Chautauqua County fire investigators believe that arson is the cause of multiple fires at a location on Engdahl Road -- near Edson Road -- in the town of Charlotte Wednesay night. That's the word from Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace. He says three departments battled the fires that damaged two campers and an ATV. Fire crews from Sinclairville, Gerry and Ellington responded to the call just before 9 PM Wednesday. The fires were located several hundred feet off the roadway. Gerace says if anyone has information about the blazes... they should contact the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.... or the We-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME. If your tip leads to an arrest and conviction... you may be eligible for a reward of up to one-thousand dollars.
He has made the decision not seek a second term... but, Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan says there's still a lot to do in the remaining 10 months in office. Horrigan made the announcement at the end of his fourth, and as it turns out, final State of the County message Wednesday night. After the address, Horrigan indicated that he had been thinking about ending his career in county government for about a year. He wants to spend more time with his wife Barbara and their family in Florida. Horrigan feels his administration has accomplished a lot in the last three years... and the time is right. He says there's always going to work to get done... but, he believes there are plenty of talented people to carry on that work here. Horrigan says there is still a lot to do in his remaining time in office. Among his top goals, taking home a 20-million dollar grant award in the final round of the State Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition.
The major political parties in Chautauqua County are now looking for candidates interested in running for the County's top-elected office. County Legislator David Wilfong of Jamestown... who is also the chairman of the Chautauqua County Republican Committee... says that Vince Horrigan has accomplished a lot in the past three-plus years. Wilfong says one of the qualities the party will be looking for in a candidate is the willingness to work with others. County Democratic Chairman Norm Green, who attended Wednesday night's meeting, indicated that they have some people interested in running, although he would not give out any specifics.
New York state plans to dedicate 32-million dollars in federal funding to improve public transportation in the state's rural areas. Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration announced the grants on Wednesday. They'll go to counties, cities and tribal governments who agree to use the money for intercity bus lines, regional transportation authorities and other public transportation programs. The Democratic governor says reliable transportation systems are critical to the accessibility and economics of rural New York. He says the money will help connect rural areas around the state to smaller cities. Specifically... the funds could pay for new buses, vehicle maintenance facilities or features such as bus shelters, communication systems or security.
Governor Cuomo is proposing a $25 million cut to programs that fight cancer, diabetes and other health threats. The Democratic governor's administration says specific reductions, to be made by state health officials, would make health programs more efficient. Lawmakers are skeptical about the proposal in Cuomo's budget. Democratic Sen. Liz Krueger says Cuomo should say which programs will be cut before the budget is approved. The American Cancer Society opposes reductions, noting one program facing cuts funded 25,000 breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings for poor New Yorkers last year. The administration says the cuts wouldn't affect a separate $16 million program dedicated to breast cancer screenings. Last year... Cuomo proposed big investments in cancer screening after his girlfriend, celebrity chef Sandra Lee, successfully battled breast cancer.
Invasive species will be the focus of a special series of programs next week at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown. Conservation technologist, Elyce Henshaw says they want people to know about the problems non-native species can cause. RTPI will present programs on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6 PM. Monday's program will be about 'birds and invasives'. The Friday session will talk about White Nose Syndrome in bats. On Wednesday, Elyce Henshaw will describe the problems caused by earthworms consuming leaves on the forest floor. The series wraps up Saturday, March 4th from 10 to 3, with a day of education, training and fun activities. All events are free at RTPI on Curtis Street in Jamestown. They are being presented in conjunction with National Invasive Species Awareness Week. More information at rtpi.
The current tenant of the former Quality Markets Warehouse in West Ellicott has now purchased the entire facility from the previous owners. Hackman Capital Partners and Calare Properties have jointly announced that the Jackson Avenue Warehouse at 133 Jackson Avenue has been purchased by Regal Service... a 100-percent employee-owned transportation company. Officials with Hackman say Regal will continue to occupy all of it's nearly 288-thousand square-foot distribution facility. Regal is a 51 year-old company that serves several multinational manufacturing companies, as well as the food industry. The company has occupied space in The Jackson Avenue Warehouse since 2011 and, after several expansions, took over the entire facility in early 2014. Regal has additional facilities in New York, western Pennsylvania and Maryland. Hackman Capital founder and Chief Executive Officer Michael Hackman says the "Jackson Industrial Building's location, high bays and abundant loading capacity made it a great fit for Regal when they first leased space in it six years ago. We're thrilled it has continued to meet their needs and very pleased with the sale."
Jamestown police have responded to a number of domestic violence, and disturbance calls in recent days... including one where a child was being held while two people were having an altercation. That call came from 101 Lakeview Avenue shortly after 8 AM Tuesday... where a physical altercation took place between 27 year old Antonio Sanders and a female. During the fight... police say Sanders choked the victim while holding a one year old child. Sanders was later found at a different address... and, arrested for criminal obstruction of Breathing, Aggravated Family Offense, and second-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was then sent to the City Jail pending arraignment.
Jimmy Fallon has donated 100-thousand dollars to help fund the art program at the high school he attended, with some of the money going toward the school's TV studio. The host of NBC's "Tonight Show" is a 1992 graduate of Saugerties High School in upstate New York. Fallon tells The Associated Press in a statement that he's glad to be able to give something back. He adds: "And if anyone there wants to return the favor with a statue of me or something, I'm totally cool with that, too." While there's no word on a statue, district Superintendent Seth Turner thanked Fallon for the gift and joked that he's willing to completely eliminate Fallon's disciplinary record in return.
Gerace says fires in Sinclairville area were set intentionally...
Chautauqua County fire investigators believe that arson is the cause of multiple fires at a location on Edson Road in the town of Charlotte last night. That's the word from Sheriff Joe Gerace. Three departments battled the fires that damaged two campers and an all-terrain vehicle... and, says they're only releasing the fact the blazes were intentionallyl set. Fire crews from Sinclairville, Gerry and Ellington responded to the call around 9 p.m. last night. The fires were located several hundred feet off the roadway. Gerace says if anyone has information about the fire, they should contact the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office or the We Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME and become eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
Horrigan concludes State of County message with announcement he's not running for re-election...
Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan delivered what will be his final State of the County Address last night. The reason was revealed at the end of his message... when he announced that after "careful consideration," and talking it over with his wife... he was not going to seek re-election. In his announcement... Horrigan says he has a "firm believe that new ideas and new energy comes from new leaders." The Bemus Point Republican says he wants to spend more time with his kids and grandkids who live in Florida. Before serving as County Executive for the past three years... Horrigan completed a two-year term on the County Legislature. Besides his 27-years in U.S. Air Force, Horrigan also served several years as Executive Director of the county-wide Red Cross chapter.
Horrigan says County has made a lot of progress over past year...
In his fourth State County address, County Executive Vince Horrigan gave a progress report on Chautauqua County's Comprehensive Plan, Chautauqua 20/20, which was passed by the County Legislature in 2011. Horrigan examined each of the 15 focus areas contained in the report including Business/Economic Development... including expansions in strengthened management at TitanX, and Castelli Cheese... and, new plants such as New Flyer and Athenex have and will become part of the industrial landscape of the county. In the area of Infrastructure/Public Investment... Horrigan reported on what he considers a true regional solution, the creation of the North County Water District. He also pointed out that the goal of completing the sewer system around Chautauqua Lake is now in sight.
Huber says numbers of drug addicts, those with drug-mental issues, came to MHA in record numbers in 2016...
There are no signs of any let-up in the Heroin and Opioid Drug crisis in the Jamestown-area... and, the numbers bear that out. That from the new director of New Program Development at the Mental Health Association of Chautauqua County. Rick Huber has a new position this year with a restructuring of the MHA in light of skyrocketing visits to the MHA's Water Street headquarters. Huber says they had just over 7,700 "visits" for their help in 2015... but, that number doubled last year to more than 15,000... and, there's been no let-up. He says the January numbers are also up over last year. Huber says some of those people who visited did so more than once. However... with the big increase... Huber says the Mental Health Association has had to re-organize... with him taking on the new post of director of New program Development. He thanked the local foundations that have strongly supported their mission in recent years... but, says they need to find more support.
Maple Season starting early due to unseasonably warm temperatures...
The maple syrup season has had one of its earliest starts ever. Lloyd Munsee has been been making syrup at Big Tree Maple in Lakewood for more than 20 years now... and, says this is the first time they've actually tapped trees in January. Munsee adds they've also made some syrup already. With the most recent warmup, Munsee says one of the woods they tap has already produced 60 percent of a normal crop. This year's Maple Weekends are set for March 18-19, and 25-26. He hopes they'll still be making syrup at that time. Munsee says one or two days of 60-degree temperatures won't cause the sap to stop flowing... and, we should see some freezing temperatures by late this weekend. He says many of area's producers have had a similar early start. More information on Maple Weekend is available at www.nysmaple.com.
Gas prices in Chautauqua Co. up slightly this week...
Gas prices in the Jamestown-area have held steady for a fourth-week in a row. The AAA's Fuel Gauge Report says local motorists saw a "fraction of a penny" increase over the past week. The Fuel Gauge reports the price for regular, unleaded is now an even $2.50 per gallon. Last weeks' price was about $2.49.6. Nationally... AAA says prices have increased fractions of a penny to reach today's average price of $2.28 per gallon.
Investigators are looking into the cause of a house fire in Jamestown Tuesday evening. The Jamestown Post Journal reports that the Fire Department was called to 37 Chestnut Street just before 9pm after a neighbor spotted the fire and called 911. It took crews about 45 minutes to knock down the blaze. Crews had to cut vents into the roof with chainsaws to help fight the fire. Officials say the residents of the home were not inside when the fire started. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Pennsylvania State Police are looking for a missing 17 year old. Allison Nicole Pavlock of West Street in Glade Township left home approximately 9am Tuesday and is believed to be headed to Arkansas. Police believe she may be with Mary Delp and Bridget Powers. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Allison Nicole Pavlock is asked to call State Police at 814-728-3600.
This is a vacation week for many school students in Chautauqua County. But... some Jamestown High School musicians may be anxious to get back because they have a major trip planned. Meghan Murray, JHS band director, says the Red Raider Marching Band has been invited to march in Chicago's St. Patrick's Day Parade.
The parade will be televised on Channel 7 in Chicago and will available through live streaming beginning at 1 PM Eastern Time on March 11th. Murray says they'll be playing the "Goll Way Piper..." and, see the Chicago River turned green. Murray says the itinerary is packed with events including museum tours, dinner theater, a visit to the aquarium, and a cruise. A total of 130 students will take the trip, along with 30 adults to fully chaperone the adventure. All of the funds were raised by students and their families. No taxpayer dollars are involved.
An early morning domestic violence incident yesterday has landed one Jamestown man in jail. City Police say... just before 3 AM... they responded to a domestic incident at a West Seventh Street address where they met a pregnant woman who said that 18 year old Michael Brown pushed her down and head butted her while she was holding her small child. Brown is also accused of breaking a phone in an attempt to prevent her from calling for help. The woman was taken to WCA Hospital as a precaution and shortly before 4 AM... police returned to the address after getting reports that Brown was in the area. He was later found on East 5th street and arrested for criminal mischief in the 4th degree and endangering the welfare of a child and taken to city jail without further incident.
Local Congressman Tom Reed's four town hall meetings in this part of his huge 23rd Congressional District drew a lot of attention last weekend... but, not just from interested constituents. There were a number of local, regional and national media on hand... including NBC TV, and the New York Times. Times Congressional Correspondent Thomas Kaplan has covered a number of the town hall sessions that Congressional Republicans -- like Reed -- have been holding. Kaplan says there's a lot of interest nationally in the large turn-outs, and protests. Kaplan says he has never covered a phenomenon like this... but, is quick to add that he did not cover the TEA Party attended Congressional town halls during the Obama Administration when that movement began. The TEA Party... short for "Taxed Enough Already..." was highly critical of a number of policies enacted by the former President... and, began following Obama's Obama's first presidential inauguration in 2009 when his administration announced plans to give financial aid to bankrupt homeowners. Fifty conservative activists in February of 2009 agreed to join against Obama's agenda and scheduled series of protests.
The sixth-annual SOUPer Bowl Sunday to raise money for UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital was a "great success." That from UPMC Chautauqua WCA Development Director Megan Barone... who says this year's event drew record-setting attendance... and, sponsors. The program raised 8-thousand dollars to support the hospital's Robotic Surgery program... as well as the Rapaport Fund at the WCA Foundation. The event was held at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club and was organized by the WCA Foundation, Media One Group, Maplevale Farms, and the Rod and Gun. It featured 15 homemade soups that were served by fourteen local restaurants and caterers. The Game Time Sports Bar and Grill came out victorious... and, so far the event has raised 34-thousand dollars over six year.
The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame has become known for not just inducting members who played the traditional "stick and ball" sports... and, that was again evident this year. In addition to football, basketball and other traditional sports... hunting and auto racing were among the sports celebrated at this year's induction Dinner in Lakewood Monday night. Jamestown's Sammy LaMancuso was a long-time racer... who never ran much outside of the area... but, made a name for himself at Stateline and Eriez Speedways. He appreciates what the Hall has done. While Schnars, Squirt Johns and Emory Mahan were among the big names at Stateline through the first 20 years... LaMancuso also did well. One of his personal high-lights was in 1956... the year Stateline opened. He won what was then the infamous "Team Race" with Joe Sauer. Other sports recognized Monday included national championship hunting... with Jake Ensign... who has won every major title.
Fredonia village lawmakers talked more about North County water and whether or not the village of Fredonia should become part of the regional water district last night in the north county. Two weeks ago... the board heard a presentation from Mayor Athanasia Landis of an engineering study that examined the costs involved in joining the district. Based on the cost figures outlined in the study, it appeared joining the district would be more expensive than having the village continue to produce its own water. Mayor Landis says County Executive Vince Horrigan attended the workshop meeting. Horrigan said last week that he felt it’s important for the village to still consider a project involving an interconnect with the city of Dunkirk, even if the village decides not to join the water district. No decision was expected at last night's meeting... but, Dr. Landis wants to hear from trustees on where they stand on the issue. More on that session later this morning.
Fire has damaged a home in the Cattaraugus County town of Ellicottville. Sheriff's Department dispatchers in Little Valley say the call on Maple Road came in about 4:30 this morning... and no injuries were reported. However... crews were there several hours. Ellicottville volunteers were joined at the scene by Mansfield... and, Great Valley fire crews. No cause has been listed.
Warren County teen killed in ATV accident in Sheffield...
The Werren County, Pennylvania teenager killed in last weekend's all-terrain vehicle accident in Sheffield Township has now been identifed. State Police in Warren say the 17 year-old boy ws riding the ATV on a railroad bed just west of Dickey Lane sometime after 7 p.m. Sunday. The Warren Times-Observer has now identified the boy as Dylan Fehlman of Tiona. Troopers say they responded shortly after Midnight Sunday... and, found the operator of the three-wheeled ATV had lost control... and, the vehicle rolled over. The teen was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation is continuing.
JHS Marching Band to take part in Chicago's St. Patrick's Day Parade...
This is a vacation week for many school students in Chautauqua County. But... some Jamestown High School musicians may be anxious to get back because they have a major trip planned. Meghan Murray, JHS band director, says the Red Raider Marching Band has been invited to march in Chicago's St. Patrick's Day Parade. Murray says it's always held on the Saturday before St. Patricks Day... which is Saturday, March 11th this year. The parade will be televised on Channel 7 in Chicago and will available through live streaming beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on March 11. Murray says they'll be playing the "Goley Piper..." and, see the Chicago River turned green.
Times reporter among national media on hand to cover Reed Town Halls...
Local Congressman Tom Reed's four town hall meetings in this part of his huge 23rd Congressional District drew a lot of attention last weekend... but, not just from interested constituents. There were a number of local, regional and national media on hand... including NBC TV, and the New York Times. Times Congressional Correspondent Thomas Kaplan has covered a number of the town hall sessions that Congressional Republicans -- like Reed -- have been holding. Kaplan says there's a lot of interest nationally in the large turn-outs, and protests... but, adds there aren't too many hosting them because of the "hostile receptions" they've received. He says he has never covered a phenomenon like this.
Schneiderman pushing to be major player in left's resistance to President Trump...
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is fighting to emerge as a major player in the liberal resistance to President Donald Trump. The 62-year-old Democrat may be positioned to challenge Trump's agenda in ways his Democratic allies in Washington cannot. As the state's attorney general, he is backed by one of the nation's largest public law firms. Schneiderman already has a yearslong clash with the new Republican president under his belt. He previously sued Trump over the defunct Trump University. That case was settled. More than most, Schneiderman understands the risks of taking on Trump. He was a target of Trump's Twitter feed long before the president's campaign-trail assaults on Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz.
Eleven new members of CSHOF inducted Monday night...
There are 11 more members of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, who excelled in several areas from football to basketball, and track and field. The new inductees were honored during last night's annual Dinner at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club. Retired Jamestown High School Football Coach Wally Huckno -- and inductee himself -- calls Sam Restivo the best football player ever at JHS. Restivo... who excelled in the late 1970s... says it was nice to have a chance to thank those who helped him through-out his career... and, life. Restivo went on to have a very good collegiate career at Florida State University... where he was all All-Conference Center. Paul Cooley was a coach at Cassadaga Valley Central Schools... and, a long-time basketball official. He's also been a long-time official with the Gerry Rodeo. He also thanked family -- and, says he couldn't believe he was being inducted. Others inducted last night include former JHS Basketball great Maceo Wofford... Master's track and field star Mike Sayers... Championship hunter Jake Ensign... north county coach Charlie DeLuca... and, long-time Panama Central School coach Deb Palmer.
Reed town halls draw huge crowds, confrontation with protestors...
Upwards of 200 people were on hand for what's best described asan unprecidented... and, at times raucous... town hall meeting last Saturday morning with local Congressman Tom Reed in Ashville. The event drew so many people it had to be held outdoors, because the fire code only allowed 120 people inside the North Harmony Senior Center. Health care... and, the future of the Affordable Care Act... was on the minds of many people on hand. Reed was booed -- loudly -- after reiterating his stand of repealing and replacing the ACA. However... he did reach some common ground with the locals on hand. One woman voiced the need for grants to help small businesses afford health insurance for their employees. Reed thanked them for their input. At times, though, it was the crowd that dictated where the Corning Republican went on certain issues. Abortion rights... President Donald Trump's relationship with Russia, and, the future of the EPA were other issues that come up during the town hall.
Confrontation also seen at other Reed town halls...
The Ashville Town Hall was one of four that Reed hosted on Saturday... and, each was heavily attended. Attendees at his second town hall in Cherry Creek grilled Reed on Trump's relationship with Russia. WKBW-TV in Buffalo reported that Reed told them, "It's something that we are keeping a close eye on." Perhaps the most contentious exchanges came at the first afternoon town hall in the Cattaraugus County town of Humphrey. The Buffalo News reports Reed had to defuse a near-scuffle when an older man called abortion "murder..." and got in the face of a young woman who saw abortion as her constitutional right. Reed told both "Let's respect each other." He finished up the day in the Allegany Town of Fillmore... where about 500 people attended. Many there called for Trump's taxes, and his possible ties to Russia, investigated.
Jamestown woman -- a Trump Supporter -- disappointed by town hall protest...
While the majority of people on hand for Congressman Reed's town hall forums confronted him on most every issue... there were a small number there who support Reed's positions. However... one says she felt "very disappointed" by the fact the Ashville forum became so confrontational at times. Jamestown's Marilyn Kelly is a member of the local TEA Party Patriots, and says the protestors "didn't want to listen" because they would cut him off in mid-sentence at times. Kelly says the local people who protested should have shown "a little more respect for each other's views." She says she's a Democrat who voted for Donald Trump... and, went back to something said by another Corning Republican -- Congressman Amo Houghton -- many years ago that more business leaders should run for elected office.
City man arrested on warrent, and Heroin and hypodermic needle possession...
A Jamestown man has been arrested during a warrant check in the city after fleeing police before being caught with Heroin in his possession. Jamestown Police say they were doing the check on 24 year-old Andrew Butts at 100 Hedges Street about 10:30 last Saturday night when Butts tried to run off. Officers caught him in the stairwell of the apartment building... and, he tried to throw-away what was later found to be Heroin... and, a hypodermic instrument. Butts was arrested on several charges... including criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. He's being held pending arraignment.
Large crowd on hand for annual President's Day Winter Festival in Mayville, despite early Spring-like conditions...
It was 60 degrees Saturday afternoon at the height of the 'Winter Festival' in Mayville. Debby Marsala, Coordinator of the Mayville-Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce, says people came... and had fun... because they treated it like a "Winter Carnival." The mother of a family with young children was heard to say, "It's just not the same without an ice castle." Debby Marsala would disagree, adding the castle is just one part of the festival, which still had numerous events and vendors on hand. One was the Saturday Noon 'polar plunge,' which Marsala says was very successful. The plunge is organized by Family Medical Health Services and benefits the Food Bank of Western New York. The Winter Festival had its final events for the year on Sunday.
Reed expects big crowds, and protestors, during Town Hall meetings Saturday in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties...
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he anticipates large crowds -- including protestors -- at his first Chautauqua County Town Hall meetings since the Trump Administration took office. Reed supported Trump's campaign... and, was part of his transition team after the election. Other Congressional town halls have drawn overflow crowds... and, brought heated debate. Trump says he's not anticipating changing the format for the Town Hall's... and, how those attending Saturday's forums are allowed to speak. Chautauqua County Democratic Committee Chairman Norm Green says he hopes that's the case because the people need to be allowed to have their views heard. Reed, a Republican for Corning, will be hosting two sessions in Chautauqua County... one will be in Ashville the other in Cherry Creek. Green says he's also heared that there may be big crowds at both. Reed says he has no problem with "robust debate" on some items... but, he also urges people to be respectful. He says he wants to hear from the people -- regardless of where they're from. The one in Ashville will be held at the North Harmony Senior Center... and, begins at 9:15 a.m. The Cherry Creek town hall begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Pine Valley VFW Post.
Final joint budget hearing for state legislature underway in Albany...
Lawmakers have convened the last of 13 hearings on Governor Andrew Cuomo's $152-billion dollar state budget proposal. Members of the Senate and Assembly have gathered this morning for a joint hearing on housing proposals that was postponed due to weather earlier this month. Lawmakers are likely to recommend significant changes to Cuomo's suggested spending plan. The final product will be hammered out in negotiations between the Democratic governor and top lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly. Assemblyman Goodell says... once today's hearing is concluded... the Assembly and Senate will begin work on what are called "one-house" budget's over the next two weeks. He says they'll then begin the reconsiliation process with the Governor.
City DRI Planning Committee selects projects to recommend to the state...
The committee tasked with making final recommendations on funding economic development and infrastructure projects in Jamestown through a $10-million state grant has completed it's task. The Local Planning Committee for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative has pared an initialy list of 87 projects down to the final dozen. A public session was held last night to release the final list... which totals just over $13.8-million dollars. Committee Co-Chairman Mike Metzger with Blackstone Advanced Technolgies says they're "extremely pleased" with the final list they came up with. Metzger says they all fit the three catagories the state stipulated... including providing an economic boost, infrastructure, and making the city more "walkable." The panel's other Co-Chair... Mayor Sam Teresi... says the Empire State Development Corporation will decide on the final list... and, how much money will be laid out for each. Metzger says their list is topped by the downtown Hilton Double-Tree Hotel project... which was selected for $3.4-million, and, also includes $1-million for the former Key Bank and Furniture Mart buildings. He says the list will be packaged up by their state consultant... HR-and-A Associates of New York City for ESD. He says a final determination should be made by the state within the next few months.
City 14 year-old steals mom's car, has accident and flees scene...
A 14 year-old city girl will be in family court after allegedly stealing her mother's car yesterday morning... and, crashing it into another car the Brooklyn Square area of Jamestown. City police say they received a report that the unidentified teen was missing shortly before 10 a.m., and, then received a report of the mother's missing vehicle possibly being involved in a two-car accident. Police went to the scene at the corner of Foote Avenue and Harrison Street... where they helped treat the 65 year-old woman driver of the other vehicle for minor injuries. Police say the car driven illegally by the girl allegedly ran a red light... and, crashed into the other vehicle. The 14 year-old drove off... but, was later found and arrested at the corner of Prendergast Avenue and East Third Street. The girl and the mother's car were turned back over to the mother.
Lake Effect Snow began picking up about mid-evening last night... slicking up local roadways... and, dropping a few inches of snow on the hilltops. Those areas -- including the Chautauqua Ridge... could end up seeing up-to a foot of snow by late this afternoon. Forecaster Dave Thomas with the National Weather Service says they are continuing a Lake Effect Snow Warning for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties now through 4 PM today. Thomas-greater amounts over Chautauqua "to 6 inch range...." Thomas says storm totals of 6 to 11 inches will be seen in the most persistent lake snows. He adds that winds gusting up to 35 miles per hour at times will produce poor visibility at times.
Three people were seriously hurt in a two-vehicle accident in the Cattaraugus County town of Ashford late Wednesday morning. Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say they were called to the scene on Route 219 just after 11:30 AM in snowy conditiions. Deputies say a car, driven by 60 year-old Brian Grzybowski of Forestville, spun out of control and, was struck by a mini-van, operated by 46 year-old Luay alani of Amherst. Officers say both operators were taken to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment of trauma to the extremities. In addition... Grzybowski's wife, 60 year-old Carolyn, was flown by Mercy Flight to ECMC for treatment of head trauma. Sheriff's officers were assisted by Ellicottville Police... and local fire and ambulance crews. The accident is under investigation, and charges are pending.
The main financial committee in Congress has decided not to invoke a seldom-used law that would allow lawmakers to obtain... and, review President Donald Trump's tax returns. Twenty-three of the 24 Republicans on the panel... including Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed... decided against using the 1924 law, which could be used to order the president to provide his tax returns. Reed says he agrees with Chairman Kevin Brady that a review is not necessary... and, he says Trump has been "very clear" on the fact he wants to make them public. Brady says he felt that invoking the law would open the door for the committee to check anyone's tax returns. Reed adds that he feels they have the ability with the House Oversight Committee to provide the necessary checks and balances on the executive branch. USA Today reported this week that the law gives congressional committees that set tax policy the power to examine tax returns. Trump says he can't provide his taxes yet because they are under audit.
Manufacturing in New York state expanded at the fastest pace in more than two years as factories received more new orders and stepped up hiring. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Wednesday that its Empire State manufacturing index in February rose to 18.7 from 6.5, reaching the highest level since 2014. Any reading above zero indicates expansion. The survey adds to recent evidence that the U.S. manufacturing sector is recovering after nearly two years of mostly flat output. Businesses are spending more on machinery and other big-ticket factory goods, and overseas economies have stabilized. A measure of new orders jumped to 13.5 from 3.1 and a measure of unfilled orders rose for the first time since 2011. Both gauges point to much stronger demand for factory goods.
Outgoing Jamestown School Superintendent Tim Mains was honored during his last public appearance during Tuesday night's school board meeting at Lincoln Elementary School. Board President Paul Abbott unveiled a portrait of Mains at the end of the meeting... which will be placed on the wall of the board room with other past Jamestown superintendents. Mains is leaving to head up the Pine Bush School District in the Mid-Hudson Valley says he was touched by the gesture... and, adds that he feels the district is contiuing to progress as he leaves at the end of the month. Abbott commended Mains for having the "kid's best interests at heart" in everything he did. Mains says his biggest takeaway came when he was asked to list the accomplishments during his 3-and-a-half years in Jamestown. He says they filled about nine-pages of paper... but, adds that was much more about the students, and the school community, than himself. He adds he's also confident the district will be in good hands with Interim Superintendent Silvia Root of Springville already in place while the district looks for a new superintendent.
There's good news for motorists in the Jamestown-area this week... as gasoline prices have fallen another penny a gallon this week. That from the Triple-A's Fuel Gauge report... which says the price has fallen from 2-dollars-50 to just over 2--49 for regular, unleaded. Triple A says nationally... the price edged up higher fractions of a penny over the weekend to reach today's average price of 2-dollars-28 cents a gallon. This is seven cents less per gallon on the month and an increase of 58 cents per gallon compared to this same date last year. Gasoline prices have remained relatively steady the past month due to a well-supplied crude oil market.
A Fredonia man is facing several charges after he allegedly threatened the residents of a housing complex on West Main Street around noon on Tuesday. Fredonia Village Police say that officers responded to the incident at 379 West Main and located the two victims involved. An investigation resulted in the arrest of 19 year-old Christopher Miller, a resident of the complex. Police obtained a search warrant and located a loaded hand gun, two shot guns, a large quantity of powder cocaine and marijuana, and a large quantity of money from Miller's apartment. Christopher Miller was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, second-degree menacing... third-degree criminal mischief... and, harassment. Miller was arraigned in Fredonia Village Court... and sent to the County Jail on 20-thousnad dollars cash bail. A Fredonia Police officer was treated at Brooks Memorial Hospital for injuries suffered while apprehending Miller.
Mayville village officials are warning residents about a three phone scam calls regarding electric bills that are allegedly past due... and, the caller is demanding payment over the phone. Village Clerk John Crandall says this is a scam... and, is not associated with the Village of Mayville Electric Department. Crandall says the village does not accept any payments over the phone. If any village Electric Department user receives a call regarding such a payment over the phone... he says you are asked to contact the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office... and, feel free to call the Village Clerk’s Office at 753-212
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly being in possession of a loaded pistol during a traffic stop on the city's eastside this (Monday) afternoon. Jamestown police say officers pulled over a vehicle on Allen Street -- near Buffalo Street -- about 1:30 PM for a traffic infraction. However... officers say they found the .25-calibur pistol in the possession of 25 year-old Randy Haskins... who was an occupant of the car. They say he was arrested for second-degree criminal possession of a weapon... and, he was taken to the city jail pending arraignment. Anyone who may have information on any crime can contact Jamestown police anonymously via the Tips 411 App or they can leave an anonymous tip at 483-Tips. That's 483-8477. Police say all calls will be kept confidential.
Several projects are under consideration for being in the final plan for using nearly 10-million dollars in state funding to boost downtown Jamestown. Mayor Sam Teresi says the final, official meeting of the Local Planning Committee will be held this Thursday to list it's recommendations for the city's share from the Downtown Revitaliation Initiative. Teresi says the process began shortly after the city was named as one of 10 DRI Communities by Governor Andrew Cuomo... and, he says three in particular come to mind. One is the former Key Bank building... the Hilton-Double-Tree project... redevelopment of the former Furniture Mart Building... and, a potential restaruant micro-brewery in the former Grant's Department Store buidling. Teresi says the 9.7-million dollars is what's left after paying the special consultant for the project... AR-and-A Associates of New York City. He says the committee will look at between 9 and 13-million dollars worth of projects to recommend to Empire State Development Corporation. Thursday's meeting begins at 1 PM at the Wright Conference Room of the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.
The Jamestown City Council will vote in two weeks on proposed increases in fees for city sports and recreation fields... and, some new ones. That after the Finance Committee reviewed the proposed fee schedule at last night's meeting. However... Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says they will not be voting -- at this point -- on new fees for the Babe Ruth League... and, the Babe Ruth World Series. Finance Committee member Kim Ecklund... who is also the president of the Babe Ruth Committee... says the issue is due to those organization's rules. And... Ecklund says that would be a substantial amount of money that the local committee would have to raise to be able to host the event locally. Dolce says... otherwise... the new fee schedule is ready to go. He adds those fees are exactly what Mayor Sam Teresi proposed in his 2017 budget. City lawmakers voted on a handful of new fees earlier in the year... while the Finance Committee discussed the fees for sports fields and parks. The measure will be voted on a council's February 27th meeting.
The biggest economic development story in Chautauqua County last year remains one of the top ones as 2017 begins... and, there is some news regarding the Athenex project in the Dunkirk area. County Executive Vince Horrigan says there is some very good progress to report on the pharmacutical companies more into the north county. Horrigan says the company is now seeking proposals for architectural and engineering work on the project. He says he remains in constant touch with Athenex officials. In the meantime... Horrigan is preparing for his fourth State of the County address to the County Legislature at the panel's February 22nd meeting. He says the message will focus on the goals set forth in the County's Comprehensive Plan-Chautauqua 20/20 issued six years ago about where they want the county to be by the year 2020. In addition... Horrigan says he is pleased that President Virginia Horvath of the SUNY College at Fredonia has been named co-chair of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council.
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly being in possession of an illegal drug... and, for choking a family member during a domestic incident Sunday afternoon on the city's southside. City police were called to the scene shortly after 3PM... and, officers found 37 year-old Arthur Wright on the home's porch. Police say Wright allegedly threw down an item on the floor to try and hide it. Officers found it contained a small amount of Methamphetime. Police recovered the container... and, found Wright had been involved in the domestic incident. He was arraigned on charges of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... second-degee harassment and strangulation... and, sent to the county jail without bail.
The Jackson Center in Jamestown celebrated Robert H. Jackson's 125th birthday Monday with the release of a revised history of his work while living here. 'Off the Pedestal: Jackson in Jamestown 1909 to 1934' was written by Helen Ebersole. The author was honored with a reception and a 'Greg Peterson interview' Monday night. Helen Ebersole says studying the Jackson's life in Jamestown provides fresh perspective on the man who became a Supreme Court Justice, and Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials. Copies of 'Off the Pedestal' are available at the Jackson Center in downtown Jamestown.
The local John Deere dealer in the Jamestown-area has merged with another in Central New York to form the largest John Deere turf and agricultural equipment dealer in the northeastern U-S. Z-and-M Ag and Turf President and Chief Executive Officer Tracy Buck says they consumated the deal with Lakeland Equipment of Wayne County, New York at the beginning of the month. Buck says they joined with Argonne Capital in a new partnership to create LandPro Equipment... which will be headquartered in Falconer. Buck and John Griffith bought Z-and-M back in 1994... and, expanded to six locations in the region. He says Lakeland also has six locations... giving the new company an even dozen locations from Edinboro, Pennsylvania to Savannah, New York. Buck says the merger allows them to better service and parts to the customers of both former companies. Buck says Argonne Capital is an Atlanta-based private investment firm that often partners with, and helps grow "closely-held" family businesses. He says Landpro also has an updated website now at Landpro-dot-COM.
Seidu Mohammed's lost all his fingers to frostbite when he made a perilous trek in sub-zero temperatures to cross the border illegally into Canada. He is one of a small but growing number of immigrants risking the northern border crossing out of fear of being deported from the U.S. America's neighbor to the north is increasingly being seen as a haven for asylum seekers turned away by the U.S. And some are willing to risk a walk across the border in dangerous cold and snow to get there. In Manitoba, on the border of Minnesota and North Dakota, authorities say the pace has quickened since Donald Trump became U.S. president and banned travel from seven majority-Muslim countries.
One of Jerry Sandusky's sons faces multiple charges of sexual offenses involving children, more than five years after the former Penn State assistant coach was himself first arrested. Court records filed Monday say 41-year-old Jeffrey Sandusky was charged with 14 counts, including criminal solicitation and corruption of minors. The online court docket says Jeffrey Sandusky was arraigned Monday and bail was set at $200,000. He's currently in the Centre County Correctional Facility in Pennsylvania. Jeffrey Sandusky's lawyer declined to comment on the allegations. The district attorney's office says it will release a statement Monday. WTAJ-TV says state police accuse him of sending inappropriate texts to a victim and asking for naked photos. Jerry Sandusky is serving a lengthy prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys.
We're expecting a "very slick" morning commute today in the Jamestown-area... as Winter has returned following a brief warm-up last Saturday. The National Weather Service is continuing a Lake Effect Snow Warming through 1 PM today for about 6 to 11 inches total for the most persistant lake snow areas of Chautauqua County. That from Forecaster Kirk Apfell with the Weather Service's Buffalo office... who says the heaviest of the snow fell during a drop in temperatures late last night. Apfell says there are two concerns with this storm... the first being the snowfall totals... which will be the highest in the higher terrain and persistant lake snow areas. He says the other concern is with the strong winds... which will cause blowing and drifting snow. Sustained winds are predicted to be about 25 to 35 miles per hour. With that... Apfell says visability will be cut to about a quarter-of-a-mile or less. The complete forecast is coming up.
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly violating an order of protection during a Gun-Involved Violence Eliminiation -- or GIVE Detail in the city late last week. Jamestown Police assisted State Parole with the detail in conducting home visits of paroles to ensure they are complying with their programs. Officers saw they checked on 43 year-old Anthony Ford at his home at 207 Spring Street... and, found him with a woman that he was mandated to stay away from. City Police say they arrested Ford for Felony Aggravated Family Offense... and, second-degree criminal contempt. He was also charged with a parole violation... and, arraigned in city court. He was sent to the County Jail without bail.
It looks like the Dunkirk City School District may be looking at it's first proposed tax rate increase in several years... due mainly to two major hits to it's revenues. That from Superintendent James Tracy... who says he was "disappointed" by the amount of state aid the district is projected to get from the intial school aid runs for Dunkirk's 42.4-million dollar spending plan. Dunkirk School Business Manager William Thiel presented a preliminary draft of the budget during the school board's meeting late last week. He says he's concerned about the loss of funding under the NRG Payment-in-lieu of tax agreement... and, says a tax rate increase may be needed. Thiel says that gap is about 1.3-million dollars. The proposed budget has a tax levy increase of 4.33 percent.
State and federal inspectors found four critical defects and 42 non-critical ones in the latest round of oil train and track inspections across New York state. Governor Andrew Cuomo says the targeted inspections of tank cars and tracks are critical to maintaining public safety. Inspection teams examined 104 crude oil tank cars, 184 miles of track and 89 switches. The inspections focused on track, track hardware and tank car mechanical safety equipment. Critical defects involve important maintenance issues that must be addressed immediately, but do not necessarily indicate safety lapses. Non-critical rail defects must be repaired within 30 days. Since the Democratic governor initiated the inspection campaign in February 2014, the Department of Transportation and federal partners have inspected 11,231 crude oil tank cars and 5,508 miles of track.
There's a new place to get into shape in the Jamestown-area... and, it's in downtown Lakewood. The Fitness Bunker held it's grand opening last Saturday at the former Lakewood-Busti Recreation Center on West Summit Avenue. The operation is run by Laurie Shults and "Tori" Rachuna... and, is another place where people can go "24/7" during the week. Shults says they had already been up and running for two-weeks... and, adds they've been well-received. Rachuna says he and Shults initially looked at starting up a place in Raleigh, North Carolina where her mother now lives. However... he says he got involved with a fitness place in Erie, Pennsylvania before he and Shults decided to open The Fitness Bunker here. Rachuna says they are signing people up for one-year commitments... for basically two reasons. One is they want the person to be committed to coming to the gym, but, adds they in turn are committed to you the member. The Fitness Bunker is staffed from 9 AM to 7 PM Mondays through Thursdays... and, 9 to 6 on Fridays. For more information... go to their Facebook page.
Lawmakers in the village of Fredonia are looking at possible increases in water rates... whether they decide to join the North County Water District, or go it alone. Thathat from an engineering study outlined by Mayor Athanasia Landis during a special meeting of the Village Board late last week. The report cites a huge increase in the water rates should the Village join the district. It says rates would jump by nearly 8-dollars per thousand gallons of water. If the village continues to provide water service, the study indicates an increase of nearly one-dollar per thousand. A decision from the village board could be coming soon. Dr. Landis says the study gives trustees some numbers to work with. Kathy Tampio of the North County Water District attended the meeting. She said the district's board was getting a chance to see the report late last week. Dr. Landis says trustees could take up the matter as early as tonight.
State conservation officials say bear hunters in New York state killed one-thousand-539 black bears during the 2016 hunting seasons. The Department of Environmental Conservation reports that hunters took a total of 1,025 black bears in the Southern Zone. That's about 10 percent less than in 2015, but slightly more than the five-year average. In the Northern Zone... 514 bears were killed, approximately 12 percent fewer than in 2015 but on par with the historical average. The heaviest dressed-weight bear reported to DEC in 2016 was 555 pounds, taken in the Franklin County town of Brandon.
Governor Andrew Cuomo this week is expected to decide whether the state should block New York City's impending fee on non-reusable shopping bags. The Democrat has until February 18th to act on legislation that would postpone the fee until at least next year. But he's likely to act sooner, because the fee is scheduled to go into effect Wednesday. City leaders approved the fee, of a nickel or more, on plastic and paper shopping bags as a way to reduce litter. But state lawmakers voted to overrule the city, saying the fee would be a burden on the poor and middle class. Meanwhile... the Legislature will take its deepest dive yet into Cuomo's $152-billion dollar state budget proposal, holding a series of hearings on education spending, transportation and environmental protection.
JPD Captain talks about jump in Counterfeit $20 and $100 bills in the city...
Jamestown police are warning local residents of possible $20 and $100 counterfeit bills. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they have received several reports of both in recent days. Samuelson says counterfeits are often an issue... but, adds these have been more prevailant. He says one issue is with $100 bills that have "motion picture use" only... which have been around for a while... but, have cropped up a few times locally. Sameulson says the other problem started with a $100 bill taken by a restaraunt that had chinese markings on it. He says the concern is when people use them to defraud people intentionally... and, adds they want to get them "out of circulation as much as we can." Media One News is aware of at least one case of several phony 20s showing up at a south side business within the past couple of weeks. Samuelson says police are asking local business to look closely at the $20 and $100 bills you take in... and, to use a dri-mark pen to verify that it's a real $20 or $100. He says if you find you have one... turn it into a local law enforcement agency.... or call the JPD anonymous Tips-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477. You can also contact the JPD on their 4-1-1 app.
Two Jamestown men, repeat offenders, sentenced on drug and other charges...
A Jamestown man convicted on drug and domestic violence-related charges could spend as much as six-years in state prision after being sentenced on three different charges. Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says 39 year-old Cesar Soto received the sentences in County Court this week. Swanson says Soto received 6 years determinate for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He says Soto also received 2 to 4 years indeterminiate each for first-degree reckless endangerment... and, second-degree attempted strangulation. Swanson says all sentences run concurrently. He adds that another Jamestown man... 31 year-old Rocco Beardsley... was also sentenced. Swanson says Beardsley received 4-years determinate... plus 2 years post-release supervision after being convicted of second-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He also received two-years determinate and, two-years of post-release supervision for third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. He also received 5 years and two-years post-release supervision for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Again... Swanson says all sentences run concurrently.
City man pleds guilty in federal court to Child Porn charges...
A Jamestown man has pleaded guilty to a charge of distributing child pornography in U-S District Court in Buffalo. Acting U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior announced late Thursday that 45 year-old Christopher Whitford entered the plea before Judge Elizabeth Wolford. Kennedy says the charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, and a $250,000 fine. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Baumgarten, who is prosecuting the case... says Whitford shared the content with an undercover law enforcement officer last May 1 through a file sharing program. Baumgartern adds that federal agents then raided Whitford's home on West 13th Street... and, they seized several pieces of electronic media... and, forensic analysis revealed images and videos constituting child pornography were stored on those items. Baumgarten says the images and videos that the defendant previously shared with the undercover officer were among those images. She says Whitford had about 2-thousand-400 images... and, one-thousand-188 videos constituting child pornography. He's to be sentenced June 13.
State Graduation Rate up to just over 79...
New York state's high school graduation rate continued its slow climb in 2016... when 79.4 percent of students earned a diploma after four years. The graduation rate released Friday by the state Department of Education is 1.3 percent higher than the 78.1 percent for the class of 2015. State officials say black and Hispanic students and students in the bigger cities were among those making gains. New York City's rate was just under 70 percent, up 2.4 percent from the previous year. Syracuse posted a 6.4-percent increase, to 61 percent, while the other so-called Big Five school districts of Buffalo, Rochester and Yonkers had graduation rates of 61.7 percent, 47.5 percent and 77.5 percent, respectively. New York state has 2.6 million students in public schools. State data shows that more than half are considered economically disadvantaged.
Jamestown's sales tax revenue falls short of projections...
A slight drop in sales tax revenue for the fourth-quarter of 2016 has led Jamestown city leaders to closely watch 2017 revenues as they plug a gap in spending. That from Mayor Sam Teresi... who says they had a decent quarter... but, it was not as good as in 2015, when the city exceeded sale tax revenues. For the year, he says they wound up 1.5-percent short of projections. Teresi says the problem is volatility in those projections. He says he and his finance team are very careful when they forecast sales tax revenues because of that volatility. He says they aren't changing projected figures of just under $6-million for 2017... but, will keep a close eye on the situation. Teresi says they've been fairly successful in recent years in finishing within an "acceptable" variance of where they projected they would be. He made his comments for this weekend's Community Spotlight program on the five Media One Group stations. City Comptroller Joe Bellitto reported on the final sales tax figures at this past week's City Council work session.
Much of the northeastern U.S. is preparing for a winter storm that could bring a foot of snow or more to some areas. The storm is expected to hit eastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey with rain early THIS morning, before changing over to snow in time for the morning commute. The National Weather Service predicted Boston and New York City would get 8 to 12 inches of snow and Philadelphia 6 to 8 inches. Near whiteout conditions are possible, with snow expected to fall at a clip of 2 to 4 inches per hour at the height of the storm. High winds, coastal flooding and power outages are also possible. Many communities across the region announced winter parking restrictions and school closures in advance of the storm.
Western New York and Chautauqua County will escape the wrath of this Nor-easter that's moving in from the south and west to the east coast. However... we may see some "wrap-around" lake effect snow once it starts moving out of the New York City Metro-area. That from Forecaster Aaron Reynolds with the National Weather Service in Buffalo... who says we first saw some light snow last night... and, snow showers picking up during the overnight hours. However... Reynolds says we may see some of that wrap-around lake effect once the storm system begins moving away from the coast... later today and tonight. He says, away from Lake Erie, we'll see some accumulation. Reynolds says here are no watches or warnings at this time. There will also be snow during the day today... with much colder temperatures than we saw Tuesday, and Wednesday. Here in the immediate Jamstown area.... we'll reach about 20 for a high today. The strongest lake effect is expected later this afternoon and tonight with 2 to 3 inches in the persistant Lake Snow areas.
New York state lawmakers took a hard look yesterday at spending on human services in Governor Andrew Cuomo's 152-billion dollar budget plan. That was the major topic of the latest budget hearing... held at the state Capitol in Albany. It's all part of the Legislature's ongoing review of Cuomo's 2017-18 spending proposal. Lawmakers say they are likely to recommend significant changes to the governor's suggested spending plan. The final product will be hammered out in negotiations between the governor and top lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly. The Legislature hopes to approve a spending plan before April 1st... the start of the next fiscal year.
The state legislature is looking at a "very significant" increase as the starting point for public school aid in Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2017-18 budget proposal. That from Executive Director Tim Kreamer of the New York State School Boards Association on the one-billion dollar increase lawmakers are now considering during deliberations on the 152-billion dollar spending plan. Kreamer says the 25.6-billion dollar aid request is "step one" in the budget process. There has been some concern voiced over the policy that's been written into parts of the governor's proposal. However... Kreamer says the school board's association is pleased with what's in the school aid part of the spending plan... especially with how it deals with measuring poverty, and deals with funding Pre-K. However... he says there are a couple of concerns... namely over the fact that basic "foundation" aid disappears in 2018-19. Kreamer says the school board's association will continue to voice it's position during the budget process... which is now underway in Albany.
Organizers of New York's first-ever Hepatitis C summit are calling on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to wipe out Hepatitis C in the state. Public health officials, elected leaders, medical experts and patient advocates released a statement at the Tuesday summit in Albany calling for an official task force to fight the chronic disease that afflicts more than 200,000 people in the state. The statement says New York's medical and research resources provide a solid foundation to enhance prevention, expand screening and provide access to affordable treatment.
A Dunkirk man has been arrested for allegedly selling quantities of cocaine to undercover drug agents in the north county city. Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force arrested 30 year-old Jeremy Echevarria of Washington Street late yesterday (Tuesday) on an arrest warrant for one count each of third-degree criminal possession... and, sale of a controlled substance. Task Force agents say they took Echevarria into custody at the intersection of Fourth and Swan Streets in Dunkirk without incident. He was arraigned in Dunkirk City Court... and, sent to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail pending further court action. Task Force members continue to ask members of the community to call when they observe suspicious or narcotics related activity in their neighborhood.
As one fund-raiser ends... another begins for the Chautauqua County Humane Society near Jamestown. The local organization has just wrapped-up it's "Hot Dog - Cool Cat's" Pet Photo Contest... and, this week kicks-off it's biggest fund-raiser... "Pennies 4 Paws." Humane Society Spokeswoman Hannah (Hahn-uh) Braun says they're excited about this year's "Pennies" program because of last year's success.Braun says she and others at the pet shelter will be distributing canisters across the Jamestown-area for "Pennies 4 Paws..." which begins February 12th... and, runs until the end of April. As for the "Hot Dog - Cool Cat's" photo contest... she says they recently named Deanna Cordosi's pet "Joella" this year's winner. Braun says this year... they expanded the number of places they awarded -- from 12 to 23. She says they also have the playing cards for sale... plus additional sets. However... she says you need to contact her at the Humane Society at 664-2209... extension 213.
An Amish teenager from Cattaraugus County was killed early last weekend when he was trampled to death by a horse-drawn cart he was using to haul a wood log in Conewango. Sheriff's officers in Little Valley have now identified the boy as 14 year-old Neil Raber of Northeast Road. Deputies say Raber was using the cart to pull the log down a hill in a wooded area just before 9 AM last Friday when the cart hit something... and, he was thrown to the ground. Officers were called to the scene... along with Conewango and Ellington Fire crews... State Forest Rangers... and, Randolph EMS. Police say they were unable to revive the boy... who was pronounced dead at the scene by Cattaraugus County Coroner Howie Van Rensselaer.
A Salamanca man has been arrested for allegedly trafficking crack-cocaine in the area of the Cattaraugus County city. Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they arrested 22 year-old Randy Redeye of Washington Street early last weekend on one count each of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell... and, one count of third-degree criminal sale. Task Force members say the arrest came following a lengthy investigation by the task force... along with the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office... State Police and Salamanca City Police. Redeye was arraigned... and, sent to the Little Valley jail on 25-hundred dollars cash bail.
A few hundred county leaders from across New York state talked about a wide-range of issues... including ways to better consolidate and merge services... during the state Association of Counties recent legislative conference in Albany. That from Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan... who was joined for the NYSAC Conference by Public Facilities Director George Spanos... county Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler... and, new Finance Director Kitty Crow. Horrigan feels it was a very successful trip. That's the New York state budget... which Governor Andrew Cuomo presented in late January. The state legislature is now reviewing the package in committee. Horrigan says the governor himself also addressed NYSAC during a reception... where Cuomo led an open and candid discussion on what's going on with all counties. He adds that he got a chance to speak with Cuomo for a few minutes afterwards. Horrigan says there was some dissent over Cuomo's proposal to have counties put up propositions this Fall on sharing, and consolidating services. He says people aren't going to buy into plans that are rushed... and, haven't had a full, public vetting. He made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the Media One Group stations.
This week in New York state government news, Democrats will unveil plans to modernize the state's voting system and lawmakers turn their attention to state income taxes. Poll problems prompted an unprecedented number of complaints during last year's presidential primary. Lawmakers, as well as Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Governor Andrew Cuomo have all proposed ways to fix antiquated voting rules, including early voting and automatic voter registration. Lawmakers will also take a close look at taxes during a hearing on the state budget. Democrats, led by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, are calling for higher taxes on the state's richest people, a move opposed by Republicans. Meanwhile, Rivers Casino & Resort opens Tuesday in Schenectady, the third of four casinos approved for upstate.
Jamestown Schools Superintendent Tim Mains says he's "very, very pleased" to see the district removed from the state Comptroller's list of district's under Fiscal Stress. The city district was notififed recently by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli that it was off the list for the past year after being on it for calendar years 2014 and 2015. Mains says the district's stress rate was around 55-percent at one point... but, was down to 10 for 2016. Once the district appeared on the list... he says two things took place to improve their fiscal condition -- one being a boost in state aid. Mains adds there was a few more positions cut once he became superindent in the following year. He says they also cut programs, closed Rogers Elementary School... and, drained their reserves. However... he says recent boosts in state aid the past couple of years have also provided a major boost. Mains adds that districts like Jamestown are most affected when state aid is decreased. Seventy-eight percent of Jamestown revenues come from state aid.
An influx of thousands of refugees from around the world over the past few decades is credited with injecting new energy into one city in upstate New York. But now... Utica is beset with new anxiety in the age of Trump. The president's order restricting refugees and travel from Muslim countries has immigrants in Utica saying they feel uncertain about their place here. Some also worry they will not be able to bring over family members fleeing war zones and refugee camps. The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees in Utica settles about 400 refugees a year, including Somalis, Bosnians, Syrians and people from Myanmar. Mayor Robert Palmieri calls the refugees the "next evolution" for a city built generations ago by immigrants from Italy, Germany and Poland.
New York state is setting aside nearly 20-million dollars to assist local health care providers looking to expand or upgrade their facilities. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the move Thursday. The new Community Health Care Revolving Fund is intended to help community health organizations that might not be able to expand otherwise. The money will be awarded in the form of low-cost loans. It will pay to assist organizations like local mental health treatment centers or community clinics on projects to construct, expand or renovate facilities. The Democratic governor says the funding will help ensure that every New Yorker has access to quality health care.
Vice President Mike Pence is pledging that Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will be seated on the high court "one way or the other." Pence's comments came during a speech in Philadelphia to the Federalist Society, a conservative legal group. They echoed President Donald Trump's comments from earlier in the week. Trump urged the Senate's Republican leader to scrap longstanding rules and "go nuclear" if Democrats block Gorsuch. Trump on Tuesday nominated the 49-year-old Gorsuch - a Denver-based U.S. appellate court judge - to a lifetime appointment on the nation's highest court. Pence says the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Justice Antonin Scalia's death belongs to the American people.
Cattaraugus County Amish boy killed in logging accident...
A 14 year-old Amish boy from Cattaraugus County was killed early last weekend when he was trampled to death by a horse-drawn cart he was using to haul a wood log in Conewango. Sheriff's officers in Little Valley have now identified the boy as Neil Raber of Northeast Road. Deputies say Raber was using the cart to pull the log down a hill in a wooded area just before 9 a.m. last Friday when the cart hit something... and, he was thrown to the ground. Officers were called to the scene... along with Conewango and Ellington Fire crews... State Forest Rangers... and, Randolph EMS. Police say they were unable to revive the boy... who was pronounced dead at the scene by Cattaraugus County Coroner Howie Van Rensselaer.
Two arrested in Jamestown drug bust...
Two people from Jamestown were arrested for allegedly trafficking cocaine and other drugs out of an apartment on the city's eastside... where police also found a small child. Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force agents say they raided the lower apartment at 945 East Second St. about 8:45 a.m. Friday. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they were joined by the state Police C-NET, and K-9 Teams. Samuelson says they found significant amounts of cash, and an illegal narcotic drug. The cash totalled just over $9,000, and there was 28 grams of cocaine found... in addition to illegal fireworks.... and, two dogs -- one severely malnourished an chained to a pipe in the basement. Samuelson says the task force arrested 30 year-old Eric Reese and 28 year-old Nichole Farrar inside the apartment. He says the 3 year-old child was not the only one found inside the home. Samuelson says Child Protective Services was contacted. He says both Reese and Farrar are charged with third-degree criminial possession of a controlled substance.... cruelty to animals... and, endangering the welfare of a child. Anyone with information on illegal drug activity in city is asked to contact the JPD Tips 411 app... or call the anonymous Tips line at 483-TIPS...that's 483-8477.
Horrigan and Borrello pleased with Cherry Creek voters taking first step towards dissolution...
The results are still unofficial, but it appears voters in the village of Cherry Creek have approved a proposition to dissolve the village. According to the Chautauqua County Board of Elections, a total of 102 voters took part... with 70 voting in favor of dissolution and 32 against. County Executive Vince Horrigan says he's pleased with the result of the vote as the county looks for more opportunities to save money and be more efficient. County Legislator George Borrello, who chairs the County's Regional Solutions Commission, participated in a public hearing on dissolving the village. He believes voters made the right decision. There are still a handful of absentee and affidavit ballots that must be counted. The County Board of Elections expects to certify the results of the vote next Thursday.
Broome County officials announce new shared services, and consolidation panel...
One county in New York's Southern Tier isn't waiting on officials in Albany to act on Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to shrink the size of local governments. Broome County Executive Jason Garnar today (on Friday) announced the creation of a new panel that will look for ways that local governments can share services or equipment to cut costs and ultimately property taxes. Cuomo has proposed requiring each county in the state to do something similar. He says voters should decide if county officials fail to act on their cost-cutting proposals. Cuomo says he commends Garnar's decision to look for ways to find efficiencies and "restore confidence in government." As mentioned before... Chautauqua County has had a Regional Solutions panel working the past year or so.
Pomfret fires heavily damage homes north of Lily Dale...
Several fire departments responded to a blaze that involved two houses at Glasgow-on-the-Lake off of Glasgow Road in the town of Pomfret. Fredonia Firefighters were called out to the blaze around 5:30 a.m. last Friday... and, crews found two houses involved. Heat damage was reported to two other buildings. Fredonia fire crews got mutual aid for tankers and manpower from Cassadaga, Stockton, East Dunkirk, West Dunkirk, Sheridan and Sinclairville Fire Departments. The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team was sent to the scene and is trying to determine a cause.
Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner sold out...
The dinner to celebrate the newest members of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame is now officially a sell-out. That from Hall of Fame President Randy Anderson... who says all of their ticket outlets are out of tickets for the event... which begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club. Leading up to the sell-out... Anderson says tickets were selling quite briskly at all of their locations. Anderson says they'll be inducting 11 new members on February 20th. He says the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame was recently part of the "Doors Open Jamestown" open house recently... and, adds they had their largest number of visitors during the event. The inductees this year include long-time Gerry Rodeo Spokesman and sports official Paul Cooley... former High School and college football stand-out Sam Restivo... and, legendary stock car racer Sammy LaMancuso. For more information on the Hall of Fame... go on-line to www.chautauquasportshalloffame.org.
New York's Attorney General believes that millions of state residents have been getting cheated by Spectrum-Time Warner Cable for far too long and he is seeking legal action to bring internet subscribers relief. A-G Eric Schneiderman today announced a lawsuit against Charter Communications... and, its subsidiary Spectrum Management Holdings for allegedly conducting a deliberate scheme to defraud and mislead New Yorkers by promising internet service that they knew they could not deliver. The suit alleges that subscribers’ wired internet speeds for the premium plan were up to 70 percent slower than promised; WiFi speeds were even slower, with some subscribers getting speeds that were more than 80 percent slower than what they had paid for. Spectrum-Time Warner Cable currently has approximately 2.5 million subscribers across New York State. In a statement yesterday afternoon... Charter says it is "disappointed" that Schneiderman is suing the company over promises made by Time Warner before the acquisition. It says it's making "substantial" investments to upgrade the system.
A former mayor of the north county city of Dunkirk has pleaded guilty to wire fraud for pocketing over 54-thousand dollars in campaign contributions. Acting U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says that 85-year-old Richard Frey pleaded guilty today (Wednesday) in U-S District Court in Buffalo. He was Dunkirk mayor from January 2002 to January 2012. Authorities say he solicited large contributions from businesses and business people between January 2003 and June 2012, then used the money for himself. The prosecutor says Frey had "substantial personal debt." Kennedy says Frey could get up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he's sentenced on May 11th.
Three people were hurt -- and two were hospitalized -- in a three-vehicle crash on Route 353 in the Cattaraugus County town of Little Valley yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say they were called to the scene -- about a quarter of a mile south of New Albion Road -- just after 3 PM. Deputies say a car driven by 36 year-old Ashley Mazurzyk of Little Valley... was southbound when the car crossed the center line and struck an oncoming pick-up truck -- driven by 59 year-old Robert Willett of Cattaraugus. Officers say Mazurzyk's car continued on... and, struck another vehicle... driven by 61 year-old John Woodward, Senior of Franklinville. Officers say Woodward and Mazurzyk were taken to Olean General Hospital for treatment... while Willett was treated at the scene. Route 353 was closed for about 2-hours while the scene was cleared. The accident remains under investigation.
A Chautauqua resident who has attended the past seven Presidential Inaugurations says this year's was "somewhat of a let-down." Don Artico confirmed that the crowd size for President Donald Trump was "50 to 60 percent" of the people that were at the last one for Barack Obama. Artico adds there was also a different kind of person there. Most were respectful...but, he says others showed a general lack of respect for those who were there to watch. Artico says some have noted that there were "paid" protesters there... but, he says most did not not appear to be. Artico says he and his wife will stay with friends or relatives when they go to the inauguration... and, they'll help get them where they need to be. However... he says they've never had a problem getting tickets. This year...he says you really didn't need one. Artico says they tried to take a short-cut to get to their seats this year... but, could not because protesters blocked that gate. He has given eyewitness accounts of previous inuaugurations for us... including the previous two with former President Obama. His first inauguration was the first for two-term President Bill Clinton.
Lawmakers from both parties are criticizing Governor Andrew Cuomo's economic development efforts, pointing to lackluster results as evidence that New York isn't doing enough to spur job creation. Members of the Assembly and Senate on Wednesday grilled Cuomo economic development chief Howard Zemsky during a state budget hearing. Many questions focused on Start-Up NY, a high-profile program that waives taxes for participating businesses. Cuomo touted Start-Up as a potential "game changer" but a report issued last year showed it has only generated 408 new jobs in two years. Republican Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin called Start-Up an "epic failure." The Democratic governor is proposing a new name and new rules to improve the program. Zemsky defended Start-Up and other economic initiatives, saying they've helped reduce unemployment and improve the state's business reputation.
The Jamestown-area's newest veterinary hospital and care facility has opened up on Fairmount Avenue in West Ellicott. The ribbon was cut this (Wednesday) morning on the new Lakeside Veterinary Medicine at 976 Fairmount Avenue. It's co-owned by Dr. Patrick Farrell, and Brooke Harkness... who also operate Russell Veterinary Hospital in Russell, Pennsylvania. Farrell says they saw the need for an expansion of their services into Chautauqua County... and, the former Yeti Vape location was ideal. He says they provide services for both small and larger animals. Several local officials were on hand for the opening... including state Assemblyman Andy Goodell... and, a representative from State Senator Cathy Young... Lisa VanStrom - who is also an Ellicott resident. Ellicott Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin was also on hand. For more information on Lakeside Veterinary Medicine... call 708-1010. Their hours are 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays... they are 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM on Wednesdays... and, 7:30 to 11:30 AM on Thursdays. For information on weekend hours... go to their website at lakesidevetmed-dot-COM.
Cornell University officials say the Ivy League school will use a household products company's 150-million dollar gift to bolster the college's business schools. H. Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of Racine, Wisconsin-based S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., joined Cornell officials in Ithaca on Tuesday night to outline the plans for the donation, the largest made to the university's upstate campus. Johnson announced on Saturday that he and his manufacturing company were making the gift to the newly named Cornell S.C. Johnson College of Business. Johnson received his undergraduate degree from Cornell and holds three master's degrees from the university. Cornell's Board of Trustees voted Saturday in Manhattan to rename the university's business college in honor of the Johnson family. The 131-year-old, $10 billion company makes such brands as Pledge, Raid, and Windex.
Jamestown Community College is offering help and support to students who either plan travel soon... or are international students who were planning to travel in the coming weeks following President Trump's temporary ban on immigrants from seven Majority Muslim countries in the Middle East. JCC's Executive Director of Academic Innovation, Nelson Garifi, also oversees the college's Global Learning program. Garifi says they have 20 foreign students at the college... but, adds none of them are from the seven countries listed in the president's order. As a general statement... SUNY officials on Monday advised students and faculty to put off making trips to any of those seven Muslim-majority nations included in the president's travel ban. Garifi says his office has already been talking with students who have general anxiety about the situation. He says they are regularily getting information updates on what's happening. He says they monitor updates from the U-S State Department at least three times a day... and, get a lot of guidance from SUNY. Last Sunday... SUNY's top officials recommended the suspension of travel plans to the countries included in Trump's executive order blocking immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
There's a lot of talk about President Trump's executive order restricting immigration... and, officials at the State University of New York College at Fredonia say they have a "solid" international student population on campus. Officials add they are offering support should they need it. Jeff Woodard, Director of Marketing and Communications, says the Office of International Education offers support to international students. Woodard says the situation is "fluid" and it's not known how many students have been impacted by the presidential order. He says the campus will working to develop opportunities for dialogue on the issue... everything from talking with their international students... to celebrating diversity on their campus. SUNY officials say the university system currently has 320 enrolled students who come from the counties included in the executive order.
Washington is the first state to sue the Trump administration, but it likely will not be standing alone for long. Democratic state attorneys general have been forming a coordinated wall of legal resistance over immigration, environmental protections, health care and other major issues since Donald Trump was elected. Washington state sued over the president's executive order restricting refugees and immigration. By suing, they will be following the same path as Republican attorneys general, who repeatedly sued the administration of former President Barack Obama. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his colleagues and other lawyers are being moved to action because they believe Trump "does not have respect for the rule of law."
City lawmakers have approved legislation asking the state to let Jamestown start-up an 11-year tax abatement program to redevelop vacant or condemned homes. City Development Director Vince DeJoy earlier this month outlined the Local Property Tax Abatement Incentive Redevelopment of Vacant and Condemned Properties program... which would be for single and two-family residential properties. Acting City Council President Tony Dolce says the main goal of the program is to rehabilitate delapitated and vacant properties to eventually get them back on the tax roles. For the first three years... City Council members say the property owner would pay no city taxes. It would then go to 20-percent the next two years before the property goes fully on the tax rolls in the 12th year. Dolce says the measure would also allow homebuilders the chance to put up what are called Tiny homes..." which can be as small as 700 to 800 square feet. He says they may be ideal for some of the lots that are too small for a full sized home. Dolce says the legislation has been given to state lawmakers for approval.
It's been an eight to nine-year process that's brought three northern Chautauqua County towns to be involved in major wind turbine projects... two of which have now been approved. That from Villenova Town Supervisor Rich Ardillo... who has only been on the town board a short time... but, says the project will greatly benefit the municipality. Ardillo declined to speak on tape... but, says there were several public meetings... including two public hearings... on the multi-million dollar project. He was responding to comments from two town residents... one town board member Angelo Graziano... who spoke against the project at a recent Chautauqua County Legislature meeting. In his estimation... Ardillo says an "overwhelming majority" of the residents he spoke with -- at least two-thirds -- favored the project. He says the board's final vote on the project was 3-to-1... with Graziano voting no... and, one other board member abstaining because they were to directly benefit financially from the project. Ardillo says some 90 residents will be getting some kind of "direct payments" from the project. He says that will be the equivalent of 15 new, full-time jobs in the town.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal does not include any new taxes... and, only one new fee. Howeever... it does include fee increases that New York motorists will pay. That from Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore, who says the Governor's proposed budget boosts the fees for new vehicle titles... which will go from 50-dollars to 75-dollars. Barmore says he's also proposing the fee for a duplicate title go from 20 to 40-dollars. Barmore says he has voiced his concerns over the proposals to State Senator Cathy Young... and, Assemblyman Andrew Goodell. He also urges local residents to let their representatives know how they feel about the proposed fee increases.
Gas prices in the Jamestown-area are down nearly half-a-penny this week... remaining fairly stable over the past week. That from the Triple-A's Fuel Gauge Report... which says this week's average price is just under 2-dollars-56 cents a gallon. Triple-A says the price is down from an even 2--56 last week to 2-dollars-55.7 cents this week. Last year at this time... the price was about 2--10 a gallon. Nationally... the Fuel Gauge reports that continual growth in the number of U.S. oil rigs... and, the increased drilling it implies are raising expectations for a climb in domestic oil production. Additionally, increased U.S. crude oil production coupled with lower driving demand has kept downward pressure on the national average price at the pump, which has fallen for 21 consecutive days. Today's national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is 2-dollars-27 cents per gallon. That's down about 4-cents versus one week ago.
Three northwestern Pennsylvania residents have now been arrested on Felony charges for allegedly stealing several firearms from a home in Warren County's Brokenstraw Township. State Police in Warren say troopers in Corry arrested a third person... 27 year-old James Livingston-the-Third... at a location in Corry late Monday. Police say Livingston is charged with Felony theft,and conspiracy to commit theft. Troopers say Dakota Weilacher and katrina Livingston... both 24... had already been arrested for the thefts... which allegedly took place between May of 2015 and October of last year. Police say James Livingston was arraigned Tuesday, and released on 75-thousand dollars bail, pending a future court appearance.
2016 was one of "the most significant years of accomplishment" Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi has seen in his 17 years as the city's top-elected official. That was Teresi's very brief address to the City Council last night as he delivered his State of the City Message to lawmakers. Teresi again opted not to give a major speech to high-light the past year's accomplishments... and, look ahead to the new year. However... the mayor later told members of the media that 2016 was a "tremendous year in many areas...." The Restore-New York grant will be used to help get the former Key Bank building at East Second and Main Streets back in use. The buyer is looking at locating some commercial ventures, and residental units inside the three-story building. Teresi says 2016 was also a year of "challenges..." especially in enlisting state help to plug a budget shortfall this year. In addition to the Downtown Revitalization Initiative... Teresi says he's looking forward to moving ahead on the city's one-million dollar, Empire State Poverty Reduction program. Teresi publicly thanked the city's 450 employees... and, namely his department heads... for their efforts over the past year.
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he supports President Donald Trump's executive order to halt the Syrian refugee program... and, temporarily suspend immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries. Over the past weekend... Trump said the order is to "protect U.S. citizens and the border" and insisted it's "not a Muslim ban.'' Congressman Reed says the order is necessary to make sure the safey of American citizens is "first and foremost...." Reed says this threat is "real... and, we have to be correct 100-percent of the time." However... the Corning Republican declined to get into reasons why some majority-Muslim nations... such as Saudi Arabia... were left off the list. Most of the "9/11" attackers were from the Middle Eastern country. Reed says the order will not restrict those with Green Cards from traveling to the United States.
Democrats in the New York state Senate say the state should prohibit officials at New York City airports from cooperating with federal authorities enforcing President Donald Trump's travel ban. The legislative proposal announced Monday would bar the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from providing any support, office space or even air conditioning to federal officials enforcing the new rules at Kennedy Airport and other Port Authority facilities. Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins says the entry ban on refugees and residents of seven Muslim-majority nations is "an assault" on American values and that New York must stand up to fight it. The bill faces challenges in the Republican-led state Senate. Assembly Democrats say they are working on their own legislative proposals for pushing back on Trump's order.
President Trump is expected to announce his choice to replace late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U-S Supreme Court tonight in a prime-time speech. Chautauqua County's Congressman says he looks forward to seeing which person from Trump's list of about 15 candiates will be nominated. Corning Republican Tom Reed says he's hoping it will be a justice who will "uphold the Constitution..."and, not one who legislate's "from the bench...." Reed says he's looking forward to someone who will "interpret, and enforce" what's in the constitution. He says the final decision is up to the U-S Senate... but, adds he's hopeful that lawmakers will consider and act on the nominee quickly. Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with southern Tier Media.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to amend the state constitution to codify abortion rights should Roe versus Wade be overturned. Addressing hundreds of abortion-rights supporters rallying in Albany, the Democrat said the state must ensure that legal access to abortion services and birth control continues regardless of the policies of President Donald Trump and Washington Republicans. Trump says he plans to announce his first nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court this week. Abortion-rights supporters say they worry the new court could overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. New York statute legalized abortion three years before Roe. However... Cuomo says a constitutional amendment is needed to ensure current abortion rights aren't rolled back. Constitutional amendments require two separate legislative votes before going to voters.
The ribbon has been cut on the expansion project at the Manufacturing Technology Institute at Jamestown Community College. It also includes new office space for the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturer's Association of the Southern Tier. The man who heads up both agencies says he's very pleased with the way the project has turned out. On this past weekend's Community Spotlight program on the Media One Group of stations... Todd Tranum says it's allowed the chamber and MAST to "renew" it's relationship with JCC. Tranum says the new space has allowed for some new classrooms and class room space... and, it's also included some new equipment -- including welding equipment. He says there's also something new called "Maker Space" for people with a small start up... or interest in launching a product... there is space available to hlep support that. The Manufacturing Technology Institute at JCC includes programs like computer-aided Design & Computer Numerical Control... Engineering Science... and, Welding Technology. For more information on the programs... call 338-1324.
A Bemus Point man is under arrest for allegedly driving drunk while his car was involved in a crash last weekend in the Sinclairville-area... and, he was in possession of a number of weapons and fireworks. Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene on Route 380 in the Pickard Hill shortly before 2 AM Saturday. Deputies say they found the unoccupied vehicle had struck a telephone pole, and, was in a ditch. They say the windows were smashed out... and, they were able to see inside... and saw an assault rifle with numerous loaded magazines, a sawed off shotgun, commercial fireworks, home made fireworks, throwing stars, and numerous quantities of various ammunition. Following an investigation... officers found the driver... 29 year-old Michael Thompson, at a home near the accident scene. He was arrested on several charges... including third-degree criminal possession of a weapon for having an assault weapon with large-capacity ammuntion feeding devices... and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon... and, unlawful possession of fireworks. He was arraigned in Ellery Town Court and jailed on 75-thousand dollars cash bail. The investigation is continuing.
Two people were killed late last Friday in a two-car crash on Route 242 in the Cattaraugus County Town of Ellicottville. Town Police say they were called to the scene about 3:30 PM... and, say the driver of one of the vehicles, 60 year-old Clinton Krivulka of Conewango... was eastbound when he lost control of his vehicle... and, it spun into the on-coming lane of traffic. Krivulka's car struck the second auto, driven by 45 year-old Henry Williams of Chaffee. Officers say Krivulka and an unidentified, 15 year-old passenger, were both pronounced dead at the scene. Police say a 16 year-old front seat passenger in Williams' car was taken to Bertrand-Chaffee Hospital in Springville... then transferred to Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo. Officers say Williams was treated and released at the scene... while a passenger in his car was taken to Olean General Hospital for treatment of chest injuries. No charges have been filed. The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office and State Police were among the several agencies involved in the on-going investigation.
Two people have been arrested for allegedly trafficking Heroin and marijuana from a home on the city's southside. Police report that the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force raided a residence at 323 Newland Avenue late last Friday morning... and, arrested 25 year-old Devonte Chandler. Task Force members say they found Chandler in possession of 58 bags of Heroin. Officers say they also found a woman inside the apartment... Neishayhathu Soto... who was being disorderly during a search of the apartment. They say Soto was allegedly found with 14.6-grams of pot in her possession. Chandler was arraigned on one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, jailed without bail. Soto was charged with unlawful possession of marijauna.. and, disorderly conduct. She is jailed on 500-dollars cash bail in Mayville. Anyone with information on illegal narcotics trafficking in Jamestown is asked to contact the JPD Tips 4-1-1 App... or their confidential Tips-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
It's State of the City time for both city's in Chautauqua County. Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas delivered his first State of the City address in the north county city late last Friday. In the the nearly 50 minute address... Rosas gave a presentation -- complete with power-point presentation. He included an overview of projects that were accomplished in 2016 and listed his priorities for the year ahead. Among the accomplishments, progress on mandated improvements at the water treatment plant and the securing of zero percent financing and a state grant for the wastewater treatment plant. Rosas says Phase-Three of the water treatment plant will be completed this year. Besides infrastructure improvements... Rosas also focused on economic development efforts including a new hotel on the city's waterfront. He says the first round of negotiations with a development firm out of Erie were held on Monday. Rosas says he believes negotiations went well on the first day... and, they're looking forward to it's opening. Here in Jamestown... Mayor Sam Teresi is slated to give his State of The City Address tonight during the City Council's January voting session. The message is typically delivered during remarks at the beginning of the meeting. Last year... the mayor gave lawmakers are written report... but, gave no verbal address. He has not said whether he will do that again this year... or not. Tonight's meeting begins at 7:30 PM.
One person suffered serious injuries after his snowmobile collided with a second machine on private property on Route 394 in Mayville last Saturday afternoon. Sheriff's officers say they responded to the crash near 60-46 Route 394 about 2:15 PM... and, found that 24 year-old Samuel Fabin of Pennington, New Jersey... and, 24 year-old Adam Martin of Salem, Virginia... were riding snowmobiles when both collided head-on at the crest of a hill where the visability of obstructed. Deputies say Fabin was flown by Starflight Helicopter to UPMC Hamot Medical Center for treatment. Martin was apparently not hurt. Officers say no charges were filed.
Statewide testing for lead in drinking water at schools in New York has found 14 percent of outlets sampled in nearly 3,000 schools outside New York City had unsafe levels of the toxic metal. Schools are required to turn off any outlet with lead levels above 15 parts per billion and implement plans to fix the problem. More than 256--thousand taps were tested. All schools that had those numbers have to test drinking water for lead under legislation signed by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo in September. The state Health Department said Friday that 96 percent of schools outside of New York City have done the testing and 88 percent have reported results. New York City results are expected in mid-2017. Lead exposure can cause significant neurological impairments in children. The lead testing data is posted on Health Data New York online.
The sixth Annual Soup-er Bowl at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club put on Sunday by UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital was a major success. A total of 14 competitors took part offering a variety of soups to a record number of people in attendance. The winner of this year's event was the Gametime Sports Bar and Grill. Jim Mee owner of the Gametime Sports Bar and Grill talked about his winning entry the Cheesy Chicken Fiesta. He said they wanted to try something new. Last year... the Souper-Bowl raised over 7-thousand dollars for the Robotic Surgery Department at UPMC Chautauqua WCA... and, the Rappaport (Rap a pour) Family Fund. With an estimated 600 people in attendance... the total amount raised this year is expected to surpass last year's total. Final totals from the Soup-er Bowl are expected to be announced later today. The Media One Group of Radio Stations, Shults Auto Group and Maplevale Farms were the major sponsors of the Sixth Annual Soup-er Bowl.
Affinity One Federal Credit Union in Lakewood is holding it's second-annual Joe DeAngelo Memorial Ice Fishing Tournment on Chautauqua Lake in February. Affinity one Marketing and Sales Representative Tony Valvo... says the event begins on Feburary 1st. Valvo says you don't have to be a member to take part... however, you do have to sign up. Valvo urges ice anglers to make sure the ice is safe where they go to fish... and, to obsere all New York State rules. We asked him if the tournament would be held if the lake remains unfrozen. He says they'll cancel the event. However, they'll still have the event with door prizes if that occurs. Valvo says you can enter at either Affinity One branch in Jamestown or Lakewood... or at "Chautauqua Reel Outdoors."
The Homeland Security Department says a New York court order temporarily barring the U.S. from deporting people from nations subject to President Donald Trump's travel ban will not affect the overall implementation of the White House executive action. The agency said the court order affected a relatively small number of travelers who were inconvenienced by security procedures upon their return. The department's statement said: "President Trump's Executive Orders remain in place- prohibited travel will remain prohibited, and the U.S. government retains its right to revoke visas at any time if required for national security or public safety," according to the DHS statement. Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to the White House, said that nothing in the judge's order "in anyway impedes or prevents the implementation of the president's executive order which remains in full, complete and total effect."
A Dunkirk woman is facing charges after a traffic stop in the north county city late Saturday afternoon. Dunkirk Police pulled over a vehicle traveling south on Main Street at about 4:30 PM for a traffic violation. Police say the driver, whose license was suspended, tried to deceive officers by giving the name and date of birth of a relative, whose license was also suspended. After further investigation, the driver... 41-year-old Joielyn Burlingame... was charged with 3rd-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and 2nd-degree criminal impersonation. Burlingame will appear in Dunkirk City Court at a later date.
Lake Effect Snow Warning remains in effect until early Sunday night...
There will be a break in the Lake effect snow that has been falling across portions of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties during the day today... as the snow moves more into the Buffalo-area. However... Forecaster Tony Ansuini with the National Weather Service says the wind will shift slightly... and, the snow will return by early this evening. Ansuini says we'll see another 4 to 8 inches -- mainly in the traditional snow belt areas, and the Chautauqua Ridge area -- through early tomorrow. We could see anotehr 3 to 5 inches Sunday. Ansuini says the traditional lake snow areas will see about 2-feet of snow on the ground by early Sunday night.
Duplex-type home extensively damaged from early Friday morning fire...
Fire has significantly damaged part of a 2-and-a-half story duplex on Jamestown's eastside. City Fire Battalion Chief Matt Coon says firefighters were called to the scene at 944 East Second Street about 2:45 a.m. Friday... and, found smoke and fire coming from one side of the building. Fortunately... Coon says no one was inside the structure. He adds that they were able to make an interior attack on the blaze... which they had under control in about 30 minutes. Coon says damage was pretty much confined to the one-side of the structure in the second-floor and attic space of the structure at 944 East Second. He says an off-duty shift was called in to assist. One firefighter suffered a minor injury. The investigation into the cause is continuing.
New Shults Ford-Lincoln Mercury opens on Washington Street...
The ribbon has been cut on the newest facility for the Shults Auto Group in Jamestown... with the opening of the new Shults Ford Lincoln Mercury at 2257 Washington St. Several local officials were on hand for the event... which culminated a lengthy project to completely upgrade the showroom and service facilities. Shults Auto Group President Tim Shults says it's an exciting time for the dealership... and, praised General Contractor Kessel Construction for helping to create an "over the top" facility... which has state-of-the art drive-in service. The operator of Shults Ford-Lincoln Mercury... Ed Shults-III... also praised Kessel... along with their employees for keeping the operation going during the construction project. He says they developed the facility with a vision of it's being a place for "community-type" events.
East Otto woman killed in SUV--Tractor-Trailer crash...
A Cattaraugus County woman was killed... and, a man seriously hurt... when their sports utility vehicle crashed into the side of a tractor-trailer at an East Otto intersection Thursday afternoon. Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley say 52 year-old Grace Armbruster of East Otto was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash... which occured at the intersection of East Otto-Springville and Bowen Roads about 1:45 p.m. Deputies say Grace Armbruster was a passenger in the SUV... which was northbound on Bowen Road... and, driven by 30 year-old Andrew Armbuster. Officers say he failed to stop at the intersection with East Otto-Springville Road. The SUV then struck the tractor of the big rig... which was driven by Jeffrey Laydecker... and, was eastbound on East Otto-Springville Road. Officers say both Armbrusters were ejected from the vehicle. Grace was pronounced dead at the scene... while Andrew was taken to ECMC in Buffalo for treatment of serious injuries. Laydecker was not hurt.
Souper Bowl Sunday set for this Sunday in Lakewood...
A yearly sports-themed fund-raiser for UPMC Chautauqua-WCA Hospital's robotic surgery program is set to go this Sunday afternoon in Lakewood. The annual Souper Bowl Sunday will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club. WCA's Director of Development, Megan Barone, says more than a dozen local restaurants will be offering specialty soups for people to try... and, there'll also be prize give-aways and raffles. None of the businesses taking part have announced what soups they'll be serving Sunday... but, they are often a little different from the standard fare. Barone says the money raised will help them continue the work of their DaVinci Robot used in Cancer surgeries. Tickets will be sold at the door for $12 each... and, there may still be some pre-sale available at the hospital... or the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club for $10 each.
The worst parts of our "long-duration" Lake Effect Snow event will be today through tomorrow. However... we won't see any of the 3-to-4 inch an hour snowfall that accompanies many of these events through Sunday night. That from Forecaster Jim Mitchell with the National Weather Service... who says we remain under a Lake Effect Snow Warning now through 7 PM on Sunday. MItchell says we're seeing colder air now, after receiving an initial 2 to 3 inches of snow in the Jamestown-area. Once the colder air gets in... he says we'll see another 7 to 11 inches of snow in the snow belt areas by late this evening. While ski country and the Chautauqua Ridge areas will see upwards of 2-feet -- or more -- through Sunday night... Mitchell says there won't be any of the real "heavy snow" on Saturday. He says the heaviest snow rate during the weekend will be about one to one-and-a-half inches an hour. Mitchell says the worst of the wind and blowing snow conditions will be during the day today through tonight. Wind gusts will be about 40-mile per hour. Our complete forecast is coming up.
A Westfield woman has been arrested for allegedly setting two separate fires in her home in the town of Chautauqua last Fall. Sheriff's officers say they took 41 year-old Lacie Mockus into custody late Wednesday for allegedly setting the fires... and, endangering first-responders and neighbors. Deputies say the incident at 6375 Centralia-Hartfield Road occured last October 16th... and, add that Mockus was the only person home at the time. Officers say she's been charged with second-degree reckless endangerment... and, was issued an appearance ticket for Chautauqua Town Court at a later date.
Firefighters made quick work of a blaze that broke out early yesterday morning at a 2-and-a-half story home in Dunkirk. Dunkirk Fire crews responded to 133 Lake Shore Drive East at about 4:15 AM. Fire Chief Mike Edwards says crews found flames on the first floor and extending to the second floor. The fire was contained to one room, and everyone in the building made it out safely. Firefighters were at the scene for about one hour. No one was hurt... and, the cause is under investigation. The local Red Cross is assisting all eight residents who were displaced by the fire.
In Dunkirk, two people suffered burns in a kitchen fire Wednesday night. Firefighters responded to an apartment at 47 West Courtney Street just before 9:30 PM, and on arrival, found that the victims suffered burns as a result of hot grease from a pan spilling on them while trying to remove the pan from the apartment. Both victims were taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital for treatment. One suffered severe burns and was later flown by Starflight Helicopter to the Erie County Medical Center.
Plans to construct more than 100 wind turbines in three northern Chautauqua County towns are being rammed though without full consideration of residents feelings... and, no full evaluation of the impact on the local environment. Those are the feelings of two town of Villanova residents... and, one from Arkwright... who addressed the county legislature Wednesday night. Angelo Graziano has been a Villanova Town Board member since 2014, when the projects were first proposed. Graziano says he asked the company involved with that project... "R-E-S America..." for more information... but, got none. Graziano says he believes the company has only done the minimum required to get the project through. Another resident... Tina Graziano... says many in the town remain unaware of the project and it's potential implications. She says only town government, and the actual property owners will get any benefit from the project. She says residents will have to "suffer" with 123, 500-foot tall wind turbines. Arkwright resident Fred Keller was also concerned about the project... and, it's impact in his town. Keller contends that the U-S Army Corps of Engineers found no opposition there because only contiguous neighbors have been notified regarding the project, and public meetings about it.
Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan has been a proponent of the turbine projects... and, was somewhat stunned by the opposition voiced at Wednesday night's meeting. However... Horrigan says he appreciates what the residents had to say. He also says the three companies involved in the projects are going through the State Environmental Quality Review process, as required. Horrigan says he was aware of some opposition early... mainly dealing with the flight paths for airport traffic. However... Horrigan says the projects also have to be reviewed by the Chautauqua County Planning Board. He says he's not surprised that there is some friction between the people who own the property where the turbines will be... and, others in the towns. The residents say.. while they've seen problems with the process... the one underway for the Cassadaga Wind Farm has been a "fair" one.
A state lawmaker wants to stop New York from doing business with companies working on President Donald Trump's promised border wall. The proposal from Assemblywoman Nily Rozic would prevent the state from signing contracts or investing in companies hired for the wall project. The Queens Democrat says Thursdaythat she wants to send a signal to companies considering whether to work on the wall along the southern U.S. border with Mexico, a proposal she calls wasteful and ineffective. Existing rules prohibit state contracts with companies that do business in Iran or that boycott Israel. Rozic says New York must honor its tradition of diversity and tolerance. The legislation could do well in the overwhelmingly Democratic Assembly but may face challenges in the Republican-led Senate.
Residents of the town of Ellicott who live in the Celoron area have the chance to pay their town and county taxes directly this Saturday. Town Clerk Mike Erlandson says he'll hold his annual tax collection at the Celoron Village Hall from 10 AM to 1 PM this Saturday, January 28th. Again, those hours are 10 AM to 1 PM.
We will see some significant changes in our weather during the day today in the Jamestown-area. The change begins this afternoon... as the National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Lake Effect Snow Warning from 1 PM until 7 PM Sunday for some significant snow in some parts of the regioin. Forecaster Bob Hamilton says the cold air that's been bottled up in the Arctic the past couple of weeks has finally reached the Upper Midwest of the United States. He says that's coming our way.
Hamilton says the lake effect snow won't be very well organized when it starts... but, he says it'll beginin the higher terrain of northern Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties... and, southern Erie County. He says we'll get a few inches initially in the Chautauqua Ridge, and ski country... and, it'll become more organized later on Friday. Hamilton says the precipitation will start as rain tomorrow (this) morning... then turn into a rain-snow mix in the afternoon as temperatures begin to fall from the upper 30s to the upper 20s by evening. By Sunday evening... he says some locations will have up to 2-feet of snow on the ground.
The Chautauqua County Legislature has approved a 15-year lease extension with Jamestown Aviation Company to remain the fixed-base operator at the County Airport near Jamestown. Lawmakers approved the measure at last night's monthly meeting in a 15-to-1 vote... with Jamestown Democrat Chuck Nazzaro casting the lone "no" vote. County Executive Vince Horrigan, who negotiated the new deal, says the agreement reduces the county's local share of costs... and, will bring in about 23-hundred dollars more a month in rent. The county will see a 2-percent annual increase in the rent from Jamestown Aviation. However... the fixed-base operator will be able to terminate the contract without cause with two-years notice if the airport still has commercial passenger service... one year if it doesn't. Legislator Nazzaro says he has problems with a 15 year agreement that gives Jamestown Aviation termination rights... but, none for the county. The current rent for Jamestown Aviation to handle the fueling, hangar and parking work is 37-hundred-dollars a month... with 24-hundred of that subject to the 2-percent fee increase each year.
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he doesn't favor a proposal by the Trump Adminstration to dole out Medicaid funding to individual states in the form of strictly "block grants" only. The Corning Republican also agrees that such an idea -- on it's own -- could lead to some contentious debate in the House and Senate. Reed says there are about 180 members of Congress who come from state's where there had been an expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act... including New York. He says it's something that will be discussed as part of the repeal and replacement of the ACA. Reed adds that the issue becomes a sticky one for politicians in Washington because there are Democrat, and Republican-led state's that have taken part in the Medicaid expansion. He says that's why the GOP may have to go in another direction. Chautauqua County would face a significant cut in Medicaid if the just the block grant program were to be implemented. Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
Congressional Republicans are heading to Philadelphia where they will hear from President Donald Trump at their annual policy retreat. The joint gathering of House and Senate Republicans comes as Trump's presidency gets off to a rocky start. Republicans hope to come together and chart a course forward on a range of policy issues, particularly repealing and replacing former President Barack Obama's health care law. Lawmakers will also hear from British Prime Minister Theresa May, the first time a foreign head of state has addressed such a gathering. And football star Peyton Manning will appear. The two-day conclave of work sessions, speeches and schmoozing gets under way Wednesday, with the high point coming Thursday with Trump's lunchtime speech. Lawmakers hope the gathering will help solidify their agenda for the year.
The Jamestown school district has received some good fiscal news from New York state. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the district is no longer among the school systems in New York facing any level of "fiscal stress." DiNapoli released his office's listing of 59 school districts facing at least a "susceptibility" to fiscal stress. Over the past couple of years... Jamestown was considered to be in "moderate stress..." but, no longer is. District officials say that's great news... and, more information will be forthcoming. DiNapoli says the only district facing any kind of fiscal stress in Chautauqua County now is the Ripley District... which is "susceptible" to fiscal stress.
The national debate over immigration policy could be coming to a diner near you. Dozens of restaurants are seeking "sanctuary" status, a designation owners hope will help protect employees in an immigrant-heavy industry and tone down fiery rhetoric sparked by the presidential campaign. First inspired by churches... the label is something cities and other public entities have sought to offer local protections to immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, whether it's barring police from asking citizens about immigration status or refusing to cooperate with federal agents. Roughly 80 restaurants across the country have signed up, from down-home delis to upscale bistros. The restaurants agree to anti-discrimination policies, display signs that pronounce their sanctuary status and receive know-your-rights training - what to do if there's a workplace raid by immigration agents.
New York state lawmakers are questioning the price tag for Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to give middle class students free tuition at state universities and colleges. During a hearing on the proposal Tuesday... legislators from both parties asked state higher education officials whether Cuomo's $163-million dollar cost estimate is too low. The Democratic governor's proposal would cover remaining tuition costs for students from families making $125,000 or less after other sources of federal and state aid are factored in. Nancy Zimpher, chancellor of the State University of New York system, said officials are continuing to refine the cost estimate. Skeptical lawmakers said they wanted to see details before voting on the state budget, which they hope to approve by April 1st.
City lawmakers will vote next week on a proposed change to the Jamestown city code that no longer requires JPD officers to supervise the towing of vehicles from private property. Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings and Corporation Counsel Marilyn Fiore-Lehman outlined the proposal for the city council's Public Safety Committee. Snellings says... even with the change... officers would still supervise towing on public property. Fiore-Lehman says... currently... the towing company would have to wait for JPD officers to arrive at the scene. Mayor Sam Teresi says the problem is, sometimes the tow operator would have to wait for half-an hour to an hour before city police can wrap up a call they're already on... and, then go to the scene. Teresi and Snellings say the idea behind the change to the towing ordinance is to free up police officers to be on the streets... and, not unnecessarily tied up dealing with having to supervise a tow from a private residence... organization or business. The measure will be acted on at next Monday night's meeting.
A staff recommendation has led the Jamestown Board of Public Utiliites to ask the city to begin the process of annexing property on the city line with the village of Falconer that's used for a major BPU substation. The BPU voted Monday to request the city council begin proceedings to acquire the Dow Street Substation land from the town. BPU General Manager Dave Leathers says the board owns the property where the facility is located between Dow Street and Tiffany Avenue. Leathers says it will save more than 300-thousand tax dollars for the city and BPU. However... Leathers says -- if the annexation goes through -- the BPU would still make "tax equivalent payments" to the city and Jamestown school district. He says those would total about 80-thousand dollars a year. He says the amount is based on a percentage of the asset's valuation. Leathers says the land is assessed at about 7.86-million dollars. He says the resolution gets the process going... and, says the City Councill will now have to discuss the measure... and will likely hold some public meetings on the matter before a vote is taken.
The head of New York state's Public Service Commission is stepping down to take a job in Australia. PSC Chairwoman Audrey Zibelman announced her departure Monday. She intends to stay on until the end of March before going to work for the Australian Energy Market Operator, which oversees electricity and natural gas markets and networks. Under Zibelman... the Public Service Commission worked to expand the state's use of renewable energy and approved ratepayer subsidies for nuclear plants. She also oversaw votes on scores of decisions and regulations affecting utilities. In a statement... Zibelman said it has been a "great honor" to serve in Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration and to assist in Democrat Cuomo's goal of increasing "affordable, clean and resilient" power for the state.
It was a total team effort that pushed the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County over it's 2016 Campaign goal of 1.3-million dollars. General Campaign Co-Chairman Anne Hedin at last night's celebration at Jamestown Community College and her husband -- and co-chair -- Paul... announced the final total raised was 1.338-million dollars. He praised United Way staff members, and volunteers for their efforts to get them to the finish line. Paul Hedin adds that they got more donations from several businesses... and, added a few others to the mix this year. United Way officials say they did a record number of workplace presentations to let workers know what the money they pledge goes towards. There were 50 of those made during the just over three-month effort. Several local workplaces were honored for increasing the number of donors they had in 2016... and, some others were thanked for taking part for the first-time ever. More than 60 people were on hand for last night's annual celebration at JCC. The money will benefit 42 programs at 25 partner agencies.
Gasoline prices in Chautauqua County have remained steady for the third-straight week. The Triple-A's Fuel Gauge Report says the their local survey finds the average price for a gallon of regular, unleaded gas to be 2-dollars-56 cents. On the national front... the average price has now fallen to 2-dollars-31 cents a gallon. Triple-A says an increase in oil production has led to the 3-cent decrease. The price is now down 4-cents per gallon on the month... and, have now fallen for 14 of the past 15 days. Triple-A now says prices in much of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast have followed the national average down over the past week. The latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) report shows that total Northeast gasoline stocks increased to their highest level since August of last year.
New York lawmakers will again consider legislation that would authorize people with terminal illnesses to request life-ending drugs from a physician. The bill introduced Monday in Albany would require two physicians to certify the patient's illness is terminal. Physicians could refuse to agree to the request for any reason. The bill passed an Assembly committee last year but didn't get a full vote in the Legislature.
A horrific, nearly head-on crash involving a coach bus and a vehicle on Route 60 near Sinclairville has claimed the life of a Lakewood man... and, injured three others. Crews from five area fire departments, Chautauqua County Emergency Services, the Sheriff's Office and State Police responded to the crash around 9 AM. Sheriff Joe Gerace says it appears that the vehicle -- driven by 19 year-old Justin Romaniuk may have crossed into the opposite lane and into the path of the bus. The bus driver... identified as 61 year-old Debra Lee Grimes of Lakewood... suffered serious... but, non-life threatening injuries. Both she and Romaniuk were pinned inside their vehicles. Gerace says the Accident Reconstruction Team was also called to the scene of the crash to investigate. Route 60 was closed in both directions between Sylvester Road and Jamestown Street for about 4-hours. Sinclairville firefighters were assisted by Cassadaga, Ellery Center, Ellington and Gerry fire crews.
The storm that spurred tornadoes in the south will be moving up along the East Coast... and, will bring a wintry mix to much of the Northeast. However... Chautauqua County may be one of the few counties in the state not under any kind of warning or advisory. Cattaraugus County is under a Winter Weather Advisory until 10 AM today. Forecaster Jon Hitchcock with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says rain turned over to snow in most places mainly to the east last night. Hitchcock says the tricky part of the forecast involves Chautauqua County because the temperature will be around the freezing mark this evening. He says we cold see more mixed presciptation here than anywhere else.
The city of Jamestown is looking to annex property on the city line -- used for a major substation for the Board of Public Utilities -- from the town of Ellicott. The BPU Monday afternoon voted to initiate the proceedings to acquire the property from the town. The resolution passed at the board's meeting states that the BPU owns the property where the Dow Street Substation is located between Dow Street and Tiffany Avenue. It also says the city of Jamestown pays just over 322-thousand dollars on the land... which is assessed at 7.86-million dollars.
Two Republican members of the U-S Senate says they're putting the finishing touches on legislation that would let states keep President Obama's health care overhaul... or design their own programs. Local Congressman Tom Reed says the plan is what's being called the "Patient Freedom Act..." and he calls it an appropriate step to take while the repeal and replacement process is underway. The measure is being proposed by Senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Susan Collins of Maine. Reed says House members met with Cassidy late last week on the proposal. Reed says several steps will be needed because some parts of the Affordable Care Act can be replaced in the Senate with a simple majority of 51 votes. However... others will require a 60-votes. He says another aspect for implementation will be having new Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Tom Price, in place. His confirmation is still pending, though. Some say the Patient Freedom Act represents a retreat from years of Republican calls to repeal Obama's law and then replace it. President Trump has said he wants to keep parts of Obama's health care law.
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he supports President Donald Trump's decision to follow through on a campaign promise to withdraw the United States from the much-debated, 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. Mr. Trump says he prefers trade treaties with individual countries... also called "bi-lateral" agreements. Reed says the move allows the U-S to us Trump's ability as a "deal-maker" to get a better agreement for America. Until recent months... a number of national manufacturer's support the TPP agreement... and, Reed agrees the president will have to work hard to bring about agreements that manufacturer's like and trust. However... he says re-negotiating trade agreements will be in America''s "best interests." Reed adds, though, that ther need to be stiffer penalties if the other trade partner renegs on the agreement. Trump has also announced his intention to renegotate the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. However... no formal steps have been taken.
A Chautauqua County man has been arrested in Erie County, New York for allegedly selling Heroin and other illegal narcotic drugs in the town of Ellington. Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they had an outstanding bench warrant for 29 year-old William Bogal of Old Chautauqua Road in Ellington... who was located yesterday afternoon in Erie County... but, the exact location was not released. Task Force members say Bogal was accused of selling the drugs to undercover officers from his home. He was arraigned in Charlotte Town Court on one count each of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance... and, sent to the County Jail without bail. Task Force members ask that if you observe suspicious or narcotics-related activity in your area... call them at 1-800-344-8702..
Route 60 accident involving bus and car now a fatal...
Authorities say a 20-year-old Lakewood man has died after his vehicle collided with a tour bus on Route 60 in the town of Charlotte this morning. Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says the crash occurred shortly after 9 a.m. near the village of Sinclairville. Gerace says Justin Romaniuk had to be freed from the wreckage... but, died at the scene. The driver of the bus... Debra Lee Grimes... suffered serious -- but, non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a Buffalo-area hospital. She and two passengers were injured. The other two were also sent to a neaby hospital. Route 60 was closed for about 4-hours while the highway was cleared... and, the scene was investigated.
**Bus crash on Route 60 forces road closing in that area....
At least one serious injury has been reported in a reported crash involving a Coach Bus, and another vehicle on Route 60 near Sinclairivlle. Chautauqua County Fire Dispatchers say the accident occured about 9 this morning, and has forced the closing of the road between Silvester Road and Jamestown Street. Both drivers were reportedly pinned inside their vehicles. Several EMS and Fire units are at the scene. More when it becomes available.
City man and woman arrested late last week on warrants, allegedly found with drugs...
Two Jamestown residents have been arrested on drug-related charges after city police did a warrant check on both suspects at a southside home. Jamestown Police say officers located 26 year-old Giselle Bennett at 943 Newland Ave. late Thursday night. Officers say she was sought on a City Court warrant. They add that they also found 27 year-old Brandon Hogg at the residence... who was wanted on a parole warrant. Police say they found a quantity of Suboxone in Hogg's possession that he did not have a prescription for. Bennett is also accused of being in possession of a stimulant. Both were additionally charged. Bennett was freed on bail... while Hogg is being held on $4,000 bail.
Pennsylvania man caught going 109 MPH on I-86 in Chautauqua County...
State Police have arrested a Pennsylvania man for allegedly fleeing them at nearly 110 miles an hour on Interstate-86 near Kennedy. Troopers say they clocked 20 year-old Tristan Drake of Troy going 109 MPH in the eastbound lanes before he finally exited the super-highway at School House Road. State Police say Drake was eventually stopped in the Village of Randolph and arrested. He was arraigned in Poland Town Court... and, sent to the Chautauqua County jail with bail to be set.
Fredonia man arrested for alleged sex abuse...
A north county man has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a victim in the village of Fredonia. Sheriff's officers say they took 49 year-old Duane Green of Park Avenue in Fredonia into custody shortly after 10 a.m. yesterday. Deputies say Green was arrested on a warrant for first-degree sexual abuse... and, forceable touching. Officers say he was taken into custody without incident at a location on East Main Street... and, sent to the county jail in Mayville with bail to be set. He'll appear in court at a later date and time.
Almeter named as new Chautauqua Co. Airport and Parks Manager...
A career Naval officer who has a wide background in both the public and private sectors has been named as Chautauqua County's new Airports and Parks Manager. County Executive Vince Horrigan and Public Facilities Director George Spanos Friday afternoon announced that Rochester-native Ron Almeter will head up both departments -- beginning next Tuesday. Almeter says he's both excited and delighted to start work... now that he's retired from the Navy. Almeter says he was also involved in managerial work for a large construction firm in Texas. Almeter says he and his family had retired to the Westfield-area about a year ago... and, heard about the job while looking for some kind of work while in retirement. Horrigan says he comes from a similar-type for background, and both he and Spanos and the Airport Commission, decided Almeter was their man. At the same time... Spanos says he and other county officials were pleased with the number of applications they received from interested candidates. Almeter says the airports can serve as a "storefront" for Chautauqua County to the rest of the world. Horrigan says, with his hiring, all county leadership posts have now been filled.
Reed confirm's House Republican plan to cut $10.5-billion from federal budget over 10 years...
Majority Republicans in Congress are eyeing a proposal to cut about 10.5-billion dollars in spending from the federal budget over the next 10 years. Local Congressman Tom Reed says he is aware of the proposal, which was reported on in thehill.com late last week. Reed calls it "sizable..." and, he feels the time is right to have a conversation about non-manditory, and manditory spending... which he says show's "how ambitious and how aggressive this administration is going to be when it comes to the issues of spending and debt." He feels that "every dollar" needs to be part of the discussion... and, it will likely be discussed and debated in the House Ways and Means Committee that he sits on. The Corning Republican says he would first look at "waste, fraud, and abuse." Reed says it's an opportunity to run the government in a "much more effective and efficient manner." President Trump is expected to meet with bipartisan Congressional leaders at the White House tonight to discuss his Congressional agenda which includes repealing and replacing the nation's health care law and passing tax reform. Reed made his comments during a Special Inauguration conference call with regional media.
Several hundred people attend Doors Open Jamestown program...
'Doors Open Jamestown' on Saturday had weather more like April than January... and a lot of people headed for the hills... to the Martz-Kohl Observatory on Robbin Hill Road in Frewsburg. President, Gary Nelson, said they had about 200 visitors, and even though it was sunny, they were looking at a star -- the Sun. Nelson says they have a special telescope that reduces the ultra-violet rays that are harmful to human eyes. Ordinarily, looking directly at the sun can be hazardous to the retina. The Fenton History Center's Joni Blackman thinks the fair weather brought families to their front door. Blackman says they had a lot of young families that brought their children through. Blackman is one of the principal organizers of 'Doors Open'. She estimates around 800 people visited the museum last Saturday. A total of 17 locations were open and free for the public last Saturday.
Two Jamestown residents face several drug-related charges following a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon on the city's eastside. City Police say a patrol spotted the car, driven by 32 year-old Charles Washington, fail to signal a turn in the area of 65 River Street about 2 PM. Officers say they found Washington's passenger, 18 year-old Mariah Snyder, in possession of a small amount of marijuana. However... further investigation found Snyder also allegedly had 9 grams of cocaine, and more than 6-grams of 'crack" cocaine, in her possession. Police say they also found more than 11 ounces of marijuana inside the car... along with drug paraphernalia and packing materials. Washington faces charges including Felony third-degree criminal possession of marijuana... while Snyder faces charges including two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, one count of third-degree criminal possession of marijuana. Both are being held pending a preliminary hearing.
Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan has found his new Budget Director in the Sheriff's Office. Horrigan has announced the appointment of Kathleen Dennison to replace Kitty Crow on February 1st. The Fredonia resident will replace current director Kitty Crow... who will become the county's new Finance Director on that same date. Horrigan says Dennison has served as the Accounting Supervisor for the Sheriff's Office for the past five years. He adds that she has over 30 yeaeers of experience in budgeting, payroll, and financial reporting.
Prior to her current position... Dennison served as Assistant General Manager at the Clarion Hotel from 2010-2011, General Manager a hotel in Mongolia from 2009-2010, Accountant at Lake Shore Savings and Loan in 2009, and Innkeeper and Owner of The White Inn from 1993 to 2009. Horrigan adds that Dennison's "distinct background in financial management will be a great asset to the county and I look forward to working with her in her new role as Budget Director." Dennison says she is "honored" to be selected.
Governor Andrew Cuomo released his proposed state budget last night that he says is aimed at strengthening the middle class. It also addresses some vital infrastructure issues in the state... namely water utilities. Cuomo says the 152-billion dollar spending plan includes 2-billion dollars in spending to help deal with water quality issues facing certain places in upstate New York... and, Long Island. Back to the Middle-Class... Cuomo is proposing a middle-class income tax cut... and, a "free-tuition" program for the State University of New York... and, City University of New York. He says that program would cost 163-million additional dollars... and, would be for instate students only. He says the budget also increases education aid by one-billion dollars to 25.6-billion... along with an expanded child care tax credit. Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan said the college tuition plan is just one of the budget proposals that will get close scrutiny from lawmakers. The governor says the budget holds spending growth below two percent for the seventh consecutive year.
State Senator Cathy Young says the Governor's budget presentation was "very unusual..." and, lacked in transparency. Young was among the Senate Majority members who attended a power-point presentation at the Governor's Mansion. However... the Olean Republican says few details about the plan were offered. Young says she would like to see the budget presentation return to being made to the entire legislature... with the media present... and, more disclosure. Young says she does have serious concerns about the governor's proposal of "free tuition" for in-state low and middle-income taxpaying families who have members attending either SUNY or CUNY. However... she says it will all be sorted out by the Senate Finance Committee that she chairs. Overall... Young says -- like always -- the budget has it's good and bad points. She says her panel is already holding budget hearings on the spending plan.
Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is saying he stressed to President-elect Donald Trump the impact of federal spending on state budgets. Cuomo had a nearly hour-long meeting with the Republican president-elect at Trump Tower on Wednesday. The governor said they discussed the impact of federal tax policy and the potential repeal of the federal health care law on New York. Cuomo has placed major infrastructure projects at the center of his agenda and said he hopes Trump will authorize federal spending for some of the projects, including a rehabilitation of Kennedy Airport. Cuomo said, "New York is ready to build." Cuomo is a rumored 2020 presidential candidate.
The region's State Senator has introduced legislation that would make it a Felony to injure a police K-9 officer in the line of duty. Olean Republican Cathy Young has proposed "Mitchell's Law..." named after Jamestown Police K-9 "Mitchell" who was seriously injured apprehending a murder suspect late last November. Young says that Mitchell, a six-year-old German Shepherd who has been with JPD since 2011, was grievously injured during a confrontation with suspected murderer Keith Robbins following a six-hour standoff. During the apprehension of Robbins, K-9 Officer Mitchell was stabbed in the throat and under his jaw, causing the knife to penetrate his tongue, resulting in emergency surgery. During a visit to Senator Young’s office, "Mitchell" and his handler, Officer Eric Kraft, and Police Chief Harry Snellings asked Senator Young to sponsor legislation that would make it a felony to injure a K-9 officer in the line of duty.
A Jamestown man sought for an alleged break-in in the town of Harmony last month has been arrested on a warrant on the city's eastside. Chautauqua County Sheriff's officers executed an arrest warrant at 144 Chandler Street about 12:45 AM Wednesday... and, took 48 year-old Luis Sanchez into custody. Deputies say Sanchez was wanted for fourth-degree grand larceny... and, conspiracy. They say the charges were the result of a December 2016 incident at 51-51 Fairbanks Road in Ashville. Sanchez was arraigned... and, sent to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail.
An Erie, Pennsylvania-area man has died after being struck by a vehicle in a utility work-zone on Kinzua Road in Warren County's Mead Township. State Police in Warren say the driver of the vehicle, 78 year-old Eugene Schwanke of Warren, was westbound just before Noon Sunday when he approached the unmarked work area. Troopers say Schwanke allegedly failed to see a flagger, who was standing on or near the west shoulder, and, the worker was struck. Police say the flagger... identified as 46 year-old Michael Robertson of Waterford, Pennsylvania... was thrown into a nearby lawn. Troopers say he ws flown to UPMC Hamot in Erie where he died several hours later. The investigation into the accident is continuing.
Temperatures will rise to above normal levels again this week, but expect some icy weather before the warm up. The National Weather Service has issued a Freezing Rain Advisory now through 10 this morning for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Erie counties. Meteorologist Dave Thomas says up to a tenth of an inch of ice is possible. The freezing rain will eventually transition to just plain rain by Tuesday afternoon. Thomas says temperatures are expected to remain on the mild side for the next couple of weeks, but there are indications that arctic air will return later this month. He says the cold, artic air, is currently bottled up around the Arctic, will begin to move further south. Until the pattern change... temperatures are expected to remain generally above normal.
It's a "huge start." Those are the feelings of one of the main people on the front-line of the Heroin and Opioid Drug Abuse crisis in the Jamestown-area. The head of the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County, Rick Huber, says he was "absolutely thrilled" to hear the news about the new, 20-bed long-term treatment facility that will be opening soon at UPMC Chautauqua WCA. Huber says he was in a meeting with County Executive Vince Horrigan and county Mental Hygiene Director Pat Brinkman in Mayville when they got the word. O'Brien and UPMC Chautauqua WCA President and Chief Executive Officer Betsy Wright announced the 700-thousand dollar grant... and, the process they still have to go through to get the facility up and running at the Jones Memorial Health Center on Glasgow Avenue. Huber says he's also pleased that the facility will deal with each case in a "highly-individualized" manner... which is one of the things that's "very nice" about the proposal. He says having those local beds means local addicts aren't having to fight for beds in Erie, Pittsburgh or Buffalo.
There will be two parts to the 2.5-million dollar fiscal--economic funding from New York state... which is designed to help the city of Jamestown get back on solid financial footing. That from Mayor Sam Teresi says city officials received word recently from state Division of Budget, breaking down the money... and, what it will be used for. Teresi says the largest chunk, 1.5-million dollars, will go towards the effort to move retirees of the city's own health-insurance plan. He says it will fund a formal study, and support that effort. Teresi says the state will incentivize the program by providing a payment to retirees to help them avoid payments for their health care under Medicare... or some other program. He adds the other one-million dollars will be used to help plug the city's 825-thousand dollar funding gap... and, support consolidating services. Teresi says all the moves are geared towards making city operations more efficent... and, less costly. He made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
As the nation celebrated the life of the late Martin Luther King, Junior yesterday... a large crowd turned out for a luncheon that was held at the Moose Lodge in Dunkirk to reflect on the slain civil rights leader's dream and how to restore it. The luncheon's theme, "Rise Up-Restore the Dream," was the focus of guest speaker Dr. Cedric Howard. The State University of New York at Fredonia's Vice President for Student Affairs says that Dr. King's dream is "not a one step process..." As the nation prepares for a new president to take office on Friday... Dr. Howard told us we can all make a difference -- locally -- when it comes to furthering Dr. King's dream. He says first, we need to have "attentive ears..." and, realize we're all in this together. The Luncheon Committee also presented the Janice Slaton Esq. scholarships. Among the winners, Chad Butts who will be attending Jamestown Community College's Dunkirk Campus to pursue a career in criminal justice.
The state's official Martin Luther King Day observance was held yesterday at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center adjacent to the Capitol. Emmy-winning violinist Damien Escobar joined the Syracuse Children's Chorus and others in performing at the annual event. Escobar appeared on the NBC hit show "America's Got Talent" and has performed on numerous talk shows and at the White House. Education advocate Geoffrey Canada delivered the keynote address. He's an internationally recognized advocate for children and innovator in the field of education. There was also a performance by actress and singer Tina Fabrique, best known for her award-winning portrayal of Ella Fitzgerald in "Ella" in regional theaters.
Tax season is looming in New York. The state Department of Taxation and Finance says the income tax filing season officially begins Monday, January 23rd. The deadline to file 2016 tax returns will be a few days later this year - on April 18th. That's because the traditional April 15 deadline falls on a Saturday and Emancipation Day will be observed in Washington D.C. that Monday, which pushes the federal and state deadline to Tuesday, April 18th. New York tax officials are reminding residents that electronic tax return filers typically receive refunds twice as fast as paper filers.
Chautauqua County to be under Freezing Rain Advisory through late Tuesday morning...
Temperatures will rise to above normal levels again this week, but expect some icy weather before the warm up. The National Weather Service has issued a Freezing Rain Advisory from 8 p.m. tonight to 10 a.m. Tuesday for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Erie counties. Meteorologist Dave Thomas says up to a tenth of an inch of ice is possible, especially Tuesday morning on untreated roads and sidewalks. The freezing rain will eventually transition to just plain rain by Tuesday afternoon. Thomas says temperatures are expected to remain on the mild side for the next couple of weeks, but there are indications that arctic air will return later this month. He says the cold, artic air, is currently bottled up around the Arctic, will begin to move further south. Until the pattern change... temperatures are expected to remain generally above normal.
Huber "very pleased" to get news about funding approved for Long-Term Drug Rehab Facility in Jamestown...
It's a "huge start." Those are the feelings of one of the main people on the front-line of the Heroin and Opioid Drug Abuse crisis in the Jamestown-area. The head of the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County, Rick Huber, says he was "absolutely thrilled" to hear the news about the new, 20-bed long-term treatment facility that will be opening soon at UPMC Chautauqua WCA. Huber says he was in a meeting with County Executive Vince Horrigan and county Mental Hygiene Director Pat Brinkman in Mayville when they got the word. He says "we've needed that for a long-time, and it's going to save some lives." Huber mainly credited Director Andy O'Brien with WCA's head of drug rehab and mental health programs. O'Brien and UPMC Chautauqua WCA President and Chief Executive Officer Betsy Wright announced the $700,000 grant... and, the process they still have to go through to get the facility up and running at the Jones Memorial Health Center on Glasgow Avenue. Huber says he's also pleased that the facility will deal with each case in a "highly-individualized" manner... which is one of the things that's "very nice" about the proposal.
Ortolano says latest sentences from major cocaine ring bust sends strong message...
The sentencing of three more defendants to federal prison time in the city of Dunkirk's biggest-ever drug bust ever should send a strong message to the north county's residents -- and other potential drug dealers. That from Police Chief David Ortolano... who says he's pleased to see last week's sentencings for three more people found guilty of being part in the cocaine traffickng operation. Ortolano says Rafael Burgos, Alvin Torres Jr. and Angel Pierluissi, were arrested in June of 2015 after a lengthy investigation that involved several levels of law enforcement... including his own. He says it was a "major undertaking" by them, the U-S Attorney's Office... and, the U-S Drug Enforcement Agency. Burgos was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, five kilograms or more of cocaine... and, was sentenced to 75 months in prison. Torres and Pierluissi, who were convicted of possessing with intent to distribute and distributing cocaine, were each sentenced to a year-and-a-half each.
JPS's new interim Superintendent Silvia Root looks forward to her latest role...
The new, Interim Superintendent for the Jamestown School District says she's very impressed with what she's seen of the local district as she get's acquainted with the district, and it's leaders. Springville's Silvia Root will replace Superintendent Tim Mains after spent 20 years as a school administrator... and, doing six other stints as an "Interim" Superintendent. Root reetired in 2005 from the Potsdam District in northern New York. Root was formally introduced at last Thursday night's board meeting... and, says she knew a little about Jamestown prior to being asked to fill-in once Mains moves on Feb. 26. She says she's been "very impressed" with the core values of the board... and, that "students come first." Root was contacted by Erie-2 Chautauqua, Cattaraugus BOCES Superintendent David O'Rourke about replacing Mains... who has accepted the Superintendent's position in the Pine Bush Central District in the mid-Hudson Valley. She says her biggest task right now is learning the lay of the land... and, getting to know everyone she'll be working with.
Dunkirk School Board learns more about where NRG Repowering Project is going...
The NRG repowering project was one of the issues that was discussed during the Dunkirk School Board meeting late last week. State Senator Cathy Young hosted a conference call with school, city and county officials to confirm the go ahead with plans for the NRG repowering project. School Superintendent James Tracy says they are encouraged about the project that had stalled in 2016... and, says it looks like all the roadblocks have been removed. Tracy says that without the PILOT agreement, the District receives a reduced amount in transition aid with decreased amounts decrease each year...he adds that with the hopes of the repowering project, the funding will help keep class sizes reasonable and jobs intact. No set timeline on the repowering project has been determined.
UPMC Chautauqua WCA receives funding for long-term drug rehabiliation facility at Jones Hill Memorial Center...
A long-term drug rehabilition facility is much closer to becoming reality in the Jamestown-area... thanks to a $700,000 state grant to get the facility up and running at UPMC Chautauqua-WCA. Officials with the hospital held a news conference Friday afternoon to confirm the grant... one of eight announced late Thursday by Governor Andrew Cuomo. UPMC Chautauqua WCA President and Chief Executive Officer Betsy Wright says they're thrilled to be getting the funding after not getting funding in their first two tries. Wright says the facility is "much-needed..." and was the payoff for persistance by the hospital and community. The grants as approved by a number of agencies -- including the state Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services -- also known as OASAS. Wright and WCA Board President Steve Kilburn say this is "an example" of the expansion of services at UPMC Chautauqua WCA that were promised when they merged with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. WCA's Director of Inpatient Chemical Dependency and Out-Patient Chemical Dependency and Mental Health Services, Andy O'Brien, says the 20-bed program will be "highly-individualized." He says they want their patients to help set their own goals, and use whatever time they need -- 6 to 12-months -- to get better and get clean. UPMC Chautauqua WCA officials say the beds will be located on the fourth-floor of their Jones Memorial Health Center in Jamestown. The grant will help them make the renovations and buy needed equipment for the facility. The other treatment facilites getting money are in six other counties in central and western New York and the Capital District.
Jamestown man arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence of drugs, and being in possession of more than 100 bags of Heroin...
A city man is jailed without bail for allegedly driving while under the influence of drugs... and, being in possession of 113 bags of Heroin. Jamestown police add that a 13 year-old child was in the car when officers pulled over 31 year-old Felix Rodriguez-Gomez about 5 p.m. Thursday. Officers accuse Rodriguez-Gomez of driving recklessly when he was pulled over near North Main and West 11th Streets. Police add that they found him under the influence of a narcotic drug and he was arrested for driving while ability impaired. Officers say they also found a 13 year-old child in the car with Rodriguez-Gomez... and, he was also charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated -- a violation of Leandra's Law. Police add they also found the packaged Heroin. Rodriguez-Gomez is also charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned... and, sent to the county lock-up.
Ortolano pleased with sentencings of final three members of cocaine drug ring...
The city of Dunkirk's top cop says he's pleased with the outcome of a major drug bust in the city of Dunkirk that is sending three more people to spend time in prison. Rafael Burgos, Alvin Torres Jr. and Angel Pierluissi, were arrested in June of 2015 after a lengthy investigation that involved several levels of law enforcement. That from Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano... whose department was involved in the investigation. Burgos who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, five kilograms or more of cocaine was sentenced to 75 months in prison. Torres and Pierluissi, who were convicted of possessing with intent to distribute and distributing cocaine, were each sentenced to 18 months in prison. Ortolano indicates he’s satisfied with the sentences and says its sends the message that they will do whatever it takes to get drug out of the community.
Reed voted with majority in Congress to repeal Affordable Care Act -- aka Obamacare...
Local Congressman Tom Reed was in the majority late Friday in voting for a budget bill that begins the effort in the House to repeal the Affordable Care Act... also known as "Obamacare." The Corning Republican supported the resolution... which would prevent Democrats from using a Senate filibuster to derail a bill to annual and replace President Obama's signature health care law. Reed says this starts the process of repealing and replacing the ACA by requiring each committee in Congress submit its policy ideas for the replacement efforts by January 27th. Hes says -- "it's Important to recognize that this is the first step in the process. The current provisions are still intact until we can get a replacement in place, but this allows Congress to start developing the replacement policies."
JCC receives $1.1-million grant from Sheldon Foundation for music program...
A local foundation is giving a $1.1-million grant to Jamestown Community College, and the JCC Foundation, to help renovate the music facilities on the Jamestown Campus. JCC officials say the Sheldon Foundation's gift will be used to upgrade classrooms, equipment, and facilities for the music program in the Arts-and-Sciences Center. JCC Vice-President of Enrollment Management and institutional advancement, Kirk Young, says the foundation has -- for many years and through several important initiatives -- provided financial support to JCC. Young says "the foundation’s contributions have greatly enhanced the college’s ability to perform its critical mission. He says -- overall -- the Sheldon Foundation has contributed nearly $5-million to the college
Jamestown School Superintendent Tim Mains will be leaving at the end of February to become the head of the rural, Pine Bush Central School District in Orange County, New York. The district last night sent out a printed press release... saying that Mains would leave the district on February 26th. Members of the Jamestown School Board says they will address questions regarding Mains’ departure at the regular board meeting at 6 this evening in the Jefferson Middle School auditorium. He became the city district's superintendent on August 1st of 2013. During his tenure... board members say the district has made great strides and achieved a number of milestones. Those include increasing graduation rates from 69-percent in 2012 to 77-percent this past year. He also worked to increase the district's focus on curriculum and instruction in order to meet the new, more rigorous state standards. School Board President Paul Abbott says "we have been very pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Tim since 2013. Tim is a tireless professional, and I appreciate everything he has put into our district and our community during his time here." He says the board will now begin the process of seeking a new superintendent.
There is now a threat of widespread flooding in western New York... including Chautauqua County... with temperatures above freezing the next couple of days. The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch from 7 this (Thursday) morning through Saturday morning for the region... and, forecasters are keeping an eye on local streams and creeks. Meteorologist Bob Hamilton in Buffalo says abnormally high temperatures and a prolonged period of rain will melt much of the existing snowpack. Some areas may see over an inch. Hamilton says Cattaraugus Creek near Sunset Bay will be one of the areas of concern. Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan says the county has a plan in case flooding should occur... and, he says County Emergency Services Director Julius Leone has his crews ready to go on a moment's notice. Horrigan is encouraging people who live near creeks and streams to monitor the latest weather information and be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
Jamestown city lawmakers are looking at a new, local property tax abatement incentive for redevelopment of vacant and condemned homes. That from City Development Director Vince DeJoy... who outlined the proposal for the City Council's Housing Committee... and, the entire council at Monday night's work session. DeJoy says city officials have discussed such a program for just over a year now... and, he says the idea is to provide a 12-year tax incentive for new single and two-family homeowners. DeJoy says there are a number of criteria involved with the program... including the fact that the property must be residential, vacant or condemned... and, has outstanding code violations. He says there can also be a plan to put up a new, single or two-family home on the site of a torn-down structure. Mayor Sam Teresi says there are also stipulations for the tax abatement to take effect... including that all pertinent certificates and permits have been issued. The abatement would include no taxes for the first through third years... an, 80-percent abatement for year's 4 and 5... all the way to no abatement by Year-12.
Chautauqua County's top-elected official says we’re ahead of the curve when it comes to efforts to reducing property taxes and the costs of local governments. That's County Executive Vince Horrigan's reaction to a proposal outlined by Governor Cuomo during a State of the State message given Tuesday on Long Island. Cuomo wants counties to prepare plans for local residents to vote on in November. During an interview Wednesday morning... Horrigan says the county already formed a Regional Solutions Commission and is identified some projects. Horrigan says there have been some successes including the recent vote in Forestville that clears the way for dissolution. He also noted the defeat of a plan to dissolve the village of Sherman by two votes. Horrigan also praised the work the Regional Solutions panel in looking for better ways to carry out services.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing a 750-mile paved biking and hiking Empire State Trail for completion by 2020. The trail would actually be a network of trails running east-west between Albany and Buffalo and north-south from the Canadian border to Manhattan. The Democratic governor outlined plans for the network in his state of the state address Tuesday. Plans call for paving 350 miles to fill gaps in the state's existing trails: the Erie Canalway and the Hudson River Valley Greenway. State Bike Route 9 that runs along Lake Champlain to Canada would complete the trail from Manhattan. The Canalway is nearly 80 percent complete; the Greenway nearly 50 percent. Cuomo says he'll propose $53 million for the first of three phases.
Someone in the Jamestown-area is more than 30-thousand dollars richer. That after they picked the winning numbers for Thursday night's TAKE 5 drawing. The New York State Lottery has announced that the top-prize ticket for the January 10th TAKE 5 drawing was sold at Tops Markets on Foote Avenue in Jamestown. The winning ticket is worth 30-thousand-990 dollars. The TAKE 5 winner gets the top prize by matching five out of five numbers. In addition... 247 players each purchased winning tickets worth $376 by matching four out of five numbers for the drawing. In total, there were 87-thousand-104 TAKE 5 winners for the January 10th drawing. The winning numbers for the January 10 TAKE 5 drawing were 03-06-17-24-32. The Lottery encourages everyone who bought a New York Lottery draw game ticket, to check their tickets again, as they could be holding a winner. Tickets expire one year after the game’s drawing.
Gas prices in the Jamestown-area are up six-cents a gallon over the past week to nearly 2-dollars-56 cents a gallon for regular, unleaded fuel. The Triple-A's Fuel Gauge Report says the price for last week was 2--49 a gallon... while it was 2-dollars-21 cents per gallon a year ago. Nationally... the Triple-A says the price continues to increase... and, is now 2-dollars-37 cents a gallon. The Fuel Gauge reports that price is the highest it's been since June 2016. Triple-A says gas prices have moved higher by almost three cents per gallon on the week and 17 cents per gallon on the month. Retail prices have increased for 40 of the past 42 days as a result of market reactions to the OPEC oil cut agreement.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing another "Buffalo Billion" program... but, this one would be designed to help not just Buffalo -- but, the entire Western New York region. Cuomo delivered his "Western New York" regional State of the State Message Monday afternoon at the University of Buffalo. Mayor Sam Teresi was on hand as the governor spoke about the need to use another 500-million dollar boost the regional economy... and, Cuomo first proposed a major infusion of money for the new National Comedy Center. Cuomo says he decided to call this second-part of the "Buffalo Billion..." the Buffalo Billion-Squared. He says another measure to help the city of Jamestown get back on solid, economic footing... would also be part of the proposal. That would provide the city with 2.5-million dollars to help deal with a structural deficit. Also in his proposal.... he's proposing a new Middle Class Recovery Act that focuses on three parts. The first is jobs and infrastructure... improve education... and, lower taxes. Cuomo's proposed free public college tuition for 2 and 4-year schools is part of that program. He included proposals for the city of Niagara Falls in the plan as well.
Jamestown's top-elected official says he was very pleased to hear Governor Cuomo "call-out" Jamestown for two-areas of funding in the coming year. Mayor Sam Teresi was among the local leaders on hand for the governor's State of the State Address in Buffalo Monday. Teresi says the 5-million dollars in "gap funding" for the National Comedy Center means it should have all the funding in place to the project to go full-speed ahead.
Teresi adds that it's also important because there will be additional money freed up in other areas for economic development. He says the Comedy Center was looking at receiving 2-million dollars in "gap funding" from the city's 10-million dollar Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant. Teresi says the 2.5-million dollars to help get the city back on "solid" financial footing will help deal with it's structural budget issues. He says it will likely be used to help implement the city's proposals to cuts costs, and make further consolidations of services. While nothing is guaranteed once the governor's budget is proposed... and, then is adopted by the legislature... Teresi says it's "good that we are on the governor's radar screen."
Earlier... Governor Cuomo said New York state can be an alternative to Republican President-elect Donald Trump by showing how government can expand opportunities while respecting diversity. In his State of the State Speech at the World Trade Center... Cuomo said investments in education, government support for high-tech industries and progressive policies like a higher minimum wage can create an economy that works for all. The governor has been mentioned as a possible presidential contender in 2020, but he has said he's focused on running for re-election next year. However, his speech appeared to be crafted for a national audience. He spoke of the anger of a middle class that feels squeezed economically and forgotten by political elites.
The city of Jamestown is looking at another emergency demolition to bring down a vacant, dilapitated building in the downtown area... and, has already closed the sidewalk in front of the structure. City Development Director Vince DeJoy says a building inspector notices a "shift" in the facade at the Stearn's Building at 34 North Main Street. That's just one building north of the former CONRAIL Viaduct, and railroad tracks. DeJoy says the Stearns Building is basically wedged between two other structures. DeJoy says they have been monitoring the building's status for the past few years... and, says the inspector noticed the instability last week. He says an emergency demolition has been ordered... but, adds it's not likely going to be a case of just "tearing it down." DeJoy says it may require a lot of "manual deconstructing" to bring it down. He says they are working with various contractors, and, the owner -- Prideful Properties -- on the best way to bring down the structure as soon as possible. He says Prideful acquired the building through the county's Tax Foreclosure process last year.
Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to strengthen state laws against computer hacking, identity theft and other cybercrimes. The Democratic governor also called for the creation of a new "cyber incident response team" to help state agencies prevent and respond to cyberattacks. The recommendations would enhance the criminal penalties for tampering with a computer or using a computer to steal the identities of large groups of individuals. The proposals are part of Cuomo's larger agenda for the year, which he plans to detail in a series of speeches around the state beginning Monday. Cuomo says computer hacking and cybercriminals represent an "ever-increasing threat" to New York and to the privacy and financial health of citizens.
With only 10-days to go before the new Trump Administration takes office... the President-elect's transition team is hard at work... working to make recommendations on three-thousand plus appointments. That from local Congressman Tom Reed... who is a member of the Trump Transition team. Reed says they were given their directive by Vice-President Elect Mike Pence... who heads up the transition... to recommend the best people for those positions. Reed says some of those positions are in individual departments... and, others are in the judiciary. However... he says once Attorney General-appointee Jeff Sessions is confirmed... Sessions will handle filling those positions. Reed says the committee will mainly deal with under-secretaries... and, ambassadors. Otherwise... Reed says -- from his perspective -- the transition process has been hectic... but, has gone well. He says one of his biggest tasks will be helping to design and drive reform of the nation's tax code in the House Ways and Means Committee. Reed made his comments during his weekly media conference call.
A portion of Falconer and the Levant-area were impacted for about an hour yesterday morning when a power outage affected about 230 customers. Board of Public Utilities' Spokewoman Becky Robbins says the outage occured when part of a circuit opened in error about 9:35 AM. Robbins says the area affected ran from Fancher Chair to the Gerry-Levant Road. Power was restored about 10:45 Monday morning.
The U-S Senate has taken the first step towards repealing the Affordable Care Act. However... Republicans will need Democratic support in order to approve a replacement measure. That from local Congressman Tom Reed as the Senate voted 51-to-48 last week to repeal President Obama's signature health care law. Reed says repealing and replacing "Obamacare" will take several steps... and, will have to go through the federal budget process.
Reed says there will also be a vote in the House of Representatives shortly to first repeal the law. As for a replacement... that has already been a topic of discussion itself. Some Democrats have contended there is no replacement legislation. However... Reed says replacing the ACA will require Democratic help in the Senate... where 60-votes will be needed. CNN reports that the Senate will next begin 50 hours of debate on the budget measure, which sets up repeal of much of Obamacare through a separate budget reconciliation bill.
In the weeks after November's election... President-elect Donald Trump and incoming Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer sounded like potential allies. Trump tweeted about their "good relationship" and about Schumer's "ability to get things done." Schumer spoke of issues such as infrastructure and trade where Trump had embraced Democratic positions, and the New York Democrat pointed to common ground with the next president. But just days into the new Congress, the Trump-Schumer courtship has turned cold, and the potential allies now sound more like antagonists. Trump has taken to attacking Schumer as Democrats' "head clown" in their party's defense of President Barack Obama's health law. Schumer goaded Trump by repurposing Trump's campaign slogan into Democrats' new rallying cry against GOP efforts to repeal the health law: "Make America Sick Again."
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo breaks with tradition and takes his state of the state address on the road in the coming week. That includes an address at the University of Buffalo this afternoon. Instead of a single address to lawmakers, Cuomo will deliver six speeches in different locations throughout the state. He'll also be in New York City today for the first speeches. Additional addressed are planned for Long Island, Westchester County, Albany and Syracuse. The top Democrats and Republicans in both the Senate and the Assembly are skipping the event in another sign of the tension between the Legislature and the Democratic governor. Instead... lawmakers will return to Albany today for the second week of the 2017 legislative session.
Tickets for Chautauqua Institution's 2017 season go on-sale this morning... and, officials say there will be more than four-thousand events coming up during the nine-week session. That from Chautauqua's Marketing Manager, Vanessa Weinert, who says the season opens on June 24th with a first-ever Chautauqua visitor... who will perform in the new Amphitheater. Weinert says the excitement is growing already. Weinert adds that they have "An Evening with Garrison Keillor" on July 21st... which will be another take-off on his famous PBS Series "A Prarie Home Companion." There is also the weekly lecture series... which will feature a week-six program with the National Comedy Center on Comedy. Weinert says many Chautauqua staff members lobbied for the week on comedy... which will conclude in time for the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival... which runs August 3rd through 6th. Wienert adds the final concert of the season feature's The Beach Boys to conclude Week-Nine. For ticket information... go on-line to chqtickets-dot-COM... or call 357-6250. Weinert adds that you can also go on-line to ciweb-dot-ORG.
The National Comedy Center is partnering with CNN to help promote the network's upcoming docu-series on "The History of Comedy..." which starts February 9th. That from Center Director Journey Gunderson... who says CNN approached them last August during last Summer's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. Gunderson says the promotion will involve a four-city "live tour..." which will feature some of the "freshest and funniest" stand-up comics. Gunderson says the CNN Producers interviewed several people while they were here last Summer... including one of the three headliners that were here... for the docu-series. She says Lewis Black was interviewed, along with Mark Russell, and Richard Pryor's daughter, Rain Pryor. CNN Originals is putting the series of eight programs together. Gunderson says the promotion tour will include stops in New York City... Boston... Chicago... and, Los Angeles. For more information... and, to purchase tickets... go to the Comedy Center's website at Comedycenter-dot-ORG. "The History of Comedy" Series begins on Thursday, February 9th at 9 PM.
The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services has announced new, emergency measures for those who are homeless during inclement Winter weather. Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler says during those periods when temperatures fall to 32-degrees Fahrenheit... or lower... those who are homeless are encouraged to seek emergency shelter through her office. She says anyone experiencing those conditions... may report to either the Jamestown or Dunkirk offices during normal business hours from 8:30 AM through 4:30 PM where assistance will be provided. However... Schuyler says during those times, and after-business hours... all local law enforcement departments, along with the Department of Mental Hygiene, UPMC Chautauqua at WCA, Brooks Hospital, and Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. Mobile Crisis Team are available to assist with arrangements for emergency shelter for those experiencing homeless conditions. For more information... call 661-8830. After hours... call 753-4231.
A Jamestown man is accused of being in possession of "several types" of narcotic prescription pills during a traffic stop last weekend in the town of Ellicott. Sheriff's officers say they stopped a vehicle operated by 33 year-old Sean Carlson for a traffic violation shortly after 2 AM Saturday on Route 60. Deputies say they found Carlson in possession of the drugs... which he did not have a prescription for. Officers add his license was also suspended. Carlson was arrested on charges including seventh-degree criminal possession of controlled substance... aggravated unlicensed operation... and, failure to keep right. He was issued appearance tickets for Ellicott Town Court.
New Lake Effect Snow Warning now in effect for Chautauqua County...
More Wintry weather is on tap for this weekend in Chautauqua County and the western Southern Tier. The National Weather Service has now issued a Lake Effect Snow Warning now through 7 p.m. Sunday. That from Forecaster Bob Hamilton with the National Weather Service in Buffalo... who says the traditional snow belt areas -- including the Chautauqua Ridge -- will see up to a foot to 2-feet of snow now through Sunday evening. Hamilton adds we'll continue to see frigid temperatures -- and wind chills through Sunday. He says temperatures will be about 10-degrees below normal for the period. Hamilton says there will be a bit of a break during the afternoon today. However... the Lake Effect machine kicks in again tonight.
Chautauqua County provides help for the homeless during severe Winter outbreaks...
The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services has announced new, emergency measures for those experiencing homeless conditions during inclement winter weather. Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler says during those periods when temperatures fall to 32-degrees Fahrenheit... or lower... those who are homeless are encouraged to seek emergency shelter assistance through her office. She says anyone experiencing those conditions... may report to either the Jamestown or Dunkirk office locations during normal business hours from 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. where assistance will be provided. However... Schuyler says during those times, and after-business hours, all law enforcement departments in the county... along with the Department of Mental Hygiene, UPMC Chautauqua at WCA, Brooks Hospital, and Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. Mobile Crisis Team are available to assist with arrangements for emergency shelter for those experiencing homeless conditions. For more information... call 661-8830. After hours... call 753-4231.
Goodell pleased with Assembly committee assignments...
Chautauqua County's representative in the state Assembly says making New York more "business-friendly" continues to be his goal as the 2017 session begins. Jamestown-area Republican Andy Goodell will be assistant floor leader for the GOP in the coming session... and, says he's excited about that. Goodell says he's also pleased to be back on the committees he served on in 2016... including Social Services... and, the Judiciary... which deals with judicial and government operations. He'll also be on the Cities Committee... which deals with small cities such as Jamestown and Dunkirk. He adds that another priority will be dealing with the ongoing Heroin and Opioid Drug crisis. The state legislative session began this past Wednesday in the Assembly and Senate.
Jamestown BPU pushing new sanitation regulations for 2017 in interest of health and safety...
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities have made some changes to it's solid waste regulations to make the operation more efficient and safe. That from BPU Communications Coordinator Becky Robbins... who says the biggest change is enforcing a bag limit of eight per customer. Robbins says officials decided on the move because... in some cases... crews are picking up 20 to 30 grocery-sized plastic bags. She says the BPU wants customers to use 30-gallon trash bags to cut down on the number of bags that workers have to pick-up. Robbins says -- starting now -- anyone leaving 15 or more bags a week will be charged a $3 fee for each of the extra bags. If someone is still putting out 9 to 11 bags... they will get a letter in February. In addition... Robbins says the requirement to put lids on garbage cans has already stirred some controversy. However... she says they want to avoid problems with rats... and roaches during the Summer months. If the trash is NOT in a can, though, there will be no penalty -- at this point. The basic sanitation fee remains $10.50. If you have any questions... you're asked to call the garbage hotline at 661-1651.
BPU warns about Customer Service Scam...
It appears a scam involving a person calling customers of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities... and, identifying themself as a BPU representative... and, threatening service shut-offs has resurfaced. BPU Communications Coordinator Becky Robbins says three separate customers Friday reported receiving such calls... and, threatening to cut off service unless the customer went to a local pharmacy to pay the caller with a money card. Robbins says the BPU receives payments only in its 92 Steele St. Customer Service Office, the City Clerk’s Office and the Town of Ellicott’s Clerk’s Office. Customers may pay on-line or by phone... but, the customer must initiate such payments.
Lake Effect Snow returned to Chautauqua County overnight after spending Thursday afternoon and evening in the South Buffalo and Orchard Park areas. The National Weather Service is continuing a Lake Effect Snow Warning though 5 PM today... and, parts of northern Chautauqua County could see another 12 to 18 inches of snow by tomorrow night. That from Forecaster Bill Hibbert in Buffalo... who says most of the snow will fall from the Chautauqua Ridge north to the Lake Erie Shoreline area.The Jamestown area and north saw about 5 and 9 inches of snow during the night. Hibbert says the lake effect bands will stay down here though the end of the lake effect system tonight. He says the greatest amounts of snow will fall in the higher elevations this time... namely the Chautauqua Ridge. Again... Hibbert says the band have moved back into the North County area late tonight. The Weather Service is continuing our Lake Effect Snow Warning from now through 5 PM.
Parts of upstate New York near lakes Erie and Ontario had already received nearly 2 feet of snow yesterday morning... while forecasters say some areas could get up to 4 feet by the coming weekend. The National Weather Service says areas south of Buffalo had gotten up to 22 inches by Thursday morning... and, parts of the Tug Hill region north of Syracuse have received nearly 20 inches. Weather service meteorologists say lake-effect storms blowing off the eastern end of Lake Ontario could dump up to 48 inches of snow across the sparsely populated region by the time storms lessen later Friday.
Local State Assemblyman Andy Goodell says he's "very pleased" to have been named Assistant Minority Leader Pro Tempore for this year's session. Republican Minority Leader Brian Kolb of Canandaigua announced late Wednesday that Goodell will fill the position this year... and, will play a "vital role" in preparation of floor debates. The Jamestown-area Republican says he'll be involved in determining what bills from Majority Democrats the GOP wants to question. Kolb says Goodell has "worked diligently over the years to fight for the issues that matter to his constituents in Chautauqua County." In addition to being Ass't Pro Temp... Goodell says he'll again be the Ranking GOP member of the Assembly Social Services Committee... where he will work again on Welfare Reform to try and break the "cycle of poverty" for so many people. He says he will also be on the Judiciary... Government Operations... and, Cities Committees. Goodell has represented the 150th Assembly District since 2010.
State Senator Cathy Young will again serve as the chair of the Senate's powerful Finance Committee as she begins her sixth, full-term in officer. Young was sworn in in Albany yesterday as the Senate began the 2017 legislative session. She is also an active member of several other committees. Young says serving has been "a tremendous honor..." and, adds that the 2017 session "will be a busy and important year, especially since there are so many significant issues that need to be addressed. Our hardworking residents deserve significant tax relief, our business climate needs to be strengthened, and our communities need a strong voice against the tax-and-spend polices being pushed by downstate legislators." The Olean Republican adds that she will "continue to sponsor legislation that improves people’s quality of life, protects public safety and nurtures economic development. People need and deserve to have good paying jobs. Our young people must have career opportunities locally, so they can stay after they graduate."
Governor Cuomo is taking some heat for his decision to deliver his "State of the State" message in six different regions of the state -- including Albany. However... the one in Albany won't be given while the legislature is in session. That from State Assemblyman Andy Goodell... who is among those lawmakers who aren't happy about the governor's decision. Goodell says he likes the idea of continuing the regional "State of the State" messages... but, adds. One of Cuomo's more regional stops will be in Buffalo next Monday... where he will give a Western New York "State of the State" at 3 PM. However... Goodell says he's in session in Albany on Monday, and cannot be at the Buffalo presentation. Cuomo's presentation will be delivered at the Center for the Arts at the University of Buffalo's North Campus.
New York state lawmakers have gathered in Albany to begin their work for 2017. The Senate and Assembly both convened Wednesday for the first time since they adjourned last summer. This year's six-month session is expected to feature big debates over the cost of higher education, government ethics and Uber's proposal to expand into upstate cities like Buffalo and Syracuse. Speaker Carl Heastie, a Bronx Democrat, says lawmakers will also work to stand up to President-elect Donald Trump if he and Congressional Republicans move to rein in abortion rights, immigration, health care benefits or efforts to fight climate change. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo skipped the Legislature's first day. Cuomo has had frosty relations with lawmakers in recent months and chose to hold an event in New York City instead.
Gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area are on the rise again this week... with prices now at 2-dollars-55 cents in many places. At the start of the New Year... the Triple-A's Fuel Gauge Report says the price increased to 2-dollars-49-cents for regular, unleaded. However... it's now jumped about six more cents, making the increase since last week about 10-cents a gallon. Nationally... the average has increased for 35 of the past 36 days, largely due to market reactions to last fall’s OPEC deal. Pump prices increased by six cents on the week to about 2-dollars-35 cents a gallon for regular, unleaded. It's up by 18 cents per gallon on the month, and are up by 36 cents on the year. Retail averages in the region continued to climb higher throughout the busy holiday travel weekend with drivers paying the highest New Year’s gas prices since 2014.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to increase a child care tax credit for middle-class parents. The Democrat said Thursday that his plan would raise the average child care benefit from 169-million to 376-million dollars for households making between $60,000 and $150,000. If approved by lawmakers... the change would cost the state $42 million and help an estimated 200,000 families. Cuomo says too many parents choose not to work because they can't afford quality child care. In tax year 2014... almost 520,000 New York families received child care tax credits totaling nearly $189 million. Cuomo announced the plan ahead of a series of state-of-the-state addresses next week when he is expected to detail his proposals for the year.
A local school board in upstate New York has voted to hire a law firm in the board's efforts to remove a Donald Trump supporter over his insulting comments about President Barack Obama and his wife. The Buffalo School Board voted during a special meeting Wednesday night to hire an attorney to petition the state Education Department to remove board member Carl Paladino. Paladino, a wealthy developer who co-chaired Trump's presidential campaign in New York, has said he won't resign. He wasn't at the meeting. Last month... the 70-year-old former New York gubernatorial candidate told a Buffalo alternative newspaper that he wanted the president to die of mad cow disease and first lady Michelle Obama to "return to being a male." Paladino said the comments weren't meant for publication.
Lake Effect Snow Warning in place until Friday afternoon; north county to get most of the snowfall...
The first major lake effect snow storm of 2017 really got going early last evening... and, dropped about 2 to 3 inches of snow by late evening in the Jamestown area. A Lake Effect Snow Warning remains in effect until 5 p.m. Friday for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Southern Erie counties. However... unlike the other recent lake effect events... Forecaster Jeff Wood with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says the North County will see a good share of the snow this time... and, the snowfall won't be as elevation-driven. Wood says some parts of northern Chautauqua County may see upwards of 1 to 2-feet of snow by the time the storm is over. Besides the snow... Wood says colder temperatures and strong winds will bring some frigid wind chills in the single-digits. He says we'll still see wind gusts up to 40 to 50 m.p.h. that will produce white-out conditions at times.
Marketing Director Murphy leaving Chautauqua Institution...
The man who helped market Chautauqua Institution in new and different ways over the past six years has left the institution for a new venture. Chautauqua's Director of Communcations... Jordan Steves... confirms that George Murphy has left to work full-time on the branding of a new product in the market-place. Steves says the institution will definately miss Murphy... who was Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer. He says Murphy allowed the institution to "really understand it's audience..." and, target the people who should be coming to Chautauqua, and who needs to come back. Steves says Murphy was one of five Vice-Presidents at the institution... and, adds that replacing him will be one of new Chautauqua President Michael Hill's first priorities. Murphy has been a major player in the marketing and "branding" industry... having worked at General Motors, Coca-Cola, and Chrysler before coming to Chautauqua Institution in 2011.
Chautauqua sends out new, four-year contractor proposal for Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra...
Member of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra now have the institution's latest contract proposal in hand to replace the one that expired last Saturday night. That from Chautauqua's Director of Communications, Jordan Steves, who says the newest offer is "new and better" than the last one. Steves says the new offer is a four-year deal... which they hope is attractive to the membership. He says they also want to build on the success of new Director Rossen Milanov the first two years. Steves says the contract offer went out around New Years to the 74 members of the orchestra... who are now scattered all over the United States... and, two are working overseas. With that... he says the institution will give the Orchestra's Negotiating Committee until later in the month to review the contract offer.
Merchant says Red Kettle Campaign falls short of 2016 goal...
The Salvation Army of Jamestown's annual Red Kettle Campaign wound up about $13,000 short of the 2016 goal. As of Tuesday... Salvation Army Captain John Merchant says they wound up with $103,000 for their numerous programs... in addition to their food pantry. Merchant says they wound up with about another $8,000 during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. He says they "struggled" to get enough bell-ringers this year... and, adds they will have to "tighten their belts" unless they get some additional donations in early 2017. Merchant says you can still sent a contribution to their headquarters at 83 South Main Street, Jamestown, NY 14701. Merchant says you can also donate by going on line to the Salvation Army website, and going to the Jamestown chapter's page. You can also get more information by calling them at 664-4108.
Himelein elected new County Legislature Chairman...
The new chairman of the Chautauqua County Legislature received unanimous support from fellow lawmakers during Tuesday's organizational meeting. Republican David Himelein of Findley Lake succeeds Frank "Jay" Gould... who held the position for the last five years. Himelein served as majority leader before taking over his new duties. He outlined his goals in his acceptance speech... including infrastruture growth... including completion of the Sherman Public Facilities' Garage. He adds they he will also continue to "strive to keep property taxes as low as possible." Also Tuesday... Republican members of the legislature chose Paul "P-J" Wendel of Lakewood as majority leader and Mark Tarbrake of Ellicott as the assistant leader. Democrats selected Jamestown's Chuck Nazzaro as minority leader and Robert Bankoski of Dunkirk as assistant leader.
It was an uneventful start to the New Year weather-wise... with slightly above normal temperatures. However... our warm-up comes to an end by mid-week. The National Weather Service has now issued a Lake Effect Snow Watch... starting Wednesday afternoon... with up to 15 inches predicted in some areas through Friday. That from Forecaster Aaron Reynolds with the National Weather Service in Buffalo... who says we're currently under the influence of a weather system that's moved in from the south. Reynolds says the high temperatures by this Thursday and Friday will only be 15 to 20 degrees. Reynolds says the Chautauqua Ridge -- and, traditional snow belt areas -- will probably see the most snow... between 8 and 15 inches. He says we'll likely see those very cold temperatures for several days once they reach the area late Wednesday. In fact... the projected high next Saturday and Sunday is only between 15 and 20-degrees.
A Jamstown man is accused of theatening a woman and her two small children with a knife during a domestic violence incident on the city's southside early yesterday morning. City Police say they were called to the scene at 816 Newland Avenue around Midnight... and, found the three victims visibly upset and crying. Officers say 39 year-old Nicholas Alianell also damaged a door during the incident. He was arrested without further incident... and, he was found to have an active Order of Protection against him to stay away from the children. Alianell was arraigned on two counts of aggravated family offense... and, second-degree criminal contempt... and, menacing. He was then sent to the county jail without bail.
The Christmas and New Year's Holiday period is usually a big one for local ski resorts... and, this year has been a good one. That from Holiday Valley Ski Resort Marketing Manager Jane Eshbaugh... who says the Ellicottville ski area has had a "wonderful" start to the 2016-17 season. Eshbaugh says they had all but one slope open for Christmas... thanks to recent lake effect snow, and their ability to make snow. Eshbaugh adds that the only slope that hasn't opened yet is "The Wall..." which is their steepest slope at Holiday Valley... but, she says they hope to open that this weekend. She says they've already received about 90 inches of snow in Ellicottville this Winter. She says the skiing was terrific on New Year's... with a "great crowd" on hand. Eshbaugh says they expect to keep the momentum going because it's "Canadian Friendship Week..." with all Canadian public schools closed this week. Holiday Valley is open from 9 AM to 9 PM on Mondays and Tuesdays... 9 AM to 10 PM WednesdayS through Fridays... and, 8:30 AM to 10 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.
In addition to it's skiing... Holiday Valley is also know for it's special events and promotions. Marketing Manager Jane Eshbaugh says they have a reduced rate for "Learn to Ski" Week this week. Eshbaugh says they're cutting the usual lift pass price in half to encourage people to come out and give the sport a try. Eshbaugh also says Holiday Valley will try to set a new Guiness World's Record this Friday afternoon for the largest number of people taking a ski lesson at once. She says they'll start at 1 PM... and, the best part is the lesson will be free. Eshbaugh says they hoped to try to beat the record last year... but, the weather didn't cooperate. For more information on Holiday Valley... call 699-2345... or go on-line to Holidayvalley-dot-COM.
About 200 state investigators and staffers are being assigned to spread the word about New York's recent minimum wage increase - and to make sure businesses comply. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the task force Monday in New York City. The minimum wage was previously 9-dollars an hour statewide until Saturday. Now, it varies by location and size of business, from $9.70 an hour in much of the state to $11 an hour in New York City businesses with 11 or more workers. The Democratic governor and the state Legislature agreed in March to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour statewide by 2021. Cuomo says the task force initially will mainly inform employers and workers about the increase, but over time, the group will focus more on complaints and enforcement.
A Sears department store in the Hudson Valley is closing in the new year, putting nearly 100 people out of work. The Middletown Times Herald-Record reports that 96 jobs in the department store and auto center located at Galleria at Crystal Run will be lost. That's acording to a notice published on the state Department of Labor website... which says lay-offs will begin two weeks before the April 9th closing date. The struggling retailer has continued to downsize in the face of declining revenue. Sears Holdings reported to the state labor department earlier in the week that four Sears department stores, three that have companion automotive centers, will close in New York. Two are in Erie County. None of the closings involve the West Ellicott K-Mart... or the Sears in the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood.
A new state law coming to New York aims to ensure that consumers know what they're buying when they purchase fish labeled "white tuna." The regulation taking effect in January requires any fish sold in a restaurant or market as "white tuna" to come from actual tuna. It's intended to prevent fish from other species from being passed off as tuna, which can sell at higher prices. The law is also targeting a fish known as escolar, which officials say is commonly sold as white tuna. Escolar has been known to cause digestive problems. Lawmakers passed the legislation in June. It was signed by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo back in September.
As the nation fights a spiraling drug epidemic, a top federal prosecutor is speaking out about the death of his son from a heroin overdose. Bruce Brandler is the new interim U.S. attorney for a region that covers the eastern half of Pennsylvania. He has never before publicly discussed the 2007 overdose death of his 16-year-old son, Erik, but says he feels a responsibility that comes with his new, higher-profile job. He tells The Associated Press he wants to "evaporate the myth that heroin addicts are just homeless derelicts," urging parents to "open their eyes" and talk to their kids. Brandler's office has announced a strategy for combating overdose deaths from heroin and powerful prescription painkillers, part of a directive from the Justice Department to the nation's 93 U.S. attorneys.
The Heroin and Opioid Addiction epidemic in Chautauqua County is still increasing... and, not showing many signs of letting up. That's the assessment of the head of the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County, Rick Huber, who says his recovery coaches in Jamestown are busier now than they've ever been. Huber says he recently read a story about the situation in Lima (Lee-muh), Ohio... where their coaches are dealing with their own crisis. Huber says the county needs to be more aggressive on getting people into short and longer-term rehabilitation. He says it's going to get "interesting" if the county doesn't re-allocate funding to deal with the drug abuse crisis. Huber says you just "need to get creative..." and expand treatment court to make sure people with addiction issues get the help they need. If those steps were taken... he says it would reduce the population of the Chautauqua County Jail... which would allow the Sheriff to again make money by housing federal prisoners.
A city man is accused of holding a Jamestown woman against her will... and, choking her during a domestic incident on the southside on New Year's Eve. City police were called to the scene at 114 Palmer Street about 1 PM Saturday... where the victim was visibly upset and crying. Officers say she told them that 25 year-old Jayrd Clark had restrained and choked her during the incident. They add that Clark is also accused of damaging several doors, walls, and a cooking stove. He was later found by Ellicott Town Police in Falconer... where he was arrested for unlawful imprisonment, and obstruction of breathing or circulation. He was taken to the city jail pending arraignment.
Another round of targeted crude oil rail inspections has been completed in upstate New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo says federal and state inspection teams examined approximately 140 miles of track and 87 switches, and have corrected seven critical defects and 32 non-critical defects. Critical defects are important maintenance issues that must be addressed immediately but they do not necessarily indicate safety lapses. Non-critical rail defects must be repaired within 30 days. Among tracks inspected were a CSX mainline route through Albany and Greene counties, a section between Rome and Canastota in central New York, and three other sections between Syracuse and Buffalo. Inspectors also examined Canadian Pacific-owned tracks in Essex and Clinton counties, and between the state capital of Albany and Clifton Park in Saratoga County.
Local and state elected officials are pleased to hear from Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul (HOKE-ul) that the NRG repowering project is back on track. Hochul told the media during a visit to Dunkirk late last week that Governor Andrew Cuomo remains committed to the project and that it was moving ahead. Assemblyman Andy Goodell tells us that he has heard the same thing. In announcing the Governor's re-commitment to the project... Hochul indicated they don't have a timetable for the project to begin. She says there is still some "background work" that has to be done, and then they'll have a firmer start date. Goodell says that NRG is now working with NFG to upgrade the pipeline that will be required for the plant's conversion from coal to natural gas. Hochul was in Dunkirk Thursday to announce an expansion at Fieldbrook Foods that will create 61 new jobs.
New York lawmakers will return to Albany this week to begin their work for 2017. The six-month legislative session gets underway Wednesday. This year's agenda includes proposals to modernize state voting rules, address government corruption and permit Uber and Lyft to expand upstate. Democrats say they'll also look for ways to stand up to Republican President-elect Donald Trump if he moves to restrict abortion rights, deport immigrants or roll back efforts to address climate change. Other prominent proposals include legislation to allow the terminally ill to request life-ending medication from a physician and a bill to end the state's practice of prosecuting 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. Lawmakers expect to adjourn in June.
The man who has headed up the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation the past few years will be leaving at the end of January for a new position in Stamford, Connecticut. JRC Executive Director Greg Lindquist tells the Jamestown Post-Journal that he's accepted a job with the city of Stamford to go to work with that city's Downtown Special Services District. Lindquist says he'll be handling a lot of similar activities to those he's been doing in Jamestown. His last day with the JRC will be January 20th. He begins his new position on January 30th. Lindquist's wife, Patty accepted a new position last year with Stamford Health as a chemistry supervisor. Lindquist said he wanted to try commuting between Jamestown and Connecticut... but, found the distance was too much to manage.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has pardoned 101 New Yorkers who committed non-violent crimes as 16- and 17-year-olds. The Democratic governor announced the pardons Friday. Those receiving pardons have had clean records for at least 10 years. The pardons may be withdrawn if they reoffend. Cuomo says those pardoned deserve a second chance to "live up to their full potential" and overcome the stigma of conviction. Cuomo issued several other pardons and commutations Friday, including one for former radical Judith Clark. The 67-year-old former member of the Weather Underground has served 35 years of a 75-years-to-life sentence for her role in a deadly 1981 armored car robbery. Cuomo's office described Clark as a model inmate. She won't be released under the commutation but will be eligible for parole next year.
It was a year that saw New York's leaders vote to raise the minimum wage, legalize mixed martial arts and once again struggle with Albany's history of political corruption. The year also marked the end of a state sales tax on tampons and the opening of the first state-regulated casino. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo pushed through a paid family leave benefit and his plan to phase-in a $15 minimum wage. But... his administration was rocked when a federal bribery and extortion case ensnared two senior advisers and several politically connected developers. Meanwhile, lawmakers lifted the ban on professional mixed-martial arts and enacted regulations for daily fantasy sports. They also authored a plan to address heroin addiction and expanded access to breast cancer screening.
At the top of Pennsylvania's campaign outlook for 2017 are two elections that won't even occur next year - Republican jockeying for position to become the party's nominees for governor and for U.S. senator. The fact that the two Democratic incumbents, Governor Tom Wolf and U.S. Senator Bob Casey, plan to run for re-election may not scare away ambitious Republicans. They're eager to build on Donald Trump's win in Pennsylvania and a string of Republican electoral successes in the Legislature. It'll be another year before the governor's re-election campaign gets underway in earnest.
Brocton woman jailed on $30,000 Bail for allegedly running a Meth Lab...
A Brocton woman has been arrested for allegedly making Methamphetime... and, being in possession of an electric stun gun during a traffic stop earlier this month. Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they arrested 52 year-old Jodi Denmead of 5772 Ellicott Rd. on an arrest warrant at her home. Task Force members say they Denmead was initially arrested on a prior arrest warrant on Dec. 15 on East Main Street. A warrant was obtained to search the car... where authorities later found a "one pot" style Meth lab... along with the the material to make Meth. Task Force agents add they also found a digital scale used for weighing drugs, and the stun gun. Police say they arraigned Denmead on charges including third-degree Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine... and, Criminal Possession of a Weapon. She was arraigned in Brocton Village Court... and, sent to the Chautauqua County Jail on $30,000 bail.
City man arrested for allegedly being found in possession of stolen hand-gun...
A Buffalo man arrested earlier this month for allegedly trafficking cocaine in the Jamestown-area -- and free on bail -- has been arrested again for allegedly being found in possession of a stolen hand-gun. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says a patrol unit tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation on Crescent Street shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday. Samuelson says the driver quickly stopped and fled on foot... but, adds that 19 year-old Kori Robinson was apprehended following a short foot chase. He says Robinson allegedly discarded a gun during the chase... and, officers found the loaded, 9-mm. gun... which was reported stolen during a burglary in Jamestown last October. Samuelson says Robinson was arrested on charged including second-degree criminal possession of a weapon... and, criminal possession of stolen property. He's in the county jail without bail. It's the third arrest in the past few weeks for alleged criminal possession of a weapon in the wake of a rash of recent shooting incidents in the city.
City man sentenced in connection with DWI fatal accident in Carroll last December...
A Jamestown man who was involved in a fatal crash last December has been sentenced in Chautauqua County Court to a year-and-a-half in jail. District Attorney Patrick Swanson has announced that 37-year-old John Hillman was sentenced by Supreme Court Judge Paul Wojtaszek on two counts to a definite sentence of one year in the County Jail and to a definite sentence of six months in the County Jail. They will be served consecutively for a total of 18 months he Hillman was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and driving while intoxicated. Swanson says he was satisfied with the sentence. He says 39-year-old Chalise Hebner of Pittsfield, Pa. died in the crash on Ivory Road in the town of Carroll. He says quite often, drivers involved in DWI related fatalities don't have a criminal history. Swanson says, though, such actions can completely change the life of the driver... and, the family of the victim.
Jamestown celebrates local Post Office's 200th Anniversary...
The first Jamestown post office opened on Dec. 30, 1816... and a special ceremony was held Friday at the Fenton History Center to commemorate the event. Current Mayor Sam Teresi told the audience getting a post office 200 years ago put Jamestown on the map... led by the first postmaster, and founder of Jamestown, James Prendergast. The 36th postmaster, Eugene Oyer, currently holds the position. Oyer says the 200th Anniversary is an exciting time for the Jamestown office. Norm Carlson, the Fenton's Collections Manager, noted that the post office much more primitive in 1816. Carlson says there were no stamps... envelopes... nor home delivery. A special 'hand cancellation' featuring Jamestown's 'old' post office on West Third Street was created for the celebration. It'll be available, by request, for the next 90 days at the downtown post office on East Third Street. In addition... Oyer told the audience at the Fenton the local post office handled 200-thousand parcels over the last four weeks, about five times the usual volume.
New York City ready for New Year's Eve Ball Drop...
Maybe a million revelers are expected to navigate through high security in the blocks around New York City's Times Square to cheer on the new year with entertainers including Mariah Carey. The annual minute-long midnight descent of the famed glittering crystal ball is the highlight of a celebration watched around the world. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will launch the ball with a press of a button. Security has gradually been tightened for the event over the last two decades. Recent deadly truck attacks in Germany and France brought about another security upgrade this year. Dozens of 20-ton sanitation trucks weighted with an extra 15 tons of sand will block off streets leading to the celebration zone. About 7,000 police officers will be there, too.
Three arrested for allegedly being found with nearly 25-pounds of pot, 1/2 pound of "Crystal Meth" in Jamestown...
Three men are jailed without bail for allegedly trafficking large quantities of marijuana and Crystal Methamphetime in the city of Jamestown. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the three suspects were arrested at different locations about 10 a.m. Wednesday. Samuelson says raids by the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force occured at 22 Spring Street Ext., 20 West Third St., and, 129 Fulton St. Samuelson says they found nearly 25 pounts of pot... and, half a pound of Crystal Meth. He says Meth is becoming more and more of a problem in the city, and they're trying to keep up the "the best we can." At Spring Street... Samuelson says police found about a pound of pot, and half-a-pound of Meth. Samuelson says, though, they seized about 23-and-a-half pounds of marijuana at 20 West Third... and, 129 Fulton. The three men arrested... Jamell Trapp... Luis Antonio DeLeon-Lopez... and, Raymond Jiminez-Valentin -- all 25 years of age -- face Felony charges. They were arraigned in city court, and sent to the county jail. Anyone with information on alleged drug trafficking in the city is asked to call the JPD Tips 4-1-1 App anonymously... or you can call the department's Tips-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
Head of Mental Health Association applauds Cuomo's announcement of new health insurance rules to help people with Heroin or opioid addictions...
One of the key people on the "front-lines" of the battle against the Jamestown-area's Heroin and Opioid drug addiction crisis says he's pleased to see a new law taking effect on New Year's Day. Director Rick Huber with the Mental Health Association of Chautauqua County says the new rules are intended to make it harder for health insurers to deny coverage for inpatient addiction treatment and medications used to fight addiction. Governor Cuomo signed the measure into law earlier this year. Huber is praising both Cuomo, and the state legislature... adding that Cuomo has been a "huge friend" in trying to get detox, and longer term rehabilitation in place. Late Wednesday... Cuomo announced the changes were "landmark reforms" that would remove barriers to care. Huber says the insurance issue has been a big one in getting people into short, and long-term rehabilitation. Cuomo says the new rules are part of a broader effort by the state to address heroin and opioid addiction. Other initiatives include expanded treatment services and tighter limits on first-time opioid prescriptions.
Huber again voices need for long-term drug rehab in Chautauqua County...
The head of the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County is restating the need for a long-term treatment center locally to deal with the Heroin and Opioid Addiction issue. Rick Huber says the numbers of people his treatment coaches are dealing with continue to climb. Huber says that's why the state's move to supporting longer-term treatment is critical. He says insurance companies are going to want addicts in long-term treatment because it's cost effective, because if they only support 28-day programs, it's going to become a "revolving door" of treatment. Huber says... while the Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene is getting three more social workers to help with the county's case-load it's not enough. He says -- in his opinion -- there needs to be a "re-allocation" of money to deal with the long-term consequences of addiction. While the county is doing more to address the problem in the new year... Huber says it's like "taking an eye-dropper to a 40,000 acre forest fire."
Lt. Gov. in Dunkirk for major announcement at Fieldbrook Foods...
New York's number-two in command brought some very good economic development news to the area during a visit to Dunkirk yesterday afternoon. Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul was joined by local, county and state elected officials to announce a $4-million expansion at Fieldbrook Foods Corporation. Back in August... she says they announced that there would be another 50 jobs added. However, there will be another 60 added to that. She adds there is also anticipation of even more jobs being created. The expansion will add two new production lines to manufacture specialty ice cream products. Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas says he is pleased with the announcement... saying that he was proud to be a part of helping the ice cream maker expand. Rosas thanked all those involved with the effort. Hochul says the project is being assisted by $400,000 in Excelsior tax credits from Empire State Development. The company will add the 61 full-time jobs and retain 586 full-time jobs with the expansion. Fieldbrook Foods Chief Executive Officer Bob Charleston hosted the event held at the plant at One Ice Cream Drive.
Becker reflects on three decades at Chautauqua Institution...
After 32 years at Chautauqua... 13 as president... Tom Becker will leave the institution at the end of December. Becker announced his departure almost a year ago, and says for him... and his wife... it's the right decision. Bekcer says it's also good timing for Chautauqua. One of the things the outgoing president says he will miss is the collaborative connections he's had with other members of Chautauqua's senior staff... whom he says are "like family" to him. Much of Becker's tenure as president has been dedicated to the strengthening of Chautauqua's summer program... and its facilities, culminating in the building of the new Amphitheater. The new president of Chautauqua, taking office Jan. 1 is Michael Hill. Hill is in his early 40's, and most recently was president of Youth for Understanding USA, a student exchange program headquartered in Washington, DC.
Paladino called on to resign from Buffalo School Board, to face possible removal...
The co-chairman of Republican Donald Trump's New York presidential campaign who publicly insulted President Obama and his wife is being asked to resign from a local school board. Millionaire developer Carl Paladino told a Buffalo alternative newspaper last week he wanted to see Obama dead of mad cow disease and Michelle Obama living with a gorilla in Africa. He now says the comments weren't meant for publication but were nevertheless "inappropriate." The board passed a resolution calling for Paladino to resign within 24 hours... or face the board's effort to have the state education commissioner remove him.
**(New)Three arrested for alleged marijuana and crystal meth possession....
Jamestown police have arrested three people for allegedly trafficking a large amount of marijuana and a small amount of crystal methamphetime. JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says the three were arrested at 22 Spring St. Extension, 20 West Third St., and 129 Fulton Street. Samuelson says the three were allegedly found with about 25 pounds of pot, and half-a-pound of meth. More on this story later.
Lake Effect Snow Warning in effect now for Chautauqua County...
The National Weather Service is continuing a Lake Effect Snow Warning that's underway now, and continues until 10 p.m. Friday for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and southern Erie counties. Meteorologist Jeff Wood in Buffalo says the lake effect snow will kick in later in the day and will target mainly the higher elevations. Wood says the main event will be tonight after a cold front passes over Lake Erie, producing the necessary conditions for Lake Effect. Wood says storm totals of 7 to 16 inches are possible in the most persistent lake effect snows, mainly over the Chautauqua Ridge. He says there should only be about 3 to 6 inches along the Lake Erie shoreline.
One car, rollover crash send two to north county hospital...
A South Dayton woman and her young passenger were hurt when the car they were riding in yesterday morning went off a Chautauqua County road and overturned several times. Sheriff's deputies say 39 year-old Patricia Shear of Bartlett Hill Road was eastbound on Prospect Road in the town of Hanover about 8 AM. Officers say Shear's car slid on black ice, and went off the road before rolling over. She and her passenger... an unidentified 14 year-old boy... were both taken to Brooks Hospital in Dunkirk for treatment of their injuries. No charges were filed.
Huber pleased to see NYS health insurer's have to pay for Heroin, Opioid Addiction services...
The head of a local agency that's been on the front-line of the battle against the area's Heroin and Opioid drug addiction crisis is pleased to see a new law taking effect on New Year's Day. The rules are intended to make it harder for health insurers to deny coverage for inpatient addiction treatment and medications used to fight addiction. Governor Cuomo signed the measure into law earlier this year. The head of the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County, Rick Huber, is praising the governor and legislature for their action because it's been "so need for so long." Cuomo late yesterday... said the changes were "landmark reforms" that would remove barriers to care. Huber says the insurance issue has been a big one in getting people into short, and long-term rehabilitation. Cuomo says the new rules are part of a broader effort by the state to address heroin and opioid addiction. Other initiatives include expanded treatment services and tighter limits on first-time opioid prescriptions.
Reed says he and Collins having some influence over Trump transition appointments...
The Western New York region will have unprecidented influence on determining who is, and will be part of President-elect Donald Trump's administration. That's because local Congressman Tom Reed, and Buffalo-area Congressman Chris Collins, are involved as members of Trump's transition team... with Collins being on the executive committee. Reed was also Trump's campaign co-chairman in New York state. He says Collins' has been more "out-front" in what he's done... while Reed has been more behind the scenes....and, believes it bodes "very well" for the region. Another area where Reed and Collins could wield some influence is over the appointment of U-S Attorneys... and, federal judges. He says there will have to be a replacement for retired U-S Attorney William Hochul, Junior here in western New York. Typically... the state's U-S Senators have made recommendations to the president -- if they are from the same party. But, Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are Democrats.
Paladino apologizes for inflamatory comments about the Obama's...
A businessman who co-chaired the Trump campaign New York state says his recent derogatory statements about President Barack Obama and his wife weren't meant for publication but were nevertheless "inappropriate" and a "mistake." In a statement first reported on WBEN in Buffalo... Carl Paladino said he intended his email response to a weekly alternative publication's survey to only go to a couple friends, not the newspaper itself. He says he mistakenly hit "reply" on his computer instead of "forward." The millionaire developer told Artvoice last week that he hoped President Obama would die from mad cow disease... and, that Michelle Obama would "return to being a male." Paladino is a member of the school board in Buffalo.
Gasoline prices up 2-cents a gallon this week...
Gasoline prices in Chautauqua County are up by about two-cents a gallon this week to just under $2.46. That from the AAA's weekly Fuel Gauge Report.... which says retail average prices have gone up for 28 of the past 30 days. Last week's price was just under $2.44. Nationally... the average price for regular, unleaded is $2.29 a gallon, which is five cents more than one week ago. That's also 16 cents more than one month ago and 29 cents more year-over-year. Most U.S. drivers are expected to pay the second-cheapest New Year’s Day gas prices since 2009, when the national average was $1.62.
Some strong wind gusts overnight Tuesday caused some scattered power outages across portions of the Lake Erie shoreline area. Meantime... there is now a Lake Effect Snow Watch for Chautauqua County beginning Thursday night through Friday night. Forecaster Jon Hitchcock of the National Weather Service in Buffalo says it got quite gusty along the lake. A 49 mile an hour wind gust was reported overnight at the Dunkirk Airport and a 45 MPH gust at the Dunkirk Lighthouse. Hitchcock says more December-like weather is expected this week, with brief shot of arctic air later in the week. He says we're "back to reality today" with temperatures back in the low to mid-30s. We'll see colder air and some general and lake effect snow Thursday night and Friday. Hitchcock says it's still too early to tell about snowfall amounts, although the snow is expected to be mainly across the Chautauqua Ridge this time around.
A Falconer man arrested in Jamestown recently in connection with an domestic incident has been arrested again for allegedly burglarizing a home on the southside. City police were called to the scene at 38 Barrows Street shortly before 5 PM Monday... and were told that 41 year-old James Houser had entered the home -- violating an order of protection. Officers say Houser was also supposed to stay away from the female victim. He was arrested without incident a short distance away from the house. Houser is charged with one count of second-degree burglary... and, two counts of second-degree criminal contempt. He was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.
A Jamestown man has been arrested on a warrant for allegedly running a methamphetime lab in the city. Sheriff's officers say they executed the arrest warrant for 22 year-old Alexander Jankowiak of Sampson Street at his home shortly before 4:30 PM Monday. Deputies say they arrested Jankowiak without incident on one count of third-degree unlawful manufacture of Methamphetime. He was arraigned, and sent to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail.
Jamestown city lawmakers will further review proposed fees that have been increased -- or be new in 2017 -- for local sports teams using city parks. That after the City Council tabled action on the changes before the panel's year-end meeting. Acting Council President Tony Dolce says there is no great urgency to approving them in place right now. Councilwoman Kim Ecklund... who is an official with the local Babe Ruth World Series Committee... first expressed concern after seeing the fee for hosting a world series would be one-thousand dollars. Dolce says they want to allow the leagues involved to have time to offer input on the proposals. He says City Comptroller Joe Bellitto told them this would have little immediate impact on the 2017 budget. Dolce adds that most of the leagues involved don't start until next Spring... so that will give them time to make whatever changes they feel need to be. City officials say they're trying to cover their costs for getting the parks ready and maintained.
It's now official: The village of Sherman will remain going forward after the Chautauqua County Board of Elections opened absentee ballots from the December 20th dissolution vote. Election's Commissioner Norm Green says the final vote was 117 votes in favor of keeping the village... while 115 voted to dissolve the government. Green says 232 of the 472 registered voters in Sherman voted. He says the final certified result is also available for public viewing at Votechautauqua-dot-COM.
A change in the leadership of the County Legislature will be coming next month. Ashville-area Republican Frank "Jay" Gould will not seek re-election as chairman, although he will remain in the legislature. Gould received a commendation from the legislature at last week's meeting, the final session for the year. He praised the work of the last two legislatures. County Executive Vince Horrigan thanked Gould for his work as chairman for the last five years... and, his efforts to "get things done." Horrigan says he believes that's the key to good government. County legislators will elect their next chair when they hold their reorganizational meeting on Tuesday, January 3rd.
The annual Red Kettle Campaign for the Salvation Army of Jamestown will be 20-thousand to 25-thousand dollars short of it's goal. However... the campaign will be left "open" through the end of the year to make up as much of that gap as possible. That from Salvation Army Captain Kim Merchant... who says their final count as of Christmas Eve night was between 91-thousand and 96-thousand dollars. Merchant tells our Dennis Webster that... while the Red Kettles aren't out... they are still accepting donations for the program. This year's goal for the Jamestown chapter is 116-thousand dollars. Merchant says they're looking for 20 to 25-dollars donations... which she says add up quickly. She adds someone writing a big check has happened in the past... but, that happens only rarely. Merchant says you can make checks out to "The Salvation Army..." and put "Red Kettle Campaign" in the memo area. Checks should be sent before the end of the week to The Salvation Army, 83 South Main Street, Jamestown. For more information... call 664-4108.
Church on Jamestown's eastside destroyed by overnight fire...
An overnight fire has destroyed a church on Jamestown's eastside. City Fire Battalion Chief Sam Salemme says fire crews were called to the scene at the First Church of God at 291 Falconer St. about 2 this morning... and, found heavy fire at the back of the structure. Salemme says there was heavy smoke and fire at the back of the building. Salemme says firefighters were unable to get inside the structure due to the intense heat... and, the roof had collapsed. He says it took about an hour-and-a-half to get the flames under control. Crews were at the scene for several hours. An off-duty shift was called in. No one was inside when the blaze broke out... and, no firefighters were hurt. The cause is under investigation.
City police chief discusses crime issues on northside with proposed development...
While it appears to be a good project... some Jamestown residents are concerned over whether a proposed housing development on the northside may end up attracting more crime to that area. Some of the residents on had for the City Council's year-end voting session expressed such concerns for the people who would be living in the Jackson-Spring development. City Police Chief Harry Snellings says the four most recent shooting incidents are related to the one in which a Buffalo man was killed on Thanksgiving morning. Snellings called them a "very unique situation..." adding that all of those shootings were "targeted." He adds they were completely unrelated to the Keith Robbins murder case in which Robbins was charged with murder in the shooting death of his estranged wife, Sheri, in early November. Snellings says with one of the "targeted" shootings on Prendergast Avenue... it remains a "high-crime" corridor area that also includes Spring Street. But... Snellings says Spring Street -- specifically -- is not a high-crime area. City police are still looking for the suspect or suspects involved with the Thanksgiving morning incident at 129 South Main St.
Officials with UMPC-Hamot, and UPMC Chautauqua WCA discuss WCA-UPMC merger...
WCA Hospital's recent merger with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center was a logical progression from the five-year strategic partnership the two has previously. That from the president and Chief Executive Officer of the new, UPMC Chautauqua-WCA Hospital, Betsy Wright. Wright says their initial affiliation began nearly 5 years ago.. and, she says the partnership and merger has already provided a lot of help with recruiting new doctors. She says that led to obtaining the services of ENT Doctor Mark Steele. On this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program... we also spoke with UPMC Hamot President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Fiorenzo about what to expect with the new agreement. Hamot went throught it's merger in 2011. Fiorenzo says there have been many benefits... including expanded resources. He says new programs and services -- such as new Cancer treatments -- are another plus they have seen at UPMC Hamot. WCA Hospital first signed it's Strategic Affiliation Agreement with UPMC in August of 2012.
It's looking less likely there will be a Special State Legislative session...
Talk of a special holiday session focused on a possible pay hike for state legislature members has sputtered in recent days. State Senate Leader John Flanagan said late Friday night that talks between lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo have not "borne fruit." Many lawmakers had hoped to return this month to increase their $79,000 dollar salary. They must do so by December 31st, for the raise to take effect in 2017. Lawmakers were also expected to consider funding for hate crimes investigations, government ethics reforms and a proposal to allow Uber to expand upstate.
Reed looks back on 2016, an health bill to help with Opioid Crisis...
The County's Congressman says he is proud of the work he and his staff were able to complete in 2016 and he's looking forward to 2017. Tom Reed spent some time reflecting on the past year during a conference call with area media this past week. Among the highlights... Reed says they were able to leverage a lot of money to deal with the opioid addiction problem in the latest "continuing resolution" to fund the government. He says some $500-million dollars to help people in dealing with the opioid crisis. Locally... Reed says he is pleased that the NRG repowering project is moving in the right direction. He says there were a number of "ups and downs..." but, he says he will remain a "strong voice" in the new year to make sure the project stays on track now. Entergy Corporation recently withdrew it's lawsuit against the state that put the project in limbo.
Most of the funding is coming together... but, the new National Comedy Center in downtown Jamestown will not be ready for this year's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. After breaking ground on the project on West Second Street during the festival in August of 2015... officials said they hoped the project would be completed in time for the 2017 festival. However... Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson says the date has been pushed back. Gunderson spoke following this week's announcement that Jim Gaffigan will be headlining next year's festival.
Gunderson recently told us that she was "hopeful" about a Spring of 2018 opening. Ideally... she says it would be best to open in the Spring once nice weather arrives in the area. She says they are working right now to get a small amount of "gap funding" for the 50-million dollar endeavor. Gunderson says they are seeking 2-million dollars of that from the city's 10-million dollar, Downtown Revitalization Initative grant from the state. She says they have "the lion's share of funding" in place for the comedy center. Work on the project is underway.
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly trying to flee from police who were trying to arrest him on a Felony warrant Wednesday morning. Jamestown police say officers on patrol spotted 23 year-old Cody DiDomenico near 207 Foote Avenue... but, add he ran into UPMC Chautauqua-WCA when confronted. Police say DiDomenico led officers on a brief foot chase inside the hospital before he was taken into custody. Officers say that... in addition to the warrant... he is charged with resisting arrest. DiDomenico was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.
Two Jamestown residents have been arrested for allegedly stealing a number of items from a store in the Warren Mall near Warren, Pennsylvania Wednesday. Sheriff's officers say they were contacted by Warren County authorities about the shoplifting of more than 13-hundred dollars worth of merchandise from The Bon-Ton in the Mall. Police say the vehicle was traveling north on Route 62 towards the Jamestown area. Deputies say they located the car in the CVS parking lot in Brooklyn Square in the city... and, arrested 42 year-old Miguel Soto and 29 year-old Kelly Sherlock -- both of 601 Lafayette Street... about 12 Noon. Officers say both were arraigned on one count each of Felony criminal possession of stolen property... and, sent to the county jail without bail. More charges are pending.
The new labor agreements and 20-year retirement plans approved at the Chautauqua County Legislature meeting this past Wednesday night should benefit both taxpayers and the Sheriff's Office. That from Sheriff Joe Gerace... who is pleased that county lawmakers approved the agreements with the Deputy Sheriff's Association of Chautauqua County and the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Supervisors' Association. Gerace says it will not only benefit current deputies and supervisors, but it will also help with recruitment efforts. Gerace adds, though, that there is a downside... and, that's a "little bit of a brain-drain" as deputies and other department leaders retire... and, take that experience with them. But, overall... Gerace says he's pleased with the outcome. He says it’s rare to see the county benefit economically from such a labor agreement.
U-S Senator Charles Schumer has once again completed his tour of all of New York state's counties. The Democrat visited the Columbia County city of Hudson on Wednesday, the final leg of this year's 62-county tour. Schumer has visited each county in the state at least once for 18th straight years. This year Schumer's travels took him to Long Island 47 times, Rochester and the Finger Lakes 26 times, the Hudson Valley 27 times and western New York 19 times. He says he keeps the tradition going because the visits teach him so much about the state he serves - and because he enjoys it. Schumer isn't giving up on the tour now that he is serving as Senate minority leader. He plans to start his next 62-county tour in January.
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities is offering extended hours at its Customer Service Office during a previously scheduled closed holiday period. According to BPU Spokesperson Christy Cuifilo (Shoe-fuh-low)... limited service at the Customer Service area at 92 Steele Street will be offered from 12-to-4 PM on Monday, January 2nd. Payments and simple account assistance will be available. Christy Cuifilo says -- as always -- in the case of any Jamestown BPU utility trouble outside regular business hours, customers may call the emergency number at 661-1640. The BPU will also be closed for the holiday today... and, on Monday, December 26th for Christmas. They will also be closed on Friday, December 30th, for New Year's.
A Pennsylvania man accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old runaway and giving her drugs has been sentenced to six to 12 years in prison. The Erie Times-News reports Devonne Jordan was sentenced on Tuesday. He must also register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life. The 32-year-old Corry man had pleaded guilty in October to statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors. Police say Jordan picked the girl up after she ran away from home in May. They say he took her to an Erie residence, sexually assaulted her and gave her alcohol, marijuana and cocaine.
Chautauqua County lawmakers have approved two tentative labor contracts during their final meeting of 2016 in Mayville last night. Legislators gave their backing to proposed agreements with the Deputy Sheriff's Association of Chautauqua County and the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Supervisors' Association by 12-7 votes. They also approved proposals providing a 20-year retirement plan for both unions, also by 12-7 votes. County Executive Vince Horrigan was pleased with the outcome and says it should provide savings to county taxpayers. While a number of legislators spoke in favor of the new contracts and the 20-year retirement plans for the two bargaining units, Jamestown Democrat Charles Nazzarro has concerns. In other action, legislators approved the appointment of Kitty Crow as the county's new Finance Director 19-0. Wednesday night's meeting marked the final meeting for Jay Gould as Legislature Chairman. Gould, who will remain in the legislature, received a special commendation from lawmakers for his years of service as chairman.
A Gowanda Man is dead following an early morning blaze Wednesday in the village of Gowanda. The Gowanda Police report that an unidentified 56 year old man suffered second degree burns over more than 80 percent of his body. Gowanda Police and Fire units responded to the fire at 23 West Main Street around 1 AM. The 56 year-old man, was trapped in his apartment where the fire started. Gowanda Police say one of their officers and a Perrysburg firefighter were able to locate the victim laying face down on the floor. He was rushed to Lake Shore Hospital and later flown to the Erie County Medical Center. The apartment had extensive damage, but the adjoining apartments were not severely damaged other than by smoke. Gowanda firefighters were assisted at the scene by Collins, Perrysburg, and Dayton Fire Departments. The Cattaraugus County Fire Investigation Team is looking for the cause.
An historic street in Jamestown is one of 26 properties in New York state that has been nominated to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the nominations of the properties, resources and districts by the New York State Broad of Historic Preservation. The sites also include the Lakeview Avenue Historic District... which Cuomo says encompasses 219 properties... primarily residences... stretched along what was once "a rough, rural road in the early 19th Century." He says it was later transformed into an elegant residential street. The effort is being undertaken by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation. We have a call into JRC Executive Director Greg Lindquist... but, have not heard back from him. City Development Director Vince DeJoy tells us the designation would be another "very good tool for rehabilitation and restoration" in that part of the city. Getting on the registers can help property owners and organizations secure preservation grants and historic rehabilitation tax credits from the state and federal governments.
A need for nice, clean and affordable housing is the reason a local not-for-profit organization is proposing a new development on Jamestown's northside. That from Citizen's Opportunity for Development and Equality Executive Director Pat Morris to City Council this week during public comment on the 12-million dollar Jackson Spring Housing project. Morris was asked to speak when several questions and issues were raised about the proposal. He says the housing would be modeled after CODE's successful Euclid Gardens -- also on the northside. Morris says Jackson Spring would be located just south of Euclid Gardens... and, between North Main and Spring Streets. He says CODE conducted it's search in line with what city officials had laid out in the new Neigborhood Revitalization Plan. He says they hope to serve two purposes. One is to provide housing for the people in the city that need it, and he says many are living without full complete plumbing and kitchens. The other is they are tearing down eight dilapitated homes in that part of town. Morris says roughly half of the city's residents would be eligible to rent at Jackson Spring. Several people spoke at Monday's night's council voting session in favor of the Jackson-Spring proposal... while a few others spoke against it. Some of the concern was voiced for the people who would rent housing there because they could be vulnerable to crime issues seen in that part of the city.
Authorities say a teenage boy being arraigned on a trespassing charge in a Cattaraugus County town courtroom managed to break free from a state trooper while handcuffed, get ahold of the trooper's handgun and fire off a shot. State police say no one was injured during the incident Tuesday afternoon in the town of Machias. Police say 17-year-old Gavin Haynes of Machias was cuffed behind his back when he broke free from the trooper's grip and ran. The trooper tackled him to the ground, but officials say the trooper's sidearm was dislodged from its holster. Troopers say Haynes grabbed it and fired once into a snowbank. He's now facing other charges. Haynes is being held in jail without bail. His public defender wasn't available for comment.
An early morning blaze Wednesday in the village of Gowanda has left a man with second degree burns over more than 80 percent of his body. Gowanda Police and Fire units responded to the fire at 23 West Main Street around 1 AM. The 56 year-old man, whose name has not been released, was trapped in his apartment where the fire started. Gowanda Police say one of their officers and a Perrysburg firefighter were able to locate the victim laying face down on the floor. He was rushed to Lake Shore Hospital and later flown to the Erie County Medical Center. The apartment had extensive damage, but the adjoining apartments were not severely damaged other than by smoke. Gowanda firefighters were assisted at the scene by Collins, Perrysburg, and Dayton Fire Departments. The Cattaraugus County Fire Investigation Team is looking for the cause.
Landing big named comedian Jim Gaffigan is another feather in the hat of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown... and, one official's worked at for some time. That from Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson... who says Gaffigan is one of her favorites... and, a name they had been trying to get for a Lucille Ball Comedy Festival for several years now. Gunderson says they expect to add more comedic stars to the August Weekend as we enter the new year. Gaffigan will appear at the Northwest Arena on August 3rd. In addition... she says the Comedy Center is teaming up with Chauauqua Institution to put on a special week during the 2017 season. Gunderson says Week-Six on "Comedy and the Human Condition" will be featured from July 29th through August 5th. She says Lewis Black... who was in Jamestown for last year's festival... will be the featured speaker on that Monday, July 29th.
Federal authorities allege that a former official at the pension fund for New York state public employees took bribes that included prostitutes, strippers, cocaine and a 17-thousand dollar wristwatch. An indictment issued Wednesday accuses Navnoor Kang of accepting bribes totaling about 100-thousand dollars in exchange for steering millions of dollars in business to two brokerage firms. It says other bribes included travel; a ski trip; and tickets to Broadway shows, the U.S. Open tennis tournament and a Paul McCartney concert. Kang's attorney declined to comment. The state comptroller's office, which administers the fund, had no immediate comment. The pension fund serves more than one-million retirees and other beneficiaries.
County lawmakers approve new labor contracts for Sheriff's deputies and supervisors....
The Chautauqua County Legislature approved two tentative labor contracts during it's final meeting of 2016 in Mayville last night. Lawmakers gave their backing to proposed agreements with the Deputy Sheriff's Association of Chautauqua County and the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Supervisors' Association by 12-to-7 votes. They also approved proposals providing a 20-year retirement plan for both unions... also by 12-7 votes. County Executive Vince Horrigan was pleased with the outcome and says it should provide savings to county taxpayers. Horrigan says they looked at higher-deductable insurance, and lower wage increases. He says they also found a 20-year retirement plan would "create additional savings." While a number of legislators spoke in favor of the new contracts and the 20-year retirement plans for the two bargaining units, Jamestown Democrat Charles Nazzarro has concerns over the length of the contracts. Nazzaro adds that while there are savings with "high-deductable" health care plans... premiums still increase. In other action, legislators approved the appointment of Kitty Crow as the county's new Finance Director 19-to-0. Wednesday night's meeting marked the final meeting for Jay Gould as Legislature Chairman. Gould... who still has a year on his term... received a special commendation from lawmakers for his years of service as chairman.
Man severely burned in Gowanda apartment fire dies...
A Gowanda man has died after being seriously burned early yesterday morning in an apartment house fire in the village of Gowanda. Gowanda Police and Fire units responded to the blaze at 23 West Main St. around 1 a.m. Wednesday. Officials say the 56-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was trapped in his apartment where the fire started. Police say he suffered second-degree burns over 80-percent of his body. Officers and a Perrysburg firefighter found the victim laying face down on the floor. He was rushed to Lake Shore Hospital and later flown to the Erie County Medical Center for treatment. The apartment was extensively damaged. Gowanda firefighters were assisted at the scene by the Collins, Perrysburg, and Dayton Fire Departments. The cause is under investigation.
Morris further explains Jackson-Spring proposal, and reason behind decision on site...
An on-going need for clean, nice and affordable housing in the city of Jamestown is the reason a local not-for-profit organization is proposing a new development on the northside. Citizen's Opportunity for Development and Equality Executive Director Pat Morris told that to city lawmakers at this week's council meeting during public comment on the $12-million Jackson Spring Housing project. Morris was asked to speak when several questions and issues were raised about the proposal. He says most Jamestown residents would be eligible to live there. Morris says -- looking at the city's population -- more than 50-percent of the people living in Jamestown would be eligible to live in the apartments. He says the housing would be modeled after CODE's successful Euclid Garden's -- also on the northside. He says the apartments aren't necessarily for senior citizens, though they are welcome. There would also be housing for people with disabilities. The Jackson Spring development would be located just south of Euclid Gardens... and, between North Main and Spring Streets. He says CODE conducted it's search in line with what city officials had laid out in the new Neigborhood Revitalization Plan. He says they hope to house people who need it... and, adds they are tearing down eight dilapitated homes in that area.
Several people spoke at this past Monday's night's council voting session in favor of the Jackson-Spring proposal. However... a few others spoke against it citing concerns mainly regarding crimin in the area.
Jamestown street among nominees for state and national Historic Place designation...
An historic street in Jamestown is one of 26 properties in New York state that has been nominated to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the nominations of the properties, resources and districts by the New York State Broad of Historic Preservation. The sites also include the Lakeview Avenue Historic District... which Cuomo says encompasses 219 properties... primarily residences... stretched along what was once "a rough, rural road in the early 19th Century." Landing a place on the registers can help property owners and organizations secure preservation grants and historic rehabilitation tax credits from the state and federal governments.
Outcome of Sherman Dissolution vote comes down to absentees...
We'll have to wait until the Tuesday after Christmas to find out the final results of the dissolution vote in the village of Sherman. The Chautauqua County Board of Elections reports that a total of 226 votes were cast during Tuesday's vote... in which 112 voted yes... 114 no. However... there are nine absentee ballots that were issued with six being returned as of Tuesday. Two affidavit ballots were also issued. The absentee and affidavit ballots will be counted next Tuesday, December 27th at 11 AM. The board is expected to certify the election later the same day.
Gaffigan will be headliner at Lucille Ball Comedy Festival...
Another well-known stand-up comedian will be headlining next Summer's annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown. National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson announced Tuesday afternoon that Jim Gaffigan will be delivering his "unique brand" of humor during the three-day festival on Aug. 3 at the Northwest Arena. Gunderson says they are "thrilled" to have landed one of the "greatest comedic voices of all-time" to this year's line-up. She says he's most well-known for his TV show, "The Jim Gaffigan Show," which features him raising his five children in New York City. Gaffigan's performance will be among those starting the annual comedy festival... which will run Aug. 3-6. Gunderson says he's a "multi-platinum selling artist..." and, he performed before one-million people prior to Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia. She adds he's also one of just 10 comedians who have sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden. Gunder says tickets go on sale to Comedy Center members and sponsor next Jan. 19... while tickets go on sales to the public on Jan. 26. For more information... go on-line to LucyComedyFest.com... or call 484-0800.
Gunderson says NCC had been trying to land Gaffigan for many years...
Landing big named comedian Jim Gaffigan is another feather in the hat of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown... and, one officials worked at for some time. That from Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson... who says Gaffigan is one of her favorites... and, a name they had been trying to get for a Lucille Ball Comedy Festival for several years now... but, says the "stars hadn't aligned until now." Gunderson says he joins a list that includes Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, and Joan Rivers who have appeared in Jamestown for the festival... and, lended their support to the comedy center. Gunderson says they expect to add more comedic stars to the August Weekend as we enter the new year. In addition... she says the Comedy Center is teaming up with Chauauqua Institution to put on a special week during the 2017 season. Gunderson says the Comedy Center will have more information soon on the Week Six topic "Comedy and the Human Condition." She says comedian Lewis Black, who has appeared in Jamestown, as well, will kick off Week Six will take place at the Chautauqua Amphitheater July 29-Aug. 5.
Jamestown BPU approves Electric and Water Division budgets -- Water to see 2.5-percent rate hike...
The two largest budgets for the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities are now in place... but, the head of the utility says they'll be staying on top of what happens in 2017. BPU General Manager Dave Leathers says the Electric and Water Division spending plans were adopted by the board Monday. Leathers says the Electric budget was approved with no rate increase... and, says they had some challenges from 2016 to overcome to prevent a requested increase. He says the warmer than normal temperatures cut into revenues because less electricity was used during those months. Leathers says those lower revenues were due mainly to a warmer than normal Winter in 2015-16. As for the Water budget... he says it includes a 2.5-percent rate increase. Regarding the Water Division... he says the $5.5-million budget includes several cost increases... including administration and general expenses Leathers says those increases are about $112,000. Back to the Electric budget... it totals just over $40-million dollars... and, includes an increase of $960,000 in production expenses.
Dolce commends residents for asking "valid questions" about Jackson Spring project...
Jamestown residents and others are asking "valid questions" and have strong passions both ways regarding a proposed housing development on the city's northside. That from Acting City Council President Tony Dolce following Monday night's year-end voting session regarding the Jackson Spring Housing development. Several members of the public spoke on the proposal. Dolce says he understands the concerns voiced, given the recent rash of shootings that have occured. He says those concerns are being made "justifiably so." Some members of the public urged city lawmakers to wield whatever influence they may have over the nearly $12-million project. However... Dolce says the project will not come before them. He says the city's Planning Commission would have to approve a site plan... but, they don't vote over whether they "want it or not." He says it has to be whether the project fits the zoning, and other requirements. Dolce says residents who feel strongly one way or the other should probably contact the state Housing agency involved. Initial plans were not approved for funding. The project is being developed by NRP of Buffalo... and, locally by Citizen's Opportunity for Development and Equality.
Gas prices up this week to almost $2.44 a gallon...
Gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area have increased about four-cents a gallon this week for regular, unleaded fuel. That from the Triple-A's Fuel Gauge Report... which says the price is now just under $2.44 per gallon. Last week... the price was $2.39 a gallon. Nationally... pump prices have risen for 20 of the past 21 days, rising a total of 11-cents during this span. The national average price for regular, unleaded gasoline now sits at $2.24 a gallon, which is the highest mark since October. Today’s average is three cents more than one week ago, nine cents more compared to one month ago and 24 cents more than the same date last year.
Cuomo announces 26 nominations for Historic Place designations, including Lakeview Ave. in Jamestown...
An historic street in Jamestown is one of 26 properties in New York state that has been nominated to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the nominations of the properties, resources and districts by the New York State Broad of Historic Preservation. The sites also include the Lakeview Avenue Historic District... which Cuomo says encompasses 219 properties... primarily residences... stretched along what was once "a rough, rural road in the early 19th Century." He says it was later transformed into an elegant residential street. Also nominated was the Woodstock Music Festival site in rural Sullivan County, where some 400,000 fans gathered on rolling farmland for three days of rock music in August of 1969. Landing a place on the registers can help property owners and organizations secure preservation grants and historic rehabilitation tax credits from the state and federal governments.
The National Comedy Center has announced that stand-up comedian, Jim Gaffigan, will be delivering his unique brand of humor during the 2017 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. His national tour will visit Jamestown, NY for a performance at the Northwest Arena on Thursday, August 3. Jim Gaffigan is a Grammy nominated comedian, actor, New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling father of five. Last year, Gaffigan became one of only ten comics in history to sell out Madison Square Garden and few months prior, Gaffigan had the honor of performing for Pope Francis and over 1 million festival attendees at the Festival of Families in Philadelphia. Additionally, streaming site Pandora recently announced that Jim is the most popular comic among its users with over 647 million spins to date. Tickets for this show will go on-sale January 26. Members of the National Comedy Center and Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum will be able to participate in an exclusive pre-sale period beginning January 19. Additional information, tickets, and membership options are available at LucyComedyFest.com & 716.484.0800. The 2017 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival will take place August 3-6, 2017.
A slight majority of the several people who spoke at last night's Jamestown City Council meeting support a new housing development proposed for the northside. NRP of Buffalo, and Citizen's Opportunity for Development and Equality, have submitted revised plans to the state to approve the nearly 12-million dollar Jackson Spring Housing project between North Main and Spring Streets. Spring Street resident Don Payne says he supports CODE, and the project. County Legislatore Dave Wilfong -- who lives in that area -- also supports the plan to construct a 36-unit building, and seven separate townhouses. However... some residents... including Mike Loren... are concerned about safety -- especially with Love Elementary School being a block away. Loren believes adding such housing will hurt an already low-cost, low-demand market is not the answer. Wilfong also pointed out that eight dilapitated homes would be torn-down as part of the project. He adds that two local agencies in the area... the Southwestern Independent Living Center... and, the Chautauqua County Blind Association... would locate their headquarters at Jackson Spring.
City lawmakers did approve a few new fee packages for Jamestown... but, held off on action regarding any increase various fees. These would mainly be for local sports team organizations -- that use city parks and facilities. Council members discussed the proposal for several minutes last week... and, raised concerns over whether instituting new fees for the local Babe Ruth Committee to host state and regional tournaments will diminish those efforts. Acting Council President Tony Dolce says lawmakers will take up those proposals in the new year.
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's already looking ahead to 2017. The Corning Republican is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee... and, the 24 members met last week in Washington to discuss up-coming issues including tax reform and health care. Another key issue Reed says he'll be keeping close watch on will be the new administration's trade agenda. He believes changes in trade policy could benefit area manufacturers... including Cummins Engine near Jamestown. He says Cummins has been able to get into new markets... including South Korea. Reed says we "want to build off those successes." He spoke about some of his goals during a conference call with Southern Tier Media Monday afternoon.
New York's 29 members of the Electoral College have cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton, who won the state despite losing the presidential race to Republican Donald Trump. Among the electors gathered Monday in the state Capitol's Senate chambers was former President Bill Clinton... who says he's never been prouder of any vote. Others in attendance included Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, both Democrats. In a rebuke to Trump... the electors agreed to donate their $15 compensation to the New York Immigration Coalition, an advocacy group for immigrants and refugees. Dozens of protesters gathered outside to oppose the president-elect and to urge electors in other states to vote for Clinton or another candidate, even if their states voted for Trump.
Quick response from firefighters in the Mayville-area yesterday morning prevented major damage to a medical office in the village. Mayville and Chautauqua Fire Departments responded shortly after 8 AM to the blaze at Family Health Medical Services at 95 East Chautauqua Street. Mayville Fire Chief Ron Trippy says his first assistant chief was among the first on the scene. Trippy says firefighters were able to douse the flames fairly quickly... and, confine the blaze to what was a "rest-room area" of the building. He adds they looked for further extension, but, fortunately found none. He says office staff was there... and, everyone got out safely. Trippy says they used heavy duty fans to clear smoke from the building. He says they were at the scene about two-hours. No one was hurt. Trippy says county fire investigators are looking for the cause... which appears to be accidental. A portion of Route 430 was closed due to the blaze... but, it re-opened by late morning.
Firefighters from five departments battled a fully-involved house fire... which destroyed the structure... in the town of Stockton Sunday afternoon. County Fire Dispatchers says crews from Stockton, Brocton, Cassadaga, Fredonia and Sinclairville responded to the blaze at 40-90 Bruyer (Brewer) Road around 3:30 PM. Chautauqua County Emergency Services also assisted at the scene along with county Fire Police. The flames caused heavy damage to the structure... and, it's been called a total loss. The house belonged to the Degolier family, which was not home at the time of the blaze. Some family pets perished in the fire. No official cause has been determined.
Todd DeGolier and his 10-year-old daughter Morgan lost all of their belongings in the fire including their pets. Morgan is a cancer survivor and the family's house was recently remodeled by Special Spaces. An account has been set up at Go Fund Me.
The busiest day of the year for the U-S Post Office was yesterday. Postal Service Spokeswoman Karen Mazurkiewicz in Buffalo told us Monday that post offices across Western New York were very busy... and, she adds time is running out to get that package to a loved one. Mazurkiewicz says they still deliver a lot of letters, but there is a sizable increase in the number of packages being sent across the nation. She says... normally...it would be the final two weeks before Christmas. But, she says people shopping on-line early in the season has made this year "outrageous." In addition... due to the return to Winter weather, Mazurkiewicz is reminding residents to keep paths to and from mail boxes clear of ice and snow. The U-S Postal Service is anticipating to process about 611 million letters, cards and packages nationwide.
An Erie, Pennsylvania man faces a drunk driving charge after his car crashed and rolled over on Route 20 in the town of Ripley last Saturday afternoon. Sheriff's officers were called to the scene about 4 PM... and, made contract with the driver, 52 year-old Wayne Sowers, who apparently had only minor injuries. Sowers signed off with Emergency Medical Service crews. He was allegedly found to be intoxicated while driving... and, was arrested for DWI, Failure to Keep Right... and, consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle. Sowers was arraigned in Ripley Town Court and sent to the County Jail with bail to be set.
Two city men arrested for allegedly trafficking Heroin in Jamestown...
Two Jamestown men are accused of dealing Heroin following their arrests during a drug raid just across the street from city Police Headquarters. City Police say members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on two apartments at 212 East Second Street about 11:30 a.m. Friday. Task Force members say they arrested 21 year-old Luis Cintron-Rosario... and, 25 year-old Juan Aponte-Sierra. The Post-Journal reports that Aponte-Sierra was previously arrested for trafficking Heroin back in April of 2015. Cintron-Rosario was also previously arrested on a Felony drug charge in May of this year. Both men were allegedly found this time in possession of a quantity of Heroin and cash. Police say both men were charged with Felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled-substance... and are jailed pending arraignment. If you have an information on illegal drug activity in the city... you're asked to call the JPD 4-1-1 app... or the tips line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
City man arrested for allegedly robbing woman during domestic incident...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly trying to steal money from a woman during a domestic incident on the city's eastside early Friday morning. Jamestown police were called to the scene at 38 Barrows St. about 12:30 a.m., and, the female victim told them that 41 year-old James Houser had left the scene before they arrived. JPD K-9 Mitchell was brought to the scene, and used to track Houser. He was found behind Connell's Bar at the corner of Winsor and Allen Streets and arrested without incident. Houser was arraigned on charges including third-degree attempted robbery... and, forcible touching... and, sent to the county jail without bail.
Jamestown-area deals with more snow, and rain Friday night and Saturday...
The Winter weather "roller coaster" is continuing today... this time after a general 3 to 5 inch snowfall wrapped late this morning in Chautauqua County. Forecaster Jon Hitchcock with the National Weather Service in Buffalo said late yesterday that a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through 1 this afternoon. Hitchcock says... unlike with the Lake Effect Snow of the past couple of days... this will impact the entire region. He says there'll be more snow in the higher terrains and inland from Lake Erie. Hitchcock says... before it becomes a rain snow and sleet mix... we'll see about 2-to-3 inches along the Lake Erie Shoreline and at least 3 to 4 inches inland. Hitchcock says some locations may also see a thin coating of ice today. The widespread snowfall will bring slippery travel conditions across the area.
Peek 'n Peak opens Friday, officials say conditions are "great..."
Chautauqua County's major ski resort is now open... and, conditions at Peek 'n Peak near Findley Lake are "great" to begin the new season. That from Director of Mountain Operations, Brad Gravink, who says they were open at 8:30 a.m. Friday... with a good, natural snow base... and, 16 of their 27 trails open. Gravink says they're making snow on the remaining 8 trails, which they hope to open by Christmas Week. He says the Peak is open until 10 o'clock tonight... and, will again be open all day Sunday. As for snowmaking... he says they're already well ahead of where they normally are... and, in very good shape compared to last year's "off-season." In fact... he says they've already made about half of what they usually do in an entire season the past 8 days. Gravink says the rain predicted for today should be nothing more than a blip on the radar... because we're back into the snow early next week. He says the tubing area also opened Friday afternoon. For more information on Peek n' Peak... call them at 355-4141... or go on-line to pknpk.com.
No one hurt when large part of former Falconer Agway feed mill collapses under heavy snow...
The heavy snow of the past week or so has claimed it's first building collapse in the Jamestown-area... as the old Agway feed mill building partially collapsed about mid-morning yesterday. That from First Assistant Falconer Fire Chief Bryce Webster... who says no one was hurt in the collapse... which was called to the scene at 47 East Everett St. about 8:45 a.m. Webster says the old structure was also weakened... but, adds the front-office area was not affected. He says utility companies, and the Falconer Code Enforcement Officer were called. Webster told us shortly before 10 a.m. that there was no threat of fire... nor threats to other buildings when they arrived. Webster says fire crews finished their work at the scene right about that time. He says the area of the building where the collapse occured was apparently being used for storage. No mutual aid was called in for the collapse.
A mid-evening blast of Arctic air brought some additional lake effect snow to the Jamestown-area... but, the bitterly cold temperatures and wind continued through the overnight hours. The frigid air will remain through today. That from Forecaster Dave Zaff with the National Weather Service... who said we would see about another 1 to-3 inches of the white stuff overnight... bringing the total to about 9 to 13 inches since the warning took effect. Zaff says the strong winds remain a concern for everyone... and, will cause blowing and drifting snow through mid-morning He says temperatures will still be quite cold today... but, adds that we'll see a warm-up early Saturday. The high Saturday will reach the low 40s to about 45 degrees. Zaff there was a wide range of snowfall from overnight and early Thursday morning. He says they had a report late yesterday morning of 10 inches of new snow near Jamestown... and, 7 inches in Randolph and Little Valley.
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly entering an eastside apartment, and stealing jewelry and other items inside. City police were called to the scene at 20 East Fifth Street about 4 PM Wednesday... and, found 19 year-old Charles Thomas, Junior inside. Officers say the victim told officers that she was returning home when she saw Thomas leaving her apartment with the stolen items which belonged to her. Police say they later found Thomas -- still inside the building -- with the stolen items. He was arrested on charges of second-degree burglary, and petty larceny. Thomas was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.
While Democratic lawmakers in other states are focused on presenting a united front against President-elect Donald Trump... those in New York have been mired in a debate over raising their own salaries. State legislators in New York now make $79-thousand-500 dollars, the nation's third-highest legislative salary. They haven't seen an increase in 17 years, and many say the salary hasn't kept up. Top lawmakers may call a lame-duck session this month to authorize an increase, with figures of 100-thousand dollars or more under discussion. Governor Andrew Cuomo says lawmakers should do more by addressing corruption or funding a new hate crimes task force. Democrats elsewhere are focused on Trump. California Democrats huddled to talk strategy a week after their party's big defeat, and lawmakers are crafting bills aimed at protecting immigrants from deportation.
Our frigid weather led to a slow-start for the fourth-annual Community Holiday Haul at the Jamestown Cycle Shop in Brooklyn Square. Jamestown Community College Athletic Director Keith Martin is again holding his annual food and money drive for the Christmas Season to benefit the St. Susan's Center. Martin tells us late yesterday that he'll be back in his tent at the Cycle Shop from 6 AM to 7 PM tonight... and, 7 to 3 on Saturday. Despite the tough conditions... Martin is very optimistic about this year's effort. Martin says he'll be back in the tent at 6 AM tomorrow... and, be there until 7 PM. He says the people stopping by to make donations helps the time go by... and, keep him warm. Martin says he does this because the need is so great each year, and this year is no exception. He says there are some items St. Susan's needs in particular... including 100-percent fruit juices, and healthy cereals for breakfast. Martin adds that money is important because St. Susan's can buy seven-dollars worth of food with just a dollar. In the first three-years of the Community Holiday Haul.... Martin says the effort has raised just over 30-thousand dollars... and, generated just over 11-tons of food.
Manufacturers in New York state expanded more quickly this month than in November, driven by a big jump in new orders. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York says its Empire State index rose to a reading of 9 in December... that's up from 1.5 in the previous month. Anything above zero signals that factories are doing more business. The figures add to other evidence that manufacturing is rebounding after a rough 18 months. Businesses have been clearing out their stockpiles of unsold goods and spending less on machinery and equipment, which have lowered factory output. Yet nationwide surveys in the past two months suggest manufacturing is growing again, if slowly. Still, a gauge of employment fell to minus-12.2, from minus-10.9, which means factories cut jobs last month.
The American Red cross is joining forces with the north county city of Dunkirk to install free smoke detectors. Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas and Fire Chief Mike Edwards were joined by representatives of the Red Cross for an announcement of the free program at Dunkirk City Hall late this week. Rosas says the program will save lives.
Edward says members of the fire department will help install the smoke detectors and provide important fire safety information to families. He says the fire department will visit the families that want it... and, help install them in the home. They'll also help in developing a fire escape plan. It's part of an effort to reduce the number of fire-related deaths and injuries by 25 percent over five years. City residents can sign up online at redcross.org.
A meeting between state and federal highway officials regarding New York's "I Love NY" highway signs ended with no resolution to the dispute. Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau met with state Transportation Commissioner Matthew Driscoll in Washington on Tuesday to discuss New York's refusal to take down the 514 tourism signs. Both parties opted to create a "working group" that will examine the issue at some undetermined point in the future. FHA officials say the signs don't comply with federal regulations. The agency wants New York state to remove the tourism promotion signs. The state has also been asked to cease all over-the-counter sales at its new rest stop on the Long Island Expressway. State Department of Transportation officials contend that both the signs and the store's sales are legal.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says 59 vehicles crashed in a snowy pileup along a western Pennsylvania super-highway, and three people were hurt. PennDOT spokesman Jim Carroll says 22 tractor-trailers and 37 cars are involved in the crash on Interstate 80 near DuBois in Jefferson County. The county's director of emergency services, Tracy Zents, says the three suffered minor to moderate injuries and were transported to hospitals. The crash was one of three that shut down different stretches of I-80 in the western part of the state. Lake effect snow bands were being blamed for slick roads and poor visibility. A jack-knifed tractor-trailer caught fire in Mercer County near the Ohio border. Another crash closed a separate stretch of the highway.
National Weather Service continues Lake Effect Snow Warning through Friday morning at 7 a.m....
The lake effect snow is continuing to accumulate across portions of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties today... but, much of the activity has been here in the south county. Forecaster Jon Hitchcock with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says that will change later today when an arctic cold front crosses the area... so everyone will get some more snow later into the evening. Hitchcock says the strong winds are a concern for everyone, causing blowing and drifting snow. Hitchcock says there a wide range of snowfall from overnight. The National Weather Service has a report of 10 inches near Jamestown... to 7 inches in Randolph and Little Valley... and 4 inches in Perrysburg. There was only light snow along the Lake Erie shoreline, totaling about 2.5-inches.
Two city men arrested for allegedly being in possession of two, loaded pistols as police investigate rash of shooting incidents...
An investigation into "suspicious" activity on Jamestown's northside has led to the arrest of two city men who were allegedly in possession of two, loaded hand-guns. The arrests come as city police are investigating five shootings that have occured since last Thanksgiving Day morning. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson would not say if Monday afternoon's arrests are part of that investigation. However... Samuelson does say they're pleased to have the two hang-guns... one of which was allegedly stolen in Florida... off the street. He says it makes the community "that much safer." Samuelson says police did a street check into the suspicious activity allegedly involving 23 year-old Jose Santiago... and, 22 year-old Eddie Ortiz. He says a ballistics check will be on both guns. Samuelson says both Santiago and Ortiz were arrested in the lot at 811 North Main St. as they were getting out of a vehicle about 2:30 p.m. Monday. He says officers impounded the vehicle... and, then got a search warrant for the car. Inside... police say they found the two hand-guns. Both men are charged with criminal possession of a weapon... and, Santiago is charged additionally with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. Both are now in the county jail without bail. If you have any information on illegal guns in the city... call the JPD 4-1-1 app... or the confidential tips-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
Buffalo man arrested during traffic stop for alleged possession of "crack" cocaine...
A man from Buffalo is jailed without bail for allegedly trafficking crack cocaine in the Jamestown-area after being pulled over for an alleged traffic infraction. City police say officers pulled over the vehicle... driven by 19 year-old Kori Robinson... at Peach and Bowen Streets -- shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday. Police say they found that Robinson was driving without a license... and, he was taken to the city lock-up. Officers say a subsequent search turned up a quantity of "crack" that was packaged for sale. Robinson was also allegedly found with a large sum of money in his possession. He was arraigned on one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, sent to the county lock-up.
City man arrested for allegedly burglarizing apartment...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly entering an eastside apartment, and stealing jewelry and other items inside. City police were called to the scene at 20 East Fifth St. about 4 p.m. Wednesday... and, found 19 year-old Charles Thomas, Junior inside. Officers say the victim told officers that she was returning home when she saw Thomas leaving her apartment with the stolen items which belonged to her. Police say they later found Thomas -- still inside the building -- with the stolen items. He was arrested on charges of second-degree burglary, and petty larceny. Thomas was being held pending arraignment.
City Development Director pleased with latest meeting on Downtown Revitalization Initiative meeting...
Nearly 50 community members in Jamestown favored several downtown projects at the most recent meeting on the city's $10-million Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The state recently announced the city was receiving one of the DRI grants to back economic development and infrastructure efforts. Tuesday night's session was hosted by the state's consultant for the process... H-R-and-A Associates of New York City. City Development Director Vince DeJoy says H-R-and-A began with a list of 36 potential projects... and they provided a matrix about how the projects should be viewed: feasibililty, sustainability, and transformative. DeJoy says the 44 people on hand were broken up into smaller groups that looked at all the projects... and, ranked the National Comedy Center high. He says they also ranked the proposed Double-Tree Hotel to be located two blocks away on the westside is as important to that area. DeJoy says H-R-and-A also discussed the projects in detail during an earlier planning meeting before the community session at the Robert H. Jackson Center. He says the consultants will now go back and look at both sessions, and come back with a more refined list in January.
Up to 15 inches more of Lake Effect Snow is on the way to Jamestown-area...
Another round of lake effect snow is on the way... along with a shot of real arctic air. The National Weather Service has issued a Lake Effect Snow Warning from 7 o'clock tonight through 7 a.m. Friday for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties. Forecaster Tony Ansuini with the Weather Service's Buffalo office says the lake effect snow will develop with the arrival of the coldest temperatures of the season. Ansuini says the snow will begin in the Buffalo-area this afternoon... then move southward by evening. Accumulations of 8 to 15 inches of snow are possible in the most persistent lake snows. Winds with gusts up to 45 mph may produce significant blowing and drifting snow. We'll have the latest forecast in just a few minutes.
Second Meth Lab bust in Dunkirk -- Fredonia area reported within a week...
The discovery of another Methamphetime Lab has led to three arrests in the city of Dunkirk for the manufacturing the narcotic drug. Dunkirk Police say they received information around 11:45 Monday night that 39-year-old Jeremiah Haas of Dunkirk, who was wanted on a Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office warrant, was located at 27 Leming Street. After reaching the scene... officers say they located Haas, and 23-year-old Torry Kenny of Westfield in a bedroom belonging to 18-year-old Lydia Franklin. After observing evidence of drug activity... police obtained a search warrant from Dunkirk City Court... and, found a quantity of meth and materials for manufacture of meth. A 10-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy were in the home at the time. Haas, Kenny and Franklin face charges of third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetime... and second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, endangering the welfare of a child.
Reed believes Tillerson will be a good Secretary of State...
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he is confident that President-elect Donald Trump's choice of ExxonMobil's Chief Executive Officer will represent the U-S "well" overseas. The Corning Republican says he doesn't know Rex Tillerson personally... but, he says he likes the fact Tillerson is an outsider. Reed adds that he believes the nominee will not only be able to represent the U-S diplomatically, but, economically, as well. Trump officially reveled that Tillerson is his choice for the nation's top diplomatic post Tuesday morning. The President-elect says Tillerson is ``among the most accomplished business leaders and international deal makers in the world.'' The senate must confirm the nomination and questions are likely to be asked about his connections to Russia.
Salvation Army of Jamestown behind in Red Kettle Campaign...
With only 10-days left in the annual Red Kettle Campaign... the Salvation Army of Jamestown has only been able to raise slightly over a third of it's goal. Captain Kim Merchant says the weather has been very challenging in recent days with more than three-feet of snow falling in some spots late last week... and, they're only raised $40,000 of their $116,000 goal. Merchant says the kettles were out again Tuesday for people to leave donations... and, she says that's still the best way to do it by dropping in even their pocket change. She says you can also mail a check to them at their 83 South Main St. address in Jamestown. Merchant adds, though, that they need a few more good days with the kettles. The problem is there is more cold and snowy weather coming over the next couple of days. Merchant says they effectively lost a couple of days late last week due to the heavy lake effect snow. She says they have plenty of bell-ringing opportunities available most every day at Tops Markets, and Wal-Mart, for example. She says the red kettles will be out through Christmas Eve Day, Saturday, Dec. 24. She says you also call 664-4108 for more information on the drive.
Merchant says Salvation Army also wrapping up annual Angel Tree program...
The Salvation Army is also wrapping up it's annual Angel Tree gift program for needy children in the Jamestown-area. That from Captain Kim Merchant... who says they are missing some tags for gifts to be bought for boys or girls that have not been returned. Merchant says... if you took a tag for a gift... please return it by this Friday. She says there are still tags on the Angel Tree at the Lakewood Wal-Mart SuperCenter. Merchant says... for whatever reason... there are people who take a tag -- and forget they have it with them. She adds they may have also bought the gift, but, forgot it in the trunk of their car. She says they need those gifts by this Friday for next week's distribution. That distribution will take place next Tuesday, Dec. 20, and, Wed. Dec. 21.
Gas pump prices up slightly this week...
Gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area are up about a penny a gallon this week for regular, unleaded fuel. That from the Triple-A's Fuel Gauge Report... which says gas prices are up to $2.39 this week. Last week... the price was about $2.38.5 a gallon. Nationally... Triple-A says the average price has increased for 14 days in a row following the OPEC oil production agreement on November 30. Today’s average of $2.21 per gallon is up three cents per gallon on the week... and, two cents per gallon on the month. The national average is up 20 cents a gallon compared to the same date last year.
Plow crews in the city of Jamestown have been working around the clock to get all side streets cleared... and, further clean-up main thorough-fares. That from Mayor Sam Teresi as he updated the City Council on snow-fighting efforts... which he says began in earnest early last Thursday morning. Teresi says there is always "room for improvement..." but, adds that few communities can deal with "constant, heavy snow" over the course of four days like the area has. The immediate Jamestown-area received anywhere from about 37 to 41 inches... in many cases it depended on the elevation. Teresi adds that dealing with heavy snowfall in a more densely-populated city is much different than in suburban and rural areas, due to street congestion, hills, and narrower streets. Teresi says, years ago, city leaders had the good sense to put Alternate Parking rules in place during the Winter months to allow plows to get down streets that might otherwise be unpassable. He praised the work of the Public Works... and, Parks Departments... as well as residents, who were generally very patient while waiting for crews to get to their streets.
The Jamestown Fire Department is urging residents to clear their sidewalks and fire hydrants after our huge snowfall since last Thursday afternoon. Fire officials say keeping sidewalks clear will aid them with fire and rescue calls... and, keeping hydrants cleared of snow will also save time for firefighters.
Temperatures warmed to above freezing yesterday... and, much of the snow from a passing weather system ended by late morning. However... we're not done with winter and another arctic blast on the way. The National Weather Service says the latest storm brought a 3 to 6 inch general snowfall, after a lake effect storm that produced nearly three-feet of snow in some locations. Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan says the storms have kept plow crews busy around the county. Forecaster Kirk Apfell with the National Weather Service says a shot of real arctic air is expected to reach the area by mid-week. Apfell says this will be the coldest air of the season... and, the coldest we've seen since the height of last Winter. He says the colder air will also bring more lake effect snow... but, he adds it's still too early to predict how much snowfall will hit the area.
The House Intelligence Committee will look into cyber threats such as the hacking of the Democratic National Committee... and, Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. However... Speaker Paul Ryan says any investigation ``should not cast doubt on the clear and decisive outcome of this election.'' Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's seen nothing definative showing the Russian's interfered with the election. However... he echoes Ryan's sentiments... adding he supports a bi-partisan look into the allegations. The Obama Administration has already ordered it's own investigation... and, Reed says the investigation should be given time to find all the facts. Reed says he would also have no problem with naming a special bi-partisan panel to look further into the matter, if need be. However... he says those should not be "politically charged" hearings. Speaker Ryan's statement came after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate Intelligence Committee will investigate the matter. Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
An Ashville man who is a registered sex offender on parole has been arrested for allegedly using social media when he should not be. Sheriff's officers say 35 year-old Joshua Glover was arrested late last week for failing to register, or notify the registry of a change in status. Deputies say Glover was found to have been using a Facebook account since August of this year. Officers say that using Facebook account is a violation of the registry... and, conditions of his parole. Glover was previously in the Chautauqua County Jail for a parole violation. The Sheriff's Office has filed a warrant as a detainer at the jail for this new charge. Glover will appear in Chautauqua Town Court at a future date on this new charge.
No one was hurt after a Norfolk-Southern freight train struck a car that became stuck on the tracks near the Franklin Avenue railroad crossing this past Sunday night in Dunkirk. This is the third train related crash in the city since last September. Dunkirk Police and Fire units responded to the crash involving the westbound train around 9:45 PM. Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano says the car apparently got hung-up on the tracks. Ortolano says the first accident involved a train-and-pedestrian back on September 28th near the Middle Road crossing. It claimed the life of a 37-year-old woman. In addition... a motorcycle was damaged after an encounter with a train near the Route 60 crossing on October 6th.
The organization operating New York's electrical grid says holiday lighting is expected to add 750-800 megawatts of energy use this season. The New York Independent System Operator says the electricity used by holiday lighting is approximately 4 percent of the New York's average hourly demand for electricity. The organization says the statewide impact of holiday lighting is equal to powering up to 800,000 homes. But the usage is significantly lower in recent years thanks to more energy-efficient LED lights. The Environmental Protection Agency says Energy Star certified decorative lights feature LED technology that uses 75 percent less energy than conventional incandescent lights.
Work continues on the Athenex project in northern Chautauqua County... although much of it is going on behind the scene. County Executive Vince Horrigan says he took part in a conference call about the project last Thursday... and, it included representatives from the company that plans to locate the pharmaceutical manufacturing plant on a site off Route 5 in the town of Dunkirk. Horrigan says Athenex... a high-tech pharmacutial company... is currently going through the permitting process. He says they have resolved an issue involving some power lines that will be required for the plant that will employ nearly 900 employees. The top county official doesn't expect ground-breaking to occur until sometime next year. His best guess... possibly next Summer.
The Jamestown Public Schools have closed for the day. School Superintendent Tim Mains explains that the decision wasn't made based on the current weather conditions, but on the aftermath of those conditions. As of early this morning many roads and sidewalks in Jamestown were still snow covered and slippery. Mains says he's putting the kids safety first. The Greater Jamestown area has received an unprecedented 41 inches of snow since last Thursday afternoon. Find the closings and cancelations at Radiojamestown.com.
With Chautauqua County's Budget Director being promoted to be the county's new Finance Director... the search is now on for a new Budget Director. Kitty Crow will take over for the retiring Susan Marsh next February 1st after leading the Budget Office for the past 10 years. County Executive Vince Horrigan made the announcement last Friday... and, says the search is already underway for a new Budget Director. Crow will be working with Marsh through January 31st... which will be Marsh's last day. Horrigan says Crow brings 24 years of experience with finance and budgeting to the position... and, in-depth knowledge of county government, and it's finances. Since April of 2012... Horrigan says Crow has also served as the county's Health Insurance Administrator. As Budget Director... and, Health Insurance Administrator... he says Crow has managed the development and delivery of 11 county budgets, administered the county’s health insurance plans for active employees and retirees.
Finding a new budget director isn't the only department head search for the county executive as 2016 winds down. Vince Horrigan says he is looking for a new Airport and Parks Manager with Bill Tucker having left county government as of last Friday. Horrigan says Tucker... who was hired in October of 2014... is moving onto the private sector locally. The executive praised Tucker... who was previously the director of the local chapter of the American Red Cross. Horrigan credits Tucker with doing a lot of positive work in reducing the county's local share of cost for it's two airports in Jamestown and Dunkirk. Until a new manager is found... Horrigan says the airport duties will fall to Public Facilities Director George Spanos. Horrigan says they have received a few applications for the Airport and Parks Manager... and, says they are looking to receive two or three more before making a decision.
New York state has published a "bill of rights" for home owners facing foreclosure. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the move late this past week. It's one piece of a broader effort to help New Yorkers struggling to stay in their homes. The bill of rights reminds residents that they have the right to stay in their home and the duty to maintain it during the foreclosure process. It also lets residents known they have a right to be properly notified before a foreclosure suit is filed. The state's Department of Financial Services also completed new rules designed to address a wave of abandoned properties left in the wake of the recent housing crisis. The regulations include a requirement that lenders report vacant properties to the state.
State police are warning New York residents of an identity phishing scam. Troopers say several people have received calls from individuals claiming to be members of the New York State Police. They've been told their identity has been stolen, or that they're being investigated. Authorities say the ruse is an attempt to "phish" for personal information, or to solicit money. State police say the phone number that's been displayed on caller IDs during these calls is 1-(518)-897-2000. That's a number for State Police in Ray Brook, outside Lake Placid. Troopers say the calls are not originating from that substation, and warn that they do not solicit donations from the general public.
A big boost by workplace campaigns has helped put the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County at 82-percent of it's 2016 General Campaign goal. That from Executive Director Tori Irgang... who says the effort had reached one-million-70 thousand dollars by late last week. The goal by the end of the year is 1.3-million dollars. Irgang says many of the workplace efforts wrapped up over the past two to three weeks. Irgang says they still have to raise just over 200-thousand dollars to reach this year's goal... and, she says they want people who still plan to give yet to, make sure they do that. She says they've been helped by three areas in particular, during this campaign. Irgang says the Industrial, and Individual giving have been "very good." Campaign Co-Chairs Paul and Anne Hedin say they hope to "build a stronger community" through and during the campaign. The effort supports 42 programs at 25 partner agencies. For more information on the United Way campaign... call 483-1561... or go on-line to UWayscc-dot-ORG.
A Miami, Florida, resident who was caught at the northern U.S. border with 73 forged credit cards has pleaded guilty. Prosecutors in Buffalo, New York, say 36-year-old Deladier Benitez faces up to seven years in prison following his arrest as he tried to enter Canada from the United States in October. He pleaded guilty late last Friday to criminal possession of a forged instrument. Authorities say they found the forged credit cards and a forged Ohio driver's license during a search at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo. Benitez is a Cuban national.
Sentencing is scheduled for January 13th.
The Department of Environmental Conservation says hunters have reported taking about 5 percent more deer during the Southern Zone regular season so far than the same period last year. Statewide across all deer seasons, hunters have reported about 9 percent more deer than 2015. All deer hunting in the Northern Zone and the regular season in the Southern Zone ended on Sunday. DEC says many hunters typically make a last push to secure some venison during the final days of the season, and they're expected to take 15-thousand to 20-thousad more deer. The regular firearm season ended yesterday.
Anyone hoping Pennsylvania's 20 "unbound" Electoral College members might turn against Republican president-elect Donald Trump is almost certainly going to be disappointed. The state's electors are expressing strong support for Trump ahead of the December 19th vote, despite being bombarded with calls, letters and emails urging them to change their minds. The onslaught led the Pennsylvania Republican Party to make a complaint to the state police, which has confirmed it's investigating.
Parts of Jamestown-area have two-feet plus of snow from Lake Effect Storm system...
Some places in the Jamestown-area are seeing more than two-feet of snow on the ground as southern Chautauqua County gets pounded by Lake Effect Snow. That from Forecaster Jon Hitchcock with the National Weather Service... who says our Lake Effect Snow Warning continues until 6 p.m. tonight for both Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. Hitchcock says this snow is definately being driven by the winds coming off Lake Erie. There was some influence from Lake Huron, which enhanced some of yesterday's snowfall. That won't be the case today. We've had one report of nearly 30-inches of snow this morning in West Ellicott... by early last night, we had a report of 26-inches in Mayville, and 22-inches near Frewsburg. Hitchcock says another weather system will bring a general snowfall to the area Sunday and Monday. That storm could be a tricky one... which could deliver several inches of snow depending on how cold the air is. In addition... another arctic blast is on the way for mid to late next week.
We do have a couple of road closings, and issues to report on. The state Thruway Authority was urging motorists last night to avoid unnecessary travel along a stretch of Interstate 90 south of Buffalo. And, Interstate 86 near the Bemus Point exit was closed for a while late this morning after a tractor-trailer crashed in snowy conditions.
Horrigan appoints Budget Dir. Kitty Crow to be new County Finance Director...
Chautauqua County's Budget Director for the past 10 years has been named as the county's new Finance Director beginning next Feb. 1. County Executive Vince Horrigan this afternoon announced the appointment of Kitty Crow to replace the retiring Susan Marsh... who is retiring next Jan. 31. Horrigan says Crow brings 24 years of experience with finance and budgeting to the position... and, in-depth knowledge of the county and it's finances. Since April of 2012... Horrigan says Crow has also served as the county's Health Insurance Administrator. As Budget Director... and, Health Insurance Administrator... he says Crow has managed the development and delivery of 11 county budgets, administered the county’s health insurance plans for active employees and retirees. He says Crow must first be confirmed by the county legislature... which he believes will happen later this month. Horrigan adds that there were two county legislature members of the search committee that named Crow as a finalist for the position. Crow says she's "very honored and grateful to be appointed as the next Finance Director for Chautauqua County."
Sherman student arrested for allegeldy makiing threats against school...
A student has been arrested for allegedly making threats against the Sherman Central School overnight and early Friday morning. Sherman School Superindent Mike Genestre says the school was put into a "lock-out" situation around 8:30 a.m. after someone saw a social media pots by the student... who also allegedly made a verbal threat. Genestre says a "lock-out" is where no one is allowed to enter, or leave the building. State Police in Jamestown were called in to investigate... and, the student was taken into custody about an hour later. Genestre says no one was hurt, and classes continued on as scheduled. The student was not identified.
NY provides help for homeowners facing possible foreclosure...
New York state has published a "bill of rights" for home owners facing foreclosure. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the move late this past week. It's one piece of a broader effort to help New Yorkers struggling to stay in their homes. The bill of rights reminds residents that they have the right to stay in their home and the duty to maintain it during the foreclosure process.
Election Recount in Pennsylvania decision to be made on Monday...
A federal judge in Pennsylvania says he'll rule Monday on a Green Party-backed bid seeking a recount of paper ballots cast in the state's November 8th presidential election. Judge Paul S. Diamond made the announcement Friday afternoon after listening to arguments in Philadelphia. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein's lawyers argue that it's possible that computer hacking occurred, although opponents say they have presented no such evidence.
Due to snowfall, BPU Sanitation crews may not get all garbage colllected today...
Jamestown Board of Public Utilities' garbage and recycling trucks are having trouble with some collection streets today due to the slippery road conditions. BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says employees will collect what they can today. If they miss your street today due to impassive streets, they will collect what they end up having to leave on Monday.
The Lake Effect Snow Warning has been extended for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties until 6pm Saturday. Kirk Apfell from the National Weather Service in Buffalo says some areas will see a lot of snow, but the storm is shifting to the south across Chautauqua and the Western half of Cattaraugus County, right to the Pennsylvania line. Our Lake Effect Snow Warning has been extended to 6pm Saturday. The typical snow belt areas got the most snow by early last evening... including 17-inches in Perrysburg in Cattaraugus County. There were also white-out conditions reported in and around Mayville... where snowfall rates were reportedly 2 to 3 inches an hour. Local police reported several accidents and cars off the road yesterday due to wintry conditions.
State Police in Pennsylvania say a crash involving upwards of 70-vehicles has shut down a snowy section of Interstate 90 just south of Erie... and, and at least 15 people have been taken to hospitals with injuries. Trooper Stephen Oler tells the Erie Times-News that emergency crews responded to the crash near Girard just before 1 PM Thursday. Snow started accumulating in the area earlier in the day. Injuries ranged from minor to severe. At least five tractor-trailers... and multiple passenger vehicles were involved. Those not taken to hospitals are taking shelter in a school bus. Keith Greiner of Buffalo tells the newspaper he and his wife were rear-ended and got out of the car. He says that's when a number of tractor-trailers smashed into it. He says his car is "buried" underneath the semitrailers.
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly trafficking "crack" cocaine after police tried to run a street check on the man... and, he ran off from officers. City police say officers spotted 20 year-old Maiker Anderson walking on Foote Avenue near Chandler Street when he fled to avoid being caught. Officers say they found Anderson with three small packages of "crack" cocaine that were packaged for sale... along with a large quantity of cash. They say Anderson was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, obstructing governmental administration. Anderson was arraigned in city court... and, sent to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail. Anyone who may have information on the illegal sales and trafficking of narcotics can leave an anonymous tip on the department's 4-1-1 Tips App or they can leave an anonymous phone tip at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477. Police say all calls and tips will be kept confidential.
More than 20 economic development and infrastructure projects in Chautauqua County have been awarded nearly 4.8-million dollars from the state's Regional Economic Development Council program. That from County Executive Vince Horrigan... who says the funding is part of 62-million dollars awarded to 105 projects in the Western New York Region. Horrigan says the biggest allocation... nearly 1.5-million dollars... is going to the city of Jamestown's Tracy Plaza Green Renovations project. Horrigan says the National Comedy Center is actually receiving two of the 23 awards... totaling 834-thousand dollars. He says if you include the 10-million dollar Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant from earlier this year... the city did very well. Horrigan says some projects did not get funded... but, adds they'll keep looking. He says some of the wastewater and sewer applications around Chautauauqa Lake were not funded... but, Horrigan says they'll keep looking. However... he says the county's Regional Water project in the town of Portland is getting 270-thousand dollars.
Several residents and business owners turned out for a meeting the State Department of Transportation held on Wednesday about a proposal to construct a roundabout at the intersection of Routes 20 and 60. They expressed concerns about accidents, pedestrian safety, and the impact on local businesses. David Christopher, Regional Design Engineer, says public input is important. Attorney and Fredonia Resident Daryl Brautigam feels the proposed roundabout would hurt local businesses and would pose a safety threat... possibly making that intersection more dangerous. If the DOT plans to move ahead with the proposed 3.35-million dollar project... it will go out to bid in 2017 and is slated for completion in 2018.
A Salamanca woman has been found guilty in the April 2015 death of her 1-year-old girl. Officials say 26-year-old Leslie Finch was convicted Tuesday in Cattaraugus County Court on charges of manslaughter, reckless assault of a child and endangering the welfare of a child. Prosecutors say Finch caused fatal injuries to her daughter, Mila Whipple, when she violently shook the baby on April 26th of 2015. Authorities were called to Finch's home following reports that a child had stopped breathing. Mila was rushed to Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo, where she died. The Salamanca woman was charged in the death in May 2015. Finch was acquitted of second-degree murder and first-degree assault charges. She faces up to 25 years behind bars.
The Red Kettle Campaign for the Salvation Army of Jamestown is well-underway... but, is slightly behind last year's total so far... due mainly to a later start. That from Salvation Army Captian Kim Merchant... who says they were about one-thousand-500 to 2-thousand dollars behind last year's total earlier this week. Merchant says they have nine kettles out in the Jamestown-area this year, and adds the need is great. "Liz" is Liz Lopez... who is Emergency Basic Needs Coordinator who helps run the food pantry... and, other basic need areas. Lopez is helping to put together the organization's 600 Holiday Food Baskets for the needy individuals and families in the community. She says they need food and other items for those... including soup... spaghetti sauce... and, instant mashed potatoes. They also need personal hygiene items. The Red Kettle Campaign runs through Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24th... and, the goal is 116-thousand dollars... which stays local to help people here. For more information on giving, or ringing the bells... call 664-4108.
Jamestown-area under Lake Effect Snow Warning through Saturday morning with 18 to 24 inches predicted in snowbelt areas...
Some parts of Chautauqua County could wind up with more than two-feet of snow by Saturday morning from the first arctic blast of the Winter season... beginning this morning. A Lake Effect Snow Warning remains in place for Southern Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties from now until 6 a.m. Saturday. Forecaster Jon Hitchcock with the National Weather Service says the typical lake effect areas -- like the Chautauqua Ridge -- will see at least 18 to 24 inches. He says there will be less along Lake Erie, around 6 to 12 inches from Ripley to Dunkirk and Fredonia. Hitchcock told us Wednesday night that the heaviest of the lake effect will occur late this afternoon, through late tonight. During that time... he says the snowfall rate will be about 2 to 3 inches an hour before tapering off overnight. Hitchcock says snowfall in the more persistant bands will be 3 to 5 inches today... then 6 to 12 inches tonight. On Friday... we'll see 5 to 8 inches during the day... then 3-to-5 Friday night. Later in the weekend... he says there'll be some general snowfall... and, it'll remain cold.
Teresi discusses shooting incidents, support for police efforts to find, and arrest those who are involved...
All resources available to the Jamestown Police Department are being brought to bear in an effort to arrest those involved in a recent rash of shootings in the city. That from Mayor Sam Teresi... who is speaking for the first-time on the matter this week. Teresi says he has stayed away from the public spotlight to allow police to properly investigate the five shootings that have occured since early Thanksgiving Day. He says cracking this case his number-one priority right now... and, they're getting a lot of regional help from the FBI, state Police, and the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. He says it's the "intensive police effort he has ever seen" in his nearly 17 years as mayor. Teresi says police are investigating a "certain number" of bad actors who appear to have been involved in what have been "targeted shootings." However... he shares resident's concerns over the possibility of stray bullets. Teresi says JPD Chief Harry Snellings and his department have his full support... and, he will help get him the resources he needs. If you have any information on the shootings... you can contact JPD confidentially at their 4-1-1 app... or the Tips-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477. Teresi made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
Two arrested for allegedly running Meth. Lab in village of Fredonia...
Fredonia Village Police have made two arrests for allegedly running a meth. lab in a home on Berry Road last Tuesday afternoon. Police officers were called to 15 Berry Rd. around 1:30 p.m. after a Chautauqua County Child Protective Services worker discovered what appeared to be some type of drug-making equipment during a visit. When police reached the scene, 32-year-old Krystal Hafner was allegedly in the process of disposing of the chemical solutions and equipment and caused noxious fumes to begin filling the home. Hafner and another resident, 39-year-old Christopher Miller, were charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine -- a felony... and, endangering the welfare of a child. Hafner was also charged with unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material. Tha's also a felony. Police say four children lived in the home, ranging in age from two-months to 17 years. Fredonia Fire and the Chautauqua County HAZMAT team also assisted at the scene.
Gerace says Sheriff's Department getting early start on DWI enforcement during Holiday Season...
The number of driving while intoxicated-related arrests seem to be on the rise in recent days... but, a top law enforcement official says there is usually an increase this time of the year. The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office made at least four arrests alone during the past weekend... and, Sheriff Joe Gerace says that's pretty typical for early December when there are Christmas parties and celebrations taking place, and they are drinking alcohol and getting behind the wheel. Gerace says that's one of the reasons another STOP-DWI crackdown will be held later this month. He says the period from Dec. 16 through Jan. 2 is being funded by the New York state STOP-DWI Foundation. Gerace says they do crack-downs periodically... and, they'll have extra patrols out at that time. He says the Sheriff's Office will be working with local law enforcement and the State Police during the crackdown, with special emphasis on driving while impaired by either alcohol or drugs.
Cuomo says Trump didn't win -- Democrats lost by not paying attention to middle class in 2016 election...
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says Donald Trump didn't win the presidential election - but that Democrats lost by not paying enough attention to a fearful middle class. The Democrat told the audience at a New York City fund-raiser Tuesday night that the long campaign gave voice to a "frightening" amount of fear, anger and hate. He said New York state now must stand up against a "tide of negativity" and confront discrimination and intolerance. New York, he says, stands for what made America "strong in the first place:" brotherhood, acceptance and community. Cuomo has been mentioned as a possible White House contender in 2020 but has said he is focused on winning a third term in 2018. Tuesday's fundraiser was held on Cuomo's 59th birthday.
A total of 35 drinking fountains, sinks and other fixtures used for drinking and cooking in the Jamestown School System have been found to be over the state's "acceptable level" for lead. That from School Superintendent Tim Mains... who says all of those fixtures have been turned-off immediately until they can be fixed. Mains reported the findings of state-required testing last night to the school board... saying the good news is that there was no lead found in the drinking water itself. Mains says if a fixture was found to have a level above the "acceptable" level of 15 parts per billion in a kitchen... it was turned off... and, an alternate water source was used for food preparation. He says it will be an "easy fix" for the district... which he says had already begun testing before the final state regulations came out. However... Mains says they had to go back and test bathroom sinks, though. Mains says the most fixtures needing to be replaced -- 13 -- were found at Fletcher Elementary School. For a listing of the schools, and test results can be found at the district's website at Jamestownpublicschools-dot-ORG.
The first arctic outbreak of the season is expected to trigger the lake effect snow-making machine later this week. The National Weather Service has now issued a Lake Effect Snow Warning from 6AM Thursday morning through 6AM Saturday for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and southern Erie counties. Forecaster Bob Hamilton in Buffalo says some locations along the Chautauqua Ridge could see up to 2 feet of snow. The weather service says some parts of the region could see upwards of three feet. But... Hamilton adds that areas along Lake Erie... with higher amounts along the Chautauqua Ridge. He expects the snow to develop over the Buffalo area Thursday morning and move southward by late in the day. Much of the activity will remain over the Chautauqua Ridge through early Saturday.
A Cattaraugus County man has been arrested for allegedly setting several small fires inside a Jamestown-area manufacturing plant late last week. Ellicott Town Police accuse 23 year-old Michael Rucker of Salamanca of setting the fires inside TitanX on Allen Street Extension last Friday night... then fleeing the scene. Officers say they apprehended Rucker a short distance away, and investigated further. Falconer fire crews were able to douse the flames fairly quickly. No one was hurt. Rucker was arraigned in Ellicott Town Court on charges of second-degree arson... and, sent to the Chautauqua County Jail on 40-thousand dollars cash bail.
Democrat Carl Heastie has been re-elected Speaker of the New York state Assembly. The Bronx lawmaker was re-elected by the Assembly's Democratic majority on Tuesday during a gathering in Albany. Heastie was first tapped to be speaker last year when he replaced long-time Speaker Sheldon Silver following Silver's arrest on corruption charges. Silver was later convicted. Heastie is the first African American to hold the powerful position. The 2017 legislative session gets underway next month. Heastie says Democrats will focus on improving education and housing programs, protecting vulnerable populations, defending civil rights and helping working families. Lawmakers are now in talks about convening a special session this month focused on a possible pay raise for lawmakers, who now make $79-thousand-500 dollars a year.
Jamestown Community College Athletic Director Keith Martin will again be holding his annual Community Holiday Haul this Christmas Season to benefit the St. Susan's Center. Martin tells us he'll be in a tent outside of the Jamestown Cycle Shop a week from beginning on Thursday, December 15th... though that following Saturday... collecting money and non-perishable food. This is the fourth-year that Martin has conducted the drive. Martin says he pleased that... in the first three years of the fund-raiser... the effort has raised just over 30-thousand dollars, and, generated just over 11-tons of food for St. Susan's. Soup Kitchen Director Jeff Smith applauded Martin for undertaking the endeavor for another year... and, the local businesses and community members who support it. Martin says... while there's typically one cold, "tough day" during the three-day event... there are also many other times that make it so worthwhile. He says he has seen people who were helped by St. Susan's at one time... giving back during the Community Holiday Haul.
Gas prices in Chautauqua County are holding steady this week... down about a tenth of a penny. That from the Triple-A's Fuel Gauge Report... which says the average price for regular, unleaded fuel is 2-dollars-38.8 cents this week. It was 2-38.9 last week. Nationally... Triple-A says the average price has increased for seven straight days... reaching today’s price of 2-dollars-18 cents per gallon. Today’s average price represents an increase of five cents per gallon compared to one week ago... four cents less than one month ago... and, 14 cents more than the same date last year. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) elected to cut its collective production when the group met last Wednesday in Vienna, Austria, in an effort to rebalance the global oil supply and raise prices. Markets reacted quickly to the production agreement with crude oil gaining 12% and leading to increased retail prices. The deal is set to take effect in January 2017.
A new Siena College survey suggests New Yorkers are evenly divided over Donald Trump and what the Republican president-elect will mean for the state. The poll released Monday found that 49 percent of respondents are optimistic about the next four years, while 48 percent are pessimistic. The opinions reflect party lines, with 83 percent of Republicans saying Trump will be good for the state, while 64 percent of Democrats say he will not. The poll also found that the percentage of New Yorkers giving Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo a favorable rating is unchanged at 56 percent, although Cuomo's job performance is up slightly and more people say they're prepared to re-elect him in 2018. The November 27th throught-December 1st telephone survey of 807 registered voters has a 3.8 percentage point margin of error.
Water in the Randolph Water District will be turned-off on Upper Larkin Street, Messenger Road and Bowen Road starting at 9 AM TODAY. Town Clerk Kathy Sickles says the water will be off for about 3 hours while repair work is being done on the systems.
Jamestown police are continuing their on-going investigation in the most recent shooting incident... which occured Sunday afternoon on the city's eastside. That from Police Chief Harry Snellings... who updated the City Council on what progress has been made in the probe into the five shootings that have taken place since Thanksgiving morning. While the pace of leads has picked up... Snellings says they aren't getting much cooperation from the victims involved because there is a criminal element on both sides of the equation. Snellings says that's the biggest frustration with what's taken place... and, he understand the concern over the possibility of someone getting caught in the cross-fire. However... he assured lawmakers that ALL 60 members of his department are working on this in some way or another. He adds that includes himself. Meantime... JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says the victim in Sunday's shooting at East Eighth Street and Prendergast Avenue is now in stable condition. City police say the incident occured about 2:15 PM, and the unidentified man was shot multiple times by someone in a blue-colored car. The car then sped off east on East Eighth.
With the recent rash of shootings... Jamestown police are urging residents to be viglilant... and, keep their eyes open for suspicious activity. Captain Bob Samuelson says if you see an incident... you can provide valuable, confidential information to police. Samuelson says anyone with information on this shooting or has information on any of the other recent shooting incidents, can contact JPD anonymously by using the department's Tips 4-1-1 App... or through their Anonymous Tip Line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
A passing weather system brought some light snowfall to the area earlier this morning... but, a real taste of winter weather is expected to hit the area later this week. Forecaster Bob Hamilton with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says a shot of much colder, Canadian air will pushing into the area by Thursday. Hamilton says it still way early to determine the timing and the exact locations of the snow... but, he says the more favorable areas will be from southern Erie County... south to the Pennsylvania state line..." Due to the colder air... and, the possibility of lake effect snow... forecasters say it may be a good idea to finish preparations for the Winter season over the next couple of days.
President-elect Donald Trump's recent phone call with the head of the government in Taiwan has drawn some heat. However... local Congressman Tom Reed says he didn't have any problem with it. During his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media... Reed says he believes it's nothing more than looking at different ways to deal with ongoing issues. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says the President-elect's interactions with foreign leaders is important... and, could have consequences for the country and the world. However... Reed says he doesn't see it that way. The Corning Republican says it's more a recognition of the "reality of the situation" in that part of the world. Reed, who was recently selected as a vice-chair on Trump's transition team, also indicated he supported the President-elect's choices of Ben Carson for Housing Secretary and General James Mattis as Defense Secretary.
New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says there's no decision on whether lawmakers will return to Albany for a special session focused on a legislative pay hike. The Bronx Democrat told reporters Monday that it "remains to be seen" whether the Assembly and Senate will reconvene. Heastie and other Assembly Democrats gathered in Albany Monday amid discussions between top lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo regarding a possible special session. Lawmakers make 79-thousand-500 dollars... and, haven't had a raise in nearly two decades. If they do return... Cuomo wants lawmakers to consider new ethics rules including term limits. Heastie says Assembly Democrats oppose term limits and won't subject legislative pay to political horse trading. Lawmakers must return before Dec. 31 in order for a pay raise to take effect next year.
New York is relaxing some restrictions in its nearly year-old medical marijuana law to boost patient access. But... to the dismay of some pot advocates, there is no sign the state is in any hurry to join eight other states in embracing full legalization. And... New York Governor Andrew Cuomo remains a skeptic of recreational use with no compromise in sight. The state's medical marijuana law is one of the most restrictive in the nation, with less than 11-thousand patients certified to receive the drug for medical purposes. To boost patient access, the state will soon allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants to certify patients. Officials are considering authorizing home deliveries and this past week announced plans to add chronic pain to a list of 10 qualifying conditions.
A local organization dedicated to making sure our troops overseas have as nice a Christmas as possible is sending out nearly 700 care packages this year. President Sue Rowley with the Blue Star Mothers Lake Erie NY-#4 says hundreds of people turned out this past Saturday to help package up non-perishable goodies... letters... cards and other items to be sent out. Rowley says they have sent out 690 packages... and, more are pending. Rowley says the turn-out of individuals and groups and organizations to help them fill the packages was "amazing." She says members of the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department, and local military members were among them. Rowley says this was the most successful Christmas Care Package program they've had in the nine-years they've been doing it. She adds that postage for sending out the packages cost 12-thousand dollars... which was completely paid for by donations. Rowley thanked everyone who donated, and helped to pack the boxes.
Firefighters in the north county made quick work of a fire near a barn last Saturday afternoon in the Town of Pomfret. Crews from Fredonia, Sheridan, East Dunkirk, and Cassadaga responded to 9488 Route 60 just before 2:30 PM. On arrival... firefighters found smoke coming from inside the barn. According to Fredonia Fire officials... a resident started his meat smoker, but the fire inside the smoker get large than expected... causing it to overheat. Fire crews had the blaze out in about 15 minutes.
State Police in Warren, Pennsylvania are investigating an alleged anti-Muslim note that was left in the mailbox of a family in Pine Grove Township. Troopers say someone left the note inside the box at an undisclosed location back on November 29th. Police say it was apparently left for a 16 year-old boy living at the residence. Troopers say the person who did it faces a possible charge of "ethnic intimidation." If you have any information on the incident... call Warren County Crimestoppers at 1-(800) 83-C-R-I-M-E.
City police, other agencies investigating latest shooting incident in Jamestown Sunday afternoon....
Jamestown police are again investigating what appears to be another "targeted" shooting since early Thanksgiving Day -- this one on the eastside. Jamestown Police say a man was shot several times as he was walking along Prendergast Ave. -- near East Eighth St. -- about 2:15 p.m. Sunday -- when someone in a blue colored sedan drove by and opened fire. Police say the suspect vehicle then reportedly drove away eastbound on East Eighth Street. Officers say the victim is being treated for multiple gun-shot wounds at an area hospital... and, his condition is not known at this time. Anyone with information on this shooting or has information on any of the other recent shooting incidents, can contact JPD anonymously by using the department's Tips 4-1-1 App... or through the Anonymous Tip Line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
Move to merge WCA with UPMC seen as very positive move in keeping "world-class" health care in the Jamestown-area...
It's a move that hospital officials say will keep "world-class" health care available in the city of Jamestown and surrounding area for years to come. President and Chief Executive Officer of the "new" UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, Betsy Wright, announced the merger of WCA and UPMC during a press conference last Friday afternoon... and, says "everything" about the move is positive... including the fact that UPMC is ranked by U-S News-&-World Report as one of the nation's Best Hospitals. Hospital Board President Steven Kilburn says this is a far cry from what's happening at many other rural hospitals. Kilburn says many of them have been facing major service cutbacks, and others, closure. He adds many have to merge just to keep the lights on. Wright says the final approvals for their partnership agreement with UPMC came late last Thursday. She says this culminates a year-long process to formally make WCA part of the UPMC Health Care Network. With that signing... she and Kilburn say their new parent organization paid off WCA's long-term debt... which totaled $25-million. UPMC Officials have announced there will be no changes to management and staff at WCA.
Schumer says many upstate hospitals are now faced with possibly having to pay back millions in federal funding due to change in reimbursement calculations...
Rural hospitals across upstate New York are facing the prospect of having to pay back millions of dollars in federal funds that already have been distributed. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently decided to change a calculation used to determine certain funding for sole community and Medicare-dependent hospitals. Schumer says it is retroactively seeking to recoup federal funds based on a new formula. He is vowing to challenge the move, which could cost 16 hospitals between $15 million and $20 million dollars. The hospitals provide a critical service to their respective communities, which have large senior citizen populations, receive a high percentage of Medicare beneficiaries, and often suffer from declining patient volumes. Federal funding helps them stay afloat.
DOT Official says roundabout is believed best way to deal with traffic hazards at Routes 20-and-60 intersection...
Officials with the state Department of Transportation believe a roundabout is the best design choice to improve safety at a major north county intersection near Fredonia. That from DOT Regional Spokeswoman Susan Surdej... who is encouraging area residents to attend a public information meeting on the proposal set for this Wednesday from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Fredonia Village Hall. Surdej says roundabouts aren't new... and, may help reduce a 'high accident rate' at Routes 20 and 60 -- due mainly to multiple driveways there. She admits they don't work everywhere... but, adds DOT officials believe this is "the best option for Routes 20 and 60." Surdej they want local residents and businesses to attend the meeting so they have plenty of information to make a final decision... especially on any possible "tweaks" to the design. Some have already questioned if a roundabout will work with the heavy tractor-trailer volume there. Surdej says individuals can arrive at any time from 4 to 7 p.m. to discuss the proposed project with DOT representatives. A formal presentation will be given at 6 p.m.
Snowmobile clubs cut ribbon on Dredge Snowmobile Bridge...
The ribbon has been cut on a new, snowmobile bridge that connects Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties that has been named after the biggest advocate for the span. The Cherry Creek Snogoers and Randolph EliBomwons clubs Saturday dedicated the new, 80-foot span over "The Dredge..." a man-made, 13-mile stream between the two counties. Cherry Creek's Clyde Rogers helped oversee the bridge project...which was dedicated to the late Dan Schimak, who passed away from Cancer two years ago. Rogers says the span was specially made with a basic steel frame... and, pressurized wood -- most of which was donated to the two clubs for the project. He really didn't have a dollar figure for the small amount that may have been needed for the effort... which began last Summer. Rodges says the project has been very well received by all the local snowmobile clubs... and, ties two current snowmobile trails -- including the one that goes through Cherry Creek -- together. He says the two clubs will maintain the span.
(12/4/16)MEDIA RELEASE - SHOOTING INCIDENT - E. 8th St at Prendergast Ave.
The Jamestown Police are investigating a shooting that occurred today at E. 8th St at Prendergast Ave at about 2:14 pm. A male victim was shot several times as he was walking along Prendergast Ave at the intersection of E. 8th Street. Witnesses at the scene state that a blue sedan drove up to the intersection where an occupant then fired upon the victim. The suspect vehicle then reportedly drove away east on E. 8th Street. The victim is currently being treated for multiple gun shot wounds at an area hospital and the condition of the victim is not known at this time. Anyone with information on this shooting or has info on any of the other recent shooting incidents can contact the JPD anonymously via the departments Tips 411 App or through the Anonymous Tip Line at 483-Tips (8477). All calls and tips will be kept strictly confidential.
WCA Hospital is now UPMC Chautauqua WCA...
Final state regulatory approvals have been given... and, with that... WCA Hospital now has a new name. The announcement was made by WCA Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Betsy Wright Friday afternoon. From this point forward, the hospital will be known as UPMC Chautauqua WCA. Wright says the final approvals for their partnership agreement with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center came late Thursday. Wright says this culminates a year-long process to formally make WCA part of the UPMC Health Care Network. She adds that UPMC is also making a $25-million dollar commitment to improving services at the hospital over the next several years. UPMC Officials have announced there will be no changes to management and staff at WCA. UPMC Hamot President and CEO Jim Fiorenza was at the Erie, Pennsylvania hospital when it partnered with UPMC. He says they've kept their commitments... and, have enhanced Hamot's job situation in "a positive way." The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is one of the country’s largest provider-led integrated health care delivery and finance systems. It's also a leading academic medical center that is consistently ranked in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals.
Three jailed during separate traffic stops for alleged Methamphetime drug trafficking...
Three city men are jailed without bail for allegedly trafficking significant amounts of crystal methamphetime in Jamestown. City police say they pulled over a vehicle... driven by 32 year-old Beau Jones... at the intersection of Newland Avenue and Sampson Street about 2:15 p.m. Thursday. Police suspected Jones was driving without a license... and, found a suspicious package inside. They called in the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force... and, the state Police K-9 unit... and found more than a pound of Meth inside. Jones was arrested on Felony criminal possession of a controlled substance charges. Police say further investigation led them to pull over another vehicle, operated by Jones' 30 year-old brother, Matt. Officers say they found Jones and his passenger, 20 year-old Steven Crowl, in possession of a safe that contained another nearly 3-ounces of Meth packaged for sale. All three were arraigned... and, sent to the county lock-up.
Thousands on hand for Jamestown Christmas Parade, and Tracy Plaza tree lighting...
It was a nearly perfect night for a Christmas Parade... and, thousands jammed into downtown Jamestown for the annual kick-off to the holiday season. The big event came as the parade kicked-off with the lighting of the 40-foot tall Colorado Blue Spruce Tree at Tracy Plaza. Mayor Sam Teresi led the countdown, with two young helpers, to turn-on the tree's 2,500 blue and red lights. Teresi thanked several people for making the tree lighting program and parade a success... led by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation... which again put on the parade again this year. The Grand Marshall for the parade was Jamestown Police K-9 "Mitchell..." who was wounded during the capture of accused murderer Keith Robbins last month.
Lake Effect Snow in Jamestown area leaves one to 5-inches in some areas...
Jamestown-area residents were greeted by about 1 to 2 inches of new snow early Friday morning... as Lake Effect Snow returned to the area. The precipitation began as rain Thursday night... but, in many places changed to a rain-snow mix... or just snow overnight. Forecaster David Thomas with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says another one to two inches brought about 2 to 4 inches in some places. Thomas says how much fell was both temperature and elevation dependant. Thomas says we could see some additional accumulation in spots during the day today, with snowfall totals reaching 2 and 5 inches. He says those higher totals will be in the usual locations... including ski country and the Chautauqua Ridge.
Thomas says "Fall Season" was third-warmest ever...
It was a near record Fall Season in western New York... which was one of the warmest ever in the region. That from Forecaster David Thomas at the National Weather Service... who says November ended up being the eighth warmest since records have been kept... dating back to the 1870s. He adds our three "Fall months" were nearly the warmest ever. Thomas says the average temperature from September through November was 51.5-degrees -- the third warmest ever. He says that average is about 4-degrees above normal... and, was helped by a very warm September, and well above normal November.
The Jamestown School District and the Jamestown Teachers Association are jointly announcing that they have reached agreement on a new, four-year contract. School Superintendent Tim Mains, and JTA President Chris Reilly say the contract runs retroactive to June of 2014... and, expires in June of 2018. The Jamestown School Board adopted the new contract at last night's Special Meeting... while the JTA ratified the agreement on Wednesday. Reilly says "we find the settlement to be a fair one and are pleased with it. I’d like to thank all the teachers who during the two-year negotiation process did not waver in their commitment to students." Mains thanked the teachers "for their dedication and continued efforts in the classroom everyday, even without a new contract in place. Throughout this process, the District has consistently looked for an agreement that honors, respects and values our teaching staff and all they do for the children in our district."
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he is "honored and excited" to be one of seven Vice-Chairmen for President-elect Donald Trump's transition team. During a special conference call with western New York media Thursday morning... Reed says he was called by Vice-President-elect Mike Pence about helping to lead the transition effort. The Corning Republican says he's looking forward to the opportunities to be part of the effort to shape policy in three areas mainly. Reed says a lot of what led to the appointment was his endorsement of Trump... who painted himself during the campaign as the "outsider" who will bring real change to Washington, D-C. He says he did not speak directly with Trump about the appointment... but, he understands there's a lot of work going on... and, yet to come. Reed says another factor is his ties with Vice-President-elect Mike Pence... who was a former collegue in the House of Representatives. The vice-chairs named... along with Reed... include Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee... and, Trump's new Deputy National Security Advisor... K-T MacFarland.
Financial cheaters and corrupt politicians beware: One of America's hardest-charging prosecutors isn't going anywhere. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH'-ruh) says he will stay on in the Donald Trump administration, signaling in at least one way that the president-elect may be serious about keeping his campaign promise to crack down on corruption. Trump invited Bharara to keep his high-profile post and he didn't hesitate. Bharara emerged from a midday meeting at Trump Tower on Wednesday to say he would be continuing a job he's held for seven years. Bharara initially became known as a Wall Street enforcer for winning convictions against dozens of defendants in insider-trading cases. More recently... he's built his reputation on fighting public corruption, which included the convictions of two of New York's most powerful politicians.
New York lawmakers could be returning to Albany for a special session focused on a legislative pay hike. A spokesman for Governor Andrew Cuomo says the Democratic governor and top lawmakers are discussing convening a session before year's end. Cuomo's spokesman said that while lawmakers want a raise, Cuomo wants them to consider government ethics reforms and funding for a new hate crimes task force. Lawmakers now make $79,500 and haven't had a raise in nearly two decades. A state commission recently balked at authorizing an increase. Lawmakers have until the end of the year to vote to give the commission more time to reconsider. Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie confirmed the discussions Wednesday but said the Assembly won't pass Cuomo's proposals just to secure a raise.
An area state lawmaker is encouraging area residents to attend a public information meeting next week on plans for a roundabout at the intersection of Route 20 and 60 in the town of Pomfret. The state Department of Transporation announced Wednesday that it has scheduled a meeting at Fredonia Village Hall next Wednesday. Assemblyman Andy Goodell says more details about the project will be announced at the meeting. One of his concerns is how the roundabout would affect nearby businesses. Goodell is encouraging any residents of the area who drive through, and use that intersection to be on hand for the meeting. The public information session by the DOT will run from 4 until 7 PM pn December 7th with a formal presentation at 6 pm.
A special "Giving Tuesday" program at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation "far, far exceeded" the expections of foundation officials. That from Executive Director Randy Sweeney... who says the eight-and-a-half-hour program to match contributions to local non-profit agencies, and charities was a huge success. Sweeney says they took in 38-thousand-848 dollars in contributions that day. Sweeney says they were hoping to reach the initial goal of 5-thousand dollars set by the foundation... but, he joked he should have "known better" during an interview with our Dennis Webster Thursday morning. Sweeney says every organization involved will benefit from "Big Match" Tuesday... among the biggest was Community Helping Hands. He says the Infinity program, Audubon... and, Prendergast Library all received some good donations. Community Helping Hands helps provide the less fortunate with items like clothes, furniture and appliances. For more information about the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation... call 661-3390.
State officials are discussing hunting safety issues after a spate of accidents that killed four New York hunters and left an enforcement officer wounded. One of those was in the Jamestown-area this past Monday. Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos and other DEC officials held a news conference Thursday at the agency's Albany headquarters to remind hunters how to avoid accidents when hunting deer. 50 year-old Thomas Carlson of Jamestown died on Orr Street Extension this past Monday when his gun accidentally discharged while he was hunting. Carlson was overdue, and family members found him in a wooded area with difficult terrain.
The largest-ever class of inductees will be put into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame next Feburary 20th in Lakewood. That from Hall of Fame President Randy Anderson... who tells us there are 11 inductees this year... including some well-known in the Jamestown area. They include long-time Gerry resident... and, retired athletic coach Paul Cooley from Cassadaga Valley Central School. However... Anderson says Cooley has also made his mark in two other areas. There is one new sport being recognized by the Hall of Fame this year. That's bowhunting. Anderson says Jake Ensign is a graduate of Westfield Academy and High School... and, was an internationally acclaimed competitor... who has taken all 29 North American "big game animals" with a bow and arrow... a very rare feat. Anderson says the inductees also include Fredonia baseball player and coach, Charlie LaDuca... and, retired stock car racer Sammy LaMancuso of Jamestown. The Hall of Fame dinner will be held at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club beginning at 5 PM. For more information... call induction Dinner Chairman Chip Johnson at 485-6991.
Local Congressman Tom Reed will play an important role in helping President-elect Donald Trump's transition into the White House. The Trump Transition Team has announced that Reed is one of several leaders named as "Vice-Chairs" of the effort. The Corning Republican says he's "both honored and humbled" to be selected as one of leaders of the effort. Reed will be joined as a Vice-Chair by Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee... and, Trump's new Deputy National Security Advisor... K-T MacFarland. MacFarland was previously an American national security analyst... and is a former "designated" government security official. Another Western New York Congressman... Republican Chris Collins of the Buffalo-area... will serve on the executive committee. Collins was the first member of Congress to come out in favor of Trump getting the Republican nomination to run for president.
Chautauqua County's Congressman says he's confident that the recount of Presidential ballots in three states from this month's election will not affect the outcome. Corning Republican Tom Reed made his comments as the recount in Michigan was formally requested Wednesday by Green Party candidate Jill Stein. The other two recounts... in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin... had already been requested. Reed says he's confident in the outcome of November 8th. Republican Donald Trump won all three states. He defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in Michigan by 10,704 votes out of nearly 4.8 million ballots cast. Stein alleges that irregularities and the potential for hacking into scanning devices call into question the results. The Michigan recount could start as early as Friday. The recount in Wisconsin is to begin later today.
The month of November will go down as one of the mildest November's on record. That's according to Meteorologist Jon Hitchcock with the National Weather Service in Buffalo. Based on weather records kept in Buffalo since the 1870s... Hitchcock said Wednesday that November 2016 will wind up being in the top ten.
However... Hitchcock says enjoy the mild weather while you can. He says a pattern change is in the works. It appears much colder weather will arrive by December 9th or 10th. In the short-term... cooler temperatures will reach the area later this week, with slushy snow possible over the hilltops by Thursday evening.
Lakewood-Busti Police are asking for the public's help in tracking down several people who were part of a "flash mob" robbery at a store in the Chautauqua Mall. Officials say about eight people who appear to be African-American or had dark complexions... entered the Victoria Secret's store... and, took nearly 4-thousand dollars in merchandise. Officers have released a store surveillance video from the November 15th incident... and, say the alleged suspects apparently dropped a number of items while being chased by two store employees. If you have any information on the case... you're asked to call Lakewood-Busti Police at 763-9563... or you can leave a message on their Facebook page.
Chautauqua County's top-elected official says he's "very optimistic" that the project to repower the NRG Plant in Dunkirk will begin moving forward shortly. County Executive Vince Horrigan says he was happy to see the Entergy Corporation agree to drop it's lawsuit against the state's Public Service Commission. That now allows the project to proceed. Horrigan says he took part in a conference call with all the major players -- including NRG itself -- shortly after the announcement. Horrigan says, because the NRG Plant remains "moth-balled" at this point... there will still be a reduction in the county's payment-in-lieu of tax agreement. However... he says the county is already talking with NRG about the status of that in the future. He says the state... led by State Senator Cathy Young... remains firmly committed to the project. Horrigan says he's not aware of any "hiccups" that could hurt that commitment. He says the state has also come through with about 5-million dollars in transitional aid to help the county... city of Dunkirk... and, Dunkirk School District with an 85-percent loss in PILOT Payments in 2017.
Is a roundabout -- or traffic circle -- in the future for the Routes 20 and 60 intersection? The State Department of Transportation will be hosting a public information meeting next week on an improvement project for the busy intersection. The meeting will be held next Wednesday, December 7th, from 4 until 7 PM in the Fredonia Village Hall, with a formal presentation at 6 PM. The DOT indicates that the safety improvement project involves the installation of A raised median barrier on the approaches to the intersection that currently have multiple driveways. Plans also call for replacing the existing, signalized intersection with a roundabout. The project is currently scheduled to be out for bid in fall 2017.
Two Warren, Pennsylvania men have been arrested for allegedly operating an active Methamphetime Lab in the city. Agents with the Warren County Drug Task Force tell the Times-Observer that they arrested Joshua Lambert and Joshua Wightman during a raid at 6 Terrace Street Tuesday. Task Force members say the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab was called in to assist. Police say Wightman and Lambert were charged with manufacturing methamphetime during their arraignment yesterday.
The investigation is continuing into four shooting incidents in the city of Jamestown last Thursday and Friday... one of which led to the death of a Buffalo man. City Police Chief Harry Snellings updated City Council members prior to Monday night's voting session on the situation. Three council members expressed their appreciation to Snellings during the meeting... including Council President Greg Rabb... who was out of town when the incidents occured. Rabb says he was "stunned" by the news. Rabb says he was sad to see one of the "targeted" incidents occured in the area where he lives. However... he adds that -- quote -- "I don't feel unsafe" in the city. He says police have beefed up their afternoon and evening patrols in an effort to further maintain safety... and, investigate each incident. The troubles began when an argument spilled into the street about 4 AM last Thursday on South Main Street... and, 26 year-old Allen Burnett, Junior of Buffalo was shot and killed. Two others were wounded. Three other incidents where shots were fired... but, no one was struck... later occured on the northside, and there were two incidents on the east side. City police say they're still following up on leads. If you have any information on the homicide, you're are asked to call JPD directly at 483-7537 or the confidential tip line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477. You can also contact them anonymously via the "JPD 411" App.
U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she is willing to work with President-Elect Donald Trump when he takes over in January. During a trip to make an announcement in Fredonia... New York's junior Senator told us that there is some common ground. Gillibrand also told us that her approach with the new administration will be to look for places where they can work together on issues... such as expanding access to broadband. She says she will work for bi-partisan support of that measure. Gillibrand says... if she needs to fight for issues she strongly believes in... she will continue to do that. She was in Chautauqua County Monday to announce new legislation that would help close the gap when it comes to access to high speed internet in rural areas.
Gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area are down about a penny a gallon this week to just under 2-dollars-39 cents for regular, unleaded. The Triple-A's Fuel Gauge Report says the price had increased to about 2--39.5 a gallon last week. The Fuel Gauge says... generally... prices in the region have been moving up and down in recent weeks... but, generally moved lower this week. Nationally... the average price is down one-cent as well to 2-dollars-13 cents a gallon this week. Overall... Triple-A says drivers this year paid the second lowest gas prices for Thanksgiving since 2008.
It was an "exciting" and special "Giving Tuesday" for people in the immediate Jamestown-area looking to make a real difference for several local non-profit agencies. The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation hosted a day-long "Big Match" Day for people to give up to 25-dollars to a local agency or charity... and, the total would be matched by the foundation up to 5-thousand dollars. However... Foundation Director Randy Sweeney says they started at 8:30 AM... and, it never let up. Sweeney says that 5-thousand dollar ceiling was soon boosted to just over 10-thousand-dollars... and, surpassed the 15-thousand dollar mark by early Tuesday afternoon. Sweeney says they won't have any final figures until later today because there's been no time to tally the numbers today. He says they knew they had some donors who were going to provide some extra money. The foundation administers a number of non-profit, and other local organization funds that residents can give to at any time. For more information... go on-line to CRCFonline-dot-ORG... or call 661-3390.
Officials with the Federal Highway Administration and the New York state Department of Transportation will meet next month to discuss the removal of more than 500 "I Love NY" signs from the state's roadways. Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau will meet with DOT Commissioner Matt Driscoll at the FHA's Washington office sometime in December to formulate a plan for taking down the signs. The FHA has threatened to cut nearly one-billion in federal funding to the state if the signs aren't removed. State officials have long contended that the signs help promote tourism and provide valuable information about New York's attractions. FHA officials say the signs don't conform to federal standards and are dangerous because they contain so much information that drivers can become distracted.
A long-time employee with the village of Fredonia will be stepping down as village attorney after 48 years of service at the end of the year. Village trustees have unanimously accepted the resignation of Samuel Drayo, junior. for the purpose of retirement. In his resignation letter... Drayo thanked the village mayor, and board of trustees -- both past and present -- and village residents for the opportunity to serve the village. He says it's the "right time to retire..." though he will remain at his private practice for now. Mayor Athanasia Landis says a search for a successor will begin immediately. Drayo's retirement takes effect December 30th.
New York is cracking down so-called "ticket bots," software used to snatch up tickets to concerts, plays and other events that are then resold at significantly higher prices. Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a new law creating penalties for those who use ticket bots to circumvent limits on the number of tickets one person can buy. The law also makes it illegal for someone to resell tickets they know were bought using ticket bots. A report from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office found that third-party ticket resellers often use ticket bots to purchase large blocks of tickets, which are resold at a high mark-up. Schneiderman say he worked with "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to pass the law, which he says will help "bring sanity" to ticket buying.
The Jamestown-area has it's first hunting fatality of this year's shot-gun deer hunting season so far. Busti Fire Chief Mike Volpe says their rescue crew was called to the scene on Orr Street Extension -- between Southwestern Drive and Garfield Road shortly before 1 PM Monday afternoon. Volpe says it took quite a while to get workers to the scene... located just outside of the city... where they found the victim -- identified as 50 year-old Thomas Carlson of Jamestown. Volpe says they were also assisted by the Chautauqua County Emergency Services Office in processing the scene, and removing Carlson's body. He says a number of neighboring fire companies also assisted... including Lakewood, Kiantone, and Frewsburg Departments. Lakewood-Busti Police are heading up the investigation... which they say began as a search for Carlson... who was reported as overdue to return by his family. Investigators say he died from a gun-shot wound from his own weapon.
Law enforcement agencies are investigating the death of a woman in a fatal hunting accident in western New York over the past weekend. Authorities say the accident occurred just before 4 PM Sunday in a wooded area near the Genesee River in Caledonia in Livingston County -- south of Rochester. The unidentified victim was in a hunting party with four other people when she was shot in the abdomen. The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain unclear. The woman was rushed to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where she was pronounced dead. Sheriff Thomas Dougherty says the shooting occurred in a section of woods, making it difficult for first responders to get to the woman. State Department of Environmental Conservation police say this was the state's third deer hunting fatality this year.
An agreement by New York state to help close a nearly 825-thousand dollar deficit in 2017 has allowed Jamestown city lawmakers to approve a balanced budget. That from Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce... who announced the news before last night's voted on the 35-million dollar spending plan. However... Dolce cautioned fellow lawmakers that the state is stipulating that they work with the state's Restructuring Board to continue finding savings in the budget. Dolce called the tentative, one-time payment "Transitional Aid..." similar to what the city of Dunkirk is receiving to stem the loss of payments in lieu of taxes from the moth-balled NRG Power Plant. He was pleased the state came through after years of State Aid cuts. However... fellow Republican Brent Sheldon expressed skepticism over the state helping at the 11th hour... and voted against the budget. However... it was approved, 8-to-1... giving the budget the "supermajority" that is needed because the spending plan exceeded the state's 2-percent property tax cap. The city budget includes a 150-thousand dollar tax increase... taking it to the city's constitutional taxing limit.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand traveled to Fredonia Monday afternoon to announce legislation that would help close the gap when it comes to access to high-speed internet in Western New York. During a visit to DFT Communications... the New York Democrat says the legislation called the Broadband Connections for Rural Opportunities Program Act would help build an improved broadband system in rural areas. County Executive Vince Horrigan, who joined Gillibrand for the announcement, says providing better broadband access will be a big help -- especially to the agricultural community. Gillibrand says she is working with House Republicans on the measure... including local Congressman Tom Reed. She says Reed is a co-sponsor of the measure in the House. Gillibrand says she's also making a push with the Federal Communications Commission to approve New York State's request for 170-million dollars in federal funds for improving broadband service in the Empire state. Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas and DFT's Mark Maytum were also on hand for the announcement.
Federal lawmakers are expected to vote shortly on a bill local Congressman Tom Reed says will jumpstart medical research, and speed up the approval process for medical treatment options. Reed says today that the House is ready to vote on the landmark, "21st Century Cures Act..." which is designed to encourage medical research for incurable diseases. Reed says the bill dedicates 5-billion dollars for the National Institutes of Health for "targeted research..." and another 500-million dollars to help the Food and Drug Administration speed up the approval process for medicine and treatment options. He adds that the funding will also provide additional funding to help deal with the local, and nationwide Heroin and Opioid drug crisis. Reed -- who is a co-sponsor of the bill -- says a joint conference committee is already working to reconcile the bills currently in the House and Senate. Some Senator's have reportedly expressed reservations about the bill... but, he expects those to be ironed out. Reed made his comments on his weekly conference call with Southern Tier Media.
A lot of people took advantage of Cyber Monday... but, a lot of people are doing their online shopping over the course of several days. That from Melanie McGovern of the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York... who says if you do your shopping by mobile phone, you need to take extra precautions. Cyber Monday was preceded by a strong "Cyber Weekend" for holiday shoppers. That from the National Retail Federation which reports it's survey shows that while shoppers spent an average 3.5 percent less money than a year ago over the 4-day weekend... there was an increase in online shopping.
The recent cold snap... and, about a foot-of snow allowed some local ski areas to open up over the long Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend. One of those was Holiday Valley in Ellicottville... where they had a hand-ful of trails open last Friday through Sunday. Marketing Director Jane Eshbaugh says they received a good first snowfall from the recent lake effect storm... but, adds they had to make snow to open late last week. Eshbaugh says they took to social media... and, other means to advertise the fact they were open. She says there was a terrific turn-out to begin the weekend -- especially on Saturday. However... she says the crowd of skiiers was down a bit on Sunday. Eshbaugh says they had a base of zero to 20 inches on their five slopes. Holiday Valley is closed today... and, she says their status for the coming weekend up in the air right now. However... they will tentatively open next Saturday and Sunday. For more information... go on-line to Holidayvalley-dot-COM... or their Facebook page and twitter.
The hands-on management style President-elect Donald Trump has brought to his many businesses over the years will be challenged by the presidency. At times... Trump has been reluctant to delegate. But while his multinational business is indeed vast, the scope of the federal government exceeds any of his previous endeavors. The occupant of the White House oversees a workforce of more than 2-million people. Even those close to Trump are gently suggesting that he will have to do some more delegating given the sheer volume of decisions needed to get his administration up and running. A person familiar with private discussions regarding the transition but not authorized to speak about them by name says Trump has signaled willingness to relinquish some personal control, even if it chafes a bit.
(**News alert)City Council approves 2017 budget that is balanced -- thanks to state infusion of nearly $825-thousand dollars...
The Jamestown City Council has approved a $35-million dollar budget for the new year that includes a slight tax increase... but, eliminates a nearly $879-thousand dollar shortfall. Lawmakers tonight approved four amendments to the spending plan... with Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce saying the biggest is the state prelimilarily agreeing to provide nearly $825-thousand dollars in "transitional" aid to help the city with it's problem in 2017, with the stipulation that Jamestown continue working with the state's Restructuring board to find additional savings in the coming years. The budget also includes a $150-thousand dollar tax levy increase -- to the city's constitutional taxing limit -- which is a .96-percent increase.
(News alert)Dead Hunter found in wooded area near Jamestown...
The Jamestown-area has it's first hunting fatality of this year's shot-gun deer hunting season so far. Busti Fire Chief Mike Volpe says their rescue crew was called to the scene on Orr Street Ext. -- between Southwestern Drive and Garfield Road shortly about 12:47 p.m. today. Volpe says it took quite a while to get workers to the scene... located just outside of the city... where they found the male victim. He says the man was apparently hunting alone when he was stuck by a stray bullet. Lakewood-Busti Police are investigating, but, have not yet identified the victim.
The local and state Police presence in Jamestown has been beefed up in the wake of four shooting incidents last Thursday and Friday... one in which one person was fatally shoot. That from City Police Chief Harry Snellings... who says they've added more afternoon and evening patrols in the neighborhoods. He adds that state Police have also added two more patrols for the city. JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says leads on the incidents have been slow coming in... and, says they still want to hear from witnesses to the fatal shooting at 129 South Main Street. Police over the weekend also identified the man killed in the multiple-shooting incident on South Main Street. Samuelson says 26 year-old Allen Burnett, Junior is from Buffalo. Police would not say whether they found any kind of weapon... or other evidence... on the body when they arrived. Two other people... who have not been identified... are recovering from non-life threatening wounds. If you have any information on the homicide... you're urged to call JPD directly at 483-7537 or the confidential tip line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477. You can also contact them anonymously via the "JPD 411" App.
City police are also investigating an incident that occured last Friday night on the northside in the area of Lakeview and Euclid Avenues. The investigation is continuing, and police say no one was hurt. Investigators say a vehicle driving by the scene was reportedly struck by one of the rounds fired. Earlier in the day... police say a masked man was able to get into an apartment at 344 East Fourth Street shortly before 3 PM. The suspect fired several rounds... but, did not hit the intended victim. On Thursday afternoon... officers were called to the area of Falconer and Thayer Streets on a report of several shots being fired. Police were told by witnesses that two black men wearing black, Winter-type coats fired on a vehicle driving through that area. However... no one was struck in that incident as well. City Police say all the victims in these shootings were targeted.
A Buffalo-area man was hurt... but, not seriously... when his tractor-trailer got hung up on the railroad tracks in the town of Sheridan, and was hit by a Norfolk-Southern Train last Saturday. Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Werle (Wer-lee) Road -- near Progress Drive -- just before 5:30 PM. Deputies say the driver of the tractor, 30 year-old Jason Siepierski (Sih-Pier-ski) of Cheektowaga, was southbound on Werle Road when the trailer got struck on the shoulder of the road. As a result... officers say the tractor wound up on the tracks. At that point... the westbound train came by... and, struck the tractor-trailer tearing the trailer apart and dragging the tractor a distance down the tracks. However... deputies say Siepierski was able to get out of the vehicle prior to the collision. Siepierski was treated at Brooks Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. He was ticketed for disobeying a traffic control device.
Jamestown city lawmakers are expected to act on a 35-million dollar budget for next year tonight. However... they'll be working on the spending plan right up to the end to stem a projected 878-thousand dollar deficit in Mayor Sam Teresi's proposal. That from City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce... who they're found another 53-thousand dollars in cuts during budget deliberations. He says city leaders have been talking with the state's Restructuring Board on plugging the remaining gap. Dolce says the biggest help Jamestown, and other small cities could get in New York state is to get their general operating aid back to the level it should be. He says one program they've been working with the Restructuring Board on is having Medicare-eligible retirees get off the city's self-insurance health plan. Right now... city officials believe the move will save the city about 600-thousand dollars in 2017. Mayor Sam Teresi and city lawmakers hope to see more savings in subsequent years. Retirees getting off the city plan would be offered an incentive. There will be a work session prior to tonight's voting session... which begins at 7:30 PM.
New York's top transportation official will travel to Washington to discuss an ongoing dispute with federal officials over the state's highway welcome centers and roadside "I Love NY" signs. Federal officials say the signs violate signage rules and could distract motorists. Federal authorities are also concerned that the state-run Taste NY stores in highway welcome centers may run afoul of rules governing commercial activity at rest stops. A spokesman for the Federal Highway Administration says agency Administrator Greg Nadeau (Nay-due) is scheduled to meet with state Department of Transportation Commissioner Matt Driscoll next month to discuss the conflict. The state defends the signs and welcome centers as successful ways to market tourism and locally made products. The dispute was first reported by the USA Today Network.
It doesn't appear that a rally for the Repower Dunkirk project will be in the works... at least for now. That's according to one elected official involved in the efforts to get the project moving forward. State Senator Cathy Young had indicated earlier this week that a rally may be needed, to ensure that all state officials, including Governor Cuomo and the State PSC, were still on board with the project. We have learned that during a conference call late last week, that the officials involved didn't think one was needed at this time.
An upstate New York man has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for possessing a single bullet.
Federal prosecutors say 28-year-old Tyron Jackson of Rensselaer was sentenced in Albany Monday by U.S. District Court Judge Gary Sharpe, who cited Jackson's extensive criminal history in explaining why the sentence was warranted. Jackson's convictions include first-degree armed robbery in 2006 and illegal possession of a firearm for shooting into a crowd last year. Back in June... Jackson pleaded guilty to possessing a single bullet from a 9 millimeter Luger during a traffic stop. Felons are prohibited from possessing bullets. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Bennett said the bullet and other conduct demonstrate that Jackson refuses to lead a law-abiding life despite spending nearly his entire adult life in custody.
(**News Bulletin)**Jamestown police release victim's name in Thursday homicide...
Jamestown police have now identified the man killed in a Thanksgiving morning shooting incident on the city's southside. City police say 26 year-old Allen Burnett, Junior of Buffalo died at the scene at 129 South Main Street just after 4 AM Thursday. Investigators say the shooting followed an altercation in the street in front of the address. Police say two other people were also shot... but, were treated for non-life threatening injuries. Investigators are continuing to follow leads on this... and, are still asking for assistance from anyone who may have information on this homicide to contact us directly at 483-7537 or anonymously via our Tips 411 App or through our Anonymous Tips Line at 483-8477. Police say all calls will be kept strictly confidential.
JPD responds to fourth "targeted shooting" incident on northside...
There have now been four incidents involving violent gun-fire in the city of Jamestown since early Thanksgiving morning... but, they have not been random. That from City Police Captain Bob Samuelson... who says the latest "targeted shooting" incident occured Friday night. Samuelson says officers were called to a report of multiple shots being fired in the area of Lakeview Avenue -- at Euclid -- shortly after 8 p.m. Officers were still at the scene late last night... and, are investigating the incident. Police say no one was hurt... but, add a vehicle driving by the scene was reportedly struck from one of the rounds fired. Anyone with information on this latest incident -- or the others -- are asked to contact City Police immediately at 483-7537... or you can leave an anoymous tip on the departments Tip 4-1-1 App or the Anonymous Tip Line at 483-8477. Police say all calls will be kept confidential.
Fourth incident follows two others Thursday and Friday afternoons...
The third incident city police were investigating was actually a direct confrontation shortly before 3 p.m Friday. However... no one was shot when a suspect dressed in black with a dark ski-type mask entered an apartment at 344 East Fourth St., and, fired several rounds. However... none hit the occupant... and, the suspect fled the scene. Thursday afternoon... officers were called to the area of Falconer and Thayer Streets on a report of several shots being fired. Police were told by witnesses that two black men wearing black, Winter-type coats fire on a vehicle driving through that area. However... no one was struck in that incident as well. Investigators say they are still looking into any ties between these incidents... and, the fatal shooting on South Main Street Thursday morning.
Samuelson says there were "multiple shooters" involved in original incident early Thursday morning on the southside...
City police say they're looking for "multiple shooters" in connection with Thursday morning's incident on the southside that claimed one life... and saw two other people wounded. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they've received some resident tips... but, adds they've been coming in slow so far. Samuelson says the incident occured just outside an apartment house at 129 South Main St. just after 4 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. He says an argument apparently began inside the house... and, spilled out into the street. No names have yet been released for the victims... though it's known that the person who died was a man. Samuelson says the priority right now is finding the person who fired the fatal shot... but, adds there were "multiple guns" at the scene. He says the other two victims suffered non-life threatening wounds. One is recovering at WCA Hospital... while the other went to another area hospital. If you have any information... Samuelson says you can call them at 483-7537... or their anonymous tip line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477. This is the second homicide in the city in the past two weeks.
In addition... Samuelson says JPD has added a new way for residents to provide tips to them... and, remain anonymous. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they just recently added a 4-1-1 information application... and, he says it's helped them in some other, recent cases. It can be found by Googling "JPD 411 App." He says it can be downloaded to your I-Phone or Droid device. Samuelson says that app has been up and running... and, is also tied into the Jamestown Police Facebook page. He adds they also hope to speak soon with the two other victims in the case.
Maple Grove comes up just short in State Class-D Championship football game...
It was a small school championship game... but, more resembled a heavy-weight boxing match Friday afternoon between the two top Class-D high school football teams. Maple Grove came up just short in trying to win the school's third State title... falling to Cambridge of Section 2 in two overtimes at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, 22-21. The game was tied at 14--14 in regulation after both teams turned the ball over late in the game. Maple Grove finally scored to begin the second-OT to make it 21-14. However... Cambridge scored on a run, and converted on a pass for two points to win the game. Maple Grove completes another terriffic season in Bemus Point at 12-1.
City police investigating second shooting incident in as many days on eastside... no one struck in this case...
Jamestown police are investigating another shooting incident... but, thankfully no one was hit by a bullet that struck a residence on the eastside. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the scene at 344 East Fourth Street shortly before 3 this afternoon. Samuelson says no one was struck, and no one was hurt. He would not say whether the incident was related to yesterday's fatal shooting on the southside. However... he says police are now investigating a second shooting incident in as many days. If you have any information on the incident... call JPD at 483-7537... or the tips line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
Samuelson says police asking public's help in finding the alleged shooter(s) involving in multiple-shooting incident on southside Thanksgiving morning...
Jamestown police are following up on leads received on yesterday morning's multiple shooting incident on the southside that claimed one life... and saw two others wounded. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they've received some resident tips... but, adds they've been coming in slow so far. Samuelson says the incident occured just outside an apartment house at 129 South Main St. just after 4 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. He says an argument inside apparently spilled out onto the street... and, he says they know there were "several dozen people" at the scene, so there had to be some witnesses. He says you don't have to give your name in leaving a tip. No names have been released for the victims... though it's known that the person who died was a man. He says the priority right now is finding the person who fired the fatal shot... among the several dozen people at the gathering. Samuelson says the other two victims suffered non-life threatening wounds. If you have any information on the incident... Samuelson says you can call them at 483-7537... or their anonymous tip line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
JPD institutes new 4-1-1 Tip App, and utilizing it for this case...
The Jamestown Police Department has also added a new way for residents to provide tips to them... and, remain anonymous. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they just recently added a 4-1-1 information application... and, he says it's helped them in some other, recent cases. Samuelson says Google "JPD 411 App" and you can download it to your I-Phone or Droid device. He says that app has been up and running... and, is also tied into the Jamestown Police Facebook page. He adds they also hope to speak soon with the two other victims in the case.
Sinclairville man arrested on warrant, drug possession charges pending...
A Sinclairville man is jailed on $10,500 bail following his arrest on a warrant... and, for allegedly being found in possession of drugs. Sheriff's deputies say they located 28 year-old Denial Carlson at a home on Johnson Road shortly after 6 p.m. Officers say Carlson was wanted for failing to pay a fine in Charlotte Town Court. However... prior to the arrest deputies say they allegedly found Carlson in possession of a quantity of Heroin... and, a hypodermic needle. He was arraigned in Charlotte Town Court... and, sent to the county lock-up. Officers add that additional charges are pending.
Better Business Bureau spokeswoman offers tips on "Black Friday" shopping...
It's "Black Friday... " and many shoppers have already taken part in Grey Thursday sales or join the Black Friday madness earlier in the day. Melanie McGovern of the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York says you need to do your homework first. McGovern says read produce reviews, and make sure you have a really good sale price when there may be a better one elsewhere. She says it's also important make sure it’s a retailer you can trust and check out the refund policy.
Black Friday brings out shoppers, traffic to Jamestown-area Friday...
It's becoming more of a tradition in the past couple of years... celebration Thanksgiving with family -- then go Christmas shopping. Today is "Black Friday..." but, early shopping for holiday bargains again started earlier in the Jamestown-area. Several retailers in the Jamestown-area opened Thanksgiving afternoon or early evening... including the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood... where there are now 45-plus stores. Mall Marketing Director Cynde Breneman says they also have a fairly new store that's just opened... Hibbet Sports. She says they have a few other retailers that'll be moving in during the season to set up shop. The Mall opened to start "Black Friday" at 6 p.m. Thursday. However... Breneman says all three of their anchors... J-C Penny, The Bon-Ton, and Sears... all opened yesterday. Pennys opened the earliest... at 3 p.m. Sears closed for a few hours overnight. Breneman adds that The Bon-Ton has more than 700 doorbusters this year. For more information... go to the mall's website... or Facebook Page. Among the other major retailers... the Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Lakewood has been open 24-hours... but began it's Black Friday Specials at 6 p.m. last night.
(**Update)Jamestown police investigating fatal shooting on city's southside...
A shooting incident on Jamestown's southside has left one man dead... and, two other people wounded. City police were called to the scene at 129 South Main St. shortly after 4 this morning. Police officials say they are following up on leads... and, say there are several potential witnesses to the incident. JPD Captain Bob Samuelson now says the two survivors suffered non-life threatening wounds. If you have any information on the case... call JPD at 483-7537... or their anonymous tip line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477. You can also provide tips on the Jamestown Police Facebook page with the 4-1-1 tip link. Police say there was a party going on at the location.. and, that an altercation took place outside in the street that resulted in multiple shots being fired. The victim's identity has not been released and police are urging residents to not put the name out on social media until the families involved are notified. The wounded are being treated at WCA Hospital in Jamestown. This is the second homicide in the city in the past two weeks.
About half-a-dozen fire departments battle flames for several hours yesterday afternoon... but, were unable to save a multi-story house in the town of Ellery. Chautauqua County fire dispatchers says Ellery Center crews were called to the scene at 43-97 Fluvanna-Townline Road just before 12:30 PM Wednesday. They called in Fluvanna, Maple Springs, Ashville and Stockton to assist and truck water to the scene. No one was hurt. Fire crews were at the scene more than 4-and-a-half hours. The cause is under investigation.
One of the biggest travel holidays of the year is now underway... and, local police agencies are urging safety during the long, Thanksgiving Day weekend. The Triple-A estimates about 50-million people will travel 50 ore more miles during the weekend period... just over 43-million will be driving. State Police are holding one of their Stop-DWI Crackdowns starting today... and, Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says his deputies will be out in force as well. Gerace says they'll also be on the look-out for drivers who may be driving impaired by drugs... as well as the "distracted driver." He says they can be as dangerous. He says it's all in the interest of the safety of the traveling public... and, they want everyone to get through the holiday safely. If you're traveling any long distance... Gerace says make sure to plan frequent stops, and have a safety kit with you. He also says make sure you get plenty of rest before starting that trip... adding that drowsy drivers can be as dangerous as those who are impaired. Local and state police will continue their special details through next Sunday.
Gas prices in the Jamestown-area are up slightly to begin the long, Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend. That from the Triple-A's Fuel Gauge Report... which says the price is up by a penny a gallon this week to just over 2-dollars-39 cents for regular, unleaded. Nationally... Triple-A says the 43.5-million Americans expected to take a road trip this Thanksgiving will see the second-lowest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2008. At that point... the national average was one-dollar-85 cents a gallon. The current average is now 2--14 a gallon... and, that represents a savings of 3-cents a gallon versus one week ago... and nine cents per gallon on the month.
Fans of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade who come to see the soaring SpongeBob and Snoopy balloons may get a far less heartwarming sight this year: giant dump trucks filled with sand. More than 80 city sanitation trucks will be used along the 2 1/2 mile parade route to create an imposing physical barrier to terror. The trucks weigh about 16 tons empty and up to twice that with sand. This truck security tactic isn't new. But... the New York Police Department says it will play a bigger role at this year's parade in the wake of the cargo truck attack in Nice, France, and a recent posting in an Islamic State magazine that called the parade "an excellent target." Despite that, authorities say they know of no credible threat.
A north county man is being sought by Dunkirk Police for his alleged involvement in the stabbing of another man last Friday night. That from Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano... who says they are on the look-out for 23 year-old Martin Rubio of 104 Webster Street. Ortolano says the victim apparently suffered non-life threatening injuries. Ortolano says the 26 year-old victim sufferd multiple stab wounds... and, was flown to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment. He says Rubio is being sought on an arrest warrant issued out of Dunkirk City Court. Police are asking that anyone with information on the suspect's whereabouts contract Dunkirk Police at 366-2266 or by calling 9-1-1.
Jamestown's largest soup kitchen will be opening it's doors to the area's needy on thisThanksgiving Day. That from soup kitchen Director Jeff Smith... who says their Water Street location will be open from 12:30 to 2 PM. Smith says they'll be serving full turkey dinners with all the trimmings. He says they estimate they'll have between 100 and 150 people to serve on Thanksgiving. He says they also handed out 200 turkeys last week... thanks to Jim and Stacy Rauh with Tabone Construction and Paving. Smith adds they're all set for volunteers for today. However... he says they can always use more during the course of the year. For more information on volunteering, or to make a donation... call the St. Susan's Center... at 664-2253.
Thanksgiving Day is here... and, for many of us... it'll be the first time we've spent significant time in the kitchen in quite a while. The task of cooking a Thanksgiving turkey and dinner can be a bit daunting... but, the U-S Department of Agriculture has their meat and poultry hot-line ready for your questions. USDA Food Safety Specialist Archie Margolous told our Dennis Webster earlier this week to keep four things in mind. Keep surfaces clean... separate... cook... and chill left-overs. While clearning hands and surfaces... Margolous says washing the bird is not necessary. Margolous says when it comes to cooking... the turkey needs to be brought to a constant 165-degrees before serving. He says one of the most frequent questions they get at USDA is whether a bird that's been kept frozen since last year is still good. Margolous said it should be... and, adds that a basic, 12-pound turkey needs to thaw three days in advance. If you have any further questions... Margolous says you can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hot-line at 1-888-674-6854.
A programming note for today. Due to our National Football League triple-header on WJTN... the Noon and 5 o'clock News will not be heard today. We will resume our regular news schedule tomorrow morning. However... the Noon News will be move to 11:30 tomorrow morning due to our coverage of the Class-D New York State Football Championship game featuring Maple Grove. The Red Dragons face Cambridge of Section-2 here on WJTN... and, WQFX-FM beginning at 12 Noon.