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WJTN News Headlines for Wed., June 15, 2022

Western NY and Chautauqua County looking at unseasonably hot and humid conditions the next two days...
Much of western New York... especially away from the Great Lakes... will see the hottest temperatures of the year beginning later today... as the hot air mass that started in the southwestern United States moves in.  The warm air may produce some showers and thunderstorms through early afternoon.  However... for the most part... it will be sunny and hot with a high around 90.  Forecaster David Thomas with the National Weather Service says stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, and do most of your activities in the morning.  Thomas adds that this kind of heat is unusual for this time of year... and some parts of the region could see the heat index rise to about 100 today.  He says daytime highs will be within a couple of degrees of record highs for the day.  However... he says the more likely record will come overnight tonight because the low is only expected to reach the lower 70s.  Thomas says Thursday will again be sunny and hot to begin the day.  However... he says the chance of rain and thunderstorms will pick up later in the day when a cold front begins to move in.


Fredonia woman arrested following van rollover accident on Route 20 in Pomfret...
A Fredonia woman has been charged after her van rolled over onto the side of a barn on Route 20 in the town of Pomfret late Monday morning.  Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene -- in the area of Harmon Hill Road -- shortly before Noon.  Officers say the driver, 26 year-old Selena Diaz, was westbound when the van went off the roadway and hit several street signs before shearing off an electrical pole.  Deputies say the van then struck a small embankment... causing it to flip over and hit the barn.  Diaz was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  Officers say a passenger in the van was flown to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania for treatment of serious injuries.  Diaz was ticketed for moving from lane unsafely... and, will appear in Pomfret Town Court at a later date.  Route 20 was closed in that area for a time to clear the scene.


Gillibrand able to get illegal gun trafficking measure into federal Gun Control legislation...
New York's junior U.S. Senator has been able to get federal gun trafficking legislation into the bi-partisan gun safety deal to be acted on sometime in the next two weeks.  Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand says -- if approved -- the provision would address a serious concern and create a more serious offense when someone traffics guns into the state illegally... because they are currently just a violation.  During a video conference call with reporters Tuesday... Gillibrand said she believes there is strong support for the agreement that was announced on Sunday.  The gun safety framework includes investments in mental health care, federal funding to encourage the passage of state 'red flag' laws, enhanced background checks, and a provision to close the so-called "boyfriend loophole."


McConnell says he backs Senate Gun Bill...
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced his support for his chamber's emerging bipartisan gun agreement.  The Kentucky Republican's endorsement Tuesday boosted momentum for modest but notable election-year action by Congress on an issue that's deadlocked lawmakers for three decades.  An outline of the accord was released Sunday by 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans.  Leaders hope it can be translated into legislation in days and voted on by Congress before lawmakers' July 4th recess.


JCC and SUNY Colleget at Fredonia announce first two 4-year degree programs to be provided at JCC...
The pilot program that will allow students to get a SUNY College Fredonia degree by taking classes at Jamestown Community College is ready to go for this fall.   Fredonia President, Dr. Stephen Kolison, believes it’s an ideal way for people who work or have families to finish their degrees.  Kolison says it's a great way to pursue a bachelors degree if you are unable to leave Jamestown.  JCC President Dr. Daniel DeMarte says Fredonia faculty will be teaching late afternoon or evening classes in Business and Childhood Education on the Jamestown campus….. and there’ll be  ‘on campus’ support  from SUNY Fredonia as well.  Both college presidents encourage students to apply soon.  


Surdyk outlines Jamestown's CDBG and HOME program Action Plans...
The Jamestown City Council is to vote later this month on the city's Community Development Block Grant Action Plan... and HOME programs for 2022.  The council's Finance Committee approved the more than $1.5-million proposal... most of which goes towards low to moderate income projects in the city.  Development Director Crystal Surdyk says there's a little less money for CDBG... but, they're offset by more for the HOME program.  Surdyk says they were concerned about what might happen due to population loss noted in the 2020 Census.  However... she says while they lost $50,000 in CDBG funding, the city received $60,000 more from the HOME program.  Surdyk says the biggest item in the CDBG program is $210,000 for public or privately-owned commercial or industrial property rehabilitation.  She adds they are again including an emergency program for owner-occupied homes.  Surdyk adds they also decided to put 30% of the HOME Program funds to owner-occupied housing rehabilitation work done by Chautauqua Opportunities, Incorporated, and the Chautauqua Home Rehabiltation and Improvement Corporation... otherwise known as CHRIC.