A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly walking into... and, robbing the Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union on East Main Street in Falconer Monday morning. Ellicott Police Chief Bill Ohmneiss says this afternoon that they have arrested 22 year-old Kyle Senear following an investigation into the hold-up... which occured around 9:30 AM. Ohmneiss says Senear allegedly walked in to the credit union... and, demanded money. He adds the suspect had one distinguishing feature. Ohmneiss says Senear did get a "small amount" of money before fleeing the credit union on foot. He says they got a lot fo help with the investigation.. and Senear was found in Jamestown with the help of city Police... State Police and the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Senear was arraigned on one count of second-degree robbery... and,sent to the county jail without bail. Ohnmeiss adds that... as a pre-caution... the Falconer Central Schools were locked down during the hold-up period. If you have any information on the robbery... you are still asked to contact Ellicott Police at 665-7083.
New York state is advising school employees to call the superintendent and school attorney if faced with an immigration agent's request for access to students or their records. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia issued guidance Monday to the state's 700 school districts after getting questions about schools' obligation to federal immigration officers. Other states and cities have issued similar guidance in the wake of stricter immigration enforcement policies outlined by President Donald Trump's administration last week. The New York officials reminded districts that state law entitles students ages 5 to 21 to a free public education, regardless of immigration status. They said state and federal laws protect the privacy of student records. They advise employees to check with district officials before honoring any immigration requests.
President Donald Trump is expected to talk about health care tonight during a joint address to Congress. Local Congressman Tom Reed says it’s the number-one issue facing Congress right... and, adds it came up during a meeting that Reed attended at the White House nearly two weeks ago. Public safety and national security are other areas that President Trump is expected to focus on during his address. White House officials say the President's first budget blueprint includes an increase in defense spending, something that Reed says he's in favor of. Reed says defense spending has been cut drastically in recent years... and, some money needs to be allocated back for that. He made his remarks during a conference call with Southern Tier Media Monday afternoon.
Ground has been broken on the new, Celoron Harborfront Hotel project along Chautauqua Lake... just north of the Celoron Moose Club. Officials with the Krog Corporation... which is the project developer, along with the hotel operator... joined county and Celoron Village officials for the Noon-time event. County Executive Vince Horrigan says it's exciting to see the approximately 30-million dollar project getting underway. Krog Corporation's Chief Executive Officer, Peter Krog, says they're looking to have the project completed by mid-2018... with 136 "upsale" rooms, a full banquet facility... and, other amenities. Horrigan says the county's Industrial Development Agency... and, Empire State Development Corporation are helping to support the project... which will provide more than 100 construction jobs... about about 75 at the hotel once it's up and running.
For the second-time... Jamestown city lawmakers have tabled a resolution to abandon a 100-foot long stretch of an unnamed alley on the city's eastside, and allowing two adjacent property owners to have the land. The City Council tabled the measure after receiving a preliminary offer from a resident for the property prior to last night's voting session. That from Council President Greg Rabb... who says they are giving the person making the offer until the end of the week to make a written offer.
Rabb says the property is zoned residential... and is located between Woodlawn and Lindsey Avenues -- next to 598 Falconer Street. He says if an offer is made... the city will have to decide whether to make a direct sale... or put the land up for big. Rabb says there was no way that lawmakers could make a decision on the matter last night.
J-C Penny has announced it will be closing between 130-and 140 stores nationwide. However... it's not yet known which stores will be shuttered. There are six stores in Western New York... including local stores in the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood... and, D-and-F Plaza in Dunkirk. The other four are in the Boulevard Mall... Walden Galleria... and, McKinley Mall in the Buffalo arera... and, in the Batavia City Center. It's unclear which, if any, of these stores will close. In a press release... a spokesperson says "the company plans to release a full list of planned closures in mid-March pending notification of all affected personnel."
A boost is in store for the New York economy. Empire State Development says 43 businesses are expanding or coming to New York state to partner with colleges and universities. The businesses have committed to creating more than 640 new jobs and investing more than 15-million dollars statewide. The higher education institutions involved include: New York University; Mount Saint Mary College; state universities at Albany, Cobleskill, and Plattsburgh; SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn; the University at Buffalo; the University of Rochester; and six community colleges in the upstate area. New jobs will be created in such fields as: biotechnology; computer and information technology; data processing; industrial electronic engineering; manufacturing; research and development; agribusiness; and food processing. The University at Buffalo tops the list with 238 new positions.
**(Update)Ellicott police arrest suspect in hold-up at Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly holding up the Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union on East Main Street in Falconer this morning. Ellicott Police Chief Bill Ohnmeiss says police arrested 22 year-old Kyle Senear at his home this (Monday) afternoon after an intensive police search of the area. Ohnmeiss says the initial call came in sometime before 10 a.m. that a man had entered the credit union... and, demanded money from one of the employees. At this point... Ohnmeiss says the suspect did not brandish a weapon. He says the suspect had apparently used a marker -- or eye liner -- to draw a fake beard and mustache on his face. He says the suspect did get a "small amount" of money before fleeing the credit union on foot. Ohnmeiss says they're getting a lot of help with the investigation by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, State Police and Jamestown Police. As a pre-caution... the Falconer Central Schools were locked-down because of the hold-up. If you have any information on the robbery... contact Ellicott Police at 665-7083.
**(Alert) Ellicott police and other agencies investigating hold-up at Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union...
Several local police agencies are investigating a reported hold-up at the Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union on East Main Street in Falconer this morning. Ellicott Police Chief Bill Ohmneiss says the call came in sometime before 10 AM that a man had entered the credit union... and, demanded money from one of the employees. At this point... Ohnmeiss says the suspect did not brandish a weapon. He says the man is described as being a white male, about 5'10" tall, and wearing a blue hat with a Carhart jacket, and blue jeans. Ohmneiss adds the suspect had apparently used a marker to draw a fake beard and mustache on his face. He says the suspect did get a "small amount" of money before fleeing the credit union on foot. He says the male was last seen heading east along East Main Street. Ohmneiss says they're getting a lot of help with the investigation by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, State Police and Jamestown Police. Ohmneiss adds that... as a pre-caution... the Falconer Central Schools have been locked-down because of the hold-up. If you have any information on the robbery... contact Ellicott Police at 665-7083.
A Jamestown man faces assault, and, other charges after allegedly pulling his girlfriend into a home on the city's eastside last weekend... and, not letting her leave. City police were called to the scene at 232 Buffalo Street for a domestic incident just after 12:30 PM Saturday. On arrival... officers say the woman told them that 27 year-old Tanner Jones would not let her leave the house. She accuses Jones of hurting her, and stopping her from leaving the home several times. Police say the suspect also allegedly caused more than 200-dollars in property damage. The woman was treated at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital. Jones was arraigned on charges including second-degree assault... and unlawful imprisonment... and, Grand Larceny... and, sent to the county jail without bail.
Following it's unannounced closing... the Jamestown office of the Internal Revenue Service will be reopening three days a week... starting this week. That after local Congressman Tom Reed intervened when it had been reported that it would be closing permanently. However... Reed Spokeswoman Samantha Cotten last weekend said "as a direct result of Reed's efforts, they will remain open and available to help the local community." The Corning Republican says his office had been in contact with the IRS to find "a solution" to the matter. He says "being in the midst of tax season, it is necessary to have an office that will be responsive to the needs of those in the Jamestown area." The Jamestown IRS Center will now be open Tuesday's from Noon to 4:30 PM... Wednesday's from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM... but, close from 1 to 2 PM for lunch. They will also be open Thursday's from 8:30 AM to 12 Noon.
Seniors across Chautauqua County have been voicing their opposition to a nearly 13-million dollar cut to Offices for the Aging in Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2017-18 budget proposal. That from county OFA Director Mary Ann Spanos... who helped organize several rallies this past week at local Senior Centers... including the Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers. Spanos says the cuts basically come from moving certain services to areas where a local match is required. She says it means more local money is needed at a time where local residents are already footing much of the bill. Spanos says local Senior advocates recently rallied with lawmakers in Albany to restore the funding. However... she says they've held "mock rallies" locally to allow local residents to voice their feelings. Chautauqua Day Care Executive Director Frank Bercik says they serve 170-plus people at their four locations... but, says a number have to pay some of the cost. However... he says very few could pay the full amount needed. For more information on Office for the Aging programs... call their NY Connects numbers at 753-4582... or 661-7582.
State lawmakers in Albany are brainstorming ways to prevent and address elder abuse. Members of the Senate and Assembly are scheduled to discuss the extent and nature of the problem at a legislative hearing Tuesday in Albany. State estimates indicate that for every case of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation referred to authorities there are five that are never reported. Financial abuse is a particularly devastating problem, costing the state's senior citizens as much as $1.5 billion a year. Lawmakers say they hope to use the hearing to come up with better ways the state can combat elder abuse, which is only to expected to increase as baby boomers age.
In New York state government news this week... lawmakers are headed back to Albany as they get to work on the state budget. Following a weeklong break, the Senate and Assembly will reconvene Tuesday to start the busiest month of their annual session. They hope to pass a state budget by April 1st... but, first they'll have to debate compromises on a long list of proposals including free state college tuition for middle-class students, Uber's upstate expansion and juvenile justice reform. Meanwhile... lawmakers will hold a hearing on a deal to close Indian Point nuclear plant in suburban New York City by 2021. Critics have long argued the plant is too hazardous, but others are worried about how the state will make up for the lost power and jobs.
Opponents to wind projects in Chautauqua County are again speaking out against projects in the north county to members of the County Legislature. Several people spoke out against proposed projects during a public comment period this past week. County Legislator George Borrello of Silver Creek, who voted against two resolutions for wind projects as a member of the county's Industrial Development Agency, says he opposes the projects primarily because they lose money.
Borrello also says in the town of Hanover, where six turbines are proposed, residents are split. Following last Wednesday night's legislature meeting... County Executive Vince Horrigan indicated there wasn't much the county could do since it was a local issue. Horrigan says these "are town decisions... local decisions. We can't get into it." However... he says he understands the concerns. Borrello also says the decision should be made by the local towns. Nearly 100 wind turbines are being proposed if all three wind projects materialize.
Two Jamestown residents have been arrested for allegedly being in possesion of drugs and hypodermic needles following a traffic stop late last week on the city's southside. City police say they pulled over a vehicle that had a broken windshield on Forest Avenue -- at the Arterial -- just after 12:30 PM Friday. Officers say they found the driver, 40 year-old Joseph Thayer, had a quantity of Suboxone in his possession. Police say his passenger, 29 year-old Heather Keith, was allegedly in possession of three hypodermic needles. Thayer was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance, and aggravated unlicensed operation... while Keith is charged with criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. Both were jailed pending arraignment.
An investigation into a "suspicious situation" early last Saturday morning in the north county village of Silver Creek led to the arrest of four juveniles for allegedly being in possession of marijuana. Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Bennett State Road about 1 AM... and saw the three male youths, and one female, acting suspiciously. Deputies say they found all four in possession of a quantity of pot... and, they were were arrrested for unlawful possession of marijuana. All four were issued appearance tickets for Silver Creek Village Court.
A New York congresswoman is voicing outrage over the White House decision to block The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, Politico and others from a press briefing. Representative Carolyn Maloney said Saturday outside The New York Times offices in Manhattan that she wants the Trump administration to commit to a policy of press access for all. The Democrat says standards should apply evenly to all news organizations. The decision Friday by White House press secretary Sean Spicer to limit access has sparked an outcry among journalists and others. The Associated Press chose not to participate in the briefing after Spicer's decision. The White House said it felt "everyone was represented" by those that participated. Maloney plans to attend a rally Sunday outside The Times' offices.
Chautauqua County fire investigators believe that arson is the cause of multiple fires at a location on Engdahl Road -- near Edson Road -- in the town of Charlotte Wednesay night. That's the word from Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace. He says three departments battled the fires that damaged two campers and an ATV. Fire crews from Sinclairville, Gerry and Ellington responded to the call just before 9 PM Wednesday. The fires were located several hundred feet off the roadway. Gerace says if anyone has information about the blazes... they should contact the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.... or the We-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME. If your tip leads to an arrest and conviction... you may be eligible for a reward of up to one-thousand dollars.
He has made the decision not seek a second term... but, Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan says there's still a lot to do in the remaining 10 months in office. Horrigan made the announcement at the end of his fourth, and as it turns out, final State of the County message Wednesday night. After the address, Horrigan indicated that he had been thinking about ending his career in county government for about a year. He wants to spend more time with his wife Barbara and their family in Florida. Horrigan feels his administration has accomplished a lot in the last three years... and the time is right. He says there's always going to work to get done... but, he believes there are plenty of talented people to carry on that work here. Horrigan says there is still a lot to do in his remaining time in office. Among his top goals, taking home a 20-million dollar grant award in the final round of the State Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition.
The major political parties in Chautauqua County are now looking for candidates interested in running for the County's top-elected office. County Legislator David Wilfong of Jamestown... who is also the chairman of the Chautauqua County Republican Committee... says that Vince Horrigan has accomplished a lot in the past three-plus years. Wilfong says one of the qualities the party will be looking for in a candidate is the willingness to work with others. County Democratic Chairman Norm Green, who attended Wednesday night's meeting, indicated that they have some people interested in running, although he would not give out any specifics.
New York state plans to dedicate 32-million dollars in federal funding to improve public transportation in the state's rural areas. Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration announced the grants on Wednesday. They'll go to counties, cities and tribal governments who agree to use the money for intercity bus lines, regional transportation authorities and other public transportation programs. The Democratic governor says reliable transportation systems are critical to the accessibility and economics of rural New York. He says the money will help connect rural areas around the state to smaller cities. Specifically... the funds could pay for new buses, vehicle maintenance facilities or features such as bus shelters, communication systems or security.
Governor Cuomo is proposing a $25 million cut to programs that fight cancer, diabetes and other health threats. The Democratic governor's administration says specific reductions, to be made by state health officials, would make health programs more efficient. Lawmakers are skeptical about the proposal in Cuomo's budget. Democratic Sen. Liz Krueger says Cuomo should say which programs will be cut before the budget is approved. The American Cancer Society opposes reductions, noting one program facing cuts funded 25,000 breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings for poor New Yorkers last year. The administration says the cuts wouldn't affect a separate $16 million program dedicated to breast cancer screenings. Last year... Cuomo proposed big investments in cancer screening after his girlfriend, celebrity chef Sandra Lee, successfully battled breast cancer.
Invasive species will be the focus of a special series of programs next week at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown. Conservation technologist, Elyce Henshaw says they want people to know about the problems non-native species can cause. RTPI will present programs on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6 PM. Monday's program will be about 'birds and invasives'. The Friday session will talk about White Nose Syndrome in bats. On Wednesday, Elyce Henshaw will describe the problems caused by earthworms consuming leaves on the forest floor. The series wraps up Saturday, March 4th from 10 to 3, with a day of education, training and fun activities. All events are free at RTPI on Curtis Street in Jamestown. They are being presented in conjunction with National Invasive Species Awareness Week. More information at rtpi.
The current tenant of the former Quality Markets Warehouse in West Ellicott has now purchased the entire facility from the previous owners. Hackman Capital Partners and Calare Properties have jointly announced that the Jackson Avenue Warehouse at 133 Jackson Avenue has been purchased by Regal Service... a 100-percent employee-owned transportation company. Officials with Hackman say Regal will continue to occupy all of it's nearly 288-thousand square-foot distribution facility. Regal is a 51 year-old company that serves several multinational manufacturing companies, as well as the food industry. The company has occupied space in The Jackson Avenue Warehouse since 2011 and, after several expansions, took over the entire facility in early 2014. Regal has additional facilities in New York, western Pennsylvania and Maryland. Hackman Capital founder and Chief Executive Officer Michael Hackman says the "Jackson Industrial Building's location, high bays and abundant loading capacity made it a great fit for Regal when they first leased space in it six years ago. We're thrilled it has continued to meet their needs and very pleased with the sale."
Jamestown police have responded to a number of domestic violence, and disturbance calls in recent days... including one where a child was being held while two people were having an altercation. That call came from 101 Lakeview Avenue shortly after 8 AM Tuesday... where a physical altercation took place between 27 year old Antonio Sanders and a female. During the fight... police say Sanders choked the victim while holding a one year old child. Sanders was later found at a different address... and, arrested for criminal obstruction of Breathing, Aggravated Family Offense, and second-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was then sent to the City Jail pending arraignment.
Jimmy Fallon has donated 100-thousand dollars to help fund the art program at the high school he attended, with some of the money going toward the school's TV studio. The host of NBC's "Tonight Show" is a 1992 graduate of Saugerties High School in upstate New York. Fallon tells The Associated Press in a statement that he's glad to be able to give something back. He adds: "And if anyone there wants to return the favor with a statue of me or something, I'm totally cool with that, too." While there's no word on a statue, district Superintendent Seth Turner thanked Fallon for the gift and joked that he's willing to completely eliminate Fallon's disciplinary record in return.
Gerace says fires in Sinclairville area were set intentionally...
Chautauqua County fire investigators believe that arson is the cause of multiple fires at a location on Edson Road in the town of Charlotte last night. That's the word from Sheriff Joe Gerace. Three departments battled the fires that damaged two campers and an all-terrain vehicle... and, says they're only releasing the fact the blazes were intentionallyl set. Fire crews from Sinclairville, Gerry and Ellington responded to the call around 9 p.m. last night. The fires were located several hundred feet off the roadway. Gerace says if anyone has information about the fire, they should contact the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office or the We Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME and become eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
Horrigan concludes State of County message with announcement he's not running for re-election...
Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan delivered what will be his final State of the County Address last night. The reason was revealed at the end of his message... when he announced that after "careful consideration," and talking it over with his wife... he was not going to seek re-election. In his announcement... Horrigan says he has a "firm believe that new ideas and new energy comes from new leaders." The Bemus Point Republican says he wants to spend more time with his kids and grandkids who live in Florida. Before serving as County Executive for the past three years... Horrigan completed a two-year term on the County Legislature. Besides his 27-years in U.S. Air Force, Horrigan also served several years as Executive Director of the county-wide Red Cross chapter.
Horrigan says County has made a lot of progress over past year...
In his fourth State County address, County Executive Vince Horrigan gave a progress report on Chautauqua County's Comprehensive Plan, Chautauqua 20/20, which was passed by the County Legislature in 2011. Horrigan examined each of the 15 focus areas contained in the report including Business/Economic Development... including expansions in strengthened management at TitanX, and Castelli Cheese... and, new plants such as New Flyer and Athenex have and will become part of the industrial landscape of the county. In the area of Infrastructure/Public Investment... Horrigan reported on what he considers a true regional solution, the creation of the North County Water District. He also pointed out that the goal of completing the sewer system around Chautauqua Lake is now in sight.
Huber says numbers of drug addicts, those with drug-mental issues, came to MHA in record numbers in 2016...
There are no signs of any let-up in the Heroin and Opioid Drug crisis in the Jamestown-area... and, the numbers bear that out. That from the new director of New Program Development at the Mental Health Association of Chautauqua County. Rick Huber has a new position this year with a restructuring of the MHA in light of skyrocketing visits to the MHA's Water Street headquarters. Huber says they had just over 7,700 "visits" for their help in 2015... but, that number doubled last year to more than 15,000... and, there's been no let-up. He says the January numbers are also up over last year. Huber says some of those people who visited did so more than once. However... with the big increase... Huber says the Mental Health Association has had to re-organize... with him taking on the new post of director of New program Development. He thanked the local foundations that have strongly supported their mission in recent years... but, says they need to find more support.
Maple Season starting early due to unseasonably warm temperatures...
The maple syrup season has had one of its earliest starts ever. Lloyd Munsee has been been making syrup at Big Tree Maple in Lakewood for more than 20 years now... and, says this is the first time they've actually tapped trees in January. Munsee adds they've also made some syrup already. With the most recent warmup, Munsee says one of the woods they tap has already produced 60 percent of a normal crop. This year's Maple Weekends are set for March 18-19, and 25-26. He hopes they'll still be making syrup at that time. Munsee says one or two days of 60-degree temperatures won't cause the sap to stop flowing... and, we should see some freezing temperatures by late this weekend. He says many of area's producers have had a similar early start. More information on Maple Weekend is available at www.nysmaple.com.
Gas prices in Chautauqua Co. up slightly this week...
Gas prices in the Jamestown-area have held steady for a fourth-week in a row. The AAA's Fuel Gauge Report says local motorists saw a "fraction of a penny" increase over the past week. The Fuel Gauge reports the price for regular, unleaded is now an even $2.50 per gallon. Last weeks' price was about $2.49.6. Nationally... AAA says prices have increased fractions of a penny to reach today's average price of $2.28 per gallon.
Investigators are looking into the cause of a house fire in Jamestown Tuesday evening. The Jamestown Post Journal reports that the Fire Department was called to 37 Chestnut Street just before 9pm after a neighbor spotted the fire and called 911. It took crews about 45 minutes to knock down the blaze. Crews had to cut vents into the roof with chainsaws to help fight the fire. Officials say the residents of the home were not inside when the fire started. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Pennsylvania State Police are looking for a missing 17 year old. Allison Nicole Pavlock of West Street in Glade Township left home approximately 9am Tuesday and is believed to be headed to Arkansas. Police believe she may be with Mary Delp and Bridget Powers. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Allison Nicole Pavlock is asked to call State Police at 814-728-3600.
This is a vacation week for many school students in Chautauqua County. But... some Jamestown High School musicians may be anxious to get back because they have a major trip planned. Meghan Murray, JHS band director, says the Red Raider Marching Band has been invited to march in Chicago's St. Patrick's Day Parade.
The parade will be televised on Channel 7 in Chicago and will available through live streaming beginning at 1 PM Eastern Time on March 11th. Murray says they'll be playing the "Goll Way Piper..." and, see the Chicago River turned green. Murray says the itinerary is packed with events including museum tours, dinner theater, a visit to the aquarium, and a cruise. A total of 130 students will take the trip, along with 30 adults to fully chaperone the adventure. All of the funds were raised by students and their families. No taxpayer dollars are involved.
An early morning domestic violence incident yesterday has landed one Jamestown man in jail. City Police say... just before 3 AM... they responded to a domestic incident at a West Seventh Street address where they met a pregnant woman who said that 18 year old Michael Brown pushed her down and head butted her while she was holding her small child. Brown is also accused of breaking a phone in an attempt to prevent her from calling for help. The woman was taken to WCA Hospital as a precaution and shortly before 4 AM... police returned to the address after getting reports that Brown was in the area. He was later found on East 5th street and arrested for criminal mischief in the 4th degree and endangering the welfare of a child and taken to city jail without further incident.
Local Congressman Tom Reed's four town hall meetings in this part of his huge 23rd Congressional District drew a lot of attention last weekend... but, not just from interested constituents. There were a number of local, regional and national media on hand... including NBC TV, and the New York Times. Times Congressional Correspondent Thomas Kaplan has covered a number of the town hall sessions that Congressional Republicans -- like Reed -- have been holding. Kaplan says there's a lot of interest nationally in the large turn-outs, and protests. Kaplan says he has never covered a phenomenon like this... but, is quick to add that he did not cover the TEA Party attended Congressional town halls during the Obama Administration when that movement began. The TEA Party... short for "Taxed Enough Already..." was highly critical of a number of policies enacted by the former President... and, began following Obama's Obama's first presidential inauguration in 2009 when his administration announced plans to give financial aid to bankrupt homeowners. Fifty conservative activists in February of 2009 agreed to join against Obama's agenda and scheduled series of protests.
The sixth-annual SOUPer Bowl Sunday to raise money for UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital was a "great success." That from UPMC Chautauqua WCA Development Director Megan Barone... who says this year's event drew record-setting attendance... and, sponsors. The program raised 8-thousand dollars to support the hospital's Robotic Surgery program... as well as the Rapaport Fund at the WCA Foundation. The event was held at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club and was organized by the WCA Foundation, Media One Group, Maplevale Farms, and the Rod and Gun. It featured 15 homemade soups that were served by fourteen local restaurants and caterers. The Game Time Sports Bar and Grill came out victorious... and, so far the event has raised 34-thousand dollars over six year.
The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame has become known for not just inducting members who played the traditional "stick and ball" sports... and, that was again evident this year. In addition to football, basketball and other traditional sports... hunting and auto racing were among the sports celebrated at this year's induction Dinner in Lakewood Monday night. Jamestown's Sammy LaMancuso was a long-time racer... who never ran much outside of the area... but, made a name for himself at Stateline and Eriez Speedways. He appreciates what the Hall has done. While Schnars, Squirt Johns and Emory Mahan were among the big names at Stateline through the first 20 years... LaMancuso also did well. One of his personal high-lights was in 1956... the year Stateline opened. He won what was then the infamous "Team Race" with Joe Sauer. Other sports recognized Monday included national championship hunting... with Jake Ensign... who has won every major title.
Fredonia village lawmakers talked more about North County water and whether or not the village of Fredonia should become part of the regional water district last night in the north county. Two weeks ago... the board heard a presentation from Mayor Athanasia Landis of an engineering study that examined the costs involved in joining the district. Based on the cost figures outlined in the study, it appeared joining the district would be more expensive than having the village continue to produce its own water. Mayor Landis says County Executive Vince Horrigan attended the workshop meeting. Horrigan said last week that he felt it’s important for the village to still consider a project involving an interconnect with the city of Dunkirk, even if the village decides not to join the water district. No decision was expected at last night's meeting... but, Dr. Landis wants to hear from trustees on where they stand on the issue. More on that session later this morning.
Fire has damaged a home in the Cattaraugus County town of Ellicottville. Sheriff's Department dispatchers in Little Valley say the call on Maple Road came in about 4:30 this morning... and no injuries were reported. However... crews were there several hours. Ellicottville volunteers were joined at the scene by Mansfield... and, Great Valley fire crews. No cause has been listed.
Warren County teen killed in ATV accident in Sheffield...
The Werren County, Pennylvania teenager killed in last weekend's all-terrain vehicle accident in Sheffield Township has now been identifed. State Police in Warren say the 17 year-old boy ws riding the ATV on a railroad bed just west of Dickey Lane sometime after 7 p.m. Sunday. The Warren Times-Observer has now identified the boy as Dylan Fehlman of Tiona. Troopers say they responded shortly after Midnight Sunday... and, found the operator of the three-wheeled ATV had lost control... and, the vehicle rolled over. The teen was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation is continuing.
JHS Marching Band to take part in Chicago's St. Patrick's Day Parade...
This is a vacation week for many school students in Chautauqua County. But... some Jamestown High School musicians may be anxious to get back because they have a major trip planned. Meghan Murray, JHS band director, says the Red Raider Marching Band has been invited to march in Chicago's St. Patrick's Day Parade. Murray says it's always held on the Saturday before St. Patricks Day... which is Saturday, March 11th this year. The parade will be televised on Channel 7 in Chicago and will available through live streaming beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on March 11. Murray says they'll be playing the "Goley Piper..." and, see the Chicago River turned green.
Times reporter among national media on hand to cover Reed Town Halls...
Local Congressman Tom Reed's four town hall meetings in this part of his huge 23rd Congressional District drew a lot of attention last weekend... but, not just from interested constituents. There were a number of local, regional and national media on hand... including NBC TV, and the New York Times. Times Congressional Correspondent Thomas Kaplan has covered a number of the town hall sessions that Congressional Republicans -- like Reed -- have been holding. Kaplan says there's a lot of interest nationally in the large turn-outs, and protests... but, adds there aren't too many hosting them because of the "hostile receptions" they've received. He says he has never covered a phenomenon like this.
Schneiderman pushing to be major player in left's resistance to President Trump...
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is fighting to emerge as a major player in the liberal resistance to President Donald Trump. The 62-year-old Democrat may be positioned to challenge Trump's agenda in ways his Democratic allies in Washington cannot. As the state's attorney general, he is backed by one of the nation's largest public law firms. Schneiderman already has a yearslong clash with the new Republican president under his belt. He previously sued Trump over the defunct Trump University. That case was settled. More than most, Schneiderman understands the risks of taking on Trump. He was a target of Trump's Twitter feed long before the president's campaign-trail assaults on Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz.
Eleven new members of CSHOF inducted Monday night...
There are 11 more members of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, who excelled in several areas from football to basketball, and track and field. The new inductees were honored during last night's annual Dinner at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club. Retired Jamestown High School Football Coach Wally Huckno -- and inductee himself -- calls Sam Restivo the best football player ever at JHS. Restivo... who excelled in the late 1970s... says it was nice to have a chance to thank those who helped him through-out his career... and, life. Restivo went on to have a very good collegiate career at Florida State University... where he was all All-Conference Center. Paul Cooley was a coach at Cassadaga Valley Central Schools... and, a long-time basketball official. He's also been a long-time official with the Gerry Rodeo. He also thanked family -- and, says he couldn't believe he was being inducted. Others inducted last night include former JHS Basketball great Maceo Wofford... Master's track and field star Mike Sayers... Championship hunter Jake Ensign... north county coach Charlie DeLuca... and, long-time Panama Central School coach Deb Palmer.
Reed town halls draw huge crowds, confrontation with protestors...
Upwards of 200 people were on hand for what's best described asan unprecidented... and, at times raucous... town hall meeting last Saturday morning with local Congressman Tom Reed in Ashville. The event drew so many people it had to be held outdoors, because the fire code only allowed 120 people inside the North Harmony Senior Center. Health care... and, the future of the Affordable Care Act... was on the minds of many people on hand. Reed was booed -- loudly -- after reiterating his stand of repealing and replacing the ACA. However... he did reach some common ground with the locals on hand. One woman voiced the need for grants to help small businesses afford health insurance for their employees. Reed thanked them for their input. At times, though, it was the crowd that dictated where the Corning Republican went on certain issues. Abortion rights... President Donald Trump's relationship with Russia, and, the future of the EPA were other issues that come up during the town hall.
Confrontation also seen at other Reed town halls...
The Ashville Town Hall was one of four that Reed hosted on Saturday... and, each was heavily attended. Attendees at his second town hall in Cherry Creek grilled Reed on Trump's relationship with Russia. WKBW-TV in Buffalo reported that Reed told them, "It's something that we are keeping a close eye on." Perhaps the most contentious exchanges came at the first afternoon town hall in the Cattaraugus County town of Humphrey. The Buffalo News reports Reed had to defuse a near-scuffle when an older man called abortion "murder..." and got in the face of a young woman who saw abortion as her constitutional right. Reed told both "Let's respect each other." He finished up the day in the Allegany Town of Fillmore... where about 500 people attended. Many there called for Trump's taxes, and his possible ties to Russia, investigated.
Jamestown woman -- a Trump Supporter -- disappointed by town hall protest...
While the majority of people on hand for Congressman Reed's town hall forums confronted him on most every issue... there were a small number there who support Reed's positions. However... one says she felt "very disappointed" by the fact the Ashville forum became so confrontational at times. Jamestown's Marilyn Kelly is a member of the local TEA Party Patriots, and says the protestors "didn't want to listen" because they would cut him off in mid-sentence at times. Kelly says the local people who protested should have shown "a little more respect for each other's views." She says she's a Democrat who voted for Donald Trump... and, went back to something said by another Corning Republican -- Congressman Amo Houghton -- many years ago that more business leaders should run for elected office.
City man arrested on warrent, and Heroin and hypodermic needle possession...
A Jamestown man has been arrested during a warrant check in the city after fleeing police before being caught with Heroin in his possession. Jamestown Police say they were doing the check on 24 year-old Andrew Butts at 100 Hedges Street about 10:30 last Saturday night when Butts tried to run off. Officers caught him in the stairwell of the apartment building... and, he tried to throw-away what was later found to be Heroin... and, a hypodermic instrument. Butts was arrested on several charges... including criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. He's being held pending arraignment.
Large crowd on hand for annual President's Day Winter Festival in Mayville, despite early Spring-like conditions...
It was 60 degrees Saturday afternoon at the height of the 'Winter Festival' in Mayville. Debby Marsala, Coordinator of the Mayville-Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce, says people came... and had fun... because they treated it like a "Winter Carnival." The mother of a family with young children was heard to say, "It's just not the same without an ice castle." Debby Marsala would disagree, adding the castle is just one part of the festival, which still had numerous events and vendors on hand. One was the Saturday Noon 'polar plunge,' which Marsala says was very successful. The plunge is organized by Family Medical Health Services and benefits the Food Bank of Western New York. The Winter Festival had its final events for the year on Sunday.
Reed expects big crowds, and protestors, during Town Hall meetings Saturday in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties...
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he anticipates large crowds -- including protestors -- at his first Chautauqua County Town Hall meetings since the Trump Administration took office. Reed supported Trump's campaign... and, was part of his transition team after the election. Other Congressional town halls have drawn overflow crowds... and, brought heated debate. Trump says he's not anticipating changing the format for the Town Hall's... and, how those attending Saturday's forums are allowed to speak. Chautauqua County Democratic Committee Chairman Norm Green says he hopes that's the case because the people need to be allowed to have their views heard. Reed, a Republican for Corning, will be hosting two sessions in Chautauqua County... one will be in Ashville the other in Cherry Creek. Green says he's also heared that there may be big crowds at both. Reed says he has no problem with "robust debate" on some items... but, he also urges people to be respectful. He says he wants to hear from the people -- regardless of where they're from. The one in Ashville will be held at the North Harmony Senior Center... and, begins at 9:15 a.m. The Cherry Creek town hall begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Pine Valley VFW Post.
Final joint budget hearing for state legislature underway in Albany...
Lawmakers have convened the last of 13 hearings on Governor Andrew Cuomo's $152-billion dollar state budget proposal. Members of the Senate and Assembly have gathered this morning for a joint hearing on housing proposals that was postponed due to weather earlier this month. Lawmakers are likely to recommend significant changes to Cuomo's suggested spending plan. The final product will be hammered out in negotiations between the Democratic governor and top lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly. Assemblyman Goodell says... once today's hearing is concluded... the Assembly and Senate will begin work on what are called "one-house" budget's over the next two weeks. He says they'll then begin the reconsiliation process with the Governor.
City DRI Planning Committee selects projects to recommend to the state...
The committee tasked with making final recommendations on funding economic development and infrastructure projects in Jamestown through a $10-million state grant has completed it's task. The Local Planning Committee for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative has pared an initialy list of 87 projects down to the final dozen. A public session was held last night to release the final list... which totals just over $13.8-million dollars. Committee Co-Chairman Mike Metzger with Blackstone Advanced Technolgies says they're "extremely pleased" with the final list they came up with. Metzger says they all fit the three catagories the state stipulated... including providing an economic boost, infrastructure, and making the city more "walkable." The panel's other Co-Chair... Mayor Sam Teresi... says the Empire State Development Corporation will decide on the final list... and, how much money will be laid out for each. Metzger says their list is topped by the downtown Hilton Double-Tree Hotel project... which was selected for $3.4-million, and, also includes $1-million for the former Key Bank and Furniture Mart buildings. He says the list will be packaged up by their state consultant... HR-and-A Associates of New York City for ESD. He says a final determination should be made by the state within the next few months.
City 14 year-old steals mom's car, has accident and flees scene...
A 14 year-old city girl will be in family court after allegedly stealing her mother's car yesterday morning... and, crashing it into another car the Brooklyn Square area of Jamestown. City police say they received a report that the unidentified teen was missing shortly before 10 a.m., and, then received a report of the mother's missing vehicle possibly being involved in a two-car accident. Police went to the scene at the corner of Foote Avenue and Harrison Street... where they helped treat the 65 year-old woman driver of the other vehicle for minor injuries. Police say the car driven illegally by the girl allegedly ran a red light... and, crashed into the other vehicle. The 14 year-old drove off... but, was later found and arrested at the corner of Prendergast Avenue and East Third Street. The girl and the mother's car were turned back over to the mother.
Lake Effect Snow began picking up about mid-evening last night... slicking up local roadways... and, dropping a few inches of snow on the hilltops. Those areas -- including the Chautauqua Ridge... could end up seeing up-to a foot of snow by late this afternoon. Forecaster Dave Thomas with the National Weather Service says they are continuing a Lake Effect Snow Warning for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties now through 4 PM today. Thomas-greater amounts over Chautauqua "to 6 inch range...." Thomas says storm totals of 6 to 11 inches will be seen in the most persistent lake snows. He adds that winds gusting up to 35 miles per hour at times will produce poor visibility at times.
Three people were seriously hurt in a two-vehicle accident in the Cattaraugus County town of Ashford late Wednesday morning. Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say they were called to the scene on Route 219 just after 11:30 AM in snowy conditiions. Deputies say a car, driven by 60 year-old Brian Grzybowski of Forestville, spun out of control and, was struck by a mini-van, operated by 46 year-old Luay alani of Amherst. Officers say both operators were taken to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment of trauma to the extremities. In addition... Grzybowski's wife, 60 year-old Carolyn, was flown by Mercy Flight to ECMC for treatment of head trauma. Sheriff's officers were assisted by Ellicottville Police... and local fire and ambulance crews. The accident is under investigation, and charges are pending.
The main financial committee in Congress has decided not to invoke a seldom-used law that would allow lawmakers to obtain... and, review President Donald Trump's tax returns. Twenty-three of the 24 Republicans on the panel... including Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed... decided against using the 1924 law, which could be used to order the president to provide his tax returns. Reed says he agrees with Chairman Kevin Brady that a review is not necessary... and, he says Trump has been "very clear" on the fact he wants to make them public. Brady says he felt that invoking the law would open the door for the committee to check anyone's tax returns. Reed adds that he feels they have the ability with the House Oversight Committee to provide the necessary checks and balances on the executive branch. USA Today reported this week that the law gives congressional committees that set tax policy the power to examine tax returns. Trump says he can't provide his taxes yet because they are under audit.
Manufacturing in New York state expanded at the fastest pace in more than two years as factories received more new orders and stepped up hiring. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Wednesday that its Empire State manufacturing index in February rose to 18.7 from 6.5, reaching the highest level since 2014. Any reading above zero indicates expansion. The survey adds to recent evidence that the U.S. manufacturing sector is recovering after nearly two years of mostly flat output. Businesses are spending more on machinery and other big-ticket factory goods, and overseas economies have stabilized. A measure of new orders jumped to 13.5 from 3.1 and a measure of unfilled orders rose for the first time since 2011. Both gauges point to much stronger demand for factory goods.
Outgoing Jamestown School Superintendent Tim Mains was honored during his last public appearance during Tuesday night's school board meeting at Lincoln Elementary School. Board President Paul Abbott unveiled a portrait of Mains at the end of the meeting... which will be placed on the wall of the board room with other past Jamestown superintendents. Mains is leaving to head up the Pine Bush School District in the Mid-Hudson Valley says he was touched by the gesture... and, adds that he feels the district is contiuing to progress as he leaves at the end of the month. Abbott commended Mains for having the "kid's best interests at heart" in everything he did. Mains says his biggest takeaway came when he was asked to list the accomplishments during his 3-and-a-half years in Jamestown. He says they filled about nine-pages of paper... but, adds that was much more about the students, and the school community, than himself. He adds he's also confident the district will be in good hands with Interim Superintendent Silvia Root of Springville already in place while the district looks for a new superintendent.
There's good news for motorists in the Jamestown-area this week... as gasoline prices have fallen another penny a gallon this week. That from the Triple-A's Fuel Gauge report... which says the price has fallen from 2-dollars-50 to just over 2--49 for regular, unleaded. Triple A says nationally... the price edged up higher fractions of a penny over the weekend to reach today's average price of 2-dollars-28 cents a gallon. This is seven cents less per gallon on the month and an increase of 58 cents per gallon compared to this same date last year. Gasoline prices have remained relatively steady the past month due to a well-supplied crude oil market.
A Fredonia man is facing several charges after he allegedly threatened the residents of a housing complex on West Main Street around noon on Tuesday. Fredonia Village Police say that officers responded to the incident at 379 West Main and located the two victims involved. An investigation resulted in the arrest of 19 year-old Christopher Miller, a resident of the complex. Police obtained a search warrant and located a loaded hand gun, two shot guns, a large quantity of powder cocaine and marijuana, and a large quantity of money from Miller's apartment. Christopher Miller was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, second-degree menacing... third-degree criminal mischief... and, harassment. Miller was arraigned in Fredonia Village Court... and sent to the County Jail on 20-thousnad dollars cash bail. A Fredonia Police officer was treated at Brooks Memorial Hospital for injuries suffered while apprehending Miller.
Mayville village officials are warning residents about a three phone scam calls regarding electric bills that are allegedly past due... and, the caller is demanding payment over the phone. Village Clerk John Crandall says this is a scam... and, is not associated with the Village of Mayville Electric Department. Crandall says the village does not accept any payments over the phone. If any village Electric Department user receives a call regarding such a payment over the phone... he says you are asked to contact the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office... and, feel free to call the Village Clerk’s Office at 753-212
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly being in possession of a loaded pistol during a traffic stop on the city's eastside this (Monday) afternoon. Jamestown police say officers pulled over a vehicle on Allen Street -- near Buffalo Street -- about 1:30 PM for a traffic infraction. However... officers say they found the .25-calibur pistol in the possession of 25 year-old Randy Haskins... who was an occupant of the car. They say he was arrested for second-degree criminal possession of a weapon... and, he was taken to the city jail pending arraignment. Anyone who may have information on any crime can contact Jamestown police anonymously via the Tips 411 App or they can leave an anonymous tip at 483-Tips. That's 483-8477. Police say all calls will be kept confidential.
Several projects are under consideration for being in the final plan for using nearly 10-million dollars in state funding to boost downtown Jamestown. Mayor Sam Teresi says the final, official meeting of the Local Planning Committee will be held this Thursday to list it's recommendations for the city's share from the Downtown Revitaliation Initiative. Teresi says the process began shortly after the city was named as one of 10 DRI Communities by Governor Andrew Cuomo... and, he says three in particular come to mind. One is the former Key Bank building... the Hilton-Double-Tree project... redevelopment of the former Furniture Mart Building... and, a potential restaruant micro-brewery in the former Grant's Department Store buidling. Teresi says the 9.7-million dollars is what's left after paying the special consultant for the project... AR-and-A Associates of New York City. He says the committee will look at between 9 and 13-million dollars worth of projects to recommend to Empire State Development Corporation. Thursday's meeting begins at 1 PM at the Wright Conference Room of the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.
The Jamestown City Council will vote in two weeks on proposed increases in fees for city sports and recreation fields... and, some new ones. That after the Finance Committee reviewed the proposed fee schedule at last night's meeting. However... Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says they will not be voting -- at this point -- on new fees for the Babe Ruth League... and, the Babe Ruth World Series. Finance Committee member Kim Ecklund... who is also the president of the Babe Ruth Committee... says the issue is due to those organization's rules. And... Ecklund says that would be a substantial amount of money that the local committee would have to raise to be able to host the event locally. Dolce says... otherwise... the new fee schedule is ready to go. He adds those fees are exactly what Mayor Sam Teresi proposed in his 2017 budget. City lawmakers voted on a handful of new fees earlier in the year... while the Finance Committee discussed the fees for sports fields and parks. The measure will be voted on a council's February 27th meeting.
The biggest economic development story in Chautauqua County last year remains one of the top ones as 2017 begins... and, there is some news regarding the Athenex project in the Dunkirk area. County Executive Vince Horrigan says there is some very good progress to report on the pharmacutical companies more into the north county. Horrigan says the company is now seeking proposals for architectural and engineering work on the project. He says he remains in constant touch with Athenex officials. In the meantime... Horrigan is preparing for his fourth State of the County address to the County Legislature at the panel's February 22nd meeting. He says the message will focus on the goals set forth in the County's Comprehensive Plan-Chautauqua 20/20 issued six years ago about where they want the county to be by the year 2020. In addition... Horrigan says he is pleased that President Virginia Horvath of the SUNY College at Fredonia has been named co-chair of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council.
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly being in possession of an illegal drug... and, for choking a family member during a domestic incident Sunday afternoon on the city's southside. City police were called to the scene shortly after 3PM... and, officers found 37 year-old Arthur Wright on the home's porch. Police say Wright allegedly threw down an item on the floor to try and hide it. Officers found it contained a small amount of Methamphetime. Police recovered the container... and, found Wright had been involved in the domestic incident. He was arraigned on charges of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... second-degee harassment and strangulation... and, sent to the county jail without bail.
The Jackson Center in Jamestown celebrated Robert H. Jackson's 125th birthday Monday with the release of a revised history of his work while living here. 'Off the Pedestal: Jackson in Jamestown 1909 to 1934' was written by Helen Ebersole. The author was honored with a reception and a 'Greg Peterson interview' Monday night. Helen Ebersole says studying the Jackson's life in Jamestown provides fresh perspective on the man who became a Supreme Court Justice, and Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials. Copies of 'Off the Pedestal' are available at the Jackson Center in downtown Jamestown.
The local John Deere dealer in the Jamestown-area has merged with another in Central New York to form the largest John Deere turf and agricultural equipment dealer in the northeastern U-S. Z-and-M Ag and Turf President and Chief Executive Officer Tracy Buck says they consumated the deal with Lakeland Equipment of Wayne County, New York at the beginning of the month. Buck says they joined with Argonne Capital in a new partnership to create LandPro Equipment... which will be headquartered in Falconer. Buck and John Griffith bought Z-and-M back in 1994... and, expanded to six locations in the region. He says Lakeland also has six locations... giving the new company an even dozen locations from Edinboro, Pennsylvania to Savannah, New York. Buck says the merger allows them to better service and parts to the customers of both former companies. Buck says Argonne Capital is an Atlanta-based private investment firm that often partners with, and helps grow "closely-held" family businesses. He says Landpro also has an updated website now at Landpro-dot-COM.
Seidu Mohammed's lost all his fingers to frostbite when he made a perilous trek in sub-zero temperatures to cross the border illegally into Canada. He is one of a small but growing number of immigrants risking the northern border crossing out of fear of being deported from the U.S. America's neighbor to the north is increasingly being seen as a haven for asylum seekers turned away by the U.S. And some are willing to risk a walk across the border in dangerous cold and snow to get there. In Manitoba, on the border of Minnesota and North Dakota, authorities say the pace has quickened since Donald Trump became U.S. president and banned travel from seven majority-Muslim countries.
One of Jerry Sandusky's sons faces multiple charges of sexual offenses involving children, more than five years after the former Penn State assistant coach was himself first arrested. Court records filed Monday say 41-year-old Jeffrey Sandusky was charged with 14 counts, including criminal solicitation and corruption of minors. The online court docket says Jeffrey Sandusky was arraigned Monday and bail was set at $200,000. He's currently in the Centre County Correctional Facility in Pennsylvania. Jeffrey Sandusky's lawyer declined to comment on the allegations. The district attorney's office says it will release a statement Monday. WTAJ-TV says state police accuse him of sending inappropriate texts to a victim and asking for naked photos. Jerry Sandusky is serving a lengthy prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys.
We're expecting a "very slick" morning commute today in the Jamestown-area... as Winter has returned following a brief warm-up last Saturday. The National Weather Service is continuing a Lake Effect Snow Warming through 1 PM today for about 6 to 11 inches total for the most persistant lake snow areas of Chautauqua County. That from Forecaster Kirk Apfell with the Weather Service's Buffalo office... who says the heaviest of the snow fell during a drop in temperatures late last night. Apfell says there are two concerns with this storm... the first being the snowfall totals... which will be the highest in the higher terrain and persistant lake snow areas. He says the other concern is with the strong winds... which will cause blowing and drifting snow. Sustained winds are predicted to be about 25 to 35 miles per hour. With that... Apfell says visability will be cut to about a quarter-of-a-mile or less. The complete forecast is coming up.
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly violating an order of protection during a Gun-Involved Violence Eliminiation -- or GIVE Detail in the city late last week. Jamestown Police assisted State Parole with the detail in conducting home visits of paroles to ensure they are complying with their programs. Officers saw they checked on 43 year-old Anthony Ford at his home at 207 Spring Street... and, found him with a woman that he was mandated to stay away from. City Police say they arrested Ford for Felony Aggravated Family Offense... and, second-degree criminal contempt. He was also charged with a parole violation... and, arraigned in city court. He was sent to the County Jail without bail.
It looks like the Dunkirk City School District may be looking at it's first proposed tax rate increase in several years... due mainly to two major hits to it's revenues. That from Superintendent James Tracy... who says he was "disappointed" by the amount of state aid the district is projected to get from the intial school aid runs for Dunkirk's 42.4-million dollar spending plan. Dunkirk School Business Manager William Thiel presented a preliminary draft of the budget during the school board's meeting late last week. He says he's concerned about the loss of funding under the NRG Payment-in-lieu of tax agreement... and, says a tax rate increase may be needed. Thiel says that gap is about 1.3-million dollars. The proposed budget has a tax levy increase of 4.33 percent.
State and federal inspectors found four critical defects and 42 non-critical ones in the latest round of oil train and track inspections across New York state. Governor Andrew Cuomo says the targeted inspections of tank cars and tracks are critical to maintaining public safety. Inspection teams examined 104 crude oil tank cars, 184 miles of track and 89 switches. The inspections focused on track, track hardware and tank car mechanical safety equipment. Critical defects involve important maintenance issues that must be addressed immediately, but do not necessarily indicate safety lapses. Non-critical rail defects must be repaired within 30 days. Since the Democratic governor initiated the inspection campaign in February 2014, the Department of Transportation and federal partners have inspected 11,231 crude oil tank cars and 5,508 miles of track.
There's a new place to get into shape in the Jamestown-area... and, it's in downtown Lakewood. The Fitness Bunker held it's grand opening last Saturday at the former Lakewood-Busti Recreation Center on West Summit Avenue. The operation is run by Laurie Shults and "Tori" Rachuna... and, is another place where people can go "24/7" during the week. Shults says they had already been up and running for two-weeks... and, adds they've been well-received. Rachuna says he and Shults initially looked at starting up a place in Raleigh, North Carolina where her mother now lives. However... he says he got involved with a fitness place in Erie, Pennsylvania before he and Shults decided to open The Fitness Bunker here. Rachuna says they are signing people up for one-year commitments... for basically two reasons. One is they want the person to be committed to coming to the gym, but, adds they in turn are committed to you the member. The Fitness Bunker is staffed from 9 AM to 7 PM Mondays through Thursdays... and, 9 to 6 on Fridays. For more information... go to their Facebook page.
Lawmakers in the village of Fredonia are looking at possible increases in water rates... whether they decide to join the North County Water District, or go it alone. Thathat from an engineering study outlined by Mayor Athanasia Landis during a special meeting of the Village Board late last week. The report cites a huge increase in the water rates should the Village join the district. It says rates would jump by nearly 8-dollars per thousand gallons of water. If the village continues to provide water service, the study indicates an increase of nearly one-dollar per thousand. A decision from the village board could be coming soon. Dr. Landis says the study gives trustees some numbers to work with. Kathy Tampio of the North County Water District attended the meeting. She said the district's board was getting a chance to see the report late last week. Dr. Landis says trustees could take up the matter as early as tonight.
State conservation officials say bear hunters in New York state killed one-thousand-539 black bears during the 2016 hunting seasons. The Department of Environmental Conservation reports that hunters took a total of 1,025 black bears in the Southern Zone. That's about 10 percent less than in 2015, but slightly more than the five-year average. In the Northern Zone... 514 bears were killed, approximately 12 percent fewer than in 2015 but on par with the historical average. The heaviest dressed-weight bear reported to DEC in 2016 was 555 pounds, taken in the Franklin County town of Brandon.
Governor Andrew Cuomo this week is expected to decide whether the state should block New York City's impending fee on non-reusable shopping bags. The Democrat has until February 18th to act on legislation that would postpone the fee until at least next year. But he's likely to act sooner, because the fee is scheduled to go into effect Wednesday. City leaders approved the fee, of a nickel or more, on plastic and paper shopping bags as a way to reduce litter. But state lawmakers voted to overrule the city, saying the fee would be a burden on the poor and middle class. Meanwhile... the Legislature will take its deepest dive yet into Cuomo's $152-billion dollar state budget proposal, holding a series of hearings on education spending, transportation and environmental protection.
JPD Captain talks about jump in Counterfeit $20 and $100 bills in the city...
Jamestown police are warning local residents of possible $20 and $100 counterfeit bills. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they have received several reports of both in recent days. Samuelson says counterfeits are often an issue... but, adds these have been more prevailant. He says one issue is with $100 bills that have "motion picture use" only... which have been around for a while... but, have cropped up a few times locally. Sameulson says the other problem started with a $100 bill taken by a restaraunt that had chinese markings on it. He says the concern is when people use them to defraud people intentionally... and, adds they want to get them "out of circulation as much as we can." Media One News is aware of at least one case of several phony 20s showing up at a south side business within the past couple of weeks. Samuelson says police are asking local business to look closely at the $20 and $100 bills you take in... and, to use a dri-mark pen to verify that it's a real $20 or $100. He says if you find you have one... turn it into a local law enforcement agency.... or call the JPD anonymous Tips-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477. You can also contact the JPD on their 4-1-1 app.
Two Jamestown men, repeat offenders, sentenced on drug and other charges...
A Jamestown man convicted on drug and domestic violence-related charges could spend as much as six-years in state prision after being sentenced on three different charges. Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says 39 year-old Cesar Soto received the sentences in County Court this week. Swanson says Soto received 6 years determinate for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He says Soto also received 2 to 4 years indeterminiate each for first-degree reckless endangerment... and, second-degree attempted strangulation. Swanson says all sentences run concurrently. He adds that another Jamestown man... 31 year-old Rocco Beardsley... was also sentenced. Swanson says Beardsley received 4-years determinate... plus 2 years post-release supervision after being convicted of second-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He also received two-years determinate and, two-years of post-release supervision for third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. He also received 5 years and two-years post-release supervision for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Again... Swanson says all sentences run concurrently.
City man pleds guilty in federal court to Child Porn charges...
A Jamestown man has pleaded guilty to a charge of distributing child pornography in U-S District Court in Buffalo. Acting U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior announced late Thursday that 45 year-old Christopher Whitford entered the plea before Judge Elizabeth Wolford. Kennedy says the charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, and a $250,000 fine. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Baumgarten, who is prosecuting the case... says Whitford shared the content with an undercover law enforcement officer last May 1 through a file sharing program. Baumgartern adds that federal agents then raided Whitford's home on West 13th Street... and, they seized several pieces of electronic media... and, forensic analysis revealed images and videos constituting child pornography were stored on those items. Baumgarten says the images and videos that the defendant previously shared with the undercover officer were among those images. She says Whitford had about 2-thousand-400 images... and, one-thousand-188 videos constituting child pornography. He's to be sentenced June 13.
State Graduation Rate up to just over 79...
New York state's high school graduation rate continued its slow climb in 2016... when 79.4 percent of students earned a diploma after four years. The graduation rate released Friday by the state Department of Education is 1.3 percent higher than the 78.1 percent for the class of 2015. State officials say black and Hispanic students and students in the bigger cities were among those making gains. New York City's rate was just under 70 percent, up 2.4 percent from the previous year. Syracuse posted a 6.4-percent increase, to 61 percent, while the other so-called Big Five school districts of Buffalo, Rochester and Yonkers had graduation rates of 61.7 percent, 47.5 percent and 77.5 percent, respectively. New York state has 2.6 million students in public schools. State data shows that more than half are considered economically disadvantaged.
Jamestown's sales tax revenue falls short of projections...
A slight drop in sales tax revenue for the fourth-quarter of 2016 has led Jamestown city leaders to closely watch 2017 revenues as they plug a gap in spending. That from Mayor Sam Teresi... who says they had a decent quarter... but, it was not as good as in 2015, when the city exceeded sale tax revenues. For the year, he says they wound up 1.5-percent short of projections. Teresi says the problem is volatility in those projections. He says he and his finance team are very careful when they forecast sales tax revenues because of that volatility. He says they aren't changing projected figures of just under $6-million for 2017... but, will keep a close eye on the situation. Teresi says they've been fairly successful in recent years in finishing within an "acceptable" variance of where they projected they would be. He made his comments for this weekend's Community Spotlight program on the five Media One Group stations. City Comptroller Joe Bellitto reported on the final sales tax figures at this past week's City Council work session.
Much of the northeastern U.S. is preparing for a winter storm that could bring a foot of snow or more to some areas. The storm is expected to hit eastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey with rain early THIS morning, before changing over to snow in time for the morning commute. The National Weather Service predicted Boston and New York City would get 8 to 12 inches of snow and Philadelphia 6 to 8 inches. Near whiteout conditions are possible, with snow expected to fall at a clip of 2 to 4 inches per hour at the height of the storm. High winds, coastal flooding and power outages are also possible. Many communities across the region announced winter parking restrictions and school closures in advance of the storm.
Western New York and Chautauqua County will escape the wrath of this Nor-easter that's moving in from the south and west to the east coast. However... we may see some "wrap-around" lake effect snow once it starts moving out of the New York City Metro-area. That from Forecaster Aaron Reynolds with the National Weather Service in Buffalo... who says we first saw some light snow last night... and, snow showers picking up during the overnight hours. However... Reynolds says we may see some of that wrap-around lake effect once the storm system begins moving away from the coast... later today and tonight. He says, away from Lake Erie, we'll see some accumulation. Reynolds says here are no watches or warnings at this time. There will also be snow during the day today... with much colder temperatures than we saw Tuesday, and Wednesday. Here in the immediate Jamstown area.... we'll reach about 20 for a high today. The strongest lake effect is expected later this afternoon and tonight with 2 to 3 inches in the persistant Lake Snow areas.
New York state lawmakers took a hard look yesterday at spending on human services in Governor Andrew Cuomo's 152-billion dollar budget plan. That was the major topic of the latest budget hearing... held at the state Capitol in Albany. It's all part of the Legislature's ongoing review of Cuomo's 2017-18 spending proposal. Lawmakers say they are likely to recommend significant changes to the governor's suggested spending plan. The final product will be hammered out in negotiations between the governor and top lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly. The Legislature hopes to approve a spending plan before April 1st... the start of the next fiscal year.
The state legislature is looking at a "very significant" increase as the starting point for public school aid in Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2017-18 budget proposal. That from Executive Director Tim Kreamer of the New York State School Boards Association on the one-billion dollar increase lawmakers are now considering during deliberations on the 152-billion dollar spending plan. Kreamer says the 25.6-billion dollar aid request is "step one" in the budget process. There has been some concern voiced over the policy that's been written into parts of the governor's proposal. However... Kreamer says the school board's association is pleased with what's in the school aid part of the spending plan... especially with how it deals with measuring poverty, and deals with funding Pre-K. However... he says there are a couple of concerns... namely over the fact that basic "foundation" aid disappears in 2018-19. Kreamer says the school board's association will continue to voice it's position during the budget process... which is now underway in Albany.
Organizers of New York's first-ever Hepatitis C summit are calling on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to wipe out Hepatitis C in the state. Public health officials, elected leaders, medical experts and patient advocates released a statement at the Tuesday summit in Albany calling for an official task force to fight the chronic disease that afflicts more than 200,000 people in the state. The statement says New York's medical and research resources provide a solid foundation to enhance prevention, expand screening and provide access to affordable treatment.
A Dunkirk man has been arrested for allegedly selling quantities of cocaine to undercover drug agents in the north county city. Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force arrested 30 year-old Jeremy Echevarria of Washington Street late yesterday (Tuesday) on an arrest warrant for one count each of third-degree criminal possession... and, sale of a controlled substance. Task Force agents say they took Echevarria into custody at the intersection of Fourth and Swan Streets in Dunkirk without incident. He was arraigned in Dunkirk City Court... and, sent to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail pending further court action. Task Force members continue to ask members of the community to call when they observe suspicious or narcotics related activity in their neighborhood.
As one fund-raiser ends... another begins for the Chautauqua County Humane Society near Jamestown. The local organization has just wrapped-up it's "Hot Dog - Cool Cat's" Pet Photo Contest... and, this week kicks-off it's biggest fund-raiser... "Pennies 4 Paws." Humane Society Spokeswoman Hannah (Hahn-uh) Braun says they're excited about this year's "Pennies" program because of last year's success.Braun says she and others at the pet shelter will be distributing canisters across the Jamestown-area for "Pennies 4 Paws..." which begins February 12th... and, runs until the end of April. As for the "Hot Dog - Cool Cat's" photo contest... she says they recently named Deanna Cordosi's pet "Joella" this year's winner. Braun says this year... they expanded the number of places they awarded -- from 12 to 23. She says they also have the playing cards for sale... plus additional sets. However... she says you need to contact her at the Humane Society at 664-2209... extension 213.
An Amish teenager from Cattaraugus County was killed early last weekend when he was trampled to death by a horse-drawn cart he was using to haul a wood log in Conewango. Sheriff's officers in Little Valley have now identified the boy as 14 year-old Neil Raber of Northeast Road. Deputies say Raber was using the cart to pull the log down a hill in a wooded area just before 9 AM last Friday when the cart hit something... and, he was thrown to the ground. Officers were called to the scene... along with Conewango and Ellington Fire crews... State Forest Rangers... and, Randolph EMS. Police say they were unable to revive the boy... who was pronounced dead at the scene by Cattaraugus County Coroner Howie Van Rensselaer.
A Salamanca man has been arrested for allegedly trafficking crack-cocaine in the area of the Cattaraugus County city. Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they arrested 22 year-old Randy Redeye of Washington Street early last weekend on one count each of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell... and, one count of third-degree criminal sale. Task Force members say the arrest came following a lengthy investigation by the task force... along with the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office... State Police and Salamanca City Police. Redeye was arraigned... and, sent to the Little Valley jail on 25-hundred dollars cash bail.
A few hundred county leaders from across New York state talked about a wide-range of issues... including ways to better consolidate and merge services... during the state Association of Counties recent legislative conference in Albany. That from Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan... who was joined for the NYSAC Conference by Public Facilities Director George Spanos... county Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler... and, new Finance Director Kitty Crow. Horrigan feels it was a very successful trip. That's the New York state budget... which Governor Andrew Cuomo presented in late January. The state legislature is now reviewing the package in committee. Horrigan says the governor himself also addressed NYSAC during a reception... where Cuomo led an open and candid discussion on what's going on with all counties. He adds that he got a chance to speak with Cuomo for a few minutes afterwards. Horrigan says there was some dissent over Cuomo's proposal to have counties put up propositions this Fall on sharing, and consolidating services. He says people aren't going to buy into plans that are rushed... and, haven't had a full, public vetting. He made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the Media One Group stations.
This week in New York state government news, Democrats will unveil plans to modernize the state's voting system and lawmakers turn their attention to state income taxes. Poll problems prompted an unprecedented number of complaints during last year's presidential primary. Lawmakers, as well as Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Governor Andrew Cuomo have all proposed ways to fix antiquated voting rules, including early voting and automatic voter registration. Lawmakers will also take a close look at taxes during a hearing on the state budget. Democrats, led by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, are calling for higher taxes on the state's richest people, a move opposed by Republicans. Meanwhile, Rivers Casino & Resort opens Tuesday in Schenectady, the third of four casinos approved for upstate.
Jamestown Schools Superintendent Tim Mains says he's "very, very pleased" to see the district removed from the state Comptroller's list of district's under Fiscal Stress. The city district was notififed recently by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli that it was off the list for the past year after being on it for calendar years 2014 and 2015. Mains says the district's stress rate was around 55-percent at one point... but, was down to 10 for 2016. Once the district appeared on the list... he says two things took place to improve their fiscal condition -- one being a boost in state aid. Mains adds there was a few more positions cut once he became superindent in the following year. He says they also cut programs, closed Rogers Elementary School... and, drained their reserves. However... he says recent boosts in state aid the past couple of years have also provided a major boost. Mains adds that districts like Jamestown are most affected when state aid is decreased. Seventy-eight percent of Jamestown revenues come from state aid.
An influx of thousands of refugees from around the world over the past few decades is credited with injecting new energy into one city in upstate New York. But now... Utica is beset with new anxiety in the age of Trump. The president's order restricting refugees and travel from Muslim countries has immigrants in Utica saying they feel uncertain about their place here. Some also worry they will not be able to bring over family members fleeing war zones and refugee camps. The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees in Utica settles about 400 refugees a year, including Somalis, Bosnians, Syrians and people from Myanmar. Mayor Robert Palmieri calls the refugees the "next evolution" for a city built generations ago by immigrants from Italy, Germany and Poland.
New York state is setting aside nearly 20-million dollars to assist local health care providers looking to expand or upgrade their facilities. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the move Thursday. The new Community Health Care Revolving Fund is intended to help community health organizations that might not be able to expand otherwise. The money will be awarded in the form of low-cost loans. It will pay to assist organizations like local mental health treatment centers or community clinics on projects to construct, expand or renovate facilities. The Democratic governor says the funding will help ensure that every New Yorker has access to quality health care.
Vice President Mike Pence is pledging that Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will be seated on the high court "one way or the other." Pence's comments came during a speech in Philadelphia to the Federalist Society, a conservative legal group. They echoed President Donald Trump's comments from earlier in the week. Trump urged the Senate's Republican leader to scrap longstanding rules and "go nuclear" if Democrats block Gorsuch. Trump on Tuesday nominated the 49-year-old Gorsuch - a Denver-based U.S. appellate court judge - to a lifetime appointment on the nation's highest court. Pence says the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Justice Antonin Scalia's death belongs to the American people.
Cattaraugus County Amish boy killed in logging accident...
A 14 year-old Amish boy from Cattaraugus County was killed early last weekend when he was trampled to death by a horse-drawn cart he was using to haul a wood log in Conewango. Sheriff's officers in Little Valley have now identified the boy as Neil Raber of Northeast Road. Deputies say Raber was using the cart to pull the log down a hill in a wooded area just before 9 a.m. last Friday when the cart hit something... and, he was thrown to the ground. Officers were called to the scene... along with Conewango and Ellington Fire crews... State Forest Rangers... and, Randolph EMS. Police say they were unable to revive the boy... who was pronounced dead at the scene by Cattaraugus County Coroner Howie Van Rensselaer.
Two arrested in Jamestown drug bust...
Two people from Jamestown were arrested for allegedly trafficking cocaine and other drugs out of an apartment on the city's eastside... where police also found a small child. Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force agents say they raided the lower apartment at 945 East Second St. about 8:45 a.m. Friday. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they were joined by the state Police C-NET, and K-9 Teams. Samuelson says they found significant amounts of cash, and an illegal narcotic drug. The cash totalled just over $9,000, and there was 28 grams of cocaine found... in addition to illegal fireworks.... and, two dogs -- one severely malnourished an chained to a pipe in the basement. Samuelson says the task force arrested 30 year-old Eric Reese and 28 year-old Nichole Farrar inside the apartment. He says the 3 year-old child was not the only one found inside the home. Samuelson says Child Protective Services was contacted. He says both Reese and Farrar are charged with third-degree criminial possession of a controlled substance.... cruelty to animals... and, endangering the welfare of a child. Anyone with information on illegal drug activity in city is asked to contact the JPD Tips 411 app... or call the anonymous Tips line at 483-TIPS...that's 483-8477.
Horrigan and Borrello pleased with Cherry Creek voters taking first step towards dissolution...
The results are still unofficial, but it appears voters in the village of Cherry Creek have approved a proposition to dissolve the village. According to the Chautauqua County Board of Elections, a total of 102 voters took part... with 70 voting in favor of dissolution and 32 against. County Executive Vince Horrigan says he's pleased with the result of the vote as the county looks for more opportunities to save money and be more efficient. County Legislator George Borrello, who chairs the County's Regional Solutions Commission, participated in a public hearing on dissolving the village. He believes voters made the right decision. There are still a handful of absentee and affidavit ballots that must be counted. The County Board of Elections expects to certify the results of the vote next Thursday.
Broome County officials announce new shared services, and consolidation panel...
One county in New York's Southern Tier isn't waiting on officials in Albany to act on Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to shrink the size of local governments. Broome County Executive Jason Garnar today (on Friday) announced the creation of a new panel that will look for ways that local governments can share services or equipment to cut costs and ultimately property taxes. Cuomo has proposed requiring each county in the state to do something similar. He says voters should decide if county officials fail to act on their cost-cutting proposals. Cuomo says he commends Garnar's decision to look for ways to find efficiencies and "restore confidence in government." As mentioned before... Chautauqua County has had a Regional Solutions panel working the past year or so.
Pomfret fires heavily damage homes north of Lily Dale...
Several fire departments responded to a blaze that involved two houses at Glasgow-on-the-Lake off of Glasgow Road in the town of Pomfret. Fredonia Firefighters were called out to the blaze around 5:30 a.m. last Friday... and, crews found two houses involved. Heat damage was reported to two other buildings. Fredonia fire crews got mutual aid for tankers and manpower from Cassadaga, Stockton, East Dunkirk, West Dunkirk, Sheridan and Sinclairville Fire Departments. The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team was sent to the scene and is trying to determine a cause.
Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner sold out...
The dinner to celebrate the newest members of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame is now officially a sell-out. That from Hall of Fame President Randy Anderson... who says all of their ticket outlets are out of tickets for the event... which begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club. Leading up to the sell-out... Anderson says tickets were selling quite briskly at all of their locations. Anderson says they'll be inducting 11 new members on February 20th. He says the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame was recently part of the "Doors Open Jamestown" open house recently... and, adds they had their largest number of visitors during the event. The inductees this year include long-time Gerry Rodeo Spokesman and sports official Paul Cooley... former High School and college football stand-out Sam Restivo... and, legendary stock car racer Sammy LaMancuso. For more information on the Hall of Fame... go on-line to www.chautauquasportshalloffame.org.
New York's Attorney General believes that millions of state residents have been getting cheated by Spectrum-Time Warner Cable for far too long and he is seeking legal action to bring internet subscribers relief. A-G Eric Schneiderman today announced a lawsuit against Charter Communications... and, its subsidiary Spectrum Management Holdings for allegedly conducting a deliberate scheme to defraud and mislead New Yorkers by promising internet service that they knew they could not deliver. The suit alleges that subscribers’ wired internet speeds for the premium plan were up to 70 percent slower than promised; WiFi speeds were even slower, with some subscribers getting speeds that were more than 80 percent slower than what they had paid for. Spectrum-Time Warner Cable currently has approximately 2.5 million subscribers across New York State. In a statement yesterday afternoon... Charter says it is "disappointed" that Schneiderman is suing the company over promises made by Time Warner before the acquisition. It says it's making "substantial" investments to upgrade the system.
A former mayor of the north county city of Dunkirk has pleaded guilty to wire fraud for pocketing over 54-thousand dollars in campaign contributions. Acting U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says that 85-year-old Richard Frey pleaded guilty today (Wednesday) in U-S District Court in Buffalo. He was Dunkirk mayor from January 2002 to January 2012. Authorities say he solicited large contributions from businesses and business people between January 2003 and June 2012, then used the money for himself. The prosecutor says Frey had "substantial personal debt." Kennedy says Frey could get up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he's sentenced on May 11th.
Three people were hurt -- and two were hospitalized -- in a three-vehicle crash on Route 353 in the Cattaraugus County town of Little Valley yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say they were called to the scene -- about a quarter of a mile south of New Albion Road -- just after 3 PM. Deputies say a car driven by 36 year-old Ashley Mazurzyk of Little Valley... was southbound when the car crossed the center line and struck an oncoming pick-up truck -- driven by 59 year-old Robert Willett of Cattaraugus. Officers say Mazurzyk's car continued on... and, struck another vehicle... driven by 61 year-old John Woodward, Senior of Franklinville. Officers say Woodward and Mazurzyk were taken to Olean General Hospital for treatment... while Willett was treated at the scene. Route 353 was closed for about 2-hours while the scene was cleared. The accident remains under investigation.
A Chautauqua resident who has attended the past seven Presidential Inaugurations says this year's was "somewhat of a let-down." Don Artico confirmed that the crowd size for President Donald Trump was "50 to 60 percent" of the people that were at the last one for Barack Obama. Artico adds there was also a different kind of person there. Most were respectful...but, he says others showed a general lack of respect for those who were there to watch. Artico says some have noted that there were "paid" protesters there... but, he says most did not not appear to be. Artico says he and his wife will stay with friends or relatives when they go to the inauguration... and, they'll help get them where they need to be. However... he says they've never had a problem getting tickets. This year...he says you really didn't need one. Artico says they tried to take a short-cut to get to their seats this year... but, could not because protesters blocked that gate. He has given eyewitness accounts of previous inuaugurations for us... including the previous two with former President Obama. His first inauguration was the first for two-term President Bill Clinton.
Lawmakers from both parties are criticizing Governor Andrew Cuomo's economic development efforts, pointing to lackluster results as evidence that New York isn't doing enough to spur job creation. Members of the Assembly and Senate on Wednesday grilled Cuomo economic development chief Howard Zemsky during a state budget hearing. Many questions focused on Start-Up NY, a high-profile program that waives taxes for participating businesses. Cuomo touted Start-Up as a potential "game changer" but a report issued last year showed it has only generated 408 new jobs in two years. Republican Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin called Start-Up an "epic failure." The Democratic governor is proposing a new name and new rules to improve the program. Zemsky defended Start-Up and other economic initiatives, saying they've helped reduce unemployment and improve the state's business reputation.
The Jamestown-area's newest veterinary hospital and care facility has opened up on Fairmount Avenue in West Ellicott. The ribbon was cut this (Wednesday) morning on the new Lakeside Veterinary Medicine at 976 Fairmount Avenue. It's co-owned by Dr. Patrick Farrell, and Brooke Harkness... who also operate Russell Veterinary Hospital in Russell, Pennsylvania. Farrell says they saw the need for an expansion of their services into Chautauqua County... and, the former Yeti Vape location was ideal. He says they provide services for both small and larger animals. Several local officials were on hand for the opening... including state Assemblyman Andy Goodell... and, a representative from State Senator Cathy Young... Lisa VanStrom - who is also an Ellicott resident. Ellicott Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin was also on hand. For more information on Lakeside Veterinary Medicine... call 708-1010. Their hours are 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays... they are 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM on Wednesdays... and, 7:30 to 11:30 AM on Thursdays. For information on weekend hours... go to their website at lakesidevetmed-dot-COM.
Cornell University officials say the Ivy League school will use a household products company's 150-million dollar gift to bolster the college's business schools. H. Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of Racine, Wisconsin-based S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., joined Cornell officials in Ithaca on Tuesday night to outline the plans for the donation, the largest made to the university's upstate campus. Johnson announced on Saturday that he and his manufacturing company were making the gift to the newly named Cornell S.C. Johnson College of Business. Johnson received his undergraduate degree from Cornell and holds three master's degrees from the university. Cornell's Board of Trustees voted Saturday in Manhattan to rename the university's business college in honor of the Johnson family. The 131-year-old, $10 billion company makes such brands as Pledge, Raid, and Windex.
Jamestown Community College is offering help and support to students who either plan travel soon... or are international students who were planning to travel in the coming weeks following President Trump's temporary ban on immigrants from seven Majority Muslim countries in the Middle East. JCC's Executive Director of Academic Innovation, Nelson Garifi, also oversees the college's Global Learning program. Garifi says they have 20 foreign students at the college... but, adds none of them are from the seven countries listed in the president's order. As a general statement... SUNY officials on Monday advised students and faculty to put off making trips to any of those seven Muslim-majority nations included in the president's travel ban. Garifi says his office has already been talking with students who have general anxiety about the situation. He says they are regularily getting information updates on what's happening. He says they monitor updates from the U-S State Department at least three times a day... and, get a lot of guidance from SUNY. Last Sunday... SUNY's top officials recommended the suspension of travel plans to the countries included in Trump's executive order blocking immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
There's a lot of talk about President Trump's executive order restricting immigration... and, officials at the State University of New York College at Fredonia say they have a "solid" international student population on campus. Officials add they are offering support should they need it. Jeff Woodard, Director of Marketing and Communications, says the Office of International Education offers support to international students. Woodard says the situation is "fluid" and it's not known how many students have been impacted by the presidential order. He says the campus will working to develop opportunities for dialogue on the issue... everything from talking with their international students... to celebrating diversity on their campus. SUNY officials say the university system currently has 320 enrolled students who come from the counties included in the executive order.
Washington is the first state to sue the Trump administration, but it likely will not be standing alone for long. Democratic state attorneys general have been forming a coordinated wall of legal resistance over immigration, environmental protections, health care and other major issues since Donald Trump was elected. Washington state sued over the president's executive order restricting refugees and immigration. By suing, they will be following the same path as Republican attorneys general, who repeatedly sued the administration of former President Barack Obama. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his colleagues and other lawyers are being moved to action because they believe Trump "does not have respect for the rule of law."
City lawmakers have approved legislation asking the state to let Jamestown start-up an 11-year tax abatement program to redevelop vacant or condemned homes. City Development Director Vince DeJoy earlier this month outlined the Local Property Tax Abatement Incentive Redevelopment of Vacant and Condemned Properties program... which would be for single and two-family residential properties. Acting City Council President Tony Dolce says the main goal of the program is to rehabilitate delapitated and vacant properties to eventually get them back on the tax roles. For the first three years... City Council members say the property owner would pay no city taxes. It would then go to 20-percent the next two years before the property goes fully on the tax rolls in the 12th year. Dolce says the measure would also allow homebuilders the chance to put up what are called Tiny homes..." which can be as small as 700 to 800 square feet. He says they may be ideal for some of the lots that are too small for a full sized home. Dolce says the legislation has been given to state lawmakers for approval.
It's been an eight to nine-year process that's brought three northern Chautauqua County towns to be involved in major wind turbine projects... two of which have now been approved. That from Villenova Town Supervisor Rich Ardillo... who has only been on the town board a short time... but, says the project will greatly benefit the municipality. Ardillo declined to speak on tape... but, says there were several public meetings... including two public hearings... on the multi-million dollar project. He was responding to comments from two town residents... one town board member Angelo Graziano... who spoke against the project at a recent Chautauqua County Legislature meeting. In his estimation... Ardillo says an "overwhelming majority" of the residents he spoke with -- at least two-thirds -- favored the project. He says the board's final vote on the project was 3-to-1... with Graziano voting no... and, one other board member abstaining because they were to directly benefit financially from the project. Ardillo says some 90 residents will be getting some kind of "direct payments" from the project. He says that will be the equivalent of 15 new, full-time jobs in the town.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal does not include any new taxes... and, only one new fee. Howeever... it does include fee increases that New York motorists will pay. That from Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore, who says the Governor's proposed budget boosts the fees for new vehicle titles... which will go from 50-dollars to 75-dollars. Barmore says he's also proposing the fee for a duplicate title go from 20 to 40-dollars. Barmore says he has voiced his concerns over the proposals to State Senator Cathy Young... and, Assemblyman Andrew Goodell. He also urges local residents to let their representatives know how they feel about the proposed fee increases.
Gas prices in the Jamestown-area are down nearly half-a-penny this week... remaining fairly stable over the past week. That from the Triple-A's Fuel Gauge Report... which says this week's average price is just under 2-dollars-56 cents a gallon. Triple-A says the price is down from an even 2--56 last week to 2-dollars-55.7 cents this week. Last year at this time... the price was about 2--10 a gallon. Nationally... the Fuel Gauge reports that continual growth in the number of U.S. oil rigs... and, the increased drilling it implies are raising expectations for a climb in domestic oil production. Additionally, increased U.S. crude oil production coupled with lower driving demand has kept downward pressure on the national average price at the pump, which has fallen for 21 consecutive days. Today's national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is 2-dollars-27 cents per gallon. That's down about 4-cents versus one week ago.
Three northwestern Pennsylvania residents have now been arrested on Felony charges for allegedly stealing several firearms from a home in Warren County's Brokenstraw Township. State Police in Warren say troopers in Corry arrested a third person... 27 year-old James Livingston-the-Third... at a location in Corry late Monday. Police say Livingston is charged with Felony theft,and conspiracy to commit theft. Troopers say Dakota Weilacher and katrina Livingston... both 24... had already been arrested for the thefts... which allegedly took place between May of 2015 and October of last year. Police say James Livingston was arraigned Tuesday, and released on 75-thousand dollars bail, pending a future court appearance.