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WJTN News Headlines for Mon., Nov. 14, 2022

Schuyler to leave County Government on Nov. 29...   
Chautauqua County's public health director the past 14 years is leaving at the end of the month... and, the current Department of Health and Human Services will be restructured.  That from County Executive P.J. Wendel... who announced this morning that Schulyer's last day will be Nov. 29.  Wendel says "Christine's current term expires the end of this month and I have made the decision to not re-appoint her to another 5-year term, and move in a different direction with the structure of the County’s delivery of human services."  He says he "appreciates" Schuyler's service and dedication to county residents... and, "I wish her all the best with her future endeavors."  In the interim... Wendel has assigned DHHS Physician Michael Faulk additional duties to act as Interim Public Health Director overseeing the DHHS Division of Public Health.


Search for city man following ATV incident in Cattaraugus County...
The search is ongoing for a man from Jamestown who reportedly got washed away with the all-terrain vehicle he was riding on with another man in flood waters along the Allegheny River.  Cattaraugus County Sheriff's officers were notified that the ATV had been washed away near Old Route 17 shortly before 11 p.m. last Friday.  Deputies say the operator was able to make it out of the water safely... but, had become separated from his passenger.  The identity of the passenger was unknown to the driver, and was known to him only as "Matt from Jamestown".  It is believed the passenger was a white male, possibly in his 40's, first name of Matt, and possibly drove a tan truck.  Anyone with any information on the matter is asked to call the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department at 938-9191.


City man arrested for second time in two weeks...
A Jamestown man previously arrested for stealing and taking a U-Haul moving truck for a joy ride has been arrested a second time in two weeks for a domestic dispute.  City police were called to a southside location late last Wednesday morning and arrested 39 year-old Timothy Warrior, Jr.  Warrior is accused of breaking down a door to get to a female victim during the incident.  Police say Warrior tried to hide inside the home... but, was soon after found and taken into custody.  Police charged him with fourth-degree criminal mischief.  He was taken to the city jail pending arraignment.  Back on November 1st... Warrior was accusing of stealing the U-Haul as it was being loaded by renters. 


Sundquist says no budget amendments offered by deadline...
The Jamestown City Council has a couple of smaller departments to review... but, so far... there have been no amendments made to the proposed 2023 budget proposal.  Mayor Eddie Sundquist laid out the $38.6-million spending plan in early October... and, includes no tax rate increase.  Sundquist says amendments from the City Council to the proposal were due last Wednesday... but, says none were offered.  However... that doesn't mean that changes can't be made to the budget on the floor of the council's voting session later this month.  Sundquist says one things that's non-negotiable is increasing the tax rate from the current $23.69 per $1,000 full value.  He says they will see the projected savings from retirees who are 65 and older and going off the city's self-insured plan... and onto a Medicare program.  Spending is up in the new budget... but, so are property values.  The tax levy is up about 6%.


Blue Star Mother's host "Blue Wing Fest..." ready for sending out care packages to the troops...
The local Blue Star Mother’s annual effort to send Christmas Care Packages to active duty troops is fully underway.  President Susan Rowley says their hope this year is to send as many boxes as in 2019... before the pandemic... when about 1,000 went out.  The group is collecting non-perishable, non-fragile items to send.  A full list of suggestions and where to drop them off can be found on the Blue Star Mothers Lake Erie Chapter 4 internet or Facebook page.  Each box costs $15 to send.  Checks to support mailing can be sent to Blue Star Mothers, Box 22 in Jamestown.  The boxes will be packed on Saturday, December 3rd at the Fluvanna Community Church starting at 9 a.m. 


Jamestown man arrested for stealing pick-up truck...
A city man is accused of stealing a truck last week while the operator was in the process of unloading lawn care equipment on Jamestown's northside.  City police were called to the scene at 628 Prendergast Ave. about 11:20 a.m. last Wednesday on a complaint of a pick-up being stolen.  Officers say the victim described the vehicle... and, it was found about Noon parked in the driveway at 860 North Main St.  Police reviewed security footage from a nearby business... which showed the man drive away with the truck.  Officers later found that 41 year-old Brandon Guillory had appeared on multiple surveillance videos.  He was arrested for third-degree grand larceny, and jailed pending arraignment.


Wendel says second through fourth-floors of Hall Clothier Building remain closed this week...
The temporary closures to much of Chautauqua County's Hall Clothier Building in Mayville remain in effect through this week due to water damage from the Nov. 2 leak.  That from County Executive P.J. Wendel... who says they are still working to repair and clean the second, third, and fourth floors of the building.