A moment of silence for the victims of the recent school shooting in Parkland Florida was held during Tuesday's nights Jamestown School Board meeting... 
 
During his superintendent's report, Bret Apthorpe addressed school safety and reiterated what measures the district has put into effect. Apthorpe says they plan to reconvene the District Safety Committee, which he says is meant to be a "living committee" made up of teachers, law enforcement, parents and students. The Jamestown School District uses a double-door "person trap" where visitors have to be physically "buzzed in" before entering the building. Apthorpe says they also employ three full-time city police officers as School Resource Officers and also employs full-time, on-duty officers that walk through schools connecting with kids. 
 
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed is standing by the School Resource Officer program as a way to keep public schools safe across the nation...  
 
The Corning Republican says teachers have a "second-amendment right" to carry guns, adds he doesn't believe it's the best way to protect children.  Reed made his comments in the wake of President Trump's call to allow some "gun adept" teachers to carry guns during the school day.
 
Mass school shootings in recently years led to SRO programs expanding... and, federal and state monies were made available for a few years to support putting officers in schools.  However, that money eventually dried up.  Some schools would like to have SROs, but can't afford them.  Reed says it's up to communities to call on school administrators to press lawmakers on the matter to keep "our children safe."  The Jamestown School District has SROs in the middle and high schools.  Reed made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
 
Cattaraugus County law enforcement officials are proposing to take school safety "a step further..." and, are taking steps to put metal detectors and officers in each school...  
 
Sheriff Timothy Witcomb and State Assemblyman Joe Giglio held a press conference late Monday on the matter, saying they are also pushing for "single-points of entry" for all schools.  Congressman Tom Reed calls it an "intriging" idea and, adds that kind of prioritization has to be made.  For several years now, Whitcomb noted that New York state has required single-entry points for it's courts, along with armed security and metal detectors.  
 
 
 
The Jamestown City Council has approved three resolutions to move the repair project to the front of city Police Headquarters on East Second Street forward...  
 
Lawmakers approved the measures unanimously during Monday night's meeting.  As for the project itself, Chief Harry Snellings says they are still working in makeshift areas after water leaking through the ceiling area flooded the reception, entrance and command desk areas of the department.
 
One of the resolutions with local firm, Empire Development, was for a change order, but another was for more insultation to be sprayed on the deck above the headquarters on Tracy Plaza.  Snellings says that will help keep water out, but also help keep warmer air in the facility during the Winter months and cooler air during the Summer.  The third measure approved Monday night is an agreement with LaBella Associates for architectural and engineering services for Phase-Two of the project.  Those measures total about $65,000.
 
 
 
A Warren County, Pennsylvania man faces drug possession charges following an investigation at a gas station just outside of Jamestown early Monday morning...  
 
Sheriff's deputies responded to the Kwik-Fill on Route 60 for a suspicious person in a vehicle who had been parked outside of the business. On arrival, deputes made contact with 26 year-old Rocky Fiscus, who was found to be in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine and Suboxone.  Fiscus was also found to be in possession of various forms of drug paraphernalia and was sent to County Jail on two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia.  He is to appear in Kiantone Town Court at a later date and time. 
 
 
 
The State Department of Transportation is expected to hold a public presentation in April on the roundabout project for the intersection of Routes 20 and 60 in the town of Pomfret.  That from Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis, who says that state DOT officials want to address concerns raised by local residents...
 
Dr. Landis says the DOT has received a number of comments about the project, prompting the public presentation.  The mayor says she is concerned that it could delay the start of the project that was expected to begin this Spring.  She is afraid construction during the Summer months could affect local businesses.  A member of the Village Board, trustee Doug Essek, had started an online petition opposing the project.  About 1,400 people have signed the petition so far.  The roundabout will cost about $3.5-million dollars in federal and state funding.
 
 
 
Gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area remained steady for the fifth straight week with regular, unleaded staying at $2.76 for a gallon...  
 
That from AAA's latest gas price report-- which says despite a one to four-cent drop in prices across the  Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region-- motorists are seeing expensive prices at the pump. The national gas price average is the cheapest seen this month at $2.52, one penny less than last week. However, AAA says prices across the country are $0.29 more than this time last year. Motorists can find current gas prices at GasPrices.AAA.com. 
 
 
 
A teen from Cattaraugus County has been arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated in the town of East Otto early Tuesday morning...  
 
Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley say 19 year-old Jacob McGrainor is accused of getting his vehicle stuck in a farmer's field following a car crash on Monk Hill Road.  McGrainor faces DWI charges in addition to fail to keep right and operate with learner permit.  He was released with tickets to appear in court at later date. 

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