A second meeting with the likely developer of some new, middle-income housing in the Spring Street area of Jamestown cleared up a number of misconceptions. Those are the feelings of City Council Housing Committee Chairwoman Marie Carubba... who briefed lawmakers on the meeting... which was held last Thursday night. Carubba says four other council members joined her at the meeting on the 10 to 11-million dollar project between Eighth and Crossman Streets. Carubba says that part of the northside needs a boost. Officials say there would be some 40 units that are part of the project... which Carubba says would be more similar to the Euclid Apartments development. A Cleveland, Ohio developer is heading up the project... with local help from Citizens Opportunity for Development and Equality -- or CODE. The project would be in the second-ward... which is represented by Councilman Tony Dolce. Dolce says plans are "very preliminary" right now, and dependent on financing. Carubba says the unit would be rented for 700 to 800-dollars a month.
Four witnesses took the stand yesterday in the State Supreme Court case involving the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater project. The group "Save the Amp" is suing to have the court block the 41.5-milion dollar project. Institution Spokesman, George Murphy, says Chautauqua's attorneys called three witnesses. They included Operations Manger John Shedd... and, Director of Programming Deborah Moore. Murphy says the third witness was board member Bob Jeffrey. He says "Save the Amp" attorney, Arthur Giacalone, called a preservation architect to the stand. After the testimony was given... Murphy says Judge Frank Sedita-the-third said he had enough testimony to make a decision. He says he will render that this Thursday at 1 PM.
A Jamestown man convicted of trying to shoot and kill another man in the summer of 2014 has been sentenced to 8 years in state prison. Acting Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says 21 year-old Isaiah Pearson was sentenced to the prison time for second-degree attempted murder, and first-degree assault. The incident occured in the Appleyard Terrace area of East Second Street. Swanson adds that Pearson also received 8 years for second-degree criminal possession of a weapon... and, second-degree burglary. The defendant also received an indeterminate sentence of 1 1/3 to 4 years for fourth-degree grand larceny. Swanson says Pearson also received 5 years post-release supervision on the attempted murder charge.
The town of Ellery is suing Chautauqua County because the county wants to develop a new cell at the County Landfill. County Executive Vince Horrigan says he's "disappointed" by the action... adding that the county made an offer to town officials regarding a host agreement... but, he says they rejected it. Horrigan says the legal papers were filed against the county last Tuesday. He feels the "host payment" initially proposed was "fair and reasonable..." but, adds they want "a huge amount more than that." Horrigan did not specify how much the town was seeking. The new cell would be located on property the county already owns.
We has another day of unseasonably mild weather yesterday... but, some of the coldest air of the season will hit the area by late this week. It's coming from a storm system that's been hitting the upper Midwest. Temperatures will fall into the mid-30s for a high today... and, we'll see some snow. However... the mercury will only get into the single digits by this coming Saturday. That from Forecaster John Hitchcock of the National Weather Service in Buffalo. With the cold temperatures... expect the return of lake effect snow by mid-week. However... once we get past Sunday... temperatures will climb back into the upper 20s Monday. We'll have the latest forecast coming up.
State Police in Warren are asking the public to be on the look-out for a teenaged boy who has been reported missing in Pine Grove Township. Troopers say 18 year-old Marcus Allen Mattson left his home on Main Street in Russell, Pennsylvania at about 11 AM last Friday. He has not been seen nor heard from since. Police add that Mattson drove off in a 2004 gold-colored Ford Explorer. Anyone with information on Marcus Mattson's whereabouts is asked to call State Police in Warren at 1-(814)-728-3600... or Warren County Crime Stoppers.
Nurses in New York want state lawmakers to set minimum staffing requirements to address what they say is a significant understaffing problem at hospitals around New York state, a problem they say puts patients at risk. The nurses will kick off the effort to pass the legislation on Tuesday at the state Capitol. They note that nurses have filed thousands of formal protests alleging understaffing at hospitals around the state. But... hospital executives say the requirement would add billions of dollars to health care costs that would be passed on to patients and undermine their flexibility to set their own staffing levels by imposing top-down requirements. The proposal has been debated in the Legislature for years. It has bipartisan support but its outlook this year is unknown.
Endurance athlete Katie Spotz spoke last Monday at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. In 2010, at age 22, she became the youngest person ever to row the Atlantic Ocean alone. Despite her achievement, Spotz says through most of high school she was a 'bench sitter'. Since rowing the ocean, Katie Spotz has raced across the United States on a bicycle... non-stop, and now participates in 'ironman triahtlons'. She's also written a book called "Just Keep Rowing". In addition to endurance sports, Spotz has become an advocate for clean water... and works with a non-profit at home in Cleveland called 'Because I Said I Would'. The organization helps people make... and commit to their promises. Katie Spotz came to Jamestown to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association.