The head of the Jamestown City Council says he wasn't entirely sure that Mayor Sam Teresi would not give a formal State of the City Address. At the same time... Council President Greg Rabb says he believes the mayor struck the right "tone" with the written address handed into lawmakers one week ago. Rabb says Teresi full-filled his requirements by handing in the report... which is available at a number of places... including the city's website. Rabb was pleased to see the mayor focus on some items that he also brought up during the City Council's inauguration on New Year's Day. One was to push for a much-needed, residential drug treatment facility that's in the city... or just outside Jamestown. He says it's a public safety and criminal issue... but, adds it's also "a public health emergency." In the long run...Rabb says a facility is needed because in many cases it takes several tries for a person to kick drug addiction. He made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program.
For the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club, the big game is already over... and they won! The annual Souperbowl to benefit WCA Hospital was held at the Rod and Gun Sunday, and their lobster bisque soup was the overwhelming choice as the most popular. The soup was created by kitchen manager Jill Vincent. She says the soup's on the menu... featured occasionally on Friday nights. As for the entire event, Vincent says it's a great time. The Souperbowl benefits robotic surgery at WCA. The hospital's Director of Development, Megan D'Angelo, declared the Superbowl a great success. Media One Radio helps organize the Souperbowl each year.
A Jamestown man was hurt when his car went out of control on a snow-covered town of Carroll road... and, struck a tree. Sheriff's Deputies say 19 year-old Wyatt Mann of Howard Street was southbound on Old Warren Road about 2:45 last Friday afternoon when he lost control of his vehicle... and, it left the road and hit the tree. Officers say Mann was taken to WCA Hospital for treatment of his injuries. No charges were filed.
A north county woman was hurt when her car went out of control in last Friday's snowy conditions on Farrington Hollow Road in the town of Cherry Creek... and, crashed. Sheriff's Officers say 23 year-old Katherine Clement of Fredonia was southbound about 3 PM when she lost control of the vehicle. Deputies say the vehicle traveled down an embankment on the eastside of the roadway... overturned... and, came to rest on its roof. Officers say Clement was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. No charges were filed.
The village of Fredonia will be looking again at the village's possible involvement in the North County Water District. That's according to Mayor Athanasia (Atha-KNEE-See-ah) Landis. Dr. Landis says she is open to the water district and would like to see an interconnect between the village and the city of Dunkirk. That pleases County Executive Vince Horrigan who has held several meetings with Dr. Landis and trustees. He says the state would like to see Fredonia's involvement because of grant funding. Horrigan says it could be a "significant grant." He adds the state has been waiting for a final budget-plan in place that will including Fredonia. Under the previous administration... the village board decided against the Village's participation in the North County Water District.
A Cattaraugus County woman has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk... and, being in violation of Leandra's Law in the town of Machias. State Police in Machias say they arrested 25 year-old Jacquelyn McCord of Little Valley after she was pulled over on Route 242 late last week for alleged equipment violations. While interviewing McCord... troopers say an odor of alcohol was detected... and, she was given field sobriety tests... which she failed. They add her driver's license was also suspended. A nine-month old child was in the back seat of the vehicle. McCord was arrested for Felony DWI... and, for a Felony violation of Leandra's Law. She was arraigned, and sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail on 500-dollars cash bail.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says a special election to fill state Assembly and Senate seats vacated after corruption convictions will take place on April 19th. Cuomo says the date coincides with the presidential primary in New York and was picked to maximize voter turnout. Sheldon Silver was forced from his Manhattan Assembly seat and Senate Leader Dean Skelos of Long Island Republican had to give up his seat. Staten Island voters also will fill a vacant Assembly seat.
New York residents are rallying to help residents of Flint, Michigan, where the water is contaminated with lead. True Bethel Baptist Church in Buffalo collected and sent a truckload of bottled water to Flint last Friday. Pastor Darius Pridgen says two other truckloads will follow. Utica radio host Bill Keeler and the Utica Boilermaker, meanwhile, also are conducting a bottled water drive. Improperly treated water leached lead from pipes into drinking water after Flint switched from Detroit's water system to the Flint River in 2014 to save money. Some children's blood has tested positive for lead, which has been linked to learning disabilities, lower IQ and behavioral problems.
Another Chautauqua County school district is looking at combining its football program with another football team. The issue came up at last week's Fredonia School Board meeting. School Superintendent Paul DiFonzo says the district has had discussions about joining the Westfield-Brocton combined program. DiFonzo says the other option is not to offer football. Board President Mike Bobseine indicated his concerns about continuing to allow students to participate in the sport during the meeting. DiFonzo says the board has scheduled a community forum on the issue tonight at 6 PM in the High School Auditorium. He says a decision is needed by the board's next meeting in February.
A recent, week-long trial has ended with a Dunkirk man being acquitted of all charges stemming from an alleged robbery-assault that occurred on King Street in the north county city in December 2014. Acting Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says the jury acquitted Edwin Alicea of all charges including... first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, first degree criminal use of a firearm, first degree unlawful imprisonment, second degree assault, criminal possession of a weapon and fourth degree criminal mischief. Swanson says prosecutors "presented all of the evidence, but the jury decided that there wasn't sufficient proof to convict."
New York is operating 85 free tax filing assistance sites across the state. The sites are staffed by state tax department volunteers who guide eligible filers through tax preparation software. The sites offer morning, evening, and weekend sessions. The free tax assistance service is available to New Yorkers and families who earned less than 62-thousand dollars in 2015. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Taxes are due April 15th. Taxpayers seeking a site can call the state tax department at 518-457-5181 or visit tax.ny.gov/fsa/.
The headquarters of a famed New York chopper company featured in two reality TV shows is set to be auctioned off in March. But, Paul Teutul, Senior tells The Middletown Times Herald-Record that the sell-off has nothing to do with his company, Orange County Choppers. Bidding for the 13-million dollar , 61,000-square-foot glass-and-steel building built in 2008 will start at $900,000. The paper reports the company surrendered the building that holds its custom-made motorcycles in 2011 to its lender, which then sold it to a Dallas, Texas-based company. The motorcycle-building exploits of Teutul and his son Paul Teutul, Junior have been featured on Discovery Channel's ``American Chopper'' and ``Orange County Choppers'' on Country Music Television. Teutul says the company has leased the space and the auction won't impact it's business.