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WJTN News Headlines for Fri., Sept. 9, 2022

Three arrested in Westfield on drug and weapons charges during raid...
Three north county residents have been arrested for allegedly trafficking drugs, and being found in possession of several guns, during an early morning raid Thursday in the town of Westfield.  Sheriff's deputies say they executed a search warrant at 7617 Felton Road about 6 a.m. following a lengthy investigation.  Sheriff's Department Narcotics and Criminal investigators... along with the department's SWAT assisted in the raid.  Inside the home... they found 1.65 grams of fentanyl... about half-a-gram of ketamine... 65 dosage units of Clonazepam...  scales and drug packaging material... four long guns and $352 cash.  They arrested 28 year-old Alexis Campbell and 34 year-old Mark Baker-ll of the Westfield address for third, fifth, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a Controlled Substance and second-degree criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.  The third person... 37 year-old William Petsch of Brocton... is charged with third, and-fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... second-degree criminal possession of Drug Paraphernalia... and, fourth-degree criminal possession of a Weapon.  All three were taken to the county jail pending centralized arraignment.  If you have any information about illegal drug activity... call the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force Tip line at 800-344-8702.


Whitaker very pleased with opening of school in JPS District...
The Jamestown Public Schools have had a "wonderful" first couple of days of the new school year for students, parents, faculty and staff.  Those are the feelings of School Superintendent Kevin Whitaker... who says he spent part of Tuesday's half-day at one of the district's elementary school... greeting students and parents.  Whitaker says the biggest positive was seeing most everyone's smiles without masks on.  He says everyone also seemed very excited to be back.  Whitaker says the opening was all that he hoped it would be.  The Jamestown Public Schools have strengthened or added staff to help students have a successful school year... both academically... and, psychologically.  Dr. Whitaker adds that being able to have a "normal opening" for the first time in three years was an unexpected pleasure.  The big changes for all school districts in New York state is officials have eliminated the need for "testing to stay" if someone has been exposed to someone with COVID... and, removal of the recommendation to quarantine, except in high-risk congregate settings.  Dr. Whitaker made his comments on WJTN's Dennis Webster Show Thursday morning.


County Chamber to host Congressional Breakfast with Sempolinski...
The region's new Congressman-elect will be sworn-into office next Tuesday... and, one of his first public appearances will be in Chautauqua County.  The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce will be holding a Congressional Breakfast on Friday, September 23rd at Moonbrook Country Club.  Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Dan Heitzenrater says they reached out to Corning Republican Joe Sempolinski after he won the special election.  Heitzenrater believes this may be Sempolinski's first public event as 23rd District Congressman.  Sempolinski won the August 23rd Special Election over Owego Democrat Max Della Pia to fill out the remaining four-months of retired Congressman Tom Reed's final term.  Sempolinski was part of the former Congressman's staff... but, will not be running in the November election.  That will pit Della Pia against the winner of last month's GOP primary, Nick Langworthy.


Fugitive from Missouri arrested during traffic stop in town of Ellicott...
An Oklahoma man has been arrested as a fugitive from justice following a traffic stop in the town of Ellicott.  Town Police say they stopped 51 year-old Timothy Roberts about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday for an alleged violation.  Ellicott officers say, during their investigation, they found that Roberts was sought in Missouri on an "extraditable" warrant.  He was taken to the county jail pending extradition back to Missouri.


City police find crack-cocaine during traffic stop on Jamestown's eastside... 
A Jamestown woman is accused of being in possession of crack-cocaine following a weekend traffic stop on the city's eastside.  State Police in Jamestown say troopers stopped a car, driven by 30 year-old Kasey Sweeney last Sunday on East Second Street... and, during the stop... she was found with the crack cocaine, and was found to have a suspended driver license.  Sweeney was arrested... and, processed at the Jamestown State Police barracks.  She was issued appearance tickets for city court.


Man arrested for criminal mischief in Westfield...
A Westfield man has been arrested for criminal mischief following an altercation with another person in which he's accused of damaging that person's property.  Sheriff's officers were called to an undisclosed location in the town about 8:30 p.m. last Saturday... and, arrested 61 year-old Walter Houser, Jr.  He was issued appearance tickets for Westfield Town Court on a third-degree criminal mischief.


Unionized workers at four PA Nursing Home facilities reach agreement, strike averted...
Workers at four Pennsylvania nursing homes have reached a tentative contract agreement, nearly a week after going on strike over pay and staffing.  Terms of the deal with Comprehensive Healthcare were not disclosed pending a ratification vote.  Workers could be back on the job as early as Saturday, according to SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania.  The contract covers about 300 workers at the four homes in western Pennsylvania... and, two other Comprehensive-owned homes who were set to walk out on Friday.  The strike continues at 10 other nursing homes statewide.