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WJTN Headlines for Monday Nov. 13, 2017

A Jamestown teenager is jailed on $5,000 bail for allegedly holding a woman against her will and breaking her phone when she tried to call for help.
Jamestown police say they were called to 152 Baker Street for an alleged domestic incident about 3 p.m. last Saturday and, found that 19 year-old Justin Conklin had allegedly choked the victim. 
Police say Conklin then held the victim against a door when she tried to leave.  He was arraigned on charges of second-degree unlawful imprisonment, criminal obstruction of breathing and criminal mischief.  He was then sent to the county lock-up.
It was Veteran's Day, 2017 last Saturday and, a short, solumn ceremony was held at Veteran's Park on the city of Jamestown's westside.
A 21-gun salute was given to conclude brief remarks at the annual program put on by the Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post-53.  Post Commander J.R. Rotunda was pleased with the turn-out on a bitterly cold, November morning.
Rotunda says the local VFW has been doing a yearly program for the past 100 years and they use the day to honor both the fallen and, the veteran's still among us.  He says it's up to the living veterans to make sure they are honored.  Rotunda says while the program is put on by their post, it's for ALL veterans, including the younger ones returning from Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.  
In addition to the program at Veteran's Park, the annual American Legion 21-gun salute and rifle volley was held at 11 this morning at the corner of Third and Main Streets.  The Jamestown High School Band played the Star Spangled Banner, and buglars played taps.  A special Veteran's Day service was also held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.  There was also a service in Celoron Saturday morning.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments that can legally be treated with medical marijuana. 
The PTSD bill was part of a package of legislation that Cuomo signed Saturday to mark Veterans Day.  The Democratic governor said 19,000 New Yorkers with PTSD could be helped by medical marijuana.  He said the potential beneficiaries include veterans as well as police officers and survivors of domestic violence, crime and accidents. 
Other measures signed Saturday include a bill to provide more days off for combat veterans employed by the state and a bill waiving the civil service examination fee for veterans who were honorably discharged.  Cuomo said the legislation will help give veterans "every opportunity to continue succeeding when they return home."
Outgoing Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan has met with his successor, fellow Republican George Borrello.  Borrello, an Irving legislator, indicated on Election Night that he would meet later with Horrigan.
The current executive says he wants to have a smooth transition with Borrello. who is wrapping up a fourth-term on the legislature. Horrigan will be leaving office for retirement at the end of December. 
Borrello has been a member of the County Legislature since 2010.  He defeated Democratic candidate Mike Ferguson of Fredonia with 63-percent of the vote to Ferguson's 37-percent.
Chautauqua County's top cop says he's looking forward to working with new County Executive George Borrello when he takes over next January. 
Sheriff Joe Gerace says both Borrello and Democratic candidate  Mike Ferguson ran a good, "issues-oriented" campaign which he thinks residents wanted to see.  Gerace adds he will miss working with outgoing Executive Vince Horrigan.
Horrigan is retiring from office at the end of the year.  Borrello will become the fifth county executive Gerace has served with since becoming sheriff in 1995.   
A Jamestown man was arrested on a warrant check following a brief foot chase in the city's westside early last weekend.
Jamestown police say officers spotted 36 year-old Bernard Mount on West 13th Street last Friday afternoon and, confirmed he was wanted on warrants issued from Jamestown City Court, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office and, Salamanca Police.  After the foot pursuit, Mount was arrested for resisting arrest, and on the two outside agency warrants.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.
The son of the highest-ranking recipient of the Medal of Honor still listed as missing from World War II is pushing for renewed interest in finding the crash site of his father's B-17 bomber. 
Brigadier General Kenneth Walker and 10 other men were aboard the San Antonio Rose when it disappeared over a Pacific island in January 1943.  Walker's son, Douglas Walker, a retiree from Connecticut, met with Pentagon officials earlier this year to provide information from a team of independent experts that he hopes will prompt U.S. military officials to authorize a new search for the downed bomber. 
Military officials say the independent team's theory on the crash site's possible location is plausible, but that more investigation is required in order to locate the plane.
A 166-count federal indictment accuses a western New York doctor of illegally prescribing pain medication that resulted in six deaths. 
The U.S. Attorney's office in Buffalo says that Dr. Eugene Gosy of Clarence was responsible for the mass distribution of prescription painkillers including fentanyl and oxycodone.  Investigators say the pain management doctor ignored obvious red flags that his patients were addicted and abusing their medications. 
Conviction on the charges connected to patient deaths could bring a maximum sentence of life in prison.  Law firm Colucci and Gallaher released a statement saying Gosy has helped tens of thousands of patients and his rate of patient overdose death is far below the national average.  Gosy was already facing an April 2016 indictment alleging illegal prescribing and health care fraud.