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WJTN News Headlines for Fri., June 17, 2022

Warren teenager arrested for allegedly killing grandmother in early June...
An man in Warren is being held on a charge of criminal homicide in the death of his 60-year-old grandmother.  The Jamestown and Warren newspapers report the victim as Kelly Wadsworth of Fourth Avenue in Warren.  Warren Police have now charged 18-year-old Juston Moore.  The Warren Police Chief says the cause of death was asphyxiation, strangulation and blunt force trauma.  An 'affadavit of probable cause' says Moore admitted to killing the woman on June 8 or 9, stuffing her body in a recycling bin, leaving it beside her house and then taking her car.   


JPD Captain praises multi-agency effort in twin drug busts on Wednesday...
A multi-agency law enforcement effort led to the arrests of 12 people during two simultaneous drug raids in the city of Jamestown early Wednesday afternoon.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force executed a search warrant for an apartment at 47 Charles St. with the help of the JPD SWAT Team.  Samuelson says the other was done... with the help of the Southern Tier Drug Task Force... at 15 West Cowden Place.  He says it's part of an ongoing, "targeted" effort to get illegal drugs and guns off the streets.  He says one firearm -- a loaded 9 mm pistol -- reported stolen in Houston, Tx.  Samuelson says there were eight adults and one juvenile located inside the Charles Street home... where investigators found a quantity of money, fentanyl, methamphetamine, scales, packaging materials... in addition to the gun.  Police say 43 year-old Anthony Cunningham was arrested on the most serious charges... including second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  Samuelson says there were six people found at the Cowden Place location... and, four were arrested on drug-related charges.  One... 30 year-old Lawrence Gary, Jr., also faces a fugitive from justice charge.  Several law enforcement agencies were involved in the two raids.  If you have information on any illegal drug activity... you're asked to call the JPD Tips line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477... or the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department Tip line at 664-2420.


Dunkirk police looking for suspect in alleged stabbing last weekend... 
The investigation is continuing into a stabbing that occurred sometime early last Sunday morning in the north county city of Dunkirk.  Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano says, though, that the stabbing may have taken place at another location.  Ortolano says they were notified about stabbing victim at East Fourth Street and and Park Avenue about 5:30 a.m.  Ortolano is urging anyone who may have information on the incident to call them at 366-226... or their confidential tips line at 363-0313.  He says the stabbing victim was flown to a trauma hospital in Erie, Pa. and is reported in stable condition.


Jamestown woman arrested for burglary...
A city woman is accused of breaking into a home on Jamestown's eastside late Wednesday night.  City police were called to 15 East Fifth St. shortly before Midnight... and, found there had been forced entry made to the house.  But... they found no one inside.  Officers say surveillance camera footage showed 50 year-old Tina Taylor had broken into the building... and, while taking the report... and, patrolman spotted Taylor walking outside the residence.  She was arrested after a brief foot chase on charges including second-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief, resisting arrest... and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Taylor was jailed pending arraignment.


Mayville man arrested in Lakewood for allegedly leaving dog unattended over an hour...
A man from Mayville faces New York state Agriculture and Markets Law violations after police found he had left a dog inside his car in Lakewood for more than an hour without food or water.  Lakewood-Busti Police were called to the Lakewood Cinema 8 on Fairmount Avenue last Saturday afternoon by concerned employees.  Police were told by those employees that 70 year-old Alexander Calhoun had parked the vehicle on the sidewalk... and, left the dog unattended.  Officers and staff later found Calhoun, who was advised of the dangers of leaving the dog.   He was also issued an appearance tickets for Busti Town Court at a later date.


County Democrats endorsed Hochul for governor...
Democrats in Chautauqua County have made their endorsements for New York's gubernatorial race in the November election.  The Committee's Acting Chairman, Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas, announced late Wednesday that they have endorsed incumbents Kathy Hochul for Governor... and, former Congressman Antonio Delgado for Lieutenant Governor.  Rosas says Hochul knows our area well... and, "we have a great relationship with her."  Hochul is running against Congressman Tom Suozzi... and, New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams in the June 28th primary.


Yassou Festival underway at St. Nicholas Greek Church...
For the first time in three years, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Jamestown is presenting the Yassou Festival this weekend on the church grounds on Frances Street.  One of the organizers, Alexis Singleton, says it's exciting to bring Yassou back because people have made it clear that they are "eager" to have the event back.  The festival is a full immersion in Greek culture... with traditional food made from scratch, beverages, dancing... and music with a live band coming in to perform during the event... along with a greek music duo.  The hours for the Yassou Festival are through 11 p.m. Friday, June 17... and, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 18.  Tours of the domed church will be held at 2 and 6 PM both days.  Admission is only $3 for adults.  Children 12 and under are free.