WJTN News Headlines for Fri., July 14, 2023

More evidence found that Burham is still in Warren County, Pa...
The search for accused killer Michael Burham enters it's second-week... and, law enforcement investigators say they've found more evidence that Burham is still in the Warren County-area.  Pennsylvania State Police... who have been leading the investigation and manhunt since the 34 year-old Burham escaped last Thursday... updated the investigation Thursday afternoon.  State Police Lieutenant Colonel George Bivens says they've found more campsites... or stashes... where the suspect has kept survival items -- in a wooded area not far from the city.  Bivens says investigators found a so-called "grab bag" near the city that contained food and other survival type items.  He adds they've used DNA and other means to identify whether Burham has recently planted those items... or if they may have been put there for him by someone else.  If you have an information on the case... you're asked to call the Pennsylvania State Police Command Post Tip Line at 717-265-9650 or 717-265-9651.  


Chautauqua County Sheriff says local officers following up on leads, supporting effor to find Burham...
As the manhunt continues for escaped homicide suspect Michael Burham... the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office continues to provide assistance in the search.  Sheriff Jim Quattrone says his department has received several suspicious person complaints, but there has been no indication that Burham has been in Chautauqua County since his escape from the Warren County Jail.  Quattrone says they've had a number of "good intent" calls, but, adds there's been nothing verified yet.  Quattrone encourages the public to continue reporting any possible sightings of the 34-year-old Ashville native... who is the prime suspect in the May 11 homicide of Jamestown resident Kala Hodgkin.  He says people now have surveillance cameras in many places that may pick up something suspicious... and, Quattrone also reminds area residents to lock their doors and vehicles so Burham does not have "easy access for him to continue to be on the run." 


The 27th annual Laurel Run gets underway in Jamestown...
The Resource Center's 27th Laurel Run started with a bang this morning in Jamestown.  Confetti swirled in front of the Michael J. Raymond Center on Jones & Gifford Avenue as the first relay runners began to make their way toward Dunkirk.  The run is named for the late Laurel Hotelling of Silver Creek.  She had Down's syndrome and was a leader in the struggle to raise awareness and acceptance for the disabled.  At the opening ceremony, her father, Wayne, reminded the audience why Laurel Run exists... and, that's for the people served by The Resource Center.  The events shift to Silver Creek tomorrow.  The Resouce Center's Steve Waterson, another of the race organizers, noted a change for this year... with the 8K run being trimmed back to a 5K.  Proceeds of Laurel Run benefit persons with disabilities.


Buffalo man arrested for drug possession following traffic stop in Jamestown...
A man from Buffalo is accused of being in possession of significant quantities of narcotic drugs following a traffic stop on the northeast side of Jamestown early Thursday morning.  City police say members of their Violent Crime... and, K-9 units... were in the area of Sturges and Crossman Streets shortly after 1 a.m. when they spotted a black GMC Sports Utility Vehicle reported stolen out of Orchard Park, NY.  Officers say they stopped the vehicle... driven by 27 year-old Markeel Hilson... and found drug paraphernalia in plain view.  Police obtained a search warrant... and, found more than 15-grams of cocaine... and, nearly 15-grams of Fentanyl inside... individually packaged for sale.  Hilson was arrested on two counts of Felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia... and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.  He was taken to the city jail pending arraignment.


Record set for "Cents for St. Susan's" campaign with over $32,000 raised...
Organizers and major donors to the annual Cents for St. Susan's campaign says they are "overwhelmed" by the record of over $32,000 raised for the Jamestown areas largest soup kitchen.  Main Organizer... Board of Public Utilities Spokeswoman Becky Robbins... says the amount far surpassed last year's record of $26,693 dollars raised.  Robbins says sponsors helped raise the majority of the money... but, she adds there were other areas they set new records... including canisters and the annual Hot Dog sale.  All told, they raised $32,508.  Robbins says they also had some new donations... and, increased contributions:  One in particular.  She says there was a "major anonymous" donor who helped put them over the top.


Scandinavian Folk Festival begins Saturday...
The 20th Scandinavian Folk Festival will be held at the Northwest Arena on Saturday and Sunday.  But... festival coordinator, Don Sandy, says the festivities will start Saturday around 10 a.m. just down the street at the Jamestown Public Market.  He says they'll be decorating their 20-foot tall pole to celebrate the Mid-Summer season.  The decorated pole will be paraded down Third Street, planted near the Viking ship outside the arena, and danced around.  Inside the arena there’ll be vendors with Scandinavian merchandise, continuous music, educational lectures, and food... including a Swedish Meatball Dinner... or one of Norm's famous "Korvburgers."  The festival runs until 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission is just $5.  The full schedule is at Scandinavianjamestown.org.