WJTN News Headlines for July 16, 2018

BPU Water Annoucement...
 
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities has announced Water will be turned off after 9 a.m. today, July 16 in Lakewood on West Terrace Avenue from Chautauqua to Vista Way for approximately four hours while a fire hydrant is replaced. Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says Water in Lakewood may be discolored for 12-24 hours following the replacement.
 
 
A Sinclairville man was flown by Starflight to an Erie-Pennsylvania hospital following a motor vehicle accident yesterday morning... 
 
Sheriff's Officers responded to the crash just before 2 a.m. on Route 380 in the Town of Stockton. Deputies say 29 year-old Andrew Olson was south-bound when he veered off the north side of the roadway and struck a tree head-on. Olson sustained a severe lower leg injury as a result of the crash and, was air lifted to UPMC Hamot Medical Center for treatment.
 
 
 
Authorities late Sunday were continuing to look for a missing boater who went for a swim in Chautauqua Lake last Saturday night...  
 
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office says crews resumed searching yesterday for the man, who vanished about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.  The search is centered along the shoreline in and around Lakewood in the southern part of the lake.  Sheriff's officers says the man has been identified as 47 year-old Timothy Yocum of Falconer.  They say they got word of the boater's disappearance and, their Navigation Patrol and Water Emergency Team immediately responded.  Several other fire and police agencies also responded.
 
 
A Jamestown man faces a maximum of 30 years in federal prison after he was convicted of conspiring to traffick cocaine in the area two years ago...  
 
U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Junior annouced the federal jury decision late last week against 37 year-old Andrew Garner.   Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joel Violanti and Emmanuel Ulubiyo, who handled the prosecution of the case, say that between April and September 2016, the defendant conspired with others to distribute cocaine in the Jamestown area.  Kennedy says the verdict was the result of an investigation by the the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Jamestown and Ellicott Town Police Departments.  He says sentencing will be scheduled at a later date before U.S. District Judge Lawrence Vilardo.
 
 
Just over half of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk is open and usable for walkers, runners and bicyclists...  
 
That from Mayor Sam Teresi... who says that was accomplished with the grand-opening of two new pedestrian bridges near Brooklyn Square on July 7 connecting the north and south sides of the Chadakoin River.  Teresi says a person can now walk from the downtown area to Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron.
 
Teresi says, there is still some work to do on the riverwalk, namely the adding of signage.  However, he says they're also close to adding a new map of the riverwalk to the city's website at JamestownNY.net.  He says the homepage has an icon you can click and, get the map -- which is being designed by local artist Gary Peters, Junior.  Teresi says city officials are now moving ahead on planning for the riverwalk, moving east from the South Main Street Bridge area to the city-line at Falconer.  He made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the Media One Group stations.
 
 
The Chautauqua County Fair opens at 1 p.m. today at the fairgrounds in Dunkirk....  
 
Spokesman, Dave Wilson, says in addition to a new ride provider, they've added a new grandstand show.  At 7 p.m. Thursday, 'Cross Over the Line... Bull Riding' will come to the fair.  It's a professional show, with riders competing for prizes on between 20 and 30 bulls.  In addition, there's something new at the petting zoo this year--a camel to ride.  There's also a broom maker coming to the fair on Central Ave.  The county fair runs from today through Sunday.  Adult pay-one-price admission is $12.00 at the gate.  
 
 
New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon says Governor Cuomo should begin an investigation into corruption in the wake of guilty verdicts at a corruption trial...  
 
Nixon, a Democrat, spoke outside Manhattan federal court late Friday after a jury Thursday convicted a former school president that Cuomo had praised as an 'economic guru...' and three developers who had contributed to his 2014 re-election campaign.  Nixon says Cuomo should direct that corruption in Albany be investigated and, that the attorney general should conduct it.
 
 
A jury in New York has begun deliberating in the federal corruption trial of former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos...  
 
The once-powerful Republican is accused of using the clout of his office to pressure businessmen into giving jobs to his adult son.  Prosecutors say the jobs came with big salaries and required relatively little work, and amounted to bribes.  The defense said Skelos was just trying to help his struggling son find employment.  They say the senator never took official action for any of the businessmen.  The trial is scheduled to resume today.
 
 
A remediated brownfield site in the city of Dunkirk will be transformed into a state-of-the-art cold storage facility...  
 
On Friday, Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello signed the final paperwork to transfer the former Edgewood Warehouse building on South Roberts Road to a development group led by the Krog Group and, developer Peter Krog, in partnership with Sonwil Distribution of Buffalo.
 
The cold storage facility will be used by Fieldbrook Foods in Dunkirk to store finished product while it awaits shipping to customers across the country.  Borrello says the facility will not only help create jobs locally, but also reduce costs for Fieldbrook Foods.  He says they'll be able to have storage on site, which will save them from having to truck their product to Pennsylvania until it's sent out to market.  Officials say the cold storage facility should be fully operational by spring or summer of 2019.
 
 
An electrical outage that impacted certain Board of Public Utilities' substations led to an outage Saturday night through early Sunday morning in the Jamestown area...  
 
BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says Electric Division employees were called out about 11:30 p.m. and found a problem at the Power plant triggered the outage.  Robbins says employees re-routed electricity and, got power back on by just before 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Failed equipment at the Power Plant caused the outage.
 

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News Update for Sun., July 15, 2018

(Update**)Overnight outage blamed on issue at BPU Plant...

An electrical outage that impacted certain Board of Public Utilities' substations led to an outage Saturday night through early Sunday morning in the Jamestown area.  BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says Electric Division employees were called out about 11:30 p.m., and found a problem at the Carlson Generating Station triggered the outage.  Robbins says linemen and supervisors re-routed electricity to get power back to customers.   She says power was restored by shortly before 2:30 this morning.

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News Headlines for Sat., July 14, 2018

City man arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence of drugs...
A Jamestown man is jailed on $30,000 bail for allegedly driving while under the influence of -- and being in possession -- of illegal drugs.  State Police in Jamestown say they pulled over 25 year-old Brandon Philbrick late Thursday on South Main Street for alleged traffic violations.  Troopers say a background check revealed that Philbrick had multiple driver's license suspensions... and, he was taken into custody.  During a search of the vehicle... police say they found a container with four-grams of methamphetime, a digital scale with baggies and a hypodermic needle.  A State Police Drug Recognition Expert found Philbrick was under the influence of a stimulant... and, he was charged with several counts... including driving while ability Impaired by Drugs, and, third-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. 
 
 
Body of dead person found in Sherman; but, police not saying if it's missing Warren County man...
Searchers have found the body of a deceased person in the town of Sherman... but, police aren't saying whether it's the body of the Warren County, Pa. man reported missing earlier this week.  A State Police Sergeant in Jamestown confirmed the body was found in the vicinity of Wait Corners Road -- near the site of last weekend's Blue Heron Music Festival.  That's where 23 year-old Sven Blumquist went missing early last Saturday morning.  The sergeant says, though, that the identification is pending an autopsy.  Otherwise... State Police will only say that they are continuing to investigate Blumquist's disappearance.  He was last seen about 1 a.m. as he walking away from his campsite at the festival to go listen to one of the bands. 
 
 
GOP Gubernatorial candidate Molinaro in north county to meet local Republicans...
The man who hopes to unseat Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the fall elections made a campaign swing through Western New York on Thursday.  One stops for Marc Molinaro was in Chautauqua County where he met with County Republicans.  Assemblyman Andrew Goodell was among those attending the gathering in Sunset Bay.  Goodell says he knows the gubernatorial candidate well from his days in the Assembly... and, says Molinaro was "floor leader" when he was there, meaning he had a real good grasp of issues facing the state and counties.  He believes the Dutchess County Executive has a shot at beating Cuomo.   Goodell feels the outcome of the so called 'Buffalo Billion' trial and Cynthia Nixon's upstart primary challenge could impact the governor's campaign.  He says Cynthia Nixon is opposing Cuomo in an upcoming primary... and, also has the Working Families Party line.  In a Facebook post, Molinaro commented that he had a "great time" meeting with Chautauqua County Republicans.  
 
 
State health report recommends legalization of recreational use of pot...
A report from New York state health officials is recommending the legalization of marijuana.  The 74-page analysis released Friday concludes that the benefits of legalization outweigh potential risks.  It suggests the state could raise nearly $700-million in tax revenue off the drug, and that legalization won't significantly increase rates of marijuana use by adults or teens.  The report predicts that legalizing marijuana could reduce opioid dependency while eliminating criminal penalties that disproportionately impact minorities.  It will now be up to Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers to propose specific legalization proposals.  Cuomo has long expressed concerns about legalization, last year calling marijuana a "gateway drug."  But he has softened his stance amid pressure from legalization supporters, including his Democratic primary opponent, "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon.
 
 
Teresi says city "on track" at mid-year to meet 2018 budget projections...
Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says the city appears to be on-track to meet it's projected 2018 budget figures through the first six-months of the year.  Teresi says the five, critical areas they often review, are within budget so far at mid-year.  But -- at the same time -- Teresi says their salt and overtime budgets for snow removal were hit "pretty hard" by the past Winter and early spring.  He adds that he's expecting that second-quarter sales tax figures will be "as strong" as they were in the first-quarter of this year.  Teresi says a lot depends on "big ticket" sales such as cars, appliances, boats, and furniture.  He adds the economy plays a major role in that, as well.  Teresi adds the city is also getting a boost from a lot of development taking place in the downtown area -- especially on the westside.  That's where the final touches are being put on the new National Comedy Center.  He made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
Cable TV lineman killed in electrocution accident in Cattaraugus County...
A Maine man has died after being electrocuted while running an overhead cable television line in the Cattaraugus County Town of Yorkshire.  State Police in Machias say they were called to the scene on Block Road just after 4:30 p.m. last Wednesday.  When they arrived... Troopers say they saw Delevan rescue crews performing CPR on 39 year-old James Fogg of Fairfield, Maine.  Investigators determined that Fogg... who was working for S-G Communcations... was working in a bucket truck when he came in contact with a primary electric line...exposing him to high voltage.  Troopers say he was taken to Bertrand-Chaffee Hospital in Springville... where he later died.
 
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News Bulletin for Fri. July 13, 2018

Police find body in Sherman, but, not saying if it's missing Warren County man...
State Police are confirming this morning that a body of a deceased person has been found in the town of Sherman.  However... they are not saying if it's the Warren County, Pennsylvania man reported missing earlier this week.  State Police in Jamestown will only say that they are continuing to investigate the disappearance of 23 year-old Sven Blumquist... who was last seen about 1 a.m. last Saturday walking away from his campsite at the Blue Heron Music Festival. Troopers say Blumquist is 6' 2" inches tall, with brown hair and blue eyes... and, he weighs 170 pounds.  He was reportedly wearing a red zip-up hoodie, blue jeans and a bandana when he was last seen.
  

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WJTN News Headlines for July 13, 2018

 
Six people were arrested following an investigation into drug sales occurring in and around the Blue Heron Festival in Sherman late last week...  
 
State Police C-NET Team members and troopers from Jamestown, Fredonia and Collins say the investigation resulted in the arrests of the half-dozen people, including 27 year-old Michael Golden of Jamestown and, 33 year-olds Joshua Reeves and Jacob Gilbert, both of North East Pennsylvania.  Police say the charges range from drug possession to criminal sale, as well as a few pending felonies. In addition, Troopers say they also seized various drugs over the July 5-8 span including cocaine, LSD, MDMA, Mushrooms, Edibles and more.  State Police were assisted by Jamestown Police, state Forest Rangers, Chautauqua County Probation and Sheriff's deputies.  This investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.
 
 
Two police agencies are assisting in the search for a Warren County, Pennsylvania man who was reported missing by his family after last weekend's Blue Heron Music Festival in Sherman...  
 
Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace confirms his department has provided a K-9 Unit to the search for 23 year-old Sven Blumquist but, is otherwise not involved.  State Police in Jamestown say Blumquist is about 6-foot-2 weighs 170-pounds with blue eyes and brown hair.  Troopers say he was last seen walking away from his campsite about 1 AM Saturday... and, hasn't been seen since.  He was wearing a red zip-up hoodie, blue jeans and a bandana.  If you have any information on Blumquist, call State Police at 665-3113 or Conewango Township Police in Warren County at (814)-726-0725.
 
 
The annual 'Festa di San Giacomo' (the St. James Festival), is Saturday from 10 to 9:30 at St. James church on Allen Street...  
 
And spokesman, Tom Franco, says the seven-decade tradition is on a firmer foundation than ever, with their huge tent pitched on a brand new, and safer, parking lot.  The festival will be offering the usual array of Italian and American foods, including Sicilian pizza, fried dough, homemade sausage, and around 20,000 cookies. But, one favorite won't be there.  Franco says the growing season didn't yield enough carduni to process.  There'll be entertainment all day long as well, including the St. James Italian Dancers at 3 and 7 PM. 
 
 
The state lawmaker who spear-headed the effort to have the NRG plant in the city of Dunkirk repowered says she is not giving up...  
 
While NRG announced the decision to pull the plug on the project late Wednesday, State Senator Cathy Young says she will work with state and local officials to find another solution.  The Olean Republican has been working on the project that would have converted the plant's fuel source from coal to natural gas for six years.  She's very disappointed by the company's decision.
 
Young says she has already had discussions with County Executive George Borrello and Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas about the next steps.  Among those options, finding another energy company that may be interested in taking over the former NRG plant.  She says a fund is in place to help replace some of the lost tax revenue from the plant.  While disappointed, Young says it's important for local and state leaders to look ahead and come up with a solution.   
 
 
Chautauqua County's top-elected official says he's ready to get to work on developing a plan with several options for the NRG Power Plant...  
 
Executive George Borrello says he agrees with Senator Young that finding another company to take over repowering the plant is the first step.  Borrello adds there is interest in the facility but, he says it depends on how Governor Cuomo and the state's Independent System Operator handle the matter.  He says there is need for a base load power source in Western New York as evidenced by the spike in electric rates during the recent heat wave.   
 
 
A federal jury in New York has convicted key players of corruption in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ``Buffalo Billion'' economic redevelopment program....  
 
The jury in Manhattan federal court returned its verdict Thursday after a month-long trial that put a spotlight on how lucrative contracts were awarded for redevelopment projects in Syracuse and Buffalo worth hundreds of millions of dollars.  Prosecutors maintained the bidding process was corrupt and that deals were steered to favored developers.  One of the lead defendants in the case was Alain Kaloyeros, the former president of SUNY--Polytechnic Institute.  
 
 
A House Committee has approved a bill that officially designates the National Comedy Center as the nation's official center of comedy....  
 
That from local Congressman Tom Reed, who introduced the measure this past June on behalf of the Jamestown-based entity.  Reed thanked members of the Natural Resources Committee for the approval and, says he look's forward to the center becoming something similar to the Pro Football, Baseball and rock 'n Roll Halls of Fame.  Reed was in Jamestown early last month to announce the measure had been introduced in Congress and, U-S Senator Charles Schumer also appeared at the Comedy Center to announce a companion measure.  The bill is now eligible for action by the full House.
 
 
Actress and activist Cynthia Nixon has collected more than 65,000 signatures on a petition to secure her place on the primary ballot in her effort to oust two-term Gov. Andrew Cuomo...  
 
The number of signatures collected by the "Sex and the City" star and political activist is more than five times the amount required under state election law.  Nixon's campaign released the total on Thursday, the deadline for signatures.  Cuomo received his spot on the primary ballot thanks to the endorsement of the state Democratic Party.   

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WJTN News Headlines for July 12, 2018

The state lawmaker who fought long and hard to keep the NRG Power plant up and operating in the city of Dunkirk is expressing her "profound disappointment" the company has "prematurely" pulled out of the repowering project...  
 
State Senator Cathy Young Wedesday afternoon said, in a printed statement, that NRG has "stuck a dagger in the heart of our community.  Our people have consistantly rallied on behalf of the company since they mothballed it in 2013, standing by them through thick and thin."  The Olean Republican adds that NRG "bailed out" before they had all of the information on interconnection costs.  Young says they are blaming the New York Independent System Operator, but adds they have "always have known full well the process that is required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and NYISO.  She adds that NRG lost it's interconnection rights because they didn't renew them, and that's why they would have to go through the whole process at this point.  We do have a call into Senator Young for direct comment.
 
 
The huge cost of interconnecting the NRG Power plant to the regional electrical power system has reportedly led company officials to "pull the plug" on the project... 
 
Multiple media reports said local elected officials were notifed earlier this week that the project was being scraped.  Local Congressman Tom Reed was among those Wednesday afternoon waiting for the announcement, but blamed "extreme environmentalists" for what was happening.
 
Reed says he remains supportive of the repowering effort, which has been supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo and, other state leaders.  He says that support is regardless of whether another company was involved.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
A Jamestown man faces a handful of charges following a warrant check on the city's eastside Tuesday night... 
 
Officers were advised that  37 year-old Willie Graham was outside a residence on Bowen Street and had multiple warrants. Police report he also had a valid order of protection to stay away from the property. Upon the sight of police, Graham allegedly fled inside the house in an attempt to evade officers and refused to come out. A perimeter was set up by officers and with the assistance of K-9 Mitchell, the suspect was arrested. He's being held in city jail pending court appearance. 
 
 
Two Jamestown teenagers were arrested following a physical domestic violence incident Monday night....  
 
City police responded to Columbia Street at 7 p.m. and located the suspects, 18 year-old Andrew Pacitti and a 17 year-old female.  Officers determined that Pacitti allegedly obstructed the breathing of an unidentified female victim and damaged her property.  The 17 year-old is accused of hitting an unidentified male with a glass bottle, injuring him.  Pacitti is charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and fourth-degree criminal mischief, while the female suspect was arrested for felony second-degree assault.  The teens are being held pending arraignment. 
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed has few problems with the confrontational style that President Donald Trump is using with America's NATO allies at their meeting in Brussels...  
 
However, his "disruptive style" is be interpreted in different ways by different people.  While some say his harsh tone is driving a wedge into relationships with our European allies, others -- including Reed -- believe it's important for NATO to understand that they have to pay their fair share.
 
President Trump says the U.S. commitment to NATO ``remains very strong'' despite reports that he threated to pull out in a dispute over defense spending. At a news conference Thursday in Brussels, he told 'people' that he would be 'very unhappy if they didn't increase their commitments'. Trump will be meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin early next week.  Reed says he expects U-S grievances against the Russians to be aired, including the alleged meddling in the 2016 Presidential election.  At the same time, he says there are common goals between us and the Russians, including how to deal with Iran and North Korea.
 
 
Ohio Governor John Kasich has signed an order that sets out to create new regulations on farms and cut the amount of fertilizer feeding Lake Erie's huge algal blooms....  
 
The executive order signed by Kasich on Wednesday comes after the state has said voluntary steps farmers have taken to scale back fertilizer runoff aren't working fast enough.  Ohio, along with Michigan and the Canadian province of Ontario, have pledged to significantly cut how much phosphorus enters the lake by 2025.  The new rules would force an estimated 7,000 farms across two-million acres in northwestern Ohio to reduce the fertilizer and manure that flows into streams.  Farm groups have been pushing back against calls for increased regulations, saying it's not clear what approach will solve the algae problem. 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 11, 2018

A Cattaraugus County man has been arrested for allegedly setting a recent fire at the former Cattaraugus Central School...  
 
Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say 20 year-old Gage Weyrough was taken into custody following an investigation into the June 24 incident.  Weyrough was arraigned on charges including third-degree arson and burglary, and third-degree criminal mischief and, was sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail on $25,000 bail.  The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Cattaraugus County Fire Investigation Team.
 
 
Dunkirk fire and rescue crews helped two kayakers who lost their paddlecraft on Lake Erie late Monday afternoon and were forced to seek safety on the cliffs about a quarter-of-a-mile east of Wright Park...  
 
Dunkirk Fire Chief Mike Edwards tells us they got the call around 5 p.m. but, had a difficult time trying to determine the exact location of the kayakers.  Edwards says once they located the victims -- who were not identified -- rescuers were able bring them back to shore.  He says they were treated for some exposure but, had no serious injuries.  Rescuers were also able to find and bring the kayaks back to shore.  Edwards says the kayakers were fortunate to be wearing their life jackets.  He adds that it's important for anyone using paddlecraft to wear their personal floatation devices, let someone know where they are traveling to, and when they are expected to get back.  
 
 
A wanted Jamestown woman was arrested on obstruction charges for allegedly resisting arrest with drugs in her possession... 
 
City police were on patrol near McKinley and Forest Avenues last Sunday evening when they saw 23 year-old Kylah Seiberg walking in the area. Officers say Seiberg had a valid bench warrant out of Jamestown City Court and, when officers attempted to stop her, she refused commands and kept walking away. While trying to place her into custody, Seiberg physically resisted. She is also accused of possessing a quantity of methamphetamine, prior to being transported to city jail without further incident. 
 
 
A federal court will determine if the EPA should be ordered to ban a pesticide linked to brain damage in children....  
 
Seven states and a coalition of environmental and labor groups made final arguments before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Monday in their challenge to the EPA's refusal to ban "chlorpyrifos" an organo-phosphate related to sarin nerve gas.  According to Director Hector Sanchez with the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement -- a ban on the agricultural use of the chemical is long overdue.
 
Against the recommendation of its OWN scientists, last year the EPA claimed the science on chlorpyrifos is "unresolved" and allowed its use to continue until it revisits the issue in 2022.  Sanchez notes the Trump administration makes the same claim about climate change.  And he points out that prior to allowing continued use of chlorpyrifos, former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt met with Dow Chemical, maker of the pesticide.  He says farmworkers haven't had a "seat at the table."  The pesticide is used extensively on apples, a major crop in New York, and others.  It was banned for residential use almost 20 years ago.
 
 
A panel discussion will be held at the Robert H. Jackson Center during the upcoming Lucille Ball Comedy Festival dealing with free speech in comedy...  
 
That from National Comedy Center Executive Journey Gunderson, who says they'll also be launching a new Lenny Bruce Exhibit and Memorial Foundation Partnership with the "Comedy and the First Amendment" discussion on Thursday, August 2 at 4 p.m..  Gunderson says Bruce's daughter Kitty, and Comedian Lewis Black will be part of the panel.
 
Bruce was a legendary comic who was taken to court and found guilty of obsenity in the 1964 case "The People versus Lenny Bruce."  Other events during the National Comedy Center's grand opening week include appearances by Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin, and original cast and writers of Saturday Night Live -- including Dan Aykroyd and Garret Morris.  Tickets may be purchased by visiting by calling 484-2222, or go on-line to NationalComedyCenter.org
 
 
There is mixed reaction from New York state's federal lawmakers on the appointment of conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U-S Supreme Court...  
 
As expected, the response was split down political lines.  Local Congressman Tom Reed says -- with the appointment President Trump has "once again followed through on a campaign promise and appointed a strong conservative judge that will shape our country for generations to come."  Reed says Kavanaugh elicits all the ideals of a spectacular Supreme Court Justice.  The Corning Republican adds that that the judge has "demonstrated an exceptional legal understanding and commitment to the U.S. Constitution."   However, Democratic U-S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she'll "strongly oppose" Kavanaugh's nomination.  If confirmed, she says he "would tip the balance of the Supreme Court even more against workers' rights, civil rights, and women's rights for decades to come.  I do not think he is the right choice for our country."  Kavanaugh has begun meeting with Senators who will vote on the confirmation.
 
 
For the third-time in four years... the annual Tree Day that's part of the city of Jamestown's Summer Playground Program took place at Allen Park yesterday afternoon...  
 
City Arborist Dan Stone says he and several children from all five playground sites helped plant three trees.  Stone says one was an Armstrong Golden Maple, another was a Black Cherry and, the third was a Sassafrass Tree.  He thanked the Jamestown School District, and Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for supporting the program.
 
Stone says Tree Day is a fun day because the kids ask a lot of questions, and enjoy helping to plant the trees.  He says it allows the children to take ownership of their community, and feel involved.  Stone says many of the kids are involved in the soccer program at Allen Park.
 
 
With less than a month before the Babe Ruth 16-18 World Series return to Jamestown, the local Babe Ruth World Series committee is putting out a call for more host families. Vice President Kim Ecklund says the need is beyond urgent....
 
Ecklund says the biggest reward as a host family is the relationship created between themselves and their hosted players that can last for years to come. She says the players will arrive with their teams on August 2 and, each host family will house two players from the same team.  The World Series runs from August 4-11.  For more information on being a host family, call Kathy McMaster at 488-0928 or visit JamestownWorldSeries.org.

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WJTN News Headlines for July 10, 2018

Three people from Jamestown have been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of large quantity of four different kinds of illegal drugs during a traffic stop on the city's southside...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers stopped the vehicle at the corner of Hazeltine Avenue and Baker Street shortly after 8:30 a.m. Monday.  Samuelson says officers took 38 year-old Lashon Hayes, and a 17-year-old girl into custody immediately.  He says they were found with just over 34-grams of hallucinagenic mushrooms, nearly 11-grams of crack-cocaine and, 68-grams of marihuana.  The 17 year-old was also allegedly found in possession of a small amount of crystal methamphetime, and five bags of Heroin.  The third suspect, 36 year-old Lawrence McGrigg, was found with nearly 42-grams of marihuana.  All three were jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
Two Fredonia residents were sent to area hospitals following a motorcycle accident involving a deer on Route 60 in the town of Pomfret last weekend...  
 
Sheriff's officers responded to the scene shortly after 9:00 Saturday night and, found the unidentified 46 year-old rider was northbound when he struck a deer in the roadway causing him to crash the bike.  The operator was taken to Erie County Medical Center for his injuries, while his 42 year-old female passenger was sent to a local hospital for treatment.  Deputies say there are no charges stemming from the accident at this time. 
 
 
A Fredonia man is facing charges after he drove his vehicle into a convenience store in the town of Sheridan last Sunday evening...  
 
State Police were called out to Sheridan Liquor and Wine Store at the corner of Routes 20 and 39 around 7:00.  Troopers say the driver, 40-year-old Gary Epolito, II has been charged with driving while impaired, Driving while Intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana.  Epolito will appear in Sheridan Town Court later this month to answer the charges.
 
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello has passed an important bench-mark for his first year in office...  
 
Borrello reached the six-month mark last week and, it's so far, so good.  In fact, he says he is pleased with the progress made in many areas, including meeting with local business and industry leaders.  Most recently, Borrello paid a visit to Matco Tool Company in Lakewood, where they make the well-known 'Matco Tool Box."
 
Borrello easily met his goal of visiting 100 businesses in his first 100 days in office and, adds he has continued those meetings with new businesses and industry.  He says he has now visited close to 130 businesses across Chautauqua County, and more tours are in the works.  He's also visited the Grape Discovery Center in Westfield, which he calls "a great starting spot for individuals who will be exploring the 23 wineries that make up the Lake Erie Wine Country."  Among his scheduled events this week is the annual fishing trip on Chautauqua Lake with winners of the county's Fishing Essay Contest this Wednesday morning.
 
 
The state Health Department is holding public meetings to discuss the launch of cancer studies in four communities across New York state...  
 
The studies will examine cancer patterns related to demographic, behavioral, occupational and environmental factors.  The purpose is to understand the regional incidence of cancer and determine prevention and screening needs.  Meetings will be held July 17 in Stony Brook and Staten Island. Upstate, meetings will be held July 19 in Glens Falls and Buffalo.  Warren County was chosen because it has the highest rate of all cancers combined for any county in New York.  The East Side Buffalo and western Cheektowaga area was chosen because there were six kinds of cancer with elevated incidence.  Every diagnosis of cancer in New York is reported to the state cancer registry.
 
 
Lawmakers in the village of Fredonia are revisiting the idea of being a supplier for the still-new, North County Regional Water District...  
 
Mayor Athanasia Landis says she's had talks with the village board about the change in position... and, they seem to be all right with it.  Landis says the water district's board wants to hold a meeting with the village and the city of Dunkirk soon to further discuss the idea.
 
Landis says the idea of looking at being part of the district began last December in discussions she had with County Executive George Borrello as he was preparing to take office.  She says the village system now provides more water than is needed -- mainly due to the loss of ConAgra as a customer.  Landis adds that if they did a little more work on the system, they could provide more water for the district. 
 
 
 
A former New York state Senate leader has been pressured to explain why real estate executives who needed his support on legislation also agreed to steer work to his son...  
 
A prosecutor at the corruption trial of Dean Skelos asked him on cross-examination Monday if he expected jurors to accept that he genuinely believed the job opportunities had nothing to do with his position as one of the state's most powerful politicians.  Skelos insisted they "absolutely" should.  The testimony came at the retrial of the Republican and his son, Adam, in federal court in Manhattan.  Prosecutors have alleged that Dean Skelos abused his office by strong-arming the businesses into funneling more than $300,000 to the son through consulting work and a no-show job or else lose the senator's support.
 

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News Alert for Mon., July 9, 2018

Three arrested for alleged drug possession in Jamestown...
Three people from Jamestown have been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of large quantity of four different kinds of illegal drugs during a traffic stop on the city's southside.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers stopped the vehicle at the corner of Hazeltine Avenue and Baker Street shortly after 8:30 this morning.  Samuelson says officers took 38 year-old Lashon Hayes, and a 17-year-old girl into custody immediately.  He says they were found with just over 34-grams of hallucinagenic mushrooms... nearly 11-grams of crack-cocaine... and, 68-grams of marihuana.  The 17 year-old was also allegedly found in possession of a small amount of crystal methamphetime, and five bags of Heroin.  The third suspect... 36 year-old Lawrence McGrigg... was found with nearly 42-grams of marihuana.  All three were taken to the city jail... pending arraignment on several drug related charges... some of them felonies.
 

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WJTN News Headlines

 
A city man has been arrested for allegedly harassing and holding a woman against her will inside a car on Jamestown's southside last Saturday afternoon...  
 
City police were called to the scene at 125 West Virginia Boulevard about 3 p.m. on a report of a physical domestic incident.  Officers say the female victim told them that 38 year-old Scott Foster, Senior had gotten into a physical altercation with her in the presence of a four-year-old child.  Foster later returned and, was arrested on charges including second-degree unlawful imprisonment, and endangering the welfare of a child.  The child was not hurt.    
 
 
A Fredonia man is facing charges after he drove his vehicle into a convenience store in the town of Sheridan Sunday evening...  
 
State Police were called out to Sheridan Liquor and Wine Store at the corner of Routes 20 and 39 around 7:00.  Troopers say the driver, 40-year-old Gary Epolito--the second, has been charged with driving while impaired, Driving while Intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana.  Epolito will appear in Sheridan Town Court later this month to answer the charges. 
 
 
A Jamestown man has been arrested for having an expired registration but, sheriff's officers say they found that he had 35 suspensions and revocations of his license... 
 
Deputies say they stopped 37 year-old Lonnie Wicher, Junior on Route 60 in the town of Stockton last Saturday morning and found that he had a revoked non-driver ID-only license.  Further checking Witcher's license it was found that he had 30 'scoffs' on 16 different dates.  Officers say he was charged with having an unregistered motor vehicle, unlicensed operator, violation of interlock restrictions and felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.  Witcher was arraigned, and sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
A 27-year-old golfer from Argentina won the 3rd annual Lecom Health Challenge Sunday at Peek’n Peak...  
 
Nelson Ledesma finished at 22 under par for the tournament.  Ledesma does not speak English, so Chris Scott, one of the owners of Peek’n Peak, and fluent in Spanish, was recruited to interpret.  Scott says Ledesma is a 'super nice guy'  who appreciated being able to play a challenging course.  Ledesma got $108,000 for the win and the right to play on the web.com tour through 2019.  A Falconer business, Stuart Tool and Die was given the 'Web.com Small Business Championship Award.'  One of the owners,  P.J. Degnan accepted the award, saying supporting the community was part of the fabric of their business.  Also honored at the closing ceremony was the late 'Rolly' Mahany of Dunkirk.  County Executive George Borello said Mahany was a World War 2 Navy veteran, a great believer in Chautauqua County, and a 50-year member of the Shorewood Country Club. 
 
 
Mourners gathered Sunday for the funeral of a New York State trooper killed on duty at the western New York college where he starred on the football field...  
 
Family and friends of Trooper Nicholas Clark are at an arena at Alfred University, joined by numerous other state troopers and other law enforcement.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was also in attendance.  Clark died responding to a call early Monday morning near the Pennsylvania border.  Police said the 29-year-old trooper was fatally shot by a barricaded man, who was a school principal. 
 
 
State police say a school principal who killed a state trooper owned 12 illegal firearms, including eight assault rifles...  
 
Police say Trooper Nicholas Clark was shot and killed early last Monday by Steven Kiley, who had barricaded himself in a house near Corning.  Police now say the illegal firearms recovered also included three handguns and one rifle.  They also recovered numerous high-capacity magazines.  Autopsy results show Clark was struck by buckshot from a 12-gauge shotgun and that Kiley died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. 
 
 
Another major part of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk was officially opened this past weekend....
 
Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi was joined by Acting State Transportation Commissioner Paul Karas... and, State Senator Cathy Young to cut the ribbon on the two, new pedestrian bridges behind the National Comedy Center.  Karas agreed to be on hand for the dedication when he and Teresi met for the first-time several months ago.  He says the $2-million project was a joint effort.
 
Teresi thanked the state for it's help in providing a $1.6-million DOT grant.  The city provided a $400,000 match through recaptured federal UDAG funds.  While he's been critical of the state at times in the past, he said the state played a major role in this and, several other projects in the city.  More than 100 people were on hand for the dedication and ribbon cutting.  The city's Riverfront Management Council hosted the city's first-ever "BridgeFest" following the ceremonies.
 
 
There was also a bridge opening last weekend in Dunkirk, with the ribbon being cut on the new, West Howard Avenue Bridge...
 
Dunkirk Engine One cruised across the new span last Friday afternoon, following the official opening that included Mayor Wilfred Rosas, City Public Works Director Randy Woodbury and Lori Cornell, a representative of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Office.  Rosas says the replacement of the bridge was a top priority of his administration after taking office two-and-a-half years ago.
 
The city was able to secure a $750,000 state grant through the governor's office.  Cornell says Governor Cuomo was pleased to assist the city with this infrastructure need.  Jamestown Electric also assisted with the project, by donating a portion of its property to make the new bridge possible.  The project was expected to be completed earlier this year, but was delayed in part by a harsh winter.  

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News Headlines for Sat., July 7, 2018

Woman jailed following alleged Hammer attack in Jamestown...
A Jamestown woman has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a man with a hammer during an altercation on the city's eastside.  Jamestown police were called to the scene at Summer Place and East Eighth Street about 9 o'clock Thursday night... and, found that 31 year-old Jodi Semanovich had attacked the man... and, injured him.  Officers say Semanovich was later found and arrested without incident.  She was arrested and jailed pending arraignment on charges including second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
 
 
Forestville man arrested after two dead horses are found on his property...
A Forestville man has been arrested for alleged animal cruely after Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies found two dead horses inside a barn on Smith Road last Tuesday.  Officers say they were called to the scene late this past Tuesday... and, found the horses deceased.  They issued tickets to the owner, 48 year-old Jeffrey Wolfe, for overdriving, torturing and injuring animals... and, failing to Provide Sustenance.  Wolfe will appear in Villenova Town Court at a later date.
 
 
Two new pedestrian bridges officially open on Jamestown's Chadakoin River...
Another major part of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk was officially opened late this morning with the ribbon-cutting for the two, new pedestrian bridges behind the National Comedy Center.  Mayor Sam Teresi was joined by Acting State Transportation Commissioner Paul Karas... and, State Senator Cathy Young to cut the ribbon.  Karas agreed to be on hand for the dedication when he and Teresi met for the first-time several months ago.  He says the $2-million project was a joint effort... and, says they will both provide "directly linkages for residents to the recently established multi-modal transporation hub at the Gateway Train Station.  Teresi thanked the state for it's help in providing a $1.6-million dollar DOT grant.  The city provided a $400,000 match through recaptured federal UDAG funds.  More than 100 people were on hand for the dedication and ribbon cutting. 
 
 
Teresi signs DRI Contracts for project money...
The city of Jamestown is now able to move forward with three projects totaling $1.6-million in it's Downtown Revitalization Initiative program.  That from Mayor Sam Teresi after the city council authorized him to sign contracts with the New York Department of State to release the funding.  Teresi says the largest chunk of money -- $670,000 -- will be used for infrastructure upgrades for a Jamestown-to-Buffalo-Niagara Falls Excursion Train.  He says the grant will primarily deal with getting new infrastruture in place for the project.  Teresi says the other two projects authorized to move ahead on were the $325,000 allocation to improve the Riverwalk Experience with new lighting... and, $610,000 for improvements to the Streetscape and Pedestiran Experience.  He adds the city is into the final stages of completing a $50,000 feasibility study of having excursion trains running from the city to the Buffalo -- Niagara area.  He says the funding came through regional Industrial Development Agencies, and local rail entities. 
 
 
Dunkirk firefighters deal with two more fires in north county city...
Three fires within a 48-hour period have kept firefighters busy in the city of Dunkirk.  Less than a day after a blaze heavily damaged two hours on Deer Street, crews were called out to a fire Thursday night at the former Edgewood warehouse building on South Roberts Road.  Fire Chief Mike Edwards says firefighters found several pallets on fire when they reached the scene around 6 p.m. and the flames were moving into the roof.  Arson has been ruled as the cause.  While returning from the fire, crews were called out to another structure fire.  The fire at 154 Lakeshore Drive East was on the outside of the structure and crews doused the flames quickly.  Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to the interior of the house.
 
 
Deer Street fire investigation continues in Dunkirk...
The investigation continues into the major fire that damaged two houses on Deer Street in the city of Dunkirk.  Chief Edwards says no cause has been determined in the fire that broke out at 434 Deer Street and spread next door to 432 Deer Wednesday night.  Edwards says the county's Fire Investigation Team is also involved.  He thanked fire departments from surrounding communities for assisting his department with the fire and the emergency medical calls that came in during the fire.  He also wanted to give a "shout out" to the Chautauqua County Fire Police who also provided assistance.
 
 
UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital names Volunteer of the Year...
An 18-year volunteer in the radiology department at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital has been named the 2017 "5-Star" Volunteer of the Year.  The hospital held it's annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon Friday... and, Volunteer Coordinator Liz Derosa told those attending that Robert Herring was this year's Volunteer of the Year.  Derosa says his peers had nothing but praise for Herring... and, says he is "much loved" by the doctors and staff.  Derosa and hospital administrators also honored 103 other volunteers who reached special milestones in 2017.  The most hours put in by a volunteer the past year was Robert Gray with 781.  Gray also reached the 12,000 hour milestone.  Derosa says the help they get from volunteers is immeasurable.  If you would like to be a volunteer at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital... Derosa says just google their new website on line.  She says there is a form you can fill out right there.  You can also call Liz Derosa at 664-8224.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 6, 2018

Celoron-Boat Fire-#2  6AM                  7/6
 
No one was hurt, but there were tense moments on Fourth of July evening when a boat caught fire on Chauauqua Lake near the Celoron boat launch...  
 
Sheriff's deputies say the department's Marine Division was called to the scene shortly before 8 p.m. and, they found that the occupants had been able to put out the flames.  Officers say another boater came by and picked up the occupants and, took them back to shore.  Sheriff's Department Marine Officers assisted and towed the disabled vessel to shore as well. 
 
 
A Jamestown man charged with setting over a dozen fires-- including 12 in the city and one in Slippery Rock Pennyslvania-- is looking to have charges dropped in Warren County.... 
 
The Warren Times Observer reports 21 year-old Johnathan Young made it from New York to Slippery Rock by stealing a vehicle from a garage in Warren. The newspaper says Young's attorney filed a motion to dismiss in early June with arguments to be heard today. However, that hearing has been post-poned until July 24. The Jamestown Post-Journal says officials in Chautauqua County are waiting to see what happens in Pennsylvania before prosecuting Young. 
 
 
The Chautauqua Lake Association is NOT against using herbicides on the weeds in the lake...    
 
Doug Conroe, the association's executive director, says there is a role for such treatments, but they're not needed right now.  Speaking during a pre-July4th interview, Conroe said weed harvesting could be 'fully effective' if it were 'fully funded.'  But, they'd need about three times the current $700,000 budget.  With the additional money, the number of harvesters could be taken from six to nine.  Herbicides were applied to a small part of the lake near Bemus Point earlier in the season.  That effort was sponsored by another organization, the Chautauqua Lake Partnership.
 
 
A city man was arrested for allegedly assaulting a person in front of a toddler on the Jamestown westside early yesterday morning...    
 
Officers responded to the scene shortly before 1 a.m. at 50 West 9th Street and, found 28 year-old Rick Dye took the unidentified female victim's phone, held her down and, punched her in the face.  Police report the incident occurred in front of a 4 year-old child. Dye was taken into custody to city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
Two Clarendon, Pennsylvania men have been arrested for allegedly becoming disorderly and then damaging property at a Jamestown fast-food restaurant...  
 
City police were called to the Burger King restaurant at 651 Foote Avenue on a report of the two men -- 50 year-old Robert and 47 year-old Tony Thompson -- being disorderly.  Police say Tony Thompson was trying to drive off when they arrived, and he was stopped.  He was found to be drunk and, further investigation showed that Robert Thompson had damaged a door and wall while leaving.  Both were arrested, and taken to the city jail.  Tony Thompson is charged with driving while intoxicated and Robert is charged with third-degree criminal mischief.
 
 
The foundation has now been poured and set for the new Athenex pharmacutial plant on Route 5 in the north county town of Dunkirk...  
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says it's another significant milestone in construction of the huge, 320,000 square-foot facility.  A German company -- M-&-W Group -- is overseeing construction of the 1.5-billion dollar project.  Borrello says he's also keeping an eye on the need for new housing development in the area for the approxmiately 900 people to be employed there.
 
Borrello says the county's Industrial Development Agency has been involved with one housing project in the city of Dunkirk, just across from where the plant will be located, called Battery Point Villas.  He says it's the first private housing development that he has seen in the north county in many years.  There is a lot of interest in the Athenex project in Albany.  The state provided a $200-million grant to help get the project moving. 
 
 
A bi-partisan measure to boost the use of Hospice and Palliative Care in the United States has been approved in a House Subcommittee...  
 
That from co-sponsor, local Congressman Tom Reed, who crafted the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act with a New York City-area Democrat.  Reed says the bill was recently approved by the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee.
 
Reed says the legislation involves three key areas, including the promotion of training to provide such care.  He says it also promotes awareness of Hospice and what it does and, boosts funding for both Hospice and Palliative Care.  Reed says Hospice in the Corning area provided very good care to his dying mother and, adds that he himself has become a Hospice volunteer in his home area.  The Corning Republican made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo is directing the state university system to continue policies that promote racial diversity among students after the Trump administration said the federal government will let schools leave race out of admission decisions....  
 
The Democratic governor on Thursday directed the chairmen of the boards of trustees of the City University of New York and State University of New York to prepare a report by August 15th on how they'll increase diversity on campuses.  Cuomo said the Trump administration's move to rescind affirmative action guidelines is "a blatant attempt to limit the participation of minorities in higher education."  Cuomo said the SUNY system has long embraced diversity and encouraged social mobility.  He noted that SUNY is nearly 45 percent minority and CUNY is 76 percent minority.
 
Our heat wave will end later today, but New York state environmental officials are still asking anglers to be considerate of heat-stressed fish....  
 
Trout and salmon are cold-water fish that suffer when water warms up above 70 degrees.  They tend to seek refuge in pockets of cold water created by springs and small feeder streams.  The Department of Environmental Conservation is asking anglers not to disturb fish gathered in unusually high numbers because they're likely seeking relief from heat stress.  The agency also recommends avoiding catch-and-release fishing for heat-stressed trout because they're unlikely to survive no matter how carefully they're handled.  DEC says more heat-tolerant species like smallmouth bass are less prone to heat stress.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for July 5, 2018

The first major Summer event in Chautauqua County gets into full-swing today with the first-round of the annual LECOM Health Challenge Golf Tournament at Peek 'n Peak Golf Resort near Findley Lake... 
 
Several past champions will be in the field for this year's title, and County Executive George Borrello says it should be a fun and exciting four-day tournament.
 
The county will be in the national -- and even international spotlight during the tournament through coverage by the Golf Channel.  Borrello will also be part of that.  He will be interviewed on the Golf Channel Friday at 2 p.m. and, is looking forward to it.  Borrello says the county contributed about 40-thousand dollars in Bed Tax funding to put on the LECOM Health Challenge tournament.  The tournament is part of the Professional Golf Association's Web.com tour.  The tournament is expected to have about a $2-million impact on the county during the week.  He made his comments for this coming weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
Dunkirk city firefighters battled a blaze that destroyed two homes on Deer Street overnight...
 
The fire began at 434 Deer with firefighters responding to the two-story home shortly before 10:00.  The fire then spread next door to 432 Deer.  City firefighters received mutual aid from East Dunkirk and Fredonia.  The house at 434 Deer Street was not occupied and vacant.  An adult lived at 432 Deer, but was not home at the time of the blaze.  Several other structures were threatened by the raging fire, but crews were able to contain the fire.  Two firefighters were treated at the scene for heat related medical emergencies and transported to Brooks Memorial.  Crews were at the scene until around 2:30 this morning.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
 
 
A former attorney from Bemus Point has been sentenced to seven-years in federal prison for mail fraud and, was ordered to pay $2-million in restitution...  
 
U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior announced late Tuesday that 46 year-old James MacCallum received the sentence from U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth Wolford.  Prosecutors say MacCallum ran a "Ponzi Scheme" from January of 2008 to December of 2010 while he was an attorney by encouraging some victims to liquidate other investments in order to benefit from his false and fraudulent higher rates of return.  Kennedy says they proved that he was using victim investments to pay back earlier investors and to pay personal and other expenses such as personal travel and office expenses.  MacCallum received just over $2-million from victim investors.
 
 
A city woman is jailed without bail for allegedly trying to smuggle Methamphetime into the Chautauqua County Jail in Mayville...  
 
Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene late Tuesday and, investigated a report of a woman being in possession of a controlled substance.  Officers allegedly found 27 year-old Amanda Spitale in possession of a quantity of meth.  Deputies arrested her for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, second-degree introducing contraband into a corrections facility.  She was arraigned and sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
The twin pedestrian bridges that are part of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk will officially be opened this coming Saturday morning...  
 
The two spans have been open a few weeks now.  Mayor Sam Teresi says the ribbon will be cut at 10:30 a.m. Saturday between the bridges, which are located behind the National Comedy Center.  During last week's ribbon cutting at the new bike path along the river, Teresi said the event will kick-off the city's first-ever "BridgeFest."
 
Teresi says that "BridgeFest" is being put on by the city's Riverfront Management Council, which he says has been working on the program for some time now.  He says they'll also be celebrating the fact there are now seven bridges across the Chadakoin River in the city.  Officials say Saturday's "BridgeFest" will feature bike rentals, a petting zoo, chainsaw carving and, music by the Kokomo Time band.  The music begins at 11 a.m. and, activities will run until 3 p.m..
 
 
Results may be final later today, but it appears Ithaca's Tracy Mitrano will be the Democratic candidate facing incumbant Republican Tom Reed for Congress this Fall...  
 
A count of the absentee ballots in the 23rd Congressional District Democratic primary show Mitrano overtaking Max Della Pia, who led after the Machine ballot count on Primary night.  In Chautauqua County, Democratic Elections Commissioner Norm Green says Mitrano won the county with 1,064 votes after receiving 80 absentee tallies.  Della Pia posted a concession on Facebook, saying "it has become clear that the absentee ballots did not break in our favor."  Mitrano said on Facebook that she accepted Della Pia's gracious concession and, says she's ready to face Reed.
 
 
Dunkirk's five Common Council members and a county legislator have announced their opposition to a proposed methadone clinic on East Third Street in the north county city...  
 
First-Ward Councilman Don Williams says the council, and Legislator Bob Bankoski, announced their position in a joint statement today.  Williams says he is concerned about the impact of having a clinic so close to the Northern Chautauqua Catholic School.
 
Williams says they are not opposed to having a drug treatment clinic in the city and believe there are other viable alternatives, including leasing space at either the Save-A-Lot plaza or the D&F Plaza.  The statement was released prior this week's Common Council meeting.  United Hispanics of Buffalo is the organization that will run the clinic.
 
 
New York state has temporarily halted work on highway construction projects to ease traffic associated with the July 4th holiday period...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the move late Tuesday.  The work suspensions will run through Wednesday and Thursday, with work resuming on Friday.  The work stoppage means construction-related lane closures will be temporarily eliminated on highways and bridges, reducing the risk of traffic bottlenecks during the busy holiday. 
 

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News Headlines for Wed., July 4, 2018

Long-time woman employee at Cummins' Jamestown Engine Plant is new Plant Manager...
A woman who was part of the 2010 team assembled to deal with a 70-percent downturn in demand at Cummins' Jamestown Engine Plant is the new plant manager at the Ashville-area location.  Twenty-six year plant veteran Anna Dibble was recently named to replace Mike Abate... who was promoted to the corporate team in Columbus, Indiana... but, is still based at the Jamestown plant.  The 49 year-old Dibble received her bachlor's degree in Operations Management at Penn State University... and, Masters degrees at Gannon University... and G-M's Institute of Technology.  She's been involved at Cummin's in quality and Product Engineering... Operations... and, Plant Management.  Dibble says she was initially a "summer hire..." but, enjoyed  seeing how a large plant functioned – and, went back to college and changed her major to Operations Management.
 
 
Mitrano unofficial winner of Democratic Primary in 23rd Congressional District as Della Pia concedes...
A count of the absentee ballots in the 23rd Congressional District Democratic primary has reversed the election night result... giving Ithaca's Tracy Mitrano the opportunity to run for the house seat now occupied by Republican Tom Reed.  Chautauqua County Democratic Elections Commissioner Norm Green says... after yesterday's Absentee ballot count... Mitrano won the county with 1,064 votes.  Green says that includes the most absentee votes -- 80 -- of all five candidates.  He says Mitrano won both the machine and absentee counts... while Jamestown's Eddie Sundquist was second in each catagory.  The full district numbers aren't yet available, but it appears other counties across the Southern District showed similar numbers.  Last night, Max Della Pia, the apparent second place finisher, posted a concession on Facebook with this statement, "Although the final results of the primary election will not be certified until at least Thursday, it has become clear that the absentee ballots did not break in our favor."  Norm Green is also the county's Democratic Committee Chairman... and under that hat... he says it's time for Democrats to rally behind the winner. for the Fall campaign.  Della Pia led in the machine vote count after Primary Day with 7,022 votes... while Mitrano was second with 6,996.
 
 
Fourth of July falls on a mid-week day, but, Sheriff Gerace still expects a busy day... 
A statewide crackdown continues on drunk and drugged driving as we get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July today.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says he wants people to enjoy the holiday, but don't get behind the wheel if you had too much of a celebration.  Gerace says they want everyone to have a happy and safe Fourth... but, he says don't drink and drive.  The Sheriff's Office will be joining the State Police and local police agencies in taking part in the state-wide effort.  State troopers have indicated that they will conduct sobriety checkpoints and target reckless and aggressive driving.  Gerace says the goal is keep highways safe during one of the busiest summer holidays for travel.
 
 
Fourth of July actvities underway in Lakewood and Mayville...
It's the fourth of July... and, there are several activities taking place from Lakewood to Mayville.  It all gets started early today with the annual YMCA "Firecracker 10K" run and other activites at Lakewood's Hartley Park at 9 a.m.  The annual Lakewood Fourth of July "Summerfest" also includes a Money Hunt for kids... a "Kid's Zone..." along with wrestling demonstrations... and, music from "Two for Flinching" from 6 to 8 p.m.  Fireworks begin at 10 p.m.  In Mayville... the day begins with the annual Parade along Route 394 at 10 a.m. and starts at the intersection with Route 430.  There will also be live music, food, and kiddy rides at Lakeside Park.  Mayville will also have fireworks at 10 p.m.
 
 
Reed says State Trooper's death near Corning hits home...
The death of a New York state trooper slain during a domestic call hits home with Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed.  The Corning Republican's father-in-law was a State Trooper... and, he says he is thinking about 29 year-old Nicholas Clark, and his family.  Clark as shot and killed early Monday while responding to call about a suicidal and possibly armed man barricaded in his home near Corning and the Pennsylvania border.  He says his thoughts and prayers are with Clark's family... and, the entire law enforcement community.  Clark played college football 2008-2011 at Alfred University, where head coach Bob Rankl on Monday called him the toughest player he ever had the opportunity to coach.  As a linebacker, Clark was a two-time All-America honoree and earned honors from the school's conference.  Reed is also an Alfred graduate... and, Clark's mother is an accounting professor at the university.
 
 
Gas prices hold steady for July 4th week...
Gasoline prices nationally are topping off at the highest mark in four years, ahead of what is expected to be the most-traveled Independence Day on record.  However... AAA's latest gas price report says Jamestown-area motorists are paying the same amount for a consecutive week at $3.03 per gallon of regular fuel.  Officials say... with a build of 1.2 million barrels, the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region saw the largest build of any in the country.  The national average has remained steady for the last 10 days at $2.86 per gallon.

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WJTN News Headlines

A 29-year-old New York state trooper slain during a domestic call is being remembered as standout football player at his old college...  
 
Trooper Nicholas Clark was shot and killed early Monday while responding to call about a suicidal and possibly armed man barricaded in his home near the Pennsylvania border.  Clark played college football 2008-2011 at Alfred University, where head coach Bob Rankl on Monday called him the toughest player he ever had the opportunity to coach.  As a linebacker, Clark was a two-time All-America honoree and earned honors from the school's conference.  He held the school record for career tackles at 377 until 2017.  Clark tried out for the Buffalo Bills before becoming a state trooper.  Clark's mother is an accounting professor at Alfred University.
 
 
Our recent late Summer-like weather will resume today after a couple of rounds of thunderstorms and rain late Monday afternoon and evening...  
 
The National Weather Service, though, says heat will begin building through the day today in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties -- and most of Western New York.  Forecaster Jon Hitchcock in Buffalo says it'll be hazy, hot, and humid on the Fourth. Forecasters say temperatures should range from 75 to 80-degrees on both Saturday and Sunday, with sunshine and low humidity thanks to a cold front moving in later during the week. 
 
 
Chautauqua Lake will once again become a 'ring of fire' on the night of July 4th... thanks to the Chautauqua Lake Association.... 
 
The association's manager of Finance and Community Relations, Heather Nolan says it's an amazing sight with 11,000 to 12,000 flares lit at once.  The flares are sold at stores all along the lakeshore for $3.00 each.  The money goes to support the Chautauqua Lake Association's lake management efforts.  Heather Nolan notes the official time to light the flares is 10 p.m. on the 4th, but people often start them earlier, and light new ones as 10 p.m. approaches.  The Lake Association has sponsored the flare lighting since 1982. The tradition dates back to at least 1936.  Fireworks shows will be also occurring around 10 p.m. on the 4th in both Lakewood and Mayville.
 
 
Two people were hurt -- one seriously -- in a car-motorcycle accident this past weekend in the north county town of Hanover...    
 
Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene on Route 39 about 1:40 PM Saturday... but did not release details.  Deputies say the operator of the motorcycle was flown to the Erie County Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.  The driver of the car was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  Officers say Route 39 was temporarily shut down for Accident Reconstruction. The investigation is pending.
 
 
One person had to be flown to a regionial hospital following a motorcycle accident in the Town of Pomfret last Saturday afternoon...
 
Sheriff's officers report deputies and emergency crews from Fredonia and Brocton reported to the scene on Route 20.  Investigation revealed the unidentified motorcycle operator became distracted by a group of motorcycles in the opposite lane and did not see the car in front of him stopping to turn left.  Deputies say the operator applied the brakes, but lost control and laid his bike down the roadway.  He was flown via Starflight to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of severe injuries. 
 
 
With three crashes involving motorcycles occurring within a single day over the weekend, Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace is continuing to stress motorcycle safety...  
 
Two of the crashes on Saturday involved motorcycles and conventional vehicles.  The third crash, a motorcycle-deer related mishap.  Gerace says drivers of both conventional vehicles and the bikes should keep safety in mind. Gerace says there are more and more motorcycles hitting the highway each summer.  The State DMV reports more than 241,000 motorcycles are in use across the state.   
 
 
If you have an outdoor surveillance system, you can help the Chautauqua County District Attorney's office with crimes in your neighborhood...  
 
That from D-A Patrick Swanson, who says his office has begun the "Community CrimeCam" program, which is modeled after other similar initiatives across New York state, and the nation.  Swanson says you can register to be part of the effort by going to the county's webpage and, click on the District Attorney's page.
 
Swanson says they have a number of cases in the past three years where they found either private residence or business video's that were "quite usefull."  He says one recent incident was the police shooting of a dog charging at them on Winsor Street in Jamestown last week.  He says that was private surveillance footage and, shows everything that would back up the police department's position in the case.  Swanson says they are starting the program in the city's of Jamestown and Dunkirk.
 
 
The Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education held their annual re-organizational meeting during a regular meeting Tuesday night...
 
Re-elected Board Members Nina Karbacka and Dan Johnson took their official oaths of office, while Paul Abbott and Patrick Slagle were re-appointed as President and Vice President. Soon-to-be seniors Ellen Cross and Natalie Carlson were also sworn-in as ex-officio student board members. Cross and Carlson say they are excited to get started and build connections between the student body and current board members.  Both girls are active in the school community and are also co-public relations officers for the National Honor Society. Their term continues now through June 30, 2019. In other actions, the board also adopted a tentative meeting schedule for the 2018-19 school year. 
 
 
All eight days of the upcoming 16-to-18 year-old Babe Ruth World Series are now officially sold-out...  
 
That means free admission all week August 4-11, 2018.  Local Babe Ruth Committee Public Relations Division Director Kim Ecklund says they have been "blessed" with the local support of businesses and the community who have purchased "A Day at The Park" so they could offer free admission to local residents and out-of-towners.  The Jamestown Babe Ruth League will sponsor Day-One and, Championship Day will be sponsored by Chautauqua County.  

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WJTN News Headlines for July 2, 2018

The investigation is continuing into a fire in a pile at the  Ben Weitsman Recycling on Jamestown's westside this past weekend....  
 
Fire Battalion Chief Matt Coon says crews were called to the scene at 610 West Eighth Street just after 1:30 p.m. Saturday and, found heavy smoke coming from a pile in the center of the yard.  Coon says workers at Weitsman quickly directed them to the pile at the center of the yard.
 
Coon says it only took about 15-minutes to bring the blaze under control.  He says they used three hose lines to bring the flames under control and, adds they did some overhaul work in that area of the yard to prevent any re-ignition.  Coon says crews were there about an hour and, and off-duty shift was called in.  No one was hurt. 
 
 
A city man is jailed on $9,000 bail for allegedly driving drunk when he was involved in three motor vehicle accidents last Saturday night...  
 
State Police in Jamestown say two of the people in one of the cars had to be taken to the hospital.  Troopers say 29 year-old Ramon Pando was traveling on Route 394 between 7:15 and 7:30 p.m. when the accidents occured.  Two in the town, and one in the city.  Police say one accident sent 66 year-old Craig Underwood of Jamestown and 41 year-old Jennifer Hamilton of Georgetown, Kentucky to UPMC Chautauqua WCA hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  Pando was arraigned in Ellicott Town Court on several charges including Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving and, Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident. 
 
 
A Jamestown man is jailed without bail for stalking after allegedly threating the life of a woman for three days last week, then showing up at her house to harass her...  
 
City police were called to the scene of a reported domestic incident at the corner of Sprague and Adams Street just before Noon Saturday and, arrested 25 year-old Robert Tonkin.  Officers say they found Tonkin was sought on a bench warrant by Lakewood-Busti Police.  When they spoke with the female victim, she told them that Tonkin had been threatening her for some time.  He was arrested, and arraigned on charges of fourth-degree stalking, and aggravated family offense and, sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
Chautauqua County's representative to the State Assembly says he believes the State Legislative session that ended on June 20 was quite productive...  
 
But outside of the budget, Assemblyman Andy Goodell says much of the activity occurred in the last two weeks of the session.  Goodell says he was busy in those final weeks working as a floor leader.  Goodell was the featured speaker at last week's 50th anniversary dinner for Chautauqua County Rural Ministry in Dunkirk and, adds that he was disappointed that the legislature didn't deal with ethics reform.  He says there is some unfinished business and he expects lawmakers to return to Albany, possibly sometime in July.
 
 
There's just a month to go before the grand-opening of the new, National Comedy Center and, the start of the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown...  
 
The festival got a big shout-out on Twitter this past week by headliner Amy Schumer.  That was good news for Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson, who says there are still tickets remaining for Schumer's two performances on Friday, August 3rd at 7:00 and 9:30.  Gunderson says there are just a few tickets left for the program featuring some of the legends of Saturday Night Live.
 
That program with Dan Akroyd, Garrett Morris, and Laraine Newman takes place on Thursday night, August 2 at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.  The only sell-out so far is the Lily Tomlin program on August 4.  For more information on tickets for the festival, and Comedy Center opening, go online to ComedyCenter.org.  Journey Gunderson made her comments for last weekend's Community Spotlight program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
Municipalities with infrastructure projects that protect or improve local water quality can get some of the $275-million in funding available from New York state...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late this week that the grant funding is available through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and the Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grants Program.  It's part of the state's $2.5-billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act.  More than $1-billion has been allocated through the 2017 act to improve water quality and services in communities across New York.  Projects eligible for receiving the state funding include water infrastructure projects that address toxins associated with harmful algal blooms, sewer overflows and contaminated water supplies.  Grant applications for the funding have to be submitted to the state Environmental Facilities Corp. by September 7.
 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that allows immigrant parents to designate a "standby guardian" for their children if the parent is detained in New York or faces deportation...  
 
The Democrat signed the legislation at a community college in the Bronx on Wednesday, a day after a federal judge ordered immigrant families separated at the border to be reunited.  The measure passed by the state Legislature last week changes wording in a law that allows a parent to designate a guardian should the parent become incapacitated. The new law allows a standby guardian's authority to immediately begin when a child is separated from a parent.  Cuomo says the law is designed to offer increased protections for children separated from their parents as a result of the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy.

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News Headlines for Sat., June 30, 2018

Heat Advisory remains in effect, Hot weather to continue through coming week...
A Heat Advisory and Air Quality Alert are in effect for today... and, the advisory will last into early next week.  That from Forecaster Jon Hitchcock with the National Weather Service in Buffalo... who says temperature and humidity levels will continue ramping up through Sunday night.  Hitchcock adds the heat index values will be in the mid-90s today... and, possibly into the low 100s by Sunday.  He says we'll see some relief after Monday... but, not much.  Hitchcock says a cold front will finally move through the region by next weekend.  Hitchcock says temperatures inland away from Lake Erie will run into the lower 90s today... and, could reach 95-degrees on Sunday.  The Heat Advisory runs from now through 10 p.m. Monday.  The State Department of Environmental Conservation has also issued an Air Quality Alert for much of New York state... including all of Western New York.  The alert is in effect for Ozone until 11 p.m. tonight.
 
 
County Office for Aging Director urges people to keep an eye on seniors during heat wave...
The unseasonably hot weather the next few days has led state and local Offices for the Aging to warn senior citizens and their caregivers about high temperatures as a heat wave moves in for the weekend.  Officials say hot weather can be particularly dangerous for older adults, especially those who live alone, or have chronic health conditions.  Chautauqua County Office for the Aging Director Mary Ann Spanos urges the elderly to drink plenty of water during this time period.  Spanos adds you should also try to keep cool in the house by keeping drapes and shades closed -- especially if you have no air conditioning.  She adds limit outdoor activity between 1 and 3 p.m. when the sun is at it's hottest.  Spanos adds that if you need a place to beat the heat... there are several designated cooling stations across the county... including some libraries and senior centers that are cooled.  For more information on where the cooling centers are... Spanos says call their NY Connects number at 753-4582.  She also again reminds residents to check on their elderly neighbors who are living alone during the heat wave.
 
 
Local Humane Society urges people to keep on eye on their pets during warm spell...
With that heat advisory... officials with the Chautauqua County Humane Society are reminding pet-owners to be cautious of 'Fido and Fifi' during hot and humid weather conditions.  They say it's best to keep animals cool because most have fur on year-round.  They add another important item is to be aware of to never leave your pets alone in a parked vehicle, even with the windows cracked, because it can get real hot -- real quick.  For more pet safety info, visits www.spcapets.com. 
 
 
Cuomo signs bill allowing immigrant parents to designate "Standby Guardian" for children if parent faces deportation...
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that allows immigrant parents to designate a "standby guardian" for their children if the parent is detained in New York or faces deportation.  The Democrat signed the legislation at a community college in the Bronx on Wednesday, a day after a federal judge ordered immigrant families separated at the border to be reunited.  The measure passed by the state Legislature last week changes wording in a law that allows a parent to designate a guardian should the parent become incapacitated. The new law allows a standby guardian's authority to immediately begin when a child is separated from a parent.
 
 
Ribbon cut to open up Phase-5 of Greater Jamestown Riverwalk...
The ribbon has been cut on the newest section of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk -- not far from the McCrea Point Boat Launch.  The 1.2-mile bicycle and walking trail runs over the former J-&-W Railbed between Chadakoin Park and the river.  The project cost just over $500,000... but, it's Genesis was 44 years ago with a letter from Jamestown High School Senior Cindy Hedberg-Sorenson to then Mayor Stan Lundine.  Sorenson was unable to attend the ribbon cutting... but, Lundine was on hand.  He recalled the days of the railroad... and steamboats as he was growing up.  He says the steamboats used to come down the outlet directly behind them.  Lundine was invited by current Mayor Sam Teresi... who thanked the city Parks and Recreation staff, and Public Works Department for their efforts to complete Phase-5 of the riverwalk project from Eight Street to Clifton Avenue in a beautiful area of the city.  The city received a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program grant from the state for just over $262,000 for the project.  It was matched by the city. 
 
 
Randolph man arrested following vehicle pursuit...
A Randolph man is being held on $5,000 cash bail following a vehichle pursuit in the town Wednesday night.  Cattaraugus County Sheriff's deputies say they attempted to take 56 year-old David Hare into custody on an outstanding warrant just after 11:30 p.m. when he allegedly fled the scene in a vehicle, leading deputies on a pursuit.  Officers were able to arrest Hare when he eventually stopped his vehicle.  While in custody.... deputies say Hare was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail on several charges including second-degree reckless endangerment, obstruction and various traffic infractions.  He is due back in court at a later date. 
 
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 29, 2018

A man from the town of Busti faces several charges following a domestic incident last Monday afternoon at a home on Hoag Road in the town...  
 
Lakewood-Busti Police say they were called to the scene at 1974 Hoag Road just after 3 p.m. and, talked with the female victim.  She told officers that 27 year-old Tyler Johnson had assaulted her, and held her against her will for a period of time.  Police say further investigation led them to get a warrant and, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force later assisted in a raid at the Hoag Road address.  Johnson was taken into custody and arraigned on charges including second-degree assault, and second-degree unlawful inprisonment.  He was sent to the county jail with bail to be set.
 
 
A man from Warren, Pennsylvania has been formally charged with 111 counts of sexual abuse of children after he was allegedly found in possession of child pornography at the Warren State Hospital...  
 
State Police in Warren say they were called to the scene in North Warren back on May 31 and, found that 58 year-old Thomas Wolosyn was in possession of "numerous" images of child porn.  Troopers say Wolosyn also faces 111 counts of criminal use of a communication facility.  A preliminary hearing is pending.
 
 
As the Independence nears, Chautauqua Lake is in 'generally good condition.'  That's the assessment of two officials of the Chautauqua Lake Association...  
 
Lake Operations Manager, James Cappalino, says they've got six harvesters removing weeds everyday, and he thinks lake users will be happy.  Executive Director, Doug Conroe, calls the weed growth 'patchy'... and adds there's early evidence of harmful algal blooms, but only in little bays or inlets.  Regarding algal blooms, he says, an old adage applies, "if it doesn't look good... stay out."
 
 
This year's report by the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees says long-term funding shortfalls continue for both programs and, that should be a wake-up call for federal lawmakers...  
 
Those are the feelings of local Congressman Tom Reed, who says the report shows Medicare will become insolvent by the year 2026 and, Social Security by 2034.  The trustees say lawmakers have a "broad continuum" of options to close or reduce those shortfalls.  Reed agrees and, adds action needs to be taken sooner rather than later.
 
Reed says he feels moving away from the current "fee for service" type program for Medicare would be best and, bring costs down.  He also would like to see more emphasis on better end of life care from Hospice and palliative care programs.  The trustees report also shows that the Social Security Disability fund will become depleted in 2032, but that's better than last year's projections.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
Chautauqua County has been recognized by a state agency for making several strides in recent years to become more energy efficient, cut costs and promote clean energy use...  
 
The county recently received a "Clean Energy Community Designation" from the New York State Energey Research and Development Authority.  That from County Junior Planner Michael Longley, who says the county recently took four required actions to get the designation.  He says the action he was directly involved with was taking part in a six-month-long program called Solar Chautauqua.
 
Longley says the other "high-impact" actions include energy benchmarking for all county facilities to make them more efficient, obtained two, electric heavy duty trucks for two of the county's transfer stations.  They also established an Energize NY Finance Program to help local businesses and not-for-profits become more energy efficent.  The designation will also bring $150,000 to the county for further energy efficiency projects.  It's one of four such grants in Western New York.
 
 
Former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon is taking inspiration from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Democratic primary victory over a 10-term congressman as she battles Governor Andrew Cuomo...
 
The liberal activist says voters are eager to retire establishment insiders.  Cuomo and his supporters say there's no comparing one congressional primary to the contest for governor.
 
 
The ribbon will be cut today at 1:30 p.m. for the newest part of Jamestown's Riverwalk trail...  
 
The section runs from 8th Street to Clifton Avenue along the abandoned Jamestown, Westfield and Northwestern railroad. The 1.2 mile trail is 10 feet wide and includes three pedestrian bridges across some of the wetter parts of the swamp.  Mayor Sam Teresi says the new section 'takes you away from everything... you don't even realize you're in the city.'  Jamestown matched a state grant to build the half-million dollar project.  The ribbon will be cut by former Mayor Stan Lundine, and Cindy Hedberg Sorenson.  She wrote a letter to Lundine in the 1970's advocating for such a trail.  The event will be at the Chadakoin River overlook, not far from the Weinstein recycling facility off 8th Street. 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 28th, 2018

A dog that aggressively charged at two Jamestown police officers yesterday afternoon was shot by one officer and, later died at a local veterinarian's office...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the officers were looking for a subject on an outstanding warrant at 222 Winsor Street just before 2 PM.  Samuelson says, as both officers approached the home, a large Pit Bull/Mastiff charged at both men while they were walking on the sidewalk.  He says one policeman discharged his duty weapon, and struck the animal.  No persons were hurt.  Samuelson says the owner was issued a summons for having a dog "at-large" that attacks and a $50.00 fine. The investigation is continuing. 
 
 
Chautauqua County will continue to have four coroners on call after county lawmakers took emergency action last night to replace two coroners who had resigned from their positions...  
 
The resignations from Warren Riles and Larry Wilcox will take effect today.  County Executive George Borrello says without the approval of an emergency resolution, the positions would have been unfilled leaving only two coroners available.
 
Legislators approved the appointments of Richard Mackowiak and Daniel DiStasio by an 16-2 vote.  Legislators Terry Nieble and David Himelein voted against it. An executive session was called by legislators before the vote was taken in open session.  Riles has been a long-time coroner, leaving the position after 41-years of service.
 
 
A North Carolina man who remained a "person of interest" in the case of a Lakewood woman who went missing more than 20 years ago has died in a car crash in Utah...  
 
Lakewood-Busti Police confirm that 47-year-old Tyrone Bova (Boh-vay) was one of six people involved in a two-vehicle accident a week ago.  Bova, along with his current wife, 43-year-old Holly, and one of their sons died in the accident.  Tyrone Bova was married to Lori Ceci Bova  when she disappeared in mid-1997 after the couple was seen arguing at their home.  Lakewood-Busti Police Chief John Bentley says the case of her disappearance, and presumed death is not closed.
 
Lori Ceci Bova was last seen by others alive the night of June 7, 1997 at the Red Lobster Restaurant in Lakewood.  However, her husband was the last person to see her before she went missing.  Tyrone Bova told investigators that he and Lori had an argument after leaving the restaurant, and Lori later went for a walk that night... and, has not been seen nor heard from since.  There have been no arrests made in the case and, Bentley says -- to this day -- Tyrone Bova cooperated "minimally" with police.
 
 
KeyBank is announcing it's support for the new, National Comedy Center which is set to open in early August, during Jamestown's annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival...  
 
KeyBank Spokesman Matthew Pitts says the $250,000 donation is being made in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation and, will be used to support the new "KeyBank Plaza" in front of the Center on West Second Street.
 
In a printed release, KeyBanks' Upstate New York Regional Executive Gary Quenneville  says the move "perfectly aligns with our mission of helping the communities we serve thrive."  Pitts says they've had a long-term relationship with the Comedy Center, including providing "bridge financing" for it's development... and, monitize their long-term grant commitments.  Pitts says the Plaza will feature two large high definition video screens, speakers embedded throughout the plaza, and seating areas.  Comedy Center Project Chairman Tom Benson says KeyBank has been a "wonder partner" for the project.
 
 
The latest figures on the well-being of children show little change in New York, but child advocates fear trouble ahead... 
 
While most indicators remained unchanged or showed improvement, the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2018 'Kids Count Data Book' shows the Empire State slipped from 30th to 31st in the overall well-being of children. Laura Speer, an associate director at the Foundation, is concerned that including a controversial citizenship question on the 2020 U-S Census will discourage immigrants from participating and lead to an undercount of children, especially in states such as New York with large immigrant populations.
 
Census figures are used to determine levels of federal support for child-focused programs from school lunches to children's health insurance. The census is intended to count everyone living in the United States, not just citizens. Speer says with more than 14-million children living in poverty nationwide, and almost 850-thousand in New York alone, getting the numbers right is critical because the state receives more than ten-billion-dollars a year in federal funds that support programs for children.
 
A key Congressional contest for Democrats in the 23rd District will go to "overtime" for a decision...  
 
Tuesday's five-way race was too close to call and, will come down to absentees.  Owego's Max Della Pia leads the Democratic primary with 7,022 votes to face incumbant Republican Tom Reed in the general election this Fall.  Ithaca's Tracy Mitrano was second with 6,996 votes, a 26-vote difference.  Chautauqua County Democratic Elections Commissioner Norm Green says there will be no recount of machines.
 
Green says there are about 600 absentee ballots out in Chautauqua County but, he doesn't know how many are outstanding district-wide.  He expects about 250 of those to be received by the deadline -- next Tuesday.  That's the last day a ballot can be received.  Finishing a distant third, fourth and fifth in the machine vote were Linda Andrei, Jamestown's Eddie Sundquist and Ithaca's Ian Golden.
 
 
The head of incumbant Congressman Tom Reed's re-election campaign says there is "no surprise" that in a field of "liberal options..." that Democrats could not make a definate selection in Tuesday's primary...  
 
Reed's Campaign Manager Nicholas Weinstein says -- quote -- "with their unanimous support for higher taxes, heroin injection sites in our neighborhoods and government-run socialized medicine, these Extreme Ithaca Liberals have clearly demonstrated to the voters that they are out of touch with our values in the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and Western New York." 
 
 
The first "special" program of the 2018 Summer Performance Series will take place with "Shakespeare in the Park..." at the Allen Park Bandshell tonight...  
 
The Chautauqua Theatre Company will be putting on two performances of Shakespeare's "As You Like It."  The Company's Artistic Associate Sarah Wansley says they're excited to bring the program to the Gorenson Bandshell not once but, twice.
 
Wansley says eight of thier actors will be part of the approximately 90-minute program.  She says they come from the top Graduate Acting programs.  City Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says it's part of an exciting line-up this year.  The performances also include the Jamestown Municipal Band... which was rained out last night.  Ciesla-Hanley says the second performance by the Theatre Company will be held on Wednesday, August 15 and, again it will start at 7 PM.  The Theatre Company is under the direction of Andrew Borba.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 27, 2018

Polls in New York have closed as voters decide key congressional primaries around the state... 
 
It was "too close to call" in the 23rd Congressional District, but unofficially, Owego's Max Della Pia leads the Democratic primary with 7,022 votes to face incumbant Republican Tom Reed in the general election this Fall. Della Pia is retired from the U-S Air Force and Air Force Reserves.  He says he's a strong supporter of federal programs to help combat and intervene with issues in communities such as hunger and the opioid crisis. Not far behind was Ithaca's Tracy Mitrano with 6,996 votes, while retired cardiologist Linda Andrei rounded out the Top 3 with 3,330 votes. The absentee ballots still have yet to be counted. The others contending for the Democratic nomination were Ian Golden and Eddie Sundquist. 
 
 
  
The third time has been the charm for President Trump's travel ban on visitor's coming from several, mainly Muslim nations...  
 
Even before yesterday's 5-4 U-S Supreme Court decision, Local Congressman Tom Reed said he felt this version would withstand muster.  Reed says he felt this ban was better defined, and fully recognized policies the president can enact and, was not discriminatory.
 
Reed and other fellow Republicans, say the measure will help stop terrorism.  He says it recognizes that there are "threats to American coming from different areas of the world..." and, that American's need to be protected from those threats.  The high court's decision is it's first substantive ruling on a Trump administration policy.  In addition to Muslim-majority nations like Syria, the ban also includes North Korea and Venezuela.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
The Jamestown City Council has approved the city's 2018 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Program action plans...  
 
The plans -- approved Monday night -- total about $1.48-million and, funds several low and moderate income projects.  However, one resident says there is too much money going for administration of the program.  Retired Board of Public Utilities manager Doug Champ says the current 20-percent is the maximum you can use.  Before Jamestown became an "entitlement community..." Champ says he was involved in the program for the city, and they used about 10-percent.
 
Council President Marie Carrubba says it appears the city is taking more for administrative costs because they've been cut most of the past several years, so it appears they are taking more for those costs.  Champ was also critical of whether lawmakers did their due diligence in holding meetings in their wards about the plan.  Carrubba says they do hold several meetings, but adds they often don't get a lot of participation.
 
 
A Westfield woman has been arrested on federal charges for allegedly embezzling $227,000 from her employer...  
 
U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 40 year-old Alicia Raynor was charged late Tuesday by a criminal complaint.  Prosecutors say Raynor was hired as Business Manager for Compassion at Home, Incorporated about six-years ago.  She had access between November 2012 and August 2015, to the company's payroll processing service, which was used to deposit pay directly into employee bank accounts.  Raynor used the service to divert funds from the company's bank account to accounts she controlled.  Compassion at Home fired her in August of 2015, but the president said she continued to divert money to her accounts before being arrested.  
 
 
Seventeen states, including New York and California, are suing to force the Trump administration to reunite migrant families who have been separated at the U.S.-Mexico border...  
 
The states, all led by Democratic attorneys general, joined Washington, D.C., in filing the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Seattle Tuesday.  It's the first legal challenge by states over the practice.  Immigration authorities have separated about 2,300 children from their parents in recent weeks, sparking global outrage as images of weeping children emerged.
 
 
Governor  Andrew Cuomo says the state will provide free legal services to anyone detained at New York airports on immigration charges...  
 
The Democrat says the move is in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling upholding President Donald Trump's ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries.  Cuomo says lawyers will be available through the Liberty Defense Project, administered by the Office of New Americans.  Cuomo created the office in 2013 to help immigrants navigate the naturalization process.  The governor referred to the Trump administration's travel ban as religious discrimination camouflaged as national security.  The state has set up a new multi-lingual state hotline for people seeking immigration assistance: 800-566-7636.  The Liberty Defense Project was created in 2017 as the Trump administration's policies cracked down on immigration.
 
 
An event to raise awareness and support for those affected by kidney disease, including living donors and those who need a kidney transplant, will celebrate nine years of helping the community....
 
That from Southern Tier Kidney Association President Sam Pellerito, who says the 2018 Kidney Challenge Walk takes place on Sunday, July 8. 
 
Pellerito says prior to walk starting, there will be a memorial ceremony called the "Butterfly Release" during which butterflys who were purchased in memory of a loved one will be released about 1:15 p.m., before the walk begins at 1:30. He says the Kidney Association may be one of the first groups in the area to use the newly-opened bridges on the Riverwalk from St. James Church all the way down to Panzarella Point and back.  For more information on the 9th annual Kidney Challenge Walk or to donate, call 450-8958.  All proceeds benefit Dialysis patients at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, kidney transplant donors and recipients through the WNY Kidney Connection and, to promote the awareness of kidney disease. 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 26, 2018

A city woman and a teen-aged boy both face 10 counts each of animal cruelty after a dead dog was found among the ten inside their home on Jamestown's northside last Saturday...  
 
City police were called to the scene at 1101 Prendergast Avenue just before 11:30 p.m. and, found the animal dead.  Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they found all 10 dogs living in deplorable conditions and without sustenance.  Samuelson says a Necropsy  has been ordered to determine the cause of death.  He says 40 year-old Christine Emming and the 16 year-old may also face additional charges pending the outcome of the examination of the deceased dog.  The other nine animals were taken to a local shelter to be cared for.
 
 
The organization representing landlords in the city of Jamestown has come forward and is calling on Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi to once again fill a vacant constable's position in the city...  
 
Frewsburg's Harold Whitford, who owns rental property in Jamestown, spoke at last night's City Council voting session... and urged the mayor to fill the open position with a man who recently re-applied for the post.  Whitford says Dan Hill meets Each of those requirements, including having insurance.
 
Local Attorney Charles Hall represents several landlords as they go through the eviction process and, he says the fact there are only two constables, one who works full-time otherwise, produces a back-log of cases.  Hall says the city charter states there "shall be" three constables in the city.  However, Teresi says Hill applied two other times and, was found not to meet the residency requirement.  He says Hill has submitted a new, updated application to the city.  There is also a law enforcement training requirement that must be completed during the first year of being a constable.
 
 
It's primary day and, a total of five people will be running in for the Democratic nomination to run for the 23rd Congressional District seat this Fall...  
 
The winner will oppose incumbant Republican Tom Reed.  Chautauqua County Elections Commissioner Norm Green says the polls will be open from Noon until 9 p.m.
 
Besides Democrats, voters from another party will be heading to the polls Tuesday.  He says there will be an "Opportunity to Ballot" for the Women's Equality Party... but, Tracy Mitrano is the only person on the ballot.  Green says there are 25,000 Democrats in the county who are eligible to vote.  Linda Andrei, Tracy Mitrano, Max Della Pia, Ian Golden and Eddie Sundquist are competing for an opportunity to run against incumbent Republican Tom Reed in November.
 
 
A motorcycle accident in the village of Silver Creek last weekend sent an Angola man to a Buffalo hospital with serious injuries...  
 
Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene at Central Avenue and Christy Street about 10:30 last Saturday night.  Deputies say they located a motorcycle overturned on it's side.  They say 42 year-old Jacob Farabaugh was trying to negotiate a turn on Central Avenue and, lost control of the bike.  Officers say Farabaugh was taken to the Erie County Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.  No condition has been released.  The investigation is on-going, and charges are pending.
 
 
Two Jamestown residents were arrested, including one who gave a fake name during a traffic stop in the city early Sunday morning...  
 
Just before 1:30 a.m., city police pulled over a vehicle on Scioto Street near Barrows Street and, determined the driver, 23 year-old Kylah Seiberg, was operating the vehicle with only a non-drivers I-D and was suspended for failure to pay fines.  Officers say the rear passenger, 33 year-old John Kellom, was found to have allegedly given a false name to evade an active arrest warrant. Both Seiberg and Kellom were taken to city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
The state Department of Environmental Conservation has awarded the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities a just over $29,000 grant to build a "fast-charging" Electric Vehicle charging station in the city...
 
BPU Energy Efficiency Coordinator Dan Reynolds says they're pleased to receive the funding, which is being provided through the DEC's Municipal Zero-Emission Vehicle and Infrastructure Rebate Program.
 
Reynolds says this will be the city's fourth charging station, but will be -- by far -- the quickest one to get your electric vehicle, or hybrid, recharged.  He compared the recharging of a Chevrolet Volt with the current system as an example.  With the other local stations, it can take 2-3 hours to completely recharge a strictly electric car.  However, it can be about an hour with the new station, once it's online.  Reynolds says the new station will be up and running on or around September 1.  He says they have charging stations on Cherry Street, at Jamestown Community College and, at the North Main Street Park and Ride in the town of Ellicott.
 
 
A 67-year-old Pennsylvania woman lost her life in a crash that injured four others on Route 20 in the town of Brant Sunday afternoon...  
 
Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard reports that Kathleen Lewis of Volant, Pennsylvania was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Route 20 between Route 249 and Hammond Road around 1:30.  Lewis' granddaughters were taken to Oishei Children's Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  A man and woman from Kentucky in the second vehicle were transported to ECMC with non-life threatening injuries as well.  The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
 

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News update for Mon., June 25, 2018

City woman, juvenile, arrested in allegedly animial cruelty case... one of 10 dogs found dead...
A Jamestown woman and a 16 year-old boy face 10 counts each of animal cruelty after a dead dog was found among the 10 found inside their home on the city's northside.  City police were called to the scene at 1101 Prendergast Avenue just before 11:30 p.m. last Saturday... and found the animal dead.  Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they found all 10 dogs living in deplorable conditions and without sustainance.  Samuelson says a Necropsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death.  Samuelson says 40 year-old Christine Emming and the 16 year-old may also face additional charges pending the outcome of the examination of the deceased dog.  The other nine animals were taken to a local shelter to be cared for.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 25, 2018

Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Water Division work today will mean re-routing of traffic beginning at 8 a.m.  for approximately 5-6 hours near the corner of North Main Street and Buffalo Street in the City...  
 
BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says while valve replacement on a water main occurs, all southbound traffic on North Main will be redirected between West 21st Street to Buffalo Street.  Southbound truck traffic will be rerouted down Fluvanna Avenue to Buffalo Street.  Other vehicles will be sent down Fluvanna or up Buffalo Street.  The northbound lane on North Main Street will remain open.  Robbins says water will be turned off in the area at some point during the project.  Once work is completed, the area may see discolored water for 12 to 24 hours.
 
 
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states can force online shoppers to pay state sales tax...  
 
The justices reversed a 1992 decision that a business didn't have to collect sales tax unless it had a physical presence in that state.  Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says forcing on-line shoppers to pay a state sales tax would "level the playing field" with local businesses who have to charge that tax.
 
Borrello says if New York state adopts a measure that would require a sales tax online, it would help reduce local property taxes.  He feels such a law will be adopted in the state, but not until 2019 at the earliest, with this year's legislative session having wrapped up this week.
 
 
The nine-week Summer Season at Chautauqua Institution got underway with rain falling at times, but it held off for some of the bigger events last weekend...  
 
That from Chautauqua Spokesman Jordan Steves... who says they got a break in the weather Friday night for the concert featuring Grammy Award-winner Alison Krauss.  Steves adds the weather was also okay for the official "Three-Taps of the Gavel" opening speech Sunday morning in the amphitheater.
 
Today... Steves says the weekly lecture series begins with featured presentations by a number of renowned guests.  He says today's lecturer, American Author John Irving, will be interviewed by New York Times Book Review Editor Pamela Paul.  In addition to Irving, Steves says National Book Foundation Executive Director Lisa Lucas will also appear as part of "The Life of the Written Word" Week at Chautauqua.
 
 
Two Mayville residents have been arrested for allegedly breaking into a home on Valley Street in the village and, being in possession of illegal drugs...  
 
Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene shortly before 9 p.m. last Thursday and, found 28 year-old Eric Courtier, and 21 year-old Page Zenns inside the residence, and found they had allegedly damaged property there.  Deputies also found the pair in possession of heroin and methamphetamine.  Both Courtier and Zenns were charged with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal mischief and, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Both were arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court and, sent to the county jail on $50,000 cash bail each.
 
 
Republican candidate for governor Marc Molinaro says if elected he'll reform what he called the state's "failing and bloated" economic development programs that cost New York taxpayers billions of dollars annually...  
 
The Dutchess County executive said during a Friday news conference down the hall from Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's Capitol office that handing cash in the form of state grants to privately owned corporations needs to stop.  Molinaro says if he wins in November he'll ban companies that contribute to New York political campaigns from receiving state tax breaks or other taxpayer-funded corporate subsidies.
 
 
The state legislature's 2018 session ended with a whimper, but that's not all bad for the organization representing school boards across New York...  
 
That from state School Boards Assocation Executive Director Tim Kreamer, who says there was no final action on legislation to change teacher evaluations.  Kreamer says the leadership in the Republican-controlled Senate and Democrat-controlled Assembly leadership were unable to agree on similar measures.
 
Kreamer says they support evaluation reforms but, they should not include cumbersom new collective bargaining requirement, and "sweetners" for charter schools.  Kreamer says they were pleased to have a couple of measures dealing with BOCES across the state.  He says the main one eliminates a district's contribution to a BOCES capital project from the property tax cap equation.  He says that will incentivize those district's to contribute to those projects.  In addition, Kreamer says the legislature did agree to raise the salary cap for BOCES District superintendents, something that's been a long-standing priority for the School Board's Association.
 
 
There's lots of uncertainty over the future of the NRG repowering project, but the organization that oversees New York's power grid wants to clear the air about the costs surrounding the project's interconnection charge...  
 
NRG had indicated that the charge could reach over $100-million.  We have now heard from the New York Independent System Operator.  Executive Vice President Rich Dewey says the interconnection costs depend on how many projects move forward.  Dewey says right now, there are 27 projects under consideration.
 
Those costs do not include additional costs for the Pennsylvania system.  Dewey says one of the organization's main concerns is the reliability of the system and, he says the NYISO is responsible for that.  He says when new producers or generators come on line, they need to ensure it's reliability.  Dewey indicated that a final decision on which projects move forward is expected to be made later this year.  
 
 
A New York Republican who's one of two World War-Two veterans believed to be still serving in a state legislature has bid farewell to fellow lawmakers...  
 
Senator William J. "Bill" Larkin, Junior cast what are likely his final Senate votes earlier this week as the Legislature wrapped up its 2018 session.  The 90-year-old Larkin served in the Assembly from 1979 to 1990 before winning the first of 20 two-year terms representing a section of the Hudson Valley.  The Troy, New York, native's political career followed a 23-year career in the U.S. Army.

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News Headlines for Sat., June 23, 2018

Community Bank robber caught after trying to rob Kwik Fill in Jamestown of money...
A Jamestown-area man is jailed without bail for allegedly holding up the bank near Falconer Thursday afternoon... then committing another on the city's southside Thursday night.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the Kwik Fill station at 342 Forest Avenue just after 11:30 p.m. for an alleged hold up.  Samuelson says the suspect -- 34 year-old Albert Chapman -- entered the store, pulled a knife and demanded money.  However... he says Chapman wound up fleeing the store empty-handed.  Samuelson says they are also looking for the driver of an SUV that may have helped drive Chapman to and from the robbery at the Community Bank at 1982 East Main St. in the town of Ellicott -- just east of Falconer.  He says the accomplice was allegedly driving a darker-colored SUV.  Samuelson says... if you have any information on the vehicle or the driver... call Ellicott Town Police at 665-7083.  He says you can also call the JPD tips line at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477.  You can also contact their Tips 4-1-1 app.  Samuelson says Chapman is a known drug-addict... and, was trying to get money to support his use of crystal methamphetimine.  He was arraigned on charges including first and third-degree robbery.
 
 
Three arrested for trespassing, drug possession, in town of Pomfret...
Three people accused of trepassing on property in the town of Pomfret earlier this week are also accused of using the location to make Methamphetime.  Sheriff's deputies and members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force were called to the scene at 5251 Webster Rd. about 11 p.m. Wednesday... and, found the trio.  Officers say they also found items used to produce meth while arresting 29 year-old Tyler Jaynes of Cherry Creek... and, 40 year-old Jessica Rumsey, and, 25 year-old Andrew Lindstrom of Fredonia.  All three were charged with one count each of second-degree criminal trespassing... and, third-degree unlawful manufacturing of Methamphetime.  They were all arraigned... and, sent to the county jail on $15,000 to $20,000 cash bail each.  The State Police C-SERT Team was also called in to help clean-up contamination at the Webster Road address.  If you have any information on suspicious or drug-related actvities... you are asked to call the Task Force at 1-800-344-8702.
 
 
WCA Corporations celebrate successes of past year... hospital's "positive" bottom line...
The past year has been a "great" one for UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital in Jamestown... which celebrated it's success at it's annual "Meeting of the Corporations" Thursday.  WCA President Betsy Wright high-lighted many of those accomplishments during the 23rd annual gathering.  She spotlighted the breaking of ground for the new, $20-million dollar, 44-thousand square foot facility... which is on target for opening about a year from now.  Wright says the project has been on-time, and on-budget so far.  She says contractors recently closed in the structure... and, work on the interior is moving forward.  In addition... she says the other big item is the fact the hospital -- again the past year -- finished with a "positive" bottom line.  She attributed that to three things... the first being their new affiliation with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  She adds they've also been able to recruit several new physicians... and, that helped boost their volume by 6-percent.
 
 
Church clock-tower in Fredonia now removed...
It took several days, but demolition crews have completed the task of removing the clock tower from atop the Family Church building in downtown Fredonia.  Associate Pastor Scott Wise says the contractor was able to finish the removal work on Thursday and is now working on installing temporary roofing.  Wise says the contractor involved noted that there are still some interior parts that still need to be removed.  Once the roof is in place... Wise says work can begin making permanent repairs.  He says they will be working with their architects and engineers on what needs to be replaced.  Flames heavily damaged the clock tower on May 4th. 
 
 
In sports... the Buffalo Sabres select Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin first overall in NHL draft...
The Buffalo Sabres have selected defenseman Rasmus Dahlin with the first overall pick in the NHL draft, giving them a dynamic player who should spark their rebuilding process.  Dahlin is the second Swedish player to be taken No. 1 and the first since Mats Sundin in 1989.  The smooth-skating playmaker has been considered the consensus first pick for more than a year.  After putting on a Sabres jersey Friday night, the 18-year-old will jump to the NHL right away and should help the club's league-worst offense that contributed to its last-place finish.  He had six assists in seven games at the world junior championships in Buffalo and put up 20 points in 41 games in Sweden's top pro league this season.
 
 

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News Bulletin for Fri., June 22, 2018

Local man arrested after second attempted robbery for Ellicott bank robbery Thursday...
A local man accused of holding up a bank near Falconer has been arrested after allegedly trying to rob a convenience store last night on Jamestown's southside.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the Kwik Fill service station at 342 Forest Avenue just after 11:30 p.m. Thursday.  Samuelson says 34 year-old Albert Chapman entered the store, pulled a knife and demanded cash from the register.  He ended up fleeing without any cash or proceeds... but, he was arrested.  He says city police and Ellicott Town officers were able -- though investigation -- to also link Chapman to the robbery at the Community Bank at 1982 East Main St. -- east of Falconer.  Chapman has been charged with first and third-degree robbery... and, third degree criminal possession of a weapon.  Samuelson adds that police are now looking for a darker colored Sports Utility Vehicle, and the driver because they believe that person and SUV helped Chapman arrive at, and flee the scene in Falconer.  If you have any information on the SUV and or the person, contact Ellicott Town Police at 665-7083.  Samuelson says you can also call the JPD tips line at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477.  You can also contact their Tips 4-1-1 app.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 22, 2018

Police in the city of Jamestown and town of Ellicott are asking for the public's help in tracking down the man who allegedly walked into the Community Bank -- just east of Falconer -- and robbing it...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says police were called to the scene at 1982 East Main Street in Ellicott a few minutes before 12 Noon Thursday but, say the bandit had fled the scene.  However, he says suveillance camera's caught the man in the act, location and, demanded money from a teller.
 
Samuelson says the man, who had dark-colored facial hair, gave a teller a note, and did not show any kind of weapon.  In the suveillance photo, the suspect was wearing a dark, horizontal-striped polo shirt and, striped pants.  Samuelson says the man's picture is on all their platforms including their Facebook page.  If you have any information on the robber, he says contact Ellicott Police at 665-7083 or call the JPD Tips-line is 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477.  You can also use the Tips 4-1-1 app.  Samuelson says they've already received a number tips so far.
 
 
A city man faces at least 20 years in prison after admitting in a federal court in Buffalo to conspiracy to distribute large quantities of illegal drugs in the area...  
 
U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior announced late Thursday that 36 year-old Juan Pacheco, Junior pled guilty to conspiring to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, and marijuana.  Prosecutors say Pacheco was receiving large quantities of cocaine and meth from California that were smuggled into the U-S from Mexico.  He would then distribute them locally from a stash house at 477 Main Street.  Police and drug agents raided the home in August of 2016 and, arrested Pacheco and seized signifcant amounts of cocaine, meth., and marihuana. 
 
 
The Jamestown High School class of 2018 will approach a key milestone in their lives tonight...  
 
JHS Principal Mike McElrath says the annual commencement ceremony starts at 7 p.m. in the Chautauqua Institution Ampitheater.
 
McElrath says this year's Valedictorian and Salutatorian are just two of 305 students who will turn their tassles in celebration of their high school graduation.  He says the Valedictorian is Andrew Pumford, who will be attending Vanderbilt University in the Fall.  McElrath adds that Salutatorian Alisha Rensel, who is going to Penn State-Behrend near Erie.  This year's commencement speaker is Cyber Security Researcher Terrance DeJesus, a 2012 Jamestown graduate.
 
 
New York state lawmakers have wrapped up an annual session marked by gridlock and missed opportunities...  
 
The Legislature adjourned Thursday morning after failing to renew New York City's school zone speed camera program.  Proposals to improve school security also fell flat.  The final days mirrored the session.  Proposals to authorize sports betting, eliminate cash bail, reform antiquated election laws and improve school security were introduced but never approved.  Bills to make it easier to prosecute sex traffickers passed, as did a new tax on opioids and a requirement that law enforcement retain rape kits for 20 years.
 
 
The fifth candidate for the Democratic nomination to run for the 23rd District Congressional seat this Fall says it's time to return to the days of the "humble servant politician"...  
 
Ithaca's Ian Golden says that's why he got into the race for the nomination to run against incumbant Republican Tom Reed this Fall.  During the Chautauqua County Democratic Party's annual dinner... Golden also said it's because the policies of the past seven years haven't helped the western Southern Tier.
 
The "Bill" Ian Golden was referencing is retired state Assemblyman Bill Parment who was keynote speaker for the event at Chautauqua.  He says the economy, jobs and education are the key issues he's most passionate about and, he also said he supports single-payer health care and Medicare for all.  Golden said he will push to make economies more local and fair.
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Media One Group news has high-lighted all five candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Congress during next Tuesday's primary in the 23rd District.  In addition to Golden the candidates are Eddie Sundquist, Linda Andrei, Tracy Mitrano and, Max Della Pia.
 
 
A Summer full of free activities and personal enrichment is being made available again this year through the city of Jamestown's annual Summer Playground Program...  
 
That from Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley, who says the program begins for children ages 5 to 13 years-old.  Ciesla-Hanley says they'll again be at five locations: Fletcher, Lincoln, and Ring Elementary Schools, Allen Park and, the Lillian Dickson Tot Lot.  She says lunch will again be free for all kids this year.
 
The Playground program was announced at the Fletcher School playground Thursday afternoon, along with the new Playground Program Recreation Leader.  It's former Recreation Attendant Amelia Dolce, who is the daughter of City Councilman Tony Dolce.  She says it's "exciting" to play a bigger role in the planning this year, which includes a Nature Day Field Trip to Allen Park and, the Summer Reading Program at the Prendergast Library.  The program runs at all sites each day -- Monday through Friday -- from 11 a.m. to 5p.m..  The program runs through August 3.  For more information, call 483-7523.
 
 
There is free legal advice to Jamestown-area residents the third Thursday of each month for people that are dealing with financial issues, including debt... 
 
Spokeswoman and Paralegal Carol Joyce with the Western New York Law Center says representatives were at Chautauqua Opportunities, Incoporated at 402 Chandler Street for three hours yesterday offering their advice on a number of legal matters surrounding their finances.
 
Joyce says they can also help people understand their free credit reports, as well as address problems with creditors seeking payment on something the holder could be unaware of, including charges you were not aware of getting rung up on your credit card.  Joyce says there are no income eligibility requirements to receive their services.  The people working with the Law Center to provide the service are from the Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office in Buffalo.  For more information, call Carol Joyce at 828-8414.

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News Bulletin for Thurs., June 21, 2018

Jamestown, Ellicott Town Police looking for suspect in Community Bank robbery -- east of Falconer...
Jamestown police are helping Ellicott town police to investigate an alleged bank robbery -- near Falconer -- that occured just before 12 Noon today.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says a man walked into the 1982 East Main Street location... and, demanded money from a teller.  Samuelson says the bandit was a white male... who had dark-colored facial hair... who walked into the Community Bank -- just east of the village -- and handed the teller a note.  No weapon was shown.  In a surveillance photo... the man was wearing a dark-horizontal Striped polo shirt... and, striped pants.  Samuelson says the man's picture is on all their platforms including their Facebook page.  He says you can contact them or Ellicott Police if you have any information.  The number for Ellicott is 665-7083... while the JPD Tips-line number is 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.  Samuelson says they've already received a number tips... and, other leads in the case.  Police say all calls will be kept confidential.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 21, 2018

A Chautauqua County man is in stable condition at an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital after his motorcycle crashed on Route 430 in the town of Ellery early yesterday morning...  
 
Sheriff Joe Gerace says a deputy saw the 30 year-old man speeding about 12:30 a.m., and began a pursuit.  Deputies later found the crash after coming across the debris field in roadway.  Gerace says the victim, who was not identified, was flown by Starflight Helicopter to UPMC Hamot Medical Center. The cause remains under investigation. 
 
 
A Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputy is being credited with saving the lives of two overdose victims Tuesday evening by using Narcan...  
 
Gerace says the overdoses -- involving a 26-year-old male and a 23-year-old female -- were reported around 7 p.m. at a residence in the village of Mayville.  He says the officer was able to revive both victims, which he attributes to the officer's training  Gerace adds they have had to respond to such instances more often than they would like.  Both individuals responded to the naloxone and were transported to Westfield Memorial by EMS personnel from Chautauqua and Mayville Fire.
 
 
A Jamestown man faces up to 20-years in prison and a 250-thousand dollar fine after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography...  
 
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Cantil -- who is handling the case -- says 36 year-old Steven Fetterman was found last November with over 1,720 videos and 13,838 images of child porn.  Cantil says the files included minors under the age of 12, as well as depictions of violence.  Prosecutors say Fetterman also engaged in a pattern of sexual abuse or exploitation of a minor.  The plea is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.  Sentencing is scheduled for October 30 before Judge Lawrence Vilardo in U-S District Court.
 
 
One of the candidates for the Democratic nomination to run for the 23rd District Congressional Seat this Fall is a retired doctor...  
 
Ithaca's Linda Andrei is a retired Cardiologist, who believes it's time to send a doctor to Washington.  Health care, and the need for a single-payer system is one of her key issues.  However, she says she's also up on the other major issues facing the "working people" of the Southern Tier and, is ready to voice their concerns in Washington.
 
In addition to Medicare, she says the other big institutions under the gun are preserving Social Security, and public education.  She says she'll be an independent voice in Washington.  The primary is next Tuesday, June 26.
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Each day this week, Media One Group News is high-lighting one of the five candidates seeking the Democratic endorsement to run for the 23rd Congressional District against Tom Reed.  The others are Tracy Mitrano, Max Della Pia, Ian Golden, and Eddie Sundquist.
 
 
The New York Legislature has adjourned for the year without much to show for it...  
 
The Senate adjourned early Thursday morning, three hours after the Assembly.  The work ended without a deal to renew the state law authorizing school zone cameras in New York City, meaning the 140 devices now active in the city will have to come down.  Lawmakers also failed to reach a compromise on bills to overhaul teacher evaluations and address school security.  The session's final day was much like the preceding six months. Lawmakers proposed, but did not act, on bills to authorize sports gambling, eliminate cash bail for most offenses and address Albany's chronic corruption problem.  Lawmakers aren't scheduled to reconvene until January, after a new Legislature is elected this November.
 
 
A prosecutor said greed led a former New York state Senate leader to pressure companies that relied on state legislation to funnel over $300,000 to his adult son...  
 
But lawyers for ex-Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam said during opening statements Wednesday in Manhattan federal court that the defendants did nothing illegal.  The men were convicted in 2015 of extortion, conspiracy and bribery.  Dean Skelos, a 70-year-old Republican, was sentenced to five years in prison.  His son got 61/2 years.  But neither served time. 
 
 
Due to the rainy weather, the Jamestown City Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department postponed last night's Summer Bandshell Performance featuring Pearl City Jazz at Allen Park...  
 
Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says the concert has been moved to tonight, June 21, at 7 p.m. at the Goranson Bandshell. 

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News Bulletin for Wed., June 20, 2018

Bulletin***Summer Bandshell Concert at Allen Park postponed...
I'm Terry Frank in the Media One Newsroom.  Due to the rainy weather... the Jamestown City Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department has postponed tonight's Summer Bandshell Performance featuring Pearl City Jazz at Allen Park.  Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says the concert has been moved to tomorrow night, June 21, at 7 p.m. at the Goranson Bandshell. 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 20, 2018

Sixteen people -- all but three from Jamestown -- are jailed for allegedly trafficking methamphetime initially brought in through Mexico the past several months...  
 
Chief of the Criminal division of the U-S Attorney's Office, Joseph Karaszewski, says eight people were arrested during three raids Tuesday morning as part of "Operation Melt Down."  Karaszewski says they are accused of conspiracy to traffic and, distribute 50-grams or more of Meth.  He calls the arrests "significant".
 
Karaszewski says Hare is from Randolph, the other seven from Jamestown.  He says the two leaders of the operation, Jamell Trapp and Marcus Bowman of Fredonia... were arrested Monday during a sting operation involving the U-S Postal System.  Both face several major charges, including possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.  Karaszewski says agents had intercepted a package containing "high-grade" Meth from Southern California.  He says the other six were arrested on State Search warrants.  He says all sixteen are jailed pending further court action. 
 
 
A north county woman who was convicted on a weapons charge in connection with a homicide last year in Dunkirk is headed to prison...  
 
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says 29-year-old Rebecca Ruiz was given a determinate sentence of six years in state prison, plus five years post-release supervision on one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
 
Swanson says while he would've liked to see Ruiz get the maximum 15-year sentence, he says he's not dissatisfied with the sentence that Judge Dave Foley handed her on Tuesday.  He says Ruiz received a violent felony conviction, which he says was a positive.  Swanson says 21-year-old Julian Duman was shot and killed at a home on Lake Shore Drive East in Dunkirk last July.  In March, a jury found Ruiz not guilty on other charges in that case, including second-degree murder and tampering with evidence.
 
 
The clean-up is continuing after a line of severe thunderstorms raced across portions of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties early Monday night, downing several trees and power lines across the area...  
 
The National Weather Service reported a 43 mile-per-hour wind gust near Dunkirk.  The same storms caused a tree to fall on a house on Willard Street here in Jamestown.  However, Forecaster Aaron Reynolds in Buffalo says it's now much drier and cooler than Monday.  Reynolds says Monday's severe, 15-minute storm was ahead of a strong cold front that dropped the temperature about 10-degrees.  Electric Division workers for the Board of Public Utilities spent much of Monday night working in some areas because of tree and pole damage from the storm. 
 
 
Over a hundred people gathered for a candlelight vigil Tuesday night at Veterans Park on Jamestown's west side... 
 
The 'Vigil for the Children' was to protest the separation of parents and children at U.S. border points.  Susan Meara of the group 'Chautauqua Progressive Action' organized the event. She said it was not a political or partisan issue, but one of American 'value and decency.'  She added, the policy has reached a new intensity, even separating famlies with credible asylum claims.  A number of people carried signs saying 'families belong together' and 'what kind of country do we live in?'  Several people spoke extemporaneously, including one who asked, "Is this beoming Nazi Germany. Are we putting numbers on children?"
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed is throwing his support behind the more "moderate" of two immigration bills in the House of Representatives...  
 
The Corning Republican today said he supports what's being called the "Ryan Bill" over a measure proposed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte of Virginia.  Reed says the Ryan Bill deals includes relief for DACA recipients and, deals with the current issue regarding children being separated from parents at the border.
 
Reed says Republicans are working to shore-up support for the Ryan bill in the House, where the 30-member "Freedom Caucus" opposes a path to citizenship for DACA recipients.  However, he says they need about 10 more votes in the Senate for the bill to get through that chamber.
 
 
One of the five Democratic candidates running for the nomination to run against incumbant Republican Congressman Tom Reed has military experience...  
 
Owego's Max Della Pia says he decided to run after attending a Town Hall meeting hosted by Reed and, felt someone needed to run against him.  While there has been some question about his affiliation, Della Pia says he is very much a Democrat and, in fact worked as a legislative liason for one in Congress.
 
While he's retired from the U-S Air Force and, Air Force Reserves.  He says he's fairly "moderate" on issues.  Della Pia says he's a strong supporter of federal programs to help combat and intervene with issues in communities such as hunger and the opioid crisis. On issues like international trade,  Della Pia, who has a background in economics, advocates for the government to be tough on nations like China and Vietnam who may be producing goods using exploited labor.  The 23rd District Congressional Democratic Primary is Tuesday, June 26.
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Each day this week, Media One Group News is high-lighting one of the five candidates seeking the Democratic endorsement to run for the 23rd Congressional District against Tom Reed.  The others are Tracy Mitrano, Max Della Pia, Ian Golden, and Eddie Sundquist.
 
 
Time is running out for action on some state bills important for New Yorkers with disabilities... 
 
The legislative session ends on Wednesday, but some bills that would help people with disabilities have yet to come up for a vote. Susan Dooha, who heads the Center for Independence of the Disabled New York, says housing issues are at the top of the list. New York City has passed a law prohibiting source of income discrimination in housing. Now, Dooha says, it's time for the state to act.
 
Bill "A-10610" has the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, but it hasn't had a vote on the floor of the State Assembly and the State Senate has yet to take up the issue.  Dooha says another challenge will be getting a state law encouraging the development of new housing with first floor apartments that are affordable and accessible to people with disabilities.  She says lack of accessible housing statewide has led to homelessness and the unnecessary institutionalization of people with disabilities who could be living independently.  
 
 
Proposals to overhaul teacher regulations and add more school zone speed cameras in New York City are on the table as New York state lawmakers enter the final days of the legislative session...  
 
The Senate and Assembly hope to adjourn for the year later today.  High-profile proposals to extend the statute of limitations for child molestation, crack down on government corruption and eliminate cash bail in criminal cases aren't expected to get votes before lawmakers head home. 
 
 
The three school budgets in Chautauqua County that were rejected by voters last month will be voted on today, two of them with changes to them...  
 
School officials in Clymer say their 2018-19 budget passed.  Superintendent Ed Bailey says this budget only has a four-percent increase, which is under the state property tax cap.  The budget in Westfield includes a 1.5-percent increase and, was passed by a large margin-- 581 in favor to 267 against. The same budget was up for a vote in Ripley, which was defeated 106-YES and 264-NO. 

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News Update for Tues., June 19, 2018

Sixteen people... most from Jamestown... arrested during federal drug trafficking bust...
Sixteen people have been arrested for allegedly trafficking about $300,000 worth of methamphetime intially brought in through Mexico over the past several months.  That from Chief of the Criminal division of the U-S Attorney's Office, Joseph Karaszewski... who says 10 of them face federal drug trafficking charges following three raids that took place on Tuesday as part of "Operation Melt Down."  Karaszewski says there were three federal raids -- two in Jamestown and one in Randolph.  He adds there were also six state warrants executed during the operation.  Karaszewski says the eight people arrested on federal charges Monday face charges including conspiracy to traffic... and, distribute 50 grams or more of Meth.  He says the two leaders of the operation... Jamell Trapp and Marcus Bowman of Fredonia... were arrested Monday during a sting operation involving the U-S Postal System.  Both face several major charges... including possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.  Karaszewski says agents intercepted a package containing "high-grade" Meth from Southern California.  He says all 16 are jailed pending further court action.  Karaszewski says they began investigating the matter last November. 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 19, 2018

Jamestown firefighters were hard at work battling flames at a two-story, wood-frame house early this morning... 
 
City Fire Batallion Chief Sam Salemme says the call came in at 1:30 a.m. for a fire at 2 Vega Street. He says on firefighters' arrival, had significant fire on the first-floor that had self-vented out the front door and on the southside of house in two windows. 
 
Salemme says the property received significant fire damage, but a mother and infant daughter living there were not at home at the time of the fire. He adds the local Red Cross was called in to assist and no injuries were reported. The cause remains under investigation. 
 
 
The on-going negotiations on new water and sewer agreements between the city of Jamestown and the town of Ellicott were brought into the open during last night's City Council work session...  
 
At-large Councilman Andy Liuzzo expressed concern over whether the city was negotiating in good faith after changes were made to a proposal last Spring.  Liuzzo says he was blind-sided by the response from the town in a closed-packet he received from the city clerk.  Acting Council President Tony Dolce admonished Liuzzo for making the proposal public.
 
An angry Mayor Sam Teresi accused Liuzzo of trying to "blow up" the process by grand-standing during an open meeting about a matter that is still being negotiated.  Teresi says the two proposals were strictly that, adding that the Board of Public Utilities -- which must first ratify any agreement -- hasn't even received a final proposal to vote on yet.  Once the nine-member BPU does that, then it moves onto the City Council for final action.
 
 
A new report is revealing which New York counties have the highest rates of gun-related suicide and homicide and, one of them is just east of Chautauqua County...
  
The analysis looked at the rate of homicide and suicide in each county from 2012 to 2016 and found the highest rates in the rural upstate counties of Cattaraugus, Delaware, Allegany, Wyoming, and Sullivan.  Erie County, which includes the city of Buffalo, had the highest gun homicide rate.  The report was published Monday by a coalition of law enforcement officials, public health experts and elected officials who support a proposal to allow teachers and parents to petition a judge to remove guns from the homes of troubled students.  The bill's co-sponsor, Democratic Senator Brian Kavanagh of Manhattan, says the report shows gun deaths are a statewide problem that demands attention.
 
 
A local man is under arrest following a domestic incident involving a child at the Park and Ride on Route 60 in the town of Ellicott over the weekend...  
 
Ellicott Police report 32 year-old Joshua Brown allegedly engaged in a verbal altercation with an unknown female victim shortly after 6 p.m. last Friday.  While the victim was attempting to take their one year-old child from the vehicle, officers say Brown pulled the vehicle forward, ran over the victim's foot and, struck the victim and child with the car's door.  Brown then fled the scene, before being arrested with the help of Sheriff's officers.  He was taken to county jail and charged with second-degree harrassment, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. 
 
 
The count-down is on for the beginning of August when three major events all take place at about the same time and, thousands of people are expected in the Jamestown...  
 
August 1 will feature the grand opening of the National Comedy Center, and the start of the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in the downtown area.  There's also the start of the 16-to-18 year-old Babe Ruth World Series, with teams arriving on Thursday, August 2.  Gebbie Foundation and Center City Development Corporation Director Greg Edwards says they're in a "sprint now" to those events.
 
However, the new Double-Tree by Hilton, and Celoron Harborfront hotels won't be open by that time.  Edwards and Mayor Sam Teresi agree it's a "great problem" to have and believe they'll be ready for the influx.  In the past, the city has worked with hotels as far away as Warren and Erie, Pennsylvania and others, to accomodate people coming in for Summer events.
 
 
There are two women seeking the Democratic nomination to run in the General Election against incumbant 23rd District Congressman Tom Reed...  
 
One of them has already received the backing of the Working Families Party and Women's Equality Party.  Ithaca's Tracy Mitrano is originally from Rochester and, spent some time working in Buffalo.  Mitrano also taught the Internet and cyber-security at Cornell.  She says the two main issues for her are affordable health care, and putting public education first.
 
Mitrano says that and, the area's abundant beauty and resource, will draw people here.  She says it's important to focus more on "working people and families," and bringing them back to the region.  Mitrano has won all five 2018 Democratic straw polls by sizeable margins.  She has also drawn several attacks from her opponents, challenging her residency, and stance on certain issues.  The 23rd District Congressional Democratic Primary is a week from today, Tuesday, June 26.
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Each day this week, Media One Group News is high-lighting one of the five candidates seeking the Democratic endorsement to run for the 23rd Congressional District against Tom Reed.  The others are Linda Andrei, Max Della Pia, Ian Golden, and Eddie Sundquist.
 
 
Demolition work got underway yesterday morning on the fire-damaged clocktower in downtown Fredonia...  
 
Family Church of Fredonia Associate Pastor Scott Wise said Monday that the goal was to get the work completed in one day, then begin work on a temporary roof structure.  Temple Street has been closed from Lambert Avenue to Church Street until the work is completed.  The clock tower was severely damaged in a fire that occurred on May 4.
 
 
Chautauqua County's retired Director of Emergency Services is the new president of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs...  
 
Fredonia's Julius Leone, Junior was elected to the post during the Association's annual conference in Turning Stone last weekend.  Leone was director of the Department of Emergency Services for 15 years before retiring last year.  Leone has been a long-time member of the Fredonia Fire Department and, has served a couple of stints as it's chief.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 18, 2018

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly shoving another man into a door, and threatening him last weekend...  
 
City police say they were called to the scene on Beverly Place about 11:30 Saturday night on a report of a domestic incident.  They found that 45 year-old Richard Becker, Senior had threatened the 21 year-old victim and, violated an order of protection issued out of city court.  Officers arrested Becker for first-degree criminal contempt and, took him to the city jail pending arraignment.
 
 
State Police are continuing their investigation into a crash involving a Sports Utility Vehicle, and a motorcycle on Route 83 near Farrington Hollow Road in the town of Arkwright...  
 
Troopers say the accident occurred around 3 p.m. last Thursday.  Police in Fredonia say the SUV was apparently backing into a driveway and the motorcyclist couldn't avoid the collision.  The motorcyclist, who was not identified, was flown by Starflight to to the Erie County Medical Center with a possible broken arm and concussion.  No other details are available.
 
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello has announced that the county has joined a group that aims to save money and energy for businesses and non-profits in the county...  
 
In the joint announcement with the Energy Improvement Corporation, Borrello says the county will become the first in Western New York to join EIC's Energize NY Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) finance program.  Borrello says the move can not only help existing business in the county, but can also help bring in new businesses though a new tool that allows them to being a "better and more efficient company."  The Energy Improvement Corporation's board voted unanimously this week to accept Chautauqua County into the program.
 
 
The New York state Assembly has again endorsed a single-payer universal health care system...  
 
The Democrat-led chamber passed the measure late last week for the fourth year in a row.  Passage of the legislation is largely symbolic, however.  The Republican-led Senate is not expected to take up the measure before lawmakers adjourn for the year on Wednesday.  Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says Democrats in his chamber believe all Americans deserve a health care system that guarantees coverage for all.  The proposal would allow all New Yorkers to enroll for health coverage that comes with no network restrictions, deductibles or co-pays.  The system would use state and local funds that now go to Medicaid and other health care programs.
 
 
In New York state government news, lawmakers are wrapping up the 2018 session with a long list of measures still up for debate....  
 
Proposals to authorize and regulate sports betting at casinos and on mobile devices are a top issue.  Casino owners are urging lawmakers to act soon to catch up to states like New Jersey, which began offering wagers on athletic events Thursday.  On school safety, Republicans want more armed school security guards while Democrats favor allowing teachers and parents to ask a judge to confiscate firearms from the homes of troubled students.  Bills to overhaul teacher evaluations, eliminate cash bail in most criminal cases and extend the statute of limitations for child molestation will also get a final push.  The Senate and Assembly are scheduled to adjourn Wednesday.
 
 
One of the five Democratic candidates seeking the nomination to run against Republican Congressman Tom Reed in the upcoming primary is from Jamestown...  
 
Attorney Eddie Sundquist has been endorsed by the county's Democratic Committee for the endorsement.  During last week's annual Democratic Party Dinner in Mayville, Sundquist thanked the committee and, says he will always remember the county and it's residents.
 
Sundquist says Reed "doesn't care about Chautauqua County, and hasn't for the past seven years."  The 29 year-old Democrat was a science teacher in Philadelphia when he decided to return to the area.  He was Salutatorian for the Jamestown High School Class of 2007.  Sundquist says he roots his philosophy in what he sees as best for the "average working class constituent" in the 23rd Congressional District.  He's a supporter of single-payer healthcare systems, a strong believer in climate change and a defender of public schools.
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Each day this week, Media One Group news will be high-lighting one of the five candidates seeking the Democratic endorsement to run for the 23rd Congressional District against Tom Reed.  The others are Tracy Mitrano, Linda Andrei, Max Della Pia, and Ian Golden.
 
 
The Republican leader of the state Senate is accusing Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo of playing politics with school security...  
 
Senator John Flanagan says Cuomo isn't seriously considering the Senate's proposal to increase funding for school security upgrades and armed security officers.  The Long Island lawmaker says Cuomo is instead attacking Republicans for not backing his own proposals, saying he is "extraordinarily disdainful" of anyone who disagrees with him.  Cuomo has blamed Republicans in Washington and Albany for blocking efforts to respond to school shootings.
 
 
A former top official in the New York Democratic Party is kicking off an independent run for governor...  
 
Stephanie Miner, who's the ex-mayor of Syracuse, made her announcement in an interview with The New York Times.  Polls show Governor Andrew Cuomo with comfortable leads over actress Cynthia Nixon in the Democratic primary and Republican Dutchess County executive Marcus J. Molinaro in a general election matchup.  The Times reports Monday that the governor may now face a four-way race in November.  Nixon has already won the nomination of the Working Families Party, meaning she could stay on the ballot in the general election.
 
 
The Jamestown Board of Education is holding a Special Meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in the Superintendent's Conference Room on Martin Road... 
 
Members will call roll prior to going into Executive Session regarding Personnel Matters. In other news, Jamestown High School has announced its Graduation Commencement Ceremony will  be held this Friday, June 22 at 7 p.m. in the Chautauqua Institution Ampitheater. The JHS Baccalaureate will be held Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in SS Peter and Paul Church. 
 

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News Headlines for Sat., June 16, 2018

Hot weather arrives this weekend, especially on Father's Day...
Get ready for some real summer-like heat and humid coming to the region this weekend... especially on Father's Day.  Forecasters say temperatures will reach the 80s away from Lake Erie today and everyone will see the mid to upper 80s on Sunday.  Meteorologist Jim Mitchell of the National Weather Service says today will be the better of the two days for outdoor work.  Sunday could get kind of unbearable.  Mitchell adds, though, that the "real feel" will be into the 90s due to the arrival of some humidity.  There is a also chance of showers and thunderstorms developing on Sunday... and, Mitchell says that could lead to a slight risk of flash flooding due to heavy downpours in some isolated areas.  While it will seem hot on Sunday... he says the 93 degree record high set in 1953 is not in danger of being shattered.
 
 
Two city men indicted by federal grand jury on drug and weapons charges...
Two Jamestown-area men have been indicted by a federal grand jury on drug and firearms charges following a raid earlier this year.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Jr. says 27 year-old Tyler Craig Anderson... and, 26 year-old Robert Lincoln... are charged with conspiracy to make false statements to purchase firearms.  In addition... he says Anderson is charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana, maintaining a drug-involved premises, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes.  Prosecutors say Ellicott Police received complaints of suspected drug dealing at Anderson's Willard Street Extension home.  They later conducted undercover purchases... and, also learned that Anderson had several guns.  The raid was conducted in March... and police found cocaine, marijuana, and 14 firearms.  Kennedy says Lincoln is accused of buying at least three of the guns for Anderson.
 
 
Former County Legislator, Jamestown Democrat Joe Trusso passes away...
The voice of a giant in Chautauqua County politics has been silenced... but, he won't soon be forgotten.  Long-time Chautauqua County Legislator Joe Trusso of Jamestown passed away Thursday afternoon at the age of 86.  He was initially a member of the county's old Board of Supervisors, and was later elected to the legislature... and, chaired a number of committees.  Trusso spend nearly four decades as a county lawmaker.  He was good friends with late Legislator Tony Teresi... father of Mayor Sam Teresi.  Sam Teresi called Trusso a "great public servant."  Teresi says he could tell stories about Joe Trusso that could fill an entire day.  However... he says Trusso was "kind hearted... loved his church, loved his country... and, loved politics.  Not just the sport of politics, but, as a vehicle to do good for people in the community."  Funeral arrangments for Joe Trusso are being handled by the Lind Funeral Home in Jamestown. 
 
 
Borrello disappointed that Chautauqua County will not be receiving $20-million government efficiency grant...
Chautauqua County reached the top six last year... but, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that a Suffolk County town was the winner of the first Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition.  County Executive George Borrello says that area earned the $20-million award to reduce property taxes and modernize services.  Borrello says he was disappointed by the announcement that was delayed for several months.  He says the town of Brookhaven on Long Island, was declared the winner.  Borrello says Brookhaven has about 500,000 people.  He says, though, that taking part was a worthwhile process because county officials learned about other funding opportunities.  Borrello says he will have the county "shop" all the projects to the different funding sources from the state.  He says he will also be re-engaging the County's Regional Solutions Commission, which he chaired when he was a member of the county legislature.  He expects to set up a meeting with the various local governments that were involved in the process.
 
 
State lawmakers propose term limit legislation...
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers is pushing for term limits on all elected state offices in New York, including the Legislature.  Led by Republican Senator Joseph Griffo of Oneida County, several Senate and Assembly members held a news conference late this past week in Albany to call for passage of bills that would limit the offices of governor, state comptroller and attorney general to two four-year terms.  The lawmakers say terms for both houses of the Legislature should be capped at a total of 12 consecutive years.  Griffo says the case for finally getting term limits passed in Albany is being helped by support from Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and Republican candidate for governor Marc Molinaro.
 
 
PA man arrested for causing damage at Peek 'n Peak...
A Pennsylvania man is accused of damaging a hotel sprinkler at the Peek 'n Peak Resort and Conference Center in the town of French Creek.  Sheriff's officers say 26 year-old Alexander Mellin of Fountain Hill was a guest at the hotel back on June 10 when the damage was reported.  Deputies say the damage led to significant water damage in several rooms.  They say Mellin was issued an appearance ticket for French Creek Town Court at a later date.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 15, 2018

City firefighters were hard at work battling two separate fires in the overnight hours... 
 
That from Jamestown Fire Battalion Chief Roger Sigular, who says crews were on-scene at Farm Fresh Foods on West Third Street shortly after 10:30 p.m.. Sigular tells us that they were able to quickly put the flames out on the hood of an oven inside the grocery store. Firefighters used a ladder to climb onto the roof to search the area. Sigular says crews were on-scene until shortly after midnight. The immediate cause of how the fire started is not known yet. 
 
In addition, Sigular says another fire broke out just before 1:30 a.m. this morning at a vacant property at 426 Allen Street. Crews were on-scene there until just after 2:30. The same crews responded to the blaze. The cause remains under investigation. 
 
 
The investigation is continuing into the overnight fire that has destroyed a long-standing business in Warren, Pennsylvania...  
 
Warren Fire Lieutenant Andrew Moore says crews were called to the scene at Warren Tire Center on Pennsylvania Avenue East about 1 a.m. Thursday and, found the business fully-engulfed in flames.  Moore says one crew was still at the scene dousing hot spots late Thursday because there were hundreds of tires inside and around the building.  He adds that the Warren County 'All-Hazards' Team intially put a "containment boom" across the Allegheny River near Starbrick due to melted tire product upstream. It was taken out by Thursday afternoon.  One firefighter was treated for a minor injury.  Eight mutual aid companies assisted at the scene.
 
 
Crews will begin tearing down the fire-ravaged clock tower in downtown Fredonia next Monday after it was destroyed by fire early last month...  
 
Associate Pastor Scott Wise with Family Church of Fredonia says a contractor will remove the clock tower, which caught fire on May 4.
 
Wise says the main structure of the church building was spared from the flames, but there was heavy smoke and water damage.  He says the contractor will put up a temporary roof structure once the old one is taken down.  He says they'll then develop plans for a new tower.  Wise says it has taken time to develop a plan for taking down the clock tower because of the construction involved.  
 
 
A native of western New York is returning home to be the next president of Jamestown Community College...  
 
The college Thursday afternoon announced the State University of New York Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of Daniel DeMarte to head up JCC, beginning July 30.  JCC Vice-President Kirk Young says DeMarte -- most recently -- has been Vice-President of Academic and Student Affairs at Tidewater Community College in Virginia.
 
Young says DeMarte previously served at Genesee Community College in Batavia, then later at Macomb Community College and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.  He says the new president came from a pool of "outstanding candidates" who applied to the JCC Board of Trustees.  Young says the three finalists were all brought to campus to interviews.  Young says DeMarte graduated from Archbishop Walsh High School in Olean before moving onto Alfred State.  He received his doctorate's degree from North Carolina State University.  DeMarte replaces Cory Duckworth, who retired from JCC at the end of May.
 
 
Chautauqua County's annual Best Tasting Drinking Water contest will be held this Saturday at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood...  
 
Residents from across the county can take part in the contest that will feature a number of water systems.  Bill Boria is a Water Specialist from the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services and, helps organize the event.
 
Boria says there will be a half dozen communities taking part in this year's contest, including Jamestown, Cherry Creek, Westfiled, Mayville, Sinclairville, Frewsburg and Ripley.  The contest will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.  This also marks the 25th year of the contest.  The winner will take part in a regional competition to be held in Rochester in July.
 
 
Actress and New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon has laid out a $7.3-billion plan to boost education from preschool through college...  
 
Nixon said Wednesday that her plan would be paid for by increasing taxes on wealthy New Yorkers and corporations.  The former "Sex and the City" star is running against incumbent Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination for governor.  Nixon said New York schools that serve predominantly black and Hispanic students are underfunded and heavily policed compared with schools that serve white youngsters.  She led supporters gathered at Borough of Manhattan Community College in chanting "Schools not jails!"  A Siena poll released Wednesday shows Cuomo leading Nixon 61 percent to 26 percent among likely Democratic voters.  The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.
 
 
Court Appointed Special Advocates will benefit from a unique fundraiser on Father's Day at Panama Rocks... 
 
axe throwing.  
 
Jonathan Weston, of Panama Rocks, says 'axe throwing' involves propelling a tomahawk 12 to 18-feet, hoping to hit a bull's eye.  It's the newest addition at the park.  The preview event will be Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m., at a cost of $30 for two hours and $20 for one hour.  Weston says all of Sunday's proceeds will go to help CASA represent children in the courts.  To make a reservation or get more information on the Father's Day fundraiser, go to AxcellentAdventures.com.  Weston adds their axe throwing is completely safe and supervised.
 
 
A proposal from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allow teachers and parents to ask a court to remove firearms from the homes of troubled students is advancing in the state Legislature...  
 
The state's Democrat-led Assembly endorsed the measure on Wednesday. But it's not expected to pass the GOP-led Senate, which has proposed its own response to school shootings that include more funds for armed security.
 
 
Defending World of Outlaws Late Model Champion Brandon Sheppard took advantage of another racer's misfortune to win last night's 50-lap A-Main Feature at Stateline Speedway...  
 
Sheppard, from New Berlin, Illinois, inherited the lead when South Carolina's Chris Madden spun off a 35th-lap re-start.  Sheppard held of local regular Darrell Bossard of Centerville, Pennsylvania, who finished second.  Winfield, Tennessee's Mike Marlar was third.  A large crowd was on hand for the Outlaws first appearance at Stateline in five years.

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WJTN News Headlines for June 14, 2018

Several Warren County fire departments responded to a fully-involved structure fire at a long-time business early this morning... 
 
The Warren Times-Observer reports the Warren Tire Center was completely engulfed in flames around 1:00. The newspaper say there was also a report of possible injury to a responder.  The Warren County Sheriff's Dispatch center confirmed crews continued battling the blaze at the Pennsylvania Avenue property at 8 a.m., additional information will be released when available. 
 
 
A DeWittville man faces robbery and menacing charges after allegedly threatening multiple people with a cross-bow, and stealing property from one of the victims...  
 
Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene on Beech Hill Road in the town of Chautauqua about 6 p.m. Tuesday, and found that 25 year-old Jerome Rogerson had threatened the victims, and damaged a vehicle.  Deputies also accuse Rogerson of grabbing one person by the neck-- hurting them, and interferring with others trying to call 9-1-1.  He's also allegedly took the property from one victim before fleeing the scene.  Rogerson was later found and arrested.  He was arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court and, sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
Chautauqua County Democrats finally had a chance to say formally say farewell and, thank-you to former State Assemblyman Bill Parment...  
 
The long-time Chautauqua County Democrat returned to the area for the first time in eight years to address the party faithful at their annual Dinner at Chautauqua Institution last night.   Parment headlined the event, telling stories of past campaigns and the people he worked with.  Parment was conservative on some issues and liberal on others.  However, when people tried to label him, he said he was just "a Chautauqua County Democrat."
 
Parment, who served in the state Assembly for 28 years, touted many things that Democrats have been able to accomplish nationally and, in the county.  He says it's up to a new generation of Democrats to grab the reins from Republicans who have had a strong-hold on the 23rd Congressional District.  While there are five candidates running in the upcoming primary, he urged local party members to unite behind the winner, whoever that person is.  All five candidates were on hand and spoke to the gathering.
 
 
Lakeview Cemetery will have its first ever 'flag retirement ceremony' tonight at 6 p.m. at the new Veterans' Grove section...  
 
Cemetery General Manager Hugh Golden says the formal program has been organized by the United Veterans Council. Old U-S flags are being accepted at the Lakewview Cemetery office anytime during the day today, or at the ceremony itself shortly before it starts.  Well over a hundred flags had been presented as of Wednesday.  Anyone who wants to observe the event should gather near the 'big flag' off Marvin Parkway by 6:00 tonight.  Hugh Golden says they hope to have the 'flag retirement ceremony' every year.  
 
 
Chautauqua County officials are getting ready for the annual Best Tasting Drinking Water contest this Saturday...  
 
In the meantime, the county's Department of Health and Human Services is getting the word about a state program that offers free lead testing.  Water Specialist Bill Boria with the department says home owners should get their water tested.
 
Boria says copper pipes with soldered joints installed before 1987 is likely to contain lead.  You can get more information at health.ny.gov for more information about the free lead testing pilot program.  The drinking water contest will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood.
 
 
Lawmakers in New York have little time left if they hope to quickly follow New Jersey in authorizing sports betting...  
 
The state Legislature plans to adjourn for the year next week, giving supporters a short window to pass legislation allowing bets at casinos and on mobile devices.  While the state Senate's Republican leaders are supportive, Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has signaled reluctance, saying he isn't a "big fan" of gambling.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has expressed doubts about a bill passing this year. 
 
 
A Pennsylvania man is accused of driving with revoked driving privileges and possessing two weapons during a traffic stop in Cattaraugus County on Monday...  
 
State Police pulled over 34 year-old Martin Miller-- of Rixford-- on State Route 16 in the city of Olean.  As Miller stepped out of the vehicle for further interview... Troopers allegedly saw illegal metal knuckles inside.  Additional search revealed a loaded 45-calibur semi-automatic pistol, which he was not allowed to possess in New York state and, a small amount of cannabis.  Miller faces several charges including second and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  He was arraigned and released pending a future court appearance.
 
 
A Chautauqua County Sheriff's substation has been opened in the Pine Valley Central School District...  
 
Sheriff Joe Gerace says the substation will be "utilized by deputies for completion of reports, interviews and other law enforcement related duties..." Gerace thanked Pine Valley Superintendent Scott Payne and the Board of Education, saying this is a "win-win" for the district and Sheriff's Office.  Having the substation will provide deputies a strategic location to work from, as well as law enforcement presence for the school.
 
 
Gasoline prices have jumped nearly 60-cents nationwide over last year at this time and, with that, U-S Senator Charles Schumer says rolling back fuel mileage standards for new vehicles is a big "mistake."  The New York Democrat says he has sent a letter as Senate Minority Leader to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt urging him to reinstate mileage standards set six years ago.....
 
However, Schumer admits it'll be a tough "road to hoe" because Pruitt has shown during his time in public service that he's more of a "friend" to big oil than the consumer who has to pay more for that gas.  He says the standards for moving towards more fuel-efficient vehicles included new cars, sports utility vehicles and, light trucks.  For the short-term, he says the only other way to bring down gas prices is for President Trump to "jaw-bone" big oil producing nations like Saudi Arabia and Russia. 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 13, 2018

A car-pedestrian accident that occured on Jamestown's southside Tuesday morning sent a young boy to the hospital...  
 
City police confirm the accident occured about 7:45 a.m. at the corner of Foote and Cole Avenues.  Officers say the child was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment.  No other details have been released at this time. 
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed heard from those who utilize the Chautauqua Works program during a visit to the city of Dunkirk Tuesday afternoon...  
 
Five people who use the services spoke with Reed when he stopped by the Central Avenue office and told him first-hand how the program has been helping them in their search for new jobs.  Reed says new employment figures show there are more jobs openings than unemployed workers across the nation.
 
Executive Director Katie Geise with Chautauqua Works, says it was helpful for the Congressman to hear from people who are using the services.  While she can talk about the nuts and bolts of the program, those who have benefitted from the program give the best input.  Reed says people want work, but the government needs to do a better job of giving them the opportunity to succeed.  
 
 
The historic Singapore Summit between President Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un was a success, but is just the start of work towards denuclearation of the Korean peninsula...  
 
Those are the feelings of local Congressman Tom Reed, who says he is "cautiously optimistic" that Kim will make a "good faith" effort to hold up his end of the agreement.  Reed adds, though, that if Kim is not serious about eliminating his arsenal, the consequences will be grave.  He says the U-S reciprocated by commiting to end military exercises with South Korea.
 
The discussions wrapped up early Tuesday morning (Eastern Time) with the signing of an agreement between Kim and President Trump.  While the U-S committed to ending it's war games, Reed said there will be no reduction in the just over 28,000 U-S Soldiers stationed near the Korean De-Militarized Zone.  He believes that both North Korea, and it's strongest ally, China, are convinced that if the situation is not solved peacefully, the military option will be used "to remove the threat."  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
The Lakewood Farmers' market has a new manager, a new day, a new location, and a new name... 
 
The 'Lakewood Farmers' and Artisans' Market' will be run by Harriet Sessler, and she says they will open this Thursday, June 13 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.,across from Hartley Park. Ten vendors have signed up, offering fresh produce, baked goods, meats, and honey.  Jewelry, soaps, photographs and postcards will also be available.  Sessler adds, part of Terrace Avenue will be closed for the market hours from the end of Chautauqua Avenue and Packard Avenue.  On days when there is evening entertainment in Hartley Park, vendors will have the option to stay open until 7:00.  
 
 
A Conewango Valley woman is jailed on $10,000 bail after allegedly breaking into a business in the village of Falconer Monday morning...  
 
Ellicott Town Police accuse 26 year-old Caitlin Arnold of burglarizing Kozy Corner's Kleaning just before 7:30 a.m. and, damaging property there.  She was arraigned in Jamestown City Court on one count of burglary and sent to the county lock-up pending further court action.
 
 
A new hockey team is coming to play in Jamestown... 
 
The Northwest Arena is welcoming the 'Rebels' to play their home games at the West Third Street venue for their 2018-19 season.  The Rebels come to Western New York from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a record of 41 wins and 15 losses this past season.  President of the Southern Tier Xpress Jim Cirbus calls the expansion a "dream come true."
 
Cirbus says the Rebels have won their Eastern Division Championship three-years running and, have been in the Championship Cup a few times. Training camp will run from July 6-8 and is open to the public.  In addition, the Rebels are currently looking for host families for the upcoming season.  For more information, visit the Northwest Arena's facebook page.  
 
 
Jamestown motorists are still paying high prices at the pump this week...  
 
The AAA's latest Gas Price Report says prices in the area held steady at $3.04 per gallon of regular, unleaded fuel.  However, prices have dropped $2.03-dollars 7-cents on average statewide.  On the national front, gas price averages have dropped four-cents to $2.92 since the beginning of June.  Today's national price at the pump is 58-cents higher compared to this time last year.  
 
 
A New York man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for trying to join the Islamic State group, despite telling the judge he only wanted to provide humanitarian aid to Syrians...  
 
The U.S. District Court judge told Arafat Nagi on Monday he found his humanitarian claims hard to believe in light of graphic social media posts of Islamic State violence and a photo of Nagi posing with an assault rifle.  Nagi pleaded guilty to trying to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

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WJTN News Headlines for June 12, 2018

History was made last night as American President Donald Trump met face-to-face with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and, predicted that he and Un will have "a terrific relationship"...  
 
After an initial 35-minute meeting with Kim, Trump said he feels the session went "really great."  Local Congressman Tom Reed says the series of meetings between the two are critical, especially for the North Korean leader.
 
Reed says he first became optimitic that the meeting would take place after a senior North Korean leader hand-delivered a letter from Kim Jong Un to President Trump last week.  Trump said "we're going to have a great discussion and a terrific relationship."  Kim says through an interpreter that it "was not easy to get here" and that there "were obstacles but we overcame them to be here."
 
 
The process of naming the new National Comedy Center in Jametown the United States' "official" home of comedy now has a second supporter in Congress...  
 
There is now a House sponsor for federal legislation making the designation in local Congressman Tom Reed.  Comedy Center Board President Tom Benson says the move is a "major milestone" for the effort.  Reed says the bill is similar to the one introduced earlier this year by U-S Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and, he adds that it's appropriate that Jamestown have that distinction.
 
Reed says the designation will put the National Comedy Center on a "par" with such places as the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio and, the Baseball Hall of Fame a few hours to the east in Cooperstown.  Gebbie Foundation Executive Director Greg Edwards says their studies estimate that the center will have a $20-million impact on the Western New York economy.
 
 
The weed and other aquatic plantlife in Chautauqua Lake is about three-weeks behind where it should be and, that's helped hold down weed growth in the lake this year...  
 
That from Chautauqua Lake Association Executive Director Doug Conroe during yesterday's annual meeting of the CLA held at Chautauqua Institution's Atheneaum Hotel.  Conroe says Eurasian Milfoil continues to be a problem in some areas, but not what it was like a few years ago.
 
The weevil insects that are native to Chautauqua Lake have helped keep the milfoil in check the past couple of years.  Conroe says the lake is about "three-weeks behind" as far as weed growth is concerned.  What is growing moreso this year, he says, is a more "native plant" called Elodea. Conroe says that's been the main focus of the CLA's mechanical weed harvesting efforts the past couple of years.  He adds that, so far, the Harmful Algal Blooms have not made an appearance on the lake.
 
 
The Jamestown City Council approved the new temporary location of the county's bus system to Pine Street... 
 
In a special meeting Monday evening, council members voted on allowing the Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System--- also known as CARTS-- to move the West Second Street hub to the area around the South County Office Building. The move came after some discussion of what time streets signs should read notifying motorists of when transit buses are parked along the street. The council passed a resolution to allow for CARTS parking from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. CARTS officials say the move is needed with the current streetscape project on West Second Street, and the grand opening of the National Comedy Center in early August.
 
 
There are opportunities to expand deer hunting in the areas around Jamestown during next Fall's hunting season, which may allow for a bigger harvest of the animals...  
 
That from At-Large City Councilman Andrew Liuzzo, who says he's continued his discussions with the state Department of Environmental Conservation about the matter.  Liuzzo recently told council members that, under the law, hunters can now apply for up to four additional tags and, says he posted the information on his Facebook page.
 
Liuzzo says landowners in the DEC Area "9-J" can apply for the additional permits, which can then be assigned to hunters.  He says it allows hunters to shot and harvest more deer.  Liuzzo says it's "a start..." and, will allow some additional hunting in wooded areas around the city to help thin the herd.  Ward Six Councilman Tom Nelson says he currently receives more calls on the deer population issue than any other.  He agrees it's a good place to start.
 
 
A New York state senator wants to use cameras to catch motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses...  
 
Republican Senator Cathy Young's proposal would allow the cameras to be mounted on the stop arm of a bus and record any car that passes when the arm is extended.  The Olean Republican says the evidence from the cameras could be used to issue tickets to motorists who break the law.  She cited studies estimating that drivers around New York state pass school buses thousands of times each day.  She says similar proposals have been introduced in state legislatures around the country as a way to crack down on motorists who put children at risk.  Young and other supporters plan to discuss the legislation at a press conference Tuesday.

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WJTN News Headlines for June 11, 2018

Four people are jailed, three of them following a raid at a home on the city of Jamestown's northside last Friday...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they were assisted by several agencies in executing a search warrant at 9 Crossman Street about 1 p.m. Friday.  He did not provide details, but says three people were taken into custody during the raid.  Samuelson says one other was arrested on a Felony warrant after he was spotted on the street, and chased to a location on Prendergast Avenue.  City police were assisted by the JPD SWAT Team, State Police and, the U-S Postal Inspector Service. 
 
 
A Mayville man is jailed on $5,000 on mulitple warrants has been arrested in the town of Chautauqua on drug possession charges...  
 
Sheriff's deputies say they did a warrant check at a home on Chautauqua Street and, found 39 year-old Michael Watson inside.  Officers say Watson was wanted on warrants out of Busti and Ellicott town courts.  They say further investigation showed that Watson was in possession of a controlled substance, and he was also charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was arraigned in Busti Town Court and, sent to the county lock-up.  Watson will also appear in Ellicott and Chautauqua Town Courts at a later date.
 
 
Invasive weeds in about 100-acres of Chautauqua Lake will be treated over the next two days with herbicides...  
 
The state Department of Environmental Conservation granted permits for the towns of Ellery, Busti and North Harmony to head up the program, which will involve applying the herbicide in the lake's southern basin.  County lawmakers decided not to provide added funding for the program and Executive George Borrello says they are focusing money on trying to get to the root problem of the weeds.
 
Borrello adds they are also supporting streambank stabilization, and helping farmers to stop fertilizers from getting into the lake and, feeding the weeds.  Originally, the DEC permitted the towns to treat 191-acres.  However, the CLP was only able to raise half of the 500-thousand dollars they needed to treat those areas.  Borrello says, while he believes in a "reasonable" and limited use of herbicides, there is not yet consensus to do that. 
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The three towns involved will start Herbicide application at 7 this morning and, continue through much of the day.  The largest area -- about 50-acres -- is in the town of Ellery.  There are just over 39-acres in Busti and, about 19-acres in North Harmony.  There may be a second day of application Tuesday.  The DEC says there should be no swimming, fishing and animal consumption of lake water in those areas for 24 hours after treatment. 
 
 
In New York state government news, the state Senate is beset by gridlock as Republicans hold on to power by the thinnest of margins....  
 
With one member away on military duty... Republicans are relying on the support of a renegade Democrat to stay in control.  But with the chamber split, Democrats are demonstrating they can shut down work when they choose.  The deadlock prevented votes on several bills last week and forced Democrats and Republicans into an uneasy detente.  Meanwhile, sports gambling supporters are making a final push before the session ends in two weeks.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has said there isn't time to craft the complicated regulations for sports betting.  But others hope to include sports betting in a final session-ending deal.
 
 
More than a hundred friends gathered with Ruth Lundin at the Audubon Community Nature Center Friday to celebrate her retirement as the center's President... 
 
Lundin said she was excited for Audubon as it 'catapaults to another level' and for herself, because she'll get to attend to some things that had 'to take the back burner.'  She said everyone who worked with her has improved the center and has been improved by it. Lundin has led the Audubon for nineteen years. A new President has not yet been named for the Riverside Road facility.  
 
 
It was quite the scene Saturday afternoon at the front door of the James Prendergast Library in Jamestown...  
 
Young people were reading aloud to an audience that included attentive dogs.  A hotdog sale and a petting zoo were occurring at the same time.  It was all part of the third annual Jim Roselle Read-a-thon. The event is named for the late Jim Roselle, a longtime WJTN announcer, and fan of the library.  The Prendergast's Executive Director, Tina Scott, says Roselle would have been right at home. The read-a-thon is held in conjunction with the library's quarterly book sale.  Tina Scott says the next big project at the Prendergast is the major replacement of leaking windows.  
 
 
A Dunkirk man has pled guilty to federal charges of cocaine possession and trafficking in U-S District Court in Buffalo...  
 
Assistant U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior has announced that 30 year-old Fred Santiago entered the plea before federal Judge Frank Geraci, Junior to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, five kilograms or more of cocaine.  Prosecutors say between July of 2016 and early May of 2017, Santiago conspired with co-defendant Michael Pacheco to distribute 'kilogram quantities' of cocaine in and around the region.  The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life and a $10-million fine.  Sentencing is scheduled for next September 20.
 
 
Dunkirk School officials have sent a letter to the city in an effort to continue discussions over establishing a school resource officer for the new school year...  
 
That's the word from Superintendent James Tracy following a recent Dunkirk School Board workshop meeting.  Dr. Tracy says the budget approved by voters earlier this month includes funding for the position. Off-duty officers have been volunteering to handle the duties on a temporary basis through the rest of this school year.  Dr. Tracy hopes an agreement can be reached soon in order to have someone on board by the start of the 2018-19 school year in September.

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News Headlines for Sat., June 9, 2018

JPD conducts raid at Crossman St. home, details not released...
Four people have been arrested -- three of them during a raid at a home on Jamestown's northside yesterday afternoon.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they were assisted by several agencies in executing a search warrant at 9 Crossman Street about 1 PM Friday.  He would not provide details... but, says three people were taken into custody during the raid.  Samuelson says one other was arrested on a Felony warrant after he was spotted on the street.  He was later arrested on Prendergast Avenue.  City police were assisted by the JPD SWAT Team... State Police... and, the U-S Postal Inspector Service.  Samuelson says details will be released next week.
 
 
Domestic incident leads to arrest in Jamestown...
A Jamestown man faces unlawful imprisonment and assault charges following a domestic incident on the city's southside Thursday night.  City police say they responded to the area of South Main Street and Prather Avenue shortly after 11:30 p.m. for an injured female.  While making contact with the unidentified female victim.... officers determined she had been struck in the face by the alleged suspect...  23 year-old Claude Wine, Jr.  Wine is also accused of preventing the victim from leaving the residence as she was trying to yell for help.  Officers located Wine on Broadhead Avenue... and, he was arrested without incident.  He's being held in city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
Quattrone officially receives County Republican Committee endorsement...
Retired Chautauqua County Sheriff's Lieutenant Jim Quattrone has been endorsed by the county's Republican Committee as their candidate for Sheriff in his challenge against incumbant Democrat Joe Gerace.  Quattrone... who is from Lakewood... says it's exciting to receive the endorsement... though they were "kind of expecting it."  He says he had been working with the GOP since starting the effort in March.  Quattrone has 30-years in law enforcement experience and training.... which he believes appealed the most to the Republican Committee.  He currently serves as Executive Director of the UCAN City Mission.... and says he's been an instructor at Zone-13 Police Training Academy for the past 28 years.  He says he is currently seeking to secure the Conservative and the Independence Party lines on the ballot.  Quattrone announced his campaign for Sheriff in early March.  The general election will take place on Nov. 6.
 
 
Dunkirk Man pleads guilty to federal drug charges...
A Dunkirk man has pled guilty to federal charges of cocaine possession and trafficking in U-S District Court in Buffalo.  Assistant U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior has announced that 30 year-old Fred Santiago entered the plea before federal Judge Frank Geraci, Jr. to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, five kilograms or more of cocaine.  Prosecutors say between July of 2016 and early May of 2017... Santiago conspired with co-defendant Michael Pacheco to distribute 'kilogram quantities' of cocaine in and around the region.  They say Santiago obtained the cocaine from a source in New York City.  During a May 2nd, 2017 drug raid... agents found about 640 grams of cocaine... 39 grams of marihuana... and, seized four drug scales, $44,000 in cash, $2,000 in money orders... and other drug-related items.  The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life and a $10-million dollar fine.  Sentencing is scheduled for next Sept. 20.
 
 
Young moving forward on NRG repowering effort, despite latest road-block...
The state lawmaker who has led the way in getting the NRG Power Plant in Dunkirk repowered says she remains hopeful that they will be able to overcome the latest hurdle that's holding up the project.  NRG officials earlier this week indicated that the New York Independent Systems Operator wanted them to pay an interconnection charge of over $100-million dollars.  State Senator Cathy Young says she believes there are ways around the charge that was much more costly that originally expected.  Young says she's got some ideas to put in front of the ISO, because the Dunkirk community and county's futures are at stake.  Young has be leading the push on the repowering project since it was first proposed in 2012.  She says unified support that's been shown over the years remains important to the project... and, she reminds residents that Governor Cuomo has thrown his support behind the repowering project.  In January... Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul reaffirmed Cuomo's support for the project during a visit to Dunkirk and had indicated that the plant's conversion would be completed by 2020. 
 
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 8, 2018

A teenager from Jamestown is being treated at a region hospital after she was struck by a pick-up truck while riding her bike on the city's eastside late Thursday afternoon...  
 
City police say the unidentified teen was riding in the area of Winsor and Chandler Streets about 4:30 p.m. when the accident occured.  Details have not yet been released.  Officers say the girl suffered back, neck and head injuries.  She was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital.  The driver of the truck was not hurt.  No charges have been filed.  The accident remains under investigation.
 
 
Chautauqua County's top-elected official is blasting a state agency that is responsible for coordinating getting power to New York's electric grid...  
 
County Executive George Borrello is critical of the state's Independent System Operator for reportedly saying it will cost more than $100-million to get the repowered NRG plant in Dunkirk "interconnected" with the grid.  Borrello says he's not sure what role the Cuomo administration may have in this, because of the governor's stated goal for using renewable energy in 12 more years.
 
The NRG Plant, which is currently mothballed, would be converted to natural gas from coal by the time it's supposed to be back "online" by 2020.  However, NRG spokesman David Gaier said late this week that the company is also facing a push back in the project's ability to deliver power to as late as 2024.  Borrello says NYISO's mission is supposed to be about maintaining affordable electric rates, but he says it's failed because New York has the eighth highest electric rates in the U-S. 
 
 
State Senator Cathy Young, who has played a major role in the repowering of the NRG Plant, says it's "outrageous" that the Independent System Operator is saying it will cost $100-million to connect with the state's power grid... 
 
The Olean Republican says the project has been "a high priority and the focus of years of intense negotiations, planning and investment on the part of NRG leadership, state and local officials and stakeholders throughout the community."  Young adds that "to spring" this on NRG now, with the process moving into it's final stages, is "reprehensible and raises many questions about NYISO's methods and analysis."  She says loss of the NRG plant would be devastating to the city of Dunkirk, it's school district, and the county.  Young also NYISO officials to join in the effort in "good faith."
 
 
The Chautauqua Theater Company will get to leave the confines of the institution this Summer to put on five performances of the Shakespeare play "As You Like It"...  
 
Two of those will be part of the city of Jamestown's "Summer Peformance Series" at Allen Park.  During Wednesday's announcement that there will be 11 shows at the Gorenson Bandshell, the Company's Artistic Associate, Sarah Wansley, said Director Andrew Borba first brought up the idea last year.
 
Wansley says the group's first performance will actually be on Bestor Plaza at the institution on opening day, at 5 PM on Sunday, June 24.  The first performance at Allen Park will be on Thursday, June 28.  She says the 90-minute show will also go to Southern Tier Brewing Company and, Lakeside Park in Mayville.  The second performance at Allen Park in Jamestown will be held on Wednesday, August 15.  The program at Lakeside Park will be on Thursday, August 2.  For more information on the Chautauqua Theater Company, visit CTCompany.org. 
 
 
Chautauqua County's Congressman says any proposed law that would take guns away from potentially "dangerous" people must be met with certain standards that don't violate second-amendment rights...  
 
Corning Republican Tom Reed made the comments late Wednesday when asked about Governor Cuomo's proposal of a "Red Flag" bill that would allow teachers, police officers, and family members to seek a court order to remove guns from the homes of troubled persons.
 
During his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media, Reed added that he would like to see people focus on the "why?" of gun violence, because he believe people will be more inclined to bring people together to find solutions.  Cuomo advanced the bill Tuesday in an effort to reduce school shootings.
 
 
Members of the Chamber of Commerce and the Visitors Bureau got a preview look at the National Comedy Center Thursday night...  
 
Executive Director, Journey Gunderson, says work on each of the high-tech and interactive exhibits is nearing completion.  The center will open on August 1.  General admission will be $23.50, with a discount for Chautauqua County residents.  A year-long membership is just $50.  Journey Gunderson says there's another special opportunity for people who live here, volunteer as a docent.  More information is available at comedycenter.org.
 
 
The smell of barbecue ribs are tantalizing taste buds in and around Celoron for the next few days...  
 
Kicking off the summer season, Ellicot Town Supervisor and Rib Fest Committe Member Pat McLaughlin says the 2018 Rib Fest in Celoron is underway.  The event takes place around Lucille Ball Memorial Park and, McLaughlin adds this family-friendly event on the lake has "the best ribs you can find."
 
There are five returning Ribbers this year including Sargeant Oink's BBQ, My Happy Place, Smokin' Joe's Hog Wild BBQ, After House BBQ and, Pigfoot.  In addition to rib platters with all the fixings, McLaughlin says live bands playing throughout the day, a "Kids Zone..." and bouncy houses are available for children.  There will be fireworks Saturday night at 10:00. For more information, go to CeloronRibfest.com.
 
 
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, the first openly gay House member from New York, says he's running for state attorney general...  
 
The 51-year-old Democrat from the Hudson Valley announced Wednesday that he's seeking election as the state's top legal officer to go after the "crooks" in the White House, Albany and corporate suites.  Maloney is the latest Democrat to announce a campaign for attorney general since two-term incumbent Democrat Eric Schneiderman suddenly resigned last month.

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WJTN News Headlines for June 7, 2018

Jamestown police are looking for the person who shot and wounded another man during a disturbance on the city's eastside early Tuesday night...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the scene at 47 Bowen Street shortly after 7 p.m. for a person being shot in the leg. He says the victim was transported to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment. He is currently listed in stable condition. Samuelson says police are not identifying the victim at this time.  He did say it was a male in his 20s.  There's also been no identification on the alleged shooter, but Samuelson says they have talked with some witnesses, and the victim himself and, they have some leads.  He says the victim was targeted.  If you have any information on the incident, you can call city police at 483-7537 or their Tips-line at 483-TIPS (8477).  You can also contact JPD through their Tips 4-1-1 app.  Police say all calls will be kept confidential.
 
 
A 2-year-old Silver Creek boy is home with his family -- safe and sound -- after he wandered away from his home late Wedneday afternoon...  
 
Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Route 5 about 4:30 p.m. after the child, who was seen on the family's deck, took off while his mother stepped away momentarily.  Deputies say the mother frantically searched her yard and home without success and, she called 9-1-1.  Officers responded and called in several other police and rescue personnel to assist in the search of the immedidate area.  Just before starting a massive ground search... Silver Creek Firefighters located the child south of the railroad tracks in a ravine, about a 1.5-miles from his home.  He was frightened, but, not hurt and was quickly re-united with his family.
 
 
A Dunkirk man will be sentenced in August after he was found guilty of charges in connection with a kidnapping that occurred at the Fredonia Wal-Mart on Route 60 in August of 2016...  
 
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson held a news conference yesterday morning, announcing that 39-year-old Samuel Saeli was convicted of second-degree kidnapping and second-degree "based on sexual motivation."  Saeli was arrested by Fredonia Police for kidnapping a 13-year-old autistic boy in the store's parking lot.  Swanson was pleased with the results of the trial. The case was first tried last September.  Swanson says both charges carry a potential penalty of 8 to 25 years, with post release ranging from 10 to 20 years.  The D-A also indicated that there may be federal charges pending, but he would not comment on that case.  
 
 
The organization that presents 'Fluvanna Fest' every Father's Day Weekend faces some special challenges this year...
 
Fluvanna Community Historical Society board member, Rea Bobula, said she came in the door and saw the water; she thought the Historical Society was "over".  One Monday in the winter, Archivist Mary Turney walked into their building-- the old Fluvanna church-- and found running water from a split pipe that ran down into the basement ankle deep.
 
None of the society's artifacts were damaged, but they won't be able to use the building for this year's 'Fluvanna Fest' on June 16.  All the other usual events will occur, and board member Dottie Muzzy hopes people will come, she says they need a fundraiser.  More information on 'Fluvanna Fest' can be found on Facebook, or at runsignup.com.
 
 
Warren County's only K-9 police dog will be laid to rest following a fatal training accident Tuesday evening... 
 
The Warren Times Observer reports K-9 "Choper" died shortly after midnight Wednesday as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. The paper says Choper was originally born in Holland and was sworn in as part of the force in May 2015 with his handler Scott Neiswonger of the Conewango Township  Police Department. Flags will fly half-staff today in honor of K-9 Choper. 
 
 
 
What has been known as the city of Jamestown's Summer Concert Series at Allen Park has been expanded and, will be known this year as the "Summer Performance Series"... 
 
That from City Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley, who unveiled this year's schedule of events at the Goranson Bandshell yesterday afternoon.  Ciesla-Hanley says they are adding the group "Pearl City Jazz" and the Chautauqua Theater Company to the schedule. The opening performance of the weekly series will be next Wednesday night, June 13, at 7 p.m. with the annual performance by the Jamestown High School Concert Band.  Band Director Megan Murray says they're excited to again take part because they get to do more "popular, upbeat" music.  She adds a lot of the tunes will be recognizable.  The following week, Ciesla-Hanley says "Pearl City Jazz" will be up the following week and, the Municipal Band-- under the direction of Rick Lundquist-- will perform the following week at 7:00. 
 
 
The annual Catholic Charities Appeal has again gone into overtime, but meeting the $11-million goal has been a struggle this year...  
 
Diocesan Director Sister Mary McCarrick admits part of it is due to the sex abuse scandal involving several priests over the past three decades.  However... McCarrick adds that Catholic Charities is a separate entity that operates under the Diocese of Buffalo's umbrella and, none of the money raised will be used for settlements.  But, she says it will help victims of sexual abuse.
 
McCarrick says they have raised just over $10-million of the $11-million goal for 2018.  This year's theme is "Love Your Neighbor."  McCarrick says Catholic Charities helped about 150,000 people over the past year in Western New York and about 14,400 of those were in Chautauqua County.  She says the help runs the gamut from the basices with short term housing and food, to counseling.  McCarrick says they have two offices in Chautauqua County, one in Jamestown.  For more information, go online to CCWNY.org.  The appeal runs through June 30.
 
 
Cynthia Nixon says state lawmakers shouldn't rush regulations to permit sports betting in New York state...  
 
The Democratic candidate for governor told reporters in Albany Monday that she's not "a big fan" of gambling and urged lawmakers to take their time with the regulations.  The Legislature is now considering permitting sports wagering after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a ban on sports betting in most states.  The "Sex and the City" star and longtime political activist also announced that she supports calls for supervised injection facilities, where addicts can shoot up under the eye of medical professionals who can intervene in case of an overdose. 
 
 
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, the first openly gay House member from New York, says he's running for state attorney general...  
 
The 51-year-old Democrat from the Hudson Valley announced Wednesday that he's seeking election as the state's top legal officer to go after the "crooks" in the White House, Albany and corporate suites.  Maloney is the latest Democrat to announce a campaign for attorney general since two-term incumbent Democrat Eric Schneiderman suddenly resigned last month amid allegations that he physical and verbally abused four women he had dated.  New York City Public Advocate Letitia James was nominated as the party's candidate at the Democratic state convention last month.  Former gubernatorial candidate and Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout launched her campaign Tuesday.  Maloney was first elected to Congress in 2012. He and his husband have three children.
 
 
Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout is launching her Democratic campaign for New York attorney general with a promise to crack down on potential conflicts of interest in President Donald Trump's business empire...  
 
Teachout says that if elected she would litigate aggressively against Trump, using the vast power of the office as a "sword, not just a shield."  Teachout, a former New York gubernatorial candidate, is a leader of a watchdog group that has taken Trump to court over the constitutional emoluments clause.  She announced her candidacy outside the headquarters of the Trump Organization at Trump Tower.  Teachout faces several candidates in the attorney general race, including New York City Public Advocate Letitia James. 
 
 
An unsubstantiated threat was made online against Jamestown High School last week...  
 
In a statement released Wednesday, JHS Principal Mike McElrath says "there have been conversations and posts on social media about a potential threat made to Jamestown High School.  The threat made last week to the high school was handled swiftly by the JPS administration and the Jamestown Police Department."  McElrath adds, there is no credible threat to JHS and the school was never put into a lockdown. 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 6, 2018

One person was injured following a shooting on Bowen Street Tuesday night... 
 
The Jamestown Post-Journal reports the incident occurred in front of 47 Bowen Street near Peach Street around 7:15. The paper says the unidentified man was transported by ambulance to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment. His injures are considered non-life threatening. City Police dispatch tells us the shooting remains under investigation this morning and, no arrests have been made. 
 
 
Two city residents face charges following a domestic incident at a Tower Street residence Monday night...  
 
Jamestown police responded to the property for an alleged assault and found 54 year-old Richard Harmon assaulted an unidentifed male with a baseball bat.  He was arraigned, and jailed without bail in Mayville for first-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  During the course of the investigation, officers also determined 32 year-old Jessica Harmon had been involved in a domestic incident with an undentified male and female.  She was released on bail for third-degree assault and second-degree harassment. 
 
 
The city of Jamestown is getting an up to $200,000 grant from a national organization that helps local communities bring a "balance" of fun and activity to the lives of children on the northside...  
 
Near the end of Monday's night's City Council work session, Mayor Sam Teresi announced that KaBoom! has told officials they'll be getting the money to completely renovate the aged Chadakoin Park playground area.  Teresi says while city Parks officials sheparded the effort, it was the work of the northside community that made the difference.
 
Teresi says the city's work on the project began back in March, when the firm "Parkitects" urged Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley and, Parks Manager John Williams to apply for the funding.  The news was especially gratifying to Councilwoman Vickeye James, who has been a staunch supporter of projects benefitting the northside area where she lives.  Teresi says KaBoom! and Parkitect leaders will be in the community for three meetings on Tuesday, June 12.
 
 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he wants to allow teachers to ask a judge to remove guns from the homes of troubled students...  
 
The Democrat said on Tuesday that he will introduce the idea as legislation.  He acknowledged it will face criticism from Republicans.  Under the measure, teachers and school administrators would have legal standing to petition a court to remove any firearms from the homes of students considered a threat to themselves or others.  Teachers unions say it's a better way to prevent school shootings than arming teachers.  Cuomo's proposal isn't likely to pass the Republican-led state Senate, especially with only two weeks before lawmakers adjourn for the year.  The governor also wants to raise the minimum age to buy firearms from 18 to 21.
 
 
The countdown is underway to the end of session for the state legislature in Albany...  
 
The Assembly is looking to wrap up work on June 20.  With about two weeks remaining, Cattaraugus County Assemblyman Joe Giglio says there are some remaining issues, including the legalization of sports betting.  Another concern for Giglio, how will the revenues be used by the state.  He says he would like any new revenues to go for school safety and security across the state.  Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre visited the state Capitol on Monday, telling reporters he was in Albany on behalf of the league to discuss the issue.
 
 
With a political stalemate resolved -- for now -- lawmakers in the New York state Senate have passed legislation to crack down on those who drive under the influence of synthetic drugs...  
 
That bill, which now moves to the Assembly, makes it illegal to operate a vehicle while impaired by any designer or synthetic drug. The chamber passed the measure and dozens of other bills on Monday.  Last week, political squabbles between Democrats and Republicans caused work to briefly stop. Republicans control the Senate, but currently do not have a working majority, giving both parties the power to block anything the other party wants to do.  Lawmakers plan to adjourn for the year June 20.
 
 
There is still a big need for host families for the 16 to 18-year-old Babe Ruth World Series that's coming to Jamestown in early August...  
 
The local Babe Ruth World Series committee is putting out a call for about 30 more host families to go with the 30 they already have.  That from Host Family Committee Co-Chairwoman Kathy McMaster, who says being a host family is both fun and rewarding.  She says the commitment is for the Thursday before the Series start on August 2, until the team is done with the series.
 
McMaster knows how great an experience it is because she and her husband, Rich, have hosted several players through the years.  She says the players will arrive with their teams on August 2 and, each host family will house two players from the same team.  The World Series runs from August 4-11.  For more information on being a host family, call Kathy McMaster at 488-0928.
 
 
A Brocton man has been arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated by drugs in the town of Gerry...  
 
State Police responded to the report of a male subject stumbling around and knocking items over in a Country Fair convenience store.  However, the man was driving away when Troopers arrived.  The suspect, identified as 32 year-old Marcus Watters, was pulled over on Route 60 after committing a traffic violation.  Police say multiple hypodermic needles were reportedly in plain view inside the vehicle as Watters got out to perform sobriety tests.  A search of the vehicle revealed three bags containing a combined total of nine grams of heroin, eight hypodermic needles and, a pipe containing marijuana residue.  Watters was arrested, and will appear in court later.
 
 
A Republican bill to relax regulations on the shallow oil and gas drilling that has gone on in Pennsylvania for more than a century is moving ahead in the Legislature despite opposition from Democratic Governor Tom Wolf...  
 
The GOP-majority House voted 111 to 84 on Tuesday for a proposal that covers permits, rules for wells, spills and enforcement for drilling that does not include the much deeper wells tapping into the Marcellus shale formation.  Backers say the bill is needed because conventional well operators can't afford to meet tougher standards designed for Marcellus shale production.  The Wolf administration says it's strongly opposed, warning it would harm the environment and lessen landowner protections.  Eighteen Republicans , mostly from the Philadelphia suburbs, voted no, while 12 Democrats supported it. 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 5, 2018

The county's bus system is asking the city of Jamestown to allow them to move their hub temporarily to the eastside of Pine Street until late this Summer...  
 
The City Council's Public Works and Public Safety Committees both briefly discussed the matter during last night's meetings and, further discussed discussed the later work session.  Public Works Committee Chairman Tom Nelson says CARTS would be using one side of a one-block area.
 
Public Safety Committee Chairwoman Maria Jones noted the hub area would be next to the South County Office Building.  Mayor Sam Teresi says there would be signage put in place for the time period CARTS will use those spaces.  Teresi says the parking spaces would be used by CARTS from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Fridays.  He adds that public parking would be available evenings and, weekends until the hub moves back to West Second Street on September 1. 
 
 
A hand-full of Jamestown residents were on-hand to voice their feelings about the city's 2018 Action Plan for it's Community Development Block Grant and HOME Program allocation....  
 
The city is receiving just over $1.1-milion in CDBG funding and, just over $326,000 in HOME funding.  City Development Director Vince DeJoy says they have some new initiatives this year, including some projects involving the UCAN men's shelter on West First Street.  He says there will be structural and exterior improvements.  In addition to the UCAN structural project, DeJoy says the CDBG funding will also be used to do some owner-occupied code issues in the North Main Street corridor.  He says that includes some of the "numbered streets" just off North Main.  
 
 
There's "good progress" being reported today on construction of the North Chautauqua Lake Sewer District's Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements project...  
 
County Executive George Borrello says the $3.9-million project is being undertaken in response to the state Department of Environmental Conservation's permit requirements and the Total Daily Maximum Load for phosphorus that has been established for Chautauqua Lake.  District Director Scott Cummings says the project "is designed to achieve 90-percent removal of phosphorus from the North end of Chautauqua Lake and the Village of Mayville's wastewater effluent."  The planning and design of the project was handled by O'Brien & Gere Engineers and the construction is by EE Austin, a local contractor.  Borrello says the project is now expected to be completed by this Fall and, will be key in upgrading our current system to improve the health and water quality of Chautauqua Lake."
 
 
Local drug agents seized about 64-grams of cocaine during a raid early last weekend in the city of Dunkirk...  
 
Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force last Friday executed a search warrant at 103 Maple Avenue and, arrested 45 year-old Ivan Soto, Senior, without incident.  Task Force agents say they also seized scales and packaging materials used to sell cocaine.  Soto is charged with two counts each of third-and-fourth-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.  He was taken to the Dunkirk City Jail pending arraignment.  If you have any information on suspicious or narcotics related activity in your community, you can reach the task force at 1-800-344-8702.
 
 
Lives will be saved through improved pesticide training...  
 
That from farmworkers to the U-S Environmental Protection Agency with a lawsuit filed this week. Every year, thousands of farmworkers are poisoned by pesticides.  The 2015 Agricultural Worker Protection Standard requires that pesticide training materials be updated and improved.  The new materials expand the content for pesticide safety training, set qualifications for trainers and require more frequent training.  Hannah Chang, with the environmental law firm Earthjustice, says the updated training materials have been ready for a year.
 
Last December, the EPA said it is reconsidering aspects of the 2015 rule and delayed publication to prevent extra work and costs to developers of the training materials and EPA reviewers.  The attorneys general of New York, California and Maryland have also filed lawsuits challenging the delay.  Chang points out that the farmworkers themselves aren't the only ones at risk of pesticide poisoning, so are their families.  The EPA's own analysis says the improved worker protection standard would save more than $64-million a year in avoided health care costs.
 
 
A new, on-line fund-raising effort will be used a week from this Thursday to help raise money for more than 60 local not-for-profit, and non-profit organizations in the Jamestown-area...  
 
The day-long "Give Big CHQ" event begins at Midnight on Thursday, June 14 and, the fund-raiser is being completely done online. Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Executive Director Tory Irgang says these kinds of fund-raisers have proven to be very successful in many different areas.  If you're interested in taking part and, want to learn more, she says to the website GiveBigCHQ.org.  Once you get there, you can see each organization's webpage. Tory Irgang made her comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight' program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
State auditors are reviewing safety plans for schools across New York state in an effort to ensure local districts are as prepared as possible for a school shooting...
  
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced the review on Monday. The Democrat says auditors from his office will check to make sure schools are complying with a 2000 state law requiring them to create plans for violence prevention, student evacuations and emergency communication.  The auditors are expected to begin their field work this month as the school year winds down.

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WJTN News Headlines for June 4, 2018

A man from the Buffalo-area was killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash in the Cattaraugus County town of South Valley...  
 
Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley say 35 year-old Robert Geddes of Cheektowaga was riding the ATV on Bone Run Road shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday when he lost control and, the vehicle hit a guard rail.  Sheriff's officers were assisted by Frewsburg firefighters, and others.  Starflight Helicopter also responded.  The accident remains under investigation.
 
 
Quick work by Jamestown firefighters prevented flames in one part of an apartment house from causing serious damage to much of the multi-unit structure...  
 
City Fire Battlion Chief Matt Coon says crews were called to the scene at 111 Thayer Street about 4 a.m. Saturday and, found Jamestown Police helping residents getting out of the structure.
 
Coon says it only took firefighters about 10 minutes to bring the blaze under control and, the fire was completely out in about an hour.  He says the apartment involved was vacant at the time and, that dwelling had extensive heat, smoke and water damage.  Coon adds there had to be some overhaul work in and around that apartment.  No injuries were reported and, an off-duty shift of 12 firefighters was called in to assist.  He says the seven people living in the four occupied apartments will be able to return to the dwelling.  An overheated exhaust fan was the apparent cause.
 
 
Three Mayville residents face drug related charges following a routine traffic stop on Route 430 in the town of Chautauqua early last weekend...  
 
Sheriff's officers say they tried to pull over the car, operated by 19 year-old Joshua Heilman, about 9 a.m. last Friday for not having an inspection sticker.  Deputies say Heilman tried to evade the stop by taking a seasonal dirt road and, hiding in a wooded area.  He was later located and, K-9 Drake was brought in to help further investigate.  Officers say Heilman was found to be in possession of marijuana.  His passenger 26 year-old Tyler Bowen was found to be in possession of heroin, fentanyl and marijuana.  His other passenger, 21 year-old Erik Baker, was found to be in possession of heroin fentanyl and a hypodermic needle. All three were issued appearance tickets for Chautauqua Town Court.
 
 
The third annual Jim Roselle Read-a-thon will be this Saturday (June 9) at the James Prendergast Library... 
 
Executive Director Tina Scott says it's an opportunity for anyone, particularly young people, to read out loud.  They will have a couple of dogs as part of the audience to read to this year. The event is named in honor of the late Jim Roselle, an announcer on WJTN radio for more than 60 years. Roselle was a great supporter of the library and always said his library card was the most important one in his wallet.  The read-a-thon runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and is designed to raise money for the library.  Phone the Prendergast or stop by to reserve a time.  A petting zoo will be brought to the library for the concluding hours of the event. 
 
 
The mayor of the biggest city in the 23rd Congressional District has thrown his support behind the local candidate seeking the Democratic nomination...  
 
Jamestown attorney Eddie Sundquist has announced that he has received the support of city Mayor Sam Teresi in his effort to get the nomination to run agains incumbant Republican Tom Reed.  In a printed release, Teresi says Sundquist's "commitment to honorable public services, his positive energy and focus on bringing jobs back to the Southern Tier is exactly what this district needs."  Sundquist says he's "honored" by the endorsement. 
 
 
In New York government news, lawmakers are entering the final weeks of their 2018 session and the fate of several high-profile bills will soon be decided...  
 
They include measures to make it easier to prosecute sex trafficking and allow early voting.  One bill would permit sports betting and another would legalize recreational marijuana.  While some of those bills could pass before the session is scheduled to end June 20 others may be too complicated or contentious to pass before time runs out.  A bill that would extend the statute of limitations on child molestation and allow victims to sue over decades-old abuse is also awaiting action.  That legislation has long been blocked by the state Senate and appears to be languishing again this year.
 
 
The weather threatened a few times, but there were no delays in the annual Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in downtown Jamestown this past weekend...  
 
Three local newspapers -- The Jamestown Post-Journal, Dunkirk Observer, and the Warren Times-Observer -- put on the tournament again this weekend.  As play wrapped up Sunday afternoon, Post-Journal Publisher Mike Bird said he was pleased with how the event went.
 
Bird says they wound up with 171 teams this year, which was fewer than last year.  However, he says it's a very managable number and, worked out well because space was more limited this year.  Bird was very happy that more than 100 people volunteered to help out.  He adds they also had over 20 local basketball officials help out with officiating.  He says the papers plan to hold the event again next year.  Twenty-percent of the proceeds from this year's tournament will benefit the Alex Foulk Fund to help people beat drug addiction.
 
 
In local auto racing news... 
 
South Park, Pennsylvania's Jared Miley passed leader Alex Ferree with 15-laps to go to win Saturday night's 80-lap Super Late Model feature at Stateline Speedway.  Ferree, who is from Saxonburg, led most of the way up to that point.  The race was in honor of Stateline Co-Owner Jim Scott's 80th birthday.  Scott's grand-son, Wyatt, finished third.  In the Paula Southwell Memorial 30-lap E-Mod race, Conneaut, Ohio's Joel Watson was the winner.

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News Headlines for Sat., June 2, 2018

Fire at Thayer Street apartment house quickly contained...
Quick work by Jamestown firefighters prevented flames in one part of an apartment house from causing serious damage to much of the multi-unit structure.  City Fire Battlion Chief Matt Coon says crews were called to the scene at 111 Thayer St. about 4 this morning... and, found Jamestown Police helping residents getting out of the structure.  Coon says the blaze broke out in Apt. 6 on the third-floor.  He says it only took about 10 minutes to bring the flames under control.  He says Jamestown police were helping occupants out of the home on arrival, and everyone was accounted for.  Coon says the fire was completely out in about an hour.  He says the apartment involved was vacant at the time.  Coon says there were no injuries reported... and, an off-duty shift of 12 firefighters was called in to assist.  He says the seven people living in the four occupied apartments will be able to return to the dwelling.  The cause is under investigation.
 
 
Weather Service reports record warmth for May, Friday afternoon thunderstorms drench southeastern County area...
The month of May set a new record for warmth in Western New York... smashing the previous record.  It was propelled by some record heat over the past week... which included a 91-degree day earlier this week.  Forecaster Aaron Reynolds says the average, daily temperature was 65-degrees... which is about 8.1-degrees above normal.  Reynolds says a strong ridge of high pressure was just off to our east, and that brought warm, moist air in from the south for the latter part of the month.  The change in the weather pattern Friday afternoon triggered some severe thunderstorms in the Kennedy, town of Poland, and Randolph areas.  There were flooded basements... and, some high water and flooding on Interstate 86... and, Route 60 and 394.  The latest forecast is coming up shortly.
 
 
Lakewood lawmakers reject herbicide use in close vote...
The Lakewood Village Board has voted against treating the waters of Chautauqua Lake -- adjacent to the shoreline of the village -- with herbicides.  The vote comes after a couple of special meetings on the issue by the board.  A statement drafted by officials, and voted on by the panel, states that lawmakers "believe that further study of the interaction between the early killing of curlyleaf pondweed and Eurasian milfoil and the creation of harmful algal blooms is necessary."  The measure further states that the Chautauqua Lake Partnership's target date of early May has "come and gone..." and, that many of the conclusions arrived at in the Final Environmental Impact Statement relied upon treatment in May."  The measure was approved 3-to-2 with Mayor Cara Birritierri, and board members Ted MaCague, and Doug Shuttee, voting for it.  Board members Ellen Barnes and Randy Holcomb voted not to approve the statement.
 
 
County Elections officials to take part in regional exercise to strengthen elections systems...
Chautauqua County elections commissioners will be taking part in a regional exercise next month by the state to strengthen the New York's election infrastructure.  Commissioners Brian Abram, Norm Green and County Information and Technology Director Jon DeAngelo will be attending the June 6th meeting in Monroe County.  Abram, the GOP Commissioner, says it's one of six regional tabletop exercises that will be held across the state that will focus on cybersecurity prepardness and response to threats to election systems.  Abram says they and the state want to make sure that votes are tallied and counted the way they should be.  The regional exercises are being sponsored by the State Board of Elections and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, along with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, State Police and State Intelligence Center.   
 
 
Borrello says getting a big enough, private sector workforce is biggest challenge so far in first year...
The biggest issue Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says he's seen during his first six-months in office is developing and retaining an adequately trained workforce.  Borrello made his comments during the county Chamber of Commerce's annual Executive Breakfast at Moonbrook Country Club -- north of Jamestown -- Friday morning.  Borrello adds there are plenty of resources to help the workforce issue... but, adds there is more that could be done with higher education in the area.  He says -- in business -- if you say your mission is failing the community you "need to something else."  Borrello adds it's part of finding a "balance" between providing a four-year, $80,000 scholarship to one student... and, then a person who needs $3,500 to apply for a CDL License can't find the money.  He says the best thing the "average citizen" in the county can do to help the area is encourage their kids to come back to the county once they complete college or a trade school. 
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Borrello also talked about a number of other matters... including progress on the new Athenex pharmacutical plant in the town of Dunkirk, and the repowering of the NRG Plant in Dunkirk.  He also talked about expected budget challenges heading into 2019.
 
 
Sports Betting legislation deadline coming soon...
New York state could become one of the nation's leading sports betting markets - but time is running out for lawmakers who want to legalize wagering on athletic events this year.  The legislative session is scheduled to end June 20, giving lawmakers only three weeks to hammer out the details of any proposal to regulate and tax wagers.  A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling struck down a federal ban on sports betting in most states.  Lawmakers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania have already voted to permit sports betting and dozens of other states are considering the step.
 
  
 

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WJTN News Headlines for June 1, 2018

The moist air associated with the remnants of Alberto is moving into the area, along with scattered showers and thunderstorms through tonight...  
 
Forecaster Kirk Apffel of the National Weather Service Office in Buffalo says some of the storms could be on the strong side through then.  Apffel says there will be another round of showers and thunderstorms Friday and, some of those storms could produce heavy rainfall.  But, he adds that we'll get a break from the unusual heat and humidity after Friday.  Temps should top 80 away the lake this afternoon, before dropping into the 60s and 70s over the weekend. The city of Buffalo tied it's 2006 record for May 30 on Wednesday with a high of 91-degrees.
 
 
Sears is closing another 72 stores after reporting a first-quarter losses and plunging sales, but they do not include the store in the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood...  
 
The West Ellicott K-Mart store is also not on the list of K-Mart's slated to close.  Nine of those 72 stores are K-Marts.  The struggling retailer said late Thursday that it has identified about 100 stores that are no longer turning profits, and 72 of those locations will be shuttered soon.  Sears Holdings Corp., based in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, lost $424-million, or $3.93 per share, in its first quarter. 
 
 
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol will travel to Washington Friday to deliver a letter to President Donald Trump from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un...  
 
Pompeo spoke to reporters in New York after meeting Thursday with Chol, the former military intelligence chief.  The latest news about the possibly "on-again" summit June 12 between Un and President Trump is heartening to local Congressman Tom Reed. However, Reed says he remains "cautiously optimistic" that the summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un will happen.  Yesterday, Trump said that talks leading up to that summit are going "very well."  After a North Korean official recently blasted U-S Vice-President Mike Pence, Trump said the summit was off.  However, behind the scene talks continued, and the meeting may happen.  Reed says, though, the talks need to achieve de-nuclearization in order to take place.  He made his comments for his weekly conference call with Southern Tier media.
 
 
A city man faces aggravated DWI charges for allegedly drunk-driving almost three-times the legal limit on Monday... 
 
State Police out of Jamestown pulled over 29 year-old Ramon Pando for a traffic violation on Route 60 and, after failing several sobriety tests, was arrested. Troopers say Pando provided a breath sample of 0.23 while in custody. He was released with appearance tickets for Ellicott Court next month to answer the charge. 
 
 
There are only two-months left before the new National Comedy Center has it's grand opening and, it's a "very intense" time for people working to bring the project home...  
 
The center remains on schedule to open in Jamestown during the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival August 1-5.  But, Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson says it's also an exciting time as it comes together.  Gunderson says, since they expect the opening to be extremely busy... now is the time to reserve your spot to tour the facility.
 
Gunderson says several of the exhibits -- which are interactive -- are actually being tested right now.  She says there are about 50 exhibits at the center on West Second Street.  For more information, or to reserve your time slot, again go online to Nationalcomedycenter.org.
 
 
There a new bench in the playground area at a park on Jamestown's southside following a dedication ceremony Thursday afternoon...  
 
It took a few years, but the bench -- named in honor of Michael Scalise -- was unveiled at Bergman Park.  That from one of the drivers of the project, Sean Kilmartin of Falconer, who was a good friend of Scalise's.  Kilmartin says, after Scalise was killed in a motorcycle accident in May of 2011, he and other members of the "Men of Bethel" at Bethel Lutheran Church began the effort.
 
Michael Scalise's father, Jack, was also at the ceremony along with Mike's mother, Judy.  Kilmartin says once they got together with city leaders, and they began looking at locations, they knew the Bergman Park playground was the right place.  Judy Scalise says Michael would be very honored to have the bench named after him.  
 
 
Another $38-million in state funding is now available to help farmers protect their land from being lost to development...  
 
Governor Cuomo has announced that the latest round of funding is available through the state's Farmland Protection Implementation Grant program.  The Democrat says the funding is the highest ever offered through the program created to ensure farmland is used for agriculture for generations to come.  Individual grants of up to $2-million are available to eligible municipalities, counties, soil and water conservation districts, and land trusts.
 

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WJTN News Headlines

Temperatures got into the mid to upper 80s again yesterday, but it was a record-setter at the National Weather Service in Buffalo...  
 
The Queen City tied it's previous record of 91-degrees set in 2006.  Forecaster Kirk Apffel with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says it was also another day of well-above normal temperatures in Chautauqua County.  Apfell adds this is definitely not normal for May, which may end up being a near-record month.
 
 
While we won't know until all the figures are in, Apffel says we are in the running for warmest May on record.  Meanwhile, forecasters are keeping an eye on Alberto.  Apffel says showers and thunderstorms began moving into the area overnight and, will be around through Friday.  Most of Western New York, including Chautauqua County, is under a marginal risk for severe weather on Thursday.  That from the National Storm Prediction Center.  
 
 
There are more and more paddle craft using the waterways in Chautauqua County...  
 
An overturned kayak led to the rescue of two Sherman women from Chautauqua Lake Tuesday... and, illustrates the need to think safety.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says it's important that boaters and paddle craft users alike have life jackets with them at all times and use them.
 
Gerace says there are many different types of life jackets available, including inflatables that are more comfortable.  He says boaters and paddlers should also be aware that the water is still cold and, he adds that can "sap" your strength.  The Lake Erie water temperature is still hovering around 50-degrees.  Something to keep in mind when going out in your boat or kayak.
 
 
A U-S Senate committee has approved legislation that provides support for a full evaluation of the excessive run-off that causes recurring Algal Blooms in Chautauqua Lake...  
 
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the proposed feasibility study is part of the "America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018..." which has been approved by the Environment and Public Works Committee.  Gillibrand says the measure, which is also supported by New York's senior Senator, Charles Schumer, would be carried out by the Army Corps of Engineers.  In addition, Gillibrand says the Army Corps would also be able to study flood risk management measures, and address the accelerated erosion along the lake's tributary streambanks.  The measure now moves onto the full Senate for a vote.
 
 
A young, Red Oak Tree found a new home in Roseland Park Wednesday afternoon as the City of Jamestown Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department celebrated community 'Arbor Day'...
 
City Council President Marie Carrubba issued an official proclamation on behalf of Mayor Sam Teresi, for earning national recognition as a Tree City USA Community by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 37th consecutive year for the city's effective efforts in urban forestry. Additionally, Arborist Dan Stone took time to wish mothers in attendance, including the four women in his life, a belated happy Mother's Day with his annual "Arbor Day Rhyme". He presented them with ceremonial shovels during the planting of the Red Oak in the park. 
 
 
Chautauqua County is preparing for a tough tick season...  
 
The county's Department of Health and Human Services reports that tick populations are growing along with the percentage of ticks infected with the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease. With that, Director of Environmental Health Services Mark Stow says while not all ticks cause disease, humans can reduce their risk of infection by remaining "vigilant" by wearing light-colored clothing, enclosed shoes, longs pants and keeping long hair tied back. 
 
Stow says people should also do a final full-body check for ticks at the end of the day on themselves, children and pets.  He also recommends using insect repellent that contains DEET or lemon of eucalyptus to anyone enjoying outdoor activities.  If a tick is found on the body, Stow says to remove it immediately with fine-point tweezers where it enters the skin.  For more information, visit their website at CO.chautauqua.NY.US. 
 
 
Ticket sales have been brisk for the several headline shows that make up this coming August's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival and, one show is already a sell-out...  
 
That from National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson, who says the Lily Tomlin show at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Saturday night, August 4, is completely sold out.  Gunderson adds another show with original cast members of Saturday Night Live the following night is nearly a sell-out.
 
Gunderson says shows will also include "friends" of Amy Schumer and, begin at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m..  She says the SNL cast program includes Lorraine Newman, Dan Ackroyd, and Garrett Morris; along with one of the original writers.  Gunderson adds there is also a new show scheduled that headlines Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's daughter, Lucie Arnaz.  There is also a program with TV comedic actress Fran Descher.  For more information, call the Comedy Center at 484-0800 or go online to Nationalcomedycenter.org.
 
 
Gas prices in the Jamestown area touched the three-dollar mark this week at $2.99 per gallon...  
 
That from the AAA's weekly price report, which says prices in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast region are as much as a nickel more expensive for a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel on the week.  Following the Memorial Day weekend, the national gas price average has held steady for five days at $2.97, a sign that prices may begin to taper off heading into June.   
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 30, 2018

Two Sherman women are safe after a water rescue on Chautauqua Lake in the area of Magnolia Tuesday afternoon... 
 
Sheriff's deputies received a report of screams coming from the lake and, responded with Chautauqua Institution Police. Officers say they saw an over-turned kayak with a person in the water. Bemus Point fire crews were able to assist 20 year-olds Bridget Yaw and Roxanne Toy back to shore with the help of shore personnel. Deputies remind citizens that the water is still cold and recommend the use of life jackets on all vessels, including paddle craft. No injuries were reported.
 
 
Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace helped a town of Busti property owner save a number of items from his garage Tuesday morning before it was destroyed by fire...  
 
Sheriff's deputies say the homeowner at 735 Hunt Road-- John Luciano-- called 911 a few minutes before 8:00.  But, officials say Sheriff Gerace spotted the fire as a by-stander and, was able to help Luciano get some lawn mowers and an ATV out of the garage before Lakewood firefighters arrived.  Busti fire crews soon joined them in putting out the flames.  No one was hurt, but there was some minor damage to the nearby house.  Fire investigators say the blaze was caused by either an overheated electrical outlet strip and/or a lithium battery charger that was plugged into it.
 
 
If a bi-partisan caucus, co-chaired by local Congressman Tom Reed, can get signatures from two more Republicans, they could force floor action on four bills to deal with 'Dreamers...' and, move ahead on improved border security...  
 
Reed said Tuesday there is momentum building for action to be taken on the "Problem Solver's" Caucus's "Discharge Petition" on June 7.  The Corning Republican says the GOP leadership is against the move, but he says the time for talk is over.
 
Hard-line conservatives in the House are opposed to giving legal status to "Dreamers..." also known as DACA kids.  They were brought to the U-S illegally by their parents.  Reed emphasized the measure is not amnesty, but would open up debate on how best to deal with DACA and, improve security on the nation's southern border.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier media.
 
 
A Jamestown man has been arrested for drug-possession after allegedly trying to pass a counterfeit 20-dollar bill at a convenience store on the city's northside early Tuesday morning...  
 
Jamestown Police were called to the 7-Eleven store on North Main Street shortly after 3:30 a.m. on a fraud complaint.  Officers say 42 year-old Richard Barr, Junior, who allegedly tried to use the bill at the business, had run off.  Barr was found at the corner of West Sixth and Cherry Streets and, arrested for first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.  He was found with Methamphetime, marihuana and hypodermic instruments and, was also charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Barr was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
Two Stockton residents were arrested on drug possession charges following a traffic stop last Thursday in Sinclairville... 
 
State Police pulled over 23 year-old Robert Keech on Route 60 for speeding and, determined the occupants of the vehicle had allegedly been smoking marijuana. A search by a K-9 Police dog alerted troopers to a grinder of marijuana in the center console. Further search revealed Keech was in possession of a subutex pill and metal knuckles, while his passenger 23 year-old Jordan Chamberline was in possession of tramadol pills and a hydrocondone pill. Both men were released with appearance tickets for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Keech was additionally charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana. 
 
 
A new website that honors the Jamestown-area's war-dead was launched last weekend -- in advance of Memorial Day...  
 
That from Project Coordinator Barbara Cessna during last Saturday's Blue Star Mothers memorial service for Gold Star families at Veteran's Park in Jamestown last Saturday.  Cessna thanked the Blue Star Mothers, and Cindy Reedy with the Dwyer Project and, County Veteran's Services Director Greg Carlson for helping to get the "Chautauqua Veterans of Modern Warfare Memorial" up and running.
 
Cessna says another key person involved was local veteran Dan Lombardozzi, who had another commitment out-of-town and could not attend.  She says the effort to launch the site began after last year's Blue Star service.  Cessna adds their work is not done yet, adding they also want to honor those who suffer from PTSD, and other disorders associated with combat service. The new "Chautauqua Veteran's of Modern Warfare Memorial" can be found online at chqvmwmemorial.org.
 
 
As the summer baseball season approaches, Jamestown is gearing up for the 16-18 Babe Ruth World Series' return this coming August...  
 
Local Babe Ruth Committee Vice-President and Public Relations Division Director Kim Ecklund says this once-in-a-lifetime experience kicks-off August 4, with a parade with floats for all the teams, local musicians and organizations.  Ecklund adds that the committee is also in need of community support in several areas, with the biggest being host families.
 
Ecklund says the biggest reward as a host family is the relationship created between themselves and their hosted players that can last for years to come.  For more information on becoming a host family, participating in the parade and more, visit JamestownWorldSeries.org. 
 
 
Starbucks has closed thousands of stores and asked its employees to talk about when they noticed their racial identity, discuss what unconscious bias is and watch videos in which people of color describe feeling unwelcome in stores...  
 
It was all part of the coffee chain's anti-bias training, created after the arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks six weeks ago.  The West Ellicott Starbucks was among those spending an hour on the training Tuesday. 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 29, 2018

 
A large crowd gathered at Soldier's Circle in Lakeview Cemetery following the Memorial Day parade in Jamestown for the annual service, including a speech by Greg Carlson, the Director of Veterans Services for Chautauqua County... 
 
A retired major in the Air Force, Carlson said we should never forget what others have sacrificed for us.  He added, there are things we all can to to support the nation by being law-abiding citizens and participating in events that honor the flag and falled soliders. 
 
Among those who presented wreaths at the solemn ceremony was Mayor Sam Teresi, who noted the growing size of the audience at the Soldier's Circle program in recent years.
 
 
Memorial Day is a day for parades across the Jamestown-area, one of the first was in the town of Busti Monday....
 
The Southwestern High School, and Middle School Bands took part.  The Reverend Roy Ferguson from the Busti Church of God was featured speaker at the Busti Memorial Day event at the Busti Gazebo.  However...he spoke about the night before, when he paused at the Busti Veteran's Memorial near the five-corners that recognizes service members from the area who died in battle.
 
Ferguson says he has presided over more than 200 funerals during his time in Busti, but says there is still nothing like a military funeral.  A soldier presents a folded-flag to the family and, expresses the president, and nation's gratitude for that person's service.
 
 
A city woman has been arrested for alleged drug possession after she was arrested for causing a disturbance on Jamestown's eastside Sunday night...  
 
City police were called to a report of an unwanted person at 18 Grant Street shortly before 8:30 p.m. and, found that the suspect -- identified as 36 year-old Heather Blair -- was wanted on a probation warrant.  Officers then did a safety check for weapons and, found narcotics, and some marihuana in her possession.  She was arrested on two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, unlawful possession of marihuana.  Blair was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
A north county man has been arrested for allegedly shoplifting items from the Dollar General Store in Sinclairville...  
 
Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Jamestown Steet shortly after 10 a.m. last Saturday morning.  Deputies say their investigation led to the arrest of 23 year-old Michael McNiff, Junior of Dunkirk for allegedly taking the items.  He's also accused of trying to tamper with evidence obtained at the scene.  McNiff was arraigned in Charlotte Town Court and sent to the County Jail on $10,000 bail.
 
 
A serial entrepreneur who played a role in creating the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus and who is trying to work his magic in Niagara Falls spoke about the "Power of Collaboration" at the Local Economic Development May Summit held at the SUNY College at Fredonia late last week...  
 
Director Patrick Whalen with Niagara Global Tourism Institute, is also the former COO of the medical campus.  He told local leaders about the "Power of Collaboration..." and, how it played a major role in bringing the leaders of the University at Buffalo, Roswell Park and Kaleida together.
 
Whalen, who has been working with leaders in Niagara Falls over the last two years, tells us that it's important to have the top leaders involved, including the presidents of those institutions.  He feels collaboration can work for local leaders who are trying to grow Chautauqua County's economy.   County Executive George Borrello, County IDA CEO Mark Geise and a number of local and county elected officials attended the meeting held by the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation.
 
 
Authorities are continuing to search for a 14-month-old boy whose mother's body was found in western New York...  
 
But, Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts noted Monday it would be very difficult for a child so young to sustain himself.  Virts says searchers are proceeding with the awareness that little Owen Hidalgo-Calderon might not be alive, but they hope he is.  Over 170 people combed a 350-acre farm in the town of Sodus on Monday.  Owen has been missing since May 16.  His 18-year-old mother, Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, was found dead Wednesday on the farm where she and her boyfriend worked.
 
 
New York state is chipping in to help protect the water quality of Lake George...  
 
The state announced Friday that it will contribute $343,000 to efforts to repair and upgrade local wastewater collection systems around the lake. The project focuses on preventing wastewater discharges and overflows into the lake.  Lake George is a popular tourist destination in the southeastern corner of the Adirondacks.  The lake played a strategic role in the French and Indian War and was later described by Thomas Jefferson as having "the most beautiful water" he had ever seen. 
 

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News Headlines for Mon., May 28, 2018

Busti hosts Memorial Day Parade and Service under sunny, humid conditions...
Memorial Day is a day for parades across the Jamestown-area... one of the first was in the town of Busti Monday... where several local fire departments, veteran's and youth organizations took part.  The Southwestern High School, and Middle School Bands also took part.  The Reverend Roy Ferguson from the Busti Church of God was featured speaker at the Busti Memorial Day event at the Busti Gazebo.  However...he spoke about the night before, when he paused at the Busti Veteran's Memorial near the five-corners that recognizes service members from the area who died in battle.  Ferguson says he tried to picture the vision of each as they were fighting in World War-one... World War-two... Korea... and, Operation Iraq Freedom.  Ferguson says he has presided over more than 200 funerals during his time in Busti... but, says there is still nothing like a military funeral.  A soldier presents a folded-flag to the family... and, expresses the president, and nation's gratitude for that person's service.
 
 
Veteran's Council president reflects before Jamestown's Memorial Day Parade...
The head of the group that organizes Jamestown's Memorial Day encourged the public to reflect on the real meaning of the day today.  Leo Penfield is the President of the United Veterans Council... who says Memorial Day has mainly become a "sales day."  Penfield urged people to pause, and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.  Penfield spoke on WJTN's Saturday Breakfast Party.  Riding near the front of the parade in a Corvette was Elizabeth Lutgen, an eight-grade student at the Jefferson School in Jamestown.  She wrote the winning essay to become this year's 'Miss Veterans Poppy.'
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There were also parades and services this morning near the Southwestern Central Schools in West Ellicott... Falconer... Celoron... and, Frewsburg.
 
 
Blue Star Mothers honor Gold Star Families at Memorial Day Service last Saturday...
The first of the Memorial Day Weekend services and commemorations was held last Saturday in Jamestown at Veteran's Park on Logan Avenue.  The Lake Erie Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers held their annual service of rememberance for local Gold Star Families... who have military members who gave the ultimate sacrifice.  Local Blue Star Mother's President Sue Rowley said that she had been able to visit Ground Zero in New York City... and, Pearl Harbor in Hawaii over the past 10 months.  Both times...she reflected on the service of those who died... as well as what their families endured, and making sure that their sacrifices are never forgotten.  Rowley was joined at the ceremony by several local officials... including state Assemblyman Andy Goodell... County Executive George Borrello... and, Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi. 
 
 
French Creek man seriously hurt in Car-Tractor accident...
A French Creek man suffered serious injuries when his car struck the back of a tractor early last weekend on Bakerink Road in the town of French Creek.  Sheriff's officers say 66 year-old Dale Rager was southbound about 6:30 last Thursday night when his car struck the tractor -- which was also traveling south at a slower speed.  Deputies say Rager was apparently speeding, and could not stop in time.  Rager was treated at the scene... then flown by Starflight Helicopter to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania.  The person operating the tractor was not hurt.  Rager was issued a citation for French Creek Town Court.
 
 
Buffalo-area man arrested on drug charges during traffic stop in town of Harmony...
A West Seneca man faces charges after allegedly being found in possession of a significant amount of marihana during a traffic stop early Sunday morning in the town of Harmony.  Sheriff's deputies say they pulled over a vehicle... operated by 25 year-old Aaron Fischer... for an alleged traffic violation on Bear Lake Road about 12:30 a.m.  Officers say their investigation led to a search of the vehicle by K-9 'Link...' who alerted deputies about narcotics being inside the car.  They say a search of the vehicle yielded about 70 grams of marihuana... drug paraphernalia... digital scales... and, concentrated cannabis.  Fischer was issued appearance tickets for fourth-degree criminal possession of marihuana, and speeding.  He was release pending further court action.
 
 
Progress now "every evident" at site of new Athenex Plant...
The transformation from unused land to the future location of the Athenex plant is progressing quickly off Lake Shore Drive East, Route 5 in the town of Dunkirk.  Two Chautauqua County legislators provided an update on the project late last week.  Republican lawmaker Kevin Muldowney of Dunkirk owns Route 5 Warehouse and Distribution, which neighbors the site.  He says the property is undergoing change on a 'daily basis' with local contractor Steve St. George heading up the project.  Athenex plans to invest $1.5-billion dollars into a state-of-the-art, 320,000 square foot facility to produce cancer-fighting medications.  Democratic Legislator Kevin O'Connell of Hanover says he has also seen the changes that are being made at the site... with massive amounts of earthmoving taking place.  Local residents have been wondering about the project that was announced over two-years ago by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Muldowney encourages area residents to drive by the work site and see for themselves. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 25, 2018

Leaders of the bi-partisan caucus that local Congressman Tom Reed co-chairs has signed a discharge petition that would force floor votes on four immigration and border security bills...  
 
Reed says the action was taken by the "Problem Solvers Caucus" to get reluctant lawmakers to finally decide on the matter after last week's failed vote on a Farm Bill that also included immigration reform.  Reed says he was not happy with the actions of more concervative Republicans in that vote.
 
With defeat of the Farm Bill and, no further action on immigration, House Speaker Paul Ryan's leadership has been called into question. However, Reed believes he will finish out his term as speaker.  The new "discharge petition" would force a vote on the new bills which deal with DACA recipients, Immigration, and border security proposals.  Reed believes those bills take "a great step" to help those affected by DACA and, provide better border security.  The Problem Solver's group first called for the rule, also known as the "Queen of the Hill" rule, to be employed in a February 7 letter to Ryan. 
 
 
New York City Attorney Keith Wofford is the Republican Party nominee to run for New York attorney general...  
 
The party nominated Wofford on Thursday at it convention in Manhattan.  Wofford, a Harvard Law School graduate, was raised in Buffalo and is now the co-managing partner of the New York office of the law firm of Ropes & Gray.  Wofford defeated Joe Holland to win the nomination.  West Ellicott's Randy Elf had also thown his hat into the ring.  On the Democratic side, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James was nominated for attorney general Wednesday at the party's convention on Long Island.  The winner of the November election will succeed Democrat Eric Schneiderman, who resigned.  Schneiderman denies allegations that he assaulted four women he dated.  Lawmakers have tapped Barbara Underwood, previously the state's mumber-two legal official, to fill out the reminder of Schneiderman's term.
 
 
New York City Public Advocate Letitia James is the Democratic nominee for New York attorney general...  
 
Delegates picked James on Wednesday at the party's state convention on Long Island.  If elected, she'll succeed ex-Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned earlier this month after being accused of assaulting four women he dated.  James won 85-percent of the delegate count to win the nomination.  Lawmakers already have picked Barbara Underwood, previously the state's No. 2 legal official, to fill out the final months of Schneiderman's term. 
 
 
Media One Group's heritage radio station now has an 'FM' voice on the airwaves.....
 
Local listener Rolly Austin has been tuning into WJTN since he was a child and, was selected to press the button during our 'Launch Party' in the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood Thursday night.  WJTN-Jamestown will now be simulcast on 1240-AM and now the 101-3 FM frequency to provide listeners with News, Sports and Lite-Rock music courtesy of the Clearview Pools and Spas Studio. 
 
 
A lake organization that wants to use herbicides on invasive weeds in parts of the lower basin of Chautauqua Lake is repeating it's request to the county legislature to help them with funding...  
 
Leaders with the Chautauqua Lake Partneship were on hand at Wednesday night's legislature meeting and, renewed their request for $500,000 to help treat 181-acres of the lake's south and central areas.  The CLP's Jim Cirbus says the initial request was made leading up to the legislature's April 25 meeting. 
 
CLP President Jim Wuerfrenz says they have already raised $250,000 from other public and private sources, about $169,000 coming from the Chautauqua Region Community, and Lenna Foundations.  County Executive George Borrello says the request has not fallen on deaf ears.  At the same time, Borrello emphasized the need for the county to do it's "due diligence" in considering such a request because of the potential liability involved.
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CLP members also invited lawmakers to attend this Saturday's annual Rally they'll be hosting at the Village Casino in Bemus Point.  The event begins at 8 a.m..
 
 
The Robert H. Jackson Center will begin the search for a new president shortly with the announcement that Susan Murphy will be stepping down from the post later this year...  
 
The announcement was made by Jackson Center Board Chairman Stan Lundine, who says -- under Murphy's leadership -- the Center is wrapping up a successful three-year strategic plan.  Lundine says Murphy is "an outstanding executive who led us to a new level of excellence.  Sue has also significantly strengthened our programs, fundraising, branding, and financial position.  She was instrumental in securing a $1.5 million New York State Downtown Revitalization grant to renovate our historic building." 
 
 
A court order says a 30-year-old Syracuse area man who was evicted from his parents' house must move out by noon a week from today -- June 1...  
 
State Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood signed the order on Thursday.  It sets a hard deadline for Michael Rotondo to peacefully leave his parents' home in Camillus before county sheriffs can be called in to forcibly remove him.  Rotondo had asked for at least 30 days to leave, arguing for a full six months during court arguments on Tuesday - which the judge called "outrageous."  The judge said Rotondo's mother was entitled to remove him right away, but wrote that she requested he be given until June 1st to vacate.  The story has garnered national attention.
 
 
Police took veteran NFL guard Richie Incognito to a Florida mental hospital after he allegedly threw weights and tennis balls at gym employees and another patron and told officers the government is spying on him...  
 
Boca Raton police released a report Thursday detailing officers' interaction with the 34-year-old Incognito after the other patron called 911 on Wednesday to report his behavior.  Incognito announced earlier this year that he was retiring from football after 11 seasons, the last three with the Buffalo Bills.  But, the Bills released him from their reserved/retired list Monday.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 24. 2018

 
More steps have been taken in sharing and consolidating services in Chautauqua County, after the legislature last night approved a plan allowing two north county governments to merge some services...  
 
Lawmakers voted unanimously to allow the town of Portland and village of Brocton to consolidate Vital Statistic Registrar Districts.  Legislature Chairman Paul Wendel says they hope to see more and more of this among local municipalities.  Wendel says they also unanimously approved a Sheriff's Department sub-station at Pine Valley Central School.  Could this happen at more schools?  Wendel says it depends on available space.
 
Wendel, who is also a teacher in the Falconer district, says that can be difficult to find at times.  He says Sheriff Joe Gerace began looking into the idea last year and, says they're pleased to be able to offer the service to the district and community.  He says having that presence would give residents some "peace of mind."  Lawmakers also approved new enhanced Sheriff's Department protection contracts for the village of Mayville, and town of Hanover during last night's monthly meeting.
 
 
The Jamestown Community College Board of Trustees has approved a new, $33.2-million budget for the 2018-19 academic year...  
 
It's also the final budget put together by now-retired JCC President, Cory Duckworth.  Vice-President of Enrollment Management, and Institutional Advancement, Kirk Young, says the "process of developing a budget has been long and at times challenging."  Young says they've been working hard at identifying cost savings, and new ways to bring in new students and generate revenue.  Full-time New York resident tuition will increase by $60.00 to $2,435 per semester.  The out-of-state tuition rate will be $4,870 per semester.
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed has introduced a bill that he says will encourage colleges and universities to lower their tuition costs, making higher education more affordable...  
 
The Corning Republican says he "dropped" the Reducing Excessive Debt and Unfair Costs of Education -- or REDUCE Act.  Reed says a key part of his plan would be increasing transparency in how colleges are spending their money -- including their endowments.
 
Reed says if colleges and universities agree to those moves, he says he would be willing to relieve them of the 1.4-percent tax on endowments that was part of last year's tax reform bill.  He says another key part of his proposal is a requirement for college's to put a cost containment plan in place, where they would be required to publicly show how they are going to hold down the cost to students.  Reed says he hasn't been able to gauge early support for the measure, but since it's now part of the tax code, he believes there wil be.  He made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
New York Republicans have nominated Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro to run for governor...  
 
Delegates endorsed the 42-year-old Molinaro Wednesday at the GOP's state convention in Manhattan.  He had faced a challenge for the nomination from state Senator John DeFrancisco of Syracuse.  Molinaro is a former state lawmaker whose political career began when he was elected mayor of Tivoli at age 19.  In his acceptance speech, Molinaro vowed to take on corruption and deep-pocketed special interests if elected.  He said he wants to be the candidate for other "everyday New Yorkers" from all parties who want to change the status quo in Albany.  Republicans are scheduled to nominate their pick for attorney general on Thursday, the convention's final day.  Democrats are holding their nominating convention this week on Long Island.
 
 
The Government Accountability Office says Congress can take back money that has already been appropriated for the Children's Health Insurance Program...  
 
The Trump administration has proposed cutting federal spending by $15-billion, with almost half coming from CHIP.  Since the cuts would come from mandatory spending, the GAO first had to determine if it's allowable under congressional rules.  Family's USA Spokesman Shawn Gremminger says five-billion is from funds that states are not expected to spend.  But two-billion would come from CHIP's contingency fund, set aside in case states spend more than expected.
 
The administration claims that because CHIP isn't expected to spend those funds, the cuts would not affect the program's ability to function.  However, Gremminger say that the whole point of a contingency fund is to have it available if expenses exceed expectations.  He adds the cuts are being proposed as a way to soften the fiscal impact of the trillion-dollar tax cut passed in December that detractors claim mostly benefits corporations and the rich.  The House is expected to take up a rescission bill with the proposed cuts in early June.
 
 
A local businessman who is also a community activist and volunteer in Jamestown will be chairing the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County's 2018 Campaign...  
 
As a coach for both the Jamestown Area Midget Football League and Cal Ripken Baseball programs, Executive Director Amy Rohler says Kurt Eimiller brings "a lot of passion and commitment to our community."  Eimiller expressed his gratitude by saying "I am honored to chair this year's campaign and, proud to volunteer for an organization that takes an outcome-focused approach to its programs."  Eimiller is currently the President of Sloan-Melhuish Insurance in Jamestown.  The United Way's 2018 campaign officially kicks-off later this year in an effort to raise over $1.3-million for 39 programs in Chautauqua County.  For more information, visit their website at UWaysCC.org. 
 
 
The second day for Conservation Field Days will take place today at Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center...  
 
Kate Ewer, an educator from Cornell Cooperative Extension, organizes the event.  She says between the two days, one-thousand fifth-graders from all around the county will visit with a couple dozen experts. This year marks the 52nd year for Conservation Field Days.  (Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center is located between Maple Springs and Dewittville, along Rt. 430.)
 
 
On the heels of the LECOM Health Challenge at Peek'n Peak this July, an American Junior Golf Association tournament will come to the resort's upper course for the first time...  
 
Peak co-owner, Nick Scott, made the anouncement during this week's Media Day. The 'New Era Junior Championship' will run Tuesday, July 10 through Friday, the 13.  As for the space formerly occupied by Peek'n Peak's lower course, that property remains undeveloped. Nick Scott says they continue to work on plans, but the lower course has been closed since the end of the 2016 golf season.  
 
 
A Jamestown man was arrested for allegedly threatening a boy with a weapon during a fight late Monday evening...  
 
City Police were responded to the fight in the area of Thayer and Falconer Streets just after 10 p.m. and, found 19 year-old Scott Eddy had threatened to harm the unidentified victim during the altercation, while brandishing a knife.  Officers located Eddy a short distance away, and he was found with the knife.  He was taken to city jail until he could be arraigned for endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree menacing and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 23, 2018

Jamestown police - with the help of local dive teams -- found the body of a Jamestown man missing for more than a month Tuesday afternoon in the Chadakoin River...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the scene -- near Harrison Street -- about 1:40 p.m. and found the body of the 35 year-old Sean Carpenter.  Samuelson says Carpenter's body has been taken for an autopsy.
 
Carpenter went missing about 1:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11 as he was walking in the downtown area and, heading for his home.  He had been missing ever since.  Samuelson says police had already seached the area where Carpenter was found but, he believes the body had been held down by something before it emerged at the surface.  He says police were able to identify the body through items found on it.  Samuelson says Carpenter's body was taken to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, where the autopsy will be performed. 
 
 
The state Legislature has chosen acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood as interim attorney general in the aftermath of Eric Schneiderman's resignation earlier this month...  
 
A joint session of the Democrat-controlled Assembly and the Republican-led Senate overwhelmingly voted Tuesday to name the 73-year-old Underwood the state's top legal chief.  The legislature is required to vote on the attorney general's replacement should the job become vacant.  
 
 
Lawmakers in the town of Busti have okayed going forward with applying a herbicide to deal with an invasive weed problem where the town borders Chautauqua Lake...  
 
Town Supervisor Jesse Robbins says the panel voted 4-to-1 in favor of moving ahead with an application program -- with the town of Ellery -- to treat about 181 acres in the lake.  Robbins says herbicides had been used many years on the lake up until 25 years ago and, alternative methods of weed control have not worked.
 
Robbins says the herbicide is placed under the water and resembles a seed or pellet and, kills off new growth of the Eurasian Milfoil and other invasives.  Such application was done in a small area of the town of Ellery last year.  Lakewood Beach was closed much of last Summer, due to issues with the lake.  However, that was due to Blue-Green Algal Blooms.  Robbins says the state Department of Environmental Conservation has now okayed doing that in a small area of the lake's shoreline.  He says the herbicide would be applied sometime next month.
 
 
While the Busti Town Board agreed to move forward on joining the Chautauqua Lake Partnership with a herbicide program this year, the village of Lakewood did not...
  
The village board held a special meeting Monday afternoon about the matter and, officials expressed concern that Busti was taking action, but did not consider how village leaders felt.  Busti Supervisor Jesse Robbins says the village had the same information the town had.  However, Lakewood Mayor Cara Birritierri wants more information before a decision is made on allowing the treatments to go forward.  She says the board will have a special session at 6 p.m. Thursday to consider it's options.
 
 
A Jamestown woman is accused of bringing a controlled substance into the Mohawk Correction Facility in Rome last Sunday...  
 
State Police investigators say 47-year-old Christine Robinson allegedly brought the contraband in for an inmate.  While processing the gray, powdery substance, an investigator began to feel lightheaded and had to be transported to a local hospital for evaluation.  He was later released.  The State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team was called in and, determined the substance was Heroin.  Robinson was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, first-degree promoting prison contraband.
 
 
The United Veterans Council is once again asking for help in placing flags on the graves of veterans buried at Lakeview and two nearby cemeteries in Jamestown...  
 
The Secretary of the Veterans Council, Melodie Paladino, says individuals and groups are asked to go to Lakeview Cemetery at 6 p.m. on Thursday.  Among Lakeview, Holy Cross and Holy Sepulchre Cemeteries, there are 4,700 flags that need to be placed.  Paladino says helping with flag placement is an appropriate way to begin the Memorial Day observance.  
 
 
Leading up to Memorial Day weekend, gas prices in the Jamestown area are up four-cents this week to $2.99 per gallon of regular, unleaded fuel...  
 
AAA reports that fuel prices in New York and Connecticut saw the largest state-wide jump in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region by seven-cents. The national price at the pump rose 12-cents over the past two weeks, averaging $2.93 per gallon.  Gasoline inventories also continue to measure above the 63-million barrel level, despite a 7-million barrel deficit compared to this time last year. 
 
 
The city of Jamestown's 75th Historic Marker celebrates what may be called a "little bit of Brooklyn" on East Fourth Street...  
 
The marker was unveiled near The Labyrinth Press Room, and Brazil Craft Beer and Wine Lounge in what's called the "Thurston Terrace Block."  City Historian B. Delores Thompson says the terrace was originally a series of town houses developed by a former city resident, and dentist.
 
Thompson says the block area has undergone some major development changes -- including integration of commercial development.  One of those is the co-owner of Labyrinth Press and Brazil-- Frank Besse-- says they take a lot of pride in what they've been able to do with what Thurston had left.  He says it's in the "spirit" of Thurston that he and others are bringing new and different things to Jamestown.  Mayor Sam Teresi noted the work of late Mayor Steven Carlson, who pushed to recaputure the flavor of the Thurston Block in 1975 with a streetscape project. 

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News bulletin for Tues., May 22, 2018

(**Bulletin)Carpenter's Body found in Chadakoin River Tuesday
The body of the Jamestown man reported missing just over a month ago has been found in the Chadakoin River -- just off Harrison Street -- in Brooklyn Square.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the scene about 1:40 this afternoon... and discovered the body of 35 year-old Sean Carpenter.  Samuelson says Carpenter went missing about 1:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11th... and, had been missing ever since.  He says they were able to identify Carpenter through items they found on the body.  Samuelson says Carpenter's body has been taken to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, where an autopsy will be performed tomorrow.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 22, 2018

 
The Jamestown City Council has approved nearly $200,000 in additional funding improvements in the grandstand and roof at Russell Diethrick Park... 
 
Lawmakers first approved a $111,000 increase for the painting project after lead-based paint was found in parts of the stadium that were last upgraded in 1984.  Mayor Sam Teresi says council's action allows work on the affected areas, which include the ceiling and steel beams, to move forward.
 
In addition, Teresi says council agreed to use $87,000 from the 2018 budget's Contingency account for further roofing projects at the stadium.  He says that should be enough to cover the cost, but he adds they're looking for other funding streams to at least cover some of that cost.  Teresi says the Jamestown Jammers Collegiate Summer League season begins a week from this Friday, June 1. 
 
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City lawmakers last night also approved receiving a pair of grants to help further development of the West Second Street Streetscape project and, the new playground at Chadakoin Park. The grant for the streetscape from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is for $136,000.  The city will be applying to the KaBoom!! Foundation for a grant for the Chadakoin Park Playground project.  More details to follow.
 
 
Chautauqua County officials hope that the federal Department of Transportation approves the proposal submitted by Boutique Airways to provide air service to the county...  
 
County Executive George Borello says the county and Boutique Air have submitted a joint application to DOT's Essential Air Service program.  Borrello says it's important to bring commercial air service back to the airport in Jamestown, after Southern Airways ended its service in January.
 
Borrello says one key difference is that the San Fransico-based airline has a code-share agreement with amajor air carrier.  However, he says he can't identify that carrier right now.  Borrello says he is working with local Congressman Tom Reed and New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand in getting the EAS program to provide subsidies for flights by Boutique.  Southern Air had lost EAS funding due to the limited number of customers taking flights.
 
 
New York Republicans will choose candidates for statewide office tomorrow in Manhattan...  
 
Randy Elf of West Ellicott hopes they pick him for Attorney General and, he says he's gearing up to deliver a "speech of a lifetime."  Elf says Republican leaders across the state urged him to get in the race back in January.  Only one other Republican had any interest, until Democratic incumbent, Eric Schneiderman, abruptly resigned earlier this month.
 
Elf, who has practiced law privately and at the Federal Elections Commission, says he wants to bring 'decency and honor' back to the Attorney General's office, and restore respect for the 'constitutional boundaries around government's power.'  (Republicans will make their choice for Attorney General sometime Wednesday afternoon.)
 
 
A city man is jailed for allegedly using a three-foot long sword to damage and destroy more than $2,000 worth of property during a domestic incident last weekend...  
 
Jamestown police were called to the scene at 136 Park Street about 2:30 a.m. Saturday for a woman calling for help.  Officers learned on arrival that the woman's boyfriend, 24 year-old Christopher Mancari, had allegedly damaged or destroyed $2,150 worth of property.  Mancari was arrested for first-degree criminal contempt, second-degree criminal mischief and, aggravated family offense.  He was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
A wanted Jamestown man faces drug possession charges after leading police on a foot chase early Sunday morning... 
 
City police stopped a man riding a bicycle eastbound on McKinley Avenue just before 4 a.m. for allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road without lights.  Officers say after identifying the rider as 44 year-old Christopher Cleveland, he took off on foot and, was arrested following a short chase. He was found to be in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine and a hypodermic needle. Officers say Cleveland was also found to have an outstanding bench warrant out of the County Sheriff's Office. He was taken to city jail for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminally possessing a hypodermic needle, obstruction and traffic infractions. He's being held pending arraignment. 
 
 
The third-annual LECOM Health Challenge golf tournament is coming to Peek'n Peak July 2-8, 2018...  
 
At a media preview yesterday, Bo DeHuff, Business and Sponsor Relations Director for the Professional Golf Association said the Peak is a popular stop on the Web.com Tour.  The event is open to the public beginning Thursday, July 5, the day Hope's Windows will provide free admission to all, veternans, military members, and first responders.  Otherwise, spectator tickets are $10 per day and $25 for the tournament.  Peek'n Peak co-owner Nick Scott, says Chautauqua County gets a real privilege when the players hit the course.  He says it's great to see the players of tomorrow competiting on a championship course.  County Executive George Borello says the LECOM Tournament stimulates tourism and the economy on both sides of the New York-Pennsylvania border.  More information, and opportunities to volunteer, can be found at Lecomhealthchallenge.com
 
 
People from both sides of the political aisle in Chautauqua County are fondly remembering former, long-time County Clerk Sandy Sopak, who passed away last Friday...  
 
The Falconer Funeral Home is handing arrangments for Sopak, who died at her Falconer home last Friday at the age of 78.  She was first elected as Poland Town Clerk, many years ago, and, was elected Chautauqua County Clerk in 1993.  County Executive George Borrello says she became well-known during her five-terms in office.  Borrello calls Sopak a "strong leader..." yet someone who "was a wonderfully nice person."  Sandy Sopak was also a member of the New York State County Clerk Association and served as President before she retired in 2013.  Her funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Levant Weslyan Church.
 
 
Announcement... 
 
The annual Special Olympics at Strider Field in Jamestown will be held this Wednesday due to inclement weather predicted for today.  That from local Coordinator Bob Gould, who says the forecast looks much better for Wednesday.  The opening ceremonies at Strider Field begin Wednesday at 9:45 AM... with the competition starting at 10:15.

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WJTN News Headlines for May 21, 2018

A San Francisco-based regional air-carrier has submitted a formal proposal to return Essential Air Service to the Chautauqua County Airport near Jamestown...  
 
The announcement was made about Boutique Air last weekend by County Executive George Borrello and local Congressman Tom Reed.  Borrello had to deal with the abrupt loss of commercial air service during his first business day in office last January and, says he's been working with Reed to restore service to Jamestown.  In addition to getting service back, he says they've been working with Boutique Air to "improve the quality and reliability, by recruiting an airline with a great business plan."  Reed says... "for Jamestown to continue to grow their economy and attract businesses and people they need to have convenient access to an airport."  Southern Airways was cut from federal EAS funding last January due to the small number of customers taking flights.
 
 
A former long-time Chautauqua County Clerk has passed away...  
 
The Falconer Funeral Home confirms arrangements for Sandy Sopak of Falconer, who died at home last Friday at the age of 78.  She was first elected as Poland Town Clerk, many years ago and, was elected Chautauqua County Clerk in 1993.  She served five terms as clerk for a total of 20 years.  Sopak was also a member of the New York State County Clerk Association and served as President.  She received several NYS County Clerk Awards and was host to the state-wide County Clerks Convention at Chautauqua Institution in 2004.  Her funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Levant Weslyan Church.
 
 
New York state has a new plan to control the tick population and combat tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease...  
 
Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state will apply "eco-friendly" tick control treatments on public lands in the Southern Tier, the capital region and the Hudson Valley.  The state will also expand the use of deer feeding stations that automatically apply tick treatment to deer as they eat.  The stations have already been used on Long Island and in other areas.  A new public awareness campaign aimed at hunters, fishermen and hikers will provide tips on how to avoid ticks.  Additionally, the state's Department of Health will seek out private researchers to collaborate on new medical tests to detect Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.
 
 
The village of Lakewood celebrated it's 125th year of incorporation last weekend with open houses at three locations, and other activities...  
 
Officials opened both the village's Fire Department, and Lakewood History Museums Saturday to residents and visitors and, activities were hosted at the Lakewood Library.  The  history museaum first opened in 2011... following an effort to create one by long-time village Historian, Tony Barone.  Barone says he spoke with Village Clerk Joe Johnson about locating an area for dozens of artifacts he found.  He says several dealt with the hotels along Chautauqua Lake.
 
Barone worked with former Historian Helen Ebersole and others on the project.  They were given space in the downstairs area where the police department used to be located.  Barone says one room is dedicated to the Packard Family, which owned a lot of property in Lakewood, and created the Packard automobile.  If you would like to tour the Lakewood History Museum, contact current Historian Susan Lane at 969-5792.  For more information check the Village of Lakewood website at Lakewoodny.com or their Facebook page.
 
 
Retiring Jamestown Community College President Cory Duckworth feels he is leaving the college in the best possible position as he steps down from the post today...  
 
Dr. Duckworth presided over his final graduations this past weekend at JCC's Jamestown and Olean Campuses and, says the college has gone through some changes in his five years at the helm.  He says one way is improving distance, and online learning.
 
Another challenge has been dropping area and college populations, which Duckworth says they've had to deal with from both a staffing and financial aspect.  As for his own future, Duckworth and his wife recently accepted an invitation by their church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, to oversee one of their mission program on the island of Madagascar on the eastside of Africa.  A total of 676 graduates were honored with degrees and, other awards, during Saturday's commencement at the Jamestown campus.  Graduates heard from 2008 JCC Alumnus Kyle Baglia, who had been a member of the U-S Air Force's Thunderbirds Air show.
 
 
A city woman has been charged with disorderly conduct after Jamestown Police found her lying in the road last Friday night and, blocking traffic at an intersection...
 
Jamestown police were called to the area of Foote Avenue and Harrison Street shortly after 9 p.m. and, found 30 year-old Latasha Cooper lying in the street on Foote Avenue.  As officers arrived, they say Cooper threw her purse at them and, started screeming obscenities.  She also allegedly resisted arrest and, jumped on the hood of a vehicle.  She is jailed on charges of Felony criminal mischief, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.
 
 
Voters in the city of Dunkirk will decide this fall whether the terms for Common Council members should be lengthened from two to four years...  
 
By a 3-2 vote, city lawmakers approved a resolution calling for the referendum during a meeting on Tuesday.  First Ward Councilman Don Williams voted in favor of the resolution.  He feels it should be up to the residents to decide.  Second Ward Councilman Marty Bamonto voted against the resolution.  He heard opposition from a number of city residents, many of whom were "totally against it."  The proposition will appear on the ballot in Dunkirk this November.
 
 
New York state is launching a new effort to help women struggling with maternal depression.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration announced late last week that the state will require insurers to cover maternal depression screenings...  
 
In addition, the state's Department of Health and the Office of Mental Health will create a new public awareness campaign to help women and their loved ones spot the signs of maternal depression and learn about ways to seek help.  The state also plans to open the first of several new outpatient programs for mothers this month. 
 
 
Authorities in upstate New York have found the body of a California man who was reported missing earlier this month...  
 
Cattaraugus County officials say they found Rudy Ray Rockett, Sr. in Zoar Valley in East Otto on Saturday night.  His son, Rudy Rockett, Junior, confirmed Sunday that the body found was his father and that police called him to inform him of his father's death.
 

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News Headlines for Sat., May 19, 2018

North county man wanted by Jamestown Police and others arrested in Dunkirk area...
A Dunkirk man who is wanted on warrants from the city of Jamestown and Warren County, PA, and is facing charges in the village of Fredonia, has been arrested.  Fredonia Police say that a patrol spotted 36-year-old Merle Smith, getting into his car in the area of Walmart on Bennett Road around 2:30 a.m. Friday.  An officer's inquiry revealed that Smith was wanted on an arrest warrant issued by Jamestown City Court.  After a vehicle stop... an investigation found Smith to be in possession of a significant amount of crystal meth, a scale and packaging materials associated with street level drug sales.  Smith was arraigned in Fredonia Village Court for second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation... criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell... and operating with a loud exhaust.  He is jailed on $10,000 cash bail.
 
 
Three people busted in drug raid in Silver Creek...
Three north county residents were arrested following a drug bust in the Village of Silver Creek Wednesday afternoon.  Following an investigation into possible drug activity at 8 Henry Street.... Sheriff's deputies reportedly found 27 year-old Dominque Estarfaa, of Silver Creek.... and, Dunkirk residents... 21 year-old Jorge Ortiz-Reyes and 24 year-old Mariarsenia Vega.... in possession of crack-cocaine, marijuana.... and, multiple drug paraphernalia items.  All three suspects were charged with second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia... and, several drug possession charges.  Vega and Estarfaa were released with appearance tickets for Silver Creek court at a later date.... while, Ortiz-Reyes was arraigned and sent to the County jail on $10,000 bail. 
 
 
Two people from Jamestown arrested for being in stolen car in West Ellicott...
Two Jamestown residents have been arrested in West Ellicott for allegedly being found in a car reported stolen from Bradford, Pennsylvania.  Ellicott Town Police say they pulled over a possible stolen vehicle on Fairmount Avenue Thursday afternoon.  Officers confirmed the car was stolen... and, arrested Laverne Riley... and, Desiray Corrigan -- both 35 -- for criminal possession of stolen property.  Police also charged Corrigan with criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument... false impersonation... and, driving with a suspended license.  Both were arraigned and sent to the county jail with bail to be set.
 
 
Duckworth presides over last commencement exercises at JCC...
Several hundred graduates will be receiving their degrees and certificates this weekend from Jamestown Community College... and, it'll be the final graduation for JCC's retiring president.  Dr. Cory Duckworth has been president of JCC's Jamestown and Olean Campuses the past five years... and, says it's been a rewarding experience.  Duckworth says he's been busy getting ready for last night's graduation in Olean... and, this morning's in Jamestown, where they celebrate their outstanding students and award degrees and certificates.  Duckworth came to JCC from Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah... where he was vice president of student affairs and strategic planning.  He began his position in August of 2013.  Duckworth says the high-light of being at JCC has been working with such a professional staff and faculty.  In fact... he says it may be the most professional stuff he's worked with in the six institutions he's worked at.  Duckworth says JCC is ahead of the curve in dealing with the new delivery of higher education nationwide.  2008 JCC Graduate Kyle Baglia was commencement speaker.
 
 
About 1,300 graduates to be honored at the SUNY College at Fredonia...
The State University college at Fredonia is busy preparing for the annual Commencement Day ceremonies that will be held on Saturday.  Spokesman Jeff Woodard of Fredonia says there will be dual ceremonies with nearly 13-hundred students receiving degrees.  Woodard says this is the 191st annual commencement at Fredonia.  He says a member of the Class of 1973 -- Dr. Michael Marletta -- will be addressing graduates and their families.  He'll also be receiving an honorary Doctorate from SUNY during the afternoon ceremony.  Nicholas Hlifka will receive the 2018 Lanford Presidential Prize from the Oscar... and, the Esther Lanford Endowment of the Fredonia College Foundation during the morning commencement ceremony. 
 
 
Flu no longer prevalent in New York state...
For the first time since before Christmas, influenza is no longer deemed prevalent in New York state.  State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker made the announcement Thursday as one of the worst flu seasons in years winds down.  Zucker had declared the flu prevalent in the state on Dec. 13.  Cases continued to rise over the next two months.  They peaked around Feb. 17 when state health officials said there were more than 18,000 laboratory-confirmed cases reported across New York in one week.  Officials say those numbers had fallen to below 460 as of last week. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 18, 2018

An elderly Fredonia man was killed after his vehicle collided with a pick-up truck in the Town of Pomfret on Route 5 near Van Buren Road yesterday afternoon... 
 
The Jamestown Post-Journal reports investigation by State Police revealed 91  year-old Donald Thering was traveling on Van Buren Road before 2 p.m. when he stopped at the intersection with Route 5. He then proceeded through the intersection and failed to yield to a Chevy truck operated by 29 year-old Matthew Coyle. The truck impacted the left side of Thering's sedan, causing severe damage. A portion of Route 5 was closed off while emergency crews were on-scene. Thering was airlifted by Starflight before succumbing to his injuries. 
 
 
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says consumers should have the ability to block robocalls on landlines and mobile phones...  
 
The New York Democrat announced Wednesday that he's supporting legislation to require all phone carriers to make call-blocking tools available for free to customers.  The technology prevents the automated calls from ringing through by identifying suspicious phone numbers or calls, similar to how email spam filters catch unwanted emails.  Schumer cited statistics that Americans received 3.4-billion robocalls last month, an increase of nearly one-billion calls compared to the same month a year ago.  The Senate minority leader says the automated phone calls are not only a nuisance but can also hurt consumers financially by exposing them to scams.
 
 
While it's been signed by Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello, Sheriff Joe Gerace says his office still has to wait until the legislation is filed in Albany before establishing an Animal Abuse Registry....  
 
Gerace says once that's done, they'll then make the registry part of the department's website.  He says any animal abuse cases prior to the local law being filed will not be in the registry.
 
Gerace says he supports the idea of having an animal abuse registry and brought it to Borrello's attention and, he helped push it through the county legislature.  He says there are other counties in the state that have it and, he urged Borrello to support the effort and, he did.  Borrello signed the measure Monday, after holding a public hearing. 
 
 
About one-third of the school budget defeats in all of New York state took place in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties...  
 
That from state School Board's Association Executive Director Tim Kreamer, who says there were 16 total defeats on Tuesday.  Kreamer adds that five took place in our area.  Kreamer says reasons for the spending plan defeats varied from district to district, but adds the amount of spending was an important factor.
 
In addition to Clymer, Westfield and Ripley in Chautauqua County, Gowanda and West Valley's budgets were rejected in Cattaraugus County and Eden's was defeated in Erie County.  So far, Clymer officials say they will likely make changes to their spending plan and, resubmit a budget that's within the state's property tax cap.  Kreamer says 97.6-percent of all school budgets passed this year compared to 99.3-percent last year.
 
 
State Police are investigating a motor vehicle crash that led to a Jamestown woman being airlifted to an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital Wednesday morning...  
 
Troopers in Fredonia say the accident occurred as the car veered off Route 5 in the Town of Sheridan.  The Post-Journal reports 49 year-old Patricia Bova's Pontiac Grand Prix drifted across the road into a yard and, struck a tree near Herrington Road.  State Police dispatchers say she was flown to UPMC Hamot Medical Center where her condition is unknown at this time.  More details will be released later.
 
 
A community-wide event where volunteers help clean-up and beautify Jamestown is set for this Saturday...  
 
That from Marketing and Events Manager Zach Agett with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, who says participants in "Hands On Jamestown" assist the city Parks Department with flower plants, litter collections and other activities in the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods.
 
Agett says they have 323 volunteers signed up so far, but anyone is welcome to participate by filling out a form on their website, Facebook page, or call him at 489-3496.  Agett says participants are asked to wear brightly colored shirts and encouraged to bring their own tools and gloves if they have them.  In addition, they'll offer light refreshments, garbage bags and gloves at the Winter Garden Plaza.  This year's "Hands On Jamestown" takes place from 8 a.m. to Noon on Saturday.
 
 
The Jamestown Area Community Orchestra will be holding one of it's two "traditional" concerts next Sunday afternoon at First Covenant Church...  
 
Orchestra Publicist Craig Ridgway says they're excited about the upcoming event, which begins at 4:00.  Ridgway says there is no charge to the public for seeing the concert, but they are accepting donations. 
 
Ridgway says there are about 50 members of the community orchestra, who play a variety of instruments from woodwinds, to brass and others.  Ridgway himself has played Timpani for the group for about 20 years.  He says Director Andrew Coccagnia has put together about an hour-long program that includes some newer sounds,  including Washburn's St. Lawrence Overture and classics like Slovanic Dance.  The Jamestown Area Community Orchestra has been putting on free concerts each year the past 25 years.  For more information. go to their Facebook page at "Jamestown Area Community Orchestra."
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 17, 2018

 
A north county man sought on several Felony arrest warrants in Dunkirk kept police at bay for about an hour Wednesday morning in the village of Fredonia before surrendering without incident...  
 
Fredonia Police Chief Brad Meyers says police learned that Walter Duprey was being sought on the warrants for robbery, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and criminal possession of a controlled substance and, was staying in an apartment house at 112 Eagle Street.
 
After several attempts to communicate were made with Duprey, he barricaded himself on the second floor.  There were also concerns about three other people inside the residence at the time of the standoff.  However, Meyers says it appears the three were not being held against their will.  He says they later left and, Duprey eventually surrendered himself.  Meyers says Duprey was immediately turned over to Dunkirk Police.  Meyers praised the assistance from Dunkirk Police, the County Sheriff's Office and the FBI.  Dunkirk Police and Sheriff's Office K-9 units also assisted with the investigation.
 
 
Two men were arrested after a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia were found during a traffic stop in Jamestown early Wednesday morning...  
 
City police say they pulled over a car at the intersection of Newland and Broadhead Avenues for having non-transparent side windows.  During the stop, officers allegedly saw a passenger, 39 year-old Jason Remington of Brocton, drinking alcohol inside the vehicle.  Another passenger -- 32 year-old Richard Philbrick-senior -- who is a State Parolee, was reportedly found to be in possession of meth and the paraphernalia.  Both men were taken to city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
A Jamestown woman had to be flown to an Erie, Pennsylvania trauma hospital after her car went off Route 5 in the north county and, crashed...  
 
State Police in Fredonia say the accident occured yesterday morning when the Pontiac sedan, driven by 49 year-old Patricia Bova, drifted across the road and struck a tree near Herrington Road.  State Police dispatchers say she was flown to Hamot Medical Center in Erie where her condition is unknown at this time. More details pending investigation. 
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's not surprised that North Korea is threatening to cancel President Trump's planned summit with Kim Jong Un next month...  
 
However, the Corning Republican says he is "cautiously optimistic" that the summit with the president will go ahead June 12 in Singapore as planned.  President Trump says he will still insist on the country's de-nuclearization.  North Korea Wednesday threatened to scrap the historic summit next month between Trump and Kim, saying it has no interest in a "one-sided" affair meant to pressure the North to abandon its nuclear weapons.  Congressman Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
It appears the Clymer School Board will look to put up a new budget for district voters to decide on next month that falls within the state's Property Tax Cap...  
 
That from Superintendent Ed Bailey, who says the $11.5-million proposal on Tuesday's ballot received one more "yes" vote than "no."  However, they needed a supermajority of 60-percent 'yes' votes for the budget to pass.  That's because the budget increased the tax levy by 13-percent.  Bailey says the new spending plan, though, will rely heavily on undesignated reserve funds.
 
Bailey believes there were a few factors, including last year's rejection of a proposed merger with the Panama School District, that led to the defeat.  He says they won't consider a contingency budget at this point.  He says that would be a zero-percent tax increase budget, but would also include a number of "drastic" program cuts.  Bailey says the Clymer School Board will meet to discuss a "capped" budget on Wednesday, May 30.  He says if tthe board decides to go forward, there would be a vote on Thursday, June 19.  
 
 
Lakewood and Hazeltine Library officials are showing obvious relief now that the referendum for a special Library Tax in the Southwestern Central School District has been approved...  
 
The $204,000 appropriation for both libraries was approved narrowly Tuesday, 425-to-413.  Three of those officials expressed their appreciation on Wednesday's Dennis Webster Show and, Lakewood Library Board President Mary McCague they are still working turn around opponents of the move.
 
McCague, Karen Dennerlein, and Katie Smith all noted that local libraries have become much more than books and video libraries.  For lower income residents, they have become a resource for online job searches, among others.  Dennerlein also said district residents would NOT have to vote again on a budget unless there's a decrease, or an increase in it.  She adds they were "very concerned" about which way the vote may go when an "11th Hour" campaign opposing the measure cropped up and spread what she called "some misinformation" about what they do.
 
 
The Clymer School Budget was one of three in Chautauqua County that was defeated on Tuesday...  
 
The others included the Ripley spending plan, which was also defeated in a close vote.  The Post-Journal reports the vote on the $9.2-million spending plan was 91-to-90 against.  Ripley voters did approve a bus proposition, but defeated another to establish a capital reserve fund.  In Westfield, voters rejected a $16.7-million budget, 295-to-196.  
 
 
The theme for the annual Resource Center Symposium on Wednesday was 'resilience'...  
 
The keynote speaker was Stephen Manning, a noted immigration attorney from Oregon.  In working with people who desparately want to come to the United States, Manning says he's seen three distinctive characteristics-- "a staunch acceptance of reality, a deep belief that life is meaningful and an uncanny ability to improvise".  He believes people who work with the disabled often show the same abilities.  Stephen Manning is the brother of Michele Albaugh, the Resource Center's Director of Learning and Development. The symposium was held at Chautauqua.  
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 16, 2018

A possible record number of voters helped put the $28.6-million Southwestern Central School district budget over the top Tuesday, as well as a bus proposition...  
 
A Special Library Tax to support the Lakewood and Hazetline Libraries was also approved by a very narrow margin.  School Superintendent Maureen Donahue was pleased the voters came out, and approved the budget, 556-to-274.
 
The bus proposition was approved, 584-to-247.  However, it was not an easy vote regarding establishment of a special tax to fund the Lakewood Library and, the Hazeltine Library in Busti.  The final vote was 425 "yes" and 413 "no."  Lakewood Library's Karen Dennerlein was very happy and, thanked everyone who voted.  She says they will "do their best" to be responsible citizens, and serve the community as best they can.  Three of the four school board seats up for a vote were won by incumbants Jim Butler, Ed Brooks and Lisa Yaggie.  Maureen Donahue says there were 102 write-in votes and, officials will see what happens with those in deciding who will fill an open seat on the panel.
 
 
Jamestown School District voters have overwhelmingly approved an $86.6-million budget for the 2018-19 school year...  
 
The final tally was 419-to-63 for the spending plan, which included no tax levy increase.  Propositions establishing a capital reserve fund, and adding an "ex-officio" student school board member were also approved.  Incumbant School Board members Nina Karbacka and Dan Johnson were re-elected to the two seats up for a vote.  Karbacka received 410 votes, while Johnson got 363.  Challenger Brianne Fadale got 213.
 
 
Voters in the Falconer Central School District also overwhelmingly approved a new, $23-million budget for the next school year.  School Business Manager Brent Agatt says the spending plan was adopted, 150-to-28.  There were no other propositions and, School Board President Todd Beckerink ran unopposed.
 
 
Residents in the Frewsburg School District have approved a $17.7-million budget that cuts spending, voting in favor 137 to 49.  School officials say the budget includes a 2.36-percent tax  levy increase in the 2018-19 budget. A 380-thousand dollar bus proposition and, a $189,000 capitol reserve proposition were also approved.  Additionally, Chad Chitester, and Larry Lodestro were re-elected to the school board with 159 and 155 votes. 
 
 
In Bemus Point, residents approved their budget for 2018-19, 149 to 50.  They also approved a bus proposition, 152-to-47.  All three candidates running for the school board were elected.
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Also on Tuesday, voters in the Sherman school district approved a $10.3-million budget for 2018-19, 190 to 47.  They also approved setting up a capital reserve fund, 187-to-48.  A bus proposition also passed, 190-to-46.  The two school board seats up for a vote were won by Teresa Barney, with 146 votes, while Timothy Sears had 129 tallies.  Emily Reynolds was third, and Joe DeLellis fourth.  
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In Panama, voters approved the $13.8-million budget by a wide margin -- 126-to-10.  Gregory Hudson won one of the two school board seats up for a vote with 122 tallies.  Robert Delahoy won a write-in contest for the second seat with 15 votes.
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Voters in the Cassadaga Valley School District approved a $22.2-million budget for the next school year, 190-to-48.  A separate bus proposition was also adopted, 184-to-54.  Jeanne Oag and Robert Main won school board seats.
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In Brocton, residents approved the 2018-19 budget, 176-to-43.  The two board seats were sone by Melissa Seavy with 151 votes, while Robert Mead-Colegrove was second with 130.  Beth Jagoda was third.
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AND in Westfield, voters rejected their budget, 295-to-196.
 
 
New York's junior U-S Senator says she wants Agriculture Secretary Sunny Perdue to grant some emergency relief money to struggling dairy farmers...  
 
Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand says she wants $300-million--- the same amount granted to cotton farmers -- for their emergency earlier this year.  Gillibrand, who is a member of the Senate Ag Committee, says dairy farmers are being pushed into poverty and mental anguish by prices that don't meet the cost of production.  She wants the payments to be sent directly to farmers, in their milk checks, without an application process.
 
Gillibrand says the cotton sector is just one-tenth the size of the dairy industry and produces a storable product, unlike milk, which is perishable.  While preliminary work is being done on a new farm bill, the senator says dairy economics are so bad right now, producers can't wait for a new law to get relief.  
 
 
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes during a raid yesterday morning on the city's southside....  
 
City Police say 46 year-old Steven Patterson was taken into custody during the 8:40 a.m. raid by the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, and state Police C-NET Team at 262 Forest Avenue.  Officers say they found 50 cartons of untaxed, and illegal cigarettes, and several thousand dollars in cash.  Patterson was arrested for Felony possession of unstamped and untaxed cigarettes, and criminal tax fraud.  He was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
The Public Works Department in the city of Jamestown has laid out an ambitious schedule of 104 major road construction projects for this year...  
 
The city council's Public Works Committee Monday night reviewed the list of projects, which include mill and overlay, nova chipping and, chip-and-seal through this Fall.  Committee Chairman Tom Nelson is impressed by the list, which includes 18 major reconstruction projects.  Mayor Sam Teresi says he's impressed -- every year -- by DPW Director Jeff Lehman and his staff.
 
Teresi says the complete list of projects can be found at the city of Jamestown's website at JamestownNY.net.  He says you can also follow where the DPW is working each day online.  Teresi says the 18 major projects include the one that's been underway the past couple of weeks on West Fourth Street between Washington and Lafayette Streets.  Another major reconstruction project is to take place at the Allen Park Glen on the southside.
 
 
Gasoline prices continue to rise in the Jamestown area this week...
 
That from AAA's weekly price report which says motorists are paying $2.95 per gallon, or two-cents more than last week.  Officials say New York is one of the top-12 states with the most expensive gas prices in the country and one of the only four states on the east coast with price averages at $3.00 or more. AAA reports that inventories rose by 1.8-million to 68-million barrels on the week.  The mid-Atlantic and Northeast region was the only one in the country to see inventories build.  Nationally, fuel prices also saw a surge at the pump, jumping six-cents to $2.87.  Officials say this can be attributed to the White House's decision to re-impose sanctions on Iran, the nation-wide switch to "Summer Blend" fuel and, growing demand.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 15, 2018

The city of Jamestown is moving ahead with the process of taking ownership of a "zombie property" on the northside that's been abandoned for several years to be rehabilitated, and then sold as a single-family home...  
 
City Development Director Vince DeJoy says this may be the first time a municipality has been able to take advantage of the new provision of state Real Property Tax Law.  During last night's City Council work session, DeJoy said the city was able to hire a special attorney to finalize city ownership of 402 Lakeview Avenue.
 
Ben Haskin is also part of the legal team involved in the process of acquiring the property... and, says there were a number of hurdles that had to be cleared first.  Haskin says the first is proving the house had been abandoned for some time.  In this case, he says it's been five-years.  DeJoy says the good news is that the property should be eligible for historic tax credits, and, some tax abatements.  The home is near the corner of Lakeview and Van Buren Street.
 
 
Residents in the Frewsburg School District residents will decide today on a $17.7-million budget that cuts spending, but increases the tax levy...  
 
School officials say the budget includes a 2.36-percent tax  levy increase in the 2018-19 budget.  There is also a $380,000 bus proposition and, a $189,000 capitol reserve proposition.  Voters will also ballot on two school board seats currently held by Chad Chitester, and Larry Lodestro.  Voting today runs from 2 to 8 p.m.
 
 
Voters in the Falconer Central School District will cast ballots today on a just over $23-million, 2018-19 budget that has no tax increase in it...  
 
That from School Business Manager Brent Agatt... who says there is a $460,000 spending increase in the new proposal.  Agatt says the increases are mostly in two different areas: teacher-retirement system costs and health insurance.
 
Agatt says they were able to cover the added spending through a $360,000 increase in state Foundation Aid, and more BOCES Aid.  He says there are no other propositions on the ballot Tuesday and, there is one school board seat up for a vote.  Board President Todd Beckerink is running unopposed for re-election.  Voting in Falconer today runs from 2 to 8 p.m.
 
 
Residents of the Jamestown School District will vote today on an $86.6-million dollar budget that includes no increase in the tax levy...  
 
Voting takes place from Noon to 9 p.m. at Lincoln, Jefferson and, Washington Schools.  If you are unsure about where to vote, call District Clerk Nita Walter, at 483-4420.  There are also a transportation and capital reserve fund propositions.  Voters will also chose between school board incumbants Dan Johnson and Nina Karbacka, and challenger Brianna Fadale.
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The first district to vote today in the immediate Jamestown-area will be the Southwestern School District, where polls open at 7:00 this morning...  
 
There will be three propositions on the ballot, including a $28.6-million budget for the 2018-19 school year.  That includes a one-percent tax levy increase.  There is also a much-discussed proposition to establish a Special Tax for the Lakewood and Hazeltine Libraries and, another proposition for new buses.  Three people are running for four school board seats.   Voting in the morning runs from 7 to 9 a.m. and, from 2 to 8 p.m.
 
 
A proposed local law establishing an Animal Abuse Registry in Chautauqua County has cleared the final hurdle.  County Executive George Borrello says he has now signed the law, after holding a public hearing Monday morning...
 
Borrello has been a supporter of the legislation that was brought to his attention by Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace.  He says he doesn't know when a website will be launched, but he doesn't expect it to be very long.  Borrello says the Sheriff's Department will maintain the registry and, keep it updated.  Besides requiring those who are convicted of animal abuse to register, the local law will also require groups and individuals who sell or arrange adoptions to check the registry.
 
 
The Bemus Bay Pops will not be in operation this year because the "floating stage" no longer has it's home near the Italian Fisherman to operate from...  
 
The Pops posted a Facebook release last weekend, saying the news was submitted with "a heavy heart."  However, Pops Chairman Dan Dalpra says they hope "this is not the final curtain; but rather the start of our 2nd act!"  The Pops had been located along Chautauqua Lake -- in Bemus Point -- for the past 20 years.  In the release, Dalpra says they are searching for a new location to call home.
 
 
As part of National Infrastructure Week, advocates are calling on Congress to fully fund maintenance at national parks here in New York and across the country... 
 
There are two dozen National Park sites in the Empire State, drawing more than 19-million visitors a year and generating more than $700-million in local spending in 2017 alone. But, years of deferred maintenance have left a national back-log of needed repairs that was estimated at $11.6-billion.  President Mary Kay Vrba with Dutchess County Tourism says maintaining national parks in New York means preserving not only their economic value but critical pieces of our national heritage as well.
 
Pew Charitable Trusts has launched a Restore America's Parks Campaign calling on Congress to preserve the nation's history, protect local economies and create jobs by fixing the nation's parks.  A Pew-commissioned analysis found that addressing the maintenance backlog facing the National Park Service would create or support more than 9,800 jobs in New York State alone.  
 
 
A man from Conewango is jailed on $75,000 bail for allegedly shoplifting a number of items from the Lakewood Wal-Mart Superstore and being in possession of brass knuckles and drugs...  
 
Lakewood-Busti Police say they were called to the scene on Fairmount Avenue shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday and, learned that Travis Centi of Route 62 had fled in a vehicle.  He was found a short time later and, was also found with the brass knuckles, and some Methamphetimes in a liquid.  He was arraigned on Felony drug and weapons possession charges and, sent to the county lock-up.

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WJTN News Headlines for May 14, 2018

Democrats who control the Assembly are planning to start interviewing applicants for attorney general after Eric Schneiderman abruptly resigned amid allegations he physically abused four women...  
 
Speaker Carl Heastie says applicants had until last Friday to submit a resume and cover letter to the speaker's legislative counsel.  Among those reportedly applying were Jamestown-area Republican Randy Elf.  A committee of legislators will review applicants' resumes.  Public interviews will be held in Albany on Tuesday and Wednesday at a time and place yet to be determined.  The names aren't officially being released until later today.  Under state law, the Legislature has the authority to appoint a new attorney general with a joint vote by the Assembly and Senate.  Democrats hold the overall majority.
 
 
Chautauqua County officials are hard at work on a "draft proposal" for a San Francisco-based air service provider to come into the county Airport near Jamestown...  
 
That from County Executive George Borrello, who says they've been working with federal lawmakers from the state to try and bring in Boutique Air to be the airport's new Essential Air Service carrier.
 
Borrello says Boutique Air sees the county as a good location to move into, if Jamestown can get the EAS designation reinstated.  He says their proposal will include some new ideas that should boost ridership.  A key one to Borrello is beginning an early morning flight, which Jamestown hasn't had in a long time.  Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced last week that they are urging U-S Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to reconsider the decision to terminate EAS eligibility in Jamestown.  The county lost that designation earlier this year due to low ridership.
 
 
The latest round of the state's Regional Economic Development Council 's Consolidated Funding Application program is underway with the first meeting this past week...  
 
The Western New York REDC held it's iintial session at the SUNY College at Fredonia.  Jamestown was represented by Development Director Vince DeJoy.  However, Mayor Sam Teresi is in close contact with council members and, says notice was recently given to the 10 regional panels about the money now being available this year.
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello is a new member of the council and, says he spoke to the panel about the need for workforce development in Chautauqua County.  It was the chief issue in Borrello's recent State of the County message and, he asked the council to help the county address the issue, given what has already been done to fill skilled trade jobs in the Buffalo area.  The Western New York council is among those competing for more than $750-million dollars in state economic development resources.  SUNY at Fredonia President Dr. Virginia Horvath is co-chair of the Western New York council.  
 
 
The National Rifle Association has filed a lawsuit against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state's financial regulatory agency for what it says is a blacklisting campaign to prevent firms from doing business with the gun owners' group...  
 
The lawsuit filed Friday in federal court for the northern district of New York names the Democratic governor as a defendant along with the state Department of Financial Services and its superintendent, Maria Vullo.  It accuses Cuomo of depriving the NRA of its First Amendment rights through selective prosecution and threats.  The lawsuit comes after New York state fined insurance broker Lockton Cos. LLC $7-million for underwriting an NRA-branded insurance program called Carry Guard.  Cuomo called the NRA lawsuit "a futile and desperate attempt" to advance the group's "dangerous agenda."
 
 
It may be a while longer before the clock tower comes down at the Family Church of Fredonia...  
 
The clock tower was hit by flames last Friday when a portion of the gutter came loose and made contact with a nearby power transformer.  Pastor Scott Wise of Family Church says that experts have been brought in to determine the best way to remove the scorched clock tower.
 
Wise says the clock tower must come down, but they want to do it in a manner is safe for the community and does not cause further damage to the remaining structure.  He says the church is also looking beyond the clock tower after putting about a million dollars into the overall structure.  He says they reinforced the roof structure, and have tried to upgrade the outside appearance.  The Family Church pastor once again commends the work of police and fire and their quick response to last week's blaze.  
 
 
The unofficial "end-of-academic year" celebration in the village of Fredonia -- known as "Fred Fest" -- led to 77 arrests by local police...  
 
Village Police say the arrests took place one weekend ago during a five-day period in an around the SUNY College at Fredonia.  The Dunkirk Observer reports that of those arrests, 57 involved open container violations, and 38 involved underage alcohol possession.  Village police add that there were a total of 273 reported incidents.  College officials announced they were cancelling the "on-campus" festivites in February of 2015, though activities have continued in recent years off-campus.
 
 
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly trespassing in a garage apartment at a home in the Cattaraugus County village of Randolph...  
 
Sheriff's officers in Little Valley were called to the scene at 22 Sheldon Street last Friday and, found 31 year-old Dakota Kaltenbach had been told to stay away from the property.  Kaltenbach was arrested... and, charged with trespassing.  He was issued an appearance ticket for Randolph Town Court at a later date.
 
 
Americans are facing an "epidemic of dishonesty" in Washington...  
 
That from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who warned in a commencement speech at Texas' Rice University that "an endless barrage of lies" in national politics poses a dire threat to U.S. democracy.  The 76-year-old billionaire, who flirted with an independent presidential run, did not call out any politicians by name.

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News Headlines for Sat., May 12, 2018

City man arrested for allegedly assaulting woman with "blunt" object...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman during a fight on the city's eastside late Friday morning.  Jamestown police were called to the scene at 249 Crescent St. shortly after 11 a.m., and spotted a man riding away from the scene on a bicycle.  Officers say the unidentified female victim pointed out that the man, 44 year-old Jessie Jones, had assaulted her.  She accuses Jones of throwing a "blunt, sharp object" into a moving vehicle... striking her in the face -- and cutting her.  Jones was arrested for second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.  He was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
Former Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver, again convicted at trial...
A jury has convicted former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of public corruption charges, dashing the 74-year-old Democrat's second attempt to avoid prison after a decades-long career as one of the most powerful politicians in state government.  The verdict Friday came more than two years after his first 2015 trial resulted in a 12-year prison sentence.  An appeals court tossed out that conviction, citing a recent Supreme Court ruling that changed the legal boundaries for public corruption.  Prosecutors said Silver illegally earned $4-million from a cancer researcher and real estate developers who benefited from his clout in state government.  Defense lawyers countered that his fees were "perfectly legal."
 
 
Former County Executive Mark Thomas retires from State Parks position...
The head of the Western New York District of the state Parks system says the time was right for leaving the post for retirement.  That from Fredonia's Mark Thomas... who will be retiring later this month.  The State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation made the announcement late Thursday... and, Thomas tells us he wanted to leave on a high note.  He says his "singlar goal was to leave the place better than I found it."  He says they've been able to do that through strengthening personnel, and a robust capital program.  Thomas is pleased with the work that has involved a number of projects across Western New York.  He says the among the highlights, the major improvements that have been made on the American side of Niagara Falls... with a $70-million investment in Niagara Falls State Park.  Thomas... who is a former Chautauqua County Executive... didn't forget the county -- noting improvements made at Lake Erie State Park and the state's acquisition of Midway Park near Maple Springs. 
 
 
Elected officails in Ellicott and Celoron speak-out against proposed Library Tax in Southwestern School District...
Elected leaders in the town of Ellicott and village of Celoron have come out strongly opposing the proposed referendum on next Tuesday's ballot to establish a new Library Tax in the Southwestern School District.  Ellicott Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin... and, Celoron Village Mayor Scot Schrecengost stated their objections on our Dennis Webster Show Friday morning.  McLaughlin says he has a lot of questions about the Lakewood and Hazeltine Libraries that he hasn't gotten any answers to.  He says he wants a budget break-down to see how much is paid out in salaries, maintenance, and purchase of new materials.  Both say many of their constituents have questioned why they should pay a special tax on libraries that aren't in their municipality... and, they never use.  Schrecengost says that's especially been the case for people who are on fixed incomes... and, are barely making ends meet now.  McLaughlin says he's also concerned about how much people in West Ellicott would pay with the special tax... because it was noted that a homeowner with a home assessed at $100,000 would be paying just over $32 per year for the tax.  But... he says there are several homes worth more than that. 
 
 
Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers celebrate 35th Anniversary...
A program that gives caregivers a break... and, provides fun, social activites in Chautauqua County for seniors is celebrating it's 35th year of existance.  Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers commemorated the milestone Friday during a celebration at Christ First United Methodist Church... where the program is headquartered.  Chautauqua Day Services Executive Director Frank Bercik says the program began in 1983 serving "one or two people..." and now serves 200 people a year.  Bercik says they've been able to expand into the Dunkirk and Westfield areas, and also now provide services for people with Dementia.  Bercik says while their numbers have grown... so has their programming... which includes community recreation, such as picnics, field trips and other outtings.  He says they also have birthday parties for those who attend.  Bercik expressed his appreciation to Chautauqua County, the state, and several local foundations for their support of the Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers.  For more information... go on-line to www.seniordayprograms.com, or call 664-9759.   
 
    
 
 
 
   

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WJTN News Headlines for May 11, 2018

The former head of Congressman Tom Reed's district office in Jamestown has been named as the new executive director of the YWCA of Jamestown...  
 
Jacqueline Chiarot-Phelps began her new job on May 1 and, says she's enjoying her new post.  Phelps also thanked Congressman Reed for the opportunity to work, and grow in her roles as Regional Director in Jamestown in 2012 and, most recently as Director of Constituent Services.
 
Phelps says she's "ecstatic" about joining an outstanding organization dedicated to truly serving our community."  She says says wants to help strengthen the YW, and it's programming.  The YWCA's mission is "eliminating racism and empowering women."  However, she says they also have programming for young people, including teen girls.  Phelps replaces Beth Oakes at the Y.  Oakes is now the executive director for the Child Advocacy Program.  Phelps is a graduate of Maple Grove High School... and, received her undergraduate degree from Canisius College in Buffalo. For more information on the YWCA, call 488-2237, or go online YWMCAOfJamestown.com
 
 
The move by Jacqueline Phelps to the Jamestown YWCA left an opening at Congressman Reed's Jamestown office and that has been filed by a former Post-Journal reporter...  
 
Katrina Fuller began her new duties heading up the congressman's district office in Jamestown this past Monday.  Fuller, who spent just over three-years with the newspaper, will work on constituent issues including Social Security and Medicare casework.
 
 
New York state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has announced that the state legislature is accepting applications for a new Attorney General...  
 
We reached Jamestown-area Assemblyman Andy Goodell to learn more about the process of finding a replacement for Eric Schneiderman. He says it's up to the state legislature to fill the vacany until the next general election (which is this fall). 
 
Once an agreement is reached on a replacement, Goodell says a vote is taken by both the Assembly and Senate-- together.  He says both chambers would meet in the Assembly chambers because it's big enough to hold both.  Goodell says there would be a "roll-call" vote on the matter.  He says of the 213 members, 107 votes are needed to appoint a replacement.  He expects the process to move "fairly quickly," but he adds, nothing is entirely predictable in the state legislature. The State's solicitor general is currently serving as the Acting AG.
 
 
The Republican-led New York Senate has approved a package of legislation aimed at Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's economic development policies...  
 
The legislation approved Wednesday seeks to require more transparency and accountability for programs that amount to billions of dollars a year in tax breaks, business grants and loans.  One measure would require the state to create a searchable database of all state subsidies and economic development benefits.  Critics say the current system doesn't allow for clear comparisons of the various state programs involved in economic development projects.  The corporate subsidies have come under fire from lawmakers and government watchdog groups over how the funds are distributed, how many jobs are created and whether taxpayers are getting a good return on their investments.  The bills have been sent to the Democrat-controlled Assembly.
 
 
The annual STEM Wars took place Thursday morning at Jamestown Community College...  
 
Six-hundred-fifty middle and high school students competed in contests that emphasize science, technology, engineering and math.  Jamestown High School Sophomore Brianna Bommireddipalli had just finished her turn in the robotics competition and found STEM Wars valuable.
 
Looking on was Jamestown School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe.  He liked what he saw, saying it's "great" to see the students applying their math, technology and engineering knowlege.  STEM Wars is a project of 'Dream It, Do It', a program designed to get high school students interested in manufacturing careers.  The local Coordinator, Jehuu Caulcrick, says the enthusiasm for STEM Wars grows every year.  This year's event at the Phys Ed Center at JCC had to be postponed from its first scheduled day because of snow.  
 
 
New officers were elected, but otherwise, it was a routne annual meeting last weekend for the New York state Conference of Mayors....  
 
That from Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, who attended the conference in Saratoga Springs.  Teresi still serves on NYCOM's executive board, which also met. He says a new NYCOM President was elected by the several dozen mayors and others at the conference.  He says that's Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy.  Teresi says the First-Vice President will be Bob Kennedy of Freeport, Long Island.  He says there was a lot of good discussion as mayor's compare their issues to try and resolve them.  Teresi says they also held their awards ceremony for the winners of various competitions and other activities across the state.  Among those other elected officials was new Jamestown City Council member Andrew Liuzzo, who attended his first NYCOM meeting.  Teresi made his comments for this coming weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of abuse by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman...  
 
Cuomo late Tuesday said Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas will investigate and possibly prosecute "any and all matters concerning the public allegations" against Schneiderman.  The state's top legal officer resigned after four women accused the Democrat of physical violence in a New Yorker article.
 
 
A defense lawyer says New York's former assembly speaker didn't do special legislative favors for those who paid him millions of dollars in fees...  
 
Attorney Michael Feldberg told jurors in closing arguments Thursday that money earned by Sheldon Silver outside of his legislative work was "perfectly legal."  The once-powerful Democrat was convicted at an earlier trial, but the verdict was overturned.  Prosecutors say Silver engineered bribery schemes that earned $4-million in legal fees.
 
 
There may be some unsettled and discolored water in the Lakewood and Ashville areas today after water main break occured shortly before 1 p.m. yesterday on Fairmount Avenue...  
 
Board of Public Utilities Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says it took about half-an-hour to repair the break, but adds there could be stirred up water from Southwestern Drive west into Lakewood and Ashville.  Robbins says the water was shut-off between Southwestern Drive and Fairdale while repairs were made.  She says customers should avoid doing laundry until the water clears.
 

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WJTN News Headlines

A Vermont man is jailed on half-a-million dollars bail after police found six guns inside his vehicle after a motor vehicle crash in the Cattaraugus County town of Machias last night...  
 
Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley responded to the accident at 8 p.m. on Route 242 and, identifed the driver as 36 year-old Thomas Ledford.  Officers allegedly found Ledford in possession of five handguns without a New York State pistol permit and a rifle that was non-compliant with safety laws.  He was arraigned on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of marijuana and 5 counts of criminal possession of a weapon. 
 
 
The Trump administration is looking to cut federal spending by some $15-billion, with almost half coming from the Children's Health Insurance Program...  
 
In the past six months, Congress and the White House have enacted tax cuts and spending increases that will raise the federal deficit by more than a trillion dollars.  To compensate, the administration announced a package of proposed cuts Monday night that would take $7-billion from CHIP.  Families USA's Shawn Gremminger says the cut would hinder the program's ability to respond to increased demand.  Gremminger says the cuts are intended to calm fiscal conservatives who are concerned about the huge projected deficits that are coming in the years ahead.
 
The proposed rescission package is less than one-half-percent of total government spending for the year, and the administration has promised several more proposals.  Gremminger adds that Congress must approve the cuts for them to take effect.  The rescission package also calls for $800-million in cuts to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says -- if the move eliminates waste and programs no longer in place -- he supports a plan to cut $15-billion dollars in federal spending...  
 
The proposals were outlined by Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who says seven-billion would come from the Children's Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP.  Earlier this week, Mulvaney and others said that the reductions would not have an impact on the program, which has an enrollment of roughly nine-million people.
 
Reed says more recent changes in federal spending still include appropriations that can't be spent.  He says there is also apparently some old federal "stimulus money" that's in the package of cuts being considered.  Congress must approve the measures by a simple majority for them to take effect.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
State tax incentive and direct funding programs have helped some parts of the Southern Tier begin turning the corner economically, but more can be done on the federal level...  
 
Those are the feelings of the five Democratic candidates for the 23rd Congressional seat... who debated several issues in Mayville last night.  Ithaca's Ian Golden says programs like the "Buffalo Billion" help the region.  However, he also noted they're had their problems.
 
Golden says the state's help has been instrumental in bringing companies like Athenex, to the region's door in Dunkirk.  However, a couple of the candidates noted the region needs the infrastructure to support those jobs.  One was Owego's Max Della Pia, who says it's the federal government that should foot that $2-trillion to $4-trillion bill.  Linda Andrei agreed, noting that such a measure could be paid -- over 10 years -- by closing corporate tax loopholes.  Last night's League of Women Voters forum was held at Chautauqua Lake Central School.  The Democratic Primary is June 26.
 
 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of abuse by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman...  
 
Cuomo late Tuesday said Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas will investigate and possibly prosecute "any and all matters concerning the public allegations" against Schneiderman.  The state's top legal officer resigned after four women accused the Democrat of physical violence in a New Yorker article.
 
 
The city of Jamestown just received some very good news on first-quarter sales tax from Chautauqua County...  
 
City Comptroller Joe Bellitto says he got a check last Friday for just over $1.45-million for the first three months of 2018.  Bellitto told City Council members at this week's work session that's nearly 84-thousand dollars more than they received for the first quarter of 2017, which is a more than 6-percent increase.  That's just over 24-percent of the year's totals.  Typically, city officials say, the city gets most of it's sales tax revenues during the final two quarters of the calendar year.  The city of Jamestown has budgeted for about $6-million in sales tax proceeds for this year.

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WJTN News Headlines May 9, 2018

Chautauqua County's representative in Congress is supporting President Trump's decision to pull out of the thre-year-old Iran nuclear agreement...  
 
The president Tuesday afternoon signed a presidential memorandum withdrawing from the agreement and he is planning to reinstall sanctions on the Iranian regime.  Corning Republican Tom Reed says he wanted to hear Mr. Trump address two key areas, one being the need to stop the Iranians from building their ballistic missile program.
 
The president said in his address to the nation that he will be reinstituting the highest level of sanctions on Iran and, warned any country not to help the Iranian government.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
One federal lawmaker from New York says she's "strongly opposing" President Trump's decision to leave the Iran nuclear agreement...  
 
U-S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the agreement "gave us the critical ability to aggressively monitor and verify Iran's behavior. By walking away from the agreement, the President has opened the door to Iran going back to developing a nuclear weapons program."  Gillibrand says this "unilateral decision" will cost the U-S the ability to maintain a strong coalition holding Iran accountable. 
 
 
The proposal to create a separate library tax was much of the focus of questions during a public hearing on the Southwestern School District budget last night...  
 
School Superintendent Maureen Donahue says the district accepted the petition by the Lakewood and Hazeltine Libraries to hold the special vote during the regular budget vote to save money on costs.  Donahue says the district would collect the tax this year, but the $204,000 would not be released until next January for the 2019 fiscal year.
 
 
Voters in the Southwestern Central School District will not only decide on a budget, and bus proposition next week, but, also a measure to fund the two public libraries in the district...  
 
It's called the "259 Referendum..." because state education law allows libraries to put such items onto the school budget ballot.  This measure would raise $204,000 through a special tax to fund the Lakewood and Hazeltine Libraries.  Lakewood's Karen Denerline says most libraries in New York state are funded this way.
 
Denerline adds there would be no increase in taxes for voters in Busti and Lakewood, but she says there would be a first-time charge in West Ellicott and, the village of Celoron.  At the same time, Denerline says there are a "high number" of library users in the that area.  The Lakewood Library would receive $139,000 of the $204,000 to be raised, while the Hazeline Library in Busti would receive $65,000. 
 
 
The Jamestown Board of Education hosted a public hearing regarding the proposed 2018-19 budget Tuesday evening...  
 
With a stable tax levy unchanged in eight-years, the $86.6-million budget will set the stage for the 2019-20 school year.  Director of Finance Vern Connors says the proposal reflects the Board's goals to institute long-term fiscal tools, maintain school tax levy and, focus on student achievement.  There are two propositions on the ballot voters will decide on in the May 15th election.  The first establishes a capital reserve fund to set aside up to $2-million to pay local share costs for local capital projects and long-term school building repairs.  The second is the addition of an ex-officio student school board member. 
 
 
Ellicott town Police are investigating a serious accident that occurred near the intersection of South Work Street and Elmwood Avenue Monday night...  
 
Sergeant Matt Kubinski says officers initially received a report that a child was struck by a vehicle just after 6:00.  However, he says the victim allegedly fell OFF an SUV that pulled out of the driveway and struck his head on the curb. The unidentifed 16 year-old was treated at the scene and, flown by Starflight Helicopter to Buffalo Children's Hospital.  Kubinski says officers have talked to the victim's family and, learned the teen may be released from the hospital this week.  Police say the 17 year-old driver was not injured and is cooperating with authorities.  Anyone with information on the accident is asked to call Ellicott Police at 665-7083. 
 
 
Democrats and Republicans seem to back the decision by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to step down after an article published in the New Yorker in which two women accuse Schneiderman of physically abusing them.  In all, four women have come forward.  Governor Andrew Cuomo said the development was both shocking and disturbing...
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello also feels that resigning was right thing for Schneiderman to do, though he say he deserved his own day in court.  In a statement, Schneiderman said he did not commit assault, he did not engage in non-consensual sexual relations.  He did acknowledge though to "role-playing" during intimate encounters.  The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has indicated it will launch an investigation into the allegations.
 
 
Gas prices in the Jamestown area are up nearly four-cents this week to $2.93 for a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel...  
 
That from AAA's weekly gas price report, which says the price at the pump is 38-cents higher than this time last year.  Officials say gasoline inventories saw an 1.3-million barrel build on the week, and are at the highest levels in two months at 62-million. Nationally, fuel prices are up 45-cents more than last year at $2.81. AAA says prices could continue to rise as the summer driving season approaches.

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WJTN News Headlines for May 8, 2018

A spokeswoman for the New York Attorney General's office says a temporary replacement has been chosen after Eric Schneiderman resigned following accusations of physical abuse...  
 
Barbara Underwood will step in as acting attorney general.  She has been the state's Solitictor General since 2007.  Before that she served as Chief Assistant to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.  She has also worked in the Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn district attorney offices.  She got an undergraduate degree from Harvard and law degree from Georgetown.  Schneiderman says he'll resign at the close of business Tuesday.  The announcement came hours after The New Yorker published the accounts of four women, who accused the Democrat of physical violence.  Two of the women went on the record, saying Schneiderman repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, and without their consent.
 
 
There is no doubt that there is an overpopulation of deer in upstate New York's urban and suburban areas.  However, there are no "easy solutions" to the matter...  
 
That from state Department of Enviromental Conservation Wildlife Biologist Sue Binczik of Albany, who made a public presentation to city lawmakers about deer issues across New York state and, ways to deal with them to the city council and public last night.  Binczik says the overpopulation is due in part the loss of predators over the years.
 
Binczik says the deer's natural predators: wolves and mountain lions, were hunted out of New York about five decades ago.  She adds that they have adapted well to their current situation and, urban -- suburban settings are ideal because there is no hunting and, the vegetation and woodland density is about ideal for them.  Neither Binczik nor Region-9 Biologist Ryan Rockefeller made an recommendations, but they did suggest committing to a process, and being respectful of all points of view.  Council members later talked about that during their work session.
 
 
Last Friday night's fire that destroyed a church's historic clock tower in Fredonia has been ruled accidental after part of a roof gutter blew onto a live electric transformer, eventually starting the blaze...  
 
That from County fire investigators, who this afternoon released the cause.  National Grid workers inspectedand, say when the gutter came in contact with the transformer, the entire gutter system became energized.  Electricity then came in through the roof soffet.  Family Church of Fredonia purchased the building from Fredonia Baptist Church in 2015 and, Pastor Scott Wise says they have always regarded the clock tower as a symbol of Fredonia and the community.  Wise says Friday's blaze will not deter their goal of renovating the clock tower.  Family Church says the building is structurally sound. 
 
 
A Westfield area woman intends to run for the state Assembly as a Democrat against incumbent Republican Andy Goodell...  
 
Judith Einach made it official yesterday that she is a candidate for the 150th assembly district which includes all of Chautauqua County.  Einach holds a Masters degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education and, says she looks forward to challenging Goodell.
 
Einach has a background in both rural and urban economic development and, says she has a unique background for the position.  She says she's been a "community builder" in Buffalo, and has been director of New York's "Sustainable Agricultural Working Group."  Goodell has held the seat since 2010.  Einach is seeking the Democratic nomination and, is also hoping to get the Working Families Party and the Women's Equality Party lines as well.
 
 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello hopes to soon have a website up and running that will better market the county to perspective employees, and people looking for better job opportunities...  
 
Borrello talked this past weekend about the difficulty local companies have expressed to him about finding workers locally who have the necessary skills, and who can pass a drug test.  He says the website will be at ChautauquaJobs.org.
 
Borrello says he's working with other county planning and economic development officials to get the site up and running.  He says the county has a number of good organizations working on the employment situation, like Chautauqua Works and, the Workforce Investment Board.  However, he says they need to tie it all together... and, he says they need to work on a more "cohesive message."  Borrello mentioned creation of the website during his "State of the County Address" to help fill at least 767 jobs at local businesses that he's visited.  He made his comments for last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
A Jamestown-area woman who has a lot of experience in marketing and public relations is the new Resource Development and Marketing Coordinator for the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County...  
 
United Way Executive Director Amy Rohler says they've hired Cynde Johnson to be part of their team at the local human service agency.  Johnson was previously Director of Marketing and Business Development at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood, and has a passion for connecting the community.  Rohler says they are "thrilled to announce that Cynde has joined our team here at the United Way.  We look forward to making more things possible and building a stronger community with her expertise and experience."  Johnsons says she's both "honored and excited" to have this opportunity and looks forward to continuing the mission of hope here in our community with the United Way.  She is a graduate of Southwestern Central High School, and Jamestown Business College.
 
 
A Cherry Creek man faces criminal contempt charges for violating a stay-away order last Saturday...  
 
Troopers out of Fredonia with the assistance of Chautauqua County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a residence in the town for the report of burglary in progress.  On arrival, officers located 32 year-old Terrence Musall and another indentified person inside.  Police say the home-owner was contacted and declined to press charges.  However, after confirmining Musall's identity, he was placed in custody because there was an active stay-away order of protection to avoid contact with his accomplice.  He was arraigned and sent to county jail, and will appear in Cherry Court at a later date to answer the charge. 
 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo is advancing legislation designed to discourage oil and gas development in New York's coastal waters...  
 
The Trump administration wants to open up the Atlantic coast from Georgia to Maine to offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling.  The governor's proposed bill would prohibit oil and gas exploration in New York waters, prohibit offshore oil and gas infrastructure on state land, and prohibit the transportation of North Atlantic crude oil from offshore wells on the state's navigable waters.  Citizens Campaign for the Environment's Adrienne Esposito says New York may not be able to ban drilling in federal waters, but it can make it less profitable.  The Trump administration wants to expand the oil and gas production but opponents argue that fossil fuels accelerate climate change, and the environmental consequences of an oil spill would be disastrous.  Esposite adds that offshore drilling also runs counter to the state's aggressive moves toward clean energy.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 7, 2018

A Kennedy man has been arrested for allegedly crashing his car into a house in the southeast corner of Jamestown and, running off...  
 
City police were joined by Ellicott Town Police in responding to the scene on Manchester Road just before 11:30 p.m. last Friday night.  Officers say 27 year-old Alan Wilson had allegedly driven the vehicle into the house and, fled on foot before police arrived.  Police say they found Wilson on the Peck-Settlement Road a short time later and, found that he was drunk at the time.  He was arraigned on charges of second-degree criminal mischief, DWI, and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident. He posted $4,000 bail.
 
 
State police are continuing to investigate the death of a 47-year-old homeless man in Chautauqua County...  
 
The body of Brian Heyden was found two weeks ago in a wooded area just off Route 20 in the Town of Portland.  Authorities are calling the death suspicious.  An autopsy is scheduled to determine cause of death.  State police say the victim was known to travel from his encampment just west of Brocton to Fredonia on a daily basis.  Troopers believe he received a ride from a passing motorist in a white or light-colored pickup truck on the afternoon of April 20th.  His body was found the next day.  Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 716-665-3114.
 
 
It's not often easy to identify people who are using and abusing drugs and alcohol, because people from all walks of life use and abuse...  
 
To address those perceptions, the Falconer Central School will be hosting a "Kids Escaping Drugs" program Tuesday, May 15 at 6 p.m. in the High School auditorium.  High School Guidance Counselor Tara Swan says the group recently made a presentation during a staff In-Service Day.
 
Swan says the goal of the program is to educate families and community members of the prevalence and harmful effects of alcohol and drug experimentation, use, and dependence among adolescents.  In addition to Kids Escaping Drugs, she says Kim Carlson from "A Fresh Start" and members of the Jamestown and Ellicott Police Departments will also take part.  Swan encourages everyone in Falconer -- and the surrouding area -- to join them on the 15.  Officials say this will be a good chance to educate the public on the dangers of the current drug crisis.
 
 
Governor Cuomo says a proposal to open supervised injection sites for illegal drug users in an effort to combat fatal overdoses will be closely reviewed...  
 
Cuomo said last weekend that the goal of fighting opioid overdoses is "laudable."  But, the Democrat says the plan to open injection sites raises legal questions.  Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his support on Thursday for a one-year pilot program to operate four injection sites in the city.  The plan would require the approval of the state Department of Health.  Cuomo said the department will review it. 
 
 
A Westfield resident has announced her plans to run for the New York state Assembly against incumbant Andy Gooddell...  
 
Judith Einach said Sunday that she is running as a Democrat for the a seat in the 150th Assembly district, which includes all of Chautuauqa County.  Einach says the county needs "new leadership."  In a media release, she notes her background in rural and economic development, and lifelong committment to improving the quality of life for all will enable her "to be a true public servant as a member of the Assembly."  Einach holds a Masters Degree from Harvard University.
 
 
A Meet the Candidates forum will be held this Wednesday night in Mayville for the five people seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the 23rd District Congressional seat...  
 
That from League of Women voters Minda Rae Amiran, who says the forum is open to the public and will be held this Wednesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at Chautauqua Lake Central School.  Amarin says most of the evening will be devoted to questions from the people attending.
 
The five candidates include one Jamestown resident, Eddie Sundquist.  The field also includes Max Della Pia, Tracy Mitrano, Linda Andrei and Ian Golden.  Minda Rae Amiran says the league is encouraging both Democrats and non-Democrats to attend the forum since one of the five candidates will be challenging incumbant Republican Tom Reed in the November general election.  The Democratic primary is set for June 26.  
 
 
A church that owns the historic clock tower that was destroyed by fire Friday evening has plans to rebuild it...  
 
Family Church of Fredonia purchased the building from Fredonia Baptist Church in 2015. Pastor Scott Wise of Family Church says they have always regarded the clock tower as a symbol of Fredonia and the community.  Family Church spent $1.3-million renovating the building at the corner of Church Street and Temple Street and had started a GoFundMe page with a goal of $100,000 to renovate the clock tower. Wise says Friday's blaze will not deter their goal of renovating the clock tower. Family Church says the building is structurally sound. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
 
 
Jamestown city lawmakers will begin looking tonight at possible options to deal with an apparent overpopulation of deers in certain areas of the city...  
 
City Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings says he's been able to contact the State Department of Environmental Conservation to have a wildlife biologist discuss options and, other ways to deter deer from moving into populated areas of Jamestown.  He says he reached out to the DEC about the matter and, got a representative to come and discuss options to look at.  Snellings made his comments during last week's Council meeting.  City Clerk Todd Thomas says the DEC representative will be on hand for next Monday night's work session.  Due to the presentation, the work session will be held in City Council chambers tonight at 7:30.  As with all council meetings, Thomas says members of the public are welcome to attend.

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News Headlines for Sat., May 5, 2018

Second city man arrested in connection with home invasion-assault in Jamestown...
A second person has been arrested in connection with last Monday morning's serious home invasion -- assault on Jamestown's southside.  City police say they arrested 31 year-old Michael Culbertson Friday afternoon in connection with the violent assault at 322 Newland Ave. that's left the victim in critical condition.  The first suspect... 33 year-old Dacien Devault... was arrested this past Tuesday.  Officers say Culbertson, Devault and others broke into the home shortly after 2 a.m. last Monday... and, hit the male victim over the head several times.  The victim was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital... then transferred to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie.  City police say more arrests are expected.  Officers say at least one gun-shot was fired from a hand-gun during the incident... but, no one was struck.  Both Culbertson and Devault are jailed on a first-degree assault charges.  If you have any further information on the incident... call police at their tips-line at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477... or use their Tips 4-1-1 app.
 
 
Ohio man arrested for driving 97 mph -- drunk -- on town of Ellery...
An Ohio man is accused of drunk driving after he was stopped for allegedly going nearly 100 mph on Interstate 86 in the town of Ellery early Friday morning.  Sheriff's officers say a patrol stopped the car... driven by 29 year-old Beau Blood of Mentor about 12:30 a.m.  Deputies say they clocked Blood's car going 97 mph.  Further investigation showed that he was intoxicated, and had open containers of alcohol inside the vehicle.  A background check showed that Blood had a previous conviction for DWI within the past 10 years... making this arrest a Felony.  Blood was charged with Felony DWI, speeding, and consumption of alcohol in motor vehicle.  Blood was arraigned in Ellery Town Court and released on bail.
 
 
Historic Clock Tower in Fredonia destroyed by fire...
A large fire destroyed a historic clock tower on top of a church building last night in downtown Fredonia.  Firefighters from Fredonia, Dunkirk, and East Dunkirk responded to Family Church on the corner of Church and Temple streets shortly after 6:30 p.m.  Fire officials say the flames were contained to the clock tower and the church attic, and there were no injuries reported.  Pastor Scott Wise from Family Church says he got a call from a church leader who was setting up for a youth event that there was a fire.  Wise says, by the time he got there, the tower was fully ingulfed in flames.  Wise says the clock tower is scheduled to be taken down sometime today, piece by piece.  The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team has been called to the scene... but the cause of the fire remains under investigation.  Crews were at the scene for about 7-and-a-half hours.
 
 
DEC representative to be at City Council to discuss deer overpopulation issues...
The Jamestown City Council will begin looking next week at possible options to deal with an apparent overpopulation of deers in certain areas of the city.  City Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings says he's been able to contact the State Department of Environmental Conservation to have a wildlife biologist discuss options... and, other ways to deter deer from moving into populated areas of Jamestown.  Snellings says, once the information is provided, lawmakers can make a decision on what they feel needs to be done.  Snellings made his comments at this past week's Council meeting.  City Clerk Todd Thomas says the DEC representative will be on hand for next Monday night's work session.  Due to the presentation... the work session will be held in City Council chambers at 7:30 p.m.  As with all council meetings... Thomas says members of the public are welcome to attend.
 
 
El Greco among local companies looking to hire...
Several Jamestown area businesses are hiring... and, some are not requiring any specific skills.  One is a local maker of wooden baby and kids furniture in Jamestown that has carved out a niche in the national and international markets.  During Thursday's Small Business Week event at El Greco Woodworking on East First Street... Co-Owner Alexis Singleton noted they employ 24 people between their two locations on First Street... and, Allen Street.  However... she says they need more workers -- who take pride in what they do -- to meet demand.  She says their a "good fit," and enjoy the work.  Not long ago... she says their work caught the eye of the U-S State Department, and they now make cribs, and other furniture for U-S Embassy's abroad.  Singleton says El Greco started out making wood furniture for homes and offices... but, began making baby and kids furniture about 20 years ago.  She says they began making just baby and kids furniture in 2004... and, she says they've gotten very good at it.  Singleton says it you are interested in working for El Greco Woodworking... go on-line to elgrecofurniture.com.
 
 
Cuomo again voices opposition to Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling...
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is ramping up his opposition to the Trump administration's proposal to open up new areas for oil and gas drilling.  The Democrat announced during a Friday news conference on Manhattan's southern tip that he's proposing legislation that would essentially ban fossil fuel drilling and exploration in New York's waters.  Cuomo's "Save Our Waters" bill would prohibit leases for drilling underwater and block navigation on New York waters of crude oil associated with offshore production in the North Atlantic.  Cuomo says allowing offshore drilling would threaten nearly 320-thousand jobs and billions of dollars generated through New York's tourism and fishing industries.
 
Happy Cino De Mayo!
 
 
 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 4, 2018

Innovation isn't magic.  It's something successful businesses do on an on-going basis...  
 
That was the message Ben Rand brought to the annual meeting of Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier Thursday night.  Rand, President of Insyte Consulting in Buffalo, says businesses often wait for innovation to strike like lightning.  As an alternative, Rand outlined a process to help generate new ideas and bring them to production.
 
Rand told the group free help is available for small and medium size maufacturers in the region who want to innovate at shiftmfg.com.  It's paid for through phase-two of the Buffalo Billion. The MAST annual meeting was held at the Moonbrook Country Club. 
 
 
A local maker of wooden baby and kid's furniture items in Jamestown served as the backdrop for next week's start to Small Business Week across the city and nation...  
 
Mayor Sam Teresi was at El Greco Woodworking on East First Street in Jamestown Thursday to issue a proclamation, making May 6 through May 12 'Small Business Week' in the city.  Teresi says kicking off the week at El Greco is exciting because it's been a fixture in downtown Jamestown for the past 43 years.
 
El Greco has been a true success story, having lost it's original site on First Street in a major fire 14 years ago.  The final assembly and shipping facility is now located on Allen Street.  El Greco's long-time owner, and founder, George Theofilactidies expressed his appreciation to the city for it's support during good times and, bad.  Theofilactidies' daughter -- Alexis Singleton -- is also a co-owner of the business.  She says they originally made furniture for home and office.  Alexis says they started making baby and kids items in the 1990s and, went to all kids and baby furniture in 2008. 
 
 
A Republican from West Ellicott is looking into a run for the office of New York State Attorney General...  
 
Randy Elf annnouced his intentions Thursday night at a gathering of community leaders.  Elf says Republicans and Conservatives across the state have talked to him about putting his name in.  Elf has a law degree from Syracuse University.  He's practiced privately and before the Federal Election Commission.  Elf says he also has extensive experience conducting hearings on the constitutionality of political-speech law.  The current Attorney General is New York City-area Democrat Eric Schneiderman.
 
 
A city man is accused of holding a city woman against her will early Wednesday morning... and, damaging her cellphone...  
 
Jamestown police were called to the scene at 10 Linwood Avenue shortly after Midnight and, learned that 27 year-old Christopher Belin had allegedly thrown the unidentified woman's phone out a second-story window.  Officers later found Belin hiding in the attic, where he was arrested for third-degree criminal mischief.  He was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
A familiar face to local Democrats will be the keynote speaker at this year's Chautauqua County Democratic Banquet to be held at Chautauqua next month...  
 
Democratic Committee Chairman Norm Green says retired State Assemblyman Bill Parment will headline a full evening of speakers for the gathering on Wednesday, June 13, at the Athenaeum Hotel.  Green says this will give the local party a chance to hear from him for the first time since his decision to retire in the Summer of 2010.
 
Green says the now-75 year-old Parment has been living in recent times in the Ithaca area, largely because of the recreational hiking opportunities there.  In addition to Parment, Green says all five remaining candidates for the Democratic nomination for to run for Congress will also be there -- just before their June 26 primary.  He adds Sheriff Joe Gerace, and their Assembly candidate, who has yet to announce, will also be there.  The banquet on June 13th begins at 6 p.m., with a social hour preceeding that.  To register, go online to CHQDEM.org.
 
 
The state Assembly has voted to reduce the state's role in teacher evaluations...  
 
The Democrat-led body passed legislation late Wednesday would allow local school districts to set their own teacher evaluation rules.  The measure would also eliminate a state mandate that required such evaluations to reflect student performance on standardized tests.  The measure was praised by teachers unions, who say it will reduce what it called an over-reliance on standardized testing.
 
 
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, the presumptive Republican nominee for New York governor, has released his 2017 tax return...  
 
The joint tax filing released by his campaign Thursday shows the 42-year-old Molinaro and his wife, Corrine Adams, earned $174,048 last year, most of it from his nearly $140,000 salary as the top elected official in Dutchess County.  The couple, who live in the town of Red Hook, paid just over $24,000 in federal taxes and, received a just over $2,000 federal tax refund. 
 
 
A drug-raid at an apartment in the city of Olean led to the discovery of over half-a-pound of marijuana and, the arrest of three people inside...  
 
A search warrant was issued for the lower apartment at 15-08 West Henley Street last Thursday following an investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office.  Police say residents 28 year-old Steven Ertell and 29 year-old Billie Ferraro were allegedly found to be in possession of over 25-grams of pot and, were charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of marrijuana.  Fifty-four year-old Robert Kennedy-- of Colorado-- is accused of possessing over eight-ounces of cannabis and was charged with felony criminal possession of marijuana.  Each was issued an appearance ticket for Olean City Court next Wednesday morning. 
 
 
The Jamestown City Council Parent-Teacher Student Association is holding a Candidate's Forum next Monday for the Jamestown School Board... 
 
Officials say there are two seats on the ballot for the May 15 election, each for a three-year term beginning in July. The three candidates running for election include incumbants Dan Johnson and Nina Karbacka and, challenger Brianna Fadale. The forum will include a brief introduction of each candidate followed by an opportunity for the public to ask questions beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Administration Building on Martin Road. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 3, 2018

This week's third and final input session on updating Jamestown's 12-year-old Urban Design Plan was held last night and, work will now begin to update the plan for the city's downtown area...  
 
Work on the initial plan was headed up by Principle David Spillane with Goody-Clancy of Boston, Massachusetts, who says the plans needs to be updated because most of their initial goals were met.  Spillane says they've had good input, especially from new and young entrepreneurs that are excited about the city's direction.
 
Spillane says that "one new, remarkable attraction" should be the new National Comedy Center, which was not even on the table at the time the first Urban Design Plan was completed.  While the past 10 years has been successful, he says they'll need another good 10 years to begin to see the city's full potential.  Planners outlined six areas that appear to be key to the next decade, including Community Planning and further development on the riverfront.  A "draft" Urban Design Plan should be completed by early July.
 
 
Two Jamestown residents were arrested following a domestic dispute on the city's eastside Tuesday morning...  
 
City police were called to a residence on Bowen Street just before 2 a.m. for possible domestic dispute and, burglary in progress.  Investigation revealed 54 year-old James Grant allegedly slapped an unidentified victim several times while an order of protection was in effect. After the altercation, police say Grant and 54 year-old Warren Dinkins then entered the victim's home without permission and, stole a television.  Both men were taken into custody pending arraignment for second-degree burglary and petty larceny.  Grant also faces charges of aggravated family offense and first-degree criminal contempt.  
 
 
The city of Jamestown is getting nearly 70-thousand dollars from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services to help fight gun and other related violence in the city...  
 
The City Council this week approved receipt of the funding from the state "Gun-Involved Violence Elimination" -- or GIVE Initiative.  City Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings says the GIVE Program replaced the former Operation IMPACT program and, requires Jamestown and 16 other jurisdictions outside of New York City to focus exclusively on reducing and preventing shootings and firearm-related homicides. State Criminal Justice officials say the GIVE initiative builds upon the information sharing and partnerships developed under Operation IMPACT, while expanding the use of crime analysis, evidence-based practices and community partnerships to assist in the reduction of firearm-related crimes.
 
 
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities is about half-way through it's annual Spring Water Main Flushing in the city and most of the downtown area...  
 
BPU General Manager Dave Leathers recently spoke to the city council about this year's program... and, noted their longest day would be yesterday with the downtown area involved.  Unlike most days... that began at 5:30 a.m. so as not to interfere with downtown businesses  Leathers says they've been able to pretty much eliminate any of last year's problems.
 
Leathers says the BPU has found that daytime flushing -- which was started last year -- helps them be more efficient with Water Division personnel and, they can do it in a safer manner.  Most days... he says flushing will run from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m..  BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says they are updating the schedule on their Twitter and Facebook sites.  If you have further questions about the Spring Daytime Water Main Flushing in the BPU system, go to those platforms, or call the BPU's Flushing Hotline at 661-1688.
 
 
Gas prices in the Jamestown area are up two-cents this week to $2.90 per gallon of regular, unleaded fuel....  
 
AAA reports that prices at the pump have spiked as much as 15-cents in a few Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states.  Across New York, gas prices are five-cents high to $2.94.  Officials report a 544-million barrel gain in gasoline inventories after last week's decline. However, overall inventories lag 6-million barrels behind this time last year.  The national price-per-gallon has reached the highest in nearly three years to $2.81.  In 2014, motorists were paying an average of $3.34.  AAA says gasoline demand dropped by 774,000 barrels-per-day.
 
 
A city man faces charges following a traffic stop on Thayer Street Wednesday afternoon... 
 
Through investigation, officers found a passenger inside the vehicle-- 32 year-old Tyler Steppe-- allegedly tried to hide his identity because he has active city court warrants. Steppe was arrested on the warrants and further charged with second-degree criminal impersonation. He was taken to city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
An event to celebrate the life of a north county woman who served as the inspiration behind the annual Laurel Run will be held this Sunday in Silver Creek....  
 
Laurel Hotelling passed away last November at the age of 54.  Her parents, Wayne and Elaine Hotelling, are holding a Celebration of Laurel Hotelling's Life from 2 to 6 p.m. on May 6 at the Fireman's Association Building.  Wayne Hotelling says the entire community is invited to attend and share their memories of Laurel.
 
Laurel played an important role in helping raise awareness of those with Down syndrome and disabilities.  Steve Waterson of the Resource Center says the memory of Laurel will live on with the continuation of Laurel Run and, a board room they have named after the Hotellings in Jamestown.  Wayne Hotelling is encouraging those planning attend to write down their memories of Laurel and share them with the others at the event.
 
 
A woman from Celoron is accused of drunk-driving more than twice the legal limit and, causing property damage in Jamestown Tuesday night... 
 
City police were called to 2 Harding Avenue for a single car accident and, found 67 year-old Dianna Brooks to be intoxicated. Officers say Brooks allegedly drove over a street sign, re-entered the roadway and, the drove back off the road into a chain-link fence. She was released with appearance tickets for DWI, moving from lane unsafely... and DWI-BAC over 0.18. She was arraigned in Jamestown City Court Wednesday. 

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WJTN News Headlines

A rubbish fire that got out of control -- triggering a brush fire -- has reportedly destroyed a home and garage on a farm in the town of Harmony...  
 
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office Dispatchers say Panama firefighters were called to the scene at 1102 Hoag Road in Watts Flats shortly after 3 p.m. yesterday.  The Post-Journal reports that the owner was burning manure and other items when the flames got away from him, and spread to the house and garage.  Panama was joined at the scene by Ashville, Lakewood, Busti, Kiantone, Clymer and Bear Lake, Pennsylvania fire crews.  No injuries were reported; crews were at the scene through late afternoon.
 
 
A city man is jailed for allegedly taking part in an early morning home invasion Monday that's left the victim in critical condition at an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital...  
 
City police say they arrested 33 year-old Dacien Devalut in connection with their investigation into the incident at 322 Newland Avenue.  Officers say Devault and others broke into the home shortly after 2 a.m. Monday and hit the male victim over the head several times.  He was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, then transferred to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie.  City police say more arrests are expected.  Officers say at least one gun-shot was fired from a hand-gun during the incident, but no one was struck.  Devault is being held, pending arraignment on one count of first-degree assault.  If you have any information on the incident, call city police at 483-7537, or their confidential tips line at 483-TIPS (8477).  You can also contact their Tips 4-1-1 app.
 
 
Village board members in Lakewood have approved a 2018-19 budget that includes a 64 to 65-cent per thousand assessed value tax rate increase...  
 
Village Clerk Joe Johnson says the $3.9-million spending plan was approved during a special meeting Monday night.  The budget increases the tax levy by $110,000, up to $1.92-million, and includes a line item for the Lakewood Library.  That line-item was increased about $2,000 to just over $67,000.  Village officials say the increase puts the rate at $7.98. 
 
 
One person was hurt during a motor vehicle accident that caused a power outage on Lakeview Avenue yesterday afternoon... 
 
The Jamestown Post-Journal reports the unidentified driver refused treatment at the scene for minor injuries. The newspaper says the man was ticketed for failure to keep right after his SUV went onto a curb near Severn Parkway and struck a utility pole. The Board of Public Utilities says most power was restored to the area within an hour, and all power was restored just before 8 p.m. Tuesday evening. 
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's impressed with the way The Resource Center's "Community Health Center" in Jamestown is serving several thousand local residents...  
 
Reed toured the East Second Street facility late yesterday morning to see the multi-million dollar renovation project, which is nearly complete.  The Corning Republican says the project is being helped along by "several" funding sources and, he says the ultimate goal is improved service delivery.
 
The Community Health Center houses a number of health care services, from primary care, to dental and mental and behavioral health treatment.  Reed listened to health center officials, who detailed their concerns as the nation shifts from a legacy "fee for service" to "valu-based" delivery system.  He says 30 to 40-percent of reimbursement dollars go to the older system, instead of directly to patient services.  Reed says federal policies need to better match up with those.  Services at The Resource Center Community Health Center are primarily for the developmentally-disabled, as well as lower-income, Medicare, and Medicaid recipients.
 
 
Congressman Reed was later in the north county... making a stop at Dunkirk Specialty Steel.  Reed toured the facility with company officials to learn about the products they make.  Reed says he was impressed with the operations and hopes they grow...
 
Reed says the change in trade policy by President Trump seems to be helping the local company and, he hopes the threat of higher tariffs against foreign competitors such as South Korea and China can make a difference.  He adds he understands the concern voiced there, but he says there are already positives being seen -- especially from China regarding intellectual properties.  Reed was joined on the tour and roundtable meeting by Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas and Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency Chief Executive Officer Mark Geise.  
 
 
A Panama man is now jailed on one-million dollars cash bail on 11 additional charges for allegedly sexually abusing two young girls earlier this year...  
 
Sheriff's deputies say that 50 year-old Frederick Antill, Junior of Niobe Road was arraigned on new charges -- including third-degree criminal sex act, and second-degree rape yesterday afternoon.  Officers say Antill was intially arrested back on April 20th for the alleged incidents, which occured this past February and March.  He was arraigned in County Court and, sent to the county lock-up.  The Sheriff's Office was assisted in the investigation by Child Protective Services and, the Child Advocacy Program of Chautauqua County.
 
 
A Jamestown-area native convicted earlier this year of stealing a gun from a Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputy as she was trying to arrest him has been sentenced to up to seven years in state prision...  
 
The Post-Journal reports that Justin Haffa -- now of Cheektowaga -- received the 2-1/3 to seven-year maximum from County Court Judge David Foley for third-degree robbery.  Haffa was accused of crashing his car in the town of Pomfret in September of 2016 and, fought with Deputy Sara Cunningham as she was giving him a sobriety test.  Haffa was acquitted of more serious charges, including first-degree attempted murder.
 
 
Gasoline prices in the Jamestown area are up two-cents this week, to $2.90 per gallon for regular, unleaded fuel...  
 
AAA reports that prices at the pump have spiked as much as 15-cents in a few Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states.  Officials report a 544-million barrel gain in gasoline inventories after last week's decline.  Nationally, prices are the highest since November 2014 at $2.81 per gallon. 

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WJTN News Headlines for May 1, 2018

City police are asking for the public's help in find several alleged suspects involved in a home invasion-robbery early Monday morning on Jamestown's southside...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to 322 Newland Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. for an altercation.  On arrival, police found an unidentified male victim who had sustained a serious head laceration after he was allegedly struck repeatedly with an object after several people forcibly entered the home.  Samuelson says investigation revealed the victim was targeted and, that at least one-round was fired from a handgun during the incident.  The victim was intially taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, then then transferred to UPMC Hamot in Erie Pennsylvania for further treatment.  Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call 483-7537, or an annoymous tip can be left on their tip-line at 483-TIPS (8477), or via the TIPS 4-1-1 app. 
 
 
Progress is being made on renovation work to the front part of Jamestown Police headquarters after last year's flooding after a major rainstorm...  
 
That from Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings, who adds, though, that it's still unclear as to when the public entrance will reopen.  Snellings spoke after the City Council last night approved hiring Empire Development of Mayville was approved to do Phase-Two of the project for just under $491,000.  Snellings says Phase-Two will be more "labor intensive" than the first phase.
 
Otherwise, Snellings--- who had overseen the project-- says the first phase went well, and they're happy with the improvements made. City Public Works Director Jeff Lehman recently noted the main entryway could be re-opened to the public by early to mid-May, but Snellings says given the remaining work that has to be done, he's not sure if that will happen or not.  The City Council also approved a $1,200 change-order with Empire for Phase-One of the project.  
 
 
Three brothers were arrested following a fight at a bar in the town of Busti Sunday.  State Police in Jamestown say they were called to a "fight-in-progress" at the undisclosed location and, say 22 year-old Cody Haller, 21 year-old Zachary Haller and, 26 year-old Kyle Haller were allegedly fighting with patrons and began fighting with Troopers on-scene.  Police investigation revealed that Zachary and Kyle Haller assaulted patrons of the bar, while all three men caused damage inside.  All three men were arraigned in Busti Town Court and sent to the County Jail with bail to be set. 
 
 
State lawmakers from the area are looking at a number of measures to better ensure school safety in the wake of the latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida...  
 
That from both State Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell, who talked at length about the issue during last Friday's Legislative Breakfast hosted by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce in Lakewood.  Young reiterated her support of expanding the School Resource Officer program, as well as better security at school entryways and exits.
 
Young also called for state lawmakers to pass her legislation -- Kendra's Law -- much of which was approved nearly 20 years ago.  However, many say the law needs more teeth.  The law calls for those with serious mental illness be forced to take their prescribed medication.  She also wants schools shootings, or the threat of them, to be labeled "domestic terrorism..." which would allow federal, state and local authorities to share information.  Goodell says the Assembly approved bans on bump-stocks and other items and, expand the ability of law enforcement to take guns away from people deemed serious threats to schools.
 
 
A big warm up gets underway today, although it'll still be kind of cool near the Lake Erie shoreline...  
 
Temperatures got just over 60 in the immediate Jamestown-area Monday.  Even warmer days are expected today and tomorrow.Wednesday.  That from Meteorologist Jim Mitchell of the National Weather Service's Buffalo office, who says we'll see a high around 77 Wednesday.  However, we'll see some rain and possible thunderstorms by Wednesday night. Today's high will be around the low 70s around Jamestown, but they'll struggle to get above 60 along the Lake Erie shoreline.  After the late week rain, the weekend is expected to be drier and more seasonal.
 
 
The state Senate has voted to toughen the penalties for selling drugs near a drug or alcohol treatment center...  
 
The measure, which passed the Senate on Monday, is intended to stop dealers who seek to exploit people in recovery.  It would make the sale of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a treatment center, rehab facility or methadone clinic a felony.  Senator Fred Akshar sponsored the legislation.  The Binghamton Republican said it's just one example of tougher laws needed to "drive drug dealers out" of New York communities. 
 
 
Schools and health officials across the U.S. are struggling to curb what they say is an epidemic of underage vaping...  
 
Officials say teens and children are getting easy access to e-cigarettes and other vaping devices, which heat liquid into an inhalable vapor that often contains nicotine.  Vaping is illegal under the age of 18 in many states, but students say they can buy them online or from older friends.  Federal health officials say they're cracking down on underage sales and also exploring whether certain features of the popular brand Juul appeal to young people.  Schools have responded with educational campaigns, and some now deal automatic suspensions for vaping.  The latest federal data showed a dip in teen vaping in 2016 after years of growth. Updated numbers are expected in June.

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WJTN News Headlines Apr 30, 2018

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello is now working to develop a plan to fill over 700 job openings in Chautauqua County with skilled workers...  
 
Borrello says openings came from a survey he did while visiting 107 businesses during his first 100 days in office.  It was the focus of his first State of the County message that he delivered last week.  Afterwards, Borrello said among the ways he intends to assist the businesses is by establishing a one-stop location that will include a website called "Chautauquajobs.org".  Borrello says if they could fill the 767 positions with unemployed people, it would lower the county's jobless rate to 4.7-percent.  He says that's below the average upstate unemployment rate of 5.4-percent.
 
 
The latest round in New York state's annual Regional Economic Development Council competition is underway, with $750-million to be awarded to entities statewide...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week that the state economic development funds will be awarded to 10 regions: western New York, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, central New York, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Capital Region, Mid-Hudson, New York City and Long Island.  The Democrat adds that businesses, local governments and not-for-profits can apply for assistance from dozens of state programs aimed at creating jobs and revitalizing communities.  Since 2011, Cuomo's first year in office, the initiative has awarded $5.4-billion to more than 6,000 projects statewide.  Cuomo's main economic development program has come under fire in recent years from political opponents and government watchdog groups who say it's not transparent enough and fails to attain job-creation goals.
 
 
There are still a couple of hurdles to be cleared before the major work can begin on the NRG Repowering Project in the city of Dunkirk...  
 
That from State Senator Cathy Young during last Friday's annual State Legislative Breakfast hosted by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce in Lakewood.  Young noted that there are still some final approvals from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and a final study by the state's Independent Systems Operator.
 
Young has been able to get some additional state funding to help ease the loss the past few years of the NRG payments in lieu of taxes.  The Olean Republican says she'll be meeting with an NRG official in the next few days to talk about the project.  In addition to the tax base, and jobs in the community, you says getting the plant up and running is important because to "grow manufacturing, you need a reliable source of energy."  She adds a number of power plants in the region have been, or are being closed up.
 
 
Three brothers were arrested following a fight at a bar in the Town of Busti on Sunday... 
 
State Police out of Jamestown say they were called to a "fight-in-progress" at the location; and report 22 year-old Cody Haller, 21 year-old Zachary Haller and 26 year-old Kyle Haller were allegedly fighting with patrons and began fighting with Troopers on-scene. Investigation revealed that Zachary and Kyle Haller assaulted patrons of the bar, while all three men caused property damage inside. The  brothers were arraigned in Busti Town Court and sent to the County Jail. 
 
 
An Ashville man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after crashing his car onto a raised embankment near a business in downtown Jamestown...  
 
City police were called to the secne early last Friday night for a car crashing in front of an East Fourth Street business.  Officers say the car, driven by 67 year-old George Kestler, came to rest on the sidewalk.  Police say they determined that Kestler was driving while drunk, and he was arrested pending further court action.
 
 
Two Brocton residents have been arrested for allegedly making and selling methamphetime after a fire broke out inside their home this past Tuesday morning...  
 
Sheriff's officers say 31 year-old Brandon Newby, and 43 year-old Tara Mlacker of 55-86 Woodcrest Avenue escaped the blaze without injury.  Deputies say Brocton firefighters were able to confine the flames to the bathroom and rear of the building.  The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team responded... and, team members and deputies found some suspicious items inside the home, and then called the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force to further investigate.  Officers say they got a search warrant and, found materials used to make Meth, as well as some "one pot" style methamphetamine labs.  Newby and Mlacker were both arraigned on Felony charges including second-degree criminal possession of a Controlled Substance and sent to the county jail without bail.  The cause of the fire is undetermined.  Two cats perished in the blaze.
 
 
An $86.6-million school budget will be up for a public vote on May 15 and, will likely set the stage for the next school year...  
 
That from School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe... who says the school board recently approved the spending plan for the 2018-19 school year.  The spending plan includes a stable tax levy of $14.6-million and an additional $1.1-million in state aid.  Apthorpe highlighted a support initiative in the budget that will get fully underway in 2019: the re-opening of Rogers Elementary as a healing place for kids that need extra support during the school year.
 
Apthorpe says the program would also include "instruction" so students don't fall behind academically.  He says the primary goals are to get children healthy and, keep them on track academically before returning them to school.  For the older students, Apthorpe says Rogers would house a year-round life and job-skills training in addition to supporting mental health. 
 
 
A number of local and state elected officials along with representatives from a number of state agencies were on hand for a ground-breaking ceremony held last Friday for the $16-million, Dunkirk Renovation and Ownership Program...  
 
The project at 111 Main Street has been two years in the making and, includes properties in the Main Street--Route 60 corridor.  That from Southern Tier Environments for Living Executive Director Tom Whitney, who says the program will improve the appearance of the north county city and, it will help a wide-range of people who are in need of affordable housing.  He says that ranges from seniors to people who are disabled, or have mental illness.  STEL -- which also operates in Jamestown -- is serving as the project's developer with assistance from the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal, the State Office of Temporary Disability Assistance, the State Office of Mental Health, and others.  State Senator Cathy Young, Assemblyman Andy Goodell, and County Executive George Borrello were among those taking part in the ground-breaking.  
 
 
Two more Republican members of the New York Senate are retiring in another sign of the political headwinds facing the GOP this fall...  
 
The decisions by Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco of Syracuse and John Bonacic of Orange County come after Democrats won two special Senate elections on Tuesday.  Democrats say voters unhappy with Washington Republicans could help them wrest Senate control from Republicans, who've the chamber for most of the last 80 years.  DeFrancisco has served in the Senate for 25 years and Bonacic for 20.  Republican Senator Kathy Marchione of Halfmoon announced Thursday that she won't seek re-election either.  Democrats now have a one-seat majority in the Senate but Republicans lead thanks to the support of a independent Democrat Simcha Felder of Brooklyn.

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WJTN News Headlines for July 16, 2018

BPU Water Annoucement...   The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities has announced Water will be turned off after 9 a.m. today, July 16 in Lakewood on West Terrace Avenue from Chautauqua...

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