Chautauqua County will have a new airline... and, return to a popular, past destination point beginning next October 1st. That from County Executive Vince Horrigan... who says the U-S Department of Transporation has selected Sun Air to provide Essential Air Service out of the County Airport near Jamestown. Horrigan calls it "great news..." and, adds that the county had been working hard with U-S Senator Charles Schumer to find a new carrier after Silver Airways announced early this year that they would stop providing regional service by mid-year.
Horrigan says having air service is important to most of Chautauqua County's businesses... and, local tourism. He says they're excited about what a Sun Air official recently told them about using Pittsburgh as a 'hub' again... and, low cost fares. Horrigan also thanked Senator Schumer for helping the county keep it's EAS Status... and, find a new carrier. He says Schumer was "instrumental" in this positive outcome for the county. In the beginning... Horrigan says Sun Air will offer four flights each weekday... and, two each on Saturdays and Sundays.
A Jamestown police official says he's "very pleased" they have been able to get two more indictments in connection with the home invasion-robbery... and, police-involved shooting earlier this month. JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says the Chautauqua County Grand Jury has handed down 22-count indictments against both 26 year-old Levelle Jones... and, 26 year-old Jacon Hicks -- each of Buffalo. Samuelson says indictments are pending against three more persons in connection with the July 1st incident. He says they've been able to piece together much of what happened that early morning at 188 Falconer Street. Samuelson says the person in Buffalo is still at-large... but, they're hopeful he'll be found soon. They're continued to ask for any help the public may have... but, he adds they really haven't needed a lot of assistance since the violent incident occured. Samuelson says they were able to talk to several witnesses at the scene... and, that's been a big help. However... if you have any information that may help police... call 483-7537... or the JPD Tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
A Celoron teenager has been arrested for allegedly stealing two trucks... and, later crashing them... early Tuesday morning in the town of Ellicott. Town police were called to the scene of the first accident on Town Line Road -- near Moon Road -- about 3:15 AM. Officers say they found the Chevrolet dump truck in a ditch... and, that the driver had left the scene. However... as they were investigating... they received another call from a Town Line Road resident who said a prowler was going through a vehicle. Officers then found a pick-up truck in the ditch a half-mile down the road. The Sheriff's Department K-9 Drago was brought in... and, police found 18 year-old Gregory Messere, Junior a short distance away. He was arrested... and, taken to WCA Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. He's charged with Grand Larceny... unauthorized use of a motor vehicle... and, driving while intoxicated.
The Republican candidate for governor of New York says he intends to begin reversing New York's course in his first 100-days in office... if he's elected. Rob Astorino says he's had a track record of adding 30-thousand jobs in Westchester County during his more than 5-years in office. Astorino says cutting taxes and spending was a big part of that... adding that New York has lost 400-thousand people during Governor Cuomo's 3-and-a-half years in office. When you add it up... he says Cuomo's track record has not been good. Cuomo has proposed some economic programs... but, Astorino says his latest one - "StartUp-New York" is "a joke." In fact... the GOP challenger says he's not the only one sharing that view. He says the Chief Financial Officer in Florida says they should sue New York state for "false advertising." Astorino says it's too narrow in scope... and, has so many conditions it won't have that much impact. Astorino also says he supports "reasonable, and responsible" hydro-fracking.
GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino says he believes New Jersey Chris Christie won't support him because of the 'Bridgegate' scandal. Astorino said Tuesday that he thinks his opponent, Democrat incumbant Andrew Cuomo, ``has something'' on Christie. However... he did not say what it was. Christie is the head of the Republican Governors Association -- which normally backs GOP candidates. He said he would not support Astorino because the race was ``a lost cause.''
The newest, citizen member of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities attended his first meeting Monday. Former Chautauqua County Legislator Chuck Cornell was unanimously confirmed to the panel last month by the City Council. Cornell is the director of the Center for Regional Advancement at the SUNY College at Fredonia... and, he fills the unexpired term left vacant by Fred Larson's resignation to become Jamestown's second City Court Judge. Cornell served two terms in the Chautauqua County Legislature representing the northside of the city.
Minnesota Wild left wing Thomas Vanek says he's cooperating with federal authorities conducting an investigation in Rochester. Local media report that Vanek was at the federal courthouse in Rochester to speak with officials. In statement released by his agent... Vanek says they have asked for his cooperation in an investigation. He says he's cooperating and isn't a target of the probe or prosecution.