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WJTN Headlines for Fri., July 16, 2021

City man sentenced to 30 years on child porn conviction... 
A Jamestown man will spend 30 years in federal prison following his conviction for producing and possessing child pornography several years ago.  U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 40 year-old James Chapman... also known as "Fatz Guy" and "Perverted Doe" received the sentence Thursday in U.S. District Court in Buffalo.  Prosecutors say the case dates back to November of 2014, when Chapman communicated with a 16 year-old girl on line about having sex.  Chapman offered to pay to have sex with the minor... and, one of her friends.  Later that day... prosecutors say both 16 year-olds went to Chapman’s home, and he paid each $60 to have sex with him.  He also took cell phone pictures of both victims in the nude... and, then distributed the photographs.  He also began communicating with a 17 year-old victim in 2017, and got her to send him a sexually explicit picture of herself.  Kennedy says with the sentence... "the defendant will not be able to victimize or sexually exploit minors for the next three decades."


Reed at Chamber event says look for "omminus storm" clouds on U.S. horizon...
Local Congressman Tom Reed has made few public appearances since allegations surfaced of a sexual harassment incident during a congressional junket in Minnesota four years ago.  However... Reed was among friends when he spoke during yesterday's annual Congressional Luncheon put on by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce.  The Corning Republican addressed several issues... including what he calls "omminus" financial storms for the U-S.  He says there are two ways the federal government is looking at to deal with inflation.  The first is raising taxes, or devaluing the currency.  Reed is not running for re-election in 2022... so he says he can be candid about the so-called "Modern Monitary Theory," which he says has taken hold in Washington for the past 10 to 15 years.  He says the theory is touted mainly by American Economist Warren Mosler... and, involves the printing of "lots of money."  However... on the current trajectory, Reed sees the nations deficit growing to $50-trillion soon.  He says he doesn's subscribe to the "Modern Monitary Theory."  The Corning Republican adds that the $4-trillion in COVID stimulus spending isn't the end, either.  He told Chamber members to take advantage of it... and use it to invest in their business.


Reed talks candidly about the sex misconduct, harassment allegations against him...
Congressman Reed did address the sexual harassment allegation against him by a junior lobbyist near the end of his comments at the Chamber of Commerce Luncheon.  He was asked if he would reconsider running for governor -- or public office in general.  Reed told chamber members that he had decided to stick with serving no more than 12 years in Congress... even before the story about the allegations surfaced in t Washington Post.  He adds that he's used the time since that to get his priorities back in perspective.  He says that's "family, that's friends," and then doing a "meaningful amount of work" to help others.  Reed also acknowledged that he had a drinking problem at the time... and, while he remembers the trip... he does not recall the actual incident.  The Corning Republican owned up to the incident, and says he's stopped drinking alcohol 3-and-a-half years ago.  Reed adds that... due to those kinds of situations elected officials find themselves in... he decided it's best not to run for governor.  He also thanked many of those on hand for their support during the dark moments when the allegations surfaced.


Cuomo expected to be interviewed on sexualy harassment allegations...
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to be interviewed by investigators with the state attorney general's office who are looking into sexual harassment allegations as the probe nears its conclusion.  The timing of the interview Saturday in Albany was confirmed by two people familiar with the case who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.  The Democrat has been accused by several women of inappropriate touching and offensive remarks.  He has apologized and said that he "learned an important lesson" about his behavior around women. 


Three arrested in Jamestown during westside drug raid...
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 more than 2-ounces of Fentanyl... 1.6 grams of methamphetamine... packaging materials... and more than 44-hundred dollars in 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. 


Pastor Philip Rohler passes away...
Pastor Philip Rohler has died.  Originally from Minnesota, Rohler had led the United Church of Christ in Jamestown for the past three years... and made numerous appearances on WJTN's Saturday Breakfast Party and the Dennis Webster Show.  In his final broadcast in early June... the pastor spoke candidly about the toll a recurrence of cancer, and subsequent kidney failure were taking.  He says he still had a "sense of peace, that I've had a good life, and I could be thankful."  Philip Rohler is survived by his two children... a daughter in Minnesota, and his son, Adam... who is pastor at First Covenant Church in Jamestown.