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State Police in Cattauraugus County says authorities have found a Franklinville area girl safe and sound, after she was allegedly abducted early yesterday morning near Shady Lane in the town of Lyndon.

 

Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department dispatchers say the child 12 year-old McKenzie Wilson and the two teenaged suspects who allegedly took her were found shortly before 5 PM Tuesday in the town of Farmersville. 

 

Troopers say McKenzie was allegedly abducted about 5 AM and, an AMBER Alert was issued.  State Police say the primary suspect was identified as 18 year-old Joshua Monette and, the other was 16 year-old John Harvey.  Troopers say given the circumstances they believed the girl's well-being was in jeopardy. 

 

The three were reportedly in a stolen, red Chevy Silverado truck that had reportedly left the Lyndon area.  But, again McKenzie Wilson has been found safe, and sound.  State Police will only say the investigation is continuing.



A Jamestown man faces several felony charges after allegedly breaking into a northside home early yesterday morning and, threatening the victim with a hand-gun. 

 

City police were called to the scene on Prendergast Avenue about 2 AM and learned that 41 year-old Miguel Angel Ramos-Flores had burglarized the home and, then threatened the women there with a gun before fleeing.  Officers say the woman had an order of protection against Ramos-Flores. 

 

Police found him near Spring Street and, he tried to run off before being captured.  Officers say he gave them a false name while being arrested. 

 

Ramos-Flores was arraigned on two counts of second-degree burglary, and one count each of first-degree aggravated criminal contempt, and second-degree menacing.  He was sent to the county jail without bail.


A number of minors were arrested late last week after state Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers found 30 to 40 people partying at a large bonfire in the Chautauqua Gorge. 

 

DEC officials say rangers were patrolling the area about 11 PM last Friday when they spotted about 30 parked cars along the State Forest area.  The rangers hiked into the woods and, spotted the people near a large bonfire, with alcohol and garbage scattered about the area. 

 

They contacted the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department for assistance and determined that most of the partygoers were under the age of 21.  Rangers say the alcohol at the scene was collected and disposed of.  They also allegedly seized one-pound of marijuana.  Several summonses were issued and, the pot was turned over to Sheriff’s deputies, who arrested one person.


Local Congressman Tom Reed is expressing his condolences to the people of England following the suicide terrorist attack at the end of an Ariana Grande show in Manchester. 

 

Reed opened his weekly telephone conference call by saying the attack now being claimed to have been carried out by the Islamic State group was a "horrific" act that defies description. Security has been beefed up at many locations in the United States and, while that's a good move Reed says we need to maintain our American ideals where people can be secure yet free to live as they want. 

 

The Manchester attack left 22 people dead and sent young concertgoers fleeing, some still wearing the American pop star's trademark kitten ears and holding pink balloons.  Teenage screams filled the Manchester Arena just after the explosion Monday night, and members of the audience tumbled over guardrails and each other to escape.


New York farmworkers are hoping a legal challenge might tip the scales in their favor after years of protesting a state law that prevents them from unionizing. 

 

Nearly 100 advocates and migrant workers rallied at the Capitol Tuesday against a loophole in state law that prevents them from organizing for better working conditions and overtime pay.  Longtime opponent New York Farm Bureau has blocked efforts to change the law, arguing small farms cannot afford the higher labor costs and strikes that might ensue. 

 

The New York Civil Liberties Union last year filed a lawsuit challenging the law as unconstitutional.  Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, both Democrats, have said they would not seek to defend the law.  The Farm Bureau has filed a motion for the lawsuit's dismissal.


There have been some basic inaccuracies in assertions made during the early stages of the annexation process Jamestown is undertaking to bring four-acres of land owned by the Board of Public Utilities from Falconer into the city. 

 

That from both Mayor Sam Teresi and City Councilman Tony Dolce following Monday night's meeting.  Several Falconer residents attended, and a couple spoke at the beginning of the session. The petition was approved by the BPU back in January and, Dolce says that was the first-step of a 10 step process. 

 

He says one inaccuracy was over a comment that the city talked with Falconer officials in 2004 about a possible deal to use facilities in Falconer, or Celoron to help coverage issues if a fire station had to be closed.  Dolce was on the panel at that time, and says he was not aware of any such discussions. 

 

Falconer Fire Advisory Board Chairman Steve Vanstrom said such discussions never went anywhere.  Teresi says taking that small piece of property that "it owns..." and, give it access to city services will "relieve some pressure on electric rates."


A Jamestown man sought on five arrest warrants has been arrested after police spotted him mowing a yard in the downtown area of the city. 

 

Jamestown police say they spotted 27 year-old Robert Yates mowing the grass in front of 128 Water Street just before 11 AM Monday and, patrol officers went to arrest him.  However they say Yates saw them and ran off. 

 

Police say they saw in run into his home, and they set up a perimeter.  They were allowed inside by a woman who lives with Yates, and he was find hiding in the attic under a blanket.  Yates allegedly resisted arrest but, was taken into custody and, is being held pending arraignment.

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**AMBER ALERT**

State Police in Cattauraugus County have issued an AMBER Alert for a girl who has allegedly been abducted near Shady Lane in the town of Lyndon.  Troopers say the child... 12 year-old McKenzie Wilson, is a white female, about 5-foot-6 inches tall and weighing 100 pounds.  Police say she has blond hair and blue eyes.  Troopers say there are two suspects, who they believe are both armed and dangerous.  Police say the first is 18 year-old Joshua Monette, a white male who is about 6-foot-2 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds.  He was late seen wearing a camouflage jacket, blue jeans, boots and black shirt.  He has short black hair and brown eyes.  The other suspect is identified as 16 year-old John Harvey... another white male.  They were reportedly in a stolen, red Chevy Silverado pick-up truck with the New York license plate number CXA5836.  They were last seen traveling southeast on road possibly heading for Allegany Mountains.  If you have any information on the abduction, call state Police in Machias as 1-866-NYSAmber or dial 9-1-1.


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There have been opportunities for the city of Jamestown to take advantage of it's "neighborly" relationship with the village of Falconer to save money and, not have to go through the annexation of land. 

 

Those were the feelings of one of several residents on hand during last night's City Council voting session about a plan to take the land used for the Board of Public Utilities's Dow Street Substation.  Falconer Fire Advisory Board Chairman Steve VanStrom told lawmakers that when the city was looking at closing fire stations there was an offer to use Falconer and Celoron facilities.

 

However VanStrom says the plan never moved forward to a vote.  City resident Doug Champ feels city lawmakers have already made up their minds because Jamestown is desperate for revenue. 

 

Champ argued that council has already made up it's minds, and last night was "nothing more than a rant session."  Ellicott town resident Tom Koss told lawmakers that the annexation process was simply a "money-grab."


There were some inaccuracies and misconceptions voiced during last night's meeting but, it's understood that emotions would run high on the annexation issue. 

 

That from Acting City Council President Tony Dolce who has been chosen by city, town and village officials to chair a public hearing on the matter on June 12th.  Dolce says the three boards would later vote individually on the proposal.  He says one inaccuracy was over the fire station matter which occured in 2004.

 

Both Dolce and Mayor Sam Teresi say they certainly want to maintain "good neighbors" to the town of Ellicott, and village of Falconer.  Teresi says "no final decision" has been made on the annexation plan. 

 

Teresi also says there has been inaccuracies about what is to be annexed.  He says people have told him they understand it is residential property or, industrial property or the business district.  He says no it's property the BPU owns on the Falconer-Jamestown City Line.  More later today.


There were no injuries but, traffic on Route 60 in the town of Ellicott was down to one-lane for nearly two-hours Monday morning on Airport Hill when fire broke out in a tractor-trailer rig. 

 

Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department dispatchers say Gerry and Fluvanna fire crews were called to the scene shortly after 7:30 AM.  Fire crews reportedly had the blaze in the empty trailer out fairly quickly. 

 

A tow vehicle was called in and, the scene was cleared just after 9:30 Monday morning.



State Police will be teaming up with local law enforcement to carry out the annual "Buckle Up New York, Click it or Ticket" campaign that is now underway in Chautauqua County. 

 

Sheriff Joe Gerace says his office will be part of the enforcement campaign that strongly encourages the use of seat belt and child safety seats.  While it's a small percentage, Gerace says there is still a group of motorists who refuse to buckle up.

 

New York was also among 24 states participating in a Border to Border enforcement campaign, during which law enforcement will set up safety belt checkpoints along highways connecting neighboring states. 

 

That enforcement detail ran Mondayafternoon and evening.  Buckle Up New York continues until June 4th.


A Brocton man is facing weapons-related charges following a large fight at a Dunkirk bar last weekend. 

 

Dunkirk Police, with assistance from other law enforcement agencies, broke up the large brawl outside the Halas Hotel Bar on East Second Street early last Sunday morning.  Police Chief David Ortolano says an investigation led to the arrest of a 29-year-old man.

 

Ortolano says Camacho is charged with second-degree criminal possesion of a weapon and, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the third-degree.  He was arraigned, and sent to the county jail without bail. 

 

Ortolano says the investigation is continuing and there's the possibility that further arrests will be made.


Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was to be in Jamestown yesterday morning for an announcement regarding the projects to be funded in the city's portion of the state's Downtown Revitalization Initiative. 

 

However Governor Cuomo's office says she's been called to the southern shore area of Lake Ontario due to the state of Emergency that's been declared due to the flooding in that region.  The governor Monday announced 10-million dollars in state funding is available to assist eligible local municipalities that have been impacted by the recent flooding along the Lake Ontario coastline. 

 

The new investment program will support flood recovery efforts, including repairs to flood walls, roads, sidewalks, and culverts.


Ellicott Town Police Chief Bill Ohnmeiss says the problem with drug trafficking is now bigger than the town itself can handle and that's why they need to get an officer back on the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force. 

 

Ohnmeiss made his comments during a recent press conference about a recent, major drug bust in the village of Falconer.  Ohnmeiss said they were seeing a "definate" increase in drug trafficking, and use, in the village and surrounding town.

 

Ohnmeiss says they started assigning an officer to the task force two days a week until they realized that person needed to be full-time.  Even then, he says that officer said the situation was getting "too big" to handle. 

 

Ohnmeiss says it would cost another $40,000 to bring on a full-time, probationary officer so one could be dedicated to the task force.  He urged residents to speak up if they're going to get town officials to fund the position. 

 

Ohnmeiss and, Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings both agreed that you can "manage" the drug trafficking problem but, you'll never eliminate it.


Ellicott town lawmakers did not make the final decision to pull an officer off the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force. 

 

Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin says it was a couple of situations stemming from a decision in June of last year when the town board moved to keep their new budget under the state's property tax cap.  McLaughin says an officer with the police department retired and, the decision was made to not fill that position.

 

McLaughlin says a recent news story said the town had "taken away funding" for the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force.  However he says they never "funded" the task force.  They provided an officer to assist the task force especially with the fact some drug traffickers were moving out of Jamestown, and into the nearby town, and it's villages. 

 

He says the police force makes up 66.3% of the town budget and, adds that grant funding for such staffing is minmal.

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The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities' plan to annex the property the BPU's Dow Street Substation is located on into the city will be the subject of a public hearing in Falconer next month. 

 

Ellicott Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin says they have received word that the hearing will be held at Falconer Central Middle and High School on Monday, June 12th at 7 PM.  McLaughlin says he and members of his town board will be on hand for that hearing. Dolce was reportedly agreed to by all panelists to moderate and chair the meeting where members of the public can come and voice their feelings and concerns about the move. 

 

McLaughlin says the town stands to lose $32,000 in revenue if the property is awarded to the city.  He says the biggest loss will be to the Falconer School District especially in town's that won't have a voice in the process.  McLaughlin says those include Ellington, Ellery, Poland and the town of Carroll that have areas that are part of the Falconer district. 

 

He made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the Media One Group Stations.


Two Panama residents had to be treated for non-life threatening injuries after the motorcycle they were riding crashed on Route 474 in the town of North Harmony last Saturday afternoon. 

 

Sheriff's officers say the bike, operated by 35 year-old Leroy Boutelle, was traveling just after 3 PM with a passenger when he lost control on a curve, and it left the roadway.  Deputies say the two-wheeler went into a grassy area, and went down. 

 

They say Boutelle and his passenger, 27 year-old Emma Boutelle, were both taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, for non life-threatening injuries.  Leroy Boutelle faces a charge of operating out of class.


A Jamestown man is in the city jail after leading police on a foot chase Saturday afternoon. 

 

Police received a call about a shoplifting complaint from the North Main Street 7-11 just before 1 PM.  The suspect 20 year-old Tyler Manelick was located by a New York State Police Patrol Vehicle and was told to stop walking. 

 

Manelick ran off and, the officer pursued him.  Manelick was caught by officers on the corner of West 5th and Lafayette Streets.   Manelick was arrested on charges including Petty Larceny and 2nd Degree obstructing governmental administration and taken to the city lock-up.  While in the jail Manelick provided a false name and was additionaly charged with False Personation.


Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan has announced the next  County Director of Human Resources. 

 

Horrigan has selected Jessica Wisniewski for the post.  Wisniewski has served as the Human Resources Manager at Precision Abrasives since 2013. She has also held management and senior-level positions at Cott Beverages and GEICO. 

 

Horrigan says "her impressive background in the private sector will be a great asset to the county and I am excited to welcome her to our team."  Wisniewski’s appointment is subject to the confirmation of the Chautauqua County Legislature. 

 

If approved at the legislature meeting on May 24, Wisniewski will begin her position on June 30, 2017.  She will replace current director Joseph Porpiglia, who will be retiring at the end of June.



Vice President Mike Pence urged graduating students at a Pennsylvania college to become leaders and cited President Donald Trump's leadership as an example.

 

Pence told hundreds of graduates and their families Saturday at the Grove City College commencement that they also need courage, because "leadership brings both honor and opposition."  Grove City is a private, Christian liberal arts college about 50 miles north of Pittsburgh. 

 

Pence cited Trump as an example of perseverance to applause from the crowd.  Pence told graduates to inspire those around them, since people follow those they respect and aspire to service rather than selfish ambition.  After his address, Pence stood on the platform and shook hands as each graduate passed after being handed their diplomas.

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An Olean man has been arrested for allegedly selling Heroin and Fentanyl in the Cattaraugus County city in recent weeks.  

 

Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and Olean Police say they arrested Curtis Frink earlier this week following an on-going investigation.  Task Force members say Frink is specifically accused of selling fentanyl to another person in the town of Randolph last November.  

 

Authorites say he is charged with one count each of third-degree criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance and, he was arraigned in Conewango Town Court.  

 

Frink was then sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail without bail.

 

All but a handful of school budgets put before voters in New York state have passed, including several that exceed the state's cap on property taxes.  
 
That from the state School Boards Association... which reports that voters defeated just five of the 676 budgets proposed by school boards around the state on Tuesday.  That's a 99.3% approval rate.
 
School Boards Association Executive Director Tim Kreamer says even districts that exceeded the spending cap did fairly well in their votes.
 
Of the five districts that rejected their 2017-18 budget proposals one was in Hinsdale in Cattaraugus County. Kreamer says they tried to exceed the state's tax cap but, were unsuccessful.  
 
Kreamer adds that residents in the Pittsford District, near Rochester also rejected their budget plan.  They and Hinsdale were the only two in Western New York.  Kreamer says the results in one district are too close to call.  
 
The new budgets include an average tax levy increase of about 1.5%.  Boards can put failed budgets before voters again June 20th or adopt a contingency budget that doesn't raise taxes.
 
The trapeze-artist wife of daredevil Nik Wallenda is planning her own stunt high above Niagara Falls.  
 
Five years after Nik Wallenda walked over the falls on a high wire, aerialist Erendira Vasquez Wallenda plans to dangle by her teeth from a helicopter as it flies over Niagara Falls.  The Niagara County Legislature late Tuesday approved a resolution setting aside $35,000 for the act.  
 
It's planned for June 15th, the fifth anniversary of Nik Wallenda's televised 1,800-foot tightrope walk from the New York side of the falls into Canada.  
 
Five members of the famed Wallenda circus troupe fell from a high-wire in Sarasota, Florida, in February while practicing an eight-person pyramid.  Nik Wallenda avoided falling by grabbing a wire.  Everyone survived.
 
The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services and the Village of Brocton announced Thursday that the boil water order in effect since this past Monday for all customers served by the Village of Brocton water supply is now lifted.
 
The affected area included the Village of Brocton, all Town of Portland Water Districts and that area of Pomfret west of Shorewood Country Club. Water samples collected on May 16 and 17 from the affected areas show that the water is safe to drink and use for all other purposes.
 
The Village had a major water main leak on May 15 that was repaired the same day but due to a loss of pressure in the system, a boil water advisory was placed into effect as a precaution.
 
For more information, please contact the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services.
 
Local Authorities would like anyone in the area dealing with the issue of unauthorized use of a credit card to contact their local police agency.  
 
Lakewood-Busti Police found a credit card skimmer placed inside a gas pump at the Mobil Gas Station located on the corner of East Fairmount Avenue and Southwestern Drive this past Monday.  
 
Anyone that paid at the pump with a credit card is advised to check your bank acccount for any fraudulent use. The operators of the station say the skimmer fundamentally disabled the pump, and they are not sure anyone was scammed.  The pump involved has been fully repaired. 

 

Six people have been arrested in the town of Hanover on drug related charges.  

 

Just before 2pm Wednesday members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office Swat Team executed a search warrant at 12211 Alleghany Road.  

 

Upon entry officers say they found 21 grams of uncut Fentanyl, cocaine, concentrated cannabis, suboxone, scales, a large amount of currency, one rifle, and packaging materials.  

 

22 year old Adam Mox, 23 year old James Hurley, 21 year old Nicholas Shambo, 21 year old Amber Roush, 22 year old Joy Sprague and 22 year old Mikayla Miller all face third and fourth degree Criminal Possession of a controlled substance charges.  Other charges are expected at a later date.    

 

This investigation is a portion of a larger investigation into several overdoses, two of which were fatal in northern Chautauqua County.   All six were arraigned and sent to the county jail.  

 

Authorities ask anyone in the community to call and report suspicious or narcotics related activity in their neighborhoods to 363-0313.

 

A Jamestown man is awaiting arraignment after police had to fish him out of the Chadakoin River early yesterday morning.  

 

Jamestown Police report that 41 year old James Houser of Falconer allegedly stole a 30 pack of beer from the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Brooklyn Square just before 3:30am.  Officers were alerted and able to locate Houser at the corner of Victoria Avenue and Institute Street with the case of beer.  

 

Officers say Houser then threw the case of beer into the Chadakoin and Jumped in after it.  Officers were able to retrieve both Houser and the beer from the river.  Houser faces a number of charges including Petit larceny and Tempering with physical evidence.

 

Two upstate New York breweries have been declared the winners of the Taste NY Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge.
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday evening that Brewery Ommegang outside Cooperstown and the Roscoe Beer Co. in Sullivan County tied for first place after a blind taste test held in Manhattan.
 
More than 70 breweries signed up to participate in the contest, and more than 42,000 votes were cast online. Ommegang and Roscoe were among the five finalists.
 
The others were the Genesee  Brewing Co. in Rochester, Prison City Pub and Brewery in Auburn, and Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood in western New York.
 
The panel for Wednesday's taste test included Cuomo, chef Mario Batali and other noted food critics, chefs and restaurant owners.
 
Authorities say a man has been charged with driving drunk in the parking lot of the New York State Police Academy.
 
State police say an off-duty trooper reported a suspicious person Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot at the academy located at state police headquarters in Albany. Troopers say they watched a man exit his vehicle and lay down in a grassy area behind the academy.
 
Troopers conducted a field sobriety test on the man and then took him to the trooper station at the Empire State Plaza in downtown Albany, where a breath test revealed he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.28 percent.
 
The legal limit for driving in New York is 0.08 percent. The 49-year-old man was ticketed for aggravated driving while intoxicated.
 
A Sinclairville man is in the county jail on drug related charges.  
 
At 10:20pm Wednesday the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office Swat team entered 6221 Route 60 in the town of Charlotte with search and arrest warrants for 55 year old Timothy Harrison.  
 
Authorities allegedly seized 49 grams of Cocaine and Crack Cocaine, and 172 grams of Marijuana, scales and a large amount of U.S. Currency.   Harrison is charged with one count of 3rd degree Criminal sale of a controlled substance.
 
He was arraigned and taken to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail pending further court action. It’s expected Harrison will face additional felony charges once the investigation has concluded.

 

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It was a near-record warm day across upstate New York and Chautauqua County Wednesday but, no records were set in the region.  
 
That from Forecaster Bob Hamilton with the National Weather Service who says a breeze off Lake Erie prevented any record in Buffalo yesterday.  However Hamilton said late in the day that there was a new record for the day set in Watertown with an 83-degree reading.
 
Buffalo got to 81-degrees yesterday but, the breeze prevented any further movement.  Here at our Media One Group studios in West Ellicott we reached 85-degrees late yesterday afternoon.  
 
Hamilton says we'll see some more unseasonably warm weather through this afternoon until a cold front comes through the region.  He says we'll likely see some showers and thunderstorms by late this afternoon and, that will help keep temperatures from getting above 80.  
 
By tonight we'll be into the mid-50s for an overnight low.  We may reach the mid-60s on Friday.
 
Some of the best players in NCAA Division-Two baseball will be at Russell E. Diethrick Park in Jamestown for the next five days.  
 
That from Jamestown Jammers Manager Anthony Barone who says Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania was awarded host school for the NCAA Atlantic Regional Touirnament which begins this morning.  Barone says he was contacted earlier this year by Mercyhurst Coach Joe Spano about hosting the seven-team tournament.
 
Barone says the first game of the day begins at 11 AM and, that features Seton Hill against Sheppard College from West Virginia.  However he says Millersville and Shippensburg will play in the 7 PM game and, Millersville brings "a ton of people" with them.  
 
Barone says Mercyhurst has hosted the tournament before at UPMC Park in Erie.  However that's more difficult to do now because the Erie Seawolves at now a Class-AA Team whose season is already underway.  
 
Again games begin at 11 this morning. Tickets will be available at the ball park it's $10  for a day-pass and, $30 for the entire tournament.
 
Two Dunkirk residents now face federal charges in connection with a major cocaine and "crack" cocaine trafficking case in the north county.  
 
With that Dunkirk's top cop says he's pleased to see that federal prosecutors have taken over the case involving the pair who were charged after a drug raid in the city last month.  Acting U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Jr. announced late Tuesday that 49-year-old Minerva Maestre and, 23-year-old Hector Mercado-Torres of Dunkirk were arrested after a raid at 51 East Second Street on April 28th.  
 
Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano says the Drug Enforcement Agency took over the case because of the amounts of drugs and money involved.
 
Ortolano says several family members were involved in the case which led to the seizure of nearly $172,000 in cash proceeds from alleged drug sales.  Kennedy says Maestre and Mercado-Torres have been charged by complaint with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine; and maintaining a drug involved premises. 
 
A new audit from New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is blasting Governor Andrew Cuomo's economic development agency for failing to meet more than half of the reporting requirements for its highly touted tax credit and job creation programs.  
 
The scathing report released Wednesday criticized Cuomo's Empire State Development Corporation for sidestepping accountability and transparency.  Auditors found 27 of 57 outcome reports weren't finished and 93 of 152 program reports were never completed.  
 
The latest annual report on START-UP NY was issued 91 days late and 12 programs totaling over $500 million in state funds weren't reported on at all.  
 
DiNapoli says in most cases the agency didn't explain why reports were missing.  The agency disputes the findings and says it has worked to comply with reporting requirements.

 

The annual Chautauqua County Music Teachers' Spring Festival is this Saturday, at 7:30 PM at the State University College at Fredonia.  Frewsburg Central School Band Director, Alicia Laska, the Festival and Site Coordinator, says Chautauqua Institution is not available this year.
 
The festival involves some 800 young musicians from around the county, and will have the same format as in past years and, that's why they went with Fredonia's field house as the venue.  'The Battle Hymn of the Republic' will be the finale again this year.  
 
Members of the public are invited to go to the festival.  Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for students and senior citizens and can be purchased through the CCMTA  or SUNY Fredonia websites, or at the door.  
 
Parking will be available in nearby college lots.  In order to make use of the Fredonia Fieldhouse, the festival was moved up a couple of weeks this year.
 
 

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With no tax increase and, some positions and programming being added back into the final budget a 2017-18 spending plan for the Jamestown school district was easily passed Tuesday in a light turn-out. 

 

District residents approved the 84.9-million dollar budget, 509-to-106.  Interim School superintendent Silvia Root says she appreciates the support the people who came out gave the spending plan. The proposition to lease-purchase six buses at a cost of up to $780,000 we also approved overwhelmingly, 498-to-109. 

 

Root says it's "unfortunate" that such elections and budget votes get "overlooked" but, she's pleased with the large margin of support.


Voters in the Southwestern Central School District easily approved a 27.3-million dollar budget Tuesday. 

 

District officals say the new spending plan which includes a 0.5% tax increase was adopted 242-to-59.  School Superintendent Maureen Donahue says there are mainly spending increases in the technology, and instructional areas of the budget.

 

Donahue says the district is also retaining all teaching and staff positions.  An up to $372,000 transporation proposition to purchase two full-sized buses and, one 42-passenger wheelchair bus was approved 256-to-59.  Three people Kurt Gustafson, Richard Hartman, and Cynthia McFadden ran unopposed for three school board seats.


In Falconer... residents approved a no-tax increase, 22.6-million dollar, 2017-2018 budget plan handily yesterday, 261-to-69.  School Superintendent Steve Penhollow says the budget holds the line on spending and, retains current staffing and teaching levels. 

 

Penhollow thanked local state legislators for working to get them more state aid, helping keep taxes down. In addition to the budget... Penhollow says voters also approved a 22.9-million dollar capital project, 251-to-78 to make safety and maintenance upgrades. 

 

They also include an all-weather field, and track and fire alarm service upgrades.  Newcomer Jennifer Olson was leading vote getter in the school board vote with 221 tallies.  Board incumbant Tom Frederes was second with 211 votes while incumbant Cathy Kimball was third with 208 votes.  That means final results won't be known until the vote canvas is taken.

In other school district votes last night a 15-million dollar budget was approved in the Bemus Point School District, 149-to-46... while a $200,000 bus proposition was also approved.  Board incumbants Tina Hall and Bethany Seastrum were both re-elected, running unopposed.

In Frewsburg... the 2017-18 Budget was approved with 142 yes votes...while 83 residents voted against the proposition.  A bus purchase was also approved, 151-to-75.  Larry Lodestro was voted onto the school board with 201 votes while Jason Ruhlman was second with 194 and, Thomas Fenton was third with 189 votes.

A nearly 10-million dollar budget was adopted in the Sherman Central School District, 113-to-41.  A second proposition to purchase two school buses for up to 267-thousand dollars was adopted, 116-to-38.  Colleen Meeder was re-elected to the school board with 127 votes.


Two alleged drug traffickers are under arrest after an apartment in the village of Falconer was raided by members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force Monday afternoon. 

 

City Police Chief Harry Snellings says they received information during a recent "Targeted Enforcement" Detail in the Prendergast Avenue corridor about the operation at 19 South Work Street in Falconer.  Snellings says they were assisted by other agencies in seizing a large quantity of cocaine cash and, a stolen pistol that was loaded.

 

Snellings say they arrested 38 year-old Demario Chatmon and 39 year-old Damien Thomas during the raid.  He says the amount of cocaine seized totaled about three-quarters of a pound.  Snellings adds that they also found just over $21,000 in cash and, a loaded 9-millimeter pistol allegedly stolen in Erie, Pennsylvania. 

 

Ellicott Police Chief Bill Ohnmeis says drugs are an increasing problem in the town and villages of Falconer and Celoron.  Ohnmeiss expressed his disappointment over having to pull out of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force due to town budget constraints. 

 

Chatmon faces a Felony charge of first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, both he and Thomas are charged with third-degree criminal possession.


A weekend spike in overdose deaths has led to new warnings from western New York health officials. 

 

The AP reports that Erie County saw eight suspected fatal overdoses over the weekend while Chautauqua County also is reporting deaths in recent days.  Erie County's health commissioner, Dr. Gale Burstein, says the deaths appear to have resulted from various drug combinations of fentanyl, cocaine and heroin.

 

She says the fentanyl being seen in the county is increasing in potency.  During last weekend's "Fresh Start" Fund "Rockin' for Recovery" event in Jamestown Erie County Executive Mark Polencarz says this has become a major concern.

 

Here in Chautauqua County authorities say the recent overdoses have been concentrated in the northern part of the county, including in the city of Dunkirk and village of Fredonia.  At least two people have died and other victims were revived.


Former Dunkirk Mayor Richard Frey has been sentenced to home confinement, and to pay 54-thousand dollars in restitution for stealing campaign contributions for his personal benefit. 

 

Acting U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says the 85 year-old Frey was recently convicted of wire fraud involving a scheme to defraud his mayoral campaign and his supporters by stealing campaign contributions.  Kennedy says he was sentenced to six-months home confinement by U-S District Judge Richard Arcara and, was ordered to pay the restitution. 

 

Frey was Dunkirk mayor from 2003 through June of 2012... and, was accused of devising and executing a scheme to defraud the co-owners of a Dunkirk hotel, and the owner of a food production company in Dunkirk by inducing them to make contributions to his mayoral and other political campaigns. 

 

After receiving checks from these people Frey simply spent them for himself, rather than depositing the funds into a campaign or official account.  Those totalled $54,361 dollars.  He also refused to disclose those contributions.

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Local authorities are warning anyone that may be using heroin to not use heroin obtained from the northern part of Chautauqua County. 

 

The Post Journal reports that a number of heroin related overdoses in the county have police on alert for possible tainted mixes of the drug.  The Southern Tier Drug Task Force along with the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Deparment and Fredonia and Dunkirk police are investigating multiple overdoses that occured in the northern part of the county this past week. 

 

Two people died while other victims were revived with Narcan.  Police have not determined if substances like fentanyl were mixed with the Heroin.  Authorities are waiting on analysis. 

 

Police remind residents that any drug that is being purchased on the street, whether the dealer is known or not, may be contaminated with substances that cause the heroin to be much more potent.  Authorities are asking members of the community that may have knowledge of anyone that may be involved in distributing heroin or any other narcotics to contact them at either 800-344-8702 or 363-0313.


Five people  two of them incumbants are running for three, full-time seats on the Jamestown School Board in today's board election and budget vote. 

 

One of the incumbants is seeking their second, full term on the panel.  Shelly Leathers was first appointed to the board to fill a vacancy in 2013, and won her first election in 2014.  Leathers says she and her entire family are Jamestown graduates and, she feels the schools are the "center of the community" and, can be a draw to the area.
 

The other board incumbant is third-term member Paul Abbott who is currently board president.  There is a former board member who is running again this year after being off the panel for a few years.  Christine Schnars spent 25 years on the board, and, she says things have gotten better the past couple of years, and she wants to be part of the effort to improve the distirct. 

 

One of the newcomers running for the Jamestown school board is Frank Galeazzo who is originally from Peekskill, New York.  Galeazzo says he worked in education before being hired at the Board of Public Utilities nine years ago. The other newcomer is local Baptist minister Fannel Leeper who grew up in the area and, is a 1967 JHS graduate. 

 

Leeper says she's concerned over the drop-off in the number of African-American students who graduate from Jamestown.  Jamestown school district residents are also voting on an 84.9-million dollar budget that includes no increase in the tax levy and, adds about 10 positions back after the district received a one-million dollar hike in state aid for 2017-18. 

 

Today's board vote runs from Noon to 9 PM at Washington and Jefferson Middle Schools and, Lincoln Elementary School.

All school districts locally will be holding budget votes and, school board elections.  In the immediate Jamestown-area the Southwestern School District will have the earliest vote start today.  Residents will decided on a 27.36-million dollar spending plan beginning at 7 AM

 

Voting this morning continues until 9 AM then will resume between 2 and 9 PM tonight.  There are three people running for three board seats.  They are Kurt Gustafson, Richard Hartman, and Cynthia McFadden.


A state of Emergency has been issued for the village of Brocton, the town of Portland and a portion of the town of Pomfret that receives village of Brocton village water. 

 

Brocton Mayor Richard Frost says a water main break occurred early Monday morning on Central Avenue near Smith Street, prompting the action.  A boil water advisory has been issued. 

 

Bill Boria of Chautauqua County's Department of Health and Human Services says boiling the water kills bacteria and other organisms that could be present. It's anticipated the boil water advisory will be lifted by the end of the week.


A New York state lawmaker wants harsher penalties for causing harm to police animals. 

 

Republican Senator Cathy Young of Olean held a news conference in Albany Monday to promote legislation that would create a new felony offense for intentionally causing serious physical injury to a police work dog or police work horse.  Her measure also would increase the offense of killing a police work dog or police work horse to a class D felony. 

 

The bill is named Mitchell's Law for a Jamestown Police Department German Shepherd that suffered life-threatening injuries while apprehending a murder suspect last November.  The bill has passed through a Senate committee and has been added to the upcoming floor calendar.


Despite new US economic sanctions against North Korea the communist nation test launched another missile early Sunday that's being called a "serious challenge" to international peace and security. 

 

South Korean President Moon Jae-in strongly condemned the north's test-launch as a "clear" violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.  Local Congressman Tom Reed has expressed his growing concern over North Korea and hopes over the long-run, the sanctions approved by Congress will work.

 

Reed says we are now "at a critical point" where the north's nuclear ambitions are "coming to a head."  He's hopeful that China will be able to wield more influence in the matter.  The Corning Republican says he would like to see a "regime change" in North Korea but, not by use of outside forces. 

 

The North Korean missile test launch reportedly had the missile travel about 430 miles before landing in the western waters of the Sea of Japan.  Reed made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.


Among the nation's financial elite who have helped shape the school-choice movement in recent years, Michael Bloomberg tops the list of New York's political contributors. 

 

The former three-term New York City mayor appears in an Associated Press analysis of the contributions of people who have given at least 100-thousand dollars to school-choice statewide ballot campaigns around the country. 

 

Bloomberg, who championed charter schools as mayor, has over the past decade donated $1.8 million to ballot measures and political action committees that focused primarily on school choice.  That included $490,000 in support of a failed 2016 effort to expand charter schools in his home state of Massachusetts. 

 

Bloomberg declined to comment on his support of the Massachusetts ballot initiative, or whether he favors vouchers or other choice programs beyond charter schools.


If you are looking for work or a career change the 2nd Annual Warren County Job Fair is this Wednesday from Noon to 7pm. 

 

The Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry have teamed up with Quickstaff Contigent Workforce Solutions for the event.  John Papalia with the Chamber says there will be 15 businesses on hand and participants should come ready to interveiw. 

 

Papalia says Chautauqua County residents are also urged to come down and participate in the fair. The 2nd Annual Warren County Job Fair is this Wednesday from Noon to 7pm at the Warren Days Inn, 210 Ludlow Street. Find out more information at WCCBI.ORG.

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A Warren, Pennsylvania man has been arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs and, he and his passenger are accused of being in possession of three kinds of illegal drugs during a traffic stop in Jamestown. 

 

City Police say a car, driven by 55 year-old Dennis Denardi, pulled from the curb directly in front of a patrol car on West Seventh Street at Lafayette Street just after 2 PM Saturday.  Officers say Denardi appeared to be under the influence of drugs and, later admitted to smoking marihuana, and using crack cocaine. 

 

His passenger, 27 year-old Johnee Thompson, was asked to get out of the vehicle and, a State Police K-9 sniffed out drugs in the center console area and, found 4.3-grams of cocaine, 5.2-grams of "crack" cocaine, and, 9.5 loose oxycodone pills inside. 

 

Denardi faces charges including two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance while Thompson is charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession.  Both were being held pending arraignment on Sunday.


Jamestown Police seized quantities of Methamphetamine, Heroin and prescription pills during the latest "Targeted Enforcement Patrol" detail on the city's northside early last weekend. 

 

Officers say they and state Police conducted a vehicle stop early last Friday evening at the corner of Prendergast Avenue and Crossman Street and, arrested two city residents.  Police say the vehicle allegedly had inadequate tail lights. 

 

They say the subsequent investigation led to the arrest of 55 year-old Chris Byrne and 28 year-old Heather Caylor.  Both are charged with one count each of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance three counts of seventh-degree criminal possession and, Unlawful Possession of marihuana. 

 

Byrne was also charged with operating a vehicle with inadequate tail lamps.  Both were arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.


Drug Awareness and Prevention Week in Chautauqua County kicked off last Saturday afternoon with a special speaker and concert in Jamestown. 

 

County Executive Vince Horrigan welcomed an indoor and outdoor crowd for the program highlighted by a special performance by local pop star "Brielle" at Shawbuck's restaurant.  Horrigan said the local drug crisis has been a "terrible epidemic" that's brought people together from across the region. 

 

He says what's become the county's major drug forum will be held this Tuesday at Chautauqua Inns and Suites in Mayville. The featured speaker for Saturday's event was Erie County Executive Mark Polencarz who is also the only New York member of a national task force of executives and mayors dealing with the issue. 

 

Polencarz says the numbers nationwide, and in Erie County peaked in 2014-15.  In the US he says just over 54,000 people died nationally in 2015, more than died in car crashes that year. 

 

However Polencarz says a multi-faceted approach in Erie County helped slowing the number of overdose dealths last year.  He and Horrigan spoke prior to the Brielle "Rockin' for Recovery" event.


A Bemus Point man faces menacing and sexual abuse charges after allegedly pointing a pistol at several people during an altercation at a location in Greenhurst early last Saturday morning. 

 

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene at 30-41 Route 430 about 1:30 AM for a report of a man with a weapon.  Deputies say they found the suspect 46 year-old Blake Davis of Dutch Hollow Road, had fled the scene following the altercation. 

 

Officers say they later found Davis at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital being treated for minor injuries.  He was arrested on three counts of second-degree menacing, third-degree sexual abuse and, harassment.  David was arraigned in Ellery Town Court, and sent to the county jail with bail to be set.  Sheriff's officers were assisted by Ellicott Town Police.


It's shaping up as a "huge week" of comedy in Chautauqua County and the Jamestown-area during the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival and, Week-6 at Chautauqua Institution. 

 

That from National Comedy Center Director Journey Gunderson who says there are now three headliners for this year's Comedy Festival with the addition's of stars Kevin James and Robert Klein.  They'll be appearing during the August 3rd through 6th event. 

 

Gunderson adds that's not likely the end of big announcements. The week-long program on Comedy at Chautauqua begins on July 30th and, will feature an appearance of Lewis Black, among others.  Gunderson says tickets for the Kevin James and Robert Klein shows in Jamestown go on saleTuesday on line at Lucycomendyfest.com  or call 484-0800. 

 

Kevin James will appear the second night of the festival, Friday, August 4th, at the Northwest Arena, while Robert Klein, a comedy legend will appear on stage at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Saturday night, August 5th.  Comedic star Jim Gaffigan appears to open the festival on Thursday, August 3rd.


Former President Bill Clinton told graduating students at their commencement that they must decide whether ``our common humanity is more important or our differences matter more.'' 

 

Clinton spoke Sunday at the ceremony for Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, about 40 miles west of Syracuse.  Clinton, who received an honorary degree, focused his remarks around diversity, saying it was a strength but that the differences between people were vastly outweighed by what all people share as human beings. 

 

He told students they didn't need an America that focused more on ``us and them'' instead of trying to expand the definition of who fell in the category of ``us.''  Clinton told the graduates there were no permanent victories or permanent defeats, only lives of ``permanent possibilities.''


Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will be the commencement speaker at West Point's graduation this month. 

 

The U.S. Military Academy said Tuesday that Mattis will speak at the ceremony for the Class of 2017 on Saturday, May 27.  The retired four-star Marine general became the 26th defense secretary on Jan. 20, hours after President Donald Trump was sworn in.

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Two arrested during "Targeted Enforcement" program vehicle stop in Jamestown...
Jamestown Police seized quantities of Methamphetime, Heroin and prescription pills during the latest "Targeted Enforcement Patrol" detail on the city's northside early last weekend.  Officers say they and state Police conducted a vehicle stop early last Friday evening at the corner of Prendergast Avenue and Crossman Street... and, arrested two city residents.  Police say the vehicle allegedly had inadequate tail lights.  They say the subsequent investigation led to the arrest of 55 year-old Chris Byrne and 28 year-old Heather Caylor.  Both are ahcarged with one count each of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... three counts of seventh-degree criminal possession... and, Unlawful Possession of marihuana.  Byrne was also charged with operating a vehicle with inadequate tail lamps.  Both are jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
Another "Targeted" action results in three drug-related arrests...
Three city men are jailed following another "Targeted Enforcement" patrol in the Prendergast Avenue area of Jamestown for allegedly being found in possession of a quantity of methamphetime.  City Police say a patrol vehicle pulled over the car at the intersection of Strong and Fulton Streets -- in the general area of Prendergast -- about 8 p.m. last Thursday.  Officers say they saw the vehicle had committed a traffic infraction.  Once they pulled over the vehicle... they found the alleged Meth, and a hypodermic needle, inside.  The three men... identified as 24 year-old Robert Wappat, 30-year-old Martin Wenzell, and 28 year-old Casey Saeger... were arrested for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument.  All three are being held pending arraignment.
 
 
"Rockin' for Recovery" draws good crowd, pushing drug awareness in Jamestown...
Drug Awareness and Prevention Week in Chautauqua County kicked off last Saturday afternoon... with a special speaker and concert in Jamestown.  County Executive Vince Horrigan welcomed an indoor and outdoor crowd for the program... highlighted by a special performance by local pop star "Brielle" at Shawbuck's restaurant.  Horrigan the local drug crisis has been a "terrible epidemic" that's brought people together from across the region.  He says what's become the county's major drug forum will be held this Tuesday at Chautauqua Inns and Suites in Mayville, beginning at 9 a.m. to see how they can work to get their "arms around this terrible problem."  The featured speaker for Saturday's event was Erie County Executive Mark Polencarz... who is also the only New York member of a national task force of executives and mayors dealing with the issue.  Polencarz says the numbers nationwide, and in Erie County peaked in 2014-15.  In the U-S... he says just over 54,000 people died nationally in 2015 -- more than died in car crashes that year.  However... Polencarz says a multi-faceted approach in Erie County helped slowing the number of overdose dealths last year.  He and Horrigan spoke prior to the Brielle "Rockin' for Recovery" event.
 
 
Man with a gun arrested in Greenhurst...
A Bemus Point man faces menacing and sexual abuse charges after allegedly pointing a pistol at several people during an altercation at a location in Greenhurst early this morning.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene at 3041 Route 430 about 1:30 a.m. Saturday for a report of a man with a weapon.  Deputies say they found the suspect... 46 year-old Blake Davis of Dutch Hollow Road... had fled the scene following the altercation.  Officers say they later found Davis at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital being treated for minor injuries.  He was arrested on three counts of second-degree menacing, third-degree sexual abuse... and, harassment.  David was arraigned in Ellery Town Court, and sent to the county jail with bail to be set.  Sheriff's officers were assisted by Ellicott Town Police.
 
 
National Comedy Center announces James and Klein to appear for Lucy Comedy Festival...
There will be three headliners for this year's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown... with two more well-know comedians... one a legend... being added to the August festival's line-up.  That from National Comedy Center Director Journey Gunderson... who announced this morning that Kevin James and Robert Klein will appear during the August 3rd through 6th event.  Klein is a legend that many comedians have patterned themselves after.  Gunderson says one of those was Jay Leno... who appeared in Jamestown a couple of years ago.  Klein has been doing stand-up comedy for more than four decades... and, will appear on stage at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Saturday night, Aug. 5, while James will appear the night before at the Northwest Arena.  Tickets for both shows go on sale next Tuesday, May 16.
 

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The effects of toxic substances on veterans will be the subject of a town hall meeting in Frewsburg on Saturday.  Bob Lewis, President of the local Vietnam Veterans chapter, says one of the critical issues is the long term effect of the Agent Orange, a defoliant used in Vietnam.
 
The problems caused by burn pits for current veterans will also be discussed, as well as benefits availalble to those who've been affected by toxic substances. Two nationally recognized experts will be in attendance.  
 
The town hall meeting will be at the Frewsburg American Legion from 2 to 4:30 Saturday.  Veterans, their family members, and the public are all welcome to attend. 
 
A Fredonia-area man has come forward to announce that he is running as a Democrat for Chautauqua County Executive.  
 
However Mike Ferguson is well-known in the county in both the sports management and radio broadcast industries.  Surrounded by family and friends in front of the county Courthouse Ferguson said that he wants to further develop the industrial parks that got a jump-start by former Executive Mark Thomas when he supported the construction of "spec" buildings in the parks.  
 
He also talked about dealing with quality of life issues such as the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic.  He called the drug problem a "three-headed monster."
 
Ferguson also talked about the need for Clean Water in the county and, the need to protect resources such as Lake Erie and Chautauqua Lake.  As for new initiatives he says he wants to work to make Chautauqua County a "hub" for organic farming as a way to reinvigorate that industry while complimenting the local grape and wine industries.  
 
Ferguson will face Town of Hanover Republican, George Borrello this November unless there are primaries.

 

A group of 20 attorneys general, all Democrats, is calling for the appointment of an independent special counsel to continue the investigation into Russian interference in last year's presidential election.  

 

The group led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey called Republican President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey during the ongoing investigation a "violation of public trust."  

 

The group, which also includes New York's Eric Schneiderman said in a Thursday letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that only the appointment of an independent special counsel "with full powers and resources" can begin to restore public confidence.  

 

Those signing the letter also include the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, and Pennsylvania.

 

Jamestown fire investigators are still looking into the cause of small fire that left a lot of smoke and water damage inside a vacant home on the city's southside yesterday morning.  
 
Jamestown firefighers were called to the scene at 70 Hazeltine Avenue about 10:15 AM and, Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Finson says crews found a lot of smoke coming from the house on arrival.  Finson says a crew went inside, and found the fire, and got it out quickly.
 
Finson says there wasn't much fire damage and that was mainly to the living room-dining room area of the house.  He says the building had reportedly been vacant for some time.  
 
No injuries were reported and an off-shift was called in.  The Board of Public Utilities is still warning of discolored water in that part of the city this morning because fire hydrants had to be opened.
 
A two-vehicle accident involving a car and tractor-trailer in the town of Gerry forced the closing of Route 60 just north of Kimball Stand to Sinclair Drive early Thursday morning.  
 
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department dispatchers say the accident was called in about 5:40 AM after the big rig was struck by the car and, went off the road, and took down some guard rails when it tipped over.  
 
Dispatchers say the tractor-trailer spilled it's load, and clean-up was completed about 10:15 yesterday morning. The unidentified truck driver was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital with minor injuries.  
 
We have no word on the driver of the car.
 
The investigation is continuing into a robbery that took place late Tuesday night at a Dunkirk convenience store.  
 
Dunkirk Police indicate that officers responded to the incident at the ROBO Mart at the corner of Central Avenue and 5th Street.  
 
A store clerk told police that a male with a slender build entered the store and displayed what appeared to be a handgun and demanded money.  The clerk complied, and the suspect then left the store.  
 
Anyone with any information on the incident is being asked to call Dunkirk Police at 366-2266 or their confidential tip line at 363-0313.
 
New York car manufacturers can now apply to test driverless cars on public highways.  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the state will begin accepting applications from companies looking to test or demonstrate autonomous vehicle technology as part of a year-long pilot program authorized by lawmakers this year.  
 
The vehicles will have to comply with state and federal safety standards and have a $5 million insurance policy in place.  During testing on public highways, a person holding a valid driver's license must be in the driver's seat.  
 
The companies will submit reports on the tests to the commissioner of motor vehicles before March 1st of 2018. Democrat Cuomo says the program is a step toward making New York "the epicenter of cutting-edge technology and innovation."

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News Update for Thur., May 11, 2017

Ferguson announces run for Chautauqua County Executive on Democratic line...
A Democratic candidate from the Fredonia area has now come forward to announce that he is running for Chautauqua County Executive.  However... Mike Ferguson is well-known in the county on both the sports management and radio broadcast industries.  Surrounded by family and friends in front of the county Courthouse... Ferguson said that he is a Democrat that's much in the mold of the last Democratic County Executive -- Mark Thomas -- who was another Fredonia-area resident.  Ferguson says he wants to further develop the industrial parks that got a jump-start by Thomas when he supported the construction of "spec" buildings in the parks.  Ferguson also wants to make Chautauqua County a "hub" for organic farming as a way to reinvigorate that industry.  
 
 
Vacant home on Hazeltine Avenue damaged by fire...
Fire caused a smokey mess inside a vacant home on Jamestown's southside this morning.  City fire crews were called to the scene at 70 Hazeltine Ave. about 10:15 a.m., and, Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Finson says firefighters found a lot of smoke coming from the house on arrival... and, the windows were blackened.  He says there was no fire visable from the outside.  Finson says crews were able to get inside... and, found a small blaze in the back of the house.  He says they had the flames put out quickly.  However... he says there was smoke and water damage through-out the house... which had reportedly been vacant for some time.  No injuries were reported and an off-shift was called in.  Finson says the cause of the fire is under investigation. 
 
 
Route 60 closed several hours this morning after accident...
A two-vehicle accident involving a car and tractor-trailer in the town of Gerry forced the closing of Route 60 just north of Kimball Stand to Sinclair Drive this morning.  Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department dispatchers say the accident was called in about 5:40 a.m. after the big rig went off the road, and took down some guard rails when it tipped over.  A car was also reportedly involved.  Dispatchers say the tractor-trailer spilled it's load, and clean-up was completed about 10:15 this morning.  The unidentified truck driver was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital with minor injuries.

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Route 60 has just been shut down as of 5:40 AM by the Chautauqua County Sheriff due to an accident between Sinclair drive, and Kimblestand. We will have further information as it becomes available.

 

A Silver Creek-area man is jailed without bail for allegedly selling cocaine to undercover agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.  

 

Agents with the Task Force say they arrested 36 year-old Franklin Kettle of Irving at his home just after 3 PM Wednesday on an outstanding Chautauqua County Court warrant.  Police officials say Kettle allegedly sold quantities of powder cocaine to an agent and, is charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.  

 

He was arraigned in county court and, sent to the jail in Mayville.  

 

Anyone with information on illegal drug trafficking is asked to contact the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force at 1-800-344-8702.

 

New York's Court of Appeals has upheld a state law that allows for permanent suspension of drivers licenses for repeat drunk drivers.

 

A unanimous opinion from five of the state's highest court judges Tuesday affirmed that the Department of Motor Vehicles commissioner has the authority to refuse to relicense drivers who have had their licenses revoked due to drunk driving.  

 

Three individuals challenged the laws when they were denied new licenses after the mandatory waiting periods to reapply. The ruling by Judge Michael Garcia noted that the individuals are not "entitled to relicensing" after the time period and relicensing is under the commissioner's discretion.  

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo applauded the decision, saying his administration has "zero tolerance" for chronic drunk drivers whose reckless actions put themselves and others at risk.

 

The 84.9-million dollar, 2017-18 budget plan is one of two propositions on the ballot in the Jamestown School District next Tuesday.  
 
Voters will also decide on an up to $780,000 proposition to buy six new buses as part of a five-year lease-deal.  Director of Business and Financial Services, Vern Connors, says this allows them to maximize state transporation aid, up to 95% 
 
Connors says the proposition is part of the Jamestown district's seven-year plan to replace buses in the district.  He says this is the second-year of propositions to do so.  Connors says it's not so much mechanical problems with the buses they have, but "body fatigue" that causes buses to fail state inspection.  
 
He says that's due to the region's harsh Winters, and the use of road salt.  Connors says the school board agreed that the seven-year program was needed to provide the fleet needed to transport students.  
 
Next Tuesday's vote runs from Noon to 9 PM at Washington and Jefferson Middle Schools and, Lincoln Elementary School.
 
A two-story home in the town of Gerry was destroyed by flames Tuesday that also damaged an adjacent garage.  
 
Gerry Fire Chief James Miller tells the Jamestown Post Journal that his department was called to the scene at 20-92 28 Creek Road about 12:30 PM.  On arrival Miller says they found the home fully-engulfed in flames.  
 
He says he immediately called for mutual aid companies and, shortly after arrival the roof of the building collapsed.  Chautauqua County fire investigators were called to the scene to help determine the cause and, found a fire in a coal stove had spread to the chimney and later the residence.  
 
Gerry was assisted at the scene by crews from Fluvanna, Ellington, Sinclairville, Kennedy and Ellery.  The local Red Cross assisted the lone occupant, who managed to escape the fire.
 
Jamestown city officials and community leaders Wednesday afternoon gathered in front of Diethrick Park to celebrate the city again being named a "Tree City-USA" for Arbor Day.  
 
Officials accepted a special banner that will be hung on Tracy Plaza from the Arbor Day Foundation and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.  This year City Arborist Dan Stone says they honored two men who have been big supporters of that effort.  
 
Stone says he's worked on several projects with retired city Parks and Recreation Director Russ Diethrick, and Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Director Randy Sweeney.
 
Stone and Mayor Sam Teresi praised both men adding that Sweeney was instrumental in obtaining $65,000 the past several years to help plant dozens of trees in different parts of the city.  Teresi also commended the Park's Department's 15 full-time employees who work to maintain the 550-acres of parkland and 13,000 trees in the city.  
 
Two "Purple Prince" Crabapple Trees were planted during the ceremony, in honor of each man.  Stone adds the city also received it's seventh consecutive Tree City USA Growth Award for progress made by its community forestry program. 

 

Gasoline prices in Chautauqua County remain steady this week but, nationally prices have been declining for the past eight days.  

 

That from the AAA's Fuel Gauge Report which says the local price is holding at $2.55 cents a gallon for regular, unleaded this week.  Like most parts of the country, AAA says drivers in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast are seeing regional gasoline supplies surpass demand.  

 

New York held it's place on the list of the country’s top 10 most expensive markets at $2.53 a gallon.  Other states saw prices remain stable or experienced small fluctuation.  

 

Nationally The Fuel Gauge says prices have been falling steadily, with the current average price falling 4 cents from last week to $2.35  a gallon.  Last week, 46 states saw prices drop, some by at least 9 cents with prices remaining steady in other parts of the country.  

 

The trending decline is due to an unseasonable glut of gasoline in the U.S. market, record high refinery production rates, moderate demand, and a recent drop in crude oil prices.

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A man and a woman from Jamestown are jailed without bail following a domestic incident on the city's southside allegedly involving a gun and, where police allegedly found several kinds of illegal drugs. 

 

Jamestown police were called to the scene at 248 Forest Avenue just before 9 PM Sunday on a report of woman being threatened by a man with a shot-gun earlier in the day.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says one of the suspects 32 year-old Todd Dalton came outside to meet officers.

 

Samuelson says in addition to the shot-gun and air gun police also found a digital scale with powder residue on it, and plastic baggies to package drugs for sale.  Officers then allegedly found a small quantity of methamphetamine and cocaine, 43 grams of marijuana, and several prescription pills. 

 

Both Dalton and 32 year-old Jacqueline Delo were arrested on several charges including eight counts each of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

 

Samuelson says the shot-gun had apparently been stolen from another city home Saturday.  Both Dalton and Delo were arraigned and sent to the county lock-up.


No one spoke during last night's public hearing on the Jamestown School District's 84.9-million dollar, 2017-18 budget proposal that's up for vote next week. 

 

The spending plan includes no tax increase thanks in large part to major cuts and belt-tightening in the district the past several years.  However with one-million additional dollars in state aid the district is able to do some hiring, and set aside some additional reserves. 

 

Director of Business and Financial Services Vern Connors adds they also want to do some important projects. Connors says the new budget also includes about 10 new hires namely some teaching positions that had to be cut in previous budgets.  A couple of school counselors are also going to be hired. 

 

With no dissenting voices last night, Connors says he feels pretty good about the new spending plan and, adds that the district has only had to raise taxes one year over the past 12 years.  Next Tuesday's budget vote runs from Noon to 9 PM at Washington and Jefferson Middle Schools and, Lincoln Elementary School.


In the wake of three local town halls in his Congressional District Corning Republican Tom Reed is trying to clear-up what he says is "misinformation" about the recently approved American Health Care Act. 

 

Reed said Tuesday that the biggest misconception about the new law is that people with "pre-existing" conditions will be kicked-off their current health care or be priced out of the market.  He says that will not be the case adding that he's in that situation with a son who has Type-One Diabetes.

 

Reed says there's also misinformation about what's going to happen to New Yorkers, and others who are part of the "Essential Health Plan."  That's available to low-income earners who aren't eligible for Medicaid. 

 

Reed says that program, which covers 400,000 state residents remains in place.  However he says funding could be an issue and, he understands there may be some issues with that. 

 

But he says the state should have the ability to prioritize funding for that.  Reed also says there will be no changes to Medicare under the American Health Care Act.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with local media.


The unemployment rate in Chautauqua County held steady for the second straight month to close out the first quarter of the year but, March's jobless numbers are much better than a year ago. 

 

That from State Labor Department Analyst John Slenker who says the rate remained at 6.1-percent in March the same as it was in February.  The jobelss rate was 7.1% in March of last year. 

 

Slenker says the available workforce in the county was 55,500 which was up slightly from February and, there were more people working. Slenker says job gains were seen in leisure and hospitality which gained 100 over the month and start of the year. 

 

He says a number of factors are playing into the leisure and hospitality increases as you see seasonal businesses starting to get ready for Summer by hiring workers.  Slenker says professional and business services were also up for the month while manufacturing held steady from month to month. 

 

However, he says those are down 300 for the year due mainly to some losses in the north county area.


Unemployment numbers in Cattaraugus County showed some significant improvement in March falling from 7.2% in February to 6.3% in March. 

 

The labor Department's John Slenker says it was 6.5-percent in March of 2016.  Slenker says the job count was down by 100 to 31,500. 

 

However, he says that number is steady from the start of the year. Slenker says there was some upward activity in financial activities and, professional and business services which were both up by 100. 

 

However he says leisure and hospitality was down 200 as the ski season wound down.


Legislation that would authorize people with terminal illnesses to request life-ending drugs from a physician is again before state lawmakers in Albany. 

 

Supporters of the bill include several New Yorkers who lost loved ones to painful terminal illness.  They plan to meet with lawmakers Tuesday at the state Capitol.  The bill would require two physicians to certify the patient's illness is terminal. 

 

Physicians could refuse to agree to the request for any reason.  The measure has been introduced before but hasn't received a vote. 

 

Supporters say the bill gives suffering patients the freedom to end their lives with dignity but has proper safeguards.  Opponents worry the measure would be abused. 

 

Colorado, Washington, Vermont, California and Oregon already have current laws allowing people to request life-ending medication from a physician.



Fredonia village board members have hired a new village attorney and he will be working on a part-time basis.  

 

Monday night, the Village Board approved the appointment of Todd Thomas of Jamestown by a 4-to-0 vote.  Thomas succeeds Sam Drayo who announced his retirement late last year after serving the village for 48 years. 

 

Mayor Athanasia Landis says she is very pleased to have Thomas on board. Thomas says he is looking forward to beginning his new role and, working on the challenges the position brings. 

 

Thomas, who begins his new duties immediately, will be paid an annual salary of 40-thousand dollars.


Too much water on Lake Ontario from recent flooding has put many charter fishing businesses on hiatus, while recreational boating is on hold until conditions improve. 

 

Run-off from weeks of rainy weather has pushed the lake to near-record levels, and lakeshore erosion caused by high winds has deposited trees, large logs, docks, tires and lawn furniture in the water along the lake's southern shoreline from the Niagara River to the St. Lawrence River. 

 

Jerry Felluca, who runs charters out of Hamlin, west of Rochester, likens the conditions to a minefield.  The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reports  that many charter captains have had to cancel or reschedule trips because marina docks and parking lots are still under water. 

 

Most motor boat and sailing enthusiasts have been prevented from launching their vessels because of hazardous conditions.

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Two people have been arrested during a raid onJamestown's eastside Monday afternoon for allegedly trafficking several kinds of narcotics. 

 

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force raided Apartment-#37 at 305 East Fifth Street about 1:45 PM.  Samuelson says they were joined by the state Police C-NET Team in the raid which yielded quantities of crystal Methamphetime, cocaine, marihuana, and, cash. 

 

He says investigators also arrested 32 year-old Mark Maio and 18 year-old Mariah Snyder on several drug related charges.  Samuelson says both are charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, fifth-degree criminal possession.  Both are also charged with criminal possession of marihuana.  Maio faces other charges as well. 

 

With it's proximity to the Prendergast Avenue area he says this was also another "targeted" action in that area of the city.  Both are being held pending arraignment.  If you have information on illegal drug trafficking in Jamestown call the JPD Tips-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477... or contact their Tips 4-1-1 app.

Temperatures dropped to the freezing early yesterday and this morning. 

 

The National Weather Service in Buffalo is continuing a Freeze Warning until 9 this morning in Chautauqua County.  Forecaster Dave Zaff of the Weather Service's Buffalo office said Monday that an upper level low pressure system has brought unseasonably cool air to the area and, was around another night. 

 

Zaff says temperatures away from Lake Erie were expected to drop to around 30, and maybe the upper 20s in some areas.  Zaff says once things warm up today temperatures will begin warming up slightly.  Early morning temperatures Monday reached 32 at the County Airport in Jamestown and 35 at the Dunkirk Airport.


Governor Andrew Cuomo is now launching his county-wide Shared Services Initiative and, it requires each county across the state to have its Chief Executive Officer create and chair a Shared Services Panel. 

 

County Executive Vince Horrigan says he's ready to comply with the requirement that's part of the state budget and the local panel will be holding its first meeting today in Mayville.

 

Horrigan says they will discuss the initiative and create a plan for the county using a $50,000 grant that the county received to do the work.  He says he will likely include initiatives that were included in the county's application for the state's Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition. 

 

Chautauqua County is one of six local governments that's competing for the $20-million dollar prize.  The county's Shared Services plan must be submitted to the County Legislature no later than August 1st.


How the new American Health Care Act deals with Planned Parenthood and pre-natal care led to some heated exchanges durling last Saturday's town hall meeting in Busti hosted by Congressman Tom Reed. 

 

Reed left no doubts about where he stood saying he does not support the organization.  One of the sharpest exchanges involved a woman who supports Planned Parenthood and, says the organization is needed because it provides pre-natal care, and other important services.
 

Reed says that the bill only addresses health insurance.  He says there needs to be a conversation further down the road about health care, and how that's delivered in the United States. 

 

Back to the health care bill Reed says he wanted to wait until the revised score on the final, amended proposal came out from the Congressional Budget Office.  However he says leadership wanted to go forward at that moment. 

 

The American Health Care Act was approved last Thursday by the Republican-controlled House, 217-to-213. 

 

Reed says that he did read the final bill unlike a few of his fellow members of Congress admitted.

New York state is accepting public comment on new learning standards that replace the Common Core. 

 

The revised standards will be presented to the policy-making Board of Regents Tuesday and public comments are being accepted until June 2nd.  State education officials released the standards last week following a two-year process that included gathering input from the public, educators and experts. 

 

Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia says the revised standards include substantive changes while maintaining the rigor of the Common Core, which outlines what a student should be able to do in each grade. 

 

New York and most other states adopted the Common Core standards to improve college readiness, but they became part of broader backlash against testing and teacher evaluations.  The Regents are expected to adopt the new standards in June.

A 35-pound, 3-ounce channel catfish caught in Lake Ontario this spring sets a new state record for that species. 

 

State environmental officials say Eric Scordo of Watertown caught the 38-inch catfish on Lake Ontario in Jefferson County on April 29. He used just a nightcrawler as bait.  The catch breaks the 2002 record by nearly 2 1/2 pounds. 

 

The previous record channel catfish was caught in Brant Lake in Warren County.  Scordo submitted details of the catch as part of the Department of Environmental Conservation's Angler Achievement Awards program.

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While some Republican members of Congress say they didn't read the entire health care bill they voted on this past week, local Congressman Tom Reed says he did.

 

Reed talked about the American Health Care Act in detail during a town Hall meeting in Busti last Saturday morning.  The health care debate dominated the just over one-hour session, which was attended by nearly 200 people. 

 

Reed favored the original bill which he reviewed extensively as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.  However the Corning Republican says he was uncertain about the new, amended proposal, until he had the chance to read it. The majority of those attending the town hall oppose the new health care plan while several Republicans and supporters of President Trump want to see where the measure goes first. 

 

One person at the session said there was still plenty of concern and opposition to the new health care act in the Senate.  With the House vote Reed says he hopes the U-S Senate will hold a vote on the bill sooner "rather than later."

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the Republican health care bill is an "assault on New York." 

 

State numbers indicate the legislation passed by the U.S. House on Thursday would deprive 2.7 million New Yorkers of health coverage and, cut up to $6.9-billion dollars in Medicaid funding for New York.  Cuomo says Congressional Republicans want to "gut" Medicaid and could put some New York hospitals out of business. 

 

New York's Republican House members said the bill will address big problems in the Affordable Care Act.  One provision would stop counties outside of New York City from having to contribute toward the state's Medicaid program. 

 

Cuomo says that could force state taxpayers to pick up the cost, but supporters say it will lead to reduced taxes at the county level.


The Republican health care overhaul remains a work in progress and, many states are planning for big changes that could swell the ranks of the uninsured and hit them with higher costs. 

 

The changes contained in a bill that passed the U.S. House last week are welcome in some states that want more autonomy but are causing alarm in others that embraced former President Obama's Affordable Care Act.  During his Town Hall meeting in Busti Congressman Tom Reed says he favors phasing in a "per capita" program versus the current "static" one.

 

The angst is especially true for states that expanded Medicaid and face the potential loss of billions in federal dollars such as New York.  The current GOP plan would undo the mostly federally funded Medicaid expansion. It provided coverage to about 11 million newly eligible low-income Americans. 

 

The plan also would allow insurance companies to charge far higher premiums on older Americans and some people with pre-existing conditions.


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says local governments should share resources to ease tax burdens that could increase under federal tax proposals. 

 

Late this week Cuomo ceremonially signed a bill allowing for counties to create plans to reduce property taxes by consolidating government programs or sharing equipment in Long Island.  The plan requires the top county executive to bring together local elected leaders and come up with a plan that would require public approval. 

 

Democrat Cuomo argues that many villages, cities, towns and counties could save money by pooling their purchases or cooperating to make duplicative services more efficient. 

 

Cuomo says the plan is "more critical than ever" to ease property taxes in light of President Trump's tax proposal that could end the federal deduction for state and local taxes.


Jamestown is one of eight upstate New York communities chosen to take part in the new, 5-million dollar Graduate-to-Homeownership Program to help recent college graduates become first-time homeowners. 

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the pilot program late last week which he says it being made available to eight of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative communities.  City Development director Vince DeJoy says the program provides mortgage and loan assistance.

 

DeJoy says he's not sure of the timetable to start the program yet.  He does say the program will be part of an overall incentive effort to intice young people to become first-time home buyers in Jamestown and elsewhere upstate.  DeJoy says they are also working with State Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell to provide a property tax abatement for grads who come back and fix-up a formerly condemned home. 

 

Governor Cuomo's office says the program is being launched in Geneva to compliment it's "Finger Lakes Forward" program to boost the economy.  In addition to Jamestown and Geneva  the cities of Elmira and Oswego in Central New York are also part of the Graduate-to-Home ownership Program.


A north county man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman early Saturday morning in the village of Silver Creek. 

 

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene at an address in the village for a physical altercation just after 12 Midnight.  Deputies were joined by local Emergency Management crews who transported the woman to Lakeshore Hospital in Irving for treatment of her injuries. 

 

Officers say they arrested 22 year-old Jerrod KIrtley on one count of second-degree assault.  Kirtley was arraigned and sent to the county jail on 5-thousand dollars cash bail.


A crackdown on underage drinking and illegal alcohol sales in New York has led to more than 100 arrests and the seizure of more than 125 fake IDs.  Over five weeks this spring, law enforcement officers directed undercover, underage decoys to visit more than 640 liquor stores, convenience stores and bars to test illegal alcohol sales. 

 

More than 180 of the businesses made illegal sales.  In addition state Department of Motor Vehicle officers cracked down on minors attempting to buy alcohol, making 112 arrests.  The numbers were released late last week by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

 

The governor says underage drinking can have lifelong consequences and that his administration will take action against young people who seek to obtain alcohol as well as businesses willing to sell it to them.


New Yorkers can raise a glass to their favorite craft brewery in a statewide competition this week. 

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo urges people to cast their votes online at taste.ny.gov.  The five breweries with the most votes will be invited to the Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge event in New York City on May 17th

 

A panel of judges will decide the winner.  Seventy breweries are participating in the competition, which is being held during American Craft Beer Week starting May 15th.  New York's craft brewing industry has been expanded through a series of legislative and economic incentives including the creation of the Farm Brewery License in 2012. 

 

There are now 321 craft breweries in New York, up from 50 in 2011.

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News Update for Sat., May 6, 2017

Nearly 200 pack Busti Fire Hall for Reed Town Hall; health care bill dominates discussion and debate...
While some Republican members of Congress say they didn't read the entire health care bill they voted on this past week... local Congressman Tom Reed says he did. Reed talked about the American Health Care Act in detail during a town Hall meeting in Busti late this morning.  The health care debate dominated the just over one-hour session, which was attended by nearly 200 people.  Reed favored the original bill... which he reviewed extensively as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.  However... the Corning Republican says he was uncertain about the new, amended proposal, until he had the chance to read it.  Reed says he didn't take a position until the final text came out.  It appeared the majority of those attending the town hall oppose the new health care plan... while several Republicans and supporters of President Trump want to see where the measure goes first.  One person at the session said there was still plenty of concern and opposition to the new health care act in the Senate.  Reed says... with the House vote... it's time for the Senate to do it's work.  At several points in the town hall... Democrats and Liberals dominated the debate.  At one point... a Trump supporter, and an opponent exchanged words, and Reed stepped in to calm the situation before it went any further.  Reed began the day at a town Hall in Dunkirk... and, finished up with one in Hinsdale.
 
Cuomo criticizes GOP Health Overhaul...
Governor Andrew Cuomo says the Republican health care bill is an "assault on New York."  State numbers indicate the legislation passed by the U.S. House on Thursday would deprive 2.7 million New Yorkers of health coverage... and, cut up to $6.9-billion in Medicaid funding for New York.  Cuomo late Friday said Congressional Republicans want to "gut" Medicaid and could put some New York hospitals out of business.  New York's Republican House members said the bill will address big problems in the Affordable Care Act.  One provision would stop counties outside of New York City from having to contribute toward the state's Medicaid program. 

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Local Congressman Tom Reed was among the slim majority of House members who voted for the American Health Care Act yesterday afternoon and, is calling it a "great victory" for the American people.  

 

Reed says "we are finally on the path to fixing our broke and broken health care system."  The Corning Republican says the new Health Care plan "upholds protections for pre-existing conditions and, the expansion of Medicaid which help our most vulnerable populations."  He says the bill will also provide much needed property tax relief for New Yorkers who are unfairly forced to foot the bill for Medicaid.  

 

Reed adds, "we care about giving people the freedom and flexibility to make their own health decisions while providing promised tax relief for middle-income families and small business owners."

 

A plea agreement has allowed the Jamestown man to avoid trial for beating and stabbing his wife and step-son to death in early December of 2015.  
 
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says some "back-and-forth" involving the judge... prosecution and defense lawyers led 53 year-old Allen Witruke to plead guilty to two counts of first-degree manslaughter in the deaths of Catherine Witruke and Eric Washburn.  
 
Swanson says the manslaughter charges stem from each side's psychiatric experts determining that Witruke had an "extreme emotional disturbance" when the homicides occured.
 
Swanson says Witruke was facing the start of jury selection for his trial next Tuesday.  With the plea Witruke faces 10 to 20 years in state prison on each count of first-degree manslaughter.  
 
He's to be sentenced on August 22nd.  Swanson says members of the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department Civil Division were executing an eviction order at Witruke's home at 235 Barrows Street on December 8th of 2015, when they discovered Catherine Witruke, and Eric Washburn's bodies.  Allen Witruke was arrested in Olean later that same day.
 
The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force says it has put two major cocaine drug traffickers in jail following a two-month long investigation in the Dunkirk area.  
 
Task Force members say they arrested 26 year-old Michael Pacheco and, 29 year-old Fred Santiago early Tuesday evening.  
 
Agents say they arrested Pacheco at a location on Vineyard Drive in the town of Dunkirk and found him with 4.5-ounces of cocaine in his possession.  A short time later Task Force members raided the residence at 80 Lincoln Avenue in the city of Dunkirk.  
 
They arrested Santiago during the raid and, seized about 28.5-ounces of cocaine  with a street value of about $50,000.  They also seized $46,000 in cash, postal money orders, scales, and other materials.  
 
Both men are charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Pacheco is in the county jail on $150,000 cash bail while Santiago is being held with no bail.  
 
Additional State and Federal charges are pending, and more arrests are expected.  Dunkirk Police assisted along with other departments.  
 
Anyone with information about the sale of narcotics should contact the the Task Force at 1-800-344-8702.
 
New York's second-in-command helped to kick-off the first meeting of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council as it gears up for Round 7 of Governor Andrew Cuomo's chief economic development program.  
 
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul addressed members during the meeting held at the State University of New York College at Fredonia Thursday.  Hochul says it's not "a given" that the funding would be included in the new state budget that was approved by state lawmakers last month.
 
County Executive Vince Horrigan, one of the REDC members, says the process has helped a number of projects in Chautauqua County over the years, but there is still a critical need for funding, with projects such as moving ahead with the North County Water District, and providing sewer around Chautauqua Lake.  
 
Yesterday's meeting was the first one for University President Dr. Virginia Horvath as the Council's co-chair. Besides Horrigan, Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi is also a member of the Western New York REDC.  
 
A total of 10 regional councils are competing for a share of the $800-million dollar pot. 
 
 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is touting a big jump in public education spending.  
 
The Democratic governor traveled to a school in Queens on Wednesday to celebrate a $1.1 billion dollar increase in school funding.  Overall the state will spend a record $25.8 billion on public education under the budget approved by Cuomo and lawmakers last month.
 
Cuomo says the investment recognizes the importance of public education, which he says creates economic opportunities and allows New Yorkers of all backgrounds to pursue the American dream.  Cuomo also announced a new round of awards for top teachers.
 
Sixty teachers from around the state will each receive stipends of $5,000 for professional development.  Applications and nominations are due later this month.

 

The most visable fund-raiser for Jamestown's larges soup kitchen is underway and, the need for the serves of the St. Susan's Center have been never greater.  
 
That from Executive Director Jeff Smith, as the 19th annual "Cents for St. Susan's" campaign kicked-off yesterday morning at the Board of Public Utilities.  Most of the campaign's sponsors gathered to rally support for the effort which raised just over $18,000 last year.  
 
Smith says, without the support of the community they wouldn't have been able to provide just over 467,000 meals the needy the past four years.
 
Smith says they've provided meals for well over 30,000 individuals during that time.  He says they appreciate the support of the BPU in running the "Cents for St. Susan's" program each year.  
 
Smith says there's been no slow-down in the need this year thanks in part to a record-setting January.  The major sponsor this year is KeyBank which is joined by National Fuel Gas and, Northwest Savings Bank as sponsors.  
 
The Media One Group is again a media sponor.  The bright yellow canisters for people's change will be out at local stores, banks and restaurants through July 4th.
 
'Help Portrait Chautauqua' will be held at the Resource Center on Dunham Avenue near Celoron this Sunday.
 
The event is organized by the Southwestern Central School Photography Club and local professional photographers. Mark Kirsch, who teaches photography at Southwestern, says it's an opportunity for ANYONE to get a professional portrait taken for FREE.
 
The hours will be 11 AM to 2 PM Sunday, at the Conference Room at the rear of the Resource Center's building.  Kirsch says help with hair will be available at the site, and the framed pictures will be ready the same day.  There is no cost, and no obligation.  

 

 

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Three people on Jamestown's westside were arrested during a raid later Wednesday morning for allegedly trafficking Crystal Methamphetime in the presence of young children.  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force and, members of the state Police C-NET Team executed a search warrant at 510 West Sixth Street with the help of the JPD SWAT Team.  
 
Inside, Samuelson says they found drugsm, three adults and two children, ages 3 and 10.
 
Samuelson says task force members arrested 27 year-old James Blue, 31 year-old Lakeia Boyd, and, 23 year-old Sheldon Harper.  Police say all three are charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a Controlled Substance and, criminally using drug paraphernalia.  
 
They add that Boyd was also charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child as she is the mother of the two children found inside.  Anyone who may have information on the illegal trafficking of drugs can contact the Task Force's  Anonymous Tip Line at 483-Tips, that's 483-8477.  
 
The two small children are safe and are staying with a relative. 
 
A Jamestown man has been arrested after police found a large amount of marihuana and cash inside an attic apartment on the city's northside in the neighborhood of another recent pot bust.  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says agents with the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force and, state Police C-NET Team executed a search warrant in the apartment at 839 Prendergast Avenue shortly after 5 Wednesday morning.  Samuelson says they were able to enter the apartment with the help of the JPD SWAT Team.
 
Samuelson says they also arrested the man inside the apartment identified as 19 year-old Armando Jenks.  He says Jenks was taken to the city jail where he currently is awaiting arraignment.  Investigators were also assisted by K-9 Units from Jamestown Police, state Police, and Lakewood-Busti Police.  
 
Another major marihauna bust recently took place at 853 Prendergast Avenue where another man was shot and killed earlier this year.  
 
Anyone who may have information on the illegal sales and trafficking of drugs can call the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force Anonymous Tip Line at 483-Tips that's 483-8477.  You can also leave a tip on the JPD Tips 411 App.
 
New York state lawmakers are gaining momentum in a measure to expand medical marijuana coverage to those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.  
 
Currently medical marijuana in New York can only be used to treat serious illnesses such as cancer and Lou Gehrig's disease.  The New York Daily News reports  the Democrat-controlled Assembly approved a measure that adds PTSD to the list of state-approved ailments that doctors can prescribe medical marijuana as treatment.  
 
The bill will now move to the Republican-controlled Senate.  The bill's sponsor, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried of Manhattan, says there's evidence that medical marijuana is effective in treating PTSD.  New York launched its medicinal marijuana program last year. 
 
Local non-profit leaders, professionals, and people who deal with poverty every day met last night to brainstorm ideas on how to deal with poverty in the city of Jamestown.  
 
The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County was selected to administer the Empire State Poverty Reducation Initiative a state program that Jamestown and 15 other communities are taking part in.  One of the people heading up the local effort is United Way Community Impact Coordinator Krista Cammerata.
 
Cammerata was the leader of a group dealing with Jobs and Job Training.  Other groups dealt with Public Assistance, Early Education and, Transportation.  Cammerata says better connecting young with potential or actual job opportunities is key adding she heard a lot about the need for more internship opportunities.  
 
She says another key is getting people trained for the right job that might be or will be available is also important.  The Center for Regional Governance in Rochester is helping to develop a program that will be implimented using one-million dollars from the state.  Cammerata says CRG will help produce a report on last night's session.
 
 
New York public school students are sitting this week for the second round of Common Core tests.  
 
Students in grades three through eight across the state's 700 school districts began the first of three days of math testing on Tuesday. The students took English language arts assessments in March.  For the past two years, at least 20% of eligible students have opted out in protest of the annual assessments that are required by the federal government but, opposed by many parents and teachers as unfair and unnecessary.  
 
State education leaders have responded by including fewer questions and giving students more time to complete them.  About 39% of students who took the math assessments last year scored in the proficient range.  About 38% scored proficient in English.

 

Congress is "very close" to having the votes needed to pass new health care legislation, and there could be a vote today.  
 
That from House Republican leaders last night.  Local Congressman Tom Reed said Tuesday that the GOP was one or two votes shy of the 218 needed to pass the measure.  However the GOP lost an influencial moderate Tuesday when Michigan's Fred Upton announced he was opposed to the way the new proposal deals with pre-existing conditions.  
 
In New York, though, Reed says the pre-existing issues are not as much in play as elsewhere. Reed says, if the votes are there, the new American Health Care Act will be voted on.  Upton worked with with the Congressional Republican Leadership on an amendment that would provide 8-billion dollars over five years to help people with those conditions pay premiums.  
 
With that now settled he is on board.  Reed made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed will be holding three town hall meetings this Saturday, May 6th and, two of them will be held in Chautauqua County.  
 
Reed's Communications Director Samantha Cotten says the first will be held at 9 AM the West Dunkirk Fire Department in Dunkirk.  The fire hall is located on Willow Road.  
 
Cotten says the second wil be held at the Busti Fire Department located on Mill Street at the five-corners beginning at 11:30 AM.  
 
Congressman Reed's final town hall meeting will be held at the Hinsdale Fire Department in Hinsdale in Cattaraugus County beginning at 2 PM.  
 
All town halls are open to the public and, were heavily-attended earlier this year.  Reed says "we choose to hold town halls because we believe in responsive and accessible government.  I look forward to a respectful conversation and finding common ground so that we implement fair changes to benefit all of those in our region."
 

 

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The Trump Administration and Congressional Democrats are verbally sparring over who won in the 2017 budget battle. 

 

However the western Southern Tier faired pretty well in the new spending plan which runs through September. 

 

Local Congressman Tom Reed says a number of programs and projects under threat in the 2018 spending plan are included in this year's budget deal including the Great Lakes Initiative. President Trump has proposed cutting funding for the Great Lakes Initiative by 97% in the 2018 budget blueprint. 

 

However Reed believes this appropriations bill will help prioritize what will be funded in the 2018 bill.  He says that should "bode well" for the 23rd Congressional District.  He adds that funding for the Appalachin Regional Commission was at least continued at 2016 levels 

 

But he says the ARC was given an additional 20-million dollars for the year.  President Trump touted the budget deal declaring: "This is what winning looks like."  Budget Director Mick Mulvaney says they did find 347-million dollars to begin work on the border wall.


A New York program that allows court-ordered therapy for thousands of seriously mentally ill people will expire next month if the Legislature doesn't renew it.   

 

Advocates say research supports making the 18-year-old policy permanent, but opponents say involuntary psychiatric treatment violates rights and stigmatizes the mentally ill.  More than 4-thousand New Yorkers are treated annually under Kendra's Law, which passed in 1999 after Kendra Webdale was pushed in front of a subway train by a man with untreated schizophrenia. 

The Fredonia native died in the attack. 

 

The measure  proposed by State Senator Cathy Young has been temporarily reauthorized twice, but New York lawmakers have balked at making the law permanent.  The Republican-led Senate this week passed a bill to make the law permanent, and it is now up for consideration in the Assembly.



Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency to free up resources to help communities hit by flooding along the Lake Ontario's southern shore in western New York. 

 

The Democratic governor says Tuesday a state response team has been created.  It consists of the National Guard, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Environmental Conservation, State Police and Monroe County Sheriff's Office. 

 

Cuomo says equipment including generators and pumps will be made available to suburban Rochester towns where wind-driven floodwaters have been affecting hundreds of homes.  The National Weather Service has issued flood watches and warnings for Lake Ontario's southern and eastern shoreline from the Niagara River to the St. Lawrence River.


The numbers are in and arrests from the non-Fred Fest celebration in the village of Fredonia were down from last year's event and, that pleases Fredonia Police Chief Brad Meyers. 

 

The village's top police official says they have compiled the figures from the three-day event that wrapped up late Saturday night and there were signs of improvement. Fredonia Police announced changes in the way they were handling the event last week.  Among the changes, police used body cameras for the first time and they promised that the arrests would be posted on the department's Facebook page. 

 

Meyers believes the changes helped to make a difference and he is hopeful the weekend event will eventually fade away though he says that wasn't the case this year. 

 

For those who are wondering, Meyers says they will be posting the names of all 67 people were arrested on Facebook.


New York lawmakers are questioning the cost and motives of Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to bail out three aging upstate nuclear reactors. 

 

Members of the Assembly used a legislative hearing on the subsidies Monday to question state energy officials about the need for the state subsidies, which will cost ratepayers up to $7.6-million dollars over 12 years.  Cuomo, a Democrat, says the money will ensure the plants continue to operate and prevent greater reliance on fossil fuels as the state shifts to renewable energy. 

 

At Monday's hearing state officials said that while $7.6 billion is the top estimate, the subsidies are likely to cost energy consumers far less as the plan proceeds.  Projections now indicate the average electricity consumer will pay about $2 more per month.


The new Lakewood Diner on Chautauqua Avenue in the village held it's official grand opening this morning. 

 

The diner has actually been open for a few months now but, the downtown eatery held it's official opening today with village officials, and the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce on hand.  Morgan Hetrick and his wife, Sara, bought the former Mindy's Place as one of seven buildings he recently purchased. 

 

Morgan Hetrick says they decided to fill the void when the previous owner decided to close.  He says they have a lot of good, hearty dishes but, have several healthful ones as well. Hetrick says they still specialize in different kinds of pancakes and, other breakfast specials. 

 

Lakewood Mayor Cara Birritierri says she was sad to see Mindy's close but, adds the Hetrick's have created a terrific, new restaurant to get great coffee, and a variety of breakfasts and lunches.  Morgan Hetrick says they are open seven days a week from 7 AM to 2 PM and, he says business is picking up after a lull over the Winter months.


An effort to ban the declawing of cats in New York is back before lawmakers. 

 

Legislation to prohibit the procedure for aesthetic purposes has been introduced in the Senate and Assembly.  Supporters include animal welfare advocates and many veterinarians who say declawing a cat is inhumane since it involves the amputation of a cat's toes back to the first knuckle. 

 

The state's largest veterinary association opposes a ban, however, arguing that the procedure should remain a last resort for felines who won't stop scratching furniture or humans.  The bill failed to get a vote last year. 

 

 On Tuesday supporters including the Humane Society and several veterinarians who oppose the procedure plan to lobby lawmakers at the state Capitol.

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Fire has destroyed the Trillium Lodge in Cherry Creek. 

 

The Jamestown Post Journal reports that around 100 firefighters from 14 companies battled the blaze Monday afternoon. The initial call was sent out at 5:45pm for the report of "smoke with flames showing".   

 

Firefighters faced some unique challenges including the possibility of electric lines coming down across Main Street in Cherry Creek and nearby propane and gasoline tanks at Noco Energy.  The Trillium Lodge was closed on Mondays.


No major problems have been reported due to yesterday's severe thunderstorms that passed through the Jamestown-area. 

 

However there were some downed trees and power lines.  At one point late Monday afternoon National Grid reported about 700 customers in Chautauqua County were without power. 

 

Forecaster Jim Mitchell with the National Weather Service says it was a fast-moving storm with gusty winds. With a cold front having passed through the region Mitchell says cooler air from Canada is moving in and, we'll be cold and damp for the next several days. 

 

After a wetter than normal March and April Mitchell says that trend is continuing into the month of May.  So far he says we've seen the rainfall deficits from last year "completely erased." 

 

Mitchell says it appears that Thursday and Friday will be the days where the rainstorms will be more likely and, we won't see much in the way of drier weather until the middle of next week.


Two Jamestown brothers have been indicted on federal drug charges for allegedly trying to traffic a large amount of Methamphetime and, maintaining a "drug-involved" premises. 

 

Acting U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior announced late Monday that a federal grand jury had returned a three-count indictment against 32 year-old Beau Jones and, his 30 year-old brother, Matthew.  Kennedy says both are charged with one count each of narcotics conspiracy possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of Meth, and maintaining a drug-involved premises. 

 

Assistant U-S Attorney Laura Higgins, who is handling the case, says both men were arrested last December 1st after a shipment of more than 360 grams of methamphetamine was mailed to Beau Jones’ home at 70 Colfax Street.  Shortly after the delivery Higgins says Beau Jones was arrested during a vehicle stop and, the parcel containing the meth was discovered in the backseat of his vehicle. 

 

She says Matthew Jones was arrested later that day during a separate car stop.  A safe was found in the trunk of his car containing another approximately 80 grams of Meth.  Higgins says the charges carry a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of 10-million dollars.  Both men were arraigned Monday and are being held without bail.


A Westfield man is being treated for serious injuries after his motorcycle crashed about mid-evening Sunday on Route 20 in the town of Ripley. 

 

State Police in Fredonia say a trooper's marked patrol car was passed by the motorcycle which was traveling at a high rate of speed just after 9 PM on a double-solid line.  Trooper's say the 45 year-old operator then failed to negotiate a slight curve in the road and ,struck a guiderail. 

 

The unidentified man was then ejected from his motorcycle and came to rest in a field adjacent to the roadway.  He was flown to a Youngstown, Ohio hospital where he is listed in critical condition.  The State Police investigation into this accident is continuing.


Five people including two incumbants are running for three seats on the Jamestown School Board in the May 16th school board elections. 

 

The district has announced the candidates, who received at least 100 valid signatures on petitions they've circulated.  The incumbants include current Board President Paul Abbott, and Shelly Leathers. 

 

Current Board member Thomas Pope has decided not to run for re-election.  Abbott says he "enjoys the opportunity to be involved in decision-making" that has a positive impact on the district, and it's students.

 

In addition to Abbott and Leathers a former board member and president Christine Schnars is running for the board again.  Schnars served on the panel for 25 years until she ran unsuccessfully for re-election a few years ago. 

 

There are also two newcomers running for the school board May 16th.  They are Fannell Leeper who along with her daughters are JHS alumni.  She is retired from The Resource Center.  The fifth candidate is Frank Galeazzo who is currently Information Services Manager at the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities.  He is also a member of the Jamestown City Council P-T-S-A.


The Excelsior Scholarship, New York's new, free tuition program could be a real boon for students at Jamestown Community College. 

 

JCC's Vice-President for Enrollment Management and Institutional Advancement, Kirk Young, says a significant number of current students fall under the $100,000 income cap.  Young is quick to add that JCC's popular USA scholarship will still be needed. 

 

The USA program offers free tuition to the top 20% of area high school graduates who choose JCC. Given a choice between USA and Excelsior, Kirk Young says some students might take the USA scholarhip, which, unlike Excelsior has no residency requirement. 

 

This is the time that many high school seniors are making college decisions, but he says full detail on the new state scholarship won't be available until sometime later in the month.  The Higher Education Services Corporation is handling the new Excelsior Scholarship.  Links to their website are available at SunyJCC.edu.


Increased recycling, greater reliance on renewable energy and less use of copy paper have saved New York state government nearly 20-million over five years. 

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo's office released a list of savings Friday that it says are the result of efforts to reduce the state's environmental impact.  Since 2011 the state has reduced its use of copy paper by 35%. 

 

It's also increased the recycling of debris from transportation projects, invested in greater renewable energy and expanded its use of recycled products.  Cuomo says the state is "leading the nation" by reducing state government waste and saving tax dollars while it protects the environment.


A hunting accident early yesterday morning in the town of Cherry Creek sent a teenager to the hospital for treatment of a birdshot wound. 

 

State Police in Jamestown say they wre called to the scene on Pickup Hill Road about 6:30 AM.  Troopers say two parties were turkey hunting in the vicinity of each other on private property at which time one party allegedly fired at a turkey.  Police say part of the discharged round struck a member of the other hunting party in the torso. 

 

Troopers say the 17 year-old victim was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released.  The shooter has been identified and the investigation is ongoing.


New York is giving more than one-million dollars to a group of farms in an effort to boost the state's Grown & Certified program. 

 

The money is available through the Environmental Protection Fund and will be split among 29 farms.  The state program assures consumers the food they're buying is local and produced by farms enrolled in an environmental management program. 

 

Orleans County in the Finger Lakes region is getting the lion's share of the funding. Ten farms will split nearly $415,000, while six farms in Saratoga County will divvy up $223,000. 

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the funding on Friday to coincide with Earth Week. The hope is to help more farmers adopt green practices.

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A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly theatening a woman, who had an order of protection against him, with a paintball gun last weekend. 

 

City police were called to the scene on Chandler Street shortly before 9 PM last Saturday and, learned that 40 year-old Grant Monroe, Junior had gone to the residence and threatened her.  Officers say their investigation led them to another house on the southside where they found and arrested Monroe. 

 

Police found that he had been convicted of a domestic violence charge within the preceeding five-years.  He was arrested for Aggravated Family Offense,  a Felony and, three counts of first-degree criminal contempt, another Felony.

 

Monroe was also charged with second-degree menacing and, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  He was jailed pending arraignment.

A Sinclairville man faces burglary and other charges after he allegedly entered a building in the village and, removed property that didn't belong to him. 

 

Sheriff's officers say they arrested 26 year-old Peter McTaggart following an investigation into the incident late last week.  Deputies arrested McTaggert without incident and, charged him with third-degree burglary, petty larceny, and, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. 

 

McTaggart was arraigned in Charlotte Town Court and, sent to the Chautauqua County Jail on $30,000 cash bail.


The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities is moving it's Spring Water Main Flushing program to mornings and afternoons beginning a week from today. 

 

BPU General Manager Dave Leathers say officials with the Water Division worked for the past 8 to 10 months to come up with a plan that's less disruptive and, works better for the utility and it's customers.  Leathers says one of the main considerations for the change was the safety of their workers.

 

Leathers says they initially looked at doing the flushing in two shifts from 7 AM to 9 PM each weekday.  However, he says they finally decided on an 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM time period.  Leathers says the only difference will be when they start the flushing next weekend in the village of Falconer. 

 

He says that will remain an overnight flushing program starting this Friday, April 28th with some pre-flushing work.  Leathers says that runs through next Sunday afternoon. 

 

The new schedule will begin on Monday morning, May 1st on Jamestown's eastside.  Leathers made his comments for last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.


The top government lawyers from 19 states are telling President Donald Trump and the Republican leaders of Congress not to cut federal money for drug treatment programs. 

 

A group of Democratic state attorneys general sent a letter Friday to federal officials saying the government "cannot abandon this commitment to our communities."  It's the latest of several actions from Democratic attorneys general objecting to Trump policies. 

 

In this case it's a pre-emptive argument that comes as Trump says Republican lawmakers are closing in on an agreement on how to replace former President Barack Obama's health insurance overhaul. 

 

It's not clear what any new plan would mean for drug treatment, which has become a major issue amid an epidemic of addiction to opioid drugs.


U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York says he has spoken with President Trump about a U.S.-Canada trade dispute involving dairy products. 

 

Schumer said Sunday that he is working with the president, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other stakeholders to develop a plan to tackle the issue that has left dairy farmers in Wisconsin and New York without a market for their product. 

 

Local Congressman Tom Reed says there are some ways right now that lawmakers can address the issue. Canada recently changed its policy on pricing domestic milk to cover more dairy ingredients, leading to lower prices for Canadian products including "ultra-filtered" milk that compete with the U.S. product. 

 

Reed says, long-term the North American Free Trade Agreement needs to deal with dairy and, with the wine industry.  He says both need to be involved in any discussion of NAFTA. 

 

Reed made his comments during a recent conference call with Southern Tier Media.  Schumer says the new policy "violates our agreements and hurts our farmers."


New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says an investigation by his office found hundreds of vehicles had been sold to consumers without disclosing serious safety issues. 

 

Schneiderman says he has reached settlements with 104 car dealerships around the state that sold vehicles without telling customers about recalls for defects such as unintended acceleration and steering or brake loss.  Under the settlements, dealers are required to follow a set of guidelines to alert consumers that their vehicles may have unrepaired recalls. 

 

Each dealer will also pay a $1,000 fine to the state.  The attorney general's office says consumers can check the recall status of any vehicle by entering its Vehicle Identification Number on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website .


New York state is investing 112-million dollars in federal funding into several dozen projects intended to enhance bicycle and pedestrian transportation. 

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo's office announced the projects late this past week.  They include new and improved sidewalks, trails and bike paths, crosswalks, safety upgrades at traffic intersections and expanded public transportation services around the state.  The money will pay for up to 80 percent of the work. 

 

Cuomo, a Democrat, says the money is "critical" to expanding transportation options that are healthier for people and better for the environment.


Facing huge deficits, Pennsylvania could become the first state to allow both its casinos and lottery to take its games online. 

 

It's a quest for money from new and younger players.  The Republican-controlled Legislature is considering allowing Pennsylvania's licensed casinos to control new online gambling sites.  It's legal in just three states, including New Jersey. 

 

Meanwhile Democratic Governor Tom Wolf wants to expand the lottery's reach to cyberspace.  Just four states allow that.

 

 

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Major drug bust in Dunkirk leads to five arrests, and seizure of more than 100 grams of "crack" cocaine, and more than $170,000...
A major drug bust in the city of Dunkirk has led to five arrests... and the seizing of a large amount of "crack" cocaine, and, more than $170,000 in cash.  Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they raided the house at 51 East Second Street shortly before 10 a.m. Friday... and, arrested four of the five suspects.  Task Force members say they arrested  47 year-old Minerva Maestre... 23 year-old Hector Mercado-Torres... 17 year-old Eriberto Corraliza... and, 18 year-old Angelica Cullinan.  Agents say the raid and arrests were based on a seven-month long investigation... where they allegedly found the residence was being used by several people for storage and sales of crack cocaine.  During the raid... task force members say they found 118.5 grams of crack... and, just over $171,000 in cash.  While the raid was being conducted... they arrested 24 year-old Pedro Corraliza, Junior as he arrived at the residence.  He is charged with one count each of Felony criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.  All five were arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.  Task Force members are also on the look-out for 32 year-old Jason Rosas-Rodriguez... and, 27 year-old Cristian Maestre... who are being sought on similar charges.  Anyone with information on their whereabouts can call the Tier Task Force at 1-800-344-8702 or 363-0313.
 
 
RecruitNY Volunteer Fire Weekend underway...
About a dozen fire departments across Chautauqua County will be holding open houses both today and tomorrow as part of the annual "Recruit-New York" Weekend.  That from County Emergency Services Director Julius Leone... who says they're among the nearly 500 departments across the state that'll be hosting such events this weekend.  Leone says the Firemen's Association of the State of New York -- or FASNY --- started the effort a few years ago in an effort to recruit more volunteers to fill their ranks, because those numbers continue to decline.  After many years of decline... FASNY says the annual Recruit-NY weekend has helped add more than 20,000 people to the ranks of fire departments across the state.  Leone says there is still a need for volunteers in Chautauqua County and he encourages those who are interested to attend the local open houses.  The fire departments taking part include Falconer, Fluvanna, Gerry, Kennedy, Kiantone, and Lakewood.
 
 
Young gets $100,000 grant for Jamestown's new Veteran's Memorial Park...
To help the city of Jamestown fullfill it's mission of honoring local veteran's with a completed memorial park... State Senator Cathy Young announced Friday a $100,000 grant to help finish the project.  Young was joined by other local officials and veteran's groups as she unveiled an oversized check for that amount for the on-going effort.  The Olean Republican says it's time to complete the park... which honors veterans of all wars and conflicts.  She also honored the more than 130 groups that have raised more than $300,000 to help construct the memorial park.  Young recalled that the project was started in 2011 under the leadership of late Jamestown Veteran's Council President Ron Cotton.  Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi expressed his appreciation for the grant... and, the community effort to get the Veteran's Memorial completed.  He especially praised the Veteran's Memorial Commission for it's efforts.  The grant will help complete installation of two new signs for the park... finish relocating six historic monuments from the old Veteran's Park... and, put in a new, nine car parking lot.
 
 
County Chamber's State Leg. Breakfast focuses on new State Budget...
While there were some new, big-ticket items for Chautauqua County in the final state budget... there were some others that lawmakers had to fight to keep in the 2017-18 spending plan.  That from State Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell... who say those item will help local businesses and business owners.  Young and Goodell both took part in yesterday morning's State Legislative Breakfast, hosted by the county Chamber of Commerce, in Lakewood.  Young says they were able to protect a $4.2-billion in tax reform measures.  She also pointed out a number of smaller, Worker's Compensation laws and regulations designed to cut some of the bureaucracy for employers.
 
 
Young, Goodell, voice opposition to state Constitutional Convention...
Many people in Chautauqua County have clamored over the years for a New York state constitutional convention.  However... "be careful of what you wish for."  That from the area's state legislators... who says holding one in the current political climate in Albany could be "devastating" to the state.  That from State Senator Cathy Young... who adds it could also cause the "death nell" for the upstate region.  Young says there would be three delegates elected from each Senate District.. and, then 15 "Super Delegates..." which she says would give the New York City-Metro Area full control of the convention.  Young warns that politicians, and lobbyists will have a chance at those seats.  State Assemblyman Andy Goodell adds that he often hears from more conservative groups and advocates about the need for constitutional changes to such areas as gun rights.  However... he too warns against a constitutional convention.  However... they did speak in favor of an amendment on the ballot that would strip pension rights from lawmakers convicted of crimes, such as corruption.
 
 

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Eight people were arrested during and following a drug raid in a troubled neighborhood on Jamestown's north side early yesterday morning.  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force the state Police C-NET Team, and the JPD SWAT Team executed a search warrant at 853 Prendergast Avenue about 6 AM.  
 
Samuelson says investigators found several people and about three-quarters of a pound of marihuana inside.  He says there was also just over $3,500 in cash.
 
Samuelson says all five suspects found inside the home, 39 year-old Angel Ortiz-Rodriguez, 41 year-old Elizabeth Rodriguez, 23 year-old Steven Eliel-Rodriguez, 20 yer-old Telly Ortiz, Junior and, 23 year-old Joshua Stam were each arraigned and sent to the county jail.  
 
The other three arrested outside the residence have been identified as 20 year-old Eileen Rodriguez, 31 year-old Hector Montanez, and, 47 year-old Duane Sikes.  If the 853 Prendergast address sounds familiar, Samuelson says that's where a man was shot and killed last June.
 
Samuelson says pot trafficking is also still an issue in the city.  Anyone with information on any illegal drug trafficking in the city is asked to call the Task Force at 483-TIPS that's 483-8477 or use the JPD Tips 4-1-1 app.
 
A Dunkirk man has been arrested in Mayville for allegedly selling Heroin to undercover agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force in the north county city over the past several months.  
 
Task Force members say they arrested 28 year-old Angel Tirado Lopez of East Fifth Street Wednesday on a Dunkirk City Court warrant.  Agents say Lopez was arraigned in city court on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminial sale.  
 
Task Force members say he was then sent to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail pending further action of the court.  
 
Authorities continue to ask the public to report suspicious or narcotics related activity in their neighborhoods by calling 1-800-344-8702 or 363-0313.  Police say all calls are kept confidential.
 
The county legislature has approved a resolution to begin the process of renewing the county's additional 1% sales tax.  
 
Lawmakers in Mayville unanimously approved the measure without much fanfare during Wednesday night's monthly meeting.  The intial home rule legislation approved by the state legislature in 2015 has helped plug a 6-million dollar "structural deficit" in the county budget.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says this is the first-step in the process.
 
Horrigan says the additional tax which makes the county's overall sales tax 8% plugs the hole in the budget, and also allows the county to take advantage of additional hotel capacity, and special events such as the LECOM Health Challenge PGA Web.com tounament at Peek 'n Peak.  
 
This year's LECOM Challenge was also awarded $75,000 in occupancy tax money to help put on the July event.  
 
The county's Director of Planning and Economic Development, Kevin Sandvige, says it's part of growing the tournament budget to 2.5-million dollars.
 
Beer-maker Labatt says it will relocate its U.S. headquarters from its current location in Buffalo to another Buffalo building, which it's restoring in a partnership with the owners of the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills.  
 
Labatt USA said Wednesday it will be the anchor tenant at the nearly 100-year-old former manufacturing plant in the city's Cobblestone District.  Along with its 56 employees, Labatt will have space for a restaurant and pilot brewery where beer drinkers will be invited to taste and influence new beer development.  
 
The 70,000-square-foot building was recently purchased by Pegula Sports and Entertainment, which plans a mix of retail, commercial and residential space.

 

The Fredonia Police Department is making some changes in how they will be handling "illegal activities" during the weekend formerly known as "Fred Fest."  
 
"Fred Fest" was a Spring party that occured in and around the SUNY College at Fredonia.  That from Police Chief Brad Meyers who announced the changes prior to the unsanctioned event that gets underway today and, continues through Saturday.
 
Fredonia Police will also be posting the arrests on the police department's Facebook page.  The "non-FredFest" event has been a major headache for police and Meyers hopes that the advance notice of the changes will help curb the number of arrests.
 
About 100 people were on hand for last night's annual Volunteer of the Year reception to help honor 16 people for their outstanding volunteerism in the Jamestown-area.  
 
The program was hosted by the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County at the Boys and Girls Club of Jamestown.  The volunteers were named by their organization for the efforts from mentoring at-risk children, to delivering hot meals to local Seniors.  United Way Executive Director Tori Irgang says the volunteers also come from a variety of backgrounds.
 
Each of the United Way's member agencies select a volunteer but, in some cases chose two because it's hard to select just one.  Among those honored at last night's event were Leroy Trice with Chautauqua Adult Day Care  Jean Shiffer and Sherwood Martin from the American Red Cross Misty Johnson and Clark Poppleton with Family Service of the Chautauqua Region and,Marie Carubba with The Resource Center.

 

A New York community college president who was recorded disparaging an alleged victim of sexual assault has retired, just before a vote to consider firing him.  

 

Niagara County Community College says James Klyczek notified the board of trustees of his retirement shortly before a special meeting Wednesday evening in which the trustees were to decide whether to remove him as head of the two-year college located north of Buffalo.  

 

In a statement... the board's president called Klyczek's reported words and actions inconsistent with the college's values.  WKBW-TV of Buffalo aired a recording in which Klyczek is allegedly heard calling a middle-aged woman who reported being sexually assaulted near the campus library "too stupid to follow (her) instinct."  Klyczek doesn't have a public phone listing and couldn't be reached for comment Thursday.

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The Chautauqua County Legislature has approved leasing several acres of land at the former Roblin Steel location in Dunkirk to store wind turbine parts for projects in three northern Chautauqua County towns.  
 
Lawmakers last night approved the $60,000 lease with BNSF Logistics, 15-to-4.  During discussion prior to the vote Hanover's George Borrello again voiced his opposition to the projects mainly because they are so heavily-taxpayer subsized.  Borrello also accused the companies involved with throwing money around to divide communities to get what they want.
 
Dunkirk legislator Robert Bankowski supported the move, which would take place in his district.  Bankowski says the move may help spur further development at the former Roblin Steel location which is also a brownfield site.  
 
Most legislature members agreed with Bankowski but, some were sympathic to residents who spoke prior to the vote and, urged others to vote against the proposal.  
 
One of those was Jamestown's Chuck Nazzaro who says it's "not always about the money."  Nazzaro says he listened with his heart adding that $60,000 is not going to "make or break this county budget." 
 
Members of the public sounded off for nearly an hour before last night's vote on the wind turbine storage facility with several again opposing the projects in Arkwright, Villanova, and Cassadaga.  
 
One of them, Patricia Greenstein of Cassadaga thanked legislators Nazzaro, Scudder and Borrello for opposing the lease deal in committee.  Greenstein says she's concerned about the fact that BNSF is a subsidized company and, the lease will be paid for with taxpayer money.
 
Others also voiced concern over the fact that the county and towns and school districts won't realize the money they should be with a 150-million dollar-plus project.  However, the extra $300,000 is critical to those entities.  
 
That from Arkwright Supervisor Fred Norton, who says he's been involved directly with the project the past 11 years.  Norton says it's especially important to the local schools.  
 
Other residents on hand also voiced environmental and health concerns with the projects... which combined will produce more than 100 wind turbines.  Each individual project has been approved by the local boards involved.

 

The city of Jamestown is in "pretty good shape" as far are revenues coming in for the first quarter of the year.  
 
However there are some concerns about expenses, namely due to several retirements planned in the city Police Department.  That from City Comptroller Joe Bellitto, who recently told city council members that first quarter Payments in Lieu of Taxes from the Board of Public Utilities were, collectively slightly above budget projections.  
 
As for expenses he says they're looking at about $22,000 in overtime from the fire department from last month's rash of arson fires.
 
The biggest concern, though, on the expense side, is the city is being hit by six retirements in the Police Department and, some of those have already taken place.  Bellitto says the city budgeted $80,000 for those.  
 
However he says it's going to cost $378,000 when they all retire.  Bellitto says they will recoup some of that money later in the year... but, they're not yet sure how much. 
 
Two Democrats in the New York state legislature say the state should be required to release the state tax returns of any president who hails from New York state.  
 
The measure does not mention President Donald Trump by name, but it comes after the New York City Republican refused to release his tax returns during his successful run for the presidency last year.  
 
The requirement would apply to anyone holding high-level elected office, including the presidency, who has filed a New York state tax return.  It would not be retroactive.  
 
Senator Brad Hoylman of Manhattan and Assemblyman David Buchwald of Westchester County plan to formally introduce their legislation Thursday.  Hoylman also has proposed requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the New York ballot.
 
 
The new National Comedy Center in Jamestown is getting some federal help in making the "national-scope" comedy attraction a reality.  
 
That from Local Congressman Tom Reed, who has announced that he's secured New Market Tax Credit financing to help complete the project.  Reed says that financing will provide 4.8-million dollars in "net funding" for the center. The Corning Republican says he's very pleased to see this finally happen.
 
Reed says comedy is a "true art" that brings smiles to so many people and, he says being part of bringing the project to it's conclusion is "something we're excited about.  He praised comedy center officials led by Board Chairman Tom Benson have done a great job sheparding the project and, he looks foward to the final product and, the jobs created and entertainment provided.  
 
In a printed release Tom Benson said "we are grateful for the tremendous hands-on approach that Congressman Reed and his staff have provided over the past several years."  With this funding mechanism in place Benson says they can now make "this catalytic economic development project a reality."

 

Gas prices in Chautauqua County are continuing their upward trend this week with the price up about 6-cents for a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel.  

 

That from the AAA's Fuel Gauge Report which says the price is up from just over $2.49 last week to just over $2.55 this week. The Fuel Gauge says the state of New York is among the top-10 most expensive gas markets in the U.S. with an average price of $2.52.  Nationally the average price for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline is $2.42, which is an increase of 13 cents over last month.

 

Lake Ontario's rising water is furthering New York Congressman Chris Collins' push for the repeal of an environmental plan adopted late in President Barack Obama's administration.  

 

The U.S.-Canadian International Joint Commission approved Plan 2014 as a way to improve environmental conditions along the lake and the St. Lawrence River by letting water levels rise and fall more naturally.  But the Republican congressman says it's causing damaging flooding along the shoreline.  

 

As of Wednesday, the Lake Ontario water level is about 20 inches above average.  The commission says the rainy April is the cause, and that the levels would be about the same with or without Plan 2014.  

 

Collins and fellow New York Congressman John Katko have written to President Donald Trump urging him to pull out of the binational agreement.

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The bi-partisan "Problem Solver Caucus", co-chaired by local Congressman Tom Reed has announced it will support a 2017 budget provided it is a "clean bill" without any ideological riders. 

 

Reed and fellow co-chair Josh Gottenheimer a New Jersey Democrat made the announcement late Monday as lawmakers were returning to Washington from their Easter Break. 

 

Reed says the move which would avoid a government shut-down, was approved by more than 75% of the 40-member group. Reed adds that lawmakers "must always put country over party when it comes to governing in Washington, D.C."  He says that's why the Problem Solvers Caucus was formed and, adds that it's important to "close the ideological divide and prove that we are true representatives of the people." 

 

He says the caucus has, collectively decided against putting a number of likely divisive items in this year's plan.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.


Lawmakers in Lakewood had to make several cuts to get the final, 2017-18 budget inside the state's two-percent property tax cap and, that's left the village with little wiggle room over the next year. 

 

That from Mayor Cara Birritierri who says she was disappointed that money she had budgeted to try and continue progress made in the village over the past year was cut out.  Birritierri voted against the final, 4.4-million dollar spending plan and, says there is only $2,000 left for planning work. Birritierri says that'll be a wellness event in the village. 

 

The final budget increases the tax rate by 19-cents per thousand assessed value from $7.15 per thousand to $7.34.  Birritierri says the village has been looking into a joint gas-fueling station with the Southwestern Central School District to save money on gas by purchasing it wholesale.  

 

Monday night's budget vote was 3-to-2.  The new budget had to be approved by May 1st.

 



Interstate 86 between Panama and Sherman was closed for several hours overnight Tuesday in the town of North Harmony after fire erupted in a tractor-trailer hauling chickens destroying both the cargo and the big rig. 

 

Chautauqua County Sheriff's dispatchers say deputies, and Ashville and Panama fire crews were called to the scene just west of Exit 7 shortly after 11 PM Monday and, found the trailer fully-engulfed in flames. 

 

Dispatchers say the unidentified driver was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment.  There were no other injuries.  I-86 westbound from Exit 7 to Exit 6 was closed until about 6:15 Tuesday morning while the scene was cleared.  The cause of the blaze is continuing to be investigated.


A big announcement about tax reform is expected later today by President Trump who has said little since he announced the news last weekend. 

 

Tax Reform is one of the handful of major items on Trump's plate as he tries to score some significant victories leading up to his 100th day in office.  Local Congressman Tom Reed says he too is looking forward to today's expected announcement.  However the Corning Republican deferred to the White House on details.

 

Reed has talked a lot about business and corporate tax reform.  However those proposals would reportedly do away with programs such as the New Market Tax Credit and others. 

 

Reed says those will be reviewed on an on-going basis but, adds he has pushed "keeping what works" including the New Market Tax Credit.  Federal lawmakers began work in earnest on reforming the nation's 70-thousand page Tax Code after they were unable to approve a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. 

 

The American Health Care Act has not yet made it to the House floor for a vote.


Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan and Public Facilitie's Director George Spanos have announced the list of county highway and bridge projects for 2017. 

 

Horrigan said Tuesday that work will include bridge/culvert replacements and rehabilitation, drainage projects, general maintenance, surface treating projects and paving.  In addition to Consolidated Highway and Pave New York funds he says they were able to pick up some extreme winter program funding.
 

Since work will be getting underway very soon Horrigan is reminding drivers to give work crews a break.  He says leave a little extra time so you can slow down in the work zone, and keep workers safe. 

 

He says residents can get more information about the projects by calling the Department of Public Facilities at 661-8400.


The New York state Senate has passed a new collection of bills aimed at battling the state's increasing rates of opioid and heroin abuse. 

 

The Senate late Monday passed eight bills designed to prevent heroin, opioid and synthetic drug use that lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo have declared a statewide crisis. 

 

Six measures target the use of synthetic or designer drug mixers such as fentanyl that escape criminality in current laws.  Two more bills would promote coordination among health-care providers and would notify prescribers when an individual has suffered an overdose. 

 

New York officials say the number of opioid deaths in 2015 doubled compared to the number in 2010. The number of heroin-involved deaths in 2015 was five times the number in 2010

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City lawmakers will begin the process of annexing about five-acres of land used by the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities for it's Dow Street Substation next week. 

 

Corporation Counsel Marilyn Fiore-Lehman last night discussed three resolutions the city council will act on at next Monday night's voting session.  She says the BPU initiated the steps earlier this year by petitioning the city to annex the property. Fiore-Lehman says the first resolution will accept that petition, and a short-form environmental assessment form.

 

Fiore-Lehman says the SEQR Resolution will call for the city to be lead agency for the annexation effort.  She says legal papers will then be served on the Village of Falconer and Town of Ellicott, and in 20-days, the city will publish a notice of annexation in the Post-Jouirnal with a date for a public hearing involving all three municipal boards.  Those boards will then vote on whether to allow the annexation to go through. 

 

Fiore-Lehman says they expect the village and or town boards to reject the plan.  At that point, she says the city will apply to the state Appellate Division to decide whether the move would be in "the overall public interest."


The first public input session on where to devote Jamestown's annual allocation of federal funding to support low and middle-income projects in the city will be held this afternoon. 

 

Mayor Sam Teresi says city Development Director Vince DeJoy will host the first session on Jamestown's 2018 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Program funding will begin at 5 PM in City Council Chambers.  He says the public is encouraged to attend and, ask questions and offer ideas for a draft program. 

 

Teresi cautions, though, that in his 2018 budget Blueprint... President Donald Trump has proposed doing away with the CDBG program.  However... he adds it's just a proposal at this time, and they are proceeding ahead with the process.  Again... tonight's meeting begins at 5 PM.


At last word, a 9-year-old Jamestown girl was still in serious condition at a Buffalo hospital after she was reportedly hit by a pick-up truck early Sunday afternoon in the city's eastside. 

 

City police say the truck pedestrian accident occured about 12:30 PM on Falconer Street  near Bowen.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson confirms the girl was flown to a Buffalo-area hospital, where she was in serioius condition. 

 

Police are not identifying the girl, nor the driver involved.  Samuelson says the girl reportedly ran onto the street, and was stuck by a red-colored pick-up truck.  No charges have been filed.


Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's leading a bi-partisan effort to make legislation that strengthens rural hospitals in the United States permanent. 

 

The Corning Republican introduced the Rural Hospital Access Act of 2017 in the House Ways and Means Committee earlier this month.  Reed says it's geared towards helping provide support for the many hospitals in his 23rd Congressional District that are highly-dependent on Medicare reimbursements.

 

In recent years, Reed says the legislation has been temporary and, hospital leaders sit on the edge of their seats waiting to see if new legislation will be enacted.  This time around, though, he is optimistic that there are some members of the U-S Senate that will help them get the measure passed. 

 

Reed says he's been in contact with several rural hospitals about the need for a permanent measure... including UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital.  The Jamestown hospital is one of those local hospitals that are "low-volume, Medicare dependent" faclities across the Southern Tier Districts.  Reed made his comments during a recent media call.


It's not too late to seek tax filing help from New York state. 

 

State tax officials have extended the hours of their Income Tax Call Center through the filing deadline Tuesday.  The deadline is Midnight tonight.  Tax assistance will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at (518)-457-5181. 

 

The state tax department has handled more than 321,000 calls related to tax return filing and refunds. Officials expect to answer about 30,000 more calls Monday and Tuesday.


The general construction season is already underway on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution especially with the 41.5-million dollar Amphitheater project moving to it's final stages. 

 

However there will also have to be some road work done leading to and from the new Amp due to heavy truck traffic since the end of the 2016 season.  Communications Director Jordan Steves says many of the main roads will need to be re-paved before the new season begins.

 

Steves says there is also new or newer equipment going into the new Amphitheater including ecoustical, sound and other systems.  He adds there will be a new camera system installed in the Amphitheater to record lectures that will be put on line, or archived after they have taken place. 

 

Steves also told our Dennis Webster late last week that the new Amp will be ready for the June 24th start to the season.

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A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly theatening a woman, who had an order of protection against him, with a paintball gun last weekend. 

 

City police were called to the scene on Chandler Street shortly before 9 PM last Saturday and, learned that 40 year-old Grant Monroe, Junior had gone to the residence and threatened her. Officers say their investigation led them to another house on the southside, where they found and arrested Monroe. 

 

Police found that he had been convicted of a domestic violence charge within the preceeding five-years.  He was arrested for Aggravated Family Offense, a Felony and three counts of first-degree criminal contempt another Felony. 

 

Monroe was also charged with second-degree menacing and, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  He was jailed pending arraignment.

A Sinclairville man faces burglary and other charges after he allegedly entered a building in the village and, removed property that didn't belong to him. 

 

Sheriff's officers say they arrested 26 year-old Peter McTaggart following an investigation into the incident late last week. 

 

Deputies arrested McTaggert without incident and, charged him with third-degree burglary, petty larceny and, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. 

 

McTaggart was arraigned in Charlotte Town Court... and, sent to the Chautauqua County Jail on 30-thousand dollars cash bail.


The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities is moving it's Spring Water Main Flushing program to mornings and afternoons beginning a week from today. 

 

BPU General Manager Dave Leathers say officials with the Water Division worked for the past 8 to 10 months to come up with a plan that's less disruptive and, works better for the utility and it's customers.  Leathers says one of the main considerations for the change was the safety of their workers.

 

Leathers says they initially looked at doing the flushing in two shifts from 7 AM to 9 PM each weekday.  However he says they finally decided on an 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM time period.  Leathers says the only difference will be when they start the flushing next weekend in the village of Falconer. 

 

He says that will remain an overnight flushing program starting this Friday, April 28th with some pre-flushing work.  Leathers says that runs through next Sunday afternoon. 

 

The new schedule will begin on Mondaymorning, May 1st on Jamestown's eastside.  Leathers made his comments for last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.


The top government lawyers from 19 states are telling President Donald Trump and the Republican leaders of Congress not to cut federal money for drug treatment programs. 

 

A group of Democratic state attorneys general sent a letter Friday to federal officials saying the government "cannot abandon this commitment to our communities."  It's the latest of several actions from Democratic attorneys general objecting to Trump policies. 

 

In this case it's a pre-emptive argument that comes as Trump says Republican lawmakers are closing in on an agreement on how to replace former President Barack Obama's health insurance overhaul. 

 

It's not clear what any new plan would mean for drug treatment, which has become a major issue amid an epidemic of addiction to opioid drugs.


U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York says he has spoken with President Trump about a U.S.-Canada trade dispute involving dairy products. 

 

Schumer said Sunday that he is working with the president, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other stakeholders to develop a plan to tackle the issue that has left dairy farmers in Wisconsin and New York without a market for their product. 

 

Local Congressman Tom Reed says there are some ways right now that lawmakers can address the issue. Canada recently changed its policy on pricing domestic milk to cover more dairy ingredients, leading to lower prices for Canadian products including "ultra-filtered" milk that compete with the U.S. product. 

 

Reed says, long-term the North American Free Trade Agreement needs to deal with dairy and, with the wine industry.  He says both need to be involved in any discussion of NAFTA. 

 

Reed made his comments during a recent conference call with Southern Tier Media.  Schumer says the new policy "violates our agreements and hurts our farmers."


New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says an investigation by his office found hundreds of vehicles had been sold to consumers without disclosing serious safety issues. 

 

Schneiderman says he has reached settlements with 104 car dealerships around the state that sold vehicles without telling customers about recalls for defects such as unintended acceleration and steering or brake loss. 

 

Under the settlements, dealers are required to follow a set of guidelines to alert consumers that their vehicles may have unrepaired recalls.  Each dealer will also pay a one-thousand dollar fine to the state. 

 

The attorney general's office says consumers can check the recall status of any vehicle by entering its Vehicle Identification Number on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website .


New York state is investing $112 million in federal funding into several dozen projects intended to enhance bicycle and pedestrian transportation. 

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo's office announced the projects late this past week.  They include new and improved sidewalks, trails and bike paths, crosswalks, safety upgrades at traffic intersections and expanded public transportation services around the state.  The money will pay for up to 80 percent of the work. 

 

Cuomo, a Democrat, says the money is "critical" to expanding transportation options that are healthier for people and better for the environment.


Facing huge deficits, Pennsylvania could become the first state to allow both its casinos and lottery to take its games online. 

 

It's a quest for money from new and younger players.  The Republican-controlled Legislature is considering allowing Pennsylvania's licensed casinos to control new online gambling sites. 

 

It's legal in just three states, including New Jersey. Meanwhile Democratic Governor Tom Wolf wants to expand the lottery's reach to cyberspace.  Just four states allow that.

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Warren County Emergency Dir. confirms tornado touch-down in Youngsville, PA...
A small tornado that touched down in a rural part of central Warren County, Pennsylvania has now been confirmed by the county's Emergency Services Department, and the National Weather Service.  That from Warren County Emergency Services Director Todd Lake... who toured the area near Yankee Bush and Follet Run Roads Friday morning.  Lake says the initial calls came in shortly before 8 p.m. last Thursday night.  The National Weather Service in State College, Pennsylvania first reported possible sightings late Thursday.  Lake says he and his deputy director -- Scott Rose -- surveyed the area... and found a path of damage of about 3/10s of a mile.  He says a few trees were taken down, and the roof was torn off a home.  He says there were people inside the home that had the roof torn off it.  But... none of the residents were hurt.  He adds a rabbit pen took a ride... but, the rabbits were okay.  Lake says power crews from Warren had to replace a couple of utility poles as well.  Forecaster Kevin Fitzgerald with the National Weather Service in State College says the Warren area was the hardest hit by the storm.
 
 
State A-G's urge Trump adminstration to not cut federal drug treatment funding...
The top government lawyers from 19 states are telling President Donald Trump and the Republican leaders of Congress not to cut federal money for drug treatment programs.  A group of Democratic state attorneys general sent a letter Friday to federal officials saying the government "cannot abandon this commitment to our communities."  It's the latest of several actions from Democratic attorneys general objecting to Trump policies.  In this case... it's a pre-emptive argument that comes as Trump says Republican lawmakers are closing in on an agreement on how to replace former President Barack Obama's health insurance overhaul.  It's not clear what any new plan would mean for drug treatment, which has become a major issue amid an epidemic of addiction to opioid drugs.
 
 
Four city residents arrested for alleged drug trafficking on northside...
Jamestown police have arrested four people during a drug raid at a home on the city's northside yesterday morning.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson told us Friday morning that the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force raided the residence at 17 Norwood Avenue just after 9 a.m., where suspected Heroin sales were taking place.  He says they were still processing the scene and suspects late into the morning.  Samuelson says other narcotics were also found.. including Heroin, methamphetamine, and prescription pills.  He says the Jamestown Police SWAT Team also helped police with the raid... and, they arrested 28 year-old Andrew Bennett for criminal possession of drug paraphernalia... 55 year-old David Hare for Felony criminal possession of a controlled substance.... and, 58 year-old Patricia Bargy faces a Felony criminal possession charge for Meth... and, seventh-degree possession for having the prescription pills.  Samuelson says the fourth person... 28 year-old Destiny Franze-Hare... is charged with four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance after she was spotted leaving the scene in a vehicle just prior to the raid.  Officers did stop and impound the vehicle.  A separate search warrant was obtained for the vehicle... and, investigators found Meth, prescription pills and LSD inside.  All four suspects were in the city jail awaiting arraignment.  
 
 
City woman arrested for allegedly having large amount of cocaine in her possession...
A Jamestown woman is jailed without bail for allegedly being in possession of a large amount of cocaine during a traffic stop on the city's northside Thursday night.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says a patrol spotted the car... operated by 45 year-old Cindy Frank... shortly before 9 p.m., crossing the center line near the intersection of Lakeview and Euclid Avenues.  Officers say they stopped the vehicle, and spotted a large package containing 6.6-ounes of the narcotic drug in plain view... and, Samuelson says they're happy to get that amount of the drug "off the street."  He says the cocaine is worth about 12-thousand dollars on the street.  He says Frank was arraigned on one count of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... meaning it was packaged for sale.  Again... if you have any information on alleged drug trafficking in Jamestown... call the JPD Tips line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477... or their Tips 4-1-1 app.  Police say all calls will be kept confidential.
 
 
City man arrested earlier Thursday for drug possession in earlier traffic stop...
A Jamestown man is being held in the county jail after allegedly being found in possession of several types of illegal narcotics during an earlier traffic stop in the city Thursday night.  Jamestown Police say they stopped a vehicle on Myers Avenue about 6 p.m. for a traffic infraction.  Upon further investigation... they found that a backseat passenger... 40 year-old Richard Riley... was in possession of 29 grams of powder cocaine... about two-grams of heroin... and, one gram of methamphetamine.  He was also found with more than 2 grams of marijuana.  Police add that they also seized an "imitation pistol."  Officers say Riley is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a  controlled substance... three counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, unlawful possession of marijuana.  He was arraigned Friday morning... and, sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
Green says county Democrats may have a County Executive candidate announcement in May...
Now that a Republican has announced his candidacy for Chautauqua County Executive... when will a Democrat announce they are entering the race?  Chautauqua County Democratic Committee Chairman Norm Green says they have "identified" a possible candidate... but, says he will wait until May for an announcement.  Green says -- to him -- it's a "little too early" to announce right now.  Green, who did not want to identify the individual at this time, says voters get wary of politics this early in the season.  The Chairman says there's a lot of interest in politics this year... and, says he hopes that translates into more candidates running for office because there are over 200 local and regional elections coming up.  Hanover Republican George Borrello announced his candidacy earlier this week.  Incumbent Republican Vince Horrigan announced earlier this year that he was not seeking a second term.
 

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Drug agents in Jamestown were concluding a drug raid at a home on the city's northside when we talked with Captain Samuelson this morning shortly after 10 AM.  Samuelson says they found several people inside the home at 17 Norwood Avenue where suspected Heroin sales were taking place. Samuelson says they don't have an exact amount of Heroin that was seized by the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force... and, he says charges are pending against the occupants.  Again... if you have any information on illegal drug sales... call the JPD Tip line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
 

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Intense storms hit Warren County, Pennsylvania Thursday evening.
 
Kevin Fitzgerald with the National Weather Service in State College says there were multiple reports of a funnel cloud just before 8pm.
 
Fitzgeral says at this time there are no reports of damage.  Fitzgerald said that the investigation will begin today to determine if a tornado touched down.
 
Fitzgerald says that the Warren area was the hardest hit by last night's storm. The storm was less intense as it travelled east.  
 
Listen to the Full Interview with Kevin Fitzgerald on Facebook at Radiojamestown. 
 
In the next few days, the first candidate to enter the race for Chautauqua County Executive says he will be releasing details of a ten-point plan for "elevating Chautauqua County."  
 
Hanover Republican George Borrello announced his candidacy on Wednesday afternoon in Silver Creek. 
 
Borrello says there are jobs available in the county but, he says employers who need the workers are finding it difficult to fill the openings.  He says there are "hundreds of openings through-out the county" but, many don't have the skills or the understanding of how business places operate.  
 
Borrello is the first candidate to announce his entry into the race.  Incumbent Republican VInce Horrigan is not seeking a second term this fall.
 
Cellular One will again have a presence in the Greater Jamestown-area after a few years away and, the cell phone provider is officially opening it's two new local stores this weekend.  
 
CellOne District Manager Melody Madigan says the new stores are located on Foote Avenue in Jamestown and, Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood.  Madigan says they've had a very good reception to a recent "soft opening" and, adds they're excited about Saturday morning's Grand Opening.
 
Madigan says Cellular One has a number of optimal plans on their 4G LTE network, that include 50 gigabite capabilities which provides high-speed connectivity for music, information and movies.  
 
She says the Grand Opening will be held at the Jamestown store at 720 Foote Avenue on Saturday morning at 10:30 AM.  She says both stores have hours of 10 AM to 7 PM Mondays through Saturdays.  
 
Madigan says the event is free and open to the public and will include demonstrations, giveaways and refreshments.

 

New York State's second-in-command brought an update on the Athenex project with her when she appeared in Irving yesterday afternoon.  
 
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who spoke to the Hanover Chamber of Commerce about the state budget, was asked by after the presentation about the $200 million project and when construction will begin.  While no groundbreaking date has been set, Hochul confirmed that the funding has been released for the project.
 
Hochul says because the funding has been released, the company can begin the process of securing contractors for the project.  
 
Regarding the State Budget, the Lieutenant Governor says the new college tuition free program will benefit Western New York, including the SUNY College at Fredonia.  She says it's important to let residents know that's now available.  
 
Hochul says the budget also helps address such problems as aging infrastructure, rising prescription drug costs, and riding sharing in Western New York.
 
A city man is jailed after allegedly leading Jamestown police on a short foot pursuit when they tried to arrest him on a bench warrant on the city's eastside.  
 
Jamestown police say officers were called to a suspicious situation at Water and King Streets just after 2 AM Thursday and, checked on the two people there.  Police say one was identified as Shawn Beardsley who was wanted on a bench warrant out of City Court.  
 
However, when officers tried to arrest Beardsley he ran from them.  He was caught after a short foot chase and, charged with second-degree obstruction.  He was also held on the bench warrant.
 
New York state is devoting another $200 million to fight the scourge of heroin and opioid abuse.  
 
Budget legislation signed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo will send $145 million to community providers for things like residential treatment beds and outpatient services.  Another $6 million will fund the use of the heroin antidote naloxone.  
 
Cuomo says the state is focused on prevention, treatment and recovery statewide. New York officials say the number of opioid deaths in 2015 doubled compared to the number in 2010.  
 
Meanwhile, the number of heroin-involved deaths in 2015 was five times the number in 2010.
 
New York is pouring new state funding into its public defense system, which is so beleaguered the poor have often had limited representation or none at all.  
 
Lawmakers this month approved the statewide caseload caps and money for counties to pay for legal services for defendants who cannot afford to hire their own.  The state will reimburse counties for the improvements in indigent defense coverage based on plans developed by the independent Indigent Legal Services office.  
 
State officials estimate 250-million dollars in costs when the funding is fully implemented in 2023.  Executive director of the New York State Defenders Association Jonathan Gradess says the state will also determine new caseload caps based on national recommendations.  
 
Public defenders say they are hopeful the changes will encourage broader reforms to the system.
 
When federal lawmakers return to Congress from their two-week Easter Recess next week, they'll have just days to approve a bill that would fund the federal budget and prevent a government shutdown.  
 
However, New York's senior US Senator says good progress has been made on a final, 2017 spending plan.  
 
Democratic Minority Leader Charles Schumer says he's one of the four leaders in both houses negotiating a final plan that includes critical funding for entities such as the carrier at the Chautauqua County Airport near Jamestown.
 
Another crucial funding item for 2017 is the Community Development Block Grant program which benefits both Jamestown and Dunkirk.  As for 2018, though, Schumer says everything is cut except for defense.  
 
He says it's most hard to believe that Cancer research would be cut by upwards of 5-billion dollars.  Schumer made his comments during a press conference at Southern Tier Distilling in the Stoneman Industrial Park in the town of Busti.  He says "if the president leaves it to the four leaders, I think we can avoid a government shut-down." 

 

The Buffalo Sabres have fired general manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma after the youthful team missed the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season.  

 

Owner Terry Pegula made the announcement Thursday after spending the past two days holding season-ending meetings with Murray.  Murray had completed his third full season as GM, and was responsible for overseeing a top-to-bottom rebuilding project in Buffalo.  

 

Bylsma just completed his second season.  After finishing 35-36-11 last season, the Sabres took a step back this past year.  They went 33-37-12 and finished last in the Atlantic Division standings.

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A North County legislator announced plans this afternoon to run for Chautauqua County Executive and, he received the backing of a number of big name Republicans. 

 

Hanover Republican George Borrello made the announcement in Silver Creek and was introduced by the man he hopes to replace.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says he wouldn't leave the office for retirement without knowing that someone like Borrello was ready to run. 

 

Borrello has been a legislator since 2010 and says he's ready to do more. Among those backing Borrello's bid for County Executive is local Congressman Tom Reed who says to him, Borrello "respresents all of us." 

 

In addition State Senator Cathy Young, and Assemblyman Andy Goodell were among those on hand for the announcement.  Borrello's campaign theme is "Elevating Chautauqua County."


New York's senior U-S Senator is calling for the federal government to help provide crop insurance for malt barley growers in all upstate New York counties. 

 

Democrat Charles Schumer was at Southern Tier Distillery, next to Southern Tier Brewing, in the town of Busti late Wednesday morning to make the announcement. 

 

Schumer says the move will help local farmers and, the state's booming craft beverage industry.  He says right now there's not enough malt barley because the insurance is only available in four counties.

 

In fact officials at Southern Tier Distilling say they use about 4,000 pounds of barley a month for their growing product line which will soon include bourbon.  Schumer says the state now ranks third in the craft distilling business and fifth in craft brewing and, says that fact boost's New York's tourism industry. 

 

He says no new law is needed.  He says it needs the authorization of the U-S Agriculture Secretary.  However he says President Trump's new secretary has not been sworn in yet.


Senator Schumer is praising President Donald Trump for his promise to find a solution to a trade dispute with Canada that has left dairy farmers in New York and Wisconsin without a market for their product. 

 

During a speech in Kenosha, Wisconsin Tuesday Trump said that Canada has been "very unfair" to dairy farmers and "we're going to start working on that."  During his stop at Southern Tier Distilling Schumer blamed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for a new "protectionist" dairy pricing policy. 

 

He says it's especially hurt the "ultra-filtered" milk industry. Canada has not imposed any new import taxes on the protein liquid concentrate.  However the government there has been able to get their milk producers to sell it cheaper than it's American counterpart. 

 

Schumer says this is one area where he will certainly work with the Trump Administration on.  In fact he says he's much closer to Trump's view on trade than he was Presidents Obama and Bush.  When he was a member of Congress Schumer voted against the North American Free Trade deal.


A town of Carroll teenager faces several charges, including Felony grand larceny after allegedly stealing a car in the town of Kiantone, and driving drunk when the car crashed on Water Street. 

 

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene just before 6:30 Monday morning and, found the 17 year-old male had fled the scne, leaving a 15 year-old girl there alone.  Deputies say the boy had taken the car from a Frewsburg home without permission.  He was located at another residence in Frewsburg a short time later, and physically resisted arrest. 

 

Deputies say they took the 17 year-old to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital where he allegedly fought with police again and, struck a deputy in the face.  The 17 year old was later arraigned Kiantone Town Court on the charges which also include Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a child in the vehicle and, sent to the county jail without bail. 

 

The teen will appear in Carroll Town Court at a later date.  Officers say charges regarding incident at UPMC Chautauqua WCA hospital are pending.


New York is awarding more than $13 million to help law enforcement agencies combat gun violence. 

 

The money will go to 20 police departments in the 17 counties participating in the state's Gun Involved Violence Elimination initiative.  The counties report 83% of the violent crime outside of New York City. 

 

A dozen counties received funding to specifically target gun violence. Those are Albany, Erie, Monroe, Westchester, Onondaga, Suffolk, Nassau, Schenectady, Orange, Niagara, Oneida  and Dutchess counties.  Five others were awarded grants to target aggravated assaults.  Those are Ulster, Chautauqua, Rockland, Rensselaer and Broome counties.


They couldn't  be outside but Jamestown Community College's Earthfest drew a big noontime crowd to the Hamilton Collegiate Center Wednesday. 

 

Emily Olds, a co-president of the JCC Earth Awareness Club, said 'sustainability' was a common theme among many of the exhibits and vendors. Emily is a sophomore majoring in Environmental Science at JCC.  She would like to see more people get connected to the environment in ways as simple as community gardening by expanding those garden bed to grow more. 

 

The Earth Awareness Club puts on Earthfest each year as part of its celebration of Earth Day.  Exotic animals, a petting zoo and music were also a part of this year's event.


New York's education commissioner has scheduled a hearing to decide whether one-time candidate for governor Carl Paladino should be removed from the Buffalo school board. 

 

The June 22nd hearing in Albany will focus on a complaint by other school board members that Paladino violated policy by disclosing information that was discussed in executive session.  Paladino says information he disclosed was a matter of public interest and that efforts to remove him are retaliatory. 

 

School board members and community groups have been calling for Paladino's removal since he wrote that he wanted to see former President Barack Obama dead of mad cow disease and Michelle Obama living with a gorilla in Africa. 

 

Paladino, who was involved in President Donald Trump's campaign, says his comments weren't meant for publication.

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The Jamestown School Board has approved the basics of an 84.9-million dollar budget for 2017-18 that will go before the voters next May 16th. 

 

The board last night approved the spending plan which includes no tax increase and, adds necessary personnel and, helps the district replenish it's reserve funds.  Interim School Superintedent Silvia Root says the district got just over one-million dollars more in aid from the final state budget and, says that's a "good problem." 

 

Root says they'll now work with the board meeting students needs better. Root says they initially agreed to add eight teachers and staff in the previous budget draft.  However she says that number could be as many as 12 depending on what the board decides on. Two Middle School Counselors a School Psychologst and, a Behavior Specialist will also be considered. 

 

School Board President Paul Abbott was pleased with the budget but, also voiced concern about "overcorrecting" after years of having to slash spending and staff.  He says financial staff believe the level of spending is sustainable. 

 

A public hearing on the proposed spending plan will be held on Tuesday, May 9th, at Persell Middle School and, the public vote on the budget will be Tuesday, May 16th.


An alert McDonald's employee led police in Erie, Pennsylvania to the suspect in a Cleveland slaying that was recorded and posted on Facebook. 

 

Henry Sayers, the manager of the Harbor Creek restaurant, says that Steve Stephens pulled up to the drive-thru Tuesdaymorning and ordered a 20-piece Chicken McNuggets and french fries.  He says the attendant recognized Stephens, who was wanted in Sunday's slaying of a retired Ohio man, and called 9-1-1. 

 

Prior to that Erie Police said they received dozens of tips and, here in Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says his department got a couple of them. Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano says they received a tip on Stephens but that too was unfounded. 

 

The McDonald's owner tells the Erie Times-News that workers tried to "buy some time for the cops" and told Stephens his order of fries was delayed.  He says Stephens replied he had no time to wait and drove away. 

 

State police gave chase.  Authorities say Stephens stopped his car on the eastside of Erie and, shot and killed himself.


The city of Jamestown's proposed annexation of five-acres of property in Falconer owned by the Board of Public Utilities is not equitable to all parties involved and, that's why the town of Ellicott and two other entities are opposing the move. 

 

Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin says he, Falconer Village Mayor Jim Rensel, and Falconer School Superintendent Steve Penhollow have met several times regarding the proposal involving the Dow Street Substation since it was first announced.  McLaughlin says they all agree the move would provide no benefit to their residents.

 

In addition McLaughlin says they have agreed on hiring legal counsel to represent all three entities during the annexation process and, any court proceedings that would be involved.  He says they hired the Harris-Beech law firm shortly after city officials initially announced that they were investigating the possibility of annexing the land. 

 

McLaughlin says the biggest loss of tax revenue for Ellicott, Falconer, and the Falconer School District would be to the school district.  McLaughlin says the estimated loss would be about $165,000 to $170,000 a year.


Adjustments are being made to the village of Lakewood's proposed 2017-18 budget which Mayor Cara Birrittieri says reflect's "an incredibly difficult fiscal year." 

 

Birritierri  filed the just over 4.4-million dollar spending plan earlier this month with the village clerk's office.  She says the village has lost 2-million dollars in assessments and, all departments are requesting increases in spending for the new year. 

 

Birritierri says her proposal includes a tax rate of $7.72 per thousand assessed value which is a 57-cent per thousand increase.  She says it'a "about as bare bones as possible, without eliminating essential village services and important community needs." 

 

A public hearing on the spending plan was held a week ago and, a vote is slated for next Monday night.  The budget is due by May 1st.


Local Congressman Tom Reed used Tax Day 2017 to again tout the need for federal tax reform and, revealed some proposals he's looking at some suggested by constituents. 

 

The Corning Republican says one of the biggest hassles with taxes is the time it takes to itemize returns.  However Reed says he's hearing a lot of positive feedback on the idea of expanding the standard deduction to reduce the number of filers who itemize from 30 to 5-percent.

 

Reed says many people have also talked about the need to lower the tax burden and, he says he would like to see the number of brackets reduced to an expanded zero-percent along with three others at 12, 25% and 33%.  He says that would be a "positive thing." 

 

Reed also says streamling deductions including real property taxes, and education is an idea worth looking at.  Reed says it's time to bring the tax code into the 21st Century. 

 

He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.


Governor Andrew Cuomo reports earning $400,000 on his federal tax return for 2016. 

 

The Democratic governor made his tax returns available to journalists Tuesday afternoon, revealing a sharp increase in royalties from his 2014 memoir "All Things Possible."  The nearly $168,000 Cuomo accrued from his gubernatorial salary is boosted by $218,000 from the book and some investment income. 

 

The returns show Cuomo donated $20,000 to HELP USA, a charity for the homeless he founded decades ago.  Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and her husband reported just under $368,000 in income on their returns. 

 

They will owe $3,700 to the federal government and $1,700 to the state.  Hochul is married to William Hochul, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of New York.  They donated $21,000 to charities last year.


Gas prices in the Jametown-area are holding steady this week but, nationally the price has hit a new high for 2017. 

 

The AAA's Fuel Gauge Report says the local price this week is down fractions of a penny but, remain just over $2.49 a gallon for regular, unleaded fuel.  The Fuel Gauge says the national price is now up to $2.41.  That's two-cents more than last week and, 12 cents more than one month ago. 

 

AAA says the national average has now increased for 20 consecutive days, and pump prices in 43 states and Washington D.C. have moved higher over the last week.   The national increase was most prevalent in the East Coast region where refiners wrapped up seasonal turnaround resulting in significant prices increases last week.


New York state officials are warning residents of the dangers of wildfires. 

 

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration announced earlier this week that higher-than-normal temperatures and seasonal winds could heighten the risk of wildfires this spring.  The state has banned open burning through May 14th.  Brush fires often are a problem in the spring as rising temperatures and dry grass can create potentially dangerous situations. 

 

The governor's office says crews have recently responded to reports of fires in Albany, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Essex, Herkimer, Orange and Saratoga counties.  Cuomo's office says residents can prepare for possible brush fires by inspecting their home's exterior, removing dead leaves or vegetation and keeping a working hose connected to an outdoor faucet.

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City lawmakers will begin the process of annexing about five-acres of land used by the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities for it's Dow Street Substation next week. 

 

Corporation Counsel Marilyn Fiore-Lehman last night discussed three resolutions the city council will act on at next Monday night's voting session.  She says the BPU initiated the steps earlier this year by petitioning the city to annex the property. Fiore-Lehman says the first resolution will accept that petition, and a short-form environmental assessment form.

 

Fiore-Lehman says the SEQR Resolution will call for the city to be lead agency for the annexation effort.  She says legal papers will then be served on the Village of Falconer and Town of Ellicott, and in 20-days, the city will publish a notice of annexation in the Post-Jouirnal with a date for a public hearing involving all three municipal boards.  Those boards will then vote on whether to allow the annexation to go through. 

 

Fiore-Lehman says they expect the village and or town boards to reject the plan.  At that point she says the city will apply to the state Appellate Division to decide whether the move would be in "the overall public interest."


The first public input session on where to devote Jamestown's annual allocation of federal funding to support low and middle-income projects in the city will be held this afternoon. 

 

Mayor Sam Teresi says city Development Director Vince DeJoy will host the first session on Jamestown's 2018 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Program funding will begin at 5 PM in City Council Chambers.  He says the public is encouraged to attend and, ask questions and offer ideas for a draft program. 

 

Teresi cautions, though, that in his 2018 budget Blueprint President Donald Trump has proposed doing away with the CDBG program.  However he adds it's just a proposal at this time, and they are proceeding ahead with the process. 

 

Again tonight's meeting begins at 5 PM.


At last word a 9-year-old Jamestown girl was still in serious condition at a Buffalo hospital after she was reportedly hit by a pick-up truck early Sunday afternoon in the city's eastside. 

 

City police say the truck  pedestrian accident occured about 12:30 PM on Falconer Street  near Bowen.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson confirms the girl was flown to a Buffalo-area hospital, where she was in serioius condition. 

 

Police are not identifying the girl, nor the driver involved.  Samuelson says the girl reportedly ran onto the street, and was stuck by a red-colored pick-up truck.  No charges have been filed.


Police across the region are among the dozen's in a four-state area on the look-out for a Cleveland, Ohio man who may have been in the Erie, Pennsylvania area Monday morning after he allegedly shot and killed an elderly passerby yesterday. 

 

Cleveland Police say 37 year-old Steve Stephens then posted a gruesome video of the killing on Facebook.  Stephens is wanted on a charge of aggravated murder in the death of Robert Godwin, Senior Sunday afternoon. 

 

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says people should be aware that Stephens maybe somewhere in the area. Sheriff Gerace says police reported they had traced a "ping" from Stephen's cellphone early this Monday morning from Harbor Creek, Pennsylvania which is just east of Erie, and at the intersection of Interstates 90 and 86. 

 

Police are also urging police and residents in Indiana and Michigan to be on the lookout for Stephens who they say should be considered armed and dangerous. 

 

If you believe you may have seen the suspect, or his vehicle, call 911 immediately.


Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's leading a bi-partisan effort to make legislation that strengthens rural hospitals in the United States permanent. 

 

The Corning Republican introduced the Rural Hospital Access Act of 2017 in the House Ways and Means Committee earlier this month.  Reed says it's geared towards helping provide support for the many hospitals in his 23rd Congressional District that are highly-dependent on Medicare reimbursements.

 

In recent years Reed says the legislation has been temporary and, hospital leaders sit on the edge of their seats waiting to see if new legislation will be enacted.  This time around, though, he is optimistic that there are some members of the U-S Senate that will help them get the measure passed. 

 

Reed says he's been in contact with several rural hospitals about the need for a permanent measure including UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital. 

 

The Jamestown hospital is one of those local hospitals that are "low-volume, Medicare dependent" faclities across the Southern Tier Districts.  Reed made his comments during a recent media call.


It's not too late to seek tax filing help from New York state. 

 

 

State tax officials have extended the hours of their Income Tax Call Center through the filing deadline Tuesday.  The deadline is Midnight tonight

 

Tax assistance will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at (518)-457-5181.  The state tax department has handled more than 321,000 calls related to tax return filing and refunds. Officials expect to answer about 30,000 more calls Monday and Tuesday.


The general construction season is already underway on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution especially with the 41.5-million dollar Amphitheater project moving to it's final stages. 

 

However there will also have to be some road work done leading to and from the new Amp due to heavy truck traffic since the end of the 2016 season.  Communications Director Jordan Steves says many of the main roads will need to be re-paved before the new season begins.

 

Steves says there is also new or newer equipment going into the new Amphitheater including acoustical, sound and other systems.  He adds there will be a new camera system installed in the Amphitheater to record lectures that will be put on line, or archived after they have taken place. 

 

Steves also told our Dennis Webster late last week that the new Amp will be ready for the June 24th start to the season.

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Police are investigating a shooting on Jamestown's east side. 

 

The Post Journal states that several reports of gun shots were received shortly after 3pm Sunday regarding a shooting in the area.  No injuries were reported and the investigation continues.


Fire Crews were busy fighting a fire in the town of Portland this morning. 

 

Chautauqua County Dispatch reports that the Brocton Fire Company was called to 8142 Route 380 just before 3 o'clock this morning.  The fire started in a garage and spread to a nearby home. 

 

There is no word of any injuries.  Crews are still on the scene. 

 

We will have more information when it becomes available.

 



A former Congressman who was one of the 'fathers of the superfund' the national program to clean up environmental hazards will speak at the Robert H. Jackson Center on Tuesday. 

 

The Center's Director of Development, Marion Beckerink says Love Canal in Niagara Falls inspired John La Falce to action in 1980. 

 

Tuesday's Legal Education Seminar will also take up the 'Forbes Case', a 1927 lawsuit in which Robert H. Jackson represented the Forbes family farm. Jackson proved it was contaminated water from Jamestown that caused the outbreak.  

 

Tuesday's continuing education seminar is designed primarily for lawyers, but others are welcome.  Contact the Robert H. Jackson Center for additional information.


A Celoron man faces several charges after leading several area police agencies on a vehicle pursuit in the city of Jamestown and the town of Ellicott early last Saturday morning. 

 

Sheriff's officers say a patrol spotted a vehicle driven by 36 year-old Michael Newman, commit several traffic violations in the city shortly after Midnight.  Deputies say they tried to stop the vehicle but, Newman began fleeing, and the pursuit began. 

 

Officers say they were assisted by Jamestown Police, State Police, Ellicott and Lakewood-Busti Police before Newman's car crashed in the town of Ellicott.  Deputies say Newman was allegedly driving drunk, and had a DWI conviction within the past 10 years. 

 

He was arraigned on charges including Felony DWI and, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and, failure to comply.  He was arraigned in Ellicott Town Court and, sent to the County Jail with no bail.


A Bemus Point woman was hurt when her car was struck from behind and, pushed into a ditch on Route 474 in Ashville last Saturday afternoon. 

 

Sheriff's officers say 60 year-old Susanne Rollman had slowed to make a turn onto Magnolia Avenue shortly after 3 PM when her car was struck.  Deputies say Rollman's vehicle was rear-ended by a car driven by 25 year-old Christopher Hewes of Ashville. 

 

Rollman was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment of her injuries.  Officers say Hewes was allegedly found to be operating the vehicle while his driving privileges were suspended in New York State. 

 

He was issued tickets for second-degree Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and, following too closely.


Some higher education experts question whether New York's first-in-the nation free college tuition plan should be a model for other states. 

 

They say the plan, which covers tuition at public colleges for students whose families earn  $125,000 or less, offers the least assistance to the neediest students, whose tuition is already covered by other aid. 

 

There are also concerns that it doesn't pay for costs beyond tuition, such as room and board, which can account for about two-thirds of the total state tuition bill.  And there has already been much debate about a requirement that graduates stay in the state for as many years as they received the benefit. 

 

Free college proponent Bernie Sanders says that despite such concerns New York deserves credit for leading the way on the issue.


A Jamestown woman is accused of endangering three children after police checked on her well-being last weekend and, found drugs and drug paraphernalia near those children. 

 

City police were called to 713 Newland Avenue on a report of a distraught woman and, found 35 year-old Vanessa Braun in possession of a quantity of Methamphetime and, the paraphernalia.  The items were allegedly on a bed within reach of the children. 

 

She was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance criminally using drug paraphernalia and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The rain held off for a few hours and, that allowed the city of Jamestown's 70th annual Easter Egg Hunt to go off without a hitch last Saturday morning. 

 

That allowed hundreds of children and their parents gathered in Allen Park for the chance to find 3-thousand chocolate eggs and, some other prize eggs.  During our annual broadcast on WJTN Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley told our Andrew Hill they were thankful the rain held off.

 

Ciesla-Hanley says the Parks and Recreation Department begins planning for the Easter Egg Hunt in early January including gathering the donations and the candy they'll be using. 

 

This year's egg hunt was special because it fell on what would have been late WJTN Morning Man Jim Roselle's 91st birthday.  His wife, Kathy, donated some prizes for special eggs that were found.  Jim broadcast for many years from the city's annual Easter Egg Hunt at Allen Park. 

 

The family of the late Mark Hess again donated the main prizes for the gold and silver egg winners.

Children at the annual Easter Egg Hunt were able to find pretty much all of the 3-thousand chocolate eggs and just over 30 prize eggs in about 20 minutes Saturday.  Those who found the Golden Eggs say they found them pretty quickly. 

 

Sophia Semyenova found the Golden Egg in he 5 to 8 year-old catagory she didn't know what she won but, immediately took it to our Andrew Hill. For finding the Golden Egg Sophia won a $100 gift card for Wal-Mart. 

 

The Silver Egg which had a $50 gift card was found by Izzy Walsh.  In the 9-to-12 year-old catagory the Golden Egg was found by Alexander Simpson, while the Silver Egg was found by Joe Trinci.


Speculation that Governor Andrew Cuomo is plotting a run for president grew louder this week after a high-profile appearance with Hillary Clinton and a state budget that some observers say reads like a map to the White House. 

 

The second-term New York Democrat appeared with Clinton to celebrate passage of one of his budget's major achievements, a first-in-the nation free tuition plan for students from middle-class families. 

 

Other measures in the budget include juvenile justice reform and middle-class tax breaks.  Some experts say that by focusing on middle-class angst Cuomo is positioning himself as a centrist in the mold of Clinton who supports social policies championed by progressives like Sanders. 

 

For his part, Cuomo sidesteps questions about his political future and says he is focusing on his job as governor.

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City holds 70th Easter Egg under cloudy skies, but no rain...
The city of Jamestown's 70th annual Easter Egg Hunt was held -- outdoors -- this morning after recent forecasts predicted rain and thunderstorms this morning.  However... rain predicted held off, and the hunt went off as scheduled.  The Media One Group was one of the sponsors of the event... which was held on what would have been late WJTN Morning Man Jim Roselle's 91st birthday.  The Golden Eggs were found by Alexander Simpson of Jamestown in the 9-12 year-old catagory, and Sophia Semyenova of Sinclairville found it in the 5-8 year-old group.  Silver Eggs were found by Joe Trinici (9-12), and Izzy Walsh (5-8). 
 
Lakewood man seriously hurt in Motorcycle-Car Accident...
A Lakewood man had to be flown to an Erie, Pa. hospital after his motorcycle crashed into a car yesterday afternoon on a road in the Frewsburg-area.  Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene on Frew Run Street shortly after 3 p.m., and, found that the motorcycle's operator was unable to negotiate a curve in the road.  Deputies say 52 year-old Anthony Barto's two-wheeler then struck the oncoming vehicle... operated by 51 year-old Karen Davis of Frewsburg.  Officials say Barto was flown by Starflight Helicopter to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie for treatment of his injuries.  Davis was not hurt.
 
Goodell critical of use of reserves, borrowing in state's 2017-18 budget...
The new budget adopted by the New York state legislature last weekend is "balanced..." but, it relies heavily on borrowing and use of reserve funds.  Local Assemblyman Andy Goodell says state leaders had to take about $2-billion out of it's reserve funds to balance the $153-billion spending plan.  Goodell says it's not a good practice... and, that's why he voted against the debt service part of the budget.  Goodell says he feels they wouldn't have had to do that if previous legislatures had been more fiscally prudent.  Like the man he replaced in the Assembly... Bill Parment... Goodell railed against the state's on-going practice of "back-door borrowing" through it's various authorities and agencies.  He says most of that $10.5-billion in borrowing for this budget should have to be voted on by state residents.  Goodell adds that using the $2-billion in reserve funding leaves the state with about $5-billion in those accounts.
 
"Little doubt" that new Chautauqua Amphitheather will be ready for 2017 season...
There is now "little doubt" that the new, $41.5-million amphitheater at Chautauqua Institution will be ready to go for the start of the 2017 season.  That from Chautauqua's Director of Communications Jordan Steves... who says the main public pieces of the project are now in place just over two months before the season begins.  Steves says the concrete in the "bowl" of the Amp is now finished, and the ceiling is being framed in.  During an on-site interview with our Dennis Webster... Steves explained that the new stage has been framed up... and, the sub-floor is in place.  However.. he says that the "Back of the House" area was "significantly behind" at one point.  Right now, though, the contractor is back on schedule.  Steves add the institution expects to have it's programming people in the facility by sometime next month.
 
Cattaraugus County woman convicted of homicide on Heroin overdose death...
A Cattaraugus County woman will spend 1 to 3 years in state prison after being the first person to be successfully prosecuted there for selling heroin to a victim that led to an overdose death.  Sentencing for Chelsea Lyons of Olean was reported by the Olean Times-Herald... and, says Lyons was accused of selling heroin laced with Fentanyl.  The sentence is a combination of several felonies... including criminally negligent homicide.  Cattaraugus County District Attorney Lori Rieman says Lyons then pleaded guilty... and with that waived her right to appeal. 
 
Some 130-plus J-C Penny stores slated for closure get last minute reprieve...
J-C Penney has now announced that it is delaying plans to shutter 138 stores -- including one in the north county -- amid a surge in shoppers making final visits.  Penny's spokeswoman Daphne Avila told CNBC Thursday that "ever since the company announced its store closure list, those stores have seen better-than-expected sales and traffic."  The influx of last-minute shoppers prompted the chain to postpone store closings until July 31.  The J-C Penny in the D-and-F Plaza in Dunkirk was among the stores slated to close.
 
Upstate Community College to lay-off all cafeteria staff and replace with vending machines after current school year...
The entire cafeteria staff at an upstate New York community college will be laid off and replaced with vending machines at the end of the school year.  The Middletown Times Herald-Record reports that nine full-time and three part-time workers will lose their jobs in June at the Orange County Community College.  Students say they'll miss the staff members and the fresh food.  The Orange County Community College Association, a nonprofit that runs the cafeterias, says in an email to students that the change follows a deficit last year of more than $150,000 in food-service operations.
 

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A man is jailed after Jamestown police caught him for allegedly speeding on his dirt-bike on the city's northside early Thursday afternoon.  

 

Jamestown Police say an officer observed the motorcycle which was operated by Fermin Rodriguez-Robles traveling at a high-rate of speed, and weaving through traffic on Washington Street shortly after 12 Noon.  Police say they first spotted the two-wheeler near West 22nd Street, and tried to stop the dirt-bike but, Rodriguez-Robles fled the area.  

 

He was finally located on West 18th Street where he was arrested on charges including unlawfully fleeing police... reckless operation speeding  and, operating without a license. Rodriguez-Robles was held pending further court action.

 

"It's in there..." that's what Jamestown city officials are being told about 2.5-million dollars in funding they were promised to help the city's bottom line, and further consolidation and cost-cutting efforts.  
 
That from city Mayor Sam Teresi who says his office has been in touch with state officials who say the money is in the final, 153-billion dollar state budget approved late last weekend. Teresi says that's very good news.
 
Teresi says 1.5-milion dollars will go towards launching an alternative Supplimental insurance program for city retirees who are on Medicare for their primary insurance.  City officials expect to begin that program later this year.  
 
He says they're also expecting to get one-million dollars in transitional aid for further restructuring.  Teresi says they're also looking to possibly take advantage of the added 2.5-billion dollars to upgrade water infrastructure this year.  
 
Otherwise Teresi says they're thankful that General Municipal Aid was NOT cut in the 2017-18 budget.  
 
He made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" on the Media One Group stations.
 
Fire crews in the north county had to deal with a bizarre situation late Wednesday afternoon when a man got pinned against a tree in Dunkirk.  
 
City Fire Captain Gary Katta says they were called to 95 King Street at about 4 PM and, found that the man, who was trying to cut down the tree, was stuck between a limb, his ladder, and the tree trunk.  
 
Katta says they needed help from the city's Public Works Department and, National Grid to free the man who was about 15-feet above the ground.  
 
He says it took more than an hour to free the man who was then flown to the Erie County Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. The victim has not been identified.
 
Law enforcement agencies are continuing to investigate the possible hacking of the computer system at one of the largest hospitals in upstate New York.  
 
Officials at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo say the hospital's computer system was taken down Sunday after a virus was detected. Hospital officials say the information and technology department "immediately commenced a thorough assessment and analysis of the situation. "  
 
The officials say all facility operations are continuing and haven't been interrupted, although the medical staff was forced to use paper forms to conduct business, access to medical records was on hold and the email system was down.  
 
ECMC has been in contact with the state police and the FBI about the matter.  The hospital's website was back up by Thursday morning.

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Local Congressman Tom Reed doesn't run for re-election until next year but, his 2018 fund-raising effort is already off to a record start.

 

 An official with the Corning Republican's campaign effort says Wednesday that Reed took in $585,282 during the first-quarter of 2017.  

 

Political Director Nicholas Weinstein says the increased number of donors, and funding "represents the support for Tom's common sense agenda.  A strong start like this after another decisive re-election victory in November gives us the resources to continue highlighting Tom's record of caring, practical leadership."  

 

Reed himself says "it's an honor to represent the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and Western New York in Congress.  The generosity of our supporters and the trust they’ve placed in us to deliver on our promise of smaller government, lower taxes, and reduced government regulation, is humbling."  

 

Weinstein noted that more than 75% of Reed's donations came from individuals and hundreds of new grassroots supporters have committed to supporting Reed's campaign.

 

Hillary Clinton says she hopes the free college tuition plan approved by New York state lawmakers last week will lead other states to follow suit.  

 

The former Democratic presidential nominee rallied with Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City for a ceremonial bill signing of the scholarship for poor and middle class students.  

 

Clinton hailed the plan as a progressive victory and applauded the initiative from Democrat Cuomo, who is mentioned as a possible contender for the White House in 2020.  The scholarship covers tuition at state universities for in-state students whose families earn $125,000 or less.  

 

Students must remain in New York for as many years as they received the benefit and repay the money as a loan if they take a job elsewhere.

 

The 100th anniversary of the New York State Police has been commemorated at the upstate site where the first group of troopers began their training.  

 

State Police Superintendent George Beach-the-second  and Troop D Acting Commander Captain Mark Lincoln led Tuesday's ceremony at the Cavalry Club in Manlius, near Syracuse.  They dedicated a state historical marker honoring the centennial of the creation of the state police in New York.  

 

On April 11, 1917, Gov. Charles Whitman signed a bill into law that established the New York State Police as a full-service law enforcement agency.  Two months later, the first state troopers began their training at the National Guard camp in Manlius.

 

When training was completed in the fall, 232 troopers set out across the state on horseback to being regular patrols.

 

City officials have a back-up plan in place again this year if rain or some other inclement weather interferes with Jamestown's 70th annual Easter Egg Hunt. 
 
That from Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley who says the hunt for children up to age 12 begins at 10:30 AM Saturday at Allen Park.  Ciesla-Hanley says if the weather is too cold or wet they will move everything indoors.
 
There is a 60% chance of rain forecast for Saturday though it will be unseasonably warm.  Ciesla-Hanley says they'll have 3,000 chocolate eggs hidden for the hunt and, they again have Gold and Silver prize eggs this year sponsored by the Hess Family.  
 
She says the Golden Egg prize is a 100-dollar Wal-Mart gift card while the Silver Egg prize is a 50-dollar card.  
There is also two prizes being provided by the Child Advocacy Program.  
 
Ciesla-Hanley says if it the Egg Hunt is held outside the Easter Bunny will be brought into Allen Park to start the egg hunt at 10:30 Saturday morning.  For more information contact the Parks and Recreation Office at 483-7523.
 
The Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood opened as usual yesterday morning after a small fire erupted in a ceiling vent unit above the Sears store on the north end of the mall.  
 
Lakewood fire crews were called to the scene on Fairmount Avenue around 9 AM.  However they also found the fire was pretty much out on arrival.  
 
There was no damage nor injuries reported.  Sears also opened as usual Wednesday morning.

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Two deputies with the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department have been recognized state-wide for their quick and decisive actions that saved the victim of a motorcycle accident.  
 
State Senator Cathy Young was in Mayville yesterday afternoon to present Liberty Medals to officers Jason Beichner and Christopher Howlett for saving the life of 28 year-old Derrick Desch last November on Route 83 near South Dayton.
 
Young says Desch lost most of one leg in the crash and Beichner and Howlett applied tourniqeuts to stop the bleeding in Desch's severed leg.  She also presented both with copies of a resolution commending both for their actions and, approved by the State Senate.  
 
Both Sheriff Joe Gerace and County Exeuctive Vince Horrigan praised the deputies for saving Desch's life. Gerace said he was "beaming with pride" and, adds that his deputies strive to help and protect others every day.  
 
Beichner spoke for himself and Howlett and, first thanked Desch's family which began providing first aid before they arrived. 
 
Most of the additional in state school aid put into New York's final, 2017-18 budget will do towards 'basic' or what's called "transitional aid."  
 
That from Executive Director Tim Kreamer with the state School Boards Association.  Kreamer says their group is pleased to have a budget in place, one that move towards funding public education the way it needs to be.
 
Kreamer says the added funding is about half of what they wanted and, he says some will "not be happy" with that. He says the school boards association was concerned on two fronts before the budget was approved.  
 
The first was over the fact that "policy" items held up the final spending plan which put more 'hands' into the budget mix.  Kreamer says the School Boards Association was also concerned when the budget extender was approved by the legislature, because that ran until May 31st.  
 
That meant districts might have had to put out estimated spending plans for the May 16th budget votes.
 
Officials with the National Comedy Center in Jamestown say they're very pleased to see their 5-million dollar funding request is included in the final New York state budget.  
 
The money is actually part of  Governor Cuomo's 500-million dollar "Buffalo Billion-2" initiative backed by the Empire State Development Corporation. 
 
Among those other things is to use the money to leverage other funding to get the money they need in place to pay for the approximately 30-million dollar effort which officials hope will be completed by early 2018.  
 
Benson admits the whole state budget experience has been kind of surreal but, adds they're thankful to State Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell for their strong support of the funding measure.
 

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is throwing his support behind a bill that would boost federal resources to prevent and combat synthetic opioid addiction.  

 

The New York Democrat announced his support for the legislation Tuesday in Rochester, where he says there have been increases in crimes, overdoses and deaths from opioids and synthetic counterparts. He also make the announcement Tuesday afternoon in Schenectady another area hit hard by the opioid epidemic.  

 

Schumer says the bill sponsored by fellow Democrat Edward Markey of Massachusetts aims to stop the flow of synthetic opioids from Mexico and China.  The measure would provide federal agents with screening devices, laboratory equipment and facilities for detection of synthetic opioids flowing across the border.

 

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts says the "partisan hostility" surrounding the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch is of concern because it could undermine public confidence in the apolitical nature of the judicial system.  

 

Roberts spoke Tuesday at an upstate New York college a day after Gorsuch was sworn in by President Donald Trump at the White House.  

 

The appearance in Troy was billed as a conversation with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson.  

 

When Jackson asked about the "extremely partisan" confirmation process, Roberts said politics don't carry over into the court's decision-making. 

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A collision involving two pick-up trucks in the Cattaraugus County Town of Ellicottville has left an elderly Niagara Falls man dead.  

 

Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say one of the trucks operated by 21 year-old Ryan Holmes of Henrietta, New York was northbound on Route 219 about 5:15 yesterday morning when the crash occured.  

 

Deputies say Holmes' pick-up crossed the center line and struck an on-coming truck, driven by 90-year-old Charles West.  Officers say West was pronounced dead at the scene while Holmes was taken to the Erie County Medical Center near Buffalo for treatment of his injuries.  

 

The Cattaraugus County Accident Reconstruction Team was called into investigate at this time.  No charges have been filed at this time.

 

It's a long-shot but, Chautauqua County now has the same exact number of registered Republicans as Democrats.  
 
That from County Elections Commissioner Norm Green who says the numbers were updated in the county back on April 1st.  After having a majority for the past eight years Green says the number of local Republicans increased to 26,057.  
 
He says that's the same number as Democrats have in the county.  Green says Democrats held the edge while President Obama was in office.
 
Green says state Election Law requires each of New York's 62 county boards to set it's official enrollment totals by party each April 1st.  
 
Fellow Elections' Commissioner Brian Abram also said he "can't imagine the odds of the Republicans and Democrats of being absolutely tied for 2017."  
 
Both Green and Abram say Chautauqua County is a "competitive county, where any candidate can win any election."  
 
After the Democrats and Republicans the next largest registration is for the Independence Party which has 4,719 members followed by Conservatives with 1,904.  The number Independent voters is just over 18,000.  The county now has 77,628 registered voters.
 
New York's free tuition for middle class students does have one-string attached: Students must stay in the state after graduation or else pay back the benefit.  
 
That from Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday who says that requirement was added to protect the state's investment in a student's education by ensuring they don't take advantage of free tuition and then leave New York.  
 
The tuition initiative, which Cuomo says is a national model, covers state college or university tuition for in-state students from families earning $125,000 or less.  Students must remain in New York for as many years as they received the benefit.
 
If they take a job in another state they must pay the money back as a loan.  Republican lawmakers pushed for the requirement during closed-door state budget negotiations.
 
The American worker has become a victim of the nation's opioid addiction scourge.  
A number of U.S. states are taking steps through their workers compensation systems to stem the overprescribing of the powerful painkillers to workers injured on the job. They are also helping those who became hooked to avoid potentially deadly consequences.  
 
Injured workers, like so many others dealing with pain, are often prescribed opioids like OxyContin and Vicodin.
 
A program being offered through Massachusetts' workers compensation system provides expedited hearings to resolve disputes with insurers over medication.  Ohio is cracking down on doctors who fail to follow best practices in treating injured workers.  New York's workers compensation board will allow insurers to request hearings to determine whether a claimant should be weaned off opioids.
 
State Senator Cathy Young says there are several aspects of the new state budget that will help her 57th District and Chautauqua County.  
 
One of the key items for the county is inclusion of 5-million dollars in economic development "gap funding" for the new National Comedy Center in Jamestown.  Young says it's part of the "Buffalo Billion-2" legislation an intiative pushed by Governor Cuomo.
 
Young says she also made sure that the Mitigation Fund she started last year to help local communities affected by the closing, or mothballing of "coal-fired" power plants, was included.  She says 45-million dollars has been set aside to help plug the gap in revenues coming from the NRG Plant in Dunkirk.  Young adds that would be extended from 5 to 7 years... if needed before the new, natural gas-fired plant's in place.

 

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Two Jamestown men have been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of a stolen hand-gun during a traffic stop early yesterday morning on the city's southside.  

City police say they pulled over the vehicle at the corner of Prospect and Barker Streets about 4:45 AM for multiple vehicle and traffic violations.  During the course of the traffic stop officers say they found the gun inside the vehicle.  

 

They say a records check indicated the gun had been reported stolen in the city back on March 19th.  

 

Police say 20 year-old Karee Rizzo-Walker and 19 year-old Sharef Corley were arrested without incident.  Both were arraigned on charges including second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and, criminal possession of stolen property. Rizzo-Walker and Corley were then sent to the county jail without bail.

 

Sunday morning's arrests come on the heels of Jamestown's first drive-by shooting reported since several late last year.  

 

Jamestown police were called to the scene at 6 West 12th Street about 3:30 AM Friday on a report of multiple shots being fired into the house.  The Post-Journal reports the JPD Captain Bob Samuelson said that the people inside were likely "targeted."  

 

Samuelson says they don't have an exact number of shots being fired and, adds the occupants were "not cooperative" with the investigation.  He says the motive is being looked into but, he says it was likely the result of some kind of dispute, or an altercation.  

 

Samuelson also says there were several children living inside when the incident occured.  

 

If you have any information on the incident... call the JPD Tips line at 483-8477 or leave an anonymous tip via their Tips 4-1-1 app.

 

The Falconer native under arrest in western Pennsylvania after allegedly starting more a dozen arson fires in the Jamestown-area is also accused of crimes in nearby Warren County, Pennsylvania.  
 
That from State Police in Warren who say 19 year-old Jonathan Young of Kennedy is charged there with Felony burglary and motor vehicle theft, as well as loitering and prowling at night. Young's most noteworthy crime was allegedly setting the fire that destroyed half-a-block of residential and business property in Falconer.  Mayor Jim Rensel says residents were stunned by Young's arrest and, the accusations against him.
 
The Warren Times-Observer reports that Young apparently committed the crimes there on March 26th as he fled New York after setting several fires including five within a three-hour period on March 24th and 25th in Jamestown.  
 
State Police say Young is first accused of breaking into a garage in Pine Grove Township and stealing a car there.  He was finally caught on March 28th in Butler County, Pennsylvania for allegedly breaking into a vacant house in Slippery Rock and, trying to set fire to it.  Young was arraigned and, is being held in the Butler County Jail on $75,000 cash bail.
 
Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings say investigators from his department went to Butler County about mid-week last week after learning that Young had been arrested.  
 
Snellings say the local charges were filed as a detainer against Young and, include two counts of second-degree Arson and nine counts of third-degree arson. There was also a fifth-degree arson charge for setting fire to a construction debris pile in Jamestown in the early morning hours of March 25th.
 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he and state legislative leaders agreed on a 153-billion dollar, 2017-18 budget plan early last weekend.  
 
The Democratic governor said the proposal includes $1.1-billion dollars more in school spending, the authorization for Uber and Lyft to expand upstate, and free college tuition for students from families making $125,000 or less.  
 
The budget was due by April 1st but lawmakers and Cuomo couldn't agree on final details.  Lawmakers must still approve the compromise.  
 
The spending measure also includes $2.5 billion in funding for water quality and water and sewer upgrades.  The final issues to be nailed down include a proposal to raise the age of adult criminal responsibility from 16 to 18. Cuomo says that reform was a top priority for Democrats.
 
The natural gas boom that's hammered coal mines and driven down utility bills is now hitting nuclear power plants.
 
That's spurring nuclear power plant owners to press lawmakers in Connecticut, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania for a financial rescue. Their multi-billion-dollar energy company owners say they want the same preferential treatment given to renewables, like wind and solar.  
 
Opposition to a so-called nuclear bailout is uniting rivals and the natural gas exploration industry.  The potential for a hit to utility bills is drawing pushback from the AARP and manufacturers.
 
The dairy group that has run the popular Milk Bar at the New York State Fair since 1952 says it's pulling out because of funding issues with the Cuomo administration.  
The non-profit New York State Dairy Exhibits, Incorporated tells The Syracuse Post-Standard  that it won't run the Dairy Products Building at the fairgrounds in the town of Geddes.  
 
Group leaders say the move comes after the state only came up with half of the $90,000 subsidy that was supposed to cover expenses for running last year's Milk Bar.  
 
The state kicked in the funding after the group announced before the fair's opening that it planned to double the price of a cup of milk to 50 cents because it was losing money on the operation. The state money prevented the price from being raised for the first time since 1983.

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City police investigating alleged drive-by shooting on Jamestown's northside...
Jamestown police are investigating the first drive-by shooting reported in the city since several occured late last year.  City police were called to the scene at 6 West 12th Street about 3:30 a.m. Friday on a report of multiple shots being fired into the house.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson tells the Post-Journal that the people inside were likely "targeted."  Samuelson says they don't have an exact number of shots being fired... and, adds the occupants were "not cooperative with our efforts" to investigate.  He says the motive for the incident are being looked into... but, he says it was likely the result of some kind of dispute... or an altercation.  Samuelson also tells the paper that there were several children living inside the home when the incident occured.  If you have any information on the alleged shootings... call the JPD Tips line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.... or leave an anonymous tip via their Tips 4-1-1 app.
 
 
State Budget agreement reportedly reached by Cuomo and legislative leaders...
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he and state legislative leaders have agreed on a 2017-18 budget plan.  The Democratic governor said the proposal includes $1.1-billion dollars more in school spending, the authorization for Uber and Lyft to expand upstate, and free college tuition for students from families making $125,000 or less.  The budget was due by April 1st... but lawmakers and Cuomo couldn't agree on final details.  Lawmakers must still approve the compromise.  The spending measure also includes $2.5-billion in funding for water quality and water and sewer upgrades.  The final issues to be nailed down include a proposal to raise the age of adult criminal responsibility from 16 to 18.  Cuomo says that reform, which was a top priority for Democrats, is one of his top accomplishments.
 
 
Young frustrated by delay in budget agreement, says lawmakers were already close at mid-week...
With last night's agreement on a state budget... work is underway to get lawmakers back to Albany to approve final remaining bills in the spending plan.  State Senator Cathy Young told us late this week that the sticking points remained "Raise the Age..." and school aid.  The Olean Republican thought they had an agreement earlier in the week regarding a measure that would increase the age for criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 years old, but that was before the mid-week breakdown in budget talks  Young says they supported raising the age... but, wanted measures to make sure youthful offenders were "held responsible" for their crimes.  Young was also concerned about state aid for schools, especially foundation aid. 
 
 
Falconer demolition work completed on buidlings, West Main St. now open!...
Demolition work is complete... and, the portion of West Main Street in front of the buildings destroyed in the massive fire from late last month in Falconer has been reopened.  The good news comes from village Mayor Jim Rensel... who says what was left of the structures from 29 to 39 West Main came down late last Thursday night.  Rensel says, though, there was still debris from the site to deal with... and, clean-up was completed on the road before the road was re-opened about 10:15 a.m. Friday.  One lane of West Main Street was closed for a while today while the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities installed new utility poles and power lines in front of the West Main Street location.  The street was closed between the four-corners with South Work Street and Davis Street since the March 22 blaze occured.  Officials this week announced that the fire was set by accused serial arsonist Jonathan Young... a native of Falconer.
 
 
Rensel says work continuing on finding new locations for burned-out businesses in Falconer...
One of the five businesses burned out of their locations in the March 22nd fire has already begun the process of relocating to another address in the village.  In fact... Mayor Rensel says Better Life Nutrition is going to be moving into the former Tasta Pizza building on East Main Street -- just a few blocks away from their previous location.  He says the owner of that building sought out the nutrition business owners... and, helped to get them started moving into that space.  Rensel also praised the owners of the buildings that were heavily damaged in the first... Art Bailey and Jim Gronquist, Junior.  He says both made themselves available to all necessary meetings they had about the fire, and getting the building's torn down. 
 
 
Schumer, Reed voice support for U-S Airstrike on Syria...
There is bi-partisan support being voiced over Thursday's "limited missile strike" on a Syrian airfield in response to the Assad government's alleged chemical weapons attack on his own people.  Late Friday afternoon... U-S Senator Chuck Schumer released a statement on the military strike... saying that "making sure Assad knows that when he commits such despicable atrocities he will pay a price is the right thing to do."  However... Schumer added that "It's incumbent on the Trump administration to come up with a strategy and consult with Congress before implementing it."  Local Congressman Tom says the "use of weapons of mass destruction where innocent civilians, including women and children are killed, cannot go unchecked unless we risk the unfettered escalation of such weapon's use in the future around the world."  Reed says "it's the right thing to do..." but, adds diplomatic efforts also need to continue.
 
 
City of Jamestown's annual Easter Egg Hunt set for next Saturday morning...
The city of Jamestown's annual Easter Egg Hunt at Allen Park celebrates a milestone this year... the event a week from today will be the 70th in the city's history.  City Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says the egg hunt will be held at 10:30 a.m. on April 15 in the upper area of the park... and, will be for all children 12 years of age and under.  Ciesla-Hanley adds it's also a free event that is put on with the help of several community sponsors.  She says there'll be three age-group areas for the youngsters up to age 12 will hunt for the chocolate eggs.  Ciesla-Hanley adds that the Media One Group of radio stations is also again a sponsor.  She also says the Hess Family will again provide prizes for the children who find the Gold and Silver Eggs during the Hunt.  Ciesla-Hanley says they have all 3-thousand filled eggs stuffed for next weekend... thanks to local Girl Scout Troop-#20029... who did it all in one hour.  She says the Easter Bunny will arrive by Fire Truck to start the event next Saturday, April 15.  In case of inclement weather... she says the egg hunt will be moved indoors to the Allen Park Ice Rink.
 
 

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Three people are jailed after allegedly being found in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine and, with a one-month old child inside a home on Jamestown's northside.  

 

City police say Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force members raided a home at 130 Euclid Avenue about 9:30 AM Thursday.  Officers say they found 39-year-old Steven Kent and 43-year-old Ashley Burkes, both of Jamestown along with James Williamson inside.  

 

Police say they also reportedly found a quantity of Meth, and the infant child.  Kent and Burkes have been charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.  Burke was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child and, Williamson with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

 

All three were sent to the county jail with bail to be set. The child was turned over to Child Protective Services. Anyone with information of the trafficking of illegal drugs in the Jamestown area is asked to contact the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force anonymous tip line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

 

April "Rain showers" gave way to some April "Snow Showers" overnight. 
 
That from Forecaster David Thomas with the National Weather Service in Buffalo who says we are under a Winter Weather Advisory through 2 PM today.  Thomas says colder air will moved in during the late evening dropping the ovenright low to about 30 to 32 degrees.  He says the rain we got yesterday was turning as the mercury dropped.
 
Thomas says we won't see a lot of snow accumulation in the immediate Jamestown-area unless you're at one of those higher elevations.  He says generally the lower snow totals will be along the Lake Erie shoreline.  
 
Thomas says while the ground and other surfaces are warm enough to melt the snow there will be enough in some places to cause slippery conditions.  He says there will also be some accumulation in those area.  
 
Thomas says the snow will begin tapering off by early afternoon.  He adds it'll get back into the mid-40s on Saturday... and, by Monday... we'll see the low to mid-70s.
 
The State Senate has gone home and, the Assembly is likely to follow after budget negotiations broke down in Albany Wednesday night.  
 
Chautauqua County's Assemblyman, Andy Goodell, a Republican says Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo stood firm on a few issues after he got much of what HE wanted in the budget extension approved earlier in the week by the legislature.
 
He adds that Foundation Aid for public schools, and how much money should go to charter schools remain unresolved due mainly to teacher's union opposition to funding for charters. Goodell says the governor proposed a significant increase for charter school funding.  
 
He says he thought there was fundamental agreement on raising the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18... but problems emerged in the details 
 
The local Assemblyman said it is likely there will be increased aid for New York college students, but the plan for free tuition will not be part of final agreement.  
 
The members of the legislature probably won't be back in Albany for a couple of weeks.  
 
Goodell says the stress will be particularly bad for downstate lawmakers from high cost of living districts as the state legislature does NOT get paid until the full budget is done.
 
There is still no final deal on a $150-billion, 2017-18 state budget plan.  
 
That after negotiations on a handful of items... including non-budgetary ones... broke down late Wednesday night. Governor Andrew Cuomo says several outstanding issues remain namely three in particular.
 
However Cuomo does say passage of the budget extender this past Monday keeps state government operating.  
 
It also approved funding for economic development and construction projects for the entire year.  Cuomo says quote "that's important."  Due to the lack of an agreement education aid, Cuomo says state aid runs for local school district will use a 3.9% increase in funding under the executive budget.  
 
The governor indicated that aid figures will be adjusted once a final budget agreement is reached. 

 

After holding steady in recent weeks gas prices in the Jamestown-area have climbed about two-cents a gallon this week.  

 

The AAA's Fuel Gauge Report says locally the price is up 2.1 cents to just over $2.48 a gallon for regular, unleaded.  

 

Nationally AAA says the average price is up 4-cents a gallon to $2.33 a gallon.  The Fuel Gauge says that's one-cent more compared to one month ago and 27 cents more than the same date last year.  National gas prices have increased six of the last seven days.

 

Dairy farms in Wisconsin and other states could be forced out of business as early as May because of a trade dispute that's halted the export of their milk to Canada.  

 

At issue is a U.S-Canada dispute over what's called "ultra-filtered milk," a protein liquid concentrate used to make cheese. Until recently it had entered Canada duty-free from the United States.  

 

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports  that Canadian dairy farmers objected, resulting in Ontario and other provinces applying import taxes.

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A man from the Jamestown-area has been arrested for allegedly setting 12 local arson fires including five during a several hour period late last month on the city's northside. 

 

In addition City Police Chief Harry Snellings says 19 year-old Jonathan Young a Falconer native is also accused of setting the huge fire that destroyed nearly a half-block area of West Main Street in downtown Falconer. 

 

During a Wednesday press conference Snellings said Young was arrested in Butler County, Pennsylvania last Tuesday, March 28th on unrelated arson, auto theft, and burglary charges.

 

Snellings says city police received a call from the Butler County Jail Monday saying that they had an arson suspect in their facility they believed was from the Jamestown-area.  However they say Young had no identification on him when he was arrested and, he gave them several false names. 

 

Jamestown Police investigators were in Pennsylvania Tuesday, meeting with state Police in Butler County and filing the local charges as a detainer to make sure Young is held for extradiction.  Snelling says Yong is being held in Butler County on $75,000 bail pending further court action.

Perhaps the most stunning announcement was the fact that Young has also started the blaze at 29 to 39 West Main Street in Falconer. 

 

There was a lot of speculation about that blaze including the possibility that a Methamphetime Lab had exploded.  There had also been a rumor that the fire might have been intentionally set. 

 

The first fire Young is accused of setting was on March 2nd at 621 East Sixth Street which was an occupied apartment.


The mayors of Jamestown and Falconer were at yesterday afternoon's press conference to personally express their thanks to police and fire personnel for all they did to protect the public, and make an arrest in the case. 

 

Jamestown's Sam Teresi says he normally doesn't get involved in police press conferences but, says he was compelled this time by the severity of the crimes involved. 

 

Teresi says what happened was more than a property crime. Teresi says there was also a lot of concern over the fact that fire personnel including EMT's were stretched to the limit. 

 

Falconer Mayor Jim Rensel thanked all the mutual aid departments that responded to Falconer.  Rensel says they had somewhere between 200 and 300 firefighters at the scene.  He also thanked fire investigators for all their "hard work." 

 

Thankfully Rensel says no one was seriously hurt in the blaze which was called in just after 7:30 AM on Wednesday, March 22nd.  The effort to tear-down the remains of that fire are continuing.


Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says if he's convicted Jonathan Young faces a lengthy stay in state prison on the charges leveled against him. 

 

Swanson says that includes the two second-degree arson counts for the West Main Street fire in Falconer and, the one at 621 East Sixth in Jamestown.  He says the counts for the two homes that were occupied including the Falconer apartments each carries 5 to 25 years in jail. 

 

Swanson says the penalties on the third-degree arsons in the vacant and condemned homes are because no one was inside the homes and, no one else was hurt in any of those fires.


Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings says there are some other arson fires in vacant homes including Tuesday's on the southside that were not allegedly set by Jonathan Young.

 

The home at 206 Charles Street was heavily-damaged by flames Tuesday. Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Finson says crews were called to the scene at about 6:45 AM... and, found the blaze had a good head start. Fortunately.. no one was hurt in that blaze.


State budget negotiations have collapsed after members of the state Senate left Albany. 

 

Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan said he will call his members back when and if there is a deal with Assembly Democrats and Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo. The budget was due by Saturday

 

Lawmakers on Monday passed a two-month extension of the old budget to ensure the vital functions of government continue.  Just moments before the Senate left members of the Assembly announced they would stay in the hopes of striking a deal. 

 

However State Senator Cathy Young blamed Assembly Democrats on reneging on what the Senate felt was a final deal.  Lawmakers won't get paid until they pass a budget. 

 

The Legislature is scheduled to return to Albany in late April.  The breakdown in talks is a defeat for top lawmakers and Cuomo, who has long criticized late budgets as a sign of government dysfunction.


While there were reports of an agreement on a final state budget being worked out... the rank and file members still didn't have a lot of details. 

 

We reached Assemblyman Andy Goodell, who represents Chautauqua County, late yesterday morning.  He says only a portion of the bills that make up the final budget had actually been printed.

 

But, Goodell a Jamestown-area Republican  say no details have been released on the more controversial issues so far including Uber and Ride-Sharing and, the "Raise the Age" proposal. 

 

He says the State Senate passed four of the budget bills late Tuesday night and, the Assembly was to take up the bills late yesterday.  He remains frustrated about the process, much of it done behind closed doors.


Despite a Democratic "talk-a-thon" as some are calling it in the U-S Senate... it appears Republicans will be moving ahead with a confirmation vote on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. 

 

If it takes a vote on allowing a simple majority instead of the usual 60 votes so be it.  Those are the feelings of local Congressman Tom Reed who doesn't have a vote but, has been discussing the situation with some Senators.

 

Reed says "we need to get Gorsuch appointed to the Supreme Court" and, adds that he's calling on the Senate to "expedite" the matter.  The highest court in the land has been dead-locked in recent months on more controversial matters following the untimely death of conservative judge Antonin Scalia.


The state Department of Environmental Conservation says New York hunters killed about 214,000 deer in 2016, up about 5 percent from 2015. 

 

That includes an estimated 109-thousand adult bucks a 10 percent increase from 2015  and 105,000 antlerless deer. 

 

The numbers are preliminary estimates.  The DEC says final harvest numbers are expected later this month as the agency updates its harvest calculation system.  Annual deer and bear harvest reports are posted on the DEC website 

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News Bulletin for Apr. 5, 2017

(**Alert)Jamestown-area man under arrest in PA for arson in Butler County also charged with 12 local arson fires in Jamestown, and massive fire in Falconer from Mar. 22...
 
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly setting 12 local arson fires... including five during a 24-hour period late last month on the city's northside.  In addition... City Police Chief Harry Snellings says 19 year-old Jonathan H. Young is also accused of setting the huge fire that destroyed nearly a half-block area of West Main Street in Falconer.  Snellings say Young was arrested in Butler County, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, March 28th, on unrelated arson, auto theft, and burglary charges.  He says the suspect faces two counts of second-degree Arson, nine counts of second-degree Arson, and one count of fifth-degree Arson.  Snellings says City Police received a call from the Butler County Jail this past Monday... saying that they had a suspect in their facility they believed was from the Jamestown area charged with arson.  However... they said that when Young was arrested on March 28th... he had no identification in his possession and gave authorities several false names.  He's being held in Butler County on $75,000 bail... pending further court action.  
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Jamestown police investigators were in Butler County Tuesday to formally file charges against Young there as a detainter.  Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says the second-degree arson charges are for the two occupied buildings that were set on fire... incluing 29 to 39 West Main Street in Falconer.  The other was for an occupied apartment at 621 East Sixth Street in Jamestown, which was the first fire Young is accused of setting on March 2.
 
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines

It's now been an even dozen arson fires in the city of Jamestown since early January after investigators determined that someone set the fire at a vacant, southside home early yesterday morning.  
 
Jamestown Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Finson says crews were called to the scene at 206 Charles Street about 6:45 AM and, found the blaze had a good head start. Finson says they found a lot of fire near the back side of the structure.
 
Finson says firefighters pulled two handlines to protect the structure and, then two others to battle the blaze in the back.  He says it took about 15 minutes to bring the flames under control.  
 
Finson adds there was a lot of fire damage mainly to the back part of the house. There was smoke and water damage throughout the house. Finson says the good news is, they prevented serious damage to the neighboring home.
 
Finson says crews were at the scene nearly two hours.  An off-duty shift of nine firefighters and a shift commander was called in. Finson says no services were hooked up to the house.
 
There is a new concern that needs to be addressed before the tallest structure destroyed in the March 22nd fire in downtown Falconer can be completely torn-down.  
 
That from village Mayor Jim Rensel who says contractor George Patti had to cease work Tuesday afternoon on the three-story brick building on West Main Street because of the threat at least part of a wall coming down on a single-story building to the east.  
 
Rensel says the shorter building was did have some water damage from the fire but, was not affected by the fire.
 
Rensel says crews had been making good progress up to that point and, two walls of the three-story building had been torn down.  However he says the contractor is also concerned about vibration caused by the demolition work damaging the one-story structure.  
 
Rensel says George Patti is currently trying to put measures in place to protect the other building, and resume demolition tomorrow. 
 
The March 22nd fire devastated the nearly half-a-block area from 29 to 39 West Main Street.  Some people and firefighters had to be treated for smoke inhalation but, no one was hurt in the fire and partial building collapse.
 
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

 

The contractor’s heavy use of a fire hydrant in the Village of Falconer has caused discolored water both in the village and on the northside of Jamestown.  Board of Public Utilitie's Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says the discolored water is safe but, adds it may take another few hours this morning to clear.

 

New York lawmakers say they've reached agreement on a new state budget which is just over four days late now.  

 

However Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo says there's no deal and no need to rush. Cuomo says a two-month budget extension passed Monday ensures government will continue to function and that it could be a few weeks until a final budget is worked out.  

 

Lawmakers have another reason to seek quick resolution: They won't get paid until the budget passes.

 

One of the major items that's blocked passage of a final New York state budget is a proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18.  
 
Local Assemblyman Andy Goodell has concerns about "Raise The Age..." and, how it would impact local courts.  He says the legislation backed by state lawmakers from New York City doesn't take into account the significant differences in the court system between upstate and downstate.
 
Other differences include the number of secured juvenile detention centers.  Goodell says there is currently only one that serves most of Western New York and, that's an hour-and-a-half away in Buffalo.  
 
Supporters say that New York is one of only two states that prosecutes all youths as adults when they turn 16. The other state is North Carolina.
 
Jamestown school board members will vote later this month on an $83.8-million budget for the 2017-18 school year that adds eight more employees but, includes no tax increase.  
 
That from interim School Superintendent Superintendent Silvia Root after the board last night reviewed a second-draft of the proposal with Business Manager Vern Connors.  Root says the district has to move forward with a spending plan that doesn't include final state aid figures.  
 
That's because the state budget is late.  However, she says they're fairly confident the amount will be somewhere between the governor's proposal, and the legislature's.
 
Connors told board members that the district is in "pretty good financial condition" due mainly to the district winding up with a $2.8-million surplus in the 2015-16 budget.  He met last week with Root and Board President Paul Abbott and Vice-President Patrick Slagle and, agreed to no more staff and teaching cuts.  
 
Root says she's proposing to add seven more teachers, and one school psychologist next year.  However she's quick to add that all depend's on the public vote on May 16th.  
 
The school board will vote on a final budget at it's April 18th meeting. 

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Early Morning Fire

We are working on details of a fire at 206 Charles Street on the city's southside this morning.

 

Our Brian Papalia was at the scene and spoke with members of Jamestown Police Department about this incident and had information for us available. We will have further information as it becomes available so stay tuned to the website and to our stations for further updates..

 

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The Jamestown Police Department has received numerous tips from the public since last last week when they released video survillance of a man they believe may be connected to a recent rash of arson fires.  
 
That from Police Chief Harry Snellings who says they released the video with the hopes of getting more people to come forth with information on 11 fires in vacant and condemned homes since early last January. Nine of those occured within a four-day period from March 22nd through 25th....
 
JPD released the video from the first of five arson fires on Friday, March 24th just after 11 PM at 650 East Sixth Street.  The video shows a person walking out from the rear of the home and then proceeding to walk down the street towards Winsor Street and then to walk up Winsor Street.  The person appears to be of thin build and is wearing a hooded sweatshirt.  
 
Snellings says they're moving quickly with the investigation because they don't want any leads to dry up.
 
Snellings says anyone who may recognize or know who the suspect is in the video is asked to contact the JPD Tip Line at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477.  He says you can also leave a tip on the Tips 411 App.  
 
This information will also be forwarded to Crime Stoppers at 867-6161, where tipsters can be eligible to receive a reward.
 
City police are still not releasing the name of the Jamestown man who died in an apartment fire early Sunday morning on the city's southside.  
 
Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings says they have officially ruled the blaze accidental.  
 
Snellings says they are not yet identifying the 39 year-old man who lived in the upstairs apartment at 119 Myrtle Street because they have not been able to reach everyone in his immediate family yet.
 
City Battalion Chief Sam Salemme says a neighbor called in the alarm after smelling smoke in the area.  Salemme says crews were called to the scene shortly after 1 AM Sunday and, found light smoke coming from the apartment.
 
 A neighor said they believed someone was still inside the apartment, and firefighters soon after found the man inside.  The victim later died at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital.
 
New York state will avoid a government shutdown after lawmakers approved a two-month stopgap spending plan.  
 
The short-term budget passed late Monday was introduced by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo after he and lawmakers failed to reach agreement on a one-year budget.  The budget was supposed to be approved by Midnight last Friday but negotiations over the more than $150 billion spending plan bogged down over juvenile justice reform, education spending and an affordable housing tax credit for New York City.  
 
Lawmakers won't get paid until they pass a budget.  Cuomo's short-term spending plan runs through May 31st..
 
State Assemblyman Andy Goodell says he's frustrated by the lack of action over a final budget which is now four-days late.  
 
Goodell, and other state lawmakers spent the weekend in Albany but, were not able to take any action on spending bills. The Jamestown-area Republican told us yesterday that three-way agreements were apparently reached on several bills but, they never made it to legislators' desks.
 
Governor Cuomo announced late Sunday that due of the inability of both houses to reach agreement, he would offer up an extender bill to keep state government functioning until May 31st. 
 
New York is expanding its non-traditional addiction treatment support services throughout the state.  
 
Governor Cuomo has announced that $2.65-million-dollars will go toward establishing community coalitions and peer engagement programs in each of the state's 10 economic development regions. The primary goal is to help individuals and families in crisis navigate the treatment system.  
 
The initiative ensures there are at least two peer engagement specialists available in each region.  These specialists will be either in recovery from a substance use disorder, have a loved one in recovery, or have lost a loved one to addiction.
 
The Jamestown City Council has approved an agreement with a Buffalo-area construction firm to build two pre-fabricated pedestrian bridges to be part of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk.  
 
Lawmakers approved the measure at last week's voting session with Union Concrete and Construction for just under $1.6-million. One will run under the Washington Street Bridge while the other will connect the area behind the Gateway Train Station to Panzarella Park.
 
The city is also seeking about $400,000 in Urban Development Acton Grant funding to pay the matching cost for the project which will cost about $2-million.
 
The Allen Park Women's Club celebrated its 75th anniversary with a dinner Monday night at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club.
 
City Parks Manager, John Williams, used the occasion to unveil plans for a three sided 'play hut' to be built over the old sand box at Allen Park.
 
Williams says they'll need to raise about $14,000 to build the hut.  Today has been declared 'Allen Park Women's Club Day' in Jamestown. 

 

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A Jamestown man has died in a fire that erupted in his second-floor apartment early Sunday morning on the city's southside. 

 

Jamestown Fire Battalion Chief Sam Salemme says a neighbor called in the alarm after smelling smoke in the area.  Salemme says crews were called to the scene at 119 Myrtle Street shortly after 1 AM and, found light smoke coming from the apartment.

 

Salemme says Alstar ambulance rushed the man to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  The dog also perished in the fire. 

 

Salemme says crews contained the fire to the kitchen-area, and had the blaze out fairly quickly.  He says a cooking fire in the kitchen started the blaze. 

 

Crews were at the scene until about 2:15 AM.  He says an off-duty shift was called in to assist.  The man's identity is not yet being released.  Salamme says there were no working smoke detectors inside the apartment.


A Kennedy man died early last weekend after his home caught fire following a problem with the heating furnace. 

 

Chautauqua County Fire Investigators add, though, that they are still looking into a final cause of the blaze at 3967 Sprague Hill Road.  Dispatchers say Kennedy fire crews were called to the scene shortly after 9:30 AM Saturday

 

Firefighters say they found 60 year-old William Caldwell unresponsive inside the residence.  Fire rescuers rushed Caldwell to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

 

Kennedy firefighters were joined at the scene by Ellington, Gerry, Randolph, Fluvanna, Frewsburg and Kiantone Fire crews.


Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing a two-month extension of the last state budget to avoid a government shutdown after he and state lawmakers failed to reach agreement on a new spending plan.

 

Cuomo says he has assurances from leaders of the Senate and the Assembly the stopgap spending plan will pass Monday. Negotiations bogged down over education spending and a juvenile justice reform sought by Democrats that would raise the age of criminal responsibility so 16- and 17-year-old offenders aren't prosecuted as adults.

 

Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says a temporary budget will buy lawmakers time to come to agreement. The temporary budget would extend current spending levels and not include Cuomo's plan to make state college tuition free for middle-class students.


It's not going to happen overnight but, the United States' tax code needs major retorm to allow the nation to compete in the global marketplace. 

 

That from local Congressman Tom Reed during an appearance late last week at Jamestown Electroplating on Water Street.  The Corning Republican says work is underway on trying to lower the "Marginal" Corporate Tax rate from 39%to about 20% or less which was set the last time the code was reformed in 1986.

 

Reed says the bi-partisan "Problem Solver's Caucus" he co-chair's with New Jersey Democrat Josh Gottenheimer has written a letter to the Trump Administration saying they want to work as a block with them on tax reform, and infrastruture issues. 

 

Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan says those are critical to further keeping and adding jobs to the region. 

 

Reed says having the "Problem Solver's Caucus" on board with tax reform and infrastructure is important, because that's 20 Democrats who have generally agreed to work on those two issues.


U-S Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer is urging President Donald Trump to veto a resolution that would kill an online privacy regulation, a move that could allow internet providers to sell information about their customers' browsing habits. 

 

The New York senator and 46 other Senate Democrats have signed a letter calling on Trump to "tell us whose side he's really on."  The Federal Communications Commission rule issued in October was designed to give consumers greater control over how internet service providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon share information. 

 

But critics say the rule would have stifled innovation and picked winners and losers among internet companies. 

 

Schumer says if Trump signs the resolution, consumers "will be stripped of critical privacy protections in a New York minute."


Republican U.S. Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania says he'd support changing Senate rules to bypass Democratic opposition and confirm Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee. 

 

During an appearance at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference last Friday Toomey also said Democrats have never said Judge Neil Gorsuch  ignored or misapplied the law in cases before him. 

 

Toomey last year backed a Republican refusal to consider then-President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to fill the high court opening. But Toomey says this is different.  A Senate confirmation vote is expected later this week. 

 

Unless 60 senators support Gorsuch, Republicans would have to change Senate rules to allow Gorsuch to be confirmed with a simple majority vote in the 100-member Senate.  Getting to 60 votes would require six more Democrats to back Gorsuch.


Two women have been charged following a vicious fight in the town of Stockton in late March involving a crow-bar and sawzall. 

 

Sheriff's officers say 19 year-old Victoria Miller and 23 year-old Karen Miller got into the brawl about 5 PM on Sunday, March 26th at a home on Railroad Avenue. 

 

Deputies say Karen Miller allegedly pushed and hit Victoria Miller in the face, causing red marks.  Officers say that Victoria Miller then grabbed a sawzall and started swinging it at Karen Miller, scratching her legs and wrist. She then allegedly grabbed a metal crow bar and hit Karen Miller in the arm.

 

Deputies say Victoria Miller was charged with third-degree assault and sent to the county jail with bail to be set.  Karen Miller was charged with second-degree harassment and scheduled to appear in Stockton Town Court at a later date.


Two organizations are teaming up to host a spaghetti dinner fund-raiser this Tuesday night at Jamestown Community College that also high-lights the issue of pay equity. 

 

The American Association of University Women and the Jamestown Community College Student Senate are hosting the dinner at the Week's Reception Room beginning at 5:30 PM

 

JCC Student Senate President Preston Ross says students will pay $5with I-D while men will pay$10 and, women$8.
Ross says the money raised from this event is also going to be staying local as well and helping to benefit our community to benefit the Salvation Army.

 

This Pay Equity Day Spaghetti dinner is being put on by the AAUW in conjunction with the JCC Student Senate and it is open to the public at the Weeks reception room on the JCC Campus from 5:30 to 7 PM on Tuesday night.


A well-known Jamestown-area doctor who has been practicing medicine for more than 50 years in the Jamestown-area has been named as UPMC Chautauqua-WCA Hospital's "Physician of the Year." 

 

The Post-Journal reports that Dr. Robert Scott was given the award during the annual Doctor's Day Luncheon at the hospital.  He started practicing medicine in Jamestown in 1973. 

 

Scott says he wasn't expecting the honor but, adds he's "happy to accept it."  He attended medical school at Cornell University, and did his residency at the University of Pennsylvania.

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News Headlines for Sat., Apr. 1, 2017

NYS budget late, lawmakers hope to have final agreement early next week...
The New York state legislature has blown through a budget deadline... but, top lawmakers say they'll work through the weekend to pass a new state spending plan.  Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan told reporters late Friday that there is broad support for increased tuition assistance, permitting Uber to expand upstate and new funding for the state's aging water systems.  Disputes remain, however, over proposals to raise the age of criminal responsibility so 16-and 17-year-old offenders aren't prosecuted as adults.  Top lawmakers and Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo had hoped to pass the more than $150-billion dollar spending plan before a new fiscal year began Saturday.  Cuomo announced early Saturday that if lawmakers can't agree on a budget by the end of the weekend he will propose extending current spending levels.
 
 
Reed talks tax reform with local officials, business leaders at Jamestown Electoplating...
Tax reform should be a bi-partian issue because it affects all Americans.  That from local Congressman Tom Reed... who talked about efforts to make the U-S Tax code simpler and fairer at a Jamestown manufacturer yesterday morning.  Reed met with local elected and business leaders at Jamestown Electroplating on Water Street to discuss a proposed 20-percent reduction in the federal Corporate tax, and other reductions to relieve the tax burden on individuals and businesses.  As a member of the House Ways and Means Comittee... he says it's important to hear from everyone that's affected so they can put a tax policy in place "that encourages the making of products and job growth in the U-S."  Reed says they hope to have a tax reform package in place by early 2018.  It would be the first such reform since 1986.  He met earlier with Jamestown Electroplating Owner and President Chase Churchill... and, the head of the Manufacturer's Association of the Southern Tier, Todd Tranum, who says local manufacturer's need a "fair chance to complete globally..." and, that would happen with tax reform.
 
 
Puerto Rican man arrested on warrant for Sexual Assault in Dunkirk...
A man from Puerto Rico has been arrested in Dunkirk on a Felony sex-related crime on that island nation.  Police Chief David Ortolano says officers assisted U.S. Marshals early Wednesday morning in the arrest of 31-year-old Jonathan Figueroa-Martinez on Lincoln Avenue.  Ortolano says Figueroa-Martinez was found inside an apartment at 76 Lincoln Avenue after police checked several locations for him.  He says that Figueroa-Martinez was taken into custody without incident... and, he's being held in the Chautauqua County Jail pending extradiction.
 
 
Head of Meals on Wheels in Jamestown-area says elimination of CDBG program would not impact local program, but, other possible cuts could...
Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown-area would not be impacted by the proposed elimination of the federal Community Development Block Grant program... but, there are other proposed cuts that could severely impact the program.  That from Meals on Wheels Director Barrie Yochim... who says they served a record 154,000 meals over the past year.  In addition... Yochim tells us they face the likelyhood of having to create a "waiting list" for seniors and other shut-ins who get their meals because demand is continuing to rise... and, the financial resources are down, or stagnant.  He says they are feeding more people than they ever have over the past 17 years.  Yochim says they've seen steady increases in demand of about 10-percent each of the past six years.  While the CDBG funding is not an issue locally... he says they are concerned about possible sequestration... and, other -- across the board cuts -- averaging about 16-percent.  He says 50 to 55-percent of Meals on Wheels's funding comes from county, state and federal sources.  Yochim says their annual budget now runs between $1.6-million and $1.7-million... and, any cut in funding would be devastating.  Yochim made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.  
 
 
Jamestown Jackals make PBL Playoffs, play Sunday...
The Jamestown Jackals have made the playoffs in the Premier Basketball League.  Team owner, and coach, Kayla Crosby says they finished the season fourth in the league with 10 wins and 7 losses... and will play an away game at Rochester Sunday afternoon.  Crosby says a victory Sunday against the Razorsharks would set the team up for at least one more playoff game next Wednesday, April 5, at Jamestown Community College.  Jamestown would play the winner of the game between Ohio and Kentucky.  Jamestown lost by 12 points to Rochester in the final regular season game last weekend.  Crosby says they've been reviewing video all week, and planning some surprises for Rochester.
 

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Jamestown police say they are looking for one suspect who they believe have set 11 arson fires in vacant nad condemned homes in the city including five last weekend since the beginning of the year. 

 

Police officials say the fires are being tracked by investigators from early January until last Friday night and into Saturday morning.  City police have now released a video from the first arson fire last Friday night at 11:05 PM at 650 East Sixth Street. 

 

The video shows a person walking out from the rear of the home and then proceeding to walk down the street towards Winsor Street and then to walk up Winsor Street. The person appears to be of thin build and is wearing a hooded sweatshirt. 

 

Anyone who may recognize or know who the suspect is in this video is asked to contact the JPD Anonymous Tip Line at 483-TIPS that's 483-8477 or you can leave a tip on the Tips 411 App. This information will also be forwarded to Crime Stoppers at 867-6161, where tipsters can be eligible to receive a reward.

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Demolition work has begun at the scene of last week's massive fire that devastated a half-a-block of commercial and residential property in the village of Falconer. 

 

Mayor Jim Rensel told us late Thursday afternoon that work was underway, with equipment being moved into place to tear-down what's left of 29 to 39 West Main Street. Rensel says George Patti Construction is the contractor for the work which will involve taking the damaged area down.

 

Rensel says it will take some time to get the rest of the structure down safely. He says the collapse-zone fencing that was put up after the fire remains up because that remains a threat.  However he expressed his appreciation to several people including building owners Art Bailey, and Jim Gronquist, Junior. 

 

He also thanked Village Attorney Greg Peterson, County Executive Vince Horrigan, State Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell and, Gebbie Foundation Director, and attorney, Greg Edwards.  Rensel says they hope to have the building down by early in the weekend and, then have West Main Street reopened where it's been closed since the fire.


Top lawmakers say there's still no deal on a state budget for New York state as the main deadline approaches. 

 

Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan and Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie conferred with Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo behind closed doors Thursday morning.  They had hoped to pass a budget before the new fiscal year begins Saturday but that looks unlikely as negotiations drag on. 

 

Sticking points in the more than $150 billion spending plan include a Democratic proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility so 16- and 17-year-old offenders aren't prosecuted as adults.  Alternatively, Republicans propose creating a "youth court" within the justice system for violent youthful offenders. 

 

Lawmakers are also negotiating increases in school funding and tuition assistance and a proposal allowing Uber and Lyft to expand upstate.


While Governor Andrew Cuomo appears committed to having an on-time state budget inaction in the Assembly is what is holding up a budget deal. 

 

That from State Senator Cathy Young, who says the Governor and the Senate are working "in good faith" towards an on-time spending plan.  But she says the Assembly is "holding the budget hostage" The Olean Republican says the state needs to pass a budget which contains education funding, job growth, and tax relief for middle-class families.

 

On another matter Young says she's introduced legislation that would ban the type of guardrail that was involved in a crash that claimed the life of a Fredonia native in Tennessee from being used in New York. 

 

She says 27-year-old Hannah Eimers was killed in the crash last November on Interstate 75 after her vehicle struck an "X-Lite" guardrail.  Young says part of the rail broke, and penetrated into the cockpit of the car and, killed Eimers. 

 

Besides banning the use of "X-Lite" guardrail products, Young's legislation would also require that any existing "X-Lite" guardrail products be replaced.


A long time area school superintendent will be ending a 32 year career in education Friday when he bids farewell to his district. 

 

Fredonia's Paul DiFonzo will be wrapping up his nearly 16 years as superintendent after serving three years as the middle school principal.  DiFonzo says he has seen a lot of change in education, but there has been one constant at Fredonia Central.

 

Fredonia Central has faced some challenges over the years, many of them dealing with budget matters such as the loss of state aid.  DiFonzo says he's proud of how district voters supported a failed merger with Brocton Central a years ago because both districts stood to "gain a lot" with a merger. 

 

He says he doesn't have any definite plans for his future although he does hope to do some kind of community work. 

 

Retired Amherst School superintendent Dr. Laura Pless will take over the reins Monday as interim superintendent.  The district is conducting a search for a new superintendent.


Two more colleges have been authorized to participate in New York's industrial hemp pilot program. 

 

The program allows farmers to partner with universities to grow and research hemp as an agricultural commodity. The program was launched last year and the first crop was harvested last fall. 

 

Industrial hemp is a variety of cannabis without the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana.  It's used in a wide range of products from clothing to food supplements.

 

Binghamton University and SUNY Sullivan have been authorized to participate in the state's hemp program.  Both are interested in the medicinal properties of cannabidiol, a chemical component of the hemp plant.  Cornell University and Morrisville State started participating in the hemp research program last summer.


Local Congressman Tom Reed says he wants to see tax reform that helps people to buy and afford a new home. 

 

However he's not saying whether he supports a proposal in the most recent tax plan that would do away with the ability to write-off local and state taxes on homes.  The "Better Way" Plan was laid out last year by House Speaker Paul Ryan as a simpler, fairer plan for Americans. 

 

However it did not include the deduction.  Reed says he's open to ways to improve the tax code.
 

Reed says another idea he would like to see is using a "tax credit" as opposed to a deduction to promote home ownership that would also help people that don't itemize on their taxes. 

 

The Corning Republican says he's open to all possible options and, is confident that they can come up with a traditional or non-traditional solution.  Reed is a majority member of the House Ways and Means committee which is tasked with driving and dealing with tax policy in Congress. 

 

He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.

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Another comedic legend will be coming to Chautauqua Institution this Summer as part of Chautauqua and the National Comedy Center's week on Comedy. 

 

Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson announced yesterday afternoon that comedian and director David Steinberg will be the featured lecturer next August 1st as part of "Comedy and the Human Condition" Week at Chautauqua.  Gunderson says they are "thrilled" to have Steinberg speak at 10:45 AM.

 

Most recently Gunderson says Steinberg is in his ninth season of directing the cable comedy show "Curb Your Enthusiasm" that stars Comedian Larry David. Steinberg has also directed for the hit series "Weeds."  He has resume that spans The Second City, Broadway, and a prolific television career.  Known for his work on "The Smothers Brothers..." Steinberg’s satiric and controversial "sermons" caught the ire of President Richard Nixon and caused the show to be thrown off the air. 

 

The week at Chautauqua is being held in conjunction with the National Comedy Center's annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival... which runs from August 3rd through 6th.


The investigation is continuing into a drowning in Lake Erie near Silver Creek yesterday morning. 

 

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace confirms that that the drowning involved an elderly male, with the victim's body being located behind St. Columban’s on the Lake on Route 5 shortly after 7:30 AM

 

The victim's name with being with-held until family members are notified.  Sheridan Fire crews also assisted at the scene.  More details when they become available.



The city of Jamestown needs the federal Community Development Block Grant program now as much as ever with more than 100 vacant and condemned homes. 

 

That includes the eight structures destroyed in nine arson fires during four-days last week. That from Mayor Sam Teresi who says they try to budget a certain amount of city, state and CDBG funding to knock down unsafe structures each year.  Teresi says that's one reason why CDBG funds are so critical. That resolution called on the administration and, regional Congressional leaders to push to keep the program in place. 

 

Local Congressman Tom Reed has already voiced his support for CDBG. While it costs upwards of $40,000 to do a "planned demolition" at can cost upwards of $60,000 for an "emergency demolition" because the wood composition changes. 

 

The investigation is continuing into those fires. If you have any information on them call Jamestown Police at 483-7537 or the confidential Tips line at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477. You can also use the JPD Tips 4-1-1 app.



The Western New York Chapter of the American Red Cross is continuing to assist the victims of last week's fire that heavily damaged a half-a-block area of West Main Street in the village of Falconer. 

 

Executive Director Chuck Marra says they are assisting a total of 19 people left homeless by that major fire. Marra says the local Red Cross depends on volunteers and they received the assistance of several Disaster Assistance Team members during the fire.  He says five volunteers are part of their Disaster Action Team that responds to a fire at anytime. 

 

As for the victims, Marra says the Red Cross will help them get assistance from community service partners and government agencies to make sure that they have the resources to move forward with their lives.


Gas prices in the Jamestown-area have fallen slightly again this week dropping nearly half-a-penny to just over $2.46. That from the AAA's Fuel Gauge Report which say the price for regular, unleaded is now $2.46.4. It was $2.47 last week.

 

AAA says nationally the average price at the pump is now $2.29 a gallon.

 

The Fuel Gauge says this is the same price as compared to one month ago, but just fractions of a penny below one week ago and 25 cents per gallon more than the same date last year.  The average pump price has now decreased nine of the past 10 days. 

 

Prices in much of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast remain relatively steady on the week. Regional gasoline inventories remain low as the region continues to remove winter-grade gasoline from the system.




A record number of prize baskets will be up for bidding at this Saturday's 14th annual Basket Fair put on by the St. Susan's Center in Jamestown. 

 

Executive Director Jeff Smith says the fund-raiser for the area's largest soup kitchen begins at 11 AM in the Physical Education Complex at Jamestown Community College. 

 

Smith says admission is free but, adds you do have to buy tickets to be able to bid on any of the 125 gift baskets they'll have this year. Smith says a basic sheet of tickets costs $10 each.  There's also what he calls a "super sheet" you can buy that is a better value, and allows you to bid on more items. 

 

He says they have all kinds of gift baskets with various items in them. Smith adds they have some terrific grand prizes this year including a meat smoker, and a 55-inch Hi-Definition TV. 

 

He says you'll be able to bid on the various gift baskets starting at 11 AM and, tickets will be available until 1:45 PM.  He says drawings start at 2 PM.  He says they hope to raise at least $15,000 this year.


Democratic lawmakers in some states are pressing ahead with efforts to protect birth control access Planned Parenthood funding, and abortion coverage in case they are jeopardized in the future. 

 

Republican leaders in Congress withdrew a bill last week that would have repealed former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, halted Planned Parenthood's federal funding and curtailed the ability of many low-income women to obtain affordable birth control. 

 

Despite that setback for the GOP, some Republicans say Congress might revisit health care. At the same time, anti-abortion leaders say they will not abandon their campaign to defund Planned Parenthood. 

 

The uncertainty has prompted decisions to press ahead with bills in Nevada, Oregon and Maryland that would protect against some proposed GOP actions.


Monthly alternate parking begins this Saturday April 1st in the city of Jamestown. 

 

That from City Police Captain Todd Issacson who says vehicles must be parked only on the odd-numbered side of the street during odd-numbered months and, only on the even-numbered side of the gtreet during even numbered months. 

 

Issacson says vehicles should be moved at 10 AM on the first-day of each month and there is no grace period.

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The state's budget deadline is just days away and no agreements have yet been worked out between Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders. 

 

State Assemblyman Andy Goodell, who represents all of Chautauqua County, says time is running out. Goodell says primarily non-financial issues seem to be holding up the process, such as criminal justice reform and workers comp reform.

 

The 150th District Assemblyman is still hopeful of having an on-time budget.  He believes the final, 152-billion dollar spending plan could be done by late Friday morning after what could be a "round the clock" session. 

 

Among the main proposals Governor Cuomo is pushing for is tuition-free college for lower and middle income students... however, a proposal to boost tuition assistance has been gaining traction.



Concerned residents from Jamestown's north side near the area where five arson fires were set early last weekend say they want to see a public-private housing project move forward. 

 

Some Spring Street residents say the 12 to 13-million dollar Jackson-Spring housing development proposed by a Buffalo developer and Citizen's Opportunity for Development and Equality will eliminate eight vacant homes in that area. 

 

Darrell Sisak of 824 Spring Street spoke at Monday night's City Council meeting.  He says vacant homes attract drug dealers and users and fire bugs. Another resident Donald Paine of 872 Spring again voiced his support for the CODE project in light of a letter from the Gebbie Foundation last December that voiced concern over the project and, that it would not improve the city's housing issues. 

 

Paine called on State Senator Cathy Young and city officials to move the Jackson-Spring project moving forward. He says "we want this now more than ever."  Paine held the letter from the Gebbie to Young which states the Jackson-Spring "will not help in rejuvenating the city."


City leaders remain staunchly behind the proposal to bring 36-units of new housing to Jamestown's northside. 

 

That from Mayor Sam Teresi who says he appreciates the neighborhood support voiced Monday night for the Jackson-Spring housing development. Teresi emphasized that this is NOT government-subsidized housing it is private investment.

 

Teresi says it's great to see someone willing to come and invest in clean, afforable housing that will improve the neighborhood similar to what's happened at Euclid Gardens and the Wellman Building downtown.  He says the city council has enthusiastically supported the development headed up locally by CODE Inc. and, NRP of Buffalo. 

 

Teresi says they hope the state will "favorably review' the application for the state tax credits that will help finance the local project.  He adds they and CODE are awaiting word on what is happening with those tax credits. 

 

CODE officials say some of the Jackson-Spring housing development would also be available for disabled residents.


Two Westfield residents have been arrested for allegedly operating a methamphetamine lab inside their Portage Street apartment. 

 

Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force responded to citizen complaints about suspected Meth production at 63 South Portage Street and the apartment was raided early Tuesday afternoon.  Prior to that Task Force members say they and Westfield Police seized a quantity of items on the property used to make Meth. 

 

As a result police got a search warrant for the apartment and arrest warrants for the two occupants. They were identified as 48 year-old John Buzcek-the-third, and 47 year-old Julie Warren. 

 

Task Force members arrested Buzcek at the scene and found Warren at another location in the village. Both were arraigned on two counts each of third-degree unlawful manufacture of Methamphetime and sent to the Chautauqua County Jail on $50,000 bail each. 

 

The state Police C-SERT Teeam was also called in to help remediate the scene, and gather evidence.  Authorities continue to ask for the support of community members when they observe suspicious or narcotics related activity in their neighborhoods by calling either 800-344-8702 or 363-0313.


Chautauqua County's population has now fallen below 130,000 according to the latest Census figures. 

 

The new figures were released earlier this week by the U-S Census Bureau and shows the county continuing it's downward trend between July of 2015 and July 2016. 

 

The bureau's figures show that Chautauqua County's population dropped from 130,811 in 2015 to 129,504. That's a drop of 1,307. 

 

That's a 1% loss, placing Chautauqua County among the largest percentage population declines among the state's 62 counties. 

 

Hamilton County had the largest percentage drop at 3.3%, followed by Jefferson County at 2.8%, Delaware County at 1.2%.  Tioga County tied Chautauqua County with a one-percent decline. 

 

Overall the Census Bureau reports the state had a net migration loss of 73-thousand people between July of 2015 and 2016.


Jamestown Teachers are taking on a 'formidable' opponent in a basketball game tonight as they play a game to support a local charity. 

 

Jamestown High School Government Studies teacher, Tony Dolce, says the game will begin at 7 PM at McElrath Gymnasium.  Doors open at 6:30. Dolce also mentioned that it would be members of the Jamestown Police Department playing the Teachers.

 

The Alex Foulk Foundation has been chosen as the Battle of the Classes charity this year. The Foulk foundation supports recovering addicts with transitional housing and help in returning to jobs and family. 

 

Tony Dolce also says there will be other events happening within the next two weeks to support this fund through the "Battle" at JHS... but, adds the basketball game has always been the biggest event.
More information about the Foulk Fund can be found at the Chautauqua Regional community foundation or on their website CRCFOnline.org 

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Jamestown's mayor says the nine arson fires over the past week amount to "terrorism." 

 

Sam Teresi conveyed his thoughts following last night's City Council voting session where a few people expressed their concerns over the fires, and about vacant homes in their neighborhoods. 

 

Teresi says some may joke about fire's in vacant homes being called "urban renewal" but, he says it's not a joking matter. 

 

Teresi says fire damaged homes are costly to tear down at the city's expense.
 

Teresi says part of arsonists try to do is strike "terror" into the hearts of local residents. 

 

He also spoke to the media gathered about the need for the state to impose stronger, manditory penalties on people who commit and are found guilty of arson. City police and fire investigators are still looking to talk to people who may have seen something, or heard something last Friday night when five fires, four in vacant homes were set. 

 

Teresi echoed At-Large Councilwoman Kim Ecklund's comments during last night's meeting where she emplored residents that if they "see something, say something" to authorities.


Jamestown police investigators are pouring over information, and video surveillance in an effort to find the person or persons responsible for nine arson fires in the city over a four-day period last week. 

 

Five of those occured within a three hour period late last Friday night, and Saturday morning. That from City Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings who says police and fire officials met yesterday morning to update the investigation. 

 

Snellings says they've received a number of tips so far. The first call last Friday night came in for a vacant, two-story house at 654 East Sixth Street just after 11 PM.  The other calls came in quick succession through just after 2 AMSaturday.  However it was quiet the rest of the weekend. 

 

Snellings says, though, there is still a lot of concern that the suspect may strike again. Senllings says he's never seen anything like this and says it's kept both firefighters and police very busy. 

 

He says anyone with information on any of last week's arson fires is asked to call JPD at 483-7537 their Tips-line at 483-TIPS that's 483-8477. You can also go to JPD's Tips 4-1-1 app or their Facebook page.


Discussions continued Monday between Falconer village officials, building owners and contractors on beginning demolition work on the half-a-block area on Main Street in the village ravaged by last week's massive fire. 

 

Mayor Jim Rensel was back at the scene yesterday morning discussing the best course of action to take at 29 to 39 West Main Street. Rensel expressed some frustration because no equipment is in place yet to start the work.

 

That's because the threat of a partial building collapse remains in place.  Rensel says a piece of the wall did fall off last Saturday night.  However the 6-foot tall "collapse zone" fence did it's job, and there was little damage and no one was hurt. 

 

Rensel adds that the Falconer business community has also done a great job helping the seven businesses inside the building that lost storefronts.  He says they're all "working well together" and, the ones burned out of their previous locations now have  at least temporary quarters. 

 

Rensel adds the local Red Cross is helping the approximately 19 people who lived in apartments above the commercial businesses on the first floor find temporary shelter following the blaze.


Local Congressman Tom Reed believes the House of Representatives will be back dealing with health care before the end of the year due to problems Republicans believe will come forward with the Affordable Care Act. 

 

The Corning Republican says he was "re-committing" to be part of a governing block of House members going forward. Reed says the ACA also known as "ObamaCare" is looking at 40 to 50-percent premium increases this year and, fewer insurance choices. 

 

If that does happen he expects lawmakers will HAVE to act. Reed says it may require the unraveling of the ACA for some lawmakers who were hesitant about backing the House GOP bill to finally get on board.  He himself just got to the point of supporting the new, American Health Care Act, just a week ago.

 

As for what could have been done to garner support for the AHCA Reed says the GOP leadership should have probably brought more of the policy to light before a vote including proposed tax credits. 

 

He says it's time for lawmakers to work together to find bi-partisan solutions and pointed to the "Problem Solver's Caucus" and "No Label's" groups he works with.


A coalition of anti-hunger advocates, agricultural groups and environmental organizations are urging New York leaders to create a tax credit for farmers who donate fruits, vegetables and other products to foodbanks. 

 

The measure has broad support in the state Legislature. But it has been vetoed before by Governor Andrew Cuomo because it wasn't a part of the state budget. Supporters are gathering today in Albany to ask that the tax credit be included in the budget this year. 

 

Farmers already donate millions of pounds of food annually, but say tax credits would reduce the costs of harvesting and transporting surplus crops that would otherwise go to waste. Environmentalists and anti-hunger advocates say more donations would reduce food waste and give poor New Yorkers access to healthy fruits and vegetables.


The power was back on about mid-morning Monday for about 350 National Grid customers in the city of Dunkirk. 

 

National Grid Spokesman Steve Brady says the outage was first reported around 6 AM. Brady says the customers were in an area served by a tap-line off their "Main line" failed. 

 

Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano says the outage affected several traffic lights on Central Avenue and the Police Department was operating with an emergency generator until the power was restored around 9 AM.


Jamestown's Interclub Council named the 2016 Woman of the Year, Monday night at the Marvin House  and the winnner is Carol Drake.

 

Carol and her husband Rod, moved to Jamestown 40 years ago. Over that time Carol's volunteered for a dozen or more organizations. Carol is a volunteeer at the Robert H. Jackson Center, a place she worked for 10 years as Office Manager. Carol Drake, Jamestown's Interclub council's 2016 Woman of the Year.


A professional wrestling show is coming to the Northwest Arena this Saturday that will benefit a local wrestling team. 

 

Southern Tier Wrestling Spokesman Randy Grey says there will be plenty of entertainment for wrestling fans at this show and, there is a lot of effort being made to make it successful.

 

Grey says this event is designed to be a fundraiser for the Jamestown Community College Wrestling Team and it will help fund their operations. Grey says bell-time at Northwest Arena is 6 PM and, pre-sale tickets are $10 each and it is $20 for front row seats.

 

For more information call the Northwest Arena Box office or go on to the Gold Rush Wrestling Tournament Facebook Page.


The Maid of the Mist tour boats at Niagara Falls are being readied for their earliest launch ever. 

 

The famed boats that bring passengers from the New York shore to the base of the falls in the lower Niagara River will open the 2017 season this coming Saturday

 

A similar attraction, operated by Hornblower, launches from the Canadian shore the same day.  Last year 1.6 million people rode the Maid of the Mist boats during the tourist attraction's 131st year.  The season runs through early November.

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It was an exhausting early weekend for Jamestown and several nearby fire departments who responded to five arson fires in the span of three hours last Friday night and early Saturday. 

 

That from Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Finson who says four others at vacant homes and one garage occured last Wednesday morning through Friday. Finson says the first call last Friday night was to a vacant houe at 654 East Sixth Street just after 11 PM

 

The other calls came in quick succession through just after 2 AM Saturday and most all off-duty firefighters were called in. Those mutual aid companies that assisted overnight Friday into Saturday included Falconer, Lakewood, Celoron, Kiantone and Fluvanna. 

 

One firefighter suffered a minor injury. The Jamestown Fire and Police Departments are investigating three of the fires while county investigators are looking into the other two. 

 

Anyone with information on ANY of the overnight fires is asked to call the Jamestown Police Tips-line at 483-TIPS that's 483-8477.


Demolition work on the burned-out structure left by this past Wednesday morning's devastating fire in downtown Falconer is expected to begin later today. 

 

That from Falconer Mayor Jim Rensel who says the property owners for 29 to 35 West Main Street got tentative agreements in place contractors to do the work.  Rensel says a 6-foot-tall fence was put up late Friday around the destroyed structure to keep people away from portions where the threat of collapse is a major concern. 

 

Rensel says West Main in that area which is also State Route 394, remains closed.  He says they'll confer with the state about re-opening the road.

 

At this point Rensel says the building will be demolished in stages and the debris will be taken away. 

 

Rensel says the fence accouts for the threat of the entire, remaining brick wall coming down on Main Street. While most of the businesses in the area where the fire took place have reopened he says officials are starting to work with the business owners in that half-a-block area find new, or temporary quarters in the village.


A federal jury has convicted a Bemus Point attorney of mail fraud in connection with a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme. 

 

Prosecutors said that between January 2008 and December 2010, 46-year-old James MacCallum encouraged victims to liquidate their investments to take advantage of higher rates of return with his investments. MacCallum claimed his investments were secured by real estate and life insurance policies. 

 

Government evidence showed that MacCallum was using the investments of his victims to pay back earlier investors, and also to pay personal, travel, and office expenses. 

 

The scheme defrauded investors out of approximately $3.4-million. The verdict was announced Friday. Sentencing is set for July. MacCallum faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


The population of New York state is shrinking. 

 

New estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show the state had a net migration loss of nearly 73,000 New Yorkers between July 2015 and July 2016. 

 

Some of the largest percentage population declines were here in Chautauqua County Jefferson County in the north country and Broome County on the Southern Tier. 

 

Long Island's Suffolk County also saw a decline of more than 5,000 people. Overall, downstate New York continued to see modest population growth, centered on New York City. But that growth is being overshadowed by declines upstate. 

 

Overall, New York's population decreased by about 1,900 during the 12 months included in the new numbers. The state's overall population is 19.75-million.


A proposal for a new craft brewery and restaurant on West Third Street in Jamestown is moving ahead and a big step could be taken for Jamestown Brewing Company at tonight's city council meeting. 

 

Lawmakers will vote on a $180,000 Local Development Corporation Loan at tonight's meeting. City Development Director Vince DeJoy says another loan is in the works to help finance the venture in the Lillian Ney Renaissance Center.

 

The Jamestown Brewing proposal is one of 12 that were included with the Local Planning Committee's list of projects they want the state to look at funding with Jamestown's 10-million dollar Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant. 

 

DeJoy says city council has to vote on the loan because it exceeds the $100,000 limit on JLDC loans. The loan will be paid back over seven-years at 4% interest. Tonight's council voting session begins at 7:30 PM.


Will it be a happy fiscal new year for New York state's college students? New York lawmakers will soon decide. 

 

In state government news a key budget deadline approaches and lawmakers close in on a deal that could see an increase in tuition assistance at state  universities. 

 

Lawmakers are also poised to make key decisions on whether to allow Uber and Lyft to expand upstate, and whether to heed a call by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to raise taxes on the wealthy. 

 

Ethics and election reforms may not make it in the final budget, which top lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo are now negotiating. Lawmakers hope to approve the spending plan by April 1, the start of the new budget year.


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo isn't mincing words when describing how Congressional Republicans have handled the health care overhaul. 

 

The Democratic governor said Friday that Republicans in Washington have shown a ``disgusting display of government at its worst.'' Cuomo had warned of dire consequences for New York if the bill passed, saying it would cut nearly billions in Medicaid spending in the state and jeopardize health care for seniors, women and the poor. 

 

One provision of the bill would stop counties from outside New York City from having to pay more than $2 billion of the state's Medicaid charges, likely shifting those costs to the state. 

 

Following the decision by Republicans to pull the bill from the House floor Cuomo said the legislation should be ``killed once and for all.''


Pennsylvania's environmental agency is taking too long to process drilling permit applications. 

 

That's the complaint of industry officials who analyzed public data to show that approval times for a key permit are going up.  David Spigelmyer is president of the Pittsburgh-based Marcellus Shale Coalition.

 

He says the regulatory logjam is hurting Pennsylvania's competitiveness with other shale states like West Virginia, Ohio and Louisiana. 

 

The Department of Environmental Protection confirmed that applications are lagging and pledged to do better. The gas industry's complaints about permitting come as Democratic Governor Tom Wolf makes a push to attract plastics and petrochemical manufacturers that use natural gas as a feedstock.

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Jamestown and county fire investigators investigating five suspicious, overnight fires;  three already ruled arson...
Jamestown and Chautauqua County fire investigators are investigating five overnight fires in the city... three of which have already been ruled as arson.  That from Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Finson... who says the first call was to a vacant houe at 654 East Sixth Street.  Finson says the call came in shortly after 11 p.m. Friday.  Finson says the two-story, vacant house was fully-ingulfed in flames when crews arrived... and, an off-duty shift was called in.  While crews were at the scene on East Sixth... Finson says the second call came in -- shortly after Midnight -- to 220 Crossman St.  He says that house was fully-engulfed on arrival.  He says the third call, for an "outdoor" fire in a large pile of construction debris, was called in from 30 West 11th Street... just after 1 a.m.  Finson says they spotted the vacant house at 22 West 11th St., was also on fire.  He says more off-duty firefighters were called in at that point... and the final call was to another vacant house at 33 West 10th just after 2 a.m.  He says fighting five fires within three hours took it's toll. Finson says some firefighters wound up at three fires during the three hour time frame.  He says they called in mutual aid from Falconer, Lakewood, Celoron, Kiantone and Fluvanna Fire Companies.  But... he says just one firefighter suffered a minor injury.  Finson says city fire investigators have already determined the blazes on East Sixth, Crossman, and, West 10th Streets were intentionally set.  Anyone with information on any of the overnight fires is asked to call the Jamestown Police Tips-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
 
 
Jamestown Fires causing discolored water through-out BPU service areas...
With five fires during the overnight hours... there is wide-spread discolored water in the Jamestown Board of Public Utilites water system.  That from BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins... who says all customers should be on alert for possible discolored water in the next 12-to-24 hours.  The five fires required the opening of many fire hydrants which stirs and discolors our water.  The water is safe but displeasing to view.  Do not do laundry until your water appears clear.
 
 
City fire crews also looking into two other fires since Wednesday morning...
Jamestown fire investigators are looking into the cause of a small fire that broke out in the second-story of a two-story garage on Jamestown's eastside Friday afternoon.  City Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Finson says crews were called to the scene at 529 East Fifth Street just after 12 Noon... and, found the fire quickly.  Finson says they pulled a hand-line and had the blaze out in about 5-minutes.  No one was hurt... firefighters were at the scene about 50-minutes.
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City fire investigators have also ruled a small fire in a vacant house on Winsor Street was inetntionally set.  Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Finson says crews were called to 441 Winsor Street about 9 a.m. this past Wednesday.  Finson says damp and humid conditions inside may have prevented the blaze from growing bigger.  No one was hurt in that arson fire.
 
 
Falconer mayor says fence has been put up around downtown fire scene, demolition to begin Monday...
Demolition work on what's left of a huge commercial and apartment building destroyed in last Wednesday's fire in downtown Falconer is now expected to begin during the day Monday.  That from Falconer Mayor Jim Rensel... who says the property owners for 29 to 35 West Main Street have now signed agreements to do the work.  However... Rensel says, first, a 6-foot-tall fence has been put up around the scene to keep people away from portions of the structure where the threat of collapse is still a major concern.  He says they next need to get the plan for tearing down the remains underway, and get the debris hauled away.  Rensel says the fencing process will include a "collapse zone" on the Main Street side... which would account for the possibility that they three-story brick wall were to come down all at once.  At this point... Rensel says West Main Street from Davis Street to the area of the four-corners with South Work Street will remain closed through the weekend.  He says it will stay closed until the demolition work is done.  
 
 
Falconer community continues to rally in support of fire victims...
Members of the Falconer community are coming together to help the people displaced by Wednesday's devasting fire that left 19 people without a place to live.  Falconer School Superintendent Steve Penhollow says they are working with Mayor Rensel to get donations of clothes, laundry detergent and monetary donations.  Checks can be made out to the "Cheer Fund."  Both Rensel and  Penhollow say donations can be dropped off at the Hogg Shop on East Main Street.  Rensel says he's also working to keep as many of the displaced businesses in the village.  A Community Prayer service last night at First Baptist Church in Falconer drew about 30 people.  The organization "Brothers by Choice" tells us today that they don't need anymore donations of clothes... but they still need towels, blankets, bedding, toiletries... and pots and pans.  Rensel says a former Falconer resident has also started a GoFundMe page to support the people displaced by the fire.  You can go on-line to www.gofundme/downtown-falconer-fire-victims.com.
 
 
Jamestown drug traffickers indicted by federal Grand Jury...
Two Jamestown men -- one arrested last year for being found in possession of about 17-pounds of drugs -- face an 11-count federal indictment for trafficking large amounts of cocaine... methamphetime... and, marijuana.  Acting U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Jr. says a federal grand jury returned the indictment Friday against 34 year-old Juan Pacheco, Jr, and, 36 year-old Andrew Garner -- also known as "Bam."  Kennedy says both are charged with conspiracy to distribute over five kilograms or more of cocaine, more than 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, and marijuana, and maintaining a drug involved premises.  Pacheco was also charged with possession with intent to distribute those drugs.  Garner was additionally charged with distribution of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.  Kennedy says Pacheco faces at least 20 years in prison... while Garner faces 10.  Both also face a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $10-million dollar fine.
 
 

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Flames have extensively damaged a vacant, two-and-a-half story, two-family home on Jamestown's eastside. 

 

City Fire Battalion Chief Matt Coon says crews were called to the scene at 621 East Sixth Street at the corner with Grant Street about 6:15 PM yesterday. 

 

Coon says there was a lot of fire shooting from the roof-area. Coon says it took about 30-minutes of pouring water from an aerial truck and other hand-lines to bring the blaze under control. 

 

He says part of the roof collapsed while they were battling the blaze. He says fire damage was confined to the upper floors of the structure while there was extensive fire damage to the first-floor of the house. 

 

Coon says they called in an off-shift of 12 firefighters to assist at the scene along with Jamestown Police who helped with traffic control. 

 

He says crews were still at the scene after 10 last night.  No one was hurt.  The cause remains under investigation.


The on-site investigation into Wednesday morning's fire that destroyed about half-a-block of businesses and residential apartments in the village of Falconer has concluded. 

 

However no findings have been released. Falconer Mayor Jim Rensel adds that the fire department has also snuffed out all the hot spots at the scene at 29 to 35 West Main Street. 

 

Rensel told us late yesterday that the owners of the four buildings involved will meet with contractors tomorrow about safety issues at the scene. Rensel says that "collapse-zone" remains in place on Main Street and he says they need to deal with that before they can look to open West Main between Davis Street and the four-corners where Main Street intersects with South Work Street. 

 

He says the unsupported walls on the Main Street side are the biggest concern right now. Power has been restored to the areas that lost it Wednesday and Wednesday night.  Rensel adds that power has been restored to the village hall and that reopened today. 

 

No one was hurt in the fire, but the cause remains under investigation.

The Falconer Community is coming together to help the people displaced by Wednesday's devasting fire that left 19 people without a place to live. 

 

Steve Penhollow, Superintendent of the Falconer Central School District says they are working with Mayor Jim Rensel to get donations of clothes, laundry detergent and monetary donations. Checks can be made out to the "Cheer Fund".   

 

Penhollow says that donations can be dropped off at the Hogg Shop on East Main Street in the village.  According to their Facebook page the Hogg Shop is open from 10am to 4pm today. 

 

The Lynn Group is also joining in on the effort offering a special deal on rent for those people displaced by the fire.

There will be a Community Prayer Service at 7pm this evening at the Falconer First Baptist Church. The church is located on the corner of Homestead and Falconer Streets. The whole community is invited to come show support.  The church is handicapped accessible.


As the cleanup continues from Wednesday's fire in Falconer, village officials say businesses unaffected by the fire are reopening. 

 

They include: CVS, Phil's Auto Plaza, Blue Fin Pet Shop, M & T Bank, the Falconer Vac Shop, and the Bellview East Restaurant.The Falconer Library will also re-open today. 

 

While West Main Street in the area of the fire is still shut down, the main intersection in the village is otherwise open to traffic and parking is available at CVS, Phil's Auto Plaza, and village parking lots.


Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan spent time Wednesday at the scene of the Falconer fire talking with Mayor Jim Rensel and others on what's being done for the people who owned businesses and lived in the upper floors of the West Main Street structure. 

 

Horrigan says the county's Department of Emergency Services has been assisting Falconer and other local leaders. Members of the Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team are also at the scene searching though the rubble and remains for the cause of the fire which has been under investigation since crew arrived at the scene. 

 

Horrigan says it's great to see the "incredible partnership" between local and county agencies to help those impacted by the blaze. He especially praised the fire departments and fire coordinators for their tireless efforts.


A Bemus Point man has been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of two stun guns and a large amount of Methamphetime and other drugs during an investigation early yesterday morning in Mayville. 

 

Sheriff's officers say they spotted two vehicles parked on vacant property near the intersection of Sea Lion Drive and Mill Street about 3:45 AM.  Deputies say they stopped one of the vehicles as it tried to leave and found the driver 41 year-old Gary Hannold, Junior in possession of a stun gun. 

 

Further investigation led to disovery of a second stun gun along with 37 grams of Meth, about 4 grams of crack cocaine, and more than 2-ounces of marihuana. 

 

Officers say they also found digital scales, packaging materials, and a quantity of cash.  Hannold was arrested and arraigned on several charges including two counts of third-degree criminal possession of controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of weapon.  He was sent to the county jail without bail.


Chautauqua County's Congressman is echoing the concerns of local leaders over the proposed elimination of the federal Community Development Block Grant program. 

 

Corning Republican Tom Reed says he was the mayor of Corning several years ago and he knows the program is critically important to the many communities that receive those funds. 

 

While he supports many of President Trump's proposals Reed says they disagree on this one and he stands with local mayors who say there is "great value" in the program.  He believes he can keep the program in place.

 

Reed says he has already spoken with city leaders from Jamestown, Binghampton, and Ithaca who say they have benefitted from the CDBG Program. 

 

Earlier this week Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi blasted the President's proposal as being a "travesty" and one that would have a devastaing impact on Jamestown and several other upstate cities.


A proposal to eliminate a federal program that helps low-income families and seniors pay their Winter heating bills is on the choping block in President Trump's 2018 budget "blueprint." 

 

The proposal to scrap the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program is already drawing sharp criticism from Congressional members in the northeast. 

 

US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York calls the move "cold-hearted" and adds it would force more than one-million residents to have to make some very difficult decisions.

 

Gillibrand says more than 48,000 households in the Southern Tier and another 126,000 in Western New York take advantage of the LIHEAP Program. 

 

She says she'll do her best to keep the program in place because it's "irresponsible to cut these funds."  Benefits-dot-GOV says New York's grant is allocated among the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance for a heating benefit program, the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal for weatherization activities, and the state Office for the Aging for outreach and referral activities.

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A devastating fire has destroyed much of a block of businesses and residential apartments in the village of Falconer.

 

Crews from upwards of 15 fire departments remain at the scene of the blaze at a three-story structure from 29 to 35 West Main Street.  

 

Falconer Mayor Jim Rensel says Falconer firefighters were called to the scene shortly after 7.30 AM when someone living in an upstairs apartment called in the blaze to Streets Superintendent Pete Fuller who then called in the alarm. He says they appreciate all the help at the scene.  

 

Crews found fire coming through the roof of the building and immediately closed off West Main Street from Phetteplace to South Work Street. Fire police have been keeping people away from the building because of further threat of collapse.  

 

Shortly before 9 AM Rensel says the center part of the structure collapsed. He adds fire crews have also been battling unseasonably cold temperatures and water freezing up,however no one has been hurt.

 

Wednesday morning's huge fire in downtown Falconer is likely the worst the village has seen in more than 50 years.  

 

That from Mayor Jim Rensel who is a lifelong resident. Rensel says he's been the mayor for four years now and in talking with people yesterday he's learned about a major fire the village dealt with just over 55 years ago in 1960 or 1961.  He says it'll be difficult but he believes they "will recover from this."  

 

Owners involved with the structure at 29 to 35 West Main Street were being contacted yesterday morning about the blaze.  At least one confirmed full insurance coverage. With the fact officials were working on demolition of the remaining structure because of safety issues there has been no talk yet about re-building.



 

A Sinclairville woman has been charged in connection with the escape of her husband earlier this month.  

 

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says 30-year-old Kelsey Raynor was arrested on a warrant when she appeared in Charlotte Town Court on an unrelated matter Tuesday. Gerace says she allegedly assisted her husband, 34 year-old Jacob, who had escaped during arraignment on charges of third-degree unlawful manufacturing methamphetamine back on March 7th.

 

Jacob Raynor was captured on March 14th. Gerace says Kelsey Raynor is also facing drug related charges after an investigation by the Sheriff's Office and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.  She was arraigned and sent to the county jail on $15,000 bail.

 

A Dunkirk man who was considered the "co-leader" of a drug trafficking ring in the north county city has been sentenced to eight years and a month in federal prison.  

 

Acting U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior has announced that 40 year-old David Jesus Pagan who was convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm received 97 month from U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth Wolford.  

 

Prosecutor Michael Adler says that Pagan and co-defendant Rafael Burgos were the leaders of a drug trafficking organization that distributed illegal narcotics in the Dunkirk area between 2013 and June 10th of 2015. 

 

During that time they allegedly distributed multiple kilograms of cocaine throughout the Dunkirk area. Four others were also arrested at that time and an AR-15 assault rifle, a 30-round magazine, and about $175,000 in cash was also seized.


 

Gasoline prices in Chautauqua County are holding steady this week with a very slight increase of just under a penny a gallon.  

 

That from the AAA's Fuel Gauge Report which says the price is $2.47 a gallon for regular, unleaded fuel. AAA says that's about 2-tenths of a cent more than last week. Nationally the Fuel Gauge says pump prices also remain relatively stable with today’s national average price for regular, unleaded holding at about $2.29 per gallon.  

 

The average price is down by a fraction of a penny compared to one week ago, but has moved one cent higher compared to last month.  Drivers are paying 31 cents more per gallon at the pump compared to this same date last year. The East Coast saw a decline in gasoline supplies last week as refiners prepare to switch from winter-blend to summer-blend gasoline.



New York state is launching a program to provide electric cars buyers with rebates of up to $2,000.  

 

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo says the $55-million rebate program is designed to spur more electric car use in New York and help reduce carbon emissions.  

 

The rebates are available to New York residents who buy eligible cars through participating new car dealers. The rebates of up to $2,000 will go toward purchases of new plug-in hybrid electric cars, all-electric cars or hydrogen fuel cell cars.  

 

An additional $15 million will be spent on consumer education, charging station installation and other efforts to increase electric car usage.

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News Update on Falconer building fire

Blaze diestroys Falconer commercial building...
 
A devastating fire has destroyed much of a block of businesses and residental apartments in the village of Falconer.  Crews from upwards of 15 fire departments remaine at the scene early this afternoon of the blaze at a three-story structure from 29 to 35 W. Main St.  Falconer Mayor Jim Rensel says firefighters were called to the scene shortly after 7:30 a.m. when someone living in an upstairs apartment called in the blaze to Streets Superintendent Pete Fuller... who then called in the alarm.  He says they appreciate all the help at the scene.  Crews found fire coming through the roof of the building... and, immediately closed off West Main Street from Phetteplace to South Work Street.  Fire police have been keeping people away from the building because of further threat of collapse.  Shortly before 9 a.m., Rensel says the center part of the structure collapsed.  He adds fire crews have also been battling unseasonably cold temperatures... and, water freezing up.  This afternoon... Rensel says the fire is still smoldering, but, there have been no further building collapes.  No one has been hurt, and the cause is under investigation.
 

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Falconer Fire Update

A commercial building that also reportedly housed some apartments has been extenstively damaged in a mid-morning fire in the village of Falconer. Falconer Fire crews were called to the scene at 27 West Main Street between 7:30 and 7:45 this morning and found heavy flames coming from the upper floors of the three story structure. Our Brian Papalia reported a short time ago that part of the building had collapsed. Brian says there were several fire companies on hand assisting Falconer in battling the blaze. Brian says Jamestown also brought in it's aerial ladder truck to attack the flames from above the roof. The owner of the building next door Brian Nelson, tells us he was there about that time the blaze broke out In addition to Falconer and Jamestown we understand that Kiantone and Celoron are also at the scene. There is no report of any injuries. The Village Salon and Better Life Nutrition are in the building. West Main Street between Phetteplace and South Work Street is closed.

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Local Congressman Tom Reed says a series of amendments to the proposed American Health Care Act has put him solidly in support of the replacement measure for "Obamacare."  However, Reed admitted yesterday that he was "leaning no" on the initial proposal offered by President Donald Trump, and the Congressional leadership.

 

The Corning Republican says the biggest change that was added during a Monday night session was an amendment that would relieve New York's upstate counties from having to pay 25% of local Medicaid costs. Reed says the measure to give relief to 50 to 64 year-olds, who were reportedly going to get hit with much higher premiums was also important to him because they make up a large part of the 23rd Congressional District's population.

 

He says the Congressional Budget Office found they would be disproportionately burdened by the new law.  Reed says he believes the House will now have enough votes to pass the measure on Thursday.

 

Jamestown's mayor is blasting a Trump Administration budget proposal to cut $6-billion  from the U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development that would eliminate the Community Development Block Grant program.  

 

Sam Teresi Monday night called the proposal a "travesty" that would have "devastating" impacts on the city and many others across the country.  

 

Jamestown has been a "Small City Entitlement" Community since 1990 meaning it receives a certain amount each year to boost low and middle income, and other projects during the coming year.  

 

Teresi who was city Development Director in 1990 says Jamestown has been a good steward of it's money. Teresi says because of the CDBG and HOME Programs they have been able to undertake a number of projects that otherwise would not get done.  He says one area in particular that's been helped is the city's Infrastructure Improvement Program which he says involves "major street reconstruction work."  

 

Teresi says those efforts alone have garnered nearly $7.2-million  for such projects since 1990.  He urged the city council to approve a measure next week calling for reinstatement of the CDBG Program.

 

U-S Senator Chuck Schumer is also weighing-in on the proposed cut to the Community Development Block Grant program saying the move would be "incredibly damaging" to upstate New York.  

 

The Senate's Minority Leader also calls it a "non-replaceable stream of investment in essential services" for area residents and economic development projects." Schumer says he will "fight these drastic cuts tooth and nail to make sure the CDBG program remains fully funded and that Upstate New York gets the money it deserves." The Democrat says  more than ever  they need to ensure that local communities "have the resources they need to modernize their infrastructure, deliver vital services to working families and seniors and continue the neighborhood revitalization efforts critical to local economic development."

 

There is a new mayor in the Chautauqua County village of Cassadaga.

 

Mary Joanne Bauer was the winner in a run-off to replace Leann Lazarony who decided not to run for another term.  Bauer received 31 votes in the contest while Mike Lehnen was second with 22 tallies.  That was the only contested race in Cassadaga.

 

In Westfield there were three people running for two village trustee seats.  They were won by Alan Holbrook with 162 votes... and, Robert Cochrane with 126.  Dennis Lutes was third with 115 tallies.  In the village of Sinclairville James Kianos, Junior was elected mayor.  He ran unopposed.  There were only three villages that held elections Tuesday.

 

U-S Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch spent a full-day on Capitol Hill yesterday being grilled by members of the Senate's Judiciary Committee on everything from abortion to President Trumps criticism of federal judges.

 

However when he addressed the panel Monday, Gorsuch talked about role models he's had in the judiciary and one of them is the late Justice Robert H. Jackson of Frewsburg.  St. John's law professor John Q. Barrett is the Lenna Fellow at the Jackson Center in Jamestown and says Gorsuch is connected to Jackson in two ways.


 

One is that Gorsuch cited Jackson's writings as something he admired. In addition  if Gorsuch is confirmed  he would replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia who held the seat Jackson had held several decades earlier.


 

Jackson left the high court a few weeks before his untimely passing in 1954.  But Barrett says many of his written opinions are still part of the basis for decisions being rendered today.  

 

He  made his comments during yesterday's Dennis Webster Show on WJTN.

 

Some of the wealthiest New Yorkers are asking the state to raise their taxes. Eighty people including George Soros, Steven Rockefeller and Abigail Disney wrote to lawmakers and Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo saying they and other top earners can afford to pay more to support schools, roads, bridges and programs to help poor and homeless New Yorkers.

 

Many of those signing the letter are millionaires and all make more than $650,000 making them members of the state's top 1 percent when it comes to income.  A similar letter last year was largely ignored by lawmakers.  Democrats in the state Assembly have called for higher taxes on millionaires and multimillionaires. Senate Republicans oppose the idea.

 

New York officials are warning about a tax-season scam in which email fraudsters pose as company executives to get employees' Social Security numbers.  

 

State tax officials say at least 65 companies with New York employees have been victimized by the identity thieves, compromising 7,100 Social Security numbers.  

 

Scammers posing as company executives send emails to payroll and human resource departments requesting lists of employees and personal information.  


Officials urge people not to respond to emails demanding payroll data and Social Security numbers.

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Jamestown city lawmakers got some good fiscal news during last night's work session.  The city ended up 2016 with it's first budget surplus since 2010.  That from City Comptroller Joe Bellitto... who gave his unaudited, year-end report... which showed that Jamestown wound up in the black by just under 97-thousand dollars.  Bellitto attributed the surplus to two things... the first being taking in about 181-thousand dollars more than expected in miscellaneous revenues.  That included getting nearly 300-thousand dollars more in state aid than expected. Bellitto says... the city was also able to bring the 2016 budget in about 325-thousand dollars under anticipated expenses.  He says the biggest area of savings was in benefits... where the city saved just over 548-thousand dollars.  With that... Bellitto says revenues exceeded spending by 506-thousand dollars.  He adds that Jamestown also used 409-thousand dollars in fund balance to help balance last year's budget.  With that... they found up with a 96-thousand-637 dollar surplus.  In addition... Bellitto says the city also wound up with 65-thousand dollars that was unused in the contingency account.  The city's final audit will be completed later this Spring.
 
 
A proposed cut of 175-million dollars in President Donald Trump's budget "blue-print" for 2018 would threaten the Essential Air Service program... which supports the county airport near Jamestown.  That from U-S Senator Chuck Schumer of New York... who says Jamestown is one of several upstate communities facing huge funding reductions under the proposal.  Schumer... who is Senate Minority Leader... is vowing to fight the cuts.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says the county's 2-million dollar allocation supports local air carrier Southern Air Express... which has been working to boost it's passenger numbers. Horrigan says he's aware that there are two sides to the argument about the need for... and, against the Essential Air program.  The Bemus Point Republican says he's also aware of the fact there have been cuts threatened to the EAS before... and, it has survived.  He says haveing air service in Jamestown is important to supporting the county's "economic development initiatives."  Some in the area have said they can reach their destinations easier, and cheaper, by flying out of Buffalo or Erie, Pennsylvania.  Others, though, say it's especially needed for local corporations to do business.
 
 
Six area departments along with Chautauqua County Emergency Services responded to an early morning house fire Monday in town of Stockton.  Stockton fire crews responded to the scene at 64-85 South Stockton-Cassadaga Road about 3:30 AM.  Officials says they received mutual aid from Cassadaga, Brocton, Dewittville, Sinclairville and East Dunkirk.  No injuries were reported... and, all of the residents were able to make it out of the house safely.  Crews were able to get water from a nearby creek to help snuff out the flames, but, there was extensive damage to parts of the house.  There are reports the blaze may have started as a dryer fire.
 
 
The local Red Cross is assisting five people left homeless by the fire in the town of Stockton.  It's one of three fires the Red Cross responded to Monday morning in Western New York... including two in the Buffalo area.  Chief Red Cross Communications Officer Jay Bonafede says the Red Cross usually gets a call from first responders. Bonafede says specially trained volunteers are sent to the scene and talk with and assist the victims.  He says that help includes food, clothing and shelter... as well emotional support.  Bonafede says fires are the number one disaster in Western New York and the Red Cross is asking every household to take two simple steps: check their existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home.
 
 
New York officials are warning about a tax-season scam in which email fraudsters pose as company executives to get employees' Social Security numbers.  State tax officials say at least 65 companies with New York employees have been victimized by the identity thieves, compromising 71-hundred Social Security numbers.  Scammers posing as company executives send emails to payroll and human resource departments requesting lists of employees and personal information.  Officials urge people not to respond to emails demanding payroll data and Social Security numbers.
 
 
The need remains high... and, that's why Jamestown's largest soup kitchen had record numbers of local residents come by for a hot meal during the first month of 2017.  St. Susan's Center Executive Director Jeff Smith says they served some 11,247 meals in January... which exceeded the previous record of 98-hundred meals set in January of 2016... by 15-percent.  He says that followed an 18-percent drop-off from last December. Smith says the St. Susan's Center was on pace to serve 125-thousand meals in 2016... but, they ended up with 122-thousand-406.  That was still a more than 25-hundred increase in meals served.  He says their largest demographic of people coming to St. Susan's is between the ages of 18-to-64.  However... he says the number of children are growing the fastest of any age group.  Smith says that's why they continue to fund-raise over the Winter months, with their 'Soup and a Song' Series.  The latest one will be this coming Saturday night.  So far this year... Smith says St. Susan's has served 24-thousand-614 meals -- an 8.55 percent increase over last year at this time.  For more information on St. Susan's... call 664-2253.
 
 
 
Advocates for the disabled, elderly and chronically ill in New York are concerned the state's move to a $15-dollar an hour minimum wage could deepen a shortage of home health aides.  More than 180-thousand Medicaid patients in New York are authorized to receive long-term, in-home care, the most in the state's history.  But... there are increasingly too few aides to go around, especially in the state's remote, rural areas.  It's a national problem that advocates say could get worse when the state's $15 minimum goes statewide by 2021.  It could potentially push low-paid health aides into other jobs, in retail or fast-food, that don't require hours of training or the pressure of keeping another person alive.  New York state employs about 326-thousand home health workers, but is projected to need another 125,000 by 2024.
 
 
 
 
 

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News Headlines for Sat., Mar. 18, 2017

Latest STOP-DWI Enforcment Crack-down underway...
Another law enforcement campaign to crack down on impaired driving is underway for the St. Patrick's Day weekend.  The campaign will include a number of sobriety checkpoints, additional DWI patrols along with a statewide underage drinking detail.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace, who heads up the STOP DWI campaign in the county, says the problem of impaired driving seems to spike during celebrations such as St. Patrick's Day.  Gerace says they look at the number of accidents, fatal accidents, and the number that are caused by drunk or "drugged" driving.  He says while alcohol remains a concern, they have seen an increase in the number of cases involving "drugged" driving.  As part of the crackdown... investigators from the state Department of Motor Vehicles will also be conducting underage drinking and fake I-D prevention operations in cooperation with the state Liquor Authority. 
 
 
Three city men jailed for allegedly running "one-pot" Meth Lab in the city...
Three Jamestown men have been arrested for allegedly operating a "one-pot" Meth Lab in an upstairs apartment at a home on the city's westside.  City Police Chief Harry Snellings says the arrests came following a report of smoke, and strong odor coming from the building at 212 West Sixth Street.  Snellings, and city fire officials, say they were called to the scene about 4:25 p.m. Thursday.  He says investigation of the situation led to discovery of the lab... and, was the second time in a week they had been called to that apartment.  Snellings says they found precursors for Meth at that time.  Snellings says, though, that the number of Meth labs being seen in the city had fallen tremendously in recent months.  He says that's due to a lot of the Meth in the city now being brought here from out-of-town.  Snellings says the three men arrested are Jacob Tunison... Cody Richenbach and David Soderberg.  He says all three face three charges... including Felony unlawful manufacture of methamphetime... and, criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He says they also found a number of syringes inside the apartment.
 
 
City woman arrested in domestic incident...
A Jamestown woman has been arrested for her alleged part in a domestic incident reported Thursday afternoon.  City police say they were called to 815 Newland Avenue shortly before 3 p.m. for an apparent verbal domestic dispute.  Officers say the victim came home to find 25 year-old Toni Schnars in his apartment... and, he had an order of protection against her.  She was later found on Crown Street... and, charged with first degree Criminal Contempt and aggravated family offense.  She was jailed without incident.
 
 
Cattaraugus woman charged with DWI following crash...
A Cattaraugus County woman faces a drunk driving charge after her car crashed into a telephone pole on Route 438 in the village of Cattaraugus.  Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley say 25 year old Cylee Twoguns was northbound about 8 AM last Sunday when her car went off the right side of the roadway and struck the pole.  She was taken to Lake Shore Hospital for treatment... and, later was ticketed for DWI in New Albion Town Court.
 
 
Goodell says now that Senate and Assembly have "one-house" budget's approved, negotiations will now begin...
Now that all sides have their own budget proposals in place... the negotiating begins on New York state's 2017-18 budget plan.  That from local State Assemblyman Andy Goodell...who says there is "broad consensus" already on a number of major items in the budget proposed last January by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  However... Goodell says each plan also has it's particular items" that the majorities favor.  Goodell says both houses of the state legislature approved their "one-house budgets" this past Wednesday.  He says Assembly Democrats will "throw everything they can into their resolution, then use them as a bargaining chip in talks with the Senate."  He says they then - essentially -- begin "horse-trading."  Each plan totals about $152-billion.  One of the main areas of consensus is on increasing public school aid... with the governor only calling for a $450-million increase.  However... both the Senate and Assembly would add more than $1-billion to that total.  Goodell made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group statiions.
 
 
Young says Senate budget provides Tax Relief...
Several billion dollars worth of water infrastructure improvements and upgrades are included in the State Senate's proposed "one-house" budget resolution approved this past week.  That from Senator Cathy Young... who chairs the panel's Finance Committee that works on the budget.  Young says there will be money in the $152-billion dollar spending plan to help local water contamination issues... including those at schools.  He says a lot of local communities can't afford to make major upgrades to their older water systems... and, she says lead has shown up in several school districts in her 57th Senate District.  Meantime... while the budget includes a tuition free college program like Governor Cuomo's proposal, the Senate plan would also include private schools.  Young says New York is not a "one size fits all state..." and, needs to take much into account.  She says it gives major tax relief to middle class families. 
 
 

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Three arrests have been made and Jamestown police are investigating the discovery of a "one-pot" Meth Lab at a westside residents.

 

City fire officials say a crew was initially called to the scene at 212 West Sixth Street about 4:45 yesterday afternoon for a strong odor in the area, and chemical fumes inside the building. Firefighters found the Methamphetamine Lab, and made sure the residents got out of the building.

 

Police were called to the scene just prior to that and are continuing to investigate.

 

There will be no tax increase and no staff reductions in the Jamestown School District's 2017-18 budget proposal.

 

School Business Manager Vern Connors laid out the big items in the more than 80-million dollar spending plan at Wednesday night's school board meeting. Connors tells us there is a spending increase of 4.7-million dollars or about 6%. However he says part of the increase is being offset by an increase in state school aid.

 

Connors says just over half of the spending increase is in the form of three capital projects the district will be undertaking. He says one of those is going to be an attempt to sell the district's former Crescent Street warehouse. Connors says they do have to plan, though, in case they can't sell it.

 

Another project they would have to help fund is not even one of it's own. That would be for the local BOCES, which is undertaking a three-year project.  ALL local districts will participate in that.

 

Otherwise Connors says they're looking at some other cost increases including a 14% increase in health insurance costs.  The budget will be further reviewed at the board's March 28th meeting.

 

A city woman has been arrested for allegedly trying to get rid of a loaded hand-gun during a domestic call on Jamestown's northside. City police say officers were called to the downstairs apartment at 246 Fulton Street on a report of a possible domestic incident.

 

While officers were trying to make contact they saw 26 year-old Jennifer Dellahoy throw a loaded, .22-caliber silver handgun out of a window.

 

Following an investigation  Dellahoy was arrested, and taken to the city jail without incident on a charge of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and was jailed without bail.

 

Authorities in western New York say a 10-year-old boy has died after being trapped under a pile of snow from this week's storm. Police responded to a call about a child trapped in snow in Pendleton in Niagara County around 3:40 p.m. on Wednesday.

 

The boy was taken to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police say they believe the boy was digging a tunnel when it collapsed on him.  

 

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office hasn't released the name of the child. Police believe the death was accidental. An investigation is ongoing.

 

Parts of the county received more than 2 feet of snow from the storm that started Tuesday and lasted into Wednesday.

 

Despite some extremes in weather, the maple syrup season is underway. Producers are now getting ready for the annual Maple Weekends the first of which is this Saturday and Sunday.  

 

Syrup makers gathered at Big Tree Maple off Hunt Road in Lakewood for the annual kickoff yesterday morning.

 

Lloyd Munsee of Big Tree says they are doing something special this year in conjunction with the Ashville General Store.

 

John Gerber of Clear Creek Farms in Mayville says they've added a new store at their location on Morris Road in Mayville.

 

Linda Fairbanks of Fairbanks Maple on Shaw Road in Forestville says they'll have a pancake breakfast and much more.

 

Maple Weekends are March 18th and 19th and 25th and 26th, from 10 AM to 4 PM each day.

 

The Johnson Estate Winery in Westfield will also be participating in Maple Weekend, with a special maple liqueur. Full information on Maple Weekend is available at http://www.nysmaple.com/nys-maple-weekend/

 

Police around New York state will be cracking down on drunken driving and underage drinking this St. Patrick's Day weekend. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the law enforcement campaign ahead of Friday's holiday. 

 

The effort includes sobriety checkpoints, stepped up vehicle patrols and ID inspections at bars.

 

Police will be looking for drivers who have had too much to drink or who are using their cellphones while driving. They'll also be looking for minors in possession of alcohol, or bars, restaurants and retail shops selling alcohol to those under 21.

 

A similar campaign last year by state police resulted in 257 DWI arrests and more than 17,000 tickets.

 

 

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Snow returned to the Jamestown-area this morning with light to moderate snowfall coming down. Forecaster Dave Thomas with the National Weather Service in Buffalo told us we are getting a little bit of Lake Effect that's actually being produced by Lake Huron.It's then getting enhanced by going over Lake Erie.

 

Thomas says we should only get up to an inch by this afternoon.

 

Yesterday the snow finally stopped here in the Greater Jamestown-area about mid-day from what we received from the east coast storm over the past two days. We received another 4 to 5 inches or so of the white stuff between early morning and Noon yesterday bringing the two-day totals to 10 to 12 inches.  

 

The National Weather Service did continue a Winter Storm Warning until 8 last night  but, conditions improved dramatically by afternoon.

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is sending more assets to New York's central Southern Tier region. The governor notes the Binghamton area was among the hardest hit by Tuesday's snowstorm.

 

The National Weather Service says just over 31-inches blanketed the region.

 

Cuomo is sending 100 large plows and 100 members of the National Guard to assist in snow removal. In other parts of the state, another round of snow in the Rochester area has shut down schools, many businesses and most government offices.

 

The Republican health care plan would mean less money for states and gives them a tough choice on how to use fewer Medicaid dollars. Lawmakers say they can either find cash to make up the difference or let coverage lapse for millions of lower-income Americans.

 

Most states though, have not released estimates of the consequences for them based on the plan proposed by Republicans in the U.S. House and supported by President Donald Trump.

 

Local Congressman Tom Reed says he doesn't expect anyone in his 23rd District will lose coverage but, says it would be up to the state to redesign the program.

 

Reed says it puts the pressure on the state to be more "responsible" with that money. He says an amendment by Buffalo-area Congressman Chris Collins would eliminate the ability of New York state to charge back 25-percent of the cost of Medicaid to upstate counties.

 

The Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce honored six local business and Jamestown Community College Wednesday at the 2016 'Salute to the Finest' awards. JCC was given the 'Pride of Jamestown' award.  JCC President Cory Duckworth accepted saying its "amazing" the number of people and families who say the college has had a "major impact in their lives."

 

The Jamestown Economic Development Award went to Borsari Food Company, which recently moved downtown...to Institute Street.

 

Jamestown Awning and Party Tents was named Business of the Year.

 

Enchanted Mountain Spirits on Water Street was given the New Business of the Year Award. Retailer of the Year went to Farm Fresh Foods.  The Landmark was named Restaurant of the Year.

 

The Young Business Leaders award went to Jeff and Alexandria James, and Frank Besse. They operate the Labyrinth and Brazil on Fourth Street, downtown.

 

The 'Salute to the Finest' was held at Moonbrook Country Club.

 

Gas prices in Chautauqua County  have dropped half-a-penny a gallon this week to just under $2.47  for regular, unleaded fuel.

 

The AAA's Fuel Gauge report says the price this week is down from $2.473 last week.

 

Nationally AAA says prices have now fallen after a period of being "relatively flat." The Fuel Gauge reports that the average U-S price is now $2.30 per gallon.

 

Today’s national average is one cent less than one week ago and two cents more than one month ago.

 

Compared to this same date last year AAA says consumers are paying 37 cents more per gallon at the pump. Gas prices may continue to drop in the near future due to declining crude oil prices and a well-supplied market, but will begin to creep up again over the next month due to seasonal refinery maintenance and the May 1st required switchover for producing summer-blend gasoline.

 

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A Sinclairville man who escaped from police custody last week as he was making a court appearance on drug and other charges has been caught hiding in his home.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says deputies and State Parole officers found 34 year-old Jacob Raynor hiding in an area under the floor of the house at 9 Reed Street.  Gerace says his department used suveillance and intelligence gathering to finally nab Raynor just after 3 PM yesterday. Gerace says Raynor was otherwise taken into custody without incident.  He escaped police custody while being arraigned a week ago Tuesday.  Gerace says they are now investigating the likelyhood that Raynor was helped by one or two people in the escape, and eluding police for a week.  Raynor was arraigned yesterday on the original charges of unlawful manufacture of Methamphetime... and, a parole violation.  He is now also facing a Felony second-degree escape charge.  Raynor is being jailed without bail, pending further court action.
 
 
It will be a cold and blustery end to the March Nor-easter today across Chautauqua County.  That from Forecaster Bill Hibbert with the National Weather Service in Buffalo... who says a Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for all of Western New York through 8 this evening.  Hibbert told us late last night that winds were becoming favorable for more our most significant shot of snow during this two-day event. Hibbert says the Nor-easter in western New York has taken place as they expected it would.  The immediate Jamestown-area had received about 5 inches of snow by last night.  Hibbert says the wind will be a secondary issue today... with sustained winds about 15 to 30 MPH with gusts up to 45.  He says that'll drop wind chills into negative numbers.  However... conditions will lighten up some by later tonight.  Generally... Hibbert says we're still looking at 10 to 18 inches of snow through to night.  However... the weather service is now looking at less than a foot along the Lake Erie Shoreline.
 
 
A powerful nor'easter began lashing the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast Tuesday, prompting flight cancellations, school closures and warnings from officials to stay off the roads.  The National Weather Service had issued blizzard warnings for parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and other parts of New England.  The storm is expected to dump 1 to 2 feet of snow on the New York City metro area with wind gusts of up to 55 mph.  Coastal flood warnings are in effect from Massachusetts to Delaware.  According to the airline-tracking website FlightAware, more than 5,000 Tuesday flights have been canceled.
 
 
Governor Cuomo late Tuesday morning also announced a tractor-trailer ban on the state Thruway... along with other major highways... across New York state.  Cuomo says -- in addition to the Thruway -- the big rig ban is also in effect for Interstate 86-and Route 17 across the Southern Tier.  There is also a full travel ban in effect for Broome County.
 
 
 
Chautauqua County's Congressman says he's supporting changes at the federal level that would lessen the property tax burden across upstate New York by eliminating the county share of Medicaid costs.  Corning Repubican Tom Reed says that he is backing an amendment by Buffalo-area Congressman Chris Collins to eliminate that 25-percent share that's picked up by the local governments.  If approved in Congress... he says the state would pick-up the entire 50-percent cost going forward. Reed says "for too long... Albany has pushed its responsibility to fund Medicaid onto local county governments."  In some cases... he says counties are dedicating nearly 70-percent of their local tax dollars to the portion of Medicaid they are mandated to pay.  Here in Chautauqua County... Reed's office says the local share of Medicaid is almost 50 percent of the county's tax levy.  He adds that the annual local share across the U-S is 10-billion dollars... 7-billion of which is paid by for by New York's counties.  Reed made his comments during his weekly conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
An annual event in Jamestown that challenges the skill of local middle and high school students from across the region in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math has been postponed a week.  The annual STEM Wars at Jamestown Community College's Physical Education Complex was to be held this morning.  However... due to yesterday's closing of JCC due to the Nor-easter... there wasn't time to prepare the facility.  It will now be held next Wednesday, March 22nd at 9 AM.  Some 900 students are expected to compete in the program.
 
 
Female lawmakers in New York say early voting would make it easier for all New Yorkers - and particularly women - to cast a ballot.  Several legislators on Monday urged Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders to include early voting and automatic voter registration in the state budget expected to be approved by April 1.  Cuomo supports the proposals, which he says would allow more New Yorkers to participate in their democracy.  Compared to other states New York has low voter turnout rates and is one of a minority of states that still doesn't allow early voting.  The women lawmakers say that while the goal is increasing turnout rates for all voters, early voting would be particularly helpful for many women who must juggle work and family obligations.

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News Headlines for Tues., Mar. 14, 2017

Raynor found hiding in his Sinclairville home, arrested on drug, escape charges...
The Sinclairville man who escaped from police custody last week as he was making a court appearance in Charlotte Town Court has been captured.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says deputies and State Parole officers found 34 year-old Jacob Raynor hiding in an area under the floor of his house at 9 Reed Street.  Gerace says his department used suveillance and intelligence gathering to finally nab Raynor.  He says they found Raynor in a crawl space under the floor.  He says Raynor was otherwise taken into custody without incident.  He escaped police custody while being arraigned a week ago today.
 
 
Nor'easter starts out light to moderate in Chautauqua County, expected to pick-up overnight...
Light snow has resumed late this afternoon here in the Jamestown-area after we received nearly 5 inches of snow from a Nor-easter that's hitting the east coast since late last night.  However... we'll be seeing the major part of the snow from this storm later this afternoon and into the overnight.  That from Forecaster Dave Thomas with the National Weather Service... who says a Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 8 p.m. Wednesday.  Thomas says with winds expected to shift out of the Northwest, we'll get some "lake enhancement," and more snow tonight.  He says we're still on target for 10 to 18 inches of snow through Wednesday night.  Thomas now says there will be lesser amounts near Lake Erie... with about 8 to 10 inches of the white stuff may fall.  But... across the Chautauqua Ridge... there could be 14 to 18 inches.  Thomas says snowfall will be light to moderate most of the time... but, adds there will be periods over the next day and a half where it will be heavy at times.  
 
 
BOCES Super discusses school closings with "State of Emergency..."
The 'State of Emergency' that was declared for all of New York State by Governor Cuomo Monday night did not automatically mean all the schools would close.  The Superintendent of Erie 2, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus Boces, David O'Rourke, says school superintendents are a part of the process, along with the state Education Department.  O'Rouke says it is still a local decision, but adds the SOE "was a factor."  O'Rourke says all 27 districts that are part the Erie 2 system did close... many making the decision Monday night.  However... he called it a "unique" situation with the Governor's declaration, and the forecast.  The BOCES Superintendent emphasized that superintendents weight such decisions with care... because it's "never an easy decision."  Superintendents for each district will go through the same decision making process for Wednesday.
 
 
Cuomo orders tractor-trailer ban on many major highways -- including Thruway...
Governor Cuomo late this morning also announced a tractor-trailer ban on the state Thruway... along with other major highways... across New York state.  Cuomo says -- in addition to the Thruway... the big rig ban is also in effect for Interstate 86-and Route 17 across the Southern Tier.  There is also a full travel ban in effect for Broome County, as that part of the state has been hit hard by the storm.
 
 
 

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Nor'easter to begin taking shape late tonight into Tuesday, Jamestown area to get 9 to 17 inches of snow...
A major winter storm is taking aim on the Northeast and Western New York will be feeling the effects of the Nor'easter.  The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the entire region including both Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.  Meteorologist Shawn Smith of the Buffalo office tells us that... while this will be a general snowfall.... amounts will vary greatly -- from 9 to 17 inches.  The warning takes effect at 8 p.m. tonight and continues through 8 p.m. Wednesday.  Smith says the storm will produce moderate to at times heavy snow and blowing snow.  The heaviest amounts of snow are expected along the lake shore area.  Everyone can expect very difficult driving conditions at times with very poor visibility and deep snow cover on roads.
 
 
Cuomo says NYS Emergency Operations Center to be activated tonight for NYC area Blizzard...
Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting New York ready for the snow blizzard expected to sweep the region starting late today.  Cuomo announced Sunday that the New York State Emergency Operations Center will be activated Monday evening, with stockpiles of sandbags, generators and pumps at the ready.  The National Weather Service announced a blizzard watch for coastal regions including New York City and upstate New York. 
 
 
JHS Band returns from successful St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago; will be in Jamestown between 7 and 7:30...
It was a cold day in Chicago last Saturday... but, the Jamestown High School Band was warmly welcomed in Chicago as the students marched in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.  Band Director Meghan Murray says they had a great time marching in the parade... calling it a "once in a lifetime opportunity."  She says the weather was frigid... but, the students did a "great job"  The St. Patrick's Day Parade is the biggest Holiday celebration in the Windy City... and, is high-lighted by the turning of the Chicago River green.  Meghan Murray says they were able to do a lot during their relatively short stay... including a trip to the Science and Industry Museum.  The band is now returning to Jamestown from Chicago -- and should return here between 7 and 7:30 p.m. 
 
 
Randolph man arrested for alleged Child Assault...
A Cattaraugus County man is accused of kicking a youth in the head during an altercation early last weekend in the town of Randolph.  State Police in Jamestown say they were called to the scene late last Friday... and investigated the alleged incident involving 39 year-old David Chapman.  Troopers say the unidentified child was injured.  Chapman is charged with third-degree assault... and, Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  He was issued appearance tickets for Randolph Town Court.
 
 
Route 60 traffic stop leads to drug arrest...
A Buffalo man is accused of driving under the influence of drugs following a traffic stop last Saturday on North Main Street in the city of Jamestown.  State Police in Jamestown say they pulled over 34 year-old Justin Blankenship for a traffic violation... and, he failed multiple sobriety checks.  Troopers say they found a bag inside the vehicle containing Vicodin and Xanax pills... and, he was arrested on two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a Controlled Substance... and, possessing a Controlled Substance in a non-original container.  They also found that Blankenship’s Non-Driver I-D was suspended six times... and, he was additionally charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.  Blankenship was evaluated by a Drug Recognition Expert... and, issued appearance tickets for Jamestown City Court.
 
 
County Chamber hires Sixbey as new Health Insurance Manager...
A Jamestown man has been hired by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier to manage their insurance benefits program.  Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says they're pleased to announce that Kevin Sixbey will be their director of Insurance Services.  Tranum says they're "thrilled" to have Sixbey as part of their team because of his extensive insurance experience and strong connections to the community.... adding that the insurance program is a big part of what they offer their membership.  Sixbey says the Chamber and Manufacturers Association have both grown extensivley in their insurance offerings over the past few years... and, in doing so is "well-positioned" to meet the diverse needs of their members.  Tranum says about half of their Chamber and MAST membership are in one of their plans.  Tranum says Sixbey... who attended Baldwin Wallace College... and, Syracuse University... has worked in the insurance industry for the past 10 years.  For more information about the Chamber and MAST's insurance programs... call 484-1101... or 366-6200 in Dunkirk.
 
 
Tranum says CCCC and MAST anticipating little if no change in New York state -- even if ACA is replaced...
With debate over the proposal national health care law proposed by Congressional Republicans... the organizations that represent local small business and industries don't expect many changes in New York state.  That from county Chamber and MAST Eexcutive Director Todd Tranum... who says New York state's had one of the stronger health exchange programs... and, they aren't anticipating a lot of movement away from that.  Tranum says the provide health insurance for about half of their combined 900 members.  He says the biggest concern right now is the state losing $3.5-billion dollars in Medicaid funding.  Tranum says the move could cause some disruption in health insurance for the needy, and elderly.  One positive in some of the GOP plans -- says Tranum -- are the possible return of "association plans" which were big in the 1980s.  He says such a return would allow the chamber and MAST to better negotiate more favorable rates for their members. 
 
 

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City woman acquitted in second-degree murder trial...
A Jamestown woman accused of stabbing and killing her half-brother last August has been acquitted in her Chautauqua County Court jury trial.  The Post-Journal reports that 24 year-old Barbara Redeye was found not guilty after the 12 jurors deliberated for just over three-hours Friday in the case.  The newspaper reports that Redeye was visably elated by the outcome.  She claimed when she was arrested and during the trial that she had been physically and psychologically abused by 36 year-old Dale Redeye leading up to the August 14, 2016 stabbing.  Both shared an apartment at 501 Lakeview Avenue.  Redeye was looking at a possible maximum sentence of 25-years to life in state prison if she had been convicted.
 
 
Cuomo says restoring power to WNY and CNY customers still without power is top priority...
Governor Andrew Cuomo says restoring power is the first priority in the response to violent weather that knocked out power to more than 200,000 utility customers in western New York.  The Democrat traveled to Rochester Friday afternoon to assess the damage and recovery.  Wednesday's windstorm brought gusts of 70 mph to 80 that mph knocked down trees and utility poles across a 10-county area from the state's southwest corner to the Lake Erie shoreline.  As of Noon Friday... outages had been reduced to around 122,000 by local crews alongside utility workers from other states and Canada.  Meanwhile, a storm hitting southern New York has dumped 4 to 7 inches of snow in the Hudson Valley and several inches around the New York City area.  Cuomo urged residents to check on neighbors and said the state will do everything possible to assist crews working to restore power.
 
 
All but a few Chautauqua Co. outages restored as of Saturday morning...
There are still a few, individual power outages across Chautauqua County after Wednesday's wind event that left more than 7,000 National Grid customers without power.  That from National Grid Spokesman Steve Brady... who says there were still 27 outages scattered across the county... and, another 240 in Cattaraugus County late Friday morning.  Brady says -- overall -- National Grid restored power to more than 100,000 customers across western New York Thursday.  He says says more of the problems were along Lake Erie... and, south of Chautauqua Lake in the Stow-area.  Brady says they"re wrapping up a lot of their work here.  However... he urges anyone still without power to call them to ensure they weren't missed.  Brady says... don't assume that National Grid knows your power is out.  He says once crews are done here... they'll be moving to trouble spots to the north and east.  Brady says... if you are still without power at your home or business... call their Outage Reporting number at 1-800-867-5222.
 
 
Dunkirk school officials get latest budget update...
Dunkirk school district officials continue to wrestle with the budget that will go up for a public vote in May.  Business Manager William Thiel gave an update at last night's board meeting.  With the district facing a possible 4.3 percent increase in the tax levy... school officials hope the final state budget contains more state aid than what Governor's budget included.  Thiel says this will be key in determining the outcome of the final tax levy figure.  The District is also taking hit with its revenue side with the loss in funding as a result of the NRG re-adjustment... and, will be receiving about $200,000.
 
 
Turn Clocks ahead before retiring tonight...
Daylight Savings Time begins early Sunday morning... and, that means turn you clocks ahead before to go to bed tonight.  As residents prepare to "Spring Ahead" tonight... the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York urges all New Yorkers to check their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure their homes are properly protected.  If alarms have removeable batteries, those batteries should be replaced.  Officials says alarms equipped with sealed-in batteries should be tested to ensure they are in proper working condition.  The National Fire Protection Association says three of every five home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms, and the vast majority of smoke alarm failures are due to dead or missing batteries.
 
 
WJTN-SE-93 Home and Rec Show continues Saturday...
Dozens of vendors are on hand... and, you'll have a chance to win $10,000 at this year's annual WJTN, SE-93 Home and Recreation Show at the Northwest Arena in downtown Jamestown.  The show got underway yesterday afternoon... and, continues today through 5 p.m.  You'll see the latest in Spring home and garden opportunities in the Jamestown-area. 
 
 

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The one school district that closed due to Wednesday's wind storm in Chautauqua County will be re-opening today.  Superintendent Chuck Leighner (Like-ner) says Cassadaga Valley Central Schools will open today after emergency repairs were made Thursday to a large part of the Junior-Senior High School roof, which was torn off by gusty winds early Wednesday night.  Leighner says about 12-thousand to 15-thousand square feet of the rubber roof over the Central Office Wing was affected.
Leighner says the school was closed Thursday because the damage was significant... and, repairs will ultimately be extensive.  He says the wind also took vents, drains and insulation off... so what was left on the ground was heavy.  Leighner says they called in their roofing contractor -- Farrell Roofing -- to get the work done.  He says -- if the weather stayed dry -- they would have enough temporary repairs made to resume classes Friday.  He adds that the schedule for all other activities... including the high school musical -- "The Sound of Music" -- will go on as scheduled.  Performances of the musical begin tonight.
 
 
 
The clean-up continued yesterday afternoon across Western New York following Wednesday's major wind event that hit the regioni.  Wind gusts of nearly 70 miles an hour toppled trees and power lines across Chautauqua County.  Utility crews are busy restoring power... but, Spokesman Steve Brady with National Grid says they still have a-ways to go in both Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties... where there will still about 25-hundred customers without power by late morning. Brady says they hope to have over 11-hundred field workers involved in restoring power, but he says it will likely take more than a day.  He says they weren't able to do a full damage assessment last night... which means they don't have an exact time-line.  However... he says it'll be "a multi-day event for us."  There were still traffic light outages along Fairmount Avenue in the Lakewood commercial corridor Thursday morning after power was lost to the Chautauqua Mall and Wal-Mart last night.  There was also an isolated outage along the north side of Main Street in Sherman.  Brady says the utility is asking customers to remain aware of potential safety hazards such as damaged trees and limbs.  You can report outages to ther outge reporting number...1-800-867-5222.
 
 
Utility officials say power outages in some areas of western New York hit by hurricane-force winds could last for several days as subfreezing weather approaches the region.  Three utilities report a total of about 207-thousand homes and businesses without power Thursday as a result of the windstorm that tore across upstate New York, knocking down trees and utility lines.  Most of the outages, more than 100,000, are in the Rochester area.  Officials at all three utilities say it will be "multiple" days before customers in some stricken areas get their power restored.  High winds began hitting western New York on Wednesday afternoon, knocking out power across a region stretching from the state's southwestern corner through the Buffalo area to Lake Ontario's southern shoreline. 
 
 
There were no records set by the wind gusts record during Wednesday's wind event.  However... some could be just as destructive.  Forecaster Jeff Wood with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says the highest winds were found between Buffalo and Rochester... with an 81-mile an hour gust at the Rochester Airport.  Wood says the Thruway corridor was also hit hard by the sharp winds... and that led to a brief ban on empty tractor-trailers for a few hours from Rochester to Ripley. In fact... Wood says the highest wind gust in Chautauqua County reached 69 miles an hour at a weather station near Fredonia.  Also in the north county... he says the Dunkirk Lighthouse reported a 63 mph gust.  Wood says cold weather is on the way for the next couple of days... as Artic air brings chilly temperatures by the weekend.  Temperatures will only reach the 20s for the early part of next week.
 
 
The strong, gusty winds were seen and felt in the immediate Jamestown-area... but, few major problems were reported in the Board of Public Utilities service area.  Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says there was a fairly significant amount of tree damage.  However... Teresi says there was just one outage of note that occured Wednesday afternoon. That one outage lasted about 15 minutes in the Falconer area... and Jamestown's north and east sides.  The BPU says a piece of equipment got blown open by a wind gust around 3 PM.  Teresi attributed the lack of outages to two things... one a well-run system that emphasizes a tree-trimming program to keep limbs away from power lines... and, he says the other factor is luck.  The fastest wind gust in the immediate Jamestown-area yesterday was a 56 mile an hour gust at the County Airport in the town of Ellicott.
 
 
 
Authorities say con artists are exploiting immigrants' fears of deportation by posing as federal agents and demanding they pay up or else.  An immigrant in New York City, for example, got a call from someone who told him he was in the U.S. illegally and would have to hand over one-thousand-550 dollars to stay.  People in the U.S. without permission are seen as easy targets for such scams because they are reluctant to go to the police.  As a result, authorities have found it difficult to investigate such schemes or determine how common they are.  The New York attorney general's office says immigrants should know this: A real agent from ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, will never ask for money.
 
 
 
 

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Local police agencies are looking for a Sinclairville area man who escaped from custody during a court appearance yesterday morning in the town of Charlotte.  Sheriff's officers say 34 year-old Jacob Raynor was being arraigned on a Felony charge about 11:30 AM when he got away from deputies.  Raynor is a white male, 6-foot tall, and weighing 170 pounds.  He was reportedly handcuffed and wearing a black shirt and black hat.  Officers say Raynor is not armed and is not considered dangerous.  Further updates will follow as more information becomes available.  The public is asked to call 9-1-1 with any information including his whereabouts.
 
 
Another round of potentially damaging winds will be hitting the area later today... and the National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for Chautauqua and Erie counties.  The warning will run from 9 AM to 10 PM today.  Meteorologist Jon Hitchcock with the Weather Service's Buffalo Office says to expect wind gusts of up to 60 MPH. Hitchcock says this wind event will be very similar to one that hit the area last week causing downed trees and power lines, triggering scattered power outages.  Cattaraugus County is under a Wind Advisory from Noon today until 1 AM Thursday.
 
 
With our High Wind Warning today... the Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services and County Executive Vince Horrigan are reminding residents to use caution and be prepared.  Horrigan says... with wind gusts expected to be up to 60 miles an hour... those winds could result in downed trees and powerlines, scattered power outages, and property damage.  He says residents are encouraged to secure or bring in any loose items outdoors that could be blown away by the wind.  If an outage occurs... residents can reduce the risk of fire by using flashlights in the dark and not candles.  They should also eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car, as traffic lights will be out and roads may be congested.  Appliances, equipment or electronics that were in use when the power goes out should be turned off and disconnected.  This will prevent damage to the equipment, which could occur if there is a surge or spike when the power comes back on.  National Grid customers can report power outages by calling 1-800-NIAGARA. They can also view the Outage Map online at www.nationalgridus.com/Upstate-NY-Business/Storms-Outages/Outage-Map.  
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's fully-on board with the new American Health Care Act... which President Trump and most Republican lawmakers have now introduced.  Reed says he believes the new House GOP plan -- in the final analysis -- will cover more residents in his Southern Tier District than the Affordable Care Act.  The Corning Republican reiterated that there will be a three-step process in putting the new plan in place.  He says the first took place with introduction of the bill to repeal and replace what had become known as "ObamaCare...." The proposal to include affordable tax credits for those who are insured has raised concern among lower-income Americans... who say they don't make enough money for those to help.  However... he says the tax credit will be based on age... not income.  Reed adds that Medicaid will be the "back-stop" through 2020.  White House spokesman Sean Spicer says the president is ``absolutely committed'' to the new health care legislation.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with regional media.
 
 
Gasoline prices in Chautauqua County have fallen for the first time in the past few weeks.  The Triple-A's Fuel Gauge Report says the cost for regular, unleaded fuel has dropped by 3-cents a gallon to just over 2-dollars-47 cents.  The Fuel Gauge says last week's price was an even 2--50 a gallon.  Nationally... Triple-A says oil prices slipped fractions of a penny over the weekend, reaching today’s national average price of 2-dollars-31 cents per gallon.  The Fuel Gauge reports that today’s price is still two cents more than one week ago, four cents more compared to one month ago and 50 cents more per gallon year-over-year.  Retail prices continue to fluctuate but have remained between 2-dollars-28 to 2--32 a gallon for more than a month as reports of increased U.S. production continues to counter OPEC rebalancing efforts.  Triple-A says the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic are some of the only regions to see moderate declines on the week.  Both New York and Pennsylvania saw pump prices move down by a penny or less.
 
 
New York state last increased the amount of money it paid to local governments to maintain it's streets and highways in those communities 40 years ago.  An increase is long overdue... and, the state Conference of Mayors is now pushing to at least double the amount they are receiving under New York's' Arterial Maintenance Agreements with 38 cities -- including Jamestown.  Mayor Sam Teresi outlined the program for city council Monday night... saying the state contracts with the city for several miles of state roadways.
Teresi says the agreement... which provides the city 203-thousand dollars a year at 85-cents per square foot of pavement... is generally a "win-win" for both the city and state.  He says that's because the state saves money in personnel and equipment, while the municipality gets some money to help defray it's expenses.  However... Teresi says those expenses have gone up about 55-percent since 1987.
 
 
The Martz-Kohl Observatory is offering Jamestown area residents a close up look at NASA's plans to send people to Mars.  Gary Nelson, the observatory's president, says local native Laurie Abadie will present a program at their Frewsburg location tonight at 8 PM. Nelson adds the program won't be overly technical. Extensive planning for the 2030 trip is going on now.  The Martz-Kohl Observatory is located at the top of Robbin Hill Road.  There are signs in Frewsburg that point the way. Again, that program is Wednesday at 8 PM. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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An abandoned house in the woods behind Jamestown Community College was destroyed in a spectacular fire last night.  Neighbors reported the blaze on the 'old Lawson property' around 8:15 PM.  After working the fire for just over an hour... Fluvanna Fire Chief Dave Bartkowiak said the fire had been knocked down, and the building collapsed on its own accord. The house was located at the end of a narrow lane known as Woodlawn Avenue Extension, making it hard for firefighters to get water to the fire due to the distance they had to bring the water. Equipment and manpower from six departments and emergency services were at the scene.  There were no known injuries.  Bartkowiak said they'd been called to a fire at that same house in the middle of the winter a couple of years ago.   
 
Fire crews are fighting a fire in the Dunkirk area this morning.  Chautauqua County Dispatch reports that firefighters were called to a structure fire at 867 Harmon Hill road around 3 o'clock this morning.  Fredonia, Brocton, Stockton, and East Dunkirk were called to the scene.   No word of any injuries.  We will have more information when it becomes available. 
 
 
A third suspect has been arrested in connection with last Monday morning's robbery at the Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union in downtown Falconer.  Ellicott Town Police say they arrested 20 year-old Patricia Harley of Jamestown yesterday morning... and, she was charged with second-degree robbery.  She was sent to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail.  Police say another alleged accomplice, 61-year-old Thomas Bartlett, Senior of Jamestown, was arrested and charged with second-degree robbery on March 2nd.  Ellicott Police accuse Harley of helping the primary suspect... 22 year-old Kyle Senear of Jamestown... with the planning of the February 27th robbery.  Senear allegedly got a small amount of cash before fleeing the scene... but, was caught later that day.  The investigation is continuing... and, anyone with information is asked to call Ellicott Police at 665-7083... or the Jamestown Police Tips line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477... or the JPD TIPS 411 app.  Police say all calls will be kept confidential.
 
 
Efforts to recruit new doctors to the Jamestown-area will be getting a 35-thousand dollar boost from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.  The city council will vote later this month on accepting the funding from the foundation to support the Strategic Planning and Partnership Commission's Physician Recruitment Project.  The project was created by the Commission's Health Care Action Team... led by former City Councilwoman Dr. Lillian Ney.  Current Councilwoman Marie Carruba is on the action team... and, says they've been working get local students who become doctors to return to the area. The Health Care Action Team has been working on the effort for a few years to build the number of... not just primary care physicians... but, certain specialists in the area as well.  Carruba says there are a couple of Jamestown High School students graduating this year that plan to go to medical school... and, members are already talking with them.
 
 
A new report finds a growing number of health care jobs in New York state.  The report released by the University at Albany says health care employment in New York increased by 24 percent between 2000 and 2014.  The school's Center for Health Workforce Studies says employment in home health care more than doubled during that time, while jobs in ambulatory care grew by 30 percent.  The center says health care accounts for about 12 percent of total employment in the state and continues to grow faster than all other sectors.  Despite the job growth... the center reports that worker retention can be a problem and that patients in some parts of the state still lack access to health care services.
 
 
Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan says -- yes -- the timing was important in his announcement that he won't be seeking another term because he want's fellow Republicans to have time to make a decision on running.  Horrigan further explained his decision to not run for re-election on this past weekend's Community Spotlight program.  He says he was in the position of having to make an "on-the-spot" decision less than four-years ago to run when former executive Greg Edwards decided not to run again. Horrigan again emphasized that it's time for him to step aside... and, devote more time to his wife, and their family.  He says the decision to run for the county's top-elected post is an important one that should not be rushed into.  Horrigan says he looks forward to the campaign... and, hearing the candidates ideas and positions on the issues.  He adds that the position requires a "significant amount of time, energy, and you need to be 'all in.'"  The Bemus Point Republican made his announcement at the end of last month's State of the County Address. 
 
 
Local organizers of protests that have greeted Congressman Tom Reed at recent appearances in Chautauqua County say they are all local people... who are well-organized.  Fredonia's Marcia Johnson led organization of last week's demonstration for Reed's appearance at the county's Chamber of Commerce Luncheon in Mayville.  Johnson pointed out that many of the protesters included their zip code on their sign they were carrying to dispell the notion that they are paid protesters brought in from outside the area. Johnson says they are "organizing as citizens..." and, even poked little fun at themselves... saying "no one's going to drive from some other area to stand in this freezing weather with the snow."  She says -- given the weather conditions -- and time of day -- they were very happy with the turn-out for the protests.  Some Republicans have denounced the nation-wide protests -- mostly at Congressional Republican town hall meetings -- as being nothing more than paid protesters being bused into each location.
 
 
The village of Fredonia's top elected official says she has learned that some changes have been made to plans for a roundabout at the corner of Routes 20 and 60.  Mayor Athanasia Landis says the State Department of Transporation recently met with state, county and local officials to discuss the revised design of the project and some of the raised medians have been shortened to improve access to some of the businesses near the intersection. However... Dr. Landis says the plans still call for a roundabout at the intersection and that work is now scheduled to take place during the 2018 construction season... and, completed by the end of that Summer.  While she understands the concerns local residents and businesses have about the use of a roundabout at the busy intersection... Mayor Landis says State DOT officials believe it will reduce accidents and improve traffic flow once drivers make the adjustment.
 
 
U-S Senator Chuck Schumer wants the National Transportation Safety Board to conduct an in-depth investigation of small plane crashes, following two incidents last month and at least 18 crashes in New York last year.  Schumer late last weekend released a letter he wrote to the NTSB.  He cited a February 19th crash of a single-engine plane that took off from Long Island and crashed into a neighborhood in Bayonne, New Jersey, as well as a February 26th crash of a plane being used for practice at another Long Island airport.  Two people were killed in that crash.  The New York Democrat wants the agency to look into why the small plane crashes are happening and possible additional safety measures.  The NTSB said it would review the letter once it's been received.
 
 
Republican U.S. Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania says dealing with the Medicaid expansion in a repeal of President Barack Obama's health care law must be a "negotiated agreement."  Toomey also said Monday that the sickest people should be covered through a high-risk pool that is subsidized by the government to make it affordable.  His comments came during a stop at the studio of Philadelphia's KYW-TV, where he answered several questions submitted online.  Toomey is heavily critical of Obama's health care law, and says a transition to a new health insurance system could take a couple years.  He gave no details about what he thinks should replace the Medicaid expansion. or whether he supports ending the extra federal subsidy under the Medicaid expansion for millions covered in Pennsylvania and other states.
 

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News Headlines for Mon., Mar. 6, 2017

Accused drug trafficker found passed-out behind wheel of car in Jamestown...
Jamestown police arrested an alleged drug trafficker last weekend after finding the driver passed out in a "suspicious vehicle" in the city's downtown area.  City police were checking on the vehicle on Forest Park about 10:30 a.m. Saturday... and, found 20 year-old Austin Thayer passed out behind the wheel while the car was still running.  Officers say they found Thayer in possession of a "large quantity" of cocaine and cash... and, that he had no license.  He was arrested for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, the cocaine and cash was seized.  Thayer was arraigned... and, sent to the County Jail without bail.
 
 
Mayville traffic stop leads to discovery of drugs in vehicle...
A Westfield man has been arrested for allegedly being in possession of two narcotic drugs illegally after his car was stopped in Mayville early last Saturday morning.  Sheriff's officers say they pulled over 26 year-old Theodore Francisco on Valley Street shortly before 3 a.m. on active warrants out of Jamestown -- including for having his driver's license suspended.  Deputies say they took Francisco into custody and searched him.  At that time... they found a quantity of Suboxone and methamphetamine in his possession.  Officers say Francisco was charged with two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of controlled substance... and, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operator.  He was issued citations and turned over to Jamestown Police on the outstanding warrants.
 
 
Chautauqua Co. Sheriff's Office preparing for next STOP-DWI Crackdown...
The next STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdown is coming to Chautauqua County during the upcoming St. Patrick's Day weekend.  That from Sheriff Joe Gerace... who says this latest crackdown against impaired -- and drunk driving will run from March 17--19.  Gerace tells those celebrating to not drink and drive that Saturday.  Gerace urges people who celebrate and drink to call a cab... or get a ride home.  He says the Sheriff's Department will be teaming up with other local law enforcement agencies... and, the State Police... as part of a state-wide effort to crackdown on impaired driving.  He says the crackdowns are funded through a grant from the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee.
 
 
Reed confirms House resolution to eliminate the EPA, but, says he wants to keep it with fewer burdensome regulations...
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he does not support a House resolution that would disband the Environmental Protection Agency.  However... the Corning Republican does support revamping the department to eliminate onerous and burdensome regulations.  Reed made his comments in response to a number of questions regarding the environment during last Friday's Congressionial Luncheon with the county's Chamber of Commerce.  He says even those who support eliminating the EPA have no desire to ruin the environment.  Reed gave some background to the story of an 11 year-old girl who was brought up to him to ask a question at his recent town hall meeting in Ashville.  He says he was offended by the fact the girl's mother put her up to asking why he wanted to eliminate the EPA.  However... Reed says he looked the girl in they eye and told her that he did not want to see the agency eliminated... but, he also wanted to "hold them accountable..." and, prevent them from overregulating the environment.
 
 
County officials involved with new "Fly-Car" program prepping for May roll-out...
Chautauqua County's new "Fly Car" program designed to enhance local emergency medical services is looking to get off the ground in May.  That from officials guiding
the program.  Project Coordinator Kevin Peebles and Senior Paramedic Mike Volpe recently updated residents on plans for the program, announced last year by County Executive Vince Horrigan.  Peebles says three fly cars will be utilized and are currently on order... and, he says they should be at the dealer by sometime in April.  He says they hope to have the vehicles and people in place by the first week of May.  Peebles says Mike Volpe was brought on board in January as the program supervisor.   Volpe says the new service is designed to assist local fire departments when it comes to daytime response to EMS calls.  He says it was one of the recommendations that came out of a study by MMA Consulting Group of the county's delivery of Emergency Medical Services.  Once the program is up and running... the Fly Cars will be available on Monday thru Saturday basis between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
 
 
State Senate approved Cyber-Terrorism measures...
The state Senate has passed dual bills aimed at preventing cyberattacks and terrorism at international business and commerce centers like New York City.  The Senate on Thursday approved legislation to create new crimes for cyberterrorism and to strengthen the laws against soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism.  One proposal would prohibit using computer technology to commit financial harm against more than 10 people.  Another would increase criminal penalties for using money laundering or credit card fraud to fund terrorist organizations.  Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee Senator Tom Croci say the measures will protect infrastructure systems from cybercrime.  The bills now require approval by the Assembly.
 
 
 

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News Headlines for Sat., Mar. 4, 2017

Reed met by protesters at Chamber Luncheon, addresses wide range of concerns by members, and public...
Local Congressman Tom Reed was greeted by some 30 protesters when he arrived for this afternoon's annual Congressional Luncheon with the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce at Webb's Captains Table in Mayville.  In fact... Reed said he held "a mini-Town Hall" meeting with a handful of the people who were there.  While several GOP members of Congress have avoided constituent Town Hall meetings... Reed has embraced them as "part of our democracy."  He admits there is "a lot of fear, and anxiety" out there.  Reed told members of the chamber that he understands that... and, that's why he's continuing to hold town hall meetings in the district this weekend.  The main organizer of the Mayville protest... Marcia Johnson of Fredonia... says they wanted to convey a number of concerns to Reed that they wants what's "best for the entire country, not just the top one-percent.  Reed says these town halls have featured huge numbers... and, a "little more passion and engagement" than most.  In the end... he says it helps him work with the bi-partisan "Problem Solver's Caucus" he co-chairs in Washington with New Jersey Democrat, Josh Gottenheimer.  Reed says he has held more than 200 town hall meetings across his expansive, 23rd Congressional District.
 
 
Reed says any meaningful change to the Affordable Care Act will have to be "bi-partisan" if it's going to be "meaningful..."
President Trump and many majority Republicans in Congress continue the push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  However... to get an truly lasting and meaningful legislation... it's going to have to be 'bi-partisan' in nature.  Those are the feelings of local Congressman Tom Reed... who addressed the ACA and several other issues... during the Chautauqua County chamber of Commerce's annual Congressional Luncheon in Mayville.  The Corning Republican responded to several chamber questions about the ACA... but, says -- to him -- the key numbers are "218 and 60."  He says you need 218 yes votes in the House... and, 60 in the Senate to make "transformational form."  He says former President Barack Obama learned in his final days in office that what is "that whicn can be done by the pen can be undone by the pen."  Reed says he is working with first-term New Jersey Congressman Josh Gottenheimer on the "No Label's" Caucus on the health care matter.  That's an evenliy split group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers trying to create bi-partisan legislation.  Otherwise... Reed says still believes in a more "market-based" approach to health care as opposed to a "big government" one like the Affordable Care Act.
 
 
Suspicious package seen outside school in Hindsale found to be school project...
There were some tense moments... and, a Cattaraugus County school was put into lock-down Friday morning... after a suspicious package was found outside the building in the town of Hinsdale.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley says they were called to the Hinsdale School just after 8 a.m. Friday on a report of the package -- spotted by a parent -- lying on Main Street.  Deputies say their Explosive Detection K-9 team was called to the scene... along with the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office Bomb Technician.  After finding no other packages near the school... deputies say the package was collected.  They say it was not explosive in nature... and, was apparently a school project that had been dropped by a student on the way into the building Friday morning.  The all clear was given, and classes resumed by late morning.
 
 
Jamestown firefighters respond to second blaze in a day at East Sixth St. location...
Jamestown firefighters were called back to the scene of an early morning fire Thursday at an apartment house on the city's eastside late Thursday night.  City fire officials say Thursday night's call came in just before 11:30 for an attic fire at 621 East Sixth St.  Officials say they found the smokey blaze fairly quickly... and, had it out shortly after arrival.  Crews were there until shortly after 1 this morning.  The night before... City Fire Battalion Chief Roger Sigular says crews were called to the scene about 12:45 a.m.  Sigular says firefighters found heavy flames coming from the kitchen area... but, they had the blaze knocked down fairly quickly.  He says the occupants were all safely out of the building when they arrived.  Crewes were there untiil about 4 a.m. Thursday.  The cause of both blazes is under investigation.
 
 
Trump-Schumer spar over Russian allegations...
President Donald Trump, his administration under siege for contacts with Russian officials, is calling for "an immediate investigation" into Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer's own ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Trump tweeted a photo Friday of Schumer meeting with Putin in New York in 2003.  Schumer responded on Twitter a short time later writing that he would "happily talk" under oath about his meeting with Putin, which took place "in full view of press and public." 
 

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Jamestown firefighters were called back to the scene of an early morning fire Thursday at an apartment house on the city's eastside late last night.

City fire officials say last night's call came in just before 11:30 PM for an attic fire at 621 East Sixth Street. Officials say they found the smokey blaze fairly quickly  and had it out shortly after arrival.


Crews were there until shortly after 1 this morning. The night before City Fire Battalion Chief Roger Sigular says crews were called to the scene about 12:45 AM.


Sigular says firefighters found heavy flames coming from the kitchen area but they had the blaze knocked down fairly quickly. He says the occupants were all safely out of the building when they arrived.


Crews were there until about 4 AM Thursday.  No injuries were reported in either fire.  The cause of both blazes is under investigation.

 

Flames have heavily-damaged a garage being used as a workshop on the Peck-Settlement Road in Falconer. Falconer Fire Chief Charlie Piazza says crews were called to the scene at 1911 Peck-Settlement just after 5AM this morning.


Piazza says the blaze had a big head-start on them.

Piazza tells our Terry Frank that fortunately the former garage was a safe distance from the nearest occupied structure.


Piazza says crews were back in service in about 2 hours. He says Falconer received mutual aid from Kiantone, Kennedy and Frewsburg fire crews.


One firefighter is being treated for a minor injury from a fall on the ice.  No one was inside the structure when the blaze was called in.  The cause is under investigation.

 

A problem with a conveyor belt at the Keywell Metals company in Falconer led to a smokey blaze that led to the building's evacuation late Thursday morning. Falconer Fire Chief Charlie Piazza says crews were called to the scene on Lyndon Boulevard about 10 AM.


Piazza says most of the employees were out of the building when they arrived.

Piazza also said that they got plenty of mutual aid to assist at the scene.


The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities was also called to the scene. Piazza says there were no injuries and crews were at the scene for about two-hours.

 

The Senate's top Democrat is calling on U-S Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign. In the hours before doing so several Republicans and Democrats called for Sessions to recuse himself from an investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election.


He later said that he would do that. But he said he had no intention of resigning. This after the revelation he talked twice with Russia's ambassador to the United States during the presidential campaign.


Both Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York say he should step down and Schumer also said a special prosecutor is needed to investigate the allegations of Russian interference, and also look into whether the investigation has already been compromised by Sessions.

 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is traveling to Israel in a gesture of solidarity as acts of anti-Semitism spread across the nation. Cuomo announced the trip late Wednesday during a speech to Orthodox Jewish students, parents and teachers advocating at the state Capitol for increased funding for religious schools.


Cuomo says the visit this weekend will send a message of support to the Jewish community.


It will focus on technology and security collaboration with Israeli leaders.  Cuomo denounced local and national incidents of vandalism and threats in Jewish cemeteries, college campuses and community centers as "repugnant," and said a special task force is working to hunt down those responsible. Cuomo shared a similar message earlier in the morning at the Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center.

 

 

 

 

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