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WJTN News Headlines for Fri., July 1, 2022

Conewango Valley man seriously hurt in motorcycle-deer accident...
A Cattaraugus County man is being treated for serious injuries after his motorcycle struck a deer on Route 394 in the town of Poland early this morning.  Sheriff's officers say 53 year-old William Whalen of Conewango Valley was westbound shortly before 5 a.m. when the animal ran in front of his bike and was struck.  Deputies say Whalen lost control and the motorcycle went onto it's side.  He was flown to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania for treatment.  No charges have been filed.


Work resumes in Albany on new NYS gun regulations...
New York State legislative leaders were huddling with their attorneys last night... trying to hammer out final gun control legislation in the wake of last week's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.  The session ended about 1:30 this morning, but, is expected to resume today.  The Supreme Court ruling struck down New York's concealed carry law.  Governor Kathy Hochul spoke earlier about the importance of the extraordinary session to get measures in place.  Local State Senator George Borrello... a member of the GOP Minority... says he doesn't believe the special session will accomplish much.  Hochul has been pushing for restrictions on carrying weapons in certain public places.  She also wants to require private businesses who want to allow conceal carry weapons to post a sign stating that they welcome guns on their properties.  It will also include provisions that make it harder to apply for a permit to carry a gun outside the home and create more rules around firearm storage.


NYS Democrats looking at enshrining abortion rights in state constitution...
New York Democrats are considering enshrining abortion rights in the state constitution following the overturning of Roe versus Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court.  It possibly could be part of a broader amendment that would also prohibit discrimination based on gender expression.  Lawmakers held a special legislative session Thursday that Governor Kathy Hochul called primarily to pass an emergency overhaul of the state's gun permitting rules after they were struck down by a Supreme Court Court ruling.  However... Democrats are also talking privately about whether to also use the session to begin amending the state constitution to protect the right to abortions.


Man from Stockton arrested for Identity Theft...
A Stockton man faces several charges after allegedly stealing five debit cards from a Brocton woman's purse while he was visiting her late last week.  State Police say 33 year-old Jonathan Eggleston allegedly took the cards... and, then tried to withdraw $500 from a nearby ATM.  Troopers arrested Eggleston later at his home... still in possession of the stolen debit cards.  He was issued tickets for five counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property... and, one of second-degree Identity Theft.  Eggleston is to appear in Portland Town Court at a later date.


Flare lighting set for Chautauqua Lake on Monday night...
The Chautauqua Lake Association is once again sponsoring the 'ring of fire' flare lighting around the lake on the Fourth of July.  Heather Nolan-Caskey is the association's Administrative and Community Services Manager... who says the flares are to be lit at 10 p.m... and, she says flares are being sold at 16 locations in the area.  Those include the Tops market in Jamestown... and, they are $3 apiece.  Nolan-Caskey reminds anyone handling flares to be cautious.  She says they burn about 30 minutes... but, be careful when lighting and situating them.  Once it burns out... she says dispose of the metal piece on the bottom properly.  The flare program is a decades long tradition... and a fund raiser for general operations at the lake association.  Any high point around the lake is ideal to view the flares.  


Several Fourth of July events to be held from Lakewood to Mayville...
One of the big Summer events in the Lakewood-area that fell victim to the COVID-19 pandemic the past two years was the annual July 4th Summerfest.  However... that's returning this Monday... with a full day of activites.  It starts off with the annual Lakewood Family YMCA Firecracker 10 K run... and two-mile run/walk.  Registration begins at Hartley Park at 7 a.m. and, the run begins at 9 a.m.  Music in the park will be provided by 'Smokehouse' beginning at 6 p.m., and, the day will be capped off with fireworks in the park at 10 p.m.
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Also on Monday... the annual Mayville 4th of July Parade is back this year... and, begins at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Routes 394 and 430, and finishes at Lakeside Park.  Several activities are planned, and will be capped off with fireworks at 10 p.m. as well.
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There's also a parade in Warren, Pa. on Monday... along with fireworks at 10 p.m. on Sunday night.  There will also be fireworks in Bemus Point on Sunday night over the lake at 10 p.m.