WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 16, 2019

A high speed chase that started in the City of Jamestown ended with three people arrested in the Town of Sherman early Wednesday morning....  

Jamestown Police say a white Chrysler sedan was seen speeding on West 10th Street towards North Main just before 2:30 AM.  Police say they also saw the vehicle allegedly fail to stop at the intersection and refused to pull over for a traffic stop.  City police were led in pursuit onto Interstate-86 to the Falconer exit and back into the city. However, the sedan began to travel in the wrong direction on I-86.  The pursuit ended on the Interstate near the Sherman exit with assistance from the Ellicott Police Department and Sheriff's Deputies, who successfully deployed spike strips.  Further investigation revealed the driver -- 23 year-old Tyler Tedesco -- was under the influence of drugs. He faces 19 vehicle and traffic charges including DWAI-drugs and drug possession.  Police say the two passengers,   23 year-old Corina Baker and 22 year-old Corey Jackson were each charged with second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  All three are being held in the Jamestown City Jail pending arraignment. 


A Jamestown man has pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally receiving firearms from out of state, and, possessing cocaine.....  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 29 year-old Tyler Anderson entered the guilty plea in U-S District Court to conspiracy to transfer firearms purchased outside of state of residency, and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.  Prosecutors say that between December of 2017 and late March of 2018, Anderson, who was involved in narcotics trafficking, conspired with another man to transport firearms from Pennsylvania to New York.  At Anderson's direction, the man bought three rifles and a shot-gun under his own name but, brought them to Anderson's home on Willard Street Extension.  During a raid on Anderson's home, police recovered about 62 grams of cocaine, along with the purchased firearms, and 11 others.  The other man has been convicted and, sentencing for Anderson is set for next November 21st.


Local Congressman Tom Reed is sticking to his guns -- literally -- when it comes to the ongoing debate over gun control in the wake of recent mass shootings across the nation....  

The Corning Republican was asked this week about what he would support as debate continues during Congresses late Summer recess.  Reed says the two measures approved by the Democrat-led House earlier this year is a non-starter for him.

That legislation was back by most House Democrats and some Republicans.  Reed says he would prefer keeping guns from people who are psychopathic or have mental health issues, and those who have committed crimes with guns.  He also voiced opposition to eliminating high-capacity magazines, including the 100-round high capacity drums that are currently legal.  He says he would rather focus on "who" is pulling the trigger as opposed to the object.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.


A Jamestown man was arrested late Wednesday night for allegedly shooting a handgun at a moving vehicle.... 

City Police say they met with the unidentified victim earlier in the morning and, learned the suspect struck the woman multiple times with a pistol.  Identified as 25 year-old Bless Grant, officers also accuse him of holding the victim against her will and threatening to kill her.  As she drove away from the West 8th Street location,  Grant allegedly fired four-shots at the victim's car -- striking the trunk door.  He was arrested later at his home and, charges with first-degree charges of reckless endangerment, assault, and unlawful imprisonment.


A big celebration of labor is being planned for Jamestown's Bergman Park two weeks from this Sunday....  

The city's 40th annual Labor Day Festival will be held on Sunday, September 1st and, officials are excited about this year's event.  City Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley, who is the main organizer for the event, held the final meeting of the Labor Day Committee yesterday at the park.  She thanked everyone who helps put on the festival.

Ciesla-Hanley says there will be plenty of activites for everyone, including kids events, and plenty for the adults.  She says the annual George Ritzer Labor Award will be presented at the Main Stage at 4 PM and, the fireworks show begins at 9 PM.  This year, a new vendor, Pyrotecnics of New Castle, Pennsylvania, will provide the fireworks.  Ciesla-Hanley says they have a couple of new vendors this year, including Basil and Bones.  She says they're also excited by their musical entertainment that'll be on two stages again this year.  They've added "Uptown Fever" on the Main Stage starting at 12:30 PM. 


The Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District board has accepted the recommendations of the State Comptroller's Office regarding regular financial records reviews....  

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says those records need more stingent reviews to ensure that cash receipts are properly recorded, and deposited in the bank and that disbursements were properly supported and approved for district purposes.  DiNapoli says the fact they were not properly recorded and deposited in the bank allowed the Assistant Treasurer for the district to steal $4,100 between 2012 and 2017.  She later admitted to the thefts, and resigned from her position. 


Local car enthusiasts will be able to get their fill tonight in downtown Jamestown when the annual "Crusin'" hits the streets....  

It's being put on by the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce and, will feature dozens of classic and vintage and, newer cars from across the region.  Chamber Spokesperson Sheila Webster says the program runs from 5 to 10 PM.

Sheila adds there will also be other activites aside from being able to look at the cars, including food trucks and other vendors, plus kids activities.  There will also be music at Third and Main Streets.  Webster says the downtown streets will be closed off, starting at 3 PM and will include:  Third Street between Spring and Washington Street and all cross streets between Second and Fourth Streets including Pine, Main, and Cherry Streets.  


Former state senator Cathy Young says she's seeing some exciting advancements coming to agriculture.... 

Now the director of the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell, Young told the Farmer-Neighbor Dinner earlier this week about a pair of researchers who are using lasers to zap bee mites. The system detects the mites and destroys them without hurting the bees.  Another innovation comes from a scientist who found that short bursts of UV light, fired off at night from a farm implement or robot, can destroy powedery mildew.  Young's office is located at the Cornell research facility at Geneva.  She says she wants to hear from people who have ideas related to food, beverages and agriculture.  

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 15, 2019

A Jamestown man was fatally injured in a two-vehicle crash on Route 394 in the Town of Poland on Wednesday....  

Sheriff's Officers responded to the scene with various other agencies shortly after 3 PM.  Their investigation revealed 67 year-old Terry Telschow was traveling west on Route 394 when he apparently crossed the center line and collided head-on with an eastbound vehicle operated by 35 year-old Landon Armstrong, of Conewango Valley.  Deputies say Armstrong was transported by ambulance to UPMC Chautauqua for evaluation but did not appear to have any significant injuries. Telschow suffered serious injuries and was flown by Mercy Flight to ECMC where he later died. No charges are being filed in the incident.  Deputies were assisted by Criminal Investigation Division; State Police; Frewsburg, Kennedy, and Falconer Fire Departments; Chautauqua County Fire Police; County Fire Coordinators; County EMS and Mercy Flight. 


An early morning fire Wednesday destroyed an older, two-story home in downtown Jamestown....  


City fire crews were called to the scene at 618 Pine Street about 6:20 AM.  Battalion Fire Chief Chris Dahlgren says a city police car was already at the scene and, the lone occupant of the home had gotten out safely.

Dahlgren says the home's "balloon style" construction made it difficult to bring the flames under control.  He says the larger volume of fire was put out in about 10 minutes.  However, he says Deputy Fire Chief Sam Salemme ordered an emergency demolition of the structure -- partly because the remaing fire was hard to get to.  Dahlgren says fire got into the stud channels, and went up to the second floor and attic.  Dahlgren says one firefighter suffered minor injuries... and, an off-duty shift of 12 firefighters was called in to assist at the scene.  He says the Red Cross has been called in to assist the victim.  The cause is under investigation.


Chautauqua County is receiving a one-million dollar federal grant to help it obtain the resources needed to help deal with the opioid addiction crisis....  

Local Congressman Tom Reed announced the grant Wednesday from the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program.  Reed says R-CORP is a multi-year initiative aimed at reducing deaths from substance abuse disorder in high-risk rural areas.

County Executive George Borrello expressed his appreciation for the grant... and, added that the collaborative efforts that have taken place in the county are having a "positive impact."  Reed says hopefully this will help mitigate the opioid threat in the county and he's "glad to help."  He adds the U-S Health Resources and Services Administration provides funding for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program to support local efforts to combat the crisis.  Reed made his comments for during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.


A Cattaraugus County woman was arrested on a warrant for animal cruelty charges at the Probation Department in Salamanca last Wednesday.... 

Sheriff's Officers say 42 year-old Krystal Benson -- of Little Valley --  was taken into custody  on multiple Agriculture and Market Law charges, including Neglect of Impounded Animal and Failure to Provide Sustenance.  Deputies say Benson was arraigned and released to appear in Little Valley Court at a later date.  She was then turned over to the Olean Police Department on a separate warrant from their office. 


At the final concert of the summer Wednesday night, the members of the Jamestown Municipal Band honored conductor, Rick Lundquist, for 25 years at the baton....  

Speaking for all the members, clarinetist and band announcer Shaun Laska thanked the director for making the band a 'welcoming place' as well as running the group expertly.  Lundquist said he enjoys keeping the tradition alive for both the band and the community.  The band, made up of professional and amateur musicians, plays around six concerts a year at the Goranson Bandshell in Jamestown's Allen Park. Wednesday's program included some the director's favorites, including music from West Side Story, and a number of Sousa marches.


More than 400 sex abuse lawsuits have been filed across New York on the first day of a new one-year window for older molestation cases....  

Hundreds, if not thousands, of people had been expected to sue as the state allowed molestation lawsuits that had been blocked by the statute of limitations.  As of 5 PM Wednesday, 427 lawsuits had been filed.  The Roman Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts and the estate of the late financier Jeffrey Epstein are among the defendants facing lawsuits.  State lawmakers extended the statute of limitations this year for new victims and gave those with older abuse claims one year to sue their abusers or institutions or businesses that employed them.  New York's old statute of limitations was among America's most restrictive.


An Orchard Park man was arrested for Grand Larceny following an investigation into a series of thefts in Chautauqua County, Pennsylvania and Ohio.....  

Sheriff's Deputies say they received a report that a man allegedly stole a wallet from a purse at the Bemus Point Golf Course back on July 18th.  Officers say, with assistance from Millcreek, Mercyhurst University, Corry and Orchard Park Police Departments, the suspect was identified as 58 year-old Howard Barco.  A warrant was issued for his arrest and Barco was found in the Town of Hamburg.  He was sent to the Chautauqua County Jail for arraignment. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 13, 2019

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The investigation continues into what caused an early morning trailer fire, in which a Kennedy woman was seriously burned yesterday morning.... 

Sheriff's Officers say Kennedy firefighters -- with mutual aid --  were called to 2 Munson Road shortly before 7 AM in the Town of Poland.  Deputies say two people were inside the residence at the time flames broke out and, one person escaped injury.  However,  Police say the other occupant, 66 year-old Linda Hammerbeck, was intially treated at the scene before being flown to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. There's no word on her condition at this time. 

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Kennedy firefighters were called to the scene at 2 Munson Road shortly before 7 AM and Fire Chief Keith Bean says they found the trailer fully-engulfed in flames when they arrived. He says the woman was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital in Jamestown for treatment.   Bean says the trailer home was a total loss and, the cause is under investigation.  Frewsburg firefighters joined Kennedy at the scene, along with County Fire Coordinators.  Randolph was on stand-by.  Crews were at the scene about three-hours.


Two men have been indicted by a federal grand jury of trafficking significant amount of Methamphetamine in the Jamestown area while a person under the age of 18 was present....  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 32 year-old Brandon Smith of Jamestown, and 34 year-old Mark Maio of East Randolph, are charged with narcotics conspiracy, and possession with intent to distribute meth and marijuana.  Kennedy says Maio is also charged with using and maintaining a drug-involved premises and possession with intent to distribute meth on premises where an individual under 18 was present and resided.  Kennedy says the investigation began in May of 2018 and, both men were arrested during a raid of Maio's home back in late January of this year.  If convicted, agents say both men face a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life in prison, and a $10-million fine.


A Warren, Pennsylvania man is being treated for serious injuries at an Erie hospital after his speeding motorcycle struck the back of a Sports Utility Vehicle Sunday night....  

State Police in Warren say 45 year-old Bradley Gern was operating his Harley-Davidson without a helmet on Pleasant Drive just after 9:30 PM when he came upon the SUV, driven by 56 year-old Patricia Fredericks of Warren.  Troopers say Gern hit the brakes but, his bike still struck the back of the vehicle and, he was thrown from the motorcycle.  Police say he was flown to UPMC Hamot for treatment.  No charges have been filed.


A Jamestown man faces several charges for allegedly holding a woman at knifepoint early Saturday morning....  

City police responded to 40 West 8th Street just after 9 AM on a report of a person with a weapon. On arrival, learned 37 year-old Peter Rosado was allegedly holding the knife to a woman in a hostage situation.  Officers say they negotiated with Rosado for a period of time before intervening and arresting him.  While taking him into custody, one officer sustained cuts on his hand from the knife Rosado had.  He's being held in the city jail pending arraignment. 


New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Dunkirk yesterday to get a look at how local officials used $1.5-million to upgrade the Dunkirk Pier....  

The ribbon was cut as part of a $2.5-million grant provided by the Empire State Development Corporation's Smart Growth Community Fund.  Hochul says the program is designed to provide the money, but, allow the localities to determine it's final use.

Hochul was among the VIPs who attended the ribbon cutting and, spoke about the improvements that include increased seating and green space.  She says they've turned the lakeshore area into something that's become a destination point for visitors.  Mayor Willie Rosas says the Dunkirk Pier project is part of an effort to improve the city's waterfront.  Rosas says they have improved their beaches, parks, and now the pier area. 


It's now official,  Paramount Pictures will be using Barcelona Harbor in the Town of Westfield for scenes in its upcoming movie, "A Quiet Place: Part 2."  Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says the filming will take place sometime after Labor Day....


Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says the filming will not only provide the county with an economic shot in the arm, but also give it national exposure.  Tranum says it helps the county's visability and, adds "you can't pay for that kind of advertising."  Empire State Development announced last month that filming in Chautauqua County would take about 10 days.

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 12, 2019

The investigation is continuing into the cause of a smokey blaze at a metal finishing plant in Jamestown's industrial corridor....  

City Fire Battlion Chief Chris Dahlgren says crews were called to a former Crawford Furniture warehouse at 10-70 Allen Street -- near Carolina -- just after 9 AM.  Dahlgren says firefighters found flames inside the International Metal Finishing building.

He says Jamestown called in mutual aid, and an off-shift to deal with the fire.  Dahlgren says they called in assistance from Falconer, Kiantone, Fluvanna, and Lakewood firefighters.  They also called in Chautauqua County HazMat to deal with a fluid spill, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.  Dahlgren says the three firefighters were treated and, later released.  He says no one was inside the building when the blaze broke out, and there was mainly smoke damage inside.  Crews were at the scene until about 4:30 PM Saturday. 


A 17 year-old boy was hurt -- but not seriously -- when his car went off Mutton Hill road in the town of Ellington, and struck a tree....  

Sheriff's officers say the unidentified teen was traveling on the road just before Midnight Saturday when the accident occured.  Deputies say the teen was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  Another 17 year-old in the car was not hurt.  No other vehicles were involved.  Officer say the driver was found to be operating past 9 PM on a DJ license.  He was ticketed for that, and failure to keep right in Ellington Town Court.


The Jamestown Post-Journal will be publishing one weekend paper, starting at the end of this month....  

In it's Sunday edition, the paper said it will present a new edition called "The Weekender" starting on Saturday, August 31st.  Currently, the Post-Journal has both Saturday and Sunday editions.  The paper's staff says The Weekender will have "everything you look forward to in both your Saturday and Sunday newspapers.  The Weekender edition will be delivered to home delivery subscribers, stores and vending machines on Saturday morning and continue to be available in vending machines and stores on Sundays."  The story also notes that their on-line edition will also "continue to be a source of enhanced information.  News and sports events that happen Saturdays will be available through our web site and app throughout the weekend."  The Weekender will also include Sunday comics, inserts, and expanded classifieds.  The Post-Journal adds there will be no change in subscription rates.


Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Bob Woodward says the Trump administration represents a ‘growing crisis in our country’ and suggests everyone should ask, “What have done to ourselves?”... with a President who has 'destroyed the common agreement of what is a fact.'  

Woodward was bought to Jamestown by the Robert H. Jackson Center and spoke Sunday at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.   As a Washington Post reporter, Woodward helped uncover the full dimension of Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal.   He says the kind of things Nixon uttered privately on his tapes, President Trump says out loud on the White House driveway and in tweets.   Regarding social media, Bob Woodward believes people shouldn’t ‘wring their hands over it’, adding “We have a First Amendment… thank God.”  Now an Associate Editor at the Washington Post, Woodward admitted he has a Facebook account, but he doesn’t look at it often.


There was a great turn-out on a nearly ideal day last Saturday for the fourth-annual Dragon Boat Races off Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron.... 

Dragon Boat Committee Co-Chairperson Heather Nolan says they had nearly 30 teams that took part in the day of races along the Chautauqua Lake shoreline.  Nolan, who works for the Chautauqua Lake Association, says it's a fund-raiser for the organization.  She adds that they more than doubled the two professional teams they had last year to this year.

Nolan says the dragon boats have 10 or 20 paddlers, who paddle to the beat of a drummer in the front of the boats.  She says it's important for everyone to be "in sinc" when they're paddling.  Nolan says "if you're out of sync, the person behind you gets splashed."  Several vendors took part and, they also had the annual "Rubber Ducky" race, sponsored by the Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union.  Nolan adds they also got a lot of support from the village of Celoron and, Meals on Wheels hosted a pancake breakfast there Saturday morning. 


Some public libraries are dealing with so many patrons struggling with poverty, drug addiction or mental illness that a growing number have put social workers on staff.....  

The Queens Public Library in New York City is one of them.  It has a full-time social worker assisting patrons who take refuge in the stacks and rely on the library for access to social services.  Other libraries have been training their staff to step in when a patron is suicidal or to administer an antidote to those who overdose on opioids.  That's caused debate among librarians about whether their changing role requires them to do work that goes uncomfortably far beyond their skill set.  Some say their expertise is in books, not social work, and they aren't trained or equipped to provide such services.

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News Headlines for Sat., Aug. 10, 2019

Sheriff's office identifies teen that drowned in Lake Erie near Ripley Thursday night...
Member of the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department WET Team recovered the body of a Waterford, Pennsylvania teenager who drown while swimming in rough water on Lake Erie near Ripley Beach.  Officers were called to scene about 6 p.m. Thursday for a man who was in distress, and late Friday recovered the body of 19 year-old Alex Musser.  Deputies say Musser was one of four people had gone to the beach to go cliff-jumping... when he and another 19 year-old man jumped into the rough waters.  Deputies say on arrival.... one of the teens was found on some rocks at the bottom of a cliff.  Firefighters assisted the County Technical Rescue Team to pull the male to safety and he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.  Officers say Musser was unable to get out of the water and already drowned when first responders arrived.  Several other agencies assisted.  Deputies say foul play was not involved.


Big Saturday night for Maniscalco at Comedy Festival expected after big Friday night with Mulaney...
Downtown Jamestown will again be bustling tonight with the last big day of laughs at the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.  Hundreds of people -- many from out-of-town -- were here for two sold-out performances last night by star stand-up comedian John Mulaney at the Northwest Arena.  That's not all... another 4,000 or so people are expected for tonight's two performances by fellow stand-up Sebastian Maniscalco.  Legendary Comic Lewis Black says getting three big names for a festival is a rare feat.  In addition to Mulaney, and Maniscalco... Brian Reagan appeared at Chautauqua Institution.  He says to have three of the top 20 comedians in the industry appearing in the same area over several days just "doesn't happen."  Maniscalco is fresh off an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live this past week.  His early show tonight begins at 5 p.m., while the late show is at 8... both at the Northwest Arena.  For more information... go to www.comedycenter.org.


Jamestown Public Market in "Lucy" mode for Saturday...
The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival will also have a lot of street activity today... and, some of that will be at the weekly Jamestown Public Market on Cherry Street.  Vendors will be on hand... starting at 10 AM... and, running until 2 PM between West Second and Third Streets.  Public Market Manager Linnea Carlson says they're always excited about being in the middle of the action during the comedy festival... which says says has historically been their best day during the year when they are open.  She adds there will also be an ice cream truck on hand selling tasty treats to local residents... as well as the out-of-towners who are here for the comedy festival.  She adds they'll also have some "Lucy" impersonators on hand... and, some will bring a trailer full of Lucy memorabilia.  Carlson says they'll also have a comedy troup that'll be part of the activities.  "Karate Sleepover" will be part of the fun.  Several local farm and other agri-businesses take part in the Jamestown Public Market... which is put on by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation each Saturday through October. 


Former NY Gov. David Paterson remarrying today...
Former New York Governor David Paterson is getting remarried.  The Daily News reports that Paterson will wed Mary Sliwa today in Manhattan at a venue overlooking the East River.  Sliwa works at an investment firm where Paterson also has worked.  The newspaper says former New York City Mayor David Dinkins will perform the ceremony before about 200 guests.  This will be a second marriage for Paterson, a Democrat who served as governor from 2008 to 2010.  He proposed in May at his 65th birthday party.  Sliwa was previously married to Curtis Sliwa, who founded the Guardian Angels and once co-hosted a radio show with Paterson.  Paterson recently announced that he has joined Las Vegas Sands Corporation to lead the casino and resort developer's push for a casino in New York City.


 

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 9, 2019

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is continuing to search for a drowning victim in the area of Ripley Beach....  

Deputies were called to scene about 6 PM last night, alongside Westfield Police and several other agencies for a male who was in distress.  Investigation revealed four people had gone to the beach to go cliff-jumping into Lake Erie, when two 19 year-old males jumped into the rough waters.  Deputies say on arrival, one of the teens was found on some rocks at the bottom of a cliff.  Firefighters assisted the County Technical Rescue Team to pull the male to safety and he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.  Officers say the other 19 year-old was allegedly unable to get out of the water and already drowned when first responders arrived.  Due to rough water conditions, Police say the victim has not yet been found and recovery operations are on-going at this time. 


An investigation into the sales and distribution of illegal drugs between Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties has led to 8 arrests...  

The probe involving a number of police agencies, resulted in raids late Tuesday night at two residences according to Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone.  He says a large quantity of narcotics were seized at locations in Conewango Valley and the town of Ellicott, including pscyhedellic mushrooms and methamphetamine. 

Quattrone is reminding county residents that they can play a role in helping law enforcement clamp down on spread of illegal drugs, by reporting any suspicious drug activity to your local department's Tip-line.  The Sheriff credits the cooperation of the various agencies involved in the investigation, including the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force.


The investigation into an alleged kidnapping attempt led to the arrest of a Falconer woman for falsely reporting an incident.... 

Ellicott Town Police say they received a complaint rerportedly occurring at Falconer Park on July 24.  Officers say their investigation concluded yesterday and, accuse 21 year-old Tracey Dalton of additionally making a punishable false written statement. Dalton was issued an appearance ticket for Ellicott Town Court at a later date. 


Saturday is the annual dragon boat race day at Celoron.  John Siggins of the race committee says they'll have a full day of excitement in the water near Lucille Ball Park.....

The event begins at 8 AM Saturday and continues through early afternoon.  The public is welcome, and vendors will be set up in the park along the boardwalk. The day will start with a pancake breakfast put on by Meals on Wheels, and end with the traditional 'rubber ducky' race to benefit Chautauqua Lake.  Another of the committee members, Justice Joseph Gerace, says the exercise provided by dragon boating is particularly beneficial for people who've had breast surgery and they'd like to have it around all the time.  More information on tomorrow's events in Celoron can be found at chqdragonrace.org.


A new back-to-school tradition is going on at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood in an effort to support the Jamestown Local Schools LEAP program. Marketing Director at the Chautauqua Mall Kate Miller says the "Stuff a Bus" event runs now through August 18th.

Miller says the Frewburg Central School District has donated a small school bus for the event. A complete list of schools supplies needed can be found at CHQMall.com. However, Miller says they're in need of pens, pencils, folders, notebooks crayons and, less-common items such as earbuds too.  As the grand finale, Miller says Chautuauqua Mall is hosting a Back-to-School Party on August 17th from 11AM to 1:30 PM.  Guests can enjoy crafts, a bouncy-house, selfie stations and more. Call Kate for additional info at 763-9355, extension 8225. 


Health officials say they've confirmed five cases of measles in a Mennonite community in western New York....  

The state Health Department says Thursday the cases of the highly contagious respiratory disease were recorded in Wyoming County. The department has issued an advisory to notify regional health care providers of the potential for exposure.  Amid the nation's worst measles outbreak in decades, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in June signed a law ending all non-medical exemptions for vaccines required for children to attend school in the state.  The Centers for Disease Control has counted nearly 1,200 cases of measles in 30 states so far this year. About three-quarters of the cases are linked to outbreaks in New York.


The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities says district customers may see slight disturbances, due to a leak repair on a District Heating line...  

BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says crews are repairing a line near the Harrison Street Bridge project.  Customers may see disturbances such as cooler water or low water pressure.  There's no time-estimate for repair known at this time.   For more information, contact the BPU at 661-1680.

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 8. 2019

The Chautauqua County Water Emergency Team rescued a despondent male in the Village of Cassadaga Tuesday afternoon.... 

Sheriff's Officers responded to Mill Street just before 2 PM and while speaking to the male subject, he reportedly fled into the swampy canal behind the street.  The Sheriff's WET Team searched the area, but were unable to immediately locate him.  Deputies say team members used a small boat to search further down the canal and the male was located about a half-a-mile from where he entered the water.  Officers say he was struggling in the water prior to being rescued and taken safely to shore.  Cassadaga Fire EMS crews gave the subject an evaluation on scene and, he was later transferred to UPMC Chautauqua for a mental health evaluation.  Environmental Conservation Police also assisted deputies in the search.


A Jamestown teenager was arrested Tuesday afternoon for allegedly assaulting employees at a G-A Family Services residence where he lived....  

City Police were called to 200 Gustavus Avenue for a disorderly person and, staff reported a 17 year-old male resident was non-compliant and refused to follow staff instructions. When the teen returned to his room, police say he allegedly attacked the staff. One employee sufferred non-life-threatening injuries, while a second was also struck and spit on during the altercation.  The male was taken into custody by officers and charged with third-degree assault and second-degree harassment. 


The Brooklyn Square eatery that was Friendly's will re-open Friday as 'Jimmy's Family Restaurant.'   

Local owner, Vince DeJoy, says the renovated facility will have a real local feel and look with a large mural displaying the history of Brooklyn Square.The manager under Friendly's, Marcy Parenti, will be back to run the new restaurant.  She says they've taken some of the old favorites and 'kicked them up a notch' including the honey barbequed chicken supermelt, and reuben sandwich.  Parenti adds they will be offering 'lots' of Hersheys Ice Cream.  


Sixty-eight years after the classic TV show 'I Love Lucy' took the air, it's effect is still profound....  

Those are the feelings of Diane Vincent, who's back in Jamestown to play Lucy Recardo for the Comedy Festival.  She performs the same role at Universal Studios in California.

This is Diane Vincent's 20th Comedy Festival.  She recalls the early dreams of a National Comedy Center in Jamestown, and calls what's happened in the last year 'extraordinary.'  Vincent and Rhonda Medina, who plays Ethel, will join local performer Adam Owens to present 'Lucy and Ethel's Rootin', Tootin' Western Review' in the Cappa Theater at the Jackson Center Friday afternoon at 4:30 and Saturday at 1:30 and 4:30 PM.  Tickets through the National Comedy Center. 


Jamestown's week of comedy and fun will take a serious turn on Sunday when renowned journalist and author Bob Woodward comes to speak at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts....  

His appearance is sponsored by the Robert H. Jackson Center.  Center President Kristan McMahon says his topic will be 'Have We Forgotten the Lessons of Watergate.'  Woodward is a longtime reporter for the Washington Post who's won Pultizer Prizes for his coverage of the Watergate scandal in the Nixon administration, as well as the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  Ticket through the Reg box office start at $35. Those buying the highest tier of tickets, at $150, will get a signed copy of his most recent book, "Fear: Trump in the White House", and the opportunity to meet Woodward after his speech.  The program starts at 5 PM on Sunday.


Federal prosecutors in New York have dropped some charges against a U.S. congressman indicted in a federal insider trading case....
 

U.S. Rep. Chris Collins was dropped from three counts in a rewritten indictment filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court.
 Collins, a Republican, has pleaded not guilty in the criminal case set for trial next year.
 Prosecutors said in a letter to the trial judge that the charges were modified to avoid a delay in the case.
 They say the charges prompted Collins to complain that he was being accused of wrongdoing over statements related to a speech and debate clause that protects members of congress from being prosecuted for legislative acts.
 Collins was originally indicted in August 2018. His district covers part of western New York between Buffalo and Rochester. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 6, 2019

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is investigating a boat crash that occurred near Sunset Bay in the town of Hanover....  

WJTN News has learned that a 23-foot Cuddy-Cabin crashed into the break wall around 2:30 am  Monday morning.  Sheriff's Officers indicate several agencies were involved in a three-hour search for the occupants of the vessel, which ended when 40 year-old Robert Bengert, of Blazdel was found.  Deputies say Bengert was a passenger on the boat at the time of the accident and further investigation identified 54 year-old Scott Schieder, of Cheektowaga as the operator. Schieder reportedly left the scene without reporting the crash and both men sufferred minor injuries.  Deputies say charges are pending the outcome of the investigation. Sunset Bay Fire Department, Lake Erie Beach Fire Department, Erie County Air One, Chautauqua County Water Emergency Team, and the Chautauqua County Navigation Unit all assisted in the search.


Reports say that thousands of New Yorkers could lose food stamp benefits under reforms being proposed by the Trump Administration....  

Local Congressman Tom Reed says he understands what the White House is proposing to do with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- otherwise known as SNAP.

Reed, who spoke about the reforms during a conference call late last week, indicated he had some changes he would like to see implemented.  The Corning Republican says he would like to see the welfare cliffs "harmonized" between the agencies involved.  The Trump administration’s proposed reforms involve rule changes outlined by the Department of Agriculture back in April. 

 
New York state officials say police will be cracking down on speeders through this Wednesday....  

The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee says agencies around the state will conduct a crackdown as part of "Speed Awareness Week."  The campaign includes high-profile enforcement activity along with public service messages.  An analysis from the University at Albany's Rockefeller College shows fatal crashes in New York caused by speeding increased during the summer, with many occurring between Noon and 6 PM.


The 2019 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, which begins this Wednesday night, may be the best one ever given the number of big names that'll be in Jamestown for this year's event..... 

Those are the feelings of National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson, who says the most demand has been for the two headliner shows:  John Mulaney's two performances on Friday, August 9th and, Sebastian Maniscalco's two shows on Saturday, August 10th.

Gunderson says, many people believe the best shows are the Late Night Comedy shows that feature up-and-coming Comedians and one of those is already sold out.  She adds there's also the educational component, with veteran stand-up artist Lewis Black doing another seminar at the Comedy Center on Wednesday night.  Gunderson says Black's seminar called "Stand-Up BS" runs about 70 minutes.  Black did one of his stand-up comedy seminars last week during the week on comedy at Chautauqua Institution.  More than 30 events are on the schedule for the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival and, you can learn more at ComedyCenter.ORG.


Former State Senator Cathy Young will make one of her first major public appearances in Chautauqua County since leaving the senate a week from today, when she addresses the annual Farmer-Neighbor Dinner....  

Young left her elected post to become director of New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell.  The Farmer-Neighbor Dinner Chairperson, Lindsay Eckman, says they are looking forward to hearing how she continues to have an impact on agriculture. The farmer-neighbor event will be held at the Grandview of Ellington at 6 PM next Tuesday (August 13th).  The dinner features locally sourced food, and the presentation of three agricultural awards, as well.  Tickets are available from the Soil and Water Conservation District office on Fluvanna Avenue in Jamestown, and Farm Credit in Mayville.  


Large group insurers are now required to cover all medically necessary mammograms for women age 35 to 39 in New York state.... 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation making the change on Friday.  Under current law, many insurance companies are only required to cover mammograms for women older than 40.  The measure is known as Shannon's Law after Shannon Saturno, a Long Island woman who died from breast cancer at age 31.  Senator Monica Martinez, a Long Island Democrat who sponsored the bill, says it's imperative to ensure that women under 40 have access to potentially life-saving early screening.

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 5, 2019

A 56 year-old woman has died after reportedly drowning when her car went off Hoag Road in the town of Harmony last Saturday night and, landed in a private pond.....  


Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene about 11:30 last Saturday night and, found the vehicle had entered the pond.  Officers called in the Chautauqua County WET Team,  which soon after found the vehicle, and located the woman dead inside the car.  The vehicle and victim were removed from the scene... and, the Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the incident.


A north county man has been arrested for vehicular assault after a passenger in his car was seriously hurt in a single-car accident in the town of Arkwright early last weekend...  

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Route 83 and found the driver, 39 year-old Jeffery Ortel of Dunkirk, was impaired by a combination of drugs and alcohol.  Deputies say a passenger in Ortel's car, who was not identified, was taken to Brook's Hospital in Dunkirk for treatment.  Ortel was taken into custody for second-degree vehicular assault, and driving while ability impaired by drugs and alcohol and, sent to the county jail pending arraignment.


The tradition of the Gerry Rodeo will go well beyond this past week's 75th anniversary event....  

Spokesman Paul Cooley says members of the Gerry Fire Department voted unanimously Saturday afternoon to host the Professional Cowboys and Cowgirls Rodeo Association for another five-years,  Cooley says details of who will run the rodeo, and other logistics will be worked out over the next couple of months.  This year's event also featured a number of past "Rodeo Queens" returning for the anniversary and, a large number of food and other vendors on the grounds.  Cooley says they will talk with their stock provider, Painted Pony out of Lake Luzerne, New York, about next year's rodeo,soon.

 Two standing room-only crowds capped off the 75th anniversary Gerry Rodeo as the four-nights of action and pagentry concluded last Saturday night.  Spokesman Paul Cooley says it was a perfect four-days and, locals and out-of-towners turned out and packed the grandstand off Route 60.

Cooley adds the Rodeo may have also set a record for Beef Barbecue dinners served.  He says they sold at least 900 more meals Saturday night, unofficially making it $3,500 over the four-days.  Cooley says one of the high-lights of the week was the entertainment provided by Rodeo Clown, Keith Isley, who brought his trained horses, and other acts to the rodeo.  He says people were also entertained by four consecutive night's of fireworks and patriotic music to conclude each program.  He says the biggest surprise of the week was provided by young Parker Kempfer of Florida, a rookie who scored 82 points Saturday night to win the saddle bronc competition.  About $50,000 in prize money was handed out at the Rodeo.


In New York State government news.... 

New York state is preparing to review its high school graduation requirements, including the make-or-break Regents exams that students have taken for more than 100 years.  Chancellor Betty Rosa of the policy-making Board of Regents initiated the discussion following another round of graduation rates that, while inching upward, remain stubbornly separated by race, poverty and special needs.  A commission is expected to report its findings next year.


The city of Jamestown is joining the nation in celebrating it's farmer's market.....  

Mayor Sam Teresi was on hand last weekend to proclaim it as National Farmers Market Week in Jamestown now through next Saturday.  Speaking alongside Jamestown Public Market Manager Linnea Carlson, Teresi talked about how having a public market has enhanced the experience in Jamestown for residents and, out-of-towners.  He recalled a breakfast meeting he had recently at the new Doubletree by Hilton on West Fourth Street.

Teresi noted that he had tried to get a Farmer's Market going in the downtown area when he was city Development Director back in the late 1980s and 1990s.  However, it didn't happen until a few years ago.  Carlson was pleased with the turn-out and, agreed with Teresi about the economic impact farmers and public markets have nationwide.  Locally, she says there's about a 2-to-1 return on money spent here.  The Jamestown Public Market is held each Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM on Cherry Street between West Second and Third Streets.


New York's governor has approved a law allowing human trafficking victims to hide their address from offenders....  

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the measure late last week.  He says it will protect survivors from "further abuse" by shielding their addresses from public view.  The law takes effect in 90 days and also applies to victims of stalking and sexual offenses.  Those victims can use a substitute address from the New York's Department of State instead of their work or home address.  Cuomo's office says domestic violence victims were previously the only survivors eligible for the department's confidential address program.  State Senator Julia Salazar of Brooklyn says the law will stop future physical violence and emotional harm.  The Democrat says it provides victims "the peace of mind they need and deserve."

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News Headlines for Sat., Aug., 3, 2019

City man arrested by federal law enforcement for drug and weapons possession...
A Jamestown man has been arrested on federal charges for allegedly being found in possession of methamphetimine and a gun inside a car this past May.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says that Jacob Graham was arrested late this week... and, charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  Prosecutors say... back on May 7... city police saw two men assaulting another man in the area of Crescent and Cheney Streets.  They say the two suspects quickly got into a car and sped off.  Detectives followed the suspect vehicle, and a marked patrol car stopped the car in a driveway.  Police found two baggies with meth... and, a book bag with a 12-gauge shotgun inside... and, Graham was arrested.  He faces a manditory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of life, and a one-million dollar fine if convicted.


County continues Boil Water Order in Brocton-Portland after second leak found in water system... 
A second leak in a water line for the Brocton-Portland water system delayed the free flow of water... but, was quickly taken care of after it was found late Friday morning.  That from Chautauqua County Water Resource Specialist Bill Boria... who says the water began flowing once the intial leak was found.  However... he says they are still asking people to conserve water... and, a Boil Water Order remains in effect -- probably through the weekend.  Boria says they'll be collecting water samples, and they should have results by Sunday.  He says in the case of the second leak... they were able to isolate... and take care of it.  Customers in the Brocton-Portland area should still conserve water through this morning.  The boil water order continues until further notice, with a decision on whether to lift the order to come on Sunday. 


Car driver arrested for allegedly blasting music over several blocks...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly playing his car stereo too loud over several city blocks early Thursday morning.  Jamestown Police say they were called to the 7-Eleven store on East Second Street about 2:40 a.m. for a report of loud music coming from a vehicle.  Officer say... as they approached the car... they could hear the music and stopped the vehicle.  Police say the driver, later identified as 21 year-old James Meuker, refused to give his name initially.  He was later arrested for second-degree obstruction... and unnecessary noise.  He was jailed pending arraignment.


Two teens arrested, two others hospitalized following Friday morning fight...
Jamestown Police were called to a reported fight Friday morning allegedly involving two intoxicated teenagers.... and, arrested two others.  Officers say the incident occurred just after midnight at 36 Bush St. and on arrival... learned a 14 year-old female and a 15 year-old girl... a 16 year-old male... and, 19 year-old Xavier Williams... got into an altercation with a person at the home.  Police say Williams allegedly pushed an officer during the investigation and resisted arrest, while the younger boy obstructed officers and resisted arrest.  The two girls were taken to UPMC Chatuauqua Hospital because they were highly intoxicated.  Both males face obstruction and resisting arrest charges.  Williams was sent to the City Jail and the 16 year-old was petitioned to family court and later turned over to the Sheriff's Office on an outstanding warrant. 


Borrello touts heavy Summer event schedule over current two-week period...
Major Summer events in Chautauqua County are in full-swing with the wrap-up of comedy week at Chautauqua Institution... and, the final night of the Gerry Rodeo on tap.  County Executive George Borrello is wearing a big smile these days... as local hotels are booked solid... and, vacantioners are here.  Borrello says this is a "wonderful place to live and visit."  Borrello himself will be volunteering one night to help serve the famous Beef Barbecue Dinners at the 75th Gerry Rodeo.  He praised rodeo officials and the Gerry Fire Department for keeping the tradition going, because it's the longest-running professional rodeo east of the Mississippi River.  Borrello says it's great to have two new hotels on line this year -- compared to last year -- because when so many events are going on, hotel rooms are at a premium.  They are the Chautauqua Harborfront Hotel in Celoron... and the Doubletree by Hilton in downtown Jamestown.  The biggest two weeks of the Summer season in the Jamestown-area continue this coming Wednesday through Sunday with the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.  It will feature headliners John Mulaney and Sebastian Maniscalco.  For more information on events... go on-line to www.comedycenter.org.


New Steel Rail Cafe opened on North Main St. in Jamestown...
A downtown eatery in Jamestown will be re-opening... but, under new ownership... and, a new name early next week.  Steel Rail Cafe will replace the former Van's Texas Hots at 29 North Main St., and, will actually open it's doors to the public this afternoon.  However... owner Lee Harkness says they'll actually have their "soft-opening" on Monday morning at 10 a.m.  Harkness says they'll also specialize in what their predecesor did -- hot dogs.  He says they'll be selling Sahlen's Hot Dogs.  He adds they'll also have chips, and, have coffee and donuts during the late morning hours.  He says they'll also have some ice cream products at Steel Rail Cafe.  As for the name... Harkness says it comes from his love of railroads.  He says he's accepted no city nor county money to help get himself opened.  He says they'll initially be open starting next Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..


   

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 2, 2019

"A petty political fight" is the reason why the New York State Thruway that runs through the Seneca Indian Nation is in "deplorable condition."  

Those are the feelings of local Congressman Tom Reed,who made his comments on the I-90 overpass in the town of Hanover Thursday afternoon.  Reed was joined by State Assemblymen Andy Goodell and Joe Giglio, along with County Executive George Borrello, in calling out Governor Andrew Cuomo about the defective condition of the road.  Reed says the federal government has done it's part.

New York state has been embroiled in a long court battle with the Seneca's over revenue sharing, and other financial matters.  However, Reed says local residents -- and motorists -- are suffering due to those crumbling roadways within the Seneca Nation's boundaries.  In addition, the Corning Republican says they are providing written notice to the state about the problem, and that it's liable if someone gets hurt.  Reed says there are also issues with other highways in the Seneca's territories but, adds the most glaring problem is with I-90.


There is a call for water conservation today for customers in the village of Brocton and the town of Portland because of a major water leak....  

The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services says all outside-use of water use is not allowed, including the filling of swimming pools, washing cars or watering lawns and gardens until further notice.  There is also a Boil Water Order in effect.  Water Specialist Bill Boria says the search for the leak began after they started losing water late Tuesday.

Boria says they believe the leak may be in an old water line somewhere between the old water tank on Route 5 and the new water tank near the village of Brocton's former water treatment facility.  County officials say water pressure in several areas of the town is very low because of the water main break and, some customers are expected to not have water.  Water for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth and making coffee must be brought to a rolling boil for one minute then cooled prior to use.  For more information, call the village of Brocton at 792-4160 or the Town of Portland at 792-9614 or the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services at 753-4481.


A Chautauqua County Jail inmate is jailed on $10,000 bail for allegedly promoting prison contraband in the jail this past Monday....  

Sheriff's Officers say Steven Dean allegedly made, and possessed dangerous contraband in the form of a cutting weapon. Deputies reportedly discovered Dean caused damage to a jail mattress.  On Tuesday, Dean was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and first-degree promoting criminal contraband.  He was then arraigned and returned to the jail.


It has been an incredible week of comedy at both Chautauqua Institution and the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, as more people discover what the center is all about....  

Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson says that was never more evident than when the Smothers Brothers visited the center this week and, toured the facility before cutting the ribbon on an exhibit featuring their artifacts.

Gunderson highlighted the growing partnership between the center and Chautauqua Institution with this week's Amphitheater theme of "What's Funny."  She says yesterday featured legendary director, producer and comic David Steinberg who talked with Lewis Black about the incredible 43 years he had managing the career of the late Robin Williams, whose work has been highly recognized by patrons of the Comedy Center.  "What's Funny" week wraps up today with one of the top female comedians right now -- Maria Bamford -- in the Amphitheater at 10:45 AM.  Another female comedian, Ophira Eisenburg, will interview her to help wrap up Week-Six and the theme "What's Funny."


A Jamestown man was arrested early this morning following a noise complaint on the city's eastside.....  

City police responded to the 7-Eleven store on East 2nd Street for a report of loud music coming from a vehicle.  Officers reportedly could hear the music several blocks away as they approached the scene and, on arrival spoke with a man who refused to identify himself. Police say they warned the man he could be charged as was impeding investigation and, refused a second time. He was later identified as 21 year-old James Meuker and, taken into custody for second-degree obstruction and unnecessary noise. Meuker is being held in the city jail pending arraignment. 


A Jewish Rabbi, a Christian minster and a muslim man brough their style of comedy to Jamestown last night for a special program at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts....  

Rabbi Bob Alper, the Reverend Susan Sparks and, Gibran Saleem who is a Pakistani-Muslim, and psychologist, did their "Laugh in Peace" program at the Reg.  Alper says they were excited to be brought to Jamestown by the National Comedy Center.  Alper says he's had 47 years of using humorous antecdotes, and jokes in his sermons in front of "sometime hostile audiences..." so the comedy show was a natural extension of that.  He says their "Laugh in Peace" Show has appeared everywhere from The World Bank in Washington, DC to the Palestinian Fest in Houston, Texas, building bridges and reconciling differences through humor. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug.1 2019

A new law in New York will prevent local school districts from authorizing teachers from carrying firearms on school grounds.... 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law on Wednesday.  While law enforcement and school resource officers will still be allowed to carry guns, the new law will stop any local districts from trying to arm teachers or allowing them to bring guns onto school grounds.  The state teachers union had supported the bill, arguing that arming teachers would only increase the risk of accidental shootings without increasing student safety.  Cuomo also signed legislation Wednesday that would create statewide rules for gun buy-back programs, which allow individuals to turn in or sell their firearms to authorities without risk of prosecution.


The interim superintendent of the Dunkirk City School District says school safety is a top priority going into the new school year.....  

That's according to Sylvia Root, who took over the district's top post on July 15th...  and, she says School Resource Officer Steve Zentz has been working closely with the administration on a plan.  While a school safety plan is mandated by the state,  Zentz says the district is taking it a step further -- a computer program called "Navigate Prepared''.  Zentz has been holding individual meetings in all six buildings in the district as they prepare for the start of school on September 5th. 


A Jamestown Public School Board member has been selected to head-up the Small Cities Schools Association for the 2019-2020 school year... 

In a printed release, the New York State Association of Small City Schools announced Nina Karbacka for the role.  Karbacka is a three-year member of the association and a four-year member of the JPS Board of Education, with 40 years of teaching at all grade levels in the district.  She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in Music Education at SUNY Fredonia.  Nina Karbacka says she's honored to accept the presidency, saying, "It is an exciting challenge to work to promote efficiency and economy in the small city districts and to communicate the educational and financial needs of our students to the public and New York State legislature."  Nina founded the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony and is also an active community volunteer in Jamestown. 


A Panama man faces charges for falsely reporting his vehicle stolen after he was found to have actually crashed it while leaving a Pennslvania bar on the Fourth of July.....  

State Police responded to 27 year-old Zachary Dunham's residence to investigate the theft but, learned Dunham allegedly left a bar in Sugar Grove, when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed.  Troopers say video surveillence and witnesses confirm that Dunham was driving and wrecked his own vehicle during the time he reported it was stolen from his yard. The passenger was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.  Officers arrested Dunham last Friday for second-degree offering a false instrument for filing and third-degree falsely reporting an incident.  He was released with an appearance ticket for Harmony Town Court next month.


A new fireworks company has been approved by Jamestown lawmakers to provide the pyrotechnics for this September 1st Labor Day Festival at Bergman Park.....  

The City Council Monday night unanimously approved Pyrotecnico of New Castle, Pennsylvania to do the fireworks that conclude the festival this year.  Mayor Sam Teresi says the representative at Pyrotenico worked at the previous vendor, Zambelli Fireworks, also located in New Castle.

Teresi says it's a $20,000 contract, but, will include about 2,000 shells, which is about 400 more than were fired off last year.  He says they four different companies make bids to the Labor Day Festival committee, but he says Pyrotecnico "really wanted the business."  Again, the new company will provide the fireworks for Jamestown's Labor Day Festival on Sunday, September 1st.  More information will be released on the festival in the coming weeks.


There was a brief rain shower, but that didn't spoil the fun for about 200 people Wednesday at the Chautauqua Adult Day Services annual Summer Picnic at Midway Park in Maple Springs......  

The event allows participants in each of the program's sites across the county to gather and enjoy music, food and activities.  Executive Director Frank Bercik  they've held the picnic for nearly 30 years and, this year's theme was the "Wizard of Oz".

Bercik says the picnic is part of the programming they provide for older residents who are 60 and over.  He says they provide case managers to help support the older person, and their families and, provide programs during the day along with breakfast and lunch.  Bercik says their goals are to allow older adults to stay and live in their homes, provide a safe and fun place during the day and, give their caregivers a break.  For more information, go on-line to Seniordayprograms.com,  You can also call 664-9759.

More than 220 professional cowboys and cowgirls are competing in this year's 75th annual Gerry Rodeo, which continues tonight at the Rodeo Grounds off Route 60.......  

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association says the 224 competitiors are from more than 30 states and, will compete each night through Saturday at 8 PM.  Rodeo Spokesman Paul Cooley says the list of contestants is headed up by 56 team ropers (28 two-man teams), followed by 52 female barrel racers.  He says the saddle bronc competition has drawn 26 entries while the bareback riders total 18.  The ever-dangerous bull riding will feature 23 cowboys. Steer wrestling has 25 competitors and the tie-down roping events has 24.  Cooley says this year's purse will be approximately $50,000 and, the stock provider will again be Painted Pony Championship Rodeo from Lake Luzerne, New York in the Catskill Region.  For more information on the rodeo... go on-line to GerryRodeo.org, or by phone at 985-4847 or 1-888-985-4847.


New York will allow candidates for state and local office to use campaign contributions to pay for child care.....  

Under a measure signed into law Tuesday, child care expenses incurred during a campaign or an elected leader's official duties can be claimed as a campaign expense.  The change takes effect in 60 days.  Governor Andrew Cuomo says child care expenses shouldn't deter anyone from seeking office and that the new law should empower more parents, and especially mothers, to run.  Last fall, the Federal Election Commission permitted Democrat Liuba Grechen Shirley of Long island to use campaign funds to pay for child care during her unsuccessful challenge to Republican Peter King.  It was the first time the commission ruled ongoing child care could be considered a federal campaign expense.

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WJTN News Headlines for July 31, 2019

Chautauqua County leaders have begun the budget process for 2020 and County Executive George Borrello is hoping to bring in another zero-tax increase spending plan....  

Borrello says he held his annual budget "kick-off" with department heads this week, tasking them with bringing in "no increase" budgets because state mandates continue to increase.

Borrello says the county's general operating budget will again be more than $250-million and, he hopes to keep his proposal around that number.  He says it's good to see the current year's budget pretty much holding the line on spending and revenues.  Borrello noted one concern is over areas that aren't "under our control..." such as payments from the Seneca Nation of Indians, which have been delayed the past two years.  He says the Seneca's are apparently appealing their state payments again.  Borrello says he expects to present his 2020 budget proposal at the County Legislature meeting on September 25th and, lawmakers will begin their review.  


Chautauqua County's top-elected official says he hopes the motion passed last week by the County Legislature opposing wind turbines in Lake Erie sends a strong message to state leaders in Albany....  

WKBW TV is reporting that a California company called "Diamond Generating Corporation" wants to locate 50-plus turbines in the lake, offshore from the town of Evans to the Pennsylvania State Line.  County Executive George Borrello says he checked out the company online and found they're a "front company" for Mitsubishi.  Borrello says he's not surprised that companies are looking to locate wind farms on the lake, but it's important to let the state know that the county is opposed to any such proposal.  County lawmakers passed the motion opposing wind turbines in Lake Erie by an 18-0 vote.


 Local Congressman Tom Reed says it's up to local governments as to whether or not wind turbines are located in any particular community....  

Reed was asked about his stand in the wake of last week's vote by county lawmakers to oppose the location of wind turbines in Lake Erie.  The Corning Republican addressed the issue of wind energy during Tuesday's weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.  Reed says wind power is part of his "all of the above" energy policy, which includes renewables and the use of fossil fuels.  He says "just because it's wind..." doesn't mean I'm against it.


The premier cancer hospital and research facility in Western New York is now one of the top 20 in all the United States....  

U-S News and World Report is out with it's rankings of 885 cancer hospitals and overall, it ranks Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo number-14 in the country.  Roswell's President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Candace Johnson says they're very pleased with the recognition.

Johnson says they are especially thrilled because they ranked higher than many major cancer centers in much larger markets.  She says they have worked hard to provide "cutting edge" care to their patients.  Going forward, Johnson says Roswell will continue to push innovation in cancer surgery and treatment.  She believes they will continue finding cures for more forms of cancer, adding great strides have been made in the past 3 to 5 years.  Johnson adds they were also classified as "high performing" in the survey in both Colon and Lung Cancer surgeries.


Safety Concern Closure... 

Potter's Terrace on East Third Street in downtown Jamestown has been closed because of safety concerns.  The owner of the property, The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, says a recent examination revealed some structural problems which will now be evaluated.  The terrace has been dedicated as a memorial for AIDS victims. The Renaissance Corporation is looking for community input on re-establishing the memorial.  Contact Pete Miraglia at the Renaissance Corporation for more information.   

 

New York has banned the manufacture, sale or possession of 3D-printed guns and other types of undetectable firearms under a measure signed into law by the state's Democratic governor....  

Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday also signed new rules for the safe storage of firearms in homes with children.  The new rules require guns to be locked in secure storage or made harmless with a trigger lock if anyone under 16 could access the weapon.  Exceptions will be made for teens with licenses to hunt or use a firearm.  The two bills are among several gun control measures approved by lawmakers earlier this year.  On Monday, Cuomo signed legislation extending a waiting period from 3 to 30 days for potential gun buyers whose instant background check yields inconclusive results.


Drug-policy reform advocates say New York's latest marijuana decriminalization law doesn't do enough to address the legacy of discriminatory drug law enforcement.....  

The bill, signed into law Monday by Governor Andrew Cuomo, makes possession of less than two ounces of marijuana a violation subject to tickets and fines, and includes automatic expungement of past convictions for low-level offenses. But, the Drug Policy Alliance's Melissa Moore says the new law still gives police wide discretion to continue making arrests.

Moore advocates for legalization and regulation.  Proponents of the new law say expunging past low-level convictions will help address disparate impacts of past enforcement practices.  Moore adds that there have been about $900,000 arrests for low-level marijuana charges in New York over the past two decades.  In addition, Moore points out that simply reducing misdemeanors to violations doesn't stop the underground trade in marijuana, estimated at 3-billion-dollars-a-year in New York.  But legalization and regulation could bring in about a billion dollars a year in new tax revenue.


Jamestown native Jordan Basile will be doing double-duty in the coming year....  

Not only will he be field manager for the Jamestown Jammers re-entry into the Perfect Game Collegiate Summer Baseball League but Basile will also be coaching the Jamestown Community College baseball team.  Athletic Director George Sisson says Basile comes to JCC with over 25 years of playing and coaching experience at the junior college, Division-One, two and three, and professional levels.  He coached the past two years at Patrick Henry Community College, where his team was one game away from the College World Series with a 38-16-1 record.  In his two seasons at Patrick Henry, he had a combined win total of 64-32. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 30, 2019

Part of it was comedy, but there was also a lot of humility shown yesterday afternoon as a new archived exhibit about The Smothers Brothers was officially opened at the National Comedy Center....  

Tom and Dick Smothers, fresh off an earlier appearance at Chautauqua Institution, were on hand to cut the ribbon on the new exhibit.  Dick Smothers called seeing the the exhibit, and Comedy Center, a "humbling experience."

The new exhibit at the Comedy Center mainly honors the 50th anniversary of the cancellation of the  Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, which started in 1967.  Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson said it was an honor to have the comedy team in Jamestown -- again.  Gunderson recalled that the Smothers Brothers performed at one of the early "Lucille Comedy Festivals" in Jamestown in 1994 and, this year was the 25th anniversary of that program.  The Smothers Brothers were earlier interviewed in front of a packed amphitheater at Chautauqua Institution to begin Week-Six on the theme "What's Funny."


Two Jamestown men are under arrest for allegedly punching and kicking another man during an assault on the city's eastside last Saturday night....  

Jamestown Police were called to the scene at 1011 East Second Street just after 8 PM for a fight in progress.  Officers say they found that Gavin Long and Corbin Kates -- both 18 -- knocked the unidentified victim to the ground, and then began punching and kicking him.  The man suffered minor injuries.  Long and Kates were both charged with third-degree assault, and taken to the city jail pending arraignment.


The Smothers Brothers hosted their controversial Comedy Hour from 1967 to it's cancellation in 1969....  

Chautauqua Spokeswoman Emily Morris told our Matt Warren yesterday morning's program was "well received."  The National Comedy Center's Journey Gunderson says the week at Chautauqua has worked out as a perfect lead-in to next week's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown.  After the Smothers Brothers, Gunderson says Frank Oz will be today's featured lecturer at 10:45 AM.  He's the voice of "Miss Piggy" with the Muppets and, has directed and produced a number of TV shows and movies.  On Thursday, David Steinberg and Lewis Black will do a program highlighting the work of legendary comic, Robin Williams.  


Four Dansville teenagers were killed in a motor vehicle accident in the Allegany County town of Burns early last Saturday morning..... 

State Police in Amity were called to the scene about 4:30 AM on County Route 13-C and, found a Jeep Grand Cherokee -- with 5 occupants -- failed to stop at a stop sign.  Troopers say the SUV traveled through the intersection, struck a tree... and came to rest in an embankment.  The front seat passenger, 16 year-old Kelsi Bird, was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Officers report she was the only person wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.  The operator, 16 year-old Rebecca Earner, and passengers 16 year-old Ambra Eddleton, 14 year-old Justin Carpenter and 14 year-old Kyrstin Wolfanger, were pronounced dead at the scene.  Troopers say driver inexperience, distraction and speed were factors in the fatal accident. 


A major automotive travel organization is reminding motorists to use caution this summer after the fatal crash in Allegany County claimed the lives of four teens...  

Elizabeth Carey of AAA of Western and Central New York says the 100 days of summer is a time when teen crashes soar.

Carey recommends that parents discuss avoiding distracted driving and, other dangerous behaviors behind the wheel -- and make sure you're "buckled up."  She says she always reminds her children to buckle-up for safety when they ride in a car.  State Police say the four victims of Saturday's crash were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.


The Jamestown City Council has unanimously approved a new, five-year contract agreement with the union representing mid-level managers in the city.... 

Lawmakers ratified the pact with the Jamestown City Administrative Association at last night's voting session, retroactive to the beginning of 2017 and running through the end of 2021.  Mayor Sam Teresi calls it a "fair and reasonable" agreement and credited both negotiating groups.

Teresi says the JCAA represents between 25 and 30 people, including a handful of employees of the Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency, which will act on the contract today.  He says the association approved the new contract last week, which does include a small increase in pay, starting next year.  He says there is no increase for 2017, 2018, and 2019.  There will be 2-percent raises for 2020, and 2021.  However, Teresi says long-time workers who have not already received a step increase will as of this past July 1st.  Starting in 2020, Teresi says employees will have the option of participating in a lower cost "hybrid" health care plan, or remain in the city's self-insured plan.


It's time for the annual summer survey of wild turkeys in New York....  

The Department of Environmental Conservation is recruiting volunteers for the citizen science project.  Participants report information about turkeys seen around their homes or while traveling around the state.  The DEC says up-to-date population data is necessary for making management decisions and understanding how populations fluctuate.  DEC has conducted the summer wild turkey sighting survey since 1996.  During the month of August, participants record the sex and age composition of all flocks of wild turkeys they see.  Survey forms and instructions are available on the DEC website.

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WJTN News Headlines for July 29, 2019

The National Comedy Center in Jamestown will celebrate it's first anniversary this coming Thursday and, so far the first year has gone very well....  

That from Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson, who says they've received rave reviews from several national publications, and officials.  Gunderson says having the center open at the end of the tourist season last year, and have some downtime in the Winter, allowed them to gear up for the 2019 tourist season and, she says it's been a busy one.

Gunderson says it's gratifying because the question of "would people like it?" had lingered as the project took eight-years to develop.  She says they've been very happy with the reviews.  Gunderson says they'll talk with their consultant A-E-COM about the final attendance figures for year-one and, see where they should be for the center's first "stablized year."  Normally, she says that would be the third-year of operation.  A-E-COM projected the National Comedy Center should draw between 100,000 to 114,000 visitors in the first "stablized year." 


A busy two weeks of comedy in Chautauqua County gets underway today at Chautauqua Institution with a Week-Six theme of "What's Funny?"  

That from National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson, who says the 'groundbreaking' Smothers Brothers will lead things off in the Amphitheater at 10:45 this morning.  Gunderson says this year marks the 50th anniversary of the cancellation of their controversial show "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour".

Tom and Dick Smothers have been the most enduring comedy duo in history, having professionally performed together since 1959.  After today's program the brothers will be in Jamestown to cut the ribbon on a new exhibit about their work at the Comedy Center.  On Tuesday, Director, Producer, Writer and performer Frank Oz will be on the Amphitheater stage, and will be interviewed by CNN Documentary Series Executive Producer, Stephen Morrison.  On Thursday, David Steinberg and Lewis Black will do a program highlighting the work of legendary comic, Robin Williams.  Steinberg managed Williams' career for 43 years.


Two Chautauqua County communities are receiving about 1.1-million dollars from the state Health Department's Lead Line Replacement program for homes.... 
 
Governor Cuomo says 18 communities state-wide, including the town of Ellicott and city of Dunkirk, are receiving a share of $10-million from the program's second-round.  Cuomo say each will receive $561,880 dollars and, adds the program has already awarded $20-million to communities to help offset replacement costs and is a key component of New York's $2.5-billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017.  The current budget continues New York's historic multi-year investment in drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, with an additional $500-million commitment, which includes $10-million in funding for this program.


Things got a little 'wild' at the Wild America Festival at Panama Rocks, Sunday,as a brief hail storm occurred.....  

Festival organizer Jonathan Weston said he was concerned, but none of the works of the 40 artists on display was damaged.  The event is put on in conjunction with the Roger Tory Peterson Institute.  RTPI President Twan Leenders said some 3 thousand people attended to enjoy 'fantastic speakers', 'wonderful programs and demonstrations', and the 'great art show'.  The goal of the annual festival is to get people of all ages to re-connect with nature. 


It was the right move for this year's annual World Series of Wheels fundraiser for the local Bath Ruth World Series events....  

That from Committee Vice-President and, director of the Public Relations Division, Kim Ecklund, who says the weather was perfect for Saturday's event.  It was moved this year as a way to provide a "rain date" in case the program was rained out.  As it was... it's rained Sunday.  Ecklund told out Matt Warren they had a great turn-out of cars and other vehicles.

In fact, Ecklund says they expected a record number of vendors this year.  They also had several kids events and programs, in addition to the new motorcycle run put on by the professional firefighters "Axemen" group.  Ecklund says Saturday's event was a major fund-raiser to help the Babe Ruth Committee put on the 2020 13 year-old World Series in Jamestown.  It will be the 40th anniversary of the 1980 13 year-old series in Jamestown, the first for that age catagory.

Police say a skydiver was killed in western New York when his parachute became tangled after it opened....  

New York state police say 68-year-old Richard Cordero and three other skydivers flew out of Perry-Warsaw Airport in Wyoming County at about Noon Saturday.  All four jumped from the plane.  Police say Cordero's parachute opened normally but then became tangled.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  The other three skydivers landed safely.  Police say Cordero had more than 45 years of skydiving experience.  An e-mail seeking comment was sent to Rochester Skydivers, the company that operates skydiving flights at the airport.

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News Headlines for Sat., July 27, 2019

County Health Department closes two beaches on Chautauqua Lake after Algal Blooms are found in those areas...
Harmful Algal Blooms have now been seen in the south basin of Chautauqua Lake... as well as near Long Point State Park.  With that... the Chautauqua County Health and Human Services Department has announced that the beaches in Lakewood and at Long Point have been closed.  The department's Public Health Division is urging all residents and visitors to "be cautious" when swimming or boating on the lake -- especially if HABs are presented.  Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler says "nutrient rich run-off from surrounding land, warm water temperature, and sunshine encourages blue-green algae growth."  Under the right conditions... she says blue-green algae form floating mats which may resemble “pea soup” or have a paint-like appearance with strong colors including blue-green, green, yellow, white, brown, purple, or red.  Schuyler says not all blooms are hazardous... but the public should use common sense and take the following precautions:

 - When swimming, wading, or boating, avoid areas with blooms or surface scums, or water that is noticeably discolored. 
 - Do not allow young children or pets to play in water where an algal bloom is present.
 - Don’t fish or eat fish caught from areas with blooms or surface scums, or water that is noticeably discolored.
 - Pay attention to beach closures, advisory signs, press releases, and websites.  Never swim at beaches that have been closed.
 - Never drink, prepare food, cook, or make ice with untreated surface water, bloom or no bloom.


Reed votes against two-year budget deal and increasing debt ceiling...
The Democrat-led House of Representatives approved the two-year budget and debt compromise worked out with President Donald Trump.  However... Chautauqua County's representative voted again the measure.  Congressman Tom Reed was in the minority that voted against the bill... which is designed to head-off another government shutdown, allow the Treasury to borrow freely to pay the government's bills, and lock recent budget gains in place for both defense and domestic agencies.  Reed says lawmakers are just delaying action on the debt crisis... because we'll have to deal with this problem "sooner rather than later."  The budget deal does include some cuts.  They include 3-million people being lopped off the Supplimental Nutrition Assistance Program -- otherwise known as SNAP.  Reed says this mainly involves the "auto enrollment" for the program... and, is to reduce duplication.  He says it forces all the agencies involved in public assistance to communicate with each other.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone news call with Southern Tier Media.


Three Jamestown residents arrested on drug charges during domestic incident -- traffic stop...
Three people have been jailed in Jamestown on drug-related charges following a reported domestic incident inside a vehicle on the city's eastside late Thursday night.  Jamestown Police say they were called to the scene at East Second Street -- near Kipp Street -- just before 11:30 p.m., and, found that Allan Broadwater had violated an order of protection.  Officers say they found a container with quantities of hydrocodone and marijuana in it.  Police say they later found a large quantity of pot and digital scales that belonged to the man driving the car, Robert McLoud.  The third person in the vehicle.. Lacey Barker was found with a hydrocodone pill... and, resisted arrest.  All three are being held on charges including criminal possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of marijuana charges.  All three were held pending arraignment.


Borrello says Athenex project remains on track as construction work continues at town of Dunkirk site...
Chautauqua County's top-elected official say the Athenex plant on Route 5 in the town of Dunkirk is still on target to open next summer.  That from County Executive George Borrello... who remains in touch with company officials... and says work continues on completing the 320,000 square foot plant.  Borrello says the goal is July of 2020, and he says this project is a "little more complicated" than building a typical manufacturing warehouse.  Borrello says among the top challenges, finding enough skilled workers to get the plant running.  He adds that may be the main challenge because there appears to be a shortage right now.  Athenex is working with Jamestown Community College, and the SUNY College at Fredonia to help provide training for the company.  Athenex is investing about $1.6-billion in the plant, with New York State providing $225-million in funding for the bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing facility.   


Pennsylvania official says former Corry judge misclassified unpaid bills as thefts...
A Pennsylvania state official says a judge for years misclassified civil complaints about unpaid bills as theft. As a result, hundreds of people have undeserved criminal records.  Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Thursday a review of the district judge office in Corry, Pennsylvania, found over 800 theft-of-services convictions for offenses that are not crimes under state law.  They include failure to pay fines on overdue library books, bills for plumbing repairs and credit union fees.  The auditor general says then-District Judge Brenda Williams Nichols misclassified cases from 2014 through 2017.  She lost a bid for re-election in 2017.  DePasquale is urging the court system to expunge the records at no cost to those involved.  No phone listing could be found for Nichols, and a message left at a relative's home seeking her comment was not returned.


 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 26, 2019

Road Closure Alert....

Chautauqua County Dispatchers say a portion of Route 394 from Route 62 to County Line Road was closed off this morning due to a jack-knifed tractor-trailer.  The Kennedy Fire Department assisted New York State Police at the scene.  A New York State alert indicates 394 was closed for nearly 5 hours and was re-opened about 8:45 AM. More on this story later. 


The murder trial of a Jamestown man accused of stabbing a Frewsburg man to death about a year-and-a-half ago will begin late this Fall.....  

Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says jury selection in the second-degree murder trial of 20 year-old Tavion Turner will begin next November 12th in County Court.  Turner has been held in the county jail in Mayville on one-million dollars cash bail since the November 2017 incident on Willard Street in Jamestown.  He is accused of stabbing 23 year-old Dyllan Ownbey as the two were walking, then began fighting before Turner pulled the knife.  Ownbey was later died at UPMC Chautauqua Hospital.

 
The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department in investigating a structure fire in the Town of Otto, in which one person died last Saturday.....  

Deputies in Little Valley released few details this morning but, say their office received a 9-1-1 call July 20th for a residence on fire.  Fire crews responded to the residence on North Otto Road shortly after 9 PM and, found the structure fully engulfed in flames.  Deputies say one person was found deceased inside the heavily-damaged home.  The victim's name will be released once official identification has been made and the family has been notified.  Foul play is not suspected, but the cause remains under investigation. 


A city man -- wanted on felony warrants -- was arrested after leading police on a foot chase with drugs in his posssession Tuesday night....  

Jamestown Police were on patrol in the area of Prendergast Avenue and Price Street when they saw 23 year-old Zachary Graves walking.  When they attempted to talk with Graves, he allegedly took off, leading officers in pursuit.  He was taken into custody a short distance away without incident.  Further investigation found Graves in possession of a small quantity of heroin, a digital scale and brass knuckles.  In addition to the warrants, Graves faces multiple charges including seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree obstruction, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia.  He's being held in the city jail pending arraignment. 


The Chautauqua County Legislature has agreed to change the occupancy tax account that'll be used to provide a $10,000 grant to the new Chautauqua Lake Pops in Mayville..... 

However, there was plenty of discussion before lawmakers approved the amendment, 13-to-5.  Jamestown Democrat Chuck Nazzaro says he supports the change because he approved the original measure.  However,  he recalled the legislature resolution in 2011 that established the fund to help start-up tourist-related businesses.

The money will now come from the on-cycle, 3-percent bed tax fund.  However, Ashville Republican Jay Gould said he was going to vote no again.  Gould says the Pops has received bed tax funding six-times, including when it was at Bemus Bay.  He says the county has given the Pops about $81,000.  Jamestown Republican Elizabeth Rankin said she would vote for the measure because it was her understanding that this was to help with moving and other related expenses for the pops.  However, going forward, she says the money should be used for "start-up" tourist-related businesses.


The new clock at the Family Church of Fredonia was installed yesterday without a hitch.....  

Crews using two large cranes were able to perform the job Thursday morning, and, in a short time, crews were able to lift the LED backlit clock from the ground and position it in a perfectly-shaped opening on the south side of the steeple.  With the three-part steeple installed just two weeks ago, Pastor Scott Wise says there's just some finishing work to be done.

Among those watching Thursday's operation was Kurt Maytum, who was a fire chief when a blaze destroyed the clock tower back in May of last year.  Maytum says they came close to losing the entire church but, adds it's great to see the restoration project nearing completion.  


The annual fund-raiser for the Babe Ruth World Series held in Jamestown since the first one in 1980 will take place tomorrow at Bergman Park....  

The World Series of Wheels is an extention of what used to be the World Series of Cars.  The 36th annual event for car and other vehicle enthusiasts begins at 8 AM tomorrow and, will feature vintage, classic and other vehicles from across the region.  Kim Ecklund heads up the Babe Ruth Public Relations Division and, says they're ready to go!

Ecklund says, after a few years of dealing with weather issues, the committee decided to make the change.  She adds that if there were to be inclement weather on Saturday, they would just move it to the following day.  Also new this year, says Ecklund, is a motorcycle run during the day, put on by the Professional "Axemen" motorcycle group.  She says that this years main sponsors again are Dave Warren Chrysler-Jeep, JS Auto Supply and Chautauqua Pool and Power Sports.  The World Series of Wheels runs until 5 PM Saturday.


 There may be discolored water system-wide in the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities territory through mid or late morning today....  

That's because power was cut in the Falconer-area Thursday morning due to an accident in which a truck struck a power pole shortly before 11 AM.  BPU Spokewoman Becky Robbins says the outage cut electricity to the Cassadaga Water Pump Station, stirring water when power was restored.  Residents should not do laundry until their water appears to be clear.  Power was fully restored by 12:45 PM Thursday.  Power was cut in Falconer so crews could help the driver get out of his truck.

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News Bulletin for Thurs., July 25, 2019

(**Alert) BPU says expect unsettled water after Falconer power outage triggered by accident...

An accident involving a truck in Falconer late this morning brought down power lines... and, electricity had to be cut in the village.  Board of Public Utilities Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says the crash occured just before 11 a.m., and, power was restored a short time later.  However... the Cassadaga Pump Station had to be shut down for a time... so there will be duscolored water systemwide for the next 12-to-24 hours.  Customers should not do laundry unless their water appears to be clear.

 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 25, 2019

County lawmakers also voted unanimously on a motion opposing the state's new "Green Light" Law, which allows illegal immigrants to apply for state driver's licenses.....  

Sheridan Republican Terry Neibel says it would have been a better idea for the state to issue "Special Licenses" to immigrants so they can drive.

Neibel says it puts County Clerks in a bind because they need six-points of identification before a license can be issued and, with foreign-born drivers, verifying a birth certificate or other proof of ID can be difficult.  The former County Elections Commissioner also voiced concern because a standard license is often used for voter identification and, he says this move could result in voter fraud.


The Chautauqua County Legislature has unanimously approved a motion opposing the proposed placing of huge wind turbines on Lake Erie to produce electricity....  

Lawmakers in Mayville voted 18-to-0 last night to oppose preliminary plans for the wind farms.  Some north county legislators developed the motion and one, Republican Kevin Muldowney, says such a move would destroy the natural beauty of the lake.

Another lawmaker involved with the motion, Dunkirk Democrat Robert Bankowski... thanked south county lawmakers for coming on board with the measure.  Irving area Democrat Kevin O'Connell says he supports the idea of clean energy, but not this.  O'Connell says Lake Erie currently provides drinking water for some 17-million Americans and Canadians.  Jamestown Republican Elizabeth Rankin says, county lawmakers know all too well how devastating the huge wind farm in Arkwright has been and, says there are still impacts from that they may not know about.


A recent visit to the southern border with Mexico by several bi-partisan members of Congress was "an eye-opener" for many of them and, local Congressman Tom Reed is hopeful that this will prompt them to move forward on approving some final legislation on the matter....  

Reed says he saw humanitarian and, criminal sides to the border issue.  He says the worst was when an agent stopped a man who had a six-month old baby with him that he had "rented" from a smuggler.  Reed says the man's initial story didn't add up, and agents threatened to give him a DNA test.  He was then threatened with charges if the baby was found not to be his.

Reed says another agent one Democrat spoke with said he was -- "exhausted, you need to fix this."  He says that agent talked with them after pulling the dead bodies of four people from the weeds in recent days near McAllen, Texas.  The Corning Republican says the vast majority of the illegal immigrants coming over the border are seeking asylum.  But, he says there is also a criminal element that has to be addressed. 


The second of two Congressional hearings on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential election wrapped up late Wednesday afternoon with few -- if any bombshell findings...  

That was anticipated by local Congressman Tom Reed, who feels the hearings by the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees would yield little more that is new.  Reed says they basically reiterated what was in Mueller's 448-page report.

For the most part Wednesday, Mueller mainly referred to parts of his written report, or gave brief 'yes' or 'no' answers.  However, he disputed President Trump's claim that he was rebuffed in a bid to fill the post of FBI director.  Facing questions from congressional lawmakers, Mueller said he spoke with Trump about the FBI job before he was named as special counsel, but "not as a candidate" for the job.


festival organizer Jonathan Weston says about this weekend's event at Panama Rocks, Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5.... 

Weston says their mission is to connect people with the natural world by letting them meet wild animals, enjoy the work of 40 nature artists, and sample local foods.  Back this year at noon each day will be the popular wild animal 'edutainment' of Jeff Musial, who makes frequent appearances on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'.  Lee Peterson, the son of Roger Tory Peterson will also be back this year.  The full schedule for the Wild America Festival is at WildAmericaFest.com.  Adult admission is just $10 per day. 


A mainstay technology is missing among New York state troopers....  

When used in other states, police cameras have uncovered officer misconduct, cleared authorities of wrongdoing and shifted the tide of public opinion in high-profile police shooting cases.  Yet, even as the technology receives support from law enforcement experts, an Associated Press survey found that New York remains one of five states where the primary state law enforcement agency does not have dashboard cameras.  The New York State Police say they did have vehicles outfitted with cameras in the past but couldn't afford to maintain or upgrade the equipment.  They also don't have body cameras.  Christopher Dunn, legal director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, says "it's astonishing that the New York State Police have no video accountability."


The U-S Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill ensuring that a victims' compensation fund related to the September 11th, 2001 attacks never runs out of money.....  

The 97-to-2 vote sends the bill to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.  The vote came after Democratic senators agreed to allow votes on amendments sponsored by two Republican senators who had been blocking the widely popular bill.  The Senate easily defeated the amendments proposed by GOP Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky.  Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York said 9/11 first responders and their families have had "enough of political games."  The bill would extend through 2092 a fund created after the 2001 terrorist attacks, essentially making it permanent. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 24, 2019

Significant changes in the recycling markets has led the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities to make a major change in it's program starting September 1st.  BPU General Manager Dave Leathers says, on that date, they will change from "dual stream" recycling to "single commodity" weekly collections....  

Starting September 1st, Leathers says the BPU will begin collecting recycleables in five separate catagories in the orange bins they distribute to city residents.  He says they'll have a revised, four-month calendar, with paper being taken the first week, then metal, plastic and cardboard/box board.  Otherwise, Leathers says everything else is the same, including the schedule, and rates for the year.  He reminds residents they have to at least recycle once a month in order to receive a discounted rate on their trash collection.  If you have any questions, call the Garbage Hotline at 661-1651 or Customer Service. 

Chautauqua County's top-elected official says he will support a motion that county legislators will vote on tonight opposing the location of wind turbines in Lake Erie.  Republican George Borrello says he remains opposed the use of wind power from the lake, something he's held firm on for nearly a decade now...

County legislators will also be taking up a motion that would oppose the "Green Light" Law that would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for a state drivers license.  The law was recently approved by the state legislature, then signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Borrello supports that motion because the state has provided "no tools" for local governments to use to verify who undocumented immigrants are.  The legislature meets tonight at 6:30 PM in the Gerace Office Building in Mayville.


New York has become the first state to ban the declawing of cats...  

The measure was signed into law late Monday by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo after lawmakers passed it in the spring.  Animal welfare advocates and many veterinarians say the once-common operation is unnecessary and cruel.  It involves slicing through bone to amputate the first segment of a cat's toes.  New York's largest veterinary organization had opposed the bill.  It argued that declawing should remain a last resort for cats that won't stop scratching furniture or humans.  Cat declawing is already illegal in much of Europe and Canada, as well as in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver.  Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal of Manhattan says the law should be a model for other states.


One of the lesser known aspects of the work of Robert H. Jackson is getting a full examination this week at the Jackson Center.... 

Texas Tech Professor William Casto has come to Jamestown to talk about his book "Advising the President"... about Jackson's brief tenure as Attorney General under President Franklin Roosevelt.  During Jackson's 19 month term, beginning in January of 1940,  Casto says there were three times when Roosevelt made a conscious decision to go above and beyond the law.  One of those involved illegal wiretaps which Jackson opposed. Roosevelt allowed the wiretaps, and Jackson was then left to support the President as best he could and adminster the wiretap program. Casto believes his research demonstrates the tension that always exists between a President and the limits of the law and adds, Jackson worried the system would have problems if the nation ever elected a President "who has no values"  and does "not have the country's interest at heart."  Casto spoke yesterday afternoon at Chautauqua Institution.  Signed copies of his book are available at the Jackson Center in Jamestown.  


Another political candidate is turning to the Libertarian Party to jump-start her efforts to win a City Council seat....  

Northside resident Raven Thompson announced she is seeking an at-large seat this November during a gathering of family and friends last night.  Thompson, who was soundly defeated in her efforts to get the nomination to run in Ward-Two, has now become the lone Libertarian candidate running for an at-large seat.  She first spoke up when she saw the city trying to annex property from the neighboring village of Falconer.

Thompson found out about the issue from Falconer Mayor Jim Rensel, who was her neighbor when she lived in Falconer.  She accepted the Libertarian endorsement by echoing what Libertarian Mayor Candidate Andrew Liuzzo said when he mentioned the city will have to go on a fiscal diet to deal with it's financial issues.  Thompson says, though, she wants to see public input taken more seriously before decisions are made.

 
The Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is joining with the Roswell Park Care Network in Jamestown is hosting its first-ever Cancer Survivor Event on Thursday...  

Roswell's Medical Director of Cancer Survivorship and Screening Dr. Tessa Flores says those attending will receive tips and tools to further manage treatment, with a focus on overall health and wellness.

Dr. Flores will be a keynote speaker during the event, discussing "What to Expect as a Survivor", in regards to finding a new normal, managing side effects, and cancer surveillance.  The Jamestown Area Cancer Patient & Survivor Workshop is free and begins at 6:30 PM at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel in Celoron.  For more information and to register, visit RoswellPark.org/JamestownEvent. 


Despite extraordinary heat and humidity, last weekend's Laurel Run was one of the best in the 23 year history of the event.....

That from Wayne and Elaine Hotelling of Silver Creek.  They coordinate the program in honor of their late daughter Laurel, who had Down Syndrome.  The Resource Center's Steve Waterson says this year's 'spirit award' went to Johanna Cortes of Dunkirk, who did the entire race in Silver Creek Saturday while pushing her daughter in a wheelchair.  Waterson says they "toughed it out" doing the 8-K and, actually one more mile than that.  He says the two-day Laurel Run generally raises between $18,000 and $20,000 annually, and may exceed that amount this year.  
 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 22, 2019

The investigation is continuing into the cause of an early morning blaze Sunday that extensively damaged a two-story single family home in Jamestown....  

City Fire Battlion Chief Chris Dahlgren says crews were called to the scene at 332 Camp Street about 3:15 AM and found plenty of smoke coming from the home on arrival and, there was heavy fire on the east side of the house.

Dahlgren says the Board of Public Utilities and National Fuel were called in to shut-off services.  He says an off-shift was called in to help keep firefighters fresh in the heat and they rotated firefighters in and out of the building.  Dahlgren says two firefighters suffered minor injuries.  One was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment and later released.  The owner of the home was not home at the time.  The cause, again, remains under investigation.


An 18 year-old city woman faces a Leandra's Law violation after allegedly being drunk when her car struck another head-on early Sunday morning on Jamestown's eastside....  

Officers accuse 18 year-old Michelle Grimm of driving into the on-coming lane, and struck the vehicle at the intersection of Allen and King Streets shortly after 4 AM.  Police say a 15 year-old child was in the car with Grimm at the time, making it a Leandra's Law violation.  No injuries were reported, but Grimm faces charges including aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle, DWI, and endangering the welfare of a child.  She was jailed pending arraignment.


A Jamestown man is jailed on several charges after he allegedly grabbed a knife and shoved a woman to the floor of an eastside home before fleeing police....  

City officers were called to the scene last Friday night and, learned that 24 year-old Juan Rodriguez had entered a home in the area of Crescent and Winsor Streets and grabbed the knife.  After running from the home, police found Rodriguez a few hours later inside a vehicle during a traffic stop.  He was arrested for first-degree criminal contempt, aggravated family offense and second-degree burglary and harassment.  Rodriguez was jailed pending arraignment. 


The heat may have kept the numbers down, but spirits were high as the18th annual Scandinavian Festival came to a conclusion Sunday at Jamestown Community College....  

Sarah Goebel from Bemus Point, a member of the Thule dancers, said the heat and humidity were particularly hard on the dancers, many of whom were wearing heavy wool outfits.  For festival organizer, Don Sandy, the three day event becomes of a place of celebration for a few quick days and then it's gone.  Sandy confirmed the festival will be back next year.  Nancy Jones, Vice President of the American-Scandinavian Heritage Society believes such events are important because it allows people to know their roots, where they came from.


Final preparations are underway for the 75th anniversary Gerry Rodeo at the Rodeo grounds of Route 60, which begins a week from this Wednesday.....  

Rodeo Spokesman Paul Cooley says their committee meets monthly... and, has been getting the grounds shored up for the four-day event, July 31st through Saturday, August 3rd.  Performances will begin at 8 PM each night.

Cooley says they'll have a number of special activites and recognitions going on during the rodeo.  New this year, he says is fireworks for the first time ever.  Cooley says they'll have them each night after the rodeo events.  He says there will also be a reunion for Rodeo Queens down through the years.  Cooley says they'll also have the Kids Rodeo again this year and, a large number of vendors on the grounds.  They'll also have their famous Beef Barbecue dinners each night at 5 PM, and, dinner/Rodeo combo tickets are available.  For more information, go on-line to gerryrodeo.ORG, or call 985-4847.


A city man drowned late last week in Lake Erie while he was swimming to beat the heat in Barcelona Harbor in the town of Westfield....  

Sheriff's officers and Westfield Police were called to the scene just before 4:30 PM Friday of a possible drowning.  Deputies say a search was conducted and, he was located in the water by members of the department's Water Emergency Team.  Officers say 24 year-old John Penhollow was pronounced dead at the scene.  The Chautauqua County Medic, county Fire Police, North East, Pennsylvania fire crews, and the Coast Guard assisted at the scene.


A Brocton woman has been arrested for allegedly assaulting another person with a baseball bat, biting them and lighting some of the victim's belongings on fire....  

Sheriff's officers were called to a home in the village late last week on a report of a physical altercation.  After investigating, deputies say they took 26 year-old Rose Weary into custoday and, charged her with second-and third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and, fifth-degree arson 5th.  Weary was arraigned and released pending a future court appearance.


Chautauqua County lawmakers are expected to take action this week on a motion that would express their opposition to having wind farms locate in Lake Erie....  

This would follow similar action taken by the Erie County Legislature in June because of reports that a company had reached out to the town of Evans.  Hanover Democrat Kevin O'Connell is among the supporters of the motion and says the turbines could disrupt sports fishing.

O'Connell says the motion, if passed would be sent to state officials because Lake Erie shoreline residents don't want them.  The motion has the backing of Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello who has been a vocal opponent of wind farms.  The full legislature will hold its monthly meeting next Wednesday.

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., July 20, 2019

City man dies in drowning in Barcelona Harbor...
A Jamestown man has died in a reported drowning in Barcelona Harbor on Lake Erie in the town of Westfield late yesterday afternoon.  Sheriff's officers and Westfield Police were called to the scene just before 4:30 PM of a possible drowning.  Deputies say a search was conducted... and, he was located in the water by members of the department's Water Emergency Team.  Officers say 24 year-old John Penhollow was pronounced dead at the scene.  He had apparently gone swimming to get away from the heat of the day.  The Chautauqua County Medic... county Fire Police... North East, Pennsylvania fire crews, and the Coast Guard assisted at the scene.


Heat Advisory remains in effect until 6 pm tonight...
A mid-afternoon thunderstorm cooled the area off yesterday... but, more hot and humid weather is expected through early this evening for western New York... including Chautauqua County.  The National Weather Service in Buffalo is continuing a Heat Advisory until 6 p.m. tonight.  Forecaster Heather Kenyon in Buffalo says it's part of the mid-Summer heat hitting much of the continental U-S.  Kenyon says there will be heat index readings -- the combination of temperature and humidity -- that will reach near or better than 100.  Kenyon adds that -- especially if you're very young, or very old -- stay inside and keep as cool as possible.  She says don't stay outside for any prolonged periods of time. 


County Health official warns of dangers during heat wave...
Much of western New York is under the Heat Advisory through tonight... and, health officials are urging residents to stay inside in air conditioning as much as possible during our heat wave.  Chautauqua County Health and Human Services Public Health Planner Shelly Wells says it's important for people to be aware of the heat and humidity... and, the need to keep cool.  Wells also says dress appropriately... with light-colored, and lighter fabric, and stay out of direct sunlight, and drink plenty of water, and non-alcoholic fluids.  She also says avoid sugary drinks.  She adds it's also important to know the signs of heat-related illness.  She says infants, the elderly, and those with chronic diseases... such as heart disease... should be especially careful.  Wells adds we should also keep an eye on our pets... and, make sure they have plenty of fresh water.  She says there are 16 "cooling centers" across the county.  In the immediate Jamestown-area... they include the Prendergast Library on Cherry Street... and, the County Department of Health and Human Services on East Fourth Street.  Residents can also go to the Ashville Library... Fluvanna Free Library... and Hazeltine Public Library in Busti.


State Park pools to be open during heat wave...
New York state parks are keeping their pools open longer to help people deal with the heat wave.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the extended hours will begin Friday and continue through Sunday at more than 30 parks statewide.  Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s around much of the state Friday and Saturday as much of the nation deals with high heat.  High temperatures are expected to linger through the weekend.  A list of available swim locations and places to cool off is available at www.parks.ny.gov.  


Officials say annual 4-H Meat Animal show and sale another big success...
It was another successful 4-H Meat Animal sale at the Chautauqua County Fair yesterday with nearly 200 animals being auctioned off at the show arena.  Four-H Meat Animal Sale Chairman Dave Schauman says activities got underway at Noon at the Dunkirk Fairgrounds.  Speaking with our Dennis Webster... Schauman said there were 68 hogs auctioned off... along with 30 pairs of chickens... 30 Sheep... and 23 steers.  He praised the 4-Her's work, and says the judges were equally impressed with the quality of animals and the care they were given.  County Fair Board Chairman Dave Wilson says that's part of the strength of this fair... adding that Chautauqua County has a "strong" agricultural community.  He says other fairs have seen their farm animal numbers drop -- in some cases dramatically.  Wilson says the Chautauqua County Fair should be in good shape for the next "5 to 10 years."  However... he says there are potential issues on the horizon -- namely with laws enacted by the state including the recently approved Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act... which eliminates a provision in New York state law that prohibits agricultural workers from unionizing.  


Police in Warren County looking for missing girl... 
Authorities in Warren County, Pennsylvania are seeking the public's help in locating a missing girl who may be in the Corry... or Jamestown areas.  State Police in Warren say the juvenile reportedly left her home on Oil Creek Road in Spring Creek Township late last Monday morning... and, has not returned home.  Troopers say she is now considered missing, but, have not identified her.  If you have an information... contact State Police in Warren at 1-(814)728-3600.


Westfield School superintendent retiring later this year...
The Westfield Academy and Central District will soon be looking for a new superintendent.  A story in this morning's Dunkirk Observer indicates that Superintendent David Davison officially announced his intention to retire earlier this week.  He will submit an official letter of retirement in November, with his date of retirement on December 1st.  Davison has been the superintendent of Westfield Academy since May of 2012.

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WJTN News Headlines for July 19, 2019

The heat wave that has been roasting much of the United States in recent days is just getting warmed up, with temperatures expected to soar to dangerous levels through the weekend.....  

Communities are preparing by offering buildings as cooling centers and asking residents to check in on family members and neighbors.  Officials are also concerned about smog, which is exacerbated by the heat and makes it harder for certain people to breathe, including the very young, and the elderly.  The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Heat Advisory for much of western New York -- including Chautauqua County -- from Noon to 6PM Saturday.  Nationally, the Weather Service estimates that more than 100 local heat records will fall on Saturday, though most won't be daily highs -- but record-high nightly lows. 


It’s ‘so far, so good’ for all the animals at the Chautauqua County Fair in Dunkirk as a heatwave builds across Western New York.  Dr. Shannon Carpenter is the State Veterinarian for this part of New York.... 


The vet says they’ll be watching the livestock and other animals through the weekend, and the owners are already taking appropriate precautions.  Shannon Carpenter says if any animals appear to be ill from the heat they’ll be sent home right away.  Just this year, the fair increased the power available in a number of animal barns to support more electricity use, and wired the open class dairy barn so every cow could have a fan. 


One person was injured after a tractor-trailer struck a State Thruway maintenance pickup truck Wednesday morning on Interstate 90 in the Town of Westfield. .....  

According to State Police Troop T, the tractor-trailer drifted off the roadway in the westbound lanes shortly before 9 AM and, struck the truck from behind.  The driver of the tractor-trailer was taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital for treatment.


Chautauqua County's top-elected official says he spent two "intense" days in Washington, D-C this week, taking part in the Northeast Leadership Conference held at the White House Tuesday........  

Borrello says a number of issues were covered and he got to meet President Donald Trump's Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow.  He says the main emphasis was helping local governments communicate better with federal officials.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was also part of the conference.  On Wednesday, Borrello met with local Congressman Tom Reed to discussed a number local projects.  Borrello also spoke with Congressman Reed about water resources, namely Lake Erie harbors and, a major feasibility study about issues facing Chautauqua Lake.


Local Congressman Tom Reed says a bi-partsian Social Security Subcomittee he co-leads may have a way to keep Social Security solvent beyond 2035 without increasing taxes on low and moderate-income Americans....  

Reed laid out his principals this wek for reform under the acronym -- “LEAP” - in preparation for an upcoming Ways and Means hearing on Social Security solvency.  The Corning Republican says he's committed to protecting the Social Security Trust fund.

Reed says that, as the youngest of 12 children, he was raised by a single mother on a Social Security check and a military death benefit after his father passed away when he was two.  With that, he says he understands what it means to rely on the program.  He says he and Democratic co-leader John Larson are looking at various ways to help the fund.  Reed says dealing with the solvency issue without raising taxes on low and middle-income Americans "intreging." 


Four people have been arrested for allegedly bilking public assistance in Chautauqua County out of more than $7,000 in benefits....  

The Sheriff's Office and Department of Health and Human Services say they found that 66 year-old Louann Vincent of Jamestown had received unreported income from last September through part of October and, received $2,686 in benefits she was not entitled to.  In addition, deputies say 44 year-old Melissa Williams of Jamestown received $1,180 worth of benefits she was not entitled to from Social Services between June and November of 2016.  Officers add that 48 year-old Shawn Brewer of Westfield received welfare benefits totaling one-thousand-765 dollars in March of 2017.  A Cattaraugus County man, 34 year-old James Gleason of Little Valley, was arrested for allegedly receiving just over $1,400 in benefits while employed at Maplevale Rams from July 1st to October 31st of 2015.


The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities reports a contractor finished work earlier this morning on replacing water valves on Harrison Street between South Main Street and Foote Avenue....  

BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says the work began late last night and, continued through the early overnight.  Once completed, Robbins says water in Downtown Jamestown may be discolored through late this evening and, residents should not do laundry until water appears clear. 


Woodstock 50 organizers have applied again for a permit to hold their festival an upstate New York horse track, a day after losing an appeal for a previous denial.............  

Town of Vernon officials say the application was submitted Wednesday.  Woodstock 50 was previously denied a permit twice last week by the town.  An appeal of the denial was upheld Tuesday night by the central New York town's planning board.  The Vernon Downs racetrack and casino became a possible alternative site for Woodstock 50 after the original venue, Watkins Glen International, pulled out.

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WJTN News Headlines for July 18, 2019


Five people are jailed following a major drug bust on the city of Jamestown's eastside early Tuesday afternoon..............  

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says several agencies,  including the Jamestown Metro and, Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and, the State Police Violent Gang Narcotics Enforcement Team... raided a run-down home at 12 Bishop Street, and arrested 19 year-old Camile Lopez, who was wanted on a federal warrant.  However, he says officers also saw what appeared to be a large quantity of narcotics.

Samuelson says investigators allegedly found the 38 year-old Adams with about 8-and-a-half ounces of meth, while 27 year-old Michael Murphy was allegedly in possession of 3.2-grams of crystal meth.  He says they also found small quantities of fentanyl, and heroin, along with $1,500 cash in the drug house.  Samuelson says it looks like the amount of crystal meth they are seeing trafficked in the city is increasing and will be around a while longer.  All five suspects have been arraigned and sent to the county jail.  (**Anyone with information on illegal drug activity can call the JPD Tips line at 483-TIPS.  You can also contact them at their Tips 4-1-1 app)


A Silver Creek man was arrested following a narcotics investigation late Monday night.....  

Sheriff's Officers say they saw a suspicious vehicle parked outside a closed business on Central Avenue shortly before 9 PM.  Further investigation revealed 28 year-old Kevin Schunk was allegedly in possession of small quantities of marijuana, cocaine and LSD.  He was taken into custody and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and two-counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Schunk was issued appearance tickets for Silver Creek Court at a later to answer the charges. 


Over a hundred Four-H'ers will be offering animals at the Meat Animal Sale on Friday, beginning at noon at the county fair in Dunkirk.... 

One of them will be Josie Allen, a recent graduate of Sherman Central School.  Earlier this week, she reflected on 10 years in the program.

Allen will be selling her purebred yorkshire hog at the sale.  She says letting the animals go is part of the process, and it's gotten easier over time.  Josie is this year's winner of the 'Chautauqua County Four-H Hog Project Memorial Scholarship' through the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.  She'll attend Penn State Behrend in the fall to study biology.  


The city of Jamestown has stayed within it's budget for the first six-months of the year but, there are also some concerns on the horizon.....  

At Monday night's City Council work session, Comptroller Joe Bellitto said that, overall, revenue numbers in the more than $36-million spending plan are "within budget estimates."  Bellitto says Board of Public Utilities payments in lieu of taxes from three of the five divisions are ahead of budget so far.  He adds the city will receive it's second-quarter sales tax revenue payment around the first week of August.  As for spending,  he says salary accounts are "in line" with the budget for the first six-months. 
In addition, Bellitto says he's closely following the "400 account" for the Public Works Department's Central Garage, which has used about two-thirds of it's budget so far.  He says that's due to some "pretty large" repairs that have had to be made. 


The city of Dunkirk is working with Jamestown Community College officials to obtain funding from the state for a feasibility study that will look into giving JCC a presence in the city....  

Mayor Willie Rosas says the idea came out of discussions he has had with JCC President Daniel DeMarte.

Rosas says the city is applying for funding through Empire State Development for the feasibility study, which would look at downtown areas of the north county city.  He confirms that the current Brooks Memorial Hospital location is among the sites under consideration.  The current JCC North County campus is located on Bennett Road in the town of Dunkirk.  Common Council members approved a resolution Tuesday night authorizing the city to apply for funding through the State's Consolidated Funding Application process.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 17, 2019

Two people remain hospitalized with serious injuries after a State Police cruiser ran into the back of a mini-van on the State Thruway in the town of Sheridan Monday afternoon.....  

State Police Troop "T" now reports that 33 year-old Trooper Stephen Barker of Buffalo was responding to a report of a property damage accident westbound when he came upon the Dodge Caravan, operated by 75 year-old Harry Gibbons of Irving.  Investigators say Barker failed to see traffic slowing up ahead, and his car slammed into the mini-van. Barker and Gibbons and two of Gibbon's passengers were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  However, two others were flown to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.  Police say 66 year-old George Cole of Arcade is in serious condition, and 70 year-old Timothy McCann of Depew, is in critical condition.


At-Large Jamestown City Councilman Andrew Liuzzo used the old southside neighborhood he grew up in to announce he is staying in the race for mayor....  

Standing in front of an old, neglected garage on Hazzard Street, Liuzzo announced last night that he's accepting the Liberatian Party's endorsement to run for the city's top-elected post.  The Republican says he wants to create a "progressive community" that offers hope and help for both citizens and businesses.

Before last month's GOP Primary, which he lost to County Legislator Dave Wilfong, Liuzzo said he would not seek another endorsement, but, he had already talked with the Libertarian Party.  Liuzzo says he did not know until last Friday's announcement that they were going to endorse him.  At that point, he had to make a decision, which he says he gave "a lot of thought."  Liuzzo noted that in the time he's been a councilman, it's "obvious that I am not well-liked in city government." 


Congressman Tom Reed voted in the minority last night as the Democratic-led House has voted to condemn President Donald Trump's tweets telling four Democratic congresswomen of color to ``go back'' to their countries of origin....  

Tuesday's vote was 240-to-187 and was solidly opposed by Republicans.  Only four GOP members voted for the measure.  Reed joined most Republicans in saying what Trump said was totally "inappropriate..." but, was not racist.

Reed says he has expressed his concerns to Trump when he has the president's ear, or at least to someone on the White House staff.  However,  he adds that he's also going to "fight for what I believe in."  While he disagrees with the president on what was said in the tweet, Reed says he agrees that the so-called "Squad" of four Congresswomen -- including New York's Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez -- represent a "radical socialist movement" in the Democratic Party.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.


A pair of sisters from Lakewood took some of the top honors at the Four-H Steer Show at the county fair in Dunkirk Tuesday....  

A 1226 pound 'main cross' named 'Hugo'... raised by Lydia Covert, won grand champion.  She said he thought he would 'do good', but was'nt sure.  Her sister Corinne, won 'commended steer'... fourth place in the show.  Corinne says they decided to go with 'homegrown' animals this year.  Both of the prize winners were born from cows in their own herd.  Reserve Grand Champion' was won by Parker Schauman of Panama, in his first year in the competition.  'Highly commended' went to Michael Kibbe of Randolph.  Around 20 steers will go on the market at the Meat Animal Sale that starts at noon on Friday.


Two adults and nine children were found late Monday night after they got lost while hiking for nearly 4.5-hours in the town of Arkwright.....  

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call about 9:30 PM and, say the 11 hikers were thought to be near a creek by Park Road.  A search was conducted by State Forest Rangers and Sheriff's K-9's Drake and Bentley.  One of the K-9 Units was able to locate the group and, escort them out of the area.  Deputies say the two people were treated at the scene by Cassadaga Fire crews and later transported to Brooks Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.  Deputies and Forest Rangers were assisted by members of the CAST Team and Sheriff's Road Patrol in the search.   


A woman from Florida has been arrested in Jamestown for allegedly driving while under the influence of drugs with three small children were in the car with her....  

City police add that a Jamestown man riding with her was wanted on two city court bench warrants and, was also arrested.  Officers pulled over the car at the 7-Eleven Store on North Main Street just before 1:00 Tuesday morning and, arrested 23 year-old Corina Baker of Largo, Florida for traffic violations, and found she was driving while impaired.  She faces three counts of violating Leandra's Law and, endangering the welfare of a child.  The passenger, 23 year-old Tyler Tedesco, was found to be wanted on the two city court warrants.  Both were held pending arraignment.


The annual drive to raise about $20,000 for Jamestown's largest soup kitchen didn't quite get to that mark, but did raise well over $19,000.....  

With that, organizers of the Cents for St. Susan's effort are calling this year's drive a big success.  Board of Public Utilities Spokeswoman Becky Robbins, who coordinates the drive, announced Tuesday morning that the effort raised $19,465.  St. Susan's Director Bonnie Scott-Sleight thanked the community for it's support.

Sleight later corrected herself and said it was 10-thousand meals in the month of June.  She and Robbins agreed their canisters located at several businesses did well this year, along with other activites they held.  Robbins says their annual one-day Hot Dog sale at the BPU did very well, raising $500.  Scott-Sleight says the fund-raiser helps them buy supplies, and keep the lights on at St. Susan's all year round.  Over the 20 years of the Cents for St. Susan's campaign, Robbins says they have raised just under $235,000.

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