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WJTN News Headlines for Thurs., Sept. 8, 2022

City man faces Felony animal cruelty charge after allegedly beating pit bull dog...
A Jamestown man is accused of beating a pitbull dog Tuesday afternoon after it had gotten into a fight with his dog at a location on the city's southside.  Jamestown police were called to the scene shortly before 3 p.m. and, found the grey pitbull laying on the ground and unable to move.  There was also heavy blood coming from several open wounds to the animal's face and head.  Officers learned that 57 year-old Gregory Rosier had broken up the fight between the two dogs... and, witnesses say neither appeared to have been hurt.  However... they say Rosier then engaged the pitfull, and started hitting it with a metal object.  Police say the pit bull never showed an aggression towards the man.  Witnesses say Rosier only stopped when they intervened for the dog.  The animal was taken to a local veterinary office for medical help.  Rosier was arrested for felony Aggravated Cruelty to Animals... and was taken to the city jail pending arraignment.


BPU to host "Retool '22" Conference in October to help businesses deal with new climate regulations...
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities is hosting a three-day conference next month designed to help current, and new entrepreneurs in the area transition to new climate and clean technology.  The BPU is putting on the program... entitled "Retool '22..." at the Northwest Arena Oct. 17-19.  BPU Business Development Coordinator Ellen DiTonto says it will feature a number of speakers... and, break-out groups.  DiTonto says there's been a lot of interest shown by local companies to use those new technologies.  However... she says they need more information on how to do it, and how to pay for it.  DiTonto made her comments to the city council during a recent work session.  She says they have a couple of very prominent speakers coming in for the program.  A "retool' webinar is also coming up on Sept. 13.  For more information on the conference... go to the Board of Public Utilities website.


District Attorney says it'll take more time to sift through evidence in case against Rushdie attacker...
The criminal case against the man charged with stabbing author Salman Rushdie involves so much potential evidence that prosecutors say they need more time to review it.  The suspect, 24 year-old Hadi Matar, appeared in the Chautauqua County Courtoom Wednesday.  The A-P reports that District Attorney Jason Schmidt asked for additional time to comply with a legal requirement to turn over evidence to Matar's lawyer -- Public Defender Nathanial Barone.  County Court Judge David Foley did not immediately rule on the request.  In a release late Wednesday... Schmidt says the law allows prosecutors to take another 20 days for discovery when they have an unusually large amount of evidence to sort through.  Both sides are due back next Tuesday.  Matar, who is from New Jersey, is accused of rushing the stage at the Chautauqua Institution August 12th... and, severely injuring the 75-year-old Rushdie. 


Hochul announces masking requirement for public transportation has been eliminated...
Masks are no longer manditory on public transit in New York state -- effective Wednesday.  That from Governor Kathy Hochul during a COVID-19 briefing in New York City Wednesday.  Hochul also announced that the latest booster shot is now available in New York... and, will be taylored towards the current and future types of variants.  Hochul also announced that masks will be now option on buses, trains and subways.  However... she says they are still encouraged on public transit.  Hochul also indicated that masking requirements will remain in effect at adult care facilities... as well as other health care facilities regulated by the state Department of Health.  


City man arrested after allegedly damaging JPD vehicles...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly damaging several Jamestown Police cars that were parked in front of the police station on East Second Street Tuesday night.  City police were alerted to a disturbance outside the station about 6 p.m., and, spoke with several witnesses who said a man had damaged the police vehicles.  Officers say they investigated... and arrested 38 year-old Michael Jones for Felony second-degree criminal mischief.  Jones was jailed pending arraignment.


Lakewood Libary reopening to be held next Monday...
Residents anxious for the reopening of the Lakewood Memorial Library will have to wait 'just a little longer.'  That from Library Director Shannon Taylor... who says they had hoped to open today.  However... there are still a number of boxes that need to be unpacked.  So... they'll open next Monday.  The library closed in February after the heating and air conditioning system sprung a leak, and quickly led to 14 separate drips across the ceiling.  To keep the collection safe, everything was removed.  As part of the necessary renovation, Taylor says the HVAC system has been replaced and improved.  She says they are having to rearrange things because they have less space.  Once Monday comes, the library will be open weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  A major reopening celebration is set for Saturday, Oct. 8.  Library and Administrative Assistant Melanie Smith says all the regular library programs will be back this fall... with some new one as well.