WJTN News Headlines for July 16, 2019

Serious injuries have been reported in a two vehicle crash -- involving a State Police cruiser -- on Interstate 90 in the westbound lanes between Dunkirk and Silver Creek.....  

Troopers say the accident occured at mile marker 462, between exits 58 and 59.  Troopers say the other vehicle had five people inside.  Both westbound lanes were blocked for a time at the Silver Creek exit to allow 2 medivac helicopters to land.  Traffic was backed up approximately 3 miles at one time but, was moving again last night. The accident remains under investigation. 


Beleaguered residents on West 11th Street in Jamestown may soon get some relief from tractor-trailer rigs being on their street making deliveries...... 

The 18-wheelers have been reportedly making deliveries to the still-new NAPA Store at West 11th and Washington Streets... and, through very late hours.  However, residents such as Jeanette Jones says the owner promised no tractor-trailers on West 11th -- only Box-delivery trucks.

In addition, Jones told the city council at last night's work session that deliveries were to end each day by 12 Midnight.  However, she says she's seen trucks making deliveries as late as 1:45 AM.  Mayor Sam Teresi told Jones she was right on both accounts.  Teresi asked Jones for any pictures she might have, because he'll have the police department put NAPA on notice that they can't use residential streets for that purpose.  In addition, Jones said she was also concerned because the NAPA store had a "permit granted" sign in it's window and, she questioned if any expansion was planned.  Teresi said he wasn't aware of it.


New York state's top education official is resigning at the end of next month.....  

Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia told the Board of Regents at its meeting Monday she is resigning August 31st.  Elia was appointed in 2015.  She says it was an honor to serve the students and teachers of New York for four years.  An education department spokesman said Elia will pursue another, unspecified professional opportunity.  She had previously served for 10 years as superintendent of schools in Hillsborough County, Florida, which includes Tampa.  The New York State United Teachers union issued a statement wishing Elia well.


The Democratic candidate for the 57th State Senate District seat says he does not support a measure that allows illegal immigrants to obtain New York state driver's licenses....  

Freedom's Austin Morgan told the Jamestown Noon Rotary Club yesterday afternoon that the bill was not well thought out, and fails to address the concerns of County Clerks, who are in charge of the Department of Motor Vehicles offices that are on the front line in issuing licenses.

Morgan says the farming community also has issues that need to be addressed when work visas expire.  He says unfortunately, there is no way to apply for citizenship, or reapply for a work visa if an illegal immigrant is already here.  Morgan says he wants to replace the retired Cathy Young, because the Olean Republican was a legend in Albany, who was a strong voice in the former GOP Majority.  He says you need that voice in the majority, otherwise it gets drowned out.  Morgan was a State Senate staffer last year, who worked a lot on rural poverty issues.  Republican candidate, and Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello, will address the Rotary next month.


Local Congressman Tom Reed has resumed work on a bill he and a Democratic lawmaker began working on a couple of years ago.....  

However, Reed says the proposed "Credit for Caring" tax credit is getting more bi-partisan support now.  The Corning Republican says two Democratic Presidential candidates, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Michael Bennett, are now lending their support to the measure, which supports caregivers.

Reed says there are advantages to someone providing care to a loved one at home, two in particular.  He says the quality of care is better because relatives are involved and, costs to the system are reduced because the person receiving care is not being institutionalized.  Reed praised his Democratic colleagues for joining with him to get the legislation moving.  He says two Republican senators have also thrown their support behind the Credit for Caring measure,  including Iowa's Joni Ernest.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.


A cannon blast remains a long-time tradition for opening the annual Chautauqua County Fair...


A number of local, county and state officials gathered in Dunkirk Monday morning for the kick-off of the 138th edition of the Chautauqua County Fair.  Assemblyman Andy Goodell says Chautauqua County continues to play an important role when it comes to agriculture.

County Executive George Borrello says the fair also plays a role in bringing the entire county together because agriculture remains our number-one industry.  Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas and a number of county legislators also attended the opening ceremony before taking a tour with fair ambassadors from the Chautauqua County 4-H program.  This year's fair continues through Sunday, July 21st.

 
An upstate New York town that denied a permit to stage the Woodstock 50 festival at a local horse track is poised to hear an appeal from organizers....  

Town of Vernon attorney Vincent Rossi says the planning board is set to hear an appeal Tuesday night.  The town denied a permit application on Tuesday for a festival August 16th-18th at the Vernon Downs racetrack and casino.  Residents and some local officials had voiced concerns about preparing for a big festival on short notice.  Vernon Downs emerged as a possible site for Woodstock 50 after the original venue, Watkins Glen International, pulled out last month.  A festival at Vernon Downs could host up to 65,000 people, as opposed to the 150,000 planned for Watkins Glen, and it would not feature camping.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 15, 2019

We have one more day of sunny, warm and dry weather today before heat and humidity begin to build and, we may see the hotest temperatures of the year by week's end...  

Forecaster Jon Hitchcock with the National Weather Service says we'll also see some rain from what's left of Tropical Storm Barry.  Hitchcock says we'll begin seeing more humid conditions on Tuesday before what's left of Barry arrives about mid-week.

There's no indication how much rain we may get from Barry but, the weather service says some of the thunderstorms from that system may produce heavy downpours. Hitchcock says high pressure is moving in and, after Barry moves out, we'll see temperatures around 90 or higher on Friday.  He says this high pressure ridge has been mainly in the southern U-S this Summer.  Hitchcock says there are no advisories in place yet, though a Heat Advisory may be issued just prior to Friday.  Once we get into Saturday, the heat begins to break with highs in the high-80s, then low 80s on Sunday.  The complete forecast follows our news.


The 138th edition of the Chautauqua County fair gets underway today in Dunkirk......  

The seven-day event runs from today through net Sunday, July 21st.  There will be a number of new features at this year's fair.  That from Fair Board President Dave Wilson, who says one of them is a monster truck show at the Grandstand that will include fireworks.

For the second year in a row, the midway rides will be provided courtesy of Powers and Thomas from North Carolina. Charlie Belknap of Powers and Thomas says all-day tickets to the fair are $12, which he calls "an unsurpassed value."  Belknap says with the pay-one-price ticket, you get to ride the rides all day, and have admission to the exhibits.  The county fair begins this morning with the annual "cannon shot."  For more information on this year's fair, you can go to chautauquacountyfair.org or call 366-4752.


 When you attend the Chautauqua County Fair in Dunkirk this week, don't miss the work of Four-H'ers.  That's the message from Dave and Jan Schauman of Fluvanna... who've both spent decades volunteering for the organization.  Jan says you'll be impressed.....

Her husband Dave, has been the chairman for the Meat Animal Sale Committee for many years.  He says there'll be many nicely finished animals at the 2019 sale, this Friday at noon.  Approximately 70 hogs, 15 goats, 30 pairs of chickens, 45 lambs and 22 steer will be auctioned off.  Each has been raised by a Four-H member. 


A Gerry man is jailed following a fight early yesterday morning on Route 60..... 

Sheriff's deputies were called to the undisclosed scene about 2 AM and, found that 50 year-old Robert Gardner, Junior had struck another person and choked them as well.  Gardner was arrested and, taken to the Chautauqua County Jail for arraignment on charges including second-degree harassment, and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation.


A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly being under the influence of drugs when he was involved in a three-car accident late last week.... 

Jamestown Police were called to the scene at Winsor and Water Streets just after 5 PM Thursday on a report of the crash.  One of the drivers, 30 year-old Bryon Stingel, was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for tratment of minor injuries.  He was later arrested after police determined he was driving while under the influence.  No other injuries were reported.  Stingel was charged with DWAI, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, and several other traffic violations.

We have learned of two more restaurant closings in the Jamestown-area, one being long-standing location on Fairmout Avenue in West Ellicott....  

The operator of Alfie's informed staff and patrons last Friday that the approximately 40 year-old restaurant will be closing for good on July 26th.  A sign on the door of the restaurant says it will be open Tuesday through Saturday's from 11 AM to 4:30 PM through Friday the 26th.  Meanwhile, a relatively new restaurant in downtown Lakewood has closed.  Craft Burger's and Brews on Chautauqua Avenue recently shut it's doors.  These closings are in addition to the closing of Fresco's Pizza and Wings in Jamestown this past Saturday.


The Dunkirk School Board has removed Superintendent Dr. James Tracy, ending a three-year stint in the north county district....  

The Board made the decision during a special meeting on Thursday but, no specifics have been released.  Retired Superintendent Sylvia Root, who served as the interim Superintendent in Jamestown before the district hired Bret Apthorpe, will take over as interim superintendent, effective today.


New York state has expanded laws against racial bias to include hairstyles and hair texture.... 

The bill aims to ensure no employee can be fired or passed over for a job because of racially biased criticism of their hair.  The change to the state's human rights law was approved by state lawmakers earlier this year.  It was signed into law last Friday by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Supporters say minorities often face discrimination that's couched in criticism of their hair texture or style.  Specifically, the change adds to the legal definition of race to say it includes traits historically associated with race, including hair texture and styles.  The change would also prohibit racial discrimination by teachers or school employees against a student based on their hair texture or style.

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News Headlines for Sat., July 13, 2019

Conewango Valley man identified as victim in Route 83 fatal accident early Friday morning...
A Conewango Valley man has been identified as the person killed when his sports utility vehicle collided with a gasoline tanker truck early Friday morning on Route 83 in the town of Ellington.  State Police say 22 year-old Ramon Spunaugle was driving the southbound Jeep about 1:30 a.m. when his car crossed the center line.  Troopers say the driver of the northbound tanker, Steven Warner, tried to avoid the collision... but, was unable to.  State Police called in their Collision Reconstruction Unit... and, Route 83 was closed for several hours after the accident.  No one else was hurt in the crash.  The Chautauqua County HazMat Team was called into clean up a fuel spill into a ditch at the scene.


Limestone man sentenced to 220 months for Child Pornography...
A Cattaraugus County man will spend more than 18 years in federal prison following his conviction for receiving child pornography.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior said Friday that 63 year-old Kevin Fox of Limestone was sentenced to 220 months in prison... and, lifetime supervised release by U.S. District Judge Lawrence Vilardo.  Prosecutors say their investigation began when they learned that Fox -- in May of 2016 -- had persuaded an adult female to find two minor males, and engage in sexual activity with them for the purpose of producing a video or still picture depiction.  The woman was then able to meet a 16 and 17-year-old through Craigslist and persuaded them to have sex with her.  She took several pictures with each... and, allegedly sent them to Fox's phone.


Teresi says after reviewing city charter, ethics ruled, he had no problem with DeJoy investing to reopen former Friendly's restaurant...
Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says... after careful review... he has no problems with his director of development taking on a major investment role in a new restaurant in the Brooklyn Square area.  However... Teresi does admit that it was kind of a surprise when he was informed a short time ago by Vince DeJoy that he was going to lease the former Friendly's Restaurant so it could be operated by the restaurant's former General Manager.  He says DeJoy came into his office before the announcement that he wanted to invest in helping Marcy Parenti operate the new "Jimmy's Hometown Restaurant."  Teresi says DeJoy's family stepped forward to help Parenti because she didn't have the up-front money to do so.  Earlier this month... DeJoy announced that he was using about $155,000 from an inheritance from an uncle to pay the lease for the new, family restaurant.  After reviewing the city code, and ethics law... Teresi says they determined DeJoy could go ahead with the deal.  However... he will have to recuse himself when similar businesses come to the city for help.  The new restaurant did receive a $55,000 low-interest loan from the county's Industrial Development Agency for the new business. 


Liuzzo among candidates receiving Libertarian endorsements to run for office...
A Jamestown City Councilman defeated in the recent Republican Primary to run for mayor will have another line on the ballot in November... if he decides to accept it.  Chautauqua County Libertarian Party Chairman Andrew Kolstee says party members nominated their slate of candidates during their monthly meeting in Bemus Point Thursday night... and, announced they are backing Andrew Liuzzo to run for mayor.  In addition... Kolstee says they endorsed incumbant Tony Dolce to run in Ward-Two... Brittnay Spry in the Fourth-Ward... and, Raven Mason-Thompson for At-Large.  In addition... Libertarians endorsed Rudy Mueller for Busti Town Supervisor... Russ Payne for Carroll Town Supervisor.  Kolstee says the candidates have been given forms to sign to accept their nominations.


Borrello says parts of "A Quiet Place II" to be filmed in Chautauqua County... 
Chautauqua County will serve as the back-drop for part of a science fiction thriller that'll begin filming soon in Western New York.  County Executive George Borrello says Paramount Pictures will be spending about 10 days in the county filming scenes for its upcoming movie, "A Quiet Place Part II."  Borrello says crews will film scenes at a "waterfront" location after competing against other areas, including Long Island.  He says more than 400 people will be hired across upstate New York for production of the film.  He says the production could give the local economy a real shot in the arm between contractors, labor and caterers.  "A Quiet Place - Part 2"... featuring star John Krazinski will be released next March.

 


 

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News Bulletin for Fri., July 12, 2019

State Police confirm one dead in two-vehicle crash on Route 83...

One person has been killed in an early morning, two-vehicle accident involving a tanker truck on Route 83 in the town of Ellington.  State Police in Jamestown say the accident occured about 1:30 this morning when the tanker reported rolled onto a Sports Utility Vehicle near Conewango Valley.  Sources have told us that Route 83 in the area of Bentley Hill Road -- near the county line with Cattaraugus -- was closed for several hours.  State Police have not released any other information at this time.  We'll have more when it becomes available.

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WJTN News Headlines for July 12, 2019


New York regulators have approved a settlement with Charter Communications resolving a dispute over rural broadband......  

The state's Public Service Commission endorsed the deal Thursday.  Under the terms, Charter must follow through on promises to provide broadband to 145,000 upstate customers -- an investment estimated to exceed $600 million--- and pay the state $12 million for other broadband projects.  Regulators voted last year to rescind approval for Charter's 2016 merger with Time Warner Cable following concerns it wasn't meeting promises to expand high-speed internet.  Charter has said the settlement would prevent the possibility of a costly legal battle.  The Stamford, Connecticut-based Charter, which does business as Spectrum, agreed last year to give refunds and free services to settle allegations that Time-Warner hadn't delivered promised internet speeds.


Chautauqua County's Congressman says he'll get to see -- first-hand -- the conditions refugees are dealing with at the nation's southern border next week..... 

Corning Republican Tom Reed says several members of the Problem Solver's Caucus he co-chairs will travel to Texas next Thursday and Friday.  Reed says it's the largest group of lawmakers to tour those facilities.


Reed and the Problem Solver's group helped move the recently-approved Humanitatian aid package to the border to deal with overcrowding at the current facilities.  Many Democrats have blasted the Department of Homeland Security for allowing the conditions to get worse along the border.  Reed says it again points to the need for Congress to approve a new, border security package, that also addresses DACA, and others who have Temporary Protected Status.  He says there is a bi-partisan bill in the U-S Senate that he believes deals with all those aspects of border security.  Reed made his comments during his weekly media conference call.


Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's inspired to see through approval of legislation that will extend the Special Diabetes Program another five-years....  

During his weekly conference call with Southern Tier Media, the Corning Republican said he enjoyed meeting with Bemus Point's Ben Cornell, and others from the New York Delegation, during the bi-annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Youth Congress in Washington, D-C.

The children were on Capitol Hill yesterday lobbying for an extension of the diabetes program after it was extended for another year in 2018.  However, the $150-million program is slated to end this September 30th.  Reed, though, says after Senate hearings held this week, he's very optimistic there'll be a vote soon.  He says, with 374 members of Congress signing onto the measure he helped push through the Diabetes Caucus, he believes it will "be taken care of."  Ben Cornell was one of eight delegates from New York to attend the Youth Congress.  The 13 year-old said they at least want the program extended for another year.


A man from Georgia and another from Indiana were arrested for allegeldy possessing illegal drugs during a traffic stop near the site of last week's Great Blue Heron Festival in Sherman.....  

State Police in Jamestown say they stopped 36 year-old Steven Bickies of Madison, Indiana for speeding on Route 76 on July 4th... and, Troopers say they smelled marijuana inside the vehicle.  Police say they searched the car, Bickis, and his passenger, 29 year-old Derek Gramling of Cumming, Georgia, and found phychedelic mushrooms, hashish, liquid marijuana in an e-cigarette pen, LSD, multiple controlled pills for which neither occupant had a prescription.  Troopers also allegedly found marijuana vegetation, and a pipe containing pot residue.  Both were jailed pending arraignment.  The Post-Journal reports they were two of just over 30 arrests made during last week's festival.


A Jamestown man faces assault charges after injuring a person during a fight on the city's eastside Wednesday....  

City police responded to the area of East 5th Street and Potters Alley about 6:30 PM for the incident and, found that 35 year-old Patrick Roberts allegedly struck a male victim several times with a belt.  Roberts was located a nearby residence and taken into custody without incident.  He is being held in the city jail pending arraignment. 


One the area's major ethnic festivals takes place this Saturday at St. James Church in downtown Jamestown.... 

 It's the annual 'Festa di Giacomo', under the tent next to the church on Allen Street from 11 AM to 9:30 PM. Father Darrell Duffy, pastor at the church,  says the festival is a time to celebrate life.

Chairpson Sally Donisi with the festival says they'll have all the traditional Italian foods and a couple of new foods, including a salad that includes eggplant.  Donisi adds, Italian cookies and pastries will also be available for purchase.  Proceeds from the St. James Festival benefit the various ministries of the church.  


New York state has officially expanded a state law prohibiting gender pay discrimination, making it illegal to pay someone less based on factors such as their race, religion or gender identity....  

The new law also changes a legal standard for pay equity to make it easier for employees to prove discrimination in court.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the changes into law Wednesday in Manhattan, just before joining the U.S. women's soccer team for a parade honoring their World Cup victory.  Cuomo says he supports female players in their quest for pay equal to that of male players.  Democratic Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins says the women's team's lesser pay highlights a fundamental economic problem facing women throughout society.  Cuomo also signed legislation Wednesday barring employers from demanding prospective workers' salary histories.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 11, 2019

No one was hurt, but a Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly firing several gun-shots during a drive-by shooting late Tuesday night..... 

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers responded to 52 Liberty Street about 10:45 PM and, spoke to several people on arrival.  They included one victim who told officers that their vehicle had been shot multiple times.  Further investigation identified 28 year-old Nathaniel Hollins-junior as the alleged suspect, and that he was shooting at the people in the vehicle.  Police conducted a neighborhood canvass, and found the suspected hand-gun used in a backyard.  Police say Hollins is a convicted felon without a New York State pistol permit.  He was arrested without incident on charges of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree criminal use of a firearm and first-degree reckless endangerment.  Hollins is jailed without bail.


A man from Cassadaga faces drug and weapons charges following a raid by local drug agents early Wednesday morning...  

Members of the Southern Tier Regional, and Jamestown Metro Drug Task Forces, executed a search warrant at the 27 South Main Street home of 49 year-old Joseph Keyser shortly before 6 AM.  The Sheriff's Department's SWAT Team made entry and, task force members seized a quantity of methamphetamine, marijuana, suboxone, drug paraphernalia and, a stun gun.  More charges are pending against Keyser.  To report suspected drug activity in Jamestown, call the Metro Drug Task Force at 483-8477.  Elsewhere, call the Southern Tier Task Force at 664-2420.


A father and daughter from Jamestown who were both known for their infectious smiles have been memorialized by having two benches in Bergman Park named after them....  

Brad and Lauren Proctor both passed away over the past year... and, city officials held a special dedication ceremony yesterday afternoon for the two benches.  City Arborist Dan Stone says he worked directly with Brad Proctor for many years and, says this is a fitting tribute.

Stone says Proctor worked in the city Parks Department for 17 years, and was Bergman Park's Caretaker for six.  Many of his former co-workers were on hand.  There were also several from the Jamestown Public School's where Proctor's wife, Carm, was an administrator.  Carm Proctor was pleased so many came out on what is the first-anniversary of her husband's death.  Lauren Proctor died this past March following a brief illness.  Lauren worked for the Media One Radio Group just a few years ago.  The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation helped establish a fund to help pay for the benches.


A group of western New York Republicans is courting Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia to run for Congress.  The Iraq War veteran ran in 2012 and lost to Representative Chris Collins in the Republican primary.....  

Now, Collins is facing trial on charges of money laundering and, hasn't said yet whether he'll seek re-election next year.  He's pleaded not guilty.  Bellavia supporters launched a "draftbellavia.com" website Tuesday.  Led by political consultant Michael Caputo, organizers say the campaign-style website is meant to show Bellavia the level of support for a possible candidacy.  Bellavia, who received the Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump last month, hasn't ruled out a run.  But he's said he is not interested in using the award to bolster his chances of getting elected.


It was a busy day of meetings Wednesday with federal lawmakers for members of the 10th Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Youth Congress in Washington, D-C.... 

Bemus Point's Ben Cornell was a member of the New York Delegation at the two-and-a-half day event, representing the 23rd Congressional District.  There were meetings regarding how the youth should handle themselves while talking to House and Senate members.  However, there have also been opportunities to talk with others who have Type-1 Diabetes from across the country and, Cornell says it helps to talk about what they deal with on a daily basis.

The 13 year-old Cornell was one of 160 delegates lobbying members of Congress this week to extend the federal Special Diabetes Program for another 5 years.  Cornell met with local Congressman Tom Reed and, was looking forward to it because Reed has first-hand knowledge of the disease.  The Corning Republican's son, Will, is also a Type-1 Diabetic.  In addition to Congressman Reed, Ben Cornell was also to meet with the state's two U-S Senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.  


Two people were injured in a motorcycle accident in the Town of Hanover Tuesday afternoon and, charges against the operator are pending.... 

Sheriff's Officers responded to Laona Road for the crash just after 1 PM and, identified the operator as 51 year-old Richard Catanese, of Dunkirk.  Deputies say he and the unidentified female passenger were transported to Brooks Memorial Hospital with apparent minor injuries. The accident remains under investigation. Officers were assisted at the scene by the Forestville Fire Department, Cassadaga Fire Department and Chautauqua County EMS.


Pennsylvania students who attend one of the 14 state-owned universities won't see higher tuition next year, the first such freeze in more than 20 years....  

The State System of Higher Education's board on Wednesday voted for to keep in-state tuition flat at about $7,700.  Most of the system's students are from Pennsylvania.  The system's last tuition freeze was for the 1998-99 school year, when the cost for in-state students was less than half what it is today.  The universities have seen total enrollment fall over the past eight years from about 112,000 to just over 90,000.  The state government's support for the system is rising by about 2 percent this year, to $477 million.

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WJTN News Headlines for July 10, 2019

No one was hurt, but a Jamestown man has been arrested in connection to a reported drive-by shooting late last night..... 

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers responded to 52 Liberty Street about 10:45 PM and, spoke to several people on arrival, including one victim who notified officers that their vehicle had been shot multiple times.  Further investigation identified 28 year-old Nathaniel Hollins-junior as the alleged suspect, who shot at the people in the vehicle multiple times.  A neighborhood canvass was conducted and officers were able to locate the suspected hand-gun used in a nearby backyard.  Police say Hollins is a convicted felon without a New York State pistol permit.  He was taken into custody without incident on charges of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree criminal use of a firearm and first-degree reckless endangerment.


A tree falling on a power line in the Brocton area led to several outages that affected as many as 12,000 National Grid electric customers during the Noon hour yesterday.....  

As we first reported shortly before 1 PM Tuesday, the power first went out in parts of Lakewood shortly after 11 AM.  We lost power here at our Media One Radio Group stations about 11:40 AM.  National Grid Corporate Affairs Manager Dave Bertola says most power was restored by 1:30 PM.  Bertola says the tree likely fell on a transmission line that delivers power to neighborhood substations.  He says no power had to be re-routed, so the fixes should be permanent.


The water in the Great Lakes is at or near record levels and that may have allowed a despondent man to survive a drop over the Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls early Tuesday morning.....  

The unidentified man made his leap on the Canadian side at 4 AM, just as Niagara Parks Police arrived.  The Buffalo News reports the water is very high and fast along the Niagara this summer.  At the time, the rate of flow was 120,000 cubic feet per second, double what is required for early in the day.  Authorities theorize the racing water propelled the man past the boulders at the base of the falls.  The jumper, a Canadian, becomes only the fifth person since 1960 to survive an unprotected trip over the falls.  The Chautauqua County Suicide Prevention and Crisis Hotline can be reached at 1-800-724-0461. 


A second-amendment rights group in New York state is praising a court decision to completely exonerate the Chautauqua County man who was the first person to be convicted under the state's SAFE Act.....  

2AWNY.COM Spokesman Steve Felano says Acting County Court Judge Stephen Cass officially dismissed all charges against ex-Marine Ben Wassell and, State Attorney General Latisha James says he should not be re-indicted.  Wassell's attorney, Jim Ostrowski, says the state's Appellate Division determined that the A-G's office lacked jurisdication in the case.  Once they reached that point, Ostrowski says it "was enough to dismiss the case, and dismiss the indictment and send it back to this court for what happened today."  Wassell was convicted about five-years ago of illegally selling an AR-15 rifle to an undercover officer.


A county clerk in western New York has filed a lawsuit challenging a new state law authorizing driver's licenses for immigrants who are in the country illegally.....  

Erie County Clerk "Mickey" Kearns filed the federal court challenge late Monday.  The suit seeks a court injunction blocking the law while its constitutionality is reviewed by the court.  The lawsuit names Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James, both Democrats, as defendants.  Kearns says the law forces county clerks to violate their oaths of office by granting licenses to immigrants who have broken immigration law.  Supporters of the measure, which passed last month, say they expected a lawsuit and carefully crafted the law to withstand court scrutiny.  Twelve states already have similar laws.


A man and woman from Celoron were arrested after Ellicott Town Police allegedly found their children living in deplorable conditions last Friday.........  

Officers were called to 10 Venice Street to check on the well-being of 5 children.  Police say the children -- ages ranging from 3-to-11 years old -- were reportedly left to take care of themselves while the adults were asleep.  Both 31 year-old Andrew Kiendl and 25 year-old Nichole Blake were taken into custody on five-counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  Kiendl also had a parole warrant and was futher charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Both are being held in the County Jail pending arraignment. 


A Bemus Point teenager is in Washington, D-C as part of the 10th Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundations Youth Congress..... 

Ben Cornell is one of 160 delegates lobbying members of Congress this week to extend the federal Special Diabetes Program.  The 13 year-old Cornell is representing the 23rd Congressional District and, will meet with local Representative Tom Reed today.  Cornell is a Type-1 diabetic and, says he looks forward to meeting Reed because the Corning Republican's son, Will, also has diabetes.

Cornell adds, though, that there is also a push to lower prescription drug prices because of the cost to obtain insulin.  He says he's fortunate because his parents insurance does a good job of covering that but, he says he's talked with others who have had a "hard time because insulin is super expensive."  In addition to Congressman Reed, Ben says he'll also be meeting today with the state's two U-S Senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.  


Fourteen months after a devastating fire that destroyed the Village of Fredonia’s iconic clock tower, Family Church of Fredonia will be installing a new steeple on top of the building where the old clock tower stood....  

Pastor Scott Wise says the installation is slated to begin around 8:00 this morning.

Wise says there will still be more work to do before the new clock tower is complete, and that includes working on the base structure underneath the steeple.  He says there is still some vinyl siding and gutter and soffet work that has to be finished.  Wise says the new clock is scheduled to be installed later this month.

 
A Pennsylvania-based convenience store chain is putting Bitcoin ATMs in six shops around the state and one in North Carolina, giving customers the ability to buy and sell the cryptocurrency with U.S. dollars....

Sheetz, which is based in Altoona, has announced it has teamed p with Coinsource to put the ATMs in the five Pennsylvania stores and a shop in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Vice-President Ryan Sheetz says the chain is always trying to be innovative and give customers what they want.  Customers must enroll with Coinsource before they can use the ATMs. Then, they'll be able to make transactions from $5 to $5,000 per day from the machines.

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News Bulletin for Tues., July 9, 2019

Tree falling on tree in Brocton triggers major, National Grid outage... 

A tree falling on a power line in the Brocton area led to several outages that affected as many as 12-thousand National Grid electric customers during the Noon hour today.  As we first reported shortly before 1 PM today... the power first went out in parts of Lakewood shortly after 11 a.m.  We lost power here at our Media One Radio Group stations about 11:40 a.m.  National Grid Corporate Affairs Manager Dave Bertola says most power was restored by 1:30 this afternoon.  Bertola says the tree likely fell on a transmission line that delivers power to neighborhood substations.  He says no power had to be re-routed... so the fixes should be permanent.

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News Bulletin for Mon, July 8, 2019

Man from Westfield arrested for DWI after rollover crash...
A Westfield man has been accused of drunk driving after he was allegedly involved in a single-car, rollover accident on Barnes Road in the town of Stockton.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene shortly before 7 p.m. last Saturday... and, found the vehicle unoccupied.  Deputies say they found 20 year-old Jordan Hebner a short time later near the scene.  Further investigation led to Hebner being arrested for driving while intoxicated, and other vehicle and traffic violations.  He was issued appearance tickets for Stockton Town Court.


Brehm wins LECOM Health Challenge tourney in play-off...
Mount Pleasant,, Michigan's Ryan Brehm sank an uncertain putt at the end of a one hole playoff Sunday to win the fourth... and final... LECOM Health Challenge at Peek'n Peak.  Brehm says, when he stroked the winning putt, he wasn't real sure it was going to go into the hole.  Brehm defeated Tim Wilkinson of New Zealand to win the $108,000 first prize after both finished regulation at 20 under par.  Unless a new sponsor or sponsors are found, this could be the last pro golf event for 'The Peak.'  Tournament Director, Mark Geise, of the Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation called Sunday's conclusion 'bittersweet,' because the tournament has been fun, but, they need a new title sponsor to keep the event going.  The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine sponsored four years of the tournament... part of the what's now known as the Korn Ferry Tour.  LECOM announced earlier this year they'll be moving their sponsorship to a similar tournament in Florida.


Borrello says while there was quantity in State Legislative session, there was a lacking in quality...
The New York state legislature finished what lawmakers say was a record session for the number of pieces of legislation being passed.  However... not all 935 bills approved by the Demcratic majorities in the Assembly and Senate is considered good legislation.  The legislature approved controversial new abortion-rights measures... along with allowing illegal immigrants to apply for driver's licenses.  County Executive George Borrello says the quality of legislation is lacking, because in a number of instances... lawmakers had to quietly go back and vote on a number of amendments, and other changes because the original legislation could not be enacted as is.  He says the best example was the Farmworkers Fair Labor Act... which ignores the concern of upstate farmers.  Borrello says not considering the potentially "devastating impact" on farmers is a concern.  One measure that was not acted on would legalize recreational marijuana...but, lawmakers did approved decriminalizing possession of smaller amounts of pot.  Borrello is the Republican candidate for the 57th State Senate Seat this November.


Jammers to Sign Jordan Basile today as Manager...
A Jamestown native is returning to town to be the new field manager for the Jamestown Jammers when the team resumes play in the Perfect Game Collegiate baseball league next year.  Jamestown Community Baseball last weekend announced it has reached agreement with Jordan Basile to head up the team for the 2020 season.  An official signing ceremony will take place at Diethrick Park this (Monday) afternoon at 1:30 p.m.  Basile graduated from Jamestown High School... and, was a stand-out baseball player at the SUNY College at Fredonia and later served as Assistant Coach at his alma mater. 


Southern Tier Kidney Walk another big success on 10th anniversary...
Well over 100 people were on hand yesterday afternoon in downtown Jamestown to support kidney donation in the region.  The weather was perfect for the 10th anniversary Southern Tier Kidney Walk from St. James Catholic Church... to Panzarella Park... and, back.  It's put on by the Southern Tier Kidney Association... and, The Kidney Connecton... which helps link people in need of transplants with potential donors.  Walkers sign up sponsors... but, Association President Sam Pelleritto says they also had several event sponsors this year... including Pepsi, Artone Manufacturing, "Rosie's Run," and UPMC Chautauqua Hospital.  Pelleritto adds they also had Audio Care on board for this year's walk.  Kidney Walk Chairman Mitch Stone thanked his committee, and others who support the walk.  He adds they also raffled off a number of gift basket, and other items.  Stone says the event annually brings in between $10,000 and $15,000 to help support kidney donations, and dialysis treatment at UPMC Chautauqua Hospital. 


RTPI Weeds Program to resume tonight...
The Roger Tory Peterson Institute's program 'What Are These Weeds' resumes tonight at RTPI beginning at 6 p.m.  Conservation biologist, Jonathan Townsend, says the hour-long session will help people identify weeds commonly found in the lake... and those that could be real trouble if they  move in.  Tonight's program is free, and runs about an hour.  There are longer sessions later in the summer that include visits to the water.  Townsend says anyone who uses the lake, lives on the water, or has a lake related business should know what the current weeds are, and the potential dangers of new ones.  More information is available at RTPI's website, or phone Melanie Smith at the institute at 665-2473.
 

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News Bulletin for Fri., July 5, 2019

**DFT Communications issues interrupt phone, Internet service in Jamestown-area for several hours early Friday... ALSO knocks Media One Radio Group off-line...
Some spotty phone outages have been reported this morning... although they seem very localized to the Jamestown-area.  Media One Group and several other businesses serviced by DFT Communications had no telephone nor Internet service from 3:30 a.m. to about 12:15 p.m. Today.  Speaking to DFT this morning... we learned that a number of businesses and others were affected.  However... we contacted the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 center... and, all is working there okay.


Jamestown man arrested for Fireworks violation...
A city man has been arrested for allegedly firing off an illegal fireworks mortar on Jamestown's westside late Thursday afternoon.  City police say a Gun-Involved Violence Enforcement detail was working with state Police... and, we called to a West Eighth Street location -- near Lafayette Street on a complaint.  Officers say they spotted 26 year-old Tyler Skillman-Drake shooting a mortar-style firework into the air.  It then exploded, and is a violation of the city code.  Skillman-Drake was issued an appearance ticket for discharging a firework within city limits.


Dunkirk-area woman hurt in Fireworks accident...
A north county woman is being treated for a burn injury after she was allegedly hit by a neighbor's fireworks late last night in the town of Dunkirk.  Sheriff's officers and Fredonia fire crews were called to the scene on Bayshore Drive about 10:15 p.m., and, found the 58 year-old woman -- who is not being identified -- had been struck.  Police say the woman was taken to the Erie County Medical Center for treatment and an evaluation.  Polce say their investigation into the incident is continuing.


City man arrested on Narcotics, and obstruction charges...
A Jamestown man has been arrested on several drug-related charges after he was caught following a brief foot chase on the city's westside last Wednesday night.  City police were called to the area of Cherry and West Eighth Streets shortly before 7 PM on a report of narcotics activity.  Officers say they spotted a suspicious vehicle in the area, that then tried to leave the area.  However.. when police tried to stop the vehicle... 31 year-old Lucas Smyczek... got out and ran off on foot.  Officers later stopped Smyczek at Lafayette Street and Isabella Avenue.  However... he allegedly tried to hide and throw away a large quantity of drugs he was intending to sell.  Police say Smyczek was also wanted on warrants from other agencies.  He was arrested pending arraignment on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and obstruction.


Jamestown man arrested on slew of charges in Lakewood, is held on quarter of a million dollars bail...
A city man is being held on 250-thousand dollars bail following a traffic stop in Lakewood where he was found in possession of drugs, and then escaped for a short time from police.  Lakewood-Busti Police say they stopped a vehicle in the parking lot at 277 East Fairmount Ave. for allegedly failing to stop at a red light.  Officers say they found that 21 year-old Dale Linkous, Jr. Jamestown was driving with a revoked license, and had an order to stay away from the passenger in his car.  In addition... police found Linkous in possession of 62 grams of powder cocaine, oxycodone, and marijuana.  Linkous was arrested... but, allegedly broke the leg shackle he was wearing... and ran out of police headquarters.  He was later found with the assistance of Chautauqua County Probation... and, arrested on more charges -- including first-degree escape.    


Boater accused of BWI in Chautauqua Institution boat accident...
A Washington, DC man faces a boating while intoxicated charge after his boat reportedly collided with a docked vessel at the Sport Club Dock at Chautauqua Institution.  Sheriff's deputies say a member of the Navigation Team was called to the scene just after 2 p.m. yesterday... and, found that 42 year-old Matthew Lockwood was operating one of the vessels... which struck the other one, which was docked.  No one was hurt.  The deputy smelled an odor of alcohol, and Lockwood failed a sobriety test.  He was charged with BWI, and having an unregistered boat.


Reptiles seized in Cattaraugus County...
A 71-year-old Cattaraugus County man faces multiple charges including illegal sale of wildlife after state environmental officials seized hundreds of turtles and three king cobras from his home.  The state Department of Environmental Conservation says William Engelder of Allegany was charged with reckless endangerment, illegal possession of venomous reptiles and numerous other offenses.  The reptiles seized included 17 endangered bog turtles and 184 spotted turtles, a species of special concern.  It is illegal to possess reptiles that are native to New York state.  


 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 3, 2019

A former 7-12 grade school teacher for the Clymer Central School District has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography involving a prepuebscent minor.....  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy-juinor says 60 year-old Scott Aikens entered the plea before Judge Elizabeth Wolford on Tuesday.  Prosecutors say  in June 2018, Homeland Security Investigations in Buffalo received information that a user -- later identified as Aikens -- was active on a Thai-based child porn site. On September 14th, Investigators alongside State Police executed a search warrant of the defendant's home on Route 474 in Clymer, where Aikens admitted he viewed child pornopgrahy and that it would be found on his laptop. Police reportedly seized a laptop and other devices, which contained a total on 683 video and 22 images of minors less than 12 years old. Prosecutors say some of the evidence also contained sadistic, masochistic or other depictions of violence. Aikens is scheduled for sentencing on October 24th, 2019. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, lifetime supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

 

A Falconer man has been killed in a two-car crash on Interstate 70 -- just west of Columbus, Ohio......  

The Ohio State Highway Patrol tells us that 20 year-old Matthew Eskeli-the-fourth was driving a Ford Focus eastbound about 2:30 AM Tuesday when his car was struck from behind by a BMW.  Patrol officials say the BMW, driven by 37 year-old Mark Terrell of South Charleston, Ohio, was apparently speeding when his car struck the left side of Eskeli's vehicle and, it stuck a light pole and flipped upside down.  Eskeli was flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Springfield, Ohio, where he later died.  His front seat passenger, a 21 year-old from Brockport, New York, was seriously hurt.  A backseat passenger, a 22 year-old Corning resident, suffered minor injuries.  Neither Terrell nor his passenger were hurt.  Police say alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.


Flames have destroyed a trailer home in the Frewsburg-area....  

Sheriff's Department dispatchers say Frewsburg fire crews were called to the scene at the Homestead Trailer Park about 12:30 yesterday afternoon.  The occupants had gotten out safely but, the trailer appeared to be a total loss.  Kiantone fire crews assisted at the scene and, the cause is under investigation.

 

A north county woman has been indicted by a Chautauqua County Grand Jury on a charge of second degree manslaughter in the stabbing death of a 15-year-old girl.....  

District Attorney Patrick Swanson says that 26-year-old Ashlyann Lopez-Lopez of Dunkirk was arraigned in Chautauqua County Court on Monday.

Lopez-Lopez was originally charged with first degree manslaughter.  Swanson explained the difference in the charges, saying that first-degree manslaughter has an intent to "cause serious injury in which results in death."  He says there is more "recklessness" in second-degree.  Jefrena Brown was stabbed on the 100 block of Lincoln Avenue on May 15th and, died a day later at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.


All 11 County Republican Committee Chairmen in New York's 23rd Congressional District have voted to endorse local Congressman Tom Reed for re-election....  

In a press release late yesterday, Reed's Campaign said the chairs cited Reed's "commitment to fairness and accessibility, and his record of standing with us in the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and Western New York."  Among the chairs on hand for the unanimous vote was Chautauqua County Chairman, David Wilfong, who says Reed is a "strong advocate for Chautauqua County."  Reed is seeking a sixth-term in the U-S House of Representatives in 2020.


It's been a very good past two-years for a Jamestown-area maker of ready-to-assemble furniture.....  

Bush Industries is celebrating it's 60th anniversary this year and, they are looking to even bigger and better things ahead.  That's because they have been approved to bid on New York state contracts, both locally and elsewhere.  That from Director of Inside Sales, Peggy Brown, who says they were approved for their first general state contract back in late May.

Brown says it's the culmination of about 10 years of work to get the state contract after they got their first federal contract in 2009.  She says it's a furniture contract allowing them to bid on selling and installing products to schools, state universities, and state-wide agencies.  In addition, Brown says Bush has expanded it's total operation by 50-percent over the past two years.  While they are well-staffed... she says they're always looking for qualified people to work.  For more information on work opportunities at Bush Industries, contact Angie Turner in their Human Resources Department at 665-2000.

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WJTN News Headlines for July 2, 2019

Jamestown's Development Director, Vince DeJoy, is stepping outside his official role to provide financing for the reopening of Friendly's as 'Jimmy's Family Restaurant' next month....  

Standing outside the Brooklyn Square location Monday afternoon, DeJoy said he 'could not stand to see this place closed for as long as it was'.  DeJoy says he and his family have put together a $155,000 package under the corporate name 'Jamestown DJF'.  The county IDA is contributing $55,000 from the Community Revolving Loan Fund.  DeJoy said his family is providing the rest.  The day to day operations of 'Jimmy's Family Restaurant' will be handled by Marcy Parenti, the manager of Friendly's until it closed.  She says the new restaurant will have the same family feel as Friendly's, and groups, organizations and schools will be welcome.  DeJoy emphasized there will be no direct city involvement in new restaurant, and his role will be behind the scenes.  Regarding the chance for a major franchise in the Brooklyn Square location, DeJoy said building's owner made an effort to find an operator, but no one called back. 
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WJTN's Saturday Breakfast Party broadcast from Frienldy's for many years and has recently relocated to the DoubleTree by Hilton, where it will remain. 


The community group that now owns the Jamestown Jammers summer collegiate baseball team has taken another step forward in resuming play in the Perfect Game League next season....  

It also provides another link to the city's baseball past, as Frank Fanning has been hired as general manager.  The Jammers made the announcement Monday afternoon.  He is the son of former Jamestown Expos General Manager Jim Fanning, who later worked with Montreal, and the Colorado Rockies.  Frank Fanning worked in various capacities with the Vermont Lake Monsters the past two seasons, first heading up the box office in 2017.

Fanning says he spent last season as the Director of Team Operations for Vermont last season.  The Lake Monsters, incidently, is the same organization that was moved by Montreal from Jamestown to Burlington, Vermont, several years ago.  That team is still part of the Class-A New York-Penn League.  It is now an affiliate of the Oakland A's.  Prior to being in baseball, he was involved in radio sales and promotions in London, Ontario.


An alleged sex offender arrested back in May now faces more charges after allegedly getting a Bemus Point woman to help him communicate with a child he had been ordered to stay away from.......  

Sheriff's officers say they arrested, and charged 33 year-old Richard Lafrance -- who's already a county jail inmate -- with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.  The woman accused of helping Lafrance contact the juvenile victim, 35 year-old Olive Hardinger, was arrested last Friday.  She was issued an appearance ticket for endangering the welfare of a child.  Lafrance was returned to the county lock-up following his arraingment.


A Clymer man is being held pending arraignment following a domestic disturbance in the Town Sunday night.... 

Deputies responded to a residence on Mohawk Street for the incident, where witnesses said 58 year-old Timothy Drayton allegedly threw a wooden board through a window and struck several children.  Officers say Drayton is also accused of pushing a child to the ground.  He was sent to the County Jail for two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one-count of second-degree harrassment. Drayton will appear in Clymer Court at a later date. 


Chautauqua County officials are hoping for more weather like Monday's with reconstruction work on the $3-million Harrison Street Bridge project in Jamestown....  

The span, which crosses the Chadakoin River in Brooklyn Square, being fully replaced over the next five months.  That from Public Facilities Director Brad Bentley, who says detours have been set-up.  Bentley says if the weather stays like this, it could be completed by Halloween.

The contractor, who is from Lancaster, New York, began the project Monday morning and, detours have been posted for both cars and trucks.  However, Bentley says it's more involved for trucks because trucks can't fit underneath the railroad overpasses, so they will be taken in around the city.  A sign posted in Brooklyn Square states that Harrison Street from Main to Winsor will be closed for the work.  


Media One's annual coverage of the Summer season at Chautauqua Institution is back underway, and, another week of activites is now underway at several venues on the grounds....  

The big event this week will be this Friday night, when legendary singer Diana Ross takes the stage at the Amphitheater.  However, Spokesman Jordan Steves says if you don't already have your ticket, you're out of luck because the concert is sold out.  Steves says the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra has a couple of big programs coming up soon.

Again this season, Steves says they'll be offering a limited amount of "preferred seating" for most major events.  He adds there are a couple of ways to get event tickets  Festival seats are available online at chqtickets.com.  You can also call the Chautauqua Box Office at 357-6250.  Steves says you can also got to the box office in person to buy your tickets for most of the 2,000 events this Summer.

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WJTN News Headlines for July 1, 2019

A major, long term street closing in Jamestown starts this morning.... 

The Harrison Street Bridge over the Chadakoin River is going to fully replaced.  The project is set to start at 9 AM today and to take up to five months, meaning thru traffic will be restricted until November.  A sign posted in Brooklyn Square states that Harrison Street from Main to Winsor will be closed for the work.  Separate detours will be posted for cars and trucks.  


A Cleveland, Ohio woman suffered a leg injury after she was thrown off an inner tube being towed on lower Cassadaga Lakes this past weekend...  

Sheriff's officers say 26 year-old Alison Kimborovicz stood up while the tube was in motion and fell off in rough water about 2:30 PM Saturday.  Another person on the tube was not hurt.  Deputies say Kimborovicz was treated for a right thigh injury and later taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment.  The operator of the boat, 61 year-old Holly Kimborovicz of Chardon, Ohio, and her three other passengers in the boat were not hurt.  No charges have been filed in the incident.


The investigation is continuing into a fight in the north county village of Silver Creek this past Thursday night in which a 19 year-old man was dragged a short distance by a car....  

Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene on Drake Avenue about 7 PM and, found the man only sustained some minor injuries.  He was not hospitalized.  No charges have been filed but, deputies says they are continuing to look into the incident.


Local, county and New York state police are targeting reckless, aggressive and impaired drivers in New York during this July 4th week.....  

State Police Superintendent Keith Corlett says troopers will be increasing patrols and conducting sobriety checkpoints from now through Friday.  Chautauqua County Jim Quattrone says that's also the case here because being under the influence of drugs has become as much a problem as driving drunk.

Quattrone adds that there are now plenty of ways to get where you want if you're been celebrating.  Back to the State Police, Corlett says troopers last year issued nearly 10,500 vehicle and traffic tickets during the Fourth of July weekend.  They arrested 216 people for driving while intoxicated and investigated 165 crashes that resulted in four deaths.  In addition to marked state police vehicles, troopers will be using unmarked patrol vehicles that allow them to more easily catch drivers using handheld phones.


It was a "very good" week for the bi-partisan Problem Solvers Caucus in Congress this past week with compromise packages being approved, or moved forward on......  

Local Congressman Tom Reed, who co-chairs the 46 member caucus, says they were able to push through the emergency, $4.5-billion humanitarian aid package for the southern border.  He says they had more than 300 members of the House and, a large marjority of the Senate to back the measure.

The two measures had to be reconciled before the package could be approved and, sent onto the president.  Reed says the White House has indicated it has "no problems" with the funding package.  In addition, Reed says the Problem Solvers, and a group of bi-partisan Senators have announced several "principles" they'll support in legislation to lower prescription drug prices, including price transparency, increased competition, and eliminating patent abuse.  In addition to the Problem Solvers, Reed says Democratic Senator Joe Mancin of West Virginia and Republican Susan Collins of Maine took part in their meeting.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with regional media.


Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed a $34-billion compromise state budget after llawmakers wrapped up the past week with a flurry of votes....  

Wolf made the announcement late Friday, shortly after the Republican-controlled Legislature took its final votes and adjourned for the summer.  The 2019-20 fiscal year starts TODAY.  Healthy state revenues eased pressure on the governor and lawmakers.  The budget carries more money for public schools and universities, holds the line on taxes and stuffs cash into reserve.  Wolf calls it a product of 'divided government' amid criticism from his fellow Democrats.  Republicans prevailed over Democrats' protests to end a decades-old cash assistance program for the destitute deemed temporarily unable to work.  About 10-thousand people were in the program.  Wolf says he's working on ways to help them.


The numbers are in, and the recently concluded New York legislative session was officially one of the most productive in recent history....  

The Senate and Assembly together passed 935 bills in the six-month session that ended this month.  That's 300 more than last year and the most overall in more than a decade.  The measures that passed would create new rental protections for more than a million tenants in and around New York City, further decriminalize marijuana, and institute safeguards for abortion rights and aggressive new targets for emission reductions.  Meanwhile, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, of the Bronx, is heading off on his fourth upstate tour.  He says the tradition helps him better understand the opportunities and challenges facing different regions of the state.

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News Headlines for Sat., June 29, 2019

Sheriff's office, Carroll Town Police investigating hit and run involving SUV, motorcycle...
Local police are looking for a black, late model Sports Utility Vehicle, that may have been involved in a hit-and-run accident with a motorcycle in the town of Carroll earlier this week.  Sheriff's officers on their Facebook page say Carroll Town Police report the accident occured on Route 62 at Ivory Rd. about Noon this past Tuesday.  Deputies say the SUV... which looked like a GMC Yukon... was southbound on 62 when it approached the blinking light, and turned left when it struck the motorcycle.  The operator of the two-wheeler, identified as Paul Fardink, was not seriously hurt.  He told police the SUV had chrome accents, and blacked out wheel rims.  It was reportedly driven by a white female.  If you have any information on what happened... you're asked to call Carroll Town Police at 569-5365.


Juvenile arrested for allegedly damaging benches at Bergman Park...
A juvenile from Jamestown has been arrested for allegedly vandalizing several park benches earlier this month in Bergman Park on Baker Street.  City police were called to the scene back on June 5 by Parks Department employees... and, found the damaged benches.  Officers say park surveillance video showed the youth... who was identified in the video... damaging the property.  He was charged with criminal mischief, and is to appear in Family Court and the Probation Department at a later date.


Quattrone says only sparkler devices, not fireworks, are legal in Chautauqua County...
Local police agencies are gearing up for the fast arriving Fourth of July holiday... and are warning residents about the illegalities -- and dangers -- of fireworks.  While Sparker-type devices are legal in New York state... and are being sold in Chautauqua County right now... actual fireworks remain illegal unless it's a professional display.  Sheriff Jim Quattrone says part of the problem locally is the proximity of Pennsylvania... where many fireworks are legal.  Quattrone says there is often an influx of pyrotechnics into the county from the Keystone State, but, he says they continue to enforce state law.  He says sparklers are hand-held, or ground-based devices that produce a stream of red and white sparklers.  The sparkler devices, though, are sold as fireworks in the temporary big tents that have been put up at various businesses across the county during this time of year.  However... while sparklers are legal here... Quattrone says they can still be dangerous because they burn at very high temperatures.  He urges residents to let the professionals shoot off the pyrotechnics at any local fireworks display.  Quattrone made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.


Upstate County Clerks standing against state's new "Green Light Law..."
A group of more than 30 county clerks from across the state are urging the Trump administration to review the legality of the new "Green Light" law... the legislation signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo that makes undocumented immigrants eligible for driver's licenses.  Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore recently told us that he does not intend to follow the new law.  Barmore says, as a clerk, he is not there to determine whether someone is a legal resident or not.  However... he says they still need six points of identification to receive a license.  The clerks are concerned that the law could create a conflict for them because they are sworn to uphold both the state and federal constitutions.  The letter asking for a federal review of the law was started by Saratoga County Clerk, Craig Haner, who sent the letter questioning the constitutionality of the law.  He says clerks who follow the new state law would be violating their oath of office.  


Legislators sound off on proposal to locate three Wind Farms on Lake Erie...
There are reports that a company is interested in locating as many as three wind farms on Lake Erie... and, that has three Chautauqua County legislators from the lake shore area concerned.  County Legislators Bob Bankoski, Kevin Muldowney and Kevin O'Connell have voiced their opposition to the location of wind turbines late this week in the north county.  Bankowski says they would have to drill about 120-feet into the ground -- underwater -- to support the huge turbines.  County Executive George Borrello is also against having any wind farms being located on the lake and is looking to take action.  Borrello says his office has been working with the legislature office to draft a motion opposing the effort. 


Ribbon cut on new Edgewood Commons on Lutheran Campus... 
Lutheran has cut the ribbon in it's newest residential option for Seniors ages 55 and up in the Jamestown-area.  Spokesman Edwin Rodriguez says they are holding the grand opening of the Edgewood Commons... which is now part of the Edgewood Communities... on the Lutheran campus in Jamestown.  The Edgewood Commons is a multi-use building for the residents in their independent senior housing apartments.  The amenities inside help address the physical, mental, social, spiritual, and vocational needs of our residents to ensure they enjoy a life well lived, every day.  Rodriguez invites the community in general for today's open house until 2 p.m.

 

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WJTN News Headlines for Jun. 28, 2019

A developer has stepped forward to purchase the former Friendly's Restaurant in Jamestown's Brooklyn Square and open a new family-style restaurant -- similar to Friendly's....  

The unnamed developer requested a loan from the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, which was approved during this week's meeting.  IDA Chief Executive Officer Mark Geise says they hope to be up and running soon.

Geise says some former Friendly's employees will reportedly be part of the new restaurant business and he says that's great news.  He says before approving the $55,000 low-interest loan, the board took a good look at all the particulars.  The local Friendly's was among a number of stores in the chain that were closed early last April as part of a restructuring of the company.  However, it was apparently not related to the number of customers at the Jamestown location.  In fact, officials had noted that the Brooklyn Square location was one of the chain's best.  The WJTN Saturday Breakfast Party was broadcast from Friendly's every Saturday since early 2002 and, was recently moved to the Double-Tree by Hilton after Friendly's closed.


Two people from Dunkirk face charges following a  raid in the city where various drugs and weapons were found on Tuesday afternoon.... 

Sheriff's officers and agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 50-40 West Lake Road about 3:15 PM and, took 21 year-old Jorge Ortiz-Reyes into custody on an outstanding arrest warrant.  Police say a search of the home revealed a quantity of crack-cocaine, heroin, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and, a large sum of cash.  Officers also located a loaded, stolen handgun,sawed-off firearm, assault rifle and a stun-gun.  Ortiz-Reyes was sent to the county jail on $500,000 bail.  A 17 year-old female was also located at the residence and was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Officers say she faces more charges pending their investigation.  Officers with the Dunkirk Police Department and Sheriff's Office SWAT Team also assisted at the scene. 


There has been a problem with fireworks in the city of Jamestown for the past month...

Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings says his officers have responded to 31 fireworks complaints this month and, he reminds residents that it's illegal to possess or use fireworks in the city.  He addressed the matter during a recent City Council work session as well, says that they are cracking down on the illegal pyrotechnics in their "target areas" in particular.  Snellings recently reminded lawmakers that "sparkling devices" can now be sold on a limited basis in designated counties in New York state.  Chautauqua County is one of those.  However, he says they are ALL that is legal in New York state.  Snellings says they are supposed to be "ground-based, or hand-held devices."  He also says it's best to leave the fireworks to the professionals.


The opening reception for the summer exhibit at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute is tonight....  

RTPI's Jane Johnson says it features the lifelike artistry of the late Ned Smith.  Smith drew over 100 original covers for the popular 'Pennsylvania Game News' magazine.  Around 50 of Smith's works are on display at the Peterson Institute on Curtis Street. Tonight's reception runs from 5 to 7 PM and will feature an appearance by John Booth, the Executive Director of the Ned Smith Center in Millersburg, Pa.  Booth will also be at RTPI from 10 AM to 1 PM Saturday.  Both events are free.  


A Sinclairville woman was arrested on criminal mischief charges for allegedly slashing a man's tires with a machete on Tuesday....  

State Police in Jamestown responded to a domestic incident in the village and, through investigation, learned 36 year-old Nichole Olmstead cut the victim's car tires to prevent him from driving away.  She was taken into custody and issued an appearance ticket for Charlotte Town Court next month. 


Chautauqua County's top economic development official says he is pleased that there were 10 proposals from a RFP for a study on repurposing the NRG plant in the city of Dunkirk.... 

Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency Chief Executive Officer Mark Geise says they will begin a review of the proposals later this week and, they hope to narrow down the number in the coming weeks.

Geise says the current owner is on board with the study and wants to be part of the process.  He says the meeting was held about a month and a half ago and, included three "high-level" officials from NRG itself.  Once a selection is made, Geise says the study will take about 6 to 8 months to complete.

 
The Pennsylvania state Senate is sending Governor Tom Wolf the main bill in a $34-billion compromise budget plan that uses strong tax collections to boost aid to public schools and universities, hold the line on taxes and put cash into reserve....  

Thursday's 42-8 vote comes amid a scramble in the Republican-controlled Legislature to approve hundreds of just-unveiled pages of budget-related legislation.  The 2019-20 fiscal year starts next Monday.  It authorizes almost $2 billion more in spending through the state's main operating account, or 6% more, counting cost overruns in the current fiscal year.  It covers rising costs for prisons, debt, pension obligations and health care, while budget makers are using various cash maneuvers to veil the true cost of government operations by moving hundreds of millions of dollars in costs to outside accounts.

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WJTN News Headlines for Jun. 27, 2019

In an effort to bring commercial air service back to the Chautauqua County Airport in Jamestown, county legislators Wednesday night passed a resolution that would provide county funds for local share funding of an Essential Air Service contract....  

County Executive George Borrello says it's part of a plan the county is working on with Boutique Air and will also involve the cooperation of the Jamestown business community.  County lawmakers passed the proposal 16-1, but several legislators indicated that this was the last time they would be supporting such a plan.


The Chautauqua County Airport near Jamestown will be on the receiving end of three grants totaling nearly $660,000 to renovate and upgrade the facility....  

Local Congressman Tom Reed made the announcement earlier today, noting the funds are needed to ensure "access to reliable transportation.  He says the grants will enable the Jamestown Airport "to fund maintenance projects and ensure the efficiency of their operations.  It is important that we invest in our infrastructure and we are pleased these grants will allow our the Jamestown Airport make necessary improvements to keep the facility in working order.”  Airport Manager Ron Almeter says the funds will be used to complete three projects, maintenance of the primary runway, design of perimeter security and the design and construction of a primary wind cone.  The money will come from the Airport Capital Improvement Program, which is administered by the U-S Department of Transportation.

 

A lengthy investigation by the FBI and Fredonia Police has led to the arrest of a Fredonia man on a charge of promoting a sexual performance by a child...  

Fredonia Police say that David Tobio was taken into custody on the felony charge after a search warrant was issued for Tobio's residence out of U.S. District Court in Buffalo.  Police say that several items were seized and analyzed by the Western New York Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory in Buffalo.  Tobio was being held pending arraignment in Fredonia Village Court.

 

Chautauqua County Legislator David Wilfong won Tuesday's Republican Primary for Jamestown mayor handily over City Councilman Andrew Liuzzo....

 Wilfong defeated Liuzzo by more than 200 votes, 480-to-271.  Late yesterday morning, Wilfong expressed his appreciation to all the Republicans who came out, and supported him to carry the party's banner this November.

Liuzzo challenged Wilfong in the primary after the City GOP Committee backed Wilfong for the nomination.  The winner congratulated Liuzzo on running a strong campaign and, believes he will now carry the mantle for "real change" in the city.  Wilfong says there was no doubts about who was running in the Primary... and, he's hoping to bring the party together for November.  Late Wednesday morning, Democratic challenger Eddie Sundquist said -- quote -- "I look forward to ramping up our mayoral campaign.  This is an exciting time for the City of Jamestown and our campaign will bring new energy as we share our ideas, knock on doors, and prepare to debate Mr. Wilfong on the policy issues which most impact the people of our City."


Coming off his win in Tuesday's Republican Primary, Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello is now focused on bringing the GOP together as they prepare to campaign for the November election...  

Borrello says party unity is important as he prepares for Democratic challenger Austin Morgan of Freedom in Cattaraugus County.  Borrello picked up just over 60-percent of the vote in the race against Allegany County Legislature Chairman Curt Crandall.  The final vote count Tuesday was 7,453 for Borrello, while Crandall had 4,247.  


The price of gas in the Jamestown-area has fallen another penny this week to just under $2.90 cents a gallon for regular, unleaded. ... 

That from the AAA's East Central Gas Price Report, which says the price was just under $2.91 a gallon last week.  Across New York state, the average price is now $2.84, which is the 10th most expensive state average.  The national average is now down two-cents to $2.66, even though demand is at record highs.  Over the past week, AAA says demand reached 9.93-million barrels.  However, gas stocks will be down during the coming week due in part to unplanned maintenance at United Refining's Warren, Pennsylvania facility.

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WJTN News Headlines for Jun. 26, 2019

The endorsed, or more widely-know candidates appear to have locked-up ballot spots on the Republican line for next Fall's general election.....  

In yesterday's Primary for State Senate, Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello defeated Allegheny County's Curt Crandall for the 57th District nomination.  After 132 of 177 polling districts reported, Borrello had 7,453 votes to Curt Crandall's 2,247.  In the Jamestown Mayor's race, County Legislator David Wilfong defeated City Councilman Andy Liuzzo, 480-to-271.  In the City Council's Ward-Two race, incumbant Tony Dolce defeated Raven Thompson, 119-to-34.  There was one area County Legislature race in District 18, where Bill Ward took the GOP Primary run over Rick Syper, 289-to-152.  All vote totals are unofficial, pending the count of absentee ballots.


A Western New York Iraq War hero has received the nation's highest honor to be awarded to a member of the military for bravery during the second-battle of Fallujah....  

Buffalo-area Radio Talk Show host, David Bellavia, was a Staff Sergeant with the U-S Army and, provided cover for his trapped squad when it was pinned down by insurgents on November 10th of 2004.  Local Congressman Tom Reed was among those on hand Tuesday afternoon as Bellavia received the Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump.

In addition to Reed, and Buffalo-area Congressman Chris Collins, several members of Bellavia's squad were also on hand to see him receive the honor.  Bellavia is the first living Iraq War veteran to receive the Medal of Freedom.  Celoron-native J-C Matteson, who was a sergeant in that same Infantry Unit, was killed two days later in an RPG attack in Fallujah.  His name was also read by President Donald Trump during the ceremony. 


As more High School Seniors graduate this week, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation wants them to know they can still apply for scholarships another 2-and-a-half weeks....  

That from Foundation Executive Director Tory Irgang, who says the deadline to apply for all the scholarships they have is Monday, July 15th.  Irgang says they'll accept applications from a wide-range of students seeking higher education

Irgang says 90-percent of the students who apply, receive some sort of scholarship support from the foundation.  Last year, she says they handed out about 700 scholarships totaling $1.1-million. She adds make sure to completely fill out the applications before they are submitted  and, have someone proof-read it over before sending it to the foundation.  Irgang says you can get more information on scholarship applications by calling the Community Foundation at 661-3390... or go on-line to crcfonline.ORG.  She made her comments on last weekend's "Community Spotlight" on the six Media One Radio Group stations.


Two Jamestown teens have been arrested following a large crowd fight on the city's eastside early Monday morning....  

City police were called the scene on East 8th Street about 2:30 AM, and quickly dispersed the crowd.  However, they continued monitoring several smaller groups moving west.  A resident at 830 Cherry Street later informed officers that no one should be on the property as several people were seen in the backyard.  As officers were arresting a 16 year-old male.... an 18 year-old female quickly approached, and forced her way in-between the officer and the male.  The girl reportedly continued walking and pulling away from police but, was arrested without further incident.  She is charged with second-degree obstruction. It's unclear what charges the 16 year-old faces. 


Another aspect of the $20-million redevelopment of the historic Furniture Mart building at East Second and Washington Streets is an adjacent, multi-story parking facility....  

Mayor Sam Teresi also addressed that following Monday night's vote to support the project. He says with parking at a premium on the westside, it makes sense for the developer to do that.

However, Teresi says, once the Furniture Mart building is completely re-developed, and has tenants in it, the parking spaces may be all spoken for.  In the meantime, though, there is the chance some spots may be offered to the public for parking on that side of town until the nine-story building is fully occupied.  There has been some talk that overflow parking could be used for patrons of the new National Comedy Center and, other attractions on the west side.


The National Comedy Center in Jamestown has received another honor, as it's been named one of PEOPLE Magazine’s “100 Reasons to Love America” in the publication’s July 1st cover story......  

Comedy Center Director Journey Gunderson says the center is one of only three museums in the U-S to be on the magazine's list of "most beloved treasures."  PEOPLE adds it makes it “worth the trip to Jamestown, New York, Lucille Ball’s hometown.”  Gunderson adds they are proud to be part of the list and, says "as Americans hit the road over the July 4th holiday weekend and beyond, we hope they’ll come visit Jamestown to see for themselves why the National Comedy Center is a national treasure and a great reason to love America."  The National Comedy Center was voted a “Best New Attraction” by USA Today readers earlier this year, ranking number-two out of 20 new attractions and ranking as the #1 museum and #1 ticketed attraction in the country.


New York officials say statewide efforts to control a giant invasive plant with toxic sap are making headway.... 

The Department of Environmental Conservation's Giant Hogweed Program is in its 12th year. Commissioner Basil Seggos says the program has eradicated the plants from 623 sites and another 448 sites are being monitored.  The agency is urging the public to report sightings of the plant as it begins to bloom in the next few weeks.  Giant hogweed can grow up to 15 feet tall and has 2-foot-wide umbrella-shaped canopies of flowers. Brushing against it can release sap that causes painful, burning blisters.  Giant hogweed is native to the Caucasus Mountain region between the Black and Caspian seas. It has become established in New England, the Mid-Atlantic Region and the Northwest.

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WJTN News Headlines for Jun. 25, 2019

City lawmakers have voted unanimously to supprt the Gebbie Foundation's efforts to obtain state funding to move a potential $20-million project forward to redevelop Jamestown's historic Furniture Mart Building.....  

The City Council approved the Gebbie's Consolidated Funding Application for $1.5-milllion at last night's voting session.  Mayor Sam Teresi says the grant would help move the project forward.

Both Teresi and City Development Director Vince DeJoy say the developer is not being identified yet, but the out-of-town group is working through the Gebbie Foundation.  Teresi says, for the project to move forward, the CFA Funding needs to be approved in this round by the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council.  City officials say the project, slated for the entire 172,000 square feet of the Furniture Mart Building, will include a mix of commercial and residential development.  The Gebbie Foundation intends to apply for the funding by next July 26th.


At a home plate ceremony at Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park Monday, Russ Diethrick and Mayor Sam Teresi signed papers transferring the ballpark lease to the new 'Jamestown Community Baseball LLC' and extending it for at least another five years....  

The mayor says it means the Jammers will be at the stadium at least through 2025 and, if extended, through 2030.  The lease was previously held by Roc Ventures of Milwaukee.  Russ Diethrick is the President of Jamestown Community Baseball.  He says the lease transfer is yet another step in bringing wood bat, college level baseball back to Jamestown in June of 2020.  When the Jamestown Jammers return, they will again play in the Perfect Game League.  Both Diethrick and the mayor said additional announcements about the new team will be coming soon.  


There are a few more hours before the polls open for Primary Day in New York State and mainly Republican voters in Chautauqua County will be taking part in the elections held today....  

Among the major contests is the GOP primary for the 57th State Senate District.  However, Democratic Elections Commissioner Norm Greens says there are other local races, including Carroll Town Supervisor, Jamestown Mayor, and County Legislature District 1 in Dunkirk, there is also a primary for District 18 in the western part of the county.  At-Large Jamestown City Councilman Andrew Liuzzo will go head-to-head with county Republican Committee Chairman David Wilfong in the Mayoral run.  In Ward-Two, incumbant Tony Dolce is being primaried by Raven Thompson.  Voting hours today will be the same as past years, 12 to 9 PM.  All county poll sites will be open on Tuesday.


The resurgence of Celoron took another step forward Monday with the ribbon cutting for the new boardwalk and canoe and kayak launch....   

Celoron mayor, Scott Schrecengost told the large crowd of residents and politicians the Lucille Ball statue that's come to be known as 'Scary Lucy' played a role.  The value of the statue was used as part of the matching funds for the project.  The total cost for the boardwalk and an associated canoe and kayak launch was $790,000.  The mayor says a new 'amenities' building, including restrooms, is the next project, with groundbreaking later this summer.

A city man is jailed for allegedly stealing a bicycle from a person following a domestic incident last Friday afternoon.... 

City police responded to Liberty Street just after 1:30 PM and after speaking with the female victim, located the suspect near the intersection of Lakeview Avenue and East 6th Street.  Identified at 33 year-old Jonathan Rivera, police say he was found on the stolen bike.  Rivera is also accused of making several unwanted calls and text messages to the female. He's being held pending arraignment for petty larceny and fourth-degree stalking. 


A Jamestown man was arrested for allegedly violating an order of protection in the Village of Sinclairville Sunday night....  

State Police in Jamestown were called to undisclosed location and learned 20 year-old Jonathan Camacho reportedly broke the protected party's television and, attempted to fight random neighbors, including throwing one of them into a lawn mower by her neck, resulting in injury. Camacho was then transported to the Chautauqua County Jail pending arraignment for aggravated family offense, second-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree criminal contempt. 
 

A Summer full of free activities and personal enrichment is being made available again this year through the city of Jamestown's annual Summer Playground Program!

That from Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley, who says they'll again be at five locations: Bergman Park, Chadakoin Park, Allen Park, Nordstrom Park and the Lillian Dickson Tot Lot.

Ciesla-Hanley says the James Prendergast Library will again offer their Summer Reading activities.  She says they're estatic to announce Ryan Whisner  as the new Playground Program Recreation Leader.  Ciesla-Hanley says he was a recreation attendant at Allen Park last year and, he really enjoys working with the kids.  The fun and excitement begins next Monday, July 1st for children ages 5 to 13 years-old and, runs at all sites each day -- Monday through Friday -- 11AM to 5PM through August 9th.  For more information, call 483-7523.
 

The U.S. Census Bureau is using new high-tech tools to help get an accurate population count next year as it faces criticism for the way it plans to reach out to people of color..... 

Census employees are taking images captured from satellites and planes to verify addresses in rural communities and compare them to previous maps from 2010.  It comes as the bureau is planning internet and telephone questionnaires, which advocates say would be more likely to overlook rural areas without reliable communication infrastructure.  Deirdre Dalpiaz-Bishop of the bureau's geography division says employees check the data through computers and then plan how to send staff to hard-to-reach areas if census questionnaires aren't returned.  City University of New York Mapping Service director Steven Romalewski calls the technology promising.

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WJTN News Headlines for Jun. 24, 2019

The investigation is continuing into the cause of a fire that heavily-damaged a vacant home on Jamestown's northside and, damaged a neighboring home....  

City firefighters were called to the scene at 719 Cherry Street about 10:30 last Friday night and found the building fully-engulfed in flames.  Fire Battalion Chief Don Mowry says crews immediately started pouring water on that and, one side of the home at 717 Cherry.
  
Mowry says the family living at 717 Cherry was able to get out of their home safely.  He says the vacant home sustained serious damage to the entire structure, while 717 Cherry has some moderate damage.  Mowry says one firefighter was treated for minor injuries at UPMC Chautauqua Hospital, and later released.  Three fire investigators were called to the scene and, the cause remains under investigation.  Mowry says crews were at the scene until about 5:30 AM Saturday.


Water and emergency rescue teams were called to a location on Lake Erie near Westfield after a small sail boat became disabled early last Saturday afternoon....

Sheriff's officers say their Navigation Division was called to the scene, and found two people on the boat, which had a broken mast.  Deputies say the county's Water Emergency Team, and Westfield Fire Department were dispatched to assist.  Members of the Navigation, and county WET Team made contact with the boaters, and helped them get back to Barcelona harbor.  The two individuals were evaluated by Westfield fire rescuers, and released.  The Westfield Police Department, and the county's Emergency Services Department also assisted in the rescue.


Members of the Jamestown High School Class of 2019 were told that whether they know what's next in life, or they don't, someone is betting on them to make it....  

That someone was Graduation Speaker Bryan Hodgso, who was a 2005 JHS graduate and, is now assistant basketball coach at the University of Alabama.  They were also told they've come a long way since they were Kindergarteners 13 years ago.  That from School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe, who rattled off statistics on what their parents -- and they themselves -- have done over those 13 years.

Some 340 members of the JHS Class of 2019 received diplomas and, heard several words of live by as they leave high school.  It was the final commencement for Principal Mike McElrath, who will move on to the district's new Success Academy next Fall,but said the Class of 2019 would be one he would remember for a long time.  


Three roads have been shut-down in the Cattaraugus County town of South Valley due to flood waters from last Thursday morning's heavy rains....  

Town Clerk Mary Ruth says the cross-culvert on Burch Drive near the intersection of Sawmill Run Road was washed away making the road impassible.  Ruth says Burch Drive is a dead-end roadway that has 3 other dead end roads that feed off of it.  She says Town Highway workers responded immediately but, were unable to perform any actions to prevent the damage from occurring.  The Town reached out to Cattaraugus County Emergency Services for helpand Town Supervisor Heather Lamberson has declared a State of Emergency.  Lamberson has also ordered the closure of Burch Drive, Janet Drive, and Robert Lane to all vehicular traffic until further notice.  She and other officials are working on getting a temporary bridge-type structure to make the roadway passible.  Repairs will be completed as soon as possible.  If you have any questions on the matter, you are asked to call the South Valley Town offices at 354-2090.


The ribbon has been cut on the latest project along the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk, as the new "Breakwater Play-sculpture" has opened along the Eighth Street bike path....  

Mayor Sam Teresi and City Parks Coordinator Julia Ciela-Hanley say the breakwater was one of 23 projects selected through a two-stage competition through KaBOOM's "Play Everywhere Challenge."  Teresi called it another "special day" for the riverwalk.

The Breakwater uses four concrete "dolosses..." or Breakwaters, along with a rubber surface to create an artistic play-area that includes fall-protection for kids.  It was created by Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster of Buffalo... who have produced several such permanent artworks across the region.  Kempster says each dolosses weighs 6-and-a-half tons, and, are typcially used to protect shoreline areas.  The city provided in-kind services for the $50,000 project to paint it a "teal blue" color.  The grant from KaBOOM through the Ralph C. Wilson, Junior Foundation’s “Built to Play” initiative totaled $33,000.


In New York state government news... 

Lawmakers ended their 2019 session on Friday with a long list of progressive accomplishments but several high-profile bills didn't get a vote.  The list includes proposals to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana sales, permit paid surrogacy, eliminate criminal penalties for sex work and allow the terminally ill to request life-ending drugs from a physician.  Advocates for those issues say they'll spend the summer and fall building support for another attempt next year.  The session's biggest disappointment for many lawmakers was the failure of marijuana legalization.

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., June 22, 2019

Flames heavily-damage vacant home, damages another in Jamestown overnight...
One firefighter was hurt when fire crews battled a house fire on Cherry Street in Jamestown that spread to a neighboring house late last night.  City Fire Battalion Chief Don Mowry says firefighters were called to the scene at a vacant home at 719 Cherry Street about 10:30 p.m. Friday.  Mowry says the flames had a good head-start... with heavy fire coming from the first and second floors of 719 Cherry.  He adds that flames had also spread to one side of 717 Cherry.  Mowry says an off-duty shift of 15 firefighters -- and one commander -- was later called in... along with three fire investigators.  He says the family living at 717 Cherry was able to get out safely.  He says the vacant home sustained major damage to the entire structure... and, damage was moderate to 717 Cherry.  Mowry says one firefighter was treated for minor injuries at UPMC Chautauqua Hospital and later released.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.  Mowry says crews were at the scene until about 5:30 this morning.


Largest graduating class from JHS honored, hears from 2005 graduate Hodgson Friday night...
The largest graduating class at Jamestown High School class in several years took part in last night's commencement ceremonies at Chautauqua Institution.  Some 340 members of the JHS Class of 2019 received diplomas last night... and, many will be heading off to college, while others will go into the military or enter a trade school.  Others aren't sure where they will end up next... and, those were the students Keynote Speaker Bryan Hodgson talked to.  The 2005 JHS graduate... now a major college assistant basketball coach... says he wasn't sure what he was going to do either.  Hodgson says it's "normal" and okay for students to not be sure of where they're going or what they are going to do.  For now, he says they have time on their side.  Hodgson says he was not the best student, or athlete... but, did his best.  He played basketball at JHS... and, later Jamestown Community College.  However... he was too late to try out his junior year at the SUNY College at Fredonia... and, became a Student Coach... and, he loved it.   Also during the graduation... The 100 Member Club presented $4,000 scholarships to Ellyse Noon... and, Christian Dolce, who are being honored with a Brunch today.


Chautauqua Institution kicks off 2019 season today...
Grammy Award nominee Judy Collins will be among the Week-One headliners at Chautauqua Institution... as it begins the nine-week season Saturday night.  Collins has been a headliner before at Chautauqua... and, Spokesman Jordan Steves says she'll appear with a well-known Jazz performer, Madeleine Payroux at 8:15 p.m.  Steves says there are a few tickets left for the concert... and, for more information call 357-6250.  Chautauqua will make history on Sunday... as a rabbi will speak during the Sunday Morning Church program in the amphitheater.  Later... Chautauqua President Michael Hill will present his annual "Three-Taps of the Gavel" opening address.  Steves says the coming week will feature several speakers... and the main theme in the amphitheater is "Moments that Changed the World..." and will feature appearances by National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths... and Conservative Talk Radio Show host Hugh Hewitt.


State legislators approve measure decriminalizing Marijuana...
Lawmakers in New York state have voted to eliminate criminal penalties for public possession and use of marijuana after efforts to legalize pot stalled.  The bill would replace low-level criminal charges for possessing up to two ounces of marijuana with fines of $50 and $200-dollars... depending on the amount.  It would also expunge convictions from the records of thousands of people arrested for pot charges.  Governor Andrew Cuomo supports the bill.


Rosas named Chautauqua County Democrat of the Year...
Chautauqua County Democrats held their annual banquet late this week in Dunkirk... and, honored the north county city's Mayor, Willie Rosas.  Rosas is the first elected Hispanic mayor in New York State history.  He says he was very "humbled" to be honored by county Democrats... and, was touched to have Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown personally present him and endorse his re-election.  He says receiving the honor is "humbling."  Brown says that Rosas is recognized and "well-respected" across the state for the work that he is doing in Dunkirk... including making city government more efficient, or revitalizing the Dunkirk Waterfront.  Erie County, Pa. County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper was the keynote speaker at the dinner.


Hefner Returning to SUNY college at Fredonia as interim president...
The SUNY College at Fredonia will be seeing a familiar face return to its campus.  The SUNY Board of Trustees announced late this week that Dr. Dennis Hefner will be returning Fredonia as the university's interim president, effective July 1.  College Council Chairman Frank Pagano tells us that the university is excited to have Hefner return after spending the last seven years in retirement.  Dr. Hefner served 15 years at Fredonia's president from 1997 until 2012 before retiring.  He has a distinguished record of service at SUNY, including as former president of Fredonia and interim president at SUNY Potsdam.

City cuts ribbon on new "Breakwater Play-sculpture..."
The ribbon was cut this morning on the latest project along the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk with the opening of the new "Breakwater Play-sculpture" along the Eighth Street bike path.  Mayor Sam Teresi and City Parks Coordinator Julia Ciela-Hanley says the breakwater was one of 23 projects selected through a two-stage competition through KaBOOM's "Play Everywhere Challenge.  The city teamed up with the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation’s “Built to Play” initiative to fund the $50,000 project to create play in an unexpected but everyday spaces.  More on this Monday.


 

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WJTN News Headlines for Jun. 21, 2019

A Forestville man's death is under investigation after the Chautauqua Sheriff's Office and local fire departments responded to an unknown medical problem yesterday morning....

Deputies say they found 35 year-old Tye Kenny deceased inside the 26 Pearl Street residence about 4 AM and the county coroner was called to the scene.  An investigation of the home revealed evidence related to the manufacturing and production of methamphetamine and, members of the county HAZMAT team later responded to the residence to assist with collecting dangerous materials.  A search warrant was executed by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.  State Police are also investigating the incident.and, reportedly found a quantity of methamphetamine and a large quantity of items related to a meth lab. Deputies say charges are pending at this time. 


Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore says he will not be changing the way County Department of Motor Vehicle offices will issue driver's licenses, even with the passage of the Green Light bill....  

That allows illegal immigrants the opportunity to get a license.  Barmore said Thursday that he will remain firmly against the changes, regardless of the consequences.

Like his counterpart, Mickey Kearns in Erie County, Barmore says he took an oath to uphold the laws in New York State and the U.S. and, he was not elected by Governor Andrew Cuomo, nor the state legislature.  Governor Cuomo signed the bill shortly after it had passed.  Cattaraugus County Clerk Alan Bernstein indicated in the Olean Times-Herald Thursday that he will comply with the law.

 
Residents of the Jamestown area will have two unique 'transportation opportunities' this weekend....  

The National Warplane Museum in Geneseo is bringing a World War II era B-17 Flying Fortress to the Chautauqua County Airport near Jamestown.  The plane will be available for tours Saturday from 10 to 5 and Sunday from 9 to 3.  Tours are $7, free for first responders and veterans.  Flights in the plane will also be available, starting at $450.  Meantime, the Chautauqua Belle will have its final trips through the Chadakoin River outlet before returning to Mayville on Sunday.  One trip is set for today, at 1 PM.  On Saturday the steamboat will be moving between Jamestown and the new Harbor Hotel in Celoron,beginning at 11:30 AM, picking up passengers at both locations.  


Some one to two-inches of rain water -- combined with the ground already being water-logged -- led to some flash flooding in the Jamestown-area early Thursday morning.....  

The water was starting to receed by late morning, where the worst hit areas were the village of Lakewood, Kimball Stand, and Fluvanna Avenue Extension.  Forecaster Jim Mitchell with the National Weather Service says intense low pressure moved in and triggered the deludge.  

For the second-time within the past month, the old Conrail viaduct on Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood was flooded out, along with a portion of Winchester Road near the former Precision Tool and Die building.  In addition, Route 60 in Ross Mills also had some flood water and parts were closed.  Jones and Gifford Avenue in Jamestown was closed for a time as well.  The good news is the next three days should be dry.


A former Jamestown High School graduate who has made his mark in college basketball coaching will address the 340 members of the JHS Class of 2019 at Chautauqua Institution tonight...  

High School Principal Mike McElrath says Bryan Hodgson, who is now an Assistant Head Coach at the University of Alabama, will give the commencement address.  Hodgson was most recently with Head Coach Nate Oats at the University of Buffalo and, is going with Oats to Alabama.

Commencement begins at 7 PM at the Chautauqua Amphitheater.  The audience will also hear from Valedictorian Findley Holt, and Salutatorian Emily Spitz.  McElrath says both are "super nice kids" who have done very well at JHS.  Attendees will also hear from the Class of 2019's class presidents.  There are four co-presidents this year.  McElrath again urges people going to the graduation to arrive early because a large crowd is expected.  He says one way to avoid traffic is to take Interstate 86 to the Panama-Stedman Road, and go in the "back way" to the institution.


Teenagers across Chautauqua County recently participated in the "Mock DWI" Program at their high schools during prom season..... 

While the celebration of getting dressed up and spending the night with friends has ended, Seniors are gearing up to turn their tassels at graduation ceremonies this month.  Emergency Medical Services Resource Manager Ron Hasson says, the impact this program has on students is significant.

Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone says the Mock DWI program gives students the opportunity to think about the choices they make before getting behind the wheel or into a vehicle with an impaired or distracted driver.  He says the driver should NOT have been drinking.  Impaired drivers don't take vacations during the summer months.  Quattrone says the Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council also holds Impaired Driver programs for those that have been convicted of alcohol or drug-related driving charges.  The information on future courses can be found on their website, CASACWeb.org 


One person was arrested late Wednesday morning following a shoplifting complaint at the Dollar General Store in Falconer....  

Ellicott Town Police report 31 year-old Stephanie Bush allegedly took items from the store without paying.  Further investigation found Bush was in possession of a controlled substance as well.  She was taken into custody and issued an appearance ticket for Ellicott Town Court at a later date. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Jun. 20, 2019

A project to extend sewer service to about 450 developed properties along the west side Chautauqua Lake from Ashville to Stow has been launched....  

The project will extend South and Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer District service to those parts of the town of North Harmony, with physical construction beginning in 2021.  Chautauqua County Legislature Majority Leader Pierre Chagnon says the sewer board recently discussed moving ahead with final plans, now that the needed $16.9-million in funding has been secured.

Chagnon says the West Side Sewer Extension project will provide public sewers to a portion of the unsewered properties on the westside of Chautauqua Lake along the Route 394 corridor.  He says recent surveys by the county's Health and Human Services Department show that about 50-percent of the septic systems in that area are failing, and adding affluent to the lake.  He says that promotes both weed growth in the lake, and the rise of blue-green algal blooms as well.  He says once construction begins, it will be completed in 2023. 


A man suffered a serious head injury early yesterday morning in Jamestown after two men assaulted him during a fight over money... 

City police were called to the scene at 1414 East Second Street just after 3 AM and, found the unidentified victim laying unresponsive in his apartment with several larcerations, and covered in blood.  Officers say their investigation showed that 48 year-old Ronald Parsons of Falconer, and 25 year-old David Hicks of Jamestown got into an argument with the victim after unlawfully entering the apartment.  They they allegedly assaulted the man.  Both were arrested on one count each of first-degree burglary, and second-degree assault and taken to the city jail.  The victim was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital and, later transferred to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania.


Local Congressman Tom Reed is again blasting the "liberal agenda" coming out of Albany as state lawmakers wrap-up the 2019 session....  

During his conference call with Southern Tier media yesterday, Reed was especially critical of the "Green Light" bill that allows illegal immigrants to get a state driver's license.  The Corning Republican says those undocumented persons have already violated the law and, some could be a security -- or driving -- risk.

Reed adds that he's also concerned about whether the illegal immigrants have undergone a full background check before they travel.  The measure was backed by worker advocates and, the state Business Council,  which is not a "liberal" organization.  However, Reed says they should be pushing for immigration reform,not licenses.  He's been critical of it since it was first proposed.  Reed is one of many Republican lawmakers across the state who have denounced the bill, which was approved by majority Democrats in the state legislature, and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.


One thousand mental health professionals and advocates from around New York state are signing on to a proposal to restrict the use of solitary confinement in prisons and jails....  

Those signing on to the letter to state leaders include social workers, psychologists and other mental health professionals.  The letter urges passage of legislation that would prohibit placing an inmate in isolation for more than 15 days.  Supporters say isolation can leave life-long psychological scars.  The bill hasn't been scheduled for a vote.  Advocates say they're concerned it may not pass before lawmakers are scheduled to adjourn later this week.  Cuomo said Monday that he agrees changes are needed to ensure solitary confinement is humane, but he said he's concerned the bill may require the construction of new prison facilities.


The first of the area's high school graduations will be Friday night, when 340 Jamestown High School seniors cross the stage at Chautauqua's Amphitheater....   

Ken Ricker is the Class of 2019 advisor at JHS.  He says if their level of participation is any indication, this year's graduates will be very successful. Four people, Christian Dolce, Olivia Gates, Allison Stockwell, and Micaela Cleveland, all expressed an interest in being class president, and have served simultaneously in that role . The JHS graduation starts at 7 PM Friday, and is open to the public.  Those who drive are asked to park 'off the grounds'. Tony Dolce, advisor for the JHS Student Organization, has helped put on 30 commencements. He says the Amphitheater is the perfect place because of the large seating capacity and the 'special magic' it offers.  Bus transportation is offered from JHS to Chautauqua for those who are not driving.


A young lawyer from Jamestown will be the chairman for this year's General Campaign for the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County....  

United Way Executive Director Amy Rohler has announced that John LaMancuso, an attorney with the firm Lewis and Lewis, will head up the 2019 effort.  Rohler says LaMancuso is a fifth-generation member of the community, who brings a lot of energy to everything he does.

Rohler says LaMancuso has already brought some fresh ideas to the effort, including having his picture taken for the announcement with children at the Eastside YMCA who have benefitted from United Way funding.  Otherwise, Rohler says final details for the campaign are still being finalized.  However, she says their goal this year will be more than $1.3-million.  The United Way Campaign theme will be: "Change Doesn't Happen Alone."  For more information on the United Way, call 483-1561.


The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County is also announcing it has a new director of Finance and Administration who has an extensive business and financial background... 

Executive Director Amy Rohler says they have hired Sally Basheer who most recently has been an Accounting Specialist at Northwest Bank.  Rohler says, while living in Jordan, Basheer worked as a counselor for Nippon International Cooperation for Community Development, which is a Japanese non-profit, non-governmental organization.  She says it's dedicated to supporting self-reliance among people in developing countries in Asia, The Middle- East and Africa.  Rohler says they are "thrilled" to have Sally on their team, adding, "we look forward to continuing a strong financial position in the community and building a stronger community with her experience and diversity."

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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 increase, was approved by more than the state mandated 60-percent supermajority Tuesday.  The vote was 703 to 392, which was a nearly 2-to-1 margin.  There were also four non-binding propositions, including one to explore another merger.  That was approved 691 to 278.  However,  one to tuition students to another district was handily defeated.  Redistricting was also defeated, while one for sharing services was approved 770-to-185.

The Harrison Street Bridge in Jamestown's Brooklyn Square area will be closed to traffic starting on Monday, July 1st so the entire span can be replaced....  

That from Chautauqua County Public Facilities' Director Brad Bentley... who says the bridge replacement is scheduled to last about five months with a plan to re-open the bridge in November of this year.  Bentley says they worked with the approved contractor, Nichols-Long and Moore Construction of Lancaster, New York, to minimize traffic impacts.

Bentley says during the construction period, Harrison Street between Foote Avenue and Main Street, will be closed to thru traffic and a detour will be posted using Foote Avenue, Main, Second and Fourth Streets.  He says there will be a separate truck detour posted as well due to the low clearances on the Railroad viaduct on Foote and Main Streets.  Bentley says the current span has "severely deteriorated as the original stone bridge foundations have reached the end of their useful life."  He says about 95-percent of the $3-million cost will be picked up by the federal and state governments.


A Brocton man has been charged with driving while under the influence of drugs after a one-vehicle crash on Route 60 near Wilson Road in the town of Pomfret Monday....  

State Police in Fredonia say 33-year-old Marcus Watters became unconscious, and, his vehicle overturned after it struck a driveway culvert.  Watters was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  He's been charged with DWAI drugs, speeding, and fail to maintain lane.


Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that clears the way for undocumented immigrants to apply for a New York State driver's license.... 

Cuomo signed what's called the "Green Light bill" shortly after it passed in the state Senate on Monday.  Local State Assemblyman Andy Goodell, Chautauqua County's connection in Albany, opposed the legislation when it came up for a vote in the Assembly.  He says it "devalues" a driver's license when it comes to identification purposes. Goodell says the legislation will also put county clerks in a bad spot since they would be required to evaluate other forms of identification, including documents from other foreign countries. 


The Jamestown City Council will vote next Monday night on applying for a $100,000 grant through the state's Regional Economic Development Council to build a new skateboard park at McCrae Point Park....  

Lawmakers Monday night heard more about the proposal from Development Director Vince DeJoy, who says the application will go through New York's Consolidated Funding Application process.  DeJoy says it'll also be part of their Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

DeJoy says they're received some "very positive" feedback on the application, and is urging the city to apply.  Mayor Sam Teresi says the Tony Hawk Foundation is providing $250,000 grant for the project, and further support is coming from the Ralph Wilson Foundation.  Teresi says there's also some private fund-raising going on, involving Skate Products Unlimited, and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.  He adds the city is also including a $100,000 line-item was it's new Community Development Block Grant application to be submitted later this year to the U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development.  This application was approved by the council's Finance Committee Monday night.


For the first time in it's history, Bush Industries of Jamestown has received a New York state contract for the sale and installation of commercial office furniture....  

The contract allows the maker of professional-grade products to be eligible to bid on any state agency contract.  The company may now bid on opportunities for schools and universities, as well as local municipalities and statewide agencies.  Bush Industries has held a General Services Administration federal contract since 2009.  However, the company had been unable to sell commercial furnishings to agencies in its home state until the contract was approved by the New York Office of General Services on May 23rd.  Bush President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Evans says they've been "passionate" about getting a state contract and, says this is a "win-win for Bush Industries and agencies statewide."  Evans says they have "solutions for all types of workspaces in numerous styles, formats, and finishes."


An elderly Warren County, Pennsylvania man with Alzheimer's Disease was found safe and sound Tuesday morning after he wandered away from his home in Mead Township.... 

State Police in Warren say 80 year-old Richard Smith left his home on foot early Monday morning and, was found Tuesday not far from his home.  Troopers say an extensive search, which included local volunteer fire departments, and police agencies, took place.  Police say Smith was found about six-tenths of a mile from his home in a heavily-wooded area, walking along the side of a lease road off Forest Route 160 in Mead Township.  He was checked out at Warren General Hospital as a pre-caution.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Jun. 18, 2019

The Jamestown City Council is being asked for it's support of a proposal to apply for state funding for a new distillery business in the former Marine Midland Bank building....  

Jamestown Renaissance Corporation Interim Director Peter Miraglia outlined the proposal by developer Nick O'Neill of Enchanted Mountain Spirits during last night's work session.  Miraglia says they are seeking 200-thousand dollars in Consolidated Funding Application money for the $450,000 project.

Miraglia noted that O'Neill plans to employ at least 40 people in the business by the end of their third-year of operations.  O'Neill says they'll start out with eight people in the beginning so that can get trained.  He says they plan to hire up to 43 people by the end of their third year.  Those involved in distilling will be trained at a location in Kentucky.  The former Marine Midland, and Key Bank is also being eyed for some commercial, and residential development.


The 4th Lecom Health Challenge Golf Tournament will be played July 4th through the 7th at Peek'n Peak, and there will be some changes this year.....  

Tournament Director, Mark Guise, from the Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation says no one will pay admission to watch the golf this year.  It'll be free and there'll be no registration fee for volunteers, either.  At the Media Day preview Monday at the Peak, Guise also announced several other free events including a Caddyshack party and fireworks on July 5th.  But, those who want to see the tournament will have to go to the course.  Bo DeHuff of the Web.com tour says there'll be 'no Golf Channel this year'.  The organizers decided to put their resources elsewhere, including the free admission.  This is the final year for the Lake Erie College of Medicine's support of the Peek'n Peak tournament, and they won't be back.  The Erie college is going to sponsor a web.com event near Sarasota, Florida, where they have another major campus.  Tom Wedzik of the Lecom Board of Trustees says they've achieved their goals with the local event and are particularly happy with how much has been raised for various charities... over $400,000 by the end of this year's tournament.  Mark Guise says they are looking for another sponsor, or sponsors to keep the tournament at Peek'n Peak.  Web.com would like to have that nailed down by Labor Day.  Guise also make it clear the Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation would like to share the management of the tournament with 'others' in the future.


A pared-down, $11.5-million school budget for next year willl be decided on by voters in the Clymer Central School District today..... 

Residents will vote from 12 Noon to 8 PM on the spending plan... which includes an 8.8-percent tax levy increase.  That's down from the 13-percent increase voters rejected last month.  However, the majority of voters then -- 580 of them -- voted for the budget, while 459 voted no.  It was defeated because the proposal exceeded the state's property tax cap, and required a 60-percent supermajority to pass.  School Superintendent Ed Bailey says he feels good about this budget's chances.
   
Bailey says he and the school board cut about $171,000 from the spending plan, and eliminated a teacher support position, and may cut one instructional position.  However, he says that's not etched in stone.  He says voters will also have a chance to sound-off on the district's future through four non-binding propositions on the ballot. Bailey says voting today runs from 12 Noon to 8 PM.  


The Dunkirk City School District will hold a run-off election today for two board candidates....   

During school board elections on May 21st, Julie Smith received 177 votes and will hold a three-year term seat.  But, Robert Bankoski and Betsy Ramos each had 171 votes, and today's election will determine which candidate will receive the second, three-year term seat, as well as a one-year term seat.  Voting will be from 12 to 9 PM in the Auxiliary Gym area.


A man from the Buffalo-area faces several charges after he allegedly fled from state troopers during a traffic stop on Interstate 90 in the town of Sheridan and, was located and arrested on Friday on a warrant from Sheridan town court.....  

During the traffic stop on June 5th, troopers found that 26-year-old Joseph Nelson of Williamsville was driving with a suspended license and was wanted on multiple warrants out of Amherst.  Nelson sped off after police requested he exit his vehicle, and the pursuit covered about 7 miles before troopers broke it off after Nelson drove through a closed toll lane at the Dunkirk exit, and left the Thruway.  Nelson faces several charges, including first-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree unlawful fleeing a police officer and, aggravated unlicensed operation. 


Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello, who has been endorsed by most county Republican Committees in his run for the 57th State Senate District, is proposing legislation to help sole proprietorships expand..... 

Borrello Monday announced his First Employee Tax Credit Plan.  He says the legislation, which would be one of the first bills he’d sponsor in the Senate, would assist single-owner start-ups to expand their operations and bring in their first employee.
 
Borrello says about half of the small businesses in New York State are sole proprietorships.  Once a sole proprietorship moves to having paid employees, owners are responsible for workers compensation insurance and added business costs.  Borrello says his plan would give a state income tax credit to any business when it adds its first, permanent payroll employee.  He says the credit the first year would be 25 percent of the cost to employ that person for the first year.  It would then drop to 20 percent the second year and 10 percent in the third year. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Jun. 17, 2019

Five Jamestown-area residents were arrested following a reported fight in the city on Saturday.... 

Officers responded to the area of Baker and Chapman Streets just after 6 PM and determined 29 year-old Matthew Williams, of Jamestown, attacked a male victim with a golf club causing injury. Police also found 71 year-old Roland Williams, of Jamestown, allegedly punched a female victim in the mouth. During the investigation, 34 year-old Samantha Colvin, of Jamestown, became disorderly and resisted arrest, but was taken into custody for unnecessary noise. Two others, 31 year-old Stephanie Dellahoy, of Jamestown, and 30 year-old Christopher Dellahoy, of Cherry Creek, were found to have active arrest warrants. All five were taken into custody to await arraignment. State Police aided in the investigation. 


A Jamestown-area woman faces charges, including driving while intoxicated, after her car crashed into a utility pole and propane tank in the town of Poland last Saturday night...  

Sheriff's officers and Kennedy fire crews were called to the scene on Scott Hill Road about 10:30 PM and, found that 49 year-old Melissa Hartley of Poland, had lost control and the vehicle crashed.  Deputies say Hartley was found to be drunk and, was arrested for DWI, DWI with a blood alcohol level of .08 or greater, speeding and moving from lane unsafely.  She was issued appearance tickets for Poland Town Court at a later date.


The other Jamestown Republican seeking the party's nod to run for mayor this November says he has intentionally stayed away from getting another line on the ballot....  

At-Large City Councilman Andrew Liuzzo made the comments after his opponent in the June 25th GOP Primary, David Wilfong, announced he had been endorsed by local Conservatives in the race.  Liuzzo feels it muddies the waters for a primary for one particular party.

Liuzzo, who was the first candidate to publicly announce he was seeking election as mayor, was not endorsed by the city GOP earlier this year. That went to Wilfong, who is a county legislator, and county Republican Committee Chairman.  Liuzzo did receive more than three-times the number of GOP signatures to challenge.  He says cross-endorsements from third-parties should only come after the primary party's run-off has occured.  Liuzzo says he's been "well-received" wherever he has gone.  He is finishing up his first term as an at-large City Councilman.


A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly acting suspiciously, then being found with a significant amount of methamphetamine in his possession.....  

City Police Lieutenant Greg Wozneak says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force  were in the area of East Second and Cheney Streets just after 10 PM last Fridayand, saw 23 year-old John Danh walking between two U-Haul Trucks.  Wozneak says police approached and spoke with Danh and, soon after found him in possession of about 15 grams of meth.  Danh was arrested for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, was jailed pending arraignment.


Rain may have put a damper on the crowd, but not the enthusiasm, as the 37th Yassou festival wrapped up Saturday....  

The festival is a project of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.  One of the organizers, Alexis Singleton, says they had a huge crowd Friday, a little smaller on Saturday.  She says the festival has become an annual kick-off for summer in Jamestown and an opportunity to welcome the community to Greek hospitality and food.  Yassou is held on the church grounds on Francis Street at the top of Sprague Hill in Jamestown.  The church's priest, Father Jarrod Russell says they offer a vespers service and tours of the round church, as well, in hopes of eliminating caricatures and letting people see who they really are.  Yassou is traditionally presented on Father's Day Weekend.  St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2022. 


Four people were taken to local hospitals after the car they were riding in last Saturday afternoon was struck from behind on Route 394 in the town of Chautauqua... 

 Sheriff's officers say 52 year-old Rhonda Kennedy of Jamestown was southbound about 3:30 PM when she stopped to make a left turn.  However, deputies say the vehicle behind her, driven by 24 year-old Alexander Lescynski of Mayville, failed to stop and struck Kennedy's vehicle from behind.  Officers say Kennedy was treated at the scene while her four passengers were taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  Lescynski was not hurt, but was ticketed for following too closely, and speeding.  Kennedy ticketed for a 13 year-old passenger that was not wearing a safety belt.  Both Lescynski and Kennedy will appear in Chautauqua Town Court at a later date.


Local Congressman Tom Reed met with several local fishermen during a stop in Dunkirk last Friday afternoon to discuss the issues facing the sport and Lake Erie....  


The Corning Republican is pushing for continued support of the Great Lakes Restoration initiative in the final federal budget.  He asked those who attended the meeting held at the Conservation Club about other issues facing the lake, including high water levels.

The fishermen who attended the meeting raised other concerns, including invasive species and the condition of the breakwall in Dunkirk Harbor.  Reed says President Trump has expressed full support for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.  The program received $300-million in the 2018-19 budget.

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WJTN News Headlines for July 16, 2019

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