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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 30, 2019

A Jamestown woman faces three charges for allegedly being found in possession of stolen and forged checks after city police responded to a business alarm last weekend.... 

City police were called to the scene at Winsor and Crescent Streets just after 4 AM Saturday and, found two people leaving the area.  Officers tried to identify both, but, were given a false name by the woman because she was sought on two active warrants through Jamestown and Lakewood-Busti Police.  Officers say 33 year-old Rachelle Allison was finally identified, and arrested.  She was also found with the checks and, further charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, criminal possession of stolen property and false personation.  She was jailed pending arraignment.


A teenager has been arrested for allegedly setting fire to an outhouse located in Sherman Park late last week....  

Sherman firefighters and sheriff's officers were called to the scene just after 9 PM Thursday on a report of the blaze.  Deputies say they found the 18 year-old boy set the hand sanitizer on fire inside the outhouse, starting the fire that damaged the building.  The teen was issued appearance tickets in Sherman Town Court on charges of fifth-degree arson and fourth-degree criminal mischief.


A New York judge has denied the vaping industry's request to delay a state emergency ban on flavored e-cigarette sales....  

Acting state Supreme Court Justice Gerald Connolly on Friday refused to issue a temporary restraining order on the regulations approved on September 17th by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Health officials issued them in response to worries that vaping may cause illnesses and that its use is growing among teenagers.  The 90-day emergency regulations ban possession, manufacturing, distribution and sale of all vaping flavors except tobacco and menthol.  The ban must then be extended or passed into law.  The governor applauded Friday's court ruling, saying he wants to also ban sales of menthol-flavored e-cigarettes.  The Vapor Technology Association and two retailers sued Wednesday requesting the temporary injunction on the regulations.


The 45th Busti Apple Harvest Festival drew between 9,000 and 10,000 people to the area around the old mill on Sunday.....  

That's the estimate of Judy Schultz, one of the organizers.  She expressed gratitude to all who attended this year and in years past.  Six bins of apples, 500 gallons of cider, nearly 200 pies and lots of apple butter and candy apples were sold during event.  Many visitors toured the restored mill as it ground a variety of grains.  The society's Norm Carlson encouraged those fascinated by the operation of the mill to join the society and get involved in its growing list of exciting projects.  The Apple Harvest Festival occurs on the final Sunday of September each year.  


In New York government news, Governor Andrew Cuomo has picked a new leader for the board that oversees the State University of New York....  

Merryl Tisch is a philanthropist and former teacher who led the state's Board of Regents for seven years.  Cuomo, a Democrat, called her the "perfect" person to lead SUNY's board.  Meanwhile, a report from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli finds that 25 local governments around the state face potentially serious fiscal stress.  None are in Chautauqua County.  The report looked at the financial health of hundreds of local governments, including an analysis of budget deficits, cash reserves and other indicators.  Local governments listed as fiscally stressed include Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, Westchester County and the city of Niagara Falls.


Incentives have been approved for two economic development projects in northern Chautauqua County that expand the operations of two companies, and create new jobs....  

The county's Industrial Development Agency board late last week approved tax relief on sales, use and real property taxes for the owner of Fieldbrook Foods.  Wells Enterprises is looking to make an $87-million upgrade of its ice cream manufacturing facility in Dunkirk.  The incentives will ensure Wells keeps the 492 full-time positions at the plant and allows it to move forward with a plan to create 50 new full-time positions over the next three years.  Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas says the city has been working very closely with the company.

Rosas adds that Fieldbrook will add 70 total new positions by 2025, with an average salary of $50,000 each.  In other action, S. St. George Enterprises in the town of Pomfret will receive an abatement related to a $765,000 expansion project.  The project will add nearly 20,000 square feet to its existing 23,000 square foot facility in order to create a temperature-controlled environment for inventory and heavy equipment storage.  The company currently employs 58 full-time employees, and plans to create seven new full-time positions over the next three years.

 
Pennsylvania's top law enforcement officer is joining several other top state Democratic officials in backing the legalization of marijuana for recreational use by adults....  

Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a statement early last weekend that he changed his mind after months of internal research and discussions with law enforcement colleagues.  Shapiro's announcement comes two days after Governor Tom Wolf made a similar announcement that he supports it. Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, both Democrats, have long supported the idea, too.  However, leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature have pushed back forcefully and said they oppose it.  Only two state legislatures, in Vermont and Illinois, have passed bills to legalize marijuana.  Voters in nine other states legalized marijuana through referendum, an avenue that Pennsylvania law doesn't allow.

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WJTN Headlines for Fri., Sept. 27, 2019

City police looking for man who allegedly followed child to school in Allen Park area...
Jamestown Police are looking for a tall, white male in his 30s who allegedly followed a young child walking to school in the Allen Park area Thursday morning.  City police were called to the "suspicious situation" on Cole Avenue -- near East Virginia Boulevard -- about 6:45 a.m., and, learned the man followed -- then ran after the child -- who was walking along Cole.  Officers say the man then stopped... and, went into a wooded area near the Allen Park Bandshell.  He was described as having dark hair and was wearing dark clothing with a long-sleeve shirt with a camoflague design on the back.  City police are working with the Jamestown schools on the situation.  Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Jamestown Police at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.


Woman from Bemus Pt. killed in one-car crash in Stockton...
A Bemus Point woman has been killed in an early morning, single-car crash on Route 380 in the town of Stockton.  Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday... and, found the lone occupant... 46 year-old Stacy Grimes of the Maple Springs-Ellery Road... dead at the scene.  Deputies say they, along with the County Coroner's Office, investigated and determined that Grimes was northbound on Route 380 when her vehicle missed a curve... and, went off the road.  The car then struck a tree.  Officers say Route 380 in that area was closed about 2-and-a-half hours while the scene was investigated.  Members of the Stockton Fire Department also assisted at the scene. 


Legislature's Audit and Control Committee Chairman says review of proposed budget will be a "challenge..."
With Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello coming out with his tentative 2020 budget, county lawmakers will begin to scrutinize the proposed spending plan on Monday.  Legislator Pierre Chagnon Chairs the Audit and Control Committee and expects lawmakers to have a challenge because it has no tax rate increase, but, needs to draw $1-million from the undesignated fund balance.  Borrello’s budget keeps the full value tax rate at $8.37 per $1,000 full value.  But, it does include a 2.72 percent increase in the tax levy... or just over $1.6-million.  Chagnon says the review will take about a week to complete.  The County Legislature has until December to approval a final budget.


Legislature fails to get enough votes to support motion backing ban of flavored E-Liquid...
A motion that would support state legislation banning the use of flavored e-liquids for e-cigarettes did not receive enough votes during Wednesday night's County Legislature meeting.  The motion received 10 votes, but needed a super majority of 13.  Yeti Vape Vice-President Brian Ellis spoke against the measure prior to the vote... he says it penalizes people truly using it to help kick the cigarette habit, and those vape shops that operate properly.  Legislature Chairman P.J. Wendel was disappointed with the outcome.  The educator and coach still has concerns about youths vaping... and, he says thats what he hears often from administrators and other teachers. 


BPU issues alert to electric customers about reported Payment Scam...
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities is alerting it's electric customers about possible scam calls being made to businesses over the past day, stating that their electricity would be shut off if payment isn’t made within 20-to-30 minutes to the caller.  BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins reminds you that the utility does not make such calls, and you should not be fooled by such scammers.  The BPU accepts payments on it's website, in person at Customer Service... and, in their drop boxes located at the BPU, at City Hall and at the Town of Ellicott.  Robbins says they do accept phone payments that are only initiated by customers.


Borrello very happy about agreement between State and Seneca's to get I-90 in the reservation fixed...
Repair work is now underway after an agreement was announced Wednesday between the Seneca Nation and New York State on fixing the three-mile section of I-90 that crosses the Cattaraugus Territory.  County Executive George Borrello was among the elected officials who had pushed for repairs.  Borrello says he's "incredibly happy" over the agreement... which has been at least 5 years in the making.  The State Thruway Authority says crews will perform partial depth repairs to the most severely deteriorated sections of the roadway... and, to the shoulders to help extend its durability in preparation for the winter months ahead. 


Annual Busti Apple Harvest Festival set for Sunday...
The 45th annual Busti Apple Harvest Festival is set to go this Sunday at the Busti Mill and Museam grounds... and, there will be a number of new activities this year.  That from Spokeswoman Judy Schultz... who says they include a demonstration of "basic camp life" by the 111th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry... and, Hiedricks Battery.  Schultz adds there will also be a new food preservation demonstration from "then and now."  Schultz adds that they have about 100 craft vendor spots sold so far... and, there will be a "variety of items" they'll be selling.  Volunteer Lyle Ostrander will be among those putting on a woodworking shop during the festival.  The Busti Apple Harvest Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and, admission is $5 per person... with children under 11 years of age free.  For more information... call 483-3670... or 483-0134.

 

 

 


 

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WJTN Headlines for Thurs., Sept. 26, 2019

Borrello proposes 2020 budget that includes no tax increase, 2.7-percent increase in levy...
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello last night unveiled his 2020 tentative budget that holds the line on the tax rate... but, it does include a 2.7-percent increase in the tax levy.  Borrello blames much of the increase on unfunded mandates, including criminal justice reforms including the elimination of cash bail.  He says Sheriff's officers may have to go and arrest those accused if they don't show up for a court-date, meaning the department may need a "Warrant Squad" to round up those people.  Borrello started the budget process with a $6.8 million deficit, and will have to use $1 million of the county’s fund balance.  He says the county tax rate of $8.37 per $1,000 remains lower than it was 13 years ago.  The County legislature will begin a week-long review of the budget starting on Monday.


Legislature fails to muster votes needed to approve motion supporting ban on flavored e-liquid ban...
A motion that would have supported state legislation that would ban the use of flavored e-liquids for e-cigarettes did not receive enough votes during Wednesday night's County Legislature meeting.  The motion received 10 votes, but needed a super majority of 13.  Yeti Vape Vice-President Brian Ellis spoke against the measure prior to the vote... saying that lawmakers should not penalize the adult vape user who has "successfully made the transition from smoking to vaping."  Ellis says the black market is responsible for the health issues recently plaguing vaping.  Legislature Chairman P.J. Wendel was disappointed with the outcome.  The educator and coach still has concerns about youths vaping... because he says it's a problem administrators say is very much in the schools.  One legislator, Terry Niebel of Sheridan, said he didn't have enough information to support the motion. 


Cuomo, Conn. Governor to work together on regulating recreational pot and vaping...
The Democratic governors of New York and Connecticut say they plan to work together on regulating recreational marijuana and vaping in their neighboring states.  New York's Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday it "makes no sense" to pass different sets of rules.  After meeting privately at Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont's official residence in Hartford, the two announced plans for an Oct. 17 gathering of "regional partners" who will discuss ways the two states can come up with some common details for a possible legalized recreational marijuana program. 


Borrello praises agreement reached on state doing work on Interstate 90 in Seneca Nation territory...
Repair work is now underway after an agreement was announced Wednesday between the Seneca Nation and New York State on fixing the three-mile section of I-90 that crosses the Cattaraugus Territory.  County Executive George Borrello was among the elected officials who had pushed for repairs.  Borrello says he's "incredibly happy" over the agreement because it's been at least five-years since that section of road has had any "significant work" done on it.  The State Thruway Authority says crews will perform partial depth repairs to the most severely deteriorated sections of the roadway... and, to the shoulders to help extend its durability in preparation for the winter months ahead. 


SUV crashes through front entrance to Lakewood Key Bank, fortunately no one is hurt...
There was heavy damage to the front entrance -- but, no one was hurt -- when a sports utility vehicle crash into the entryway of the Key Bank in Lakewood Tuesday afternoon.  Lakewood-Busti Police and Lakewood fire rescue crews were called to the scene shortly before 2 p.m., and, found the vehicle inside the entryway... and, against a second interior wall.  Police say fire crews had to extricate the elderly couple inside the vehicle.  Officers say the driver may have mistaken the gas pedal for the brakes.  Officials add that a woman working in a cubical on the other side of the interior wall had just gotten up and left her office when the accident occured.  The impact knocked a file cabinet over.  No charges have been filed.


Reed says transcript of Trump call with Ukranian President shows "nothing nefarious..."
Local Congressman Tom Reed says the transcript of President Donald Trump's call with the Ukainian President shows "nothing nefarious."  Yet... the Corning Republican says Democrats are "full steam ahead" with impeachment at the cost of real legislation to help people.  Reed cited a bill to lower the cost of prescription drugs... and, the ratification of the U-S, Mexico, and Canada Trade Agreement to boost jobs.  He concluded that "if you don’t like the President beat him at the ballot box, but stop trying to overturn the results of the 2016 election.” 


Annual Busti Apple Harvest Festival set for this Sunday...
The 45th annual Busti Apple Harvest Festival is set to go this Sunday at the Busti Mill and Museam grounds... and, there will be a number of new activities this year.  That from Spokeswoman Judy Schultz... who says they include a demonstration of "basic camp life" by the 111th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry... and, Hiedricks Battery.  Schultz adds there will also be a new food preservation demonstration from "then to now."  Schultz adds that they have about 100 craft vendor spots sold so far... and, there will be a "variety of items" they'll be selling.  The Busti Apple Harvest Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and, admission is $5 per person... with children under 11 years of age free.  For more information... call 483-3670... or 483-0134.

 

 

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News Headlines for Wed., Sept. 25, 2019

Frewsburg man arrested for alleged church break-in earlier this month...
A Frewsburg man has been arrested for allegedly breaking into a church in the town of Carroll and causing damage to the interior of the building.  Sheriff's officers say they took 20 year-old Tylor Launier into custody Tuesday for the break-in... which reportedly occured during the overnight hours on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at the Ivory Baptist Church on Ivory Road.  Deputies say a warrant was issued for Launier's arrest on one count each of third-degree burglary, and criminal mischief.  He was taken to the county jail pending centralized arraignment.


BPU approves extention of Flex Plan Agreement with Monofrax...
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities has approved a resolution authorizing officials to renew the BPU's Flex rate tariff agreement with Monofrax, LLC.  BPU officials say the updated agreement will allow it to continue providing lower energy costs for the company, with company assurance of re-investment in the company.  General Manager Dave Leathers says this latest agreement takes effect on Nov. 1, and, runs through Oct. 31, 2021.  The initial contract was signed in 2005... and, renewed in 2009, 2013, and 2017.  The BPU's flex rate agreement program was developed to enhance and preserve the community's economy by offering lower electric rates to large industrial, and manufacturing companies located in it's electric territory.  In exchange... the company's invest further in their facilities and workforce.  Monofrax makes linings for furnaces that make glass products.  Its fused cast products are shipped worldwide.  The company has made products in its local facility for more than 65 years.


Sundquist expresses appreciation of Lundine endorsement...
A former Jamestown Mayor has endorsed the Democratic candidate for the city's top elected position in this year's election on Nov. 5.  Eddie Sundquist recently received the backing of former Mayor Stan Lundine... who says "to be a successful mayor of Jamestown, one must be capable and committed.  Eddie has demonstrated these qualities, and has put forth a positive vision for Jamestown's future."  Sundquist says Lundine has been "very supportive" of his campaign.  He adds there are people who talk about parallels between he and Lundine because Lundine was actually younger than Sundquist when the former became mayor in 1969.  Lundine... who is also a former Congressman and Lieutenant Governor... had a 24 year career in public service and politics.  Sundquist says he's "honored and humbled" by Lundine's endorsement... adding that Lundine "fought bravely for the people of the City and of the Southern Tier.  Stan understands my vision for Jamestown, a city-centered around collaborating with our partners, neighbors, and businesses to revitalize our economy while providing decisive leadership to face the challenges ahead."  In addition... Sundquist says his candidacy has also been endorsed by the Southern Tier Building Trades.


Sundquist supports "Smart City Capital Investment" program, but, feels city needs to go further...
One of the candidates for Jamestown Mayor says he's in favor of current Mayor Sam Teresi's nearly $14-million proposed "Smart City Capital Investment" program.  However... Democrat Candidate Eddie Sundquist says the city needs to go further in upgrading equipment, and being more efficient in what it uses... including fire trucks, and other equipment and buildings.  However... he believes the city needs to go further in utilizing technology for what it does.  Sundquist says, though, he feels that what Teresi has done is "a good first step..." and, it's where the city needs to be in terms up upgrades to all parts of city government.


Gas prices in Jamestown jump 4-cents a gallon since last week...
The attacks on the Saudi Arabian oil facilities last week are influencing local and national gasoline prices... with the price in Jamestown jumping 4-cents a gallon from last week.  The AAA East Central's Gas Price Report says the cost for regular, unleaded has gone from $2.81 to just over $2.85 a gallon.  The gas report says most states in the region saw a minimal impact following last weekend’s drone attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, with pump jumps of only a few pennies, with New York's price increasing by 3-cents.  AAA says part of the reason many states saw 'tempered' increases is due to the switchover to winter-blend gas last week.  This blend is cheaper to produce and sell, compared to summer-blend.  The national price is up to $2.66 a gallon.


Borrello says it appears an agreement is near on state fixing State Thruway on Seneca Nation land...
Chautauqua County's top-elected official says he's been following developments concerning the rough section of the State Thruway that crosses Seneca Nation land.  County Executive George Borrello says he believes an agreement is near, but says it's important to keep pressing Governor Andrew Cuomo on the issue..  Borrello says the state Thruway Authority is prepared to go in an do the work... and other statements have been made indicating that the work may begin in "the near future."  Borrello attended two news conferences held by local Congressman Tom Reed who has been pushing for repairing the highway just east of Exit 58 near Silver Creek.  At issue is an area about 5-miles in length.  


Pennsylvania looks at requiring Personal Finance course for High School graduation...
Legislation is on the move in Pennsylvania to require public schools to allow students to apply personal finance class credits toward high school graduation requirements.  The Senate approved the bill unanimously on Monday, and sent it to the House.  Under the bill, a student who successfully completes a high school course in personal finance will be allowed to apply up to one credit to satisfy social studies, math, business education or family and consumer science requirements for graduation. 

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News Headlines for Tues., Sept. 24, 2019

Jamestown man found not guilty in connection with 2014 death of city toddler...
A Chautauqua County Court jury has acquitted a Jamestown man of second-degree murder in the 2014 beating death of a toddler in the city.  The Post-Journal reports the 12-person panel found 35 year-old Tyler Perez not guilty Monday of murder and first-degree manslaughter in the death of 16-month old Nayla Hodnett.  The verdict was announced less than an hour after the jury began deliberations... following closing arguments in the case.  Public Defender Ned Barone did not call any witnessess.  He later said the Perez family is "elated" over the not guilty verdicts.  Nayla Hodnett did from blunt force trauma in April of 2014.  Perez was indicted in the case this past March.


City police still looking for Kwik Fill robbery suspect...
City police are looking for a fairly large robbery suspect who allegedly held up a Kwik Fill station on Jamestown's westside early Monday morning.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says the man entered the store at 16-17 West Third Street just before 1:30 AM... and pulled a knife on the clerk and demanded money.  Samuelson says the man was 6' to 6' 2" tall, weighing between 275 and 300 pounds, and was wearing a bright yellow T-shirt, with a dark undershirt. He says the man also wore dark-colored jogging pants with white shoes.  Samuelson says anyone with information can contract JPD confidentially at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.  He says the man pulled the knife, demanded cash from the register, and ran off.  Samuelson says police have released a photograph of the suspect from store surveillance video that's on their Facebook page.  If you have any information... call the Tips line... or contact their Tips 4-1-1 app.


JPD Still searching for missing hand-guns...
Jamestown police are still looking for more than two-dozen hand-guns that a city teen allegedly stole from a Columbus Township, Pennsylvania store a week ago last Saturday.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says that only three of the 32 guns taken from C-&-H Sports on Route 6 have been accounted for... and, adds they are still working with State Police in Corry, and the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on trying to track down those weapons.  State Police say Jamestown Police arrested the 17 year-old boy last week after the overnight break in occured.  The teen has not been identified because of his age.  One of the guns he allegedly stole wound up being found during an investigation into a late week shooting incident in Jamestown last week.  


Borrello says his proposed 2020 budget will hold the line on taxes...
The issue of unfunded mandates being handed down by New York state is having an impact on budgeting for Chautauqua County for next year.  That from Executive George Borrello... who is putting the final touches on his 2020 budget presentation during Wednesday night's county legislature meeting.  Borrello says it appears he will be able to hold the line on taxes, though the state makes it difficult.  He says the "new reality" in Albany is increasing mandates, but, he says they will "hold the line on taxes."  Borrello joked that this year... instead of trying to save a "bushel full of pennies..." he's asked department heads to find a "barrel full of pennies."  Among the unfunded state mandates that Borrello feels will impact the county is the new bail reform law that takes effect on Jan. 1 of next year.  The legislature meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the third floor legislature chambers at the Gerace Office Building in Mayville.  


State, and business executives announce new Semi-conductor Plant to be built near Utica...
Cree -- a Durham, North Carolina-based semiconductor manufacturer -- will invest $1 billion in a new factory in upstate New York.  The move was announced Monday by company executives and state officials, who said the state will chip in $500 million in incentives.  Officials say that when completed in 2022, the nearly 500,000-square-foot facility in Marcy, near Utica, will be the world's largest silicon carbide fabrication facility.  Governor Andrew Cuomo called Cree's decision to invest in New York an economic "game changer" and a big victory for the state's efforts to attract high-tech investment upstate.  The plant is expected to employ 600 workers. 


City men arrested for trespassing, and on warrants...
Two men sought by Jamestown Police on active bench warrants were arrested last weekend for allegedly trespassing on a front porch on the city's westside.  City officers were called to the scene at 308 West Fifth St. just before 5 p.m. Saturday on a report of 28 year-old Theodore Francisco and 21 year-old Bryan Livingston, Jr. being on the porch... and, not welcome.  Police say Livingston was also allegedly found in possession of a small amount of Methamphetamine, and was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 


North Harmony Centennial observed at Harmony Historical Harvest Festival...
One of the most friendly divorces in the history of Chautauqua County was celebrated as part of this year's Harmony Historical Society Harvest Festival.  It was 100 years ago that North Harmony split off from the Town of Harmony.  Dan Thomas, the historian for North Harmony, outlined why the breakup occurred... saying it had to do with maintaining the growing number of roads in the town.  Before the split, Harmony had the most square miles of any town in the county.  Pam Brown, Historian for Harmony and Panama, says, a century later, the towns are cooperative... working together and often sharing services.  Thomas adds... in the case of the Historical Society... they are friendly, and very close neighbors.  The story of the North Harmony centennial is on display at the Harmony Historical Society Library in Blockville.

 
 

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News Headlines for Mon., Sept. 23, 2019

Warren man arrested for alleged rape of juvenile in Ashville...
A Warren, Pennsylvania man has been arrested in Ashville for allegedly raping a juvenile victims between August and December of 2017.  Sheriff's officers responded to a call on Kortwright Road late last week for a "suspicious situation..." and arrested 24 year-old Steven Jackson of South State Street.  Deputies say Jackson allegedly engaged in sex acts with the victim, and a warrant was issued.  He was arraigned on one count each of first-degree rape and sexual abuse... and, sent to the county jail without bail.


Eades entering final week as director of Reg Lenna Center for the Arts...
The opportunity to go back into working in theater in a university-setting was too strong of a draw for the outgoing director at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.  That's why Kathleen Eades, who had headed up the Reg for the past five years, has accepted a new post at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.  Eades is into her final week at the Jamestown theater organization... and, says she will miss center... but, is excited about the future.  She says she has "always enjoyed" working with students in theater in a "university setting."  Eades was hired in 2014 when the Reg Lenna Civic Center was combined with the Arts Council of Chautauqua County... and, became the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.  She says she's really enjoyed her tenure... and, moving the program forward.  That's included a $4.5-million renovation project that was completed at the end of last year that has allowed them to host more events.  Eades says the center itself hosts about 150 to 160 events a year.  Her final day is this Friday... and, the Reg Lenna board has begun the search for a new director. 


Weekend events in Chautauqua County "Step Up" and "Harmony Harvest Festival" enjoy Summer like weather...
The Jamestown area saw a superb end to summer, and several organizations and events benefitted.  Among them, the Harvest Festival put on by the Harmony Historical Society at Blockville.  President Lyn Nagel spoke with our Dennis Webster on Sunday, and says you couldn't have asked for better weather and they had a "great crowd."  The new scavenger hunt and the horsedrawn rides were some of the popular parts of the Harvest Testival.   Meantime... the Step Up for Autism walk at the Resource Center had great participation.  That from Community Relations Director Steve Waterson, who says well over 100 people attended the event.  The money raised by Step Up benefits persons on the autism spectrum and others with disabilities.   


In Albany... Cuomo -- for the moment -- drops plan for replacing License Plates...
In New York state government news, Governor Andrew Cuomo has dropped -- for now -- a plan to force motorists to replace all license plates that are more than 10 years old.  The proposal ran into immediate opposition from lawmakers, many of them upstate Republicans, who called it a money grab.  It costs $25 to replace a license plate in New York.  Cuomo had said old plates needed to be replaced because they get damaged and can't by read by police or the highway cameras the state now uses in many places to collect tolls.  Cuomo now says he'll work with lawmakers to find a solution.  Meanwhile, Cuomo has signed legislation setting the state's presidential primary on April 28th.


Cuomo signs Rape statute extension for second and third-degree rape...
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill extending the statute of limitations for second and third-degree rape.  The Democratic governor was joined by actresses Mira Sorvino and Julianne Moore as well as activists from the group Time's Up as he signed the measure at his Manhattan office Wednesday.  The new law extends the statute of limitations from five years to 20 years for second-degree rape and from five years to 10 years for third-degree rape.  Second and third-degree rape can be charged under New York law when a victim cannot consent to sex either because of age or incapacity.  Sorvino has spoken before about being a survivor of date rape.  She said every time someone stands up to "rape culture" it means "we stand up for all of us."


Rochester may not be only Catholic Diocese in New York to seek bankruptcy protection...
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester was the first in New York to seek bankruptcy protection under the weight of new sexual misconduct lawsuits, but lawyers and church leaders say it may not be the last.  All eight of the state's dioceses face financial pressures under the state Child Victims Act.  The law gives victims of child sex abuse a year to pursue even decades-old claims.  More than 400 cases have been brought against dioceses in the first month.  Representatives from the dioceses of Buffalo, Rockville Centre, Albany and Ogdensburg tell The Associated Press they haven't decided.  The Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Syracuse say they don't anticipate filing.  The Diocese of Brooklyn says it's not considering bankruptcy.

  
 

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News Headlines for Sat., Sept. 21, 2019

City men arrested following alleged shooting incident involving stolen guns, and drugs...
Two Jamestown men face major weapons and drug charges after police responded to a report of several shots being fired from the 100-block of Bowen Street.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers arrived shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday and, arrested 19 year-old Jahdiel Rivera, and 21 year-old Omar Vera-Velazquez.  Samuelson says they were found in possession of four hand-guns... which were all reported stolen -- one of them from last weekend's burglary at a gun shop in Columbus Township, Pennsylvania.  He says police also allegedly found 2.25-ounces of powder cocaine... 1.5-grams of a heroin-fentanyl mix... and, drug paraphernalia.  Samuelson says both men face four counts of criminal posession of a firearm, and criminal possession of stolen property... and criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Both Rivera and Vera-Velazquez are jailed pending arraignment.
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Samuelson adds that there are 29 hand-guns that were allegedly taken during the gun shop burglary that have not been found.  If you have any information on the incident... you are asked to call JPD's confidential tips line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.  You can also call the Tips 4-1-1 app.


Jamestown man arrested for allegedly trafficking Heroin and Fentanyl...
A city man was arrested early Thursday morning during a drug raid on Jamestown's westside.  City police say members of the Jamestown Metro... and, Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Forces... and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms... executed a search warrant at 51 Fairmount Avenue just before 7 a.m.  They arrested 39 year-old LeShon Hayes with the help of the JPD SWAT Team.  Police allegedly found half-an-ounce of Heroin, and 5.8-grams of Fentanyl.  Hayes is jailed pending arraignment on two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.


Chautauqua County's "Tapestry" Initiative for youth with substance abuse, and mental health issues, receives $4-million grant...
The Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene's "Tapestry Resilience Initiative" has received a $4-million federal grant to help children and youth in the county dealing with mental health challenges.  The grant is being awarded throught the U-S Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  Public Relations Coordinator Ann Rosenthal with the Mental Hygiene Department says they're thrilled to be awarded their third federal grant.  Rosenthal says they are "very proud" to have again be recognized by SAMHSA for the work they have done.  She adds this will help them work with children between toddler and 8 years of age, and those between 18 and 21 years of age.  Rosenthal says "Tapestry" is a sytem of care that provides supports, community education, and other resources and partnerships for children, youth, and their families throughout the county.  She says collaboration by their "many partners" make the initiative successful.  Local Congressman Tom Reed says Tapestry "provides much needed services to Chautauqua County children and their families.  We are proud to support this program and get much needed funds to the right place."  For more information about the Chautauqua Tapestry initiative... go on-line to chautauquatapestry.org.


County receives $100,000 grant for bomb squad improvements...
Chautauqua County is receiving a $100,000 from a $2-million federal grant to improve it's bomb squad response to improvised devices.  That from Governor Andrew Cuomo... who says the funding is coming from the Department of Homeland Security to help equip and train the state's 12 local, FBI-accredited bomb squads to locate and prevent potential emergencies caused by improvised explosive devices, or I-E-Ds.  Cuomo says more than $21-million in dedicated homeland security funding has been awarded to New York bomb squads over the past 13 consecutive years.  In addition to improved equipment and advanced training... he says the funding will be used by local bomb squad teams to enhance and improve coordination with law enforcement organizations... including specialty teams such as tactical and explosive detection canine, and regional partners. 


Reed in good condition after collaping prior to television interview...
Local Congressman Tom Reed is in good condition now after collapsing due to an undiagnosed case of pneumonia just prior to a scheduled T-V interview.  Reed updated his situation in a printed release issued by his Washngton, D-C office... adding that the diagnosis came from his evaluation after the incident by the doctors at George Washington University Hospital.  He says he hopes to return to work on Monday.  Reed's Spokesman, Will Reinert, issued a statement late Thursday saying that -- quote -- "Tom is in good condition, responsive, and being checked out by medical personnel."  


Shock Marketing being used to get message across about school shootings...
Marketing experts say hoodies in a fashion show and an ad seeking nonprofit donations both used similar shock tactics about school shootings to get their message across.  In a fashion show last week, models for fashion brand Bstroy showed hoodies emblazoned with the names of four schools touched by shootings, pierced by what appeared to be bullet holes.  And an online ad put out by 'Sandy Hook Promise' starts out as a breezy back-to-school video but morphs into a depiction of children running and hiding from a shooter.  Sandy Hook Promise is led by relatives of victims of the 2012 Connecticut shooting that killed six educators and 20 small children.  The group calls the hoodies "repugnant and deeply upsetting."  Paul Argenti is a communication professor at Dartmouth College. He says that "both knew exactly what they were doing in both cases and purposefully wanted to provoke it."

 


 

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News Headlines for Fri., Sept. 20, 2019

Reed in good condition after collapsing prior to T-V interview in Washington...
A scary moment for local Congressman Tom Reed in the Capitol in Washington, D-C.  The Corning Republican was getting ready to do a T-V interview when he suddenly collapsed in a hallway-area.  Reed was seen being wheeled out on the emergency gurney, but, appeared awake and alert.  His spokesman issued a statement late Thursday saying that -- quote -- "Tom is in good condition, responsive, and being checked out by medical personnel following today's fall."  Later this morning... Reed released a statement noting that he had an undiagnosed case of pneumonia.  He adds he appreciates everyone's thoughts and concern.  Reed was also scheduled to do his weekly telephone conference call with regional media Thursday afternoon... but, that was abruptly cancelled.


Sundquist really to go "full-speed ahead" with campaign after opening of Democratic Headquarters...
It's now "full-speed ahead" for Democrats in the city of Jamestown running for local and county races.  The ribbon was cut on the Democratic Headquarters at 14 East Third St. for Mayoral Candidate Eddie Sundquist, and members of "Team Jamestown."  Sundquist is a local attorney... who ran unsuccessfully last year for Congress.  However... Sundquist told me last night that he's looking forward to a big campaign kick-off this weekend.  He says they'll have a drone video shoot Friday night and invites residents to take part, and they'll have a campaign canvass day Saturday.  Sundquist says he's very happy with the reception he's received from everyone in the community he's had the chance to meet.  The Democrat says the biggest issues he wants to tackle is attracting newer "21st Century technology jobs" to the city... and, work to deal with the city's aging housing and strenghtening it's housing market.  Several city council, and county legislature candidates were also on hand for last night's grand opening of Democratic Headquarters.


Mexican National in Dunkirk sentenced for Child Pornography...
A Mexican national, living in Dunkirk, has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison following his conviction for possession of child pornography.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior has announced 26 year-old David Flores-Torres was also sentenced to 30 years supervised release by Federal Judge Lawrence Vilardo.  Prosecutors say a search warrant was executed at Flores-Torres home, and investigators seized his cell phone... which contained 79 images and 14 videos of child pornography.  Kennedy says some of the images depicted prepubescent minors or minors less than 12 years-old.  In addition... Flores-Torres is accused of having sexual contact with two children under the age of 18 on three occasions during 2017 and 2018.


Teenager arrested for alleged theft of nearly three-dozen handguns from PA store...
A teenager has been arrested in Jamestown for allegedly stealing more than 30 handguns from a sports store in the Corry, Pennsylvania area.  State Police in Corry say the break-in at C-&-H Sports on Route 6 in Columbus Township occured this past Saturday morning when the suspect broke into the store, and took 32 guns from various glass cases.  Troopers say the 17 year-old... who has not been identified because of his age, was arrested following a joint investigation involving Jamestown Police... and, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  State Police provided the information to the Warren County District Attorney's Office, and charges were filed agains the teen... who was arrested on a warrant in Jamestown.  He's being held pending exradiction.


Gaden receives CRCF's John D. Hamilton Award...
The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation has presented its annual 'John Hamilton Community Service Award' to Joel Gaden.  He moved to Jamestown in the late 1960's to be a banker, and Gaden says back then, bankers were encouraged to be part of community organizations.  Gaden served as President of the Bank of Jamestown, and later First National Bank... and has been a literacy volunteer, and also served the Salvation Army, YMCA and the United Way.  That's where Community Foundation Director Tori Irgang, first got to know him, and says he was very involved in their fund-raising efforts.  Irgang adds, Joel Gaden has fun in his work.  The annual ceremony was held Thursday at Harbor Hotel in Celoron.   


Goodell reacts to TRIP County Bridge Report... 
A new report from a national transportation research group called TRIP has released a report that indicates that 42 out of more than 500 bridges in Chautauqua County are rated in poor/structurally deficient condition.  State Assemblyman Andy Goodell offered his reaction.  The former county executive says most bridges in Chautauqua County are safe to drive on, and adds the issue is move "how many bridges are unsafe to drive on.  Goodell says very few are in that kind of condition.  Goodell says the state legislature has increased funding for bridge repairs, including funding for the Bridge-New York program.  He says he looks at striking a balance between public safety... and, those costs.  He says the key is protecting the motoring public from unnecessary dangers, and, making sure to maintain those spans.  Statewide, TRIP says about 10-percent of the more than 17,500 bridges in New York are rated in poor and structurally deficient condition.


 

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News Bulletin for Thurs., Sept. 19, 2019

Jamestown police report shot fired after suspect flees early Wednesday morning...
One shot was reportedly fired... but, no one was hurt when Jamestown police looked for a man who ran from them early yesterday morning.  The Post-Journal reports that officers were checking on the individual in the area of West Fifth and Washington Streets shortly after 1 a.m. when the unidentified man ran off.  As police pursued... they heard a gunshot... but, didn't know where it came from.  The man was not located... and no other information has been released.


State Flavor Vaping Ban is first in the nation to take effect...
A state health panel has approved an emergency ban on sales of flavored e-cigarettes in New York.  The vote lateTuesday by the state Public Health and Health Planning Council means the ban goes into effect immediately.  The ban does not cover tobacco- or menthol-flavored e-cigarettes.  Retailers will have two weeks to remove merchandise from shelves.  Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed the emergency ban Sunday, citing surging use among young people.  New York becomes the first state to enact the ban. Michigan approved a ban... and it's Department of Health and Human Services late Wednesday released details of the plan.  Nationwide, health officials are investigating hundreds of cases of serious breathing illnesses in people who use e-cigarettes and other vaping devices.  They have identified 380 confirmed and probable cases in 36 states and one territory, including six deaths.


County Legislature to consider motion support partial state ban on Vaping...
The Chautauqua County Legislature will consider a motion next week that would support a permanent ban the sale and dstribution of flavored "e-liquids" for use in e-cigarettes.  That from Legislature Chairman "P-J" Wendel... who emphasizes that the bills being considered by the state legislature is not meant to shut-down so-called "Vape Shops" where people can buy e-cigarettes and related devices.  Wendel says vaping among children is a growing problem that he sees, and hears a lot.  In fact, he says it's a problem that's "plaguing our high schools."  He adds that being married to a respiratory therapist has helped him become more aware of the health problems vapors end up having.  The more than 700 vape shop owners across New York state are condemning the state law... saying the state wants to shut them down.  However... Wendel says that's not the case... he says it's a matter of keeping vaping out of the hands of children.  He says you know who they're targeting when your hear about flavors such as "Bubble Gum" and "Cotton Candy." 


Durniok says it's an "honor and privledge to be permanent UPMC Chautauqua President...
New UPMC Chautauqua Hospital President Brian Durniok says it's an "honor and a privledge" to have the title permanently... and, he's looking forward to the future there.  The UPMC Board recently approved Durniok's appointment to officially replace Betsy Wright... who retired at the end of last year.  Durniok had been Interim President since the beginning of the year... and, says that's helped him get to know the organization, and the people there, and begin working on what's being done well... and, what services they may be able to offer in the future.  One of those future matters is UPMC Chautauqua opening up a new Medical Oncology Unit for cancer patients on Oct. 2 for fusion and chemotherapy treatments.  Durniok also remains president of UPMC Northwest in Venango County, Pennsylvania... and, says there's been some administrative restructuring -- mainly at the Vice-President level -- at both hospitals to allow him to be at one -- or the other -- on any given day. 


Unexploded military shell found and removed in Watertown...
Police say an unexploded military shell found in a northern New York city led to a block of homes being evacuated.  WWNY-TV reports the block in Watertown was taped off for several hours Tuesday night.  An explosive ordnance disposal unit was called in from nearby Fort Drum to remove the shell.  People were allowed back into their homes around 9:45 p.m.  City council member Lisa Ruggiero posted on Facebook that a man discovered the shell while digging up his driveway.


 

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 18, 2019

A Jamestown man is jailed on numerous charges after he allegedly led police on a chase through the city, into Pennsylvania, then back into New York Tuesday afternoon.....  

City police say officers were trying to pull over a gray sedan in the area of Arnold and Maple Streets about 3:40 PM when the car sped away.  Police say the pursuit then went through the town of Ellicott and into the Frewsburg-area before crossing the state line through Akeley, Pennsylvania.  The car, driven by 39 year-old Larry Hicks, then went into Sugar Grove.  However,  police were able to deploy stop sticks, puncturing the passenger side tires.  Officers say Hicks was able to get back into New York on Big Tree-Sugar Grove Road before stopping between Mead and Cowing Roads.  Hicks was then arrested without further incident, and, taken to the city jail pending arraignment on charges including third-degree unlawfully fleeing police in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, obstruction and several other charges.  (**City police were assisted by State Police, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, and Lakewood-Busti Police.)


A Westfield man has been arrested for allegedly driving nearly 40 miles an hour over the speed limit Monday after he allegedly passed a patrol car in the town of Sherman....  

Sheriff's deputies say they were southbound on the Clymer-Sherman Road just before 1 PM when they were passed by a car going 94 miles an hour in a 55-mile an hour zone.  Officers say they pulled over 59 year-old Raymond Near further down the road, and found he was also allegedly drunk.  Near was arrested on charges including driving while intoxicated, speeding in a 55 mph zone, and failure to keep right.  He was taken to the county jail pending arraignment.


Leaves are just beginning to change colors across Chautauqua County, but the late summer-like 'feel' to the weather remains... 

That from Forecaster Steve Welch with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, who says high pressure from Southeastern Canada is moving into New England and, that's bringing warmer-than-normal temperatures through the end of the week.

Welch says the warmest days will be about 80 or so on Saturday and Sunday before low pressure moves in, and brings some rain later in the day Sunday.  After that, he says we'll see some cooler-than-normal temperatures for a while.  He says the low will come through Sunday night and, by Monday, they're forecasting a 50-percent chance of rain, and highs in the mid-60s to about 70.  The complete forecast follows the news. 


Two people have been arrested in the town of Ellicott following a domestic incident in which a flower pot and two cellphones were broken....  

Town police were called to an undisclosed location just before 7:00 last Monday night and, took 32 year-old Brian Lowers, and 28 year-old Danielle Johnson into custody.  Officers say Lowers broke the pot and one cellphone, while Johnson broke the other cell phone involved.  Both were taken to the county jail pending arraignment in Ellicott Town Court.

 
A Buffalo consulting firm has been chosen to do a redevelopment and feasibilitly study on the former NRG Power Plant in Dunkirk....  

Local Congressman Tom Reed recently announced that Bergman Associates was selected to do the study, which will look at all facets of the project and determine at least three different ways for the city to move forward with the facility.  Reed says the NRG Redevelopment Plan and Feasibility Study is "an important next step" in the redevelopment of the NRG Site.

Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas says he "looks forward to working in partnership with our local, state, and federal elected officials on the study. This study will help us better understand the current conditions of the site and help guide the direction of what the best reuse of the site will be."   Dunkirk's Director of Planning and Development Rebecca Yanus says the city is also working with NRG as a partner in the effort to get the site in working order.  She says the study will take about 6-to-8 months to complete, and will focus on what the 75 acre property can be used for in the future. 


The village of Fredonia is working with the New York State on how to use $2.5-million in Smart Growth funding that was awarded to the village last October...  

Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis says funding will be used primarily for the downtown area, with about $1.3-million being allocated for upgrades for the 1891 Opera House,  while $1.2 million will go for Streetscape work in the area of Main and Temple Streets.  Fredonia was one of four Western New York communities to receive Smart Growth Community Funds from the state last fall.

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 17, 2019

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce has a new home in downtown Jamestown that officials say they're "excited" about....  

Chamber President and Chief Executive Todd Tranum says they have now opened their new location at 300 North Main Street in Jamestown, which is very close to many of their member businesses.  Tranum adds there's also a change in Dunkirk coming soon.

Tranum says they are "grateful" to the staffs of the Gebbie Foundation and, the National Comedy Center for helping to facilite their move to the former location of the Lucille Wright Air Museum.  He says they will also continue to partner with the Manufacturer's Association of the Southern Tier and, MAST will retain it's current staffing level.  Tranum has headed up both the County Chamber, and MAST over the past several years at Jamestown Community College's Manufacturing Technology Institute.  He says their Jamestown number remains 484-1101 and the Dunkirk number remains 366-6200.


     Jamestown Community College has received a nearly 150-thousand dollar grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to enhance several of the college’s technology-related programs...  

JCC officials say the grant, which was announced by local Congressman Tom Reed, will be used to purchase automation and robotics equipment to incorporate into program curriculum at the Manufacturing Technology Institute facilities at JCC’s Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses.  Reed says the grant will equip "the next generation of students with the tools they need to succeed."  JCC President Daniel DeMarte noted, “In response to employer expressed workforce needs in the Southern Tier region, the grant provides JCC the capacity to enhance its mechanical technology, industrial equipment technology and welding technology programs by incorporating relevant skills in automation and robotics."


The biggest question surrounding Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi's proposed $13.9-million Smart City Capital Improvement Program is -- "can the city afford it?"  

There is definately a cost, though, to not replacing some of what's being proposed because some equipment, especially in the fire department... is old and falling into disrepair.  City Comptoller Joe Bellitto says borrowing the $12.9-million involved will likely have to be done in different pieces.

Bellitto says the city would do most of the borrowing through shorter-term Bond Anticipation Notes.  He says -- especially with funding a new Central Maintenance Building -- would push their borrowing limits in 2024 and 2025.  However, Bellitto says there is a cost to doing nothing, also.  He says the city will likely have to make "emergency purchases" in the not far distant future.  Bellitto says the overall borrowing of up to $12.9-million would include several million for the Central Maintenance Building. 


A fight on the city's westside last Saturday night has led to a Jamestown man's arrest... 

City police say they were called to the scene at West Seventh and Clinton Streets about 9:15 PM and, found that 23 year-old Angel Figueroa, Junior had damaged a car belonging to another person.  Officers arrested Figueroa for fourth-degree criminal mischief.  He was taken to the city jail pending arraignment.


A Falconer man was arrested in Jamestown for allegedly shoplifting at the 7-Eleven convenience store on North Main Street Sunday morning...  

City Police responded to the scene just after 8:30 AM and, spoke with staff who accused a man of stealing Slim Jims and Little Debbie cakes.  Police located the suspect, later identified as 27 year-old Alexander Schultz, a short distance away. He was charged with petty larceny and sent to the city jail pending arraignment. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 16, 2019

Six people were sent to the hospital, three for serious injuries, following a two-car head-on crash last weekend on Route 16 in the Cattaraugus County town of Franklinville....  

Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley say the accident occured shortly before 4 PM Saturday and, both drivers were flown to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment.  Officers add that a child was also flown to Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo.  The other three people were taken by ambulance to other local hospitals.  No names have been released and, charges are pending.


An 18 year-old woman from Mayville has been arrested for allegedly assaulting and trying to stab another person during an altercation in the village last week...  
Sheriff's officers say they took 18 year-old Caitlyn Reardon into custody early last Wednesday night.  Deputies say Reardon tried to stab the other unidentified person with a sharp object.  She was later arrested for second-degree menacing, harassment, and endangering the welfare of a child and, jailed pending arraignment.


President Trump has yet to name someone to replace former National Security Advisory John Bolton after Bolton tendered his resignation, or was asked to resign, last week....  

Local Congressman Tom Reed says he appreciates Bolton's service to the Trump Administration but, feels a building rift between him and the president led to the change.  Reed says Bolton has always been considered to be "hawkish" in his views of national defense... and, the president is pushing to get out of military conflicts.

Reed reminded reports during his recent Media Conference Call that the NSA Director serves at the pleasure of the president.  While he disagreed with Bolton at times, Reed says he also highly respected his views on how to win and secure peace.  Some observers believe the "last straw" in the relationship between President Trump and Bolton was the administration looking to invite both Afghan government leaders, and leaders of the Taliban, to Camp David to hammer out a final peace agreement with the U-S.  That meeting was later cancelled.

State Police in western Warren County, Pennsylvania are looking into the theft of more than two-dozen handguns from a commercial store in Columbus Township....  

Troopers in Corry say the break-in at C-&-H Sports in Corry was discovered last Saturday morning.  Police say an unknown person or persons entered the store on Route 6 and, took about 25 guns from a display case.  The suspect or suspects then fled the scene.  Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to call State Police in Corry at (814)-663-2043.


The largest player in the e-cigarette market says it's reviewing an announcement from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that would ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, but agrees there's a need for "aggressive category-wide action."  

Juul Labs Inc. spokesman Austin Finan says in a statement Sunday the company would "fully comply" with local laws and any federal policy when they're effective.  Cuomo, a Democrat, announced Sunday the state health commissioner would be making a recommendation this week to the state Public Health and Health Planning Council.  The council can issue emergency regulations banning the flavored vapored products. Cuomo referenced young people getting addicted to nicotine in introducing the ban.  Juul says it has stopped selling flavored products in traditional retail stores since November of last year.


U-S Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, actress Jane Fonda and attorney Gloria Allred are among the National Women's Hall of Fame's latest honorees.... 

They and eight others were celebrated this past weekend in Seneca Falls, New York, for their advocacy and activism.  The Class of 2019 also includes activist Angela Davis, attorney Sarah Deer, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and retired Air Force fighter pilot Nicole Malachowski.  Composer Laurie Spiegel was recognized for her electronic music and molecular biologist Flossie Wong-Staal for her work that helped prove that HIV is the cause of AIDS.  Two inductees were honored posthumously: Former New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, who died last year, and artist and suffragist Rose O'Neill, who died in 1944.

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News Headlines for Sat., Sept. 14, 2019

County Dept. of Health and Human Services issued Vaping Advisory...
Chautauqua County health officials are now urging residents to stop using all vaping products until the investigation into the definative cause of nation-wide vaping-associated illnesses is concluded.  That from County Director of Health and Human Services Christine Schuyler in light of advisories put out by state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker... and, the Centers for Disease Control.  Schuyler says the state Health Department says... as of September 5th... they had received 34 reports from doctors across New York of severe pulmonary illness among patients ranging from 15 to 46 years of age who were using at least one cannabis-containing vape product before they became ill.  However, all patients reported recent use of various vape products.  If your are concerned with your device or vaping products... or just want more information call the state Vaping Hotline at 1-888-364-3046.


Pennsylvania man arrested on weapons and drug charges in Jamestown...
An Erie, Pennsylvania man is jailed for allegedly being found in possession of a loaded handgun, and marijuana during a traffic stop in Jamestown early Friday morning.  City police say they stopped the car, driven by 32 year-old Dennis Rollinger, on Fluvanna Avenue about 2 a.m. for allegedly talking on a cell phone.  However... during the stop... officers say they found Rollinger was in possession of the gun without a valid state Pistol Permit.  They also accuse Rollinger of having a quantity of pot in his possession.  He faces charges including second-degree criminal possession of a weapon... unlawful possession of marijuana... and, other traffic infractions.


Borrello says dispute between NYS and Seneca Nation may impact 2020 budget plan...
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello continues to criticize Governor Andrew Cuomo's handling of a dispute between New York State and the Seneca Nation.  As he prepares his proposed 2020 budget, Borrello says the county is owed a significant amount of funding by the state because of the ongoing dispute.  Borrello says it totals about $750,000 annually because one casino is on the Seneca's Cattaraugus Reservation in the north county community of Irving.  He says the total amount owed to the county today is $2.2 million, and it could increase to $3 million if nothing is done in the coming year.  The Hanover Republican says despite the ongoing feud between the state and the Senecas, the county should still be getting its share of money because the state is obligated to turn over that money.  Borrello participated in two separate news conferences that Congressman Tom Reed held last month on the condition of a stretch of InterstaTe 90 that runs across the Seneca Nation's Cattaraugus Reservation.


New Runnings store set to open later this month in West Ellicott...
A smaller chain, retail store that caters to homeowners, farmers and others is preparing for it's grand opening in West Ellicott in early October.  That from Ellicott Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin, who says Runnings has now fully taken over the 115-thousand square feet in the former Sam's Club location at 720 Fairmount Ave.  McLaughlin says Runnings will have a "soft opening" on Thursday, Sept. 26, and, a grand opening between October 6 and 9.  He thinks people will be excited to see what's in there, and return to shop often.  McLaughlin says it's his understanding that Runnings will employ 54 people to start... with more to be hired around the end of the year holidays.  On it's website... Runnings noted that they expected to ultimately employ 70 people at both their new Jamestown-area and Plattsburgh, New York stores.  Runnings calls itself "Your Home, Farm and Outdoor Store..." and is based in Marshall, Minnesota.


Reed says pressure put on State leads to $4.7-million payment to city of Salamanca...
Meantime... local Congressman Tom Reed's push casino revenues to get back to the city of Salamanca has proven successful after the state reported the Cattaraugus County city will receive $4.7-million of the payments owed.  As a result... two new firefighters were hired on at the city fire department.  Reed says those additions allow the department to fully staff two ambulances, which improves the city’s response to emergency situations.  The Corning Republican says "getting these funds to the city of Salamanca is the right thing to do.  We care about the safety of Salamanca’s citizens – and are glad two firefighters have been added to the fire department."  Salamanca Mayor Michael Smith says they're "incredibly grateful for Congressman Reed’s involvement in this process.  It was totally his involvement that got this ball rolling."


Stolen dog in town of Ellicott returned home, thief is arrested...
A dog allegedly stolen from a home in the town of Ellicott has been reported back home safe and sound.  Town Police say they responded to the unidentified residence for a burglary complaint on Tuesday.  Investigation revealed the canine was allegedly taken from the home by a suspect named Janice Rial.  Rial was arrested and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and second-degree trespassing.  Rial was issued an appearance ticket for Ellicott Town Court at a later date to answer the charges. 

 

 


 

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 13, 2019

A formal ground-breaking has been held on a nearly $2.9-million project to consolidate a local company's operations in the Mason Industrial Park just outside of Jamestown....  

Chautauqua County officials joined with officials from the Stannard Group to get a look at construction of the group's new, 26,000 square facility on Industrie Drive in the town of Ellicott.  Deputy County Executive for Economic Development, Mark Geise, praised the Weaver family for staying in the Jamestown-area.

Stannard Group President Dean Weaver praised Industrial Development Agency officials -- led by Rich Dixon -- for working so well with them to find the location.  He says they'll be bringing Weaver Materiel, Naco Truck Leasing and, Stannard Properties together in the new building, which he says will allow them to economize operations, and have all 34 employees under one roof.  The new property totals about 5.5 aces in the south county industrial park that is close to some of their vendors, as well as Interstate 86.  Stannard is celebrating it's 75th year of operation and, was started by Dean Weaver's grand-father in Buffalo in 1944.


Two "game changing" projects have being given priority status to receive funding from the state's Regional Economic Development Council program....  

One of those, the $15-million re-development of the former Furniture Mart Building in downtown Jamestown is one of them.  County Executive George Borrello adds the second one is to re-purpose an existing building to become a hops, barley and grain processing facility.

Borrello says the county, so far, has had 11 such projects recommended for priority status by the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council since the governor began the funding competitions several years ago.  He says the Gebbie Foundation is seeking 1.8-million dollars for the Furniture Mart project, which would be developed by Buffalo-area Developer Peter Krog.  Borrello says the recommendations now move on to the state with a final decision expected later this year.


A Southwestern Central School Board member is accused of possessing a hand-gun without a permit....  

Ellicott Town Police say the school's Resource Officer received information Wednesday that the image of a pistol was displayed on social media by a juvenile from the district.  However,police say no threats were made to anyone or the school.  Town police say their investigation revealed that 57 year-old Richard Hartmann, Junior had the pistol in his home without the required permit.  He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, and issued an appearance ticket for town court.


Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone says he's never seen two separate fatal traffic accident so close to each other -- and, involving rescuers from the same fire department....  

Quattrone says the tragic morning Wednesday began at 4 AM, when police were called to the scene on Interstate 86 in the town of North Harmony, near Exit 7.  

The second accident occured about six-hours later at the intersection of Route 394 and the Magnolia-Stedman Road, where a pick-up truck allegedly ran a stop sign -- and slammed into a commercial vehicle.  Quattrone says that vehicle was westbound on Route 394 when the cab was hit, and, the driver -- 63 year-old James Ellis of Jamestown -- was pronounced dead at the scene.  In the first accident, Quattrone says the operator, 66 year-old Tommy Hyde of Warsaw, New York, was killed.  While the Magnolia-Stedman Road was used as a detour for the earlier accident, Quattrone says the detour was taken down before the second crash.


The case of a north county woman accused of stabbing a teenaged girl to death earlier this year will go to trial next January....  

That from Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson, who says 26 year-old Ashlyann Lopez-Lopez of Dunkirk is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of 15-year-old Jefrena Brown last May 15th.  Swanson says a tentative trial date has been set for January 7th.  Brown died the following day at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.  Swanson did not comment further on the case.


A February trial date for the insider trading case against a Western New York Congressman who was an early supporter of President Donald Trump appears to be in jeopardy... 

Representative Chris Collins did not say outside court whether the prospects of a Manhattan trial in early 2020 might affect whether he runs for reelection next year.  But, the Republican expressed confidence he'll be exonerated on charges he leaked information about a biopharmaceutical company as friends and family dodged $800,000 in stock losses.  He also predicted that if he seeks re-election, he'll win that battle, too.  Collins represents a district in the Buffalo-area.  He pleaded not guilty to the latest iteration of an indictment after prosecutors streamlined the case to speed the trial.  But, it became clear at a hearing Thursday that thorny legal issues might force a trial delay.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 12, 2019

One of the two drivers involved in the second of two, two-vehicle crashes in the town of North Harmony late Wednesday morning was killed...  

Sheriff's officers say the accident occured about 11 AM on Route 394, at the intersection with the Magnolia-Stedman Road.  Deputies say a pick-up truck failed to stop at the stop sign on Magnolia-Stedman Road, and struck a commercial vehicle on Route 394.  Officers say the commercial vehicle rolled over, and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.  the truck driver was taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital for treatment of their injuries.  No names have been released, and no charges have been filed.  The crash remains under investigation.


A western New York man was killed in an earlier two-car rollover crash on Interstate 86 in the town of North Harmony Wednesday morning....  

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene, near Exit 7, just after 4 AM.  Deputies say one of the drivers involved, 66 year-old Tommy Hyde of Warsaw, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The occupants in the second vehicle were not hurt.  Officers say the eastbound lanes of I-86 from the Panama-Stedman Exit to Stow were closed for several hours.  Several fire crews crews, and the Chautauqua County Hazardous Materials Team were called to the scene.  The investigation is still on going at this time.


The nation paused yesterday to mark the 18th anniversary of the "9/11" attacks in New York, Washington, D-C, and Pennsylvania.  Chautauqua County commemorated the anniversary with bells tolling in Dunkirk and Mayville.....

There was a large crowd that turned out in Dunkirk for Wednesday morning's ceremony outside City Fire Headquarters and, there was a good crowd on hand at Noontime in front of the county courthouse in Mayville.  Local Congressman Tom Reed thanked first responders who answered the call that day and, still do today.

In Dunkirk,  City Fire Department Captain Gary Katta said the death toll from the attacks continues to mount, as many first responders continue to die from "9/11" related illnesses.  Katta says the 200th firefighter death from those illnesses occured this past July.  Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas, who was a state trooper at the time of the attacks, spoke about assisting those at Ground Zero in the weeks following the attacks.


Hours after the official ceremony ended, crowds lingered into the night at the September 11th memorial in New York....  

As darkness fell, people filled the streets around the firehouse at the southwest corner of the memorial plaza Wednesday to listen to a bagpipe and drum corps play songs saluting the terror attack victims.  The New York Fire Department's Emerald Society Pipes and Drums led the crowd in renditions of the Irish folk song "The Wild River" and "God Bless America."  Overhead, the twin beams of the "Tribute in Light" were visible.  Each year the city shines the powerful columns of light into the sky from Lower Manhattan to represent the fallen twin towers of the World Trade Center.


A 20-year-old Jamestown man is facing a felony charge after an investigation into a reported assault on Lake Shore Drive near Serval Street in the city of Dunkirk last Friday morning.... 

Dunkirk Police say that Adrian Melo Estrada was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with the victim, a known relative, around 6 am.  Police believe the incident was the result of a disagreement.  Estrada was arraigned on a charge of first degree assault and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail on $100,000 cash bail.


State officials will host a public information meeting next week about plants to widen a one-half mile of Route 60 in both directions between Gerry and Sinclairville......  

The State Department of Transporation says the proposed paving project is scheduled to begin next spring in the towns of Charlotte, Gerry, Stockton and villages of Cassadaga and Sinclairville.  County Executive George Borrello says the road project is a good start to improving the traffic flow, something local officials have pushed for.

Borrello says, if the county can continue the momentum to get more work done to expand the number of passing lanes and widen Route 60 between Jamestown and Fredonia, that will provide a better traffic flow for local travelers, along with commercial traffic.  The public information meeting will be held next Tuesday, September 17th, from 4 to 6 PM at Cassadaga Valley High School.  


The city of Jamestown finished 2018 with about a 550-thousand dollar surplus.  That from Jamestown's third-party, independent auditor, who gave the city a "clean bill" of financial health during his report to City Council this week....  

John Trussalo gave the city an "unmodified, clean opinion" at the beginning, and end of his 69-page report.

Trussalo says the city managed it's finances well in 2018, by exceeding revenues with $36.4-million, while expenses totalled $35.9-million. However, there were some on-going concerns expressed, including that the city remains at 100-percent of it's constitutional taxing limit.  At-Large Councilman Andrew Liuzzo asked where the city's additional, one-million dollar state aid payment was accounted for.  Trussalo noted that it was with the state aid-revenues part of the report.  He says, overall, the city received about $7-million in total state aid. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 11, 2019

Motorists are asked to proceed with caution when traveling on Interstate-86 this morning following a motor vehicle accident.  

County Dispatch confirm the rollover accident occurred about 4:10 AM.... and, the eastbound exit 7 for Panama-Stedman is closed to traffic.  Dispatchers say Sheriff's Officers are directing traffic and remain on scene with Ashville, Bemus Point and Chautauqua Fire crews.  A HAZMAT Team was also called in. We'll continue to update this story as more information becomes available. 


Americans are commemorating 9/11 with mournful ceremonies, volunteering, appeals to "never forget" and rising attention to the terror attacks' extended toll on responders.  

A crowd of victims' relatives is expected at ground zero Wednesday.  President Donald Trump is scheduled to join an observance at the Pentagon.  Vice President Mike Pence is to speak at the third attack site, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  Locally... veterans and officials will gather for the annual Noontime ceremony in front of the County Courthouse in Mayville. 


A former Boy Scout leader and the local organization are being sued in State Supreme Court by the parent of a 14 year-old boy the scoutmaster is acccused of sexually abusing two years ago.  

The Post-Journal reports the lawsuit against the Allegheny Highlands Council... Lakewood's Donald Shriver... and, the Boy Scouts of America was filed last Friday in Mayville.  The suit claims that Shriver was allowed to 'segregate' the youth, and sleep with him in a shack when the alleged abuse took place.  The parent says the Boy Scouts and the local council allowed Shriver to do this at Camp Chickasaw in Meadville, Pennsylvania.  Shriver pled guilty to charges of third-degree corruption of minors and unlawful contact with minor - both sexual offenses. 


City lawmakers are considering a nearly $13-million dollar "Smart City" Capital Investment Program that includes a new facilty to house and repair Jamestown's vehicle fleet.  

Mayor Sam Teresi laid out the proposal during Monday night's three-and-a-half hour work session at city hall.  Teresi says the plan takes into consideration the city's aging fleet and infrastructure.  He adds some believe it should be bolder... but he says it needs to be affordable.

Under the proposal... Teresi says the city would actually borrow $9.4-million dollars... with the centerpiece being a $6.9-million dollar Central Maintenance Facility.  The city's Fleet Manager, Pat Monahan, joined with Public Works Director Jeff Lehman to discuss the advantages of the plan.  Monahan says a larger facility would allow them to possibly be reimbursed for some of their mechanic's work by become "factory-certified" for the work done.  Lehman says they're looking at a 20,000 square foot structure that would be located at the old Union National site.  Another big piece of the investment program is $1.2-million dollars for two new pumper trucks... and, the main ladder truck refurbished for the fire department.


The third-party candidate for Mayor of Jamestown has opened his campaign headquarters on the city's eastside... just a block away from city hall.  

Libertarian candidate Andrew Liuzzo opened the doors to his headquarters in the former McDuff's Restaurant on Pine Street Tuesday afternoon.  Liuzzo says this "kicks" his effort into high-gear... and, adds the cornerstone is "we need to become better neighbors...."

Liuzzo was joined at his headquarters opening by a Cleveland, Ohio man whose company works to help local municipalities deal with the on-going Zombie and vacant housing issue.  Jamestown has had it's share of those.  Liuzzo says his campaign will be posting hours of operation and events shortly.  He adds you can also find out more at his "Friends of Andrew Liuzzo" Facebook page... which provides information on the issues, and gives people a chance to give him feedback.  Liuzzo recently obtained the Libertarian endorsement to run for mayor after losing in a Republican Primary last June to nominee David Wilfong. 


The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County's 2019 General Campaign is off to a great start... thanks to some dedicated "game changers."  

The local agency kicked off it's campaign in the parking lot of the Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union on East Second Street yesterday afternoon... and, Executive Director Amy Rohler praised the efforts of their "Game Changers..." formerly known as the Pacesetters.

Rohler says they held the program at the credit union because they have been big United Way supporters... and, have now been designated to be part of a program that helps local Hispanic familes advance in the community through credit and asset-building, and getting access to needed services.  The United Way's goal this year is 1.33-million dollars, and the campaign runs through the end of the year.  For more information, go on-line to UWayscc.org or call 483-1561.

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 10, 2019

Two men from Jamestown area are accused of trafficking illegal drugs following their arrest during a traffic stop Monday morning....  

Jamestown Police say they pulled over a car on East Second Street about 8:45 AM and, found 91 bags of a heroin-fentanyl mixture, weighing 9.1-grams.  Officers say they arrested 42 year-old Melvin Galarza, and 31 year-old Jonathan Negron-Rosario for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and using drug paraphernalia.  Both men are jailed pending arraignement.  Anyone with information on illegal trafficking and sales of narcotic drugs is asked to call the JPD Tips line at 483-TIPS. You can also contact the confidential JPD Tips 4-1-1 app.


City officials are not responding directly to the firefighters union's call to more adequately staff the department for ambulance and fire truck operations...  

During last night's City Council work session, Mayor Sam Teresi warned lawmakers about getting pulled into a public debate about collective bargaining.

Teresi says the union has been without a contract since January of 2016 and, says the union filed a notice of arbitration later in 2016, and nothing more has been done since.  He says the problem hasn't been enough staffing for an ambulance but, what the private provider -- now UPMC Chautauqua Hospital -- has done in recent years.  Teresi says they have been "gearing down their level of service..." and, he says that's put pressure on the fire department.  Teresi says the only full-time public ambulance service was provided at one time by the former Jamestown General Hospital before it closed in the late 1980s.


The head of the Jamestown fireman's union says a lack of manpower is making it difficult to adequately staff both their ambulance and fire trucks...  

Fire Lieutenant Shawn Shilling is also president of Jamestown Professional Firefighters Association Local 137.  Shilling is blasting the administration of Mayor Sam Teresi for keeping the department chronically understaffed for nearly two decades now.

The Jamestown Fire Department has run an ambulance, along with it's fire trucks, for several decades now.  However, Shilling says they only have 9 firefighters on duty at any time and, a national report says they should have at least 13 to 15 firefighters at all times.  He says the department often has to call in an off-shift when responding to a fire in the city.  He says, though, that means they may not have enough people to fight a blaze for 15 to 20 minutes.  He says the city currently has 50 rank-and-file union firefighters.  Shilling says they are making their voices heard now because a new mayor will be elected this November.


A Jamestown man faces charges -- including reckless endangerment -- for allegedly throwing an incendiary device out of a house "full of smoke" and barricading himself inside....  

City Police responded to 17 West 12th Street for the incident last Saturday night and, confirmed that 21 year-old Brendon Hinson threw the object that almost struck an 11 year-old victim.  Officers made entry into the smoky home and, tried to talk to Hinson but, he allegedly refused commands and tried to run away.  He was later taken into custody on additional charges of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree obstruction. 


The annual class to train referees for middle and high school basketball starts Wednesday at Jamestown High School....  

And Roger McTavish, the man who teaches the class, says officials are desperately needed.

The class takes ten weeks, and there are some fees involved.  But, McTavish says candidates who pass the test will quickly earn their investment back.  The first session is Wednesday night in Room 250 at Jamestown High School at 7 PM.  Interested candidates can attend the class or phone Roger McTavish at his home in West Ellicott.  


Jamestown Police are seeking the public's help in identifying the person who allegedly broke into a Crescent Street business in the early morning hours of August 19th....  

On their Facebook page, City Police posted two photos of the alleged suspect taken from surveillance video.  Investigators say anyone who may recognize the suspect, or has information on the break-in, is asked to contact city police at 483-7537 or you can call the anonymous Tip line at 483-8477 (TIPS) or via the Tips 411 App.  All calls and tips are kept confidential.

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 9, 2019

A husband and his wife, and the wife's boyfriend, have all bee arrested following a domestic incident in Jamestown in front of the couple's two young children....  

City police were called to the scene at 307 Allen Street just before 3:30 PM Saturday for what was described as a "lover's quarrel."  Officers say 29 year-old Mary Rodriguez initially got into a fight with the boyfriend, 28 year-old Paul Otto, while Rodriguez's husband, 32 year-old Stephen Rodriguez, was present.  Mary Rodriguez is accused of pushing Otto several times, breaking his cellphone, and pulling his shirt and glasses off of him.  Otto then allegedly pushed her to the ground, and Stephen Rodriguez stepped in, hitting Otto several times.  The melee continued in front of the Rodriguez's 6 and 2 year-old children.  All three were arrested on charges including second-degree harassment, unlawful imprisonment and, endangering the welfare of a child.  Mary Rodriguez and Otto were jailed pending arraignment, while Stephen Rodriguez was issued an appearance ticket.


An inmate at the Chautauqua Couty Jail has been arraigned on new charges after he tried to escape from a local hospital where he was being treated....  

Sheriff's officers say 32 year-old Alden Wing was at UPMC Chautauqua Hospital back on August 31st when officers who were with Wing attempted to take him back in custody when he resisted arrest.  An arrest warrant was later issued, and used as a detainer against Wing after he was taken back to the county jail.  He'll appear in City Court for arraignment on a later date.

 

What he's done and how he's done it, were the focus of a tribute to Stan Lundine Sunday night at the Robert H. Jackson Center...  

Several speakers discussed his accomplishments as mayor of Jamestown, Congressman and Lieutenant Governor and the quality of his leadership.  His son John said Stan always worked hard, with integrity, so other people could live with dignity.

Following a standing ovation, Stan spoke of his motivation as simply "to make a positive difference in people's lives."  He concluded his remarks by saying, "I'm not done yet."  The event marked the opening of the Stan Lundine exhibit at the Jackson Center,  50 years after his first election as mayor of Jamestown.  The current mayor, Sam Teresi, presented Stan with a key to the city.  


In addition to the area in general... Chautauqua County is also working to better market it's more than 40 miles of overland trails....  

County Executive George Borrello says they have now released new branding and marketing materials developed by the County's Division of Planning and Community Development.  He says it was done in partnership with the Chautauqua County Visitor’s Bureau, the County Parks Commission and Department, and state Division of Tourism.  Borrello says it highlights the county as a "beautifully natural place....".

The county's trails include the Earl Cardot  Eastside Overland Trail and, the Fred Cusimano Westside Overland Trail.  Borrello says they allow hikers to experience the beauty of the county’s pristine forests, rolling hills, and idyllic farmland.  He says both trails are suitable for all ages and experience levels.  Beyond hiking, the Overland Trails provide outstanding year-round recreational opportunities, such as camping, fishing and snowshoeing.  For more information, go to hikechautauqua on Instagram.


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed gun legislation this past week that bolsters the state's background check process for firearm licenses....  

The governor's office says the new law will help stop "dangerously mentally ill" people from getting a firearm license in New York.  The law allows authorities to review out-of-state records tied to an applicant's past or present mental illness.  Bill sponsor state Senator Anna Kaplan said the law ensures that part-time New Yorkers receive the same review as full-time residents.  


New York's health commissioner is urging people to stop vaping, echoing recent warnings about the habit from the federal government....  

Dr. Howard Zucker said in a statement Saturday that people should abstain from vaping while "the definitive cause of reported vaping-associated illnesses" can be better determined.  Zucker says no illnesses have been found in the state's medical marijuana program, but he said patients should find alternatives to vaping while the investigation continues.  Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters Saturday that, "people should not be using vaping products, period."  U.S. health officials have identified about 450 possible illness cases in 33 states, including as many as five deaths.  No single device, liquid or ingredient has been tied to all the illnesses.  Many of those who were sickened said they'd been vaping THC.
 

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News Headlines for Sat., Sept. 7, 2019

Three Jamestown residents arrested for alleged drug trafficking, weapons possession....
Three Jamestown residents have been arrested after a raid at their home on the city's southside turned up a significant amount of drugs and weapons just before Noon yesterday.  City police say officers, and members of the JPD SWAT Team... and, the Southern Tier Regional, and Jamestown Metro Drug Task Forces executed a search warrant at 320 Newland Avenue about 11:45 a.m.  Police spotted the three trying to jump off a second-story porch... and, they arrested 35 year-old Richard Kinsey... 39 year-old Terrance McRae... and, 23 year-old Brandi Whitford.  One allegedly threw a loaded 25-calibur hand-gun into the street while trying to jump.  Agents found 9-ounces of methamphetamine, fentanyl, hydrocodone and other drugs inside the house... along with three stolen, loaded shotguns and several rounds of ammunition.  They also found $11,000 cash.  All three face several Felony charges, and are awaiting arraignment.


Jamestown school administration investigating bullying video...
The investigation is continuing into a series of troubling videos involving possible Jamestown school students.  In a printed release...  District Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says he was made aware of the footage Thursday evening and officials are taking appropriate disciplinary action.  Apthorpe continues --quote -- "As a district, we are not legally allowed to share details about individual student disciplinary actions.  However, I can assure the community that any situation that includes bullying and harassment will result in suspensions and/or restorative practices such as counseling, bullying prevention classes and community service."  Apthorpe says the district will always take immediate and stringent action when it comes to the safety of all students... and, has a zero tolerance policy regarding the behavior displayed in the videos, during or after school hours.  The complete statement can be found at jpsny.org.


Prior to bullying incident, JPS had a good first day back to class...
It was back to school for students across Chautauqua County this week... with Jamestown's coming Thursday.  Up until the bullying incident Thurday night... District Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says it was an incredible day, with him starting the day at Ring Elementary School, about 1/2 hour prior to classes starting.  He talked to a number of kids who had Marvel comics in their backpacks.  Apthorpe says he also visited the newly opened Rogers Success Academy, a volunteer school where 75 students, so far, are attending during the 2019-2020 school year to get their academics back on track.  With today being the first full day of classes... Apthorpe says students received several homegrown products in the cafeteria for breakfast and lunch, including locally produced corn-on-the-cob and dairy.  This is one of many new initiatives he's put in place for the school year. 


Randolph man arrested for alleged sexual abuse...
A Cattaraugus County man is held on $20,000 bail for first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. Sheriff's officers with the Criminal Investigation Bureau in Little Valley say their investigation led to the arrest of 58 year-old Douglas Bailey, Jr. of Randolph for allegedly committing the crimes.  Bailey man was arraigned in South Valley Court and remanded to the county jail. 


Man arrested for menacing during domestic incident in Falconer...
A Jamestown area man has been arrested for menacing after allegedly displaying a hand-gun during a domestic incident involving his girlfriend in Falconer.  Ellicott Town Police were called to the scene last Sunday... and investigation showed that 37 year-old Nathaniel Fleming allegedly spit in the woman's face several times, and pulled out the hand-gun.  Officers obtained a warrant... and Fleming was later arrested on charges of second-degree menacing, and second-degree harassment.  He was jailed pending arraignment.


Durniok appointed as permanent President at UPMC Chautauqua Hospital...
The interim president at UPMC Chautauqua Hospital has now been named permanent president of the Jamestown institution.  Brian Durniok was appointed as interim president last January, following the retirement of Betsy Wright.  Officials say Durniok has more than two decades of service to UPMC.  He first joined UPMC Horizon in Mercer County, Pa. in 1995 as director of human resources.  UPMC Chautauqua Board Chairman Steve Kilburn says "Brian is a highly qualified and experienced candidate with a demonstrated track record of success in leadership positions.  During his relatively short time at UPMC Chautauqua, he has helped the hospital make considerable progress and position us for long-term success." 


Reed supports Trump using $3.6-Billion for new Border Wall, but, feels Congress needs to take back power of the purse...
The decision by the Trump administration to shift $3.6-billion from defense projects to a wall on the southern U-S Border is supported by local Congressman Tom Reed.  However... Reed still insists that it could be Congress taking the action and not the administration.  The Corning Republican lawmakers have allowed such a situation to occur, and Mr. Trump is using that authority.  With Defense Secretary Mark Esper's approval... the funding for 127 military construction projects was moved to build parts of a new border wall.  Reed says he's still looking into possible impacts in his 23rd Congressional District... but, it appears only two projects -- both at West Point -- will be affected in New York state.  He adds the wall is important to national security.  The Pentagon comptroller says the projects are being "deferred" and not cancelled, though there is no guarantee the funding will be restored by Congress.


Malone says he won't resign following new revelations in priest sex abuse scandal...
The head of Buffalo's Roman Catholic diocese is resisting calls to resign after his former secretary secretly recorded him discussing a priest's alleged sexual harassment of a seminarian.  It's the second time that a key member of the Reverend Richard Malone's staff has gone public with concerns about his handling of reports of clergy misconduct.  Malone told reporters Wednesday that the Rev. Ryszard Biernat's decision to record confidential conversations was disappointing, but he believes most Catholics still support him.  


 

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BREAKING-- A message from the Jamestown Public Schools

The investigation into a series of troubling videos involving possible Jamestown Public School students is underway.....

 

In a printed release,  District Superintendent says he was made aware of the footage yesterday evening and officials are taking appropriate disciplinary action.  Apthorpe continues, "As a district, we are not legally allowed to share details about individual student disciplinary actions. However, I can assure the community that any situation that includes bullying and harassment will result in suspensions and/or restorative practices such as counseling, bullying prevention classes and community service."  Apthorpe says Jamestown Public Schools will always take immediate and stringent action when it comes to the safety of all students and has a zero tolerance policy
regarding the behavior displayed in the videos, during or after school hours. A complete statement can be found at JPSNY.org and the district's Facebook page. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept 6, 2019

Two West Ellicott residents have been for allegedly dealing drugs and living in deplorable conditions with a two-year-old child in the house....

Ellicott town Police say they were assisted by the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, the JPD SWAT Team and State Police in raiding the home at 201 Frederick Boulevard just before 6 AM.  Officers say they found Jeremiah Price and Anastasia Axford -- both 21 years of age -- inside the home.  They also found possible drugs and drug paraphernalia... and, deplorable conditions.  Both were initially charged with endangering the welfare of a child... and, further charges are pending.

  
A Dewittville woman was arrested for allegedly not providing support to her child for over six-months....  

State Police in Jamestown say they received a call regarding a possible child neglect case on Tuesday.  Further investigation revealed the young child had dozens of unexcused absences at school and was living with a non-custodial person for about eight-months.  Troopers say 42 year-old Julia Johnson was taken into custody for first-degree non-support of a child and endangering the welfare of child.  Johnson was later transported to the Chautauqua County Jail. 


The head of Buffalo's Roman Catholic diocese is resisting calls to resign after his former secretary secretly recorded him discussing a priest's alleged sexual harassment of a seminarian.... 

It's the second time that a key member of the Reverend Richard Malone's staff has gone public with concerns about his handling of reports of clergy misconduct.  Malone told reporters Wednesday that the Rev. Ryszard Biernat's  decision to record confidential conversations was disappointing, but he believes most Catholics still support him.  Biernat told WKBW-TV that he was troubled that Malone allowed a priest that the bishop referred to as "sick" to stay in ministry for months before suspending him while the seminarian's claims are investigated.  Last year, Malone's aide Siobhan O'Connor released internal diocesan documents related to claims of clergy misconduct.

With state lawmakers eliminating the religious exemption on school immunizations... it appears some parents at least... are opting to home school their child....  

The state legislature recently revoked the exemption for manditory vaccinations amid the nations worst measles outbreak since 1992.  State School Boards Association Executive Director Tim Kreamer says parents of those 2,600 children affected had limited options.

Kreamer says the only other option available to those students is to take them to a school out of state.  New York became the fourth state to eliminate religious and personal-belief exemptions after California, Mississippi and West Virginia. Maine will remove them in 2021.  All states allow medical exemptions.  Some parents are choosing to pull their kids from school rather than comply.  More than 1,200 measles cases have been confirmed in 30 states this year.


Its been a "fairly smooth" start for another Jamestown area school district that had it's first day of classes yesterday....  

That from Falconer Central School Superindent Steve Penhollow... who says they opened their doors for the start of the 2019-2020 school year for all grades.  However... Penhollow says they have a lot of construction work going on at the start.

Penhollow says one school -- in particular -- is feeling the effects of construction work... but, it's not necessarily on the school property.  He says motorists need to be careful in the area of Temple Elementary School, where the Route 62 intersection with the railroad tracks is having some work done right now.  Penhollow says they'll have updated information on what's taking place... including traffic maps for the schools on their Facebook page.  He adds people can also go to their website for more information.  Penhollow says enrollment appears consistant with what they had at the end of last school year.

The interim President of the SUNY College at Fredonia is facing a number of challenges in his return to the campus... 

Dr. Dennis Hefner is back at Fredonia after being retired for seven years.  Hefner says one of his challenges is maintaining the university's enrollment numbers.  He says it's more difficult now because the number of high school graduates in Western New York has been declining, so Fredonia has had to rely on recruiting more students out of state.

Hefner says the university plans to do more recruiting in Pennsylvania and Ohio... which are closer to Western New York state.  He says he is looking for enrollment numbers at Fredonia to be at over 4,500 students.

 
A domestic incident at the Budget Inn in the village of Falconer has led to a local man being sent to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for a mental evaluation....  

Ellicott Town Police say they were called to the scene at the four-corners in Falconer to investigate... and, found that 33 year-old Shawn Washington allegedly threw an item at the unidentified victim, and hit them in the head.  The victim had head pain, and some bruising.  Washington was arrested... and, then take to the hospital for the evaluation.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 5, 2019

A business partnership in Chautauqua County has put out a new brochure to help market and recruit workers and residents to the county....  

The publication -- entitled "Find Yourself in Chautauqua County" -- was recently released by the C-H-Q Partnership.  County Executive George Borrello says most businesses that recruit have good publications of their own but, those included little about the county in general.

Borrello says the brochure talks about attractions, schools and colleges, recreation and other opportunities.  He says it also promotes the affordable life-style of the area.  In addition to the brochure, he says there is an on-line, downloadable version of it and, that can be found at CHQpartnership.org.  Borrello says the publication includes a number of facts that often aren't available on-line.  He says on-line searches very often lead to bad or negative information.  He says the brochure came out of his 100 businesses visited in his first 100 days in office.  Borrello made his comments for this week's "Community Spotlight" program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.


A significant upgrade is in the works for the Fieldbrook Foods in Dunkirk....  

Mayor Willie Rosas says Wells Enterprises has plans for an approximately $100-million dollar upgrade at Fieldbrook's Dunkirk facility.  Rosas says the north county city has been working with the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency... and, state officials to help make the project happen.

Rosas says the project involves a variety of improvements, including upgrades to loading docks, internal and parking lot improvements, and, a new electrical substation.  Rosas adds the expansion is also expected to include more than 50 new jobs.  Wells Enterprises, which is based in Iowa, acquired Fieldbrook Foods in April.


The parent company of Fieldbrook Foods -- which also makes Blue Bunny ice cream -- is also buying a plant in Nevada, making it its fifth U.S. production facility....  

Wells Enterprises said Tuesday that the Uni-lever plant in Henderson will help Wells meet the growing demand for its products in the western United States.  Besides Blue Bunny ice cream, Wells makes Bomb Pops and private label ice cream and packs products for other companies.  The family owned Wells declined to say how much it is paying for the Henderson plant, which has about 250 employees who are expected to be retained.  In addition to it's Dunkirk plant, Wells has two manufacturing plants in Le Mars, Iowa and, it's fourth is in Lakewood, New Jersey.


Local Congressman Tom Reed and two Salamanca officials are blasting Governor Andrew Cuomo for not paying the city the casino revenues it's owed by the state....  

During Reed's weekly telephone conference call with regional media, the three called on the governor to pay the Cattaraugus city the $6-million it's owed this year so it can meet it's budget, and get it's public safety program back to normal.  Reed says the most frustrating part is that Cuomo okayed giving Niagara Falls the $12-million it's owed from the Seneca Nation.
  
Mayor Michael Smith noted that he had talked with members of Cuomo's administration about Salamanca receiving it's money three times and, was told initially they would get it.  However, that hasn't happened.  The Salamanca Fire Department has been reduced from 20 to 16 full-time firefighters and, Chief Nick Bocharski says they've had to make due, even utilizing police to help put out fires.  In one instance, they could not get a properly trained firefighter to a recent emergency call for a 40 year-old person who had a heart attack and, that person later died.


A Jamestown woman was arrested for drug possession during a traffic stop in the Town of Ellicott Wednesay morning....  

Town Police say they stopped a vehicle on Fairmount Avenue and, investigation revealed the passenger in the car -- 31 year-old Stephanie Dellahoy -- was allegedly in possession of methamphetamine, suboxone and subutex.  She was taken into custody on three counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, issued appearance tickets for Ellicott Town Court at a later date. 


A group of New York inmates is suing the state prison system, saying its efforts to crack down on prescription drug abuse have gone too far.... 

Eighteen prisoners said in a suit filed Monday that they are living with chronic pain because it has become too hard to get approval for some medications.  The suit blames a policy adopted in 2017 that requires an extra layer of approval by senior prison system medical staff before inmates can get prescriptions filled for commonly abused drugs.  The lawsuit says those approvals are rarely given, leading to hundreds of prisoners being cut off from drugs used for legitimate medical conditions.  The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision says the agency is "committed to battling the opioid epidemic and stemming the tide of addiction."


Canada goose hunting season is open throughout most of New York state.....  

Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos says the September goose hunting season is designed to help reduce the resident Canada goose population, which has expanded to nuisance levels in some areas.  New York's population of non-migrating Canada geese has grown from 80,000 in 1995 to more than 340,000 today.  Hunting seasons have been liberalized in efforts to curb population growth.  The September Canada goose season runs from September 1st through September 25th in upstate goose hunting zones.  Hunters are allowed to take eight to 15 birds a day depending on the zone.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept. 4, 2019

Another national chain restaurant in the Jamestown-area has closed....  

We have learned from employees at the Lakewood Ruby Tuesday restaurant that they were notified by corporate headquarters that they were permanently closed as of yesterday.  Several stunned employees were helping to do a final clean-up on the store late Tuesday morning.  One said there was no prior warning about the shut-down, and that they received an e-mail notice.  A sign on the front door apologized to the public "for any inconvenience that this may have caused you."  It added they also looked forward to seeing patrons at one of their other restaurants.


The first school to start Fall classes in the immediate Jamestown-area was Southwestern and, it was a "fairly smooth" opening Tuesday for the district....  

That from Superintendent Maureen Donahue, who says one of the big changes is -- after many years absense -- the district has a school resource officer in place from the town of Ellicott.

Donahue adds that Officer Kyle Cashmore has already begun opening up communication with the students and, it's hoped he'll be able to head off any troubles that may come up.  Otherwise, she says they have about 40 more students enrolled this year and, that's put them above 1,400 total students for the first time in four years.  Donahue says those numbers typically move up and down for the first few days of schools.  She adds, though, that it's a promising trend.  For more information on the Southwestern District, call 484-1136.

Student safety is at the forefront as a new school year begins in Chautauqua County and, across New York state.....  

With that, some new tools have been made available to districts to keep guns away from potentially dangerous people.  Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed New York's new "Red Flag Law..." which allows someone in authority to come forward with a concern about someone who could be a danger to himself or others and, may have access to firearms.

That's New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Tim Kreamer, who says if the order is upheld, the firearms could be taken away for up to a year.  Kreamer says the law was basically in response to some calls for arming teachers after recent mass shootings, and what happened with the shootings in Dayton, Ohio.  That shooter was known to others as being someone who was troubled, and should not have had access to guns.  However, second-amendment advocates have been critical of such laws and, say a judge recently overturned a Red Flag order against an Allegany County man whose attorney said had guns taken away from him without due process.


Attendance at the New York State Fair has hit a new record for the fourth year in a row.... 

Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday that at least 1.33-million people came to the fair during its 13-day run.  He spoke several hours before the fair ended, so the numbers could rise further.  Attendance last year was a just under 1.28 million.  The numbers are totals for the fair's 13-day run in the town of Geddes, near Syracuse.   This year's fair also broke three records for attendance on a single day.  The Democratic governor's office noted that this year's fair featured more free entertainment, including a new show focusing on bears and another featuring a tall robot.  Meanwhile, the fair's Latin culture festival was expanded.  The fair ends Monday night.


Filming for the motion picture "A Quiet Place: Part II" is now set up in the town of Westfield, and got underway yesterday afternoon at Barcelona Harbor....  

Paramount Pictures will be using the location this week after it recently shooting scenes for the movie in the Town of Dunkirk.  Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says crews are expected to be shooting there for the next four to five days.

Borrello says the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office and emergency services will be involved in the filming and adds they are being compensated for.  "A Quiet Place: Part II" starring John Krasinski and his wife, is scheduled to be released in theaters in March 2020.


During it's seven years of existence, the "Kallie's Krusade" fund-raiser has become a major event on Labor Day...  

The program began at a different venue in 2013, but, has continued to grow after it's move to the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club the past few years.  The parents of Kallie Swan appreciate all the support they've gotten along the way.  She passed away in 2015 at the age of 3 from childhood cancer.  Her mother, Tara, says now many people mark their calendars for the event.

The "Kallie's Krusade Foundation" helps support families from the area who are dealing with childhood cancer.  Tara Swan says they recently donated a fish tank to Oshei Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo.  However, it had to be a "virtual fishtank" because children with compromised immune systems can't be around real ones.  Swan says they came up with the idea because during one of Kallie's hospital visits, she was "captivated" by the fish tank in the waiting room. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Sept 3, 2019

Summer unofficially came to an end at 8:45 PM Monday night, under a moonlit sky at Bergman Park in Jamestown......

The band 'We Speak Canadian' brought the 40th annual Labor Day Festival to a close, handing the program over to Pyrotecnico FX of New Castle, Pa, who then put on a powerful fireworks show, with an extraordinary finale.  Speaking earlier in the day, Mayor Sam Teresi complimented the employees of the Parks Department and the DPW.  The Labor Day Festival was postponed from Sunday to Monday because of rain.  Officials were generally pleased with the crowds, despite the delay. 


This year’s George Ritzer Labor Award was presented at the Labor Day Fesitval Monday....  

The award honors a person who has demonstrated a commitment to the lives of working people.  Jamestown Central Labor Council President David Wilkinson announced this year’s winner.  Jeffrey Keppel is a former teacher who now works as a Labor Relations Specialist for NYSUT, the New York State United Teachers.  He was humbled to join the list of Ritzer winners, some of who he has worked closely with in the past.  Keppel believes organized labor is getting new energy from new members. Jeff Keppel received proclamations from Mayor Sam Teresi and Assemblyman Andy Goodell.  


Two Salamanca women have been arrested in Jamestown during a traffic stop and, one was allegedly found with a quantity of drugs and a large amount of cash....  

City police say they pulled over a car, driven by Akyia Crowe, for giving an improper turn signal shortly after 1 AM Monday at the corner of East Sixth Street and Prendergast Avenue.  Officers say Crowe is accused of driving with a suspended driver's license and, without an interlock device.  Police say her passenger, Amber Brooks, was allegedly found in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine, a digital scale, and the cash.  Both were arrested without incident and, Crowe faces charges including second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation,  while Brooks faces charges including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Both were jailed pending arraignment.


A 20 year-old Sherman man has been arrested on several traffic and vehicle violations after his car slammed into a utility pole Sunday night on Route 76....  

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene in the town of Sherman about 8 PM and, found the unoccupied vehicle with significant damage.  Deputies say the unidentified driver returned to the area and, was ticketed for drinking alcohol under the age of 21 and, then driving.  He was not hurt but, has also been charged with failure to keep right, failure to maintain lane and, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident.  He was issued appearance tickets for Sherman Town Court and, will have to undergo a hearing by the state Department of Motor Vehicles Safety Hearing Bureau.


A Jamestown woman very involved with her union, and the community, is the recipient of this year's Joseph H. Mason Labor Award from the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County....  

Resa Rosen-Murray was given the award recently during a dinner at Webbs Captain's Table in Mayville that honored her work, and service to the community.  United Way Executive Director Amy Rohler says this was the 37th year they have presented the award.  Rohler adds that Rosen-Murray is an "activity leader" for the Resource Center Senior Adult Day Habilitation program, and has worked at the Resource Center since the fall of 1979. 


The seventh-annual Kallie's Krusade fund-raiser went off with just a couple of minor hiccups yesterday at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club, despite some rain in the morning....

The annual "Kolors for Kallie" 5-K run/walk was one of the highlights of the morning at the Rod and Gun Club, as runners and walkers left in three waves. The event was put on by the Kallie's Krusade Foundation, which was started by Tara and Shane Swan after their daughter, Kallie, was diagnosed just befor her second-birthday with cancer.  Despite the weather, the annual motorcycle run took place and, they also had "Connect Life" the former UNYTS -- on hand for a blood drive.

They also had a dunk tank on hand and, the Veterean's of Modern Warfare were on hand selling barbacue chicken and, other food was also available.  There was also a Karnaval and Korn Hole Tournament, all designed to raise money to help families dealing with pediatric cancer.  She says they help with paying bills and, many times buy gas cards for families that have to travel for treatments for their children.  For more information about the foundation, go on-line to KalliesKrusade.org.

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