WJTN News Headlines for May 21, 2018

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

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News Headlines for Sat., May 19, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for May 18, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for May 17, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for May 16, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for May 15, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for May 14, 2018

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

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News Headlines for Sat., May 12, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for May 11, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines

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

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WJTN News Headlines May 9, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for May 8, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for May 7, 2018

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

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News Headlines for Sat., May 5, 2018

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

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

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WJTN News Headlines for May 3, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines

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

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WJTN News Headlines for May 1, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines Apr 30, 2018

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

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News Headlines for Sat., Apr. 28, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 27, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 26, 2018

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

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News Bulletin for Wed., Apr. 25, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 25, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 24, 2018

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

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News Bulletin for Apr. 23, 2018

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

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

 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr.. 23, 2018

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

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News Headlines for Sat., Apr. 21, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 20. 2018

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

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News Update for Thurs., Apr. 19, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 19, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 18, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 17, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 16, 2018

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

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News Headlines for Sat., Apr. 14, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 13, 2018

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

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News Headlines for Thurs., Apr. 12, 2018

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

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News Headlines for Wed., Apr. 11, 2018

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

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News Headlines for Tues., Apr. 10, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 9, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 6, 2018

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

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News Bulletin for Thurs., Apr. 5, 2018

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

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 5, 2018

A  Cattaraugus County man has been arrested on several charges -- including vehicular manslaughter, and driving while intoxicated -- following a two-vehicle accident in the town of Carrollton...  
 
Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley responded to the collison on Route 417 Wednesday night.  Following an investigation, officers determined that a vehicle operated by 47 year-old John McStraw attempted to pass a semi-trailer and struck an oncoming vehicle driven by an unidentified 48 year-old Killbuck resident.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  McStraw was arraigned in Carrollton Town Court and is being held in Cattaraugus County Jail on $15,000 bail. 
 
 
Tips from the public have been a major help to Jamestown police in their investigation into the death of an adult American Pitbull found hanging from a tree on the city's westside...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says a passerby found the dog hanging on a red leash and blue nylon rope shortly before 8 p.m. this past Monday on Hallock Street near Palmer.  Samuelson tells us that they have now developed information on a suspect, and they expect to announced an arrest in the case later today.  He tells us that information on the supect will be released early this afternoon once the person has officially been charged and arraigned.  In addition to the "dozens of tips" they have received from the public, he says they have also received several requests for monetary donations towards a reward or donation for the animal's cause.  You can do so through the local Humane Society, or the Pick of the Litter Animal Shelter in Falconer. 
 
 
A Jamestown woman is accused of driving while intoxicated on the city's westside Tuesday morning... 
 
Officers say a vehicle with a loud, inadequate muffler made an improper left turn onto Washington Street from West 4th Street and was stopped. During the investigation, the operator-- 37 year-old Melissa Morrod-- was determined to be intoxicated. Norrod was also found to have cocaine in her possession and was arrested. She was taken to city jail pending arraignment on traffic violations, DWI and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 
 
 
It didn't take 100 days, but Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello has been able to officially visit 100 businesses at the beginning of his four-year term in office... 
 
Borrello visited the Grape Growers Cooperative in Westfield Wednesday as his 100th business.  However, he's been able to do it in 94 days. The Silver Creek area Republican says he's proud to have done it and adds it's been well worth doing.
 
In fact, Borrello says he's going to keep doing the visits during the remainder of his term because they've been so helpful.  He adds that each meeting has been special, and while they weren't scheduled to go long, many have lasted between 1.5 and three hours.  He says it's been a learning experience that's taught him that if local businesses are willing to spend that much time talking about their business needs, then it's "critically important."  He made his comments for this coming weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
The head of New York's School Boards Association says they'll take the nearly $860-million state aid increase in the just-approved state budget... 
 
However, there is a lot of concern about a new mandate to report on where each and every dollar goes in each district and in each of their buildings.  That from Association Executive Director Tim Kreamer, who says the "School Building -- per Pupil" Reports are part of a new federal mandate.  Kreamer says this year -- 75 school districts -- will have to issue reports by July 1.
 
Kreamer says each of New York's nearly 700 public school districts will have to do the reports in the "proper form" and submit them to ensure each gets their fair share of aid.  As for this year, Kreamer says the increase in state aid is not enough to meet current needs, which include health care and pension costs.  He says the legislature included aid for private and charter schools in the one-billion dollars in total, additional aid in the 2018-19 budget. 
 
 
The state of New York has announced a $66-million plan to repair and upgrade a stretch of the Thruway near Buffalo...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo said late Tuesday that the work will entail the rehabilitation and reconstruction of three miles of roadway between exit 54 and the Lackawanna toll barrier. New signs, wider shoulders and better guardrails will be installed.  In addition, three Thruway bridges will be repaired and renovated and a fifth span will be totally rebuilt.  Cuomo's office says the stretch of Thruway is one of the busiest, with more than 130,000 motorists using the highway every day.  The work will require some nightly lane closures on the Thruway's eastbound lanes.  The work is expected to be completed next year.
 
 
A non-profit center in the Jamestown community is dedicated to empowering students through their creativity in music, art, dancing, and singing... 
 
That from Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center's Executive Director Shane Hawkins, who says their programs help students express themselves through a healthy outlet.  She says the proof is in the art form.
 
While speaking with our Noel Blackhall, Hawkins adds that teachers serve as mentors for students, which she calls just as important to students as the teaching itself.  Infinity will be holding a "New Student Orientation" on April 19th for anyone interested in enrolling in public and private group sessions.  To find out more information on Infinity's programs,  visit their website at InfinityPerformingArts.org or call, 664-0991.
 
 
The death of a Vermont skier was ruled accidental by the Essex County Coroner's office... 
 
New York State Police in Ray Brook say 22 year-old Lukas Harvey was skiing with friends at Whiteface Mountain last Saturday morning. At 11 a.m., Harvey was passing through the lower Northway Trail when he fell and collided with a small group of hardwood trees. Troopers say life-saving measures were attempted without success and his body was taken to Adirondak Medical Center in Saranac Lake. Following an autopsy on Tuesday, Harvey's death was determined to be blunt force injuries due to a skiing accident. 
 
 
Road Closure Announcement for Jamestown Motorists...
 
The City of Jamestown Public Works Department has announced that Buffalo Street from Blackstone Avenue to Allen Street will be closed to traffic beginning on Monday, April 9. Director of Public Works Jeff Lehman says the portion of roadway will be closed to facilitate reconstruction of the railroad bridge. He says motorist will have to use alternate routes of travel through the beginning of July.

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 4, 2018

Jamestown police are searching for the owner of an adult pitbull dog found dead and hanging from a tree in a wooded area on the city's westside...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says a passerby found the dog hanging on a red leash and blue nylon rope shortly before 8 p.m. Monday on Hallock Street near Palmer.  Samuelson says they are asking for the public's help in finding who the dog belonged to.
 
Samuelson says it's hard to tell how long the dog had been hanging from the tree.  He says with several cold nights in recent days, the animal could have been there at least a week.  Samuelson says it may have been a month or longer.  He says they don't believe the animal was stolen and then tortured and killed.  He says if you have any information on the case, you should contact Jamestown police at their tip-line at 483-TIPS (8477).  You can also contact their Tips 411 app.  Samuelson says all calls will be kept confidential.  He adds they already had about half-a-dozen tips in the first two hours since posting the release online.
 
 
A city man faces charges after multiple drugs and guns were found in his Baker Street apartment Tuesday afternoon... 
 
Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force agents were assisted on-scene with the Jamestown SWAT and state police C-NET teams to execute a search warrant just before 2:30. While inside, officers found a quantity of crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, drug paraphernalia, along with two hand-guns and five long-guns. Investigators took 33 year-old Michael Davis into custody on several counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal use of drug paraphernalia. Officers say Davis was also allegedly wanted on two outstanding city court bench warrants. He's being held pending arraignment. 
 
 
A city man faces several serious charges after allegedly choking another person and holding a knife to the victim's throat during a domestic incident Monday morning on Jamestown's westside...  
 
City police were called to the scene at 401 West Fourth Street about 9 a.m. for an incident that had reportedly been going on for about an hour.  Following an investigation, officers accuse 53 year-old Russell Rea, Junior of assaulting the female victim by choking her, then threatening her with the knife.  Rea then allegedly locked her inside a bathroom for a some time after allegedly taking the victim's phone to keep her from calling 911.  He was arrested and jailed pending arraignment on several charges, including second-degree menacing and unlawful imprisonment.
 
 
A High-Wind Warning is in effect now through early this evening...  
 
National Weather Service Meteorologist Tony Ansuini in Buffalo said late yesterday that a very strong storm system is moving in from our Northwest and it's bringing winds of 30 to 40 mph, but gusting as high as 70 mph.
 
With that, Ansuini says wind gusts could cause some property damage and will likely bring down some trees and power lines, resulting in power outages. Travel will also become hazardous for high-profile vehicles.
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed was in the Jamestown-area Tuesday afternoon visiting Bush Industries to hear about the impacts of a stronger economy and tax reform...  
 
Reed says he heard a lot of good news, but also heard about the needs of the ready-to-assemble furniture company in the Jamestown industrial corridor on Allen Street.  The Corning Republican says Bush has grown about 25-percent in recent months, and is looking to hire 25 more workers.
 
Reed says tax reform has helped Bush in two ways: the first is the company having more money on hand to invest in the growth it has seen.  He adds it's also helped customers have more cash on hand to make office furniture purchases from Bush.  Reed says that's how tax reform is intended to work.  He says the major need for Bush right now is more skilled members of the workforce.  He says they continue to work with local schools and colleges on those needs.
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Reed says he was also in Dunkirk this afternoon to meet with Chautauqua Opportunities, Incorporated's new Director to find out what's taking place there, and their needs in helping people get out of poverty.
 
 
China has responded to new American tariffs on steel and aluminum imports by imposing it's own on American exports, mainly fruit and pork items...  
 
However, local Congressman Tom Reed says the move was "not unexpected" in what one outlet is calling a trade "tit for tat..." not necessarily the start of a Trade War.  Reed says the U-S move came in the wake of a new trade deal involving South Korea, which he says was successful.
 
China is one trade partner that has accepted milk and other dairy products from the U-S in recent years.  Reed agrees these moves have been "disruptive..." but, adds America needs to protect it's interests, which he says have been lost in recent decades.  He says previous agreements were "one-sided... " and put the U.S. at a great disadvantage.  Reed says the United States has been able to prove to the World Trade Organization that China had engage in unfair trade practices at least 90-percent of the time, while the U-S had only been about 10-percent of the time.  The Corning Republican made his comments during this week's telephone news conference with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
A Jamestown man was arrested during a traffic stop for allegedly violating a stay-away order of protection Monday afternoon... 
 
Jamestown police were conducting surveillance in the area of 339 Delaware Avenue shortly before 3 p.m. when they saw 36 year-old Jeremy Gross exit the residence and enter a vehicle. Officers were able to stop the vehicle with assistance from Lakewood-Busti Police in the Town of Busti and take him into custody. He is being held in city jail pending arraignment fir second-degree criminal contempt. 
 
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Gross was arrested for violating a stay-away order of protection for the same residence in mid-March, during which officers reportedly found 3.9-grams of crystal methamphetamine he attempted to dispose of during a traffic stop. 
 
 
Motorists are digging deeper into their pockets as the upward trend in gas prices continues for the Jamestown area...  
 
The price per gallon of regular, unleaded fuel is up six-cents from last week to $2.78.  That's according to AAA's latest gas price report, which says the price increase is partially due to the holiday weekend.  National gasoline prices also saw a surge, increasing to $2.66-cents, or $0.11 more than two-weeks ago.  The price increase also mirrors the stronger-than-usual demand.  Officials report the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region saw the largest drop in inventory on the week with a 3.3-million barrel draw. At 56-million barrels, inventories sit 10-million below this time last year. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 3, 2018

It was a quiet day weather wise Monday, but conditions are expected to change quickly by about midweek...  
 
The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a high wind warning for Chautauqua and Erie counties from late tonight through Wednesday evening.  Meteorologist Shawn Smith says forecasters will be keeping an eye on a strong storm system to our west.
 
Additionally, Smith says we could see winds gusting up to 65 miles per hour by Wednesday, with 30 to 40 MPH sustained.   The strong winds could bring down some trees and power lines and cause difficult travel for high profile vehicles.
 
 
A Jamestown toddler was injured after falling out of a two-story window Monday afternoon...
 
Jamestown Police dispatchers say officers were called to 214 West 8th Street shortly after 12:30. WKBW-TV reports that the 3 year-old is recovering from minor scrapes at this time. We will update this story as soon as more information becomes available.
 
 
A city man has been arrested for harassment after allegedly threatening another person with a knife during a domestic dispute late Sunday night...  
 
Jamestown Police say officers responded to 225 Steele Street for a physical domestic incident about 9:30.  An investigation led to the arrest of 34 year-old Chad Biauce, who is accused of damaging two plates in the residence, taking the undentified victim's cellphone from her so she couldn't call for help, and threatening her with a knife.  Biauce was taken into custody a short distance away and is being held pending arraignment. 
 
 
Local State Assemblyman Andy Goodell says the just-approved, 2018-19 state budget is a "mixed bag" of news for Chautauqua County, but overall is better than where they started... 
 
Goodell says he voted for many of the approxmiately one-dozen budget bills that make up the $168-billion spending plan this past weekend.  but, he adds there were others he did not.  The Jamestown-area Republican says he voted against the bill increasing the state's debt service.  However, Goodell says he supported the added one-billion dollars in school aid.
 
Goodell says there was also another $65-million put into the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program... or CHIPS funding.  Back to school aid... he says Chautauqua County's districts received another $11-million in funding.  However, Goodell says there was less money for the Southwestern District in the final spending plan.  He made his comments on the Dennis Webster Show on WJTN Radio, yesterday morning. 
 
 
There were no injuries and no damage was reported at the Lakewood Wal-Mart SuperCenter during a fire call Monday afternoon...  
 
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Dispatchers say Lakewood firefighters were called to the Fairmount Avenue local shortly before 3:00.  However, they say crews found no flames when they arrived, and add that everyone was evacuated from the building while crews checked the structure.  Firefighters were there until 3:40.
 
 
A short, simple question that's being proposed as part of the 2020 U.S. Census has stirred a lot of controversy since news first broke about it...  
 
The Trump Administration is eyeing a question wanting to know if a person being counted is a U.S. Citizen.  Some believe it's a deliberate effort to discourage legal and undocumented immigrants from taking part in the Census.  Local Congressman Tom Reed is shying away from the controversy, but adds he wants an accurate count of the people in each state.
 
Reed says the Census is very important to each state in order for states to get their fair share of federal aid and to keep representation in Congress.  He says a key issue for him is New York state enacting better policies to keep people and businesses from moving away.  He adds there were 45 members of Congress from New York at one time, but now there are 27.  Reed says more losses are projected in 2020.  The Corning Republican made his comments for his weekly telephone news conference with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
New York immigrant advocates are mounting opposition to adding that citizenship question to the Census...  
 
They're convinced the question will discourage participation by New York's 4-million immigrants, potentially costing the state billions in federal aid and political clout in Congress.  Elizabeth OuYang, with the New York Immigration Coalition says a statewide organization. known as "New York Counts 2020..."  turned out to support state Attorney General Eric Schnederman as he announced a legal challenge to the Census Bureau's addition of the citizenship question.
 
At least a dozen states have said they will sue to block the citizenship question.  The Justice Department -- which requested that the question be added -- says it would use the data to enforce the Voting Rights Act.  But, OuYang calls that reasoning disingenuous.  She claims the administration has sought to dilute the voting rights of marginalized communities and adds that the purpose of the census is to take an accurate count of every person living in the United States.
 
 
There is now an official opening time for the new, National Comedy Center on Jamestown's westside...  
 
Center officials said Monday that the 37,000 square-foot facility will open during the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, which starts on on Wednesday, August 1.  Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson says this will be the first "national cultural institution that provides comedy the opportunity for appreciation often afforded other art forms."
 
Gunderson says "Lucille Ball understood the power of comedy, and had the vision for her hometown to become a destination for its celebration in a way that would educate, foster and inspire.  That's what we've set out to do here."  The opening date comes on the heels of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer visiting the center last Friday and announcing his push for a Congressional designation for the Center becoming the nation's "cultural institution dedicated to the art of comedy."  For more information, go online to NationalComedyCenter.org.

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 2, 2018

A north county teenager has been arrested for allegedly pulling a box knife, and injuring a 26 year-old man during an altercation in the village of Silver Creek late last Saturday night...  
 
Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene on Rix Street about 11 p.m. and found the 19 year-old male was in a vehicle when he was confronted by the older man.  He's then accused of pulling the knife and cutting the 26 year-old, who was treated at Lake Shore Hospital in Irving.  Deputies say the 19 year-old was arrested following a brief investigation for second-degree assault.  He was arraigned in Silver Creek Village Court.. and, sent to the Chautauqua County Jail on $100,000 cash bail, $200,000 property bond.
 
 
There is good news for residents who are part of the city of Dunkirk's water system...  
 
Early last weekend, the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services lifted the boil water advisory for system users.  Environmental Services Director Mark Stow says the affected area included the city and water districts in the towns of Dunkirk and Sheridan.  Water samples collected on March 29 and March 30 from the affected area show that the water is safe to drink and can now be used for all purposes.  
 
 
U-S Senator Charles Schumer says he wishes new Veteran's Administration Secretary Ronny Jackson the best, but says there is concern over President Trump's decision to replace past secretary David Shulkin...  
 
Schumer, who is Senate Minority Leader, says he thought that Shulkin did a "good job."  The Obama Administration hold-over, though, had become controversial over the past year with what critics say were "wasteful and unethical actions" during a 10-day trip on V-A business.  Schumer says Shulkin was fairly popular with veteran's groups.  He says lawmakers in the most recent omnibus spending bill added one-billion dollars to veteran's dealing with mental health issues, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. 
 
Schumer says the $1.3-Trillion spending bill includes $4-billion in additional money to help V-A facilities, such as the one in Canandaigua in Western New York that's had trouble in recent years.  Back to the V-A Secretary, President Trump has tapped long-time White House doctor Admiral Doctor Ronny Jackson to be the new head of the V-A.  He made his comments during last Friday's visit to the National Comedy Center in Jamestown.
 
 
Lawmakers in New York state have approved a new, just over $168-billion state budget that includes surcharges on taxi, Uber and Lyft rides in Manhattan and a new state sexual harassment policy written following the #MeToo movement...  
 
Members of the state Senate and Assembly worked into the early morning hours today to complete their work on the spending plan before a new fiscal year begins Sunday.  State Senator Cathy Young says the approval came after the Governor issued a "message of necessity", which was needed to be able to vote on budget bills.  Young says lawmakers were briefed on what was in the bills as they were approved by leadership.  The budget includes one-billion dollars in new education spending, investments in water quality and money to fight Lyme disease.  It contains one notable new tax, a fee on opioid manufacturers and distributors that will raise funds to combat addiction. 
 
 
Most of the total reconstruction of the South Main Street Bridge in Jamestown begins today, and that means motorists should watch for detours...  
 
Mayor Sam Teresi says about a third of the approximately $4-million project has been completed by Chautauqua County and the state Department of Transporation.  Teresi says this will be the second-phase of the two-phase project and will help preserve the integrity of the historical span.  Teresi says the project is being undertaken by the county's Department of Public Facilities with 90% of the cost is being born by the state and federal governments, while the county is providing the other 10%.  He says the city is providing some in-kind services.
 
 
The head of the newly-merged Brooks-TLC Hospital System says officials are still looking to break ground on their new facility in the town of Pomfret later this Spring...  
 
That from President and Chief Executive Officer Mary LaRowe, provided a recent update on plans for a new facility for Brooks Memorial on East Main Road, just east of Fredonia.  LaRowe says they are still working on their formal application to the state Health Department.
 
If construction on the 29-bed facility can get underway this spring, LaRowe says completion for the new hospital is slated for some time in 2019.  The new Brooks-TLC facility will be located on 25-acres of land and will be affiliated with Kaleida Health.
 
 
State environmental officials say Lake Ontario Chinook salmon fishing in 2017 was the best in more than 30 years...  
 
The Department of Environmental Conservation has surveyed Lake Ontario boat anglers to estimate fishing quality and harvest annually since 1985. Surveys showed anglers had the highest catch rate ever recorded last year.  DEC estimates that anglers caught 96,000 and kept nearly 54,000 Chinook salmon in 2017.  Chinook or "king" salmon are the largest Pacific salmon in the Great Lakes and are fierce fighters on the line. 
 
 
New York state's trout fishing season has begun...  
 
The state's season actually kicked off on Sunday.  The state Department of Environmental Conservation says it will stock more than 2-million catchable-size trout in 315 lakes and ponds and in roughly 2,800 miles of streams around the state.  The state estimates that 647,000 anglers fish for trout in New York.

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News Headlines for Sat. Mar. 31, 2018

Boil Water Advisory has been lifted for Dunkirk Water System users...
There is good news today for the city of Dunkirk... and, all water customers of the city's water supply.  The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services has now lifted the boil water advisory for system users.  Environmental Services Director Mark Stow says the affected area included the city and water districts in the towns of Dunkirk and Sheridan.  Water samples collected on March 29 and 30 from the affected area show that the water is safe to drink and can now be used for all purposes.  Construction at the City of Dunkirk's water plant caused a large leak on March 28 that could have allowed contaminants to enter the system.  Stow says the leak was repaired the same day but as a precaution, the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services placed the City on a boil water advisory.
 
 
State lawmakers approve 2018-19 budget early Saturday morning... 
Lawmakers in New York state have approved a new... just over $168-billion state budget that includes surcharges on taxi, Uber and Lyft rides in Manhattan and a new state sexual harassment policy written following the #MeToo movement.  Members of the state Senate and Assembly worked into the early morning hours today to complete their work on the spending plan before a new fiscal year begins Sunday.  State Senator Cathy Young says the approval came after the Governor issued a "message of necessity" because the budget bills would normally have to "age" for three-days on lawmakers desks.  However... she says the mon allows immediate action.  The budget includes $1-billion dollars in new education spending, investments in water quality and money to fight Lyme disease.  It contains one notable new tax, a fee on opioid manufacturers and distributors that will raise funds to combat addiction. 
 
 
High Wind Warning now in effect for late Saturday through early Sunday for Chautauqua County...
The National Weather Service has now issued a High Wind Warning from 5 this afternoon through 8 a.m. tomorrow for both Chautauqua and Erie counties.  Southwest winds will become sustained later today at 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.  Meteorologist John Rozbicki in Buffalo says the strong winds will be triggered by a deepening low pressure system to our northeast... and, he says that will pull stronger winds behind it.  Strong to potentially damaging winds will be possible... and, could bring down trees and power lines resulting in scattered power outages. 
 
 
Gerace calls assault on toddler a "horrific" act...
Chautauqua County's top cop says the investigation is continuing into an assault in the village of Sinclairville that has left an 18-month-old child hospitalized after -- what he calls -- a "horrific incident."  Sheriff Joe Gerace says 34-year-old Richard Pryll-Simpson is facing a felony charge after first responders were called out 40 East Avenue around 11 AM Thursday.  Gerace says the young girl was first rushed to UPMC Chautauqua WCA in Jamestown, then flown to Children's Hospital in Buffalo.  He says they don't have a condition update on her at the moment.  Gerace says he can't release a lot of details at this time... including the child's name.  He saays Pryll-Simpson, the child's custodial parent, was arraigned in Cherry Creek Town Court, then committed to the County Jail with bail set at $200,000 cash bail... $400,000 property bond.  The Sheriff says the investigating is continuing.
 
 
Eleven people arrested in Cattaraugus County Meth Busts...
Eleven people from Cattaraugus County are jailed following drug raids at three homes... and, the search of a vehicle Thursday in four different locations in the county.  Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force members say all four deal with the making and selling of methamphetime.  They executed the first warrant at 363 Freedom Road in the town of Freedom shortly after 8 p.m., and, arrested 23 year-old Richard Fancher, Junior and 19 year-old Travis Sawyer.  Task Force agents also raided the home at 10250 Pleasant Valley Road in Yorkshire... and, arrested 52 year-old Daniel, and 47 year-old Shelene Bemish.  The third raid occured at a home on Route 98 in Freedom... and, four people were arrested.  They include 47 year-old Jason Previty... 36 year-old Michael Hecht... 33 year-old Amber Pierce and 30 year-old Katy Lang.  The task force then executed a search warrant following a traffic stop on South Main Street in Franklinville.  Task Force members say they found a number of items used for making meth... and, arrested 33 year-old Michael Nesbit-the-second... 28 year-old Jessica Juda... and, 23 year-old Aaron Pierce.  Several law enforcement agencies were involved in the raids... including the Erie County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team... and, the New York National Guard Counter Drug Task Force.
 
 
Schumer announces proposal to name new, National Comedy Center the "nation's Comedy Center..."
A soon-to-be bestowed federal designation will help launch the new, National Comedy Center in Jamestown into national prominance.  U-S Senator Charles Schumer was at West Second Street location to make the announcement late yesterday morning.  Schumer says he will do that shortly.  Schumer noted that he's been a strong supporter of the comedy center -- which is set to open in August of this year.  It's expected to coincide with the start of the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.  Schumer helped secure $1.7-million in federal funds, as well as New Market Tax Credits.  Schumer is excited the project is nearing the finish line, and adds that with the designation and hard work of people locally, that Jamestown will become the "Cooperstown of Comedy."  Schumer says the National Comedy Center will not just be a tourist attraction... but, something draws new residents to the area.  Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson says contractors are still finishing interior work on the center... which has a targeted opening date of August 1.
 
 
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 30, 2018

A Sinclairville man is jailed on $200,000 cash bail for allegedly assaulting his 18-month-old child in the village late Thursday morning...  
 
Sheriff's officers say Sinclairville Fire Rescue crews were called to 40 East Avenue about 11 a.m. on a report of a toddler with an unknown medical issue.  Deputies say once the child was rushed to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, they began an investigation into the incident.  Once they knew the extent of the child's injuries, officers say they arrested 34 year-old Richard Pryll-Simpson for first-degree assault.  Deputies say the child was later flown to Oishei Children's Hospital in Buffalo for further treatment.  Pryll-Simpson was arraigned, and sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
The 3 year-old child who suffered a serious head injury when she was assaulted by her caretaker this past Tuesday morning in Jamestown has now been stablized at a Bufffalo-area hospital...  
 
City police updated the child's condition yesterday afternoon, saying the unidentified girl is in "guarded, but stable" condition.  Police Captain Bob Samuelson says she underwent surgery Wednesday at Oishei  Children's Hospital after sustaining a severe brain injury.  A city man, 28 year-old Joshua Berg, is being held on charges -- including Felony second-degree assault, in connection with the incident at 196 Clyde Avenue.  The investigation is continuing, and more charges are pending.
 
 
A boil water order continues for the city of Dunkirk until further notice after construction at the city water plant triggered a large leak...  
 
The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services is requiring all city water customers to boil their water before using That from the Department's Environmental Health Director Mark Stow. He says water should come to a rolling boil and continue for at least a minute before use. 
 
Meanwhile, city water customers are also being asked to conserve water as much as possible.  Stow says the break caused water levels to reach critically low levels.  He says conditions are improving because the line was patched Thursday morning.  Until then, industrial users are being asked to shut down to conserve water.  Residential customers are being asked to conserve water by limiting laundry and showers and use paper and plastic ware for eating to decrease dish washing.  Stow says the boil order will continue until at least Saturday when the first round test results should be available.
 
 
A Celoron man is jailed following a pair of raids in the village around Noon-time Wednesday, one of which uncovered a major marihuana grow operation...  
 
Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the city's Metro Drug Task Force, State Police C-NET Team, JPD SWAT Team and the FBI, first executed a search warrant at 16 Venice Street shortly before noon.  Samuelson says they found and arrested 47 year-old Alan Miller, who was in possession of quantities of cocaine, marihuana and a 12-gauge shotgun.  He says the investigation then led police to 10 Venice Street. After getting a search warrant, they entered and found the pot growing operation.  Police seized 88 plants from the home.  Samuelson says Miller is jailed pending arraignment on charges including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawfully growing cannabis.  Ellicott Town Police also assisted in the investigation.
 
 
A Jamestown woman heavily involved in local politics and community affairs has passed away...  
 
Former Chautauqua County Legislator Lula Taylor died this past Tuesday morning at the age of 89 at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital.  Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, who knew Lula, and her husband Vivian for many years, says the new hit him like a ton of bricks.  Teresi says Lula was a trailblazer, becoming the first black woman in New York state to be elected to a county legislature.  However, he says Lula and Vivian's contributions to the area went well beyond politics--as leaders among history and promoting and advancing the rich African American culture in the community. 
 
Lula Taylor was first elected to the county legislature in the Fall of 1991 and served there for 14 years.  In addition, Teresi says she was the first woman to chair a major political party in Chautauqua County in the late 1980s when she headed up the county's Democratic Committee.  She served on the legislature around the same time her husband served on the Jamestown City Council.  She was also involved with several organizations, including the Chautauqua County Board of Health and, Office for the Aging Advisory Board. 
 
 
Democratic Congressional candidate Rick Gallant has announced that -- due to finanical issues -- he is suspending his campaign...  
 
The Corning-area teacher says he's making the announcement with "a heavy heart..." adding that he would "like to sincerely thank all of those who have supported me in the past year-it means the world to me.  I have had the privilege of meeting the wonderful people of NY-23 and will cherish every moment spent getting to know so many amazing citizens."  Gallant 's decision means there are five Democrats left in the race to face Republican incumbant Tom Reed next November.
 
 
A desire for more information... and, better wording is the reason county lawmakers Wednesday night tabled a local law establishing an animal abuse registry in Chautauqua County...  
 
Sheridan Republican Terry Neibel made the motion, which was accepted, to table action on the registry and send it back to committee for more work. Legislature Chairman Paul Wendel, a Lakewood Republican, says as lawmakers began moving towards okaying the measure, they wanted to "fine tune" it to make sure it works the way it should.  He says as lawmakers talked to people who could be affected-- including farmers-- they wanted to make sure there aren't "unintended consequences" from the local law.  He says the legislature basically agreed they wanted to take a harder look at it.  

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 29, 2018

Several north county residents thanked the Chautauqua County Legislature at the end of last night's meeting for standing up to the operators of major wind farms and limiting their scope...  
 
A handful spoke after lawmakers unanimously approved a measure calling on the county's Industrial Development Agency to no longer approve Payment-in-Lieu of Tax agreements for wind energy projects larger than five megawatts.  Arkwright's Jack Shimigah says their roads can't take the heavy-duty truck traffic anymore.
 
Residents say the deliver trucks bringing in the turbines and other equipment have caused major problems on Straight Road... along with Bard, and Meadows Roads.  County Executive George Borrello... who has been outspoken against wind turbines... later reiterated that wind turbines are profitable only because they are heavily subsidized by the government and they don't full-fill their "clean energy" promises.  Other towns seriously impacted include Villanova, and Pomfret, as well as the Cassadaga-area.  The legislature's resolution only makes a recommendation to the IDA because it's not a county government entity.
 
 
County lawmakers last night tabled a local law that would create an Animal Abuse Registry that would allow people selling animals to know more about who is buying them...  
 
Members of the legislature generally support the measure, but some concern was expressed last night about wanting more specifics about the proposal before a final vote is taken.  The legislature, however, did approve a local law declaring that the Opioid Epidemic was a "public nuisance" in Chautauqua County, allowing for a cost recovery program to be put in place if settlement monies are received from drug makers.
 
 
A Bemus Point man has been arrested for allegedly stealing two vehicles-- one in the town of Ellery, and the other in the Cattaraugus County town of Randolph...  
 
Sheriff's officers say they were called to the first scene at 5535 Weaver Road in Ellery about 7 a.m. Tuesday after the victim woke up and found his car was missing from his driveway.  Deputies say the vehicle was later recovered abandoned in Cattaraugus County.  Upon taking the report, Chautauqua County dispatchers got a call from the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office that a second motor vehicle was stolen in Randolph, and last seen driving towards Chautauqua County.  Deputies later located vehicle at an Ellery home.  Officers say they also found the suspect -- 31 year-old Shawn Paprocki -- in the presence of people that had orders of protection for him to stay away.  Paprocki was arraigned on several charges including Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and criminal possession of stolen property.  He was sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
One-million dollars in state funding has been approved for a nearly $2.5-million project to redevelope the historic Viking's Lodge in downtown Jamestown...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo's office announced earlier this week the Restore-New York grant for the vacant structure at 318 Washington Street, which was purchased by James and Martin Schwab late last year.  City Development Director Vince DeJoy says they're estatic the funding has been approved to help get the building's infrastructure back up and working.
 
DeJoy says getting the former Vikings building back in use has been part of the city's development strategy for the westside with two major projects nearing conclusion later this year-- the National Comedy Center and the new DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.  He says the project will include a new, first-floor craft beer business called "The Beer Snob."  DeJoy says there'll be meeting rooms and a convention area upstairs that should augment what the hotel will provide.  DeJoy says they'll be in contact with the Schwab's about a final timetable for stabilizing the building, and moving forward.
 
 
The possibility of a pay raise for state lawmakers has emerged as a bargaining chip as Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders work to pass a new budget ahead of a deadline...  
 
Sunday is the start of a new state fiscal year and the deadline for a new budget.  But. lawmakers want to finish in time for the Jewish Passover, which begins Friday at sundown, or Christian Easter, which is Sunday.  Senate Leader John Flanagan said it came up during a meeting last night with Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeff Klein.
 
 
The proposed merger of Brooks Memorial Hospital of Dunkirk and TLC Health Network in Irving has now been finalized...  
 
That follows final approval of the move by the New York State Department of Health and filings with the state Attorney General and the New York Secretary of State.  The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon and the new organization will be known as the "Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Incorporated."  Brooks President and Chief Executive Officer Mary LaRowe says the merger has been in the works since late 2015.
 
While the two hospitals were at one time under the Lake Erie Regional Health System, LaRowe says this merger is a better fit because they can now better negotiate contracts.  She will serve as President and CEO of the Brooks-TLC Hospital system.  She says with the merger now complete, the Brooks-TLC Hospital Systems, Inc. will now move forward in the process of formally affiliating with Kaleida Health. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 28, 2018

Jamestown Police are looking for the public's help in finding an armed bandit who held up the West 3rd Street Kwik Fill convenience store early Tuesday morning...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the incident occured shortly before 1 a.m. at the 1617 West Third location.  Samuelson says the unidentifed, masked man came inside and pulled a silver revolver and demanded cash from the clerk before taking off towards Kenmore Avenue. 
 
Samuelson says they do have a photo of the suspect up on their website, and Facebook page.  He adds the suspect was wearing a black Carhart Jacket and a black hat with the bandana over the face.  Samuelson adds the man is about 5"10.  He says they hope to hear from members of the public because robbers sometime like to "brag" about or describe their success to others.  No one was hurt and he says there were other people in the store when the hold-up occured.  Samuelson says if you have any information, call them confidentially at 483-TIPS (8477).  You can also contact them anonymously at their Tips 4-1-1 app.
 
 
A city man is jailed after allegedly striking a 3-year-old girl in the head yesterday morning on Jamestown's northside, sending her to a Buffalo-area hospital...  
 
City police say they were called to the scene at 196 Clyde Avenue on a report of an unresponsive child.  Officers say local EMTs arrived and initially took the child to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital.  Police say the toddler was later transferred to a Buffalo hospital for emergency surgery.  The preliminary investigation showed that the caregiver who was at home with the child -- 28 year-old Joshua Berg -- hit her in the head.  Berg was charged with second-degree assault, and endangering the welfare of a child.  The investigation is continuing, and more charges are pending.
 
 
Leaders of the New York state legislature are still pushing for an on-time budget, but lawmakers remain far apart on how much to spend and tax in the new spending plan...  
 
That from State Senate Finance Committee Chairwoman Cathy Young, who says talks stalled briefly Tuesday afternoon.  The Olean Republican (who represents Chautauqua County), says there are still some significant disagreements, including Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to hike taxes by about a billion dollars.
 
Young says the good news is, there are no real "non-budget policy" items included in the spending plan.  She says once the budget is in place, there is plenty of time to deal with those before the end of the 2018 session.  Young adds, while the governor was looking at a billion-dollar tax increase, there's a $2-billion dollar increase in the Assembly Democrat's plan.  She says, if the budget is to be acted on by the April 1 deadline, the governor will likely have to issue a "message of necessity."
 
 
The state's new budget year begins Sunday morning and the county's state Assemblyman says lawmakers are running out of time...  
 
Jamestown-area Republican Andy Goodell says legislators in both chambers have approved only one budget bill in the $168-billion package.  Goodell says negotiators from both the Assembly, Senate and governor's office have made some progress.
 
Goodell says lawmakers have only approved the one bill that one dealing with the state's debt service.  It's among the 10 to 12 bills that usually make up the budget.  Otherwise, Goodell says no other bills have been printed so.  He adds that what is complicating matters this year is that the first day of Passover is Saturday and many Orthodox Jewish members will not be able to take part in any votes.  Sunday is Easter.  However, the budget is due Sunday because it's April  1-- which is the start of the fiscal year.
 
 
The Jamestown School Board got the ball rolling during Tuesday night's budget work session for the 2018-19 school year... 
 
Board President Paul Abbott says he's encouraged about future plans for the district, including re-instituting 14 full-time employees. He says the district is re-postitioning itself "very well for handling the ebb and flow of the state budget while addressing scholastic needs".
 
Abbott says he is also committed to keeping the current tax levy flat at $14.6-million-- or lower. The board also discussed introducing an annual capital outlay project, meaning that the district could carry out a small capital project up to $100,000. Jamestown Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says the school district would be eligible for 98% aid. Apthorpe says each project then would cost the district $2,000. This year's capital outlay project would be used to improve security at the main entrance of Jamestown High School. 
 
 
A Mayville man was arrested following the seizure of multiple drugs and paraphernalia during a raid at his home early last Saturday morning...  
 
The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office SWAT team carried out a search warrant at 5 Blanchard Street around 1:00.  Officers also had an arrest warrant for 64 year-old Charles Baker based on an investigation into alleged meth trafficking.  The arrest warrant was for one count each of third-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance.  Baker was arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court sent to County Jail without bail with additional charges pending.  During a search of the home, officers located an additional quantity of methamphetamine and marijuana, packing materials, scales and a quantity of cash.  As a result, Baker faces several more drug charges.
 
 
A catholic priest in Dunkirk has been put on administative leave following a sexual abuse complaint dating back to the 1990s when he served at a church in Buffalo...  
 
Bishop Richard Malone announced Monday afternoon that Dennis Riter was placed on leave as an investigation continues into the complaint.  WKBW-TV in Buffalo reports that Riter, current pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Dunkirk, is facing allegations that he had inappropriate sexual contact with two former altar boys.  A victim who spoke with Channel 7 said he was abused more than 20 times over the course of three years. 
 
 
Even before last Saturday's "March for Our Lives" in Washington, DC and elsewhere, the national conversation about how to prevent school shootings was well underway...  
 
That from local Congressman Tom Reed... who applauded the students and adults for bringing attention to the issue.  Reed says lawmakers have been listening and potential gun ban is not on the table.  The Corning Republican says the bi-partisan "Problem Solver's Caucus" he's part of has come to a 75% consensus on three areas-- "funding School Resource Officers, make sure background check system is functioning to keep guns out of the hands of those who commit crimes and the dangerously mentally ill".  
 
Reed says there are too many differences right now for the caucus to talk about the second-amendment because Republicans and Democrats are too far apart on that.  Students at the rallies were being urged to register and vote in the coming elections if they are 18 years-old.  Reed sees that as a good thing for Democracy and will push the debate for better solutions to the issue. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 28, 2018

Jamestown Police are looking for the public's help in finding an armed bandit who held up the West 3rd Street Kwik Fill convenience store early Tuesday morning...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the incident occured shortly before 1 a.m. at the 1617 West Third location.  Samuelson says the unidentifed, masked man came inside and pulled a silver revolver and demanded cash from the clerk before taking off towards Kenmore Avenue. 
 
Samuelson says they do have a photo of the suspect up on their website, and Facebook page.  He adds the suspect was wearing a black Carhart Jacket and a black hat with the bandana over the face.  Samuelson adds the man is about 5"10.  He says they hope to hear from members of the public because robbers sometime like to "brag" about or describe their success to others.  No one was hurt and he says there were other people in the store when the hold-up occured.  Samuelson says if you have any information, call them confidentially at 483-TIPS (8477).  You can also contact them anonymously at their Tips 4-1-1 app.
 
 
A city man is jailed after allegedly striking a 3-year-old girl in the head yesterday morning on Jamestown's northside, sending her to a Buffalo-area hospital...  
 
City police say they were called to the scene at 196 Clyde Avenue on a report of an unresponsive child.  Officers say local EMTs arrived and initially took the child to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital.  Police say the toddler was later transferred to a Buffalo hospital for emergency surgery.  The preliminary investigation showed that the caregiver who was at home with the child -- 28 year-old Joshua Berg -- hit her in the head.  Berg was charged with second-degree assault, and endangering the welfare of a child.  The investigation is continuing, and more charges are pending.
 
 
Leaders of the New York state legislature are still pushing for an on-time budget, but lawmakers remain far apart on how much to spend and tax in the new spending plan...  
 
That from State Senate Finance Committee Chairwoman Cathy Young, who says talks stalled briefly Tuesday afternoon.  The Olean Republican (who represents Chautauqua County), says there are still some significant disagreements, including Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to hike taxes by about a billion dollars.
 
Young says the good news is, there are no real "non-budget policy" items included in the spending plan.  She says once the budget is in place, there is plenty of time to deal with those before the end of the 2018 session.  Young adds, while the governor was looking at a billion-dollar tax increase, there's a $2-billion dollar increase in the Assembly Democrat's plan.  She says, if the budget is to be acted on by the April 1 deadline, the governor will likely have to issue a "message of necessity."
 
 
The state's new budget year begins Sunday morning and the county's state Assemblyman says lawmakers are running out of time...  
 
Jamestown-area Republican Andy Goodell says legislators in both chambers have approved only one budget bill in the $168-billion package.  Goodell says negotiators from both the Assembly, Senate and governor's office have made some progress.
 
Goodell says lawmakers have only approved the one bill that one dealing with the state's debt service.  It's among the 10 to 12 bills that usually make up the budget.  Otherwise, Goodell says no other bills have been printed so.  He adds that what is complicating matters this year is that the first day of Passover is Saturday and many Orthodox Jewish members will not be able to take part in any votes.  Sunday is Easter.  However, the budget is due Sunday because it's April  1-- which is the start of the fiscal year.
 
 
The Jamestown School Board got the ball rolling during Tuesday night's budget work session for the 2018-19 school year... 
 
Board President Paul Abbott says he's encouraged about future plans for the district, including re-instituting 14 full-time employees. He says the district is re-postitioning itself "very well for handling the ebb and flow of the state budget while addressing scholastic needs".
 
Abbott says he is also committed to keeping the current tax levy flat at $14.6-million-- or lower. The board also discussed introducing an annual capital outlay project, meaning that the district could carry out a small capital project up to $100,000. Jamestown Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says the school district would be eligible for 98% aid. Apthorpe says each project then would cost the district $2,000. This year's capital outlay project would be used to improve security at the main entrance of Jamestown High School. 
 
 
A Mayville man was arrested following the seizure of multiple drugs and paraphernalia during a raid at his home early last Saturday morning...  
 
The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office SWAT team carried out a search warrant at 5 Blanchard Street around 1:00.  Officers also had an arrest warrant for 64 year-old Charles Baker based on an investigation into alleged meth trafficking.  The arrest warrant was for one count each of third-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance.  Baker was arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court sent to County Jail without bail with additional charges pending.  During a search of the home, officers located an additional quantity of methamphetamine and marijuana, packing materials, scales and a quantity of cash.  As a result, Baker faces several more drug charges.
 
 
A catholic priest in Dunkirk has been put on administative leave following a sexual abuse complaint dating back to the 1990s when he served at a church in Buffalo...  
 
Bishop Richard Malone announced Monday afternoon that Dennis Riter was placed on leave as an investigation continues into the complaint.  WKBW-TV in Buffalo reports that Riter, current pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Dunkirk, is facing allegations that he had inappropriate sexual contact with two former altar boys.  A victim who spoke with Channel 7 said he was abused more than 20 times over the course of three years. 
 
 
Even before last Saturday's "March for Our Lives" in Washington, DC and elsewhere, the national conversation about how to prevent school shootings was well underway...  
 
That from local Congressman Tom Reed... who applauded the students and adults for bringing attention to the issue.  Reed says lawmakers have been listening and potential gun ban is not on the table.  The Corning Republican says the bi-partisan "Problem Solver's Caucus" he's part of has come to a 75% consensus on three areas-- "funding School Resource Officers, make sure background check system is functioning to keep guns out of the hands of those who commit crimes and the dangerously mentally ill".  
 
Reed says there are too many differences right now for the caucus to talk about the second-amendment because Republicans and Democrats are too far apart on that.  Students at the rallies were being urged to register and vote in the coming elections if they are 18 years-old.  Reed sees that as a good thing for Democracy and will push the debate for better solutions to the issue. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 27, 2018

A Warren County, Pennsylvania man was pronounced dead at the scene of a single-car motor vehicle accident last weekend in Warren...  
 
State Police in Warren say 22 year-old Nathan Park was southbound in his pick-up truck on Conewango Avenue shortly after 10 p.m. on Saturday.  While making a left-hand turn, troopers say Park's vehicle went out of control, and traveled 300-feet along an embankment leading away from the roadway.  It then hit a depression in the road before the wheels lifted off the ground.  State Police says the truck traveled 48-feet and rotated counter-clockwise before rolling on it's side. The GMC Sierra landed on the south-side of a driveway on Conewango Avenue and bounced before landing on its right-side.  The truck then struck a tree with the roof of its cab and police say Park was trapped inside before being freed by rescuers.  Troopers were assisted by Glade Township Fire and a Deputy Coroner.
 
 
A catholic priest in Dunkirk has been put on administative leave following a sexual abuse complaint dating back to the nineties when he served at a church in Buffalo...  
 
Bishop Richard Malone announced Monday afternoon that Dennis Riter was placed on leave as an investigation continues into the complaint.  WKBW-TV in Buffalo reports that Riter, current pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Dunkirk, is facing allegations that he had inappropriate sexual contact with two former altar boys.  A victim who spoke with Channel 7 in Buffalo said he was abused more than 20 times over the course of three years.  a release issued by the Diocese of Buffalo states that the Erie County District Attorney's Office has been notified.  Bishop Malone also wrote an open letter to the parishioners of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.  In the letter, Malone tells parishioners to pray for Father Riter and the investigation.
 
 
Two city residents are jailed after they were allegedly found with drugs and a set of brass knuckles during a traffic stop last Sunday night...  
 
Jamestown police say they stopped a vehicle at the intersection of Newland and Forest Avenues at 6:00.  During the stop, officers identified a passenger in the vehicle as 23 year-old Chloe Fries-Isaac, who had an active warrant for her arrest on a prior incident.  She was arrested and a search of Fries-Isaac's property uncovered a quantity of marijuana and a hypodermic instrument in her possession.  Police say the driver, 40 year-old Henry Stoval, was found to have a revoked drivers license.  While searching the vehicle, police found methamphetamine the brass knuckles and a digital scale.  Both Fries-Isaac and Stoval face several charges and were jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he understand's President Donald Trump's frustration with the $1.3-trillion continuing resolution he wound up signing last Friday afternoon...  
 
The move came after Trump had threatened to veto the measure earlier in the day because of additional spending on domestic programs added by Congress.  Reed agrees that lawmakers need to be better prepared when this new agreement expires next September.
 
Trump ended up signing the appropriations measure because it funded most of his budget priorities, namely upgrades to the nation's defense.  It also included some new funding for border security.  However, Trump also issued a warning to Congress that this was the "last time" that he would sign such a spending bill.  Reed made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
The United States is pursuing a "disruptive path" in trade negotiations with other countries, including our neighbors to the north and south...  
 
That from local Congressman Tom Reed, who addressed the issue of new tariffs on steel and aluminum recently signed by President Trump, during last Friday's Congressional Luncheon in Mayville.  During the session, hosted by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, Reed cautioned business leaders to pay more attention to the actions that come out of negotiations.
 
Reed says the President's tone regarding tariff's (especially on China for "dumping steel" in the U.S.), is being taken seriously in negotiations with others -- namely those involved in the North American Free Trade Agreement-- also known as NAFTA.  The Corning Republican says while Mexico has been negotiating in "good faith..." Canada was not in the beginning.  But, he says that's changed in the past two weeks.  Reed was part of a trade mission two weeks ago that went from "Montreal to Mexico City..." and adds that he's "very confident" there will some new, and better trade policy acted on sooner rather than later.
 
 
If you're tired of mowing lawns in the summer, the National Audubon Society suggests you could plant bird-friendly gardens instead...  
 
Spring is finally here, and that means Americans will soon be mowing about 40-million acres of lawns every week.  With climate change and urbanization reducing the range of North American bird species, replacing parts of lawns with gardens can help restore the environment that birds need.  Community Conservation Director John Rowden with the Audubon Society says selecting the right native plants will do the most for local bird populations. He says this happens directly by providing food, nuts, seeds and nectars; but also indirectly by hosting insects.
 
The Audubon Society has launched a national "Plants for Birds" campaign urging Americans to grow one-million bird-friendly native plants this year. To help get there, there's a native-plant database on the Audubon Society webpage.  Rowden says users just have to type in their zip code.  It also provides a list of retailers that carry native plants and links to the local Audubon Society.  Replacing some lawn area with native plants also cuts down on the use of fertilizer and weed killers as well as the noise and air pollution from mowers.
 
 
The Jamestown City Council recently approved receipt of a $140,000 matching grant from New York State for the Second Street Piazza Streetscape Project...  
 
City officials say the project will create a festival street area between the Northwest Arena and Train Station to the intersection with Washington Street.  It will create a new, pedestrian area when the street is closed off for major events at the new National Comedy Center, and the arena.  The bulk of the funding for the project ($560,000) is being provided by the Gebbie Foundation in Jamestown.
 
 
New York state's top fiscal watchdog says the average bonus paid to securities industry employees in New York City rose by 17% last year as Wall Street profits soared for a second consecutive year...  
 
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said Monday that the average bonus paid to brokers jumped to more than $184,000.  The Democrat says pre-tax profits for the Wall Street operations of New York Stock Exchange member firms jumped 42% to $24.5 billion, the highest level since 2010.

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A Warren, Pennsylvania man was killed last weekend in a one-car crash... 
 
State Police in Warren say 22 year-old Nathan Park was traveling south on Conewango Avenue shortly after 10 p.m. on Saturday, and went to make a left turn.  However, Troopers say Park's vehicle traveled  300-feet along an embankment leading away from the roadway.  The GMC-Sierra's right wheels then dipped into a depression and came out airborne, then traveled 48-feet in a southern direction as it turned and rolled towards its side.  The Sierra then landed on it's front right wheel and corner and turned onto it's right-side.  Subsequently, the vehicle struck a tree with the roof of its cab and partially folded around the tree before coming to rest.  Police say Park was trapped inside and was freed by mechanical means.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.
 
 
A Jamestown man wanted in Buffalo for several armed robberies has been been arrested here after allegedly leading local police on a more than one-hour long car chase...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says that the vehicle pursuit began in the city shortly before 10 p.m. last Friday night and continued through the village of Falconer and Kennedy on Interstate-86.  Samuelson says the chase continued back into the city and the suspect -- now identified as 19 year-old Jordan Alexander of Jamestown -- was finally located on Stow Street.  He says Alexander was apparently armed, and was holding a woman in the car at gun-point while she was driving.  However, police were able to arrest him without incident; no one was hurt. Alexander is being held in the county jail without bail on multiple Felony armed robbery counts from Buffalo and several local charges (including unlawful imprisonment).  State Police and other agencies assisted Jamestown Police.
 
 
An early morning house fire in the village of Cherry Creek Sunday has left a family homeless...  
 
Sheriff's Office dispatchers say a passerby called in the alarm at the home, owned by Jeff and Ivory Fishgold, at 775 Southside Avenue -- shortly before 4:00.  Officials say the house collapsed due to the fire, but they add that everyone was out of the house when the blaze began and that everyone inside was accounted for.  No injuries were reported.  The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team was called in, but is still investigating the cause.
 
 
The New York State Senate this week approved a measure to hold drug dealers accountable for overdose deaths...  
 
Local Senator Cathy Young co-sponsored Laree's Law, which would allow a charge of homicide if a death results from a drug sale.  Young says one of the contributing factors fueling both addiction and overdose deaths are the drug dealers who are lacing heroin with fentanyl. The Olean Republican says that was the case with a 2016 overdose death in Cattaraugus County.
 
Young says Cattaraugus County District Attorney Lori Rieman obtained a guilty plea in the case for criminally negligent homicide.  She says the new law would give D.A.'s the ability to charge a Class A-1 Felony, with a penalty of 15 to 25 years in prison.  Young says the measure is named after an Albany County teen who died of a heroin overdose in 2013.  
 
 
Advocates for New Yorkers with mental illness have delivered nearly 25,000 letters to state leaders urging them to find more funding for community housing for those with significant mental health issues...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed an additional $10-million to expand community housing programs for the mentally ill, but advocates say much more money is needed.  Community housing programs often link up residents with workforce training, medical care, therapy and other resources that advocates say reduces other costs related to homelessness, and incarceration.
 
 
A reminder for motorists in the city of Jamestown that West Fourth Street -- between Washington and Lafayette Streets -- will be closed starting today for a complete reconstruction of the street in that one-block area...  
 
City Public Works Director Jeff Lehman says the street will be closed until further notice to facilitate the work.  The City Council last week approved hiring a local contractor to dig up the asphalt, bricks and concrete, and put do a reconstruction to eliminate a major pothole problem. 
 
 
The promotion known as Maple Weekend is over for the year, but syrup producers hope the sap season will go on for a little longer...  
 
Big Tree Maple's David Munsee in Lakewood says for the first 20 days of March they "didn't turn a wheel."  Munsee says it was just too cold to get any sap.  He adds, things got a little better this past week with sap flows in the afternoon for a few hours. Munsee says it's weather what you would normally expect in February. 
 
Another maple syrup producer, John Wangler, of Lily Acre Farms on the Chautauqua Ridge in Stockton characterized the season as "kind of lousy". He says the latest they have ever boiled in April 11. Wangler is hoping the season extends. In addition, John Wangler says it's taken as much as 80 gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup this year, about twice the usual amount.  
 
 
A Randolph man faces a handful of charges stemming from a break-in at a residence in the town... 
 
Troopers out of Jamestown say  investigation revealed 26 year-old Dustin Waite had allegedly entered the unidentified victim's home on Saturday without invitation in an intoxicated condition and refused to leave peacefully. After being locked out, Troopers say Waite broke the victim's window and urinated on his porch. Police say he physically resisted arrest on scene, but was successfully taken into custody where a search revealed beef jerky, later determined to be stolen from a 7-11 convenience store just prior to the break-in call. Wait was arraigned in Randolph Town Court and remanded to Cattaraugus County Jail. 
 
 
A city man is jailed without bail on a county court warrant after being pulled over for alleged vehicle infractions in the town of Carroll early last Friday morning...  
 
Sheriff's deputies say they pulled over 37 year-old Brian Wilson of Jamestown on Old Warren Road just after 7 a.m. after finding the Lafayette Street man's pick-up truck was unregistered and uninsured -- and had illegal Tennessee license plates.  Officers say Wilson also had a suspended driver's license.  They say Wilson initially refused to pull over for Sheriff's vehicles, and he later stopped at a Frewsburg business where he was arrested without incident.  Wilson is being held in the county jail on the Felony warrant, and several traffic violations.
 
 
A long-time member of the medical staff at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital has been named it's 2018 "Physician of the Year"...  
 
The presentation was made to Dr. James Cirbus during last Friday's annual "Doctor's Day Celebration" at the hospital.  WCA President and Chief Executive Officer Betsy Wright says Cirbus was chosen by the medical staff for the award. She calls him a "wonderful recipient..." who has dedicated 35 years to the hospital and community.
 
Wright says Cirbus has also has taken on a number of leadership roles at the hospital and is involved in several local organizations.  She says the "Doctor's Day" program is very important because they are critical to their operation.  Wright says they have more than 200 doctors on staff now at UPMC Chautauqua WCA and the luncheon is a great way to say "thank-you" to them.  This year's "Doctor's Day" program was a presentation by officials with the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History.
 

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News Headlines for Sat., Mar. 24, 2018

City man wanted for robberies in Buffalo arrested after car chase, and holding woman at gun-point...
A man wanted in Buffalo for several armed robberies has been been arrested in Jamestown after allegedly leading local police on a more than one-hour long car chase.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson said early this afternoon that the vehicle pursuit began in the city shortly before 10 p.m. Friday night... and, continued through the village of Falconer and Kennedy on Interstate 86.  Samuelson says the chase continued back into the city... and, the suspect -- now identified as 19 year-old Jordan Alexander of Jamestown -- was finally located on Stow Street.  He says Alexander was reportedly armed and holding a female in the car as gun-point as she was driving.  But... police were able to arrest him without incident.  No one was hurt... and, Alexander is being held without bail on multiple Felony armed robbery counts from Buffalo... and, several local charges... including unlawful imprisonment, and menacing.  Several police agencies assisted Jamestown Police.
 
 
Another city man arrested following car chase in Carroll...
A Jamestown man has been arrested on a Felony county court warrant after being pulled over for alleged vehicle infractions in the town of Carroll early last Friday morning.  Sheriff's officers say they pulled over 37 year-old Brian Wilson of Lafayette Street on Old Warren Road just after 7 a.m., after finding his pick-up truck was unregistered and uninsured -- and had illegal Tennessee license plates.  Deputies say Wilson also had a suspended driver's license.  They say Wilson initially refused to pull over for Sheriff's vehicles, and he later stopped at a Frewsburg business where he was arrested without incident.  Wilson is being held in the county jail without bail  on the Felony warrant, and several traffic violations... including second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.
 
 
Dunkirk woman acquitted on most serious charges in shooting death last year, found guilty of weapon's possession...
A Chautauqua County Court jury has found a Dunkirk woman guilty of only one of the four charges she was facing for shooting and killing her boyfriend.  Rebecca Ruiz was found guilty of second degree criminal possession of a weapon in the July 2017 shooting death of Julian Duman.  We heard from District Attorney Patrick Swanson late Friday afternoon, and he said she was found guilty of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and she faces a manditory state prison term of 3-and-1/2 to 15 years.  Ruiz was found not guilty on the other charges including second-degree murder and tampering with evidence.  The jury also had the option of convicting Ruiz on second-degree manslaughter, but did not do so.  Swanson says he was pleased that Ruiz was found guilty of a Felony charge and will spend some time in state prison.  He says they had to quickly re-group at the start of the trial because they lost their eye-witness to the crime.  Swanson says sentencing for Ruiz has been tentatively scheduled for June 15.
 
 
Jamestown man arrested in Ellicott for alleged drug possession...
A Jamestown man was arrested while walking in the village of Falconer Friday morning after allegedly being found in possession of a controlled substance.  Ellicott police say they saw a man -- later identified as 31 year-old Adam Meachem -- walking down East Main Street at 3 a.m.  Officers say Meacham was found to have a Valid Warrant out of the Ellicott Town Police Department.  After searching Meacham... Officers located a quantity of Crystal Methamphetamine... a Digital scale and other packaging materials.  He was arrested and charged with fifth-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to sell and second-degree Criminally using Drug Paraphernalia... and, remanded to county jail without bail. 
 
 
Reed talks taxes, continuing resolution, and trade with County Chamber of Commerce...
There were several good things in the just-agreed to $1.3-trillion continuing budget resolution in Congress.  However... local Representative Tom Reed voted against the resolution... which was signed by President Trump Friday afternoon.  Reed discussed the spending plan... and, other issues during the once-delayed Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce's annual Congressional Luncheon in Mayville.  The Corning Republican says he voted "no" because it will add to the national debt... but, adds there is funding for some local and regional initiatives... including the Great Lakes Initiative, and the Community Development Block Grant program.  Reed says there's also $75-million in funding for the on-going clean-up at the West Valley Nuclear Demonstration Site in Cattaraugus County.  Even before the deal was announced... budget leaders in Washington sounded the alarm that the tax cuts recently enacted by the president and Congress would create another $1.5-trillion dollars in debt over the next 10 years.  However... Reed believes there is a difference when you're comparing "revenue loss" to "increased spending."  
 
 
City's 71st annual Easter Egg Hunt set for next Saturday at Allen Park Ice Rink...
The Jamestown Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department has already made the early decision to hold this year's 71st annual Easter Egg Hunt at Allen Park a week from today indoors.  That from Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley... who says the weather appears to be warmer for that time period.  However... she adds that, while the long-range forecast is looking okay, they don't want to take a chance.  She says children up to age 12 are welcome to take part... with ages 4-and-under will go first... followed by 5-to-8, and 9-to-12 will go last.  Ciesla-Hanley says they'll have three-thousand candy-filled eggs placed inside the Rink.  She says they'll also have the usual Gold and Silver prize eggs... but, there are some new prizes this year.  Ciesla-Hanley says they include two new bicycle for children who find the Golden Eggs.  In addition to Sertoma Club... and, the family of Mark Hess... the Media One Group is a media sponsor of the event.  It begins at 10:30 a.m. next Saturday, Mar. 31 at the Allen Park Ice Rink.
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 23, 2018

Congress has easily approved a bi-partisan $1.3-trillion measure handing huge spending increases to defense programs and domestic initiatives ranging from road-building to biomedical research...  
 
However, Chautauqua County's representative in the House voted against the latest continuing resolution in Washington.  Corning Republican Tom Reed's office says he voted against the measure, which was approved early Thursday afternoon, 256-167.  That shipped the more than 2,200-page package to the Senate, where it passed earlier this morning 65-32.
 
 
The Jamestown Public Works Department will begin work on the reconstruction of West 4th Street -- between Washington and Lafayette Streets -- next Monday morning...  
 
DPW Director Jeff Lehman says they'll be closing that one-block area to local traffic until the project is completed.  City Council this week approved a resolution to allow Mayor Sam Teresi to enter into an agreement with R. Patti Construction to head up the project for $167,000.  Teresi says they were just waiting for warmer weather to get here.
 
Teresi says the project on West 4th will be the first of 90 to 100 projects taken up by the DPW this Spring and Summer.  He says they are projects that are "above and beyond" the routine maintenance work the city does on potholes and other smaller projects.  R. Patti Construction submitted the lowest of three bigs for the project, which will involve tearing out the asphalt pavement, bricks, and concrete base surface.  Teresi says most of the problem on West 4th involves the concrete breaking up, and pushing the bricks and pavement up, creating major potholes. 
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The Jamestown City Council this week also approved a resolution to lift the hiring freeze so the Police Department can hire a new full-time officer to replace on that has retired.  Lawmakers say the retirement was planned for this year, and funding for the new hire is in the 2018 budget.  The hiring will bring the department to a full compliment of 62.
 
 
Lakewood Mayor Cara Birrittieri has released her proposed 2018-19 budget, which includes a 7.7% tax rate increase...  
 
Birritieri released the spending plan late Thursday and says rising health care costs remains the main reason why the rate is increasing by $0.57 per thousand of assessed value from $7.34 to $7.91.  She says her tentative budget shows it's going to be a very "challenging fiscal year for the village."  She says another issue in recent years is a drop in assessments, while the village has had to deal with increasing costs.  The tentative spending plan totals just over $3.7-million.  The village board must adopt a budget prior to May 1.
 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to reform the system of cash bail in New York, but some say his reforms don't go far enough...
 
Sixty-three percent of prisoners held in jails around New York State have not been convicted of a crime but can't afford the bail to secure their release.  The governor wants to end the current cash bail system for those charged with misdemeanors or nonviolent felonies.  But critics of the proposal say his plan would force those charged with a crime to pay for electronic monitoring and other services while awaiting trial.  Kesi Foster, with Make the Road New York, says that approach is fundamentally flawed.
 
Supporters of electronic monitoring note that nationally, one-third of defendants released while awaiting trial don't comply with discharge requirements, including court appearances.  While the governor's proposal would reduce the number of people in pretrial detention, Foster believes that by including required payment for monitoring services and expanding offenses with no pretrial release, the reforms would fall short of the desired goal.  The governor's bill is included in the state budget proposals.
 
 
Several police agencies raided a home in the Cattaraugus County city of Olean Wednesday night to arrest a woman accused of trafficking three kinds of illegal drugs...  
 
Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force joined with Olean Police and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Special Response Team to execute a search warrant at 210-1/2 West Green Street shortly before 9:00.  Task Force members say they arrested 21 year-old Kasia Lewis and seized about 11-grams of crack cocaine, eight-grams of Heroin and six morphine pills.  Lewis is awaiting arraignment today in Olean City Court on one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia.  The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit also assisted with the arrest.
 
 
Officials in the Silver Creek Central School district say they're elated with the results of this week's vote on a $17.6 million capital improvement project.  Voters approved the project on Tuesday, 287-85.  That was much to the delight of Superintendent Todd Crandall...
 
Crandall says the project will address a number of items including an expanded security and new communications system, transportation facility addition and a number of maintenance items including roofing.  He says a six-classroom addition at the elementary school is also part of the project because they have a "diversified" student population to provide more teaching space, and support services.  Crandall expects plans to be submitted soon to the State Department of Education.  If all goes well, construction could start by the summer of 2019.
 
 
The annual Grow Jamestown gardening and home improvement show will take place at the Northwest Arena this coming Saturday...  
 
Marketing and Events Manager Zach Agett from Jamestown Renaissance Corporation says this year's show features 52 vendors including presenting sponsor Mike's Nursery.  Additionally, the show will also include workshops periodically throughout the day starting at 10:30.  JRC's Neighborhood Project Manager Mary Maxwell says the workshops will dive into backyard wildlife, butterfly gardens for kids, composting and others. For more information,  visit JamestownRenaissance.org.  Grow Jamestown is a free event running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 22, 2018

As the New York City area deals with it's fourth nor'easter in less than three weeks, Governor Andrew Cuomo used a storm briefing Wednesday to vent his frustration over the performance of utility companies during recent storms...  
 
Cuomo says that the utilities serving parts of Upstate and New York City have failed to adapt to what he calls "a new reality."  He says they've been "slow to respond..." and that's unacceptable. He says they are "not a charity..." and regardless of whether there's bright sunshine or snow,  they're supposed to produce.  Cuomo says that's why he has ordered the state's Public Service Commissioner to perform a review of the utilities.  He also made it clear that they have the power to revoked the licenses of any utility.  
 
 
One of the businesses destroyed by fire earlier this year in Falconer will re-open in the next few days.  Brian Nelson's Falconer Vac Shop will be operating in a temporary structure at the site of the old store on Main Street...
 
An electrical problem caused the January 14 fire that burned Nelson's building down.  A year ago today (March 22), an arson fire took out several other businesses, just down the block. Brian Nelson's been in business in Falconer for 48 years. Despite the fires and changes in retail, he's still enthusiastic about the village. Nelson says his vac shop will remain in its temporary location while the village decides what to do, to redevelop the burned out areas.  He plans a formal grand opening on May 1.  
 
 
A group of bi-partisan federal lawmakers is completing it's work on legislation that will address school and other mass shootings, the latest one taking place in Maryland Tuesday...  
 
That from Chautauqua County's Congressman Tom Reed (who co-chairs the Problem Solvers Caucus), which is half Republican and half Democratic.  Reed says their legislations deals with gun issues, school safety and mental illness issues.  Reed adds, though, that lawmakers need to get to what "drives" a person like Florida shooter Nicholas Cruz to do what he did.
 
Reed says he is pushing on controversial idea 'forced treatment', which he says would deal with socio and psychologistal problems Cruz was known by many people to have.  Reed says it's unclear how soon the Problem Solver's legislation may be introduced.  He made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
One of the six Democrats seeking the nomination to run for the 23rd Congressional District seat says sensible gun control would be one way to curtail school shootings...  
 
Owego's Max Della Pia was in Jamestown for several appearances Wednesday to talk about the issues and why he should be elected to go to Washington.  Della Pia is a retired U-S Air Force officer, who supports the Second Amendment.  Yet, he feels there is a need for federal background checks.
 
Della Pia adds that bump stocks should be illegal, along with military-style weapons.  However, he admits there would have to be some compromise to bring those about.  Della Pia says there needs to be "a respectful conversation with all the stakeholders because that's the only way we get to "enduring policy." 
 
 
Democratic Congressionial candidate Max Della Pia of Owego is being touted as the one person seeking the Democratic nomination who has a lot of public service on his resume...  
 
However, Della Pia said during a series of stops in Jamestown yesterday that the reason why he decided to enter the race last Summer is because of the challenges facing his adult children.  One of those challenges is getting good, affordable health care.  Della Pie says he supports "Medicare for All".
 
Della Pia says he also wants to help his son -- who is trying to make a go of it in farming -- by working to improve the economy for them and others.  He says he also has a transgender daughter, and her rights are important to him.  Republican Tom Reed's campaign has already painted the six candidates as "Extreme Ithaca Liberals", which Della Pia calls nothing more than a distraction.  He says voters should be focusing on capabilities and experience.  The Democratic Primary will be held in late June.  Della Pia hosted a "Meet and Greet" last night at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Jamestown.
 
 
The Catholic Diocese of Western New York has released a list of 42 retired or deceased priests who were removed or retired from the ministry amid sex abuse allegations...  
 
The list, which was disclosed by Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone on Tuesday, includes eight priests who previously served in Jamestown-area parishes.  The Post-Journal reports that some of those served for many years in Jamestown at three catholic churches.  They are the Reverend Martin Pavlock, James Spielman, Donald Fafinski, John Hajduk and the Reverend Chester Stachewicz.  The others serving locally include the Reverends Mark and Joseph Friel, Thomas Kemp and Francis Hogan.  
 
 
A Warren County, Pennsylvania man was hurt Tuesday evening after a firearm accidentally went off with two 4 year-old children inside a Youngsville home...  
 
State Police in Warren say while the suspect was involved in a verbal argument at a Homestead Drive residence, he retrieved a small-caliber handgun.  Identified as 28 year-old Michael Battko, III, Troopers report he did not brandish the weapon, but allegedly kept it behind his back while pacing in the residence.  The gun is believed to have discharged by accident injuring Battko in the leg, he was taken to an Erie hospital for treatment.  The incident is still under investigation with additional interviews still pending, as well as court action. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 21, 2018

Local Congressman Tom Reed supports President Trump's call to strengthen criminal penalties for the trafficking of deadly opioids such as Heroin and Fentanyl -- including possible use of the death penalty...  
 
Reed also agrees with the idea of using some drug asset forefeiture monies to help pay for treating those with addiction.  The Corning Republican says it's part of the Help Ensure Lives are Protected -- or HELP Act -- that he has proposed. Reed additionally agrees that it's time to go after major pharmacutial makers who are found guilty of "super-saturating" certain areas of the country with opioid pain-killers.  He says he likes the idea of taking at least some of the drug forefeiture assets seized during raids to help treat the addicts left in the wake of the Opioid epidemic.  He agrees law enforcement should have some of that money, but he feels using some to pay for treatment is a "very sound idea."  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
New York State Police are investigating a tractor-trailer collision that left one person dead on Interstate-86 early Tuesday morning...  
 
Troopers say the collision occurred in the eastbound lane in the Allegany County town of Cuba just before 5:30.  Police say their investigation shows that a 1987 tractor-trailer was disabled partially in the roadway.  The operator, 41 year-old Kyle Willis of Dorset, Ohio, was outside the rig trying to make repairs when both he and the rig were struck by another eastbound tractor-trailer.  Troopers say Willis was transported to Olean General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. 
 
 
The nearly 20 people on hand at Monday's Jamestown City Council meeting to press for using half of drug forefeiture monies for local drug addiction treatment programs found a sympathetic ear.  However, the fact remains that there isn't enough local money to put towards such programs...  
 
Following the meeting, City Council President Marie Carrubba addressed the issue.  Carrubba has worked with the local Health Action Team dealing with the issue and says probably the place to start is Chautauqua County, because it puts funding towards a number of mental health issues.  Carrubba says New York state is "really where the money gets allocated" for drug treatment.  With that, she urged members of the "Fight for Recovery" movement to contact State Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell about the issue.  She says part of the problem is people sometimes have to go through recovery two or three times before it takes hold and, that costs more money.  Carrubba echoed the sentiments of at-large Councilwoman Vanessa Weinert, who says it's part of the health insurance coverage debate because some insurances cover treatment, and others don't as well.
 
 
Fredonia Mayor Athenesia Landis has delivered a no tax increase budget to the village board that adds seven new employees...  
 
The tentative, $10.4-million spending plan, was presented during Monday night's board meeting.  Landis is proposing the hiring of three full-time and four part-time employees to help with reducing overtime costs. The mayor is also seeking an increase in state aid from Albany.  As a comparison, Dr. Landis says Fredonia and other villages receive much less funding from Albany than cities such as Dunkirk.  She says they only get $7.90-a person.  However, if they got $100 (still lower than cities get) she could lower taxes by 15-20%.  The budget calls for a 3.9% increase in spending.  Trustees will now review the proposal with a final budget due by early May.  
 
 
It was Jamestown Raider State Champions Day in the city Tuesday...  
 
Mayor Sam Teresi issued the proclamation at Monday night's City Council meeting while honoring the Jamestown Raiders AAU State Championship hockey team.  The Raiders recently won the state High School Championships played at the Northwest Arena.  Teresi not only honored the players, but the people who supported them through-out an outstanding season.
 
The Raiders went undefeated -- winning five games during championship weekend -- and team members were praised for their hard-work and sacrifice during the entire season.  Head Coach Joe Gerace echoed the mayor's sentiments, and especially singled out the parents who stood behind their sons, and the team through "thick and thin."  Teresi gave the team a copy of the proclamation, as well as a framed copy of the front page story in the Jamestown Post-Journal.  They also received a pin and pen from the city.  The Raiders hockey team finished it's season 23-4-1.
 
 
Former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon says she'll challenge Governor Cuomo in New York's Democratic primary in September...  
 
Her announcement sets up a race pitting an openly gay liberal activist against a two-term incumbent with a $30-million dollar war chest and possible presidential ambitions.  In a video on Twitter, the public education advocate says "We want our government to work again."  Nixon in recent speeches has called on Democrats nationally to carve out a strong liberal identity instead of being merely the "anti-Trump party."  The 60 year-old Cuomo was favored 66% to 19% over Nixon in a recent Siena College poll.
 
 
New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon says one of the reasons she's running in the Democratic primary against Governor Andrew Cuomo is because of the poor condition of New York City's subway system...  
 
She experienced that firsthand on Tuesday as she was on her way to her first official campaign event in Brooklyn after announcing her candidacy the day before.  The liberal activist and "Sex and the City" actress told the crowd at the Bethesda Healing Center that she just made it to the event.  She said a ride which should have been 30 minutes took vastly longer. 
 
 
Jamestown residents are seeing a price decrease at the pump this week for the first time in nearly two months, according to AAA's weekly gas price report... 
 
Even though New York gas prices's are among the most expensive in the region (and land on list of the top-10 most expensive in the country this week), the cost for a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel dropped to $2.71.  Nationally, AAA says gasoline demand is at the highest level on record for March. The national gas price average is $0.26 higher than this time last year, at $2.55. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 20, 2018

The regional "Fight for Recovery" effort came to Jamestown last night to call for some drug forefeiture money to be used to help addicts get the help they need...  
 
Several people spoke during the public comment portion of the City Council's monthly voting session, asking that 50% of drug seizure funds go to recovery.  Local "Fight for Recovery" advocate Chanda Germain says, while the $50-billion-a-year "War on Drugs" has largely been a failure, supporting recovery can and will work.
 
Germain says only about one in nine addicts are able to get into actual treatment.  Another member of the effort-- Clyde, Ohio's Richie Webber-- says they have 5,000 signatures on a petition so far.  Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings did some research and found out just over $28-million  was seized in drug assets in New York state in 2016 and says Chautauqua County only received $50,800.  He says Jamestown and other communities split about $17,000 (35%) of that.  Snellings says his department depends on the money it gets because his department gets no other extra money to help fight the local battle against drugs.
 
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The young people who spoke received a very sympathetic ear from City Councilmembers, who acknowledged the city doesn't have the money to support treatment.  However, they did urge the grassroots organization to keep fighting both on the county and state levels to get money funding for treatment efforts, along with support for "sober-living" facilities.  More details to follow. 
 
 
Chautauqua County is losing ground when it comes to health factors and outcomes compared to the rest of New York state between last year and this year...  
 
The county's Health and Human Services Department has released a report from the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which ranks the county 57th among the state's 62 counties for Health Factors.  County Epidemiology Manager Breeanne Agett says the county was 58th in Health Outcomes-- premature deaths (suicide, cancer, cardiovascular disease and fatal drug overdoses). 
 
There were two areas where Chautauqua County had the highest rate of negative health factors.  The first was the smoking rate, which was about 24% for the county, but it was 14% state-wide.  Agett says the second area is obesity, which is 33%, while it's 25% state-wide.  She says the report reinforces the need for "community action" to improve health behaviors.  Agett says that runs the gamut from churches to employers; to friends and family.  She says the county's Health Rankings Report is available on-line at countyhealthrankings.org;  the Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan for 2016-18 is available at chautauqua.ny.us.
 
 
The case against a Sherman man who allegedly shot and killed a woman while she was walking her dogs in a field behind her Sherman home appears to be back on track...  
 
In a joint statement, Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson, Sheriff Joe Gerace and DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that Thomas Jadlowski has been re-indicted.  Jadlowski was arraigned today in County Court on a two-count indictment for second-degree manslaughter and hunting after dark.  Swanson tells us the case was re-submitted to a county grand jury.
 
Fourty-three year-old Rosemary Billquist was struck in the hip by the bullet fired by Jadlowski, the alleged incident occurring on the day before Thanksgiving. The bail amount remains at $50,000 cash bail, which Jadlowski had posted after the first indictment.   The charges carry a potential indeterminate state prison sentence of 5 to 15 years if condicted.
 
 
The official start of spring comes early this afternoon and forecasters at the National Weather Service says colder than normal temperatures will hang on for the next several days.  However, there is a break on the way...  
 
That from Meteorologist Dan Kelly at the service's Buffalo office, who says somewhere near the end of March, the weather pattern will change into warmer weather across Western New York.  Kelly says that sets the stage for a warm than normal spring.  He says the latest 90 day outlooks shows a warmer and wetter than normal Spring.  Kelly says there is a 45% chance that temperatures will be warmer than usual during that time period, which he says is "promising."  Spring officially gets underway at 12:15 p.m. today.

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 19, 2018

A Warren, Pennsylvania woman has been arrested as a fugitive from justice after being found in a hotel in downtown Jamestown...  
 
City Police say they were sent to the Best Western Hotel at 200 West Third Street late last Friday on a report of a wanted person being there.  Officers say they quickly found 31 year-old Jessica Lamper, who was wanted on a warrant issued by the Warren County Sheriff's Department.  Police say Lamper disobeyed several officer commands, but was taken into custody without further incident.  She was taken to Jamestown City Jail on one count of Felony Fugitive From Justice and second-degree obstruction.  She was arraigned, and sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
A man from Clymer has been arrested for allegedly violating Leandra's Law for being drunk while driving with three children under the age of 15 in his car...  
 
Sheriff's deputies say they stopped the vehicle-- driven by 39 year-old Johnathan Whitney-- on Route 474 in the town of French Creek shortly before Midnight last Saturday for a traffic infraction.  Deputies say they found that Whitney was driving in an intoxicated state, and the children were his passengers.  Whitney has been charged with Felony Driving While Intoxicated -- Leandra's Law, DWI, and Speed in Zone.  He was issued appearance tickets for French Creek Town Court.
 
 
An Ohio man was arrested for allegedly operating a snowmobile while intoxicated in the village of Mayville...  
 
Sheriff's officers say they saw a snowmobile on its side just after 2:30 a.m. Saturday, on Trail-Four.  Investigation revealed that 55 year-old Kevin Ropes of Rocky River, had left the groomed portion of the trail and tipped over on its side in soft, unpacked snow. Ropes was taken into custody for snowmobiling while intoxicated and SWI per-se. He was released and will appear in the Town of Chautauqua Court at a later date.
 
 
Chautauqua County's top-cop is voicing his support for a proposed local law that would create an animal abuser registry in the county...  
 
Sheriff Joe Gerace says he's been working with County Executive George Borrello... who announced the proposed local law late last week, to develop the proposal.  Gerace says he already has an animal abuse officer on staff and the proposed registry would assist in her work.
 
Gerace says the idea of a registry came from his counterpart in Niagara County and, he says their sheriff has also been helping Chautauqua County through the process of getting the program in place.  He says the idea is similar to the sex offender registry that has been in use for years.  Gerace says he believes the idea of an animal abuser registry will catch on across the state and adds he believes it will become something that's used state-wide to reduce animal abuse.  The Chautauqua County Legislature's Public Safety Committee will be taking up a proposed local law during it's meeting this Wednesday, March 21.   
 
 
New York's two U-S senators say they'd like to honor Congresswoman Louise Slaughter by renaming a Rochester train station after her...  
 
The New York Democrat died Friday at a Washington hospital where she was treated following a fall at home.  She was 88.  Democrats Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, said last Saturday that the renaming would be appropriate nearly a year after Slaughter dedicated the station.  They noted that Slaughter spent years fighting to secure over $15-million in federal funding for the station.  They said Slaughter was solely responsible for securing the necessary federal funding.
 
 
The two new, twin pedestrian bridges that are part of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk are now award-winning spans...  
 
That from Mayor Sam Teresi, who says they were recently recognized by a New York state association with it's "Structures of the Year" award for 2017.  Teresi says Public Works Director Jeff Lehman and Development Director Vince DeJoy accepted the award, along with span designer Dan Dupree from Clark-Patterson Lee.  Teresi says the $2-million project was presented the award by the western New York chapter of the American Public Works Association.
 
Teresi says the city received a $2-million grant through the state with the help of Empire State Development.  Jamestown used $400,000 in left-over Urban Development Action Grant monies to pay the match on the grant.  He adds that the spans have both been installed, but says there is still some finishing work that remains, including some landscaping work around the twin spans.  Teresi says project to make and install the bridges was done with no local tax dollars involved.
 
 
Police say a former Cornell University student has been arrested after bomb-making materials and an AR-15 rifle were found in his apartment near the campus...  
 
The Syracue Post-Standard reports that 20-year-old Maximilien Reynolds was charged in federal court Friday with possessing a silencer and a destructive device.  He was also charged with aiding and abetting the straw purchase of a rifle.  Information on an attorney for Reynolds wasn't immediately available.
 
 
If you bought a Powerball ticket in Pennsylvania for Saturday's drawing, you may be holding a piece of paper worth $457-million...  
 
Powerball officials say a single winning ticket was sold in Pennsylvania that matches all of the winning numbers: 22-57-59-60-66 and Powerball 7.  The jackpot from Saturday's drawing is the eighth-largest ever for the Powerball game.  The specific location where the winning ticket was sold has not been announced.  Powerball is played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

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News Headlines for Sat., Marc. 17, 2018

House fire on Willard Street in Jamestown remains under investigation....
Jamestown fire investigators are continuing to look for the cause of a fire that destroyed a multi-story home on the city's eastside late Thursday night that left one person homeless.  City Fire Lieutenant Bruce Sheldon says crews were called to the scene at 382 Willard St. about 9:45 p.m., and, found heavy flames coming from the structure.  Sheldon says firefighters were not able to get inside the structure, and took a defensive posture to fight the blaze.  He says the lone tenant of the building was at work at the time.... and, no one was hurt.  An emergency demolition was ordered late Thursday.  Crews were at the scene for several hours.  An off-duty shift was called in to assist at the scene and at the City Hall fire station.
 
 
Bus fire in Cattaraugus County under investigation... but, no one hurt...
State Police say three children and the driver escaped injury after their school bus caught fire in the Cattaraugus County town of Yorkshire early Friday morning.  The blaze involving a Pioneer School District bus occurred just before dawn.  The bus was completely engulfed in flames.  Troopers are investigating the cause, but believe a possible engine issue may have triggered the fire.
 
 
Animal Abuse registry proposed for Chautauqua County, lawmakers to vote on it this month...
The Chautauqua County Legislature's Public Safety Committee will consider a local law next week that would authorize the creation of an animal abuser registry.  That from County Executive George Borrello says the local law would create an on-line registry to identify any county resident who has been convicted of animal abuse crimes.  He says the list will be able to be used by anyone to check on who has abused or neglected animals.  Borrello says there are great organizations and people involved in the effort.  He adds there are people who have been convicted of animal abuse in the county who are still able to buy an animal because there is no registry.  The local law would also require animal shelters and pet sellers to examine the Animal Abuser Registry to confirm that the name of the potential owner is not listed.  The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office would be responsible for establishing and maintaining the registry.  The Public Safety Committee will take up the proposed local law at its March 21 meeting.  
 
 
Jamestown man arrested following alleged violent domestic incident...
A city man faces multiple charges including unlawful imprisonment, criminal obstruction of breathing and endangering the welfare of a child stemming from a domestic dispute overnight.  Officers responded to 188 Falconer Street where the victim stated 26 year-old DeVonte Chandler allegedly put his hands on their neck causing the victim to be unable to breathe.  The victim said Chandler then threw them onto a rocking chair where an infant was sleeping.  Officers located Chandler a short distance away and was taken to city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
Flu Epidemic in NYS beginning to loosen it's grip...
The flu continues to loosen its grip on New York, with state health officials saying the number of laboratory-confirmed influenza cases has dropped for the third consecutive week.  Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late this week that the number of flu cases reported to the Department of Health fell last week to around 37-hundred... that's down from about 6,400 the previous week.  Cuomo says the number of New Yorkers requiring hospitalization for the flu dipped just under 700 last week, compared to more than 1,000 the week before.  State health officials say the total number of lab-confirmed cases of the flu since it was deemed widespread in New York state in December has topped 111,000, with more than 20,000 people requiring hospitalization.  The flu is blamed for the deaths of eight children.
 
 
Mason says her research has found a lot of microscoping plastic in bottled water...
Go back to the tap!  That's the message from a professor of chemistry, and chairwoman of the Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences at the State University of New York at Fredonia.  Dr. Sherri Mason says she has found microscopic particles of plastic in nearly all major brands of bottled water.  Mason says they investigated 59 bottles from 11 different brands, and found 93-percent has plastic pollution in them.  Her research is now receiving international attention... including from the B-B-C.  It has also drawn the attention of the World Health Organization.  She says consumers need to reconsider where they get their water from... and, should look at going back to tap water.  Dr. Mason has done extensive research into microplastic pollution.  That research led to Congress passing the Microbead-Free Water Act in 2015.
 
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 16, 2018

Jamestown firefighters were called to the scene of a house fire on the city's eastside late last night...  
 
Fire officials say the call at 382 Willard Street came in about 9:45.  Unofficially, there was word the building was a vacant house.  An emergency demolition was being ordered late last night.  No injuries have been reported. We have a call in to the Jamestown Fire Department for further information at this time. 
 
 
A city man is jailed pending arraignment for allegedly being found in possession of a controlled substance in a taxi-cab Wednesday evening...  
 
A Jamestown Officer reportedly saw a person exit a residence at 339 Delaware Avenue and get into a taxi-cab just before 6:30.  Officers say the vehicle was stopped for a traffic infraction as further investigation revealed that the passenger --36 year-old Jeremy Gross -- had a valid order or protection to stay away from the residence and its occupant. Investigation also revealed that Gross attempted to dispose of 3.9 grams of crystal meth while seated in the taxi. Officers located the drug where Gross was sitting.  He arrested on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal contempt. 
 
 
A parole check yesterday morning on Jamestown's eastside led to the arrest of two people for allegedly being in possession of drugs, and drug paraphernalia...  
 
City police say officers assisted New York Parole agents on a house visit at 302 Allen Street about 8:00.  Officers say they found 31 year-old Patricia Raynor in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine, along with drug paraphernalia, and hyperdermic syringes.  They also found 45 year-old Dennis Penhollow-the-second, in possession of meth, as well as Suboxone and a small amount of marihuana.  He was charged with three counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marihauna.  Raynor was arrested for seventh-degree criminal possession of drugs and criminally using drug paraphernalia, and possessing a syringe.  Both were jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
A Fredonia man is being held in the Chautauqua County Jail after being indicted by the county grand jury after a lengthy investigation into a robbery that occurred at a store at the D&F Plaza last month...   
 
Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano says that 30-year-old Nathaniel Lion was arrested Wednesday on a felony indictment warrant in connection with the hold up that occurred at Gamerz Haven.  Ortolano says Lion was arraigned on a robbery charge and remanded to the County Jail.   He praised the work of his detectives, saying they stayed on the case and brought it to closure.  
 
 
Chautauqua County's representative in the New York State Assembly says he's "very disappointed" in the final "one-house budget bill" the legislature's lower chamber has approved...  
 
The Assembly (which is about 2-1 Democratic) OKed the measure Wednesday, with Jamestown-area Republican Andy Goodell voting no.  Goodell says he has some major issues with the spending plan.  He says it cuts more than $1-billion from economic development programs and includes significant tax hikes.
 
Goodell says there are a few parts of the Assembly's budget that he likes, including restoration of some agricutural funding that the governor had cut in his budget proposal.  One will make sure to fund programming for Cornell Cooperative Extension, while another will restore money to the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program -- or CHIPS fundings.  Goodell says the increase in eduction funding totaled more than $1-billion, but the final breakdown is not yet available.  He says the Legislature's Joint Budget Conference Committee began it's work yesterday on hammer out a final agreement.  A final spending plan is due April 1.
 
 
The State Senate approved it's 2018-19 budget plan which "promotes affordability, opportunity, and security for all New Yorkers"...  
 
That from State Senator Cathy Young, who says the spending plan is "fiscally responsible..." and keeps state spending within the two-percent cap.  Young says it also serves as a "blueprint" for the creation of a better budget and a stronger, safer, and more prosperous New York.  The Olean Republican, who also chairs the Senate Finance Committee, says the budget "delivers on our promises to provide additional tax relief to overburdened families..." and others, as well as supporting key investments in education, infrastructure, health care and other areas.
 
 
Jamestown police are looking for the alleged suspect in a stabbing that occured early Wednesday night on the city's westside...  
 
City police confirm the stabbing occured at an apartment at 303 Lafayette Street shortly before 8:00.  Officers and Jamestown firefighters were called to the scene, with the male victim being rushed to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment of an apparent head injury.  Police say the suspect remains at-large, but they know who that person is.  The severity of victim's injuries aren't immediately known.  The investigation is continuing.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 15, 2018

Students across the United States staged walkouts yesterday, calling for stricter gun laws in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida...  
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed spoke about the walkouts during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media Wednesday afternoon.  He says there are a couple of items being seriously looked at federal lawmakers in Washington.  One is supporting school resource officers, and providing help for facility and staffing improvements.  Reed also indicated that he was encouraged by the student walkouts, saying it was important for them to be "engaged in democracy."  A walkout was held yesterday morning outside the Dunkirk High School on Sixth Street with about 300 students taking part.
 
 
One person was sent to the hospital following an alleged stabbing at an apartment in Jamestown Wednesday evening... 
 
The Post-Journal reports city police and firefighters were called in for assistance at 303 Lafayette Street just before 8:00. The newspaper says the man appeared to suffer a head injury in the incident and was rushed to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital. The severity of injuries wasn't immediately known.  Additional information was not yet available this morning. 
 
 
The enlarged Jamestown City School District is still mandated to provide certain services, even though it's getting a relatively small increase in state aid...  
 
That from School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe, who says the district is currently looking at a no-tax increase budget for 2018-19.  The school board reviewed the first budget draft this past Tuesday night. While Governor Cuomo is proposing a general, 4% aid increase next year, Apthorpe says Jamestown would only see about a 2% increase to help out with special education, and English-language learning services.
 
Jamestown's Director of Finance and Business Affairs, Vern Connors, says the current revenue budget proposal for next school year has increased to $84.8-million.  Apthorpe says he's encouraged that both State Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell are on the record opposing the lesser amount of aid for Jamestown.  He adds that he's heard from various groups that the item may be "negotiated away" as they resolve school aid in both the Senate and Assembly. 
 
 
Two young students in Warren County, Pennsylvania have been accused of making threats to teachers and staff at the Warren Area Elementary Center...  
 
State Police in Warren say they were called to tthe scene about 9:30 Tuesday morning after a 10 year-old boy allegedly made a hand-written threat with "disturbing" hand-drawn sketches.  Troopers assessed the situation and investigated and removed the child from school.  They then made a Juvenile Petition for the child on one count each of terrorist threats and disorderly conduct.  Shortly after 10 a.m. while investigating the earlier incident, troopers were alerted to another alleged threat involving a 7 year-old boy.  Another juvenile petition is also being prepared in that case.  State Police say the investigation is ongoing.
 
 
Fear of retaliation by neighbors for allegedly housing code violations has left some Jamestown residents deciding not to contact the city about those problems...  
 
That from City Council Housing Committee Chairwoman Vickeye James during discussion at this week's Council work session.  James brought up alleged retaliation by some people after someone complained about the condition of one house.  She says someone "lasered out" a cellphone being used to call in a complaint.  City Council President  (past Housing Committee Chairwoman) Marie Carrubba says it's too bad that some people are fearful of reporting housing violations.  She says those problems can grow bigger in scope when violators move to another location.
 
James was urged to remind residents that they should report housing issues, and can do so anonymously.  If the problem is significant enought to warrant a police check, Chief Harry Snellings said that's certainly something they can do.  Snellings says people can go on their cell phones to the department's Tips 411 app.
 
 
A north county woman arrested by federal authorities nearly a year ago has pleaded guilty in U-S District Court in Buffalo to possessing and attempting to traffic 28-grams or more of crack cocaine...  
 
U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior has announced that 49 year-old Minerva Maestre of Dunkirk entered the plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kenneth Schroder; she faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $5-million fine.  Prosecutors say Dunkirk Police and members of other agencies raided Maestre's home at 51 East Second Street, and found 60 grams of crack cocaine, 42 grams of cocaine, and more than $171,000 in cash.
 
 
Gas prices in the Jamestown area remained steady for the seventh consecutive week at $2.76 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel...  
 
That from AAA's weekly gas price report, which says every state in the region is paying more than at this time last year.  A handful are paying as much as $0.25 or more to fill up (in New York the price is $0.26 more than in March 2017). Regional inventory sits at 61.8-millions barrels despite a 3.4-million barrel drop on the week.  The national average price for regular gas has remained steady at $2.53 for the last nine days.  Officials say the price at the pump reflects an unseasonably high demand for fuel this winter.  Get prices along your route GasPrices.AAA.com.
 
 
A proposal to cut about a quarter of state lawmakers from the Pennsylvania General Assembly is moving ahead, but it's still not certain that the constitutional amendment will make it onto the November ballot...  
 
The House voted 109 to 80 on Tuesday for a bill that would cut the House from 203 to 151 members, and the Senate from 50 to 38.  Supporters predict it will make the Legislature work more efficiently and could produce some cost savings.  Opponents warn it will dilute the voices of constituents and give more power to leaders when new district lines are drawn after the 2020 census.  Procedural rules mean that the proposal to cut the Senate would have to be eliminated in order for the bill to go before voters later this year.

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 14, 2018

A Winter Storm Warnings remains in effect through 2 a.m. tomorrow for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Southern Erie counties... 
 
That from Meteorologist Tony Ansuini with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, who says the snowfall amounts will start to add up through the early morning... and, this morning's commute could be very challenging.  The greatest amounts will occur over the higher elevations, but Ansuini says everyone will be getting more than a half-foot from the storm.
 
Winds gusting as high as 45 mph will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow and could help to bring down snow covered tree limbs.  Ansuini adds that we won't see any quick change in the weather pattern because a fourth coastal storm is taking shape for the middle of next week.  So -- he says -- keep that snow shovel handy... and the snow blower filled with gas!
 
 
An alarming Facebook post about a person threatening to do "terrible violence" in the village of Falconer has led to a convicted Felon's arrest in Falconer, and the discovery of a huge cache of weapons...  
 
Ellicott Town Police Detective Kevin Pierce says a resident alerted them to the Facebook post on February 28, which led them to a storage unit rented by 36 year-old James Caloren in the town. Pierce says a search warrant issued by Ellicott Town Court led to the seizure weapons, including AK-47 assault rifle, a 308-calibur rifle, a sawed-off 16-gauge shotgun and, a 12-gauge shotgun, as well as a large amount of ammunition. 
 
An arrest warrant was obtained for Caloren, who faces five Felony counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Pierce says Caloren was arraigned in Ellicott Town Court and sent to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail on the five charges.  He adds the FBI and ATF are assisting and federal charges are pending.  If you any information on suspicious activity in the town, call Ellicott Police at 665-7083; the Sheriff's Department at 661-7232; or the JPD tips-line at 483-TIPS (8477).
 
 
One of three Erie, Pennsylvania-area men convicted of carjacking and brandishing a firearm in the city of Dunkirk has been sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison...  
 
U.S. Attorney James Kennedy says 37 year-old Dimas Colon-Cruz received the 154 month-long term late Monday in federal court in Buffalo.  Prosecutors say Colon-Cruz and his co-defendants, Michael Gonzalez-Colon and Denis Cruz, fled to Dunkirk on stolen All-terrain vehicles. Shortly after arriving in Dunkirk, the stolen ATV's were seized by Dunkirk Police.  At that point, Kennedy says all three assaulted two people... and, stole a car and pick-up truck and other items before fleeing again.  Both vehicles were later recovered in Erie.  Kennedy says Michael Gonzalez-Colon has been convicted and sentenced. Charges are still pending against Denis Cruz. 
 
 
A former top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been convicted of accepting bribes...  
 
A jury delivered a verdict Tuesday in the trial of Joseph Percoco after deliberating for parts of three weeks.  It convicted Percoco on two counts of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud and one count of soliciting bribes.  Percoco was a longtime friend of the governor and the manager of his 2014 re-election campaign.  Defense lawyers said the payments were legitimate fees for consulting work performed when Percoco was out of state government.
 
 
The Jamestown School District presented it's first budget proposal for the 2018-19 school year at a regular School Board Meeting Tuesday evening... 
 
At first glance, Director of Finance and Business Affairs-- Vern Connors, says the current revenue budget proposal for next school year is a million-dollar increase to $84.8-million. Board President Paul Abbott says despite a number of difficult years, he sees a "number of opportunities" in order to shield the district from unexpected expenses in the infrastructure of the budget. 
 
Additionally, Abbott says that any improvements the district makes or programs they add, would be sustainable and able to "weather the ebbs and flows of the budget". There's also no change in the tax levy. A public hearing regarding the 2018-19 Budget will be held on May 8, 2018 at 6 p.m. at Persell Middle School.
 
 
New York's junior U-S Senator, Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, is not comfortable with Mike Pompeo as the next Secretary of State...  
 
Speaking at the end of a news conference call Tuesday about dairy policy, the senator said something she sees in Pompeo's past jumps out right away and that's the fact he has a record that supports torture.  She says that don't project well out into the world.  Gillibrand concluded her remarks by saying the U.S. needs strong foreign policy and diplomacy right now, and Pompeo might not be the right choice.  New York's senior senator, Chuck Schumer issued a statement saying he hopes Pompeo would 'turn over a new leaf' as Secretary of State and toughen policies toward Russia, and its leader Vladimir Putin.
 
 
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says it's time for the federal government to get back in the dairy price support business.  She's a member of the Agriculture Committee, and is introducing the "Price Loss Contract" program that would pay dairy farmers when returns drop below a certain level...
 
The money would come straight out of the federal treasury, and would not involve the purchase of any dairy products by the government.  The old price support program has been inactive for about a decade, and was repealed in the 2014 farm bill.  A new farm bill is about to be written, and Gillibrand hopes dairy farmers will speak loudly in support of her idea.  The price of milk has been hovering around $15 to $16 per 100 pounds for over a year, straining the mental health and financial stability of many in the business.  (The new "Price Loss Contract" would be in addition to "Margin Protection Program".) 
 
 
A Jamestown man was arrested for allegedly driving drunk close to three-times the legal limit last weekend...  
 
State Police in Jamestown responded to the four-corners area of Falconer for a report of an erratic driver that had nearly been involved in multiple accidents on Saturday.  Troopers initated a traffic stop on the suspected vehicle at Homestead and Falconer Streets and identified the driver as 34 year-old Joshua Nuse.  He was arrested after failing several sobriety tests and provided a breath sample of 0.22 while in custody.  He was charged with aggravated-DWI. Troopers say his license was suspended and was additionally charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. Nuse is scheduled to appear in Ellicott Town Court at a later date. 
 
 
New York wildlife researchers are taking a new approach to gathering citizen input to guide deer management objectives...  
 
The Department of Environmental Conservation and researchers at Cornell University have developed a survey asking people about deer-related interests and concerns.  The survey also asks how they would like to see the deer population in their area change over the next few years.  The survey is currently being mailed to people in a third of the state.  The rest of the state will be surveyed next year.

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News Update for Mon., March 13, 2018

An alarming Facebook post about a person threatening to do "terrible violence" in the village of Falconer has led to a convicted Felon's arrest in Falconer, and the discovery of a huge cache of weapons...  

 
Ellicott Town Police Detective Kevin Pierce says a resident alerted them to the Facebook post on February 28, which led them to a storage unit rented by 36 year-old James Caloren in the town. Pierce says a search warrant issued by Ellicott Town Court led to the seizure weapons, including an AK-47 assault rifle, a 308-calibur rifle, a sawed-off 16-gauge shotgun and, a 12-gauge shotgun, as well as a large amount of ammunition. 
 
An arrest warrant was obtained for Caloren, who faces five Felony counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Pierce says Caloren was arraigned in Ellicott Town Court and sent to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail on the five charges.  He adds the FBI and ATF are assisting and federal charges are pending.  If you any information on suspicious activity in the town, call Ellicott Police at 665-7083; the Sheriff's Department at 661-7232; or the JPD tips-line at 483-TIPS (8477).

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 13, 2018

Another nor'easter is taking aim on the Northeast this week and, like last week's storm, there won't be a direct effect on Western New York...  
 
However, forecasters expect the area to pick up some snowfall.  Meteorologist Jim Mitchell with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says the snowfall could start to add up by mid-week, especially over the higher terrain.
 
The flow around the storm will result in periods of snow from today through Wednesday night with moderate accumulations across the lower elevations and locally heavy amounts for the higher terrain of the Chautauqua Ridge. A winter storm warning is in effect from 6 p.m. this evening  until 2 a.m. Thursday morning. Today's snow accumulation of three to six inches are expected. 
 
 
A new Salary Review Commission will begin reviewing current salaries for elected officials in the city of Jamestown and, make recommendations on any changes to lawmakers...  
 
City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says the commission is enpaneled every four-years to review current pay for council members, and the mayor.  Dolce handed out some information on salaries-- dating back to the late 1950s.  He says there will be six members of the new panel.
 
Dolce says the city council has not had a raise since 1984, when individual council members were granted a $5,000 a year salary.  The Council president reviewed $6,000 a year.  Dolce adds that the mayor's salary is now $72,000 per year, which has been in place since 2008.  He says the Salary Review Commission is to meet as many times as they feel necessary, then report to the city council by the end of this year, or very early in 2019.  Dolce says the council can accept the recommendations, not accept them, or adopt modified recommendations.  In 2014, he says the commission decided against any change in salaries.
 
 
There's been a stablization in the number of condemned and vacant homes in the city of Jamestown.  However, due to a shortage of funds, the city will only be able to demolish 10 of them this year... 
 
That from City Development Director Vince DeJoy, who told the city council that his department had done a quick tally and found between 100 and 105 homes are still unoccupied, and condemned.  DeJoy says they worked up their list of homes to be torn down from those whose owners can no longer be found.
 
DeJoy says they could only do 10 demolitions this year because the grant monies provided to the Chautauqua County Landbank to pay for tearing down the homes has been used up.  City Council Housing Committee Chairwoman Vickeye James says two of the properties listed would have been torn-down by a private developer if the state had agreed to support the Jackson-Spring Housing Project on the city's northside. 
 
 
A 3-on-3 basketball tournament open to all-ages returns to Jamestown this summer for the second-consecutive year... 
 
That from Publisher Mike Bird of the Jamestown Post Journal, who says the Gus Macker Tournament is celebrating it's 45th anniversary. Bird says the tournament returned last year with the help of three local newspapers-- the Post Journal, Dunkirk Observer and Warren Times Observer. He says 20% of the proceeds will be donated to the Alex Foulk Fund.
 
In addition, Bird says last year's event hosted 200 teams and 800 players and expects up close to 300 teams this year. The tournament will be held Saturday, June 2 through Sunday, June 3 along Third Street between Washington and Monroe Streets. Bird says this also incorporates the Northwest Arena as well as Layfette Street and a portion of Second Street. Player-registration is Friday, June 1 inside the Northwest Arena from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.. Bird says they will also hold registration that Saturday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. however, players must be registered before their first game and wearing their tournament-issued bracelet throughout the entire weekend. For more information, visit Macker.com or call Mike Bird at the Post-Journal: 487-1111, extension 201.
 
 
A Jamestown was arrested following a domestic incident on Barrows Street yesterday afternoon... 
 
City police were called to the residence shortly before 4 p.m. and could hear screaming and observed clothingn on the ground outside on arrival. Investigation revealed 44 year-old James Cook allegedly held the unidentified victim down and would not ler her leave the residence. Cook was additionally found in possession of a gravity butterfly knife, which is illegal. He was taken to city jail pending arraignment on charges of second-degree unlawful imprisonment and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. 
 
 
The leader of Planned Parenthood is coming to Albany for her organization's annual lobby day...  
 
Cecile Richards plans to address a rally of Planned Parenthood supporters Tuesday near the New York state Capitol. Richards is president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.  State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins are also expected to speak.  All are Democrats.  More than 1,500 advocates for women's health and abortion rights are expected to attend the rally and participate in other events, such as meetings with lawmakers. 
 
 
A special Saint Patrick's Day celebration is returning to the Chadakoin River this Saturday morning... 
 
That from Vice President of the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce Bill Stevenson, who says only three cities in the United States besides Jamestown turn their waters green for the Irish-American holiday: Chicago, Indianapolis and Tampa.
 
Stevenson says the Chamber voted to bring back turning the Chadakoin River green in Jamestown this year.  He says spectators can stand on the Riverwalk area along the Jamestown Area Medical Associates parking lot.  Additionally, Stevenson says the event is free and some Leprechauns will be on-hand. He says the recipe for turning the water green is a well-kept secret by the late Randy Peterson.  Peterson headed up the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities water operations for many years.  Stevenson says this year's Saint Patrick's Day green river will be in memory of Peterson.
 
 
More than $8-million in federal funding is available for emergency response teams across New York state...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week that $8.5 million in funding from the federal government's State Homeland Security Program can be used to support hazardous materials teams, bomb squads, bomb-detection K-9 teams, SWAT units and urban search teams. The Democrat says the funding will help ensure that New York's first responders have the tools and resources they need to protect local communities. 
 
 
A Frewsburg man was arrested following an investigation into harassment and unwanted contact by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office over the weekend...  
 
Deputies say 43 year-old Eric Sohl allegedly intiated contact with a person between December 2017 to March 2018, after repeatedly being told to stop such contact.  A warrant was put out for Sohl on 2 counts of fourth-degree stalking. Deputies say he was taken into custody Saturday afternoon and remanded to the county jail on $1,000 bail.

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 12, 2018

A city man is jailed without bail for allegedly trafficking drugs and being in possession of 15 "long-guns" following his arrest while walking his dog on Jamestown's eastside last Friday...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, State Police C-NET Team and the FBI had been investigating 27 year-old Tyler Anderson for some time, and were conducting surveillance on his home at 2256 Willard Street Extension just before 2:30 p.m. in the town of Ellicott.  Samuelson says they moved in when Anderson took the dog for a walk, they then raided the home and found four pounds of marihuana and must over two ounces of cocaine.
 
Samuelson said he wasn't sure if any ammunition was found during the raid or if the guns were loaded.  However, he says they are pleased to have those illegally possessed guns off the street and that's why the FBI was involved.  Samuelson says Anderson also faces federal charges for possessing the guns.  He says Anderson initially resisted arrested, but was eventually taken into custody on several local charges, which also include criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
 
 
Six other people were also arrested early last Friday morning in drug-related raid-- one on Jamestown's southside, and the other on the northside...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, State Police C-NET Team were assisted by the JPD SWAT Team in executing search warrants shortly after 6 a.m. at 238 Forest Avenue, then at 22 Basett Street about 6:40.  Samuelson says much of the information they get about suspected drug activity in the city comes from their tipline ( 483-8477).
 
Samuelson says the Tips 411 App can be downloaded for free.  At 238 Forest Avenue, police arrested 44 year-old Christine Dean after learning the location was being used to traffic Crystal Methamphetime.  Police allegedly found a quantity of meth, drug paraphernalia and cash inside.  Dean was arrested for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  She's jailed without bail.  Two others were arrested for endangering the welfare of an incompetent or disabled person.
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At 22 Bassett Street, police arrested three others and allegedly found 21-grams of Methamphetime, cocaine, suboxone, paraphernalia, and cash inside.  Officers say 38 year-old Stacie Yancer, 24 year-old Morgan Merrill-Larson, and 26 year-old Dustin Newbree were arrested for third, fifth and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controll substance, as well as endangering the welfare of a child.  All three were arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
A Frewsburg man was arrested over the weekend following an investigation into harassment and unwanted contact by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office... 
 
Deputies say 43 year-old Eric Sohl allegedly intiated contact with a person between December 2017 to March 2018, after repeatedly being told to stop such contact. A warrant was put out for Sohl on two counts of fourth-degree stalking. Deputies say he was taken into custody Saturday afternoon and remanded to the county jail on $1,000 bail.
 
 
State health officials say the number of confirmed influenza cases across New York has decreased for the second consecutive week last week...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that about 6,400 laboratory-confirmed cases of the flu were reported to the state Department of Health last week, about half the number reported the previous week.  The Democrat says the number of flu-stricken people requiring hospitalization dropped for the fourth straight week to just around 1,070.
 
 
The local Red Cross is helping the lone occupant of a home that was extensively damaged by a fire on Jamestown's southside during the overnight hours last Saturday...  
 
City Fire Battalion Chief Matt Coon says crews were called to the scene at 106 Charles Street shortly before Midnight last Friday and says they found light smoke initially coming from the peak of the roof, and ceiling areas.  However, he says they found a lot of fire in the upper floors, but found it originated on the first floor.
 
Coon says it took some time to get the blaze under control because of the building's "balloon wall" construction.  He says they were able to get the lone occupant out safely, but adds they couldn't save the structure, which had extensive damage to all three floors of the building.  Coon says an off-duty shift of eight firefighters and a shift commander were also called in.  He says crews were there for about five hours.  Coon says no injuries were reported and the cause remains under investigation.
 
 
A three-person arbitration panel will try again to meet next month in an effort to break the impasse between the city of Jamestown and it's policemen's union from the past two years...  
 
That from Mayor Sam Teresi, who says the arbitration was postponed from last month after one of the two out-of town arbiters had a health issue and could not attend.  Teresi says the panel will now meet on Thursday, April 12, and will also meet on Friday, April 13 -- if need be.
 
The union, the Kendall Club-Police Benevolent Association, will have it's representative.  The city will be represented in the arbitration hearing by City Clerk and Administrative Services Director Todd Thomas.  A Buffalo arbitrator, Howard Foster, will also be involved in the three-way meetings.  The contract (once the panel decides) will run from December 31, 2015 to the end of 2017.  Teresi says the process still allows discussion to continue towards a negotiated settlement right up to the time a decision is rendered, but he says he's doubtful one will be reached at this stage.
 
 
In state government news, Republican Marc Molinaro says he's poised to make his run for New York governor official...  
 
The Dutchess County executive has told Republican Party leaders he's running but he's yet to announce his candidacy to voters.  That could soon change.  In a letter to local GOP chairpersons obtained by The A-P, Molinaro writes that he'll publicly kick off his campaign "in the near future."  Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to require more information about the groups behind online political ads picked up the support of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. 
 
 
A Jamestown-area health care organization has been recognized by the federal government for it's solutions to delivering health care in the region...  
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says the Chautauqua County Health Network has received the 2018 Champion Impact award from the Health Resources and Service Administration.  Reed adds that the Health Network also received Honorable Mention for the Innovations in Health Care Delivery award.  The Corning Republican says, "the model that CCHN has pioneered to provide health care results for people in rural communities is a valuable asset to our community, and I join in applauding them for receiving this award".  Network Director Ann Abdella says they're "thrilled" to receive the recognition. 

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News Headlines for Sat., Mar. 10, 2018

No one hurt in overnight fire on Charles St. in Jamestown...
An overnight fire on the city of Jamestown's southside has heavily-damaged an older, two-and-a-half story house.  City Fire Battalion Chief Matt Coon says crews were called to the scene at 106 Charles Street shortly before Midnight last night... and, says they found light smoke initially coming from the peak of the roof, and ceiling areas.  When crews arrived... Coon says they sent crews to the first and second-floors and the attic area... and found the fire started on the first-floor and quickly moved into the second-floor.  He says crews extended hoses into the first and second-floors... but, at one point they had to evacute the building to knock down heavy fire on one exterior wall.  He says it took some time to get the blaze under control because of the building's "balloon wall" construction.   Coon says they were able to get the lone occupant out safely... but, adds they couldn't save the structure... which had extensive damage to all three floors of the building.  He says an off-duty shift of eight firefighters and a shift commander were also called in.  He says crews were there until shorlty after 5 this morning.  Coon says no injuries were reported... and, the cause remains under investigation.
 
 
City man arrested on local, and possibly federal gun possession charges after drug raid late Friday...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly trafficking drugs... and, being in possession of several "long-guns" following his arrest while walking his dog on the city's eastside.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, State Police C-NET Team... and, the FBI... had been investigating 27 year-old Tyler Anderson for some time, and were conducting surveillance on his home at 2256 Willard St. Ext. just before 2:30 p.m. Friday in the town of Ellicott.  Samuelson says they moved in when Anderson took the dog for a walk... they then raided the home and found 4 pounds of marihuana, just over two ounces of powder cocaine, 15 "long" guns, and cash inside.  Samuelson wasn't sure if any ammunition was found during the raid... or if the guns were loaded.  However... he says they are pleased to have those illegally possessed guns off the street.  He says that's likely why the FBI was involved in the raid operation.  Samuelson says Anderson initially resisted arrested... but, was eventually taken into custody on several local charges... including third and fourth-degree criminal possesson of a controlled substance.  He was jailed pending arraignment in Jamestown city, and Ellicott Town Courts. 
 
 
First "Gun Done Cases" in the county disposed of with manditory sentences...
The first defendants sentenced under a new policy enacted just over a year ago in Chautauqua County for defendants on simple, illegal gun possession, have made their way through the court system.  District Attorney Patrick Swanson says his office implimented a "Gun Done Case" policy in January of 2017 that takes a tougher stance on people convicted of having a gun in their possession.  Basically... Swanson says the policy says the D-A's office will not "plead down" a possession case.  He says they are seeing success with those.  Swanson says a person convicted in the basic, criminal possession of a weapon's case will receive 3 1/2 years in state prison.  However... he adds they are also working with the U-S Attorney's Office in Buffalo to make sure they pick up cases involving Felons... who cannot legally have a gun... as well as being in possession of drugs.  One of those people sentenced... James Blue of Jamestown... received 4-years in state prision, and 2 1/2 years post-release supervision.  Another Jamestown man... 18 year-old Eduardo Rivera... received 3 years in prison and two years post-release supervision.
 
 
Catt. County teen arrested for alleged, multi-school threats last week...
A Cattaraugus County teenager is being held on $2,500 cash bail in connection with an alleged school threat a week ago Thursday.  Following investigation by Sheriff's officers in Little Valley... the unidentified teen was taken into custody for allegedly instructing others in a Facebook chat room on how, and where to purchase items that would be used by a school shooter.  Deputies say the actions caused alarm and concern by multiple Cattaraugus County School Districts.  The districts along with School Resource Officers followed proper protocols... which, ensured no immediate threats.  The teen was sent to the Little Valley Jail on a charge of making a terroristic threat.
 
 
 
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 9, 2018

A federal grand jury has indicted a Jamestown man on 14-counts charging him with sex trafficking of a minor and producing and trafficking child pornography...  
 
U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Junior in Buffalo announced late Thursday that 37 year-old James Chapman is also charged with enticement of a minor and, receipt of child pornography.   Prosecutors say Chapman is accused of trying to coerce a minor to engage in prostitution and sexual activity between November 24-25 of 2014.  During that same time, they say he is accused of recruiting two minor victims to engage in a commercial sex act and, video taping the encounter.  Kennedy says the charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $250,000 fine. Anyone with information about Chapman (also known as "Fatz Guy" and "Perverted Doe") should contact the FBI in buffalo at 856-7800.
 
 
The Jamestown-area is under a Winter Weather Advisory though early Saturday morning...  
 
That from Forecaster Kirk Apffel from the National Weather Service in Buffalo, who says some parts of the region could see upwards of a foot of snow through 5 a.m. Saturday, when the advisory ends.  Apffel says the places where Lake Snows tend to be heavy will see the higher amounts. Additionally, Apffel says an upper level low is what's helping to drive the Nor-easter off the east coast.  However, he adds that we're getting some "wrap-around" snow from that system.  The immediate Jamestown-area is looking at lower amounts of snow from this system.
 
 
One major road construction project this coming Summer in Jamestown will look to resolve a long-standing problem at the corner of West Fourth and Washington Streets... 
 
That from Mayor Sam Teresi, who told the city council this week that the project will involve West Fourth between Washington and Lafayette Streets.  Teresi says that one-block stretch has had to be milled and overlayed at least four times since he's been mayor.
 
Teresi says the problem is not with the bricks under the paved surface, but with the concrete sub-surface under the bricks which has deteriorated, and is pushing against the bricks and pavement.  However, Teresi says the entire street from Washington to the junction with Third Street will get a makeover-- including new lighting and landscaping and drainage improvements.  He says the city will also undertake a major project on North Main Street due to the two recent water main breaks -- including one last Fall.  He says those have undermined the street in a couple of locations.
 
 
Dunkirk city officials late Thursday unveiled details of a big event that they hope will make a "real splash" for the city and Chautauqua County...  
 
Mayor Willie Rosas announced an agreement to have Race World Offshore to hold a Grand Prix speed boat race in Dunkirk next August 17-19.  Special Events Coordinator Hector Rosas says the effort to bring a major boat race to the city began last September when they learned there would not be another air show.
 
With help from Chautauqua County, the state and several major sponsors, city officials were able to raise enough funding without using city tax dollars.  One of the race organizers, Rich Dancisin, says there will be five racing classes taking part in the event including the Unlimited Class which includes speed boats capable of reaching speeds of up to 200 mph.  Dancisin says under race conditions, they go about 180 to 185.  City officials say the event will be televised internationally by NBC Sports.  Among the major sponsors involved are DFT Communications, and a company that will soon locate in the Dunkirk area-- Athenex.
 
 
A city man faces several charges after allegedly leading Jamestown police on a pursuit in a reported stolen vehicle Wednesday evening...  
 
After seeing an expired registration from 2016, police attempted to stop a vehicle on Willard Street.  However, it fled from officers.  After a short pursuit, the vehicle stopped on the 100-block of Barrows Street where officers say the driver and passenger got out while the car was still moving, and took off on foot.  Officers were able to take the driver -- 20 year-old Jordan Thayer -- into custody without incident after a short foot chase.  Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was stolen out of the town of Ellicott earlier this week.  While searching the vehicle, officers found a switch blade knife and a small quantity of marijuana. Thayer was also found to be impaired by drugs while driving.  He is being held in City Jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
The ribbon has been cut on the new Western New York P-TECH STEM College and Career Academy on Benton Street in Dunkirk...  
 
The ceremony was led by Principal Stephen Rusczyk and District Superintendent David O'Rourke with the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES.  O'Rourke says P-TECH provides both a high school diploma and an Associates Degree from Jamestown Community College in advanced manufacturing.
 
O'Rourke says they have a partnership that led to the academy, one of only three in Western New York and has no tax impact on the Dunkirk School District.  He says the program has been operating for about three years, but this is the first time it has place that's designed specifically for the program.  A number of community leaders took part in Wednesday afternoon's program including Mayor Willie Rosas, Dunkirk's Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Tracy and representatives for Senator Cathy Young, Congressman Tom Reed and Governor Andrew Cuomo.
 
 
The annual meeting of the Warren County Historical Society will be held in the main courtroom of the Warren County court house next Tuesday, March 13 at 6 p.m. ... 
 
The meeting will feature a lecture from noted author Michael J. Shults who will speak about his recent book "From the Forest to the Battlefield". The book highlights stories of 40 conservation corps members who were awarded the Medal of Honor during World War II. For more information, call 814-723-1795 or go online to warrencountyhistory.org. The meeting is free and open to the public. 
 
 
Gas prices in the Jamestown-area held on for the sixth-consecutive week at $2.76 for a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel, despite dropping a penny in New York state...  
 
That from the AAA's weekly gas price report, which says prices increased in only two states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region on the week, while decreasing 1 to 3 cents in the others.  On the national front, gas prices have gone up as much as $0.09 in some states.  At $2.53 per gallon -- AAA says prices are $0.08 cheaper from last month, and $0.22 more expensive than this time last year.

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 8, 2018

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 3 p.m. this afternoon through 5 a.m. Saturday morning...
 
Total snow accumulations adding up to six to 12 inches are expected. The snow will be spread out over a long period, with the majority of the snow tonight and Friday. Effected areas include Chautauqua county, with greatest amounts along the Chautauqua Ridge with less snow along the immediate lakeshore.
The weather service says to plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Friday; be prepared for reduced visibilities at times.
 
 
An ammunition maker near Brooklyn Square in Jamestown sustained little damage late Wednesday morning when some chemicals reacted in a one-thousand gallon tank, sending an orange vapor plume into the air...  
 
City Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Finson says crews were called to the scene at International Ordinance at 101 Harrison Street shortly before 10 a.m. and made sure everyone had been evacuated from the building.  Finson says they then called in the county's Hazardous Materials team, and an ambulance. 
 
Once the building is cleaned-up, Finson says it will be ready for use again.  He says crews were at the scene until just after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.  He says seven off-duty firefighters were called in to staff Fire Station-One while their crew was at International Ordinance.  No firefighters were injured or overcome by fumes during the incident response.
 
 
Two teenagers have been arrested for allegedly making terroristic threats against two schools in the Warren County District Tuesday morning and afternoon...  
 
State Police in Warren say troopers were called to Sheffield Area Middle School to investigate a verbal threat against the school about 10 in the morning.  Police say they investigated, and found a 14 year-old boy made a threat to "shoot up the school."  He was arrested.  Shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, Troopers say they were called to the Warren Area High School where a 16 year-old male student made a similar threat.  State Police say both were charged with Felony Making Terroristic Threats, and disorderly conduct.  Both were put into the juvenile court system.  Troopers say they take a "zero-tolerance approach" to such threats.
 
 
A recently retired member of the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department has announced his decision to run for the county's top-law enforcement position next Fall...  
 
Lakewood-area Republican Jim Quattrone is seeking the nod to run for the office in November after a 30 year career with the department.  Quattrone recalled talking with late Sheriff John Bentley when he was hired in 1987 and was asked about career ambitions. He said he'd like to sit in Bentley's chair someday.
 
On a post on his "Quattrone for Sheriff" Facebook page, he says, "I have been focused on serving our community throughout my career with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and in various volunteer organizations."  He adds he "would like to use my experience and education along with my passion for our community to serve county residents.  Currently, Quattrone is the executive director of Jamestown's United Christian Advocacy Network -- or "UCAN" -- City Mission.  If nominated, he would run against Democratic incumbent Joe Gerace in the Fall.  Gerace has yet to announce his plans.
 
 
The Democratic majority in the New York State Assembly is proposing legislation their leader says will help "prevent and reduce gun violence in New York..." 
 
Speaker Carl Heastie of the Bronx says the package of bills includes measures that would keep individuals deemed a danger to themselves, or others, from possessing or purchasing firearms.  Heastie says it would also establish longer background checks and ban "bump stocks" that turn legal guns into machine guns.
 
Heastie says the legislation would allow a court to issue an "extreme risk protection order" that would prevent someone deemed a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing a firearm for up to one year.  It would also establish a 10 day waiting period to a purchaser who has not cleared a background check.  Heastie says these two items are in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.  He adds the measure regarding bump stocks is in response to last year's deadly massacre at a concert in Las Vegas.  
 
 
Tractor-trailers were banned on the New York State Thruway late yesterday from the Syracuse area to New York City because of the nor'easter that's hitting the region...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo issued the ban for Interstate 90 from Exit 36 just outside Syracuse to the Albany area, and for Interstate 87 from Albany to the Yonkers-Bronx line.  The ban also prohibited tandem trailers, buses, box trucks and other high-profile vehicles from those highways.  It also applied to sections of I-81, I-88, I-84, I-684, I-287, I-95 and Route 17. 
 
 
A Jamestown man was arrested for criminal contempt following a traffic stop on the city's eastside earlier this morning... 
 
City police say they stopped a Ford Escape in the 400-block of Windsor Street near East 7th Street. Investigation revealed that the backseat passenger, 21 year-old Anthonie Sugden, had a valid stay-away order from the front-seat passenger. Officers say Sugden allegedly gave a false name and birthdate to hide the order of protection violation, along with being wanted on other domestic-related charges out of city court. He was taken to city jail pending arraignment for second-degree criminal contempt and false personation. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 7, 2018

A special weather statement remains in effect until 11:00 this morning...
 
The National Weather Service's Buffalo Office reports a band of heavy snow was located over Findley Lake this morning. They say the band will slowly move northeast and weaken this morning. Snowfall rates of one to two inches per hour are expected with impacted areas including Jamestown, Dunkirk, Fredonia, Salamanca, Allegany State Park, Westfield, Lakewood, Silver Creek, Falconer, Clymer and Mayville. 
 
The weather service says this also includes I-90 between exits 61 and 59, and I-86 between exits 4 and 19. Additionally, they say to be prepared for snow or ice covered roads. Slow down and allow extra time when traveling. 
 
 
 
A city man is jailed on Felony charges after allegedly being found in possession of a loaded gun and some methamphetime following a brief foot chase in Jamestown's westside Tuesday afternoon...  
 
City police say they, along with members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, had information that the suspect -- 38 year-old Douglas Wood -- was in possession of a revolver.  Police say they went to do a street check on a suspicious person at West Sixth Street and Fairview Avenue.  However, officers say Wood tried to run off when they approached.  He was caught a short time later, and arrested after a brief struggle.  Police say Wood had a loaded, 357-calibur gun, and a small amount of Meth.  He was jailed pending arraignment on charges including second-degree criminal possession of a weapon,  two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
 
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed is bucking Republican leadership in both the House and Senate by saying that he's in agreement with President Trump's proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports...  
 
House Speaker Paul Ryan is now saying that he would support some "surgical" tariffs on countries that have blatently abused trade agreements.  However, Ryan and others are fearful that a "blanket" tariff will touch off a trade war.  Reed says he understands that, but believe's America's interests need to be defended.
 
Reed says he is "aware" that a trade war has consequences, but adds that he wants to avoid that.  At the same time, he says the U.S. is a significant consumer market and says the possible loss of that may make other nations reconsider their stance.  Reed made his comments during Tuesday's weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.  Also, Chairman Orrin Hatch of the Senate Finance Committee said he is concerned that proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports would "undermine" the tax cuts Congress recently passed. 
 
 
 
Concerns are being raised across New York state about how President Trump's proposal to impose new, stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum may impact relations with North American trade partners...  
 
Congressman Reed says he's also "keenly aware" of that situation, in particular when it comes to dairy farmers looking to export milk and milk products to Canada.  However, he believes a better North American Free Trade Agreement could open up new markets for farmers. President Trump has already indicated that he wants to renegotiate NAFTA with several nations, including Canada and Mexico.
 
 
 
Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says the major snowstorm that hit the region last week provided another example of why the city needs to have a new, Capital Improvement Fund for new equipment...  
 
During last Monday night's City Council work session, Teresi noted that he talked with other officials about the fact some pieces of snow-removal equipment were broken down, and out-of-service last Friday morning.  Teresi said that -- along with some illnesses in the Pubic Works Department -- contributed to delays in getting streets cleared.
 
Teresi used the situation to again push for the Capital Improvement program, which he says could be funded through the sale of the Board of Public Utilities' wastewater treatment plant to the Jamestown Local Development Corporation.  The Mayor and the city's bond counsel proposed the move late last year as a way to raise about $16-million that could be used to buy newer equipment so it doesn't break-down on a frequent basis.  It would also be used to create a tax stablization fund.  
 
 
 
The New York state Senate has approved more than a dozen bills that are designed to improve school security, including legislation that would increase state funding to help schools pay for armed police and security upgrades...  
 
Local State Senator Cathy Young was among Republican Senators who backed legislation that would treat school shootings and other mass shootings as acts of domestic terrorism.  She expressed her support during debate on the Senate floor late Monday.
 
Young says the move would empower federal and state intelligence gather resources towards preventing crimes, which will allow them to not only find out about about them before it happens -- but, act as well.  Other bills passed in the Senate Monday would mandate two annual active-shooter drills and set aside money for mental health services coordinators in local schools.  The legislation now moves to the Democratic-controlled assembly.  
 
 
 
Special license plates to raise money for armed guards in schools are part of a package of legislation passed by the Republican-controlled New York State Senate...  
 
The Senate passed a series of bills Monday evening to bolster school security in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting.  The measures include a "Guardians for Schools" vanity plate.  Senate Democrats have pushed a package of gun control measures in response to the Florida shooting.
 
 
 
A Jamestown man is accused of stealing items from the Tops Market on Washington Street early last Sunday morning...  
 
City police were called to the grocery store shortly before 12:30 for a shoplifting in progrress.  Officers located a suspect matching the description and, identified him as 22 year-old Tyler Donovan, who was found in possession of several food items from Tops.  He was taken to city jail pending arraignment for petty larceny. 
 
 
 
A new exhibit highlighting New York women who contributed to the nation's women's rights movement has opened at the state Capitol...  
 
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul unveiled the exhibit Monday during an event in the East Gallery on the building's second floor.  Titled 1918: The New Day for New York Women the display celebrates a century of progress since women's suffrage was passed in New York state during World War I.  The exhibit also honors 25 New York women who were trailblazers and accomplished a "first" in their chosen fields.   

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 6, 2018

A city man recently convicted of being in possession of an illegal drug -- and trafficking it across the region -- has been sentenced to 2.5 years in federal prison...  
 
U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 34 year-old Barrett Johnson was sentenced to the 30-month term by Chief U-S District Court Judge Frank Geraci, Junior in Buffalo late Monday.  Johnson was convicted of possession with intent to distribute MDA, also known as "Molly."  Prosecutors say Johnson sold MDA on multiple occasions, at locations which included Johnson's barbershop.  Two other co-defendants have already been convicted, as well.
 
 
Our on-going freeze-thaw cycle in western New York has caused a lot of "heaving" in the ground, resulting in hundreds of potholes across the city of Jamestown...  
 
With that, the city has developed a new tool for residents to report potholes on-line to help the Public Works Department locate and deal with them once warmer weather arrives.  Mayor Sam Teresi last night outlined the new part of the city's JamestownNY.net website.
 
Teresi says residents just need to leave their information, and the specific location where the pothole is located.  He says DPW crews will use the cold patch until the weather warms up, and "hot patch" is available from Jamestown MacAdam.  Teresi says-- once Jamestown MacAdam opens-- they plan to dedicate a crew to patch potholes and cracks on city streets.  He says street repair will be part of the DPW's Summer Project schedule, which will come out sometime later in April.  
 
There are schools across the state-- including at least one locally-- that have looked into arming teachers in the classroom the past few years to protect against potential shooters...  
 
Sheriff Joe Gerace was part of that panel, along with retired school administrator Tom Schmidt, a few years ago.  Schmidt says the panel first looked at the state's Penal Law and, it could be done under an exemption in that law.
 
Gerace says even after that, there are many questions still to be answered, including what firearms would be allowed, and who would have them.  He says the law itself does not include what kind of firearms would be permitted, or who would be allowed to be trained, and have them.  Gerace says the idea has gone no further than being studied.  Neither Gerace nor Schmidt are advocating for or against guns in schools.  Gerace says there are also liability issues that would have to be considered first.  With that, he would prefer schools that would allow some school personnel to carry guns to also have School Resource Officers.
 
 
The New York Senate has voted to increase state funding to help schools pay for armed police and security upgrades...  
 
Other bills endorsed by the Senate Monday would mandate two annual active-shooter drills and set aside money for mental health services coordinators in local schools.  Another measure would change criminal penalties to make the criminal discharge of a gun within 1,000 feet of a school or place of worship eligible to be considered a terrorist act.  The bills came from members of the Senate's Republican majority, who called them common-sense responses to incidents like the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.  Democrats complained that the bills ignore access to firearms and tried unsuccessfully to add stronger background checks and other gun restrictions.  The legislation now moves to the Democrat-controlled Assembly.
 
 
The mayor of Fredonia says she's disappointed with the direction the Fredonia School Board intends to take when it comes to having a school resource officer in the school district...  
 
School Board members indicated during a meeting last week they desired to have either a retired officer or a school peace officer.  Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis Monday moring said she still supports having a village police officer handle the duties for a number of reasons-- including at retired officer not  having the resources a current-officer has.
 
The Fredonia Central School system did have an SRO from the police department handle the duties until three years ago when the village board at the time pulled the plug on the program because of budget cuts.
 
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello is well past the mid-way point in his effort to visit 100 local businesses in his first 100 days in office...  
 
Borrello was out visiting Fredonia Hardware late last week and earlier in the week stopped at Ripley Machine and Tool in Ripley.  Ripley Machine is now owned and operated by the grandson of original owner Quentin Buesink.  Borrello says 24 year-old Andy Reinwald now heads up the operation.
 
Borrello agrees that there has been an up-tick across the county of young "Millennials" who have taken over businesses, or are helping to run them locally.  He says they seem to appreciate what is here and aren't being driven so much by monetary gain.  Borrello says he's been using the visits to see what local companies need to be able to compete and grow in the area.  He says workforce issues continue to be big right now.  As of Monday, Borrello said he has now visited 65 businesses so far. 
 
 
A man from Pennsylvania has been arrested in Jamestown for allegedly driving while drunk, and talking on his cellphone when he nearly struck a pedestrian with his car early last weekend...  
 
City police say a patrol spotted a vehicle commit several traffic infractions on West Third Street about 1 a.m. Saturday and almost struck the person walking.  Officers pulled over 33 year-old Chad Thompson who allegedly had an open container of alcohol in the car and was using his cellphone.  Thompson was arrested for DWI, Aggravated DWI, failure to maintain lane, and operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile device.

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 5, 2018

Two brothers from Jamestown are jailed without bail after allegedly being found with a large quantity of drugs in their possession during routine traffic stop...  
 
City police say their K-9 Unit pulled over the car for failing to sign for a turn at the intersection of Allen Street and Foote Avenue -- near UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital -- about 7:30 last Friday night.  Officers say they found the driver was 49 year-old Henry Myers, while the passenger was his 50 year-old brother, Jeffrey.  Police say they found Henry Myers was driving with a suspended license. When he was taken into custody, he was found with a large amount of Meth and a digital scale.  Police searched the vehicle, and allegedly found another large quantity of methamphetime, along with heroin, marihuana and nearly $2,000 in cash.  Police say they seized nearly 3,000 ounces of Meth, 7 bags of Heroin and 4.2 grams of marijuana.  Both men were arraigned on Felony charges, including second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
 
Two Jamestown residents were arrested late last week on outstanding bench warrants... and, being found in possession of a small amount of methamphetime...  
 
City police say officers spotted the pair, identified as 39 year-old Bradley Knapp and 28 year-old Heather Brown, acting suspiciously near the corner of Water and King Streets.  When police got out of their patrol car, officers say Knapp ran off behind the houses there.  They arrested Brown, who was sought on warrants.  They then searched the area, and found Knapp hiding on the front porch of a home on Water Street.  He was also wanted on city court warrants.  The JPD K-9 found a small baggy of Meth.  Both were arrested on the bench warrants, and for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.    
 
 
 
The Jamestown Raiders went undefeated in the AAU State Hockey tournament mixed division for win the state title... 
 
The Raiders capped the weekend with a sweet victory over Roy-Hart. Our Andrew Hill was featured along-side a group of broadcasters for the play-by-play on WKSN-1340.
 
Net-minder Tommy Chapman was piled on by teammates as the coaching staff embraced during the celebration. The game remained tied until a goal by defenseman Cole Sndyer lifted the Raiders over the Rams with just over 8:00 remaining. Jack Brinkley sealed the deal for Jamestown in the last two minutes, letting a shot fly as Blade Ellis scored on the rebound, making the final score 4-2. 
 
 
 
The number of laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza has dropped across New York state, the first decline since the flu was deemed widespread in December...  
 
Governor Cuomo announced late last week that about 13,700 flu cases were reported last week to the state Department of Health, down from 18,250 the previous week.  He continues to encourage New Yorkers to get a flu shot.  Health officials say the number of New Yorkers hospitalized last week with the lab-confirmed flu cases fell for the third consecutive week to around 1,700.
 
 
 
Chautauqua County's top-elected official says they are "actively pursuing" another Essential Air Service carrier for the county airport near Jamestown after losing it's previous carrier earlier this year...  
 
County Executive George Borrello says the loss of the EAS for Southern Airways Express as one of his first major issues to deal with upon taking office.  Borrello says he remains optimistic that they can get a reliable carrier into the airport soon, and plans to talk with two of them next month when he visits Massena in the north country.
 
Borrello says there are currently two carriers servicing the Massena International Airport which is in a very rural part of the state.  He declined to talk about Massena's carriers, but it's website touts Boutique-Air is one of the carriers.  Chautauqua County lost the Southern Airways service because of low ride counts in it's flights.  The EAS program calls for an average of 10 daily passenger flights per day; however, the county was only averaging 1.7.  Borrello made his comments during this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
 
Jury selection is expected to get underway this week in Chautauqua County Court for a Dunkirk woman who is accused of murdering her boyfriend last summer...  
 
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson confirms that jury selection in the trial for Rebecca Ruiz is set to begin on Tuesday, March 6.  Ruiz allegedly shot 21-year-old Julian Duman to death last July 6 at a residence near the intersection of Lake Shore East and South Zebra Street in Dunkirk.  Ruiz faces charges including second-degree murder.
 
 
 
More than $210-million in state grants is being awarded to scores of municipalities from Buffalo to Westchester to bring broadband internet access to thousands of New York homes and businesses...  
 
Governor Cuomo announced late last week that seven separate grants, totaling $214-million, will be shared by localities in western, central and northern New York, the Finger Lakes region, the Southern Tier, the Mohawk Valley, the Albany area and the Hudson Valley.  When the projects are completed, another 125,000-plus homes and business will have access to high-speed broadband. 
 
 
 
When some Northeast dairy farmers received their milk checks last month, their dairy cooperative included a list of mental health services and a suicide prevention hotline...  
 
It was an alarming sign of the financial stress small dairy farms are enduring.  The Agri-Mark Inc. dairy cooperative says it felt obligated to get the resources out to its one-thousand farmers in New England and New York following the suicide of a member farmer in January.  Minnesota has set up a free 24-hour confidential helpline for farmers, and calls have been pouring into FarmNet, a help line in New York.

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News Headlines for Sat., Mar. 3, 2018

Clean-up underway after Winter Storm drops 8 to 18 inches of snow on much of Chautauqua County...
The clean-up is now underway following the half-day long snow storm that struck the region... dumping one to one-and-a-half feet of snow in many parts of Western New York.  The National Weather Service discontinued a Winter Storm Warning late Friday morning as the snow was beginning to end.  Snowfall totals -- in many cases -- mimiced what we see when we get Lake Effect.  The higher amounts tended to be around the Chautauqua Ridge to the north.  Forecaster Steve Welch says the highest official amount was found in two places... one of them Dunkirk.  Welch says both the Dunkirk Aiport and East Aurora, received 18 inches of snow by mid-morning Friday.  Unofficially... we heard about 19 inches of snow in the town of Arkwright... and, there was a report of 16 inches in Cassadaga.
 
 
Winter storm that hits WNY moves into Central and Eastern New York, forming Nor'easter...
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says more than 350,000 utility customers were still without power late last night across the state as winds and snow down tree limbs and power lines.  Most of those have been in Central and Eastern New York.  Cuomo says tractor-trailers are banned on bridges during the severe winter storm that is expected to continue through this afternoon.  He says truck drivers who violate the ban will be arrested and fined.  Overturned tractor-trailers on the Verrazano Bridge and the new Mario Cuomo Bridge caused major traffic delays Friday.
 
 
Jury Selection for Ruiz trial set to begin...
Jury selection is expected to get underway next week in Chautauqua County Court for a Dunkirk woman who is accused of murdering her boyfriend last summer.  Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson confirms that jury selection in the trial for Rebecca Ruiz is set to begin on Tuesday, March 6.  Ruiz allegedly shot to death 21-year-old Julian Duman on July 6th at a residence near the intersection of Lake Shore East and South Zebra Street in Dunkirk.  Besides second degree murder, Ruiz was also indicted by a county grand jury on second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with evidence.  
 
 
Dunkirk man arrested for forgery...
A north county man is being held on $5,000 bail for allegedly stealing and cashing checks that did not belong to him.  Sheriff's officers received the report of a larceny that previously occurred on February 16th at an address on Bennett Road in the town of Dunkirk.  Following an investigation... deputies say 28 year-old Michael Bobik -- of Dunkirk -- had stolen bank checks that did not belong to him. He is alleged to have forged a signature and cash the checks for a total of $2,000.  Bobik was arraigned and sent to county jail on charges of petty larceny... fourth-degree grand larceny... second-degree forgery... and, criminal possession of a forged instrument. 
 
 
"Alarming sign" of financial stress on small dairy farms being seen in Northeast...
When some Northeast dairy farmers received their milk checks last month, their dairy cooperative included a list of mental health services and a suicide prevention hotline.  It was an alarming sign of the financial stress small dairy farms are enduring.  The Agri-Mark Inc. dairy cooperative says it felt obligated to get the resources out to its one-thousand farmers in New England and New York following the suicide of a member farmer in January.  Agri-Mark economist Bob Wellington says farmers are facing their fourth year of payments well below their cost of production, due in part to a national and global oversupply of milk.  Minnesota has set up a free 24-hour confidential helpline for farmers, and calls have been pouring into FarmNet, a help line in New York.
 
 
Democratic candidates for 23rd Congressional race sound off on Health Care...
Health care was a major focus of this past week's Democratic candidate's forum for the 23rd Congressional District in Celoron.  All six candidates vying for a chance to run against incumbant Republican Tom Reed support creaton of a "single-payer..." or "Medicare for All" program.  However... the issue becomes how to pay for it.  Jamestown attorney Eddie Sundquist says he supports a special tax to help cover that projected 25 to 40-percent tax increase that would be needed.  Sundquist says the tax would be on corporate profits being held overseas to avoid taxes.  All six candidates support the concept of "Medicare for All" because -- they say -- health care outcomes would be better... and, it would be more cost-effective over the long-run.  One of them is Ithaca's Ian Golden... who says citizens pay about $3.2-trillion for health care each year.  He says projections are that "Medicare for All" would cost $1.8-to-$2.5-trillion.  Most of the candidates -- including Ithaca's Tracy Mitrano -- supported a "phasing-in" of a lower age for people to go onto the "Medicare for All" program.  Another candidate from the eastern part of the district... Linda Andrei... agrees with a phasing-in of a lower age.  Mitrano added that there is currently a House bill that would eliminate the current "profit-motive system" of health care.
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 2, 2018

The National Weather Service is continuing a Winter Storm Warning through 1 p.m. this afternoon for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties...  
 
Forecaster Aaron Reynolds of the National Weather Service in Buffalo says a storm system has brought some heavy, wet snow to the area that began last night and will continue well into today.  Reynolds says some places will see more than others.  Reynolds says travel will be very difficult to near impossible through the morning commute today.  Gusty winds and wet, heavy snow could cause tree branches to fall.  Again, our Winter Storm Warning remains in effect through 1:00 today, but we're expecting snow through much of the day.
 
 
 
The six people vying for the Democratic nomination to run against incumbant Congressman Tom Reed were on Celoron last night for the party's latest candidates forum...  
 
They spoke before just over 100 people during the forum at the Celoron American Legion about why they got into the race and what they feel are the key issues.  Jamestown attorney Eddie Sundquist returned to the area a few years ago and says he want's to be part of the effort to bring real change to the area.
 
Linda Andrei is from the eastern end of the 23rd Congressional District... and, is a doctor and scientist.  She says the U-S has had a number of programs that are part of a "social contract" with it's citizens.  Andrei want's to expand that.
 
Owego's Max Della Pia provides a number of perspectives to the race with a military background, as well as legislative and legal.  Della Pia says he will stand up against special interests, which he calls a "domestic threat."  He adds he also will not be a "rubber stamp" for President Trump, like Reed currently is.  The candidates sounded off during the two-hour forum about a number of topics, including single-payer health care and the threat of nuclear war.
 
 
 
Democratic members of Congress are feeling some pressure to propose a school-gun safety bill for lawmakers to consider...  
 
But, there will be one by the end of the week.  That from U-S Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, who made his comments late Wednesday in the wake of criticism by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Cuomo said Democrats on the federal level need to draw up a "serious" proposal that covers school safety, and gun control.
 
Meantime, a Republican senator from neaby Pennsylvania is calling on President Donald Trump to back his proposed legislation on gun restrictions and says it would an important step in standing up to the NRA.  Senator Pat Toomey acknowledges the bill he's sponsoring with Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia lacks the needed votes for Senate passage.
 
 
 
Chautauqua County's top-elected official believes there should be school resource officers in every school...  
 
County Executive George Borrello spoke about SROs after the County Legislature approved an agreement that will have a sheriff's deputy as an SRO in Silver Creek Central.  Borrello says Sheriff Joe Gerace is looking into a plan that would allow all schools to have the specially trained police officers in their buildings.
 
Borrello says he believes having an SRO in a school building makes a big difference because they help create a "better environment" in these schools.  The legislature approved the agreement that will have a Sheriff's deputy continue to serve as an SRO at Silver Creek Central for about $76,000.  The vote was unanimous.
 
 
 
There have been more tough discussions for school officials across the nation in the wake of the recent mass shooting that took 17 lives in Florida... 
 
In the Southwestern Central School District, Superintendent Maureen Donahue says the subject came up during this week's school board meeting.  Donahue says they reviewed safety measures they take for their three-building campus in West Ellicott.  Donahue says theY don't have a School Resource Officer, but adds they do have a standing agreement with Ellicott Town Police that allows them to check in during the week.
 
With tight budgets in recent years, Southwestern has not been able to fund an SRO program.  However, Donahue says they would certainly look at it -- if state and federal funding were again made available.  In addition, Donahue says it's time for government to start funding Mental Health services in the community the way it needs to be and enhance programs for youth-in-need.  She says the district itself has been able to address mental health issues in the schools themselves.
 
 
 
Minority Republicans in the state Assembly are calling on Governor Cuomo to create a new commission to study school security...  
 
The proposed panel, which would be called the Temporary Commission on School Safety and Security, would include members from law enforcement, public education and state government.  Assemblyman Brian Kolb, who leads the chamber's Republican minority, says the commission could look at setting uniform security standards for schools throughout the state.  He says simple, small changes that could prevent another tragedy, like limiting access to schools to a single secure entry point. 
 
 
 
A Randolph man faces several charges including felony aggravated driving while intoxicated, after being pulled over on Interstate-86 for driving the wrong direction...  
 
Sheriff's officers in Little Valley received the report of a vehicle traveling east in the westbound lane shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday.  Deputies say they pulled over the vehicle and believed the driver, 59 year-old John Fellows, to be intoxicated.  Fellows was given sobriety and breath tests at scene by deputies before being arrested.  He was arraigned and released to appear in Randolph Town Court next week.

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 1, 2018

February has left the area like a lamb, but it appears that March could come roaring in like a lion after all... 
 
A storm system will approach western New York later today and could bring some heavy, wet snow to the area through Friday morning.  The National Weather Service is continuing a Winter Storm Warning for tonight into Friday night for the entire area including Chautauqua, Cattauragus and Erie counties.  Forecaster David Church in Buffalo says the precipitation will begin as rain this afternoon before turning into snow by nighttime or overnight.
 
Church says there is some uncertainty about snowfall totals, due to the temperatures.  He says where the mercury is slightly above freezing, there won't be as much snow;  colder areas will have more.  Difficult travel conditions are possible, including during the morning commute on Friday.  Gusty winds and wet heavy snow could cause tree branches to fall. Total snow accumulations are expected to be between six to 10 inches.  We'll continue to have updates as the storm approaches.
 
 
A federal program designed to "choke off" drugs and drug trafficking on the local level is in jeopardy of being dimembered by the Washington bureaucracy...  
 
That from U-S Senator Charles Schumer of New York, who said late Wednesday that the new budget is proposing to move the "High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area" -- or HIDTA Program from a White House-level program, to one that's part of the U-S Department of Justice.  
 
Schumer says the best part of HIDTA is that it provides a direct link between federal and local law enforcement. He says the feds may find out a new shipment of Fentanyl -- for example -- may have come in from China, and is destined for an upstate community.  Under the current program, he says the federal agents are able to go directly to local officials and let them know what's going on.  He says if it get's "buried" in the Justice Department, it will require jumping through "10 different hoops" to get information from the federal to the local level.  Schumer says Chautauqua County was among the first counties in the United States that became part of the "High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area" program.
 
 
A total of $10-million in state funding has been awarded to five providers who will offer detox programs for New Yorkers suffering from addiction withdrawal...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late Tuesday that 84 beds for the Medically Supervised Withdrawal and Stabilization Services will be overseen with around-the-clock care for people under the influence of alcohol or opioids and will connect addiction sufferers to long-term treatment services.  The Democrat says the funding will allow service providers to people in underserved areas get the help they need. 
 
 
Chautauqua County lawmakers have taken another step toward extending the South Chautauqua Lake Sewer District...  
 
By an 18-0 vote, legislators approved $16.9-million in bonding for the design and construction of the extension.  County Executive George Borrello says it's a good start, but more work is needed because of a funding gap.  The State Comptroller's Office wants the gap closed before moving ahead with the project.
 
The legislature approved  another bonding resolution, this one for $650,000 to cover the cost for the design and construction of a fuel farm at the Dunkirk Airport. The vote 17-1 with Legislator David Himelein casting the lone no vote. In other action, county legislators approved an agreement for a school resource officer at Silver Creek Central.  A sheriff's deputy will be used as an SRO at an annual cost of about $76,000.  The district will fund the position.
 
 
Heritage Ministries has announced that it has acquired an eldercare facility near Meadville, Pennsylvania that is now part of it's network of assisted living and other facilities...  
 
Heritage's President and Chief Executive Officer, David Smeltzer, says they have acquired Rolling Fields Elder Care Community of Conneautville, Pennsylvania.  Smeltzer says Rolling Fields was founded in 1968 when Duane and Marlene Braham purchased the facilities belonging to Elwood Heaster.  In 1995, a 60 bed addition was constructed resulting in the current 181 bed facility which also offers on-site childcare services for employee care partners and the community.  Smeltzer says Heritage is a leader in the industry, and this acquisition will serve to strengthen that position.  He says there will be no change in local operations.
 
 
The Ellicott Town Board will hold a special meeting this afternoon at the town offices in Falconer to discuss a resolution to support aquatic pesticide use on Chautauqua Lake...  
 
Town Clerk Mike Erlandson says it's the only item on the agenda, but says there are three parts to the resolution.  The board decided to take up the measure now instead of waiting until it's regular meeting on March 19.  The Ellicott Town Board meeting will begin at 12 p.m. this afternoon.
 
 
An investigation by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Fraud Unit and Fredonia Police has led to additional arrests for possession of fraudulent driver's licenses...  
 
Fredonia Police Chief Brad Meyers says that on February 8, undercover officers with both agencies reviewed the licenses of patrons entering downtown bars and made a total of 17 arrests.  He says those arrested were released on appearance tickets.  A December detail led to 26 arrests.

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