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WJTN News Headlines for Tues., Oct. 12, 2021

Man severly hurt in fall from top-story of Jamestown's Senior High-Rise on West Fifth St...
Jamestown police and fire officials confirm that first-responders were called to the scene of a person falling to the ground from the senior high-rise apartments on West Fifth Street.  City fire officials say the call to 303 West Fifth came in about 9:30 this morning.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says a 32-year-old man apparently fell from the ninth-floor -- the top of the high-rise.  Samuelson says foul play is not suspected.  The victim was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital... then flown to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pa.  


WNY sees close to record warmth Monday, may also see today...
The western New York region got very close to a record high temperature on Columbus Day Monday... as high pressure remains anchored over the Northeast.  That's brought us unseasonably warm temperatures... including an 81 late yesterday afternoon at the Buffalo-Niagara Airport.  Forecaster Phillip Pandolfo with the National Weather Service Office in Buffalo says the record for Oct. 11 is 82... which was set in 1949.  Pandolfo say this weather pattern will be with us most of the week... including today... which has a record high of 81.  Buffalo is looking at an expected high today of 79-80.  For the rest of the week... Pandolfo says we'll continue to see the 70s through Friday, when a cold front makes it's way here by the weekend... and temperatures fall into the 60s.  This Wednesday is the 15th anniversary of the surprise "Snowtember" storm that brought several inches of snow to the Buffalo-area when most trees were still full of leaves.  Thousands of trees were destroyed.  However... Pandolfo says there's nothing like that in the longer range forecast.


City man arrested following alleged domestic dispute...
A Jamestown man is accused of threatening to hit a woman during a domestic incident on the city's eastside Monday morning.  City police were called to the 100-block of Wescott Street about 8:30 a.m. on a report of a domestic incident... and, spoke with 35 year-old John Yoder and the unidentified woman at the scene.  Officers say they learned that Yoder had threatened the woman, and violated a valid order of protection.  Police arrested him for first-degree criminal contempt, and second-degree harassment... and, Yoder was jailed pending arraignment.


Schumer in Olean Monday to rally with union workers to keep Siemen's Energy open with new ownership...
U-S Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer was in the region today... urging Siemens Energy in Olean to sell it's plant to someone who will keep it -- and it's one-thousand jobs -- in Western New York.  Schumer joined with members of the United Steelworkers local to urge Siemens to keep the plan operating at it's 88-acre manufacturing facility.  The New York Democrat says "a fixture in local manufacturing for generations, Siemens Energy’s decision to close the Olean manufacturing plant will have tremendous ripple effects on everyone from the employees and their families to business owners and local governments... which depend on well-paying and reliable jobs staying in Olean."  Back in February... Siemens Energy announced that it would be cutting jobs across the U.S., including 530 of the 890 total jobs in Olean. 


Sundquist says Jamestown could see significant boost from pot sales, and touts parks upgrades in 2022 budget proposal...
Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist is budgeting a 3-percent increase in sales tax revenues for the city in his 2022 budget.  However... he says they could see a significant increase in that amount if city does not opt out of recreational marijuana sales next year.  Sundquist made his comments during last week's budget presentation at City Hall.  He says the city has not acted on that yet... but, he's estimating -- conservatively -- that the city could take in $700,000 to $1-million from cannibis sales, alone.  Sundquist says he and his administration have discussed the matter with city officials in Ithaca to try and project some of the numbers on what pot sales could generate.  He says a lot of the $3-million the city is using in the budget from the American Rescue Plan will go toward new park amenities... including a dog park at Bergman Park, a disc golf course at Allen Park, and, improvements to Diethrick Park.  Three new laborers are also being added to ensure the parks are in good shape.  The $38.9-million spending plan... which includes a zero tax rate increase... now goes to the City Council for deliberations.


Chautauqua County Democrats back Hochul for governor...
The Chautauqua County Democratic Committee has announced that the party’s county executive committee has unanimously endorsed Govvernor Kathy Hochul for re-election in 2022.  County Chairman Norm Green says "Kathy Hochul knows our county and has long been a regular weekend visitor traveling from Buffalo with the state’s first man Bill Hochul.  We all know each other well and she will continue to be an excellent partner for our county electeds as we seek to return to economic prosperity."  Green adds that Hochul has also "demonstrated great leadership already in addressing the Covid-19 crisis, and is working to keep all New Yorkers safe."  


Clinton and Penny wtire novel "State of Terror..."
Hillary Clinton's next book mentions a rising Taliban in Afghanistan... and, a Joint Chiefs of Staff chair who clashes with the president.  The book is a novel, "State of Terror."  It's co-written with crime fiction author Louise Penny, and was conceived well before the latest headlines about Afghanistan or the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Clinton and Penny spoke recently with The A-P about their collaboration and how they came to meet and become friends.