Two arrested for allegedly trafficking Meth, and pot in Falconer...
Two Jamestown-area residents have been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of methamphetime and marijuana in the village of Falconer. Ellicott Town Police say members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force... and, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force... along with the state Police C-NET Team... raided a residence at 13 South Phetteplace Street about 10 a.m. Friday. Police say the Sheriff's Department SWAT Team helped make entry into the home... and, they found 39 year-old Steven Kent. They also stopped a vehicle... driven by Kelly Berenguer... as she was trying to flee the scene. Both were arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.
City man jailed for allegedly selling cocaine to undercover police....
A Jamestown man is under arrest for allegedly trafficking cocaine to undercover police officers in the city. Agents with the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force joined with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.., and, others... to raid the residence at 614 Prendergast Ave. about 7 a.m. Friday. Task Force members say they found 36 year-old Efrain Mariera-Lebron inside... along with a quantity of cocaine... and, a large amount of cash, and scales to weigh narcotics. Police say they charged Mariera-Lebron with third-degree criminal possesion... and, sale of a controlled substance. He was arraigned, and sent to the county jail without bail. The City Police SWAT Team... and, state Police C-NET Team were also involved in the raid.
Rosas and Green pleased with experience at DNC Convention...
New York State's first elected Hispanic mayor says he was pleased with the experience of attending the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas says he felt Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton delivered a message of unity with her acceptance speech Thursday night. Rosas says Clinton "reached" out to all segments of the population... and, adds he was "very impressed" by what she had to say. Green added that he felt Philadelphia was much better prepared to hold the convention than Charlotte, NC was four years ago.
Brocton firefighter accidently hits pedestrian with car while responding to rescue call...
A Fredonia man escaped serious injuries early Friday morning when he was struck by a car driven by a Brocton Fire Department member who was responding to a drug overdose. Sheriff's deputies say 68 year-old David Hazelton of Brocton was responding to the call... which was called in just before 5:30 a.m. from a location on Route 20. Officers say Hazelton was turning north onto Lake Avenue from Main Street -- and struck the pedestrian -- 42 year-old Christopher Small. Deputies say Small was trying to flag down a Sheriff's patrol car when he was hit. Hazelton stopped to help Small... who was then taken to Brook's Hospital for treatment.
NYS reports just over 20-percent of students sit out this past school year's Common Core tests...
For a second straight year... more than 20 percent of New York students sat out of this year's Common Core tests, but those who took them showed gains in English and to a lesser extent, math. State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia released the results late Friday, noting that changes made to the 2016 tests cloud direct comparisons to last year's results. But... overall, 37.9 percent of third- through eighth-grade students scored proficient in English language arts, up 6.6 percentage points from 2015. In math, the percentage of students considered proficient increased by one percentage point to 39.1 percent. About 21 percent of the 1.1 million eligible students opted out of the tests, up slightly from last year despite changes... including making the tests shorter.
Three people are under arrest -- two on felony charges -- following a drug raid on the city of Jamestown's northside. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force... along with the state Police C-NET Team... raided the home at 904 North Main Street late Wednesday afternoon... the second time they've raided that residence in the past two months. Samuelson says members of the Task Force, and city Police SWAT Team... spotted a third man -- 40 year-old Antwain Jackson of Locust Street, Lakewood -- jumping out a window. Jackson had no drugs in his possession... but ,was arrested for obstruction. Samuelson says it's also the second-time in the past few months that Wayne Leeper has been arrested for alleged drug trafficking. He says it was late Spring... and, a "large amount" of marijuana was involved. Samuelson says all three are being held... pending arraignment. He says both Wayne and Javell Leeper.. who are related... are charged with third and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... second-degree criminal posession of marijuana... and, criminally using drug paraphernalia.
Acting Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson will be seeking the maximum sentence for a Jamestown man who has been convicted of second-degree burglary for a break-in last September in the village of Fredonia. Swanson, who first handled the case when he was an Assistant D-A last fall, says 47-year old Marcus Norman was a temporary worker in Dunkirk at the time of the break-in and had apparently targeted the upstairs apartment at 180 Lambert Avenue. At the time of the arrest... Norman was on parole for burglarizing the same house in 2011. Swanson says the charge carries a sentence of 5 to 15 years... and, he will be seeking the maximum for Norman. Sentencing has been tentatively set for September 22nd.
Also in Chautauqua County Court this week... Acting D-A Patrick Swanson says another Jamestown man ws sentenced to up to 10 to 12 years determinate in state prison on three drug-related crimes. Swanson says Pablo Figueroa received up to eight years from Supreme Court Justice Paul Wojtaszak after being convicted of both third, and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Figueroa faces another 2-to-4 years for fourth-degree grand larceny. He's also looking at 5 years post-release supervision. In addition... Swanson says a Ripley man will spend at least 4 years in state prision for allegedly running a Methamphetime making operation. He says John Rowicki-the-third received the sentence in county court on July 18th on one count of second-degree unlawful manufacture of Methamphetime. Two more Jamestown men... Jimmy Graves and Eric Barbee... were each sentenced to 2 to 4 years in prison after being convicted of third-degree criminal mischief in separate cases.
Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leaned heavily on her campaign theme of ``stronger together'' in making the biggest speech of her career last night. Clinton took center-stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to try and win the trust of a public that is skeptical of her honesty. She also needed to project that she is an "approachable and warm" person as well. That from Chautauqua County Elections Commissioner Norm Green... who is in Philadelphia for this week's convention. Green says she needs to keep saying "I'm the competent one." He adds that he's "obviously" a partisan person... but, says when you look at the mistatements by Republican nominee Donald Trump... she is the competent one. During the evening... a couple of speakers also tried to reach out to moderate and conservative Republicans who don't support Trump. She became the first women in the U-S to be formally endorsed by one of the two major parties to run for president this past Tuesday.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the ``very soul of America'' is at stake in this year's presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Speaking at his party's national convention last night... the Democratic governor said diversity is America's ``greatest strength,'' but that Republicans want to use fear to divide the country. Cuomo, who served in President Bill Clinton's cabinet, noted his past work with Hillary Clinton, saying she would be a ``transformative'' leader for the country. He also touted liberal victories in New York state, including a ban on fracking, paid family leave and a plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 dollars an hour. During the 15-minute address to delegates Cuomo also honored his late father, former Governor Mario Cuomo, who delivered a memorable keynote address at the 1984 Democratic convention.
The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia has had it's rough spots... but, overall has gone as well as could be expected. And... Wednesday was one of the high-lights of the week's speeches and activities. County Democratic Election's Commissioner Norm Green says one was the speech by Vice-President Joe Biden. Green says Biden gave maybe the best speech he's ever seen by the V-P. Green adds that President Obama... who is one of the orators in public office... also, fired up the audience... emploring Americans to elect Hillary Clinton to the White House. Clinton then made a suprise appearance after his speech. As for the convention itself... Green says Philadelphia has been far more prepared than Charlotte, North Carolina had four years ago. He says the "City of Brotherly Love" has been great to the delegates. The rough spots during the convention came earlier in the week when several delegates of candidate Bernie Sanders interrupted some speakers and others. Norm Green is at the convention with Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas... who has been an alternate delegate at the convention.
The U.S. Coast Guard station in Buffalo is getting a new commander as the current one heads into retirement. A change-of-command ceremony was held late yesterday (Thursday) at the Templeton Landing restaurant on the Buffalo waterfront as Captain DuFresne was previously assigned as the deputy sector commander of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington, North Carolina. Rear Admiral June Ryan, commander of the Cleveland-based Ninth Coast Guard District, presided over the ceremony. The Coast Guard's Buffalo sector based on the city's Lake Erie waterfront covers a region stretching from the Cleveland area to the mouth of the St. Lawrence Seaway in northern New York.
This summer has been so hot and dry in upstate New York that the horse poop in the town of Throop is bursting into flames. The state Department of Environmental Conservation says one of its enforcement officers responded on July 5th to multiple calls complaining of smell and smoke coming from a burning pile of horse manure at a property in the town of Throop. Throop is in the Finger Lakes region... about 20 miles west of Syracuse. The officer learned that the owners of a horse stable had been storing the manure in large piles that frequently spontaneously combusted in the excessive heat and dry conditions. DEC officials say a shift in the prevailing winds carried the odor of burning manure it into the neighbors' windows. It took three local fire departments two hours to douse the burning horse poop.
A north county man has been arrested for allegedly trafficking narcotic pharmaceuticals... and, selling them to undercover police in the city of Dunkirk. Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they arrested 45 year-old Jacob Kaczor of 259 Lake Shore Drive East late last week. Task Force members had a warrant for Kaczor's arrest on one count each of fourth, and fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was arraigned in Dunkirk City Court... and, sent to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail, pending further court action. Task Force members urge members of the community to call when they see suspicious or drug-related activity to call them at 1-800-344-8702.
Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas says the New York delegation at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia heard from Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday morning. Rosas, who is a delegate at the DNC tells says that Cuomo's message to the group was about unity. Rosas says there’s still a number of delegates who prefer Bernie Sanders over the presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton. Sanders also spoke to the delegation... urging them to support Clinton. And... Rosas had an unlikely encounter with Sanders. Rosas, who announced his support of Clinton back in March, is the only delegate from Chautauqua County. Chautauqua County Election Commissioner Norm Green also made the trip to Philly.
Bernie Sanders delegates and supporters ended their sit-in inside a media tent at the Democratic convention site in Philadelphia last night. In addition... while protests outside have calmed down, too. Inside the arena, after Hillary Clinton became the first woman to claim the presidential nomination of a major U.S. party, Sanders delegates walked out and held about an hour-long sit-in at a media tent. Outside, police started detaining Sanders supporters who climbed the 8-foot fences at the edge of the secure zone around the Wells Fargo Center. It wasn't immediately known how many people had been detained. Groups of protesters, with a banner that read "RIP DNC," have begun marching back up Broad Street toward Philadelphia's City Hall, where a number of marches originated earlier Tuesday.
Dunkirk Police say a 4-year-old child is recovering after a possible accidental shooting on South Roberts Road this past Monday night. Police Chief David Ortolano says police and fire units responded to the call around 10:30 PM at 544 South Roberts after receiving a report of a possible gunshot wound. Ortolano says the Dunkirk firefighters treated the child at the scene and transported the victim to Brooks Memorial Hospital. The child was later transferred to Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo. Ortolano says the wound does not appear to be life-threatening.
Police have made four arrests in connection with a residential burglary at 733 Park Avenue early Sunday morning. Dunkirk Police say they responded to a call from a concerned neighbor and found Jorge Negron-Velazquez, a 16-year-old male and two 15-year-old males hiding inside the residence. As Negron-Velazquez was being escorted to a police car, he allegedly pulled away from an officer and fled on foot through a backyard and over a fence. He was later retaken into custody. Police believe the four individuals were acting together and removed several items from the home which were recovered. All four have been charged with burglary in the 2nd degree and grand larceny 4th. Negron-Velazquez is also facing resisting arrest. Negron-Velazquez and the 16-year-old were arraigned in City Court and remanded to the County Jail on $40,000 bail. The 15-year-old males were released to their parents and will appear in Family Court.
Town of Ellicott Police are on the lookout for a small pickup truck that may have struck a teenager riding a bike Monday morning. Police say around 11:20 AM A blue pickup truck, possibly a ranger with a tool box over the wheel well on the drivers side struck a 16 year old boy that was riding his bike on Buffalo Street Extension near Swanson Road. The boy was taken to WCA Hospital. Anyone with information is asked to call Town of Ellicott Police at 665-7083 or 661-7232. Or you can leave tips at 716-241-9877.
A man and woman from New York City are in jail after state police say the couple led them on a highway chase that reached speeds of 110 mph while three children were in their vehicle. Troopers say 33-year-old Gloria Rodriguez and 32-year-old Robert Lajara were pulled over for speeding Sunday on Interstate 86 in the town of Sherman. Troopers say Lajara fled on foot but was picked up by Rodriguez, who sped away in the eastbound lanes. The chase ended a few miles away in Ellery. Troopers say there were three children under 16 inside. They're under the care of Chautauqua County authorities. Rodriguez and Lajara are in the county jail without bail.
The price of gasoline in the Jamestown-area are on the decline for the first time in several weeks... after hovering around the 2-dollar-50 cent a gallon mark. The average retail price locally... according to the Triple-A's Fuel Gauge Report... is now around 2--41 a gallon. Triple-A says the price was 2-dollars-92 cents at this time last year. Nationally... the Fuel Gauge says it's now 2--16 a gallon after falling for 43 of the past 44 days. With abundant fuel supplies across the nation and declining crude oil costs... gas prices dropped in 47 states over the past week. Gasoline prices have dropped in 48 states during the previous month, with prices down by at least 25 cents per gallon in Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Michigan. Prices are substantially lower than one year ago in every state, headlined by California, where prices are more than a dollar cheaper than this time last year. Triple-A adds that the most common price in the country is now one-dollar-99 cents a gallon.
Prosecutors say a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling reversing the conviction of a former Virginia governor is no reason to let two convicted former top New York State legislators remain free pending appeal. Federal prosecutors made the argument in papers filed Monday in Manhattan federal court. Former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and ex-Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos are asking to remain free after their convictions on public corruption charges. But... prosecutors say their convictions at separate trials followed a set of facts much different from what the Supreme Court confronted when it reversed the conviction of former Virginia Republican Governor Robert McDonnell. Earlier this year... Silver -- a 72-year-old Democrat -- was sentenced to 12 years in prison while Skelos -- a 68-year-old Republican -- got five years in prison.
Town of Ellicott Police are on the lookout for a small pickup truck that may have struck a teenager riding a bike this morning. Police say around 11:20AM A blue pickup truck, possibly a ranger struck a 16 year old boy that was riding his bike on Buffalo Street Extension near Swanson Road. The boy was taken to WCA Hospital. Anyone with information is asked to call Town of Ellicott Police at 665-7083 or 661-7232. Or you can leave tips at 716-241-9877
City lawmakers have approved supporting five Condolidated Funding Applications... totaling 2.6-million dollars... for projects in downtown Jamestown. City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce... whose panel approved the applications last week... says all were approved in 8-to-0 votes at last night's voting session. Dolce says one was for up to 1.7-million dollars in funding for the 4.1-million dollar, second-phase of the Tracy Plaza renovation project. Dolce says the city has been involved in an effort to upgrade the plaza... making it more "inviting... and, makes it more "user-friendly" for the people of Jamestown. The City Council also approved supporting the 404-thousand dollars, Jamestown Riverwalk Illumination Project to "light-up" several downtown landmarks along the Chadakoin River. Dolce feels it's a "great idea" to light up landmarks... including the new National Comedy Center... and, the main silo at the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities. Two-hundred thousand dollars is being sought. The City Council also approved the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation's application for up to 500-thousand dollars in grant money from the "Main Street Grant Program" for improvements to the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts complex.
More than 100 manufacturers from across the 23rd Congressional District -- including several from Chautauqua County -- are expected to be part of local Congressman Tom Reed's second-annual Manufacturing Summit. Reed says the day-long event event is being held in his hometown of Corning today. The first was held last year in Jamestown. The Corning Republican is hosting the program as a way to "champion" U-S manufacturing. Reed says attendees wil hear from policy experts... economic development agencies... and, lawmakers about opportunities that are available to U-S manufacturers. He says he'll be talking about proposed changes to the tax code that he's involved with... including the PATH Act. However... Reed says he's most excited about a bi-partisan proposal that will eliminate the manufacturing export tax to make it easier to ship products abroad. Buffalo-area Congressman Chris Collins will be among the lawmakers on hand for the Summit... which will be held at Corning-Painted Post High School. Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier media.
A Buffalo-area man was hurt when his car went out of control... and, crashed into several trees along Route 60 in the town of Charlotte early yesterday afternoon. Sheriff's officers say 33 year-old Jason Dalke of Tonawanda was northbound just after 12 Noon when he lost control... and, his vehicle crossed the southbound lane... and, went off the road. Deputies say Dalke was transported to Brook's Hospital in Dunkirk for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. No charges have been filed... but, the investigation is continuing.
Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas will now be a full-fledged delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. We have learned from the mayor that he found out about the upgrade at the convention Monday morning. Rosas says it's exciting to be in Philadelphia, and having an actual vote. He says the delegations from both New York and Virginia will have great seats at the DNC. Rosas says Arkansas will be in the front row... and, they and Virginia will be right behind. Delegates from New York and Virginia are also being housed in the same hotel during the convention... the home states that the presumptive nominee and her running mate are from. Mayor Rosas is in Philadelphia with county Democratic Elections Commissioner Norm Green. The Democratic National Convention continues through Thursday.
West Coast style weather is striking the Northeastern United States. Heat and drought-like conditions are posing serious concerns for farmers and prompting water use restrictions and bans in some towns. The dry spell is hitting the region from Maine to Pennsylvania. Wildfire flames are lapping at parts of Massachusetts, and Maine is expecting a smaller blueberry crop. Hardest hit are Massachusetts, western New York, and the southern climes of New Hampshire and Maine. A second year of below-average rainfall and fewer big storms this year are driving the dry blast of weather. National weather experts say the drought could persist until the end of October.
A nation-wide program to get pets in local shelters adopted over the past weekend was a major success in Chautauqua County. The "Clear the Shelters" program was headed up locally by NBC-TV affiliate WGRZ in Buffalo... and, involved 10 western New York shelters. For the day last Saturday... all fees were waived for the dogs, cats, and other pets at the Chautauqua County Humane Society -- just outside of Jamestown. Humane Society Spokesperson Hannah (Ha-nuh) Braun says ALL 51 of their available pets were taken. Braun says that, while all the imunization fees, and others were waived... local Humane Society members still screened all potential owners to make sure the pets were getting the best "forever homes" they could find. While they cleared the Strunk Road shelter last Saturday... Braun says there were still about a handful of pets that had either just recently been brought to the shelter, or had not been medically cleared to be adopted out. She adds that, sadly, the shelter will likely be full again sometime in the near future.
Low-income New Yorkers age 60 and older can get free produce at local farm stands and farmers markets under a new policy of the state Department of Agriculture and Markets. The agency says 2-million dollars in Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks are now available for eligible residents. The program provides checks to low-income seniors to purchase $20 worth of locally grown fruits and vegetables from participating markets. The checks are available at county offices for the aging... including the one in Chautauqua County. Approximately 120-thousand booklets consisting of five $4 checks will be distributed this year. Recipients must have an income of $1,832 or less per month for a single person or $2,470 for a couple, or be eligible for public assistance.
The 134th annual Chautauqua County Fair gets underway in Dunkirk this morning... with seven full days of exhibits, Midway rides, food, and grandstand shows. That from Fair Board Member Dave Wilson... who says the fair kicks off with the firing of the fair's Civil War-era cannon... and, before that... remarks from several local officials. The grandstand shows are always a big attraction... and, Wilson says they begin with an always-popular program for the whole family. Wilson says all the grandstand shows -- through Saturday -- begin at 7 PM. He says the first of two New York State Championship Demolition Derbys will be held Tuesday night... but, the second will be held at 4 PM on Sunday. He says this year... the drivers are vying for a spot in the state Championships -- which will be held at the Erie County Fair in Hamburg. The new location is due to the fact the State Fairgrounds near Syracuse are being renovated... and, the old grandstand has been torn down. Admission tickets will now cost you 12-dollars at the gate. For more information... call the fair office at 366-4752... or go on-line to Chautauquacountyfair-dot-ORG.
Jamestown police have arrested a city man who was allegedly trespassing in a home that was being rented out by two women... starting this past Friday. Officers say they responded to the report about 7:30 last Friday night at 102 Hall Street. Police say they met the two women renting the home on arrival. Officers say they also found that the home was owned by a local bank.... and, that no one else should be on the property. However... police got information that 24 year-old Richard Rolfe, Junior was hiding inside the house. A K-9 unit was brought in... and, officers later found Rolfe in the basement. He's accused of fighting with the K-9 animal... and, refusing to obey officers. Rolfe was later arrested without further incident on one count each of second-degree obstruction, and resisting arrest.
A north county man is accused of using a device -- possibly a phone -- to record a woman inside a bathroom in the town of Hanover last Friday morning. Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene on Bennett State Road just before 7:30 AM... where the victim said she had found the recording device in the restroom. She told police it apparently belonged to 29 year-old Erick Burgos of East Front Street in Dunkirk... and, he tried to get the phone back from her. However... he did not. Deputies say Burgos has cooperated with the investigation... and, they believe there are no other victims involved. Officers say he's charged with second-degree unlawful surveillance... and, he'll appear in town court later this week.
There was a great turn-out of people -- and cars -- for the 33rd annual World Series of Cars yesterday at Bergman Park in Jamestown. That from local Babe Ruth Committee President Russ Diethrick. As the event was concluding... Russ told us that about 300 cars took part in this year's show... which raises money for the local Babe Ruth World Series. Diethrick says they were pleased that the rain held off... and, that the drew people from all across the region. Russ Diethrick says they get several entries from Pennsylvania and Ohio... in addition to New York state. He says he even saw at least one plate from Florida. He says the weather plays a big role in the number of entries that show up. Russ also expressed his appreciation to all the classic and vintage car groups that help them put on the event.... including the Chautauqua Lake Assocation of Antique Cars... the Covette Club... and, the Der Kobblers. Some have been with the car show each of it's 33 years.
New York City will be receiving 3.6-million dollars in federal funds to combat the Zika virus... while the rest of the state will receive $1.7 million. The funds are part of 60-million dollars that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is awarding to states, cities and territories to fight Zika. The CDC said Thursday that the funds will support efforts to protect the health of the American public, especially pregnant women, from the mosquito-borne virus. Zika infection during pregnancy has been linked to severe birth defects. New York City health-care providers have administered Zika tests to 2,000 pregnant women who have traveled to areas affected by the virus. Health officials say 41 of the women have been confirmed to have Zika.
For the first time in nearly three years... the former Cassadaga Elementary School will be housing students. The Erie 2, Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES has consolidated its alternative education program in Chautauqua County... and, will be locating it in the former Cassadaga Elementary School. That from BOCES District Superintendent David O'Rourke... who says they are moving two separate programs from both ends of the county to one location starting in September. O'Rourke says the move makes a lot of sense. O'Rourke says about 50 students will be taking part in the program beginning at the start of school in September. He says only minor changes have been to the building... which has been used for storage the past couple of years. DHB Properties recently acquired the building located on Maple Avenue from the Cassadaga Valley School District.
Two people -- one a teenaged boy -- are accused of stealing a pair a bicycles from a home in the village of Mayville back in mid-May. Sheriff's officers say they've arrested 25 year-old Sean Barrett of DeWittville, and the 16 year-old from Westfield, following an investigation into the May 11th break-in on Marvin Street. Deputies say the two males are charged with petty larceny... and, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Both were arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court... and, released pending further court action.
Chautauqua County Fair ready to begin for 134th edition...
Everything is ready for the start of the 134th annual Chautauqua County Fair next Monday morning at the Fairgrounds in Dunkirk. The yearly 'volley' from the fair's Civil War-era cannon will get the week-long event underway at 10 AM next Monday. Fair Board member Dave Wilson says the best way to prepare for your trip to the fair by getting your pre-sale ticket. He says the pre-sale tickets cost 6-dollars... and, it's good for all events taking place during the week. Wilson says the lone exception is reserved seating for the two Demolition Derbies. In the past... a few events were not covered completely by the gate ticket... but, that's not been the case in recent years. Wilson says Bates Brothers Amusements are again putting on the Midway rides this year. He adds it's the same Midway operator used at the Cattaraugus County and Warren County Fairs. Wilson says the gates will open each day at the Dunkirk Fairgrounds at 9 a.m., and, the Midway rides start at 3 p.m. through Thursday... then begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 30th and 31st.
Rosas will be alternate delegate to DNC Convention...
Two Chautauqua County Democrats will represent the county at next week's Democratic National Convention... and, one of them will be the top-elected official in Dunkirk. Mayor Willie Rosas says that he and County Elections Commissioner Norm Green will be making the trip to Philadelphia. Rosas says he is "honored" to be an alternate delegate. He says he supports Hillary Clinton because of her first-hand knowledge of Chautauqua County and the city of Dunkirk down through the years. Rosas was also part of the police detail as a State Trooper in 1996 when then-President Bill Clinton was at Chautauqua Institution.
State Tax Collections are down through mid-year, spurs warning from DiNapoli...
Tax collections in New York state have fallen below projections, prompting a warning from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. DiNapoli's office reported late Thursday that collections for the first quarter of the state's fiscal year were $19.8-billion dollars... nearly $454-million below estimates and nearly $800 million less than the same period last year. DiNapoli says that while revenues could pick up, the state needs to be ready in case tax collections continue to underperform.
33rd annual World Series of Cars set to go for Bergman Park....
About 250 to 300 antique and classic cars are expected for this weekend's 33rd annual World Series of Cars at Bergman Park in Jamestown. That from Kim Ecklund... Publicity Chairman for the local Babe Ruth Series Committee... which puts on the event. It's the biggest fund-raiser for the World Series event's held in Jamestown. Ecklund says -- most times -- they don't know how many cars will be on hand until the event actually begins. She says they'll be ready to begin at 8 a.m. Sunday... and, the program runs to 5 p.m. Ecklund says they'll have 46 different catagories to judge cars in... include individual ones for Corvettes and Mustangs. However... this year they have a new catagory that several people have requested... and, that's a "non-judged" catagory. Ecklund says those owners will just display their cars. Ecklund says the judging begins at 12 Noon Sunday... and, adds they could still use a few more judges for the car show. If you're interested... call her at 664-0405. Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown-area will host it's annual breakfast prior to the start at 7 a.m.
Donald Trump Jr to someday run for mayor of NYC?...
Donald Trump, Junior is being touted as a possible candidate for mayor of New York City, but the son of the Republican presidential nominee says he's in no hurry to run for office himself. That hasn't damped the enthusiasm of Republicans like former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who says the 38 year-old Trump could be a ``hell of a candidate.'' Donald Trump Jr. says he might consider running for office after his young children are older.
The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of a 64 year old female in Otto, New York. Authorities were called to a reported unattended death at 8861 Traffic Street on July 18th. The body of 64 year old Lee Wroblewski of the Traffic Street address was found in a pond. An investigation is being conducted by the Cattaraugus County Criminal Investigation Bureau and the Cattaraugus County Coroner.
The body of a Frewsburg woman was found near Carlson's Landing on Route 63, just outside of Frewsburg about 5pm Thursday. The Jamestown Post Journal reports that the 52 year old woman has been identified, but her name will not be released at this time. Family members were reportedly at the scene. There will be an investigation, but foul play is not suspected.
The severe drought continues to expand across Western New York and it now includes parts of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, out today, now includes Northern Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties as being under severe drought conditions. The Jamestown-area remains under a moderate drought. Meteorologist Jeff Wood of the National Weather Service says there doesn't appear to be any change in sight. Portions of the region got rain overnight... but, not enough to alleviate the problem. Due to the Drought conditions... many streams in Western New York are nearing record low flows. Wood says in the Buffalo area, the rainfall deficit is around 6-and-a-half inches since March 1st. In Chautauqua County... it ranges from 3 to 6 inches.
A Buffalo-area woman has been arrested for allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase in the town of Gerry late yesterday morning. Sheriff's officers say deputies were running radar on Route 380 just after 10:30 AM when they saw 21 year-old Heather Gelencser of Angola drive past them northbound at a "very high" rate of speed. Deputies add that Gelencser passed several cars recklessly before being pulled over in the town of Ellery. In Gerry... she was charged with speeding, reckless driving, and failure to comply. Gelencser also faces several charges in Ellery, including speeding... reckless driving... unsafe passing... and, criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was arraigned in Ellery Town Court, and sent to the Chautauqua County Jail with bail to be set.
A Jamestown woman has been arrested following a foot chase with police through several backyards on the city's eastside. Jamestown police say a patrol spotted 21 year-old Lorilynn Moriarty walking on East Sixth Street -- near Pine -- earlier this week. Police say officers were aware that Moriarty was sought on Felony bench warrant out of city court. Officers gave chase... and, finally caught her after the foot pursuit. Moriarty was arrested for resisting arrest... and, was also being held on the Felony bench warrant.
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's come away "very impressed" by the energy shown by the delegates at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Reed attended his first-ever RNC Convention, and says he's enjoyed catching up with old friends, and meeting new people from across the country. The Corning Republican says the convention is setting the "tone" for the upcoming election... and, that the GOP is solidly behind "the individual" American. Reed says he believed it was "prudent" to be at the election to help be a "positive voice" for the Trump Campaign, and listen to others to help find common ground and unite the party. However... Texas Senator Ted Cruz refused both Wednesday night... and, Thursday morning... to endorse Trump. Reed says the former candidate's speech was more about himself than trying to rally the party. Donald Trump's son, Donald, Junior... echoed those sentiments on CNN Thursday morning... saying the speech was more about Cruz positioning himself to run in four years if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency.
Communities in New York state still reeling from the housing crisis are getting some help. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman told the A--P Thursday that his office will set aside $13 million in grants to help local governments deal with the problem of abandoned and vacant properties known as ``zombie homes.'' Schneiderman says the properties can fall into neglect as the foreclosure process drags on, potentially damaging the homes and bringing down property values for entire neighborhoods. The 100 communities with the worst zombie home problems can apply for the funds. The money will support efforts to ensure banks and lenders maintain properties they're responsible for and programs to help homeowners avoid foreclosure.
Zombie properties have become a major problem in Jamestown... along with most other cities in the northeast... and, Mayor Sam Teresi says the Attorney General's program is "terrific news." Teresi says the problem dates back to the start of the stock market crash in 2008. He says the current owner of the home is in financial trouble... and, has been given notice that the foreclosure process is underway. However... Teresi says there are some misconceptions there... because until the property actually transfers to the bank, or financial institution... the owners have the right to stay there. He adds they are also responsible for the upkeep of the property until it transfers. Teresi says Schneiderman's legislation... passed earlier this year by the state legislature... includes a registry of Zombie properties for local communities to use to get banking firms to take care of the abandoned properties. In addition to Jamestown... several other communities across Western New York have been impacted by the Zombie property issue.
New York state has repealed its tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products, a move expected to save purchasers 10-million dollars a year. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law Thursday. The measure passed in the state Legislature after female legislators complained the tax was sexist because personal products including condoms and bandages are tax-free. The new law exempts tampons, sanitary napkins and panty liners from the 4 percent state sales tax and from local taxes that generally are about 5 percent. It takes effect in the next sales tax quarter. Republican Senator Sue Serino says the repeal is "long overdue." Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal says New York's 10-million women of child-bearing age will no longer be burdened by a "regressive" tax every month. Several other states have enacted or considered similar tax exemptions.
Titusville, Pennsylvania's Max Blair scored the biggest victory of his career last night... winning the 60-lap, 60th anniversary Super Late Model Feature at Stateline Speedway. Blair took the lead on the fifth-lap to win the 10-thousand-60-dollar first prize. But... he had to hold off his father, Rob, to earn the victory. Waterford, Pennsylvania's Dave Hess, Junior was third. Also on the special night... Kirk Bradley won the Outlaw E-Mod Feature... and Dave Shagla won the Street Stock Feature race
An Amish man is being treated for a serious injury at an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital after his horse-and-buggy was struck from behind by a car in the town of Harmony. Sheriff's officers say the buggy... operated by 52 year-old Amos Shetler of Panama... was traveling on Cherry Hill Road about 3:30 PM yesterday when the accident occured. The driver of the car, 89-year-old Adrian Thomas of Panama, apparently came up the Amish buggy suddenly... and hit it from the back. Shetler was flown by Starflight Helicopter to the UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie for treatment. A veterinarian responded to treat the horse pulling the buggy for apparent minor injuries. Thomas was not hurt. No charges are expected.
A former Jamestown Police officer has pleaded guilty to threatening to hurt another person on a social media website twice last Winter. U-S Attorney William Hochul, Junior says 45 year-old Michael Bush of Jamestown was accused of posting the threats on "Topix-dot-COM" back on January 2nd... and, February 26th of this year. An Assistant U-S Attorney says Bush made the threats against Jamestown-area law enforcement officers. Hochul says the plea is the culmination of an investigation by JPD -- under the direction of Chief Harry Snellings -- and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Bush was formally charged with 'transmitting communications containing threats to injure the person of another.' He faces up to five-years in prision... and, a fine of 250-thousand dollars... or both. He's to be sentenced next September 29th, at 2:30 PM in U-S District Court.
The head of the Falconer Central School system is defending the district for it's handling of finances in the wake of a state audit critical of their budgeting the past three years. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's Office has issued a report... saying the district had "overestimated" spending by an average of 2.5-million dollars a year from July 1st of 2012 to this past February. In response... Falconer Superintendent Steve Penhollow says the state forced their hand by "drastically underfunded" the district on state aid. Penhollow says the district was cut by 30-million dollars by a Foundation Aid "Freeze..." and, lost 7-million through the now-eliminated Gap Elimination Adjustment. He adds that the district has not been "hoarding" tax money... noting that property taxes have only gone up an average of about point-5 percent over the past 10 years. Penhollow says the district is being criticized for "trying to save money..." and maintaining staffing, and funding for upcoming projects. As for the fact they have a larger undesignated fund balance... he says the state's 4-percent recommendation is "unrealistic" in these days and times.
Oneonta has won 10-million dollars to invigorate its downtown as part of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's downtown revitalization contest. The Otsego County community was announced as the winner form the Mohawk Valley economic region on Tuesday... and, is the seventh winner overall. The $100 million competition will award $10-million to one town, or city from each of the state's 10 ecomomic regions. The money is intended to support efforts to attract new businesses, housing or community services to downtown areas. Westbury, Elmira, Plattsburgh, Middletown, Geneva and Oswego have already been announced as winners. Cuomo has said he wants the competition to help local communities turn their downtowns into ``vibrant'' places to live, work and raise families.
The annual Cents for St. Susan's campaign to help Jamestown's largest soup kitchen has set another record. Campaign organizers announced Wednesday morning that the effort raised just over 18-thousand dollars for the first-time ever. Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Spokeswoman Becky Robbins is one of the organizers... and, say's it's a "great feeling" to set a new record... adding that two parts of the campaign helped drive that new record. The redeemable bottles and cans brought in 945 dollars... while the 70 or so canisters brought in just over 2-thousand-450 dollars. St. Susan's Center Director Jeff Smith expressed his appreciation to the people who donated money... and, helped drive the campaign. Smith and Robbins both thanked the many major campaign sponsors who helped out this year. Smith and Robbins both thanked the many major campaign sponsors who helped out this year... including Key Bank... Alfie's Restaurant... and, Falconer Printing and design. The Media One Group of radio stations, The Post-Journal... and, the Jamestown Gazette were media sponsors for the campaign.
The record "Cents for St. Susan's" campaign is much needed by the local soup kitchen. That from Director Jeff Smith... who says they are on a new record pace for the number of meals served in 2016. Smith says... as of Tuesday night... they had served roughly 64-thousand meals so far this year. He says the numbers have been up dramatically since the end of school in late June.During the school year... St. Susan's officials say the children are able to get breakfast and lunch in the Jamestown public schools because their eligible for the federal "Free Lunch" program. Smith says, overall, they're up about 6-thousand meals over last year... and on pace for a record, 125-thousand meals served for the year. For more information on the St. Susan's Center... call them at 664-2253.
New York state is launching an investigation into the working conditions of employees in the dry cleaning industry. Governor Andrew Cuomo says the effort will include study of chemicals commonly used by dry cleaners that pose a health risk to workers. The effort will involve consideration of proposals to ban some chemicals deemed especially harmful. The Democratic governor announced the investigation on Wednesday in New York City. He also detailed several other steps taken by the state to protect workers, including new ventilation rules for nail salons. Cuomo also says that a state task force created last year to examine worker exploitation has so far ordered more than 15-hundred businesses to pay nearly $4 million in back wages and damages.
The Jamestown airport has a new airline... with a different plane... and high hopes for more successful passenger service. Stan Little, Chairman and CEO of Southern Airways... which bought out the old 'Sun Air' in March of this year says "We're going to build this airport back to what it was a decade ago". Little says his airline offers frequency and reliability, at a good price. Diane Bradley of Greenhurst is already impressed saying that it is so much nicer than our prior airline. She was impressed with the quality of the staff, and the receiving center in Pittsburgh. Southern will offer four flights a day to Pittsburgh, starting at $29 one-way, using the Cessna Caravan. Bruce Jacobs is a pilot, and part of the new airline's management team. He says the Caravan is a better ride. Several hundred people attended the 'rebranding ceremony' on the tarmac at Jackson Field in Jamestown Tuesday evening.
Spirits were high for Tuesday's ceremony welcoming Southern Airways to the Jamestown Airport, but the challenges are real. Bill Tucker is the Manager of Airports and Parks for Chautauqua County says this is a very encouraging situation in a very challenging environment. Tucker says the sluggish economy, and changes in the airline industry have made it tough for small airports. But, he is hopeful the new airline will double the number of departures from Jamestown. Stan Little, the CEO of Southern Airways, says the arrival of his airline in Jamestown means the end of 'spotty service' and he wants the public to respond by not driving and using the airlines instead to get to Pittsburgh. Jamestown is Southern Airways first location in New York state. Little would like to add a daily flight to Albany at some point in the future.
A Jamestown man has been arrested in connection with the discovery of a significant marijuana growing operation in the villlage of Celoron. Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they were joined by members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force... and, the State Police C-NET Team in a raid at 9 East Duquesne Street last June 9th. Task Force members say they located... and, seized a sophisticated growing operation... and, 104 mature marijuana plants. Police say they also seized several thousands of dollars worth of equipment used of the production of the pot. As the result of an investigation into the ownership of the home, and the processing of the seized marijuana plants, the Southern Tier Task Force arrested 31 year-old Joshua Aman on one count each of second-degree unlawfully growing Marijuana and Criminal Possession of Marijuana. Police say four pounds of pot was seized. They say Aman was issued an appearance ticket for Ellicott Town Court to answer the charges listed. Task Force members say if you have any information on illegal drug activity... call them at 1-800-344-8702.
A Falconer man has been arrested for allegedly being found with over 5-grams of marijuana in his possession during a traffic stop in Jamestown. City Police say the pulled over 30 year-old Omar Marrero about 8:45 AM Tuesday in the Broadhead Avenue area. Officers say they knew that a valid City Court arrest warrant had been issued for Marrero's arrest for second-degree criminal contempt. He was taken into custody without incident... and, was allegedly found with 5.4-grams of pot in his posession. Marrero was additionally charged with unlawful possession of marijuana... and, is being held pending arraignment.
Jamestown city lawmakers will vote next week on supporting a 500-thousand dollar state grant application for a preservation project to update the five buildings in the Reg Lenna Center for Arts complex. The project is being headed up by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation... and, Executive Director Greg Lindquist says they are seeking a Main Street "Anchor Grant" for the 4-million dollar effort. Lindquist says there'll be some facade... fire sprinkler... and, other improvements made. Lindquist says most of the funding for the project is already in place... and, adds another 800-thousand dollar grant is also being sought -- though the state's Consolidated Funding Application progam -- for other upgrades. Reg Lenna Board President... and, Mayoral Assistant Matt Hanley... says improvements will also include an entrance vestibule for the Reg Lenna theater entrance. Lindquist calls it a "huge project..." which is very important to making the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts an anchor of the city's eastside... similar to what the new National Comedy Center will have on Jamestown's westside.
New York will require professional boxers and mixed martial artists to get one-million dollars of insurance to cover life-threatening brain injuries under regulations slated to take effect in September. The State Athletic Commission is carrying out the decision by lawmakers... and, the governor to legalize professional mixed martial arts and overhaul regulation of combat sports generally. It's detailed plan, still subject to public comments, will make New York the final state to end opposition to the combination of wrestling, kickboxing and jiu-jitsu inside a cage or other enclosure. Higher insurance is one concession to critics of the violence. Supporters say mixed martial arts has evolved from early unregulated days. Prohibited acts include strikes to the spine, back of the head or throat; head butts; and stomping a grounded opponent.
A first-grade teacher at Jamestown's Ring Elementary School has received one of the very first "New York State Excellence in Teaching" Awards from Governor Andrew Cuomo. Eighth-year Ring Teacher Brandi Meacham recently received the award during a ceremony at the school. Coincidently... Meacham was honored following her first year of teaching first-graders after teaching Kindergarten the previous seven years. Meacham says it was "definately awesome" to be one of 10 teachers in the state to be recognized. Meachem was nominated for the award by fellow Ring teacher, Carrie Davenport, who says she nominated her because of her "hard work and dedication to not only her students, our school, and our community, but also to each of her colleagues." Meacham was the only award recipient in southwestern New York... and, she received a 5-thousand dollar stipend to help her grow professional development interests. Jamestown School Superintendent Tim Mains says the district is "very proud that one of our excellent teachers, Brandi Meacham, received this prestigious award from Governor Cuomo."
Work is continuing on future plans for Brooks Memorial and Lake Shore Hospital... and, community leaders got a progress report yesterday during a series of meetings held in Dunkirk. Those plans include a new facility for Brook's and capital improvements for the TLC campus. During a presentation for local media Tuesday... Don Boyd of Kaleida Health indicated a 2018 time-frame for the changes. Officials from both hospitals also discussed programming and services. While both facilities would continue to have emergency rooms, the plans call for Brooks to continue as an inpatient acute care hospital... while TLC would transition to an ambulatory center with specialty services. TLC would also continue behavioral health and chemical dependency services under the latest plans. The hospital's expect to have an outside architectural expert on board by the end of the month... so that expert can begin to work with both hospital's leadership teams. Officials from Brooks... TLC... and, Kaleida Health met with a number of local leaders including Mayor Willie Rosas, County Executive Vince Horrigan, Assemblyman Andy Goodell and representatives of State Senator Cathy Young and Congressman Tom Reed.
Well-know political satirist and comedian Mark Russell will be attending both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions... then bringing his new material to the Jamestown-area next month. The Robert H. Jackson Center will be hosting Russell's appearance at Chautauqua Suites on Sunday, August 21st, beginning at 6 PM. The appearance will be a fund-raiser for the Jackson Center. A Western New York native, Russell is best known for his satire on current political headlines. His comedy specials, which aired live between 1975 and 2004, mixed political stand-up comedy covering current events with musical parodies that set new humorous lyrics to familiar melodies. The evening will include a cocktail hour with cash bar, dinner, and a performance by Mark Russell. Ticket proceeds benefit the Jackson Center. Seating is limited, so order your tickets by calling the center at 483-6646... or go on-line to Roberthjackson-dot-ORG.
It's an idea that's helped boost the stature of other cities... and, a plan to light key points along the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk has been laid-out. City officials say the Jamestown Riverwalk Illumination Project has been in the works for several months... and, is a take-off on the recent success of the multi-million dollar Buffalo Grain Elevator Project. City Development Director Vince DeJoy says they brought in a specialist to design the local project. DeJoy says the city has been working with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, Board of Public Utilities, and the Gebbie Foundation on the project. He says nine different locations -- including parts of the Riverwalk, the National Comedy Center, BPU Steam Tower, and the Washington Street Bridge pillars -- would be illuminated. The city and the JRC will be submitting the approximately 404-thousand dollar project for 50-50 match funding from the state's Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. DeJoy and Mayor Sam Teresi says the Johnson Foundation has agreed to fund the cost of installing the fixtures, and paying the electric bill. Officials involved with other projects seeking CFA funding were also reviewed during last night's City Council work session. One was to put a mural along the retaining wall for the Washington Street off-ramp to Barrett Avenue. Another would help with the outdoor restortion project at St. Luke's Episcopal Church on East Fourth Street.
Local Congressman Tom Reed will be in Cleveland today for his first Republican National Convention... and, to show his support for Presidential candidate Donald Trump. However... while Reed is going for the first time... a number of prominent Republicans... including former Presidential candidates John Kasich, Rand Paul and Jeb Bush... will not be there. He says he's trying not to read too much into why some aren't going... and, is excited "to be part of it...." Former Presidents George H.W. Bush... and, George W. Bush will also not be in attendance for the convention... which kicked off early this afternoon... and will continue through Thursday. Reed says he's looking to "renew old friendships..." and, will be continuing to "try to do my part of getting the country going in the right direction." The Corning Republican made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
Local Congressman Tom Reed also says Donald Trump's choice of Indiana Governor Mike Pence to be his vice-presidential running mate is a "solid pick." Reed Monday reminded members of the media that he served in Congress with Pence during his first two years on the House of Representatives. He says he looked up to Pence, and, adds he brings a lot of experience to the table. Reed says he will also help keep conservatives in the fold. Pence served in the House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013... when he was elected the 50th governor of Indiana. Reed says Pence was a "go to" person in the GOP Conference... and, had a "very good way of communicating" with other members of Congress.
Four Buffalo-area residents are safe after their boat had an electrical failure... and, began taking on water on Lake Erie Sunday afternoon. Sheriff's officers say they received a call from one of the boaters just before 3 PM... saying there were four people on board, and that they were safe, and had life jackets on. Deputies say the boat was located about 4-and-a-half miles west-northwest of Van Buren Point in the town of Portland. The Sheriff's Office had a patrol vessel on duty... and, it responded. The patrol located the boat and it was being assisted by another fishing boat that had been in the area. The Sheriff's patrol was able to tow the boat safely to Dunkirk Harbor. Their investigation showed that the boat in distress had an electrical problem... and, the occupants found that the boat was taking on water around seals in the back of the boat. No one was hurt. It was also found the owner and operator of the boat had maintained all of the emergency tools necessary to attract help from the fishing boat. The four males -- including a teenager -- were from Lancaster, New York.
Officials from the county and city of Dunkirk gathered along Lake Erie Monday afternoon to welcome the new operator of the Chadwick Bay Marina on Lake Shore Drive East. The new owner will also operate the former Stefan's Marina on Lake Shore Drive West. Charles Pringle, owner of Holiday Harbor in Celoron, says he is bringing his brand to another lake and expects to offer a full range of services. County Executive Vince Horrigan, joined officials from the County IDA for the announcement. He believes the announcement will lead to more development in the North County area... and, along with the Athenex project... will provide another boost to the north county. Mayor Willie Rosas, who also attended the announcement, says he is pleased to see the deal... which was over a year in the making... has been finalized. Future plans include the construction of a showroom for new boats on the site. The county's Industrial Development Agency is providing financial assistance through a loan from the Al Tech Revolving Loan Fund... and, certain tax abatements.
We are "very close" to finding another plant in the Universe that is like Earth. That from Monday's featured lecturer at Chautauqua Institution. Slate's "Bad Astronomy" Blog Creator Phil Plait says scientists are finding so many new planets over the past 30 years... we will eventually find the ideal circumstances for "another Earth" to be found. Speaking with our Dennis Webster and Matt Warren... Plait noted that we have been finding more planets recently that have water -- a precursor for life. Plait says that is what's called the "Goldylocks Zone." He also talked about the science of global Climate Change... which he says is agreed to by an "overwhelming number" of scientists. He says the phenominon does not produce "consistant outcomes," though. Plait says one part of Antactica is seeing melting... while more snow is falling in another area. But... he says that is likely caused by added water vapor in the air... and, the wind blowing that over a colder area.
A cold front moving through the Jamestown-area Monday brought a few thunderstorms and showers during the morning... then later in the day. However... the rainfall from those storms didn't bring much relief from our Drought situation. That from Meteorologist Bob Hamilton with the National Weather Service in Buffalo... who says some areas did pick up some measureable rainfall. Some more showers and thunderstorms came through about mid-afternoon... just before the front, which brought in drier air. Hamilton says the rest of the work week looks generally rain free. He says the next chance of rain will be late Thursday into Friday... but, he says there won't be much there either.
A northwestern Pennsylvania man was killed yesterday morning when his motorycle was struck by a truck at an intersection in Warren County's Brokenstraw Township. State Police in Warren say 58 year-old Clifton Kimbrough of Volant was northbound on State Route 62 just before 10 AM when he was hit. Troopers say the driver of the Nissan Frontier, 62 year-old Paula Gustafson of Gerry, NY, was eastbound on National Forge Road. However... police say she failed to stop at a stop sign... and, the two vehicles collided. Troopers say Kimbrough was ejected from the bike, and pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation is continuing into the crash.
One person suffered a severe injury... but, is expected to recover... after the vehicle she was riding in overtuned in a two-car crash in the town of Sheridan. Sheriff's officers say the vehicle... driven by 61 year-old Andrea Perry of Dunkirk... was northbound on Center Road about 8:20 PM Saturday. Deputies say Perry's car was struck by a westbound vehicle on King Road after the driver, 61 year-old Linda Matyjakowski -- also of Dunkirk -- allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign. Perry's vehicle overturned... and, came to rest on its wheels. Her front seat passenger, 32 year-old Kathleen Cicelske of Saratoga Springs, had to be extracted from the vehicle. Cicelske was flown to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment of apparently non-life threatening injuries. Perry and a back seat passenger were uninjured. Matyjakowski was also uninjured... but, has been ticketed for failure to yield the right of way at a stop sign.
New York environmental regulators have now issued a "Drought Watch" for the entire state... and, in western New York -- at least -- no drought-buster storms are in the near-future. That from Forecaster Kirk Apfell with the National Weather Service in Buffalo... who says parts of the region are at least 3 to 8-inches below normal precipitation levels for this time of year. Apfell says one "telling" situation is with local creeks... many of which are dry or much lower than normal. Late last Friday... the state Department of Environmental Conservation said precipitation has been below normal for the past nine months... leading to the lower stream flows and reduced groundwater. A "watch" is the lowest of four advisories. The last drought watch was in 2002. People are being urged to conserve water by doing things like fixing dripping faucets and toilets and using outdoor watering systems that automatically skip watering in wet weather. However... there are NO mandatory statewide restrictions at this point.
A Jamestown man convicted of conspiracy to commit securities fraud has been sentenced to a year-and-a-half in federal prison. U-S Attorney William Hochul, Junior says 34 year-old Jamie Boye was found to have taken part in what is commonly known as a "pump and dump" scheme from October of 2008 to September of 2011. Boye and his co-conspirators were found to have registered several Internet domain names, such as Trypennystocks-dot-COM... and, falsely advertised 29 penny stocks as being profitable investments. Prosecutors say those misleading advertisements encouraged investors to buy the advertised penny stocks, causing the stock prices to increase. Once Boye and his conspirators thought that the price of any one stock would not increase any further, they sold their shares for a large profit. In total... they say Boye received just under 499-thousand dollars to take part in the scheme. Several of his vehicles, and property were seized... and, will be credited towards the money judgement.
Authorities say a western New York man accused of posting an online threat against police on the day of the Dallas ambush was carrying a loaded pistol when he was arrested. U.S. Attorney William Hochul says that 23-year-old Arthur Jordan of Buffalo was arrested late last week by police who'd been looking for him the past week. FBI investigators say he wrote on Facebook, "Let's Start Killin' Police Lets See How Dey Like It." Jordan faces a federal charge with a potential sentence of 5 years in prison. Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda says Jordan is a gang member who was carrying a loaded .380 caliber pistol when officers on routine patrol spotted him and he resisted arrest.
The first of two street projects on North Main Street in downtown Jamestown this Summer should be wrapping up shortly. That from Mayor Sam Teresi... who says the Board of Public Utilites has made final repairs to a water line that broke between Second and Third Streets last October. Teresi says that part of the street should be re-opened shortly once the BPU and Public Works Department finish their work. Teresi says that block of North Main will be finished next year... and, the pipe under North Main between First and Second Streets will be replaced. In addition... the mayor says the project to 'lower' North Main between First Street and the Railroad Bridge will be starting soon. Teresi says that project is needed before Chautauqua County begins the one-million dollar replacement of the South Main Street Bridge. The project to lower Main Street by about two-feet is needed so tractor-trailers can get to Blackstone-Ney Ultra-Sonics while the bridge is out. Right now... there's not enough room for trucks to get under the rail bridge.
Governor Andrew Cuomo's campaign reports raising 4-million dollars over the past six months... having amassed $19 million toward a re-election effort that's still two years away. The Cuomo 2018 campaign said late Friday it had $16 million at the start of the six-month reporting period, collected $4 million in receipts and spent almost $1 million during the period. The campaign's detailed filing at the Board of Elections shows several individual donations ranging from $45,000 to $60,000 from commercial interests, including New York City real estate developers, mixed martial arts promoters and construction trade unionists. The Democrat says he wants to serve as the state's governor ``as long as the people will have me.'' In 2018... Cuomo would be seeking a third term.
The six graduates of WCA Hospital's Medical Lab Science Program will have no problems getting work. In fact... most of them do already. However... there is a shortage of Medical Lab technicians in the area... and, across New York state. That from Program Director Michelle Harms after last week's local graduation. Harms says there's also a shortage nationwide in many of the medical career fields for basically two reasons. Harms says another factor in New York state is the fact that Medical Lab Technicians need to be licensed to work here. With that "extra level" of education... it's made the shortage here even more acute. Harms says WCA Hospital has one of only three hospital-based Medical Lab Science programs in all of New York state. The next closest is in Rochester... while others are "university-based." One of the six graduates at last Friday's program will begin work immediately at WCA Hospital. If you're interested in the Medical Lab Sciences program... go to WCA's website at "WCAHospital-dot-ORG... and, pull down the "career menu" catagory.
It's estimated over 2,000 people attended the 15th annual Scandinavian Festival over the weekend at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds. Festival organizer, Don Sandy, said the crowd was standing 'three-deep' Saturday afternoon for the festival's first ever Finnish Wife Carrying Contest. Otherwise the festival was filled with Scandinavian food, music, lectures and products. Don Sandy believes the best part is the social aspect. The featured musical group at this year's festival was Donnez making their first visit to the US from Sweden.
WNY now officially under "severe drought conditions..."
All of western New York... and, much of New York state... is now experiencing "drought" conditions. Both the state Department of Environmental Conservation... and, the U-S Drought Monitor confirmed that Friday. In fact... the Drought Monitor says that western New York is one area experiencing "severe" drought conditions. Forecaster Kirk Apfell with the National Weather Service works directly with the Drought Monitor... and, says the water levels here are about 3 to 8-inches below normal for this time of year. Apfell adds that those numbers put the area -- generally -- at about half the water level it should have. He adds the western Southern Tier has done a little better than the Niagara Frontier part of the region. Apfell says most parts of western New York haven't seen an significant precipitation since very early Spring. He adds that it's going to take a while for us to get out of the drought situation as well. Apfell says it's gotten bad enough that many creek beds are dry. However... he says none are at record levels yet. Apfell says it's a good idea to use some voluntary water conservation steps that may help your community. Those include fixing dripping and leaking faucets... and, sweeping sidewalks and steps instead of hosing them off.
City police arrest four for allegedly dealing "crack," fentenyl, and marijuana...
Five people... four from Buffalo... a jailed following their arrests for allegedly trafficking several types of drugs in the Jamestown-area. Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings say members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force... and, the state Police C-NET Team... raided the lower apartment at 153 South Main St. just after 11 a.m. Thursday. Snellings says agents found "crack" cocaine... fentanyl... marijuana... and, $2,000 cash -- which was all seized. He adds that Task Force members arrested three of the Buffalo residents... 29 year-old Nicholas Gaskin, 24 year-old Kayma Snow, and 36 year-old Clifford Stanley... as they were trying to leave the scene in a car. Snellings says agents found drugs in both the car and apartment. Arrested inside the apartment were 22 year-old Laquil Hilson of Jamestown... and, 23 year-old Sydney Johnson of Buffalo. All five are charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Johnson is also charged with criminal impersonation. Three, Gaskin, Snow, and Hilson are in the county jail without bail. Johnson posted bail, and Stanley was still being detained in Jamestown early this evening. Anyone with information on the illegal trafficking of narcotics in the Jamestown-area can contact the task force at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
Oswego latest small city in state to be awarded $10-million from state for Downtown Revitalization Initiative...
Oswego is the latest city in New York state to win $10 million in state funding for the revitalization of its downtown. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo traveled to the city on Lake Ontario Thursday to make the announcement. A total of 10 cities and towns will each win $10 million... with one in each of the state's 10 upstate economic regions. Westbury, Elmira, Plattsburgh, Middletown and Geneva have already been announced as winners. The governor was to be in Jamestown for a "big announcement" last week... but, the appearance was cancelled, and has not yet been rescheduled. There is speculation that Jamestown may be getting one of those awards.
20th annual Laurel Run begins...
The first part of The Resource Center's 20th annual Laurel Run got underway Friday morning at the intersection of Eighth Street and Fairmount Avenue in Jamestown with several runners taking part. One group of runners from Maple Grove Senior High School led off a 30 mile relay run to Dunkirk. One of them was Gracie Auer, a junior this Fall, who says they think it's a "great opportunity to give back to our community." She adds it's a "great cause." The race is named for Laurel Hotelling of Silver Creek, who despite Down Syndrome is an active, contributing member of her community. Her mother, Elaine Hotelling, says it's important to understand how 'able' the 'disabled' can be. She says everyone has some "kind of disability" in life. On Saturday... Laurel Run moves into Silver Creek for a 8-K run, and other special events. The Resource Center's Steve Waterson says the event raises several thousand dollars each year, with the proceeds going to help the disabled.
A Mayville man has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk when he almost struck several highway construction workers on Valley Street in the village Wednesday afternoon. Sheriff's officers say they got a complaint that 50 year-old Larry Moore of Potter Road was seen driving erratically shortly after 1:30 PM. Deputies say Moore then almost hit the highway workers. Officers say Moore was located and stopped on Valley Street... near Route 394... a short time later. After an investigation... deputies say it was determined that Moore was highly-Intoxicated, and was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. Further investigation showed that Moore had previously been convicted of Felony DWI this past June 16th. He was also accused of driving while intoxicated with a suspended driver's license. Moore was arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court... and, sent to the county jail on 15-thousand dollars cash bail.
The past two years have been tough on New York state's roads and bridges... and, a number of local projects are underway thanks to two programs. State Department of Transporation Commissioner Matthew Driscoll says money from one has already been awarded in Chautauqua County. During a recent appearance in Jamestown... Driscoll said the need to fix the roads is way Governor Andrew Cuomo created the one-billion dollar PAVE-New York program. Driscoll says PAVE-New York does not replace the annual Consolidated Highway Improvement Program funding. But... he says it's meant to suppliment it. Driscoll says the county is receiving 853-thousand dollars in PAVE dollars. He says the other program is BRIDGE-New York... which is more targeted, and will be used for about 200 spans state-wide. No local bridges have been targeted for BRIDGE-New York funding... but, some is being used to put up a new Route 219 Bridge at the Cattaraugus-Erie County border. Back to PAVE-New York... the city of Jamestown is receiving 200-thousand dollars in funding from that program.
An outside review of New York's $178-billion dollar pension fund for public workers shows it has been managed responsibly for the past three years but needs more staff and higher pay to continue the quality performance and cut costs for outside advisers. The second review of the Common Retirement Fund since it was rocked by a pay-to-play scandal says it continues to meet ethical and conflict-of-interest standards. Michigan-based Funston Advisory Services has conducted both reviews. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the fund's sole trustee since the 2007 scandal, said Thursday the mandated periodic reviews help ensure the problem doesn't recur. The fund covers more than 1 million workers and beneficiaries. It has 37 people on the investment staff and paid $561 million in management fees last year.
Looking at how decisions you make impact the "longer-term" is a major part of how the former head of Dupont says she's tried to make decisions for the companies she's worked for. Former Chief Executive Officer Ellen Kullman... who led the multi-national company for seven years... retired last October. Kullman was yesterday's featured lecturer at Chautauqua Institution on the theme of "Moral Leadership..." and, tells our Dennis Webster the company began that view under former President and CEO Ed Woolard in 1988. Kullman says Woolard established a "moral culture" that filtered from the "top down" in the company... even internationally. She says she continued that to the point of teaching the people who worked with Dupont around the world to do things the way they do in the U-S. Kullman says a lot of people in those countries began wanting to work for Dupont because "they learned." In looking for good managers... she says she looks for how well they listen, and how they get input.
Western New York-based Tops Friendly Markets is buying five supermarkets in the Hudson Valley and one in north central Massachusetts. The company said Wednesday that it has entered into an agreement with Stop & Shop to acquire its stores in Rhinebeck, Wappingers Falls and New Paltz... and, in Gardner, Massachusetts. It also has an agreement with Hannaford to buy stores in LaGrangeville and Carmel (Car-MEL). The purchases will bring the number of stores operated by suburban Buffalo-based Tops to 171... along with five other supermarkets operated by franchisees. The Gardner store will be the company's first in Massachusetts. Tops has stores in the Jamestown-area.
Festivities for the 20th annual Laurel Run begin this morning in Jamestown. The run starts with the traditional flag relay from The Resource Center's major facility in Jamestown, to Dunkirk. The relay ends with a group of employees from the Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility. Laurel Run itself will take place on Saturday in Silver Creek. One of the creators of the run, Wayne Hotelling, expects about 500 people at this year's event... and, adds he's hoping they'll have that many between both runners and walkers. Laurel Run is named after Wayne Hotelling's daughter, who has Down syndrome. For more information, or to register, you can go online at laurel-run.com. All money raised goes to improve the lives of people with disabilites.
State Representative Kathy Rapp of Warren has voted again against a bill imposing more than $750 million in new taxes to pay for the 2016-17 state budget. The Republican also voted against the measure back in late June... saying she's "extremely disappointed by the level of spending in this year’s budget." Rapp adds that taxpayers can't "afford a 5-percent increase in spending in their own budgets... and, the state shouldn’t ask them to foot the bill for more spending by Harrisburg." She adds that "inistead of higher taxes and higher spending, we should be cutting spending and living within our means." Rapp says the 31.6-billion dollar state budget represents a 1.6-billion dollar increase in spending over the prior fiscal year.
A known, long-time Heroin trafficker in the city of Jamestown is jailed without bail for allegedly being found with about 100 bags of the drug during a raid on the city's southside. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force were helped by the JPD SWAT Team is gaining entry to the residence at 78 Forest Avenue about 1:30 PM Tuesday. Samuelson calls the arrest of 38 year-old Cesar Soto, and the bust "a major find..." The drug bust Tuesday comes on the heels of last week's arrest of four-people with 244 bags of Heroin during a traffic stop. Samuelson says there's been a definate uptick in local Heroin activity due to spiking demand. In addition to the Heroin... Samuelson says Soto was also allegedly found with a quantity of Suboxone, and drug paraphernalia during the raid. He says Soto is charged with third and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, three counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia. He was also arrested on a warrant stemming from a drug investigation several weeks ago. Anyone with information on illegal narcotics trafficking in the Jamestown-area is asked to call 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
An industrial facility in the north county town of Sheridan will be closing its doors. Berry Plastics has announced that it will be closing its facility at 35-65 Chadwick Drive. Spokeswoman Eva Schmitz with Berry Plastics' corporate headquarters in Evansville, Indiana, says the company will relocate the facility’s production operations to three of its other locations. Schmitz says about 60 full-time employees will be laid off, and adds the company will help those affected by the closing. She says they will help with identifying local job opportunities... or those at other "plastics locations." Berry Plastics is expected to close in early October.
County Executive Vince Horrigan says the notice of the sudden layoffs at Berry Plastics came as a surprise. However... Horrigan adds that the business took a big hit when the Carriage House plant in Fredonia shut down in 2014. Horrigan says since then, county officials have been working with the company to keep the Dunkirk-area facility financially stable. He adds that he has received word that there may be discussions about keeping Berry Plastics in the area with company officials. Those discussions would include the county's Industrial Development Agency... and, Empire State Development. Horrigan calls it "unfortunate" that the facility is not able to "regain sufficient business" at this time.
New York's attorney general is rejecting a congressional committee chairman's demand for records about his investigation into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about global warming. Committee on Science, Space and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican, told Attorney General Eric Schneiderman he has until midnight Wednesday to provide documents the committee requested two months ago. Smith said in a letter Monday that the committee ``will consider the use of compulsory process to obtain responsive documents'' if Schneiderman didn't comply. He wants all communications between Schneiderman, a Democrat, and the other so-called ``Green 20'' attorneys general as well as groups blaming fuel burning for global warming. In a letter Wednesday... Schneiderman's counsel Leslie Dubeck said the committee lacks the constitutional authority for oversight of his state duties -- including investigating Exxon Mobil's possible violations of New York's fraud statute.
Two former state legislative leaders convicted of public corruption crimes are urging judges to let them remain free pending appeal... mainly due to a recent U-S Supreme Court ruling. Former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (SKEH'-lohs) made the requests in Manhattan federal court on Monday. Sillver, a Democrat, was sentenced to 12 years in prison after he was convicted last year in a $5-million dollar corruption case. Skelos, a Republican, and his son, Adam, were convicted last year of extortion and bribery. Skelos was sentenced to five years in prison... while his son received a 6 1/2-year sentence. They believe their prospects on appeal improved considerably after the Supreme Court reversed the conviction of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell.
Faced with a teacher shortage, New York education leaders are making it easier for out-of-state teachers to work in the state. The policy-making Board of Regents on Monday amended rules so that experienced teachers certified elsewhere who meet citizenship and training requirements can qualify for an initial certificate in New York state. Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia says the changes will help ease the teacher shortage while upholding high standards. The changes also apply for certified school leaders.
The operators of the Nine Mile Point nuclear power plant are in talks to buy and maintain a reactor on Lake Ontario scheduled to be shut down in January. Exelon said Wednesday that any purchase of FitzPatrick Plant near Oswego would be contingent on the state adopting a subsidy plan for nuclear reactors that compensates them for their clean emissions.
How Cummins Engine came to Chautauqua County over 40 years ago was the subject of a presentation Wednesday night in Busti. Joe Gerace, Senior who was Town Supervisor and Chairman of the County Legislature at the time said it began with a traveling salesman's comment to a member of the Busti Town Board. That salesman's name is lost in history. Cummins Craig Colburn was instrumental in the decision to take over the vacant Art Metal plant on Baker Street in 1974. The company had experienced labor trouble at its home in Columbus, Indiana... and there were fears of the same thing here. But Jametown had a Labor-Management Committee, established by then mayor Stan Lundine. Mike Abbate, the current plant manager, says the Jamestown Engine Plant was established on the idea that 'employees are team members', and that concept remains in place.
Though the market is somewhat soft, the local plant is currently building 300 diesel engines a day. Wednesday's session was sponsored by the Busti Historical Society and the Hamlet Improvement Group, and was held at the Busti Federated Church.
City man arrested, some 100 bags of Heroin seized during drug raid...
Jamestown police have seized about 100 bags of Heroin... a quantity of Suboxone, and drug paraphernalia following a raid on the city's southside. City Poilce Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force also arrested a man with a long rap sheet for drug trafficking. Samuelson says officers arrested 38 year-old Cesar Soto when they executed a search warrant at 78 Forest Ave., and, charged him with third and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, three counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia. Soto is being held pending arraignment on the charges. Anyone with information on illegal narcotics trafficking in the Jamestown-area is asked to call 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
A four year old Falconer boy has reportedly drowned in a backyard pool. The Jamestown Post Journal reports that the drowning occured at 3013 Water Street around 3pm Tuesday. Police believe the drowning was accidental. The boy was in the yard running when he crawled into the pool out of the sight of his parents. The boy was taken to WCA Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Ellicott Police were assisted by Falconer fire crews at the scene. Authorities are still investigating, but do say signs point to the drowning being accidental.
An elderly Portville woman has been identified as the person who died in Monday night's fatal house fire in the Cattaraugus County town. Portville firefighters were called to the scene at 118 Portville-Eldred Road about 6:45 PM... and found heavy fire and smoke coming from the two-story structure. Several mutual aid companies were called in. Crews found 84 year-old Patricia Luedtke (Lewt-key) inside the front door to the home. Fire officials say she was rushed to Olean General Hospital where she died from smoke inhalation. The Cattaraugus County Fire Investigation Team and Sheriff's Department investigated the cause... and, determined the blaze stemmed from faulty electrical components.
Local Congressman Tom Reed is among the federal lawmakers pushing a five-year bill to fight Heroin and Opioid abuse in local communities. Reed says the measure authorizes 103-million dollars a year to encourage coordination between law enforcement agencies to strengthen existing narcotics investigation efforts. He adds that another 5-million dollars will be used to support law enforcement and treatment efforts in areas with "high incidences" of Heroin and Methamphetime" abuse. Reed says the bill also authorizes new grants to states... and, groups of states to support programs aimed at treatment and recovery from opioid abuse. The Corning Republican says it will also specifically help states expand access to treatment services through use of "best practices" and through flexible funding. Reed hosted several roundtables in his district in recent months... and, also met with people on the front lines -- including families and addicts -- about what was needed to battle this crisis. He made his comments during his Weekly Telephone Conference Call with Southern Tier Media.
New York state is repaving 12 miles of the Thruway in the far western corner of the state in Chautauqua County. That from Governor Andrew Cuomo... who announced the start of the $11.7-million dollar project late Monday. It involves repaving two lanes of the Thruway, in both directions, between exits 58 and 59 between Dunkirk and Silver Creek. In total... 48 miles of pavement will be replaced. State Assemblyman Andy Goodell says the project also includes changes to the Thruway slope to improve safety and the addition of new guiderails and drainage culverts. The state hopes to wrap up the project this month.
Financial disclosures show six state senators topped their legislative pay with outside income last year while efforts to restrict it foundered in the Legislature. Filings at the state ethics commission by all 63 senators show five attorneys and one builder making 100-thousand dollars or more from other work. At the same time... 33 senators report having no other jobs. Legislative sessions in Albany run from January through June but lawmakers maintain offices in their districts expected to help constituents all year. Most report spouses with incomes, drawing pensions or investment returns in publicly reviewable documents at the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. That was the case with local Senator Cathy Young... who reported no outside income while serving in largely ceremonial positions on the panels for three organizations. Senator's base pay is $79,500-dollar... while many get additional pay for leadership posts. A commission is studying whether they deserve raises. Most face elections this Fall.
The final numbers are still being tallied... but, it appears the LECOM Health Challenge golf tournament had the "hoped-for" impact on Chautauqua County last week. That from director Andrew Nixon with the Chautauqua County Visitor's Bureau. Nixon was on hand at Peek 'n Peak for the PGA Web-dot-COM Tour stop... and, says thousands made their way to the county to enjoy the tournament, and other Summer attractions. It was expected that the tournament would draw 60 to 65-thousand people from July 6th through 10th... and, have a 7-to-8-million dollar impact on the local economy. Nixon says "everything was very full" for the week and weekend. While the early part of 2016 had some weather issues... he says the weather this Summer season has been "very cooperative." Earlier in the year... there was a problem from warmer than usual Winter temperatures... and, a lack of snow that hurt the ski industry. The Spring season also had some weather issues.
Democrat Zephyr Teachout and Republican John Faso expect an expensive and hard-fought battle for a Congressional seat opening up in New York with the retirement of Republican U.S. Representative Chris Gibson. The race playing out among small cities and rural towns of the 19th Congressional District is among a handful in the state that loom large as House Democrats try to trim the Republicans' 247-188 majority this year. Teachout is a college law professor who launched a surprisingly strong 2014 primary challenge to Governor Andrew Cuomo's re-election bid. Faso is a former Republican lawmaker who has been a sharp-tongued critic of liberal policies. They are fighting for a district that encompasses a scenic stretch of the Hudson Valley. Teachout recently appeared at Chautauqua Institution.
An elderly Central New York man has been found, alright... but, no details have been released. Authorities believe the man was seen in the Jamestown-area this past Monday night. A New York Missing Person's Alert for a "vulnerable Adult" was issued for 78 year-old William Caloroso of Nichols... which is just west of Binghampton. He was reportedly seen driving a dark blue sedan in the area, and was traveling west. Mr. Caloroso reportedly has dementia. Again... he has been found, and, is okay.
Authorities say the driver of a tractor-trailer has died in a fiery crash on Interstate 86 in upstate New York. The crash occurred Monday morning when state police say the westbound tractor-trailer crashed off the highway in the town of Elmira, struck several trees and caught fire. Troopers say the truck's driver died in the crash. Authorities didn't immediately identify the victim. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
New York state is warning people about the dangers of playing Pokemon Go while driving -- or even walking. The state's Department of Motor Vehicles says Tuesday that it's worried about ``tragic real-world consequences'' if someone plays the popular smartphone game while behind the wheel or crossing an intersection. Users playing the ``augmented reality'' game roam through the physical world searching for virtual Pokemon creatures to catch. New York state already prohibits smartphone use while driving. Tuesday's safety warning was prompted by the surging popularity of the game. Driving officials aren't the only ones concerned about the safety of distracted Pokemon players. On Tuesday... the Metropolitan Transportation Authority sent a tweet to its 350,000 followers reminding riders to stand behind the yellow line while playing in the subway.
The Republican challenger for Chautauqua County District Attorney is blasting Democratic candidate Patrick Swanson for Swanson's handling of last December's double-homicide in the city of Jamestown. Fredonia area Attorney Jason Schmidt says the decision to move forward with prosecuting the case as a double manslaughter case sets a "dangerous precident." Schmidt says it's not Swanson's place to determine an "affirmative defense" for defendant Allen Witruke. Swanson recently got the indictment against Witruke from a Chautauqua County Grand Jury. However... Schmidt believes he would have gotten an indictment for second-degree murder in the case. He adds that Swanson has now denied a jury the opportunity to consider murder charges. Schmidt was also critical of the fact it took Swanson six months to get the case through the Grand Jury process. He says it should have been presented to a Grand Jury immediately. Schmidt also says that Swanson should not have "reduced" the charges before the Jamestown Police Department's investigation has ended.
Acting Chautauqua County D-A Patrick Swanson says... after carefully analyzing the Witruke double-homicide case... he felt they could not sustain second-degree murder charges. Swanson says immediately following the homicide in Jamestown... his predecessor, David Foley, met with Public Defender Ned Barone before the preliminary hearing... and, it was decided to adjourn the matter. He says that was to allow a "forensic psychological evaluation" of the suspect. Swanson says both the prosecution and defense experts agreed with each other. Swanson says the District Attorney... in such cases... must seek "justice and truth." He says they are forbidden from prosecutorial "overreach" in their cases. He adds that "ethically..." he has a responsibility as Acting D-A... and he takes that "very seriously." Schmidt argues that Witruke could be freed after as little as five years in prison on each of the manslaughter counts. However... Swanson says Witruke would spend 8 to 25 years in state prison. He adds his opponent only has "very limited knowledge" of the actual case.
The scheduled lecturer of the morning Monday at Chautauqua Institution was a no-show after being arrested early last weekend during a "Black Lives Matter" rally in Louisiana. DeRay McKesson was one of the more than 100 people arrested during a protest in Baton Rouge late last Saturday night. The protest was in response to the police-involved death of Alton Sterling. McKesson was released on bond about 4:30 AM Sunday. He's listed as a "Black Lives Matter activist..." and was scheduled to lead-off the week on the theme of "Moral Leadership in Action" in the Chautauqua Amphitheater. McKesson is also a former mayoral candidate in Baltimore... and, is an active user of Twitter. McKesson live-streamed his Saturday arrest on Periscope. A national outcry for his release ensued. In his place... Chautauqua hosted a discussion with PBS Anchor Bill Moyers and former U-S Ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young.
A Jamestown man faces a boating while intoxicated charge after his pontoon boat struck a dock at the Chautauqua Lake Yacht Club in Lakewood late Sunday night. Sheriff's officers say they received a call for people in the water... and, a vessel believed to be sinking about 10:30 PM. Deputies say... on arrival, the Navigation Unit and Lakewood-Busti Police found that the boat had struck the north dock... knocking it over. There were no injuries, and the pontoon boat was not damaged. The operator of the boat... 23 year-old Nekyle Taylor of 61 Chautauqua Avenue in the city... was charged with Boating While Intoxicated... and, issued appearance tickets for Busti Town Court.
The father of Fredonia native Jenn Suhr says clinching a spot in next month's Rio Olympics was not enough -- she also wanted to win a national title in the pole vault. Mark Stuczynski says Suhr overcame a tight hamstring suffered in the preliminary qualifiers to defeat Sandi Morris and Alexis Weeks in Sunday's national final in Eugene, Oregon. Suhr will now get a chance to defend the gold medal she won at the 2012 games in London. A number of athletes have decided to back out of next month's Olympics due to worries over the Zika virus in Rio, but Stuczynski adds that Jenn is not too concerned because she'll be primarily indoors, and not involved in a water sport... which is where the major concern is. Stuczynski feels his daughter's chances of winning another gold medal are "very good," despite losing to Morris at this year's USA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
The Roswell Park Cancer Institute is part of a new collaboration targeting cancer in Native American and Alaska Native communities. The Buffalo hospital and research center will work with the Indian Health Service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under an agreement that focuses on cancer prevention and research. Roswell Park researcher Rodney Haring, a member of the Seneca Nation, says the values and traditions of Native American culture will inform and enhance the efforts.
New Dunkirk School Superintendent James Tracy begins his first, full-week as the district's top official after a very busy start. However... while speaking to Dunkirk School Board members late last week... Dr. Tracy stated that there is a lot of good going on in the District. He says it's his goal to help to continue to improve upon what the district is doing to make it a better one. Tracy says he would like to utilize his experience with improving communications between buildings, Pre-K-through 12th programming curriculum... and, to work closely with administrative team. Tracy replaces Gary Cerne who retired as district superintendent in June.
New York state is warning health insurers not to discriminate against women dealing with maternal depression. The state's Department of Financial Services issued guidelines to insurance companies Monday specifically prohibiting them from denying coverage, cancelling plans or changing rates because a woman had been diagnosed with depression. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state will have ``zero tolerance'' for insurers that violate the rules, which he says are meant to ensure all pregnant and postpartum women get the help they need. Earlier this year... the state required insurance companies to cover screenings for depression in woman during and following pregnancy.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Food Network star Sandra Lee are continued their motorcycle tour of New York state to raise awareness about breast cancer. The Democratic governor and his longtime girlfriend joined nearly 200 people on a ride from Utica to Buffalo last Friday. The pair participated in a similar ride earlier last month from Long Island to New Paltz. The event is also intended to celebrate a new law requiring hospitals to extend hours for mammograms and eliminating insurance costs for the procedure. Lee's successful treatment for breast cancer prompted Cuomo to introduce the legislation. Under the new law... more than 200 hospitals around the state will be required to offer evening and weekend hours for mammograms. Insurance companies will be prohibited from charging deductibles or copays for the procedure.
It's been a 'heartbreaking week'. Those are the feelings of Yale University professor Tracey Meares, an expert in constitutional law and community policing. She spoke Monday at Chautauqua for the Robert H. Jackson Center. Meares says the problem was further compounded by the killing of five police officers in Dallas, Texas. Meares, a black woman, adds 'race and policing is just one of a constellation of issues for people who've not yet had an opportunity to be fully part of our democracy'. She says Robert H. Jackson understood in a really deep way the importance of the relationship between 'good governance and full participation'. Monday's program was the 12th annual Robert H. Jackson lecture at Chautauqua on the Supreme Court.
City man arrested for allegedly leading Jamestown police on High-Speed Chase, and foot chase on eastside...
A Jamestown man faces several charges after allegedly leading police on a high-speed car chase... then a foot-chase on the city's eastside early Sunday morning. City police say a patrol spotted a pick-up truck driving recklessly in the Community Bank-Tim Horton's parking lot in Brooklyn Square shortly before 4 a.m. Officers say they tried to stop 27 year-old Daniel F. Johnson when he accelerated through the bank's drive-thru... and, fled eastbound on Harrison Street at a high-rate of speed. Police say Johnson tried to turn at a high-speed onto Allen Street... but, the truck crashed. Officers say the suspect then tried to run... but, was caught, and he tried to resist arrest. However... Johnson was taken into custody... and, faces numerous charges... including third-degree unlawfully fleeing an officer... and, DWI. No one was hurt. Johnson was being held pending arraignment.
Horrigan says police consolidation committee "making progress" on final report to city, county lawmakers...
There may be a proposal in the next two to three months for county lawmakers and Jamestown city officials to look at regarding police consolidation. However... Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan will only say a regional policing committee looking at merging the Jamestown Police Department with the Sheriff's Department is making "good progress." A well-placed source tells Media One News that a proposal may be ready by August. Horrigan says work on a consolidation agreement has been a "step by step" process... with a framework for the restructuring committee next up. The committee -- made up of city and county leaders -- including police officials -- has been meeting the past few years on investigating whether consolidation is an option... and, how it would be done. In addition to the police consolidation... Horrigan says there's also an Emergency Medical Services Committee looking at ways to strengthen services with falling numbers of firefighters, and EMS members. He says the county's EMS Council will look at a final report sometime soon. He made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
Cuomo's economic development programs taking recent "bad" hits...
It has been a bad few months for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's signature economic development programs. Federal investigators are looking into potential conflicts of interest in the Buffalo Billion, the Democratic governor's plan to revive Buffalo's economy. Another Cuomo program, Start-Up NY, has created only 408 jobs so far according to a state report quietly released by the administration this month. In addition... this past Thursday, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released an audit that found officials couldn't verify that companies given tax credits for creating jobs were living up to their obligations. State economic development officials point to lower unemployment as evidence Cuomo's efforts are working. But... the struggles facing the governor's high-profile programs are giving fresh material to critics who say Cuomo needs to rethink some of his proudest accomplishments.
LECOM Health Challenge touted as big success at Peek 'n Peak, Lamb wins four-way play-off to grab the title...
Pro Golfer Rick Lamb won a four-way play off to take the first annual LECOM Health Challenge Sunday at Peek N' Peak. As sunk his crucial putt for a birdie on the second playoff hole... the cheers erupted from the gallery. In addition... Chautauqua County was a big winner over the weekend. Executive Director Kevin Sandvidge with the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, spoke quietly to our Dennis Webster as the players were taking their final shots. Sanvidge says they "exceeded the Web.com tour's expectations..." regarding crowds size, and sponsorships. The LECOM tournament marked the return of pro golf to the Peak after nearly ten years. One of the web.com tour coordinators, Brad Mc Gahey, said it went great... though they weren't expecting a four-player play-off at the end.
Local Police officials talk everyday concerns in the wake officer shootings in Dallas...
Local police officials are telling their "rank and file" members to stay on their toes... but, not do anything much differently in the wake of last week's police shootings in Dallas, Texas. That was especially the case for Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings... who says he always tells his officers to have "situational awareness" depending on what the call may be about... or when they're out patroling. Snellings says he told them to be cautious, and careful. At the same time... Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says there is "concern every day... " as officers put on the uniform, and put their lives "out there to help other people." Gerace says there is always worry about "copycats." Snellings says they can't control what the media puts out on recent police-involved shootings... but, he says there are things police can do and say about how they work. He says they sometimes need to do a better job explaining "use of force" incidents... and, what's right and wrong. Some 100 people were arrested over the weekend in both Louisiana and Minnesota at protests over police-involved shootings late last week in Baton Rouge... and, St. Paul.
More than 70 arrests made in Rochester protests over police shootings of black men last week...
Police made 74 arrests in Rochester, New York, during a weekend protest over the shooting of black residents across the nation. The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle said the arrests occurred late Friday night and early Saturday morning. Demonstrators Friday protested the fatal shooting of black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota and also the deaths of some local residents this year. No police officers were injured and there was no property damage reported. Police told protesters they were blocking the streets. Ashley Gantt, one of the protest organizers, says people sat on the ground when a SWAT team arrived because they did not want to appear aggressive. Gantt urged those being arrested to remain calm. Two reporters were briefly detained.
Paul Abbott elected as new Jamestown School Board President...
The longest-serving, current member of the Jamestown School Board says he is "humbled" to have been named the panel's new president. Paul Abbott, who was most recently the board's Vice-President, was unanimously approved for the position during at Friday afternoon's re-organizational meeting. Abbott says he's honored to be named to head up the panel during the 2016-17 school... adding that he's a member of a team that's "one of seven" members. He replaces Joe DiMaio... who decided not to run for re-election to the board again. Abbott... who has been on the board for nine years... has been a long-time member of the Jamestown Police Department. He was board V.P. for the past two years. In addition... the school board approved Patrick Slagle to be the panel's new vice-president in the new year.
Snellings urges caution among JPD rank and file after five Dallas Police officers are shot and killed...
The top law-enforcement official in the city of Jamestown says he's telling the men and women in his department to be "careful..." but, there have been no changes in tactics nor enforcement locally. City Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings says the entire department's thoughts and prayers are with the police and people of Dallas. Snellings says it's a difficult time for law enforcement... but, adds they need to carry on. He adds officers need to be safe and exercise "situational awareness" when they're patrolling. Snellings says he met with a few officers of the First Platoon Friday morning before they went on duty... and, told them to "continue doing their jobs... and, don't let it become a distraction." He's not ready to blame the National media-hype for leading to the response to officer-involved shootings. Snellings says law enforcement should do a better job of explaining what they can and can't do in "use of force" incidents. He says while officers who do wrong need to be held accountable... those who do things right need to be supported.
Gerace expresses shock over Dallas shootings...
Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says he's is following developments in Dallas, Texas... where the five police officers were killed and six others wounded... during a protest over police-involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. Gerace says he is "shocked" by the targeted attack on the officers in Dallas late Thursday night... calling it an "unbelievable situation." He believes things can be done at the federal-level to help ease tensions... but, he adds the national media needs to take some responsibility. He says they should report on facts... not pass judgement on circumstances that may have been "sensationalized."
Congressman Reed says, in wake of Dallas shootings, he's standing with law enforcement...
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's standing with law enforcement during this difficult time in the nation. The Corning Republican emphasized in a short statement Friday afternoon "that senseless acts of violence and retaliation against any one group of people...especially law enforcement officers who sacrifice every day to keep us safe... are never justified. The violence must stop." He adds he grieves with all those impacted... and, our prayers are with the families and loved ones who have lost someone to the recent violence.
Horrigan says county budget process is underway, and, so far, so good...
Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan has begun the 2017 budget process... and, dealing with a number of financial challenges facing the county. But... Horrigan says he feels "pretty good" about how the spending plan is starting out. Horrigan began meeting with department heads last week to lay-out his goals for next year. He says challenge the first is producing a "structurally-balanced" budget... one that lays the ground-work for the next five-years. Horrigan says the next big challenge will be bringing the budget in under the state Property Tax Cap... which he says will be point-7-percent next year. He says that'll be difficult... but, he believes they'll have a budget that comes in under that. Horrigan made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
Jamestown-Area Soap Box Derby winners on the way to Akron, Ohio for world championships...
The Jamestown-Area Soap Box Derby's two champions are traveling to Akron, Ohio this weekend for the World Championships... which start the following weekend. Bemus Point's Jackson Gowan won the Super Stock Division... and, the 11 year-old tells us that it's "awesome" to be going, and says he's looking forward to swimming and other fun activities leading up to the derby. West Ellicott's Brock Vincent won the Stock Division... and, says he's very happy to be going. The 8 year-old says it's been a challenge... but, it's also "been fun."
City police seize "substantial amount" of Heroin following vehicle stop in Jamestown...
Four people are jailed... and, a significant amount of Heroin packaged for sale has been seized in the city of Jamestown. That from City Police Captain Bob Samuelson... who says there was a traffic stop just after Noon Wednesday on East Second Street near Kipp Street. Samuelson says officers were investigating a hit-and-run accident that occured earlier... and, it was believed that the vehicle was involved. He says officers found evidence of drugs inside the car... and, a state Police K-9 team was brought in. Samuelson says they found 24 bundles... or 244 individual bags of Heroin... in the dashboard area of the car in the gear-shift. He says it's not unusual for drug dealers to do that. Samuelson says the four people arrested inside the car were arraigned late yesterday on one Felony count each of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He says the four have been identified as: 21 year-old Jose Rodriguez-Robles; Valerie Davila-Torres, and Fermin Rodriguez-Robles -- both 22 -- and, 28 year-old Jamie Rolan-Robles. Samuelson says police also confiscated a scale inside the vehicle. The four suspects were sent to the county jail with bail to be set pending a District Attorney's recommendation.
Binghampton area man arrested for alleged break-in with baseball bat in Jamestown...
A Binghampton-area man faces a first-degree burglary count after allegedly smashing his way into a home on Jamestown's northside late last week. City police say they were called to the scene of a domestic incident at 158 Sturges Street about 11 p.m. a week ago Thursday. Officers say they found 41 year-old Anthony Sommerville of Endwell with several cuts to his forearms after being restrained by two people on the living room floor. Police found that Sommerville allegedly broke through a double-pane glass sliding door using an aluminum baseball bat to get inside. He then destroyed a hanging light with the bat. Sommerville was arrested. In addition to the burglary count... he is charged with criminal mischief.
Cuomo announces first Downtown Revitalization Initiative Winners...
Westbury, Long Island, and Elmira are the newest winners of Governor Andrew Cuomo's $10 million-dollar downtown improvement prizes. The Democratic governor announced the decision Thursday. Plattsburgh, Middletown and Geneva were announced as the first three winners on Wednesday in the regional contests. A total of 10 cities and towns will each win $10 million, with one in each of the state's 10 upstate economic regions. The money will go to help local officials attract new businesses, housing or community services to downtown areas. Governor Cuomo was to be in Jamestown for an annoucement yesterday morning... but, that was later postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. Many believe Jamestown may have been in line to be announced before the Governor's appearance was postponed.
Rosas says lots of "behind the scenes" activity going on regarding Athenex project...
There hasn't been lot made public... but, Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas says there is a lot of activity going on behind the scenes regarding the Athenex project. While little has been said publicly in recent weeks, Rosas says there are indications that state officials are looking for ground-breaking to take place later this year. He says from everything he's been told... its still "a go," and the event will occur later this year. Last Thursday... Congressman Tom Reed met with County Executive Vince Horrigan in Jamestown to discuss several issues including the Athenex plant. Rosas says there has been a lot of interest in possible spin-off from the pharmaceutical manufacturing project... including upper-end housing and condo projects in the city itself. He says Athenex officials have also been reaching out to the SUNY College at Fredonia and Jamestown Community College about implementing possible training programs.
Teachout says the time is long-past for "public" campaign financing...
It's time to get back to publicly-financing election campaigns as a way to eliminate corruption in government. Thursday's speaker at Chautauqua Institution also feels the move would go a long way towards putting government back in the hands of the people. Zephyr Teachout is a law professor at Fordham University... is a Democratic candidate for Congress. Forbes Media Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Steve Forbes called for lifting all restrictions on fund-raising for campaigns... so long as there is full-disclosure. However... Teachout says that approach doesn't even pass the "laugh-test." She says it leads to candidates becoming "beggars and servants" to the wealthy. Teachout... who also ran an unsuccessful primary against Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo two years ago... recently won a Democratic primary to run for Congress in the Hudson Valley region where she lives. While she continues to try and raise the issue of publicly funding political campaigns... she also wants to be part of the effort to change the system. Teachout spoke as past of "Money and Power" Week at Chautauqua.
Sinclairville-area man jailed on $20,000 bail for allegedly operating a "Meth. Lab..."
A Sinclairville man is accused of making and trafficking Methamphetime following a raid at his home late last month. Sheriff's officers say they were called to a "suspicious situation" at 3371 Charlotte Hill Rd. last June 29, where they allegedly found a number of items used to make Meth... along with a working "Meth Lab." Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force then obtained a search warrant for a vehicle at the home... and, found an additional quantity of methamphetamine manufacturing items and products that were seized. Investigators determined the items seized belonged to 24 year-old Jonah Warner... and, an arrest warrant was issued. Warner was taken into custody at a Rt. 380 location on one count of third-degree Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine -- a Felony. Warner was arraigned in Charlotte Town Court... and, sent to the county jail on $20,000 bail. Task Force members also allegedly seized a quantity of Meth Oil at the scene... and, more charges are pending. The state Police C-C-SERT Team help dispose of the contaminated materials at the scene. Anyone with information on illegal narcotics trafficking is asked to call the Southern Tier Task Force at 1-800-344-8702.
State DOT Commissioner in Jamestown for grant announcement, project update...
The city of Jamestown's $2-million-dollar, Inter-modal Transportation Project is getting the full backing of the head of the New York State Department of Transportation. DOT Commissioner Matthew Driscoll was joined by Mayor Sam Teresi... and, State Assemblyman Andy Goodell for the announcement along Jamestown's Riverwalk Wednesday afternoon. In his first year as DOT Commissioner... Driscoll says the project is part of an effort to "create an environment for people to live, work and play in." He says Gov. Andrew Cuomo knows that well because partnerships are necessary for the state's local communities to grow. Driscoll says he's also excited about the partnership the state has forged with Jamestown... and, other local communities. Teresi says the city recently received a competitive transportation "alternative's" grant to help construct two pedestrian bridges connecting the north and south sides of the Riverwalk. The state is supporting the Intermodel Transportation Project with an overall, $1.6-million dollar grant... which the city will match with $400,000 in left-over Urban Development Action Grant monies. Teresi says the bridge project will go out to bid late this Summer.
Busti Fire Dept. officials to outline plans for coverage with bridge closure next Monday...
An important bridge in the town of Busti will be closed -- starting next Monday -- so it can be completely replaced. However... the Donelson Road bridge replacement is going to necessitate some changes in fire-rescue protection for part of the town. Busti Fire Chief Mike Volpe says the county will be replacing the span... located between Lawson and Creek Roads... cutting off a large area of the Busti Fire District from immediate service from the local department. Volpe says it's a "large span" that's in bad need of replacement. With that... Volpe says his department has looked at ways to continue "good response" times to that area of the town. He says they have estimated that -- with just their department -- response times would go up to 12 to 14-minutes. Volpe says that's why they've secured the help to drastically cut those times. He says the department will be hosting an informational meeting this Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Busti Fire Hall to discuss their plans for the time the bridge is out.
Westfield man faces charge following chain-reaction, four-car accident...
A Westfield man faces a charge of following too closely after a four-car accident on Route 20 in the town of Ripley late Tuesday afternoon. Sheriff's officers say -- on arrival shortly before 5 p.m. -- they found that one car hitting another vehicle from behind triggered the multi-car crash. Deputies say 37 year-old Anthony Dufala was following too closely... and, struck the initial vehicle at the intersection with Forsythe Road. Two male operators of different vehicles were taken Westfield, and Brooks Memorial Hospitals, for non-life threatening injuries. Sheriff's officers were assisted by Ripley and Westfield fire rescue crews. Dufala was ticketed... and, will answer to the charge in Ripley Town Court.
Steve Forbes talks campaign financing, and bank equality at Chautauqua...
It's time to 'open up' the United States' campaign finance system... but, include full disclosure on who is contributing. Those are the feelings of the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief for Forbes Media... and, two-time presidential candidate Steve Forbes. Forbes appeared at Chautauqua Institution Wednesday morning as part of "Money and Power" Week. Speaking with our Dennis Webster... Forbes says "simplicity" is best... and, adds the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in "Citizen's United vs. the Federal Elections Commission" isn't enough. He says it's only a half-way measure. He says the limits mean candidates have to spend more time fund-raising because of those limits. Forbes points out that members of Congress, for example, spend a lot of time fund-raising because the federal limit on individual donations is $2,700 dollars. As for equity in banking... Forbes says it's not that way for new, and small businesses. However... he says it's easier for government, and corporations to borrow... and, that hurts the economy. Forbes says if "free market" forces are allowed to work... the bad banks and financing institutions will get weeded out.
Air Quality Alert in effect for all of WNY...
There is an air quality alert in effect for all of Western New York from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today due to higher than normal levels of ozone. That from the state Department of Environmental Conservation... which says the outdoor air quality index value of 100 will be seen for that pollutant. DEC officials say the higher the Air Quality Index Value... the greater the health concern. When those levels are elevated... the state Department of Health recommends that people consider limiting strenuous outdoor activities. The biggest risk is for the very young... and, those with pre-existing respiratory problems... such as asthma or heart disease.
Reed critical of FBI Director's decision to now criminally charge Hillary Clinton in E-Mail Scandal...
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's not surprised... but, he is disappointed that criminal charges are not being recommended against presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for her e-mail scandal. The announcement was made by FBI Director James Comey late Tuesday morning. Comey made the announcement after FBI Agents interviewed the former Secretary of State last weekend about her use of a private e-mail server. Reed says the decision represents a "double-standard." He says when the director says he found 113 "classified e-mails" that should not have been sent that way, but, yet is not recommending charges, that's "very concerning to me." At the same time... Reed says he respects the FBI director. However... he also says the decision reinforces the feeling that Hillary Clinton is "a D-C Insider" whose getting preferencial treatment... and, that needs to change. Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
Limestone man arrested for allegedly making ex-girlfriend have sex with her son, and texting photos...
A Cattaraugus County man faces child pornography charges after investigators say he tricked his ex-girlfriend into engaging in and recording sex acts with her teenage son. U.S. Attorney William Hochul, Jr. says 60-year-old Kevin James Fox of Limestone used different cell phone numbers to make the woman believe she would be physically harmed by organized crime unless she had sexual contact with the 17-year-old... and, shared it via text messages. Authorities say the contact occurred during two days in June, with the images and videos sent to phone numbers Fox controlled. Fox was represented by a public defender at an initial appearance in federal court Tuesday. He's being held pending a detention hearing. The charges carry a mandatory minimum prison term of 15 years and a 50-year maximum.
City woman arrested for allegedly violating Leandra's Law...
A Jamestown woman is charged with a violation of "Leandra's Law" following her arrest for allegedly driving while intoxicated during a traffic stop in Mayville last weekend. Sheriff's officers say they spotted a speeding vehicle just before Midnight Sunday on Chautauqua Street... and, stopped the car... driven by 28 year-old Amber Rasmussen. Following an investigation... deputies arrested and charged Rasmussen with Felony DWI -- a Leandra's Law violation -- for having a child under the age of 16 in the car... along with speeding and unlicensed operator. She'll appear in Chautauqua Town Court at a later date.
CLA Director Conroe says Chautauqua Lake basically in good shape for Summer...
The water level has been low... but, the nuisance weeds have not been a major problem on Chautauqua Lake this Summer. That from Executive Director Doug Conroe with the Chautauqua Lake Association... which heads up lake maintenance. Conroe says the CLA has done extensive weed harvesting on the lake through the Fourth of July... and, adds there have been a few more problems in the north basin compared to the south basin. He says that's due to the work of natural herbafors... such as weevils... eating the tips of the plants. Conroe says they've been working on harvesting along the dock areas... channels... and, doing shoreline maintenance. He says the shoreline areas have been the most problems because the lake is about six-inches lower than normal... and, that's caused the shoreline to deposit weeds and algae that wind up being left there.
Final preparations being made for LECOM Health Challenge at Peek 'n Peak...
Activites surrounding Chautauqua County's renewal of hosting a Professional Golf Association tournament are now fully-up to speed. That from Executive Director Kevin Sanvidge with the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency... and, the Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation. By virtue of his position... Sanvidge is tournament director for this week's LECOM Health Challenge for the PGA's Web.com Tour at the Peek 'n Peak Resort near Findley Lake. Sanvidge says today's the Pro-Am, and tomorrow is the first-day of competition. Play continues through Sunday at the Peak's Upper Course. He says with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine involved... health will be a big focus of the weekend. CREDC Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, Michelle Turner, says a lot of work has gone into bringing the event here... and, they're working with a lot of "great people..." from the sponsors to people from The Golf Channel... which will televise all four days of the 72-hole tournament.
Fireworks, other July 4th activites, beat rain showers across Chautauqua County...
There was a full day of activities for the Fourth of July in the villages of Lakewood and Mayville. The big Mayville Parade was held on Route 394 under sunny skys... with the procession traveling from the Courthouse to Lakeside Park. In Lakewood... the day at Hartley Park began with the annual "Firecracker 10K Run..." which is a competitive race... but, also a homecoming for sorts for many people who come visit over the Fourth. It's put on by the Lakewood Family YMCA. "Y" Director Tom Anderson says it's a lot of work... but, also a good time. Anderson says they have about 42 of the 50 states represented in the run. In addition to the 10-K... the "Y" puts on kids races down by Lakewood Beach... and, a 2-mile run/walk. There was also a concert with Steve Davis and Marla Harris until last night's firework's put on by Zambelli fireworks.
Back to Mayville... the rain held off for a full-day of activities at Lakeside Park before last night's fireworks. There were also fireworks in Bemus Point... and, at Midway State Park in Maple Springs.
Music, picnics and people clad in red, white and blue highlight Fourth of July at Chautauqua Institution...
The Chautauqua Community Band held its 26th annual Independence Day concert Monday at Noon on Bestor Plaza, playing "Your a Grand Old Flag" and other standards. The plaza was packed with people... many decked out in red, white, and blue... on a perfect summer afternoon. Among them was Maureen Rovegno, Associate Director of Chautauqua's Department of Religion. She says it's a joy to be there with family, and asked, "What's more American than that?" Following the Symphony Pops concert in the Amphitheater Monday night... Chautauquans gathered at the lakeshore for the flares and fireworks... and music from the Miller Bell Tower.
Chautauqua Speaker discusses need to get back to public financing of election campaigns...
The United States needs to get back to a public financing system to support election campaigns that'll restore integrity and sensibility to the system. Those are the feelings of the founding president of the Campaign Legal Center. Trevor Potter was yesterday's featured lecturer at Chautauqua Institution... and, tells our Dennis Webster that a lot of the current problem stems from the U-S Supreme Court's ruling in the "Citizens United versus Federal Election's Commission" court case. Potter says the court has said that the First Amendment says American's can "spend as much as they want" on campaigns... but, he feels that's not the best reading of the First Amendment because it excludes a large number of people who are also covered by that amendment. Potter says other nations that hold "free elections" do have limits on campaign fund-raising, and there is public money available to those campaigns. Current President Barack Obama was the first such candidate to refuse public financing, because he had the ability to raise more without it. Potter says there are public financing models in several larger cities... including New York City where public contributions are matched by a 6-to-1 government match. However... that program has been criticized by some who argue that the New York City system is complicated... and, frought with corruption.
City man arrested for allegedly obstructing police in investigating alleged man holding people inside apartment using a knife...
A Jamestown man is accused of trying to prevent police from gaining entrance to an eastside apartment using a knife early Sunday morning. City Police were called to the scene at 739 East Second Street... and, officers were able to make contact with the suspect... 24 year-old Edgardo Lopez. However... Lopez is accused of slamming the door shut, and not allowing police to check on the safety of others inside. Officers finally forced entry... and, arrested Lopez for second-degree Obstruction of Governmental Administration. He was sent to the city jail pending arraignment.
Deadline approaching for State Fair competitions...
The deadline is coming up for entering recipes, poems, paintings, quilts and other items in the annual competitions at the New York State Fair. Tuesday is the deadline to submit entry forms in all the arts and crafts categories. Those entering in the poetry category must also turn in their finished poems. Last year... more than 2,000 people entered at least one of the fair's dozens of competitions ranging from livestock to amateur wine. More than 1,000 people had entries in arts and crafts categories. The competition for jams and jellies is adding a new category -- jellies made without commercial pectin.
Brad Anderson's humility on display during unveiling of his and "Marmaduke's" statue...
The new statue of late Portland native Brad Anderson and his famous cartoon dog, Marmaduke, is as much about the fictitious dog as Anderson himself. That's part of the reason why Anderson liked what sculptor Don Sotille -- a Westfield native -- had created for the town committee. That from Anderson's son, Paul, who now carries "Marmaduke's" by-line with his late father. Paul Anderson spoke after the statue was unveiled last Saturday afternoon in front of the town hall... saying they wish his father was there. He says his father viewed himself not as a famous person... but, the person that brough a "famous dog" into the lives of the people who read his comic strips. Paul Anderson says his father would greet fans by saying he's "not so famous." He says he just happened to be the comic strip creator of a "famous dog. Brad Anderson was also remembered for the fact he never forgot Portland... or Brocton. State Senator Cathy Young says that was often seen in "Marmaduke..." with Brocton's "green arches..." and the name "Brocton" on a school bus.
Happy Independance Day everyone!!
Fourth of July activites underway in Lakewood, Mayville and elsewhere...
There is a full day of activities for the Fourth of July in the villages of Lakewood and Mayville. The big Mayville Parade was held on Route 394 under sunny skys... with the procession traveling from the Courthouse to Lakeside Park. In Lakewood... the day at Hartley Park began with the annual "Firecracker 10K Run..." which is a competitive race... but, also a homecoming for sorts for many people who come visit over the Fourth. It's put on by the Lakewood Family YMCA. "Y" Director Tom Anderson says it's a lot of work... but, also a good time. Anderson says they have as many as 42 states represented in the race, which draws 200 to 300 runners each year. In addition to the 10-K... the "Y" puts on kids races down by Lakewood Beach... and, a 2-mile run/walk. There's also the kids M-&-T Money Hunt. There is also a concert with Steve Davis and Marla Harris until tonight's 10 p.m. firework's put on by Zambelli fireworks.
Back to Mayville... there is a full-day of activities at Lakeside Park before tonight's fireworks at Lakeside Park. There were also fireworks in Bemus Point... and, at Midway State Park in Maple Springs.
Gerace says use of sparklers and sparkler-devices still require supervision...
Certain types of "fireworks..." sparklers and sparkler-type devices... are now allowed to be sold and possessed in Chautauqua County two different times of the year. One is right now... during the Fourth of July holiday. However... while they are now legal... Sheriff Joe Gerace says people should take great care in using them... and, the proper supervision should be used when they are set off. Gerace says a sparkler seems to be "innocent and harmless... but, they are not." He says they still need adult-acting people supervising them. Gerace says most sparkler devices burn at temperature well over 1,000 degrees Farenheit. While a number of sparkler-type devices are now allowed in the county... he says many others still are not -- including M-80s, Roman candles, and bottle rockets. He says it's still best to "leave the fireworks to the professionals." The Chautauqua County Legislature... last month... approved a local law to allow Sparklers and Sparkler devices to be sold and possessed in Chautauqua County during the current time of year... and, around the New Year's holiday at the end of the year.
City man prevents entry to apartment, arrested for obstruction...
A Jamestown man is accused of trying to prevent police from gaining entrance to an eastside apartment using a knife Sunday morning. City Police were called to the scene at 739 East Second Street about 9 a.m., and, officers were able to make contact with the suspect... 24 year-old Edgardo Lopez. However... Lopez is accused of slamming the door shut, and not allowing police to check on the safety of others inside. Officers finally forced entry... and, arrested Lopez for second-degree Obstruction of Governmental Administration. He was sent to the city jail pending arraignment.
Sinclairville teen hurt in car-pedestrian accident...
A Sinclairville teenager is being treated for serious injuries after being hit by a car on Route 60 in the town of Charlotte early Sunday morning. Sheriff's deputies say the vehicle... operated by 44 year-old Sigfredo Martinez of Jamestown... was northbound about 6 a.m. when the pedestrian tried to cross the road in front of him. Officers say 17 year-old Devin McChesney was struck. Deputies say Sinclairville and Gerry fire rescuers were called to the scene... and McChesney was flown by Starflight to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania for treatment.
County man hurt in Ellington ATV accident...
An Ellington man was seriously hurt in an all-terrain vehicle accident that occured yesterday afternoon on Wade Hill Road. Sheriff's officers were called to the scene just after 1 p.m., and, found that 37 year-old Clarence Whitacre had crashed while riding the ATV. Deputies were joined at the scene by Ellington firefighters... and, Alstar Ambulance and Medistat Helicopter. Whitacre was flown to the Erie County Medical Center for treatment of unknown injuries.
Brocton man hurt when utility truck crashed on Route 394 near Ashville BOCES...
A Brocton man escaped serious injury Friday morning when he lost control of the heavy-crane truck he was operating and it overturned on Route 394 in the town of North Harmony. Sheriff's officers say 46 year-old Jason Selig was southbound about 7:40 a.m. when he failed to negotiate the curve near the Ashville BOCES. Deputies say the truck left the road... and, struck a utility pole and rolled onto it's side. Officers say Selig was ejected. They add that the accident brought down some live electric lines over the road. Traffic was detoured a short time... and, the road was re-opened shortly before 11 a.m. Deputies say Selig was flown by Starflight Helicopter to the Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA where he's in stable condition. Charges are pending.
Fourth of July activities and fireworks planned in several locations...
There'll be plenty of chances to see fireworks across the Jamestown and Warren, Pennsylvania areas this weekend. It actually begins tonight with fireworks during Stateline Speedway's annual Fourth of July show. In Lakewood Monday... village officials say the annual Fourth of July Summerfest will start with the annual "Firecracker 10K Run." There are also kids races... and, a 2-mile run and walk beginning at 9 a.m. You can register Monday morning... starting at 7 a.m. in Hartley Park. There will also be several activities... including miniature golf... bounce houses.. and, music beginning at 11:30 a.m. There will also be an appearance by LECOM Health Challenge Web.com Tour pros "The Bryan Brothers..." who do trick shots from 6 to 7:30 p.m. There'll also be a concert with Steve Davis and Marla Harris until the fireworks at 10 p.m. by Zambelli fireworks.
The village of Mayville will also have it's big Fourth of July celebration... starting with the annual parade along Route 394... starting at the intersection with Route 430... at 10 a.m. Organizers say there will also be a petting zoo, face painting... live music and food all day at Lakeside Park. Skylighters of Western New York will conclude the day at 10 p.m. with a big fireworks show.
Also in Chautauqua County... there will be Fourth of July fireworks at Bemus Point following the Bemus Bay Pops Concert Monday night at 10 p.m., and, there will also be fireworks at Midway State Park in Maple Springs at 10:05 p.m. Monday.
In Warren County, PA... there will be the annual parade in Warren at 11 a.m. Monday. The annual celebration and fireworks show will be held at Bett's Park Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. The fireworks show will be at 10 p.m. Saturday.
Gerace urges drivers to use caution when driving this Fourth of July weekend, explains DWI Crackdown...
Police agencies across Chautauqua County will be taking part in the state's STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdown during the long, Fourth of July weekend. That from Sheriff Joe Gerace... who says local agencies will join with State Police to "vigorously" enforce laws related to driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Gerace says his department will be out in force through next Monday night... in cojunction with other local police agencies. He says -- in addition to drunk and drowsy drivers -- they'll also be on the look-out for one of the more recent nuisances on the highways... the "distracted driver." He says that if you glance down to look at a text for three seconds -- at 55 mph -- you've traveled the length of a football field without looking at the road. During the last STOP-DWI effort in Chautauqua County on Memorial Day Weekend... Gerace says there were four arrests for Driving While Intoxicated... and, 112 other vehicle stops and arrests. He made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
Road Construction across NYS suspended for holiday weekend...
New York state is limiting road work this week to prevent traffic problems during the July 4th weekend. Governor Andrew Cuomo's office says most projects requiring the closure of a lane are now suspended... and, work will resume next Tuesday morning. The weekend around Independent Day is typically one of the busier travel periods of the year. Cuomo says state officials want to ensure New Yorkers can get to their holiday destinations without delay.
Construction Crane truck rolls over on Route 394 near Ashville BOCES...
A Construction Crane-utility truck rolled over earlier this morning on Route 394 in the town of North Harmony... leading to road detours in the area around the Ashville-BOCES Center. We also understand there may be some power outages in the area due to the accident. Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department dispatchers say the accident occured about 7:40 a.m. We understand Starflight Helicopter was called to the scene, though we have no word on injuries. Dispatchers say there are detours involving Route 394 at Fardink Road... and, North Maple Avenue.
Triple "A" Rep. says nearly 43-million Americans will travel during long, July 4th Weekend...
The AAA projects nearly 43-million Americans will travel this Independence Day weekend. This represents the highest Fourth of July travel volume on record and 5-million more travelers compared to Memorial Day weekend. Elizabeth Carey of AAA of Western and Central New York says lower gasoline prices are fueling the increase in travelers... and, she says that's why record numbers of people are traveling 50 miles or more over the weekend. If you're planning to hit the highway, Carey says to make sure you check over your vehicle first... and, check tire pressures and fluid levels. She says another tip is have a cell phone with you... but, have a co-pilot handle any calls and GPS duties. While fuel prices have going up in recent days... they remain much lower than they were a year ago. Of the 43-million traveling... nearly 40-million of those are expected to travel by car.
Celoron man arrested for allegedly resisting arrest during "disorderly" incident...
A Celoron man has been arrested following an incident in the village reportedly involved "multiple disorderly subjects." Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene just after 11 p.m. Wednesday... and, tried to arrest 35 year-old Michael Newman of Dunham Ave. However... deputies say Newman fled into a wooded area. But... after a short foot pursuit... he was taken into custody on charges of disorderly conduct... resisting arrest... and, obstructing governmental administration. He also faces other charges in Ellicott Town Court. Newman was arraigned... and, sent to the county jail without bail pending a recommendation from the District Attorney's office.
Clinger talks about Trump's rise, and his own "favorite" from GOP Presidential campaign...
A retired, long-time member of Congress says it's been an "incredible" presidential campaign so far... but, not necessarily in a good way. Republican Bill Clinger served in the House of Representatives for 18 years... and, has also been a long-time board member at Chautauqua Institution. Clinger likened the campaign to "Reality TV gone Berserk." The "moderate" Republican says presumptive GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump has played into a lot of the voter's fears during the primary campaigns. Clinger was interviewed by our Dennis Webster on our "Chautauqua -- Today" program. The Warren, Pennsylvania native was first elected to Congress for the first time in 1979... and, was elected again in 1993 when his Congressional District was re-drawn. He served until 1997.
Clinger admits he did have a special interest in the most recent Republican Primary Race. Clinger was a member of Ohio Governor John Kasich's Steering Committee for his Presidential campaign. Both were long-time friends as members of Congress... and, shared each other's moderate views. Our Dennis Webster asked Clinger about what happened to Kasich... who was among last year's early favorites in the campaign. He says the GOP doesn't appear to be buying moderate politics anymore.
WCA Hospital volunteers name Irso as Volunteer of Year...
The woman in charge of scheduling volunteers for WCA Hospital's gift shop the past 28 years has been named it's "Five-Star" Volunteer of the Year. Patricia Irso used to work at the hospital herself... but, now volunteers about 120 hours each year. Irso was one of several volunteers honored during WCA's annual Volunteer Recognition and Awards Luncheon held Thursday afternoon. She says scheduling has become a little easier in recent years because they've gone from three to two shifts a day. Irso now uses a wheelchair to get around after a disability forced her to retire. However... she stays as active as possible because the ability to volunteer has allowed her to stay in touch with friends and former co-workers. In addition to Irso... 103 other volunteers were also recognized during the luncheon. DeRosa noted that topping volunteer hours served in 2015 were Robert Gray with 870... and, Robert Scott was second with 840 hours.
Brad Anderson/Marmaduke statue to be dedicated this weekend...
There's plenty going on with fireworks and other activities this weekend. However... there is a notable event taking place in Brocton that's been several years in the making. Officials in Brocton tell us the new Brad Anderson -- Marmaduke Statue dedication will be held at 2 p.m. this Saturday, July 2, at the Portland Town Hall. The town hall is located on Main Street in Brocton. All are welcome to attend. The late Brad Anderson -- who created the comic strip "Marmaduke" -- was a native of Brocton.