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WJTN News Headlines for Thurs., Nov. 3, 2022

Upper floors of Hall Clothier Building remain closed through weekend after water leak...
A break in a water line that feeds the HVAC system atop Chautauqua County's Hall Clothier Building in Mayville forced much of the building to be closed Wednesday.  And... the upper three floors will remain closed through Saturday.  That from County Executive P.J. Wendel... who says two key parts of the lower portion of the building have remained open for business: The Department of Motor Vehicles and the Board of Elections.  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 and repaired the two-inch water line, and began work on damaged offices.  However... Wendel says the third and fourth-floor have some "significant" water damage... and, those areas house most of the county's Department of Health and Human Services.  Those floors and the second-floor will remain closed through Saturday for repairs.


Jamestown man arrested for burglary, and threatening person with a knife...
A city man is accused of burglarizing a residence in downtown Jamestown earlier this week... and, threatening the person living there with a knife.  City police were called to the scene shortly before 10 p.m. last Sunday for a possible burglary.  When they arrived... the victim told officers that 24 year-old Angel Rosas had unlawfully entered their apartment... and, brandished a knife.  Rosas is also accused of threatening the victim.  Officers found Rosas at the scene, and he had the knife in his possession.  He was arrested for first-degree burglary... second-degree menacing... and, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  Rosas was taken to the city jail pending arraignment.


Sempolinski says crime a major concern for Southern Tier residence as Election Day draws near...
As Election Day draws near... crime and public safety are among the major concerns being expressed by Southern Tier residents to local Congressman Joe Sempolinski.  The issue has been raised as a major issue in both New York state.. and other races nationwide.  Sempolinski says "frankly, we have made it nearly impossible for police to do their jobs and, unfortunately, made it extremely easy on criminals..." and he says the statistics back up that assertion.  He says, according to the FBI, the most police officers were killed in the line of duty since the "9/11" terrorist attacks.  The Steuben County Republican says the murder rate is the highest it's been in 25 years.  Sempolinski says "you can see it daily in the local news and hear about it from your friends and neighbors."  Unfortunately... he says Governor Kathy Hochul and some other Democrats say it's a conspiracy theory."  Sempolinski says the victims of crime... and people who know them... would say it's not a conspiracy theory.  While he agrees minor offenders should not be kept in jail indefinately... he says "dangerous criminals are back on the streets before the ink dries on the police officer's report."  Sempolinski made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with regional media.


Missing girls found in Ripley Wednesday night...
Two girls who went missing in the town of Ripley after getting lost early last evening were later found safe and sound.  Sheriff's officers say deputies were called to an area of Johnson Road shortly after 6 p.m. on a report of a missing 7 and 16-year-old juveniles in a wooded area.  Upon arrival... the Sheriff's Department K-9 unit was deployed into the woods... and, K-9 "Bentley" was able to track and locate the two missing girls.  Officers were then able to get them both out of the woods safely, and with out injuries.  The two juveniles were returned to their parents.


Borrello touts need to lower high gasoline prices in lead up to Election Day...
It's time to bring back "political balance" in Albany in order to bring about a "common sense" approach to energy policy in New York.  Those are the feelings of local State Senator George Borrello in the final days of the campaign during a pair of stops in Chautauqua County to talk with motorists about the high price of gasoline.  During the stops in Silver Creek... and, Jamestown... the Sunset Bay Republican pointed out that -- to implement the Climate Action Council's energy plan -- it would add about 55-cents a gallon to gas prices.  One resident he spoke with said the cost of gasoline has been a big drain on his pocketbook... and, he's concerned about the coming Winter.  Borrello was at the Green Frog/TPS on Route 20 Tuesday... and, the Crosby’s on North Main Street Extension near Jamestown Wednesday to highlight high gas prices.


Ribbon cut on new Potter's Alley Terrace...
There's been new life breathed into a former outdoor venue in downtown Jamestown with the ribbon cutting for the newly renovated Potter's Terrace at the corner of Third Street and Potter's Alley.  The project was headed up by the Urban Core Director Frank Besse with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation.  Besse says the new terrace will replace what used to be called "The Wood Park."  That park... with an elevated wooden platform... became dilapitated, and was torn down in 2019.  Besse says the new park is more of a "passive space" to enjoy the outdoors yourself, or with a few friends.  He says it took some time and planning with a local designers and others to create the finshed product.