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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 27, 2020

Co. Leg -- Winter Ready #1 SHORT 6:30                2/27

Chautauqua County officials say they are ready to deal with the latest winter storm.  County Department of Public Facilities Director Brad Bentley told the County Legislature during Wednesday evening's meeting that the fleet of snow plows are ready to go.

County Executive PJ Wendel reminds local residents that they need to follow any warnings or advisories... and, for motorists to exercise caution in inclement weather.  Bentley says drivers who do venture out need to watch out for snow plows and give operators plenty of room to do their work.

We're having a full return to Winter weather conditions... and, a Blizzard Warning is in effort through Friday afternoon.  National Weather Service Forecaster Tony Ansuini in Buffalo says the Jamestown-area will see about 3 to 5 inches of snow through early morning... then another 2 to 4 inches accumulating.  He says the Blizzard-like conditions will create whiteout conditions across the area today and tonight.  

Two men were arrested Thursday morning in Jamestown for allegedly stealing more than $20,000 worth of computers and accessories from an on-line digital company.  
City police say they received information that the pair had broken into Digitell, Incorporated at 4 East Third Street just after 11 PM Tuesday.  Officers say surveillance video showed 29 year-old Bryan Novaro allegedly leaving with several computers.  Police say they found Novaro walking on North Main Street the Thursday morning with several of the stolen lap tops, and he was arrested.  Officers earlier found the other suspect... identified as 24 year-old Anthony Lackner... at a Franklin Street home with several more computers.  Police allegedly found several others at Lackner's East Second Street home.  Novaro is charged with Grand Larceny and third-degree burglary... while Lackner is charged with criminal possession of stolen property.  Both are being held pending arraignment.

Jamestown Police add that there are still several lap top computers that were allegedly stolen from Digitell... and, say if you come into possession of a "System 76..." MSI... or Eurocom computer... contact JPD to turn it in without charges.  City officers say that anyone later found with a stolen computer in their possession will face prosecution.  If you have any information... call JPD at 483-7537.

A Silver Creek-area juvenile faces several charges in connection with two alleged arson fires earlier this year in the village, and town of Hanover.  

Sheriff's deputies say investigators linked the juvenile to the January 11th blaze that destroyed the former Hideaway Bay Restaurant on Lake Avenue in Silver Creek.  They also found evidence the child set a January 14th fire at Gernatt Asphalt Products on Buffalo Road in Hanover.  As a result of their investigation into both arson cases... officers say the unidentified juvenile was charged with third and fourth-degree arson... third-degree burglary... second-and fourth-degree criminal mischief... and, third-degree criminal trespass.  

Two men who went to college in Upstate New York and have a successful business in California making several types of architectual ceilings has announced plans to open a second manufacturing facility near Jamestown.  

Arktura owners Kevin Kane and Chris Kabatsi presented their preliminary plans to the county's Industrial Development Agency Tuesday... and, say they are working to obtain the former Acu-Rite/Heidenhain location on Precision Way in the town of Ellicott.  County Deputy Executive for Economic Development, Mark Geise, says they love the 135-thousand square foot building.

Geise says Kane and Kabatsi  have been in business about about 10 years.  He says they are looking at a Payment-in-Lieu of Tax Agreement with Arktura... along with some sales and mortgage tax breaks.  The two men are graduates of Renssaler Polytechnic Institute near Albany.  Geise says Kabatsi and Kane initially plan to have about 50 "well-paying" jobs at the local facility.  He says the project is expected to move ahead quickly over the next 6 to 9 months.  The building has been vacant for about two-years.

A city man accused of trafficking methamphetamine, and being in possession of a gun while dealing drugs, has pleaded guilty to federal charges.  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says that 33 year-old Kyle Kamholtz entered his pleas  before U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara Wednesday to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  Prosecutors say Kamholtz was identified as a drug dealer during an investigation by the Jamestown Police Department in November of 2017.  Undercover drug agents made a series of "controlled purchases" of meth from the defendant.  They also conducted a raid on Kamholtz's McKinley Avenue home... and, seized a fiream... quantity of methamphetamine... scales and packaging.  Kennedy says the charges carry a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison, a maximum of life in prison, and a one-million dollar fine.  Kamholtz is to be sentenced next June 4th.