Jamestown police are investigating a shooting incident early last evening at Chadakoin Park in which one person suffered non-life threatening wounds. However... City Police Chief Harry Snellings says they have no suspect in custody... largely because neither the victim... nor witnesses... are cooperating with police. Snellings says officers were called to the scene near the basketball courts about 6 PM.... but, he says the victim had already been taken to the hospital. Snellings says the victim suffered several, minor wounds, and was treated and later released. He says the victim was a black male... which he had no age for. Snellings says -- the suspect -- who had run off before police arrived -- was apparently hispanic. However... there was no other description of the man. Fortunately... no one else was hurt. He says police don't have a motive for the shooting. If anyone has any information on the case... they're asked to call city police at 483-7537... or their Tip-Line at 483-8477.
Dunkirk Police are continuing their investigation into a shooting that occurred early Easter Sunday morning on East Fourth Street. However... there have been few new developments in the case so far. Police Chief David Ortolano tells us that officers responded to a report of a male gunshot victim in Brook's Memorial Hospital's Emergency Room shortly after 3 AM. Orotolano says they have conducted some interviews. The victim's identity has not been released. Ortolano is encouraging anyone with information about the shooting to call Dunkirk Police at 366-2266... or the department's confidential tip line at 363-0313.
A Binghampton, New York man was seriously hurt when his large truck... which was hauling asphalt... overturned and crashed on Route 59 in Warren County, Pennsylvania. State Police in Warren say 59 year-old Dennis Korell was eastbound just after 7:30 AM Monday when his rig went off the east shoulder in the S-curves... and, traveled on the soft shoulder until it struck a large rock and guard-rail. Troopers say the truck then went into a ditch... and, struck an embankment. Police say the carb then overturned on the driver's side. The trailer was torn open... spilling it's contents into the nearby creek and Allegheny River. Troopers say Korell was trapped inside the cab... and, had to be extracated. He was flown to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania for emergency treatment. Route 59 in that area was closed until about 6:30 last night.
Our bitterly cold Winter both helped... and, hurt the city of Jamestown's bottom line in the first quarter of 2014. That from Comptroller Joe Bellitto... who presented the city's first-quarter financial report at last night's work session. Bellitto says Jamestown is in "decent shape" on the revenue side... thanks in large part to tax equivalent payments from the Board of Public Utilities. He says that's especially the case in the electric division where usage was up. However... Bellitto says the state Comptroller says sales tax revenues may be iffy.
Bellitto says overtime costs are up 31-percent for the first three-months of the year... due mainly to the cold Winter. But... he says that's down from the 43-percent OT costs were up in the first-quarter of 2013. Bellitto adds they only have two-month figures on fuel costs from the BPU... but, adds the numbers they do have show a 25-percent increase over last year. If that keeps up... he says "we could be in trouble." Bellitto told city lawmakers his other area of concern is in health care costs... which he says are up about 8.5-percent due to some "considerable claims" filed over the past few months.
Congress remains on it's Easter Break... but, it's will still be a busy week for local Representative Tom Reed... who has a number of meeting and town hall sessions scheduled across the 23rd District. Reed says his town hall meetings will be held this coming Saturday... with one in Chautauqua County. The Corning Republican also says he'll be meeting with business and industry leaders to update them on his bi-partsian Revitalizing American Manufacturing Innovation... or RAMI Act. Reed says that bill just cleared a Senate Committee. Reed says the need to boost manufacturing in the sprawling 23rd Congressional District is also important to the people he's heard from at Town Hall meetings he's hosted across the district. He says he's also heard a lot about emphasizing agri-business in the Southern Tier District... and, adds there are a number of exciting opportunities there for dairy products... along with grapes and wine... and, microbreweries. As for the town hall meetings on Saturday... he says the first will be held at the Chautauqua Town Municipal Building in Mayville at 10:30 AM.
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly threatening another man several times with a kitchen knife at a downtown apartment house. City police were called to the Noeplace Apartments at 207 Spring Street about 11:30 PM Sunday... and they spoke with the victim. Officers say the man told them that 57 year-old Charles Hough threatened him with the knife. Hough was taken into custody without incident... and, was arraigned on one count of second-degree menacing before being sent for a mental health evaluation.