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WJTN News Headlines for Wed., June 8, 2022

Abram says Hochul selecting special election date clears up some voting confusion...
There's a little less confusion now that New York Governor Kathy Hochul has set the date for the 23rd Congressional District's special election.  Chautauqua County Elections Commissioner Brian Abram says it will be held on the same day as State's second primary of the year on Aug. 23.  Abram, who is GOP commissioner, says it's not all that unusual to have a special election occurring on the same date as a primary.  He says it did happen up in the Buffalo-area a couple of years ago.  Meanwhile... Abram says the Board of Elections is gearing up for the state's first primary on June 28.  He says early voting will open on June 18.  For more information... go on-line to VoteChautauqua.com.  Abram says Republican and Democrats will both be holding Gubernatorial primaries on June 28.


Pa. man arrested in connection with fatal pick-up truck-motorcycle crash in French Creek... 
A Corry, Pennsylvania man has been arrested for allegedly leaving the scene of a fatal truck-motorcycle accident in the town of French Creek last weekend.  State Police in Jamestown say they worked with State Police in Pennsylvania to investigate... and, arrested 32 year-old Slater Lindstrom on charges including leaving the scene of a fatal collision, unlicensed operation, and reckless driving.  Troopers say they were called to the intersection of Marvin and Belknap Roads shortly before 3 p.m. last Saturday... and, investigated the accident.  They say Lindstrom was southbound on Marvin Road, and missed a turn onto Belknap.  He then allegedly stopped in the roadway and backed-up.  However... the motorcycle -- which was following Lindstrom -- did not stop and struck the back of the truck.  The operator, 63 year-old Andrew Howard of Erie, Pa., died of his injuries.  


Three illegal aliens working on Catt. Co. farm arrest for alleged stabbings... 
Three migrant farm workers in the Cattaraugus County town of Freedom are accused of stabbing three other workers during an altercation late last week.  State Police in Machias were called to Chaffee Hospital in Springville last Friday for three people being treated for non-life threatening stab wounds.  Troopers say further investigation found that the trio of suspects used a combination of items... including a kitchen knife and beer bottles to stab the other three.  Following an investigation... police arrested 21 year-old David Del Carmen-Ibarra... 36 year-old Alberto Ibarra Del Carmen... and, 25 year-old Jose Del Carmen Ibarra for second-degree assault.  Troopers add that Immigration and Customs Enforcement were contacted about the three suspects, who were illegal aliens.  All three were arraigned in Freedom Town Court... and, sent to the Little Valley jail on $50,000 cash bail each.


City reaches shared services agreement with school district for more sidewalk plowing...
City lawmakers in Jamestown will consider a shared services agreement with the city school district to start a new, and more comprehensive sidewalk plowing program this Winter.  Mayor Eddie Sundquist says he and public works officials began talks with the school district earlier this year on the plan... which would also help clear snow in other parts of the city as well.  Sundquist says the proposal will give the city and district a way to better keep sidewalks plowed, and usable during Winter.  He says the school district would purchase two sidewalk plows for about $306,000... while the city would hire two additional parks laborers for $675,000 through 2026.  That cost would be paid for with American Rescue Plan Act funds.  School Superintendent Kevin Whitaker says the district surveyed what walking routes students took to get to school... and, divised a map to determine those areas.  The plan will be voted on later this month.


Sex Offender arrested in Wellsville for failure to register in Chautauqua County...
An Allegany County woman who is a registered sex offender has been arrested for allegedly failing to register her new address in Chautauqua County.  Sheriff's deputies were told that 35 year-old Whitney Blankenship, who is listed on the state registry, failed to verify her address with the state within the time period allowed.  Deputies say a warrant was issued... and, Blankenship was arrested in Wellsville, and she was arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court.


Retired Buffalo Fire Commissioner testifies before Congress on guns and domestic terrorism...
The son of an 86-year-old woman killed in the racist Buffalo mass shooting is calling on Congress to act against domestic terrorism.  Garnell Whitfield, Jr., whose mother was the oldest of the 10 Buffalo victims, challenged senators at a hearing Tuesday.  He told them: "What are you doing? You were elected to protect us." The emotional testimony came against the backdrop of intensifying Senate negotiations on a gun safety bill.  The proposals are gaining traction, but also raising concerns from Democrats and some advocacy groups who are pushing senators to do more sooner.


City courtroom in Albany closed after hundreds of cockroaches are released during melee...
Albany City Court has been closed for fumigation after hundreds of cockroaches were released during an altercation that broke out at an arraignment.  Court officials say the clash broke out Tuesday during proceedings for four people.  A defendant who started to film the courtroom proceedings was told to stop.  In the altercation that followed... hundreds of cockroaches brought into the courthouse in plastic containers were released.  The bug release was being investigated while the courthouse was closed for the rest of the day for fumigation.