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WJTN News Headlines for Mon., July 25, 2022

Two men from Jamestown arrested on robbery, and burglary charges...
Two Jamestown men have been arrested for allegedly breaking into, and robbing the residents of a westside home late last week.   City police were called to the scene shortly before 6 p.m. last Thursday for a "burglary in progress..." involving a handgun.  They soon after found Dakotah Kaltenbach... and, Zaid Mendoza at separate addresses.  Police say Kaltenbach allegedly had a quantity of methamphetamine in his possession.  However, it's unknown if a weapon was found.  Both men were jailed pending arraignment.  Mendoza is charged with first-degree burglary and robbery... along with second-degree menacing.  Kaltenbach is charged with first-degree robbery and criminal posession of a controlled substance.


Portland man arrested after his car strikes an Amish buggy in town of Chautauqua early last weekend...
A town of Portland man is accused of driving while under the influence of drugs after his car struck an oncoming Amish buggy in the town of Chautauqua last Friday night... injuring two people.  Sheriff's officers say there were four people in the buggy... and, two had to be taken to an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital for treatment.  Deputies say the driver of the car, 41 year-old Adam West, was northbound on Thayer Road shortly before 8 p.m. when he struck the sounthbound buggy.  Further investigation found that West was driving while under the influence as he failed multiple field sobriety tests.  He was arrested for Felony DWAI due to a prior conviction in the past 10 years.  West was also charged with failure to keep right... and, was taken to the county jail pending centralized arraignment.


Fairport man accused of assaulting Zeldin at campaign event now being held on federal charge...
The Monroe County man who attacked Long Island Congressman Lee Zeldin at a campaign event near Rochester has now been arrested on a federal charge.  U.S. attorney Trini Ross says that 43 year-old David Jakubonis of Fairport was arrested Saturday on a criminal complaint... charging him with assaulting a member of Congress using a dangerous weapon.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett Harvey says Zeldin, who is running for governor, was speaking at a campaign event last Thursday evening when Jakubonis walked onto the trailer the Republican was speaking from.  The attacker approached Zeldin, extended a keychain with two sharp points toward him and grabbed his arm.  A struggle then ensued between the two and bystanders intervened.  Jakubonis pulled Zeldin down onto the bed of the trailer, saying several times during the assault, “you're done.” Jakubonis was subdued and arrested.  He was intially released under the state's bail reform law before being arrested by federal agents on Saturday.  Jakubonis made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court... and, is being held pending a detention hearing next Wednesday morning.  The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.     


Meat Animal Sale for 4-H brings better than $200,000...
Considering how the cost of everything seems to be going way up, the head of the Four-H Market sale committee, Dave Schauman, wasn’t sure what would happen at last Friday’s Meat Animal Sale at the county fair.  But, looking at the nationwide economic situation he was "tickled!."  Bidders generously supported all the young people selling steer, hogs, goats, lam bs and chickens at the annual auction.  The final sale figures were still being calculated Sunday, but Schauman says the 16 market steer went for close to $100,000... with the total for all animals over $200,000.  And that’s not all.  Lisa Kempisty, Dairy & Livestock Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension, says the 4-H Dairy program was blessed with more and bigger donations this year.  She says a couple of business representatives said they wanted to support the kids after all they went through the past two years.  More than 125 young people either showed or sold animals at the Chautauqua County Fair this past week.


First "World Series of Wheels" at Bergman Park in two years a success for local committee...
The World Series of Wheels roared back to life at Jamestown’s Bergman Park last Saturday.  Dave Christo’s ‘429 Mach 1 Mustang’ was the winner of ‘Best in Show’ at Saturday’s event, the first since 2019.  Babe Ruth World Series Committee Vice-President Kim Eklund was pleased.  She says about 150 vehicle registered for the program... but, many others came just to be part of the show, and not be judged.  The hiatus was a result of COVID-19.  Eklund said the number of attendees appeared to be good too, considering all the other events happening over the weekend.  The World Series of Wheels is a financial boost for the next Babe Ruth World Series which Eklund hinted could come as early as 2023.  


Riverwalk "Christmas in July" program a success...
There was a light breeze... with temperatures in the 70’s along the Riverwalk in downtown Jamestown Saturday evening... but the music suggested another season.  The Harmony Express Barbershop Chorus performed, "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" as part of the program. More than 150 people listened as chorus performed for ‘Christmas in July.’  The event was organized by Patrick Smeraldo of Collaborative Children’s Solutions, who says it was great to give local children something to do with their "incredible partners."  They include the county's Industrial Development Agency, the Jamestown Local Development Corporation, and the Chautauqua County Partnership for Economic Growth.  Smeraldo added some 1,100 young people were at the stadium for the Tarpskunks game and fireworks.