Another fight in front of "The Q" sports bar on Jamestown's westside early last Saturday morning led to the arrest of a city man for disorderly conduct. City police were patrolling the area of West Second and Cherry Streets around closing time when they saw several disorderly subjects... and, a fight broke out on the sidewalk. Officers were able to break up the fight... but, one man -- 31 year-old Lawrence McGrigg -- continued to yell obscenities, and he became aggressive towards police. Police told McGrigg he was under arrest... but, he tried to get away. Police caught up with the suspect... and, after a brief struggle... he was taken into custody. In addition to disorderly conduct... McGrigg was also charged with resisting arrest. He's now free on bail.
A Sinclairville man has been arrested for allegedly hitting another person in the head with an alarm clock during a fight in the town of Gerry. Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Old Chautauqua Road shortly after 10 PM last Friday night on a report of an altercation between two people. Deputies investigated... and, found that 50 year-old Theodore Daughenbaugh had allegedly struck the second person -- who was not identified -- with the clock. Officers say Daughenbaugh was issued an appearance ticket for second-degree Harassment for Gerry Town Court.
The final piece of Jamestown's city budget is in place with final approval of a 475-thousand dollar dividend payment from the Board of Public Utilities. However... some feel the money would better be used to market the BPU... and, the services of some of it's five divisions. While the money is needed for the city's general fund... Mayor Sam Teresi says those making the marketing argument have a valid point... and, the BPU is working on that. Teresi says staff, and some committees have taken up that challenge. Teresi says some BPU Divisions... including Electric and Water... already service other parts of the Greater Jamestown area. One person who spoke out against using the 475-thousand dollar dividend payment from the Electric Division felt the money should be used to market other possible utility uses... such as supporting Geo-Thermal heating for businesses. Teresi made his comments on this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" show.
More potential competitors for upstate New York casino licenses are emerging despite an increasingly crowded Northeast market. New York officials will begin awarding casino licenses next year after voters passed a state constitutional amendment to allow Las Vegas-style casinos beyond Indian land. There will be four upstate licenses available, and more than twice that number of groups have expressed interest in operating a casino in the Catskills region, the Southern Tier or the Albany-Saratoga area. With the new law initially leaving the populous New York City-area market out of the mix, the nearby Catskills has attracted the most interest. Groups that are selected will pay a hefty licensing fee that is not specified. Nearby states charge licensing fees of 50-million dollars or more.
A date has now been set for a Brigadier General with the U-S Army Corps of Engineers to be in Dunkirk this month to get a firsthand look at the city's Lake Erie harborfront area. Mayor A-J Dolce says the top-ranking woman official with the federal agency will be in the north county to look at Dunkirk's situation... and, others... on Tuesday, December 17th. Dolce says a recent visit by the area's Congressman helped get the ball rolling. Dolce says Reed was told about the need for dredging the Dunkirk harborfront area... along with a couple of harborfronts in the town of Hanover. He says the visit by the Brigadier General is another chance for north county officials to show why those parts of Lake Erie need to be dredged.
Collaboration was the big focus of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting held in Dunkirk late last week. A huge gathering was on hand to honor the recipient of the annual Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award. That was presented to Chautauqua Lake Management Commission Chairman Lyle Hajdu (Hay-doo) of Busti. Hajdu says the commission has been working in the spirit of Lydic... who he says had the wisdom to recognize the "power of collaboration." New Jamestown Community College President Cory Duckworth was the event's keynote speaker. He told Chamber members he is still learning about the community college with campuses in Jamestown and Dunkirk. But... in his short time here... Duckworth says he's learned how much of an asset JCC is to the region. Duckworth adds he's still getting acquainted with JCC... and, it's key players. With that... he says "don't expect a new comprehensive strategy" right away. Jim Pullan Jr., of Jamestown Mattress Company was elected Chairman of the Board with Dennis Rak of 'Double-A Vineyards' serving as Vice Chair. SUNY College at Fredonia President Virginia Horvath is beginning her first term on the board.