Local News Headlines

WJTN News Headlines for Mon., Nov. 22, 2021

Warren, Pa. man arrested after allegedly firing gunshot towards police... 
There were some tense moments after a Warren, Pa. man fired a gun-shot over the heads of police responding to a call to check on his welfare.  State Police in Warren say Warren City Police were called to the unnamed location to check on 26 year-old Ian Alexander Royo shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday.  Troopers say Royo was finally talked out of the home in about 15 minutes, and he was taken into custody without further incident.  He was charged with one count of aggravated assault on law enforcement, and other charges are pending.  No one was hurt... and, police say there was no further threat to the public.


City woman arrested for allegedly shoplifting more merchandise at Lakewood Wal-Mart...
A woman from Jamestown has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $170 worth of merchandise from the Lakewood Wal-Mart Supercenter.  Lakewood-Busti Police arrested 33 year-old Cassie Moore last week after an investigation into the incident.  Officers say, because Moore had been convicted of previous crimes at the Fairmount Avenue store, the crime rose to third-degree burglary.  Police also charged her with petty larceny.  Moore was issued appearance tickets for Busti Town Court at a later date.


Borrello praises signing of law making "Nourish NY" program permanent...
A farm-to-foodbank program supported by local State Senator George Borrello has finally been signed into law.  New York Governor Kathy Hochul was in Queens last weekend to sign the Nourish-NY legislation into law at the New York Hall of Science.  Borrello was on hand for the signing ceremony, after sponsoring the measure in the Senate, where it was approved several months ago.  The Sunset Bay Republican was joined by his Democratic counterpart, Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz, was also on hand for the signing.  Borrello calls it a "win-win" for the state's food insecure, and New York's farmers.  He adds that "as the grandson of Concord grape farmers, I couldn’t be happier or more proud that Nourish New York is now established as part of state law.  It will ensure surplus food from New York’s farms goes to New Yorkers in need, so they can feed their families."  The law was also adopted unanimously in the Assembly.  Borrello thanked Hochul for signing the bill... noting that "millions of pounds of food shipments were sent to New York City from upstate farms during the pandemic."  For more information about the program... go on-line to agriculture.ny.gov/NourishNY. 


NYS continues to see rise in COVID-19 cases... mainly fueled by increases in Western New York and Finger Lakes region...
New York state data released last weekend shows the state continuing to see an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in November as the holiday season approaches.  Nearly 6,100 people a day are now testing positive for COVID-19 in New York.  That's up 22% from roughly 5,000 for the seven days through Nov. 11.  It's also the highest seven-day average since mid-April.  The vast majority of the state's 62 counties are seeing sharp upticks in new COVID-19 positives: from a 32% increase in cases over the seven days through Thursday on Long Island, to a 37% increase in Niagara County. 


Blue Star Mother's looking to send 1,200 Christmas care packages...
The members of Blue Star Mothers Lake Erie Chapter 4 hope to send out 1,200 ‘Christmas Care Packages’… again this year, and they’re looking for contributions.  One of the organizers, Kathy Collver, says food items that ship well, and are easy to open are one idea.  Collver says anything with a "pop-top" on it -- such as peanuts and trail mixes, or packets of water enhancers.  Small toiletry items are good, too… but no aerosols or flammables can be mailed.  The Blue Star Mother’s Susan Rowley says items are being accepted now at drop boxes throughout the community, and later at the Fluvanna Community Church.  Rowley says donations can be dropped off there on Wed., Dec 8 through Friday, Dec. 10... and, those will be boxed up on Sat., Dec. 11.  Full information on donations and volunteering to pack boxes can be found at bluestarmotherswny.com or on Facebook.  The packages are sent to service people around the world at a cost of $15 per box.  Anyone who’d like to write a check to help pay postage should send it to the Blue Star Mothers, PO Box 22, in Jamestown.


Lakewood celebrates completion of Chautauqua Ave. with grand re-opening Saturday...
Several business owners and residents of Lakewood were on hand for the grand re-opening of Chautauqua Avenue following a multi-year "green infractructure" project.  Mayor Randy Holcomb presided over the ceremony... which kicked off a day of holiday season activities in the village's downtown area.  Holcomb later said it became a challenging project due to the COVID Pandemic, and scarcity and rising costs of materials.  He says there were certainly "many challenges" faces by the board, and the village's contractors.  He says they were able to get new paving bricks put at the intersections of Chautauqua and Summit Avenue, and Second and Third Streets to slow run-off to Chautauqua Lake.  Holcomb and the village board thanked businesses along the street for enduring a project that took longer than expected.  He also thanked village board members, and employees for their efforts... as well as contractors Kingsview Enterprises, B-and-L engineering... and, Reed Sturzenbecker Construction for seeing the project through to completion. 


 


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