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WJTN News Headlines for Mon., May 23, 2022

Man from Celoron arrested in Jamestown for illegal drug and weapons possession...
A Celoron man faces drug and weapons possession charges following a traffic stop early Saturday morning on Jamestown's westside.  City police say they pulled over 23 year-old Jonathan DeJesus-Godineaux in the area of West Third and Lafayette Streets shortly after 2 a.m. after he nearly struck a marked JPD Patrol car.  Officers says they initially found that DeJesus-Godineaux was driving without a license... and, then found him in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine.  A further search of the vehicle turned up more than 12 ounces of meth, a digital scale, drug packaging material, and a loaded 9-mm hand-gun, and a set of metal knuckles.  DeJesus-Godineaux is a convicted Felon... and, possessed the gun illegally.  He was arraigned on several charges in City Court... then sent to the county jail pending further court action.  Those charges include second and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon... and second and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.


Lakewood man arrested in No. Harmony following reckless driving allegations...
A Lakewood man faces a number of charges after allegedly driving recklessly and threating several people and damaging multiple vehicles in the town of North Harmony.  Sheriff's officers responded to a vehicle complaint on Route 394 shortly before 11 p.m. last Friday.  Deputies say 39 year-old Joshua Anderson endangered the people... and, backed into another vehicle "multiple times" during the incident.  Anderson was found to be drunk at the time... and, was arrested on several charges... including second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree criminal mischief, driving while intoxicated, unsafe backing and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle.  He was taken to the county jail pending centralized arraignment.


AAA expecting more travelers this Memorial Day travel period...
AAA is expecting to see more travelers for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.  The automobile club is predicting more than 39-million Americans will be taking a trip of at least 50 miles during the extended the weekend.  That from Spokesperson Elizabeth Carey with AAA of Western and Central New York... who says that's up more than 8% more than last year... and, the numbers are getting closer to pre-pandemic levels of 2019.  Carey adds that air travel is continuing to increase as pandemic restrictions ease... with travel expected to increase by 25% over last year.  She says that's the second-largest increase since 2010.  Carey says there's a "pent up" demand for travel and people seem to want to take a bigger vacation. 


Jamestown Memorial Day parade and observance details announced...
Jamestown will have its traditional Memorial Day observance next Monday..… with some changes.  City Council member Kim Eklund has been working with the United Veterans Council and says the Lakeview Cemetery part of the program has been scaled back... adding there will be no formal program at the cemetery's Soldiers Circle.  She says local veteran's groups are working together for a smaller program.  The parade itself will step off at 10 a.m. at Fourth and Washington Streets, and proceed on Fourth to Prendergast Avenue.  Then... at Sixth Street the line of march will go up to Lakeview Avenue and then to the cemetery.  Ecklund says that's a change because veterans will be in cars or trucks... as opposed to floats.  The parade will include the Jamestown High School band, the city's middle school bands, and others.  Any group not yet signed up can email kimberlyeklund@yahoo.com.  Community volunteers are needed to help put flags on the graves of veterans buried at Lakeview Cemetery.  That will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday at Soldier's Circle.


Jamestown man arrested for menacing with a pistol...
A city man has been arrested after allegedly hitting another person with a pistol during an altercation on Jamestown's southside late last week.  City police were called to the scene shortly after 9 p.m. last Thursday... and spoke with several victims.  They told officers that 28 year-old Bless Grant struck the one person with the gun... and, then allegedly pointed the gun in his face -- injuring him as well.  Police later found Grant a short distance from the scene... and, he was arrested without incident.  He's charged with first-degree menacing... and second-degree assault. 


County's COVID-19 community infection rate now in "high" range...
The community level of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County is now reported "high" by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... and, residents are being urged to take precautions.  Chautauqua County Health and Human Services Epidemiologist Breeanne Agett says the CDC recommends that residents or visitors to counties with this designation take precautions... including wearing a mask in indoor public spaces... stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines... and, get tested if symptoms arise.


Jacobs, Della Pia emerge as front-runners in new, 23rd Congressional District...
The new Congressional district maps in New York state have brought about at least one new candidate for the district... which had been represented by Republican Tom Reed.  Buffalo-area Republican Chris Jacobs will be a candidate for the new 23rd District... and, he's getting the full support of local State Senator George Borrello... who says "during my first year in the State Senate, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with him on issues of critical importance including public safety, economic development, tax relief and infrastructure investment in Western New York... and he's been a tireless advocate for his constituents."  Meantime... Tioga County Democrat Max Della Pia has accepted the nomination by party leaders across the 23rd District to run in the Special Congressional Election.  That election was triggered by the vacancy left when incumbant Republican Tom Reed resigned.  Della Pia is also seeking the new seat.