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WJTN News Headlines for Tues., June 21, 2022

Man arrested following street fight in Jamestown after being found in possession of loaded handgun...
A street fight on Jamestown's southside late Monday morning has led to the arrest of a man who was allegedly in possession of a loaded pistol.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the area of Forest and Newland Avenues just before 11:30 a.m. after receiving several calls from residents.  Police say one person -- later identified as 21 year-old Kevaun Green -- was later found in the area with the handgun.  Samuelson says Green was taken into custody... and, charged with Felony second-degree criminal possession of a weapon... and, obstructing governmental administration.  He says the incident was also captured on a Jamestown Police Traffic Camera.  Green is currently in the city jail and is awaiting arraignment.


Law restricting sales of Body Armor in NYS would not restrict that used by suspect in Buffalo mass shooting...
A new law barring sales of bullet-proof vests to most civilians in New York doesn't cover the type of armor worn by the gunman who killed 10 people last month at a Buffalo supermarket.  That gap is raising questions about the law's effectiveness in deterring military-style assaults.  That's not all... local Assemblyman Andy Goodell says he sees other problems with the law... including the fact it's not illegal to possess body armor, which can still be purchased in Pennsylvania.  Goodell made his comments for last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program here on Media One.  Payton Gendron wore a steel-plated vest during the May 14th attack.  That armor stopped a handgun round fired by a store security guard who tried to halt the 18 year-old Gendron's rampage.  The A-P reports the law, hastily enacted by state lawmakers after the attack, only restricts sales of "bullet-resistant soft body armor."  That has lawmakers talking about a possible fix.


Wendel pleased with Sales Tax revenues being up in May, but, concerned over what happens after tourist season...
While Chautauqua County saw an increase in sales tax revenues in May compared to the same month last year... County Executive P.J. Wendel sees it as a mixed bag.  A recent analysis by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found that the county collected approximately $7.3-million in sales taxes for the month, which is 19.1% higher than May of 2021.  Wendel tells us the downside is the effect that inflation is having on local residents.  He cited rising gas prices as an example... because as of June 1, the gasoline tax was capped at $3 a gallon.  He says three-days after the initial reduction... the price jumped 30-cents.  Wendel says the upside is that there are other items and goods sold in the county that are consumed and used by not just local residents, but from people outside the area.  He says there should be another increase in sales tax as the tourism season kicks in.  Wendel adds that the increase in sales tax collections shows that the county has a "vibrant" economy, but he wonders at what point those tax collections will drop off.


Concerns raised in Jamestown over who will buy foreclosed properties during auction by county...
More than 300 foreclosed properties in the city of Jamestown are up for auction by Chautauqua County this year... and, finding enough people to bid on them is not a problem.  Finding the right bidders, though, is more difficult.  That came from a discussion the city council had recently with Development Director Crystal Surdyk.  Surdyk was asked if the city advertises those properties... but, she said they aren't because all potential "investors" know they're available.  She says the concern is over investors who get on line immediately and begin buying up properties that's "really... scary."  That also means that those properties may be purchased through the on-line auction... and, then possibly flipped in the near future.  Surdyk says the city plans to work with the Chautauqua County Landbank to possibly package some properties for new construction, or rehabilitation.  She says they're hoping to get people to package some of the empty parcels in different parts of the city.  Surdyk says using the Landbank would be the best way to pull properties together to get into the hands of interested first-time homebuyers.  


Hochul signs Voting Rights measure...
New York Governor Kathy Hochul has signed a law intended to prevent local officials from enacting rules that might suppress people's voting rights because of their race.  The law signed Monday by the governor will make New York one of the first states to bring back a version of a process known as "pre-clearance."  The process was gutted by a landmark Supreme Court decision in 2013.  Under the federal Voting Rights Act... states with a record of suppressing the rights of Black voters once had to seek U.S. Justice Department approval before changing voting rules.  Now, local governments with a record of discrimination in New York must gain approval from state officials.


Lockport woman arrested following DWI accident...
A woman from Niagara County has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk when her car crashed in the town of Hanover Sunday evening.  Sheriff's officers were called to the unspecified location about 6:30 p.m., and, say two people were injured, and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment.  During the investigation... 27 year-old Andreonna Mindoro of Lockport was found to be driving while under the influence of alcohol.  Mindoro was arrested for DWI... and following too closely.  She was issued appearance tickets for Hanover Town Court at a later date.