WJTN News Headlines

Two Jamestown men are jailed for allegedly being involved in stealing nearl 100 guns from three gun shops in North Central Pennsylvania.  However... it was "good old-fashioned police work" that led to their arrests and indictments by a federal grand jury.  That from Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson... who says a simple street check on one of the suspects -- 36 year-old Jason Thorn -- helped lead to the federal investigation by the Burea of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.  Samuelson says the combined investigation led to the seizure of 55 of the 93 guns allegedly stolen. Samuelson says they arrested Thorn on South Main Street at Axtel.  He says 31 year-old Ben McCormack was arrested a short time later.  He says they, and the ATF were able to find the 55 guns inside a vehicle, and at a home on Wescott Street by June 21st.  The federal indictment says authorities are still looking for the other 38 guns allegedly taken.  Samuelson says Thorn is being held locally on the weapons possession charge... while McCormack is already being held on the federal weapons charges.


Search conditions were better Wednesday for emergency-rescue personnel during the on-going effort to find a Cattaraugus County man whose been missing -- and presumed drowned in Chautauqua Lake.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says his department's Water Emergency Team divers ended their efforts in the north basin of the lake late yesterday afternoon to find 48 year-old Ricky Whipple of Conewango Valley.  However... Gerace says the Chautauqua Fire Department deployed more resources last night to further assist in the search until night-fall last evening.  Earlier... he says they did a 45-minute helicopter search of the area.  However... while conditions were good for an aerial search... it didn't turn up any sign of a body.


New York state is funding the creation of six new recovery centers to help people trying to overcome heroin and opioid addiction.  The new facilities will be located in Buffalo... Staten Island... Long Island... Saratoga Springs... Watertown... and, Newburgh.  They're being funded by 10.5-million dollars in state money announced Wednesday by Goveronr Andrew Cuomo.  The centers will offer services to recovering users such as workforce training, peer support and help with insurance and health care.  It's one piece of a broader state effort to address the rise in heroin and opioid use and abuse.  Lawmakers recently passed a series of new measures that limit opioid prescriptions to seven days, require insurers to cover initial impatient drug treatment and expand rehab and treatment options around the state.


City lawmakers are lending their support to the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation's effort to get a state grant for the second-phase of the Wintergarden Plaza project.  The City Council Monday night approved sending a letter of support for the JRC's efforts to obtain an Environmental Protection Fund grant from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.  City Development Director Vince DeJoy says the JRC is looking to improve the plaza so it can host more outdoor activities. The Renaissance Corporation tore down the former Wintergarden Theater on North Main Street back in 2010... and, work on the plaza began.  It has been used primarily as an outdoor-concert, and other "live" entertainment venue.  An outdoor canopy is one of the items the JRC is looking to obtain.  Last year... the JRC tried to obtain a competitive grant through the Consolidated Funding Application process that's overseen by the Western New York Economic Development Council.  However... the project was not funded.


A Celoron man has been arrested for allegedly stealing nine checks from another person's checkbook... and cashing them for more than 800-dollars.  State Police in Jamestown say they arrested 24 year-old Zachary Card late Tuesday on nine-counts of first-degree Forgery... and, petty larceny.  Troopers say they received the larceny complaint a day earlier... and, it revealed that Card had stolen the checks over a six-month span.  He's then accused of making out each check out to himself... and, forging the victim’s signature.  Card reportedly obtained 835-dollars initially.  Card was arraigned in Ellicott Town Court... and, sent to the county jail with bail to be set pending a recommendation from the District Attorney's Office.


U-S Senator Charles Schumer says oil companies should be required to make their crude less dangerous to transport before loading it onto trains.  The New York Democrat said Wednesday that much of the oil being shipped via train can be rendered less hazardous by removing flammable gasses first.  Oil coming from North Dakota's Bakken Shale formation is considered more volatile than other types of oil because it contains a greater amount of gas.  Schumer says he's asking the U.S. Department of Transportation to impose the requirement, which he says would reduce the risk of train car explosions.  Albany is a hub for crude-by-rail shipments from North Dakota to East Coast refineries.


Fredonia's Public Works Director is back-to-work following a two-week unpaid suspension. Village DPW Director Jack Boland is once again present at the village board meetings following his recent suspension. Mayor Dr. Athanasia Landis, who would not disclose the reason or reasons behind Boland's suspension, says it's not her goal to fire people. When asked about his suspension... Boland did not have any comment... saying it was between him and the board.  Boland returned to work with the village Public Works Department this past Monday.