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A Jamestown man faces assault, and, other charges after allegedly pulling his girlfriend into a home on the city's eastside last weekend... and, not letting her leave.  City police were called to the scene at 232 Buffalo Street for a domestic incident just after 12:30 PM Saturday.  On arrival... officers say the woman told them that 27 year-old Tanner Jones would not let her leave the house.  She accuses Jones of hurting her, and stopping her from leaving the home several times.  Police say the suspect also allegedly caused more than 200-dollars in property damage.  The woman was treated at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital.  Jones was arraigned on charges including second-degree assault... and unlawful imprisonment... and, Grand Larceny... and, sent to the county jail without bail.
Following it's unannounced closing... the Jamestown office of the Internal Revenue Service will be reopening three days a week... starting this week.  That after local Congressman Tom Reed intervened when it had been reported that it would be closing permanently.  However... Reed Spokeswoman Samantha Cotten last weekend said "as a direct result of Reed's efforts, they will remain open and available to help the local community."  The Corning Republican says his office had been in contact with the IRS to find "a solution" to the matter.  He says "being in the midst of tax season, it is necessary to have an office that will be responsive to the needs of those in the Jamestown area."  The Jamestown IRS Center will now be open Tuesday's from Noon to 4:30 PM... Wednesday's from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM... but, close from 1 to 2 PM for lunch.  They will also be open Thursday's from 8:30 AM to 12 Noon.
Seniors across Chautauqua County have been voicing their opposition to a nearly 13-million dollar cut to Offices for the Aging in Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2017-18 budget proposal.  That from county OFA Director Mary Ann Spanos... who helped organize several rallies this past week at local Senior Centers... including the Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers.  Spanos says the cuts basically come from moving certain services to areas where a local match is required.  She says it means more local money is needed at a time where local residents are already footing much of the bill. Spanos says local Senior advocates recently rallied with lawmakers in Albany to restore the funding.  However... she says they've held "mock rallies" locally to allow local residents to voice their feelings.  Chautauqua Day Care Executive Director Frank Bercik says they serve 170-plus people at their four locations... but, says a number have to pay some of the cost.  However... he says very few could pay the full amount needed.  For more information on Office for the Aging programs... call their NY Connects numbers at 753-4582... or 661-7582.
State lawmakers in Albany are brainstorming ways to prevent and address elder abuse.  Members of the Senate and Assembly are scheduled to discuss the extent and nature of the problem at a legislative hearing Tuesday in Albany.  State estimates indicate that for every case of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation referred to authorities there are five that are never reported.  Financial abuse is a particularly devastating problem, costing the state's senior citizens as much as $1.5 billion a year.  Lawmakers say they hope to use the hearing to come up with better ways the state can combat elder abuse, which is only to expected to increase as baby boomers age.
In New York state government news this week... lawmakers are headed back to Albany as they get to work on the state budget.  Following a weeklong break, the Senate and Assembly will reconvene Tuesday to start the busiest month of their annual session.  They hope to pass a state budget by April 1st... but, first they'll have to debate compromises on a long list of proposals including free state college tuition for middle-class students, Uber's upstate expansion and juvenile justice reform.  Meanwhile... lawmakers will hold a hearing on a deal to close Indian Point nuclear plant in suburban New York City by 2021.  Critics have long argued the plant is too hazardous, but others are worried about how the state will make up for the lost power and jobs.
Opponents to wind projects in Chautauqua County are again speaking out against projects in the north county to members of the County Legislature.  Several people spoke out against proposed projects during a public comment period this past week.  County Legislator George Borrello of Silver Creek, who voted against two resolutions for wind projects as a member of the county's Industrial Development Agency, says he opposes the projects primarily because they lose money.
Borrello also says in the town of Hanover, where six turbines are proposed, residents are split.  Following last Wednesday night's legislature meeting... County Executive Vince Horrigan indicated there wasn't much the county could do since it was a local issue.  Horrigan says these "are town decisions... local decisions.  We can't get into it."  However... he says he understands the concerns.  Borrello also says the decision should be made by the local towns.  Nearly 100 wind turbines are being proposed if all three wind projects materialize.
Two Jamestown residents have been arrested for allegedly being in possesion of drugs and hypodermic needles following a traffic stop late last week on the city's southside.  City police say they pulled over a vehicle that had a broken windshield on Forest Avenue -- at the Arterial -- just after 12:30 PM Friday.  Officers say they found the driver, 40 year-old Joseph Thayer, had a quantity of Suboxone in his possession.  Police say his passenger, 29 year-old Heather Keith, was allegedly in possession of three hypodermic needles.  Thayer was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance, and aggravated unlicensed operation... while Keith is charged with criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument.  Both were jailed pending arraignment.
An investigation into a "suspicious situation" early last Saturday morning in the north county village of Silver Creek led to the arrest of four juveniles for allegedly being in possession of marijuana.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Bennett State Road about 1 AM... and saw the three male youths, and one female, acting suspiciously.  Deputies say they found all four in possession of a quantity of pot... and, they were were arrrested for unlawful possession of marijuana.  All four were issued appearance tickets for Silver Creek Village Court.
A New York congresswoman is voicing outrage over the White House decision to block The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, Politico and others from a press briefing.  Representative Carolyn Maloney said Saturday outside The New York Times offices in Manhattan that she wants the Trump administration to commit to a policy of press access for all.  The Democrat says standards should apply evenly to all news organizations.  The decision Friday by White House press secretary Sean Spicer to limit access has sparked an outcry among journalists and others.  The Associated Press chose not to participate in the briefing after Spicer's decision. The White House said it felt "everyone was represented" by those that participated.  Maloney plans to attend a rally Sunday outside The Times' offices.