A nearly 12-hour stand-off on Jamestown's northside ended peacefully yesterday afternoon with the arrest of a city man on multiple charges...  
 
Jamestown police were called to the scene of a reported "in-progress" domestic assault at 22 Spring Street Extension about 3 a.m. Sunday and, were able to get the unidentified woman involved safely away from the scene.  They identified the man as 28 year-old Nicholas Brown... who had barricaded himself inside the residence with a 9 year-old child.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says their SWAT Team was called in and, forced entry about 2:15 p.m. after crisis negotiators tried to get Brown to surrender peacefully.  Samuelson says Brown was wanted for multiple warrants.  Brown was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for an evalutaton, then jailed pending arraignment on charges of obstruction, endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree menancing and second-degree unlawful imprisonment.
 
 
A Forestville man was seriously injured during a motorcycle accident in the Town of Hanover Sunday evening... 
 
Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to Creek Road for a single-vehicle accident with injury just before 8:30. Investigation found that 54 year-old John Sausner was south-bound when he allegedly lost control of his motorcycle and went off the roadway. Deputies say Sausner was air-lifted to Erie County Medical Center Hospital for treatment. The investigation is still on-going, with charges pending at this time.  
 
 
A woman from South Carolina was arrested early last weekend on a drunk driving charge after crashing her car in the north county town of Hanover...  
 
Sheriff's deputies say 29 year-old Aimee Weber of Charleston was traveling on Hanover Road about 5 a.m. Saturday when she lost control of the vehicle, and it crashed.  Officers responded and, found Weber to be the driver.  An investigation revealed that she was allegedly drunk, and she refused a breath test.  She was not hurt.  Weber was arraigned in town court on charges of Felony DWI, refusing the breath test, and moving from lane unsafely.  She was then released under the supervision of her attorney.
 
 
Chadakoin Park will be spotlighted tonight as the Jamestown City Council hold's its first voting session outside of the confines of City Hall in many years...  
 
Mayor Sam Teresi says his administration has been able to take Council President Marie Carrubba's request, and work out the logistics for a meeting in the main pavillion in the park beginning at 6:30 PM.  Teresi recently talked about all the parks improvements through the years, which includes the new playground area.
 
Teresi says that in addition to the new playground area, the park recently had 18 new trees added to it.  Tonight's meeting at the Chadakoin Park Pavillion begins at 6:30. If there is threatening weather, lawmakers said a decision will be made by 3 p.m. today on whether to continue with the meeting in the park or move it back to City Hall.
 
 
A recent survey, commissioned by the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, shows that the county has experience strong growth in the past year...  
 
The report by Smith Travel Research showed that overall lodging occupancy for the 10 brand name hotels is up 14.7-percent for 2018 as of the end of August.  Associated revenues are also up 14.1 percent, at $21.6 million.  County Executive George Borrello says he's pleased with the results.
 
Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau Executive Director Andrew Nixon says he hopes the trend will continue into September and October.  Borrello says the results of the survey should help with efforts to bring more hotel developments to the county.
 
 
A federal judge says Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross can be questioned under oath by lawyers challenging a decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census...  
 
U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ruled late last week, saying Ross's testimony was necessary because his intent and credibility are directly at issue.  The judge also said aggressive efforts to shield Ross from answering questions were "surprising, if not unsettling."  Furman says it wasn't a close call as to whether Ross must be deposed. He said the public interest weighs heavily in favor of requiring Ross to answer questions.  The judge said the deposition will be limited to four hours. Kate Bailey, a Justice Department lawyer, has said the government will immediately appeal any requirement that Ross answer questions.
 
 
Congressman Lou Barletta is trying to wake up Pennsylvania's sleepy U.S. Senate race....  
 
Barletta, a four-term House Republican, began airing his first TV attack ad of the general election campaign Friday, accusing two-term Democratic Senator Bob Casey of being ineffective and asleep on the job.  Barletta's campaign maintains that Casey has a lackluster record of legislative success, citing congressional records that four Casey bills have become law.  It also cites an academic methodology of Casey's legislative success from 2007 to 2010.  Casey's ratings have dramatically improved since then, and his campaign contends that dozens of bills he wrote have become law, often amended into larger bills that didn't bear his name.  Casey is seeking a third six-year term in the November 6th election.  Barletta has badly lagged Casey in fundraising and polls.
 
 
There needs to be a new and truly independent authority put in place to investigate into how high corruption has gone in New York's governor's office...  
 
Those are the feelings of local State Assemblyman Andy Goodell following last week's sentencing of former Cuomo aide, Joseph Percoco.  Goodell said there is a body that should investigate such matters as "bid-rigging" in Governor Cuomo's office, and who was involved.  He says if the Joint Commission on Public Ethics won't do it, they need to empanel someone who will.
 
Goodell contends that there is some evidence of rigging bids for government jobs in exchange for campaign contributions in the governor's office.  He says the U-S Attorney's Office has been investigating the matters involving Percoco, and another Cuomo aide, Alain Kaloyeros, regarding the "Buffalo Billion."  Goodell adds there's also the matter of the Crystal Run Medical facility in Orange County, where there is an investigation already underway.  He says the facilities developers made contributions to Cuomo's campaign and a short time later, were awarded a special grant for the project.
 
 
Incumbant Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace has been endorsed by the Western New York Chapter of the Working Families Party...  
 
Chautauqua-Area Vice Chairman, Robert Dando, says they decided on Gerace after he was interviewed by members of the Chapter.  Dando says they chose the six-term Democrat "because of his honesty, ingenuity and steadfast dedication to the position of sheriff and those whom he supervises."  He adds that Gerace is "sensitive to the need of our community.  He has worked very hard to bring grant monies into the Sheriff's Office, resulting in a multitude of helpful programs for the citizens of our county."  Dando adds he can't thinkg of "no one who would care more or do the job better than Joseph Gerace does every day."

News Bulletin for Mon., Oct. 15, 2018

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