News Update for Mon., Sept. 30, 2013

Reed pressing on despite continuing resolutions defeat in Senate...

Despite the latest set-back in the U.S. Senate... Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's holding out hope that there won't be a government shut-down at the stroke of Midnight.  Reed was in the House Majority early Sunday morning that approved a short-term continuing resolution that delayed implementation of the Affordable Care Act by one year.  It's already been pushed back a year for businesses... but, individuals can still begin signing up today.  Reed was already preparing for the likelyhood of the House plan being rejected by introducing a measure that would not allow an "Obamacare" exemption for federal lawmakers.  Reed says -- at the minimum -- he would go for a measure that eliminates "special treatment" for lawmakers, the presidents, and staffers.  Under current law... federal lawmakers would receive a contribution from the government to help pay for health insurance purchased through state exchanges.  Reed's proposal woul remove that contribution.  He says for him to vote for a continuing resolution... he would need Majority Leader Harry Reid to say -- "no more special treatment for members of Congress under Obamacare."  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media Monday morning.


New U.S. Courthouse in Buffalo officially names after late Justice Robert H. Jackson...

The new, 10-story federal courthouse in Buffalo now bears the name of one of Chautauqua County's favorite sons on it.  The $137-million facility was officially named after late U-S Supreme Court Justice... and, chief Nuremburg War Crimes prosecutor Robert H. Jackson during a ceremony Monday morning at the courthouse.  The director of the Jackson Center in Jamestown... James Johnson... was impressed by the speeches given... but -- none moreso than those of Jackson's grandchildren.  Chautauqua County's former Congressman Brian Higgins pushed a measure through to name the new courthouse after Jackson... who was born in Spring Creek, Pennsylvania and raised in Frewsburg.  Higgins says Jackson's story is "a uniquely Western New York story -- a uniquely American story -- and there is no doubt in my mind that, with his name on our courthouse, his story will continue to inspire Western New Yorkers for generations to come."  Current Congressman Tom Reed called it a "proud day" for the area.


Jamestown man now jailed after allegedly firing off a shotgun, and threatening three people...

A city man is in the county jail without bail for allegedly threatening three people with a shotgun... and, firing it off at least once on Jamestown's northside.  City police were called to a Hopkins Avenue address shortly before 3:30 AM yesterday on a report of a person with a weapon.  Upon further investigation... officers say they learned that 24 year-old George Edington-the-third was in possession of a "pump-action" shotgun that he had shot off prior to their arrival.  Police also say they discovered that Edington menaced the three people during an altercation in the Hopkins Street area.  He was taken into custody without incident... and, arraigned on several charges... including three counts of second-degree menacing... and one each of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon... and, criminal use of a firearm.  Edington was then sent to the county lock-up.


City man jailed for assault...

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting another person early Monday morning on the city's southside.  Officers were called to a Hazzard Street address about 12:30 a.m. on a reported assault-in-progress.  Police say further investigation revealed that 44 year-old Raymond Finch III allegedly punched the victim in the head several times with a closed fist... causing several lacerations to the face.  Officers say they took Finch into custody without incident... and, took him to the city jail.  He's being held pending arraignment on a third-degree assault charge.

 

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News Update for Sat., Sept 28, 2013

County GOP Headquarters opens in Jamestown...

Several major Republican candidates were on hand in downtown Jamestown Friday afternoon to help cut the ribbon on the county GOP's campaign headquarters.  The Republican Committee has been provided space on the fourth-floor of the Fenton Building to head up the effort in the just over one month left in the campaign.  County GOP Chairman Al Hendrickson of West Ellicott says he's very "proud" of their slate of candidates... which is headed up by executive candidate Vince Horrigan, and Larry Barmore, who is running for county clerk.  Hendrickson also feels confident the GOP will get a majority on the legislature this year.  From the county legislature side of the campaign... Hendrickson says it's been different because of redistricting.  The party had four strong candidates that squared off in two primaries earlier in the month.  But... he says it's all been "ironed out..." and, they're ready to go.  County Executive candidate Vince Horrigan echoed those sentiments... saying it's "a pleasure to be running with this incredible team of Republicans." 


Three arrested in connection with Jamestown marijuana drying operation...

An anonymous tip has helped city police to intercept a large amount of dried marijuana that was in the process of being moved from a home on Jamestown's westside to another location.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers got the information on their Tip-line about 5 p.m. Thursday.  Samuelson says they were told the dried pot was at 45 West 11th street... and, ready to be moved.  Samuelson says city and state Police got additional information after talking with the residents... and, later obtained a search warrant.  Samuelson says they're raid resulted in the discovery of 11 ounces of dried pot.  He says the three people living there were charged with Felony criminal possession of marijuana.  The three arrested were 63 year-old Terrance Austin... his 22 year-old son, Jordan... and, 59 year-old Lesley Knight.  However... he says it doesn't look like the trio was growing the pot there.  The Austin's are in the county jail without bail.  Knight has not yet been sent to Mayville.  Samuelson says if you have any information on illegal drug activity in the city... call their anonymous tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

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The small community of Brocton continues to mourn for a 16-year-old high school football player who died last week after being injured in a game.  Damon Janes' Westfield-Brocton teammates have voted to end their season to mourn their friend.  But... in a community small enough to school all of its kids under one roof, they're not grieving alone.  The A-P reports that... as Janes' teammates have stayed up nights making ribbons and cookies as fundraisers for the Janes family... the Green Arch Restaurant is contributing apple pies... and, hair salons are dying blue and green school-color 'streaks.'  A spaghetti dinner benefit is also planned for Sunday.

 

A Warren County, Pennsylvania native reported missing earlier this week is alright... but, says he won't be returning to the area.  State Police in Warren says that's apparently because Troopers have a Felony theft warrant for his arrest.  Police say they were contacted last weekend by the mother of 24 year-old John Sheehy... who last spoke with her son last Saturday afternoon.  But... based on the conversation... she believed he was missing, and in danger.  However... troopers say they made contact with Sheehy... who said he's not in danger... but, would not provide his location.  It's believed he may be somewhere in Warren or Bedford Counties... or Corry or Pittsburgh.  Anyone with information about Sheehy... or his whereabouts... should call State Police... or 9-1-1. 

 

It's shaping up as another difficult budget year in Jamestown... where Mayor Sam Teresi will present his executive budget to the City Council on Tuesday, October 8th.  Teresi says he and his department heads have already been working on the 2014 spending plan... and, will be working on it right up until the presentation.  He says says the approximately 33-million dollar budget deals with some on-going... and, some new issues. Teresi says department salaries will also be a factor... but, not as much.  He says there will be savings later once an unspecified number of employees scheduled retirements.... which include buy-outs.  Teresi says the new hires would come on at entry level salaries.  Overall... he says every department is being "squeezed beyond pain" in the proposed budget.  The current year's budget included a point-82 percent increase after some changes were made during last year's deliberations.  Teresi's budget presentation on October 8th will begin at 4 PM in the Mayor's Conference Room.  The council must approve a final budget by December 1st.

 

Chautauqua County legislators will now begin reviewing Executive Greg Edwards' tentative 2014 budget.  The outgoing County Executive delivered his eighth and final budget message at last (Wednesday) night's Legislature meeting.  The proposed spending plan includes a tax rate increase of about 24-cents per thousand full value.
The tentative $230.7 million budget is just over $1.1-million larger than the actual 2013 budget.  It includes more funding county roads and bridges.  Edwards says it also boosts funding for senior programs by $500,000.  He says that will enable the county to provide services to about 420 more seniors than are currently being served now.  That would be done through the Office for the Aging... and, will help keep those people "in their homes."  The proposed spending plan also funds the Inter-Governmental Transfer for the County Home in Dunkirk at the same amount as the 2013 budget.  The County Legislature will begin a formal review of the tentative budget starting on October 1st.

 

As the County Legislature begins the review process... how do lawmakers feel about the proposed budget?  Chairman Jay Gould says he was somewhat surprised that Edwards included a tax rate increase.Dunkirk Legislator Keith Ahlstrom feels that... while the legislature has some work to do... the preliminary budget is a good starting point.  The Democrat says there was NO increase in health care costs... and, he commended Edwards... his budget people... and, the insurance office for their hard work.  He believes the legislature should be able to hold the line on taxes... although there may a difference of opinion over how to get that accomplished.

 

Local police officials are warning area residents about a scam that could impact people who sell items on Craig's list.  Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano says they have received several complaints in the north county about scammers who send big checks to the seller of such items... only to call back and say it was a mistake.  Ortolano says one check involved 25-hundred dollars for a 50-dollar item. Ortolano says the problem is the victim of the scam cashes the check... which eventually bounces... and, the seller is struck owing the bank a lot of money.  He says it's important not to cash the checks... because once that happens.. and, you send the money... usually it's too late.  Ortolano also says there is not much local police can do if a person has been victimized.  He says the scammers are usually from a foreign country... and, it's difficult even for federal authorities to track them down.  Fredonia Village Police have also seen similar scams in recent days.  The advice from the police officials is to follow the old adage..."If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is! "

 

For motorists in the town of Busti today... we have a road closing in the morning you should be aware of.  Town Highway officials say Shadyside Road between Hunt Road and Route 394 will be closed from 7 AM to Noon for resurfacing.  Again... that's for Shadyside Road between Hunt and Fairmount in Busti.


 

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News Update for Wed., Sept. 25, 2013

City man arrested on drug and weapon's charges Tuesday faces additional charge...

The Jamestown man arrested Tuesday on Felony drug and weapon's charges faces a new charge regarding the hand-gun police found in his possession.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the gun was reported stolen from a Warren, Pennsylvania home back on Aug. 11.  He says investigators were able to recover portions of the serial number... which was scratched... and, they matched the stolen gun.  Samuelson says 35 year-old Zaid Mendoza was arrested following a domestic incident call at 633 East Second St.  Officers were called to the scene about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday... and, on arrival... they heard yelling and screaming coming from one apartment.  Shortly after arriving... Samuelson says Mendoza came outside... and, officers tried to stop him.  But, they had to taser him after he led police on a short chase.  He was found with a loaded 40-calibur hand-gun, several baggies of crack, and powder cocaine... and, a quantity of cash.  Samuelson says Mendoza faces several Felony charges... including criminal possession of a weapon.  The added charge was criminal possession of stolen property.  He says they were aware that Mendoza had been part of the "drug community..." and, had been arrested for drug possession earlier this year.


Police ask for public's help in solving Westfield-area burglaries...

The Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in solving a rash of burgaries in the Forest Park and Barcelona areas of the town of Westfield.  Deputies say cottages and other homes in those areas have been ransacked... and, several items were stolen.  Those items include televisions, liquor, and one long-gun.  Officers are asking anyone who may have any information on the break-ins to contact their "We Tip" line at 1-800-782-7463... or call the Sheriff's Office at 753-4915.


Lindquist named as new JRC Director starting Sept. 30...

A Jamestown native long involved in planning and economic development has been named to head up the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation.  Greg Lindquist is currently an Assistant Vice-President at the New York Business Development Corporation... but, says he's glad to be "coming home."  Lindquist was also previously the city's Economic Development Coordinator... and, was also former director of the Greater Jamestown Empire Zone.  He says he's "extremely excited" about taking on his new position... which begins next Monday.  Lindquist says the opportunity arose that would allow him to utilize his talents and skills... and, would work well the with skills and talents of the JRC staff.  He has also served on the JRC's Board of Directors since 2010... which has given him an understanding of the corporation's goals and objectives.  JRC officials say the move signals a new phase... as the organization aggressively pursues downtown business development... and, accelerates the rate of progress in the city's neighborhoods.  However... Lindquist says it will take more than one entity to do that... and, he looks forward to fostering those relationships.  Specifically... Lindquist will oversee JRC's downtown and riverfront development efforts.


Current JRC Interim Director Lombardi will become Deputy Director...

The Renaissance Corporation's new director says he looks forward to working with interim Director Peter Lombardi in his new position.  Greg Lindquist says Lombardi... who has headed up the corporation the past 10 months... has the skills vital to the JRC's success.  He adds that he'll be "leaning on Peter heavily" during the first couple of months as he gets brought up to speed.  Lombardi was initially hired as the JRC's director of Neighborhood Initiatives.  He became transitional director when Jason Stronz left for a position in the private sector. 

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A call for a domestic dispute on Jamestown's eastside has led to the arrest of a man police say was a "dangerous" drug dealer armed with a loaded hand-gun.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the scene at 633 East Second Street about 1:40 PM Tuesday... and, on arrival... they heard yelling and screaming coming from one apartment.  Shortly after arriving... Samuelson says the suspect... 35 year-old Zaid (Zy-eed) Mendoza came outside. Samuelson says once they got Mendoza into custody... they found him in possession of a stolen, and loaded 40-calibur hangun... several baggies of crack, and powder cocaine... and, a quantity of cash.  He says Mendoza faces several Felony charges... including criminal possession of a weapon.
Samuelson says the fact Mendoza had 13 rounds loaded in the hand-gun made for a "scary and dangerous" situation.  He says they had information that Mendoza had been part of the "drug community..." and, are very happy they've been able to get him off the street.  Mendoza also faces a charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, resisting arrest.  He's being held in the city lock-up pending arraignment.

 

The Jamestown School Board has filled a vacancy by selecting a city woman with a lot of experience in both business and education.  The board last night unanimously voted to have Shelly Leathers fill out the remainder of the unexpired term of Tim Thomas.  Thomas moved from the district this past Summer... creating the vacancy.  Leathers is a Jamestown native... as is her husband... Board of Public Utilities' General Manager Dave Leathers.  While their sons were in the city school district... she was involved with the PTA... After-Prom... and, other activities. Leathers says she and her husband moved away many years ago... but, returned to the area because they love it so much.  Board President Joe DiMaio says she stood out "in several ways" to the board -- mainly -- her knowledge of the district itself.  DiMaio also says that her 13 years of working as an accounting manager at L-J Stein will come in handy at budget time.  He also says that Leather's "loyalty" to the district stood out to him.  She'll serve until next May's board elections... and, plans to formally run for the board at that time.

 

Aspiring teachers will face tougher admissions standards to get into a teacher preparation program at the State University of New York.  Graduate and undergraduate students will have to have a 3.0 average or be in the top 30 percent of their class to enter a teaching program.  They'll also have to pass an entrance exam.  Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the changes on Monday.  They were adopted by the SUNY Board of Trustees last week and take effect in the 2015-16 school year.  The changes were among recommendations of the New NY Education Reform Commission, which was appointed last year to find ways to improve schools.  Cuomo supported the idea in his 2013 State of the State address.  SUNY's 17 teacher preparation programs train about a quarter of the state's teachers.

 

Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards will deliver his eighth and final budget at tonight's County Legislature meeting.  Edwards was not available for comment Tuesday... but, lawmakers are anxious to hear what the executive is proposing... especially in the way of taxes.  The Busti Republican has said -- even with tough fiscal times -- he's been able to keep the tax rate under what it was when he first took office.  County Legislature Chairman Jay Gould says he's hopeful they can hold the line on total taxes... and, the tax rate. The legislature had cut it's own budget significantly even before downsizing took place.  The new number of 19 takes effect next January 1st.  The county did end up with a 6-million dollar surplus last year... and, how that's going to be used isn't known at this point... but, a lot will likely be used to deal with continuing increases in Medicaid... pension... and, health insurance costs.  The current year's budget is about 230-million dollars... and, includes a tax rate of 9-dollars-15 cents per thousand full value.  Tonight's legislature meeting begins at 6:30 PM in Mayville.

 

A Celoron-area man suffered non-life threatening stab wounds during a fight with a Jamestown man in the village last Sunday morning.  Ellicott Town Police say they were called to the undisclosed scene about 5:30 AM... and, learned from the victim, and others, that the suspect was 29 year-old Brandon Muoio.  Ellicott Police Detective Brad Knight says they then worked to get a warrant for Muoio's arrest. However... Knight says Muoio eventually turned himself into Jamestown Police Monday morning.  He was then turned over to Ellicott Police.  Knight says they don't know exactly what led to the fight... and, eventual stabbing.  However... he does say the victim's wounds were minor... and, non-life threatening.  The knife has been recovered.  Knight says Muoio was arraigned on charges of first-degree assault... and, first-degree reckless endangerment.  Knight says Muoio was sent to the county jail with bail to be set pending a District Attorney's recommendation.

 

 

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News Update for Tues., Sept. 24, 2013

Rest of Westfield/Brocton football season cancelled after superintendent polls players following death of teammate...

The Westfield Academy and Central School District has cancelled the remainder of its varsity football season in the aftermath of a player's death from injuries suffered during a game.  The school's website this morning says the School Board voted Monday night to cancel the Westfield-Brocton team's remaining games because of the death of 16-year-old Damon Janes.  The junior running back from Brocton lost consciousness after a tackle play during a game Sept. 13 in Portville.  He died three days later at a Buffalo hospital.  Westfield school Superintendent David Davison recommended canceling the rest of the season after speaking with players who said they didn't want to continue playing this year.  During the meeting with the players, Davison said they shared "creative and positive ways to honor Janes through our athletic programs and school communities for the remainder of the year and into the future."  He emphasized this will be a "student driven" effort and allow Damon’s friends and teammates to continue the grieving process off of the playing field.  Westfield and Brocton are neighboring school districts... and have a number of combined programs... including football.


City man arrested for alleged stabbing in village of Celoron...

A Jamestown man is jailed without bail for allegedly stabbing another man in Celoron late last weekend in the village.  Ellicott Town Police Detective Brad Knight says officers were called to the unidentified location about 5:30 a.m. Sunday... and, learned from the victim, and others, that the suspect was 29 year-old Brandon Muoio.  Knight says a fight had broke out between Muoio and the unidentified victim prior to the stabbing.  He says they're not sure what started the fight... and, are still investigating.  They did recover the weapon involved.  Knight says the victim was stabbed several times... but, not seriously.  He suffered non-life threatening injuries.  Knight says after getting the needed information... they obtained a warrant for Muoio's arrest.  However... the suspected turned himself into Jamestown police Monday morning.  Muoio was arraigned in Ellicott Town Court on charges of first-degree assault... and, first-degree reckless endangerment.  Both are Felonies.  Knight says Muoio was then sent to the county lock-up pending further court action.


Jury selection resumes in Taglianetti trial...

Jury selection resumed this morning in the trial of a Virginia man accused of driving hundreds of miles to Chautauqua County last September to kill the Clymer School Superintendent.  Jury selection began last Thursday in the second-degree murder trial of Anthony Taglianetti.  A pre-trial hearing was held last Wednesday regarding evidence in the case.  Jury selection resumed at 9:30 Tuesday morning.  Taglianetti is charged with fatally shooting 51-year-old Keith Reed, Junior outside of Reed's rural Chautauqua County home last September. 

 

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A Lily Dale man has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison for sexually abusing at least two children under the age of 11 over the past several years.  In addition... Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley says 54 year-old David Goodworth of South Street also received 10 years post-release supervision Monday in county court.  He says Goodworth pled guilty to first-degree Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child... which is a Class-B Felony.  Foley says that's the original charge... and, having a plea in this case spares having the victims having to testify. Foley says he was pleased with the outcome saying that not only does this punish Goodworth for these heinous acts... but, sends a message to sex offenders that they can expect to receive jail significant time for similar crimes.  The D-A adds that with new sentencing guidelines now going into place for sex offenders... "we're seeing an increase in the length of prison terms."  Foley also expressed his appreciation to state Police Investigator Ed Kalfas... the county's Child Advocacy Program for closing the case.

 

Eight days after Brocton Junior Damon Janes' tragic passing, The Jamestown Post Journal reports that the Westfield Board of Education has announced that the Westfield-Brocton football team will cancel the remainder of its season. Superintendent David Davison addressed the board during its meeting Monday and said he spoke with the players and they expressed that they did not want to continue playing this season.

 

Two teenaged brothers from Jamestown were hurt -- one seriously -- when the bicycle they were riding on collided with a car at the intersection of North Main and Second Streets.  City police were called to the scene just before 8:30 PM Sunday... and, found a Jamestown woman was eastbound on West Second Street when her car struck the southbound bicycle.  Officers say the operator of the bike... a 16 year-old city teen... passed the red light at the intersection.  The 16 year-old was treated at WCA Hospital and later released.  However... his 14 year-old brother... who was standing on the bike's rear pegs... was rushed to WCA... then flown to Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo.  The younger brother is being treated in the Intensive Care Unit... and, his condition is unknown.  City police were assisted in the investigation by the Sheriff's Department Accident Reconstruction Team.  The investigation is continuing... but, the woman driving the car will not be charged.

 

The city of Jamestown has been given a "clean-bill" of financial health for fiscal year 2012.  However... there are some ongoing challenges that will have to be dealt with in 2013 and beyond.  That from Jamestown's third-party auditor John Trussalo... who delivered the final audit at last night's work session.  Trussalo gave the city what's now called an "unmodified opinion...."  meaning there were "no significant deficiencies... or material weaknesses" found.  While the city had to use a lot of it's fund balance last year... in the end... it came out "to the good...." One area of concern Trussalo noted was that Jamestown is inching closer to it's constitutional tax limit.  He says last year's tax levy was 14.3-million dollars.  However... with exclusions... that number was brought to just over one-million dollars UNDER Jamestown's tax limit.  Trussalo says what makes that situation even more difficult, though, is that the tax base has been stagnant... and, even seen some losses in recent years.  However... he says prudent use of the fund balance has helped off-set a lot of that.

 

A Warren, Pennsylvania area man has been reported missing... and, police are asking the public for it's help in finding him.  State Police in Warren say they were contacted last weekend by the mother of 24 year-old John Sheehy... who last spoke with her son last Saturday afternoon.  But... based on the conversation... she believed he is missing, and in danger.  Troopers say anyone with information about Sheehy... or his whereabouts... should call them... or 9-1-1.  It's believed he may be in Warren, or Bedford Counties... or Corry or Pittsburgh.  Sheehy is a white male... about 5-foot-8 inches tall, and 130 pounds.  He has short brown hair... and, hazel eyes.


 
An 11-year-old Warren County, Pennsylvania boy... who had been missing since last Sunday afternoon... was found safe -- in Warren -- yesterday.  The Warren Times-Observer says the boy was reported missing after he had been playing at a field in Beaty Park at 5  PM Sunday when he didn't return to his Warren County home.  Several county fire departments, Warren City Police, Pennsylvania State Police, Warren County Sheriff's Department and Conewango Township Police all took part in the search.

 

he closed-down, Cockaigne Ski Center in the town of Cherry Creek has been the victim of many thefts over the past several months... and, police are asking the public's help in solving them.  Sheriff's officers say some of the thefts at the Thornton Road location were recent.  Deputies say one involved an S-M-I Snow Making Head that was stolen... along with about 30-feet of 8-inch steel pipe.  They say the snow making head is valued at approximately 5-thousand dollars.  Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office at 753-2131.

 

For the second straight year... the state University College at Fredonia has been ranked 14th among the top northern public universities in U.S. News and World Report's annual "Best Colleges" rankings.  The university also tied for 60th out of the top tier of the "Best Regional Universities."  SUNY at Fredonia Spokesman Mike Barone says they like the attention but they don't gear their programming around rankings. But... Barone says the impressive rankings have helped to recruit students to the campus.  The annual rankings represent a comprehensive look at how schools stack up based on a set of widely accepted indicators.  The SUNY College at Fredonia has been ranked as a Best College every year since 1989.

 

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News Update for Mon., Sept. 23, 2013

Jamestown teen being treated for serious injuries after car-bicycle accident in downtown Sunday...

A 14 year-old Jamestown boy is being treated for serious injuries at a Buffalo-area hospital after the bicycle he was riding on collided with a car at the intersection of North Main and Second Streets.  City police were called to the scene just before 8:30 p.m. Sunday... and, found a Jamestown woman was eastbound on West Second Street when her car struck the southbound bicycle.  Officers say the operator of the bike... the 14 year-old's older brother... passed the red light at the intersection.  The 16 year-old was treated at WCA Hospital and later released.  However... the brother... who was standing on the bike's rear pegs... was rushed to WCA... then flown to Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo.  The 14 year-old is being treated in the Intensive Care Unit... and, his condition is not known.  City police were assisted in the investigation by the Sheriff's Department Accident Reconstruction Team.  The investigation is continuing... but, the woman driving the car will not be charged.


Lily Dale man gets 20-years for Course of Sexual Conduct against a child...

A Lily Dale man accused of sexually abusing children several years ago has been sentenced in Chautauqua County court to 20 years in state prison.  District Attorney David Foley says 54 year-old David Goodworth of South Street also received 10 years post-release supervision for first-degree Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child... which is a Class-B Felony.  Foley says he was pleased with the outcome saying that not only does this punish Goodworth for these "heinous acts..." but, sends a message to sex offenders that they can expect to receive significant time for similar crimes.  The D-A further stated -- "I am glad to see that the new sentencing guidelines for sex offenders which was passed in 2007 is finally taking effect and we're seeing an increase in the length of prison terms."  Foley also expressed his appreciation to State Police Investigator Ed Kalfas... the county's Child Advocacy Program... Assistant District Attorney Laurie Beckerink, the victims and victims' family for their support and strength.


Reed votes for GOP-backed continuing resolutio that defunds Obamacare...

Local Congressman Tom Reed was in the majority in the GOP-led House that voted for a continuing resolution to keep the government operating without funding for the Affordable Care Act.  Reed concedes the Senate is not likely to approve a similar measure that defunds "Obamacare"... but, hopes they will.  He says there's been a rising tide of opposition to the measure.  During his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media... Reed Monday said the ball is in the Senate's court.  He says if they do act, he'll look at what's in it... and, send a message back that the "status quo" isn't going to work anymore.  Reed says he doesn't know if the Senate will put forth a continuing resolution to fund the government starting Oct. 1.  Nor does he know if it will also stop funding for Obamacare.  However... if they at least get a resolution passed... they can begin talking about what to do -- and not do.  Reed adds the overwhelming number of constituents in his district, who have voiced their opinion, say they want Obamacare taken out of the federal budget.

 

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A Salamanca man is dead following a single-car accident on Old Route 17 in the Cattaraugus County town of Salamanca.  Sheriff's Deputies in Little Valley say 32 year-old Joseph Carboni was westbound just after 5 PM Friday when his car left the roadway for some reason... and, struck a tree.  Officers say Carboni was pronounced dead at the scene by the county coroner.  There were no passengers... and, the accident remains under investigation.  The Salamanca City fire department, and Allegany Indian Reservation Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.

 

No one was seriously hurt... but, local police agencies are looking for the driver of an older model, white work truck that was involved in a five-car crash last Saturday on the Chautauqua Lake Bridge.  Sheriff's Deputies say their investigation shows the driver of the white, late model work truck, had stopped in the eastbound driving lane of Interstate 86 about 3:30 PM.  Officers say a second vehicle... driven by Ryan Houser of Erie, Pennsylvania... then collided into the truck's rear-end.  Houser's vehicle sat in the driving lane... awaiting assistance when a third vehicle stopped behind it.  However... that car, driven by Sharon Hilyer of Clarendon, Pennsylvania... was struck by a fourth vehicle.  Police say a fifth car then sidewiped one of the stopped vehicles.  Hilyer had to be treated for minor injuries at WCA Hospital.  Officers have been unable to locate the work truck... and, the investigation is continuing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office.


A Jamestown man is jailed without bail for allegedly assaulting another man with a hamer during an alleged fight Friday afternoon.  City police were called to the area of 511 North Main Street about 3:45 PM on a report of a fight-in-progress.  Officers say they spoke with the male victim on arrival... and, several witnesses.  They learned that 51 year-old John Lisciandro had struck the man several times with a hammer.  Lisciandro was located... and, arrested.  He was arraigned on charges of second-degree assault... and, menacing... and, sent to the county lock-up.

 

Habitat for Humanity has been given a house in Jamestown, and is looking for volunteers to fix it up... as well as a family to live there.  Jean Mc Gowan, site manager for Habitat in Southern Chautauqua County, says the home is at 23 Tew Street and they'd like to start working on it in October. Anyone interested in volunteering to work on the home is asked to attend a meeting at the James Prendergast Library on Thursday, October 3rd at 7 PM.  Habitat for Humanity believes everyone should have an affordable home.  Jean Mc Gowan adds, they want to find a family that could work on the new project, and eventually live there. Those interested in applying to live in the Tew Street residence are also welcome at the October 3rd meeting, or they can call Jean Mc Gowan at 673-5991.  Mc Gowan says Habitat for Humanity has not done a project in the immediate Jamestown area in recent years, and they are very excited to be starting up again, as "Jamestown is screaming for this type of activity".

 

The Jamestown School Board has announced the three candidates who have submitted letters of interest to fill the open board seat vacated earlier this Summer by former member Tim Thomas.  Board officials say the three are Shelly Leathers... Todd Rushforth... and, Laurie Whitermore.  Leathers has experience in both the education and financial fields... and, currently works at L.J. Stein Insurance Company as an accounting manager.  Her children are Jamestown High School graduates.  Todd Rushforth is Distribution Manager at Tilaro's Bakery, and was employed at Quality Markets warehouse.  His children currently attend the Jamestown school system.  Laurie Whitermore has experience in both the private and public sectors and is currently a school counselor at Dunkirk High School.  Her children are Jamestown High School graduates.  The board has set-up an interview process to select which candidate will be the best fit for the needs of the Board.  The panel will appoint one candidate to fill the open seat until the May 2014 Board of Education election.  At that time, the seat will be put to a public vote for a three-year term.

 

It's not just in Jamestown... New York State Police say they have been responding to more reports of clandestine methamphetamine labs.  State police say they found more than 100 meth labs last year, double the number the year before.  So far in 2013... troopers have been called to 93 clandestine labs or incidents and they're looking for the public's help in dealing with the growing problem.  Trooper Jennifer Fleishman, a state police spokeswoman, says police are typically finding ``one-pot meth labs,'' unlike the larger-scale operations depicted on the cable television show ``Breaking Bad.''

 

A national shortage of firearms ammunition is starting to be felt at some sporting-goods stores in Pennsylvania as hunters begin loading up for deer and other fall hunting seasons.  The Erie Times-News reports that retailers are worrying about whether their supplies of ammunition will hold up.  A few store owners say the ammunition shortage is caught in a vicious cycle as people scramble to stock up, and warn that prices could rise.

 

State tourism officials say leaves are starting to change color over large stretches of New York.  Foliage is approaching the mid-point of color change in several areas of the Adirondacks, which is ahead of the rest of the state.  Color is just starting to show on trees in other parts of northern New York as well as areas east of the Hudson River and in the westernmost corner of the state.  Trees in some other parts of New York have yet to change.  State economic development officials update their fall color report weekly based on field reports.
 


 

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Voters in Lakewood this November will consider moving the village's elections from spring to fall.  Lakewood Mayor David Wordelman says the village board voted unanimously, earlier this month, to put the change up for a referendum.  He believes there are a number of reasons to support the move. Wordelman adds the change from March to November would also save the village money as the costs of the election would be transferred to Chautauqua County. The new law would also change when officials take office... from April 1st to January 1st.  If approved by Lakewood voters in the general elections November 5th, the first village election in the FALL would be in 2015. 

 

If you have received the Basic School Tax Relief -- or STAR Program -- exemption in the past... don't assume you still have it.  That from Jamestown School Superintendent Tim Mains... who says a problem with people applying for STAR for more than one of their properties has led the state to require everyone to reapply for the program.  Mains says there's been a lot of talk among government officials... but, not a lot publicly about the matter.  However... he says there's still plenty of time... and, reapplying can be done easily, and, on-line. Basic STAR provides a partial property tax exemption for qualified homeowners.  There is also the Enhanced STAR Program for senior citizens... which may provide a total exemption if certain qualifications are met.  Mains emphasizes, though, you can only claim one "primary residence."  Again... Mains says you can go on-line... or contact the Jamestown City Clerk's office about reapplying.

 

A Bradford Pennsylvania man is in the Warren County Jail after allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 13 year old girl during the first week of August in Sheffield Township.  State police report that 18 year old Kristopher Lloyd Roberts knew the age of the victim at the time of the sexual relationship and faces a number of charges including Statutory Sexual Assault and Corruption of minors.  Roberts was committed to the Warren County Jail Wednesday on 25 thousand dollars bail.

 

The westbound lanes of the Thruway were closed late Wednesday night  when a tractor-trailer hauling propane tanks crashed off the highway.  State police say the truck went off Interstate 90, overturned and rolled down an embankment around 11:10 p.m. Wednesday in the Chautauqua County town of Portland.  Troopers say the 57-year-old driver from Silver Creek suffered head injuries and is in fair condition at the hospital in Erie, Pa.
Police say none of the propane tanks leaked. The cause of the crash is being investigated.

 

Gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area fell have fallen almost 5-cents a gallon this week for regular, unleaded to about 3-dollars-80 cents a gallon.  That from the Triple-A's Fuel Gauge Report... which adds there are a few locations charging about 3-dollars-77 cents a gallon to 3--79 this week.  The Triple-A reports the national average price has also fallen 5-cents this week to about 3-dollars-51 cents a gallon.  Wednesday marked the 1,000th consecutive day the national average price was above 3-dollars a gallon, which is the longest such stretch on record.  The current streak began on December 23rd of 2010.  Prices in four Midwestern states have fallen by at least a dime per gallon over the past week... including Ohio... which saw a 13-cent per gallon drop.  These lower prices have been due to ample supplies, continued weak demand and the start of the transition to cheaper, winter-blend gasoline.  While retail gas prices have drifted lower in much of the U-S... crude oil prices have continued to trade above 100-dollars per barrel on geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and North Africa.

 

New York electric customers will be getting a small credit on an upcoming bill.The state Public Service Commission on Thursday approved a one-time credit to electricity bills of up to $3, depending on usage.
Regulators say the credit stems from a 2012 settlement that included a $110 million civil penalty on Constellation Energy Commodities Group on grounds that the power producer manipulated wholesale energy sales in three regional markets, including New York.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission determined that $78 million be used within New York's wholesale electricity market. The state commission approved paying $48 million to customers of New York's six investor-owned utilities, the New York Power Authority and the Long Island Power Authority. The credit will be passed on after utilities receive the funds.

 

WCA and the Community Blood Bank are teaming up for a special Bloodmobile drive today at the Hospital Auditorium in Jamestown from noon to 5pm. The drive is open to the public – and all blood types are needed to replenish low supplies.  What makes this a special blood drive is that anyone who gives blood will be entered to win four tickets to the Buffalo Bills/Pittsburgh Steelers game, November 10th at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.  Requirements to donate blood include being at least 17 years of age – or 16 with parental consent, weighing at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.  For more information on Community Blood Bank blood drives contact WCA Hospital at 664-8614 or visit WWW dot Four Hearts dot org.

 

Anglers in Erie, Pennsylvania say the season of catching steelhead trout migrating from Lake Erie into its tributary rivers to spawn is here early.  Ed Kissell, vice president of the Sons of Lake Erie, told WJET-TV in Erie that the combination of cool weather and steady rain has already brought steelhead trout into the mouths of creeks.  Typically... he says steelhead trout migrate from October through April.  Elk Creek Sports Store Owner Dan Seaman says the favorable conditions could bring record numbers of fish.  Last year... the migration didn't begin until late October.
 

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The roar of a dirt bike broke the silence at a memorial service Wednesday night for Damon Janes, the 16-year-old Brocton High School football player who died Monday after suffering a head injury during a game last week. Damon’s bike  number 711  circled the school’s football field and was parked near the 50-yard line. The Buffalo News reports that Inside the field, family, close friends and classmates formed a tight circle. Hundreds of people were gathered in the stands and were invited along the sidelines, but they were asked to keep a respectful distance from the family. The Brocton scoreboard was lit with Damon’s jersey number, 25.  John Hertlein, school superintendent. said there are about 40 students in Damon’s junior class. The balloon launch, candles and music at the service were all selections made by classmates of Damon. The dirt bike reflected an important hobby in the young man’s life, almost as important as athletics.  Damon, a junior running back on the Westfield-Brocton varsity squad, suffered a head injury during Friday night’s game in Portville.  A teammate said he believes Damon came in contact with the thigh of an opposing player. Hertlein said counseling has been provided all week to students. Volunteer firefighters from throughout Chautauqua County helped park cars around the Brocton school campus. They ran out of spaces in the lots and improvised, using roadsides and driveways.  The regular meeting of the Brocton Board of Education was canceled Wednesday. Hertlein said the agenda was short and that it was better that board members and community residents had the chance to attend the service. He said the meeting will be rescheduled for 7 p.m. next Wednesday. Fundraising events are already planned to benefit the Janes family. A spaghetti dinner will be held Sept. 28. 

 

Three Rochester Men are in the city Jail for allegedly selling Crack Cocaine.  Just after 5:30pm Tuesday Drug Investigators from the Jamestown Police Department along with Swat Team members and the New York State Police CNET team executed a search warrant at 30 Franklin street.  The officers found 42 year old Theodore Coffie, 38 year old Terrance Wilson, and 35 year old George McFadden in possesion of a large quantity of crack cocaine, heroin and marijuana.  They were all taken into custody and face a number of charges including 3rd Degree Criminal Posession of a controlled substance and 2nd Degree Criminal Posession of Drug Paraphernalia.  the Jamestown Police are asking anyone has any information on the illegal sales of narcotics in the Jamestown area to contact their anonymous tip line at 483-Tips that's483-8477.  All calls will be kept confidential. 

 

There are different views about the future beyond coal.  One of those views, involving renewable energy, was presented by a representative of the Sierra Club during a meeting of the Chautauqua County League of Women Voters held in Dunkirk.  Jennifer Tuttle backs the use of wind and solar power.  Tuttle says the main reason the Sierra Club has taken a position against the repowering of the NRG plant in Dunkirk involves the use of natural gas. While the NRG proposal has received a lot of support from local, county and state representatives... including U-S Senator Chuck Schumer... Tuttle says the Sierra Club is not backing away from National Grid's proposal.
But... both sides agree that the final decision will come from the State PSC.  More than 50 people attended Tuesday's meeting at a restaurant that overlooks the NRG plant.  The League of Women Voters is a political, nonpartisan organization to educate and inform the voting public.

 

The 3rd Annual LINKS Pink walk is taking place October 5th at the Chautauqua Mall.  The walk is hosted by the LINKS Charity and WCA Hospital.  This year part of the celebration will be a special video tribute to those who have survived Breast Cancer by featuring those brave individuals and their families.  WCA Director of Development  Karl Sisson. Sisson says there are a number of ways to submit your photos. Photo's can also be submitted on the hospital website where you can also register for the LINKS Pink walk at  WCA Hospital dot ORG.  The video will be shown at 10:45am just prior to The 3rd Annual LINKS Pink walk October 5th at the Chautauqua mall.

 

The New York Comptroller's Office says it has set aside nearly $400 million for new investments in businesses within the state from the nearly $159 billion Common Retirement Fund for public workers. In a report on the fund's In-State Private Equity Program, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says $684 million of more than $1 billion available has been invested in 252 New York companies. The report also shows $6.7 billion altogether has been invested by the fund coupled with the private equity firms that are its partners in those ventures, including $2.4 billion in upstate companies. DiNapoli says that for every $1 from investments now completed the fund has made $1.60.The Legislature created the program in 1999.

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Jury selection has been delayed in the case of a Virginia man accused of fatally shooting a Chautauqua County school administrator nearly one year ago.  Attorneys were scheduled to begin interviewing prospective jurors on Tuesday for the trial of Anthony Taglianetti... but, a last-minute question about some evidence halted the process.  District Attorney David Foley says a hearing has been scheduled for today on the issue.  Foley says jury selection is expected to resume on Thursday.  Taglianetti is accused of driving from Virginia to Clymer last September 21st... and, shooting 51-year-old Keith Reed, Junior outside of Reed's home.  He was the superintendent of the Clymer school district.  Taglianetti has pleaded not guilty.

 

The absentee ballots have been counted... and, there were no changes in the results from Primary Day in four Chautauqua County Legislature races.  There were two party lines too close to call on Primary Night.  The big one in the South County area was in the new District 16.  Past Repulican Legislators Ron Lemon and Tami Downey were separated by just two votes... but, GOP Elections Commissioner Brian Abram says Lemon expanded his margin of victory after the absentees and affidavits were counted. Lemon got 118 votes to Downey's 110.  District 16 includes the towns of Kiantone, Carroll and Poland.  Lemon will now face Democrat Tom Erlandson in the November General Election.  In District 5... Susan Baldwin led Amy Farnham by four votes on Primary Night... and, wound up winning that Democratic contest by five votes... after getting 5 of 4 absentees.  The final tally there was 81-to-76.  Baldwin will face former GOP Elections Commissioner Terry Niebel in November.   The other big winner on Primary Day was Clymer's David Himelein in the District 18 GOP race against Sherman's Fred Croscut.


 
As the area is mourning the death of a Brocton High School football player who suffered a serious head injury in last Friday night's game... the school district is reaching out to students and the community.  16-year-old Damon Janes succumbed to the injuries suffered in the varsity game against Portville yesterday (Monday) afternoon at Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo.  Brocton School Superintendent John Hertlein says they have had some meetings with students. Hertlein says counseling services are available for students throughout the day.  He says both the Brocton and Westfield school districts have been dealing with Damon's loss.  Janes played on the combined Westfield/Brocton team.  Hertlein says the communities are both close because they share several programs... including the football team.  He says they're doing as much outreach as possible in both villages.  In a printed statement... the Brocton school district called Damon "a unique, smart, athletic and friendly young man."  The district looking to celebrate his life by holding a candlelight vigil, which has been tentative scheduled for Wednesday evening. 

 

The Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency has approved a package of tax breaks on construction... but, no PILOT agreement... for a new hotel in the town of Ellicott just north of Jamestown.  In fact... County Executive Greg Edwards says the IDA never did consider offering a payment-in-lieu of tax agreement to Boxwood Hotels... which is looking to put up a Holiday Inn Express near the Interstate 86 and Route 60 interchange.  Edwards says Boxwood DID ask the IDA for a PILOT agreement on property taxes... but, they only considered two others. Edwards says recent statements by city officials -- including Mayor Sam Teresi -- were "baseless" because while the IDA can give a local pilot... there was no intention to do so.  They can apply to the state for one.  He says package approved Tuesday by the IDA provides some tax relief in the construction-phase of the hotel.  Edwards says the developer is ready to move ahead with the project.  He estimates the hotel will pay 200-thousand dollars a year in occupancy and sales tax if they have 50-percent year-round occupancy.  He adds there would also be 20 new jobs.

 

Another special meeting of the Chautauqua County Legislature could be called late this month... or in early October... to consider the latest proposal to buy the County Home in Dunkirk.  That from County Executive Greg Edwards... who says he was updated Tuesday on negotiations with the potential buyer -- VestraCare of Long Island.  Edwards says County Attorney Stephen Abdella indicated that he felt they would have a final contract in place very soon. Three of the four principles involved with VestraCare made about a 12-minute presentation to the county legislature at last month's meeting.  The organization owns and operates two nursing homes in New York State.  One of those is a private home in the Binghampton-area which has been nationally recognized.  The other is the former Ulster County Home.  VestraCare is offering 16.5-million dollars for the County Home in Dunkirk.  The county executive adds they are ready to make a 1.65-million dollar downpayment on the home once a contract is in place.  However... the legislature would have to approve any sale... and, a 17 vote supermajority would be needed.

 

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH'-ruh) says corruption is rampant in New York politics.  The prosecutor's latest commentary on government corruption cases that he and others have brought in the state opened the first public hearing of New York's latest anti-corruption commission on Tuesday.  Bharara's written testimony to the commission says the ranks of those convicted in office have ``swelled to absolutely unacceptable levels.''  He's now moving to take away the pensions of state officials convicted in such cases.

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News Update for Tues., Sept. 17, 2013

County Board of Elections reports no change in outcomes of legislative Primaries after absentees are counted...

The absentee ballots have been counted... and, there were no changes from Primary Day in four Chautauqua County Legislature races.  There were two party lines too close to call on Primary Night.  The big one in the South County area was in the new District 16.  Past Repulican Legislators Ron Lemon and Tami Downey were separated by just two votes... but, GOP Elections Commissioner Brian Abram says Lemon expanded his margin of victory after the absentees and affidavits were counted.  Abram says Lemon got 10 more votes... while Downey received 4.  With that... Lemon wins, 118-to-110.  Lemon will now face Democrat Tom Erlandson in the November General Election.  In District 5... Susan Baldwin led Amy Farnham by four votes on Primary Night... and, wound up winning that Democratic contest by five votes, 81-to-76.  Baldwin will face former GOP Elections Commissioner Terry Niebel in November.   The other big winner on Primary Day was Clymer's David Himelein in the District 18 GOP race against Sherman's Fred Croscut.


Start of Taglianetti trial start delayed by legal issue...

Jury selection for the trial of a Virginia man accused of driving hundreds of miles to Chautauqua County last September to kill the Clymer school superintendent has been postponed for two days.  That from Chautauqua County Court Clerk Kathy Krauza.  Krauza says a legal matter came up prior to jury selection Tuesday morning in the second-degree murder trial of Anthony Taglianetti.  With that... a pre-trial hearing will be held Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.  Jury selection will now begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.  Taglianetti is charged with fatally shooting 51-year-old Keith Reed, Junior outside his rural Chautauqua County home last September.  He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.


Brocton school officials helping students, community, deal with football players death...

As the area is mourning the death of a Brocton High School football player who suffered a serious head injury in last Friday night's game... the school district is reaching out to students and the community.  16-year-old Damon Janes succumbed to the injuries suffered in the varsity game against Portville Monday afternoon at Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo.  Brocton School Superintendent John Hertlein says they have had some meetings with students.  Hertlein says one last night drew 200 students... who talked about Janes as a friend and classmate.  He adds counseling services are available for students throughout the day.  He says both the Brocton and Westfield school districts have been dealing with Damon's loss.  Janes played on the combined Westfield/Brocton team.  Hertlein says the communities are both close because they share several programs... including the football team.  The district looking to celebrate his life by holding a candlelight vigil, which has been tentative scheduled for Wednesday evening. 

 

Dunkirk man pleads guilty to Child Porn counts...

A Dunkirk man has pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornagraphy before a federal judge in Buffalo.  The U.S. Attorney's Office in Buffalo reports 52-year-old Talbert Milton Mount entered the guilty plea before District Court Judge Richard Arcara Monday.  Officials say that that in June of 2012... agents carrying out a search warrant found approximately 975 videos... and, over 12-thousand images of child pornography on various computers and hard drives belonging to Mount.  Some of the images depicted infants and toddlers.  Sentencing will take place in February.

 

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An official with a Buffalo-area hospital confirms that a junior player on the Westfield/Brocton varsity football team has died from head injuries suffered in a play during last Friday night's game at Portville.  Women and Children's Hospital Spokesman John Moscato confirms 16 year-old Damon Janes passed away yesterday afternoon from his injuries.  He was being treated in the hospital's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  Janes was hurt in the third-quarter of the game.  In a statement released by Moscato... Janes' parents "wish to express their gratitude to those who have supported and prayed for Damon and his family, and continue to request that their privacy be respected at this time."

 

Two Erie, Pennsylvania residents have been arrested for child endangerment after their speeding car was pulled over in the town of Ripley.  Sheriff's Deputies add that 47 year-old Franciso Otero and 44 year-old Luzbel Curry were also drinking and smoking marijuana.  Officers say they stopped Otero for speeding on Route 20 just after 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon... and, he was also found to have a suspended New York driver's license.  During the investigation, Otero and Curry were found to have open containers of alcohol... a burning marijuana cigarette... and, a small quantity of pot in the car.  Officers say there was a 13 year-old girl in the vehicle, as well.  Otero was arrested on several charges... including speeding, and, child endangerment.  Curry faces two charges... one of child endangerment.  Both subjects were arraigned in Ripley Town Court.  Otero was sent to the county jail on one-thousand dollars bail.  Curry was released to a family friend along with the 13 year old passenger. 

 

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says he has no problem with a third, new hotel proposed for the area around the Interstate 86 intechange with Route 60 -- north of the city.  However... Teresi and other city officials do have issues with a proposed 15-year Payment in Lieu of Tax agreement between the county's Industrial Development Agency... and, the developer... Boxwood Hotel, LLC.  City officials voiced their opposition to the PILOT the IDA was proposing during a recent public hearing.  Teresi calls the agreement "unprecidented...." Teresi adds Boxwood... which is proposing a Holiday Inn Express... would pay 25-percent of the taxes the next five years... and, 50-percent the next five before the hotel would pay full taxes around 2029.  He says NO other hotel project in the Greater Jamestown-area have ever received such a deal.  Teresi believes the hotel will do fine without it.
Teresi says the city has encouraged development at the I-86 -- Route 60 interchange -- including the addition of street lighting in that area of the city.  He made his comments on last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program.

 

A Virginia man accused of driving hundreds of miles to Chautauqua County last September to kill the superintendent of the Clymer School District is set to stand trial.  Jury selection is scheduled to begin today for the second-degree murder trial of Anthony Taglianetti.  Taglianetti is charged with fatally shooting 51-year-old Keith Reed, Junior outside his rural Chautauqua County home last September.  Authorities have said Taglianetti believed the superintendent of the Clymer school district was in a relationship with his wife.  Taglianetti was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Virginia eight days after Reed's body was found.  He has pleaded not guilty.

 

Local Congressman Tom Reed is backing a Republican Conference effort to put a work and training requirement in for able-bodied people who receive food stamp benefits... and, have no kids.  Reed says the conference is trying to bring a full-reform package to the floor later this week that would include the requirement.  The Corning Republican says they would have to either try to get a job... or already have one.  Reed says they could also do volunteer work for a local agency.  He says the goal is to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse in the system.
However... opponents reportedly don't like the bill because there is no funding in the bill for job training.  Reed says... let's get the bill to a conference committee first.  He says the funding aspect can easily be addressed there.  Reed estimates the work or volunteer requirement would save 20-billion dollars over 10 years... and, the package of reforms would save 40-billion.

 

The Chautauqua County Legislature has approved a $129 thousand dollar funding increase for the Dunkirk airport. The Jamestown Post Journal reports that the legislature met Monday for a special meeting to discuss additional funding for the Dunkirk airport. The additional funding was requested for obstruction removal. The total cost of the project is $329 thousand dollars. According to the resolution, 90 percent - or $296 thousand dollars - would be covered by federal funds. The additional 10 percent would be covered at the state and local levels. According to Sam Arcadipane, director of airports and parks for the county, it was necessary to contract out the work to clear the obstructed area at the airport. The resolution passed 16-5. Four legislators were absent from the meeting.

 

New York's 16 medical schools have 120 more students this fall than last year, including the first in a pair of three-year programs that allow students to graduate faster and with less debt.  Associated Medical Schools of New York says the 2,424 new medical students represent an enrollment increase of 120 over last year. More than half are state residents.

 

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News Update for Mon., Sept. 16, 2013

Westfield/Brocton player dies from severe head injury suffered during last Friday night's game at Portville...

An official with a Buffalo-area hospital confirms that a junior player on the Westfield/Brocton varsity football team has died from head injuries suffered in a play during last Friday night's game at Portville.  Women and Children's Hospital Spokesman John Moscato confirms 16 year-old Damon Janes passed away this afternoon from his injuries.  He was in the hospital's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  He was hurt in the third-quarter of the game.  In a statement released by Moscato... Janes' parents "wish to express their gratitude to those who have supported and prayed for Damon and his family, and continue to request that their privacy be respected at this time."


Reed supports work reforms proposed for federal Supplimental Nutrition Assistance Program...

Chautauqua County's Congressman is part of an effort to put a work and training requirement in for able-bodied people who receive food stamp benefits... and have no children.  Corning Republican Tom Reed says the GOP Conference is trying to bring a full-reform package to the floor later this week that would include the requirement for people who are able to work.  During his weekly conference call with Southern Tier Media... Reed said it's part of an effort he backs to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse of the Welfare system.  Reed says this is not an effort to take food stamp benefits away from anyone who qualifies for them.  He adds that the legislation would also allow for a "volunteerism" component where those receiving food stamps could log time with a volunteer agency to fullfill that requirement.  However... opponents don't like the bill because there is no funding in the bill for job training.  Reed says he wants to get the bill to a conference committee first... because he believes the funding will then be put in place.  He says the work or volunteer requirement would save $20-billion over 10 years... and, the package of reforms would save $40-billion.


Two Erie, PA residents jailed for allegedly drinking alcohol and smoking pot in speeding car with 13 year-old child riding inside...

Two people from Erie, Pennsylvania are jailed for child endangerment after their speeding car was pulled over in the town of Ripley... and, they were allegedly found to be drinking and smoking marijuana.  Sheriff's officers say they stopped 47 year-old Francisco Otero for speeding on Route 20 just after 4 p.m. Sunday... and, he was also found to have a suspended New York driver's license.  During the investigation, Otero and his passenger... 44 year-old Luzbel Curry... were found to have open containers of alcohol... a burning marijuana cigarette... and, a small quantity of pot in the vehicle.  Officers say there was a 13 year-old girl in the vehicle, as well.  Otero was arrested on several charges... including speeding, having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle... and, child endangerment.  In addition to child endangerment... Curry was also charged with open container of alcohol in a vehicle.  Both subjects were arraigned in Ripley Town Court.  Curry was released to a family friend along with the 13 year-old passenger.  Otero sent to the county jail on $1,000 bail.


 

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News alert! for Mon., Sept. 16, 2013

(**Alert)Westfield/Brocton football player dies from severe head injury at Buffalo-area hospital...

An official at a Buffalo area hospital confirms that the Brocton-Westfield football player critically injured during a play in last Friday night's game against Portville has died.  16 year-old Damon Janes was a junior... and, suffered a severe head injury when he was tackled on a play during the contest at Portville.  The teen was rushed to Olean General Hospital... then flown to Women and Children's Hospital... where he died earlier this afternoon.  More later.

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Chautauqua County health officials are again urging residents -- especially in the south county -- to protect themselves against mosquitos... and mosquito bites.  That after a first-ever confirmed case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a horse was confirmed late last week in the town of Kiantone.  The county's Department of Health and Human Services was notified late Friday of the case... in which the horse developed neurological symptoms and was euthanized.  County Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler says the animal was subsequently tested... and, results confirm it had what's more commonly known as "Triple-E."  This diagnosis follows a summer of unprecedented "Triple-E" activity in the area where the horse was stabled.  It's also the first case of Equine Triple-E in New York State this year.  The discovery comes after the county had been on heightened alert for Triple-E... and, West Nile Virus... especially in Kiantone and, Carroll.  Schuyler says recent aerial spraying of adult mosquitoes drastically cut the numbers of mosquitoes... as well as significantly lower EEE infection rates.  However... she says she was not entirely surprised by the horse contracting the virus.  She says the best way to protect yourself against mosquito bites is to avoid them... and, using effective insect repellent with DEET and to wear long sleeves and pants while outside at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.  For more information on Eastern Equine Encephalitis... go on-line to Myhealthycounty-dot-COM.

 

A 16 year-old player on the Westfield/Brocton varsity football team was seriously injured during a football game in Portville last Friday night.  WGRZ-TV in Buffalo reports that Junior Damon Janes is in critical condition in the pediatric intensive care unit of Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo.  A statement from Kaleida Health continues to say: "His parents and family request that their privacy be respected as they fight and pray for him at this time."  Janes was reportedly hurt during a helmet-to-helmet tackle during the third quarter of a game against Portville.  He was taken off the field on a stretcher by paramedics.   Janes was rushed to Olean General and was moved to Women and Children's Hospital later that night.  The Portville school superintendent told Channel 2 that the Brocton student suffered serious head injuries.

 

The bridge that carries Route 394 over Interstate 86 in Stow now has a name.  The span was officially dedicated this past weekend in the memory of a Stow man killed 45 years ago in the Vietnam War.  State Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell sponsored legislation that was passed earlier this year to rename the bridge after John Stow.  The dedication took place Saturday at the Hadley House Restaurant -- near the bridge.  Young says that naming the span after Stow was both appropriate... and, overdue. Young says Stow's ancestors founded Stow... which is in the town of North Harmony.  In fact... Stow's older brother, Frank, has been a long-time town councilman.  In addition to it being right to honor our veterans this way... Young says it's also time to especially remember those who served in Vietnam if they haven't been.  She says it was an "opportunity to right a wrong" for all Vietnam War veterans... many of whom were not treated well when they returned him.

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo has tapped an executive from an environmental group to head the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.  The NYSERDA board is expected, later today, to consider Cuomo's pick, John Rhodes, who has been director of the Center for Market Innovation at the Natural Resources Defense Council.  The center channels private capital toward investments meant to benefit the environment.  He would replace Francis Murray Jr., a former state energy commissioner who led the authority since 2009.  NYSERDA was established in 1975 to reduce New York's petroleum consumption.  It focuses on promoting renewable energy, reducing consumption and protecting the environment.  The authority recently petitioned the state Public Service Commission to release $165 million from utility fees to leverage private financing for projects through a so-called ``Green Bank.''

 

A major employer in the village of Fredonia will be getting some tax relief... but, not as much as it had originally sought.  In a settlement reached between the town of Pomfret and Ralcorp Holdings -- the parent company of Carriage House -- the company's property assessment in the village will be reduced by about 970-thousand dollars.  Ralcorp had sought a reduction of about 2-million.  But... Fredonia Mayor Steve Keefe says the biggest hit will come during the current fiscal year. Keefe says the village will lose about $32,500 in tax revenues... and, will have to repay the company about $26,000 of it in this fiscal year.  However... the elected official says there may be a bright spot. Keefe says the Village Board will now have to decide how to make up difference.  He expects trustees will begin the discussion when they hold a workshop meeting on Monday night. 


Leaf peeping season is starting in parts of New York state.  State tourism officials say trees in parts of the Adirondacks have begun to turn, with as much as 15 percent foliage-color change.  For instance, officials expect about 15 percent color change in elevations above 2-thousand feet in Warren County... including the Upper Hudson River Gorge, Blue Mountain, North Creek and Newcomb.

 

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News Update for Sun. Sept. 15, 2013

Eastern Equine Encephilities found for first time in horse in Chautauqua County... 
For the first time ever... Chautauqua County has had a confirmed case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis found in a horse in the town of Kiantone.  The county's Department of Health and Human Services was notified late Friday of the case... in which the horse developed neurological symptoms and was euthanized.  County Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler says the animal was subsequently tested... and, results confirm it had what's more commonly known as "Triple-E."  This diagnosis follows a summer of unprecedented "Triple-E" activity in the area where the horse was stabled.  It's also the first case of Equine Triple-E in New York State this year.  The discovery comes after the county had been on heightened alert for Triple-E... and, West Nile Virus... especially in the towns of Carroll and Kiantone.  Schuyler says aerial spraying of adult mosquitoes in targeted areas last Aug. 25 resulted in significantly decreased numbers of mosquitoes in collection traps as well as significantly lower EEE infection rates.  However... she says -- "considering all of the EEE positive mosquito pools we've had this past month, I'm not entirely surprised."  Schuyler again warned that both diseases are preventable.  She says the best way to protect yourself and your family is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes... and, use effective insect repellent with DEET and to wear long sleeves and pants while outside at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.  For more information on Eastern Equine Encephalitis... go on-line to www.myhealthycounty.com.

 

Sinclairville man arrested for leaving scene of rollover, DWI crash in Ellery...

A Sinclairville man is jailed without bail after he allegedly fled the scene of a fiery car crash... and, had to be tasered so police could arrest him.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene of the rollover accident shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday on Pickard Road in the town of Ellery.  Deputies were told the vehicle was burning... and, there was possible entrapment.  Upon arrival... they found everyone had gotten out of the car.  They also learned that the driver... 24 year-old Christopher Dellahoy... had run off.  Deputies say Dellahoy was already wanted by the Sheriff's Office for an outstanding warrant for violation of probation.  Additional patrol units from the Sheriff's Office and the State Police were called into set up a perimeter... and, a Sheriff's K-9 Unit was also brought in.  They eventually found Dellahoy on Route 380 in the Town of Stockton.  He resisted arrest, but was taken into custody after officers used the taser.  Dellahoy faces several charges... including leaving the scene of a personal injury accident... resisting arrest and DWI.  He's also being held on the probation warrant... pending further court action.

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Current Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards is responding to criticism his administration has received about its economic development record.  Earlier this month... while helping to open County Executive candidate Ron Johnson's headquarters in Dunkirk... former Lieutenant Governor Stan Lundine accused the current administration of being a "caretaker government."  Edwards today responded to those comments.The administration's job development record has also been criticized by Johnson... who says if he is elected... he would bring in a new Economic Development Director.  Edwards stands by the current IDA Administrative Director and Chief Executive Officer Bill Daly. Edwards, who is leaving county government in mid-November, says there is a reason they call it "the silly season" and, that politics is in "full display."  Johnson is challenging Republican Vince Horrigan in the November general election.

 

The Democrat candidate for Chautauqua County Executive says the county's Industrial Development Agency has not been as effective as it should have been the past eight years.  Fredonia's Ron Johnson also says -- if he's elected in November -- he will bring in a new economic development director.  Johnson says that's because of the record of job losses over the past eight years.  He calls that a "terrible" record. Johnson says he wants someone new to not only lead the county's Department of Economic Development... but, the IDA as well.  He says the county has 7-thousand fewer people employed than 7 years ago.  He says the IDA "costs too much... and, achieves too little."

 

The Republican candidate for County Executive says he has a plan in place for job growth... and, will start in January 2014 with a "fresh slate" to move the county forward.  Bemus Point's Vince Horrigan says his emphasis in the beginning will be on his "Growing Business Initiative... " which will deliver short-term job growth by identifying the top 200 existing businesses set for growth and new jobs. Horrigan says that momentum... along with stablizing the tax base... will attract new businesses for the long-term.  He understands there are "plenty of empty buildings and space in the county."  However... Horrigan says he's not running to "defend" outgoing County Executive Greg Edwards... nor the Industrial Development Agency.  To the issues of IDA leadership... Horrigan says he will have a transition team in place after the election to find the best person available. However... Horrigan does say that if you look on the IDA's website... there have been a number of successes over the past seven years.  He reiterated that he has a three-pronged approach to improving the local job picture... and, there's more detail at his website, Horriganforexecutive-dot-COM.

 

The cold front that brought some strong storms to the area late Wednesday night is ushering in some cooler temperatures through the weekend.  Forecaster Aaron Reynolds with the National Weather Service says storms ahead of front produced a lot of lightning strikes overnight and into Thursday morning. Lightning is being linked to a blaze that heavily-damaged a portion of a barn on Route 20 near Fredonia Wednesday night. The same storm also produced a bolt that damaged a large tree in front of 50 Central Avenue in the village.  Reynolds says the temperatures behind the front will be much cooler than the past few days. Our complete forecast is coming up.

 

More severe storms in eastern New York have caused local flooding even as crews restore power to customers who lost power during the first round.  National Grid said power should be restored by early today to most of the 1,700 homes and businesses that don't have electricity.  NYSEG  reports about 1,200 outages.

 

Fire crews from four different departments battled a barn fire near Fredonia late Wednesday night that may have been triggered by a lightning strike.  Fredonia fire officials say that village firefighters received mutual aid from Brocton, West Dunkirk and East Dunkirk in snuffing out the blaze that damaged a barn owned by James and Holly Kluck at 46-17 West Main Road just before 11:30 PM.  Firefighters had the flames under control in about a half hour.  Crews were at the scene for nearly four hours, with heavy damage reported to a rear corner of the structure.  A 12-by-14 foot shed was also destroyed in the fire.  No injuries were reported. 

 

 

 

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Local first responders recall the events surrounding the "9/11" terrorist attacks... and, how Chautauqua County sent firefighters and equipment to assist in the aftermath.  The county's Emergency Services Director... Julius Leone... was coincidently at a meeting on terrorism in Albany when he learned about the attacks. Dan Imfeld, the county's Deputy Fire Coordinator, was among the firefighters and EMTs sent by the county to assist first responders in New York City in the aftermath of the attacks.  Imfeld said Wednesday he assisted in an area near Ground Zero. Leone says it's important for people remember the victims of "9/11..." but, adds it's also important for people to stay aware and, be prepared should another horrific event like "9/11" again.  The county suffered one loss that day.  Celoron native Amy King was a flight attendant on one of the planes that struck the World Trade Center towers the morning of September 11th, 2001.

 

Jury selection is set to begin next Tuesday in the trial of the Virginia man accused of killing Clymer School Superintendent Keith Reed, Junior last September.  Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley says the jury selection process for the second-degree murder trial of Anthony Taglianetti-the-second will probably be lengthy.  In fact... Foley says they expect jury selection to last at least two weeks. Foley adds he expects to call some 40 to 45 witnesses during the trial.  Taglianetti is facing one count of second-degree murder in the case.  Reports indicate that Taglianetti allegedly drove to Clymer last September when he found out his estranged wife was in a relationship with Reed.  Foley did not discuss any details of the case because of the pending trial. 

 

The Jamestown man who allegedly ran off from the scene of a serious two-car, head-on crash in the village of Lakewood last week is under arrest.  Lakewood-Busti Police say 38 year-old Victor Cameron of Collins Street was taken into custody on a warrant about 9 AM Wednesday.  Sergeant Investigator Paul Gustafson says Lakewood-Busti Police received several anonymous tips on Cameron's whereabouts... and, they -- along with Jamestown Police -- found and arrested him.  Cameron is accused of fleeing the scene of the accident at Fairmount and Fairdale Avenues last Friday afternoon.  He was arraigned on charges... including leaving the scene of a personal injury accident... and, sent to the county jail without bail. 

 

A forum is set for tonight in Jamestown to talk about the issue of sexual harassment among students in junior and senior high school.  It's being put on by the local branch of the American Association of University Women... and, includes a panel discussion.  It'll be held at Jefferson Middle School on Martin Road at 7 PM.  Local AAUW President Maggie Irwin says the panel will discuss a 2011 Association research report on sexual harassment in grades seven through 12.  Irwin admits it's a bigger problem than even she knew. Irwin says verbal harassment made up most of the incidents... especially with the proliferation of social media like texting, Facebook, or other electronic media.  As of the report... she says about 30-percent of the students surveyed said they had been verbally harassed.  But... Irwin says it's become worse since then.  She says the main objective of the panel discussion is to define the problem locally for parents... and, students.  Irwin is hopeful that students will attend.  She says Jefferson Middle School Principal Carm Proctor will moderate the discussion.  The event is free.  For more information... go on-line to Jamestown-dot-ny-dot-aauw-dot-NET.

 

The other two county legislature primaries are too close to call... and, the final results will come down to absentee ballots.  That from Republican Elections Commissioner Brian Abram... who says Frewsburg Republican Ron Lemon leads Tami Downey in the District 16 race, 108-to-106.  But... Abram says there are still a number of absentee ballots outstanding there. In the north county... in District 5... Susan Baldwin holds a 76-to-72 lead over Amy Farnham in another close race.  Abram says there are 25 absentees outstanding there... and, 10 have been returned.  He says they'll continue accepting those through next Tuesday morning.  Overall... Abram says it was a smooth Primary Day. There was also an opportunity Tuesday for Working Family Party members to ballot for the District 7 seat.  Incumbant Democrat Tom DeJoe held onto that endorsement with 5 votes.  Abram says there were 3 write-ins... and, no absentees there.  He says there were no real surprises in the Legislature Primaries... adding that you tend to get close finishes when you have two good candidates.

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News Update for Wed., Sept. 11, 2013

(**New)Driver allegedly involved in Lakewood hit and run accident of Sept. 6 arrested... jailed without bail...

The Jamestown man accused of fleeing the scene of a serious two-car, head-on crash in the village of Lakewood has been arrested in the city.  Lakewood-Busti Police say 38 year-old Victor Cameron of Collins Street was taken into custody on a warrant about 9 a.m. Wednesday.  Sergeant Investigator Paul Gustafson says Lakewood-Busti Police received several anonymous tips on Cameron's whereabouts... and, they and Jamestown police were able to find Cameron.  He allegedly ran off from the scene of the accident last Friday afternoon at the intersection of Fairmount and Fairdale Avenues.  Cameron was arraigned on charges of first-degree Felony aggravated unlicensed operation... leaving the scene of a personal injury accident... and, failure to yield.  He was then sent to the county jail without bail. 


Local first responders recall "9/11" 12 years later...

Local first responders are recalling the events surrounding the "9/11" terrorist attacks... and, how Chautauqua County sent firefighters and equipment to assist in the aftermath.  The county's Emergency Services Director... Julius Leone... was coincidently at a meeting on terrorism in Albany when he learned about the attacks.  Leone says the V-A Hospitals were putting on the program, and how to prepare when they heard about what happened.  County Deputy Fire Coordinator Dan Imfeld was among those firefighters and EMTs sent by the county to assist first responders in New York City in the aftermath.  Imfeld assisted in an area near Ground Zero... where you could see the downed towers... and, he says it was like "no other experience I've ever had."  Yet... he's been in emergency services for 30 years.  Chautauqua County suffered one loss that day.  Celoron native Amy King was a flight attendant on one of the planes that struck the World Trade Center towers the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.


Croscut not bitter, philosophical on losing GOP Primary Tuesday...

A former chairman of the Chautauqua County Legislature says he's disappointed that he will not be returning to the panel in January.  Legislator Fred Croscut lost his Republican primary to fellow lawmaker David Himelein Tuesday, 229-to-198.  The Sherman Republican says he has enjoyed his eight terms on the Legislature... and, adds he feels he and the legislature were able to accomplish a lot during his time on the panel.  Croscut says it's unfortunate... because there's still work left to be done in such areas as the management of Chautauqua Lake.  He and Himelein went head-to-head as the result of the downsizing of the County Legislature from 25 to 19 members.

 


 

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A long-time member of the Chautauqua County Legislature has been defeated in one of the three primaries that have taken place as part of re-districting.  Clymer-area Republican David Himelein has defeated former Legislature Chairman Fred Croscut of Sherman, 229-to-198 in the GOP Primary in District 18. 

 

In a race too close to call at this point... Frewsburg Republican Ron Lemon leads Tami Downey in the District 16 race, 108-to-106.  Both are past county legislators... and, were seeking the right to run against incumbant Democrat Tom Erlandson. 

 

In the lone Democrat race... Susan Baldwin defeated Amy Farnham in another close race in the north county's District 5... 76-to-72.

 

There was also an opportunity to ballot for the Working Families line in District 7.  Incumbant Democrat Tom DeJoe of Brocton held onto that endorsement.  He received 5 votes... while there were 3 write-ins.

 

In other Primary results... Brian Anderson won the Republican Primary for Gerry Town Supervisor Tuesday... defeating Mark Risley, 136-to-118....

 

In the Town of Stockton... Mark Cunningham was the big winner in three primaries for the Town Justice seat.  Cunningham won big in the GOP Primary over Jeffrey Shevlin and Michael Myers.  He also won the Conservative Primary over Shevlin.  However... Shevlin won the Independence Party primary over Cunningham, 7-to-6....

 

AND... in the Town of Arkwright... Clinton Nagel holds a one-vote lead over Christopher Cannon in the Republican Town Council race.  Nagel has 62 votes to Cannon's 61.  Lawrence Ball was third with 50 votes. For more results... go on-line to Votechautauqua-dot-COM.

 

There are three Jamestown residents who have expressed an interest in filling a vacancy on the city school board left when long-time member Tim Thomas resigned last month.  School Superintendent Tim Mains has also made a recommendation to the board on how to fill that post.  Following last night's board meeting... Mains said he would like the board to interview each applicant before they make a final decision.  He has also given the board a set of questions that they can ask each candidate. While there are fewer applicants than the last time there was a board vacancy... Mains says he's pleased with the interest shown.  He says he wouldn't expect "there to be hordes of applicants for a position that pays zero... and, yet it has a tremendous amount of time required" of an individual.  Mains says... depending on how schedules line-up... both he and the board would like to have the position filled by the end of the month.  That way... the new board member can be brought up to speed before the budget process begins.  Thomas has moved to the Buffalo-area to take a new job.

 

It'll be hot and humid in the Jamestown-area for at least another day as the system that's caused the recent heat wave in the Midwest has moved into the region.  That from Forecaster Bill Hibbert with the National Weather Service in Buffalo... who says we're enjoying probably our last run of Summer-like weather for 2013.  Hibbert says western New York was looking at projected highs of about 90 Tuesday.  Our unofficial high here at our studios was 89 at 4 PM.  However... it's only going to last another day. Hibbert said it was going to be very muggy and uncomfortable overnight.  The lows around Jamestown were to only get to about 70.  No records were expected to be broken Tuesday.  However... Hibbert says there may be a new high today.  He says the record high for Buffalo on September 11th is 87.  The projected high for Wednesday is 90.  However... a cold front will bring showers and thunderstorms overnight tonight... and, a high of about 75 Thursday.

 

Thousands of volunteers will honor September 11th today with good deeds performed around the globe.  The anniversary of the terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people was designated a National Day of Service and Remembrance in 2009.  This year... a constellation of volunteer networks around the world will spread goodwill through volunteerism to honor those who died.  Public volunteer projects in New York, Dallas, Washington, D.C., and other cities will convene at fire houses and fire academies to honor first responders by painting and cleaning the facilities.   On the website '911day.org,' thousands of people have pledged to perform a good deed on September 11th.  Among other things... people have pledged to give blood, donate books, pass out blankets at homeless shelters and volunteer at soup kitchens.

 

No serious injuries were reported in a two-car, rear-end collision at a tricky West Ellicott intersection about mid-afternoon Tuesday.  However... police officials say it tied up traffic in the area of Hunt Road and Howard Avenue for just over half-an-hour.  Sheriff's Department dispatchers say Ellicott Town Police were called to the scene about 3:30 PM.  It appears a Sports Utility Vehicle struck another that had stopped to make a left turn onto Howard afternoon... and, the SUV in the front went through the intersection onto the shoulder of Hunt Road.  An ambulance was called to the scene... and, the occupants were checked out... but, no one went to the hospital.  No names have been released... and, there's no word on any charges as of yet.

 

A Forestville man has been charged with drunk driving after his car that struck an Amish Buggy on a town of Chautauqua road Monday night.  Sheriff's Deputies say they were called to the scene on the Hartfield-Stockton Road just after 8:30 PM.  Officers say... on further investigation... they found that 40 year-old Jason Merritt was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.  Deputies say neither Merritt, nor anyone else involved, was hurt.  He was charged with DWI... and, released pending a future appearance in Chautauqua Town Court.


 

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A long-time member of the Chautauqua County Legislature has been defeated in one of the three primaries that have taken place as part of re-districting.  Clymer-area Republican David Himelein has defeated former Legislature Chairman Fred Croscut of Sherman, 229-to-198 in the GOP Primary in District 18. 

 

In a race too close to call at this point... Frewsburg Republican Ron Lemon leads Tami Downey in the District 16 race, 108-to-106.  Both are past county legislators... and, were seeking the right to run against incumbant Democrat Tom Erlandson. 

 

In the lone Democrat race... Susan Baldwin defeated Amy Farnham in another close race in the north county's District 5... 76-to-72.

 

There was also an opportunity to ballot for the Working Families line in District 7.  Incumbant Democrat Tom DeJoe of Brocton held onto that endorsement.  He received 5 votes... while there were 3 write-ins.

 

In other Primary results... Brian Anderson won the Republican Primary for Gerry Town Supervisor Tuesday... defeating Mark Risley, 136-to-118....

 

In the Town of Stockton... Mark Cunningham was the big winner in three primaries for the Town Justice seat.  Cunningham won big in the GOP Primary over Jeffrey Shevlin and Michael Myers.  He also won the Conservative Primary over Shevlin.  However... Shevlin won the Independence Party primary over Cunningham, 7-to-6....

 

AND... in the Town of Arkwright... Clinton Nagel holds a one-vote lead over Christopher Cannon in the Republican Town Council race.  Nagel has 62 votes to Cannon's 61.  Lawrence Ball was third with 50 votes. For more results... go on-line to Votechautauqua-dot-COM.

 

There are three Jamestown residents who have expressed an interest in filling a vacancy on the city school board left when long-time member Tim Thomas resigned last month.  School Superintendent Tim Mains has also made a recommendation to the board on how to fill that post.  Following last night's board meeting... Mains said he would like the board to interview each applicant before they make a final decision.  He has also given the board a set of questions that they can ask each candidate. While there are fewer applicants than the last time there was a board vacancy... Mains says he's pleased with the interest shown.  He says he wouldn't expect "there to be hordes of applicants for a position that pays zero... and, yet it has a tremendous amount of time required" of an individual.  Mains says... depending on how schedules line-up... both he and the board would like to have the position filled by the end of the month.  That way... the new board member can be brought up to speed before the budget process begins.  Thomas has moved to the Buffalo-area to take a new job.

 

It'll be hot and humid in the Jamestown-area for at least another day as the system that's caused the recent heat wave in the Midwest has moved into the region.  That from Forecaster Bill Hibbert with the National Weather Service in Buffalo... who says we're enjoying probably our last run of Summer-like weather for 2013.  Hibbert says western New York was looking at projected highs of about 90 Tuesday.  Our unofficial high here at our studios was 89 at 4 PM.  However... it's only going to last another day. Hibbert said it was going to be very muggy and uncomfortable overnight.  The lows around Jamestown were to only get to about 70.  No records were expected to be broken Tuesday.  However... Hibbert says there may be a new high today.  He says the record high for Buffalo on September 11th is 87.  The projected high for Wednesday is 90.  However... a cold front will bring showers and thunderstorms overnight tonight... and, a high of about 75 Thursday.

 

Thousands of volunteers will honor September 11th today with good deeds performed around the globe.  The anniversary of the terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people was designated a National Day of Service and Remembrance in 2009.  This year... a constellation of volunteer networks around the world will spread goodwill through volunteerism to honor those who died.  Public volunteer projects in New York, Dallas, Washington, D.C., and other cities will convene at fire houses and fire academies to honor first responders by painting and cleaning the facilities.   On the website '911day.org,' thousands of people have pledged to perform a good deed on September 11th.  Among other things... people have pledged to give blood, donate books, pass out blankets at homeless shelters and volunteer at soup kitchens.

 

No serious injuries were reported in a two-car, rear-end collision at a tricky West Ellicott intersection about mid-afternoon Tuesday.  However... police officials say it tied up traffic in the area of Hunt Road and Howard Avenue for just over half-an-hour.  Sheriff's Department dispatchers say Ellicott Town Police were called to the scene about 3:30 PM.  It appears a Sports Utility Vehicle struck another that had stopped to make a left turn onto Howard afternoon... and, the SUV in the front went through the intersection onto the shoulder of Hunt Road.  An ambulance was called to the scene... and, the occupants were checked out... but, no one went to the hospital.  No names have been released... and, there's no word on any charges as of yet.

 

A Forestville man has been charged with drunk driving after his car that struck an Amish Buggy on a town of Chautauqua road Monday night.  Sheriff's Deputies say they were called to the scene on the Hartfield-Stockton Road just after 8:30 PM.  Officers say... on further investigation... they found that 40 year-old Jason Merritt was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.  Deputies say neither Merritt, nor anyone else involved, was hurt.  He was charged with DWI... and, released pending a future appearance in Chautauqua Town Court.


 

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News update for Tues., Sept. 10, 2013

Hot weather moves into Jamestown-area for a couple of days...

The calendar says it's still Summer... and, we're going to enjoy a return to Summer-like conditions the next couple of days.  That from Forecaster Bill Hibbert with the National Weather Service... who says the hot and humid conditions in the Central U.S. and south has moved into the region.  Hibbert says we'll see temperatures in the high 80s to 90 degrees today... with humidity building in during the day.  He adds we've been cut off from that for a while... but, it's now arrived here from the Midwest and south.  Parts of the upper Midwest were looking at highs in the upper 90s earlier in the week... as several record high temperatures were set.  As for us... Hibbert says we may see at least one record high over the next two days.  He says the record at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport is 87 for tomorrow... but, a high of about 90 is predicted.  Hibbert adds it's going to be more like a "Florida night" tonight with temperatures ranging from about 70 in the inland valleys to about 74 along the Lake Erie shoreline.  However... a sharpe cold front moves in late Wednesday night and early Thursday... bringing colder air and rain and thunderstorms. 


Smattering of local primaries take place today...

It's Primary Day across New York state... and, Chautauqua County today.  Polls are open now until 9 tonight.  There are no races in the immediate Jamestown... nor Dunkirk-Fredonia areas.  However... Democrat Elections Commissioner Norm Green says there are a smattering of local races in the Central, northeast and southeast sections of the county.  In the central area... Green says there are a couple of Highway Superintendent races in Gerry and Portland.  Green adds that there's a three-way GOP town council race in Arkwright.  There's also an interesting town council race in Stockton.


Legislative primaries also underway in county...

Major party candidates for three seats on the newly-downsized Chautauqua County Legislature will be decided by today's primaries.  Those seats are mainly in the central... northeastern and southeastern ends of the county.  That from Democrat Elections Commissioner Norm Green... who says voting today is from Noon until 9 PM.  Green says there a primaries for both Democrats and Republicans... and, there's also a third-party opportunity to ballot.  Green says that's in the new district where Democrat Tom DeJoe is seeking another line... and, will be running against Republican John Runkle.  He says one of the most watched races will be in the towns of Chautauqua, Sherman and Mina where Republicans Fred Croscut and David Himelein are facing off in the new District 18.  There is alson a key GOP Primary between two former Republican lawmakers in the new District 16 -- just east of Jamestown.  Ron Lemon and Tami Downey are facing off to represent the towns of Kiantone, Carroll and Poland.  As for Democrats... there is a north county primary between Amy Dillenburg and Sue Baldwin in District 5.


 

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The man who allegedly fled from his wrecked car following a head-on crash in Lakewood last Friday has now been identified by authorities.  Lakewood-Busti Police say 38 year-old Victor Cameron was determined to be the driver of the Nissam Maxima involved in the accident... which occured just after 5 PM at the intersection of Fairmount and Fairdale Avenues.  Sergeant Investigator Paul Gustafson says they have now issued a warrant for Cameron's arrest for leaving the scene.  Gustafson is asking anyone with information on Cameron to contact them at 763-9563.  Gustafson says Lakewood-Busti Police were joined in the investigation by Sheriff's officers, Ellicott Town Police, and State Police.  Police and fire rescue crews were called to the scene of the collision... which involved serious injuries.

 

One person was killed... and three others were hurt in a two vehicle crash on Route 219 in the Cattaraugus County town of Ashford.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say 18 year-old Anna Schroeder of West Valley was northbound just after 9:30 AM Sunday... when her car crossed the center line... and, went into the path of a southbound pick-up truck.  The driver of the truck... James Heidrich of Niagara Falls... was unable to avoid the collision.  Deputies say Schroeder was pronounced dead at the scene.  Heidrich was flown to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment.  Officers say his two passengers... a North Tonawanda man, and another from Maine... were taken to ECMC by ambulance.  The investigation into the crash is continuing.

 

New Jamestown School Superintendent Tim Mains says he wants to be a partner with the city government... and, other entities in the city to help 'build' the community up.  Mains was introduced to lawmakers at last night's city council work session... and, wound up getting their feedback on the schools for nearly an hour.  Mains... who was also a city council member in Rochester while he worked in the school district... says he understands that the schools are a reflection of the community... and, vise versa. Mains says he's gotten the impression in talking with people during his just over one-month on the job that the district wanted to be off -- doing what it does -- by itself.  He says that's one impression he would like to change.  Council members rattled off several assets and challenges faced by the community... and, the schools.  The fact that a lot of lower-income students move a lot -- even during the school year -- was one issue.  Mains says they're already applying for a Community Schools grant from Chautauqua Opportunities to do more outreach to those families.  He says the district is moving forward with teaching from the state's new "Common Core" curriculum... but, adds he wants to see a "Jamestown model" come out of that sometime in the future.

 

Downsizing of the Chautauqua County Legislature had led to a handful of primaries today in the central... and southeastern parts of the county.  That from Democrat Elections Commissioner Norm Green... who says voting will take place for party members ONLY from Noon to 9 PM.  Green says one of the most watched races will be in the towns of Chautauqua, Sherman and Mina where Republicans Fred Croscut and David Himelein are facing off in District 18. Green says there are no major primaries in the more urban areas of Dunkirk-Fredonia... and, Jamestown-West Ellicott.  However... there is a key GOP Primary between two former GOP lawmakers in the new District 16... just east of Jamestown.  Ron Lemon and Tami Downey are facing off to represent the towns of Kiantone, Carroll and Poland.  As for Democrats... there is a north county primary between Amy Dillenburg and Sue Baldwin in District 5... which includes the towns of Arkwright, Sheridan, Villenova East Pomfret and Cherry Creek.  The winner will take on GOP candidate Terry Niebel.  There is also an opportunity to ballot for the Working Families line in District 7... where only Democrat Tom DeJoe is on the line.

 

Chautauqua County Executive candidate Ron Johnson has received another line on the November ballot.  The Johnson Campaign Committee says county Independence Committee Chairman Thom Shagla has officially announced that the Fredonia businessman is the party's choice for County Executive.  Shagla says the party's executive committee was impressed by the Democrat's -- "wide range of experience... and, his non-partisan and independent ideas.  He is an independent thinker and that's what we are looking for in our candidates."  Johnson says -- "the Independence Party focuses on electing qualified candidates who are not restricted by 'party politics."  He says he will be an "independent County Executive."  Johnson is the owner and operator of Johnson Adult Homes in Fredonia, and was the lead developer of Fredonia Place.

 

Chautauqua County's Congressman says he's pleased President Obama will make his case for military action in Syria... but, adds unless there's some new, compelling information... he'll vote against such a move.  Corning Republican Tom Reed says he -- and other members of Congress... wrote the president... urging him to address the nation about the need to deal with the issue.  Reed says the president needs to be "clear and concise" during tonight's prime-time address. In addition to stating his case... Reed says the president also needs to address his strategy for not only dealing with Syria's chemical weapon threat... but, also to avoid further U-S involvement in the war-torn Middle Eastern nation.  While he's against U-S intervention in the Syrian conflict... Reed says he's fully-aware of that President Bashar Assad is accused of using chemical weapons against his own people.  But... he adds that you have to look at the "big picture..." and, the interests of the people of the 23rd Congressional District.  He says the overwhelming majority of people at six town hall meetings were opposed to military intervention in Syria.

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News Update! for Mon., Sept. 9, 2013

(**New)West Valley teen killed in car-truck accident in Cattaraugus County...

One person was killed... and three others were hurt in a two vehicle crash on Route 219 in the Cattaraugus County town of Ashford.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say 18 year-old Anna Schroeder of West Valley was northbound just after 9:30 a.m. Sunday... when her car crossed the center line... and, went into the path of a southbound pick-up truck.  The driver of the truck... James Heidrich of Niagara Falls... was unable to avoid the collision.  Deputies say Schroeder was pronounced dead at the scene.  Heidrich was flown to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment.  Officers say his two passengers... a North Tonawanda man, and another from Maine... were taken to ECMC by ambulance.  The investigation into the crash is continuing.


Driver who allegedly left the scene of serious, head on crash in Lakewood now identified...

The man who allegedly fled from his wrecked car following a head-on crash at a busy Lakewood intersection last Friday has now been identified by authorities.  Lakewood-Busti Police say 38 year-old Victor Cameron was determined to be the driver of the Nissam Maxima involved in the accident... which occured just after 5 PM at the intersection of Fairmount and Fairdale Avenues.  Sergeant Investigator Paul Gustafson says they have now issued a warrant for Cameron's arrest for leaving the scene.  He's asking anyone with information on Cameron to contact them at 763-9563.  Gustafson says Lakewood-Busti Police were joined in the investigation by Sheriff's officers, Ellicott Town Police, and State Police.  Police and fire rescue crews were called to the scene of the collision... which involved serious injuries.


Democrat Johnson nominated by Independence Party to run on their line in November's County Executive vote...

Chautauqua County Executive candidate Ron Johnson has received another line on the November ballot.  The Johnson Campaign Committee says county Independence Committee Chairman Thom Shagla has officially announced that the Fredonia businessman is the party's choice for County Executive.  Shagla says the party's executive committee was impressed by the Democrat's -- "wide range of experience... and, his non-partisan and independent ideas.  He is an independent thinker and that's what we are looking for in our candidates."  Johnson says -- "the Independence Party focuses on electing qualified candidates who are not restricted by 'party politics."  He says he will be an "independent County Executive."  Johnson is the owner and operator of Johnson Adult Homes in Fredonia, and was the lead developer of Fredonia Place.

 

 

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A reported sale of much of Keywell Corporation's stainless steel and specialty scrap metal processing operation is likely behind a decision to close at least one of the company's local plants.  That from County Executive Greg Edwards on a report that Keywell recently informed the state Labor Department of the decision to close the Frewsburg plant... which employs 49 people.  However... up to 132 jobs could end up being affected at Keywell's Frewsburg and Falconer plants.  On last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program... Edwards said they're still find out exactly what happened... and, help those workers who'll be displaced. Edwards says not only were county officials caught by surprise... but, officials at the local Keywell plants were also caught off-guard.  He says no one -- including suppliers of the former Vac-Air Alloys -- were aware of the pending sale.  The Labor Department notice stated that that facility will be closing on October 24th.  Lay-offs would be handed in two rounds... with the first one underway.  Edwards says he and other county officials visited the Frewsburg plant about a year ago... and, at that time... they were looking at an expansion.

 

Police from four local agencies are on the look-out for the driver of one of two vehicles involved in a head-on crash Friday afternoon at a busy Lakewood intersection.  Lakewood-Busti Police were called to the scene of a serious, personal injury crash at East Fairmount Avenue and Fairdale Avenue just after 5 PM.  When they and fire rescue crews arrived... officers were told that one of the drivers ran off on foot.  Officers from the Sheriff's Office, Ellicott Town Police, and, State Police assisted in searching for the driver.  However... they were unable to find that person.  No description of the driver was released... but, if you have any information on the driver... call Lakewood-Busti Police at 763-9563.

 

An out-of-state man is jailed on 2-thousand dollars bail for allegedly driving drunk with a suspended license in the town of Kiantone this past weekend.  Sheriff's Deputies say they pulled over 29 year-old Jose DeJesus of Providence, Rhode Island on Route 60 just after 4 AM Saturday for a traffic violation.  Upon further investigation... DeJesus was found to be intoxicated.  Officers say a check of his Rhode Island driver's license showed that his privileges to drive had been suspended.  DeJesus was taken into custody... and, arraigned in Kiantone Town Court... on charges including driving while intoxicated... DWI with a blood alcohol content of point-0-8 or greater, and unlicensed operation.  He was then sent to the county lock-up.

 

The former number-two man in New York state government believes a "shake up" is needed when it comes to economic development in Chautauqua County... and, he believes a Fredonia man has the right approach.  Former Lieutenant Governor Stan Lundine is backing Democrat Ron Johnson for County Executive.  Lundine says things are not bad, but they could be better. The man who served as the number-two man under former Governor Mario Cuomo believes the elder Cuomo's son, Andrew, is headed in the right direction when it comes to economic development in the state. Lundine attended the "official" opening of Johnson's campaign headquarters in Dunkirk late this past week.  Johnson is running against Republican Vince Horrigan for the county's top public office.  Johnson is expected to unveil his economic development plan in the next two weeks.

 

Deployment ceremonies were held last weekend for more than 300 New York Army National Guard members who are headed to Kuwait.  Two of the ceremonies are being held Saturday... one for a unit in northern Chautauqua County... and, the other for a unit based on Long Island.  Fifty members of "Company A" of the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion based in Dunkirk will head to Fort Hood in Texas for training before deploying to the Persian Gulf.  They serve in support of U.S. forces stationed there... and, will be joined by another 175 soldiers from the battalion's companies based at McArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma.  Also heading to Kuwait are 100 soldiers assigned to the battalion's headquarters based at Rochester International Airport.  Their deployment ceremony is Sunday morning at the airport.

 

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer vowed when he visited Dunkirk last month that he would continue to push for the Dunkirk NRG plant repowering project.  And... Schumer has apparently kept that promise.  In a news release... the New York Democrat indicated that he's spoken with the new chair of the state's Public Service Commission, Aubrey Zibelman.  Schumer says he made a personal phone call to Zibelman... urging the P-S-C adopt the repowering plan.  That plan calls for converting the plant from coal to natural gas.  Dunkirk Mayor A.J. Dolce says he appreciate's Schumer's support. Dolce says they are still not sure when the Public Service Commission is expected to make a decision on repowering.  He says the best estimate is sometime in October.

 

 

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News Update for Sat., Sept. 7, 2013

Search underway for driver involved in serious, head-on crash in Lakewood...

Local police are looking for the driver of one of two vehicles involved in a serious, head-on crash Friday afternoon at a busy Lakewood intersection.  Lakewood-Busti Police were called to the scene at East Fairmount Avenue and Fairdale Avenue just after 5 p.m., and, were told when they arrived that one of the drivers ran off on foot.  Officers from the Sheriff's Department, Ellicott Town Police, and, State Police assisted in searching for the driver.  However... they were unsuccessful.  No description of the driver was released... but, if you have any information on the driver... call Lakewood-Busti Police at 763-9563.


Edwards says new CGR study shows remaining County Homes in NYS outside of NYC will soon be "unsustainable..."

A new report by a Rochester-firm on county nursing homes in Upstate New York shows that virtually all of them -- including Chautauqua County -- are losing money.  That from Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards... who is responding to a study just completed by the Center for Governmental Research.  Edwards says there was one exception to those homes that were losing money.  Those were the three skilled nursing facilities that are tied in with a local hospital.  He says all county-run nursing homes outside of New York City were audited for the study.  Edwards says statistically, the cost of benefits to employees of those facilities have gone up by 181-percent since 2001.  He says most of the employee costs are tied up in benefit packages.  He says the cost per employee in Chautauqua County is 71-cents for each $1.  He adds the 145-page CGR report also showed that Medicare reimbursements for those homes were down by 13-percent the past two years... meaning they were getting less revenue to continue operations.  Edwards also says only 11-percent of people in skilled nursing homes... statewide... are in county nursing homes.  He made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.


Cattaraugus Reservation man gets 21-years in prison for killing young son of his girlfriend...

A western New York man has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for killing his girlfriend's 3-year-old son on a Seneca Indian reservation.  Local media report that 30-year-old Justin Crouse also was sentenced Friday to five years of post-release supervision.  The child died of a head injury in March after being struck in his mother's home on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.  Crouse found the toddler awake and walking around the house early in the morning and hit him, then placed him back in bed.  The child's grandmother performed CPR until paramedics arrived, but the boy was later pronounced dead at a hospital.  An autopsy determined he died from a blow to the head.  Crouse, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter, was living with his girlfriend in her home when the boy was killed.


Jamestown man arrested after being spotted tossing bottle of prescription drugs to avoid arrest...

A city man has been arrested for allegedly tossing away a prescription pill bottle containing several kinds of controlled substances during a police investigation on Jamestown's eastside.  City police were looking into an incident at 198 Hopkins Avenue about 9 p.m. Thursday... when they saw 24 year-old John Lawler discard the bottle so it wasn't in his possession.  Officers say Lawler was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance.. and, tampering with physical evidence.  Police say he was taken to the city jail pending arraignment.  Officers say anyone with information on the illegal possession or sales of narcotics in the Jamestown-area should contact the JPD Tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.  They say all calls will be kept confidential.


New JPS Superintendent says he's "excited," pleased by schools opening...

It's been a great start to the new, school year in the Jamestown Public School system.  That from new Superintendent Tim Mains... who took over for the retired Deke Kathman early last month.  While he's had some lead time heading into the new school year... it was busy right up to opening day Wednesday with meetings with staff and teachers regarding issues... namely full-implimentation of "Common Core" standards.  Mains has been involved in more than 40 opening days... both as a teacher and administrator... but, says it's always exciting.  As for enrollment... he says it'll still be a few days before the have a full handle on what that is.  However... Mains says he knows there are a lot of new students -- especially at Lincoln Elementary School.  He says implimenting the "Common Core" curriculum... which includes new, tougher standards... is the big challenge for teachers and students alike.  That's primarily for students in Kindergarten through Eighth-grades.

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A Cattaraugus County man was killed when his motorcycle struck a pickup truck that was pulling onto Route 98 in the town of Farmersville.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say 68 year-old John Hermann of B-&-S Road, Farmersville, was southbound just after 10 AM Thursday morning when the accident occured.   Deputies say the truck... operated by Richard Carson of Franklinville... was entering Route 98 from a private driveway.  However... Hermann was unable to avoid the collision... and, the bike struck the driver's side of the truck.  Officers say Hermann was flown to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo... where he was later pronounced dead.  The accident remains under investigation.

 

Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards say his 2014 budget proposal will again hold the property tax rate below the level of the 2006 budget.  Edwards today says he and his department heads recently finished up their second-set of sessions on the spending plan... which is due later this month.  He also complimented them for the job they've done in cutting the local share of tax costs once again this year. The county's current property tax rate is 9-dollars-15 cents per thousand full value... while it was 9-dollars-22 cents in 2012.  It had dropped to 8-dollars-18 cents in 2010.   In 2006... the rate was 9-dollars-49 cents per thousand.  Edwards says they've been able to keep the rate below 2006 levels in the wake of a number of increased costs projected for 2014.  As an example... he says fuel costs are projected to increase by 1.5-million dollars next year.  Edwards says he's finishing up a first draft of the more than 230-million dollar spending plan this week... and, will have the final, preliminary budget ready for the legislature's review by the September 25th deadline. 

 

State officials are being urged this week to adopt new proposals to cut broad-based taxes for all New Yorkers instead of continuing politically targeted tax breaks for businesses and Hollywood productions.  E.J. McMahon of the Manhattan Institute says New York's high tax status grew worse in recent years with a ``temporary'' income tax extended twice so far that takes in 2-billion dollars a year.  The national Tax Foundation's Joseph Henchman testified in the same state Senate hearing that New York is ranked last in business climate among all 50 states. 

 

One of the first Chautauqua County school districts to open this Fall was Southwestern... and, the opening has gone "smoothly... and, uneventful."  That from new Superintendent Maureen Donahue took over for Dan George late last year... meaning she was not in charge for last September's opening.  Donahue adds, though, that it went "great."  It is not her first opening as a superintendent because she headed up the Friendship district in Allegany County the past several years.  Donahue says there was one "minor" bump in the road Tuesday. The Labor Day storm... which caused considerable damage to part of the village of Lakewood... has also affected phone service the past few days.  Most school districts have been reviewing their safety plans in the wake of last Fall's tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut... and, Donahue says they spent a lot of time this summer reviewing their plans with local police and fire officials.  She says many of their provisions are being re-worked... but, visitors must still sign in at the front entrance to the schools... and, she adds they'll be monitoring that closely.  Donahue says if anyone has questions or concerns about what's happening in their child's school... they should contact the building principal.

 

Farmers from all over the area gathered in a field near Towerville Thursday to learn the latest advancements in agricultural methods and technology.  The 15th annual Ag Day was hosted for the second year in a row at Arlaine Farms... operated by the Winton family.  One of the organizers of the event is John Griffith of Z-and-M Ag and Turf.  He believes farmers need access to the latest developments. Several vendors at this year's event were encouraging farmers to generate their own power.  Rural Generation and Wind, Incorporated of Syracuse's Rodney Weaver says there are many incentives for solar installations right now.  They include grants from local electric companies... and, NYSERDA.  Meantime... Tom Fleckenstein of Niagara Wind and Solar of Niagara Falls, sees wind energy in the future of many farms because of our location.  More than 50 vendors cooperated in this year's Ag Day.

 

The New York farm family that refused to cave to a major power company and New York state is getting a powerful ally.  U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling on Rochester Gas & Electric and the Cuomo administration's Public Service Commission to find a new route for a power line that won't dig into the Krenzer family farm near Rochester.  Schumer says the need for more power and the need to protect the farm tilled by the family for four generations are not mutually exclusive.  The comments Tuesday by New York's senior senator will be part of the testimony collected as part of an extended comment period.  The Krenzer family forced that in August by petitioning the Public Service Commission to reconsider its support for the power project.

 

A woman who actively volunteers in the Jamestown-area has been named as the new volunteer coordiantor at WCA Hospital.  Hospital officials say Elizabeth Derosa will oversee recruiting and scheduling more than 200 active volunteers and auxilians who support the mission of the hospital.  The WCA Auxiliary manages the Gift Shop at the hospital... and, is active in general fund-raising for WCA.  Derosa joins WCA with more than 15 years of experience in teaching and developing programs.  She is currently an adjunct English Instructor at Jamestown Community College.  For more information on WCA's Volunteer Program... call Derosa at 664-8224.  You can also fill-out the hospital's volunteer application on-line at wcahospital-dot-ORG/volunteer.

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News update for Thurs., Sept. 5, 2013

Farmersville man killed in truck-motorcycle accident...

A Cattaraugus County man was killed when his motorcycle struck a pickup truck that was pulling onto Route 98 in the town of Farmersville.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say 68 year-old John Hermann of B-&-S Road, Farmersville, was southbound just after 10 a.m. Thursday when the accident occured.   Deputies say the truck... operated by Richard Carson of Franklinville... was entering Route 98 from a private driveway.  However... Hermann was unable to avoid the collision... and, the bike struck the driver's side of the truck.  Officers say Hermann was flown to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo... where he was later pronounced dead.  The accident remains under investigation.


Edwards says his final budget will again include tax rate lower than the one he inherited in 2006...

Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards say his 2014 budget proposal will again hold the property tax rate below the level of the 2006 budget that he inherited.  Edwards today says he and his department heads recently finished up their second-set of sessions on the spending plan... which is due later this month.  He also complimented them for the job they've done in cutting the local share of tax costs once again this year.  Edwards says it "says a lot about the people I have working for me."  The county's current property tax rate is $9.15 per $1,000 full value... while it was $9.22 in 2012.  It had dropped to $8.18 in 2010.   In 2006... the rate was $9.49 per $1,000.  Edwards says they've been able to keep the rate below 2006 levels in the wake of a number of increased costs projected for 2014.  As an example... he says fuel costs are projected to increase by $1.5-million next year.  Edwards says he's finishing up a first draft of the more than $230-million spending plan this week... and, will have the final, preliminary budget ready for the legislature's review by the Sept. 25 deadline. 

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A Jamestown man faces a Felony charge following his arrest during a lengthy narcotics investigation for allegedly being in possession of a loaded handgun.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says 33 year-old Juan Rivera was arrested after a length investigation by city police drug investigators and State Police C-NET Team members.  Samuelson says the JPD SWAT... and, State Police Special Operations Response Team... raided two residences at 245 and 251 Fulton Street early Wednesday morning.  He says they found the pistol at 251 Fulton. Samuelson says Rivera was located inside the residence at 251 Fulton Street... and, arrested on the criminal possession of a firearm... and, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance charges.  He was arraigned... and, sent to the county jail without bail.  Samuelson says city police appreciate the public's help in solving such cases... and, adds the investigation is continuing.  More arrests are also expected.  If you have any information on the illegal sales and trafficking of narcotics in the Jamestown area... call the city police Tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

 

A Mayville man has been arrested for allegedly forcibly touching a woman in the town of Chautauqua earlier this week.  Sheriff's officers say they investigated the reported incident... which allegedly occured on Plank Road this past Monday night.  Upon further investigation... deputies lodged charges against 46 year-old Douglas Swan of Snug Harbor Road.  Swan is accused of gropping the woman... and, will appear in Chautauqua Town Court at a later date.

 

Chautauqua County's new, expanded ban on smoking on all county property will go into effect in November... on the same day of the Great American Smoke-Out.  That from Tri-County Tobacco Free Programs Director Laurie Adams... who says they're pleased the legislature has overwhelmingly approved the new ban, 21-to-3.  It prohibits smoking inside... or within 100-feet of any roofed structure.  That includes county parkland.  Adams says the policy will help everyone. Adams says... once the new law takes effect... people will know two things.  One is that it protects lives... the second is it saves dollars.  She says it helps save on health care costs... and, for smokers who want to quit... they can save money that would be spent on cigarettes.  An amendment prevented a total ban on ALL county property after Tom Erlandson argued it couldn't be realistically enforced in wooded park areas.  While the committee Adams was part of wanted a complete ban... she says this is a great step foward.  Adams says the Great American Smoke-Out takes place next November 21st.

 

It was a clear, sunny day for the first day of classes for most Chautauqua County School districts Wednesday... and, it was a relatively safe one, too.  Local police report no major problems with traffic.  There were a couple of minor traffic accidents -- one near a Jamestown School -- but, there were no injuries reported.  The Sheriff's Department also reports a quiet first day for several other districts... including Cassadaga Valley... Fredonia... Pine Valley... Clymer... Sherman... Falconer... Panama... and Silver Creek. 

 

The families suing over a deadly 2009 airliner crash near Buffalo have won access to an internal report that two airlines fought to keep out of trial.  A federal judge's decision last week gives lawyers for the passengers' families access to an audit of the operations of Colgan Air.  The commuter flight stalled and crashed into a house in suburban Clarence in February 2009.  All 49 people on board and a man in the house died.  Three of the people who died on the plane had connections to Chautauqua County.

 

The Jamestown Jammers put up two big innings on way to locking up a New York-Penn League baseball play-off berth last night.  Jamestown never trailed on way to a 9-to-4 win over the State College Spikes to take the league's wild-card spot.  That means Jamestown plays the number-one seeded Spikes in the play-offs this coming weekend.  Despite the loss... State College wound up with the best record in the league.  The first game of the best of three-series is at Diethrick Park this Friday night... and, General Manager Matt Drayer says the Jammers get a chance to extend what's been a great 20th anniversary season.  He's urging fans to come out for Game-One on Friday night.  In addition to this being the 20th anniversary in Jamestown for the Jammers franchise... this was also the first season of the organization's new affiliation with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

U-S Senator Charles Schumer is asking federal officials to work with Cornell University on dairy safety issues.  Schumer took a tour of the new food science facility at Cornell Tuesday... and, made the request to the Federal Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

 

With a filing deadline for the next state police entrance examination falling on Sunday... the agency has just under 27-thousand people signed up to take it.  After several years with no trooper training classes due to budget limits, there have been three, with 181 trainees currently at the State Police Academy heading towards a December 10th graduation.  Another class starting in January will draw from the current candidate list.  A total of 26-thousand-883 have signed up to take it. 

 

Tensions in the Middle East -- in particular involving Syria -- has led to an increase in gasoline prices... both locally and nationally.  Here in the Jamestown-area... the Triple-A's Fuel Gauge reports the price for a gallon of regular, unleaded has jumped by about 5-cents to 3-dollars-85 cents.  Nationally... the average price for regular, unleaded is now 3--59 a gallon.  The Fuel Gauge reports today's national average is 5-cents more than one week ago.  Monday marked the end of the summer driving season with the fourth highest Labor Day price on record. 

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News update for Tues., Sept. 3, 2013

East Terrace Ave. area resident recalls Monday afternoon storm that caused significant damage in Lakewood...

A long-time Lakewood resident who had a cat-bird seat for Monday's devastating storm says she's never seen a storm as intense as that apparent downburst.  Diane Jordan lives on Front Street -- near Chautauqua Lake -- just off Terrace Avenue.  She says there have been storms that have taken down a few trees in the village... but, nothing like this.  Most of the trees fell on Terrace between Awana Way and the YWCA Camp.  Jordan says the winds began to really pick up just before 1 p.m., and, she took a look outside... and, the rain and hail came.  She says the hail was dime-sized as strong thunder and lightning began.  Jordan once the thunder and lighting subsided... she and others were able to get outside to survey the damage.  She says there was little damage to her property... but, says she saw a lot around her.  That included the car that had been flipped onto it's side when a large tree was pushed over... and, the roots turned the car onto it's passenger side.  No one was hurt. 


Mayville man jailed for alleged fight, and driving vehicle into camper in town of Chautauqua...

A Mayville man is jailed without bail for allegedly fighting with another man after ramming the victim's camper with his car at a town of Chautauqua campsite Monday night.  Sheriff's Deputies were called to the scene on Plank Road just after 9 p.m., and, were assisted by State Police in arresting 49 year-old Ricky Zentz.  The investigation showed that Zentz drove his vehicle into the campsite... and, alleged rammed the Winnebago camper while people were inside it.  Officers say Zentz also allegedly tried to hit a person outside of the camper -- with his vehicle -- as well.  Zentz was taken into custody... and, arraigned on charges of second-degree reckless endangerment... and, criminal mischief.  He was then sent to the county lock-up.


City woman jailed for allegedly running into two vehicles on West Virginia Blvd...

A Jamestown woman has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk when her pick-up truck struck two parked vehicles on West Virginia Boulevard early Tuesday morning.  City police were called to the scene just after Midnight on a report of the northbound truck leaving the road... and, striking a van in a driveway at 38 West Virginia.  The impact pushed the van into the building.  Officers say 33 year-old Stacy Vansickle allegedly continued north... and, struck another vehicle parked on the side of the road.  Police accuse Vansickle of then running off from her damaged truck.  A witness who called police was able to direct police to where she was... and, she was arrested.  Vansickle is also accused of leaving her three children... ages 3, 5 and 11... home alone before and after the incident.  She faces several charges... including reckless endangerment... speeding... and, endangering the welfare of a child.


Sheldon confirms he's running for First-Ward seat in Jamestown...

A man who was last on the Jamestown City Council nearly 20 years ago is again running for his old seat in Ward-One this Fall.  City Republican Committee Chairman Brent Sheldon has been endorsed to run against Democrat Tara Hall for the chance to replace Steve Szwejbka... who announced recently that he's not seeking another term on the panel.  Sheldon says that... and, the fact his job as a Public Health Sanitarian with Chautauqua County is no longer federally-subsidized... allowed him to run for office again.  He says they were ready to throw they're backing to Szwejbka until he decided against running.  Sheldon says the state election rules also changed regarding such positions... and, even if some federal money was involved... he would have still been able to run.  He says he's received a "good response" to his campaign... especially on the need to lower property taxes.  Sheldon also says there's an issue he sees every day with the health department... and, that's substandard rental housing.  He says there's been an improvement in owner-occupied housing... but, not in rentals.  Sheldon served one-term on city council from 1993 to 1995.

 

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More than a dozen homes along East Terrace Avenue in Lakewood remained without power last night after a severe thunderstorm passed through the area early Monday afternoon.  National Weather Service Forecaster Kirk Apfell says the thunderstorm produced what appear to be straight-line winds... and pea-to-golf ball-sized hail.  Several trees and power lines were taken down in that immediate area.  Lakewood Fire Chief Kurt Hallberg says they got several calls after the storm hit about 1 PM. The National Weather Service did issue a severe thunderstorm warning shortly before 1 PM as a cold front brought the storm through the area.  Hallberg says several trees fell onto homes, or through windows... but, fortunately... there were no injuries.  He said last night that the homes still without power were likely due to a damaged pole transformer and downed lines. Hallberg says there was also some severe hail damage to a few buildings.  He says the old Green Farm Building at Chautauqua and Terrace Avenues had at least eight windows damaged by hail.  The storm also affected about 35-hundred Jamestown Board of Public Utilities customers.  However... BPU Communications Coordinator Becky Robbins says everyone had power restored by about 7:45 PM.  Robbins says the affected areas were concentrated on the city's west and northsides... and, in West Ellicott.  She adds there were also downed power lines on Emory Drive... Hallock Street... and Newland Avenues.

 

With President Obama requesting consent from federal lawmakers on launching attacks on Syria... local Congressman Tom Reed will hold six listening sessions before returning to Washington, D-C next week.  Reed says three of the listening sessions will be held TODAY... and, three more will be held Wednesday.  One of the Wednesday sessions will be held in Dunkirk.  The Corning Republican says that'll be held at 3 PM at Dunkirk City Hall.  Reed says the first listening session will be held in Big Flatts at 8 AM TODAY... while the second will be in Owego... and, the third will be held in Geneva.  Reed says "While we have had many constituents calling our offices with their thoughts on whether or not the U.S. should get involved in this civil war, I also want to hear people's thoughts in person."  In addition to Dunkirk... Reed's other stops Wednesday will be in Hornell, and Olean.  Reed says his offices will continue to take calls... and, e-mails at www.Reed.house.gov.

 

Authorities say a head-on crash on a rural McKean County, Pennsylvania highway last last Saturday killed six people... including two children.  State police in Kane say the crash happened at about 4:30 PM.  They say an SUV driven by 36-year-old Kathy Douglas crossed into oncoming traffic and hit the front of an approaching car.  The four people in the car died in the crash.  They are the driver, 62-year-old Gary Beimel... and his passengers, 54-year-old David Cuneo, 55-year-old Elaine Beimel and 81-year-old Florence Donachy.  All are residents of St. Marys.  Douglas' 6-year-old nephew, Jarrett Costanzo, and 12-year-old daughter, Olivia Douglas, were killed. Douglas and her 10-year-old son were seriously injured.  State Police Trooper Roger McCloskey says he believes Douglas was at fault and will face some sort of charges.

 

This is the first-day of school for two Chautauqua County districts as classes begin this week.  The Southwestern and Frewsburg Central School District's begin classes today.  Wednesday is the big day for most districts... as they have "in-service" days for teachers today.  Those include Jamestown... Cassadaga Valley... Fredonia... Pine Valley... Clymer... Sherman... Falconer... Panama... and Silver Creek.  The Warren County district also opens tomorrow.  Officials say four districts open Thursday.  They are Bemus Point... Westfield... Chautauqua Lake... and, West Valley.  One district in the region opens Friday... an,d that's Randolph.

 

ALL 18 of Chautauqua County's school districts have had budgets in place as the new school year begins... but, many administrators are looking ahead to more challenges.  Those include getting Common Core standards in place... and, living within their budgets doing it.  Many districts had to make staffing cuts to stay under the state's 2-percent property tax cap.  Fredonia School Superintendent Paul DiFonzo says his district has had to absorb some major cuts in state aid in recent years. Fredonia Central cut 3-and-a-half staffing positions for the 2013-14 school year to hold down higher tax rates.  He says it won't get any easier next year... and, the district is actively working with neighboring districts including Dunkirk to find ways to share services. Dunkirk and Fredonia approved a plan a short time ago to combine their universal Pre-K programs starting this fall.   Some other districts have combined sports teams because they've either lost school population... or, don't have enough students going out for sports teams.

 

A Lackawanna, New York woman has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk when he was caught speeding through the town of Ripley early last Sunday morning.  Sheriff's officers say they spotted the vehicle... driven by 31 year-old Rosa Jauregui (Jowr-gee)... allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed on West Main street about 1:15 AM.  After stopping the vehicle... and, conducting a further interview and investigation... found Jauregui to be intoxicated.  She is charged with DWI... and, speeding in zone.  She was ticketed... and, will appear in Ripley Town Court at a later date.

 

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News update for Mon., Sept. 2, 2013

**Severe thunderstorm produces hail, winds, downed trees and power outages...

The clean-up is underway after a severe thunderstorm cell passed through the Jamestown-Lakewood areas early this afternoon.  The storm left several trees down in the Jamestown, West Ellicott, and Lakewood areas... along with scattered power outages.  Officials with the Board of Public Utilities say outages are scattered... but, concentrated on the westside.  Sheriff's Department dispatchers say outages are scattered outside the city... and, several trees were reported down in Lakewood.  There were also reports of pea to golf-ball sized hail in the area.  Crews are out working in the trouble areas... but, no injuries have been reported.

 

 

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