A Jamestown woman was arrested for allegedly stabbing a person in front of an infant Thursday morning on the city's Eastside....  

Jamestown police were called to an East 5th residence just after 11:30 AM and, located a male victim on the sidewalk bleeding with a stab wound to the right bicep.  Officers say they found the suspect -- 24 year-old Karina Johnson-Fontanez -- inside the home, where the incident reportedly happened in front of a five-month-old baby.  Johnson-Fontanez was taken into custody for second-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. 


Gusty winds from the "Nor-easter-type" storm that hit the northeastern U-S brought down a couple of large trees yesterday afternoon in the city of Jamestown....  

Public Works Director Jeff Lehman says DPW and Parks crews were called to the first location -- next to the Lind Funeral Home on West Third Street -- around 1 PM.  Lehman says a "Canopy Oak" fell on one end of a house.

The tree being downed led City Police to close one-lane of West Third Street while the scene was cleared.  Lehman said late yesterday afternoon that the falling tree punched a couple of holes in the roof.  He adds the other tree fell later in Dow Park -- across from the Prendergast Library on West Sixth Street.  Lehman says crews were cutting up and taking away the tree debris late yesterday.  Lehman says their older tree stock, and those that have shallower roots tend to be a concern this time of year, through Spring of the next year.  Again... no one was hurt.  County-wide, some smaller trees were knocked over, but, there was little or no significant damage.


Congress has lost a "very good man..." and one who was a true statesman....  

Those are the feelings of local Congressman Tom Reed on the passing of fellow House member Elijah Cummings.  Cummings died early Thursday morning following what were described as on-going health issues.  Reed says Cummings was a "proud Democrat" like he was a "proud Republican."  However, he says Cummings always wanted to do what was right.

Reed says his heart goes out to Cummings' wife, who testified some time back before the Social Security Committee the Corning Republican sits on.  Another figure from the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, John Lewis, says "Americans have lost a great leader at a time of crisis in our democracy."  Lewis credits the powerful chairman of the House Oversight committee with leading the nation to a place where it's understood that reform is urgently required.


New York state should restore it's funding promised to help with maintenance of Chautauqua Lake but, which State Senate candidate would do it best?  

That was debated at this week's candidates forum at Jamestown Community College between County Executive George Borrello, the Republican candidate and, Democrat Austin Morgan from Freedom.  Borrello says he will hold Governor Andrew Cuomo accountable for not funding from the Chautauqua Lake Association.

Borrello touted being able to lobby with local Congressman Tom Reed, to get necessary repairs underway for the state Thruway section that runs through the Seneca Nation's Cattaraugus Reservation.  Morgan says it's better to have someone in the majority Party that's able to get such items back in the state budget.

Morgan says a lot of items championed by Cathy Young got into the annual budget because she was part of the GOP Majority Leadership in the Senate.  Young, a Republican from Olean, retired suddenly earlier this year, leaving her seat vacant, and triggering a Special Election.


A state organization that adovcates for small business across the nation has announced that it's political action committee is endorsing Republican George Borrello for the state Senate...  

The National Federation of Independent Businesses -- or NFIB -- says New York's small and independent businesses "employ half of our state’s workforce, provide stability in our communities, and drive local economies in every corner of New York State, particularly across the Southern Tier."  Borrello says he "is honored to receive the support of the NFIB and the hardworking members of the business community that they represent."  
 

The public is invited to see the latest renovations at the Martz-Kohl Observatory on Saturday.....  

Gary Nelson, President of the Marshall Martz Memorial Astronomical Association, says they're going to have a ribbon cutting at 2 PM to celebrate the completion of a $44,000 renovation project.  The observatory has added a new education room, planetarium, and welcome center.  They also have new bathrooms, a kitchen and a new parking lot.  The observatory, at 176 Robin Hill Road in Frewsburg, will be open to the public for a couple of hours after the 2 PM ribbon cutting on Saturday.  The Lenna, Sheldon and Chautauqua Region Community Foundations all contributed to the latest project at the observatory, which Gary Nelson says is one of the largest  in the East that is open to the public.  


The Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center hosted a Cancer Survivor Event last night in Celoron in memory of a former Media One Group employee.....  

Dr. Meghan Pailler, with Roswell's Department of Psychology, says those attending the Rick Brodowski Jamestown Area Cancer Patient and Survivor Workshop learned a lot about how to cope with Cancer.

Rick Brodowski was Media One's Station Manager, who passed away in September following a battle with cancer.  Dr. Pailler says her discussion goes beyond the physical aspects and addresses all the impacts of the disease.  The Workshop was held at Chautauqua Harborfront Hotel in Celoron.  For more information on their programming, visit RoswellPark.org.


The three candidates for mayor of Jamestown squared off last night in their last big debate before Election Day.....  

Nearly 100 people were on hand for the live, one-and-a-half hour long forum on WRFA-FM.  Topics ranged from dealing with the budget proposed by Mayor Sam Teresi, to funding for the Prendergast Library.  The forum was hosted by WRFA News and Public Affairs Director Jason Sample.  Our Terry Frank was on the panel to ask questions, along with WNY News Now's Justin Gould.  The debate will be re-broadcast here on WJTN this Saturday afternoon.  The debate replay will follow the Noon News from ABC.

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