Local News Headlines

Man killed in overnight ATV accident in Cherry Creek...
A 25 year-old man has been killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident in the village of Cherry Creek.  Sheriff's officers, and Cherry Creek fire crews were called to a location on Main Street shortly after Midnight this morning... and, determined the ATV was northbound on Main Street when the operator lost control.  The vehicle then rolled over... and, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.  More details when they're released.


City man faces drug charges after late week drug raid in Jamestown...
A Jamestown man faces drug-related charges after he was arrested during a raid at a northside home late last week.  City Police say members of the Jamestown Metro and Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Forces executed a search warrant at 1007 North Main St., and, detained six people inside.  A search of one apartment led to the discovery of 30 grams of fentanyl... 30 grams of crack-cocaine... suboxone stripes... packaging materials and and digital scales.  One person, 49 year-old Christopher Howie, was arrested on a warrant for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Charges are pending in this case as well.  The JPD and Sheriff's Department K-9 Units assisted at the scene... along with Ellicott Town Police and others.


Smaller, subdued Memorial Day services held across Jamestown-area...
For the second year in a row, there was no Memorial Day parade in Jamestown due to COVID-19 restrictions.  However, the United Veterans Council of Jamestown did hold a brief, traditional service at Soldiers Circle in Lakeview Cemetery.  The council’s secretary, Melodie Paladino, told the crowd of around 100 people the spirit of Memorial Day has not been lost in Jamestown... and, she thanked the community for their support over the past year due to the pandemic.  Mayor Eddie Sundquist and several members of the city council presented a wreath on behalf of the city.  In his brief remarks, Sundquist reflected on Soldiers Ciricle as a very special place where Jamestown residents who have made the ultimate sacrifice are laid to rest, and their service should be reflected on every day.


Blue Star Mothers service honoring Gold Star families all about remembering those who made ultimate sacrifice...
The solumnness of Memorial Day was emphasized over the past weekend during the Gold Star family rememberance at Jamestown's Veterans Memorial Park.  Former State Senator Cathy Young, who led the way in obtaining major funding for the park, was among those on hand for the eighth Gold Star Service.  She recalled helping World War-Two veteran Tony Costanzo of Jamestown, attend the 70th anniversary of D-Day several years ago... and, he later presented her with a vial of sand from Omaha Beach where so many servicemen lost their lives "in defense of freedom."  Several other dignitaries were on hand for the Blue Star Mothers Lake Erie Chapter 4's annual service last Saturday... including local Congressman Tom Reed, whose father was in the military for 20 years.  Reed talked about the faithfulness of the American soldier... and, their love of country.  The Keynote Speaker for this year's program was Holly Baker, the mother of late Army Sergeant Brian Baker, who was killed in Iraq.  Mrs. Baker is past-President, and current Vice-President, of the American Gold Star Mothers of New York state.  The Springville resident says this was a difficult weekend for them.


South Carolina man arrested for harassment in Ellington...
A man from South Carolina has been arrested for allegedly punching and chocking another man during an altercation in the town of Ellington last weekend.  Sheriff's officers were called to the undisclosed location just after 4 p.m. Sunday... and, found that 45 year-old Shawn Stoltz of Orangeburg punched the other person in the face.  Deputies also accuse Stoltz of obstructing the other person's breathing.  Stoltz was arrested and charged with second-degree harassment... and, criminal obstruction of breathing or Blood Circulation.  He was then taken to the county jail for centralized arraignment.


Borrello urges small business owners, landlords and renters to take advantage of COVID-19 assistance...
The region's New York State Senator is urging local small business owners, landlords and renters hurt by the state’s COVID-19 lockdown to apply for assistance through two programs.  Sunset Bay Republican George Borrello says one is the state's new Small Business Recovery grant programm which has $800-milllion available... and, the state’s Rental Assistance Program includes up to $2.7-billion is available in emergency rental assistance for landlords and tenants.  Borrello says "small landlords, whose livelihoods depend on rental income, have been waiting for this day too long."  He adds that small businesses "are the cornerstone of our economy in New York..." and were "hit hard by the pandemic lockdown."  Applications for the rental assistance program will be accepted starting today -- June 1.  For more information... go on-line to otda.ny.gov/programs/emergency-rental-assistance/.  Also... starting June 10, small businesses can apply for up to 50-thousand dollar in grants by visiting the state’s Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program at esd.ny.gov/pandemic-small-business-recovery-grant-program. 


State lifts COVID curfews on bars and restaurants...
Bars and restaurants no longer have to close at midnight across New York state. Its coronavirus curfew for indoor dining ended Monday.  Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last month that the restriction would be lifted.  With that, establishments can return to the closing times that their liquor licenses or other regulations allow.  A similar pandemic curfew for outdoor dining ended May 17.  Restaurateurs have been looking forward to the later hours as they try to recover from the shutdowns and other limitations on their business during the virus crisis.