WJTN Headlines for Mar. 18, 2019

A young, Cattaraugus County native has the endorsement of the four counties that make up the 57th Senate district, to run for the seat recently vacated by Senator Cathy Young..... 

Chautauqua County Party Chairman Norm Green says 22 year-old Austin Morgan is a Cornell University Spring 2019 candidate for graduation -- with a degree in Human Development. Morgan resides in Freedom and, is currently the co-president and former client manager of a student-run company at Cornell. In a printed release, Cattaraugus County Democratic Chair Frank Puglisi says Austin is "One of those rare people who walks into a room  and instantly gets your attention". It's unclear whether a special election will be held, however, the four county chairs are working to circulate a qualifying designating petition to get Austin Morgan on the ballot. Allegeny Chairman Mike McCormick says "His command of the issues facing the 57th Senate district amazes me. He is extremely intelligent and articulate. Morgan represents the future of our party.  We are proud to back him for this office."

 

 

Quick work by nine south county area fire departments prevented serious damage to a large storage barn on Forest Avenue Extention, just south of Jamestown.... 

Busti Fire Chief Matt Stafford says his crews were called to the scene -- near the intersection of Garfield Road -- about 4 PM Sunday.  He says a neighbor called in the alarm and, says firefighters found smoke coming out of the front of the structure.

Stafford says they called in about eight mutual aid companies, mainly to bring water to the scene due to lack of hydrants in the area.  He says they were able to save the building, and many of the items stored inside.  Stafford says two cars sustained heavy fire damage in the blaze, which was contained inside the building.  No one was hurt.  Busti was joined at the scene by Lakewood, Kiantone, Gerry, Kennedy, Fluvanna, Frewsburg, Celoron and, Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania fire crews.  County emergency services was also on hand.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

 

   

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly operating his motorcycle drunk and, then throwing his helmet into traffic after it crashed in the town of Stockton.... 

Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene on Route 60 about 7:20 AM Saturday on a report of a man walking south on the highway, and suspected of being involved in the crash.  Deputies accuse 42 year-old Grant Monroe of hitting a passing vehicle with the bike.... then abandoning it.  Monroe is charged with driving while intoxicated, criminal mischief and parking on pavement.  He was jailed pending arraignment.

 

 

The city of Jamestown's appeal of an arbitration panel's ruling in it's case against the Jamestown Policeman's union should be heard in court this week..... 

That from Mayor Sam Teresi... who says the city is certainly within it's rights to appeal the three-member panel's ruling in favor of the Kendall Club-Police Benevolent Association.  Teresi also tried to clear up confusion over the matter, emphasizing that this is NOT binding arbitration and, either they -- or the union -- could appeal.

Teresi says arbitration is part of state law for municipalities that have professional fire or police departments.  He says the appeal may be heard in State Supreme Court as early as today.  Teresi says that arbitration is allowed under state law and, is not in the City Charter.  He made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.

 

 

One of Jamestown's long-standing traditions took place late last Saturday morning in Brooklyn Square...

The sounds of Irish bagpipes could be heard along the Chadakoin River just prior to the annual "Turning of the River green" for St. Patrick's Day. The event was organized again this year by the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce. 

The chamber turned the river green, with the help of the Board of Public Utilities, much to the delights of dozens of people on the Main Street Bridge, and along the city's Riverwalk.  Jamestown is one of only four communities in the U-S that turns it's river green.  The most well-known, of course, is in Chicago.  Elegant Edibles sold hot chocolate and green-colored cookies and, several merchants offered specials as part of a Leprechaun Crossing program put on by the Chamber.  

 

 

A federal appeals court says former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver can remain free while it decides the merits of his appeal of his public corruption conviction.  The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a one-page order extending bail late Thursday, a day after a three-judge panel heard oral arguments.  Without the order, Silver would have been required to report to prison next week to begin serving his seven-year prison sentence.  The 75-year-old Democrat was sentenced last year after he was charged with collecting nearly $4 million in fees to help a cancer researcher and real estate developers.  Prosecutors said it was understood that Silver would take official actions politically to benefit the researcher and developers.  Two judges, though, seemed skeptical of the evidence during oral arguments.

 

 

Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand has spent more than a month traveling around the country to gauge support for a 2020 presidential campaign, and the New York senator says she's now in the race... 

Gillibrand is joining the dozen-plus contenders, saying in a campaign video that the nation needs "a leader who makes big, bold, brave choices.  Someone who isn't afraid of progress.  That's why I'm running for president."  She says her debut speech as a candidate will come next Sunday in front of the Trump International Hotel & Tower in New York.  Gillibrand has been one of the most forceful critics of the Trump administration.  Using the backdrop of one of President Donald Trump's marquee properties is the latest example of that.

 

 

A long-missing peace pipe tomahawk President George Washington gave to a Seneca leader in the late 18th century has been returned to the tribe in western New York.... 

Washington gave the combination tobacco-smoking pipe and weapon to Cornplanter as the United States negotiated a peace treaty with the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy.  The artifact eventually wound up at the State Museum in Albany, where it remained until being stolen in the late 1940s.  Last year, an anonymous collector returned the artifact to the museum.  Officials there decided to loan it to the Senecas.  Cornplanter's pipe tomahawk was presented Thursday to the Seneca Nation of Indians, who have put the artifact on display in the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum in Salamanca.

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News Headlines for Sat., Mar. 16, 2019

Portion of Route 394 named after Chautauqua County's first casualty in the War on Terrorism in 2004...
A long stretch of Route 394 from Levant to Lakewood has been named after a local hero who made the ultimate sacrifice during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004.  A special ceremony to rename the state highway the "Sergeant James C. Matteson Highway" was held Friday afternoon at the Lakewood American Legion Post.  State Assemblyman Andy Goodell presided over the ceremony... and, says Matteson was involved the day before the Nov. 12, 2004 incident with providing cover for wounded, fellow soldiers.  He was then killed during an ambush doing the same thing the following day.  Goodell sponsored the legislation renaming the highway after Matteson... while former State Senator Cathy Young supported it in the Senate.  He says the measure was approved unanimously in both houses.  Goodell says it was then a matter of getting new signs to be erected by the state Department of Transportation.  He says they will serve as a reminder that Matteson gave his life for his country.  J-C Mattison was a Staff Sergeant in the Army when he was fatally wounded during the Battle of Fallujah.


Borrello endorsed by all four Republican committees in 57th State Senate District to run for Young's seat...
Political party chiefs in the four counties that make up the 57th State Senate district have met and both parties apparently have candidates that plan to run for the vacant seat... whether the election is held in November or a special election is called by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says the Republican party chairs met late Thursday... and, he has their backing.  Borrello says, though, nothing is binding at this point, depending on whether there is a special election.  While he has not declared his candidacy, Borrello says he will be going ahead with the petition process for both the GOP and Conservative nominations.  That petition process would come to a halt should the governor call for a special election.


County's Democratic Chair says 57th District Dems also have a candidate...
Like the Republicans, Democrats from the four counties that make up the 57th Senate district have also apparently settled a candidate to run for the Senate.  However... we will have to wait a while longer for an announcement.  Chautauqua County Party Chairman Norm Green says that will take place next week.  Green says they've had some "outstanding candidates" come forward, and the four party chairs will make their announcement on Monday.  Green, who is also the County's Democratic election commissioner, says they have not heard any word on whether a special election will be held... mainly because Governor Cuomo has been tied up with budget negotiations.  He says they have been in touch with the governor's office.


Former Assembly Speaker, Silver, to remain free while appealing court case...
A federal appeals court says former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver can remain free while it decides the merits of his appeal of his public corruption conviction.  The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a one-page order extending bail late Thursday, a day after a three-judge panel heard oral arguments.  Without the order, Silver would have been required to report to prison next week to begin serving his seven-year prison sentence.  The 75-year-old Democrat was sentenced last year after he was charged with collecting nearly $4 million in fees to help a cancer researcher and real estate developers.


Three people arrested on drug charges in Brocton...
Three Brocton-area residents are jailed on drug-related charges after the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department, and State Police served an arrest warrant at a home in the village Wednesday afternoon.  Officers say they arrived at 14 John St. just after 2 p.m. to serve the warrant on a 16 year-old girl.  However... once police were inside, they found a quantity of Crack cocaine in plain view.  Two men... 54 year-old Steven Andrews... and, 30 year-old Draonn Richardson-Copeland... were also arrested.  Officers say they obtained a search warrant... and found more crack... along with narcotic prescription pills, a quantity of Marijuana, electronic scales and packaging materials for trafficking drugs.  All three face multiple drug charges.


Leprechauns turn Chadakoin River Greek for St. Patrick's Day...
The annual "Turning of the River Green"took place in Jamestown's Brooklyn Square this morning to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  The event was put on by the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce... and, activites along the Riverwalk ran all morning until Noon time.  Chamber Coordinator Joanna Dahlbeck says Elegant Edibles sold hot chocolate, and green-colored cookies, and Events by Scott was on hand for face painting and other activities.  Dahlbeck says about 15 businesses took part in a "Leprechaun Crossing" program touting specials during the day today.  She adds they also held the traditional St. Patrick's Day breakfast at Liscandro's Restaurant on North Main Street... including "Green Eggs and Ham."


 

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 15, 2019


A Cassadaga man has been arrested for allegedly firing several shots from a long-gun near several people at a home in the town of Arkwright....  

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Tarbox Road just before 10:30 Tuesday night.  Deputies say their investigation revealed that 43 year-old Elliott Dones was involved in a confrontation with multiple people inside the home and, during that, he allegedly fired off several rounds.  Officers say Dones fled the scene before their arrived and, he was later arrested on a warrant for multiple charges, including first-degree reckless endangerment and, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and, menacing.  Dones was arraigned, and jailed on $250,000 cash bail and, the investigation is continuing.


A record number of local middle and high school students took part in the annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math -- or STEM Wars at Jamestown Community College Thursday....  


That from Chautauqua County Education Coalition Executive Director Justin Hanft, who helps coordinate the annual STEM Wars at JCC's Physical Education Complex.  Hanft says they've placed more emphasis on getting middle schoolers to take part in recent years, to "energize a new workforce."

Hanft says STEM Wars allows students to complete with other students and schools to show off the skills they've learned in the classroom.  With that, he says they are able to connect teachers, students and local employers seeking skilled workers.  Hanft says it also let's students and educators know about the kinds of jobs available.  He says the STEM Wars are put on -- primarily with the help of the "Dream it -- Do it" campaign through the Manufacturer's Association of the Southern Tier.  Others involved in the collaboraton include JCC, and the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce.


Another round of windy weather is on the way today for the Jamestown-area through tonight....

 The National Weather Service is continuing a Wind Advisory until 8:00 tonight for Chautauqua and Southern Erie counties.  Meteorologist Kirk Apffel at the Buffalo Office tells us we also saw the warmest temperatures in the region since last Fall.  The weather service reports the high yesterday in Buffalo was 66, while it reached 67 in Jamestown.  The warmest spot in the Western New York region was Rochester, which reached 70.  However, some thunderstorms will pass through the area as a cold front brings those gusty winds into the area.  Apffel says the gusty winds may reach 50 mph at times.


The mayor of the largest city in New York's 57th State Senate District says he is not a candidate for that open seat.....  

Jamestown's Sam Teresi says he is not seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the seat recently vacated by Olean's Cathy Young.  Teresi's name has shown up in the rumor mill about potential candidates.  However, he says those rumors are absolutely false and, says he will support whoever the Democratic chairs of the four-county district decides on.

Teresi says he believes Democrats have a "unique opportunity" this year because it's an open seat and, Democrats have the majority in both houses of the state legislature.  He says that's important because in the past, the area had "great representation" in the majorities in both the Assembly and Senate.  Cathy Young had risen to high-leadership status in the Senate during her 13-years in office as a member of the Republican majority.


Chautauqua County Republicans have backed the candidate they would like to see fill the vacant 57th Senate Senate....  

County Executive George Borrello says he has "proudly" accepted the endorsement from his home county's GOP committee and, will be meeting with party chairs from the three other counties that make up the Senate district.

Borrello says there will be a meeting soon with party chairs from Cattaraugus, Allegany and Livingston counties, and he expects to have additional meetings as the selection process continues.  Cathy Young, who held the seat for over 13 years, announced her resignation from Senate earlier this month to head up Cornell University's Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture.


A man from Falconer faces charges for allegedly possessing controlled substances while driving ability impaired Wednesday afternoon.....  

Sheriff's Officers stopped the vehicle on Route 60 in the Town of Pomfret for a traffic infraction and, the operator identified himself as 46 year-old Charles Brown.  Investigation revealed he was operating the vehicle under the influence of drugs and, was also found to possess Methamphetamine and Xanax.  He is to appear in Pomfret Town Court at a later date to answer the charges. 


The Democrat-controlled state Legislature has passed its resolutions for New York's budget amid renewed threats by Governor Andrew Cuomo to reject any spending plan that doesn't make the 2 percent property tax permanent.....  

The Assembly and Senate both passed one-house budget bills Wednesday, hours after the Democratic governor said during two public events held downstate that he won't sign off on a budget that doesn't include a permanent tax cap.  The Senate's budget proposal includes a cap, but the Assembly's spending plan doesn't.  Cuomo has made the tax cap a must-do component of his $175-billion budget proposal.  Cuomo and legislative leaders will now use each of the budget proposals to try to reach a final budget agreement for the 2019-2020 state fiscal year by the April 1st deadline.

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 14, 2019

A Warren County, Pennsylvania man has been arrested for allegedly shooting and wounding a Warren woman during an incident in Glade Township early yesterday morning.....  

State Police in Warren say they were called to the scene on Cobham Park Road sometime after 3 AM and spoke with the 56 year-old victim as she was being treated.  Troopers say the victim was taken to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania for treatment.  A second interview was conducted and later led to the arrest of 48 year-old Rodney Tommassoni for first-degree domestic aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  Troopers add he was also arraigned on charges of third-degree discharging a firearm into an occupied structure and simple domestic assault.  He was sent to the Warren County Jail on $50,000 cash bail.


Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello has received the county's Conservative Party's backing in the race to determine who the next State Senator is....  

Borrello says he's "honored" to carry the Conservative Party banner in the race to determine who will fill the seat recently vacated by Cathy Young. In the meantime, the Jamestown Post-Journal reports Borello also has the backing of the county's  Republican Party. The paper quotes GOP Chairman David Wilfong, as saying "The committee took a paper vote and George was the winner here... We appreciate what he's done and we know George is going to do a great job for Chautauqua County."


The ribbon was cut Wednesday for the music wing in the Sheldon Center at Jamestown Community College.... 

The newly built space is the first in the history of the college designed specifically for music education.  JCC President, Dr. Daniel DeMarte, said it's an exciting time to re-energize the traditional music programs at the college and add new ones, including 'music industry' and 'instrument repair.'  Dr. Neil Flory, the Coordinator of Music at JCC, says the new wing includes rehearsal spaces, an audio lab, and practice rooms... along with new instruments, computers and furniture.  Wednesday's ribbon cutting caps off a $5 million renovation at the Sheldon Center, formerly known as the Arts and Sciences Building, with $1.5 million coming from the Sheldon Foundation in Jamestown.  


A Frewsburg man has announced that he is running to become the supervisor in the town of Carroll for a second-time.... 

Retired Jamestown Policeman Russ Payne says he's been cross-endorsed by both the Republican and Democratic Parties for the post this Fall.  Payne says he "is and has always been, devoted to the people of the Town of Carroll and that's what being a political candidate is all about."  Payne is a lifelong resident of Frewsburg, and he and his wife Candace have five children. With more than 50 years of experience working in law enforcement at the local level, in state and federal government and in education as well.  He  previously served as Carroll Town Supervisor from 1998 to 2000.


Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says a lot of great progress was made during his meetings with area representatives in the nation's capital....  

Borrello was involved in two full days of meetings with Representative Tom Reed and U-S Senator Charles Schumer for discussions on a number of water projects in the county.  One of them involves a flood mitigation and restoration study for Chautauqua Lake.

Other projects discussed include an extension of the seawall in Dunkirk Harbor, flood mitigation studies and dredging for Cattaraugus Creek and Silver Creek, and returning commercial air service to the Jamestown Airport.  Borrello says these representatives help bring bi-partisan support to such projects.  His meetings were part of an annual trip made to advocate for projects and initiatives that are going on in Chautauqua County.

 
Chautauqua County's Congressman says he supports Governor Andrew Cuomo's demand that he won't sign off on a new state budget deal unless it makes New York's property tax cap permanent.....  

Reed, who is often critical of Cuomo, took the step of endorsing the 2-percent cap during his weekly media conference call.  The Corning Republican says the cap has provided major tax relief for local residents and, it needs to be permanent.

Cuomo instituted the tax cap six-years ago and, the legislature has renewed it each time it has come up since.  Reed says it's important to stand with "hard-working" residents who pay some of the highest-property taxes in the country.  However, he says there has to be a balance, with the state providing more aid or mandate relief.  The property tax cap requires a supermajority of 60-percent of a governing board, or residents in a school district, to approve a budget if the spending plan exceeds the cap.  In Long Island this morning, Cuomo doubled down on his vow to refuse to sign the next New York state budget if it doesn't make the cap permanent.


The National Comedy Center in Jamestown has now been formally designated as the nation's "official cultural institution dedicated to the art form of comedy."  

The comedy center announced late Tuesday that legislation that had been approved in a "tremendous" bi-partisan action and signed by President Trump.  The bill recognizes that the Comedy Center -- “exists for the exclusive purpose of celebrating comedy in all its forms” and officially designates the Center as the “National Comedy Center.”  Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson says they are "honored that this legislation has been formally passed by Congress, establishing the National Comedy Center as the country's official cultural institution dedicated to presenting and preserving the vital story of comedy in America."  The measure was sponsored in the House by local Congressman Tom Reed and, in the U-S Senate jointly by New York's Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 13, 2019

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Water Division reports a water main break on Prospect Street at Brown this morning....  

BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins say we could see discolored water in the south and west side areas near the break for 12-to-24 hours.  Water customers should avoid doing laundry until their water appears clear. Robbins says, as temperatures swing from warmer weather to cold and cold to warm, the earth shifts into water pipes and causes them to crack, resulting in main breaks and, are to be expected at this time of year.

 
A domestic violence complaint has led to the arrest of a Jamestown policeman for being in possession of a forged document....  

City Police Chief Harry Snellings says officers arrested 40 year-old Kenneth Nellis-the-third for second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument at 230 Schuyler Street about 8 PM Monday night.  While confirming that Nellis is an officer with the department, he would not divulge what had been forged.  He also declined further comment.  Nellis is awaiting arraignment on the Felony charge.

  
Chautauqua County Executive George Borello appears poised to run for the State Senate seat vacated by Kathy Young....  

The Post-Journal reports this morning (Wednesday) that the Chautauqua County Conservative Party has endorsed Borello for the seat.  The paper quotes Anna Wilcox, chair of the state Conservative Executive Committee, as saying "We need George Borello... to stand up for the interests of the people of the 57th district."  Borello is just in his second year as Chautauqua County Executive. The governor has not yet indicated if a special election will be called, or if the seat will be filled in the general election in November.


With the assistance of a $50,000 Jamestown Local Development Corporation "Fund for Downtown" programming grant, the Jamestown High School Marching Band and A Cappella Choir will bring the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Friday, July 19th to perform "The Music of Queen: A Rock Symphony". Tickets will go on sale today and can be purchased at the Reg Box Office....  

JPS Communication Coordinator Cathy Panebianco says the concert will be a fundraiser for the JHS Red Raider Marching Band and A Cappella's trip to Disney World in December, which was approved by the Jamestown Board of Education at Tuesday's meeting. Band Director Megan Murray says they "are extremely grateful to the Jamestown Local Development Corporation for supporting our efforts. The JHS Music Program is fortunate to have the constant support of our community and we were thrilled to receive this grant award."


A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly stalking another person -- and committing domestic violence -- on the city's northside.... 

Jamestown Police were called to a Price Street address just after 8 AM Monday morning on a complaint of an unwanted person.  Officers say 19 year-old Andre Richards was arrested nearby and charged with fourth-degree stalking and second-degree aggravated harassment.  He was jailed pending arraignment.
 

Local Congressman Tom Reed believes the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will at least have some money restored after taking a 90-percent hit in President Trump's 2020 budget proposal....  

Reed says the funding is needed to deal with long-standing environmental issues, including the removal of toxic pollution and fighting invasive species.  There is only $30-million in the president's propsal.  But, while he disagrees with that proposal, there are aspects of the $4.7-trillion spending plan he likes -- including the fact there's actually a plan that's been released.

Chautauqua County Executve George Borrello, a county legislator and County Watershed Coordnator Dave McCoy met with Reed yesterday afternoon to discuss water projects for both Lakes Erie and Chautauqua.  He expected a number of topics that Borrello previewed would be discussed, including three dredging projects on Lake Erie, along with a federal flood mitigation and water quality study of Chautauqua Lake.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.


As state lawmakers continue to work on a new state budget, Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to blame a $2.3 billion loss in tax revenues on the Trump Administration and specifically on the SALT tax revisions....  

However, one area state lawmaker doesn't agree completely with Cuomo.  Cuomo made his comments during a news conference in Albany on Monday.

State Assemblyman Joe Giglio says the SALT provision is important, but he isn't believe it's the only factor.  He says taxes are too high in general, and that and progressive policies are driving businesses and people out.  Cuomo says he will push New York's House delegation to repeal the changes made to the State and Local Tax deduction.  State lawmakers face an April 1 budget deadline. 


Three boys -- two of them under the age of 15 -- have been arrested for allegedly breaking into a building in Cherry Creek, and stealing property inside.....  

Sheriff's officers and State Police were called to the scene on Depot Street shortly after 4 PM Monday on a report of three people entering a building.  However, the suspects allegedly fled the scene before they arrived.  They were all found during a subsequent search of the area and, found they had allegedly burglarized the building.  A 17 year-old was arrested for third-degree burglary, and petty larceny.  A 14 and 11 year-old were turned over to a guardian pending further court action.


An advisory panel working to take over, and operate the Jamestown Jammers summer collegiate baseball team, has made "a lot of progress" in it's goal of re-starting the team in 2020.....  

The teams current owners, ROC Ventures of Wisconsin, announced late last year that they were pulling support of the local team to focus on their midwest sports operations.  However, ROC Ventures agreed to let the local group -- which includes Attorney Greg Peterson -- form an ownership group to take over the team.

Peterson says the seven-person group will be putting an annual budget plan together looking at projected revenues, and expenses.  Mayor Sam Teresi, who urged ROC Ventures to give local ownership a chance to take over the team, says there are opportunities for local residents to take part beyond being a fan.  He says the not-for-profit LLC will give local residents the chance to have an "ownership share."  For more information on opportunities with the new team, which will re-enter the Perfect Game League in 2020, call Greg Peterson at 664-3906.

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News Headlines for Tues., Mar. 12, 2019

Three boys arrested for alleged burglary in Cherry Creek...
Three boys -- two of them under the age of 15 -- have been arrested for allegedly breaking into a building in Cherry Creek, and stealing property inside.  Sheriff's officers and State Police were called to the scene on Depot Street shortly after 4 p.m. Monday on a report of three people entering a building.  However... the suspects allegedly fled the scene before they arrived.  They were all found during a subsequent search of the area... and, found they had allegedly burglarized the building.  A 17 year-old was arrested for third-degree burglary, and petty larceny.  A 14 and 11 year-old were turned over to a guardian pending further court action.


McLaughlin says decision by Truck-Lite to move headquarters to Michigan is "very sad news..."
The main headquarters for Truck-Lite Corporation appear to be moving sometime in the future from Falconer to a northern suburb of Detroit, Michigan.  The Detroit News reported late last week that the Michigan Economic Development Corporation would provide an $855,000 performance-based grant for the move.  Company officials have not returned a call requesting comment... but, we have heard from Ellicott Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin... who says this is "very sad news."  He says he would be talking to officials from Truck-Lite, and the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency Monday or Tuesday.  McLaughlin says he had been hearing rumors about the possible move... but, said until now... they had just been rumors.  The potential move is said to be due to the fact that many of Truck-Lite's suppliers are in that area -- where the automotive industry is still prominent.  McLaughlin says he's hopeful that some manufacturing aspects of the company will remain in Falconer.  Truck-Lite will be required to create 95 jobs through 2024 as part of the agreement with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.  The company... which makes truck lighting units... was founded in Jamestown in 1955.


Borrello says he's not surprised, but, disappointed in Truck-Lite decision...
It appears there is also a workforce issue that may have spurred Truck-Lite Corporation to plan a move to Michigan.  The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced the plans by Truck-Lite to invest $4-million into a new building in Southfield, Mich.  County Executive George Borrello says that even with the move, he believes the majority of the jobs should remain in the county for production and purchasing.  Another part of the company - research and development - would be moved to Pittsburgh, PA.  While disappointed by the announcement... the move does not surprise Borrello because one of the reasons cited by the company is needing better access to qualified talent.  That's why work force development is Borrello's number one economic development concern.  He says Truck-lite has had tremendous difficulties recruiting people and filling positions -- especially in engineering. 


Cuomo says approving recreational marijuana could take longer than hoped...
Governor Andrew Cuomo says it could take longer than he had hoped to legalize recreational marijuana in New York.  The Democrat told reporters Monday that while he still supports legalization he's not confident lawmakers will include it in the state budget, which is due April 1st.  Cuomo said there are too many details on legalization that have to be agreed upon.  Lawmakers could take up legalization in separate measures before they adjourn in June. If not, it's questionable if legalization will happen this year.  Cuomo had wanted legalization to be included in the budget.  Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie expressed similar doubts about the timeline in January, saying lawmakers shouldn't rush the measure.  Supporters want lawmakers to act quickly to catch up to states such as Massachusetts that have already legalized recreational marijuana.


Borrello to push for water project funding during trip to Washington...
Chautauqua County's top elected official is in the nation's Capitol today to meet with local Congressman Tom Reed and U-S Senator Chuck Schumer to discuss a number of water projects in Chautauqua County.  Borrello says among the projects is one that's important to the city of Dunkirk... where extending the break-wall in Dunkirk Harbor is a major effort, among others.  He also says that Chautauqua Lake is on the agenda, including the funding of a study by the U-S Army Corps of Enginneers to look at flood mitigation.  The county official is part of a delegation that will be spending a couple of days in Washington. 


Cuomo says state regulators to look at damage to substations during weekend power outages...
Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed state regulators to investigate damage to power substations outside Buffalo after nearly 27,000 utility customers lost electricity service over the weekend.  The Democrat made the announcement late Sunday in Hamburg, where damage to three substations caused outages to about 26,800 customers Saturday night.  Cuomo says a high-capacity transmission line fell and took down other lines, knocking out power across an area just south of Buffalo served by National Grid and NYSEG.  Most customers had their power restored by Sunday night.  The outages occurred a few hours before high winds hit the region, with the National Weather Service recording gusts approaching 60 miles per hour across western and northern New York.  The governor says the Public Service Commission will investigate the utilities' preparation and response to the storms.


 
 

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News Headlines for Mon., Mar. 11, 2019

Jamestown residents arrested during warrant check for drug trafficking in Mayville...         
Three Jamestown residents are jailed for allegedly being found in possession of illegal drugs in the car they were traveling in in Mayville.  Sheriff's officers say they were conducting a warrant check at a Blanchard St. home... and, they spotted a vehicle -- driven by 38 year-old Kristen Nelson -- pulling into the driverway there. Officers say they spotted a passenger, 40 year-old Sarah Johnson, allegedly put a large methamphetimine pipe, and bag of marijuana, behind a youth in the car.  A further search of the car uncovered a large sum of cash, three scales, plastic bag packaging material, Clonazepam pills, and multiple containers of methamphetamine.  Nelson, Johnson, and 33 year-old Richard Philbrick of Jamestown, were all arrested.  Child Protective Services was contacted for the two youths located in the car.  The trio face charges including two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument... and, Felony criminally using drug paraphernalia.  Nelson and Johnson were jailed on $2,500 bail... while Philbrick is being held without bail due to his parole status.


Two Corry, PA residents arrested in Mayville drug bust...
Two people from Corry, Pennsylvania are jailed without bail following a traffic stop in the Mayville-area for allegedly trafficking drugs, and being in possession of a stolen handgun.  Sheriff's Deputies say they stopped a car on Route 430 just before 3 AM Saturday for a traffic violation.  But... the two people inside... 42 year-old Jerry Roneker, Junior and 26 year-old Lyndsey Sventek... were trying to conceal drugs in plain view.  Officers found that Sventek was wanted on a Felony warrant from Crawford County, Pennsylvania... and, Roneker was found with the loaded-handgun... reported stolen from the Warren-area.  A search of the car turned up more than 2 ounces of methamphetamine, a large quantity of MDMA and Xanax pills, heroin, and, over $10,000 cash.  Both people were arrested.  Roneker faces several Felony charges... including second and third-degree criminal possession controlled substance... and, Felony criminal possession weapon.  Sventek was charged with second and third-degree criminal possession controlled substance... and, criminally using drug paraphernalia.  Both were arraigned, and sent to the county lock-up.


Town Supervisor "very excited" to hear about Runnings Stores coming to West Ellicott...
A Minnesota-based home, farm and outdoor store chain plans to open it's first store in Chautauqua County in the former Sam's Club location in West Ellicott.  Runnings Stores has announced the Fairmount Avenue location will be one of two new stores in New York state... with the other to open in Plattsburgh.  The decision by the more than 70-year-old retailer is "very exciting news" for Ellicott Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin... who has been working to find a replacement for Sam's.  He says he's equally excited about having about 70 new jobs in the town.  An on-line search also shows there is a Runnings in Lockport in Niagara County.  The chain's Chief Executive Officer, Dennis Reed, says they open new stores "where there is a strong demand from customers who live and love the rural lifestyle."  McLaughlin says Runnings has hunting, fishing, farm and other departments.  He says they are eyeing a Fall opening.


Young helps renamed Fredonia highway after late soldier from Fredonia in final act as state Senator...
In her last official act as a state Senator... Cathy Young was in Fredonia early last weekend to help name part of Route 20 after a service man who made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan.  A dedication ceremony posthumously honoring U.S. Army Sgt. Jonathan Gollnitz was held at the Fredonia American Legion.  Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell sponsored the legislation in their respective chambers... re-naming of the highway as the "Sergeant Jonathan Gollnitz Memorial Highway" which she says will proclaim that Fredonia is "a community that honors it's heroes and their sacrifices."  Gollnitz was killed in 2012 while on a combat operation from injuries caused by a suicide bomber.  His sacrifice was not lost on Goodell, who has a daughter that had served in the military.  He spoke about the fact that the bill had the support of the state legislature and the governor... because support of the military and it's families, is a non-partisan matter.  County Executive George Borrello also read a proclamation during the ceremony.  


Ag Trivia contest coming to Chautauqua County....
The Chautauqua County Farm Bureau has planned its first ever 'Ag Trivia' night for the Noble Winery in Westfield on Saturday, March 23.  Ginny Carlberg, Promotion and Education Chairperson for the local Farm Bureau, says it's been done successfully in Cattaraugus County for several years.  The Chautauqua County Ag Trivia night will be held at the Noble Winery in Westfield from 6 to 8 PM on the 23rd.  They would like teams of four to register at $10 per person by March 20.  Email virginiacarlberg@gmail.com.  Ginny says non-farmers are encouraged to sign up... saying anyone will have fun and learn at the event.  The proceeds from the Ag Trivia event will benefit a Visit the Farm Day, to be scheduled in the fall.


 

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News Headlines for Sat., Mar. 9, 2019

Corry, PA residents arrested for drug, gun possession during traffic stop in Mayville...
Two Corry, Pennsylvania residents have been arrested in Mayville following a traffic stop for allegedly trafficking drugs, and being in possession of a stolen handgun.  Chautauqua County Sheriff's officers say they stopped a car on Route 430 just before 3 a.m. Saturday for a traffic violation.  However... the two subjects in the car... 42 yer-old Jerry Roneker, Jr. and 26 year-old Lyndsey Sventek... were trying to conceal drugs in plain view.  Officers found that Sventek was wanted on a Felony warrant from Crawford County, PA, and, Roneker was found with the loaded-handgun... which had been reported stolen from the Warren-area.  A search of the car found they were in possession of over 2 ounces of methamphetamine, a large quantity of MDMA and Xanax pills, heroin, scales, packaging materials, and over $10,000 in cash.  Both subjects were arrested.  Roneker faces several charges... many of them Felonies... including second and third-degree criminal possession controlled substance... and, Felony criminal possession weapon.  Sventek was charged with second and third-degree criminal possession controlled substance... and, criminally using drug paraphernalia.  Both were arraigned, and sent to the county jail no bail set.


City man arrested following car-pedestrian accident involving his son...
A Jamestown man is jailed following a car pedestrian accident in which his son was struck last Friday night.  City Police say the unidentified boy was hit at the corner of Washington and Sixth Streets just after 6:30 p.m.  The boy's father, 29 year old Jonathan Graham, told the driver not to call police to report the incident, because there was a warrant out for his arrest... and, he said he didn't want to go to jail.  Officers later found Graham and his son at the North Main Street 7-11 Store.  He admitted that he refused to let his son have treatment due to the warrant.  It was found that city police had a warrant for Graham's arrest... and, he was additionally charged with endangering the welfare of a child.  Graham was jailed pending arraignment.


Chautauqua and part of Erie Counties under High Wind Warning...
The National Weather Service has now upgraded our High Wind Watch... to begin tonight... to a High Wind Warning.  That as a storm system will bring some gusty winds to portions of Chautauqua and Erie counties over the second-half of the weekend.  Forecaster Heather Kenyon in Buffalo says the warning runs from 7 this evening, to 11 p.m. Sunday.  Kenyon says wind gusts, though, won't be as strong as the last wind event that occurred about two weeks ago... and will be mainly in the lower terrain area along the Lake Erie shoreline.  But... Kenyon says the winds could get strong enough to bring down some trees and powerlines. 


Young pleased with candidates coming forward seeking to replace her in Senate... 
Local State Senator Cathy Young says she is encouraged by the response of potential candidates interested in running for her seat, now that she is leaving the State Senate in just a few days.  Young, who has been a Senate member since in 2005, is leaving the Senate to head up Cornell University's Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture.  Earlier this week... Young spoke about the process of selecting a successor... saying there are many qualified candidates coming forward.  Young says there is a lot of uncertainty, because of the changes were made in the State's election laws earlier this year.  She also hopes that her Senate offices remain open after she leaves the post.  Young praises the work of her staff over the years, saying they have handled thousands of constituent cases each year.  The Olean Republican will leave the Senate on Sunday, to begin her new duties on Monday.


Full Moon Rising Bakery opens in new location in Jamestown...
There's a new bakery open on Jamestown's eastside... and, if you like birthday parties... Full Moon Rising Bakery on East Third Street is the place to be.  The ribbon was cut on the bakery... located in the former Humidor.  Full Moon Rising Owner, Andrea Latona, says she's excited to be in their new location... one that she knows well.  Latona says they're in the former Humidor News Store location -- next to the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.  Full Moon Rising has a lot of bright and brilliant colors on the walls... and, on many of their sweet treats.  Latona says the buildings owners, and people at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, have made for a pleasant move.  She says her love of planning her children's birthdays got her going in the business.  Latona says they've open six days a week.  She says they're open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays... and, Saturdays.  They're open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays when the Reg is doing shows... and, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.  Their website is Fullmoonrisingbakeryjtny.com.


Make sure to "Spring Ahead," as Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday...

Don't forget to "Spring Ahead" before you go to bed tonight... as Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday.  The time change is considered by local fire departments to be an ideal time for residents to change the batteries in their smoke, and CO detectors.  In addition... AAA is remindering motorists to proper adjustments in for safer travel.  Officials say many will find on Monday that their normal morning commute will be darker than they’re used to, which can be especially dangerous for pedestrians and children waiting at bus stops.  So, make sure to turn your clocks ahead one hour before retiring for the evening.

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News Headlines for Thurs., Mar. 7, 2019

City man arrested for alleged Meth trafficking and having set of Brass Knuckles...
A Jamestown man is under arrest after a Tuesday afternoon drug raid on the southside for allegedly trafficking Crystal Methamphetimine.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says agents with the Metro Task Force executed a search warrant at 102 McKinley Ave. about 1 p.m., and, arrested 32 year-old Kyle Kamholtz.  Samuelson says Kamholtz was allegedly found in possession of near 5-grams of Crystal Meth... and, a set of brass knuckles.  They also allegedly found packaging materials, and scales used for selling and trafficking the drug.  Kamholtz is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... criminally using drug paraphernalia... and criminal possession of a weapon.  He was jailed pending arraignment.  Anyone with information on illegal drug activity in Jamestown is asked to call the department's confidential tips line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.  You can also contact their Tips 4-1-1 app.


Three arrested in city later in day for Meth trafficking and child endangerment...
Three city residents are jailed for allegedly trafficking Crystal Methamphetimine following a drug raid at a home on Jamestown's southside late Tuesday afternoon.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Metro Drug Task Force, and the State Police K-9 Unit executed a search warrant at 6 Terrace Place shortly before 4 p.m., and, found 13 grams of Crystal meth... and, drug paraphernalia used for trafficking.  Samuelson says Brandon Smith and Samuel Critzer -- both 32... and 33 year-old Celeste Carr... were arrested without incident.  All three are charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Carr also faces three counts of endangering the welfare of child... and, Smith was also charged with a federal probation violation from a previous drug charge.  All three were jailed pending arraignment.


Reed hoping to get Senate support for Congressional approval on all Emergency Declarations...
Local Congressman Tom Reed is hoping to attract support from the Senate on legislation that would require Congressional action when it comes to emergency declarations issued by the President.  The Corning Republican says momentum for the proposal is gaining in the House... where Democrats have the majority.  Otherwise... Reed says he has not received any "backlash" from the White House while introducing the measure... but, at the same time... he says presidents - generally - want to have such power to declare such emergencies.  Reed says he'll be watching Senate debate on a resolution to disapprove of President Trump's border emergency declaration... and, he's hoping his measure will gain more supporters over a short period of time.  He says it seems like more lawmakers are saying that it's time for Congress to take back it's role of approving policy versus "National Emergency" declarations.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier media.


Assembly approves increasing state's Smoking Age...
The New York state Assembly has voted to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.  The legislation, which passed the Democrat-led chamber on Wednesday, prohibits the sale of tobacco, as well as electronic cigarettes, to anyone under 21.  That's already the law in Chautauqua County... along with seven states and several cities -- including New York City.  The measure is backed by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and has broad support in the Democrat-controlled state Senate, where it has yet to be scheduled for a vote. 


Senate approved Ethics Reform of "pay-to-play..."
The Democrat-controlled state Senate has approved legislation aimed at the "pay-to-play" system linked to recent major corruption scandals in New York politics.  The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill banning campaign contributions from companies seeking state contracts to elected officials with authority over state entities involved in the bidding process.  Sponsored by Senator Zellnor Myrie, a Brooklyn Democrat, the measure would also bar prospective vendors from contributing for six months after the contract is granted by the state. 


Rosas says he won't run for Young's State Senate seat...
Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas is telling State Senate Democratic officials thanks, but no thanks when it comes to making a run for the Senate seat being vacated by long-time Republican Cathy Young.  Young... who is from Olean... announced last week that she will be leaving the Senate in Albany on March 10th.  Rosas he was asked to consider running for the seat that represents four counties... through County Democratic Chairman Norm Green.  He says the four chairs were meeting in Albany... and, says Green told him the others inquired about whether he would consider a run.  Rosas says there are other candidates interested running for the Senate seat, including Lakewood Democrat Nancy Bargar, who unsuccessfully challenged Young in a special election in 2005.  Bargar last ran for the state Assembly against current Assemblyman Andy Goodell... after long-time member Bill Parment retired.


Jamestown woman arrested for public lewdness...
A city woman has been arrested for allegedly exposing herself to students on a school bus in Jamestown.  City police were called to the area of Crescent and East Second Streets about 2:20 p.m. Monday on a report of a disorderly woman flashing herself.  Witnesses pointed out 39 year-old Crystal Pollard... who was hiding from police.  Officers arrested her for public lewdness... and, she was taken to the city jail pending arraignment.


 

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News Headlines for Wed., Mar. 6, 2019

Flames heavily-damage Clymer Home Tuesday night...
Flames extensively damaged a home in the town of Clymer last night... and, early this morning.  Chautauqua County fire dispatchers say Clymer firefighters were called to the scene at 696 Marvin Road about 8 p.m. Tuesday.  They were assisted at the scene by volunteer crews from Panama, Ashville, and Sherman.  County Fire Coordinators were also called in.  No injuries were reported.  Firefighters were at the scene until about 1:30 this morning... but, were called back for a re-kindle about 2:15 a.m.  They were there about 45 minutes.  The cause is under investigation.


Garage fire also damages home in Brocton...
Several area fire departments were called to the scene of a house fire in the town of Portland late Monday.  Crews from Brocton, Portland, Fredonia, Cassadaga and Dewittville were among the departments that responded to the fire at 7940 Route 380 around 5 p.m.  The fire reportedly started in a garage and spread to the adjoining house.  There were no reports of any injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.


More bitterly cold temperatures, Lake Effect Snow through end of the week...
The start of spring is a couple of weeks away... but, our weather will remain "mid-winter like" for the next couple of days.  We saw unseasonably cold temperatures and strong winds yesterday... and, that cold air will remain today.  A Winter Weather Advisory was discontinued earlier this morning... but, more lake effect snow is on the way tonight.  Forecaster Jim Mitchell at the National Weather Service says we'll see that -- even though most of Lake Erie is frozen and snow covered.  Mitchell says there's also an event called "upsloping" taking place where moisture is brought out once the winds hit the hilly areas inland from the lake.  He says the highs both today and Thursday will remain in the lower teens... which is more than 20 degrees below normal.   A break in the cold will be coming this weekend.


Double-Tree by Hilton Opens in downtown Jamestown...
The ribbon has been cut on the new, $20-million Double Tree-by Hilton Jamestown hotel on West Fourth and Washington Streets.  The official opening was hosted by Hamister Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark Hamister during Tuesday's ribbon cutting on the second-floor concourse of the hotel... and, he praised the public-private efforts to get the former Holiday Inn back up and running again.  Hamister also noted their efforts to make the hotel a show-place... and, exceeding the guidelines Hilton sets for their Double-Tree Hotels nationwide.  Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello noted some of those amenities because he has stayed frequently during his travels at Hilton Hotels.  The Hamister's became interested after visiting with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi and Development Director Vince DeJoy about five-years ago.  Teresi says one word -- "wow!" -- described what he's seen.  The state provided $2.4-million from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, and, there was support from Empire State Development for the project.  Hamister also thanked Chautauqua County and it's Industrial Development Agency for it's $900,000 tax abatement agreement.  The new Double Tree has 147 rooms, and is starting out employing 33 people.


City woman arrested for allegedly "flashing" a school bus...
A Jamestown woman has been arrested for allegedly exposing herself to students on a school bus.  City police were called to the area of Crescent and East Second Streets about 2:20 p.m. Monday on a report of a disorderly woman flashing herself.  Witnesses pointed out 39 year-old Crystal Pollard... who was hiding from police.  Officers arrested her for public lewdness... and, she was taken to the city jail pending arraignment.


Three people arrested in connection with serious February crash in Cattaraugus County...
Three people from Cattaraugus County have been arrested for allegedly leaving the scene of a rollover crash in the town of Conewango last month that left another person seriously hurt.  Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley say the accident occured on Route 241 just before 3 a.m. last Feb. 10.  Officers have now arrested 59 year-old Terry Snyder, and 25 year-old Brandon Cox -- both of South Dayton -- and 41 year-old Christopher Ellis of Leon for second-degree obstruction after they went to another location.  Snyder is also charged with leaving the scene... and, Cox and Ellis are also charged with offering a false written statement.  All three were issued appearance tickets for Conewango Town Court.


Advocates pushing for added money for Aging Services in New York state...
Advocates for New Yorkers 60 years and older say millions more in state funding is needed to provide in-home services such as meal deliveries.  Officials from AARP's New York chapter and other organizations that deal with issues facing older residents are lobbying lawmakers in Albany on Tuesday to push for another $25 million in state funding.  The groups say the funding will help New Yorkers age in their own homes rather than in costlier, taxpayer-funded nursing homes. 

 
 

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WJTN Headlines for Tues., Mar. 5, 2019

Jamestown man to spend 21 years behind bars for dousing woman with gasoline, and setting her on fire...
A city man accused of dousing a woman with gasoline and setting her on fire during a domestic violence incident in 2017 has been sentenced to 21 years in state prison.  Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says 38 year-old Luis Castro-Mojica of Jamestown received the sentence from County Court Judge David Foley Monday... along with five-years of post-release supervision for his first-degree assault conviction.  Swanson said, "today... the defendant was held accountable for his horrific acts.  My hope is that the victim an her family can find some closure."  The incident in which the unidentified woman was burned occured on Thayer Street.


Overton receives a year in County Jail for abusing, and killing his dog...
A Jamestown man accused of killing and hanging his dog in a wooded area in late 2017 has been sentenced to a year in the Chautauqua County Jail for aggravated cruelty to animals.  District Attorney Patrick Swanson says 48 year-old Robert Overton, Jr. was sentenced Monday to the term... which he earlier had pleaded guilty to.  Swanson, though, says the case "reminds us of the deficiencies in New York State law.  Many people believe that this level of punishment is insufficient.  What I say to those folks is that they need to contact their state representatives and push for change."  By law... the most Overton could have received was two year in prison.  Swanson adds that Overton will be "the first offender to be placed on the Animal Abuser registry in Chautauqua County."


Goodell says rush to legalize recreational marijuana slowed-down... 
When the new state legislative session began in Albany in January... many observers thought that with Democrats in control of both chambers... legislation to legalize recreational marijuana in New York would happen quickly.  But, with a budget deadline less than a month away, action has still not taken place.  Local Assemblyman Andy Goodell says the process has slowed considerably after a number of groups -- including police agencies -- made their "serious" concerns heard.  Goodell, who opposes the move, says he still expects legislation to pass.   The Jamestown-area Republican hopes that when the final bill takes shape, it takes into consideration many of the concerns that been raised about legalization... but, he says he doubts that will derail the legislation.  Goodell made his comments as lawmakers returned to Albany this week to deal with a number of issues... including those surrounding the possible legalization of marijuana.  Lawmakers and Governor Cuomo have less than a month to get an on-time budget in place.


Gov. and Legislature disagree on State Budget revenues...
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his fellow Democrats controlling the Legislature have been unable to agree on revenue estimates for the state budget that's due in less than a month.  The inability of Cuomo and the Assembly and Senate to reach a consensus means Democratic state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli must come up with an estimate by Tuesday.  The governor and the leaders of both chambers will use DiNapoli's revenue estimate as the starting point to negotiate a final budget... which is due by April 1st.


Jamestown Chamber Salute awards presented Monday night...
The Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce has named Lakeshore Paving as it '2018 Business of the Year.'  The award was presented at the annual 'Salute to the Finest' Monday night.  Longtime employee Craig Smith accepted the award... saying while Lakeshore started paving in 1998, they now do any kind of major outdoor project.  Lena's Pizza was named the 'Restaurant of the Year.'  The Chautauqua Harbor Hotel earned honors as the 'New Business of the Year.'  Other award receipients included: Wegmans, Cummins, the UCAN Ministry, the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, and Joe and Alyvia Town, the new owners of Pace's Pizza.  


City received $2,000 more from Community Foundation to help replace Ash Trees...
The city of Jamestown is receiving $2,000 more from it's annual grant to help pay the cost to plant new trees from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.  The grant, totalling $7,000, was approved by the City Council's Finance Committee last night... and, will help replace hundreds of trees.  But... in this case... Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says most of those are Ash Trees destroyed by the Emerald Ash Borer.  Dolce says City Arborist Dan Stone was able to get the additional money after approaching city lawmakers last year with the news that at least 200 Ash Trees in city property... or in rights-of-way... were severely damaged by the Emerald Ash Borer.  Dolce says some parts of the city... especially on the north and east sides... saw the Ash Tree population severely impacted. 


Second Maniscalco Show scheduled for Comedy Festival...
The National Comedy Center in Jamestown has added a second show with comedian Sebastian Maniscalco during the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in August.  Executive Director Journey Gunderson says the move comes after Maniscalco and fellow headliner, John Mulaney's shows, at the Northwest Arena both sold out the first day of on-line, public ticket sales.  Gunderson says this is the first time that's happened in the history of the Jamestown festival.  She adds that the originally-scheduled show with Maniscalco will take place the same night at 8 p.m.  She says tickets for this show will go on pre-sale for National Comedy Center members only starting this Wednesday, March 6 at Noon... and, to the public on Friday, March 8th at Noon at www.comedycenter.org.


 

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News Headlines for Mon., Mar. 4, 2019

City woman hurt in car-tractor-trailer accident in Stockton...         
A Jamestown woman suffered minor injuries early this morning when her car ran a stop sign, and struck a tractor-trailer on County Route 380 in the town of Stockton.  Sheriff's officers say 42 year-old Nicole Olsen allegedly failed to stop at the intersection of Route 380 and Beech Hill Road shortly before 5 a.m., and, her car hit the big rig.  Olsen was taken to Brook's Memorial Hospital for treatment.  No one else was hurt in the crash.   She was issued an appearance ticket for failure to stop at a stop sign in Stockton Town Court.


Youth arrested at Ellicottville Central School for allegedly leaving a threatening note...
State Police in Cattaraugus County have arrested a student under the age of 14 for allegedly leaving a threatening note that led Ellicottville Central School officials to lock-down the school for a while last Friday.  Troopers in Machias say the student was arrested later that day after the threat was first made about 8 a.m.  Police responded... and, say appropriate measures were taken for the safety of the students and staff.   More resources were brought in after the school went into lockdown... but, no immediate credible threats were found.  Once the student was arrested... police say the lock-down was lifted.  The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office is assisting with the investigation.


Three people arrested in Cattaraugus County for allegedly trafficking Cocaine...
Three residents from Cattaraugus County are jailed without bail for allegedly trafficking powder cocaine from a home on Block Road in the town of Yorkshire.  Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, and Franklinville Village Police, say they raided the home last Thursday night... and, arrested 51 year-old Diana Sion... 50 year-old Ella Booth, and 29 year-old Jessie Burdic.  Task Force agents say they also found 8-ounces of cocaine inside the home.  All three were arraigned on charges of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell... and, second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia.  All three were sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail... and, more charges are pending.  The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department Special Response and K-9 teams were also involved... along with State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration in Buffalo.


Bargar considering another run for New York State Senate...
A Jamestown-area Democrat has become the first from that party to announce they are considering a run for the state Senate being vacated by Cathy Young.  Lakewood's Nancy Bargar has run two other times for the 57th District seat... most recently being defeated by Young for an open seat in 2005.  Prior to that... Bargar ran for the seat against late Senator Jess Present in 1992... but, was narrowly defeated.  Bargar says it's important for people -- who have the passion -- to get involved in finding the best candidate to make it the "most competitive race is can be."  It'll be up to Governor Andrew Cuomo to decide whether to call a special election... or leave the seat vacant until the general election in November.  Bargar served on the Chautauqua County Legislature for 10 years... and, last ran for public office in 2010... when long-time incumbant Assemblyman Bill Parment retired just prior to the election.  However... she lost to Republican Andy Goodell that year.  Bargar says she's heard of 4 to 5 Democrats elsewhere in the district also considering a run... and, she says there'll be a "lot of pressure" on the county chairmen to find the right candidate to run. 


State's Working Families Party looking to fight move to end "Fusion Voting" in NYS...
In New York government news, the liberal Working Families Party is fighting what it says is an effort by Democrats to weaken third parties in the state.  Top Democrats could soon consider a party resolution supporting the elimination of so-called fusion voting.  That's an odd ballot rule that allows third parties to cross-endorse major party nominees.  It means the same politician's name may appear multiple times under multiple parties on the same ballot.  Critics say the practice is confusing, but supporters say it gives voters more choices and has helped third parties proliferate. 


Thompson announces bid to run primary in City Council's second-ward...
A Jamestown native who has been voicing her concerns over issues in the city says she plans to run in a Republican primary to represent Ward-Two on the city council.  Raven Thompson says a domestic incident in her family four-years ago allowed her to see the problems with government that cry out for change.  Thompson says the way things were being run failed her family.  She believes her experiences would help her as a lawmaker to see the real needs in the community.  She really got involved in voicing her opposition to the city's attempt to annex four-acres of property in the village of Falconer... where she lived for a time... where the Board of Public Utilities Dow Street Substation is located.  The city has argued that it needs the property annexed into the city because it would allow them to better maintain the property and the substation, and save the city, and BPU money that would have to be paid in taxes. 


 

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News Headlines for Sat., Mar. 2, 2019

No one seriously hurt when car strikes Amish buggy in Hartfield...
One person suffered only minor injuries after her Amish horse and buggy was struck by a car in Hartfield about mid-morning Friday.  Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene on Route 430 about 8:40 a.m, and, found the car -- driven by 55 year-old Tiimothy Spears of Ellington -- was eastbound when he came upon the eastbound buggy.  Officers say Spears told them that he was blinded by the sun, and didn't see the buggy... which was destroyed.  The operator of the buggy -- 31 year-old Mollie Byler of Hartfield -- was treated for a leg injury at the scene.  The horse suffered cuts and bruises, but was expected to survive.  Spears was also treated for non-life threatening injuries.  No charges have yet been filed.  Route 430 was closed for approximately 45 minutes while the scene was cleared.


Goodell says he's been approached about running for Cathy Young's Senate seat when special election is called...
Chautauqua County's representative in the State Assembly says he has been asked to consider running for State Senator Cathy Young's seat following her announcement that she is leaving the Senate.  Assemblyman Andy Goodell feels Young will help the area with her new job as director of the New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech... but, adds the GOP has big shoes to fill.  Goodell confirms he is among those looking at a possible run.  He says the Senate Campaign Committee says they will support him if he decides to run.  Goodell spoke highly of Young... and, says both he and she worked closely together on legislation and funding matters.  Republican and Democratic party officials are scrambling to find candidates to run for the post if a special election is called.  Goodell adds there are other potential candidates he would support... including County Executive George Borrello... who he says would carry Chautauqua County... and, should carry the rest of the 57th District.  He also feels Assemblyman Joe Giglio would have "considerable support" if he decided to run.  Both men are considering the possibility... but, neither is making a commitment at this point.


Sundquist says he's excited about opportunity to run for Jamestown Mayor...
An attorney in Jamestown who was among the candidates for Congress last year says he is running for mayor of the city this Fall.  Democrat Eddie Sundquist returned to Jamestown to practice law about three years ago... and, has been endorsed by the city's Democratic Committee to run for the seat... which is being vacated at the end of the year by fellow Democrat Sam Teresi.  Sundquist says he appreciates the committee's vote of confidence... and, says he wants to run because Jamestown is a "great place to live" with a low cost of living, and because of that, he encourages young people to consider moving here.  Sundquist says the two major challenges are the city budget... which is at Jamestown's constitutional taxing limit... and, making sure there is a complete count of residents in the 2020 Census.  That's critical in terms of representation and for state and federal funding.  Sundquist was a teacher for a short time in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before returning to the city.


Multiple prisoners hurt in van accident in town of Stockton...
A van transporting prisoners in Chatuauqua County slid off County Route 380 in the town of Stockton last Wednesday night and crashed -- sending several to the hospital with minor injuries.  Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene shortly before 9 p.m., and, found the U.S. Corrections vehicle had gone off the road and into a ditch.  Officers say several people were taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital for treatment.  Stockton and Cassadaga Fire crews transported the injured to the hospital.  No charges were filed.


Assembly Republicans present their State Budget priorities...
Republican members of the New York state Assembly have unveiled their priorities for the state budget, focusing on issues GOP lawmakers say are most important to their constituents.  Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, of Canandaigua, released his conference's budget priorities during a news conference held outside the chamber's entrance late this week.  The GOP's 10-point wish-list includes making the 2-percent property tax permanent, increasing tuition assistance for college students and keeping local government funding intact.  It remains to be seen whether the Assembly's Democratic majority will take the suggestions to heart.  The suggestions come as lawmakers work to approve a new state budget by an April 1st deadline.


Reed Signs onto bill helping to provide grants for more Mental Health services for school students...
A bi-partisan proposal to support more on-site mental health services for school students nationwide has the backing of local Congressman Tom Reed.  The Corning Republican says he is a co-sponsor of the Mental Health Services for Students Act... which will provide $200-million in competitive grants to up to 100 needy school districts.  Reed says the issue came to light during a recent discussion he had with Dundee School Superintendent Kelly Houck concerning the "crisis" facing Yates County because they lack "on-site" mental health services.  Reed says when he heard about the lack of mental health care available there... his office began looking at ways to help address the issue.  He brought Houck, officials with the local hospital and local and state legislators to discuss the matter further.  Houck says "the key points of this bill are a great start to building a systematic foundation to cohesive and sustainable treatment plans." 


 

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News Headlines for Fri., Mar. 1, 2019

Young announces she is resigning from State Senate March 10th...
One of the most powerful Republican voices in the state Capitol is moving onto the private sector after 23 years as a local, county, and state lawmaker.  Olean's Cathy Young has announced that she is stepping down from the Senate after 13 years in the position.  Young says the decision to leave the Senate for a job heading up Cornell University's Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture was "not easy..." and, bittersweet.  She says she's "loved her job... and, it's been a such and honor and privilege to represent the people of the 57th District."  Young launched into state politics in the late-1990s... winning election to the state Assembly when Pat McGee was tapped to replace the late Jess Present in  the Senate in 1998.  When McGee passed away in 2005... Young won a special election to replace her, and has held the seat ever since.  Young will leave the Senate Mar. 10.. and begin her new post at Cornell the following day.  There has been no word yet on when a special election will be held.   


Borrello, Green react to Young's announcement...
Shock and surprise... that's the reaction from both Republicans and Democrats in Chautauqua County to Senator Cathy Young's announcement that she is leaving the State Legislature to head up the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech.  County Executive George Borrello tells us the announcement caught him off guard.  Borrello says Young has been a "champion" for Chautauqua County and the entire region.  Republican and Democratic party officials are now searching for candidates to run should a special election be called.  County Election Commissioner and County Democratic Chairman Norm Green says it will be up to Governor Andrew Cuomo to call a special election in conjunction with the June primaries, or next November's special election.  When asked whether he was interested in running, Borrello says he has a "lot on his plate" as County Executive... but he would not rule it out. 


Dunkirk man in critical conditions after being hit by snowplow in Hanover...
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is investigating an accident in which a snowplow struck a Dunkirk man in the town of Hanover Wednesday night.  Deputies intially responded to Route 5 and 20 for the collision just after 7:30 p.m., and, learned that 52 year-old Eric Corns was walking west in the westbound lane when he was struck by a private snowplow.  Officers say the man is in critical condition at the Erie County Medical Center.  The plow driver -- 32 year-old Joshua Bloom -- was not injured.  The Silver Creek Fire Department... County EMS and ALSTAR assisted at the scene. 


Borrello outlines vision for Ripley Gateway Center in State of County address...
Chautauqua County George Borrello hopes the county can use a travel center in West Virginia as a model for a Ripley Gateway Center.  Borrello outlined a number of initiatives in his State of the County message that he delivered during Wednesday night's County Legislature meeting, including the need to address the entry point for thousands of travelers.  He says the Ripley gateway has been neglected far too long.  The top county official also spoke about another initiative he is working on…a 'Grow Chautauqua hops and grains cooperative.'  He pitched a concept to Chris LaCorata, a successful manufacturing executive.  Borrello says LaCorata believes that can be done in the next two years.  He says LaCorata has agreed to pay for half of the feasibility study.


Legislature Chairman Wendel upbeat about State of County...
County lawmakers seemed upbeat about Executive George Borrello's State of the County presentation.  Legislature Chairman P.J. Wendel of Lakewood says he was intrigued by many of the initiatives... including the push for collaborations on the local level.  Wendel says Borrello has really worked hard to establish those.  He says he'll also be looking for a final, consensus strategy for Chautauqua Lake... using the information each group gave him individually.  Borrello expects to wrap up work on the management plan by the end of March.  


Mockingbird ready to go at Little Theater, despite potential "cease and desist" orders from Broadway producer...
The play 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is set to open next week at the Lucille Ball Little Theater of Jamestown. The local production has been unaffected,  so far, by a controversy over what 'versions' of the play can be performed and where.  Little Theater Board President, Bob Ostrom, says Producer Scott Rudin has sent 'cease and desist' letters to many community theaters.  Rudin has legal rights to one version... currently on Broadway... and has asserted that's the only one that can be performed.  Ostrom adds the theaters that have gotten letters are ones closer to metropolitan areas where the Broadway version is going to be staged. Ostrom says the Jamestown production is ready to go, and interest in the community is high.  But, if the Little Theater was told to 'cease and desist' they would not have the resources to fight the order. 


New downtown Doubletree now open...
A new hotel has finally opened in downtown Jamestown.  The DoubleTree by Hilton Jamestown opened late yesterday afternoon for the first time on West Fourth Street.  In addition to the hotel... the new Pearl City Hops Restaurant & Tavern is also open for business.  The announcement was made by the hotel on it's Facebook page yesterday afternoon.


 

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WJTN News Bulletin for Thurs., Feb. 28, 2019

Young announces stepping down from Senate to take job at Cornell University...


STATEMENT FROM SENATOR CATHARINE M. YOUNG (R,C,I-57TH DISTRICT)

Serving the people of our region for the past 23 years truly has been the deepest honor of my life, first as a Cattaraugus County legislator, then as a New York State Assemblywoman and Senator.  I often have reflected about that sunburned and freckled-faced kid with pigtails who spent so much time working and playing on our farm, always having big hopes and dreams but never realizing that I would someday have the opportunity to find my passion of helping others as a Senator.  Reaching out a hand to people and communities, growing the economy, nurturing agriculture and being a champion for upstate New York always have been at the top of my priorities.  That calling has inspired, driven and fulfilled me, and there have been countless successes over these many years.  More than anything, people need good-paying jobs to support themselves and their families.  Upstate New York needs thriving businesses to provide those jobs and to revitalize our communities.  And our farmers need innovative ways to boost profitability.  Now, there’s a new and exciting opportunity to carry on my public service, by not only continuing to work hard for Western New York, but to advance economic growth and prosperity statewide by leading the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech.  Cornell University holds special and personal significance to my family and to me.  My grandparents toiled and struggled during the great Depression, raising four children on the farm in the hardest of times.  In spite of tremendous adversity, they made sure that each of their children focused on getting a good education so that they would have better lives.  In 1949, my father went off to Cornell University, and he and his siblings were the first generation in our family to graduate from college.  Leaving my job in the Senate – a job that I love – has not been an easy decision and it is bittersweet.  Young will begin her new position at Cornell on Mar. 11, 2019.

 

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 28, 2019

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello outlined a number of initiatives during his State of the County message, initiatives that will involve the use of collaboration....  

Among the initiatives, developing a Chautauqua Lake consensus strategy that will attempt to involve all lake stakeholder groups.

Borrello expects to wrap up work on the consensus strategy by the end of March.  The top county official also spoke about another initiative: developing plans for a Ripley Gateway Center.

Borrello says the entryway into New York State has been a "blackeye" for too long and the county needs to change it. Other initiatives outlined by the county executive included improvements to CARTS and a Grow Chautauqua hops and grains cooperative.


South Korea's presidential office says it was "unfortunate" that U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un failed to produce an agreement in their high-stakes nuclear summit in Vietnam.... 

But it says it expects "active dialogue" to continue between Washington and Pyongyang. The Blue House said Thursday, it believes Washington and Pyongyang deepened their understandings of each other during their "long and deep discussions" in Hanoi.  Meanwhile, The Kremlin says that talks at the U.S.-North Korean nuclear summit in Vietnam appear to have failed because the parties proved unwilling to compromise and make concessions.  Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, Moscow is encouraged by the fact the negotiations did not break down completely.  But Peskov laments the lack of ``small steps'' and flexibility that could have helped to achieve some progress.  Peskov says the North Korean nuclear program is a complicated issue that is ``impossible to solve in one go.''


A Frewsburg man is jailed for allegedly threatening to kill another person with a hand-gun early Wednesday morning in the town of Carrol.... 

Sheriff's deputies were called to the undisclosed location... and, their investigation showed that 49 year-old Mark Boardman had threatened to the other person while displaying the gun.  Officers took Boardman into custody and, charged him with second-degree menacing, unlawful imprisonment, and, fourth degree criminal possession of weapon -- among others.  He was taken to the county jail pending arraignment.


"All systems" are now go for the Jamestown School Board to appeal the most recent ruling in the Maisto versus New York State legal case....  

The board voted Tuesday night, 5-2, to continue support of the "Small City Schools" lawsuit, a school funding case brought by eight small city districts across the state -- including Jamestown.  School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says they are using the 1993 "Campaign for Fiscal Equity" involving New York City schools as a precedent in their argument.

Apthorpe says 50-percent of students in Jamestown's elementary schools are not proficient in reading, writing or math.  He says the district has spent a little over $300,000 of taxpayer money to continue the fight and, he says the process of taking on the state in this matter has been "frustrating."  From here, Apthorpe says the Court of Appeals will make a decision, either remand the ruling back to Justice Kimberly O'Connor or de novo review, citing a "hostile judge."  Apthorpe encourages any parents or students who want to get involved in supporting Jamestown, to contact the governor's office. 


President Trump is expected to sign a bill once he returns from Vietnam designating the National Comedy Center in Jamestown as the nation's official "Center of Comedy."  

That from local Congressman Tom Reed, as the center was approved for the National Heritage Area designation in a vote of the House of Representatives Tuesday night.  The vote comes after the U-S Senate approved the designation.  The bill now head's to the president's desk to be signed.

Reed says the move means that Jamestown is "now to comedy what Cooperstown is to baseball and Cleveland is to rock and roll."  He says it's the nation's first state-of-the-art museum and cultural institution dedicated to presenting, preserving and celebrating the art form of comedy.  Project Chairman Tom Benson thanked Reed for his support, including being able to help the center obtain Federal New Market Tax Credits in 2017 to help the project get the financing it needed to open last year.


A city man has been accused of creating fake social media accounts to harass and annoy people in the town of Ellicott....  

Town Police say their investigation found that 18 year-old Tyler Goodwill of Lovall Avenue in Jamestown, created the account, and assumed the identities of the victims.  Goodwill was arrested on a warrant for second-degree aggraveated harassment, and criminal impersonation and, taken to the county jail pending arraignment.   


The scheduled surrender date for a former aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo to begin serving his six year prison sentence on federal corruption charges has been delayed..... 

A Manhattan federal appeals court on Friday ruled that Joseph Percoco can remain free pending his appeal.  Percoco was scheduled to surrender March 1st after being convicted last year of accepting more than $300,000 from companies that wanted to gain influence with the Cuomo administration.  Percoco's lawyer, Barry Bohrer, declined to comment.  The court also stayed the surrender of Percoco's co-defendant, real estate executive Steven Aiello, who was convicted of conspiracy and wire fraud and sentenced to three years in prison.  Cuomo, a Democrat, wasn't accused of wrongdoing, but testimony presented an unflattering picture of the inner workings of his office.

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb, 27, 2019

The New York state legislature returns to Albany this week after a break that followed a "very unusual" start to the 2019 session.....  

That from local Assemblyman Andy Goodell, who says there was a flurry of activity in Albany, and a push to get a lot of legislation approved in the first month and a half of the session.  However, while that happened, Goodell says he's concerned about the haste in which the Democratic majorities in the Senate and Assembly moved to pass bills.

Goodell says many of the bills were not new, but the more liberal legislation had been bottled up in the Senate when Republicans had the majority the past several years.  With Democrats in charge on each side, he says there's been no real discussion or debate on much of the legislation and as a result, there were a lot of "unintended consequences" that came up.  One of those bills that had to be corrected was the one regarding State Election Reform.  He adds some of the laws did NOT include comments made during the last legislative session, which should have been considered during debate. 


New York Governor Andrew Como says people found to fraudulently claim a state property tax credit should be barred from reapplying for the benefit for six years....

The Democrat announced the proposal on Tuesday and said he'll ask lawmakers to include the provision in next year's state budget.  Cuomo says homeowners who cheat on their application for the state's STAR tax credit program should be held accountable for their attempt to profit at the expense of other taxpayers.  The STAR benefit program provides more than $3-billion dollars in property tax relief each year.  The program was created to ease the burden of high school property taxes on older homeowners and those with incomes of under $500,000.

The New York Senate has approved a new program that aims to ensure proper burials for veterans whose bodies are unclaimed....  

The Democrat-led chamber passed the bill Tuesday on a unanimous vote.  It would require local governments to work with veteran organizations whenever a veteran's next of kin cannot be identified.  The bill's sponsor, Senator Michael Gianaris, a Queens Democrat, says no one is more deserving of a respectful burial than the men and women who served in the armed forces.  The bill has not yet received a vote in the Democrat-led Assembly.


Chautauqua County's top-elected official will deliver his second State of the County message when county lawmakers hold their monthy meeting in Mayville tonight...  

County Executive George Borrello says his speech will focus on forging new collaborations.

Borrello says he's pleased with the progress that was made during his first year in office, adding that he's excited about the progress made in his first year on the job.  He says he will work to have an even better second one.  Among the collaborations, is establishing a county-wide economic development alliance.  He will make his presentation during the County Legislature's meeting that begins at 6:30 PM in the Legislative Chambers of the Gerace Office Building in Mayville. 


The first of what could be a number of administrative changes at Jamestown City Hall has come about in the wake of Mayor Sam Teresi's decision not to run for a sixth-term in office this Fall.....  

City Director of Financial Services and Clerk Todd Thomas resigned to take a new job with the Chautauqua County Attorney's Office in Mayville.  Thomas's resignation was read, and approved at Monday's City Council voting session.  His replacement for the last 10 months of the year will be the man he replaced -- Jim Olson.

After Monday's meeting, Thomas told the media he would start as an Assistant in county Attorney Stephen Abdella's Office next Monday.  He says with the "uncertainty about what every election cycle holds..." he had just begun looking for a different position.  Thomas was an attorney in Jamestown the past few years until Teresi appointed him 18-months ago to replace Jim Olson.  Mayor Teresi has appointed Olson to fill out the remainder of the term.  Thomas says his new job will allow he and his wife to carpool to Mayville, where she works for the state. 


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is dropping a proposal to ban all modified stretch limousines, an idea prompted by last fall's crash that killed 20 people....  

The Albany Times-Union reports that the provision was stricken from Cuomo's state budget proposal.  Cuomo is still seeking several other changes to enhance regulations of limos, and a spokesman said Cuomo still wants to prohibit any stretch limos that violate federal safety standards.  Under that proposal, state motor vehicle officials could revoke the registration of any stretch limo missing its federal safety certification tag.  The October 6th crash in Schoharie County west of Albany involved a limo that prosecutors say shouldn't have been on the road.  The operator of the limousine has pleaded not guilty to criminally negligent homicide.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 26, 2019

The Jamestown City Council has approved applying to New York state for $200,000 to support it's ongoing efforts to eliminate zombie houses in the city.....  

City Development Director Vince DeJoy says the effort received $150,000 two years ago to help bring on legal support to help residents dealing with the foreclosure process.  DeJoy says the grant would be for another two-year cycle.

Zombie houses are those that are left vacant and abandoned and, are not maintained during a prolonged foreclosure proceeding. DeJoy says the key is helping people stay in their homes through the foreclosure process and, he says having the legal help on staff is very helpful.  He says Attorney Ben Haskins has been on staff to help deal not only with Zombie properties, but, other code enforcement matters.  DeJoy says the first $150,000 grant from the Zombie Remediation and Prevention Initiative program went toward addressing the issue by boosting the city's ability to enforce it's housing code, tracking and monitoring vacant properties and for legal help to ensure banks and mortgage companies comply with local and state law.


The city will have a new Director of Financial Services -- and City Clerk -- next week..... 

The city council last night accepted the resignation of current director Todd Thomas, effective this Friday.  Thomas will be moving onto a new position with the Chautauqua County Attorney's office.  Lawmakers approved the appointment of retired Clerk, James Olson, to fill out the remaining 10 months of the year.  With Mayor Sam Teresi not running for re-election, whoever the new mayor is, they would appoint a new financial services director/city clerk.  More on this story later.


Two people have died in a weekend structure fire that heavily-damaged a mobile home in the Cattaraugus County town of Cold Spring..... 

Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say they received a 9-1-1 call reporting the blaze last Saturday... and, firefighters found the structure fully-engulfed in flames on arrival at 9192 Sawmill Run Road.  During the investigation, officials found the two victims inside the home.  Deputies say foul play is not suspected, but add the fire remains under investigation by the Cattaraugus County Fire Investigation Team.  The victims names will be released once official identificatino has been made, and family members have been notified.


Several fire crews from across northern Chautauqua and Erie counties were busy battling a fire that destroyed a home in Sunset Bay early Sunday morning....  

Crews from Sunset Bay, Silver Creek, Evans Center, Sheridan, Forestville, Fredonia, East Dunkirk, Farnham, and Angola responded to the blaze at 936 Erie Street shortly after 4:30 AM.  Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello went to the scene and says four adults and a baby got out safely, but a pet cat perished.  The flames also spread to two neighboring houses, but Borrello says firefighters were able to save those two houses.  No injuries were reported.  The County's Fire Investigation Team is looking into the cause.


There's been no official assessment of damage in Chautauqua County from the wind and snow storm of the past day or so, but Executive George Borrello says the area faired much better than Erie County did....

Borrello says it may be a couple of days before they make a determination on the amount of property damage from the fierce winds.  He says most of the damage reported was along the Lake Erie shoreline.  Dunkirk city firefighters found the roof of a two-story commercial building had blown off of the building at 3 West Talcott Street around 3 PM Sunday.  However, no injuries were reported.  While fire crews were standing by, the west wall of the structure also collapsed.  A contracting crew was called in along with National Grid.


A Pennsylvania man was killed in a two-vehicle accident -- involving a dump truck -- last Saturday in the Town of Ellery.....  

State Police in Jamestown responded to the colllison on County Route 380 and 66 and learned 50 year-old Victor Luce, junior was traveling west on Route 66 when he reportedly failed to stop at the stop sign.  Troopers say the Reading man's Honda was struck by a 1997 model dump truck traveling north on 380.  The Chautauqua County Coroner pronounced Luce deceased at the scene.  Troopers were assisted in the investigation by the Collision Reconstruction Unit and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 25, 2019

Sunday afternoon and evening's high winds affected trees, power lines and utility poles in the city of Jamestown, causing scattered power outages across the city..... 

Board of Public Utilities Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says crews were initially called out about 2 PM Sunday to deal with outages in parts of Celoron, West Ellicott, the Peck-Settlement Road, Buffalo Street Extension and Willard Street Extension.  Robbins says most everyone was restored by 7 PM last night.  A pole and transformer on Seventh Street in Celoron was knocked down by a falling tree and, crews had that repaired by mid-evening.  If you are experiencing any power loss issues, call the BPU Trouble Line at 661-1640.


A former Cattaraugus County woman -- now living in Buffalo -- was arrested during a traffic stop in Franklinville for allegedly trafficking illegal drugs.....  

Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Franklinville Police Department pulled over 34 year-old Heidi Jankowiak on Route 16 early Saturday morning and, found her in possession of about 11 grams of crack-cocaine and three prescription pills used to treat hyperactivity.  Officers had a search warrant.  Jankowiak was arraigned in Freedom Town Court on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  The former Franklinville resident was then sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail with bail pending.  


Howling winds and falling temperatures didn't keep the fans of Four-H from attending the annual 'Green Tie Affair' at Chautauqua Suites in Mayville, Sunday evening.....

Kate Ewer, Four-H educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension, was ecstatic, with just under 600 people in attendance.  The dinner is an important fund raiser, helping to sustain Four-H through the year and Kate Ewer says it appears they made the goal of $25,000,  earning $10,000 on pies, alone.  Four-H offers a wide variety of programming for hundreds of young people across Chautauqua County.  


There was no final resolution reported but, one of the Congressional members involved in U-S -- Chinese trade negotiations earlier this month is feeling positive about the latest round of talks between the two sides.....  

President Trump and Chinese trade officials held their latest negotiations last Wednesday and, local Congressman Tom Reed says he's optimistic that an agreement may be reached sooner rather than later.

No one has said whether there will be an agreement produced by this coming Friday's deadline, when new trade tariffs go in place on goods sent between the two counrties.  The president, along with U-S Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, sat down with a Chinese delegation led by Vice Premier Liu He, that country's top economic official.  The talks between Lighthizer and Liu were the second major meeting scheduled between the two countries since President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping hashed out a temporary truce at the G-20 summit in December. 


A fugitive from justice from northwestern Pennsylvania has been arrested during a traffic stop in the town of Mina for allegedly hitting an officer in the face.....  

Sheriff's deputies say they pulled over 25 year-old Steven Combs of Wattsburg on Route 426 about 11:30 last Friday night for an equipment violation.  Officers found Combs had an outstanding arrest warrent in Erie County, Pennsylvania but, when they tried to arrest him, Combs hit one of the deputies.  After a brief struggle, Combs was taken into custody and, was awaiting arrangment on charges including fugitive from justice, resisting arrest, second-degree obstructing governmental administration, second-degree harassment, and unlicensed operation.


The Democratic governors of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Oregon and Illinois are teaming up to fight a provision in the 2017 federal tax overhaul that they say is hurting their economies..... 

The five leaders met last Friday in Washington, D.C., to discuss efforts to urge Congress to repeal the law's $10,000 cap on the federal deduction for state and local taxes.  With the cap, residents in high-tax states could see substantial increases in federal taxes.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the cap could prompt wealthy residents to flee New York, contributing to a recent drop in state tax receipts.  New York is leading a lawsuit challenging the provision.  Republican President Donald Trump has praised the tax changes but says he's heard it's causing problems for some New Yorkers.


Governor Andrew Cuomo says Amazon's backing out of a deal to put one of its second headquarters in New York City is the "greatest tragedy" he has seen since he's been in government....  

Cuomo said on public radio station WAMC late last week that losing the Amazon deal makes him sick to his stomach.  Cuomo's public comments were his first on the topic since his office issued a statement February 14th, the day the Seattle-based internet retailer announced it was backing out of an agreement to redevelop a site in Queens.  Cuomo again blamed fellow Democrats who control the state Senate.  They include Senator Michael Gianaris, who represents the Long Island City neighborhood where Amazon wanted to base 25,000 jobs.  Emails requesting comment were sent to the offices of Gianaris and the Senate majority.

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News Update for Sun., Feb. 24, 2019

(**Alert)BPU dealing with outages in Celoron, West Ellicott and Jamestown....

Customers in the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities service area have been dealing with outages during today's wind storm.  However... BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says everyone should be back on by now.  She says that includes customers in Celoron, West Ellicott, the Peck-Settlement Road, Buffalo Street Extension and Willard St. Extension areas.  They should all have power as of 7 p.m. Sunday, except for 3-4 homes in Celoron.  A pole and transformer on Seventh Street in Celoron was knocked down by a falling tree; crews expect to have that outage repaired very soon.  Electric Division personnel were called out shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon for scattered outages caused by high winds that brought down at least one tree, one pole and power lines.

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News Headlines for Sat., Feb. 23, 2019

High Wind Warning now in effect for Sunday morning through Monday morning...
A major storm system will be taking aim on the entire region later this weekend... with some of the strongest wind gusts seen in some time.  The National Weather Service Friday upgraded our High Wind Watch to a Warning.  The High Wind Warning runs from 7 a.m. Sunday until Monday morning with wind gusts as high as 75 miles an hour.  Kirk Appfel is a meteorologist with the Weather Service's Buffalo Office... who says this will be the strongest wind storm we've seen in a while, and will at least exceed the 65 mph level for a warning.  Apffel says the winds will be strong enough to cause widespread power outages... similar to what happened a couple of years ago when winds speeds exceeded 80 mph in a few places at one time.  He says it’s a good idea to gather any loose items from outdoors.  Apffel says you should also make preparations for power outages that may last for days.


Jamestown couple arrested following physical domestic dispute...
A Jamestown husband and wife are jailed following physical domestic incident where police initially responded to a reported stabbing on the city's westside Friday afternoon.  Jamestown police were called to 307 West Eighth St. just after 3 p.m., and found that 28 year-old Eric, and 25 year-old Elizabeth Walz had gotten into a physical altercation.  Officers say Elizabeth is accused of hitting her husband in the back with a closed fist.  Later... Eric Walz allegedly choked his wife to the point where she lost consciousness, and he threw her cellphone against a wall.  Police say all this allegedly occured in front of a 7 year-old girl, and a 4-year-old boy.  Both were arrested, and are being held pending arraignment.  Eric Walz faces charges including second-degree unlawful imprisonment... and second-degree stangulation... while Elizabeth is charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.


Reed says he will vote against measure to block Trump's National Emergency Declaration...
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he won't vote for a House measure to be voted on next week that would block the national emergency declaration that President Trump issued to fund his long-sought border wall with Mexico.  Majority Democrats introduced the resolution Friday... setting up a constitutional fight that could result in Trump's first veto.  Reed says his problem is the fact that Congress previously turned such authority to the president about 10 years ago... so he believes the president will be successful in court -- given the precident.  Officials say the Democratic-controlled House is sure to pass the measure... and, the Republican-run Senate may adopt it as well despite Mr. Trump's opposition.  Reed says he opposes what the president is doing... but, adds that the measure should also rescind "legacy" executive orders issued in previous years by President Barack Obama.  He says he would vote in favor of that. 


Reed touts high school, college programs that fuel interest in advanced manufacturing in Jamestown-area...
Finding better ways to connect high school students with college programs and where they are is part of the effort to fill open manufacturing jobs in the Jamestown-area.  That from local Congressman Tom Reed... who visited Chautauqua Lake Central School early Friday afternoon to see it's Manufacturing Club program in action.  Reed later visited the Manufacturing Technology Institute at Jamestown Community College to see what it's doing to get those students hooked up with local companies... as well as older people looking to re-train themselves for new jobs.  Reed earlier visited a smaller manufacturer in Ellicottville in Cattaraugus County... where they're having trouble filling jobs that start out at $65,000 to $75,000 a year.  The Corning Republican says it's important to get those students who show interest, and ability in local high school into STEM programming... and, then line them up with colleges where they can grow their skills, and network with local manufacturers. 


Community leaders meet in Dunkirk regarding proposed new location for Brooks-TLC Hospital...
Brooks-TLC hospital system officials held two meetings Friday with local and regional community leaders to discuss the future plans for the hospital, including the location of a new facility in the village of Fredonia.  Hospital system President and Chief Executive Officer Mary LaRowe, Board President Chris Lanski, and representatives of Kaleida Health took part in the meetings.  LaRowe says the discussion became "passionate" at times during the sessions... but, adds they heard the concern's expressed.  Hospital system Board President Chris Lanski says there are two major issues that were raised during the meetings... the first being providing for transportation for people who walk to the hospital, and access to the hospital from Route 20.  LaRowe says if the approval process remains on target, construction on a new hospital could get underway this spring.


More information released on fatal car-pedestrian accident involving Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim...
Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim tried to warn other cars with his cell phone light after striking and killing a man trying to make his way to the median of an interstate late Wednesday night.  Syracuse police say Boeheim struck 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez with his GMC Acadia on Interstate 690.  Police say Boeheim was trying to avoid hitting the disabled Dodge Charger, which was resting perpendicular on the interstate.  Authorities say it appears the car lost control on a patch of ice and hit a guardrail. 


 

 

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 22, 2019

A Steamburg man faces charges stemming from an investigation into a fatal motor vehicle accident in which a passenger was partially ejected from the vehicle....

Sheriff's Deputies say the crash occurred on Gerry Ellington Road shortly before 11:30 AM on February 15th and 41 year-old James Newell was operating the vehicle when it reportedly went off the road. As a result, 43 year-old Paul Newell died at the scene. James Newell has been charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, reckless driving, unsafe passing, failure to keep right and, speeding. He is to appear in Gerry Town Court at a later date. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the District Attorney's Office and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office.


A Jamestown man and local attorney who ran for Congress last year has been endorsed by city Democrats to run for mayor this Fall.....  

Democratic Committee Chairman Jim Walton announced late last night that Eddie Sunquist is the committee's choice to replace the retiring Sam Teresi on the ballot.  Walton says -- "we are excited to endorse Eddie because of his commitment to Jamestown and its citizens.  As a Jamestown native and young professional in our community, Eddie will be a powerful advocate for our City, and I’m confident he will be a strong leader.”  Sundquist says he believes in "the strength of Jamestown and our ability to meet future challenges head on.  We are a city with a rich history and strong foundation, fueled by people who are passionate about this community."  Sundquist believes the city has "an exciting future ahead and I want to help us get there."
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In addition to Sundquist, the party has also nominated a full-slate of City Council candidates.  At-large candidates will include former Council President Greg Rabb, Tamu Graham-Reinhardt, and Taylor Scott.  In the First Ward, Tim Smeal will be the candidate, while Tom Vitale will run in Ward-Two.  In the Third Ward, incumbant Vickye James will run again, as will Maria Jones in Ward-Five, and Tom Nelson in the Sixth-Ward.  Incumbant City Council President Marie Carruba will again run in the Fourth-Ward.  Walton says Democrats also nominated County Legislator Chuck Nazzaro to run again in District 9 and, Bob Whitney in District 11.


A man from Warren, Pennsylvania man was hurt in a single-car accident in the village of Cassadaga yesterday morning......

Sheriff's deputies say they were called to the scene on Dale Drive about 7:45 AM and, found the driver, 41 year-old Elizabeth Johnson of Warren, lost control on icy conditions.  Officers say Johnson's car went off the road and struck a tree.  Deputies say she refused treatment at the scene but, her passenger, 53 year-old Timothy Lahue, had to be flown by Starflight Helicopter to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania for treatment of a head injury.  The Cassadaga and Fredonia Fire Departments assisted at the scene.  Johnson was charged with speeding and, will appear in Pomfret Town Court at a later date.


The annual 'Green Tie Affair' to support Chautauqua County Four-H will be Sunday at Chautauqua Suites in Mayville.....  

Kate Ewer, the Four-H Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension, says they have more that 70 tables filled already, but they hope to sell a few more dinners and make the goal of $25,000.  If they reach that total, Four-H be able to close its funding gap and function fully and worry free for the rest of 2019.  Tickets will be available at the door for $25.  The barbequed chicken dinner starts at 5 PM Sunday, but there's a basket auction and bake sale beginning with 3.  Following the dinner is the famous Four-H pie auction.  Two well known and energetic auctioneers, Mike and Dakota Peterson, will be selling the pies this year.  This year's dinner has a Country-Western theme, with a DJ and a photo booth. Many members of Four-H will help at the event.


Chautauqua County officials are gearing for some potentially damaging winds that could hit the area on Sunday...... 

The National Weather Service has issued a High Watch Watch for Chautauqua and Erie counties from Sunday morning through Monday morning with wind gusts up to 75 miles an hour.  Cattaraugus County is also under High Wind Watch from Sunday morning to late Sunday night with wind gusts up 65 miles an hour.  Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says they are already preparing for what could become a major weather event.  Borrello is also encouraging local residents to prepare for power outages triggered by storm, which may become extended depending on the amount of damage. 

 
Chautauqua County will be getting some help from New York state to help fund the full renovation of the airport hangar at the County Airport near Jamestown....  

That from County Executive George Borrello after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced they'll be receiving about 902-thousand dollars for infrastructure upgrades, mainly to the hangar.  Borrello says it will be a key part of getting and keeping commercial air service in Jamestown.

Cuomo says the money is part of $3.1-million in infrastructure monies for Western New York airports to improve operations and safety, modernization facilities and, local business development.  All the projects -- statewide -- are being funded through the Governor's State Aviation Capital Grant Program initiative and, complement the Governor's Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition.  Borrello says the county will have to provide a 16-percent local match to access the grant in the coming months.


Jamestown's junior hockey team will be helping to raise money and bring awareness to breast cancer during this weekend's games at the Northwest Arena..... 

The Jamestown Rebels will host "Pink the Rink" Weekend both tonight and Saturday night.  On our Dennis Webster Show yesterday morning, Rebel's Communications Director Tommy Gerace said they'll be playing one of their East Division rivals both nights at 7:05 PM.

Gerace and, Play-by-Play Announcer and Community Relations Director Michael Wisienski say the team will be wearing specialty "pink" jerseys for both games and, those will later be auctioned off to raise funds for the WCA Foundation and, support breast cancer research and treatment.  Wisienski says the bigger event will be a live auction after Saturday night's game.  He says bidding for earlier items will take place both Friday and Saturday, and the winners will be announced Saturday night.  "Pink the Rink" is being sponsored by Great Lakes Physicians Practice in Jamestown.  For more information on the games, call 484-2624 or go on-line to Rebelshockey.US.


Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas will be among the community leaders that Brooks-TLC Hospital system officials will be meeting with on Friday to discuss plans for a new hospital.....  

Rosas announced that he will attend the meeting during Tuesday's Common Council meeting.  He told says he hopes to learn more about the move.  We have also learned that a number of community leaders have been invited to the meeting, including County Executive George Borrello.  The hospital system board recently announced plans to locate a new hospital on a site near East Main Street.  The proposed move has already sparked opposition from a number local residents and elected officials in the city of Dunkirk. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 21, 2019


The early closure of many schools, businesses and governments in several states appears to have helped stem complications from a winter storm plaguing much of the U-S since late yesterday.....  

That system dropped some sleet, rain and freezing rain in the Jamestown-area and slicked up roads and parking lots last night.  Elsewhere in the region, last night's evening rush hour went relatively smoothly despite slick roads.  The storm dropped only a few inches of snow on an area that has seen little of it this winter.  A spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic says it appears motorists heeded warnings to stay off roads.  But farther south of us, the snow was heavier, and crashes shut down part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  The same system was dropping several inches on parts of the Midwest.  Thousands of flights nationwide were delayed or canceled.  Meanwhile, parts of the Deep South are experiencing flash flooding and other problems from heavy rains. Water covered roads in parts of Mississippi and Alabama.


A second Jamestown man has now admitted to trafficking siginificant amounts of methamphetimine through a local drug ring.....  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 27 year-old Ernest Clyburn Cauley, Junior entered the plea in U-S District Court in Buffalo to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five-grams or more of methamphetimine.  Prosecutors say that between March and early November of 2017, the defendant conspired with co-defendant Zakiel Fields, and others, to sell meth in the Jamestown-area.  They say Cauley and Fields were the main suppliers of the drug to a trafficking organization that was being investigated by the FBI and Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force.  Both men were later arrested following a drug transaction in November of 2017 during which they received a quantity of methamphetamine.  Cauley faces at least 5 years in prison, up to a maximum of 40 years and, and up to a $5-million fine.


A Chautauqua County Legislator who has been Jamestown Republican Committee Chairman has been endorsed by city Republicans to run for mayor.....  

The panel met Tuesday night and, nominated David Wilfong to run for the seat, which will be vacated by long time Mayor Sam Teresi -- a Democrat -- at the end of the year.  Wilfong has served multiple-terms on the county legislature.  But, City GOP Chairman Brent Sheldon says he had expressed his desire to run to the committee and, he stood out for two reasons.

It's likely there will be a GOP Primary for the nomination after At-Large City Councilman Andrew Liuzzo was nominated to run but, defeated in a vote of the committee.  Liuzzo, who is in his first-term on the City Council, has often sparred with Teresi, who is finishing out his fifth-term in office.  He has also sparred with members of his own party on council over several issues. 


With County Legislator David Wilfong and Councilman Andrew Liuzzo running for mayor this year, there have been some changes in candidates running for both panels....  

Brent Sheldon says there is little change in who's running for ward seats this year, led by himself in Ward-One.

We also learned this afternoon that Tony Dolce will be primaried in Ward-Two by Raven Thompson.  In addition to Kim Ecklund, Sheldon says they have two new candidates running for council at-large.  They include former Jamestown City Planner, and Jamestown Renaissance Corporation Director, Greg Lindquist.  One other candidate has not yet confirmed with Sheldon that he will run.  Sheldon says the committee nominated three county legislators for re-election... but, now have to find another candidate to replace Wilfong.  They also nominated Elisabeth Rankin, and P-J Wendel for re-election.  Petitions to run for local and state office can be circulated, starting next week.


A Jamestown man is the second person to be indicted in connection with last month's armed robbery at the Stateline Grocery Store in Ripley.......  

Sheriff's officers say they arrested 24 year-old Dyquan Smith on warrants issued following indictments handed up by the Chautauqua County Grand Jury.  Back in January, the first man -- Tyler Bowen -- was arrested and charged in the case.  Smith is charged with four counts each of first-degree robbery and second-degree robbery and one count of first-degree burglary.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail on $250,000 cash bail.  Deputies say the robber allegedly entered the store about 8:30 PM on January 14th and, displayed what appeared to be a hand-gun and demanded money.  He then allegedly sturck the clerk in the head with the weapon and, fled in a waiting vehicle.


Following a successful 2018 farmer's market season, the Jamestown Public Market is looking to take 2019 to the next level! 

That from Market Manager Linnea Carlson, who says the market will be using a new online marketplace-platform as winners in the "Farmers Market Coalition's National Farmers Week" Contest.

Over 200 markets across 39 states were represented in the contest. As a winner, Carlson says they get one-season's access to "Farmspread dot-org" which is utilized by markets to connect with farmers, and other food vendors and customers.  Carlson says vendors can apply and pay their market fees online as well by creating a free profile on Farmspread dot-org. She says the Jamestown Public Market is thrilled about the new partnership and, adds their 2019 season is scheduled to begin on June 9th on Cherry Street.

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 20, 2019

A Sinclairville family is being helped by the local Red Cross after their home was destroyed in a fire Tuesday night.... 

Chautauqua County Fire Investigators were called to 37 Park Street at 9 PM at the request of the Sinclairville Fire Department.  Investigators determined the flames originated along the south exterior wall, due to heat exposure from an inadequate chimney pipe in close proximity to wood siding.  Sinclairville received mutual aid from multiple neighboring fire departments. Four people were displaced from the residence. The Dunkirk Observer reports one firefighter was under observance for smoke inhalation.


A Jamestown man is accused of trafficking crack and powder cocaine following a mid-morning drug raid Tuesday on the city's southside..... 

Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson says 29 year-old Antonio Sanders, Junior was arrested about 8:45 AM as members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 162 McKinley Avenue.  Task Force agents say they found Sanders with a quantity of crack, and powder cocaine and, packaging material for selling illegal drugs.  Police say Sanders was also found with three small children inside the home.  He was arrested on several charges, including third and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  He was jailed pending arraignment.  If you have any information on illegal drug activity, Samuelson says call their confidential tips line at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477.  You can also contact their Tips 4-1-1 app.


No one was hurt when a car struck a cow in the middle of the road on Route 60 in Sinclairville Monday night and, burst into flames....

Sheriff's officers says they were called to the scene about 10:30 PM and, found the vehicle fully engulfed in flames.  However... they say all the occupants were found safe at a nearby home.  Deputies say their investigation found the vehicle was northbound when the cow entered the roadway and, the car struck it.  Officers say the vehicle then caught fire, but, everyone inside was able to get out alright.  The cow perished in the accident.  Route 60 was closed from Gerry to Sinclairville for about an hour while the scene was cleared.  State Police and the Sinclairville, Gerry and Fluvanna fire crews assisted at the scene.


A new proposal by a freshman member of Congress from New York City would create a nationwide voter registry and, make Election Day a national holiday.....

Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez includes both in Campaign Finance Reform that she has proposed.  However, it's being met with some skepticism on the part of many lawmakers, including local Congressman Tom Reed of Corning.  He says he supports some of the ideas she's expressed but, also wants to look at any plan in more detail.

Reed says, though, he also has concerns over any kind of "large federal take-over" of the voting process.  The Corning Republican says the voting process is one that's covered by state's rights.  Reed made his comments during a recent telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.


New York's governor doesn't want state police to routinely release mug shots of criminal suspects, or arrest booking records about exactly what they are accused of doing....  

Andrew Cuomo's proposal is the latest by states aimed at curtailing the so-called "internet shaming industry"- websites that claim to be able to remove embarrassing information such as booking mug shots from the web for a fee.  Under Cuomo's proposal, unless there is a compelling law enforcement reason to do so, the public release of booking mugs and arrest information would be refused as "an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy."  Many journalists and civil libertarians are opposed to such measures, calling them an infringement on the public's right to know what the government is doing.


Several local projects are receiving funding through New York State's Regional Economic Development Council's Consolidated funding Application program....  

That's very good news to Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello, who adds though, that officials want see even more projects funded this year.  Now that the CFA allows applicants to sending out letters of interest before submitting applications, those could very well improve the likelyhood that more local projects get funded.

Borrello adds, though, that letters of intent are not required to receive funding.  Chautauqua County did well in 2018, obtaining funding for four of the 16 priority projects that were selected by the Western New York regional council.  Borrello says he hopes 2019 is a banner year is for CFA submittals.


A Falconer woman was arrested for allegedly breaking into and stealing items from a home in the village early last Sunday morning...... 

Ellicott Town Police were called to a reported residential burglary at 3:30 AM and, were given a description of the female suspect. Officers were able to locate and identify her as Laurie Gullett. Once in custody, police allegedly found Gullett in possession of a small quantity of hydrocodone pills.  She was arraigned and sent to the county jail for third-degree burglary and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 19, 2019

A man from Mayville is jailed on multiple-Felony charges for allegedly trafficking methamphetimine and heroin and, selling it to undercover drug agents during a lengthy investigaton......  

Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force members say they arrested 42 year-old Harry Radke at a home in the village on several Felony warrants shortly after 9:00 Sunday night.  Task Force agents say Radke was found in possession of a quantity of meth. when he was arrested.  He was arraigned on charges including third-degree criminal sale, and possession of a controlled substance, seventh-degree criminal possession and, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia.  Task Force agents continue to ask members of the community to call and report suspicious or narcotics related activity in their neighborhoods by calling their tipline at 1-800-344-8702 or 716-664-2420. 


There are still a lot of questions to be answered regarding the proposed legalization of recreational marijuana in New York state, including how municipal employers handle it.....  

That from Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, who says a number of issues were raised by the New York State Conference of Mayors when it recently met in Albany.  Teresi says one of the biggest issues is that the state will only be sharing about two-percent of the estimated $300-million in projected revenues with local counties.

Teresi says, while counties would receive two-percent of the revenue from sales, local towns, villages and cities would receive nothing, even though their police forces may have to hire more drug-recognition officers -- or have current ones trained.  He says there are also issues with employee contracts and, what kind of ways being under the influence of marijuana is determined for employees operating snowplow trucks, fire trucks, and other work.  On last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program, he did say the state is still navigating through the legal and health issues regarding pot.


In New York state government news, lawmakers are taking a week off after a frenzied start to the 2019 session....  

The Senate and Assembly have gotten off to an unusually fast start in 2019, passing bills that strengthen gun control rules, codify abortion rights in state law, and relax the statute of limitations on child molestation.  When they return to Albany later this month they will turn their attention to a new state budget, which is due by April 1st.  Not all lawmakers are taking the week off, however.  The Senate has scheduled a hearing Tuesday in Manhattan to examine challenges facing transit agencies.  New York City's dilapidated subway system will likely dominate the discussion, but lawmakers say they will examine bus and rail systems throughout the state.


About 50 people braved the cold to take part in a Noon-time rally yesterday in Fredonia to oppose President Trump's use of a national emergency declaration for border security....  

The protest was one of hundreds held across the nation Monday.  Tina Rousa is with the Chautauqua Cattaraugus Women's Action Group that organized the local protest and, she says their goal was "to shine a light on democracy."

Rousa says a "State of Emergency" is something that should be "used judiscously."  Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas was among those who attended the protest held at the gazebo.  He spoke out against funding the border wall and, that those opposed need to remain "strong and together." 


The nine newest members of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame were inducted during last night's annual banquest at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club and, a wide range of sports were recognized.....  

Among then was former Southwestern Track and Field stand-out Cheryl Bailey, who chaired NCAA Committees on women's soccer and basketball for many years.  Prior to retirement, Bailey was the director of the National Women's Professional Soccer League.

Two other women were inducted last night.  Tiffany Decker of Jamestown is still active in the sport of Trapshooting and was inducted into the New York State Trapshooting Hall of Fame last year, but, she says to become part of the local hall of fame is a "great honor."  The other female inductee was the late Luella Kye... who became the first female umpire east of the Mississippi River in 1961.  From Football was Dunkirk native Bob Palcic, who was a football coach in both the college and pro ranks.  Baseball was represented by long-time Fredonia Central School baseball coach Vince Gullo, whose teams have won two state titles.


A Randolph man was found with drugs in possession while allegedly driving without license in Jamestown last Friday night.....  

City police say they stopped a vehicle near Bush and Winsor Streets just before 8:30 PM and, determined that the operator -- 49 year-old Terrance Jackson --  was driving while intoxicated.  Further investigation revealed Jackson had marijuana and narcotics in the vehicle.  He was taken into custody on several charges including DWI, first-degre aggravated unlicensed operation and drug possession. Jackson is being held pending arraignment. 


An Ashville man has been arrested on a warrant for allegedly being in possession of stolen property.....  

Sheriff's deputies conducted a weekend warrant check at a home on Open Meadows Road in the town of North Harmony and took 33 year-old Curtis Hewes into custody for fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.  Hewes was arrested without incident, and arraigned before being taken to the Chautauqua County Jail with bail to be set.

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