Local News Headlines

News Headlines for Thurs., May 12, 2016

North County man in good condition after being stabbed by wife during domestic incident...

A town of Dunkirk woman has been arrested for allegedly stabbing her husband during a domestic dispute Wednesday morning.  State Police in Fredonia say troopers were called to the scene at the Lakeside Trailer Park at 3711 Route 5 about 6:30 a.m.  Police say the domestic incident escallated... and, 24 year-old Kristi Jones stabbed her husband in the chest.  Troopers say the male victim was treated at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk... and, is now listed in good condition.  Police arrested Kristi Jones for second-degree assault... and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  She was arraigned in Dunkirk Town Court and sent to Chautauqua County jail on $30,000 cash bail.  Animal control officers were also called to the scene, along with Child Protectiive Services.  Dunkirk city police also assisted at the scene.


Angola man arrest for alleged drug possession -- with intent to sell...

An Erie County, New York man is accused of possessing and selling illegal drugs in the north county village of Silver Creek.  Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they arrested 19 year-old Joshua Heimerl of Angola on a warrant in the village late yesterday.  Drug agents say Heimerl was taken into custody without incident.  Police say they allegedly found a quantity of crack cocaine... and, a number of hydrocodone pills... both of which were packaged for street sale.  In addition to the outstanding County Court warrant... Heimerl was charged with third and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was arraigned in Silver Creek Village Court... and, sent to the County Jail without bail.


Nushawn Williams denied release again from Civil Confinement...

The state Court of Appeals has denied a pair of motions to overturn the civil confinement of Nushawn Williams -- Chautauqua County's most notorious sex offender.  The court reports that the now-38 year-old Williams will remain confined under the Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act indefinately.  In the report... issued back on May 6... the court upheld a lower court ruling made in March of 2014.  Williams has already served his 12-year prison sentence for rape and reckless endangerment in the late 1990s.  He pleaded guilty several years ago to having unprotected sex, knowing he was HIV positive and not telling his partners about his health status.  Two inmates and two correction officers testified in the matter.


National Comedy Center acquires George Carlin artifacts from his archives...

It was last year's trip to take part in the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown that convinced the daughter of late comedian George Carlin to give his archived material to the new National Comedy Center.  That from Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson... who was in New York City Tuesday night for the announcement by Kelly Carlin.  She says the contents of the archives contain material saved by the comedian over his 50-plus-year career.  Gunderson says Kelly Carlin had heard about the comedy center idea... and, wanted to check into it further during the festival, and fell in love with the site as the perfect place for her "father's stuff."  She says the term "stuff" is in reference to George Carlin's routine called "A Place for My Stuff."  She says the archived material will be used in the Comedy Center’s future museum experience on West Second Street.  Gunderson says Carlin "meticulously" saved everything regarding his legendary career.  Carlin himself appeared at the old Palace Theater in Jamestown around 1980.  Coincidently... today would have been Carlin's 79th birthday.  Gunderson says earning the trust of Carlin's daughter to provide the permanent home for his "stuff" lends even more credibility to the new center... which is slated to open next year.


Mains says DiMaio will be "sorely missed" on Jamestown school board...

The Jamestown School Board is losing a "very strong, capable leader."  Those are the feelings of School Superintendent Tim Mains about Board President Joe DiMaio's decision to not seek another term on the panel next Tuesday.  DiMaio's name will still be on the ballot for the board elections... but, he won't accept if he gets the most... or second-most votes.  Mains says DiMaio... who will have spent 12 years on the board at the end of June... won't be easily replaced.  However, after a 31 year teaching career -- in addition to his dozen years on the board - he understands DiMaio's desire to retire.  Mains says he and DiMaio had talked a few times the past couple of weeks about DiMaio's future... but, says it was the board president's decision.  The superintendent says he accepted DiMaio's letter of withdrawl from next Tuesday's school board election... meaning that DiMaio will decline the seat -- even if he gets enough votes.  Mains got emotional while talking about DiMaio... whom he says has been the "face of Jamestown" as board president.  In recent years... DiMaio has also been president of the Small City School District's Association board. 


Jamestown School officials discuss School Bus purchase proposition before next week's vote...

In addition to the 2016-17 budget... Jamestown School District voters will also decide on a $930,000 proposition to buy seven new buses.  That measure was raised as a concern by one resident during Tuesday night's budget hearing at Persell Middle School... who questions the district's decision to lease-purchase the vehicles.  Superintendent Tim Mains says they clarified that the intention is to buy the vehicles once state aid is in place.  Mains says Business Manager Vern Connors explained that the reason it's done is because of a "new way" the district will get aid for those purchases.  Connors says the actual purchase price is $912,000.  He says the additional $18,000 -- if needed -- will be used for financing and handling the legal ends of the purchase.  Connors says two of the buses will be wheelchair accessible... a first for the district.