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WJTN News Headlines for Jan. 15, 2019

The Sherman man who pled guilty to accidently shooting and killing a neighbor in a hunting accident in November 2017 will serve one to three years in state prison...
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says County Court Judge David Foley sentenced 33-year-old Thomas Jadlowski to the indeterminate term in the death of 43-year-old Rosemary Billquist yesterday.  Swanson says the plea and sentence comes after much discussion with the victim's husband, Jamie Billquist.

Jadlowski pleaded guilty last October to criminally negligent homicide hunting after hours.  He told investigators that he mistook the woman for a deer.  Rosemary Billquist was struck in the hip and later died from her injuries at UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Swanson offered his heartfelt condolences to the family, calling it a "senseless tragedy."  Swanson also says he hopes the tragedy serves as a reminder that hunting with guns carries an expansive set of responsibilities that are to protect people. 

Two men from Pennsylvania are jailed in Jamestown after being found with weapons after one allegedly led police on a 20-mile vehicle pursuit....  

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers stopped the car -- driven by 27 year-old Kyle South of Bradford -- for a traffic violation at East Second and North Main Streets about 1:30 a.m. Monday.  Samuelson says the other man -- 33 year-old Brett Kinney of New Castle -- got out of the car and, South took off with police in pursuit onto Route 60, then 62 to the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus County line.  He says officers found South was wanted on a warrant in McKean County.

Samuelson says it's the second incident in which they have found loaded guns in the past two days.  Samuelson says South faces a slew of charges, including Fugutive from Justice and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  Kinney is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon after allegedly being found with a set of brass knuckles.  Both are being held in the city jail pending arraignment.

Child molestation victims are demanding that New York state lawmakers pass the long-stalled Child Victims Act within 30 days....  

Several abuse survivors came to Albany Monday to urge quick action on the bill, which would extend statutes of limitations to give victims more time to seek criminal charges or sue their abusers.  The act would also create a one-year window for victims to file lawsuits now barred by the statute of limitations.  The act was blocked for years by Senate Republicans, but with Democrats now in charge it should pass.  The Catholic Church argues it will be financially devastating.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to include the act in the state budget, due in April.  A spokesman said Monday that Cuomo will sign it sooner if it passes before that.

City lawmakers got their first, in-depth look at a major, $31-million downtown lower-income housing project to provide safe and affordable housing for qualified residents..... 

The City Council's Housing Committee heard last night about the Gateway Lofts project, which is slated for about 200,000 square feet of the current Gateway Center on Water Street.  Committee Chairwoman Vickye James says the facility would house families and individuals who need services that would be provided there.  However, James says she is concerned about one floor having single-parent families, and the one just above having non-violent drug offenders.

James adds, though, that she likes the concept of the project.  She says there would be 38 second-floor apartments for lower-income families and, permanent, single-family housing on the second floor through the YWCA of Jamestown.  James says there would be another 25 apartments for non-violent drug offenders, and those with drug and mental health issues on the fourth-floor.  The YWCA and Southern Tier Environments for Living -- or STEL -- have received five-year grants totaling just over one-million dollars per year for the project.

Chautauqua County's top elected official says he has concerns about Governor Andrew Cuomo's renewed effort to ban all single-use plastic bags in New York State....  
Cuomo has announced the proposal, along with the expansion of the bottle bill as part of his budget message.  County Executive George Borrello says he understands that plastic bags are a pollution concern, but he feels the state needs do more homework before proposing a ban.

Borrello is concerned about the impact that such a ban could have on businesses.  Meanwhile, he doesn't have a problem with the governor's call for expanding the New York's Bottle Bill to make most non-alcoholic drink containers eligible for five-cent redemption.

A Kennedy man is held pending arraignment following a sexual offense in Jamestown last Saturday....

City police say they responded to a Front Street residence for the incident and, spoke with the 43 year-old female victim, who advised officers that 69 year-old Jack Emerson allegedly touched her intimate areas and prevented her from leaving.  Emerson was later found at his home in Kennedy by State Police and, taken to the Jamestown City Jail on charges of second-degree unlawful imprisonment and forcible touching.