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WJTN News Headlines for Wed., Sept. 21, 2022

City man already under arrest in connection with Aug. shooting now charged with murder...
A Jamestown man has now been formally charged with murder in the fatal, targeted, daylight shooting of another man on Prendergast Avenue last month.  Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt announced late Tuesday that 22 year-old Kevin Roldan-Pantojas is now accused of shooting 35 year-old Jesus Batista-Perez in the 800-block of Prendergast last Aug. 19.  Schmidt says Pantojas was arraigned Tuesday afternoon on a five-count indictment in County Court by Judge David Foley.  He says Foley set bail at $1-million cash... or $2-million property bond.  Pantojas is charged with second-degree murder... and, second-degree attempted murder for the man wounded during the incident.  Pantojas is also charged with first-degree assault... second-degree criminal possession of a weapon... and, tampering with physical evidence.  He was initially arrested with another man on the criminal possession of a weapon charge.  A discovery hearing is to be held in the case on Oct. 24.  Jamestown Police Chief Tim Jackson thanked Schmidt and surrounding police departments that assisted JPD the day of the incident.


Concerns voiced to City Council about ramp safety and security...
A resident of the Hotel Jamestown who uses the Cherry Street Parking Ramp is expressing several safety-related concerns about that ramp.  The man spoke to the City Council during the most recent work session... and told lawmakers that he was threatened by one person, he didn't know, who had been stalking him.  He adds that two teenagers were assaulting another man on the other side of the garage, and he chased them off before reporting it to city police.  In addition... he says the elevator in the Cherry Street Ramp has not been working the past nine-months.  City Public Works Director Jeff Lehman says a new elevator is under construction, and should be up and running in a few weeks.  As for the other safety problems... Police Chief Timothy Jackson says JPD will be patroling those places more often.  He adds that people need to call the police when they see vandalism or other crimes taking place.  The man said most of the problems seem to occur after 7 p.m., after the attendant on duty leaves for the day.


Corry, Pa. man killed in truck-pedestrian accident in western Warren County...
A Corry, Pennsylvania man was struck and killed by a pick-up truck early last Sunday moring in Warren County's Spring Creek Township.  State Police in Corry tell WJET-TV that 36 year-old Curtis Higby was walking along Picidilli Road just after 2 a.m. Sunday when he walked into the path of a Dodge pick-up truck.... and, was struck by the vehicle.  Troopers say Higby was reportedly wearing dark clothing.  The Spring Creek Fire Department rescue unit, and EmergyCare EMS assisted on the scene.  No charges have been filed.


Borrello complains that Hochul still has too much emergency power...
New York Governor Kathy Hochul's emergency COVID-19 powers recently expired... but, a local state lawmaker says he's concerned that she still has too much power.  State Senator George Borrello feels Hochul should have ended the COVID state of emergency much sooner... and, that she still has too much authority... includes States of Emergency for polio, monkeypox, and gun violence.  Borrello also accused several state lawmakers of taking advantage of the COVID emergency... and, not showing up in Albany for legislative meetings.  He says it essentially became a "no show" job for them.  Governor Hochul did not renew the COVID state of emergency... which expired last week.  It gave her expanded authority given to the executive amid the coronavirus pandemic since taking office one year ago.  The COVID state of emergency initially took effect under former Governor Andrew Cuomo on Mar. 3 of 2020.


Jackels to host 5K Run, Walk and Dribble this Saturday...
A unique event is being held at Jamestown's Jackson-Taylor Park this coming weekend to support a program that helps people develop their potential, and achieve success.  The first-ever Jamestown Jackels 5-K Run, Walk and Dribble will be held on Saturday... beginning at 10 a.m.  It's being organized by the Jackels... and, Owner Kayla Crosby... and, the start and finish line will be in the park.  Crosby says it'll cost $20 per person to take part... and, that includes a T-shirt from the event.  She adds that during the 5K... they'll have a first-ever "1-K Dribble" around the park.  Crosby says the first 20 youths that register for that event will get both a basketball and T-shirt.  She says they'll dribble along the paved areas of the park, and the riverwalk.  That's not all... Crosby says the Jackels will hold a free youth-basketball clinic at Park United Methodist Churcy in Sinclairville for 6 to 17 year-olds.  She says proceeds will support their "Integrityfirst" charitable organization based in Jamestown... which owns the Jackels... and, works to foster integrity... motivation... confidence and sportsmanship.  To register or find more information... e-mail Crosby at kayla@jamestownjackels.com.  You can also register at runsignup.com/Race/NY/Jamestown/Jackels5K.


Westfield Memorial Hospital dealing with loss of phone service...
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 has set-up a cell phone number people can use to contact the hospital.  It's 814-397-0661.