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WJTN News Headlines for Fri., July 22, 2022

Huge Kennedy house fires ruled arson...
A Randolph man has been arrested for allegedly setting fire to the first house destroyed in Wednesday morning's huge blaze in Kennedy.  State Police in Jamestown say their Bureau of Investigation was called to the scene at 72 Second St. sometime after the initial call for Kennedy firefighters just after 10 a.m., and, they arrested 28 year-old Aubrey Baize on one count of third-degree arson.  Troopers say they worked with the county's Fire Investigation Team... and, learned through interviews that Baize was seen entering the home just prior to the fire.  Further investigation led to the arrest.  Baize was taken to the county jail pending arraignment.  The District Attorney's Office is also assisting in the case.


Zeldin uninjured after attempted assault near Rochester...
Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin of Long Island was attacked by a man who tried to stab him at an event in the Rochester-area last night... but, he was uninjured.  The current Congressman was giving a speech when a man climbed onstage and appeared to begin wrestling with him.  That's according to Katie Vincentz, a spokesperson for Zeldin's campaign.  A video of the event in Perinton posted on Twitter showed the man appearing to grab Zeldin's arm and the two fell to the ground as other people tried to intervene.  State GOP Chairman and 23rd Congressional District Candidate Nick Langworthy later accused Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul of "fanning the flames of hate by directing her supporters to his rally schedule.  This is unacceptable conduct for anyone, let alone a sitting governor."  Governor Hochul posted a tweet saying, "I condemn this violent behavior in the strongest terms possible... it has no place in New York."


Wells Ent. scaling-back operations in Dunkirk...
A major employer in the north county area has announced it's decision to scale-back operations at the Dunkirk facility in 2023.  According to the announcement by Wells Enterprises... their plant plans to have five production lines in operation next year.  County Executive P.J. Wendel called the announcement "concerning."  Wendel says he's spoken with Well's local legal counsel... and, says they aren't sure about how many jobs may be affected.  However... operations will remain as is through 2022, so the move is not immediate.  Wendel says he will be reaching out to company officials in Iowa to see how the county can assist in trying to keep as many people employed as possible.  Again... Wells... which produces "Blue Bunny" ice cream and other products has indicated that it will continue normal operations for the remainder of 2022. 


Jamestown man arrested during drug bust with Fentanyl...
A city man faces drug related charges after his home on Jamestown's eastside was raided one week ago today.  City police say members of the Jamestown Metro... and, Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Forces executed a search warrant late last Friday morning at 347 East Fourth Street with the help of the JPD SWAT Team.  Police say they arrested 34 year-old Hector Carrillo-Santos after finding quantities of Fentanyl, scales, packaging materials and cash inside the home.  Carrillo-Santos was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia.  He was jailed pending arraignment in City Court.  Anyone with information on drug or other illegal activity in the city is asked to call the JPD Anonymous Tips line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.


Four-H Meat Animal Sale taking place at County Fair in Dunkirk today...
Preparations are going well for the annual 4-H Meat Animal Sale... which is now underway at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds in Dunkirk.  Dave Schauman is the chairman of the meat sale committee, and says from what he's seen judged so far, the kids "are doing a great job."  Chautauqua County's sale has traditionally been one of the best supported ones in New York State, and Schauman hopes that's true this year, as the 4-Her's are confronting a new lesson... inflation.  He says feed is up about $3 per 100 pounds of weight because it's usually purchased in those increments.  The sale will open with 48 hogs, followed by 10 meat goats, 31 pairs of frozen chickens, 15 sheep and 16 steer.


Comedy Festival adds Cho, and second Foxworthy show to line-up...
There's less than two weeks to go before another Summertime event in Chautauqua County re-emerges from the COVID pandemic shut-down.  The annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is set for Wednesday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 7 at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts... the Northwest Arena... and, the National Comedy Center.  Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson says it's "fantastic" to finally have the festival back.  Gunderson says Jamestown will again be host of "one of the best comedy festivals anywhere."  The first big show of the long weekend of 50-plus activities is the show featuring Margaret Cho... who was added to the line-up earlier this year.  Gunderson says Cho is a legend in her own right, and has been playing to audiences for decades now.  She'll be performing on Thursday night, Aug. 4, at the Reg Lenna Center.  Cho joins a star-studded line-up that already includes Jeff Foxworthy... and, Saturday Night Live legends David Spade, Kevin Nealon... and, Rob Schneider.  A second show for Foxworthy has been added... and, there are tickets remaining for that.  For more information... go on-line to ComedyCenter.org.  Gunderson made her comments for this coming weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.