he Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce has named National Comedy Center Executive Director, Journey Gunderson as its person of the year. Gunderson is responsible for executing the Board of Directors vision... making Jamestown a national destination for comedy. The National Comedy Center Board President also received an award at the chamber's annual ceremony. That's local attorney, George Panebianco... who was given the Jamestown Community Chamber's service award. Panebianco has also been active with Babe Ruth baseball, The Italian American Golf Tournament and several other groups. The county chamber's award for economic development was shared by the Northern Chautauqua, and Chautauqua Region Community Foundations. Randy Sweeney is Executive Director of the Chautauqua Region Foundation. A number of other 'community chamber' awards were presented Thursday night during the event... held at SUNY Fredonia. Winning for the Mayville Chautauqua Community Chamber was Ken Shearer.
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he "respects" House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's decision to withdraw his name from consideration to be next Speaker of the House. Reed was part of yesterday's Majority Conference meeting where a vote was to be taken on the next speaker. However... McCarthy announced he was no longer seeking the position. After that... outgoing Speaker John Boehner adjourned the meeting. Earlier this week... Reed said he wanted the caucus to take it's time making a decision. Two other Republican's have expressed interest in being speaker. They are Jason Chaffetz of Utah, and Daniel Webster of Florida. However... there was no vote on either man Thursday. Reed says he's open to hearing more candidates who may be able to unite both the party, and Congress as a whole. Another name that's been circulated is South Carolina's Trey Gowdy... who head's up the House Select Committee on Bengahzi. There's been no word on when another meeting will be held. Speaker Boehner will step down October 29th.
A Bradford, Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for being found in possession of child pornography at his former home in Olean. U-S Attorney William Hochul, Junior also announced Thursday that 48 year-old Dale Foley received 10-years supervised release by Senior U.S. District Judge William Skretny. Prosecutors say agents raided Foley's home on South Street in Olean back in November of 2011... and, found and found 146 video filed of child porn. They add that Foley also admitted to being in possession of the material. Officials say a forensic analysis of Foley’s computer recovered 685 image files... and, the video files... many of which depicted pre-pubescent children being subjected to violence.
A Jamestown teenager has been arrested for allegedly breaking into vehicles parked on Lakeview Avenue... then leading police on foot chase. A police patrol on the northside spotted the 17 year-old boy allegedly checking vehicle doors... and, he allegedly got into one car to steal items inside. Officers say they moved in... but, the teen spotted them... and, ran off. Police say they chased the teen through several backyards before catching, and arresting him. The 17 year-old is charged with attempted petty larceny... and, second-degree obstruction. He was jailed pending arraignment.
A public meeting was held by Southwestern Central School district officials Wednesday night on a proposed 15.9-million dollar capital project that will go before the voters next week. Superintendent Maureen Donahue says the planned work is mainly at the high school and surrounding grounds. Donahue says it includes 'instructional renovation...' a complete overhaul of the auditorium, and a new gymnasium. The new gym would be added at the east end of Southwestern High School. Donahue adds their current gym has been fundamentally untouched since it was built in 1952... and, is one of the smallest in any high school in the county. Under the plan, the current gym space would be made into a wellness center and a large 'multi purpose' classroom. New York state building aid would pay 81.3 cents for every dollar of the work. As for the impact on the Southwestern budget over the 15 year pay-off, the taxpayer cost will be just about 30-cents per thousand assessed value. Additional information on the Southwestern capital project is available on the school's website or by calling the district office. The public vote on the project will be next Tuesday, October 13th at the high school.
Work has been further delayed... and, it will be next week before demolition begins on the collapsed portion of the Coburn Block Building in the city of Dunkirk. Mayor A-J Dolce says a total of three structural engineers have now had a look at the situation. One of the factors is the building's age... dating back to 1868. The extra time will also allow extra prep work that needs to be done to raze the building safely. Kathy Peterson of Chautauqua County Rural Ministry, which owns the building, says a demolition firm from Buffalo has been hired to handle the work. She says all three structural engineers have deemed the building on Central Avenue to be structurally sound.
Former New York Governor David Paterson is stepping down from his post as the leader of the state's Democrats. Paterson had served as chairman of the state Democrat Committee since May of last year. He announced his resignation late Wednesday. There's no word on who will take over the party, which is largely controlled by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Paterson thanked Cuomo and other Democratic leaders for their support Wednesday... and, said he will always feel fortunate to have led his party. Aside from leading the Democrats in the 2014 elections, Paterson also emerged as a staunch Cuomo supporter, often taking aim at the governor's critics on his behalf. In a statement... Cuomo praised Paterson's contributions as governor and said he was an ``outstanding'' chairman of the party.
Her appearance in Jamestown may be on of the few chances to see Comedian and T-V Talk Show host Joy Behar on the stage doing her stand-up routine. Behar is preparing for her appearance this Saturday night in Jamestown as part of the third-annual Lucytown Half-Marathon Weekend. But... the co-host of ABC-TV's "The View" almost didn't get into TV and Comedy. Behar tells us she first got into teaching... but, then changed careers. She says it enfluenced a "one-woman show" she does called "Me, My Mouth, and I...." Behar says she and her husband, Steve, will be driving to Jamestown from their home in New York City. She says this will be one of just a few comedy shows she's been doing because she's again fully-engaged with "The View." Behar adds that Lucille Ball is truly "The Queen of Comedy..." and, she "had it" like Charlie Caplin and other legends. Behar takes the stage at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts this Saturday at 8 PM. For ticket information... call the Lucy-Desi Center at 484-0800... or go on-line to Lucy--Desi-dot-COM.
Teresi unveils 2016 Executive Budget proposal that gets within city's Constitutional taxing limit...
After years of having to shell out more money for insurance and pensions... and, stagnant revenues... Jamestown's day of budget "reckoning" has arrived. That from Mayor Sam Teresi as he presented the city's 2016, $35.1-million spending plan Wednesday afternoon. Teresi says the budget includes a 5.6-percent tax increase... which is nearly $700,000 over the state's 2-percent property tax cap. He says it also increases the tax rate by $1.27 cents per $1,000 full value. Teresi says there are three main drivers of the increase... the largest being escalating costs for the city's self-insurance health plan. In recent years, he says costs for the plan have "drained" the city. Teresi says it's the "800-pound Gorilla" in this budget, because retirees were also negotiated into the program many years ago. He says state pension contributions, and salaries are the other culprits. Teresi says the tax increase brings the city within $1,800 of 99.9-percent of it's Constitutional taxing limit. The budget uses up the rest of the undesignated fund-balance... and, cuts the contingency budget by 4.4-percent to $220,000 for emergencies. Otherwise... Teresi says revenues... including Payment in Lieu of Tax Agreements with the Board of Public Utilities... are mostly down. Teresi says the BPU is projecting lower electric sales in the coming year. City Council has to approve a final budget by Dec. 1.
City man arrested for allegedly running over person on westside...
A city man is jailed following an incident in which his car reportedly ran over the foot and lower leg of another person on Jamestown's westside. City police were called to the scene of a reported motor vehicle accident in the area of 359 Fairmount Avenue just after 2 p.m. Wednesday. Officers say their investigation found that 23 year-old Corey Reichardt had fled the scene shortly before they arrived... and, he allegedly struck the victim while driving off. The extent of the victim's injuries were not released. Reichardt was found nearby... and, arrested for second-degree reckless endangerment.
County Office for the Aging to host Jamestown-area Medicare Enrollment forums Thursday...
Local Seniors, their spouses and caregivers are encouraged to take part in some very important forums in the Jamestown-area to learn more about Medicare Enrollment. The enrollment period begins on Oct. 15... and, runs until Dec. 7. Chautauqua County Office for Office for the Aging Director Mary Ann Spanos says they are holding a number of forums... including two in the Jamestown-area today. Spanos says her office's Medicare-certified counselors put on the programs for no charge... because they cannot charge a fee. She says that's because they have partial federal funding. Spanos says the first local Health Insurance Public Forum will be held in Jamestown this afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. She says a second forum in the Jamestown-area will be held at the Heritage Ministries location in the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood from 6-to-8 this evening. She adds that people who just turned 65 may also want to explore whether it's better to stay on their work insurance... or go on Medicare. For more information... call the office's NY Connects number at 753-4582.
Wordelmann running for second-term as -Lkwd Mayor Re-elect-#1 6AM 10/8
The current mayor of Lakewood says he feels his work is not done... and, is asking village residents for another four-year term in office. Republican Mayor David Wordelmann has announced he's seeking a second-term after being elected in 2011 to replace the late Tony Caprino... who passed away while in office. Wordelmann says village government's emphasis on economic development, and bringing in jobs, has continued under his leadership. He says he's "very proud" of his record... which includes helping 30 new business calling Lakewood "home." Wordelmann says he's served as an elected official in Lakewood for 10 and-a-half years... the first six as a trustee. He says he's most proud of the fact that they've been able to hold the line on taxes... and, the tax rate has actually dropped to it's lowest level in 15 years. As for the future... Wordelmann says he wants to keep the tax levy as as low as possible... and, continue to provide the services residents expect. He is employed by Tops Markets as a store manager. He is on the Republican line for the Nov. 3 election.
Missing Warren Co., PA girl found, along with alleged accomplice in her disappearance, in Maine...
A Warren County, Pennsylvania runaway has been found safe and sound in the state of Maine along with the older teenaged boy who allegedly helped her. State Police in Warren said late Wednesday that 15 year-old Reaghan Chase was found in Franklin County, Maine with 18 year-old Kyle Bedow of Grand Valley. Troopers say Chase disappeared back on Sept. 29. Felony warrants were issued for Bedow... who was found to be traveling with Chase. Police say Bedow has been arrested... and, faces charges including interferance with the Custody of a Child... and, concealment of the Whereabouts of a Child. He's being held pending extradiction to Pennsylvania.
Warren Co. teen now sought for allegedly helping missing girl stay away on the loose...
The teenager who is allegedly connected with a Warren County girl who disappeared back on September 29th now faces criminal charges. State Police in Warren say they have issued warrants for 18 year-old Kyle Bedow of Grand Valley, Pennsylvania on two Felony charges. Troopers say Bedow is believed to be traveling with 15 year-old Reaghan Chase... and, say they've been traveling in a 2005 tan-colored Mercury Marquise with the PA license plate number HVP7853. Police say Bedow is now charged with interference with the custody of a child... and, concealment of the Whereabouts of a Child. Troopers are now offering a reward for information leading to Bedow's arrest... and, finding Chase. If you have information... call Warren County Crimestoppers at 1-800-83-CRIME.
Cuomo calls on Congressional, Presidential candidates to state what they would do about gun killing's crisis...
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says U.S. gunfire killings have reached a crisis... and, voters should demand every candidate for Congress or president answer what they'd do about it. Cuomo enacted new firearm restrictions in New York in January 2013, a month after 20 children and six adults were murdered at an elementary school in neighboring Connecticut. He tells The Associated Press there's a political price, and it cost him. The Democrat says it's a difficult issue, especially because 30 to 40 percent of Americans distrust government and oppose gun control. New York banned magazines that hold more than 10 bullets and sales of popular semiautomatic weapons with two military-style features, like the rifle used in Connecticut.
Contrary to earlier wire stories, "Scary Lucy" Halloween Exhibit at Mall won't include "Scary Lucy" statue...
Publicity about a new feature to the annual "Haunting at the Mall" at the Chautauqua Mall has been wrongly interpreted... and, it's produced some 'scary' results. There was a vague story in the Buffalo News this (Tuesday) morning... that was apparently misinterpreted by other media. That led to an Associated Press story that states that the statue will be part of the Halloween exhibit. However... the man whose company puts on the Haunting at the Mall says that's not the case. Scott Mekus with "Eventz by Scott" has put on the mall show for the past two years... and, says they'll have a person portraying "Lucy" for the exhibit. Mekus says the statue is "not coming to the Haunted House." However... he says the "Scary Lucy" exhibit will be "haunting" in it's appearance because it's for Halloween. He adds the statue is not intended to offend... but, have some fun with the national furor earlier this year over the statue. The "Haunting" will be located next to the current J-C Penny's store in the Mall. Celoron village officials say the Lucy statue will not be moved from Lucille Ball Memorial Park until a replacement has been made, and erected.
The "Haunting at the Mall" begins this Friday night... and, will continue each Friday and Saturday night from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. through Halloween weekend. There will also be an added "Haunting" night on Thursday, Oct. 29.
"Town of Terror" at Children's Safety Village previewed...
Older teens and young adults have the chance to get into the 'Halloween Spirit' early again this year at the Children's Education Safety Village's "Town of Terror" event. Safety Village Executive Director Terri Kindberg says this is the fourth-year for the event... which will be held each Saturday night, Oct. 9--24. Kindberg says each Saturday runs from 7:30 p.m to 10:30 p.m. at the location next to the Ashville BOCES. Volunteer Coordinator Jessica Dayton says... once people buy their admission ticket... they take a hay-ride to the back of the village. They will then proceed through the miniature village. Dayton says people taking part will then go "on their own route" through the "haunted town..." which uses the miniature buildings in the Safety Village. With the fact there is a "terror" theme for this fund-raiser... Kindberg says it's for older children only. In addition... there will also be a "Halloween Fun Fest" for the younger kids on Oct. 28. For more information... call the Safety Village at 338-0170.
City DPW Director says Foote Ave. paving project should be underway next week...
Work has been progressing a little faster in recent days on the complete resurfacing of Foote Avenue in the city of Jamestown. City Public Works Director Jeff Lehman told city council members at last night's work session that mill-work on Route 60 from the junction with Route 62 in the town of Kiantone... to Second Street in the city... was recently completed. He adds that paving work is to begin next Monday. Lehman says the repaving will begin at the Route 62 intersection... and conclude at West Second Street.
Forestville water is declared safe by state Health officials...
The Village of Forestville's drinking water is safe. That's according to a detailed report that the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services has received from the New York State Health Department. State health officials performed an independent and comprehensive review after residents questioned the safety of the village's water supply. The village replaced their 120 year-old springs with two new wells last year. County Environmental Health Director Mark Stow confirmed the findings.
Forestville teenager accused of stealing $11,000 from home safe in north county village; arrested in Jamestown...
A Forestville teenager has been arrested for allegedly breaking into a safe -- and, stealing about $11,000 worth of property -- in a village home last July. Sheriff's officers say 19 year-old Jesse Borrello of Pearl Street allegedly broke into the home last July 30. Following a lengthy investigation... deputies say an arrest warrant was issued for Borrello. Borrello was located in Jamestown and later arraigned in Hanover Town Court on charges of third-degree Grand Larceny... and, criminal mischief. He was then sent to the County Jail... where he posted $10,000 bail, or $20,000 property bond.
Woman from Southern Erie County dies from injuries in town of Hanover car-pedestrian accident...
A woman from southern Erie County, NY is dead following a weekend car/pedestrian accident in the town of Hanover. Sheriff's officers say 44 year old Andrea Waterman of Lawtons was taken to the Erie County Medical Center with serious physical injuries after being hit by a vehicle while walking last Saturday night. Deputies report that Waterman was walking on Routes 5 and 20 when she was struck by the vehicle. Waterman was taken to Lake Shore Hospital before being transferred to ECMC by Alstar Ambulance... where she later died. No charges have been filed.
BPU signs new, four-year "Flex Rate" agreement with Artone Manufacturing...
A local maker of custom furniture and fixtures has become the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities' seventh major electric customer to sign a "Flex Plan" Agreement. BPU officials say today (Monday) that the four-year agreement with Artone Manufacturing on Allen Street will help to slightly reduce the company's power costs. In exchange... Artone agrees to invest in it's local facility and workforce. Artone President Mike Calimeri says the deal "helps the bottom line..." and, adds they certainly appreciate the fact the BPU wants to help local manufacturers save money on energy costs. BPU General Manager Dave Leathers thanked Artone staff for making the investment in it's now year-old location... building an energy efficient facility in part of the old Bush Industries manufacturing plant. Mayor Sam Teresi says Artone has been a manufacturing "anchor" for more than 40 years, and a good neighbor dating back to when Calimeri's dad started the company. Calimeri says Artone is coming off a record sales year. The company makes furniture and fixtures for four different markets... including retail store fixtures, hotel room furniture, senior care room furniture... and, contract case goods. Artone currently employs 82 people... and, is looking to add five more this years.
DiNapoli says Upstate succession not a good idea for the region, as well as New York as a whole...
New York's Comptroller says the state is better whole... than in parts. While in Jamestown last Friday for a tour of economic development projects, Thomas DiNapoli was asked the 'succession question'... would upstate New York be better off as its own state? As the New York's chief fiscal officer, DiNapoli says definitely not. He says a lot of what drives New York in terms of it's economy, and economic power is the fact it's a big state and includes the Wall Street district. At the same time though, DiNapoli, who is from Long Island, sympathizes with those who feel overshadowed by New York City issues. He says he felt like his district got the short-end of the stick when he was a state Assemblyman. DiNapoli concluded his news conference at the Gateway Station by saying, "Stay in New York... don't go to Ohio... or Pennsylvania."
Trump channel's "Death Wish" in support of Second-Amendment rights...
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is channeling 1970s action star Charles Bronson in defending Second Amendment rights in the aftermath of the shooting at an Oregon community college that left nine dead. Trump said in a rally in suburban Nashville last Saturday that he has a handgun carry permit in New York. He adds that any attacker will be ``shocked'' if he tries to assault the real estate mogul and that he will emulate Bronson in the vigilante film ``Death Wish.''
Brocton man arrested for allegedly drug possession during routine traffic stop...
A Brocton man is jailed following a routine traffic stop uncovered a number of drugs -- including Methamphetime -- in his possession. Sheriff's Deputies say they spotted a vehicle commit a traffic violation just before 4 AM last Saturday on Adams Street in the village of Silver Creek. Officers say the driver... 34 year-old David Topliffe... was found to have a suspended license. Further investigation... and, subsequent search of the vehicle found that Topliffe was in possession of powdered methamphetamine, processing materials for Meth, prescription narcotic pills, and a quantity of marijuana. He faces several charges... including Felony criminal possession of methamphetamine precursors... two counts of criminal possession of controlled substance... second-degree criminally possessing drug paraphernalia... aggravated unlicensed operator... and, unlawful possession of marijuana. He was arraigned in Silver Creek Village Court and sent to the County Jail.