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City man arrested following violent, bloody, domestic incident Friday morning...
A Jamestown man has been arrested following an alleged, bloodly domestic incident very early Friday morning.  City Police were called to the scene at 611 Washington Street about 12:30 a.m., and, were told by witnesses that a fight had occured in one of the apartments.  Officers say there appeared to be blood "all over" a common hallway, and, there was also a distinct odor of bleach present.  Police found the suspect, 50 year-old Michael Weathers, hiding in a closet of the apartment.  Officers looked for the alleged victim... who was able to escape.  She was found several hours later.  Police say they got a warrant, and found a knife Weathers' allegedly used to threaten the woman.  There was also an order of protection against him.  He was arraigned on several charges... including third-degree assault, second-degree menacing... and, criminal possession of a weapon... and, jailed without bail.

Apthorpe rejects allowing convicted sex offenders to vote in May school budget and board vote...
Jamestown School Officials are now set with a just over $90-million budget for the public to vote on this coming May 21.  However... a certain group of criminal offenders will not be welcome.  School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says three schools will be open as polling stations. This past week... he told told board members about Governor Andrew Cuomo's executive order at allowed certain convicts the ability to vote in school elections.  However... Apthorpe also announced he is exercising the right to not grant permission for sex offenders to enter onto school property.  He says they'll have School Resource Officers at each polling site and they will have the pictures and names of all registered offenders, and if they try to go on school grounds, they'll be stopped, and escorted off campus.  Apthorpe reiterated that student safety is of utmost importance.... and, says he believes it's the right thing to do. 

Charter to expand broadband Internet access as part of deal with state regulators...
Charter Communications will expand broadband internet access upstate under a tentative deal with New York regulators.  Under the proposed agreement announced Friday, Charter will roll out broadband service to 145,000 upstate customers before October 2021 - a move projected to cost more than $600-million.  In addition, Charter agrees to pay $12-million for expanded service in especially underserved rural areas.  Once formally approved by regulators, the agreement will resolve a dispute between the state and Stamford, Connecticut-based Charter over upstate broadband access.  In a statement, Charter says the settlement prevents the possibility of a costly legal battle.  Charter, which does business as Spectrum, merged with Time Warner Cable in 2016. 

City's Salary Review Commission makes it's recommendations to City Council...
The city of Jamestown's Salary Review Commission is recommending pay hikes for both the mayor and city council positions... but, it remains to be seen whether lawmakers will approved them.  City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says the commission was very thorough in it's review... which took place late last year.  Dolce says they also provide a rationale for their decisions.  However... he says, because of the city's on-going budgetary troubles, the past "two or three" council's have not approved increases... but, he says this council will decide what happen's to these recommendations.  Dolce says the commission is recommending a $13,000 increase for the mayor... from $72,000 a year to $85,000.  The last increase took place in 2008.  Dolce says councilmembers currently make $5,000 each... and, that's been in place since 1984.  The commission is recommending $10,000... and an $11,000 salary for council president.  Dolce says they have three options.  One is to accept the recommendations, another is to "do nothing..." or thirdly, make some changes to what the panel recommended.  Dolce urged city council members to look over the report... and, a full review will take place next month.

Panel recommends more consideration of Climate Change when investing NYS Public Employee Pension Fund...
An advisory panel recommends New York state's $200-billion public employee pension fund be transitioned to 100 percent sustainable assets by 2030 to adapt to climate change.  State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli this week released the Decarbonization Advisory Panel's report... and says his staff will develop a climate action plan based on the report.  The panel of investment and environmental experts didn't recommend the fund divest specific stocks.  But Mark Dunlea, former Green Party candidate for comptroller, says it lays the groundwork to divest the fund from fossil fuels. 

Jamestown man arrested for drunk driving after allegedly backing into State Police cruiser...
A city man faces drunk driving and marijuana possession charges after he allegedly backed his car into a State Police vehicle on East Second Street early Friday morning.  State Police say a trooper pulled over 65 year-old David Miller for an alleged traffic infraction.  But... when police approached the vehicle... Miller put his car in reverse, and struck and damaged the trooper's vehicle.  Miller was arrested for DWI, and unlawful possession of marijuana after troopers found burned pot inside the vehicle.  A breath test found Miller's blood alcohol level was .28.  He was issued appearance tickets for Jamestown City Court at a later date.

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There are two cases of the COVID-19 Virus being reported in the Jamestown Public Schools... but, they are siblings who were doing coursework on-line.  That from School Superintendent Kevin Whit...

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