The local and state Police presence in Jamestown has been beefed up in the wake of four shooting incidents last Thursday and Friday... one in which one person was fatally shoot. That from City Police Chief Harry Snellings... who says they've added more afternoon and evening patrols in the neighborhoods. He adds that state Police have also added two more patrols for the city. JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says leads on the incidents have been slow coming in... and, says they still want to hear from witnesses to the fatal shooting at 129 South Main Street. Police over the weekend also identified the man killed in the multiple-shooting incident on South Main Street. Samuelson says 26 year-old Allen Burnett, Junior is from Buffalo. Police would not say whether they found any kind of weapon... or other evidence... on the body when they arrived. Two other people... who have not been identified... are recovering from non-life threatening wounds. If you have any information on the homicide... you're urged to call JPD directly at 483-7537 or the confidential tip line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477. You can also contact them anonymously via the "JPD 411" App.
City police are also investigating an incident that occured last Friday night on the northside in the area of Lakeview and Euclid Avenues. The investigation is continuing, and police say no one was hurt. Investigators say a vehicle driving by the scene was reportedly struck by one of the rounds fired. Earlier in the day... police say a masked man was able to get into an apartment at 344 East Fourth Street shortly before 3 PM. The suspect fired several rounds... but, did not hit the intended victim. On Thursday afternoon... officers were called to the area of Falconer and Thayer Streets on a report of several shots being fired. Police were told by witnesses that two black men wearing black, Winter-type coats fired on a vehicle driving through that area. However... no one was struck in that incident as well. City Police say all the victims in these shootings were targeted.
A Buffalo-area man was hurt... but, not seriously... when his tractor-trailer got hung up on the railroad tracks in the town of Sheridan, and was hit by a Norfolk-Southern Train last Saturday. Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Werle (Wer-lee) Road -- near Progress Drive -- just before 5:30 PM. Deputies say the driver of the tractor, 30 year-old Jason Siepierski (Sih-Pier-ski) of Cheektowaga, was southbound on Werle Road when the trailer got struck on the shoulder of the road. As a result... officers say the tractor wound up on the tracks. At that point... the westbound train came by... and, struck the tractor-trailer tearing the trailer apart and dragging the tractor a distance down the tracks. However... deputies say Siepierski was able to get out of the vehicle prior to the collision. Siepierski was treated at Brooks Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. He was ticketed for disobeying a traffic control device.
Jamestown city lawmakers are expected to act on a 35-million dollar budget for next year tonight. However... they'll be working on the spending plan right up to the end to stem a projected 878-thousand dollar deficit in Mayor Sam Teresi's proposal. That from City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce... who they're found another 53-thousand dollars in cuts during budget deliberations. He says city leaders have been talking with the state's Restructuring Board on plugging the remaining gap. Dolce says the biggest help Jamestown, and other small cities could get in New York state is to get their general operating aid back to the level it should be. He says one program they've been working with the Restructuring Board on is having Medicare-eligible retirees get off the city's self-insurance health plan. Right now... city officials believe the move will save the city about 600-thousand dollars in 2017. Mayor Sam Teresi and city lawmakers hope to see more savings in subsequent years. Retirees getting off the city plan would be offered an incentive. There will be a work session prior to tonight's voting session... which begins at 7:30 PM.
New York's top transportation official will travel to Washington to discuss an ongoing dispute with federal officials over the state's highway welcome centers and roadside "I Love NY" signs. Federal officials say the signs violate signage rules and could distract motorists. Federal authorities are also concerned that the state-run Taste NY stores in highway welcome centers may run afoul of rules governing commercial activity at rest stops. A spokesman for the Federal Highway Administration says agency Administrator Greg Nadeau (Nay-due) is scheduled to meet with state Department of Transportation Commissioner Matt Driscoll next month to discuss the conflict. The state defends the signs and welcome centers as successful ways to market tourism and locally made products. The dispute was first reported by the USA Today Network.
It doesn't appear that a rally for the Repower Dunkirk project will be in the works... at least for now. That's according to one elected official involved in the efforts to get the project moving forward. State Senator Cathy Young had indicated earlier this week that a rally may be needed, to ensure that all state officials, including Governor Cuomo and the State PSC, were still on board with the project. We have learned that during a conference call late last week, that the officials involved didn't think one was needed at this time.
An upstate New York man has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for possessing a single bullet.
Federal prosecutors say 28-year-old Tyron Jackson of Rensselaer was sentenced in Albany Monday by U.S. District Court Judge Gary Sharpe, who cited Jackson's extensive criminal history in explaining why the sentence was warranted. Jackson's convictions include first-degree armed robbery in 2006 and illegal possession of a firearm for shooting into a crowd last year. Back in June... Jackson pleaded guilty to possessing a single bullet from a 9 millimeter Luger during a traffic stop. Felons are prohibited from possessing bullets. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Bennett said the bullet and other conduct demonstrate that Jackson refuses to lead a law-abiding life despite spending nearly his entire adult life in custody.