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WJTN News Headlines for Wed., Sept. 14, 2022

City man arrested during westside drug bust...
A Jamestown man has been arrested on drug-related charges following a raid on the city's westside early Tuesday afternoon.  Jamestown Police say members of the city's Metro Drug Task Force executed a search warrant... following a lengthy investigation... at 19 Langford St. just after 1 p.m. with the help of the JPD SWAT Team.  Police say they found three people inside... along with a quantity of Fentanyl... 7-grams of methamphetarmine... three units of Suboxone... scales... packaging materials... cash and an immitation pistol.  Officers arrested 27 year-old John Dahn for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, one count of second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia.  He was taken to the city jail pending arraignment.  If you have any information on illegal drug activity in the city... call the Jamestown Police confidential Tips line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477. 


Descendents of Plessy vs. Ferguson case tell Jackson Ctr. audience that historic court case is still relevant...
Descendents on both sides of the 1896 U-S Supreme Court case ‘Plessy versus Ferguson’ spoke Tuesday at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown.  That decision allowing ‘separate but equal’ institutions in the U.S. was reversed in 1954.  However... Keith Plessy says its implications are still felt today in recent U.S Supreme Court cases -- namely the recent ruling on Dobbs where the right to an abortion was struck down.  Plessy believes the makeup of the court that turned back Roe vs. Wade this summer is similar to the court that decided the Plessy case.  Phoebe Ferguson also believes the court was wrong in 1896, and wrong this year in the Dobbs case that turned back abortion rights.  Ferguson says the court has again "skewed the due process rights" -- in this case -- for women.  The pair has formed a foundation called Plessy AND Ferguson.  Their mission is to teach a proper understanding of the 1896 Plessy case and what happened to the country as a result of that decision.


Sempolinski sworn-in as Congress returns to Washington, D.C....
Chautauqua County's new Congressman is in Washington... and, has been sworn-in to serve out the rest of 2022.  Corning Republican Joe Sempolinski was given the oath of office late Tuesday along with fellow representative Pat Ryan from the Mid-Hudson Valley.  During remarks following the ceremony... Sempolinski akcnowledged his family... and, supporters... and, answered the big question he got during the campaign... "why would you run when you would only serve for four-months?"  He replies "It would be an honor to serve for 4-minutes."  Sempolinski says American's choose "who speaks for us."  He adds that this is "a sacred thing..." and, adds that he's ready to begin tackling the main issues being felt by his constituents with rising prices from inflation... and, crime being two of the biggest.  Sempolinski won last month's Special Election over Democrat Max Della Pia to fill the remainder of retired Congressman Tom Reed's term.


Wendel happy to see end of NYS State of Emergency...
Chautauqua County's top elected official says he is glad that Governor Kathy Hochul has allowed the state of emergency for COVID-19 to expire.  It took effect at Midnight this morning.  County Executive P.J. Wendel says the move ends the executive powers that have been in place since pandemic hit in March of 2020.  Wendel says it "shows us that COVID is in our rear-view mirrors..." and it's a move back to common sense.  He says some of the COVID directives were "overreaching."  Meanwhile... he had reaction to a lawsuit filed against the county by the village of Mayville over the village's contaminated water wells.  He was surprised by the legal action... and, don't know much about it yet.  The lawsuit, filed in State Supreme Court last week, is seeking $2.5-million from the county.  


City Council Committee approves city's redistricting plan...
There are no significant changes to ward boundries in the city of Jamestown under a final redistricting map approved by the city's reapportionment panel.  The local law establishing the new lines was approved Monday night by the City Council's Public Safety Committee.  It also keeps the number of wards in the city at six.  Public Safety Committee Chairman Brent Sheldon says there were very few changes to Ward-One... which he represents.  Sheldon says Ward-Three had no changes.  He says the biggest change was a large area... including a sparsley populated area of Allen Park... was moved into Ward-Six.  Council President Tony Dolce thanked the committee for it's work over the four-months it was in place.  Dolce discussed changes to his second-ward and Sheldon's first-ward... but, overall says there wasn't "very much shift."  He says the reapportionment panel began with "3 or 4 proposals" to review.  The new map had to also reflect a population loss of about 2-thousand people between 2010 and 2020.  Mayor Eddie Sundquist says a local law will be introduced at the Sept. 26 council voting session to begin the final approval process.


MHA receives $500,000 grant...
The Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County is receiving a $500,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission for workforce development... and, it's social enterprise program.  MHA officials are planning a special open house celebration on getting the grant next Tuesday, Sept. 20... at their Jamestown facility in the Gateway Center at 31 Water Street at 4 p.m.  The public is invited to attend.