Local News Headlines

City man arrested in alleged Domestic Violence case in Jamestown this morning...

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly destroying items inside a southside home during an alleged domestic violence incident early this morning.  City police were called to the scene at 414 Park Ave. about 1:30 a.m., and, allegedly found the man -- 26 year-old Juan Batista -- destroying property inside.  Officers say he was also yelling at a visably upset woman.  Police say the two were separated... and, they found dishes had been smashed... and an interior door was broken.  Batista was arrested for fourth-degree criminal mischief... and, is jailed pending arraignment.


Falconer man arrested for allegedly holding woman against her will following fight on East Everett...

A Falconer man is jailed for allegedly holding a woman against her will during a domestic incident in the village last Friday night.  Sheriff's officers say they were called to an alleged fight on East Everett Avenue, just after 9:30 p.m.  Deputies say... on arrival... they made verbal contact with the male allegedly involved, 55 year-old Alan Feeney.  However... they add that Feeney would not open the door to allow them to check on the well-being check of the occupants inside.  Deputies say they could also hear the voice of a woman inside that Feeney would not allow to answer the door.  Officers were finally able to gain entry... and, Feeney was taken into custody... and, charged with second-degree unlawful imprisonment... and, second-degree Obstruction.  He was arraigned... and, sent to the county jail in lieu of bail.


City of Jamestown officials begin 2016 budget process...

Jamestown city officials have begun the process of developing a 2016 Budget that falls within the boundaries of the state's 2-percent property tax cap.  That's just one of the challenges facing Mayor Sam Teresi and his financial team as they receive the budgets from individual department heads.  Teresi says all but a couple of spending plans had been handed in by late last week.  His budget plan must be submitted by October 8th.  City Council must then deliberate, and approve a budget by December 1st.  Otherwise, the mayor's plan goes in place.  That's part of the charter change made about a decade ago to eliminate the problems caused by late budgets.  That has not happened since the new budget process was put in place.  Teresi says that's good because this procedure keeps lawmakers "feet to the fire" to get a solid, basic spending plan in place.  The current year's budget is just over $33-million.  Teresi made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.


Schumer pushing for hiring returning U.S. soldiers to patrol border...

U-S Senator Charles Schumer wants to expedite hiring for border protection jobs by recruiting returning soldiers to fill them.  Schumer is sponsoring a bill that would require federal agencies to recruit qualified military service members for currently open positions as U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.  He says the bill seeks to address delays in hiring that have left border crossings understaffed, while giving veterans the opportunity to continue protecting their country.  Schumer says soldiers returning home to the North Country from overseas have the skills and training needed for these positions.  The senator will join local officials at the Plattsburgh International Airport Monday afternoon to promote the bill.


Babe Ruth World Series underway, day-three on tap for Monday...

The 35th anniversary Babe Ruth World Series got underway this past weekend at Jamestown's Diethrick Park with eight games played Saturday and Sunday.  It's a busy first five days of the tournament with 20 games taking place during the preliminary round-robin rounds of the series.  Each team plays four games.  Host Jamestown took on Mountain Valley, Arkansas -- the Southwest Regional Champion late Saturday night.  Jamestown Manager Joe Jackson says his team is excited about the tournament... and, will play hard.  Jackson calls playing for the Jamestown team is a "great honor and great privledge."  As for Arkansas... Manager Lance Gross says they've enjoyed their stay... and, are looking forward to the first-round of games.  He says they've received an "awesome" welcome.  All the Jamestown games can be heard here on WJTN and, will be streamed live at wjtn.com.  Scott Eddy and Matt Warren will have the play-by-play.


Babe Ruth Tournament Director pleased Jamestown BR Committee remains pretty much intact...

The 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series has drawn players from all over the continent... and, officials, too.  Gordon Welbourne is the tournament director for this year's series, now underway at Russell E. Diethrick Junior Park.  He is from Surrey in British Columbia.  It's his 46th year in Babe Ruth Baseball, and his fourth trip to Jamestown as an official.  Welbourne says Jamestown is a joy to come to, because of Host President, Russ Diethrick, and the local organization.  He says when he got the list of committee members, he was pleased to see a number of long-time members there.  Welbourne believes it's important to remember that the 13-year-old players in Jamestown this week are at a very impressionable age.  He's talked to the teams about "growing up and being mature" while they're here.  Round robin play for all ten teams in the Babe Ruth World Series continues through Wednesday.  The single elimination playoffs begin Thursday at Diethrick Park.