WJTN News Headlines

A city man has been arrested for allegedly pulling a knife on another man... and, threatening to "cut him up" on Jamestown's northside late last Saturday night.  City police were called to the scene of a person with a knife on Bowen Street at the intersection with Bush shortly before 10 PM.  Officers say they found 23 year-old Jean Melendez outside wen they arrived.  They say their investigation found that Melendez had allegedly pulled the knife on the victim, and threatenend to hurt him.  Melendez was arrested for second-degree menacing and harassment... and, sent to the city jail pending arraignment.


Chautauqua County's state Assemblyman remains hopeful that some positive changes can be made to New York's SAFE Act to fairly address hunting and sportsman rifles.  Bemus Point Republican Andy Goodell says he remains disappointed that Governor Andrew Cuomo has resisted calls to change two provisions of the gun-control measure regarding rifles.  Goodell says the first is that all semi-automatic rifle owners have to have that gun registered by Apriil 15th. In that case... Goodell says the state will either confiscate the weapon... or your estate will have to sell it to someone out of state.  However... he says that's a difficult process.  Goodell was hoping that Cuomo was softening his stance on making changes to the SAFE Act.  However... during a radio interview on Martin Luther King, Junior Day... the governor said those who opposed the SAFE Act were right-wing "extremists..." which has brought a firestrom of controversy. No specific dates for any demonstrations or rallies in support of repealing... or amending the SAFE Act have been announced.  Goodell made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program.


An Ohio woman has been arrested for allegedly operating a snowmobile while she was drunk... and, hitting an ice fishing shanty on Chautauqua Lake.  Sheriff's Deputies were called to the scene about 1 AM last Saturday to investigate a reported snowmobile accident.  Officers say 31 year-old Christina Black, of Burghill, Ohio was operating a sled northbound on the frozen lake ice about 200 yards off-shore from Lakeside Park in Mayville.  Further investigation found that Black struck the shanty... and, narrowly missed three men who were ice fishing nearby.  The shanty, along with a lot of other ice fishing equipment, was either damaged or destroyed.  Nobody was hurt.  After interviewing Black... she was arrested for snowmobiling while intoxicated... as well as SWI with a BAC of point-0-8-percent or higher... and, not operating at minimum speed within 100 feet a person -- or an ice fishing shanty.  She was issued appearance tickets for Chautauqua Town Court at a later date.


Real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump offered a preview last night of what a Trump-for-governor campaign might look like.  At a local fundraiser in Buffalo... Trump called New York's new gun control laws a disaster, supported fracking for natural gas... and, criticized Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's tax policies for businesses.  Trump was the featured guest at a $100-per-person event held by the Erie County Republican Party in suburban Buffalo.  The New York City developer has met with Republican leaders about a possible challenge to Cuomo.  But... he repeated Friday his condition that he'll only run if the state's Republican Party rallies behind him and he faces no challengers for the nomination.  Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is also considering running.


Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget would see 69-percent of the state's school districts starting the 2014-15 school year with less money than they received five years ago.  That's part of a new analysis by the state's largest teachers union... which also reports the funding would not even keep pace with inflation.  New York State United Teachers President Richard Iannuzzi says that... in itself... is bad news. Iannuzzi says some of the education-related aspects sounded good to the state's largest teacher's union. Cuomo's commitment to universal pre-kindergarten... and, his critical focus on problems with the Common Core curriculum were noted favorably.  But... Iannuzzi says the fact aid increases in most cases aren't even where they were five years ago is a "very difficult thing to accept if you're a school district trying to meet higher standards and trying to have college- and career-ready students."  The Educational Conference Board says proposed education budget's total school aid increase of almost 603-million dollars should be closer to 1.5-billion dollars.


A Steamburg man faces drunk driving charges after state police found him sleeping in a closet at a rest area on Interstate 86 with his car parked on the highway median.  Troopers in Machias say they followed footprints in the snow early Sunday from a vehicle on the median of I-86 to the Allegany rest area.  There... they found 37 year-old Trevor Jimerson sleeping in a closet.  He was arraigned on DWI and unlawful possession of marijuana charges... and, jailed on one-thousand dollars cash bail.


Western New York's Weather prognosticating ground-hog differs with most of the other ground-hogs on whether there will be an early Spring.  "Dunkirk Dave" was brought out of his home yesterday morning by handler Robert Will... and, did NOT see his shadow.  That word on 'Dave's' website.  In Groundhog lore... that means an early Spring is on the way.  That differs directly with Punxsutawney Phil... whose handlers say he saw his shadow... and, is forecasting six more weeks of what already has felt like a brutally long and cold winter.  Pennsylvania's famed groundhog emerged from his lair in front of thousands of fans around daybreak Sunday.  At least one other Ground-hog... Staten Island Chuck in the New York City area... also saw his shadow.