A Mayville man escaped serious injury, but faces a drunk driving charge following a one car crash in the town of Chautauqua Saturday night....  

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on the Chautauqua-Stedman Road about 7:30 PM and, found the car -- driven by 42 year-old James Glover -- had struck a telephone pole.  Deputies say Glover, who sustained an arm injury during the incident, was found to be intoxicated.  He was issued appearance tickets for Chautauqua Town Court for driving while intociated, speed not reasonable, and failure to keep right. 


Chautauqua County Sheriff's Deputies were called to assist Pennsylvania State Police early Saturday morning to investigate a possible stabbing.... 

Pennsylvania State Police reported that two males had been involved in an altercation in Sugar Grove about 2 AM with one  person stabbed and, the other fleeing into the town of Busti.  Patrols located the suspect on foot along Hoag Road in Busti.  Police were informed that 'the male suspect' may have discarded the knife used in the stabbing, somewhere along Hoag Road.  The Sheriff's K-9 "Link" was brought in for the search along Hoag Road.  Link's search led into a wooded area about 100 yards from the roadway, where they found the knife used in the alleged stabbing.  The male stabbing victim was transported to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in serious condition.  Charges are pending from Pennsylvania State Police.


A man who has served in a vice-president's capacity at UPMC Chautauqua Hospital will serve as the Jamestown hospital's interim president...  

Brian Durniok is currently President and Chief Executive Officer at UPMC Northwest in Seneca in Venango County, Pennsylvania.  He will replace the retiring Betsy Wright at the local hospital when she retires at the end of the year.  Durniok says he's happy to help another smaller, community hospital during it's transition.

The Pennsylvania native has headed up UPMC Northwest -- in Venango County -- for nearly 2 years.  Most recently, Durniok has served as vice president of human resources at UPMC Hamot, and later UPMC Northwest and UPMC Chautauqua, from 2013 to 2018.  He was appointed vice president of operations at UPMC Northwest in 2014.  Durniok has yet to finalize a schedule between here and UPMC Northwest... but, says there will be one.  Plus, he'll use some newer technology.  He says video conferencing makes a "marked difference" in being able to schedule, and hold meetings if he's not able to be in Jamestown at a particular time.


In New York state government news, top lawmakers from both parties are pushing back on Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo over plans to limit legislative moonlighting.... 

A state commission recently approved new restrictions on how much money lawmakers can make from side jobs outside the legislature.  Cuomo supports the idea. It's intended to address longtime worries that jobs outside the legislature can be a conduit for legal bribes from businesses and organizations that deal with the state.  But top lawmakers from both parties say those limits were never part of a deal they negotiated with Cuomo.  They say the pay commission exceeded its power.  Cuomo insists the lawmakers are wrong.


Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that requires New York state agencies to establish a sexual assault survivors' bill of rights...  

The Democrat signed the bill into law Friday, saying it's New York's response to a federal government that "shamefully ignores the voices of sexual assault survivors."  The new law directs the Department of Health to formulate a bill of rights to notify victims of their legal rights as they navigate the medical and criminal justice systems.  The Division of Criminal Justice Services, the Office of Victim Services and other stakeholders are to be consultants for the plan.  The bill of rights will include a victim's right to consult with a rape crisis organization and receive updates on the status of their case.


It is shaping up as an exciting 2019 for the 1891 Fredonia Opera House and downtown Fredonia.....  

Plans are coming together for the use of $2.5-million in Smart Growth Community Funds the state awarded the village in October.  Opera House Executive Director Rick Davis says a number of projects are in the planning stages for the facility and the downtown area to help bring more tourism to the village.

Davis says they should have a better idea of how the funds will be used in early 2019 and, adds it's great that so many projects in the village -- not just the Opera House -- are receiving funds.  Among the projects that could be included, Streetscape improvements along Water and Temple Streets surrounding Barker Commons along with Opera House improvements.

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WJTN News Headlines for Jun. 19, 2019

Voters in the Clymer Central School District have approved a 2019-2020 budget, this time with room to spare....   The nearly $11.5-million spending plan, which includes an 8.8-percent tax levy...

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