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WJTN News Headlines for Mon., Nov. 7, 2022

City officer punched during street check...
A man from Jamestown faces multiple charges including 'Attempted Assault on a Police Officer' after an altercation shortly after 3 this morning near the intersection of West Third and Hallock Streets on the westside.  Jamestown Police stopped 35-year-old Shawn Sobczak for a 'street check' and found there was a warrant for his arrest.  Officers say he became aggressive, and slugged an officer in the face.  Once subdued... Sobczak was found to be carrying cocaine and methamphetamine.  He was jailed, pending arraignment.  In addition to the assault charge, Sobczak faces four drug-related counts, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.  We have no word on the severity of the officer's injuries.


Mayville man arrested for harassment and criminal mischief...
A Mayville man is accused of criminal mischief after allegedly shoving one person to the ground... and, damaging property belonging to another person during an incident in the village.  Sheriff's officers say they were called to an undisclosed address shortly before 5 a.m. last Thursday... and learned that 21 year-old Corbin Kates had allegedly pushed the one individual... and, damaged the other's property.  Deputies arrested Kates for second-degree harassment and fourth-degree criminal mischief... and, he was taken to the county jail for Centralized Arraignment.


City man arrested after being found asleep inside stolen car...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly being found -- asleep -- inside a stolen car on the city's southside late last week.  City police were called to the area of 240 West Virginia Blvd. for a suspicious situation just after 2 p.m. Thursday.  Police say they found Jared Jacobs sleeping inside the car... which was reported stolen in Jamestown the day before.  Officers arrested Jacobs for third-degree criminal possession of stolen property.  He was jailed pending arraignment.


Sempolinski says it's believed 'lame duck' session following election...
Local Congressman Joe Sempolinski is expecting a longer than expected "lame duck" session of Congress once lawmakers return to Washington, D.C. after the election.  It's already been a busy first two months for the Steuben County Republican since being sworn-in last Sept. 13.  During a local town hall in Frewsburg last Saturday morning... Sempolinski said he's already voted on 57 bills in the House.  He says the lame duck session is to begin on Nov. 14, and, is schedule to end in mid-December.  However... if Republicans regain the majority... Sempolinski believes it will be longer because Speaker Nancy Pelosi will try to take advantage of what time they've got left to get their legislative agenda passed.  Sempolinski says the legislation Congress will deal with will include another Continuing Resolution to keep the government running until the new House is seated.  He voted against the last CR because it winds up being a continuation of government the way it is... with some changes put in by the majority party.  Sempolinski adds that the process has no transparency.  The Carroll Town Hall was his 10th in the 23rd District's 11 counties. 


Sempolinski talks about interest rate increases possible impact on federal deficit...
The more recent interest rate hikes by The Fed are concerning to everyone who has debt... and, that should be sounding alarm bells for lawmakers in Congress.  That from current Southern Tier Congressman Joe Sempolinski... who was asked about that during his Town Hall meeting in Frewsburg Saturday.  The federal debt now exceeds $30-trillion... and, interest rates have climbed by 4% in recent months.  Sempolinski says the federal government spends close to what it does on national defense on interest on it's debt.  While the national debt has climbed even moreso under the Biden Administration... Sempolinski says other administrations  -- including Republican presidents -- haven't helped either.  He looked back on his time as a Congressional Aide to former Representative Tom Reed... when he helped put on some 150 town hall meetings.  At a lot of those... he would put up a chart showing how much of the federal budget went to pay off debt racked up by the government.


Dunkirk man faces Felony DWI charge following traffic stop...
A north county man faces Felony charges after he was found to be driving with more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his systme when his car was stopped in Fredonia last weekend.  Sheriff's deputies say a patrol pulled over 32 year-old Tyvone Casey of Dunkirk on Bennett Road shortly before 2:30 a.m. Saturday.  Officers took Casey into custody.. and, charged him with Felony driving while intoxicated... Aggravated DWI with a blood alcohol content of .18% or higher... first-degree aggravated Unlicensed Operation... and speed in zone.  He was jailed pending arraignment.


City of Jamestown DOD shuts down two illegal cannabis dispensaries...
The city of Jamestown has shut-down two illegal cannabis dispensaries... one located at 214 Fairmount Ave., and the other at 29 North Main St.  Mayor Eddie Sundquist says the businesses have not received licenses to sell cannabis from the New York State Office of Cannabis Management.  Sundquist adds the businesses did not comply with a Cease-and-Desist order from the Jamestown
Department of Development when a complaint that the businesses were selling cannabis was filed two weeks ago.  The mayor says "I fully support legal cannabis and the potential for legal dispensaries in Jamestown.  However, these businesses must comply with the law and have a license from the proper authorities."