Local News Headlines

Jamestown announces appeal for commercial marijuana businesss to open in the city...
The city of Jamestown and it's Board of Public Utilities have announced an appeal to commercial marijuana businesses... highlighting Jamestown’s unique competitive and comparative advantages.  In a printed release... Mayor Eddie Sundquist says this includes, but is not limited to, cultivators, processors, co-operative licenses and incubator programs.  He says the city provides affordable power and water, multiple potential locations, and a "welcoming community with a capable workforce" for commercial grow operations to open facilities.  The announcement comes in the wake of the state's recent passage of legislation... allowing recreational cannabis use.  Sundquist says "I am excited to be among the first municipalities in the state of New York to welcome commercial growers to open up shop.  With some of the cheapest utility costs in the state, affordable facilities that range in size from small to massive, in a growing new market, we are uniquely positioned to be a hub for the growth of cannabis."  For more information... go on-line to Jamestownny.gov/cannabis and fill out the contact form... or call the city's Department of Development at 483-7541.


Conserve Water Order in place in Mayville...
The Chautauqua County Health Department has issued a mandatory water conservation order for all Village of Mayville water customers until further notice.  Health officials say the order is needed to ease the burden on Well #4, which is the only well currently in use.  They say... due to increased water usage.... and low water levels in Well #4, they and the village of Mayville... are ordering all customers to please limit their water usage by 50-percent to reduce the draw on the well until further notice.  This water conservation order will be in effect until a treatment system is installed on Well #1 to filter out PFNA... the contaminant that forced the village to shut down the well in December 2020.  The treatment system is expected to be operational by the end of July.  For more information... call the village Public Works Superintendent at 269-4801... or the county Health Department at 753-4481.


County Legislature approves new Chautauqua Lake MOU...
The Chautauqua County Legislature has unanimously approved the recently proposed Memorandum of Understanding for all entities that have a stake in Chautauqua Lake.  During it's recent monthly meeting in Mayville... lawmakers approved the MOU... crafted by County Executive P.J. Wendel and other county leaders.  Legislator Bill Ward... whose district includes Mayville and the town of Chautauqua... calls it a document of "hope and aspiration" because "there is more science at work than ever before."  While some of the 16 other entities being invited to approve the MOU have already... the Mayville Village Board and Chautauqua Town Boards have declined so far.  Wendel says the memorandum is simple in concept, and eliminates the 20-plus "tenets" that were part of the previous Memorandum of Agreement.


Gowanda School Bus driver arrested for operating bus under influence of drugs...
A Silver Creek woman is facing several charges, including driving under the influence of drugs, after she was pulled over while operating a school bus on Route 438 on the Seneca Nation territory Tuesday.  According to multiple media reports... the Erie County Sheriff's Office assisted Seneca Nation marshals who had stopped the bus -- being operated by 63-year-old Marianne Clayton -- after it reportedly swerved into oncoming traffic near Woodchuck Road.  Deputies say there were nine Gowanda Central School students on the bus at the time of the incident.  Clayton has been charged with three felony counts of aggravated DWI with a child in the vehicle, a misdemeanor count of DWI-Drugs, and seven counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  She was later released to a sober third party.


Tarp Skunks season begins on the road tonight...
After two years of waiting… one to organize the team, and another for COVID-19... the Jamestown Tarp Skunks begin playing baseball today.  It’s the day Russ Diethrick… the man known as Mr. Baseball… has been waiting for.  Russ says this day represents a "high-water mark" for baseball in the city.  As with the old Jamestown Jammers, the Tarp Skunks will play in the ‘Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’ under completely local ownership.  Diethrick is the President of Jamestown Community Baseball, LLC, a group of local investors who came together to sustain the franchise after it was donated to the city by the previous owner.  The Tarp Skunks open their season tonight at Niagara Falls.  Their home opener will be a week from tonight against Batavia.


COVID-19 cases in county fall to just 2 Wednesday with one death...
There are just two new confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in Chautauqua County over the past day... and, one new death.  However... all other indicators continue in the right direction.  The county's Health Department says there have now been 9,251 cases... but, only 24 are now active, and five are hospitalized.  They add the new death brings that total to 155 since the pandemic began.  The seven-day infection rate is now under 1-percent... at .09%.


Two city men sentenced in separate criminal contempt cases...           
Two Jamestown men have been sentenced in Chautauqua County Court to prison time for criminal contempt.  District Attorney Jason Schmidt's office reports that 30 year-old Nathaniel Hollins was given a one-and-a-half to three-year term Tuesday on a conviction of first-degree criminal contempt.  In addition... Schmidt says 31 year-old Nicholas Brown was also sentenced May 26 to one-and-a-half to three years in state prison after pleading guilty to two counts of second-degree criminal contempt.  He says those sentences will run concurrently.  Both cases were investigated by Jamestown police.