Local News Headlines

WJTN News Headlines for Mon., Oct. 11, 2021

City man identified in strong-armed robbery at Dollar General Store in Jamestown...
A Jamestown man has now been identified as the person who committed a strong-armed robbery at the Dollar General Store on Winsor Street last Friday aftenoon.  City police were called to the scene about 2:30 p.m., and, talked with the cashier involved... who said 60 year-old Steven Krause had come into the store, and took two M&M's packages, and put them in his pocket.  Police say Krause then walked up to the cashier, and demanded money from the register.  They say he then fled the store, and headed east on foot to the Winsor Street railroad tracks, where police caught him.  Krause was arrested for third-degree robbery and petty larceny.  He was jailed pending arraignment.


Clymer man arrested for menacing and harassment in French Creek incident...
A Clymer man has been arrested following a fight in the town of French Creek in which he allegedly threatened someone with a dangerous instrument.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Backerink Road about 1 p.m. last Friday... and, found that 23 year-old Jordon Taylor had gotten into a physical altercation with another person... and also threatened that subject with a dangerous instrument.  Taylor was arrested and charged with second-degree menacing... second-degree aggravaed harassment... endangering the welfare of a child... and, second-degree harassment.  He was taken to the county jail pending centralized arraignment.


JPS officials working out logistics for testing unvaccinated employees...
Jamestown Public School officials say they still have some logistics to work out before they begin COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated teachers and staff in each school building.  That from Superintendent Kevin Whitaker... who told us late last week that planning is still underway.  However... Dr. Whitaker says the ultimate goal is being able to keep students in school.  However... he says they need to work out who is tested, and when, so they can do that when someone tests positive.  Whitaker says there are "a lot of ways to end up in quarantine... but, there are few ways to come back."  He says a good example of that is the recent quarantining of the entire JHS Marching Band after four members tested positive for COVID.  He says, depending on the school, and, who may end up testing positive... you may end up losing a number of teachers or staff because everyone in close proximity has to quarantine.  Whitaker says they're working to make sure to work out tests so that significant number of teachers in the same area are not kept out a long period of time.


Wendel says legislature justing eyeing minor changes to 2022 budget proposal...
Just a few minor changes are being considered at this point in Chautauqua County's 2022 budget proposal by Executive P-J Wendel.  Wendel proposed the spending plan... which cuts the full value tax rate by 26-cents per $1,000... late last month.  The Lakewood Republican says the levy is up... but, the $955,000 increase is within the state's 2-percent property tax cap.  He adds that's a "slight increase" when looking at the overall budget plan.  Most of the main, county departments, met with members of the legislature's Audit and Control Committee this past week for the initial review of Wendel's 2022 proposal.  He says he's heard a few concerns... but, mainly regarding items that are over the "long term."  Wendel says they've been taking a long-look at some departmental spending, and future impacts.  He made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.


Cornell Cooperative Extension brings back LEAF program...
Cornell Cooperative Extension is bringing back a popular series of short courses beginning this week.  Educator Kate Ewer explains -- says it's short for "Learn, Empower, Achieve, Farm" which is a short program for beginning farmers, and homesteaders.  Ewer says the classes are low cost... around $10... and usually involve only one session.  They explore a wide variety of topics... starting Tuesday, Oct. 12.  To sign up for tomorrow’s class find Cornell Cooperative Extension on the World Wide Web, or phone 716-664-9502.  Other offerings this fall include: ‘natural pollinators’, beekeeping, introduction to goats and meat marketing.  Kate Ewer says taking a LEAF class is a special experience -- because there's a lot of bonding with others in the programs, and a lot to learn.  The classes will be simultaneously offered in person at JCC in Jamestown and on-line.


One of two Winning Take 5 Tickets sold in Jamestown!...
There were two winning tickets sold for last Friday's New York State Lottery Take 5 Midday drawing... one of those in Jamestown.  Lottery officials announced over the weekend that the ticket... worth $11,187... was sold at the Farm Fresh Foods Store at 703 West Third St.  The other winning ticket, for the same amount, was sold in at a 7-Eleven Store in Flushing, Queens.  The numbers are drawn from a field of one through 39... and, one takes place at mid-day... and, a second one in the evening.