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WJTN News Headlines for Wed., Nov. 2, 2022

Water leak from broken line causes upper parts of Hall Clothier Building to be closed Wednesday...
A break in a water line that feeds the HVAC system atop Chautauqua County's Hall Clothier Building in Mayville has forced much of the building to be closed today.  However... County Executive P-J Wendel says two key parts of the lower part of the building will be open today for business: the Board of Elections, and the Department of Motor Vehicles located in the basement of the building.  The Hall Clothier Building is one of four locations for early voting for next Tuesday's election in the county.  Wendel says the leak was reported about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday... and, he says Buildings and Grounds crews immediately went to work to get rid of the water, and dry out office areas.  Wendel says the third and fourth-floors have some "significant" water damage... and, those areas house most of the county's Health and Human Services Department.  He says work is taking place all day today in hopes of having the building completely open tomorrow.


Man from Sherman arrested for having loaded guns, drugs in his possession during mental health evaluation...
A Sherman man is accused of drug and weapons possession charges in Jamestown after he was taken by ambulance to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for a mental health evaluation.  City police say they were called to the hospital about 1 p.m. Monday after 19 year-old Marcus Detweiler was found with a loaded, .25-caliber pistol... and, a loaded .20-gauge sawed-off shotgun.  Officers say Detweiler was also found with more than 10-grams of methamphetamine... just over 13-grams of Fentanyl... pills... a scale and drug packaging material.  He was later released from the hospital, and arraigned in City Court.  Detweiler was then taken to the county jail pending further court action.


Jamestown man arrested on drug and weapons charges in Dunkirk following traffic stop...
An early morning traffic stop in the city of Dunkirk Tuesday resulted in the arrest of a Jamestown man on weapon and drug charges.  Dunkirk Police pulled over 18-year-old Anthony Alvarez-Luna in the area of West 4th and Lark Streets around 1:15 a.m.  That from Police Chief David Ortolano... who says officers found Alvarez-Luna had a suspended license.  They later found he was in possession of a loaded, 9-mm handgun, a quantity of cocaine and other drugs, as well as about $1,500 in U.S. currency.  Ortolano says Alvarez-Luna is facing multiple charges... including second-degree criminal possession of a weapon... and, third and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Alvarez-Luna was being held pending arraignment.


City man arrested for allegedly stealing U-Haul truck, and taking it for Joy Ride...
A city man is accused of stealing a U-Haul moving truck that was being loaded by renters on Jamestown's southside... and, the thief driving it into the town of Busti before it was found back in the city.  Jamestown police say they received a report of the truck being taken from a Prospect Street location about 10:30 a.m. Monday.  Officers say they received a number of calls about where the U-Haul had been before it was driven through a fence in Busti.  Police say the vehicle was later found in a field on South Avenue near The Resource Center facility.  The driver, identified as 39 year-old Timothy Warrior, Junior, was seen laying in the field, and taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital before police arrived.  They later arrested Warrior on charges including third and fourth-degree grand larceny... and, fourth-degree criminal mischief.


Dolce calls on lawmakers to make final decisions soon on remaing ARPA funding...
City lawmakers in Jamestown will consider whether to move forward with four proposals -- that haven't been acted on yet -- for use of American Rescue Plan Act funding.  The City Council has not acted on the plans... partly because they only have about $4-million of the original $28-million allocated... and there are other proposals as well.  Council President Tony Dolce urged fellow lawmakers to be ready to take some kind of action in November... starting with next Monday night's work session.  A $1-million request was made by the Chautauqua County Landbank for demolition, and other activities to get property into the hands of new owners.  Just over half of that would be for demolitions... which Dolce says was much discussed during August's Public Safety Forum.  Council will look at just funding those demolitions as well.  They'll also consider allocations to the city's 19A program to deal with "Zombie" properties... one for non-profits... and, a fourth to help more businesses with expenses for coming out of the COVID pandemic.


Whitaker says two "out-of-district" juveniles have been arrested for JHS break-In...
Two juveniles who don't attend Jamestown High School have been arrested for allegedly getting into the school... outside of school hours... looking for items to steal.  School Superintendent Kevin Whitaker says "these actions have been captured on video, which has been given to the police and courts for further action."  Whitaker adds the two youths have now been identified by Jamestown Police... but, because they are minors, they can't be identified.  He says they have been working closely with JPD and their School Resource Officer to investigate... and, adds "the district will be pressing charges."  In response to the incident... Whitaker says additional monitoring of the building by day and night staff will take place... and, city police will assist with that.  Anyone with more information on the matter is asked to call the JPD Tips line at 483-TIPs... that's 483-8477.


False alarm leads to lock-down at Gowanda Central Schools...
A false alarm led to the temporary lock-down of the Gowanda Central School District in Cattaraugus County Tuesday morning.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say the call came in shortly after 9 a.m., and, they cleared the school with the help of Erie County Sheriff's deputies.  State Police, Gowanda Police, North Collins Police and other agencies also responded.  However... no threat was found to any students or buildings.  Officers say the school was turned back over to district leaders, and resumed the regular school schedule about Noon.