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WJTN News Headlines for Tues., July 5, 2022

Ohio man arrested on multiple warrants, and drug possession charges...
An Ohio man wanted on a number of illegal weapons possession charges has been arrested in Jamestown after being found with large quantities of illegal drugs when he was arrested.  City police say they investigated a suspicious vehicle on Jamestown's eastside about 5 p.m. last Saturday.  During the investigation... the man -- identified as Gregory Hawkins -- fled in the suspect vehicle... nearly hitting an officer.  Police found the Felony warrants out of Ohio during a background check.  They included having weapons while under disability... and, assault.  Officers later spotted Hawkins in the area of Barrett and Myers Avenues shortly before 2 p.m. Monday... and, he was arrested without further incident.  Police say they found him in possession of more than 9-ounces of methamphetamine, and more than 2-ounces of Fentanyl.  Hawkins was taken to the city jail pending extradition... and, faces local charges including second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, two counts of third-degree criminal possession... along with first-degree reckless endangerment.


Two teens killed in three-car crash in Cattaraugus County...                   
Two teenaged boys have been killed in a three-car accident in the Cattaraugus County town of Cold Spring.  Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley were called to the scene on West Perimeter Road shortly before 3 p.m. Sunday.  Officers say the boys, ages 16 and 19, were pronounced dead at the scene.  They add that five other people involved were treated at the scene for minor injuries and later released.  The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the crash with it's Accident Reconstruction Team.  Multiple fire departments assisted at the scene.  No names have been released


Four boaters rescued after boat becomes grounded near Celoron...
Four boaters -- including a small child -- had to be rescued last Sunday night when their vessel became grounded in a shallow area of Chautauqua Lake near Celoron.  The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department Marine Patrol was called to the scene just after 11:30 p.m.  Sheriff's officers were able to remove the three adults and one child... and take them to shore safely.  The Marine Patrol assisted with removing the vessel Monday morning.  There were no injuries or charges reported.


Fourth of July pretty much back to normal as pandemic winds down...
It was a return to normalcy for the most part in Chautauqua County for the Fourth of July weekend.  There were fireworks in the village of Lakewood to cap-off the Fourth of July Summerfest Monday night... the first time there were fireworks at Hartley Park since 2019.  The event was called off the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  There were also fireworks to cap off the day's activites at Mayville's annual Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration.  Mayville did have fireworks the past two years, in spite of the pandemic. 


Carrubba acknowledges retirement of Greg Rabb from city politics and planning...
A long-time member of the Jamestown City Council... and, most recently the city's Planning Commission...  has retired and returned to his hometown of Buffalo.  Last month's Planning Commission meeting was the last for former Jametown Community College Political Science Professor Greg Rabb as chairman.  City Councilwoman Marie Carrubba served on the council, and the city's Strategic Planning and Partnerships Commission with Rabb... and, thanked him for his many years of service... adding "his commitment as a volunteer to our community, in terms of all he believed in..." was something to "be proud of."  Carrubba also pointed to Rabb's commitment to inclusion.  Many years ago... Rabb was first recognized as the first openly gay lawmaker in Western New York to serve on a municipal council or board.


City announces start of new parking mobile app...
The city of Jamestown is launching a new mobile app today that residents and visitors can use to remotely pay parking fees.  Mayor Eddie Sundquist's Office reports the new "contactless payment option" is being provided by Passport... which he says is "a leading transportation software and payments company that manages (various) cities’ parking and mobility infrastructures through its robust digital platform."  With Passport... he says motorists have a secure and efficient way to pay for parking.  Sundquist says more than 800 communities, including the City of Buffalo, contract with Passport to manage their parking and mobility needs.  In addition to utilizing Passport’s platform to offer mobile payments for parking... Jamestown will also handle its enforcement operations with the same platform, allowing it to aggregate all mobility data and centralize the management of rates and policies through a single system.  Sundquist says the Passport Parking app is free to download from the App Store... and Google Play.  Users can also manage their parking online at passportparking.com.


Schauman previews 4-H Meat Animal Sale for County Fair...
The head of the 4-H Meat Animal sale committee hopes the full return of the Chautauqua County Fair will bode well for the young people selling animals this year.  Dave Schauman says they are thrilled to be back with the sale on Friday, July 22 at Noon at the fairgrounds in Dunkirk.  Schauman adds numbers are improving from COVID lows…with 48 hogs, 16 steer, 15 sheep, 10 goats and 31 pairs of chickens expected at this year’s auction.  Considering the economy, the chairman hopes the buyers will be out in force because prices have been up significantly to feed and care for the animals.