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WJTN News Headlines for Mon., July 11, 2022

Sheriff's Dept. Captain drowns in Chautauqua Lake near Ellery...
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department  lost of one of its own in last Saturday afternoon's drowning in the area of Martha's Vineyard on Chautauqua Lake.  Sheriff's officers say they received a call for a man in the water near the town of Ellery about 1:30 p.m. last Saturday... and, assisted the Fluvanna Fire Department... the county's Dive Team... and county EMS at the scene.  They say family members and others located 62 year-old David Bentley in the water... and, unresponsive.  He was treated at the scene before being rushed to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital in Jamestown... where he later died.  Bentley was a 37-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department, where he was currently a captain.  He was off-duty at the time.  The investigation is continuing. 


City man and woman arrested for alleged burglary early last Saturday...
A man and woman from Jamestown have been arrested for allegedly breaking into a storage business on the city's eastside early Saturday morning.  Jamestown police were called to the scene shortly after 2 a.m., and, when they got to the scene... established a perimeter, and awaited additional units.  Officers were about to attempt entry when a man, later identified as 49 year-old Michael Cook, came out of the building.  Cook was taken into custody without incident.  Police then made entry with the help of Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department K-9 "Link" to find the other suspect.  They soon after found 39 year-old Corinna McCreary... and, she was arrested without incident.  Both are charged with third-degree criminal mischief.  Cook is also wanted on multiple bench warrants... while McCreary is also charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Both were jailed pending arraignment.


City man arrested for another alleged break-in on Jamestown's eastside...
A Jamestown man was arrested early last weekend for allegedly breaking into an eastside business... and, stealing a speaker.  City police were called to the location for a "burglary-in-progress" about 11 p.m. last Friday, and, saw 46 year-old Winfred Clark coming out of the building with the black-colored speaker.  Officers say Clark did not have permission to possess or remove the item from the building... and, was arrested for third-degree burglary, and petty larceny.  He was jailed pending arraignment.


Rally held in Jamestown Sunday for Reproductive Rights...
Over a hundred people marched across downtown Jamestown Sunday afternoon in the Jamestown Justice Coalition’s ‘Reproductive Rights Rally.’  At Dow Park, Flannery Plum set the tone for the walk.  She’s a summer visitor from Mississippi, the state that... as she put it... brought down Roe.  Plum says the right to "control our own bodies is one of the most fundamental rights we have."  Once the marchers reached Tracy Plaza at city hall, five speakers took the microphone.  Among them was Sukanya Burman of Jamestown.  She believes Democrats as well as Republicans are responsible for the rescinding of abortion rights, because the left has become complacent.  Many marchers carried signs with phrases such as ‘Vote Blue in 22’... ‘Women’s Rights are Human Rights’, and ‘Abort the Court.’  


Quattrone voices concern over NYS's new, Concealed Carry laws...
Chautauqua County's "top-cop" is voicing concerns about new concealed carry gun legislation approved earlier this month by New York State lawmakers during a special session.  The legislation was in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling that struck down the state's century-old concealed carry law.  Sheriff Jim Quattrone called the lawmakers' reaction "rapid" and "perhaps even unconstitutional," noting that some of the legislation did not allow for any kind of normal, three-day, public input.  Quattrone says the new legislation, which expands eligibility requirements for concealed carry permit applicants, will put a burden on courts and law enforcement agencies.  He says they are still trying to find out how to implement the new laws that have been signed by Governor Kathy Hochul.  Quattrone says licensing agencies like his department will have to personally meet with individuals who apply for permits.


Improperly discarded cigarette apparent cause of Westfield house fire...
An improperly discarded cigarette is the apparent cause of an accidental fire that damaged a front porch of a home in the village of Westfield.  Sheriff's officers say the Westfield Fire Department... along with deputies and Westfield Police... were called to the scene on Union Street about 4:30 p.m. last Thursday.  The Sheriff's Department Fire Investigation Team was called in to determine the cause of the blaze.  Their investigation found the discarded cigarette came in contact with combustible materials on a second story porch.  However... they say the occupants were able to exit the home safely.  Westfield firefighters were able to contain the damage to the exterior of the residence.


Jackson scholar Barrett speaks about recent SCOTUS rulings...
Those who think the U.S. Supreme Court went too far in some of the decisions announced last month might find some solace in the words of Robert H. Jackson.  John Q. Barrett, the Elizabeth Lenna fellow at the Robert H. Jackson Center says Jackson wrote a book in the early 1940’s... before he was on the Supreme Court... contending that the court is no greater than the other branches of government.  Barrett says the Supreme Court is not the last word on the meaning of the constitution.  He says "We the people" ultimately decide in what's an "ongoing process."  He believes there is still a ‘judicial pendulum’ that swings left to right.  More important, he says, is that the people and their representatives are still empowered to influence how that pendulum swings. 


 


 

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