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WJTN News Headlines for Mon., Aug. 29, 2022

Jamestown, Chautauqua Co. public safety officials report some damage, outages from thunderstorm...
Crews from the Jamestown Public Works, and Board of Public Utilities, have been busy this late today after a severe, mid-afternoon thunderstorm roared through the city.  Jamestown Police say the traffic light at Fluvanna Avenue and Washington Street was out late Monday afternoon... and, there are multiple reports of trees or large limbs down on houses across the city.  The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department dispatcher center also reported scattered outages... and, trees down on home... but, nothing significant at this time.  No injuries have been reported.


Two men hurt when their Glider crashes in Mayville...
Two men escaped serious injury after the glider they were riding in crashed into some trees as they tried to land in an open field in the town of Chautauqua.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene of a plane crash on North Erie Street -- in Mayville -- about 1:30 p.m. last Saturday, and, found the glider with the two men already out of the glider.  Deputies say 56 year-old Galo Grijalva of Lakewood, and his passenger, 60 year-old Douglas Sillart of Derby were both treated for non-life threatening injuries at the scene.  No charges have been filed... but the Sheriff's Office and the Federal Aviation Administration are continuing to investigate.


Silver Creek man arrested for criminal mischief following fight early Friday...
A north county man has been arrested for criminal mischief following altercation early last Friday morning in the village of Silver Creek.  Sheriff's officers were called to a locaton on Lafayette street for the alleged fight just after 4 a.m.  When deputies investigated... the found that 52 year-old Christopher Domenico of Silver Creek had committed fourth-degree criminal mischief.  Domenico was taken into custody... and, taken to the county jail pending centralized arraignment.


International Humanitarian Law Roundtable begins today...
The 14th International Humanitarian Law Roundtable... formerly known as the International Humanitarian Law Dialogs... get underway at Chautauqua Institution today.  The program will feature a number of current and past international prosecutors who have tried a number of 'crimes against humanity' cases since World War II.  The Robert H. Jackson Center helps put on the program... and, Center President Kristan McMahon calls it a unique event because it's the only event of it's kind in the world.  The two-day program kicked off with a "welcome event" at the Jackson Center where Ambassador Hans Corell received the Joshuan H. Heintz Award for Humanitarian Achievement.  Corell was Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations from March 1994 to March 2004.  Kristan McMahon says this year's program is especially timely... given what's happening in Ukraine.  She says this year's topic is "Tracking Aggression from Nuremburg to Kiev... and, with the nature of the subject, they are asking those who would like to attend to contact the Jackson Center first at 483-6646.  Kristan McMahon made her comments last week on our Dennis Webster Show on WJTN Radio.


Della Pia says he's ready to go with November election campaign...
The Democratic candidate for the 23rd Congressional District seat says he feels energized going into the Fall campaign.  Owego's Max Della Pia says his campaign was "written off by every pollster across the country as a guaranteed Republican blow-out."  However... Della Pia says he finished within 5 or 6 points of Republican winner Joe Sempolinski in last week's Special Election to fill-out the final four months of retired Congressman Tom Reed's term.  Della Pia says "Trump won the district by 15 points in 2016 and 11 points in 2020.  Paladino and Langworthy spent millions of dollars to get out the vote between their campaigns and their dark money supporters.  It’s clear voters are tired of the hyper-partisanship in Congress.  They value a candidate who is looking to find common ground."  Della Pia concluded that the new 23rd District is "winnable."


NYSSBA officials talks Back to School issues for 2022-23 school year...
Many school districts in Chautauqua County begin their Fall classes a week from tomorrow... and, are working to finalize staffing and getting new people trained.  That from New York State School Boards Association Spokesman David Albert... who says this will be the first "normal" opening for district's since the COVID-19 pandemic began.  Albert says district's have American Rescue Plan Act funding to mainly deal with "learning gaps."  He says there are a number of reasons for that -- especially in math and reading skills.  Albert says the school board's group is providing as much information and support to local school boards as they can.  The nationwide teacher shortage has been well-documented.  However... he says in New York state... it's more a lack of bus drivers.  Albert says the teacher shortage seems to be seen mainly in STEM, and other technology courses, and others that tend to be more specialized.  He says that in itself is creating a shortage because demand for them has increase.  David Albert made his comments for last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.