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WJTN News Headlines for Fri., Dec. 30, 2022

Trio involved in Monday Home Invasion-Robbery jailed on high-bail, or no bail...
The three main actors involved in this past Monday's "targeted" home invasion-robbery in Jamestown are now jailed with high-bail... or no bail.  City police say 47 year-old William Buckley... 29 year-old Joneece Talley... and, 34 year-old Joshua Ryan... were arraigned in city court Thursday on charges including first-degree robbery... first-degree burglary... first-degree criminal use of a firearm... second-degree menacing...  and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon.  Officials say Buckley... who has two or more prior Felony Convictions... is jailed without bail.  They add that Talley and Ryan were also sent to the Chautauqua CountyJail on $500,000 bail... or $1-million property bond.  City police say the trio alleged tied a 73 year-old woman to a chair... and, assaulted her while stealing property from her house.  The woman was hurt... but, is expected to recover from what police are calling "a horrifying act of violence against an elderly victim." 


Roads reopen in Buffalo following blizzard...
Roads have reopened in storm-besieged Buffalo as authorities continue searching for people who may have died or remain stranded after last week's blizzard.  Mayor Byron Brown announced that the driving ban in New York's second-most-populous city was lifted just after midnight Thursday.  He says significant progress has been made on snow removal, but he's still asking residents not to drive if they don't have to.  Suburban roads, major highways and Buffalo-Niagara International Airport had already reopened.  At least 40 deaths have been reported in western New York from the blizzard that raged Friday and Saturday.


Dolce highlights funding doled out from ARPA monies in 2022...
The Jamestown City Council worked hard in 2022 to "touch" all areas of city government and other areas with American Rescue Plan Act funding.  In fact... the vast majority of the $28-million awarded to the city was doled out this past year... and, Council President Tony Dolce reflected on that at the panel's recent year-end voting session.  Dolce says they especially wanted to help businesses and neighborhoods recover from the COVID-19 pandemic...  he says the "put a lot of the money into business, and industries... as well as housing."  At the urging of some in the public... lawmakers spent a significant amount of money to beef up the police and fire departments with added manpower and equipment.  Dolce says another area they wanted to make sure to help was the Public Works Department... especially for "badly needed" equipment and vehicles.  There are still a few million dollars available to dole out in 2023.


Langworthy sworn-in ceremonially at High School alma mater...
The congressman-elect for the "new" 23rd District held a ceremonial swearing-in at his alma mater... Pine Valley Central School... Wednesday... as he prepares to take office.  Chautauqua County Court Judge David Foley administered the oath office to Buffalo-area Republican Nick Langworthy during the event Wednesday that attracted a large audience.  Following the ceremony, Langworthy spoke about the reason he choose to hold the event at the school.  He says "this community means a lot to me..." and, he wanted to show his appreciation for their support.  The Erie County Republican, who has also served as New York State GOP Chair, says he has been very busy since winning the Congressional seat in November.  He says the process has been complicated by redistricting... which has merged one district with the other.  There are now seven counties... including a significant portion of Erie County in the new 23rd District.  State Assemblymen Andy Goodell and Joe Giglio... along Seneca Nation Council member Odie Porter... spoke during the ceremony emceed by Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel. 


Jamestown man arrested for allegedly stealing nearly $400 worth of merchandise from business...
A city man is accused of stealing nearly 400-dollars worth of merchandise from a business on Jamestown's northside just before Christmas.  City police were called to the scene Thursday night... Dec. 22... for a reported larceny.  On arrival... officers say they found 41 year-old Alberto Narvaez-Aponte, Jr., who matched the description of the suspect, on West 10th St. at North Main.  Police also found that Aponte had outstanding warrants from JPD.  However... once they made contact with the suspect... he led them on a brief foot chase before he was caught.  Officers say Aponte resisted arrest... and, hit one officer in the face.  He was finally taken into custody... and, police recovered the $394 in stolen merchandise.  Aponte was arrested for petty larceny... second-degree obstruction... second-degree harassment... and resisting arrest.  


Looking back on 2022: Investigators reopen Bindics Murder case...
There was a renewed push in 2022 by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office to try and solve some unresolved cases... many dating back a decade -- or more.  The Department's Unsolved Crimes Unit was recently formed... and, in August... asked for the public's help in solving a murder case involving a Jamestown woman whose remains were found almost 16 years ago.  Yolanda Bindics was 25 years old when she disappeared on Aug. 10, 2004, and her skeletal remains were found in a desolate, wooded, area in the town of Charlotte on Sept. 10, 2006.  Sheriff Jim Quattrone says the Bindics family has been persistent in trying to get justice for Yolanda.
 

  

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