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WJTN News Headlines for Thurs., Oct. 7, 2021

Gasoline prices spike up 10-cent a gallon past two days...
After starting the week slightly lower than last week... gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area have shot-up 10-cents a gallon over the past day.  The AAA East Central Gas Price Report reported a price of $3.35.7 for regular, unleaded gas to begin the week... but, several stations in the area were charging $3.45.9 by the end of the day Wednesday.  No reason has been given for the immediate spike... but, AAA says increased demand with a high price for crude oil is likely fueling the increase.  That price was $73 a barrel to begin the week.  The association also says global economic uncertainty, and supply chain issues are also causing concern.  Nationally... the price of regular, unleaded began the week up two-cents to $3.20 a gallon.


County Clerk candidates tout experience in job, data based managing...
The two candidates running for Chautauqua County Clerk are touting their experience in the job... or their most recent job experience.  Incumbant Republican Larry Barmore is seeking a third-term in the position after replacing long-time Clerk, Sandy Sopak, in 2013.  Barmore owned and operated Gay Mark Tire and Wheel in Cassadaga for four decades prior to running.  Barmore says what he did at Gay Mark was a lot of what the job calls for... this just happens to be government owned.  He says he actually began working with Sopak after being elected to put a new, electronic recording system in place... and, that system was in place his first day in office.  His opponent... Democrat David Salley of Fredonia... recently retired as Data-Based Manager for the Seneca Nation of Indians Medical Center.  He is also college educated in those areas.  Salley says he's also been politically active with north county Democrats, and worked on several campaigns before deciding to run for an office he "feels qualified" to have.  Prior to becoming County Clerk... Barmore was a member of the county legislature, and served as chairman and majority leader for a time.  Both candidates made their comments during recent "Community Spotlight" programs on the six Media One Radio Group stations.


Hanover man arrested for contempt, and obstruction of breathing following altercation...
A north county man has been arrested for allegedly getting into a fight, and choking another person who had an order of protection against him.  Sheriff's officers were called to an address on Main Road in the town of Hanover about 9:30 Wednesday morning... and, found that 36 year-old Justin Dunbar had violated a valid order of protection for obstructing the breathing of an individual.  Dunbar was arrested for second-degree criminal contempt... and, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood.  He was transported to the county jail for centralized arraignment, and issued appearance tickets for Hanover Town Court.


Jackson Center commemorates 90th anniversary of start of Capone's tax evasion trial...
Wednesday marked the 90th anniversary of the start of gangster Al Capone’s tax evasion trial in Chicago... and, at the Robert H. Jackson Center, the real story was told of the man who brought Capone to justice -- Eliot Ness.  Paul Heimel wrote a biography of Ness, and says the TV show and movie characterizations of the Prohibition-era crime fighter are exaggerated.  Heimel says Ness's role was more in putting the legal case together.  He adds that Ness never fired a gun in the line of duty.  However, Heimel does believe Ness deserves to be called a ‘law enforcement hero’, because he was a fearless crime fighter in Chicago when Prohibition agents took bribes, or ran away from any danger.  Heimel is the originator of ‘Eliot Ness Fest’… a celebration of Ness and his era… held in the last town Ness lived in, Coudersport, Pa.  This year’s was cancelled, but they hope to bring it back in July of 2022.  Wednesday’s program at the Jackson Center was jointly organized by Sheriff Jim Quattrone and local attorney, Greg Peterson.


Chautauqua Institution names Moore as permanent Senior VP and Chief Program Officer...
A long-time official at Chautauqua Institution has been appointed as the permanent Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer, responsible for the programmatic life of the Institution.  Chautauqua President Michael Hill has announced that -- effective immediately -- Deborah Sunya Moore will be Chief Program Officer to align staffing and organization with the Institution’s strategic plan... "150 Forward..." which calls for Chautauqua to optimize the Summer Assembly and expand programming beyond the summer months and outside of the grounds of Chautauqua.  Hill says Moore has been Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer in an interim capacity since November 2020... while also fulfilling her responsibilities as Vice President of Performing and Visual Arts.  He says a national search for her successor as in that role is now underway.


Rosas announes major fishing tournament coming to Dunkirk next Summer...
A major Lake Erie fishing tournament will be coming to the city of Dunkirk in the Summer of 2022.  Mayor Willie Rosas made the announcement during Tuesday's Common Council meeting... noting that they'll be hosting the Cabella's -- Bass Pro Shops National Walleye invitational tournament next Aug. 24-26.  Rosas adds the event will be televised nationally... and, will be a great promotional opportunity for the north county city's waterfront area.  He also announced during the Council meeting that the city has picked up more than $103,000 grant for a city broadband and solar powered celluar device charging station project.  The project will establish Wi-Fi hotspots throughout Point Gratiot and Wright Park.