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WJTN News Headlines for Mon., Jan. 9, 2023

Police arrest 18 year-old for shooting town of Ellicott man, killing him...
An 18 year-old man has been arrested for allegedly shooting and killing another man during an incident in the town of Ellicott late last Friday night.  Town Police say Chautauqua County dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call from 2256 Willard St. Ext. about 10 p.m. for a report of a person being shot at the residence.  Ellicott and Jamestown Police responded... and, found the victim, 57 year-old Scott Blake... dead from a gunshot wound.  The Chautauqua County District attorney’s office, Ellicott Town Police detectives, and members of the county's Forensic Identification team secured the scene.  They later obtained a search warrant to look for evidence.  Once completed...18 year-old Tucker Richard was arrested for second-degree murder... and taken to the county jail pending arraignment.


Police investigating fatal, car-pedestrian accident in Fredonia...
A Rochester-area man was killed last Friday night in a car-pedestrian accident on Rt. 60 -- just south of Vineyard Drive -- in the village of Fredonia.  Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene about 6 p.m., and, found that 48 year-old Richard Lorek of Brockport was trying to cross the roadway when he was struck.  Officers say Lorek was treated at the scene by Fredonia fire rescuers... and, rushed to Brook's Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk.  However... he later died of his injuries.  Deputies say the driver of the car, 64 year-old Polly Gambino of Cassadaga, was northbound when the accident occured.  Officers say no charges are expected to be filed.  The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Fredonia Police Department and the New York State Police.


Sundquist formally announces run for second-term as mayor...
Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist has made it official:  He's running for a second-term as the city of Jamestown's top-elected official this November.  Sundquist made the announcement in front of a standing-room only crowd at the Chop House on Main Restaurant last Friday night... noting that the trials and difficulties of the past four years have made him more determined to succeed in the next four.  He says his accomplishments include tackling public safety issues, bringing in millions of dollars in grant funding he says will "change the fabric of our city..." and making city government "more transparent and inclusive."  Sundquist was preceeded by three speakers... and, one was his counterpart from the city of Dunkirk... Mayor Willie Rosas.  Rosas says he and Sundquist have worked together in a number of areas at the county's only two Democratic Mayors... and, he wants to see that continue.  In years past... such announcements would not be made until later in the Spring.  No Republican has yet indicated that they'll be running next Fall.


Jamestown, County Democratic chairwomen on hand for Sundquist announcement...
Two of Chautauqua County's highest ranking Democrats were also on hand to support Mayor Sundquist's re-election bid.  Among them was the city's new, Democratic Committee Chairwoman.  Alyssa Porter ran for the city council two years ago... and, says the city needs Sundquist's inspiring leadership.  Porter says this race is "critical" for Jamestown's future... and, says the mayor will "inspire others to run for office."  New County Democratic Committee Chairwoman Marcia Westling-Johnson was also on hand to endorse Sundquist.  Johnson says she first got to know him when he ran for Congress in 2018... and, says it's great to see young people like Sundquist come back to the area and run for public office.  Other Democrats on hand included past County Chairman Norm Green... and county legislators Susan Parker... and, the recently appointed Tom Nelson.


Man arrested for allegedly pulling down a person's door using chains and pick-up truck...
A local man is accused of pulling the door off a victim's home using chains hooked up to his pick-up truck last Thursday night in Jamestown.  City police were called to a report of a disturbance on the southside shortly after 7 p.m., but, found that 39 year-old Joshua Erhard had fled the scene prior to their arrival.  JPD was assisted by Sheriff's deputies in finding the pick-up truck in question in the Mayville-area later that evening.  At that point... Erhard was found and arrested for third-degree criminal mischief.  Officers also learned that during the incident... Erhard's truck got stuck in a wet yard and sprayed mud all over a nearby house... and he was additionally charged with third-degree criminal tampering.  He was issued appearance tickets and released.


Two arrested on drug charges following traffic stop in Jamestown...
Two people were arrested late last week in Jamestown on drug possession charges following a traffic stop on the city's eastside.  Jamestown police say they stopped a car about 11 p.m. Friday for a traffic violation at East Seventh and Liberty Streets.  Officers say their investigation showed that 36 year-old Brandon Baker of Olean... and, 32 year-old Desteny Badgley of Jamestown... were in possession of illegal drugs.  Police say Baker was found to be in possession of a quantity of Fentanyl and Methamphetamine... while Badgley was found to be in possession of Fentanyl.  Baker faces two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... while Badgley faces one count.  Both were arraigned... and, released with appearance tickets for City Court.


Second prize, $1-Million Powerball ticket sold in Gowanda...
There's been a $1-million winning Powerball ticket sold for last Saturday's drawing in the Cattaraugus County village of Gowanda.  The New York State Lottery reports that the ticket was sold at the Shop 'N Save store at 10 Buffalo St., and was the largest of five winning tickets in New York state last weekend.  The jackpot for today's drawing is $340-million.

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