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WJTN News Headlines for Wed., Aug. 17, 2022

Two arrested on weapons, and warrants following gunshot complaint...
One person has been arrested for allegedly firing a gunshot at an occupied car... and, another on multiple warrants during a drug raid at a nearby home on Jamestown's northside.  City police were called to a report of shots fired at 810 Washington St. shortly after 12 a.m. Tuesday.  Responding officers found that 35 year-old Joshua Hammer had fired one round from a stolen handgun at the car, which was parked in the driverway in front of the home.  Further investigation led to the raid by the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force on the home itself.  Inside... they found the stolen handgun and a set of brass knuckles.  Police also found 42 year-old Larry Whitehill, Jr. of Jamestown, who was wanted on city court warrants... and, another from Chester County, Pennsylvania.  Hammer is jailed pending arraignment on charges including two counts each of first-degree reckless endangerment, and second-degree menacing... as well as second-degree criminal possession of a weapon... and, fourth-degree possession of stolen property.  Whitehill is also being held as a fugitive from justice.


City man arrested last Fall pleads guilty to federal narcotics charge...
A Jamestown man arrested in recent months for allegedly trafficking drugs has now pleaded guilty to a federal charge for selling large amounts of Fentanyl in the area.  U.S. Attorney Trini Ross has announced that 47 year-old Denver Komenda entered the plea before Federal Judge Richard Arcara in Buffalo to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 400 grams or more of fentanyl.  Prosecutors say that last October, investigators went to a Locust Street home in Jamestown to arrest a fugitive there.  When they arrived, they encountered Komenda, who gave permission for a search of the residence.  Investigators did not find the fugitive but discovered and seized a bag of fentanyl in Komenda’s bedroom.  Ross says the charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a fine of $10-million.


Borrello and Goodell call for special session of state legislature to act on Peace Officer Status for public safety employees at Chaut. Institution...
Chautauqua County's two members of the New York state legislature are calling on Governor Hochul to convene a special session to pass legislation that would strengthen security at Chautauqua Institution.  The legislation... sponsored by State Senator George Borrello and Assemblyman Andy Goodell... would boost security at Chautauqua by granting ‘peace officer’ status to the organization’s public safety personnel.  Borrello says their advocacy comes in the wake of the -- "brutal and unprovoked attack on (Salmon) Rushdie... which has been a devastating reminder that violence and evil have no boundaries."  They say it would enable institution safety personnel to make arrests, use physical force if necessary, and issue appearance and traffic tickets. 


Current Harmony Town Highway Superintendent named to be new county DPF Director...
Chautauqua County will have a new Public Facilities Director the day after Labor Day... and, he's a life long resident of the county.  County Executive P.J. Wendel Tuesday announced that he's appointed current Harmony Town Highway Superintendent Timothy Card to replace Brad Bentley, who resigned from the position last December.  Wendel says Card brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to handle the job... totaling 30-plus years employed doing public works jobs, and as town highway superintendent beginning when he was first elected in 1996.  Wendel says Card will be responsible for overseeing the operations of seven different divisions of the Department of Public Facilities... including roads and bridges... solid waste... the county's airports and the CARTS Bus system.  Card says he's "honored" to accept the appointment.  He's not an engineer, but, can do the job now after a restructuring of the DPF.  Card earned his certification in Construction and Heavy Equipment at the Hewes Center at Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES in Ashville.  He graduated from the Panama Central Schools, and now resides in Ashville. 


Ortolano identifies victims of last week's double-fatal crash in Dunkirk...
The investigation into last week's double-fatal car crash near the corner of Central and Howard Avenues in the city of Dunkirk is ongoing.  That from Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano... who says the Chautauqua County Coroner's Office has identified the two victims who died in the Aug. 11 crash.  Orotolano says they are 23 year-old Luis Perez-Torres, and 17 year-old Eric Rodriguez-Montalvo -- both of Dunkirk.  He says the accident remains under investigation, and they are still putting together all of the facts, including information from accident reconstruction and witness statements.


New ‘BOLD’ program ready to launch at SUNY JCC...
With the fall semester about to begin at Jamestown Community College and the SUNY College at Fredonia, the new BOLD program is set to launch.  BOLD stands for ‘Bachelor’s Opportunities... Locally Delivered.’  It allows students to complete a Fredonia degree by attending classes solely at Jamestown Community College.  JCC’s Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Kirk Young, says the response to BOLD has been good -- mainly for the business administration program.  Young says those students are "very excited" about the chance to get the 4-year degree while living in the Jamestown area.  Dr. Young says JCC's Director of Education, Dr. Renee Funke, has been busy all summer with inquiries about the second BOLD program... a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education.  Fredonia professors will come to JCC in Jamestown to teach the BOLD classes. They’ll be sent by ‘live link’ to the Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean.