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WJTN News Headlines for Thurs., Aug. 4, 2022

City man arrested on drug trafficking charges following traffic stop...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly being in possession of several kinds of illegal drugs after his car was stopped for not signaling a turn on the city's eastside.  City police say officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of Pine and East Fifth Streets just after 6 a.m. Tuesday... and, found the driver, identified as 38 year-old Stephen Glover, Sr., had a suspended license.  Glover was arrested for second-degree unlicensed operation.  A further search of the vehicle yielded a quantity of methamphetamine, Fentanyl, and digital scales.  Glover was taken to the city jail pending arraignement on charges of third-and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.... second-degree criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia... and, failure to signal prior to 100 feet of a turn.


Jamestown man gets 5 years in prison for burglary, and attempted burglary...
A city man has been sentenced to five-years in state prison for second-degree attempted burglary... along with five-years supervised parole.  Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt says 46 year-old David Spunaugle recently received the jail term from County Court Judge David Foley.  Schmidt says Spunaugle was also given to 2-to-4 years indeterminate in state prison on his conviction for a third-degree burglary charge... which will run concurrently.  Schmidt says Spanaugle was awaiting a court date on the attempted burglary charge when he burglarized another person’s home.  The D-A thanked both State Police, and Jamestown Police for their investigation of these two cases.


Gerry Rodeo draws capacity crowd for opening night...
There was a capacity crowd on hand for the opening performance of the 77th annual Gerry Rodeo last night... and they saw a record number of cowboys and cowgirls begin competition.  Spokesman Paul Cooley reports the "very physically demanding bareback bronc riding" event kicked off the action with three cowboys making successful rides.  The top rider was Louisiana's Kade Sonnier, who scored 82 points.  The 10 steer wrestlers had little success in throwing their steers to the arena dirt.  Cooley says only Terrek Keller of Fredonia, Pennsylvania, was able to leap from his speeding horse, grab his steer by the horns, and wrestle it to the ground in a very fast 5.5 seconds.  The rodeo continues tonight through Saturday at the Rodeo Grounds in Gerry.


Lucille Ball Comedy Festival gets fully-underway today...
The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is fully-underway in Jamestown... and, the immediate area... with more than 50 events taking place through Sunday.  The first big show will be held tonight at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts when Margaret Cho takes the stage at 7 p.m.  National Comedy Center Director Journey Gunderson says Cho worked hard to become one of the best comediannes ever... and, they're happy to have her.  There are still tickets remaining for Margaret Cho's performance at the Reg Lenna.  Friday night's first show for legend Jeff Foxworthy at 7 p.m. is sold out.  However... the Comedy Center's website shows his second performance at 9:30 still has a "limited number" of tickets left.  The final headliner program on Saturday with Saturday Night Live Legends David Spade, Kevin Nealon and Rob Schneider is also sold out.  For more information... go on-line to ComedyCenter.org.


Gillibrand calls on Biden Administration to use Defense Production Act to make more monkeypox vaccines...
New York's junior U.S. Senator is calling on the Biden Administration to invoke the Defense Production Act to increase domestic production and access to monkeypox vaccines.  Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand says... as monkeypox spreads through-out the United States... more than one in 4 case in the U-S are in New York State.  During a video press conference Wednesday... Gillibrand added that New York has declared  State Disaster Emergency in response to the outbreak... noting that the state has been allotted 170,000 vaccine doses from the federal government.  She says there are currently more than 6,000 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the U.S., including several in children, and New York State has emerged as a center of the outbreak.  She adds that case are expected to rise, but the U.S. does not currently have enough vaccines to protect all at-risk individuals.  In fact... she says of the 170,000 doses being sent to New York... 90,000 are going to New York City.  Gillibrand says invoking the Defense Production Act would give the president the authority to mandate that corporations and manufacturers accelerate production of this critical vaccine. 


Gasoline prices down again this week in Jamestown-area...
The price for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline in the Jamestown-area has fallen by nearly 10-cents from what it was at the beginning of last week.  But, while the price is now more than 30-cents a gallon less than a month ago... it's still nearly $1.25 more than this time last year.  The AAA East Central's Gas Price Report says the price began the week at just under $4.56 a gallon.  However, it's now down in many places to just under $4.53 a gallon.  AAA says national average price has fallen 14 cents over the past week to $4.21.  About half the stations in the country are now selling gas at less than $4 a gallon.  While gasoline consumption is up... the crude oil price remains under $100 a barrel at just over $98.