WJTN News Headlines for Tues., Dec. 26, 2023

Jamestown man faces charges following Christmas Eve domestic incident...
A city man has been arrested on drug and other charges following a domestic incident on Christmas Eve... in which he allegedly threw a woman down a set of stairs.  Jamestown police were called to a northside address shortly before 4 p.m., and, found the victim, and the suspect, 35 year-old Bruce Miles, outside the residence.  The woman says Miles grabbed her by the back of her head... and, threw her down the stairs and outside.  When Miles was told he was under arrest... he resisted.  After a brief struggle... he was taken into custody... but, then resisted again as he was being put into a patrol car.  He allegedly caused damage to the vehicle.  At the city jail... Miles was searched... and, found with just over a gram of methamphetamine in his possession.  He was jailed pending arraignment on charges of second-degree harassment... resisting arrest... fourth-degree criminal mischief... and, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.


City man accused of breaking into eastside home on Christmas Eve...
A Jamestown man is accused of breaking into an eastside home late Christmas Eve morning on the city's southside.  Jamestown police were called to a reported "burglary-in progress" at 33 Barrett Ave. shortly before Noon Sunday... and, on arrival... found a broken out rear window.  After making several announcements to come out... officers say 29 year-old Jeremy Lyons surrendered to police at the rear window.  Lyons was removed from the home... and, taking to the city jail without incident.  Police say further investigation showed that he had kicked out the rear window prior to entering the home.  Lyons was charged with third-degree criminal trespass... and, fourth-degree criminal mischief.  He was also found to have outstanding warrants through the Lakewood-Busti Police Department... and, was jailed pending arraignment.


Traffic stop late last week in the city leads to drug and weapons charges...
A 20 year-old man faces numerous charges after allegedly trying to drive away from a traffic stop and being found in possession of a loaded pistol, and a quantity of cocaine.  Jamestown police say they pulled over a car... that had a suspended vehicle registration... in the area of West Eighth and Monroe Streets shortly before 1 p.m. last Thursday.  Police tried to secure Angel Rondon-Gonzalez before he could drive away from the traffic stop.  However... he started driving away with officers in the vehicle.  They were able to get out safely... and, pursued the vehicle to West Eighth and Murray Avenue where Rondon-Gonzales got out and led police on a brief foot chase.  Officers recoved a loaded, semiautomatic pistol and a fanny pack containing a quanity of cocaine and cash that he apparently had tried to discard.  He was taken to the city jail on charges including: third-and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... second-degree criminal possession of a weapon... third-degree grand larceny... and, third-degree criminal possession of stolen property.  He was jailed pending arraignment.


Langworthy says "chaotic Congress" did have some achievements in 2023...
A number of observers have called this Congress one of the least productive on record... with only 22 bills being passed and enacted during the calendar year.  However... it wasn't really a full year for the House of Representatives due to the lateness of deciding on a speaker... and, then having Speaker Kevin McCarthy ousted 10 months later due to disagreements with a small number of far-right Republicans.  Local Congressman Nick Langworthy says they were able to accomplish one thing voters sent them to do: that was to curb the "out-of-control" spending by President Biden and liberal Democrats.  Langworthy feels another major accomplishment for the House GOP Majority was getting a debt-ceiling agreement with President Biden and Senate Democrats they intend to stick to.  The Buffalo-area Republican says the president wanted a "clean, no strings attached" debt ceiling increase, but, Republicans said no... and, that helped set the framework for some guard-rails on spending for 2024.  Langworthy says the 118th Congress was able to avoid a "Christmas Eve-multi-trilliion dollar" omibus bill for the first time in recent memory that included any number of "give-away" programs.  As for what may happen in the coming Election Year... he says people -- including several in his own party -- need to have more "realistic expectations."


City man arrested on "Hate Crime" charge following assault...
A fight on Jamestown's southside early Christmas Eve morning sent a city man to jail on an assault charge.  Jamestown police say they were called to the scene just before 3:30 a.m. Sunday... and, on arrival... found a victim who had been punched in the face. Through investigation... officers say they found that 31 year-old Kody Johnson had punched the victim in the face... and had used racial slurs during the altercation.  Johnson was arrested for third-degree assault... and commiting a hate crime.  He was jailed pending arraignment.


Borrello blasts Hochul for signing even-numbered local election year bill...
The effort to get local governments to move their elections to even-numbered years is now law... and, it's drawing the wrath of Republicans across the state.  Local State Senator George Borrello says Governor Kathy Hochul's signing of the measure late last week puts those elections alongside elections for Senate, Assembly, statewide offices, Congress and president.  Borrello says "just in time for Christmas, Democrats have delivered a lump of coal to New Yorkers in the form of another brazen effort to rig the political system in their favor."