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News Headlines for Sat., Aug. 31, 2019

**Labor Day Festival ppd, Feather run to go on...

With rain and thunderstorms in the forecast for Sunday afternoon and evening... Jamestown city officials and organizers of the city's annual Labor Day Festival has postponed the event until Monday.  Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says all scheduled events, including the big fireworks show at the conclusion will take place on Monday, Sept. 2.  However... the annual Dan Feather Memorial 5K Run/Walk will go on -- as scheduled -- on Sunday, Sept. 1 at Bergman Park.  It'll kick off at 9 a.m.  Find more in the bulletin published a short time ago.

DeWittville man arrested after raid nets police drugs and weapons...


A DeWittville man is jailed on drug and weapons charges after a recent raid on his home on the Ellery-Centralia Road in the town of Ellery.  Sheriff's officers say the executied the search warrant on Wednesday, Aug. 14... and found a firearm, quantity of psychodelic mushrooms... and a quantity of methamphetamine.  Deputies say 57 year-old Kevin Hughes was arrested Friday morning on charges of third-degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon -- a Felony... three counts of criminal possession of a Controlled Substance, and criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia.  Hughes was taken to the Chautauqua County Jail and is awaiting arraignment in front of the Centralized Arraignment Program.


Quattrone urges motorists to be safe over long, Labor Day Holiday Weekend...


The Labor Day holiday weekend is underway... and, that means area highways will be very busy, and local police agencies are reminding drivers to think safety first to prevent a tragedy from happening.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone says you should make sure to drive defensively, as there will be a lot of people walking here and there, too because it's the last weekend of the Summer season.  Quattrone adds there will be DWI patrols roaming the area... and, with riding sharing services available, people should be able to get a safe ride home.  Travelers are also advised to give themselves extra time to get to their destination, wear their seatbelts, and to put away the cell phone while behind the wheel.


Memorial Service at Chautauqua honors deceased organist, choir director...


A significant gathering of Chautauquans and Chautauqua County residents were on hand late Friday morning for a memorial service honoring the life of late Institution organist and choir director Jared Jacobsen.  Jacobsen was killed in a motor vehicle crash in Geneva, Ohio earlier this week.  The Post-Journal reports that Chautauqua President Michael Hill opened the service by saying "it's with a profound sadness and grief that I welcome you back to the amphitheater this morning.  Just five days ago Jared Jacobsen conducted the final sacred song service of the season."  Jacobsen was 70.  The Massey Organ that Jacobsen played the past 25 seasons remained quiet during the solemn service.


Man from Lakewood killed in Warren County rollover crash...


A Lakewood man was killed in a roll-over motor vehicle accident in Warren County, Pennsylvania early last Monday morning.  State Police in Corry say 35 year-old Chad Thompson was southbound on Page Hollow Road in Freehold Township when his Honda sedan left the roadway and struck an embankment.  Troopers say Thompson's car then over-turned and came to rest on it's roof.  The Warren County Corner pronounced him dead at the scene.  The road was closed off to traffic for nearly two-hours while Troopers continued their investigation.  Thompson was not wearing a seatbelt during the crash. 


Leathers outlines recycling changes for BPU starting on Labor Day...


The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities will make it's move to single-commodity recycling next week when trash pick-up resumes on Tuesday.  BPU General Manager Dave Leathers says there's been some "upheavel" in the recycling markets... and, that's led to the change.  However... he says they're hoping the upheavel is just temporary... and, there'll be no problems in the near future.  Leathers says part of the problem is finding outlets to take recycleables to that take the items, and how clean they want them.  He says another part of the issue is that China is no longer accepting a number of recycleables.  He says this coming week will remain the recycling week it was slated to be... with glass items being taken starting next Tuesday.  One type of item will be taken each week after.  Leathers says the BPU's most recent newsletter includes a new four-month recycling calendar through the end of the year.  However... if you have any questions... call the BPU's Garbage Hotline at 661-1651.  Leathers made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.


Reed visits Southern Tier Brewing...


Local Congressman Tom Reed got the chance this week to tour what's been a "great" business success in Chautauqua County and the town of Busti.  Reed toured Southern Tier Brewing... located in the Stoneman Industrial Park... which continues to expand in it's nine-year-old location.  The Corning Republican says the growth of Southern Tier has been a real success story... with a lot of it's growth triggered by federal tax cuts.  He says they now employ about 900 people at all their facilities.  Reed adds that addressing excise taxes has helped Southern Tier Brewing... along with it's still-new offshoot business... Southern Tier Distilling.  He says Southern Tier owners Phin Demink and Nathan Arnone noted that gaining access to different markets, and workforce issues are still hurdles for them.


City man arrested for theft of pick-up truck, and credit card in town of Busti...


A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly breaking into a garage in the town of Busti, and stealing a pick-up truck and a wallet from the attached home.  Lakewood-Busti Police were recently called to the scene on Hillview Avenue... and, found a 2013 Ford truck and the credit card had been taken.  Officers say 25 year-old Robert Comber later allegedly used the stolen card at the Lakewood Wal-Mart store, and he was arrested for second-degree burglary, third-degree grand larceny, and second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.  He was also wanted on a parole violation, and jailed pending arraignment.

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News Update for Sat. Aug. 31, 2019

Jamestown Labor Day Festival Postponed to Monday, September 2nd

Forecast Predicts High Probability of Thunderstorms Sunday Night

 

Members of the City of Jamestown staff and Labor Day Festival Organizing Committee have determined that due to the inclement weather expected for Sunday afternoon through late Sunday night, the 40th Annual Labor Day Festival will be postponed to Monday, September 2. All scheduled activities, music, vendors, crafters and the fireworks extravaganza will remain at the same scheduled times on Monday. The Dan Feather Memorial 5K Run/Walk will continue as scheduled on Sunday, September 1, at Bergman Park. Registration will start at 8:30 a.m., with the run kicking off at 9 a.m.

A number of considerations went into making this decision, public safety being first and foremost. With pending thunderstorms, it is best to avoid having to evacuate a large crowd of people filling Bergman Park. Organizers must also be mindful for the safety of dozens of city employees and hundreds of volunteers who put numerous hours into running the festival. Lastly, the organizers must consider the best possible time for the festival so the many food vendors and crafters, who have made large investments in their operations, can be as successful as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact the City of Jamestown Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department at 483-7523.  From the city of Jamestown.

 

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 30, 2019

A Westfield man has been arrested following an arson investigation in the town of Pomfret earlier this month....  

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office says Deputies and the County Fire Investigation Team were called to investigate a structure fire on North Road shortly after 11 PM on August 2nd.  As a result, 46 year-old Andrew Davidson was charged with felony third-degree arson. Davidson reportedly turned himself in to the Sheriff's Office and, was taken to the County Jail for arraignment.  He posted $20,000 bail and was released. 


Three Gerry residents were arrested for Endangering the Welfare of a Child between last Saturday this past Tuesday....  

State Police in Jamestown say they were called to a home in the town of Gerry for a child hanging out of a second-story windown and on arrival, found living conditions that were "deplorable and unsuitable."  Troopers say the child stated he was only leaning out to look at a bird and was not hurt.  It's unclear how many children were in the residence at the time of the investigation, but police say they were turned over to a relative pending further investigation by Child Protective Services.  Taken into custody were 32 year-old Nikki Coulson, 24 year-old Jacob Atwell and 37 year-old Benjamin Frost.  Each are to appear in Gerry Town Court next month.  (**State Police say Atwell and Coulson also arrested back in May for a near-identical incident, when the Troopers checked the welfare of a toddler in Route 60 and resulted in the discovery of the children living in squalor.)


A new law in New York is designed to spare victims of domestic violence some penalties on their monthly bills.....  

The law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo allows people fleeing their batterers to terminate multi-year telephone or cable contracts at the home they're leaving without paying a penalty.  The law covers victims who have received an order of protection.  Cuomo says the survivors of domestic violence should not have to handle the added stress and red tape that comes with contract termination penalties.  The law takes effect immediately.


Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello has almost another month to fine-tune a new, 2020 budget for the county legislature to consider.....  

Borrello says it will be a challenge to hold the line on taxes, mainly because of new and ongoing state mandates.  However, he says he and his budget team are finishing up meetings with department heads. Borrello says another step will be taken in the budget-making process next week when they get a "broader look" at where they are after looking at each indivdual department.  The county executive's preliminary budget is due out on September 25th.

The Chautauqua County Legislature has decided to move ahead with an approximately one-million dollar project to rehabilitate a former private hangar at the Jamestown Airport.....  

Jamestown Democrat Chuck Nazzaro and Audit and Control Committee Chairman Pierre Chagnon worked on the revised resolution, in which the county would only pay out $50,000 in capital reserve funds.  Originally, the county was going to shell out $172,000.

Nazzaro says the state Department of Transportation will be providing a $900,000 Aviation Grant for the project.  He says the additional money will come from $48,000 in in-kind services from the Department of Public Facilities, and $65,000 in timber sales from the airport property.  Sheridan Republican Terry Neibel supported the measure, but questions whether the county can afford to have two airports, with some big expenses pending.  Nazzaro also noted that if the county did nothing, and had to tear down the old hanger, it would cost them $80,000 to do that.  The measure was approved Wednesday night, 14-to-2.


More accolades for the Sherman High School sophomore who finished second in the Decatholon in the Hershey National Track and Field Championships last month....  

John Swabik was recognized by the Chautauqua County Legislature at Wednesday night's meeting for his feat.  Swabik led the competition in California early on in late July and, wound up with a Silver Medal.  He won a state title with the Clymer/Sherman/Panama team and, was given the commendation by Findley Lake area Legislator Martin Proctor.

Legislature Chairman P-J Wendel says they were going to present a commendation last month but, Swabik was getting ready for the nationals at that time, and preparing to be in five new events.  Swabik told the legislature that he also has a long-term goal -- making the U-S Olympic team in 2024.  Wendel says one of Swabik's teammates, who also won a state championship, will be honored by the legislature next month.  


New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand has dropped out of the presidential race....  

The 52-year-old U-S Senator announced her decision Wednesday on Twitter as her campaign, which once looked to ride strong 'MeToo' credentials, was plagued by low polling and fundraising struggles.  She had failed to meet thresholds for required numbers of donors and polling to qualify for the September debate in Houston.  Gillibrand was appointed to the Senate in 2009 to fill the seat vacated by Hillary Clinton. 


He will still be on the November ballot, but a Republican Jamestown City Council candidate has withdrawn his candidacy from the race....  

Former City Planner Greg Lindquist says he "regrets" the decision but, says "due to personal circumstances I have chosen not to seek this elected position."  Lindquist was running for an At-Large seat.

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 29, 2019

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a person multiple times with a knife on a southside street corner....  

City Police were called to the scene at Forest and Prather Avenues just after 10 AM Wednesday... and, found the victim, who was rushed to the hospital.  Officers say they found the suspect, identified as 31 year-old Jermaine Gordon, at an address on Tew Street about 5:45 last night.  Gordon was arrested for first-degree assault, and is being held pending arraignment.  Police say the victim is now in stable condition at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.


A Jamestown man accused of being a major trafficker of cocaine and methamphetimine in the area has been sentenced to seven-years in federal prison....  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 37 year-old Juan Pacheco was recently found guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute five-kilograms or more of cocaine, 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, and marijuana.  Kennedy says he was given 84 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Vilardo.  Prosecutors say Pacheco was arrested on August 18th of 2016 following a raid at his alleged stash house at 477 Main Street.  There, authorities say they recovered about nine-kilograms of cocaine, three-and-a-half kilograms of meth, and three kilograms of marijuana.  They also seized about $133,000 in cash, as well as about $7,000 in Pacheco's pocket.  Proscutors say Pacheco was receiving kilogram quantities of the drugs from California after it was smuggled in from Mexico.


Chautauqua County now has a law in place that allows the county legislature to fill a vacancy in the executive's position....  

Lawmakers in Mayville last night unanimously approved a charter amendment that makes the appointment similar to how a vacancy on the legislature is filled.  Sheridan Republican Terry Neibel says he liked the addition to the outgoing executive's party committee being able to weigh in.

Discussion of the local law actually began when current Executive George Borrello decided to run for the vacant State Senate seat, vacated earlier this year by Cathy Young.  Borrello was part of the discussions, and he agreed it was too much having the job go -- by default -- to the "Acting" County Executive.  He says that's currently the county attorney.  The new local law would give the county legislature the power to fill the position within 30 days of the vacancy and, with a member of the same political party as the person who vacated the office.


The county legislature last night also approved a new, three-year contract agreement with part-time deputies in the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department.  The contract includes pay increases for the approximately 35 members of the unit to 2-percent this year, 3-percent for 2020 and, 2-percent for 2021.  County Executive George Borrello says they believe it will help attract new hires, and retain them.  The part-time deputies mainly work court security and, are represented by Civil Service Employees Association Unit 6322.


 Chautauqua Institution's organist and worship coordinator has been killed in a tragic motor vehicle accident in Geneva, Ohio....  

Institution President Michael Hill this afternoon announced that Jared Jacobson died in the accident on Route 84 Tuesday afternoon.  Hill says Jacobson was "Chautauqua’s organist and coordinator of worship and sacred music for nearly 25 years, and someone who proudly proclaimed himself a lifelong Chautauquan."  Jacobson held his current position since 1996 and, talked with our Dennis Webster about it just prior to the 2011 season.

President Hill says Chautauqua is awaiting final word of Jared's wishes for services but, acknowledged - "our community is grieving this unspeakable loss."  Many have described Jared and the music he masterfully created with the iconic Massey Memorial Organ at the Chautauqua Amphitheater as the “heart and soul” of Chautauqua.  Hill urged the public to join them for a memorial service this Friday, August 30th at 11 AM in the Amphitheater.  The Retired Reverend V. Gene Robinson will preside..


Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello is getting some heat from his opponent in the local state Senate race for taking part in a press conference in Buffalo with local Congressman Tom Reed Tuesday....  

Reed was at the U-S Attorney's office, calling for an investigation of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and how he has handled federal funding to repair and upgrade the state Thruway -- located on Seneca Nation land.  Democrat Austin Morgan says the condition of the road is not the issue but, how Borrello and Reed have handled it is.

Morgan accused Borrello of misusing county resources regarding the executive's call for Governor Cuomo to be investigated for not releasing funds to fix the 5-mile stretch on Seneca Nation land.  Reed has sent a letter to U-S Attorney General William Barr asking for a federal investigation. 


A residential fire in the town of Chautauqua has been ruled as an arson by the Chautauqua County Criminal Investigation Team....  

Sheriff's officers say multiple fire agencies were called to 5728 Hartfield-Centralia Road about 11:30 PM last Sunday.  Two adults and two children were able to escape safely and, a crew was sent back early Monday morning for a rekindle.  Investigation by officers led to the arrest of 27 year-old Fletcher Williams of Sinclairville.  He was arraigned and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail on charges of felony second-degree arson, with bail set at $150,000.


A city man faces several charges for allegedly assaulting two young males in the presence of a 5 year-old girl.... 

Jamestown police responded to 14 Cedar Avenue foor two males fighting on Monday night and, on arrival identified the suspect as 51 year-old Jesse Waite-junior.  Police say -- while an intoxicated state -- Waite reportedly pinned a 9 year-old boy to ground before punching him in the face and choking him.  Waite was confronted by an 18 year-old male victim that was also pinned down and choked.  He's is also accused of pushing his fingers into the teen's eye sockets and punching him in the face before he was able to get away. The victims sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene.  Waite is being held pending arraignment on two counts of third-degree assault, second-degree unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child. He also faces second-degree strangulation and criminal obstruction of breathing charges. 

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News Update for Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

News Bulletin: Chautauqua confirms long-time Organist's death in car crash...

Chautauqua Institution President Michael E. Hill released the following statement regarding the untimely death of Jared Jacobsen, organist and coordinator of worship and sacred music at Chautauqua since 1996:  “We learned yesterday of the tragic passing of our beloved Jared Jacobsen, Chautauqua’s organist and coordinator of worship and sacred music for nearly 25 years, and someone who proudly proclaimed himself a lifelong Chautauquan. Jared was involved in a car accident in Geneva, Ohio.

“While we await formal word of Jared’s wishes, we know our community is grieving this unspeakable loss. Many have described Jared and the music he masterfully created with the iconic Massey Memorial Organ at the Chautauqua Amphitheater as the “heart and soul” of Chautauqua. This sentiment speaks not only to Jared’s talent, but of his ever-presence during our summer assembly season, his untiring love for music, and his generous willingness to share his passions with Chautauquans across generations. His music ushered in each day, heralded the noontime and afternoon hours, and closed each Sunday evening of the summer assembly, keeping the time of a timeless community.

“He played his final service and concert on Sun., August 25 — a service he curated and titled “Camp Meeting is Over.”

“Please join us for a memorial service at 11 a.m. Fri., August 30, in the Chautauqua Amphitheater, the Retired Rev. V. Gene Robinson presiding, with special guests and tributes to Jared's extraordinary life. For those unable to join us in person, we will livestream the service on our Facebook page. You may also want to visit the special tribute page we’ve established at chq.org/jared.”

We will have more when information is available.

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 28, 2019

A Jamestown man faces several charges for allegedly assaulting two young males in the presence of a 5 year-old girl.... 

Jamestown police responded to 14 Cedar Avenue for two males fighting on Monday night and, on arrival identified the suspect as 51 year-old Jesse Waite-junior.  Police say -- while an intoxicated state -- Waite reportedly pinned a 9 year-old boy to ground before punching him in the face and choking him.  Waite was confronted by an 18 year-old male victim that was also pinned down and choked.  He's is also accused of pushing his fingers into the teen's eye sockets and punching him in the face before he was able to get away. The victims sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene.  Waite is being held pending arraignment on two counts of third-degree assault, second-degree unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child. He also faces second-degree strangulation and criminal obstruction of breathing charges. 


A new multi-agency program in Chautauqua County has already been successful in diffusing four potential threat situations in local school districts....  

That from District Attorney Patrick Swanson, who says he and current SUNY College at Fredonia Public Safety Director Brent Issacson were called to a situation about two-years ago.  Swanson says the unnamed school's administration was made aware of a situation but, just didn't feel they were equiped to deal with it.

Swanson then reviewed a report on what's called a "School Threat Assessment and Response" or STAR Program that had shown success in Onondaga County.  He says they then moved forward on the county's own STAR program, which involves law enforcement, public and mental health, and child protective services.  Swanson says their 20-member team's interventions have led to "positive outcomes."  He says the entire process is confidential, and he is the "point-person" for it.  He says they recently met with all the county's superintendents to inform them about what the STAR program is all about.  Swanson is quick to add that if law enforcement needs to be brought in to deal with an immediate situation, they are.  


Local Congressman Tom Reed is calling for a federal investigation into Governor Andrew Cuomo's refusal to fix a stretch of Interstate 90 on Seneca Nation territory........  

Reed held a news conference Tuesday afternoon at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Buffalo.  The Corning Republican says he has sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr, asking him to look into misuse of federal funds allocated for repairing the highway.

Reed is also asking Barr to investigate Cuomo for potential abuse of power for not taking care of the traveling public.  He was joined in the press conference by Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello and motorists whose cars were damaging while traveling on that five-mile stretch of the Thruway.


Quick work by Dunkirk city police helped them nab two suspects in connection with a robbery on Washington Avenue late last Sunday night....  

Police Chief David Ortolano says police were able to locate 29-year-old Jonathan Sidaui and 35-year-old David Anzalone just minutes after the hold-up.  Ortolano says they has forcibly taken property from the victim before running off.

Sidaui and Anzalone were arrested near King Street and charged with second-degree robbery and, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Both were arraigned in Dunkirk City Court and, remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail with bail to be set.


A woman was arrested for drug possession following a check on her well-being Monday in the village of Falconer....  

Ellicott Town Police say they came to check on the woman sitting on bench  and, identified her as 31 year-old Maddie Williams.  Officers say while speaking with Williams, they allegedly saw drug paraphernalia on top of her purse and, asked if she had any illegal drugs.  Williams reportedly turned over a small bag of heroin, while a further search revealed 13 hypodermic needles, one needle containing heroin and a small scale.  She was sent to the county jail pending arraignment. 


The head of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities says the agreement reached between the New York Power Authority and 50 other power entities in the state is "extremely important."  

That from BPU General Manager Dave Leathers after the board late Monday approved a 15-year extension with NYPA to receive hydropower.  Leathers says it helps with planning, and making sure the power is there for their customers.  However, while it helps keep the BPU's rates low, he says it doesn't "lock them in...".

The NYPA Board previously agreed to the extension, which continues the sale of about 765 megawatts of low-cost hydropower from the Niagara Power Project to all 51 municipal, and rural electric cooperative systems in the state.  Leathers says it took a couple of years to negotiate the new agreement and, he was one of the people directly involved.  Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign the contract in the coming months. 


Pennsylvania State Police are asking for the public's help regarding a hit-and-run accident in Warren County's Columbus Township Monday night.....  

Troopers in Warren say 24 year-old Robert Hill -- of Savannah, Georgia -- was operating a bicycle on State Route-6 near Scotts Crossing Road when he was allegedly struck by a tractor-trailer traveling the same direction.  Police say the big-rig driver failed to stop and fled the scene.  The accident occurred about 9 PM Monday.  Anyone with information is asked to call officers at 814-663-2043. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 26, 2019

A Jamestown man was arrested last weekend on a number of warrants after officers on patrol spotted him and, chased him through several backyards....  

City police say they observed 22 year-old Mason Alexander at the corner of West Third and Jefferson Streets about 11:30 Saturday morning and, tried to make contact with him.  However, officers say Alexander took off and led them to an area of West Third and Jefferson Street when they caught him.  Police say he resisted arrest but, was taken to the city jail pending arraignment on a total of four warrants.  Alexander also faces new charges including obstructing governmental administration, and resisting arrest.

 
A Jamestown man wanted in both New York and Pennsylvania has turned himself into city police after a two-day search on Jamestown's eastside.....  

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they received several tips on the possible whereabouts of 47 year-old Todd Dellahoy, whose vehicle was spotted in the area of Willard Street and Willow Avenue this past Thursday afternoon.  Samuelson says Dellahoy turned himself into JPD investigators about 9 AM Saturday and, he was arrested for first-degree attempted arson.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.  He's also sought on an unrelated warrant for Parole Violation in Pennsylvania. 


A gracious acceptance and some blunt observations accompanied the presentation of a major humanitarian award at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown last night....  

Irwin Cotler, Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights and a former Justice Minister in Canada, said he was 'moved and humbled' to receive the Heintz Award for Humanitarian Achievement.  Cotler spoke of an increase in authoritarian regimes in the world and ticked off a list of places where atrocities have occurred or political prisoners have been held, including Syria and Saudia Arabia.  He said these situations are a 'looking glass' into resurgent authoritarianism, and a retreat of democracies.  Joshua Heintz, a former member of the Jackson Center board, created the award.  Last night's events opened the 13th annual International Humanitarian Roundtable.  The evening concluded with a presentation by 'world musician' Samite Mulongo.

The world's top international prosecutors have again assembled in Chautauqua County, but the gathering this year will have a different name and format....  

The annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs are now called the "Humanitarian Law Roundtable..." and, it got underway yesterday at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown.  It continues today and tomorrow at Chautauqua Institution.  Former International prosecutor, and Jackson Center Director, Jim Johnson, who has been heavily involved in past programs, says today they'll begin the actual roundtable, then have break out groups this afternoon.

Johnson says the programs are all free to the public and, are very unique because these are the "movers and shakers" in the international criminal law and, are the one's who make it happen.  He adds they are the modern day Robert H. Jacksons.  Johnson says they are continuing his work after the Nuremburg War Crimes trials that followed World War-Two.  The founding prosecutors of the Law Dialogs will be on hand for Tuesday afternoon's program.


A new state law will take effect beginning in 2020 that will require all motorized watercraft operators complete a state-approved boating safety course.  Doug Hamernick of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary says Brianna's Law will be phased in over the next five years.....

The legislation, signed into law earlier this month by Governor Andrew Cuomo, is named after an 11-year-old Long Island girl who was killed in a boating accident in 2005.  Hamernick says a boater only needs to take the certificate course once and, it's good for life.  Hamernick says failure to comply with the law could result in a fine of between $100 and $250-dollars starting in January of 2020.

 
The latest weapon in the fight against invasive species is the sniffing power of dogs trained to find noxious weeds before they flower and spread seeds....  

The nonprofit New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has trained a Labrador retriever named Dia to find Scotch broom plants in two state parks 50 miles north of New York City.  The invasive shrub is widespread in the Pacific Northwest but new to New York, and land managers hope to eradicate it before it gets established.  Detection dogs have long been used to sniff out drugs, explosives and disaster survivors.  Now there's a growing number being trained to find targeted invasive plants so conservationists can uproot them.  Montana-based Working Dogs for Conservation is training dogs to find invasive insects and mussels as well as plants.


In New York state government news, Republican lawmakers aren't happy with Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to charge motorists $25-dollars for new license plates......  

The Democratic governor recently announced a public vote to pick the plate's design, as well as plans to impose a $25 replacement fee on motorists with older plates.  Republican lawmakers - and some Democrats - call it a cash grab.  State Senate Republican leader John Flanagan says the state is trying to "nickel and dime" everyday New Yorkers.  Cuomo's administration defends the move, noting that more than 3-million New York plates are at least 10 years old.  Officials say aging plates can peel and rust.  That can decrease reflectivity and make it harder for police or traffic cameras to read the plates.


The Chief Clerk in Warren County, Pennsylvania has been given the state's Outstanding Chief Clerk/Administrative Award for this year....  

The County Commissioners in Warren say Pam Matve received the award at the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania's Annual Dinner in Reading earlier this month.  Officials say the award is given to county leaders and others who have enhanced the well-being of counties and residents.  The state association says Matve is the first Chief Clerk in the history of Warren County to receive such an award for “excelling in an ever-changing position, as well as invaluable support of programs related to courthouse reconstruction, information storage, workforce opportunities for persons with disabilities, and the county’s open records process.”  Matve calls it an "amazing honor."

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News Headlines for Sat., Aug. 24, 2019

City man sought by Jamestown Police turns-himself into JPD...
A Jamestown man wanted in both New York and Pennsylvania has turned himself into city police after a two-day search on Jamestown's eastside.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they received several tips on the possible whereabouts of 47 year-old Todd Dellahoy... whose vehicle was spotted in the area of Willard Street and Willow Avenue this past Thursday afternoon.  Samuelson says Dellahoy turned himself into JPD investigators about 9 this morning... and, he was arrested for first-degree attempted arson.  He was also sought on an unrelated warrant in Pennsylvania.  He was jailed pending arraignment.


Person taken for mental health evaluation following incident on Cole Ave. Friday...
A reported stand-off situation yesterday afternoon wound up being a call for a domestic situation on Jamestown's southside.  Officers were called to a location on Cole Avenue just before 2 p.m. for a person reportedly not wanting to come out of a home.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says the situation was later diffused, and the person involved was taken for a mental health evaluation and possible treatment.  No one was hurt, and no arrests were made.  No other information was released.


Swanson, Kennedy announce new, formal Overdose Response Initiative...
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson has joined with the U-S Attorney's Office in Buffalo to formalize an agreement to create an Overdose Response Initiative.  Swanson and U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior said Friday that it's modeled after similar initiatives across the state and country, this program aims to examine overdose deaths in an effort to track down drug dealers and offer support to victims' relatives.  He says the ORI aims to coordinate local law enforcement and compile information from a multitude of sources to find the origin of the drugs that lead to overdoses.  Swanson says they then work with their federal partners to put these cases together for federal prosecution. 


Reed expresses concern as New York's new "Red Flag" takes effect today...
Local Congressman Tom Reed is putting a "Caution Flag" on New York's new "Red Flag Law" which takes effect today.  The measure was approved earlier this year... and, would allow certain authorities to seek the temporary removal of firearms from individuals who pose a threat to their own selves or to the general public, even if they haven't been arrested.  Reed says you can have a "reasonable conversation" about such laws... but, adds you can't trample on people's second-amendment rights either.  He says it must recognize that people must have a voice in the process.  Reed says the state is within it's rights to enact such laws... but, adds there needs to be due process, and a guard against frivolus claims in matters such as divorce and family custody situations.  He adds there should also be stronger enforcement of current "credible threat" laws... and, he says doing such recently has possibly averted as many as a dozen mass shooting threats.  New York's "Red Flag" Law was approved by state lawmakers... then signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo this past February.  New York is the 13th state in the U-S to enact such a law.  


About three-dozen personnel changes as JPS begins new school year...
With a new school year just around the corner.... personnel adjustments will also go into full-effect in the Jamestown city schools. District Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says -- the most notable changes include three new principals.  They include Rosemary Bradley, who brings a dynamic background to Jamestown High School.  He adds they also have Leslie Melquist at Jefferson Middle School... and former JHS Principal Mike McElrath will be principal at the new Rogers Success Academy.  In addition, Apthorpe says a district-wide leave incentive led to 31 new hires this year.  He says the addition of a lighted sign -- donated by the Class of 2016 -- on the Jamestown High School is a symbol of good things to come.  The first day of classes for city students is a half-day on Thursday, Sept. 5. 


Chautauqua Institution season coming to an end Sunday...
Chautauqua Institution is looking at a strong finish as another season comes to a close on Sunday.  Chautauqua's Director of Marketing and Analytics, Vanessa Weinert, says attendance has been up from last year and may nudge ahead of 2017 when the season wraps up on Sunday.  Weinert says they have already surpassed their 2018 numbers.  She says the addition of a week-long food festival has helped to bring in the people during the final week of the season.  Chautauqua President Michael Hill is expected to provide some reflections on the season before the traditional three-taps of gavel on Sunday.


State Fair to become 100-percent powered by Renewable Energy in four years...
A New York state commissioner says the state fair will be solely powered by renewable energy by 2023.  State Agriculture and Markets Commission Richard Ball made the comment in front of a crowd of hundreds at the fair this week.  He says the efforts are to create "the greenest fair in the U.S."  Officials report the effort involves the building of wind turbines and installation of solar panels.  Governor Andrew Cuomo also joined Ball for the event in Syracuse and announced a promotion effort to push fair attendance.  

 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 23, 2019

A man sought by Jamestown Police for attempted arson remains at large after his vehicle was reportedly spotted in an eastside neighborhood Thursday afternoon...........  

City Police say they and U-S Marshalls got information regarding 47 year-old Todd Dellahoy, and his vehicle, being spotted in the area of Willard Street and Willow Avenue about 12:30 PM.  Police responded, and checked a wooded area nearby, but did not find Dellahoy, who is wanted for first-degree attempted arson, and reckless endangerment.  He was also wanted in Pennsylvania.  Anyone with information on Dellahoys' whereabouts is asked to call city police at 483-7537... or the confidential tips line at 483-TIPS.


A city man is recovering from a non-life threating stab wound following a fight that occured in a vacant lot near a bar on Jamestown's eastside Wednesday night....  

Ellicott Town Police Chief Bill Ohnmeiss says officers were called to The Bullfrog Hotel on East Second Street -- at the city line with Falconer -- about 11:30 PM.  Ohnmeiss says officers met the victim, and identified him as Randy Woodmansee, junior.  He says Woodmansee was taken initially to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital, then later transferred to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania for treatment of a stab wound to the abdomen.  Ohnmeiss says they do have a suspect... but, that person is not being identified, and no arrest has yet been made.  An investigator from Ellicott is talking to the victim again today and, the investigation is continuing.


The state's Appellate Court has denied the city of Jamestown and it's Board of Public Utilities' proposed annexation of property in Falconer belonging to the BPU....  


The court issued it's ruling late Thursday on what city officials called "novel procedural grounds..." after the city was late responding to a filing by the village, town of Ellicott, and the Falconer School District.  The three entities have opposed the annexation of the four-acres the BPU's Dow Street Substation is located on since the BPU and the city first announced they were taking the action.  However, BPU officials say the Appellate Division made no finding with respect to the merits of the City's petition, thereby leaving the door open for the city to continue to pursue annexation of the Substation property.  City leaders say they are "disappointed" with the ruling, and will consider their future options.  They add that a favorable ruling would have saved the board and city at least $173,000 in tax expenses each year.

 

There may finally be some movement on the new U-S, Mexico, Canada trade agreement once Congress returns from it's August recess next month....  

That from local Congressman Tom Reed in response to a recent news story about the stalled agreement.  Reed says there are a number of Democrats who would like to see the USMC acted on by Fall and, he believes that is putting pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Reed says there are also procedural ways that the USMC can be brought to the floor, even if the speaker continues to block a vote.  He says his visit to Cummins' Jamestown Engine Plant helped reinforce the need to have the measure voted on, because the heavy-duty engine maker does most of it's business in Mexico and Canada.  He says it's frustrating that one person can hold up action on a measure that would likely pass overwhelmingly.  Reed made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.  


More major recognition has come to the National Comedy Center in Jamestown....  

This time, the center has been named as one of TIME Magazine's "World's Greatest Places."  Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson says TIME's September 2nd edition is featuring the "100 new and newly newsworthy destinations to experience right now."  Gunderson says it's only one of nine attractions in the U-S to be recognized.

Gunderson says this annual TIME list is drawn from editor and expert nominations, unlike the USA Today ranking the National Comedy Center was part of earlier this year.  If you would like to see the "World's Greatest Places" edition of TIME, she says it's out on news stands now.  Gunderson says the honor validates what visitors to the Comedy Center tell them everyday, that it's a "one-of-a kind experience for anyone who loves to laugh."  Earlier this year, USA Today ranked the National Comedy Center second on it's list of 20 "Best New Attactions."  The center has also been honored by People Magazine as one of 100 Reasons to Love America.


Riders who depend on the Chautauqua Area Rural Transit System's bus service will now be able to take advantage of the service year-round....  

That from County Executive George Borrello, who says this Summer's test run for the fixed route service by CARTS was "successful."  Borrello says the service will also be ADA Complimentary.  Back in May of this year, CARTS launched a pilot program to provide Saturday City Fixed Routes Service to customers during the summer months of June, July and August.  Public Facilities Director Brad Bentley says "the ridership response to Saturday Summer Service has exceeded our expectations."  He adds that after reviewing the data, they have decided to continue the service through the end of 2020.  For more information, call CARTS at 665-6466.

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 22, 2019

A Celoron man accused of leading an illegal Jamestown drug organization has now pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to distribute one-kilogram or more of heroin........  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says prosecutors say -- in early 2016 -- that 47 year-old Sigfriedo Martinez led the drug ring which trafficked quantities of heroin and cocaine in the Jamestown-area.  He had two co-defendants handle the "day" and "night" shifts for the organization and, every few days, Martinez would distribute a couple hundred bundles of heroin each to the men, who would then distribute it to smaller dealers and users.  From February of 2016 to March of 2017, he says investigators conducted at least eight controlled purchases of heroin or cocaine from the two co-defendants.  He was arrested during a raid the following month, and, faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10-million fine when he's sentenced in November.


Details are sparce, but one person was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital after an apparent stabbing near the Bullfrog Hotel....  

The Jamestown Post-Journal reports investigators were called to the area about 11:30 last night and, remained on-scene through the overnight.  On arrival, police say they learned an unknown person was allegedly stabbed in the chest and that the male suspect was wearing a green shirt with jeans.  The paper says the victim's condition is unknown at this time. We'll continue to update this story as more information becomes available. 


Chautauqua County could become THE prime East Coast supplier for some farm products used in the brewing, distilling, and baking industries....  

Those are the results of the ‘Grow Chautauqua’ study, unveiled Wednesday night in Mayville.  The study was led, and partially paid for by agricultural entrepreneur Chris LaCorata.  He says there’s a geographical imbalance for key products like hops and malted barley, with 95 percent of them coming from three northwestern states.

LaCorata believes there's potential for someone else and says 'it needs to be us.' The company he envisions, to be called Empire State Brands, would help regional farmers grow, harvest, process and market hops, barley and other grains.  A major processing facility, upwards of 200,000 sqaure feet, would be located in Chautauqua County.  LaCorata will now begin looking for the $14.7 million the project will cost.  And, he hopes to hold a major gathering for farmers in October to encourage them to plant these specialty crops. Chautauqua County, the IDA and a number of foundations helped fund the $120,000 study.


A majority of economists say the United States is headed for an economic slow-down and, possibly a recession by next year or 2021....  

Local Congressman Tom Reed doesn't dispute that, but says he's not overly concerned about those predictions because the economy is still very strong right now.  At the same time, he says people should watch their rhetoric and not be rooting for a recession, either.

Reed says some political pundits seem to be "pushing a recession" to make President Trump look bad.  However, Tariffs in recent months have had an impact.  Reed was at Cummins' Jamestown Engine Plant Tuesday, which has seen solid growth in recent months.  However, Reed says tariffs are a concern for the Jamestown-area's largest employer, because their markets include China and Mexico.  The president said Tuesday that his administration is a looking at a variety of tax cut proposals, but not as a response to a potential recession. 


The Jamestown High School Red Raider Marching Band will hold a preview of its 2019 competitive show tonight at JHS.....  

The event will start at 8 PM on the field behind JHS.  This year's program is called 'Journey Home'.  The band has, for the second time in recent years, been boosted up to 'National Class', the highest level of competition in the New York State Field Band Conference.  The band's first official show will be the Fall Festival of Bands at Strider Field in Jamestown, on the evening of Saturday, September 14th.  


A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly threatening several other people with a rifle last weekend in the Chautauqua Gorge State Forest in Mayville....  

State Police in Jamestown were called to the scene late last Sunday and, arrested 62 year-old Douglas Murvine.  Troopers say their investigation showed that Murvine became upset when another camper arrived with two dogs.  He allegedly threatened to shoot the dogs and pointed a rifle at the victim and his dogs.   Murvine then set the rifle down, picked up a rock and threatened to hit the victim with the rock.  Troopers say this all occurred in the presence of four children.  Murvine was arraigned on two counts of second-degree menacing, and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child and, released on bail.


The first day of school is set for Thursday, September 5th for the Jamestown Public Schools.....  

With that, the city school board has a major goal in mind for the 2019-2020 school year -- a focus on the "culture and genuine truth that all kids can learn."  District Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says collaboration will be a main focus with principals and teachers, but also with parents of students.  Another focus is the well-being of secondary students.  Dr. Apthorpe hopes to give students the resources to find acitivities they can find an emotional connection to. 


The 14th annual Jamestown Regional Celtic Festival and Gathering of the Clans is set to get underway this Friday night at Mayville's Lakeside Park with plenty of music, Celtic games and culture....  

Principal Organizer Doug Clark says it's again being put on by the 96th Highlanders Pipes and Drums.  Clark says that the gates open Friday night at 6 and, will feature the first of several musical groups from 7 to 9:30 PM named "Town Pants...."

Clark says the festival gets into full swing on Saturday morning, with three Celtic bands and, the pipe bands playing all day long through 5 PM.  He says their vendors will be near the main entry way.  In addition, Clark says they'll have 27 Heavy Athletes taking part in their annual competition.  For more information... call 484-2833.

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 21, 2019

Flames destroyed a vacant, condemned house on Jamestown's eastside early Tuesday morning.  City Fire Battlion Chief Chris Dahlgren says crews were called to the scene at 319 Haywood Street about 3:40 AM and, found heavy fire coming from each floor and the attic...

Dahlgren says the fire had such a head start, officials called for an emergency demolition of the structure later in the morning.  He says an off-duty shift of 15 firefighters and a shift commander was called in.  He says no one was hurt and, crews were at the scene about six hours.  Dahlgren says there were no services hooked up to the building.  He adds that investigators have completed their preliminary investigation. Anyone with information on the blaze can call the Jamestown Police or Fire Department.


Two Jamestown men are jailed on $75,000 bail each for allegedly assaulting a fellow inmate at the Chautauqua County Jail in Mayville earlier this month....  

Sheriff's deputies say members of their Criminal Investigation Division investigated the assault, which was reported back on August 6th.  Officers say 33 year-old Kyle Kamholtz and 24 year-old Alvin J Jusino assaulted the man.  The victim had to be taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries, and he was later released.  Both Kamholtz and Jusino were arraigned on second-degree assault charges, and returned to the county lock-up.


If you need proof of a strong economy in the United States, go to Cummins' Jamestown Engine Plant in Ashville.  That's what local Congressman Tom Reed did Tuesday afternoon on the occasion of Cummins' 45th anniversary...

Reed presented a special commendation to Plant Manager Anna Dibble to recognize Cummins' anniversary after touring the plant... which is turning out 500-plus heavy-duty vehicle engines daily.  The Corning Republican says it's great to see the company busy, and employing up to 1,700 and, investing millions of dollars to upgrade their production lines.  Dibble is the first woman manager for one of Cummins' major plants.  She says they appreciate the recognition, and noted they officially celebrated the plant's 45th anniversary about two-months ago.  Dibble is a native of Russell, Pennsylvania and, began working at the Jamestown Engine Plant while she was in college nearly three decades ago. 


Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi is looking to check off a "bucket list" of projects before he leaves office at the end of the year and, locating a splash pad in the city is among those....  

Teresi says while a community swimming pool isn't feasible nor affordable, a splash pad, similar to the one in Dunkirk, is.  He made his pitch to the City Council at Monday night's work session and, adds it's affordable, and been very popular in the north county city.

Teresi says the city has been successful in raising money for playground projects and, a more recent one for a new skatepark.  He says the big question is where to put it.  Teresi says the main issue will be parking, so that needs to be considered, along with utilities.  He adds soil conditions will also have to be considered.  Teresi says Dunkirk was able to pay the vast majority of the cost with funding from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Conservation, and the state Consolidated Funding through the Regional Economic Development Council. 


There's a lot of excitement over the filming of 'A Quiet Place 2' in the Buffalo-area, but the camera crew has also been working at some locations in Chautauqua County....  

While he couldn't get into specifics, Film Commissioner Tim Clark of the Buffalo-Niagara Film Office, says the crew has been filming in the town of Dunkirk and other locations in the county.

More and more film makers have been making inquiries about the Western New York area in recent years and, Clark says that's because of New York State's film incentive program.  He says that interest has also extended to Chautauqua County, with a number of movies using the Lake Erie shoreline in the Dunkirk area for filming.  Hollywood star John Krasinski is directing 'A Quiet Place 2" and Clark says Paramount Productions expects the movie to be released in March of 2020. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 20, 2019

It appears one of Jamestown's parks is in line for a new name, possibly by the end of the year...  

A group of northside residents -- and others -- has petitioned the city to rename Chadakoin Park after three northside residents known for their public service.  One of the organizers of the effort, Wanda Cooper, says they want to rename the park "Jackson-Taylor Park."  Cooper says the "Jackson" is for late Jamestown Community College leader Isabelle Jackson.

Cooper says the "Taylor" is for Lula and Vivian Taylor.  Vivan was a long-time Jamestown City Council member who represented the northside ward, while his wife, Lula, represented that area for many years on the Chautauqua County Legislature.  Mayor Sam Teresi says he's pleased to see the petition come forward, and asked lawmakers to put priority on getting the measure approved.

In addition to serving the community politically, the Taylors were also active in preserving local African-American history.  At-Large City Councilwoman Kim Ecklund sits on the city Parks Commission and said she would bring a resolution forward to rename the park after Isabelle Jackson and the Taylors at their next meeting.


Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the nomination of Eric Gertler to serve as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Empire State Development, the state's chief economic development agency....  

He will replace Howard Zemsky, who will remain Chair of the ESD Board.  Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says he is pleased that Zemsky will continue to play a role with ESD.

Gertler is executive chairman of U.S. News & World Report and, worked as co-publisher of the New York Daily News from 2015 to 2017.  While he is pleased that Gertler comes from the private sector, Borrello says he will reserve judgement until he sees whether Gertler will carry-on Zemsky's work.


New York state officials are asking the public to help choose a new license plate design....  

Governor Andrew Cuomo says people can vote on the governor's website now for one of five plate designs.  Four of the designs include the Statue of Liberty while one features the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge over the Hudson River.  Voting runs through September 2nd.  The design with the most votes will become available in April.  They will replace the state's blue-and-white plates, most of which are more than 10 years old.  As vehicle owners renew their registrations, owners with license plates 10 years old or older will be issued new plates for a $25 fee.


Chautauqua County's top-elected official says he has a "unique perspective" to bring to Albany and, that's why residents should elect him for the State Senate....  

County Executive George Borrello brought his campaign to the Noon Rotary Club meeting at the Doubletree in Jamestown yesterday afternoon, and, says the county "cannot afford" to have lack of representation now that Cathy Young has taken a position in the private sector.

Until he became executive, Borrello says he owned his own marketing business in the north county for about three decades.  He is now into his second-year as County Executive.  Borrello says more leaders with that kind of experience are needed in Albany.  He says there are several people that serve in Albany that have business experience but, only one other in the Senate who has been a county leader.  Borrello's Democratic opponent is Austin Morgan of Delevan.  Morgan spoke to the Noon Rotary Club last month.

The invasive Water Chestnuts discovered earlier this month in the outlet area of Chautauqua Lake were in the early stages of growth... but, lake groups and others are being vigilant to make sure they don't take hold....

 That from Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance Executive Director Erin Brickley, who says employees of the Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management -- or PRISM -- found two full grocery bags of Water Chestnuts earlier this month.

Brickley says the aquatic plants were found in the outlet area between Carlson's Boat Livery in Celoron, and McCrea Point Park Boat launch in Jamestown, where they had been first detected in 2015.  She says there's a lot of information at the state Department of Environmental Conservation's website.  She adds there are two ways to contact officials if you see Water Chestnuts in the lake.  Brickley says you should call the Roger Tory Peterson Institute at 665-2473 or Western New York PRISM at 878-4708.


The newest business in the village of Celoron has made another contribution to the community, one that's already been embraced by basketball fans....  

The owner of the Chautauqua Harborfront Hotel, David Hart, and his partner, Peter Krog, decided they wanted to donate a new basketball court to replace the old one near the lake, which was small, and aged.  Hart hosted an unveiling of the court Monday afternoon and, says he and Krog approached Mayor Scot Schrecengost about the idea about a year ago.

Schrecengost thanked Hart for their latest contribution, and says it's really a "great enhancement" to Lucille Ball Memorial Park, in addition to the new Boardwalk, which was on full display during the recent Dragon Boat races on the lake. 


A groomsman was arrested for petty larceny for allegedly stealing the newlywed's cards with gifts inside them...  

Jamestown police were called to investigate the theft, which occurred last Friday at 120 Chandler Street.  Officers determined 30 year-old Kevin Klemens, of Jamestown, took the items.  He was taken into custody to the city jail and is held on bail. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 19, 2019

Some strong thunderstorms last Saturday afternoon produced strong winds that damaged a dock and a couple of boats on Chautauqua Lake near Lakewood and Ashville.....  

However, Forecaster Jon Hitchcock with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says the damage was not caused by a tornado.  Hitchcock says the storm was one in a series that came through between 3 and 3:30 PM.

Hitchcock says these kinds of storms are not unusual during this time of year when you get a rush of "rain-cooled" air that results in "micro-bursts."  Also Sunday, he confirmed for us that a water spout was spotted on Lake Erie Saturday morning, which he says is common this time of year on the Great Lakes.  No other significant damage was reported from Saturday or Sunday's morning storms.  Hitchcock says we'll remain in this pattern through the early part of this week.  But, later we'll begin to see cooler, drier air making it's way into the region later in the week.

 

Federal lawmakers have been able to take some action regarding the recent plague of gun violence in the United States, and has approved a couple of measures signed into law....  

Local Congressman Tom Reed says these actions were not necessarily covered extensively by the media, but will hopefully help.  Reed says he supports measures like the "Fix the Nix" Act that was approved and signed into law that allows for better exchanging background check information.  He also touted one that provides more funding for school resource officers.

Reed says both measures were pushed by the bi-partisan Problem Solver's Caucus that he co-chairs.  Both items were approved before the most recent shootings in California, Texas and Ohio.  But, Reed is hoping lawmakers can do more once they return from their August recess.  The Corning Republican made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.

 

In New York government news, Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to create a new crime of domestic terrorism for mass shootings or other large-scale killings motivated by bias.....  

The Democrat says his proposal would apply to acts like the recent mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, where authorities say the shooter targeted Mexicans.  He cited other shootings in recent years targeting Jewish people, the LGBTQ community and African Americans.  The proposed Hate Crimes Domestic Terrorism Act would apply to mass-casualty incidents resulting in death and injury that targeted victims based on factors including race, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, religion or sexual orientation.  Those found guilty of the crime would face life in prison without parole - the same penalty prescribed in the state's existing anti-terror law.


Jamestown's Geer-Dunn Company is celebrating a century in business this year....  

Two men from Warren, Clifton Geer and Clair Dunn, started the office supply store on Cherry Street in 1919.  Current owner, Dave Jaroszynski, is just the second owner, acquiring the business in 1970.  

For the last three decades, the store has been located on Prendergast Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets.  As retailing has changed, Jaroszynski believes service has kept Geer-Dunn as the first choice for customers, as they can solve problems quickly.  Dave's children, John and Michele, are among the six employees at Geer-Dunn today.


A National Rifle Association leader-turned-critic is meeting with New York investigators this week and, the NRA wants to be there... 

 New York's attorney general's office is questioning Oliver North on Tuesday as it probes whether the NRA broke laws governing its nonprofit status.  The NRA asked a judge Friday to let it in the meeting, saying it would be "severely prejudiced" if privileged information is divulged.  New York Attorney General Letitia James says that her office is fair and that she's rejecting the NRA's "scare tactics."  The NRA is facing several legal battles. 


A Ripley man has been arrested for allegedly damaging property belonging to someone else early last weekend....  

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on East Lake Road in Ripley about 10 PM last Friday for a disorderly person.  When deputies arrived, they found that 44 year-old Matthew Fowler damaged the other person's property.  Fowler was arrested and charged with fourth-degree Criminal Mischief and, he was sent to the county jail for centralized arraignment.

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News Headlines for Sat., Aug. 17, 2019

Convicted Felon arrested for allegedly being in possession of loaded rifle...
A convicted Felon from Sherman has been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of a loaded rifle when he was prohibited from doing so.  Sheriff's officers say they checked on a suspicious vehicle on Main Street in Sherman shortly before 1 a.m. Friday... and, found the driver was 29 year-old William Sloan.  Sloan was found with the rifle, and a background check revealed the prior convictions.  Sloan was arrested on one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.... and, sent to the county jail pending arraignment.


Annual "Cruisin'" in downtown Jamestown draws about 200 classic and vintage cars...
There was a big 'street party' in downtown Jamestown Friday night.  The band 'In Crowd' entertained as throngs of people came to look at the cars... close to 200 of them... assembled for the annual Cruise-In.  The event is organized by the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce, whose coordinator is Joanna Dahlbeck... who says it's a great way to bring the community downtown and have fun.  'Der Kobblers' Car Club helps put on the show. While most of the vehicles were not to be touched, it was just the opposite for Josh Koch.  He encourages people to make chalk drawings on the 'flat finish' of his Volkswagon super beetle, which gives them something fun to do.  Despite some rain nearby, the Cruise-In escaped all but a brief sprinkle.   


More severe thunderstorms possible through weekend in Jamestown area...
Thunderstorms reaching severe levels hit parts of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties late Thursday night, and early Friday... causing some storm damage and even large hail.  That from Meteorologist Jon Hitchcock with the National Weather Service in Buffalo... who says the main storm formed in Northwest Pennsylvania, and moved through southwestern Chautauqua County, and produced gusty winds, and some fairly large hail.  Hitchcock says the area may see another round of strong to severe thunderstorms on this afternoon... and, he says "keep an eye to the sky" today.  Besides the hail... strong, damaging winds were reported in Clymer and, Yorkshire... and, a 58 mph wind gust was reported in Delevan in Cattaraugus County.


Tenth anniversary of Silver Creek Floods looked back on...
It was 10 years ago this month when some of the worst flash flooding in memory hit the villages of Silver Creek and Gowanda.  The severity of the flooding drew the attention of then-Governor David Patterson... who visited the area during recovery efforts.  Patterson was quick to thank the volunteers and other rescuers involved in evacuating people who needed to be, and for keeping damage as minimal as possible.  Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello recalls the floods that hit in August of 2009 since his hometown was devastated by the high waters.  Borrello says he remembers working with former County Executives Greg Edwards, and Vince Horrigan.  At the time... Horrigan was the local director of the American Red Cross.  Since the floods of 10 years ago, Borrello says we are better off in some ways.  He is still pushing for a study of Silver Creek in an effort to find out what can be done to help mitigate future flooding. 


Grand Prix Boat races set for Dunkirk this weekend...
Thousands of people are expected to come to Dunkirk's waterfront to watch the Great Lakes Off Shore Grand Prix this weekend.  The President of Race World Offshore Larry Bliel says time testing will take place on today to check their propellers and gearing for their engines.  In addition... Bliel says the competition will hit the waters of Lake Erie on Sunday... beginning about Noon.  He says the actual races will run about 2 to 4 p.m.  Dunkirk city officials say that a study of last year's boat races concluded that it had an estimated impact of $10 million on the regional economy.  This year, the New York State "I Love New York" program joined local and county officials in marketing the event. 


The 50th anniversary celebration of Woodstock underway at original site in the Catskills...
Arlo Guthrie sand "The Times They Are-a-Changin'" for reporters as tie-dyed pilgrims converged at the site of the Woodstock concert to mark the festival's 50th anniversary.  Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is hosting events through Sunday at the bucolic 1969 concert site in the Catskill Mountains... about 80 miles northwest of New York City.  Guthrie performed Thursday evening before an outdoor screening of the concert documentary on the famous field. 

 

 

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 16, 2019

A high speed chase that started in the City of Jamestown ended with three people arrested in the Town of Sherman early Wednesday morning....  

Jamestown Police say a white Chrysler sedan was seen speeding on West 10th Street towards North Main just before 2:30 AM.  Police say they also saw the vehicle allegedly fail to stop at the intersection and refused to pull over for a traffic stop.  City police were led in pursuit onto Interstate-86 to the Falconer exit and back into the city. However, the sedan began to travel in the wrong direction on I-86.  The pursuit ended on the Interstate near the Sherman exit with assistance from the Ellicott Police Department and Sheriff's Deputies, who successfully deployed spike strips.  Further investigation revealed the driver -- 23 year-old Tyler Tedesco -- was under the influence of drugs. He faces 19 vehicle and traffic charges including DWAI-drugs and drug possession.  Police say the two passengers,   23 year-old Corina Baker and 22 year-old Corey Jackson were each charged with second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  All three are being held in the Jamestown City Jail pending arraignment. 


A Jamestown man has pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally receiving firearms from out of state, and, possessing cocaine.....  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 29 year-old Tyler Anderson entered the guilty plea in U-S District Court to conspiracy to transfer firearms purchased outside of state of residency, and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.  Prosecutors say that between December of 2017 and late March of 2018, Anderson, who was involved in narcotics trafficking, conspired with another man to transport firearms from Pennsylvania to New York.  At Anderson's direction, the man bought three rifles and a shot-gun under his own name but, brought them to Anderson's home on Willard Street Extension.  During a raid on Anderson's home, police recovered about 62 grams of cocaine, along with the purchased firearms, and 11 others.  The other man has been convicted and, sentencing for Anderson is set for next November 21st.


Local Congressman Tom Reed is sticking to his guns -- literally -- when it comes to the ongoing debate over gun control in the wake of recent mass shootings across the nation....  

The Corning Republican was asked this week about what he would support as debate continues during Congresses late Summer recess.  Reed says the two measures approved by the Democrat-led House earlier this year is a non-starter for him.

That legislation was back by most House Democrats and some Republicans.  Reed says he would prefer keeping guns from people who are psychopathic or have mental health issues, and those who have committed crimes with guns.  He also voiced opposition to eliminating high-capacity magazines, including the 100-round high capacity drums that are currently legal.  He says he would rather focus on "who" is pulling the trigger as opposed to the object.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.


A Jamestown man was arrested late Wednesday night for allegedly shooting a handgun at a moving vehicle.... 

City Police say they met with the unidentified victim earlier in the morning and, learned the suspect struck the woman multiple times with a pistol.  Identified as 25 year-old Bless Grant, officers also accuse him of holding the victim against her will and threatening to kill her.  As she drove away from the West 8th Street location,  Grant allegedly fired four-shots at the victim's car -- striking the trunk door.  He was arrested later at his home and, charges with first-degree charges of reckless endangerment, assault, and unlawful imprisonment.


A big celebration of labor is being planned for Jamestown's Bergman Park two weeks from this Sunday....  

The city's 40th annual Labor Day Festival will be held on Sunday, September 1st and, officials are excited about this year's event.  City Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley, who is the main organizer for the event, held the final meeting of the Labor Day Committee yesterday at the park.  She thanked everyone who helps put on the festival.

Ciesla-Hanley says there will be plenty of activites for everyone, including kids events, and plenty for the adults.  She says the annual George Ritzer Labor Award will be presented at the Main Stage at 4 PM and, the fireworks show begins at 9 PM.  This year, a new vendor, Pyrotecnics of New Castle, Pennsylvania, will provide the fireworks.  Ciesla-Hanley says they have a couple of new vendors this year, including Basil and Bones.  She says they're also excited by their musical entertainment that'll be on two stages again this year.  They've added "Uptown Fever" on the Main Stage starting at 12:30 PM. 


The Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District board has accepted the recommendations of the State Comptroller's Office regarding regular financial records reviews....  

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says those records need more stingent reviews to ensure that cash receipts are properly recorded, and deposited in the bank and that disbursements were properly supported and approved for district purposes.  DiNapoli says the fact they were not properly recorded and deposited in the bank allowed the Assistant Treasurer for the district to steal $4,100 between 2012 and 2017.  She later admitted to the thefts, and resigned from her position. 


Local car enthusiasts will be able to get their fill tonight in downtown Jamestown when the annual "Crusin'" hits the streets....  

It's being put on by the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce and, will feature dozens of classic and vintage and, newer cars from across the region.  Chamber Spokesperson Sheila Webster says the program runs from 5 to 10 PM.

Sheila adds there will also be other activites aside from being able to look at the cars, including food trucks and other vendors, plus kids activities.  There will also be music at Third and Main Streets.  Webster says the downtown streets will be closed off, starting at 3 PM and will include:  Third Street between Spring and Washington Street and all cross streets between Second and Fourth Streets including Pine, Main, and Cherry Streets.  


Former state senator Cathy Young says she's seeing some exciting advancements coming to agriculture.... 

Now the director of the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell, Young told the Farmer-Neighbor Dinner earlier this week about a pair of researchers who are using lasers to zap bee mites. The system detects the mites and destroys them without hurting the bees.  Another innovation comes from a scientist who found that short bursts of UV light, fired off at night from a farm implement or robot, can destroy powedery mildew.  Young's office is located at the Cornell research facility at Geneva.  She says she wants to hear from people who have ideas related to food, beverages and agriculture.  

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 15, 2019

A Jamestown man was fatally injured in a two-vehicle crash on Route 394 in the Town of Poland on Wednesday....  

Sheriff's Officers responded to the scene with various other agencies shortly after 3 PM.  Their investigation revealed 67 year-old Terry Telschow was traveling west on Route 394 when he apparently crossed the center line and collided head-on with an eastbound vehicle operated by 35 year-old Landon Armstrong, of Conewango Valley.  Deputies say Armstrong was transported by ambulance to UPMC Chautauqua for evaluation but did not appear to have any significant injuries. Telschow suffered serious injuries and was flown by Mercy Flight to ECMC where he later died. No charges are being filed in the incident.  Deputies were assisted by Criminal Investigation Division; State Police; Frewsburg, Kennedy, and Falconer Fire Departments; Chautauqua County Fire Police; County Fire Coordinators; County EMS and Mercy Flight. 


An early morning fire Wednesday destroyed an older, two-story home in downtown Jamestown....  


City fire crews were called to the scene at 618 Pine Street about 6:20 AM.  Battalion Fire Chief Chris Dahlgren says a city police car was already at the scene and, the lone occupant of the home had gotten out safely.

Dahlgren says the home's "balloon style" construction made it difficult to bring the flames under control.  He says the larger volume of fire was put out in about 10 minutes.  However, he says Deputy Fire Chief Sam Salemme ordered an emergency demolition of the structure -- partly because the remaing fire was hard to get to.  Dahlgren says fire got into the stud channels, and went up to the second floor and attic.  Dahlgren says one firefighter suffered minor injuries... and, an off-duty shift of 12 firefighters was called in to assist at the scene.  He says the Red Cross has been called in to assist the victim.  The cause is under investigation.


Chautauqua County is receiving a one-million dollar federal grant to help it obtain the resources needed to help deal with the opioid addiction crisis....  

Local Congressman Tom Reed announced the grant Wednesday from the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program.  Reed says R-CORP is a multi-year initiative aimed at reducing deaths from substance abuse disorder in high-risk rural areas.

County Executive George Borrello expressed his appreciation for the grant... and, added that the collaborative efforts that have taken place in the county are having a "positive impact."  Reed says hopefully this will help mitigate the opioid threat in the county and he's "glad to help."  He adds the U-S Health Resources and Services Administration provides funding for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program to support local efforts to combat the crisis.  Reed made his comments for during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.


A Cattaraugus County woman was arrested on a warrant for animal cruelty charges at the Probation Department in Salamanca last Wednesday.... 

Sheriff's Officers say 42 year-old Krystal Benson -- of Little Valley --  was taken into custody  on multiple Agriculture and Market Law charges, including Neglect of Impounded Animal and Failure to Provide Sustenance.  Deputies say Benson was arraigned and released to appear in Little Valley Court at a later date.  She was then turned over to the Olean Police Department on a separate warrant from their office. 


At the final concert of the summer Wednesday night, the members of the Jamestown Municipal Band honored conductor, Rick Lundquist, for 25 years at the baton....  

Speaking for all the members, clarinetist and band announcer Shaun Laska thanked the director for making the band a 'welcoming place' as well as running the group expertly.  Lundquist said he enjoys keeping the tradition alive for both the band and the community.  The band, made up of professional and amateur musicians, plays around six concerts a year at the Goranson Bandshell in Jamestown's Allen Park. Wednesday's program included some the director's favorites, including music from West Side Story, and a number of Sousa marches.


More than 400 sex abuse lawsuits have been filed across New York on the first day of a new one-year window for older molestation cases....  

Hundreds, if not thousands, of people had been expected to sue as the state allowed molestation lawsuits that had been blocked by the statute of limitations.  As of 5 PM Wednesday, 427 lawsuits had been filed.  The Roman Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts and the estate of the late financier Jeffrey Epstein are among the defendants facing lawsuits.  State lawmakers extended the statute of limitations this year for new victims and gave those with older abuse claims one year to sue their abusers or institutions or businesses that employed them.  New York's old statute of limitations was among America's most restrictive.


An Orchard Park man was arrested for Grand Larceny following an investigation into a series of thefts in Chautauqua County, Pennsylvania and Ohio.....  

Sheriff's Deputies say they received a report that a man allegedly stole a wallet from a purse at the Bemus Point Golf Course back on July 18th.  Officers say, with assistance from Millcreek, Mercyhurst University, Corry and Orchard Park Police Departments, the suspect was identified as 58 year-old Howard Barco.  A warrant was issued for his arrest and Barco was found in the Town of Hamburg.  He was sent to the Chautauqua County Jail for arraignment. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 13, 2019

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The investigation continues into what caused an early morning trailer fire, in which a Kennedy woman was seriously burned yesterday morning.... 

Sheriff's Officers say Kennedy firefighters -- with mutual aid --  were called to 2 Munson Road shortly before 7 AM in the Town of Poland.  Deputies say two people were inside the residence at the time flames broke out and, one person escaped injury.  However,  Police say the other occupant, 66 year-old Linda Hammerbeck, was intially treated at the scene before being flown to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. There's no word on her condition at this time. 

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Kennedy firefighters were called to the scene at 2 Munson Road shortly before 7 AM and Fire Chief Keith Bean says they found the trailer fully-engulfed in flames when they arrived. He says the woman was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital in Jamestown for treatment.   Bean says the trailer home was a total loss and, the cause is under investigation.  Frewsburg firefighters joined Kennedy at the scene, along with County Fire Coordinators.  Randolph was on stand-by.  Crews were at the scene about three-hours.


Two men have been indicted by a federal grand jury of trafficking significant amount of Methamphetamine in the Jamestown area while a person under the age of 18 was present....  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 32 year-old Brandon Smith of Jamestown, and 34 year-old Mark Maio of East Randolph, are charged with narcotics conspiracy, and possession with intent to distribute meth and marijuana.  Kennedy says Maio is also charged with using and maintaining a drug-involved premises and possession with intent to distribute meth on premises where an individual under 18 was present and resided.  Kennedy says the investigation began in May of 2018 and, both men were arrested during a raid of Maio's home back in late January of this year.  If convicted, agents say both men face a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life in prison, and a $10-million fine.


A Warren, Pennsylvania man is being treated for serious injuries at an Erie hospital after his speeding motorcycle struck the back of a Sports Utility Vehicle Sunday night....  

State Police in Warren say 45 year-old Bradley Gern was operating his Harley-Davidson without a helmet on Pleasant Drive just after 9:30 PM when he came upon the SUV, driven by 56 year-old Patricia Fredericks of Warren.  Troopers say Gern hit the brakes but, his bike still struck the back of the vehicle and, he was thrown from the motorcycle.  Police say he was flown to UPMC Hamot for treatment.  No charges have been filed.


A Jamestown man faces several charges for allegedly holding a woman at knifepoint early Saturday morning....  

City police responded to 40 West 8th Street just after 9 AM on a report of a person with a weapon. On arrival, learned 37 year-old Peter Rosado was allegedly holding the knife to a woman in a hostage situation.  Officers say they negotiated with Rosado for a period of time before intervening and arresting him.  While taking him into custody, one officer sustained cuts on his hand from the knife Rosado had.  He's being held in the city jail pending arraignment. 


New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Dunkirk yesterday to get a look at how local officials used $1.5-million to upgrade the Dunkirk Pier....  

The ribbon was cut as part of a $2.5-million grant provided by the Empire State Development Corporation's Smart Growth Community Fund.  Hochul says the program is designed to provide the money, but, allow the localities to determine it's final use.

Hochul was among the VIPs who attended the ribbon cutting and, spoke about the improvements that include increased seating and green space.  She says they've turned the lakeshore area into something that's become a destination point for visitors.  Mayor Willie Rosas says the Dunkirk Pier project is part of an effort to improve the city's waterfront.  Rosas says they have improved their beaches, parks, and now the pier area. 


It's now official,  Paramount Pictures will be using Barcelona Harbor in the Town of Westfield for scenes in its upcoming movie, "A Quiet Place: Part 2."  Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says the filming will take place sometime after Labor Day....


Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says the filming will not only provide the county with an economic shot in the arm, but also give it national exposure.  Tranum says it helps the county's visability and, adds "you can't pay for that kind of advertising."  Empire State Development announced last month that filming in Chautauqua County would take about 10 days.

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 12, 2019

The investigation is continuing into the cause of a smokey blaze at a metal finishing plant in Jamestown's industrial corridor....  

City Fire Battlion Chief Chris Dahlgren says crews were called to a former Crawford Furniture warehouse at 10-70 Allen Street -- near Carolina -- just after 9 AM.  Dahlgren says firefighters found flames inside the International Metal Finishing building.

He says Jamestown called in mutual aid, and an off-shift to deal with the fire.  Dahlgren says they called in assistance from Falconer, Kiantone, Fluvanna, and Lakewood firefighters.  They also called in Chautauqua County HazMat to deal with a fluid spill, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.  Dahlgren says the three firefighters were treated and, later released.  He says no one was inside the building when the blaze broke out, and there was mainly smoke damage inside.  Crews were at the scene until about 4:30 PM Saturday. 


A 17 year-old boy was hurt -- but not seriously -- when his car went off Mutton Hill road in the town of Ellington, and struck a tree....  

Sheriff's officers say the unidentified teen was traveling on the road just before Midnight Saturday when the accident occured.  Deputies say the teen was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  Another 17 year-old in the car was not hurt.  No other vehicles were involved.  Officer say the driver was found to be operating past 9 PM on a DJ license.  He was ticketed for that, and failure to keep right in Ellington Town Court.


The Jamestown Post-Journal will be publishing one weekend paper, starting at the end of this month....  

In it's Sunday edition, the paper said it will present a new edition called "The Weekender" starting on Saturday, August 31st.  Currently, the Post-Journal has both Saturday and Sunday editions.  The paper's staff says The Weekender will have "everything you look forward to in both your Saturday and Sunday newspapers.  The Weekender edition will be delivered to home delivery subscribers, stores and vending machines on Saturday morning and continue to be available in vending machines and stores on Sundays."  The story also notes that their on-line edition will also "continue to be a source of enhanced information.  News and sports events that happen Saturdays will be available through our web site and app throughout the weekend."  The Weekender will also include Sunday comics, inserts, and expanded classifieds.  The Post-Journal adds there will be no change in subscription rates.


Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Bob Woodward says the Trump administration represents a ‘growing crisis in our country’ and suggests everyone should ask, “What have done to ourselves?”... with a President who has 'destroyed the common agreement of what is a fact.'  

Woodward was bought to Jamestown by the Robert H. Jackson Center and spoke Sunday at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.   As a Washington Post reporter, Woodward helped uncover the full dimension of Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal.   He says the kind of things Nixon uttered privately on his tapes, President Trump says out loud on the White House driveway and in tweets.   Regarding social media, Bob Woodward believes people shouldn’t ‘wring their hands over it’, adding “We have a First Amendment… thank God.”  Now an Associate Editor at the Washington Post, Woodward admitted he has a Facebook account, but he doesn’t look at it often.


There was a great turn-out on a nearly ideal day last Saturday for the fourth-annual Dragon Boat Races off Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron.... 

Dragon Boat Committee Co-Chairperson Heather Nolan says they had nearly 30 teams that took part in the day of races along the Chautauqua Lake shoreline.  Nolan, who works for the Chautauqua Lake Association, says it's a fund-raiser for the organization.  She adds that they more than doubled the two professional teams they had last year to this year.

Nolan says the dragon boats have 10 or 20 paddlers, who paddle to the beat of a drummer in the front of the boats.  She says it's important for everyone to be "in sinc" when they're paddling.  Nolan says "if you're out of sync, the person behind you gets splashed."  Several vendors took part and, they also had the annual "Rubber Ducky" race, sponsored by the Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union.  Nolan adds they also got a lot of support from the village of Celoron and, Meals on Wheels hosted a pancake breakfast there Saturday morning. 


Some public libraries are dealing with so many patrons struggling with poverty, drug addiction or mental illness that a growing number have put social workers on staff.....  

The Queens Public Library in New York City is one of them.  It has a full-time social worker assisting patrons who take refuge in the stacks and rely on the library for access to social services.  Other libraries have been training their staff to step in when a patron is suicidal or to administer an antidote to those who overdose on opioids.  That's caused debate among librarians about whether their changing role requires them to do work that goes uncomfortably far beyond their skill set.  Some say their expertise is in books, not social work, and they aren't trained or equipped to provide such services.

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News Headlines for Sat., Aug. 10, 2019

Sheriff's office identifies teen that drowned in Lake Erie near Ripley Thursday night...
Member of the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department WET Team recovered the body of a Waterford, Pennsylvania teenager who drown while swimming in rough water on Lake Erie near Ripley Beach.  Officers were called to scene about 6 p.m. Thursday for a man who was in distress, and late Friday recovered the body of 19 year-old Alex Musser.  Deputies say Musser was one of four people had gone to the beach to go cliff-jumping... when he and another 19 year-old man jumped into the rough waters.  Deputies say on arrival.... one of the teens was found on some rocks at the bottom of a cliff.  Firefighters assisted the County Technical Rescue Team to pull the male to safety and he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.  Officers say Musser was unable to get out of the water and already drowned when first responders arrived.  Several other agencies assisted.  Deputies say foul play was not involved.


Big Saturday night for Maniscalco at Comedy Festival expected after big Friday night with Mulaney...
Downtown Jamestown will again be bustling tonight with the last big day of laughs at the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.  Hundreds of people -- many from out-of-town -- were here for two sold-out performances last night by star stand-up comedian John Mulaney at the Northwest Arena.  That's not all... another 4,000 or so people are expected for tonight's two performances by fellow stand-up Sebastian Maniscalco.  Legendary Comic Lewis Black says getting three big names for a festival is a rare feat.  In addition to Mulaney, and Maniscalco... Brian Reagan appeared at Chautauqua Institution.  He says to have three of the top 20 comedians in the industry appearing in the same area over several days just "doesn't happen."  Maniscalco is fresh off an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live this past week.  His early show tonight begins at 5 p.m., while the late show is at 8... both at the Northwest Arena.  For more information... go to www.comedycenter.org.


Jamestown Public Market in "Lucy" mode for Saturday...
The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival will also have a lot of street activity today... and, some of that will be at the weekly Jamestown Public Market on Cherry Street.  Vendors will be on hand... starting at 10 AM... and, running until 2 PM between West Second and Third Streets.  Public Market Manager Linnea Carlson says they're always excited about being in the middle of the action during the comedy festival... which says says has historically been their best day during the year when they are open.  She adds there will also be an ice cream truck on hand selling tasty treats to local residents... as well as the out-of-towners who are here for the comedy festival.  She adds they'll also have some "Lucy" impersonators on hand... and, some will bring a trailer full of Lucy memorabilia.  Carlson says they'll also have a comedy troup that'll be part of the activities.  "Karate Sleepover" will be part of the fun.  Several local farm and other agri-businesses take part in the Jamestown Public Market... which is put on by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation each Saturday through October. 


Former NY Gov. David Paterson remarrying today...
Former New York Governor David Paterson is getting remarried.  The Daily News reports that Paterson will wed Mary Sliwa today in Manhattan at a venue overlooking the East River.  Sliwa works at an investment firm where Paterson also has worked.  The newspaper says former New York City Mayor David Dinkins will perform the ceremony before about 200 guests.  This will be a second marriage for Paterson, a Democrat who served as governor from 2008 to 2010.  He proposed in May at his 65th birthday party.  Sliwa was previously married to Curtis Sliwa, who founded the Guardian Angels and once co-hosted a radio show with Paterson.  Paterson recently announced that he has joined Las Vegas Sands Corporation to lead the casino and resort developer's push for a casino in New York City.


 

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 9, 2019

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is continuing to search for a drowning victim in the area of Ripley Beach....  

Deputies were called to scene about 6 PM last night, alongside Westfield Police and several other agencies for a male who was in distress.  Investigation revealed four people had gone to the beach to go cliff-jumping into Lake Erie, when two 19 year-old males jumped into the rough waters.  Deputies say on arrival, one of the teens was found on some rocks at the bottom of a cliff.  Firefighters assisted the County Technical Rescue Team to pull the male to safety and he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.  Officers say the other 19 year-old was allegedly unable to get out of the water and already drowned when first responders arrived.  Due to rough water conditions, Police say the victim has not yet been found and recovery operations are on-going at this time. 


An investigation into the sales and distribution of illegal drugs between Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties has led to 8 arrests...  

The probe involving a number of police agencies, resulted in raids late Tuesday night at two residences according to Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone.  He says a large quantity of narcotics were seized at locations in Conewango Valley and the town of Ellicott, including pscyhedellic mushrooms and methamphetamine. 

Quattrone is reminding county residents that they can play a role in helping law enforcement clamp down on spread of illegal drugs, by reporting any suspicious drug activity to your local department's Tip-line.  The Sheriff credits the cooperation of the various agencies involved in the investigation, including the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force.


The investigation into an alleged kidnapping attempt led to the arrest of a Falconer woman for falsely reporting an incident.... 

Ellicott Town Police say they received a complaint rerportedly occurring at Falconer Park on July 24.  Officers say their investigation concluded yesterday and, accuse 21 year-old Tracey Dalton of additionally making a punishable false written statement. Dalton was issued an appearance ticket for Ellicott Town Court at a later date. 


Saturday is the annual dragon boat race day at Celoron.  John Siggins of the race committee says they'll have a full day of excitement in the water near Lucille Ball Park.....

The event begins at 8 AM Saturday and continues through early afternoon.  The public is welcome, and vendors will be set up in the park along the boardwalk. The day will start with a pancake breakfast put on by Meals on Wheels, and end with the traditional 'rubber ducky' race to benefit Chautauqua Lake.  Another of the committee members, Justice Joseph Gerace, says the exercise provided by dragon boating is particularly beneficial for people who've had breast surgery and they'd like to have it around all the time.  More information on tomorrow's events in Celoron can be found at chqdragonrace.org.


A new back-to-school tradition is going on at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood in an effort to support the Jamestown Local Schools LEAP program. Marketing Director at the Chautauqua Mall Kate Miller says the "Stuff a Bus" event runs now through August 18th.

Miller says the Frewburg Central School District has donated a small school bus for the event. A complete list of schools supplies needed can be found at CHQMall.com. However, Miller says they're in need of pens, pencils, folders, notebooks crayons and, less-common items such as earbuds too.  As the grand finale, Miller says Chautuauqua Mall is hosting a Back-to-School Party on August 17th from 11AM to 1:30 PM.  Guests can enjoy crafts, a bouncy-house, selfie stations and more. Call Kate for additional info at 763-9355, extension 8225. 


Health officials say they've confirmed five cases of measles in a Mennonite community in western New York....  

The state Health Department says Thursday the cases of the highly contagious respiratory disease were recorded in Wyoming County. The department has issued an advisory to notify regional health care providers of the potential for exposure.  Amid the nation's worst measles outbreak in decades, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in June signed a law ending all non-medical exemptions for vaccines required for children to attend school in the state.  The Centers for Disease Control has counted nearly 1,200 cases of measles in 30 states so far this year. About three-quarters of the cases are linked to outbreaks in New York.


The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities says district customers may see slight disturbances, due to a leak repair on a District Heating line...  

BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says crews are repairing a line near the Harrison Street Bridge project.  Customers may see disturbances such as cooler water or low water pressure.  There's no time-estimate for repair known at this time.   For more information, contact the BPU at 661-1680.

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 8. 2019

The Chautauqua County Water Emergency Team rescued a despondent male in the Village of Cassadaga Tuesday afternoon.... 

Sheriff's Officers responded to Mill Street just before 2 PM and while speaking to the male subject, he reportedly fled into the swampy canal behind the street.  The Sheriff's WET Team searched the area, but were unable to immediately locate him.  Deputies say team members used a small boat to search further down the canal and the male was located about a half-a-mile from where he entered the water.  Officers say he was struggling in the water prior to being rescued and taken safely to shore.  Cassadaga Fire EMS crews gave the subject an evaluation on scene and, he was later transferred to UPMC Chautauqua for a mental health evaluation.  Environmental Conservation Police also assisted deputies in the search.


A Jamestown teenager was arrested Tuesday afternoon for allegedly assaulting employees at a G-A Family Services residence where he lived....  

City Police were called to 200 Gustavus Avenue for a disorderly person and, staff reported a 17 year-old male resident was non-compliant and refused to follow staff instructions. When the teen returned to his room, police say he allegedly attacked the staff. One employee sufferred non-life-threatening injuries, while a second was also struck and spit on during the altercation.  The male was taken into custody by officers and charged with third-degree assault and second-degree harassment. 


The Brooklyn Square eatery that was Friendly's will re-open Friday as 'Jimmy's Family Restaurant.'   

Local owner, Vince DeJoy, says the renovated facility will have a real local feel and look with a large mural displaying the history of Brooklyn Square.The manager under Friendly's, Marcy Parenti, will be back to run the new restaurant.  She says they've taken some of the old favorites and 'kicked them up a notch' including the honey barbequed chicken supermelt, and reuben sandwich.  Parenti adds they will be offering 'lots' of Hersheys Ice Cream.  


Sixty-eight years after the classic TV show 'I Love Lucy' took the air, it's effect is still profound....  

Those are the feelings of Diane Vincent, who's back in Jamestown to play Lucy Recardo for the Comedy Festival.  She performs the same role at Universal Studios in California.

This is Diane Vincent's 20th Comedy Festival.  She recalls the early dreams of a National Comedy Center in Jamestown, and calls what's happened in the last year 'extraordinary.'  Vincent and Rhonda Medina, who plays Ethel, will join local performer Adam Owens to present 'Lucy and Ethel's Rootin', Tootin' Western Review' in the Cappa Theater at the Jackson Center Friday afternoon at 4:30 and Saturday at 1:30 and 4:30 PM.  Tickets through the National Comedy Center. 


Jamestown's week of comedy and fun will take a serious turn on Sunday when renowned journalist and author Bob Woodward comes to speak at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts....  

His appearance is sponsored by the Robert H. Jackson Center.  Center President Kristan McMahon says his topic will be 'Have We Forgotten the Lessons of Watergate.'  Woodward is a longtime reporter for the Washington Post who's won Pultizer Prizes for his coverage of the Watergate scandal in the Nixon administration, as well as the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  Ticket through the Reg box office start at $35. Those buying the highest tier of tickets, at $150, will get a signed copy of his most recent book, "Fear: Trump in the White House", and the opportunity to meet Woodward after his speech.  The program starts at 5 PM on Sunday.


Federal prosecutors in New York have dropped some charges against a U.S. congressman indicted in a federal insider trading case....
 

U.S. Rep. Chris Collins was dropped from three counts in a rewritten indictment filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court.
 Collins, a Republican, has pleaded not guilty in the criminal case set for trial next year.
 Prosecutors said in a letter to the trial judge that the charges were modified to avoid a delay in the case.
 They say the charges prompted Collins to complain that he was being accused of wrongdoing over statements related to a speech and debate clause that protects members of congress from being prosecuted for legislative acts.
 Collins was originally indicted in August 2018. His district covers part of western New York between Buffalo and Rochester. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 6, 2019

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is investigating a boat crash that occurred near Sunset Bay in the town of Hanover....  

WJTN News has learned that a 23-foot Cuddy-Cabin crashed into the break wall around 2:30 am  Monday morning.  Sheriff's Officers indicate several agencies were involved in a three-hour search for the occupants of the vessel, which ended when 40 year-old Robert Bengert, of Blazdel was found.  Deputies say Bengert was a passenger on the boat at the time of the accident and further investigation identified 54 year-old Scott Schieder, of Cheektowaga as the operator. Schieder reportedly left the scene without reporting the crash and both men sufferred minor injuries.  Deputies say charges are pending the outcome of the investigation. Sunset Bay Fire Department, Lake Erie Beach Fire Department, Erie County Air One, Chautauqua County Water Emergency Team, and the Chautauqua County Navigation Unit all assisted in the search.


Reports say that thousands of New Yorkers could lose food stamp benefits under reforms being proposed by the Trump Administration....  

Local Congressman Tom Reed says he understands what the White House is proposing to do with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- otherwise known as SNAP.

Reed, who spoke about the reforms during a conference call late last week, indicated he had some changes he would like to see implemented.  The Corning Republican says he would like to see the welfare cliffs "harmonized" between the agencies involved.  The Trump administration’s proposed reforms involve rule changes outlined by the Department of Agriculture back in April. 

 
New York state officials say police will be cracking down on speeders through this Wednesday....  

The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee says agencies around the state will conduct a crackdown as part of "Speed Awareness Week."  The campaign includes high-profile enforcement activity along with public service messages.  An analysis from the University at Albany's Rockefeller College shows fatal crashes in New York caused by speeding increased during the summer, with many occurring between Noon and 6 PM.


The 2019 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, which begins this Wednesday night, may be the best one ever given the number of big names that'll be in Jamestown for this year's event..... 

Those are the feelings of National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson, who says the most demand has been for the two headliner shows:  John Mulaney's two performances on Friday, August 9th and, Sebastian Maniscalco's two shows on Saturday, August 10th.

Gunderson says, many people believe the best shows are the Late Night Comedy shows that feature up-and-coming Comedians and one of those is already sold out.  She adds there's also the educational component, with veteran stand-up artist Lewis Black doing another seminar at the Comedy Center on Wednesday night.  Gunderson says Black's seminar called "Stand-Up BS" runs about 70 minutes.  Black did one of his stand-up comedy seminars last week during the week on comedy at Chautauqua Institution.  More than 30 events are on the schedule for the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival and, you can learn more at ComedyCenter.ORG.


Former State Senator Cathy Young will make one of her first major public appearances in Chautauqua County since leaving the senate a week from today, when she addresses the annual Farmer-Neighbor Dinner....  

Young left her elected post to become director of New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell.  The Farmer-Neighbor Dinner Chairperson, Lindsay Eckman, says they are looking forward to hearing how she continues to have an impact on agriculture. The farmer-neighbor event will be held at the Grandview of Ellington at 6 PM next Tuesday (August 13th).  The dinner features locally sourced food, and the presentation of three agricultural awards, as well.  Tickets are available from the Soil and Water Conservation District office on Fluvanna Avenue in Jamestown, and Farm Credit in Mayville.  


Large group insurers are now required to cover all medically necessary mammograms for women age 35 to 39 in New York state.... 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation making the change on Friday.  Under current law, many insurance companies are only required to cover mammograms for women older than 40.  The measure is known as Shannon's Law after Shannon Saturno, a Long Island woman who died from breast cancer at age 31.  Senator Monica Martinez, a Long Island Democrat who sponsored the bill, says it's imperative to ensure that women under 40 have access to potentially life-saving early screening.

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 5, 2019

A 56 year-old woman has died after reportedly drowning when her car went off Hoag Road in the town of Harmony last Saturday night and, landed in a private pond.....  


Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene about 11:30 last Saturday night and, found the vehicle had entered the pond.  Officers called in the Chautauqua County WET Team,  which soon after found the vehicle, and located the woman dead inside the car.  The vehicle and victim were removed from the scene... and, the Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the incident.


A north county man has been arrested for vehicular assault after a passenger in his car was seriously hurt in a single-car accident in the town of Arkwright early last weekend...  

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Route 83 and found the driver, 39 year-old Jeffery Ortel of Dunkirk, was impaired by a combination of drugs and alcohol.  Deputies say a passenger in Ortel's car, who was not identified, was taken to Brook's Hospital in Dunkirk for treatment.  Ortel was taken into custody for second-degree vehicular assault, and driving while ability impaired by drugs and alcohol and, sent to the county jail pending arraignment.


The tradition of the Gerry Rodeo will go well beyond this past week's 75th anniversary event....  

Spokesman Paul Cooley says members of the Gerry Fire Department voted unanimously Saturday afternoon to host the Professional Cowboys and Cowgirls Rodeo Association for another five-years,  Cooley says details of who will run the rodeo, and other logistics will be worked out over the next couple of months.  This year's event also featured a number of past "Rodeo Queens" returning for the anniversary and, a large number of food and other vendors on the grounds.  Cooley says they will talk with their stock provider, Painted Pony out of Lake Luzerne, New York, about next year's rodeo,soon.

 Two standing room-only crowds capped off the 75th anniversary Gerry Rodeo as the four-nights of action and pagentry concluded last Saturday night.  Spokesman Paul Cooley says it was a perfect four-days and, locals and out-of-towners turned out and packed the grandstand off Route 60.

Cooley adds the Rodeo may have also set a record for Beef Barbecue dinners served.  He says they sold at least 900 more meals Saturday night, unofficially making it $3,500 over the four-days.  Cooley says one of the high-lights of the week was the entertainment provided by Rodeo Clown, Keith Isley, who brought his trained horses, and other acts to the rodeo.  He says people were also entertained by four consecutive night's of fireworks and patriotic music to conclude each program.  He says the biggest surprise of the week was provided by young Parker Kempfer of Florida, a rookie who scored 82 points Saturday night to win the saddle bronc competition.  About $50,000 in prize money was handed out at the Rodeo.


In New York State government news.... 

New York state is preparing to review its high school graduation requirements, including the make-or-break Regents exams that students have taken for more than 100 years.  Chancellor Betty Rosa of the policy-making Board of Regents initiated the discussion following another round of graduation rates that, while inching upward, remain stubbornly separated by race, poverty and special needs.  A commission is expected to report its findings next year.


The city of Jamestown is joining the nation in celebrating it's farmer's market.....  

Mayor Sam Teresi was on hand last weekend to proclaim it as National Farmers Market Week in Jamestown now through next Saturday.  Speaking alongside Jamestown Public Market Manager Linnea Carlson, Teresi talked about how having a public market has enhanced the experience in Jamestown for residents and, out-of-towners.  He recalled a breakfast meeting he had recently at the new Doubletree by Hilton on West Fourth Street.

Teresi noted that he had tried to get a Farmer's Market going in the downtown area when he was city Development Director back in the late 1980s and 1990s.  However, it didn't happen until a few years ago.  Carlson was pleased with the turn-out and, agreed with Teresi about the economic impact farmers and public markets have nationwide.  Locally, she says there's about a 2-to-1 return on money spent here.  The Jamestown Public Market is held each Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM on Cherry Street between West Second and Third Streets.


New York's governor has approved a law allowing human trafficking victims to hide their address from offenders....  

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the measure late last week.  He says it will protect survivors from "further abuse" by shielding their addresses from public view.  The law takes effect in 90 days and also applies to victims of stalking and sexual offenses.  Those victims can use a substitute address from the New York's Department of State instead of their work or home address.  Cuomo's office says domestic violence victims were previously the only survivors eligible for the department's confidential address program.  State Senator Julia Salazar of Brooklyn says the law will stop future physical violence and emotional harm.  The Democrat says it provides victims "the peace of mind they need and deserve."

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News Headlines for Sat., Aug., 3, 2019

City man arrested by federal law enforcement for drug and weapons possession...
A Jamestown man has been arrested on federal charges for allegedly being found in possession of methamphetimine and a gun inside a car this past May.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says that Jacob Graham was arrested late this week... and, charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  Prosecutors say... back on May 7... city police saw two men assaulting another man in the area of Crescent and Cheney Streets.  They say the two suspects quickly got into a car and sped off.  Detectives followed the suspect vehicle, and a marked patrol car stopped the car in a driveway.  Police found two baggies with meth... and, a book bag with a 12-gauge shotgun inside... and, Graham was arrested.  He faces a manditory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of life, and a one-million dollar fine if convicted.


County continues Boil Water Order in Brocton-Portland after second leak found in water system... 
A second leak in a water line for the Brocton-Portland water system delayed the free flow of water... but, was quickly taken care of after it was found late Friday morning.  That from Chautauqua County Water Resource Specialist Bill Boria... who says the water began flowing once the intial leak was found.  However... he says they are still asking people to conserve water... and, a Boil Water Order remains in effect -- probably through the weekend.  Boria says they'll be collecting water samples, and they should have results by Sunday.  He says in the case of the second leak... they were able to isolate... and take care of it.  Customers in the Brocton-Portland area should still conserve water through this morning.  The boil water order continues until further notice, with a decision on whether to lift the order to come on Sunday. 


Car driver arrested for allegedly blasting music over several blocks...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly playing his car stereo too loud over several city blocks early Thursday morning.  Jamestown Police say they were called to the 7-Eleven store on East Second Street about 2:40 a.m. for a report of loud music coming from a vehicle.  Officer say... as they approached the car... they could hear the music and stopped the vehicle.  Police say the driver, later identified as 21 year-old James Meuker, refused to give his name initially.  He was later arrested for second-degree obstruction... and unnecessary noise.  He was jailed pending arraignment.


Two teens arrested, two others hospitalized following Friday morning fight...
Jamestown Police were called to a reported fight Friday morning allegedly involving two intoxicated teenagers.... and, arrested two others.  Officers say the incident occurred just after midnight at 36 Bush St. and on arrival... learned a 14 year-old female and a 15 year-old girl... a 16 year-old male... and, 19 year-old Xavier Williams... got into an altercation with a person at the home.  Police say Williams allegedly pushed an officer during the investigation and resisted arrest, while the younger boy obstructed officers and resisted arrest.  The two girls were taken to UPMC Chatuauqua Hospital because they were highly intoxicated.  Both males face obstruction and resisting arrest charges.  Williams was sent to the City Jail and the 16 year-old was petitioned to family court and later turned over to the Sheriff's Office on an outstanding warrant. 


Borrello touts heavy Summer event schedule over current two-week period...
Major Summer events in Chautauqua County are in full-swing with the wrap-up of comedy week at Chautauqua Institution... and, the final night of the Gerry Rodeo on tap.  County Executive George Borrello is wearing a big smile these days... as local hotels are booked solid... and, vacantioners are here.  Borrello says this is a "wonderful place to live and visit."  Borrello himself will be volunteering one night to help serve the famous Beef Barbecue Dinners at the 75th Gerry Rodeo.  He praised rodeo officials and the Gerry Fire Department for keeping the tradition going, because it's the longest-running professional rodeo east of the Mississippi River.  Borrello says it's great to have two new hotels on line this year -- compared to last year -- because when so many events are going on, hotel rooms are at a premium.  They are the Chautauqua Harborfront Hotel in Celoron... and the Doubletree by Hilton in downtown Jamestown.  The biggest two weeks of the Summer season in the Jamestown-area continue this coming Wednesday through Sunday with the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.  It will feature headliners John Mulaney and Sebastian Maniscalco.  For more information on events... go on-line to www.comedycenter.org.


New Steel Rail Cafe opened on North Main St. in Jamestown...
A downtown eatery in Jamestown will be re-opening... but, under new ownership... and, a new name early next week.  Steel Rail Cafe will replace the former Van's Texas Hots at 29 North Main St., and, will actually open it's doors to the public this afternoon.  However... owner Lee Harkness says they'll actually have their "soft-opening" on Monday morning at 10 a.m.  Harkness says they'll also specialize in what their predecesor did -- hot dogs.  He says they'll be selling Sahlen's Hot Dogs.  He adds they'll also have chips, and, have coffee and donuts during the late morning hours.  He says they'll also have some ice cream products at Steel Rail Cafe.  As for the name... Harkness says it comes from his love of railroads.  He says he's accepted no city nor county money to help get himself opened.  He says they'll initially be open starting next Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..


   

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 2, 2019

"A petty political fight" is the reason why the New York State Thruway that runs through the Seneca Indian Nation is in "deplorable condition."  

Those are the feelings of local Congressman Tom Reed,who made his comments on the I-90 overpass in the town of Hanover Thursday afternoon.  Reed was joined by State Assemblymen Andy Goodell and Joe Giglio, along with County Executive George Borrello, in calling out Governor Andrew Cuomo about the defective condition of the road.  Reed says the federal government has done it's part.

New York state has been embroiled in a long court battle with the Seneca's over revenue sharing, and other financial matters.  However, Reed says local residents -- and motorists -- are suffering due to those crumbling roadways within the Seneca Nation's boundaries.  In addition, the Corning Republican says they are providing written notice to the state about the problem, and that it's liable if someone gets hurt.  Reed says there are also issues with other highways in the Seneca's territories but, adds the most glaring problem is with I-90.


There is a call for water conservation today for customers in the village of Brocton and the town of Portland because of a major water leak....  

The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services says all outside-use of water use is not allowed, including the filling of swimming pools, washing cars or watering lawns and gardens until further notice.  There is also a Boil Water Order in effect.  Water Specialist Bill Boria says the search for the leak began after they started losing water late Tuesday.

Boria says they believe the leak may be in an old water line somewhere between the old water tank on Route 5 and the new water tank near the village of Brocton's former water treatment facility.  County officials say water pressure in several areas of the town is very low because of the water main break and, some customers are expected to not have water.  Water for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth and making coffee must be brought to a rolling boil for one minute then cooled prior to use.  For more information, call the village of Brocton at 792-4160 or the Town of Portland at 792-9614 or the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services at 753-4481.


A Chautauqua County Jail inmate is jailed on $10,000 bail for allegedly promoting prison contraband in the jail this past Monday....  

Sheriff's Officers say Steven Dean allegedly made, and possessed dangerous contraband in the form of a cutting weapon. Deputies reportedly discovered Dean caused damage to a jail mattress.  On Tuesday, Dean was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and first-degree promoting criminal contraband.  He was then arraigned and returned to the jail.


It has been an incredible week of comedy at both Chautauqua Institution and the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, as more people discover what the center is all about....  

Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson says that was never more evident than when the Smothers Brothers visited the center this week and, toured the facility before cutting the ribbon on an exhibit featuring their artifacts.

Gunderson highlighted the growing partnership between the center and Chautauqua Institution with this week's Amphitheater theme of "What's Funny."  She says yesterday featured legendary director, producer and comic David Steinberg who talked with Lewis Black about the incredible 43 years he had managing the career of the late Robin Williams, whose work has been highly recognized by patrons of the Comedy Center.  "What's Funny" week wraps up today with one of the top female comedians right now -- Maria Bamford -- in the Amphitheater at 10:45 AM.  Another female comedian, Ophira Eisenburg, will interview her to help wrap up Week-Six and the theme "What's Funny."


A Jamestown man was arrested early this morning following a noise complaint on the city's eastside.....  

City police responded to the 7-Eleven store on East 2nd Street for a report of loud music coming from a vehicle.  Officers reportedly could hear the music several blocks away as they approached the scene and, on arrival spoke with a man who refused to identify himself. Police say they warned the man he could be charged as was impeding investigation and, refused a second time. He was later identified as 21 year-old James Meuker and, taken into custody for second-degree obstruction and unnecessary noise. Meuker is being held in the city jail pending arraignment. 


A Jewish Rabbi, a Christian minster and a muslim man brough their style of comedy to Jamestown last night for a special program at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts....  

Rabbi Bob Alper, the Reverend Susan Sparks and, Gibran Saleem who is a Pakistani-Muslim, and psychologist, did their "Laugh in Peace" program at the Reg.  Alper says they were excited to be brought to Jamestown by the National Comedy Center.  Alper says he's had 47 years of using humorous antecdotes, and jokes in his sermons in front of "sometime hostile audiences..." so the comedy show was a natural extension of that.  He says their "Laugh in Peace" Show has appeared everywhere from The World Bank in Washington, DC to the Palestinian Fest in Houston, Texas, building bridges and reconciling differences through humor. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug.1 2019

A new law in New York will prevent local school districts from authorizing teachers from carrying firearms on school grounds.... 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law on Wednesday.  While law enforcement and school resource officers will still be allowed to carry guns, the new law will stop any local districts from trying to arm teachers or allowing them to bring guns onto school grounds.  The state teachers union had supported the bill, arguing that arming teachers would only increase the risk of accidental shootings without increasing student safety.  Cuomo also signed legislation Wednesday that would create statewide rules for gun buy-back programs, which allow individuals to turn in or sell their firearms to authorities without risk of prosecution.


The interim superintendent of the Dunkirk City School District says school safety is a top priority going into the new school year.....  

That's according to Sylvia Root, who took over the district's top post on July 15th...  and, she says School Resource Officer Steve Zentz has been working closely with the administration on a plan.  While a school safety plan is mandated by the state,  Zentz says the district is taking it a step further -- a computer program called "Navigate Prepared''.  Zentz has been holding individual meetings in all six buildings in the district as they prepare for the start of school on September 5th. 


A Jamestown Public School Board member has been selected to head-up the Small Cities Schools Association for the 2019-2020 school year... 

In a printed release, the New York State Association of Small City Schools announced Nina Karbacka for the role.  Karbacka is a three-year member of the association and a four-year member of the JPS Board of Education, with 40 years of teaching at all grade levels in the district.  She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in Music Education at SUNY Fredonia.  Nina Karbacka says she's honored to accept the presidency, saying, "It is an exciting challenge to work to promote efficiency and economy in the small city districts and to communicate the educational and financial needs of our students to the public and New York State legislature."  Nina founded the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony and is also an active community volunteer in Jamestown. 


A Panama man faces charges for falsely reporting his vehicle stolen after he was found to have actually crashed it while leaving a Pennslvania bar on the Fourth of July.....  

State Police responded to 27 year-old Zachary Dunham's residence to investigate the theft but, learned Dunham allegedly left a bar in Sugar Grove, when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed.  Troopers say video surveillence and witnesses confirm that Dunham was driving and wrecked his own vehicle during the time he reported it was stolen from his yard. The passenger was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.  Officers arrested Dunham last Friday for second-degree offering a false instrument for filing and third-degree falsely reporting an incident.  He was released with an appearance ticket for Harmony Town Court next month.


A new fireworks company has been approved by Jamestown lawmakers to provide the pyrotechnics for this September 1st Labor Day Festival at Bergman Park.....  

The City Council Monday night unanimously approved Pyrotecnico of New Castle, Pennsylvania to do the fireworks that conclude the festival this year.  Mayor Sam Teresi says the representative at Pyrotenico worked at the previous vendor, Zambelli Fireworks, also located in New Castle.

Teresi says it's a $20,000 contract, but, will include about 2,000 shells, which is about 400 more than were fired off last year.  He says they four different companies make bids to the Labor Day Festival committee, but he says Pyrotecnico "really wanted the business."  Again, the new company will provide the fireworks for Jamestown's Labor Day Festival on Sunday, September 1st.  More information will be released on the festival in the coming weeks.


There was a brief rain shower, but that didn't spoil the fun for about 200 people Wednesday at the Chautauqua Adult Day Services annual Summer Picnic at Midway Park in Maple Springs......  

The event allows participants in each of the program's sites across the county to gather and enjoy music, food and activities.  Executive Director Frank Bercik  they've held the picnic for nearly 30 years and, this year's theme was the "Wizard of Oz".

Bercik says the picnic is part of the programming they provide for older residents who are 60 and over.  He says they provide case managers to help support the older person, and their families and, provide programs during the day along with breakfast and lunch.  Bercik says their goals are to allow older adults to stay and live in their homes, provide a safe and fun place during the day and, give their caregivers a break.  For more information, go on-line to Seniordayprograms.com,  You can also call 664-9759.

More than 220 professional cowboys and cowgirls are competing in this year's 75th annual Gerry Rodeo, which continues tonight at the Rodeo Grounds off Route 60.......  

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association says the 224 competitiors are from more than 30 states and, will compete each night through Saturday at 8 PM.  Rodeo Spokesman Paul Cooley says the list of contestants is headed up by 56 team ropers (28 two-man teams), followed by 52 female barrel racers.  He says the saddle bronc competition has drawn 26 entries while the bareback riders total 18.  The ever-dangerous bull riding will feature 23 cowboys. Steer wrestling has 25 competitors and the tie-down roping events has 24.  Cooley says this year's purse will be approximately $50,000 and, the stock provider will again be Painted Pony Championship Rodeo from Lake Luzerne, New York in the Catskill Region.  For more information on the rodeo... go on-line to GerryRodeo.org, or by phone at 985-4847 or 1-888-985-4847.


New York will allow candidates for state and local office to use campaign contributions to pay for child care.....  

Under a measure signed into law Tuesday, child care expenses incurred during a campaign or an elected leader's official duties can be claimed as a campaign expense.  The change takes effect in 60 days.  Governor Andrew Cuomo says child care expenses shouldn't deter anyone from seeking office and that the new law should empower more parents, and especially mothers, to run.  Last fall, the Federal Election Commission permitted Democrat Liuba Grechen Shirley of Long island to use campaign funds to pay for child care during her unsuccessful challenge to Republican Peter King.  It was the first time the commission ruled ongoing child care could be considered a federal campaign expense.

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