Local News Headlines 4:42am 4/15/2013
The Jamestown High School Express Winterguard won a silver medal in the World Championships at Dayton, Ohio late last week... and came ever so close to taking gold. A team from Bellbrook, Ohio beat out Jamestown by 5 one-thousandths of a point. The Jamestown squad was welcomed by a police and fire escort when they returned home last night. Director Marc Lentsch says when the results came out late Friday night... the team was a little disappointed... but only for a short time. Winterguard takes the tools of the outdoor color guard inside... to tell a story to music. Jamestown High School finished 24th in the finals last year. Brianna Harris, one of nine seniors in the winterguard this year, credits their success to a 'family vibe' in the group.
As a result of Express Winterguard's great finish this year... the team will move up next year from the "Scholastic A Division' to the 'Scholastic Open DIvision'. Marc Lentsch believes they will be ready to compete in the tougher division.
An Ashville man is accused of driving drunk after his car went off Hoag Road in the town of Harmony... and, crashed into a ditch early Sunday morning. Sheriff's Deputies say 26 year-old Andrew Sheldon was northbound about 3:45 AM when he left the roadway... and, the vehicle struck the ditch. Officers say Sheldon was allegedly driving drunk at the time. He was not hurt... but, was arrestd for driving while intoxicated. He was also charged with Aggravated DWI... moving from lane unsafely, and operating out of class. Officers say she was released to a responsible third party... pending a future appearance in Harmony Town Court.
A bizzare crash involving a pick-up truck and a car resulted in the car -- minus the driver -- crashing into the porch of house on Jamestown's southside. City police say the truck... driven by 28 year-old Vincent Delmonaco of Jamestown... ran a red light on Forest Avenue at Newland shortly after 6 o'clock last Friday night. Officers say the pick-up collided with a small sedan, being driven by a 17 year-old youth. The teen... along with four others in the car... got out following the accident. However... the juvenile left the vehicle in gear... and, the unoccupied car went south on Forest Avenue. Police say it first damaged some property at 262 Forest Avenue before colliding with the porch at 251 Forest. Officers say Delmonaco is charged with passing a red light. The 17 year-old permit holder faces charges including unlicensed operatIon... and, operating without a 21 year-old supervisor.
"Mike Kelly really is music at JCC." That's what the college's President, Greg Decinque said Sunday during a faculty recital filled with tributes the school's coordinator of music. Mike Kelly joined the faculty of Jamestown Community College in 1974, and will retire from full time work after this semester. He's credited with taking a music department of 'one course and a chorus' and building it into a full curriculum with a degree program. Kelly says it was advice from his father that brought him to Jamestown. Mike Kelly says he may teach a course or two... part time... ever after his retirement.
Jamestown's mayor says he's very pleased that one item was taken out of the recently-approved New York state budget for further discussion. Sam Teresi says Governor Cuomo insisted that the legislature take out an unprecidented, 4-year extension of binding arbitration. Binding arbitration is part of the state's Taylor Law that has a state panel impose a contract for unionized police and firefighters who have reacted a stalemate with the local city or village involved. Typically... the employees receive a wage increase for the life of the contract. Teresi credits Cuomo for standing his ground on taking that out. With that... Teresi says the governor and state legislative leaders have agreed to discuss it as a "stand-alone" item. At the very least... he's hoping there's a chance for Cuomo's proposed 2-percent cap on arbitration awards to be approved. Many local governments are hoping the measure simply won't be renewed... feeling it's outdated. Teresi made his comments on this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is giving mixed reviews to the state budget passed last month as New York still struggles with financial challenges following the national recession and massive storms. DiNapoli credits Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature for restraining spending growth and completing the 136-billion dollar spending plan on time, a positive signal to bond markets and taxpayers. But... he says they failed to rein in backdoor borrowing and expanded the use of debt by public authorities... including 385-million dollars for state and local facilities and $750 million related to unspecified transportation needs. In addition to 5.1-billion dollars in federal aid for Superstorm Sandy, his report notes the budget relies on another 4-billion dollars of non-recurring funds.