WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 21, 2019

No formal arrest has been made, but police have a suspect in connection with last weekend's stabbing incident on Jamestown's southside that's left a 27 year-old man in stable condition at an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital....  

City police Captain Bob Samuelson says otherwise... the investigation into the incident at 320 Newland Avenue is continuing.  City police and a fire rescue crew were called to the scene shortly before 3 AM Saturday on the report of a fight... and, found the unidentified victim.  The man was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital... and, later transferred to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania. 


A city man has pleaded guilty to federal charge of receiving and possessing child pornography....  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 34 year-old Matthew Bailer entered the plea before Chief District Court Judge Frank Geraci, Junior.  Prosecutors say Jamestown Police received a complaint from a parent that her minor children may have been sexually abused by Bailer in July of 2018.  They say the parent stated that his sister told her about a series of "concerning pictures, sexual in nature," were sent on a Nokia cellular telephone used by Bailer.  He was later arrested on a warrant... and, law enforcement found hundreds of images and images of child pornography.  The charges carry a mandatory minimum of five years in prison, and a maximum of life.


A new application has been sent to the U-S Department of Transportation requesting that commercial air service be restored at the Chautauqua County Airport near Jamestown...  

County Executive George Borrello says the new application, with the help of Boutique Air, was sent out about a week ago.  Borrello says they have changed the "business model" extensively, with Boutique Air now committing to have a plane based in Jamestown.

Borrello says -- having been a frequent flyer during his business days -- he knew what draws business travelers when it comes to planes, and what service an airline provides.  He says they are continuing to work on getting more business and traveler support to eventually have a self-sustaining operation, that's a better alternative then going to another airport.  The loss of the federal government's Essential Air Service was the first, big issue that Borrello had to deal with when he first became county executive in January of last year.  He has been working with local, state and federal officials to try and get the service restarted here in Jamestown.


"It's probably beyond his wild imagination."

That's what Richard Carlson, a board member at the Martz-Kohl Observatory, said about Marshall Martz, the ribbon was cut on the fully renovated observatory that bears his name.  Carlson worked with Marshall Martz to build the observatory in the 1950's.  The ribbon cutting was held Saturday afternoon at the Robbin Hill Road location, outside Frewsburg. Fans, members, and elected officials gathered to celebrate the completion of a new visitors' center, and other improvements to the facility.  Gary Nelson, President of the Marshall Martz Memorial Astronomical Association, says the observatory is gaining a national reputation because it is one of the few that is 'fully' open to the public for viewing and use.  They are open to the public every Wednesday evening, except holidays.  


There will need to be "multi-partners" needed to work with Chautauqua County to get a new "Gateway Center" put up near the state line in the town of Ripley....  

That from County Executive George Borrello after last Friday's presentation of conceptual and artist renderings of a unique center that's both a rest stop, and place where people can learn more about the region, and what it offers.  Borrello says they hope New York state will be a player.

Borrello showed a simple sketch of his own for the center, which would combine features of a lighthouse, and a barn to high-light the area's Lake Erie shoreline, and heavy-agriculture influence.  He says the rest area would cost roughly $16-million but, he adds that others -- including a new one on Grand Island -- have cost more than $30-million.  The county commissioned a study that was just completed by consultant Clark, Patterson and Lee.  Borrello says the center would be unique in that it would be "self-sustaining and revenue generating." 


A pair of labor unions have endorsed Cattaraugus County Democrat Austin Morgan in his run for the 57th State Senate Seat....  

On Media One Radio Group's weekly "Community Spotlight" program, Morgan announced he has gotten the backing of the United Auto Workers of America.  Morgan expressed his appreciation for their standing with him when he stood with them in their recent strike.  He says they endorsed Cathy Young in the past but, have chosen him this time around.  In addition, Morgan announced that he has been unanimously endorsed by the Southwestern New York Building and Construction Trades Council, a group representing 15 different local unions in Western New York.  In a letter to the Freedom man's campaign, Council President Steven Thorpe of Sheet Metal Workers Local-#112 says their members believe Morgan is the one to carry on the legacy of the retired Cathy Young in the Senate.

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., Oct. 19, 2019

Man in stable condition after stabbing early Saturday on Newland Avenue...'
An early morning stabbing has left a 27 year-old man in stable condition at an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital.  A Jamestown fire rescue crew and police were called to 320 Newland Ave. shortly before 3 a.m. on the report of a fight... which reportedly led to the stabbing.  The unidentified victim was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital... and, later transferred to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania.  The investigation is continuing, but, no arrest has been reported at this time.


Thursday morning stabbing injures victim's arm...
A city woman faces assault charges for allegedly stabbing a man in the arm in front of a baby late Thursday morning.  Jamestown police were called to an East 5th Street home... and, found a male victim on the sidewalk bleeding with a stab wound to the right arm when they arrived.  Officers say they located the suspect -- 24 year-old Karina Johnson-Fontanez -- inside the home, where the incident reportedly happened in front of a five-month-old baby.  Johnson-Fontanez was jailed on charges including fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon... and, endangering the welfare of a child.


Prendergast Library board agrees to referendum next Spring on establishing a libary taxing district...
The James Prendergast Library is once again going to take its case for public funding directly to the community.  At the urging of the state, the Board of Trustees agreed Thursday to put the issue up for a vote next May.  Tina Scott, the Prendergast's Executive Director, says they are asking for the equivalent of the $350,000 they got from Jamestown in 2016... where the residents were paying 23-cents per thousand of assessed value.  However... that has been cut to 3-cents per thousand.  She says they are trying to get back to that 23-cent mark.  Approval of the referendum would open the door to more than $100,000 in state aid... and take the Prendergast's funding out of the city budget.  If the voters say 'no' Scott says they might have to leave their iconic location in downtown Jamestown because the utility costs alone there are $50,000 a year.  The last referendum for direct taxpayer funding was turned down in 2016... and the library's financial situation has deteriorated since.  Scott says they've cut staff dramatically and are drawing more from their endowment than they are earning. The referendum would be either be held in conjunction with the Jamestown School budget vote next May, or run separately around that same time.  


Wanted city man arrested after leading police on foot chase...
A wanted Jamestown man was arrested after jumping out of a window and leading city police on a foot chase last Thursday night.  Officers say they were called to 32 Broadhead Ave. for a fight when they saw the man allegedly jump out of the window in an attempt to flee just after 9:30 p.m.  Police say they lost contact with the suspect near the intersection of Broadhead and Prather Avenue... and, called K-9 Promber in to track the man.  The K-9 was able to find 20 year-old Randall Mesler-junior hiding inside a car in the parking lot at 116 South Main St. where he refused to leave the vehicle and resisted arrest.  Once in custody.... police say Mesler was found to have an outstanding probation warrant and was charged with obstruction and resisting arrest.  Further investigation revealed he was also involved in a domestic violence incident on Broadhead Ave., and, was later charged with felony criminal contempt and felony aggravated offense.


Conceptual designs unveiled for potential Ripley Gateway Center...
It will be "a Gateway Center -- with a twist."  Those are the feelings of Ripley Town Supervisor Doug Bowen during today's unveiling of the newest concept for a welcome center on Shortman Road in Ripley.  A study commissioned by Chautauqua County has been completed by Clark, Patterson and Lee, and RKG.  County Executive George Borrello says, though, that the center will be much more than a basic rest area off the State Thruway.  Borrello says it will include artisan products, fruits and vegetables, and sign ups for wine trails and other events.  He and others presented drawings and other conceptual renderings of the center... along with two potential locations... during a press conference at Meeder's Restaurant in Ripley.  It would include an observation tower that looks like a lighthouse you would see on Lake Erie... and other amenities.  Doug Bowen says it's much different than other proposals he's seen... because it would be designed to get people off the Thruway, and able to see what the area's all about.  Borrello says the facility would cost roughly $16-million to build... but, thats just half the cost of one recently put in on Grand Island.  He says it would be "self-sustaining and revenue-generating." 


Nazzaro announces he is seeking his seventh-term on the County Legislature...
Six-term Chautauqua County Legislator Chuck Nazzaro has announced that he's running for re-election to the panel's District 9 seat on the southside of Jamestown.  Nazzaro is a Democrat... who has also been endorsed by the Working Families and Independence parties.  Nazzaro is currently the legislature's Minority Leader... and, is Vice-Chairman of the Audit and Control Committee... the panel leading the county budget process.  He is also ranking member of the Public Facilities Committee and is a member of the Health Insurance Review Committee.  Nazzaro recently retired as Chief Financial Officer at UPMC Chautauqua Hospital... and, previously served three terms as a Jamestown City Councilman.


 

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 18, 2019

A Jamestown woman was arrested for allegedly stabbing a person in front of an infant Thursday morning on the city's Eastside....  

Jamestown police were called to an East 5th residence just after 11:30 AM and, located a male victim on the sidewalk bleeding with a stab wound to the right bicep.  Officers say they found the suspect -- 24 year-old Karina Johnson-Fontanez -- inside the home, where the incident reportedly happened in front of a five-month-old baby.  Johnson-Fontanez was taken into custody for second-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. 


Gusty winds from the "Nor-easter-type" storm that hit the northeastern U-S brought down a couple of large trees yesterday afternoon in the city of Jamestown....  

Public Works Director Jeff Lehman says DPW and Parks crews were called to the first location -- next to the Lind Funeral Home on West Third Street -- around 1 PM.  Lehman says a "Canopy Oak" fell on one end of a house.

The tree being downed led City Police to close one-lane of West Third Street while the scene was cleared.  Lehman said late yesterday afternoon that the falling tree punched a couple of holes in the roof.  He adds the other tree fell later in Dow Park -- across from the Prendergast Library on West Sixth Street.  Lehman says crews were cutting up and taking away the tree debris late yesterday.  Lehman says their older tree stock, and those that have shallower roots tend to be a concern this time of year, through Spring of the next year.  Again... no one was hurt.  County-wide, some smaller trees were knocked over, but, there was little or no significant damage.


Congress has lost a "very good man..." and one who was a true statesman....  

Those are the feelings of local Congressman Tom Reed on the passing of fellow House member Elijah Cummings.  Cummings died early Thursday morning following what were described as on-going health issues.  Reed says Cummings was a "proud Democrat" like he was a "proud Republican."  However, he says Cummings always wanted to do what was right.

Reed says his heart goes out to Cummings' wife, who testified some time back before the Social Security Committee the Corning Republican sits on.  Another figure from the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, John Lewis, says "Americans have lost a great leader at a time of crisis in our democracy."  Lewis credits the powerful chairman of the House Oversight committee with leading the nation to a place where it's understood that reform is urgently required.


New York state should restore it's funding promised to help with maintenance of Chautauqua Lake but, which State Senate candidate would do it best?  

That was debated at this week's candidates forum at Jamestown Community College between County Executive George Borrello, the Republican candidate and, Democrat Austin Morgan from Freedom.  Borrello says he will hold Governor Andrew Cuomo accountable for not funding from the Chautauqua Lake Association.

Borrello touted being able to lobby with local Congressman Tom Reed, to get necessary repairs underway for the state Thruway section that runs through the Seneca Nation's Cattaraugus Reservation.  Morgan says it's better to have someone in the majority Party that's able to get such items back in the state budget.

Morgan says a lot of items championed by Cathy Young got into the annual budget because she was part of the GOP Majority Leadership in the Senate.  Young, a Republican from Olean, retired suddenly earlier this year, leaving her seat vacant, and triggering a Special Election.


A state organization that adovcates for small business across the nation has announced that it's political action committee is endorsing Republican George Borrello for the state Senate...  

The National Federation of Independent Businesses -- or NFIB -- says New York's small and independent businesses "employ half of our state’s workforce, provide stability in our communities, and drive local economies in every corner of New York State, particularly across the Southern Tier."  Borrello says he "is honored to receive the support of the NFIB and the hardworking members of the business community that they represent."  
 

The public is invited to see the latest renovations at the Martz-Kohl Observatory on Saturday.....  

Gary Nelson, President of the Marshall Martz Memorial Astronomical Association, says they're going to have a ribbon cutting at 2 PM to celebrate the completion of a $44,000 renovation project.  The observatory has added a new education room, planetarium, and welcome center.  They also have new bathrooms, a kitchen and a new parking lot.  The observatory, at 176 Robin Hill Road in Frewsburg, will be open to the public for a couple of hours after the 2 PM ribbon cutting on Saturday.  The Lenna, Sheldon and Chautauqua Region Community Foundations all contributed to the latest project at the observatory, which Gary Nelson says is one of the largest  in the East that is open to the public.  


The Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center hosted a Cancer Survivor Event last night in Celoron in memory of a former Media One Group employee.....  

Dr. Meghan Pailler, with Roswell's Department of Psychology, says those attending the Rick Brodowski Jamestown Area Cancer Patient and Survivor Workshop learned a lot about how to cope with Cancer.

Rick Brodowski was Media One's Station Manager, who passed away in September following a battle with cancer.  Dr. Pailler says her discussion goes beyond the physical aspects and addresses all the impacts of the disease.  The Workshop was held at Chautauqua Harborfront Hotel in Celoron.  For more information on their programming, visit RoswellPark.org.


The three candidates for mayor of Jamestown squared off last night in their last big debate before Election Day.....  

Nearly 100 people were on hand for the live, one-and-a-half hour long forum on WRFA-FM.  Topics ranged from dealing with the budget proposed by Mayor Sam Teresi, to funding for the Prendergast Library.  The forum was hosted by WRFA News and Public Affairs Director Jason Sample.  Our Terry Frank was on the panel to ask questions, along with WNY News Now's Justin Gould.  The debate will be re-broadcast here on WJTN this Saturday afternoon.  The debate replay will follow the Noon News from ABC.

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News Bulletin for Wed., Sept. 16, 2019

**News Alert - Ashville woman found dead in town of Harmony...

From the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office: on October 16th, 2019 at around 5:13pm, missing person Diana Chase was located deceased. Mrs. Chase was located in a wooded area near Hoag Road in the Town of Harmony. The cause of death appeared to be natural. The Sheriff's Office extends condolences to Mrs. Chase's family. The Sheriff's Office was assisted in the search by the NYS DEC Forest Rangers, the New York State Police, Lakewood Busti Police, Corry Police, Pennsylvania State Police, the New York State Department of Corrections, Chautauqua County EMS, Fire coordinators, numerous volunteer fire departments and individual volunteers. The Sheriff's Office is grateful to all the people and agencies who assisted in this search.

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 16, 2019

The two candidates seeking to replace retired New York state Senator Cathy Young in Albany sparred on a number of issues during their first -- and only face-to-face debate in Jamestown last night....  

County Executive George Borrello -- the Republican candidate -- faced off again Freedom Democrat Austin Morgan during an hour-long forum at Jamestown Community College.  Borrello says the most pressing issue in Albany is standing up to the "radial left" agenda of Governor Cuomo and the legislature.

On the other hand,  Morgan -- a recent graduate of Cornell University -- says his background of having been raised by in a rural, middle class family, will bring a needed voice that Senate Majority Democrats need to hear.

Morgan, who was a Senate Aide at one time,spoke about the importance of having someone in the majority -- especially when it comes to budget time.  However, Borrello pointed to his standing with local Congressman Tom Reed to finally get the state to begin working to repair the Thruway that runs through the Seneca Nation's Cattaraugus Reservation.


The candidate's forum at JCC's Weeks Reception Room began with a debate among the three candidates for Jamestown Mayor before a standing-room only audience....  

Republican David Wilfong, Democrat Eddie Sundquist, and Liberterian candidate Andy Liuzzo addressed a number of issues, including the need to grow the city's tax base if it's to meet it's financial obligations.  They also talked about the need to somehow fund the on-going operations at the financially-strapped Prendergast Library.  More on that forum later today.  In addition to the League of Women voters, the forums were also sponsored by the local chapter of the American Association of University Women, and the Political Science Club at JCC.

Now that early voting will begin in Chautauqua County a week from this Saturday... elections officials hope the added days will help boost turnout....  

County Board of Elections Commissioners Norm Green and Brian Abram recently spoke about the early voting process and, Green says they hope that the addition of early voting will help get more voters out to the polls during an off-year election.

Abram says they won't know the impact of early voting for a few years.  There will be three polling sites in the county that will be open during early voting, starting on Saturday, October 26th and continuing until the first Sunday in November.  You can get more information about early voting from the Chautauqua County Board of Elections at Vote Chautauqua.com.

 

A 32 year-old woman was arrested for allegedly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and drunk driving in the village of Celoron late Monday night...  

Ellicott Town Police were called to the scene on West 5th and Allegheny Avenues just before 11:30 PM and, a witness reported seeing the female driver get out of the vehicle and leave on foot.  On arrival, the woman ran from the scene and was found a short distance away.  She was identified as Kylie Pavolko, and, was taken into custody on additional charges of felony DWI and aggravated unlicensed operator.  Chautauqua County Sheriff's Deputies and Lakewood-Busti Police assisted in the investigation. 


Officials at a regional school in Cattaraugus County that works with children who have mental and physical health issues has taken the wraps off a new, 6,900-suqare foot playground....  

The $270,000 project at Randolph Academy Union Free School District was recently completed, and is now being used by district students.  Randolph Academy School Superindent Lori DeCarlo says it's designed to help students overall well-being.

DeCarlo says the school board had antipicated the project coming, and the cost also includes some drainage work and a new retaining wall that had to be constructed before the actual playground could move forward.  She says the firm's involved in the project got lots of input from students and teachers at the school when they created the playground.  With it's special design and features, DeCarlo says the playground will not only provide students with some physical activity, but will help those with mental issues -- such as ADHD -- do better in class.  The Randolph Academy is not affiliated with the Randolph Central Schools and, the playground is also available to the public outside of normal school hours.

The city and Allen Park Women's Club have now been able to make a much-needed upgrade to the kitchen building on the upper end of the park....  

Mayor Sam Teresi and Allen Park Women's Club President Carol Drake recently hosted the unveiling of new playground equipment in that area of the park, as well as $17,000 in improvements for the kitchen facililty.

Mayor Sam Teresi says the women's club, along with a generous donation from the Zanetta family, and funding from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation helped finance the project.  Teresi urges residents to support the Allen Park Women's Club when they do their fund-raisers -- namely selling refreshments during the Summer Concert Series.  The new playground equipment in the upper end of Allen Park was unveiled to the public back on October 1st.  The city put in about nearly 6-thousand dollars worth of parts and labor for both projects.


The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County has had a busy month since their initial kickoff and, has now reached 17-percent of their $1.33-million General Campaign goal....  

Executive Director Amy Rohler says they reached that total thanks to their "Gamechangers" campaign, along with their annual "Scan Campaign" at Wegman's supermarket in West Ellicott.  In addition, Rohler says Community Banks in the area presented a $4,000 check to the United Way, which doubles the amount the banks contributed to the campaign last year.  She adds that they have already made several campaign presentations at local employers, including The Resource Center, Wegman's and Tops Markets.  Rohler says staff is available to make presentations -- including their brief video -- at others, as well.  For more information, call 483-1561, or go on-line to UwaysCC.org.

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 15, 2019

The search is continuing for a missing woman with Alzheimer's Disease in the Panama/Ashville area.... 

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is releasing more information about a 74 year-old Ashville woman who has Alzheimer's Disease and went missing Sunday afternoon.  Deputies say Diana Chase of the Blockville-Watts Flats Road was last seen about 1:30 PM and, may be in need of medical attention.  It's believed that Diana walked away from her home sometime between 1:30 and 7 PM Sunday.  Officers say she is about 5-foot-2 inches tall and, weighs about 160 pounds.  She was wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and black slip on shoes.  Officers have been joined by several local poice and fire departments in the search.  If you have any information, call the Sheriff's Office at 661-7232, or call 9-1-1.


An Olean woman was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child and trespassing Sunday night....  

City Police were called to a residence on Prospect Street shortly before 9 PM for an unwanted person.  During the investigation, officers determined 21 year-old Kaylee Hicks allegedly entered the home without permission and kicked the victim in the face, in front of a child.  Hicks was sent to the city jail pending arraignment. 


The city of Jamestown needs to create more "shovel-ready" industrial sites to encourage expansion for local business and, to bring in new ones....  

Those are the feelings of Republican Mayoral candidate David Wilfong, who says it's time to tear down old, abandoned, multi-story industrial buildings to leave more property for development.  The current County Legislator says this is what he's heard from business leaders and, he adds that his three-terms of experience with the county will be a benefit.

From a business stand-point, Wilfong says that if the city had enough land, they might have kept the Stannard Group, which owns Naco Trucking, which had to move outside the city to find the 26-acres of land they needed to house all of their business interests.  Current Mayor Sam Teresi told us several weeks ago that they were aware, but, didn't have the land to package for Stannard's proposal.  Wilfong says he was going to wait until he retired to run for mayor, but with Teresi not running again, he decided now was the time. 


Jamestown Mayor Candidate David Wilfong has announced that he is resigning from his position as Chautauqua County Republican Committee Chairman to focus on his campaign....  

In a printed statement Monday, Wilfong said his resignation will be effective today and, adds "it's been an honor and privilege to serve the past three years as chairman of the Chautauqua County Republican Committee.  But, I feel that at this time, that I must focus all my energy on my candidacy for Mayor."  Wilfong is currently serving third term as District 11 Chautauqua County Legislator and, is director of Maintenance for Intandem Solutions, formerly known as the Rehabilitation Center in Olean.  Current Vice-Chairman Allan Hendrickson of West Ellicott will replace Wilfong as county chairman.


Two of the biggest and most competitive races in this year's election will be high-lighted during tonight's League of Women Voters forum to be held at Jamestown Community College...  

The debates featuring the candidates for Mayor of Jamestown and, 57th State Senate seat, begins at 7 PM in the Sarita Weeks Reception Room.  The mayoral candidates include Democrat Eddie Sundquist, Republican David Wilfong, and Libertarian Andrew Liuzzo.  On the senate side, Republican George Borrello faces off with Democrat Austin Morgan.


In announcing his proposed 2020 Dunkirk City budget last Friday, Mayor Wilfred Rosas indicated he will be working on the continuation of transitional aid from Albany....  

While the city has been looking at ways to increase revenues since the closing of the NRG power plant in 2016 -- and a study will be getting underway on possible future uses of the facility -- Rosas says there is still a need to continue the transitional aid.

Rosas says he has included transitional aid in the 2020 budget, and that has helped the city to hold the line on the tax rate.  He says they are also expecting transitional aid in 2021.  Rosas says he is confident they can reach an agreement with state leaders to continue the aid.  The mayor's budget proposal calls for no change to the city tax rate of $17.25 per thousand of assessed value.   

 
It was a successful grand opening for a new retail outdoors chain in the Jamestown-area, which concluded Sunday....  

Running's held the formal opening of it's first Chautauqua County store located at 720 East Fairmount Avenue in West Ellicott -- at the former Sam's Club.  Store Manager Rob Szymandera says they have been "well-received..." even before they held their soft opening in late September.

Szymandera says Runnings is "an outdoor... farm... and, sporting goods store."  He say about the only things you can't get are "bread, milk, and lumber."  The manager says now that they are through the grand opening, they'll be doing a little more on line.  Szymandera says the West Ellicott Runnings Store is open seven-days a week and for more information, call 296-0529.  You can also go on-line to Runnings.Com/JamestownNY

A city man faces charges for allegedly operating his Cub Cadet mower while intoxicated early Monday morning....  

Jamestown police say they stopped the mower just after 2 AM for driving on the sidewalk along Prendergast Avenue and Strong Street.  During the Investigation,  the operator -- 46 year-old Alberto Santiago -- was reportedly in an intoxicated  condition and was taken to the Jamestown City Jail where he refused a chemical test.  Santiago is to appear in city court at a later date for DWI, Driving on Sidewalk and Unnecessary Noise. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 14, 2019

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a missing vulnerable adult this morning...  

Officials say 74 year-old Diana Chase was last seen on Blockville Flatts Road in the Village of Panama at 1:30 PM yesterday.  Diana Chase has Alzheimer's disease and was last seen wearing blue pajama pants, a grey hooded sweatshirt and walks with a cane.  Officials say she has short blonde hair, blue eyes and is just over 5-feet tall. Anyone with information of Diana's whereabouts is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 753-2131 or dial 9-1-1. 


A farm accident in the north county early last weekend claimed the life of a Fredonia man....  

State Police say a trooper on patrol was flagged down on Route 60 about 4 PM.  The officer investigated and, found that 50 year-old Daniel Hunt of Spoden Road was southbound on 60 in his 1976-model tractor when he turned onto a farm access road.  However, the trooper says the tractor went into an embankment, striking a tree then rolled coming to rest on top of Hunt.  Police say Hunt was pronounced at the scene by the Chautauqua County Coroner. 
 

An Olean man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison after being convicted on one count of receiving Child Pornography....  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior in Buffalo has announced that 30 year-old Jacob Tunison received the 188-month term from U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara.  Prosecutors say that, in November of 2018, Tunison used Facebook to communicate with a girl who was under the age of 16.  They say he sent numerous lewd images of himself to the minor and solicited the minor to produce and send him pictures of herself.  The Jamestown Office of the FBI, and Cuba Police Department assisted in the investigation.


Local Congressman Tom Reed is supporting President Trump's decision to withdraw about 50 military advisors and troops from northern Syria before Turkey began an invasion of Kurdish-held territory....  

However, the Corning Republican says he still has some concerns about the move, which took place last week.  On Sunday, the administration also announced that U-S forces would be moving it's remaining troops in the region southward.  There were also hints of the U-S possibly getting out of Syria all together, something Reed says needs to be considered.

Late Sunday, Syrian Kurdish officials said they will now work with the country's central government in Damascus to fend off Turkey's offensive.  The president was blasted by members of Congress on both sides of the political aisle by the move, but Reed says if Congress wants to change it, lawmakers can take a vote.  Many are saying the U-S betrayed the Kurds, who helped keep thousands of ISIS fighters imprisoned in the region.  Reed says what happens to those ISIS fighters is a concern to the U-S.


The New York State Capitol's second floor is bustling as the governor works on his budget proposal due in January....  

The legislative session may be a season away, but lobbyists are already stalking the halls and pitching their funding priorities to Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has broad power over the state's $175.5-billion dollar spending plan.  One big issue this year will be Medicaid spending. New York had delayed paying a $1.7 billion bill until fiscal year 2020 to avoid breaking a spending cap.  Other looming issues include possibly legalizing recreational marijuana sales to adults, which Cuomo has called a priority for the next session.  Albany will also see a push to tax the wealthy from activists and newly elected lawmakers on the left who ran on tackling economic inequality.


Dunkirk city lawmakers wil consider a $24.7-million budget this Fall that includes no tax increase and no increase in fees for 2020...  

Mayor Willie Rosas released his tentative spending plan last Friday afternoon, which he says does include about $700,000 in added spending.  Rosas says the budget includes six more positions in city government.

Rosas says four of the positions are in Department of Public Works, and one each in the police and fire departments.  He says the budget is balanced, as it needs to be in New York state, and the city of Dunkirk.
 

National Grid says it'll immediately begin connecting over 1,100 customers denied service after New York rejected an application for a new pipeline...  

The Public Service Commission order late last week calls on the company to connect those customers.  The commission's chair says the law requires utilities to provide gas service without delay when there's sufficient supply.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo says the pipeline wouldn't be in service until at least next year. 

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., Oct. 12, 2019

North County man killed in tractor accident in Pomfret... 
A Fredonia man was killed after he was pinned when his tractor rolled Friday afternoon.  New York State Police say 50 year-old Daniel Hunt of Spoden Road was operating the Tractor southbound on Route 60 when he attempted to make a left turn onto his farm access road around 4 p.m. when the right front tire dropped off the road and rolled over the embankment, pinning him underneath the vehicle.  Hunt was pronounced dead at the scene.  Two excavators were used to lift the tractor.  Firefighters from Fredonia and Cassadaga assisted at the scene.


City fire crews make quick work of fire in piles of tires on northside...
Quick work by Jamestown firefighters prevented serious damage to an abandoned home next to piles of tires that caught fire and burned early Thursday night.  City Fire Battalion Chief Matt Coon says crews were called to the scene at 875 Lafayette St. about 5:15 p.m., and, found heavy, black smoke coming from the site.  Coon says crews had the flames under control in about 15 minutes, and preserved the house.  He says there was just some minor exposure damage to one side of the home.  Coon says their biggest concern was the fact a live power line to the house came down during the fire... and, they had to call in the Board of Public Utilities to take care of it.  Coon says crews were at the scene for about two-hours... but, no off-shift was needed.  No one was hurt.  The cause remains under investigation.  Jamestown police also assisted at the scene.


Olean man receives 15 years, eight-months in prison on Child Porn conviction...
An Olean man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison after being convicted on one count of receiving Child Pornography.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Jr. in Buffalo has announced that 30 year-old Jacob Tunison received the 188-month term from U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara.  Prosecutors say that, in November of 2018, Tunison used Facebook to communicate with a girl who was under the age of 16.  They say he sent numerous lewd images of himself to the minor and solicited the minor to produce and send him pictures of herself.  The Jamestown Office of the FBI, and Cuba Police Department assisted in the investigation.


Independent Health opens new Medicare Information Center in Lakewood...
Several "red-shirted" people were on hand for the ribbon cutting on a new Medicare Information Center opened by Independent Health in downtown Lakewood.  Officials with Independent Health, Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello, and Acting Lakewood Mayor Ted McCague were on hand to officially open Independent Health's new facility to help local seniors and others with Medicare services.  Independent Health's President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Cropp the opening is timely because Medicare Open Enrollment is now underway through Dec. 7.  Cropp says Independent Health worked hard to obtain the former Post Office on Chautuauqua Avenue, and get it ready for the opening.  The regional health company has been in the immediate Jamestown-area for two decades... and, Acting Lakewood Mayor Ted McCague is pleased they're remaining in the area.  Borrello also was on hand to welcome Independent Health to it's new location.  The center is open through the end of Medicare enrollment on December 7th from Monday through Fridays from 9 AM to 5 PM.  The phone number is 635-4900.


New Runnings store in West Ellicott holds Grand Opening...
The ribbon has been cut on a new outdoors retail store in the Jamestown-area, selling fishing, camping and farm equipment.  The official grand opening for Runnings was held Thursday at the store's 720 East Fairmount Ave. location as part of a five-day kick-off for the Minnesota-based retailer.  Store Manager Rob Szymandera says they're excited to be open... and, says people were inquiring about the store even before they held their "soft opening."  Szymandera says they had people in line when they had that a couple of weeks before the ribbon cutting.  Szymendera says the Grand Opening continues through Sunday night at their new location.  Hours for Runnings are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays... 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays... and, 9 to 6 on Sunday.


Montanez ordered bound over for Grand Jury in shooting death...
A Jamestown man, who has been charged with first-degree manslaughter in last Sunday's shooting death of a Mayville man in the village of Sherman, has been ordered held for grand jury action.  Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says that a preliminary hearing was held Thursday for 25-year-old Julio Montanez, and that a Sherman Town justice ordered him returned to the Chautauqua County Jail.   Montanez allegedly shot 29-year-old Justin Gibbons multiple times during an altercation in the area of 114 West Main Street in the village.  Swanson says he has up to 45 days to present the case to a grand jury. 


Limo involved in fatal crash in Eastern NY had not had needed brake work done...
A former repair shop manager says brake work was billed but not performed on the stretch limousine that crashed five months later in upstate New York, killing 20 people.  The former manager of a Mavis Discount Tire shop told investigators in a September 17th interview that a brake master cylinder was invoiced but not installed at the time of a May 2018 inspection.  The 2001 Ford Excursion limo blew through an intersection and crashed in rural Schoharie County on October 6.  The interview was disclosed by Schoharie County District Attorney Susan Mallery this week in a letter to lawyers for the limo company.

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 9, 2019

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi has proposed a $36.6-million dollar budget for next year that includes a slight increase in the tax levy, but no hike in the rate....  

Teresi presented the 2020 budget plan -- his last -- Tuesday afternoon at City Hall and, says it increases spending by about 630-thousand dollars.  He says it also includes a point-five percent increase in the amount to be raised by taxes.

Teresi says there is about a $3.4-million increase in the city's total taxable assessments.  He says there were some other exclusions that allowed the levy to be increased slightly.  The tax rate will remain $23.85 per thousand full value.  Teresi says the budget does account for pay hikes for members of three bargaining units, two of them represented by Jamestown City Administrative Association.  The third is represented by AFSCME.  However, he adds that the budget does not include any additional increases for the other three unions,  including city police and fire.  City Council will begin formally reviewing the spending plan at it's next work session on Monday, October 21st.

The city of Jamestown may be able to provide some short-term, unmetered parking in the area of the county's Department of Motor Vehicles Office.....  

However, it won't be able to designate that for strictly DMV parking only.  That's the legal interpretation of the law by Corporation Counsel Peter Larson, which he presented during Monday night's City Council work session.  Larson says part of the issue is that the county leases it's space on West Third Street.

The other issue is that the city would be setting a precident if the parking spaces were designated as "DMV Use Only."  Mayor Sam Teresi says the city gets about 50 such requests a year from downtown businesses.  For DMV employees, Teresi says there are some leased spaces available in a nearby parking lot that has about 40 spaces available.  He says they have talked with County Clerk Larry Barmore's office about the leased space availability.  Last week, Barmore asked lawmakers if they would look into the possibility of some free, on-street parking to help relieve congestion in their "cramped" off-street parking area.


The Jamestown Community College Foundation has presented its annual John Hamilton award to John and Carole Selstrom..... 

 Acting on the wishes of the late John Johnson, the Selstroms set up and administered the Johnson Foundation.  John Selstrom says, through its 20 years of philanthropy, the foundation helped many community efforts, including JCC.  The foundation gave a million dollars to help nursing students, and money to establish a social media marketing internship program at the college.  The JCC Foundation named Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties as 'community partners' of the year.  Also at Tuesday night's event at the Harbor Hotel in Celoron, the JCC Alumni Association presented its Distinguished Alumnus Award to Cheri Foti.  She is an accomplished nurse, locally and with the U.S. Air Force, where she rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel.  Cheri has also been a long-time member of the JCC Alumni Association Board of Directors.  


With the Chautauqua County Board of Health reportedly looking to take action against future industrial wind turbines, County Executive George Borrello says he is glad to see the panel taking up the issue and indicates they may have some options.

Borrello made no secret about his opposition to the use of industrial wind turbines during his tenure on the County Legislature and, now as County Executive.  He has especially been vocal about government subsidies for the industry.  Borrello also believes the State Board of Health has not addressed health concerns caused by the use of turbines.

New York's governor says the state has seen its first reported death linked to vaping....  

Democrat Andrew Cuomo says the October 4th death of a 17-year-old male from the Bronx was reported Tuesday to the state Department of Health.  Cuomo says the teenager was hospitalized in early September for a respiratory illness related to vaping.  The governor's administration reports it's received 110 reports from New York physicians of severe pulmonary illness among patients between the ages of 14 to 69 years who were using at least one vape product prior to becoming ill.  The vaping industry successfully sued to temporarily block the Cuomo administration's recent ban on flavored e-cigarettes.  Federal officials say at least 18 people have died and over 1,000 people have been sickened with vaping-related illnesses.


A Jamestown man has been arrested after being allegedly found with a quantity of methamphetamine while biking through the city Monday night....  

Officers say they stopped a man riding a bicycle with no lights on North Main Street in Brooklyn Square shortly after 11:30 PM and, the man allegedly gave them a false name.  Police later identified him as 25 year-old Mathew Miles, who was also wanted on a bench warrant and taken into custody.  He's being held in the city jail pending arraignment for false personation and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 


A regional planning board has received nearly $400,000 in federal funding to support a project to provide more rural broadband in the 23rd Congressional District....  

Local Congressman Tom Reed announced the $395,000 grant for the Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board to assist the "Southwest New York Wireless Broadband project."  Reed says the project will provide 25mbp/s Internet service to 2,300 household and 206 businesses currently without access to broadband internet in the Southern Tier.  The Corning Republican says "the funds delivered with this grant will purchase, and install fixed wireless broadband equipment and backhaul fiber at eight cell towers in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties."  He says it's an area where there is "hilly land and low density" which have discouraged the private sector from deploying broadband which left thousands without access to reliable high-speed internet.  Reed adds that local sources will provide another $399,000 for the project.

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 8, 2019

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi will unveil his 20th, and final budget proposal later today for the new year starting next January 1st....  

Teresi will outline the $35-million-plus spending plan on the Charter-mandated deadline date of October 8th.  During last night's City Council work session, he said the presentation will begin at 4 PM in the Mayor's Conference Room at City Hall.

There will be no tax increase in the spending plan, because the city is at 100-percent of the city's constitutional taxing limit.  Lawmakers will begin looking to see what cuts and other changes could be made starting at the work session on October 21st.  Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says the two biggest budgets will be reviewed at the first meeting in November.  Those are the Police and Fire Department budgets and, they'll wrap up initial looks at budgets on November 18th with Department of Development, the Fenton History Center and Senior Center among those being reviewed.  Dolce says, on October 21st, the council will review the Public Works and Parks budgets.  The final budget must be adopted by the City Council by December 1st.


Jamestown city officials are looking into the possibility of providing some free on-street parking adjacent to the Chautauqua County Department of Motor Vehicles office on West Third Street....  

That after County Clerk Larry Barmore recently asked the City Council to consider the move to relieve traffic congestion in their "very cramped" off street lot next to the DMV offices.

Barmore asked council to consider removing the meters on up to 6 or 7 spaces on West Third Street that could be designated for "DMV Parking Only."  He says few of the metered spots in that part of the city are used daily and, could be used for this.  Barmore says there are three seldom-used spots across the street, and seven on their side of West Third.  He says they would be happy with three or four of those.  
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City officials are still looking at the matter, but Mayor Sam Teresi says it's unlikely they can legally provide "designated" parking because every business wants that.  However, he says they are looking more at the idea of some limited, free, short-term parking on street in that area.  More on this story later today.


A city woman is being held on drug possession and obstruction charges following an incident of Cherry Street in the early hours of Monday morning...  

Jamestown police say they spotted multiple people trespassing near the Prendergast Library at midnight.  During the investigation, officers spoke to the subjects and one female reportedly gave a false name.  Police say the woman began walking away to keep from being arrested and was located a short distance away when she allegedly began to run away from officers. Later identified as 27 year-old Crystal Depew, she was taken into custody and found in possession of cocaine, fentanyl and a digital scale.  She's being held in the city jail pending arraignment.  


A shooting incident that occured in the village of Sherman Sunday morning that left a Mayville man dead was not a random act....  

That from Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone, who says 25-year-old Julio Montanez of Jamestown has been charged with first-degree manslaughter after the shootin, which occured after an altercation in the area of 114 West Main Street in the village.

Quattrone says the victim, 29-year-old Justin Gibbons, was targeted by Montanez in the shooting.  However, he says they are not releasing a motive at this time.  Quattrone says the investigation is continuing.  Montanez is being held in the county jail on $100,000 cash bail.


Cornell Cooperative Extension in Chautauqua County -- the last tenant at the Ag Center -- will leave that facility by the end of the year....  

That from Extension Executive Director Emily Reynolds, who say after many years at the Ag Center, they are moving to the Carnanhan Center at Jamestown Community College.  Reynolds says some Four-H and Extension meetings will be held at JCC beginning this month.  She says their offices will move at the end of the fall semester.  The Bratt Agriculture Center, near the Jamestown airport, was built 40 years ago, to bring ag related services together under one roof.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Soil and Water Conservation Service left the ag center six years ago.  The future of the county-owned building in unknown.  


The Chautauqua County League of Women Voters is gearing up for a series of political debates that will be held in Dunkirk, Jamestown and Fredonia over the next couple of weeks....  

The League's Marcia Merrins says the first debate will be this evening at 7 PM at Dunkirk City Hall and, adds that'll be followed by a debate the following Tuesday in Jamestown.

The final debate will be in Fredonia on Wednesday, October 23rd.  Merrins says they encourage the public to attend the forums and ask questions of the candidates.  She says they encourage that.  Merrins says the league does not give the questions to the candidates prior to the debates.  Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th.

 
New York is taking most 17-year-olds with offenses out of the adult criminal justice system.... 

The change is effective this month under the second part of 2017 legislation that raised New York's age of criminal responsibility to 18.  The first part of the law addressing most 16-year-olds went into effect last year.  New York had been among the last states that automatically prosecuted 16- and 17-year-olds as adults.  Supporters say incarcerating youth alongside adults is connected with higher suicide rates and increased recidivism.  This year's state budget includes $200 million in funding for programs such as diversion services.  Under the legislation, such young people charged with misdemeanors would have their cases tried in family court proceedings.  Those charged with violent felonies would remain in criminal court under some circumstances.

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 7, 2019

A Mayville man has been killed in a weekend shooting incident following an altercation in an alley in the village of Sherman...  

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene at 114 West Main Street just after 1:30 AM Sunday and found the victim -- 29 year-old Justin Gibbons -- had been shot multiple times.  Deputies say Gibbons was rushed by ambulance to Westfield Memorial Hospital, where he later died.  Officers investigated and, determined that Gibbons had been involved in an altercation in an alleyway with 25 year-old Juliio Montanez of Jamestown.  During the incident, deputies say Montanez pulled a handgun, and fired multiple rounds at Gibbons as he was fleeing the scene.  Montanez has been charged with one count of first-degree manslaughter... and, was sent to the county jail pending arraignment.  Sheriff's officers were assisted at the scene by the Chautauqua County District Attorney's office, the Chautauqua County Forensic Investigation Team, State Police and the Coroner's Office.


A Jamestown man wanted on six Felony and misdemeanor warrants was arrested after police investigated a report of number of people allegedly trying to illegally enter a Mayville home....  

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Potter Road early last Saturday morning and, found an unwanted woman on the property, who claimed she was alone.  However, as a precaution, Sheriff's Office K-9 Link was brought in and, found a person's scent and, began tracking it.  The K-9 continued tracking from Potter Road onto Card Road for about half a mile, and officers found 26 year-old Ryan Paulisick in a wooded area.  Paulisick was wanted on several warrants by the Sheriff's Office and Jamestown Police and, he was taken to the county jail pending arraignment.  The woman was taken from the scene, and not charged.


There is still a lot of manufacturing going on in Chautauqua County and that's being celebrated during the entire month of October....  

That from Executive Director Todd Tranum with the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier.  He says local companies still produce a lot of product, as the area observed Manufacturing Day last Friday, October 4th.

Tranum says nearly 20-percent of all jobs in the county are still linked to manufacturing.  He says it's 19-percent here, but, is just 9-percent nationwide.  MAST collaborated last week with Jamestown Community College to observe Manufacturing Day with several local, state and federal proclamations.  However, they decided to make a month of it in the three county area.  Tranum says they have several other activities planned for the month of October.


Local Congressman Tom Reed is hopeful that the current two-week break for the House of Representatives and the U-S Senate will lessen the talk of impeachment, and more about legislative matters....  

Speaking during his recent trip to Jamestown, the Corning Republican noted the need for Congressional action on a number of legislative items -- including the need for a vote on the new, U-S, Mexico and Canada trade deal.

However, Reed also cautions that -- with Impeachment taking up much of "the oxygen" in D-C -- that the talk may ramp up and, push everything else aside through the 2020 election.  He says that would include lower prescription drug prices, trade agreements and other matters that affect people nationwide.  Yesterday, a spokeswoman for Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Perry encouraged President Trump to speak to the Ukrainian leader in a call at the center of a House impeachment probe.  But, says Perry wanted Trump to speak on energy matters with the Ukraine President, not about investigating Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son.

 

Relatives of some of the 20 people killed in a limousine crash have urged quick action on safety legislation so other families won't have to endure the grief they have carried for the past year.... 

 A half-dozen relatives joined Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer and congressional representatives to promote new federal legislation late last week that would tighten safety standards for limousines like the one that sped through a T-intersection in upstate New York and slammed into an embankment in October of 2018. The driver, 17 passengers on a birthday outing and two pedestrians were killed in the crash in rural Schoharie.
 


The Vatican authorized an investigation Thursday into the embattled Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, whose bishop has been fending off calls to resign over his handling of clergy misconduct allegations....  

The "apostolic visitation" will take place in the near future, led by Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio.  That from the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C., which is coordinating the visit for the Holy See.  DiMarzio will submit his findings to the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church in Vatican City.  Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone said he welcomed the visitation and will cooperate fully.  The western New York diocese is the subject of dozens of lawsuits by people who claim to have been sexually abused by priests as children.

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., Oct. 5, 2019

Arrest made in connection with vandalism of Lucy statues, bathroom at Celoron Park...
Ellicott Town Police have now arrested a Celoron man for allegedly vandalizing the two Lucille Ball statues in Celoron Park.  Police and Media reports say Howard McAvoy was arrested late Friday for using a blue marker to draw on the statues, and write on the wall in the Lucille Ball Memorial Park bathroom.  Ellicott Police Chief Bill Ohnmeiss tells us that investigators have footage of McAvoy... and were working to identify him.  Ohnmeiss says a report on the statues came in about 8 p.m. last Thursday night.  He says more details are expected to be released pending the investigation.  McAvoy is charged with second-degree criminal mischief.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Ellicott Police at 665-7083. 


Manufacturing Day celebrated to start Manufacturing Month at JCC...
A lot of progress has been made in workforce development in Chautauqua County over the past year... but, there is still more to do.  That's the sentiment of most officials at Friday's celebration of National Manufacturing Day at Jamestown Community College's Manufacturing Technology Institute.  JCC President Daniel DeMarte says... after penning an Op-Ed in the Post-Journal last October... the college set out to make skills training a priority.  DeMarte says they recently obtained a $149,000, Appalachian Regional Commission Grant to broaden their current programming to include Mechanical Technology, Industrial Equipment Technology, and Welding Technology programs.  He says that's in direct response to what local manufacturer's say they need right now.
DeMarte was joined by several local officials at the MTI Friday morning... including County Executive George Borrello... who has pushed to make workforce development a priority in the county.  Borrello says it's a direct outcome of his more than 100 visits to local companies in the first 100 days of his administration.  He adds that if you want to own your own business... the best way to go is to work in the skilled trades and manufacturing.  In addition to Borrello... State Assemblyman Andy Goodell... Katrina Fuller from Congressman Tom Reed's office... and, City Council President Marie Carrubba -- representing Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi -- presented proclamations recognizing Friday as Manufacturing Day -- and month -- in the area.


Cattaraugus County man arrested for alleged Weapons assault...
A Cattaraugus County man has been arrested for allegedly threatening another person with a razor knife in the town of Yorkshire.  State Police in Machias were called to the scene on Old Olean Rd. Wednesday... and, arrested 35 year-old Jonathan Matthews for allegedly threatening a County employee, and trying to cut them with the knife.  Troopers add that Matthews also tried to assault them, and resisted arrested.  He was taken into custody on charges including second-degree menacing, resisting arrest, and Assault with intent to cause Serious Injury with a weapon.  Matthews was arraigned and jailed on $5,000 cash bail.


Sheriff warns about car deer accidents in final three months of the year...
We have entered the time of year when you will want to watch for deer during your travels.  The New York State Department of motor vehicles, and Department of Environmental Conservation say nearly two-thirds of all deer-related crashes occur during the months of October, November and December.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone says it's the time of year when motorists need to drive more cautiously and recognize that more wildlife will be present.  Quattrone says we live in an area where we "have issues with wildlife" -- specifically deer -- this time of year.  He says when trying to avoid a deer, it's better to let up on the gas instead of swerving or slamming on the brakes because you can lose control of your vehicle. 


Appeals court temporarily blocks ban on flavored vaping sales...
A state appeals court has temporarily blocked New York from enforcing its new ban on sales of flavored e-cigarettes.  The order issued Thursday gives the court time to consider the vaping industry's lawsuit to block the ban.  It comes a day before the state planned to start enforcing 90-day emergency regulations banning the sale of most flavored electronic cigarettes.  Supporters of a ban such as the American Cancer Society's advocacy group say kids are getting addicted to e-cigarettes.  But critics including the Vapor Technology Association say the prohibitions are governmental overreach.  State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker says the court's decision won't deter officials from addressing the "public health emergency."  States such as Michigan and Rhode Island have moved to ban flavored e-cigarettes.  President Trump has proposed a federal ban.

Long-time Fredonia official, and WWII veteran, Charlie St. George, dies...
A former Fredonia mayor, and World War Two veteran has passed away.  We have learned that Charles St. George died at the age of 94 on Thursday.  He served four terms as mayor from 1971 through 1979, and was on the Fredonia Central School Board for five years.  St. George also served in U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Alaska during the war.  Besides his involvement in politics, St. George ran a real estate business for over 60 years until he reached the age of 90. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Anthony's Church in Fredonia on Monday morning at 10.

 


 

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 4, 2019

The Jamestown Public School District's new Success Academy at Rogers School is a "work in progress..." but, local Congressman Tom Reed has come away impressed with the pilot program....  

Reed yesterday toured the academy, which deals with psychological and traumatic issues -- including poverty and illegal drug use.  Officials estimate 1,600 students are not coming to school because of those issues but Reed says this "holistic" approach seems to be helping.

More than 70-percent of the students in the Jamestown district are considered to be living in poverty and, that can make for a difficult home-life.  Jamestown School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says they are educators, but, they reached out to various human service agencies to help them at the academy and, they've agreed to work there at no charge to the district.  He says those agencies include: The Resource Center and, the county's Office of Public Health, and Mental Health.  Academy Principal Mike McElrath says there are currently 52 students there who are in fifth through 10th grades.


It looks like the 'perfect fall day' for the annual Chautauqua County Humane Society Walk for Paws this Saturday! 

That from Community Relations Director Brian Papalia, who says the fundraiser is a fun way to support animals at the humane society looking for their forever homes.  Registration begins at 9 AM on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution. Papalia says if you have not made donations yet, that's okay because you can "stop in with a $20 donation".  He adds, pets are welcomed as long as  your pet is good with crowds.  Papalia says they've seen animals ranging from cats and dogs to rabbits and horses. There will also be a pet costume contest with prizes, as well as a "pet blessing" for all animals in attendance.  For more information on the 14th annual Walk for Paws, visit SPCAPETS.com


Former Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan has become the interim head of the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance...  

Horrigan accepted the job after previous director, Erin Brickley, resigned last month.  He says his first task is to recommend how they should move forward, and what they need in a new director.  Horrigan says they hope to fill the post before the end of the year.

The Alliance works in collaboration with lake and watershed-related organizations, municipalities and other stakeholders to improve the lake.  Horrigan says he hopes to complete his work by mid-November.  Horrigan served four years as County Executive.

 
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office continues to assist the State Police with the investigation into Tuesday's shooting on Route 83 in the town of Cherry Creek.... 

 Fifty-Three year-old Nelson Nobles was shot multiple times on his farm and was last reported in guarded condition at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.  Sheriff Jim Quattrone says his department has been assisting the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.  The Sheriff says the investigation is ongoing, and he is encouraging anyone with information about the shooting to contact the State Police at 679-1520 or 585-344-6200.


A Jamestown man and a wanted city woman were arrested during a Thursday morning traffic stop after police allegedly found various drugs inside the vehicle....  

City police say they stopped a brown Sports Utility Vehicle on West Seventh  Street near Cherry Street shortly before 2AM and, allegedly saw drug paraphernalia and prescription pills laying the backseat.  The driver -- 35 year-old Todd Dalton -- was taken into custody on charges including second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and criminal possession of a weapon.  Police say his passenger -- 39 year-old Chasity Anderson -- gave officers a false name as she reportedly had  outstanding warrants for Jamestown and Ellicott Town Courts.  Both were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and sent to the City Jail pending arraignment. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 3, 2019

A Jamestown man has been sentenced to 100 months in federal prison following his conviction on possession of child pornography....  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 36 year-old Steven Fetterman received the 8 year-4 month term yesterday from U-S District Judge Lawrence Vilardo, as well as 30 years of supervised release.  Prosecutors say that in November of 2015, Fetterman was found in possession of more than 1,700 videos and 13,838 images of child pornography.  They say about 44 videos and 95 images involved pre-pubescent minors or minors under the age of 12, as well as depictions of violence.  Previously, he was accused of engaging in the sexual abuse or exploitation of a minor.  In 2000, the defendant forced one minor to engage in oral sex and between 2001 and 2003, the defendant attempted to fondle a second victim.


Two people have been arrested for allegedly operating a "large-scale" marijuana-grow operation following a drug raid on their home in the town of Busti....  

Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and officers with the Lakewood-Busti Police Department conducted the raid at 161 Big Tree Road this past Monday night and, found 183 growing pot plants.  Task Force agents say they arrested 36 year-old Thomas Maher and 30 year-old Barbara Lobb on a warrant and, seized the plants, along with paraphernalia used for growing, harvesting, packaging, and selling marijuana.  Maher and Lobb were charged with unlawfully growing cannabis without a license,as well as two counts of endangering the welfare of a child because children lived in the home.  Both were sent to the county jail pending arraignment.  More charges are pending.


A big turn-out of local prosecutors from across New York state were on hand for a special summit in Albany to learn more about sweeping changes in discovery laws -- beginning next January 1st.....  

That from Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson, who was among over 50 D-As and Assistant D-As from across the State who attended the recent, day-long summit.  Swanson says the laws were passed as part of the new state Budget.

Swanson says all prosecutors will have to disclose all discovery of evidence in their possession within 15 day of the accused being arraigned.  He says the new law will also significantly increase the number of cases where full discovery will be required.  Swanson says the big turn-out of District Attorneys and Assistant D-As is an indication of how sweeping the changes are.


The Grandparent Scam has resurfaced in Chautauqua County, and scammed people to the tune of thousands of dollars....  

That from Office for the Aging Director Mary Ann Spanos, who says the scam involves someone calling an elderly person, claiming to be that person's grandchild and, saying they are stuck in a foreign country or in-jail.  The person is usually crying or has some other explanation of why their voice sounds different and, they need money immediately to get out.  They always say "don’t tell my parents" and usually need cash or gift cards sent.  One way to check on the call's validity is to ask a question that the grand child would know the answer to about the family.  If it's a scammer they will usually hang up.  Fore more information, call their NY Connects Helpline at 753-4582 or 661-7582. 


Now that former Western New York Congressman Chris Collins has resigned his seat, the question is when will there be a special election to fill his 27th District seat....  

Local Congressman Tom Reed says Governor Andrew Cuomo has floated the idea of having a special vote next April when some primary elections take place in New York.

Reed says he hopes that Cuomo lives up to his word about scheduling a special election at a time when another vote is already being held.  Collins resigned from office just prior to pleading guilty to a pair of federal charges stemming from insider trading.  Prosecutors said Collins had access to inside information about a biopharmaceutical company through his seat on its board.  They say he leaked bad news about a failed clinical trial at the company to his son.   


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says new state figures show the number of new HIV diagnoses has dropped to a new low since the peak of the epidemic....  

The Democrat said in a Wednesday announcement that New York saw 2,481 new HIV diagnoses last year -- a 28-percent drop from 2014.  The state directs $20 million annually to Cuomo's 2014 initiative to end the AIDS epidemic by the end of 2020.  Health commissioner Howard Zucker says New York is making significant advances to reach that goal.

 Cuomo's office says 32,000 New Yorkers filled at least one prescription of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, last year.  That's up 32-percent from 2017.  New York will require health insurance plans to cover PrEP -- which greatly reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex -- without co-pays beginning next January 1st.

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 2, 2019

A farmer from Cherry Creek is in guarded condition in a Buffalo-area hospital after being shot multiple times early Tuesday morning...
  
State Police in Fredonia were called to the Noble Farm on Route 83 in the town of Cherry Creek shortly after 6 AM for a possible shooting.  Troopers say their investigation found that the only victim was farm owner, 53 year-old Nelson Noble.  Police say Noble was flown by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center. Troopers say the Pine Valley Central School district was closed yesterday as a precaution due to the proximity to the schools.  However, it appears there is no further danger the community or the school.  Police add that their Bureau of Criminal Investigation is in the early stages of the investigation.  The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office is assisting.  If you have any information, call State Police at 679-1520 or (585)-344-6200.


Pennsylvania State Police are investigating after a hunter reportedly found human remains last Thursday in Crawford County.... 

Troopers in Corry were called to a wooded area off Steadman Road in Troy Township about 4:30 PM after the remains were found.  Police say the victim has not been identified yet because the bones appear to have been at the scene for an extended period of time.  Mercyhurst University's Forensic Anthropology Department is assisting in collecting and identifying the bones. Currently, Troopers say there is no fould play suspected.


The effort by Chautauqua County's top-elected official to become the region's next New York State Senator kicked into high gear last night on Jamestown's northside.....  

County Executive George Borrello cut the ribbon to officially open his main headquarters in a redeveloped office building on North Main Street -- near the intersection with Interstate 86.  Borrello says he was pleased to see people of all parties, and some never involved in political campaigns come out to support him.

Borrello says he was happy to locate the headquarters in a building recently purchased by Lynn Development Group for renovations because it's an indication of the kind of people that live in the 57th Senate District.  The Irving Republican says he will campaign strongly in each of the district's four counties... as retired Senator Cathy Young did.  Borrello says that's how she was able to bring people together for the greater good.  He is opposing Freedom Democrat Austin Morgan in the November 5th election.


One day after resigning from the House, Western New York congressman Chris Collins pleaded guilty this afternoon to federal charges of conspiring to commit securities fraud and false statements. Collins faces up to five years in prison on both counts, with sentencing scheduled for January....

Congress made the Buffalo-area Republican's resignation official Tuesday morning, just hours before he agreed to a plea deal before a federal judge in Manhattan.  Prosecutors said Collins had access to inside information about a biopharmaceutical company through his seat on its board.  They say he leaked bad news about a failed clinical trial at the company to his son.  The tip allowed Cameron Collins and another man to avoid nearly $800,000 in stock losses.  With his departure from Congress, it will be up to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to set a special election to fill the seat in the Republican-leaning district.


The immediate Jamestown-area will be getting a 10th Dollar General store soon but, this will be the first in the downtown area.... 

The City Council Monday night approved the packaging of four parcels in the Winsor-Crescent Streets area for the new location, which will be the fifth in the city.  The project is being developed by the Broadway Group of Huntsville, Alabama.  

Krayner says the new store will bring new tax money to the city, employ 10 full-time workers and provide a "grocery store" to an area of the city that has been identified as a "food desert."  That means there are no real grocery or other food stores nearby for residents living there.  DeJoy says there are also two privately-held properties being purchased for the project and all together, the property is just under an acre in size.  Broadway is purchasing the city-held property for $13,000.


A federal judge in New York has ruled that the 2017 federal tax overhaul's cap on state and local tax deductions was not an "unconstitutional assault" on the sovereignty of high-tax Democratic-leaning states.....

Judge J. Paul Oetken dismissed a challenge on Monday to the Republican-led tax overhaul filed last year by New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland.  The tax law capped a deduction for state and local taxes at $10,000.  The four blue states sued Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the Internal Revenue Service, alleging that the cap was "an unconstitutional assault on states' sovereign choices."  Oetken said in his dismissal that the states failed to show that the cap was unconstitutionally coercive.  Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the plaintiffs "are evaluating all options including appeal."


Thanks to three different funding sources, the city of Jamestown has been able to make about $16,000 worth of upgrades to the children's playground area at Allen Park....  

Mayor Sam Teresi joined with Parks and Public Works officials to announce completion of the project at the nearly 20 year-old playground area.  Teresi says funding for the effort came from three different sources: a significant donation from the Zanetta family, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and the Allen Park Women's Club.

The project includes a $4,000 Deck Chimney Climber, and a $1,200 Vertical Ascent Rock Climber.  Allen Park Women's Club President Carol Drake says they appreciate all the work done to upgrade the playground area, which was first constructed in 2000.  Drake says they were kind of surprised to be told the playground is that old.  Parkitects helped out with designing and laying out the project.  The city also put in just under $4,000 in Fiber Engineer Wood for Fall Zones around the playground area.

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 1, 2019


One person was injured in an early morning shooting in the Town of Cherry Creek.... 

State Police out of Dunkirk responded to Route 83 shortly after 6:15 this morning and say a male victim was transported for medical treatment by Mercy Flight.  The Bureau of Criminal Investigation are in the early stages of this investigation.  Pine Valley Central was closed due to safety concerns according to the school district's Facebook page. Troopers say more information will be available as the investigation continues. 
 

The Jamestown City Council has approved a pair of resolutions to "get the ball rolling" on borrowing $12.6-million to begin a Smart City Capital Improvement Program for the city....  

Lawmakers approved the authorizing of bonding for the projects and equipment purchases, 8-to-1 with At-Large Councilman Andrew Liuzzo casting the lone no vote.  Liuzzo agrees much of what's proposed needs to be done.  However, he's concerned that the new mayor in 2020 will be stuck with what's adopted.

However, Councilman Tony Dolce, who chairs the Finance Committee, says the bonding measure has been thought out over a long-time and, does not "lock" the city into anything.  Dolce says the borrowing, and new projects or purchases, would be handled in phases.  He says as they go to each phase, the council and mayor will determine which direction they go in.  In addition to a new Central Fleet Maintenance Facility, Dolce says borrowing would be done for renovations to facilities, Public Works, and Parks Department equipment purchases.  Council also approved a measure designating the city as "Lead Agency" for the bond resolution.


The Jamestown City Council has approved a new, three-year agreement with 58 public works and parks employees represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees -- also known as AFSCME.  Lawmakers unanimously okayed the agreement which no wage increase this year and, two-percent wage hikes in 2020 and 2021.  Mayor Sam Teresi says the three-year deal with the AFSCME represented workers takes effect retroactive to last January 1st and, runs through December 31st of 2021.
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City lawmakers also approved selling four parcels of land in the Winsor-Crescent Streets corridor for an Alabama-based company to locate a new discount store on.  Council approved selling the land to the Broadway Group of Huntsville, Alabama for the location of a new Dollar General store.  More on that today at Noon.


Congressman Chris Collins of New York is resigning from the House of Representatives ahead of his expected guilty plea in an insider trading case....  

That's according to a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said Collins has sent a letter of resignation that will take effect when Congress meets in a brief session on Tuesday.  It would be up to Governor Andrew Cuomo to set a special election to fill the seat, which leans Republican.  Collins, a Republican, was among the first members of Congress to endorse President Donald Trump's presidential campaign.


Local Congressman Tom Reed says he sees no "smoking gun" regarding President Donald Trump's conduct regarding an investigation into a political opponent's dealings with Ukraine....  

Reed says he's seen a whistleblower's transcript, and report regarding the president's conduct during a phone call with the new Ukrainian president earlier this year.  The Corning Republican says that could change during the course of House Democratic leaders investigation.

Reed says while there may be questions about what the president did, he doesn't see an impeachable offense.  The head of the House Intelligence Committee says he expects the whistlebloweer to testify "very soon."  Reed says that committee, along with the Judiciary panel, will deal with those matters.  He says -- ultimately -- "we'll have to vote on this."  Many Democrats are pushing for a vote on articles of impeachment before the end of the year, mindful of the looming 2020 elections.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with regional media.

 U-S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he supports President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Guiliani's push for the Ukrainian government to investigate Joe Biden's son....  

However, there are still questions about why Guiliani is involved in such matters while he is not a State Department, nor Justice Department official.  For month's, Trump and Guiliani have pushed claims that the former Vice-President bribed Ukraine officials to stop investigation of a gas company for which Hunter Biden served on the board off.  Local Congressman Tom Reed doesn't see anything wrong with what Guiliani is doing.

Back on May 1st, the New York Times reported that the former vice president had successfully gotten a Ukrainian prosecutor removed from office, which raised questions about a possible conflict of interest and if Biden was trying to shield his son from an investigation into what happened.  There is no evidence to substantiate that theory, though Biden is on tape allegedly boasting about being able to get the Ukrainian government to get rid of what he felt was a corrupt prosecutor.


Three people face Felony charges after various drugs and paraphernalia were found during probation visit in Jamestown last Thursday...  

City Police were called to assist with the home visit at 501 Lakeview Avenue about 6:30 PM and, allegedly found a quantity of methamphetamine in plain sight.  Police and Probation say a search of the residence revealed 32.4-grams of meth, suboxone strips packaged for sale, 3.4-grams of marijuana, three scales and packaging materials.  Officers took 32 year-old Nicole Figueroa and 24 year-old Jeremy Fish-junior into custody, along with 33 year-old Akyia Crowe of Salamanca.  All three were jailed pending arraignment on charges including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Police say Figueroa was on probabtion at the time and, was further charged with Felony fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 


Chautauqua County lawmakers began their review of County Executive George Borrello's tentative 2020 budget Monday, a budget that doesn't call for any change in the tax rate.....  

Borrello unveiled his budget during last week's Legislature meeting and while the tax rate remains unchanged at $8.37 per thousand, the tax levy is up by 2.72 percent.  Audit and Control Committee Chairman Pierre Chagnon says he's looking forward to the process.  Chagnon says they try to leave no stone unturned to make sure they have the best spending plan in place.  The County Legislature has until December 1st to adopt a final budget.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 30, 2019

A Jamestown woman faces three charges for allegedly being found in possession of stolen and forged checks after city police responded to a business alarm last weekend.... 

City police were called to the scene at Winsor and Crescent Streets just after 4 AM Saturday and, found two people leaving the area.  Officers tried to identify both, but, were given a false name by the woman because she was sought on two active warrants through Jamestown and Lakewood-Busti Police.  Officers say 33 year-old Rachelle Allison was finally identified, and arrested.  She was also found with the checks and, further charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, criminal possession of stolen property and false personation.  She was jailed pending arraignment.


A teenager has been arrested for allegedly setting fire to an outhouse located in Sherman Park late last week....  

Sherman firefighters and sheriff's officers were called to the scene just after 9 PM Thursday on a report of the blaze.  Deputies say they found the 18 year-old boy set the hand sanitizer on fire inside the outhouse, starting the fire that damaged the building.  The teen was issued appearance tickets in Sherman Town Court on charges of fifth-degree arson and fourth-degree criminal mischief.


A New York judge has denied the vaping industry's request to delay a state emergency ban on flavored e-cigarette sales....  

Acting state Supreme Court Justice Gerald Connolly on Friday refused to issue a temporary restraining order on the regulations approved on September 17th by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Health officials issued them in response to worries that vaping may cause illnesses and that its use is growing among teenagers.  The 90-day emergency regulations ban possession, manufacturing, distribution and sale of all vaping flavors except tobacco and menthol.  The ban must then be extended or passed into law.  The governor applauded Friday's court ruling, saying he wants to also ban sales of menthol-flavored e-cigarettes.  The Vapor Technology Association and two retailers sued Wednesday requesting the temporary injunction on the regulations.


The 45th Busti Apple Harvest Festival drew between 9,000 and 10,000 people to the area around the old mill on Sunday.....  

That's the estimate of Judy Schultz, one of the organizers.  She expressed gratitude to all who attended this year and in years past.  Six bins of apples, 500 gallons of cider, nearly 200 pies and lots of apple butter and candy apples were sold during event.  Many visitors toured the restored mill as it ground a variety of grains.  The society's Norm Carlson encouraged those fascinated by the operation of the mill to join the society and get involved in its growing list of exciting projects.  The Apple Harvest Festival occurs on the final Sunday of September each year.  


In New York government news, Governor Andrew Cuomo has picked a new leader for the board that oversees the State University of New York....  

Merryl Tisch is a philanthropist and former teacher who led the state's Board of Regents for seven years.  Cuomo, a Democrat, called her the "perfect" person to lead SUNY's board.  Meanwhile, a report from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli finds that 25 local governments around the state face potentially serious fiscal stress.  None are in Chautauqua County.  The report looked at the financial health of hundreds of local governments, including an analysis of budget deficits, cash reserves and other indicators.  Local governments listed as fiscally stressed include Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, Westchester County and the city of Niagara Falls.


Incentives have been approved for two economic development projects in northern Chautauqua County that expand the operations of two companies, and create new jobs....  

The county's Industrial Development Agency board late last week approved tax relief on sales, use and real property taxes for the owner of Fieldbrook Foods.  Wells Enterprises is looking to make an $87-million upgrade of its ice cream manufacturing facility in Dunkirk.  The incentives will ensure Wells keeps the 492 full-time positions at the plant and allows it to move forward with a plan to create 50 new full-time positions over the next three years.  Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas says the city has been working very closely with the company.

Rosas adds that Fieldbrook will add 70 total new positions by 2025, with an average salary of $50,000 each.  In other action, S. St. George Enterprises in the town of Pomfret will receive an abatement related to a $765,000 expansion project.  The project will add nearly 20,000 square feet to its existing 23,000 square foot facility in order to create a temperature-controlled environment for inventory and heavy equipment storage.  The company currently employs 58 full-time employees, and plans to create seven new full-time positions over the next three years.

 
Pennsylvania's top law enforcement officer is joining several other top state Democratic officials in backing the legalization of marijuana for recreational use by adults....  

Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a statement early last weekend that he changed his mind after months of internal research and discussions with law enforcement colleagues.  Shapiro's announcement comes two days after Governor Tom Wolf made a similar announcement that he supports it. Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, both Democrats, have long supported the idea, too.  However, leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature have pushed back forcefully and said they oppose it.  Only two state legislatures, in Vermont and Illinois, have passed bills to legalize marijuana.  Voters in nine other states legalized marijuana through referendum, an avenue that Pennsylvania law doesn't allow.

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WJTN Headlines for Fri., Sept. 27, 2019

City police looking for man who allegedly followed child to school in Allen Park area...
Jamestown Police are looking for a tall, white male in his 30s who allegedly followed a young child walking to school in the Allen Park area Thursday morning.  City police were called to the "suspicious situation" on Cole Avenue -- near East Virginia Boulevard -- about 6:45 a.m., and, learned the man followed -- then ran after the child -- who was walking along Cole.  Officers say the man then stopped... and, went into a wooded area near the Allen Park Bandshell.  He was described as having dark hair and was wearing dark clothing with a long-sleeve shirt with a camoflague design on the back.  City police are working with the Jamestown schools on the situation.  Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Jamestown Police at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.


Woman from Bemus Pt. killed in one-car crash in Stockton...
A Bemus Point woman has been killed in an early morning, single-car crash on Route 380 in the town of Stockton.  Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday... and, found the lone occupant... 46 year-old Stacy Grimes of the Maple Springs-Ellery Road... dead at the scene.  Deputies say they, along with the County Coroner's Office, investigated and determined that Grimes was northbound on Route 380 when her vehicle missed a curve... and, went off the road.  The car then struck a tree.  Officers say Route 380 in that area was closed about 2-and-a-half hours while the scene was investigated.  Members of the Stockton Fire Department also assisted at the scene. 


Legislature's Audit and Control Committee Chairman says review of proposed budget will be a "challenge..."
With Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello coming out with his tentative 2020 budget, county lawmakers will begin to scrutinize the proposed spending plan on Monday.  Legislator Pierre Chagnon Chairs the Audit and Control Committee and expects lawmakers to have a challenge because it has no tax rate increase, but, needs to draw $1-million from the undesignated fund balance.  Borrello’s budget keeps the full value tax rate at $8.37 per $1,000 full value.  But, it does include a 2.72 percent increase in the tax levy... or just over $1.6-million.  Chagnon says the review will take about a week to complete.  The County Legislature has until December to approval a final budget.


Legislature fails to get enough votes to support motion backing ban of flavored E-Liquid...
A motion that would support state legislation banning the use of flavored e-liquids for e-cigarettes did not receive enough votes during Wednesday night's County Legislature meeting.  The motion received 10 votes, but needed a super majority of 13.  Yeti Vape Vice-President Brian Ellis spoke against the measure prior to the vote... he says it penalizes people truly using it to help kick the cigarette habit, and those vape shops that operate properly.  Legislature Chairman P.J. Wendel was disappointed with the outcome.  The educator and coach still has concerns about youths vaping... and, he says thats what he hears often from administrators and other teachers. 


BPU issues alert to electric customers about reported Payment Scam...
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities is alerting it's electric customers about possible scam calls being made to businesses over the past day, stating that their electricity would be shut off if payment isn’t made within 20-to-30 minutes to the caller.  BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins reminds you that the utility does not make such calls, and you should not be fooled by such scammers.  The BPU accepts payments on it's website, in person at Customer Service... and, in their drop boxes located at the BPU, at City Hall and at the Town of Ellicott.  Robbins says they do accept phone payments that are only initiated by customers.


Borrello very happy about agreement between State and Seneca's to get I-90 in the reservation fixed...
Repair work is now underway after an agreement was announced Wednesday between the Seneca Nation and New York State on fixing the three-mile section of I-90 that crosses the Cattaraugus Territory.  County Executive George Borrello was among the elected officials who had pushed for repairs.  Borrello says he's "incredibly happy" over the agreement... which has been at least 5 years in the making.  The State Thruway Authority says crews will perform partial depth repairs to the most severely deteriorated sections of the roadway... and, to the shoulders to help extend its durability in preparation for the winter months ahead. 


Annual Busti Apple Harvest Festival set for Sunday...
The 45th annual Busti Apple Harvest Festival is set to go this Sunday at the Busti Mill and Museam grounds... and, there will be a number of new activities this year.  That from Spokeswoman Judy Schultz... who says they include a demonstration of "basic camp life" by the 111th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry... and, Hiedricks Battery.  Schultz adds there will also be a new food preservation demonstration from "then and now."  Schultz adds that they have about 100 craft vendor spots sold so far... and, there will be a "variety of items" they'll be selling.  Volunteer Lyle Ostrander will be among those putting on a woodworking shop during the festival.  The Busti Apple Harvest Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and, admission is $5 per person... with children under 11 years of age free.  For more information... call 483-3670... or 483-0134.

 

 

 


 

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WJTN Headlines for Thurs., Sept. 26, 2019

Borrello proposes 2020 budget that includes no tax increase, 2.7-percent increase in levy...
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello last night unveiled his 2020 tentative budget that holds the line on the tax rate... but, it does include a 2.7-percent increase in the tax levy.  Borrello blames much of the increase on unfunded mandates, including criminal justice reforms including the elimination of cash bail.  He says Sheriff's officers may have to go and arrest those accused if they don't show up for a court-date, meaning the department may need a "Warrant Squad" to round up those people.  Borrello started the budget process with a $6.8 million deficit, and will have to use $1 million of the county’s fund balance.  He says the county tax rate of $8.37 per $1,000 remains lower than it was 13 years ago.  The County legislature will begin a week-long review of the budget starting on Monday.


Legislature fails to muster votes needed to approve motion supporting ban on flavored e-liquid ban...
A motion that would have supported state legislation that would ban the use of flavored e-liquids for e-cigarettes did not receive enough votes during Wednesday night's County Legislature meeting.  The motion received 10 votes, but needed a super majority of 13.  Yeti Vape Vice-President Brian Ellis spoke against the measure prior to the vote... saying that lawmakers should not penalize the adult vape user who has "successfully made the transition from smoking to vaping."  Ellis says the black market is responsible for the health issues recently plaguing vaping.  Legislature Chairman P.J. Wendel was disappointed with the outcome.  The educator and coach still has concerns about youths vaping... because he says it's a problem administrators say is very much in the schools.  One legislator, Terry Niebel of Sheridan, said he didn't have enough information to support the motion. 


Cuomo, Conn. Governor to work together on regulating recreational pot and vaping...
The Democratic governors of New York and Connecticut say they plan to work together on regulating recreational marijuana and vaping in their neighboring states.  New York's Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday it "makes no sense" to pass different sets of rules.  After meeting privately at Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont's official residence in Hartford, the two announced plans for an Oct. 17 gathering of "regional partners" who will discuss ways the two states can come up with some common details for a possible legalized recreational marijuana program. 


Borrello praises agreement reached on state doing work on Interstate 90 in Seneca Nation territory...
Repair work is now underway after an agreement was announced Wednesday between the Seneca Nation and New York State on fixing the three-mile section of I-90 that crosses the Cattaraugus Territory.  County Executive George Borrello was among the elected officials who had pushed for repairs.  Borrello says he's "incredibly happy" over the agreement because it's been at least five-years since that section of road has had any "significant work" done on it.  The State Thruway Authority says crews will perform partial depth repairs to the most severely deteriorated sections of the roadway... and, to the shoulders to help extend its durability in preparation for the winter months ahead. 


SUV crashes through front entrance to Lakewood Key Bank, fortunately no one is hurt...
There was heavy damage to the front entrance -- but, no one was hurt -- when a sports utility vehicle crash into the entryway of the Key Bank in Lakewood Tuesday afternoon.  Lakewood-Busti Police and Lakewood fire rescue crews were called to the scene shortly before 2 p.m., and, found the vehicle inside the entryway... and, against a second interior wall.  Police say fire crews had to extricate the elderly couple inside the vehicle.  Officers say the driver may have mistaken the gas pedal for the brakes.  Officials add that a woman working in a cubical on the other side of the interior wall had just gotten up and left her office when the accident occured.  The impact knocked a file cabinet over.  No charges have been filed.


Reed says transcript of Trump call with Ukranian President shows "nothing nefarious..."
Local Congressman Tom Reed says the transcript of President Donald Trump's call with the Ukainian President shows "nothing nefarious."  Yet... the Corning Republican says Democrats are "full steam ahead" with impeachment at the cost of real legislation to help people.  Reed cited a bill to lower the cost of prescription drugs... and, the ratification of the U-S, Mexico, and Canada Trade Agreement to boost jobs.  He concluded that "if you don’t like the President beat him at the ballot box, but stop trying to overturn the results of the 2016 election.” 


Annual Busti Apple Harvest Festival set for this Sunday...
The 45th annual Busti Apple Harvest Festival is set to go this Sunday at the Busti Mill and Museam grounds... and, there will be a number of new activities this year.  That from Spokeswoman Judy Schultz... who says they include a demonstration of "basic camp life" by the 111th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry... and, Hiedricks Battery.  Schultz adds there will also be a new food preservation demonstration from "then to now."  Schultz adds that they have about 100 craft vendor spots sold so far... and, there will be a "variety of items" they'll be selling.  The Busti Apple Harvest Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and, admission is $5 per person... with children under 11 years of age free.  For more information... call 483-3670... or 483-0134.

 

 

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News Headlines for Wed., Sept. 25, 2019

Frewsburg man arrested for alleged church break-in earlier this month...
A Frewsburg man has been arrested for allegedly breaking into a church in the town of Carroll and causing damage to the interior of the building.  Sheriff's officers say they took 20 year-old Tylor Launier into custody Tuesday for the break-in... which reportedly occured during the overnight hours on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at the Ivory Baptist Church on Ivory Road.  Deputies say a warrant was issued for Launier's arrest on one count each of third-degree burglary, and criminal mischief.  He was taken to the county jail pending centralized arraignment.


BPU approves extention of Flex Plan Agreement with Monofrax...
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities has approved a resolution authorizing officials to renew the BPU's Flex rate tariff agreement with Monofrax, LLC.  BPU officials say the updated agreement will allow it to continue providing lower energy costs for the company, with company assurance of re-investment in the company.  General Manager Dave Leathers says this latest agreement takes effect on Nov. 1, and, runs through Oct. 31, 2021.  The initial contract was signed in 2005... and, renewed in 2009, 2013, and 2017.  The BPU's flex rate agreement program was developed to enhance and preserve the community's economy by offering lower electric rates to large industrial, and manufacturing companies located in it's electric territory.  In exchange... the company's invest further in their facilities and workforce.  Monofrax makes linings for furnaces that make glass products.  Its fused cast products are shipped worldwide.  The company has made products in its local facility for more than 65 years.


Sundquist expresses appreciation of Lundine endorsement...
A former Jamestown Mayor has endorsed the Democratic candidate for the city's top elected position in this year's election on Nov. 5.  Eddie Sundquist recently received the backing of former Mayor Stan Lundine... who says "to be a successful mayor of Jamestown, one must be capable and committed.  Eddie has demonstrated these qualities, and has put forth a positive vision for Jamestown's future."  Sundquist says Lundine has been "very supportive" of his campaign.  He adds there are people who talk about parallels between he and Lundine because Lundine was actually younger than Sundquist when the former became mayor in 1969.  Lundine... who is also a former Congressman and Lieutenant Governor... had a 24 year career in public service and politics.  Sundquist says he's "honored and humbled" by Lundine's endorsement... adding that Lundine "fought bravely for the people of the City and of the Southern Tier.  Stan understands my vision for Jamestown, a city-centered around collaborating with our partners, neighbors, and businesses to revitalize our economy while providing decisive leadership to face the challenges ahead."  In addition... Sundquist says his candidacy has also been endorsed by the Southern Tier Building Trades.


Sundquist supports "Smart City Capital Investment" program, but, feels city needs to go further...
One of the candidates for Jamestown Mayor says he's in favor of current Mayor Sam Teresi's nearly $14-million proposed "Smart City Capital Investment" program.  However... Democrat Candidate Eddie Sundquist says the city needs to go further in upgrading equipment, and being more efficient in what it uses... including fire trucks, and other equipment and buildings.  However... he believes the city needs to go further in utilizing technology for what it does.  Sundquist says, though, he feels that what Teresi has done is "a good first step..." and, it's where the city needs to be in terms up upgrades to all parts of city government.


Gas prices in Jamestown jump 4-cents a gallon since last week...
The attacks on the Saudi Arabian oil facilities last week are influencing local and national gasoline prices... with the price in Jamestown jumping 4-cents a gallon from last week.  The AAA East Central's Gas Price Report says the cost for regular, unleaded has gone from $2.81 to just over $2.85 a gallon.  The gas report says most states in the region saw a minimal impact following last weekend’s drone attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, with pump jumps of only a few pennies, with New York's price increasing by 3-cents.  AAA says part of the reason many states saw 'tempered' increases is due to the switchover to winter-blend gas last week.  This blend is cheaper to produce and sell, compared to summer-blend.  The national price is up to $2.66 a gallon.


Borrello says it appears an agreement is near on state fixing State Thruway on Seneca Nation land...
Chautauqua County's top-elected official says he's been following developments concerning the rough section of the State Thruway that crosses Seneca Nation land.  County Executive George Borrello says he believes an agreement is near, but says it's important to keep pressing Governor Andrew Cuomo on the issue..  Borrello says the state Thruway Authority is prepared to go in an do the work... and other statements have been made indicating that the work may begin in "the near future."  Borrello attended two news conferences held by local Congressman Tom Reed who has been pushing for repairing the highway just east of Exit 58 near Silver Creek.  At issue is an area about 5-miles in length.  


Pennsylvania looks at requiring Personal Finance course for High School graduation...
Legislation is on the move in Pennsylvania to require public schools to allow students to apply personal finance class credits toward high school graduation requirements.  The Senate approved the bill unanimously on Monday, and sent it to the House.  Under the bill, a student who successfully completes a high school course in personal finance will be allowed to apply up to one credit to satisfy social studies, math, business education or family and consumer science requirements for graduation. 

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News Headlines for Tues., Sept. 24, 2019

Jamestown man found not guilty in connection with 2014 death of city toddler...
A Chautauqua County Court jury has acquitted a Jamestown man of second-degree murder in the 2014 beating death of a toddler in the city.  The Post-Journal reports the 12-person panel found 35 year-old Tyler Perez not guilty Monday of murder and first-degree manslaughter in the death of 16-month old Nayla Hodnett.  The verdict was announced less than an hour after the jury began deliberations... following closing arguments in the case.  Public Defender Ned Barone did not call any witnessess.  He later said the Perez family is "elated" over the not guilty verdicts.  Nayla Hodnett did from blunt force trauma in April of 2014.  Perez was indicted in the case this past March.


City police still looking for Kwik Fill robbery suspect...
City police are looking for a fairly large robbery suspect who allegedly held up a Kwik Fill station on Jamestown's westside early Monday morning.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says the man entered the store at 16-17 West Third Street just before 1:30 AM... and pulled a knife on the clerk and demanded money.  Samuelson says the man was 6' to 6' 2" tall, weighing between 275 and 300 pounds, and was wearing a bright yellow T-shirt, with a dark undershirt. He says the man also wore dark-colored jogging pants with white shoes.  Samuelson says anyone with information can contract JPD confidentially at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.  He says the man pulled the knife, demanded cash from the register, and ran off.  Samuelson says police have released a photograph of the suspect from store surveillance video that's on their Facebook page.  If you have any information... call the Tips line... or contact their Tips 4-1-1 app.


JPD Still searching for missing hand-guns...
Jamestown police are still looking for more than two-dozen hand-guns that a city teen allegedly stole from a Columbus Township, Pennsylvania store a week ago last Saturday.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says that only three of the 32 guns taken from C-&-H Sports on Route 6 have been accounted for... and, adds they are still working with State Police in Corry, and the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on trying to track down those weapons.  State Police say Jamestown Police arrested the 17 year-old boy last week after the overnight break in occured.  The teen has not been identified because of his age.  One of the guns he allegedly stole wound up being found during an investigation into a late week shooting incident in Jamestown last week.  


Borrello says his proposed 2020 budget will hold the line on taxes...
The issue of unfunded mandates being handed down by New York state is having an impact on budgeting for Chautauqua County for next year.  That from Executive George Borrello... who is putting the final touches on his 2020 budget presentation during Wednesday night's county legislature meeting.  Borrello says it appears he will be able to hold the line on taxes, though the state makes it difficult.  He says the "new reality" in Albany is increasing mandates, but, he says they will "hold the line on taxes."  Borrello joked that this year... instead of trying to save a "bushel full of pennies..." he's asked department heads to find a "barrel full of pennies."  Among the unfunded state mandates that Borrello feels will impact the county is the new bail reform law that takes effect on Jan. 1 of next year.  The legislature meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the third floor legislature chambers at the Gerace Office Building in Mayville.  


State, and business executives announce new Semi-conductor Plant to be built near Utica...
Cree -- a Durham, North Carolina-based semiconductor manufacturer -- will invest $1 billion in a new factory in upstate New York.  The move was announced Monday by company executives and state officials, who said the state will chip in $500 million in incentives.  Officials say that when completed in 2022, the nearly 500,000-square-foot facility in Marcy, near Utica, will be the world's largest silicon carbide fabrication facility.  Governor Andrew Cuomo called Cree's decision to invest in New York an economic "game changer" and a big victory for the state's efforts to attract high-tech investment upstate.  The plant is expected to employ 600 workers. 


City men arrested for trespassing, and on warrants...
Two men sought by Jamestown Police on active bench warrants were arrested last weekend for allegedly trespassing on a front porch on the city's westside.  City officers were called to the scene at 308 West Fifth St. just before 5 p.m. Saturday on a report of 28 year-old Theodore Francisco and 21 year-old Bryan Livingston, Jr. being on the porch... and, not welcome.  Police say Livingston was also allegedly found in possession of a small amount of Methamphetamine, and was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 


North Harmony Centennial observed at Harmony Historical Harvest Festival...
One of the most friendly divorces in the history of Chautauqua County was celebrated as part of this year's Harmony Historical Society Harvest Festival.  It was 100 years ago that North Harmony split off from the Town of Harmony.  Dan Thomas, the historian for North Harmony, outlined why the breakup occurred... saying it had to do with maintaining the growing number of roads in the town.  Before the split, Harmony had the most square miles of any town in the county.  Pam Brown, Historian for Harmony and Panama, says, a century later, the towns are cooperative... working together and often sharing services.  Thomas adds... in the case of the Historical Society... they are friendly, and very close neighbors.  The story of the North Harmony centennial is on display at the Harmony Historical Society Library in Blockville.

 
 

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News Headlines for Mon., Sept. 23, 2019

Warren man arrested for alleged rape of juvenile in Ashville...
A Warren, Pennsylvania man has been arrested in Ashville for allegedly raping a juvenile victims between August and December of 2017.  Sheriff's officers responded to a call on Kortwright Road late last week for a "suspicious situation..." and arrested 24 year-old Steven Jackson of South State Street.  Deputies say Jackson allegedly engaged in sex acts with the victim, and a warrant was issued.  He was arraigned on one count each of first-degree rape and sexual abuse... and, sent to the county jail without bail.


Eades entering final week as director of Reg Lenna Center for the Arts...
The opportunity to go back into working in theater in a university-setting was too strong of a draw for the outgoing director at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.  That's why Kathleen Eades, who had headed up the Reg for the past five years, has accepted a new post at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.  Eades is into her final week at the Jamestown theater organization... and, says she will miss center... but, is excited about the future.  She says she has "always enjoyed" working with students in theater in a "university setting."  Eades was hired in 2014 when the Reg Lenna Civic Center was combined with the Arts Council of Chautauqua County... and, became the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.  She says she's really enjoyed her tenure... and, moving the program forward.  That's included a $4.5-million renovation project that was completed at the end of last year that has allowed them to host more events.  Eades says the center itself hosts about 150 to 160 events a year.  Her final day is this Friday... and, the Reg Lenna board has begun the search for a new director. 


Weekend events in Chautauqua County "Step Up" and "Harmony Harvest Festival" enjoy Summer like weather...
The Jamestown area saw a superb end to summer, and several organizations and events benefitted.  Among them, the Harvest Festival put on by the Harmony Historical Society at Blockville.  President Lyn Nagel spoke with our Dennis Webster on Sunday, and says you couldn't have asked for better weather and they had a "great crowd."  The new scavenger hunt and the horsedrawn rides were some of the popular parts of the Harvest Testival.   Meantime... the Step Up for Autism walk at the Resource Center had great participation.  That from Community Relations Director Steve Waterson, who says well over 100 people attended the event.  The money raised by Step Up benefits persons on the autism spectrum and others with disabilities.   


In Albany... Cuomo -- for the moment -- drops plan for replacing License Plates...
In New York state government news, Governor Andrew Cuomo has dropped -- for now -- a plan to force motorists to replace all license plates that are more than 10 years old.  The proposal ran into immediate opposition from lawmakers, many of them upstate Republicans, who called it a money grab.  It costs $25 to replace a license plate in New York.  Cuomo had said old plates needed to be replaced because they get damaged and can't by read by police or the highway cameras the state now uses in many places to collect tolls.  Cuomo now says he'll work with lawmakers to find a solution.  Meanwhile, Cuomo has signed legislation setting the state's presidential primary on April 28th.


Cuomo signs Rape statute extension for second and third-degree rape...
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill extending the statute of limitations for second and third-degree rape.  The Democratic governor was joined by actresses Mira Sorvino and Julianne Moore as well as activists from the group Time's Up as he signed the measure at his Manhattan office Wednesday.  The new law extends the statute of limitations from five years to 20 years for second-degree rape and from five years to 10 years for third-degree rape.  Second and third-degree rape can be charged under New York law when a victim cannot consent to sex either because of age or incapacity.  Sorvino has spoken before about being a survivor of date rape.  She said every time someone stands up to "rape culture" it means "we stand up for all of us."


Rochester may not be only Catholic Diocese in New York to seek bankruptcy protection...
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester was the first in New York to seek bankruptcy protection under the weight of new sexual misconduct lawsuits, but lawyers and church leaders say it may not be the last.  All eight of the state's dioceses face financial pressures under the state Child Victims Act.  The law gives victims of child sex abuse a year to pursue even decades-old claims.  More than 400 cases have been brought against dioceses in the first month.  Representatives from the dioceses of Buffalo, Rockville Centre, Albany and Ogdensburg tell The Associated Press they haven't decided.  The Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Syracuse say they don't anticipate filing.  The Diocese of Brooklyn says it's not considering bankruptcy.

  
 

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News Headlines for Sat., Sept. 21, 2019

City men arrested following alleged shooting incident involving stolen guns, and drugs...
Two Jamestown men face major weapons and drug charges after police responded to a report of several shots being fired from the 100-block of Bowen Street.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers arrived shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday and, arrested 19 year-old Jahdiel Rivera, and 21 year-old Omar Vera-Velazquez.  Samuelson says they were found in possession of four hand-guns... which were all reported stolen -- one of them from last weekend's burglary at a gun shop in Columbus Township, Pennsylvania.  He says police also allegedly found 2.25-ounces of powder cocaine... 1.5-grams of a heroin-fentanyl mix... and, drug paraphernalia.  Samuelson says both men face four counts of criminal posession of a firearm, and criminal possession of stolen property... and criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Both Rivera and Vera-Velazquez are jailed pending arraignment.
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Samuelson adds that there are 29 hand-guns that were allegedly taken during the gun shop burglary that have not been found.  If you have any information on the incident... you are asked to call JPD's confidential tips line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.  You can also call the Tips 4-1-1 app.


Jamestown man arrested for allegedly trafficking Heroin and Fentanyl...
A city man was arrested early Thursday morning during a drug raid on Jamestown's westside.  City police say members of the Jamestown Metro... and, Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Forces... and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms... executed a search warrant at 51 Fairmount Avenue just before 7 a.m.  They arrested 39 year-old LeShon Hayes with the help of the JPD SWAT Team.  Police allegedly found half-an-ounce of Heroin, and 5.8-grams of Fentanyl.  Hayes is jailed pending arraignment on two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.


Chautauqua County's "Tapestry" Initiative for youth with substance abuse, and mental health issues, receives $4-million grant...
The Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene's "Tapestry Resilience Initiative" has received a $4-million federal grant to help children and youth in the county dealing with mental health challenges.  The grant is being awarded throught the U-S Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  Public Relations Coordinator Ann Rosenthal with the Mental Hygiene Department says they're thrilled to be awarded their third federal grant.  Rosenthal says they are "very proud" to have again be recognized by SAMHSA for the work they have done.  She adds this will help them work with children between toddler and 8 years of age, and those between 18 and 21 years of age.  Rosenthal says "Tapestry" is a sytem of care that provides supports, community education, and other resources and partnerships for children, youth, and their families throughout the county.  She says collaboration by their "many partners" make the initiative successful.  Local Congressman Tom Reed says Tapestry "provides much needed services to Chautauqua County children and their families.  We are proud to support this program and get much needed funds to the right place."  For more information about the Chautauqua Tapestry initiative... go on-line to chautauquatapestry.org.


County receives $100,000 grant for bomb squad improvements...
Chautauqua County is receiving a $100,000 from a $2-million federal grant to improve it's bomb squad response to improvised devices.  That from Governor Andrew Cuomo... who says the funding is coming from the Department of Homeland Security to help equip and train the state's 12 local, FBI-accredited bomb squads to locate and prevent potential emergencies caused by improvised explosive devices, or I-E-Ds.  Cuomo says more than $21-million in dedicated homeland security funding has been awarded to New York bomb squads over the past 13 consecutive years.  In addition to improved equipment and advanced training... he says the funding will be used by local bomb squad teams to enhance and improve coordination with law enforcement organizations... including specialty teams such as tactical and explosive detection canine, and regional partners. 


Reed in good condition after collaping prior to television interview...
Local Congressman Tom Reed is in good condition now after collapsing due to an undiagnosed case of pneumonia just prior to a scheduled T-V interview.  Reed updated his situation in a printed release issued by his Washngton, D-C office... adding that the diagnosis came from his evaluation after the incident by the doctors at George Washington University Hospital.  He says he hopes to return to work on Monday.  Reed's Spokesman, Will Reinert, issued a statement late Thursday saying that -- quote -- "Tom is in good condition, responsive, and being checked out by medical personnel."  


Shock Marketing being used to get message across about school shootings...
Marketing experts say hoodies in a fashion show and an ad seeking nonprofit donations both used similar shock tactics about school shootings to get their message across.  In a fashion show last week, models for fashion brand Bstroy showed hoodies emblazoned with the names of four schools touched by shootings, pierced by what appeared to be bullet holes.  And an online ad put out by 'Sandy Hook Promise' starts out as a breezy back-to-school video but morphs into a depiction of children running and hiding from a shooter.  Sandy Hook Promise is led by relatives of victims of the 2012 Connecticut shooting that killed six educators and 20 small children.  The group calls the hoodies "repugnant and deeply upsetting."  Paul Argenti is a communication professor at Dartmouth College. He says that "both knew exactly what they were doing in both cases and purposefully wanted to provoke it."

 


 

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News Headlines for Fri., Sept. 20, 2019

Reed in good condition after collapsing prior to T-V interview in Washington...
A scary moment for local Congressman Tom Reed in the Capitol in Washington, D-C.  The Corning Republican was getting ready to do a T-V interview when he suddenly collapsed in a hallway-area.  Reed was seen being wheeled out on the emergency gurney, but, appeared awake and alert.  His spokesman issued a statement late Thursday saying that -- quote -- "Tom is in good condition, responsive, and being checked out by medical personnel following today's fall."  Later this morning... Reed released a statement noting that he had an undiagnosed case of pneumonia.  He adds he appreciates everyone's thoughts and concern.  Reed was also scheduled to do his weekly telephone conference call with regional media Thursday afternoon... but, that was abruptly cancelled.


Sundquist really to go "full-speed ahead" with campaign after opening of Democratic Headquarters...
It's now "full-speed ahead" for Democrats in the city of Jamestown running for local and county races.  The ribbon was cut on the Democratic Headquarters at 14 East Third St. for Mayoral Candidate Eddie Sundquist, and members of "Team Jamestown."  Sundquist is a local attorney... who ran unsuccessfully last year for Congress.  However... Sundquist told me last night that he's looking forward to a big campaign kick-off this weekend.  He says they'll have a drone video shoot Friday night and invites residents to take part, and they'll have a campaign canvass day Saturday.  Sundquist says he's very happy with the reception he's received from everyone in the community he's had the chance to meet.  The Democrat says the biggest issues he wants to tackle is attracting newer "21st Century technology jobs" to the city... and, work to deal with the city's aging housing and strenghtening it's housing market.  Several city council, and county legislature candidates were also on hand for last night's grand opening of Democratic Headquarters.


Mexican National in Dunkirk sentenced for Child Pornography...
A Mexican national, living in Dunkirk, has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison following his conviction for possession of child pornography.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior has announced 26 year-old David Flores-Torres was also sentenced to 30 years supervised release by Federal Judge Lawrence Vilardo.  Prosecutors say a search warrant was executed at Flores-Torres home, and investigators seized his cell phone... which contained 79 images and 14 videos of child pornography.  Kennedy says some of the images depicted prepubescent minors or minors less than 12 years-old.  In addition... Flores-Torres is accused of having sexual contact with two children under the age of 18 on three occasions during 2017 and 2018.


Teenager arrested for alleged theft of nearly three-dozen handguns from PA store...
A teenager has been arrested in Jamestown for allegedly stealing more than 30 handguns from a sports store in the Corry, Pennsylvania area.  State Police in Corry say the break-in at C-&-H Sports on Route 6 in Columbus Township occured this past Saturday morning when the suspect broke into the store, and took 32 guns from various glass cases.  Troopers say the 17 year-old... who has not been identified because of his age, was arrested following a joint investigation involving Jamestown Police... and, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  State Police provided the information to the Warren County District Attorney's Office, and charges were filed agains the teen... who was arrested on a warrant in Jamestown.  He's being held pending exradiction.


Gaden receives CRCF's John D. Hamilton Award...
The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation has presented its annual 'John Hamilton Community Service Award' to Joel Gaden.  He moved to Jamestown in the late 1960's to be a banker, and Gaden says back then, bankers were encouraged to be part of community organizations.  Gaden served as President of the Bank of Jamestown, and later First National Bank... and has been a literacy volunteer, and also served the Salvation Army, YMCA and the United Way.  That's where Community Foundation Director Tori Irgang, first got to know him, and says he was very involved in their fund-raising efforts.  Irgang adds, Joel Gaden has fun in his work.  The annual ceremony was held Thursday at Harbor Hotel in Celoron.   


Goodell reacts to TRIP County Bridge Report... 
A new report from a national transportation research group called TRIP has released a report that indicates that 42 out of more than 500 bridges in Chautauqua County are rated in poor/structurally deficient condition.  State Assemblyman Andy Goodell offered his reaction.  The former county executive says most bridges in Chautauqua County are safe to drive on, and adds the issue is move "how many bridges are unsafe to drive on.  Goodell says very few are in that kind of condition.  Goodell says the state legislature has increased funding for bridge repairs, including funding for the Bridge-New York program.  He says he looks at striking a balance between public safety... and, those costs.  He says the key is protecting the motoring public from unnecessary dangers, and, making sure to maintain those spans.  Statewide, TRIP says about 10-percent of the more than 17,500 bridges in New York are rated in poor and structurally deficient condition.


 

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News Bulletin for Thurs., Sept. 19, 2019

Jamestown police report shot fired after suspect flees early Wednesday morning...
One shot was reportedly fired... but, no one was hurt when Jamestown police looked for a man who ran from them early yesterday morning.  The Post-Journal reports that officers were checking on the individual in the area of West Fifth and Washington Streets shortly after 1 a.m. when the unidentified man ran off.  As police pursued... they heard a gunshot... but, didn't know where it came from.  The man was not located... and no other information has been released.


State Flavor Vaping Ban is first in the nation to take effect...
A state health panel has approved an emergency ban on sales of flavored e-cigarettes in New York.  The vote lateTuesday by the state Public Health and Health Planning Council means the ban goes into effect immediately.  The ban does not cover tobacco- or menthol-flavored e-cigarettes.  Retailers will have two weeks to remove merchandise from shelves.  Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed the emergency ban Sunday, citing surging use among young people.  New York becomes the first state to enact the ban. Michigan approved a ban... and it's Department of Health and Human Services late Wednesday released details of the plan.  Nationwide, health officials are investigating hundreds of cases of serious breathing illnesses in people who use e-cigarettes and other vaping devices.  They have identified 380 confirmed and probable cases in 36 states and one territory, including six deaths.


County Legislature to consider motion support partial state ban on Vaping...
The Chautauqua County Legislature will consider a motion next week that would support a permanent ban the sale and dstribution of flavored "e-liquids" for use in e-cigarettes.  That from Legislature Chairman "P-J" Wendel... who emphasizes that the bills being considered by the state legislature is not meant to shut-down so-called "Vape Shops" where people can buy e-cigarettes and related devices.  Wendel says vaping among children is a growing problem that he sees, and hears a lot.  In fact, he says it's a problem that's "plaguing our high schools."  He adds that being married to a respiratory therapist has helped him become more aware of the health problems vapors end up having.  The more than 700 vape shop owners across New York state are condemning the state law... saying the state wants to shut them down.  However... Wendel says that's not the case... he says it's a matter of keeping vaping out of the hands of children.  He says you know who they're targeting when your hear about flavors such as "Bubble Gum" and "Cotton Candy." 


Durniok says it's an "honor and privledge to be permanent UPMC Chautauqua President...
New UPMC Chautauqua Hospital President Brian Durniok says it's an "honor and a privledge" to have the title permanently... and, he's looking forward to the future there.  The UPMC Board recently approved Durniok's appointment to officially replace Betsy Wright... who retired at the end of last year.  Durniok had been Interim President since the beginning of the year... and, says that's helped him get to know the organization, and the people there, and begin working on what's being done well... and, what services they may be able to offer in the future.  One of those future matters is UPMC Chautauqua opening up a new Medical Oncology Unit for cancer patients on Oct. 2 for fusion and chemotherapy treatments.  Durniok also remains president of UPMC Northwest in Venango County, Pennsylvania... and, says there's been some administrative restructuring -- mainly at the Vice-President level -- at both hospitals to allow him to be at one -- or the other -- on any given day. 


Unexploded military shell found and removed in Watertown...
Police say an unexploded military shell found in a northern New York city led to a block of homes being evacuated.  WWNY-TV reports the block in Watertown was taped off for several hours Tuesday night.  An explosive ordnance disposal unit was called in from nearby Fort Drum to remove the shell.  People were allowed back into their homes around 9:45 p.m.  City council member Lisa Ruggiero posted on Facebook that a man discovered the shell while digging up his driveway.


 

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