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WJTN News Headlines for Wed., Nov. 23, 2022

PA man arrested for allegedly trying to rob Hinsdale Post Office in Cattaraugus County...
A McKean County, Pa. man has been arrested for allegedly threatening postal workers in Hinsdale with a hammer, and taking property from them.  Cattaraugus County Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Main Street in the village shortly before 8 a.m. Monday for a robbery in progress.  The department's Criminal Investigation Bureau looked into the incident... and, later arrested Kenneth Lannager of Port Allegany.  Lannager faces several charges... including first-degree attempted robbery... second-degree burglary... and second-degree menacing.  Deputies say he was jailed on $5,000 bail... and will appear in Hinsdale Town Court Wednesday.


Two city residents arrested following break-in at home on Jamestown's northside...
Two Jamestown residents have been arrested for allegedly breaking into a home on the city's northside late Monday afternoon.  City police say they found an open door to the home shortly before 5 p.m., but, learned from the property owner that no one should be inside.  Officers say the door had been locked when they tried to make entry... and, they breached the door... and, found 22 year-old Jonathan King, and 20 year-old Chelsea Coulter inside.  King and Coulter were both arrested for second-degree criminal trespass... and, King was also taken into custody on outstanding warrants from Jamestown City Court.  Both were jailed pending arraignment.


Sempolinski says new GOP House majority will be able to move ahead on investigations...
With one more race in the House of Representatives going to Republicans... they will have an iron-clad majority there the next two years.  That from local Congressman Joe Sempolinski... who says he's pleased to see more checks and balances being restored in Washington, D.C.  The Steuben County Republican says that not only will there be more oversight on spending... but, on the administration as well... including President Biden's son, Hunter Biden, and his allegedly shady business dealings.  House Republicans have already signaled that they are ready to proceed with a full investigation into foreign business dealings with the younger Biden... and, any possible connection to Joe Biden.  He says those are stories that most of the media, and social media have ignored... which he called a "double-standard" when compared to the Trump family.  There is currently a federal IRS investigation underway into Hunter Biden's financial dealings.  Sempolinski will leave office on Tuesday, Jan. 3 when the new Congress is sworn-in... and, new Congressman Nick Langworthy will be seated.


Salvation Army's first week of Red Kettle Campaign brings in $2,300, but, also need for more bell ringers...
The annual Red Kettle Campaign for the Salvation Army of Jamestown is off to a good start... but, there's a real scarcity of bell ringers for coming days.  That from Major Kim Merchant... who says they've raised $2,300 so far from the kettles.  However... she says they need people to sign up.  The past couple of years... Merchant says the pandemic prevented them from having groups man the kettles... but, she says they can do that again this year.  She adds they can now have couples, and families man the kettles.  Merchant says the best part of the early campaign is they'll be able to "multiply" donations quickly... as an anonymous donor will match the first $10,000 raised.  She says that means they've raised about $4,600 so far.  In addition to the Red Kettles... resident can also mail a check to the Salvation Army at 83 South Main St. in Jamestown.  In addition... Merchant says you can also text a contribution to "Jamestownkettles" at 51555.  For more information... call the Salvation Army at 664-4108.  Major Merchant made her comments during an interview on our Dennis Webster Show Tuesday morning.


Local Salvation Army also in need of food for holiday season...
There's also a need for food for the pantry at the Salvation Army... with Thanksgiving and the Christmas Holiday's coming up.  Major Kim Merchant says they've been talking with local churches and other groups about possibly doing a food drive to make sure they have enough to help feed the needy.  Merchant says they've also talked with school and civic groups about helping out.  The Salvation Army of Jamestown offers programs and services to people of all ages.  In addition to the food pantry... they provide financial assistance, referrals to community resources, a weekly senior’s group, weekly children’s programs... and more.


Hochul signs Cryptocurrency Mining Moratorium...
New York Governor Kathy Hochul has signed a "first-in-the-nation" cryptocurrency mining moratorium... a move celebrated by advocates across the state.  It puts a two-year pause on new and renewed air permits for fossil-fuel power plants that house proof-of-work cryptocurrency mining, and require the state Department of Environmental Conservation to do a study of the practice's environmental impacts.  With that... advocates are now urging the Governor to finish the job by shutting down the existing fracked gas-powered Bitcoin mines Greenidge Generation and Fortistar North Tonawanda.


City man arrested after choking woman to point of losing consciousness...
A Jamestown man has been arrested following a domestic incident in which he allegedly choked a woman to the point of losing consciousness.  City police say they were called to a northside address just after 9 p.m. Monday... where the victim told them she had been grabbed and then choked by 32 year-old Erick Blackwood-Head.  Blackwood-Head was taken into custody without incident... and, charged with second-degree stangulation.  He was jailed pending arraignment.


 

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