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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 25, 2019

The Dunkirk Police Department is investigating a shooting incident that occurred in the city Friday evening.... '

Officers responded to the Halas Hotel at 92 East 2nd Street at approximately 9:30 PM and found that a 30-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound. The wound appeared to be non-life threatening. The victim was treated at the scene by Dunkirk Fire and Rescue and then transported to ECMC by Alstar EMS. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Dunkirk Police Department at 366-2266 or their confidential tip line at 363-0313.

A man from Mexico, living in Dunkirk, has pleaded guilty in federal court to being in possession of child pornography involving a minor child....  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 25 year-old David Flores-Torres entered the plea before U-S District Court Judge Lawrence Vilardo for possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor.  Prosecutors say agents raided Flores-Torres Dunkirk home in June of last year and, seized his cell phone, which contained 79 images and 14 videos of child pornography.  Flores-Torres also admitted to having sex with children during that time and, also received and distributed pornographic pictures of children from others.  Flores-Torres says the charge carries a maximum of 20 years in prison, and a quarter of a million dollar fine.

The Congressional "Problem Solver's" Caucus has thrown it's support behind new legislation that will extend the "9/11" Victims Compensation Fund for first responders, and restore their full benefits.....  

Local Representative Tom Reed says the caucus, using new House rules, has approved the "Never Forget the Heroes Act."  The Corning Republican says the move adds more than 40 co-sponsors to the bill as they push for use of the new "Consensus Calendar" provision to bring it to the House floor.

A "priority consideration" provision was part of the deal struck between members of the Problem Solvers, Caucus Speaker Nancy Pelosi and, Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern to change the House rules.  The move makes it easier for bipartisan bills to be brought to the floor, and passed.  Reed says -- if they can get 290 co-sponsors, it will automatically go onto the Congressional calender for a vote.  He says the "9/11" Victims Compensation fund program was recently allowed to expire and, he says some lawmakers are concerned about "open ended" benefits. 

A scientific report says the Great Lakes region is warming faster than the rest of the U.S., which likely will bring more flooding and other extreme weather such as heat waves and drought....  

The warming climate also could mean less overall snowfall even as lake-effect snowstorms get bigger, according to the report released Thursday by a team of researchers from universities primarily from the Midwest.  The report also predicts more severe algae blooms in the Great Lakes, which make it unsafe for swimming and increase the costs of treating the water.  Farming could be hit especially hard, with heavy rains delaying spring planting and dry spells requiring more irrigation during summer.  Beaches, dunes and shorelines will be more vulnerable to erosion.  The Chicago-based Environmental Law & Policy Center commissioned the report.

There is a new tenant that will use the former Allen Park Ice Rink to host it's soccer games, and likely rent the space out for other events in the community....  

The city of Jamestown has signed the new, two-year lease agreement with the Frewsburg Youth Soccer Program, which will upgrade and maintain the facilities and, host games for it's more than 100 youth players.  Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi is pleased to have a full-time tenant in the space.

The city council approved the agreement earlier this month and, Teresi says it's retroactive to the beginning of the year.  He says this kind of agreement is exactly what they were looking for because the building will get more recreational use and, will boost that residential neighborhood area.  Teresi says city officials had been hoping for someone to come into the facility, and lease it out for the past 15 to 16 years, or since the now Northwest Arena was built on West Third Street downtown. 

A colorful collection of stellar new grape tomato varieties has been released by Cornell University's plant-breeding program....  

It's called the Galaxy Suite and includes yellow fingerling Starlight, oval orange Sungrazer, red Comet, marbled Supernova and dark purple Midnight Pear.  They're available from High Mowing Organic Seeds in Wolcott, Vermont.  The new varieties were released by Phillip Griffiths, associate professor of plant breeding and genetics at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva.  He says they're ideal for hobby gardeners as well as farmers looking to connect with consumers in niche markets.  Griffiths says the tomatoes are well suited for the plastic high-tunnel greenhouses farmers use to extend the growing season.  Wegmans Organic Farm and Orchard in western New York ran small field trials with the tomatoes last season and reported good results.