Local News Headlines

WJTN Headlines for Mon., Mar. 22, 2021

Reed apologizes for 2017 incident with Davis, announces he won't seek election for any office in 2022...
With accusations now swirling about alleged sexual misconduct... local Congressman Tom Reed has announced that he will not be seeking any public office next year.  In a printed statement released late Sunday... the six-term Republican from Corning first apologized to Nicolette Davis, who's allegations about a networking trip she and Reed attended in 2017, were the focus of a Washington Post story late last week.  He says "I hear her voice and will not dismiss her.  In reflection, my personal depiction of this event is irrelevant.  Simply put, my behavior caused her pain, showed her disrespect and was unprofessional. I was wrong, I am sorry, and I take full responsibility."  He also apologized to his family, and, the people of the 23rd District, my colleagues, and those who have supported me."  In addition... Reed called it a time in his life in which he was "struggling.  Upon entering treatment in 2017... I recognized that I am powerless over alcohol."  He says he's been sober for nearly four years now... but, adds that journey is "day-by-day..." but, this is in no way an excuse for anything I’ve done."  Thirdly... Reed says he plans to make amends for his past actions.... and apologize to those "I have impacted, including Ms. Davis."


Fire at Ellicott Shores Apts. in Celoron blamed on discarded cigarette...
No one was hurt in a weekend fire in the village of Celoron.  Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department fire investigators say Celoron crews were called to the Ellicott Shore Apartments at 75 Marine Dr. shorly before 5 p.m. Saturday... and, put out the blaze.  Fire investigators were later called in... and, determined the fire originated on a second floor porch, due to a disregarded cigarette. 


Dunkirk man arrested for convenience store robbery...
A Dunkirk man was arrested following a robbery at a convenience store in the north county city last Saturday.  Dunkirk Police were called to Crosby's at 106 Central Ave. at about 1:45 p.m. on a report of a possible robbery in progress... and, were able to obtain a description of the subject, who had fled the scene with an undetermined amount of cash.  Officers say within seconds, the suspect, identified as 40-year-old John Tenamore, was located a short distance away and in possession of items stolen.  Tenamore was arraigned in Dunkirk City Court on charges of third-degree robbery and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, then was remanded to the county jail in lieu of cash bail.


Barmore says you can now make appointments at county DMVs...
If you need an appointment for an in-person transaction at the Chautauqua County Department of Motor Vehicles... it shouldn’t be too hard to get one now in Jamestown, Dunkirk or Mayville.  County Clerk, Larry Barmore, though, says ‘be flexible.’  He says you should be able to get an appointment within a couple of days, but, check on what's available at each office.  Barmore says learner’s permit and CDL tests… state-to-state transfers, and license upgrades have to be done in person.  Obtaining license plates and renewing driver’s licenses can be done on-line... but, Barmore says it goes better if you do those in person, too.  Appointments must be made on-line at chqgov.com.   All other transactions must be done by mail or drop box, for now.  The clerk expects to be fully open for walk-in business again later this spring, but because of an expected backlog of learner’s permit requests, all tests will remain ‘by appointment only.’  Doing business by appointment has been popular with some people… so the DMV will continue to offer that service even after the ‘full’ reopening. 


Portville man arrested for menacing incident... 
A Cattaraugus County man has been arrested for allegedly threatening three people with a weapon during an incident late last week in the town of Portville.  Sheriff's officers say they arrested 26 year-old Dominic Puccinelli of Portville after obtaining an arrest warrant late Friday on one count of second-degree menacing, and three counts of criminal possession of a weapon.  Puccinelli was arraigned in Portville Town Court, and issued appearance tickets for a later date.


Nothing turned up during Allegheny River weekend search for two missing people...
Warren City Police conducted a search of the Allegheny River last Saturday for two persons reported missing over the past month and a half.  The Warren Times-Observer says John Christopher Nelson was last seen on Feb. 5... and, Nicole Lee Font was last seen this past week, on Mar. 14.  City police focused on the area between Point Park and Mead Island.  Police say the cases appear to be unrelated... and, believe no foul play occured.  The Saturday police statement noted that Saturday’s activity was a continuation of a search started on Friday.


Tax filing deadline delayed in NYS to May 17...
New York state residents are getting an extra month to file their state income taxes.  State Budget Director Robert Mujica says the filing deadline will move from April 15 to May 17.  That matches a move from the federal government.  The Internal Revenue Service announced on Wednesday that it was pushing back the deadline for filing and paying taxes to May as a way to help people during the pandemic.  Mujica says pushing the tax filing deadline back would move about $6 billion of revenue from April to May for New York.