Local News Headlines

WJTN Headlines for Mon., June 28, 2021

City man arrested for illegal gun possession after possible weekend fight...
A Jamestown man faces an illegal weapons charge after he was arrested during a possible fight call early last Saturday morning.  City police were called to the scene at East Fourth and Pine Streets just after 2 a.m., and, when they got there... the group involved was breaking up, and a car-full of people were trying to leave.  Police found 18 year-old Simeon Leeper at the scene, along with several others.  Leeper was found in possession of a loaded handgun... and, was trying to conceal it from officers.  He was arrested for second-degree criminal possession of a weapon... and, was jailed pending arraignment.


Sinclairville man arrest Sunday following gunshot complaint...
A Sinclairville man has been arrested following a gunshot complaint early yesterday morning in the village.  Sheriff's officers were called to the undisclosed location shortly after 1 a.m. and, investigated.  Deputies later arrested 50 year-old Wayne Wright on one count each of first-degree reckless endangerment, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  Wright was held at the county jail pending centralized arraignment.


Dunkirk woman arrested for allegedly trespassing at Jamestown BPU...
A Dunkirk woman has been arrested for allegedly trespassing at the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities' power plant.  City police were called to the scene at 92 Steele St. after 9:30 last Saturday night for a woman illegally entering a restricted area of the plant.  Officers say they located 32 year-old Samantha Coleman inside the building... and, she tried to flee.  However... police quickly apprehended Coleman, who was arrested for third-degree criminal trespass, and second-degree obstruction.  She was taken to the city jail, and issued appearance tickets for a later date.


Investigation continuing into former Jamestown Royal Furniture...
The investigation is continuing into last Friday nights raging fire that destroyed the former Jamestown Royal furniture factory on the city's eastside.  City fire crews were called to the scene at 308 Crescent St. shortly before 7 p.m.  Battalion Chief Don Mowery was part of the off-duty shift called in... and, says the historic structure was fully-ablaze when the initial crews responded.  Mowery says they received a lot of mutual aid help from Falconer and Kennedy at the scene.  He says county fire police and EMS, along with Celoron and Busti were on stand-by.  Mowery says the building was mainly being used for storage in recent times... reportedly for both furniture and some fabric items.  He says the crews were still battling flames in the lower part of the building, and putting out hot spots late into last Friday night, and early Saturday morning.  Mowery says two firefighters suffered minor injuries.  By Saturday night... the rest of what was still standing of the building was torn down.  Crescent and East Second Streets were both closed in the area for several hours Friday night.  


City man arrested for menacing with baseball bat...
A Jamestown man who allegedly threatened a woman with a baseball bat during at domestic incident early last weekend faces a menacing charge.  City police were called to an eastside address about 2:30 a.m. Saturday... and spoke with the victim.  Officers say they located Robert Ormsby a short time later... and, arrested him for second-degree menacing.  Ormsby was taken to the city jail pending arraignment.


JHS holds much-anticipate, single graduation ceremony at Chautauqua Institution...
It was a big night of celebration last Friday for the Jamestown High School Class of 2021 at Chautauqua Institution... as hundreds cheered the arrival of nearly 300 graduates to the sounds of Pomp and Circumstance.  The single-ceremony was in doubt until about two weeks prior when the state lifted COVID-19 guidelines for outdoor programs.  Prior to that... graduates were going to be split into two ceremonies.  But... everyone was together for their final send-off after a senior year turned upside down by the pandemic.  High School Principal Dana Williams talked about one big difference... saying that it was hard to believe they had gone through the entire year without having one lunch in the school cafeteria.  Williams joked that he missed the noise, chaos, and "two-star cuisine."  He says the 2020-21 school year was one of "one-way staircases... caution tape in the hallways... and, x's on the floor."  He says the big lesson learned the past year was "don't take things for granted" and live your life to the fullest.  The graduates, and their families and friends also heard from Superintendent Kevin Whitaker... who just finished up his first year in the Jamestown School District.  Others included retiring teacher and coach, Dave Munella... and, Valedictorian John Carlson, and Salutatorian Ryan Malarkey.


Cuomo to hold $10,000 a person fundraiser Tuesday night...
Some of Governor Andrew Cuomo's campaign contributors say they're still planning to donate money for his re-election, despite ongoing investigations into allegations that he sexually harassed employees and manipulated data on COVID-19 fatalities in nursing homes.  The governor is planning a $10,000 a person fundraiser for Tuesday night in New York City.  It will be one of his first big, in-person events to raise money for his campaign since the coronavirus pandemic began.  Campaign finance reports due July 15 will likely give a fuller picture of where Cuomo stands ahead of an expected run for a fourth term in 2022.