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WJTN News Headlines for Tues., Sept. 20, 2022

Man from Ohio being treated at hospital following Kayak accident on Chautauqua Lake...
An Ohio man is being treated at an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital following a kayaking accident on Chautauqua Lake near the town of Ellery.  Sheriff's officers say they responded to the call shortly after 3 p.m. Monday on a report of an overturned kayak in Maple Springs.  Upon arrival... deputies found 73 year old Paul Maxim of Patskala, Ohio unconscious.  Officers immediately began CPR.... and, were soon assisted by county EMS, Emergency Services, and the Maple Springs Fire Department.  Maxim was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital in Jamestown for treatment... and was later transferred to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie.


Phone service out, cell phone contact number released for Westfield Hospital...
A damaged fiber cable has caused a temporary phone outage at Westfield Memorial Hospital.  Repairs are being made... but, the situation is currently making it impossible for the public to make phone calls, to or from hard lines in parts of the area.  With that... Westfield Memorial Hospital has set-up a cell phone number people can use to contact the hospital.  The number is 814-397-0661.  The number will serve as the main contact number to the hospital until normal phone operations in the region are restored.


Lucille Ball Little Theater Board Pres. says Fall production cancelled due to unsafe stage conditions...
A recent inspection of the Lucille Ball Little Theater in Jamestown has deemed it's 40 year old stage "unsafe..." and with that... their Fall production of "Young Frankenstein" has been cancelled.  That from Little Theater's Board President Holly Weston... who says they're sad to have to call off the program... but, says safety is a priority.  Weston adds that they've gotten their money's worth out of the current floor... which was only supposed to be good for 20 years.  She says... barring anything unforseen... they should be able to do the replacement work using volunteers... and, they have funding in place for the in-house work.  She says they expect to be open again in time for their Christmas-themed December production of "Elf the Musical..." and, adds auditions will be held this coming weekend at the theater.  Auditions will be held this Fri., Sept. 23 at 6 p.m., Saturday the 24th at 10 a.m., and, Sunday the 25th at 6 p.m.  "Elf the Musical" will open on Fri., Dec. 2... and, weekend performances will continue through Sun., Dec. 11.  For more information... call 483-1095.


Gasoline prices down another 3-cents in Jamestown-area...
The cost for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline in the Jamestown-area has fallen another 3-cents this week.  The AAA East Central's Gas Price Report says the price fell from just under $4 a gallon... to $3.96 this week.  AAA says the demand for crude oil decreased from 8.73-million barrels to 8.49-million last week.  The price per barrel is now $85.  AAA officials add that total domestic gas stocks declined by 1.8-billion barrels to 213-million barrels.  With that... the national average price fell 4-cents a gallon to $3.67 this week.  AAA adds the U.S. is also making the annual transition to Winter blend gasoline.  The national average price has now fallen by $1.34 cents since it's peak in mid-June.


City man arrested following domestic incident...
A Jamestown man accused in a domestic dispute has been arrested after allegedly leading city police on a foot chase that went into the Chadakoin River... and, a wooded area.  Jamestown police were called to a Hopkins Avenue location just before 8:30 Sunday morning... and, were told the suspect was 41 year-old Michael Newman.  Officers say they also knew that Newman was wanted on outstanding Felony warrants.  They began speaking with Newman after arriving at the scene... but, he ran off into the river.  Police finally located Newman inside a nearby building, and arrested him on new charges of second-degree harassment and second-degree obstruction.  He was jailed pending arraignment.


Man arrested for alleged harassment in Ellery...
An Ellery man has been arrested for allegedly harassing a teenager during an incident in the town last Sunday night.  Sheriff's officers were called to a location in the town about 9 p.m. on a harassment complaint.  Deputies say their investigation showed that 42 year-old William Mitchell had harassed the minor earlier in the evening.  Mitchell was located, taken into custody, and charged with second-degree harassment... and, endangering the welfare of a child.  Mitchell was taken to the County Jail pending centralized arraignment. 


Borrello and Goodell named "most talkative" in State Legislature...
Both of Chautauqua County's representatives in the New York State Legislature have been found to be the 'most talkative' on their respective chamber floors since November of 2020.  That's according to a recent analysis by Politico... which found that State Senator George Borrello spoke a total of 76,247 words on the Senate floor during that time.  Assemblyman Andy Goodell spoke 300,372 words on that chamber's floor.  Borrello says he hopes it translates into people's voices being heard in the State Capitol, and he believes it is.  Borrello says their words do make a difference, and cited this year's redrawing of the state's congressional and legislative district maps as an example.  He called it a critical component of the lawsuits that later overturned those maps and had more "fairer one" drawn up.  Borrello adds their 'outspokenness' during floor debates is important because often times, it results in changes to any legislation that eventually passes.