WJTN News Headlines

The man who helped bring the first Babe Ruth World Series to Jamestown... 35 years ago... is at the helm again for the event that starts Saturday.  Host President Russ Diethrick believes they're ready to go. Thirteen-year-olds on 10 teams have arrived in Jamestown to play a total of 25 baseball games at Russell E Diethrick Junior Park over eight days. This is the 16th world series hosted by Jamestown since the 13-year-olds first came to play here in 1980.  Diethrick says each time is a little different. Through community sponsors, all the games in this year's series will be open to the public free of charge.  Teams in the series have a picnic and skills competition at Bergman Park today, and a banquet tonight at JCC.  The opening parade is Saturday morning at 9 on Third Street downtown.  Games begin at noon Saturday at the ball park on Falconer Street. 

Jamestown city lawmakers are reviewing two proposals that could possibly increase the salaries for both city council members... and, the mayor... beginning next year.  The city's Salary Review Commission met earlier this year... and, has recommended a 10-thousand dollar total increase for the nine council members.  They also proposed about a 16-thousand dollar increase for the mayor -- starting in 2016.  City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says they cannot raise salaries until the next term for elected officials. The last time the mayor's salary was increased was 2008.  City Council has had no increase since 1983.  A recent proposal by Councilman Brent Sheldon would increase council salaries one-thousand dollars one-time... in 2016... and, 2-thousand dollars for the Mayor each year for four years.  That's half of what was proposed by the commission.  Sheldon is the only lawmaker that's made a proposal in response to the Salary Commission's recommendation.  City Council members have decided to send Sheldon's proposal back to the Finance Committee for further review.


A federal grand jury has indicted a 44-year-old Buffalo-area man on charges that allege he attempted to support a foreign terrorist group.  U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, (HOH'-kuhl), Jr. announced Thursday that the jury returned a two-count indictment against Arafat Nagi (NAH'-gee) of Lackawanna.  Nagi's charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to a terrorist organization, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group.  Nagi was arrested July 29th at his home outside Buffalo.  He's being held without bail.  Prosecutors say Nagi traveled overseas to try to join ISIS and declared his allegiance to the militant organization online.  Officials say he went to Turkey twice in the past three years... and, had planned to travel there this month.  Prosecutors say before one of the trips he purchased military combat items, including body armor, a hunting knife and night vision goggles.


Local police say they are very familiar with a Mayville man who was arrested earlier this week for allegedly running a Methamphetime Lab out of his residence.  Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies pulled over 43-year-old John Noel-the-third for a traffic violation, charging him with 3rd-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.  After being sent to the County Jail... officers and agents from the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant for Noel's home... and, located quantities of methamphetamine and a meth lab.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says Noel was arrested earlier this year for allegedly doing the same thing. Noel has been charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine... and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court... and, sent to the county jail on 50-thousand dollars cash bail.


The newest member of the Dunkirk Police Department played a role in last Friday's drug bust on Hoyt Street in the north county city.  Dunkirk Police detectives and the department's new K-9 "Nico" (Nee-koh) assisted New York State Parole with house checks.  A check of the upper apartment at 438 Hoyt Street led to the arrests of 25-year-old Bianca Larkins and 24-year-old Zacre Jasinski.  Police Chief David Ortolano says he was pleased with Nico's performance... adding that the K-9 was able to identify a significant amount of marijuana, and some cocaine inside the apartment.  K-9 Nico has completed his certification for narcotics, but is continuing his training for other certifications.  As for Larkins and Jasinski... they are facing charges of 4th-degree criminal possession of marijuana and 7th-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Jasinski is also facing a parole violation.


A local business group slated to take over operations at Stateline Speedway in Busti say they hope to open by the beginning of September... and, buy the facility by September 15th.  Media One News received confirmation Wednesday that retired Late Model star driver Jim Scott and his wife, Jean... and, Jamestown-area business owner Brian Horner... had signed a one-month lease with Stateline Owner Jenifer Seamens.  The new group reports... depending on how soon operations can be restarted... they hope to open September 5th.  The current season was disrupted back early July... when officials with Short Track Management -- the previous operator -- announced it's insurance coverage had lapsed.  STM  had operated the facility under a lease agreement with Seamens since May 2014.


Cosmetic products containing small plastic beads are now banned from being sold in upstate New York's most populous county.  Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Thursday signed into law a local measure that bans the sale of personal cosmetic products containing microbeads.  The signing comes after lawmakers in the county, which includes the city of Buffalo, approved the bill in a unanimous vote last month.  Supporters of the ban say the plastic particles are too fine to be caught in wastewater treatment plants... and, are flowing by the billions into the Great Lakes and other waterways.  Scientists say they're also showing up inside fish that are caught for human consumption.  Stores will now have six months to pull microbead products down from their shelves or face possible fines.


Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and a key Republican budget negotiator say they're still grappling with unresolved issues after the latest meeting over the impasse ended inconclusively.  Democrat Wolf and House Majority Leader Dave Reed emerged from a session that lasted well over an hour on Thursday to say they worked on two major issues -- how much to spend on education and proposals to cut public sector pensions.  Pennsylvania is midway through the second month of the fiscal year without a budget in place.  Wolf wants more funding to plug a budget deficit and add money for schools and human services.  He vetoed a Republican-penned spending plan that passed with no Democratic votes.  Wolf says he and legislative leaders plan to meet again next Tuesday.