WJTN News Headlines

A city teen has been charged after the Sports Utility Vehicle he was driving struck an injured a Jamestown woman yesterday afternoon as she was walking across North Main Street at East Third.  City police say 18 year-old Steven Nowell's 1991 Blazer was turning left from East Third onto North Main just after 2:30 PM yesterday.  But... officers say Nowell allegedly failed to yield to the 49 year-old woman.  Police say she was walking in a marked crosswalk -- with the red light -- at the time of the accident.  Officers say she treated at WCA Hospital for left arm... leg... and hip injuries.  However... the injuries were not life-threatening... and, she was later released.  Nowell was charged with failure to hield the right-of-way to a pedestrian.


Temperatures as low as 9-below zero were being reported in the Jamestown-area late last night as bitterly cold wind chills were forecast to be as low as 20-below zero in some spots.  However... winds were relatively light early on in the evening.  Forecasters with the National Weather Service were predicting low air temperatures of 10 to 15-below overnight... with light south winds.  Temperatures along the Lake Erie Shoreline were expected to drop to 5 to 10 below.  There is a Wind Chill Advisory in effect until 8 this morning. 


The first of two men accused of killing an elderly Fredonia man in September 2012 has been sentenced in Chautauqua County Court.  District Attorney David Foley says 28-year-old Christopher Grant of Dunkirk appeared before County Judge John Ward Monday morning.  Foley says they had reached a plea deal with Grant. That was less than the maximum sentence of 5 to 15 years.  Foley says there were a couple of factors involved. Grant and 46-year-old Theodore Wickham were involved in the shooting that lead to the death 73-year-old Frank Slate, Junior.  Wickham is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.


A former head of the Chautauqua County Airports and Parks System is back at the helm following the resignation of current manager Sam Arcadipane.  That from County Executive Vince Horrigan... who says Arcadipane tendered his resignation last Friday after serving in both positions for the past two years.  Horrigan declined to say why Arcadipane resigned... but, did express his appreciation for his hard work, and service.  Horrigan says he's responded by bringing back Dave Sanctuary to head up the airports and parks on an interim basis. Sanctuary served for some time under former County Executive Greg Edwards through part of 2011... when he retired.  Horrigan says he's asked him to continue current initiatives... including finding a new carrier to replace Silver Airlines.  Silver's parent airline... United... recently announced it was terminating regional service from both Jamestown and Bradford to Cleveland in May.  Horrigan specifically cited Arcadipane's ability to negotiate special, low-cost airfares through the end of February with current air-carrier Silver Airlines to Cleveland.


Advocates for increased school funding in New York are set to announce the findings from a tour of 16 school districts across the state.  The Alliance for Quality Education and the Campaign for Fiscal Equity have been gathering evidence that the state is underfunding school districts, to support a lawsuit claiming the state has failed to provide ``sound basic education.''  During the fact-finding tour... the organizations visited school districts in the Capital region, Yonkers, the Mohawk, Hudson and Genesee valleys, the Southern Tier, Long Island and the New York City area.  Assembly Education Committee chairwoman Catherine Nolan, a Democrat, is expected to join the organizations Monday in Albany to discuss the issue.


Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's excited that a 'work group' of the House Ways and Means Committee he's been part of is finishing up work on major revisions to the nation's tax code.  Reed says the panel... headed up by Committee Chairman Dave Camp... has been working for three years on revising and simplifying the 70-thousand page tax code.  The Corning Republican adds that residents of the 23rd Congressional District would save -- on average -- 600-dollars each on their tax returns with the changes. Reed says they've not yet reached the point where they have a "final" product... but, he says the process will be transparent.  He then took a swipe at the Obama administration... and, Congressional Democrats... saying "we will know what's in it... unlike with Obamacare...." Reed says Camp... and, other leaders of the Ways and Means Committee... have begun talking with leaders of the Senate Finance Committee on a bill both chambers can agree on.  Reed says there is a new Senate Committee leader with former Chair Max Baucus having taken a position with the Obama Administration.