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WJTN News Headlines for Jan. 14, 2020

The village of Fredonia has made it to the top five of the TV show "Small Business Revolution."  Sheila Webster from The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce was at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House when the announcement was made just after 6:30 this morning...

Over 200 people gathered for the announcement and burst into cheers when Fredonia was named.  A one week period of voting is now open, and Sheila says all area residents can support the north county village, visiting on any device you have. She says you can vote as many times as you want. At stake is a half-million dollars in investment in Fredonia businesses, and a TV show on Hulu and Amazon Prime.  Four other communities will be up against Fredonia in the competition.

City lawmakers in Jamestown have again rejected a request to allow seven on-street parking spaces be designated for customers of the Chautauqua County Department of Motor Vehicles....  

County Clerk Larry Barmore sent a letter to the Department of Public Works for consideration, this time requesting that the spaces be "bagged" for two months to see if that relieves congestion in the DMV lot off of West Third Street.  Public Works Committee Chairman Tom Nelson read the letter to lawmakers.

In talking with DPW Director Jeff Lehman, Nelson says the city can't give them "special parking privledges" in front of a building the DMV leases because then they would have to do it for everyone.  DPW Traffic Engineer Chris Brown has reviewed the matter, and says there are "several spots" around that area that are available as well.,  including 4 or 5 spots on nearby Monroe Street that are free.  Councilwoman Marie Carrubba adds there are also some free spaces available on Clinton Street, adding that it's a short walk to the DMV from there.

Chautauqua County and state and federal lawmakers are working to put together a meeting with officials at Truck-lite Corporation about the company's tentative plan to end production operations by the end of the year...

That from County Executive P-J Wendel, who says that he's working with State Senator George Borrello, Assemblyman Andy Goodell, and Congressman Tom Reed on setting up a meeting to see if they can keep the vehicle lighting company here.

While the manufacturing part of Truck-Lite would end before the end of 2020, Wendel says they were told initially by Truck-lite that their professional staff -- including marketing and sales -- would remain in Falconer.  Other-wise, he says nothing else about the potential move is "clear-cut" at this point.  The company has said it will help workers look for work elsewhere with the company, or locally.  The production division at Truck-lite involves about 100 workers.  Truck-lite was started in the Jamestown-area back in the 1950s. 

Two Jamestown men were arrested for drug possession during a traffic stop in the city last Saturday.... 

Officers on patrol stopped a vehicle at the intersection of Myrtle and Linden Avenue just before 10 PM and, found Malcom Roberts and Jeffrey Payne -- both 27 -- allegedly in possession of marijuana. Police say Payne was released with an appearance ticket. However, officers say Roberts was also found with a quantity of cocaine during the stop and, he faces other charges including criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was sent to the city jail where he was released with an appearance ticket for Jamestown Court.

The TLC/Lakeshore Health Center Campus was scheduled to close its doors by January 1st, but some of the services are continuing at the Irving campus.  

That from State Senator George Borrello, who continues to work on developing some options for the healthcare facility in Irving.  Borrello says the New York State Office of Mental Health has not given its approval for ending those services.

The Brooks-TLC Hospital System announced the closing of the TLC/Lakeshore Health Center Campus in early December.  Borrello says there will be a meeting later this week in Albany regarding future plans for the hospital. Borrello, who lives just a short distance from the hospital, says TLC faces a difficult situation, but he says the needs of community have to come first. 

The investigation is continuing into a weekend fire that destroyed a former restaurant building in the village of Silver Creek....  

Firefighters from Silver Creek, Sheridan, and Sunset Bay responded to a vacant building at 42 Lake Avenue -- the site of the former Hideaway Bay Restaurant -- shortly after 7:15 Saturday morning.  Dunkirk Fire Ladder 1 and Chautauqua County EMS also responded to the scene.  No injuries were reported.  The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team is still looking into the cause.

One person has been arrested following a domestic incident in which he allegedly acted disorderly and combative towards investigating officers....  

Ellicott Town Police say they were called to an undislosed scene in West Ellicott last Friday night and, arrested 39 year-old Philip Gardner.  Gardner was taken into custody and, released with appearance tickets for resisting arrest, obstruction and, harassment.  He will appear in Ellicott Town Court at a later date. 

A restaurant that provides "fine dining at a reasonable cost" has opened in downtown Jamestown....

The ribbon was cut Monday afternoon on 'The Chop House on Main' in the Fenton Building at the corner of Main and Second Streets, with owners Andrew and Amber Carlson doing the honors.  They were joined by Mayor Eddie Sundquist, County Executive P-J Wendel and officials with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, and Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce.  Andrew Carlson says they strive to provide a "unique" dining experience.

Carlson says their Angus Steaks are aged at last 28-days.  Chef Berk Lindquist from LaFamilia Restaurant at Chautauqua is partnering with the Carlson's on the venture and will be using local in-season vendors as much as possible.  The Chop House on Main is open Monday through Thursday's from 4 PM to 9 PM and, on Fridays and Saturdays from 4 PM to 10 PM.  For more information or reservations, call 708-6978.