News Headlines for Sat., June 23, 2018

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

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News Bulletin for Fri., June 22, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for June 22, 2018

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

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News Bulletin for Thurs., June 21, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for June 21, 2018

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

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News Bulletin for Wed., June 20, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for June 20, 2018

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

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News Update for Tues., June 19, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for June 19, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for June 18, 2018

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

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News Headlines for Sat., June 16, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for June 15, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for June 14, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for June 13, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for June 12, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for June 11, 2018

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

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News Headlines for Sat., June 9, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for June 8, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for June 7, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for June 6, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for June 5, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for June 4, 2018

A man from the Buffalo-area was killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash in the Cattaraugus County town of South Valley...  
 
Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley say 35 year-old Robert Geddes of Cheektowaga was riding the ATV on Bone Run Road shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday when he lost control and, the vehicle hit a guard rail.  Sheriff's officers were assisted by Frewsburg firefighters, and others.  Starflight Helicopter also responded.  The accident remains under investigation.
 
 
Quick work by Jamestown firefighters prevented flames in one part of an apartment house from causing serious damage to much of the multi-unit structure...  
 
City Fire Battlion Chief Matt Coon says crews were called to the scene at 111 Thayer Street about 4 a.m. Saturday and, found Jamestown Police helping residents getting out of the structure.
 
Coon says it only took firefighters about 10 minutes to bring the blaze under control and, the fire was completely out in about an hour.  He says the apartment involved was vacant at the time and, that dwelling had extensive heat, smoke and water damage.  Coon adds there had to be some overhaul work in and around that apartment.  No injuries were reported and, an off-duty shift of 12 firefighters was called in to assist.  He says the seven people living in the four occupied apartments will be able to return to the dwelling.  An overheated exhaust fan was the apparent cause.
 
 
Three Mayville residents face drug related charges following a routine traffic stop on Route 430 in the town of Chautauqua early last weekend...  
 
Sheriff's officers say they tried to pull over the car, operated by 19 year-old Joshua Heilman, about 9 a.m. last Friday for not having an inspection sticker.  Deputies say Heilman tried to evade the stop by taking a seasonal dirt road and, hiding in a wooded area.  He was later located and, K-9 Drake was brought in to help further investigate.  Officers say Heilman was found to be in possession of marijuana.  His passenger 26 year-old Tyler Bowen was found to be in possession of heroin, fentanyl and marijuana.  His other passenger, 21 year-old Erik Baker, was found to be in possession of heroin fentanyl and a hypodermic needle. All three were issued appearance tickets for Chautauqua Town Court.
 
 
The third annual Jim Roselle Read-a-thon will be this Saturday (June 9) at the James Prendergast Library... 
 
Executive Director Tina Scott says it's an opportunity for anyone, particularly young people, to read out loud.  They will have a couple of dogs as part of the audience to read to this year. The event is named in honor of the late Jim Roselle, an announcer on WJTN radio for more than 60 years. Roselle was a great supporter of the library and always said his library card was the most important one in his wallet.  The read-a-thon runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and is designed to raise money for the library.  Phone the Prendergast or stop by to reserve a time.  A petting zoo will be brought to the library for the concluding hours of the event. 
 
 
The mayor of the biggest city in the 23rd Congressional District has thrown his support behind the local candidate seeking the Democratic nomination...  
 
Jamestown attorney Eddie Sundquist has announced that he has received the support of city Mayor Sam Teresi in his effort to get the nomination to run agains incumbant Republican Tom Reed.  In a printed release, Teresi says Sundquist's "commitment to honorable public services, his positive energy and focus on bringing jobs back to the Southern Tier is exactly what this district needs."  Sundquist says he's "honored" by the endorsement. 
 
 
In New York government news, lawmakers are entering the final weeks of their 2018 session and the fate of several high-profile bills will soon be decided...  
 
They include measures to make it easier to prosecute sex trafficking and allow early voting.  One bill would permit sports betting and another would legalize recreational marijuana.  While some of those bills could pass before the session is scheduled to end June 20 others may be too complicated or contentious to pass before time runs out.  A bill that would extend the statute of limitations on child molestation and allow victims to sue over decades-old abuse is also awaiting action.  That legislation has long been blocked by the state Senate and appears to be languishing again this year.
 
 
The weather threatened a few times, but there were no delays in the annual Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in downtown Jamestown this past weekend...  
 
Three local newspapers -- The Jamestown Post-Journal, Dunkirk Observer, and the Warren Times-Observer -- put on the tournament again this weekend.  As play wrapped up Sunday afternoon, Post-Journal Publisher Mike Bird said he was pleased with how the event went.
 
Bird says they wound up with 171 teams this year, which was fewer than last year.  However, he says it's a very managable number and, worked out well because space was more limited this year.  Bird was very happy that more than 100 people volunteered to help out.  He adds they also had over 20 local basketball officials help out with officiating.  He says the papers plan to hold the event again next year.  Twenty-percent of the proceeds from this year's tournament will benefit the Alex Foulk Fund to help people beat drug addiction.
 
 
In local auto racing news... 
 
South Park, Pennsylvania's Jared Miley passed leader Alex Ferree with 15-laps to go to win Saturday night's 80-lap Super Late Model feature at Stateline Speedway.  Ferree, who is from Saxonburg, led most of the way up to that point.  The race was in honor of Stateline Co-Owner Jim Scott's 80th birthday.  Scott's grand-son, Wyatt, finished third.  In the Paula Southwell Memorial 30-lap E-Mod race, Conneaut, Ohio's Joel Watson was the winner.

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News Headlines for Sat., June 2, 2018

Fire at Thayer Street apartment house quickly contained...
Quick work by Jamestown firefighters prevented flames in one part of an apartment house from causing serious damage to much of the multi-unit structure.  City Fire Battlion Chief Matt Coon says crews were called to the scene at 111 Thayer St. about 4 this morning... and, found Jamestown Police helping residents getting out of the structure.  Coon says the blaze broke out in Apt. 6 on the third-floor.  He says it only took about 10 minutes to bring the flames under control.  He says Jamestown police were helping occupants out of the home on arrival, and everyone was accounted for.  Coon says the fire was completely out in about an hour.  He says the apartment involved was vacant at the time.  Coon says there were no injuries reported... and, an off-duty shift of 12 firefighters was called in to assist.  He says the seven people living in the four occupied apartments will be able to return to the dwelling.  The cause is under investigation.
 
 
Weather Service reports record warmth for May, Friday afternoon thunderstorms drench southeastern County area...
The month of May set a new record for warmth in Western New York... smashing the previous record.  It was propelled by some record heat over the past week... which included a 91-degree day earlier this week.  Forecaster Aaron Reynolds says the average, daily temperature was 65-degrees... which is about 8.1-degrees above normal.  Reynolds says a strong ridge of high pressure was just off to our east, and that brought warm, moist air in from the south for the latter part of the month.  The change in the weather pattern Friday afternoon triggered some severe thunderstorms in the Kennedy, town of Poland, and Randolph areas.  There were flooded basements... and, some high water and flooding on Interstate 86... and, Route 60 and 394.  The latest forecast is coming up shortly.
 
 
Lakewood lawmakers reject herbicide use in close vote...
The Lakewood Village Board has voted against treating the waters of Chautauqua Lake -- adjacent to the shoreline of the village -- with herbicides.  The vote comes after a couple of special meetings on the issue by the board.  A statement drafted by officials, and voted on by the panel, states that lawmakers "believe that further study of the interaction between the early killing of curlyleaf pondweed and Eurasian milfoil and the creation of harmful algal blooms is necessary."  The measure further states that the Chautauqua Lake Partnership's target date of early May has "come and gone..." and, that many of the conclusions arrived at in the Final Environmental Impact Statement relied upon treatment in May."  The measure was approved 3-to-2 with Mayor Cara Birritierri, and board members Ted MaCague, and Doug Shuttee, voting for it.  Board members Ellen Barnes and Randy Holcomb voted not to approve the statement.
 
 
County Elections officials to take part in regional exercise to strengthen elections systems...
Chautauqua County elections commissioners will be taking part in a regional exercise next month by the state to strengthen the New York's election infrastructure.  Commissioners Brian Abram, Norm Green and County Information and Technology Director Jon DeAngelo will be attending the June 6th meeting in Monroe County.  Abram, the GOP Commissioner, says it's one of six regional tabletop exercises that will be held across the state that will focus on cybersecurity prepardness and response to threats to election systems.  Abram says they and the state want to make sure that votes are tallied and counted the way they should be.  The regional exercises are being sponsored by the State Board of Elections and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, along with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, State Police and State Intelligence Center.   
 
 
Borrello says getting a big enough, private sector workforce is biggest challenge so far in first year...
The biggest issue Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says he's seen during his first six-months in office is developing and retaining an adequately trained workforce.  Borrello made his comments during the county Chamber of Commerce's annual Executive Breakfast at Moonbrook Country Club -- north of Jamestown -- Friday morning.  Borrello adds there are plenty of resources to help the workforce issue... but, adds there is more that could be done with higher education in the area.  He says -- in business -- if you say your mission is failing the community you "need to something else."  Borrello adds it's part of finding a "balance" between providing a four-year, $80,000 scholarship to one student... and, then a person who needs $3,500 to apply for a CDL License can't find the money.  He says the best thing the "average citizen" in the county can do to help the area is encourage their kids to come back to the county once they complete college or a trade school. 
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Borrello also talked about a number of other matters... including progress on the new Athenex pharmacutical plant in the town of Dunkirk, and the repowering of the NRG Plant in Dunkirk.  He also talked about expected budget challenges heading into 2019.
 
 
Sports Betting legislation deadline coming soon...
New York state could become one of the nation's leading sports betting markets - but time is running out for lawmakers who want to legalize wagering on athletic events this year.  The legislative session is scheduled to end June 20, giving lawmakers only three weeks to hammer out the details of any proposal to regulate and tax wagers.  A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling struck down a federal ban on sports betting in most states.  Lawmakers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania have already voted to permit sports betting and dozens of other states are considering the step.
 
  
 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 1, 2018

The moist air associated with the remnants of Alberto is moving into the area, along with scattered showers and thunderstorms through tonight...  
 
Forecaster Kirk Apffel of the National Weather Service Office in Buffalo says some of the storms could be on the strong side through then.  Apffel says there will be another round of showers and thunderstorms Friday and, some of those storms could produce heavy rainfall.  But, he adds that we'll get a break from the unusual heat and humidity after Friday.  Temps should top 80 away the lake this afternoon, before dropping into the 60s and 70s over the weekend. The city of Buffalo tied it's 2006 record for May 30 on Wednesday with a high of 91-degrees.
 
 
Sears is closing another 72 stores after reporting a first-quarter losses and plunging sales, but they do not include the store in the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood...  
 
The West Ellicott K-Mart store is also not on the list of K-Mart's slated to close.  Nine of those 72 stores are K-Marts.  The struggling retailer said late Thursday that it has identified about 100 stores that are no longer turning profits, and 72 of those locations will be shuttered soon.  Sears Holdings Corp., based in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, lost $424-million, or $3.93 per share, in its first quarter. 
 
 
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol will travel to Washington Friday to deliver a letter to President Donald Trump from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un...  
 
Pompeo spoke to reporters in New York after meeting Thursday with Chol, the former military intelligence chief.  The latest news about the possibly "on-again" summit June 12 between Un and President Trump is heartening to local Congressman Tom Reed. However, Reed says he remains "cautiously optimistic" that the summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un will happen.  Yesterday, Trump said that talks leading up to that summit are going "very well."  After a North Korean official recently blasted U-S Vice-President Mike Pence, Trump said the summit was off.  However, behind the scene talks continued, and the meeting may happen.  Reed says, though, the talks need to achieve de-nuclearization in order to take place.  He made his comments for his weekly conference call with Southern Tier media.
 
 
A city man faces aggravated DWI charges for allegedly drunk-driving almost three-times the legal limit on Monday... 
 
State Police out of Jamestown pulled over 29 year-old Ramon Pando for a traffic violation on Route 60 and, after failing several sobriety tests, was arrested. Troopers say Pando provided a breath sample of 0.23 while in custody. He was released with appearance tickets for Ellicott Court next month to answer the charge. 
 
 
There are only two-months left before the new National Comedy Center has it's grand opening and, it's a "very intense" time for people working to bring the project home...  
 
The center remains on schedule to open in Jamestown during the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival August 1-5.  But, Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson says it's also an exciting time as it comes together.  Gunderson says, since they expect the opening to be extremely busy... now is the time to reserve your spot to tour the facility.
 
Gunderson says several of the exhibits -- which are interactive -- are actually being tested right now.  She says there are about 50 exhibits at the center on West Second Street.  For more information, or to reserve your time slot, again go online to Nationalcomedycenter.org.
 
 
There a new bench in the playground area at a park on Jamestown's southside following a dedication ceremony Thursday afternoon...  
 
It took a few years, but the bench -- named in honor of Michael Scalise -- was unveiled at Bergman Park.  That from one of the drivers of the project, Sean Kilmartin of Falconer, who was a good friend of Scalise's.  Kilmartin says, after Scalise was killed in a motorcycle accident in May of 2011, he and other members of the "Men of Bethel" at Bethel Lutheran Church began the effort.
 
Michael Scalise's father, Jack, was also at the ceremony along with Mike's mother, Judy.  Kilmartin says once they got together with city leaders, and they began looking at locations, they knew the Bergman Park playground was the right place.  Judy Scalise says Michael would be very honored to have the bench named after him.  
 
 
Another $38-million in state funding is now available to help farmers protect their land from being lost to development...  
 
Governor Cuomo has announced that the latest round of funding is available through the state's Farmland Protection Implementation Grant program.  The Democrat says the funding is the highest ever offered through the program created to ensure farmland is used for agriculture for generations to come.  Individual grants of up to $2-million are available to eligible municipalities, counties, soil and water conservation districts, and land trusts.
 

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WJTN News Headlines

Temperatures got into the mid to upper 80s again yesterday, but it was a record-setter at the National Weather Service in Buffalo...  
 
The Queen City tied it's previous record of 91-degrees set in 2006.  Forecaster Kirk Apffel with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says it was also another day of well-above normal temperatures in Chautauqua County.  Apfell adds this is definitely not normal for May, which may end up being a near-record month.
 
 
While we won't know until all the figures are in, Apffel says we are in the running for warmest May on record.  Meanwhile, forecasters are keeping an eye on Alberto.  Apffel says showers and thunderstorms began moving into the area overnight and, will be around through Friday.  Most of Western New York, including Chautauqua County, is under a marginal risk for severe weather on Thursday.  That from the National Storm Prediction Center.  
 
 
There are more and more paddle craft using the waterways in Chautauqua County...  
 
An overturned kayak led to the rescue of two Sherman women from Chautauqua Lake Tuesday... and, illustrates the need to think safety.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says it's important that boaters and paddle craft users alike have life jackets with them at all times and use them.
 
Gerace says there are many different types of life jackets available, including inflatables that are more comfortable.  He says boaters and paddlers should also be aware that the water is still cold and, he adds that can "sap" your strength.  The Lake Erie water temperature is still hovering around 50-degrees.  Something to keep in mind when going out in your boat or kayak.
 
 
A U-S Senate committee has approved legislation that provides support for a full evaluation of the excessive run-off that causes recurring Algal Blooms in Chautauqua Lake...  
 
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the proposed feasibility study is part of the "America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018..." which has been approved by the Environment and Public Works Committee.  Gillibrand says the measure, which is also supported by New York's senior Senator, Charles Schumer, would be carried out by the Army Corps of Engineers.  In addition, Gillibrand says the Army Corps would also be able to study flood risk management measures, and address the accelerated erosion along the lake's tributary streambanks.  The measure now moves onto the full Senate for a vote.
 
 
A young, Red Oak Tree found a new home in Roseland Park Wednesday afternoon as the City of Jamestown Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department celebrated community 'Arbor Day'...
 
City Council President Marie Carrubba issued an official proclamation on behalf of Mayor Sam Teresi, for earning national recognition as a Tree City USA Community by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 37th consecutive year for the city's effective efforts in urban forestry. Additionally, Arborist Dan Stone took time to wish mothers in attendance, including the four women in his life, a belated happy Mother's Day with his annual "Arbor Day Rhyme". He presented them with ceremonial shovels during the planting of the Red Oak in the park. 
 
 
Chautauqua County is preparing for a tough tick season...  
 
The county's Department of Health and Human Services reports that tick populations are growing along with the percentage of ticks infected with the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease. With that, Director of Environmental Health Services Mark Stow says while not all ticks cause disease, humans can reduce their risk of infection by remaining "vigilant" by wearing light-colored clothing, enclosed shoes, longs pants and keeping long hair tied back. 
 
Stow says people should also do a final full-body check for ticks at the end of the day on themselves, children and pets.  He also recommends using insect repellent that contains DEET or lemon of eucalyptus to anyone enjoying outdoor activities.  If a tick is found on the body, Stow says to remove it immediately with fine-point tweezers where it enters the skin.  For more information, visit their website at CO.chautauqua.NY.US. 
 
 
Ticket sales have been brisk for the several headline shows that make up this coming August's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival and, one show is already a sell-out...  
 
That from National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson, who says the Lily Tomlin show at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Saturday night, August 4, is completely sold out.  Gunderson adds another show with original cast members of Saturday Night Live the following night is nearly a sell-out.
 
Gunderson says shows will also include "friends" of Amy Schumer and, begin at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m..  She says the SNL cast program includes Lorraine Newman, Dan Ackroyd, and Garrett Morris; along with one of the original writers.  Gunderson adds there is also a new show scheduled that headlines Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's daughter, Lucie Arnaz.  There is also a program with TV comedic actress Fran Descher.  For more information, call the Comedy Center at 484-0800 or go online to Nationalcomedycenter.org.
 
 
Gas prices in the Jamestown area touched the three-dollar mark this week at $2.99 per gallon...  
 
That from the AAA's weekly price report, which says prices in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast region are as much as a nickel more expensive for a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel on the week.  Following the Memorial Day weekend, the national gas price average has held steady for five days at $2.97, a sign that prices may begin to taper off heading into June.   
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 30, 2018

Two Sherman women are safe after a water rescue on Chautauqua Lake in the area of Magnolia Tuesday afternoon... 
 
Sheriff's deputies received a report of screams coming from the lake and, responded with Chautauqua Institution Police. Officers say they saw an over-turned kayak with a person in the water. Bemus Point fire crews were able to assist 20 year-olds Bridget Yaw and Roxanne Toy back to shore with the help of shore personnel. Deputies remind citizens that the water is still cold and recommend the use of life jackets on all vessels, including paddle craft. No injuries were reported.
 
 
Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace helped a town of Busti property owner save a number of items from his garage Tuesday morning before it was destroyed by fire...  
 
Sheriff's deputies say the homeowner at 735 Hunt Road-- John Luciano-- called 911 a few minutes before 8:00.  But, officials say Sheriff Gerace spotted the fire as a by-stander and, was able to help Luciano get some lawn mowers and an ATV out of the garage before Lakewood firefighters arrived.  Busti fire crews soon joined them in putting out the flames.  No one was hurt, but there was some minor damage to the nearby house.  Fire investigators say the blaze was caused by either an overheated electrical outlet strip and/or a lithium battery charger that was plugged into it.
 
 
If a bi-partisan caucus, co-chaired by local Congressman Tom Reed, can get signatures from two more Republicans, they could force floor action on four bills to deal with 'Dreamers...' and, move ahead on improved border security...  
 
Reed said Tuesday there is momentum building for action to be taken on the "Problem Solver's" Caucus's "Discharge Petition" on June 7.  The Corning Republican says the GOP leadership is against the move, but he says the time for talk is over.
 
Hard-line conservatives in the House are opposed to giving legal status to "Dreamers..." also known as DACA kids.  They were brought to the U-S illegally by their parents.  Reed emphasized the measure is not amnesty, but would open up debate on how best to deal with DACA and, improve security on the nation's southern border.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier media.
 
 
A Jamestown man has been arrested for drug-possession after allegedly trying to pass a counterfeit 20-dollar bill at a convenience store on the city's northside early Tuesday morning...  
 
Jamestown Police were called to the 7-Eleven store on North Main Street shortly after 3:30 a.m. on a fraud complaint.  Officers say 42 year-old Richard Barr, Junior, who allegedly tried to use the bill at the business, had run off.  Barr was found at the corner of West Sixth and Cherry Streets and, arrested for first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.  He was found with Methamphetime, marihuana and hypodermic instruments and, was also charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Barr was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
Two Stockton residents were arrested on drug possession charges following a traffic stop last Thursday in Sinclairville... 
 
State Police pulled over 23 year-old Robert Keech on Route 60 for speeding and, determined the occupants of the vehicle had allegedly been smoking marijuana. A search by a K-9 Police dog alerted troopers to a grinder of marijuana in the center console. Further search revealed Keech was in possession of a subutex pill and metal knuckles, while his passenger 23 year-old Jordan Chamberline was in possession of tramadol pills and a hydrocondone pill. Both men were released with appearance tickets for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Keech was additionally charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana. 
 
 
A new website that honors the Jamestown-area's war-dead was launched last weekend -- in advance of Memorial Day...  
 
That from Project Coordinator Barbara Cessna during last Saturday's Blue Star Mothers memorial service for Gold Star families at Veteran's Park in Jamestown last Saturday.  Cessna thanked the Blue Star Mothers, and Cindy Reedy with the Dwyer Project and, County Veteran's Services Director Greg Carlson for helping to get the "Chautauqua Veterans of Modern Warfare Memorial" up and running.
 
Cessna says another key person involved was local veteran Dan Lombardozzi, who had another commitment out-of-town and could not attend.  She says the effort to launch the site began after last year's Blue Star service.  Cessna adds their work is not done yet, adding they also want to honor those who suffer from PTSD, and other disorders associated with combat service. The new "Chautauqua Veteran's of Modern Warfare Memorial" can be found online at chqvmwmemorial.org.
 
 
As the summer baseball season approaches, Jamestown is gearing up for the 16-18 Babe Ruth World Series' return this coming August...  
 
Local Babe Ruth Committee Vice-President and Public Relations Division Director Kim Ecklund says this once-in-a-lifetime experience kicks-off August 4, with a parade with floats for all the teams, local musicians and organizations.  Ecklund adds that the committee is also in need of community support in several areas, with the biggest being host families.
 
Ecklund says the biggest reward as a host family is the relationship created between themselves and their hosted players that can last for years to come.  For more information on becoming a host family, participating in the parade and more, visit JamestownWorldSeries.org. 
 
 
Starbucks has closed thousands of stores and asked its employees to talk about when they noticed their racial identity, discuss what unconscious bias is and watch videos in which people of color describe feeling unwelcome in stores...  
 
It was all part of the coffee chain's anti-bias training, created after the arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks six weeks ago.  The West Ellicott Starbucks was among those spending an hour on the training Tuesday. 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 29, 2018

 
A large crowd gathered at Soldier's Circle in Lakeview Cemetery following the Memorial Day parade in Jamestown for the annual service, including a speech by Greg Carlson, the Director of Veterans Services for Chautauqua County... 
 
A retired major in the Air Force, Carlson said we should never forget what others have sacrificed for us.  He added, there are things we all can to to support the nation by being law-abiding citizens and participating in events that honor the flag and falled soliders. 
 
Among those who presented wreaths at the solemn ceremony was Mayor Sam Teresi, who noted the growing size of the audience at the Soldier's Circle program in recent years.
 
 
Memorial Day is a day for parades across the Jamestown-area, one of the first was in the town of Busti Monday....
 
The Southwestern High School, and Middle School Bands took part.  The Reverend Roy Ferguson from the Busti Church of God was featured speaker at the Busti Memorial Day event at the Busti Gazebo.  However...he spoke about the night before, when he paused at the Busti Veteran's Memorial near the five-corners that recognizes service members from the area who died in battle.
 
Ferguson says he has presided over more than 200 funerals during his time in Busti, but says there is still nothing like a military funeral.  A soldier presents a folded-flag to the family and, expresses the president, and nation's gratitude for that person's service.
 
 
A city woman has been arrested for alleged drug possession after she was arrested for causing a disturbance on Jamestown's eastside Sunday night...  
 
City police were called to a report of an unwanted person at 18 Grant Street shortly before 8:30 p.m. and, found that the suspect -- identified as 36 year-old Heather Blair -- was wanted on a probation warrant.  Officers then did a safety check for weapons and, found narcotics, and some marihuana in her possession.  She was arrested on two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, unlawful possession of marihuana.  Blair was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
A north county man has been arrested for allegedly shoplifting items from the Dollar General Store in Sinclairville...  
 
Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Jamestown Steet shortly after 10 a.m. last Saturday morning.  Deputies say their investigation led to the arrest of 23 year-old Michael McNiff, Junior of Dunkirk for allegedly taking the items.  He's also accused of trying to tamper with evidence obtained at the scene.  McNiff was arraigned in Charlotte Town Court and sent to the County Jail on $10,000 bail.
 
 
A serial entrepreneur who played a role in creating the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus and who is trying to work his magic in Niagara Falls spoke about the "Power of Collaboration" at the Local Economic Development May Summit held at the SUNY College at Fredonia late last week...  
 
Director Patrick Whalen with Niagara Global Tourism Institute, is also the former COO of the medical campus.  He told local leaders about the "Power of Collaboration..." and, how it played a major role in bringing the leaders of the University at Buffalo, Roswell Park and Kaleida together.
 
Whalen, who has been working with leaders in Niagara Falls over the last two years, tells us that it's important to have the top leaders involved, including the presidents of those institutions.  He feels collaboration can work for local leaders who are trying to grow Chautauqua County's economy.   County Executive George Borrello, County IDA CEO Mark Geise and a number of local and county elected officials attended the meeting held by the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation.
 
 
Authorities are continuing to search for a 14-month-old boy whose mother's body was found in western New York...  
 
But, Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts noted Monday it would be very difficult for a child so young to sustain himself.  Virts says searchers are proceeding with the awareness that little Owen Hidalgo-Calderon might not be alive, but they hope he is.  Over 170 people combed a 350-acre farm in the town of Sodus on Monday.  Owen has been missing since May 16.  His 18-year-old mother, Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, was found dead Wednesday on the farm where she and her boyfriend worked.
 
 
New York state is chipping in to help protect the water quality of Lake George...  
 
The state announced Friday that it will contribute $343,000 to efforts to repair and upgrade local wastewater collection systems around the lake. The project focuses on preventing wastewater discharges and overflows into the lake.  Lake George is a popular tourist destination in the southeastern corner of the Adirondacks.  The lake played a strategic role in the French and Indian War and was later described by Thomas Jefferson as having "the most beautiful water" he had ever seen. 
 

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News Headlines for Mon., May 28, 2018

Busti hosts Memorial Day Parade and Service under sunny, humid conditions...
Memorial Day is a day for parades across the Jamestown-area... one of the first was in the town of Busti Monday... where several local fire departments, veteran's and youth organizations took part.  The Southwestern High School, and Middle School Bands also took part.  The Reverend Roy Ferguson from the Busti Church of God was featured speaker at the Busti Memorial Day event at the Busti Gazebo.  However...he spoke about the night before, when he paused at the Busti Veteran's Memorial near the five-corners that recognizes service members from the area who died in battle.  Ferguson says he tried to picture the vision of each as they were fighting in World War-one... World War-two... Korea... and, Operation Iraq Freedom.  Ferguson says he has presided over more than 200 funerals during his time in Busti... but, says there is still nothing like a military funeral.  A soldier presents a folded-flag to the family... and, expresses the president, and nation's gratitude for that person's service.
 
 
Veteran's Council president reflects before Jamestown's Memorial Day Parade...
The head of the group that organizes Jamestown's Memorial Day encourged the public to reflect on the real meaning of the day today.  Leo Penfield is the President of the United Veterans Council... who says Memorial Day has mainly become a "sales day."  Penfield urged people to pause, and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.  Penfield spoke on WJTN's Saturday Breakfast Party.  Riding near the front of the parade in a Corvette was Elizabeth Lutgen, an eight-grade student at the Jefferson School in Jamestown.  She wrote the winning essay to become this year's 'Miss Veterans Poppy.'
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There were also parades and services this morning near the Southwestern Central Schools in West Ellicott... Falconer... Celoron... and, Frewsburg.
 
 
Blue Star Mothers honor Gold Star Families at Memorial Day Service last Saturday...
The first of the Memorial Day Weekend services and commemorations was held last Saturday in Jamestown at Veteran's Park on Logan Avenue.  The Lake Erie Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers held their annual service of rememberance for local Gold Star Families... who have military members who gave the ultimate sacrifice.  Local Blue Star Mother's President Sue Rowley said that she had been able to visit Ground Zero in New York City... and, Pearl Harbor in Hawaii over the past 10 months.  Both times...she reflected on the service of those who died... as well as what their families endured, and making sure that their sacrifices are never forgotten.  Rowley was joined at the ceremony by several local officials... including state Assemblyman Andy Goodell... County Executive George Borrello... and, Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi. 
 
 
French Creek man seriously hurt in Car-Tractor accident...
A French Creek man suffered serious injuries when his car struck the back of a tractor early last weekend on Bakerink Road in the town of French Creek.  Sheriff's officers say 66 year-old Dale Rager was southbound about 6:30 last Thursday night when his car struck the tractor -- which was also traveling south at a slower speed.  Deputies say Rager was apparently speeding, and could not stop in time.  Rager was treated at the scene... then flown by Starflight Helicopter to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania.  The person operating the tractor was not hurt.  Rager was issued a citation for French Creek Town Court.
 
 
Buffalo-area man arrested on drug charges during traffic stop in town of Harmony...
A West Seneca man faces charges after allegedly being found in possession of a significant amount of marihana during a traffic stop early Sunday morning in the town of Harmony.  Sheriff's deputies say they pulled over a vehicle... operated by 25 year-old Aaron Fischer... for an alleged traffic violation on Bear Lake Road about 12:30 a.m.  Officers say their investigation led to a search of the vehicle by K-9 'Link...' who alerted deputies about narcotics being inside the car.  They say a search of the vehicle yielded about 70 grams of marihuana... drug paraphernalia... digital scales... and, concentrated cannabis.  Fischer was issued appearance tickets for fourth-degree criminal possession of marihuana, and speeding.  He was release pending further court action.
 
 
Progress now "every evident" at site of new Athenex Plant...
The transformation from unused land to the future location of the Athenex plant is progressing quickly off Lake Shore Drive East, Route 5 in the town of Dunkirk.  Two Chautauqua County legislators provided an update on the project late last week.  Republican lawmaker Kevin Muldowney of Dunkirk owns Route 5 Warehouse and Distribution, which neighbors the site.  He says the property is undergoing change on a 'daily basis' with local contractor Steve St. George heading up the project.  Athenex plans to invest $1.5-billion dollars into a state-of-the-art, 320,000 square foot facility to produce cancer-fighting medications.  Democratic Legislator Kevin O'Connell of Hanover says he has also seen the changes that are being made at the site... with massive amounts of earthmoving taking place.  Local residents have been wondering about the project that was announced over two-years ago by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Muldowney encourages area residents to drive by the work site and see for themselves. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 25, 2018

Leaders of the bi-partisan caucus that local Congressman Tom Reed co-chairs has signed a discharge petition that would force floor votes on four immigration and border security bills...  
 
Reed says the action was taken by the "Problem Solvers Caucus" to get reluctant lawmakers to finally decide on the matter after last week's failed vote on a Farm Bill that also included immigration reform.  Reed says he was not happy with the actions of more concervative Republicans in that vote.
 
With defeat of the Farm Bill and, no further action on immigration, House Speaker Paul Ryan's leadership has been called into question. However, Reed believes he will finish out his term as speaker.  The new "discharge petition" would force a vote on the new bills which deal with DACA recipients, Immigration, and border security proposals.  Reed believes those bills take "a great step" to help those affected by DACA and, provide better border security.  The Problem Solver's group first called for the rule, also known as the "Queen of the Hill" rule, to be employed in a February 7 letter to Ryan. 
 
 
New York City Attorney Keith Wofford is the Republican Party nominee to run for New York attorney general...  
 
The party nominated Wofford on Thursday at it convention in Manhattan.  Wofford, a Harvard Law School graduate, was raised in Buffalo and is now the co-managing partner of the New York office of the law firm of Ropes & Gray.  Wofford defeated Joe Holland to win the nomination.  West Ellicott's Randy Elf had also thown his hat into the ring.  On the Democratic side, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James was nominated for attorney general Wednesday at the party's convention on Long Island.  The winner of the November election will succeed Democrat Eric Schneiderman, who resigned.  Schneiderman denies allegations that he assaulted four women he dated.  Lawmakers have tapped Barbara Underwood, previously the state's mumber-two legal official, to fill out the reminder of Schneiderman's term.
 
 
New York City Public Advocate Letitia James is the Democratic nominee for New York attorney general...  
 
Delegates picked James on Wednesday at the party's state convention on Long Island.  If elected, she'll succeed ex-Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned earlier this month after being accused of assaulting four women he dated.  James won 85-percent of the delegate count to win the nomination.  Lawmakers already have picked Barbara Underwood, previously the state's No. 2 legal official, to fill out the final months of Schneiderman's term. 
 
 
Media One Group's heritage radio station now has an 'FM' voice on the airwaves.....
 
Local listener Rolly Austin has been tuning into WJTN since he was a child and, was selected to press the button during our 'Launch Party' in the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood Thursday night.  WJTN-Jamestown will now be simulcast on 1240-AM and now the 101-3 FM frequency to provide listeners with News, Sports and Lite-Rock music courtesy of the Clearview Pools and Spas Studio. 
 
 
A lake organization that wants to use herbicides on invasive weeds in parts of the lower basin of Chautauqua Lake is repeating it's request to the county legislature to help them with funding...  
 
Leaders with the Chautauqua Lake Partneship were on hand at Wednesday night's legislature meeting and, renewed their request for $500,000 to help treat 181-acres of the lake's south and central areas.  The CLP's Jim Cirbus says the initial request was made leading up to the legislature's April 25 meeting. 
 
CLP President Jim Wuerfrenz says they have already raised $250,000 from other public and private sources, about $169,000 coming from the Chautauqua Region Community, and Lenna Foundations.  County Executive George Borrello says the request has not fallen on deaf ears.  At the same time, Borrello emphasized the need for the county to do it's "due diligence" in considering such a request because of the potential liability involved.
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CLP members also invited lawmakers to attend this Saturday's annual Rally they'll be hosting at the Village Casino in Bemus Point.  The event begins at 8 a.m..
 
 
The Robert H. Jackson Center will begin the search for a new president shortly with the announcement that Susan Murphy will be stepping down from the post later this year...  
 
The announcement was made by Jackson Center Board Chairman Stan Lundine, who says -- under Murphy's leadership -- the Center is wrapping up a successful three-year strategic plan.  Lundine says Murphy is "an outstanding executive who led us to a new level of excellence.  Sue has also significantly strengthened our programs, fundraising, branding, and financial position.  She was instrumental in securing a $1.5 million New York State Downtown Revitalization grant to renovate our historic building." 
 
 
A court order says a 30-year-old Syracuse area man who was evicted from his parents' house must move out by noon a week from today -- June 1...  
 
State Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood signed the order on Thursday.  It sets a hard deadline for Michael Rotondo to peacefully leave his parents' home in Camillus before county sheriffs can be called in to forcibly remove him.  Rotondo had asked for at least 30 days to leave, arguing for a full six months during court arguments on Tuesday - which the judge called "outrageous."  The judge said Rotondo's mother was entitled to remove him right away, but wrote that she requested he be given until June 1st to vacate.  The story has garnered national attention.
 
 
Police took veteran NFL guard Richie Incognito to a Florida mental hospital after he allegedly threw weights and tennis balls at gym employees and another patron and told officers the government is spying on him...  
 
Boca Raton police released a report Thursday detailing officers' interaction with the 34-year-old Incognito after the other patron called 911 on Wednesday to report his behavior.  Incognito announced earlier this year that he was retiring from football after 11 seasons, the last three with the Buffalo Bills.  But, the Bills released him from their reserved/retired list Monday.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 24. 2018

 
More steps have been taken in sharing and consolidating services in Chautauqua County, after the legislature last night approved a plan allowing two north county governments to merge some services...  
 
Lawmakers voted unanimously to allow the town of Portland and village of Brocton to consolidate Vital Statistic Registrar Districts.  Legislature Chairman Paul Wendel says they hope to see more and more of this among local municipalities.  Wendel says they also unanimously approved a Sheriff's Department sub-station at Pine Valley Central School.  Could this happen at more schools?  Wendel says it depends on available space.
 
Wendel, who is also a teacher in the Falconer district, says that can be difficult to find at times.  He says Sheriff Joe Gerace began looking into the idea last year and, says they're pleased to be able to offer the service to the district and community.  He says having that presence would give residents some "peace of mind."  Lawmakers also approved new enhanced Sheriff's Department protection contracts for the village of Mayville, and town of Hanover during last night's monthly meeting.
 
 
The Jamestown Community College Board of Trustees has approved a new, $33.2-million budget for the 2018-19 academic year...  
 
It's also the final budget put together by now-retired JCC President, Cory Duckworth.  Vice-President of Enrollment Management, and Institutional Advancement, Kirk Young, says the "process of developing a budget has been long and at times challenging."  Young says they've been working hard at identifying cost savings, and new ways to bring in new students and generate revenue.  Full-time New York resident tuition will increase by $60.00 to $2,435 per semester.  The out-of-state tuition rate will be $4,870 per semester.
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed has introduced a bill that he says will encourage colleges and universities to lower their tuition costs, making higher education more affordable...  
 
The Corning Republican says he "dropped" the Reducing Excessive Debt and Unfair Costs of Education -- or REDUCE Act.  Reed says a key part of his plan would be increasing transparency in how colleges are spending their money -- including their endowments.
 
Reed says if colleges and universities agree to those moves, he says he would be willing to relieve them of the 1.4-percent tax on endowments that was part of last year's tax reform bill.  He says another key part of his proposal is a requirement for college's to put a cost containment plan in place, where they would be required to publicly show how they are going to hold down the cost to students.  Reed says he hasn't been able to gauge early support for the measure, but since it's now part of the tax code, he believes there wil be.  He made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
New York Republicans have nominated Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro to run for governor...  
 
Delegates endorsed the 42-year-old Molinaro Wednesday at the GOP's state convention in Manhattan.  He had faced a challenge for the nomination from state Senator John DeFrancisco of Syracuse.  Molinaro is a former state lawmaker whose political career began when he was elected mayor of Tivoli at age 19.  In his acceptance speech, Molinaro vowed to take on corruption and deep-pocketed special interests if elected.  He said he wants to be the candidate for other "everyday New Yorkers" from all parties who want to change the status quo in Albany.  Republicans are scheduled to nominate their pick for attorney general on Thursday, the convention's final day.  Democrats are holding their nominating convention this week on Long Island.
 
 
The Government Accountability Office says Congress can take back money that has already been appropriated for the Children's Health Insurance Program...  
 
The Trump administration has proposed cutting federal spending by $15-billion, with almost half coming from CHIP.  Since the cuts would come from mandatory spending, the GAO first had to determine if it's allowable under congressional rules.  Family's USA Spokesman Shawn Gremminger says five-billion is from funds that states are not expected to spend.  But two-billion would come from CHIP's contingency fund, set aside in case states spend more than expected.
 
The administration claims that because CHIP isn't expected to spend those funds, the cuts would not affect the program's ability to function.  However, Gremminger say that the whole point of a contingency fund is to have it available if expenses exceed expectations.  He adds the cuts are being proposed as a way to soften the fiscal impact of the trillion-dollar tax cut passed in December that detractors claim mostly benefits corporations and the rich.  The House is expected to take up a rescission bill with the proposed cuts in early June.
 
 
A local businessman who is also a community activist and volunteer in Jamestown will be chairing the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County's 2018 Campaign...  
 
As a coach for both the Jamestown Area Midget Football League and Cal Ripken Baseball programs, Executive Director Amy Rohler says Kurt Eimiller brings "a lot of passion and commitment to our community."  Eimiller expressed his gratitude by saying "I am honored to chair this year's campaign and, proud to volunteer for an organization that takes an outcome-focused approach to its programs."  Eimiller is currently the President of Sloan-Melhuish Insurance in Jamestown.  The United Way's 2018 campaign officially kicks-off later this year in an effort to raise over $1.3-million for 39 programs in Chautauqua County.  For more information, visit their website at UWaysCC.org. 
 
 
The second day for Conservation Field Days will take place today at Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center...  
 
Kate Ewer, an educator from Cornell Cooperative Extension, organizes the event.  She says between the two days, one-thousand fifth-graders from all around the county will visit with a couple dozen experts. This year marks the 52nd year for Conservation Field Days.  (Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center is located between Maple Springs and Dewittville, along Rt. 430.)
 
 
On the heels of the LECOM Health Challenge at Peek'n Peak this July, an American Junior Golf Association tournament will come to the resort's upper course for the first time...  
 
Peak co-owner, Nick Scott, made the anouncement during this week's Media Day. The 'New Era Junior Championship' will run Tuesday, July 10 through Friday, the 13.  As for the space formerly occupied by Peek'n Peak's lower course, that property remains undeveloped. Nick Scott says they continue to work on plans, but the lower course has been closed since the end of the 2016 golf season.  
 
 
A Jamestown man was arrested for allegedly threatening a boy with a weapon during a fight late Monday evening...  
 
City Police were responded to the fight in the area of Thayer and Falconer Streets just after 10 p.m. and, found 19 year-old Scott Eddy had threatened to harm the unidentified victim during the altercation, while brandishing a knife.  Officers located Eddy a short distance away, and he was found with the knife.  He was taken to city jail until he could be arraigned for endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree menacing and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 23, 2018

Jamestown police - with the help of local dive teams -- found the body of a Jamestown man missing for more than a month Tuesday afternoon in the Chadakoin River...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the scene -- near Harrison Street -- about 1:40 p.m. and found the body of the 35 year-old Sean Carpenter.  Samuelson says Carpenter's body has been taken for an autopsy.
 
Carpenter went missing about 1:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11 as he was walking in the downtown area and, heading for his home.  He had been missing ever since.  Samuelson says police had already seached the area where Carpenter was found but, he believes the body had been held down by something before it emerged at the surface.  He says police were able to identify the body through items found on it.  Samuelson says Carpenter's body was taken to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, where the autopsy will be performed. 
 
 
The state Legislature has chosen acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood as interim attorney general in the aftermath of Eric Schneiderman's resignation earlier this month...  
 
A joint session of the Democrat-controlled Assembly and the Republican-led Senate overwhelmingly voted Tuesday to name the 73-year-old Underwood the state's top legal chief.  The legislature is required to vote on the attorney general's replacement should the job become vacant.  
 
 
Lawmakers in the town of Busti have okayed going forward with applying a herbicide to deal with an invasive weed problem where the town borders Chautauqua Lake...  
 
Town Supervisor Jesse Robbins says the panel voted 4-to-1 in favor of moving ahead with an application program -- with the town of Ellery -- to treat about 181 acres in the lake.  Robbins says herbicides had been used many years on the lake up until 25 years ago and, alternative methods of weed control have not worked.
 
Robbins says the herbicide is placed under the water and resembles a seed or pellet and, kills off new growth of the Eurasian Milfoil and other invasives.  Such application was done in a small area of the town of Ellery last year.  Lakewood Beach was closed much of last Summer, due to issues with the lake.  However, that was due to Blue-Green Algal Blooms.  Robbins says the state Department of Environmental Conservation has now okayed doing that in a small area of the lake's shoreline.  He says the herbicide would be applied sometime next month.
 
 
While the Busti Town Board agreed to move forward on joining the Chautauqua Lake Partnership with a herbicide program this year, the village of Lakewood did not...
  
The village board held a special meeting Monday afternoon about the matter and, officials expressed concern that Busti was taking action, but did not consider how village leaders felt.  Busti Supervisor Jesse Robbins says the village had the same information the town had.  However, Lakewood Mayor Cara Birritierri wants more information before a decision is made on allowing the treatments to go forward.  She says the board will have a special session at 6 p.m. Thursday to consider it's options.
 
 
A Jamestown woman is accused of bringing a controlled substance into the Mohawk Correction Facility in Rome last Sunday...  
 
State Police investigators say 47-year-old Christine Robinson allegedly brought the contraband in for an inmate.  While processing the gray, powdery substance, an investigator began to feel lightheaded and had to be transported to a local hospital for evaluation.  He was later released.  The State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team was called in and, determined the substance was Heroin.  Robinson was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, first-degree promoting prison contraband.
 
 
The United Veterans Council is once again asking for help in placing flags on the graves of veterans buried at Lakeview and two nearby cemeteries in Jamestown...  
 
The Secretary of the Veterans Council, Melodie Paladino, says individuals and groups are asked to go to Lakeview Cemetery at 6 p.m. on Thursday.  Among Lakeview, Holy Cross and Holy Sepulchre Cemeteries, there are 4,700 flags that need to be placed.  Paladino says helping with flag placement is an appropriate way to begin the Memorial Day observance.  
 
 
Leading up to Memorial Day weekend, gas prices in the Jamestown area are up four-cents this week to $2.99 per gallon of regular, unleaded fuel...  
 
AAA reports that fuel prices in New York and Connecticut saw the largest state-wide jump in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region by seven-cents. The national price at the pump rose 12-cents over the past two weeks, averaging $2.93 per gallon.  Gasoline inventories also continue to measure above the 63-million barrel level, despite a 7-million barrel deficit compared to this time last year. 
 
 
The city of Jamestown's 75th Historic Marker celebrates what may be called a "little bit of Brooklyn" on East Fourth Street...  
 
The marker was unveiled near The Labyrinth Press Room, and Brazil Craft Beer and Wine Lounge in what's called the "Thurston Terrace Block."  City Historian B. Delores Thompson says the terrace was originally a series of town houses developed by a former city resident, and dentist.
 
Thompson says the block area has undergone some major development changes -- including integration of commercial development.  One of those is the co-owner of Labyrinth Press and Brazil-- Frank Besse-- says they take a lot of pride in what they've been able to do with what Thurston had left.  He says it's in the "spirit" of Thurston that he and others are bringing new and different things to Jamestown.  Mayor Sam Teresi noted the work of late Mayor Steven Carlson, who pushed to recaputure the flavor of the Thurston Block in 1975 with a streetscape project. 

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News bulletin for Tues., May 22, 2018

(**Bulletin)Carpenter's Body found in Chadakoin River Tuesday
The body of the Jamestown man reported missing just over a month ago has been found in the Chadakoin River -- just off Harrison Street -- in Brooklyn Square.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the scene about 1:40 this afternoon... and discovered the body of 35 year-old Sean Carpenter.  Samuelson says Carpenter went missing about 1:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11th... and, had been missing ever since.  He says they were able to identify Carpenter through items they found on the body.  Samuelson says Carpenter's body has been taken to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, where an autopsy will be performed tomorrow.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 22, 2018

 
The Jamestown City Council has approved nearly $200,000 in additional funding improvements in the grandstand and roof at Russell Diethrick Park... 
 
Lawmakers first approved a $111,000 increase for the painting project after lead-based paint was found in parts of the stadium that were last upgraded in 1984.  Mayor Sam Teresi says council's action allows work on the affected areas, which include the ceiling and steel beams, to move forward.
 
In addition, Teresi says council agreed to use $87,000 from the 2018 budget's Contingency account for further roofing projects at the stadium.  He says that should be enough to cover the cost, but he adds they're looking for other funding streams to at least cover some of that cost.  Teresi says the Jamestown Jammers Collegiate Summer League season begins a week from this Friday, June 1. 
 
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City lawmakers last night also approved receiving a pair of grants to help further development of the West Second Street Streetscape project and, the new playground at Chadakoin Park. The grant for the streetscape from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is for $136,000.  The city will be applying to the KaBoom!! Foundation for a grant for the Chadakoin Park Playground project.  More details to follow.
 
 
Chautauqua County officials hope that the federal Department of Transportation approves the proposal submitted by Boutique Airways to provide air service to the county...  
 
County Executive George Borello says the county and Boutique Air have submitted a joint application to DOT's Essential Air Service program.  Borrello says it's important to bring commercial air service back to the airport in Jamestown, after Southern Airways ended its service in January.
 
Borrello says one key difference is that the San Fransico-based airline has a code-share agreement with amajor air carrier.  However, he says he can't identify that carrier right now.  Borrello says he is working with local Congressman Tom Reed and New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand in getting the EAS program to provide subsidies for flights by Boutique.  Southern Air had lost EAS funding due to the limited number of customers taking flights.
 
 
New York Republicans will choose candidates for statewide office tomorrow in Manhattan...  
 
Randy Elf of West Ellicott hopes they pick him for Attorney General and, he says he's gearing up to deliver a "speech of a lifetime."  Elf says Republican leaders across the state urged him to get in the race back in January.  Only one other Republican had any interest, until Democratic incumbent, Eric Schneiderman, abruptly resigned earlier this month.
 
Elf, who has practiced law privately and at the Federal Elections Commission, says he wants to bring 'decency and honor' back to the Attorney General's office, and restore respect for the 'constitutional boundaries around government's power.'  (Republicans will make their choice for Attorney General sometime Wednesday afternoon.)
 
 
A city man is jailed for allegedly using a three-foot long sword to damage and destroy more than $2,000 worth of property during a domestic incident last weekend...  
 
Jamestown police were called to the scene at 136 Park Street about 2:30 a.m. Saturday for a woman calling for help.  Officers learned on arrival that the woman's boyfriend, 24 year-old Christopher Mancari, had allegedly damaged or destroyed $2,150 worth of property.  Mancari was arrested for first-degree criminal contempt, second-degree criminal mischief and, aggravated family offense.  He was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
A wanted Jamestown man faces drug possession charges after leading police on a foot chase early Sunday morning... 
 
City police stopped a man riding a bicycle eastbound on McKinley Avenue just before 4 a.m. for allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road without lights.  Officers say after identifying the rider as 44 year-old Christopher Cleveland, he took off on foot and, was arrested following a short chase. He was found to be in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine and a hypodermic needle. Officers say Cleveland was also found to have an outstanding bench warrant out of the County Sheriff's Office. He was taken to city jail for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminally possessing a hypodermic needle, obstruction and traffic infractions. He's being held pending arraignment. 
 
 
The third-annual LECOM Health Challenge golf tournament is coming to Peek'n Peak July 2-8, 2018...  
 
At a media preview yesterday, Bo DeHuff, Business and Sponsor Relations Director for the Professional Golf Association said the Peak is a popular stop on the Web.com Tour.  The event is open to the public beginning Thursday, July 5, the day Hope's Windows will provide free admission to all, veternans, military members, and first responders.  Otherwise, spectator tickets are $10 per day and $25 for the tournament.  Peek'n Peak co-owner Nick Scott, says Chautauqua County gets a real privilege when the players hit the course.  He says it's great to see the players of tomorrow competiting on a championship course.  County Executive George Borello says the LECOM Tournament stimulates tourism and the economy on both sides of the New York-Pennsylvania border.  More information, and opportunities to volunteer, can be found at Lecomhealthchallenge.com
 
 
People from both sides of the political aisle in Chautauqua County are fondly remembering former, long-time County Clerk Sandy Sopak, who passed away last Friday...  
 
The Falconer Funeral Home is handing arrangments for Sopak, who died at her Falconer home last Friday at the age of 78.  She was first elected as Poland Town Clerk, many years ago, and, was elected Chautauqua County Clerk in 1993.  County Executive George Borrello says she became well-known during her five-terms in office.  Borrello calls Sopak a "strong leader..." yet someone who "was a wonderfully nice person."  Sandy Sopak was also a member of the New York State County Clerk Association and served as President before she retired in 2013.  Her funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Levant Weslyan Church.
 
 
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The annual Special Olympics at Strider Field in Jamestown will be held this Wednesday due to inclement weather predicted for today.  That from local Coordinator Bob Gould, who says the forecast looks much better for Wednesday.  The opening ceremonies at Strider Field begin Wednesday at 9:45 AM... with the competition starting at 10:15.

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WJTN News Headlines for May 21, 2018

A San Francisco-based regional air-carrier has submitted a formal proposal to return Essential Air Service to the Chautauqua County Airport near Jamestown...  
 
The announcement was made about Boutique Air last weekend by County Executive George Borrello and local Congressman Tom Reed.  Borrello had to deal with the abrupt loss of commercial air service during his first business day in office last January and, says he's been working with Reed to restore service to Jamestown.  In addition to getting service back, he says they've been working with Boutique Air to "improve the quality and reliability, by recruiting an airline with a great business plan."  Reed says... "for Jamestown to continue to grow their economy and attract businesses and people they need to have convenient access to an airport."  Southern Airways was cut from federal EAS funding last January due to the small number of customers taking flights.
 
 
A former long-time Chautauqua County Clerk has passed away...  
 
The Falconer Funeral Home confirms arrangements for Sandy Sopak of Falconer, who died at home last Friday at the age of 78.  She was first elected as Poland Town Clerk, many years ago and, was elected Chautauqua County Clerk in 1993.  She served five terms as clerk for a total of 20 years.  Sopak was also a member of the New York State County Clerk Association and served as President.  She received several NYS County Clerk Awards and was host to the state-wide County Clerks Convention at Chautauqua Institution in 2004.  Her funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Levant Weslyan Church.
 
 
New York state has a new plan to control the tick population and combat tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease...  
 
Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state will apply "eco-friendly" tick control treatments on public lands in the Southern Tier, the capital region and the Hudson Valley.  The state will also expand the use of deer feeding stations that automatically apply tick treatment to deer as they eat.  The stations have already been used on Long Island and in other areas.  A new public awareness campaign aimed at hunters, fishermen and hikers will provide tips on how to avoid ticks.  Additionally, the state's Department of Health will seek out private researchers to collaborate on new medical tests to detect Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.
 
 
The village of Lakewood celebrated it's 125th year of incorporation last weekend with open houses at three locations, and other activities...  
 
Officials opened both the village's Fire Department, and Lakewood History Museums Saturday to residents and visitors and, activities were hosted at the Lakewood Library.  The  history museaum first opened in 2011... following an effort to create one by long-time village Historian, Tony Barone.  Barone says he spoke with Village Clerk Joe Johnson about locating an area for dozens of artifacts he found.  He says several dealt with the hotels along Chautauqua Lake.
 
Barone worked with former Historian Helen Ebersole and others on the project.  They were given space in the downstairs area where the police department used to be located.  Barone says one room is dedicated to the Packard Family, which owned a lot of property in Lakewood, and created the Packard automobile.  If you would like to tour the Lakewood History Museum, contact current Historian Susan Lane at 969-5792.  For more information check the Village of Lakewood website at Lakewoodny.com or their Facebook page.
 
 
Retiring Jamestown Community College President Cory Duckworth feels he is leaving the college in the best possible position as he steps down from the post today...  
 
Dr. Duckworth presided over his final graduations this past weekend at JCC's Jamestown and Olean Campuses and, says the college has gone through some changes in his five years at the helm.  He says one way is improving distance, and online learning.
 
Another challenge has been dropping area and college populations, which Duckworth says they've had to deal with from both a staffing and financial aspect.  As for his own future, Duckworth and his wife recently accepted an invitation by their church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, to oversee one of their mission program on the island of Madagascar on the eastside of Africa.  A total of 676 graduates were honored with degrees and, other awards, during Saturday's commencement at the Jamestown campus.  Graduates heard from 2008 JCC Alumnus Kyle Baglia, who had been a member of the U-S Air Force's Thunderbirds Air show.
 
 
A city woman has been charged with disorderly conduct after Jamestown Police found her lying in the road last Friday night and, blocking traffic at an intersection...
 
Jamestown police were called to the area of Foote Avenue and Harrison Street shortly after 9 p.m. and, found 30 year-old Latasha Cooper lying in the street on Foote Avenue.  As officers arrived, they say Cooper threw her purse at them and, started screeming obscenities.  She also allegedly resisted arrest and, jumped on the hood of a vehicle.  She is jailed on charges of Felony criminal mischief, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.
 
 
Voters in the city of Dunkirk will decide this fall whether the terms for Common Council members should be lengthened from two to four years...  
 
By a 3-2 vote, city lawmakers approved a resolution calling for the referendum during a meeting on Tuesday.  First Ward Councilman Don Williams voted in favor of the resolution.  He feels it should be up to the residents to decide.  Second Ward Councilman Marty Bamonto voted against the resolution.  He heard opposition from a number of city residents, many of whom were "totally against it."  The proposition will appear on the ballot in Dunkirk this November.
 
 
New York state is launching a new effort to help women struggling with maternal depression.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration announced late last week that the state will require insurers to cover maternal depression screenings...  
 
In addition, the state's Department of Health and the Office of Mental Health will create a new public awareness campaign to help women and their loved ones spot the signs of maternal depression and learn about ways to seek help.  The state also plans to open the first of several new outpatient programs for mothers this month. 
 
 
Authorities in upstate New York have found the body of a California man who was reported missing earlier this month...  
 
Cattaraugus County officials say they found Rudy Ray Rockett, Sr. in Zoar Valley in East Otto on Saturday night.  His son, Rudy Rockett, Junior, confirmed Sunday that the body found was his father and that police called him to inform him of his father's death.
 

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News Headlines for Sat., May 19, 2018

North county man wanted by Jamestown Police and others arrested in Dunkirk area...
A Dunkirk man who is wanted on warrants from the city of Jamestown and Warren County, PA, and is facing charges in the village of Fredonia, has been arrested.  Fredonia Police say that a patrol spotted 36-year-old Merle Smith, getting into his car in the area of Walmart on Bennett Road around 2:30 a.m. Friday.  An officer's inquiry revealed that Smith was wanted on an arrest warrant issued by Jamestown City Court.  After a vehicle stop... an investigation found Smith to be in possession of a significant amount of crystal meth, a scale and packaging materials associated with street level drug sales.  Smith was arraigned in Fredonia Village Court for second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation... criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell... and operating with a loud exhaust.  He is jailed on $10,000 cash bail.
 
 
Three people busted in drug raid in Silver Creek...
Three north county residents were arrested following a drug bust in the Village of Silver Creek Wednesday afternoon.  Following an investigation into possible drug activity at 8 Henry Street.... Sheriff's deputies reportedly found 27 year-old Dominque Estarfaa, of Silver Creek.... and, Dunkirk residents... 21 year-old Jorge Ortiz-Reyes and 24 year-old Mariarsenia Vega.... in possession of crack-cocaine, marijuana.... and, multiple drug paraphernalia items.  All three suspects were charged with second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia... and, several drug possession charges.  Vega and Estarfaa were released with appearance tickets for Silver Creek court at a later date.... while, Ortiz-Reyes was arraigned and sent to the County jail on $10,000 bail. 
 
 
Two people from Jamestown arrested for being in stolen car in West Ellicott...
Two Jamestown residents have been arrested in West Ellicott for allegedly being found in a car reported stolen from Bradford, Pennsylvania.  Ellicott Town Police say they pulled over a possible stolen vehicle on Fairmount Avenue Thursday afternoon.  Officers confirmed the car was stolen... and, arrested Laverne Riley... and, Desiray Corrigan -- both 35 -- for criminal possession of stolen property.  Police also charged Corrigan with criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument... false impersonation... and, driving with a suspended license.  Both were arraigned and sent to the county jail with bail to be set.
 
 
Duckworth presides over last commencement exercises at JCC...
Several hundred graduates will be receiving their degrees and certificates this weekend from Jamestown Community College... and, it'll be the final graduation for JCC's retiring president.  Dr. Cory Duckworth has been president of JCC's Jamestown and Olean Campuses the past five years... and, says it's been a rewarding experience.  Duckworth says he's been busy getting ready for last night's graduation in Olean... and, this morning's in Jamestown, where they celebrate their outstanding students and award degrees and certificates.  Duckworth came to JCC from Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah... where he was vice president of student affairs and strategic planning.  He began his position in August of 2013.  Duckworth says the high-light of being at JCC has been working with such a professional staff and faculty.  In fact... he says it may be the most professional stuff he's worked with in the six institutions he's worked at.  Duckworth says JCC is ahead of the curve in dealing with the new delivery of higher education nationwide.  2008 JCC Graduate Kyle Baglia was commencement speaker.
 
 
About 1,300 graduates to be honored at the SUNY College at Fredonia...
The State University college at Fredonia is busy preparing for the annual Commencement Day ceremonies that will be held on Saturday.  Spokesman Jeff Woodard of Fredonia says there will be dual ceremonies with nearly 13-hundred students receiving degrees.  Woodard says this is the 191st annual commencement at Fredonia.  He says a member of the Class of 1973 -- Dr. Michael Marletta -- will be addressing graduates and their families.  He'll also be receiving an honorary Doctorate from SUNY during the afternoon ceremony.  Nicholas Hlifka will receive the 2018 Lanford Presidential Prize from the Oscar... and, the Esther Lanford Endowment of the Fredonia College Foundation during the morning commencement ceremony. 
 
 
Flu no longer prevalent in New York state...
For the first time since before Christmas, influenza is no longer deemed prevalent in New York state.  State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker made the announcement Thursday as one of the worst flu seasons in years winds down.  Zucker had declared the flu prevalent in the state on Dec. 13.  Cases continued to rise over the next two months.  They peaked around Feb. 17 when state health officials said there were more than 18,000 laboratory-confirmed cases reported across New York in one week.  Officials say those numbers had fallen to below 460 as of last week. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 18, 2018

An elderly Fredonia man was killed after his vehicle collided with a pick-up truck in the Town of Pomfret on Route 5 near Van Buren Road yesterday afternoon... 
 
The Jamestown Post-Journal reports investigation by State Police revealed 91  year-old Donald Thering was traveling on Van Buren Road before 2 p.m. when he stopped at the intersection with Route 5. He then proceeded through the intersection and failed to yield to a Chevy truck operated by 29 year-old Matthew Coyle. The truck impacted the left side of Thering's sedan, causing severe damage. A portion of Route 5 was closed off while emergency crews were on-scene. Thering was airlifted by Starflight before succumbing to his injuries. 
 
 
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says consumers should have the ability to block robocalls on landlines and mobile phones...  
 
The New York Democrat announced Wednesday that he's supporting legislation to require all phone carriers to make call-blocking tools available for free to customers.  The technology prevents the automated calls from ringing through by identifying suspicious phone numbers or calls, similar to how email spam filters catch unwanted emails.  Schumer cited statistics that Americans received 3.4-billion robocalls last month, an increase of nearly one-billion calls compared to the same month a year ago.  The Senate minority leader says the automated phone calls are not only a nuisance but can also hurt consumers financially by exposing them to scams.
 
 
While it's been signed by Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello, Sheriff Joe Gerace says his office still has to wait until the legislation is filed in Albany before establishing an Animal Abuse Registry....  
 
Gerace says once that's done, they'll then make the registry part of the department's website.  He says any animal abuse cases prior to the local law being filed will not be in the registry.
 
Gerace says he supports the idea of having an animal abuse registry and brought it to Borrello's attention and, he helped push it through the county legislature.  He says there are other counties in the state that have it and, he urged Borrello to support the effort and, he did.  Borrello signed the measure Monday, after holding a public hearing. 
 
 
About one-third of the school budget defeats in all of New York state took place in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties...  
 
That from state School Board's Association Executive Director Tim Kreamer, who says there were 16 total defeats on Tuesday.  Kreamer adds that five took place in our area.  Kreamer says reasons for the spending plan defeats varied from district to district, but adds the amount of spending was an important factor.
 
In addition to Clymer, Westfield and Ripley in Chautauqua County, Gowanda and West Valley's budgets were rejected in Cattaraugus County and Eden's was defeated in Erie County.  So far, Clymer officials say they will likely make changes to their spending plan and, resubmit a budget that's within the state's property tax cap.  Kreamer says 97.6-percent of all school budgets passed this year compared to 99.3-percent last year.
 
 
State Police are investigating a motor vehicle crash that led to a Jamestown woman being airlifted to an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital Wednesday morning...  
 
Troopers in Fredonia say the accident occurred as the car veered off Route 5 in the Town of Sheridan.  The Post-Journal reports 49 year-old Patricia Bova's Pontiac Grand Prix drifted across the road into a yard and, struck a tree near Herrington Road.  State Police dispatchers say she was flown to UPMC Hamot Medical Center where her condition is unknown at this time.  More details will be released later.
 
 
A community-wide event where volunteers help clean-up and beautify Jamestown is set for this Saturday...  
 
That from Marketing and Events Manager Zach Agett with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, who says participants in "Hands On Jamestown" assist the city Parks Department with flower plants, litter collections and other activities in the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods.
 
Agett says they have 323 volunteers signed up so far, but anyone is welcome to participate by filling out a form on their website, Facebook page, or call him at 489-3496.  Agett says participants are asked to wear brightly colored shirts and encouraged to bring their own tools and gloves if they have them.  In addition, they'll offer light refreshments, garbage bags and gloves at the Winter Garden Plaza.  This year's "Hands On Jamestown" takes place from 8 a.m. to Noon on Saturday.
 
 
The Jamestown Area Community Orchestra will be holding one of it's two "traditional" concerts next Sunday afternoon at First Covenant Church...  
 
Orchestra Publicist Craig Ridgway says they're excited about the upcoming event, which begins at 4:00.  Ridgway says there is no charge to the public for seeing the concert, but they are accepting donations. 
 
Ridgway says there are about 50 members of the community orchestra, who play a variety of instruments from woodwinds, to brass and others.  Ridgway himself has played Timpani for the group for about 20 years.  He says Director Andrew Coccagnia has put together about an hour-long program that includes some newer sounds,  including Washburn's St. Lawrence Overture and classics like Slovanic Dance.  The Jamestown Area Community Orchestra has been putting on free concerts each year the past 25 years.  For more information. go to their Facebook page at "Jamestown Area Community Orchestra."
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 17, 2018

 
A north county man sought on several Felony arrest warrants in Dunkirk kept police at bay for about an hour Wednesday morning in the village of Fredonia before surrendering without incident...  
 
Fredonia Police Chief Brad Meyers says police learned that Walter Duprey was being sought on the warrants for robbery, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and criminal possession of a controlled substance and, was staying in an apartment house at 112 Eagle Street.
 
After several attempts to communicate were made with Duprey, he barricaded himself on the second floor.  There were also concerns about three other people inside the residence at the time of the standoff.  However, Meyers says it appears the three were not being held against their will.  He says they later left and, Duprey eventually surrendered himself.  Meyers says Duprey was immediately turned over to Dunkirk Police.  Meyers praised the assistance from Dunkirk Police, the County Sheriff's Office and the FBI.  Dunkirk Police and Sheriff's Office K-9 units also assisted with the investigation.
 
 
Two men were arrested after a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia were found during a traffic stop in Jamestown early Wednesday morning...  
 
City police say they pulled over a car at the intersection of Newland and Broadhead Avenues for having non-transparent side windows.  During the stop, officers allegedly saw a passenger, 39 year-old Jason Remington of Brocton, drinking alcohol inside the vehicle.  Another passenger -- 32 year-old Richard Philbrick-senior -- who is a State Parolee, was reportedly found to be in possession of meth and the paraphernalia.  Both men were taken to city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
A Jamestown woman had to be flown to an Erie, Pennsylvania trauma hospital after her car went off Route 5 in the north county and, crashed...  
 
State Police in Fredonia say the accident occured yesterday morning when the Pontiac sedan, driven by 49 year-old Patricia Bova, drifted across the road and struck a tree near Herrington Road.  State Police dispatchers say she was flown to Hamot Medical Center in Erie where her condition is unknown at this time. More details pending investigation. 
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's not surprised that North Korea is threatening to cancel President Trump's planned summit with Kim Jong Un next month...  
 
However, the Corning Republican says he is "cautiously optimistic" that the summit with the president will go ahead June 12 in Singapore as planned.  President Trump says he will still insist on the country's de-nuclearization.  North Korea Wednesday threatened to scrap the historic summit next month between Trump and Kim, saying it has no interest in a "one-sided" affair meant to pressure the North to abandon its nuclear weapons.  Congressman Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
It appears the Clymer School Board will look to put up a new budget for district voters to decide on next month that falls within the state's Property Tax Cap...  
 
That from Superintendent Ed Bailey, who says the $11.5-million proposal on Tuesday's ballot received one more "yes" vote than "no."  However, they needed a supermajority of 60-percent 'yes' votes for the budget to pass.  That's because the budget increased the tax levy by 13-percent.  Bailey says the new spending plan, though, will rely heavily on undesignated reserve funds.
 
Bailey believes there were a few factors, including last year's rejection of a proposed merger with the Panama School District, that led to the defeat.  He says they won't consider a contingency budget at this point.  He says that would be a zero-percent tax increase budget, but would also include a number of "drastic" program cuts.  Bailey says the Clymer School Board will meet to discuss a "capped" budget on Wednesday, May 30.  He says if tthe board decides to go forward, there would be a vote on Thursday, June 19.  
 
 
Lakewood and Hazeltine Library officials are showing obvious relief now that the referendum for a special Library Tax in the Southwestern Central School District has been approved...  
 
The $204,000 appropriation for both libraries was approved narrowly Tuesday, 425-to-413.  Three of those officials expressed their appreciation on Wednesday's Dennis Webster Show and, Lakewood Library Board President Mary McCague they are still working turn around opponents of the move.
 
McCague, Karen Dennerlein, and Katie Smith all noted that local libraries have become much more than books and video libraries.  For lower income residents, they have become a resource for online job searches, among others.  Dennerlein also said district residents would NOT have to vote again on a budget unless there's a decrease, or an increase in it.  She adds they were "very concerned" about which way the vote may go when an "11th Hour" campaign opposing the measure cropped up and spread what she called "some misinformation" about what they do.
 
 
The Clymer School Budget was one of three in Chautauqua County that was defeated on Tuesday...  
 
The others included the Ripley spending plan, which was also defeated in a close vote.  The Post-Journal reports the vote on the $9.2-million spending plan was 91-to-90 against.  Ripley voters did approve a bus proposition, but defeated another to establish a capital reserve fund.  In Westfield, voters rejected a $16.7-million budget, 295-to-196.  
 
 
The theme for the annual Resource Center Symposium on Wednesday was 'resilience'...  
 
The keynote speaker was Stephen Manning, a noted immigration attorney from Oregon.  In working with people who desparately want to come to the United States, Manning says he's seen three distinctive characteristics-- "a staunch acceptance of reality, a deep belief that life is meaningful and an uncanny ability to improvise".  He believes people who work with the disabled often show the same abilities.  Stephen Manning is the brother of Michele Albaugh, the Resource Center's Director of Learning and Development. The symposium was held at Chautauqua.  
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 16, 2018

A possible record number of voters helped put the $28.6-million Southwestern Central School district budget over the top Tuesday, as well as a bus proposition...  
 
A Special Library Tax to support the Lakewood and Hazetline Libraries was also approved by a very narrow margin.  School Superintendent Maureen Donahue was pleased the voters came out, and approved the budget, 556-to-274.
 
The bus proposition was approved, 584-to-247.  However, it was not an easy vote regarding establishment of a special tax to fund the Lakewood Library and, the Hazeltine Library in Busti.  The final vote was 425 "yes" and 413 "no."  Lakewood Library's Karen Dennerlein was very happy and, thanked everyone who voted.  She says they will "do their best" to be responsible citizens, and serve the community as best they can.  Three of the four school board seats up for a vote were won by incumbants Jim Butler, Ed Brooks and Lisa Yaggie.  Maureen Donahue says there were 102 write-in votes and, officials will see what happens with those in deciding who will fill an open seat on the panel.
 
 
Jamestown School District voters have overwhelmingly approved an $86.6-million budget for the 2018-19 school year...  
 
The final tally was 419-to-63 for the spending plan, which included no tax levy increase.  Propositions establishing a capital reserve fund, and adding an "ex-officio" student school board member were also approved.  Incumbant School Board members Nina Karbacka and Dan Johnson were re-elected to the two seats up for a vote.  Karbacka received 410 votes, while Johnson got 363.  Challenger Brianne Fadale got 213.
 
 
Voters in the Falconer Central School District also overwhelmingly approved a new, $23-million budget for the next school year.  School Business Manager Brent Agatt says the spending plan was adopted, 150-to-28.  There were no other propositions and, School Board President Todd Beckerink ran unopposed.
 
 
Residents in the Frewsburg School District have approved a $17.7-million budget that cuts spending, voting in favor 137 to 49.  School officials say the budget includes a 2.36-percent tax  levy increase in the 2018-19 budget. A 380-thousand dollar bus proposition and, a $189,000 capitol reserve proposition were also approved.  Additionally, Chad Chitester, and Larry Lodestro were re-elected to the school board with 159 and 155 votes. 
 
 
In Bemus Point, residents approved their budget for 2018-19, 149 to 50.  They also approved a bus proposition, 152-to-47.  All three candidates running for the school board were elected.
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Also on Tuesday, voters in the Sherman school district approved a $10.3-million budget for 2018-19, 190 to 47.  They also approved setting up a capital reserve fund, 187-to-48.  A bus proposition also passed, 190-to-46.  The two school board seats up for a vote were won by Teresa Barney, with 146 votes, while Timothy Sears had 129 tallies.  Emily Reynolds was third, and Joe DeLellis fourth.  
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In Panama, voters approved the $13.8-million budget by a wide margin -- 126-to-10.  Gregory Hudson won one of the two school board seats up for a vote with 122 tallies.  Robert Delahoy won a write-in contest for the second seat with 15 votes.
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Voters in the Cassadaga Valley School District approved a $22.2-million budget for the next school year, 190-to-48.  A separate bus proposition was also adopted, 184-to-54.  Jeanne Oag and Robert Main won school board seats.
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In Brocton, residents approved the 2018-19 budget, 176-to-43.  The two board seats were sone by Melissa Seavy with 151 votes, while Robert Mead-Colegrove was second with 130.  Beth Jagoda was third.
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AND in Westfield, voters rejected their budget, 295-to-196.
 
 
New York's junior U-S Senator says she wants Agriculture Secretary Sunny Perdue to grant some emergency relief money to struggling dairy farmers...  
 
Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand says she wants $300-million--- the same amount granted to cotton farmers -- for their emergency earlier this year.  Gillibrand, who is a member of the Senate Ag Committee, says dairy farmers are being pushed into poverty and mental anguish by prices that don't meet the cost of production.  She wants the payments to be sent directly to farmers, in their milk checks, without an application process.
 
Gillibrand says the cotton sector is just one-tenth the size of the dairy industry and produces a storable product, unlike milk, which is perishable.  While preliminary work is being done on a new farm bill, the senator says dairy economics are so bad right now, producers can't wait for a new law to get relief.  
 
 
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes during a raid yesterday morning on the city's southside....  
 
City Police say 46 year-old Steven Patterson was taken into custody during the 8:40 a.m. raid by the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, and state Police C-NET Team at 262 Forest Avenue.  Officers say they found 50 cartons of untaxed, and illegal cigarettes, and several thousand dollars in cash.  Patterson was arrested for Felony possession of unstamped and untaxed cigarettes, and criminal tax fraud.  He was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
The Public Works Department in the city of Jamestown has laid out an ambitious schedule of 104 major road construction projects for this year...  
 
The city council's Public Works Committee Monday night reviewed the list of projects, which include mill and overlay, nova chipping and, chip-and-seal through this Fall.  Committee Chairman Tom Nelson is impressed by the list, which includes 18 major reconstruction projects.  Mayor Sam Teresi says he's impressed -- every year -- by DPW Director Jeff Lehman and his staff.
 
Teresi says the complete list of projects can be found at the city of Jamestown's website at JamestownNY.net.  He says you can also follow where the DPW is working each day online.  Teresi says the 18 major projects include the one that's been underway the past couple of weeks on West Fourth Street between Washington and Lafayette Streets.  Another major reconstruction project is to take place at the Allen Park Glen on the southside.
 
 
Gasoline prices continue to rise in the Jamestown area this week...
 
That from AAA's weekly price report which says motorists are paying $2.95 per gallon, or two-cents more than last week.  Officials say New York is one of the top-12 states with the most expensive gas prices in the country and one of the only four states on the east coast with price averages at $3.00 or more. AAA reports that inventories rose by 1.8-million to 68-million barrels on the week.  The mid-Atlantic and Northeast region was the only one in the country to see inventories build.  Nationally, fuel prices also saw a surge at the pump, jumping six-cents to $2.87.  Officials say this can be attributed to the White House's decision to re-impose sanctions on Iran, the nation-wide switch to "Summer Blend" fuel and, growing demand.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 15, 2018

The city of Jamestown is moving ahead with the process of taking ownership of a "zombie property" on the northside that's been abandoned for several years to be rehabilitated, and then sold as a single-family home...  
 
City Development Director Vince DeJoy says this may be the first time a municipality has been able to take advantage of the new provision of state Real Property Tax Law.  During last night's City Council work session, DeJoy said the city was able to hire a special attorney to finalize city ownership of 402 Lakeview Avenue.
 
Ben Haskin is also part of the legal team involved in the process of acquiring the property... and, says there were a number of hurdles that had to be cleared first.  Haskin says the first is proving the house had been abandoned for some time.  In this case, he says it's been five-years.  DeJoy says the good news is that the property should be eligible for historic tax credits, and, some tax abatements.  The home is near the corner of Lakeview and Van Buren Street.
 
 
Residents in the Frewsburg School District residents will decide today on a $17.7-million budget that cuts spending, but increases the tax levy...  
 
School officials say the budget includes a 2.36-percent tax  levy increase in the 2018-19 budget.  There is also a $380,000 bus proposition and, a $189,000 capitol reserve proposition.  Voters will also ballot on two school board seats currently held by Chad Chitester, and Larry Lodestro.  Voting today runs from 2 to 8 p.m.
 
 
Voters in the Falconer Central School District will cast ballots today on a just over $23-million, 2018-19 budget that has no tax increase in it...  
 
That from School Business Manager Brent Agatt... who says there is a $460,000 spending increase in the new proposal.  Agatt says the increases are mostly in two different areas: teacher-retirement system costs and health insurance.
 
Agatt says they were able to cover the added spending through a $360,000 increase in state Foundation Aid, and more BOCES Aid.  He says there are no other propositions on the ballot Tuesday and, there is one school board seat up for a vote.  Board President Todd Beckerink is running unopposed for re-election.  Voting in Falconer today runs from 2 to 8 p.m.
 
 
Residents of the Jamestown School District will vote today on an $86.6-million dollar budget that includes no increase in the tax levy...  
 
Voting takes place from Noon to 9 p.m. at Lincoln, Jefferson and, Washington Schools.  If you are unsure about where to vote, call District Clerk Nita Walter, at 483-4420.  There are also a transportation and capital reserve fund propositions.  Voters will also chose between school board incumbants Dan Johnson and Nina Karbacka, and challenger Brianna Fadale.
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The first district to vote today in the immediate Jamestown-area will be the Southwestern School District, where polls open at 7:00 this morning...  
 
There will be three propositions on the ballot, including a $28.6-million budget for the 2018-19 school year.  That includes a one-percent tax levy increase.  There is also a much-discussed proposition to establish a Special Tax for the Lakewood and Hazeltine Libraries and, another proposition for new buses.  Three people are running for four school board seats.   Voting in the morning runs from 7 to 9 a.m. and, from 2 to 8 p.m.
 
 
A proposed local law establishing an Animal Abuse Registry in Chautauqua County has cleared the final hurdle.  County Executive George Borrello says he has now signed the law, after holding a public hearing Monday morning...
 
Borrello has been a supporter of the legislation that was brought to his attention by Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace.  He says he doesn't know when a website will be launched, but he doesn't expect it to be very long.  Borrello says the Sheriff's Department will maintain the registry and, keep it updated.  Besides requiring those who are convicted of animal abuse to register, the local law will also require groups and individuals who sell or arrange adoptions to check the registry.
 
 
The Bemus Bay Pops will not be in operation this year because the "floating stage" no longer has it's home near the Italian Fisherman to operate from...  
 
The Pops posted a Facebook release last weekend, saying the news was submitted with "a heavy heart."  However, Pops Chairman Dan Dalpra says they hope "this is not the final curtain; but rather the start of our 2nd act!"  The Pops had been located along Chautauqua Lake -- in Bemus Point -- for the past 20 years.  In the release, Dalpra says they are searching for a new location to call home.
 
 
As part of National Infrastructure Week, advocates are calling on Congress to fully fund maintenance at national parks here in New York and across the country... 
 
There are two dozen National Park sites in the Empire State, drawing more than 19-million visitors a year and generating more than $700-million in local spending in 2017 alone. But, years of deferred maintenance have left a national back-log of needed repairs that was estimated at $11.6-billion.  President Mary Kay Vrba with Dutchess County Tourism says maintaining national parks in New York means preserving not only their economic value but critical pieces of our national heritage as well.
 
Pew Charitable Trusts has launched a Restore America's Parks Campaign calling on Congress to preserve the nation's history, protect local economies and create jobs by fixing the nation's parks.  A Pew-commissioned analysis found that addressing the maintenance backlog facing the National Park Service would create or support more than 9,800 jobs in New York State alone.  
 
 
A man from Conewango is jailed on $75,000 bail for allegedly shoplifting a number of items from the Lakewood Wal-Mart Superstore and being in possession of brass knuckles and drugs...  
 
Lakewood-Busti Police say they were called to the scene on Fairmount Avenue shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday and, learned that Travis Centi of Route 62 had fled in a vehicle.  He was found a short time later and, was also found with the brass knuckles, and some Methamphetimes in a liquid.  He was arraigned on Felony drug and weapons possession charges and, sent to the county lock-up.

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WJTN News Headlines for May 14, 2018

Democrats who control the Assembly are planning to start interviewing applicants for attorney general after Eric Schneiderman abruptly resigned amid allegations he physically abused four women...  
 
Speaker Carl Heastie says applicants had until last Friday to submit a resume and cover letter to the speaker's legislative counsel.  Among those reportedly applying were Jamestown-area Republican Randy Elf.  A committee of legislators will review applicants' resumes.  Public interviews will be held in Albany on Tuesday and Wednesday at a time and place yet to be determined.  The names aren't officially being released until later today.  Under state law, the Legislature has the authority to appoint a new attorney general with a joint vote by the Assembly and Senate.  Democrats hold the overall majority.
 
 
Chautauqua County officials are hard at work on a "draft proposal" for a San Francisco-based air service provider to come into the county Airport near Jamestown...  
 
That from County Executive George Borrello, who says they've been working with federal lawmakers from the state to try and bring in Boutique Air to be the airport's new Essential Air Service carrier.
 
Borrello says Boutique Air sees the county as a good location to move into, if Jamestown can get the EAS designation reinstated.  He says their proposal will include some new ideas that should boost ridership.  A key one to Borrello is beginning an early morning flight, which Jamestown hasn't had in a long time.  Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced last week that they are urging U-S Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to reconsider the decision to terminate EAS eligibility in Jamestown.  The county lost that designation earlier this year due to low ridership.
 
 
The latest round of the state's Regional Economic Development Council 's Consolidated Funding Application program is underway with the first meeting this past week...  
 
The Western New York REDC held it's iintial session at the SUNY College at Fredonia.  Jamestown was represented by Development Director Vince DeJoy.  However, Mayor Sam Teresi is in close contact with council members and, says notice was recently given to the 10 regional panels about the money now being available this year.
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello is a new member of the council and, says he spoke to the panel about the need for workforce development in Chautauqua County.  It was the chief issue in Borrello's recent State of the County message and, he asked the council to help the county address the issue, given what has already been done to fill skilled trade jobs in the Buffalo area.  The Western New York council is among those competing for more than $750-million dollars in state economic development resources.  SUNY at Fredonia President Dr. Virginia Horvath is co-chair of the Western New York council.  
 
 
The National Rifle Association has filed a lawsuit against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state's financial regulatory agency for what it says is a blacklisting campaign to prevent firms from doing business with the gun owners' group...  
 
The lawsuit filed Friday in federal court for the northern district of New York names the Democratic governor as a defendant along with the state Department of Financial Services and its superintendent, Maria Vullo.  It accuses Cuomo of depriving the NRA of its First Amendment rights through selective prosecution and threats.  The lawsuit comes after New York state fined insurance broker Lockton Cos. LLC $7-million for underwriting an NRA-branded insurance program called Carry Guard.  Cuomo called the NRA lawsuit "a futile and desperate attempt" to advance the group's "dangerous agenda."
 
 
It may be a while longer before the clock tower comes down at the Family Church of Fredonia...  
 
The clock tower was hit by flames last Friday when a portion of the gutter came loose and made contact with a nearby power transformer.  Pastor Scott Wise of Family Church says that experts have been brought in to determine the best way to remove the scorched clock tower.
 
Wise says the clock tower must come down, but they want to do it in a manner is safe for the community and does not cause further damage to the remaining structure.  He says the church is also looking beyond the clock tower after putting about a million dollars into the overall structure.  He says they reinforced the roof structure, and have tried to upgrade the outside appearance.  The Family Church pastor once again commends the work of police and fire and their quick response to last week's blaze.  
 
 
The unofficial "end-of-academic year" celebration in the village of Fredonia -- known as "Fred Fest" -- led to 77 arrests by local police...  
 
Village Police say the arrests took place one weekend ago during a five-day period in an around the SUNY College at Fredonia.  The Dunkirk Observer reports that of those arrests, 57 involved open container violations, and 38 involved underage alcohol possession.  Village police add that there were a total of 273 reported incidents.  College officials announced they were cancelling the "on-campus" festivites in February of 2015, though activities have continued in recent years off-campus.
 
 
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly trespassing in a garage apartment at a home in the Cattaraugus County village of Randolph...  
 
Sheriff's officers in Little Valley were called to the scene at 22 Sheldon Street last Friday and, found 31 year-old Dakota Kaltenbach had been told to stay away from the property.  Kaltenbach was arrested... and, charged with trespassing.  He was issued an appearance ticket for Randolph Town Court at a later date.
 
 
Americans are facing an "epidemic of dishonesty" in Washington...  
 
That from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who warned in a commencement speech at Texas' Rice University that "an endless barrage of lies" in national politics poses a dire threat to U.S. democracy.  The 76-year-old billionaire, who flirted with an independent presidential run, did not call out any politicians by name.

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News Headlines for Sat., May 12, 2018

City man arrested for allegedly assaulting woman with "blunt" object...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman during a fight on the city's eastside late Friday morning.  Jamestown police were called to the scene at 249 Crescent St. shortly after 11 a.m., and spotted a man riding away from the scene on a bicycle.  Officers say the unidentified female victim pointed out that the man, 44 year-old Jessie Jones, had assaulted her.  She accuses Jones of throwing a "blunt, sharp object" into a moving vehicle... striking her in the face -- and cutting her.  Jones was arrested for second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.  He was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
Former Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver, again convicted at trial...
A jury has convicted former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of public corruption charges, dashing the 74-year-old Democrat's second attempt to avoid prison after a decades-long career as one of the most powerful politicians in state government.  The verdict Friday came more than two years after his first 2015 trial resulted in a 12-year prison sentence.  An appeals court tossed out that conviction, citing a recent Supreme Court ruling that changed the legal boundaries for public corruption.  Prosecutors said Silver illegally earned $4-million from a cancer researcher and real estate developers who benefited from his clout in state government.  Defense lawyers countered that his fees were "perfectly legal."
 
 
Former County Executive Mark Thomas retires from State Parks position...
The head of the Western New York District of the state Parks system says the time was right for leaving the post for retirement.  That from Fredonia's Mark Thomas... who will be retiring later this month.  The State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation made the announcement late Thursday... and, Thomas tells us he wanted to leave on a high note.  He says his "singlar goal was to leave the place better than I found it."  He says they've been able to do that through strengthening personnel, and a robust capital program.  Thomas is pleased with the work that has involved a number of projects across Western New York.  He says the among the highlights, the major improvements that have been made on the American side of Niagara Falls... with a $70-million investment in Niagara Falls State Park.  Thomas... who is a former Chautauqua County Executive... didn't forget the county -- noting improvements made at Lake Erie State Park and the state's acquisition of Midway Park near Maple Springs. 
 
 
Elected officails in Ellicott and Celoron speak-out against proposed Library Tax in Southwestern School District...
Elected leaders in the town of Ellicott and village of Celoron have come out strongly opposing the proposed referendum on next Tuesday's ballot to establish a new Library Tax in the Southwestern School District.  Ellicott Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin... and, Celoron Village Mayor Scot Schrecengost stated their objections on our Dennis Webster Show Friday morning.  McLaughlin says he has a lot of questions about the Lakewood and Hazeltine Libraries that he hasn't gotten any answers to.  He says he wants a budget break-down to see how much is paid out in salaries, maintenance, and purchase of new materials.  Both say many of their constituents have questioned why they should pay a special tax on libraries that aren't in their municipality... and, they never use.  Schrecengost says that's especially been the case for people who are on fixed incomes... and, are barely making ends meet now.  McLaughlin says he's also concerned about how much people in West Ellicott would pay with the special tax... because it was noted that a homeowner with a home assessed at $100,000 would be paying just over $32 per year for the tax.  But... he says there are several homes worth more than that. 
 
 
Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers celebrate 35th Anniversary...
A program that gives caregivers a break... and, provides fun, social activites in Chautauqua County for seniors is celebrating it's 35th year of existance.  Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers commemorated the milestone Friday during a celebration at Christ First United Methodist Church... where the program is headquartered.  Chautauqua Day Services Executive Director Frank Bercik says the program began in 1983 serving "one or two people..." and now serves 200 people a year.  Bercik says they've been able to expand into the Dunkirk and Westfield areas, and also now provide services for people with Dementia.  Bercik says while their numbers have grown... so has their programming... which includes community recreation, such as picnics, field trips and other outtings.  He says they also have birthday parties for those who attend.  Bercik expressed his appreciation to Chautauqua County, the state, and several local foundations for their support of the Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers.  For more information... go on-line to www.seniordayprograms.com, or call 664-9759.   
 
    
 
 
 
   

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WJTN News Headlines for May 11, 2018

The former head of Congressman Tom Reed's district office in Jamestown has been named as the new executive director of the YWCA of Jamestown...  
 
Jacqueline Chiarot-Phelps began her new job on May 1 and, says she's enjoying her new post.  Phelps also thanked Congressman Reed for the opportunity to work, and grow in her roles as Regional Director in Jamestown in 2012 and, most recently as Director of Constituent Services.
 
Phelps says she's "ecstatic" about joining an outstanding organization dedicated to truly serving our community."  She says says wants to help strengthen the YW, and it's programming.  The YWCA's mission is "eliminating racism and empowering women."  However, she says they also have programming for young people, including teen girls.  Phelps replaces Beth Oakes at the Y.  Oakes is now the executive director for the Child Advocacy Program.  Phelps is a graduate of Maple Grove High School... and, received her undergraduate degree from Canisius College in Buffalo. For more information on the YWCA, call 488-2237, or go online YWMCAOfJamestown.com
 
 
The move by Jacqueline Phelps to the Jamestown YWCA left an opening at Congressman Reed's Jamestown office and that has been filed by a former Post-Journal reporter...  
 
Katrina Fuller began her new duties heading up the congressman's district office in Jamestown this past Monday.  Fuller, who spent just over three-years with the newspaper, will work on constituent issues including Social Security and Medicare casework.
 
 
New York state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has announced that the state legislature is accepting applications for a new Attorney General...  
 
We reached Jamestown-area Assemblyman Andy Goodell to learn more about the process of finding a replacement for Eric Schneiderman. He says it's up to the state legislature to fill the vacany until the next general election (which is this fall). 
 
Once an agreement is reached on a replacement, Goodell says a vote is taken by both the Assembly and Senate-- together.  He says both chambers would meet in the Assembly chambers because it's big enough to hold both.  Goodell says there would be a "roll-call" vote on the matter.  He says of the 213 members, 107 votes are needed to appoint a replacement.  He expects the process to move "fairly quickly," but he adds, nothing is entirely predictable in the state legislature. The State's solicitor general is currently serving as the Acting AG.
 
 
The Republican-led New York Senate has approved a package of legislation aimed at Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's economic development policies...  
 
The legislation approved Wednesday seeks to require more transparency and accountability for programs that amount to billions of dollars a year in tax breaks, business grants and loans.  One measure would require the state to create a searchable database of all state subsidies and economic development benefits.  Critics say the current system doesn't allow for clear comparisons of the various state programs involved in economic development projects.  The corporate subsidies have come under fire from lawmakers and government watchdog groups over how the funds are distributed, how many jobs are created and whether taxpayers are getting a good return on their investments.  The bills have been sent to the Democrat-controlled Assembly.
 
 
The annual STEM Wars took place Thursday morning at Jamestown Community College...  
 
Six-hundred-fifty middle and high school students competed in contests that emphasize science, technology, engineering and math.  Jamestown High School Sophomore Brianna Bommireddipalli had just finished her turn in the robotics competition and found STEM Wars valuable.
 
Looking on was Jamestown School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe.  He liked what he saw, saying it's "great" to see the students applying their math, technology and engineering knowlege.  STEM Wars is a project of 'Dream It, Do It', a program designed to get high school students interested in manufacturing careers.  The local Coordinator, Jehuu Caulcrick, says the enthusiasm for STEM Wars grows every year.  This year's event at the Phys Ed Center at JCC had to be postponed from its first scheduled day because of snow.  
 
 
New officers were elected, but otherwise, it was a routne annual meeting last weekend for the New York state Conference of Mayors....  
 
That from Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, who attended the conference in Saratoga Springs.  Teresi still serves on NYCOM's executive board, which also met. He says a new NYCOM President was elected by the several dozen mayors and others at the conference.  He says that's Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy.  Teresi says the First-Vice President will be Bob Kennedy of Freeport, Long Island.  He says there was a lot of good discussion as mayor's compare their issues to try and resolve them.  Teresi says they also held their awards ceremony for the winners of various competitions and other activities across the state.  Among those other elected officials was new Jamestown City Council member Andrew Liuzzo, who attended his first NYCOM meeting.  Teresi made his comments for this coming weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of abuse by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman...  
 
Cuomo late Tuesday said Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas will investigate and possibly prosecute "any and all matters concerning the public allegations" against Schneiderman.  The state's top legal officer resigned after four women accused the Democrat of physical violence in a New Yorker article.
 
 
A defense lawyer says New York's former assembly speaker didn't do special legislative favors for those who paid him millions of dollars in fees...  
 
Attorney Michael Feldberg told jurors in closing arguments Thursday that money earned by Sheldon Silver outside of his legislative work was "perfectly legal."  The once-powerful Democrat was convicted at an earlier trial, but the verdict was overturned.  Prosecutors say Silver engineered bribery schemes that earned $4-million in legal fees.
 
 
There may be some unsettled and discolored water in the Lakewood and Ashville areas today after water main break occured shortly before 1 p.m. yesterday on Fairmount Avenue...  
 
Board of Public Utilities Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says it took about half-an-hour to repair the break, but adds there could be stirred up water from Southwestern Drive west into Lakewood and Ashville.  Robbins says the water was shut-off between Southwestern Drive and Fairdale while repairs were made.  She says customers should avoid doing laundry until the water clears.
 

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WJTN News Headlines

A Vermont man is jailed on half-a-million dollars bail after police found six guns inside his vehicle after a motor vehicle crash in the Cattaraugus County town of Machias last night...  
 
Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley responded to the accident at 8 p.m. on Route 242 and, identifed the driver as 36 year-old Thomas Ledford.  Officers allegedly found Ledford in possession of five handguns without a New York State pistol permit and a rifle that was non-compliant with safety laws.  He was arraigned on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of marijuana and 5 counts of criminal possession of a weapon. 
 
 
The Trump administration is looking to cut federal spending by some $15-billion, with almost half coming from the Children's Health Insurance Program...  
 
In the past six months, Congress and the White House have enacted tax cuts and spending increases that will raise the federal deficit by more than a trillion dollars.  To compensate, the administration announced a package of proposed cuts Monday night that would take $7-billion from CHIP.  Families USA's Shawn Gremminger says the cut would hinder the program's ability to respond to increased demand.  Gremminger says the cuts are intended to calm fiscal conservatives who are concerned about the huge projected deficits that are coming in the years ahead.
 
The proposed rescission package is less than one-half-percent of total government spending for the year, and the administration has promised several more proposals.  Gremminger adds that Congress must approve the cuts for them to take effect.  The rescission package also calls for $800-million in cuts to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says -- if the move eliminates waste and programs no longer in place -- he supports a plan to cut $15-billion dollars in federal spending...  
 
The proposals were outlined by Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who says seven-billion would come from the Children's Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP.  Earlier this week, Mulvaney and others said that the reductions would not have an impact on the program, which has an enrollment of roughly nine-million people.
 
Reed says more recent changes in federal spending still include appropriations that can't be spent.  He says there is also apparently some old federal "stimulus money" that's in the package of cuts being considered.  Congress must approve the measures by a simple majority for them to take effect.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
State tax incentive and direct funding programs have helped some parts of the Southern Tier begin turning the corner economically, but more can be done on the federal level...  
 
Those are the feelings of the five Democratic candidates for the 23rd Congressional seat... who debated several issues in Mayville last night.  Ithaca's Ian Golden says programs like the "Buffalo Billion" help the region.  However, he also noted they're had their problems.
 
Golden says the state's help has been instrumental in bringing companies like Athenex, to the region's door in Dunkirk.  However, a couple of the candidates noted the region needs the infrastructure to support those jobs.  One was Owego's Max Della Pia, who says it's the federal government that should foot that $2-trillion to $4-trillion bill.  Linda Andrei agreed, noting that such a measure could be paid -- over 10 years -- by closing corporate tax loopholes.  Last night's League of Women Voters forum was held at Chautauqua Lake Central School.  The Democratic Primary is June 26.
 
 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of abuse by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman...  
 
Cuomo late Tuesday said Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas will investigate and possibly prosecute "any and all matters concerning the public allegations" against Schneiderman.  The state's top legal officer resigned after four women accused the Democrat of physical violence in a New Yorker article.
 
 
The city of Jamestown just received some very good news on first-quarter sales tax from Chautauqua County...  
 
City Comptroller Joe Bellitto says he got a check last Friday for just over $1.45-million for the first three months of 2018.  Bellitto told City Council members at this week's work session that's nearly 84-thousand dollars more than they received for the first quarter of 2017, which is a more than 6-percent increase.  That's just over 24-percent of the year's totals.  Typically, city officials say, the city gets most of it's sales tax revenues during the final two quarters of the calendar year.  The city of Jamestown has budgeted for about $6-million in sales tax proceeds for this year.

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WJTN News Headlines May 9, 2018

Chautauqua County's representative in Congress is supporting President Trump's decision to pull out of the thre-year-old Iran nuclear agreement...  
 
The president Tuesday afternoon signed a presidential memorandum withdrawing from the agreement and he is planning to reinstall sanctions on the Iranian regime.  Corning Republican Tom Reed says he wanted to hear Mr. Trump address two key areas, one being the need to stop the Iranians from building their ballistic missile program.
 
The president said in his address to the nation that he will be reinstituting the highest level of sanctions on Iran and, warned any country not to help the Iranian government.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
One federal lawmaker from New York says she's "strongly opposing" President Trump's decision to leave the Iran nuclear agreement...  
 
U-S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the agreement "gave us the critical ability to aggressively monitor and verify Iran's behavior. By walking away from the agreement, the President has opened the door to Iran going back to developing a nuclear weapons program."  Gillibrand says this "unilateral decision" will cost the U-S the ability to maintain a strong coalition holding Iran accountable. 
 
 
The proposal to create a separate library tax was much of the focus of questions during a public hearing on the Southwestern School District budget last night...  
 
School Superintendent Maureen Donahue says the district accepted the petition by the Lakewood and Hazeltine Libraries to hold the special vote during the regular budget vote to save money on costs.  Donahue says the district would collect the tax this year, but the $204,000 would not be released until next January for the 2019 fiscal year.
 
 
Voters in the Southwestern Central School District will not only decide on a budget, and bus proposition next week, but, also a measure to fund the two public libraries in the district...  
 
It's called the "259 Referendum..." because state education law allows libraries to put such items onto the school budget ballot.  This measure would raise $204,000 through a special tax to fund the Lakewood and Hazeltine Libraries.  Lakewood's Karen Denerline says most libraries in New York state are funded this way.
 
Denerline adds there would be no increase in taxes for voters in Busti and Lakewood, but she says there would be a first-time charge in West Ellicott and, the village of Celoron.  At the same time, Denerline says there are a "high number" of library users in the that area.  The Lakewood Library would receive $139,000 of the $204,000 to be raised, while the Hazeline Library in Busti would receive $65,000. 
 
 
The Jamestown Board of Education hosted a public hearing regarding the proposed 2018-19 budget Tuesday evening...  
 
With a stable tax levy unchanged in eight-years, the $86.6-million budget will set the stage for the 2019-20 school year.  Director of Finance Vern Connors says the proposal reflects the Board's goals to institute long-term fiscal tools, maintain school tax levy and, focus on student achievement.  There are two propositions on the ballot voters will decide on in the May 15th election.  The first establishes a capital reserve fund to set aside up to $2-million to pay local share costs for local capital projects and long-term school building repairs.  The second is the addition of an ex-officio student school board member. 
 
 
Ellicott town Police are investigating a serious accident that occurred near the intersection of South Work Street and Elmwood Avenue Monday night...  
 
Sergeant Matt Kubinski says officers initially received a report that a child was struck by a vehicle just after 6:00.  However, he says the victim allegedly fell OFF an SUV that pulled out of the driveway and struck his head on the curb. The unidentifed 16 year-old was treated at the scene and, flown by Starflight Helicopter to Buffalo Children's Hospital.  Kubinski says officers have talked to the victim's family and, learned the teen may be released from the hospital this week.  Police say the 17 year-old driver was not injured and is cooperating with authorities.  Anyone with information on the accident is asked to call Ellicott Police at 665-7083. 
 
 
Democrats and Republicans seem to back the decision by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to step down after an article published in the New Yorker in which two women accuse Schneiderman of physically abusing them.  In all, four women have come forward.  Governor Andrew Cuomo said the development was both shocking and disturbing...
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello also feels that resigning was right thing for Schneiderman to do, though he say he deserved his own day in court.  In a statement, Schneiderman said he did not commit assault, he did not engage in non-consensual sexual relations.  He did acknowledge though to "role-playing" during intimate encounters.  The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has indicated it will launch an investigation into the allegations.
 
 
Gas prices in the Jamestown area are up nearly four-cents this week to $2.93 for a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel...  
 
That from AAA's weekly gas price report, which says the price at the pump is 38-cents higher than this time last year.  Officials say gasoline inventories saw an 1.3-million barrel build on the week, and are at the highest levels in two months at 62-million. Nationally, fuel prices are up 45-cents more than last year at $2.81. AAA says prices could continue to rise as the summer driving season approaches.

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WJTN News Headlines for May 8, 2018

A spokeswoman for the New York Attorney General's office says a temporary replacement has been chosen after Eric Schneiderman resigned following accusations of physical abuse...  
 
Barbara Underwood will step in as acting attorney general.  She has been the state's Solitictor General since 2007.  Before that she served as Chief Assistant to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.  She has also worked in the Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn district attorney offices.  She got an undergraduate degree from Harvard and law degree from Georgetown.  Schneiderman says he'll resign at the close of business Tuesday.  The announcement came hours after The New Yorker published the accounts of four women, who accused the Democrat of physical violence.  Two of the women went on the record, saying Schneiderman repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, and without their consent.
 
 
There is no doubt that there is an overpopulation of deer in upstate New York's urban and suburban areas.  However, there are no "easy solutions" to the matter...  
 
That from state Department of Enviromental Conservation Wildlife Biologist Sue Binczik of Albany, who made a public presentation to city lawmakers about deer issues across New York state and, ways to deal with them to the city council and public last night.  Binczik says the overpopulation is due in part the loss of predators over the years.
 
Binczik says the deer's natural predators: wolves and mountain lions, were hunted out of New York about five decades ago.  She adds that they have adapted well to their current situation and, urban -- suburban settings are ideal because there is no hunting and, the vegetation and woodland density is about ideal for them.  Neither Binczik nor Region-9 Biologist Ryan Rockefeller made an recommendations, but they did suggest committing to a process, and being respectful of all points of view.  Council members later talked about that during their work session.
 
 
Last Friday night's fire that destroyed a church's historic clock tower in Fredonia has been ruled accidental after part of a roof gutter blew onto a live electric transformer, eventually starting the blaze...  
 
That from County fire investigators, who this afternoon released the cause.  National Grid workers inspectedand, say when the gutter came in contact with the transformer, the entire gutter system became energized.  Electricity then came in through the roof soffet.  Family Church of Fredonia purchased the building from Fredonia Baptist Church in 2015 and, Pastor Scott Wise says they have always regarded the clock tower as a symbol of Fredonia and the community.  Wise says Friday's blaze will not deter their goal of renovating the clock tower.  Family Church says the building is structurally sound. 
 
 
A Westfield area woman intends to run for the state Assembly as a Democrat against incumbent Republican Andy Goodell...  
 
Judith Einach made it official yesterday that she is a candidate for the 150th assembly district which includes all of Chautauqua County.  Einach holds a Masters degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education and, says she looks forward to challenging Goodell.
 
Einach has a background in both rural and urban economic development and, says she has a unique background for the position.  She says she's been a "community builder" in Buffalo, and has been director of New York's "Sustainable Agricultural Working Group."  Goodell has held the seat since 2010.  Einach is seeking the Democratic nomination and, is also hoping to get the Working Families Party and the Women's Equality Party lines as well.
 
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello hopes to soon have a website up and running that will better market the county to perspective employees, and people looking for better job opportunities...  
 
Borrello talked this past weekend about the difficulty local companies have expressed to him about finding workers locally who have the necessary skills, and who can pass a drug test.  He says the website will be at ChautauquaJobs.org.
 
Borrello says he's working with other county planning and economic development officials to get the site up and running.  He says the county has a number of good organizations working on the employment situation, like Chautauqua Works and, the Workforce Investment Board.  However, he says they need to tie it all together... and, he says they need to work on a more "cohesive message."  Borrello mentioned creation of the website during his "State of the County Address" to help fill at least 767 jobs at local businesses that he's visited.  He made his comments for last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
A Jamestown-area woman who has a lot of experience in marketing and public relations is the new Resource Development and Marketing Coordinator for the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County...  
 
United Way Executive Director Amy Rohler says they've hired Cynde Johnson to be part of their team at the local human service agency.  Johnson was previously Director of Marketing and Business Development at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood, and has a passion for connecting the community.  Rohler says they are "thrilled to announce that Cynde has joined our team here at the United Way.  We look forward to making more things possible and building a stronger community with her expertise and experience."  Johnsons says she's both "honored and excited" to have this opportunity and looks forward to continuing the mission of hope here in our community with the United Way.  She is a graduate of Southwestern Central High School, and Jamestown Business College.
 
 
A Cherry Creek man faces criminal contempt charges for violating a stay-away order last Saturday...  
 
Troopers out of Fredonia with the assistance of Chautauqua County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a residence in the town for the report of burglary in progress.  On arrival, officers located 32 year-old Terrence Musall and another indentified person inside.  Police say the home-owner was contacted and declined to press charges.  However, after confirmining Musall's identity, he was placed in custody because there was an active stay-away order of protection to avoid contact with his accomplice.  He was arraigned and sent to county jail, and will appear in Cherry Court at a later date to answer the charge. 
 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo is advancing legislation designed to discourage oil and gas development in New York's coastal waters...  
 
The Trump administration wants to open up the Atlantic coast from Georgia to Maine to offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling.  The governor's proposed bill would prohibit oil and gas exploration in New York waters, prohibit offshore oil and gas infrastructure on state land, and prohibit the transportation of North Atlantic crude oil from offshore wells on the state's navigable waters.  Citizens Campaign for the Environment's Adrienne Esposito says New York may not be able to ban drilling in federal waters, but it can make it less profitable.  The Trump administration wants to expand the oil and gas production but opponents argue that fossil fuels accelerate climate change, and the environmental consequences of an oil spill would be disastrous.  Esposite adds that offshore drilling also runs counter to the state's aggressive moves toward clean energy.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 7, 2018

A Kennedy man has been arrested for allegedly crashing his car into a house in the southeast corner of Jamestown and, running off...  
 
City police were joined by Ellicott Town Police in responding to the scene on Manchester Road just before 11:30 p.m. last Friday night.  Officers say 27 year-old Alan Wilson had allegedly driven the vehicle into the house and, fled on foot before police arrived.  Police say they found Wilson on the Peck-Settlement Road a short time later and, found that he was drunk at the time.  He was arraigned on charges of second-degree criminal mischief, DWI, and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident. He posted $4,000 bail.
 
 
State police are continuing to investigate the death of a 47-year-old homeless man in Chautauqua County...  
 
The body of Brian Heyden was found two weeks ago in a wooded area just off Route 20 in the Town of Portland.  Authorities are calling the death suspicious.  An autopsy is scheduled to determine cause of death.  State police say the victim was known to travel from his encampment just west of Brocton to Fredonia on a daily basis.  Troopers believe he received a ride from a passing motorist in a white or light-colored pickup truck on the afternoon of April 20th.  His body was found the next day.  Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 716-665-3114.
 
 
It's not often easy to identify people who are using and abusing drugs and alcohol, because people from all walks of life use and abuse...  
 
To address those perceptions, the Falconer Central School will be hosting a "Kids Escaping Drugs" program Tuesday, May 15 at 6 p.m. in the High School auditorium.  High School Guidance Counselor Tara Swan says the group recently made a presentation during a staff In-Service Day.
 
Swan says the goal of the program is to educate families and community members of the prevalence and harmful effects of alcohol and drug experimentation, use, and dependence among adolescents.  In addition to Kids Escaping Drugs, she says Kim Carlson from "A Fresh Start" and members of the Jamestown and Ellicott Police Departments will also take part.  Swan encourages everyone in Falconer -- and the surrouding area -- to join them on the 15.  Officials say this will be a good chance to educate the public on the dangers of the current drug crisis.
 
 
Governor Cuomo says a proposal to open supervised injection sites for illegal drug users in an effort to combat fatal overdoses will be closely reviewed...  
 
Cuomo said last weekend that the goal of fighting opioid overdoses is "laudable."  But, the Democrat says the plan to open injection sites raises legal questions.  Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his support on Thursday for a one-year pilot program to operate four injection sites in the city.  The plan would require the approval of the state Department of Health.  Cuomo said the department will review it. 
 
 
A Westfield resident has announced her plans to run for the New York state Assembly against incumbant Andy Gooddell...  
 
Judith Einach said Sunday that she is running as a Democrat for the a seat in the 150th Assembly district, which includes all of Chautuauqa County.  Einach says the county needs "new leadership."  In a media release, she notes her background in rural and economic development, and lifelong committment to improving the quality of life for all will enable her "to be a true public servant as a member of the Assembly."  Einach holds a Masters Degree from Harvard University.
 
 
A Meet the Candidates forum will be held this Wednesday night in Mayville for the five people seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the 23rd District Congressional seat...  
 
That from League of Women voters Minda Rae Amiran, who says the forum is open to the public and will be held this Wednesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at Chautauqua Lake Central School.  Amarin says most of the evening will be devoted to questions from the people attending.
 
The five candidates include one Jamestown resident, Eddie Sundquist.  The field also includes Max Della Pia, Tracy Mitrano, Linda Andrei and Ian Golden.  Minda Rae Amiran says the league is encouraging both Democrats and non-Democrats to attend the forum since one of the five candidates will be challenging incumbant Republican Tom Reed in the November general election.  The Democratic primary is set for June 26.  
 
 
A church that owns the historic clock tower that was destroyed by fire Friday evening has plans to rebuild it...  
 
Family Church of Fredonia purchased the building from Fredonia Baptist Church in 2015. Pastor Scott Wise of Family Church says they have always regarded the clock tower as a symbol of Fredonia and the community.  Family Church spent $1.3-million renovating the building at the corner of Church Street and Temple Street and had started a GoFundMe page with a goal of $100,000 to renovate the clock tower. Wise says Friday's blaze will not deter their goal of renovating the clock tower. Family Church says the building is structurally sound. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
 
 
Jamestown city lawmakers will begin looking tonight at possible options to deal with an apparent overpopulation of deers in certain areas of the city...  
 
City Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings says he's been able to contact the State Department of Environmental Conservation to have a wildlife biologist discuss options and, other ways to deter deer from moving into populated areas of Jamestown.  He says he reached out to the DEC about the matter and, got a representative to come and discuss options to look at.  Snellings made his comments during last week's Council meeting.  City Clerk Todd Thomas says the DEC representative will be on hand for next Monday night's work session.  Due to the presentation, the work session will be held in City Council chambers tonight at 7:30.  As with all council meetings, Thomas says members of the public are welcome to attend.

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News Headlines for Sat., May 5, 2018

Second city man arrested in connection with home invasion-assault in Jamestown...
A second person has been arrested in connection with last Monday morning's serious home invasion -- assault on Jamestown's southside.  City police say they arrested 31 year-old Michael Culbertson Friday afternoon in connection with the violent assault at 322 Newland Ave. that's left the victim in critical condition.  The first suspect... 33 year-old Dacien Devault... was arrested this past Tuesday.  Officers say Culbertson, Devault and others broke into the home shortly after 2 a.m. last Monday... and, hit the male victim over the head several times.  The victim was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital... then transferred to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie.  City police say more arrests are expected.  Officers say at least one gun-shot was fired from a hand-gun during the incident... but, no one was struck.  Both Culbertson and Devault are jailed on a first-degree assault charges.  If you have any further information on the incident... call police at their tips-line at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477... or use their Tips 4-1-1 app.
 
 
Ohio man arrested for driving 97 mph -- drunk -- on town of Ellery...
An Ohio man is accused of drunk driving after he was stopped for allegedly going nearly 100 mph on Interstate 86 in the town of Ellery early Friday morning.  Sheriff's officers say a patrol stopped the car... driven by 29 year-old Beau Blood of Mentor about 12:30 a.m.  Deputies say they clocked Blood's car going 97 mph.  Further investigation showed that he was intoxicated, and had open containers of alcohol inside the vehicle.  A background check showed that Blood had a previous conviction for DWI within the past 10 years... making this arrest a Felony.  Blood was charged with Felony DWI, speeding, and consumption of alcohol in motor vehicle.  Blood was arraigned in Ellery Town Court and released on bail.
 
 
Historic Clock Tower in Fredonia destroyed by fire...
A large fire destroyed a historic clock tower on top of a church building last night in downtown Fredonia.  Firefighters from Fredonia, Dunkirk, and East Dunkirk responded to Family Church on the corner of Church and Temple streets shortly after 6:30 p.m.  Fire officials say the flames were contained to the clock tower and the church attic, and there were no injuries reported.  Pastor Scott Wise from Family Church says he got a call from a church leader who was setting up for a youth event that there was a fire.  Wise says, by the time he got there, the tower was fully ingulfed in flames.  Wise says the clock tower is scheduled to be taken down sometime today, piece by piece.  The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team has been called to the scene... but the cause of the fire remains under investigation.  Crews were at the scene for about 7-and-a-half hours.
 
 
DEC representative to be at City Council to discuss deer overpopulation issues...
The Jamestown City Council will begin looking next week at possible options to deal with an apparent overpopulation of deers in certain areas of the city.  City Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings says he's been able to contact the State Department of Environmental Conservation to have a wildlife biologist discuss options... and, other ways to deter deer from moving into populated areas of Jamestown.  Snellings says, once the information is provided, lawmakers can make a decision on what they feel needs to be done.  Snellings made his comments at this past week's Council meeting.  City Clerk Todd Thomas says the DEC representative will be on hand for next Monday night's work session.  Due to the presentation... the work session will be held in City Council chambers at 7:30 p.m.  As with all council meetings... Thomas says members of the public are welcome to attend.
 
 
El Greco among local companies looking to hire...
Several Jamestown area businesses are hiring... and, some are not requiring any specific skills.  One is a local maker of wooden baby and kids furniture in Jamestown that has carved out a niche in the national and international markets.  During Thursday's Small Business Week event at El Greco Woodworking on East First Street... Co-Owner Alexis Singleton noted they employ 24 people between their two locations on First Street... and, Allen Street.  However... she says they need more workers -- who take pride in what they do -- to meet demand.  She says their a "good fit," and enjoy the work.  Not long ago... she says their work caught the eye of the U-S State Department, and they now make cribs, and other furniture for U-S Embassy's abroad.  Singleton says El Greco started out making wood furniture for homes and offices... but, began making baby and kids furniture about 20 years ago.  She says they began making just baby and kids furniture in 2004... and, she says they've gotten very good at it.  Singleton says it you are interested in working for El Greco Woodworking... go on-line to elgrecofurniture.com.
 
 
Cuomo again voices opposition to Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling...
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is ramping up his opposition to the Trump administration's proposal to open up new areas for oil and gas drilling.  The Democrat announced during a Friday news conference on Manhattan's southern tip that he's proposing legislation that would essentially ban fossil fuel drilling and exploration in New York's waters.  Cuomo's "Save Our Waters" bill would prohibit leases for drilling underwater and block navigation on New York waters of crude oil associated with offshore production in the North Atlantic.  Cuomo says allowing offshore drilling would threaten nearly 320-thousand jobs and billions of dollars generated through New York's tourism and fishing industries.
 
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WJTN News Headlines for May 4, 2018

Innovation isn't magic.  It's something successful businesses do on an on-going basis...  
 
That was the message Ben Rand brought to the annual meeting of Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier Thursday night.  Rand, President of Insyte Consulting in Buffalo, says businesses often wait for innovation to strike like lightning.  As an alternative, Rand outlined a process to help generate new ideas and bring them to production.
 
Rand told the group free help is available for small and medium size maufacturers in the region who want to innovate at shiftmfg.com.  It's paid for through phase-two of the Buffalo Billion. The MAST annual meeting was held at the Moonbrook Country Club. 
 
 
A local maker of wooden baby and kid's furniture items in Jamestown served as the backdrop for next week's start to Small Business Week across the city and nation...  
 
Mayor Sam Teresi was at El Greco Woodworking on East First Street in Jamestown Thursday to issue a proclamation, making May 6 through May 12 'Small Business Week' in the city.  Teresi says kicking off the week at El Greco is exciting because it's been a fixture in downtown Jamestown for the past 43 years.
 
El Greco has been a true success story, having lost it's original site on First Street in a major fire 14 years ago.  The final assembly and shipping facility is now located on Allen Street.  El Greco's long-time owner, and founder, George Theofilactidies expressed his appreciation to the city for it's support during good times and, bad.  Theofilactidies' daughter -- Alexis Singleton -- is also a co-owner of the business.  She says they originally made furniture for home and office.  Alexis says they started making baby and kids items in the 1990s and, went to all kids and baby furniture in 2008. 
 
 
A Republican from West Ellicott is looking into a run for the office of New York State Attorney General...  
 
Randy Elf annnouced his intentions Thursday night at a gathering of community leaders.  Elf says Republicans and Conservatives across the state have talked to him about putting his name in.  Elf has a law degree from Syracuse University.  He's practiced privately and before the Federal Election Commission.  Elf says he also has extensive experience conducting hearings on the constitutionality of political-speech law.  The current Attorney General is New York City-area Democrat Eric Schneiderman.
 
 
A city man is accused of holding a city woman against her will early Wednesday morning... and, damaging her cellphone...  
 
Jamestown police were called to the scene at 10 Linwood Avenue shortly after Midnight and, learned that 27 year-old Christopher Belin had allegedly thrown the unidentified woman's phone out a second-story window.  Officers later found Belin hiding in the attic, where he was arrested for third-degree criminal mischief.  He was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
A familiar face to local Democrats will be the keynote speaker at this year's Chautauqua County Democratic Banquet to be held at Chautauqua next month...  
 
Democratic Committee Chairman Norm Green says retired State Assemblyman Bill Parment will headline a full evening of speakers for the gathering on Wednesday, June 13, at the Athenaeum Hotel.  Green says this will give the local party a chance to hear from him for the first time since his decision to retire in the Summer of 2010.
 
Green says the now-75 year-old Parment has been living in recent times in the Ithaca area, largely because of the recreational hiking opportunities there.  In addition to Parment, Green says all five remaining candidates for the Democratic nomination for to run for Congress will also be there -- just before their June 26 primary.  He adds Sheriff Joe Gerace, and their Assembly candidate, who has yet to announce, will also be there.  The banquet on June 13th begins at 6 p.m., with a social hour preceeding that.  To register, go online to CHQDEM.org.
 
 
The state Assembly has voted to reduce the state's role in teacher evaluations...  
 
The Democrat-led body passed legislation late Wednesday would allow local school districts to set their own teacher evaluation rules.  The measure would also eliminate a state mandate that required such evaluations to reflect student performance on standardized tests.  The measure was praised by teachers unions, who say it will reduce what it called an over-reliance on standardized testing.
 
 
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, the presumptive Republican nominee for New York governor, has released his 2017 tax return...  
 
The joint tax filing released by his campaign Thursday shows the 42-year-old Molinaro and his wife, Corrine Adams, earned $174,048 last year, most of it from his nearly $140,000 salary as the top elected official in Dutchess County.  The couple, who live in the town of Red Hook, paid just over $24,000 in federal taxes and, received a just over $2,000 federal tax refund. 
 
 
A drug-raid at an apartment in the city of Olean led to the discovery of over half-a-pound of marijuana and, the arrest of three people inside...  
 
A search warrant was issued for the lower apartment at 15-08 West Henley Street last Thursday following an investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office.  Police say residents 28 year-old Steven Ertell and 29 year-old Billie Ferraro were allegedly found to be in possession of over 25-grams of pot and, were charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of marrijuana.  Fifty-four year-old Robert Kennedy-- of Colorado-- is accused of possessing over eight-ounces of cannabis and was charged with felony criminal possession of marijuana.  Each was issued an appearance ticket for Olean City Court next Wednesday morning. 
 
 
The Jamestown City Council Parent-Teacher Student Association is holding a Candidate's Forum next Monday for the Jamestown School Board... 
 
Officials say there are two seats on the ballot for the May 15 election, each for a three-year term beginning in July. The three candidates running for election include incumbants Dan Johnson and Nina Karbacka and, challenger Brianna Fadale. The forum will include a brief introduction of each candidate followed by an opportunity for the public to ask questions beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Administration Building on Martin Road. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 3, 2018

This week's third and final input session on updating Jamestown's 12-year-old Urban Design Plan was held last night and, work will now begin to update the plan for the city's downtown area...  
 
Work on the initial plan was headed up by Principle David Spillane with Goody-Clancy of Boston, Massachusetts, who says the plans needs to be updated because most of their initial goals were met.  Spillane says they've had good input, especially from new and young entrepreneurs that are excited about the city's direction.
 
Spillane says that "one new, remarkable attraction" should be the new National Comedy Center, which was not even on the table at the time the first Urban Design Plan was completed.  While the past 10 years has been successful, he says they'll need another good 10 years to begin to see the city's full potential.  Planners outlined six areas that appear to be key to the next decade, including Community Planning and further development on the riverfront.  A "draft" Urban Design Plan should be completed by early July.
 
 
Two Jamestown residents were arrested following a domestic dispute on the city's eastside Tuesday morning...  
 
City police were called to a residence on Bowen Street just before 2 a.m. for possible domestic dispute and, burglary in progress.  Investigation revealed 54 year-old James Grant allegedly slapped an unidentified victim several times while an order of protection was in effect. After the altercation, police say Grant and 54 year-old Warren Dinkins then entered the victim's home without permission and, stole a television.  Both men were taken into custody pending arraignment for second-degree burglary and petty larceny.  Grant also faces charges of aggravated family offense and first-degree criminal contempt.  
 
 
The city of Jamestown is getting nearly 70-thousand dollars from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services to help fight gun and other related violence in the city...  
 
The City Council this week approved receipt of the funding from the state "Gun-Involved Violence Elimination" -- or GIVE Initiative.  City Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings says the GIVE Program replaced the former Operation IMPACT program and, requires Jamestown and 16 other jurisdictions outside of New York City to focus exclusively on reducing and preventing shootings and firearm-related homicides. State Criminal Justice officials say the GIVE initiative builds upon the information sharing and partnerships developed under Operation IMPACT, while expanding the use of crime analysis, evidence-based practices and community partnerships to assist in the reduction of firearm-related crimes.
 
 
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities is about half-way through it's annual Spring Water Main Flushing in the city and most of the downtown area...  
 
BPU General Manager Dave Leathers recently spoke to the city council about this year's program... and, noted their longest day would be yesterday with the downtown area involved.  Unlike most days... that began at 5:30 a.m. so as not to interfere with downtown businesses  Leathers says they've been able to pretty much eliminate any of last year's problems.
 
Leathers says the BPU has found that daytime flushing -- which was started last year -- helps them be more efficient with Water Division personnel and, they can do it in a safer manner.  Most days... he says flushing will run from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m..  BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says they are updating the schedule on their Twitter and Facebook sites.  If you have further questions about the Spring Daytime Water Main Flushing in the BPU system, go to those platforms, or call the BPU's Flushing Hotline at 661-1688.
 
 
Gas prices in the Jamestown area are up two-cents this week to $2.90 per gallon of regular, unleaded fuel....  
 
AAA reports that prices at the pump have spiked as much as 15-cents in a few Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states.  Across New York, gas prices are five-cents high to $2.94.  Officials report a 544-million barrel gain in gasoline inventories after last week's decline. However, overall inventories lag 6-million barrels behind this time last year.  The national price-per-gallon has reached the highest in nearly three years to $2.81.  In 2014, motorists were paying an average of $3.34.  AAA says gasoline demand dropped by 774,000 barrels-per-day.
 
 
A city man faces charges following a traffic stop on Thayer Street Wednesday afternoon... 
 
Through investigation, officers found a passenger inside the vehicle-- 32 year-old Tyler Steppe-- allegedly tried to hide his identity because he has active city court warrants. Steppe was arrested on the warrants and further charged with second-degree criminal impersonation. He was taken to city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
An event to celebrate the life of a north county woman who served as the inspiration behind the annual Laurel Run will be held this Sunday in Silver Creek....  
 
Laurel Hotelling passed away last November at the age of 54.  Her parents, Wayne and Elaine Hotelling, are holding a Celebration of Laurel Hotelling's Life from 2 to 6 p.m. on May 6 at the Fireman's Association Building.  Wayne Hotelling says the entire community is invited to attend and share their memories of Laurel.
 
Laurel played an important role in helping raise awareness of those with Down syndrome and disabilities.  Steve Waterson of the Resource Center says the memory of Laurel will live on with the continuation of Laurel Run and, a board room they have named after the Hotellings in Jamestown.  Wayne Hotelling is encouraging those planning attend to write down their memories of Laurel and share them with the others at the event.
 
 
A woman from Celoron is accused of drunk-driving more than twice the legal limit and, causing property damage in Jamestown Tuesday night... 
 
City police were called to 2 Harding Avenue for a single car accident and, found 67 year-old Dianna Brooks to be intoxicated. Officers say Brooks allegedly drove over a street sign, re-entered the roadway and, the drove back off the road into a chain-link fence. She was released with appearance tickets for DWI, moving from lane unsafely... and DWI-BAC over 0.18. She was arraigned in Jamestown City Court Wednesday. 

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WJTN News Headlines

A rubbish fire that got out of control -- triggering a brush fire -- has reportedly destroyed a home and garage on a farm in the town of Harmony...  
 
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office Dispatchers say Panama firefighters were called to the scene at 1102 Hoag Road in Watts Flats shortly after 3 p.m. yesterday.  The Post-Journal reports that the owner was burning manure and other items when the flames got away from him, and spread to the house and garage.  Panama was joined at the scene by Ashville, Lakewood, Busti, Kiantone, Clymer and Bear Lake, Pennsylvania fire crews.  No injuries were reported; crews were at the scene through late afternoon.
 
 
A city man is jailed for allegedly taking part in an early morning home invasion Monday that's left the victim in critical condition at an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital...  
 
City police say they arrested 33 year-old Dacien Devalut in connection with their investigation into the incident at 322 Newland Avenue.  Officers say Devault and others broke into the home shortly after 2 a.m. Monday and hit the male victim over the head several times.  He was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, then transferred to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie.  City police say more arrests are expected.  Officers say at least one gun-shot was fired from a hand-gun during the incident, but no one was struck.  Devault is being held, pending arraignment on one count of first-degree assault.  If you have any information on the incident, call city police at 483-7537, or their confidential tips line at 483-TIPS (8477).  You can also contact their Tips 4-1-1 app.
 
 
Village board members in Lakewood have approved a 2018-19 budget that includes a 64 to 65-cent per thousand assessed value tax rate increase...  
 
Village Clerk Joe Johnson says the $3.9-million spending plan was approved during a special meeting Monday night.  The budget increases the tax levy by $110,000, up to $1.92-million, and includes a line item for the Lakewood Library.  That line-item was increased about $2,000 to just over $67,000.  Village officials say the increase puts the rate at $7.98. 
 
 
One person was hurt during a motor vehicle accident that caused a power outage on Lakeview Avenue yesterday afternoon... 
 
The Jamestown Post-Journal reports the unidentified driver refused treatment at the scene for minor injuries. The newspaper says the man was ticketed for failure to keep right after his SUV went onto a curb near Severn Parkway and struck a utility pole. The Board of Public Utilities says most power was restored to the area within an hour, and all power was restored just before 8 p.m. Tuesday evening. 
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's impressed with the way The Resource Center's "Community Health Center" in Jamestown is serving several thousand local residents...  
 
Reed toured the East Second Street facility late yesterday morning to see the multi-million dollar renovation project, which is nearly complete.  The Corning Republican says the project is being helped along by "several" funding sources and, he says the ultimate goal is improved service delivery.
 
The Community Health Center houses a number of health care services, from primary care, to dental and mental and behavioral health treatment.  Reed listened to health center officials, who detailed their concerns as the nation shifts from a legacy "fee for service" to "valu-based" delivery system.  He says 30 to 40-percent of reimbursement dollars go to the older system, instead of directly to patient services.  Reed says federal policies need to better match up with those.  Services at The Resource Center Community Health Center are primarily for the developmentally-disabled, as well as lower-income, Medicare, and Medicaid recipients.
 
 
Congressman Reed was later in the north county... making a stop at Dunkirk Specialty Steel.  Reed toured the facility with company officials to learn about the products they make.  Reed says he was impressed with the operations and hopes they grow...
 
Reed says the change in trade policy by President Trump seems to be helping the local company and, he hopes the threat of higher tariffs against foreign competitors such as South Korea and China can make a difference.  He adds he understands the concern voiced there, but he says there are already positives being seen -- especially from China regarding intellectual properties.  Reed was joined on the tour and roundtable meeting by Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas and Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency Chief Executive Officer Mark Geise.  
 
 
A Panama man is now jailed on one-million dollars cash bail on 11 additional charges for allegedly sexually abusing two young girls earlier this year...  
 
Sheriff's deputies say that 50 year-old Frederick Antill, Junior of Niobe Road was arraigned on new charges -- including third-degree criminal sex act, and second-degree rape yesterday afternoon.  Officers say Antill was intially arrested back on April 20th for the alleged incidents, which occured this past February and March.  He was arraigned in County Court and, sent to the county lock-up.  The Sheriff's Office was assisted in the investigation by Child Protective Services and, the Child Advocacy Program of Chautauqua County.
 
 
A Jamestown-area native convicted earlier this year of stealing a gun from a Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputy as she was trying to arrest him has been sentenced to up to seven years in state prision...  
 
The Post-Journal reports that Justin Haffa -- now of Cheektowaga -- received the 2-1/3 to seven-year maximum from County Court Judge David Foley for third-degree robbery.  Haffa was accused of crashing his car in the town of Pomfret in September of 2016 and, fought with Deputy Sara Cunningham as she was giving him a sobriety test.  Haffa was acquitted of more serious charges, including first-degree attempted murder.
 
 
Gasoline prices in the Jamestown area are up two-cents this week, to $2.90 per gallon for regular, unleaded fuel...  
 
AAA reports that prices at the pump have spiked as much as 15-cents in a few Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states.  Officials report a 544-million barrel gain in gasoline inventories after last week's decline.  Nationally, prices are the highest since November 2014 at $2.81 per gallon. 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 1, 2018

City police are asking for the public's help in find several alleged suspects involved in a home invasion-robbery early Monday morning on Jamestown's southside...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to 322 Newland Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. for an altercation.  On arrival, police found an unidentified male victim who had sustained a serious head laceration after he was allegedly struck repeatedly with an object after several people forcibly entered the home.  Samuelson says investigation revealed the victim was targeted and, that at least one-round was fired from a handgun during the incident.  The victim was intially taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, then then transferred to UPMC Hamot in Erie Pennsylvania for further treatment.  Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call 483-7537, or an annoymous tip can be left on their tip-line at 483-TIPS (8477), or via the TIPS 4-1-1 app. 
 
 
Progress is being made on renovation work to the front part of Jamestown Police headquarters after last year's flooding after a major rainstorm...  
 
That from Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings, who adds, though, that it's still unclear as to when the public entrance will reopen.  Snellings spoke after the City Council last night approved hiring Empire Development of Mayville was approved to do Phase-Two of the project for just under $491,000.  Snellings says Phase-Two will be more "labor intensive" than the first phase.
 
Otherwise, Snellings--- who had overseen the project-- says the first phase went well, and they're happy with the improvements made. City Public Works Director Jeff Lehman recently noted the main entryway could be re-opened to the public by early to mid-May, but Snellings says given the remaining work that has to be done, he's not sure if that will happen or not.  The City Council also approved a $1,200 change-order with Empire for Phase-One of the project.  
 
 
Three brothers were arrested following a fight at a bar in the town of Busti Sunday.  State Police in Jamestown say they were called to a "fight-in-progress" at the undisclosed location and, say 22 year-old Cody Haller, 21 year-old Zachary Haller and, 26 year-old Kyle Haller were allegedly fighting with patrons and began fighting with Troopers on-scene.  Police investigation revealed that Zachary and Kyle Haller assaulted patrons of the bar, while all three men caused damage inside.  All three men were arraigned in Busti Town Court and sent to the County Jail with bail to be set. 
 
 
State lawmakers from the area are looking at a number of measures to better ensure school safety in the wake of the latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida...  
 
That from both State Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell, who talked at length about the issue during last Friday's Legislative Breakfast hosted by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce in Lakewood.  Young reiterated her support of expanding the School Resource Officer program, as well as better security at school entryways and exits.
 
Young also called for state lawmakers to pass her legislation -- Kendra's Law -- much of which was approved nearly 20 years ago.  However, many say the law needs more teeth.  The law calls for those with serious mental illness be forced to take their prescribed medication.  She also wants schools shootings, or the threat of them, to be labeled "domestic terrorism..." which would allow federal, state and local authorities to share information.  Goodell says the Assembly approved bans on bump-stocks and other items and, expand the ability of law enforcement to take guns away from people deemed serious threats to schools.
 
 
A big warm up gets underway today, although it'll still be kind of cool near the Lake Erie shoreline...  
 
Temperatures got just over 60 in the immediate Jamestown-area Monday.  Even warmer days are expected today and tomorrow.Wednesday.  That from Meteorologist Jim Mitchell of the National Weather Service's Buffalo office, who says we'll see a high around 77 Wednesday.  However, we'll see some rain and possible thunderstorms by Wednesday night. Today's high will be around the low 70s around Jamestown, but they'll struggle to get above 60 along the Lake Erie shoreline.  After the late week rain, the weekend is expected to be drier and more seasonal.
 
 
The state Senate has voted to toughen the penalties for selling drugs near a drug or alcohol treatment center...  
 
The measure, which passed the Senate on Monday, is intended to stop dealers who seek to exploit people in recovery.  It would make the sale of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a treatment center, rehab facility or methadone clinic a felony.  Senator Fred Akshar sponsored the legislation.  The Binghamton Republican said it's just one example of tougher laws needed to "drive drug dealers out" of New York communities. 
 
 
Schools and health officials across the U.S. are struggling to curb what they say is an epidemic of underage vaping...  
 
Officials say teens and children are getting easy access to e-cigarettes and other vaping devices, which heat liquid into an inhalable vapor that often contains nicotine.  Vaping is illegal under the age of 18 in many states, but students say they can buy them online or from older friends.  Federal health officials say they're cracking down on underage sales and also exploring whether certain features of the popular brand Juul appeal to young people.  Schools have responded with educational campaigns, and some now deal automatic suspensions for vaping.  The latest federal data showed a dip in teen vaping in 2016 after years of growth. Updated numbers are expected in June.

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WJTN News Headlines Apr 30, 2018

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello is now working to develop a plan to fill over 700 job openings in Chautauqua County with skilled workers...  
 
Borrello says openings came from a survey he did while visiting 107 businesses during his first 100 days in office.  It was the focus of his first State of the County message that he delivered last week.  Afterwards, Borrello said among the ways he intends to assist the businesses is by establishing a one-stop location that will include a website called "Chautauquajobs.org".  Borrello says if they could fill the 767 positions with unemployed people, it would lower the county's jobless rate to 4.7-percent.  He says that's below the average upstate unemployment rate of 5.4-percent.
 
 
The latest round in New York state's annual Regional Economic Development Council competition is underway, with $750-million to be awarded to entities statewide...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week that the state economic development funds will be awarded to 10 regions: western New York, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, central New York, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Capital Region, Mid-Hudson, New York City and Long Island.  The Democrat adds that businesses, local governments and not-for-profits can apply for assistance from dozens of state programs aimed at creating jobs and revitalizing communities.  Since 2011, Cuomo's first year in office, the initiative has awarded $5.4-billion to more than 6,000 projects statewide.  Cuomo's main economic development program has come under fire in recent years from political opponents and government watchdog groups who say it's not transparent enough and fails to attain job-creation goals.
 
 
There are still a couple of hurdles to be cleared before the major work can begin on the NRG Repowering Project in the city of Dunkirk...  
 
That from State Senator Cathy Young during last Friday's annual State Legislative Breakfast hosted by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce in Lakewood.  Young noted that there are still some final approvals from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and a final study by the state's Independent Systems Operator.
 
Young has been able to get some additional state funding to help ease the loss the past few years of the NRG payments in lieu of taxes.  The Olean Republican says she'll be meeting with an NRG official in the next few days to talk about the project.  In addition to the tax base, and jobs in the community, you says getting the plant up and running is important because to "grow manufacturing, you need a reliable source of energy."  She adds a number of power plants in the region have been, or are being closed up.
 
 
Three brothers were arrested following a fight at a bar in the Town of Busti on Sunday... 
 
State Police out of Jamestown say they were called to a "fight-in-progress" at the location; and report 22 year-old Cody Haller, 21 year-old Zachary Haller and 26 year-old Kyle Haller were allegedly fighting with patrons and began fighting with Troopers on-scene. Investigation revealed that Zachary and Kyle Haller assaulted patrons of the bar, while all three men caused property damage inside. The  brothers were arraigned in Busti Town Court and sent to the County Jail. 
 
 
An Ashville man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after crashing his car onto a raised embankment near a business in downtown Jamestown...  
 
City police were called to the secne early last Friday night for a car crashing in front of an East Fourth Street business.  Officers say the car, driven by 67 year-old George Kestler, came to rest on the sidewalk.  Police say they determined that Kestler was driving while drunk, and he was arrested pending further court action.
 
 
Two Brocton residents have been arrested for allegedly making and selling methamphetime after a fire broke out inside their home this past Tuesday morning...  
 
Sheriff's officers say 31 year-old Brandon Newby, and 43 year-old Tara Mlacker of 55-86 Woodcrest Avenue escaped the blaze without injury.  Deputies say Brocton firefighters were able to confine the flames to the bathroom and rear of the building.  The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team responded... and, team members and deputies found some suspicious items inside the home, and then called the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force to further investigate.  Officers say they got a search warrant and, found materials used to make Meth, as well as some "one pot" style methamphetamine labs.  Newby and Mlacker were both arraigned on Felony charges including second-degree criminal possession of a Controlled Substance and sent to the county jail without bail.  The cause of the fire is undetermined.  Two cats perished in the blaze.
 
 
An $86.6-million school budget will be up for a public vote on May 15 and, will likely set the stage for the next school year...  
 
That from School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe... who says the school board recently approved the spending plan for the 2018-19 school year.  The spending plan includes a stable tax levy of $14.6-million and an additional $1.1-million in state aid.  Apthorpe highlighted a support initiative in the budget that will get fully underway in 2019: the re-opening of Rogers Elementary as a healing place for kids that need extra support during the school year.
 
Apthorpe says the program would also include "instruction" so students don't fall behind academically.  He says the primary goals are to get children healthy and, keep them on track academically before returning them to school.  For the older students, Apthorpe says Rogers would house a year-round life and job-skills training in addition to supporting mental health. 
 
 
A number of local and state elected officials along with representatives from a number of state agencies were on hand for a ground-breaking ceremony held last Friday for the $16-million, Dunkirk Renovation and Ownership Program...  
 
The project at 111 Main Street has been two years in the making and, includes properties in the Main Street--Route 60 corridor.  That from Southern Tier Environments for Living Executive Director Tom Whitney, who says the program will improve the appearance of the north county city and, it will help a wide-range of people who are in need of affordable housing.  He says that ranges from seniors to people who are disabled, or have mental illness.  STEL -- which also operates in Jamestown -- is serving as the project's developer with assistance from the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal, the State Office of Temporary Disability Assistance, the State Office of Mental Health, and others.  State Senator Cathy Young, Assemblyman Andy Goodell, and County Executive George Borrello were among those taking part in the ground-breaking.  
 
 
Two more Republican members of the New York Senate are retiring in another sign of the political headwinds facing the GOP this fall...  
 
The decisions by Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco of Syracuse and John Bonacic of Orange County come after Democrats won two special Senate elections on Tuesday.  Democrats say voters unhappy with Washington Republicans could help them wrest Senate control from Republicans, who've the chamber for most of the last 80 years.  DeFrancisco has served in the Senate for 25 years and Bonacic for 20.  Republican Senator Kathy Marchione of Halfmoon announced Thursday that she won't seek re-election either.  Democrats now have a one-seat majority in the Senate but Republicans lead thanks to the support of a independent Democrat Simcha Felder of Brooklyn.

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News Headlines for Sat., Apr. 28, 2018

House fire in Brocton reveals working Methamphetime labs...
Two people from Brocton are jailed without bail for allegedly manufacturing and selling methamphetime after a fire broke out inside their home this past Tuesday morning.  Sheriff's deputies say 31 year-old Brandon Newby, and 43 year-old Tara Mlacker of 5586 Woodcrest Avenue escaped the blaze without injury.  Officers say Brocton firefighters were able to confine the flames to the bathroom and rear of the building.  The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team responded... and, they and deputies found some suspicious items inside the home.  They then called in the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force after getting a search warrant... and, found materials used to make Meth.  Task Force members say they also found some "one pot" style meth labs.  Newby and Mlacker were both arraigned on Felony charges including second-degree criminal possession of a Controlled Substance.  The cause of the fire is undetermined.  Two cats perished in the blaze.
 
 
Gerace announces start of first-step drug addiction treatment program in county jail...
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office has begun a new program to begin treating inmates who are addicted to drugs.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says the Vivitrol Program is voluntary... and, for inmates who are addicted to Heroin or other opioids.  Gerace says the goal is to help those inmates successfully re-enter society... and, reduce their likelyhood of re-offending.  He says a person leaving jail with an addiction is 12-times more likely to overdose in their first week out on the street... and, he says the program will use the drug Vivitrol, mentoring and case management to have a positive impact on people.  Gerace says Vivitrol is a "blocking agent" that helps to curb the cravings associated with drug addiction.  He says it's unlike Narcan... which is used as an antidote if someone has overdosed.  Gerace says his jail staff worked with the county's Department of Health and Human Services... and, Department of Mental Hygiene to get the program up and running.  He says once the inmate gets out of jail, they will also be involved in extensive counseling and therapy... and other community support programs.  Gerace says funding for the program is being provided by the state's Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. 
 
 
Randolph man arrested on several charges following traffic stop...
A Cattaraugus County man wanted on several charges by Jamestown police has been located in Randolph... and, is under arrest.  Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley say 31 year-old Daniel Fluent of Randolph was taken into custody following a traffic stop on Interstate 86 in town of Randolph Wednesday evening.  Officers say Fluent was also in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine and was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Fluent was turned over to Jamestown Police on the outstanding warrant on two counts each of Aggravated Family Offense... and, first-degree criminal contempt. 
 
 
Young and Goodell talk State Budget and other issues with county Chamber...
There is a lot of good news in the new state Budget for Chautauqua County... including funding that will help take care of the region's most pressing issue -- fixing potholes.  There are several locations across the county... and, elsewhere... where the freeze-thaw cycle has decimated roadways.  At Friday's annual State Legislative Breakfast in Lakewood... hosted by the county Chamber of Commerce... State Senator Cathy Young said she and Assemblyman Andy Goodell were able to help secure more money through the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program -- otherwise known as CHIPS.  Young says they were able to just over $5.1-million dollars locally for roads and bridges to help the state DOT with projects.  Goodell says the additional CHIPS funding specifically went for the "Extreme Winter Repair" program.  As for tax cuts... the Jamestown-area Republican says the GOP Minority has sponsored a package of tax and regulatory bills.  He says it went nowhere at first... but, he adds some measures get picked up later by the Senate Majority... or even the Assembly majority the next year, and it may get approved -- especially if it enjoys widespread public and business support. 
 
 
Borrello says site preparations are underway for Athenex project... 
Site preparations are underway at the location where the Athenex plant will be taking shape in the town of Dunkirk.  That's the word from Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello who gave an update on the project involving the planned 320,000 square foot facility after Wednesday evening's County Legislature meeting.  Borrello says contractors have started clearing the land, and a ground-breaking will take place "soon."  He says plans are still on-track for the pharmaceutical plant being completed in 2020... and, starting production in mid-2020.  Borrello adds there may be some "limited production" by sometime next year... and, adds that there is some production taking place at Athenex's Clarence plant right now.  A local contractor is doing some work at the site off Route 5 just east of the Dunkirk city line.  A bulldozer and other equipment could be observed working at the location Thursday afternoon.  Athenex has agreed to spend $1.5-billion of its own funding on facility, with the State already committing $200-million to the project.
 
 
Apthorpe talks JPS budget, and ballot initiatives for May 15...
An $86.6-million dollar school budget will be up for a public vote on May 15, and will likely set the stage for the next school year.  That from School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe... who says the school board recently approved the spending plan for the 2018-19 school year.  The spending plan includes a stable tax levy of 14.6 million dollars... and an additional $1.1-million dollars in state aid.  Apthorpe highlighted a support initiative in the budget that will get fully underway in 2019 with the reopening of Rogers School as "success academy" to help students who are struggling with school, and or issues of poverty, can get the help they need.  Apthorpe says the program would also include "instruction" so students don't fall behind academically.  For the older students... Apthorpe says Rogers would house a year-round life and job-skills training in addition to supporting mental health.  He made his comments for this weekend's Community Spotlight program. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 27, 2018

A Kennedy man accused of setting a dozen arson fires in the Jamestown-area last year will spend 15 to 30 months in jail in the Pittsburgh-area after admitting to setting a fire in a vacant house...  
 
The Butler-Eagle newspaper reports that 21 year-old Jonathan Young was given the term to be served in the Butler County Prison.  The paper adds that Young was given 395 days time served credit, and he was also ordered to pay court costs and restitution.  After serving his Butler County sentence, Young will be returned to authorities in either New York or in Warren County, Pennsylvania, where he is also wanted on arson charges.
 
 
A city man is jailed on $10,000 bail for allegedly driving while impaired by drugs on a suspended license during a high-speed chase early yesterday morning...  
 
City police say their K-9 Unit attempted to stop a vehicle for no break light and moving from lane unsafely at the intersection of West Fifth and Cherry Streets.  However, the driver reportedly failed to comply after officers activated their emergency lights and sirens.  The driver -- later identified as 23 year-old Alvin Jusino -- then led officers on a pursuit out of the city into Falconer at a high rate of speed.  The pursuit continued onto Route 380 and eventually towards the Village of Mayville.  Police say Sheriff's officers deployed spike strips, causing a flat tire on Jusino's vehicle.  He was taken into custody on Route 430 near Academy Street and, was arraigned on several charges including traffic infractions, third-degree unlawful fleeing from police and, failure to comply with lawful order. 
 
 
Sheriff's K-9 "Link" helped officers find several drugs inside a car parked at a Cassadaga gas station after closing hours Wednesday night...  
 
Deputies responded to a reported suspicious situation at the Kwik-Fill on North Main Street, and spoke with the operator -- 39 year-old Jason Remington -- and his passenger -- 26 year-old Nicholas Botticello.  While speaking with the men, officers allegedly saw Remington try to conceal packaged narcotics, and they were removed while "Link" performed a search, where he found narcotics in multiple locations.  Deputies say Remington was in possession of over half-an-ounce of methamphetamine, 0.6-grams of powder cocaine, various prescription pills, a small amount of marihuana, digital scales, and packaging materials.  He was also found with an electronic stun gun, with a previous criminal conviction making this a felony.  Botticello was found to have a small amount of pot.  He was charged with unlawful possession marihuana, and released.  Remington is jailed on $30,0000 bail on several charges, including two felony drug-possession charges and, felony third-degree criminal  possession of a weapon.  He was arraigned and sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
Work will begin soon on a new animal abuse registry in Chautauqua County...  
 
That from County Executive George Borrello, who says the Sheriff's Office will create the registry... now that the legislature approved a local law during Wednesday night's monthly meeting, 19-0.  Borrello says people involved in transactions involving animals will now be required to check the registry.  The measure had been tabled in March.  Borrello credits County Sheriff Joe Gerace with drawing attention to the program.  There is no firm timetable yet as to when the registry would be up and running.
 
 
 
Business leaders in Chautauqua County will get to hear -- first hand -- what's been taking place in Albany during the current state legislative session...  
 
The county's Chamber of Commerce will hold it's annual legislative breakfast today with State Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell on hand for the program at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club.  Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says they'll be talking about the recently approved state budget and, ever increasing worker's compensation.
 
Tranum says both Young and Goodell will provide some opening remarks and, then take questions from the audience at the forum.  He says several sponsors, including Affinity One, Cummins Engine and Chautauqua Institution, are sponsoring the event.  The Media One Group of stations is also a sponsor of the breakfast.  The cost is $18 per person for Chamber members and $21 for non-members.  For more information, go on-line to Chautauquachamber.org/events or call our offices at 366-6200 or 484-1101.
 
 
There appear to have been two positive outcomes from last week's visit by the Regional Administrator for the U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development in Chautauqua County...  
 
Lynne Patton was the guest of local Congressman Tom Reed and got to see many of the outcomes from the Community Development Block Grant program in both Jamestown and Dunkirk.  Reed says first off, both city's will see a definate increase in their allocations in the new Continuing Budget Resolution.
 
In addition, Reed says the region's construction season was discussed.  He says they got Patton to understand that HUD's timeline for releasing funds doesn't fit into what we have in this area and, extensions are sometimes necessary, and have to be secured to make sure the funding is there.  Reed says he's also hoping they can expand the "entitlement designation" to the city of Geneva.  Currently, Jamestown, Dunkirk, Ithaca and Elmira receiving funding as "entitlement" cities.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
A Randolph man wanted on several charges by Jamestown police has been located and is under arrest...  
 
City officers say Daniel Fluent was taken into custody at an unknown location.  Fluent was wanted on two counts each of Aggravated Family Offense and first-degree criminal contempt.  He also faces one count each of Aggravated Harassment and fourth-degree Stalking. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 26, 2018

 
The dead man whose body was found just off Route 20 in the town of Portland last weekend has now been identified...  
 
State Police in Jamestown say their Bureau of Criminal Investigation responded to a report of an unidentified man being found by a passing motorist just after 3 p.m. last Saturday.  Trooper say 47 year-old Brian Heyden of Brocton was apparently homeless, and lived in an encampment just west of the village.  Police say Heyden apparently travelled to Fredonia on a daily basis.  The body is scheduled for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.  Anyone with information on the case is asked to call State Police at 665-3114.
 
 
That's the thrust of Borrello's first State of the County message, delivered during the County Legislature's monthly meeting.  Borrello visited 107 businesses in his first 100 days in office, and says over 700 jobs are open in the county...
 
Borrello says the numbers did not include Athenex or any new business that's coming to the county.  He presented a multi-faceted approach to getting those jobs filled and getting ready for the future, including better matching potential workers with the jobs available.  A number of business people and elected officials attended the State of the County address held at the Chautauqua Lake School Auditorium. 
 
 
The Chautauqua County legislature voted in favor of a local law on Wednesday to establish an animal abuse registry in the county...  
 
County Executive George Borrello says changes have been made to the language of the measure after it was tabled last month.  Borrello is hopeful that this will help stop people from abusing any animal. Borrello also says people need to know when an animal abuser is residing in their neighborhood, especially if you have a pet in your home.  He says the rate of recitivism with animal abusers tends to be "high."  The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office will develop the registry and maintain it.  It will appear on the Sheriff's website and would include name, address and photo for each animal abuse offender. 
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed is expressing his appreciation to French President Emmanuel Macron for addressing a joint session of Congress on a number of shared issues...  
 
Most of all, Reed says he especially appreciates France working with the U-S to make a "safer and more secure world."  The Corning Republican adds that "President Macron and France will be key allies in eradicating violent Islamic extremism and eliminating ISIS.  It is only fair to the American people that we seek partnerships, such as that with France, to address key economic and security issues across the globe."  Macron appealed to the U-S to rejoin the Paris Climate agreement "to make our planet great again." It's a play on Trump's campaign pledge in 2016 to "make America great again."
 
 
A man from Falconer was arrested during a domestic incident in the city of Jamestown last Tuesday night...  
 
City police were called to the Second Street side of City Hall for the report of an in-progress domestic dispute and found 24 year-old Joel Acevedo; an unidentified adult female victim; and a juvenile female victim.  Further investigation revealed Acevedo allegedly damaged the front windshield of the woman's car during a previous dispute at the Prendergast Library at 8:30.  Officers also report the suspect attempted to take the woman's phone while she was driving, after they picked up two juvenile girls at the Jamestown YMCA.  Police say those actions caused the woman to swerve between lanes and brake appruptly, nearly causing an accident.  The second juvenile victim walked from the scene before officer's arrival.  Acevedo was arrested on three counts of second-degree reckless endangerment, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree criminal mischief and third-degree criminal tampering.  Jamestown Police were assisted by Ellicott Town Police.
 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo has promoted himself as a national leader in the fight against climate change, but environmentalists say he needs to put his words into action... 
 
The governor has endorsed policies that could significantly reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions.  But critics say too often, those policies amount to grand announcements with no follow-up.  Peter Iwanowicz with the group Environmental Advocates of New York, points to last week's announcement that the state will increase its energy-efficiency efforts by 50-percent over the next eight years.
 
In his "Reforming the Energy Vision" strategy, Cuomo says the state will reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40-percent by 2030, and 80-percent by 2050. Iwanowicz says the state isn't on track to meet those goals.  He believes too many of the state's goals and policies could easily be reversed by a change in the administration in Albany.  On Monday, 1,500 marched to the state Capitol to say "it's time to turn executive policies into legislative action."  Environmental groups have called for instituting a carbon tax on polluters to help fund clean-energy development.
 
 
Democrats have prevailed in two special elections for the New York state Senate -- but Republicans will retain control thanks to the support of a breakaway Democrat...
  
In Westchester County, Democratic Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer declared victory over Republican Julie Killian in Tuesday's vote.  With more than 80-percent of precincts reporting, Mayer had a 16 percentage point lead.  In the other contest, Democratic Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda easily dispatched Republican Patrick Delices in the Bronx.  The victories give Democrats a one-seat Senate majority.  However, the GOP will remain in charge through the end of the legislative session because Democrat Simcha Felder of Brooklyn sides with them.
 
 
There will be three names on the ballot in the Jamestown school budget and school board vote on Tuesday, May 15...  
 
School District Clerk Jaunita Walter says three people picked up petitions to run for two seats on the city school board and three were returned by Wednesday's 5 p.m. deadline.  Walter says incumbants Dan Johnson and Nina Karbacka and challenger Breanne Fadale handed in petitions.  The two seats up for a vote are each for a full, three-year term. 

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News Bulletin for Wed., Apr. 25, 2018

Dead man found in Portland last weekend identified as homeless man living in Brocton-area...
 
A Chautauqua County man who had been homeless has been identified as the person whose body was found by a passer-by last weekend in the town of Portland.  State Police say their Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) out of the Fredonia barracks responded to a report of a found, unidentified male body located off State Rt. 20 just after 3 p.m.  A motorist driving by spotted the man... now identified as 47 year-old Brian Heyden.  The body is scheduled for an autopsy to determine the identity and the cause of death.  Investigators say the victim was homeless and known to travel from his encampment just west of Brocton to Fredonia on a daily basis.   Any person with information or who may have had contact with him, please call the New York State Police at 716-665-3114 or e-mail information to crimetip@troopers.ny.gov.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 25, 2018

A pair of Jamestown brothers have each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possession with the intent to sell and, trafficking methamphetamine...  
 
U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior said yesterday that 33 year-old Matthew Jones and 31 year-old Beau Jones entered the plea before federal Judge Lawrence Vilardo in Buffalo.  Kennedy says Matthew Jones pleaded guilty to a conspiracy involving five-grams or more of methamphetamine and faces  five to 40 years in prison, and a $5-million fine.  He says Beau "K.C." Jones pled guilty to a conspiracy involving 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and, faces 10 years to life in prison, and a $10-million fine.  The prosecutor in the case says both men were arrested on December 1st of 2016 after a shipment of more than 360-grams of meth was delivered in the mail to the brothers at Matthew Jones' residence at 70 Colfax Street.  Shortly after the delivery, Beau Jones was arrested during a traffic stop by police and the parcel containing the meth was found in his car.  Matthew Jones was arrested later that day during a separate car stop, and a safe was found in the trunk containing an another approximately 80-grams of meth.
 
 
President Donald Trump's escalating dispute with China over trade and technology is threatening jobs and profits in working-class communities where his "America First" agenda hit home with voters...  
 
The Commerce Department has received more than 2,400 applications from companies seeking waivers from the Trump administration's tariffs on steel and aluminum imports that may result in millions of dollars in duties.  The department has begun posting the requests online for a public comment period, and several of the applications released so far suggest there are some misgivings with Trump's strategy -- especially in areas where he won strong support in the 2016 election. 
 
 
Chautauqua County's Congressman is encouraging businesses that want to apply for the waiver from the steel and aluminum tariffs to do so...  
 
But, Corning Republican Tom Reed insists that the president's proposal is not a "protectionist" policy.  Still, he says China has been the least likely nation to play by the rules of trade.  Reed says no tariffs have been imposed yet, so there should be no impact on prices being paid for those items that might be in the future.
 
Reed says he believes the threat of tariffs by the Trump Administration seem to already have Chinese leaders signaling a possible change in the way they handle "intellectual property."  He says the Chinese President recently said they were going to allow non-Chinese ownership of interests in that country, which he called a "significant shift."  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.  
 
 
It will cost you more to fill up your gas tank this week in Jamestown...  
 
That from the AAA's weekly gas price report, which says the cost per gallon of regular, unleaded fuel is up 8-cents to $2.88.  Officials say six Mid-Atlantic and Northeast States are in the "Top-10" largest price increases, including New York.  Pennsylvania's gas price average is inching close to the three-dollar mark, coming in at $2.97 on the week.  AAA registers consumer fuel demand at 9.85-million barrels per day, which is the highest record ever recorded for the month of April and summer demand measurements.  Nationally, the gas price average rose by a nickel to $2.76 a gallon.
 
 
The city of Jamestown is holding it's own financially through the first quarter of 2018, but there are some areas of concern that need to be watched...  
 
That from City Comptroller Joe Bellitto, who reported to the city council on finances for the first three-months of the year during Monday night's work session.  Bellitto says revenues were "within budget estimates..." but, adds that PILOT payments from the Board of Public Utilities were up.
 
Bellitto says, though, that there are a couple of spending lines that are causing some concern right now.  He says the first-- due to the prolonged winter weather-- overtime use was high in both the Public Works and Parks Departments.  In fact, he says they've used about 44-percent of that budget so far.  That's about 7-percent higher than last year at this time.  Bellitto says the other area of concern is the salt and snow removal budget, which the city has already used 67-percent of in 2018.  However, he says the city had used about 92-percent of it's $450,000 budget by this time last year. 
 
 
A Jamestown cab driver has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $7,500 from Medicaid by illegal billing for phony medical transports...  
 
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says Haimid "Mookie" Thompson is then accused of paying another man to claim that he was getting the rides from 716 Transportation when he wasn't.  Schneiderman says the other man was an undercover officer with the A-G's office who was part of "Operation Ghost Ride," which has been investigating Medicaid transit scams across the state.  He says the Medicaid rides never took place.  Schneiderman says Thompson faces charges including Felony first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and falsifying business records. 
 
 
Charges are pending for a teen-aged driver following a motor vehicle accident that left two people injured Monday morning in the Town of Hanover...  
 
Sheriff's deputies responded to the two-car crash on Routes 5 and 20 and Hanford Road shortly after 11:30.  Officers say a vehicle operated by 18 year-old Brett Logan made a right-hand turn and failed to yield to the right of way at a stop sign.  Logan struck a vehicle driven by 27 year-old Alfred Ford of Brocton, which was westbound on Routes 5 and 20.  Deputies say Ford and his passenger were transported to Lakeshore Hospital for minor injuries.  The investigation continues.  
 
 
Seventeen "superhero" volunteers were recognized at last night's annual reception hosted by the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County...  
 
The United Way holds it's annual Volunteer of the Year Recognition at the Boys and Girls Club in Jamestown.  Executive Director Amy Rohler has only been director a short time, having come over from Community Helping Hands.  But, she knows the value of volunteers in the community.
 
Rohler says they recognized Rachel Ludwig as volunteer of the year for the Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center and Erwin Howard for Chautauqua Striders.  Others included Cynde Johnson with CASA of Chautauqua County, Fran Michalak with the Girls Scouts and Elva Duckworth with Junior Achievement.  Joan Yost was recognized by The Resource Center; and Sally Patchen and Linnea Himes for Meals on Wheels.

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 24, 2018

A Lakewood-area man has been identified by state Police in Jamestown as the person found dead in a rural area of the town of Randolph in Cattaraugus County last weekend...  
 
Troopers say they've identified the man as 48 year-old Wilfredo Rodriguez-Colon of Busti, who was reported missing early last weekend.  State Police say his body was found just off Swanson Hill Road shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday by some residents of the area.  Troopers say they identified Rodriguez-Colon with the help of the Erie County Medical Examiners Office late Monday.  Cattaraugus County Coroner Howie VanRenselaer is assisting with the case, which remains under investigation.
 
 
An accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian in the village of Westfield Sunday night claimed the life of a Westfield man...  
 
Village Police say the driver of a vehicle had pulled out from the McDonald's parking lot on East Main Street and was westbound about 10 p.m. when he struck a man in the roadway, who was not using a crosswalk.  The victim, 65-year-old Thomas Baideme, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The body was taken to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for an autopsy.  Police say no charges have been filed and, the Sheriff's Department Accident Reconstruction Team assisted at the scene. 
 
 
Charges are pending for a teen-aged driver following a motor vehicle accident that left two people injured Monday morning in the Town of Hanover... 
 
Sheriff's deputies responded to the two-car collision on Routes 5 and 20 and Hanford Road shortly after 11:30. Officers say a vehicle operated by 18 year-old Brett Logan made a right-hand turn and failed to yield to the right of way at a stop sign. Logan struck a vehicle driven by 27 year-old Alfred Ford, which was traveling west on Route 5 and 20. Deputies say Ford and his passenger were transported to Lakeshore Hospital for minor injuries. The investigation continues.  
 
 
A cab driver from Jamestown has been arrested on a 30-count indictment for allegedly stealing more than $7,500 from Medicaid by illegal billing for phony medical transports...  
 
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says Haimid "Mookie" Thompson is then accused of paying another man to claim that he was getting the rides from 716 Transportation when he was not.  Schneiderman says the other man was an undercover officer with the A-G's office who was part of "Operation Ghost Ride," which has been investigating Medicaid transit scams across the state.  He says the ongoing investigation showed that 716 Transporation submitted claims to, and received payment from, Medicaid for rides that did not take place.  Schneiderman says Thompson appeared in Buffalo District Court and, faces Felony charges including first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and falsifying business records.  He will appear in court again this Friday.
 
 
A city man has been arrested on drug and weapons possession charges following a weekend domestic incident on Jamestown's eastside...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to 49 Anderson Street shortly before Midnight last Saturday night and, investigated.  He says they later arrested 45 year-old Danny Michael, III.  Samuelson says a search warrant revealed items including a 22-calibur rifle, a starter's pistol, 38 grams of methamphetime, drug paraphernalia and a quantity of cash.  He says there was nothing unusual about the typical amount of Meth they seize.  Samuelson says Michael is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon.  He was jailed pending arraignement.
 
 
Some Jamestown city lawmakers want to revisit the issue of trimming the deer population that's been a big problem in some parts of the city...  
 
The matter was raised by At-Large Councilman Andrew Liuzzo, who says it was brought up in a letter to the editor in the Post-Journal last weekend.  Liuzzo then raised the issue on Facebook, and it received some 400-plus "likes".  He adds that sentiment ran about 7-1 with the need to do something about it.  Liuzzo says he talked to a Regional Biologist with the state Department of Environmental Conservation about possible options, including using area bow hunters.  He also called on residents to not feed the deer.
 
Liuzzo says using bows with a small number of certified hunters may be the safest and quietest way to thin the population.  However, he also wants to get public input before any final decision would be made.  Second Ward Councilman Tony Dolce says there's especially been a problem on the city's southside.  Dolce and others suggested waiting until Police Chief Harry Snellings was back in town to talk more at length about the issue.
 
 
A boost in final state aid has allowed the Southwestern Central School district to hold a proposed spending increase below 2-percent in the $28.6-million budget to be voted on next month...  
 
School Superindent Maureen Donahue says the district received just over one-million dollars in additional aid -- above what was in the governor's budget -- in the final state budget.  Donahue says only about $166,000 of those additional funds will go towards Foundation -- or all-purpose aid.
 
Donahue says health insurance is up, and expenditures are up 4.8-percent, but the levy increase will only be about one-percent -- keeping it below the state's 2-percent property tax cap.  She adds there are also two propositions the school board approved to be on the ballot.  One of them is for spending $380,000 to buy three new buses.  The Southwestern Budget and propositions will be voted on Tuesday, May 15 from 7-9 a.m. and 2p.m..
 
 
The Southwestern School Board earlier this year agreed to put a measure up for referedum by the public libraries in Lakewood and Busti to establish a fund for both entities...  
 
School Superintendent Maureen Donahue says the proposal (which totals $204,000) will be one of the referendums on the ballot.  Donahue tells us that the money each needs has been taken out of the village and town budgets and will be up for a separate vote on May 15.  In a recent Post-Journal op-ed, the Lakewood Library Board president noted that $139,000 of the funding would go to Lakewood, while $65,000 would go to the Hazeltine Library.  Lakewood Library Director Mary Miller says -- if approved by the voters -- all residents of the Southwestern District would pay just over $16.00 a year on the average tax bill.
 
 
The 2018-19 petitions for the Jamestown School Board elections are due this Wednesday by 5 p.m.... 
 
District officials say there are two seats up for vote in the May 15 election.  Candidates will be seeking a three-year term on the board.  The two seats are currently held by Dan Johnson and Nina Karbacka.  The District Clerk is available any weekday through May 1 for voting registration at the Administration Building located at 197 Martin Road -- from 8 AM to 4 PM.  In addition, a public hearing on the district's 2018-19 Budget proposal will be held on May 8 at 6 p.m. in Persell Middle School.  For more information, call Jaunita Walter at 483-4420. 
 

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News Bulletin for Apr. 23, 2018

State Police identify man found dead last weekend in Randolph as man reported missing from Lakewood-area...

The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation out of Jamestown responded to a report of a found unidentified male body located off Swanson Hill Road in the town of Randolph.  Local residents located the deceased and advised law enforcement.  The body is scheduled for an autopsy to determine the identity and the cause of death. *With the assistance of the Erie County Medical Examiners Office the body found has been identified as 48 year-old Wilfredo Rodriguez-Colon of Busti in Chautauqua County.  Cattaraugus County Coroner, Howie Vanrenselaer, assisted with this case.  This is still an ongoing investigation and no information will be given at this time.

 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr.. 23, 2018

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

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News Headlines for Sat., Apr. 21, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 20. 2018

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

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News Update for Thurs., Apr. 19, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 19, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 18, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 17, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 16, 2018

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

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News Headlines for Sat., Apr. 14, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 13, 2018

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

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News Headlines for Thurs., Apr. 12, 2018

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

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News Headlines for Wed., Apr. 11, 2018

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

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News Headlines for Tues., Apr. 10, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 9, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 6, 2018

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

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News Bulletin for Thurs., Apr. 5, 2018

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

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News Headlines for Sat., June 23, 2018

Community Bank robber caught after trying to rob Kwik Fill in Jamestown of money... A Jamestown-area man is jailed without bail for allegedly holding up the bank near Falconer Thursday afternoo...

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