WJTN News Headlines for May 23, 2019

During a regular meeting of the Jamestown School Board last night, a new Principal for Jamestown High School was announced....

Effective July 1st, Dr. Rosemary Bradley will replace current principal Mike McElrath as he begins duties as the head of the new JPS Success Academy. In a printed release, District Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says, "Her wide-ranging educational experience, passion to see all children succeed both academically as well as socially and emotionally, combined with her enthusiasm to engage families and community, makes her a perfect fit to lead Jamestown High School."   Rosemary Bradley has over 23 years experience as an educator and is currently an assistant principal of the Alternative Education Program and Special Education Program at the Sullivan County BOCES.  Dr. Bradley indicated her excitement to join the community saying, "I look forward to meeting the families, students, staff and community members who have invested their lives to make Jamestown the unique gem it is."


Police around the Jamestown-area worked together Tuesday afternoon to stop a large amount of Heroin from winding up on city streets.....  

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, along with members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, were investigating a 32 year-old woman, when they stopped her car on Fluvanna Avenue Extention about 2 PM.  They recovered about 57-grams of Heroin inside the vehicle.

Samuelson says, while crystal and powdered meth has been more prevalent in recent months in Jamestown, Heroin has "not gone away" and is still an issue.  The task forces were assisted by Sheriff's officers and the State Police.  Peterson was sent to the Chautauqua County Jail on charges of third and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.  (**If you have any information on illegal drug activity in Jamestown, you can contact the Metro Drug Task Force confidentially at 483-TIPS. You can also use the Tips 4-1-1 app.)


Tonight  is the night for placing flags at the graves of veterans at Lakeview Cemetery.  The United Veterans Council of Jamestown organizes the event.... 

Council Secretary, Melodie Paladino, says volunteers should gather at Soldier's Circle at Lakeview at 6 PM.  Around 200 volunteers helped in last year's event including many families, community groups, and businesses.  More help would be welcomed as around 4,500 flags need to be placed to mark the grave of every veteran at Lakeview and two adjacent cemeteries.  Paladino says, the event will go on, rain or shine.   Lakeview Cemetery General Manager, Hugh Golden, says it's a 'glorious display' when all the flags are in place throughout the grounds. 


The Jamestown Department of Development has rolled out it's 2019 Community Development Block Grant, and HOME Program proposals.... 

During a public hearing last Monday night... City Development Director Vince DeJoy outlined the $1.48-million program,  most of which will come from the U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development.  DeJoy says the plan was created with a lot of community input but, mainly from two meetings held earlier in the year.

DeJoy says the big, new proposal is $100,000 in funding for the new Riverwalk Skate Park,  that's being developed with the held of the Tony Hawk Foundation.  The second is $110,000 to rehabilitate the restrooms at Chadakoin Park.  DeJoy says the plan is available on the city's website at JamestownNY.net.  He says it can also be viewed at his office at city hall.  He adds it's also available at the Prendergast Library.  DeJoy says the public can continue giving input for the next 30 days.


The Chautauqua County Legislature has approved using $65,000 in bed tax monies to support use of herbicides in one part of Chautauqua Lake, and to have a third-party monitor use around the lake....  

Lawmakers unanimously approved the measure, which will pay Princton Hydro $35,000 for the monitoring, with $10,000 more coming from the Chautauqua Lake Management and Watershed Alliance.  Acting Chairman Pierre Chagnon says the other $30,000 is for using herbicide in Burtis Bay.

Three residents spoke against the use of herbicides, especially at this time of the year.  Fisherman Mike Butler of West Ellicott showed a picture of three fish he caught in an area treated by 2-4-D, a pesticide that is also used on invasive lake weeds.  He says applying the herbicide right now isn't fair to local fishermen.  Bemus Point's Jane Conroe says she's pleased to see $35,000 being used to pay for monitoring the impacts of the herbicides on the lake.  However, she opposed the use of the herbicides this early in the year because most fish in the lake are still spawning.


County lawmakers also approved a proposal to assist the newly formed 'Chautauqua Lake Pops by the Shore' with $10,000 from the 3-percent occupancy tax reserve fund.  The measure was approved previously by two legislative committees and, was approved last night, 15-to-1 with Jay Gould voting no.  More on that story later.


National Arbor Day was held last month, but Wednesday the city of Jamestown officially recognized Arbor Day with a tree planting on the newly-constructed Greater Jamestown Riverwalk Bike Path....  

City Arborist Dan Stone hosted the planting of the new "Heritage" River Birch tree next to the "Overlook Pad" off the bike path's West Eighth Street entrance.  In addition to being a Tree City-USA for the 38th year in a row, Stone says Jamestown was also again recognized for going "above and beyond" what's required for the designation.

Stone and Mayor Sam Teresi accepted their newest Treet City-USA banner and, Teresi spoke about the importance of the designation, and, maintaining the city's Urban Forest.  He says having the trees and plenty of green space adds the the city's quality of life and, that's attractive to people and businesses.  They also recognized several city and community leaders for their support of the efforts to build and replace the city's tree stock.  In particular, they recognized the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.


Clymer Central School District officials will meet next month to discuss which way to go in the wake of Tuesday's defeat of the proposed $11.49-million budget plan.....  

Clymer Superintendent Ed Bailey tells us that he was "disappointed" with the result, but, happy that 580 people voted for the spending plan.  Bailey says, though, they did not receive the 60-percent "supermajority" required to pass a budget that exceeds the state's 2-percent property tax cap.  The Clymer budget increased the tax levy by 13-percent.  Bailey says the school board will meet to discuss options on June 10th.  Another public hearing will be set and, he says the second budget vote would take place on June 18th.  Tuesday's vote was 580 yes, 459 no.

Lawmakers in the New York state Assembly's Republican minority want to extend the time between parole hearings for prison inmates doing time for certain violent felony convictions......  

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb was joined at the state Capitol Tuesday by other GOP lawmakers and Ramona Bantle-Fahy of Cattaraugus County to call for the passage of "Ramona's Law."  Gowanda Assemblyman Joe Giglio  says Bantle-Fahy approached him about a year ago... and, asked for a law to extend the time between parole reconsiderations from 2 to 5 years.

Giglio says the bill regards inmates convicted of violent felonies such as first and second-degree murder, rape and predatory sexual assault against a child.  Bantle-Fahy was raped and kidnapped in 1992 and, has had to deal with having to face the man who raped her every two years.  The man imprisoned for the crimes was denied parole this past March.  

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WJTN News Headlines for May 22, 2019

Voters in the Jamestown Public School District have overwhelmingly approved a $90.7-million budget for the 2019-2020 school year that holds the line on taxes....

The new spending plan was adopted by a huge, 367-to-70 margin.  Residents also approved a tranportation measure, 386-to-48.  School Board President Paul Abbott was pleased with the turn-out, and the result.

Abbott says he also believes the public -- in general -- appreciates the fact there hasn't been a tax increase in the past several years.  He also believes the community supports what they are doing, including starting up the new "Success Academy" at the former Rogers School next Fall.  In addition to the propositions, the public also re-elected School Board members Patrick Slagle and Joe Pawelski.

 

Residents in the Southwestern Central School District have approved a new, 2019-2020 budget by a huge margin....  

The $29.2-million spending plan was approved by district votes, 268-to-106.  School Superintendent Maureen Donahue says they also approved a 496-thousand dollar transporation measure, 286-to-87... and, establishing a Capital Improvements Reserve Fund, 275-to-101.

Donahue says the budget increases the tax levy by 1.5-percent and, does include something this year the district has not had in recent years, a school resource officer.  The new vehicles include two, 66-passenger buses... and, on 60-passenger bus.  In addition, school board member Correy Miller ran unopposed.


In Falconer... district residents approved the 2019-2020 budget by a nearly 5-to-1 margin.  The $23.7-million spending plan was adopted, 145-to-32.  Incumbant school board members Robert Carpenter and Tracy Schrader, and newcomer Marci Conti ran unopposed for three seats on the panel.    
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In the Bemus Point School District... voters approved a $15.8-million budget, 250 to 50.  They also adopted a $250,000 bus proposition, 259-to-46... and, an elementary school project, 257-to-52.  Incumbant school board members Brian Whalen, and Barry Swanson were re-elected over Robert Lucas, and Steven Washer.
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The majority of voters approved a budget for the new school year in Clymer... but, the spending plan was defeated because it did not receive a supermajority.  The budget -- which exceeded the 2-percent property tax cap -- received 580 yes votes... and, 459 no votes.  That's only a 55-percent majority, while 60-percent was needed.
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There was also a close vote in the Pine Valley District... where voters approved a $17.1-million budget, 184-to-139.  A measure adding a student representative to the school board was approved 249-to-74.  Five people won school board seats with eight running.  The winners included incumbants Lawrence Zollinger and Rose Kruszka.
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The Panama School District has a new budget in place for the 2019-2020 school year.  Voters there approved a $12.9-million spending plan, 148-to-16.  School Board incumbant Carrie Munsee and newcomer Jen Daniels won five-year terms on the panel.
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In Cassadaga... a $24-million spending plan was approved for the new school year, 247-to-52.  A bus proposition also passed, 245-to-52... and, a transporation reserve fund was approved, 241-to-56.  Gene Oag and Michael Johnson were elected to the school board.
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Residents in the Sherman School District approved a $10.4-million budget, 187-to-44.  They also approved a bus purchase, 18-to-50.  Brian Bates edged out Joe DeLellis for one school board seat, 116-to-111.
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The Frewsburg Central School District also received approval for a $17.7-million budget for the new school year 166-to-52. The spending plan included a 2.66-percent tax levy increase. Other approved propositions include the purchase of school buses for the district, capital projects and energy efficiency improvements. Three people were elected to the school board-- Randy Wiltsie, Polly Hanson and John Spacht, each ran unopposed. 


The Lakewood-Busti Police Department is asking for the public's help into an animal cruelty investigation, in which a cow and its newborn calf were killed earlier this month..... 

Officers say they received a report of an Angus Cow being shot and killed on Donelson Road and, the deceased animals were found in the pasture, near the five corners of Busti. The owner of the cow reportedly heard gunshots coming from the area the weekend prior to May 8th. Lakewood-Busti Police have spoken to multiple subjects with no results.  Anyone with information that could aid the investigation is asked to contact the police department at 763-9563. 


Local Congressman Tom Reed backs the change in leadership of the State Republican Party, with Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy expected to replace Ed Cox..... 

During a conference call with regional media Tuesday, the Corning Republican said he feels the change to Langworthy will help the upstate region.

Reed was quick to credit Cox for his leadership, saying he laid a solid foundation for the GOP across the state.  He also says it's good to go in a different direction.  Cox is reportedly joining the Trump 2020 Re-election Campaign.  Reed and Chautauqua County GOP Chairman David Wilfong were among the people supporting Langworthy in his bid to unseat Cox, who was blamed for Republican losses in the state last Fall.  Some of those resulted in the loss of the GOP Majority in the state Senate.


Chautauqua County lawmakers will be taking up a proposal that would assist the newly formed 'Chautauqua Lake Pops by the Shore' with $10,000 from the 3 percent occupancy tax reserve fund....  

County Executive George Borrello backs the proposal, which has cleared two legislative committees.

The Chautauqua Lake Pops is the former Bemus Bay Pops.  Borrello believes the move should help the village of Mayville, which is the county seat.  The County Legislature will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday night at 6:30 pm.  

 
Immigrants from around New York state have rallied at the state Capitol to call on legislators to authorize driver's licenses for residents who entered the country illegally....  

Tuesday's event featured remarks from top lawmakers including Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, of the Bronx, who said his chamber would pass the legislation.  The measure remains deeply unpopular with some Republican lawmakers and no vote has been scheduled in either the Assembly or the Senate, both controlled by Democrats, with less than five weeks left in the legislative session.  Supporters argue that licenses would help immigrants with everyday transportation, a particular challenge for those who work upstate agricultural jobs.  Twelve states already permit driver's licenses for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally.

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WJTN News Headlines for May 21, 2019

BREAKING: Durkirk City Police have confirmed that the victim of last Wednesday's stabbing on Lincoln Avenue has died from her injuries, but few other details are being released.... 

Police Chief David Ortolano in a statement Monday afternoon indicated that the investigation by officers and the Chautauqua County District Attorney's Office is ongoing.  Late last week, Ortolano said they had a person of interest in the case. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Dunkirk Police at 366-2266.


A Jamestown man will spend 10 years in federal prison for trafficking significant amounts of heroin in the area from early 2016 though 2017....  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior announced late Monday that 40 year-old Alex Mercado was sentenced by U-S District Court Judge Richard Arcara to the term for conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.  Federal prosecutors say in early 2016, Mercado was considered a primary "mid-level" Heroin distributor for the Sigfredo Martinez drug organization.  They say Mercado admitted that he was responsible for the “night shift” transactions, and that his co-defendant, Bryan Ferrer-Vazquez, distributed during the “day shift.”  Mercado admitted that he received about 200 bundles of heroin from Martinez every few days and was tasked with distributing it to smaller dealers and users.  Mercado said he would then turn over the proceeds to Martinez, and take his payment.  He was arrested in April of 2017 after the U-S Drug Enforcement Administration conducted four "controlled purchases" from him.  Ferrer-Vazquez was previously convicted and is awaiting sentencing.  Charges remain pending against Sigfredo Martinez. 


Chautauqua County Fire Investigators were called to determine the cause of a house fire in the Town of Ashville yesterday evening....

Sheriff's deputies say investigators reported to the residence on Cedar Avenue shortly before 8 PM and determined the blaze originated in the kitchen due to a burner on the stove being on without the owner's knowledge. No injuries were reported. 


City lawmakers have accepted the latest Urban Design Plan for downtown Jamestown, which is expected to build on the success of the first one nearly a dozen years ago.  The City Council approved "UDP 2.0" during last night's voting session, 8-to-1 with At-Large member Andy Liuzzo voting no.....

During discussion about the proposal, Liuzzo was not satisifed that business owners in the area proposed for the possible expansion of the "medical corridor" had been heard.  However, Teresi says there were a number of public and stakeholder meetings where public comment was solicited and, offered.  At the same time, Teresi noted that nothing in the plan was set in stone, and changes would be made if necessary.  However, both he and Council President Marie Carrubba praised everyone involved in the first plan, most of which was carried out with the help of a consulting firm from the Boston-area.


A man from Frewsburg is accused of stealing two cars and, crashing one of them, during an incident in the town of Carroll last Saturday night.....  

Sheriff's deputies were called to the Carroll Rod and Gun Club about 10:30 PM and, found that 56 year-old Craig Zinger had taken the first car, and tried to leave.  However, while trying to drive off, the vehicle stuck another car.  Zinger then stole another member's vehicle and drove off.  He was later caught, and, issued appearance tickets for Carroll Town Court on charges charges including third-degree unauthorized use of a Motor Vehicle and, leaving the scene of a property damage motor vehicle accident.


Voters in the Jamestown School District will not only decide on a $90.7-million spending plan, but also a proposition to purchase new school buses today.... 

District Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says voting will take place on Tuesday from Noon to 9 PM at Lincoln Elementary, and Washington and Jefferson Middle Schools.  Apthorpe says exercising the right to vote means more than just deciding on a spending plan. He's encouraging voters to come out today and support their schools and give feedback to the board and superintendent. 

Apthorpe says there is also no tax levy increase in the 2019-2020 budget.  Additionally, two school board members are seeking a seat to serve a three-year terms beginning on July 1st, which will also be voted on in the poll.  More information is available on the district's website JPSNY.org.

Voters in the Southwestern Central School District will decide on a $29.2-million  budget and, two other proposition when they head to the polls today....  

School Superintendent Maureen Donahue says voting runs in two blocks: 7 to 9 AM... and, from 2 to 8 PM.  Donahue says the spending plan for the 2019-2020 school year is about 1.8-percent higher than the current year's spending plan, and, the tax levy is up 1.5-percent.  She adds the other big item is a $496,000 transporation proposition.

Donahue says there is a third proposition to create a Capital Improvement Reserve Fund.  She says the district has had something similar in the past two year to help offset the cost of future projects.  Donahue adds that one person is running for one seat on the Southwestern School Board.  Voting at Southwestern runs from 7 to 9 AM and 2 to 8 PM today.


The long-time chairman of New York state's Republican Party is stepping down in July to raise money for President Trump's re-election campaign and, a Chautauqua County native is poised to replace him....  

Trump's campaign has announced that Ed Cox will begin working on the president's re-election effort this Summer.  It's believed that he'll be replaced by current Erie County GOP Chairman, Nick Langworthy.  Langworthy is a 1999 graduate of Pine Valley Central School and, has been campaigning for the state position for the past few months.  Some Republicans blamed Cox for the party's recent election loses, including the loss of the GOP majority in the state Senate.  Monday's announcement came after several local party chairmen -- including Chautauqua County's Dave Wilfong -- announced their support for Langworthy's challenge. 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 20, 2019

A Jamestown man sought on multiple-warrants was arrested last weekend after allegedly leading city police on a foot chase through the downtown area.... 

City police say officers spotted 47 year-old Christopher Howie getting into a parked car in a lot at the corner of Sixth Street and Prendergast Avenue shortly before 3 PM Saturday.  Officers pulled into the parking lot, and got out.  But, Howie saw them, and fled from the vhicle, and led police on the pursuit, which ended at 50 West Eighth Street.  Officers say Howie tried to destroy evidence during the chase and, they arrested him on charges including tampering with physical evidence, resisting arrest, and criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was jailed pending arraignment.


A Ripley man has been arrested for allegedly being in possession of a quantity of marijuana and drug paraphernalia during a raid this past week in the village....  

Sheriff's officers say they, SWAT Team members and, agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force raided a home at 5 Goodrich Street and, arrested 26 year-old Johnathan Ballew.  During a search, task force members say they found the pot, and drug paraphernalia.  Deputies say Ballew was charged with unlawful possession of Marihuana and, second-degree Criminally using drug Paraphernalia.  He was issued appearance tickets for Ripley Town Court at a later date.  The task force urges residents to contact them if they have any information on illegal drug activity at 664-2420.


The New York State Conference of Mayor's is again pushing for the state to adequately compensate them for the cost of maintaining New York's roads within their borders....  

That from Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, who says that was one of the key legislative focuses of the recent state NYCOM annual meeting in Cooperstown.  Teresi says the state has paid local governments 70-cents per square yard to take care of those roadways for the past 32 years.

Teresi says NYCOM has determined that if the Consumer Price Index were applied to the state reimbursement, it would increase from 70-cents to $1.70-cents per square yard.  He says that would increase the city's reimbursement from $203,000 a year to about half-a-million dollars.  Teresi says the other item in the state budget mayors would like to see addressed is reinstatement of the "Extreme Winter Aid" for local streets and roadways.  That program was instituted after the Winter of 2014-15 that was extremely hard on local road. 


The state comptroller says the New York State Common Retirement Fund has topped $210-billion after an estimated 5.2-percent return on investments....  

Democrat Thomas DiNapoli said late last week that the fund closed the state fiscal year that ended March 31st with an estimated value of $210.2-billion, an amount that could change when returns are fully audited.  The pension fund's value at the end of the state's 2018 fiscal year was $207.4 billion.  DiNapoli says the fund increased despite what he calls "a tumultuous year" in the financial markets, with investments rebounding earlier this year after last December's Wall Street downturn.  The fund provides pensions to more than one-million active New York state and local government employees, retirees and their beneficiaries.


There's been a lot of attention focused on the flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline, but water levels are rising on all five of the Great Lakes -- including Lake Erie.....  

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports that Lake Erie is 6 inches higher than last year, reaching 574.34-feet.  Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says there haven't been any problems so far along the county's shoreline, but adds they are monitoring the situation.

While there is some concern about the current situation, Borrello says there is also a positive side to having higher lake levels.  He says it provides more accessibility, namely in areas where lower levels have seen a build up of silt and sediments.  The Army Corps of Engineer's latest weekly report indicates that after the next 30 days, the lake is forecast to be within an inch of current levels.


The head of the Chautauqua County Republican Committee has endorsed the chairman of the Erie County GOP to become the state's next Republican Chairman.....  

Local GOP Dave Wilfong late last week endorsed Nick Langworthy of the Buffalo area in his effort to unseat current chairman Ed Cox.  Wilfong says "New York Republicans need a leader that can inspire young people to get involved in our Party.  Nick Langworthy is a proven winner and will get our Party back on track as our NYGOP Chairman.  We are proud to endorse him."  Langworthy has served as Chairman of the Erie County Republican Committee for nine years and was the youngest person elected Chairman of any Party in Erie County history at the age of 29.  Langworthy, who is also a native of the Jamestown-area, thanked Wilfong for his support.


More than 1,000 lifeguards are being sought by New York's parks agency to staff its beaches and pools this summer....  

State park lifeguards must meet eligibility requirements including successful completion of a qualifying test that includes demonstration of swimming, lifesaving and CPR skills.  Information about qualifications, test dates and job application is available on the New York State Parks website.  The state office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, golf courses, boat launches and trails.


The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation is launching its annual birdwatching challenge, with versions for beginners and experts alike....  

The "I Bird NY" beginner's challenge is open to anyone 16 years old or younger.  Participants must identify 10 common bird species listed on the challenge form available online.  In the experienced birder challenge , participants must identify at least 10 of 50 species and enter sighting information on the challenge form.  All will get a certificate, a bracelet and a chance to win birding accessories.  The challenge is open through September 16th.  Details are posted on DEC's website.

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News Headlines for Sat. May 18, 2019

Borrello says Chautauqua County is monitoring high levels on Lake Erie...
There's been a lot of attention focused on the flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline... but water levels are rising on all five of the Great Lakes -- including Lake Erie.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports that Lake Erie is 6 inches higher than last year, reaching 574.34-feet.  Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says there haven't been any problems so far along the county's shoreline, but adds they are monitoring the situation... along with state and federal officials.  While there is some concern about the current situation, Borrello says there is also a positive side to having higher lake levels... including that places that had been unaccessable in recent years are more accessable.  He says those areas had seen more sediment and other build-ups.  The Army Corps of Engineer's latest weekly report indicates that after the next 30 days, the lake is forecast to be within an inch of current levels.


Arrest made in connection with Nov. 2017 murder in Jamestown...
A Jamestown man accused of stabbing another man to death in late 2017 has now been formally arrested, and indicted in the victim's murder.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says 20 year-old Tavion Turner was arrested after the Chautauqua County Grand Jury handed up the indictment for second-degree murder in the Nov. 2017 death of 22 year-old Dylan Ownbey.  At the time... police said Ownbey and Turner were walking together on Williard Street before getting into a fight, and the stabbing took place.  Turner was arraigned in County Court and sent to the Chautauqua County Jail on $1-million cash bail.


Search continuing for missing Jamestown teenager...
Authories are asking for the public's help in finding a Jamestown teen who has been missing for the past four months.  The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says 16 year-old Rylunn Thompson is a white male, 5-foot-11 inches tall... and, weighs 175 pounds.  Rylunn has blonde hair and blue eyes.  He was last seen on January 5th.  If you have any information on his whereabouts... you are asked to contact Jamestown Police at 483-7536... or 483-8477.  You can also call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.


Reed says nearly 400 Congressional members now supporting new, five-year Special Diabetes Program...
The effort to boost funding back to previous levels for the federal Special Diabetes Research Program is gaining steam on Capitol Hill... thanks to the efforts of a special bi-partisan caucus.  Local Congressman Tom Reed says 378 House members have now signed onto a letter, demanding that House leadership continue the program... which prioritizes research and investment in treatment and prevention.  Reed says it's an allocation of money as well as prioritization in health policy that puts that at the "forefront."  He says the Diabetes Caucus... which he co-chairs... is calling for the program to be re-authorized for another 5 years... but, increase funding from $150-million to $200-million a year.   He says the Special Diabetes Program was first enacted in 1997... and, he says a number of steps have been taken since to help diabetics live with the disease... including creation of the pump system, and new treatments for vision restoration.  In addition... Reed says the funding also goes towards the Special Diabetes Program for Indians.  The Corning Republican says both are set to expire at the end of September.


Jacobs says he'll challenging Collins in possible June primary...
Republican New York state Senator Chris Jacobs of Buffalo is running for the congressional seat held by Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Collins.  Jacobs told The Buffalo News on Friday that Collins isn't an effective advocate for his western New York district.  He said he's prepared to challenge Collins in the Republican primary if he seeks re-election.  In a statement... Collins said he hasn't decided if he'll run again.  He criticized Jacobs as too liberal on abortion and immigration and said electing him would be the same as electing a Democrat. 


Gradudation held at JCC and SUNY College at Fredonia...
It's college graduation weekend at Jamestown Community College's campuses in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties.  JCC's Vice-President of Student Development Eileen Goodling says commencement at the Olean campus was held last night... while the Jamestown campus celebrated graduation this morning.  Goodling says some 420 graduates will get Associates Degrees combined at the two campuses... with half going into the job market, and about half going onto a four-year college or university.  She says that JCC carried on it's tradition of having a past graduate speak at commencement.  Goodling says they invited Dr. Hillary McManus of the New York Botanical Gardens, and Lemoyne University to speak.  McManus was part of the largest ever all-female science expedition to Antartica in 2018.  Goodling says this weekend also marks the first graduations for JCC's first-year president, Dr. Daniel DeMarte.
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A graduate of the SUNY College at Fredonia will address both graduation ceremonies at the college tomorrow morning and afternoon.  Fredonia Spokesman Jeff Woodard says about 1,100 students are eligible to take part in the 10 am and 3 pm commencements that will be addressed by Rochester-area School Superintendent Shaun Melms.  Melms heads up East High School in the city.  In addition... Woodard says it will be an emotional one this year for SUNY at Fredonia President Virginia Horvath... who will be attending her final graduations before retiring at the end of the school year.  Both graduations are being held at Steele Hall.


 

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News Update for Fri., May 17, 2019

(**News Update) City man indicted for Nov. 2017 murder...

A Jamestown man accused of stabbing another man to death in late 2017 has now been formally arrested, and indicted in the victim's murder.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says 20 year-old Tavion Turner was arrested after the Chautauqua County Grand Jury handed up the indictment for second-degree murder in the November 2017 death of 22 year-old Dylan Ownbey.  At the time... police said Ownbey and Turner were walking together on Williard Street before getting into a fight, and the stabbing took place.  Turner was arraigned in County Court and sent to the Chautauqua County Jail on $1-million cash bail... $2-million property bond.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 17, 2019

The city of Jamestown will undertake a record 140 public works improvement projects this Summer, most of them dealing with local streets and highways.....  

Mayor Sam Teresi says the projects are broken down into six catagories, with 18 "major construction projects."  Teresi says those include East Third Street between Main and Pine Streets, and Baker Street from Norwood Avenue to the state Arterial.  He says the projects total several million dollars total and, will involve the city's Public Works, Parks and other departments.

Teresi says the largest number of projects, 50, will be in the repair and chip seal catagory.  There will be about 28 mill and overlay projects to improve local streets and roads.  Teresi says funding for the projects come from a few different sources.  The main one is the state's Consolidated Highway Improvement Program -- or CHIPS funding.  He adds the East Third Street project is being funded through the state's Downtown Revitalization Initiative program.  Major projects are also slated for Allen Street, Broadhead Avenue, and North Main Street.


More than 180 establishments holding New York state liquor licenses have been charged with serving minors during last month's statewide crackdown on underage drinking....  

State officials say April's monthlong enforcement effort resulted in charges being filed against 186 out of the 851 bars, restaurants, liquor stores and grocery stores in 46 counties that were visited by underage decoys working with investigators.  Three of those were in Chautauqua County.  They were the Allen Street Grocery on Allen Street, and Robo on North Main Street in Jamestown and, Don's Car Wash in Lakewood.  The compliance checks were conducted by the State Liquor Authority, the state Department of Motor Vehicles and local law enforcement agencies.  Democratic Govenor Andrew Cuomo announced the start of the statewide sweeps in early April. 


The city of Dunkirk's top cop says the investigation is continuing into a stabbing that occurred on the 100 block of Lincoln Avenue late Wednesday afternoon....  

Police Chief David Ortolano says officers responded to a report of a fight around 4 PM.

Ortolano says investigators continue to work on the case and they have a person of interest after lengthy investigation late into Wednesday night, and re-starting early yesterday morning.  He says they are looking for her now.  Ortolano says the victim, whose name has not been released, remains in the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.


Upwards of 500 people are expected to take part in Jamestown's annual Spring clean-up, also known as "Hands on Jamestown..." this Saturday morning....  

"Hands on" started many years ago to help get the downtown area cleaned up before Summer activites get underway and, is now headed up by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation.  JRC Marketing and Events Manager Zach Agett says the clean-up runs from 8 AM to Noon.

Agett says volunteers can get some light refreshments, garbage bags and gloves at the Winter Garden Plaza on Main Street at the beginning.  You are urged to bring your own shovels, rakes, and brooms for the clean-up.  So far, Agett says they have just over 300 people signed up... and, they could use more.  Agett says some new areas will be part of this year's clean-up... especially the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk, and it's new pedestrian bridges.  For more information, go to the JRC website at Jamestownrenaissance.org or call Zach Agett at 489-3496.


Well known author and researcher Dr. Allida Black is in Jamestown today  for the Robert H. Jackson Center's Young Readers Program...  

She'll be talking to students about what she calls 'the real magic of Harry Potter.'  She says it has nothing to do with wands or flying.  Instead,  it's never letting fear erase joy, and never letting terror control your future.  Just like in Harry Potter, Dr. Black believes it's young people in the 'real world' who do that work, because grownups are 'too comfortable.'  As Black sees it, the activists students who emerged after the Parkland school shooting in Florida are 'the heirs' to Harry Potter.  Allida Black is a leading scholar on the life and work of Eleanor Roosevelt.  She'll speak to young readers this morning at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, and this afternoon at the Jackson Center.  


New employment data shows New York state added nearly 25-thousand jobs last month....  
Preliminary jobs numbers released by the state Department of Labor on Thursday show there were more than 8.3 million private-sector jobs in New York, an increase of 24,600 or 0.3% compared to the previous month.  That's the highest number of private-sector jobs in the state since current record keeping began in the 1970s.  New York state's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.9% in April, slightly behind the national rate of 3.6-percent.  The numbers come from federal surveys of 18,000 employers in the state.  Jobs in health care and private educational services experienced the biggest job gains in the past year.  Kingston saw the largest jobs gains of any state metropolitan area in April with a 2.9% increase.


The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities began flushing the water mains in the village of Falconer last night and, may continue through Noon today....  

BPU Communications Coordinator Becky Robbins says customers are reminded that the process may cause discolored water in Falconer and the northside of Jamestown.  BPU Water Customers can contact the flushing hotline with questions at 661-1688 or Communications at 661-1680. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 16, 2019

The City of Dunkirk Police Department is investigating a stabbing incident that occurred on the 100 block of Lincoln Avenue Wednesday afternoon.....  

Police responded to a reported fight around 4 PM and learned that the victim -- who has not been identified -- was stabbed during the altercation and transported to Brooks Memorial by a personal vehicle.  The victim has since been transferred to ECMC in Buffalo for further treatment. 


Three men escaped serious injuries late yesterday morning when a car ran a stop sign in the town of French Creek, and collided with a tractor-trailer.....  

Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene at the intersection of Route 426 and Mann Road just after 11 AM.  They say 26 year-old Zack Pfeffer of Erie, Pennsylvania, allegedly disregarded a stop sign at the corner and, his vehicle was struck by the big rig.  Officers say Pfeffer and his passenger, 41 year-old Jared Sper of Rockford, Michigan, had to be freed from the wreckage with a hurst tool.  Deputies add the driver of the big-rig, 38 year-old Dan Miller of Guys Mills, Pennsylvania, was also hurt.  All three were taken to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  The accident remains under investigation.


The Chautauqua Area Rural Transit System will be expanding it's public bus service to Saturday's this Summer to accomodate residents, and, people visiting the area.....  

County officials were at the CARTS Main Bus Hub in downtown Jamestown yesterday to announce the new service, which will begin on Saturday, June 1st.  County Executive George Borrello says he and Public Facilities Director Brad Bentley rode the buses earlier this year and, found a demand for it.

Bentley says they ran a Pilot Program on Saturday's this past February, and says they received a "tremendous response" to it.  CARTS Senior Project Coordinator Michelle Westphal says they're excited to provide the new service and, says they'll be running all their usual south and north county routes in the Jamestown, and Dunkirk-areas.  Westphal says the service in Jamestown will run from 8:15 AM to 5:45 PM, while in the service in Dunkirk will run from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM.  Borrello says Bentley and Westphal will "adjust" the CARTS budget as needed to accomodate the new service.  For more information, CARTS has it's own Social Media page, and you can call 665-6466.


A Cattaraugus County man is jailed for allegedly pointing a shotgun at another man and, hitting the other person in the town of Cold Spring....  

Sheriff's officers in Little Valley were called to the scene on South Loop Road late last week and, arrested 38 year-old Joshua John of Cold Spring.  Deputies say their investigation also found that John was operating an all-terrain vehicle while he was drunk.  Officers say he was arraigned on charges of second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and Felony Aggravated DWI, and Felony DWI and, sent to the county jail without bail.


An Olean man has pleaded guilty in federal court to receiving child pornography and faces at least five years in prison....  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 30 year-old Jacob Tunison entered the plea late Tuesday before U.S. District Court Judge Richard Arcara.  Prosecutors say that in November of last year... Tunison used Facebook to communicate with a minor female who was under the age of 16.  They say he sent several lewd pictures of himself to the minor and, urged her to produce and send various images of herself to him.  Kennedy says the charge carries a maximum of 20 years in prison and, a $250,000 fine.  Tunison is to be sentenced next August 22nd.

We have a major traffic note for all county motorists who travel through the Fredonia area.... 

 A local police official says construction is starting today on the roundabout at the intersection of Routes 20 and 60 in the town of Pomfret.  Fredonia Police Chief Brad Meyers says message boards indicating traffic delays should serve as a warning to motorists who travel through that intersection to get to work and school.

Meyers says that outside of the message boards, there's been little advance notice from the State Department of Transportation about the $3.6-million highway project.  He says they don't know where the DOT is going to be starting, or how traffic flow will go.  The DOT’s website indicates that a construction contract was awarded for the project on April 25 with an estimated substantial completion date of July 1st of 2020.

 
Scientists are collaborating on a high-tech early warning system to detect harmful algal blooms in the Finger Lakes.... 

The U.S. Geological Survey and New York state are launching the pilot program Wednesday.  Authorities say newly installed technology on Owasco, Seneca and Skaneateles Lakes will quickly detect changing water-quality conditions that could indicate a harmful algal bloom, or HAB, is developing.  a similar, but smaller scale program is planned for Chautauqua Lake this year.  Most algal blooms are harmless, but in some cases they can pose a threat to people, animals and aquatic ecosystems. 


Officials with the Cuomo administration say they support efforts by AARP to stem the rising cost of prescription drugs for New Yorkers....  

More than 100 AARP volunteers from across the state rallied at the state Capitol Tuesday to support bills in the Legislature that address high drug costs.  Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul spoke to the gathering, saying Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his administration will do everything they can "to reel in the exorbitant, unconscionable prices of prescription drugs."  AARP has launched a nationwide campaign aimed at getting pharmaceutical companies to lower drug prices.  The national group's New York organization supports a package of Albany legislation that, among other things, would allow the safe importation of prescription drugs at lower prices than New Yorkers now pay.


New measures by U.S. regulators could help thwart some of the billions of robocalls received in the United States....  

The rising volume of calls in the last few years has created pressure on Congress, regulators and phone companies to act.  The Federal Communications Commission says it will vote in June on whether to allow to carriers block spam calls by default, which should mean that more spam calls are blocked.  Right now, customers have to take the extra step of requesting tools from their carriers or downloading apps from other companies to help them weed out most unwanted calls.  The agency won't require carriers to provide such services, though, or mandate that the tools offered are free. Today, some of these apps cost extra money, others are free.

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News Headlines for Wed., May 15, 2019

(**Update)Jamestown woman arrested for allegedly holding knife to man's throat during early Tuesday incident...
A city woman is jailed on $40,000 cash bail for allegedly holding a knife to the throat of a man during an argument on Jamestown's westside early Tuesday morning.  City police were called to the scene at 269 Fairmount Ave. just after 1:30 a.m., and, found that 34 year-old Jennifer Allen had gotten into the argument with the unidentified victim... and, wound up hurting him when she pulled the knife.  Officers say they found Allen a short time later... and, found that the victim had an order of protection against her.  She was arraigned on charges of first-degree criminal contempt... and, aggravated criminal contempt... and, sent to the county lock-up. 


Quattrone has issues with new law for back seat belts, but, says people should use them...
State lawmakers are expected to take action on legislation later this week requiring adults to wear seat belts when riding in the rear of vehicles.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone says back seat riders should be buckled up for a couple of reasons.  Quattrone says it's not only a danger to the people in the back, but, those in the front as well it riders fly forward.  The current law requires all front-seat passengers as well as rear seat passengers under 16 to be using seat belts.  Quattrone says the use of rear seat belts should be common sense... and, would not need to be enforced.  AAA and the State Medical Society are backing the proposed legislation.


Former Water and Soil District Assistant Treasurer admits to stealing more than $4,000 from district...
The former treasurer for the Chautauqua County Water and Soil District has now pleaded guilty to stealing 41-hundred dollars in county funds.  That from State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli... who says 48 year-old Debra Kelley of Portland... admitted to pocketing cash fees she collected from the public... instead of depositing them in the bank.  DiNapoli’s office discovered the gap during an audit and investigation and partnered with Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson in the investigation.  DiNapoli says "the trust put into Ms. Kelley by Chautauqua County residents was violated.  Her actions and the consequences are a warning to others who violate their duty to the public. I thank Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson for working with us on this case.”  DiNapoli says Kelley resigned after 26 years of employment and she admitted to stealing the cash between 2012 and 2017.  She has agreed to pay back $4,100 in restitution, and pled guilty to petty larceny.


Debate still taking place over proposed legalization of recreational pot...
Disagreements over the details of proposals to legalize recreational marijuana for adults in New York could prevent a vote on the measure this year.  Despite broad support for legalization among many lawmakers, negotiations have yet to resolve several big questions, including whether the state would expunge the criminal records of people with past pot convictions.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and top lawmakers had hoped to reach agreement on a legalization bill before the Legislature adjourns for the year next month. 


Karen Korematsu speaks at Jackson Center to commemorate 75th Anniversary of landmark 1944 case...
The impact of the landmark 1944 U-S Supreme Court decision in "Korematsu vs the United States" is still being felt today.  That from Karen Korematsu... the daughter of Fred Korematsu... who sued the federal government for unjustly imprisoning more than 120-thousand Japanese -- most of them American citizens -- on the West Coast during World War-Two.  During the 75th anniversary program Tuesday at the Robert H. Jackson Center... Karen Korematsu recalled talking to her father about former Attorney General John Ashcroft having hundreds of Muslims arrested after the "9/11" attacks.  She says it's kind of a "continuation of different forms of violations of our civil rights."  In 1942, she says it was racial profiling... after "9/11" it's been racial and religous profiling.  Karen Korematsu discussed the institute -- named afer her father -- and, it's part in the fight against the Travel Ban against half-a-dozen Muslim majority nations in the "Trump versus Hawaii" case decided in 2017.  She says the 5-to-4 decision to uphold the ban was "very disappointing."


Reed supports Trump's tough stance on trade deal with China...
There is support for President Donald Trump's tough stance against the Chinese government on trade coming from both sides of the political aisle.  Local Congressman Tom Reed is among those supporting the president in the escalating trade dispute between the two countries.  Trump is downplaying the dispute as nothing more than "a little squabble" between friends.  Reed is optimistic there will be a final deal... and, says final passage of the U-S, Mexico, Canada trade agreement could play a big role.  However... the Corning Republican says Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is holding up a vote because she doesn't want to "give the president a win."  Reed agrees the dispute has been hurting an already struggling agriculture industry... but, he says final approval of the USMC will help relieve some of that.  He adds that a new margin support program is to begin next month... and, that should help struggling producers.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with regional media.


State Senate looks to vote on measure to battle Opioid addiction...
New York's Democrat-controlled state Senate plans to vote on legislation aimed at battling the opioid crisis.  A bill sponsored by Senator Pete Harckham of Westchester, would require addiction treatment providers to contact pre-designated loved ones when someone undergoing treatment shows potentially life-threatening behaviors such as testing positive for drugs.  Harckham says his "Stephen's Law" proposal also would allow treatment providers to release details of a patient's behavior or condition to up to three people designated by the person undergoing treatment. 


 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 14, 2019

A north county man faces a first-degree assault charge after he allegedly stabbed and seriously injured another man during a fight in the town of Ellicott last weekend....

Ellicott Town Police were called to the scene on Town Line Road just before midnight Saturday and found a 38 year-old male who had been stabbed several times.  Officers later found the 18 year-old suspect, Alec Stanley of Dunkirk, and arrested him.  He was sent to the County Jail without bail.  The unidentified victim was flown to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA for treatment. 


A second building that was damaged when part of another building collapsed on East Second Street in Jamestown in late 2016 may soon be redeveloped into apartments and commercial space....  

The City Council's Finance Committee last night approved a resolution to transfer the multi-story building at 8 East Second to the Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency to be sold and redeveloped.  Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says there has been a vacant lot at 10 to 12 East Second since then.

City Development Director Vince DeJoy says the Chautauqua County Landbank Corporation last week agreed to the property transfer, after the state Historic Preservation Office determined that the building was safe to use, and had historic significance.  DeJoy says there has been some definate interest expressed in the building, for two-story apartments, and some commercial space on the lower floors.  The building at 10 to 12 East Second was torn-down after it was approved for demolition in late October of 2016.  DeJoy says his department is now putting out Requests for Proposals for the property.  The full council will vote on the property transfer next Monday night.


A petition has been reportedly filed with the village of Sinclairville to hold a vote on dissolving the village..... 

County Executive George Borrello says he has been aware of the petition and says when he chaired the Regional Solutions Commission as a legislator, a proposal was developed on dissolving the village and merging the towns of Charlotte and Gerry.  Borrello says there is information available to inform voters about the viability of such move.

Borrello says a flaw with the state law is that it allows dissolution votes without requiring a proposed plan before a vote is held.  He says the only requirement is that -- once the petitions are certified -- that the vote take place within 60-days.  Borrello says he is willing to have the county provide the information gathered by the Regional Solutions Commission to the village to assist voters. No word yet on whether an actual vote has been scheduled. 

 
A home on Risley Street in Fredonia sustained substantial damage after an apparent drunk driver crashed into the home early Sunday morning.....  

Fredonia Police say a vehicle driven by 21-year-old Devante Grayson was traveling on Center Street at about 6 AM, when he ran a stop sign and crashed into the front porch of the house and the chimney at 63 Risley.  Officers say Grayson fled the scene, but was taken arrested a short time later.  Grayson was allegedly found to be intoxicated with a blood alcohol content more than twice the legal limit.  He was charged with DWI, aggravated DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to stop at a stop sign, speed not reasonable and prudent, unlicensed operator, and unsafe tires.  No one was injured in the crash.  Fredonia Fire, University Police, and Dunkirk Police also responded to the scene.


Triple-A and the Medical Society of the State of New York are urging passage of a new law requiring all passengers to wear seat belts when riding in the back seat.....  


Current law requires seat belts for all front-seat passengers as well as all passengers younger than 16 in the back seat.  The groups held a news conference Monday at the state Capitol ahead of a possible vote later this week in the Senate, where the legislation is sponsored by Democratic Senator David Carlucci of Rockland County.  Statistics cited by supporters show that passengers are far more likely to avoid serious injuries if wearing a seat belt, no matter which seat they're sitting in.


Local veterans and their families are encouraged to attend a town hall style meeting on June 1st in Frewsburg to learn more about their military benefits in Chautauqua County.... 

The program will be held at the Frewsburg American Legion Post, beginning at 10 AM, and runs until Noon.  It's being put on by the Vietnam Veteran's of America Chapter in Jamestown and, Chapter President Bob Lewis says they have especially geared this towards spouses, widows, and other family members.

Lewis says their first town hall a couple of years ago drew more than 120 veterans and their family members.  He adds that part of the reason they're doing this is because many veterans and their families don't know a lot about what they are entitled to.  Lewis says they'll discuss Accrued Benefits and, "Dependency and Indemnity Compensation" among others.  Lewis says the program will include presentations by Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello and, County Veterans Services Director Greg Carlson.  For more information, contact Bob Lewis at 569-2115.


The best tasting water in Chautauqua County belongs to the north county village of Fredonia.....  

Fredonia won out over five other municipal water systems to take the top spot in the 26th annual "Water Tasting Contest" held last Saturday at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood.  Water Resource Specialist Bill Boria with the county's Department of Health and Human Services says more than 100 people took part in the 4-hour long, "blind taste test," where the public was able to taste a sample of each system's water, and vote for the best.  Boria says the judging was "very close" because each system is "very good."  He says last year's winner, the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, finished a close second.  Other participants included Cherry Creek, Dunkirk, Frewsburg, and Mayville.   


Supporters of legislation that would allow people with a terminal illness to seek life-ending drugs from a physician are heading to Albany this week.....  

Organizers say dozens of advocates will be in the Capitol on Tuesday, with many sharing personal stories about the suffering experienced by loved ones with terminal illnesses.  The bill isn't scheduled for a vote but supporters say they're feeling more optimistic after Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would sign the bill into law if it passes.  The bill before lawmakers would require two doctors to sign off on the use of life-ending medication.  Eight states and Washington, D.C., already allow people to seek a doctor's help in ending their lives.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 13, 2019

A Canadian woman was arrested early last weekend when she accidently drove her truck into the side of a Randolph restaurant while she was allegedy drunk.... 

State Police in Jamestown say they were called to the scene at Pete's Place late last Friday, and their investigation found that 37 year-old Debra Ralph of Nova Scotia was driving the vehicle when it struck the building, causing minor injuries to one of the patrons.  Troopers say Ralph failed several sobriety tests and, provided a 0.22 breath sample at police headquarters.  A second person, 32 year-old Geoffrey Blew of Kennedy, was also arrested for allegedly using obscene language, and urinating in the parking lot, during the investigation.  Blew was jailed pending further court action, while Ralph was issued appearance tickets for a later date.


A local peer-to-peer program for local veterans to help them cope with life after the military will be featured during the upcoming "Military Make-over" programs about Ashville veteran Cody Willett.... 

The make-over of the Willett home was completed by the program's crews, and will be aired on Lifetime Channel for at least four shows, starting next month.  The head of the local PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Peer Support Program, Cindy Reidy, says Willett contacted her last February because he wanted to feature the program during the makeover shows.  Reidy was able to mobilze more than 100 people to help out.

Reidy says Dwyer was an Iraq War veteran who suffered physical and psychological injuries but, found no programming to help him.  Dwyer later died from overly self-medicating himself.  Reidy says the "Vet-to-Vet" approach of the program allows for complete anonymity withour fear of reprisal.  She says they stress outside activities to allow vets to interact, such as bowling, and coffee hours.  We talked with Reidy at the Heritage Group's "Homestead Stables..." where six Dwyer members receive equinne therapy.  For more information, go on-line to Dwyerhchautauqua.com.


The Supreme Court case 'Korematsu vs. U.S.' will be commemorated beginning today (Monday) in a series of programs sponsored by the Robert H. Jackson Center....  
Seventy-five years ago, in the midst of World War II, Fred Koramatsu defied an order that Japanese-Americans be sent to internment camps.  While the Supreme Court affirmed the internment, Robert H. Jackson wrote a powerful dissent... in support of 'equal protection' under the law.  The film "Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story" will be shown tonight (Monday) at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.  The movie will be introduced by Koramatsu's daughter, Karen.  On Tuesday at the Jackson Center, John Q. Barrett, an authority on Jackson's work will speak about the Korematsu decision.  The Center's Greg Peterson will interview Karen Korematsu, and a play about the decision will be read.  More information is available from roberthjackson.org or by calling  483-6646.


State officials say last month's Earth Day "trash blitz" conducted by transportation department employees resulted in thousands of bags of garbage being picked up along New York roads and highways....  

Department of Transportation officials say the April 22nd trash collection effort by more than 1,900 agency workers assisted by jail inmates hauled in more than 8,600 bags of garbage.  DOT officials say the statewide trash pick-up was held on Earth Day to encourage motorists to not litter New York's landscape. 


The soon-to-be retiring president of the State University of New York college at Fredonia is reflecting on her time as head of the institution for the past 14 years....  

Dr. Virginia Horvath is also preparing for her final commencement ceremony later this month.  Horvath will be retiring on July 1st.  Horvath believes one of her greatest accomplishments is getting the village of Fredonia and the city of Dunkirk to begin to work together.

Horvath became Fredonia's 13th president in 2012.  When announcing Horvath's retirement last month, SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson said she will be working with the Board of Trustees on an interim president, while a search is conducted for a permanent one.  Horvath will be retiring in Ohio to be closer with her family.  

 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo invoked a mother's instinct to protect as he signed legislation on Mother's Day that expands the number of speed cameras in New York City school zones....  

The Democrat was accompanied by his mother, Matilda Cuomo, on Sunday as well as other elected officials and advocates who pushed for the legislation.  The legislation, passed by the Democrat-controlled state Legislature in March, vastly increases the school safety camera program from the roughly 160 school zones where they are currently to around 750 zones having cameras in two or three years.  Supporters of the speed cameras say lives are saved when drivers are forced to slow down and speeding infractions have decreased significantly in the zones where cameras have been installed.

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., May 11, 2019

City man receives 7 years in prison for trafficking Methamphtetimine...
A Jamestown man will spend seven-years in federal prison after being sentenced in U-S District Court in Buffalo for trafficking signifcant amounts of Methamphetimine.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Jr. announced Friday that 63 year-old James Bess, Jr., who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine, was sentenced to 84-months by District Court Judge Lawrence Vilardo.  Prosecutors say Bess was arrested in October of 2016 after he sold a quantity of meth to an undercover officer in exchange for $800 cash.  During a search of his car... officers recovered three bags of methamphetamine.  Officers also searched a room at the Red Roof Inn near Falconer, which Bess had previously rented.  During that search, officers recovered two more bags of methamphetamine. 


Forestville man pleads guilty to producing and distributing Child Pornography...
A Forestville man has pleaded guilty to being in possession of child pornography nearly three-years ago, following a federal investigation.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Jr. says 55 year-old Joseph Harvey entered the plea in U.S. District Court Friday.  Prosecutors say that back in May of 2016... Harvey was found in possession of 37 videos and 51 images of child pornography.  In addition... between January and May of 2016... attorneys say Harvey exchanged text messages with another man in which they discussed child pornography.  During those text exchanges, Harvey distributed and received images of child pornography.  He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he's sentenced next September.


City man pleads guilty to producing and possessing child porn...
A Jamestown man has pleaded guilty to making and possessing child pornography... and, now faces up to 40 years in federal prison.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Jr. says 37 year-old James Chapman, also known as "Fatz Guy," and "Perverted Doe," entered the plea Thursday before U.S. District Judge Lawrence Vilardo to production and possession of child pornography.  Prosecutors say Chapman solicited a 16 year-old girl through Facebook in November of 2014 to have sex with him for $60.  She got a 16 year-old friend to do the same.  Chapman also allegedly took nude pictures of the girls on his bed, and he then allegedly put the pictures out on-line.  He was then accused of communicating with a third-victim -- a 17 year-old girl -- in April of 2017... and getting her to send him a sexually explicit picture of herself on line.  Kennedy says the charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $250,000 fine.  Sentencing is set for September.


Reed says U.S. needs to be vigilant, but, not overreact to World's "hot-spots..."
There are a number of "hot spots" around the world right now that U-S officials are focused on... including one in our own hemisphere.  Local Congressman Tom Reed says it's a time to be vigilant, and not overreact as some "sabre-rattling" takes place.  Most of the harsh rhetoric lately has been between the U-S and Iran... after the Iranians threatened to restart the "higher enrichment of uranium."  Reed says that would violate a 2015 nuclear deal that the United States pulled out of last year.  He says it's a matter of making sure that Iran is given the message that if they make any "aggressive moves" will be addressed.  Iran has also been accused for some time now of supporting terrorist groups in the Middle East.  Also in recent days... Venezualan citizens have been protesting the regime of dictator Nicholas Muduro... but, two days of protests were quashed by the military.  Reed believes it's a matter of time before Muduro leaves... or is ousted.  Finally... North Korea has tested new missiles in recent weeks... the latest coming late this week.  Military experts say the new missiles look a lot like a missile the Russian military has been trying to sell abroad for years.  But... it's unclear whether North Korea bought the missiles, or built them itself.


Horvath preparing for final commencement at SUNY College at Fredonia, and reflecting on 14 years at the helm...
The State University of New York is looking for a new interim president at the SUNY College at Fredonia.  MeaNtime, the out-going president to preparing for her final commencement ceremony.  We caught up Dr. Virginia Horvath on campus Thursday and spoke with her about the decision to retire on July 1.  She told us that she put her heart and soul into the campus for the past 14 years, and says she's beginning to reflect on what her time there has been like.  Horvath became Fredonia's 13th president in 2012.  She believes one of her greatest accomplishments is getting the village of Fredonia and the city of Dunkirk to begin to work together... instead of competing for state and federal monies. 


New York on track to end Coal Plant emissions by the end of 2020...
New York state's plan to end carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants by the end of 2020 remains on track.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state's Department of Environmental Conservation has adopted the final rules for the phaseout, which Cuomo first announced in 2016.  New York has only two operating coal plants, both upstate and owned by Beowulf Energy. They generate a small fraction of the state's power.  The two plants could stay open if they install costly emissions capture technology or switch to natural gas.

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WJTN News Headlines for May 10, 2019

Flames have extensively damaged the upper floors of a single-family home on the northside of the village of Falconer....  

Falconer firefighters were called to the scene at 13 Mason Street shortly before 6 PM... and, Chief Charlie Piazza says they found heavy smoke and fire coming from the second story.  Piazza praised crews for their efforts to get the fire out... and, keep flames away from two nearby homes.

Piazza says it took about an hour to bring the blaze under control, then get it out.  A second-alarm was called.  Piazza says Falconer was joined at the scene by Kennedy, Lakewood, Gerry, Fluvanna, and Kiantone fire crews.  One child apparently suffered a minor injury and, was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for an evaluation.  No one else was hurt.  Crews were at the scene until about 8 PM.  The cause remains under investigation.

The Cody Willett family is back in their completely "made-over" home in Ashville after it got a major, "Military Make-over."  

The Lifetime Channel crew -- led by TV talk show legend Montel Williams -- completed shooting at the Roemer Road location yesterday afternoon.  There was plenty of enthusiasm even before the family made it's return.  Montel and Co-Host Art Edmonds recorded their closing from the home's deck.

A couple of passing rain showers failed to dampen the spirits of about 200 people on hand for the "big reveal."  One of the major components of the 10-day effort was a strong volunteer effort to help rip, tear, and build.  Chautauqua County Veteran Services Agency Director Greg Carlson says that effort involved a lot of local vets.

The Dwyer Program is a peer-to-peer military organization that helps veterans who deal primarily with PTSD issues, which Cody Willett deals with.  The first episode of the program with the Willett's will air on the Lifetime Channel after Memorial Day.


From the looks on their faces, the Willett family is very happy with all the improvements made to the U-S Air Force veteran's Ashville residence.  "Military Makeover" host and TV talk show legend Montel Williams had been out to the house several times in the past few days and, the program crew, local volunteers and vendors were hard at work leading up to Friday.  He says Willett went through their application process and, their story fit what they look for.

Williams says the Willetts were selected among dozens of applicants.  Willett suffered injuries in a rocket attack while he was serving our country in Afghanistan, and suffers from PTSD.  However, Williams says Willett is now working as a computer specialist with the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.


Five Chautauqua County communities have now received permits from the state Department of Environmental Conservation to do targeted herbicide treatments on Chautauqua Lake.... 

The Lake Partnership says the towns of Ellicott, Ellery, and North Harmony, and the villages of Lakewood, and Celoron, have been approved to apply Aquathol-K and Navigate on Eurasian Milfoil and Curley Pondleat weeds this Spring.  The CLP says the DEC has indicated that registered herbicide application professionals will be restricted to the designated areas on Wednesday, May 15th from 7 AM to 8 PM.  The application may take 3 to 6 days to complete.  For more information, contact Glenn Sullivan at SOLitude Lake Management at (908)310-8775.


Local police and fire departments are in the midst of putting on about a half-dozen mock DWI crash events around Chautauqua County to warn people about the dangers of impaired driving....  

Typically, the drills take place in the lead up to the Spring prom season.  Sheriff Jim Quattrone says about half have been held so far... and, adds they're not just geared to the students.  Quattrone says they stress the need for students to make "wise choices..." and it's also a message intended for staff and teachers, as well. 


New York lawmakers are taking a closer look at authorizing sports betting on smart phones - and whether it would require a change to the state Constitution....  

The Democrat-led state Senate held a hearing on the issue Wednesday that attracted gambling lobbyists, attorneys and representatives from the NBA and PGA.  Supporters say the state could make hundreds of millions of dollars off sports betting - money that's now going to illegal wagers or to states like New Jersey, which has already legalized sports betting.  New York's four non-Native America-owned casinos will begin offering sports wagers once new regulations are finalized.  A bill before lawmakers would authorize bets on mobile devices and eventually at sports venues.  Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo contends that could take a Constitutional amendment, which requires voter approval.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 9, 2019

There is no "constitutional crisis" as the head of the House Judiciary Committee claims after the White House decided to assert executive privilege to block the full Mueller Report from Congress.....  

Those are the feelings of local Congressman Tom Reed after Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler made the statement early Wednesday.  Later in the day... Nadler's committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with the panel's subpoena to turn over the entire report.

Reed says most of the report -- about 95-percent -- is currently available to the public for scrutiny.  He acknowledges that there could be consequences to Barr's refusal to go before the House Committee.  Barr testified before the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee one week ago and, he did what "exactly what he was asked to do."  Nadler added that President Trump's assertion of executive privilege over special counsel Robert Mueller's report is a clear escalation of his administration's "blanket defiance" of Congress.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 In state government news... 

The New York state Senate has approved legislation that would allow congressional investigators to get access to President Donald Trump's state tax returns, giving Democrats a potential end-run around the administration's refusal to disclose his federal returns.  The bill that passed Wednesday would authorize state tax officials to release any state returns filed in New York if requested by any of three congressional committees.  The Assembly has yet to schedule a vote.


The family of a Chautauqua County military veteran will get to finally see their entire "made-over" home in Ashville later today.....  

The excitement is building for the latest "Military Makeover" reveal for Afghanistan War veteran Cody Willett and his family.  Willett is now a computer specialist for the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.  Work crews from the Lifetime Channel program, and locally, have been working on the home for nearly two weeks now.  TV Talk Show legend Montel Williams has hosted the program for about a year now and, says it was the perfect follow-up to his 22 years in the military.

Williams took over hosting "Military Makeover" after the original host, Ray "Gunny" Ermey, passed away in April of last year.  We spoke with Williams during a break in taping parts of the show at Heritage Ministries Homestead Stables in Gerry.  He says equine therapy has helped restore hope and comfort to a lot of vets.  Williams and Co-Host Art Edmonds says the Willett's home has been a bee-hive of activity since crews came into do the make-over. 


The initial meeting for the ninth-round of New York's Regional Economic Development Councils will be held in northern Chautauqua County today....  

That from County Executive George Borrello, who says the Western New York Council will gather at the Willams Center at the SUNY College at Fredonia.  Borrello says the council will put on a number of activities to help government and other agencies looking to apply for funding. Borrello says he's "very happy" the county will be hosting the program at Fredonia and, he'll be delivering opening remarks at the Council's gathering.


New York state is setting aside another 5-and-a-half-million dollars to support efforts to ensure teens have better options than joining a criminal gang....

 Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the funding on Wednesday, adding it will go to 14 programs that provide workforce training and educational programs for at-risk youth.  Participants in the programs can get help with earning a high school diploma, or learn skills needed for jobs in health care, building trades, information technology and other sectors.  Cuomo, a Democrat, says the funding is a key part of offering teens good alternatives to violent street gangs.  Nearly $1-million will go toward programs on Long Island, where state and local officials are trying to curb recruitment by the MS-13 gang.


Gasoline prices continue to rise leading up to the Memorial Day Weekend across the nation and, Chautauqua County....  

The Triple-A's Gas Price Report says the average cost in the Jamestown-area is up 4-cents a gallon for the week.  The report says the average price for regular, unleaded gas is now $2.94.  Triple-A says the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions saw moderate price fluxuations over the past week and are up an average of 2-cents a gallon to $2.97.  The report says gasoline stocks declined by about a half a million barrels in the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest report, even with regional refinery use jumping from 87.6 to 92.5-percent.  The national average price is up a penny to $2.89 a gallon.

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WJTN News Headlines for May 8, 2019

Two men were arrested Tuesday afternoon in Jamestown for allegedly assaulting another person, then being found in possession of drugs and a sawed-off shot-gun....  

City police say members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force spotted 23 year-old Tyler Tedesco and 18 year-old Jacob Graham assaulting the individual just before 1:30 PM.  Officers say the pair fled before police could stop them.  However... a city patrol later stopped the car on Lincoln Street... and, arrested the two men.  Officers spotted methamphetimine inside the car... and, a further search turned up more meth and the shot-gun... which was reported stolen from Ohio.  Graham has been charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon... criminal possession of a stolen property, and third-degree criminal possession fo a controlled substance.  Tedesco is charged with disorderly conduct.  Both were taken to the city jail pending arraignment.

 
A city man who was arrested in March of last year for drug and weapons possession has now been sentenced to more than 5-years in federal prison as a repeat felon....  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 39 year-old Douglas Wood was given 63-months behind bars by District Judge Richard Arcara for his conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Prosecutors say Wood was arrested during a narcotics investigation... and, learned that Wood was in possession of a silver handgun.  Jamestown police were alerted and, they approached Wood and spoke with him briefly before he tried to run off.  Following a brief struggle, he was taken into custody, officers recovered a loaded revolver and 14 additional rounds of ammunition.  Wood was previously convicted of several felony crimes, between 2001 and 2007.

The 100th class in Cornell Cooperative Extension's LEAF program was held Tuesday night at the Falcon's Nest in Falconer....  

LEAF-- or learn, empower, achieve, farm --was the brainchild of local Farm Business Educator Katelyn Walley-Stoll.  She says some 2,000 people have taken the short, farm related classes, with an economic impact of a half-million dollars.  One of the speakers at the 100th LEAF class was the Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension in New York state, Chris Watkins.  He told the audience Walley-Stoll will begin a new job on July 1st as the farm-business educator on a recently created 'regional Extension team'.  Additional LEAF programs are being scheduled.  More information is available from Cornell Cooperative Extension-Chautauqua County.  

Chautauqua County is one of 15 counties across New York state that is receiving a share of $86-million from a division of the National Institutes of Health to help reduce opioid deaths.... 

County Executive George Borrello says the county's Department of Mental Hygiene will be receiving $2-million over the next four-years from the National Institute of Drug Abuse to put an "evidence-based" Opioid Use Disorder Treatment model in place.

The Department of Mental Hygiene is the county office responsible for addressing opioid use,  and, was recognized by the Columbia University's School of Social Work to receive the funding.  Borrello says it will help build local programs to help cut the number of opioid-related overdoses -- and deaths.  He says that number fell by about 30-percent from 2017 to last year.  Borrello says the grant, along with continued collaboration between stakeholders taking part in the County-wide Alliance for Enforcement and Rehabilitation,will "allow us to continue to make strides forward in addressing the opioid crisis here."


Legendary band director, Ralph 'Raz' Rasmusson, conducted the JCC Concert Band for the final time at the Spring Concert Tuesday night.....  

'Raz' is retiring after 28 years at the baton.  Dr. Marilyn Zagora, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Jamestown Community College told Raz he leaves behind a legacy of excellence at the college.  Rasmusson, who previously had a long career at Falconer High School, will soon turn 83. He was humble and in typical humor as he accepted the recognition,  saying it was 'a little like attending the wake at your own funeral' where you can greet your friends and have a smile.  While he won't be directing the band, Raz was quick to note he'll still be playing in Pearl City Jazz and other groups he's well known for.


The Falconer School Board held it's public hearing on the district's proposed $23.7-million budget for the 2019-2020 school year last night.....  

The hearing on the no tax levy-increase spending plan was held in the Middle-High School Media Center.  Superintendent Steve Penhollow says the budget hikes spending by 2.6-percent over the current year.  Penhollow says there are a couple of areas where costs are up, including the legal costs of defending the district in the annexation case with the city of Jamestown.

The district is taking part in the legal defense against the city's effort to annex about 4-acres of land that primarily belongs to the Board of Public Utilities.

Penhollow says the board was able to keep the tax levy flat due to a 3.1-percent increase in state aid, and using some reserve funds.  The Falconer School Budget and board vote will take place from 2 to 8 PM on Tuesday, May 21st in the High School Gym foyer.  Penhollow says incumbant board members Robert Carpenter and Tracy Schrader, and newcomer Marci Conti are running for three seats.


The Lakewood Village Board is officially on board with applying for permits necessary to apply herbicides soon on Chautauqua Lake to deal with the ongoing weed problems.....  

Village Clerk Joe Johnson says the panel yesterday morning approved requesting permits for the areas targeted by the Chautauqua Lake Watershed and Management Alliance.  They also approved a service agreement for a company to apply the herbicide.  Late yesterday, the Celoron Village Board was to discuss and take possible action on the permits as well.


An elderly north county man has been charged after allegedly pulling his Sports Utility Vehicle in front of a tractor-trailer near Routes 5-and-20 in the village of Silver Creek Monday afternoon, triggering a violent crash....  

Sheriff's officers say 88 year-old Donald Hoeber of Irving pulled out from Howard Street just after 2 PMand, the semi driver tried to avoid the collision.  However... the operator still hit the SUV, and the truck with a load of gravel, crossed the roadway, and flipped onto it's side.  A large amount of the gravel went onto the road.  He suffered minor injuries, and was taken to Lakeshore Hospital for treatment.  Hoeber and his passenger were not hurt.  He's been charged with failure to yield the Right of Way when Entering a Roadway... and, will appear in Hanover Town Court at a later date.  Officers say Howard Street was shut-down for some time during the investigation, and clean-up at the scene.

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WJTN News Headlines for May 7th, 2019

A 22 year-old Salamanca man was killed when his car went out of control and slammed into a tree last Saturday morning in the Cattaraugus County Town of Dayton.....  


The Salamanca Press is identifying the man as Austin Elliott.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley says Elliott was eastbound on East Leon Road about 6:15 AM... and, missed a curve.  Deputies say the man's 2015 Chevy Cruze struck the tree.  Officers say Elliott was pronounced dead at the scene.  The vehicle was extensively damaged.  The accident remains under investigation.


For the first time in more than a year-and-a-half... the city of Jamestown's quarterly sales tax came in lower than it did for the first three months of 2018....  


That from City Comptroller Joe Bellitto in a memo to the City Council's Finance Committee last night.  Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says it was the first decrease in six quarters... but, adds it's not a big drop-off.

Dolce noted that the city's adopted budget still includes $6.2-million in sales tax revenues, which is about $200,000 less than what actually came in last year.  For the first quarter of last year, the city took in just over 24-percent of the total forecasted sales tax.  Dolce says they believe the loses of Sam's Club in West Ellicott... and, The Bon-Ton and Sears in the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood.


As part of Small Business Week... the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce held open houses at both of it's offices in Jamestown and Dunkirk.....  

Chamber President and CEO Todd Tranum says they wanted to high-light the services they provide as part of a membership drive that they are holding in conjunction with Small Business Week activities.

Tranum says the Chamber puts on more than 100 events each year... geared towards driving foot traffic through their members doors.  He says they are getting their new service to help make their members compliant with new Human Resource guidelines and regulations up and running.  Tranum says they currently have 900 members... and, they are trying to up that by 25-percent by the year 2025.


It's National Small Business Week across New York and the nation and, local business and government officials helped kick-it off Monday in Jamestown.....  

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce hosted the event at it's headquarters at the Manufacturing Technology Institute at Jamestown Community College.  Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum hosted the event... and, says small businesses continue to be the backbone of the region...and, nation.

Two proclamations were issued... the first from the county with Deputy Executive for Economic Development Mark Geise doing the honors in place of County Executive George Borrello.  Geise noted that small business remains big business in Chautauqua County.  He says there were more than 2,800 small businesses in Chautauqua County in 2016, doing just over $1.3-billion in business annually.  City Council President Marie Carrubba read a proclamation from Mayor Sam Teresi, who was in Albany for the state Conference of Mayors gathering.  Carrubba applauded small businesses for their investment -- and reinvestments -- in the city.


The operator of an Amish buggy was not seriously hurt but, the vehicle was heavily-damaged when a car struck it from behind on Route 957 in Warren County's Freehold Township yesterday morning..... 

State Police in Warren say the crash occured just after 7 AM between Lottsville and Sugar Grove.  Troopers say the driver of the car, 59 year-old Jerry Steadman, said heavy fog and a bright sun caused him not to see the buggy until it was too late.  Police say the buggy went into a ditch and car sustained substantial damage.  The buggy's operator, 26 year-old John Shetler of Sugar Grove, was taken to Corry Memorial Hospital for treatment of a minor head injury.


More than 100 arrests were reported during this year's "Not Fred Fest" activities in the village of Fredonia last weekend.... 

Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis provided an update Monday on the numbers from Fredonia Police.  She indicated that village police officers racked up more than 200 hours of over-time as a result of the activities that were not sanctioned by the village nor the university.

Dr. Landis says the SUNY College at Fredonia is very important to the village's economy, but she also indicated that "Not Fred Fest" is a burden on the village.  She says the people of the village "pay for..." though there is a lot that's good the college brings to Fredonia.  The mayor got a first-hand look at Not Fred Fest activities when she drove around the village with Police Chief Brad Meyers for several hours during the weekend. 


More than 200 mayors and other municipal officials are gathering in eastern New York to discuss what they say is a rising crisis in transportation infrastructure funding.... 

The New York State Conference of Mayors is holding its annual meeting Sunday through Tuesday in the Otsego County village of Cooperstown.  About 250 officials plan to discuss issues facing their communities, with repairing local roads and bridges among the top items on the agenda.  Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi is among them.

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WJTN News Headlines for May 6, 2019

A playful act in southern Warren County, Pennsylvania turned tragic when a 7-year-old boy was killed when he was run over by a pick-up truck....  

State Police in Warren say 33 year-old Justin Sweitzer of Tidioute was leaving the Tidioute Scenic Overlook-area in Limestone Township when he would "speed up" as the boy was trying to open the vehicle's door.  Troopers say the boy was accidently run over by the truck.  He later died at Warren General Hospital.  Police say no charges have been filed but, the investigation is continuing.


Two men have been arrested for allegedly being involved in a fight that was initially reported as involving several people last week in the town of Chautauqua.....  
Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Valley Street shortly after 2 AM on April 30th.  Deputies say they saw the two men -- 34 year-old Juan Rivera of Jamestown and 20 year-old Delonte Fredrick of DeWittville -- fighting on the sidewalk.  When deputies approached, they say Rivera fled on foot.  He was taken into custody a short distance away and charged with disorderly conduct, as well as second-degree obstruction.  Officer say Fredrick was charged with disorderly conduct.  Both wer jailed pending arraignment.


An Afghanistan War veteran and his family are seeing their home in Ashville getting a complete re-make as part of the Lifetime Channel's "Military Makeover" program..... 

Crews have already been working on home of Cody Willett and his family for several days making upgrades and other improvements.  "Military Makeover" is hosted by talk show star, Montel Williams.  His co-host, Art Edmonds, says it's "Home Improvement" with a twist.  Edmonds says their Construction Manager, Ryan Stanley, has been here, and hard at work.


Edmonds adds they get hundreds of requests each year for current or past military personnel to get make-overs on their home.  He says they work with their corporate partners in choosing who qualifies for a renovation or upgrade.  Edmonds says the main question is "can they help" this veteran and their family?  The "Military Makeover" renovation project at the Willett home is being supported by the Chautauqua County Veteran's Service Agency Joseph P. Dwyer Program.  The Dwyer program helps veterans in their efforts to return to civilian life. 


Farmworkers from around New York plan to gather at the state Capitol in Albany today to push for legislation that would grant them the right to unionize for better wages and conditions....  

Monday's rally comes as lawmakers consider whether to vote on the bill, known as the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act.  The act would rescind an 80-year-old law that prohibited farmworkers from unionizing. It would also guarantee extra pay for overtime as well as workers compensation benefits.  Farm laborers say they deserve the same benefits and protections as other workers.  Many farm owners and agricultural organizations, however, argue that higher wages and the risk that workers could strike will devastate small farms and hurt the state's agricultural economy.


The Rotary Club of Jamestown celebrated its 100th anniversary on Saturday with a major event at the Harbor Hotel in Celoron...  

The club's current President, Katie Geise, saluted the members of Rotary for 'Service Above Self' for their club, their families and the community.  The Jamestown club's Foundation Chairman, Greg Jones, announced the local group has raised a total of a million and half dollars for charitable work locally and around the world.  The two active members with the longest Rotary careers were honored: Dudley Ericson, who joined in 1970, and Bill Larson who's been in the club since 1955. 


Local police agencies are gearing up for the criminal justice reforms that were included in the recently approved New York state budget....  

Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone says he participated in a meeting that was held this week with some of the local police chiefs and, Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson... to discuss some of the changes that will go into effect in January.  Among the concerns, says Quattrone, is the elimination of cash bail.

Quattrone, who took office in January, says that some of the policy changes are already being phased in by some of the courts and, they've been starting to see some of those offenders out, and commiting crimes again.  He says that makes their jobs more difficult.  Quattrone says there are some exceptions when it comes to the elimination of cash bail, but he says they are limited.  He says there is not much that can be done about the changes that were approved by Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers last month.  

 
A north county woman accused of stealing property from a Vineyard Drive business for more than a year has been arrested on petty lacency charges...  

Sheriff's officers were called to an undisclosed location last Friday afternoon and, following an investigation, deputies arrested 54 year-old Wendy Privitera of Dunkirk.  Privitera was issued an appearance ticket for Dunkirk Town Court at a later date.


The Cuomo administration's top economic development official is stepping down..... 

Empire State Development says Friday that Howard Zemsky will relinquish his duties as president and Chief Executive Officer of the state's main economic development agency.  Zemsky will remain with the ESD as chairman of the board and will help in the search for his successor.  State officials say there's no timetable for naming his replacement.  The Brooklyn native and Buffalo real estate developer was appointed to the position in March 2015 and was paid an annual salary of $1.  Before joining ESD, Zemsky worked with the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council.  His company's redevelopment projects include turning an old factory in Buffalo's Larkin District into an office complex.  Zemsky's move was first reported Thursday by the Wall Street Journal.

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News Bulletin for Sat., May 4, 2019

Falconer water main flushing postponed due to high water...

Our rainy weather has forced the Jamestown Board of Publi Utilities to cancel flushing in the village of Falconer now through tomorrow.  BPU Spokewoman Becky Robbins says the rain has caused high-water.  She says announcements will be made later when the flushing of Falconer is rescheduled.  Due to pre-flushing preparations in Falconer, however, residents of the village and of the north side of Jamestown may see discolored water overnight into Sunday.  Residents should not do laundry until water appears clear.

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WJTN Headlines for Sat., May 4, 2019

Quattrone expresses concern over criminal justice reforms in New York state...
Local police agencies are gearing up for the criminal justice reforms that were included in the recently approved New York state budget.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone says he participated in a meeting that was held this week with some of the local police chiefs... and, Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson... to discuss some of the changes that will go into effect in January.  Among the concerns... says Quattrone... is the elimination of cash bail.  In his opinion... he feels it's going to allow some people back onto the street who should not be there.  Quattrone, who took office in January, says that some of the policy changes are already being phased in by some of the courts... and, they've been starting to see some of those offenders out, and commiting crimes again.  He says that makes their jobs more difficult.  Quattrone says there are some exceptions when it comes to the elimination of cash bail, but he says they are limited.  He says there is not much that can be done about the changes that were approved by Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers last month.  


Geise says REDC has started Consolidated Funding Application process...
The ninth-round of the New York State Regional Economic Development Council initiative has been launched.  Deputy Chautauqua County Executive for Economic Development Mark Geise says there are a couple ways the county's Department of Planning and Development is assisting interested business, organizations and municipalities with the State Consolidated Funding Application -- or CFA.  Geise says that includes getting the word out, and secondly is offering assistance to those entities who would like to apply for the funding.  He says in 2018 nearly 50 applications were submitted... and, 22 projects were funded at just over $6-million.  He adds he would like to see an even higher number this year. 


Zemsky resigns as CEO for Empire State Development...
The Cuomo administration's top economic development official is stepping down.  Empire State Development says Friday that Howard Zemsky will relinquish his duties as president and Chief Executive Officer of the state's main economic development agency.  Zemsky will remain with the ESD as chairman of the board and will help in the search for his successor.  State officials say there's no timetable for naming his replacement. 


Borrello says he's ready for Primary race for State Senate, end will continue through end of the year as County Executive...
Chautauqua County's top-elected official says he will remain on the job... but, will be doing some traveling across the 57th State Senate District over the next couple of months.  County Executive George Borrello has already hit the ground running in trying to win a primary vote for the Republican nomination to run for the seat vacated by Cathy Young.  Borrello says his campaign has had to moblize quickly because of the new state elections laws... but, adds that many of the issues he's touted as County Executive also reasonate across the district.  He says they're led by agriculture, and he says his message is being well-received.  As for his current job... Borrello says he will remain as county executive through the end of the year... and, he plans to advance a number of projects that are underway.  This is not the first time a County Executive has run for higher office while holding the county's top-elected post.  Former Executive Greg Edwards ran for Lieutenant Governor with Carl Paladino when Paladino ran against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2010.


Flu season not over, says NYS health officials...
New York health officials say the influenza season isn't over yet but flu is no longer prevalent in the state.  State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker says that means health care workers who aren't vaccinated against the flu are no longer required to wear masks in areas where patients are typically present.  Zucker declared influenza prevalent in the state on December 20th.  Flu activity peaked during the week ending Feb. 23, 2019, when more than 9,600 laboratory-confirmed cases were reported in one week.  Health officials say that as of last weekend, there were nearly 107,000 lab-confirmed cases of influenza and more than 18,000 hospitalizations during the flu season.  Six children died from the illness.


New legislation approved to deal with children's Lemonade stand flap...
A dispute last summer over whether a 7-year-old boy had the proper permits to operate a lemonade stand has prompted legislative action in New York.  A bill introduced this year in Albany would clarify the law to exempt stands run by children 16 or younger from needing a state permit.  Last July... a state health inspector shut down 7-year-old Brendan Mulvaney's stand in Ballston Spa because he lacked a permit.  State officials said vendors at a nearby county fair had complained.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo intervened and directed health officials to ensure Brendan's stand reopened and the health department later apologized.

 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 3, 2019

Chautauqua County's first-term executive says he's ready to make a run for the 57th New York State Senate District........  

Republican County Executive George Borrello officially announced his candidacy to replace the retired Cathy Young in a banquet room full of supporters last night in Mayville.  Borrello says he'll work for what he's strived to do in the county as both a legislator, and as county executive.

Borrello thanked several people for their support on both the county, and district levels... especially his wife, Kelly.  State Assemblyman Andy Goodell was on hand for the announcement... and, recalled being concerned when former County Executive Vince Horrigan decided not to run for re-election nearly two years ago.  But, he says Horrigan assured him he had a great candidate to replace him in Borrello and, he hasn't been disappointed.  Both Borrello and Allegheny County Legislature Chairman Kurt Crandall will square off in a June Primary and, the winner will face Democrat Austin Morgan of Freedom in Cattaraugus County.


A Lakewood man who has spent two terms on the village board and, worked in the Busti Town Assessor's Office for more than three decades has announced he is running for mayor..... 

 Republican Randy Holcomb is the first person to formally announce he is running for the open position after last year's resignation of Cara Birritierri.

Birritierri resigned amid controversy early last October, and the position has been unfilled.  Deputy Mayor Ted McCague  has run village board meetings since Birritierri stepped down.  He has not yet announced his intentions.  Holcomb has a couple of main priorities, one being keeping village departments strong to better serve the residents, especially the village's Fire Department.  He says it's also important to find good replacements for village employees who retire.  Holcomb adds that his other priorities are keeping taxes down, economic development, and working to keep Chautauqua Lake healthy and clean.  He says he'll vy for the Republican nomination when the party caucuses this coming July.


An acclaimed expert on innovation was the keynote speaker Thursday at the annual meeting of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier.....  

Bob Roitblat of Chicago takes a novel approach to the commonly heard phrase, "If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got." He believes the world is turning so fast, that if you do what you've always done, you'll fall farther and farther behind.  Roitblat says innovation is key to staying ahead, and adds the process is NOT about brand new, earth shattering ideas, but finding something meaningfully different for customers.  He believes many businesses fail at innovation because they don't spend enough time discovering their customers' unmet needs BEFORE launching a new idea.  The MAST annual meeting was held at the new Doubletree in downtown Jamestown.


A Sherman man has been arrested for animal neglect after the new owner of his property found more than a dozen dead chickens inside a chicken coop on the property....  

Sheriff's officers were called to the undisclosed location late last month, and, found 14 dead chickens, which appeared to have been locked in cages with no way out.  After an investigation, deputies determined that 43 year-old James Linger was the previous owner of the property and chickens.  Linger has been charged with failing to provide sustenance to the chickens and, was issued an appearance ticket for Sherman Town Court for overdriving or torturing an animal. 


Southwestern Central School District voters will decide on whether to approve a $29.2-million budget for the 2019-2020 school year on May 21st.

  School Superintendent Maureen Donahue says the spending plan is about 1.8-percent higher than the current year's budget.  Donahue says personnel costs are the main reason for the increase... although some of those costs -- namely health insurance -- have been reduced.  She adds they got only a slight state aid increase.

Donahue says the tax levy is up about 1.5-percent, but, adds that's within the 2-percent state property tax cap.  She says the tax rate will be nearly the same as in the current budget.  In addition to the budget, Donahue says there'll be two other propositions.  The first is a $496,000 transportation measure... which includes five vehicles.  Two of those are full, 66-passenger buses.  The third proposition is for a new Capital Improvement fund to offset future project costs.  School Board member Cory Miller is running unopposed.  A public hearing on the spending plan will be held on May 14th and, the vote on May 21st will be from 7-to-9 AM... and, 2-to-8 PM at the High School.


Millions of dollars in federal funding is available for New Yorkers with serious health problems to obtain air conditioners for their residences....  

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that people can start applying for air conditioners or fans through the Home Energy Assistance Program at their county department of social services. The Democrat says the state has set aside $6 million in federal funding to pay for the program.  People with health issues that are aggravated by extreme heat can apply. Last summer, nearly 8,000 households received cooling assistance, compared to 4,000 households in 2017.  Assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are being accepted through Aug. 30, or until funding runs out.

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WJTN News Headlines for May 2. 2019

A Cherry Creek woman has now been officially charged in connection with last month's alleged hit-and-run accident on a Foote Avenue crosswalk....  

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says 52 year-old Tammy Sawyer turned herself in late Wednesday morning and, has been charged with Felony leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.  Samuelson adds Sawyer is also charged speed not reasonable and prudent.  He says the woman who was walking in the crosswalk across from UPMC Chautauqua Hospital had to be treated for serious leg injuries.  The accident occured about 9:15 PM on Tuesday, April 16th.  A citizen apparently spotted the vehicle Sawyer was driving in a parking lot on the city's southside this past Tuesday.  City police found and impounded the vehicle, and located Sawyer sometime later.  She's jailed pending arraignment.


A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly trying to break into a senior apartment building in the downtown area early yesterday morning.... 

City police were called to the scene at Covenant Manor at 23 West Third Street shortly before 11 AM to investigate an alleged criminal mischief complaint.  Officers say their investigation detemined that 39 year-old Daniel Harding forced open the front lobby doors, and breaking the lock about 1:30 AM.  Harding was found inside a tenant's room where he was staying, and arrested without incident for fourth-degree criminal mischief.  He was sent to the city jail pending arraignment.

Two local business membership groups have announced that they are providing a new resource to help local managers and employees be compliant with new workplace regulations on sexual harassment....  

During a news conference Wednesday at Pace's Pizzeria in Jamestown... officials with the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturer's Association of the Southern Tier, announced the on-line platform for their members, which will also provide a full, human resources package.  Director of Insurance Services Kevin Sixbey has been working to implement the program.

Sixbey says the new resources, which include interactive videos for employees and managers, are good for businesses that employ from one to several dozen people.  For many employers...such as Matt Churchill with Water Street Brass in Lakewood, this new resource is important because he wears several "hats" in the organization.  Sixbey says the training covers what workplace sexual harassment involves, how to spot it and how to prevent it.  For more information, contact Sixbey at the chamber, or MAST at 484-1101.


The Chautauqua County Board of Elections has officially designated three early voting sites in the county, where residents will be able to cast their ballots starting in late October....  

Republican Elections Commissioner Brian Abram says they decided on sites in the south, central and north county because they're in higher population corridors, and access is easy.

Abram says voting will have limited hours each day, which is different from Election Day on November 5th.  He says early voting will begin on Saturday, October 26th, from Noon to 5 PM... and continue the next nine days.  Abram says there will be NO early voting on the day before the regular Election Day on Monday, November 4th.  He says the county Board of Elections received a 200-thousand dollar state grant to help put on the early voting.  For more information, go on-line to VoteChautauqua.com or call the Board of Elections in Mayville.


A citizens advisory committee on the re-use of Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk is continuing discussions about possible uses for the facility once a new hospital is built....  

But at the same time, Mayor Willie Rosas says there are some restrictions being placed on the use of the Central Avenue site.

Rosas, who is a member of the committee, says he is concerned there may be a gap in services for low-income residents.  He says he's been talking with members of the hospital board about that.  Rosas spoke Wednesday morning in Dunkirk.  He says the committee was to meet later in the day yesterday.


New York state lawmakers have voted to join Hawaii in banning a widely used pesticide that's blamed for harming the brains of babies....  

The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly passed legislation Tuesday evening that would immediately prohibit aerial spraying of chlorpyrifos.  All use of the pesticide would be banned in December 2021.  The pesticide is used on many crops, including apples, a leading New York product.  California and other states are also considering restrictions on the chemical after the Trump administration balked at a federal ban.  Studies have linked chrlopyrifos to neurological problems in children.  A federal appeals court ruled last year that the Trump administration endangered public health by ignoring evidence about the pesticide.  The measure now moves to Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, who hasn't weighed in on the bill.
  

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WJTN News Headlines for May 1, 2019

Just a day after releasing a more detailed description of the suspect vehicle involved, Jamestown Police have now found the car and driver allegedly involved in a hit-and-run accident in mid-April......  
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says investigators found the vehicle, a Toyota Rav 4, that struck a female victim in the cross-walk on Foote Avenue in front of UPMC Chautauqua Hospital, shortly after 9 PM on Tuesday, April 16th.  Samuelson says the vehicle is being impounded for processing and charges against the driver are pending.  More details will be released later.  The woman struck by the car was treated for a serious leg injury.  Samuelson says they found the car after an officer from another local agency received a tip and, contacted city police.

Both sides of the political aisle are praising the way today's meeting on infrastructure between President Trump and Democratic lawmakers turned-out....  

In fact, White House officials are calling Tuesday's meeting both "excellent and productive."  Local Congresman Tom Reed also says he's "very pleased" to see both sides coming together on the issue.  The Corning Republican says he wants to see a bill that deals with ALL aspects of infrastructure.

Reed co-chairs the bi-partisan Problem Solver's Caucus, which proposed an infrastructure bill last year, but it ended up going nowhere.  This time, he says there may have been some pressure from the Democratic rank-and-file, because the leadership has been hesitant to give Mr. Trump any kind of political "win."  Mr. Trump met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who said afterward Trump agreed to a $2-trillion price tag for infrastructure investments.  However, the two sides haven't decided on how to pay for it yet. 

Congressman Tom Reed is blasting New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for his announcement that he will take legal action against ICE agents if they don't stop their "reckless and unconstitutional enforcement actions."  

Cuomo issued the "cease and desist" letter order late last week.  He also expanded an executive order prohibiting ICE Arrests in State Facilities in addition to prohibiting state agencies from Inquiring About Immigration Status.  Reed says Cuomo is putting New York residents at risk for his own political gain.

Reed adds that... during a recent radio interview, Cuomo stated he would “do nothing to cooperate with ICE” and the state should do anything "short of breaking the law" when dealing with the federal agency.  He says, by directing the state police to not cooperate with ICE and preventing ICE from arresting undocumented immigrants inside state courthouses... Cuomo is "showing an unacceptable disregard for the brave men and women of our law enforcement community.”

The new President of the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown is ready to advance Jackson's ideals and expand the center's programs...  

Kristan McMahon began her work there Monday.  She says Jackson's assertion after World War II that the rule of law is paramount needs to be heard today, in order for people to have 'trust in the system' and lay a foundation of fairness.  McMahon believes the principles enshrined in the Jackson Center need to be articulated at all levels of government.  Taking Jackson Center programming to Washington, DC may be part of that effort.  McMahon is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and Catholic University Law School.  She practiced law for 15 years... including a time at Verizon.  For the last three years she's helped non-profit organizations find leaders.   

A major fund-raiser for the Jamestown area's largest soup kitchen is celebrating it's 20th anniversary this year with hopes again of raising more than $20,000....  

The yearly "Cents for St. Susan's" drive began Tuesday morning at the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities offices.  BPU officials were joined by most of their major contributors for the event.  General Manager Dave Leathers praised the efforts of Communications Coordinator Becky Robbins for helping lead the effort.

During the kick-off, Robbins noted that they already have commitments for $11,500 from their major sponsors.  St. Susan's Center Executive Director Bonnie Scott-Sleight has headed up the organization for five-months now and, says the drive is a big help to them.  She urges people to put their spare change in the cannisters, which will be at nearly 60 locations in the area.  Key Bank has again made the largest business donation to "Cents for St. Susan's..." totaling $2,000.  Kwik Fill is adding $1,000, and others are contributing $500 each.  The Media One Radio Group is a media sponsor of the annual fund-raiser.

The state Senate's Republican minority has introduced a package of legislation that it says would counter changes made to New York's criminal justice system by majority Democrats...  

Senate GOP Leader John Flanagan, of Long Island, said Tuesday that Democrats who control the Senate and Assembly "swung way too far to the left" when they approved a series of criminal justice reforms earlier this year.  Those reforms included eliminating cash bail for non-violent arrests and ensuring a defendant's right to a speedy trial.  Flanagan and fellow GOP senators say the changes favor convicted criminals while weakening law enforcement and ignoring the plight of crime victims and their families.  The GOP's "Victims' Justice Agenda" contains 11 bills, including a measure that would make the sentence for first-degree murder be life imprisonment without parole.

Pennsylvania is getting an unexpected windfall, as internet sales tax revenues are coming in nearly four times above what had been projected for the current fiscal year....  

Revenue Department officials say the state estimated to collect $50-million from the tax on online transactions, but it's looking like about $200 million will be remitted.  The state two years ago imposed sales taxes on people who use online marketplaces to sell their wares.  Pennsylvania is requiring businesses that don't have a physical presence in the state to pay online sales taxes, under a divided U.S. Supreme Court decision issued last June.  That ruling was considered a win for large retailers that maintain a presence in many states, as they generally had been collecting sales taxes on online purchases before the decision.

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 30


City lawmakers have agreed to hire a Long Island law firm to represent Jamestown in it's appeal of the recent arbitration ruling in favor of the city policeman's union..... 

The City Council voted 8-to-1 last night in favor of hiring Bond, Shoenick, and King of Garden City to handle the appeal for a cost up to $25,000.  During his message to the council, Mayor Sam Teresi said he wanted to set the record straight, the city is not 'bound' to accepting the panel's split decision.  At the same time, he says the city is still willing to return to the negotiating table with the Kendall Club-PBA.

Teresi emphasized that this was "Compulsory Interest" -- not "Binding" Arbitration.  That means neither side was bound by the decision, whether it went against the city or not.  Last night's lone "no" vote was cast by Republican Councilman Andrew Liuzzo, who wanted to table the measure to give both sides another chance to come back to the negotiating table.  However, the proposal was not seconded, and the final vote was taken.

A new, local group has officially taken ownership of the Jamestown Jammers Summer collegiate baseball team and, the team will resume play in 2020.....  

The organization, called Jamestown Community Baseball, LLC, officially received the team from ROC Ventures of Milwaukee, Wisconsin during a press conference at Diethrick Park Monday afternoon.  The park's namesake -- Russell E. Diethrick, Junior -- who chairs the local ownership group,signed the agreement.

The situation is similar to something Diethrick did back in the 1960s, as city Parks and Recreation Director, when a local group took ownership of the former Jamestown Falcons when there was a threat that the franchise would be moved, or shut-down.  The group's Greg Peterson says it's the first of two actions that were being taken Monday.  He says the other took place last night with the city council voting to transfer the current lease from ROC Ventures to the new ownership group.


The new Jamestown Community Baseball group can now officially call Diethrick Park home to it's franchise for the next five years, starting next season....  

The City Council last night unanimously approved transferring the Jammers lease from ROC Ventures to the new, local ownership group.  Mayor Sam Teresi says the contract is good for next season, then again for the 2021-2025 playing seasons.  As had been discussed during the press conference at Diethrick Park, there will also be the five-year renewal option for the 2026 through 2030 seasons.   


With the legal and ownership hurdles cleared for the Jamestown Jammers, the issue of player development and managment also had to be looked at.... 

Jamestown Community Baseball decided to look to a local native, who has been involved in that area on the Major League level for several years.  Dr. George Carlo is currently involved in player development with the Boston Red Sox, and previously with the Detroit Tigers.  Carlo, who also heads up the Secrets of Champions Foundation, was at the press event.

In addition, Carlo noted that another Jamestown native, Jordan Basile, will manage the team when it returns to action in 2020.  Basile is currently head baseball coach at Patrick Henry Community College in Virginia.  In addition, Carlo says Basile will be in Jamestown hosting a Jammers Summer Camp for ball players at Diethrick Park.  Carlo says he founded Secrets of Campions Foundation last year in Jamestown to help "our young people be the best they can be in whatever they do."


Carelessly discarded smoking materials are being blamed for a fire that damaged a two-story home on Jamestown's westside late Sunday afternoon...  

City Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Finson says crews were called to the scene at 238 Hall Avenue shortly before 5 PM and, found some smoke and fire coming from one side of the structure.  Finson says everyone was out of the home, and one crew pulled one handline to get the blaze out, while another crew went to the upper floors.

Finson says it took about 20 minutes to bring the blaze under control.  No injuries were reported.  He says the cause was accidental.  Crews were at the scene about three hours and, the two families living in the home are now being helped by the local Red Cross.


The search is winding down for the next Principal at Jamestown High School.... 

Current principal Mike McElrath will be leaving the position to serve as head of the district's new Success Academy, which will open in September.  Jamestown District Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says he's excited Dr. McElrath has decided to lay the foundation for students at Rogers.

Apthorpe says the Rogers Success Academy is for grades 5-12 and, will open as an "intentional place of healing" for students. On the flip side, Apthorpe says the search for the new JHS Principal is going well.  It started with 16 applicants and, he says the field has been cut to two finalists.  He hopes to have a decision by May 21st, and the new principal beginning July 1st.  Apthope says the feedback received from an on-line survey for community members served as an important step for interviewers to create a profile of what kind of person that should be.


Jamestown police are still requesting the public's help and are providing more detail on the vehicle allegedly involved in a hit-and-run accident that occured earlier this month....  

City Police say the accident occured on Foote Avenue, in front of UPMC Chautauqua Hospital, on Tuesday, April 16th at 9:15 PM.  Investigators say a woman was struck in the cross-walk by a 2009 to 2012 model Toyota Rav-4 that was silver in color.  Police add that the suspect vehicle is missing a piece to its front drivers side bumper, a small black plastic insert where a fog light would be -- and will be noticeable.  Anyone with information on the wherabouts of this vehicle or who may have been driving it is asked to contact City Police at 483-7537 or anonymous tips can be left at 483-8477 or via the Tips 411 App.  Police say all calls will be kept confidential.


A Jamestown woman was arrested on several charges for allegedly leading police on pursuit with a child in the vehicle Sunday afternoon....  

Officers responded to 839 Lafayette Street just before 4 PM, where it was reported a female was trying to run over a man with her car.  On arrival, police saw the car vehicle traveling down the sidewalk, and back onto the roadway.  A traffic stop was attempted, but, 27 year-old Susan Walker fled the scene.   After a short chase, Walker got out on Cherry Street and, attempted to flee on foot before being taken into custody.  She was sent to the City Jail pending arraingment.  

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WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 29, 2019

Two people from Jamestown are jailed without bail following a drug raid last Saturday night in which they were allegedly found with a "large quantity" of Crystal Methamphetamine in their possession...  

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro, and Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Forces jointly raided the home at 12 Partridge Street shortly after 10 PM and, arrested 22 year-olds Jacob Komenda, and Loegan Morrison-Samples and, found about 2.2-ounces of Crystal meth.

Samuelson adds officers also found Komenda and Morrison-Samples in possession of a small quantity of powder cocaine, along with a shot-gun and stun gun, drug paraphernalia and, a quantity of cash.  He says both Komenda and Morrison-Samples were arraigned in city court, and sent to the county lock-up.  Samuelson says both face a preliminary hearing later this week.  The JPD SWAT Team assisted in the raid.  (**If you have any information about illegal drug activity in the city, call the Metro Drug Task Force at 483-TIPS or contact their Tips 4-1-1 app.)

Pennsylvania's highest court is striking down a provision of 2017's sprawling state law expanding casino-style gambling, saying a tax on higher-revenue casinos to provide cash grants to help market and improve lower-performing casinos is unconstitutional....  

The state Supreme Court on Friday agreed with a challenge by Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, invalidating the tax and ordering the money repaid.  Sands Casino argued the provision violated various parts of the state constitution and the U.S. constitution's equal protection and due process clauses.  Based on 2017-18 revenues, Presque Isle Downs in Erie, and Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Poconos were to get $4-million dollars each, with smaller amounts going to three other casinos.  Seven casinos wouldn't receive anything.  Chief Justice Tom Saylor writes that the benefit received and the burden imposed make it unconstitutional.


While Chautauqua County lost 20 percent of its grape and dairy farms in the new Ag Census, there are some areas where agriculture is growing.... 

Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Farm Business Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension, says beef farming is increasing, and the number of dairy farms adding beef has also gone up.  Another area, that doubled in value from 2012 to 2107 is 'direct to consumer' production, up to around $3.5 million a year.  That 'direct to consumer' marketing includes such diverse areas as baking bread for farmers' markets, having a sweet corn stand, or adding a colony of bees.  A decade ago Chautauqua County had the most farms of any county in New York.  Now with 1,228 farms, the county is third, behind Steuben and St. Lawrence counties. (Walley Stoll spoke on the Farm Bureau Radio Show this past weekend.)


A Jamestown man is accused of leading city police on a brief foot chase on the southside last Saturday afternoon when they tried to arrest him on a warrant....  

Officers say they spotted 38 year-old Alberto Narvaez-Aponte in the area of Foote Avenue and Harrison Street about 5:30 PM and, went to arrest him.  However, police say Narvaez-Aponte pulled away from them, and he tried to hit one of them.  The suspect then ran off, but, was quickly stopped and taken into custody.  Narvaez-Aponte was also found in possession of three Suboxone strips, which he did not have a prescription for.  He was arrested for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree obstruction, and resisting arrest.


The three-phased clean-up of a huge weed mass that inundated the Burtis Bay-area of Celoron on Chautauqua Lake late last Fall is to begin this week.....  

That from County Executive George Borrello, who says members of the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance had hoped to begin lakeshore clean-up in that area before last Winter.  However, that didn't work out.  Borrello says leaders met at the end of March to further develop a clean-up plan.  Burtis Bay resident Peggy Newell spoke at this past week's County Legislature meeting in Mayville.

Newell says Borrello told her just prior to the meeting that the official clean-up was beginning shortly.   The executive says a combination of excessive floating aquatic vegetation and high water levels and high winds created the weed mass.  He says the county worked with the state Department of Environmental Conservation to find a way to remove the weeds and, $73,000 in funding was secured for the project through contributions from the county, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, and the Alliance. 


Last Saturday morning's strong winds in Jamestown blew over part of a brick wall on a more than 100 year-old building in the downtown area..... 

City Fire Battalion Chief Don Mowry says the gusty winds blew the brick facade off the side of the Coffee Exchange building at the corner of West 8th Street and Murray Avenue shortly after 9 AM.  The winds were still gusting when we spoke with Mowry.

Mowry says the city's Department of Development and a contractor have been called to figure out how they can stabilize the building.  He says an engineer was looking at the building late Saturday morning, and they were working to stablize the building until repairs can be made.  Mowry says no injuries were reported.  He says the building itself is still structurally sound.  However, Mowry says a portion of West 8th Street has been blocked off in case any more bricks fall.

 
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is shrugging off her state's governor's endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden's 2020 presidential campaign over her own....  

Speaking to reporters after an event Friday at a bar in Nashua, New Hampshire, Gillibrand said, "Our governor can endorse whoever he likes, but I am the best candidate to defeat President Trump, and I will."  Fellow Democrat and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said he's supporting Biden, who formally launched his White House bid Thursday.  Gillibrand said, "The truth is, this presidential election will not be won on the endorsements of powerful people."  She later briefly played beer pong, successfully tossing a pingpong ball across a table and into a plastic glass of water, making her opponents take long swigs of beer.

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News Headlines for Sat., Apr. 27, 2019

No one hurt in building wall collapse in downtown Jamestown Saturday...
A wall on a more than 100 year-old building in downtown Jamestown collapsed in this morning's strong winds.  Jamestown Fire Battalion Chief Don Mowry says the gusty winds blew the brick facade off the side of the Coffee Exchange building at the corner of West 8th Street and Murray Avenue shortly after 9 a.m.  The winds were still gusting when we spoke with Mowry... who says the brick was blown off... but, fortunately no one was struck.  Mowry says the city's Department of Development and a contractor have been called to figure out how they can stabilize the building.  He says no injuries were reported, and the building itself is still structurally sound.  However... Mowry says a portion of West 8th Street has been blocked off in case any more bricks fall.


Hamilton says there are winds, and snow on tap for weekend...
Spring began just over a month ago... but, it's feeling more like Winter again this weekend as a pair of storm systems move through the region.  There were also windy conditions forecast, but, there were no advisories, watches or warnings.  Snow showers were in the forecast last night... and, again tonight.  Meteorologist Bob Hamilton at the National Weather Service in Buffalo says we could see a light coating of wet snow -- in places -- again tonight.  Hamilton says the better chance of snow comes with the second system that comes through later in the day today... and, it may leave a few inches of accumulation on the higher terrain early Sunday.  Hamilton says it’s not unusual to get some snowfall this time of the year... but, this would be the latest we've had snow in several years.


Tranum says, in spite of new state budget, NYS remains "Business Unfriendly..."
The head of Chautauqua County's largest merchants organization says the state legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo need to do more to make New York business friendly.  County Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says they are concerned about a proposed change that would provide more rights to farmworkers... and, he also sounded the alarm on rising workers compensation costs.  In fact... he says after being number three a couple of years ago, the state is now again number-one in that area.  The state legislature is currently holding hearings on the new Farmworker Fair Labor Practice Act.  Under current law, agricultural workers aren't allowed to unionize and many farmers don't have to pay overtime.  Farm workers told lawmakers that they deserve the same protections as other workers.  Some shared stories of injuries, long hours and difficult conditions.  Farm owners said such cases are rare, but that higher wages and potential strikes could drive some farms out of business, bad news for both owner and employee.


Reed warns Democrats should not push too hard for Impeachment of Trump...
Congressional Democrats need to be careful if they decide to travel down the road of Impreachment... because they'll show they're more about politics than the American people.  Those are the feelings of local Congressman Tom Reed... who says that's even though the Mueller Report shows 10 possible instances of obstruction by President Trump or the Trump Administration.  Reed agrees that Congress have oversight powers, but, he says to bring Impeachment charges and "overturn the will of the people" is not want the people feel should be prioritized.  Reed echoed comments by Colorado Senator Cory Gardiner... who says many statements in the report show the administration's behavior did not warrant "merit badges."  However... he says what is in the report does not rise to the level of collusion or obstruction.  Reed reitrated that Majority Democrats need to watch how hard they push the idea of impeachment... and, notes some extremists seem to have taken control of the party away from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.


Gillibrand shrugging off Cuomo's endorsement of Biden to be Democrat's choice to run in 2020 Presidential election...
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is shrugging off her state's governor's endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden's 2020 presidential campaign over her own.  Speaking to reporters after an event Friday at a bar in Nashua, New Hampshire... Gillibrand said, "Our governor can endorse whoever he likes, but I am the best candidate to defeat President Trump, and I will."  Fellow Democrat and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said he's supporting Biden, who formally launched his White House bid Thursday.  Gillibrand said, "The truth is, this presidential election will not be won on the endorsements of powerful people." 


State's annual Firefighter Recruiting Weekend underway...
More than 600 volunteer fire departments across New York -- including several in Chautauqua County -- are opening their doors to the public this weekend as part of an annual recruitment drive.  The open houses on Saturday and Sunday are being held to help local fire departments recruit more volunteers.  Visitors will get the chance to speak with active volunteers and participate in department activities.  The ninth annual "RecruitNY" drive is an undertaking by the Firemen's Association of the State of New York, which represents about 105,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 23, 2019

During a regular meeting of the Jamestown School Board last night, a new Principal for Jamestown High School was announced.... Effective July 1st, Dr. Rosemary Bradley will replace current principa...

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