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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 3, 2020

Two Brocton residents have been arrested for allegedly harassing another person during an incident in the north county village late last week....  

Sheriff's officers and State Police were called the the scene on East Main Street shortly before 5 PM last Friday for a disorderly person.  Their investigation revealed that 50 year-old David McLaughlin allegedly damaged another person's property, and subjected the victim to unwanted physical contact.  The victim also accused 41 year-old Bambi Hawkins of spitting on them during the incident.  Both were found a short time later and arrested for second-degree harassment, while McLaughlin was also charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief.  They were issued appearance tickets for Portland Town Court at a later date.

Chautauqua County's most famous groundhog is in agreement with Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog in revealing an early spring is on the way....  

At sunrise on Sunday, members of Punxsutawney Phil's top hat-wearing inner circle revealed the furry forecaster's prediction. The annual event has its origin in a German legend that says if a furry rodent casts a shadow on February 2nd, winter continues.  If not, spring comes early.  In Dunkirk, "Dunkirk Dave" also saw no shadow Sunday morning at Sunrise, and is in agreement with Phil.


Jamestown's new mayor laid out a lenghty and daunting list of initiatives that he would like to begin work on in the new year that's a big turn from where the city has been....  

That from City Council President Tony Dolce, reacting to Mayor Eddie Sundquist's vision for the coming year in his State of the City Address this past week.  Dolce says he wants to see more details but, adds that zoning changes to help development are usually a continually changing issue.

Sundquist is also proposing a look at the city's tax structure to provide more incentives for building new homes, and local businesses in the city.  Dolce cautions that Sundquist needs to be mindful of the city's tenuous financial situation, which has had to be a major focus the past two decades.  City lawmakers were able to make a small tax cut for 2020 after some addition savings were found in it's health insurance program.  The city council will hold it's first February work session tonight at City Hall beginning at 7:30 PM.


An employee of the Lakewood Wal-Mart Superstore has been accused of taking money from the cash register for the past month for her own use....  

Lakewood-Busti Police say they charged 23 year-old Brianna Bloom of Jamestown with petty larceny.  Officers say their joint investigaton with Wal-Mart security found that Bloom had taken money from the register she was working at from last December 29th through late last week.  Bloom was processed and released with an apparance ticket for Busti Town Court at a later date.


Tickets are now available for this year's Four-H 'Green Tie Affair,' to be held Sunday, February 23rd at Chautauqua Suites in Mayville....  

Kate Ewer, Four-H and Youth Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Chautauqua County, says it's the 8th such dinner, and as a result, will have a '1980's theme.'  Pre-sale tickets are $20, $25 after February 10th.  Tables of eight that include special advertising are $200.  More information is available from Cornell Cooperative Extension at their new offices in the Carnahan Center at Jamestown Community College.  Kate Ewer says the 5:00 PM dinner will preceded by a bake sale and basket auction... and followed by the famous Four-H pie auction.  She adds, the dinner is more than just a good time, a successful fundraiser is essential to the continuation of the program in Chautauqua County.  Four-H serves 300 young people with programming year-round, while reaching another 1,000 youth with one-time programming.   


The mayor of the north county City of Dunkirk outlined the city's accomplishments in 2019... and, his goals for the city in 2020 during his annual State of the City Address late last week....

In his presentation at City Hall, Democrat Willie Rosas emphasized economic achievements, including the city having a $1.3-million increase in its fund balance since he took office in 2016.

Rosas added that his primary goal in 2020 is improving the downtown area by helping existing businesses expand and bringing in new businesses.  The mayor says, in order to do that, the city will offer incentives for businesses to locate downtown and apply for grant assistance for facade improvements.  Rosas also gave updates on several ongoing projects in the city, including the North County Water District. He says that project is ahead of schedule, and the city will soon be able to supply water to customers in the Town of Sheridan.


The New York State Bar Association is endorsing the legalization of recreational marijuana, a move that comes as state lawmakers consider proposals this session to legalize the drug...  

Governor Andrew Cuomo has put forward legislation to legalize marijuana in New York.  Under the governor's proposal, sales to retail dispensaries would be taxed at 20-percent and people could have one ounce of marijuana before getting in trouble.  A separate proposal, backed by Democrats in the Legislature, would permit people to have to have three ounces of marijuana. 


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