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WJTN News Headlines for Mon., Nov. 1, 2021

Jamestown man sentenced for 2019 shooting death in Sherman...
A Jamestown man has been sentenced to one-and-1/3 to 4 years in state prison after pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide in a 2019 shooting death in Sherman.  The Chautauqua County Court Clerk's office confirmed the sentence for Julio Montanez this morning... who had been indicted on charges of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree attempted murder in the death of 28 year-old Justin Gibbons of Mayville.  Montanez pleaded guilty just before a trial was to begin in September.  Prosecutors say Gibbons was shot multiple times in the area of 114 West Main St. in Sherman on October 6th of 2019.  He was taken by ambulance to Westfield Memorial Hospital but later pronounced dead.  The shooting reportedly took place after a narcotics deal in a parking lot when array.


Dunkirk man arrested on several charges after vehicle pursuit and crash in Jamestown...
A vehicle chase that began on Jamestown's southside early Saturday morning ended with the car crashing and rolling over in the downtown area.  City police say they tried to stop the vehicle.... operated by 20 year-old Kayin Odebralski of Dunkirk... in the area of Newland and Forest Avenues about 6 a.m.  However... officers say the driver sped off before crashing on West Third Street at Mechanics Alley.  The car overturned... and, struck several signs, poles and a tree.  Police say they found a loaded handgun, some drugs and cash inside the vehicle.  Odebralski faces several charges... including unlawfully fleeing police, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of a weapon.


Borrello opposes two propositions on voting, but supports another regarding civil cases in NYC...
Two of the five propositions being voted on during this year's General Election regards elections themselves... including who and how they vote.  Local State Senator George Borrello helped us out recently to know a little more about the propositions... of which #3 would allow for what's called "same-day" voter registration.  The Sunset Bay Republican says he his main issue is that a person can just show up on the day of the election, and say I want to vote with no identification.  He says Proposition #4 would allow for "no-excuse" absentee balloting... and he says the big problem with that is it takes away from people who aren't able to vote -- for legitimate reasons -- on Election Day.  Borrello says the state had problems with it during last year's primaries.  However... he does support Proposition #5, which increases the New York City Civil Court's jurisdiction from $25,000 to $50,000.  In addition... there are just two county-wide contested races in Chautauqua County tomorrow... with both County Executive and County Clerk up for votes.


Jamestown Public Market season comes to an end last Saturday...
The most successful season ever for the Jamestown Public Market drew to a close Saturday.  Market director, Linnea Carlson, believes their move from Cherry Street to West Third helped a lot.  Carlson says they were more visable, and overall sales and sales to Supplimental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients increased.  She's is grateful for the community response.  For the first time... she feels the market is stable, and now it’s just a question of how much bigger it can get.  In the off season... Carlson says she’ll begin work immediately on things for 2022 including expanding the mobile market and ‘increasing advocacy around food systems and agriculture.’   She’s also looking forward to the return of the Grow Jamestown Garden Fair on March 19, 2022…which will be sponsored by the public market.


Jamestown, F2CS Bands compete at NYS competition in Syracuse Sunday...
It wasn't the outcome either school wanted, but both the Jamestown and Falconer-Frewsburg marching bands competed in the state championships at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse Sunday.  The JHS band competes in National, the highest field band class in the competition, and finished 9th out of nine.  The band is directed by Meghan Murray, who says she was not disappointed because they had to overcome the COVID outbreak last month that sidelined the band for about two-weeks.  The F2CS band from Falconer and Frewsburg finished 5th out of six in the Small School 3 class.  Director Alicia Laska was pleased with the performance, and says band members remain enthusiatic about what they do.  The New York State Field Band Conference Championships are held annually, the last Sunday of October.


Cornell names as new marketing director for WNY JDRF...
A Chautauqua County woman has become the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Development Director in Western New York for the Upstate New York Chapter.  Lori Cornell has over 20 years of experience in government and politics and looks forward to working with the leading global funder of Type-1 Diabetes research.  Cornell says she'll be involved with fund-raising and outreach across the region.  Cornell has a firsthand passion to find a cure to Type 1 Diabetes, because it has touched her family.  She says their organizational management and volunteer mobilization is something that she's familiar with after being in politics and government for more than two decades.  The Dunkirk native lives with her husband Chuck and their four sons in Bemus Point. 

 

 


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