WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 19, 2018

The state's Public Employee Relations Board arbitration panel has awarded Jamestown police officers a two-percent pay increase for 2016 and 2017...  

On Thursday, the Post-Journal reported the PERB panel voted 2-1 in favor of the Kendall Club-Police Benevolent Association.  The paper reports that the PBA requested five-percent pay increases for each year, while the city countered with no pay increases.  The city cited Jamestown's status exhausting the state's constitutional taxing limit, and financial issues as reasons the city has no ability to pay.  The decision states that the city's case was weakened by "countervailing evidence."  The board said despite the stresses it faced, the city's "careful and skillful budgeting" resulted in a surplus of more than $1.2-million in 2017.  However, union members will have to contribute more towards their health care.  We have a call into Mayor Sam Teresi for comment on the decision.


Testimony from all sides has been heard by a three-member State Appellate Court-tribunal regarding the city of Jamestown's effort to annex about four-acres of property in the village of Falconer at the city line....  

Mayor Sam Teresi confirms that he was among the people called to testify before the panel last week on the city's proposal to take the property owned by the Board of Public utilities for it's Dow Street Substation.

The village, along with the town of Ellicott and Falconer School District oppose the annexation because they will be losing taxable property and, sustain loses of tax revenues due to the change.  The city has argued that it needs the property to reduce costs, and claim it would be able to better maintain the location.  Teresi says the tribunal will now review the case and, make a final recommendation to the full court in Rochester.  He says they'll then hear oral arguments from the attorneys in the matter before the end of the year. 


The investigation is continuing into a crash in which a box truck struck a house in the village of Silver Creek, that also closed a portion of Route 20 early Thursday morning....  

Sheriff's officers say the truck, driven by 25 year-old Jacob Bostic of Buffalo, slammed into the house at 323 Central Avenue shortly before 8 AM.  Deputies say the truck also struck several street signs and a tree before hitting the house.  Bostic was treated at Lakeshore Hospital for minor injuries.  Officers say Silver Creek fire rescuers had to help residents get out of the second-floor of the house and, the county's HazMat Team was called in to deal with a diesel fuel leak at the scene.  None of the residents were hurt.  They are being helped by the local Red Cross.  Bostic faces several charges, including speeding, and unsafe lane change. 


More than 40 teachers from across Chautauqua County got to learn first-hand about local manufacturing jobs and required skills during a Teacher Development Day yesterday at the Manufacturing Technology Institute at Jamestown Community College....  

The event was organized by the Manufacturer's Association of the Southern Tier and it's "Dream it Do it" program.  MAST Executive Director Todd Tranum addressed the teachers, saying there are dozens of openings across the county, and they're growing.

Tranum noted that these manufacturing jobs aren't the ones our grandparents had.  He says these are high-tech jobs in "very clean" facilities.  He says a highly-skilled workforce is the major need and that's where the teachers come in.  Tranum says even lower-end jobs are paying well, including $40,000 a year on average for production jobs.  He adds they increase to $80,000 for industrial engineers.  The teachers also got to tour Weber Knapp Corporation, and Artone Manufacturing prior to the program at the MTI. 


A new report finds that when it comes to federal government, New York gives more than it receives.... 

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says taxes paid by residents and businesses last year total about $24 billion more than the federal funds allotted to New York. It's the third straight year that's happened.  New York is one of 11 states with such an imbalance.  Only New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts receive a smaller fraction of what they contribute.  


Village of Fredonia.... 

Fredonia Village lawmakers voted 3-2 to eliminate the village administrator's position, which has been vacant since July when long-time administrator Richard St. George resigned.  Trustees Kara Christina, James Lynden and Michael Barris voted in favor of eliminating the position while Doug Essek and Roger Britz Jr. were opposed.


Expect the rollercoaster weather pattern to continue over the next several days...  

That's the word from Meteorologist Heather Kenyon of the National Weather Service in Buffalo.  The air was cold enough Thursday morning to change rain showers to snow showers over parts of Western New York.  Temperatures didn't get very warm yesterday, but there should be some moderation today.  She says we should see the upper 50s.  Temperatures dropped into the low to mid-30s Thursday morning, and, while there were no reports of any accumulation in Chautauqua County, there was two-inches of the white stuff reported near Humphrey in Cattaraugus County.

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 18, 2018

A federal grand jury has indicted 14 people with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine in the Jamestown-area since March of last year...  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says the 14 residents face 42 counts in the indictment and, nine are being detained.  Kennedy says they include Danny Michael, III; Destiny Hare; Andrew Bennett, Searcy Fields, Michael Davis, Stacie Yancer, Ramael Fields, Jamell Trapp, and Zackiel Fields Jr.  He adds that Marcus Bowman, Ernest Cauley Jr., Jacob Motherwell, Alexis Hall and, Stephanie Harrison were released on conditions.  Kennedy says some also face other charges including possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, methamphetamine; using and maintaining a drug-involved premises; possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking; and being a Felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  During the execution of search warrants, officers say they recovered 10 firearms and multiple rounds of ammunition, over 20 cellphones, drug paraphernalia, and cash.  All 14 face a minimum of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10-million fine if convicted on the conspiracy charge.


A grass-roots effort by some local Democrats has led to the scheduling of a "Get out the Vote" rally this weekend at the Allen Park Bandshell...  

Two of the people involved in organizing the rally, Paul Leone and Shelly Walsh... say the event Saturday will begin with the first of several speakers at 1 PM.  Leone says -- in general -- the enthusiam level is "high" among local Democrats and, they expect a good turn-out Saturday.  The rally should run about two-hours. Leone says they are hoping for a good turn-out Saturday.  He says, because it may be rainy, they advise people attending to wear boots and have rain-gear with them. 

 

A well-known radio newscaster from the 1980's in Jamestown has died.  Tim Johnson was 59 when he succumbed to multiple myeloma on Sunday...  

Tim was hired at WKSN radio by Dan Fischer, who was news director at that time.  Fischer says Tim Johnson was "quiet, reserved and brillilant". After working as a radio reporter for several years, Tim moved on to Washington, DC and a career as a Congressional aide.  Dan Fischer, who now owns a radio station in Batavia,  recalls Johnson as a man who loved the political process.Calling hours and a funeral service for Tim Johnson are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Migliore Funeral Home in Jamesotwn.  


New York state is seeking bids for redeveloping the more than two dozen service areas along the 570-mile Thruway system...  

The Thruway Authority on Tuesday announced that has issued a request for proposals to make improvements at 27 travel plazas through public-private partnerships.  One of those is located in Angola, between Dunkirk and Buffalo.  The agency says the plan calls for offering a more diverse selection of food and beverage options, with upgrades made to interior and exterior designs as well as the restrooms.  Thruway officials say the improvements will also include energy-efficient systems, electric vehicle charging stations and expanded parking for commercial drivers.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo said while releasing his 2018 agenda in early January that the service plazas are in ``dire need'' of improvements.  The last major remodeling of the facilities occurred in the early 1990s.


Both candidates for the 23rd Congressional District seat say they support manufacturing and are blasting their opponent's record on the issue...  

Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano says incumbant Republican Tom Reed is making "untrue, slanderous and ridiculous" statements about her position.  During this week's media conference calls, Reed cited a Democratic forum last Spring before the primary, where Mitrano would not take a pledge to oppose outsourcing of jobs from the region.

Mitrano says her support of labor has been shown by her endorsement by the AFL-CIO.  During that forum last Spring, she notes that she also said that she wanted to read the pledge before signing it.  In addition, Mitrano says she visited with some Independent voters who worked at Dresser-Rand, and who complained that Reed has "done nothing" to help them.  Reed says that he "fights for manufacturing everyday..." especially through his position as Co-Chair of the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus.  Mitrano says she supports efforts to create a better trained workforce in the Southern Tier Region.


Former Southern Tier Congressman Amo Houghton has announced that he is endorsing Tom Reed for re-election...  

Houghton, who was local Congressman for several years in the 1990s, and early 2000s, says he's watched Reed "grow" and serve upstate New York "effectively in Congress on the Committee on Ways and Means."  Houghton adds that Reed "has become a champion for bi-partisan government and I appreciate the support he has received from Republicans and Democrats alike.  Most importantly, he cares."  Reed says he is "honored" by the endorsement, saying that Houghton is revered as "someone who sacrificed to be a true public servant whose leadership was marked by unifying people." 


A former energy company executive has been sentenced to 14-months in prison after he admitted giving the spouse of one of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's top aides a low-show job...  

Peter Galbraith Kelly Jr. was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni.  Caproni says she hopes those working in public affairs realize they must play by the rules even when political operatives and consultants urge them to cheat.  The judge, citing the sentencing earlier this year of others who took advantage of the power of state government, said few crimes are more serious than public corruption.  Kelly pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in May after a jury deadlocked at trial. Kelly admitted hiring Joseph Percoco's wife.  Percoco was sentenced this year to six years in prison.

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 17, 2018

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities announced that the Falconer flushing of water mains has been rescheduled to take place today through Friday this week, October 17-19, instead of on its traditional weekend flushing process..... 

BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says the shift is due to high water levels and issues created by the North Main Street Bridge project.  The Village flushing, will take place after 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, overnight into Friday.  Robbins says flushing is expected to be completed by the noon hour on Friday.  She adds, customers are reminded that the flushing process may create discolored water in Falconer and also on the north side of Jamestown. Anyone with questions should contact the Flushing Hotline at 661-1688 or BPU Communications at 661-1680.


Several lawmakers on Capitol Hill are calling for the aggressive investigation and sanctioning of Saudi Arabia in the wake of the disappearance -- and likely death -- of a Saudi journalist in Turkey...  

Local Congressman Tom Reed isn't being as vocal as some of his colleagues, but he says if the Saudi government was involved in the death of Jamal Khashoggi, they need to be held accountable.

Turkish officials say they believe Khashoggi was killed during an interogation at the consulate and, his body dismembered.  The incident has led President Trump to walk a fine-line in criticizing the Saudi's because of last year's $110-billion arms sale deal with that government.  Reed says that may have to be something that's on the table and, he says any kind of sanctions would have to be significant and direct.  He says if they were involved -- even if the death was accidental -- it's "completely unacceptable."


The city of Jamestown has a new, four-year Flex Rate agreement in place between the Board of Public Utilities and another local manufacturer...  

Mayor Sam Teresi says the contract with TitanX will maintain lower energy costs for the local maker of heavy-duty engine cooling systems.  Teresi and BPU officials were on hand at TitanX Tuesday to sign the new contract to provide the slightly lower rates and, in return, TitanX pledges to invest in their Allen Street Extension plant and maintain it's employment levels.  

Teresi says there are still upwards of 100 manufacturers still in the city, or the industrial corridor near Falconer, which is where TitanX is located on Allen Street Extension.  Moore says the combination of lower cost and, reliable electricity is very important to their operations.  Titan's North American Human Resources Director Andy Johnson says the local plant is otherwise at a competitive disadvantage making products that primarily go out-of-state due to operating and transportation costs.  TitanX is a global company, now owned by the Tata Group from Mumbai, India and, employs 218 people full-time here.


One of the original plaintiffs in the landmark case 'Barnette vs. West Virginia' is in Jamestown to observe the 75th anniversary of the decision... 

Marie Barnett Snodgrass says she's honored the case is so revered, and a little surprised the decision is so resilient.  As young Jehovah's Witnesses, Marie and her sister defied the mandated flag salute and recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in school.  Jamestown's Robert H. Jackson wrote the 1943 decision that permitted them to decline the ritual.  The case has been raised in the contemporary controversy over NFL players not standing for the National Anthem.  Marie Snodgrass says that 'does not affect' her.  Her only interest is that children get to worship as they want.  A number of the principals in 'Barnette' and the case that preceded it have assembled at the Robert H. Jackson Center.  The 75th anniversary observance continues through today.  The public is welcome.  


The number of jobs in New York's health care industry continues to rise, with that sector of the state's economy contributing about $71-billion dollars in wages last year....  

That's according to a new report released late Monday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.  DiNapoli says health care jobs statewide topped 1.2 million in 2017, an increase of more than 18 percent over the past decade.  The Democrat's report found the health care industry had an average annual wage of more than $57,000 in 2017.  New York City led the state in growth in private-sector health care employment over the last decade with an increase of nearly 33 percent, followed by Long Island at 25 percent.  Among upstate regions, the Finger Lakes led the way with a nearly 19-percent increase in employment.


Jamestown's Department of Public Works is continuing to do it's work with crew trucks and other vehicles that are "well-past" their usefullness...  

That from DPW Director Jeff Lehman and City Fleet Manager Pat Monahan as they went before the city council to begin the 2019 budget review Monday night.  Lehman told lawmakers about $7-million worth of their equipment is in that condition.

Lehman and Monahan also said they need an open mechanic's position filled that was in this year's budget, but taken out of Mayor Sam Teresi's proposed spending plan.  Lehman says they also need at least a part-time maintenance person for Tracy Plaza and city hall because there is only one person right now that knows the building well.  The public works Department has been dealing with two leaking issues on the deck of the plaza, the most recent being over the Fire Department.  Parks Manager John Williams also says he needs at least three more laborers that aren't in the nearly $36-million budget plan.


The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is celebrating a milestone this year,as the local organization celebrates it's 40th anniversary...  

First-year foundation Executive Director Tory Irgang says they are taking time to "pause, reflect, and celebrate" the accomplishment.  The Community Foundation, which was started in 1978 with about one-million dollars, helps fund various community projects, scholarships and grants.  Irgang says they now have assets in access of $100-million.

Irgang made her comments at the end of last Friday's presentation of the John D. Hamilton Community Service Award to retired Jamestown Community College biology professor Tom Erlandson.  That took place at the Celoron Harborfront Hotel.  Erlandson praised Hamilton as one of the people involved in starting up the foundation and, playing an important role in JCC's emergence. 


The last classic car show of the year put on by the Southern Tier Classic Chevy Club was nothing short of successful... 

That from club member Joe Siparek, who says that despite weather conditions at Peak 'n Peak resort, pver 700 cars came out to celebrate the 21st annual Greg Neid Memorial Car Show.  Siparek says they donate proceeds -- usually a "few thousand dollars" from the Greg Neid Car Show to Shriner's Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania each year.  He says they hope to do more this year.  The Southern Tier Classic Chevy Club, which started in 1991, holds between two-to-four events a year.

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 16, 2018

The Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood will be losing another anchor store with Monday's announcement that Sears Roebuck and Company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy...  

Four Sears stores in New York state -- including the mall store -- will close by the end of the year.  The Bon-Ton closed recently following a liquidation sale.  County Executive George Borrello acknowledges it's a blow to the shopping center and proof that on-line sales are hurting retail.

Sears, which has been inundated by debt and falling in-store sales, says it will begin liquidation sales shortly.  Borrello says his office has been working with the mall and, Ellicott officials -- regarding the Bon-Ton and former Sam's Club locations.  He says there is at least one entity showing interest in the Sam's Club location.  In a release from Sears, the K-Mart Store on Fairmount Avenue in West Ellicott will remain open.  The Sears store in the mall was one of it's original anchor stores when the shopping center opened in the 1970s.  We also have a call into Chautauqua Mall management for confirmation and comment.


The Emerald Ash Borer has claimed nearly all of Jamestown's remaining stock of Ash Trees along street right-of-ways in the city....  

That from City Arborist Dan Stone, who told the City Council last night that 176 of the remaining 196 trees will have to be taken down before bad weather arrives later in the year.  Stone says they were aware of the borer a decade ago when there were about 400 Ash trees.

Stone says they began cutting out Ash Trees after the borer began showing up in the region.  In fact, the first evidence of the Emerald Ash Borer in New York state was found in Randolph in nearby Cattaraugus County in 2009.  Stone says the invasive insect came here -- mostly on untreated wood pallets -- from China.  Stone says there are six streets where his parks crews will have to do the most work.  The largest number is on Prendergast Avenue, where 17 will have to be taken down.  He adds that eight to 10 trees have to be taken down on Euclid Avenue.  There are also several trees on Falconer Street, South Main Street, and, Springdale Avenue that have to come down.  More information is available on the city's website.


The Jamestown City Council started it's budget review last night with a look at the city's Public Works and, Parks and Recreation Departments....  

DPW Director Jeff Lehman noted the need for a designation for a part-time building manager at Tracy Plaza and, the need to replace several peaces of equipment.  No action was taken on any requests or concerns that were raised.  Mayor Sam Teresi proposed his 2019 spending plan back on October 9, noting that there were positive aspects, and challenges.  Perhaps the biggest positive, says Teresi, is the fact the city will begin 2019 with it's strongest fund-balance since the "Great Recession" of several years ago.  He says the general fund balance is $2.84-million and the majority -- just over $1.8-million -- is "available" funds.


There's just 22 days to go before Election Day and the campaigns for local, state and national office are heating up....  

Republicans from across southern Chautauqua County were on hand for the official opening of local Congressman Tom Reed's Jamestown Headquarters last night, which will also double as their general campaign headquarters.  County GOP Chairman Dave Wilfong says it's an exciting time, and the headquarters at 23 East Third Street gives them move visability to get each candidate's message out.

While yesterday was the opening on Congressman Reed's headquarters, he emphasized the need to elect local Republicans who are part of the effort to get the job done locally.  He says he often works with Goodell and State Senator Cathy Young on a variety of issues important to the district, and Chautauqua County.  While there has been a lot of good news with the economy, there are still issues that he wants to get addressed in Congress, namely workforce training so good jobs in the region can be filled. 


Local Congressman Tom Reed says the job is still not done and that's why he is seeking a fifth term in the House of Representatives....  

The Corning Republican spoke in Dunkirk earlier Monday about his run for re-election.  Reed told us that he is proud of his accomplishments since first being elected in 2010.  But, Reed says there is still a lot of work that must be done and he says one area is health care reform.  He says costs continue to go through the roof and, he's concerned that Democrats are trying to move America in the direction of Socialist health care, which he says is "not sustainable."  Among the other areas that need attention, says Reed, is aging infrastructure, immigration reform and the national debt crisis.  He is being challenged by Democrat Tracy Mitrano for the 23rd Congressional District.


Two people were arrested on drug posssession charges following a traffic stop in the Town of Randolph over the weekend...  

State Police say they stopped a vehicle on Route 394 operated by 27 year-old Christopher Hewes -- of Ashville -- and placed him under arrest after a license check revealed three suspensions.  A search of the vehicle was initated, and troopers allegedly found one-gram of heroin, four hypodermic needles, a partial suboxone strip, marijuana and a smoking device with pot residue.  His 30 year-old passenger -- Ashley Senko of Mayville-- was also taken into custody following the search.  Both were issued appearance tickets for Randolph Town Court.


U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says there are glaring gaps in safety data about limousines because federal officials haven't done enough to investigate limo wrecks...  


The Senate's top Democrat says Saturday that the National Transportation Safety Board hasn't thoroughly investigated a single limousine crash since 2015.  His criticism comes about a week after a limousine crash in upstate New York that killed 20 people.  The NTSB agreed to investigate limo wrecks on a case-by-case basis after a 2015 crash that killed four women on New York's Long Island.  Crash data compiled by The Associated Press shows there were seven limousine crashes in 2015 and two in 2016.  Schumer wants the NTSB to issue immediate safety recommendations on stretch limousines.  NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss declined to comment on Saturday.

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News Bulletin for Mon., Oct. 15, 2018

Long-time anchor in Chautauqua Mall, Sears, among 142 stores closing nationwide...
The Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood will be losing a second anchor store with today's announcement that Sears Roebuck and Company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  Four Sears stores in New York state -- including the mall store -- will close by the end of the year.  The Bon-Ton finally closed following a liquidation sale recently.  However... according to a listing provided by Sears... the K-Mart Store in Fairmount Avenue in West Ellicott will remain open.  Sears... which has been inundated by debt and falling in-store sales... says it will begin liquidation sales shortly.  The Sears store in the mall was one of it's original anchor stores when the shopping center opened in the 1970s.  We have a call into Chautauqua Mall management for confirmation and comment.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 15, 2018

Two Jamestown men were hurt -- one seriously -- in a one-car rollover crash on Route 20 in the town of Sheridan early yesterday morning...  

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene just after 7 a.m., and found the driver, 24 year-old Bryan Sandreth of Pine Ridge Road, was westbound when he fell asleep at the wheel.  Deputies say the car crossed the center line and went off the roadway and stuck a utility pole.  The vehicle then rolled over several times.  Officers say Sandreth was taken to Brooks Hospital for treament of minor injuries.  However, his passenger, 33 year-old Kenneth Walker, was taken to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment.  Officers say Sandreth is charged with failure to keep right.


City lawmakers begin their extensive review of Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi's 2019 budget proposal tonight....  

Teresi proposed the nearly $36-million spending plan back on October 9.  There is no tax increase in the budget and, actually includes a 13-cent per thousand tax rate increase.  However, Teresi says there remain several challenges in the new spending plan,including salaries and benefits.  He says there are no increases in the budget, partly due to only filling positions that need to be.

At the same time, Teresi says there is the possibility of new contracts being agreed to -- or imposed -- for the police and fire departments.  He says one other challenge that remains is health care costs, but he says there is a silver lining in that.  The city received $1.5-million to initiate a new program that would allow retirees to transition from the city's "self-insurance" program into Medicare.  Teresi says 30 people signed up last year for the first time, saving about $300,000.  Tonight's review of the Public Works and Parks budgets begins at 6:30 PM.


The nearly $23.7-million budget proposed by Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas holds the line on property taxes, thanks in part to a state grant to improve lighting in the north county city....  

Rosas released the spending plan late last week, which includes about $1.1-million more in spending.  However, he says they are continuing to work with the state's Restructuring Board to find ways to reduce costs and says they have received a $1.1-million to put in new LED lights, which he says will save the city about one-million dollars over the next four years.  Rosas says -- even with the challenges they face -- they have been able to keep their undesignated fund balance in compliance with General Accepted Accounting Principles.  One of the biggest challenges, the loss of revenues from the mothballed NRG plant.  Rosas says the city is looking to utilize more shared services and is searching for more grant funding. 


A 1943 Supreme Court decision that has come to define 'civil liberties' in the United States will be celebrated Tuesday and Wednesday at the Jackson Center in Jamestown....  

Robert H. Jackson wrote the majority opinion in West Virginia vs. Barnette.  The Jackson Center's Greg Peterson says the decision supported the rights of the Barnette children, as Jehovah's Witnesses, to NOT salute the flag in school.  What Jackson wrote 75 years ago, for the majority in the 6-3 decision, is regarded as an exquisite expression of rights, including freedom of expression. 

One of the Barnette sisters will be at the program which begins with an open house Tuesday at 4 p.m., and continues Wednesday morning.  The Jehovah's Witness 'Watchtower Society' and C-SPAN television will be part of the event.  The public is welcome.


In New York state government news, when it comes to campaign cash, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is well ahead of Republican challenger Marc Molinaro just weeks before Election Day...  

According to the most recent filings, Cuomo has more than $9-million in the bank, compared to Molinaro's $211,000.  Also this week, a new analysis from Democratic Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli offers more dire predictions about the future of New York City's subways.  The financial report found the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will face big deficits in just a few years.  Finally, a state effort to combat a deadly disease affecting thousands of New Yorkers is underway.  Cuomo appointed several physicians, public health experts and community advocates to a new Hepatitis-C task force.


A new, seasonal attraction has officially opened on Baker Street Extension near Jamestown....

The ribbon was cut Saturday morning on the first-ever Pumpkintown on the former Cedarquist Farm property on the southside of Baker Street Extention in the town of Busti.  Pumpkintown is the brain-child of Eric Anderson, Marshall Miner, and Jason Jemberg and takes an "educational approach" to agriculture to teach how vegetables are grown, and cider is made.  Refreshments and food are available.  Anderson says they'll be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October.  General admission is $10.00, children under 2 are free.  He says seniors 65 and over are $5.00 and all veterans (retired and active) are free.


An Erie, Pennsylvania man accused of killing his wife and tossing her body into Lake Erie has been convicted of first-degree murder...  

The Erie Times-News reports that jurors deliberated for an hour and 40 minutes before convicting 49-year-old Christopher Leclair, who faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole.  Prosecutors in Erie County said Leclair was having an affair and killed his 51-year-old wife, Karen, in the summer of 2017 because his girlfriend had given him an ultimatum to choose between her and his wife.  Defense attorney Bruce Sandmeyer argued Friday that Karen Leclair killed herself because she was upset that her husband had been cheating on her.  Leclair convicted on all counts, which also included abuse of a corpse, evidence-tampering, and false reports.


Firefighters in Warren County were busy battling a blaze at the Conewango Apartments on Holly Street in Warren's Glad Township late Friday night....  

According to the Warren Times Observer the fire apparently broke out initially in the easternmost apartment, the farthest from Conewango Avenue. The Glade Volunteer Fire Department was in charge at the scene and firefighters and equipment from numerous departments including the city of Warren, Pleasant, Russell, Scandia, and Starbrick responded.  At about 9:40 p.m. the fire appeared to be out.  The Warren tower truck extended toward the building shortly thereafter and firefighters were working on the roof.  Shortly before 10 p.m., flames burst through the roof and rose high into the air, and were still visible near the center and east end of the building after 11:00.  A neighboring building was also reportedly damaged. Information about injuries, the cause of the fire, and other details were not available at press time.


A Sherman man has been arrested for allegedly punching another person in the face during an altercation at a location on Route 430 in the town of Sherman...  

Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene of a physical altercation about 11:30 p.m. last Friday and arrested 54 year-old William Hurlbut.  Hurlbut was arraigned on one count of third-degree assault, and released pending a future court appearance.
 

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., Oct. 13, 2018

Fire heavily damages major apartment complex in Warren County, PA...
Firefighters in Warren County, PA were busy battling a blaze at the Conewango Apartments on Holly Street in Glad Township late Friday night.  According to the Warren Times Observer... the fire apparently broke out initially in the easternmost apartment, the farthest from Conewango Avenue.  Glade Volunteer Fire Department was in charge at the scene and firefighters and equipment from numerous departments including the city of Warren, Pleasant, Russell, Scandia, and Starbrick responded.  At least 13 engines lined Holly Street and Conewango Avenue.  At about 9:40 p.m., the fire appeared to be out. but... heavy smoke began pouring from near the middle of the five-apartment building at about 9:52 p.m. and the firefighters left the roof.  At 9:56, flames burst through the roof and rose high into the air.  Flames were still visible at the roofline near the center and east end of the building after 11 p.m.  A neighboring building was also reportedly damaged.  Information about injuries, the cause of the fire, and other details were not available at press time. 


Molinaro's Manhattan campaign headquarters damaged, Antifa claims responsibility...
Vandals have damaged the Manhattan campaign office of Marc Molinaro, the Republican running for New York governor.  Molinaro says the damage includes smashed windows, a spray-painted door and glue put in the locks at the Metropolitan Republican Club, a long-time gathering spot for Republicans that hosts one of Molinaro's campaign offices.  The damage was discovered Friday.  Molinaro says he believes "radical leftists" possibly members of "Antifa" are behind the vandalism.  State Republican officials say a note was left behind boasting that the vandalism was "just the beginning." 


Erlandson presented Hamilton Award...
Retired biology professor at Jamestown Community College, Tom Erlandson, has received one of the area's major, community service awards.  John D. Hamilton Award Committee Chairwoman Bridget Johnson made the presentation to Tom Erlandson during last night's banquet... hosted by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation at the new, Celoron Harborfront Hotel.  Erlandson was named for his local contributions to academics and politics, and service organization.  He says that's especially the case when you're doing something that you love... and, don't consider it work.  He also reflected on John Hamilton... whom he got to know when he first worked at JCC.  In addition to being a long-time member of the faculty at Jamestown Community College... Erlandson is also a former Chautauqua County Legislator... and, Ellicott Town Board member.


Pumpkintown officially opens in Busti...
A new, seasonal attraction has officially opened on Baker Street Extension near Jamestown... as the ribbon was cut late this morning on the first-ever "Pumpkintown" on the former Cedarquist Farm property on the southside of Baker Street Extention in the town of Busti.  Pumpkintown is the brain-child of Eric Anderson, Marshall Miner, and Jason Jember... and, takes an "educational approach" to agriculture to teach how vegetables are grown, and cider is made.  Refreshments and food are available.  Anderson says they'll be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October.  General admission is $10.... children under 2 are free.  He says seniors 65 and over are half-price... and, all veterans are free.


Two city men arrested for burglary, drugs and weapon possession in Allegany County...
Two men from Jamestown are jailed in Allegany County, New Yrok for burglary, and drug and weapons possession in town of Scio.  State Police were called to a location on Pine Street just before Midnight this past Wednesday on a report of suspicious activity.  Troopers arrived, and found a back door open, but, they found no one inside the home -- which was for sale.  Police called in their K-9 unit... and later found both 49 year-old Kenneth... and, 28 year-old Terry Kendall.  The older Kendall was found laying in a nearby woods with a stun gun, and a quantity of methamphetime in his possession.  The younger Kendall was found walking not far from the scene.  Both were arraigned on a charge of second-degree burglary... while Kenneth Kendall is also charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Both were jailed pending further court action.


Rosas proposes 2019 Dunkirk budget...
Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas has unveiled a tentative 2019 city budget that totals nearly $23.68-million dollars.  That's about a $1.1-million increase in spending.  But, Rosas says the budget achieves some important goals.  Among them... he says is keeping it balanced and holding the line on property taxes.  He says their fund balance remains in compliance with the state's Generally Accepted Accounting Principles... and, they will not be raising taxes.  One of the biggest challenges, the loss of revenues from the mothballed NRG plant.  Rosas says the city is looking to utilize more shared services and is searching for more grant funding. 


Developers interested in burned out location at 29-37 W Main St. in Falconer...
There is already interest among some developers in locating in one of two burned-out commercial building sites in Falconer.  Village Mayor Jim Rensel says final clean-up at 29 to 37 West Main Street... which was hit by an arsonist last year... is nearly complete.  Rensel was happy that a number of local communities agreed to transfer their landfill credits to help the village take debris to the county landfill in Ellery.  As the clean-up was underway... Rensel said there was already interest.  He adds that village officials have begun meeting to put together a re-development plan for the West Main Street site... and, are seeking resident imput on what should be there. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 12, 2018

Today is the last day to register to vote for the 2018 general election, and you can do it by mail or in person...  

Chautauqua County Election's Commissioner Norm Green says there are many locations around Chautauqua County where forms are available, including their website at VoteChautauqua.com, or by visiting any city or town hall.  For more information, call 753-4226.


Chautauqua County's top-law enforcement official says an animal abuse case that involved the arrest of a Sherman man "very disturbing"...  

Sheriff Joe Gerace says his officers arrested 50-year-old David Hanold, Sr. after an adult dog and three puppies were discovered in a locked vehicle in Mayville last Thursday.  Hanold has been charged with overdriving, torturing and injuring animals, failure to provide proper sustanance and confinement of a companion animal in a vehicle.  Gerace says other charges are possible.

Earlier this year, the County Legislature passed a local law establishing an Animal Abuser Registry.  Gerace, who worked with County Executive George Borrello, to get the law passed, says the registry is ready to go.  However, he says it depends on convictions AFTER the law went into effect, and the courts notifying his department.  Gerace says it's possible the case involving Hanold could be among the first to appear on registry, but that depends on whether there is a conviction. 

 
The Calameri family, owners of Artone Manufacturing of Jamestown, was honored with the County Chamber of Commerce 'Person of the Year' Award Thursday night.....  


Sebastian Calameri says his father Roario started it all.  Artone makes commercial furniture and employs around 100 people. The Jamestown Community Chamber presented its service award to Bill Stevenson.  He heads the Riverwalk Management Council and is on the National Comedy Center Board of Directors.  The Mayville-Chautauqua Chamber honored Sandra Lee Wagner.  She helped establish the Lakeside Bark Dog Run near the lake in Mayville.  The Westfield-Barcelona Chamber recognized a brother and sister, Rick Mascaro and his sister Joan Mascaro Caruso.  They are responsible for Lake Shore Center for the Arts. The annual awards dinner was attended by over 300 people at SUNY Fredonia.   


A New York judge has set a February 2020 trial date for a western New York Congressman indicted on federal insider trading charges....  

U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick set the Februray 3rd date on Thursday for Buffalo-area Republican Chris Collins.  The 68-year-old Collins was not in court.  He remains on the ballot for re-election to the 27th District, a right-leaning area between Buffalo and Rochester.  Collins has pleaded not guilty.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Hartman had first pushed to have the trial set for next year.  He said prosecutors fear that Collins will try to delay any 2020 trial, saying it's an election year.  President Donald Trump has said the arrest of Collins and another congressman has jeopardized the GOP's chances in the midterm election next month.


There needs to be a "real conversation" about health care in the United States, and yes "single-payer" needs to be looked at -- honestly...  

Those are the feelings of Democratic Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano of Penn Yan, who says her opponent-- incumbant Republican Tom Reed -- and President Donald Trump, don't want to look at all options.  Mitrano says, when she's out on the campaign trail, it's the single biggest issue people want to talk about.

Some have called the idea "Medicare for All."  However, Mitrano doesn't want to say it would be exactly like Medicare, where the government pays 80-percent of the cost and, participants pay the rest.  At the same time, she says the collective effort of government would be able to negotiate lower costs for all aspects of health care, from drugs to services.  Mitrano admits no program is perfect, but she believes it can make "an enormous difference."  She made her comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.


A woman whose daughter survived a limousine accident that killed four women on Long Island in 2015 says Saturday's deadly crash in rural upstate New York is a reminder that strict legislation is still needed for stretch vehicles....  

After the 2015 crash, a special grand jury implored Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo to examine the safety of stretch limousines.  It appears a task force was never formed, and it's unclear what Cuomo's administration did in response.  Nancy DiMonte of Elwood, whose daughter survived the 2015 crash, said in a letter published Thursday in Newsday that she's launching a campaign urging Cuomo and legislators to change laws.  Cuomo said Monday that sometimes people don't follow existing laws.  Authorities say the limo in Saturday's crash had been deemed "unserviceable" after an inspection.  Twenty people were killed in the crash.


The interim head of the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation says he's looking forward to settling in and, helping the business group continue forward momentum into the new year...  

JRC Board member Peter Miraglia took over the reins Wednesday following the resignation of Lisa Hatch.  Hatch will be moving to Florida, but will assist Miraglia in the transition for the next couple of weeks.

Miraglia says he's getting caught up on financials, and getting more familiar with staff, which is currently busy getting ready for the annual Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration in early December.  Miraglia, who has served on the JRC board for the past three-years, says he's already familiar with the operation.  He owns the former Nelson's Department store building on East 2nd St., which is now the home to several businesses.

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 11, 2018

Our Summer-like temperatures are on the way out today and, once a cold front moves through,we'll struggle to reach 50 over the coming weekend...  

That from Forecaster Shawn Smith with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, who says day-time highs will be about 30-degrees cooler on Friday.

Meanwhile, all eyes are on Hurricane Michael, which made lanfall as a Cat-4 storm.  Smith doesn't expect Michael to have much effect on Western New York's weather because it will remain far to the south and east and, says the storm will move quickly into the Carolinas before heading out across the North Atlantic.  Tuesday marked a record high for Western New York, reaching 83-degrees at the Buffalo Airport.  That broke a record that stood for over 100 years!


President Donald Trump took a short break from politics at a rally in Pennsylvania to offer his thoughts and prayers for those in the path of Hurricane Michael...  

Trump promised to spare no effort in the federal response to damaged areas.  Returning to the upcoming midterm elections, the president told supporters Wednesday night in Erie, Pennsylvania, that Democrats want to impose socialism and take over and destroy the nation's health care.  He also accused Democrats of wanting to abolish America's borders and allow drugs and gangs to pour in.  Trump told reporters before the rally that he considered canceling the event because of the hurricane but decided he didn't want to disappoint those waiting for him.  In 2012, Trump criticized President Barack Obama for campaigning shortly after Superstorm Sandy.


An Ashville man has been arrested for identity theft after he allegedly stole multiple credit cards from a person in the town of North Harmony and, purchased several items with them...  

Sheriff's officers say 32 year-old Curtis Hewes took the cards sometime around September 3 and, bought the items in the town of Busti.  Deputies say a warrant was issued for Hewes' arrest, and he was taken into custody on four counts each of Felony criminal possession of stolen property, third-degree identit theft and petty larceny.  He was arraigned in Jamestown City Court, and sent to the County Jail on $15,000 cash bail.


A Panama man escaped serious injury early yesterday afternoon when his car left the road on Route 60 and, struck another vehicle... 

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene in the town of Gerry about 2 p.m. for a rollover accident.  Deputies say they deterined that 28 year-old Nicholas Troup was northbound when his car drifted off the road and, struck a parked and unoccupied vehicle hauling a trailer.  Troup was treated for what appeared to be minor injuries at the scene.  He was ticketed for moving from lane unsafely.


Incumbant Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed is blasting his Democratic challenger for her support of what he calls "socialistic, Single-Payer" health care...  

The Corning Republican says Tracy Mitrano's support of what's also called "Medicare for All" will jeopardize Medicare itself and, drive bigger national deficits.  Reed says the total cost of a single-payer system would total $32-trillion over a 10-year period.

Reed says if a "Medicare for All" program was put in place, it would overwhelm the current Medicare system for seniors who are on fixed incomes.  He says it will further stress a system that is enduring doctor shortages already.  Reed maintains that increasing competition will bring down prices, especially for prescription medications.  He feels there also need to be more incentives to keep costs down.  Reed says he has also worked as co-chairman of the bi-partisan "Problem Solvers Caucus" to develop a fix to stabilize the individual marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act.  He says "we need more patient-centered solutions to our ever growing health care challenges." 


The West Nile Virus has resurfaced after a prolonged absense in Chautauqua County...  

That  Bill Boria with the county's Department of Health and Human Services.  Boria says there were two instances where West Nile Virus has been confirmed by the State Department of Health, one in the Frewsburg-area in mid-September at the Audubon Nature Center.  He says the other was a horse in the town of Portland that got West Nile, and had to be put down.  Boria says warm than usual weather was the likely culprit.

Mammals, including horses and people, get the viral disease from infected mosquitos.  Boria says there are things you can do to protect yourself, including using mosquito repellent with DEET in it and, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants to protect yourself.  He adds also elminate standing water from where you live.  The good news is the active mosquito biting season is nearing an end.  Mosquito activity diminishes with cooler weather.  And most adult mosquitos die with the first hard frost.

 
A city man is jailed pending arraignment following a warrant check at a Barrows Street residence in Jamestown Tuesday afternoon... 

On arrival, city police say they saw 43 year-old James Houser allegedly crawling out of a rear window of the residence.  Houser was taken to Jamestown city jail on the warrants.  However, officers say he was additionally charged with first-degree criminal contempt and aggravated family offense after police learned there was a valid order of protection for Houser to stay away from the home and the woman living there due to recent domestic violence-related convictions. 


A former Democratic Party chairman from upstate New York admits arranging for a Canadian citizen to make an illegal $25,000 donation to a New York official's re-election campaign...  

G. Steven Pigeon of Buffalo pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge Tuesday.  It was the second guilty plea in two weeks from the former Erie County party chairman.  He pleaded guilty in county court September 28 to bribing a judge.  In Tuesday's case, prosecutors say Pigeon admits that while working as a political consultant, he solicited the donation from a Canadian business executive, knowing that foreign donations to state campaigns are illegal. 


A state transportation official says the owner of the limousine that crashed and killed 20 people in upstate New York was warned not to operate the vehicle after it failed an inspection...  

Department of Transportation spokesman Joseph Morrissey says Tuesday that the 2001 Ford Excursion that crashed Saturday was placed out of service after a September inspection and was subject to additional inspections.  Lee Kindlon, attorney for Prestige Limousine, says code violations cited in a September 4 inspection had been corrected and the limousine cleared for service. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 10, 2018

There is no tax increase in Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi's budget proposal for next year, which totals just under $36-million...

Teresi spent nearly an hour laying out particulars of the 2019 spending plan during Tuesday afternoon's presentation at City Hall.  He says the budget is balanced, thanks in part to another commitment by the state for an additional one-million dollars in aid.  Teresi says there are three reasons the city receives the aid, the biggest likely being that most municpalities got two-percent cuts in state aid when the state was running deficits in 2009-2010.

The Board of Public Utilities Electric Division budget is included in the formula for Jamestown, thus reducing it's Aid and Incentives to Municipalites -- or AIM payments.  Teresi says the proposed tax levy, or the amount of money to be raised by taxes, would remain the same in 2019 at $16,011,000.  However, the tax rate would decrease by 13-cents per thousand full value.  Teresi adds the budget also comes in $470,000 under the state's two-percent property tax cap.


A Forestville woman has been arrested for allegedly operating an illegal methamphetime lab in the village following a raid late last week...  

Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they arrested 28 year-old Tinesha Kenny on an arrest warrant issued out of Hanover Town Court.  Task Force members accuse Kenny of manufacturing meth while living at the Pearl Street home, and then had unlawfully disposed of the toxic byproducts and laboratory materials that resulted.  She is charged with one count each of third-degree unlawful manufacture of Methamphetamine and, unlawful disposal of Methamphetamine Laboratory Materials.  Kenny was arraigned in Hanover Town Court, then released to the Erie County Sheriff's Office so that she could be taken to Erie County to be arraigned on additional warrants there.  The task force urges residents who see or hear about illegal drug activity to contact them at 1-800-344-8702.


Republican U-S Senate candidate Chele Farley knows the odds aren't in her favor, but believes she can make a race of it against a well-known incumbant....

Farley's effort to upset Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand came to Chautauqua County for the first time yesterday and was on the offensive against Gillibrand.  The New York City businesswoman says -- first of all -- New York needs a Senator who will push for the state to get it's fair share of federal aid.

In 2017, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli noted that New York gets back 84-cents on the dollar from the federal government, but noted it was many policy matters that led to that short-changing.  Farley says New York's federal tax issues could be exacerbated by the new cap on the State and Local Tax Deduction, otherwise known as SALT.  However, she says Gillibrand should have done more than just call it a bad bill.  She says the Democrat should have tried to negotiate something better.  Farley and Gillibrand have both agreed to a one-on-one debate on October 21 that'll be televised on Spectrum Cable and New York-One from Skidmore College.


There will be a new head of the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation - starting today - after the resignation of Executive Director Lisa Hatch....  

JRC Spokesman Zach Agatt says Peter Miraglia will be the interim Director.  Agatt says Miraglia has been an active member of the JRC board of directors for the past three years.  He also serves on the Mayor's ad-hoc downtown parking study committee.  Back in 2001, he purchased and began renovations to the former Nelson's Department store building located on East 2nd Street in Jamestown.  Miraglia was born and raised in Jamestown and, has worked more than 30 years in project management and supervisory capacities.  In 2012, he and his wife, Melissa, moved back to the area.


A state transportation official says the owner of the limousine that crashed and killed 20 people in upstate New York was warned not to operate the vehicle after it failed an inspection...  

Department of Transportation Spokesman Joseph Morrissey said Tuesday that the 2001 Ford Excursion that crashed Saturday was placed out of service after a September inspection and was subject to additional inspections.  Lee Kindlon, attorney for Prestige Limousine, says code violations cited in a September 4th inspection had been corrected and the limousine cleared for service.  Morrissey says that's "categorically false."  The limousine ran a stop sign and crashed on a rural road 25 miles west of Albany on Saturday, killing the driver, all 17 passengers and two pedestrians.  State police and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating what caused the crash.


The attorney representing a man accused of killing his wife and tossing her body into Lake Erie is arguing that she killed herself because she was upset that her husband had been having an affair....  

The Erie Times-News reports that defense attorney Bruce Sandmeyer argued Tuesday that 49-year-old Christopher Leclair was "overwhelmed" and "simply did not want people to know" that his wife had taken her own life.  Sandmeyer conceded that Leclair was cheating on 51-year-old Karen Leclair in the months before she died in the summer of 2017, and he also acknowledged that his client bound her body with rope and dropped it into the lake from their commercial fishing boat.  But, he says a forensic pathologist will testify that the gunshot wound is consistent with a self-inflicted wound.

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 9, 2018

A city man is jailed following his arrest on drug and weapons charges during a raid on his south-side home Monday afternoon...  

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, and state Police C-NET Team executed a search warrant at 745 Foote Avenue about 12:30 p.m. with the help of the JPD SWAT Team.  Once inside, Samuelson says police found a quantity of crystal methamphetamine and, a 30-06 rifle, and semi-automatic 9-millimeter High-Point rifle.  Police arrested 37 year-old Willie Graham for two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and, one of criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was held pending arraignment.  If you have an information on suspected drug activity in the city, call the tips-line at 483-TIPS (8477).  You can also use the Tips 4-1-1 app.


The crisis facing local dairy farmers in Chautauqua County were laid-out in full view Monday afternoon during a visit by the Republican candidate for U-S Senate...  

New York City's Chele Farley joined State Senator Cathy Young at the Mid-Knight Dairy Farm on the Fluvanna-Townline Road in the town of Ellicott.  Farley blasted incumbant Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand as someone who has only had one bill passed during her 12 total years in Washington, D-C.

Farley expects Gillibrand to vote against the new, U-S, Mexico and Canada trade agreement reached by the Trump Administration and, she let the current Farm Bill expire.  Senator Young says dairy farming is difficult even in the best of times, but right now, it's the worst it's been in years.  In 2014, she says the price per hundred-weight climbed to $28.00 but, has now fallen to $16.00 per hundred-weight.  Mid-Knight Farm co-owner John McKnight got emotional as he talked about how difficult is has been meeting current expenses.


No one was reportedly hurt when a 2x4 piece of the exterior wall of the Hotel Jamestown Building on West Third Street in the city crashed to the sidewalk Monday afternoon...  

An eyewitness to the incident tells us the piece of the building fell near the corner with Cherry Street -- in front of the Hotel Mini Mart -- shortly before 3 PM.  However, it appeared no one was hit by the debris.  Police and others were on the scene by that time and, have closed off the sidewalk area where the brick debris came down.  We do have calls out for more information on the situation, but have not yet heard back.  


As the annual Four-H Week gets underway, the local branch of the organization is celebrating the beginning of a new program, and the addition of a new staff member...  


Kate Ewer, the Four-H Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Chautauqua County says the new offering will focus on STEM, thanks to a grant, provided by the Ralph Wilson Foundation, will run for three years.  Every eight weeks a new group of eight students will engage in a specific project, with some relationship to agriculture.  The new job will be open for application in the near future.  Kate Ewer believes the program will start in early 2019.  More information is available by contacting Cornell Cooperative Extension at the Ag Center near Jamestown.    


With the U-S population aging as the Baby Boomer generation begins to retire has come renewed concerns about elder abuse across the nation....  

Here in Chautauqua County, the head of the Elder Abuse and Enhanced Multi-Disciplinary Team says the number of cases they see here and in Erie County, continue to rise.  Kayleigh Feser was the keynote speaker during last Friday's 21st annual Walk Against Domestic Violence.

Feser says the segment of the population 65 or older is expected to double by the year 2050 to 83.7-million people.  She says there are a number of ways abuse happens, including physical, emotional and financial.  She adds that supporting caregivers is very important because the stress they feel in dealing with a loved one can often be difficult.  Feser says the effects of elder abuse on an older person can have devastating consequences.  An elderly person who suffering some kind of abuse is three-times more likely to die within 5-years of that abuse than those who have not.


It took about an hour for Dunkirk firefighters to get a boat fire contained and under control at the Dunkirk Pier yesterday morning...  

Dunkirk Fire Chief Mike Edwards says crews were called to the scene about 9:30 a.m. and found a 41-foot fishing boat on fire as the owner was preparing for a fishing excursion on Lake Erie.  Edwards says they made sure the boat didn't have a chance to drift on them.

Edwards says the owner was putting gear in the front of the boat when he looked up and, saw flames shooting from the back part of the vessel.  No injuries were reported.  Edwards says crews had to string a large hose line along the dock to reach the fire and, he says that prevented them from getting water on the blaze quicker than they wanted.  The fire not only damaged the boat, but also a portion of the dock.  Fire investigators will be brought in to determine a cause. 


More than 1,000 people jammed into a riverside park to honor the victims of a limo crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York...  

Some relatives of the dead shed tears as local officials expressed solidarity with them at Monday's vigil in Amsterdam, just west of Albany.  Some victims lived in the small city.  Congressman Paul Tonko told the families, in his words, "We are crushed with you, we are crushed for you."  He's a Democrat from Amsterdam.  The ceremony ended with participants lifting candles above their heads to signal unity and perseverance.  The 19-seater limo ran a stop sign and hit a parked SUV on Saturday in Schoharie.  Two pedestrians and all 18 people in the limo died.  The passengers were headed to a 30th birthday party.

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 8, 2018

Chautauqua County lawmakers have been able to find more than $400,000 in further reductions to County Executive George Borrello's proposed 2019 budget plan...  

The legislature's Audit and Control Committee met with department heads last week to review the more than $254-million spending plan.  Committee Chairman Pierre Chagnon says they made a "laundry list" of changes to the budget.

Chagnon says there was no specific big item that was cut, but does say a couple of them were "contentious," and will be looked at further when legislature committees meet next week.  He says there was a lot of good discussion among committee members about the budget and, department staff members.  Chagnon says he's "very proud and pleased" of the work they did.  Chagnon says the committee's final action will likely be taken at the committee meeting on Thursday, October 18.  He says the moves last week tentatively cut another 6-cents per thousand full value off the tax rate to about $8.38. The budget hearing and full legislature meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 24.

Two Chautauqua County men face drug-related charges after their vehicle was stopped for a traffic infraction in the town of Stockton...  

Sheriff's officers say they recently stopped a car, driven by 40 year-old Jason Raymond of Dunkirk, on Route 60 for no "distinctive" plate.  Deputies say they allegedly found Raymond and his passenger, 41 year-old Ronald Caruso of Frewsburg, in possession of two kinds of controlled substances, and a quantity of marihuana.  Officers say Raymond was issued appearance tickets for third-degree criminal possession of marihuana, two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and, no "distinct plate."  Caruso was also given appearance tickets for Unlawful Possession of marijuana and seventh-degree criminal possession of a Controlled Substance.  Both will appear in Stockton Town Court at a later date.


The aunt of one of the victims in a limousine crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York says the vehicle was on its way to a birthday celebration...  

Valerie Abeling says newlyweds Erin Vertucci and Shane McGowan were among those killed.  She says Vertucci was 34 and McGowan was 30.  Abeling says her daughter had been invited along but was unable to go.  She says the family has not learned much about the circumstances of the crash.  She says "our lives have been changed forever."  Officials say Saturday's crash in Schoharie was the deadliest transportation accident in the U.S. since a 2009 plane crash in Buffalo, New York, killed 50 people.


The city of Jamestown has sent a letter to the owner of a new auto parts store on the city's northside whose operations have raised concerns in the neighborhood...  

An 11th Street resident-- Jeanette Jones-- recent spoke to city council members during their voting session at Chadakoin Park about the new NAPA Store, which she says has had semi-trucks parked along 11th Street, and idling after Midnight.  Jones the noise has been an issue.

Jeanette Jones noted that some of the landscaping that the NAPA store developer had promised was not in place.  During this past week's City Council work session, Public Safety Committee Chairwoman Maria Jones noted that a letter had been sent to the store's operators, about the hours trucks can be idling, and semis cannot be parked on 11th Street.  Jones adds that the Police Department is aware of the parking issues on 11th Street, and they will monitor that situation. 


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has accepted the ballot line of the liberal Working Families Party in next month's general election...  

Cuomo said late Friday, through a spokeswoman, that he would accept the ballot line of the party that earlier backed his Democratic primary opponent, actress Cynthia Nixon.  Working Families Party leaders said Wednesday they would offer the party's ballot line to Cuomo, a two-term incumbent.  Cuomo's acceptance means his name will appear on the November ballot under the Democratic, Independence and Working Families lines.  Nixon ended her campaign after losing the Democratic primary to Cuomo.  But, she could have taken votes away from Cuomo if she had stayed on the ballot as the Working Families Party nominee.  Cuomo holds a commanding lead over Republican Marc Molinaro in recent polls.


Around 200 people took part in the 3rd annual Buddy Walk Saturday, starting and ending at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club.  Karen Silzle, of the Resource Center, is one of the organizers of the walk.  She says it's held to raise awareness about Down Syndrome....

At the walk, members of the community are encouraged to walk with a ‘buddy’ who has Down syndrome, a chromosomal disorder.  Tim Adam is another of the walk’s organizers… and the parent of a child with Down syndrome.  He believes getting to know someone with Down syndrome can open a person's eyes and, make them realize that they can do just about anything they want to do.  Despite inclement weather in the hours before the event, the rain let up enough for the walk to be completed successfully.  


An upstate New York police chief is accused of diverting discarded prescription drugs for his own use...  

Kenmore chief Peter Breitnauer was charged late last week with possession of hydrocodone.  He could face up to a year in prison if he's convicted.  Federal prosecutors say Breitnauer admitted taking more than 100 pills from a medication drop box at the police station because he's addicted to prescription painkillers.  The 68-year-old Breitnauer has been on the Kenmore force since 1984, serving as chief since 2012.  The community of about 15,000 people is just north of Buffalo.  Breitnauer was released after appearing in federal court in Buffalo.  His lawyer says he remains employed and is weighing treatment.  His lawyer says Breitnauer's arrest is "strictly a personal matter" and that his actions have no bearing on his professional conduct.


BPU--Columbus Day Schedule....

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities will be open during normal operating hours today, even though it's Columbus Day -- a federal holiday.  BPU Communications Coordinator Becky Robbins says hours today are from 9 AM to 4 PM.  In addition, Robbins says garbage and recycling collection for this week will take place on regular schedule and water main flushing will follow announced schedules.

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News Headlines for Sat., Oct. 6, 2018

Birritierri resigns as Mayor of Lakewood...
The embattled mayor of Lakewood has resigned amid controversy over several recent absences, and other matters.  The village clerk's office sent out a brief statement late yesterday morning that Cara Birritierri had decided to resign... effective the end of business Friday.  In a letter to the village... Birritierri based her decision "solely on personal and medical reasons."  She also praised staff, other elected officials. and "countless volunteers" who dedicated themselves to the village.  The clerk's office says -- for now -- Deputy Mayor Ted McCague will fill-in in the interim.  Chautauqua County Board of Elections Commissioner Brian Abram says... since the Sept. 20 deadline for an election has passed... there can be no election this year.  However, a new mayor could be appointed by the current board.


Borrello says county has found potential, new location for CARTS Hub in Jamestown -- but, no final decision has been announced...
The Chautauqua Area Rural Transporation System has identified a new location for it's Jamestown hub... but, nothing has been finalized as yet.  That from County Executive George Borrello... who says CARTS is still in discussions about a new location to replace the one on West Second Street -- in front of the National Comedy Center.  Borrello says consistancy is important for such a location, and, with plans for closing the street at times for Comedy Center events, they won't have that.  He says many who used CARTS are elderly, or have other mobility issues, and making hub changes is disruptive.  The City Council recently voted to allow CARTS to use it's temporary hub location on Pine Street -- near the South County Office Building -- through Oct. 19.  Borrello says... while they're looking for a new permanent hub site... he says they still hope to have a stop near the Comedy Center.  He adds they're also looking at expanding service to take advantage of the area's several tourist attractions... including the Jackson Center, and many others.


Jamestown man arrested for Child Endangerment...
A city man is jailed pending arraignment for endangering the welfare of a child Thursday night. Jamestown Officers and New York State Police were working a joint patrolling detail when officers reportedly saw an unaccompanied one-year-old child walking down the sidewalk on Newland Avenue.  After investigating... officers found 44 year-old Juan DeJesus was supposed to be watching the child, when the toddler walked out of the residence... and, was wondering the street. DeJesus is due back in Jamestown City Court at a later date. 


City man arrested for assault...
A Jamestown man was arrested on assault charges for allegedly cutting a victim's hair with a knife during a domestic incident Thursday night.  City police responded to the physical dispute in the area of East Second Street -- near Jeffords -- for a male chasing a female down the road.  On arrival... officers determined 49 year-old Michael Pachecho held the woman down on the ground and struck her in the face with a boot, causing injury... and, also broke her umbrella.  Pachecho was taken into custody where he additionally found to be in possession of methamphetamine.  He's being held in city jail pending arraignment. 


Gerace says watch out for deer on county roads this time of year...
It's the time of the year when drivers should to pay extra attention for deer while traveling on area roads and highways.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says car-deer related crashes spike during the months of October, November and December.  Gerace says that's because deer are more active during the Fall... especially around dusk and dawn.  If you approach a deer in the middle of the road... Gerace says don't swerve because you may end up in the other lane -- and into the path of an oncoming vehicle.  He adds don't rely on car-mounted deer whistles.  And keep in mind that deer generally travel in herds...so if you see one, usually there are other nearby.


Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence held in Jamestown Friday...
With the back-drop of the past year's "MeToo" movement... Domestic Violence Awareness Month kicked-off Friday afternoon in downtown Jamestown with a proclamation by Mayor Sam Teresi.  Teresi issued the proclamation following the 21st annual Walk Against Domestic Violence to help start the annual Unity Day Event in the lobby of City Hall.  The keynote speaker was Kayleigh Feser... who heads up Chautauqua County's Elder Abuse and Enhanced Multi-Disciplinary Team.  Faser says... while there have been a number of high-profile domestic and sexual abuse cases the past year... it's just the tip of the iceberg.  On average... Faser says one out of every two women... and, 1 in 5 men will be the victim of physical and or sexual violence.  Most is what she called "Intimate Partner" violence... and, that could be a sibling, father, mother, or a friend.  Faser adds that women wind up being 90 to 95-percent of the victims in such cases. 

     

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News Bulletin for Fri., Oct. 5, 2018

(**Bulletin)Birritierri Resigns as Lakewood mayor...T

he embattled mayor of Lakewood has resigned amid controversy over several recent absences, and other matters.  The village clerk's office sent out a brief statement late this morning that Birritierri had decided to resign... effective today.  In a letter to the village... Birritierri cited "personal and medical reasons" for her decision.  The clerk's office says -- for now -- Deputy Mayor Ted McCague will fill-in in the interim.  Birritierri was elected in November of 2015, and became mayor in January of 2016.  Her term runs through the end of 2019.

 

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 5, 2018


The Sherman man accused of hunting after dark when he accidently shot and killed a neighbor while she was talking her dogs last November has pleaded guilty in the case...  

Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says 33 year-old Thomas Jadlowski pled guilty in county court to one count each of criminally negligent homicide, and hunting after hours in connection with the death of 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist.  Swanson says this ends a "very difficult" chapter in the lives of two families.

Jamie is Rosemary Billquist's husband, who Swanson says has been involved in the case from day one.  He says Jamie Billquist agreed to changing an original charge of second-degree manslaughter to criminally negligent homicide.  Swanson says the latter charge is an E-Felony that included what the Billquist family was looking for.  Jadlowski told investigators that he mistook Mrs. Billquist for a deer, and fired one round, and it struck her in the hip.  She later died at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Jadlowski will be sentenced next January 14.


The late Rosemary Billquist's husband says this has "never been about vengeance..." and, voiced his support for the plea agreement reached today in her death...  

At the same time, Jamie Billquist did push for prison time because he felt a message needed to be sent to hunters that they have "expansive responsibilities" when they hunt.  Patrick Swanson adds that Billquist also wants hunters to think twice about hunting after dark.  Swanson says -- from the beginning -- Jamie Billquist wanted the defendant to take responsibility and be held accountable. 


A man from the city of Olean was arrested following a drug raid at his apartment on Tuesday evening...  

Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they executed a search warrant at 633 Garden Avenue about 9:30 p.m. and, discovered more than a half-an-ounce of crack-coaine -- having a street value of nearly $2,900; four-grams of marijuana; along with scales and packaging materials.  Officers arrested 42 year-old Shariff James at the scene.  He was arraigned on charges of Felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, and misdemeanor criminal use of drug paraphernalia. Task Force members were assisted by Olean Police, Sheriff's deputies, State Police and, the Sheriff's K-9 Unit. 


The Democratic candidate for the 23rd Congressional District says she would vote in favor of the new U-S, Mexico and Canada trade agreement...  

However, Penn Yan's Tracy Mitrano says it's not the big "paradigm shift that President Donald Trump proclaims it to be.  Mitrano says the USMCA is a good first step.  The USMCA stipulates that 75-percent of a car must be produced by the three member nations for it to pass through the countries duty-free.  In addition, it states 40-percent of each car must be produced by workers making $16/hr or more to avoid duties.  Mitrano says the deal helps expand markets for agricultural products in Canada.  However, she says it favors big and corporate farms over smaller, family farms.  President Trump tweeted out his thanks late Wedneday for Incumbant Republican Tom Reed's support of the trade deal.


Local Congressman Tom Reed made a stop in the city of Dunkirk yesterday, where he toured the P-Tech Academy...  

The Corning Republican says manufacturing is in demand for skilled workers, and he believes the program can play a major role in developing a skilled workforce.  He says there are two main reasons for his visit-- re-affirming support for P-Tech Programming and to "be a loud voice for this great opportunity."

County Executive George Borrello and Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES Superintendent David O'Rourke were among those who joined Reed for the tour.  O'Rourke says this is the fourth year the program.  He says students enter the program in the eighth grade and wind up with a college degree.  O'Rourke says the program is in it's fourth-year now.  Reed and Borrello spoke with the students and staff during Thursday's tour.  The Dunkirk campus, which opened in March, is one of 32 across the state.

 

Pennsylvania state lawmakers have passed the first anti-violence legislation in years that deals directly with firearms...  

A measure to force people in the gun-friendly state with a domestic violence ruling against them to more quickly surrender their guns cleared its last hurdle Wednesday before it can get Democratic Governor Tom Wolf's signature.  The Republican-controlled Senate passed the bill 43-5, and Wolf plans to sign it.  Domestic violence- and gun violence-prevention groups support the bill and have worked for its passage for years.  It picked up speed in March after the Florida high school shooting that killed 17 people, and the National Rifle Association negotiated changes that dropped its opposition.  Under the bill, people convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence or subject to final restraining orders must surrender their guns within 24 hours.


President Donald Trump is making another visit to Pennsylvania, this time To Erie where one of his staunch supporters in Congress is facing his toughest re-election battle yet...  

Trump's campaign said late Wednesday that the president will hold a rally at Erie Insurance Arena on October 10.  Four-term Congressmen Mike Kelly and Lou Barletta are expected to attend, and Trump will headline a fundraiser for the men while there.  Kelly is facing a challenge from Democrat Ron DiNicola while Barletta is mounting an uphill campaign to unseat two-term Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey.  Trump was in Philadelphia earlier this week, at the Flight 93 memorial in southwestern Pennsylvania on September 11, and in Wilkes-Barre in early August for a rally with Barletta.


New York officials are enacting a quarantine on movement into the state of landscaping debris and other items from four states impacted by a new invasive insect called the spotted lanternfly....  

The quarantine restricts movement of certain goods into New York from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia.  Items affected include yard waste, firewood, wooden crates, nursery stock, fruit and produce.  Also included are outdoor articles such as lawn tractors, grills, tarps and vehicles stored outdoors.  People transporting any of the listed items will need documentation of the origin and destination of shipments.  The state Department of Agriculture will have compliance checks around the state.  People who visit the infested states are urged to inspect their vehicle for lanternfly egg masses and scrape them off before leaving.

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News bulletin for Thurs., Oct. 4, 20189

(**Bulletin)Jadklowski pleads guilty in Billquist's death during hunting accident...

The Sherman man accused of hunting after hours when he accidently shot and killed a neighbor while she was talking her dogs last November has pled guilty in the case.  Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says 33 year-old Thomas Jadlowski pled guilty in county court to one count each of criminally negligent homicide, and hunting after hours in connection with the death of 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist on Nov. 22 of 2017.  Jadlowski told investigators that he mistook Mrs. Billquist for a deer, and fired one round, and it struck her in the hip.  She later died at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA.  Jadlowski faces 1 to 3 years, and up to 1 1/3 to 4 years when he's sentenced next Jan. 14, 2019

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 4, 2018

Three people suffered only minor injuries when a car traveling the wrong-way on Interstate 86 in the town of Ellicott struck another car head-on.... 

State Police in Jamestown say the driver of the wrong-way car, 86 year-old Charles French of Ellicott, apparently got on I-86 eastbound shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday.  However, troopers say French was driving westbound when they were called.  Police say the driver of an eastbound car, 19 year-old Anna Griffith, of Salamanca, saw French's car coming, and tried to avoid the collision.  French, Griffith, and Griffith's 6-month old child, were all taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment.  Charges are pending.


Four projects in Chautauqua County are among the 16 identified so far by the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council be be priority projects...  


That from County Executive George Borrello, who serves on the council, and says the four projects locally include is pleased that four of the 16 projects are from Chautauqua County.  One of the four projects is from Jamestown and, that'll be for Chadakoin River re-development.  He adds that there are other projects -- aside from the 16 -- that are going through the Consolidated Funding Application process.

Borrello adds that there are two priority projects in the village of Fredonia, one being the Agri-America building which will be used for juice to be reprocessed.  He says the other Fredonia based project involves the White Inn and, trying to get that back up and running to augment the tourism industry.  Borrello adds the fourth priority project centers on the redevelopment of the former Welch Foods Building in Westfield and possibly converting that into a "mixed use" building.


More detailed plans are expected to be presented next week on a proposed $34-million housing project in downtown Jamestown...  

Officials with Southern Tier Environments for Living, and Community Helping Hands, are developing the project at the Gateway Center on Water Street,  which calls for creation of 70-housing units in the former three-story industrial plant.  Preliminary plans were discussed at last month's Planning Commission meeting, but Mayor Sam Teresi says nothing is finalized as yet.

Teresi says -- otherwise -- he's taking a "wait-and-see" approach to the project and, he wants them to have the time needed to full develop the proposal, which would include 39 affordable housing units among the 70 total in the building.  He says they expect more information at next Tuesday night's public hearing on the proposal.  Next Tuesday's public hearing by the city Planning Commission will be held in City Council Chambers beginning at 6:00.


The city of Lockport in western New York has won $10-million dollars as the latest winner of Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's downtown revitalization contest....  


State officials announced the funding on Wednesday... adding the Niagara County city plans to invest the money in efforts to make its downtown more attractive to businesses, tourists and residents.  Pedestrian walkways, improved storefronts and more housing are all possibilities.  Now in its third year, Cuomo's downtown contest will award a total of $100-million to 10 winning communities across the state.  The city of Jamestown won a $10-million DRI in 2016.  Cuomo said Wednesday that Lockport is an "ideal" recipient of the funds because of its growing tourism industry and its location on the Erie Canal.  Other recent winners include Albany, New Rochelle, Saranac Lake, Watertown, Batavia, Rome and the South Bronx.


The new trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada will help local agri-businesses have a more level playing field with our neighbors to the north...  

That from local Congressman Tom Reed, who says the USMCA helps move Canada away from a "protectionist" policy, and towards freer trade.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media and says once it's in place, farmers begin moving their goods.

In fact... Reed says that once the new agreement with Mexico was reached, the price for milk increased by $2.00 per hundred-weight.  He says -- for the first time -- several dairy markets will open up in Canada once the agreement's fully in place.  The Corning Republican adds the new agreement will also be a big boost to the local wine industry -- especially for Canadian tourists who come here, and want to take some wine home with them.  The Corning Republican says the minimum standards would go up -- as he understands it -- from $20.00 to $150.00. 


It's no longer considered "Tornado Season..." but, swirling winds and tornadic activity was reported in nearby Scandia, Pennsylvania in Warren County on Tuesday...  


Meteorologist John Banghoff with the National Weather Service in State College says a funnel-cloud was reported just before 4 p.m. during turbulent weather conditions.  However, Banghoff says a tornado didn't 'actually' touch down based on visual observation. 

Additionally, an EF-2 storm was reported in Crawford County, which damaged Rolling Fields Elder Care Community in Conneauville, blowing a roof off one building.  Banghoff says it started with a cold front and, winds moving from the southwest -- then west to east -- producing some verticle wind shear and creating "super cells."  He describes "super cells" as the big storms responsible for large tornados in the Great Plains, but we can get the same phenomena here. No injuries were reported in Tuesday's storms. 


A federal appeals court says former New York Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver can remain free a few more months while he appeals his bribery conviction...  

The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made the decision Wednesday in the 74-year-old Democrat's favor just two days before he was to report to prison to begin serving a seven-year sentence.  Prosecutors said he collected nearly $4 million dollars in fees in exchange for taking actions as a legislator that benefited a cancer researcher and real estate developers.  Silver's lawyers insist that the money their client received was not the result of bribes.


Buffalo Bill's running back LeSean McCoy's ex-girlfriend says in a new court filing that he physically abused her during their nearly two-year relationship...  

Delicia Cordon on Tuesday filed an amended lawsuit against McCoy alleging physical abuse.  She also directly accuses him of arranging a July 10 home invasion at a home he owns just outside Atlanta that left her bloodied.  McCoy has repeatedly proclaimed his innocence and did so again when speaking to reporters after practice Wednesday.  A previous version of her lawsuit didn't mention physical abuse against her and didn't directly accuse him of playing a role in the home invasion.  The new version also expands on her previous allegations that McCoy abused his young son and dog.  The amended lawsuit seeks more than $50 million in damages.

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WJTN Headlines for Oct. 3, 2018

The chance of severe storms and tornadic activity stayed to our south and, a twister did hit one community just to the west of Warren County, Pennsylvania...  


Authorities say a tornado struck the Rolling Fields Elder Care Community in Conneauville in Crawford County, blowing a roof off one building and causing moderate to heavy damage.  No serious injuries were reported.  Rolling Fields was purchased earlier this year by Heritage Ministries of Chautauqua County.  Forecaster Mike Griffin of the National Weather Service office in Cleveland said the EF-2 twister packing winds up to 115 mph struck the nursing home about 2:40 p.m. Tuesday.  Rolling Fields said in a statement that all residents were being evacuated, and there were no serious injuries, although "two residents have been hospitalized for unrelated concerns."  Griffin said there have also been reports of trees down on houses and blocking roads.


A Cattaraugus County man has pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography more than two-years ago and, faces at least five years in prison...  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior announced Tuesday afternoon that 62 year-old Kevin James Fox of Limestone entered his plea before U-S District Court Judge Lawrence Vilardo.  Assistant U-S Attorney Aaron Mango says Fox was accused of persuading a woman to find a minor male on two occasions, the first in May of 2016 and, engage in sexual activity with them, and take pictures.  The first time was with a 16 year-old boy, then about a month later, she had sex with a 17 year-old.  The woman then texted photos to Fox.  Kennedy says Fox faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and, a quarter of a million dollar fine.


The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office Warning Ticket Program seems to be catching on across the state and it has now received the attention of the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee...  

The committee has awarded a grant to study the traffic safety impact of the program.  That from local Sheriff Joe Gerace, who launched the program in 2013, in an attempt to correct driving behavior involving minor traffic offenses without subjecting motorists to fines and other expenses.

Gerace says the demonstration grant will determine how effective the program has been and, that will involve looking at previous year's data, and they will do some selective enforcement to determine who are repeat offenders.  The warning ticket program was first of its kind for a Sheriff's Office in New York State when it was launched five years ago.  It also received the "Outstanding Traffic Safety Program Award" from the state Sheriff's Association.  

 
It's been 100 years since the 1918 influenza epidemic...  

Since then, major progress has been made in treating and preventing the flu. However, for the 2017-18 season, the Centers for Disease Control reported record-breaking levels of flu illness and hospitalization rates throughout the country, with 180 flu-related pediatric deaths reported alone.  What's the best way to protect you and your family? CDC Flu Division Epidemiologist Alicia Budd says, get your flu shot as soon as you can.

Budd says anyone six-months and older should get vaccinated this month because you're likely to be more protected during peak months of flu season. She says this is especially important for those with increased complications, including being 65 years of age, or very young -- age 5 or under -- you should get a vaccination.  Budd adds that women who are pregnant, or people with chronic conditions should get one, too.  Budd says there are several options to receive a flu shot this year including the nasal spray for anyone 2-to-49 years old and, a vaccine specifically for those 65-years and older.  For additional information on keeping healthy during flu season, visit their website at CDC.gov/flu


A major milestone has been reached in the reconstruction of the South Main Street Bridge in downtown Jamestown...  

The Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities recently announced that the span's concrete relieving slab was poured on September 21 and, after a two-week curing period, the granite curbing and sidewalk placement can begin.  The county's new DPF Director, Brad Bentley says they are making "excellent progress on this bridge replacement so it is safe for our travelling public."  In addition, Bentley says new waterline and electrical services are substantially completed across the arches.  At this point... there is still some work on walls, and the bridge approaches and paving.  Unless there are weather delays, Bentley says the project will completed and, the bridge reopened by late November of this year.


Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano says she has raised nearly one-million dollars in the past three months in her effort to unseat incumbant Republican Congressman Tom Reed.... 

Mitrano made the announcement during a press conference call with Southern Tier Media outlining her five point economic development plan.  The Penn Yan resident says her campaign has brought in $900,000 and, is about  $70,000 of a million dollars.  With that, Mitrano says she's starting a TV ad today.

For the most part, Mitrano says she's received smaller contributions from people all across the district, as she had criss-crossed the 11-county district.  She says she was in Chautauqua County last week and, will be back here for another event this weekend.  That will include some campaign stops, first in Seneca County Wednesday, and a Campaign concert Saturday with the local group, 10-Thousand Maniacs.  Mitrano says she had a good turn-out for a recent town hall in Central New York and, adds there were about 200 people on hand for an informal gathering in Silver Creek.  The cyber-security expert noted the biggest contribution she received was $5,000 from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's Political Action Committee after the Senator endorsed her campaign.


A Jamestown man faces unlawful possession of marijuana charges following a traffic stop in the town of Gerry last Sunday...  

State police in Jamestown say they stopped a vehicle on Route 60 for a violation, and smelled marijuana coming from inside.  Troopers searched the car and the occupants and, found 33 year-old Rashid Jabbar in possession of a bag containing marijuana.  Jabbar is to appear in court next month to answer the charge. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 2, 2018

The investigation is continues into what caused a head-on collison in the town of Ripley Sunday night that killed a 22 year-old woman...  

Sheriff's Officers say the accident occurred just before 8 p.m. on Route 20 when a westbound vehicle operated by Madison Dunlap -- of Ripley -- and an east-bound vehicle operated by 58 year-old Kim Robbins -- of Dunkirk -- collided.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says investigators were at the scene until Midnight Monday.

Gerace says Robbins was transported by ambulance to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, then later sent to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennslvania.  Dunlap was pronounce dead at the scene.  Ripley Fire Rescue, Westfield Police also responded to assist.  Deputies say charges are pending the investigation.


A state law that takes 16-year-olds out of the adult criminal justice system is now in effect.  New York's 'Raise the Age' legislation got its official start on Monday....  


The law, passed last year, calls for most 16-year-olds charged with offenses to be tried in Family Court instead of automatically in adult criminal court.  More serious charges would go to a "Youth Part" of criminal court.  Next year, the law will extend to 17-year-olds.  The law also impacts juvenile detention.  On Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced all 16- and 17-year-olds had been moved off of Rikers Island, the city's jail, to dedicated juvenile facilities with access to social services.  New York was the next-to-last state in the U.S. to raise its age of criminal responsibility to 18.


Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi will present his 2019 budget proposal a week from today to city lawmakers and the public, but there's already been some discussion about how the plan will be presented...  

After Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce noted that budget hearings with Department heads would start the following week, on October 15, At-Large Councilman Andy Liuzzo questioned why the presentation was on Tuesday, October 9 instead of the 8th -- which is in the charter.  Fellow lawmakers noted that it's Columbus Day, which is a federal holiday.

A few lawmakers chimned in, saying that it's not practical to present the budget on what is a federal holiday.  Mayor Teresi says he would have to call staff in -- at time-and-a-half -- to be able to do that.  Teresi read a part of the New York State Consolidated Law, which states what local municipalities can do.  He says they can move any action that falls on a weekend, or a Monday holiday, to the next business day. 


The county legislature's Audit and Control Committee began it's review of Executive George Borrello's tentative, 2019 budget proposal Monday...  

Borrello says they were to take a hard look at his plan to close the Methane-to-Energy plant at the landfill, and sell the methane to a contract to convert to renewable natural gas.  During last week's budget presentation, Borrello noted that the move could bring just over one-million dollars into county coffers annually.

Borrello says the Methane to Energy plant would likely close by the end of the year, depending on how discussions progress.  He says he's pleased to have new Public Facilities Director, Brad Bentley, involved in the effort because of his strong background in the energy industry.  The Audit and Control Committee will be going through each department budget this week to discuss any further cuts, or restorations in the more than $254-million spending plan.  The legislature needs to act on the budget by December 1.  A vote is tentatively set for the panel's October meeting.


The proposed new trade deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico brings our trading standards "out of the dark ages and into the 21st Century".... 

That from local Congressman Tom Reed on the three-way agreement brokered just before a Midnight Monday deadline.  Reed says it will give "our dairy farmers and workers a fair shake at success."  Agriculture is still Chautauqua County's biggest industry, and County Executive George Borrello says it's great news.

Reed and fellow members of Congress, will have 60 days -- once final details are out of the way -- to approve the new agreement.  The Corning Republican says "we look forward to further reviewing this deal to verify our all of our local farmers, manufacturers and workers are treated fairly."  Reed says he's been an "unrelenting advocate" to level the scales of trade for the dairy industry going back to 2013.


Three homes in the city of Dunkirk were damaged by a major fire that occured last Sunday night on Lake Shore Drive East near Beagle Street...  

Fire Captain Gary Katta says crews were called to a reported structure fire at 187 Lake Shore Drive shortly after 11 p.m. and, says crews found an unoccupied residence at 191 Lake Shore Drive fully-engulfed in flames.  Katta says that house was destroyed by fire and, the other two had lesser damage.

Katta says seven people were left homeless by the fire and, the local Red Cross is assisting them.  Fire officials say there were no injuries.  Dunkirk crews received mutual aid from Fredonia and East Dunkirk fire departments.  The cause of the blaze is under investigation.


New York state is working to reduce maternal mortality and the racial disparities in the rate of maternal death...  

A new state task force created earlier this year met for the first time last week in Albany.  The group is made up of state officials and medical and public health experts.  It is tasked with studying the factors that lead to women dying in childbirth and recommending ways to address it.  In 2010, New York state had one of the worst maternal mortality rates in the nation.  While the state has made progress in reducing the rate, it's still in the bottom half of states.  Statistics show that black women are three times more likely to die in childbirth than white women in New York.

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 1, 2018

The investigation continues into what caused a head-one collison in the Town of Ripley that killed a 22 year-old woman Sunday evening... 

Sheriff's Officers say the accident occurred just before 8 p.m. on Route 20 when a westbound vehicle operated by Madison Dunlap -- of Ripley -- and an east-bound vehicle operated by 58 year-old Kim Robbins -- of Dunkirk -- collided. Officers say Robbins was transported by ambulance to Brooks Hospital in Dunkirk, then later sent to UPMC Hamot in Erie-Pennslvania. Dunlap was pronounce deceased at the scene.  Ripley Fire Rescue, Westfield Police also responded to assist. The Sheriff's Accident Reconstruction Team remained on-scene until midnight. Deputies say charges are pending the investigation.


A Sinclairville man faces numerous charges after his car crashed on the Gerry-Ellington Road in the town of Ellington early last weekend...  

Chautauqua County Sheriff's officers say 21 year-old Jemini Merzweiler was operating the vehicle about 9:30 p.m. Friday when the accident occured.  Deputies say Merzweiler was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment of his injuries.  Officers investigated and, charged Merweiler with driving while intoxicated, failure to keep right, moving from land unsafely, and speeding.  He was issued appearance tickets for town court at a later date.


The investigation is continuing into a fatal car-motorcyle crash in the Cattaraugus County town of Olean nearly two-weeks ago...  

Sheriff's officers in Little Valley aren't releasing many details, but say the accident occured on Route 16 just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, September 18.  Deputies say the motorcycle was southbound when it was struck by a Sports Utility Vehicle that was turning onto Route 16 from Fairview Lane.  The operator of the bike was rushed to Olean General Hospital where they were pronouned dead.  The driver of the SUV was also taken to Olean General and, treated for minor injuries.  No charges have been filed pending the investigation.


The cost of both producing and selling their precision metal parts and fittings have gone up, but Anderson Precision Products has been the busiest they've ever been the past year...  

That from Co-Owner David Archer, who says a combination of tariffs and demand has increased the cost of both the steel and aluminum they use.  Archer says demand is up, but he says added costs from the tariffs are holding down the bottom line.

However,  Archer says that American company -- New Corps -- has to ship it's "hot-milled" steel to Canada for final processing, and it's then shipped back to the U.S., so it falls under the tariffs imposed by the Trump Administration.  Despite the tariffs and other increased costs, Archer says it's been their "number-one sales year so far.  After being at just under 100 employees for a short time, he says they have been hiring people lately and, are up to about 110 workers.  Archer says he hopes the tariffs are short-lived, and that demand remains high.


Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that names portions of four New York roadways after fallen soldiers and a state trooper....  

The Democrat signed the bills late Friday, one of them honoring a Celoron man killed in action in Iraq in 2004.  State Senator Cathy Young played a role is naming part of Route 394 in the town of Ellicott after Sergeant James Matteson.  In addition, Part of the Jericho Turnpike on Long Island was named after Master Sergeant Christopher Raguso, who was a lieutenant in the Fire Department of New York, and was killed when his New York Air National Guard helicopter crashed near Syria earlier this year.  The other two included the state Trooper killed in Jefferson County in the line of duty last year.  A local road was named after Trooper Joel Davis.


There was rain earlier and mud later in spots, but thousands still came out yesterday for the annual Busti Apple Harvest Festival at the Historical Society grounds....


That's festival Publicity Director Norm Carlson says one of the newer aspects of this year's festival was that people were able to see a lot of progress in restoration of the early 1840s home.  He says they now have three big rooms, and two smaller ones for people to see how life was back then.  Carlson adds they had several new craft vendors this year on the road between the fireman's grounds and the mill.  He says the 1839 gristmill was open, but this year they did hourly tours so the operation could be quieted and people could hear better. 


The Diocese of Buffalo has hired a former FBI agent to investigate complaints of clergy abuse and other wrongdoing...  

Bishop Richard Malone has announced the appointment of Steven Halter as director of the newly created Office of Professional Responsibility.  Halter was a special agent in the FBI for nearly 30 years.  His hiring comes at a time of turmoil in the western New York diocese, including calls for Malone to resign over his handling of claims of sexual misconduct by priests.  While Malone has acknowledged what he calls "past inadequacies" in his handling of complaints, he says he will not resign.


A Buffalo man who was stopped for not having any tail lights on Route 60 in the town of Charlotte last weekend was found have a suspended license and, it had been revoked 17 times...  

Sheriff's officers say they pulled over 38 year-old Devon Taylor about 9:30 Saturday night and also found that there was an active warrant for his arrested.  He was arraigned on the warrant, and a charge of second-degree unlicensed operation and, sent to the County Jail pending bail.


Daily alternate parking begins today in the city of Jamestown.  The Jamestown Police Department says vehicles need to be parked on the odd-numbered side of the street on odd-numbered days... while cars need to be parked on the even-side on even-numbered days.  Pooice say daily parking alternates at 10 AM each day... and, there is no grace period.


A federal district judge in Washington says a group of nearly 200 Democratic senators and representatives has legal standing to sue President Trump to prove he violated the U.S. Constitution's emoluments provision banning the acceptance of gifts from foreign interests...  

The ruling by Judge Emmet Sullivan is the second decision by a federal court advancing such constitutional lawsuits against the president.  A federal judge in Maryland ruled in July that a similar lawsuit against Trump by attorneys general for Maryland and the District of Columbia could proceed... but it only covered Trump's earnings from his hotel in Washington.  To allow the lawsuit to proceed, Sullivan said he would "accept as true the allegations that the President has accepted prohibited foreign emoluments without seeking the consent of Congress."

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., Sept. 29, 2018

Final clean-up of Falconer arson fire site now underway...
A collaborative effort among several south county communities will allow the site of an arson fire a year-and-a-half ago in Falconer to be cleaned-up... and redeveloped.  Chautauqua County officials joined with others -- including Falconer Mayor Jim Rensel -- to announce the communities providing landfill credits so a contractor can take the debris from 29-to-37 West Main St. to the Ellery facility at no charge.  Rensel thanked officials in the towns of Poland, Ellington, Gerry, Carroll and the village of Celoron, for donating their landfill credits to help.  County Executive George Borrello praised the effort... which will allow the village to move forward on re-developing the location -- including the Chautauqua County Landbank.  In addition... the Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency will assist with managing the remaining demolition and clean-up.  City Development Director Vince DeJoy recalled that the Falconer fire corresponded with a series of arsons in Jamestown.  Four of them occured the following day in the city, and they needed four different crews to demolish those structures.  Local police and the Chautauqua County District Attorney's office have accused a Falconer man, 20 year-old Jonathon Young... of setting about a dozen fires in the immediate Jamestown area.  Young was extradicted from Pennsylvania... where he faced similar charges... earlier this year.  


More information on West Ellicott House fire...
A number of fire companies were called to a house fire in West Ellicott early Friday morning.  According to the Post Journal, a neighbor spotted the fire at 67 South Alleghany Ave.  The home was vacant at the time of the fire.  Crews from Celeron, Lakewood, Busti, Fluvanna and Kiantone were on the scene for about a half an hour.  Fire investigators were called to the scene, though at this time a cause has not been released.  It was determined the first started near the garage.  The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities said Friday that water could be discolored in Lakewood and Celeron due to the fire.  


Investigation ongoing into fatal car-motorcycle accident in Cattaraugus County...
The investigation is continuing into a fatal car-motorcyle crash in the Cattaraugus County town of Olean just over a week ago.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley aren't releasing many details... but, say the accident occured on Route 16 just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, September 18th.  Deputies say the motorcycle was southbound when it was struck by a Sports Utility Vehicle that was turning onto Route 16 from Fairview Land.  The operator of the bike was rushed to Olean General Hospital where they were pronouned dead.  The driver of the SUV was also taken to Olean General... and, treated for minor injuries.  No charges have been filed.  


Anderson Precision signs new Flex Plan Agreement with BPU...
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities has signed a new, four-year Flex Plan agreement with a local employer to help it save on it's electric costs.  BPU General Manager Dave Leathers, and Mayor Sam Teresi, were at Anderson Precision Products Friday afternoon to sign the new agreement... which runs from this coming November 1 through October 31 of 2022.  Anderson's Co-Owner, David Archer, says their past agreement has helped them grow their global sales and purchasing efforts.  Anderson Precision makes precision-turned metal parts... and, fittings to meet almost any requirement on a global-scale.  The company won the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce's 2018 "Manufacturer of the Year" award.  Teresi says there are just a few, small ways that local government can assist local businesses.  He says this is a good one, because the BPU becomes "tool" to assist economic development. 


City woman arrested for DWI and Drug possession following Frewsburg accident...
A Jamestown woman has been arrested for allegedly being drunk when she was involved in a one-car, rollover accident in Frewsburg this past Tuesday.  State Police in Jamestown were called to the scene on Sawmill Run Road... and, found that 45 year-old Robin Smith was the lone occupant of the vehicle.  Troopers and Frewsburg firefighters helped Smith out of the vehicle... but, she was found to be intoxicated.  She was allegedly found to be in possession of morphine and clonazepam, both controlled substances for which she did not have a prescription.  Smith provided a breath sample.. and, was found with a blood alcohol content of point-15.  She was arraigned in South Valley town Court on charges including Felony DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, issued appearance tickets.


Jamestown man arrested in Kiantone for trespassing...
A man wanted on a warrant in the city of Jamestown was arrested in Kiantone for tresspassing onto a person's property early Thursday morning.  Sheriff's officers responded to Carlson Road for two people fighting... and, spoke with the victim on arrival, who reportedly said 25 year-old Ryan Paulisick had additionally taken property and damaged their vehicle.  Paulisick allegedly fled the scene prior to the officers's arrival... but, was located quickly by Ellicott Police.  He was taken into custody for the outstanding warrant, prior to officers obtaining an arrest warrant for the Carlson Road incident.  Paulisick will be appear in Kiantone Town Court at a later date. 


State reached agreement with feds on "I LOVE NY" program sign...
State and federal transportation regulators have reached an agreement allowing "I Love NY" highway signs to stay in place without costing New York $14-million in highway funding.  The Federal Highway Administration had warned the state that the 514 big blue tourism signs along highways from Long Island to Buffalo didn't adhere to regulations and were distracting to drivers.  New York stood to lose federal funding if the dispute wasn't resolved by month's end. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 29, 2018

Local fire crews were hard at work on a house fire that broke out in the Village of Celoron early this morning... 

County dispatchers say crews were called to South Allegheny Avenue about 2:20 a.m., with assistance from Lakewood, Busti and Fluvanna fire departments. We have a message into the Celoron Fire Department at this time. We'll continue following this story as more information becomes available.  

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The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities notes discolored water in West Ellicott, Celoron and Lakewood is possible today due to the fire. 


Nearly 20 members of Congress have committed to back a proposal by the "Problem Solver's" caucus that will "fast-track" bi-partisan legislation in the House of Representatives...  

Local Congressman Tom Reed, who co-chairs the caucus, adds they also want whoever the next Speaker is, they want them to commit to the "Break the Gridlock" legislation, as well.  Reed is one of the 19 members who have announced that they have agreed to only vote for a Speaker who supports the legislation, and he believes that will increase.

During his conference call with Southern Tier media on Thursday, Reed said there are about a dozen members of Congress who have expressed an interest in being speaker, including Ohio Republican Jim Jordan -- who is a member of the conservative "Freedom Caucus."  Reed says he has talked with Jordan about that possibility.  He adds that Jordan has been positive about such reforms to get Congress moving in a more positive direction. 


Several political campaigns in New York have come under criticism over campaign messaging deemed by some to have been designed to exploit voters' racial biases or xenophobia...  

In the latest skirmish, a Democratic congressman in California assailed a New York Republican colleague over an attack ad that showed his opponent speaking Korean, over a backdrop of ominous music, a portrait of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and captions falsely implying he was talking about sending American jobs to Asia.  California Congressman Ted Lieu of California on Twitter told Buffalo-area Republican Chris Collins of western New York's 27th District to "take your racist ad and shove it."  A Collins spokeswoman said the ad was about the economic policies of Democratic opponent Nate McMurray, and race had nothing to do with it.


There are two special events for the Resource Center this weekend, beginning with the 4th Annual Sprout Film Festival at 7:30 tonight at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts...  

Kevin Anderson, Assistant Director of Employment and Community Based Services, says 'Sprout' is a series of short films made by or about people with disabilities. Admission is free. Meanwhile, the "Step-Up for Autism" walk to Chautauqua Lake starts at 10 a.m. at the Dunham Avenue Admininstration Offices. More information on both events is available at resourcecenter.org.


The head of the county legislature is happy with their starting point, regarding Executive George Borrello's 2019 budget proposal...  

Chairman P-J Wendel adds, though, that the legislature will not "rubber stamp" the more than $254-million spending plan.  Wendel says -- for him - the biggest part of the budget is that it's balanced and plugs a projected deficit.

Wendel says he's excited about the creative way Borrello has looked at the budget and, eliminated the deficit.  One area of interest in the spending plan is whether it includes the hiring of a special, drug prosecutor for the District Attorney's office.  Wendel says if the item is in the budget proposal, he doubts it would be taken out.  County Executive Borrello noted after the meeting that the added prosecutor is in the budget he is presenting and, that's an additional $65,000 expense.  The Audit and Control Committee -- chaired by Pierre Chagnon -- begins it's budget review next Monday.


A number of contract renewals for goods and services routinely come across the Chautauqua County Executive's desk and most cases they have been routinely approved with little problem...  

However, that's going to change effective immediately.  That from County Executive George Borrello during his first budget presentation Wednesday night.  Borrello says -- if the county is going to reduce costs going forward -- it has to look at every vendor agreement with a discerning eye.  He adds that's also going to be the case for state bids.

Borrello says he wants to restore "common sense" to the state bid process.  The $254-million-plus budget proposal includes no tax increase and, doesn't use any undesignated fund balance to balance the spending plan.  The county legislature's Audit and Control Committee begins work on the budget next week, meeting with department heads.


A city man is jailed pending arraignment for burglarizing a home and fleeing from officers during a domestic incident early Wednesday morning...  

Jamestown police were called to 15 Benedict Avenue at 12:30 and, learned 34 year-old Justin Cusimano allegedly forced his way into the house, and stole property from the victim -- who has a valid stay away order of protection.  As officers walked up to the home, Cusimano was seen running away in a wooded area, which led to a short foot chase.  Officers also say they saw the suspect throw two small plastic baggies possibly containing drugs.  He was taken into custody and sent to the City Jail for second-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny, and criminal contempt. 


A retired state trooper has been hired as a school safety advisor for the Fredonia Central School District.. 

Superintendent Jeff Sortisio says the school board approved the hiring of Tim Kachelmeyer for the position Wednesday night.  Sortisio says he believes the military man and Dunkirk coach will connect well with students.  Kachelmeyer begins his new duties on Monday.


The deadline for removing New York's famous ``I Love N-Y'' signs is fast approaching, and neither the state nor the federal government seems to be backing down...  

Federal highway regulators say they believe Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration is working to take down the tourism-promotion signs by Sunday.  Without a deal by month's end, New York could lose $14 million in funding.  The state Department of Transportation says it has not been ordered to take down the 500-plus signs on a big stretch of roads from Long Island to Buffalo.  The federal government has long maintained the signs violate its regulations. The state disagrees.  Officials say discussions are continuing.

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 27, 2018

The ability to find new ways to increase revenues and, made dozens of small and big cuts, has allowed Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello to propose a no-tax increase budget for 2019....  

Borrello presented his first tentative spending plan to the legislature at last night's monthly meeting.  He presented a handful of big ways he was able to cut spending, and increase revenues.  One significant cut involves re-bidding the county's employee health insurance, which is eight-percent of the entire budget.

Borrello says the county had to make an "accounting adjustment" to begin the process, which required $4.2-million to be moved from the undesignated fund balance to their capital reserve fund.  With that, he says the budget team decided to use $3.4-million more into roads and bridges and, upgrade equipment for the Public Facilities Department.  Through his "bushel full of pennies" philosophy, Borrello says most department heads were able to meet -- or exceed their own budget targets in the just over $254-million budget.  The legislature begins hearings on the budget next week.


A 15 year-old boy was struck by a single gun-shot fired by someone during an apparent drive-by shooting in Warren County's Eldred Township...  

State Police in Warren say someone in a vehicle fired the round at a residence in the 14-hundred block of Fiddlersgreen Road about 4:45 Wednesday morning.  Troopers say the suspect vehicle then fled the scene.  Police say the teenager was taken to Titusville Hospital for treatment.  Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call State Police at 1-814-728-3600 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-832-7463.


A condemned house that's been a serious blight on an eastside street in the city of Jamestown will soon be torn down and it won't be too soon for the neighbors there...  


The matter regarding the property at 42 Eagle Street was first brought up just over a week ago after the man told a council member that he had brought the property from the previous owner for a dollar.  However, the man has been living outside the home in a tent with no means to upgrade the property.  A woman from the neighborhood says the man is nothing more than a vagrant.

The woman, who wished not to be identified, says all the proper channels to get the property condemned have been gone through.  Mayor Sam Teresi says he and the Department of Development fully-agree with the residents there.  Teresi says, if the man living on the property has the means later to buy and rehabilitate the property, there are plenty of others in the city that would be better suited than the one on Eagle Street.


The Jamestown YMCA has been looking into options to become more financially responsible with resources over the past two years, in order to provide members with programs they want to see in facilities...  

However, an reported petition to "Save the Lakewood YMCA" has been circulating and, local YMCA Chief Executive Officer Mark Eckendorf says it's produced a "misunderstanding."

Eckendorf says the Jamestown YMCA is working with a professional company to do a feasibility study with "due diligence" by asking community members their feelings about consolidation and the possibility of a new YMCA location via telephone and email.  In a printed released, he says the 'Y' has been "part of this community for more than 157-years and will continue to be a part of this community for many more".  Again, the Lakewood YMCA is NOT closing and all programs will continue as is.  Eckendorf says nothing is immediate and all discussions are only exploratory.  


Congress has passed a bill that includes $75-million each year through 2025 to clean-up nuclear waste at the West Valley Demonstration Project in Cattaraugus County....  

Local Representative Tom Reed announced the approval late Tuesday and, says he's been proud to be "an unrelenting advocate" for West Valley.   Reed adds that he worked to ensure there would be a "fair amount of funding for the complete and total cleanup of this nuclear site."  He says the bill offers "clarity and, ensures the health and safety of our environment for years to come.  He also urged his colleagues in the Senate to quickly pass our bill to reauthorize this vital nuclear cleanup project while speaking on the House floor.


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has blamed upstate weather for prompting people to flee to other states....  

The Democrat, who is up for re-election this November, told reporters Tuesday that while job losses and high taxes once drove people to leave New York, his administration has ended that trend and improved the local economic situation.  He says many of the New Yorkers leaving the state now are doing so for personal reasons or decisions that he called "climate based."  The comments came after Cuomo's Republican challenger, Marc Molinaro, said Cuomo has failed to stem the number of New Yorkers leaving for states with lower taxes and more jobs. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 26, 2018

The head of the union representing Jamestown firefighters is urging city lawmakers to step in and, push for a quick resolution to the leaking issue at Station-One at Tracy Plaza....  

As we first reported a couple of weeks ago, a new leaking problem has cropped up with the contractor doing renovation work on the top of the plaza.  Fire Lieutenant Shawn Shilling addressed lawmakers at Monday night's council meeting, saying the Professional Firefighters Local 1776 has several concerns, including poor working conditions.

However, Mayor Sam Teresi says the matter is being addressed by the contractor, as well as city officials.  Teresi says they are again working with the contractor's insurance to get the necessary repairs made.  He adds a mitigation plan has been in place, and, fire management stated it was okay to use the area affected again.  Teresi says he's disappointed that the union chief used "a public grandstanding" approach to dealing with the matter.  He adds the contractor is in the final stages of finishing repairs and renovations on the city hall Police Station.

 

The first Jamestown City Council meeting held outside of City Hall in many years went off without few -- if any problems -- on Monday night...  

Those are the feelings of both lawmakers and Mayor Sam Teresi following the meeting at the main pavillion at Chadakoin Park.  Teresi believes the session, which was attended by about a dozen people, is a model they can use for other such meetings.

In addition to the Mayor's Office, the city Parks Department was also involved in the effort.  Parks Manager John Williams oversaw the set up in the park, including the sound system.  The meeting allowed lawmakers to showcase what has happened at the park in recent years -- including the opening of the new playground area near the pavillion. 


The controversial mayor of the village of Lakewood says she is still the mayor and has not moved... 

Speculation has run rampant after Monday night's village board meeting, which was not attended by Cara Birritierri.  Birritierri has missed a number of meetings in recent months, leading to rumors of the possibility of her stepping down with just over a year left in her term.  She has been embroiled in a number of controversies, most recently over approval of a water test along the village's shores with Chautauqua Lake to check on whether herbicides used in the town of Busti impacted local water.  The village board recently okayed paying the Chautauqua Lake Association for the testing, but it's not clear yet whether Birritierri or someone else ordered the testing.  Birritierri replied to our Facebook message today saying she had not moved from the village, and was still -- indeed -- mayor.


The Democratic challenger for the 23rd Congressional seat is sounding the alarm on the latest House budget plan which says would allow Social Security and Medicare to be used to balance the budget in 10 years...  

Ithaca's Tracy Mitrano says last year's tax reform bill will create an additional $1.4-trillion in deficits.  With that, Mitrano says outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan included the proposal, approved by the House Ways and Means Committee.

Mitrano says while Reed labels her as an "Extreme Ithaca Liberal..." he has been even more to the extreme among convervatives.  She says the Corning Republican's "rhetoric doesn't match his record" when he contends he is a moderate.  Mitrano says voters need to understand that this "is Mr. Reed's policy, this is his plan, and it will deeply affect their lives."  She says any raiding of Social Security and Medicare will be devastating to the 166,000 people in the Southern Tier district who rely solely on Social Security to pay their bills.  Mitrano made her comments during her weekly press call with regional media.


Congressman Tom Reed's campaign responded to the accusation Tueday afternoon, saying this is "just another deceptive attack from our opponent"....  

Tom Reed for Congress Communications Director Abbey Daugherty says "Tom has never supported anything that would take away Social Security benefits from those currently receiving them and, has in fact been outspoken in his belief that those who have paid into the system all their working lives deserve to receive their full benefits."


 A two-month long investigation into alleged cocaine sales in the city of Dunkirk resulted in two arrests Monday afternoon...  

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Dunkirk Police Department's Special Response Team executed a search warrant at 62 Lincoln Avenue around 5:30.  Police Chief David Ortolano spoke about the charges placed against the two men who allegedly sold quantities of cocaine to agents of the Task Force during the course of the investigation.  The search led to the recovery of a quantity of cocaine, suboxone, an assortment of tablet form controlled substances, scales and packaging materials along with a large amount of currency. Ortolano says additional charges are possible after the other controlled substances are tested. 


A north county man had to be tasered after he resisted arrest for allegedly stealing merchandise from the Wal-Mart SuperCenter in the village of Lakewood...  


Lakewood-Busti Police say they were called to the scene on Fairmount Avenue shortly after 5 p.m. Monday after 26 year-old Luca Brownlee of Dunkirk fled the store and, was later found in the Olive Garden Parking lot at the Chautauqua Mall.  Police say, when they confronted him, Brownlee ran off through the parking lot.  During the pursuit, officers deployed a taser to try and stop the suspect.  He was then arrested in front of the Plant Fitness club near the mall's main entrance.  Brownlee was arraigned on charges of third-degree burglary, petty larceny, criminal mischief, and resisting arrest and sent to the county jail pending further court action.


A Jamestown man was arrested for allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face early Tuesday morning... 

City police responded to 107 Maple Street for a physical domestic dispute shortly before 3 a.m. and, the victim told officers 24 year-old Caleb Goodemote struck her multiple times and prevented her from leaving the residence. Goodemote was located a short distance away and taken into custody for third-degree assault and second-degree unlawful imprisonment. He's being held in City Jail pending arraignment. 


A Bemus Point man was arrested for two counts of drug possession after he was pulled over for speeding Monday...

State Police say 44 year-old Jeremy Shepherd was stopped for allegedly going 96-mph in a 55-mph zone on Dutch Hollow Road. While speaking to Troopers, Shepherd revealed that he was in possession of Carisoprodol -- a controlled substance he did not have a prescription for. A search of his vehicle additionally revealed a partial Suboxone strip. Shepherd was taken into custody and is scheduled to appear in Ellery Court at a later date.


A priest in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has been placed on administrative leave following a complaint of abuse...  

The diocese announced Monday that Father Ronald Mierzwa  is currently under internal investigation. Mierzwa serves as a pastor at a church in Ellicottville in Cattaraugus County.  He is one of more than 100 priests in the Diocese of Buffalo to be accused of misconduct.  Church officials say putting the priest on leave doesn't imply there's truth or falsity of the complaint.

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 25, 2018

A Forestville man has been arrested for allegedly manufacturing and trafficking methamphetime from a home in the north county village...  

Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, and the State Police C-SERT Team investigated a suspect meth lab and disposal site at 46 Pearl Street a week ago yesterday.  Task Force agents say they also got a court order to search a garage allegedly used by 29 year-old Timothy Will and another person and, additional items to make meth were allegedly found.  As a result of the search, a warrant was issued and Will was arrested at a home on Mixer Road in Forestville.  He was arrested for third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetime, and unlawful disposal of methamphetime lab materials.  Will was arraigned and, sent to the county jail on $15,000 cash bail.  If you suspect suspicious or illegal drug activity, call the task force at 1-800-344-8702.


Four people -- one a fugitive from justice -- were arrested during a drug raid at a Jamestown apartment last Friday...  

Agents with the Metro Drug Task Force executed a search warrant for a residence at 10-91 E. 2nd Street and, gained entry with help from the Jamestown Police SWAT team.  While inside, investigators reportedly found a sawed-off shotgun, swtichblade knife, drug paraphernalia and 4.9-grams of crystal meth.  Arrested were 36 year-old Joshua Doud; 34 year-old Jamie Bennett; 37 year-old Angel Mason; and 33 year-old Ricky Sadler, who was found to be wanted out of McKean, Pennsylvania on an assault charge.  The four were taken to the city jail and arraigned on various charges.

**Anyone with information on illegal drug trafficking or sales in the Jamestown area can leave tips annonymously with JPD by calling 483-TIPS (8477) or the tips 411 App.


The city of Jamestown now has a full compliment of constables after the City Council approved the appointment of an Elam Avenue man to fill a vacancy...  

Mayor Sam Teresi presented two appointments to lawmakers at last night's outdoor voting session at Chadakoin Park.  Teresi submitted the name of resident G. Richard Bird to council members and, the appointment was approved unanimously.

The constable background check is done by the Jamestown Police Department.  Teresi says he was "pleasantly surprised" that Bird was interested in the unpaid position.  Constables in the city perform a number of duties, but one of the key ones is the delivery of eviction notices to tenants from local landlords.  The Real Estate Investors Association, which represents landlords, had called for the post to be filled.  REIA President Harold Whitford was at the meeting and, simply thanked the mayor for making the appointment.


New York state is hosting three public listening sessions this week in New York City to gather input on proposals to legalize recreational marijuana....  

The meetings had been scheduled for yesterday in Queens, today in Brooklyn and Wednesday on Staten Island.  Several listening sessions have already been held upstate, and more are planned throughout the state.  On Friday, two more in Westchester and Suffolk counties were added to the calendar for October.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers are expected to take up proposals to legalize and regulate marijuana next year.  State officials say the listening sessions will help guide them as they work out the details of the legislation.


No injuries have been reported, but a handful of local fire departments and rescue teams were called to a structure fire in Cherry Creek Monday afternoon....  


Chautauqua County Fire Dispatchers says Cherry Creek firefighters responded to the scene at 66-13 Main Street just before 1:30.  Dispatchers say Ellington and South Dayton fire crews, along with the county's fire investigation team, and coordinators, were also called in.  Efforts to reach the Cherry Creek fire hall were unsuccessful.
 
The Republican challenger in the race for Chautauqua County Sheriff says the opioid epidemic remains one of the biggest issues he speaks to on the campaign trail...  


Lakewood's Jim Quattrone says, while deaths are reportedly down in Chautauqua County, he remains concerned because Narcan is helping the situation.  However, he says as strong opioids and synthetics become more prevalent, Narcan becomes less effective.

Quattrone is challenging Democrat Joe Gerace, who has been County Sheriff since 1995.  Both candidates say they oppose the legalization of marijuana in New York State.  But, Quattrone says the county needs to prepare should the recreational use of pot by adults become state law and, says there needs to be further efforts to education children about the dangers of using marijuana.  Quattrone, who recently won the Conservative Party primary, also says he wants to Sheriff's office work closer with local police agencies on the drug issue.

A man who escaped Nazi Germany as a boy and went on to become a distinguished World War Two scholar, told his story in Jamestown...

Dr. Gerhard Weinberg is Jewish, and was 11 years-old when he and his siblings left Hanover, Germany.  He says it was only after he immigrated here that he came to understand he escaped with his life.  Now at age 90, and a Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Weinberg says it's important to know to the true significance of the Allied victory in World War Two.

Weinberg says the killing of Jews in the Nazi era is the 'worst catastrophe in human history that we know anything about', and he adds there are no automatic guarantees to insure it does not happen again.  Gerhard Weinberg was at the Robert H. Jackson Center for the first ever Al and Marge Brown lecture on WWII, an annual program started by Phil and May Ann Zimmer.  Albert Brown was a World War Two veteran and President at the SUNY College at Brockport through the sixties and seventies.  

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 24, 2108

 
A nearly 12-hour stand-off on Jamestown's northside ended peacefully yesterday afternoon with the arrest of a city man on multiple charges...  
 
Jamestown police were called to the scene of a reported "in-progress" domestic assault at 22 Spring Street Extension about 3 a.m. Sunday and, were able to get the unidentified woman involved safely away from the scene.  They identified the man as 28 year-old Nicholas Brown... who had barricaded himself inside the residence with a 9 year-old child.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says their SWAT Team was called in and, forced entry about 2:15 p.m. after crisis negotiators tried to get Brown to surrender peacefully.  Samuelson says Brown was wanted for multiple warrants.  Brown was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for an evalutaton, then jailed pending arraignment on charges of obstruction, endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree menancing and second-degree unlawful imprisonment.
 
 
A Forestville man was seriously injured during a motorcycle accident in the Town of Hanover Sunday evening... 
 
Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to Creek Road for a single-vehicle accident with injury just before 8:30. Investigation found that 54 year-old John Sausner was south-bound when he allegedly lost control of his motorcycle and went off the roadway. Deputies say Sausner was air-lifted to Erie County Medical Center Hospital for treatment. The investigation is still on-going, with charges pending at this time.  
 
 
A woman from South Carolina was arrested early last weekend on a drunk driving charge after crashing her car in the north county town of Hanover...  
 
Sheriff's deputies say 29 year-old Aimee Weber of Charleston was traveling on Hanover Road about 5 a.m. Saturday when she lost control of the vehicle, and it crashed.  Officers responded and, found Weber to be the driver.  An investigation revealed that she was allegedly drunk, and she refused a breath test.  She was not hurt.  Weber was arraigned in town court on charges of Felony DWI, refusing the breath test, and moving from lane unsafely.  She was then released under the supervision of her attorney.
 
 
Chadakoin Park will be spotlighted tonight as the Jamestown City Council hold's its first voting session outside of the confines of City Hall in many years...  
 
Mayor Sam Teresi says his administration has been able to take Council President Marie Carrubba's request, and work out the logistics for a meeting in the main pavillion in the park beginning at 6:30 PM.  Teresi recently talked about all the parks improvements through the years, which includes the new playground area.
 
Teresi says that in addition to the new playground area, the park recently had 18 new trees added to it.  Tonight's meeting at the Chadakoin Park Pavillion begins at 6:30. If there is threatening weather, lawmakers said a decision will be made by 3 p.m. today on whether to continue with the meeting in the park or move it back to City Hall.
 
 
A recent survey, commissioned by the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, shows that the county has experience strong growth in the past year...  
 
The report by Smith Travel Research showed that overall lodging occupancy for the 10 brand name hotels is up 14.7-percent for 2018 as of the end of August.  Associated revenues are also up 14.1 percent, at $21.6 million.  County Executive George Borrello says he's pleased with the results.
 
Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau Executive Director Andrew Nixon says he hopes the trend will continue into September and October.  Borrello says the results of the survey should help with efforts to bring more hotel developments to the county.
 
 
A federal judge says Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross can be questioned under oath by lawyers challenging a decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census...  
 
U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ruled late last week, saying Ross's testimony was necessary because his intent and credibility are directly at issue.  The judge also said aggressive efforts to shield Ross from answering questions were "surprising, if not unsettling."  Furman says it wasn't a close call as to whether Ross must be deposed. He said the public interest weighs heavily in favor of requiring Ross to answer questions.  The judge said the deposition will be limited to four hours. Kate Bailey, a Justice Department lawyer, has said the government will immediately appeal any requirement that Ross answer questions.
 
 
Congressman Lou Barletta is trying to wake up Pennsylvania's sleepy U.S. Senate race....  
 
Barletta, a four-term House Republican, began airing his first TV attack ad of the general election campaign Friday, accusing two-term Democratic Senator Bob Casey of being ineffective and asleep on the job.  Barletta's campaign maintains that Casey has a lackluster record of legislative success, citing congressional records that four Casey bills have become law.  It also cites an academic methodology of Casey's legislative success from 2007 to 2010.  Casey's ratings have dramatically improved since then, and his campaign contends that dozens of bills he wrote have become law, often amended into larger bills that didn't bear his name.  Casey is seeking a third six-year term in the November 6th election.  Barletta has badly lagged Casey in fundraising and polls.
 
 
There needs to be a new and truly independent authority put in place to investigate into how high corruption has gone in New York's governor's office...  
 
Those are the feelings of local State Assemblyman Andy Goodell following last week's sentencing of former Cuomo aide, Joseph Percoco.  Goodell said there is a body that should investigate such matters as "bid-rigging" in Governor Cuomo's office, and who was involved.  He says if the Joint Commission on Public Ethics won't do it, they need to empanel someone who will.
 
Goodell contends that there is some evidence of rigging bids for government jobs in exchange for campaign contributions in the governor's office.  He says the U-S Attorney's Office has been investigating the matters involving Percoco, and another Cuomo aide, Alain Kaloyeros, regarding the "Buffalo Billion."  Goodell adds there's also the matter of the Crystal Run Medical facility in Orange County, where there is an investigation already underway.  He says the facilities developers made contributions to Cuomo's campaign and a short time later, were awarded a special grant for the project.
 
 
Incumbant Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace has been endorsed by the Western New York Chapter of the Working Families Party...  
 
Chautauqua-Area Vice Chairman, Robert Dando, says they decided on Gerace after he was interviewed by members of the Chapter.  Dando says they chose the six-term Democrat "because of his honesty, ingenuity and steadfast dedication to the position of sheriff and those whom he supervises."  He adds that Gerace is "sensitive to the need of our community.  He has worked very hard to bring grant monies into the Sheriff's Office, resulting in a multitude of helpful programs for the citizens of our county."  Dando adds he can't thinkg of "no one who would care more or do the job better than Joseph Gerace does every day."

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., Sept. 22, 2018

Strong storms roar through Chautauqua County Friday night, tornado warnings issued to the east...
Several trees were reported down in the central part of Chautauqua County... but, no serious damage nor injuries were reported when a line of severe thunderstorms swept through the region.  The worst of the weather was reported in eastern Cattaraugus and much of Allegany Counties early last evening.  Tornado Warnings were issued when radar picked up possible "rotation" inside a cloud near Olean.  The immediate Jamestown-area was under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for a short time... about 6 p.m.  Trees were reported down in the Bemus Point... Maple Springs... Ellery Center... Gerry... and, Ellington.  Channel 7 in Buffalo reported a tree down on a cottage near Bemus Point... and, the report was confirmed by Sheriff's Department dispatchers.
 
 
Busti woman accused of vehicular manslaughter in death of man in Randolph...
State police say they've charged a 73-year-old woman in connection with the hit-and-run death of a man whose body was found along a rural road in western New York last spring.  Troopers say they arrested Marylou Johnson of Busti Friday, five months to the day that a passing ATV rider spotted a man's body on a road in the Cattaraugus County town of Randolph.  Police later identified the man as 48-year-old Wilfredo Rodriguez-Colon of Busti.  An investigation revealed he had been hit by a vehicle.  Police say more interviews led to the arrest of Johnson.  The charges against her include manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an incident without reporting it.  Johnson's public defender wasn't available to comment on the charges.
 
 
Young and Goodell say Percoco sentencing shows "zero tolerance" for Albany corruption...
The six-year sentence given to a former top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo should send a message to public officials that fraud and bribery won't be accepted in Albany.  Those are the feelings of State Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell on the term handed down to Joseph Percoco in a federal court in New York City Thursday.  Young says there needs to be "zero tolerance" for such illegal dealings, and she says it sends a "clear message" that elected and appointed officials are supposed to be working for the people.  U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni said she hoped that Percoco's sentence would be heard in the state capital.  He was convicted in March of accepting more than $300,000 from companies that wanted influence with the Cuomo administration.  Gov. Cuomo wasn't charged in the case and denied any knowledge of Percoco's influence peddling.  However, trial testimony presented an unflattering picture of the inner workings of his office.  
 
 
Ribbon cut on new traffic light near Falconer Middle-High School...
It was a "complete community effort" that led to installation of a new traffic light in Falconer that will help protect students walking to the middle and high school.  Local Assemblyman Andy Goodell says it "signals what can happen when everyone works together."  Goodell used the play on words as the ribbon was cut on the four-way stop light at the corner of Route 394 and East Avenue Friday morning.  State Senator Cathy Young was also instrumental in getting the state Department of Transportation to take another look at the need for a light after two students were struck by a car there in April of 2016.  Young says there was a new urgency to get something done, and people were quickly mobilized to again push for a light after an initial attempt in 2012 fell short.  The DOT did an initial study, but, at that time, officials said a light wasn't needed.  School Superintendent Steve Penhollow was grateful to everyone from the local and state governments that worked hard to get the light put in to better insure student safety.  Also on hand for the ribbon cutting in Falconer were Falconer Mayor Jim Rensel... Ellicott Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin... and Ellicott Police Chief William Ohnmeiss.
 
 
Frewsburg man arrested for alleged threat to Cattaraugus County school district...
A Frewsburg man was arrested for allegedly sending a threatening message to a Hinsdale Central School student Thursday morning. The State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation out of Olean say administrators put the facility on a "lock-out" after a 17 year-old student reportedly received a text message suggesting that the suspect would harm others with a gun and that the school should be "locked". Officers took 20 year-old Nicholas McChesney into custody for sending the text. He acknowledged that he was having mental health difficulties and agreed to be evaluated at a local hospital. Troopers say McChesney had no access to firearms. He was arraigned and sent to the Cattaraugus County jail on $5,000 bail. 
 
 
New York dispatching more students to help with Puerto Rican relief efforts...
New York is dispatching more college students to help rebuild homes in Puerto Rico.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo said late this week that another 500 students from public schools around the state will head to the island territory this school year.  Cuomo also says a memorial to the victims of Hurricane Maria is being planned.  He signed an executive order Thursday creating a 10-member commission to approve a design and location for the monument.  New York state has contributed food, water and first-aid supplies and dispatched utility workers, nurses and other skilled professionals to Puerto Rico since the island was devastated by the hurricane a year ago this week.
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 21, 2018

The head of the Chautauqua County Legislature's main financial panel says he's looking forward to County Executive George Borrello presenting his first budget next week...  
 
Audit and Control Committee Chairman Pierre Chagnon says there are a number of challenges facing the county, including a signficant, $4-million deficit.  However, Chagnon says he believes Borrello is up to the task of developing a workable spending plan.
 
Chagnon says, though, that Borrello's goal of a "no tax increase" budget without using any reserve funds, will be a "tall mountain" to climb.  However, having worked with the executive on the Audit and Control Committee before on the budget, and he knows Borrello's approach to finances.  Chagnon says he has already scheduled budget hearings for the first week in October with department heads-- the 1st through 5th.  Borrello is to present his tentative, 2019 budget, at the legislature's voting session next Wednesday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Mayville.
 
Jamestown fire investigators are still looking into the cause of this week's fire that destroyed an apartment house on the city's southside.....  
 
However, investigators say they know where the blaze began.  City Fire Battalion Chief Matt Coon says they have determined the flames started in a couch on an exterior porch next to the basement apartment at 202 McKinley Avenue.  Coon says investigators determined the fire then went up, through the house, into the attic.  No one was inside the house when flames erupted shortly before 4 a.m. Monday.  No one was hurt, but the house was heavily damaged, and later torn down.
 
A Lakewood man has been arrested in Florida for allegedly breaking into a local dealership and, stealing a car, cash, and New York dealer plates...  
 
Lakewood-Busti Police say the break-in at Jamestown Honda on Fairmount Avenue occured earlier this year and, say 22 year-old Collin Slack was taken into custody in Orange County after the dealer plate pass through a Sun Pass toll booth.  Officers say police in Florida located the car -- and Slack -- leading to a vehicle pursuit.  Police say he then crashed the car and, was arrested.  Slack has been returned to Chautauqua County on several charges, including two counts of third-degree burglary and third-degree grand larceny.  He was arraigned in Busti Town Court, and sent to the county jail on $25,000 bail.  Slack is also accused in a separate case of trying to pass phony $100-bills at the Lakewood Wal-Mart Supercenter after he had been banned from the store.
 
 
The Jamestown City Council will be taking it's voting session on the road next Monday night for the first time in many years...  
 
Lawmakers will meet in the pavillion at Chadakoin Park on the northside at 6:30 PM.  The idea came up during a work session where improvements to the park -- namely the new playground area -- were discussed.  Mayor Sam Teresi says it's a great idea and, thanked Council President Marie Carrubba for making it happen.
 
Teresi says Carrubba has wanted to hold more meetings elsewhere in the community -- outside of City Hall.  He says they welcome residents of the northside area to the meeting, which will also spotlight improvements to the park.  Again, the meeting will begin at 6:30 next Monday night.  Teresi made his comments for last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Radio Group stations.
 
 
The Department's of Development in the cities of Jamestown and Dunkirk officially have another tool that they can use to lure new development to the north and south counties...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo's announcement of the designation of two new Brownfield Opportunity Areas in those cities is considered "good news."  That from Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas, who says the latest designation will include more sites for future development in the city.  Among the locations, says Rosas, is the NRG plant.
 
Also among the sites included in the designation, property on Lake Shore Drive where a new waterfront hotel is being sought.  The designation in Jamestown involves 11 total sites that have a combined 710 acres in a mixed residential-industrial area along the Chadakoin River.  Jamestown's Principle Planner, Bill Rice, says the city received it's initial approval of the sites about a year-and-a half ago.  He says they are looking at bringing in business developers for some of the property, and some land will be used for green space. 
 
 
A former top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been sentenced to six years in prison for fraud and accepting bribes....  
 
Joseph Percoco was sentenced yesterday by a federal judge in New York City.  U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni said she hoped the sentence would be heard in the state capital.  Percoco was convicted in March of accepting more than $300,000 from companies that wanted influence with the Cuomo administration.  The governor wasn't charged in the case and denied any knowledge of Percoco's influence peddling.  However, trial testimony presented an unflattering picture of the inner workings of his office.  Percoco's conviction also gave ammunition to Cuomo's opponents in this year's election.  They say it proves the two-term Democrat hasn't done enough to address chronic corruption in state government.
 
 
There will be an official ribbon cutting for the new traffic light at the intersection of Route 394 and East Avenu in Falconer this  morning...  
 
State Senator Cathy Young, who helped push the state Department of Transporation for the new traffic signal, will be there along with local officials.  Following an accident in 2016 that involved two Falconer Middle–High School students being struck by a car as they walked near the school, Senator Young helped lead the effort to get a traffic signal installed at the accident plagued intersection.  The three-color signal was installed and operational for the start of the school year on September 4.
 
 
The New York State Comptroller's office says farms in the Empire State produced 15 agricultural products that ranked in the top five nationwide last year.... 
 
A report released Thursday by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the state's more than 35,000 farms generated $4.8 billion dollars in revenue in 2017.  The New York crops that landed in the top rankings nationally include cottage cheese, sour cream, yogurt, apples and grapes.  DiNapoli's report found New York's production of milk, snap beans and maple syrup also rose in national rankings. 

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WJTN Headlines for Sept. 20, 2018

There are problems with an overpopulation of deer in some parts of Jamestown, but now there is also an issue with the predators that hunt them....  
 
That was brought into clear focus at this week's City Council work session, as Public Safety Committee Chairwoman Maria Jones talked about recent discussions she had with some people who live in the area of Chadakoin Park.  Jones says one family was near the new playground-area and, saw a deer run out of the woods, chased by three coyotes.  They turned the deer back to the woods and three other coyotes chase the deer back out before they took it down.
 
No people were hurt, but Jones says it's a reminder that where there are lots of deer, their natural predators will end up there as well.  There is little that can be done at this point about the problem, but At-Large Councilman Andrew Liuzzo says the state Department of Environmental Conservation has approved eight additional deer hunting permits for landowners outside the city in the 9-J territory.  It is against the law to hunt within the city limits and, lawmakers have already decided against any kind of legal deer harvest in the city. 
 
 
A one-year-old child was pepper-sprayed, along with a man, during what is described as a neighborhood dispute in Jamestown's eastside...  
 
City police were called to the scene on Midgely Street about 5 p.m. Tuesday and, found that 22 year-old Mariah Jackson had used the pepper spray on the unidentified man and, that the one-year-old -- who was nearby -- also got sprayed.  Fortunately, the todder was not hurt.  Police say Jackson was arrested on one count of endangering the welfare of a child.
 
 
A judge will decide whether a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo receives leniency or a long prison sentence for his conviction on federal bribery and fraud charges...  
 
Joseph Percoco is set for a sentencing in Manhattan federal court today.  Prosecutors say he should serve well over five years in prison. His lawyers say he should get no more than two years.  Percoco was convicted in March. He was acquitted of extortion and a bribery count.  Prosecutors say Percoco and his family accepted more than $300,000 in bribes from companies that wanted to gain influence with the Cuomo administration.  Cuomo, a Democrat, wasn't accused of wrongdoing, but testimony presented an unflattering picture of the inner workings of his office.
 
 
Indicted Congressman Chris Collins says he'll campaign for his Buffalo-area seat, and the Republican is vowing to serve if voters re-elect him in November...  
 
Collins' announcement on Twitter Wednesday comes two days after he said he would remain on the ballot despite previously suspending his campaign in the wake of insider trading charges.  The 68 year-old Buffalo-area representative tweeted that the stakes "are too high" to allow a Democrat to take control of his seat representing a right-leaning Buffalo-area district.  He says he'll actively campaign, while fighting the federal charges filed last month. 
 
 
A problem for a local veteran getting access to dental care has led Congressman Tom Reed to co-sponsor legislation that will allow vets better access to those services...  
 
Reed says he worked with New Hampshire representative Carol Shay Porter on the legislation.  The Corning Republican says the measure would eliminate some provisions in the regulations that blocked such care.
 
Reed says he was on a street in Corning when a woman stopped him to talk about her husband's plight in dealing with the barriers to getting the dental care he needed.  He says they've been taking feedback from veteran's regarding the "Choice Program" to make it work better.  Reed says that's also come into play with the "Blue Water Program... " which expanded coverage for Vietnam veteran's affected by "Agent Orange."  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone news conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
The legacy of a legendary automobile will be celebrated this weekend, with the 3rd annual Studebaker Swap Meet at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds in Dunkirk...
  
Steve Grant of Fredonia, the founder and Vice-President of the Kinzua Region Chapter of the Studebaker Driver's Club, says there will be used cars for sale, toys, parts (new and used), memorabilia and more that's Studebaker related.
 
Around 30 vendors will be on the grounds for the show, Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m..  Steve Grant has owned 30 Studebakers over time.  He says people sometimes think it was a bad brand because it went out of business in 1966. But he says they were a really "well-built and dependable" car and truck company.  Grant adds, people will come from a wide area for the Dunkirk show, as Studebaker swaps are rare today.  The show at the fairgrounds is free, with free parking.  Food will be available.  
 
 
Republicans and Democrats are joining forces to speed legislation combating the misuse of opioids and other addictive drugs through the Senate...  
 
It's expected to be passed easily in a rare show of unity against a growing and deadly health-care crisis.  The measure would increase scrutiny of arriving international mail that may include illegal drugs.  It would also make it easier for the National Institutes of Health to approve research on finding non-addictive painkillers.  The Food and Drug Administration would be allowed to require drug makers to package smaller quantities of drugs like opioids.  And there would be new federal grants for treatment centers, training emergency workers and research on prevention.  The government estimates that over 72,000 people died from drug overdoses last year - double the 36,000 who died in 2008.

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 19, 2018

A Jamestown man has died after he apparently fell into the Chadakoin River sometime early Monday morning and  failed to resurface...  
 
City Police were called to the area of Victoria Avenue and Institute Street about 6:30 a.m. for a body being found in the river.  Officers say city Fire Rescue crews were also called to the scene, and they recovered the body of 61 year-old Robert Cavender.  Police say the body was taken to the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office in Buffalo where an autopsy will be performed.  However, police say the drowning appears accidental and, foul play is not suspected.
 
 
A Westfield man is accused of selling an illegal assault rifle to an undercover officer of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force this past Monday...  
 
Members of the task force say 57 year-old David Marracino possessed and sold an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, three high-capacity magazines and, a quantity of steel-jacketed ammo to the undercover officer during a meeting on Old Bridge Road in Stow.  Officers report Marracino was also found in possession of marijuana when taken into custody.  He was arraigned and sent to the County Jail on bail pending further action of the court. 
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Authorities continue to ask citizen's to call when they see suspicious or narcotics related activity in their neighborhoods at either 1-800-344-8702.
 
 
The investigation into a fiery car-train accident in the town of Ripley late last July has resulted in the arrests of two people from Westfield...  
 
Sheriff's officers say they have arrested 25 year-old Christopher Weston, and a 16 year-old for unlawful interference with a railroad train, and third-degree attempted arson.  Deputies say their Office of Criminal Investigation and Westfield Police determined the two suspects poured gasoline inside Weston's vehicle, then parked it on the Norfolk/Suffolk rail crossing at Station Road shortly after 4 a.m. July 22.  Officers say they intended to have a train hit the car, catching the car on fire.  No one was hurt in the incident.  Weston was arraigned and sent to the county jail on $5,000 bail while the 16 year-old was released pending a future court appearance.
 
 
A Jamestown business owner convicted of food stamp benefits fraud was sentenced to six-months of home detention in U-S District Court yesterday...
 
Assistant U-S Attorneys Douglas 'AC' Penrose and Mary-Catherine Baumgarten -- who handled the case -- say 57 year-old Joseph Gullotti owned and operated Fresh Cut Meats and More on Newland Avenue and, was authorized to accept food stamps. However, attorneys say, the U-S Department of Agriculture prohibits a retailer from accepting food stamps for items such as beer, cigarettes and hot prepared food. Between January 2015 and Mar. 21, 2017, Gullotti and others accepted the benefits to pay for merchandise on credit by a beneficiary in nearly $173,515 of unlawful transactions. In addition to the home detention, Gullotti was also ordered to pay the money back in restitution to the USDA.  
 
 
The Democratic challenger in the 23rd Congressional District race has accepted three debates with incumbant Republican Tom Reed in the later days of the campaign...  
 
However, Ithaca's Tracy Mitrano says there should be more and, they should be more spread out over the entire district.  The first debate will be at the Jamestown Post-Journal on October 24.  There will also be one in Corning, and a third in Olean.  However, Mitrano says there were invitations for five others, but Reed declined.
 
Mitrano says she accepted the League of Women Voters debate that would have been held in Mayville, but that was rejected by Reed's campaign.  She believes he's "ducking" her in areas where she's done well, such as the north county area -- including Fredonia.  She says the fact there are just three debates is a shame because there are very real issues facing many residents of the district, including what's happening with Social Security, Medicare, and Heath care.  Mitrano made her comments during a regional press call this morning.
 
 
There will be three debates in the campaign for the 23rd Congressional District and, that's what both sides in the contest agreed to...  
 
That from incumbant Local Congressman Tom Reed, who says he is not trying to limit debate, nor ducking debates against his Democratic challenger, Tracy Mitrano.  Reed says Mitrano's campaign agreed with no significant issues to have the three debates -- the first of which will be held in Jamestown.
 
Reed charged earlier Tuesday that Mitrano is misrepresenting herself again by agreeing to the debates, then saying there need to be more of them.  The Corning Republican says his challenger has misrepresented her stands on a number of issues, including the Second-Amendment.  Reed made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with regional media.
 
 
A vehicle pursuit that started in the Erie, Pennsylvania area and, entered Chautauqua County, led to the operator losing control of the car, and crashing in Findley Lake...  
 
Sheriff's officers say State Police in Erie began pursuing the vehicle, operated by 51 year-old Marshall Young, about 11 p.m. Monday.  Deputies say the car entered Chautauqua County and, continued on Route 430 at a high rate of speed before Young lost control and, the vehicle went sideways before crashing into a gate at the end of a private driveway.  Officers say the car continued into a lawn where it stopped.  Young was arrested on several charges, including speeding, driving while impaired by drugs, and reckless driving.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail pending extradiction to Erie, where he faces charges -- including failure to appear.
 
 
Two area men are facing drug related charges after a report of a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot on Lake Shore Drive West in the city of Dunkirk Monday night...  
Officers say they observed the vehicle parked in a dark area of the lot around 10:30
p.m. with two people inside the vehicle.  Further investigation led to the discovery of 10 bags of cocaine, 12 bindles of heroin, numerous hypodermic needles and glassine envelopes and plastic bags containing cocaine and fentanyl residue, along with one-thousand dollars in cash.  The men, identified as 25-year-old Jeremy Burke of Stockton and 24-year-old Lucas Trautman of Fredonia, are both facing two counts of third and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
 
 
Ellicott Town Police are asking for the public's help in finding a man who allegedly walked into the CVS Pharmacy in Falconer, jumped  the counter and, grabbed a quantity of medication and ran out of the store...  
 
Police say the theft occured shortly before 8:30 Monday night and, no one was hurt.  The bandit is described as a black male, about 5"10 tall with a slim build.  He had corn row hair, and some facial hair.  He was wearing a camoflage baseball hat, brown hooded-sweatshirt and gray sweat pants.  A picture is on the Ellicott Town Poilce website.  Anyone with any information should Ellicott Police at 665-7083 or the coinfidential tips line for Jamestown Police at 483-TIPS (8477).
 
 
There was some rain late Monday and overnight in the Jamestown-area as the remnants of Hurricane Florence moved through the area...  
 
However, several roads in New York's Southern Tier to the east remain closed by flash flooding caused by heavy rains that have led to a State of Emergency in Tioga County -- just east of Binghampton.  The National Weather Service says more than four inches of rain had fallen by Tuesday morning from the Elmira area to counties in southeastern New York.  Local Congressman Tom Reed is in the district and, saw some of the flooding in eastern Chemung County yesterday.
 
Reed adds that his office is in close contact to local officials, and will be talking with them about immediate and longer-term needs in the wake of the heavy rains and flooding.  The state's Division of Homeland Security and Office of Emergency Management sent swift water urban search and rescue teams to staging areas in Binghamton, Guilderland in the Capital Region and Montour Falls in the Finger Lakes.
 
 
A chemistry professor and chair of the department of geology and environmental science at the State University of New York at Fredonia will receive the 23rd Heinz Award in the Public Policy category...  
 
Dr. Sherri Mason is receiving the recognition for her ground-breaking research identifying the presence of microbeads and microfibers in fresh water, and for raising awareness of their potential health impact.  The push has resulted in policy changes on the state, federal and international levels.  Dr. Mason says she was shocked and deeply humbled to receive the award.
 
By getting the recognition, Dr. Mason says it should help with the research work that she continues to do.  She says that includes being able to get research grants.  Mason is one of six honorees.  The Heinz Awards have been established to honor the memory of U.S. Senator John Heinz.
 
 
The Ellicott Town Board will hold a special meeting regarding weed and algal bloom issues in the Fluvanna and Burtis Bay areas of Chautauqua Lake...  
 
Town Clerk Mike Erlandson says the session will be held next Monday, September 24, in the Town Hall in Falconer.  He says they encourage people from those areas to come and discuss possible solutions to the problems.  If you need more information, contact the Town Hall at 665-5317.

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WJTN News Bulletin for Tues., Sept. 18, 2018

**News Bulletin -- City man found dead from drowing in Chadakoin River...
A Jamestown man has died after he apparently fell into the Chadakoin River sometime early Monday morning... and, he failed to resurface.  City Police were called to the area of Victoria Avenue and Institute Street about 6:30 AM for a body being found in the river.  Officers say city Fire Rescue crews were also called to the scene, and they recovered the body of 61 year-old Robert Cavender.  Police say the body was taken to Buffalo where an autopsy will be performed.  However... police say the drowning appears accidental.  More when it's available.

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 19, 2018

Flames have destroyed a two-and-a-half story apartment house on Jamestown's southside... 
 
City fire crews were called to the scene shortly before 4:00 Monday morning and, Fire Battalion Chief Roger Sigular says they found a lot of fire and smoke coming from the front of the structure at 202 McKinley Avenue -- near Colfax Street.
 
Sigular says no one was home at the time of the blaze and an off-duty shift was called in to assist.  Five people lived in two of the occupied apartments.  The fire was reported out about 7:30 AM.  Sigular says investigators were checking an area around a basement porch for a cause.  No injuries were reported.  The Department of Development has ordered the building be torn down.
 
 
A Titusville, Pennyslvania woman was killed early Sunday morning in an accident involving an "E-Z Go" Sportman all-terrian vehicle in Spring Creek Township...  
 
State Police in Warren say 24 year-old Timothy Doerfer -- of Corry -- was traveling on Old Route 77 East of Picidilli Hill at 3 AM when the golf-cart-like ATV struck a deer.  Troopers say Doerfer reportedly lost control of the vehicle and struck a parked Dodge Dakota.  His 19 year-old passenger -- Hannah Wright -- was pronounced dead at the scene.  Doerfer was taken to Warren General Hospital for suspected serious injuries. 
 
 
The final figures for a portion of Jamestown's West Second Street "Piazza Project" are in and, a local foundation will pay 80-percent of that cost...  
 
That from City Development Director Vince DeJoy, who says the Gebbie Foundation agreed to pay the more than a quarter-of-a-million dollar cost for new "street furniture" in and around that area -- adjacent to the National Comedy Center.  DeJoy says the furniture was purchased all together, and at a discount.
 
DeJoy says the other 20-percent of the cost for the Streetscape furniture will be borne by the Empire State Development Corporation through the state's Consolidated Funding Application program.  DeJoy says the project came in "well under budget."  The resolution will be voted on at next week's voting session.
 
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello has now announced that he will present his tentative, 2019 budget to the legislature a week from this Wednesday...  
 
Borrello yesterday updated progress made on developing the more than $230-million spending plan.  He says he and his department heads began work on a new budget four months ago and, adds his finance team will put the finishing touches on before the meeting.
 
So far, Borrello says it's his goal to close a nearly $4-million spending gap, using his Bushel Full of Pennies" concept of trying to save small amounts of money over the entire budget to do that.  He says he'll know how that's going later this week.  Borrello also wants a produce a budget that has no tax increase, and is at least under the state's property tax cap.  Once the budget is presented, county legislators will begin their review of it.  The spending plan is due by December 1.
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed had two objectives Monday afternoon when he visited a domestic violence program at the Salvation Army of Jamestown...  
 
Reed was at the ANEW Center on South Main Street to hear about their on-going efforts to help the victims of domestic violence and, he says he also wanted to visit the center to show them his support.
 
Reed heard ANEW Center employees and case workers about the need for more support to help child victims of domestic violence.  The Corning Republican agrees there is a need to "break the cycle" of both poverty, and sexual abuse and he believes that should be part of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act -- which he supports.  He says children who are exposed to domestic violence need help as well, because there's a strong likelyhood that they will continue the cycle of violence. 
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While he was in Jamestown, Reed also talked with ANEW officials about efforts to find a new, larger facility for them to do their work.  A recent effort to locate a new center in the town of Ellery was shot-down by town officials.  However, they say County Executive George Borrello is also supporting their efforts to find a new home.  Reed pledged his support as well.
 
 
Several rental property owners addressed village trustees in Fredonia this past week on a proposed local law that would make major changes to the village's rental property code...  
 
The majority of those who spoke during a public hearing felt the proposed changes target student housing near the SUNY College at Fredonia.  Rental owner David Bird felt the proposed changes discriminate against those providing such housing.
 
Mayor Athenasia Landis says the villege trustees have decided to table the proposed local law.  Landis says there is a provision that allows tenants to withhold their rent payments and, adds that was "never our intention."  She says they expect to hold another public hearing on the proposed local law in about one-to-two weeks.
 
 
A judge has denied an ex-New York Assembly speaker bail pending the appeal of his corruption conviction and seven-year prison term...  
 
U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni said in a written opinion Monday that the substance of Sheldon Silver's appeal lacks merit.  She noted the 74-year-old Silver's age and said the true purpose of his appeal is to postpone his day of reckoning.  Silver is scheduled to report to prison October 5th.  Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison after his first conviction in 2015.  That conviction was overturned, and a second jury convicted him earlier this year. 
 
 
State agriculture officials are advising horse owners in New York to vaccinate their horses against West Nile virus...  
 
The Department of Agriculture and Markets says there have been four confirmed equine cases of the mosquito-borne infection in the state this year, in Steuben, Suffolk, Cattaraugus and Livingston counties.  Infected mosquitoes can pass West Nile virus to humans, horses and other animals.  Symptoms can resemble the flu, with horses appearing mildly anorexic and depressed.  Twelve cases of West Nile virus have been reported in humans this year.
 
 
A Republican official says Buffalo-area Congressman Chris Collins will remain on the November ballot despite previously suspending his campaign amid an insider trading indictment....  
 
The announcement by Erie County Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy on Monday throws the race for the western New York seat further into turmoil. There was no immediate comment from Collins, and it wasn't immediately clear whether he would actively campaign.  Collins suspended his campaign in August after he was charged with illegally using inside information about a biotech company to help his son avoid hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses.  Collins has pleaded not guilty and vowed to fight the charges.  Republicans were looking to strip the three-term conservative lawmaker's name from the ballot.  The Democratic candidate is Nate McMurray.

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 17, 2018

The Cuomo Administration has begun holding "listening sessions" across New York State on developing legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana...  
 
However, Chautauqua County's only alcohol and substance abuse prevention provider has announced that it opposes the legalization of marijuana.  Chautauqua Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council's Executive Director Melanie Witkowski says legalizing marijuana sends the wrong message to youth.
 
While Witkowski doesn't like the term "gateway drug..." she says there is evidence that marijuana users are more likely to use prescription drugs.  She says a recent news release states that medical marijuana users are more likely to use prescription drugs "medically and non-medically."  CASAC has also taken the position that while it supports keeping marijuana illegal, it does favors decriminalizing personal use.  Witkowski says decriminalizing is a public health approach that prioritizes treatment over incarceration.   
 
 
A Jamestown teenager has been accused of harassing a corrections officer at the Chautauqua County Jail earlier this month...  
 
Sheriff's officers say 18 year-old David Santiago was being held in the jail when he allegedly threw urine on the employee during an incident last September 7.  Deputies say Santiago was arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court on one count of aggravated harassment of an Employee by an Inmate and, returned to the county jail without bail.
 
 
A man wanted on murder and assault charges by authorities in Worcester, Massachusetts was located last week in the city of Dunkirk...  
 
Dunkirk Police worked with agents from the US Marshals Office in arresting 25-year-old Kennie Mota-Cruz.  Police Chief David Ortolano describes Mota-Cruz as a dangerous man, who was found in the area of Roberts Road and East 2nd Street.  Mota-Cruz was arraigned in Dunkirk City Court as a fugitive from justice and he was transported to the Chautauqua County Jail to await extradition proceedings.
 
 
The event put on by the Harmony Historical Society is called the 'Harvest Festival,' but it was more like full summer on Saturday and Sunday in Blockville...  
 
Lyn Nagle is the President of the Harmony Historical Society and was in full period dress as she showed how to weave with a loom.   She said the art was nearly lost due to the Industrial Revolution. However, she says it came back as a "therapy" for soldiers following WWI. 
 
Harmony's John Brown organizes the annual Harvest Festival, with the intention of taking people back to a specific time-- the 1800s.  Next year, the festival will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the separation of North Harmony from the Town of Harmony.  
 
 
A judge is urging a government lawyer to clear the schedule of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for a day so he can be asked why he wants to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census...  
 
U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman encouraged that step at a hearing last Friday even before he rules next week whether Ross must answer questions from lawyers.  Furman is presiding over lawsuits which claim Ross is acting improperly.  One of the lawsuits was brought by over a dozen states and big cities.  Plaintiffs say the citizenship question will discourage immigrants from participating, diluting political representation and federal dollars for states that tend to vote Democratic.  The judge also says a trial could start November 5.  A government lawyer says there is no need for a trial.
 
 
There have been several prison reforms in the 47 years since the 1971 Attica Prison uprising, but there is still a problem with mass incarceration in the United States...  
 
Those are the feelings of Civil Right's Historian and author Heather Ann Thompson, who spoke during a Fall Legal Seminar at the Robert H. Jackson Center this past week.  Thompson says improvements in visitation and corrections officer training has helped but, she says more alternatives to incarceration need to be looked at.
 
Thompson says the United States' criminal justice system incarcerates about seven-million people right now and, she says it's affected more than just the person who is locked-up.  It's affected those families involved in both black and white communities.  Thompson spoke at the Jackson Center about her 2016 book: "Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and it's legacy..." which took about 13 years to write as more records, and stories came to light.
 
 
After a night of silence, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made his first public remarks following his victory in Thursday's Democratic primary early last weekend....  
 
Cuomo appeared at his office in Manhattan to cite his big win over Cynthia Nixon as evidence that liberal voters want results, not rhetoric.  Cuomo, who did not hold an election night victory party and issued only a brief tweet on election night, spoke Friday with a tinge of bitterness in his voice as he chafed at Nixon's campaign message that he wasn't a true progressive.  He said voters had agreed with him, saying, "I received more votes in the Democratic primary than any governor in history."  Cuomo also dismissed the idea that established Democrats are in danger of being tossed out of office by young, leftist candidates.
 
 
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is decrying proposed cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's budget he says could seriously hurt the government's ability to obtain critical weather information...  
 
The New York Democrat says the agency's budget may be slashed by more than 20-percent.  He said Sunday that would be more than one-billion dollars of its overall budget.  Schumer says the cuts would include a reduction to a research budget from more than $510-million to $321-million.  He says the National Weather Service would also see an eight-percent cut, which includes a reduction in weather forecast positions.  Schumer says he's attempting to negotiate a bi-partisan spending bill to prevent the cuts.  He says there needs to be "high pressure" put on Congress to stop the "unwise cuts."
 
 
The U-S Department of Agriculture says Bob Evans Farms is recalling nearly 47-thousand pounds of pork sausage links because it might contain pieces of plastic... 
 
The items have establishment number "EST 6785" and were sold in New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.  The Food and Safety Inspection Service says there are no confirmed reports of any injuries.  The 12-ounce trays are labeled Bob Evans Maple Pork Sausage Links, Brown Sugar and Honey, Fresh from Meijer Maple Flavored Sausage Links or Giant Eagle Maple Pork Breakfast Sausage Links Caramel Color Added.  All have a lot code of 8213.  The sausage should be thrown out or returned to place of purchase.
 

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., Sept. 15, 2018

Clymer HS Teacher arrested for allegedly possessing child pornography...
A Clymer High School teacher is accused of possessing child pornography after a criminal complaint was filed in late June.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 60 year-old Scott Aikens was arrested Friday morning after his Rte. 474 home was raided earlier in the day.  During a search of the residence... investigators say multiple electronic devices were recovered, including a laptop and two desktop computers.  At the time... Homeland Security agents say they saw Aikens sitting in front of his computer... where there were multiple images on the computer screen of young boys undressed.  Back in late June... agents say they received information that a user, identified as "EJD," was active on a Thai-based child pornography website.  Investigators traced the email address utilized by "EJD" to the defendant.  If convicted... Aikens faces a mandatory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
 
 
City man now indicted for allegedly receiving and possessing child pornography...
A Jamestown man has now been formally indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly for receiving and possessing child pornography late last month.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy says today that 33 year-old Matthew Bailer was arraigned on the charges Friday morning in Buffalo... and, is being detained.  Prosecutors say a complaint was initialy filed with the Jamestown Police Department back on July 11 by parent who said her two minor children may have been sexually abused by Bailer.  The parent said she was told by the defendant's sister that a series of concerning pictures, sexual in nature, were delivered on a cellphone that was used by the defendant.  Bailer was subsequently arrested on a warrant out of Missouri related to a burglary case.  During a search of the cellphone, investigators recovered several hundred images of images of child pornography.  The charges carry a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $250,000 fine. 
 
 
County Elections officials pleased with Primary Day turn-out...
Chautauqua County elections officials are both surprised and very pleased with the turnout during Thursday's state and local primary contests held across New York.  That from County Election's Commissioner Norm Green says turnout was about 20-percent here in Chautauqua County -- which was much higher than expected.  Green says they were happy that people were interested, and that the day when off -- virtually -- without a hitch.  All 51 polling sites in the county were used... and, he says one of the main issues was, because of the turn-out, the need to print up some additional ballots when they ran out a few times.
 
 
Jamestown man arrested for alleged Machete attack...
A city man faces reckless endangerment and menacing charges for allegedly wielding a large knife at a person on the city's eastside.  Jamestown police were called to 748 East 2nd Street Thursday evening.... and, were aware that the suspect was identified as 45 year-old Eddie Melendez on arrival.  Officers say they took a report from the unidentified victim, who stated Melendez swung at him with a machete but missed.  He was arrested at a nearby Cheney Street address and taken to the city jail without further incident. 
 
 
Bob Evans orders nationwide sausage recall...
The Agriculture Department says Bob Evans Farms is recalling nearly 47,000 pounds of pork sausage links because it might contain pieces of plastic.  The items have establishment number "EST 6785" and were sold in Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.  The Food and Safety Inspection Service says there are no confirmed reports of any injuries.  The 12-ounce (340 gram) trays are labeled Bob Evans Maple Pork Sausage Links, Brown Sugar and Honey, Fresh from Meijer Maple Flavored Sausage Links or Giant Eagle Maple Pork Breakfast Sausage Links Caramel Color Added.  All have a lot code of 8213.  The sausage should be thrown out or returned to place of purchase.
 
 
Ribbon is cut on new Chadakoin Park playground area...
A project that began as a dream on Jamestown's northside about three-years ago finally came to fruition in Chadakoin Park Firday afternoon.  City Councilwoman Vickye James and a neighborhood youngster cut the ribbon on the new, Chadakoin Park Playground... which officially opened yesterday afternoon.  The project became reality through the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation, and the KaBoom! playground group.  However... some finishing work had to be done before the ribbon cutting.  James says it was great to see the construction tape taken down... and, the scene is "breath-taking."  She says it's an amazing occurance, and something "great for our community."  Before the ribbon was cut... Mayor Sam Teresi handed out several acknowledgements... but, saved the last for everyone who helped make the playround a reality.  Teresi says they built more than a playground... but, in fact built a "community" in that part of the city. 
 
 
Cassadaga Valley Teacher breaks her personal record in World Triathlon..
Cassadaga  Valley  teacher Cheryl Burns competed for a world title in the Triathlon this past week in Australia.  Burns finished fourth in her age group.  Our Ron Smith reports that she had qualified before, but, injuries and funding prevented her from competing.  This time, he says her bike was not legal.  However... he says she was able to get a bike loaned to her through the Jamestown Cycle Shop for the event.  He says they also helped raise some money to help her get to the triathlon... and, she missed a third-place podium finish by just 10 seconds.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 14, 2018

Incumbant Governor Andrew Cuomo has fended off a challenge from liberal upstart Cythia Nixon to win Thursday's Democratic Primary for governor...  
 
With 99-percent of the precincts reporting late last night, Cuomo had 66-percent of the vote, to 34-percent for Nixon.  The former "Sex and the City" co-star ran as far-left, anti-corruption candidate.  The real question on Primary night was who would be Cuomo's Lieutenant Governor candidate.  Incumbant Kathy Hochul of Buffalo defeated New York City's Jumaane Williams, 53-percent to 47-percent.  In Chautauqua County, Republican challenger Jim Quattrone won the Conservative Party Primary for sheriff against incumbant Demcract Joe Gerace.  Quattrone had 217 votes, to Gerace's 104.  In the Democratic Attorney General's race, Latitia James won four-way race with 41-percent of the vote.  Zephyr Teachout got 31-percent.  Sean Patrick Maloney received 25-percent and Leecia Eve had three-percent.  
 
 
A Dunkirk man will spend the next 16 years behind bars for kidnapping a 13 year-old autisic boy from the Fredonia Wal-Mart store two years ago...  
 
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says 40 year-old Samuel Saeli was sentenced in County Court Thursday on one count each of second-degree kidnapping, and second-degree kidnapping as a sexually-motivated Felony.
 
Swanson added that -- quote - "today, the defendant was placed where he cannot pose a threat to any child for the next 16 years.  Justice was served with the sentence the Court handed down."  The autistic boy was found shortly after the incident occured and, Saeli was arrested a short distance away from the Wal-Mart.  The sentence was handed down Thursday by Acting County Court Judge Paul Wojtaszek.
 
 
Work has begun in earnest on the city of Jamestown's 2019 budget and, Mayor Sam Teresi says there are a number of challenges to tackle before it's presented to the City Council next month...  
 
Teresi briefed lawmakers this week on the process, noting that one of the biggest challenges is dealing with increasing health insurance costs.  The city is self-insured and, Teresi says a large number of those in the program are retirees.
 
The city has battled deficts the past couple of years because it has reached 100-percent of it's constitutional taxing limit, which means lawmakers can't raise taxes.  Teresi says his department heads are encouraged to include needs in their individual budgets, so they typically start in a deficit situation.  He says he and his budget team then pare down the spending plan further to present to the City Council.  He says the other challenges include fuel costs, and increasing state pension costs.  The budget will be presented on Tuesday, October 9.  
 
 
There is a new leaking problem on the ground floor of Jamestown City Hall stemming from the reconstruction project on Tracy Plaza above...  
 
Last year, the problem shut down the front entrance to the Police Department.  This time, the work above has forced the Fire Department out of part of it's City Hall fire station while repairs are being done.  Mayor Sam Teresi maintains that -- once again -- it's the contractor's fault.
 
Two to three offices were affected, along with part of the parking garage under the plaza.  Teresi says the fire department has handled the inconvenience well, moving to other parts of the department after two heavy rains hit the area.  After that, he says the department moved some of it's operations to another fire station.  Teresi says the good news is that the contractor's insurance company has covered repairs to the Police Department and, they will again push for a settlement regarding the fire station. 
 
 
A Jamestown man -- wanted in Warren County -- was arrested during a foot chase early Tuesday night...  
 
Ellicott Town Police initiated a traffic stop on Fairmount Avenue and say 36 year-old Armando Rosario falsified his name and birth date.  Rosario allegedly ran off as officers attempted to find out his true identity.  Lakewood-Busti Police and the State Police K-9 Unit were called in to assist.  The K-9 tracked and located Rosario, who attempted to flee again without luck.  He was transported to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment of his injuries.  Officers say he also had a valid order of protection to stay away from a person he was with at the time of the stop.  He was arraigned before being sent to the County jail. 
 
 
Pennsylvania is sending National Guard troops, helicopters and other specialists and equipment to help with the response and recovery efforts for Hurricane Florence... 
 
Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday that the deployment involves more than 25 guardsmen, six technicians from the state Fish and Boat Commission and four helicopters, including two UH-60 Black Hawks and two CH-47 Chinooks.
 
 The Guard personnel have been leaving this week from Fort Indiantown Gap and an airport in Johnstown to join others at a staging area for post-storm efforts in Columbia, South Carolina.  The Fish and Boat technicians are with the Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team. They're deploying with a rescue truck and trailer that contains inflatable boats and other rescue equipment.
 
 
The weather looks perfect for the 40th annual Fall Festival of Bands this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Strider Field near Jefferson School...  
 
The marching band show is organized by the Jamestown High School Music Department and the JHS Band Boosters.  Jamestown's senior Drum Major, Carley Westphal, says nine bands will be attending this year.  Jamestown's show this year is based on the Pachelbel Canon.  The Falconer-Frewsburg Band is performing a Halloween themed show called 'Something Wicked this Way Comes.'  Tickets will be $8 at the gate.  Food and refreshments will be available.  
 
 
Dozens of airmen at a New York Air National Guard base on Long Island have deployed to southern states in the path of Hurricane Florence...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo says Wednesday that 50 members of the 106th Rescue Wing based at Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.  The Democrat says elements of the unit will offer assistance along coastal areas of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.  The New York Army National Guard is ready to deploy four helicopters - two CH-47 Chinooks and two UH-60 Blackhawks - to help storm response efforts. The aircraft are based at the Army Aviation Support Facility at Rochester International Airport.
 
 
Two undocumented immigrants from Mexico were arrested during a traffic stop on Interstate-86 in Olean Wednesday morning... 
 
Sheriff's officers in Little Valley reportedly pulled over a car on the highway for driving on the shoulder just before 9:30 and, determined the occupants of the vehicle were illegal aliens. Agents from the U-S Boarder Patrol took 37 year-old Gerino Tapia Barrera and 55 year-old Agustin Barrera Rojas into custody. Deputies say a third individual was released because he had previously been arrested by Boarder Patrol and was already in the immigration system. 
 
 
It took more than a decade for a Pulitzer-Prize winning author to weave together the stories surrounding the four-day, Attica Prison takeover in 1971...  
 
Civil Right's Historian Heather Ann Thompson addressed a Fall Continuing Legal Education Seminar entitled: "Attica -- Legal Perspectives and Legacy" at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown Thursday.  Thompson says there were two reasons why it took a long time to write the book, the first being lack of access to prison records.
 
Thompson adds the other reason it's taken time to write the book: Blood in the Water:  The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy is news stories that have come up in recent years as more information was released on what happened.  She says it was a surprise and honor to win a Pulitzer Prize for the book, which was released in 2016.  Thompson was joined at Thursday's program by former Buffalo News Reporter Lee Coppola, who is former dean of the St. Bonaventure University School of Communications and, U-S Attorney for the Western District of New York, James Kennedy.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 13, 2018

There are some significant primary elections taking place in Chautauqua County... as well as New York state today..  
 
The major race on the ballot today is for Democrats, as they decide on whether to keep incumbant two-term Governor Andrew Cuomo or challenger Cynthia Nixon.  There is also a four-way race for the Democratic nod to run for state Attorney General.  Locally, there is a Conservative Party run-off for Sheriff and Election's Commissioner Norm Green says there are some other, more local races.
 
The local Sheriff's primary for the Conservative line has Democratic incumbant Joe Gerace being challenged by Republican Jim Quattrone.  There are about 2,000 conservative voters in the county.  In addition, Busti Republicans in Election District 3 will choose two county committee members from three candidates.  Voting hours today are Noon to 9.
 
 
The Cuomo administration allegedly offered enticements to the builders of the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge to open the structure's second span in August, ahead of this week's Democratic primary...  
 
The New York Times reports that a Thruway Authority official wrote to contractors in July directing that work on the eastbound span be completed so the bridge could fully open on August 24.  The official offered to absolve contractors of responsibility for accidents that might occur while work continued as traffic moved across the span.  The Westchester-bound span was supposed to open last Saturday, but that plan was scratched because of safety concerns over a section of the old Tappan Zee Bridge still to be demolished.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has said he had no role in the timing of the bridge's opening.
 
 
The New York city man convicted of pushing Fredonia native Kendra Webdale to her death when she was struck by an oncoming subway car has been discharged from prison...  
 
State Senator Cathy Young, who pushed for a law that would force seriously mentally-ill people to take their medications, says she was concerned about the release of Andrew Goldstein.  However, Young says the state Department of Corrections assured her that Goldstein "has not been discharged into the community but moved to a state facility where he will receive the attention that he needs."  Goldstein was found to be suffering from Paranoid Schizophrenia, which was untreated, when he pushed Webdale in front of the subway train in January of 1999.  He served 19 years of his 23-year sentence. 
 
 
A Jamestown man -- wanted in Warren County -- was arrested during a foot chase early Tuesday evening... 
 
Ellicott Police initiated a traffic stop on Fairmount Avenue and say 36 year-old Armando Rosario falsified his name and birth date. Rosario allegedly took off on foot as officers attempted to find out his true identity. Lakewood-Busti Police and State Police K-9 were called in to assist. The canine tracked and located Rosario, who attempted to flee once more with no luck. He was transported to UPMC Chautauqua for his injuries. Officers say he also had a valid order of protection to stay away from a person he was with at the time of the stop. He was arraigned before being sent to the County jail. 
 
 
A Jamestown-area manufacturer is working to deliver and install the furniture for the new, 149-room Double-Tree by Hilton, which is slated to open in about two-months...  
 
Officials with the Hamister Group, which is developing the new hotel on West Fourth Street... met with Artone Manufacturing officials and, got a tour of the Allen Street Facility yesterday morning.  City Development Director Vince DeJoy says city officials pushed the idea to Hammister when the group acquired the property about four-years ago.
 
Hamister Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark Hamister praised Artone and the Jamestown community in general, for "opening their arms" to them as they have worked on the multi-million dollar project.  Artone President and Owner Mike Calimeri says they are also pleased that the Hamister Group included a provision to have Artone not only design and make the furniture for each of their rooms, but to also install it.  Calimeri says the contract was for about $600,000.
 
 
City police in Jamestown are asking residents to be aware of skimming devices being use in Jamestown and, possibly the Town of Ellicott...  
 
In a printed release late Tuesday, JPD Captain Bob Samuelson said a skimming device is an electronic card reader that is illegally connected to anything used to process payments with credit or bank cards.  He says these devices can be connected on gas pumps, ATMs or other machine that takes cards. Consumers are asked to proceed with caution when making purchases as to avoid becoming a victim to theives attempting to steal their account information. Samuelson says anyone who sees something suspicious on a machine should contact their local police immediately.  
 
 
A traffic stop on Interstate 86 in the town of Ellery led to the arrest of an Ashville man for allegedly driving without a license, and for marijuana possession...  
 
State police in Jamestown say they pulled over 30 year-old Dustin Raynor on Tuesday and, he was found in possession of five-grams of pot, and had a suspended license.  Raynor was arrested for third-degree Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.  He was issued appearance tickets for Ellery Town Court at a later date.

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 13, 2018

There are some significant primary elections taking place in Chautauqua County... as well as New York state today..  
 
The major race on the ballot today is for Democrats, as they decide on whether to keep incumbant two-term Governor Andrew Cuomo or challenger Cynthia Nixon.  There is also a four-way race for the Democratic nod to run for state Attorney General.  Locally, there is a Conservative Party run-off for Sheriff and Election's Commissioner Norm Green says there are some other, more local races.
 
The local Sheriff's primary for the Conservative line has Democratic incumbant Joe Gerace being challenged by Republican Jim Quattrone.  There are about 2,000 conservative voters in the county.  In addition, Busti Republicans in Election District 3 will choose two county committee members from three candidates.  Voting hours today are Noon to 9.
 
 
The Cuomo administration allegedly offered enticements to the builders of the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge to open the structure's second span in August, ahead of this week's Democratic primary...  
 
The New York Times reports that a Thruway Authority official wrote to contractors in July directing that work on the eastbound span be completed so the bridge could fully open on August 24.  The official offered to absolve contractors of responsibility for accidents that might occur while work continued as traffic moved across the span.  The Westchester-bound span was supposed to open last Saturday, but that plan was scratched because of safety concerns over a section of the old Tappan Zee Bridge still to be demolished.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has said he had no role in the timing of the bridge's opening.
 
 
The New York city man convicted of pushing Fredonia native Kendra Webdale to her death when she was struck by an oncoming subway car has been discharged from prison...  
 
State Senator Cathy Young, who pushed for a law that would force seriously mentally-ill people to take their medications, says she was concerned about the release of Andrew Goldstein.  However, Young says the state Department of Corrections assured her that Goldstein "has not been discharged into the community but moved to a state facility where he will receive the attention that he needs."  Goldstein was found to be suffering from Paranoid Schizophrenia, which was untreated, when he pushed Webdale in front of the subway train in January of 1999.  He served 19 years of his 23-year sentence. 
 
 
A Jamestown man -- wanted in Warren County -- was arrested during a foot chase early Tuesday evening... 
 
Ellicott Police initiated a traffic stop on Fairmount Avenue and say 36 year-old Armando Rosario falsified his name and birth date. Rosario allegedly took off on foot as officers attempted to find out his true identity. Lakewood-Busti Police and State Police K-9 were called in to assist. The canine tracked and located Rosario, who attempted to flee once more with no luck. He was transported to UPMC Chautauqua for his injuries. Officers say he also had a valid order of protection to stay away from a person he was with at the time of the stop. He was arraigned before being sent to the County jail. 
 
 
A Jamestown-area manufacturer is working to deliver and install the furniture for the new, 149-room Double-Tree by Hilton, which is slated to open in about two-months...  
 
Officials with the Hamister Group, which is developing the new hotel on West Fourth Street... met with Artone Manufacturing officials and, got a tour of the Allen Street Facility yesterday morning.  City Development Director Vince DeJoy says city officials pushed the idea to Hammister when the group acquired the property about four-years ago.
 
Hamister Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark Hamister praised Artone and the Jamestown community in general, for "opening their arms" to them as they have worked on the multi-million dollar project.  Artone President and Owner Mike Calimeri says they are also pleased that the Hamister Group included a provision to have Artone not only design and make the furniture for each of their rooms, but to also install it.  Calimeri says the contract was for about $600,000.
 
 
City police in Jamestown are asking residents to be aware of skimming devices being use in Jamestown and, possibly the Town of Ellicott...  
 
In a printed release late Tuesday, JPD Captain Bob Samuelson said a skimming device is an electronic card reader that is illegally connected to anything used to process payments with credit or bank cards.  He says these devices can be connected on gas pumps, ATMs or other machine that takes cards. Consumers are asked to proceed with caution when making purchases as to avoid becoming a victim to theives attempting to steal their account information. Samuelson says anyone who sees something suspicious on a machine should contact their local police immediately.  
 
 
A traffic stop on Interstate 86 in the town of Ellery led to the arrest of an Ashville man for allegedly driving without a license, and for marijuana possession...  
 
State police in Jamestown say they pulled over 30 year-old Dustin Raynor on Tuesday and, he was found in possession of five-grams of pot, and had a suspended license.  Raynor was arrested for third-degree Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.  He was issued appearance tickets for Ellery Town Court at a later date.

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 12, 2018

BPU Water Alert for Lakewood.... 
 
There may still be some discolored water in the Lakewood area and to the west this morning after a hydrant was accidently opened yesterday without notice.  Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says a contractor accidently opened the hydrant while working on a project.  She says water customers in the village to the Ashville BOCES should be on the look-out for unsettled water through late morning today.
 
 
City police are on the look-out for two men accused of breaking into a home on Jamestown's southside last weekend and assaulting and robbing the woman who lived there...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says two white males allegedly entered an apartment on Chautauqua Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday morning and, one was armed with a hand-gun.  He says they have a video of the break-in on their Facebook page. 
 
Samuelson says that the address and woman involved were targeted.  He says this was not a random act, and it appears that drugs were also a factor.  He says the woman suffered minor injuries but, will be okay.  He would not say to what extent she is cooperating with the investigation.  However, he urges anyone with information to call their confidential tips line at 483-TIPS (8477).  You can also contact them through their Tips 4-1-1 app.
 
 
 
A north county man is jailed on $50,000 bail for allegedly having sex with a juvenile victim on various occasions about a year-and-a-half ago...  
 
Sheriff's deputies say their Criminal Investigation Division looked into the allegations and, arrested 27 year-old Joshua Northrup-Dowdall on four counts of second-degree rape.  Officers say the incidents allegedly occured in March of 2017.  Dowdall was arraigned on the charges in Chautauqua County Court and, sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
It was all smiles at the first regular school board meeting Tuesday night for Jamestown Public Schools since the first day of classes. During his Superintendent's Report, Dr. Bret Apthorpe expressed his feelings about the first day, saying it was "very, very fun."
 
Apthorpe also noted some statistics for the 2018-19 school year, indicating that enrollment is down by 55 students, to 4,519 for the current year. However, the district's Pre-K program is full with 400 students enrolled for the 2018-19 school year. However, on the flip side, the district's Pre-K program is completely full with over 400 students enrolled. Apthorpe says that official district enrollment numbers will be available in mid-October. 
 
 
 
A regular board meeting for the Jamestown Public School District began with an executive session Tuesday night to "test" new technology the board will be implementing this school year... 
 
That from board Vice-President Patrick Slagle, who says 'Board Docs' is a user-friendly way for board members, parents and students can go online and look at the agenda for upcoming meetings.  The board used their iPads for polling on resolutions at their first meeting since the beginning of the new school year. Slagle says the votes are cast through the program and later projected onto a screen so people can who voted/motioned what. He says it will also use less paper. Slagle adds that even though they're not speaking their votes, this is a program that many other districts implement into their board meetings, namely the Chautauqua County School Board Association. He says they are still working out the kinks but hopes to have Board Docs fully operational soon. 
 
 
A new training program for basketball officials begins tonight...and the teacher of the course says many more refs are needed...  
 
Roger McTavish of  IAABOA the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials invites anyone interested to Room 250 at Jamestown High School tonight (Wednesday) at 7:00 There are currently 55 officials working school games in this area.  McTavish says there's room for at least 20 more. The course costs $225, and runs to the end of November.  After passing a test, new refs will make up to $91 for a varsity game, more than $80 for 7th and 8th grade.  Candidates should be able to easily move up and down the court.  Otherwise, there are no pre-qualifications. Anyone interested should go to JHS tonight, or phone Roger MacTavish at his home in West Ellicott.   
 
 
Congressional Republicans say they will be introducing "Tax Cuts 2.0" this week... which will basically make temporary cuts approved last year permanent...  
 
During his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media, Corning Republican Tom Reed said the time is right due to the success of last year's massive tax reform package approved by lawmakers, and signed by the president.  While tax cuts have triggered a "booming" economy in many places, there are two issues looming that could short-circuit the improvements.  Reed believes, though, that tariff's will help the economy in the long-run.
 
Reed agrees that "creeping" inflation -- which has been cited by some economists -- could take away some of the benefits from last year's tax cuts.  He also says making the cuts to individuals and small businesses permanent, will help the economy even more.  Those cuts were to sunset in eight years.  Reed cited Cummins Engine -- just outside of Jamestown -- as one employer that has benefitted greatly from the first round of cuts.  He says they were able to begin offering $15/hr wages to start with the company.
 
 
Some economic indicators show there have been benefits to businesses, and others, from tax cuts enacted by Congress and the Trump Administration....  
 
However,  there have been problems for others -- namely farmers who own large amounts of land across the 23rd Congressional Distrct.  That from Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano, who challenged Republican Tom Reed's stance on tax cuts and trade Tuesday morning.  Mitrano says people she's talked to say tariffs are hurting businesses and farmers.
 
Mitrano adds that capping the federal property tax write-off at $10,000 directly affects farmers because even small farms have a significant amount of land to them.  She adds that tariffs are also impacting farmer's abilities to go into Canada and, China.  Mitrano adds that farmers she's talked to complain that a lack of Immigration Reform is also hurting them because they need migrant workers to help harvest their crops. 
 
 
Three men were arrested Tuesday morning when Jamestown Police allegedly found several controlled substances and paraphernalia during a traffic stop... 
 
The vehicle was pulled over at 1:15 a.m. near North Main and East 6th Streets for making an improper left-hand turn. Officers conducted a search of the car after a meth pipe was allegedly seen in plain sight. Two-grams of meth, pills and a metal knuckle knife were found, along with a digital scale and packaging materials. The operator was identified at 42 year-old Jack Ferry of Warren, and he was taken into custody with his 37 year-old passenger from Warren, Pennsylvania, and 26 year-old Jamestown passenger.  The men are being held in Jamestown City Jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
Nearly 3-thousand people were killed 17 years ago today in New York City, Washington D-C, and Pennsylvania in the 9/11 terror attacks...  
 
During a solemn ceremony held outside Dunkirk Fire Headquarters under dreary skies and a heavy drizzle, local first responders remembered those who lost their lives and recalled the attacks.
 
Among the speakers was Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas.  He was a state trooper at the time of the 9/11 attacks and one of the first from Chautauqua County to make the trip to New York to assist with the recovery.  Rosas says it had a unifying effect.
 
Dunkirk Fire Chief Mike Edwards says it's important to remember the attacks and how firefighters responded.  He says they showed "drive, commitment, and bravery..." and it's up to us to continue that commitment.  The remembrance ceremony was organized by the fire department and Dunkirk Professional Firefighters Local 616.
 
 
Both Congressional candidates in the 23rd District paused at the beginning of their conference calls to remember the victims of the "9/11" attacks 17 years ago...  
 
Incumbant Congressman Tom Reed paused for one-minute at 9:03 a.m., when the second plane hit the World Trade Center towers.  Democratic opponent Tracy Mitrano also recognized the victims, and the heroes of "9/11."  She noted an op-ed in the New YorkTimes written by Joe Quinn, whose brother died in the attacks.  Mitrano says he speaks as a member of the military who is calling for an end to one of America's longest wars.   There was also a "9/11" rememberance ceremony in front of the Chautauqua County Courthouse in Mayville at Noon time.  Chautauqua County had one casualty during the "9/11" attacks.  Celoron native Amy King was a flight attendant on board the second plane that struck the World Trade Center towers that morning.
 
 
A city man is jailed without bail following a drug raid on the northside of Jamestown late Monday night...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, and the JPD SWAT Team executed a search warrant at 815 Prendergast Avenue shortly before 10 p.m. and, arrested 41 year-old Esteban Santiago.  Samuelson says they also found just over 39-grams of powder cocaine cash and, a drug scale.  He says Santiago was arraigned on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminally using drug paraphernalia and, sent to the county lock-up.  City police say the State Police K-9 Unit and Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force assisted with the raid.
 
 
Saint Bonaventure University in upstate New York is rescinding an honorary degree bestowed to former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who's accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with minors and adult seminarians....  
 
The private, Franciscan Catholic university posted a statement on its website Monday saying its Board of Trustees voted on Friday to rescind its honorary doctorate of humane letters awarded to McCarrick in May 2011.  University president, Dr. Dennis R. DePerro, said the school has "an unwavering commitment to stand in solidarity with all survivors of sexual abuse."  The Vatican removed McCarrick from public ministry in June after it determined allegations he sexually molested a teenager more than 40 years earlier were credible. McCarrick later resigned from the College of Cardinals in July.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 11, 2018

City lawmakers have tentatively agreed to let Chautauqua County continue using it's temporary bus hub on Pine Street in Jamestown through mid-October...  
 
The City Council voiced it's approval last night with moving ahead with letting the Chautauqua Area Regional Transporation System use the location -- near the South County Office Building -- through October 19.  Mayor Sam Teresi says he received a formal letter from County Executive George Borrello, requesting the extension while they finalize a permanent location.
 
The original agreement ran through September 1, but Borrello indicated to Teresi that more time is needed.  Some members of the public have said they believed the CARTS move was permanent, but Teresi emphasized it is temporary.  CARTS moved from it's previous location on West Second Street -- in front of the train station -- due to construction of the new "Streetscape" on West Second that's part of the new, National Comedy Center.  The City Council will formally vote on continuing the temporary location on Pine Street at it's September 24 voting session.
 
 
A supply truck was the apparent source of scrap metal strewn along several roads in Warren, Venango, Mercer and Lawrence Counties late yesterday morning...  
 
State Police in Warren say the scrap apparently caused flat tires on numerous vehicles along Routes 62, 6W, 8S, 79S, and 422S.  Troopers say the McClymonds Supply and Transit Company truck was traveling from Warren to New Castle, Pennsylvania, but shortly into the trip, it began losing pieces of scrap.  State Police checked the vehicle in New Castle, and found it was the vehicle involved.  At least a dozen vehicles were apparently affected in Warren County.  Anyone who had punctured tires due to the scrap metal should contact McClymond's in Portersville at (724)-368-8040. 
 
 
A Jamestown man was arrested on felony charges afer his car struck a building during a police pursuit on the city's southside last Saturday evening...  
 
Officers say they attempted to stop 43 year-old Christopher Thomas for failing to use a turn signal, before he fled at a high rate of speed.  Police say Thomas then allegedly jumped out of the moving vehicle at the intersection of South Main Street and Prather Avenue.  The car continued to travel up and over the curb and, through a lawn before hitting the side of a building at 117 South Main Street.  Thomas was taken into custody and is being held pending arraignment on numerous charges -- including some Felonies -- in Jamestown City Court.
 
 
The next big hurricane that's barreling towards the eastern United States should not impact the western New York region...  
 
That from Forecaster David Church with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, who says Hurricane Florence continues to strengthen as it heads for the Southeast, and it's expected to arrive late Thursday or early Friday as a Category 4 storm.  Church says while it's not expected to come here, it will cause trouble for the Carolinas and other parts of the Southeast.  Church says a high pressure system centered around New England should prevent Florence, or it's remnants, from getting into western New York. 
 
 
A man who fatally struck a retired western New York couple in the town where they held elected offices has been sentenced to prison time...  
 
WIVB-TV in Buffalo reports that 28-year-old Kevin Donaldson, Junior of Cattaraugus, was sentenced Monday in a Cattaraugus County court to 1 2/3 to five years in prison for the deaths of Michael and Donna Phillips.  The couple was walking across a road in front of their home in Salamanca on December 15th when they were hit by a vehicle Donaldson was driving.  He was charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter and later pleaded guilty.  Michael Phillips was Salamanca town supervisor and Donna Phillips was the town clerk.  Police said they were headed to town hall when they were struck.
 
 
The owner-operators of the new Chautauqua Harbor Hotel in Celoron say they're "all in" when it comes to improving the water quality of Chautauqua Lake...  
 
Operator David Hart of Hart Hotels made the comment during late week's ribbon cutting on the nearly $40-million project along the lake, which also includes a new boardwalk.  Most of all, Hart says they want to help bring all the lake entities together to do what's best.
 
Hart praised the Chautauqua Lake Association for helping to clear weeds along the shoreline area for their grand opening.  He also thanked the CLA's Paul Stage for helping to bring the Chautauqua Belle steamship to dock at the nearby island for last Thursday's event.  County Executive George Borrello says it's great to hear that Hart and Peter Krog  want to help improve the lake.  Borrello says he's hopeful that it will help them fund the strategy they develop.  Borrello made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations. 
 
 
The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, New York, says he's sorry for any of his own ``failures'' but says he'll remain as leader of the diocese until his retirement...  
 
Bishop Richard Malone has faced renewed calls for his resignation over his handling of sexual abuse allegations against priests.  He released a letter over the weekend reiterating his apologies and says criticism of church leadership is ``justified.''  New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood issued a subpoena to all dioceses in the state and has announced a civil investigation into the Catholic Church's handling of sex abuse allegations.  The bishop says he intends to retire in 2021.
 
 
Democrat Zephyr Teachout says that if elected New York attorney general she will investigate whether Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has used state resources for campaign purposes...  
 
Teachout told reporters Monday that Cuomo's extensive use of state helicopters raises ethical questions.  She also noted that a former top Cuomo aide kept working from a state office after leaving the governor's staff to lead Cuomo's 2014 re-election campaign.  The aide was later convicted on unrelated corruption charges.  Teachout also cited concerns that Cuomo rushed the opening of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge's second span to score campaign points.  Safety concerns later forced it to be closed.  A poll released Monday shows Thursday's Democratic primary is a dead heat between Teachout, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and New York City Public Advocate Tish James, who has Cuomo's endorsement.
 
 
A New York state lawmaker is proposing new rules for the testing of lead in drinking water at schools and parks...  
 
Democratic Senator Michael Gianaris of Queens announced his proposal late last week just as students returned for fall classes.  It would require all schools and public parks to test their drinking water for lead contamination every three years.  Results would be posted online.  Under current law, schools must test every five years.  Public parks currently have no such requirement.  Gianaris says too many children are exposed to lead in places where they should be safe.  The bill will be considered by lawmakers when they reconvene in January.

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 10, 2018

 
The remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon moved into the western Southern Tier yesterday afternoon and, some parts of the area could see up to 2.5-inches of rain by late today...  
 
That from Forecaster Tony Ensuini with the National Weather Service, who says the further east you go, the more likely there to be more potential flooding.
 
The Allegany River could have some high-water issues during the day, depending on where the most rain falls.  Ensuini says there could definately be some minor, low-level flooding in the Jamestown-area, especially this morning.  The arrival of Gordon also means some wind for the area.  Ensuini says it'll be more pronounced along the Lake Erie shoreline, with winds about 20 to 30 MPH, with gusts up to 50.  
 
 
 
The rain from tropical storm Gordon is an unwelcome arrival for farmers who are hoping to start harvesting corn silage in the next week...  
 
Dan Steward, a consultant for the Western New York Crop Management Association, says the summer heat and 'ideal rain' have created the potential for a 'super crop.'  Heavy rain just before the harvest can make it difficult to get equipment onto the fields, and could potentially damage a tall standing crop. 
 
Steward adds, there have been few pests or diseases in the fields.
For dairy farmers who continue to struggle with a low return for milk, full bins of silage allow them use the remainder of the corn for grain... instead of buying it.  Steward says it's been a good year for grass hay and small grains as well.   
 
 
 
An examination of state travel records by the New York Times finds Governor Andrew Cuomo took 195 trips in taxpayer-funded planes and helicopters in 2017...  
 
The Times reviewed records in the 10 most populous states for comparison and, found the Democrat flew more frequently on state aircraft than any other governor of states that provided records.  In California, the governor flies commercial, and in Texas, the governor pays for private charters.  Cuomo's frequent trips this election year have raised questions of whether state aircraft gives him an unfair advantage over his primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon.
 
 
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says he won't endorse Gov. Andrew Cuomo or challenger Cynthia Nixon in the Democratic primary for governor...  
 
The mayor said in a statement Saturday evening that endorsing a candidate would be counterproductive to his advocacy of New York City interests with the next governor and lieutenant governor.  He offered praise for both candidates. Of Nixon, a close friend and early supporter of his mayoral campaign, de Blasio said: "Her presence in this primary has created real momentum for reform."  Of Cuomo, with whom he's often at odds, de Blasio said "there is more that unites us than divides us."  He credited Cuomo for marriage equality, the raised minimum wage, paid family leave and challenging President Trump.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce will be holding it's annual Awards Banquet next month at the State University of New York college at Fredonia...  
 
Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says a Dunkirk area company will receive the Chamber's annual Economic Development Award during the banquet set for Thursday, October 11.
 
Tranum says their Person of the Year Award will be presented to the Calimeri Family of Jamestown, which has long been involved with a lot of local businesses -- and being engaged in the local community.  Each of the six community Chambers of Commerce presents a Community Service Award during the banquet.  You can get more information about the annual event by calling the Chamber at 366-6200, 484-1101 or by going online to chautauquachamber.org.
 
 
Two Jamestown men have been arrested for allegedly smoking and trafficking marijuana from a car in the area around Jamestown Community College...  
 
City police say they were alerted to a suspicious vehicle by campus security late last week and, JCC officials say they saw the alleged car parked on Curtis Street at College Park.  Officers say they were told that multiple vehicles with other people were pulling up to it, and then leaving.  Police detained the vehicle and, arrested the two men, identified as 23 year-old Jonathan Lugo-Diaz and, 18 year-old Ezra Flores.  Officers smelled fresh marijuana smoke inside the vehicle and, found nearly 56-grams of marijuana in their possession.  Both face criminal possession and unlawful possession of marijuana charges.
 
 
A major public works project gets underway in downtown Dunkirk today...  
 
Mayor Willie Rosas says improvements are being made to Cental Avenue as part of the Central Connection project.  Rosas says that project will help improve access for city traffic to the SUNY College at Fredonia.
 
Rosas says they'll begin work on four intersections in the north county city and once the infrastructure issues are taken care of, they will begin the mill and overlay parts of the project.  He says Dunkirk received $2.5-million in Smart Growth funding from New York state that will be used as part of the Central Connection Project.  The city also received $50,000 from the state Department of Transportation to improve the intersection of Central Avenue and Lakeshore Drive.
 
 
 
Democrats on Long Island have cancelled a major political fundraiser because the event's venue plans to host a National Rifle Association fundraiser and gun auction...  
 
The Nassau County Democratic Party announced Friday that it has cancelled the organization's October 22 event at the Inn at New Hyde Park.  County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs says the organization made the decision after learning the catering hall will host an NRA event on September 27.  Several schools are located near the business, and Jacobs says it's "appalling" that the NRA would auction firearms so close to schools.  
 

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News Headlines for Fri., Sept. 7, 2018

We are having some significant issues with getting stories onto the website....

 

Here are some quick headlines for Friday, Sept. 7, 2018...

 

A much-anticipated piece of the tourism picture in Chautauqua County was officially put into place Thursday afternoon, with the ribbon-cutting on the new, $40-million Chautauqua Harbor Hotel in Celoron.  The hotel was built by partner's Peter Krog and David Hart of Hart Hotels along the Chautauqua Lake shoreline.  The new upscale hotel will include 135 rooms, a 400-person conference hall, and will bring just over 100 full-time jobs to the area.

 

A Warren County, PA woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing pain-killers from the Kinzua Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Warren.  The Warren Times-Observer reports that 30 year-old Kellie Gentz of Tidioute was arrested Thursday following an investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney Genera's Office.  She accused of stealing both liquid and pill-formed pain killers between late 2017 and the end of January of this year.  Gentz is jailed on $50,000 cash bail.

 

 The new, North County Water District is delivering it's first thousand gallons to customers of the new district in northern Chautauqua County.  Several local officials were at the Portland Water Tank to flip a switch, allowing water to flow from the town of Portland to the west... to the town of Sheridan to the east.

 

The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County has officially kicked-off it's 2018 Campaign with an "open house" at it's new headquarters on Pine St. in Jamestown.  Campaign Chairman Kurt Eimiller says this year's goal is $1.335-million dollars to fund about three-dozen programs in the Jamestown-area.  For more information on the campaign, call 483-1561... or go on-line to uwayscc.org.

 

The newsroom at Media One is undergoing some renovation work and we hope to have the website back in regular order on Monday.  Thanks for your patience!

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WJTN Headlines for Wed., Sept. 5, 2018

Fire extensively damages vacant home on city's westside...
Flames have heavily-damaged a vacant, two-story home on Jamestown westside overnight.  City Fire Battalion Chief Matt Coon says firefighters were called to the scene at 208 West Eighth Street shortly after 11 last night.  Coon says they found flames -- and heavy black smoke -- coming mainly in the upper portions of the house.  He says they pulled two handlines to attack the blaze.  No one was inside the house, and all services were disconnected.  Coon says it took about 20-minutes to bring the flames under control... and, 30 minutes to put them out.  He says and off-duty shift of 12 firefighters and one supervisor was called in to assist.  Coon says the blaze is suspicious... but, no cause has yet been determined.  No firefighters were hurt battling the blaze.
 
 
Panama man killed in ATV crash over Labor Day Weekend...
A Panama man was killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident in the town of Harmony during the long, holiday weekend.  State Police in Jamestown say 32 year-old Brent Aldrich died after he was reportedly being thrown from his ATV on Eddy Road -- near Button Valley Road.  Troopers say the southbound ATV struck a guide rail on the east side of a bridge crossing over a small creek.  Police say Aldrich was thrown over the guide rail into the water below.  Troopers say the vehicle remained on the side of the road.  An area resident spotted the ATV in the road, and later contacted the county's 9-1-1 Center after seeing a social media post about him missing.
 
 
Two city residents arrested for drug and weapons possession...
Two Jamestown residents are jailed without bail on drug and weapon's charges following a raid and vehicle stop on the city's southside late last week.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force members obtained information that an apartment at 287 South Main St. was being used to traffic crystal methamphetime and cocaine from.   Samuelson says task force members, police and members of the JPD SWAT Team raided the home just before 2 p.m. last Friday.  He says they get much of their information from their confidential tips-line... which is 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477.  Samuelson adds they are also getting a good response to their Tips 4-1-1 app.  He says 41 year-old Henry Stovall... and, 24 year-old Alexis Hall... were each allegedly found with more than half-an-ounce of methamphetime, a quantity of cocaine, and a quantity of crack cocaine in their possession.  He says they also found weapons -- including two stun guns -- inside the apartment on South Main.  Stovall faces four counts of criminal possession of a weapon... and, one count each third and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Hall faces the same drug charges. 
 
 
Mitrano and Reed debate efforts to stem Opioid Epidemic -- including injection sites...
The opioid crisis that's facing the nation and New York State has become a campaign issue in the 23rd Congressional District race.  Last week, Congressman Tom Reed criticized his opponent Democrat Tracy Mitrano for supporting the use of government-sponsored open heroin injection sites as a means of cutting down on heroin overdose deaths, something he called an "extremely dangerous" proposal.  During a conference call Tuesday with area media... Mitrano said she supported such an approach, but under specific conditions... including that the site be opened lawfully, and with "wide community buy in," and with strict oversight by health care and law enforcement officials.  Congressman Reed was asked later in the day about Mitrano's approach to having open injection sites.  He says the fact she supports them speaks for itself... even though she's trying to walk-back previous comments.  Reed added that "it should be up to the people to decide" whether open injection sites are reasonable.  Mitrano pointed out that the centers are currently illegal in New York State.
 
 
State GOP complains that Democratic Gubernatorial debate evade upstate issues...
Leading Republicans in New York state are angry that a recent debate between Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and his primary challenger Cynthia Nixon largely ignored upstate issues.  Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan noted the debate on Long Island one week ago including little talk about property taxes, clean water infrastructure, the economy or other key upstate issues.
 Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, the GOP nominate for governor, called on Nixon and Cuomo to hold a second debate upstate.  Democrats pushed back on the complaints.  Cuomo says he's made it a priority to revitalize the upstate economy. 
 
 
State Fair sets new attendance record...
Attendance at the New York State Fair has set a new record.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that over 1.26-million people went to the fair during its 13-day run near Syracuse.  That's up more than 8 percent from the previous record of a bit over 1.16-million.  That was set last year.  This year's fair also has repeatedly broken single-day attendance records.  Cuomo says recent improvements to the fairgrounds are helping to attract more visitors.
 
 
 

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WJTN Headlines for Tues., Sept. 4, 2018

Several local schools begin classes today, including Falconer and Southwestern...
Today is the first day of school for several districts in southern Chautauqua County... including Southwestern.  Superintendent Maureen Donahue says there will be a new 'traffic light' cellphone policy taking effect in the middle and high schools.  Red is 'no phone' zone... yellow is teacher discretion... Green is okay for use.  Work at the Southwestern auditorium is expected to be complete this fall.  The new gym addition is set to open by December.  The superintendent at Falconer, Stephen Penhollow, says school opens there today for grades K through 12, as well.  At the high school, they've updated the engineering lab... and have designated specific times for STEM education in Kindergarten through 8th grade... with some arts added in.  As a first step in a building project, there's a new roof on the Falconer-Middle High School building.  Penhollow also reminds those driving to the main campus to watch for new traffic patterns... and pay attention to the new light at Main Street and East Avenue.  Several other districts open today.  Others will start school Wednesday or Thursday.    
 
 
Clymer to being school year with new Sheriff's Department Substation...
A rural Chautauqua County school district is joining a growing number of schools that will house a law enforcement substation.  County Sheriff Joe Gerace says his deputies will use their office at the Clymer Central School to do paperwork and interviews while maintaining a law enforcement presence at the school.  Gerace calls the arrangement a win-win for the district and deputies who gain a strategic location from which to work.  The school, which has about 450 students, is about 20 miles from the sheriff's office headquarters.  Law enforcement substations are growing increasingly popular around the country as authorities work to improve security in the age of school shootings.
 
 
Labor Day Festival includes local and state recognition for Ritzer Award winner...
The area's biggest labor award included some pagentry this year... as the George Ritzer Labor Award was given to a recipient for the second-time for the first-time ever last Sunday.  Retired Jamestown City Councilman George Spitale got this year's award... and, for  the first time in recent memory... the recipient was also honored by the governor's office.  Governor Cuomo's Deputy Director of Upstate Labor Affairs, Chris Borgadi, spoke during the presentation... and, offered comments from the governor and himself... calling him an "invaluable asset to your labor community, Jamestown and Western New York."  Mayor Sam Teresi also praised Spitale... who is also his cousin.  Other recognition was given by Assemblyman Andy Goodell... who was represented by Jamestown office Manager Elisabeth Rankin.  Teresi also praised the current workforce at City Hall... especially in dealing with inclement weather earlier in the day Sunday.  Teresi also proclaimed it as "Labor Appreciation Week" in the city from September 2nd through the 8th.
 
 
Cuomo to hold 15 "listening sessions" on proosals to legalize recreational marijuana...
In New York state government news... Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced 15 so-called "listening sessions" to gather public input on proposals to legalize recreational marijuana.  The 15 sessions will be held around the state beginning with one Thursday in Albany.  State officials say public comments at the sessions will be taken into account as proposals to legalize pot are drafted.  Lawmakers expect to consider the issue after they reconvene in January.  None of those will be in Chautauqua County.  Meanwhile, former Vice President Joe Biden is backing Cuomo over former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon in the September 13th Democratic primary. 
 
 
Sixth-annual Kallie's Krusade another big success...
The 6th annual "Kallie's Krusade" fund-raiser in Lakewood was another success.  Well over 100 motorcycles took off from the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club abot 10 a.m. yesterday for the annual "Krusin' for Kallie" that's part of the foundation's event.  The Krusade events are organized by Kallie's parents, Tara and Shane.  They welcomed the crowd, and spoke before the motorcycles left.  Tara says they had more motorcycles than last year... thanks to the organizer for that event... the Jamestown Police Department's Tim Jackson.  No final numbers were available Monday morning.  In addition... they had shirts with the names of children battling pediatric Cancer their foundation has been able to help on the back.  Tara Swan says they have their "Kolors for Kallie" 5 K Run Walk again this year... along with raffles, a bounce house, and chicken barbecue.  She says they also received a "Blue Buffalo" from Roswell Park in Buffalo because they were part of the Cancer institute's "Herd's of Hope" Cancer program. 
 
 
Chestnut again wins Buffalo Chicken Wing Eating Contest...
Competitive eating titan Joey "Jaws" Chestnut has downed more than 200 chicken wings in 12 minutes to notch a repeat win in an annual championship in Buffalo, New York.  The National Buffalo Wing Festival tweeted the results of Sunday's contest... saying that Chestnut ate 206 of the wings.  Geoffrey Esper of Oxford, Massachusetts, took second place by eating 194 wings.  Darron Breeden of Orange, Virginia, came in third with 182. 
 

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WJTN Headlines for Mon. Sept. 3, 2018

Home near downtown Jamestown extensively damaged in Sunday morning fire...
Flames have extensively damaged a home near the immediate downtown-area of the city of Jamestown.  City Fire Battalion Chief Matt Coon says firefighters were called to the scene at 4 Forest Park about 2:30 Sunday morning... and, found heavy smoke coming from the area on arrival... especially the attic.  Coon says everyone was out of the home on arrival, and crews attacked the flames with two hose lines.  He says they rotated personnel through the building due to the smoke.  Coon says it took about 20-minutes to bring the flames under control.  He says the worst of the damage was in the attic area... although the home does not appear "unsalvageable."  Coon says fire crews were there for about four hours, and the fire investigation team was on scene until about Noon.  An off-duty shift was called in to assist, along with crews from Busti... Lakewood... Celoron... Falconer... Kiantone... and, Kennedy.  County fire police and investigators were also called in.  Three firefighters suffered minor injuries. 
 
 
City man arrested after allegedly assaulting, and holding woman against her will...
A Jamestown man faces a number of charges after allegedly assaulting a woman, and holding her against her will, early last weekend.  City police say they were called to 112 Crossman St. last Friday on a report of damaged property... and, again on Saturday on a report of the assault.  Officers say 40 year-old Telly Ortiz allegedly struck the same woman with a metal object, and blocked her attempts to leave the home.  Police say they also found that Ortiz was sought on a bench warrant in Warren County, Pennsylvania.  He was taken into custody without incident for charges including two counts of aggravated family offense... second-degree unlawful imprisonment... and, third-degree assault... and, jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
Four arrested during drug bust in Cattaraugus County...
Four people have been arrested... and, three remain jailed... following a drug raid in the Cattaraugus County city of Salamanca late last week.  Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, and other police agencies, raided an apartment at 61 1/2 Elm Street late last Thursday.  Task Force members say they found 16 grams of Fentanyl... 2-grams of Methamphetime... and scales and packaging material.  Police arrested a resident of the Elm Street address, 27 year-old Lindsey Little... along with 31 year-old Christopher Dupont of Salamanca, and 23 year-old Cordell Wheeler of Randolph, on Felony charges.  Those include criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.  Task Force members add that 45 year-old Michael Cook of Randolph was arrested for criminal contempt for allegedly violating a court order of protection.  Little, Dupont, and Cook were arraigned and sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail with bail pending.  Wheeler was issued an appearance ticket for Salamanca City Court at a later date.
 
 
George Spitale receives George Ritzer Labor Award for unprecidented second-time...
The weather cleared in plenty of time for most every scheduled event at Sunday's annual Labor Day Festival in Jamestown... including presentation of the annual George Ritzer Labor Award.  For the first-time ever... there was a second-time winner of the award.  Retired City Councilman George Spitale... who has also been involved about 50 years with the local labor movement... received the award from Central Labor Council President David Wilkenson at Bergman Park.  Mary Spitale was there with her husband for the ceremony.  George Spitale chose not to speak... but, Wilkenson presented a few comments on Spitale's behalf.  He says the main point was that since Spitale and others who were doers in the labor movement are retiring... who is going to pick up the mantel?  He says one of their battles, for health care, is continuing today.  Spitale first received the Ritzer Award in 1985... the second-year it was presented.  He was the head of the American Federation State County Municipal Employees for 22 years from 1980 to 2002.  Spitale retired from the City Council last year.
 
 
Linda Johnson recognized in retirement from UPMC Chautauqua Hospital...
A career that began just over 40 years ago concluded at UPMC Chautauqua Hospital last Friday afternoon when long-time communications and marketing manager Linda Johnson walked out the door.  Johnson began working at the former WCA Hospital as a 19 year-old... filing tests.  She has been one of hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Betsy Wright's "right-hand" people over the years... and, Wright says she'll miss Johnson "very much," and wished her "very well in her retirement."  Wright adds that Johnson will be hard to replace... and, says no replacement has been selected as yet.  Johnson says she's loved her work... and, says her heart will always be with UPMC Chautauqua -- even in retirement.  She says she'll be visiting, and taking part in fund-raisers for the hospital.  Wright says Johnson has done "incredible" work for the hospital... from internal and external communications -- and just "getting the story out." 
 
 

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., Sept. 1, 2018

Sheriff Gerace urges drivers to be safe, and obey the laws during Labor Day Weekend...
The Labor Day Holiday Weekend is now underway... and, AAA is estimating that some 35-million people will travel at least 50 miles this weekend across the nation.  You can expect local law enforcement to also have a presence.  That from Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace... who coordinates the county's Stop DWI program.  Gerace says patrols will be active over the holiday weekend.  He says they urge motorists to use "good common sense, don't drink and drive, don't text and drive, and wear your seat belt."  Gerace says the Sheriff's Dept. Navigation Division will also likely have a busy weekend.  He's urging boaters practice water safety... observe the law, and have the people on your craft wearing personal floation devices.  AAA of Western and Central New York expects the heaviest traffic volume to occur Monday when people are on their way back home.   Traffic is expected to peak around 3 p.m., so the best time to head back is before noon on Monday.
 
 
AAA says Labor Day Weekend gas prices remain high, but, have "leveled off..."
As summer comes to a close, many travelers are ready to squeeze in a last minute vacation before the cooler temperatures settle in.  Triple-A adds that those heading out for a road trip ove rthe weekend will see gas prices that have "leveled-off..." though they are higher than last Labor Day Weekend.  AAA says the current national average is $2.84... which is two-cents less than a month ago.  In New York state... the price is $2.99... which is 45-cents more than last year.  In Pennsylvania... it's $3.04 a gallon... which is 42-cents more.   
 
 
Mitrano, Reed, spar over support for West Valley clean-up...
The Democratic candidate running for the 23rd Congressional District says the West Valley Nuclear Demonstration site clean-up in Cattaraugus County is not getting enough funding from the federal government.  Ithaca's Tracy Mitrano also believes that incumbent Republican Tom Reed is not doing enough to get funding for the cleanup.  The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently passed a reauthorization bill to provide $75-million dollars a year for the next eight years for the cleanup effort.  The bill, sponsored by Reed, represents $10-million more than is currently allocated... but, Mitrano says it falls short what is needed.  She says the studies she has seen say the cost will total about $6-billion to $10-billion.  Mitrano says she's not an "expert" but, adds a third-party study seems to be fairly accurate.  During this week's conference call... we asked Tom Reed about Mitrano's statement and said his political challenger is "out of touch."  Reed says they've worked with everyone involved to try and get the situation taken care of best as possible, and says he's "very proud" of the work being done at West Valley.
 
 
Former WCA Hospital is now UPMC Chautauqua Hospital...
It's a small... but, still significant step in integrating the former WCA Hospital in Jamestown into the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center family of health care faciliites.  UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital has had it's name shortened to UPMC Chautauqua.  The move took place a few weeks ago... and, Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Betsy Wight says it's part of a "system-wide" re-branding by UPMC.  Wright says they have looked at the branding of all their hospitals and facilities... and, she says they are a regional hospital, and officials want the name to reflect that.  She says WCA is one of seven specialty and health care facilities that have been renamed as part of the UPMC family.  She says it tells the community that they are now intergrated with the main Pittsburgh facility... and, she says that intergration continues to grow through investment in IT... and, network upgrades, along with employee benefits.  Wright says the integration has even continued over the past couple of weeks with the hiring of 24 new nurses who recently graduated from nursing school... along with four new, experienced nurses.  
 
 
Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon in Upstate NY this weekend...
Actress Cynthia Nixon is taking her campaign for governor upstate as the Democratic primary nears.  The longtime liberal activist and former "Sex and the City" star will make stops in Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca, Schenectady and Saratoga Springs on Friday and throughout the long Labor Day weekend.  Her campaign says Nixon will meet with volunteers and voters and make a stop at the state fair in Syracuse.  She faces Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo in the September 13th primary.  Nixon's upstate trip comes after the two candidates held a debate on Long Island Wednesday that focused largely on downstate issues. 
 
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 31, 2018

It's a simple concept, but there are some challenges to getting the ride-sharing service Uber into the upstate New York region...  
 
However, there are a lot of opportunities as well.  Those are the feelings of local Congressman Tom Reed after a more than one-hour long program and discussion with an Uber official at Jamestown Community College Thursday afternoon.  Reed says there are definate transporation needs in rural areas and, people with vehicles looking for extra money.
 
Reed says ride sharing is something that "makes sense..." and, could also provide an economic boost to the region.  He says that's why they had people from the private sector, including Cummin's Engine in the town of Busti, discussing their needs.  The Corning Republican invited Patrick Lyden of Uber's Government Relations Office, who said Uber has done well during it's short time of operating in places like Buffalo.  Lyden says Uber began operating in New York shortly before July 4th of 2017.
 
 
Late U-S Senator John McCain has been praised this week for his bi-partisanship as a federal lawmaker all this week and, during yesterday's funeral service in his home state of Arizona....  
 
He was also lauded by local Congressman Tom Reed following an event in Jamestown Thursday afternoon.  Reed says McCain's incredible legacy as a member of the U-S Navy, a POW, and lawmaker earned the respect of many Republicans and Democrats.
 
Reed says he got to talk with and visit McCain on a few occasions in Washington, and says he has the upmost respect for what his federal Republican tried to do in Congress.  McCain's casket has arrived in Maryland ahead of ceremonies today at the U.S. Capitol.  His body was flown to Joint Base Andrews outside Washington after a church service Thursday in Phoenix.  Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was at the base to greet McCain's widow, Cindy, and their family. 
 
 
An unidentified man had to be flown to an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital with serious injuries after he was run over by a garbage truck in the town of Gerry late yesterday morning...  
 
Chautauqua County fire dispatchers say that emergency crews were called to the scene at 2302 Edson Road in Sinclairville just after 11:00.  Dispatchers say the truck had been parked, but, apparently went accidently into gear, and moved -- striking the man.  A landing zone was prepared for Starflight Helicopter to land and, the man was flown to UPMC Hamot Medical Center for treatment.  There is no other information available and, whether any charges will be filed.
 
 
A Cattaraugus County woman faces harrassment charges for smearing cow feces on the vehicle of a Department of Social Services Employee's vehicle... 
 
Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say 30 year-old Mary McConnell is also accused of threatening to throw cow feces in the employee's face. Deputies say McConnell turned herself in at the Department, where she was issued appearance tickets for Allegheny Town Court in October for second-degree harrassment and third-degree criminal tampering. 
 
 
A Jamestown man faces four counts of endangering the welfare of a child following a possible stabbing Wednesday afternoon....  
 
City police were called to 614 Spring Street for the incident and found 37 year-old Hector Velez-Velazquez allegedly tried to stab a male victim in front of four children.  Officers say Velazquez is also charged with second-degree menacing.  He was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for medical treatment, before being transported to the City Jail to await arraignment. 
 
 
The last major travel holiday of summer is about to get underway...  
 
AAA of Western and Central New York expects traffic to be heavy across the state, especially on Monday, Labor Day.  Lindsay Kensy of AAA says it's important for travelers to prepare for their trip before hitting the highway, including letting someone else man the GPS device, staying off cellphones, and packing up before you leave. 
 
Kensy says drivers should also avoid distractions.  And they should obey the state's "Move Over Law" that's been on the books for a few years.  She says any type of vehicle that has it's lights on and, is marked as an emergency or police vehicle, drivers must pull over for them.  Thruway traffic is expected to increase by at least 10-percent on Labor Day, compared to an average Monday.  The state is expected to suspend construction projects during the holiday weekend, but travelers are reminded to check road conditions by calling 511 or by visiting 511ny.org.
 
 
Families with students attending the Falconer Central School district's main campus are asked to take note of some new traffic patterns around the schools there....  
 
Superintendent Stephen Penhollow says they have made changes in order to keep drop off traffic separated from school buses. In addition, a new traffic light has just been installed at the intersection on Main Street and East Avenue, right next to the school.  Penhollow says full details are posted on the school's website.  The Falconer School's Facebook page has a video outlining the traffic flow at the Temple School in Kennedy.  Falconer is among the local schools that open Tuesday.  Others will be starting up Wednesday, and a few on Thursday. 
 
 
A city man has been charged with possession of child pornography after the defendant's sister found concerning pictures on his cellphone...  
 
Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Moellering -- who is handling the case -- says the Jamestown Police Department received a complaint in July from a parent that her two minor children may have been sexually abused by 33 year-old Matthew Bailer.  Bailer was intially arrested on a warrant out of Missouri for a burglary case and, a search of his Nokia cellphone revealed several hundred sexually explicit pictures of pre-pubescent girls and boys.  The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by JPD along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  If convicted, Bailer faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
 
 
A local man known for his efforts to create interest in trade schools and manufacturing among area students is taking on some additional work duties at one particular school this year...    
 
Chautauqua County Education Coalition Director Justin Hanft was hired earlier this year to be the new Head Coach of the Maple Grove High School Football Team.  Hanft says he sought the post after long-time coach Curt Fischer resigned earlier this year.
 
Hanft was an offensive lineman during his career, which took him to Mount Union College for his Freshman year and, his final three years were at Alfred University in Alfred, New York.  He was also an assistant as a graduate student.  Hanft says he's blessed this year because the program is in great shape, thanks to the previous work by Fischer and, he has several returning players.  Maple Grove plays Springville tonight.  Fischer will be head coach at Chautauqua Lake this year.

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 30, 2018

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and former ``Sex and the City'' star Cynthia Nixon swapped insults and clashed over policy in their only scheduled debate before their September 13 Democratic primary...  
 
Nixon went after Cuomo early in Wednesday's televised exchange at Hofstra University, calling Cuomo corrupt and a liar and saying experience doesn't matter if a politician is bad at governing.  Cuomo responded that Nixon doesn't understand the challenges of leading the nation's fourth largest state and lives in a ``world of fiction'' while he resides in the real world.  Questions ranged from the naming of the new Tappan Zee Bridge after Cuomo's father, to taxing millionaires and billionaires in the state. 
 
 
Chautauqua County officials are looking into other options for the idled NRG Power plant in Dunkirk now that the company will not be moving ahead with it's repowering...  
 
That from County Executive George Borrello, who says the plant's future was discussed during the county Industrial Development Agency's board meeting in Westfield Tuesday.  Borrello says an application has been filed with the Appalachian Regional Commission for a feasibility study on the plant.
 
One possible option is establishing a micro-grid.  Borrello says he recently attended a meeting that was held in Kenmore, where discussion focused on a natural-gas fired facility, similar to what's at the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities.  But, Borrello says a lot would be involved and they would need NRG to be on board with the project.  The county's top-elected official says a meeting will be held in near future with NRG officials to see what they would like to do with the facility.  The plant has been "mothballed" since January 2016. 
 
 
Incumbant Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed is also criticizing the White House's response to the passing of War Hero and long-time U-S Senator John McCain...  
 
Reed responded to criticism leveled by Democratic Challenger Tracy Mitrano that President Donald Trump's response to McCain's death was "shameful."  The Corning Republican says he disagrees with the way it was handled but, adds there was some recognition.
 
Reed says McCain leaves a "rich legacy of military commitment, and commitment to America."  Funeral services started yesterday to honor Senator McCain as he was memorialized in state at the Arizona capitol on Thursday.  His body will be flown to Washington, D-C for more events.  Yesterday would have been John McCain's 82nd birthday.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
Thanks to on-going support from lawmakers -- namely State Senator Cathy Young -- the University of Buffalo's Mobile Dental Clinic is again providing 'smiles' for local youngsters, veterans and seniors... 
 
Young toured the mobile van Wednesday during it's current stay at the Mayville VFW parking lot.  The Olean Republican was able to secure an additional $372,000 in this year's state budget to keep expanded services in place to people who otherwise could not afford it.
 
Young says she's been able to secure $1.2-million over the past four years to keep the UB School of Dentistry's program in place.  Last year, those services expanded to military veterans.  The school's Rural Dentistry Project Coordinator Paula Fischer, says they had an overwhelming response to last year's visit to Mayville.  Fischer says they treated about 100 veterans last year -- and had a waiting list.  With that... they'll be at the Mayville VFW through next Thursday, September 6th.  She says the move to include seniors in the program took place this year.  For more information, call 829-2824 or go to the Dental School's webpage.
 
 
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of a hand-gun during a fight on the city's eastside late last weekend...  
 
City police were called to the area of Allen and Institute Streets about 9:30 p.m. Sunday on a report of a fight, and person with a gun.  Officers say they talked with several people at the scene... and, later arrested 35 year-old Donald Apperson for allegedly having the gun in his possession.  Apperson was arrested for third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and, obstruction.  The obstruction charge came after he refused to comply with officers.  Apperson was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
The former administrator for the Chautauqua County Home -- and nursing homes in Cattaraugus County -- has been arrested for sexual abuse at a Salamanca concert venue...  
 
The Olean Times-Herald reports that 60 year-old Timothy Hellwig was arrested for allegedly groping three women at last Friday night's outdoor concert with Toby Keith at the Seneca Allegheny Casino.  Salamanca Police tell the newspaper that Hellwig is charged with three counts of third-degree sexual abuse and obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.  Hellwig was the Cattaraugus County nursing homes director before resigning in February.  The resignation came after he failed to notify county officials of a New York State Attorney General's Office investigation into the injury and death of a county nursing home resident.  Hellwig was administrator of the Chautauqua County Home in Dunkirk for many years and, he still resides in Dunkirk.  He took the Cattaraugus County job in 2014.
 
 
The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is also looking for a new Communications Director...  
 
Bishop Richard Malone has announced that George Richert has decided to step down from his post effective a week from this Friday -- September 7.  Malone says "I am extremely grateful to George for his counsel during his tenure with the diocese, especially in these tumultuous times.  George was a valued member of my leadership team, respected in the community, and a gentleman of high integrity. I wish him the very best as he pursues other opportunities."  Malone says he'll announce an interim diocesan spokesperson soon as they begin a search for a new Communications Director.  Richert previously was a news anchor/reporter at WIVB-TV in Buffalo.
 
 
The dangerously high heat in the Northeastern U-S prompted emergency measures Wednesday -- including extra breaks for players wilting at the U.S. Open tennis tournament...  
 
In several states, children are being released from school early, and the elderly without air conditioning were urged to go to cooling centers.  The mercury in the Jamestown-area reached 90 in some spots Tuesday and, yesterday, the high reached 86 before dropping to about 72 during afternoon showers.  The National Weather Service says temperatures in the 90s combined with high humidity pushed heat index past 100 in some place.  Authorities on Long Island say heat appears to be a factor in the death of an 11-year-old girl found in a vehicle with the windows closed.

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 29, 2018

The Democratic challenger in the 23rd Congressional District race is blasting President Trump, and incumbant Republican Tom Reed regarding Trump's handling of the death of Senator John McCain....  
 
Tracy Mitrano says that -- as a member of a military family -- she was "deeply embarrased and ashamed" by Trump's lack of initial response, and, raising the White House Flags after briefly being at half-staff.  She says it was a "shameful" way to treat the memory of a War hero, and POW.
 
McCain, a maverick Republican from Arizona, died this past weekend after discontinuing brain cancer treatments.  Mitrano also took aim at Reed, who she says has often times provided "cover" for Trump.  She says the Corning Republican has found is more important to stand behind the president on matters such as tariffs -- than stand for the people in his district.  Mitrano made her comments during a Tuesday press call.
 
 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon are preparing for their only scheduled debate before next month's Democratic primary...  
 
The two-term incumbent and the former "Sex and the City" star will face off tonight at Hofstra University.  The debate will be broadcast at 7 PM on CBS-2.  Nixon is expected to accuse Cuomo of doing too little to address political corruption, income inequality and New York City's aging subways.  Observers say Cuomo will tout liberal accomplishments like a higher minimum wage and same-sex marriage and argue his experience makes him more qualified to stand up to President Donald Trump.  Cuomo leads in polls and fundraising.  The winner of the September 13 primary faces Republican Marc Molinaro, independent candidate Stephanie Miner and Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins in the November election.
 
 
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities has approved an additional allocation of up to $110,000 to cover legal fees for the proposed annexation of BPU property in the village of Falconer... 
 
The board approved the change order at yesterday Monday's meeting, the third such change since the BPU initially began the action regarding the Dow Street Substation property.  Mayor Sam Teresi says all sides in the matter are now preparing for a pre-hearing conference with a three-member tribunal.
 
Teresi says the intial session with the Tribunal is to take place sometime in October.  The BPU has now allocated $270,000 in total for the process, but the mayor adds they've only had to spend about $170,000.  He also says a lot of the work has been done "in house."  The BPU initiated the process to obtain the approximately four acres of property, which is adjacent to the city line, early last year.  It has been strongly opposed by the village of Falconer, town of Ellicott, and the Falconer School District because of the potential loss of tax revenue.
 
 
City residents and local and state lawmakers had the chance to mingle and talk about the issues during an outdoor program at Jamestown's Love Elementary School last night...  
 
First-term City Councilman Andrew Liuzzo hosted the event, called "Ask Us..." to give people the chance to hear from lawmakers -- and department heads -- about local issues.  Liuzzo says he was hoping for more residents, but says -- for the first year -- the event was a success.
 
Liuzzo was especially happy about the overall elected official turn-out, which included State Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell, as well as County Executive George Borrello.  County Legislature Chairman Paul Wendel of Lakewood was also on hand and, says such events provide important "face-time" with constituents.  Several department heads, including Police Chief Harry Snellings and Public Works Director Jeff Lehman, were also on hand for the informal gathering.  Liuzzo also gathered school supplies for the district during the event.
 
 
Half a dozen former international prosecutors heard stories from some of the victims of international war crimes and atrosities during the 12th annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs at Chautauqua Institution...  
 
The dialogs concluded Tuesday afternoon with prosecutors issuing the annual "Chautauqua Declaration..." which voiced their standing by the victims of atrocities from all corners of the globe.  Retired Syracuse University Professor David Crane is former prosecutor in Sierra Leone and, has been involved in organizing all 12 dialogs.
 
The moderator for this afternoon's program, the American Bar Association's Alberto Mora of Washington, D-C, says the dialogs are important to continuing the spirit of the Nuremburg War Crimes tribunals following WWII.  Mora says they created the principals of international criminal law and, ended impunity for international aggressors, and those violating human rights.  The late Robert H. Jackson was chief prosecutor at the Nuremburg trials.  The center that bears his name and, Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio, put on this year's program.
 
 
A Jamestown man convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of five-grams or more of methamphetamine, has been sentenced in U-S District Court in Buffalo...  
 
U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior, says 32 year-old Matthew Jones received a sentence of 100 months in prison from U-S District Court Judge Lawrence Vilardo.  Assistant U-S Attorney Laura Higgins, who is handling the case, stated Jones was arrested with his brother Beau "KC" Jones during a traffic stop on  December 1st of 2016 after Matthew received a 360-gram shipment of meth to his Colfax Street residence.  Kennedy says Beau Jones was previously convicted and is awaiting sentencing.
 
 
A Jamestown man who was removed from the Bill's Pre-Season game last Sunday faces felony Leandra's Law charges... 
 
The Buffalo News reports 25 year-old Dylan George was behind the wheel on Southwestern Boulevard near Milestrip Road when his 24 year-old brother allegedly jumped from their moving SUV. The paper says George provided a .12 percent breath sample to Orchard Park Police. His 6 year-old child was a passenger in the vehicle, which upgraded an intial  DWI charge to felony status. He was additionally charged with marijuana possession and was released after posting bail.  George's brother was treated at Erie County Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries. 
 
 
The Jamestown Jackals Basketball team is taking a big step upwards in the professional ranks for the 2019 season...  
 
The Jackels and the head of the former North American Basketball League today Tuesday announced Jamestown will be one of 12-teams in the new "The Basketball League."  Jackals Owner and General Manager Kayla Crosby announced the move today during a press conference at their home court at Jamestown Community College.
 
Crosby says while they are "moving up" to a fully-professional league, their main mission of "Integrity First" remains paramount to the organization.  David Magley, who played at the University of Kansas, and professionally with the Cleveland Cavaliers, has been involved with other lower level pro leagues but, says this one will be professional all the way.  He says they'll play in upper tier venues, wear same-brand uniforms, and, play the same number of games.  Magley says their plans are to have a 32-game schedule, with 16 home games beginning early next year.  Teams will include Albany, Rochester, Raleigh, North Carolina, Kansas City, and, there will be a California franchise. 
 
 
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has given final approval to a bill that will require all school bus drivers to submit to random drug and alcohol screening...  
 
The new law will take effect in four months. The law also prohibits bus drivers from drinking alcohol eight hours prior to their shift.  It previously was six hours.  The cost for school district drug testing will be eligible for state reimbursement.  The New York Association for Pupil Transportation -- which represents the school bus industry -- praised the law's passage.

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Congressman Tom Reed sat down in a barn in Westfield Monday afternoon with a dozen representatives of agriculture to talk about farm issues...   
 
Dick Kimball, President of the Chautauqua County Farm Bureau, led the meeting and told the Congressman uncertainty in trade is harming all agriculture and urged Congress to act.  Reed said he generally supports the disruptive approach to trade talks, and applauds the deal announced earlier in the day with Mexico.  He says it maintains a 'zero tariff' for dairy products going into Mexico despite a lot of gamesmanship regarding 'non-tariff barriers.'  On immigration, Reed said he understands farmers need solid reform to ensure a stable workforce.  A deal fell apart a few days before passage, he claims… and now both sides want it stalled because it's a good election issue. 
 
 
Local and state officials across New York are honoring late U-S Senator John McCain by lowering flags on government buildings to half-staff...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo said Sunday lowering the flags on state buildings was a "small gesture for one of America's giants."  New York City is doing the same at city-government buildings.  County Executive George Borrello says the Vietnam War veteran, and Prisoner of War, was a "hero and patriot."  Borrello says McCain was never bitter about his imprisonment and, decided to channel his efforts to public service.  The 81-year-old McCain died last Saturday in Arizona after discontinuing medical treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer. 
 
 
Lightning apparently triggered a garage fire in the town of North Harmony Monday morning...  
 
Sheriff's Department dispatchers say Ashville fire crews were called to the scene at 2860 Open Meadows Road about 8:00.  They were joined at the scene by Panama and Lakewood firefighters.  We have no details on the blaze, but crews were there about an hour-and-a-half.  No injuries were reported.
 
 
More discussion and information is needed before Jamestown city lawmakers can fill a vacant constable's position...  
 
That from Mayor Sam Teresi after last night's Council voting session.  Earlier, the President of the Real Estate Investor's Association in the city, Harold Whitford, said he was disappointed to not see the item in the prefiled agenda after lawmakers went behind closed-doors last week to discuss three candidates.  In the meantime, Teresi says the city still has two constables available.
 
Teresi says that he did fully discuss the three candidates -- who have not been named -- and background checks done on each of them.  He says those types of conversations cannot be held in "the public arena."  Teresi says they reviewed the candidates, and are awaiting insurance information from them.  He says he's hopeful to have a candidate to vote on at next month's voting session.
 
 
For the first time ever, the annual George Ritzer Labor Award will be given to one recipient for the second-time at next Sunday's annual Labor Day Festival in Jamestown...  
 
Retired City Councilman George Spitale, who was also head of the American Federation State-and-County Municipal Employees for 22 years, will receive this year's award.  Spitale told committee members there had to be someone as deserving that hasn't received the Ritzer Award yet.  However... he tells us they wanted to recognize his many years of commitment to the local labor movement.  He'll get the award at 4 p.m. this Sunday, during the festival, at Bergman Park.
 
 
The Republican candidate for Chautauqua County Sheriff says -- he too -- opposes the current push to legalize recreational marihuana in New York state....  
 
Retired Sheriff's Lieutenant Jim Quattrone feels legalization sends too many "mixed messages" to youth about the potential dangers of smoking pot.  Quattrone says a 74-page state Health Department study does nothing to quell those concerns.
 
Quattrone also says he believes that more people will begin using marihuana if it becomes legal and, adds that the most commonly abused drug is alcohol -- which is legal.  He adds that while it can be a "gateway drug..." he's not totally convinced that marihuana is that, but adds it's a mind-altering substance.  Shortly after the announcement by Governor Cuomo to further study the issue, Incumbant Sheriff Joe Gerace said he opposed any legalization of recreational marihuaua.  Quattrone says currently, if someone is found in possession of a small amount of marihuaua, it's a violation.  He made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" programon the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
The first full-day of the 12th annual Humanitarian Law Dialogs is wrapping up at Chautauqua Institution after the program started Sunday night at the Robert H. Jackson Center...  
 
The law dialogs are one of the biggest conferences involving international prosecutors from several international courts.  Prosecutor and retired Director of the Jackson Center, Jim Johnson, says this year's theme is "Is the Justice We Seek the Justice they Want..." and is focusing more on victims.
 
Johnson says he believes the international courts and the World Court have done that.  However, he also says it's important to take a step back and look at what impacts there are on the victims, and nations involved.  The programs concludes today and, the panel of prosecutors will issue their annual "Chautauqua Declaration" about 2:30 this afternoon.
 
 
A Jamestown teen is accused of burglarizing a vacant home on the city's westside over the weekend... 
 
City police responded to an address on West 13th Street for a fight in the area over a possible burglary in progress. On arrival, officers determined 19 year-old Ricky Myers, II had taken property from an un-occupied Washington Street home. Police located Myers and recovered the stolen items before placing him under arrest. He's being held in city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
Jamestown residents will have a chance to meet local elected officials (including those holding county office) tonight on the city's northside...  
 
At Large Councilman Andrew Liuzzo has organized the event at Love School as a school supply drive, as well.  Liuzzo says it's an "informal venue" to meet the constituents he represents.  He adds that he's also invited state Senator Cathy Young, Assemblyman Andy Goodell, County Executive George Borello, city council members and department heads to the event, called "Ask Us."  It will run from 6-8 p.m., it will be held rain or shine.  A tent will be available in the event of rain.
 
 
A man from Hamburg taking part in the annual Grand Fondo bicycle rally in Chautauqua County escaped serious injury when his bike was struck by a car during last Saturday's event...  
 
Ellicott Town Police were called to the scene of the accident on Jackson Avenue in Celoron shortly before 11 AM.  Officers say the bike, operated by 59 year-old Michael Kirsch, was northbound at the time.  They say the driver of the car, 77 year-old David Frushone of Jamestown, had stopped at a stop sign but, apparently didn't see Kirsch in time and, hit the bike.  Kirsch was treated at the scene for apparent minor injuries.  Frushone has not been charged.
 
 
A Corry Pennsylvania man is accused of driving on suspending license with weapons and drugs in his SUV last Thursday... 
 
State Police in Warren say a traffic stop was initated on a Toyota 4-Runner traveling south on State Route 6. Troopers say while interviewing 36 year-old Ryan Groves, they saw a black and silver Smith and Wesson 9-millimeter pistol on the driver's lap. Further investigation revealed two pistol magazines and a bullet in the side-door panel, along with a piece of glass containing suspected methamphetamine in plain sight. Officers searched Groves's vehicle and allegedly found LSD, meth, paraphernalia and brass knuckles. While being interviewed in custody, Groves admitted to officers that the white powdery substance was meth and the stamps possibly contained LSD. He's being held in Warren County Jail. 
 

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WJTN Newsheadlines for Aug. 27, 2018

New York is honoring late U-S Senator John McCain by lowering flags on government buildings to half-staff...    
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo said Sunday lowering the flags on state buildings was a "small gesture for one of America's giants."  New York City is doing the same at city-government buildings.  The 81-year-old McCain died Saturday in Arizona after discontinuing medical treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer.  Cuomo, a Democrat, said the tribute to McCain, a Republican, would remain until his funeral.  McCain is expected to be honored in Arizona and Washington before being buried, likely this coming week, at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland.  Cuomo called McCain "one of our nation's finest public servants" and an example of an old-fashioned statesman who "indisputably aimed to put country over party."
 
 
Progress is being made in the future of the Jamestown Brewery on the 100-block of West Third Street...  
 
Construction Manager Lori Galster -- of Galster Enterprises -- says West Third Street will be closed off to traffic between Washington and Cherry Streets from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (August 29-31). Galster says a flagman will be located at Third and Cherry for local required traffic. All pedestrians can walk on the northside of the road and pedestrian traffic on the south side will be open from Cherry to Sawtooth Building. For any questions, contact Lori at 499-3815.
 
 
The Jamestown Schools 'Promise Fund' is planning a big party at the front door of Jamestown High School on Saturday, September 8 from 10 AM to 4 PM...  
 
Dr. Lilian Ney, a Promise Fund official, says they want the community to come and bring unused musical instruments as gifts.  Dr. Ney says it's come to the attention of fund officials that many families have to rent instruments long term, or deny students the opportunity to play one, because of cost.  JHS band director, Meghan Murray says once people graduate, their instruments often end up the attic.  She is ecstatic the Promise Fund has stepped up to help get throse instruments into the hands of students.  All donations will be tax deductible.  Financial contributions will also be accepted.  The Promise Fund will have a tent with balloons, music, and a fun atmosphere for the party on September 8.  Any questions can be directed to jpsinstrumentdrive@gmail.com.
 
 
A Corry Pennsylvania man is accused of driving on suspending license with weapons and drugs in his SUV last Thursday...   
 
State Police in Warren say a traffic stop was initated on a Toyota 4-Runner traveling south on State Route 6. Troopers say while interviewing 36 year-old Ryan Groves, they saw a black and silver Smith and Wesson nine-millimeter pistol on the driver's lap. Further investigation revealed two pistol magazines and a bullet in the side-door panel, along with a piece of glass containing suspected methamphetamine in plain sight. Officers searched Groves's vehicle and allegedly found LSD, meth, paraphernalia and brass knuckles. While being interviewed in custody, Groves admitted to officers that the white powdery substance was meth and the stamps possibly contained LSD. He's being held in Warren County Jail. 
 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo says time is running out for New Yorkers who want to get around a federal cap on state and local tax deductions by donating to a charitable fund set up by the state...  
 
The Democrat says Monday is the last day for residents to contribute to the Charitable Gifts Trust Fund before new Internal Revenue Service rules take effect.  Taxpayers can earmark contributions either for health services or education.  They can get 85-percent of the donation amount back by claiming a state tax credit.  The fund was created in the state's 2019 budget after federal tax law was changed to put a $10,000 cap on deductions for state and local taxes.  The IRS hasn't ruled on whether contributions to the fund will qualify as charitable donations.
 
 
Catholic Charities of Buffalo says it will end foster care and adoption services next year over state regulations that bar discrimination against same-sex couples looking to adopt or foster children...  
 
The Catholic organization says it is phasing out the program because it cannot simultaneously comply with state regulations and conform to the teaching of the Catholic Church.  Catholic Charities services are under contract with the Erie County Department of Social Services until March 2019.  The charity is sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.
 
 
An elderly man was rescued with the help of Good Samaritans and Sheriff's deputies Friday afternoon after his sailboat overturned in Chautauqua Lake... 
 
Officers say the 77 year-old was unable to get back inside the sailboat and, had been in the water for an extended period of time with a personal floation device on. The man reportedly had become extremely fatigued and hypothermia was beginning to set in. Deputies say a Pontoon boat found the man and were able to safely get him out of the water with assistance from Navigation deputies. The operator was then transported to Midway State Park where he was checked by medics. He was not transported to the hospital.
 
 
An East Otto man faces a number of charges -- including two counts of allowing a person to drive without a boating certificate -- after a Sheriff's patrol boat allegedly found a child unable to control his watercraft near Long Point last Thursday... 
 
Deputies say the incident occurred mid-lake when the child fell off his craft, which subsquently struck the patrol vessel without damage. The 9 year-old was reportedly struggling to swim in an oversized floation device when 45 year-old Nathan Hill and a 15 year-old approached from another part of the lake on separate watercrafts. Officers say the first personal watercraft was towed to shore as it began to sink and was unregistered with an improper registration sticker. Hill was arrested and released with appearance tickets for Chautauqua Town Court at a later date. 
 
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The Sheriff's Office Navigation Division reminds citizens that they must be at least fourteen and must have successfully completed a Boating Safety Course before operating a personal watercraft.  They add Adults are also responsible for the actions of children under their supervision.
 
 
The shooting death of an Ohio man following what state police are calling a "brief encounter" with troopers in northwestern Pennsylvania has been ruled a homicide...  
 
State police in Erie County say troopers responded a report of a suspicious person in Girard Township just after 5 p.m. Thursday and encountered 36-year-old Matthew Orrenmaa of Conneaut, Ohio.  Police say one of the troopers fired, hitting Orrenmaa in the trunk and killing him.  Coroner Lyell Cook ruled the death a homicide.  Police haven't provided more details about the encounter between Orrenmaa and the troopers, who are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of probes by police and the district attorney.
 
 
In sports.... 
 
One of the locals hoping to score big in the "Mansfield Million" dirt late model race at Mansfield Motor Speedway in Ohio made the race and, had a good finish.  Centerville, Pennsylvania's Max Blair started 15th and wound up 10th in the 100-lap event, and won $6,400.  The race was won on a late pass by Jacksonville, Florida's Earl Pearson, Jr,  who won $203,000.  Illinois Bobby Pierce was second.  Several locals, including Greg Oakes, Chub Frank, and Boom Briggs did not make the big show.

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 24, 2018

Some 22 people who reportedly ate breakfast sandwiches at a Jamestown-area McDonald's Restaurant have reported multiple illnesses after eating there between August 4th and 21st...  
 
In a joint statement issued by the state Department of Health and Chautauqua County Department of Health, they say those affected have reported symptoms including nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea after eating at the 2803 North Main Street location.  County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler says they are both working "diligently" with the McDonald's officials to fully investigate the matter.  Schuyler says "there is currently no identified source of these illnesses and there is no evidence that the illness can be spread from person to person."  She says samples have been sent to the health lab in Albany for analysis.  Schulyer adds that while many tests are pending, preliminary testing has come back negative.  She says the McDonalds restaurant is "fully cooperating" and has followed all recommendations of the State and County Health Departments while the investigation continues.  No other McDonald's locations are involved.  Anyone who may have visited the North Main Street McDonalds and experienced vomiting and/or diarrhea shortly after eating there between August 4 and now can contact the Chautauqua County Health Department at 753-4483.
 
 
Authorities say a western New York man who was arrested for falsely claiming he was owed half-ownership of Facebook but then fled the country has been captured in Ecuador... 
 
Prosecutors notified a judge that Paul Ceglia (SEHG'-lee-uh) was arrested Thursday.  They say he'll appear in a court in Quito within a day.  Ceglia was arrested on fraud charges in October 2012.  While under house arrest in Wellsville in March 2015, he disappeared with his wife and two young sons and the family's dog.  Authorities say he sliced off his electronic monitoring device and created a crude contraption to make it seem he was moving around his home.  Prosecutors told U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick they would update him later on the status of extradition attempts.  Ceglia claims he gave Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg $1,000 in startup money.
 
 
A Panama woman was arrested for theft of services following an investigation into stolen electricity.... 
 
State Police out of Jamestown say they responded to a residence in the village on Tuesday for the alleged complaint and found that a wire had been connected from 37 year-old Bridgit Drake's electric box to her neighbor's electric box. Troopers say Drake was arrested after confirming with National Grid that she did not currently have service. She was released with an appearance ticket for North Harmony Court next month. 
 
 
John Lennon's killer has been denied parole for a 10th time...  
 
Mark David Chapman appeared before New York's parole board Wednesday. A denial decision obtained by The Associated Press says Chapman was told his release "would be incompatible with the welfare and safety of society."  The 63-year-old Chapman is serving 20-years-to-life in the Wende Correctional Facility in western New York.  He shot and killed the former Beatle outside Lennon's Manhattan apartment December 8th of 1980. 
 
 
For the first time in decades, there are more jobs available that workers available to fill them...  
 
That from local Congressman Tom Reed, who says he's introduced The Helping Americans Succeed by Measuring Outcomes Act to boost job training for people looking to get off Welfare and into the workforce.  Reed says there are now 6.7-million jobs available and 6.3-million looking for work.  He says the legisiation will be part of the JOBS for Success Act, which is part of the reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families -- or TANF program.
 
Reed says training is vital now because many jobs in the current labor market did not exist 30 years ago and, he says if those who need training get it -- they should be able to find a job.  The Corning Republican says it's important to ensure that people have a "fair shot" at entering the workforce with the skills they need to succeed.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
Two people were arrested after being treated for injuries stemming from a domestic dispute in Frewsburg on Monday... 
 
State Police in Jamestown responded to a residence in the hamlet and, found that 34 year-old Brian Jones allegedly pushed and choked 26 year-old Brittany Norris. Troopers say Norris allegedly threw a glass bowl at Jones, which shattered and left shards of glass in his foot. Both were treated at UPMC Chautauqua and later released with appearance tickets for Carroll Town Court later this month to answer charges. 
 
 
A destructive plant disease for tomatoes and potatoes has been found in Cattaraugus County...  
 
Cornell Cooperative Vegetable Specialist Elizabeth Buck says 'late blight' was confirmed in the southwest part of the county on Monday.  'Late blight' is a fungus like organism that blows in with rainstorms, and could be in Chautauqua County, as well.  Signs of the disease include dark colored smears at the top of the plant, and 'muddy paint brush' marks on stems.  Elizabeth Buck says there's a narrow window of time to stop the blight.  Plants can killed in a week.  Homeowners who see evidence of 'late blight' should call Cornell Cooperative Extension at 664-9502.  Commercial growers of potatoes and tomatoes should contact the Extension Vegetable Program at 585-406-3419.  The disease is particularly destructive on organic farms.  'Late blight' is best known for causing the Irish potato famine.  
 
 
The University of Buffalo says former Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will speak at the school as part of a distinguished speaker series...  
 
University President Satish Tripathi says public universities like UB play a key role in addressing social issues, and the speakers will help spark informed and thoughtful dialogues. WIVB-TV reports that Biden, a Democrat, will begin the series on October 25th and Rice will be the final speaker on April 17th. Other speakers who will come to the university include author and political activist Angela Davis and journalist Ronan Farrow.  Individual tickets for each event will go on sale September 9th.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 23, 2018

A Jamestown man was arrested after smashing a car window during a dispute on Tuesday... 
 
City police responded to 505 West 7th Street for a domestic in progress. On arrival, the unidentified victim told police that 21 year-old Tyree Holland allegedly threw a rock at her vehicle, smashing the rear driver side door window. Holland was found at a nearby residence hiding in a closet and arrested for obstruction and fourth-degree criminal mischief. He's awaiting arraignment in Jamestown City Jail. 
 
 
A Jamestown man faces assault and strangulation charges for allegedly holding a person in an apartment at knifepoint on Monday... 
 
City police were called to 401 West 4th Street for a physical domestic incident at 9 a.m., and located a male and female in the doorway of an apartment. Officers report that the unidentified female victim was being held in the apartment with a knife by 53 year-old Russell Rea, who had an active stay away order of protection. Rea was taken to city jail pending arraignment, while the female was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. 
 
 
He's only been on the job a few days, but the county's new Department of Public Facilities Director is visiting all of the facilities that he oversees...  
 
Brad Bentley says there have been a lot of stops to meet some 200 workers in their facilities.
 
County Executive George Borrello introduced Bentley at last night's Chautauqua County Legislature meeting.  Bentley is succeeding outgoing DPF Director George Spanos who is retiring after over 30-years with the department. 
 
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In other county legislature news, officials approved an agreement with Bemus Point Central for a school resource officer during last night's session.  The legislature also authorized the sale of Curtis Street residential property owned by JCC. Both resolutions were approved by unanimous votes.
 
 
In a quest to provide temporary, safe and nuturing households to children in need, the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Service's Home Finding Team is hosting a Foster Parent Open House this afternoon in Cassadaga... 
 
Officials say there are 112 children in foster care right now in the county.  Deputy Commissioner of Adult, Children, and Family Services -- Leanna Luka-Conley -- says that 55-percent of this children are 5 years-old and younger. The Foster Parent Open House runs from 4-6 p.m. at the Park United Methodist Church at 25 Maple Avenue, and is free to anyone interested in attending. For more information, call 716-661-8051. You can also visit CHQhhs.com or their Facebook page, 'CC Foster Parent'.
 
 
The New York chapter of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations -- or AFL-CIO -- has announced that it's endorsing Democratic Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano in the state's 23rd District...  
 
The announcement was made in New York City, where the state AFL-CIO was holding its 2018 Committee on Political Education Convention.  Mitrano says she's "incredibly honored to receive the backing of the AFL-CIO, an organization that advocates on behalf of so many working people in our community.  Organized labor is a critical force in our state, ensuring that all working people are treated justly."  The Ithaca resident, who is seeking to unseat incumbent Republican Tom Reed, is running on a platform that includes support for federal legislation to mandate livable wages for all, paid family and medical leave, and the compensation of public sector unions. 
 
 
New York corrections officials have released a new mug shot of Mark David Chapman as the man who killed John Lennon is up for parole for a 10th time...  
 
The 63-year-old Chapman was scheduled to go before New York's parole board this week. A decision is expected within two weeks of the hearing.  Chapman is serving 20-to-life in the Wende Correctional Facility in western New York.  He shot and killed the former Beatle outside his Manhattan apartment on December 8 of 1980.  The state Board of Parole last denied parole to Chapman two years ago.  The latest mug shot was taken this past January 31.
 
 
The JHS Red Raider Marching Band will present a preview of this year's field show at 8 p.m. tonight  behind Jamestown High School...  
 
Director Meghan Murray says the public is welcome at the performance.  This the band's 'intensive week' with the 110 members of the group working all day, everyday to put together the show.  The music is drawn from the Pachelbel Canon, a piece from around 1700, that is often heard around Christmas.  Tonight's preview is free of charge.  The band's first competitive event will be the 'Fall Festival of Bands' at Strider Field in Jamestown, on the evening of September 15.  
 
 
A charity arm of the Jamestown Firefighters union will be holding it's annual "Fill the Bus" campaign to provide school supplies for two local districts next month...  
 
Three retired firefighters who are members of the "Axemen" organization were on hand at Monday night's Jamestown City Council meeting and, discussed their outreach effort.  Spokesman Keith Ecklund says they will be collecting September 22 for two local school districts.
 
Ecklund says they have collected supplies to fill a fire truck and school bus for five-years in the Jamestown district, and two in Falconer.  He says they have several collection points in thek city, including most banks and credit unions, and several businesses including Harley-Davidson of Jamestown.  Ecklund says they'll be collecting pens, pencils, eraser, folders, zipper pouches and other supplies through September 21, then "Fill the Bus" at Friendly's on September 22.  He says supply distributions will take place the week of September 24.  For more information, call Ecklund at 664-1398.
 
 
A former Department of Public Works Director for the city of Dunkirk will become the village of Fredonia's Department of Public Works Supervisor...  
 
Village trustees approved the appointment of Tony Gugino to the position by a unanimous vote.  Gugino says he was flattered to be given the opportunity and, he feels Fredonia is a "wonderful village," and adds his family is from there.  Gugino will begin his duties on September 4 and, will receive an annual salary of $62,000.
 
 
U-S Senator Charles Schumer says the federal government has been studying the presence of a probable cancer-causing herbicide in foods such as granola bars and oatmeal for two years but hasn't released its findings...  
 
Schumer discussed the issue after an environmental group released a report showing the weed-killing chemical glyphosate in oat products.  Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the Monsanto weed killer Roundup.  A California jury recently ordered Monsanto to pay $289-million in damages to a man dying of cancer.

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 22, 2018

 
The U-S Senate is expected to vote later this week on a spending package that includes $3.7-billion in funding for the treatment and prevention of Opioid drug addiction...  
 
One of the main proponents of the funding bill, New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, says she's pleased to see the measure included in the spending plan.  She says the Opioid drug epidemic took the lives of nearly 3,500 New Yorkers last year, and has touched everyone at some point.
 
Gillibrand says the funding represents a $145-million increase over last year's levels and, she's hopeful that translates to more money for New York.  She says the state received $25-million for fiscal year 2018.  Gillibrand says the funding will go to low-income community centers, health programs in rural communities and, for programs in New York state's Tribal communities, such as the Seneca Nation.  She made her comments during an afternoon conference call with New York state media.
 
 
A Fredonia man is jailed without bail on numerous charges, including drug and weapons possession counts following a raid at his business in the town of Sheridan last weekend...  
 
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, along with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and, state Police Special Investigation Unit, wrapped up a lengthy investigation at 3491 East Main Road late last Friday morning.  Deputies say they focused on drugs and stolen property and, arrested 55 year-old James Langendorfer during the raid.  They also found a quantity of narcotics, marijuana and other contraband. Langendorfer was arraigned on about a dozen charges and, was sent to the county lock-up.  Sheriff's officers say more charges are pending.  (**If you see narcotics or other suspicious activity, you are encouraged to call the task force at 1-800-344-8702.)
 
 
The Democratic candidate for the 23rd Congressional District is voicing her view on a number of issues as the campaign with incumbant four-term incumbant Congressman Tom Reed heats up...  
 
Ithaca's Tracy Mitrano held her first conference call with regional media Tuesday and, discussed many of the issues.  Among them is the need for a broad approach to allowing for economic development and job creation.
 
Mitrano, who grew up in the Rochester-area, says the region is in "desperate need" of economic opportunity and development.  She says she also differs with Reed on other issues including health care, adding the Corning Republican has consistantly voted against affordable health care, especially for low-income children.  Mitrano defeated four other candidates in a district-wide, Democratic Primary back in June.  She will challenge Reed, who is a Republican from Corning and, who has served in Congress since 2010.  
 
 
While students may not be excited to return to school yet, five new hires in the Jamestown School District can't wait to get started...  
 
At a regular board meeting Tuesday night, the newest members were approved to a probationary position by the district, adding to the 17 approved hires earlier this month. The five members were in attendance last night and included Jamie Berg, coordinator of humanities, Kevin Emley, physical education teacher at Fletcher Elementary School, Desaree Hannon, ELA teacher, Heather Heald, special education teacher at Persell Middle School and, Brianna Rodriguez, teacher at Love Elementary School.  Board Vice President Patrick Slagle welcomed them to the Jamestown School family, while District Superintendent Bret Apthorpe echoed the sentiment. 
 
 
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson is joining with every other D-A in New York state in opposing Governor Andrew Cuomo's signing of a bill that creates the nation's first commission to investigate prosecutorial misconduct...  
 
Cuomo says it would establish an 11-member commission appointed by the governor, Legislature and New York's chief judge to probe misconduct claims against local D-As and their assistants.  Swanson says New York already has the Attorney Grievance Commission, which does work.
 
In fact... Swanson says the commission just recent handed out a two-year suspension to a former St. Lawrence County D-A for misconduct.  He says the D-A Association has filed a grievance of it's own... saying the Prosecutorial Misconduct Commission would be unconstitutional because it it gives more power to the judicial branch of government.  Cuomo said on Monday that the law will root out any potential abuses of power and will give New Yorkers comfort that there is a system of checks and balances in the criminal justice system. 
 
 
Jamestown lawmakers may have the name of a potential candidate to fill an open constable's position for next Monday night's City Council voting session...  
 
That from Councilman Tony Dolce, who would only say there were three candidates that Mayor Sam Teresi presented during a closed-door session Monday night.  Dolce would not identify the three candidates, but says lawmakers had a chance to review their backgrounds, and eligibility.  He says they may have a name to consider next Monday night, but that is not a certainty.
 
 
A sex offender living in Dunkirk is now facing charges after an incident regarding a suspicious man this past Sunday...  
 
Dunkirk Police say they received a complaint from a resident in the 700-block of Main Street about a suspicious male in her front yard talking with a group of younger children.  A patrol later found 71-year-old Richard Conti walking from the area.  He is a Level-3 registered sex offender.  Conti was arrested following an investigation on charges of second-degree harassment and, criminal trespass.    
 
 
More retirements in Jamestown city government has led to council members considering hiring three replacements -- two of them in the City Police Department...  
 
Two proposals to again lift the hiring freeze and hire the officers was approved by the Finance Committee Monday night and Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says they'll be acted on at next Monday night's voting session.
 
Dolce says those two hirings, along with one for a combination accountant/clerk/typist in the Treasurer's Office.  As with the two police officers that would be hired, the position is budgeted for in the 2018 spending plan.  The committee also approved making a Clerk-Two position in the police department full-time.  All items will be voted on next Monday night.
 
 
Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has submitted more than 40,000 voter signatures to secure her place as a candidate for governor on the November ballot....  
 
Miner was elected to lead Syracuse as a Democrat, but she is running for governor as an independent on the Serve America Movement ballot line.  She says voters are fed up with politics as usual and that the major parties are to blame.  She submitted her ballot petitions to state election officials on Tuesday, as did Michael Volpe, who is running for lieutenant governor as an independent.  Miner will face Republican candidate Marc Molinaro, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and the winner of next month's Democratic primary between two-term incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon.
 
 
A new law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo bans smoking in home-based day care centers... 
 
The law signed Monday requires facilities licensed or registered for child care services to comply with the smoking ban even when children are not present.  Operators and residents of home-based day care centers had previously been permitted to smoke outside of their hours of operation.  Cuomo said the law will "protect children from this public health hazard and the life-long misery that comes with it."          

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 21, 2018

A nearly week-long investigation into a serious stabbing incident on Jamestown's westside has led to the arrest of a suspect who is charged with Felony assault...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers arrested 22 year-old Askia Faison yesterday morning after getting information from the victim in the case, who was being treated for a knife wound at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.
 
Samuelson says the stabbing -- which occured just after 2 p.m. on August 14 -- followed an altercation.  He says the unidentified victim has now been released from the hospital and, has been cooperating with the investigation.  Samuelson says both men know each other.  Faison was arraigned on one count of first-degree assault and, sent to the county jail without bail.  Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Jamestown Police at 483-TIPS (8477) or their Tips-411 app.
 
 
A city man wanted on charges stemming from a physical domestic incident last Friday has now been arrested...  
 
Jamestown police say they were called to 131 Martin Road for a previous dispute and found 26 year-old Cain Colville allegedly punched a female victim in the face.  Cain was located at another home, and was arrested for second-degree harrassment and felony warrants out of Jamestown City Court.  He's being held pending arraignment. 
 
 
Two good quarters have put the city of Jamestown in "good position" to meet it's projected sales tax revenues for fiscal year 2018...  
 
That from City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce, who updated lawmakers at last night's work session on where the city is for the first-half of the year.  Dolce says they brought in $1.6-million for April through June, which was an increase of just over $60,000 from last year.
 
The Finance Committee received the news from Comptroller Joe Bellitto, who says the city has now received $3,052,000 through the first half of 2018.  That means they need to get about 92-percent of what they received for the second-half of last year to make this year's budget.  Bellitto told lawmakers that the city had only received 48.4-percent of their budget for the first half of last year on way to meeting the 2017 total.  He says their third-quarter payment will be received around November 1.  Typically, city leaders say the third and fourth-quarters of the year are the best for sale tax revenues.
 
 
A local woman with a strong background in business and real estate has been named as the new Business Development Manager for the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency... 
 
IDA Chief Executive Officer Mark Geise says Linda Burns completed her first day Monday. She replaces 30 year-plus Manager Lawrie Taylor, who recently retired.  Geise says Burns is from Bemus Point but, has a lot of local and national experience.
 
Geise says Burns will provide business development help to clients throughout the county and be based at the IDA's headquarters in the BWB Center in downtown Jamestown.  For the first couple of weeks, he says Burns will be working primarily with IDA officials Carol Rasmussen and Christine Morabito on all the services they provide businesses and developers.  Geise believes that the hiring will benefit the IDA considerably and help improve their service offerings.  Burns is also involved in community service with the Jamestown YWCA and, the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County.
 
 
The sun was out a little yesterday afternoon after the late weekend featured rather dim sunshine -- even with no rain in the forecast...  
 
Meteorologist Dave Thomas with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says we didn't see mostly sunny skies because of smoke from wildfires over parts of Canada.  Thomas say some of that smoke was still around yesterday morning but, not as much as Sunday.  Thomas says satellite photos captured the smoke cross the area, after it moved in from the Canadian Rockies and other parts of the country.  He says there should not be much impact from the smoke today, due to showers and thunderstorms coming into the region.
 
 
A new law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo bans smoking in home-based day care centers...  
 
The law signed Monday requires facilities licensed or registered for child care services to comply with the smoking ban even when children are not present.  Operators and residents of home-based day care centers had previously been permitted to smoke outside of their hours of operation.  Advocates say the law will protect young children from second-hand smoke and from residual contamination from cigarette smoke that can linger on surfaces for many days.  Cuomo said the law will "protect children from this public health hazard and the life-long misery that comes with it."
 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo's recent comments that he doesn't feel America was "that great" are still being taken to task by Republican lawmakers...  
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says it's "disappointing" that the New York Democrat doesn't feel America was ever "that great."  Cuomo's controversial statement came during a bill signing ceremony in New York City last week.  Cuomo said "we're not going to make America great again.  It was never that great."  Reed says he believes in the "American Spirit..." but, adds we also need to strive to be better.
 
Reed says, though, that he believes Cuomo "spoke his mind" before his office walked back the comments.  A recent Rasmussen telephone and on-line survey finds that 67-percent of likely U.S. voters disagree with Cuomo's statement.  Only 17-percent agree.  In his statement, Cuomo later said "we have not reached greatness.  We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with area media.
 
 
A cache of emails shows a lobbyist whose cooperation helped convict two former aides to Governor Andrew Cuomo on corruption charges had access to the top levels of the governor's administration... 
 
The New York Times obtained nearly 350 pages of emails as part of a Freedom of Information request showing aide-turned-lobbyist Todd Howe corresponded with and gave suggestions to top Cuomo officials.  Howe was a key figure in federal corruption cases involving Cuomo adviser Joseph Percoco and economic development official Alain Kaloyeros.
 
 
A traveling memorial to the victims of the nation's opioid crisis is making a weeklong stop in Buffalo...  
 
The memorial called "Prescribed to Death" was unveiled at Canalside Monday.The art installation features a wall constructed of 22,000 carved pills, each representing the face of someone who fatally overdosed on a prescribed opioid in 2015.  Buffalo is the fourth stop on the memorial's nationwide tour, which launched in Chicago.  The memorial will be on display through August 26.

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 20, 2018

A Sherman man has been arrested for being found in possession of drugs after allegedly breaking into an apartment in Mayville late last week...  
 
Sheriff's officers say 31 year-old Brandon Newby was found inside the apartment at 40 Evans Street shortly after 2 p.m. last Thursday.  He was arrested on several counts, including second-degree burglary, petty larceny and, three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Deputies say Newby was arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court, and sent to the County Jail without bail.
 
 
Addiction experts and recovery professionals from around New York state are gathering for their annual conference in Albany...  
 
They're hearing from Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, as health care professionals discuss best practices and challenges in the field of addiction treatment.  The two day event kicks off today, and will include remarks from Hochul and, several others.  Organizers of the event say an estimated two-million New Yorkers struggle with a substance abuse disorder.  They say the 2018 conference is dedicated to showing that recovery is possible.  At the event addiction treatment specialists and advocates will share best practices and discuss advancements in care as well as ongoing challenges in the field.
 
 
State Senator Cathy Young has secured half-a-million dollars to cover the cost of Panama Central School District's penalty payment to the state Department of Education...  
 
The Olean Republican headed up the effort with local Assemblyman Andy Goodell, who pushed the bill in that Chamber.  Young says New York penalized the school district $4.9-million in 2012 for missing final cost reports for a 2005 capital improvement project.  She has now secured $3-million since 2013 to help the district pay down the penalty and, avoid passing the burden onto taxpayers in the rural school district.  The remaining penalty balance is now $1.9 million.  She says the funding "ensures that Panama Central School District taxpayers do not have to shoulder an undue tax burden caused by circumstances beyond their control."  In addition to the strain on the district's budget, Young says the penalty payments also helped prevent a proposed merger between Panama and Clymer Central School District. 
 
 
In addition to the food, two of the major high-lights of the annual Labor Day Festival in Jamestown are the music and, fireworks that conclude the day's events...  
 
City officials are taking some additional steps this year to make sure the fireworks display is safer in the wake of last year's wind shift that forced them to stop the show 45-seconds into the program when shell debris started coming down in the viewing area, and trees.  Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says there's always a set back.
 
In addition, Ciesla-Hanley says they are beefing up their communcations with additional radios and cellphones to make a call at the last minute -- if need be.  One minor injury was reported from last year's display.  As for the music, Ciesla-Hanley says the main stage is seeing some changes, including the name of the group playing the first set at 12:30 PM.  She says the former "Bogarts" has gone through a line-up change and is now known as "Blackbird Express."  Ciesla-Hanley adds that this year, the headliner on the main stage will be the local band TPT after being Two for Flinching the past few years. 
 
 
This past Saturday-- Aug. 18-- was officially proclaimed as 'Lee Harkness Day' in Jamestown...  
 
Harkness was honored for his long-time commitment to downtown during the Cruise-In Friday night.  Through his work with the Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation and later the Chamber of Commerce, Harkness has been instrumental in establishing the Cruise-In, Holiday Parade and other traditions.  And, he was a prime mover in the preservation of the Jamestown Train Station.  Harkness called the honor a "complete surprise..." adding that he was "speechless."
 
 
Authorities have identified the man who died while kite surfing on Lake Erie in western New York earlier this week...  
 
Police in the Erie County town of Hamburg on Friday identified the man as 61-year-old Jeffrey Biehler, of Hamburg.  Officials say police responded to a town beach last Wednesday afternoon following reports of a kite surfer in distress.  Police and lifeguards tried to rescue Biehler but wind gusts pushed him farther from shore.  A town water rescue unit responded and recovered his body.  Police say it's unclear whether Biehler suffered a medical emergency or if his death was related to kite surfing.
 
 
Manhattan, Kansas' Chase Junghans held off defending race champion Brandon Sheppard to win last night's 50-lap World of Outlaws Late Model feature at Eriez Speedway...  
 
Junghans ended up beating the New Berlin, Illnois diver by half-a-car length to grab his first Outlaws win in three years.  Points leader Chris Madden of South Carolina was third.  The top local finisher was Boom Briggs of Bear Lake, Pennsylvania, who was fifth.

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., Aug. 18, 2018

Long-time Downtown Jamestown advocate and supporter Lee Harkness honored before Friday night Crusin'...
It was proclaimed as 'Lee Harkness Day' in Jamestown Friday night during the downtown Crusin' event.  Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President, Todd Tranum, made the presentation to Harkness... who now heads up the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce.  Tranum says Harkness "brought leadership and energy back to the community."  Through his work with the Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation... and later the Chamber of Commerce... Harkness has been instrumental in establishing the Cruise-In, Holiday Parade and other downtown traditions.  And, he was a prime mover in the preservation of the Jamestown Train Station.  He says he was "completely suprised by the honor."  Lee says there are still things he'd like to see downtown... including passenger rail excursions to a rehabilitated engine house... the building just down the tracks from the train station.
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Despite threatening weather, Friday night's Jamestown Cruise-In was deemed a great success... with around a 110 cars, and throngs of people downtown.  The Cruise-In is organized by the Jamestown Area Community Chamber of Commerce, The Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, and Der Kobblers car club.
 
 
Young, with help of Goodell, secure's another $500,000 for Panama to pay penalty to state...
State Senator Cathy Young has secured half-a-million dollars to cover the cost of Panama Central School District's penalty payment to the state Department of Education.  The Olean Republican headed up the effort with local Assemblyman Andy Goodell... who pushed the bill in that Chamber.  Young says New York penalized the school district $4.9-million in 2012 for missing final cost reports for a 2005 capital improvement project.  She has now secured $3-million total since 2013 to help the district pay down the penalty... and, avoid passing the burden onto taxpayers in the rural school district.  The remaining penalty balance is now $1.9 million.  She says the funding "ensures that Panama Central School District taxpayers do not have to shoulder an undue tax burden caused by circumstances beyond their control." 
 
 
Dunkirk man arrested for robbery after lengthy investigation...
A Dunkirk man has now been arrested following a lengthy investigation into a robbery that occurred at convenience store in the city last November.  Dunkirk Police say they took 22-year-old Andre McQuiggan into custody late Thursday on a Chautauqua County Court warrant, charging him with Felony second-degree robbery.  Police Chief Dave Ortolano says the arrest stems from an incident that occurred last November 17.  McQuiggan allegedly held up a clerk and made off with an amount of money after brandishing what appeared to be a firearm.  Ortolano says he is happy with the outcome of the investigation... which involved several officers and members of their Detective Unit.  He says the investigation is still ongoing, and there may be additional arrests in this case.
 
 
Two Jamestown residents arrested for child endangerment after overdosign on drugs...
Two city residents have been charged after they allegedly overdosed in drugs while a child was persent with them inside an  apartment on Jamestown's southside.  City police say they were called to a home on South Main Street just before 9 a.m. last Thursday on a report of an unresponsive female.  When they arrived... police say they found 45 year-old Robin Smith and 76 year-old Jose Perez intoxicated to the point of being unresponsive.  Smith and Perez were also found with used syringes inside the apartment.  Both were taken to UMPC Chautauqua Hospital... where they were revived.  Once released... they were arrested for endangering the welfare of a child... and, jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
Outgoing County DPF Director, and new one, talk transition...
The retiring director of the county's Department of Public Facilities says he will remain on the job for two more week's to help make the new director's transition a smooth one.  George Spanos is wrapping up a 31-year career with the DPF... 16 as director.  Spanos says he's very happy with the selection of Bemus Point's Brad Bentley to replace him... and, says the transition began at the Falconer shop yesterday morning.  He says they will continue introductions Monday at the Sherman shop and then Wednesday, they'll be at the Sheridan shop in the north county.  Bentley says he's happy that Spanos will be on through the end of the month to help button-up the DPF's budget proposal for next year... and, getting Summer projects wrapped up.  He says it seems to be an ideal transition time for both of them.  County Executive George Borrello says the selection of the new public facilities director was made through the help of a bi-partisan search committee.  The five member group cut the field to three... and Borrello interviewed each before making a final selection.
 
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 17, 2018

A Panama native has been named as Chautauqua County's new director of Public Facilities...  
 
During a press conference this morning at the DPF's main headquarters in Falconer, County Executive George Borrello announced that Brad Bentley will now head up the 200-person department.  Bentley has 25 years of engineering and utilities experience, and most recently has been working about the past year for the Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency.  He'll be working with retiring DPF Director George Spanos the next two-weeks to ensure a smooth transition.  More today at Noon.
 
 
A western New York woman has been killed in a single-car accident in the Cattaraugus County town of Lyndon...  
 
State Police in Jamestown say 42 year-old Karen Putt of Alexander was eastbound on Abbott Road about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when her Jeep Liberty crossed the center-line.  Troopers say her vehicle crossed over the westbound lane, went off the road, and struck a tree.  Police say the Genesee County woman was pronounced dead at the scene and an autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death.
 
 
The "Queen of Soul" -- Aretha Franklin -- was never able to perform in Chautauqua County, but she's remembered for selling out her scheduled performance at Chautauqua Institution last year...  
 
Franklin was to give the opening performance at the institution's new Amphitheater on June 24 of last year.  The performance was sold-out month's in advance.  However, she wound up cancelling that, and other concert dates because she had fallen ill a short time before that date.  Comedian Jay Leno filled in for Franklin.  
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We'll be airing an ABC Special on the life of the "Queen of Soul..." Aretha Franklin, this Sunday at 12 Noon on WJTN Radio and, it will air again Sunday night at 8 PM.
 
 
The founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition will be the featured speaker at Chautauqua Institution today...  
 
The Reverend Jesse Jackson will appear with the Reverend Joan Brown Campbell, the first woman director of religion at Chautauqua Institution.  Chautauqua Spokeswoman Vanessa Weinert says Campbell's friendship with Jackson is one reasons he will be speaking at the Institution.
 
Weinert says Reverend Jackson's appearance is taking place during the 50th anniversary year of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior.  She says they've also had an inter-faith week of lectures for the King anniversary this week.  Jackson's lecture will take place at 10:45 this morning in the Chautauqua Amphitheater.
 
 
Downtown Jamestown's annual celebration of vintage, and classic cars -- and hot rods -- will take place tonight weather permitting...  
 
The downtown "Crusin'" will be held on Third Street and some other adjacent streets and, about 300 vehicles are expected.  The event is being put on by the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce, the Northwest Arena and, Der Kobblers Car Club.  Arena director of Sponsorships and Marketing, Sherry Hutley, says they're ready to go.
 
Hutley says Der Kobblers will help direct the participant's vehicles into the downtown area from Spring Street.  She adds street closings will begin at 3:00.  In addition to the cars and music, Hutley says they'll have food and clothing vendors, and a "kid's zone" area.  In addition to the Chamber and the Arena, Five-Star Urgent Care, Lakeshore Paving, the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and Der Kobblers are among the sponsors for the Crusin', in addition to media sponsor the Media One Group of radio stations.
 
 
A Panama man is accused of possessing various drugs during a traffic stop in Jamestown on Tuesday... 
 
State Police pulled over 38 year-old Casey Clark on Riverside Road and, smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Troopers say a search revealed a smoking device with pot residue and a container with 8 methadone pills and 10 lortabs, both controlled substances Clark did not have a prescription for.  A check of his driver's license revealed six suspensions, one of which was for an alcohol related offense. Clark was released with appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear in the town of Kiantone Court later in the month.
 
 
Final preparations are underway for the city's of Jamestown's yearly "end of summer" community celebration on Labor Day Weekend...  
 
The 39th annual Labor Day Festival is set for Sunday, September 2, from Noon to 9 p.m. at Bergman Park.  Festival committee members met for the last time in the park yesterday afternoon and, Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says they finalized a number of activites.
 
The Southern Tier Wrestling show -- put on by the Grey Brothers -- proved to be very popular at last year's festival.  Ciesla-Hanley says the day on September 2 will again start with the Chautauqua Striders annul Dan Feather Memorial 5-K run/walk at 9 in the morning.  Registration begins at 8:00.  Ciesla-Hanley says the arts and crafts vendors open at 11 a.m., while the food vendors and other activities begin at 12 Noon.  That includes the musical entertainment, which will again be held on two stages.  The George Ritzer Labor Award will be presented at 4 p.m. on the main stage.  More later. 
 
 
A woman and her dog have been reunited two days after they were both swept into a New York lake by flash flooding caused by torrential downpours...  
 
Rene Halligan tells The Associated Press that her dog was caught Thursday just as she arrived at a Seneca Lake campground to look her 4-year-old mixed-breed.  Halligan and the dog were swept away by Tuesday's early morning flooding.  Halligan was later rescued in Seneca Lake.
 
 
Investigation by State Police revealed 24 year-old Nicholas McAdoo allegedly attacked staff members and continued to act belligerent in front of patients while at the Hospital. McAdoo was placed under arrested and removed from the premises.  Troopers say he was issued an appearance ticket for Jamestown City Court at a later date. 
 
 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said America "was never that great" during remarks criticizing President Donald Trump and his slogan, "Make America Great Again"....  
 
The Democrat made the comment on Wednesday at a bill signing event in Manhattan.  Cuomo said the Republican president wants to return to an era of greater sexism, racism and intolerance toward immigrants.  He says America has made great strides toward equality, but that it can't consider itself great until there's full equality for all.  Cuomo is seeking a third term this fall and is considered a potential White House contender in 2020.  Republicans pounced on Cuomo's comments. GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive, said Cuomo should be ashamed and owes the nation an apology.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 16, 2018

There are some important county and state-wide primaries coming up in less than a month, but this year's vote will be on a different date than usual...  
 
That from Chautauqua County Republican Elections Commissioner Brian Abram, who says New York's primaries are typically held on the second Tuesday -- following Labor Day.  However, this year -- that date falls on the anniversary of the "9/11" attacks.  The vote will take place on Thursday, September 13.  The biggest local race is between incumbant Sheriff Joe Gerace -- a Democrat -- and, Republican challenger James Quattrone, for the Conservative line on the November ballot.  Abram adds there are local races for one particular party---  an Independence Party Primary for Portland Town Justice between Democrats Tom DeJoe, and Michelle Patterson and, Republican Daniel Thompson.  There is also Conservative and Independence Party Primaries for Ripley Town Justice.
 
 
Plans have now been unveiled for the new playground to be built a week from this Saturday at Chadakoin Park on the city of Jamestown's northside...  
 
More than 20 years ago, the current playground was opened, but officials say it gets a lot of use, and needs to be replaced.  Community leaders including City Councilwoman Vickye James, decided to begin fund-raising for a new playground.  Now, James says the Ralph Wilson, Junior Foundation and national "KaBOOM!" organization will help develop the new facility.
 
Some northside area churches are also involved with the effort.  Pastor Shaloe Smith with Blackwell Chapel says the park is a "dream come true."  James says they need about 325 volunteers to help out with the 'one-day' effort on Saturday, August 25.  She says you can get more information and ,sign up at the city's website at JamestownNY.net.  James says the Wilson Foundation and KaBOOM! will provide up to $250,000 in grant funding for the new playground equipment.  Work on the new facility will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the park.
 
 
Four people have been arrested for allegedly trafficking Heroin in Dunkirk following a drug raid in the north county city Wednesday morning...  
 
Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they, and other agency members executed a search warrant at 527 South Roberts Road shortly before 9:00.  Task Force agents say they arrested 38 year-olds Onix Lopez-Ortiz and Jann Montanez-Calderon and, 28 year-old Myra Cruz of the Roberts Road address and, 59 year-old Pedro Rivera of Glasgow Road in Fredonia.  They add the raid took place after a month-long investigation that included agents making several undercover drug buys.  Task Force members seized over a half an ounce of Heroin, Marihuana and a large quantity of cash during the raid and, all four suspects are charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a Controlled Substance.  All are being held pending arraignement.  (**If you have any information on suspicious or narcotics-related activity, call the task force at 1-800-344-8702.)
 
 
The top law enforcement official in Fredonia says the investigation into the death of a 47-year-old man who was assaulted on Water Street last month is now being treated as a homicide...  
 
Police Chief Brad Meyers gave us an update on the investigation into the death of William Hall.  Meyers says Hall died from injuries stemming from an assault that occurred during the overnight hours of July 20 and 21.
 
Hall was found unconscious in the area of 36 Water Street.  Meyers says he is beign criticized for a delay in releasing details of the assault, but there are reasons why a news release was not issued until earlier this month.  He says -- often times -- not releasing a lot of information immediately allows them to catch the person who "committed this crime."  Meyers confirms there is a suspect in the case, but an arrest has not been made.   Fredonia Police are working with the Chautauqua County District Attorney's Office as the investigation continues.
 
 
The concord grapes in the Lake Erie Grape Belt will begin to turn purple over the weekend...  
 
Verasion, as it's called, is the first step in the final ripening of the crop.  Dr. Terry Bates, director of the Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Labratory believes it'll be a good year, with most vineyards producing an average to above average crop.  The vines have received just enought rain, and are healthy.  The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program's Summer Grower Conference was held at the lab in Portland yesterday.  August 15 is the date for cash market prices to be announced in New York state.  Dr. Bates hadn't seen the list yet, but expects prices to be in the range of $220 to $240 per ton, about the same as last year.  The sweet grape market has struggled in recent years with over supply, and low prices.  Chautauqua County is the state's largest grape growing county, with concords making up most of the crop here.  
 
 
Jamestown Police arrested a man for damaging three vehicles during a pursuit in the city Sunday morning.... 
 
Officers say they attempted to stop a vehicle with Connecticut plates for failing to signal near Barrett Avenue just after 11:45. The driver allegedly took off and, went up and down the streets in the area. Identified as Pedro Millan, Officers report the 46 year-old struck a street sign and a parked car on Cowden Street before striking a marked patrol car as officers attempted to block him in. Millan also drove over the curb and back across Barrett Avenue before striking another vehicle on Myers Street. Police say he then took off on foot, but were able to take him into custody a short distance away. Millan is being held in city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo recently told a story about grabbing a feather shed by an eagle after it swooped past his family's canoe during an outing on an Adirondack lake....  
 
The New York Democrat says he still has the feather on his fireplace.  According to federal law, that's a major no-no.  A 1940 law prohibits the possession of eagle feathers by non-Native Americans, and anyone convicted of violating the law could face a fine of up to $100,000 and a year in jail.  Most American's don't know about the law, and Cuomo apparently didn't either.  He'll either return it to the lake or give it to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife repository.
 

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WJTN New Headlines for Aug. 15, 2018

A second person has lost their life from  injuries sustained in a Sunday evening collision involving a farm tractor in Sugar Grove Township... 
 
The Warren Times-Observor says Bonnie Lucia, of Russell, was a passenger in a car that crossed the center line on Route 957 and struck the tractor. Lucia was intially taken to Warren General Hospital for treatment, but later flown to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, where she later died. WJTN-News reported Tuesday morning that 78 year-old Anne Wolf of North Warren-- who was also a passenger in the car-- died as a result of the crash. State police have still yet to identify the male passenger taken to the hospital, the driver of the tractor was not injuried. 
 
 
A sweeping Grand Jury report released Tuesday names about 300 Roman Catholic Priests in the Pennsylvania Dioceses accused of molesting more than 1,000 children over the course of 70 years, including a Warren County pastor... 
 
The Times-Observor newspaper reports Reverend Salvatore Luzzi was accused by eight adolescent and adult male victims of inappropriate touching. The paper also says Luzzi faces allegations of responsibility for the suicide of one victim. In a separate article, Erie County Bishop Lawrence Persico expressed his apologies to the victims in the diocese and "will not shroud abusers in secrecy".
 
 
A lawsuit has been filed by Chautauqua Institution against the town of Ellery and state Department of Environmental Conservation from any future use of herbicides without more rigorous environmental review...  
 
Chautauqua's lawyers recently filed the suit in State Supreme Court... arguing the process of granting the permit to Ellery did not fully address concerns about herbicide use.  Vice-President for Comprehensive Planning and Operations at Chautauqua: John Shedd, says they feel several concerns and questions were not addressed.
 
The town, along with the town of Busti and others, applied the Herbicide early this Summer between 90 and 100-acres of Chautauqua Lake's southern basin to deal with the weed issue.  Shedd says scientists they've consulted with say dealing with stormwater run-off is the best way to stop the phosphorus that feeds the weed and algal blooms.  At the same time, he says they do not oppose limited use of herbicide as part of a long-range strategy.  A hearing on the lawsuit is scheduled for October 4th.
 
 
A Sinclairville woman was arrested for allegedly using her car to run a person over in the town of Gerry Monday...  
 
State Police in Jamestown responded to an undisclosed home in the town for a previous domestic incident.  During an argument, Troopers say 36 year-old Stephanie Frank knocked the male victim down with the open car door as she accelerated her vehicle in reverse. The victim was able to move to avoid being struck a second time.  Frank was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment.  Officers say she was additionally charged with endangering the welfare of a child because a juvenile under the age of 17 was inside the vehicle at the time.  She was issued an appearance ticket for town court.
 
 
More than a dozen potential candidates have come forward to Republican officials in the 27th Congressional District to replace Chris Collins on the ballot in November...  
 
At least a couple of possible candidates are familiar to local Congressman Tom Reed, who spoke highly of one them.  Former Erie County Sheriff and, current State Senator Patrick Gallivan, is considered a potential front-runner for the nomination.
 
Gallivan currently lives in Elma in Erie County, which is part of the 27th District.  He is not the only high-profile Republican seeking the nod of the eight county Republican chairmen.  But, Reed says no matter who is named, there will be a clear distinction between them and what appears to be a "far-left" candidate.  He says it's a strongly Republican district.  Reed wasn't as complimentary towards former gubernatorial candidate, Carl Paladino.  However, he says the controversial Buffalo-area developer has his heart in the right place for the people of western New York. 
 
 
The Chautauqua County Farmer Neighbor Dinner presented its first ever 'legacy' award Tuesday night...  
 
The honor went to 94-year-old Frank Walker, who's lived and farmed... on Sprague Hill Road in Falconer most of his life.  Walker was a progressive 20th century farmer, being the first in the county to install a field crop conservation ditch in 1945.  Former Cornell Cooperative Extension Executive Director, Andy Dufresne was honored as a 'friend of agriculture.'  Dufresne was instrumental in developing the Lake Erie Concord Grape Belt Association, and the Grape Discovery Center.  The 2018 'agricultural producer' award went to the Ormond Farm on Miller Valley Road in Kennedy.  Three generations of the Ormond family have farmed at that location.  This year's Farmer-Neighbor Dinner, the third since its inception, was held at the outdoor area of the Grandview in Ellington.  
 
 
The new president at Jamestown Community College, Dr. Daniel DeMarte, says it's the highest honor of his career to be chosen to lead JCC...  
 
Originally from Angelica in Allegany County, DeMarte has extensive expericence as an administrator... all at the community college level.  He believes two-year schools are on the cusp of major changes with technology, demographics and the political environment impacting what such institutions are capable of doing. DeMarte says he plans to spend the fall semester getting to know the people at JCC, and in the community.  In addition, he wants to see how JCC is meeting the area's needs in some key sectors including manufacturing, health and hospitality.  DeMarte comes to Jamestown from a post at Tidewater Community College in Virginia.  His wife, Desiree, is a math teacher, and will join the faculty at Jamestown High School starting in September.  
 
 
Village trustees in the north county village of Fredonia appear to be a step closer to filling two positions that would help fill the void left by last month's resignation of the village administrator...  
 
Richard St. George stepped down due to health concerns.  Mayor Athanasia Landis says lawmakers are ready to return to what their charter had originally, including a checks and balance system the way it's intended.  Mayor Landis says they have three people who have applied for treasurer and, six for village clerk.  Landis says she hopes to have the positions filled next week.
 
 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon are set to debate late this month after a back-and-forth over the faceoff...  
 
Both campaigns said Monday their candidates agreed to debate August 29 at Hofstra University, with WCBS-TV hosting.  The two-term incumbent governor refused to debate his Democratic primary opponent four years ago.  Nixon has urged Cuomo for months to debate her and recently said he didn't "want to have an honest debate."  He pledged months ago to debate, but declined earlier invitations that she accepted.  With only a month to go before the primary, Cuomo's campaign said last week it was still reviewing options and looked forward to "a robust debate."
 
 
The Village of Celoron has re-scheduled the concert by Rustic Ramblers for tonight...  
 
Rustic Ramblers will be performing in the Desi Arnaz Bandshell in Lucille Ball Memorial Park, in the village Celoron from 6-8PM.  The concert series is sponsored in part by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.  All are invited to attend the free concert.  Again, the Rustin Ramblers concert in the park is re-schedule for tonight beginning at 6:00.
 
 
A New York town official says most of the dozens of people reported trapped in their Finger Lakes homes when flash floods hit the area early Tuesday are now able to move about their damaged properties...  
 
Highway Superintendent Rick Jacot  in the Seneca County town of Lodi (LOH'-deye) said that local waterfront residents along Seneca Lake are safe and starting to clean up damage caused by the flooding.  Governor Andrew Cuomo had said earlier Tuesday that about 50 people were trapped in their homes because of high water and trees and other debris dislodged by the flooding.  The Jamestown-area missed those torrentional rains and flash flooding. 

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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 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 Oct. 19, 2018

The state's Public Employee Relations Board arbitration panel has awarded Jamestown police officers a two-percent pay increase for 2016 and 2017...   On Thursday, the Post-Journal reported...

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