WJTN Headlines for Sat., Sept. 22, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 21, 2018

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

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WJTN Headlines for Sept. 20, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 19, 2018

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

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

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 19, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 17, 2018

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

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., Sept. 15, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 14, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 13, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 13, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 12, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 11, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 10, 2018

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

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News Headlines for Fri., Sept. 7, 2018

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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WJTN Headlines for Wed., Sept. 5, 2018

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

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WJTN Headlines for Tues., Sept. 4, 2018

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

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WJTN Headlines for Mon. Sept. 3, 2018

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

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., Sept. 1, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 31, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 30, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 29, 2018

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

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

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WJTN Newsheadlines for Aug. 27, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 24, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 23, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 22, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 21, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 20, 2018

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

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., Aug. 18, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 17, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 16, 2018

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

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WJTN New Headlines for Aug. 15, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 14, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 13, 2018

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

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

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

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News Headlines for Sat., Aug. 11, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 10, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for August 9, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines Aug. 8, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 7, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 6, 2018

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

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., Aug. 4, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 3, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 2, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 1, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for July 31, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for July 30, 2018

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

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., July 28, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for July 27, 2018

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

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News Bulletin for Thurs., July 26, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for July 26, 2018

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

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News Alert for July 25, 2018

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

 

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

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WJTN News Headlines for July 25, 2018

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

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News alert for Tues., July 24, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for July 24, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for July 23, 2018

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

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., July 21, 2018

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

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., July 21, 2018

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

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News Headlines for Fri., July 20, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for July 19, 2018

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

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News alert for Wed., July 18, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for July 18, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for July 17, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for July 16, 2018

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

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News Update for Sun., July 15, 2018

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

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

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News Headlines for Sat., July 14, 2018

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

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

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WJTN News Headlines for July 13, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for July 12, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for July 11, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for July 10, 2018

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

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News Alert for Mon., July 9, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines

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

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News Headlines for Sat., July 7, 2018

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

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., Sept. 22, 2018

Strong storms roar through Chautauqua County Friday night, tornado warnings issued to the east... Several trees were reported down in the central part of Chautauqua County... but, no serious da...

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