Local News Headlines

WJTN Headlines for Thurs., July 15, 2021

JPD says "suspicous death" on Price St. was a woman, man found at scene arrested for illegal gun possession...
Jamestown police now say a woman was the person found dead inside a home on Price Street Tuesday afternoon... and, she had apparently been dead for several days.  In addition... City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers have arrested a man found inside the home, who had a 22-calibur rifle.  Samuelson says police were checking on the welfare of a person when they arrived at 118 Price St. about 1:15 p.m., but, had to force their way inside because no one came to the door.  They found 32 year-old Geoffrey Ghiandoni... and, the female victim inside.  Police got a search warrant... and, later found the gun inside.  Samuelson say investigators do not believe the rifle seized was involved in the woman's death.  However... Ghiandoni was arrested for fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon because he was a convicted Felon... and, not legally allowed to have a firearm.  The woman is still not being identified pending results of an autopsy at the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office in Buffalo.  The Chautauqua County District Attorney's Office is also investigating.  Anyone with information on the case is asked to call JPD at 483-7537... or the confidential tips line at 483-Tips... that's 483-8477.


Three arrested in drug raid on Jamestown's westside Wednesday...
The Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force arrested three people... and, found drugs and cash during a raid at an apartment on the city's westside Wednesday afternoon.  City Police say task force members conducted the raid at 11 West 10th Street with the help of the JPD SWAT Team shortly before 2 p.m.  As the SWAT Team was clearing the residence... they spotted 37 year-old Richard Sendall throwing packages to the ground from the upstairs windows of the house.  Police searched the apartment, and found 2.2-ounces of Fentanyl... 1.6 grams of methamphetamine... scales... packaging materials... ammunition, and more than $4,400 cash.  Police arrested Sendall... and, 35 year-old Amanda Sendall... and, 51 year-old Shawn Cavender on warrants.  They face two counts each of Felony criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, criminally using drug paraphernalia.  Richard Sendall is also charged with criminally tampering with evidence.  All three were sent to the city jail pending arraignment.  The JPD and Chautauqua County Sheriff's K-9 units... and, Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force also assisted at the scene.


County Chamber holding delayed Congressional Luncheon today...
National and local business issues are on the front-burner this afternoon during the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce's annual Congressional Luncheon in Celoron.  The event... which is being offered both in-person and virtually... begins at the Harbor Hotel at 12 Noon.  The Chamber's new president and Chief Executive Officer, Dan Heitzenrater, says they're looking forward to their first, big in-person event since the pandemic began.  Heitzenrater says they held another event earlier this Summer to make sure they had all their safety protocols in place.  He says he and out-going Chamber President and CEO, Todd Tranum, will split up the MC duties for the program.  He says they're expecting a good turn-out for the event with local Congressman Tom Reed... and, he says everyone is excited about the program.  While there are no more in-person reservations being accepted at this point... you can still see the program on-line.  For more information... call the chamber at 484-1101.  You can also go to their website at chautauquachamber.org.


Investigation continuing into Frewsburg house fire...
Five Jamestown-area fire departments were called in to battle flames from a house fire in Frewsburg late Wednesday afternoon.  Chautauqua County fire dispatchers say Frewsburg firefighters were called to 13 Johnson St. about 4 p.m., and, immediately called in mutual aid.  They were soon assisted by Kiantone, Busti, Lakewood and Falconer crews.  They cleared the scene by early evening.  No injuries were reported.  Officials told the Post-Journal that a neighbor spotted smoke coming from the home... and, called 911.  No cause has been released.


House fire in Stockton under investigation...
The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team is looking into the cause of a house fire that broke out early Wednesday afternoon in the Town of Stockton.  Firefighters from Stockton, Cassadaga, Sinclairville, Dewittville, Fredonia and East Dunkirk responded to the blaze at 4046 Waterman Road shortly before 12:30 p.m.  There is no word on any injuries at this time.  Crews were on scene for more than five hours.


BPU announces Emerergency Rental Assistance program to help renters and landlords...
Tenants in the city of Jamestown with overdue rent and past due utility bills which have accumulated during the pandemic can seek help to pay these debts by applying to the state's Emergency Rental Assistance Program.  Board of Public Utilities Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says they can do that, with the aid of their landlords, by going on-line to otda.ny.gov.  Robbins says the link includes informational videos which detail step-by-step instructions on how to apply.  New York State has now lifted the moratorium on utility shut-offs.... and, utility companies may now begin disconnecting service for lack of payment.  The State still prevents landlords from evicting tenants; however, renters are advised to apply for this assistance now, so that they will not be evicted when this mandate is lifted.