News Bulletin for Thurs., Nov. 30, 2017

Jadlowski indicted, arraigned on manslaughter and hunting after dark charges in fatal hunting accident...
A Sherman man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with last week's hunting accident on Armenian Road that claimed the life of a woman walking her dogs in a field near her house.  Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says the county Grand Jury returned a two-count indictment against 34 year-old Thomas Jadlowski today for second-degree manslaughter, and hunting after Sunset.  Swanson says Jadlowski was able to post the $50,000 cash bail, and a pre-motion conference will be held in January.  Jadlowski is accused of hunting with a 35-mm handgun last Wednesday night... shortly before 5:30 p.m.... when he said he saw what he thought was a deer about 200 yards away, and he fired one shot.  However, that shot hit 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist.  Jadlowski ran to help after realizing what happened, and put pressure on her wound until Sherman fire rescue team members, and Sheriff's officers arrived.  Mrs. Billquist later died from her wound at an Erie, PA hospital.
 
 

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WJTN Headlines for Thursday Nov. 30, 2017

Jamestown Police have now identified the man killed during a stabbing incident last night on the city's eastside. 
 
City Police now say that 22 year-old Dylan Ownbey is the victim and, say he and the suspect were reportedly walking down Willard Street together when they began to fight with each other.  Officers say the other man allegedly stabbed Ownbey before running off on Peterson Street towards Scioto Street. 
 
It is believed that the two men may have known each other as they were seen walking together prior to the altercation.  It's also believed the suspect may have fled the scene with another person.  Investigators are looking for any information that on the suspects identity. 
 
City police ask anyone with information to call JPD at 483-7537, their confidential tip-line at 483-8477,  or use the Tips-411 app. 
 
 
A city man is jailed on $10,000 cash bail on nearly a dozen charges after allegedly threatening his pregnant girlfriend at the Chautauqua Mall, then leading police on a nearly 25-mile vehicle pursuit. 
 
Lakewood-Busti Police were called to the scene on Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood about noon Tuesday on a report of a domestic incident.  Officers say the victim told them that 30 year-old Travis Spencer had fled the scene after pinning her against a wall, and threatening to kill her.  She says, as she tried to get into her car, Spencer started driving away, causing her to fall onto her stomach and knee. 
 
Police later spotted the vehicle in the parking lot of the Lakewood Village Center, and tried to stop the suspect.  However, they say Spencer sped off westbound on Fairmount Avenue.  Other agencies later joined in, and three different times, they deployed deflation devices. 
 
But, they say Spencer was able to continue into Westfield, where he finally stopped and was arrested.  He was arraigned on 11 charges, including second-degree reckless endangerment and harassment and, sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
A Ripley School teacher has been charged with endangering the welfare of child following an alleged incident earlier this month. 
 
Sheriff's deputies say they received a complaint back on November 3 that 35 year-old Lisa Sabella had allegedly used inappropriate physical contact while dealing with a juvenile child.  Sabella was issued an appearance ticket for Ripley Town court at a later date.
 
 
Dunkirk city firefighters encountered heavy flames and smoke when they battled a structure fire in the north county city yesterday morning. 
 
Crews responded to the blaze at 313 Pelican Street shortly after 10 AM.  The fire scene is not that far from Fire Headquarters, just a block away.  Fire Chief Mike Edwards says they were alerted by a passerby who spotted the fire.
 
He says city crews were able to get the blaze under control within minutes, even though the house was boarded up.  He says there was "heavy-involvement, up to the second-floor" of the building.  No injuries were reported.  Edwards says a heating unit on the first floor had malfunctioned, triggering the blaze.
 
 
The Clymer Central School District will begin the search for a new superintendant shortly due to fall-out from district voters overwhelmingly defeating a proposed merger with Panama. 
 
Bert Lictus, who has been superintendent for both districts the past few years, made the announcement at Tuesday night's board meeting in Clymer. 
 
Lictus confirmed the move for us Wednesday morning.   He called it a "very trying" time, and told board members in his statement that while he supported a merger with Panama, it was "made abundantly clear that the community and the board of education may not agree with my vision for this district."  Lictus will remain superintendent there until February 2 of next year.
 
 
A new owner is looking for help from the state to redevelop the former Vikings Lodge on Jamestown's westside to become a new commercial and convention hall location. 
 
That from city Development Director Vince DeJoy after the City Council this week approved an application for an up to one-million dollar Restore-New York grant for the project.  DeJoy says the new owner, Falconer-area businessman James Schwab, is still early in the process of lining up financing for the effort.
 
The lodge fell into disrepair after it was vandalized by members of a semi-pro hockey team who were staying in the lodge at the time.  DeJoy says plans include renaming the new building the "3 Vikings Convention Center and Meeting Rooms."  He adds that Schwab had purchased the building earlier this year, and has done some preliminary work on it already. 
 
DeJoy says Schwab's son, Martin, is also going in on the venture with his experience in event planning.  He says they are also seeking old pictures of the former Vikings Lodge that would be part of the renovation effort. 
 
 
Fredonia Mayor Athenesia Landis has declared a state of emergency in the village. 
 
The mayor says she made the declaration in an effort to begin fixing the problem of discolored water in some parts of the village. Earlier this month, Dr. Landis told us that an emergency declaration was apparently the only way to secure emergency funding from the state.
 
Mayor Landis says the village is looking to address water problems that affect portions of six streets.  She is advising residents there are no new problems with the water and they should not be alarmed.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Wednesday Nov. 29, 2017

Jamestown Police are continuing to investigate a homicide that occured yesterday evening in the city. 
 
At 7 p.m., City Police report that two men were walking down Willard Street together when they began to fight with one another.  City police say one of the men allegedly stabbed the other before running off on Peterson Street towards Scioto Street. 
 
It is believed that the two men may have known each other as they were seen walking together prior to the altercation.  The name of the 22 year-old male victim is not being released at this time.  The identity of the suspect who fled after stabbing the victim in not known at this time.
 
Investigators are looking for any information that may be known on the identity of the suspect.  City police ask anyone with information to call JPD at 483-7537 or their confidential tip-line at 483-8477 or use the Tips-411 app. 
 
 
Jamestown police are on the look-out for a lone bandit who held up the Kwik Fill convenience store at knife-point on West 3rd Street early Tuesday morning. 
 
City Poilce Captain Bob Samuelson says a tall, black male entered the store at 1617 West 3rd  about 2 a.m. and demanded cash from the register.  Samuelson says they do have surveillance video that shows he appears to be a black male, who is about 6"4 or taller in height.
 
The suspect also allegedly had a backpack with him.  Samuelson says the clerk at the store was not hurt.  He says they are trying to identify the suspect and, says they are following up on several leads. 
 
Samuelson says if you have any information on the robbery, you can call them directly at 483-7537.  You can also call them anonymously at their Confidential Tips-line at 483-TIPs (483-8477).  Samuelson says you can also contact their Tips 4-1-1 app. 
 
 
Half-a-dozen fire departments responded Tuesday afternoon to the scene of an Amish sawmill fire in the town of French Creek. 
 
Chautauqua County fire dispatchers say Clymer fire crews were called to the scene at 9227 Cherry Hill Road near the Clymer town line shortly before 1:30 PM.  Clymer then reportedly put out a call for mutual aid from several departments. 
 
The fire was reportedly out by mid-afternoon.  There were no reports of injuries and, there's been no report of the amount of damage.  County fire investigators were called to the scene late yesterday afternoon to determine a cause.
 
 
A half-million dollar grant is on the way to Jamestown to help the city hire a Rochester-area firm that will help design a new downtown parking strategy for the city based on the work of an ad hoc committee. 
 
That from city Development Director Vince DeJoy, who says the final piece was put in place Monday when the City Council approved receiving a $100,000 grant from the Gebbie Foundation to match the $400,000 grant from the state.
 
DeJoy says this is the first-phase of an effort to implement what the Parking Advisory Committee has recommended.
 
DeJoy says Bergman Associates will develop what's called a "wayfinding" study to create ways to inform people of parking options in the city.  The advisory committee earlier this month released it's findings, which include removal of the two-hour free parking zone in the downtown area. 
 
The recommendations also include no increase in parking fees and, converting all two-hour meters to three-hour meters.  The 12-hour meters will be placed on the outskirts of the Central Business District to improve fairness in enforcement.
 
 
Gas prices in the Jamestown-area are holding steady this week with the cost of regular, unleaded fuel down about half-a-penny over last week. 
 
That from the AAA's Gas Price Report  which says the price is now just over $2.75 a gallon.  The Gas Price Report says that's about $0.37 a gallon more at this time last year.  AAA says nationally, the average price is now $2.51 cents, which is about $0.03 a gallon less than last week. 
 
The Gas Price Report says prices are generally cheaper in both the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions,  falling everywhere except in Washington, D.C.  
 
 
Members of the New York state Assembly are planning two big hearings on critical components of the state's educational system. 
 
The first, on December 5th, will focus on how private primary and secondary schools measure student success.  The second, a week later, will delve into new higher education scholarship programs.
 
 
Congress is expected to vote on legislation today that would make training to stop sexual harassment and discrimination manditory for members of the House of Representatives. 
 
23rd District Congressman Tom Reed says he fully-supports the measure, introduced by Virginia Republican Barbara Comstock.  Reed says the training would be required for all members of Congress and their staffs at the start of each Congressional Session.  He says his office already complies voluntarily.
 
Reed says this is not the first time that anti-sexual harassment legislation has gone before House members.  However, given the number of cases of harassment and sexual assault now being reported among House and Senate members, the Corning Republican says it's time to pass it because this kind of behavior has to "be confronted" in this nation and society. 
 
Reed has supported efforts to pass anti-sexual assault and harassment legislation in the past because it's affected his family.  His niece was raped a few years ago.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
The annual Jamestown Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration will take place this Friday night.
 
Marketing and Events Manager for the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation Zach Agett, says the over 20 year-old tradition starts with the line-up at 5 p.m. on West 3rd Street between Hallock Street and Porter Avenue. Agett says this year's theme is an acknowledgment of the Olympic winter games. 
 
He adds that there will be sports-themed floats, Olympic rings and torches for decoration and, music and remarks from Mayor Sam Teresi. In addition,  Agett says that Santa will be on the last float in the parade that ends in front of Tracy Plaza and, where the lighting of the city's Christmas tree and fireworks will be displayed at 8 PM. 
 
The Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebrated is sponsored by the Resource Center. For more information, visit JamestownRenaissance.org

 

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WJTN Headlines for Tuesday Nov. 28, 2017

The Jamestown City Council has approved a $35.7-million 2018 budget increases taxes by 1.1% but, again requires an infusion of cash from New York state. 
 
The spending plan also brings the city's total taxes to the city's constitutional taxing limit.  The council approved the budget last night by a 7-to-1 vote with Republican First-Ward Councilman Brent Sheldon casting the lone "no" vote.  Sheldon, though did vote in favor of the amendment to add just over $946,000 from the state to balance the budget.
 
However fellow Republican, and City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce said revenues remain stagnant and, city departments have already been cut to the bone.  He calls it a "frustrating situation." 
 
Following last night's meeting Mayor Sam Teresi said he's been in on-going talks with the state about the projected deficit and, he says they did not come out and say directly that the money would be there. 
 
However, he says they did say they could increase the amount of per capita state aid they receive by $946,000.
 
 
Jamestown is receiving a more than $500,000 grant to replace drinking water lead service lines as part of New York's Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017. 
 
Governor Cuomo announced Monday that a total of $20-million being awarded from the program. 
 
Cuomo says these "critical improvements to New York's drinking water infrastructure are vital to protecting public health and to laying the foundation for future growth and economic prosperity in these communities." 
 
The city is receiving just over $567,000 from the program.
 
 
A Chautauqua County Grand Jury will hear the case of a Sherman man who allegedly fired a gunshot that killed a woman during a hunting accident on Armenian Road last week. 
 
District Attorney Patrick Swanson says there are still no local charges that have been filed against 34 year-old Thomas Jadlowski in the death of 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist. 
 
Swanson says he met with Sheriff Joe Gerace and investigators from the Sheriff's Department about the case Monday morning and, finished up preliminary investigative work on the matter.
 
Sheriff's officers were called to the scene in the area of 2998 Armenian Road shortly before 5:30 p.m. last Wedneday.  On arrival, officers say EMS crews had found Billquist with a single gun-shot wound. 
 
Jadlowski called 911 and gave the woman first-aid until EMTs arrived and, Billquist was taken to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania where she later died. 
 
Jadlowski told officers that he thought he had spotted a deer, and fired on shot from about 200-yards away.  State law prohibits hunters from shooting after sunset.
 
 
Two Salamanca residents were arrested after a large quantity of drugs including methamphetamine and psychedelic mushrooms, were found in their vehicle following a traffic stop last Wednesday. 
 
State Police out of Olean say they conducted a traffic stop on Elm Street for vehicle and traffic infractions.  During an interview with the driver Lindsey Little, Troopers say an odor of marijuana was detected from inside the car. 
 
During a probable-cause search, Little refused to follow commands and pulled away from Troopers.  She attempted to walk away and was placed in handcuffs.
 
The passenger, Andrew Maclean, was then detained while Troopers searched the car, which revealed over 15 grams of meth... over five grams of psychedelic mushrooms, marijuana and heroin.
 
Officers also found a switchblade knife, digital scales and, plastic baggies. Both occupants of the vehicle were taken to Salamanca Police department holding cells pending arraignment. 
 
 
A former, long-time member of the WJTN-Media One Group family has passed away. 
 
Retired News Director Almon "Hap" Hazard died at a hospital in Manahawken, New Jersey Sundaynight following a brief illness at the age of 87.  He was living with this step-daughter, Linda Donovan, in recent times.  He had lived in Jamestown for the past several decades after retiring from the former James Broadcasting Company in 1995.
 
Hap was very involved during his approximately 40 year career here with writting many editorials for Station Owner and President, Si Goldman.
 
WJTN became known for it's editorials, voiced for many years by Si Goldman and, some later by retired General Manager Merrill Rosen. 
 
Hap was born in 1930 in Olean, New York and, grew up in Bolivar in Alleghany County.  He was a Korean War Veteran and, moved here in the 1950s.  He and his late wife, Janice Price-Hazard, were married just over 48 years.  She passed away in 2012.  Funeral arrangements for "Hap" Hazard are incomplete at this time.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Industrial Develpment Agency is getting the word out about a special meeting on the future of the Athenex project. 
 
The session involving the IDA, Southern Tier Builders Association, and the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism agency, is aimed at local construction companies. 
 
The IDA's Kristine Morabito says that includes sub-contractors, and other related groups.
 
Morabito says they expect more than 100 construction jobs to come out of the project and the County IDA would like to see as many of the jobs involve local hires. 
 
The meeting will take place on December 6th from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the JCC North County Training Center on Bennett Road.  
 
 
Dunkirk Police have released additional details about the arrest of a city man last Monday who was being sought by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office for an incident that occurred on October 7. 
 
A city police officer had stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation at the corner of West 5th Street and Central Avenue. The driver, who was later identified as 20-year-old Trevon Tripp, did not have any identification and gave officers several false names and dates of birth. 
 
Tripp is also accused of physically resisting and fighting with officers when he was being placed into custody.  Police used a taser on Tripp after a brief struggle.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Monday Nov. 27, 2017

Chautauqua County's top-cop says an Ohio man was "totally irresponsible" in his actions during a second hunting accident in the county within a three day period. 
 
In last Friday's incident in the town of North Harmony, no one was hurt, but a rifle shot from 26 year-old Marvin Miller of Middlefield, Ohio just missed two men riding in a pick-up truck near Snake Forest Road just before 11:30 a.m.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says it's "hard to believe" that Miller mistook the movement of the truck for a deer while he was hunting.
 
Fortunately in this case, neither Robert Merritt of Springboro, Pennsylvana nor his passenger were hurt.  They were reportedly riding in the pick-up truck on an access road near State Lands in North Harmony. 
 
Officers say Miller fired one round from his high-powered rifle, striking the truck in the driver's side front fender.  The round hit the engine, disabling the truck.  Deputies say Miller came out of the woods, and checked on the two occupants.  He was arraigned on charges of discharging a firearm across a public roadway, and second-degree reckless endangerment.  He was released on bail.
 
 
Sheriff's officers and the Chatuauqua County District Attorney's Office are continuing to investigate last Wednesday's tragic hunting accident in the town of Sherman that claimed the life of a woman who was out walking her dogs. 
 
Sheriff's officers were called to the scene in the area of 2998 Armenian Road shortly before 5:30 PM.  On arrival, officers say EMS crews had found 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist, who lived at the address, with a single gun-shot wound.  She later died at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania. 
 
Sheriff Gerace says District Attorney Patrick Swanson is now looking into the matter, and they will meet later today.  Sheriff's deputies say the hunter, 34 year-old Thomas Jadlowski of Sherman, had called 911 and gave the woman first-aid until EMT's arrived.  Jadlowski says he saw a deer in a field about 200 yards away from his location, and fired one shot.  Deputies say Jadlowski is cooperating with the investigation.
  
 
A man from the Fluvanna area is jailed without bail for allegedly assaulting another person in the town of Ellicott early Sunday morning. 
 
Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene on the Fluvanna-Townline Road about 12:30 a.m. on the report of a physical altercation and, on arrival, spoke with the suspect, 19 year-old Shane Waite. 
 
Following their investigation, officers arrested Waite for third-degree assault, and attempted second-degree assault, as well as second-degree criminal mischief, and endangering the welfare of a child.  He was arraigned and sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
Jamestown firefighters made quick work of a basement fire last weekend on the city's westside that's temporarily left a family of five homeless. 
 
Jamestown Fire Battalion Chief Sam Salemme says crews were called to the scene at 154 Fairview Avenue about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, and quickly found the flames in the basement area.  Salemme adds they also found smoke filling the house.
 
Salemme says crews were pretty much able to contain the blaze to the basement area, where there is some "significant damage."  He adds there was also smoke damage to the rest of the house. 
 
Salemme says an off-duty shift of 11 firefighters and a shift commander was called in to assist at the scene, and man the City Hall fire station.  Crews were at the scene until about 5:30 p.m.  The family is being helped by the local Red Cross.  No one was hurt, the cause is under investigation.
 
 
A pair of Jamestown-area men face trespassing charges after they were allegedly found living in a hunting cabin in the town of Harmony that didn't belong to them. 
 
Sheriff's deputies say they were called to the scene on Demming Road earlier this month on a report of trespassing and, found the two men there.  Officers say they arrested 29 year-old Thomas Bascom of Kennedy and, 26 year-old Luis Diaz-Vazquez of Celoron for third-degree criminal trespass.  Both were issued appearance tickets for Harmony Town Court at a later date.
 
 
In state government news this week, millions of residents can look forward to a tax cut next year. 
 
Senate Republican leaders are touting the tax cut, which they pushed through the Legislature in 2016 and which is being gradually phased in.  Middle-class tax payers will save an average of $250 next year. 
 
Meanwhile, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has returned from the recent climate conference in Bonn, Germany, where he stressed the state's interest in reducing emissions and embracing sustainability, despite the U.S. pulling out of the Paris climate agreement. 
 
 
New York officials are asking state residents to think locally when choosing a Christmas tree. 
 
State agricultural officials say there are 875 farms in upstate New York that sell more than 300,000 trees a year.  The Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York website lists local farms. 
 
The state also allows tree farmers who follow sustainability standards to take part in the New York State Grown & Certified program.  There is some concern, though, that there may be a tree shortage nationwide this year.

 

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News Headlines for Fri., Nov. 25, 2017

Gerace says Ohio hunter involved in Friday hunting accident was "totally irresponsible..."
Chautauqua County's top-cop says an Ohio man was "totally irresponsible" in his actions during a second hunting accident in the county within the past three days.  In Friday's case in the town of North Harmony... no one was hurt... but a rifle shot from 26 year-old Marvin Miller of Middlefield, Ohio just missed two men riding in a pick-up truck near Snake Forest Road just before 11:30 a.m. Friday.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says it's "hard to believe" that Miller mistook the movement of the truck for a deer while he was hunting.  Gerace says hunters not only need to be tracking their prey... but, need to be aware of all their surroundings, including people and vehicles.  He says, once a shot is taken, there's "no taking it back."  Fortunately in this case... neither Robert Merritt of Springboro, Pennsylvana nor his passenger were hurt.  They were reportedly riding in the pick-up truck on an access road near State Lands in North Harmony.  Officers say Miller fired one round from his high-powered rifle, striking the truck in the driver's side front fender.  Gerace says Miller faces two charges... including second-degree reckless endangerment.  Deputies say Miller came out of the woods, and checked on the two occupants.  He was arraigned on his two charges... and, released on bail.
 
 
Holiday Valley opens to good-turn-out Friday, open through weekend...
A special ski season at Holiday Valley resort in Ellicottville is underway... even though there's little if any snow on the ground around the Western Southern Tier.  That from Holiday Valley Ski Resort in Ellicottville opened up at 9 a.m. Friday with with a limited number of slopes open.  However... Marketing Director Jane Eshbaugh says it's been cold enough most nights to make, and keep the snow that's being made by their snow-guns.  Eshbaugh says they had a good turn-out yesterday for the start of their 60th season.  She says they have two ski lifts... and, five slopes open right now.  He says they'll be open again today until 10 p.m., and, will be open again from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.  Eshbaugh says they've been making as much snow as possible over the past two-and-a-half weeks... and, they currently have a 6 to 20-inch base so far.  She says their first big event will be their annual Demo Day on December 16th.  She says they'll be celebrating their actual 60th anniversary early next year.  For more information on Holiday Valley, call 699-2345... or go on-line to www.holidayvalley.com, or their Facebook page.
 
 
County Office for the Aging helping local seniors with Medicare Enrollment...
More of the "Baby Boomer" generation is retiring this year... and, if you have reached the age of 65 this year... that means you should be looking into enrolling in a traditional Medicare -- or a Medicare Advantage program.  The Chautauqua County Office for the Aging provides help to local residents trying to navigate the many plans out there for retirees.  The office's Chris Chernois (Chur-oh-niss) says a lot of local residents like the advantage plans... but, she adds those change each year.  Cheronis says if you don't have high hospitalization, and are on some maintenance medication, there are good Advantage plans out there that provide good coverage.  Medicare Enrollment runs now through Dec. 7, and, Chernois adds that traditional Medicare only covers 80-percent of your medical costs.  She says if you don't have any coverage... you are responsible for that bill... and, that can add up to a lot of money.  She says you will also need a stand-alone prescription drug plan in that case.  For more information... call the Office for the Aging's NY Connects number at 753-4582... or toll free at 661-7582.
 
 
Tranum touts Small Business Saturday...
Today is an important day for local retailers... Small Business Saturday.  Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says they have been a local champion of the annual event and believe it makes a difference for local businesses across the county to affirm the importance of shoping locally.  Tranum is reminding local residents about another local program through the Chamber... "Shoptauqua."  He says it's been a gift-check program... but, is now a "gift card program" with more than 100 businesses locally taking part.  Tranum says you can get more information about the gift card program by calling the Chamber at 366-6200 or by going online to www.chautauquachamber.org.
 
 
 

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WJTN Headlines for Friday Nov. 24, 2017

A woman out walking her dogs in a field in the town of Sherman is dead after a hunter mistook her for a deer and shot her late Wednesday afternoon on Aremenian Road. 
 
Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene in the area of 2998 Armenian Road shortly before 5:30 p.m..  On arrival, officers say EMS crews had found 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist, who lived at the address, with a single gun-shot wound. 
 
Deputies Officers say the hunter, 34 year-old Thomas Jadlowski of Cornish Street in Sherman, had called 911 and had applied pressure to Billquist's wound until EMT's arrived.  Jadlowski says he saw a deer in a field about 200 yards away from his location, and fired one shot.  He says he heard a woman scream and, immediately ran to help. 
 
Billquist was taken to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania where she later died.  Sheriff's deputies were joined in the investigation by the state Department of Environmental Conservation Police. 
 
DEC officials say that Jadlowski fired the shot after sunset, which is the legal limit to hunt deer.  Officers say Jadlowski is cooperating with the investigation, and no charges have been filed yet in the case.  The case will be reviewed by the Chautauqua County District Attorney's Office.
 
 
Black Friday shopping is underway across the nation and Chautauqua County. 
 
The Chautauqua Mall reopened at 6 this morning, after being open a few hours last night.  The Bon-Ton stayed open all night, while Pennys and Sears are reopening early this morning. 
 
Wal-Mart and K-Mart are also among the stores that opened a few hours late Thanksgiving Day, and open early today.  Chautauqua Mall Marketing Director Cynde Johnson says they are open until 9 tonight.  Johnson says the mall will again be open early on Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m.  Santa arrives at Noon today.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for annual shopping season that kicks off after Thanksgiving and will once again be taking part in the annual Small Business Saturday. 
 
Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says the chamber has signed on as a "Neighborhood Champion" for Small Business Saturday.  He says a recent study by the Michigan State University Center for Community and Economic Development shows that spending locally can make a difference.
 
Among the activities being supported by the county Chamber is Small Business Saturday in downtown Jamestown and, Tranum says the Dunkirk Community Chamber of Commerce is working together with the north county city to celebrate Small Business Saturday in the D&F Plaza. 
 
Tranum says the county chamber is signed on as a "Neighborhood Champion" for Small Business Saturday and, adds they rolled out their newest "Shoptauqua Gift Card" program.  You can get a full list of participating merchants by visiting Shoptauqua.com.  
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he supports "net neutrality" on the Internet but, not by government regulation. 
 
The Corning Republican is reacting to a decision by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to follow through on his pledge to repeal 2015 regulations designed to ensure that internet service providers treat all online content and apps equally.  Under net neutrality, Internet Service Providers are treated as a "public utility".
 
However, consumer advocates say eliminating net neutrality will take away such things as "high-speed" Internet from the less affluent, as well as access to the net, and content. 
 
Pai's attempt to roll back the current rules sets up a showdown with those consumer groups and internet companies who fear the move will stifle competition and innovation.  Pai says his plan will encourage providers such as Comcast and AT&T to improve their networks.
 
 
Eight peopl, including one from Jamestown, have been selected to be part of Chautauqua County Executive-Elect George Borrello's transition team. 
 
Borrello announced his team earlier this week and, it includes Jamestown Development Director Vince DeJoy a Democrat who is also a former member of the City Council. 
 
Borrello, a Republican, says his team will help carry out his campaign promise to visit 100 businesses and organizations in his first 100 days in office.  He says the team will identify those businesses and groups that'll help develop a plan to spur economic development.
 
Borrello adds that the transition team will also help him implement his "Countywide Alliance for Enforcement and Rehabilitation" or CAER program to help address the drug crisis facing the county.  He says people from law enforcement, treatment and prevention will be involved with that. 
 
Other well-known residents on Borrello's transition team include Dunkirk Democratic County Legislator Bob Bankowski, who is a retired state Corrections Officer.  Borrello adds the transition team is more about selecting people who "brought the most to the table" so he can hit the ground running on January 1st.
 
 
The effort by the Prendergast Library in Jamestown to sell what's left of it's valuable art collection at auction has drawn state and nation-wide attention. 
 
The move has drawn opposition from some of the organization's supporters.  The New York Times reports the Jamestown library was to sell nine paintings at Sotheby's European art sale this past Tuesday.  However, only three actually sold. 
 
The paintings being auctioned include 19th-century works that the auction house estimated could sell for a total of up to $1.2 million.  Library officials say they need to sell most of its art collection in order to pay the bills.  
 
 
Chautauqua County Fire investigators are looking into the cause of a garage fire that occurred late last Wednesday night in the city of Dunkirk. 
 
Dunkirk Fire Captain Gary Katta says that crews responded to a residence at 436 Lake Shore Drive West at about 11:45 PM for a report of light smoke inside the residence.
 
Katta says the fire was contained to the garage area, but a vehicle was severely damaged, and the remainder of the residence sustained smoke damage.  No injuries were reported

 

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News Headlines for Thurs., Nov. 23, 2017

Sherman woman killed in hunting accident in town of Sherman...
A Sherman woman is dead following a hunting accident Wednesday afternoon on Armenian Road in the town of Sherman.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene in the area of 2998 Armenian Rd. shortly before 5:30 p.m.  On arrival... deputies say EMS crews found 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist, who lived at the address with a single gun-shot wound.  Officers say the hunter, 34 year-old Thomas Jadlowski of Cornish Street in Sherman, called 9-1-1 and had applied pressure to Billquist's wound until EMT's arrived.  Jadlowski says he saw a deer in a field about 200 yards away from his location, and fired one shot.  He says he heard a woman scream... and, immediately went to her location.  She was taken to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania where she later died.  Sheriff's deputies were joined in the investigation by the state Department of Environmental Conservation Police.  DEC officials say their early investigation shows that Billquist was in the field walking her dogs at the time of the incident.  They add that Jadlowski fired the shot after sunset, which is the legal limit to hunt deer.  Officers say Jadlowski is cooperating with the investigation, and no charges have been filed yet in the case.  The case will be reviewed by the Chautauqua County District Attorney's Office.
 
Gerace praises two men who rescued Chautauqua man from burning house...
Two men are being praised for saving the life of a town of Chautauqua man who was trapped inside his burning home last Sunday night... and, they pulled him out to safety.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace is praising off-duty Lancaster Police officer Shaun Dimino and a next door neighbor, for getting the 67 year-old man out of his Morris Road home.  Gerace says Dimino has a nearby hunting cabin... and, called the Sheriff's Department about 9:20 last Sunday night.  However... he didn't know the address, and went next door to ask homeowner Austin Clark so he could call 9-1-1.  Gerace says the neighbor joined with him to go into the burning home to carry the unidentified man out.  Gerace says the man inside the home is doing okay after the harrowing experience.  Firefighters got to the scene and put the fire out... but, Gerace says if not for the actions of Dimino and Clark... the outcome occupant could have been very different.
 
Gerace touts Thanksgiving Day Holiday Safety...
Chautauqua County residents should be thinking "safety first..." when traveling during the long Thanksgiving Day holiday... and not drink and drive.  That from Sheriff Joe Gerace... who is urging motorists to drive with caution when going to relatives or friends over the next four days.  Triple-A is estimating that just under 51-million Americans will be traveling between now and Sunday night.  In addition to not drinking and driving... Gerace says buckle up and wear your seat-belt.  He adds be courteous to others on the highways.  In addition... Gerace says man sure you get enough rest before taking that long-trip.  The holiday -- for the most part -- starts today... and, the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving has become one of the biggest "party nights" of the year.  Gerace again urges people not to drink and drive... and, don't use drugs and drive.  If you are going to drink, get a designated driver, or taxi.
 

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WJTN Headlines for Wednesday Nov. 22, 2017

A Cattaraugus County man is accused of manslaughter in connection with last Saturday night's one-car crash in the town of Salamanca that took the life of a passenger. 
 
Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley say 21 year-old Damion Taylor of Jimerson Road was at the wheel when the vehicle crashed shortly before Midnight Sunday on Old Route 17. 
 
Officers say Taylor's car crossed the center-line, and struck a tree and, the force of the crash ejected an unidentifed passenger, who was pronounced dead at the scene. 
 
Taylor was arraigned in Salamanca Town Court and, sent to the Little Valley jail.  Deputies say the investigation is continuing and, more charges are pending.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Board of Elections is expected to certify the November 7 election later today, now that absentee and military ballots have been counted. 
 
That from Republican Elections Commissioner Brian Abram, who says there were a few races too close to call on Election Night.  Abram says they are now final, pending the certification. 
 
In Jamestown, the board reports no change in winners in the City Council at-large races.  Republican Kim Ecklund was still leading vote getter with 2,430 tallies, while Republican Andrew Liuzzo wound up second with 2,075 votes.  Democrat Vanessa Weinert wound up third with 2,063 votes.  All three win seats beginning in 2018.
 
 
The U.S. Senate's Finance Committee has approved that chamber's version of a tax cut and jobs plan President Donald Trump wants on his desk to sign by Christmas. 
 
With that, the bill is expected to go before the full Senate sometime after the Thanksgiving Break.  That from local Congressman Tom Reed, who says if that winds up being the case, that will give both the House and Senate nearly a month to reconcil plans, and get a final version to the president.
 
The Senate version does have a number of differences, including seven tax brackets compared to four in the House of Representatives. 
 
There's also the issue of the Senate version not including the local and state property tax deduction up to $10,000.  Reed says he's positive there will be a fairly quick reconciliation, especially if each side is willing to compromise for "80-percent of the loaf" instead of the entire loaf.  He says even if the bill is finally in place in the early days of 2018, it could still be made retroactive to the start of the year. 
 
 
Two people from Jamestown are being held in the county jail on $100,000 bail each after allegedly selling over half an ounce methamphetamine to an undercover drug agent Monday night in Stockton. 
 
Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, and Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies say they arrested 45 year-old Tonya Diblasi and 29 year-old James Chase shortly before 8:30 p.m. at a location on Route 380.  They face charges including third-degree criminal sale and, possession of a controlled substance. 
 
As a result of the arrest, Task force agents say they seized an additional quantity of meth, prescription narcotics and, concentrated cannabis. They also found scales, packaging materials and, a stun gun. Both Diblasi and Chase were remanded to County jail pending further court action. 
 
 
Four Jamestown-area police departments were awarded the American Automobile Association-East Central's Platinum Community Traffic Safety Award for their safety efforts yesterday afternoon at the Olive Garden in Lakewood.
 
AAA East Central's Safety Advisor says it's an honor to recognize their outstanding success with traffic safety education over a 3 to 5 year period.
 
Receiving the Platinum Award in our area were the Jamestown Police Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department, New York State Police in Jamestown, and Saint Mary's. Jamestown Police Captain Todd Isaacson says it's a great honor to receive the award and that it's a "team effort".
 
Several other departments were honored through the AAA Safety Awards Program for their continuing efforts to prevent the number of fatalities by conducting educational programs and promotional campaigns to encourage the development of safe driving habits. The gold award was presented to Warren County Sheriff's Department, Warren County Police Department, and Youngsville Police Department. 
 
 
A Dunkirk man is jailed on $250,000 bail after a drug raid Monday in the city led to the seizure of over 16-ounces of methamphetamine. 
 
The New York State Police C-NET team, in a joint investigation with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force arrested 24 year-old Ryan Lopez, junior for second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-A felony.  Officers say the meth seized is worth an estimated $16,000.  Lopez was arraigned in Dunkirk City Court and, taken to the county jail.
 
 
The organizations that represent small and bigger businesses in the Jamestown area are again asking the city to appoint business leaders to the Board of Public Utilities. 
 
In addition to heading up the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, Todd Tranum is also Executive Director of the Manufacturer's Association of the Southern Tier. 
 
Tranum was critical of the most recent changes Mayor Sam Teresi made to the BPU, which he says until the most recent appointments, had good business representation.
 
Mayor Teresi, who by virtue of his office, is president of the BPU, also makes appointments to the board.  At the time he made several appointments last year, he said business was well-represented on the panel. 
 
Those new appointees in the past year or so include Chairman Chuck Cornell and, members Tyler Case, Terrance Horner, and Ralph Wallace.
 
 
Jamestown police assisted federal authorities yesterday morning with an investigation near the downtown area.  However, no details have been released. 
 
City Police Chief Harry Snellings confirms that officers assisted agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in executing a federal warrant in the area of East Fourth and Sixth Streets. 
 
However, Snellings declined further comment because the FBI was heading up the investigation.  The raid reportedly took place about 7 AM. 
 
We do have a call into FBI Spokeswoman Maureen Dempsey in Buffalo but, have not heard back from her at this time.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Tuesday Nov. 21, 2017

The Jamestown City Council is faced with two options to close a nearly one-million dollar projected shortfall in Mayor Sam Teresi's 2018 budget proposal. 
 
That was the general feeling of the three people who addressed Council during it's required public hearing on Teresi's $35.7-million proposal last night.  On the one hand, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says there are a number of resources the city should be using to bring in more commercial and industrial development.
 
Tranum says the city needs a long-term plan to "grow" a tax base that will bring in more revenue to Jamestown.  From the other side retired Board of Public Utilities employee Doug Champ says the city needs to look at cutting costs and again proposed moving the stormwater improvement, and leaf collection program to the BPU. 
 
The city council will now consider the input offered at the hearing and, other meetings and, consider changes to the budget proposal, which is to be voted on by next Monday night. 
 
 
One of the big items that city lawmakers are waiting to hear about for next year's budget is whether the state will again be able to help plug that $947,000 shortfall. 
 
That from Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce, who says he understands the concerns about the City Council following the charter.  However, Dolce says they are not violating the city's guidelines in how they put the budget together last year and, this year.
 
If the state does help cover the entire cost, while the city continues a restructuring plan that's been underway, that gives them more time to get those pieces in place.  If not, he says they'll have to look elsewhere for help and, may again have to start the new year with a deficit-budget. 
 
Mayor Sam Teresi was in Albany last week and, met with state officials about the city's fiscal problems.
 
 
Last Saturday night's armed robbery and shooting at a home on Jamestown's eastside was not a random act. 
 
That from City Police Captain Bob Samuelson, who says police are still looking for the two suspects who allegedly broke into the home at 533 East Fifth Street and, robbed the occupants before shooting one of them. 
 
Samuelson says they were called to the scene shortly after 8 p.m., and a male victim was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for a wound to the abdomen.  Samuelson says he was later transferred to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania.
 
Samuelson says the victim is cooperating but, would not say what was taken during the robbery.  He adds that anyone who may have information on the suspects to this incident or their whereabouts should call Jamestown Police at 483-7537 or their anonymous tips line at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477. 
 
You can also contact their Tip 4-1-1 App and, police say all calls and tips will be kept confidential.  
 
 
A Sherman man is jailed on $75,000 bail after a recent raid at his home led to discovery of a methamphetamine lab and two weapons. 
 
Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, and Sheriff's Department SWAT team, executed a search warrant at 170 Park Street and, had a vaild arrest warrant for the occupant. 
 
Task Force agents say 42 year-old Edwin Hannold, Junior was wanted for fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.  A search of the home led officers to seize a quantity of cash, a large amount of Meth and methamphetamine oil. 
 
They also found the meth lab and a shotgun and a rife.  Hannold was arraigned and sent to the County Jail and he faces additional possession charges including fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
 
 
A Jamestown man was arrested for violating Leandra's Law and endangering the welfare of two children after allegedly driving while toxicated almost twice the legal limit on Saturday.
 
State Police say they received a complaint of an erratically driving vehicle in southern Chautauqua County and stopped the suspected vehicle on Buffalo Street Extension in Jamestown after observing similar violations.
 
The driver, identified as 37 year-old Jason Green was arrested after failing several sobriety tests during the stop. While in custody, Green provided a breath sample of 0.15. He is scheduled to appear in the Town of Ellicott Court on a later date to answer charges. The children were turned over to a relative at the scene.
 
 
Jamestown-area residents are being urged to contact local law enforcement if there is no animal control officer to deal with possible animal cruelty cases. 
 
That in the wake of Jamestown firefighters rescuing two dogs from a house fire late last week and, City police arrested three of the occupants.  While speaking with Dennis Webster Monday, Chautauqua County Humane Society Executive Director Kellie Roberts says that the county does not have a Humane Officer but, adds you can still contact local police.
 
Roberts says the Humane Society is part of the second step and, would aid in removing animals should such a situation arise.  She says they can provide needed food and sheltering, and take pictures to assist in an investigation. 
 
Roberts also says that the Humane Society has resources for folks who need help caring for their own pets, including those who may be struggling financially or those who may need information on pet training.  She adds that CCHS is there to take in animals, but if they are in a loving and caring home already, they are there to offer a helping hand to keep them with their owners. 
 
 
An upstate New York woman says in a federal lawsuit that she was sexually harassed by a state employee, and the governor knew and did nothing to stop it. 
 
The governor's office denies the allegations.  Lisa Marie Cater says former Empire State Development Corporation Regional President William "Sam" Hoyt helped her get a job at the department of motor vehicles, and then used that as an excuse to harass and assault her, starting in 2015.  She says he would call, text and email her inappropriately.  She says he sent her a nude image and groped her.  She says she tried to report the abuse. 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo's office said it launched investigations after the office received allegations in October 2016.  Hoyt resigned Oct. 30. His lawyer told the New York Post that his client denied the allegations.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Monday Nov. 20, 2017

The Southern Tier has seen it's first measurable snowfall of the season.
 
Bob Hamiliton with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says since the Winter Weather Advisory was put into place, snowfall amounts "worked out perfect". Adding that by looking at the web cameras, 2 to 5 inches were seen on grassy, higher elevations while there was little snow on the road.
 
Hamilton says the we can expect to see another inch or so today. The Winter Weather Advisory was lifted earlier this morning for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Wyoming, and Southern Erie Counties. 
 
 
Snow-slicked roads on Sunday are being blamed, at least in part, for a one-car, rollover crash in the town of Stockton. 
 
Sheriff's deputies say they were called to the scene on the South Stockton-Cassadaga Road just after 2 p.m. to investigate.  Officers say they found the teenage male driver was southbound when the car began sliding on the snowy pavement, and he couldn't regain control. 
 
Deputies say the car went into a ditch on the side of the road, and overturned before coming to rest on it's roof.  The operator was evaluated at the scene by an ambulance crew.  He was not identified.  No charges have been filed.
 
 
City police are looking for two black men who allegedly broke into a home on Jamestown's eastside last Saturday night, and robbed the occupants before shooting one of them. 
 
City Police were called to the scene at 533 East Fifth Street shortly after 8 PM on a report of shots being fired.  On arrival, officers learned the two men had committed a home invasion-robbery in which a male victim was shot in the abdomen. 
 
Investigators are looking for the two men, who reportedly entered the home wearing dark-colored hooded sweatshirts, and, robbed the occupants before shooting the male victim and running off.  The gun-shot victim was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, and was later transferred to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania for further treatment. 
 
Anyone who may have information on the suspects is asked to contact Jamestown Police at 483-7537 or their anonymous tips line at 483-TIPS.  You can also contact their Tip 4-1-1 App and, police say all calls and tips will be kept confidential.  
 
 
One person has been killed in a single-car accident in the Cattaraugus County Town of Salamanca. 
 
Sheriff's officers in Little Valley were called to the scene on Old Route 17 shortly before Midnight Saturday, and found the vehicle involved had crossed the center-line, and struck a tree. 
 
Deputies say the force of the crash caused a passenger in the car to be ejected from the vehicle, and that person was pronounced dead at the scene.  No names have been released, and the investigation into the accident is continuing.
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's excited that the House has approved it's tax reform package and says, if asked he would serve on the conference committee to reconcil their bill with the Senate's version. 
 
Speaking shortly after the House approved it's measure, Reed pushed for a conference committee of House and Senate members to hash-out a final bill for both chambers.  The Senate has yet to vote on it's version of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.
 
Reed, who co-authored a measure to keep a local and state property tax deduction up to $10,000 in the House bill, reiterated that the Senate measure must include that.  He adds there are a couple of other deductions he would like to see reinstated once the two measures go to conference. 
 
Those are the student loan and, Medical expense deductions.  Reed says the House plan would save the average taxpayer in the Western Southern Tier $1,600 a year.  He also rejected the argument that while the proposal would provide little tax savings to the middle-class but, a huge windfall to American corporations. 
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says it's "troublesome" to see sexual assault and harassment allegations against one U.S. Senator and a current candidate for the Senate. 
 
The Corning Republican weighed in on the allegations against Minnesota Democrat Al Franken and, Alabama Republican candidate Roy Moore. 
 
Reed, who has supported legislation in the wake of a niece who was sexually assaulted, says it's difficult to hear the allegations against Franken.
 
Reed has been part of a movement called "No More," which is pushing for more awareness that problems with sexual assault remain in U.S. Society.  He also says that he "stands with the victims" and finds "their allegations credible." 
 
Franken has already apologized for his alleged actions during a USO trip overseas against a Los Angeles Radio News anchor.  Moore maintains that the allegation against him are political and never occured. 
 
Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says former Democratic President Bill Clinton should have resigned over his sexual affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky 20 years ago. 
 
The New York Democrat made the remark in an interview with The New York Times that was published on its website Thursday after being asked if she believed Clinton should have stepped down at the time. 
 
The House in 1999 voted to impeach Clinton of perjury and obstruction of its investigation into the affair.  The Senate later acquitted him.  
 
 
New York child molestation victims are hoping the national focus on sexual misconduct allegations roiling Hollywood, the media and national politics will convince lawmakers to allow victims to sue for decades old abuse. 
 
The Child Victims Act would relax criminal and civil statutes of limitations.  The measure is backed by the Democratic-controlled Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo but has been repeatedly blocked by the Republican-led Senate. 
 
One of the bill's leading advocates, former competitive speed skater Bridie Farrell, says the national dialogue on sexual misconduct is empowering victims and hopefully improving the bill's chances in Albany. 
 
Farrell says she was molested by an older skater when she was a girl.  She says many people are surprised that New York has one of the nation's tightest statutes of limitations for molestation.

 

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News Update for Sat., Nov. 18, 2017

**(News Update) Infant and toddler taken from Salamanca by mothers found safe in NYC...
A nearly one-month-old, and a three-month-old child are now safe after police found them with their teenage mothers in New York City after the teens fled the city of Salamanca this morning.  Salamance City Police say they issued a missing persons alert after receiving word that 29 day-old Londyn Richardson, and 3-month old Melani Ventura, had gone missing.  Authorities then issued an Amber Alert about mid-morning... stating that both were apparently with their mothers, 18 year-old Keshauna Boggs, and 16 year-old Selena Ventura.  They were all reportedly in a 2007 model, blue car... and, were reportedly traveling east... possibly heading towards Suffolk County on Long Island.  There is no word yet on the status of both mothers, and what charges may be filed.
 
 

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News Headlines for Sat., Nov. 18, 2017

Lake Effect Snow expected by early Sunday morning in WNY...
Expect some roller-coaster type weather heading through today and tomorrow morning.  First off... we'll see a warm up...followed by a cool down complete with lake effect snow.  Meteorologist Aaron Reynolds of the National Weather Service says ahead of the cold front, there will be a southerly flow of mild and very moist air.  Reynold says we'll have some brief rain and warmer temperatures for today... but, behind it, a cold front will move in, and we'll begin to see some lake effect snow late tonight.  Some areas could see 6 to 8 inches of snow by early Monday.  The cold front could trigger some thunderstorms late today before the colder air moves in.  No warnings or watches have been issued yet, but Reynolds says you will want to stay updated on the latest weather forecasts since rapid changes are expected late today into tomorrow.  
 
 
Amber Alert put in place for two young children allegedly abducted in Salamanca...
Police across western New York are looking for two small children who were allegedly abducted by their mothers in the Cattaraugus County city of Salamanca early this morning.  Salamanca Police says they believe both are endangered, and have issued an Amber Alert for both.  Police say they believe 18 year-old Keshauna Boggs allegedly grabbed her daughter... 29 day-old Londyn Richardson... about 6:30 this morning.  Officers believe that Boggs and her daughter are traveling with 16 year-old Selena Ventura... who took her 3-month-old daughter, Melani, and fled about the same time.  The mothers and daughters are African-American.  If you have any information on the vehicle, Ventura and Boggs, or their children... you are asked to contact Salamanca Police... or your local agency.  Police say the four may be traveling towards Suffolk County on Long Island.
 
 
Local Humane Society puts out alert on animal cruelty after this week's Mt. Vernon Place fire...
After a toy poodle and another dog were rescued from a house fire on Moutn Vernon Street in Jamestown... the Chautauqua County Humane Society is reminded local residents to contact local authorities if they are aware of any situation involving animal cruelty.  Humane Society Director of Animal Services Sue Bobek says, "we offer services to local police agencies free of charge because we do not want cost to come into the equation when it comes to doing what local municipalities have to do versus the right thing to do when it comes to the well-being of the animals in these situations."  The poodle suffered from "extreme neglect" on the part of the owners.  Bobek also stresses the importance of Humane Education and says the humane society is a resource for the whole community. For more information... contact the Chautauqua County Humane Society at 665-2209. 
 
 
Horrigan touts Shared Services efforts after county receives State award...
Chautauqua County is one of four New York state municipalities that has received special recognition from the state for it's work on regional infrastructure, emergency medical services and local government reorganization.  County Executive Vince Horrigan was among five local leaders on hand in Albany this week to receive a Regional Impact Award during the Local Government Innovation Conference.  Horrigan says New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado presented the award to him, along with the head of the county's panel looking into regional solutions.  He says it was nice to receive the award with Legislator George Borrello, who chairs the county's Regional Soluctions Commission.  Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi... and, Westfield Mayor Michael VandeVelde were also in attendance.  The county recently awarded $50,000 to the village of Forestville and town of Hanover to help the village with unexpected expenses during it's efforts to dissolve into the town.  Horrigan says the county was also recognized for development of the North County Water District, and a county-wide EMS Plan.
 
 
City of Jamestown sees improved Sales Tax receipts in third-quarter...
Third-quarter sales tax revenues for the city of Jamestown came in better than projected for the third-quarter of this year... and, they appear to be in line to make budget for 2017.  That from City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce... who recently got the numbers from City Comptroller Joe Bellitto... and, adds the city received $1.67-million between July and September.  Dolce says they saw a one-percent hike over 2016... and, now have received $4.58-million.  He says that's about 76-percent of budget... and puts them on target to make budget for this year.  Dolce says they'll need about $1.4-million to make their $6-million target for 2017.  Historically, Dolce says the city has budgeted conservatively for sales tax... and, that any additional amounts are used to offset any shortfalls in the budget.  He says the city was just under $1,600 more in revenue than they projected for the third-quarter of this year.  He adds that -- given the figures so far in 2017 -- Bellitto has also recommended there be no change to the city's sales tax budget figure for next year.
 
 
Suicide Prevention task force being created in NYS...
New York state is creating a suicide prevention task force to study ways to reduce the number of New Yorkers who take their own lives.  Governor Andrew Cuomo called for the creation of the panel earlier this year.  Late this week... the Democrat cited the recent rise in the number of suicides across the country and says New York will make prevention a "top priority."  The task force will include state mental health officials, academic researchers and representatives of non-profit community groups.  The group will examine factors that can lead people to consider suicide, with a special focus on bullying and cyberbullying. 

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WJTN Headlines for Friday Nov. 17, 2017

Local Congressman Tom Reed was among the Republican majority yesterday that approved the "Tax Cut and Jobs" Act in the House of Representatives. 
 
With no Democratic votes, the House approved the more than 400-page document, 227-to-205.  The measure includes four tax brackets compared to the seven that are in the current Senate bill.  The Senate has yet to act on it's measure. 
 
While House Republicans agreed to keep the highest tax bracket at 39.6-percent, Reed says most people will be taxed at the new, lower level.
 
Reed adds that what happens in the U-S Senate has yet to be determined.  However, he says he will continue to push for keeping a 10-thousand dollar deduction, at least on local and state property taxes.  The Senate bill completely eliminates the SALT provisions, and does not have the property tax deduction.
 
Reed says the process remains "dynamic" at this time.  President Donald Trump calls the House passage of the $1.5-trillion tax package "a big step'' toward delivering on the Republican Party's promise of tax cuts by year's end. 
 
Trump says he wants to deliver a final measure as a "Christmas present" to the American people.
 
 
Working smoke detectors are being credited with saving three people from flames that broke out about mid-morning Thursday on Jamestown's westside. 
 
Fire Battalion Chief Matt Coon says crews were called to the scene at 12 Mount Vernon Place about 9:15 a.m. and, found heavy smoke coming from the second-floor windows and attic area.
 
Coon says it took about 15 minutes to bring the blaze under control.  He says the three adults living in the house were able to get out of the home safely, thanks to the smoke detectors.  No other injuries were reported. 
 
Coon says there was no extension of the flames but, there was smoke and water damage to both floors of the house.  He says an off-duty shift of 12 firefighters was called in and, the cause remains under investigation.
 
 
Jamestown firefighters did have to rescue two pets dogs from inside the residence at 12 Mount Vernon Place and, officers have charged the three residents there with animal cruelty because one dog was found suffering from "extreme neglect." 
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the toy Poodle was found with extremely matted hair and, was covered in feces with open sores.  She also had a large cyst on it's abdomen. 
 
Samuelson says the dog was seized, and taken to a local veterinarian for treatment.  The three residents, 40 year-old Lisa Bortz, 39 year-old William Wright, and, 31 year-old David Wright, were charged with animal cruelty. 
 
That's a violation of the state's Ag and Markets Law.  They were being held pending arraignment.
 
 
County lawmakers Wednesday night also approved an amendment to the current budget for the Office of Child and Family Services custody services that are back-billed by the state to the county. 
 
The legislature voted 18-to-1 to approve paying an additional 3.8-million dollars from fund balance to cover the extra cost for the year 2015. 
 
Jamestown Democrat Chuck Nazzaro said he would vote for the measure but, expressed frustration over the fact the state gave no explanation about why the cost was doubled on the county.  He and others agreed that they should try to get the state Comptoller's Office to investigate the additional charges.  Frewsburg Republican Ron Lemon cast the lone "no" vote on the matter.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office has been re-accredited for the new year and, was recognized for that prior to Wedneday night's monthly legislature meeting. 
 
The acknowledgement came from Lakewood Republican Paul Wendel, who chairs the Public Safety Committee.  Wendel says the local department is one of a small number that has ALL the accreditations offered by the state's Law Enforcement Accredition Program.  He says there are 110 different standards involved in three areas: adminstration, training and operations.
 
Sheriff Joe Gerace and Accreditation Manager Lieutenant Kirk Lynon were on hand with the plaque they received from the state. 
 
Gerace thanked the legislature for it's on-going support of what they do and, said he's "very proud" of the men and women in his department because they meet and often exceed the highest-known standard for public safety. 
 
Gerace says when the state comes in for it's three-days to audit the department, they go through the department's files, and monitor everything done for those three-days.  Officials did note that the plaque was made up while Lyon was still a Sergeant.  He was recently promoted to at Lieutenant in the Sheriff's Department.
 
 
A city man has been arrested for drug possession for allegedly being found in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop on Jamestown's southside. 
 
City police say the stopped a vehicle just after 5 a.m. Thursday at the corner of King and Barrows Street and, found one of the passengers was wanted on a warrant out of Pennsylvania. 
 
Officers say they arrested 29 year-old Seneca Booth, who was found to have been in possession of a quantity of Meth and the paraphernalia.  Booth was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and, Felony fugitive from justice.  Booth is being held pending arraignment.
 
 
An event to connect homeless and at-risk veterans with services in Buffalo, has been recognized nationally for effectively organizing a one-day "Stand Down". 
 
Today from 10 AM to 2 PM, a "Stand Down for Jamestown" will be held at the Herman Kent American Legion Post in Celoron.  U-S Marine Veteran Sean Lindstrom with the V-A Health Care for Homeless Veterans program, says bringing a Stand Down to the Southern Tier is important because some veterans who could benefit the most from services may not have the capabilities to travel to Buffalo for them.  
 
 
Manufacturing activity in New York expanded at a slower pace this month but remains at a healthy level. 
 
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York says its Empire State Manufacturing Survey slid to 19.4 in November from a three-year high 30.2 last month.  But any reading over zero signals growth.  New orders grew faster this month, but shipments and hiring expanded at a slower pace. 
 
Across the United States, factories are benefiting from a strengthening global economy and from a weaker dollar, which makes U.S. products cheaper in foreign markets. 
 
The New York Fed's report adds to evidence that the U.S. economy is healthy.  Growth clocked in at a solid 3 percent annual pace from July through September.  Unemployment has dropped to 4.1 percent, close to a 17-year low.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Thursday Nov. 16, 2017

County lawmakers have approved a one-year extension with Chautauqua County's largest employees union. 
 
The county legislature last night approved the new agreement with Civil Service Employees Union-#807 Unit 6300 by a 19-0 vote.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says there is a wage increase, but adds there's also an incentive for employees to move into a lower-cost, high-deductable health insurance plan.
 
County Legislator Terry Niebel of Sheridan says he favored the contract, though it's not perfect.  Niebel noted that the CSEA did include a good-faith effort to lower their health insurance costs by going with a "Allied Health Tele-medicine" program. 
 
On the county's agreeing to support employees who move to the higher-deductable insurance, Niebel says those already on it will now be getting "a reward" for staying on it.  Horrigan says the county now has union contracts in place with all of it's bargaining units.  The current CSEA contract was to expire at the end of this year.
 
 
The legislature held a moment of silence at the start of last night's meeting in honor of Joan Glenzer, the wife of past County Executive Jack Glenzer. 
 
Joan Glenzer passed away last Thursday at an Erie, Pennsylania hospital following an extended illness.  She was 83.  Joan Glenzer was an active campaigner during her husband's two terms and, was the first woman vice-president at the SUNY College at Fredonia. 
 
Later, legislators also acknowledged the passing West Ellicott's Ben Haskins, who regularily attended legislature meetings for many years.  They also recognized the passing of Silver Creek's Laurel Hotelling.
 
 
The mayor of Jamestown should not be able to present the city council an 'unbalanced budget.' 
 
The current mayor, however, says he's not going to proposed a "gimmicky" spending plan to lawmakers that appears balanced but, has unrealistic projections. 
 
Retired Board of Public Utilities' District Heating Manager Doug Champ has gone before lawmakers on the budget the past couple of weeks and, asked the question of council when the City Charter specifically asks for a "balanced budget".
 
Mayor Sam Teresi says, the past two years, he has presented spending plans that have had $825,000 and, $947,000 deficits due to increased costs and, loss of revenue.  Teresi says he certainly strives to present a balanced budget but, adds that hasn't always been possible in current times. 
 
City lawmakers will hold it's required public hearing on the Mayor's $35.7-million spending plan at 6 p.m. next Monday night.  A vote on the budget plan will be held on Monday, November 27th.
 
 
A group of off-duty police officers in the city of Jamestown will be back in the school district soon. 
 
At Tuesday's school board meeting, Superintendent Bret Apthorpe said that the officers called "Red Shirts" were not initially covered for liability.  However he says the board has worked with the Jamestown Police-Kendall Club PBA and civil service to take on the Red Shirts as district employees.
 
Apthorpe says the Red Shirts were not seen around schools, at football games or special school events for about three weeks.  After speaking with Frank Donato at the Kendall Club, the district is hopeful to see the Red Shirts resume their shifts after Thanksgiving break. 
 
Apthorpe says the officers play a large role in the student community because they interact with the kids directly and, the students and teachers enjoy that. 
 
 
There were some anxious moments but, no one was hurt when flames engulfed a dump truck that was being used to haul corn for a local farm in the town of Busti Wednesday afternoon. 
 
Lakewood fire officials say crews were called to the scene of a fully-involved truck fire on Southwestern Drive, near Baker Street Extension about 1:30 PM. 
 
They say the driver of the Oakview Farms truck got out of the vehicle alright.  The cause remains unknown at this time.
 
 
A Silver Creek man is $3-million richer after purchasing a winning "Benjamins" scratch-off ticket during a routine stop recently for gas. 
 
Chautauqua County's newest Lottery millionaire was introduced to the media in Buffalo today with Richie Thompson purchasing his $3 milllion-winning ticket at Cave's Food Center in Forestville. 
 
Spokeswoman Yolanda Vega with the New York Lottery presented Thompson with an oversized $3-million check and she told us he is a long-time lottery player.
 
Thompson opted to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment. Yolanda says he plans to open up a new trucking business in his hometown area, something he had always told family members he was going to do if he won the lottery. 
 
Thompson will receive a net check totaling $1,641,000 after required withholdings.  Yolanda says she never tires of presenting the oversized checks saying that she gets "all excited and involved" in their stories. 
 
 
A Bemus Point man was arrested on a warrant for issuing a bad check for over $2,500 Monday. 
 
State Police in Jamestown say they received a complaint back in September from a local business claiming that 29 year-old Matthew Mecusker gave them a check for more than $2,500 in June that came back returned. 
 
The business told Troopers they attempted to get Mecusker to pay the balance, but were unsuccessful and reported it to authorities.  After receiving the complain, police advised Mecusker of this but, he refused to turn himself in.  He arrested and jailed pending further court action.
 
 
Warren General Hospital has announced a comprehensive affiliation agreement with three major health networks officials say will enhance access to high-quality, high value health services. 
 
Warren General Chief Executive Officer Ron Allen says it's "an exciting day" to annnounce the joint venture with Highmark, LECOM, and the Allegheny Health Network. 
 
It's a huge step for the hospital and it's considered "rare" that all three would work jointly with one provider.  Allen says they're "thrilled to be moving forward in partnership with organizations that share our values and commitment to excellence in patient care, and community focused service."

 

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WJTN Headlines for Tuesday Nov. 14, 2017

Residents of the Panama Central School district said "yes" but, in the Clymer district they said a resounding "no" to the merger process between the two districts. 
 
That means any merger of the Panama and Clymer schools is done for now. 
 
That from Bert Lictus, superintendent for both districts in the wake of yesterday's non-binding vote on moving ahead with the merger process.  LIctus was obviously disappointed but, also saw in the Clymer vote a sense that residents want to stay with the current sharing of services.
 
Lictus says he believes there were two key factors that led to the defeat in Clymer.  One was a consideration of "losing their identity" and, "finances with the state."   The vote in Clymer was 654-to-186 while the straw vote in Panama was 192 "yes" and 168 "no." 
 
In spite of the defeat, Lictus says the continued sharing of several personnel and services will continue.
 
 
Officials with the Prendergast Library and city of Jamestown last night discussed ways to help the library stay solvent in light of another, major cut in city funding to the library. 
 
Library Director Tina Scott went before the City Council to review their allocaton from the city, which is being cut in half by Mayor Sam Teresi for 2018 to $50,000. 
 
Scott says that's another huge blow to their bottom line and, adds they are also seeing stagnant or declining revenue.  She adds that they are also running out of investment income.
 
The idea of leasing out space in the Prendergast was broached by Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce.  Scott says they current have one major tenant in the building, which is the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System, which oversees all local libraries. 
 
However, she says they have a 60-year lease on the addition that was added for the system's main offices.  Scott says that if they didn't have the library offices there, they wouldn't have that entity helping to pay expenses.  She says losing that tenant would increase their costs by $40,000 a year.
 
 
A man from Corry, Pennsylvania man is in the Chautauqua County Jail after allegedly leading State Police on a chase and, damaging several vehicles while under the influence of drugs in the town of Ripley last Sunday night. 
 
Troopers responded to a report of a property damage accident at the Ripley Toll Barrier just before 8:30 PM.  Prior to arrival, the suspect's vehicle left the scene in an attempt to flee. 
 
While responding to the area, Troopers located and attempted to stop the vehicle.  A pursuit was initiated after the driver refused to comply. 
 
The driver, later identified as 32 year-old Kevin Birchard, is accused of intentionally hitting five vehicles during the pursuit.  After Birchard's vehicle finally was stopped, he was taken into custody without further incident.
 
 
A teenager faces charges for an alleged burglary, using a baseball bat on Jamestown's southside yesterday afternoon. 
 
Jamestown Police say they responded to 224 Forest Avenue for a subject with a weapon.  Officers spoke with the residents and were told that a unnamed, 17 year-old male, kicked in the apartment door  and, made entry while in possession of a baseball bat.
 
While inside, the male allegedly threatened occupants of the residence and swung the bat at them.  The teen was located a short distance away and was taken to city jail pending arraignment.  No injuries were reported. 
 
 
County Executive Vince Horrigan went to Albany late Monday, where Chautauqua County will be recognized once again for its commitment to shared services. 
 
Prior to leaving, Horrigan said he and others involved in local consolidation efforts have been invited to take part in the program.
 
Meanwhile, elected officials at both the county and local level are still waiting to hear about the results of the $20-million dollar Municipal Consolidation and Government Efficiency Competition.  Horrigan says he doesn't know when an announcement is expected, adding that an announcement of the winner should have already been made. 
 
However, he says it may be when other state funding is typically announced in early December.  Horrigan says a number of projects from Chautauqua County have been submitted for state Consolidated Funding Application grant monies.
 
 
The city of Jamestown's annual Christmas Tree is up on Tracy Plaza after being harvested from the playground area of Bergman Park on the city's westside. 
 
The 60-foot tall White Spruce Tree was cut down by a Parks and Recreation Crew Monday morning.
 
The Board of Public Utilities, and a crew with a flatbed truck from Lakeshore Paving also assisted the Parks crew at the park.  City Arborist Dan Stone says they appreciate the help because the park grounds were wet and muddy.
 
Stone says the tree is about 60 to 80 years-old and, is in good shape.  However, he also says the tree and it's roots were starting to encroach on the play-ground equipment and, it was going to be harvested anyway. 
 
The tree will now be decorated with some 3,000 LED lights.  The tree will be lit on Friday, December 1st to begin the annual downtown Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration.
 
 
A ground-breaking ceremony was held late Monday morning for a half million dollar project to upgrade facilities at Point Gratiot in Dunkirk. 
 
City Mayor Willie Rosas, along with other elected officials were on hand for the event.  State Senator Cathy Young couldn't attend the event but, Rosas says she played an important role in landing the funding for the project, which should update and upgrade the park for the 21st century.
 
Ed Schober of Labella Associates says the roof of every building at the park will receive some attention, including the main pavilion and the restrooms. 
 
Crews were expected to begin work right after the ground-breaking with the project expected to be completed in time for Memorial Day.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Monday Nov. 13, 2017

A Jamestown teenager is jailed on $5,000 bail for allegedly holding a woman against her will and breaking her phone when she tried to call for help.
 
Jamestown police say they were called to 152 Baker Street for an alleged domestic incident about 3 p.m. last Saturday and, found that 19 year-old Justin Conklin had allegedly choked the victim. 
 
Police say Conklin then held the victim against a door when she tried to leave.  He was arraigned on charges of second-degree unlawful imprisonment, criminal obstruction of breathing and criminal mischief.  He was then sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
It was Veteran's Day, 2017 last Saturday and, a short, solumn ceremony was held at Veteran's Park on the city of Jamestown's westside.
 
A 21-gun salute was given to conclude brief remarks at the annual program put on by the Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post-53.  Post Commander J.R. Rotunda was pleased with the turn-out on a bitterly cold, November morning.
 
Rotunda says the local VFW has been doing a yearly program for the past 100 years and they use the day to honor both the fallen and, the veteran's still among us.  He says it's up to the living veterans to make sure they are honored.  Rotunda says while the program is put on by their post, it's for ALL veterans, including the younger ones returning from Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.  
 
In addition to the program at Veteran's Park, the annual American Legion 21-gun salute and rifle volley was held at 11 this morning at the corner of Third and Main Streets.  The Jamestown High School Band played the Star Spangled Banner, and buglars played taps.  A special Veteran's Day service was also held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.  There was also a service in Celoron Saturday morning.
 
 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments that can legally be treated with medical marijuana. 
 
The PTSD bill was part of a package of legislation that Cuomo signed Saturday to mark Veterans Day.  The Democratic governor said 19,000 New Yorkers with PTSD could be helped by medical marijuana.  He said the potential beneficiaries include veterans as well as police officers and survivors of domestic violence, crime and accidents. 
 
Other measures signed Saturday include a bill to provide more days off for combat veterans employed by the state and a bill waiving the civil service examination fee for veterans who were honorably discharged.  Cuomo said the legislation will help give veterans "every opportunity to continue succeeding when they return home."
 
 
Outgoing Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan has met with his successor, fellow Republican George Borrello.  Borrello, an Irving legislator, indicated on Election Night that he would meet later with Horrigan.
 
The current executive says he wants to have a smooth transition with Borrello. who is wrapping up a fourth-term on the legislature. Horrigan will be leaving office for retirement at the end of December. 
 
Borrello has been a member of the County Legislature since 2010.  He defeated Democratic candidate Mike Ferguson of Fredonia with 63-percent of the vote to Ferguson's 37-percent.
 
 
Chautauqua County's top cop says he's looking forward to working with new County Executive George Borrello when he takes over next January. 
 
Sheriff Joe Gerace says both Borrello and Democratic candidate  Mike Ferguson ran a good, "issues-oriented" campaign which he thinks residents wanted to see.  Gerace adds he will miss working with outgoing Executive Vince Horrigan.
 
Horrigan is retiring from office at the end of the year.  Borrello will become the fifth county executive Gerace has served with since becoming sheriff in 1995.   
 
 
A Jamestown man was arrested on a warrant check following a brief foot chase in the city's westside early last weekend.
 
Jamestown police say officers spotted 36 year-old Bernard Mount on West 13th Street last Friday afternoon and, confirmed he was wanted on warrants issued from Jamestown City Court, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office and, Salamanca Police.  After the foot pursuit, Mount was arrested for resisting arrest, and on the two outside agency warrants.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
The son of the highest-ranking recipient of the Medal of Honor still listed as missing from World War II is pushing for renewed interest in finding the crash site of his father's B-17 bomber. 
 
Brigadier General Kenneth Walker and 10 other men were aboard the San Antonio Rose when it disappeared over a Pacific island in January 1943.  Walker's son, Douglas Walker, a retiree from Connecticut, met with Pentagon officials earlier this year to provide information from a team of independent experts that he hopes will prompt U.S. military officials to authorize a new search for the downed bomber. 
 
Military officials say the independent team's theory on the crash site's possible location is plausible, but that more investigation is required in order to locate the plane.
 
 
A 166-count federal indictment accuses a western New York doctor of illegally prescribing pain medication that resulted in six deaths. 
 
The U.S. Attorney's office in Buffalo says that Dr. Eugene Gosy of Clarence was responsible for the mass distribution of prescription painkillers including fentanyl and oxycodone.  Investigators say the pain management doctor ignored obvious red flags that his patients were addicted and abusing their medications. 
 
Conviction on the charges connected to patient deaths could bring a maximum sentence of life in prison.  Law firm Colucci and Gallaher released a statement saying Gosy has helped tens of thousands of patients and his rate of patient overdose death is far below the national average.  Gosy was already facing an April 2016 indictment alleging illegal prescribing and health care fraud.

 

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News Headlines for Nov. 11, 2017

Veteran's Day commemorated in Jamestown...
It's Veteran's Day 2017, and, a brief program was held at Veteran's Park on the city of Jamestown's westside, and concluded with the traditional, 21-gun salute and tapes.  Those followed remarks at this morning's annual program put on by the Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post-53.  Post Commander "J.R." Rotunda was pleased with the turn-out on a bitterly cold, November morning.  He says normally, they don't get that many people.  Rotunda is a Viet Nam veteran, and says they didn't get that kind of respect when they got home, but, he says the provide that for all veteran's now.  Rotunda says the local VFW has been doing a yearly program for the past 100 years... and, they use the day to honor both the fallen... and, the veteran's still among us.  He says while the program is put on by their post... it's for all veterans... including the younger ones returning from Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.  In addition to the program at Veteran's Park... the annual American Legion 21-gun salute and rifle volley was held at 11 this morning at the corner of Third and Main Streets.  The Jamestown High School Band played the Star Spangled Banner, and buglars played taps.  A special Veteran's Day service was also held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.
 
 
Teen arrested for allegedly stabbing brother in Gerry...
A Gerry teenager was arrested Thursday afternoon after allegedly stabbing his brother during an incident on Herrick Road.  Sheriff Joe Gerace confirms that Sheriff's officers were among the first responders called to the scene shortly after 1 p.m.  Gerace says the 16 year-old allegedly stabbed the brother in the leg during the incident.  The victim was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening wound.  The 16 year-old was arrested.  However... Gerace says due to the ages of those involved... no names are being released.  No other details have been released.
 
 
PA man arrested following alleged DWI incident in Jamestown...
A man from Warren, Pa. was arrested for allegedly driving drunk the wrong way on a Jamestown street early yesterday morning.  But, city police say they also found drugs in the possession of 35 year-old Danna Merritt.  Officers say they saw his vehicle traveling the wrong way on East 2nd Street near Institute Street just after 2:30 a.m.  Police pulled the vehicle over at the intersection of Institute and First Streets, and arrested Merritt.  Further investigation revealed Merritt was drunk... and, he was allegedly in possession of oxycodone and marijuana.  Merritt was taken to City Jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
Cuomo administration now implementing Retail Workers Shift Scheduling regulations...
New York's governor says his administration is implementing regulations that require employers to pay workers extra when they're called in at the last minute.  Democrat Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that the state Department of Labor's new regulations address the practice of scheduling retail and other workers with short notice.  He says the regulations establish a 14-day advance notice standard for scheduling and provide two hours' extra pay for last-minute assignments.  The new rules also provide for extra compensation when workers have to be on stand-by or for last-minute cancellations.  New York State Retail Council President Ted Potrikus says the regulations still allow flexibility for employers.
 
 
Liuzzo talks about winning Jamestown City Council At-Large seat... 
Republican newcomer Andrew Liuzzo says he decided to run for the Jamestown City Council because he was "tired of complaining" about what's been happening -- or not happening in the city.  Liuzzo was third-leading vote-getter in the six person race for the three at-large council seats this past Tuesday night.  He says the biggest complaint that he heard during the campaign was about property taxes.  However... Liuzzo says another aspect of that caught his attention... and, found himself wondering, "what are we getting for our tax dollars?"  He says many sidewalks are broken, streets need repair, and there is still some substandard housing.  Liuzzo received 1,952 votes last Tuesday... and, finished just two votes behind second-place Vanessa Weinert in the machine vote Tuesday.  That's also prior to the counting of absentee ballots.  Liuzzo says he's also concerned about the city's fiscal position... and, having to get money from the state to balance the 2017 budget.  However... no such promise has been made for 2018... when Mayor Sam Teresi projects a $947,000 deficit.  Liuzzo says the biggest problem facing the city -- otherwise -- is the on-going Heroin and Opioid Drug crisis.  
 
 
Horrigan supports CSEA Contract Extention...
The Chautauqua County Legislature will be taking action next week on a new contract for the county's largest labor union.  This past Thursday, members of the Audit and Control Committee approved the agreement, a one-year contract extension for CSEA Local 807-Unit 6300.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says he supports the tentative agreement and says he's very hopeful that the full legislature will approve the pact, which includes a 2-percent wage increase... but, some insurance concessions.  Horrigan says an important part of the contract allows the county to offer multiple health care plans -- including some lower cost plans.  Legislators will hold their monthly meeting next Wednesday evening at the Gerace Office Building in Mayville.
 

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WJTN Headlines for Friday Nov. 10, 2017

The first arctic blast of the season has arrived, and we are seeing a major change in our weather through later this morning. 
 
Meteorologist Jon Hitchcock with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says an arctic cold front crossed the region overnight and, says rain showers and even some evening thunderstorms turned to lake effect snow late last night. 
 
Hitchcock says snowfall amounts will range from 1 to 3 inches over the higher terrain, with only dusting along the lake shore.  A flash freeze is still a concern, especially over bridges and overpasses.  
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed was among the majority of lawmakers on the House Ways and Means Committee who gave final approval to a tax reform package he continues to say will save the average taxpayer in his district $1,600 a year. 
 
The Corning Republican says the tax-writing committee approved a number of changes to the original legislation, including keeping the top individual rate of 39.6% for the highest income-earners.  Reed says that means four versus three tax brackets in the House bill.
 
Reed says the House bill also keeps the Local and State Property Tax Deduction but, it does not continue other SALT provisions.  He says that may slow things down when reconciling their measure with the U.S. Senate's. 
 
That bill would completely eliminate ALL parts of SALT and, Reed says he will fight to continue the Property Tax deduction provision in the final bill.  The Senate bill would also include seven, not four income tax brackets. 
 
During his weekly media conference call, Reed said the House bill will also save small business owners about $3,000 a year.  He expects a House vote next week.
 
 
For possibly the first-time ever, there will be a female majority on the Jamestown City Council next year. 
 
That after Democrat Vanessa Weinert won one of three at-large seats up in last Tuesday's election.  Weinert was second-leading vote getter among the at-large candidates with 1,954 votes.  There were almost 450 absentee ballots issued in the city but, Weinert says she's pretty comfortable there won't be much change in the results, mainly because of who the absentees were sent to.
 
Republican incumbant Kim Ecklund got the most votes Tuesday, with nearly 2,300 tallies.  After Weinert Republican newcomer Andrew Liuzzo was third with one-thousand-952 votes.  Fourth place finisher, Republican Michael Laurin, received 1,854 votes, while incumbant Democrat Greg Rabb was fifth with 1,852. 
 
Barring any significant swing, Weinert would become the fifth woman on the panel.  She feels that's important, regardless of what political party you belong to.  In addition to Ecklund, Weinert, and Liuzzo, Council winners on Tuesday included Democrats Marie Carrubba, Maria Jones, Vickeye James and Tom Nelson and, Republican Tony Dolce.
 
 
Running for public office for the first-time often ends up being a real learning experience and, a lot of that comes from putting a lot of mileage on your shoes. 
 
Democrat Vanessa Weinert says she found that out by campaigning for Jamestown City Council.  Weinert says, when you run locally, there's not a lot of research about what issues are important to voters.  She says you need to talk with them about what matters to them and, use a little "intuition" to determine what people care about the most. 
 
Speaking with our Dennis Webster Thursday's morning on WJTN's morning show, she agreed it's "shoeleather research." 
 
 
The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County has passed the half-way mark in it's General Campaign and officials with the agency are optimistic they will reached their $1.325-million  goal. 
 
United Way Campaign Chairwoman Jane Cleaver-Becker says they are "thrilled" to have reached 55% of the 2017 goal.  Becker says many of their workplace campaigns are well-underway and the results have been "great news".
 
Becker says the United Way has been seeing more new donors taking part and, adds there's been an emphasis on getting new people under the age of 40 involved. Becker also adds that raising the last 45% will be a challenge, and that may involve a new emphasis on getting more new donors involved and, showing them "why their gift matters." 
 
The United Way again stresses this year that 100-percent of the donations made to them remain here to be used for United Way programming, and, for some 41 community-based programs in the Jamestown-area.  For more information on the United Way, call 483-1561.  You can also go on-line to UWayscc.org
 
 
Gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area are up by 6-cents this week to nearly $2.76 for a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel. 
 
That from AAA's Gas Price Report which says the price at this time last year was $2.38 per gallon. With a 2.9 million barrel decrease in inventory the region saw the biggest drop of any in the country. AAA says the U-S Energy Information Administration reports the highest demand measurement for gasoline since 2006.
 
At $2.53 per gallon, the national fuel price increased by 6-cents as of Monday. The increase of prices at the pump is attributed to the high demand and low supply, bringing a 7-million barrel deficit compared to this time last year.  Motorists can find gas prices along their route at AAA.com/mobile

 

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WJTN Headlines for Thursday Nov. 9, 2017

"It was a good day for voters in Chautauqua County."  Those are the feelings of County Democratic Elections Commissioner Norm Green, who says voter turn-out was good for an "off-year" election, especially in Legislature District One.
 
Green adds that Jamestown voter turn-out was much lower, in the 20% range.  He says that he and Republican Elections Commissioner Brian Abram were predicting a 30-percent voter turn-out. 
 
However, with the absentee ballots, overall turnout was 40-percent.  Green says 2,132 absentee ballots were handed out and over half have been returned as of yesterday.  He says it will be at least six days before ballots and affidavits are counted.
 
Green says the affidavits are capped "full-fledged provisionally" for several reasons including, someone may have moved or the Department of Motor Vehicles did not give a record of voter registration. 
 
 
It appears there will be two new members of the Jamestown City Council in the new year. 
 
But, that's pending the election canvass and absentee ballot count.  Currently, the machine count shows that Republican Kim Ecklund was the top vote getter among at-large candidates in Tuesday's election with 2,298 votes. 
 
Ecklund far outdistanced second-place finisher, Democrat Vanessa Weinert, who had 1,954 votes.  Unlike previous years, Ecklund did not have the Independence Party line because her name was for an unknown reason not transferred to the final document to go on the ballot.  She says that didn't spur her on because, with six people running she knew she had to work hard regardless.
 
Current Council President Greg Rabb is in fifth-place following the machine ballot count on Tuesday.  However, he may still be re-elected depending on how the absentee ballots come in. 
 
After Weinert, Republican challenger Andrew Liuzzo was in third-place for the third seat with 1,952 votes.  Second-Ward Councilman Tony Dolce was handly re-elected, and expressed mixed feelings about Rabb's defeat because they have worked well together.  Right now, it appears Democrats will hold a slim, 5-to-4 majority for 2018. 
 
Late yesterday, the Board of Elections released the absentee ballots for each "to close to call" race in the county.  In the at-large Council race in Jamestown, there were 446 absentee ballots issued and, 230 are returned.  Currently Weinert is second with 1,954 while Rabb is 100 behind with 1,854.
 
 
The new Chautauqua County Executive-elect says the transition into the new office is underway today and, he still has some big decisions to make on his administration. 
 
That from County Legislator George Borrello of Irving, who defeated Democrat Michael Ferguson in Tuesdays election with 63-percent of the vote.  Borrello defeated Ferguson, 16,455 to 9,586 tallies.  He would not say if he would retain any of current County Executive Vince Horrigan's cabinet and department heads.
 
Borrello congratulated Ferguson, who likewise, congratulated Borrello on his win and, for sticking with the issues.  Ferguson says he's "proud" of the race both he and Borrello waged. 
 
During his concession speak at Rooties in Dunkirk, Ferguson thanked his family for their unwavering support, as well as other supporters who he got to know so well during the campaign.
 
 
Statewide, New Yorkers defeated a proposal holding a constitutional convention. 
 
About 77% of voters rejected the proposition.  Two other proposals on the ballot passed, including one that dealt with stripping the pensions of public officials convicted of felonies related to their jobs.  The other creating a forest preserve land bank.  Chautauqua County voters rejected Proposal One with 88 percent of the vote, while approving the other two proposals.
 
 
It was a difficult final week of the campaign but, incumbant Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore was re-elected to another, four year term. 
 
While he was pleased with the win, Barmore says he was as also very relieved it was over.  The Gerry Republican got 58% of the vote Tuesday to Democratic challenger Lee Ann Lazarony's 42%.
 
Barmore says he's "got broad shoulders" and can take the personal attacks when they come but, says it's hard on the family.  He received 14,888 votes, while Lazarony the former Mayor of Cassadaga received 10,690 votes.  
 
 
Dunkirk city voters elected a new judge in a three-way contest for the seat held by long-time City Judge Walter Drag. 
 
Democrat John Kuzdale defeated Republican Joseph Price and Green Party candidate Ron Szot.  Kuzdale received 1,118 votes, beating out Price who had 937 and Szot with 230.  The winner will succeed Drag who announced his retirement earlier this year. 
 
In the only other contested race in the city, former County Legislator Shaun Heenan, a Republican, beat incumbent Democrat Adelino Gonzalez, 1,177-947.  Heenan also previously served as Common Councilman-at-large.
 
 
A Jamestown woman faces multiple charges for allegedly driving drunk during an accident in a grocery store parking lot Tuesday afternoon. 
 
City police responded to the Save-A-Lot at 194 Fluvanna Avenue for a motor vehicle accident.  During an investigation, officer determined that 26 year-old Jordan Becker's car had left the roadway while attempting to left-turn onto Fluvanna Avenue from Washington Street. 
 
The vehicle went through the Save-A-Lot parking lot and struck a parked vehicle.  Becker was found to be operating her vehicle in an intoxicated condition and was arrested.  She is being held in City Jail pending arraignment.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Wednesday Nov. 8, 2017

It was a big night for Republicans in Chautauqua County on Election Day, as they held onto top-elected positions and, a supermajority on the County Legislature. 
 
Irving Legislator George Borrello took an early lead and, built it into a solid win in Tueday's election for County Executive.  Borrello defeated Democrat Michael Ferguson, 63 to 37 percent. 
 
Borrello received 16,455 to Ferguson's 9,586 tallies.  He congratulated Ferguson for running a clean, issues oriented campaign.
 
During a victory celebration in Mayville last night, Borrello called the victory "humbling" and called it a "mandate" for his 10-point plan called "Elevating Chautauqua County."  He said the time is now to take the county "to the next level."  He would not say if he would retain any of current County Executive Vince Horrigan's cabinet and department heads, but said regardless of party, if you "do a good job for the people of Chautauqua County" you'll have a place in the administration.
 
 
Republicans did lose a seat on the Chautauqua County Legislature, but will still have an overwhelming, 14 to 5 edge on the panel next year. 
 
Ironically, Democrats gained the seat Borrello gave up to run for County Executive.  Silver Creek Democrat Kevin O'Connell won over Irving Republican Gary Cerne Tuesday, 902-to-806. 
 
In other contested seats in the Jamestown-area, Republican John Davis defeated Democrat Terry Walker, 1,290 to 559 for the seat being vacated by Ron Lemon.  County GOP Chairman David Wilfong of Jamestown held onto his seat with a 542-to-428 win over Democrat Frank Besse. 
 
Another Republican incumbant from Jamestown, Elisabeth Rankin, held off Democrat Dave Reinhardt by less than 100 votes. 
 
Other winners in contested races included Kevin Muldowney, Robert Scudder, Pierre Chagnon, David Himelein, and John Hemmer.  The GOP will have a 14-to-5 majority in 2018.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Clerk for the past four years will remain County Clerk the next four years. 
 
Gerry Republican Larry Barmore won what at times, became a testy campaign down the stretch.  Barmore received about 58-percent of Tuesday's vote, while Cassadaga Democrat LeeAnn Lazarony got 42-percent.
 
 
It appears there will be two new members of the Jamestown City Council in the new year and, that the panel's current president has not been re-elected to the council. 
 
Long-time Second-Ward Councilman Tony Dolce won his race against Joseph Scapelitte, 535-to-220.  There were a couple of surprises in the at-large races, with Council President Greg Rabb currently sitting in fifth place out of six candidates. 
 
Totals are pending the count of absentee ballots, but at this point, Dolce says it appears Democrats will hold a 5-to-4 majority in 2018.  Republican incumbant Kim Ecklund was top vote-getter among the at-large candidates, with Democrat Vanessa Weinert second with 1,954 votes and, Republican Andrew Liuzzo was third with 1,952 votes. 
 
Republican Michael Laurin was fourth, while Rabb was fifth.  Back to the Ward races, Democrat Marie Carubba held off Republican Richard Elardo in the other contested race.
 
 
Two people have been arrested in Jamestown for allegedly being in possession of just under two pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop Monday afternoon. 
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers pulled over a car, driven by 26 year-old Ernest Cauley, at the corner of Hazeltine Avenue and Baker Street just after 1:30 PM.  Samuelson says the stop was part of an ongoing investigation by the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force into the city's growing Meth problem.
 
Samuelson says both Cauley and 22 year-old Zackiel Fields were arrested for second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class-A-2 Felony and, additional charges and arrests are pending.  He says if you have any further information on the case, or other illegal drug activity, there are two ways you can contact them anonymously call the JPD Tips line at 483-8477 or leave a message at the JPD Tips 4-1-1 app.
 
 
A Jamestown man was arrested for allegedly threatening a female victim with a knife on the city's west-side Monday night. 
 
Officers say they were called to a West Fifth Street residence for a domestic dispute, where an investigation revealed that 46 year-old Bryan Livingston, Senior threatened the victim with a knife during the incident. 
 
While in custody at City Jail, Officers say Livingston damaged property in the jail booking room. He is charged with first-degree menacing, aggravated family offense and, fourth-degree criminal mischief. 
 
 
A Lakewood man will spend up to three-years in prision for second-degree vehicular manslaughter in a drunk driving related crash that claimed the life of a Stockton man in September of 2016. 
 
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says 29-year-old Jude Gagliano received the sentence on Monday in County Court in Mayville and, says he's pleased with the outcome.
 
Swanson praised the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department for it's thorough investigation of the case.  The crash at the corner of Sinclair Drive and Route 380 last year in the town of Ellery claimed the life of 22 year-old Charles Clutter.  
 
 
A family-owned supermarket chain that's more than a century old has been named one of the "Best Workplaces in Retail" by research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and FORTUNE magazine. 
 
Wegman's, which opened its first store in 1916 has taken first-place for the second year in a row.  It has grown into 95 regional stores spanning across New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia and, Massachusetts. 
 
There is a store in West Ellicott.  The ranking accounts for responses from 38,000 employees in the retail sector detailing more than 50 factors that shape their experiences at work including, work life, diversity and, programs.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Tuesday Nov. 7, 2017

It's Election Day, 2017 and, the polls are now open across Chautauqua County at 6 AM with a number of local races to be decided.  
 
Turn-out is expected to be low across New York state, even with three state-wide propositions and some key mayoral races taking place. 
 
Locally there are two county-wide races in Chautauqua County, where voters will decide on a replacement for retiring County Executive Vince Horrigan. 
 
Republican County Legislator George Borrello of Irving is taking on Democrat Michael Ferguson of Fredonia.  There is also a county clerk's race with incumbant Republican Larry Barmore facing off against Democratic challenger LeeAnn Lazarony of Cassadaga. 
 
All 19 County Legislature seats are up for a vote, but only nine of them are contested. 
 
Two key ones to watch locally are District 11 in Jamestown where County GOP Chairman David Wilfong is being challenged by Democrat Frank Besse and, in District 16, where two men are vying to replace the retiring Ron Lemon.  They are Republican John Davis, and Democrat Terry Walker.
 
In the city of Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi is not on the ballot this year, but the entire city council is.  However, there are only two contested Ward Seats this year. 
 
In Ward-2, long-time Republican member Tony Dolce is being challenged by Democrat Joseph Scapelitte.  In Ward-4, Democratic incumbant Marie Carubba is being challenged by Republican Rick Elardo.
 
All three at-large seats in Jamestown are contested.  Incumbants Greg Rabb a Democrat and, Republican Kim Ecklund are on the ballot.  They are joined by Republican newcomers Michael Laurin, and Andrew Liuzzo and, Democrats Vanessa Weinert, and Robert Whitney.  Whitney is a former County Legislator.
 
Polls are open until 9 PM tonight.  Our coverage of Election Night, 2017 begins following the ABC News at 8 PM.
 
 
While flood waters have receded local and county governments are now surveying the damage caused by Sunday night's torrential rainfall from slow moving showers and thunderstorms that crossed the region. 
 
Chautauqua County Emergency Services Director John Griffith says the worst hit area in the county was the village of Fredonia.
 
Water levels were also on the rise in Silver Creek, but Griffith says evacuations were not needed.  A portion of Route 60, near Route 83, was closed for several hours overnight because of the high waters.  Griffith says they will be looking for damage estimates from the flooding caused by the heavy rains.
 
The rain stopped, and Chautauqua County began drying out Monday morning after torrential rains late Sunday triggered flood watches and warnings across Western New York. 
 
Some flooding took place Sunday night after the ground had already become saturated with water in recent days.  Forecaster Jon Hitchcock with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says most of the high water came from heavy rains that were part of a storm system that dropped between 2 and 3 inches of rain from Sunday morning through early Monday.
 
Initially, the weather service issued a Flood Watch for all of Western New York through early Monday afternoon.  Then, an "Areal" Flood Warning was put in place for the entire region for all streams and rivers. 
 
Hitchcock says one of those was in the Fredonia-area for a while Sunday night.  However, he says it was caused by some debris temporarily damming up along the Canadaway Creek. 
 
Hitchcock says a weather spotter in Sinclairville said they received just under 3-inches of rain from the storm. 
 
 
A driver in the town of Stockton was left stranded when his vehicle was partially submerged in water yesterday morning. 
 
Sheriff's deputies say 52 year-old Gerald Haley was traveling on South Stockton-Cassadaga Road when he failed to obey two road closure signs, drove around the signs and, proceeded southbound on the flooded roadway. 
 
Haley's vehicle became disabled and was partially submerged in water.  He was helped by Sheriff's officers, the Stockton Fire Department and, a local private citizen.
 
Haley was charged with failure to obey traffic control device and is to appear in court at a later date. 
 
 
A Jamestown man faces several charges after being arrested last weekend after he was found to be in possession of just under four grams of drugs during an accident last month. 
 
New York State Police in Jamestown responded to a motorcycle accident on October 21st in the city at the intersection of Route 60 and Kiantone Roads.  Investigation revealed that 42 year-old Victor Cameron left the roadway striking a sign post and, was injured. 
 
While conducting an inventory of Cameron's clothing cut cut off by EMS in order to treat his injuries, troopers located 1.3 grams of methamphetamine and, 2.5 grams of marijuana. 
 
A check of Cameron's driving record revealed that his license had been suspended for driving under the influence of drugs.  He was arraigned in City Court and released but, was later arrested by Jamestown Police on a larceny warrant.
 
 
A local initiative to help Spanish-speaking residents become bi-lingual and more employable is in the running for a $10,000 grant from M-&-T Bank. 
 
Community Helping Hands in the Gateway Center in Jamestown is one of five nationwide finalists for the grant from it's "Understanding What's Important Business Challenge."  Community Helping Hands Executive Director Amy Rohler says they were nominated by Jim Holler at Trinity Guitars on West Third Street.
 
Pastor Rohler says M-&-T Bank began on-line voting for the winner late last week and, voting continues through November 22.  She says they are currently in second-place in the voting, so they have some work to do.  She says first of all, you can vote by going on-line to Bank-dot-MTB/Business Contest.  She says you can use pretty much any device to make your vote. 
 
Rohler says you can also go on-line to CHHNY.ORG for more information on voting.  One other community-based group in the Hudson Valley community of Kingston is also a finalist for the $10,000 M-&-T grant.
 
 
Three men from the city of Dunkirk have been arrested on drug-related warrants following a month long investigation into the alleged sales of crack cocaine and marjuana in the north county city. 
 
The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and Durkirk Police say they carried out search warrants last Friday for two separate apartments at 47 West Second Street in the city. 
 
Officials say 21 year-old Irvin Pachecho was located at the lower rear apartment and, 21 year-olds Jonathan Torres-Morales and Victor Quinnones were taken into custody at the lower front apartment. 
 
As a result of the searches, authorities say they located and seized a quantity of cocaine, marijuana, a large sum of cash and a loaded rifle. The three subjects were taken into custody pending their arraignment.
 
 
Cornell Cooperative Extension's 'Leaf' classes are underway for the season. 
 
'Leaf' stands for 'learn, empower, achieve farm'.  Each of the sessions offers a low cost way to be introduced to an agriculture related topic. 
 
Extension educator, Katelyn Walley-Stoll, organizes the series.  She is particularly excited about a new course to offered this Thursday at 6 PMat the Bratt Agriculture Center.
 
Molly Vacco of Erie County will be teaching the Essential Oils and Animals workshop.  There are around two dozen 'Leaf' classes between now and next spring. 
 
The full catalog is available at cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Pre-registration is required for each class.  The 'Leaf' program is presented with the support of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

 

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Flood Watch Update

Flood Watches and Warnings have been lifted for Erie, Chautauqua... Cattaraugus, and Wyoming counites of Western New York.  Meteorologist David Thomas with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says that an "Areal" Flood Warning went into effect just before 5 PM yesterday... Thomas says that preceeded the cold-front moving in.
 
Thomas says the region will generally receive another 1 to 2 inches of rain from late last night through this afternoon... and, some areas to the north of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties could see 3 and 4 inches of rain since yesterday morning.  He says a lot of the smaller creeks and streams will reach their banks, and possibly overflow them today.  Some thunder was associated with yesterday's late afternoon rain, and movement of the cold front through the area.

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WJTN Headlines for Monday Nov. 6, 2017

All of Western New York is under a Flood Watch and, many areas are under warnings through this afternoon due to a slow-moving storm system that's moved in from the Midwest. 
 
Forecaster David Thomas with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says that an "Areal" Flood Warning went into effect just before 5 p.m. yesterday and, remains in effect until 4:45 this afternoon.
 
Thomas says the region will generally receive another 1 to 2 inches of rain from late Sunday through this afternoon and, some areas to the north of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties could see 3 and 4 inches of rain since yesterday morning.  He says a lot of the smaller creeks and streams will reach their banks, and possibly overflow them today. 
 
Some thunder was associated with yesterday's late afternoon rain, and movement of the cold front through the area.  Thomas says the cold front brought "waves" of rain and colder air with it.
 
 
Two Jamestown-area residents were hurt one seriously after a vehicle pursuit that began in the town of Kiantone ended with a crash in the town of Ellicott. 
 
Sheriff's deputies say they performed a traffic stop on the car, driven by 29 year-old David Jenkins of Jamestown on Route 60 in Kiantone about 10:30 p.m. last Friday.  However, officers say Jenkins drove off from the scene and, led police on a pursuit through the city of Jamestown and, into Ellicott, where the car crashed on VanCobb Road. 
 
Deputies say the crash is under investigation and charges are pending.  Jenkins was taken from the scene to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment, while a female passenger was flown to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie for treatment of serious injuries. 
 
The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by several law enforcement agencies and medical personnel.
 
 
A Jamestown man is jailed of allegedly assaulting and strangling another person during a domestic dispute on the city's eastside early last weekend. 
 
Jamestown police were called to the scene at 845 East Second Street about 3:30 last Friday afternoon for the incident.  Officers say an investigation showed that 38 year-old Christopher Patric assaulted the victim, and then strangled that person, causing injury. 
 
Police say Patric was arrested for second-degree strangulation and unlawful imprisonment and, third-degree assault.  He was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
It may not be until the end of November before Chautauqua County and five others learn the winner of a $20-million, Municipal Consolidation and Government Efficiency Grant award. 
 
That from County Executive Vince Horrigan after he recently took part in a panel presentation on government consolidation and sharing services in Albany.  Horrigan says he had hoped to hear from Governor Andrew Cuomo's Office by now but, says it may be announced when the Consolidated Funding Awards are announced. 
 
Horrigan says there are a lot of aspects of the county's entry that state leaders are interested in.  One is the proposed merging of the towns of Gerry and Charlotte, and village of Sinclairville into one entity in the central part of the county. 
 
Horrigan says consolidations and mergers are important to Chautauqua County due to the decline in population.  He says businesses and other private sector entities are doing the same thing.  Horrigan made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
New York's statewide election is expected to draw a low turnout Tuesday. 
 
Top races include New York City Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio seeking a second term and a ballot measure on whether to hold the state's first constitutional convention in 50 years.  Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse, and Rochester are also holding mayoral elections. 
 
If a constitutional convention is approved, voters would pick delegates who would consider changes to the state's governing document.  Voters will also face a proposed constitutional amendment that, if approved, would authorize judges to strip the pensions of any official convicted of corruption.
 
 
St. Bonaventure University is set to formally inaugurate its new president. 
 
Dennis DePerro took office at the private western New York university on June 1st after 18 years as a vice president at Le Moyne College. 
 
Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone led the celebration of the Inauguration Mass in the university chapel last Friday. 
 
In the afternoon, delegates representing more than 50 colleges and universities took part in a ceremony in the Reilly Center Arena.  DePerro, a native of Buffalo, is the Franciscan university's 21st president.
 
 
President Donald Trump has signed legislation to create a commission to plan celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the birth of a prominent black abolitionist he apparently thought was still alive earlier this year. 
 
The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reports the Republican announced on Thursday that the commission "will be responsible for planning, developing, and carrying out activities to honor Frederick Douglass on the 200th anniversary of his birth." 
 
During the kickoff for Black History Month in February the president's comments appeared to insinuate that Douglass was still alive.  Douglass died in 1895.  Some critics said the comments came across as indifferent toward black people. 
 
Douglass was born in Maryland, although there's debate whether it was in 1817 or 1818.  The slave-turned-abolitionist lived for 25 years in Rochester, New York, where he's buried.

 

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News Headlines for Sun., Oct. 5, 2017

City police to arrest one after vehicle pursuit, crash...
Two people were hurt -- one seriously -- after a vehicle pursuit that began in the town of Kiantone... and, ended in the town of Ellicott.  Sheriff's officers say they performed a traffic stop on the car -- driven by 29 year-old David Jenkins of Jamestown -- on Route 60 in Kiantone about 10:30 p.m. last Friday.  However... deputies say that Jenkins drove off from the scene... and, led police through the city of Jamestown... and, into Ellicott... where the car crashed on VanCobb Road.  Officers say the crash is under investigation and charges are pending.  Jenkins was taken from the scene to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital... and, a female passenger was flown by Starflight to UPMC Hamot Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.  The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by multiple law enforcement agencies as well as medical personnel.
 
 
Sundquist voices opposition to House Tax Cut and Jobs Plan...
Democrats were quick to react to Thursday's roll-out of the House Ways and Means Committee's proposed Tax Cut and Jobs plan... which is being supported by local Congressman Tom Reed.  Among those talking is one of the several potential Democratic candidates for Reed's seat in the 23rd District in next year's election.  The standard deduction would double, something Reed says will save the average family of four in the district nearly $1,600 per year.  However... Jamestown Democrat Eddie Sundquist says it eliminates several deductions... including the one on student loan debt.  Sundquist says the plan would cap student loan intersted deductions at $2,500, and that's a huge blow to recent college graduates.  He says he also opposes changes to the State and Local Tax Deduction... which would also include deductions of state income taxes.  House Republicans say they want to pass the tax reform bill by Thanksgiving.
 
 
Reed agreed with concerns over Tax Reform plan's possible impact on deficit...
While local Congressman Tom Reed is touting the new Tax Cut and Jobs Plan announced late this week by the House Way and Means Committee... he is concerned about possible negative impacts on the nation's deficit.  Reed admitted during a conference call Thursday night that he does have issues with the possibility of adding another $-trillion to $1.5-trillion to the current $20-trillion debt.  The Corning Republican says... if the Gross Domestic Product keeps growing by 3-percent a year... that should cover it.  However... Reed adds that's where the other side of the equation comes in... and, that's getting federal spending under control.  Some members of Congress have already indicated they have concerns -- or oppose -- the more than 400-page proposal... and, there is concern that this effort may go the way of health care.  But, Reed believes there's more concensus for this proposal...which will go through the House committee process next week... and, then to the full House for a vote. 
 
 
Women's groups calling for approval of Constitutional Convention Tuesday...
Women who support calls for a constitutional convention in New York state are using the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the state to rally for their cause.  A coalition of women involved in politics and advocacy say they will gather Monday at New York City Hall to encourage voters to say yes to a convention.  New Yorkers will decide on Tuesday whether to call a convention, where delegates would consider changes to the state's main political document.  The League of Women Voters is a key supporter of a convention.

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WJTN Headlines for Friday Nov. 3,2017

A seven-year effort by local Congressman Tom Reed, and others was culminated by yesterday's roll-out of the Republican 'Tax Cut and Jobs Plan' in Washington, D.C.
 
The Corning Republican joined other members of the House Ways and Means Committee to roll-out the 400 page tax plan on Capitol Hill.  Reed called an "historic" proposal, which would save the average American family of four, $1600 a year on their federal taxes.
 
The devil will remain in the details of the plan, which are still being fleshed-out by many lawmakers.  However, Reed says the new proposal will eliminate many of the deductions that have complicated the system for decades. 
 
While most news reports say the State and Local Tax deduction has been eliminated, Reed says property taxes can still be deducted.  However, the amount would be capped at $10,000. 
 
At the same time, Reed says other state and local taxes, like the deduction on state income taxes, would no longer be available.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
The first-phase of a two-part project to hook about 10 residents in the village of Celoron into the Board of Public Utilities' water system will finally begin shortly. 
 
That from Celoron Mayor Scot Schrecengost, who says the village board Wednesday night approved spending about $50,000 from fund balance for the project on Butler Avenue and 10th Street. 
 
Schrecengost says they have the money available and, will be reimbursed once they receive $75,000 state grant with the help of State Senator Cathy Young.  He says the customer will be responsible for putting in their new lines, and hooking up to a new main.
 
Schrecengost says village officials are hopeful of having customers being able to access to the water by Thanksgiving, with the second phase to take place next Spring.
 
 
A north county man has admitted to conspiring to commit bank fraud using alleged "shell corporations" to take money from small business customers who were looking to restructure loans. 
 
Acting U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior announced late yesterday that 24 year-old Dustin Walker of Dunkirk pled guilty in U-S District Court in Buffalo.  Prosecutors say Walker and two co-defendants worked at companies, one called "Corporate Restructure" between February and October of 2016. 
 
The three, along with others, allegedly used several fraudulent companies to mail solicitations to small business owners... which fraudulently informed the victims that their fraudulent companies could assist them with restructuring their debts.  However, Walker and the others pocketed the money. 
 
The conspiracy to commit bank fraud carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in state prison and a $1-million fine. 
 
 
Two north county women were arrested for allegedly making methamphetamine in separate locations Wednesday during warrant checks in the town of Hanover and, village of Silver Creek. 
 
Sheriff's officers say they conducted warrant checks for 29 year-old Amanda Weber and 25 year-old Heather Payne just before 11 AM and 2 PM.  Both women were located and taken into custody without incident. 
 
Deputies say the women were arraigned on charges including third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, sent to the county jail without bail. 
 
 
The third and final debate between the candidates running for Chautauqua County Clerk was held in Fredonia Wednedsay night. 
 
Incumbent Republican Larry Barmore and Democratic challenger LeeAnn Lazarony squared off at the 1891 Opera House.  The candidates were asked by the Chautauqua County League Women Voters, which hosted the event, what they felt was the most important issue in the County Clerk's office. 
 
Lazarony believes it's about keeping politics out of the office, and Barmore says it was the many laws facing the office. Wednesday night's forum also featured candidates running for Fredonia village board, Pomfret town council, and County legislative District 3.
 
 
A pair of men from the area have purchased the historic Cockaigne Ski Center which was closed more than six-years ago after fire destroyed the center's lodge. 
 
Issac Gratto and Adam Pirtz were recently approved for a $500,000 loan from the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency to purchase the Cherry Creek business and, are waiting to close on the sale with current owner Jack Van Scoter.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says it's part of a lot of "exciting" developments in the Cherry Creek, and north county areas.
 
The Trillium Lodge was destroyed by a huge fire this past May 1st.  However, a community effort has led to it's rebuild and, the owners hope to reopen soon. 
 
Horrigan says there's still a lot of work to be done at Cockaigne and, Gratto and Pirtz hope to open the new ski area for the 2018 Winter Season.  He says the new ski lodge and area will include a new restaurant and bar area and, a home and restaurant across the street will be leased out. 
 
 
A Ripley man is jailed without bail on a number of charges including burglary after refusing to surrender to police on Halloween night at a home in the town of Ripley. 
 
Sheriff's deputies say they were doing a warrant check at a Maple Avenue location shortly before 11 PM and, saw 31 year-old Skyler Miller inside.  However, officers say Miller initially refused to come out and, they obtained a search warrant the following day and, he was arrested at that time. 
 
Miller was arraigned on the charges, which include second-degree burglar and harassment, criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, and forcible touching, stemming from a May 24th incident on Boswell Street.  He was then sent to county lock-up.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Thursday Nov. 2, 2017

A Jamestown man faces multiple charges following a violent domestic incident Wednesday morning on the northside during which he struck his girlfriend several times and, threw joint compound all over her. 
 
City police were called to the scene at 846 Prendergast Avenue about 7 a.m. and found the victim on the porch of the apartment house covered with the joint compound.  Officers say the women told them that the boyfiend had gotten into an argument when he could find his hygiene supplies. 
 
Police say 19 year-old Brandon Tate began trashing the apartment, and threw the woman's car keys into a toilet.  Tate is then accused of holding the woman down with his foot, and took her cell phone when she tried to call for help.  He then allegedly knocked the victim to the ground, and punched her several times. 
 
Once she stood back up, Tate allegedly threw the five-gallon bucket of joint compound on her.  Tate was arrested, and was also found to be involved in a domestic incident this past Summer.  He was arraigned on charges of second-degree unlawful imprisonment, third-degree assault and second-degree strangulation and sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
The majority of voters in New York state may oppose holding a constitutional convention, but one local group with state-wide ties favors having one. 
 
The constitutional convention is the first of three propositions on next week's Election Day ballot.   The League of Women Voters supports holding a convention because, local leader Minda Rae Amiran says it's a chance to reform the state's broken budget process.
 
While there have been yard signs, and other efforts to get people to reject a consitutional convention, there hasn't been a lot of publicity about the other proposals.  Amiran says Proposition-Two, if passed, would allow the complete or partial forfeiture of a public officer's pension if he or she is convicted of a felony. 
 
The proposal, if passed would also apply to elected officials at all levels of government in the state.  While the State League of Women Voters has decided to support Proposition-One, Amiran says the league has not taken a position on Proposal Two.  Proposition-Three, if passed would authorize the use of forest preserve land for specified purposes. 
 
 
A new survey from Siena College shows big opposition to a constitutional convention among likely New York voters in next week's election. 
 
The poll found that 57% of respondents plan to vote 'no' on the question of calling a constitutional convention.  Twenty-five percent of respondents said they will vote yes. 
 
Voters in Tuesday's election will be asked whether they support calling a convention, where delegates would consider changes to the state constitution.  By a similar 2-to-1 margin respondents to the survey say they believe "nothing good will get done" at a convention. 
 
The decision on whether or not to hold a constitutional convention is voted on once every 20 years, and would begin the process of re-working or re-writing the state's governing document. 
 
Chautauqua County is one of the rare one's that will have the proposition on the same side as offices being voted on next Tuesday.  That from Democratic Election's Comissioner Norm Green says the Board of Elections printed the ballots proposition side-up.
 
Green adds that by printing the ballots in-house, it is believed to save Chautauqua County taxpayers nearly $50,000 each budget year.  The public will also vote on two other propositions, one that would allow a judge to take away the pensions of lawmakers who are convicted of Felony charges.
 
 
The issue of transparency on the part of Jamestown city government was again called into question during this week's Council voting session. 
 
But, the senior member of the panel says they try to be as open as possible and, don't make decisions on important issues at one meeting, or behind closed doors. 
 
Lovell Avenue resident Raven Mason, who has been an outspoken critic of the city's Annexation plans for the Dow Street Substation in the village of Falconer, addressed lawmakers.  Mason questioned whether comments made by the public prior to voting sessions is even considered.
 
Mason and other members of the public got into a rare back-and-forth with lawmakers during last month's voting session.  Typically, the public is asked to address questions and concerns to the Council President, and direct answers aren't given. 
 
At the end of the meeting, long-time Councilman Tony Dolce said he for one, takes the city's issues to heart, from recent shooting incidents, and the drug crisis to the city's deficit. 
 
 
A New York City native looking to move into Jamestown has now taken possession of the historic Sheldon House on the city's eastside. 
 
The City Council and Chautauqua County Legislature recently approved the sale of the property from Jamestown Community College to Edward Signorile for $240,000.  Signorile tells the Post-Journal that he was first interested in the property when it initially went on the market. 
 
However, he says it just as quickly went off when Lynn Development Group put in an offer to buy it for their corporate offices.  However, when a state court ruled that a zoning variance was improperly granted, Lynn withdrew it's proposal. 
 
Signorile remained interested and, kept in touch with a local broker, and was able to put in an offer once the Sheldon House went back on the market.
 
 
New York state's top fiscal officer says a looming budget deficit combined with lower-than-expected tax revenues and cuts in federal spending are adding up to a "triple threat" to the state's bottom line. 
 
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli warned late Tuesday about the possibility of more cuts from Washington and suggests state officials could face some difficult choices about funding important state programs and services. 
 
The Democrat noted New York is projected to have a $4 billion deficit next fiscal year.

 

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WJTN Headlines for Nov. 1, 2017

Jamestown city lawmakers continued their review of Mayor Sam Teresi's proposed, 2018 budget plan Monday night looking at another smaller department. 
 
The City Council looked over Director of Administrative Services, and City Clerk Todd Thomas' spending proposal for next year.  Council President Greg Rabb says they have now looked at that the city's Public Works Department, Parks and Recreation, and City Comtroller's budgets. 
 
Rabb agrees, with a projected $946,000 shortfall, this proposal will be a major challenge.
 
While taxes can often be a big topic on the campaign trail, Rabb says the budget itself hasn't been as much.  There are also more immediate issues brought up as lawmakers enter the final week of the campaign and he says he gets a lot of good input on those while meeting people. 
 
Mayor Sam Teresi earlier this month proposed a $35.7-million, 2018 budget plan that increases the tax rate by $0.21 per thousand full-value, but keeps the tax levy within the city's constitutional taxing limit.  That limit has gone up because the city's tax base has grown over the past year.  
 
 
The Village Board in Celoron is holding a meeting this evening to discuss and potentially take action on the extension of a waterline. 
 
Ten homeowners in the Village are trying to get into a water district because of past issues with their wells, including low water pressure and discolored water. 
 
The meeting will take place at 6 PM in the Community Center at 47 Dunham Avenue.  For more information contact the Village Hall at 487-4175. 
 
 
The public will be getting more specifics today on the House Republican Tax Reform and Budget propsal that a committee has been fine-tuning the past several weeks. 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed, who is a member of the committee, is defending the proposal in the wake of strong criticism last week by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and California Governor Jerry Brown. 
 
Cuomo was critcal of Reed and fellow Republican Chris Collins, who last week supported the basic outline of the plan, which they say eliminates the State and Local Tax deduction.  Reed says that's not happening, and needs to be compromised on. 
 
Cuomo and Brown say residents in their states would be heavily impacted by any more to eliminate SALT because they have higher tax burdens than most other states. 
 
At the same time, Reed and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, say their governors also need to work to lower their taxes. 
 
McCarthy says he wants a higher-cap on the amount of money people can add to their 401K Retirement Plans without being taxed on it.  He represents California's 23rd Congressional District. 
 
 
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is investigating a small arson fire set on a window sill inside a Bemus Point church early last Sunday morning. 
 
Fire investigators say the fire at the Lakeside Bible Chapel at 98 Lakeside Drive was intentionally set between the hours of 4 and 5 AM last Sunday. 
 
Sheriff's Office officials say anyone that may have information on the case to call them at 753-4925.
 
 
A Jamestown woman was arrested Monday afternoon for allegedly threatening a family member with a knife on the city's southside. 
 
City police say they were called to a Stearns Avenue residence for a girl bleeding after being hit by a window.  Officers spoke to 22 year-old Brittany Hinson, who said she was involved in a fight over over a ripped halloween costume with one of her relatives. 
 
Hinson was taken by ambulance to be treated for facial lacerations. Shortly after, officers determined that Hinson was the aggressor and, threatened the victim with a knife after being angered over the ripped costume. She is being held in city jail without bail. 
 
 
A number of places across western New York, and Chautauqua County have seen their first snowfall of the season. 
 
However, there were few instances of accumulating snow reported.  Snowflakes started to fly early Tuesday morning on some of the hilltops near Cassadaga, Arkwright and Sinclairville.  We also got a few snowflakes yesterday afternoon at our Media One Group studios. 
 
Forecaster Dave Zaff with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says there was a 'trace here and maybe a tenth of an inch or two there."  Zaff says the atmosphere will warm up slightly this afternoon, keeping much of the precipitation in the form of rain. 
 
As for trick or treating last night he says there were some places in the interior valleys looking at cold temperatures.  A return to milder weather is on the way as temperatures should reach the mid to upper 40s today, and low 60s are possible on Thursday.  
 
 
Gas prices in the Jamestown-area are holding steady this week at $2.69 a gallon for regular, unleaded fuel. 
 
That from the American Automobile Association's Gas Price Report, which says the price at this time last year was $2.34 per gallon. 
 
Today's national average is up a penny to $2.47 per gallon.  Despite the fluctuation, AAA says prices should continue to decrease as the holiday season approaches.

 

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