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WJTN News Headlines for Tues., May 31, 2022

Frewsburg man killed in fatal ATV accident...
A man from Frewsburg was killed early Memorial Day morning after his all-terrain vehicle crashed in the town of Carroll.  Sheriff's deputies say 40 year-old Jeremiah Birt was riding the ATV just after 1:30 a.m. Monday on Woodchuck Hill Road when the accident occured.  Officers say county EMS responded quickly... and performed CPR at the scene.  However... Birt could not be revived... and, he died at the scene.


Cherry Creek business sustains minor fire damage in early morning blaze Monday...
Quick work by firefighters early Monday morning prevented serious damage to the Gier's Feed Mill in Cherry Creek.  Cherry Creek firefighters were called to the scene on Southside Avenue about 2 a.m., and, got the flames out quickly.  Fire damage was confined to a wall on the west side of the building.  The Sheriff’s Department Fire Investigation Team was called in to investigate... and, because the damage was minimal... they found the cause.  Investigators say a drywall screw penetrating an electric line caused arcing onto the wall supports.  After substantial time smoldering... fire broke out on the wood sill plate.  Police say a youth passing by observed the fire in its early stages and reported it.  No injuries were reported... and, the business is still operational.


Retired city court judge says he found himself "frazzled" by part of Bail Reform law...
Former city court judge Fred Larson found himself completely 'frazzled' by some aspects of New York's bail reform law.  In an interview with WJTN's Terry Frank and Dennis Webster, Larson recalled three instances in his final year where the law forced him to let people go.  Larson says they each involved use of a gun over three consecutive weeks, and he had to let them go with appearance tickets because judges were allowed no discretion.  Larson spent 7 1/2 years on the bench before retiring at the beginning of the year.  He says some 'bad judges' were the motivation for the 2019 bail reform act.  Larson says some judges would set high bail for a misdemeanor shoplifting case, while others got an appearance ticket.  He says that was especially the case in New York City.  That led the state legislature to create a tight list of crimes for which bail could be set.  Everyone else gets appearance tickets.  While the general public might not be aware of what crimes were on the list, Larson says people with a criminal bent who came before him often knew exactly what acts would and would not get them behind bars.  


Busti Memorial Day Parade and Service return Monday after two year hiatus due to COVID pandemic...
There was a large turn-out for the annual Busti Memorial Day Parade and service Monday morning.  The Southwestern High School Band struck a patriot note for the day's first parade in the Jamestown-area... along with the Middle School Band.  The parade returned after being put on hiatus the past two years due to COVID-19.  The Rev. Roy Ferguson high-lighted a trip he and his wife took to Hawaii earlier this month.  They took time to see the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor... which some 4,000 people visit daily.  Ferguson says he noticed how quiet everyone was on the boat ride to the ship, sunk during the Japanese attack on December 7 of 1941 because they were about to step onto "holy ground" where so many sailors died that day.  The attack ushered America's entrance into World War II.  Ferguson told the story about two men who were there that day.  He says there are only about 75 Pearl Harbor survivors still alive today... and, only two from the attack on the Arizona.  There was also a 21-gun salute... and, the Southwestern High School and Middle School Bands played the national anthem for the program. 


Sunset Cemetery Memorial Day program held...
The joint observance put on by the Celoron and Lakewood American Legion posts returned to Sunset Hill Cemetery Monday.  The speaker was Army Lieutenant Colonel... retired... Paul Fardink, a member of the Post #1286 in Lakewood.  Fardink urged those attending to never lose focus on what Memorial Day means.  He believes Memorial Day is both a remembrance and a celebration..… a tribute to soldiers who fell, and a country which did not. 


Jamestown man arrested for unlawful imprisonment...
A city man is accused of damaging property inside a residence on Jamestown's southside late last Saturday night... and, holding the victim down to prevent her from leaving.  City police were called to the scene for a reported domestic dispute about 11 p.m., and, learned that 33 year-old Nathan Hull held the woman down to the floor after damaging some of her property.  Hull was arrested without further incident on charges of second-degree unlawful imprisonment... and, fourth-degree criminal mischief.  He was taken to the city jail pending arraignment.


City man arrested for harassment and tampering with property...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly tampering with another person's property... and, harassing another person on the city's southside early Sunday morning.  Jamestown police were called to the undisclosed location about 1 a.m. after receiving several complaints regarding the suspect -- identified as 42 year-old Jeremy Snyder.  Snyder is charged with third-degree tampering... and, second-degree harassment.  He was jailed pending arraignment.