven has about 500,000 people.  He says, though, that taking part was a worthwhile process because county officials learned about other funding opportunities.  Borrello says he will have the county "shop" all the projects to the different funding sources from the state.  He says he will also be re-engaging the County's Regional Solutions Commission, which he chaired when he was a member of the county legislature.  He expects to set up a meeting with the various local governments that were involved in the process.
 
 
State lawmakers propose term limit legislation...
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers is pushing for term limits on all elected state offices in New York, including the Legislature.  Led by Republican Senator Joseph Griffo of Oneida County, several Senate and Assembly members held a news conference late this past week in Albany to call for passage of bills that would limit the offices of governor, state comptroller and attorney general to two four-year terms.  The lawmakers say terms for both houses of the Legislature should be capped at a total of 12 consecutive years.  Griffo says the case for finally getting term limits passed in Albany is being helped by support from Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and Republican candidate for governor Marc Molinaro.
 
 
PA man arrested for causing damage at Peek 'n Peak...
A Pennsylvania man is accused of damaging a hotel sprinkler at the Peek 'n Peak Resort and Conference Center in the town of French Creek.  Sheriff's officers say 26 year-old Alexander Mellin of Fountain Hill was a guest at the hotel back on June 10 when the damage was reported.  Deputies say the damage led to significant water damage in several rooms.  They say Mellin was issued an appearance ticket for French Creek Town Court at a later date.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 15, 2018

City firefighters were hard at work battling two separate fires in the overnight hours... 
 
That from Jamestown Fire Battalion Chief Roger Sigular, who says crews were on-scene at Farm Fresh Foods on West Third Street shortly after 10:30 p.m.. Sigular tells us that they were able to quickly put the flames out on the hood of an oven inside the grocery store. Firefighters used a ladder to climb onto the roof to search the area. Sigular says crews were on-scene until shortly after midnight. The immediate cause of how the fire started is not known yet. 
 
In addition, Sigular says another fire broke out just before 1:30 a.m. this morning at a vacant property at 426 Allen Street. Crews were on-scene there until just after 2:30. The same crews responded to the blaze. The cause remains under investigation. 
 
 
The investigation is continuing into the overnight fire that has destroyed a long-standing business in Warren, Pennsylvania...  
 
Warren Fire Lieutenant Andrew Moore says crews were called to the scene at Warren Tire Center on Pennsylvania Avenue East about 1 a.m. Thursday and, found the business fully-engulfed in flames.  Moore says one crew was still at the scene dousing hot spots late Thursday because there were hundreds of tires inside and around the building.  He adds that the Warren County 'All-Hazards' Team intially put a "containment boom" across the Allegheny River near Starbrick due to melted tire product upstream. It was taken out by Thursday afternoon.  One firefighter was treated for a minor injury.  Eight mutual aid companies assisted at the scene.
 
 
Crews will begin tearing down the fire-ravaged clock tower in downtown Fredonia next Monday after it was destroyed by fire early last month...  
 
Associate Pastor Scott Wise with Family Church of Fredonia says a contractor will remove the clock tower, which caught fire on May 4.
 
Wise says the main structure of the church building was spared from the flames, but there was heavy smoke and water damage.  He says the contractor will put up a temporary roof structure once the old one is taken down.  He says they'll then develop plans for a new tower.  Wise says it has taken time to develop a plan for taking down the clock tower because of the construction involved.  
 
 
A native of western New York is returning home to be the next president of Jamestown Community College...  
 
The college Thursday afternoon announced the State University of New York Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of Daniel DeMarte to head up JCC, beginning July 30.  JCC Vice-President Kirk Young says DeMarte -- most recently -- has been Vice-President of Academic and Student Affairs at Tidewater Community College in Virginia.
 
Young says DeMarte previously served at Genesee Community College in Batavia, then later at Macomb Community College and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.  He says the new president came from a pool of "outstanding candidates" who applied to the JCC Board of Trustees.  Young says the three finalists were all brought to campus to interviews.  Young says DeMarte graduated from Archbishop Walsh High School in Olean before moving onto Alfred State.  He received his doctorate's degree from North Carolina State University.  DeMarte replaces Cory Duckworth, who retired from JCC at the end of May.
 
 
Chautauqua County's annual Best Tasting Drinking Water contest will be held this Saturday at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood...  
 
Residents from across the county can take part in the contest that will feature a number of water systems.  Bill Boria is a Water Specialist from the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services and, helps organize the event.
 
Boria says there will be a half dozen communities taking part in this year's contest, including Jamestown, Cherry Creek, Westfiled, Mayville, Sinclairville, Frewsburg and Ripley.  The contest will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.  This also marks the 25th year of the contest.  The winner will take part in a regional competition to be held in Rochester in July.
 
 
Actress and New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon has laid out a $7.3-billion plan to boost education from preschool through college...  
 
Nixon said Wednesday that her plan would be paid for by increasing taxes on wealthy New Yorkers and corporations.  The former "Sex and the City" star is running against incumbent Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination for governor.  Nixon said New York schools that serve predominantly black and Hispanic students are underfunded and heavily policed compared with schools that serve white youngsters.  She led supporters gathered at Borough of Manhattan Community College in chanting "Schools not jails!"  A Siena poll released Wednesday shows Cuomo leading Nixon 61 percent to 26 percent among likely Democratic voters.  The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.
 
 
Court Appointed Special Advocates will benefit from a unique fundraiser on Father's Day at Panama Rocks... 
 
axe throwing.  
 
Jonathan Weston, of Panama Rocks, says 'axe throwing' involves propelling a tomahawk 12 to 18-feet, hoping to hit a bull's eye.  It's the newest addition at the park.  The preview event will be Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m., at a cost of $30 for two hours and $20 for one hour.  Weston says all of Sunday's proceeds will go to help CASA represent children in the courts.  To make a reservation or get more information on the Father's Day fundraiser, go to AxcellentAdventures.com.  Weston adds their axe throwing is completely safe and supervised.
 
 
A proposal from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allow teachers and parents to ask a court to remove firearms from the homes of troubled students is advancing in the state Legislature...  
 
The state's Democrat-led Assembly endorsed the measure on Wednesday. But it's not expected to pass the GOP-led Senate, which has proposed its own response to school shootings that include more funds for armed security.
 
 
Defending World of Outlaws Late Model Champion Brandon Sheppard took advantage of another racer's misfortune to win last night's 50-lap A-Main Feature at Stateline Speedway...  
 
Sheppard, from New Berlin, Illinois, inherited the lead when South Carolina's Chris Madden spun off a 35th-lap re-start.  Sheppard held of local regular Darrell Bossard of Centerville, Pennsylvania, who finished second.  Winfield, Tennessee's Mike Marlar was third.  A large crowd was on hand for the Outlaws first appearance at Stateline in five years.

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WJTN News Headlines for June 14, 2018

Several Warren County fire departments responded to a fully-involved structure fire at a long-time business early this morning... 
 
The Warren Times-Observer reports the Warren Tire Center was completely engulfed in flames around 1:00. The newspaper say there was also a report of possible injury to a responder.  The Warren County Sheriff's Dispatch center confirmed crews continued battling the blaze at the Pennsylvania Avenue property at 8 a.m., additional information will be released when available. 
 
 
A DeWittville man faces robbery and menacing charges after allegedly threatening multiple people with a cross-bow, and stealing property from one of the victims...  
 
Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene on Beech Hill Road in the town of Chautauqua about 6 p.m. Tuesday, and found that 25 year-old Jerome Rogerson had threatened the victims, and damaged a vehicle.  Deputies also accuse Rogerson of grabbing one person by the neck-- hurting them, and interferring with others trying to call 9-1-1.  He's also allegedly took the property from one victim before fleeing the scene.  Rogerson was later found and arrested.  He was arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court and, sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
Chautauqua County Democrats finally had a chance to say formally say farewell and, thank-you to former State Assemblyman Bill Parment...  
 
The long-time Chautauqua County Democrat returned to the area for the first time in eight years to address the party faithful at their annual Dinner at Chautauqua Institution last night.   Parment headlined the event, telling stories of past campaigns and the people he worked with.  Parment was conservative on some issues and liberal on others.  However, when people tried to label him, he said he was just "a Chautauqua County Democrat."
 
Parment, who served in the state Assembly for 28 years, touted many things that Democrats have been able to accomplish nationally and, in the county.  He says it's up to a new generation of Democrats to grab the reins from Republicans who have had a strong-hold on the 23rd Congressional District.  While there are five candidates running in the upcoming primary, he urged local party members to unite behind the winner, whoever that person is.  All five candidates were on hand and spoke to the gathering.
 
 
Lakeview Cemetery will have its first ever 'flag retirement ceremony' tonight at 6 p.m. at the new Veterans' Grove section...  
 
Cemetery General Manager Hugh Golden says the formal program has been organized by the United Veterans Council. Old U-S flags are being accepted at the Lakewview Cemetery office anytime during the day today, or at the ceremony itself shortly before it starts.  Well over a hundred flags had been presented as of Wednesday.  Anyone who wants to observe the event should gather near the 'big flag' off Marvin Parkway by 6:00 tonight.  Hugh Golden says they hope to have the 'flag retirement ceremony' every year.  
 
 
Chautauqua County officials are getting ready for the annual Best Tasting Drinking Water contest this Saturday...  
 
In the meantime, the county's Department of Health and Human Services is getting the word about a state program that offers free lead testing.  Water Specialist Bill Boria with the department says home owners should get their water tested.
 
Boria says copper pipes with soldered joints installed before 1987 is likely to contain lead.  You can get more information at health.ny.gov for more information about the free lead testing pilot program.  The drinking water contest will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood.
 
 
Lawmakers in New York have little time left if they hope to quickly follow New Jersey in authorizing sports betting...  
 
The state Legislature plans to adjourn for the year next week, giving supporters a short window to pass legislation allowing bets at casinos and on mobile devices.  While the state Senate's Republican leaders are supportive, Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has signaled reluctance, saying he isn't a "big fan" of gambling.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has expressed doubts about a bill passing this year. 
 
 
A Pennsylvania man is accused of driving with revoked driving privileges and possessing two weapons during a traffic stop in Cattaraugus County on Monday...  
 
State Police pulled over 34 year-old Martin Miller-- of Rixford-- on State Route 16 in the city of Olean.  As Miller stepped out of the vehicle for further interview... Troopers allegedly saw illegal metal knuckles inside.  Additional search revealed a loaded 45-calibur semi-automatic pistol, which he was not allowed to possess in New York state and, a small amount of cannabis.  Miller faces several charges including second and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  He was arraigned and released pending a future court appearance.
 
 
A Chautauqua County Sheriff's substation has been opened in the Pine Valley Central School District...  
 
Sheriff Joe Gerace says the substation will be "utilized by deputies for completion of reports, interviews and other law enforcement related duties..." Gerace thanked Pine Valley Superintendent Scott Payne and the Board of Education, saying this is a "win-win" for the district and Sheriff's Office.  Having the substation will provide deputies a strategic location to work from, as well as law enforcement presence for the school.
 
 
Gasoline prices have jumped nearly 60-cents nationwide over last year at this time and, with that, U-S Senator Charles Schumer says rolling back fuel mileage standards for new vehicles is a big "mistake."  The New York Democrat says he has sent a letter as Senate Minority Leader to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt urging him to reinstate mileage standards set six years ago.....
 
However, Schumer admits it'll be a tough "road to hoe" because Pruitt has shown during his time in public service that he's more of a "friend" to big oil than the consumer who has to pay more for that gas.  He says the standards for moving towards more fuel-efficient vehicles included new cars, sports utility vehicles and, light trucks.  For the short-term, he says the only other way to bring down gas prices is for President Trump to "jaw-bone" big oil producing nations like Saudi Arabia and Russia. 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 13, 2018

A car-pedestrian accident that occured on Jamestown's southside Tuesday morning sent a young boy to the hospital...  
 
City police confirm the accident occured about 7:45 a.m. at the corner of Foote and Cole Avenues.  Officers say the child was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment.  No other details have been released at this time. 
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed heard from those who utilize the Chautauqua Works program during a visit to the city of Dunkirk Tuesday afternoon...  
 
Five people who use the services spoke with Reed when he stopped by the Central Avenue office and told him first-hand how the program has been helping them in their search for new jobs.  Reed says new employment figures show there are more jobs openings than unemployed workers across the nation.
 
Executive Director Katie Geise with Chautauqua Works, says it was helpful for the Congressman to hear from people who are using the services.  While she can talk about the nuts and bolts of the program, those who have benefitted from the program give the best input.  Reed says people want work, but the government needs to do a better job of giving them the opportunity to succeed.  
 
 
The historic Singapore Summit between President Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un was a success, but is just the start of work towards denuclearation of the Korean peninsula...  
 
Those are the feelings of local Congressman Tom Reed, who says he is "cautiously optimistic" that Kim will make a "good faith" effort to hold up his end of the agreement.  Reed adds, though, that if Kim is not serious about eliminating his arsenal, the consequences will be grave.  He says the U-S reciprocated by commiting to end military exercises with South Korea.
 
The discussions wrapped up early Tuesday morning (Eastern Time) with the signing of an agreement between Kim and President Trump.  While the U-S committed to ending it's war games, Reed said there will be no reduction in the just over 28,000 U-S Soldiers stationed near the Korean De-Militarized Zone.  He believes that both North Korea, and it's strongest ally, China, are convinced that if the situation is not solved peacefully, the military option will be used "to remove the threat."  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
The Lakewood Farmers' market has a new manager, a new day, a new location, and a new name... 
 
The 'Lakewood Farmers' and Artisans' Market' will be run by Harriet Sessler, and she says they will open this Thursday, June 13 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.,across from Hartley Park. Ten vendors have signed up, offering fresh produce, baked goods, meats, and honey.  Jewelry, soaps, photographs and postcards will also be available.  Sessler adds, part of Terrace Avenue will be closed for the market hours from the end of Chautauqua Avenue and Packard Avenue.  On days when there is evening entertainment in Hartley Park, vendors will have the option to stay open until 7:00.  
 
 
A Conewango Valley woman is jailed on $10,000 bail after allegedly breaking into a business in the village of Falconer Monday morning...  
 
Ellicott Town Police accuse 26 year-old Caitlin Arnold of burglarizing Kozy Corner's Kleaning just before 7:30 a.m. and, damaging property there.  She was arraigned in Jamestown City Court on one count of burglary and sent to the county lock-up pending further court action.
 
 
A new hockey team is coming to play in Jamestown... 
 
The Northwest Arena is welcoming the 'Rebels' to play their home games at the West Third Street venue for their 2018-19 season.  The Rebels come to Western New York from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a record of 41 wins and 15 losses this past season.  President of the Southern Tier Xpress Jim Cirbus calls the expansion a "dream come true."
 
Cirbus says the Rebels have won their Eastern Division Championship three-years running and, have been in the Championship Cup a few times. Training camp will run from July 6-8 and is open to the public.  In addition, the Rebels are currently looking for host families for the upcoming season.  For more information, visit the Northwest Arena's facebook page.  
 
 
Jamestown motorists are still paying high prices at the pump this week...  
 
The AAA's latest Gas Price Report says prices in the area held steady at $3.04 per gallon of regular, unleaded fuel.  However, prices have dropped $2.03-dollars 7-cents on average statewide.  On the national front, gas price averages have dropped four-cents to $2.92 since the beginning of June.  Today's national price at the pump is 58-cents higher compared to this time last year.  
 
 
A New York man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for trying to join the Islamic State group, despite telling the judge he only wanted to provide humanitarian aid to Syrians...  
 
The U.S. District Court judge told Arafat Nagi on Monday he found his humanitarian claims hard to believe in light of graphic social media posts of Islamic State violence and a photo of Nagi posing with an assault rifle.  Nagi pleaded guilty to trying to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

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WJTN News Headlines for June 12, 2018

History was made last night as American President Donald Trump met face-to-face with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and, predicted that he and Un will have "a terrific relationship"...  
 
After an initial 35-minute meeting with Kim, Trump said he feels the session went "really great."  Local Congressman Tom Reed says the series of meetings between the two are critical, especially for the North Korean leader.
 
Reed says he first became optimitic that the meeting would take place after a senior North Korean leader hand-delivered a letter from Kim Jong Un to President Trump last week.  Trump said "we're going to have a great discussion and a terrific relationship."  Kim says through an interpreter that it "was not easy to get here" and that there "were obstacles but we overcame them to be here."
 
 
The process of naming the new National Comedy Center in Jametown the United States' "official" home of comedy now has a second supporter in Congress...  
 
There is now a House sponsor for federal legislation making the designation in local Congressman Tom Reed.  Comedy Center Board President Tom Benson says the move is a "major milestone" for the effort.  Reed says the bill is similar to the one introduced earlier this year by U-S Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and, he adds that it's appropriate that Jamestown have that distinction.
 
Reed says the designation will put the National Comedy Center on a "par" with such places as the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio and, the Baseball Hall of Fame a few hours to the east in Cooperstown.  Gebbie Foundation Executive Director Greg Edwards says their studies estimate that the center will have a $20-million impact on the Western New York economy.
 
 
The weed and other aquatic plantlife in Chautauqua Lake is about three-weeks behind where it should be and, that's helped hold down weed growth in the lake this year...  
 
That from Chautauqua Lake Association Executive Director Doug Conroe during yesterday's annual meeting of the CLA held at Chautauqua Institution's Atheneaum Hotel.  Conroe says Eurasian Milfoil continues to be a problem in some areas, but not what it was like a few years ago.
 
The weevil insects that are native to Chautauqua Lake have helped keep the milfoil in check the past couple of years.  Conroe says the lake is about "three-weeks behind" as far as weed growth is concerned.  What is growing moreso this year, he says, is a more "native plant" called Elodea. Conroe says that's been the main focus of the CLA's mechanical weed harvesting efforts the past couple of years.  He adds that, so far, the Harmful Algal Blooms have not made an appearance on the lake.
 
 
The Jamestown City Council approved the new temporary location of the county's bus system to Pine Street... 
 
In a special meeting Monday evening, council members voted on allowing the Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System--- also known as CARTS-- to move the West Second Street hub to the area around the South County Office Building. The move came after some discussion of what time streets signs should read notifying motorists of when transit buses are parked along the street. The council passed a resolution to allow for CARTS parking from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. CARTS officials say the move is needed with the current streetscape project on West Second Street, and the grand opening of the National Comedy Center in early August.
 
 
There are opportunities to expand deer hunting in the areas around Jamestown during next Fall's hunting season, which may allow for a bigger harvest of the animals...  
 
That from At-Large City Councilman Andrew Liuzzo, who says he's continued his discussions with the state Department of Environmental Conservation about the matter.  Liuzzo recently told council members that, under the law, hunters can now apply for up to four additional tags and, says he posted the information on his Facebook page.
 
Liuzzo says landowners in the DEC Area "9-J" can apply for the additional permits, which can then be assigned to hunters.  He says it allows hunters to shot and harvest more deer.  Liuzzo says it's "a start..." and, will allow some additional hunting in wooded areas around the city to help thin the herd.  Ward Six Councilman Tom Nelson says he currently receives more calls on the deer population issue than any other.  He agrees it's a good place to start.
 
 
A New York state senator wants to use cameras to catch motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses...  
 
Republican Senator Cathy Young's proposal would allow the cameras to be mounted on the stop arm of a bus and record any car that passes when the arm is extended.  The Olean Republican says the evidence from the cameras could be used to issue tickets to motorists who break the law.  She cited studies estimating that drivers around New York state pass school buses thousands of times each day.  She says similar proposals have been introduced in state legislatures around the country as a way to crack down on motorists who put children at risk.  Young and other supporters plan to discuss the legislation at a press conference Tuesday.

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WJTN News Headlines for June 11, 2018

Four people are jailed, three of them following a raid at a home on the city of Jamestown's northside last Friday...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they were assisted by several agencies in executing a search warrant at 9 Crossman Street about 1 p.m. Friday.  He did not provide details, but says three people were taken into custody during the raid.  Samuelson says one other was arrested on a Felony warrant after he was spotted on the street, and chased to a location on Prendergast Avenue.  City police were assisted by the JPD SWAT Team, State Police and, the U-S Postal Inspector Service. 
 
 
A Mayville man is jailed on $5,000 on mulitple warrants has been arrested in the town of Chautauqua on drug possession charges...  
 
Sheriff's deputies say they did a warrant check at a home on Chautauqua Street and, found 39 year-old Michael Watson inside.  Officers say Watson was wanted on warrants out of Busti and Ellicott town courts.  They say further investigation showed that Watson was in possession of a controlled substance, and he was also charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was arraigned in Busti Town Court and, sent to the county lock-up.  Watson will also appear in Ellicott and Chautauqua Town Courts at a later date.
 
 
Invasive weeds in about 100-acres of Chautauqua Lake will be treated over the next two days with herbicides...  
 
The state Department of Environmental Conservation granted permits for the towns of Ellery, Busti and North Harmony to head up the program, which will involve applying the herbicide in the lake's southern basin.  County lawmakers decided not to provide added funding for the program and Executive George Borrello says they are focusing money on trying to get to the root problem of the weeds.
 
Borrello adds they are also supporting streambank stabilization, and helping farmers to stop fertilizers from getting into the lake and, feeding the weeds.  Originally, the DEC permitted the towns to treat 191-acres.  However, the CLP was only able to raise half of the 500-thousand dollars they needed to treat those areas.  Borrello says, while he believes in a "reasonable" and limited use of herbicides, there is not yet consensus to do that. 
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The three towns involved will start Herbicide application at 7 this morning and, continue through much of the day.  The largest area -- about 50-acres -- is in the town of Ellery.  There are just over 39-acres in Busti and, about 19-acres in North Harmony.  There may be a second day of application Tuesday.  The DEC says there should be no swimming, fishing and animal consumption of lake water in those areas for 24 hours after treatment. 
 
 
In New York state government news, the state Senate is beset by gridlock as Republicans hold on to power by the thinnest of margins....  
 
With one member away on military duty... Republicans are relying on the support of a renegade Democrat to stay in control.  But with the chamber split, Democrats are demonstrating they can shut down work when they choose.  The deadlock prevented votes on several bills last week and forced Democrats and Republicans into an uneasy detente.  Meanwhile, sports gambling supporters are making a final push before the session ends in two weeks.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has said there isn't time to craft the complicated regulations for sports betting.  But others hope to include sports betting in a final session-ending deal.
 
 
More than a hundred friends gathered with Ruth Lundin at the Audubon Community Nature Center Friday to celebrate her retirement as the center's President... 
 
Lundin said she was excited for Audubon as it 'catapaults to another level' and for herself, because she'll get to attend to some things that had 'to take the back burner.'  She said everyone who worked with her has improved the center and has been improved by it. Lundin has led the Audubon for nineteen years. A new President has not yet been named for the Riverside Road facility.  
 
 
It was quite the scene Saturday afternoon at the front door of the James Prendergast Library in Jamestown...  
 
Young people were reading aloud to an audience that included attentive dogs.  A hotdog sale and a petting zoo were occurring at the same time.  It was all part of the third annual Jim Roselle Read-a-thon. The event is named for the late Jim Roselle, a longtime WJTN announcer, and fan of the library.  The Prendergast's Executive Director, Tina Scott, says Roselle would have been right at home. The read-a-thon is held in conjunction with the library's quarterly book sale.  Tina Scott says the next big project at the Prendergast is the major replacement of leaking windows.  
 
 
A Dunkirk man has pled guilty to federal charges of cocaine possession and trafficking in U-S District Court in Buffalo...  
 
Assistant U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior has announced that 30 year-old Fred Santiago entered the plea before federal Judge Frank Geraci, Junior to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, five kilograms or more of cocaine.  Prosecutors say between July of 2016 and early May of 2017, Santiago conspired with co-defendant Michael Pacheco to distribute 'kilogram quantities' of cocaine in and around the region.  The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life and a $10-million fine.  Sentencing is scheduled for next September 20.
 
 
Dunkirk School officials have sent a letter to the city in an effort to continue discussions over establishing a school resource officer for the new school year...  
 
That's the word from Superintendent James Tracy following a recent Dunkirk School Board workshop meeting.  Dr. Tracy says the budget approved by voters earlier this month includes funding for the position. Off-duty officers have been volunteering to handle the duties on a temporary basis through the rest of this school year.  Dr. Tracy hopes an agreement can be reached soon in order to have someone on board by the start of the 2018-19 school year in September.

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News Headlines for Sat., June 9, 2018

JPD conducts raid at Crossman St. home, details not released...
Four people have been arrested -- three of them during a raid at a home on Jamestown's northside yesterday afternoon.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they were assisted by several agencies in executing a search warrant at 9 Crossman Street about 1 PM Friday.  He would not provide details... but, says three people were taken into custody during the raid.  Samuelson says one other was arrested on a Felony warrant after he was spotted on the street.  He was later arrested on Prendergast Avenue.  City police were assisted by the JPD SWAT Team... State Police... and, the U-S Postal Inspector Service.  Samuelson says details will be released next week.
 
 
Domestic incident leads to arrest in Jamestown...
A Jamestown man faces unlawful imprisonment and assault charges following a domestic incident on the city's southside Thursday night.  City police say they responded to the area of South Main Street and Prather Avenue shortly after 11:30 p.m. for an injured female.  While making contact with the unidentified female victim.... officers determined she had been struck in the face by the alleged suspect...  23 year-old Claude Wine, Jr.  Wine is also accused of preventing the victim from leaving the residence as she was trying to yell for help.  Officers located Wine on Broadhead Avenue... and, he was arrested without incident.  He's being held in city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
Quattrone officially receives County Republican Committee endorsement...
Retired Chautauqua County Sheriff's Lieutenant Jim Quattrone has been endorsed by the county's Republican Committee as their candidate for Sheriff in his challenge against incumbant Democrat Joe Gerace.  Quattrone... who is from Lakewood... says it's exciting to receive the endorsement... though they were "kind of expecting it."  He says he had been working with the GOP since starting the effort in March.  Quattrone has 30-years in law enforcement experience and training.... which he believes appealed the most to the Republican Committee.  He currently serves as Executive Director of the UCAN City Mission.... and says he's been an instructor at Zone-13 Police Training Academy for the past 28 years.  He says he is currently seeking to secure the Conservative and the Independence Party lines on the ballot.  Quattrone announced his campaign for Sheriff in early March.  The general election will take place on Nov. 6.
 
 
Dunkirk Man pleads guilty to federal drug charges...
A Dunkirk man has pled guilty to federal charges of cocaine possession and trafficking in U-S District Court in Buffalo.  Assistant U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior has announced that 30 year-old Fred Santiago entered the plea before federal Judge Frank Geraci, Jr. to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, five kilograms or more of cocaine.  Prosecutors say between July of 2016 and early May of 2017... Santiago conspired with co-defendant Michael Pacheco to distribute 'kilogram quantities' of cocaine in and around the region.  They say Santiago obtained the cocaine from a source in New York City.  During a May 2nd, 2017 drug raid... agents found about 640 grams of cocaine... 39 grams of marihuana... and, seized four drug scales, $44,000 in cash, $2,000 in money orders... and other drug-related items.  The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life and a $10-million dollar fine.  Sentencing is scheduled for next Sept. 20.
 
 
Young moving forward on NRG repowering effort, despite latest road-block...
The state lawmaker who has led the way in getting the NRG Power Plant in Dunkirk repowered says she remains hopeful that they will be able to overcome the latest hurdle that's holding up the project.  NRG officials earlier this week indicated that the New York Independent Systems Operator wanted them to pay an interconnection charge of over $100-million dollars.  State Senator Cathy Young says she believes there are ways around the charge that was much more costly that originally expected.  Young says she's got some ideas to put in front of the ISO, because the Dunkirk community and county's futures are at stake.  Young has be leading the push on the repowering project since it was first proposed in 2012.  She says unified support that's been shown over the years remains important to the project... and, she reminds residents that Governor Cuomo has thrown his support behind the repowering project.  In January... Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul reaffirmed Cuomo's support for the project during a visit to Dunkirk and had indicated that the plant's conversion would be completed by 2020. 
 
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 8, 2018

A teenager from Jamestown is being treated at a region hospital after she was struck by a pick-up truck while riding her bike on the city's eastside late Thursday afternoon...  
 
City police say the unidentified teen was riding in the area of Winsor and Chandler Streets about 4:30 p.m. when the accident occured.  Details have not yet been released.  Officers say the girl suffered back, neck and head injuries.  She was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital.  The driver of the truck was not hurt.  No charges have been filed.  The accident remains under investigation.
 
 
Chautauqua County's top-elected official is blasting a state agency that is responsible for coordinating getting power to New York's electric grid...  
 
County Executive George Borrello is critical of the state's Independent System Operator for reportedly saying it will cost more than $100-million to get the repowered NRG plant in Dunkirk "interconnected" with the grid.  Borrello says he's not sure what role the Cuomo administration may have in this, because of the governor's stated goal for using renewable energy in 12 more years.
 
The NRG Plant, which is currently mothballed, would be converted to natural gas from coal by the time it's supposed to be back "online" by 2020.  However, NRG spokesman David Gaier said late this week that the company is also facing a push back in the project's ability to deliver power to as late as 2024.  Borrello says NYISO's mission is supposed to be about maintaining affordable electric rates, but he says it's failed because New York has the eighth highest electric rates in the U-S. 
 
 
State Senator Cathy Young, who has played a major role in the repowering of the NRG Plant, says it's "outrageous" that the Independent System Operator is saying it will cost $100-million to connect with the state's power grid... 
 
The Olean Republican says the project has been "a high priority and the focus of years of intense negotiations, planning and investment on the part of NRG leadership, state and local officials and stakeholders throughout the community."  Young adds that "to spring" this on NRG now, with the process moving into it's final stages, is "reprehensible and raises many questions about NYISO's methods and analysis."  She says loss of the NRG plant would be devastating to the city of Dunkirk, it's school district, and the county.  Young also NYISO officials to join in the effort in "good faith."
 
 
The Chautauqua Theater Company will get to leave the confines of the institution this Summer to put on five performances of the Shakespeare play "As You Like It"...  
 
Two of those will be part of the city of Jamestown's "Summer Peformance Series" at Allen Park.  During Wednesday's announcement that there will be 11 shows at the Gorenson Bandshell, the Company's Artistic Associate, Sarah Wansley, said Director Andrew Borba first brought up the idea last year.
 
Wansley says the group's first performance will actually be on Bestor Plaza at the institution on opening day, at 5 PM on Sunday, June 24.  The first performance at Allen Park will be on Thursday, June 28.  She says the 90-minute show will also go to Southern Tier Brewing Company and, Lakeside Park in Mayville.  The second performance at Allen Park in Jamestown will be held on Wednesday, August 15.  The program at Lakeside Park will be on Thursday, August 2.  For more information on the Chautauqua Theater Company, visit CTCompany.org. 
 
 
Chautauqua County's Congressman says any proposed law that would take guns away from potentially "dangerous" people must be met with certain standards that don't violate second-amendment rights...  
 
Corning Republican Tom Reed made the comments late Wednesday when asked about Governor Cuomo's proposal of a "Red Flag" bill that would allow teachers, police officers, and family members to seek a court order to remove guns from the homes of troubled persons.
 
During his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media, Reed added that he would like to see people focus on the "why?" of gun violence, because he believe people will be more inclined to bring people together to find solutions.  Cuomo advanced the bill Tuesday in an effort to reduce school shootings.
 
 
Members of the Chamber of Commerce and the Visitors Bureau got a preview look at the National Comedy Center Thursday night...  
 
Executive Director, Journey Gunderson, says work on each of the high-tech and interactive exhibits is nearing completion.  The center will open on August 1.  General admission will be $23.50, with a discount for Chautauqua County residents.  A year-long membership is just $50.  Journey Gunderson says there's another special opportunity for people who live here, volunteer as a docent.  More information is available at comedycenter.org.
 
 
The smell of barbecue ribs are tantalizing taste buds in and around Celoron for the next few days...  
 
Kicking off the summer season, Ellicot Town Supervisor and Rib Fest Committe Member Pat McLaughlin says the 2018 Rib Fest in Celoron is underway.  The event takes place around Lucille Ball Memorial Park and, McLaughlin adds this family-friendly event on the lake has "the best ribs you can find."
 
There are five returning Ribbers this year including Sargeant Oink's BBQ, My Happy Place, Smokin' Joe's Hog Wild BBQ, After House BBQ and, Pigfoot.  In addition to rib platters with all the fixings, McLaughlin says live bands playing throughout the day, a "Kids Zone..." and bouncy houses are available for children.  There will be fireworks Saturday night at 10:00. For more information, go to CeloronRibfest.com.
 
 
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, the first openly gay House member from New York, says he's running for state attorney general...  
 
The 51-year-old Democrat from the Hudson Valley announced Wednesday that he's seeking election as the state's top legal officer to go after the "crooks" in the White House, Albany and corporate suites.  Maloney is the latest Democrat to announce a campaign for attorney general since two-term incumbent Democrat Eric Schneiderman suddenly resigned last month.

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WJTN News Headlines for June 7, 2018

Jamestown police are looking for the person who shot and wounded another man during a disturbance on the city's eastside early Tuesday night...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the scene at 47 Bowen Street shortly after 7 p.m. for a person being shot in the leg. He says the victim was transported to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment. He is currently listed in stable condition. Samuelson says police are not identifying the victim at this time.  He did say it was a male in his 20s.  There's also been no identification on the alleged shooter, but Samuelson says they have talked with some witnesses, and the victim himself and, they have some leads.  He says the victim was targeted.  If you have any information on the incident, you can call city police at 483-7537 or their Tips-line at 483-TIPS (8477).  You can also contact JPD through their Tips 4-1-1 app.  Police say all calls will be kept confidential.
 
 
A 2-year-old Silver Creek boy is home with his family -- safe and sound -- after he wandered away from his home late Wedneday afternoon...  
 
Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Route 5 about 4:30 p.m. after the child, who was seen on the family's deck, took off while his mother stepped away momentarily.  Deputies say the mother frantically searched her yard and home without success and, she called 9-1-1.  Officers responded and called in several other police and rescue personnel to assist in the search of the immedidate area.  Just before starting a massive ground search... Silver Creek Firefighters located the child south of the railroad tracks in a ravine, about a 1.5-miles from his home.  He was frightened, but, not hurt and was quickly re-united with his family.
 
 
A Dunkirk man will be sentenced in August after he was found guilty of charges in connection with a kidnapping that occurred at the Fredonia Wal-Mart on Route 60 in August of 2016...  
 
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson held a news conference yesterday morning, announcing that 39-year-old Samuel Saeli was convicted of second-degree kidnapping and second-degree "based on sexual motivation."  Saeli was arrested by Fredonia Police for kidnapping a 13-year-old autistic boy in the store's parking lot.  Swanson was pleased with the results of the trial. The case was first tried last September.  Swanson says both charges carry a potential penalty of 8 to 25 years, with post release ranging from 10 to 20 years.  The D-A also indicated that there may be federal charges pending, but he would not comment on that case.  
 
 
The organization that presents 'Fluvanna Fest' every Father's Day Weekend faces some special challenges this year...
 
Fluvanna Community Historical Society board member, Rea Bobula, said she came in the door and saw the water; she thought the Historical Society was "over".  One Monday in the winter, Archivist Mary Turney walked into their building-- the old Fluvanna church-- and found running water from a split pipe that ran down into the basement ankle deep.
 
None of the society's artifacts were damaged, but they won't be able to use the building for this year's 'Fluvanna Fest' on June 16.  All the other usual events will occur, and board member Dottie Muzzy hopes people will come, she says they need a fundraiser.  More information on 'Fluvanna Fest' can be found on Facebook, or at runsignup.com.
 
 
Warren County's only K-9 police dog will be laid to rest following a fatal training accident Tuesday evening... 
 
The Warren Times Observer reports K-9 "Choper" died shortly after midnight Wednesday as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. The paper says Choper was originally born in Holland and was sworn in as part of the force in May 2015 with his handler Scott Neiswonger of the Conewango Township  Police Department. Flags will fly half-staff today in honor of K-9 Choper. 
 
 
 
What has been known as the city of Jamestown's Summer Concert Series at Allen Park has been expanded and, will be known this year as the "Summer Performance Series"... 
 
That from City Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley, who unveiled this year's schedule of events at the Goranson Bandshell yesterday afternoon.  Ciesla-Hanley says they are adding the group "Pearl City Jazz" and the Chautauqua Theater Company to the schedule. The opening performance of the weekly series will be next Wednesday night, June 13, at 7 p.m. with the annual performance by the Jamestown High School Concert Band.  Band Director Megan Murray says they're excited to again take part because they get to do more "popular, upbeat" music.  She adds a lot of the tunes will be recognizable.  The following week, Ciesla-Hanley says "Pearl City Jazz" will be up the following week and, the Municipal Band-- under the direction of Rick Lundquist-- will perform the following week at 7:00. 
 
 
The annual Catholic Charities Appeal has again gone into overtime, but meeting the $11-million goal has been a struggle this year...  
 
Diocesan Director Sister Mary McCarrick admits part of it is due to the sex abuse scandal involving several priests over the past three decades.  However... McCarrick adds that Catholic Charities is a separate entity that operates under the Diocese of Buffalo's umbrella and, none of the money raised will be used for settlements.  But, she says it will help victims of sexual abuse.
 
McCarrick says they have raised just over $10-million of the $11-million goal for 2018.  This year's theme is "Love Your Neighbor."  McCarrick says Catholic Charities helped about 150,000 people over the past year in Western New York and about 14,400 of those were in Chautauqua County.  She says the help runs the gamut from the basices with short term housing and food, to counseling.  McCarrick says they have two offices in Chautauqua County, one in Jamestown.  For more information, go online to CCWNY.org.  The appeal runs through June 30.
 
 
Cynthia Nixon says state lawmakers shouldn't rush regulations to permit sports betting in New York state...  
 
The Democratic candidate for governor told reporters in Albany Monday that she's not "a big fan" of gambling and urged lawmakers to take their time with the regulations.  The Legislature is now considering permitting sports wagering after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a ban on sports betting in most states.  The "Sex and the City" star and longtime political activist also announced that she supports calls for supervised injection facilities, where addicts can shoot up under the eye of medical professionals who can intervene in case of an overdose. 
 
 
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, the first openly gay House member from New York, says he's running for state attorney general...  
 
The 51-year-old Democrat from the Hudson Valley announced Wednesday that he's seeking election as the state's top legal officer to go after the "crooks" in the White House, Albany and corporate suites.  Maloney is the latest Democrat to announce a campaign for attorney general since two-term incumbent Democrat Eric Schneiderman suddenly resigned last month amid allegations that he physical and verbally abused four women he had dated.  New York City Public Advocate Letitia James was nominated as the party's candidate at the Democratic state convention last month.  Former gubernatorial candidate and Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout launched her campaign Tuesday.  Maloney was first elected to Congress in 2012. He and his husband have three children.
 
 
Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout is launching her Democratic campaign for New York attorney general with a promise to crack down on potential conflicts of interest in President Donald Trump's business empire...  
 
Teachout says that if elected she would litigate aggressively against Trump, using the vast power of the office as a "sword, not just a shield."  Teachout, a former New York gubernatorial candidate, is a leader of a watchdog group that has taken Trump to court over the constitutional emoluments clause.  She announced her candidacy outside the headquarters of the Trump Organization at Trump Tower.  Teachout faces several candidates in the attorney general race, including New York City Public Advocate Letitia James. 
 
 
An unsubstantiated threat was made online against Jamestown High School last week...  
 
In a statement released Wednesday, JHS Principal Mike McElrath says "there have been conversations and posts on social media about a potential threat made to Jamestown High School.  The threat made last week to the high school was handled swiftly by the JPS administration and the Jamestown Police Department."  McElrath adds, there is no credible threat to JHS and the school was never put into a lockdown. 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 6, 2018

One person was injured following a shooting on Bowen Street Tuesday night... 
 
The Jamestown Post-Journal reports the incident occurred in front of 47 Bowen Street near Peach Street around 7:15. The paper says the unidentified man was transported by ambulance to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment. His injures are considered non-life threatening. City Police dispatch tells us the shooting remains under investigation this morning and, no arrests have been made. 
 
 
Two city residents face charges following a domestic incident at a Tower Street residence Monday night...  
 
Jamestown police responded to the property for an alleged assault and found 54 year-old Richard Harmon assaulted an unidentifed male with a baseball bat.  He was arraigned, and jailed without bail in Mayville for first-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  During the course of the investigation, officers also determined 32 year-old Jessica Harmon had been involved in a domestic incident with an undentified male and female.  She was released on bail for third-degree assault and second-degree harassment. 
 
 
The city of Jamestown is getting an up to $200,000 grant from a national organization that helps local communities bring a "balance" of fun and activity to the lives of children on the northside...  
 
Near the end of Monday's night's City Council work session, Mayor Sam Teresi announced that KaBoom! has told officials they'll be getting the money to completely renovate the aged Chadakoin Park playground area.  Teresi says while city Parks officials sheparded the effort, it was the work of the northside community that made the difference.
 
Teresi says the city's work on the project began back in March, when the firm "Parkitects" urged Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley and, Parks Manager John Williams to apply for the funding.  The news was especially gratifying to Councilwoman Vickeye James, who has been a staunch supporter of projects benefitting the northside area where she lives.  Teresi says KaBoom! and Parkitect leaders will be in the community for three meetings on Tuesday, June 12.
 
 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he wants to allow teachers to ask a judge to remove guns from the homes of troubled students...  
 
The Democrat said on Tuesday that he will introduce the idea as legislation.  He acknowledged it will face criticism from Republicans.  Under the measure, teachers and school administrators would have legal standing to petition a court to remove any firearms from the homes of students considered a threat to themselves or others.  Teachers unions say it's a better way to prevent school shootings than arming teachers.  Cuomo's proposal isn't likely to pass the Republican-led state Senate, especially with only two weeks before lawmakers adjourn for the year.  The governor also wants to raise the minimum age to buy firearms from 18 to 21.
 
 
The countdown is underway to the end of session for the state legislature in Albany...  
 
The Assembly is looking to wrap up work on June 20.  With about two weeks remaining, Cattaraugus County Assemblyman Joe Giglio says there are some remaining issues, including the legalization of sports betting.  Another concern for Giglio, how will the revenues be used by the state.  He says he would like any new revenues to go for school safety and security across the state.  Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre visited the state Capitol on Monday, telling reporters he was in Albany on behalf of the league to discuss the issue.
 
 
With a political stalemate resolved -- for now -- lawmakers in the New York state Senate have passed legislation to crack down on those who drive under the influence of synthetic drugs...  
 
That bill, which now moves to the Assembly, makes it illegal to operate a vehicle while impaired by any designer or synthetic drug. The chamber passed the measure and dozens of other bills on Monday.  Last week, political squabbles between Democrats and Republicans caused work to briefly stop. Republicans control the Senate, but currently do not have a working majority, giving both parties the power to block anything the other party wants to do.  Lawmakers plan to adjourn for the year June 20.
 
 
There is still a big need for host families for the 16 to 18-year-old Babe Ruth World Series that's coming to Jamestown in early August...  
 
The local Babe Ruth World Series committee is putting out a call for about 30 more host families to go with the 30 they already have.  That from Host Family Committee Co-Chairwoman Kathy McMaster, who says being a host family is both fun and rewarding.  She says the commitment is for the Thursday before the Series start on August 2, until the team is done with the series.
 
McMaster knows how great an experience it is because she and her husband, Rich, have hosted several players through the years.  She says the players will arrive with their teams on August 2 and, each host family will house two players from the same team.  The World Series runs from August 4-11.  For more information on being a host family, call Kathy McMaster at 488-0928.
 
 
A Brocton man has been arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated by drugs in the town of Gerry...  
 
State Police responded to the report of a male subject stumbling around and knocking items over in a Country Fair convenience store.  However, the man was driving away when Troopers arrived.  The suspect, identified as 32 year-old Marcus Watters, was pulled over on Route 60 after committing a traffic violation.  Police say multiple hypodermic needles were reportedly in plain view inside the vehicle as Watters got out to perform sobriety tests.  A search of the vehicle revealed three bags containing a combined total of nine grams of heroin, eight hypodermic needles and, a pipe containing marijuana residue.  Watters was arrested, and will appear in court later.
 
 
A Republican bill to relax regulations on the shallow oil and gas drilling that has gone on in Pennsylvania for more than a century is moving ahead in the Legislature despite opposition from Democratic Governor Tom Wolf...  
 
The GOP-majority House voted 111 to 84 on Tuesday for a proposal that covers permits, rules for wells, spills and enforcement for drilling that does not include the much deeper wells tapping into the Marcellus shale formation.  Backers say the bill is needed because conventional well operators can't afford to meet tougher standards designed for Marcellus shale production.  The Wolf administration says it's strongly opposed, warning it would harm the environment and lessen landowner protections.  Eighteen Republicans , mostly from the Philadelphia suburbs, voted no, while 12 Democrats supported it. 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 5, 2018

The county's bus system is asking the city of Jamestown to allow them to move their hub temporarily to the eastside of Pine Street until late this Summer...  
 
The City Council's Public Works and Public Safety Committees both briefly discussed the matter during last night's meetings and, further discussed discussed the later work session.  Public Works Committee Chairman Tom Nelson says CARTS would be using one side of a one-block area.
 
Public Safety Committee Chairwoman Maria Jones noted the hub area would be next to the South County Office Building.  Mayor Sam Teresi says there would be signage put in place for the time period CARTS will use those spaces.  Teresi says the parking spaces would be used by CARTS from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Fridays.  He adds that public parking would be available evenings and, weekends until the hub moves back to West Second Street on September 1. 
 
 
A hand-full of Jamestown residents were on-hand to voice their feelings about the city's 2018 Action Plan for it's Community Development Block Grant and HOME Program allocation....  
 
The city is receiving just over $1.1-milion in CDBG funding and, just over $326,000 in HOME funding.  City Development Director Vince DeJoy says they have some new initiatives this year, including some projects involving the UCAN men's shelter on West First Street.  He says there will be structural and exterior improvements.  In addition to the UCAN structural project, DeJoy says the CDBG funding will also be used to do some owner-occupied code issues in the North Main Street corridor.  He says that includes some of the "numbered streets" just off North Main.  
 
 
There's "good progress" being reported today on construction of the North Chautauqua Lake Sewer District's Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements project...  
 
County Executive George Borrello says the $3.9-million project is being undertaken in response to the state Department of Environmental Conservation's permit requirements and the Total Daily Maximum Load for phosphorus that has been established for Chautauqua Lake.  District Director Scott Cummings says the project "is designed to achieve 90-percent removal of phosphorus from the North end of Chautauqua Lake and the Village of Mayville's wastewater effluent."  The planning and design of the project was handled by O'Brien & Gere Engineers and the construction is by EE Austin, a local contractor.  Borrello says the project is now expected to be completed by this Fall and, will be key in upgrading our current system to improve the health and water quality of Chautauqua Lake."
 
 
Local drug agents seized about 64-grams of cocaine during a raid early last weekend in the city of Dunkirk...  
 
Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force last Friday executed a search warrant at 103 Maple Avenue and, arrested 45 year-old Ivan Soto, Senior, without incident.  Task Force agents say they also seized scales and packaging materials used to sell cocaine.  Soto is charged with two counts each of third-and-fourth-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.  He was taken to the Dunkirk City Jail pending arraignment.  If you have any information on suspicious or narcotics related activity in your community, you can reach the task force at 1-800-344-8702.
 
 
Lives will be saved through improved pesticide training...  
 
That from farmworkers to the U-S Environmental Protection Agency with a lawsuit filed this week. Every year, thousands of farmworkers are poisoned by pesticides.  The 2015 Agricultural Worker Protection Standard requires that pesticide training materials be updated and improved.  The new materials expand the content for pesticide safety training, set qualifications for trainers and require more frequent training.  Hannah Chang, with the environmental law firm Earthjustice, says the updated training materials have been ready for a year.
 
Last December, the EPA said it is reconsidering aspects of the 2015 rule and delayed publication to prevent extra work and costs to developers of the training materials and EPA reviewers.  The attorneys general of New York, California and Maryland have also filed lawsuits challenging the delay.  Chang points out that the farmworkers themselves aren't the only ones at risk of pesticide poisoning, so are their families.  The EPA's own analysis says the improved worker protection standard would save more than $64-million a year in avoided health care costs.
 
 
A new, on-line fund-raising effort will be used a week from this Thursday to help raise money for more than 60 local not-for-profit, and non-profit organizations in the Jamestown-area...  
 
The day-long "Give Big CHQ" event begins at Midnight on Thursday, June 14 and, the fund-raiser is being completely done online. Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Executive Director Tory Irgang says these kinds of fund-raisers have proven to be very successful in many different areas.  If you're interested in taking part and, want to learn more, she says to the website GiveBigCHQ.org.  Once you get there, you can see each organization's webpage. Tory Irgang made her comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight' program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
State auditors are reviewing safety plans for schools across New York state in an effort to ensure local districts are as prepared as possible for a school shooting...
  
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced the review on Monday. The Democrat says auditors from his office will check to make sure schools are complying with a 2000 state law requiring them to create plans for violence prevention, student evacuations and emergency communication.  The auditors are expected to begin their field work this month as the school year winds down.

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 14, 2018

An elderly Warren County, Pennsylvania woman was killed, while three others were hurt, when a car struck a tractor on Route 957 in Sugar Grove Township Sunday night....    State P...

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