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WJTN News Headlines for Tues., Jan. 3, 2023

Jamestown man faces two contempt charges for violating order of protection, and possessing shotguns...
A city man is accused of violating an order of protection... and, being in possession of multiple shotguns following a domestic incident on Jamestown's southside.  City Police were called the undisclosed location shortly after 7 p.m. last Saturday for a domestic dispute in progress.  On arrival... officers say they made contact with the victim, and the suspect, who's identified as 48 year-old Dennis Boron.  Further investigation revealed that Boron was in violation of the order to stay away from the victim... and, a second violation for still being in possession of shotguns after an order of protection was served at an earlier time.  Boron was arrested on two counts of second-degree criminal contempt... and, the shotguns were seized and kept for evidence.  He is being held pending arraignment.


Dunkirk woman arrested for DWI after crash lands in high water in Jamestown...     
A north county woman has been arrested for driving drunk early New Year's Day after her car went off Jones and Gifford Ave. in Jamestown and, into high water.  City police were called to the scene shortly before 5 a.m. last Sunday on a report of a vehicle off the road.  On arrival... officers say they were assisted by Ellicott Town Police in helping get 26 year-old Tiffani Wilson out of the car safely.  Police say they found Wilson was driving while under the influence of alcohol just hours after being arrested on the same charge in the town of Hanover.  Officers say she was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment of her injuries... and, she was charged with DWI and other traffic violations.  Wilson was arraigned and released with appearance tickets for City Court.


Sempolinski reaches his "expiration date" today...
The "expiration date" on local Congressman Joe Sempolinski's short-term in the House of Representatives is today at Noon... as the new Congress is sworn-in.  That's when new 23rd District Representative Nick Langworthy is sworn-in in for his first-term in Washington, D.C.  As his four-months in office wound down... Sempolinski reflected on his time in Congress... noting that he's "very proud" of what he and his staff have been able to do.  He also vowed to keep working until the last minute... even though Congress will not be in session until Noon on Jan. 3.  Legislatively... Sempolinski says he's most proud of helping to craft... and, co-sponsor... the 21st Century 'Assistive Technology Act... 'and, says helping Americans living with disabilities was "a cornerstone of my time in office."  He and California Democrat Mark DeSaulinier co-sponsored the bill... which he called his "number one legislative priority."  Sempolinski says he voted just over 100 times during his short time in the House.


Hochul sworn-in as gov. during New Year's Day ceremony...
New York Governor Kathy Hochul was sworn-in for her first elected term on Sunday, making history as the first woman elected to the position in the state.  The Democrat launched her first-term as the 57th governor of New York by saying her main goals are to increase public safety and to make the state more affordable.  She first noted the need to fight the rise in gun violence... hate crimes... and, anti-semitism... among others.  Another fight Hochul says she's ready to take on is the U-S Supreme Court's - quote "hostile assault on basic rights... such as a woman to make decisions about her own body."  Hochul took the oath of office at the Empire State Plaza in Albany in front of a capacity audience. 


New Report shows NYS doing a "good job" making sure children have health coverage...
A new report says -- compared to most states -- New York is doing a good job of making sure children have health coverage.  The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families finds the rate of uninsured children in New York State was 2.6-percent in 2021.  However, that is a slight increase from 2019 – and there are concerns about keeping the numbers low.  Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy spokesperson Bridget Walsh notes federal provisions put in place during the pandemic are still providing funding for kid’s Medicare coverage.  Walsh says groups like hers have been working to make these more permanent until age 6.  Nationally... more than 4-million children don't have health insurance, although 210,000 more kids were covered between 2019 and 2021. 


Jamestown man arrested for choking woman in front of children during domestic incident...
A city man has been arrested for allegedly choking a woman during a domestic incident -- in front of two children -- on Jamestown's northside early last Sunday afternoon.  City police were called to the scene shortly after 12 Noon... and, their investigation found that 38 year-old Eliseo Rivera choked the female victim in front of the pair of children during an arguement over an EBT card.  Officers say Rivera fled before they arrived... but, he was found a short time later at another location and arrested.  He faces two counts each of criminal obstruction of breathing... and endangering the welfare of a child.  Rivera was taken to the city jail... and was held pending arraignment.


Comedy Center receiving "Caroline's on Broadway" artifacts...
The National Comedy Center in Jamestown is receiving artifacts from the iconic "Caroline's on Broadway" Comedy Club in New York City... as it closes after a 40 year run in Times Square.  Comedy Center Director Journey Gunderson, and Caroline's founder and owner, Caroline Hirsch, made the announcement late last week.  Gunderson says "Caroline Hirsch has been a vital force for nurturing comedic talent for 40 years now, and Carolines on Broadway has been one of the world’s most important venues for showcasing the art form of stand-up comedy."  Among those who have performed at Carolines through the years are Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Wanda Sykes, and Rosie O’Donnell, to name a few.
 

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