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WJTN News Headlines for Jan. 6, 2019

One person suffered minor injuries in a single-car crash in the town of Gerry early last weekend.  

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Old Chautauqua Road, and found a car had crashed into a ditch.  Deputies say the driver, 28 year-old Casey Eaker, of Gerry, lost control of the vehicle about 4 PM Friday, and the car slammed into the ditch.  One of Eaker's four minor passengers was hurt, and taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment.  No charges were filed.

Dunkirk city firefighters responded to a house fire around 7:30 last night at 414 Mullet Street....  

When crews reached the scene, the fire was reported in the living room of the one story house.  Firefighters were able to extinguished the blaze and checked for extension.  All of the occupants were accounted for at a neighboring house, although a dog and a cat were rescued and resuscitated at the scene by firefighters using a pet resuscitation mask that was recently donated by a citizen.  The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

A north county man was arrested early last Friday in Cassadaga for allegedly driving without a license, being found in possession of drugs and having a court warrant against him....  

Sheriff's officers say they pulled over 40 year-old Fred Bristrisky, Junior on Main Street just before 9 AM and found there was a valid bench warrant for his arrest.  Bristrisky was also found to have a revoked driver's license.  He faces charges including second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.   

Chautauqua County's Cornell Cooperative Extension has completed its move to Jamestown Community College.  

Executive Director, Emily Reynolds, says they are open for business at the Carnahan Center at JCC in Jamestown.  Their internet is fully connected, but are still working on the phones.  You can leave a message at 664-9502, you won't be able to reach the office directly by phone until midweek.  Reynolds adds all Extension and Four-H meetings and events are now being held at the college.  They did have to leave a number of things behind at the Ag Center near the Airport, which will be offered to the public on 'Community Partners Day', Tuesday, January 14th from Noon to 6 PM.  Those items include office furniture and supplies and a variety of other materials.  They will be offered at no cost, but any donations will be gratefully accepted.  

The Jamestown City Council meets for the second-time in 2020 tonight and there will be two new committee chairpersons heading up their meetings.  

New Council President Tony Dolce made his appointments official at last Wednesday's re-organizational meeting.  The Second-Ward Republican says Republican Kim Ecklund, who has a lot of financial experience, will head up that panel.

Dolce says he will remain a member of the Finance Committee with Demcrat Marie Carrubba in 2020.  He adds that the other new chairperson will head up the Public Safety Committee.  He says that's First-Ward GOP representative Brent Sheldon,  who chaired that panel the last time Republican's held the majority.  The other two committees will be chaired by Democrats.  Dolce says Tom Nelson has a good working relationship with Public Works Director Jeff Lehman and, will lead that committee.  Housing Committee Chairwoman Vickye James will remain head of that panel in 2020.  Tonight's first work session of the new year begins at 7:30 PM in the Mayor's Conference Room at City Hall.

A New York lawmaker who has been charged with drunken driving is stepping down from his post as the top Republican in the state Assembly.  

Assemblyman Brian Kolb said Friday late he will resign his post as Assembly minority leader.  Kolb, though, is not resigning from his Assembly seat.  Authorities said the 67-year-old Kolb was driving his state-owned SUV when he crashed into a ditch near his home Tuesday night.  They said his blood alcohol content was over the legal limit.  The arrest came a week after Kolb published a column in the upstate Daily Messenger newspaper that warned against driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Now that he has been formally appointed County Executive through the end of the year, Republican P-J Wendel says he will be meeting with his predecessor, now State Senator George Borrello.  

The Lakewood lawmaker tells us that he wants to discuss some on-going initiatives, including the Ripley Welcoming Center.  Wendel says another area of concern is forthcoming budget.  Indicating that it will pose a challenge, Wendell says he wants to take a "think outside the box" approach.
Meanwhile, State Senator George Borrello says he looks forward to working with Wendel, and new County Legislature Chairman Pierre Chagnon.  He says they will continue to work as a team -- just in "different seats."  Borrello attended the County Legislature's reorganization meeting held last Thursday, where Wendel's appointment was unanimously approved.  Chagnon was approved as chairman, 13-to-5.