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WJTN News Headlines for Mon., Sept. 26, 2022

Jamestown man arrested for allegedly robbing home while brandishing metal pipe...
A city man is jailed after allegedly entering a home on Jamestown's northside last Saturday morning and robbing a person while threatening them with a metal pipe.  City police were called to the undisclosed address about 9:30 a.m., after 24 year-old Jomar Camacho-Monge allegedly went to the home... and, asked to use the phone.  However... Camacho-Monge is accused of then pulling out the metal pipe, and he took items inside the home before fleeing.  During the investigation... police say they located him driving a car on the city's southside.  Police tried to stop Camacho-Monge... but, he drove off at a high-rate of speed... and, led officers on a short chase before he was stopped.  He was arrested... and, the stolen items were recovered.  Camacho-Monge faces several charges... including first-degree robbery... and, second-degree menacing.  He was jailed pending arraignment.  The victim was not hurt.


Sempolinski talks about ballooning national debt during Chamber breakfast...
The Central New York man serving out the rest of former Congressman Tom Reed's final term says... like his predecessor... he wants to see federal lawmakers curb 'out of control' spending.  Reed often talked about the need for Congress to reign in spending and bring down the deficit.  Joe Sempolinski... who was a long-time aide for Reed... cited an example when a spending bill for one-billion dollars came up for action just after he was sworn-in.  The Republican says many lawmakers just kind of shrugged their shoulders at the amount.  He says families and businesses don't have that luxury... and, they have to sometimes focus on just what they need and for "those core functions."  Sempolinski made his comments during last Friday's Congressional Breakfast at Moonbrook Country Club near Jamestown, which was hosted by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce.


Gillibrand pushing for emergency supplimental funding for LIHEAP with higher anticipated heating bills this Winter...
Residential energy costs are expected to increase nationwide this Winter... and, with that... New York's junior U-S Senator is calling for emergency supplemental funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.  It's also known as LIHEAP.  Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand held a video conference late last week with statewide media... and, she says one -- National Grid -- is forecasting a 39% increase in home heating bills this Winter in parts of Upstate New York.  She puts a lot of the blame on the war in Ukraine... because it's put a strain on world-wide markets.  Gillibrand says the supplemental funding is needed to ensure that families can continue to afford their heating bills during the winter... and says it would help them progress towards helping all New Yorkers have the home heating, electricity and hot water they need. 


City fire investigators looking into cause of Allen Street house fire...
The investigation is continuing into a fire that extensively damaged a condemned apartment house on Jamestown's eastside early last Saturday morning.  City Fire Lieutenant Jason Winchester says fire crews were called to 325 Allen St. about 2:45 a.m.,  and, found heavy flames coming from the first floor, and that had already begun spreading into the second floor.  Winchester says there were three vacant apartments inside... and, there were no services hooked-up.  An off-duty shift of 15 firefighters was called in... and, crews were there about four hours.  No one was hurt.


Second drug raid in 15-days at Westfield address leads to nine arrests...
For the second time in about two-weeks... the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department's Narcotics investigators have conducted a drug raid on a home in the town of Westfield.  Officers say they were helped by the Sheriff's Office SWAT Team... Dunkirk Police... and Jamestown Police in executing a search warrant at 7617 Felton Rd.  Deputies say seven people were detained after trying to flee the home shortly before 7 a.m last Friday.  During a search of the residence... investigators found about 42.5-grams of fentanyl... just over 20-grams of methamphetamine... $2,062 cash... a sawed off shotgun, a .22 cal. rifle and a .22 cal. pistol.  Police charged the seven... Alexis Campbell... Mark Baker... Daniel Hornburg... Neale Brown... Mark Jackson... Kristen McTaggart and John Houser with third and fourth-degree criminal criminal possession of a Controlled Substance.  They add that Campbell and Baker were also charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
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Sheriff's officers say Hornburg also had an active arrest warrant out of the City of Dunkirk.  During the investigation Rachel Blanchard and Edward Wood were also found hiding in a wooded area near the residence.  Both had active arrest warrants... and, Blanchard was also found to have a quantity of meth in her possession.


McEntire peforms on new grand piano at St. Lukes Church...
Jamestown's St. Luke's Church was nearly full Sunday afternoon for a recital to dedicate a new Steinway grand piano... presented to the church by the family of long time member, Paula Pickett.  Most of the 75-minute recital was performed by the church's Minister of Music, Ron Mc Entire.  Once it was concluded... McEntire told the audience he wasn't sure he could get through the show.  Ron was diagnosed earlier this year with a highly aggressive form of brain cancer.  Treatment has left him fatigued... but, he told the doctors he wanted to do this "badly." 


Rainy Sunday doesn't deter annual Busti Apple Festival...
Despite the cool and rainy start to the day, the 48th Busti Apple Harvest Festival was held Sunday... and, people still came to the historical society grounds.  Historical Society Vice-President, Carl Schultz, was not depressed by the weather... or the smaller crowd.  Schultz says most of their diehard patrons, and vendors showed up... adding it's "the end of September."