Local News Headlines

WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 29, 2019

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a person multiple times with a knife on a southside street corner....  

City Police were called to the scene at Forest and Prather Avenues just after 10 AM Wednesday... and, found the victim, who was rushed to the hospital.  Officers say they found the suspect, identified as 31 year-old Jermaine Gordon, at an address on Tew Street about 5:45 last night.  Gordon was arrested for first-degree assault, and is being held pending arraignment.  Police say the victim is now in stable condition at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.


A Jamestown man accused of being a major trafficker of cocaine and methamphetimine in the area has been sentenced to seven-years in federal prison....  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 37 year-old Juan Pacheco was recently found guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute five-kilograms or more of cocaine, 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, and marijuana.  Kennedy says he was given 84 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Vilardo.  Prosecutors say Pacheco was arrested on August 18th of 2016 following a raid at his alleged stash house at 477 Main Street.  There, authorities say they recovered about nine-kilograms of cocaine, three-and-a-half kilograms of meth, and three kilograms of marijuana.  They also seized about $133,000 in cash, as well as about $7,000 in Pacheco's pocket.  Proscutors say Pacheco was receiving kilogram quantities of the drugs from California after it was smuggled in from Mexico.


Chautauqua County now has a law in place that allows the county legislature to fill a vacancy in the executive's position....  

Lawmakers in Mayville last night unanimously approved a charter amendment that makes the appointment similar to how a vacancy on the legislature is filled.  Sheridan Republican Terry Neibel says he liked the addition to the outgoing executive's party committee being able to weigh in.

Discussion of the local law actually began when current Executive George Borrello decided to run for the vacant State Senate seat, vacated earlier this year by Cathy Young.  Borrello was part of the discussions, and he agreed it was too much having the job go -- by default -- to the "Acting" County Executive.  He says that's currently the county attorney.  The new local law would give the county legislature the power to fill the position within 30 days of the vacancy and, with a member of the same political party as the person who vacated the office.


The county legislature last night also approved a new, three-year contract agreement with part-time deputies in the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department.  The contract includes pay increases for the approximately 35 members of the unit to 2-percent this year, 3-percent for 2020 and, 2-percent for 2021.  County Executive George Borrello says they believe it will help attract new hires, and retain them.  The part-time deputies mainly work court security and, are represented by Civil Service Employees Association Unit 6322.


 Chautauqua Institution's organist and worship coordinator has been killed in a tragic motor vehicle accident in Geneva, Ohio....  

Institution President Michael Hill this afternoon announced that Jared Jacobson died in the accident on Route 84 Tuesday afternoon.  Hill says Jacobson was "Chautauqua’s organist and coordinator of worship and sacred music for nearly 25 years, and someone who proudly proclaimed himself a lifelong Chautauquan."  Jacobson held his current position since 1996 and, talked with our Dennis Webster about it just prior to the 2011 season.

President Hill says Chautauqua is awaiting final word of Jared's wishes for services but, acknowledged - "our community is grieving this unspeakable loss."  Many have described Jared and the music he masterfully created with the iconic Massey Memorial Organ at the Chautauqua Amphitheater as the “heart and soul” of Chautauqua.  Hill urged the public to join them for a memorial service this Friday, August 30th at 11 AM in the Amphitheater.  The Retired Reverend V. Gene Robinson will preside..


Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello is getting some heat from his opponent in the local state Senate race for taking part in a press conference in Buffalo with local Congressman Tom Reed Tuesday....  

Reed was at the U-S Attorney's office, calling for an investigation of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and how he has handled federal funding to repair and upgrade the state Thruway -- located on Seneca Nation land.  Democrat Austin Morgan says the condition of the road is not the issue but, how Borrello and Reed have handled it is.

Morgan accused Borrello of misusing county resources regarding the executive's call for Governor Cuomo to be investigated for not releasing funds to fix the 5-mile stretch on Seneca Nation land.  Reed has sent a letter to U-S Attorney General William Barr asking for a federal investigation. 


A residential fire in the town of Chautauqua has been ruled as an arson by the Chautauqua County Criminal Investigation Team....  

Sheriff's officers say multiple fire agencies were called to 5728 Hartfield-Centralia Road about 11:30 PM last Sunday.  Two adults and two children were able to escape safely and, a crew was sent back early Monday morning for a rekindle.  Investigation by officers led to the arrest of 27 year-old Fletcher Williams of Sinclairville.  He was arraigned and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail on charges of felony second-degree arson, with bail set at $150,000.


A city man faces several charges for allegedly assaulting two young males in the presence of a 5 year-old girl.... 

Jamestown police responded to 14 Cedar Avenue foor two males fighting on Monday night and, on arrival identified the suspect as 51 year-old Jesse Waite-junior.  Police say -- while an intoxicated state -- Waite reportedly pinned a 9 year-old boy to ground before punching him in the face and choking him.  Waite was confronted by an 18 year-old male victim that was also pinned down and choked.  He's is also accused of pushing his fingers into the teen's eye sockets and punching him in the face before he was able to get away. The victims sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene.  Waite is being held pending arraignment on two counts of third-degree assault, second-degree unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child. He also faces second-degree strangulation and criminal obstruction of breathing charges. 


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