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WJTN News Headlines for Jun. 21, 2019

A Forestville man's death is under investigation after the Chautauqua Sheriff's Office and local fire departments responded to an unknown medical problem yesterday morning....

Deputies say they found 35 year-old Tye Kenny deceased inside the 26 Pearl Street residence about 4 AM and the county coroner was called to the scene.  An investigation of the home revealed evidence related to the manufacturing and production of methamphetamine and, members of the county HAZMAT team later responded to the residence to assist with collecting dangerous materials.  A search warrant was executed by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.  State Police are also investigating the incident.and, reportedly found a quantity of methamphetamine and a large quantity of items related to a meth lab. Deputies say charges are pending at this time. 

Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore says he will not be changing the way County Department of Motor Vehicle offices will issue driver's licenses, even with the passage of the Green Light bill....  

That allows illegal immigrants the opportunity to get a license.  Barmore said Thursday that he will remain firmly against the changes, regardless of the consequences.

Like his counterpart, Mickey Kearns in Erie County, Barmore says he took an oath to uphold the laws in New York State and the U.S. and, he was not elected by Governor Andrew Cuomo, nor the state legislature.  Governor Cuomo signed the bill shortly after it had passed.  Cattaraugus County Clerk Alan Bernstein indicated in the Olean Times-Herald Thursday that he will comply with the law.

Residents of the Jamestown area will have two unique 'transportation opportunities' this weekend....  

The National Warplane Museum in Geneseo is bringing a World War II era B-17 Flying Fortress to the Chautauqua County Airport near Jamestown.  The plane will be available for tours Saturday from 10 to 5 and Sunday from 9 to 3.  Tours are $7, free for first responders and veterans.  Flights in the plane will also be available, starting at $450.  Meantime, the Chautauqua Belle will have its final trips through the Chadakoin River outlet before returning to Mayville on Sunday.  One trip is set for today, at 1 PM.  On Saturday the steamboat will be moving between Jamestown and the new Harbor Hotel in Celoron,beginning at 11:30 AM, picking up passengers at both locations.  

Some one to two-inches of rain water -- combined with the ground already being water-logged -- led to some flash flooding in the Jamestown-area early Thursday morning.....  

The water was starting to receed by late morning, where the worst hit areas were the village of Lakewood, Kimball Stand, and Fluvanna Avenue Extension.  Forecaster Jim Mitchell with the National Weather Service says intense low pressure moved in and triggered the deludge.  

For the second-time within the past month, the old Conrail viaduct on Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood was flooded out, along with a portion of Winchester Road near the former Precision Tool and Die building.  In addition, Route 60 in Ross Mills also had some flood water and parts were closed.  Jones and Gifford Avenue in Jamestown was closed for a time as well.  The good news is the next three days should be dry.

A former Jamestown High School graduate who has made his mark in college basketball coaching will address the 340 members of the JHS Class of 2019 at Chautauqua Institution tonight...  

High School Principal Mike McElrath says Bryan Hodgson, who is now an Assistant Head Coach at the University of Alabama, will give the commencement address.  Hodgson was most recently with Head Coach Nate Oats at the University of Buffalo and, is going with Oats to Alabama.

Commencement begins at 7 PM at the Chautauqua Amphitheater.  The audience will also hear from Valedictorian Findley Holt, and Salutatorian Emily Spitz.  McElrath says both are "super nice kids" who have done very well at JHS.  Attendees will also hear from the Class of 2019's class presidents.  There are four co-presidents this year.  McElrath again urges people going to the graduation to arrive early because a large crowd is expected.  He says one way to avoid traffic is to take Interstate 86 to the Panama-Stedman Road, and go in the "back way" to the institution.

Teenagers across Chautauqua County recently participated in the "Mock DWI" Program at their high schools during prom season..... 

While the celebration of getting dressed up and spending the night with friends has ended, Seniors are gearing up to turn their tassels at graduation ceremonies this month.  Emergency Medical Services Resource Manager Ron Hasson says, the impact this program has on students is significant.

Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone says the Mock DWI program gives students the opportunity to think about the choices they make before getting behind the wheel or into a vehicle with an impaired or distracted driver.  He says the driver should NOT have been drinking.  Impaired drivers don't take vacations during the summer months.  Quattrone says the Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council also holds Impaired Driver programs for those that have been convicted of alcohol or drug-related driving charges.  The information on future courses can be found on their website, CASACWeb.org 

One person was arrested late Wednesday morning following a shoplifting complaint at the Dollar General Store in Falconer....  

Ellicott Town Police report 31 year-old Stephanie Bush allegedly took items from the store without paying.  Further investigation found Bush was in possession of a controlled substance as well.  She was taken into custody and issued an appearance ticket for Ellicott Town Court at a later date. 

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