A major project is underway to repave Fairmount Avenue from the village of Lakewood to the Jamestown city line. State Department of Transportation Spokeswoman Susan Surdej says the 2-million dollar effort began back on September 12th with some curbing and storm drain work starting. Once that's completed... Surdej says crews will begin repaving the 3.3-mile stretch of road from Winch Road to McDaniel Avenue. Surdej says the actual milling and paving will likely begin around October 1st. She says the completion date for the project is December 30th. However... she says the contractor for the work -- Cattco Construction of Alden, New York -- expects to finish the paving well before that. Surdej says both they and the contractor are confident the repaving will be done well before Winter sets in. The project should be helped by the fact that weather forecasters are calling for a warmer than normal Fall season. Surdej says Cattco was awarded the contract for the project back on July 18th.
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly theatening another man on the city's eastside with a gun about Noon-time yesterday. City police were called to the scene at 344 East Fourth Street just after 12 PM... and, on arrival... spoke to the male victim. Officers say the man told them that the suspect, 31 year-old Anthony Ober, had threatened him while displaying a black hand-gun. Police searched the area... and, say they found Ober near the Police Station at City Hall. He was arrested without incident... and, officers recovered a black 'air pistol.' Ober was arraigned on one count of second-degree menacing... and, sent to the county jail with bail to be set.
A Wisconsin man is jailed on 250-thousand dollars bail for allegedly trying to flee police pursing him on Route 6 in Warren County's Brokenstraw Township. State Police in Warren say they tried to stop the driver, 46 year-old Satpal Singh, shortly before 9 AM Wednesday, when Singh failed to stop. Troopers accuse him of driving another 4.5-miles to the east before they finally stopped him near the intersection with Route 62. Singh was arraigned on several charges... including fleeing and eluding police... and, sent to the Warren County lock-up.
Chautauqua County's unemployment rate for August fell by two-tenths of a percent... and, looks "very good" compared to both the state and national averages. That today (Wednesday) from State Labor Department Analyst John Slenker... who says the jobless rate fell from 5.3-percent in July to 5.1 last month. Locally... Slenker says the jobless number went down. Slenker says there was a lot of "stability" in the private sector job market in Chautauqua County... including in manufacturing. He says the both the state's and nation's jobless rates were very close to the county's. New York's was 4.9-percent... while the U-S rate was 5-percent. Slenker says the number of jobs in Chautauqua County last month totalled 53-thousand-600... which is down 200 from July. The county's unemployment rate in August of 2015 was 5.4-percent.
The jobless picture in Cattaraugus County was similar to what was found in Chautauqua last month... numbers very close to the state and national averages. State Labor Department Analyst John Slenker says the jobless rate in the county to our east fell from 5.3-percent in July to 5.2-percent in August. Slenker says the number of employed went up by 100 last month... 300 for the year. Slenker says the increse in the job count is directly attributable to the private sector area... where 200 jobs have been added. He says they've seen some small increases in education and health services... and, government. Slenker says Cattaraugus County's jobless rate in August of 2015 was 5.5-percent.
Gas prices in the Jamestown-area have dropped 10 cents a gallon for regular, unleaded fuel this week. That from the Triple-A's Fuel Gauge Report... which says the price is a tick under 2-dollars-30 cents. The Fuel Gauge reports the national average is now 2-dollars-20 cents a gallon. That's 3-cents more than last week... and, 8-cents more than last month. However... in some places in the south... it has gone up as much as 8-cents in some places due to disruptions in a service pipeline. Last year at this time... the price per gallon was just under 2-dollars-65 cents. Gas prices across most of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region have remained relatively stable with New York on the list for one of the smallest weekly change.
The city of Jamestown will be celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month with two events... the first one tonight... with a free concert and program at Jamestown Community College. The program is being presented at the Weeks Gallery by the city's Strategic Planning and Partnership Commission's "Cultural Bridges" Action Team. Action Team Member Jennifer Gibson says there'll be music, and the start of the Jamestown Reads program... featuring Esmeralda Santiago's book, "When I was Puerto Rican...." The city of Jamestown has seen an influx of about 3-thousand Hispanics to the community in recent years... most of which have come from financially-troubled Puetro Rico. Max Martin with the Hispanic Community Council says they just recently welcomed six more families to the area. Martin says those people are coming here are for education and the medical opportunities. Martin agrees the biggest issue facing them is the language barrier. He says... since Puerto Rico is a U-S Territory... people from there do not have to learn English to come here. In addition to the "Jamestown Reads" program... Gibson says the group "Trio Tumbao" will play music of the Latin American tradition during tonight's program... which runs from 6 to 8 PM.
Fredonia Police are investigating two separate crashes involving motorcycles Tuesday night. Police are attempting to locate a burgundy/maroon colored SUV involved in a hit and run accident near McDonald's on Route 60 in Fredonia around 8:50 PM. Police Chief Brad Meyers says the vehicle left the scene dragging its bumper.
Meyers says the operator of the motorcycle was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital for treatment. A second crash involving a motorcycle had occurred earlier, around 8 PM, near 120 Liberty Street. The motorcycle operator was also transported to Brooks Memorial with unknown injuries. Anyone with additional information about the hit and run crash can contact Fredonia Police at 679-1531.