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WJTN News Headlines for Mon., Sept. 19, 2022

Greenhurst man arrested for causing disturbance among kayakers on Conewango Creek last weekend...
A man from Greenhurst is accused of screaming and causing a disturbance among some kayakers on Conewango Creek last Saturday afternoon.  Sheriff's deputies say officers were waved down by bystanders along the creek in the town of Poland shortly after 3 p.m.  They were told that 49 year-old Steven Walsh had begun causing a disturbance... and, deputies soon after made contact with Walsh... who was uncooperative and threw what appeared to be water on a deputy.  While trying to take him into custody... they say Walsh began resisting arrest.  He was arrested and taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for unrelated medical treatment.  Walsh was arraigned and issued appearance tickets for Carroll Town Court on charges of second-degree harassment... disorderly conduct... and, resisting arrest.


Falconer man arrested following a traffic stop for drug possession... 
A Falconer man faces multiple drug-related charges following a traffic stop on School Street in Randolph last week.  State Police in Jamestown say they pulled over 31 year-old Blaydon Niles last Wednesday for multiple violations... and, when he was producing identification to the trooper... two hydrocodone pills fell from his wallet.  Further investigation showed that Niles did not have a prescription for the Hydrocodone... and, that he was also in possession of methamphetamine... and, that his non-driver ID card had been revoked.  Niles was arrested on charges including two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.


Sundquist says 2023 budget proposal will have challenges for revenue, but, spending is being helped by retirees moving onto Medicare...
The city of Jamestown is facing a number of challenges in preparing a 2023 budget proposal to be presented early next month.  Mayor Eddie Sundquist says he's been working on the proposal, along with department heads who have submitted their proposals for the new year.  He says part of the challenge is working with new finance team, including new Comptroller John Sellstrom.  Sundquist says there are two other challenges... including lower sales tax figures.  He says they're watching that to see where their numbers end up, and they aren't receiving the $1-million from the state anymore to boost aid payments.  Sales tax revenues came in lower than projected for the second-quarter as the economy slows because of inflation.  However... Sundquist says the city does have American Rescue Plan Act funding to help.  He adds they've also been helped by a large number of Medicare-eligible retirees agreeing to leave the city's own plan... and going to Medicare.  Sundquist says between 60% to 70% have moved onto the Medicare plan.  The mayor will present his budget... which is expected to total about $35-million-plus dollars... on Oct. 7.  He made his comments for last weekend's "Community Spotlight" on the six Media One Radio Group stations. 


Hearing adjourned until Wednesday on witness confidentiality in Matar case... 
A hearing will resume this Wednesday into a prosecution motion to preserve witness confidentiality in the case of the New Jersey man who attacked famed Author Salmon Rushdie at Chautauqua Institution.  Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt says the hearing... in front of Judge David Foley... will resume at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.  Schmidt says "Judge Foley ruled that he would permit Hadi Matar’s attorneys to be present during the hearing subject to a temporary non-disclosure order prohibiting them from sharing witness information with their client."  He adds there is already a gag order in place preventing these disclosures to the public.  Schmidt concluded that he will be ready to proceed on Wednesday.  Matar is accused of attacking Rushdie as he was about to give a lecture at the Amphitheater last Aug. 12.


Borrello to host Farm Tour in district Wednesday and Thursday...
About two dozen New York state legislators will be in Western Southern Tier the next two days for a farm tour that includes Chautauqua County.  State Senator George Borrello is hosting the tour that will run Wednesday and Thursday, with about 25 lawmakers taking part with tours of farms and other agribusiness in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany Counties.  Borrello says past farm tours have been proven to be worthwhile.  The Sunset Bay Republican says it's where he met Queens Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz... who has worked with him to establish -- and now make permanent -- the Nourish-NY food program during the COVID Pandemic.


New Harmony-North Harmony History Center opens...
The ribbon was cut last Saturday morning for the ‘Harmony-North Harmony’ History Center' in Blockville.  The newly enlarged and renovated center is located on the Harmony Historical Society’s grounds.  John Brown is a trustee of the Historical Society, and Harmony Town Supervisor.  He says they are ‘doubly blessed’ to have the new center to be able to celebrate the two town's history.  Harmony and Panama historian, Pam Brown, had advocated for a larger space for research and displays, and says residents responded.  The new Harmony-North Harmony History Center is open on Tuesdays until 4 p.m., and by appointment. 


JHS, F2CS Bands win divisions at Fall Festival of Bands...
The 43rd Fall Festival of Bands at Strider Field in Jamstown last Saturday night was a big success.  A large crowd gathered… in perfect weather conditions… to hear six high school marching bands.  Among them was the JHS marching band.  JHS finished first in the ‘National Class,’ with a score of 75.4... just 1.2 points ahead of the second place band from Lancaster.  The F2CS Blue and Gold Vanguard from Falconer and Frewsburg also competed... and earned a winning score of 64.30 in the ‘Small School 3 Class.’