Local News Headlines

WJTN News Headlines for Mon., Sept. 20, 2021

Silver Creek man arrested for harassment...
A Silver Creek man has been arrested after a physical altercation in the village last Friday night.  Sheriff's officers were called to an address on Routes 5 and 20 just before 6 p.m., and, learned that 64 year-old Joseph Peatman subjected the victim to "unwanted physical contact."  Peatman was arrested for second-degree harassment... and, taken to the County Jail pending Centralized Arraignment.


City woman arrested on warrants from Cattaraugus County...
A Jamestown woman sought for allegedly possessing stolen property in Cattaraugus County has been arrested in the city... and, arraigned in New Albion Town Court.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say 29 year-old Jena Croakman was arrested on a warrant last week... and, turned over to Cattaraugus County officials in Randolph.  Croakman was arraigned on one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property... and, released on her own recognizance.


Borrello concerned over stalemate on state redistricting maps...
New York's Independent Redistricting Commission appears to be at an impasse on the redrawing of its congressional districts.  The IRC recently released two proposed maps -- one by Democrats and one by Republicans.  This development is concerning to one area state lawmaker.  State Senator George Borrello says it suggests the possibility that the State Legislature, which is controlled by Democrats, will end up controlling the redrawing process.  Borrello says that would fly in the face of what voters approved in 2014 when they approved by bi-partisan panel.  The Republican-proposed map would have Chautauqua County in a Southern Tier district that is similar to the current 23rd Congressional District, while the Democrat-proposed map would put the county in a Western New York district that is currently represented by Republican Chris Jacobs.  Borrello says the latter proposal is not ideal for the county... and, not as good as the county being in a southern tier district.  There will be another round of hearings by the IRC in the coming weeks.


Zeldin discusses battle with Leukemia...
New York Congressman Lee Zeldin said Saturday that he was diagnosed last November with early stage chronic myeloid leukemia but that he responded well to treatments and is now in remission.  Zeldin is a Long Island Republican who's running for New York governor.  He said the diagnosis had no impact on his work or Army Reserve duties.  The Iraq War veteran said he suffered no side effects from treatment and that his health is now "phenomenal."  The 41-year-old Zeldin is in his fourth term representing the eastern half of Long Island... which includes sprawling suburbs, rural farms and the Hamptons.


Los Contrincantes Car Show in Jamestown called a big success...
Organizers of the first-ever Los Contrincantes Car Show... held at Jamestown's Bergman Park last Saturday... say it was a "great success."  Club President Jose Sanchez says they had a near perfect day for the event... and, he expressed his appreciation to the city for working with them to allow it to happen.  Sanchez says this first show was actually two-years in the making.  However... it drew some controversy before it even started.  However... he says the noise ended up being a "non-issue..." and everyone had a good time.  Sanchez says he couldn't have asked for more... and, it was a "successful event."  He says some city officials... and, a few Jamestown police officers... were on hand during the day.  The main concerns were voiced over a planned "Car Stereo" soundoff competition in the afternoon.  Sanchez says they didn't get as many cars as they thought they might... but, add there was still a good turn-out for the first time.  He says Danielson and Bergman Field 2 were full of cars.  A large number of cars were back on Danielson Field... which has tree-lines that help buffer noise.


Jamestown finishes second in division in Fall Festival of Bands...
Saturday evening's weather was perfect... and a crowd of around 1,000 people streamed into Strider Field for the return of the Fall Festival of Bands.  The Jamestown High School Marching Band was one of six bands that took the field.  Jamestown came in second to Lancaster by two-tenths of a point in ‘National Class,’ the highest level of competition in New York State.  Lancaster had a score of 78.55; Jamestown came in at 78.35.  JHS Band Drum Major Juliana Yanik says the band was disappointed to fall just behind Lancaster for the second week in a row... but quickly added that this gives them more incentive to get better.  Juliana spoke on WJTN's Drum Major's Report Monday.  The Falconer-Frewsburg band was the lone group competing in the Small School 3 division and received a score of 65.95.  The event’s Chairperson, Traci Stevenson from the JHS Band Boosters, said the organization was happy it could bring Fall Fest back and have it be a success.  Last year’s show was cancelled because of the pandemic. 


Hochul taking steps to deal with School Bus driver shortage...
New York is taking steps to address a mounting shortage of school bus drivers across the state.  Governor Kathy Hochul on Sunday announced several short-term and long-term initiatives, including opening up new testing sites for commercial drivers license applicants, expediting the testing and permitting process and conducting outreach to law enforcement, firefighters, military and other organizations that already have trained drivers.  While the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the driver shortage, a state transportation association's study two years ago found that eight in 10 school transportation directors considered driver shortages a major concern.