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WJTN News Headlines for Mon., June 6, 2022

Potentially threatening messages about Jamestown elementary school found no credible...
No credible threat was determined overnight after a fourth-grade student sent text messages and video that contained a potential threat to Ring Elementary School in Jamestown.  The district reports that City police were notified, and investigated the report.  After that... they determined that there was no credible threat to Ring school or any individuals.  Officials say they "continue to proactively communicate with the Jamestown Police Department, who has been an essential partner in this process, as we both continue to monitor this situation."  As a precaution this morning... there is an increased police presence and additional restrictions on access to the building.  "The district says students safety is always our top priority.  JPS is dedicated to maintaining a strong partnership with parents.  A key to that partnership is open communication.  To that end, JPS will always communicate directly with parents in the case of any situations we hear that may affect our schools. 


Gov. Hochul sets Aug. 23 for special elections in 23rd and 19th congressional districts...
There will be a late August special election for both the 23rd and 19th Congressional Districts.  The 23rd District seat has been vacant since six-term Republican Tom Reed resigned to take a position with a Washington, D.C. lobbying firm.  Governor Kathy Hochul confirmed the special votes would be held Aug. 23, just one day after Buffalo-area Republican Chris Jacobs announced he would not seek re-election in the new 23rd District.  Jacobs decided not to run because he recently said that he would be willing to discuss "reasonable" gun control after mass shootings in Buffalo, and Evalde, Texas.  That led several prominent Republicans to withdraw their support... and, Jacobs pulled out.  That's thrown the possible Republican nomination for the 23rd District up in the air. 


City man arrested after disorderly call to Harrison St. business...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly hitting someone at a business on Harrison Street... and, then struggling with police.  City officers were called to the scene at 145 Harrison about 1:45 a.m. Saturday on a report of a disorderly person.  Police spoke with employees who said 27 year-old Kevin Lopez Figueroa became disorderly... and, stuck an employee.  Lopez-Figueroa was found a short distance away... and highly-intoxicated and beligerent.  Officers say he began walking away and refused to stop.  He then struggled briefly with police before being arrested for second-degree harassment... obstruction and resisting arrest.  Lopez-Figueroa was arraigned in city court... and, released with appearance tickets for City Court. 


Wendel says Jamestown Airport runway project to be completed Friday after finding buried items under current runway...
A surprise discovery while digging to lay a new runway at the Chautauqua County Airport has slightly delayed that project.  That from County Executive P.J. Wendel... who updated members of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce on the project during the chamber's Executive Breakfast in Dunkirk.  Wendel says crews had to dig deeper than expected because of materials they found buried near the intersection of the runways, including bricks and railroad timbers.  About a year ago... the county legislature accepted a $6.2-million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to pay for costs incurred to rehabilitate 5,300 feet of the existing runway, including the sub taxiway, drainage, remarking, and rehabilitating the existing lighting system.  The county did not have to pay any matching funds for the project... which is now expected to be completed by June 10.


Dixon receives Lifetime Achievement Award from state for work with county IDA...
The chief financial officer for the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency has been given a lifetime achievement award from the state.  Rich Dixon was honored with the Brian T. McMahon Award for excellence in Community-Based Economic Development at the 2022 NYS Economic Development Council Awards Banquet last May 24 in Cooperstown.  IDA officials say the award is presented in recognition of a lifetime of service in the economic development field.  Dixon was recognized as an accomplished economic developer due to his track-record and extensive financial and operations management experience.  He's been the IDA's CFO since 2006.


Chautauqua Art Gallery opens new location in downtown Jamestown...
A new art gallery in downtown Jamestown has had its grand opening last Friday... and held a ribbon cutting to commemorate the event.  Mayor Eddie Sundquist was on hand for the official opening of the Chautauqua Art Gallery at 318 North Main St.  Leslie Calimeri started the gallery in Lakewood four years ago.  Her new location in Jamestown is bigger and better, and that allows her to show her work, and those of other artists.  The gallery will feature many kinds of art... all of it created in this region.  318 North Main has a storied history as a hat store, florist shop, beauty salon... and for much of the 20th century a famed women’s store called Nord’s.  Calimari says there were already beautiful cabinets they're using to display their artwork.  The new Chautauqua Art Gallery is open Wednesday through Friday 11 am to 6 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.


Little Theater kick-off set for tonight...
The Lucille Ball Little Theater of Jamestown will present its first-ever Summer Kickoff Celebration tonight from 6 to 7 p.m.  Theater Vice-President Holly Weston wants everyone to stop by and be part of their "reopening celebration" after being closed the past two years due to the pandemic.  Weston says they’ll have music, a wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and news about the theater.  Some of those will include upgrades that have been made to the facility.