A man from the town of Busti faces several charges following a domestic incident last Monday afternoon at a home on Hoag Road in the town...  
 
Lakewood-Busti Police say they were called to the scene at 1974 Hoag Road just after 3 p.m. and, talked with the female victim.  She told officers that 27 year-old Tyler Johnson had assaulted her, and held her against her will for a period of time.  Police say further investigation led them to get a warrant and, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force later assisted in a raid at the Hoag Road address.  Johnson was taken into custody and arraigned on charges including second-degree assault, and second-degree unlawful inprisonment.  He was sent to the county jail with bail to be set.
 
 
A man from Warren, Pennsylvania has been formally charged with 111 counts of sexual abuse of children after he was allegedly found in possession of child pornography at the Warren State Hospital...  
 
State Police in Warren say they were called to the scene in North Warren back on May 31 and, found that 58 year-old Thomas Wolosyn was in possession of "numerous" images of child porn.  Troopers say Wolosyn also faces 111 counts of criminal use of a communication facility.  A preliminary hearing is pending.
 
 
As the Independence nears, Chautauqua Lake is in 'generally good condition.'  That's the assessment of two officials of the Chautauqua Lake Association...  
 
Lake Operations Manager, James Cappalino, says they've got six harvesters removing weeds everyday, and he thinks lake users will be happy.  Executive Director, Doug Conroe, calls the weed growth 'patchy'... and adds there's early evidence of harmful algal blooms, but only in little bays or inlets.  Regarding algal blooms, he says, an old adage applies, "if it doesn't look good... stay out."
 
 
This year's report by the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees says long-term funding shortfalls continue for both programs and, that should be a wake-up call for federal lawmakers...  
 
Those are the feelings of local Congressman Tom Reed, who says the report shows Medicare will become insolvent by the year 2026 and, Social Security by 2034.  The trustees say lawmakers have a "broad continuum" of options to close or reduce those shortfalls.  Reed agrees and, adds action needs to be taken sooner rather than later.
 
Reed says he feels moving away from the current "fee for service" type program for Medicare would be best and, bring costs down.  He also would like to see more emphasis on better end of life care from Hospice and palliative care programs.  The trustees report also shows that the Social Security Disability fund will become depleted in 2032, but that's better than last year's projections.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
Chautauqua County has been recognized by a state agency for making several strides in recent years to become more energy efficient, cut costs and promote clean energy use...  
 
The county recently received a "Clean Energy Community Designation" from the New York State Energey Research and Development Authority.  That from County Junior Planner Michael Longley, who says the county recently took four required actions to get the designation.  He says the action he was directly involved with was taking part in a six-month-long program called Solar Chautauqua.
 
Longley says the other "high-impact" actions include energy benchmarking for all county facilities to make them more efficient, obtained two, electric heavy duty trucks for two of the county's transfer stations.  They also established an Energize NY Finance Program to help local businesses and not-for-profits become more energy efficent.  The designation will also bring $150,000 to the county for further energy efficiency projects.  It's one of four such grants in Western New York.
 
 
Former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon is taking inspiration from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Democratic primary victory over a 10-term congressman as she battles Governor Andrew Cuomo...
 
The liberal activist says voters are eager to retire establishment insiders.  Cuomo and his supporters say there's no comparing one congressional primary to the contest for governor.
 
 
The ribbon will be cut today at 1:30 p.m. for the newest part of Jamestown's Riverwalk trail...  
 
The section runs from 8th Street to Clifton Avenue along the abandoned Jamestown, Westfield and Northwestern railroad. The 1.2 mile trail is 10 feet wide and includes three pedestrian bridges across some of the wetter parts of the swamp.  Mayor Sam Teresi says the new section 'takes you away from everything... you don't even realize you're in the city.'  Jamestown matched a state grant to build the half-million dollar project.  The ribbon will be cut by former Mayor Stan Lundine, and Cindy Hedberg Sorenson.  She wrote a letter to Lundine in the 1970's advocating for such a trail.  The event will be at the Chadakoin River overlook, not far from the Weinstein recycling facility off 8th Street. 

WJTN News Headlines for July 19, 2018

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