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WJTN News Headlines for Tues., Dec. 27, 2022

City man arrested for having loaded, .38-caliber gun in his possession without State Permit...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of a loaded, .38-caliber revolver he did not have a state permit for.  City police were called to a location at Eagle and Scioto Streets shortly after 5 a.m. Monday on a weapon's complaint.  On arrival... officers say they found 23 year-old Christian Jewell... and, gave him several verbal commands -- which he refused to follow.  However... police were able to take Jewell into custody, and recover the loaded pistol.  Jewell was found not to have a pistol permit... and was arrested for second-degree criminal possession of a weapon... and, second-degree obstructing governmental administration.  Jewell was jailed pending arraignment.


Jamestown man arrested after police pursuit in stolen pick-up truck...
A Jamestown man faces several Felony charges following a Christmas Day vehicle pursuit that started on the city's northside and ended in the Fluvanna area.  City police were called to a business at North Main and West Ninth Sts. about Noon Sunday to investigate a Ford pick-up truck reported stolen in the town of Ellicott.  Officers say when they arrived... they saw 31 year-old Joseph James get into the vehicle... and, drive off.  They say James refused to pull over... and, police began the pursuit... which went west on Fluvanna Avenue and out of the city.  Officers say the driver lost control of the truck... and, it struck a building just over the city line.  Officers say James then tried to flee again by hitting a Jamestown patrol car several times... and, then striking a second patrol car... and, almost hitting an officer.  The pursuit ended after the truck crashed into a ditch.  Police took James into custody on charges including first-degree reckless endangerment... third-degree criminal possession of stolen property... and, two counts of third-degree fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle.


Sempolinski says his Dist. Offices have dealt with more than 300 constituent services cases, so far...
Local Congressman Joe Sempolinski's district offices have handled just over 300 constituent service cases during the three-and-a-half months he's been in office.  Sempolinski... who's a former district director for former Rep. Tom Reed... made getting constituent services going again was among his top priorities after being elected to fill out Reed's term.  The Steuben County Republican says he recently met with his district staff to go over some of their accomplishments, and making sure that they are handling those constituent calls right up until they are served by Nick Langworthy in the "new" 23rd District... or Claudia Tenney or Marc Molinaro, who each are getting small portions of the current 23rd District.  Sempolinski says that "whistle" will sound next Monday, Jan. 2.  Langworthy will be sworn-in on Tuesday, Jan. 3 in Washington.  Sempolinski says, fortunately, most of Reed's district staff stayed on with him... and, that's been a big help.  All of Chautauqua County will be in the new 23rd District. 


Reed abruptly resigns from Congress in May, setting up up the area to have three different members of Congress within months of each other... one of 2022's top stories...
One of the major stories of 2022 was the sudden resignation of six-term local Congressman Tom Reed... who was already not seeking re-election in November.  Reed made the announcement on the House Floor on May 11, saying that he hoped “to have a greater impact on the country.”  The Corning Republican said he was joining a lobbying firm.  One of Reed's last actions in the House was to deal with getting a budget in place... much of which he agreed with in terms of improving infrastructure, and, expanding rural broadband.  However... the federal budget battles would heat up again later in the year... with current Congressman Joe Sempolinski opposing both two continuing resolutions... and, a recently approved Omnibus spending bill.  The 23rd Congressional District went without representation until early September... following a special election won by Sempolinski over Democrat Max Della Pia.  However... Sempolinski is only serving until Jan. 3, when Republican Nick Langworthy will be sworn-in to represent the "new" 23rd District in Congress.  More on the big stories of 2022 all this week, and on this coming weekend's "Community Spotlight" program.


Fredonia man arrested following DWI accident in Pomfret...
A north county man has been arrested for drunk driving following a single-car accident on Van Buren Road in the town of Pomfret Monday afternoon.  Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene shortly before 5 p.m., and, found that the driver of the car, 58 year-old Donald Salemi of Fredonia, had been drinking and driving.  Officers arrested Salemi for DWI... and moving from lane unsafely.  He was issued appearance tickets for Pomfret Town Court.  No one was hurt in the crash.


Humane Society announces extension of "Season of Hope" pet adoption drive...
The Chautauqua County Humane Society has extended it's "Season of Hope" adoption drive to this Friday, Dec. 30.  The Humane Society's drive... presented by Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa... has a goal to get 100 animals into loving homes through adoption... or fostering.  Senior Programs Director Brian Papalia says "Before the storm started interfering with everyone’s lives last week, we had a total of 75 animals move on to their forever homes."  Brian says they adopted out 60... and, 15 went into the CCHS Foster Program.  This week... he says they are doing something special, with all adoption fees half-off in hopes of reaching their goal of 100 animals new homes.  Stop by the Adoption Center at 2825 Strunk Rd. in Jamestown during lobby hours for cat adoptions from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and Fridays... and, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. 

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