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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 2, 2019

"A petty political fight" is the reason why the New York State Thruway that runs through the Seneca Indian Nation is in "deplorable condition."  

Those are the feelings of local Congressman Tom Reed,who made his comments on the I-90 overpass in the town of Hanover Thursday afternoon.  Reed was joined by State Assemblymen Andy Goodell and Joe Giglio, along with County Executive George Borrello, in calling out Governor Andrew Cuomo about the defective condition of the road.  Reed says the federal government has done it's part.

New York state has been embroiled in a long court battle with the Seneca's over revenue sharing, and other financial matters.  However, Reed says local residents -- and motorists -- are suffering due to those crumbling roadways within the Seneca Nation's boundaries.  In addition, the Corning Republican says they are providing written notice to the state about the problem, and that it's liable if someone gets hurt.  Reed says there are also issues with other highways in the Seneca's territories but, adds the most glaring problem is with I-90.

There is a call for water conservation today for customers in the village of Brocton and the town of Portland because of a major water leak....  

The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services says all outside-use of water use is not allowed, including the filling of swimming pools, washing cars or watering lawns and gardens until further notice.  There is also a Boil Water Order in effect.  Water Specialist Bill Boria says the search for the leak began after they started losing water late Tuesday.

Boria says they believe the leak may be in an old water line somewhere between the old water tank on Route 5 and the new water tank near the village of Brocton's former water treatment facility.  County officials say water pressure in several areas of the town is very low because of the water main break and, some customers are expected to not have water.  Water for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth and making coffee must be brought to a rolling boil for one minute then cooled prior to use.  For more information, call the village of Brocton at 792-4160 or the Town of Portland at 792-9614 or the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services at 753-4481.

A Chautauqua County Jail inmate is jailed on $10,000 bail for allegedly promoting prison contraband in the jail this past Monday....  

Sheriff's Officers say Steven Dean allegedly made, and possessed dangerous contraband in the form of a cutting weapon. Deputies reportedly discovered Dean caused damage to a jail mattress.  On Tuesday, Dean was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and first-degree promoting criminal contraband.  He was then arraigned and returned to the jail.

It has been an incredible week of comedy at both Chautauqua Institution and the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, as more people discover what the center is all about....  

Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson says that was never more evident than when the Smothers Brothers visited the center this week and, toured the facility before cutting the ribbon on an exhibit featuring their artifacts.

Gunderson highlighted the growing partnership between the center and Chautauqua Institution with this week's Amphitheater theme of "What's Funny."  She says yesterday featured legendary director, producer and comic David Steinberg who talked with Lewis Black about the incredible 43 years he had managing the career of the late Robin Williams, whose work has been highly recognized by patrons of the Comedy Center.  "What's Funny" week wraps up today with one of the top female comedians right now -- Maria Bamford -- in the Amphitheater at 10:45 AM.  Another female comedian, Ophira Eisenburg, will interview her to help wrap up Week-Six and the theme "What's Funny."

A Jamestown man was arrested early this morning following a noise complaint on the city's eastside.....  

City police responded to the 7-Eleven store on East 2nd Street for a report of loud music coming from a vehicle.  Officers reportedly could hear the music several blocks away as they approached the scene and, on arrival spoke with a man who refused to identify himself. Police say they warned the man he could be charged as was impeding investigation and, refused a second time. He was later identified as 21 year-old James Meuker and, taken into custody for second-degree obstruction and unnecessary noise. Meuker is being held in the city jail pending arraignment. 

A Jewish Rabbi, a Christian minster and a muslim man brough their style of comedy to Jamestown last night for a special program at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts....  

Rabbi Bob Alper, the Reverend Susan Sparks and, Gibran Saleem who is a Pakistani-Muslim, and psychologist, did their "Laugh in Peace" program at the Reg.  Alper says they were excited to be brought to Jamestown by the National Comedy Center.  Alper says he's had 47 years of using humorous antecdotes, and jokes in his sermons in front of "sometime hostile audiences..." so the comedy show was a natural extension of that.  He says their "Laugh in Peace" Show has appeared everywhere from The World Bank in Washington, DC to the Palestinian Fest in Houston, Texas, building bridges and reconciling differences through humor.