Top's Friendly Markets confirmed Wednesday that it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  However, all of it's stores across the region-- including the one in Jamestown-- will remain open...  
 
Officials with the supermarket chain say they are pursuing a financial restructuring in order to eliminate a major part of the debt it's been carrying and, position it for long-term success.  Tops' Chief Executive Officer Frank Curci says they are "pursuing a voluntary financial restructuring that will help make us a stronger competitor.  All of our stores are open, with no impact on daily operations.  Just as we have for 56 years, Tops Markets is as focused as ever on serving our communities and providing our customers with an exceptional shopping experience." Tops has 169 stores in all across upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and Vermont. 
 
 
 
An investigator for State Police Troop "T" confirms that a 20-year-old woman from Erie, Pennsylvania lost her life in a three-vehicle crash that involved a tanker-truck on the state Thruway eastbound in the town of Portland...  
 
We have learned 20-year-old Dinaszah Green died in the accident, which occured in the eastbound lanes between Exits 61 and 59 just before 7:30 Tuesday night.  Four others were injured, with two being treated at Westfield Memorial and two others receiving treatment at Brooks Memorial Hospital, including the driver of the tanker truck.  The injuries were non-life threatening. according to the investigator.  The crash that occurred near the Mathews Road overpass remains under investigation.  
 
 
 
Jamestown police are warning local residents and businesses of a telephone scam that has re-emerged in the area...  
 
Police say someone called a Jamestown-area business Wednesday morning, claiming to be from the Board of Public Utilities, and telling the business they they owe the BPU a large amount of money. has apparently returned.  Officers were contacted by the business later and reported the call.  The business operator said they were threatened with having their service cut-off and terminated if they didn't pay the amount owed in cash and at a specific location.  Investigators say they determined the BPU had not placed the call.  Board officials say it is not their policy to make such calls and that the business was in good standing.  Police say if you receive such a call, contact them at 483-7537, or the BPU's Help-line.
 
 
 
For the fourth-year in a row, the Northwest Arena in Jamestown will try to be a Kraft Hockeyville USA, by taking part in a national contest...  
 
The arena has been nominated to seek the distinction... which Arena General Manager Craig Hinterleiter says will be won through a couple of rounds of balloting by fans of each arena.  Hinterleiter says the initial round will help cut the field to four finalists for the top prize,  which includes a $150,000 award for upgrades to the facility and an NHL pre-season game. 
 
Hinterleiter says you'll have to register, then select your arena and cast your vote.  He says you can even submit a picture of a memory you have from the arena to go with your written nomination.  This year, Hinterleiter says Kraft has added "rally points" that emphasize both quantity and quality of nominations.  He says the deadline for submissions is early March and the top four will receive the major prizes.  Second prize this year will receive $30,000 for arena upgrades, while third and fourth will get $10,000 each.  For more information on the contest, go online to northwestarena.com  or Krafthockeyville.com. 
 
 
 
Initial site plan approval has been given by the Jamestown Planning Commission to a new addition to the Northwest Arena which will provide more space for offices, and other amenities...  
 
City Department of Development officials confirm the panel approved the plan during Tuesday's meeting after the sale of the property was recently approved by the City Council.  Councilman Tony Dolce says there were no problems with selling the 10x90-foot right of way, and adds the ball is in the commission's court.
 
Once council approved the sale, Dolce says the commission was able to move forward on approving the new site plan.  One concern voiced was over the loss of five parking spaces in the area of Lafayette and West Second Streets.  However, that was addressed by the Center City Development Corporation... which owns the arena.  City planners say the move allows the corporation to seek funding for the project, but add final approvals are still needed.  The Corporation bought the property for $1,000 for offices and a gift shop for the nearby National Comedy Center, a Kids Zone Play-area and a concession stand.
 
 
 
Authorities say a 28-year-old central New York man has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a U.S. congressman and his family over net neutrality...  
 
The U.S. District Attorney's Office says Tuesday that Patrick Angelo of Syracuse has pleaded guilty in federal court in Buffalo and faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  He'll be sentenced on June 21.  Officials say Angelo called the Washington D.C. office of Republican Congressman John Katko in October and left a voicemail threatening to kill Katko and his family if he didn't support net neutrality. 
 
 
 
The price for a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel has remained steady again this week for the Jamestown-area at $2.76... 
 
That from AAA's latest gas price report, which says drivers in some states-- including New York-- are paying some of the highest prices per gallon in the nation.  On the national front, gas prices are down $0.04 to $2.53 a gallon, but, are 25-cents more than a year ago.  Motorists can find gas prices along their route at GasPrices.AAA.com.
 

WJTN Headlines for Sept. 20, 2018

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