WJTN News Headlines for Nov. 20, 2018

BPU Water Alert... 

Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Water crews repaired a broken water main overnight on the northside.  BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says crews made repairs at Washington and 12th Streets and restored service about 1:30 AM.  Robbins says customers in the area and the northside may see discolored water through this evening and should not do laundry unless their water appears clear.


The newly reconstructed South Main Street Bridge in downtown Jamestown will be opened to the public this Wednesday morning...  

That from Chautauqua County Public Facilities Director Brad Bentley, who says contractors had to work through some "challenging weather conditions this Fall" to get the span re-opened by the Thanksgiving holiday.  Bentley thanked Union Concrete, GPI, the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities and, the citys Public Works Department for all their efforts.  He adds that the bridge's asphalt base and winter wearing surfaces have been constructed and, are sufficient for the travelling public to use.  However, due to the extremely wet Fall weather, high water levels experienced on site in October and the early on-set of winter conditions in November, the top asphalt layer will be constructed next spring. 
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In addition, Bentley says the DPF also plans to open two new bridges on County Touring Route 42 -- Poland Center Road -- between state Route 394 and U.S. Route 62 in the Town of Poland Wednesday.  He says "the asphalt base and winter wearing surfaces for these two bridges have been placed.  The extremely wet weather this fall and high water levels experienced at these sites delayed the construction of the new bridges, such that the top asphalt layer will be constructed next spring with the return of warmer weather."


A more than year-long wait for the reopening of the front entrance to the Jamestown Police Department will end later this morning...  

The major repair project to the entry-way, lobby and reception area has finally been completed following significant rain storm that produced flooding on Tracy Plaza in 2017.  Police Chief Harry Snellings announced Monday afternoon that the front entry-way will reopen at 9 this morning.  However, Snellings says until that time, anyone needing help at police headquarters should continue with procedures that are currently in place.


At the request of the Cuba Town Police Department, a Missing Vulnerable-Adult Alert has been issued for an 82 year-old woman with dementia.... 

State officials say Lorena Fritts was last seen on State Route 305 in Cuba at 5 PM Sunday.... and, was driving a gold 2000 Dodge Caravan with New York plates HTH-6674. Fritts has red hair and green eyes and, was wearing a brown coat, black jeans and a baseball cap. Officials say Lorena may be in need of medical attention. Information indicates she was on North Union Street in the city of Olean Sunday evening. Anyone who may have seen Lorena Fritts can contact the Cuba Town Police at 585-968-1666.


Jamestown city lawmakers reviewed the three remaining department and outside organizations during last night's final work session on the proposed 2019 budget...  


The Department of Development's budget, along with that of the Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency, were discussed.  Development Director Vince DeJoy says the city has budgeted $410,000 to provide code enforcement, zoning, planning and community development.  DeJoy says the majority pays for salaries, including one new one last year.

The main source each year is from the federal Community Development Block Grant program... which provides just over one-million dollars for the DOD, with another $200,000 coming from the state's HOME Program.  He outlined many of those... including projects that were part of the city's $10-million Downtown Revitalization Initiative program.  Fenton History Center Director Noah Goodling was on hand to discuss the 26-thousand dollars they receive from the city, which includes $10,000 for utilities payments.  The other outside organization funded by the city is the James Prendergast Library, which is slated to be cut in half to $50,000 this year. 


If Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi agrees to bi-partisan legislation to reform the rules of the House of Representatives, local Congressman Tom Reed says he'll support her when the House votes on a new speaker next January....  

However, he reiterated Monday that he won't vote for her if she doesn't agree with those reforms.  However, the Corning Republican says there are now several Democrats who said they would not vote for her that are starting to have second thoughts. That furthers the belief that Pelosi may need Republican help to be elected speaker.  President Trump tweeted over the weekend his support for Pelosi -- if she wants the position -- and included Reed's name in that tweet.  Reed admits that his public stand has not endeared him to some fellow Republicans.  However, he says it's worth it to finally get reforms that allows bi-partisan legislation to be acted on.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with regional media.


A wanted Conewango Valley man was arrested in the Town of Ellington for allegedly damaging property in front of a child over the weekend... 

Sheriff's officers responded to a residence on Route 62 for a disorderly male and, identified 31 year-old Darrin Hill as the suspect. After he was taken into custody, deputies report Hill was found to have an outstanding federal warrant for Desertion from the United States Army. Hill was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail due to the outstanding federal warrant. He will answer to charges in Ellington Town Court at a later date. 


A Dunkirk man who was wanted on a weapons charge is being held after he led police in a vehicle pursuit in the city of Dunkirk...  

Dunkirk Police say that 21-year-old Trevon Tripp was wanted on a warrant for second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  Police Chief David Ortolano says Tripp failed to comply when officers attempted to a perform a traffic stop around 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Ortolano says Tripp is not only facing the weapons charge, but he is also charged with third-degree unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, unlawful possession of a marijuana, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and, reckless driving and six other vehicle and traffic infractions.  Tripp is being held in the city lockup, pending arraignment.


The Chautauqua County Board of Elections has certified the November 6 election results in local races that were too close to call on election night...  

Election's Commissioner Norm Green says Republican Yvonne Park defeated Democrat John Robinson, Senior for a Villanova Town Council vacancy, 204 to 195.  Both candidates were tied at 190 votes each on election night.  In the Mayville Mayor's race, Democrat Ken Shearer, Junior was still the winner.  Shearer actually grew his lead from 38 on election night to 48.  He received 326 votes, to Republican Rick Syper's 278 votes. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Nov. 19, 2018

A pair of young hunters are safe now after they became lost in a wooded area of the town of Charlotte last Saturday afternoon on the first day of shotgun deer hunting season....  

Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies and a K-9 unit were called to search an area off Boutwell Hill Road after receiving a call from the youths shortly before 2 PM.  Using GPS, dispatchers tried to guide the pair out of the woods, but lost their connection once the hunter's cell phone battery died.  The K-9 unit was called in and searched the area when the phone last pinged.  However, the two youths moved from that area and, more searchers -- including a state Forest Ranger -- were called in.  They soon after found the pair unharmed.


Four people are being helped by the local Red Cross after fire damaged their mobile home in the town of Portland last Saturday night....  

Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team members were called to assist in finding the cause of the blaze at the New Horizons Mobile Home Park.  Following an investigation, investigators determined the fire originated on a water pipe which was layered with heat tape.  The fire spread throughout the underside of the home, but it was put out before it cause significant damage to the structure.  The four household members were not hurt, but have been displaced. 


Two north county police officials say they look forward to working with Chautauqua County's new sheriff when he takes office in January...  

Both Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano and Fredonia Police Chief Brad Meyers commended the work of Sheriff Joe Gerace, who has held the office since 1995.  The Democratic Sheriff lost to Republican challenger James Quattrone last Tuesday.  Meyers says they believe the Sheriff's Office needs to work more closely with local police agencies in the county and to share resources. Ortolano echoed Meyers comments, saying that resources are limited for all departments.  He says if they can work better "together" that will be the best for the taxpayers and residents.  Gerace indicated last week that he would work with Quattrone on a smooth transition. 


Jamestown High School senior Elyse Jones' piano solo, playing a Chopin ballade, helped propel her to first place in the annual Chautauqua Area Scholarship Program....

Elyse received an $8,000 scholarship, and won additional awards in the areas of talent and scholastic achievement.  She is the daughter of Michele and David Jones.  Surprised by the win, Elyse says being a part of the program has helped her appreciate the 'little things in life.'

Fourteen young women from several area schools participated in this year's event, which offered a total of $18,000 in scholarships.  Shannon Mc Kee of Chautauqua Lake Central School was named 'First Runner Up.'  The CASP program, formerly known as 'Junior Miss' and 'Distinguished Young Women' was held Saturday night in the newly renovated Southwestern Central School Auditorium.  (Media One announcer, Sofia Isabella, won two category awards-- for talent and personal growth.)


A Cassadaga man has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography earlier this year and, faces up to 20 years in prison when he's sentenced next year...  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior said late Friday that 23 year-old Daniel Villafane-Lozada pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Buffalo to one count of possession of child pornography involving a pre-pubescent minor.  Prosecutors say this past April, law enforcement officers Raided Lozada's residence and seized a digital memory card which contained 30 videos and 22 images of child pornography.  Some of the images depicted pre-pubescent minors, or minors under 12 years old, the sexual abuse or exploitation of an infant or toddler, and depictions of violence.  As part of his plea, Lozada admitted that between 2014 and 2017, he engaged in sexual contact with two minor victims under the age of 18 years old.


Jamestown police continue to ask for the public's help in finding a man who allegedly got into an altercation with another person on the city's northside last Friday afternoon and, then turned and shot multiple rounds towards a house....  

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the scene at West Eighth and Cherry Streets about 2 p.m. and, found that the two men had gotten into a fight, and then pulled out guns when the one suspect began shooting.  No one was hurt.  The suspect who fired the shots reportedly ran north on Cherry Street towards 9th Street.  However, Samuelson says neither the victim nor witnesses are cooperating.  If you know anything about the incident, you're asked to call the JPD Tips-line at 483-TIPS (8477).  You can also contact them through the Tips 411 app.  All tips will be kept confidential.


Two Jamestown residents have been indicted for conspiring to retaliate against a witness regarding information in a case involving a federal offense...  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says a federal grand jury has indicted 26 year-old Bobby Hunt, Junior and, 29 year-old Amy Dean on charges of conspiracy to retaliate against witnesses, witness retaliation, and taking action harmful to a witness.  Prosecutors say that, according to the indictment, on or about last October 25, the defendants threatened to and caused bodily injury to a person in retaliation for information the victim gave to a law enforcement officer.  Hunt and Dean were arraigned in U-S District Court late Friday and, are being held pending a detention hearing on Tuesday.  Jamestown police were also involved in the investigation.  Kennedy says the charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


In addition to Jamestown-area organizations -- like the St. Susan's Center -- a group in the north county will be hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for people who have made sacrifices for the community and country....  

"Partners in Kind of Chautauqua County" is holding an event called "Thanksgiving for Heroes" next Thursday, Thanksgiving Day in Fredonia.  Melissa Pietrkiewicz says the dinner is meant to honor people such as police, firefighters, and emergency personnel who often have to work on Thanksgiving. The location of the dinner will be given to those planning to attend.  It will be held from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. next Thursday.  If you would like to attend, you must let them know by tomorrow.  The number to call is 401-9218.


State Senator Cathy Young is making it known that she wants a major leadership role in the Republican Minority Conference during the coming year, in the wake of several "devastating losses" in this month's election....  

Young, who was re-elected without opposition, says the conference has been "reassessing its strengths and weaknesses and envisioning a path forward."  The Olean Republican says she is seeking a leadership post to be "a strong voice for upstate New York. The majority of our remaining members are from upstate."  She congratulated current Majority Leader John Flanagan of Long Island for being elected Minority Leader.  While not mentioning Democrats by name, she says that "New York City now controls all of state government and I will continue to stand up and fight against their destructive policies that hurt upstate.  I will be an unwavering advocate for our people, our economy and our way of life."

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News Headlines for Sat., Nov. 17, 2018

JPD still investigating Friday afternoon shooting incident, and seeking the public's help...
City police are asking for the public's help in finding the man who allegedly got into a fight with another person on Jamestown's northside Friday afternoon... and, then turned and shot multiple rounds towards a house.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the scene at West Eighth and Cherry Streets about 2 p.m., and, found that the two men had gotten into a fight, and then pulled out guns when the one suspect began shooting.  No one was hurt.  The suspect who fired the shots reportedly ran north on Cherry Street towards 9th Street.  However... Samuelson says neither the victim nor witnesses are cooperating.  With that... they're asking anyone who may know anything about the incident to call the JPD Tips-line at 483-TIPS.. that's 483-8477.  You can also contact them through the Tips 411 app.  Police say all tips will be kept confidential.


AAA warns of increase in Car-Deer crashes during hunting season...
There are signs across the Jamestown-area that warn of deer crossings.  However... you may want to make sure to heed those today because it's the opening day of shot-gun deer hunting season.  That from the AAA of Western and Central New York... which is warning drivers about the opening... which began at dawn.  Spokeswoman Elizabeth Carey says there are a few ways you can avoid such crashes.  Carey says be on the look-out for deer -- especially in the early morning or evening hours... and, scan both sides of the road.  She says November is a peak month for car-deer crashes... because in November of 2016... there were 104 car-deer crashes in Chautauqua County. 


Briggs leaving MHA for new job in Brocton, Cobb new director at association...
There has been a change of leadership at the organization that has been at the fore-front of the Jamestown-area's fight against the opioid drug epidemic.  The Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County formally recognized outgoing Executive Director Kia Briggs for her 11 years of service... the past three as director.  Brigg is leaving for a new job in the Brocton-area where she lives.  But, she talked about when she first came to MHA as a young woman struggling with drug addiction.  She admitted that she felt she had "destroyed my life..." and, she had no support system until she came to MHA.  Briggs will be replaced by another long-time employee and case worker at the MHA.  Steven Cobb is also a recovering addict... who returned to Jamestown more than 9 years ago -- to get sober.  Cobb says he was ashamed after going to a meeting for alcoholics... but, he had been shooting up with crystal methamphetime.  He says Briggs knew he was really struggling... and, talked with him for about two-hours.  Cobb says he looks forward to continuing the Mental Health Association's message of recovery for everyone who comes to them for help. 


Cassadaga man admits to possessing Child Porn in federal court...
A Cassadaga man has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography earlier this year... and, faces up to 20 years in prison when he's sentenced next year.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior said late Friday that 23 year-old Daniel Villafane-Lozada pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Buffalo to one count of possession of child pornography involving a pre-pubescent minor.  Prosecutors say this past April... law enforcement officers Raided Lozada's residence and seized a digital memory card which contained 30 videos and 22 images of child pornography.  Some of the images depicted pre-pubescent minors... or minors under 12 years old, the sexual abuse or exploitation of an infant or toddler, and depictions of violence.  As part of his plea... Lozada admitted that between 2014 and 2017, he engaged in sex with two minor victims under the age of 18.


Jamestown Plastics celebrates 60th Anniversary in Brocton...
A Brocton company is celebrating a major milestone.  Jamestown Plastics held an open house at its plant on Highland Avenue this past Thursday night.  The company has been operating for 60 years.  It went into business when Dwight Eisenhower was president... and, it was the same year NASA began operations.  Company President Jay Baker says Jamestown Plastics has undergone various changes over the years, and that's allow it to be competitive in an ever changing global economy.  Deputy Chautauqua County Executive for Economic Development, Mark Geise, presented the company with a proclamation from County Executive George Borrello.  Geise says the Brocton facility was one of the stops during the County Executive's visits to 100 businesses in 100 days.


Weed Mass problem in Burtis Bay focus of meeting this week...
The biggest weed mass in recent memory on Chautauqua Lake has produced an odorous mess in Burtis Bay due to tens of thousands of fish being killed off by the weeds.  That from Ellicott Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin... who says there were a number of factors that played into the weeds piling onto the shoreline area.  One... says McLaughlin... is the fact the Chautauqua Lake Association stopped it's annual weed harvest sooner than usual... secondly, there was an unusual amount of rain earlier in the Fall, and there were a lot of gusty winds that helped blow the masses towards the shoreline.  McLaughlin says the weed mass was the focus of a meeting at the Newell residence in Burtis Bay that he attended along with Celoron Mayor Scot Schrecengost, three county officials, and three members of the state Department of Environmental Conservation.  In addition to having the CLA continue weed harvesting later in the year... McLaughlin says the town is setting aside $20,000 next year to deal with weed issues in Burtis Bay, and Fluvanna. 

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WJTN News Bulletin for Fri., Nov. 16, 2018

(**Bulletin)Shooting suspect involved in incident on northside sought by police...
Jamestown police are on the look-out for a man who allegedly got into an altercation with another person on the city's northside this afternoon... and, then turned and shot multiple rounds towards a house.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the scene at West Eighth and Cherry Streets about 2 p.m., and, found that the two men had gotten into a fight, and then pulled out guns when the one suspect began shooting.  The suspect who fired the shots reportedly ran north on Cherry Street towards 9th Street.  However... Samuelson says neither the victim nor witnesses are cooperating... so they are asking for the public's help.  If you know anything about the incident... you're asked to call the JPD Tips-line at 483-TIPS.. that's 483-8477.  You can also contact them through the Tips 411 app.  All tips will be kept confidential.

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WJTN News Headlines for Nov. 16, 2018

Chautuaqua County officials are reminding motorist to use caution when driving through the early weekend due to a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain...  

Sheriff Joe Gerace tells drivers to clean all snow and ice off their vehicles before driving, slow down and, turn your headlights on when visibility is low so other drivers can see you. He also says to make sure you have an updated emergeny kit including a shovel,  phone chargers, flares, and blankets. 


Conditions were changable for motorists on the commute home last night and, it could be tricky this morning...  

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through 7 a.m. today.  That from Forecaster Aaron Reynolds with the National Weather Service... who says some places have seen some frozen precipitation,  but others yesterday afternoon had more in the way of liquid precipitation.  Reynolds says it was all snow from late evening on. A Winter Storm Warning has been in effect for areas to our south and east.  Reynolds adds areas just east of here have the potential for significantly more snow over the next day or so. 


A Jamestown man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic a large amount of heroin in the city between early 2016 adn early 2017...  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior has announced that 39 year-old Alex Mercado entered the plea to conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin in U-S District Court in Buffalo.  Prosecutors say Mercado was a "mid-level" dealer of heroin and cocaine for the organization run by Sigfredo Martinez.  They say Mercado and co-defendant, Bryan Ferrer-Vazquez, would receive a couple hundred bundles of heroin from Martinez every few days and they were tasked with distributing it to smaller dealers and users.  Drug Enforcement Agency undercover agents made several drug purchases from Mercado and he was arrested along with the other two men during raids that took place in April of 2017.  Charges are pending against Martinez and Ferrer-Vazquez.  Mercado faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10-million fine.  


The owner of a Cattaraugus County business faces charges of fraud after allegedly telling the village of Ellicottville that he had a minority and/or women-owned business to get a construction contract, and he was not....  

Ellicottville Police say they arrested 30 year-old Bradley Kyler Wednesday on charges of first-degree intent to defraud, and offering a false instrument for filing.  Police say Kyler submitted documents with the village engineer, stating that his business -- Bucket Pro -- was an MWBE business, which was required for the project.  However, police say they informed the village engineer that they had found Bucket Pro was not an MWBE business.  If the village had awarded the contract, police say the municipality could have lost a substantial amount of grant funding for the project.  Kyler will appear in village court at a later date.


It's one day out of the year, but it's an important one for smokers and anti-smoking organizations...

Yesterday was the annual Great American Smoke-Out, a day where the American Cancer Society urges smokers to quit for the first time if they've never tried before.  Speaking with our Dennis Webster Thursday morning, Tobacco Free Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties Community Engagement Coordinator Ken Dahlgren said it's okay to try and fail -- but, you need to try.  He says the problem for many is the fact they started smoking at a very young age-- some as young as 12 years old.

Dahlgren says smoking is one of the hardest addictions you can face and, the smoker should not be blamed for it.  He says the best resource to help you quit is the New York state Smoker's Quitline.  He says you can talk with a counselor and, also learn more about materials that can help you quit.  Dahlgren says the phone number for the quitline is 1-866-NY-QUITS, or you can go on-line to NYSmokefree.com.


The 2020 Elections are nearly two-years off, but the Democrat who was defeated by local Congressman Tom Reed on Nov. 6 says she's running again....  

Penn Yan's Tracy Mitrano says she will again seek the party's nomination to run for the 23rd Congressional District seat.  In a printed release, Mitrano says -- "running for Congress over the last 16 months was the honor of a lifetime.  My 2018 campaign was about so much more than me, it was about the families, farmers, students, and seniors in this district who deserve better than they're getting."  She adds that the election results don't change the facts, including that "the people of Western New York, the Finger Lakes, and the Southern Tier deserve affordable healthcare, education that doesn't come with a lifetime of debt, modern infrastructure, and tax policies that serve the working and middle class." 


Local Congressman Tom Reed, who defeated Tracy Mitrano a week ago last Tuesday, says the election is over and it's time to get back to work in Washington...  

The Corning Republican adds that it's too early to make a decision about running for a sixth-term.  With that, he says there are still a number of priorities he would like to accomplish before he is done in the House of Representatives.  Reed adds any decision about running for a sixth-term in the House of Representatives will be made at a later time.

During his weekly telephone conference call, Reed said there were still goals to be met, including getting a new rules reform package approved in the House that makes it easier for bi-partisan legislation to be approved.  The measure has strong support in the House "Problem Solver's Caucus" that he co-chairs.  Reed says other issues to tackle include heath care coverage and immigration policy. 


New York officials say the state's unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level on record, dipping to four-percent for the first time in 30 years...  

The Department of Labor says Thursday that October's four-percent unemployment rate was last reached in May 1988.  The agency says its labor force data goes back to 1976.  The state unemployment rate in September was 4.1 percent.  The national unemployment rate in October was 3.7 percent, unchanged from September.  New York City's jobless rate in October was also four-percent, the same as the previous month when it reached its lowest level on record.  The labor department says the overall number of unemployed New Yorkers decreased last month to just under 388,000, the lowest level since April 2001.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Nov. 15, 2018

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly trafficking crystal methamphetime in the area from a home on the city's northside....  

JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force raided a home at 1107 Prendergast Avenue shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday with the help of the department's SWAT Team.  Samuelson says they arrested 28 year-old James Smouse and, found more than 19 grams of crystal meth, suboxone and multiple items of paraphernalia, and scales.  He says they also found a switchblade knife, and a baton club.  Smouse faces several charges, including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminal possession of a weapon.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail with bail to be set.  Anyone with information on suspected drug activity in the city is asked to call the anonymous tips line at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477.  You can also contact their Tips 4-1-1 app.


Evergreen Health of western New York cut the ribbon on it's third facility to expand care in the Greater Jamestown-area Wednesday afternoon...

Evergreen President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Ganoe was on hand to help open the new location at 320 Prather Avenue, which will be the "central hub" to coordinate specialty care in the region, including care for people with HIV and Hepatitis C, among others.

Ganoe says they'll be using 2,600 square-feet of the former Prather Avenue Medical Office building, not far from UPMC Chautauqua Hospital.  During the ribbon cutting ceremony, he thanked local staff for their help in getting the new location up and running, adding that their "passion is what sets them apart."  Ganoe says the STI testing is one of the new offerings they'll have at the new facility, which includes a large waiting area, three examination rooms, and one space for private patient consultations.  For more information, call 664-7855.


Volunteers are needed for the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County's free, annual income tax return preparation program...  

Rose Lancione coordinates the agency's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program... also known as VITA.  Lancione says they are in need of a handfull of new volunteers to do taxes for low-to-moderate income members of the community.

Lancione says volunteers do not need to have tax preparation experience because the Chautauqua County VITA Coalition will provide the training and teach the software being used.  She says they will have an instructional session this coming Saturday at the Prendergast Library, beginning at 10 AM.  Lancione says if you would like to volunteer, to be a preparer -- or just help out the effort, contact her at 483-1561.  She says the program is provided for people who make up to $54,000 a year in income.


Skiiers and snowboarders across western New York have nine-days to get ready for the 2018-19 winter season, because Holiday Valley resort is hoping to open their slopes on November 23.....  

That from Director of Marketing Jane Eshbaugh, who says snow-making is underway in Ellicotville.  Eshabugh says they are continuing to make snow through Thursday and will re-start again this weekend.  She adds, they've also made some $3.4-million in improvements for the season including snowmaking equipment, groomers and a new lift.  Eshbaugh says -- as long as the weather cooperates-- Holiday Valley with have 5-to-6 various trails and slopes ready to go next Friday. Lodges for food and refreshments will also be open. For more information, visit HolidayValley.com.


A familiar face is returning to Fredonia village government...  

Former Village Administrator James Sedota has been appointed as full-time treasurer.  Mayor Athenasia Landis says Sedota's appointment comes at a time in which the Village is currently involved with several major projects. Sedota says he is pleased to be returning to village government and, says he's happy to help fill a need there.  He had been hired as village administrator back in 1977 and, retired from that position twelve years ago.


A Harlem man has been revealed as the winner of $343 million in a Powerball drawing, the biggest jackpot in New York state lottery history....  

Lottery officials introduced 67-year-old Robert Bailey at a New York City news conference Wednesday.  Bailey says he has "faithfully" played numbers a family member gave him over 25 years ago.  The retired federal government employee bought his lucky ticket at a Harlem deli. The drawing was held October 27th.  He is taking the winnings in a lump sum of over $198 million. After taxes that's roughly $125 million.  He plans to get a house for his mother, "with a little land around it."  Bailey also hopes to travel.  He says Las Vegas comes to mind.

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WJTN News Headlines for Nov. 15, 2018

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly trafficking crystal methamphetime in the area from a home on the city's northside....  

JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force raided a home at 1107 Prendergast Avenue shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday with the help of the department's SWAT Team.  Samuelson says they arrested 28 year-old James Smouse and, found more than 19 grams of crystal meth, suboxone and multiple items of paraphernalia, and scales.  He says they also found a switchblade knife, and a baton club.  Smouse faces several charges, including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminal possession of a weapon.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail with bail to be set.  Anyone with information on suspected drug activity in the city is asked to call the anonymous tips line at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477.  You can also contact their Tips 4-1-1 app.


Evergreen Health of western New York cut the ribbon on it's third facility to expand care in the Greater Jamestown-area Wednesday afternoon...

Evergreen President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Ganoe was on hand to help open the new location at 320 Prather Avenue, which will be the "central hub" to coordinate specialty care in the region, including care for people with HIV and Hepatitis C, among others.

Ganoe says they'll be using 2,600 square-feet of the former Prather Avenue Medical Office building, not far from UPMC Chautauqua Hospital.  During the ribbon cutting ceremony, he thanked local staff for their help in getting the new location up and running, adding that their "passion is what sets them apart."  Ganoe says the STI testing is one of the new offerings they'll have at the new facility, which includes a large waiting area, three examination rooms, and one space for private patient consultations.  For more information, call 664-7855.


Volunteers are needed for the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County's free, annual income tax return preparation program...  

Rose Lancione coordinates the agency's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program... also known as VITA.  Lancione says they are in need of a handfull of new volunteers to do taxes for low-to-moderate income members of the community.

Lancione says volunteers do not need to have tax preparation experience because the Chautauqua County VITA Coalition will provide the training and teach the software being used.  She says they will have an instructional session this coming Saturday at the Prendergast Library, beginning at 10 AM.  Lancione says if you would like to volunteer, to be a preparer -- or just help out the effort, contact her at 483-1561.  She says the program is provided for people who make up to $54,000 a year in income.


Skiiers and snowboarders across western New York have nine-days to get ready for the 2018-19 winter season, because Holiday Valley resort is hoping to open their slopes on November 23.....  

That from Director of Marketing Jane Eshbaugh, who says snow-making is underway in Ellicotville.  Eshabugh says they are continuing to make snow through Thursday and will re-start again this weekend.  She adds, they've also made some $3.4-million in improvements for the season including snowmaking equipment, groomers and a new lift.  Eshbaugh says -- as long as the weather cooperates-- Holiday Valley with have 5-to-6 various trails and slopes ready to go next Friday. Lodges for food and refreshments will also be open. For more information, visit HolidayValley.com.


A familiar face is returning to Fredonia village government...  

Former Village Administrator James Sedota has been appointed as full-time treasurer.  Mayor Athenasia Landis says Sedota's appointment comes at a time in which the Village is currently involved with several major projects. Sedota says he is pleased to be returning to village government and, says he's happy to help fill a need there.  He had been hired as village administrator back in 1977 and, retired from that position twelve years ago.


A Harlem man has been revealed as the winner of $343 million in a Powerball drawing, the biggest jackpot in New York state lottery history....  

Lottery officials introduced 67-year-old Robert Bailey at a New York City news conference Wednesday.  Bailey says he has "faithfully" played numbers a family member gave him over 25 years ago.  The retired federal government employee bought his lucky ticket at a Harlem deli. The drawing was held October 27th.  He is taking the winnings in a lump sum of over $198 million. After taxes that's roughly $125 million.  He plans to get a house for his mother, "with a little land around it."  Bailey also hopes to travel.  He says Las Vegas comes to mind.

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WJTN News Headlines for Nov. 14, 2018

Ellicott Police officials have identified a Cassadaga man as the person who was killed in a two-vehicle crash last Saturday...  

Town Police confirm that 65 year-old Peter Tarbrake was driving a southbound car that crossed the center line on Route 60 -- near Van Cobb Road -- and, hit another car shortly before 7 PM.  Officers say Tarbrake was found unresponsive inside the vehicle and, he was rushed to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  Ellicott police say the investigation is continuing into what caused the crash.  State police, sheriff's officers, and Fluvanna fire rescue crews also assisted at the scene. 


The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office has released information on a felony Leandra's Law arrest in the Town of Portland.... 

Deputies say they saw a vehicle fail to dim its highbeams to oncoming on Route 5 last Wednesday evening. Officers stopped the vehicle and identified the operator as 51 year-old Joseph Pencek. Following an investigation, Pencek was arrested on additional charges of a DWAI-drugs and failure to dim headlights. He is due in Portland Town Court at a later date. 


A Jamestown man has pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm earlier this year when he was allegedly involved in a drug investigation...  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior announced late Tuesday that 38 year-old Douglas Wood entered the plea before federal Judge Richard Arcara.  The prosecutor handling the case says that Jamestown Police were surveilling Wood during a narcotics investigation operation and, learned that Wood was in possession of a silver handgun.  He was later approached by uniformed officers and, briefly tried to flee.  Following a brief struggle, the defendant was restrained and officers recovered a loaded revolver and 14 additional rounds of ammunition.  Wood was previously convicted of felonies, including possession of a sawed-off shotgun in Virginia in 2000, and in Chautauqua County in 2001, 2004 and, 2007.  The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  


The U-S House of Representatives and the Senate are back in session today and, while many view it as a lame duck session, area Congressman Tom Reed says there is still lot of work that can be done......

Issues that Reed says he would like to see lawmakers tackle include immigration and, he adds that he believes President Trump is sincere on wanting to get that issue taken care of.  He says members of the Problem Solvers Caucus have proposed their own package they would like pursued.  The Corning Republican made his comments during a recent conference call with Southern Tier Media, after being re-elected to a fifth-term in Congress.


Officials in Chautauqua County are pleased that the county's Land Bank Corporation was recently awarded a $2 million dollar grant from the New York State Office of the Attorney General's Land Bank Community Revitalization Initiative Fund....  

County Executive George Borrello says the grant includes a two-year funding cycle and will allow the land bank to fund its demolition program, to support bank foreclosure acquisitions and other activities.  He says the County's land bank program has far sold 90 rehab properties, demolished another 90 derelict structures, and returned over 50 vacant lots to the tax rolls.  And, the County Executive adds that more projects are in the pipeline.


Western New York will be losing one of it's smaller, but, high profile manufacturing plants next Spring...  

An official with the union representing workers at New Era Cap in Derby says the company plans to close the plant next March.  A spokesperson from CWA Local 14177 tells Channel 7 in Buffalo that the closing will put more than 200 people out of work.  New Era says in a statement it is "considering the discontinuation of operations."  However, there are reports the company will move to South Florida.  New Era Chief Executive Officer Chris Koch says the decision is "extremely difficult for me.  I grew up in Derby and worked in the facility, which has a long, productive history with the company."


The city of Jamestown now has a Christmas Tree for the season, which kicks into high-gear two weeks from this Friday......  

A combined Parks, Public Works and, Board of Public Utilities employees took down the 45-foot Colorado Blue Spruce Tree Tuesday morning at 200 Sampson Street, at the corner with Hazeltine Avenue.  City Arborist Dan Stone says they appreciate the donation from Paul and Jennifer Liuzzo and, adds this is a fun part of the job. The crew was using a BPU Crane to pick the tree up and, lay it onto a Lakeshore Paving flatbed truck.  Stone says it was then taken through the city and off-loaded in front of Tracy Plaza to be cut and further trimmed before being anchored down.  He says it'll be decorated with some 3,000 LED lights, and a large star on top.  The tree will be officially lit to begin the annual Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration in downtown Jamestown on Friday, November 30. 


Two donated blue spruce trees are being cut down this week and transported to the Capitol and Empire State Plaza in Albany to become New York state's holiday trees...

Tuesday morning, a 35-foot spruce donated by the Pfeifer family was cut down in Latham.  A tree donated by the Pappas family will be cut down in Loudonville on Thursday.  Lights will be turned on at a celebration at the Empire State Plaza on Sunday, December 2.  The event will feature free skate rentals, horse and carriage rides, music by Tuba Christmas and figure skating performances.  A special Rock and Skate will follow the tree-lighting and fireworks at 5:15.  The Empire State Plaza rink opens for skating this season on Friday, November 30.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Nov. 13, 2018

It's been a Veteran's Day Weekend full of observances of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day and, those continued yesterday with a program at Jamestown Community College....  

The Armistice was signed to signal the end of World War-One but, was not formally recognized until a year later when then President Woodrow Wilson formally declared it as Armistice Day.  JCC's Accessibility Services Director Donald Poole read part of what Wilson said that day, adding that it formally became a national holiday 27 years later.

To commemorate the Federal Holiday Monday, JCC Veteran's Coordinator Melissa Stormer says they had a panel discussion, with veteran's sharing their stories with students and staff.  Between their three main campuses, Stormer says there are roughly 100 veteran's who currently attend Jamestown Community College.  The Veteran's Day observances at Veteran's Park, and at Third and Main Streets in Jamestown were held Sunday -- which was actually Veteran's Day.


One person has died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash in the town of Ellicott last weekend...  

Ellicott Police say they responded to the crash on Route 60 near Van Cobb Road just before 7 p.m. Saturday and, determined a southbound vehicle on Route 60 entered the northbound lane, and struck an on-coming vehicle.  Officers say the unidentified south-bound operator was found unresponsive inside the vehicle and was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  The investigation is continuing into what caused the crash. Ellicott police were assisted at the scene by state police, Fluvanna Fire, and the Sheriff's Department. 


A city man is now jailed without bail after he was identified as the alleged bandit during a brazened day-light robbery at the 7-Eleven store on the city's eastside last Friday afternoon...  

Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson says 48 year-old Reinaldo Lugo allegedly stole a Chevy Cavalier earlier in the day and, later drove it to the store at 10-11 East Second Street shortly before 2 p.m. Friday.  However, Samuelson says they found some video, and other evidence that led them to Lugo, who was arrested Sunday.

Samuelson says the larceny charge stems from the taking of the car on Kipp Street.  He says Lugo stole the money because he needed it for his illegal drug habit.  He says Lugo never displayed a gun to the employee in the store and no one was hurt.  Lugo was arraigned Monday morning and sent to the county lock-up.  Samuelson says they are working with the District Attorney's office, and more charges are pending.


A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a relative with a knife during a domestic incident early last weekend...  

City police were called to the scene on Hall Avenue just after 10 a.m. last Friday and, found that 38 year-old Timothy Snyder had attacked the person with the knife, but the victim sustained only minor injuries and did not require medical treatment.  Snyder was arrested and, was also found to have been involved in another incident last Wednesday.  He was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree menacing and assault, and, aggravated family offense.  Snyder was arraigned and sent to the county jail with bail to be set.


The man who has been Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace's "right-hand man" for the past 13 years is retiring at the end of the year...  

Sheriff Gerace - who was defeated in the recent election -- says Undersheriff Charles Holder has held the position since 2006.  Gerace says Holder has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.  Prior to being appointed Undersheriff., Holder was the agency's Captain, Sergeant and Academy Director of the Zone 13 Training.  Holder was the Team Supervisor of the County Fire Investigation Team and the Crisis Negotiation Team.  Gerace says Holder will become the new Emergency Planning Coordinator for the SUNY College at Fredonia.  He thanked Holder for his "many years of service, dedication and professionalism."  His retirement will become effective in December.


New York state residents will be able to apply for $372-million in federal home heating assistance starting this week....  

The Home Energy Assistance Program, or HEAP, helps low-and middle-income people heat their homes.  HEAP applications will be accepted by local social service departments beginning Tuesday.  Eligible household can receive a one-time regular HEAP benefit of up to $726.  State officials anyone living outside of New York City can apply for a regular HEAP benefit online at myBenefits.ny.gov. New York City residents can download the application and mail it in.  Assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.


A storm system passing to the south of the area will bring a mix of snow and rain to the area through today... 

Forecaster Dan Kelly of the National Weather Service in Buffalo says the greatest amount of snow will be over the hilltops, while it will be more of a rain-snow mix near the Lake Erie shore. Kelly says snowfall amounts are expected to range from 2-4 inches over the higher elevations, while only an inch is being projected closer to the lake.  Lake effect snow is expected to kick in today but, snowfall amounts are not expected to be anywhere near the totals that were reported from the north county during Saturday's storm.  We'll have the latest forecast coming up shortly. 

 
Valuable species of shellfish have become harder to find on the East Coast because of degraded habitat caused by a warming environment... 

That's the conclusion a pair of scientists reached in studying the decline in harvest of four commercially important species of shellfish in coastal areas from Maine to North Carolina.  The scientists say their work shows change in the climate and environment, and not overfishing, is the reason for the shellfish decline.  The lead author of the study is Clyde MacKenzie, a shellfish researcher for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration based in Sandy Hook, New Jersey.  The work focused on eastern oysters, northern quahogs, softshell clams and northern bay scallops.  MacKenzie says one of the ways warming has negatively impacted shellfish is by making them more susceptible to predators.

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WJTN News Headlines for Nov. 12, 2018

Jamestown police have found the man who is accused of robbing the 7-Eleven Store on the city's eastside last Friday afternoon...  

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says investigators arrested 48 year-old Reinaldo Lugo Sunday afternoon for allegedly walking into the store at 1011 East Second Street shortly before 2 p.m., demanding cash.  No weapon was displayed.  Samuelson says police were able to identify Lugo through an outdoor surveillance camera after he covered his face, using the hooded sweatshirt he was wearing.  Police found the Chevy Cavalier that Lugo allegedly used to commit the robbery in Allen Park last Friday night.  That car was stolen earlier in the day Friday on Kipp Street.  Lugo is charged with third-degree robbery, and grand larceny and, is being held in the city jail pending arraignment.


A Conewango Valley man has pleaded guilty in federal court for allegedly running a fraudulent debt restructuring scheme two years ago...  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior, has announced that 25 year-old Mark Farnham pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud before U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Vilardo.  Prosecutors say between February and October of 2016, Farnham worked with two co-defendants at companies with various names such as "Corporate Restructure", and "Salamanca Payroll Services."  Farnham was a manager for Corporate Restructure, Inc., which operated out of Salamanca and Buffalo.  Kennedy says the three used a number of fraudulent companies to mail solicitations to small business owners which fraudulently informed the victims that one or more of those companies could assist them with restructuring debts they had with other lenders.  One of the other co-conspirators, Dustin Walker, has already been convicted.  Kennedy says Farnham faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a one-million dollar fine.  Sentencing is set for next March 19.


There were "mixed results" in last Tuesday's election, but there was a great turn-out in Jamestown, Chautauqua County and the entire nation....  

That from Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, who says there were really no big surprises, although he was somewhat surprised that six-term incumbant Democratic Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace was defeated by Republican challenger Jim Quattrone.  He says Gerace has been an "outstanding public servant."  Teresi says for a mid-term election, turn-out was outstanding.

Teresi agreed that -- outside of Chautauqua County -- there was a "blue wave" for Democrats running for state-wide office.  Governor Andrew Cuomo handily won re-election to a third-term.  From an economic development stand-point, Teresi says that's good for Jamestown and Chautauqua County.  He says Cuomo has paid a lot of attention to Jamestown, between the city's financial struggles, and funding for projects like the new National Comedy Center.  However, he says Upstate New York leaders will now have to raise their voices louder than ever with Democrats winning a comfortable majority in the state Senate.  Teresi made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the Media One Radio Group of stations.


In New York state government news, lawmakers are taking a look at voting problems from Tuesday's election...  

Malfunctioning ballot scanning machines and long lines caused big problems for many voters Tuesday.  Lawmakers will hold a hearing Thursday to review the complaints and discuss options for improvements.  One common proposal: Allow voters to cast a ballot early, something already allowed in most states.  Meanwhile, supporters of legislation intended to make it easier for molestation victims to sue their abusers are cheering Tuesday's results, predicting success now that Democrats have taken over the state Senate.  The bill would extend the statute of limitations going forward and create a one-year window to allow victims to sue over abuse claims now barred by the statute of limitations.  The Senate's Republican leaders had repeatedly blocked the bill.


The Cuomo administration says New York state is taking steps that could make it the first state to ban the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes...  

A spokesman for Governor Andrew Cuomo says Friday that the Democrat is concerned about the rise in e-cigarette among young people, calling it an "emerging public health issue.''  The New York Post first reported Thursday that the state Department of Health announced plans for regulations banning the sale or possession of flavored e-cigarettes.  The regulations could then be adopted after a 60-day period of public comment.  The administration's plans come as the federal government readies policies requiring strict limits on sales of vaping products increasingly popular among teenagers.  In September, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration deemed teenage use of e-cigarettes an "epidemic.''


New York state will invest $6.8-million in existing after-school programs in order to expand the number of children they can reach...  

The administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the funding last week.  The money will go to 15 high-need school districts and community organizations around the state and will serve an estimated 4,250 additional students, for a total number of 89,000 students around the state.  In order to receive the funding, school districts and other organizations which run after-school programs must meet certain targets when it comes to student outcomes.  Officials say that good after-school programs can reduce student absenteeism, improve their academic performance and reduce the risk of them getting into trouble.  All told, the state awards $45 million in after-school program grants as part of the initiative.


A Western New York supermarket chain with a store in West Ellicott has been again ranked number-one on the list of Best Workplaces in Retail for 2018....  

"Great Place to Work" and FORTUNE Magazine have given the top-ranking to Wegmans, based in Rochester, for the third consecutive year.  The two companies say the ranking is based on anonymous surveys representing over 631,000 employees from Great Place to Work-Certified companies in the retail industry.  Wegman's Chief Executive Officer Colleen Wegman reacted to the news, saying "thank goodness for our employees.  They make Wegmans a happy place to work and shop.  Their work is both meaningful and fun, and that’s an unbeatable combination."


A rare military knapsack carried by a Connecticut soldier during the American Revolution went on display this weekend in honor of Veterans Day...  

Officials at Fort Ticonderoga in upstate New York say Benjamin Warner's knapsack was first exhibited Saturday.  Curators say the item was carried by Warner during his service in the Revolutionary War and is considered one of the rarest artifacts to survive America's war for independence.  Warner was from New Haven, Connecticut.  He served in militia units from his home state as well as the Continental Army.  His wartime service took him from Massachusetts to Quebec to New York to New Jersey.  After the war he settled in Ticonderoga and died there in 1846.  A note Warner wrote about the knapsack in 1837 will also be displayed.
 

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., Nov. 10, 2018

Suspect still sought in 7-Eleven Robbery, but getaway vehicle found...
City police are continuing to look for a man who allegedly walked into a convenience store on Jamestown's eastside Friday afternoon... and took an undisclosed amount of cash.  However... City Police Captain Bob Samuelson now says police have found the silver-colored Chevy Cavalier the unidentified bandit used to get-away from the 7-Eleven at 10-11 East Second Street he robbed shortly before 2 PM.  Samuelson says the man walked in, and demanded cash from an employee.  However, he did not display a weapon.  Samuelson says the man shown in a photo they are circulating on-line fled in a vehicle was reportedly stolen from a Kipp Street address earlier in the day.  The car was reportedly found in the Allen Street area late Friday.  The man appears to be a white or Hispanic male, who was wearing a navy blue hooded-sweatshirt... with a greyish colored jacket... and, blue jeans or pants.  Anyone who may have information on the suspect is asked to contact the Jamestown Police at 483-7537.  Anonymous tips can be left at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477 or via the tips 411 app.


Jamestown area gets 2 to 3 inches of snow from Weekend storm... parts of north county get up to a foot...
A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect through 10 tonight as the first significant snowfall of the season is here.  Forecaster Dave Thomas with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says the Southern Tier is on track to receive Winter-like snowfall totals through tonight.  Thomas says a strong cold front moved in this morning... bringing in much colder air.  He says some places were to see up to a half-foot of snow.  However, we had a report of 12 to 13 inches of snow in the Fredonia area... while parts of Jamestown got 2 to 3 inches of the white stuff.  Thomas adds we'll also see some precarious road conditions later in the weekend, because of the fact it's the first real measurable snow of the season. 


Borrello says county crews ready for snow this weekend... Lehman echos that for Jamestown...
With the return of wintry weather... Chautauqua County is ready to do battle.  County Executive George Borrello says the Department of Public Facilities says the county's fleet of snow plows is ready to go along with other the necessary supplies.  Borrello says they have salt in their barns, and the plows are ready.  Borrello says the drivers need to do their part and prepare for the return of winter driving.  That means slow down, and leave some room between you and the vehicle ahead of you.  The State Department of Transportation indicated on it's Twitter account Friday that staff from the Chautauqua County maintenance facility held their annual fall safety meeting... and, they are ready for the snow and ice season.
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In addition... Jamestown Public Works Director Jeff Lehman says their salt barn is "full," and, their plows and salt trucks are ready to go.  Lehman says they again have one "main" plow route, and a dozen secondary ones their crews will be following.


Teresi says city officials to weigh legal options in Police Arbitration ruling...
The city of Jamestown is looking into legally challenging an arbitration panel's decision to give the city policeman's union a 2-percent pay increase for both 2016 and 2017.  Mayor Sam Teresi revealed the potential strategy during this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the Media One Radio Group of stations.  Teresi believes the ruling was made in error in favor of the Kendall Club-Police Benevolent Association... and, has discussed the matter with City Council behind closed doors.  He says lawmakers will decide whether to let the ruling stand, or challenge it.  The state arbitrator involved voted with the police union representative on the panel... while Jamestown Administrative Services Director, Todd Thomas -- who represented the city -- voted against the move.  Teresi says there is a short time period left to challenge the decision -- if they decide to do it.  He says if the final decision stands... it will have a "major impact" on both this... and, next year's budgets.  The arbitration panel's decision also included the need for the policeman's union to pay more for their health insurance coverage going forward. 

 

New York taking steps to ban E-Cigarettes...
The Cuomo administration says New York state is taking steps that could make it the first state to ban the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes.  A spokesman for Governor Andrew Cuomo says Friday that the Democrat is concerned about the rise in e-cigarette among young people, calling it an ``emerging public health issue.''  The New York Post first reported Thursday that the state Department of Health announced plans for regulations banning the sale or possession of flavored e-cigarettes.  The regulations could then be adopted after a 60-day period of public comment.

 
 

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News Bulletin for Fri., Nov. 9, 2018

**New Bulletin -- Suspect sought in 7-Eleven robbery...

Jamestown police are looking for the alleged suspect accused of robbing the 7-Eleven Store on the city's eastside.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the unidentified man walked into the store at 10-11 East Second Street shortly before 2 PM... and, demanded cash from the employee.  Samuelson says the man shown in a photo they are circulating on-line fled in a silver colored cavalier that is bearing new york plates GWY 4622.  Vehicle was reported as being stolen from an address on Kipp Street earlier in the day.  The man appears to be a white male, who was wearing a navy blue hooded-sweatshirt... with a greyish colored jacket... and, blue jeans or pants.  Anyone who may know the whereabouts of this vehicle or know who this suspect is is asked to contact the Jamestown Police at 483 7537.  Anonymous tips can be left at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477 or via the tips 411 app.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Nov. 8, 2018

Local Congressman Tom Reed says he is "humbled" by the support he has received from voters in the Southern Tier that have given him a fifth-term in the House of Representatives...  

The Corning Republican says he looks forward to representing the 23rd District once again and, pledged to stop doing something he did during this year's campaign.  In the interest of toning down the political rhetoric, Reed has announced that he's retiring the label "Extreme Ithaca Liberal."

Reed also spoke about the fact that Democrats will take control of the House in January.  He believes there may be an opportunity to bring in a new House speaker that will allow legislation to come from the bottom up -- instead of top down.  Reed says current House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is someone that has stood out to him,  and says Hoyer is someone Democrats may rally behind instead of current Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.  Reed, who defeated Democrat Tracy Mitrano on Election Day, made his comments during his weekly conference call with Southern Tier media.


Penn Yan Democrat Tracy Mitrano came up short in her effort to win election to Congress, but there appears to be no sense of bitterness after a heated campaign...  

In fact, Mitrano this morning said she's calling for an end to the divisiveness that has plagued Washington, D-C the past several years and, has become worse since President Trump was elected in 2016.  The Cyber Security expert again warns the country is still vulnerable to attacks.

Had she been able to win, Mitrano says she would have quicked worked to "open her arms" to those who voted against her for the greater good.  She did not close the door to another possible run in two-years, but adds she's not ready to make any annoucement at this point.  However, Mitrano did say that Democratic leaders in the district should begin looking for a candidate or candidates after the first of the year. 


The western New York congressional race between incumbent Republican Chris Collins and Democrat Nate McMurray was too close to call, but the challenger appeared to realize that only after initially conceding....  

McMurray is now demanding a recount.  The Democrat addressed supporters shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday telling them the effort was "going to come up a little short."  That prompted Collins to declare victory about a half hour later.  But, with preliminary returns showing the narrowest of margins for Collins, McMurray issued a statement early Wednesday demanding a recount, saying "the will of the voters must be heard."  Collins is seeking re-election to a fourth term while facing trial in 2020 on federal charges of insider trading.  He has pleaded not guilty.


With a new Sheriff taking over in Chautauqua County next January 1st... County Executive George Borrello says he will be helping where he can to make it a smooth transition...  

Borrello tells us today, following James Quattrone's victory Tuesday, that he thought it was a great campaign.  Quattrone defeated long-time Sheriff Joe Gerace on Election Night.  Borrello says he thinks Gerace has been a "consummate professional" for years and believes it will ring true with the transition.  Gerace has served as the County Sheriff since 1995, serving an unprecidented six-terms in office.


Universal health care, marijuana legalization and early voting are just a few of the priorities for the Democrats who have won control of the New York state Senate....
  
Democrats scored a number of big wins in Tuesday's election to seize power in the Senate from Republicans, who have long used their power in the chamber to block Democratic priorities.  Now, the party will control the full Legislature and hold all four statewide offices -- giving it enormous control over the political agenda in Albany.


A Jamestown-area manufacturer of high-quality metal products for the defense, transporation and oil and gas industries is enjoying a rebirth under new ownership.... 

Premier Precision Machining took over Rand Machine Products on Allen Street Extension in Falconer in August of 2017 and, the company recently held a grand re-opening.  President and Chief Executive Officer Kurt Grimm -- who is based in New Jersey -- says they upgraded and made some major investments into the business.

Grimm says about 65-percent of their business is with the U-S Department of Defense and, he says the new investment the goverment is making in defense has produced a new, $5-million order for Rand.  He says the Defense Department wanted Rand because of it's reputation.  Rand Machine is in the process of expanding some of their operations and, is hiring workers.  However, finding employees with the skills and work ethic needed has been difficult.  More on that later.


A federal trial is underway in New York City over challenges to the federal government's decision to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census...  

The first witness - Duke University Professor D. Sunshine Hillygus - says there is considerable evidence adding the question will depress participation by non-citizens.  U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman, who is hearing the case without a jury, has harshly criticized the federal government's efforts to delay or stop the trial.  He called them remarkable because government officials insist a speedy resolution of lawsuits is necessary so census preparations can proceed. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Nov. 7, 2018


Chautauqua County will have a new sheriff for the first time in nearly a quarter of a century come next January 1st...  

In a major upset on Election Day, Republican challenger Jim Quattrone defeated Democratic incumbant Joe Gerace by just under 3,000 votes-- 22,14 to 19,126.  During his victory speech at GOP Election Night headquarters in Celoron, Quattrone thanked everyone who helped him and, says he looks forward to working with the men and women in the department.

Quattrone worked with of those employees through 2017, when he retired as a Lieutenant from the department after 30 years.  He later talked being able to run a "clean" campaign with Gerace that was based on the issues and, was very much "door to door."  Quattrone was endorsed by employee groups, and the county Police Chief Association.  He says he'll take a little time off before starting the transition into office.


Incumbant Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace was very disappointed with his loss Tuesday after winning six consecutive elections as the county's top-cop...  

However, Gerace was also gracious in defeat, noting that he has worked hard as sheriff for the people of the county for 24 years.

Gerace praised his family for their support down through the years in running for office and, performing his duties as Sheriff.  He says they have "sacrificed tremendously" during his entire career.  Gerace says he has always run clean, issues oriented campaigns, and never would have done otherwise.  He was surrounded by family members at Brazil Restaurant and Lounge when he gave his concession speech.


While there was a "blue wave" across much of New York state on Election Day, there was a lot of "red" that was victorious in Chautauqua County Tuesday...  

150th District Assemblyman Andy Goodell cruised to victory in his race against Democrat Judith Einach.  Unofficially, the Jamestown area Republican received 28,133 votes to Einach's 12,621.  Local Congressman Tom Reed won over Tracy Mitrano and, State Senator Cathy Young ran unopposed.

Reed defeated Mitrano in Chautauqua County, 59-to-40 percent and, carried the entire 23rd Congressional District, with just over 53-percent of the vote to Mitrano's 44.5-percent.  Mitrano's only win was in left-leaning Tompkins County.  While winning state-wide, Governor Andrew Cuomo lost Chautauqua County to Marc Molinaro, 60 to 35-percent.     


There were some contested races locally in the county on Tuesday...  

In Mayville, Democrat Ken Shearer, Junior is the new Mayor... defeating Republican Rick Syper, 297-to-259.  The results are unofficial.  Four candidates ran for two seats on the village board.  One was won by Democrat Tim Jacobson with 297 votes,while Republican Eagle Harrington got the other with 251 votes.
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In the town of Portland, three people ran for two town justice seats.  One was won by Daniel Thompson with 825 votes, while Tom DeJoe won the other with 653 tallies.  Michelle Patterson was third with 552.
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There was a tie in a run-off for a vacancy on the Villenova Town Council Tuesday.  Democrat John Robinson, senior and Republican Yvonne Park both tallied 190 votes.  That race will be determined by absentee ballots.


Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York, has defeated Republican challenger Chele Farley to win re-election to the U.S. Senate...  

Gillibrand was heavily-favored in Tuesday's election and has been talked about as a potential presidential candidate in 2020.  At a recent debate, Gillibrand pledged to serve her entire six-year Senate term.  Gillibrand was appointed in 2009 to the Senate seat vacated when Hillary Clinton was nominated secretary of state.  She rose to prominence in the  MeToo movement last year when she was the first Democratic senator to publicly call for fellow Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken to resign amid sexual misconduct allegations. 


The High Wind Warning for Chautauqua and Erie Counties expired earlier this morning, but, there will still be some windy weather through the day today....  

That from the National Weather Service... which says the areas closest to the Lake Erie shoreline would see the most wind.  Meteorologist Jim Mitchell at the Buffalo office says the warning was issued due to safety concerns.

Mitchell says a storm system passing to the northwest of the area is causing the strong winds.  Sustained winds today will be 20 to 30 MPH, with gusts up to 40 through the afternoon.


A Cattaraugus County teen faces child endangerment charges for allegedly letting a 15 year-old drive his car in Little Valley Monday afternoon... 

Sheriff's Officers say 18 year-old Dalton Wilson -- of Salamanca -- was arrested following a traffic stop on Fair Oak Street. A 14 year-old and 16 year-old were reportedly in vehicle at the time. Wilson was given an appearance ticket for Town of Little Valley Court at a later date. 


A 31-year-old man has been charged in a weekend shooting at a northern New York nightclub where five people were wounded, four of them soldiers from Fort Drum...  

Police in the city of Watertown say the shooting occurred around 1:20 a.m. Saturday in the fenced-in outdoor area at Club Rio.  Officials say four people hit by gunfire were taken to a local hospital where they were treated and released.  A fifth person was taken to a Syracuse hospital for treatment and then released.  Police say they're still trying to determine what led to the shooting.  Julio Landron-Sanchez was arraigned Saturday with assault and is being held on $50-thousand dollars bail.  Prosecutors didn't know if he has a lawyer yet.  Officials say four of the injured are assigned to nearby Fort Drum, home of the Army's 10th Mountain Division.

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WJTN News Headlines for Nov. 6, 2018

It's Tuesday..... and it's Election Day 2018!

More than 75,000 active, registered voters in Chautauqua County are eligible to cast ballots in today's election. That from County Democratic Elections Commissioner Norm Green, who says polls open at 6 a.m. today and voting at all 51 polling districts runs until 9 p.m. tonight.  Green tells use that both he, and Republican Commissioner, Brian Abram -- and their staffs, have been busy preparing for the vote.  He says there are several contested races to watch across the county.  One is the State Assembly race, pitting Republican incumbant Andy Goodell against Democratic challenger Judy Einach.  The other county-wide race is for Sheriff, as long-time Democrat Joe Gerace is getting a strong challenge from Republican Jim Quattrone.  Voters will also decide on a Congressional candidate between Republican incumbant Tom Reed and, Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano.  There is also a U-S Senate race between Democratic incumbant Kirsten Gillibrand, and underfinanced Republican challenger Chele Farley.  Incumbant Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is being challenged by Republican Marc Molinaro.


There is some good budget news heading into the final quarter of the year for the city of Jamestown...  

City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says Jamestown had a possible record of just over $1.8-million in sales tax receipts for July through September.  Dolce says City Comptroller Joe Bellitto reported the results and, adds that's just over eight-percent more than last year at this time.

Dolce says, for the first three-quarters of 2018, the city has received $4.86-million in sales tax revenues, which is about 81-percent of the year's total projection of $6-million. Bellitto says the city needs to raise just over $1.1-million in the fourth-quarter to make budget for 2018.  If they bring in the amount raised last year... which was $1.52-million, it would bring the city to about $6.3-million. Bellitto is urging lawmakers to not budget any more than $6.2-million in 2019.


The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, New York, has added 36 names to its public list of priests with substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a child, bringing the total to 78... 

Officials say they will not name an additional 66 dead priests who were the subject of a single abuse complaint.  Bishop Richard Malone released the revised list Monday and again fended off calls from some community members and other priests to resign over his handling of clergy abuse.  The diocese came under fire in March after releasing the names of 42 priests with substantiated allegations. Critics, including a former employee of the bishop, said the list should have been much longer.  The diocese says the updated list includes priests from other religious orders.


A number of items that are needed in the Jamestown Police and Fire Departments have already been cut from Mayor Sam Teresi's 2019 budget proposal...  

Both Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings and Deputy Fire Chief Chet Harvey, went before city lawmakers to discuss their spending plans.  Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce, who is chairing the budget review, says there's very little left that could be cut in both departments.

Dolce says they discussed the need to replace two fire engines, both of which are 25 to 30 years old.  He adds that neither can really be repaired anymore, and, adds the city would likely have to bond for the one-million dollars they would have to pay for both vehicles.  Dolce adds the city's ladder truck, which is 10 years old now, will likely have to be refurbished in the next year.  The mayor's nearly $36-million budget proposal includes no tax levy increase.  But, due to a slight increase in assessments, there would be a 13-cent per thousand full value tax rate decrease, if the budget is adopted as it.


Strong, gusty winds will be hitting the area by through late Wednesday afternoon....  

A Wind Advisory is in effect through 4 p.m. Wednesday for Chautauqua and Southern Erie counties. Forecaster Aaron Reynolds with the National Weather Service says there will be two separate wind events occurring now into Wednesday.  Besides the strong winds, temperatures will warm into the 60s today.  A colder weather pattern returns Wednesday and, Reynolds says that sets the stage for some lake effect snow by this coming weekend.  He says a "cooling trend" begins on Wednesday and, temperatures will be colder than normal on Saturday, when we could see some measurable lake effect snow.  However, Reynolds says it's still too early to tell how much snowfall we'll see.


Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says his choice of Battalion Fire Chief Sam Salemme to be the city's next Deputy fire chief was simple in some ways, and more difficult in others...  

Teresi concluded a lengthy search for a new Deputy Chief after learning that Chet Harvey would be retiring later this month.  In deciding on Salemme, he says he wanted to go with someone with a lot of department -- and managerial -- experience.

Teresi says the hard part was the fact he had a strong field of candidates from within the department to chose from.  He says who ever he chose was going to have "big shoes to fill" with the retirement of Chet Harvey.  Salemme has been a battlion chief since 2005 and, worked under Harvey when the retiring chief took the position more than eight-years ago.  Teresi says Harvey will remain a trusted advisor.  Salemme began his career with the Chautauqua County ambulance service in 1986, and later joined the Jamestown Fire Department in 1990.  He will take over his new duties on November 30.  


A garage was heavily damaged in a weekend fire in the town of Ellington...  

Chautauqua County Fire officials say Ellington crews were called to the scene on Thornton Road about 6 AM Sunday, and found flames that began in a chimney and spread into the ceiling and rafters of the garage, which was attached to the home.  Fire crews were able to save the residence.  Investigators say the fire spread through a chimney pipe and was determined to be accidental.  No injuries were reported.


The Media One Radio Group is proud and excited to announce that 106.9 Kiss FM is joining our broadcast family!  

KISS will be moving from their downtown Jamestown location to our Orchard Road Broadcast Headquarters in the next few days.  Our local radio cluster of six radio stations is proud to bring our communities the best in News-Talk-Sports-Oldies-Top 40-Hot AC-Soft Rock-Country-Classic Rock radio formats!

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WJTN News Headlines for Nov. 5th, 2018

A Cattaraugus County man has been arresed for allegedly shooting and killing his adult son during a domestic dispute in the town of South Dayton last weekend...  


Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say they were called to the scene on Mill Street in South Dayton about 2:45 a.m. Saturday.  Deputies accuse 73 year-old Richard Tyma, Senior of shooting and killing 46 year-old Daniel tyma, who also lived in the home.  The elder Tyma was arrested, and arraigned in South Dayton Village Court on one count of second-degree murder.  He was then sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail with no bail.


A Stockton woman is accused of driving drunk, and while talking on her cellphone, when her car crashed in the town of Chautauqua early last weekend...  

Sheriff's officers say 40 year-old Amy Crowe was traveling on Elm Flats Road about 8:30 last Friday night when her car went into the ditch.  On arrival, deputies located Crowe at a nearby residence.  Upon further investigation, it was found that Crowe was driving in an impaired state.  Crowe was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, DWI Per Se, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, moving from lane unsafely, operating a motor vehicle while using mobile phone, and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle.  Crowe was processed and issued appearance tickets for Chautauqua Town Court at a later date.


A big, brand new choir had its first concert Sunday at the Southwestern Central School Auditorium....

The CMP Chorale is a non-auditioned choir of 90 voices, founded this year by the Community Music Project.  General Manager, Joe Brager, estimated the audience at 350, and called the atmosphere 'electric.'  The chorale's director, Rebecca Ryan, said the choir worked hard and  'blew everyone's mind' in successfully presenting a difficult concert.  The CMP Chorale will be back with another concert in the spring.  Another Community Music Project group, the  'Chautauqua Chamber Singers', will present their annual '12th Night' concert on January 12 and 13 of next year.  


One 'defender of freedom' was in Jamestown last weekend to honor another defender of freedom at the Robert H. Jackson Center...  

A special program high-lighting the contributions of veterans was held at the Center and, the Keynote Address was given by the Vice President of Corporate and Social Responsibility at Chic-Fil-A, Rodney Bullard.  Bullard is a U-S Air Force veteran, lawyer, and former Assistant U-S Attorney, who wrote the book "Heroes Wanted."

Bullard says he went to college for pre-law, and to play football.  However, he says he felt a higher calling after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  Bullard says, while Jackson's name itself isn't prominent, his work is.  He says the Jamestown-area native played prominent roles in several major cases that went before the U-S Supreme Court, including Korematsu versus the United States, and Brown versus the Board of Education.  As for what Jackson would think about current day America, given the cases he was part of presiding over, Bullard thinks he would be "very pleased" with the impact of those major rulings.  The program involving Bullard was sponsored by Heritage Ministries.


A campaign staffer for Democratic Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano has resigned in the wake of an obscene and vulgar social media post last weekend...  


Mitrano later acknowledged it was one of her field workers, and was "not keeping with the standards to which I have run my campaign for the last 16 months.  The staffer does not speak for the campaign and the statements made in the post do not in any way represent me or my values."  However, Reed Campaign Manager Abbey Daugherty says "it's stunning that a paid member of Tracy Mitrano's staff and a spokesperson for her campaign would make such hateful and offensive statements."  She says "it shows what truly motivates Tracy Mitrano and her team: a hatred of our law enforcement community and our capitalist system." Mitrano's Campaign Manager Ryder Kessler, though, blasted the Reed campaign for trying to exploit an "ill-advised post from a young field staffer during the last few hours of the campaign."


New York has been known for losing population and, high taxes for many years now...  

And, the Republican candidate running an underdog campaign says he's the person who can fix it.  Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro made his only campaign appearance in Jamestown last Friday night at the Northwest Ice Arena on West Third Street.  Molinaro says, while Democratic incumbant Andrew Cuomo claims climate is the reason people leave the state, high taxes and better opportunity are.

Molinaro recalled his one and only debate with Governor Cuomo, where the two-term incumbant set most of the rules and, yelled at him and the moderators most of the time.  Molinaro was joined by several GOP candidates at the event, includling local Congressman Tom Reed.  It was not the first time Molinaro was in Chautauqua County.  He attended a private event in the north county earlier this year when his campaign was in it's early stages.


Residents in New York's Southern Tier and Finger Lakes region who were impacted by damaging storms and floods in August are eligible for financial help...  

Officials announced early last weekend that $13-million is available in the form of grants to homeowners whose damage was not entirely covered by insurance or other assistance programs.  To be eligible for the help, homeowners must live in Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Tioga, Delaware or Chenango counties. Individual grants are capped at $50,000.  The August 13 through 15 storms came after a month of unusually heavy rainfall, contributing to local flash flooding and greater damage to homes.  The financial assistance comes from federal sources and is being administered by the state's housing agency.


In New York political news, Cynthia Nixon is backing her former Democratic primary foe Andrew Cuomo - without mentioning him by name...  

The former "Sex and the City" star and political activist urged supporters to back candidates running on the Working Families Party "from top to bottom."  Cuomo won the liberal third-party's nomination for governor after defeating Nixon in a bruising Democratic primary.  Republican challenger Marc Molinaro, meanwhile, interrupted his campaign schedule last week to help a man suffering an apparent stroke on a sidewalk in Poughkeepsie.  The Dutchess County executive, a longtime volunteer firefighter, then directed traffic once paramedics arrived.  In other stories, supporters of legislation to authorize physician-assisted suicide held a Day of the Dead vigil for advocates who succumbed to terminal illness while pushing for the bill.


Governor Andrew Cuomo is touting work to renovate airports in Syracuse, Plattsburgh and the Southern Tier...  

The Democrat, who is up for re-election next week, traveled to Syracuse-Hancock International Airport Thursday to announce the completion of that facility's $62-million overhaul.  On Friday, his office announced the successful completion of the work at Plattsburgh International Airport.  Construction is also wrapping up at Elmira-Corning Regional Airport, though work on the airport's tower is expected to end later this month.  The work is intended to upgrade security and baggage handling and improve the experience of travelers.  In all, more than $160 million was spent at the three airports to upgrade exterior facades, modernize infrastructure and systems, and add new eating and shopping options inside the terminals.

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News Headlines for Sat., Nov. 3, 2018

Molinaro fires up GOP Crowd at Northwest Arena rally...
He had just criss-crossed New York state within a 12-hour period... and, his voice was hoarse.  However... Republican Gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro was in Jamestown to rally the party faithful last night... and, he took a shot at a statement made not long ago against his opponent, incumbant Democrat Andrew Cuomo... when Cuomo said "I am the government."  Molinaro says he wants to take it back for the people of New York.  The Dutchess County Executive, and former State Assemblyman, finished his day in Jamestown... urging local Republicans to get themselves -- and their friends and neighbors out to vote next Tuesday.  Molinaro wasted no time in going after Cuomo in two areas.  The first being that New York now has the highest tax burden in the United States of any state.  He also noted that Cuomo's administration is the "most corrupt in American..." with 8 to 9 former aides being convicted of, or now serving time for crimes against the state.  Molinaro noted that it was 25 years ago when a relatively unknown Republican, George Pataki, managed to defeat Andrew Cuomo's father, Mario, based on a solid turn-out upstate.  He believes history can repeat itself.  Molinaro says Cuomo has been nothing but a "problem maker" for the upstate region.  In addition to Molinaro... Local Congressman Tom Reed, Assemblyman Andy Goodell, and state Senator Cathy Young were on hand for last night's event in Jamestown.


Democrats to rally with Mitrano tonight in Jamestown...
Democrats will be rallying tonight in Jamestown for their party's candidates at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Works Local #106 headquarters.  Congressional Candidate Tracy Mitrano will host the "Our Voice, Our Vote" rally from 6 to 8 PM.  The rally will feature special guests Assembly candidate Judy Einach... Norm Green, County Democratic Committee Chair... Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi and others.  “Calling all Jamestown residents: come rally with us this Saturday!” Mitrano said. “Even more importantly, next week, cast your ballot.  It is your voice and your vote that matter this November. You have the power to bring change to NY-23.”


Second brother involved in major Jamestown Meth trafficking case sentenced...  
A Jamestown man has been sentenced to eight years and-four months in federal prison for being convicted of possession and trafficking methamphetime in the area.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior announced Friday afternoon that 34 year-old Beau "K.C." Jones... received 100-months in prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine... during sentencing in Federal Court in Buffalo.  Prosecutors in the case says Jones and his brother, Matthew, were arrested in December of 2016 after receiving more than 360 grams of meth through the mail at Matthew's home at 70 Colfax Street.  After the delivery... both were arrested during separate traffic stops.  Matthew Jones was also sentenced to 100-months in prison.


Green says NYS, and Chautauqua County, are "ahead of curve" when it comes to cybersecurity for elections...
New York State is well out in front of the curve when it comes to cybersecurity during elections.  That from Chautauqua County Democratic Election Commissioner Norm Green just a few days before Election Day.  Green says one reason he believes that New York is "way ahead of the rest of the nation" is due to the fact that paper ballots are still used in the state.  He says... while a lot of people don't like the paper ballots... they give elections officials a hard-copy of a person's vote -- in case the current technology fails.  Green says there have been cyber-attacks in Chautauqua County, but election officials have been able to deal with them.  He says they've been going after voter registration data base... but, adds they've been able to defend against every one of them.  Green adds that the county's Board of Elections has a "very secure platform" for all the services it does.


Cattaraugus County woman arrested for drug possession after car hit's a deer on I-86...
A woman from Salamanca is jailed on $10,000 bail for allegedly being found in possession of various -- and large -- quantities of drugs in her car, after hitting a deer on Interstate-86 in the town of Sherman.  Sheriff's Deputies say they responded to an accident in the eastbound lanes just before midnight Friday... and, found the occupants unharmed.  However, during the investigation... officers say they became suspicious and deployed K-9 "Link" on a sniff search.  Link alterted officers to the presence of narcotics..... and, deputies subsequently found over half-an-ounce of methamphetamine, 2-grams of cocaine, heroin... prescription pills, needles and other paraphernalia.  The driver, 51 year-old Candy Leon, was arraigned on several drug possession charges and was sent to the county lock-up.


Cuomo announces Upstate Airport Renovation projects...
Governor Andrew Cuomo is touting work to renovate airports in Syracuse, Plattsburgh and the Southern Tier.  The Democrat, who is up for re-election next week, traveled to Syracuse-Hancock International Airport Thursday to announce the completion of that facility's $62-million dollar overhaul.  On Friday... his office announced the successful completion of the work at Plattsburgh International Airport.  Construction is also wrapping up at Elmira-Corning Regional Airport, though work on the airport's tower is expected to end later this month.  The work is intended to upgrade security and baggage handling and improve the experience of travelers.

 

Lakewood man arrested for alleged rape and child pornography charges...
A Lakewood man has been arrested on rape and child pornography charges after allegations were made in a complaint in September.  Sheriff's officers say 38 year-old Jeffery Shriver of Southland Avenue, was initially arrested on a first-degree rape charge.  However... following a one-and-a-half month-long investigation... additional charges were placed for possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child.... and,  four counts of possession of child porn.  The investigation into previous allegations against Shriver are still on-going.  Officers were assisted by the county's Criminal Investigation Division, County SWAT team, Forensic Investigation team, Lakewood-Busti Police, and others.  Shriver will be back in Busti Town Court at a later date.

 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Nov. 1, 2018

Fire investigators are looking into the cause of a house fire that broke out on the Jamestown Eastside early this morning.... 

Chautauqua County dispatchers say  crews were called to an East 5th Street home at the corner of Lincoln Street about 5:15. Barricades were set up on East 5th between Lincoln and Church Streets. Dispatchers are asking motorists to proceed with caution at this time. We'll continue to update this story as more information becomes available. 

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Additionally, dispatchers report medical crews were called to the intersection of Baker Street and Southwestern Drive in Lakewood about 7:30 a.m. for motor vehicle accident with injury.  Witnesses say multiple vehicles were involved.  One ambulance from Lakewood and another from Busti were en route to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital shortly before 8:00. 


Nothing has been agreed to, but an area state lawmaker says that NRG has expressed a willingness to discuss the sale of it's Dunkirk power plant....  

State Assemblyman Andy Goodell adds it's "an important first step" that could help open the doors to potential buyer for the facility.  Goodell said Wednesday that company officials seem to be open to idea of selling the plant to another energy producer.  However, he says the idea is still in the very early stages.  Goodell, who is being challenged in next Tuesday's election by Westfield Democrat Judy Einach, says he believes the best use of the facility is for generating power.  The Jamestown-area Republican says, nationally, NRG is in the process of getting out of the power generating business.


A Jamestown woman faces child endangerment charges following a Tuesday evening fight.... 

City police were called to the area of Barrett and Prather Avenues just before 7 p.m. and, allegedly found 22 year-old Claudia Portugues on top of a male subject punching and kicking him.  Police say her two-year old niece was on the sidewalk and watched the incident occur.  She was additionally charged with disorderly conduct and is being held in city jail pending arraignment. 


The second of two League of Women Voters debates was held with two forums in northern Chautauqua County this past Tuesday night...  

Candidates vying for Chautauqua County Sheriff were asked during the forum at the Dunkirk Senior Center about the most urgent problem facing the office.  Republican challenger Jim Quattrone stated the drug epidemic, as did incumbent Democrat Joe Gerace.  Candidates running for the 150th Assembly District also took part in the forum.  The location of Tuesday night's debate had to be changed from Dunkirk City Hall to the senior center due to an incident in the courtroom where a prisoner was being arraigned and, he apparently had bedbugs.  The change was made as a precaution.

 

One of the newest members of the Jamestown City Council is offering some suggestions on ways to reduce the city's 2019 budget proposal...  

At-large member Andrew Liuzzo says he's seen some items in the past couple of budgets that should be looked at further and, suggesting cutting two-cents on each dollar in the nearly $36-million spending plan.  He also requested the city look at having employees -- when not mandated -- pay their own costs for additional training.

Liuzzo says he -- and others in business -- have done that down through the years.  As for the two-percent cut to department budgets, Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says, you're comparing "apples and oranges" at times because some budgets -- like the Police Department -- are much larger than the Park's Department.  Police Chief Harry Snellings adds that about 90-percent of his budget is for salaries and benefits.  Liuzzo also suggested looking at Welfare-to-Work programs as places to find Summer laborers, who were difficult to recruit this past year due to changes in minimum wage regulations and guidelines.


Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone is firing back at a former assistant-turned-whistleblower who says the bishop should resign over his response to reports of clergy sexual misconduct...  

In a statement just before midnight Tuesday, the diocese calls statements made by Siobhan O'Connor during an earlier news conference "embarrassingly contradictory."   It attached emails from O'Connor praising the bishop.  O'Connor secretly copied and leaked confidential files that she says show Malone allowed an accused priest to remain on the job and excluded dozens of others from a list of problematic priests released publicly earlier this year.  Malone's said he made mistakes with cases involving adult victims, but never knowingly left a priest accused of child abuse in ministry.  O'Connor on Wednesday calls the bishop's response to her comments a "needless deflection" from the issues.


Voters in the Brocton Central School District approved one of two propositions for a capital project on Tuesday...  

Proposition-one, which involved a $6.6-million project passed 153-135.  But, residents rejected proposition-two 158-129.  It involved a project that totaled just over $1-million. Proposition one includes site improvements to the main building and bus garage.  Work is expected to get underway in Spring of 2020.


President Donald Trump has called for the death penalty for the man accused of killing 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue, and he says capital punishment should be brought "into vogue"....  

Trump has gotten his wish, with federal death penalty cases ticking up under his Justice Department after a near moratorium on such prosecutions in President Barack Obama's last term.  Trump's attorney general, Jeff Sessions, has so far approved at least a dozen death penalty prosecutions over the past two years.

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Trick - or - Treat Hours in Jamestown-area...

2018 Trick-or-Treat Hours in Jamestown-area....

 - Jamestown -- 6-8 PM... (same hours as Halloween FunFest)...
 - Town of Ellicott, and Falconer -- 5:30 to 7 PM...
 - Celoron -- 6-8 PM...
 - Frewsburg -- 6-8 PM....
 - Lakewood and Town of Busti -- 5:30 to 7:30 PM...
 - Town of Ellery and Bemus Point -- 6 to 8 PM...

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 31, 2018

The weather forecast for tonight is not looking too great for Halloween trick-or-treating, but people going to the city of Jamestown's 34th annual Halloween Fun-Fest will be high and dry....  

The program will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the former Allen Park Ice Rink, the same hours as regular trick-or-treating in the city.  City Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says the event is free for kids up to the age of 12.

Once again this year, Ciesla-Hanley says they'll have a haunted house and, a several food and other items to give out, including Pizza and donuts from Wegman's and Honest John's, along with carnival games.  She adds they'll also have music by the band "Take 2."  She says a new business "Oh Snap! Visuals" will be on hand with a photobooth, and pictures posted on line.  Ciesla-Hanley says they're helped by several community sponsors, including the Jamestown Cycle Shop, which is providing two bicycles for the two costume contest winners.  Other sponsors include the Allen Park Women's Club and, the Media One Group of radio stations.  


A bi-partisan group in Congress is renouncing hatred and bigotry, and urged their constitutents to come together in the wake of last Saturday's mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synogogue... 

Local Representative Tom Reed of Corning and Northern New Jersey Congressman Josh Gottheimer, co-chair the Problems Solver's Caucus in the House.  Reed says there is "no room" for the hatred seen by the shooter responsible for killing 11 people at that house of worship.

Gotthheimer, who is in his first-term in the House of Representatives, echoed those sentiments.  The Democrat says he is also Jewish, and has seen a series of anti-semitic incidents in his 5th District.  He says "we need to put America above party" in Washington.  Gottheimer recalled what Senator John McCain said shortly before his death: "do not dispair about our present difficulties, we believe always in the promise and greatness of America because nothing is inevitable here.  Americans never quit we never surrender, we never hide from history, we make history."


The Democratic candidate for the 23rd Congressional District says leaders of integrity need to stand up and help get the country away from the divisive rhetoric of recent days...  

Many statements made from both sides of the political aisle are believed to have played some part in the recent mailing of pipe bombs to several prominent Demcrats and their supporters, and last Saturday's massacre that left 11 people dead at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh.  Penn Yan's Tracy Mitrano says she -- too -- is disturbed by the lack of civil discourse in the nation.

Mitrano says there are other instances of leaders rising up, including Abraham Lincoln's second inaugual address before the end of the Civil War in which he said "with malice towards none, and charity towards all."  Mitrano says she would certainly strive to be the kind of leader that can bring people together, if elected.


There's no trick to Halloween safety... 

That's the word from AAA's East Central Safety Advisor as trick-or-treaters prepare to hit the streets this evening Terri Rae Anthony offers some advice for parents getting their kids ready-- including, wearing reflectors, join them trick-or-treating, and be mindful of the stairs. 

AAA reports that pedestrians and drivers alike should be on alert during peak trick-or-treating hours between 5:30 and 9 PM.  For motorists, Anthony says to avoid distracted driving.  She adds that adult party-goers should plan accordingly by using a designated driver, consider an overnight stay and, prevent others from drinking and driving. 


Two people were hurt -- but, not seriously -- in a two-car, head-on crash in the north county town of Sheridan late Monday...  

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Route 5, near the intersection with Harrington Road, shortly before 6 PM.  Following an investigation, deputies say a westbound vehicle, operated by 18 year-old Alex Wirfel of Hamburg, crossed the center-line to make a left-turn.  However, his car struck the other vehicle, driven by 63 year-old David Pompietlasz, of Sheridan.  Both men were taken to local hospitals for treatment of what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.  Wirfel was issued an appearance ticket for failure to yield right of way for Sheridan Town Court at a later date.


A neighborhood revitalization effort of the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is shaping up for the target area of 2019...  

That from the JRC's Neighborhood Project Manager Mary Maxwell, who says the Renaissance Block Challege 2.0 follows a Housing Market Analysis, and Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy study.

Maxwell says of the four target areas, the Allen Park/UPMC Chautauqua area became the target for 2019 for a number of reasons, including the fact the hospital is doing so much for that part of the city.  Maxwell says the Lenna Foundation has generously offered $150,000 towards the RBC 2.0 project.  Information and application details for the new program are still being worked on, but will potentially be made available in January. 


Pfizer, which will be under the leadership of a new Chief Executive Officer starting next year, is reporting better than expected earnings for the third-quarter...  

Earnings reported Tuesday were $4.11-billion or $0.69 per share.  Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 78 cents per share, or 2 cents better than expected.  That's according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research.  The drugmaker posted revenue of $13.3-billion. Pfizer Inc. expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.98 to $3.02 per share, with revenue in the range of $53 billion to $53.7 billion.  Pfizer shares have climbed 19 percent since the beginning of the year.

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 30, 2018

City lawmakers have approved a revised, $180,000 Local Development Corporation loan to the owners of the Jamestown Brewing Company...  

The City Council voted 7-1 last night to rework the loan so the they have eight years to repay the loan to the JLDC.  A delay in shipping some materials for the project has put it behind and, the owners requested the change.  At-Large Councilman Andrew Liuzzo questioned whether Jamestown Brewing had adequate "skin in the game."  Mayor Sam Teresi says they have committed to paying 10 to 15-percent of the costs.

City Development Director Vince DeJoy echoed those sentiments and, added the project will put the former Renaissance Center back on the tax rolls.  Both he and Teresi emphasized that while the city is providing a loan through the JLDC -- there are others involved -- led by Five Star Bank, and the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency.  City Council had to vote on the revised measure because the loan is for more than $100,000.  Councilman Liuzzo voted against the agreement.


A city man who has a lot of managerial experience has been re-appointed to the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities to fill a recent vacancy...  

Mayor Sam Teresi appointed Tyler Case back onto the BPU at last night's council meeting after accepting the resignation of Chuck Cornell, effective Oct. 23.  Council approved the move unanimously.  Teresi says, when Case had to step down earlier this year, he expressed an interest in going back on the BPU in the future, if everything worked out.


A Jamestown man is in stable condition with serious injuries after being struck by a Sports Utility Vehicle early Sunday night near the Washington Street Bridge....  

City police were called to the scene near Forest Avenue about 8:20 PM.  Officers say the unidentified 47 year-old man was in the roadway on Forest Avenue when he was struck by the SUV, which was southbound on Washington Street.  The man was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital, and later transferred to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Police say the investigation is on-going, and no charges have been filed at this time.


A chorus of car horns and a crowd of over 150 greeted the championship JHS band as the buses returned to the city Monday...  

The Jamestown band took the top spot among 10 competing in the Large School 2 division in the state championships on Sunday in Syracuse.  JHS principal Mike McElrath said, "I know how hard these kids have worked thorughout the year," and called Sunday's performance outstanding and amazing.  Band director, Meghan Murray, thanked the students for their work... and the community, for its support, saying, "We share these succeses with all of you."  City Development Director Vince DeJoy told the crowd new signs proclaiming the band's championship will be erected at all entrances to the city.


Chautauqua County's top-elected officials says he's pleased that the County Legislature has approved a new budget for 2019 that cuts the county's property tax rate by $0.06 per thousand...  

Hanover Republican George Borrello adds it does so without using any money from the undesignated fund balance.  Borrello Monday said the process went well and was capped off with a 17-0 approval by lawmakers at last week's meeting.

Borrello adds that he will accept the changes made by the legislature to the just over $254-million spending plan.  He says they were able to find additional savings in most every department.  Borrello calls it a "historic budget" because it cuts the tax rate for the fifth year in a row.  He adds the historic part is really the amount of investment the county is making into infrastructure improvements across the county.  Borrello says the full value tax rate will drop to $8.38 per thousand in 2019.  He says that's down by $1.11 from the tax rate in 2006.


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims of Saturday's mass shooting at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue and Friday's slayings of two black grocery store patrons in Kentucky.... 

The Democrat says flags will be lowered Monday through sunset on November 4th.  Cuomo says the entire nation has been shaken by the two shootings and by the attempted political bombings of prominent figures in the Democrat Party, including New York residents Hillary Clinton and George Soros, as well as CNN's Manhattan studios.  With New York state having the largest Jewish population outside Israel, Cuomo said he'll work to ensure religious institutions are free from violence and intolerance.


The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo says a televised report featuring a whistleblower who criticized the bishop's handling of clergy sexual misconduct was incomplete and out of context...  

In a statement Monday, the diocese didn't address specifics contained in Sunday's "60 Minutes" report, in which a former assistant to Bishop Richard Malone said she acted out of concern for victims.  Siobhan O'Connor secretly copied and shared confidential files with CBS and Buffalo's WKBW-TV.  Sunday's airing also featured a priest who said he believes eight or nine active priests should have been removed from ministry.  The diocese says it will add perspective in the future and is making changes to be more transparent and effective.  Malone has resisted calls to resign.  He says the diocese is cooperating with state and federal investigations.
 

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News Headlines for Mon., Oct. 29, 2018

SUV-Pedestrian accident in Jamestown sends one to UPMC Chautauqua...
One person was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital last night after they were struck by a Sports Utility Vehicle on the Washington Street bridge in Jamestown.  City police us the accident occured about 8:20 p.m., and, traffic in both directions was closed off for at least three-hours.  More details are expected later this morning.


Brocton man arrested on warrant, and weapons charges...
A Brocton man has been arrested for violating his probation... and, allegedly being found in possession of numerous weapon as a convicted Felon.  Sheriff's deputies went to a home on Route 20 in the town of Portland late last Friday night, and found 47 year-old Robert Harris inside.  Officers say they advised Harris that he was under arrest... and, he then tried to barricade himself inside.  Deputies eventually took Harris into custody.  Deputies say they also found Harris with several weapons in his possession.  Harris was arrested for resisting arrest... and, nine counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  He was arraigned, and sent to the county jail without bail.


Ashville man killed in one-car crash in Mayville...
An Ashville man was killed last weekend in a single-car accident on Beaujean road in Mayville.  Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene about 10:30 last Saturday night... and, determined the vehicle had left the roadway and struck a telephone pole.  They say the car, driven by 33 year-old Roger Beaujean, Junior, had broken in half... and, the pole caught fire.  Deputies say that Beaujean was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the crash.  He was the only person inside the vehicle.  The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Westfield Police Department and the Mayville Fire Department at the scene.


JHS Band is once again State Champions...
The members of the Jamestown High School Red Raider Marching Band are state champions, once again.  The band won top place in the Large School 2 Division at the state finals Sunday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. The band's show, Canon, based on the famed Pachelbel Canon, has been highly rated all season.  On Sunday, the show earned 89.9 points, three points ahead of Horseheads, the second place school.  Jamestown previously won championship honors in Large School 2 in both 2014 and 2015.  The JHS band will return home later today.  The F2CS Blue and Gold Vanguard from Falconer and Frewsburg also competed. They were in the Small School 3 division of the Syracuse event... finishing 8th.  Fewer than five points separated the top eight schools in that division.  


"Mamma Mia" may have been most successful show ever at Little Theater....
The most successful show in memory at the Lucille Ball Little Theater of Jamestown closed last Saturday night.  'Mamma Mia' sold out for eight of its nine performances.  Theater President, Bob Ostrom, was thrilled... calling the show a "phenominal success."  He says it was at least the most successful show they've had in 30 years.  'Mamma Mia' was directed by Helen Merrill.  She said it was terrific to have so many people leaving the theater feeling good... and added, "We need that so badly in our lives." The next show at Little Theater will be a 'Holiday Review'... on stage the weekend of Dec. 15.  


City Council to consider deferring JLDC loan repayments for Jamestown Brewing Company...
A delay in the shipment of materials for the new Jamestown Brewing Company has led creditors, including the city of Jamestown, to look at deferring loan payments.  The City Council tonight will vote at 7:30 p.m. on a plan to extend the time the company, slated to go into the former Jamestown Renaissance Center, can repay it's $180,000 Jamestown Local Development Corporation loan, from 7 to 8 years.  Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says his panel recently approved the measure.  At-Large Councilman Andrew Liuzzo says he understands the delay in the project... but, did ask what happens if the brewing company were to default on the loan.  City Development Director Vince DeJoy noted that all creditors are in agreement to extending the time to the business so it can get up and running... and, he says they all want to see the new business succeed.  Under the new terms of the loan... Jamestown Brewing will not have to make a payment for the first six-months the loan has been out. 


Forestville man arrested for allegedly providing alcohol to minors...
A north county man has been arrested for allegedly supplying alcohol to minors... and, getting into a fight with one of the people at a home in Forestville.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Pearl Street shortly before 9 p.m. Friday on a report of a disorderly person... and, found that 41 year-old Joel Tefft had allegedly supplied alcohol to minors and allowed those minors to get drunk.  Tefft is also accused of engaging in a fight with a person at the home... and, caused that person to sustain injuries.  He is charged with third-degree assault... two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and first-degree Unlawful Dealing with a Minor.  He was arraigned and sent to the County Jail one $1,000 cash bail.

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., Oct. 27, 2018

Woman from Mayville arrested for leaving the scene of accident involving barn...
A Mayville woman has now been arrested for leaving the scene of an accident after her car went off a town of Chautauqua road, and crashed into some farm equipment and a barn.  Sheriff's officers say 44 year-old Erin Matjoulis of West Chautauqua Street was arrested late Thursday after investigating the crash... which occured on Parker Road about 10:30 p.m. this past Tuesday.  Deputies say Matjoulis then left the scene in her car without reporting the accident.  She was later found and charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident... fourth-degree criminal mischief... and, moving from lane unsafely.  Matjoulis will answer the charges in Chautauqua Town Court on a later date.


Cause determined in Cherry Creek house fire...
A late-morning electrical fire has displaced a family of six people in the village of Cherry Creek.  Chautauqua County Sheriff's Officers say Cherry Creek Fire received mutual aid from nearby jurisdictions for a residential fire at 665 Southside Ave. just after 11:30 a.m. Thursday.  Crews remained on the scene for nearly two-and-a-half hours before the County Fire Investigation Team was called in to determine a cause.  Deputies say flames originated in the attick due to an overheated electrical line in close proximity to combustibles.  The local Red Cross was contacted to assist the family.


Schmidt named as interim President at Jackson Center...
A familiar name has returned to head-up day-to-day operations at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown.  Retired school administrator Tom Schmidt is back as Interim President of the center... in addition to his role as chairman of the Jackson Center Board of Directors.  Schmidt tells our Dennis Webster the decision by the board came after the panel decided to restart it's search for a new executive director.  He says there was a "snag" in that, and the new search will begin at the first of next year.  The interim Director's position had recently been held by retired Jamestown School Superintendent Deke Kathman.  He replaced past director Susan Murphy... who left the position earlier this year.  Schmidt and others at the Jackson Center have been very busy the past couple of days with the state's Fourth-Circuit Court of Appeals held a day of proceedings there.  Oral arguments were heard by the five judges for a total of 22 cases Thursday.  A day featuring federal judges including... Elizabeth Wolford... Lawrence Vilardo... and, Frank Geraci, Junior... took place yesterday afternoon.


Teresi says city has lost a "community treasure" with passing of Vivian Taylor...
The city of Jamestown has lost another of it's "community treasures."  That's how many are remembering former, long-time  City Councilman Vivian Taylor... who passed away this past Wednesday morning at the age of 94.  Taylor had been in failing health in recent times... and, was preceeded by his wife, Lula, who died this past March.  Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says Vivian Taylor was a long-time friend, and colleague... who "loved this community and loved life."  Taylor and his wife moved to the Jamestown-area in the 1950s from North Carolina during the days of "Jim Crow" laws in the south.  However... both emersed themselves in the community, their church, and raised their family here.  They also strived to teach history... including African-American history.  Vivian Taylor was on the City Council for 24 years... mainly representing Jamestown's northside.  He was the long-time chairman of the panel's Public Works Committee.  The Lind Funeral Home is handling arrangments for Vivian Taylor.


In wake of arrest of man who allegedly sent mail-bombs to prominent Democrats -- including himself -- Biden calls for toning down politicial Rhetoric...
Former Vice President Joe Biden says the United States has to come together, voicing concern with the partisan division and hatred he sees.  A target of the mail-bomb scare, Biden took a moment during a Democratic political rally in Hartford, Connecticut, Friday to speak about "all the pipe bombs, the sense of hate and terror that seems to be gripping us."  Biden quoted passages from the W.B. Yeats poem "The Second Coming," including the line, "Things fall apart; the center cannot hold."  Biden says, "I hope and pray that our leaders are prepared to lower the temperature of our public dialogue," suggesting, "We just have to remember who we are and what we stand for as a nation."


 

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WJTN Sports headline-10/26

**We have two high school football play-off games this weekend on WJTN....

We have one sports announcement, 101-3 and 1240 WJTN will be providing play-by play coverage of two, high school football Section 6 semi-finals this weekend.  Tonight.... Wilson plays at Southwestern starting at 7 p.m., and, we'll have the Randolph/Frewsburg at Cleveland Hill game.  Kick-off for Saturday's game is set for 2 p.m.  Again, you can listen to both games on 103-1 FM and 1240 AM.... and for our out of town listeners, tune in online at WJTN.com

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 26, 2018

A 15th person has now been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with agents cracking a major methamphetime ring in the city of Jamestown...  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior announced late Thursday that the panel indicted Henry Stovall, Junior on charges of methamphetamine conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, methamphetamine, and using and maintaining a drug-involved premises. The other 14 people were arrested after being indicted last week.  The Post-Journal is reporting that Stovall was the man arrested after he fled to the Wrightsville, Pennsylvania area and, was later caught by federal, state and local authorities.  The charges against Stovall and the others carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10-million fine.  The previous 14 were found with quantities of meth, hand-guns, several cell phones, and cash. 


A city man has been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of a loaded 25-calibur pistol during a traffic stop early yesterday morning on Jamestown's southside...  

City police say they stopped a car at the corner of Foote Avenue and Briggs Street about 3 a.m. for inadequate lights and a loud muffler.  Officers say further investigation showed that the passenger, 32 year-old Kyle Kamholtz, was in possesion of the loaded gun.  Kamholtz was arrested for Felony second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and, he was jailed pending arraignment.  Anyone with information on any illegal activity can contact the JPD Confidential Tips-line at 483-TIPS (8477).  


The number-one issue facing the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office remains the on-going opioid drug epidemic...  

That from the two candidates seeking the office in two weeks: Democratic incumbant Joe Gerace, and Republican challenger Jim Quattrone during a forum in the Dunkirk-area Thursday morning.  Quattrone, a retired Sheriff's Department Lieutenant, stressed the need for cooperation on all levels-- not only between law enforcement patrols and task forces, but also with public health providers.

Sheriff Gerace has been the county's top-cop since 1995 and says the agency has been leading the effort to control the problem.  He says they have been looking at new programs...including opening a new addiction and dependancy unit in the jail.  Jamestown has had it's own drug task force for several years now and Gerace says he would like the city to rejoin the Southern Tier Task Force.

Quattrone says he believes he is the one who can bring both task forces under a single banner.  Gerace says he believes the Sheriff's Department, though, can only be a part of the solution and, adds that big pharmacutical companies also need to be held responsible -- in part -- for the epidemic.


The Jamestown High School Marching Band is inviting the public to a 'send off' performance on Saturday, before heading to the New York state championships in Syracuse... 

The  band's director,  Meghan Murray, says they'll play at 2:30 p.m. at Strider Field.  Jamestown's 2018 show is based on the Pachelbel Canon.  Meghan Murray says the band is performing 'really smart' right now, showing the best they can do every time.  The JHS Band will compete at 3:29 p.m. Sunday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.  The F2CS Band from Falconer and Frewsburg will also compete on Sunday, at 9:44 AM.  Again, the Jamestown band's preview performance will be SATURDAY at 2:30 p.m. at Strider Field, weather permitting.  It is free.


A Warren County, Pennsylvania man has died from injuries sustained in a car accident Wednesday evening... 

State Police say the crash occurred on State Route 62 when a mini-van crossed the center lane and left the roadway and struck an embankment with its driver's side front end.  Troopers say the heavy impact caused the van to become airborne, then roll onto its roof and slide 145-feet coming to rest in the middle of the roadway.  The driver, 34 year-old Steven Walters -- of Endeavor-- was pulled from the vehicle and transferred to Warren General Hospital where he later died.


A Gowanda man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison following his conviction for distribution of child pornography...  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 20 year-old Shane Aurand received the term Wednesday from U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Vilardo.  Kennedy says the charge carried a minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum sentence of 20 and, a quarter of a million dollar fine.  The assistant U-S Attorney handling the case says that, in March 2017, the defendant started communicating with an undercover law enforcement agent on the messaging application Kik. Aurand shared sexually explicit pictures of a 7-year old child that he produced while babysitting the child at his residence.  He also offered to send the undercover agent pictures of other children, if he received child pornography in return.

 
The man who has headed up the Jamestown's area's largest soup kitchen for the past four years will soon begin work in another kitchen...  

St. Susan's Center Executive Director Jeff Smith will be the new Food Services Director for the Jamestown Public Schools next Monday.  Smith says his final day as director at St. Susan's is today, but says he will have fond memories of the volunteers, and people they serve there.

Smith says he applied for the school district and, was informed that he had the job a few days ago.  He says he has mixed feelings as he wraps up his work at St. Susan's.  However, he says while he's leaving, the soup kitchen's mission remains an important one in the community.  He says they served just under 122,000 meals last year and, they're on a similar pace this year.  Smith adds they are now also providing meals for the men's U-CAN Center in Jamestown and, that will likely take their meal totals to 140,000 in 2018.  St. Susan's Assistant Director, Katie Murdock, will be interim director while the board looks for a new director.


Several fire companies from Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties were called to help put out a blaze that damaged a home in the village of Cherry Creek...  

Sheriff's Department dispatchers say Cherry Creek crews were called to the scene on Southside Avenue just after 11:30 a.m. Thursday.  They were joined by firefighters from Ellington, Kennedy, Sinclairville and, South Dayton and Conewango from Cattaraugus.  No injuries were reported and, crews were at the scene about 2.5 hours.


Former Vice President Joe Biden says he hopes the shock of a mail bomb plot targeting him and other public figures has been enough to help end the country's divide....  

Biden addressed the mailings in suburban Buffalo Thursday during a campaign stop with a western New York congressional candidate ahead of a speech at the University at Buffalo.  Biden and Democrat Nate McMurray stopped for pancakes at a Lancaster restaurant and spoke with patrons and staff, with Biden praising McMurray as "solid" and running for the right reasons.  McMurray is challenging Republican Chris Collins, who is running for re-election while awaiting trial on insider trading charges.  He's pleaded not guilty.  UB says it's increased security for Biden's speech.

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 25, 2018

Chautauqua County legislators approved a 2019 budget without opposition and with little debate during their monthly meeting Wednesday evening...  

The proposed spending plans calls for a six-cent decrease in the full value tax rate.  Legislator Pierre Chagnon chairs the Audit and Control committee, and was pleased with the way the budget making process went.  However, an area that Chagnon and the committee will be keeping an eye on, will be sales tax revenues. While lawmakers passed the budget 17-0, one legislator did express concerns about the Legislature's decision to include additional funding for the County D-A's Office to hire a drug prosecutor.  Jamestown Republican David Wilfong said the legislature and taxpayers will need to watch how that funding is used.


A Cattaraugus County man has died from injuries suffered in a three-car crash last Saturday in the town of Portville...  

Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say 79 year-old Paul Jurenko of Olean was a passenger in a Sports Utility Vehicle that was struck nearly head-on by a car on the Portville-Olean Road.  Deputies say the car, driven by 40 year-old Michael Bentley, was westbound about 11 a.m. when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck the SUV, operated by 76 year-old Susan Jurenko.  A parked vehicle was also involved, and sustained minor damage.  All three people involed were taken to Olean General Hospital and, Paul Jurenko was later taken to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, where he died late Tuesday.  The investigation is continuing.


Methamphetime continues to be a problem in Jamestown and, two alleged traffickers were arrested early yesterday morning during a traffic stop on the city's southside...  

Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson says "good old-fashioned" police work by an alert officer led to the arrests of 32 year-old Brandon Smith, and 23 year-old Kylah Seiberg about 2:30 a.m. on South Main Street.  Samuelson says officers found more than six-ounces of crystal meth, nearly three-ounces of marijuana and, $4,000 in cash in their possession.

Samuelson says Smith was found with the cash and a smaller amount of meth, while Seiberg had more than five-ounces of meth, and the pot in her possession.  He says they were not considered mid or higher-level dealers, but adds the methamphetime appears to have been imported from Mexico or California.  Both suspects are charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.  Smith was arraigned, and freed on $10,000 bail.  If you have any information on illegal drug trafficking in the city, Samuelson says call the Metro Drug Task Force confidentially at 483-TIPS (8477).  You can also call their Tips 4-1-1 app.

 

The Jamestown Community College Foundation has presented its 2018 John Hamilton Award to local investvent broker John Anderson...  

He is the President of Bodell, Overcash, Anderson and Company, and has been a major contributor to JCC's Unified Student Assistance program.  The JCC Foundation also presented two 'Community Partner' awards.  One went to Lakeshore Savings Bank for its support of a number of JCC projects.  The other went to Media One's Dennis Webster for his work with the JCC Alumni Association and the High School Bowl academic competition.


When the Appellate Division of New York Supreme Court opens its session later today at the Robert H. Jackson Center, the five judges will feel right at home.  That from one of the founders of the Jackson Center, Greg Peterson...

Peterson says Cole Craft, located on Allen Street, made the five judge bench, two tables, a podium and a witness stand,  transforming the Cappa Theater into a real court room.  Dave Messinger, owner and CEO of Cole Craft, says it's typical of the kind of work they do with Red Oak wood.  Support for the project came from a number of foundations, and local attorney Art Bailey.  Fancher Chair and Geer Dunn also provided some of the amenities.  The new furniture will stay at the Jackson Center to be used for other events there.
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Dave Messinger says one of Cole Crafts other big projects right now is showroom furniture for all the Bentley Auto dealers in North and South America.  The company employs around 30 people.  


The Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based sports group that owns the Jamestown Jammers is moving in another direction and, was ready to sell the team...  

However, a local community group has stepped forward in an effort to buy the team, and keep it here.  The announcement was made at Russell E. Diethrick Park late Wednesday morning by the current ownership group, ROC Ventures, represented by former Jammers Manager, Anthony Barone. 

Barone has also accepted a new offer to be ROC's Field Manager and Community Relations Director for their new, independent pro team (the Milwaukee Milkmen) who will play in the American Association in 2019.  With that, the Jammers will be "donated" to the new, non-profit group and resume play in the Perfect Game Collegiate League in 2020.  Perfect Game League Commissioner Bob Julian says when he talked to Mayor Sam Teresi about the proposal, he said the new group will need the extra time to prepare and create the organization that will own the club going forward. 


Special Meeting Announcement...

There will be a special meeting of the Ellicott Town Board tomorrow to deal with the proposed demolitions of two homes in West Ellicott.  Town Clerk Mike Erlandson says the session will begin at 12 Noon in the Town Hall, where they will vote on accepting new County Landback credits for the demolition work.


President Donald Trump has signed legislation that will allow the U-S Army Corps of Engineers to work with local officials to study of what needs to be done to help Chautauqua Lake...  

In a printed release yesterday, County Executive George Borrello says Congress had previously passed the America's Water Infrastructure Act, which allows the corps to due the study on developing ecosystem restoration, and flood risk management.  Borrello thanked local Congressman Tom Reed and, U-S Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand for their support of the measure.  He adds "we are excited to see Congress pass this important step towards addressing the challenges in Chautauqua Lake.  Much work still needs to be done, but passage of this bill will allow the County to have an exceptionally experienced and powerful new partner in restoring Chautauqua Lake."


A federal judge has sentenced a son of former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos to four years in prison after both men were convicted in a political corruption case...  

U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood sentenced Adam Skelos on Wednesday, several hours after announcing that his father must serve four years and three months in prison.  Both were convicted at a summer retrial.  Prosecutors alleged that Dean Skelos, a Republican, paved the way for his son to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars by pressuring businessmen in return for legislative acts that helped them.  Given a chance to talk, Adam Skelos said he and his father no longer speak.  He says the loss of his relationship with his father was a loss he thought he'd only experience in death.


A Jamestown man was arrested following a domestic incident on Thayer Street  yesterday evening... 

City police responded to a situation involving a man allegedly threatening to harm himself with a knife. Investigation revealed 27 year-old Timothy Markham, II had damaged a TV-set during an altercation with an unidentified female victim resident. Markham was arrested on several charges including felony aggravated family offense. He's being held in Jamestown city jail pending arraignment. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 24, 2018

There was strong disagreement on some controversial issues raised during last night's candidates forum for State Assembly at Jamestown Community College....  


Democratic challenger Judy Einach said she supports legalizing recreational marihuana in the state and cited information from a State Department of Health Report, which is currently the focus of state-wide hearings.  Einach says believes there would be sufficient controls to prevent children from using pot and, overall usage is not high.

Incumbant Republican Assemblyman Andy Goodell came out strongly opposed to such legislation and, the idea that usage would go down.  He says it flies in the face of the facts, which show usage went up in places like Colorado, where it's now legal.

Einach did agree that the age for being able to purchase marijuana should be higher than the proposed 21 because of pot's potential impact on developing brains.  Goodell also argued that the amount of pot dealt on the Black Market would increase if marijuana was legalized.
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The legalization of pot was also discussed during the earlier debate between incumbant Democratic Sheriff Joe Gerace, and Republican challenger, Jim Quattrone.  Both oppose legalization and pointed to the likelyhood of more car accidents and other issues.  The two candidate forums were sponsored by the League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women, and JCC's Political Science Department.


Inter-agency cooperation was a big topic among several discussed by the candidates for Chautauqua County Sheriff during last night's debate at Jamestown Community College....  

Democratic incumbant Joe Gerace and Republican challenger Jim Quattrone were both asked why there are two drug task forces in the county.  For the past several years, Jamestown has had it's own "Metro" Drug Task Force, while the county is part of the Southern Tier Task Force.  Gerace says Jamestown decided to go on it's own.

Gerace says in talking with city police and other officials,he also offered a "hybrid" type of model that gave the city more control over what was done in the city.  However, that has not been acted on.  Quattrone says he would push for better cooperation among agencies and, proposed a panel to look at ways to do it.

Gerace says, even though there are two separate drug task forces, there are a number of areas where his department cooperates with others across the county.  He says those include use combining forces to create the Forensic Investigaton Team, along with the county-wide SWAT Team.  Gerace adds they also dispatch for seven area departments.
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Most of the more than 60 people on hand for the Sheriff's debate stayed for the State Assembly debate between incumbant Republican Andy Goodell and challenger Judy Einach.  There was spirted debate on a number of issues, including late-term abortion and, legalization of marijuana.  The County's League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women and, JCC Political Science Department, sponsored the forums.


Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wasted no time linking Republican challenger Marc Molinaro to the policies of President Donald Trump in the only debate between the gubernatorial candidates before next month's election...  

Cuomo, who is seeking a third term, repeatedly connected Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive, to Trump.  During last night's forum, he called them both "extreme" and says their policies are "reprehensible."  Molinaro reiterated his criticism of Cuomo for his handling of the state's economy, saying he let state spending increase.  He also criticized his administration for corruption.  Tuesday's debate at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City was broadcast on CBS affiliates around the state.  It didn't include the three third-party candidates: Libertarian Larry Sharpe, Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins and independent ex-Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner.


It'll be a night of fun, food and games at the city of Jamestown's 34th annual Halloween Fun-Fest a week from today at the former Allen Park Ice Rink...  

City officials and sponsors gathered Tuesday afternoon at Allen Park to promote the event, which draws hundreds of children each year.  City Parks Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says the event will be held from 6-8 p.m. Halloween night, the same hours as trick-or-treating.

In addition to the haunted house, Ciesla-Hanley says they'll also have games, and music by the band "Take 2."  She says a new business "Oh Snap! Visuals" will be on hand with a photobooth, and pictures posted on line.  Ciesla-Hanley says everything is free, thanks to several community sponsors, which will provide a "goody bag" for the kids, and free pizza and donuts.  The Jamestown Cycle Shop will also provide two bicycles for the grand prize winners in the annual costume contest.


The Democratic challenger in the 23rd Congressional District race says incumbant Republican Tom Reed has a "record" of not delivering for the district....  

However, Reed says he has supported measures that have brought about more jobs, and prosperity to the region.  Penn Yan Democrat Tracy Mitrano blasted Reed's voting record Tuesday on a number of items including major tax breaks, which she says only benefits the nation's top "one-percent..." and, will leave bigger federal deficits. 

Mitrano says Reed touted tax reform as something that would put $1,600 in the pockets of hard-working middle class residents.  But, Mitrano says the Tax Policy Center reports that the top one-percent is seeing a $69,000 a year break, while the middle-class is only seeing about $400 to $500 a year.  However, Reed says Mitrano is distorting his record, noting that he's been in touch with local constituents through more than 250 town halls and, he remains a resident of the district he represents.  He adds that constitutents "know us... and, what we're fighting for." 


Chief Justice John Roberts says he is "saddened to learn" that Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the U-S Supreme Court, has the beginning stages of dementia....  

Roberts said in a statement Tuesday that although O'Connor has announced she is withdrawing from public life, "no illness or condition can take away the inspiration she provides for those who will follow the many paths she has blazed."  O'Connor visited Chautauqua County a number of times, the first in 1996 when she helped dedicate the new statue of Robert H. Jackson at Jackson Square near Love Elementary School.  She returned to the Jackson Center for a program in 2007.  She also appeared at Chautauqua Institution in 2004 and, again in 2007.


The Independence Party in Chautauqua County is "proud" to announce it is endorsing incumbant Sheriff Joseph Gerace for re-election to a sixth term...  

In making the endorsement, State Committeeman, Thom Shagla, said "both the candidates were interviewed by a seven-person panel."  Shagla adds that "after the interviews, we went into closed session for discussions.  The first question made to us was, what has Joe done wrong?  No one had an answer."  Shagla says they have "supported Sheriff Gerace and found no outstanding reason not to support him now".


An Irving woman -- released with citations for drug possession -- faces additional charges of criminal impersonation during a traffic stop last Sunday... 

Deputies say they stopped a vehicle on Center Road in Sheridan and, during the course of the interaction, officers allegedly found her in possession of methamphetamine and hypodermic needles.  On Monday, deputies say they received information that the woman allegedly provided identifying information of her identical twin sister. Later known to be 24 year-old Maranda Hayden, she was arraigned on charges and sent to the county jail without bail. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 23, 2018

A man living in a home in the town of Gerry is being treated for serious burns suffered in a house fire -- near Sinclairville -- early yesterday morning...  

Sheriff's deputies say Sinclairville fire crews were called to the scene at 3083 Old Chautauqua Road, shortly before 6 a.m. and, found heavy fire coming from the structure.  However, officers say the unidentified man was able to drive himself to a nearby house after being burned.  The man was then flown by Starflight Helicopter to The Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment of burns over much of his body.  County fire investigators say the blaze started when a heating appliance caught nearby bedding materials on fire.  The man lived alone and, his name if being withheld pending the notification of family members.


Federal, state and local authorities were reportedly involved in arresting an armed man who had been on the run following a bank robbery in the region near Wrightsville, Pennsylvania... 

Police -- as well as the FBI -- were reportedly involved and, found the man -- who has not been identifed.  Monday's incident led to the Warren County School District putting it's northern and western "attendance areas" under lock-out until the situation was taken care of.  The Warren Times-Observer announced just after 1 p.m. that the district had "received word that the suspect is now in custody” and all schools were no longer under lockout status.  During the lock-out, students were returned inside the school, and school business continued as usual.  


The New York Supreme Court Appellate Division will move its regular session to the Robert H. Jackson Center on Thursday...  

Marion Beckerink, Director of Development at the Center, says it's an unprecedented opportunity to hear the finest litigators practicing the art of appellate argument.
The public is welcome to attend the session that starts at 10 a.m. Thursday.  Anyone interested should appear by 9:30 at the latest, as space is limited and regular court security will be enforced.   Five judges will be in place for the Thursday morning session, and will participate in an afternoon continuing education program for attorneys.  Contact the Jackson Center to register.  A day later, on Friday, three federal judges will come to the center for another continuing education session.


Three people escaped injury after their Sinclairville home caught fire early last Saturday morning...  

Sheriff's officers say Sinclairville Fire crews, along with several other mutual aid departments, responded to the scene at 7025 Rood Road shortly before 3 AM.  Deputies say two adults and one teenage occupant were able to escape the residence safely.  The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team responded to the scene and began an investigation.  At this time, they say no cause has been determined, but investigators add the investigation is continuing.


She's on the ballot, but State Senator Cathy Young is running for re-election unopposed...  

However, the Olean Republican says that doesn't mean she isn't following the other contests in the Senate.  Young says she is hopeful that the GOP can retain control of the Senate and, says there's a lot at stake for the upstate region.  She says that's because the last time Republicans lost control, spending and taxes shot way up.

Young says Republicans are doing what they can to hold-on to the majority, with many GOP candidates even doing a lot of door-to-door campaigning.  Young has been in the State Senate since 2005 and, became the first woman to ever chair the Senate Finance Committee in 2016.
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Young was in Dunkirk with several other officials to announce a $750,000 grant for the Senior Center and to cut the ribbon at Point Gratiot. 


U-S Senator Charles Schumer says progress is being made getting federal safety investigators fuller access to the limousine involved in a crash that killed 20 people two weeks ago...  

Schumer told reporters in Utica a National Transportation Safety Board representative was given "limited access" to the wreckage Friday.  He says a full investigation team could have access as early as later this week.  The senator's comments come a day after people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that investigators have privately expressed frustration over their inability to fully examine the limousine.  The limo remains in the possession of state police after the operator was charged with criminally negligent homicide.  Spokesmen for the police and the NTSB say they're cooperating.  Police say all 20 people died from the impact of the crash.


Incumbant Republican Congressman Tom Reed has picked up a major national endorsement just two weeks before the November 6 election...  

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday morning to comment on a number of issues, but also tweeted his support for Reed.  That message read "Congressman Tom Reed of New York's 23rd District has done a great job.  He has my complete and total Endorsement!"  Reed this morning said he "appreciates" the president's support and, adds that Trump's style has brought results.

Reed says he also appreciates Trump's "positive disruptive" force that has turned Washington, D-C upside down, because he says it's for "the American people."  At the same time, the Corning Republican says he remains concerned about some of those Twitter feeds, and the President's at-times, inflamatory rhetoric.  He says, when he has a problem with Mr. Trump's rhetoric, he takes it directly to the president himself.  Reed initially supported Jeb Bush for president at the beginning of the 2016 election cycle, but threw his support to Trump once Bush withdrew from the race. 


Democrat Tracy Mitrano has picked up a significant endorsement in her run against Tom Reed for the 23rd Congressional District...  

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul appeared with Mitrano last Saturday at the United Steelworkers Local 2683 in Dunkirk to announce that she is endorsing Mitrano.  The Buffalo area Democrat says the district -- and state -- will be in "much better hands" if Mitrano is elected.

Mitrano told supporters that Tom Reed has "turned his back" on the people of the 23rd Congressional District, and that she wants to give working and middle class people a voice.  Hochul and Mitrano were also joined by Chautauqua County Democratic Election Commissioner Norm Green, Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas, and Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis.

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 22, 2018

Firefighters were at the scene of a "working house fire" in the Village of Sinclairville early this morning... 

County dispatchers say crews from Ellington, Gerry and Sinclairville were called to the structure fire just before 6 a.m. at 30830 Old Chautauqua Road.  Dispatchers report one person was burned and was taken to a separate location, while Starflight was called in to assist. Additional man-power from the Fluvanna Fire Department was called in just before 7:00. No road closures have been announced. 

 

A Northeast, Pennsylvania man was arrested following a high-speed chase and, one-car accident when his car crashed into a house in the town of Mina...  

Sheriff's officers say they were alerted to a vehicle pursuit from Erie County, Pennsylvania, crossing into New York state about 1 a.m. Sunday.  Pennsylvania State Police tried to stop the vehicle, operated by 29 year-old Robert Thiem.  However, Thiem fled at a high-rate of speed onto Route 430 in Chautauqua County.  They say the pursuit was ended when the suspect vehicle tried to ram a State Police car and, the car hit a house on Route 430.  No one in the house was hurt.  State Police took Thiem into custody.  Police say further investigation found Thiem had a Felony arrest warrant out of Pennsylvania, in addition to possessing a quantity of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.  Thiem was also allegedly found to be operating while impaired by drugs and, had a previous DUI conviction making this arrest a felony charge.  He faces several charges in both states... and, was arraigned as a Fugitive from Justice.  He was taken to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail.


A north county man has been sentenced to one-and-a-half years in federal prison for allgedly possessing and trafficking 500 or more grams of cocaine in the Dunkirk area....  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior has announced that 27 year-old Michael Pacheco, also known as Michael Dominguez, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of cocaine received the sentence late last week from Chief U.S. District Court Judge Frank Geraci, Junior in Buffalo.  The prosecutor involved in the case says that Pacheco and co-defendant Fred Santiago trafficked "kilogram quantities" of the drug between July of 2016 and May 2nd of 2017.  The U-S Attorney's Office says Pacheco obtained cocaine from Santiago for sale and distribution to others.  During the time of the conspiracy, they say Pacheco made at least two undercover drug sales to law enforcement officers twice in April of 2017 and, he was arrested on May 2 of that year with cocaine in his possession, which was intended for sale. 


Jamestown city officials are now reviewing the two-year arbitration award issued to the Kendall Club-Police Benevolent Association for contract year's 2016 and 2017....  


City Corporation Counsel Marilyn Fiore-Lehman said -- in a printed statement last weekend -- that they are also "calculating the anticipated costs and the potential impact on past, current and future budget years."  She adds that the city is also reviewing all legal options.  On last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the Media One Group of stations, Mayor Sam Teresi further cautioned about not adding spending in 2019 budget because the city may need to pay more for new contracts, or settlements.

For 2019, Teresi says the contingency account has $300,000 in it, while the undesignated fund balance has just over $1.8-million. In addition, Teresi says they have no contracts in place with any bargaining unit right now because his negotiating team is "slugging away for the taxpayers."  The arbitration panel voted 2-to-1 in favor of two-percent pay hikes for unionized police officers for both 2016 and 2017.


The Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System is pleased to announce that effective today, the new location for its bus hub in the city of Jamestown will be at 215 East Third Street...  

County Executive George Borrello says the hub, which was temporarily stationed at Pine Street, will provide a central location for CARTS customers in Jamestown.  He says renovations to the site in the coming months will include a heated indoor waiting area, and accessible bathroom facilities.  The county's Director of Public Facilities Brad Bentley, says "there are many benefits to our new hub location.  First and foremost, the new hub will provide location certainty to our customers.  CARTS will be able to maintain this hub year-round without having to temporarily move its operations for city functions.  In addition, with CARTS’ buses parking on site, it will free up street parking for area businesses."  The site for the new hub is owned by George Patti, III, who is active in downtown development.  The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation has also been involved in the move.


A skilled workforce and location are two of the most critical items that businesses look for when they move, or are starting up a new operation....  

That from Manufacturer's Association of the Southern Tier Director Todd Tranum during this past week's Teacher Development Day at the MTI at Jamestown Community College.  The program was part of National Manufacturing Month and, drew more than 40 teachers from across the county.  Tranum also told the teachers that while manufacturing in early days was dirty, dark and dangerous, it's much different today.

Tranum also says that the MTI offers a number of opportunities for local students, including their "AMP" program, which includes a scholarship, and internship opportunity that's all paid for.  He says it would result in certification to move into a local manufacturing position right away.  Tranum adds there are 260 job opportunities, right now, in the area.


In New York state government news... 

Local district attorneys are challenging a new law creating a commission on prosecutorial misconduct.  The District Attorneys' Association of the State of New York filed the lawsuit last week, arguing that the commission is unconstitutional because it interferes with the independence of elected prosecutors.  Supporters of the law say the commission is needed to protect the public from prosecutors who abuse their power.  Chautauqua County D-A Patrick Swanson supports the local D-A lawsuit.  Meantime, in the Governor's race, independent candidate Stephanie Miner wants Republican Marc Molinaro to clarify his opinion of Donald Trump.  Molinaro has said he didn't vote for the president and disagrees with some of his policies.  Meanwhile, Libertarian Larry Sharpe has a novel plan to raise revenue for infrastructure: sell the naming rights to bridges and subway stations.


New York state lawmakers want to review the current state of physical education, mental health and health instruction in the state's schools...  

The Assembly's Education Committee has scheduled a public hearing Tuesday in Albany to review the current programs in place related to student health and fitness.  Under a new state law that took effect this year... schools are required to teach mental health in traditional physical education and health classes.  The mandate is intended to help students understand more about emotional and mental wellness, and help them understand when to seek help for themselves or others.  Tuesday's hearing comes two months before lawmakers return to Albany for the 2019 legislative session.

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News Headlines for Sun., Oct. 21, 2018

Deputy, woman identified from Friday morning crash in north county...
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department is now identifying the two people hurt in a two-car crash involving a Sheriff's patrol car at the intersection of Straight and Center Roads in the town of Sheridan.  The  Sheriff's Office, State Police, and Chautauqua County Emergency Medical Services were among the units responding to the scene around 9 a.m. Friday.  Sheriff Joe Gerace, who was at the scene, says that the Sheriff's vehicle struck another vehicle... and, the Deputy, identified as 29 year-old Joseph Hallmark of Mayville, was flown by Starflight to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment of neck injuries.  Gerace says they are still investigating a number of factors that may have been involved in the crash.  He says it's not often that a patrol car is involved in such a crash, but Gerace says it's "alarming" and he is very concerned about his deputy and the other driver... identified as 36 year-old Theona Szumigala.  Szumigala was transported to Brooks Memorial with minor injuries. 


K-9 involved in Wednesday night drug bust in Jamestown...
A teenager wanted in the city of Jamestown was arrested during a traffic stop with drugs in the vehicle last Wednesday night.  Members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force say they assisted officers with pulling over the vehicle -- operated by 57 year-old Donald Peach, Jr. --  at the intersection of North Main and 10th Streets.  Officers say his passenger, 19 year-old Scott Eddy was taken into custody on the bench warrant, and, was also found in posssession of methamphetamine.  Assistance from State Police and K-9 "Kubi..." allegedly revealed more meth and crack cocaine inside the vehicle.  Officers say Peach was taken into custody on two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 


CARTS hub to be relocated to East Third St. in Jamestown starting this Monday...
The Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System has announced that effective next Monday, Oct. 22, the new location for its bus hub in the city of Jamestown will be at 215 East Third St.  County Executive George Borrello says the hub, which was temporarily stationed at Pine Street, will provide a central location for CARTS customers in Jamestown.  He says renovations to the site in the coming months will also add a heated indoor waiting area and accessible bathroom facilities.  The county's Director of Public Facilities... Brad Bentley... says "there are many benefits to our new hub location.  “First and foremost, the new hub will provide location certainty to our customers.  CARTS will be able to maintain this hub year-round without having to temporarily move its operations for city functions.


Arbitrtation panel sides with JPD Union on wage increases...
The state's Public Employee Relations Board arbitration panel has awarded Jamestown police officers a 2-percent pay increase for 2016 and 2017.  On Thursday... the Post-Journal reported the PERB panel voted 2-to-1 in favor of the Kendall Club-Police Benevolent Association.  The paper reports that the PBA requested 5-percent pay increases for each year... while the city countered with no pay increases.  The city cited Jamestown's status exhausting the state’s constitutional taxing limit, and financial issues as reasons the city has no ability to pay.  The decision states that the city's case was weakened by "countervailing evidence."  The  board said despite the stresses it faced... the city's "careful and skillful budgeting" resulted in a surplus of more than $1.2-million in 2017.  However... union members will have to contribute more towards their health care. 


Teresi testifies on proposed annexation of property in Falconer at city line...
Testimony from all sides has been heard by a three-member State Appellate Court-tribunal regarding the city of Jamestown's effort to annex about four-acres of property in the village of Falconer at the city line.  Mayor Sam Teresi confirms that he was among the people called to testify before the panel last week on the city's proposal to take the property owned by the Board of Public utilities for it's Dow Street Substation.  Teresi says the panel is accepting all briefs, arguments and testimony in the case, and will present it to the Appellate Division with a recommendation.  The village... along with the town of Ellicott and Falconer School District oppose the annexation because they will be losing taxable property... and, sustain loses of tax revenues due to the change.  The city has argued that it needs the property to reduce costs, and claim it would be able to better maintain the location.  Teresi says the full court will next hear oral arguments from the attorneys in the matter before the end of the year. 

 

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 19, 2018

The state's Public Employee Relations Board arbitration panel has awarded Jamestown police officers a two-percent pay increase for 2016 and 2017...  

On Thursday, the Post-Journal reported the PERB panel voted 2-1 in favor of the Kendall Club-Police Benevolent Association.  The paper reports that the PBA requested five-percent pay increases for each year, while the city countered with no pay increases.  The city cited Jamestown's status exhausting the state's constitutional taxing limit, and financial issues as reasons the city has no ability to pay.  The decision states that the city's case was weakened by "countervailing evidence."  The board said despite the stresses it faced, the city's "careful and skillful budgeting" resulted in a surplus of more than $1.2-million in 2017.  However, union members will have to contribute more towards their health care.  We have a call into Mayor Sam Teresi for comment on the decision.


Testimony from all sides has been heard by a three-member State Appellate Court-tribunal regarding the city of Jamestown's effort to annex about four-acres of property in the village of Falconer at the city line....  

Mayor Sam Teresi confirms that he was among the people called to testify before the panel last week on the city's proposal to take the property owned by the Board of Public utilities for it's Dow Street Substation.

The village, along with the town of Ellicott and Falconer School District oppose the annexation because they will be losing taxable property and, sustain loses of tax revenues due to the change.  The city has argued that it needs the property to reduce costs, and claim it would be able to better maintain the location.  Teresi says the tribunal will now review the case and, make a final recommendation to the full court in Rochester.  He says they'll then hear oral arguments from the attorneys in the matter before the end of the year. 


The investigation is continuing into a crash in which a box truck struck a house in the village of Silver Creek, that also closed a portion of Route 20 early Thursday morning....  

Sheriff's officers say the truck, driven by 25 year-old Jacob Bostic of Buffalo, slammed into the house at 323 Central Avenue shortly before 8 AM.  Deputies say the truck also struck several street signs and a tree before hitting the house.  Bostic was treated at Lakeshore Hospital for minor injuries.  Officers say Silver Creek fire rescuers had to help residents get out of the second-floor of the house and, the county's HazMat Team was called in to deal with a diesel fuel leak at the scene.  None of the residents were hurt.  They are being helped by the local Red Cross.  Bostic faces several charges, including speeding, and unsafe lane change. 


More than 40 teachers from across Chautauqua County got to learn first-hand about local manufacturing jobs and required skills during a Teacher Development Day yesterday at the Manufacturing Technology Institute at Jamestown Community College....  

The event was organized by the Manufacturer's Association of the Southern Tier and it's "Dream it Do it" program.  MAST Executive Director Todd Tranum addressed the teachers, saying there are dozens of openings across the county, and they're growing.

Tranum noted that these manufacturing jobs aren't the ones our grandparents had.  He says these are high-tech jobs in "very clean" facilities.  He says a highly-skilled workforce is the major need and that's where the teachers come in.  Tranum says even lower-end jobs are paying well, including $40,000 a year on average for production jobs.  He adds they increase to $80,000 for industrial engineers.  The teachers also got to tour Weber Knapp Corporation, and Artone Manufacturing prior to the program at the MTI. 


A new report finds that when it comes to federal government, New York gives more than it receives.... 

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says taxes paid by residents and businesses last year total about $24 billion more than the federal funds allotted to New York. It's the third straight year that's happened.  New York is one of 11 states with such an imbalance.  Only New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts receive a smaller fraction of what they contribute.  


Village of Fredonia.... 

Fredonia Village lawmakers voted 3-2 to eliminate the village administrator's position, which has been vacant since July when long-time administrator Richard St. George resigned.  Trustees Kara Christina, James Lynden and Michael Barris voted in favor of eliminating the position while Doug Essek and Roger Britz Jr. were opposed.


Expect the rollercoaster weather pattern to continue over the next several days...  

That's the word from Meteorologist Heather Kenyon of the National Weather Service in Buffalo.  The air was cold enough Thursday morning to change rain showers to snow showers over parts of Western New York.  Temperatures didn't get very warm yesterday, but there should be some moderation today.  She says we should see the upper 50s.  Temperatures dropped into the low to mid-30s Thursday morning, and, while there were no reports of any accumulation in Chautauqua County, there was two-inches of the white stuff reported near Humphrey in Cattaraugus County.

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 18, 2018

A federal grand jury has indicted 14 people with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine in the Jamestown-area since March of last year...  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says the 14 residents face 42 counts in the indictment and, nine are being detained.  Kennedy says they include Danny Michael, III; Destiny Hare; Andrew Bennett, Searcy Fields, Michael Davis, Stacie Yancer, Ramael Fields, Jamell Trapp, and Zackiel Fields Jr.  He adds that Marcus Bowman, Ernest Cauley Jr., Jacob Motherwell, Alexis Hall and, Stephanie Harrison were released on conditions.  Kennedy says some also face other charges including possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, methamphetamine; using and maintaining a drug-involved premises; possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking; and being a Felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  During the execution of search warrants, officers say they recovered 10 firearms and multiple rounds of ammunition, over 20 cellphones, drug paraphernalia, and cash.  All 14 face a minimum of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10-million fine if convicted on the conspiracy charge.


A grass-roots effort by some local Democrats has led to the scheduling of a "Get out the Vote" rally this weekend at the Allen Park Bandshell...  

Two of the people involved in organizing the rally, Paul Leone and Shelly Walsh... say the event Saturday will begin with the first of several speakers at 1 PM.  Leone says -- in general -- the enthusiam level is "high" among local Democrats and, they expect a good turn-out Saturday.  The rally should run about two-hours. Leone says they are hoping for a good turn-out Saturday.  He says, because it may be rainy, they advise people attending to wear boots and have rain-gear with them. 

 

A well-known radio newscaster from the 1980's in Jamestown has died.  Tim Johnson was 59 when he succumbed to multiple myeloma on Sunday...  

Tim was hired at WKSN radio by Dan Fischer, who was news director at that time.  Fischer says Tim Johnson was "quiet, reserved and brillilant". After working as a radio reporter for several years, Tim moved on to Washington, DC and a career as a Congressional aide.  Dan Fischer, who now owns a radio station in Batavia,  recalls Johnson as a man who loved the political process.Calling hours and a funeral service for Tim Johnson are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Migliore Funeral Home in Jamesotwn.  


New York state is seeking bids for redeveloping the more than two dozen service areas along the 570-mile Thruway system...  

The Thruway Authority on Tuesday announced that has issued a request for proposals to make improvements at 27 travel plazas through public-private partnerships.  One of those is located in Angola, between Dunkirk and Buffalo.  The agency says the plan calls for offering a more diverse selection of food and beverage options, with upgrades made to interior and exterior designs as well as the restrooms.  Thruway officials say the improvements will also include energy-efficient systems, electric vehicle charging stations and expanded parking for commercial drivers.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo said while releasing his 2018 agenda in early January that the service plazas are in ``dire need'' of improvements.  The last major remodeling of the facilities occurred in the early 1990s.


Both candidates for the 23rd Congressional District seat say they support manufacturing and are blasting their opponent's record on the issue...  

Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano says incumbant Republican Tom Reed is making "untrue, slanderous and ridiculous" statements about her position.  During this week's media conference calls, Reed cited a Democratic forum last Spring before the primary, where Mitrano would not take a pledge to oppose outsourcing of jobs from the region.

Mitrano says her support of labor has been shown by her endorsement by the AFL-CIO.  During that forum last Spring, she notes that she also said that she wanted to read the pledge before signing it.  In addition, Mitrano says she visited with some Independent voters who worked at Dresser-Rand, and who complained that Reed has "done nothing" to help them.  Reed says that he "fights for manufacturing everyday..." especially through his position as Co-Chair of the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus.  Mitrano says she supports efforts to create a better trained workforce in the Southern Tier Region.


Former Southern Tier Congressman Amo Houghton has announced that he is endorsing Tom Reed for re-election...  

Houghton, who was local Congressman for several years in the 1990s, and early 2000s, says he's watched Reed "grow" and serve upstate New York "effectively in Congress on the Committee on Ways and Means."  Houghton adds that Reed "has become a champion for bi-partisan government and I appreciate the support he has received from Republicans and Democrats alike.  Most importantly, he cares."  Reed says he is "honored" by the endorsement, saying that Houghton is revered as "someone who sacrificed to be a true public servant whose leadership was marked by unifying people." 


A former energy company executive has been sentenced to 14-months in prison after he admitted giving the spouse of one of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's top aides a low-show job...  

Peter Galbraith Kelly Jr. was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni.  Caproni says she hopes those working in public affairs realize they must play by the rules even when political operatives and consultants urge them to cheat.  The judge, citing the sentencing earlier this year of others who took advantage of the power of state government, said few crimes are more serious than public corruption.  Kelly pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in May after a jury deadlocked at trial. Kelly admitted hiring Joseph Percoco's wife.  Percoco was sentenced this year to six years in prison.

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 17, 2018

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities announced that the Falconer flushing of water mains has been rescheduled to take place today through Friday this week, October 17-19, instead of on its traditional weekend flushing process..... 

BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says the shift is due to high water levels and issues created by the North Main Street Bridge project.  The Village flushing, will take place after 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, overnight into Friday.  Robbins says flushing is expected to be completed by the noon hour on Friday.  She adds, customers are reminded that the flushing process may create discolored water in Falconer and also on the north side of Jamestown. Anyone with questions should contact the Flushing Hotline at 661-1688 or BPU Communications at 661-1680.


Several lawmakers on Capitol Hill are calling for the aggressive investigation and sanctioning of Saudi Arabia in the wake of the disappearance -- and likely death -- of a Saudi journalist in Turkey...  

Local Congressman Tom Reed isn't being as vocal as some of his colleagues, but he says if the Saudi government was involved in the death of Jamal Khashoggi, they need to be held accountable.

Turkish officials say they believe Khashoggi was killed during an interogation at the consulate and, his body dismembered.  The incident has led President Trump to walk a fine-line in criticizing the Saudi's because of last year's $110-billion arms sale deal with that government.  Reed says that may have to be something that's on the table and, he says any kind of sanctions would have to be significant and direct.  He says if they were involved -- even if the death was accidental -- it's "completely unacceptable."


The city of Jamestown has a new, four-year Flex Rate agreement in place between the Board of Public Utilities and another local manufacturer...  

Mayor Sam Teresi says the contract with TitanX will maintain lower energy costs for the local maker of heavy-duty engine cooling systems.  Teresi and BPU officials were on hand at TitanX Tuesday to sign the new contract to provide the slightly lower rates and, in return, TitanX pledges to invest in their Allen Street Extension plant and maintain it's employment levels.  

Teresi says there are still upwards of 100 manufacturers still in the city, or the industrial corridor near Falconer, which is where TitanX is located on Allen Street Extension.  Moore says the combination of lower cost and, reliable electricity is very important to their operations.  Titan's North American Human Resources Director Andy Johnson says the local plant is otherwise at a competitive disadvantage making products that primarily go out-of-state due to operating and transportation costs.  TitanX is a global company, now owned by the Tata Group from Mumbai, India and, employs 218 people full-time here.


One of the original plaintiffs in the landmark case 'Barnette vs. West Virginia' is in Jamestown to observe the 75th anniversary of the decision... 

Marie Barnett Snodgrass says she's honored the case is so revered, and a little surprised the decision is so resilient.  As young Jehovah's Witnesses, Marie and her sister defied the mandated flag salute and recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in school.  Jamestown's Robert H. Jackson wrote the 1943 decision that permitted them to decline the ritual.  The case has been raised in the contemporary controversy over NFL players not standing for the National Anthem.  Marie Snodgrass says that 'does not affect' her.  Her only interest is that children get to worship as they want.  A number of the principals in 'Barnette' and the case that preceded it have assembled at the Robert H. Jackson Center.  The 75th anniversary observance continues through today.  The public is welcome.  


The number of jobs in New York's health care industry continues to rise, with that sector of the state's economy contributing about $71-billion dollars in wages last year....  

That's according to a new report released late Monday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.  DiNapoli says health care jobs statewide topped 1.2 million in 2017, an increase of more than 18 percent over the past decade.  The Democrat's report found the health care industry had an average annual wage of more than $57,000 in 2017.  New York City led the state in growth in private-sector health care employment over the last decade with an increase of nearly 33 percent, followed by Long Island at 25 percent.  Among upstate regions, the Finger Lakes led the way with a nearly 19-percent increase in employment.


Jamestown's Department of Public Works is continuing to do it's work with crew trucks and other vehicles that are "well-past" their usefullness...  

That from DPW Director Jeff Lehman and City Fleet Manager Pat Monahan as they went before the city council to begin the 2019 budget review Monday night.  Lehman told lawmakers about $7-million worth of their equipment is in that condition.

Lehman and Monahan also said they need an open mechanic's position filled that was in this year's budget, but taken out of Mayor Sam Teresi's proposed spending plan.  Lehman says they also need at least a part-time maintenance person for Tracy Plaza and city hall because there is only one person right now that knows the building well.  The public works Department has been dealing with two leaking issues on the deck of the plaza, the most recent being over the Fire Department.  Parks Manager John Williams also says he needs at least three more laborers that aren't in the nearly $36-million budget plan.


The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is celebrating a milestone this year,as the local organization celebrates it's 40th anniversary...  

First-year foundation Executive Director Tory Irgang says they are taking time to "pause, reflect, and celebrate" the accomplishment.  The Community Foundation, which was started in 1978 with about one-million dollars, helps fund various community projects, scholarships and grants.  Irgang says they now have assets in access of $100-million.

Irgang made her comments at the end of last Friday's presentation of the John D. Hamilton Community Service Award to retired Jamestown Community College biology professor Tom Erlandson.  That took place at the Celoron Harborfront Hotel.  Erlandson praised Hamilton as one of the people involved in starting up the foundation and, playing an important role in JCC's emergence. 


The last classic car show of the year put on by the Southern Tier Classic Chevy Club was nothing short of successful... 

That from club member Joe Siparek, who says that despite weather conditions at Peak 'n Peak resort, pver 700 cars came out to celebrate the 21st annual Greg Neid Memorial Car Show.  Siparek says they donate proceeds -- usually a "few thousand dollars" from the Greg Neid Car Show to Shriner's Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania each year.  He says they hope to do more this year.  The Southern Tier Classic Chevy Club, which started in 1991, holds between two-to-four events a year.

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 16, 2018

The Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood will be losing another anchor store with Monday's announcement that Sears Roebuck and Company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy...  

Four Sears stores in New York state -- including the mall store -- will close by the end of the year.  The Bon-Ton closed recently following a liquidation sale.  County Executive George Borrello acknowledges it's a blow to the shopping center and proof that on-line sales are hurting retail.

Sears, which has been inundated by debt and falling in-store sales, says it will begin liquidation sales shortly.  Borrello says his office has been working with the mall and, Ellicott officials -- regarding the Bon-Ton and former Sam's Club locations.  He says there is at least one entity showing interest in the Sam's Club location.  In a release from Sears, the K-Mart Store on Fairmount Avenue in West Ellicott will remain open.  The Sears store in the mall was one of it's original anchor stores when the shopping center opened in the 1970s.  We also have a call into Chautauqua Mall management for confirmation and comment.


The Emerald Ash Borer has claimed nearly all of Jamestown's remaining stock of Ash Trees along street right-of-ways in the city....  

That from City Arborist Dan Stone, who told the City Council last night that 176 of the remaining 196 trees will have to be taken down before bad weather arrives later in the year.  Stone says they were aware of the borer a decade ago when there were about 400 Ash trees.

Stone says they began cutting out Ash Trees after the borer began showing up in the region.  In fact, the first evidence of the Emerald Ash Borer in New York state was found in Randolph in nearby Cattaraugus County in 2009.  Stone says the invasive insect came here -- mostly on untreated wood pallets -- from China.  Stone says there are six streets where his parks crews will have to do the most work.  The largest number is on Prendergast Avenue, where 17 will have to be taken down.  He adds that eight to 10 trees have to be taken down on Euclid Avenue.  There are also several trees on Falconer Street, South Main Street, and, Springdale Avenue that have to come down.  More information is available on the city's website.


The Jamestown City Council started it's budget review last night with a look at the city's Public Works and, Parks and Recreation Departments....  

DPW Director Jeff Lehman noted the need for a designation for a part-time building manager at Tracy Plaza and, the need to replace several peaces of equipment.  No action was taken on any requests or concerns that were raised.  Mayor Sam Teresi proposed his 2019 spending plan back on October 9, noting that there were positive aspects, and challenges.  Perhaps the biggest positive, says Teresi, is the fact the city will begin 2019 with it's strongest fund-balance since the "Great Recession" of several years ago.  He says the general fund balance is $2.84-million and the majority -- just over $1.8-million -- is "available" funds.


There's just 22 days to go before Election Day and the campaigns for local, state and national office are heating up....  

Republicans from across southern Chautauqua County were on hand for the official opening of local Congressman Tom Reed's Jamestown Headquarters last night, which will also double as their general campaign headquarters.  County GOP Chairman Dave Wilfong says it's an exciting time, and the headquarters at 23 East Third Street gives them move visability to get each candidate's message out.

While yesterday was the opening on Congressman Reed's headquarters, he emphasized the need to elect local Republicans who are part of the effort to get the job done locally.  He says he often works with Goodell and State Senator Cathy Young on a variety of issues important to the district, and Chautauqua County.  While there has been a lot of good news with the economy, there are still issues that he wants to get addressed in Congress, namely workforce training so good jobs in the region can be filled. 


Local Congressman Tom Reed says the job is still not done and that's why he is seeking a fifth term in the House of Representatives....  

The Corning Republican spoke in Dunkirk earlier Monday about his run for re-election.  Reed told us that he is proud of his accomplishments since first being elected in 2010.  But, Reed says there is still a lot of work that must be done and he says one area is health care reform.  He says costs continue to go through the roof and, he's concerned that Democrats are trying to move America in the direction of Socialist health care, which he says is "not sustainable."  Among the other areas that need attention, says Reed, is aging infrastructure, immigration reform and the national debt crisis.  He is being challenged by Democrat Tracy Mitrano for the 23rd Congressional District.


Two people were arrested on drug posssession charges following a traffic stop in the Town of Randolph over the weekend...  

State Police say they stopped a vehicle on Route 394 operated by 27 year-old Christopher Hewes -- of Ashville -- and placed him under arrest after a license check revealed three suspensions.  A search of the vehicle was initated, and troopers allegedly found one-gram of heroin, four hypodermic needles, a partial suboxone strip, marijuana and a smoking device with pot residue.  His 30 year-old passenger -- Ashley Senko of Mayville-- was also taken into custody following the search.  Both were issued appearance tickets for Randolph Town Court.


U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says there are glaring gaps in safety data about limousines because federal officials haven't done enough to investigate limo wrecks...  


The Senate's top Democrat says Saturday that the National Transportation Safety Board hasn't thoroughly investigated a single limousine crash since 2015.  His criticism comes about a week after a limousine crash in upstate New York that killed 20 people.  The NTSB agreed to investigate limo wrecks on a case-by-case basis after a 2015 crash that killed four women on New York's Long Island.  Crash data compiled by The Associated Press shows there were seven limousine crashes in 2015 and two in 2016.  Schumer wants the NTSB to issue immediate safety recommendations on stretch limousines.  NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss declined to comment on Saturday.

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News Bulletin for Mon., Oct. 15, 2018

Long-time anchor in Chautauqua Mall, Sears, among 142 stores closing nationwide...
The Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood will be losing a second anchor store with today's announcement that Sears Roebuck and Company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  Four Sears stores in New York state -- including the mall store -- will close by the end of the year.  The Bon-Ton finally closed following a liquidation sale recently.  However... according to a listing provided by Sears... the K-Mart Store in Fairmount Avenue in West Ellicott will remain open.  Sears... which has been inundated by debt and falling in-store sales... says it will begin liquidation sales shortly.  The Sears store in the mall was one of it's original anchor stores when the shopping center opened in the 1970s.  We have a call into Chautauqua Mall management for confirmation and comment.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 15, 2018

Two Jamestown men were hurt -- one seriously -- in a one-car rollover crash on Route 20 in the town of Sheridan early yesterday morning...  

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene just after 7 a.m., and found the driver, 24 year-old Bryan Sandreth of Pine Ridge Road, was westbound when he fell asleep at the wheel.  Deputies say the car crossed the center line and went off the roadway and stuck a utility pole.  The vehicle then rolled over several times.  Officers say Sandreth was taken to Brooks Hospital for treament of minor injuries.  However, his passenger, 33 year-old Kenneth Walker, was taken to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment.  Officers say Sandreth is charged with failure to keep right.


City lawmakers begin their extensive review of Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi's 2019 budget proposal tonight....  

Teresi proposed the nearly $36-million spending plan back on October 9.  There is no tax increase in the budget and, actually includes a 13-cent per thousand tax rate increase.  However, Teresi says there remain several challenges in the new spending plan,including salaries and benefits.  He says there are no increases in the budget, partly due to only filling positions that need to be.

At the same time, Teresi says there is the possibility of new contracts being agreed to -- or imposed -- for the police and fire departments.  He says one other challenge that remains is health care costs, but he says there is a silver lining in that.  The city received $1.5-million to initiate a new program that would allow retirees to transition from the city's "self-insurance" program into Medicare.  Teresi says 30 people signed up last year for the first time, saving about $300,000.  Tonight's review of the Public Works and Parks budgets begins at 6:30 PM.


The nearly $23.7-million budget proposed by Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas holds the line on property taxes, thanks in part to a state grant to improve lighting in the north county city....  

Rosas released the spending plan late last week, which includes about $1.1-million more in spending.  However, he says they are continuing to work with the state's Restructuring Board to find ways to reduce costs and says they have received a $1.1-million to put in new LED lights, which he says will save the city about one-million dollars over the next four years.  Rosas says -- even with the challenges they face -- they have been able to keep their undesignated fund balance in compliance with General Accepted Accounting Principles.  One of the biggest challenges, the loss of revenues from the mothballed NRG plant.  Rosas says the city is looking to utilize more shared services and is searching for more grant funding. 


A 1943 Supreme Court decision that has come to define 'civil liberties' in the United States will be celebrated Tuesday and Wednesday at the Jackson Center in Jamestown....  

Robert H. Jackson wrote the majority opinion in West Virginia vs. Barnette.  The Jackson Center's Greg Peterson says the decision supported the rights of the Barnette children, as Jehovah's Witnesses, to NOT salute the flag in school.  What Jackson wrote 75 years ago, for the majority in the 6-3 decision, is regarded as an exquisite expression of rights, including freedom of expression. 

One of the Barnette sisters will be at the program which begins with an open house Tuesday at 4 p.m., and continues Wednesday morning.  The Jehovah's Witness 'Watchtower Society' and C-SPAN television will be part of the event.  The public is welcome.


In New York state government news, when it comes to campaign cash, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is well ahead of Republican challenger Marc Molinaro just weeks before Election Day...  

According to the most recent filings, Cuomo has more than $9-million in the bank, compared to Molinaro's $211,000.  Also this week, a new analysis from Democratic Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli offers more dire predictions about the future of New York City's subways.  The financial report found the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will face big deficits in just a few years.  Finally, a state effort to combat a deadly disease affecting thousands of New Yorkers is underway.  Cuomo appointed several physicians, public health experts and community advocates to a new Hepatitis-C task force.


A new, seasonal attraction has officially opened on Baker Street Extension near Jamestown....

The ribbon was cut Saturday morning on the first-ever Pumpkintown on the former Cedarquist Farm property on the southside of Baker Street Extention in the town of Busti.  Pumpkintown is the brain-child of Eric Anderson, Marshall Miner, and Jason Jemberg and takes an "educational approach" to agriculture to teach how vegetables are grown, and cider is made.  Refreshments and food are available.  Anderson says they'll be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October.  General admission is $10.00, children under 2 are free.  He says seniors 65 and over are $5.00 and all veterans (retired and active) are free.


An Erie, Pennsylvania man accused of killing his wife and tossing her body into Lake Erie has been convicted of first-degree murder...  

The Erie Times-News reports that jurors deliberated for an hour and 40 minutes before convicting 49-year-old Christopher Leclair, who faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole.  Prosecutors in Erie County said Leclair was having an affair and killed his 51-year-old wife, Karen, in the summer of 2017 because his girlfriend had given him an ultimatum to choose between her and his wife.  Defense attorney Bruce Sandmeyer argued Friday that Karen Leclair killed herself because she was upset that her husband had been cheating on her.  Leclair convicted on all counts, which also included abuse of a corpse, evidence-tampering, and false reports.


Firefighters in Warren County were busy battling a blaze at the Conewango Apartments on Holly Street in Warren's Glad Township late Friday night....  

According to the Warren Times Observer the fire apparently broke out initially in the easternmost apartment, the farthest from Conewango Avenue. The Glade Volunteer Fire Department was in charge at the scene and firefighters and equipment from numerous departments including the city of Warren, Pleasant, Russell, Scandia, and Starbrick responded.  At about 9:40 p.m. the fire appeared to be out.  The Warren tower truck extended toward the building shortly thereafter and firefighters were working on the roof.  Shortly before 10 p.m., flames burst through the roof and rose high into the air, and were still visible near the center and east end of the building after 11:00.  A neighboring building was also reportedly damaged. Information about injuries, the cause of the fire, and other details were not available at press time.


A Sherman man has been arrested for allegedly punching another person in the face during an altercation at a location on Route 430 in the town of Sherman...  

Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene of a physical altercation about 11:30 p.m. last Friday and arrested 54 year-old William Hurlbut.  Hurlbut was arraigned on one count of third-degree assault, and released pending a future court appearance.
 

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., Oct. 13, 2018

Fire heavily damages major apartment complex in Warren County, PA...
Firefighters in Warren County, PA were busy battling a blaze at the Conewango Apartments on Holly Street in Glad Township late Friday night.  According to the Warren Times Observer... the fire apparently broke out initially in the easternmost apartment, the farthest from Conewango Avenue.  Glade Volunteer Fire Department was in charge at the scene and firefighters and equipment from numerous departments including the city of Warren, Pleasant, Russell, Scandia, and Starbrick responded.  At least 13 engines lined Holly Street and Conewango Avenue.  At about 9:40 p.m., the fire appeared to be out. but... heavy smoke began pouring from near the middle of the five-apartment building at about 9:52 p.m. and the firefighters left the roof.  At 9:56, flames burst through the roof and rose high into the air.  Flames were still visible at the roofline near the center and east end of the building after 11 p.m.  A neighboring building was also reportedly damaged.  Information about injuries, the cause of the fire, and other details were not available at press time. 


Molinaro's Manhattan campaign headquarters damaged, Antifa claims responsibility...
Vandals have damaged the Manhattan campaign office of Marc Molinaro, the Republican running for New York governor.  Molinaro says the damage includes smashed windows, a spray-painted door and glue put in the locks at the Metropolitan Republican Club, a long-time gathering spot for Republicans that hosts one of Molinaro's campaign offices.  The damage was discovered Friday.  Molinaro says he believes "radical leftists" possibly members of "Antifa" are behind the vandalism.  State Republican officials say a note was left behind boasting that the vandalism was "just the beginning." 


Erlandson presented Hamilton Award...
Retired biology professor at Jamestown Community College, Tom Erlandson, has received one of the area's major, community service awards.  John D. Hamilton Award Committee Chairwoman Bridget Johnson made the presentation to Tom Erlandson during last night's banquet... hosted by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation at the new, Celoron Harborfront Hotel.  Erlandson was named for his local contributions to academics and politics, and service organization.  He says that's especially the case when you're doing something that you love... and, don't consider it work.  He also reflected on John Hamilton... whom he got to know when he first worked at JCC.  In addition to being a long-time member of the faculty at Jamestown Community College... Erlandson is also a former Chautauqua County Legislator... and, Ellicott Town Board member.


Pumpkintown officially opens in Busti...
A new, seasonal attraction has officially opened on Baker Street Extension near Jamestown... as the ribbon was cut late this morning on the first-ever "Pumpkintown" on the former Cedarquist Farm property on the southside of Baker Street Extention in the town of Busti.  Pumpkintown is the brain-child of Eric Anderson, Marshall Miner, and Jason Jember... and, takes an "educational approach" to agriculture to teach how vegetables are grown, and cider is made.  Refreshments and food are available.  Anderson says they'll be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October.  General admission is $10.... children under 2 are free.  He says seniors 65 and over are half-price... and, all veterans are free.


Two city men arrested for burglary, drugs and weapon possession in Allegany County...
Two men from Jamestown are jailed in Allegany County, New Yrok for burglary, and drug and weapons possession in town of Scio.  State Police were called to a location on Pine Street just before Midnight this past Wednesday on a report of suspicious activity.  Troopers arrived, and found a back door open, but, they found no one inside the home -- which was for sale.  Police called in their K-9 unit... and later found both 49 year-old Kenneth... and, 28 year-old Terry Kendall.  The older Kendall was found laying in a nearby woods with a stun gun, and a quantity of methamphetime in his possession.  The younger Kendall was found walking not far from the scene.  Both were arraigned on a charge of second-degree burglary... while Kenneth Kendall is also charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Both were jailed pending further court action.


Rosas proposes 2019 Dunkirk budget...
Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas has unveiled a tentative 2019 city budget that totals nearly $23.68-million dollars.  That's about a $1.1-million increase in spending.  But, Rosas says the budget achieves some important goals.  Among them... he says is keeping it balanced and holding the line on property taxes.  He says their fund balance remains in compliance with the state's Generally Accepted Accounting Principles... and, they will not be raising taxes.  One of the biggest challenges, the loss of revenues from the mothballed NRG plant.  Rosas says the city is looking to utilize more shared services and is searching for more grant funding. 


Developers interested in burned out location at 29-37 W Main St. in Falconer...
There is already interest among some developers in locating in one of two burned-out commercial building sites in Falconer.  Village Mayor Jim Rensel says final clean-up at 29 to 37 West Main Street... which was hit by an arsonist last year... is nearly complete.  Rensel was happy that a number of local communities agreed to transfer their landfill credits to help the village take debris to the county landfill in Ellery.  As the clean-up was underway... Rensel said there was already interest.  He adds that village officials have begun meeting to put together a re-development plan for the West Main Street site... and, are seeking resident imput on what should be there. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 12, 2018

Today is the last day to register to vote for the 2018 general election, and you can do it by mail or in person...  

Chautauqua County Election's Commissioner Norm Green says there are many locations around Chautauqua County where forms are available, including their website at VoteChautauqua.com, or by visiting any city or town hall.  For more information, call 753-4226.


Chautauqua County's top-law enforcement official says an animal abuse case that involved the arrest of a Sherman man "very disturbing"...  

Sheriff Joe Gerace says his officers arrested 50-year-old David Hanold, Sr. after an adult dog and three puppies were discovered in a locked vehicle in Mayville last Thursday.  Hanold has been charged with overdriving, torturing and injuring animals, failure to provide proper sustanance and confinement of a companion animal in a vehicle.  Gerace says other charges are possible.

Earlier this year, the County Legislature passed a local law establishing an Animal Abuser Registry.  Gerace, who worked with County Executive George Borrello, to get the law passed, says the registry is ready to go.  However, he says it depends on convictions AFTER the law went into effect, and the courts notifying his department.  Gerace says it's possible the case involving Hanold could be among the first to appear on registry, but that depends on whether there is a conviction. 

 
The Calameri family, owners of Artone Manufacturing of Jamestown, was honored with the County Chamber of Commerce 'Person of the Year' Award Thursday night.....  


Sebastian Calameri says his father Roario started it all.  Artone makes commercial furniture and employs around 100 people. The Jamestown Community Chamber presented its service award to Bill Stevenson.  He heads the Riverwalk Management Council and is on the National Comedy Center Board of Directors.  The Mayville-Chautauqua Chamber honored Sandra Lee Wagner.  She helped establish the Lakeside Bark Dog Run near the lake in Mayville.  The Westfield-Barcelona Chamber recognized a brother and sister, Rick Mascaro and his sister Joan Mascaro Caruso.  They are responsible for Lake Shore Center for the Arts. The annual awards dinner was attended by over 300 people at SUNY Fredonia.   


A New York judge has set a February 2020 trial date for a western New York Congressman indicted on federal insider trading charges....  

U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick set the Februray 3rd date on Thursday for Buffalo-area Republican Chris Collins.  The 68-year-old Collins was not in court.  He remains on the ballot for re-election to the 27th District, a right-leaning area between Buffalo and Rochester.  Collins has pleaded not guilty.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Hartman had first pushed to have the trial set for next year.  He said prosecutors fear that Collins will try to delay any 2020 trial, saying it's an election year.  President Donald Trump has said the arrest of Collins and another congressman has jeopardized the GOP's chances in the midterm election next month.


There needs to be a "real conversation" about health care in the United States, and yes "single-payer" needs to be looked at -- honestly...  

Those are the feelings of Democratic Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano of Penn Yan, who says her opponent-- incumbant Republican Tom Reed -- and President Donald Trump, don't want to look at all options.  Mitrano says, when she's out on the campaign trail, it's the single biggest issue people want to talk about.

Some have called the idea "Medicare for All."  However, Mitrano doesn't want to say it would be exactly like Medicare, where the government pays 80-percent of the cost and, participants pay the rest.  At the same time, she says the collective effort of government would be able to negotiate lower costs for all aspects of health care, from drugs to services.  Mitrano admits no program is perfect, but she believes it can make "an enormous difference."  She made her comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.


A woman whose daughter survived a limousine accident that killed four women on Long Island in 2015 says Saturday's deadly crash in rural upstate New York is a reminder that strict legislation is still needed for stretch vehicles....  

After the 2015 crash, a special grand jury implored Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo to examine the safety of stretch limousines.  It appears a task force was never formed, and it's unclear what Cuomo's administration did in response.  Nancy DiMonte of Elwood, whose daughter survived the 2015 crash, said in a letter published Thursday in Newsday that she's launching a campaign urging Cuomo and legislators to change laws.  Cuomo said Monday that sometimes people don't follow existing laws.  Authorities say the limo in Saturday's crash had been deemed "unserviceable" after an inspection.  Twenty people were killed in the crash.


The interim head of the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation says he's looking forward to settling in and, helping the business group continue forward momentum into the new year...  

JRC Board member Peter Miraglia took over the reins Wednesday following the resignation of Lisa Hatch.  Hatch will be moving to Florida, but will assist Miraglia in the transition for the next couple of weeks.

Miraglia says he's getting caught up on financials, and getting more familiar with staff, which is currently busy getting ready for the annual Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration in early December.  Miraglia, who has served on the JRC board for the past three-years, says he's already familiar with the operation.  He owns the former Nelson's Department store building on East 2nd St., which is now the home to several businesses.

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 11, 2018

Our Summer-like temperatures are on the way out today and, once a cold front moves through,we'll struggle to reach 50 over the coming weekend...  

That from Forecaster Shawn Smith with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, who says day-time highs will be about 30-degrees cooler on Friday.

Meanwhile, all eyes are on Hurricane Michael, which made lanfall as a Cat-4 storm.  Smith doesn't expect Michael to have much effect on Western New York's weather because it will remain far to the south and east and, says the storm will move quickly into the Carolinas before heading out across the North Atlantic.  Tuesday marked a record high for Western New York, reaching 83-degrees at the Buffalo Airport.  That broke a record that stood for over 100 years!


President Donald Trump took a short break from politics at a rally in Pennsylvania to offer his thoughts and prayers for those in the path of Hurricane Michael...  

Trump promised to spare no effort in the federal response to damaged areas.  Returning to the upcoming midterm elections, the president told supporters Wednesday night in Erie, Pennsylvania, that Democrats want to impose socialism and take over and destroy the nation's health care.  He also accused Democrats of wanting to abolish America's borders and allow drugs and gangs to pour in.  Trump told reporters before the rally that he considered canceling the event because of the hurricane but decided he didn't want to disappoint those waiting for him.  In 2012, Trump criticized President Barack Obama for campaigning shortly after Superstorm Sandy.


An Ashville man has been arrested for identity theft after he allegedly stole multiple credit cards from a person in the town of North Harmony and, purchased several items with them...  

Sheriff's officers say 32 year-old Curtis Hewes took the cards sometime around September 3 and, bought the items in the town of Busti.  Deputies say a warrant was issued for Hewes' arrest, and he was taken into custody on four counts each of Felony criminal possession of stolen property, third-degree identit theft and petty larceny.  He was arraigned in Jamestown City Court, and sent to the County Jail on $15,000 cash bail.


A Panama man escaped serious injury early yesterday afternoon when his car left the road on Route 60 and, struck another vehicle... 

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene in the town of Gerry about 2 p.m. for a rollover accident.  Deputies say they deterined that 28 year-old Nicholas Troup was northbound when his car drifted off the road and, struck a parked and unoccupied vehicle hauling a trailer.  Troup was treated for what appeared to be minor injuries at the scene.  He was ticketed for moving from lane unsafely.


Incumbant Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed is blasting his Democratic challenger for her support of what he calls "socialistic, Single-Payer" health care...  

The Corning Republican says Tracy Mitrano's support of what's also called "Medicare for All" will jeopardize Medicare itself and, drive bigger national deficits.  Reed says the total cost of a single-payer system would total $32-trillion over a 10-year period.

Reed says if a "Medicare for All" program was put in place, it would overwhelm the current Medicare system for seniors who are on fixed incomes.  He says it will further stress a system that is enduring doctor shortages already.  Reed maintains that increasing competition will bring down prices, especially for prescription medications.  He feels there also need to be more incentives to keep costs down.  Reed says he has also worked as co-chairman of the bi-partisan "Problem Solvers Caucus" to develop a fix to stabilize the individual marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act.  He says "we need more patient-centered solutions to our ever growing health care challenges." 


The West Nile Virus has resurfaced after a prolonged absense in Chautauqua County...  

That  Bill Boria with the county's Department of Health and Human Services.  Boria says there were two instances where West Nile Virus has been confirmed by the State Department of Health, one in the Frewsburg-area in mid-September at the Audubon Nature Center.  He says the other was a horse in the town of Portland that got West Nile, and had to be put down.  Boria says warm than usual weather was the likely culprit.

Mammals, including horses and people, get the viral disease from infected mosquitos.  Boria says there are things you can do to protect yourself, including using mosquito repellent with DEET in it and, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants to protect yourself.  He adds also elminate standing water from where you live.  The good news is the active mosquito biting season is nearing an end.  Mosquito activity diminishes with cooler weather.  And most adult mosquitos die with the first hard frost.

 
A city man is jailed pending arraignment following a warrant check at a Barrows Street residence in Jamestown Tuesday afternoon... 

On arrival, city police say they saw 43 year-old James Houser allegedly crawling out of a rear window of the residence.  Houser was taken to Jamestown city jail on the warrants.  However, officers say he was additionally charged with first-degree criminal contempt and aggravated family offense after police learned there was a valid order of protection for Houser to stay away from the home and the woman living there due to recent domestic violence-related convictions. 


A former Democratic Party chairman from upstate New York admits arranging for a Canadian citizen to make an illegal $25,000 donation to a New York official's re-election campaign...  

G. Steven Pigeon of Buffalo pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge Tuesday.  It was the second guilty plea in two weeks from the former Erie County party chairman.  He pleaded guilty in county court September 28 to bribing a judge.  In Tuesday's case, prosecutors say Pigeon admits that while working as a political consultant, he solicited the donation from a Canadian business executive, knowing that foreign donations to state campaigns are illegal. 


A state transportation official says the owner of the limousine that crashed and killed 20 people in upstate New York was warned not to operate the vehicle after it failed an inspection...  

Department of Transportation spokesman Joseph Morrissey says Tuesday that the 2001 Ford Excursion that crashed Saturday was placed out of service after a September inspection and was subject to additional inspections.  Lee Kindlon, attorney for Prestige Limousine, says code violations cited in a September 4 inspection had been corrected and the limousine cleared for service. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 10, 2018

There is no tax increase in Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi's budget proposal for next year, which totals just under $36-million...

Teresi spent nearly an hour laying out particulars of the 2019 spending plan during Tuesday afternoon's presentation at City Hall.  He says the budget is balanced, thanks in part to another commitment by the state for an additional one-million dollars in aid.  Teresi says there are three reasons the city receives the aid, the biggest likely being that most municpalities got two-percent cuts in state aid when the state was running deficits in 2009-2010.

The Board of Public Utilities Electric Division budget is included in the formula for Jamestown, thus reducing it's Aid and Incentives to Municipalites -- or AIM payments.  Teresi says the proposed tax levy, or the amount of money to be raised by taxes, would remain the same in 2019 at $16,011,000.  However, the tax rate would decrease by 13-cents per thousand full value.  Teresi adds the budget also comes in $470,000 under the state's two-percent property tax cap.


A Forestville woman has been arrested for allegedly operating an illegal methamphetime lab in the village following a raid late last week...  

Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they arrested 28 year-old Tinesha Kenny on an arrest warrant issued out of Hanover Town Court.  Task Force members accuse Kenny of manufacturing meth while living at the Pearl Street home, and then had unlawfully disposed of the toxic byproducts and laboratory materials that resulted.  She is charged with one count each of third-degree unlawful manufacture of Methamphetamine and, unlawful disposal of Methamphetamine Laboratory Materials.  Kenny was arraigned in Hanover Town Court, then released to the Erie County Sheriff's Office so that she could be taken to Erie County to be arraigned on additional warrants there.  The task force urges residents who see or hear about illegal drug activity to contact them at 1-800-344-8702.


Republican U-S Senate candidate Chele Farley knows the odds aren't in her favor, but believes she can make a race of it against a well-known incumbant....

Farley's effort to upset Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand came to Chautauqua County for the first time yesterday and was on the offensive against Gillibrand.  The New York City businesswoman says -- first of all -- New York needs a Senator who will push for the state to get it's fair share of federal aid.

In 2017, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli noted that New York gets back 84-cents on the dollar from the federal government, but noted it was many policy matters that led to that short-changing.  Farley says New York's federal tax issues could be exacerbated by the new cap on the State and Local Tax Deduction, otherwise known as SALT.  However, she says Gillibrand should have done more than just call it a bad bill.  She says the Democrat should have tried to negotiate something better.  Farley and Gillibrand have both agreed to a one-on-one debate on October 21 that'll be televised on Spectrum Cable and New York-One from Skidmore College.


There will be a new head of the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation - starting today - after the resignation of Executive Director Lisa Hatch....  

JRC Spokesman Zach Agatt says Peter Miraglia will be the interim Director.  Agatt says Miraglia has been an active member of the JRC board of directors for the past three years.  He also serves on the Mayor's ad-hoc downtown parking study committee.  Back in 2001, he purchased and began renovations to the former Nelson's Department store building located on East 2nd Street in Jamestown.  Miraglia was born and raised in Jamestown and, has worked more than 30 years in project management and supervisory capacities.  In 2012, he and his wife, Melissa, moved back to the area.


A state transportation official says the owner of the limousine that crashed and killed 20 people in upstate New York was warned not to operate the vehicle after it failed an inspection...  

Department of Transportation Spokesman Joseph Morrissey said Tuesday that the 2001 Ford Excursion that crashed Saturday was placed out of service after a September inspection and was subject to additional inspections.  Lee Kindlon, attorney for Prestige Limousine, says code violations cited in a September 4th inspection had been corrected and the limousine cleared for service.  Morrissey says that's "categorically false."  The limousine ran a stop sign and crashed on a rural road 25 miles west of Albany on Saturday, killing the driver, all 17 passengers and two pedestrians.  State police and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating what caused the crash.


The attorney representing a man accused of killing his wife and tossing her body into Lake Erie is arguing that she killed herself because she was upset that her husband had been having an affair....  

The Erie Times-News reports that defense attorney Bruce Sandmeyer argued Tuesday that 49-year-old Christopher Leclair was "overwhelmed" and "simply did not want people to know" that his wife had taken her own life.  Sandmeyer conceded that Leclair was cheating on 51-year-old Karen Leclair in the months before she died in the summer of 2017, and he also acknowledged that his client bound her body with rope and dropped it into the lake from their commercial fishing boat.  But, he says a forensic pathologist will testify that the gunshot wound is consistent with a self-inflicted wound.

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 9, 2018

A city man is jailed following his arrest on drug and weapons charges during a raid on his south-side home Monday afternoon...  

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, and state Police C-NET Team executed a search warrant at 745 Foote Avenue about 12:30 p.m. with the help of the JPD SWAT Team.  Once inside, Samuelson says police found a quantity of crystal methamphetamine and, a 30-06 rifle, and semi-automatic 9-millimeter High-Point rifle.  Police arrested 37 year-old Willie Graham for two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and, one of criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was held pending arraignment.  If you have an information on suspected drug activity in the city, call the tips-line at 483-TIPS (8477).  You can also use the Tips 4-1-1 app.


The crisis facing local dairy farmers in Chautauqua County were laid-out in full view Monday afternoon during a visit by the Republican candidate for U-S Senate...  

New York City's Chele Farley joined State Senator Cathy Young at the Mid-Knight Dairy Farm on the Fluvanna-Townline Road in the town of Ellicott.  Farley blasted incumbant Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand as someone who has only had one bill passed during her 12 total years in Washington, D-C.

Farley expects Gillibrand to vote against the new, U-S, Mexico and Canada trade agreement reached by the Trump Administration and, she let the current Farm Bill expire.  Senator Young says dairy farming is difficult even in the best of times, but right now, it's the worst it's been in years.  In 2014, she says the price per hundred-weight climbed to $28.00 but, has now fallen to $16.00 per hundred-weight.  Mid-Knight Farm co-owner John McKnight got emotional as he talked about how difficult is has been meeting current expenses.


No one was reportedly hurt when a 2x4 piece of the exterior wall of the Hotel Jamestown Building on West Third Street in the city crashed to the sidewalk Monday afternoon...  

An eyewitness to the incident tells us the piece of the building fell near the corner with Cherry Street -- in front of the Hotel Mini Mart -- shortly before 3 PM.  However, it appeared no one was hit by the debris.  Police and others were on the scene by that time and, have closed off the sidewalk area where the brick debris came down.  We do have calls out for more information on the situation, but have not yet heard back.  


As the annual Four-H Week gets underway, the local branch of the organization is celebrating the beginning of a new program, and the addition of a new staff member...  


Kate Ewer, the Four-H Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Chautauqua County says the new offering will focus on STEM, thanks to a grant, provided by the Ralph Wilson Foundation, will run for three years.  Every eight weeks a new group of eight students will engage in a specific project, with some relationship to agriculture.  The new job will be open for application in the near future.  Kate Ewer believes the program will start in early 2019.  More information is available by contacting Cornell Cooperative Extension at the Ag Center near Jamestown.    


With the U-S population aging as the Baby Boomer generation begins to retire has come renewed concerns about elder abuse across the nation....  

Here in Chautauqua County, the head of the Elder Abuse and Enhanced Multi-Disciplinary Team says the number of cases they see here and in Erie County, continue to rise.  Kayleigh Feser was the keynote speaker during last Friday's 21st annual Walk Against Domestic Violence.

Feser says the segment of the population 65 or older is expected to double by the year 2050 to 83.7-million people.  She says there are a number of ways abuse happens, including physical, emotional and financial.  She adds that supporting caregivers is very important because the stress they feel in dealing with a loved one can often be difficult.  Feser says the effects of elder abuse on an older person can have devastating consequences.  An elderly person who suffering some kind of abuse is three-times more likely to die within 5-years of that abuse than those who have not.


It took about an hour for Dunkirk firefighters to get a boat fire contained and under control at the Dunkirk Pier yesterday morning...  

Dunkirk Fire Chief Mike Edwards says crews were called to the scene about 9:30 a.m. and found a 41-foot fishing boat on fire as the owner was preparing for a fishing excursion on Lake Erie.  Edwards says they made sure the boat didn't have a chance to drift on them.

Edwards says the owner was putting gear in the front of the boat when he looked up and, saw flames shooting from the back part of the vessel.  No injuries were reported.  Edwards says crews had to string a large hose line along the dock to reach the fire and, he says that prevented them from getting water on the blaze quicker than they wanted.  The fire not only damaged the boat, but also a portion of the dock.  Fire investigators will be brought in to determine a cause. 


More than 1,000 people jammed into a riverside park to honor the victims of a limo crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York...  

Some relatives of the dead shed tears as local officials expressed solidarity with them at Monday's vigil in Amsterdam, just west of Albany.  Some victims lived in the small city.  Congressman Paul Tonko told the families, in his words, "We are crushed with you, we are crushed for you."  He's a Democrat from Amsterdam.  The ceremony ended with participants lifting candles above their heads to signal unity and perseverance.  The 19-seater limo ran a stop sign and hit a parked SUV on Saturday in Schoharie.  Two pedestrians and all 18 people in the limo died.  The passengers were headed to a 30th birthday party.

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 8, 2018

Chautauqua County lawmakers have been able to find more than $400,000 in further reductions to County Executive George Borrello's proposed 2019 budget plan...  

The legislature's Audit and Control Committee met with department heads last week to review the more than $254-million spending plan.  Committee Chairman Pierre Chagnon says they made a "laundry list" of changes to the budget.

Chagnon says there was no specific big item that was cut, but does say a couple of them were "contentious," and will be looked at further when legislature committees meet next week.  He says there was a lot of good discussion among committee members about the budget and, department staff members.  Chagnon says he's "very proud and pleased" of the work they did.  Chagnon says the committee's final action will likely be taken at the committee meeting on Thursday, October 18.  He says the moves last week tentatively cut another 6-cents per thousand full value off the tax rate to about $8.38. The budget hearing and full legislature meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 24.

Two Chautauqua County men face drug-related charges after their vehicle was stopped for a traffic infraction in the town of Stockton...  

Sheriff's officers say they recently stopped a car, driven by 40 year-old Jason Raymond of Dunkirk, on Route 60 for no "distinctive" plate.  Deputies say they allegedly found Raymond and his passenger, 41 year-old Ronald Caruso of Frewsburg, in possession of two kinds of controlled substances, and a quantity of marihuana.  Officers say Raymond was issued appearance tickets for third-degree criminal possession of marihuana, two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and, no "distinct plate."  Caruso was also given appearance tickets for Unlawful Possession of marijuana and seventh-degree criminal possession of a Controlled Substance.  Both will appear in Stockton Town Court at a later date.


The aunt of one of the victims in a limousine crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York says the vehicle was on its way to a birthday celebration...  

Valerie Abeling says newlyweds Erin Vertucci and Shane McGowan were among those killed.  She says Vertucci was 34 and McGowan was 30.  Abeling says her daughter had been invited along but was unable to go.  She says the family has not learned much about the circumstances of the crash.  She says "our lives have been changed forever."  Officials say Saturday's crash in Schoharie was the deadliest transportation accident in the U.S. since a 2009 plane crash in Buffalo, New York, killed 50 people.


The city of Jamestown has sent a letter to the owner of a new auto parts store on the city's northside whose operations have raised concerns in the neighborhood...  

An 11th Street resident-- Jeanette Jones-- recent spoke to city council members during their voting session at Chadakoin Park about the new NAPA Store, which she says has had semi-trucks parked along 11th Street, and idling after Midnight.  Jones the noise has been an issue.

Jeanette Jones noted that some of the landscaping that the NAPA store developer had promised was not in place.  During this past week's City Council work session, Public Safety Committee Chairwoman Maria Jones noted that a letter had been sent to the store's operators, about the hours trucks can be idling, and semis cannot be parked on 11th Street.  Jones adds that the Police Department is aware of the parking issues on 11th Street, and they will monitor that situation. 


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has accepted the ballot line of the liberal Working Families Party in next month's general election...  

Cuomo said late Friday, through a spokeswoman, that he would accept the ballot line of the party that earlier backed his Democratic primary opponent, actress Cynthia Nixon.  Working Families Party leaders said Wednesday they would offer the party's ballot line to Cuomo, a two-term incumbent.  Cuomo's acceptance means his name will appear on the November ballot under the Democratic, Independence and Working Families lines.  Nixon ended her campaign after losing the Democratic primary to Cuomo.  But, she could have taken votes away from Cuomo if she had stayed on the ballot as the Working Families Party nominee.  Cuomo holds a commanding lead over Republican Marc Molinaro in recent polls.


Around 200 people took part in the 3rd annual Buddy Walk Saturday, starting and ending at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club.  Karen Silzle, of the Resource Center, is one of the organizers of the walk.  She says it's held to raise awareness about Down Syndrome....

At the walk, members of the community are encouraged to walk with a ‘buddy’ who has Down syndrome, a chromosomal disorder.  Tim Adam is another of the walk’s organizers… and the parent of a child with Down syndrome.  He believes getting to know someone with Down syndrome can open a person's eyes and, make them realize that they can do just about anything they want to do.  Despite inclement weather in the hours before the event, the rain let up enough for the walk to be completed successfully.  


An upstate New York police chief is accused of diverting discarded prescription drugs for his own use...  

Kenmore chief Peter Breitnauer was charged late last week with possession of hydrocodone.  He could face up to a year in prison if he's convicted.  Federal prosecutors say Breitnauer admitted taking more than 100 pills from a medication drop box at the police station because he's addicted to prescription painkillers.  The 68-year-old Breitnauer has been on the Kenmore force since 1984, serving as chief since 2012.  The community of about 15,000 people is just north of Buffalo.  Breitnauer was released after appearing in federal court in Buffalo.  His lawyer says he remains employed and is weighing treatment.  His lawyer says Breitnauer's arrest is "strictly a personal matter" and that his actions have no bearing on his professional conduct.


BPU--Columbus Day Schedule....

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities will be open during normal operating hours today, even though it's Columbus Day -- a federal holiday.  BPU Communications Coordinator Becky Robbins says hours today are from 9 AM to 4 PM.  In addition, Robbins says garbage and recycling collection for this week will take place on regular schedule and water main flushing will follow announced schedules.

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News Headlines for Sat., Oct. 6, 2018

Birritierri resigns as Mayor of Lakewood...
The embattled mayor of Lakewood has resigned amid controversy over several recent absences, and other matters.  The village clerk's office sent out a brief statement late yesterday morning that Cara Birritierri had decided to resign... effective the end of business Friday.  In a letter to the village... Birritierri based her decision "solely on personal and medical reasons."  She also praised staff, other elected officials. and "countless volunteers" who dedicated themselves to the village.  The clerk's office says -- for now -- Deputy Mayor Ted McCague will fill-in in the interim.  Chautauqua County Board of Elections Commissioner Brian Abram says... since the Sept. 20 deadline for an election has passed... there can be no election this year.  However, a new mayor could be appointed by the current board.


Borrello says county has found potential, new location for CARTS Hub in Jamestown -- but, no final decision has been announced...
The Chautauqua Area Rural Transporation System has identified a new location for it's Jamestown hub... but, nothing has been finalized as yet.  That from County Executive George Borrello... who says CARTS is still in discussions about a new location to replace the one on West Second Street -- in front of the National Comedy Center.  Borrello says consistancy is important for such a location, and, with plans for closing the street at times for Comedy Center events, they won't have that.  He says many who used CARTS are elderly, or have other mobility issues, and making hub changes is disruptive.  The City Council recently voted to allow CARTS to use it's temporary hub location on Pine Street -- near the South County Office Building -- through Oct. 19.  Borrello says... while they're looking for a new permanent hub site... he says they still hope to have a stop near the Comedy Center.  He adds they're also looking at expanding service to take advantage of the area's several tourist attractions... including the Jackson Center, and many others.


Jamestown man arrested for Child Endangerment...
A city man is jailed pending arraignment for endangering the welfare of a child Thursday night. Jamestown Officers and New York State Police were working a joint patrolling detail when officers reportedly saw an unaccompanied one-year-old child walking down the sidewalk on Newland Avenue.  After investigating... officers found 44 year-old Juan DeJesus was supposed to be watching the child, when the toddler walked out of the residence... and, was wondering the street. DeJesus is due back in Jamestown City Court at a later date. 


City man arrested for assault...
A Jamestown man was arrested on assault charges for allegedly cutting a victim's hair with a knife during a domestic incident Thursday night.  City police responded to the physical dispute in the area of East Second Street -- near Jeffords -- for a male chasing a female down the road.  On arrival... officers determined 49 year-old Michael Pachecho held the woman down on the ground and struck her in the face with a boot, causing injury... and, also broke her umbrella.  Pachecho was taken into custody where he additionally found to be in possession of methamphetamine.  He's being held in city jail pending arraignment. 


Gerace says watch out for deer on county roads this time of year...
It's the time of the year when drivers should to pay extra attention for deer while traveling on area roads and highways.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says car-deer related crashes spike during the months of October, November and December.  Gerace says that's because deer are more active during the Fall... especially around dusk and dawn.  If you approach a deer in the middle of the road... Gerace says don't swerve because you may end up in the other lane -- and into the path of an oncoming vehicle.  He adds don't rely on car-mounted deer whistles.  And keep in mind that deer generally travel in herds...so if you see one, usually there are other nearby.


Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence held in Jamestown Friday...
With the back-drop of the past year's "MeToo" movement... Domestic Violence Awareness Month kicked-off Friday afternoon in downtown Jamestown with a proclamation by Mayor Sam Teresi.  Teresi issued the proclamation following the 21st annual Walk Against Domestic Violence to help start the annual Unity Day Event in the lobby of City Hall.  The keynote speaker was Kayleigh Feser... who heads up Chautauqua County's Elder Abuse and Enhanced Multi-Disciplinary Team.  Faser says... while there have been a number of high-profile domestic and sexual abuse cases the past year... it's just the tip of the iceberg.  On average... Faser says one out of every two women... and, 1 in 5 men will be the victim of physical and or sexual violence.  Most is what she called "Intimate Partner" violence... and, that could be a sibling, father, mother, or a friend.  Faser adds that women wind up being 90 to 95-percent of the victims in such cases. 

     

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News Bulletin for Fri., Oct. 5, 2018

(**Bulletin)Birritierri Resigns as Lakewood mayor...T

he embattled mayor of Lakewood has resigned amid controversy over several recent absences, and other matters.  The village clerk's office sent out a brief statement late this morning that Birritierri had decided to resign... effective today.  In a letter to the village... Birritierri cited "personal and medical reasons" for her decision.  The clerk's office says -- for now -- Deputy Mayor Ted McCague will fill-in in the interim.  Birritierri was elected in November of 2015, and became mayor in January of 2016.  Her term runs through the end of 2019.

 

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 5, 2018


The Sherman man accused of hunting after dark when he accidently shot and killed a neighbor while she was talking her dogs last November has pleaded guilty in the case...  

Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says 33 year-old Thomas Jadlowski pled guilty in county court to one count each of criminally negligent homicide, and hunting after hours in connection with the death of 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist.  Swanson says this ends a "very difficult" chapter in the lives of two families.

Jamie is Rosemary Billquist's husband, who Swanson says has been involved in the case from day one.  He says Jamie Billquist agreed to changing an original charge of second-degree manslaughter to criminally negligent homicide.  Swanson says the latter charge is an E-Felony that included what the Billquist family was looking for.  Jadlowski told investigators that he mistook Mrs. Billquist for a deer, and fired one round, and it struck her in the hip.  She later died at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Jadlowski will be sentenced next January 14.


The late Rosemary Billquist's husband says this has "never been about vengeance..." and, voiced his support for the plea agreement reached today in her death...  

At the same time, Jamie Billquist did push for prison time because he felt a message needed to be sent to hunters that they have "expansive responsibilities" when they hunt.  Patrick Swanson adds that Billquist also wants hunters to think twice about hunting after dark.  Swanson says -- from the beginning -- Jamie Billquist wanted the defendant to take responsibility and be held accountable. 


A man from the city of Olean was arrested following a drug raid at his apartment on Tuesday evening...  

Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they executed a search warrant at 633 Garden Avenue about 9:30 p.m. and, discovered more than a half-an-ounce of crack-coaine -- having a street value of nearly $2,900; four-grams of marijuana; along with scales and packaging materials.  Officers arrested 42 year-old Shariff James at the scene.  He was arraigned on charges of Felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, and misdemeanor criminal use of drug paraphernalia. Task Force members were assisted by Olean Police, Sheriff's deputies, State Police and, the Sheriff's K-9 Unit. 


The Democratic candidate for the 23rd Congressional District says she would vote in favor of the new U-S, Mexico and Canada trade agreement...  

However, Penn Yan's Tracy Mitrano says it's not the big "paradigm shift that President Donald Trump proclaims it to be.  Mitrano says the USMCA is a good first step.  The USMCA stipulates that 75-percent of a car must be produced by the three member nations for it to pass through the countries duty-free.  In addition, it states 40-percent of each car must be produced by workers making $16/hr or more to avoid duties.  Mitrano says the deal helps expand markets for agricultural products in Canada.  However, she says it favors big and corporate farms over smaller, family farms.  President Trump tweeted out his thanks late Wedneday for Incumbant Republican Tom Reed's support of the trade deal.


Local Congressman Tom Reed made a stop in the city of Dunkirk yesterday, where he toured the P-Tech Academy...  

The Corning Republican says manufacturing is in demand for skilled workers, and he believes the program can play a major role in developing a skilled workforce.  He says there are two main reasons for his visit-- re-affirming support for P-Tech Programming and to "be a loud voice for this great opportunity."

County Executive George Borrello and Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES Superintendent David O'Rourke were among those who joined Reed for the tour.  O'Rourke says this is the fourth year the program.  He says students enter the program in the eighth grade and wind up with a college degree.  O'Rourke says the program is in it's fourth-year now.  Reed and Borrello spoke with the students and staff during Thursday's tour.  The Dunkirk campus, which opened in March, is one of 32 across the state.

 

Pennsylvania state lawmakers have passed the first anti-violence legislation in years that deals directly with firearms...  

A measure to force people in the gun-friendly state with a domestic violence ruling against them to more quickly surrender their guns cleared its last hurdle Wednesday before it can get Democratic Governor Tom Wolf's signature.  The Republican-controlled Senate passed the bill 43-5, and Wolf plans to sign it.  Domestic violence- and gun violence-prevention groups support the bill and have worked for its passage for years.  It picked up speed in March after the Florida high school shooting that killed 17 people, and the National Rifle Association negotiated changes that dropped its opposition.  Under the bill, people convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence or subject to final restraining orders must surrender their guns within 24 hours.


President Donald Trump is making another visit to Pennsylvania, this time To Erie where one of his staunch supporters in Congress is facing his toughest re-election battle yet...  

Trump's campaign said late Wednesday that the president will hold a rally at Erie Insurance Arena on October 10.  Four-term Congressmen Mike Kelly and Lou Barletta are expected to attend, and Trump will headline a fundraiser for the men while there.  Kelly is facing a challenge from Democrat Ron DiNicola while Barletta is mounting an uphill campaign to unseat two-term Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey.  Trump was in Philadelphia earlier this week, at the Flight 93 memorial in southwestern Pennsylvania on September 11, and in Wilkes-Barre in early August for a rally with Barletta.


New York officials are enacting a quarantine on movement into the state of landscaping debris and other items from four states impacted by a new invasive insect called the spotted lanternfly....  

The quarantine restricts movement of certain goods into New York from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia.  Items affected include yard waste, firewood, wooden crates, nursery stock, fruit and produce.  Also included are outdoor articles such as lawn tractors, grills, tarps and vehicles stored outdoors.  People transporting any of the listed items will need documentation of the origin and destination of shipments.  The state Department of Agriculture will have compliance checks around the state.  People who visit the infested states are urged to inspect their vehicle for lanternfly egg masses and scrape them off before leaving.

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News bulletin for Thurs., Oct. 4, 20189

(**Bulletin)Jadklowski pleads guilty in Billquist's death during hunting accident...

The Sherman man accused of hunting after hours when he accidently shot and killed a neighbor while she was talking her dogs last November has pled guilty in the case.  Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says 33 year-old Thomas Jadlowski pled guilty in county court to one count each of criminally negligent homicide, and hunting after hours in connection with the death of 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist on Nov. 22 of 2017.  Jadlowski told investigators that he mistook Mrs. Billquist for a deer, and fired one round, and it struck her in the hip.  She later died at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA.  Jadlowski faces 1 to 3 years, and up to 1 1/3 to 4 years when he's sentenced next Jan. 14, 2019

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 4, 2018

Three people suffered only minor injuries when a car traveling the wrong-way on Interstate 86 in the town of Ellicott struck another car head-on.... 

State Police in Jamestown say the driver of the wrong-way car, 86 year-old Charles French of Ellicott, apparently got on I-86 eastbound shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday.  However, troopers say French was driving westbound when they were called.  Police say the driver of an eastbound car, 19 year-old Anna Griffith, of Salamanca, saw French's car coming, and tried to avoid the collision.  French, Griffith, and Griffith's 6-month old child, were all taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment.  Charges are pending.


Four projects in Chautauqua County are among the 16 identified so far by the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council be be priority projects...  


That from County Executive George Borrello, who serves on the council, and says the four projects locally include is pleased that four of the 16 projects are from Chautauqua County.  One of the four projects is from Jamestown and, that'll be for Chadakoin River re-development.  He adds that there are other projects -- aside from the 16 -- that are going through the Consolidated Funding Application process.

Borrello adds that there are two priority projects in the village of Fredonia, one being the Agri-America building which will be used for juice to be reprocessed.  He says the other Fredonia based project involves the White Inn and, trying to get that back up and running to augment the tourism industry.  Borrello adds the fourth priority project centers on the redevelopment of the former Welch Foods Building in Westfield and possibly converting that into a "mixed use" building.


More detailed plans are expected to be presented next week on a proposed $34-million housing project in downtown Jamestown...  

Officials with Southern Tier Environments for Living, and Community Helping Hands, are developing the project at the Gateway Center on Water Street,  which calls for creation of 70-housing units in the former three-story industrial plant.  Preliminary plans were discussed at last month's Planning Commission meeting, but Mayor Sam Teresi says nothing is finalized as yet.

Teresi says -- otherwise -- he's taking a "wait-and-see" approach to the project and, he wants them to have the time needed to full develop the proposal, which would include 39 affordable housing units among the 70 total in the building.  He says they expect more information at next Tuesday night's public hearing on the proposal.  Next Tuesday's public hearing by the city Planning Commission will be held in City Council Chambers beginning at 6:00.


The city of Lockport in western New York has won $10-million dollars as the latest winner of Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's downtown revitalization contest....  


State officials announced the funding on Wednesday... adding the Niagara County city plans to invest the money in efforts to make its downtown more attractive to businesses, tourists and residents.  Pedestrian walkways, improved storefronts and more housing are all possibilities.  Now in its third year, Cuomo's downtown contest will award a total of $100-million to 10 winning communities across the state.  The city of Jamestown won a $10-million DRI in 2016.  Cuomo said Wednesday that Lockport is an "ideal" recipient of the funds because of its growing tourism industry and its location on the Erie Canal.  Other recent winners include Albany, New Rochelle, Saranac Lake, Watertown, Batavia, Rome and the South Bronx.


The new trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada will help local agri-businesses have a more level playing field with our neighbors to the north...  

That from local Congressman Tom Reed, who says the USMCA helps move Canada away from a "protectionist" policy, and towards freer trade.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media and says once it's in place, farmers begin moving their goods.

In fact... Reed says that once the new agreement with Mexico was reached, the price for milk increased by $2.00 per hundred-weight.  He says -- for the first time -- several dairy markets will open up in Canada once the agreement's fully in place.  The Corning Republican adds the new agreement will also be a big boost to the local wine industry -- especially for Canadian tourists who come here, and want to take some wine home with them.  The Corning Republican says the minimum standards would go up -- as he understands it -- from $20.00 to $150.00. 


It's no longer considered "Tornado Season..." but, swirling winds and tornadic activity was reported in nearby Scandia, Pennsylvania in Warren County on Tuesday...  


Meteorologist John Banghoff with the National Weather Service in State College says a funnel-cloud was reported just before 4 p.m. during turbulent weather conditions.  However, Banghoff says a tornado didn't 'actually' touch down based on visual observation. 

Additionally, an EF-2 storm was reported in Crawford County, which damaged Rolling Fields Elder Care Community in Conneauville, blowing a roof off one building.  Banghoff says it started with a cold front and, winds moving from the southwest -- then west to east -- producing some verticle wind shear and creating "super cells."  He describes "super cells" as the big storms responsible for large tornados in the Great Plains, but we can get the same phenomena here. No injuries were reported in Tuesday's storms. 


A federal appeals court says former New York Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver can remain free a few more months while he appeals his bribery conviction...  

The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made the decision Wednesday in the 74-year-old Democrat's favor just two days before he was to report to prison to begin serving a seven-year sentence.  Prosecutors said he collected nearly $4 million dollars in fees in exchange for taking actions as a legislator that benefited a cancer researcher and real estate developers.  Silver's lawyers insist that the money their client received was not the result of bribes.


Buffalo Bill's running back LeSean McCoy's ex-girlfriend says in a new court filing that he physically abused her during their nearly two-year relationship...  

Delicia Cordon on Tuesday filed an amended lawsuit against McCoy alleging physical abuse.  She also directly accuses him of arranging a July 10 home invasion at a home he owns just outside Atlanta that left her bloodied.  McCoy has repeatedly proclaimed his innocence and did so again when speaking to reporters after practice Wednesday.  A previous version of her lawsuit didn't mention physical abuse against her and didn't directly accuse him of playing a role in the home invasion.  The new version also expands on her previous allegations that McCoy abused his young son and dog.  The amended lawsuit seeks more than $50 million in damages.

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WJTN Headlines for Oct. 3, 2018

The chance of severe storms and tornadic activity stayed to our south and, a twister did hit one community just to the west of Warren County, Pennsylvania...  


Authorities say a tornado struck the Rolling Fields Elder Care Community in Conneauville in Crawford County, blowing a roof off one building and causing moderate to heavy damage.  No serious injuries were reported.  Rolling Fields was purchased earlier this year by Heritage Ministries of Chautauqua County.  Forecaster Mike Griffin of the National Weather Service office in Cleveland said the EF-2 twister packing winds up to 115 mph struck the nursing home about 2:40 p.m. Tuesday.  Rolling Fields said in a statement that all residents were being evacuated, and there were no serious injuries, although "two residents have been hospitalized for unrelated concerns."  Griffin said there have also been reports of trees down on houses and blocking roads.


A Cattaraugus County man has pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography more than two-years ago and, faces at least five years in prison...  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior announced Tuesday afternoon that 62 year-old Kevin James Fox of Limestone entered his plea before U-S District Court Judge Lawrence Vilardo.  Assistant U-S Attorney Aaron Mango says Fox was accused of persuading a woman to find a minor male on two occasions, the first in May of 2016 and, engage in sexual activity with them, and take pictures.  The first time was with a 16 year-old boy, then about a month later, she had sex with a 17 year-old.  The woman then texted photos to Fox.  Kennedy says Fox faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and, a quarter of a million dollar fine.


The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office Warning Ticket Program seems to be catching on across the state and it has now received the attention of the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee...  

The committee has awarded a grant to study the traffic safety impact of the program.  That from local Sheriff Joe Gerace, who launched the program in 2013, in an attempt to correct driving behavior involving minor traffic offenses without subjecting motorists to fines and other expenses.

Gerace says the demonstration grant will determine how effective the program has been and, that will involve looking at previous year's data, and they will do some selective enforcement to determine who are repeat offenders.  The warning ticket program was first of its kind for a Sheriff's Office in New York State when it was launched five years ago.  It also received the "Outstanding Traffic Safety Program Award" from the state Sheriff's Association.  

 
It's been 100 years since the 1918 influenza epidemic...  

Since then, major progress has been made in treating and preventing the flu. However, for the 2017-18 season, the Centers for Disease Control reported record-breaking levels of flu illness and hospitalization rates throughout the country, with 180 flu-related pediatric deaths reported alone.  What's the best way to protect you and your family? CDC Flu Division Epidemiologist Alicia Budd says, get your flu shot as soon as you can.

Budd says anyone six-months and older should get vaccinated this month because you're likely to be more protected during peak months of flu season. She says this is especially important for those with increased complications, including being 65 years of age, or very young -- age 5 or under -- you should get a vaccination.  Budd adds that women who are pregnant, or people with chronic conditions should get one, too.  Budd says there are several options to receive a flu shot this year including the nasal spray for anyone 2-to-49 years old and, a vaccine specifically for those 65-years and older.  For additional information on keeping healthy during flu season, visit their website at CDC.gov/flu


A major milestone has been reached in the reconstruction of the South Main Street Bridge in downtown Jamestown...  

The Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities recently announced that the span's concrete relieving slab was poured on September 21 and, after a two-week curing period, the granite curbing and sidewalk placement can begin.  The county's new DPF Director, Brad Bentley says they are making "excellent progress on this bridge replacement so it is safe for our travelling public."  In addition, Bentley says new waterline and electrical services are substantially completed across the arches.  At this point... there is still some work on walls, and the bridge approaches and paving.  Unless there are weather delays, Bentley says the project will completed and, the bridge reopened by late November of this year.


Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano says she has raised nearly one-million dollars in the past three months in her effort to unseat incumbant Republican Congressman Tom Reed.... 

Mitrano made the announcement during a press conference call with Southern Tier Media outlining her five point economic development plan.  The Penn Yan resident says her campaign has brought in $900,000 and, is about  $70,000 of a million dollars.  With that, Mitrano says she's starting a TV ad today.

For the most part, Mitrano says she's received smaller contributions from people all across the district, as she had criss-crossed the 11-county district.  She says she was in Chautauqua County last week and, will be back here for another event this weekend.  That will include some campaign stops, first in Seneca County Wednesday, and a Campaign concert Saturday with the local group, 10-Thousand Maniacs.  Mitrano says she had a good turn-out for a recent town hall in Central New York and, adds there were about 200 people on hand for an informal gathering in Silver Creek.  The cyber-security expert noted the biggest contribution she received was $5,000 from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's Political Action Committee after the Senator endorsed her campaign.


A Jamestown man faces unlawful possession of marijuana charges following a traffic stop in the town of Gerry last Sunday...  

State police in Jamestown say they stopped a vehicle on Route 60 for a violation, and smelled marijuana coming from inside.  Troopers searched the car and the occupants and, found 33 year-old Rashid Jabbar in possession of a bag containing marijuana.  Jabbar is to appear in court next month to answer the charge. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 2, 2018

The investigation is continues into what caused a head-on collison in the town of Ripley Sunday night that killed a 22 year-old woman...  

Sheriff's Officers say the accident occurred just before 8 p.m. on Route 20 when a westbound vehicle operated by Madison Dunlap -- of Ripley -- and an east-bound vehicle operated by 58 year-old Kim Robbins -- of Dunkirk -- collided.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says investigators were at the scene until Midnight Monday.

Gerace says Robbins was transported by ambulance to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, then later sent to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennslvania.  Dunlap was pronounce dead at the scene.  Ripley Fire Rescue, Westfield Police also responded to assist.  Deputies say charges are pending the investigation.


A state law that takes 16-year-olds out of the adult criminal justice system is now in effect.  New York's 'Raise the Age' legislation got its official start on Monday....  


The law, passed last year, calls for most 16-year-olds charged with offenses to be tried in Family Court instead of automatically in adult criminal court.  More serious charges would go to a "Youth Part" of criminal court.  Next year, the law will extend to 17-year-olds.  The law also impacts juvenile detention.  On Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced all 16- and 17-year-olds had been moved off of Rikers Island, the city's jail, to dedicated juvenile facilities with access to social services.  New York was the next-to-last state in the U.S. to raise its age of criminal responsibility to 18.


Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi will present his 2019 budget proposal a week from today to city lawmakers and the public, but there's already been some discussion about how the plan will be presented...  

After Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce noted that budget hearings with Department heads would start the following week, on October 15, At-Large Councilman Andy Liuzzo questioned why the presentation was on Tuesday, October 9 instead of the 8th -- which is in the charter.  Fellow lawmakers noted that it's Columbus Day, which is a federal holiday.

A few lawmakers chimned in, saying that it's not practical to present the budget on what is a federal holiday.  Mayor Teresi says he would have to call staff in -- at time-and-a-half -- to be able to do that.  Teresi read a part of the New York State Consolidated Law, which states what local municipalities can do.  He says they can move any action that falls on a weekend, or a Monday holiday, to the next business day. 


The county legislature's Audit and Control Committee began it's review of Executive George Borrello's tentative, 2019 budget proposal Monday...  

Borrello says they were to take a hard look at his plan to close the Methane-to-Energy plant at the landfill, and sell the methane to a contract to convert to renewable natural gas.  During last week's budget presentation, Borrello noted that the move could bring just over one-million dollars into county coffers annually.

Borrello says the Methane to Energy plant would likely close by the end of the year, depending on how discussions progress.  He says he's pleased to have new Public Facilities Director, Brad Bentley, involved in the effort because of his strong background in the energy industry.  The Audit and Control Committee will be going through each department budget this week to discuss any further cuts, or restorations in the more than $254-million spending plan.  The legislature needs to act on the budget by December 1.  A vote is tentatively set for the panel's October meeting.


The proposed new trade deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico brings our trading standards "out of the dark ages and into the 21st Century".... 

That from local Congressman Tom Reed on the three-way agreement brokered just before a Midnight Monday deadline.  Reed says it will give "our dairy farmers and workers a fair shake at success."  Agriculture is still Chautauqua County's biggest industry, and County Executive George Borrello says it's great news.

Reed and fellow members of Congress, will have 60 days -- once final details are out of the way -- to approve the new agreement.  The Corning Republican says "we look forward to further reviewing this deal to verify our all of our local farmers, manufacturers and workers are treated fairly."  Reed says he's been an "unrelenting advocate" to level the scales of trade for the dairy industry going back to 2013.


Three homes in the city of Dunkirk were damaged by a major fire that occured last Sunday night on Lake Shore Drive East near Beagle Street...  

Fire Captain Gary Katta says crews were called to a reported structure fire at 187 Lake Shore Drive shortly after 11 p.m. and, says crews found an unoccupied residence at 191 Lake Shore Drive fully-engulfed in flames.  Katta says that house was destroyed by fire and, the other two had lesser damage.

Katta says seven people were left homeless by the fire and, the local Red Cross is assisting them.  Fire officials say there were no injuries.  Dunkirk crews received mutual aid from Fredonia and East Dunkirk fire departments.  The cause of the blaze is under investigation.


New York state is working to reduce maternal mortality and the racial disparities in the rate of maternal death...  

A new state task force created earlier this year met for the first time last week in Albany.  The group is made up of state officials and medical and public health experts.  It is tasked with studying the factors that lead to women dying in childbirth and recommending ways to address it.  In 2010, New York state had one of the worst maternal mortality rates in the nation.  While the state has made progress in reducing the rate, it's still in the bottom half of states.  Statistics show that black women are three times more likely to die in childbirth than white women in New York.

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WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 1, 2018

The investigation continues into what caused a head-one collison in the Town of Ripley that killed a 22 year-old woman Sunday evening... 

Sheriff's Officers say the accident occurred just before 8 p.m. on Route 20 when a westbound vehicle operated by Madison Dunlap -- of Ripley -- and an east-bound vehicle operated by 58 year-old Kim Robbins -- of Dunkirk -- collided. Officers say Robbins was transported by ambulance to Brooks Hospital in Dunkirk, then later sent to UPMC Hamot in Erie-Pennslvania. Dunlap was pronounce deceased at the scene.  Ripley Fire Rescue, Westfield Police also responded to assist. The Sheriff's Accident Reconstruction Team remained on-scene until midnight. Deputies say charges are pending the investigation.


A Sinclairville man faces numerous charges after his car crashed on the Gerry-Ellington Road in the town of Ellington early last weekend...  

Chautauqua County Sheriff's officers say 21 year-old Jemini Merzweiler was operating the vehicle about 9:30 p.m. Friday when the accident occured.  Deputies say Merzweiler was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment of his injuries.  Officers investigated and, charged Merweiler with driving while intoxicated, failure to keep right, moving from land unsafely, and speeding.  He was issued appearance tickets for town court at a later date.


The investigation is continuing into a fatal car-motorcyle crash in the Cattaraugus County town of Olean nearly two-weeks ago...  

Sheriff's officers in Little Valley aren't releasing many details, but say the accident occured on Route 16 just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, September 18.  Deputies say the motorcycle was southbound when it was struck by a Sports Utility Vehicle that was turning onto Route 16 from Fairview Lane.  The operator of the bike was rushed to Olean General Hospital where they were pronouned dead.  The driver of the SUV was also taken to Olean General and, treated for minor injuries.  No charges have been filed pending the investigation.


The cost of both producing and selling their precision metal parts and fittings have gone up, but Anderson Precision Products has been the busiest they've ever been the past year...  

That from Co-Owner David Archer, who says a combination of tariffs and demand has increased the cost of both the steel and aluminum they use.  Archer says demand is up, but he says added costs from the tariffs are holding down the bottom line.

However,  Archer says that American company -- New Corps -- has to ship it's "hot-milled" steel to Canada for final processing, and it's then shipped back to the U.S., so it falls under the tariffs imposed by the Trump Administration.  Despite the tariffs and other increased costs, Archer says it's been their "number-one sales year so far.  After being at just under 100 employees for a short time, he says they have been hiring people lately and, are up to about 110 workers.  Archer says he hopes the tariffs are short-lived, and that demand remains high.


Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that names portions of four New York roadways after fallen soldiers and a state trooper....  

The Democrat signed the bills late Friday, one of them honoring a Celoron man killed in action in Iraq in 2004.  State Senator Cathy Young played a role is naming part of Route 394 in the town of Ellicott after Sergeant James Matteson.  In addition, Part of the Jericho Turnpike on Long Island was named after Master Sergeant Christopher Raguso, who was a lieutenant in the Fire Department of New York, and was killed when his New York Air National Guard helicopter crashed near Syria earlier this year.  The other two included the state Trooper killed in Jefferson County in the line of duty last year.  A local road was named after Trooper Joel Davis.


There was rain earlier and mud later in spots, but thousands still came out yesterday for the annual Busti Apple Harvest Festival at the Historical Society grounds....


That's festival Publicity Director Norm Carlson says one of the newer aspects of this year's festival was that people were able to see a lot of progress in restoration of the early 1840s home.  He says they now have three big rooms, and two smaller ones for people to see how life was back then.  Carlson adds they had several new craft vendors this year on the road between the fireman's grounds and the mill.  He says the 1839 gristmill was open, but this year they did hourly tours so the operation could be quieted and people could hear better. 


The Diocese of Buffalo has hired a former FBI agent to investigate complaints of clergy abuse and other wrongdoing...  

Bishop Richard Malone has announced the appointment of Steven Halter as director of the newly created Office of Professional Responsibility.  Halter was a special agent in the FBI for nearly 30 years.  His hiring comes at a time of turmoil in the western New York diocese, including calls for Malone to resign over his handling of claims of sexual misconduct by priests.  While Malone has acknowledged what he calls "past inadequacies" in his handling of complaints, he says he will not resign.


A Buffalo man who was stopped for not having any tail lights on Route 60 in the town of Charlotte last weekend was found have a suspended license and, it had been revoked 17 times...  

Sheriff's officers say they pulled over 38 year-old Devon Taylor about 9:30 Saturday night and also found that there was an active warrant for his arrested.  He was arraigned on the warrant, and a charge of second-degree unlicensed operation and, sent to the County Jail pending bail.


Daily alternate parking begins today in the city of Jamestown.  The Jamestown Police Department says vehicles need to be parked on the odd-numbered side of the street on odd-numbered days... while cars need to be parked on the even-side on even-numbered days.  Pooice say daily parking alternates at 10 AM each day... and, there is no grace period.


A federal district judge in Washington says a group of nearly 200 Democratic senators and representatives has legal standing to sue President Trump to prove he violated the U.S. Constitution's emoluments provision banning the acceptance of gifts from foreign interests...  

The ruling by Judge Emmet Sullivan is the second decision by a federal court advancing such constitutional lawsuits against the president.  A federal judge in Maryland ruled in July that a similar lawsuit against Trump by attorneys general for Maryland and the District of Columbia could proceed... but it only covered Trump's earnings from his hotel in Washington.  To allow the lawsuit to proceed, Sullivan said he would "accept as true the allegations that the President has accepted prohibited foreign emoluments without seeking the consent of Congress."

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., Sept. 29, 2018

Final clean-up of Falconer arson fire site now underway...
A collaborative effort among several south county communities will allow the site of an arson fire a year-and-a-half ago in Falconer to be cleaned-up... and redeveloped.  Chautauqua County officials joined with others -- including Falconer Mayor Jim Rensel -- to announce the communities providing landfill credits so a contractor can take the debris from 29-to-37 West Main St. to the Ellery facility at no charge.  Rensel thanked officials in the towns of Poland, Ellington, Gerry, Carroll and the village of Celoron, for donating their landfill credits to help.  County Executive George Borrello praised the effort... which will allow the village to move forward on re-developing the location -- including the Chautauqua County Landbank.  In addition... the Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency will assist with managing the remaining demolition and clean-up.  City Development Director Vince DeJoy recalled that the Falconer fire corresponded with a series of arsons in Jamestown.  Four of them occured the following day in the city, and they needed four different crews to demolish those structures.  Local police and the Chautauqua County District Attorney's office have accused a Falconer man, 20 year-old Jonathon Young... of setting about a dozen fires in the immediate Jamestown area.  Young was extradicted from Pennsylvania... where he faced similar charges... earlier this year.  


More information on West Ellicott House fire...
A number of fire companies were called to a house fire in West Ellicott early Friday morning.  According to the Post Journal, a neighbor spotted the fire at 67 South Alleghany Ave.  The home was vacant at the time of the fire.  Crews from Celeron, Lakewood, Busti, Fluvanna and Kiantone were on the scene for about a half an hour.  Fire investigators were called to the scene, though at this time a cause has not been released.  It was determined the first started near the garage.  The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities said Friday that water could be discolored in Lakewood and Celeron due to the fire.  


Investigation ongoing into fatal car-motorcycle accident in Cattaraugus County...
The investigation is continuing into a fatal car-motorcyle crash in the Cattaraugus County town of Olean just over a week ago.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley aren't releasing many details... but, say the accident occured on Route 16 just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, September 18th.  Deputies say the motorcycle was southbound when it was struck by a Sports Utility Vehicle that was turning onto Route 16 from Fairview Land.  The operator of the bike was rushed to Olean General Hospital where they were pronouned dead.  The driver of the SUV was also taken to Olean General... and, treated for minor injuries.  No charges have been filed.  


Anderson Precision signs new Flex Plan Agreement with BPU...
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities has signed a new, four-year Flex Plan agreement with a local employer to help it save on it's electric costs.  BPU General Manager Dave Leathers, and Mayor Sam Teresi, were at Anderson Precision Products Friday afternoon to sign the new agreement... which runs from this coming November 1 through October 31 of 2022.  Anderson's Co-Owner, David Archer, says their past agreement has helped them grow their global sales and purchasing efforts.  Anderson Precision makes precision-turned metal parts... and, fittings to meet almost any requirement on a global-scale.  The company won the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce's 2018 "Manufacturer of the Year" award.  Teresi says there are just a few, small ways that local government can assist local businesses.  He says this is a good one, because the BPU becomes "tool" to assist economic development. 


City woman arrested for DWI and Drug possession following Frewsburg accident...
A Jamestown woman has been arrested for allegedly being drunk when she was involved in a one-car, rollover accident in Frewsburg this past Tuesday.  State Police in Jamestown were called to the scene on Sawmill Run Road... and, found that 45 year-old Robin Smith was the lone occupant of the vehicle.  Troopers and Frewsburg firefighters helped Smith out of the vehicle... but, she was found to be intoxicated.  She was allegedly found to be in possession of morphine and clonazepam, both controlled substances for which she did not have a prescription.  Smith provided a breath sample.. and, was found with a blood alcohol content of point-15.  She was arraigned in South Valley town Court on charges including Felony DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, issued appearance tickets.


Jamestown man arrested in Kiantone for trespassing...
A man wanted on a warrant in the city of Jamestown was arrested in Kiantone for tresspassing onto a person's property early Thursday morning.  Sheriff's officers responded to Carlson Road for two people fighting... and, spoke with the victim on arrival, who reportedly said 25 year-old Ryan Paulisick had additionally taken property and damaged their vehicle.  Paulisick allegedly fled the scene prior to the officers's arrival... but, was located quickly by Ellicott Police.  He was taken into custody for the outstanding warrant, prior to officers obtaining an arrest warrant for the Carlson Road incident.  Paulisick will be appear in Kiantone Town Court at a later date. 


State reached agreement with feds on "I LOVE NY" program sign...
State and federal transportation regulators have reached an agreement allowing "I Love NY" highway signs to stay in place without costing New York $14-million in highway funding.  The Federal Highway Administration had warned the state that the 514 big blue tourism signs along highways from Long Island to Buffalo didn't adhere to regulations and were distracting to drivers.  New York stood to lose federal funding if the dispute wasn't resolved by month's end. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 29, 2018

Local fire crews were hard at work on a house fire that broke out in the Village of Celoron early this morning... 

County dispatchers say crews were called to South Allegheny Avenue about 2:20 a.m., with assistance from Lakewood, Busti and Fluvanna fire departments. We have a message into the Celoron Fire Department at this time. We'll continue following this story as more information becomes available.  

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The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities notes discolored water in West Ellicott, Celoron and Lakewood is possible today due to the fire. 


Nearly 20 members of Congress have committed to back a proposal by the "Problem Solver's" caucus that will "fast-track" bi-partisan legislation in the House of Representatives...  

Local Congressman Tom Reed, who co-chairs the caucus, adds they also want whoever the next Speaker is, they want them to commit to the "Break the Gridlock" legislation, as well.  Reed is one of the 19 members who have announced that they have agreed to only vote for a Speaker who supports the legislation, and he believes that will increase.

During his conference call with Southern Tier media on Thursday, Reed said there are about a dozen members of Congress who have expressed an interest in being speaker, including Ohio Republican Jim Jordan -- who is a member of the conservative "Freedom Caucus."  Reed says he has talked with Jordan about that possibility.  He adds that Jordan has been positive about such reforms to get Congress moving in a more positive direction. 


Several political campaigns in New York have come under criticism over campaign messaging deemed by some to have been designed to exploit voters' racial biases or xenophobia...  

In the latest skirmish, a Democratic congressman in California assailed a New York Republican colleague over an attack ad that showed his opponent speaking Korean, over a backdrop of ominous music, a portrait of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and captions falsely implying he was talking about sending American jobs to Asia.  California Congressman Ted Lieu of California on Twitter told Buffalo-area Republican Chris Collins of western New York's 27th District to "take your racist ad and shove it."  A Collins spokeswoman said the ad was about the economic policies of Democratic opponent Nate McMurray, and race had nothing to do with it.


There are two special events for the Resource Center this weekend, beginning with the 4th Annual Sprout Film Festival at 7:30 tonight at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts...  

Kevin Anderson, Assistant Director of Employment and Community Based Services, says 'Sprout' is a series of short films made by or about people with disabilities. Admission is free. Meanwhile, the "Step-Up for Autism" walk to Chautauqua Lake starts at 10 a.m. at the Dunham Avenue Admininstration Offices. More information on both events is available at resourcecenter.org.


The head of the county legislature is happy with their starting point, regarding Executive George Borrello's 2019 budget proposal...  

Chairman P-J Wendel adds, though, that the legislature will not "rubber stamp" the more than $254-million spending plan.  Wendel says -- for him - the biggest part of the budget is that it's balanced and plugs a projected deficit.

Wendel says he's excited about the creative way Borrello has looked at the budget and, eliminated the deficit.  One area of interest in the spending plan is whether it includes the hiring of a special, drug prosecutor for the District Attorney's office.  Wendel says if the item is in the budget proposal, he doubts it would be taken out.  County Executive Borrello noted after the meeting that the added prosecutor is in the budget he is presenting and, that's an additional $65,000 expense.  The Audit and Control Committee -- chaired by Pierre Chagnon -- begins it's budget review next Monday.


A number of contract renewals for goods and services routinely come across the Chautauqua County Executive's desk and most cases they have been routinely approved with little problem...  

However, that's going to change effective immediately.  That from County Executive George Borrello during his first budget presentation Wednesday night.  Borrello says -- if the county is going to reduce costs going forward -- it has to look at every vendor agreement with a discerning eye.  He adds that's also going to be the case for state bids.

Borrello says he wants to restore "common sense" to the state bid process.  The $254-million-plus budget proposal includes no tax increase and, doesn't use any undesignated fund balance to balance the spending plan.  The county legislature's Audit and Control Committee begins work on the budget next week, meeting with department heads.


A city man is jailed pending arraignment for burglarizing a home and fleeing from officers during a domestic incident early Wednesday morning...  

Jamestown police were called to 15 Benedict Avenue at 12:30 and, learned 34 year-old Justin Cusimano allegedly forced his way into the house, and stole property from the victim -- who has a valid stay away order of protection.  As officers walked up to the home, Cusimano was seen running away in a wooded area, which led to a short foot chase.  Officers also say they saw the suspect throw two small plastic baggies possibly containing drugs.  He was taken into custody and sent to the City Jail for second-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny, and criminal contempt. 


A retired state trooper has been hired as a school safety advisor for the Fredonia Central School District.. 

Superintendent Jeff Sortisio says the school board approved the hiring of Tim Kachelmeyer for the position Wednesday night.  Sortisio says he believes the military man and Dunkirk coach will connect well with students.  Kachelmeyer begins his new duties on Monday.


The deadline for removing New York's famous ``I Love N-Y'' signs is fast approaching, and neither the state nor the federal government seems to be backing down...  

Federal highway regulators say they believe Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration is working to take down the tourism-promotion signs by Sunday.  Without a deal by month's end, New York could lose $14 million in funding.  The state Department of Transportation says it has not been ordered to take down the 500-plus signs on a big stretch of roads from Long Island to Buffalo.  The federal government has long maintained the signs violate its regulations. The state disagrees.  Officials say discussions are continuing.

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 27, 2018

The ability to find new ways to increase revenues and, made dozens of small and big cuts, has allowed Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello to propose a no-tax increase budget for 2019....  

Borrello presented his first tentative spending plan to the legislature at last night's monthly meeting.  He presented a handful of big ways he was able to cut spending, and increase revenues.  One significant cut involves re-bidding the county's employee health insurance, which is eight-percent of the entire budget.

Borrello says the county had to make an "accounting adjustment" to begin the process, which required $4.2-million to be moved from the undesignated fund balance to their capital reserve fund.  With that, he says the budget team decided to use $3.4-million more into roads and bridges and, upgrade equipment for the Public Facilities Department.  Through his "bushel full of pennies" philosophy, Borrello says most department heads were able to meet -- or exceed their own budget targets in the just over $254-million budget.  The legislature begins hearings on the budget next week.


A 15 year-old boy was struck by a single gun-shot fired by someone during an apparent drive-by shooting in Warren County's Eldred Township...  

State Police in Warren say someone in a vehicle fired the round at a residence in the 14-hundred block of Fiddlersgreen Road about 4:45 Wednesday morning.  Troopers say the suspect vehicle then fled the scene.  Police say the teenager was taken to Titusville Hospital for treatment.  Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call State Police at 1-814-728-3600 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-832-7463.


A condemned house that's been a serious blight on an eastside street in the city of Jamestown will soon be torn down and it won't be too soon for the neighbors there...  


The matter regarding the property at 42 Eagle Street was first brought up just over a week ago after the man told a council member that he had brought the property from the previous owner for a dollar.  However, the man has been living outside the home in a tent with no means to upgrade the property.  A woman from the neighborhood says the man is nothing more than a vagrant.

The woman, who wished not to be identified, says all the proper channels to get the property condemned have been gone through.  Mayor Sam Teresi says he and the Department of Development fully-agree with the residents there.  Teresi says, if the man living on the property has the means later to buy and rehabilitate the property, there are plenty of others in the city that would be better suited than the one on Eagle Street.


The Jamestown YMCA has been looking into options to become more financially responsible with resources over the past two years, in order to provide members with programs they want to see in facilities...  

However, an reported petition to "Save the Lakewood YMCA" has been circulating and, local YMCA Chief Executive Officer Mark Eckendorf says it's produced a "misunderstanding."

Eckendorf says the Jamestown YMCA is working with a professional company to do a feasibility study with "due diligence" by asking community members their feelings about consolidation and the possibility of a new YMCA location via telephone and email.  In a printed released, he says the 'Y' has been "part of this community for more than 157-years and will continue to be a part of this community for many more".  Again, the Lakewood YMCA is NOT closing and all programs will continue as is.  Eckendorf says nothing is immediate and all discussions are only exploratory.  


Congress has passed a bill that includes $75-million each year through 2025 to clean-up nuclear waste at the West Valley Demonstration Project in Cattaraugus County....  

Local Representative Tom Reed announced the approval late Tuesday and, says he's been proud to be "an unrelenting advocate" for West Valley.   Reed adds that he worked to ensure there would be a "fair amount of funding for the complete and total cleanup of this nuclear site."  He says the bill offers "clarity and, ensures the health and safety of our environment for years to come.  He also urged his colleagues in the Senate to quickly pass our bill to reauthorize this vital nuclear cleanup project while speaking on the House floor.


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has blamed upstate weather for prompting people to flee to other states....  

The Democrat, who is up for re-election this November, told reporters Tuesday that while job losses and high taxes once drove people to leave New York, his administration has ended that trend and improved the local economic situation.  He says many of the New Yorkers leaving the state now are doing so for personal reasons or decisions that he called "climate based."  The comments came after Cuomo's Republican challenger, Marc Molinaro, said Cuomo has failed to stem the number of New Yorkers leaving for states with lower taxes and more jobs. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 26, 2018

The head of the union representing Jamestown firefighters is urging city lawmakers to step in and, push for a quick resolution to the leaking issue at Station-One at Tracy Plaza....  

As we first reported a couple of weeks ago, a new leaking problem has cropped up with the contractor doing renovation work on the top of the plaza.  Fire Lieutenant Shawn Shilling addressed lawmakers at Monday night's council meeting, saying the Professional Firefighters Local 1776 has several concerns, including poor working conditions.

However, Mayor Sam Teresi says the matter is being addressed by the contractor, as well as city officials.  Teresi says they are again working with the contractor's insurance to get the necessary repairs made.  He adds a mitigation plan has been in place, and, fire management stated it was okay to use the area affected again.  Teresi says he's disappointed that the union chief used "a public grandstanding" approach to dealing with the matter.  He adds the contractor is in the final stages of finishing repairs and renovations on the city hall Police Station.

 

The first Jamestown City Council meeting held outside of City Hall in many years went off without few -- if any problems -- on Monday night...  

Those are the feelings of both lawmakers and Mayor Sam Teresi following the meeting at the main pavillion at Chadakoin Park.  Teresi believes the session, which was attended by about a dozen people, is a model they can use for other such meetings.

In addition to the Mayor's Office, the city Parks Department was also involved in the effort.  Parks Manager John Williams oversaw the set up in the park, including the sound system.  The meeting allowed lawmakers to showcase what has happened at the park in recent years -- including the opening of the new playground area near the pavillion. 


The controversial mayor of the village of Lakewood says she is still the mayor and has not moved... 

Speculation has run rampant after Monday night's village board meeting, which was not attended by Cara Birritierri.  Birritierri has missed a number of meetings in recent months, leading to rumors of the possibility of her stepping down with just over a year left in her term.  She has been embroiled in a number of controversies, most recently over approval of a water test along the village's shores with Chautauqua Lake to check on whether herbicides used in the town of Busti impacted local water.  The village board recently okayed paying the Chautauqua Lake Association for the testing, but it's not clear yet whether Birritierri or someone else ordered the testing.  Birritierri replied to our Facebook message today saying she had not moved from the village, and was still -- indeed -- mayor.


The Democratic challenger for the 23rd Congressional seat is sounding the alarm on the latest House budget plan which says would allow Social Security and Medicare to be used to balance the budget in 10 years...  

Ithaca's Tracy Mitrano says last year's tax reform bill will create an additional $1.4-trillion in deficits.  With that, Mitrano says outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan included the proposal, approved by the House Ways and Means Committee.

Mitrano says while Reed labels her as an "Extreme Ithaca Liberal..." he has been even more to the extreme among convervatives.  She says the Corning Republican's "rhetoric doesn't match his record" when he contends he is a moderate.  Mitrano says voters need to understand that this "is Mr. Reed's policy, this is his plan, and it will deeply affect their lives."  She says any raiding of Social Security and Medicare will be devastating to the 166,000 people in the Southern Tier district who rely solely on Social Security to pay their bills.  Mitrano made her comments during her weekly press call with regional media.


Congressman Tom Reed's campaign responded to the accusation Tueday afternoon, saying this is "just another deceptive attack from our opponent"....  

Tom Reed for Congress Communications Director Abbey Daugherty says "Tom has never supported anything that would take away Social Security benefits from those currently receiving them and, has in fact been outspoken in his belief that those who have paid into the system all their working lives deserve to receive their full benefits."


 A two-month long investigation into alleged cocaine sales in the city of Dunkirk resulted in two arrests Monday afternoon...  

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Dunkirk Police Department's Special Response Team executed a search warrant at 62 Lincoln Avenue around 5:30.  Police Chief David Ortolano spoke about the charges placed against the two men who allegedly sold quantities of cocaine to agents of the Task Force during the course of the investigation.  The search led to the recovery of a quantity of cocaine, suboxone, an assortment of tablet form controlled substances, scales and packaging materials along with a large amount of currency. Ortolano says additional charges are possible after the other controlled substances are tested. 


A north county man had to be tasered after he resisted arrest for allegedly stealing merchandise from the Wal-Mart SuperCenter in the village of Lakewood...  


Lakewood-Busti Police say they were called to the scene on Fairmount Avenue shortly after 5 p.m. Monday after 26 year-old Luca Brownlee of Dunkirk fled the store and, was later found in the Olive Garden Parking lot at the Chautauqua Mall.  Police say, when they confronted him, Brownlee ran off through the parking lot.  During the pursuit, officers deployed a taser to try and stop the suspect.  He was then arrested in front of the Plant Fitness club near the mall's main entrance.  Brownlee was arraigned on charges of third-degree burglary, petty larceny, criminal mischief, and resisting arrest and sent to the county jail pending further court action.


A Jamestown man was arrested for allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face early Tuesday morning... 

City police responded to 107 Maple Street for a physical domestic dispute shortly before 3 a.m. and, the victim told officers 24 year-old Caleb Goodemote struck her multiple times and prevented her from leaving the residence. Goodemote was located a short distance away and taken into custody for third-degree assault and second-degree unlawful imprisonment. He's being held in City Jail pending arraignment. 


A Bemus Point man was arrested for two counts of drug possession after he was pulled over for speeding Monday...

State Police say 44 year-old Jeremy Shepherd was stopped for allegedly going 96-mph in a 55-mph zone on Dutch Hollow Road. While speaking to Troopers, Shepherd revealed that he was in possession of Carisoprodol -- a controlled substance he did not have a prescription for. A search of his vehicle additionally revealed a partial Suboxone strip. Shepherd was taken into custody and is scheduled to appear in Ellery Court at a later date.


A priest in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has been placed on administrative leave following a complaint of abuse...  

The diocese announced Monday that Father Ronald Mierzwa  is currently under internal investigation. Mierzwa serves as a pastor at a church in Ellicottville in Cattaraugus County.  He is one of more than 100 priests in the Diocese of Buffalo to be accused of misconduct.  Church officials say putting the priest on leave doesn't imply there's truth or falsity of the complaint.

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 25, 2018

A Forestville man has been arrested for allegedly manufacturing and trafficking methamphetime from a home in the north county village...  

Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, and the State Police C-SERT Team investigated a suspect meth lab and disposal site at 46 Pearl Street a week ago yesterday.  Task Force agents say they also got a court order to search a garage allegedly used by 29 year-old Timothy Will and another person and, additional items to make meth were allegedly found.  As a result of the search, a warrant was issued and Will was arrested at a home on Mixer Road in Forestville.  He was arrested for third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetime, and unlawful disposal of methamphetime lab materials.  Will was arraigned and, sent to the county jail on $15,000 cash bail.  If you suspect suspicious or illegal drug activity, call the task force at 1-800-344-8702.


Four people -- one a fugitive from justice -- were arrested during a drug raid at a Jamestown apartment last Friday...  

Agents with the Metro Drug Task Force executed a search warrant for a residence at 10-91 E. 2nd Street and, gained entry with help from the Jamestown Police SWAT team.  While inside, investigators reportedly found a sawed-off shotgun, swtichblade knife, drug paraphernalia and 4.9-grams of crystal meth.  Arrested were 36 year-old Joshua Doud; 34 year-old Jamie Bennett; 37 year-old Angel Mason; and 33 year-old Ricky Sadler, who was found to be wanted out of McKean, Pennsylvania on an assault charge.  The four were taken to the city jail and arraigned on various charges.

**Anyone with information on illegal drug trafficking or sales in the Jamestown area can leave tips annonymously with JPD by calling 483-TIPS (8477) or the tips 411 App.


The city of Jamestown now has a full compliment of constables after the City Council approved the appointment of an Elam Avenue man to fill a vacancy...  

Mayor Sam Teresi presented two appointments to lawmakers at last night's outdoor voting session at Chadakoin Park.  Teresi submitted the name of resident G. Richard Bird to council members and, the appointment was approved unanimously.

The constable background check is done by the Jamestown Police Department.  Teresi says he was "pleasantly surprised" that Bird was interested in the unpaid position.  Constables in the city perform a number of duties, but one of the key ones is the delivery of eviction notices to tenants from local landlords.  The Real Estate Investors Association, which represents landlords, had called for the post to be filled.  REIA President Harold Whitford was at the meeting and, simply thanked the mayor for making the appointment.


New York state is hosting three public listening sessions this week in New York City to gather input on proposals to legalize recreational marijuana....  

The meetings had been scheduled for yesterday in Queens, today in Brooklyn and Wednesday on Staten Island.  Several listening sessions have already been held upstate, and more are planned throughout the state.  On Friday, two more in Westchester and Suffolk counties were added to the calendar for October.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers are expected to take up proposals to legalize and regulate marijuana next year.  State officials say the listening sessions will help guide them as they work out the details of the legislation.


No injuries have been reported, but a handful of local fire departments and rescue teams were called to a structure fire in Cherry Creek Monday afternoon....  


Chautauqua County Fire Dispatchers says Cherry Creek firefighters responded to the scene at 66-13 Main Street just before 1:30.  Dispatchers say Ellington and South Dayton fire crews, along with the county's fire investigation team, and coordinators, were also called in.  Efforts to reach the Cherry Creek fire hall were unsuccessful.
 
The Republican challenger in the race for Chautauqua County Sheriff says the opioid epidemic remains one of the biggest issues he speaks to on the campaign trail...  


Lakewood's Jim Quattrone says, while deaths are reportedly down in Chautauqua County, he remains concerned because Narcan is helping the situation.  However, he says as strong opioids and synthetics become more prevalent, Narcan becomes less effective.

Quattrone is challenging Democrat Joe Gerace, who has been County Sheriff since 1995.  Both candidates say they oppose the legalization of marijuana in New York State.  But, Quattrone says the county needs to prepare should the recreational use of pot by adults become state law and, says there needs to be further efforts to education children about the dangers of using marijuana.  Quattrone, who recently won the Conservative Party primary, also says he wants to Sheriff's office work closer with local police agencies on the drug issue.

A man who escaped Nazi Germany as a boy and went on to become a distinguished World War Two scholar, told his story in Jamestown...

Dr. Gerhard Weinberg is Jewish, and was 11 years-old when he and his siblings left Hanover, Germany.  He says it was only after he immigrated here that he came to understand he escaped with his life.  Now at age 90, and a Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Weinberg says it's important to know to the true significance of the Allied victory in World War Two.

Weinberg says the killing of Jews in the Nazi era is the 'worst catastrophe in human history that we know anything about', and he adds there are no automatic guarantees to insure it does not happen again.  Gerhard Weinberg was at the Robert H. Jackson Center for the first ever Al and Marge Brown lecture on WWII, an annual program started by Phil and May Ann Zimmer.  Albert Brown was a World War Two veteran and President at the SUNY College at Brockport through the sixties and seventies.  

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 24, 2108

 
A nearly 12-hour stand-off on Jamestown's northside ended peacefully yesterday afternoon with the arrest of a city man on multiple charges...  
 
Jamestown police were called to the scene of a reported "in-progress" domestic assault at 22 Spring Street Extension about 3 a.m. Sunday and, were able to get the unidentified woman involved safely away from the scene.  They identified the man as 28 year-old Nicholas Brown... who had barricaded himself inside the residence with a 9 year-old child.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says their SWAT Team was called in and, forced entry about 2:15 p.m. after crisis negotiators tried to get Brown to surrender peacefully.  Samuelson says Brown was wanted for multiple warrants.  Brown was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for an evalutaton, then jailed pending arraignment on charges of obstruction, endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree menancing and second-degree unlawful imprisonment.
 
 
A Forestville man was seriously injured during a motorcycle accident in the Town of Hanover Sunday evening... 
 
Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to Creek Road for a single-vehicle accident with injury just before 8:30. Investigation found that 54 year-old John Sausner was south-bound when he allegedly lost control of his motorcycle and went off the roadway. Deputies say Sausner was air-lifted to Erie County Medical Center Hospital for treatment. The investigation is still on-going, with charges pending at this time.  
 
 
A woman from South Carolina was arrested early last weekend on a drunk driving charge after crashing her car in the north county town of Hanover...  
 
Sheriff's deputies say 29 year-old Aimee Weber of Charleston was traveling on Hanover Road about 5 a.m. Saturday when she lost control of the vehicle, and it crashed.  Officers responded and, found Weber to be the driver.  An investigation revealed that she was allegedly drunk, and she refused a breath test.  She was not hurt.  Weber was arraigned in town court on charges of Felony DWI, refusing the breath test, and moving from lane unsafely.  She was then released under the supervision of her attorney.
 
 
Chadakoin Park will be spotlighted tonight as the Jamestown City Council hold's its first voting session outside of the confines of City Hall in many years...  
 
Mayor Sam Teresi says his administration has been able to take Council President Marie Carrubba's request, and work out the logistics for a meeting in the main pavillion in the park beginning at 6:30 PM.  Teresi recently talked about all the parks improvements through the years, which includes the new playground area.
 
Teresi says that in addition to the new playground area, the park recently had 18 new trees added to it.  Tonight's meeting at the Chadakoin Park Pavillion begins at 6:30. If there is threatening weather, lawmakers said a decision will be made by 3 p.m. today on whether to continue with the meeting in the park or move it back to City Hall.
 
 
A recent survey, commissioned by the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, shows that the county has experience strong growth in the past year...  
 
The report by Smith Travel Research showed that overall lodging occupancy for the 10 brand name hotels is up 14.7-percent for 2018 as of the end of August.  Associated revenues are also up 14.1 percent, at $21.6 million.  County Executive George Borrello says he's pleased with the results.
 
Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau Executive Director Andrew Nixon says he hopes the trend will continue into September and October.  Borrello says the results of the survey should help with efforts to bring more hotel developments to the county.
 
 
A federal judge says Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross can be questioned under oath by lawyers challenging a decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census...  
 
U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ruled late last week, saying Ross's testimony was necessary because his intent and credibility are directly at issue.  The judge also said aggressive efforts to shield Ross from answering questions were "surprising, if not unsettling."  Furman says it wasn't a close call as to whether Ross must be deposed. He said the public interest weighs heavily in favor of requiring Ross to answer questions.  The judge said the deposition will be limited to four hours. Kate Bailey, a Justice Department lawyer, has said the government will immediately appeal any requirement that Ross answer questions.
 
 
Congressman Lou Barletta is trying to wake up Pennsylvania's sleepy U.S. Senate race....  
 
Barletta, a four-term House Republican, began airing his first TV attack ad of the general election campaign Friday, accusing two-term Democratic Senator Bob Casey of being ineffective and asleep on the job.  Barletta's campaign maintains that Casey has a lackluster record of legislative success, citing congressional records that four Casey bills have become law.  It also cites an academic methodology of Casey's legislative success from 2007 to 2010.  Casey's ratings have dramatically improved since then, and his campaign contends that dozens of bills he wrote have become law, often amended into larger bills that didn't bear his name.  Casey is seeking a third six-year term in the November 6th election.  Barletta has badly lagged Casey in fundraising and polls.
 
 
There needs to be a new and truly independent authority put in place to investigate into how high corruption has gone in New York's governor's office...  
 
Those are the feelings of local State Assemblyman Andy Goodell following last week's sentencing of former Cuomo aide, Joseph Percoco.  Goodell said there is a body that should investigate such matters as "bid-rigging" in Governor Cuomo's office, and who was involved.  He says if the Joint Commission on Public Ethics won't do it, they need to empanel someone who will.
 
Goodell contends that there is some evidence of rigging bids for government jobs in exchange for campaign contributions in the governor's office.  He says the U-S Attorney's Office has been investigating the matters involving Percoco, and another Cuomo aide, Alain Kaloyeros, regarding the "Buffalo Billion."  Goodell adds there's also the matter of the Crystal Run Medical facility in Orange County, where there is an investigation already underway.  He says the facilities developers made contributions to Cuomo's campaign and a short time later, were awarded a special grant for the project.
 
 
Incumbant Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace has been endorsed by the Western New York Chapter of the Working Families Party...  
 
Chautauqua-Area Vice Chairman, Robert Dando, says they decided on Gerace after he was interviewed by members of the Chapter.  Dando says they chose the six-term Democrat "because of his honesty, ingenuity and steadfast dedication to the position of sheriff and those whom he supervises."  He adds that Gerace is "sensitive to the need of our community.  He has worked very hard to bring grant monies into the Sheriff's Office, resulting in a multitude of helpful programs for the citizens of our county."  Dando adds he can't thinkg of "no one who would care more or do the job better than Joseph Gerace does every day."

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., Sept. 22, 2018

Strong storms roar through Chautauqua County Friday night, tornado warnings issued to the east...
Several trees were reported down in the central part of Chautauqua County... but, no serious damage nor injuries were reported when a line of severe thunderstorms swept through the region.  The worst of the weather was reported in eastern Cattaraugus and much of Allegany Counties early last evening.  Tornado Warnings were issued when radar picked up possible "rotation" inside a cloud near Olean.  The immediate Jamestown-area was under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for a short time... about 6 p.m.  Trees were reported down in the Bemus Point... Maple Springs... Ellery Center... Gerry... and, Ellington.  Channel 7 in Buffalo reported a tree down on a cottage near Bemus Point... and, the report was confirmed by Sheriff's Department dispatchers.
 
 
Busti woman accused of vehicular manslaughter in death of man in Randolph...
State police say they've charged a 73-year-old woman in connection with the hit-and-run death of a man whose body was found along a rural road in western New York last spring.  Troopers say they arrested Marylou Johnson of Busti Friday, five months to the day that a passing ATV rider spotted a man's body on a road in the Cattaraugus County town of Randolph.  Police later identified the man as 48-year-old Wilfredo Rodriguez-Colon of Busti.  An investigation revealed he had been hit by a vehicle.  Police say more interviews led to the arrest of Johnson.  The charges against her include manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an incident without reporting it.  Johnson's public defender wasn't available to comment on the charges.
 
 
Young and Goodell say Percoco sentencing shows "zero tolerance" for Albany corruption...
The six-year sentence given to a former top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo should send a message to public officials that fraud and bribery won't be accepted in Albany.  Those are the feelings of State Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell on the term handed down to Joseph Percoco in a federal court in New York City Thursday.  Young says there needs to be "zero tolerance" for such illegal dealings, and she says it sends a "clear message" that elected and appointed officials are supposed to be working for the people.  U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni said she hoped that Percoco's sentence would be heard in the state capital.  He was convicted in March of accepting more than $300,000 from companies that wanted influence with the Cuomo administration.  Gov. Cuomo wasn't charged in the case and denied any knowledge of Percoco's influence peddling.  However, trial testimony presented an unflattering picture of the inner workings of his office.  
 
 
Ribbon cut on new traffic light near Falconer Middle-High School...
It was a "complete community effort" that led to installation of a new traffic light in Falconer that will help protect students walking to the middle and high school.  Local Assemblyman Andy Goodell says it "signals what can happen when everyone works together."  Goodell used the play on words as the ribbon was cut on the four-way stop light at the corner of Route 394 and East Avenue Friday morning.  State Senator Cathy Young was also instrumental in getting the state Department of Transportation to take another look at the need for a light after two students were struck by a car there in April of 2016.  Young says there was a new urgency to get something done, and people were quickly mobilized to again push for a light after an initial attempt in 2012 fell short.  The DOT did an initial study, but, at that time, officials said a light wasn't needed.  School Superintendent Steve Penhollow was grateful to everyone from the local and state governments that worked hard to get the light put in to better insure student safety.  Also on hand for the ribbon cutting in Falconer were Falconer Mayor Jim Rensel... Ellicott Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin... and Ellicott Police Chief William Ohnmeiss.
 
 
Frewsburg man arrested for alleged threat to Cattaraugus County school district...
A Frewsburg man was arrested for allegedly sending a threatening message to a Hinsdale Central School student Thursday morning. The State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation out of Olean say administrators put the facility on a "lock-out" after a 17 year-old student reportedly received a text message suggesting that the suspect would harm others with a gun and that the school should be "locked". Officers took 20 year-old Nicholas McChesney into custody for sending the text. He acknowledged that he was having mental health difficulties and agreed to be evaluated at a local hospital. Troopers say McChesney had no access to firearms. He was arraigned and sent to the Cattaraugus County jail on $5,000 bail. 
 
 
New York dispatching more students to help with Puerto Rican relief efforts...
New York is dispatching more college students to help rebuild homes in Puerto Rico.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo said late this week that another 500 students from public schools around the state will head to the island territory this school year.  Cuomo also says a memorial to the victims of Hurricane Maria is being planned.  He signed an executive order Thursday creating a 10-member commission to approve a design and location for the monument.  New York state has contributed food, water and first-aid supplies and dispatched utility workers, nurses and other skilled professionals to Puerto Rico since the island was devastated by the hurricane a year ago this week.
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 21, 2018

The head of the Chautauqua County Legislature's main financial panel says he's looking forward to County Executive George Borrello presenting his first budget next week...  
 
Audit and Control Committee Chairman Pierre Chagnon says there are a number of challenges facing the county, including a signficant, $4-million deficit.  However, Chagnon says he believes Borrello is up to the task of developing a workable spending plan.
 
Chagnon says, though, that Borrello's goal of a "no tax increase" budget without using any reserve funds, will be a "tall mountain" to climb.  However, having worked with the executive on the Audit and Control Committee before on the budget, and he knows Borrello's approach to finances.  Chagnon says he has already scheduled budget hearings for the first week in October with department heads-- the 1st through 5th.  Borrello is to present his tentative, 2019 budget, at the legislature's voting session next Wednesday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Mayville.
 
Jamestown fire investigators are still looking into the cause of this week's fire that destroyed an apartment house on the city's southside.....  
 
However, investigators say they know where the blaze began.  City Fire Battalion Chief Matt Coon says they have determined the flames started in a couch on an exterior porch next to the basement apartment at 202 McKinley Avenue.  Coon says investigators determined the fire then went up, through the house, into the attic.  No one was inside the house when flames erupted shortly before 4 a.m. Monday.  No one was hurt, but the house was heavily damaged, and later torn down.
 
A Lakewood man has been arrested in Florida for allegedly breaking into a local dealership and, stealing a car, cash, and New York dealer plates...  
 
Lakewood-Busti Police say the break-in at Jamestown Honda on Fairmount Avenue occured earlier this year and, say 22 year-old Collin Slack was taken into custody in Orange County after the dealer plate pass through a Sun Pass toll booth.  Officers say police in Florida located the car -- and Slack -- leading to a vehicle pursuit.  Police say he then crashed the car and, was arrested.  Slack has been returned to Chautauqua County on several charges, including two counts of third-degree burglary and third-degree grand larceny.  He was arraigned in Busti Town Court, and sent to the county jail on $25,000 bail.  Slack is also accused in a separate case of trying to pass phony $100-bills at the Lakewood Wal-Mart Supercenter after he had been banned from the store.
 
 
The Jamestown City Council will be taking it's voting session on the road next Monday night for the first time in many years...  
 
Lawmakers will meet in the pavillion at Chadakoin Park on the northside at 6:30 PM.  The idea came up during a work session where improvements to the park -- namely the new playground area -- were discussed.  Mayor Sam Teresi says it's a great idea and, thanked Council President Marie Carrubba for making it happen.
 
Teresi says Carrubba has wanted to hold more meetings elsewhere in the community -- outside of City Hall.  He says they welcome residents of the northside area to the meeting, which will also spotlight improvements to the park.  Again, the meeting will begin at 6:30 next Monday night.  Teresi made his comments for last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Radio Group stations.
 
 
The Department's of Development in the cities of Jamestown and Dunkirk officially have another tool that they can use to lure new development to the north and south counties...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo's announcement of the designation of two new Brownfield Opportunity Areas in those cities is considered "good news."  That from Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas, who says the latest designation will include more sites for future development in the city.  Among the locations, says Rosas, is the NRG plant.
 
Also among the sites included in the designation, property on Lake Shore Drive where a new waterfront hotel is being sought.  The designation in Jamestown involves 11 total sites that have a combined 710 acres in a mixed residential-industrial area along the Chadakoin River.  Jamestown's Principle Planner, Bill Rice, says the city received it's initial approval of the sites about a year-and-a half ago.  He says they are looking at bringing in business developers for some of the property, and some land will be used for green space. 
 
 
A former top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been sentenced to six years in prison for fraud and accepting bribes....  
 
Joseph Percoco was sentenced yesterday by a federal judge in New York City.  U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni said she hoped the sentence would be heard in the state capital.  Percoco was convicted in March of accepting more than $300,000 from companies that wanted influence with the Cuomo administration.  The governor wasn't charged in the case and denied any knowledge of Percoco's influence peddling.  However, trial testimony presented an unflattering picture of the inner workings of his office.  Percoco's conviction also gave ammunition to Cuomo's opponents in this year's election.  They say it proves the two-term Democrat hasn't done enough to address chronic corruption in state government.
 
 
There will be an official ribbon cutting for the new traffic light at the intersection of Route 394 and East Avenu in Falconer this  morning...  
 
State Senator Cathy Young, who helped push the state Department of Transporation for the new traffic signal, will be there along with local officials.  Following an accident in 2016 that involved two Falconer Middle–High School students being struck by a car as they walked near the school, Senator Young helped lead the effort to get a traffic signal installed at the accident plagued intersection.  The three-color signal was installed and operational for the start of the school year on September 4.
 
 
The New York State Comptroller's office says farms in the Empire State produced 15 agricultural products that ranked in the top five nationwide last year.... 
 
A report released Thursday by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the state's more than 35,000 farms generated $4.8 billion dollars in revenue in 2017.  The New York crops that landed in the top rankings nationally include cottage cheese, sour cream, yogurt, apples and grapes.  DiNapoli's report found New York's production of milk, snap beans and maple syrup also rose in national rankings. 

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WJTN Headlines for Sept. 20, 2018

There are problems with an overpopulation of deer in some parts of Jamestown, but now there is also an issue with the predators that hunt them....  
 
That was brought into clear focus at this week's City Council work session, as Public Safety Committee Chairwoman Maria Jones talked about recent discussions she had with some people who live in the area of Chadakoin Park.  Jones says one family was near the new playground-area and, saw a deer run out of the woods, chased by three coyotes.  They turned the deer back to the woods and three other coyotes chase the deer back out before they took it down.
 
No people were hurt, but Jones says it's a reminder that where there are lots of deer, their natural predators will end up there as well.  There is little that can be done at this point about the problem, but At-Large Councilman Andrew Liuzzo says the state Department of Environmental Conservation has approved eight additional deer hunting permits for landowners outside the city in the 9-J territory.  It is against the law to hunt within the city limits and, lawmakers have already decided against any kind of legal deer harvest in the city. 
 
 
A one-year-old child was pepper-sprayed, along with a man, during what is described as a neighborhood dispute in Jamestown's eastside...  
 
City police were called to the scene on Midgely Street about 5 p.m. Tuesday and, found that 22 year-old Mariah Jackson had used the pepper spray on the unidentified man and, that the one-year-old -- who was nearby -- also got sprayed.  Fortunately, the todder was not hurt.  Police say Jackson was arrested on one count of endangering the welfare of a child.
 
 
A judge will decide whether a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo receives leniency or a long prison sentence for his conviction on federal bribery and fraud charges...  
 
Joseph Percoco is set for a sentencing in Manhattan federal court today.  Prosecutors say he should serve well over five years in prison. His lawyers say he should get no more than two years.  Percoco was convicted in March. He was acquitted of extortion and a bribery count.  Prosecutors say Percoco and his family accepted more than $300,000 in bribes from companies that wanted to gain influence with the Cuomo administration.  Cuomo, a Democrat, wasn't accused of wrongdoing, but testimony presented an unflattering picture of the inner workings of his office.
 
 
Indicted Congressman Chris Collins says he'll campaign for his Buffalo-area seat, and the Republican is vowing to serve if voters re-elect him in November...  
 
Collins' announcement on Twitter Wednesday comes two days after he said he would remain on the ballot despite previously suspending his campaign in the wake of insider trading charges.  The 68 year-old Buffalo-area representative tweeted that the stakes "are too high" to allow a Democrat to take control of his seat representing a right-leaning Buffalo-area district.  He says he'll actively campaign, while fighting the federal charges filed last month. 
 
 
A problem for a local veteran getting access to dental care has led Congressman Tom Reed to co-sponsor legislation that will allow vets better access to those services...  
 
Reed says he worked with New Hampshire representative Carol Shay Porter on the legislation.  The Corning Republican says the measure would eliminate some provisions in the regulations that blocked such care.
 
Reed says he was on a street in Corning when a woman stopped him to talk about her husband's plight in dealing with the barriers to getting the dental care he needed.  He says they've been taking feedback from veteran's regarding the "Choice Program" to make it work better.  Reed says that's also come into play with the "Blue Water Program... " which expanded coverage for Vietnam veteran's affected by "Agent Orange."  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone news conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
The legacy of a legendary automobile will be celebrated this weekend, with the 3rd annual Studebaker Swap Meet at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds in Dunkirk...
  
Steve Grant of Fredonia, the founder and Vice-President of the Kinzua Region Chapter of the Studebaker Driver's Club, says there will be used cars for sale, toys, parts (new and used), memorabilia and more that's Studebaker related.
 
Around 30 vendors will be on the grounds for the show, Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m..  Steve Grant has owned 30 Studebakers over time.  He says people sometimes think it was a bad brand because it went out of business in 1966. But he says they were a really "well-built and dependable" car and truck company.  Grant adds, people will come from a wide area for the Dunkirk show, as Studebaker swaps are rare today.  The show at the fairgrounds is free, with free parking.  Food will be available.  
 
 
Republicans and Democrats are joining forces to speed legislation combating the misuse of opioids and other addictive drugs through the Senate...  
 
It's expected to be passed easily in a rare show of unity against a growing and deadly health-care crisis.  The measure would increase scrutiny of arriving international mail that may include illegal drugs.  It would also make it easier for the National Institutes of Health to approve research on finding non-addictive painkillers.  The Food and Drug Administration would be allowed to require drug makers to package smaller quantities of drugs like opioids.  And there would be new federal grants for treatment centers, training emergency workers and research on prevention.  The government estimates that over 72,000 people died from drug overdoses last year - double the 36,000 who died in 2008.

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 19, 2018

A Jamestown man has died after he apparently fell into the Chadakoin River sometime early Monday morning and  failed to resurface...  
 
City Police were called to the area of Victoria Avenue and Institute Street about 6:30 a.m. for a body being found in the river.  Officers say city Fire Rescue crews were also called to the scene, and they recovered the body of 61 year-old Robert Cavender.  Police say the body was taken to the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office in Buffalo where an autopsy will be performed.  However, police say the drowning appears accidental and, foul play is not suspected.
 
 
A Westfield man is accused of selling an illegal assault rifle to an undercover officer of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force this past Monday...  
 
Members of the task force say 57 year-old David Marracino possessed and sold an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, three high-capacity magazines and, a quantity of steel-jacketed ammo to the undercover officer during a meeting on Old Bridge Road in Stow.  Officers report Marracino was also found in possession of marijuana when taken into custody.  He was arraigned and sent to the County Jail on bail pending further action of the court. 
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Authorities continue to ask citizen's to call when they see suspicious or narcotics related activity in their neighborhoods at either 1-800-344-8702.
 
 
The investigation into a fiery car-train accident in the town of Ripley late last July has resulted in the arrests of two people from Westfield...  
 
Sheriff's officers say they have arrested 25 year-old Christopher Weston, and a 16 year-old for unlawful interference with a railroad train, and third-degree attempted arson.  Deputies say their Office of Criminal Investigation and Westfield Police determined the two suspects poured gasoline inside Weston's vehicle, then parked it on the Norfolk/Suffolk rail crossing at Station Road shortly after 4 a.m. July 22.  Officers say they intended to have a train hit the car, catching the car on fire.  No one was hurt in the incident.  Weston was arraigned and sent to the county jail on $5,000 bail while the 16 year-old was released pending a future court appearance.
 
 
A Jamestown business owner convicted of food stamp benefits fraud was sentenced to six-months of home detention in U-S District Court yesterday...
 
Assistant U-S Attorneys Douglas 'AC' Penrose and Mary-Catherine Baumgarten -- who handled the case -- say 57 year-old Joseph Gullotti owned and operated Fresh Cut Meats and More on Newland Avenue and, was authorized to accept food stamps. However, attorneys say, the U-S Department of Agriculture prohibits a retailer from accepting food stamps for items such as beer, cigarettes and hot prepared food. Between January 2015 and Mar. 21, 2017, Gullotti and others accepted the benefits to pay for merchandise on credit by a beneficiary in nearly $173,515 of unlawful transactions. In addition to the home detention, Gullotti was also ordered to pay the money back in restitution to the USDA.  
 
 
The Democratic challenger in the 23rd Congressional District race has accepted three debates with incumbant Republican Tom Reed in the later days of the campaign...  
 
However, Ithaca's Tracy Mitrano says there should be more and, they should be more spread out over the entire district.  The first debate will be at the Jamestown Post-Journal on October 24.  There will also be one in Corning, and a third in Olean.  However, Mitrano says there were invitations for five others, but Reed declined.
 
Mitrano says she accepted the League of Women Voters debate that would have been held in Mayville, but that was rejected by Reed's campaign.  She believes he's "ducking" her in areas where she's done well, such as the north county area -- including Fredonia.  She says the fact there are just three debates is a shame because there are very real issues facing many residents of the district, including what's happening with Social Security, Medicare, and Heath care.  Mitrano made her comments during a regional press call this morning.
 
 
There will be three debates in the campaign for the 23rd Congressional District and, that's what both sides in the contest agreed to...  
 
That from incumbant Local Congressman Tom Reed, who says he is not trying to limit debate, nor ducking debates against his Democratic challenger, Tracy Mitrano.  Reed says Mitrano's campaign agreed with no significant issues to have the three debates -- the first of which will be held in Jamestown.
 
Reed charged earlier Tuesday that Mitrano is misrepresenting herself again by agreeing to the debates, then saying there need to be more of them.  The Corning Republican says his challenger has misrepresented her stands on a number of issues, including the Second-Amendment.  Reed made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with regional media.
 
 
A vehicle pursuit that started in the Erie, Pennsylvania area and, entered Chautauqua County, led to the operator losing control of the car, and crashing in Findley Lake...  
 
Sheriff's officers say State Police in Erie began pursuing the vehicle, operated by 51 year-old Marshall Young, about 11 p.m. Monday.  Deputies say the car entered Chautauqua County and, continued on Route 430 at a high rate of speed before Young lost control and, the vehicle went sideways before crashing into a gate at the end of a private driveway.  Officers say the car continued into a lawn where it stopped.  Young was arrested on several charges, including speeding, driving while impaired by drugs, and reckless driving.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail pending extradiction to Erie, where he faces charges -- including failure to appear.
 
 
Two area men are facing drug related charges after a report of a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot on Lake Shore Drive West in the city of Dunkirk Monday night...  
Officers say they observed the vehicle parked in a dark area of the lot around 10:30
p.m. with two people inside the vehicle.  Further investigation led to the discovery of 10 bags of cocaine, 12 bindles of heroin, numerous hypodermic needles and glassine envelopes and plastic bags containing cocaine and fentanyl residue, along with one-thousand dollars in cash.  The men, identified as 25-year-old Jeremy Burke of Stockton and 24-year-old Lucas Trautman of Fredonia, are both facing two counts of third and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
 
 
Ellicott Town Police are asking for the public's help in finding a man who allegedly walked into the CVS Pharmacy in Falconer, jumped  the counter and, grabbed a quantity of medication and ran out of the store...  
 
Police say the theft occured shortly before 8:30 Monday night and, no one was hurt.  The bandit is described as a black male, about 5"10 tall with a slim build.  He had corn row hair, and some facial hair.  He was wearing a camoflage baseball hat, brown hooded-sweatshirt and gray sweat pants.  A picture is on the Ellicott Town Poilce website.  Anyone with any information should Ellicott Police at 665-7083 or the coinfidential tips line for Jamestown Police at 483-TIPS (8477).
 
 
There was some rain late Monday and overnight in the Jamestown-area as the remnants of Hurricane Florence moved through the area...  
 
However, several roads in New York's Southern Tier to the east remain closed by flash flooding caused by heavy rains that have led to a State of Emergency in Tioga County -- just east of Binghampton.  The National Weather Service says more than four inches of rain had fallen by Tuesday morning from the Elmira area to counties in southeastern New York.  Local Congressman Tom Reed is in the district and, saw some of the flooding in eastern Chemung County yesterday.
 
Reed adds that his office is in close contact to local officials, and will be talking with them about immediate and longer-term needs in the wake of the heavy rains and flooding.  The state's Division of Homeland Security and Office of Emergency Management sent swift water urban search and rescue teams to staging areas in Binghamton, Guilderland in the Capital Region and Montour Falls in the Finger Lakes.
 
 
A chemistry professor and chair of the department of geology and environmental science at the State University of New York at Fredonia will receive the 23rd Heinz Award in the Public Policy category...  
 
Dr. Sherri Mason is receiving the recognition for her ground-breaking research identifying the presence of microbeads and microfibers in fresh water, and for raising awareness of their potential health impact.  The push has resulted in policy changes on the state, federal and international levels.  Dr. Mason says she was shocked and deeply humbled to receive the award.
 
By getting the recognition, Dr. Mason says it should help with the research work that she continues to do.  She says that includes being able to get research grants.  Mason is one of six honorees.  The Heinz Awards have been established to honor the memory of U.S. Senator John Heinz.
 
 
The Ellicott Town Board will hold a special meeting regarding weed and algal bloom issues in the Fluvanna and Burtis Bay areas of Chautauqua Lake...  
 
Town Clerk Mike Erlandson says the session will be held next Monday, September 24, in the Town Hall in Falconer.  He says they encourage people from those areas to come and discuss possible solutions to the problems.  If you need more information, contact the Town Hall at 665-5317.

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WJTN News Bulletin for Tues., Sept. 18, 2018

**News Bulletin -- City man found dead from drowing in Chadakoin River...
A Jamestown man has died after he apparently fell into the Chadakoin River sometime early Monday morning... and, he failed to resurface.  City Police were called to the area of Victoria Avenue and Institute Street about 6:30 AM for a body being found in the river.  Officers say city Fire Rescue crews were also called to the scene, and they recovered the body of 61 year-old Robert Cavender.  Police say the body was taken to Buffalo where an autopsy will be performed.  However... police say the drowning appears accidental.  More when it's available.

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 19, 2018

Flames have destroyed a two-and-a-half story apartment house on Jamestown's southside... 
 
City fire crews were called to the scene shortly before 4:00 Monday morning and, Fire Battalion Chief Roger Sigular says they found a lot of fire and smoke coming from the front of the structure at 202 McKinley Avenue -- near Colfax Street.
 
Sigular says no one was home at the time of the blaze and an off-duty shift was called in to assist.  Five people lived in two of the occupied apartments.  The fire was reported out about 7:30 AM.  Sigular says investigators were checking an area around a basement porch for a cause.  No injuries were reported.  The Department of Development has ordered the building be torn down.
 
 
A Titusville, Pennyslvania woman was killed early Sunday morning in an accident involving an "E-Z Go" Sportman all-terrian vehicle in Spring Creek Township...  
 
State Police in Warren say 24 year-old Timothy Doerfer -- of Corry -- was traveling on Old Route 77 East of Picidilli Hill at 3 AM when the golf-cart-like ATV struck a deer.  Troopers say Doerfer reportedly lost control of the vehicle and struck a parked Dodge Dakota.  His 19 year-old passenger -- Hannah Wright -- was pronounced dead at the scene.  Doerfer was taken to Warren General Hospital for suspected serious injuries. 
 
 
The final figures for a portion of Jamestown's West Second Street "Piazza Project" are in and, a local foundation will pay 80-percent of that cost...  
 
That from City Development Director Vince DeJoy, who says the Gebbie Foundation agreed to pay the more than a quarter-of-a-million dollar cost for new "street furniture" in and around that area -- adjacent to the National Comedy Center.  DeJoy says the furniture was purchased all together, and at a discount.
 
DeJoy says the other 20-percent of the cost for the Streetscape furniture will be borne by the Empire State Development Corporation through the state's Consolidated Funding Application program.  DeJoy says the project came in "well under budget."  The resolution will be voted on at next week's voting session.
 
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello has now announced that he will present his tentative, 2019 budget to the legislature a week from this Wednesday...  
 
Borrello yesterday updated progress made on developing the more than $230-million spending plan.  He says he and his department heads began work on a new budget four months ago and, adds his finance team will put the finishing touches on before the meeting.
 
So far, Borrello says it's his goal to close a nearly $4-million spending gap, using his Bushel Full of Pennies" concept of trying to save small amounts of money over the entire budget to do that.  He says he'll know how that's going later this week.  Borrello also wants a produce a budget that has no tax increase, and is at least under the state's property tax cap.  Once the budget is presented, county legislators will begin their review of it.  The spending plan is due by December 1.
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed had two objectives Monday afternoon when he visited a domestic violence program at the Salvation Army of Jamestown...  
 
Reed was at the ANEW Center on South Main Street to hear about their on-going efforts to help the victims of domestic violence and, he says he also wanted to visit the center to show them his support.
 
Reed heard ANEW Center employees and case workers about the need for more support to help child victims of domestic violence.  The Corning Republican agrees there is a need to "break the cycle" of both poverty, and sexual abuse and he believes that should be part of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act -- which he supports.  He says children who are exposed to domestic violence need help as well, because there's a strong likelyhood that they will continue the cycle of violence. 
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While he was in Jamestown, Reed also talked with ANEW officials about efforts to find a new, larger facility for them to do their work.  A recent effort to locate a new center in the town of Ellery was shot-down by town officials.  However, they say County Executive George Borrello is also supporting their efforts to find a new home.  Reed pledged his support as well.
 
 
Several rental property owners addressed village trustees in Fredonia this past week on a proposed local law that would make major changes to the village's rental property code...  
 
The majority of those who spoke during a public hearing felt the proposed changes target student housing near the SUNY College at Fredonia.  Rental owner David Bird felt the proposed changes discriminate against those providing such housing.
 
Mayor Athenasia Landis says the villege trustees have decided to table the proposed local law.  Landis says there is a provision that allows tenants to withhold their rent payments and, adds that was "never our intention."  She says they expect to hold another public hearing on the proposed local law in about one-to-two weeks.
 
 
A judge has denied an ex-New York Assembly speaker bail pending the appeal of his corruption conviction and seven-year prison term...  
 
U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni said in a written opinion Monday that the substance of Sheldon Silver's appeal lacks merit.  She noted the 74-year-old Silver's age and said the true purpose of his appeal is to postpone his day of reckoning.  Silver is scheduled to report to prison October 5th.  Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison after his first conviction in 2015.  That conviction was overturned, and a second jury convicted him earlier this year. 
 
 
State agriculture officials are advising horse owners in New York to vaccinate their horses against West Nile virus...  
 
The Department of Agriculture and Markets says there have been four confirmed equine cases of the mosquito-borne infection in the state this year, in Steuben, Suffolk, Cattaraugus and Livingston counties.  Infected mosquitoes can pass West Nile virus to humans, horses and other animals.  Symptoms can resemble the flu, with horses appearing mildly anorexic and depressed.  Twelve cases of West Nile virus have been reported in humans this year.
 
 
A Republican official says Buffalo-area Congressman Chris Collins will remain on the November ballot despite previously suspending his campaign amid an insider trading indictment....  
 
The announcement by Erie County Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy on Monday throws the race for the western New York seat further into turmoil. There was no immediate comment from Collins, and it wasn't immediately clear whether he would actively campaign.  Collins suspended his campaign in August after he was charged with illegally using inside information about a biotech company to help his son avoid hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses.  Collins has pleaded not guilty and vowed to fight the charges.  Republicans were looking to strip the three-term conservative lawmaker's name from the ballot.  The Democratic candidate is Nate McMurray.

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 17, 2018

The Cuomo Administration has begun holding "listening sessions" across New York State on developing legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana...  
 
However, Chautauqua County's only alcohol and substance abuse prevention provider has announced that it opposes the legalization of marijuana.  Chautauqua Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council's Executive Director Melanie Witkowski says legalizing marijuana sends the wrong message to youth.
 
While Witkowski doesn't like the term "gateway drug..." she says there is evidence that marijuana users are more likely to use prescription drugs.  She says a recent news release states that medical marijuana users are more likely to use prescription drugs "medically and non-medically."  CASAC has also taken the position that while it supports keeping marijuana illegal, it does favors decriminalizing personal use.  Witkowski says decriminalizing is a public health approach that prioritizes treatment over incarceration.   
 
 
A Jamestown teenager has been accused of harassing a corrections officer at the Chautauqua County Jail earlier this month...  
 
Sheriff's officers say 18 year-old David Santiago was being held in the jail when he allegedly threw urine on the employee during an incident last September 7.  Deputies say Santiago was arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court on one count of aggravated harassment of an Employee by an Inmate and, returned to the county jail without bail.
 
 
A man wanted on murder and assault charges by authorities in Worcester, Massachusetts was located last week in the city of Dunkirk...  
 
Dunkirk Police worked with agents from the US Marshals Office in arresting 25-year-old Kennie Mota-Cruz.  Police Chief David Ortolano describes Mota-Cruz as a dangerous man, who was found in the area of Roberts Road and East 2nd Street.  Mota-Cruz was arraigned in Dunkirk City Court as a fugitive from justice and he was transported to the Chautauqua County Jail to await extradition proceedings.
 
 
The event put on by the Harmony Historical Society is called the 'Harvest Festival,' but it was more like full summer on Saturday and Sunday in Blockville...  
 
Lyn Nagle is the President of the Harmony Historical Society and was in full period dress as she showed how to weave with a loom.   She said the art was nearly lost due to the Industrial Revolution. However, she says it came back as a "therapy" for soldiers following WWI. 
 
Harmony's John Brown organizes the annual Harvest Festival, with the intention of taking people back to a specific time-- the 1800s.  Next year, the festival will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the separation of North Harmony from the Town of Harmony.  
 
 
A judge is urging a government lawyer to clear the schedule of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for a day so he can be asked why he wants to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census...  
 
U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman encouraged that step at a hearing last Friday even before he rules next week whether Ross must answer questions from lawyers.  Furman is presiding over lawsuits which claim Ross is acting improperly.  One of the lawsuits was brought by over a dozen states and big cities.  Plaintiffs say the citizenship question will discourage immigrants from participating, diluting political representation and federal dollars for states that tend to vote Democratic.  The judge also says a trial could start November 5.  A government lawyer says there is no need for a trial.
 
 
There have been several prison reforms in the 47 years since the 1971 Attica Prison uprising, but there is still a problem with mass incarceration in the United States...  
 
Those are the feelings of Civil Right's Historian and author Heather Ann Thompson, who spoke during a Fall Legal Seminar at the Robert H. Jackson Center this past week.  Thompson says improvements in visitation and corrections officer training has helped but, she says more alternatives to incarceration need to be looked at.
 
Thompson says the United States' criminal justice system incarcerates about seven-million people right now and, she says it's affected more than just the person who is locked-up.  It's affected those families involved in both black and white communities.  Thompson spoke at the Jackson Center about her 2016 book: "Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and it's legacy..." which took about 13 years to write as more records, and stories came to light.
 
 
After a night of silence, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made his first public remarks following his victory in Thursday's Democratic primary early last weekend....  
 
Cuomo appeared at his office in Manhattan to cite his big win over Cynthia Nixon as evidence that liberal voters want results, not rhetoric.  Cuomo, who did not hold an election night victory party and issued only a brief tweet on election night, spoke Friday with a tinge of bitterness in his voice as he chafed at Nixon's campaign message that he wasn't a true progressive.  He said voters had agreed with him, saying, "I received more votes in the Democratic primary than any governor in history."  Cuomo also dismissed the idea that established Democrats are in danger of being tossed out of office by young, leftist candidates.
 
 
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is decrying proposed cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's budget he says could seriously hurt the government's ability to obtain critical weather information...  
 
The New York Democrat says the agency's budget may be slashed by more than 20-percent.  He said Sunday that would be more than one-billion dollars of its overall budget.  Schumer says the cuts would include a reduction to a research budget from more than $510-million to $321-million.  He says the National Weather Service would also see an eight-percent cut, which includes a reduction in weather forecast positions.  Schumer says he's attempting to negotiate a bi-partisan spending bill to prevent the cuts.  He says there needs to be "high pressure" put on Congress to stop the "unwise cuts."
 
 
The U-S Department of Agriculture says Bob Evans Farms is recalling nearly 47-thousand pounds of pork sausage links because it might contain pieces of plastic... 
 
The items have establishment number "EST 6785" and were sold in New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.  The Food and Safety Inspection Service says there are no confirmed reports of any injuries.  The 12-ounce trays are labeled Bob Evans Maple Pork Sausage Links, Brown Sugar and Honey, Fresh from Meijer Maple Flavored Sausage Links or Giant Eagle Maple Pork Breakfast Sausage Links Caramel Color Added.  All have a lot code of 8213.  The sausage should be thrown out or returned to place of purchase.
 

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., Sept. 15, 2018

Clymer HS Teacher arrested for allegedly possessing child pornography...
A Clymer High School teacher is accused of possessing child pornography after a criminal complaint was filed in late June.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 60 year-old Scott Aikens was arrested Friday morning after his Rte. 474 home was raided earlier in the day.  During a search of the residence... investigators say multiple electronic devices were recovered, including a laptop and two desktop computers.  At the time... Homeland Security agents say they saw Aikens sitting in front of his computer... where there were multiple images on the computer screen of young boys undressed.  Back in late June... agents say they received information that a user, identified as "EJD," was active on a Thai-based child pornography website.  Investigators traced the email address utilized by "EJD" to the defendant.  If convicted... Aikens faces a mandatory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
 
 
City man now indicted for allegedly receiving and possessing child pornography...
A Jamestown man has now been formally indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly for receiving and possessing child pornography late last month.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy says today that 33 year-old Matthew Bailer was arraigned on the charges Friday morning in Buffalo... and, is being detained.  Prosecutors say a complaint was initialy filed with the Jamestown Police Department back on July 11 by parent who said her two minor children may have been sexually abused by Bailer.  The parent said she was told by the defendant's sister that a series of concerning pictures, sexual in nature, were delivered on a cellphone that was used by the defendant.  Bailer was subsequently arrested on a warrant out of Missouri related to a burglary case.  During a search of the cellphone, investigators recovered several hundred images of images of child pornography.  The charges carry a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $250,000 fine. 
 
 
County Elections officials pleased with Primary Day turn-out...
Chautauqua County elections officials are both surprised and very pleased with the turnout during Thursday's state and local primary contests held across New York.  That from County Election's Commissioner Norm Green says turnout was about 20-percent here in Chautauqua County -- which was much higher than expected.  Green says they were happy that people were interested, and that the day when off -- virtually -- without a hitch.  All 51 polling sites in the county were used... and, he says one of the main issues was, because of the turn-out, the need to print up some additional ballots when they ran out a few times.
 
 
Jamestown man arrested for alleged Machete attack...
A city man faces reckless endangerment and menacing charges for allegedly wielding a large knife at a person on the city's eastside.  Jamestown police were called to 748 East 2nd Street Thursday evening.... and, were aware that the suspect was identified as 45 year-old Eddie Melendez on arrival.  Officers say they took a report from the unidentified victim, who stated Melendez swung at him with a machete but missed.  He was arrested at a nearby Cheney Street address and taken to the city jail without further incident. 
 
 
Bob Evans orders nationwide sausage recall...
The Agriculture Department says Bob Evans Farms is recalling nearly 47,000 pounds of pork sausage links because it might contain pieces of plastic.  The items have establishment number "EST 6785" and were sold in Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.  The Food and Safety Inspection Service says there are no confirmed reports of any injuries.  The 12-ounce (340 gram) trays are labeled Bob Evans Maple Pork Sausage Links, Brown Sugar and Honey, Fresh from Meijer Maple Flavored Sausage Links or Giant Eagle Maple Pork Breakfast Sausage Links Caramel Color Added.  All have a lot code of 8213.  The sausage should be thrown out or returned to place of purchase.
 
 
Ribbon is cut on new Chadakoin Park playground area...
A project that began as a dream on Jamestown's northside about three-years ago finally came to fruition in Chadakoin Park Firday afternoon.  City Councilwoman Vickye James and a neighborhood youngster cut the ribbon on the new, Chadakoin Park Playground... which officially opened yesterday afternoon.  The project became reality through the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation, and the KaBoom! playground group.  However... some finishing work had to be done before the ribbon cutting.  James says it was great to see the construction tape taken down... and, the scene is "breath-taking."  She says it's an amazing occurance, and something "great for our community."  Before the ribbon was cut... Mayor Sam Teresi handed out several acknowledgements... but, saved the last for everyone who helped make the playround a reality.  Teresi says they built more than a playground... but, in fact built a "community" in that part of the city. 
 
 
Cassadaga Valley Teacher breaks her personal record in World Triathlon..
Cassadaga  Valley  teacher Cheryl Burns competed for a world title in the Triathlon this past week in Australia.  Burns finished fourth in her age group.  Our Ron Smith reports that she had qualified before, but, injuries and funding prevented her from competing.  This time, he says her bike was not legal.  However... he says she was able to get a bike loaned to her through the Jamestown Cycle Shop for the event.  He says they also helped raise some money to help her get to the triathlon... and, she missed a third-place podium finish by just 10 seconds.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 14, 2018

Incumbant Governor Andrew Cuomo has fended off a challenge from liberal upstart Cythia Nixon to win Thursday's Democratic Primary for governor...  
 
With 99-percent of the precincts reporting late last night, Cuomo had 66-percent of the vote, to 34-percent for Nixon.  The former "Sex and the City" co-star ran as far-left, anti-corruption candidate.  The real question on Primary night was who would be Cuomo's Lieutenant Governor candidate.  Incumbant Kathy Hochul of Buffalo defeated New York City's Jumaane Williams, 53-percent to 47-percent.  In Chautauqua County, Republican challenger Jim Quattrone won the Conservative Party Primary for sheriff against incumbant Demcract Joe Gerace.  Quattrone had 217 votes, to Gerace's 104.  In the Democratic Attorney General's race, Latitia James won four-way race with 41-percent of the vote.  Zephyr Teachout got 31-percent.  Sean Patrick Maloney received 25-percent and Leecia Eve had three-percent.  
 
 
A Dunkirk man will spend the next 16 years behind bars for kidnapping a 13 year-old autisic boy from the Fredonia Wal-Mart store two years ago...  
 
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says 40 year-old Samuel Saeli was sentenced in County Court Thursday on one count each of second-degree kidnapping, and second-degree kidnapping as a sexually-motivated Felony.
 
Swanson added that -- quote - "today, the defendant was placed where he cannot pose a threat to any child for the next 16 years.  Justice was served with the sentence the Court handed down."  The autistic boy was found shortly after the incident occured and, Saeli was arrested a short distance away from the Wal-Mart.  The sentence was handed down Thursday by Acting County Court Judge Paul Wojtaszek.
 
 
Work has begun in earnest on the city of Jamestown's 2019 budget and, Mayor Sam Teresi says there are a number of challenges to tackle before it's presented to the City Council next month...  
 
Teresi briefed lawmakers this week on the process, noting that one of the biggest challenges is dealing with increasing health insurance costs.  The city is self-insured and, Teresi says a large number of those in the program are retirees.
 
The city has battled deficts the past couple of years because it has reached 100-percent of it's constitutional taxing limit, which means lawmakers can't raise taxes.  Teresi says his department heads are encouraged to include needs in their individual budgets, so they typically start in a deficit situation.  He says he and his budget team then pare down the spending plan further to present to the City Council.  He says the other challenges include fuel costs, and increasing state pension costs.  The budget will be presented on Tuesday, October 9.  
 
 
There is a new leaking problem on the ground floor of Jamestown City Hall stemming from the reconstruction project on Tracy Plaza above...  
 
Last year, the problem shut down the front entrance to the Police Department.  This time, the work above has forced the Fire Department out of part of it's City Hall fire station while repairs are being done.  Mayor Sam Teresi maintains that -- once again -- it's the contractor's fault.
 
Two to three offices were affected, along with part of the parking garage under the plaza.  Teresi says the fire department has handled the inconvenience well, moving to other parts of the department after two heavy rains hit the area.  After that, he says the department moved some of it's operations to another fire station.  Teresi says the good news is that the contractor's insurance company has covered repairs to the Police Department and, they will again push for a settlement regarding the fire station. 
 
 
A Jamestown man -- wanted in Warren County -- was arrested during a foot chase early Tuesday night...  
 
Ellicott Town Police initiated a traffic stop on Fairmount Avenue and say 36 year-old Armando Rosario falsified his name and birth date.  Rosario allegedly ran off as officers attempted to find out his true identity.  Lakewood-Busti Police and the State Police K-9 Unit were called in to assist.  The K-9 tracked and located Rosario, who attempted to flee again without luck.  He was transported to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment of his injuries.  Officers say he also had a valid order of protection to stay away from a person he was with at the time of the stop.  He was arraigned before being sent to the County jail. 
 
 
Pennsylvania is sending National Guard troops, helicopters and other specialists and equipment to help with the response and recovery efforts for Hurricane Florence... 
 
Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday that the deployment involves more than 25 guardsmen, six technicians from the state Fish and Boat Commission and four helicopters, including two UH-60 Black Hawks and two CH-47 Chinooks.
 
 The Guard personnel have been leaving this week from Fort Indiantown Gap and an airport in Johnstown to join others at a staging area for post-storm efforts in Columbia, South Carolina.  The Fish and Boat technicians are with the Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team. They're deploying with a rescue truck and trailer that contains inflatable boats and other rescue equipment.
 
 
The weather looks perfect for the 40th annual Fall Festival of Bands this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Strider Field near Jefferson School...  
 
The marching band show is organized by the Jamestown High School Music Department and the JHS Band Boosters.  Jamestown's senior Drum Major, Carley Westphal, says nine bands will be attending this year.  Jamestown's show this year is based on the Pachelbel Canon.  The Falconer-Frewsburg Band is performing a Halloween themed show called 'Something Wicked this Way Comes.'  Tickets will be $8 at the gate.  Food and refreshments will be available.  
 
 
Dozens of airmen at a New York Air National Guard base on Long Island have deployed to southern states in the path of Hurricane Florence...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo says Wednesday that 50 members of the 106th Rescue Wing based at Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.  The Democrat says elements of the unit will offer assistance along coastal areas of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.  The New York Army National Guard is ready to deploy four helicopters - two CH-47 Chinooks and two UH-60 Blackhawks - to help storm response efforts. The aircraft are based at the Army Aviation Support Facility at Rochester International Airport.
 
 
Two undocumented immigrants from Mexico were arrested during a traffic stop on Interstate-86 in Olean Wednesday morning... 
 
Sheriff's officers in Little Valley reportedly pulled over a car on the highway for driving on the shoulder just before 9:30 and, determined the occupants of the vehicle were illegal aliens. Agents from the U-S Boarder Patrol took 37 year-old Gerino Tapia Barrera and 55 year-old Agustin Barrera Rojas into custody. Deputies say a third individual was released because he had previously been arrested by Boarder Patrol and was already in the immigration system. 
 
 
It took more than a decade for a Pulitzer-Prize winning author to weave together the stories surrounding the four-day, Attica Prison takeover in 1971...  
 
Civil Right's Historian Heather Ann Thompson addressed a Fall Continuing Legal Education Seminar entitled: "Attica -- Legal Perspectives and Legacy" at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown Thursday.  Thompson says there were two reasons why it took a long time to write the book, the first being lack of access to prison records.
 
Thompson adds the other reason it's taken time to write the book: Blood in the Water:  The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy is news stories that have come up in recent years as more information was released on what happened.  She says it was a surprise and honor to win a Pulitzer Prize for the book, which was released in 2016.  Thompson was joined at Thursday's program by former Buffalo News Reporter Lee Coppola, who is former dean of the St. Bonaventure University School of Communications and, U-S Attorney for the Western District of New York, James Kennedy.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 13, 2018

There are some significant primary elections taking place in Chautauqua County... as well as New York state today..  
 
The major race on the ballot today is for Democrats, as they decide on whether to keep incumbant two-term Governor Andrew Cuomo or challenger Cynthia Nixon.  There is also a four-way race for the Democratic nod to run for state Attorney General.  Locally, there is a Conservative Party run-off for Sheriff and Election's Commissioner Norm Green says there are some other, more local races.
 
The local Sheriff's primary for the Conservative line has Democratic incumbant Joe Gerace being challenged by Republican Jim Quattrone.  There are about 2,000 conservative voters in the county.  In addition, Busti Republicans in Election District 3 will choose two county committee members from three candidates.  Voting hours today are Noon to 9.
 
 
The Cuomo administration allegedly offered enticements to the builders of the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge to open the structure's second span in August, ahead of this week's Democratic primary...  
 
The New York Times reports that a Thruway Authority official wrote to contractors in July directing that work on the eastbound span be completed so the bridge could fully open on August 24.  The official offered to absolve contractors of responsibility for accidents that might occur while work continued as traffic moved across the span.  The Westchester-bound span was supposed to open last Saturday, but that plan was scratched because of safety concerns over a section of the old Tappan Zee Bridge still to be demolished.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has said he had no role in the timing of the bridge's opening.
 
 
The New York city man convicted of pushing Fredonia native Kendra Webdale to her death when she was struck by an oncoming subway car has been discharged from prison...  
 
State Senator Cathy Young, who pushed for a law that would force seriously mentally-ill people to take their medications, says she was concerned about the release of Andrew Goldstein.  However, Young says the state Department of Corrections assured her that Goldstein "has not been discharged into the community but moved to a state facility where he will receive the attention that he needs."  Goldstein was found to be suffering from Paranoid Schizophrenia, which was untreated, when he pushed Webdale in front of the subway train in January of 1999.  He served 19 years of his 23-year sentence. 
 
 
A Jamestown man -- wanted in Warren County -- was arrested during a foot chase early Tuesday evening... 
 
Ellicott Police initiated a traffic stop on Fairmount Avenue and say 36 year-old Armando Rosario falsified his name and birth date. Rosario allegedly took off on foot as officers attempted to find out his true identity. Lakewood-Busti Police and State Police K-9 were called in to assist. The canine tracked and located Rosario, who attempted to flee once more with no luck. He was transported to UPMC Chautauqua for his injuries. Officers say he also had a valid order of protection to stay away from a person he was with at the time of the stop. He was arraigned before being sent to the County jail. 
 
 
A Jamestown-area manufacturer is working to deliver and install the furniture for the new, 149-room Double-Tree by Hilton, which is slated to open in about two-months...  
 
Officials with the Hamister Group, which is developing the new hotel on West Fourth Street... met with Artone Manufacturing officials and, got a tour of the Allen Street Facility yesterday morning.  City Development Director Vince DeJoy says city officials pushed the idea to Hammister when the group acquired the property about four-years ago.
 
Hamister Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark Hamister praised Artone and the Jamestown community in general, for "opening their arms" to them as they have worked on the multi-million dollar project.  Artone President and Owner Mike Calimeri says they are also pleased that the Hamister Group included a provision to have Artone not only design and make the furniture for each of their rooms, but to also install it.  Calimeri says the contract was for about $600,000.
 
 
City police in Jamestown are asking residents to be aware of skimming devices being use in Jamestown and, possibly the Town of Ellicott...  
 
In a printed release late Tuesday, JPD Captain Bob Samuelson said a skimming device is an electronic card reader that is illegally connected to anything used to process payments with credit or bank cards.  He says these devices can be connected on gas pumps, ATMs or other machine that takes cards. Consumers are asked to proceed with caution when making purchases as to avoid becoming a victim to theives attempting to steal their account information. Samuelson says anyone who sees something suspicious on a machine should contact their local police immediately.  
 
 
A traffic stop on Interstate 86 in the town of Ellery led to the arrest of an Ashville man for allegedly driving without a license, and for marijuana possession...  
 
State police in Jamestown say they pulled over 30 year-old Dustin Raynor on Tuesday and, he was found in possession of five-grams of pot, and had a suspended license.  Raynor was arrested for third-degree Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.  He was issued appearance tickets for Ellery Town Court at a later date.

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 13, 2018

There are some significant primary elections taking place in Chautauqua County... as well as New York state today..  
 
The major race on the ballot today is for Democrats, as they decide on whether to keep incumbant two-term Governor Andrew Cuomo or challenger Cynthia Nixon.  There is also a four-way race for the Democratic nod to run for state Attorney General.  Locally, there is a Conservative Party run-off for Sheriff and Election's Commissioner Norm Green says there are some other, more local races.
 
The local Sheriff's primary for the Conservative line has Democratic incumbant Joe Gerace being challenged by Republican Jim Quattrone.  There are about 2,000 conservative voters in the county.  In addition, Busti Republicans in Election District 3 will choose two county committee members from three candidates.  Voting hours today are Noon to 9.
 
 
The Cuomo administration allegedly offered enticements to the builders of the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge to open the structure's second span in August, ahead of this week's Democratic primary...  
 
The New York Times reports that a Thruway Authority official wrote to contractors in July directing that work on the eastbound span be completed so the bridge could fully open on August 24.  The official offered to absolve contractors of responsibility for accidents that might occur while work continued as traffic moved across the span.  The Westchester-bound span was supposed to open last Saturday, but that plan was scratched because of safety concerns over a section of the old Tappan Zee Bridge still to be demolished.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has said he had no role in the timing of the bridge's opening.
 
 
The New York city man convicted of pushing Fredonia native Kendra Webdale to her death when she was struck by an oncoming subway car has been discharged from prison...  
 
State Senator Cathy Young, who pushed for a law that would force seriously mentally-ill people to take their medications, says she was concerned about the release of Andrew Goldstein.  However, Young says the state Department of Corrections assured her that Goldstein "has not been discharged into the community but moved to a state facility where he will receive the attention that he needs."  Goldstein was found to be suffering from Paranoid Schizophrenia, which was untreated, when he pushed Webdale in front of the subway train in January of 1999.  He served 19 years of his 23-year sentence. 
 
 
A Jamestown man -- wanted in Warren County -- was arrested during a foot chase early Tuesday evening... 
 
Ellicott Police initiated a traffic stop on Fairmount Avenue and say 36 year-old Armando Rosario falsified his name and birth date. Rosario allegedly took off on foot as officers attempted to find out his true identity. Lakewood-Busti Police and State Police K-9 were called in to assist. The canine tracked and located Rosario, who attempted to flee once more with no luck. He was transported to UPMC Chautauqua for his injuries. Officers say he also had a valid order of protection to stay away from a person he was with at the time of the stop. He was arraigned before being sent to the County jail. 
 
 
A Jamestown-area manufacturer is working to deliver and install the furniture for the new, 149-room Double-Tree by Hilton, which is slated to open in about two-months...  
 
Officials with the Hamister Group, which is developing the new hotel on West Fourth Street... met with Artone Manufacturing officials and, got a tour of the Allen Street Facility yesterday morning.  City Development Director Vince DeJoy says city officials pushed the idea to Hammister when the group acquired the property about four-years ago.
 
Hamister Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark Hamister praised Artone and the Jamestown community in general, for "opening their arms" to them as they have worked on the multi-million dollar project.  Artone President and Owner Mike Calimeri says they are also pleased that the Hamister Group included a provision to have Artone not only design and make the furniture for each of their rooms, but to also install it.  Calimeri says the contract was for about $600,000.
 
 
City police in Jamestown are asking residents to be aware of skimming devices being use in Jamestown and, possibly the Town of Ellicott...  
 
In a printed release late Tuesday, JPD Captain Bob Samuelson said a skimming device is an electronic card reader that is illegally connected to anything used to process payments with credit or bank cards.  He says these devices can be connected on gas pumps, ATMs or other machine that takes cards. Consumers are asked to proceed with caution when making purchases as to avoid becoming a victim to theives attempting to steal their account information. Samuelson says anyone who sees something suspicious on a machine should contact their local police immediately.  
 
 
A traffic stop on Interstate 86 in the town of Ellery led to the arrest of an Ashville man for allegedly driving without a license, and for marijuana possession...  
 
State police in Jamestown say they pulled over 30 year-old Dustin Raynor on Tuesday and, he was found in possession of five-grams of pot, and had a suspended license.  Raynor was arrested for third-degree Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.  He was issued appearance tickets for Ellery Town Court at a later date.

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 12, 2018

BPU Water Alert for Lakewood.... 
 
There may still be some discolored water in the Lakewood area and to the west this morning after a hydrant was accidently opened yesterday without notice.  Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says a contractor accidently opened the hydrant while working on a project.  She says water customers in the village to the Ashville BOCES should be on the look-out for unsettled water through late morning today.
 
 
City police are on the look-out for two men accused of breaking into a home on Jamestown's southside last weekend and assaulting and robbing the woman who lived there...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says two white males allegedly entered an apartment on Chautauqua Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday morning and, one was armed with a hand-gun.  He says they have a video of the break-in on their Facebook page. 
 
Samuelson says that the address and woman involved were targeted.  He says this was not a random act, and it appears that drugs were also a factor.  He says the woman suffered minor injuries but, will be okay.  He would not say to what extent she is cooperating with the investigation.  However, he urges anyone with information to call their confidential tips line at 483-TIPS (8477).  You can also contact them through their Tips 4-1-1 app.
 
 
 
A north county man is jailed on $50,000 bail for allegedly having sex with a juvenile victim on various occasions about a year-and-a-half ago...  
 
Sheriff's deputies say their Criminal Investigation Division looked into the allegations and, arrested 27 year-old Joshua Northrup-Dowdall on four counts of second-degree rape.  Officers say the incidents allegedly occured in March of 2017.  Dowdall was arraigned on the charges in Chautauqua County Court and, sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
It was all smiles at the first regular school board meeting Tuesday night for Jamestown Public Schools since the first day of classes. During his Superintendent's Report, Dr. Bret Apthorpe expressed his feelings about the first day, saying it was "very, very fun."
 
Apthorpe also noted some statistics for the 2018-19 school year, indicating that enrollment is down by 55 students, to 4,519 for the current year. However, the district's Pre-K program is full with 400 students enrolled for the 2018-19 school year. However, on the flip side, the district's Pre-K program is completely full with over 400 students enrolled. Apthorpe says that official district enrollment numbers will be available in mid-October. 
 
 
 
A regular board meeting for the Jamestown Public School District began with an executive session Tuesday night to "test" new technology the board will be implementing this school year... 
 
That from board Vice-President Patrick Slagle, who says 'Board Docs' is a user-friendly way for board members, parents and students can go online and look at the agenda for upcoming meetings.  The board used their iPads for polling on resolutions at their first meeting since the beginning of the new school year. Slagle says the votes are cast through the program and later projected onto a screen so people can who voted/motioned what. He says it will also use less paper. Slagle adds that even though they're not speaking their votes, this is a program that many other districts implement into their board meetings, namely the Chautauqua County School Board Association. He says they are still working out the kinks but hopes to have Board Docs fully operational soon. 
 
 
A new training program for basketball officials begins tonight...and the teacher of the course says many more refs are needed...  
 
Roger McTavish of  IAABOA the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials invites anyone interested to Room 250 at Jamestown High School tonight (Wednesday) at 7:00 There are currently 55 officials working school games in this area.  McTavish says there's room for at least 20 more. The course costs $225, and runs to the end of November.  After passing a test, new refs will make up to $91 for a varsity game, more than $80 for 7th and 8th grade.  Candidates should be able to easily move up and down the court.  Otherwise, there are no pre-qualifications. Anyone interested should go to JHS tonight, or phone Roger MacTavish at his home in West Ellicott.   
 
 
Congressional Republicans say they will be introducing "Tax Cuts 2.0" this week... which will basically make temporary cuts approved last year permanent...  
 
During his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media, Corning Republican Tom Reed said the time is right due to the success of last year's massive tax reform package approved by lawmakers, and signed by the president.  While tax cuts have triggered a "booming" economy in many places, there are two issues looming that could short-circuit the improvements.  Reed believes, though, that tariff's will help the economy in the long-run.
 
Reed agrees that "creeping" inflation -- which has been cited by some economists -- could take away some of the benefits from last year's tax cuts.  He also says making the cuts to individuals and small businesses permanent, will help the economy even more.  Those cuts were to sunset in eight years.  Reed cited Cummins Engine -- just outside of Jamestown -- as one employer that has benefitted greatly from the first round of cuts.  He says they were able to begin offering $15/hr wages to start with the company.
 
 
Some economic indicators show there have been benefits to businesses, and others, from tax cuts enacted by Congress and the Trump Administration....  
 
However,  there have been problems for others -- namely farmers who own large amounts of land across the 23rd Congressional Distrct.  That from Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano, who challenged Republican Tom Reed's stance on tax cuts and trade Tuesday morning.  Mitrano says people she's talked to say tariffs are hurting businesses and farmers.
 
Mitrano adds that capping the federal property tax write-off at $10,000 directly affects farmers because even small farms have a significant amount of land to them.  She adds that tariffs are also impacting farmer's abilities to go into Canada and, China.  Mitrano adds that farmers she's talked to complain that a lack of Immigration Reform is also hurting them because they need migrant workers to help harvest their crops. 
 
 
Three men were arrested Tuesday morning when Jamestown Police allegedly found several controlled substances and paraphernalia during a traffic stop... 
 
The vehicle was pulled over at 1:15 a.m. near North Main and East 6th Streets for making an improper left-hand turn. Officers conducted a search of the car after a meth pipe was allegedly seen in plain sight. Two-grams of meth, pills and a metal knuckle knife were found, along with a digital scale and packaging materials. The operator was identified at 42 year-old Jack Ferry of Warren, and he was taken into custody with his 37 year-old passenger from Warren, Pennsylvania, and 26 year-old Jamestown passenger.  The men are being held in Jamestown City Jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
Nearly 3-thousand people were killed 17 years ago today in New York City, Washington D-C, and Pennsylvania in the 9/11 terror attacks...  
 
During a solemn ceremony held outside Dunkirk Fire Headquarters under dreary skies and a heavy drizzle, local first responders remembered those who lost their lives and recalled the attacks.
 
Among the speakers was Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas.  He was a state trooper at the time of the 9/11 attacks and one of the first from Chautauqua County to make the trip to New York to assist with the recovery.  Rosas says it had a unifying effect.
 
Dunkirk Fire Chief Mike Edwards says it's important to remember the attacks and how firefighters responded.  He says they showed "drive, commitment, and bravery..." and it's up to us to continue that commitment.  The remembrance ceremony was organized by the fire department and Dunkirk Professional Firefighters Local 616.
 
 
Both Congressional candidates in the 23rd District paused at the beginning of their conference calls to remember the victims of the "9/11" attacks 17 years ago...  
 
Incumbant Congressman Tom Reed paused for one-minute at 9:03 a.m., when the second plane hit the World Trade Center towers.  Democratic opponent Tracy Mitrano also recognized the victims, and the heroes of "9/11."  She noted an op-ed in the New YorkTimes written by Joe Quinn, whose brother died in the attacks.  Mitrano says he speaks as a member of the military who is calling for an end to one of America's longest wars.   There was also a "9/11" rememberance ceremony in front of the Chautauqua County Courthouse in Mayville at Noon time.  Chautauqua County had one casualty during the "9/11" attacks.  Celoron native Amy King was a flight attendant on board the second plane that struck the World Trade Center towers that morning.
 
 
A city man is jailed without bail following a drug raid on the northside of Jamestown late Monday night...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, and the JPD SWAT Team executed a search warrant at 815 Prendergast Avenue shortly before 10 p.m. and, arrested 41 year-old Esteban Santiago.  Samuelson says they also found just over 39-grams of powder cocaine cash and, a drug scale.  He says Santiago was arraigned on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminally using drug paraphernalia and, sent to the county lock-up.  City police say the State Police K-9 Unit and Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force assisted with the raid.
 
 
Saint Bonaventure University in upstate New York is rescinding an honorary degree bestowed to former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who's accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with minors and adult seminarians....  
 
The private, Franciscan Catholic university posted a statement on its website Monday saying its Board of Trustees voted on Friday to rescind its honorary doctorate of humane letters awarded to McCarrick in May 2011.  University president, Dr. Dennis R. DePerro, said the school has "an unwavering commitment to stand in solidarity with all survivors of sexual abuse."  The Vatican removed McCarrick from public ministry in June after it determined allegations he sexually molested a teenager more than 40 years earlier were credible. McCarrick later resigned from the College of Cardinals in July.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 11, 2018

City lawmakers have tentatively agreed to let Chautauqua County continue using it's temporary bus hub on Pine Street in Jamestown through mid-October...  
 
The City Council voiced it's approval last night with moving ahead with letting the Chautauqua Area Regional Transporation System use the location -- near the South County Office Building -- through October 19.  Mayor Sam Teresi says he received a formal letter from County Executive George Borrello, requesting the extension while they finalize a permanent location.
 
The original agreement ran through September 1, but Borrello indicated to Teresi that more time is needed.  Some members of the public have said they believed the CARTS move was permanent, but Teresi emphasized it is temporary.  CARTS moved from it's previous location on West Second Street -- in front of the train station -- due to construction of the new "Streetscape" on West Second that's part of the new, National Comedy Center.  The City Council will formally vote on continuing the temporary location on Pine Street at it's September 24 voting session.
 
 
A supply truck was the apparent source of scrap metal strewn along several roads in Warren, Venango, Mercer and Lawrence Counties late yesterday morning...  
 
State Police in Warren say the scrap apparently caused flat tires on numerous vehicles along Routes 62, 6W, 8S, 79S, and 422S.  Troopers say the McClymonds Supply and Transit Company truck was traveling from Warren to New Castle, Pennsylvania, but shortly into the trip, it began losing pieces of scrap.  State Police checked the vehicle in New Castle, and found it was the vehicle involved.  At least a dozen vehicles were apparently affected in Warren County.  Anyone who had punctured tires due to the scrap metal should contact McClymond's in Portersville at (724)-368-8040. 
 
 
A Jamestown man was arrested on felony charges afer his car struck a building during a police pursuit on the city's southside last Saturday evening...  
 
Officers say they attempted to stop 43 year-old Christopher Thomas for failing to use a turn signal, before he fled at a high rate of speed.  Police say Thomas then allegedly jumped out of the moving vehicle at the intersection of South Main Street and Prather Avenue.  The car continued to travel up and over the curb and, through a lawn before hitting the side of a building at 117 South Main Street.  Thomas was taken into custody and is being held pending arraignment on numerous charges -- including some Felonies -- in Jamestown City Court.
 
 
The next big hurricane that's barreling towards the eastern United States should not impact the western New York region...  
 
That from Forecaster David Church with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, who says Hurricane Florence continues to strengthen as it heads for the Southeast, and it's expected to arrive late Thursday or early Friday as a Category 4 storm.  Church says while it's not expected to come here, it will cause trouble for the Carolinas and other parts of the Southeast.  Church says a high pressure system centered around New England should prevent Florence, or it's remnants, from getting into western New York. 
 
 
A man who fatally struck a retired western New York couple in the town where they held elected offices has been sentenced to prison time...  
 
WIVB-TV in Buffalo reports that 28-year-old Kevin Donaldson, Junior of Cattaraugus, was sentenced Monday in a Cattaraugus County court to 1 2/3 to five years in prison for the deaths of Michael and Donna Phillips.  The couple was walking across a road in front of their home in Salamanca on December 15th when they were hit by a vehicle Donaldson was driving.  He was charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter and later pleaded guilty.  Michael Phillips was Salamanca town supervisor and Donna Phillips was the town clerk.  Police said they were headed to town hall when they were struck.
 
 
The owner-operators of the new Chautauqua Harbor Hotel in Celoron say they're "all in" when it comes to improving the water quality of Chautauqua Lake...  
 
Operator David Hart of Hart Hotels made the comment during late week's ribbon cutting on the nearly $40-million project along the lake, which also includes a new boardwalk.  Most of all, Hart says they want to help bring all the lake entities together to do what's best.
 
Hart praised the Chautauqua Lake Association for helping to clear weeds along the shoreline area for their grand opening.  He also thanked the CLA's Paul Stage for helping to bring the Chautauqua Belle steamship to dock at the nearby island for last Thursday's event.  County Executive George Borrello says it's great to hear that Hart and Peter Krog  want to help improve the lake.  Borrello says he's hopeful that it will help them fund the strategy they develop.  Borrello made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations. 
 
 
The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, New York, says he's sorry for any of his own ``failures'' but says he'll remain as leader of the diocese until his retirement...  
 
Bishop Richard Malone has faced renewed calls for his resignation over his handling of sexual abuse allegations against priests.  He released a letter over the weekend reiterating his apologies and says criticism of church leadership is ``justified.''  New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood issued a subpoena to all dioceses in the state and has announced a civil investigation into the Catholic Church's handling of sex abuse allegations.  The bishop says he intends to retire in 2021.
 
 
Democrat Zephyr Teachout says that if elected New York attorney general she will investigate whether Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has used state resources for campaign purposes...  
 
Teachout told reporters Monday that Cuomo's extensive use of state helicopters raises ethical questions.  She also noted that a former top Cuomo aide kept working from a state office after leaving the governor's staff to lead Cuomo's 2014 re-election campaign.  The aide was later convicted on unrelated corruption charges.  Teachout also cited concerns that Cuomo rushed the opening of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge's second span to score campaign points.  Safety concerns later forced it to be closed.  A poll released Monday shows Thursday's Democratic primary is a dead heat between Teachout, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and New York City Public Advocate Tish James, who has Cuomo's endorsement.
 
 
A New York state lawmaker is proposing new rules for the testing of lead in drinking water at schools and parks...  
 
Democratic Senator Michael Gianaris of Queens announced his proposal late last week just as students returned for fall classes.  It would require all schools and public parks to test their drinking water for lead contamination every three years.  Results would be posted online.  Under current law, schools must test every five years.  Public parks currently have no such requirement.  Gianaris says too many children are exposed to lead in places where they should be safe.  The bill will be considered by lawmakers when they reconvene in January.

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 10, 2018

 
The remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon moved into the western Southern Tier yesterday afternoon and, some parts of the area could see up to 2.5-inches of rain by late today...  
 
That from Forecaster Tony Ensuini with the National Weather Service, who says the further east you go, the more likely there to be more potential flooding.
 
The Allegany River could have some high-water issues during the day, depending on where the most rain falls.  Ensuini says there could definately be some minor, low-level flooding in the Jamestown-area, especially this morning.  The arrival of Gordon also means some wind for the area.  Ensuini says it'll be more pronounced along the Lake Erie shoreline, with winds about 20 to 30 MPH, with gusts up to 50.  
 
 
 
The rain from tropical storm Gordon is an unwelcome arrival for farmers who are hoping to start harvesting corn silage in the next week...  
 
Dan Steward, a consultant for the Western New York Crop Management Association, says the summer heat and 'ideal rain' have created the potential for a 'super crop.'  Heavy rain just before the harvest can make it difficult to get equipment onto the fields, and could potentially damage a tall standing crop. 
 
Steward adds, there have been few pests or diseases in the fields.
For dairy farmers who continue to struggle with a low return for milk, full bins of silage allow them use the remainder of the corn for grain... instead of buying it.  Steward says it's been a good year for grass hay and small grains as well.   
 
 
 
An examination of state travel records by the New York Times finds Governor Andrew Cuomo took 195 trips in taxpayer-funded planes and helicopters in 2017...  
 
The Times reviewed records in the 10 most populous states for comparison and, found the Democrat flew more frequently on state aircraft than any other governor of states that provided records.  In California, the governor flies commercial, and in Texas, the governor pays for private charters.  Cuomo's frequent trips this election year have raised questions of whether state aircraft gives him an unfair advantage over his primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon.
 
 
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says he won't endorse Gov. Andrew Cuomo or challenger Cynthia Nixon in the Democratic primary for governor...  
 
The mayor said in a statement Saturday evening that endorsing a candidate would be counterproductive to his advocacy of New York City interests with the next governor and lieutenant governor.  He offered praise for both candidates. Of Nixon, a close friend and early supporter of his mayoral campaign, de Blasio said: "Her presence in this primary has created real momentum for reform."  Of Cuomo, with whom he's often at odds, de Blasio said "there is more that unites us than divides us."  He credited Cuomo for marriage equality, the raised minimum wage, paid family leave and challenging President Trump.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce will be holding it's annual Awards Banquet next month at the State University of New York college at Fredonia...  
 
Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says a Dunkirk area company will receive the Chamber's annual Economic Development Award during the banquet set for Thursday, October 11.
 
Tranum says their Person of the Year Award will be presented to the Calimeri Family of Jamestown, which has long been involved with a lot of local businesses -- and being engaged in the local community.  Each of the six community Chambers of Commerce presents a Community Service Award during the banquet.  You can get more information about the annual event by calling the Chamber at 366-6200, 484-1101 or by going online to chautauquachamber.org.
 
 
Two Jamestown men have been arrested for allegedly smoking and trafficking marijuana from a car in the area around Jamestown Community College...  
 
City police say they were alerted to a suspicious vehicle by campus security late last week and, JCC officials say they saw the alleged car parked on Curtis Street at College Park.  Officers say they were told that multiple vehicles with other people were pulling up to it, and then leaving.  Police detained the vehicle and, arrested the two men, identified as 23 year-old Jonathan Lugo-Diaz and, 18 year-old Ezra Flores.  Officers smelled fresh marijuana smoke inside the vehicle and, found nearly 56-grams of marijuana in their possession.  Both face criminal possession and unlawful possession of marijuana charges.
 
 
A major public works project gets underway in downtown Dunkirk today...  
 
Mayor Willie Rosas says improvements are being made to Cental Avenue as part of the Central Connection project.  Rosas says that project will help improve access for city traffic to the SUNY College at Fredonia.
 
Rosas says they'll begin work on four intersections in the north county city and once the infrastructure issues are taken care of, they will begin the mill and overlay parts of the project.  He says Dunkirk received $2.5-million in Smart Growth funding from New York state that will be used as part of the Central Connection Project.  The city also received $50,000 from the state Department of Transportation to improve the intersection of Central Avenue and Lakeshore Drive.
 
 
 
Democrats on Long Island have cancelled a major political fundraiser because the event's venue plans to host a National Rifle Association fundraiser and gun auction...  
 
The Nassau County Democratic Party announced Friday that it has cancelled the organization's October 22 event at the Inn at New Hyde Park.  County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs says the organization made the decision after learning the catering hall will host an NRA event on September 27.  Several schools are located near the business, and Jacobs says it's "appalling" that the NRA would auction firearms so close to schools.  
 

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News Headlines for Fri., Sept. 7, 2018

We are having some significant issues with getting stories onto the website....

 

Here are some quick headlines for Friday, Sept. 7, 2018...

 

A much-anticipated piece of the tourism picture in Chautauqua County was officially put into place Thursday afternoon, with the ribbon-cutting on the new, $40-million Chautauqua Harbor Hotel in Celoron.  The hotel was built by partner's Peter Krog and David Hart of Hart Hotels along the Chautauqua Lake shoreline.  The new upscale hotel will include 135 rooms, a 400-person conference hall, and will bring just over 100 full-time jobs to the area.

 

A Warren County, PA woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing pain-killers from the Kinzua Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Warren.  The Warren Times-Observer reports that 30 year-old Kellie Gentz of Tidioute was arrested Thursday following an investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney Genera's Office.  She accused of stealing both liquid and pill-formed pain killers between late 2017 and the end of January of this year.  Gentz is jailed on $50,000 cash bail.

 

 The new, North County Water District is delivering it's first thousand gallons to customers of the new district in northern Chautauqua County.  Several local officials were at the Portland Water Tank to flip a switch, allowing water to flow from the town of Portland to the west... to the town of Sheridan to the east.

 

The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County has officially kicked-off it's 2018 Campaign with an "open house" at it's new headquarters on Pine St. in Jamestown.  Campaign Chairman Kurt Eimiller says this year's goal is $1.335-million dollars to fund about three-dozen programs in the Jamestown-area.  For more information on the campaign, call 483-1561... or go on-line to uwayscc.org.

 

The newsroom at Media One is undergoing some renovation work and we hope to have the website back in regular order on Monday.  Thanks for your patience!

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WJTN Headlines for Wed., Sept. 5, 2018

Fire extensively damages vacant home on city's westside...
Flames have heavily-damaged a vacant, two-story home on Jamestown westside overnight.  City Fire Battalion Chief Matt Coon says firefighters were called to the scene at 208 West Eighth Street shortly after 11 last night.  Coon says they found flames -- and heavy black smoke -- coming mainly in the upper portions of the house.  He says they pulled two handlines to attack the blaze.  No one was inside the house, and all services were disconnected.  Coon says it took about 20-minutes to bring the flames under control... and, 30 minutes to put them out.  He says and off-duty shift of 12 firefighters and one supervisor was called in to assist.  Coon says the blaze is suspicious... but, no cause has yet been determined.  No firefighters were hurt battling the blaze.
 
 
Panama man killed in ATV crash over Labor Day Weekend...
A Panama man was killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident in the town of Harmony during the long, holiday weekend.  State Police in Jamestown say 32 year-old Brent Aldrich died after he was reportedly being thrown from his ATV on Eddy Road -- near Button Valley Road.  Troopers say the southbound ATV struck a guide rail on the east side of a bridge crossing over a small creek.  Police say Aldrich was thrown over the guide rail into the water below.  Troopers say the vehicle remained on the side of the road.  An area resident spotted the ATV in the road, and later contacted the county's 9-1-1 Center after seeing a social media post about him missing.
 
 
Two city residents arrested for drug and weapons possession...
Two Jamestown residents are jailed without bail on drug and weapon's charges following a raid and vehicle stop on the city's southside late last week.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force members obtained information that an apartment at 287 South Main St. was being used to traffic crystal methamphetime and cocaine from.   Samuelson says task force members, police and members of the JPD SWAT Team raided the home just before 2 p.m. last Friday.  He says they get much of their information from their confidential tips-line... which is 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477.  Samuelson adds they are also getting a good response to their Tips 4-1-1 app.  He says 41 year-old Henry Stovall... and, 24 year-old Alexis Hall... were each allegedly found with more than half-an-ounce of methamphetime, a quantity of cocaine, and a quantity of crack cocaine in their possession.  He says they also found weapons -- including two stun guns -- inside the apartment on South Main.  Stovall faces four counts of criminal possession of a weapon... and, one count each third and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Hall faces the same drug charges. 
 
 
Mitrano and Reed debate efforts to stem Opioid Epidemic -- including injection sites...
The opioid crisis that's facing the nation and New York State has become a campaign issue in the 23rd Congressional District race.  Last week, Congressman Tom Reed criticized his opponent Democrat Tracy Mitrano for supporting the use of government-sponsored open heroin injection sites as a means of cutting down on heroin overdose deaths, something he called an "extremely dangerous" proposal.  During a conference call Tuesday with area media... Mitrano said she supported such an approach, but under specific conditions... including that the site be opened lawfully, and with "wide community buy in," and with strict oversight by health care and law enforcement officials.  Congressman Reed was asked later in the day about Mitrano's approach to having open injection sites.  He says the fact she supports them speaks for itself... even though she's trying to walk-back previous comments.  Reed added that "it should be up to the people to decide" whether open injection sites are reasonable.  Mitrano pointed out that the centers are currently illegal in New York State.
 
 
State GOP complains that Democratic Gubernatorial debate evade upstate issues...
Leading Republicans in New York state are angry that a recent debate between Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and his primary challenger Cynthia Nixon largely ignored upstate issues.  Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan noted the debate on Long Island one week ago including little talk about property taxes, clean water infrastructure, the economy or other key upstate issues.
 Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, the GOP nominate for governor, called on Nixon and Cuomo to hold a second debate upstate.  Democrats pushed back on the complaints.  Cuomo says he's made it a priority to revitalize the upstate economy. 
 
 
State Fair sets new attendance record...
Attendance at the New York State Fair has set a new record.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that over 1.26-million people went to the fair during its 13-day run near Syracuse.  That's up more than 8 percent from the previous record of a bit over 1.16-million.  That was set last year.  This year's fair also has repeatedly broken single-day attendance records.  Cuomo says recent improvements to the fairgrounds are helping to attract more visitors.
 
 
 

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WJTN Headlines for Tues., Sept. 4, 2018

Several local schools begin classes today, including Falconer and Southwestern...
Today is the first day of school for several districts in southern Chautauqua County... including Southwestern.  Superintendent Maureen Donahue says there will be a new 'traffic light' cellphone policy taking effect in the middle and high schools.  Red is 'no phone' zone... yellow is teacher discretion... Green is okay for use.  Work at the Southwestern auditorium is expected to be complete this fall.  The new gym addition is set to open by December.  The superintendent at Falconer, Stephen Penhollow, says school opens there today for grades K through 12, as well.  At the high school, they've updated the engineering lab... and have designated specific times for STEM education in Kindergarten through 8th grade... with some arts added in.  As a first step in a building project, there's a new roof on the Falconer-Middle High School building.  Penhollow also reminds those driving to the main campus to watch for new traffic patterns... and pay attention to the new light at Main Street and East Avenue.  Several other districts open today.  Others will start school Wednesday or Thursday.    
 
 
Clymer to being school year with new Sheriff's Department Substation...
A rural Chautauqua County school district is joining a growing number of schools that will house a law enforcement substation.  County Sheriff Joe Gerace says his deputies will use their office at the Clymer Central School to do paperwork and interviews while maintaining a law enforcement presence at the school.  Gerace calls the arrangement a win-win for the district and deputies who gain a strategic location from which to work.  The school, which has about 450 students, is about 20 miles from the sheriff's office headquarters.  Law enforcement substations are growing increasingly popular around the country as authorities work to improve security in the age of school shootings.
 
 
Labor Day Festival includes local and state recognition for Ritzer Award winner...
The area's biggest labor award included some pagentry this year... as the George Ritzer Labor Award was given to a recipient for the second-time for the first-time ever last Sunday.  Retired Jamestown City Councilman George Spitale got this year's award... and, for  the first time in recent memory... the recipient was also honored by the governor's office.  Governor Cuomo's Deputy Director of Upstate Labor Affairs, Chris Borgadi, spoke during the presentation... and, offered comments from the governor and himself... calling him an "invaluable asset to your labor community, Jamestown and Western New York."  Mayor Sam Teresi also praised Spitale... who is also his cousin.  Other recognition was given by Assemblyman Andy Goodell... who was represented by Jamestown office Manager Elisabeth Rankin.  Teresi also praised the current workforce at City Hall... especially in dealing with inclement weather earlier in the day Sunday.  Teresi also proclaimed it as "Labor Appreciation Week" in the city from September 2nd through the 8th.
 
 
Cuomo to hold 15 "listening sessions" on proosals to legalize recreational marijuana...
In New York state government news... Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced 15 so-called "listening sessions" to gather public input on proposals to legalize recreational marijuana.  The 15 sessions will be held around the state beginning with one Thursday in Albany.  State officials say public comments at the sessions will be taken into account as proposals to legalize pot are drafted.  Lawmakers expect to consider the issue after they reconvene in January.  None of those will be in Chautauqua County.  Meanwhile, former Vice President Joe Biden is backing Cuomo over former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon in the September 13th Democratic primary. 
 
 
Sixth-annual Kallie's Krusade another big success...
The 6th annual "Kallie's Krusade" fund-raiser in Lakewood was another success.  Well over 100 motorcycles took off from the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club abot 10 a.m. yesterday for the annual "Krusin' for Kallie" that's part of the foundation's event.  The Krusade events are organized by Kallie's parents, Tara and Shane.  They welcomed the crowd, and spoke before the motorcycles left.  Tara says they had more motorcycles than last year... thanks to the organizer for that event... the Jamestown Police Department's Tim Jackson.  No final numbers were available Monday morning.  In addition... they had shirts with the names of children battling pediatric Cancer their foundation has been able to help on the back.  Tara Swan says they have their "Kolors for Kallie" 5 K Run Walk again this year... along with raffles, a bounce house, and chicken barbecue.  She says they also received a "Blue Buffalo" from Roswell Park in Buffalo because they were part of the Cancer institute's "Herd's of Hope" Cancer program. 
 
 
Chestnut again wins Buffalo Chicken Wing Eating Contest...
Competitive eating titan Joey "Jaws" Chestnut has downed more than 200 chicken wings in 12 minutes to notch a repeat win in an annual championship in Buffalo, New York.  The National Buffalo Wing Festival tweeted the results of Sunday's contest... saying that Chestnut ate 206 of the wings.  Geoffrey Esper of Oxford, Massachusetts, took second place by eating 194 wings.  Darron Breeden of Orange, Virginia, came in third with 182. 
 

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WJTN Headlines for Mon. Sept. 3, 2018

Home near downtown Jamestown extensively damaged in Sunday morning fire...
Flames have extensively damaged a home near the immediate downtown-area of the city of Jamestown.  City Fire Battalion Chief Matt Coon says firefighters were called to the scene at 4 Forest Park about 2:30 Sunday morning... and, found heavy smoke coming from the area on arrival... especially the attic.  Coon says everyone was out of the home on arrival, and crews attacked the flames with two hose lines.  He says they rotated personnel through the building due to the smoke.  Coon says it took about 20-minutes to bring the flames under control.  He says the worst of the damage was in the attic area... although the home does not appear "unsalvageable."  Coon says fire crews were there for about four hours, and the fire investigation team was on scene until about Noon.  An off-duty shift was called in to assist, along with crews from Busti... Lakewood... Celoron... Falconer... Kiantone... and, Kennedy.  County fire police and investigators were also called in.  Three firefighters suffered minor injuries. 
 
 
City man arrested after allegedly assaulting, and holding woman against her will...
A Jamestown man faces a number of charges after allegedly assaulting a woman, and holding her against her will, early last weekend.  City police say they were called to 112 Crossman St. last Friday on a report of damaged property... and, again on Saturday on a report of the assault.  Officers say 40 year-old Telly Ortiz allegedly struck the same woman with a metal object, and blocked her attempts to leave the home.  Police say they also found that Ortiz was sought on a bench warrant in Warren County, Pennsylvania.  He was taken into custody without incident for charges including two counts of aggravated family offense... second-degree unlawful imprisonment... and, third-degree assault... and, jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
Four arrested during drug bust in Cattaraugus County...
Four people have been arrested... and, three remain jailed... following a drug raid in the Cattaraugus County city of Salamanca late last week.  Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, and other police agencies, raided an apartment at 61 1/2 Elm Street late last Thursday.  Task Force members say they found 16 grams of Fentanyl... 2-grams of Methamphetime... and scales and packaging material.  Police arrested a resident of the Elm Street address, 27 year-old Lindsey Little... along with 31 year-old Christopher Dupont of Salamanca, and 23 year-old Cordell Wheeler of Randolph, on Felony charges.  Those include criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.  Task Force members add that 45 year-old Michael Cook of Randolph was arrested for criminal contempt for allegedly violating a court order of protection.  Little, Dupont, and Cook were arraigned and sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail with bail pending.  Wheeler was issued an appearance ticket for Salamanca City Court at a later date.
 
 
George Spitale receives George Ritzer Labor Award for unprecidented second-time...
The weather cleared in plenty of time for most every scheduled event at Sunday's annual Labor Day Festival in Jamestown... including presentation of the annual George Ritzer Labor Award.  For the first-time ever... there was a second-time winner of the award.  Retired City Councilman George Spitale... who has also been involved about 50 years with the local labor movement... received the award from Central Labor Council President David Wilkenson at Bergman Park.  Mary Spitale was there with her husband for the ceremony.  George Spitale chose not to speak... but, Wilkenson presented a few comments on Spitale's behalf.  He says the main point was that since Spitale and others who were doers in the labor movement are retiring... who is going to pick up the mantel?  He says one of their battles, for health care, is continuing today.  Spitale first received the Ritzer Award in 1985... the second-year it was presented.  He was the head of the American Federation State County Municipal Employees for 22 years from 1980 to 2002.  Spitale retired from the City Council last year.
 
 
Linda Johnson recognized in retirement from UPMC Chautauqua Hospital...
A career that began just over 40 years ago concluded at UPMC Chautauqua Hospital last Friday afternoon when long-time communications and marketing manager Linda Johnson walked out the door.  Johnson began working at the former WCA Hospital as a 19 year-old... filing tests.  She has been one of hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Betsy Wright's "right-hand" people over the years... and, Wright says she'll miss Johnson "very much," and wished her "very well in her retirement."  Wright adds that Johnson will be hard to replace... and, says no replacement has been selected as yet.  Johnson says she's loved her work... and, says her heart will always be with UPMC Chautauqua -- even in retirement.  She says she'll be visiting, and taking part in fund-raisers for the hospital.  Wright says Johnson has done "incredible" work for the hospital... from internal and external communications -- and just "getting the story out." 
 
 

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., Sept. 1, 2018

Sheriff Gerace urges drivers to be safe, and obey the laws during Labor Day Weekend...
The Labor Day Holiday Weekend is now underway... and, AAA is estimating that some 35-million people will travel at least 50 miles this weekend across the nation.  You can expect local law enforcement to also have a presence.  That from Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace... who coordinates the county's Stop DWI program.  Gerace says patrols will be active over the holiday weekend.  He says they urge motorists to use "good common sense, don't drink and drive, don't text and drive, and wear your seat belt."  Gerace says the Sheriff's Dept. Navigation Division will also likely have a busy weekend.  He's urging boaters practice water safety... observe the law, and have the people on your craft wearing personal floation devices.  AAA of Western and Central New York expects the heaviest traffic volume to occur Monday when people are on their way back home.   Traffic is expected to peak around 3 p.m., so the best time to head back is before noon on Monday.
 
 
AAA says Labor Day Weekend gas prices remain high, but, have "leveled off..."
As summer comes to a close, many travelers are ready to squeeze in a last minute vacation before the cooler temperatures settle in.  Triple-A adds that those heading out for a road trip ove rthe weekend will see gas prices that have "leveled-off..." though they are higher than last Labor Day Weekend.  AAA says the current national average is $2.84... which is two-cents less than a month ago.  In New York state... the price is $2.99... which is 45-cents more than last year.  In Pennsylvania... it's $3.04 a gallon... which is 42-cents more.   
 
 
Mitrano, Reed, spar over support for West Valley clean-up...
The Democratic candidate running for the 23rd Congressional District says the West Valley Nuclear Demonstration site clean-up in Cattaraugus County is not getting enough funding from the federal government.  Ithaca's Tracy Mitrano also believes that incumbent Republican Tom Reed is not doing enough to get funding for the cleanup.  The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently passed a reauthorization bill to provide $75-million dollars a year for the next eight years for the cleanup effort.  The bill, sponsored by Reed, represents $10-million more than is currently allocated... but, Mitrano says it falls short what is needed.  She says the studies she has seen say the cost will total about $6-billion to $10-billion.  Mitrano says she's not an "expert" but, adds a third-party study seems to be fairly accurate.  During this week's conference call... we asked Tom Reed about Mitrano's statement and said his political challenger is "out of touch."  Reed says they've worked with everyone involved to try and get the situation taken care of best as possible, and says he's "very proud" of the work being done at West Valley.
 
 
Former WCA Hospital is now UPMC Chautauqua Hospital...
It's a small... but, still significant step in integrating the former WCA Hospital in Jamestown into the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center family of health care faciliites.  UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital has had it's name shortened to UPMC Chautauqua.  The move took place a few weeks ago... and, Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Betsy Wight says it's part of a "system-wide" re-branding by UPMC.  Wright says they have looked at the branding of all their hospitals and facilities... and, she says they are a regional hospital, and officials want the name to reflect that.  She says WCA is one of seven specialty and health care facilities that have been renamed as part of the UPMC family.  She says it tells the community that they are now intergrated with the main Pittsburgh facility... and, she says that intergration continues to grow through investment in IT... and, network upgrades, along with employee benefits.  Wright says the integration has even continued over the past couple of weeks with the hiring of 24 new nurses who recently graduated from nursing school... along with four new, experienced nurses.  
 
 
Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon in Upstate NY this weekend...
Actress Cynthia Nixon is taking her campaign for governor upstate as the Democratic primary nears.  The longtime liberal activist and former "Sex and the City" star will make stops in Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca, Schenectady and Saratoga Springs on Friday and throughout the long Labor Day weekend.  Her campaign says Nixon will meet with volunteers and voters and make a stop at the state fair in Syracuse.  She faces Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo in the September 13th primary.  Nixon's upstate trip comes after the two candidates held a debate on Long Island Wednesday that focused largely on downstate issues. 
 
 
 

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