News Headlines for Fri., July 31, 2015...

Jamestown teenager dies from injuries in two-car crash on West Fairmount Ave. in Lakewood...

A teenaged girl from Jamestown has died from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle accident on Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood last night that sent one other person to the hospital.  Lakewood-Busti Police now say 16 year-old Genesis Toldeo of Colfax Street was a passenger in an eastbound compact car that made an illegal left turn into the Lakewood Village Center at 270 West Fairmount about 9 PM.  Officers say the driver of the car, 17 year-old Jose Rosa, Junior of Jamestown, was hurt... but, not seriously in the accident.  Police say the driver of a westbound Jeep Sports Utility Vehicle, Daniel Hulton, Junior, was unable to avoid the crash... and, the SUV struck the passenger side of the car.  Officers say Toledo was rushed to WCA Hospital... where she later died.  Rosa was also treated at WCA.  Hultin and his passenger was released at the scene.  Police say charges are pending against Rosa. 


Formal charges placed against 14 year-old girl in death of nearly 2-year-old boy in Harmony...

A 14 year old Chautauqua County girl faces a charge of manslaughter in connection with the alleged strangulation of a 20 month-old child Monday evening on Route 474 near Ashville.  Sheriff Joe Gerace identified the child as Joshua Jock, Jr.  District Attorney David Foley announced the charge at a press conference in Mayville on Wednesday.  Foley says the girl has been charged with first-degree manslaughter in the case.  Foley says the decision to leave the child with the girl was made by a guardian.  He says the guardian was not a parent to the 20-month-old, though the exact relationship was not given.  The 14 year-old girl was arraigned Tuesday night in local court... and, waived her preliminary hearing at that time with bail set at one-million dollars cash bail... or 2-million dollars real property.  This is an ongoing investigation so, the 14 year-old girl may still be charged as an adult.  The residence where the Incident took place on Route 474 is also the site of Little Racers Daycare.  Sheriff Joe Gerace did state that the license was pulled from the daycare by the state for apparent unrelated violations.


Regis Philbin hosts panel from Letterman Show to begin Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown...

The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival  started with a laugh Thursday as Regis Philbin hosted a panel that included the senior staff from the Late Show with David Letterman. One of the highlights of the panel was a conversation with Letterman director Jerry Foley who says the idea for the show's top ten lists originally came from a New York magazine that did a top-10 list of eligible bachelors at the time.  However... Foley says as for who gets credit for the Top Ten lists... he says it's like having an island full of starving people, and a crate of food floats up.  Foley says who would get the credit for saying "let's eat it."  The Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy continues through Sunday.  For the full line up of events, general information and tickets... go on-line to lucycomedyfest.com.


City lawmakers approve hiring new officer to allow veteran to be assigned as new SRO in Jamestown public schools...

City lawmakers have approved providing a second, School Resource Officer to the Jamestown school district during the 2015-16 school year.  The city council has okayed assigning a current member of the city Police Department to the district, and, that officer will be stationed at the district's Tech Academy on East Fourth Street.  Acting City Council President Tony Dolce says the school district will pick up those costs.  Dolce says the veteran officer will be specifically at the tech center... and, that officer will be replaced in the police department by the new hire.  Dolce says an officer is needed at the academy... which was the scene of a couple of incidents this past school year.   One of the incidents at the Tech Academy led to the arrest of two students for allegedly assaulting an instructor, and one of people who heads of the academy.  The city will now negotiate a final, one-year agreement with the school district on picking up the cost of providing the SRO.


Mayor announces Celoron to receive $400,000 in CDBG funding...

At least a dozen houses in Celoron will be getting an upgrade after the village received news this week that it'll be receiving $400,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding.  Mayor Scott Schrecengost says -- quote "the village of Celoron is extremely pleased to receive this housing Rehabilitation grant from the New York State office of Community Renewal."  Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the funding.  The village was able to secure the funding with the aid of the Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation and during the next few months CHRIC will administer the contract implementation phase with at least 12 low-to-moderate income Celoron Homeowners.  Schrecengost says the funds can be used to repair or replace windows, doors, roofs, insulation, electrical upgrades, furnaces, and plumbing.  Also the properties will be made lead safe.  

 

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Two suspects are in custody for their alleged involvement in last Friday night's drive-by shooting in the parking lot of the Washington Street Top's Market in Jamestown.  However... City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says neither is being identified at this time to preserve the "integrity of the investigation."  Samuelson adds they have also recovered the vehicle allegedly involved in the incident... a dark-colored Ford Focus... which was found unoccupied on the city's southside.  The victim... who is also not being identifed... remains in critical condition at the Erie County Medical Center with several gun-shot wounds.  Police say the man was apparently leaving the store about 6 PM when the car drove up... and, one of the people inside shot multiple times.  Officers say the driver then sped off in a northerly direction.  Samuelson says both suspects are charged with first-degree assault in the case... and, more charges are pending.  Both are jailed without bail.  City police say anyone who may have information on the incident should call them at 483-7537.  You can also call the confidential tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

 

A Panama teenager faces multiple charges after leading police on a high-speed pursuit... in which the suspect was allegedly last seen driving more than 100 miles an hour.  Sheriff's officers say they tried to pull over 18 year-old Clayton Manwaring of Panama-Bear Lake Road just before 1 AM Saturday on the Panama-Stedman Road.  However... deputies say Manwaring allegedly sped up as he tried to elude police.  Officers say Manwaring's license plate number was recorded by their on-board license reader... and, he was later tracked down.  He was charged with two counts of speeding... and, one count each of reckless operation and failure to comply with a lawful order.  He is to appear in North Harmony Town Court at a later date.

 

The 137th annual Chautauqua County Fair gets underway for it's week-long run today... and, a number of new shows and old favorites will be part of the Grandstand entertainment.  That from Fair Board President Dave Wilson... who says the fair will begin with the traditional firing of their Civil War-era cannon.  Wilson says yesterday ended their pre-sale ticket sales for week.  He adds that your pay-one-price ticket also guarantees you admission to the grandstand shows. Wilson says there'll be two grandstand shows for opening day today... with Horse Harness Racing at 2 PM... and, the Stagecoach Outriders Show at 7 PM.  On Tuesday... the first of the two demolition derbies will be held.  Wilson says the first new show will be on Wednesday night at 7 PM when the Legends Stunt Show makes it's first appearance.  Another big attraction... the annual 4-H Meat Animal Sale... will again be Friday beginning at 12 Noon.  Wilson made his comments on last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program.  For more information about the fair... call 366-4752... or go on-line to Chautauquacountyfair-dot-ORG.

 

U-S Senator Charles Schumer says the nation should increase funds for the development of high-tech sensors that can disable a car's ignition if its driver is drunk.  The New York Democrat said Sunday that he is supporting legislation that would increase funding for research and development of the new sensors.  The technology works by detecting alcohol in breath or even the touch of skin.  If a person's alcohol level is found to be above the legal limit to drive, the car's ignition will not start.  Schumer says the new sensors are less cumbersome than existing ignition interlocks, and could one day be made available as a regular option in automobiles.  He says they should also be mandatory for those convicted of drunken driving.

 

As the county continues to finalize damage figures from the recent, devastating flash floods that hit the North County-area... County Executive Vince Horrigan and the County Legislature took some time out to recognize the work of emergency responders.  They did that during last week's Legislature meeting in Mayville.  Horrigan and lawmakers especially praised their work in the rescue of a woman who fell into Slippery Rock Creek near Brocton on July 14th.  Horrigan, a former Air Force colonel, says he's impressed by the local fire system's "robust response....."  Horrigan and Legislature Chairman Jay Gould commended members of the county Water Emergency Team, and representatives of Brocton, Portland and Silver Creek Fire Departments and Emergency Services Director Julius Leone for their efforts.

 

More than 250 classic and vintage cars were on display at the 32nd World Series of Cars at Jamestown's Bergman Park Sunday.  While they usually look for about 350 to 400 cars and other vehicles each year... organizers say a large number of people attended the annual fund-raiser for the local Babe Ruth Committee putting on the World Series tournaments.  Local Babe Ruth Committee President Russ Diethrick says the warm and sunny conditions brought out a "nice crowd... " and, brought in some new cars. Diethrick says some of the judges noticed a lot of vehicles that they had not seen there before.  In addition to the cars... which included classic Cadillacs... coupes... and, muscle cars.  Diethrick says there were also some nice looking, vintage trucks... as well as fire trucks.  Diethrick says the World Series of Cars -- going into this year -- had raised more than 300-thousand dollars in it's 32 years.  He says the fund-raising is vital... because it costs the Babe Ruth committee about 120 to 130-thousand dollars to put on each world series.

 

Kelsey Settles won the Rally Masters Division in the All-American Soap Box Derby on Saturday.  The 18-year-old from Owensboro, Kentucky, raced in a car honoring late aunt Connie Leonard, who died from breast cancer in 2012.  The car, which won best paint job in 2012, had a large pink bow along with the motto ``Fight Like a Girl.''  Settles was one of three champions from Kentucky, marking the first time anyone from the state won.  Fifteen-year-old Tyler Peterson of Bowling Green topped the Rally Super Stock field, and 11-year-old Lukas A. Ramey of Hanson topped the Rally Stock competition.  Arlington, Massachusetts, had a champion in Local Masters for the second straight year as 16-year-old Bailey Martin won.  The Jamestown-Area Soap Box Derby winners were competitive... but, only winners moved on.  Falconer's Bryce Larson finished second in his Super Stock heat... while Falconer Damon Vincent got third in his Stock Division heat.  A field of 418 racers from around the U-S... and, representing countries as far away as Japan and New Zealand competed in hot and windy conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

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News Update for Sun., July 26, 2015

Two suspects jailed in connection with drive-by shooting in front of Jamestown supermarket...

Two suspects are jailed without bail for allegedly being involved in last Friday night's drive-by shooting in the parking lot of the Top's Market on Jamestown's northside.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says neither suspect is being identified at this time to preserve the "integrity of the investigation."  Samuelson adds they have also recovered the vehicle allegedly involved in the incident.  He says a dark-colored Ford Focus was found unoccupied on a street on the city's southside.  The victim... who is also not being identifed... remains in critical condition at the Erie County Medical Center with several gun-shot wounds.  Police say the man was apparently leaving the store about 6 p.m. when the car drove up... and, one of the occupants shot multiple times.  Officers say the driver then sped off in a northerly direction.  Samuelson says both suspects are charged with first-degree assault in the case.  City police say anyone who may have information on the incident should call them at 483-7537.  You can also call the confidential tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

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News Update for Fri., July 24, 2015

Man shot several times in drive-by shooting in Tops parking lot in Jamestown...

A Jamestown man is being treated at a Buffalo-area hospital after he was shot several times -- at close range -- as he left a northside grocery store early this evening.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says a dark blue sedan -- possibly a Ford Focus -- drove up to the victim at the Tops Market at 2000 Washington St. just before 6 p.m.  Samuelson says the victim was shot multiple times... before the vehicle drove off.  He says the car fled in a northerly direction on Washington Street... towards Fluvanna Avenue.  The victim was initially taken to WCA Hospital... and, later transferred to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment.  No other information has been released.  City police say anyone who may have information on the incident... or who may have been involved... should call them at 483-7537.  You can also call the confidential tip -line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

 

Former city man convicted, and sentenced in "Pump and Dump" penny stock scam... 
A former Jamestown resident has been sentenced to nearly 4 years in federal prison for selling inflated "penny stocks" to investors on the Internet.  U-S Attorney William Hochul, Jr. says 33 year-old Eric Cusimano of Lakeway, Texas was convicted Friday of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and tax evasion.  Cusimano was then sentenced to 46 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Arcara.  Hochul adds the defendant was also ordered to pay $657,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service... and, pay just over $1.2-million in a money judgment to the United States.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Mango, who prosecuted the case, stated that between September 2009 and January 9th of 2012, the defendant and others participated in a stock fraud scheme that utilized several websites registered through an internet domain registrar and web hosting company.  In addition... Mango says Cusimano owned and operated Premire Consulting, Incorporated from 2008 to 2011 which was utilized to promote penny stocks.  Premire reportedly brought in about $7.9-million in business for those stocks.

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News Headlines for Fri., July 24, 2015

County Jail inmate arrested this week takes his own life...

A Chautauqua County Jail inmate has allegedly taken his own life while in custody.  Sheriff Joe Gerace, who oversees the jail operations, confirmed today that the inmate committed suicide late Thursday evening.  We have also learned that the inmate was 53 year-old Robert Gee of Dunkirk.  Gee was arrested earlier this week on a second-degree assault charge stemming from an on-going investigation into illegal drugs in the city.  Gerace says the state Department of Corrections... has been contacted and will be conducting a thorough investigation into the incident. 


Hochul talks tourism with panel while in Chautauqua County...

Tourism numbers are up in Chautauqua County... and, state officials believe that tying the area into tourism in the Buffalo-area has contributed to that.  Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul hosted a "Summer Tourism Roundtable" yesterday in Mayville to discuss Governor Andrew Cuomo's "I Love New York" initiative.  Hochul also wanted to hear what's been successful here.  She says local tourism was up 5-percent last year... which was the biggest jump outside of New York City.  Hochul says she's familiar with some of the local attractions... including Chautauqua Institution... Chautauqua Lake... and, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute.


Hochul talks about Lake Erie shoreline flooding with Horrigan...

New York state officials are fully on-board with flood relief efforts along the northern Lake Erie shoreline in Chautauqua County.  County Executive Vince Horrigan met in Mayville yesterday with Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul to provide details on the flooding... which she will report back to Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Most of the flood damage was seen in the Brocton and Westfield areas.  Hochul confirms that a federal declaration is not likely... but, she says some state, and Small Business Administration help should be available for the 250 residents and business owners affected.  Silver Creek was also impacted by flooding... although the village was not hit as badly as Brocton and the town of Portland.  Horrigan says he appreciates the governor's interest... and, says the county is trying to get all the help it can for those people affected.


Co. Court Judge Ward says 40 years enough, he's retiring at the end of July...

Chautauqua County Court Judge John Ward will be retiring after more than 40 years in criminal justice work at the end of the month.  Judge Ward today says he's ready to "let somebody else do the job."  The 67 year-old Ward has been County Court Judge for 23 years.  He has seven years left in his term, but says the time is right.  Ward's presided over a number of major, high-profile cases in the past couple of years... and, he admits it's taken a a bit of a toll.  He says he decided it was "time to turn the gavel over to someone else."  Ward still has seven years left on his current, 10-year term.  State law requires judges retire at the age of 70.  Besides spending 23 years as a judge,... Ward also served many years as an Assistant District Attorney... and, as District Attorney.  His last day will be July 30.


County Elections Commissioner Abram talks about process to replace Ward...

Voters in Chautauqua County will get to chose Judge John Ward's successor in this November's general election.  There will be no primaries due to the fact there is no time to circulate petitions... which were due earlier this month.  That from county Elections Commissioner Brian Abram... who says they are past the time that petitions could be circulated for primaries.  With that... Abram says the local political parties will meet after Primary Day on Sept. 10 to select their candidates... and, will have to submit them by Sept. 17.  Since Judge Ward is expected to leave the bench at the end of month, we have learned that visiting judges from Erie County will be assigned cases for the rest of the year.


Ashville man arrested for allegedly imprisoning another man at his home...

An Ashville man is now free on bail after being accused of holding another person -- against their will -- in his home.  Sheriff's deputies say 22 year-old Nathan Kelwaski of Route 474 was arrested early Wednesday morning for allegedly hitting another man in the face... and, then holding the male victim against his will.  Kelwaski was arrested... and, charged with second-degree unlawful imprisonment... and, harassment.  A warrant was obtained from North Harmony Town Court... and, Kelwaski was arrested without incident.  He was freed on $1,000 bail, pending a future court appearance.


New 4-H Educator introduced...

Just in time for next week's Chautauqua County Fair... Cornell Cooperative Extension in Chautauqua County has announced a new 4-H educator.  Her name is Kate Ewer.  Kate grew up in the county as an active member of the goat program and says 4-H did a lot for her in developing a sense of responsibility, and public speaking and marketing skills and techniques.  Ewer received her bachelor's degree in Ag Business Management this past Spring from SUNY Cobleskill.  She's excited to meet all the 4-H-ers currently involved in the organization at the fair next week.  the annual 4-H Market Animal sale is set for Noon, Friday, July 31.

 

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News Headlines for Thurs., July 23, 2015

Chautauqua County Court Judge John Ward to retire at end of the month...

After spending more than 40 years of working in the criminal justice system in Chautauqua County... County Court Judge John Ward says he's going to retire at the end of the month.  While he could have remained behind the bench until age 70 under state law... the 67 year-old Ward tells us the time is right.  He says the decision came after some recent vacation time.  Ward says someone once told him "you'll know when you're ready to retire," and, he knew it was.  Ward says he is in good health... but, he admits with the number of high profile cases he has had to handle in recent years, it was time to step down.  Besides spending 23 years as a judge,... Ward also served many years as an assistant District Attorney... and, as District Attorney.  He says he liked both positions... but, adds he was ready for a change after spending 15 years as District Attorney.  Ward says he will miss the people he works with... but, he looks forward to spending more time traveling and with his family.  Judge Ward says he expects to wrap up his work July 30.


Hochul meets with Horrigan to discuss help to deal with Flood damage...

New York state officials are fully on-board with flood relief efforts along the northern Lake Erie shoreline in Chautauqua County.  County Executive Vince Horrigan met in Mayville Thursday morning with Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul to provide details on the flooding... which she will report back to Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Most of the flood damage was seen in the Brocton and Westfield areas.  Hochul confirms that a federal declaration is not likely... but, she says some state, and Small Business Administration help should be available for the 250 home or business owners.  Silver Creek was also impacted by flooding... although the village was not hit as badly as Brocton and the town of Portland.  Horrigan says he appreciates the governor's interest... and, says the county is trying to get all the help it can for those people affected.  He says they waiting on the SBA to finish it's flood survey... work... and, then applying for aid.


Fast Food Workers may be earning $15 an hour by the end of decade in Upstate New York; sooner in NYC...

Fast-food workers in New York state may soon be making $15 an hour... but, it would be phased-in over several years.  A proposal to raise the minimum wage for workers at McDonalds, Starbucks and other fast-food restaurants to $15 an hour was endorsed Wednesday by a state labor board.  Governor Cuomo, whose administration has the final say on the idea, has signaled his support.  Many fast-food workers say $15-an-hour would allow them to keep up with the state's high cost of living.  However... restaurant owners say the increase will lead to higher prices and fewer jobs.


Chaut. County government, CSEA, at Impasse...

County employees represented by the Civil Service Employee's Association let lawmakers know what they thought about not having a contract for 43 months by holding an information picket before last night's County Legislature meeting.  Members of CSEA Unit Local-#6300 represent about 950 county workers.  That from Union President Steve Skidmore... who says he has had some discussions about the situation with County Executive Vince Horrigan.  Skidmore says they've talked a lot, but, adds both are ready for mediation now.  He says union found a way the county could save millions of dollars in insurance funding.  Horrigan says he would not comment on the CSEA Proposal... but, he does look forward to mediation.


Schumer warns of even higher Egg prices later in 2015 is funding to fight Avian Flu is slashed...

It's something that affects every family and every person who uses egg products in the United States... and, Senator Charles Schumer says Avian Flu is to blame for a 50-percent increase in the cost of eggs.  The New York Democrat said yesterday that while the U-S Department of Agriculture has been working hard to slow down and stop spread of the disease... it's not expected to peak until late this year.  However... Schumer says Congress is proposing to cut the $500-million the USDA needs to fight the outbreak.  He says the funding needs to be in place because a renewed wave of Avian Flu is expected around October 1st.  Schumer says the USDA uses the money to develop vaccinations... and, bio-security measures to help farmers reduce spread of the disease.  He adds that most grocery stores -- including Wegman's -- have seen prices increase 35-to-40-percent over the past month alone.  Schumer says Avian Flu has already forced farmers to euthanize some 48-million chickens.


Dunkirk man arrested for alleged domestic assault...

A Dunkirk man is jailed without bail following an investigation by undercover drug agents into a domestic incident he was allegedly part of.  Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they received a warrant for the arrest of 53 year-old Robert Gee of 25 East Benton St. on Tuesday morning.  Task Force members say they arrested Gee shortly before 11 a.m. on one count of second-degree assault.  Agents say the incident allegedly occured at the East Benton Street location where Gee lives.  He was arrested without incident... arraigned... and, sent to the county lock-up.

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News Headlines for Wed., July 22, 2015

Special State Wage Board approves phased-in $15 per hour wage for fast-food workers...

Fast-food workers in New York state may soon be making $15 an hour... but, it would be phased-in over several years.  A proposal to raise the minimum wage for workers at McDonalds, Starbucks and other fast-food restaurants to $15 an hour was endorsed Wednesday by a state labor board.  Governor Cuomo, whose administration has the final say on the idea, has signaled his support.  Many fast-food workers say $15-an-hour would allow them to keep up with the state's high cost of living.  However... restaurant owners say the increase will lead to higher prices and fewer jobs.


Leone says Chautauqua County likely not to have enough damage to qualify for federal disaster aid...

Chautauqua County officials continue to work on getting as much assistance as possible for communities hit by last week's flooding, but it doesn't appear that a federal disaster declaration is likely.  That from County Emergency Services Director Julius Leone who says they are still working on final numbers... but, adds they've tallied up about $6.3-million in damage so far.  He says those numbers reflect public property damage.  Leone says the county's threshold of just over $400,000 was easily excceeded, but from a state perspective, at least $20-million is needed to trigger a federal declaration for FEMA funding.  Leone says representatives from the Small Business Administration are touring the area.  He says they began in Silver Creek... and, have gone through Brocton, and are now in Westfield for businesses that may be eligible for low-interest loans.  County Executive Vince Horrigan said earlier this week that he is working closely with State Senator Cathy Young's office to determine what assistance is available.  


Jamestown woman seriously hurt in single-car accident in Kiantone...

A city woman is being treated for serious injuries after she was she was ejected from her car when it crashed near a house in the town of Kiantone Tuesday afternoon.  Sheriff's deputies say 19 year-old Rachel Burt of Bowen Street was northbound on Kiantone Road just after 1 PM when she missed a curve... and, the vehicle left the road.  Officers say Burt's car slid then sideways for about 150 feet before hitting several brick light pillars.  The vehicle then overturned after hitting a raised driveway... and, rolled backwards before hitting a fence.  Deputies say Burt was ejected out of the back window... and, through a wooden fence into a hayfield.  Officers also say the homeowner... who was standing outside in his front yard... had to run behind the house to avoid being hit.  Burt was flown by Starflight Helicopter to the Hamot Medical Center in Erie for treatment.  Charges are pending.


Ohio woman arrested for driving the wrong way on State Thruway...

State police say a woman from Ohio was under the influence of drugs when she drove the wrong way on the Thruway in northern Chautauqua County.  Officials say troopers spotted a car traveling west in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 around 7:20 p.m. Tuesday in the town of Hanover.  Police say troopers were able to catch up to the car after the driver of a tractor-trailer blocked all the eastbound lanes to prevent any accidents.  Troopers say they charged 44-year-old Michelle Weaver of Painesville, Ohio, with driving while ability impaired by drugs and reckless endangerment.  Police say Weaver was turned over to a sober third party and released.


Ramis' daughters to be part of special panel discussion at Lucille Ball Comedy Festival... 
T-V Talk and game show host Regis Philbin isn't the only late addition to the line-up for next week's annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.  Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Comedy Center Director Journey Gunderson says members of late comedy writer and director Harold Ramis' two daughters will also be on hand for the big panel discussion about comedy legends.  Gunderson says they will join Kelly Carlin... the daughter of the late George Carlin... and, the late Joan Rivers' daughter... for the program on Friday night, July 31.  Kelly Carlin will moderate the panel discussion.  Gunderson says Ramis is considered one of the most "enfluencial"  writer/directors of all time.  His credits include "Animal House," Groundhog Day," "Caddyshack,"... and, "Ghostbusters."  For more information on the panel discussion... and, others events during the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival... call 484-0800... or go on-line to www.lucycomedyfest.com.  Two sold out shows with Comedy Legend Jerry Seinfield high-light the weekend on Saturday, Aug. 1.

 

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News Headlines for Tues., July 21, 2015

Philbin announced as moderator for panel to discuss longevity of Letterman Shows added to Lucy Comedy Festival line-up....

A big name TV entertainer and talk show host has been added to the star-studded line-up for this year's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.  Regis Philbin has agreed to host a panel discussion about the longest-running late night T-V show... which he appeared on more than 150 times.  Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center of Comedy Director Journey Gunderson says Philbin will also be here in Jamestown to help break ground on the new, National Comedy Center on the city's westside on Saturday, August 1st.  Gunderson says Philbin will host the panel of long-time members of "Late Night with David Letterman" on Thursday night, July 30th at the Willow Bay Theater on East Third Street.  Former Stage Manager Biff Henderson will be among those on hand.  Tickets are just $10 each.  For more information... call 484-0800... or go on-line to www.lucycomedyfest.com.


Horrigan says Lake Erie shoreline flooding clean-up continuing; help available for victims...

Flood recovery efforts continue this week across the North County, and Lake Erie shoreline area hit by last week's flash flooding.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says a disaster assistance center will be open through today at the Portland Fire Hall.  Horrigan says they have a "comprehensive disaster assistance team" together joining county agencies with local, and non-profit agencies in place to assist.  County and local highway crews are continuing clean-up work following the storms that brought up to 6 inches of rainfall in some spots.  Horrigan says the county may not have enough damage to qualify for federal help... although they are still in the process of compiling damage estimates.  He says that goes for possible state help as well, because those numbers will also include other counties' totals.  Horrigan says the Small Business Administration will have representatives in the area by mid week, and they'll be reaching out to smaller businesses that may have been impacted by the flash flooding.


Reed says, upon further review, that yes, Iranian Nuke Deal as bad as first believed...

Congressman Tom Reed won't be among the supporters of the Nuclear Arms deal with Iran.  The Corning Republican said after the deal was announced that it was a bad deal.  Since then he's had a chance to further read, and review it... and, adds the proposed agreement's not any better after reading it.  During his weekly conference call with Southern Tier Media... Reed called it "very troublesome."  He believes it will make Iran a direct threat to "our national security."


Cattaraugus County woman pleds not guility to charges in death fo her infant daughter...

A Cattaraugus County woman faces second-degree murder charges in the death of her 1-year-old daughter.  Leslie Finch pleaded not guilty Monday in the April death of Mila Whipple.  Police have not detailed what they believe happened.  Area media report Finch is currently free on bond.


Medicaid Expansion in NYS finds just over one-million more people added over past year...

New York has added 1.1-million people to Medicaid since the state health exchange opened last year in the national effort to connect the uninsured with low-cost coverage.  More than 6.2-million New Yorkers are now enrolled, almost one-third of its 19 million people.  The Affordable Care Act pushed many states to expand eligibility for government-funded health coverage, but New York was there already.  It only had to raise the income threshold for single adults.  But many other New Yorkers, already poor enough to qualify, also enrolled.   Also, the new computerized system cut the ``churn'' that was annually kicking many eligible people out.  Medicaid in New York costs about $63.5-billion this year, almost half the state budget.  Cost-cutting and federal reimbursements kept the state share at $22.5 billion.


State's new, Weather Detection System receives federal approval...

New York will soon begin work on a new weather detection system intended to provide better data on floods, wildfires and severe weather.  Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that the federal government has approved the installation of sensors at 19 sites around the state.  The full weather detection system is expected to have 125 sensor sites when completed.  The $24-million system will be funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  The weather detection system is designed to help state and local officials respond to floods, wildfires and other events by providing real-time data on air, wind, soil and radiation conditions.


 

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News Headlines for Mon., July 20, 2015

Two people seriously hurt when their bicycles are struck by van that crosses center line on Jamestown street...

A Jamestown woman has been charged with failure to keep right after her van struck two women bicyclists -- seriously injuring both -- on the city's westside.  Jamestown Police say they were called to the scene at West Eighth and Lafayette Streets about 12:30 p.m. Saturday.  Officers say the driver of the van... 30 year-old Tanya Critzer... told them she was distracted by children in her van.  Police say the eastbound vehicle crossed into the on-coming lane of traffic... and, struck both bikes.  Officers say both riders were rushed to WCA Hospital for treatment... with one being flown by Starflight Helicopter to the Erie County Medical Center futher treatment.  In addition to failure to keep right... Critzer is also charged with failure to use due care for a bicyclist.  Police add more charges are pending.


Ellington man arrested, jailed for allegedly selling heroin to undercover drug agents...

An Ellington man is jailed without bail for allegedly selling heroin to undercover police with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.  Task Force agents say they raided the home of 28 year-old James Boardman of Hagerdon Hill Road last Friday night.  But... officers say Boardman tried to escape by running into a wooded area behind the house.  Task Force members were able to take him into custody a short time later.  They accuse Boardman of selling Heroin to task force members several times in the town of Ellicott, and other areas of southern Chautauqua County.  He was arraigned on charges of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance... and, sent to the county jail pending further court action.


Southern Tier Drug Task Force also arrests two people in Jamestown...

Undercover drug officers with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force also arrested two people from Jamestown late last week following an investigation into Heroin sales.  Task Force agents say they raided a home at 32 Franklin Street late last Thursday... and, arrested 35 year-old Maylee Nunez, and 32 year-old Christian Opio... without incident.  Officers say drug agents made several undercover drug purchases from both resdients.  They were both arraigned in City Court on one count each of third-degree criminal sale, and possession of a controlled substance.  More charges are pending.  Both were sent to the County Jail... where both posted $5,000 bail.  If you have any information on illegal drug activity... call the task force at 1-800-344-8702.


Scandinavian Folk Festival closes successful run in Gerry Sunday...

It may have been hot and muggy much of the past weekend... but, it gave people a chance to get outside, and enjoy the 14th annual Scandinavian Folk Festival in Gerry.  The event concluded yesterday afternoon at the Rodeo Grounds off Route 60... and, organizers were pretty pleased with the outcome.  Scott Axelson with the festival committee says they had "great attendance" for all three-days.  Axelson says they were very happy with the turn-out for the "Mid-Summer Celebration" part of the festival Saturday morning.  He says they had the mid-summer dance because the rain held off this year.  The Mid-Summer Celebration began with putting up the Mid-Summer Pole at the Rodeo Grounds.  Axelson says there was also good attendance for all three performances by the Abba tribute band, "Dancing Dream" on Friday and Saturday nights and Saturday afternoon.  He says their exhibits and demonstrations were also well attending... including a special talk regarding Swedish bakeries in Jamestown.  Axelson says his father, and Rick Ecklof put on that discussion.  In fact... Ecklof's is considered the last remaining Swedish bakery in Jamestown.


Medicaid expands by 1.1-million people in New York state this year...

New York has added 1.1-million people to Medicaid since the state health exchange opened last year in the national effort to connect the uninsured with low-cost coverage.  More than 6.2-million New Yorkers are now enrolled, almost one-third of its 19 million people.  The Affordable Care Act pushed many states to expand eligibility for government-funded health coverage, but New York was there already.  It only had to raise the income threshold for single adults.  But many other New Yorkers, already poor enough to qualify, also enrolled.   Also, the new computerized system cut the ``churn'' that was annually kicking many eligible people out.  Medicaid in New York costs about $63.5-billion this year, almost half the state budget.  Cost-cutting and federal reimbursements kept the state share at $22.5 billion.


Jamestown Soap Box Derby winners in Akron for week leading up to national and world championships...

The two champions of the Jamestown-Area Soap Box Derby are enjoying the sights and other activities in the Akron, Ohio area leading up to this weekend's national and world championships.  Bryce Larson won the local Super Stock Division at Sinatra Soap Box Derby track at Diethrick Park.  Both Larson and Stock Division Winner Damon Vincent threw out of the first-balls at this past week's Jamestown Jammers game.  Larson tells us he's ready to go... and, was looking forward to the week leading up to the racing as well, which was to include a stop at the Cedar Point amusement park.  Larson feels he's ready because he had to beat out about 20 others at the local competition.  He says he made it to the local finals through the Winner's Bracket -- so he's got a good car.  Vincent tells our Terry Frank that he's also ready to go.  Larson says his car's been "tuned in..." and, he hopes to put Jamestown back on the Soap Box Derby championships in Akron."


State DEC issue plan to deal with Aquatic Invasives...

State conservation authorities have issued a plan for fighting invasive species in the state's waterways that include aggressive non-native animals and plants.  The DEC says the statewide management plan updates the framework from 1993.  Animals like the zebra mussel, spiny waterflea and round goby have come to the U.S. in the ballast water of oceangoing ships, with New York particularly vulnerable through the Great Lakes and canal system.  The plan lists priority actions like expanding the network of stewards checking boats at launches... and, expanding use of disposal stations for removed species.

 

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News Headlines for Fri., July 17, 2015

City police release video of Fresco's Pizzeria burglary, say scope of investigation broadens...

Jamestown police have now released a video surveillance tape of the two alleged burglars involving in the break-in at Fresco's Pizzeria on East Second Street during the overnight hours of July 7-8.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they are working with Buffalo-area police -- and others in the region -- to see if the pair may have been involved in other break-ins.  Samuelson says the two white males... who were wearing partial maskes... were wearing t-shirts and shorts.  The break-in occured just before Midnight on Tuesday, July 7.  Investigators say they are working to identify the men from evidence found at the scene... and, are asking for the public's help in identifying the pair.  The information has also been turned over to CRIMESTOPPERS in Buffalo.  Anyone with information can contact City Police at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.  The video clip can be viewed on the Jamestown Police Department's Facebook page.


Help numbers announced for people needing information or in crisis due to flooding...

There is a lot of help available for Chautauqua County residents impacted by this past week's severe flooding.  That from county officials during Wednesday afternoon's press conference on the status of the clean-up... and, what's available to people living in the flood-ravaged areas.  If you have an emergency... County Executive Vince Horrigan says call 9-1-1.  However... if you're looking for information... he says call the 2-1-1 Referral Line.  In addition... County Director of Health and Human Services Christine Schuyler says there are also crisis numbers for people having a hard time psychologically with what's happened.  Schuyler says their mobile crisis team can be reached at 1-800-724-0461.  Schulyer adds that, if someone is eligible for social services... they should call 661-8094.  There is also something residents affect should look out for -- scams.  That warning is being issued from Chautauqua County Legislator George Borrello from Silver Creek, and the town of Hanover.  Borrello says word's gotten back to him about some alleged scammers.  One type is trying to sell "after-the fact" insurance... while others are offering to do clean-up work for exhobitant amounts of money.


Westfield water situation back to normal... one county road reopended after flood waters receed...

There are two pieces of good news today for water customers in the village and town of Westfield.  The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services says the water conservation order that's been in place since the flooding occured earlier this week has been lifted.  Environmental Health Director Mark Stow says the cloudiness in the reservoir has decreased... and, the drinking water filtration plant is back to normal operation.  In addition... Stow says the boil water order for Westfield water customers along Route 5 west of Walker Road in the town of Westfield has also been lifted.  If you have any questions... call the Westfield Water Department at 326-2832.
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In addition... one of the three county roads closed due to this week's flooding in the north county... and, along the Lake Erie Shoreline... has been reopened.  The county's Dpartment of Public Facilities says Kabob Road in the town of Stockton... has again been opened between Route 380 and Waterman Road.  However... two other roads... Route 380 in the Stockton-Portland area, and County Route 37 in the town of Chautauqua remain closed.


Goldin says migrants, others seeking a better life, should not be chided for their efforts...

Immigration is one of the biggest issues confronting the United States... and, the world... but, there is a disconnect between economies, and what migrants contribute.  Those are the feelings of today's featured lecturer at Chautauqua Institution to wrap up "Immigration" week.  Ian Goldin is the professor of Globalization and Development... and, the director of the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University.  Speaking with our Jim Roselle... Goldin says after the economic side is factored in... politics enters in.  Goldin says that's because it's based on perceptions, which tend to be negative.  He has authored 50 books... including on about immigrants entitled "Exceptional People... "in which he shares immigrant and migrant worker stories.  In many cases... he says there may be a young man or woman trying to help their family -- or siblings -- by earning money in America... and, sending it home.  Goldin says these people often take "huge risks" to try and ecsape poverty.  He was the Vice-President of the World Bank from 2003-to-2006.


Gonzales also addresses Immigration at Chaut...

For the estimated 11-million illegal immigrants in the United States... citizenship is not the issue.  Making a better life for themselves is.  Those are the feelings of Thursday's featured lecturer at Chautauqua Institution.  Former U-S Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has even co-authored a new book on the subject.  Speaking with our Jim Roselle... Gonzales said the nation "needs to do better" on the issue in a "post-9/11" era because immigration is a federal responsibility, and it seems the government is side-stepping that responsibility.  Gonzales says people here illegally should be put on a path to citizenship... but, not to the "head of the line" over those who are doing it legally.  Gonzales spoke as part of "Immigration: Origins and Destinations" Week at Chautauqua.


Gas prices remain at $2.94 this week in Jamestown-area...

Gasoline prices in Chautauqua County haven’t changed over the past week.  That from the AAA's weekly Fuel Gauge Report... which says the price for regular, unleaded hasn't moved over the past seven days.  The price of $2.94 is the average based on reports from 19 service stations in the Jamestown area.  The national average is now $2.77.  AAA says the average price is just fractions of a penny more than a week ago... and, is at the lowest mark for this date in nearly five years.  Nationally... the Fuel Gauge Report says the retail average has fallen for 19 of the past 30 days.  Many consumers continue to save at the pump with national prices down three cents per gallon month-over-month.  Triple-A says domestic supply factors continue to influence gas prices in some states.  However, lower global crude oil prices are contributing downward pressure on gasoline prices across the nation. 

 

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News Headlines for Thurs., July 16, 2015

Recovery efforts and effort to get disaster declaration next for flood victims in Chautauqua County...

Recovery efforts are well underway along the Lake Erie shoreline in Chautauqua County... but, officials say the region came through this weeks flooding disaster as well as it could have.  During a press conference in Mayville late Wednesday... county officials updated efforts to clean-up the affected areas... and, prevent disease and illness from contaminated water.  County Emergency Services Director Julius Leone praised first-responders and others for their work... and, says the next step is obtaining state and federal disaster declarations.  Leone says the partnerships formed to deal with the part couple of days have helped a lot of victims.  He says the local goal for state assistance is $386,000... which he believes will be easily met.  However... the federal number is $20-million.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says it's important for local governments, residents and businesses to document and take pictures of their damage.  County Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler says there is still only one boil water order in place along Route 5 from Walker Road to Shorehaven in the town of Westfield.  Red Cross leaders on hand advised the public that clean-up kits are available in the areas affected.  They will be available today at the Westfield Academy and High School.


Spanos says three County roads remain closed due to flooding, erosion...

Travel along the northern Lake Erie shoreline in Chautauqua County remains tricky in many areas... and, some roads do remain closed due to debris or severe undermining.  County Public Facilities Director George Spanos says there are three county roads that are currently closed.  Spanos says Route 380 in the Stockton-Portland area will be closed about two weeks... while County Route 37 in the town of Chautauqua will hopefully be re-opened within a month.  He says Kabob Road in the Stockton area should reopen once the water receeds.  Spanos and Horrigan say they're not sure about local roads... though it's know that part of Woleben Road in the town of Portland suffered severe undermining... and, the road washed out in one area.  As far as north-south routes... officials say Route 60 from Cassadaga and Fredonia has only one-lane now open... and, is restricted with a traffic light.


County Legislator warns of possible scamming from flood problems, and "help" phone numbers given...

Where there is great need... there is also great opportunity... and, that sometimes comes in the form of scams.  That warning is being issued in the form of a warning from the Chautauqua County Legislator from Silver Creek, and the town of Hanover.  George Borrello was among the officials on hand for yesterday's news conference in Mayville.  Borrello says word's gotten back to him about some alleged scammers in the village where someone's been trying to sell "after-the-fact" flood insurance, or charging exorbitant clean-up fees.  There is also a lot of help for residents... who may have physical or psychological needs in the flood-striken areas of the county.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says if there's an emergency... call 9-1-1.  But... if you need information... call 2-1-1.  Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler says their helpline for social services is 661-8094.  For mental health needs... she says their mobile crisis team can be reached at 1-800-724-0461.


Water Conservation Order now in place in Westfield...

More water woes for the village of Westfield.  The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services has put water customers there under a "strict water conservation order."  That from Environmental Health Director Mark Stow... who says the village was forced to shut down it's water filtration plant because they could not produce water that meets Health Department standards.  With that... all residents and businesses served by the village water system are being notified to conserve water where ever possible until further notice.  The Village has enough water in storage to last over two days... but, they need all their customers to conserve water until the water plant is again operational.  The heavy rains from yesterday caused mud and other particulates to flow into their reservoir, which overwhelmed the water filtration plant.  The plant was immediately shut down... therefore there is currently no risk to the public from drinking the water.


County Health officials trying to track down "Good Samaritan..." dog involved in vicious attack in Jamestown...

Chautauqua County health officials are trying to locate a fisherman who assisted a man being attacked by a dog on the trails around Chadakoin Park in Jamestown on Wednesday.  Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler says the "Good Samaritan" was described as a 6-foot-3 white male weighing about 240 pounds... with blond hair, and wearing blue jean shorts and a red shirt.  The man may have been bitten while helping to pull the dog off the victim during the 3 p.m. attack.  The dog, described as a large brown Pit Bull with no collar, came out of the bushes unprovoked and attacked a man, grabbing onto his upper leg and not letting go.  The fisherman heard the screams of the victim... and, ran to assist by pulling the dog off of the victim.  The dog got away.  Health Department officials need to find the Good Samaritan to determine if he was bitten, also.  If you have any information on the incident... contact the Department of Health and Human Services at 753-4489... during regular business hours or the Sheriff's Office at 753-4232 after regular hours.


JPS Board awards several contracts for Love Elementary School project...

Six contracts have been awarded by the Jamestown School Board for the approximately $8-million renovation project at Love Elementary School.  The agreement were approved unanimously at Tuesday night's board meeting.  School Superintendent Tim Mains says the project will entail a significant amount of electrical, and heating and cooling work.  Mains says intalling a new air conditioning system is one of the main items... with a handicapped entrance, and a secure vestibule at the main office.  Mains says E.E. Austin of Erie, PA - with a local office in Falconer -- will be the general contractor for the project... and, the electrical work will be done by Ahlstrom-Shaeffer Electric in Jamestown.  He says the project will bring Love Elementary into the "21st Century..." which is something they're working to do with all the city district buildings.  He reminds parents that Love School will be closed during the 2015-2016 school year while the work is done.
 

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News Headlines for Wed., July 15, 2015

Flood waters in Chautauqua County receeding, however, clean-up underway and some roads remain closed...

The clean-up is underway across many parts of Chautauqua County after about 5-inches of rain fell in some areas...especially in the north county and Lake Erie shoreline areas.  That from County Emergency Services Director Julius Leone... who says... after some tense moments early on... the situation calmed in Silver Creek last night.  Leone says the creek overflowed it's banks about 5 PM.  However... he says the rain stopped... and, the waters began to receed about 6 o'clock.  Leone says there was a lot of mud and debris on the streets, and people's yards.  He says emergency personnel did have to evacuate about 20 people from a nearby trailer park that was hit hard by flood waters a few years ago.  He adds, though, that no one was seriously hurt... and, he took his "hat off" to local fire crews.  As for Brocton and Westfield... where flood waters struck overnight after slow-moving storms dumped 3 to 4 inches of rain in about an hour... the clean-up is well underway there, also.  In fact... Fire personnel from 12 companies pumped out between 60 and 70 basements in Brocton and the town of Portland.  Many roads that were closed have reopened... but, officials warn that many may still have debris on them so extreme driving caution is advised.
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Tuesday's thunderstorms have also caused high water along a number of streams and creeks across the region.  Late this morning... County Executive Vince Horrigan said Route 60 between Cassadaga and Fredonia is again closed... as is Lake Avenue in Brocton.


Westfield residents and businesses under "strict water conservation" order...

More water woes this afternoon for the village of Westfield.  The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services has put water customers there under a "strict water conservation order."  That from Environmental Health Director Mark Stow... who says the village was forced to shut down it's water filtration plant because they could not produce water that meets Health Department standards.  With that... ALL residents and businesses served by the village water system are being notified to conserve water where ever possible until further notice.  The Village has enough water in storage to last over two days... but, they need all their customers to conserve water until the water plant is again operational.  Meatime... a boil water order remains in effect until further notice only for those water customers located along Route 5 west of Walker Road in the Town of Westfield.


City school board approves six construction contracts for Love Elementary School capital project...

The Jamestown School Board has awarded six contracts totalling just over $7.3-million for a major renovation project at Love Elementary School.  The contracts were approved unanimously at last night's meeting.  School Superintendent Tim Mains says they're pleased to now have the agreements in place so the project can get underway shortly.  Mains adds that all the bids they approved came in just under budget... and, that's good news.  He says they have just over $8-million set aside for the project.  Mains says E.E. Austin of Erie, PA -- with a local officer in Falconer -- will be the general contractor for the project... which will involve a variety of electrical, and heating and cooling work.  Mains says that will bring Love Elementary into the "21st Century..." something they're working to do with all the city district buildings.  Love School will be closed for the entire 2015-16 school year while the work is done.


New Save-A-Lot store opens in Lakewood...

Reaction to the opening of the first, stand-alone supermarket in Lakewood in more than a decade has been very positive.  That from Save-A-Lot owner Dave Waller... on the opening of his second store in the Jamestown-area.  The doors opened on the new, Fairmount Avenue location just before 8 this morning.  Waller says his work crews had to do a lot of work on the former Super Duper location... but, adds it's been worth it.  He says reaction has been very positive, and people have been looking forward to the new store opening.  Waller says this Save-A-Lot is very similar to their Jamestown location.  The Lakewood store takes up just over 13,000 square feet of space.  Waller says Save-A-Lot is a "deep discount" store with a limited variety of the items people need.  He says they might have just three kinds of ketchup... but, with... they're able to buy in bulk and pass on the savings to customers.  The Lakewood Save-A-Lot's hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturdays... and, 8 to 5 on Sundays.


New Siena poll favors Cuomo over di Blasio...

A poll says New York state voters are siding with Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his clash with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.  The Siena College survey found that 39 percent of voters statewide back Cuomo over de Blasio, compared to 28 percent who side with the mayor.  De Blasio had slightly more support than Cuomo among Democrats and New York City voters.  Last month... the mayor said Cuomo had disappointed him ``at every turn'' and pursues vendettas against opponents.  Cuomo has regularly thwarted de Blasio's agenda and has said his fellow Democrat doesn't know how to compromise.  The poll found that Cuomo's favorability dropped to 49 percent from 53 percent last month. 


Reed strongly critical of Obama Administration's Iran nuke deal...

Local Congressman Tom Reed is critical of the potential nuclear deal reached with Iran Tuesday.  The Corning Republican says the deal is "politically motivated... " adding the President is seeking a deal for the sake of simply reaching an agreement for "his own personal legacy."  Reed adds that "giving weapons and cash to Iran in exchange for empty promises is no way to protect America."  He says the agreement may "temporarily delay Iran from getting a nuclear weapon during the next 16 months..." but, adds that "the bottom line is that it allows Iran to become a nuclear state."
 

 

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WJTN News Headlines

Heavy Rain overnight in Chautauqua County could have an effect on your travel this morning.  County Dispatch reports that  the thruway is closed eastbound from Ripley to Westfield and Route 60 is closed from Cassadaga to Layona due to flooding.  A number of flooded basements were being pumped out in Westfield, Portland and Brocton.  It was also reported that emergency shelters were set up in the Westfield and Brocton Schools. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch from noon today through this evening and a flood warning for western Chautauqua County until 10 o'clock this morning.

 

The Jamestown City Council will be voting in two-weeks on filing a second, School Resource Officer for the city school district's Tech Academy on East Fourth Street.  The council's Finance Committee approved the measure, creating the new position, at last night's meeting.  Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says one, new additional officer will be hired to replace a veteran officer, who will be filing the SRO position. The Tech Academy had a couple of issues over the past school year with two students being arrested for allegedly assaulting two instructors.  City Police Captain Todd Issacson says the SRO will not just be at the academy to "keep the peace..." but, to develop a rapport with students to try and head-off any potential problems.  Issacson says the police department would like to hire the new officer as soon as possible so they can be trained and brought up to speed before the current officer is placed in the Tech Academy this Fall.

 

A Jamestown woman is jailed without bail for allegedly stabbing her boyfriend in the hand during a domestic dispute late Sunday night on the city's northside.  City police were called to the scene at 1140 North Main Street shortly before 11 PM... and arrested Zenia Morales.  Officers say Morales allegedly stabbed the boyfriend in front of a 13 year-old child.  She was arresed for second-degree assault... and, endangering the welfare of a child.  She was arraigned in city court... and, sent to the county lock-up.

 

The head of New York's National Rifle Association affiliate says a gun control deal between Governor Andrew Cuomo and Republicans in the state Senate does little, and possibly nothing, to lift restrictions on ammunition sales.  New York State Rifle and Pistol Association President Tom King says rolling back gun controls enacted two years ago was a topic of negotiations from January until lawmakers adjourned in June.  King says their initial understanding was that a memo signed Friday by a top Cuomo aide and Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan would lift the prohibition on direct Internet ammunition sales to New Yorkers and eliminate a database of ammunition buyers required by the law.  Based on subsequent statements from Cuomo's office, he says that hasn't happened and ``there's nothing there.''  Cuomo's office says the database will be created when technically feasible.

 

Incumbant Tom Reed says he welcomes the first Democrat to join the race for the 23rd Congressional District... adding that voters will see a "clear" difference between them.  The Corning Republican commented for the first time Monday on having a challenger in the 2016 race.  John Plumb... a military man from Randolph... announced his intention to run late last week.  Reed says it's "fundamentally up to the people of the district" to decide who their representative will be.  He adds his main focus -- right now -- remains representing his contituents in Washington. When he announced last week... Plumb criticized Reed for -- in his words -- not representing the area "very well."  Plumb cited Reed's vote to shut down the Department of Homeland Security in a budget dispute.  Reed says that wasn't a vote against the Department of Homeland Security as much as how much the government spends.  Plumb was a top military aide for the Obama Administration.  During his weekly telephone conference call... Reed said he had not crossed paths with Plumb during his time in Washington.

 

The day immigration stops will be a day of "great trouble" for the United States.  Those are the feelings of Monday's featured speaker at Chautauqua Institution... who says America is still "a beacon of freedom" in the world.  The chairman of the History Department at Notre Dame University, Patrick Griffin, led off this week's lecture series on the hot-button issue.  Griffin tells our Jim Roselle there are mainly two arguments taking place. However... there is another school of thought... led by Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump.  The controversial, billionaire developer made immigration a major issue during his announcement that he's running... saying that Mexico is not "sending it's best" to America.  Griffin calls Trump's comments show "ignorance, and, scornful and hateful."  Griffin compared the situation with Ireland when 4 to 5-million Irish citizens fled during and following the Potato Famine in the mid-1800s to the U-S.  Many American citizens... at the time... said there's "no way" the Irish influx could assimilate into the nation.  Griffin spoke to lead off "Immigration: Origins and Destinations" week.

 

Six people face a number of charges -- including Felonies -- following a round-up by police, and members of the county's Health and Human Services Department, of people allegedly committing Welfare Fraud.  Sheriff's officers say the six people... five of whom are from Jamestown... received just over 8-thousand dollars in public assistance they were not entitled to.  Deputies say the biggest offender... 31 year-old Nichole Brown of Jamestown... received just over 24-hundred dollars worth of benefits.  A fifth person from Dunkirk was also arrested.  Deputies say the charges range from grand larceny... to first-degree filing a false instrument for filing... and, misuse of food stamps.

 

A Stockton man has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than 550-dollars worth of items -- including copper piping -- from a barn in the town of Stockton.  State Police in Fredonia say they took 21 year-old Justin Peck into custody for the alleged break-in... which occured last February 26th on Pierson Road.  Troopers say Peck is also accused of taking four lawn-tractor batteries, an electric vacuum pump, a kids four wheeler, and a dirt bike.  In addition... police say there was a rear door to the house that had been pushed in... copper water lines were cut from the basement ceiling... and, from the upstairs baseboard heaters, and electrical lines were also stolen.  Peck was issued appearance tickets for Stockton Town Court for third-degree burlgary... and, criminal mischief.

 

 

 

 


 

 

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News Headlines for Mon., July 13, 2015

City man arrested for allegedly choking, holding woman against her will...

A Jamestown man is jailed without bail for allegedly choking a woman, and holding her against her will, during a weekend domestic incident on the city's southside.  City police were called to the scene at 107 Barrett Ave. just after 6 a.m. Saturday.  Officers say the female victim had a valid order of protection against 28 year-old Jesus Torres, Junior... who attacked the woman... and, wouldn't let her leave the residence several times.  Police say they found Torres in a crawl space in the basement, and, finally took him into custody following a brief stand-off.  Torres was arraigned on one count of first-degree criminal contempt -- a Felony... and, several others, including second-degree unlawful imprisonment... and, criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation.  He was sent to the county lock-up.


City stabbing in Brooklyn Square under investigation...

The investigation is continuing into an alleged stabbing in Jamestown's Brooklyn Square last Friday afternoon involving two women.  No details have been released... but, the Jamestown Post-Journal says officers were called to the scene -- in front of the CVS Store at Main and Harrison Streets -- about 4 p.m.  Police say one woman stabbed the other twice... once in the left hand and the other time in the right thigh.  The victim was taken to WCA Hospital, while the suspect was taken into custody.  Police say charges are pending.  No names have been released.


County Democrat Party chair "giddy" over Plumb's Congressional candidacy...

The head of the Chautauqua County Democratic committee says he is absolutely "giddy" over the decision by a local native and former military aide in Obama Administration to run for Congress next year.  Party Chairman Norm Green says he is impressed with John Plumb's resume... and, the fact that he is a Chautauqua County native.  Plumb... who was born in Jamestown and raised in Randolph... announced his intentions late last week to run for incumbant Republican Tom Reed's seat.  Green says the fact Plumb has some experience in Washington will make him an asset to the 23rd Congressional District.  Taking a bit of a shot at Reed, Green says "first off, he's not a lawyer.  That puts him ahead of the vast majority of people that are in the state legislature and Congress."  At this point... Green says Plumb appears to be the only candidate seeking the Democratic nomination.  He says Martha Robertson -- who ran against Reed last year -- is not seeking the party nod this time around.  Green adds that there is "no other candidate on the horizon," and "I've already told people he is Chautauqua County's 'favorite son.'"  Reed has already said that he will be seeking re-election.


Young praising agreement to compromise on SAFE Act changes with Cuomo Administration...

The region's state Senator is hailing changes agreed to in New York's controversial SAFE Act as a victory.  She also hopes the agreement between Governor Cuomo's administration and state Senate Republicans is the first step in having the entire law repealed.  The agreement reached Friday lifts a moratorium on Internet sales of ammunition... and, suspendes the development of a statewide database requiring background checks for ammunition buyers.  Repealing that measure was part of a bill co-sponsored by state Senator Cathy Young that would change several parts of the SAFE Act.  It was passed in the Senate back on June 9.  However... the measures went nowhere in the Democrat-controlled Assembly.


Horrigan says plans for North County Water District moving foward...

Plans to form a North County Water District are moving onto the next step... but, without the village of Fredonia.  That from Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan... who announced the decision at a meeting of the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation late this past week.  Horrigan says that they are very close to reaching an agreement with the city of Dunkirk to become the sole provider of water... at least for now.  Horrigan says the supplier will be the city of Dunkirk for now.  He says all sides still part of the agreement are "very, very close" on a final agreement.  Horrigan says they will keep door open for the village of Fredonia to join as a secondary supplier down the road, if an agreement is reached.  He says the current measure will allow the municipalities involved to form the district, get it adopted by the county legislature, and get the financing in place.  However... Horrigan adds they will continue talking with Fredonia officials.


County Fair tickets now on sale...

The Chautauqua County Fair opens two weeks from today... but, Fair Board President, Dave Wilson says people who buy tickets now will save $4 on the price of admission.  Presale tickets will be $6 a piece.  Once the Fair opens July 27... tickets will be $10 each.  Pre-sale tickets are available at a variety of locations including many Tops Markets, Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union offices, Brigiotta's, Peterson Farm and Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union offices.  Dave Wilson says they've got a great lineup for the grandstand shows this year with a car stunt show, tractor pull, bullriding, and there'll be demolition derbies on Tuesday and Sunday of fair week.  Wilson also says the barns will be full of animals, even though live chickens have been prohibited by the state due to fear of Avian Flu.

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News Headlines for Fri., July 10, 2015

Cuomo, Senate Republicans, agree to changes in SAFE Act...

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration and state Senate Republicans have agreed to changes in gun control laws enacted after the 2012 Connecticut school massacre.  Republican Senator James Seward, a critic of the so-called ``SAFE Act,'' said Friday a moratorium on Internet sales of ammunition will be lifted and development of a statewide database requiring background checks for ammunition buyers is being suspended.  The head of the state police has said technology needed for the database doesn't exist, for now.  That's according to an agreement signed by Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, a Republican, and top Cuomo aide Jim Malatras.  The Democratic governor has resisted calls to change what he considers a signature achievement.  Democratic State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie calls the agreement ``an ill-advised end run'' around the legislation.


Teresi says complete resurfacing of Foote Avenue in city to begin Monday with state DOT prep work...

The state Department of Transportion will begin a $2.3-million resurfacing project on Foote Avenue... and, Foote Avenue extension in Jamestown... and, the town of Kiantone next Monday.  That from DOT Spokesman Dan Peskey in Buffalo... who says the initial work involves the replacing 34 curb ramps.  Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says they're pleased the DOT added the one-and-a-half mile section of Foote Avenue to an already-planned project to reconstruct Foote Avenue Extension from the city line to Route 62 in Kiantone.  He says the city has completed it's work... which included cleaning out the storm drains, and repairing several drop-inlets and catch basins.  Peskey says they have some other early prep work to do before the mill and overlay begins later in July.  He says the general contractor... Lakeshore Paving... will be handling that.  The city section of Foote Avenue completely deteriorated after just four-years.  Teresi says the pavement should have lasted at least 7 to 10 years.  He made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group Stations.


Young applauds state hiring of Questar to be new vendor for statewide Math and English assessments...

State Senator Cathy Young is among those who are "cheering" the decision by the state Education Department to go with a new vendor to develop statewide Math and English assessments.  Those assessments are part of the  Common Core curriculum that's been implemented for third through eighth-graders.  Young says a new contract with the previous vendor, Pearson, was rejected... due mainly to what she called "out of touch" testing materials.  The state Education Department late yesterday awarded a five-year, $44-million contract to Questar Assessment.  Young says the Senate - quote - "successfully pushed for Common Core changes at the end of session.  Testing is reduced and a content review committee will review exam questions to make sure they are age appropriate."  The Olean Republican says the gag order on teachers regarding test questions has been lifted. 


Democratic Mayoral Primary assured in Dunkirk...
There will be a Democrat primary for mayor in the city of Dunkirk this Fall.  The Chautauqua County Board of Elections has confirmed that petitions have been filed by both incumbent A-J Dolce... and Councilman at Large Willie Rosas, who received the endorsement of the city's Democratic Committee.  Mayor Dolce says he is looking forward to the challenge.  Dolce says he turned in about 450 signatures on petitions Wednesday, and he thanked everyone who circulated and signed them.  Rosas says he expected a primary challenge from Dolce because the incumbant said he would do that.  But... he adds that now Democrats in Dunkirk "have a choice."  Rosas received the endorsement over Dolce during a City Democratic Committee meeting back on May 28. The primary will be held on Sept. 10, with voting from Noon to 9 p.m.


 

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News Headline for Thurs., July 9, 2015

Flash Flood Watch in place for Jamestown-area through mid-evening...

The National Weather Service is continuing a Flash Flood Watch for a portion of Western New York including Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.  The weather service says it'll run from now until 8 PM tonight.  Forecaster David Church says a storm system will be approaching the area... and, bringing with it a lot of moisture during the day today.  Church says low pressure has tracked into the area from the Ohio Valley, bringing large amounts of rain with it.  He says 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected from mid morning through early evening with local amounts of over 2 inches.  He adds you'll want to keep an eye on local creeks and streams and poor drainage areas... and, remember that flooding could be possible.  Church says if you see water rising around the area you're at -- move to higher ground -- and a place of safety.  The heavy rain should be ending this evening.


Carroll Town Police Chief put on administrative leave as assault case against him moves through court...

The Carroll Town Police chief has been put on 60-day Administrative Leave after an assault charge was placed against him late last week by State Police.  Town Supervisor Jack Jones says the town board approved the leave of absence for Timothy Wright following an executive session at Wednesday night's meeting.  Wright is accused of hitting his wife several times during a domestic incident back on April 5 in Cattaraugus County....  Jones says it was a "very difficult decision..." adding that -- professionally -- Wright's done good work.  He says it will be a paid leave.  Jones adds that the decision was made jointly with Wright... who felt the leave would take some pressure off the town... and, allow him to move forward on this "personal matter..." without a media spotlight over them.  Wright was arrested back on July 3rd following an investigation into the incident... which occured in the town of Leon.  Jones says that part-time investigator James Curtis... who is also an officer in the town of Ellicott... will be Acting Chief during the interim.


City police looking for two men who allegedly burglarized eastside pizzeria... 
Police in Jamestown are asking for the public's help in trying to track down two men who allegedly stole cash and liquor from an East Second Street restaurant late Tuesday night.  City police say the break-in occured at Fresco's Pizza about 11:40 p.m.  They say the two white males, wearing partial masks... were caught on surveillance video.  Both were wearing t-shirts and shorts.  Investigators say they are trying to identify the men from evidence found at the scene... and, are asking for assistance in identifying the pair.  Anyone with information is asked to contact City Police at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477. 


Horrigan says plan in place to move onto next phase of getting all homes and other structures along Chautauqua Lake hooked into sewer service...

Chautauqua County is ready to move ahead with the next step in cutting a significant amount of sediment and chemical run-off into Chautauqua Lake.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says initial plans are in place to eliminate possible sewer run-off around the lake.  Horrigan says connecting all sewers around the lake to the existing systems will be a big part in eliminating the algae bloom problem that's been seen the past few years.  He says cutting down the weeds and blooms are a critical "economic generator" for the county's tourism industry.  Horrigan says the plan will require a significant amount of money... but, adds they are looking for grant monies to pick up a lot of the cost.  Horrigan says sewer plants around Chautauqua Lake are also in the process of trying to remove more phosphorous outake from their operations.  He adds that Chautauqua Lake has been in decent shape this year... mainly because of the amount of rain we had this Spring and early Summer.  Horrigan made his comments on this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the Media One Group stations.


Schumer pushing for defeat of amendment to Title-One education funding that could steer it away from New York state...

New York's senior U-S Senator is pushing hard to keep a bi-partisan amendment, which would change a federal school funding formula, from being approved.  New York Democrat Charles Schumer says he wants to block passage of the amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act... previously known as "No Child Left Behind."  During a conference call with media across the state yesterday... Schumer said the proposal would slash about $300-million in funding annually to 680 districts in New York state funding.  He says the proposal is a "real threat" to public school funding because it cuts funding for "high needs" districts -- like Jamestown -- that get Title-One funding.  He says there is a competing bill in the House.  Schumer says the district's in need in New York state are not just urban schools... but, many rural ones as well.


Falconer man arrested for allegedly soliciting a prostitute in Jamestown...

A Falconer man is charged with soliciting a prostitute after allegedly picking up a woman in Jamestown... then taking her to the village, where he would pay her for "sexual activities."  City Police accuse 67 year-old Larry Canaley with having sexual relations with the woman.  Officers say Canaley turned himself into Ellicott Town Police Tuesday night... and, he was arraigned in town court.  The Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force learned about the situation... and, investigated the alleged prostitution.  No drugs were reportedly involved.  Canaley was released pending a future court appearance.  Anyone with information on illegal activities involving Narcotics is asked to call the Task Force's tip line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

 

 

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News Update for Wed., July 8, 2015

Jamestown-native announces run for Congress...

A man who was born in Jamestown and raised in Randolph and was a top military aide for the Obama Adminstration has announced that he's running for Congress.  Former National Security Council Director of Defense Policy and Strategy John Plumb has announced his candidacy for the 23rd Congressional seat, currently held by incumbant Republican Tom Reed.  Plumb says he's running because he's heard from -- "too many families who feel Washington just isn't listening to the rural communities of Western New York, the Southern Tier, and the Finger Lake region."  The 45 year-old Plumb adds -- "they're right."  The current Naval Reserve Commander first served as a submarine officer in the Navy.  He tells the Buffalo News today that "I don't think he's represented the area very well."  Plumb cited Reed's vote to shut down the Department of Homeland Security in a budget dispute.

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WJTN News Headlines

The effort to implement an integrated sewer management plan for all of Chautauqua Lake is one of the top infrastructure projects for Congressman Tom Reed.  The Republican from Corning spoke about the project during his weekly conference call with area media Tuesday.  Reed says he is working closely with County Executive Vince Horrigan to identify possible federal funding for the projects involved. Reed says "sewering" the entire lake is one of his top priorities for the district.  He adds they've been in constant contact with county officials regarding the need for a "closed" sewer loop around Chautauqua Lake.  Horrigan says carrying out the plan would help reduce the amount of phosphorous going into the lake.

 

New York state's private colleges and universities have a new, affirmative sexual consent policy to combat campus sexual violence.  Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law Tuesday at New York University.  The bill includes a `yes means yes' definition of consent requiring a clear, affirmative agreement between partners.  It also creates a victim's bill of rights and boosts training for law enforcement, faculty and students.  Cuomo had made the policy a priority in the recently concluded legislative session, teaming up with pop artist Lady Gaga to write a supportive op-ed in Billboard Magazine.  The Democratic governor says the change is needed to combat an ``epidemic'' of sexual violence on the nation's college campuses.  The state's public schools adopted the policy last year.

 

Dozens of patients and caregivers rallied outside Governor Andrew Cuomo's office Tuesday to plead for early access to medical marijuana.  The group says the governor needs to take immediate action to sign a bill that provides marijuana for critically ill patients.  A year ago... the governor authorized medical marijuana in the state, but the program is still months away from beginning.  Retired police officer Barbara Jennerich said she may be forced to move to Colorado if Cuomo doesn't act soon.  Her two 6-year-old boys suffer from seizures and she said they need the marijuana to help. 

 

A Buffalo-area man is jailed without bail for allegedly breaking into a home in the town of French Creek late last week.  State Police in Jamestown say they took 31 year-old Ronald Smith of Cheektowaga into custody last Thursday following an investigation into the July 1st incident.  Troopers say the owner came home... and, surprised Smith... who escaped by jumping off the second-floor balcony.  Police later found and arrested Smith for second-degree burglary... and, Making a False Written Statement.  He was arraigned... and, sent to the county lock-up.

 


A Buffalo-firm has been hired by the city of Jamestown to do environmental consulting work in the city's Brownfield Opportunity Area... or "BOA."  The city council recently approved contracting with C-and-S Companies for 200-thousand dollars to assess the BOA... and, identify other possible brownfield areas that can be re-developed.  City Development Director Vince DeJoy says C-and-S had the best proposal to carry out the aplproximately 200-thousand dollars worth of work.  DeJoy says several potential development sites have already emerged... but, adds C-and-S will also help in finding others. DeJoy says C-and-S will be on board for phase-one and phase-two environmental assessments... which will inform developers what needs to be done to clean-up those locations so projects can begin.  He says this work is required by the U-S Environmental Protection Agency.  DeJoy says there are a "number of sites" that they are working on currently that were formerly used by many of the city's "legacy industries" in the past -- especially along the Chadakoin River.  DeJoy says the city's "BOA" encompasses more than 600-acres.

 

A noted expert on the raising of boys says children should be allowed to 'go out and play'.  Michael Thompson was Tuesday's Amphitheater lecturer at Chautauqua Institution.  Thompson believes the loss of neighborhood play deprives boys, in particular, of peer society.  He says our violent culture had led us to fearfully conclude boys play will de-sensitize them to violence. Thompson says true violence should always be stopped, but play should be permitted.  As a strategy for success for parents, Thompson recommends consulting boys on their own experience.  He says asking a boy "What do you think you're going to do?..." is an empowering way to face a challenge.  Thompson also believes parents need to keep engaging with their sons, even on difficult subjects like sex.

 

Police say a 35-year-old man is dead after he was accidentally shot by a handgun his friend had kept loaded and handy during the search for two escaped prison inmates.  Plattsburgh Police Chief Desmond Racicot (Rach-et) says James Kohl picked up his friend Derrick Young's handgun at Young's apartment early Sunday after a night of drinking to celebrate the Fourth of July.  Racicot says Young told Kohl to put it down and reached for the gun, which went off, killing Kohl.  Racicot said the gun was accessible because Young had kept it handy during the three-week hunt for escaped Clinton Correctional inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat.  Matt was shot dead by U.S. border patrol June 26 and Sweat was wounded and recaptured June 28.

 

The Office For The Aging Announces this year's distribution of Senior Farmer's Market coupon books.
Coupon books are being sold at twenty dollars. These coupon books come with five coupon books worth four dollars each. Coupons are accepted at designated Farmer's Markets,  a list of participating markets with their location and time will be dispersed with the coupon books.Coupons will be distributed at: Covenant Manor Apartments at 23 W. 3rd St. in Jamestown, right across form the Farmer's Market. on Thursday July 16 from noon to 3 p.m. or until books are gone. They will also be distributed at Dunkirk's Senior Center at 45 Cilffstar Court in Dunkirk, right next to the Farmer's Market, on Wednesday, July 15 from 9 am to 11:30 am or until books are gone. One coupon book allowed per household. To be qualified for the program for people over the age of 60 must follow the following criteria. For a single person household you must have a monthly income of $1815 or below. For a two person household you must have a income of $2,456 or below. And for a person of a three person household you must have and income of $3,098 or below. Seniors who wish to apply need to come in person and be prepared to show proof of age. For more information contact the Office for the Aging.

 

A city woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing nearly two-dozen DVDs and candy from a 7-11 store on Jamestown's southside.  City police were called to the Hazeltine Avenue store shortly before Midnight Monday on a report of a woman shoplifer.  Jamestown police responded... and, found a person matching the description of the suspect on Newland Avenue -- near Chautauqua Avenue.  An officer detained 34 year-old Julie Waterman so a witness could identify her.  Waterman allegedly tried to flee... but, was caught after a short foot pursuit.  She was positively identified... and, found with the stolen merchandise.  Waterman was charged with petty larceny... and, obstruction.  She was taken to the city jail pending arraignment.

 

BPU water customers on the north side of Jamestown should be on the look-out for discolored water today.  Water is off on Washington Street between Fluvanna Avenue and 18th Street while a water main is being repaired.  No time for completion of the work is known at this time.  Some discolored water may be seen in the downtown area as well as on the north side of the City. 

 


 

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News Headlines for Mon., July 6, 2015

City man seriously hurt in town of Ellicott crash...

A Jamestown man is being treated for serious injuries after his car struck another vehicle from behind... and, his car rolled over in a ditch in the town of Ellicott early Sunday night.  Ellicott Police say the 52 year-old man... who was not identified... was northbound on the Peck-Settlement Road shortly before 5 p.m.  Officers say the driver tried to pass a car in front of him... but, his vehicle struck the other car... and, it went into a ditch.  It then overturned.  Police say the man was flown by Starflight Helicopter from the scene to the Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA.  His condition was not available.  Ellicott police are continuing to investigate.


Jamestown man arrested for allegedly spying on, and taping women intimately in Wegman's Supermarket...

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly using a cell phone camera to photograph intimate areas of women shoppers -- without their knowledge -- in the Wegman's Supermarket in West Ellicott.  Town police say they were called to the scene on Fairmount Avenue on this past Saturday on a report of a suspicious male filming women inside the store.  Officers investigated... and, found that 33 year-old Daniel Bass, Junior of Prospect Street... was putting the cell phone inside a shopping basket while it was recording.  Bass was arraigned for second-degree unlawful surveillance... and, sent to the county jail on $2,000 bail.


Horrigan says budget process is underway in the county...

With a half-a-percent increase in the county's sales tax just a couple of steps away... the 2016 budget process is off to a solid start.  That from Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan... who says he met this past week with Budget Director Kitty Crow, and other members of the county's financial team to officially begin the effort.  Horrigan says they are also beginning to implement the recommendations of the county's Deficit Reduction Commission.  He says the sales tax increase tops the list.  One of the next ones is looking at consolidating local services... and, next is finding what services can be privatized.  However... Horrigan says he's not in a position to talk about those, yet.  Horrigan says that would be similar to what's been done over the past two years with the former Chautauqua County Home.  He says working with employee unions will also be part of the cost-cutting equation.  Once the sales tax increase from 7.5-to-8-percent is enacted... he says another goal of the commission will be attainable.  That's having a "structurally-balanced" budget.  Horrigan made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program.


Number of New York counties overriding state Tax Cap declining...

New York's comptroller reports that counties overriding New York's 2-percent property tax cap have declined steadily over four years from 15 to six.  First applied to local governments in 2012... the cap generally limits tax levy increases to 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower.  The report shows total collections in the 57 counties outside New York City increased from $5.13-billion in 2012 to $5.4 billion in 2015.  That's an overall increase of 5.3 percent.  Chautauqua County has been below the cap each year.  Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says if inflation keeps declining they'll have to tighten their budgets more.  Municipal boards can vote to override the caps. School districts need voter approval.  New York City is excluded.


County Mental Hygiene officials "thrilled" over extension of grant for Tapestry program...

A program that brings several agencies together to help troubled youth in Chautauqua County is being expanded for an additional three years.  Local Congressman Tom Reed late last week announced that the county Department of Mental Hygiene's "Tapestry Program" was awarded a one-million dollar grant by the U-S Department of Health and Human Services.  Mental Hygiene Director Pat Brinkman says they're thrilled to again be getting the grant... based on the initial seven-year, $9-million grant.  Brinkman says they used that initial grant as a "spring-board" to getting the extension.  She says Tapestry provides youth with counseling, suicide prevention and other resources.  She says federal officials have been impressed with both the collaboration... and, how efficiently they've been able to use the money.  Reed says the program "makes sure kids have access to the best possible chance for a quality of life, and provides them with the resources they need to thrive."  Brinkman says the need is still "tremendous..." both short and long-term.  Reed says the expansion of Tapestry's comprehensive wellness program will bring it to all county school districts.


Jamestown Garage fire destroys building, and car inside...

No one was hurt when fire broke out in a car being worked on in a garage on Jamestown's westside Sunday afternoon... and, destroyed the car, and garage.  City Fire Battalion Chief Roger Sigular says firefighters were called to the scene at 95 Hallock Street about 3 p.m., and, found the garage heavily-engulfed in flames.  Sigular says they were unable to save the garage, and a vehicle that was inside.  However... the home -- which was not attached -- was not damaged.  Sigular says the homeowner was working on the car... and, that apparently triggered the blaze.  He says firefighters were at the scene just over an hour.
 

 

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News Update w/Fireworks info., July 4, 2015

Carroll Town Police Chief arrested for alleged assault against wife...

The town of Carroll Police Chief has been accused of assaulting his wife three-months ago during a domestic incident that occured in Cattaraugus County.  State Police in Jamestown say they arrested 49 year-old Timothy Wright of Frewsburg Friday for third-degree assault while they were driving through the town of Leon last April 5th.  Troopers say Wright is accused of striking his wife several times, causing injuries.  Police say Wright was issued an appearance ticket for Leon Town Court... and, released pending a July 13th appearance at 7 p.m.

 

Fourth of July information -- including Fireworks...

There are a number of July 4th events, activities, and fireworks displays taking place today.  One of the big early events today was the annual Mayville Fourth of July Parade along Route 394.  This years' theme was "Four Score and Seven Years Ago: United We Stand."  Park activites begin at 12 Noon... an,d Skylighters of Western New York will put on the fireworks display at 10 p.m.
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In Lakewood... the annual Fourth of July Summerfest at Hartley Park began with the annual Firecracker 10-K Run.  Other activities in the Park began at 11 a.m.  Live music in the Park begins at 7 p.m. with "Smokehouse" performing... and, fireworks begin at 10 p.m.   Zambelli Fireworks of New Castle, Pennsylvania be again firing off the pyrotechnics.
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The other major parade in the region was in Warren, Pennsylvania this morning.  Activities at Betts Park run -- with music -- from 3 to 11 p.m.  There'll also be fireworks at 10 p.m.
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The annual fireworks show at the Dunkirk Pier will be held... beginning at dusk....

AND... there'll be fireworks at Midway State Park at 10:05 p.m. tonight...

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The annual Flarelighting around Chautauqua Lake will also take place at 10 p.m., put on by the Chautauqua Lake Association.  Flares are available at a number of locations.

 

Great Blue Heron Music Festival into second-day...

The 24th annual Great Blue Heron Music Festival's second-day is underway with some 32 bands, duets and soloists performing on three stages.  For more information, call 761-7190, or go on-line to info@greatblueheroin.com.

 

 

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News Headlines for Fri., July 3, 2015

Lakewood-Busti police looking for two suspects allegedly involved in Busti home Invasion...

Police in the Lakewood-area are looking for two people who allegedly committed a home-invasion robbery at the home of an elderly Busti couple early Wednesday morning.  Lakewood-Busti Police say the pair allegedly entered the house at 661 Pine Ridge Road about 7 a.m.  Officers say Lyle and Jenny McIntyre -- both 92 -- were sleeping in seperate rooms at the time.  Police say an unidentified health care aid had apparently left the door unlocked so her relief aid could get in.  However... authorities say the suspects entered the home and, restrained the aid... and, sole a safe box that contained Oxycontin, credit cards and a checkbook.  The robbers were last seen in a gray four-dour sedan headed towards Creek Road in Busti.   One is described as a thin, light skinned hispanic or black man who had an ace bandage around his face... and, a tatoo on hir right forearm.  There is no description of the other man.  The injured health care aid was treated at WCA Hospital and released.  The McIntyres were not hurt.  Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Lakewood-Busti Police at 763-9563.


Gerace urges motorists to be safe, and don't take chances this long, July 4th Weekend...

As millions of Americans hit the roads and highways during the holiday weekend... police across the state will be looking for drivers who drink and drive.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says his department will have extra patrols out and will be participating in a statewide crackdown.  Gerace says people can expect stepped-up enforcement of drunk driving laws.  He says the patrols will also be looking for distracted drivers, including those who use hand-held devices such as Smart phones.  He says using them while driving is "not a smart thing to do."  Governor Andrew Cuomo says the State Police will also join local law enforcement with increased patrols during the Fourth of July weekend from today -- through next Monday, July 6.


Local Sheriff also urges boaters to be safe this weekend...

Law enforcement will also be taking to the waters of Chautauqua County this Independence Day holiday weekend... and, authorities are encouraging folks to practice boating safety.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says the department's Marine Division will have a presence on both Lake Erie and Chautauqua Lake as well as some inland waterways including Cassadaga and Findley Lake.  He says one way to save a life is to use those personal floatation devices.  Gerace urges people to think safety, adding that things can happen in the "blink of an eye."  There have already been two fatal boating accidents on Chautauqua Lake this year.  Gerace adds it's also a good idea to avoid consuming any alcoholic beverages while taking that boat trip.


Nat. Comedy Park unveling during Thursday night ribbon-cutting...

'Comedy Center Park'... a project of the National Comedy Center was officially dedicated Thursday evening.  The park, at track level, behind the Gateway Station in Jamestown includes a large concrete patio, a walkable railroad crossing, and a grassy knoll that slopes down to the Chadakoin Riverwalk.  A new set of steps has also been built, from the parking lot at the west side of the station to the park.  Tom Benson, Chairman of the Comedy Center, told a crowd of more than a hundred people that completion of the park shows the world the Comedy Center is a 'real project'.  The $900,000 park was built entirely by private funds, with contributions from the Gebbie, Sheldon, Lenna, O'Shay, and Chautauqua Region Community Foundations... along with help from the Greater Jamestown Rotary Club.  While speaking at the dedication, Tom Benson, also addressed issues regarding rental of the train station itself.  He said, while the National Comedy Center will be leasing the station, there will be more opportunities for rental in the future... not fewer. 


Chautauqua Symphony opens season with tribute to two fallen members...

The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra opened its season Thursday night with a touching tribute to two members of the orchestra who died over the past year -- trombonist Vern Kagerise -- who succumbed to illness... and Mary Whittaker -- who was murdered at her home in Sherman just after the final concert in 2014.  As orchestra members entered the stage they placed white roses at the edge.  Chautauqua's Program Director Marty Merkley spoke to the large audience about the legacy of both musicians.  The orchestra dedicated its performance of Elgar's 'Enigma Variations' to Kagerise and Whittaker.  The concert was the first for new music director and principal conductor Rossen Millanov.  That post had been vacant for several years. 


Cause of Buffalo Street apartment house fire ruled accidental...

City fire investigators say the cause of a late afternoon apartment house fire Wednesday on Jamestown's eastside is accidental.  City Fire Battalion Chief Sam Salemme says a damaged electric cord to a box fan in the basement was the apparent cause of the blaze in the lower-level of the house at 257 Buffalo Street.  Salemme says crews were called to the scene about 4:05 p.m. Wednesday... and, were greeted by thick, black smoke when they arrived.  He says they soon learned the blaze was in the basement... and, had the fire out in about 15 minutes.  Salemme says fire damage was confined to the basement... but, adds there was smoke damage through-out the building.  Some residents called in the alarm using an old "box alarm."  He says there were "several" apartments inside.  No one was hurt.  An off-duty shift was called to the scene to assist.

 

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News Headlines for Thurs., July 2, 2015

Police search in Sugar Grove, PA regarding missing person's complaint finished... no other details released...

The search for leads and evidence in a missing person's case from the city of Jamestown has concluded just south of Sugar Grove, Pennsyvania.  However... police officials remain tight-lipped about what they were looking for, and what they found over the past three-days.  City Police Chief Harry Snellings says Jamestown police investigators... and, members of the county Sheriff's Department Forensics Team... concluded their work in a remote area on Jones Hill Road last night... and, were released from the scene.  Earlier... Snellings confirmed that they were back at the scene all day Wednesday after the FBI in Buffalo had received a 'sealed' search warrant for the location.


Cause of Buffalo Street Apartment House fire ruled accidental...

City fire investigators say the cause of a late afternoon apartment house fire Wednesday on Jamestown's eastside is accidental.  City Fire Battalion Chief Sam Salemme says a damaged electric cord to a box fan in the basement was the apparent cause of the lower-level house fire at 257 Buffalo Street.  Salemme says crews were called to the scene about 4:05 p.m. Wednesday... and, were greeted by thick, black smoke when they arrived.  He says they soon learned the blaze was in the basement... and, had the fire out in about 15 minutes.  Salemme says some tenants called in the alarm.  He says fire damage was confined to the basement... but, adds there was smoke damage through-out the building.  Crews were there about an hour-and-a-half.  Salemme says residents called in the alarm using an old "box alarm."  He says there were "several" apartments inside.  No one was hurt.  An off-duty shift was called to the scene to assist.


New security measures put in place at Dannemora prison in wake of escape by Matt, and Sweat...

A range of new security measures is being put in place at a maximum-security New York prison to close gaps exploited by two inmates who escaped last month.  The state corrections department says that searches of inmates' cells will be stepped up, staffing will be changed to ensure bed checks are more effective and security gates will be installed in the facility's tunnels.  It also announced that 30-year veteran Michael Kirkpatrick will be the new superintendent of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.  The previous superintendent and 11 other staff were put on paid leave Tuesday after an internal review of how David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped June 6th.  Matt was shot dead after a three-week manhunt. Sweat was shot and captured.


City business and elected leaders try new carrier at County Airport's service to Pittsburgh...

Local officials and business leaders were in Pittsburgh yesterday as part of what's called an "Air Exchange" program to learn about new commercial and tourism opportunities available through the County Airport's new air carrier.  The excursion from the the airport near Jamestown to Pittsburgh was headed up by the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce.  Chamber Coordinator Jason Toczydlowski says they're highlighting Sun Air's $29 flights both ways... and, attractions in Pittsburgh.  He says their tour with Pittsburgh Chamber officials includes visits to places like the Andy Warhol Museum.  He says a return trip from the Pittsburgh Chamber is in the works... where they can have lunch... and, take in sights like Chautauqua Institution, the Lucy-Desi Center of Comedy, and the Robert H. Jackson Center.  Toczydlowski says they and their Pittsburgh counterparts are highlighting Sun Air's low fares.  He adds they are also reviewing connecting opportunities from Jamestown that they'll promote.  For more information on Sun Air... go on-line to www.flysunairexpress.com.


Stateline cancels weekend racing, operator hopes to have insurance back in place ASAP...

There will be no racing Friday or Saturday nights at Stateline Speedway this week.  However... the head of Short Track Management -- which operates Stateline -- says he is working to resolve the insurance issue that's forced the cancellation of this weekend's program.  That was in the form of a communcation from Bill Catania, Junior to Media One Group Thursday afternoon.  Catania says he's working to get it insurance back in place for the rest of the season.  The announcement comes in the wake of two touring series that were to be part of both Friday and Saturday programs cancelling out.  The heads of both the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour... and, Patriot Sprint Car series... announced on their websites yesterday that when the speedway couldn't provide proof of insurance... they would not run.  In addition... the World of Outlaws Late Model Series announced in a press release that they have cancelled their show at Stateline Aug. 22. 

 

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News Bulletin for Thurs., July 2, 2015

(Update)Stateline Speedway cancels weekend racing shows while trying to get insurance back in place...

There will be no racing tomorrow night and Saturday night at Stateline Speedway.  However... the head of Short Track Management -- which operates Stateline -- says he is working to resolve the insurance issue that's forced the cancellation of this weekend's program.  That was in the form of a communcation from Bill Catania, Junior to Media One Group this afternoon.  Catania says he's working to get it insurance back in place for the rest of the season.  The announcement comes in the wake of two touring series that were to be part of both Friday and Saturday programs cancelling out.  The heads of both the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour... and, Patriot Sprint Car series... announced on their websites yesterday that when the speedway couldn't provide proof of insurance... they would not run.  In addition... the World of Outlaws Late Model Series announced in a press release that they have cancelled their show at Stateline Aug. 22. 

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A missing person's case from the city of Jamestown has taken local, state and federal police agencies across the state line into Warren County, Pennsylvania.  That much from officials with the FBI and Jamestown Police.  Chief Harry Snellings did confirm that city police investigators and the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department Forensics Team were in southern Sugar Grove Township much of the day Tuesday, following up on leads in the case.  Since the search has crossed state lines... the FBI is handling the case.  FBI Spokeswoman Maureen Dempsey from Buffalo would only tell the media that they were "executing a federal search warrant on this properly with our state, federal, and local partners."  Since the warrant is sealed... she said they couldn't talk about what they're looking for on Jones Hill Road.  New York and Pennsylvania State Police are also involved in the search.

 

A Jamestown man faces menacing charges for allegedly threatening some of his eastside neighbors with what was later determined to be a BB-gun.  City police were called to the scene at 20 Bush Street shortly before 4:30 Monday afternoon on a report of the man threatening other people.  Officers say two of the victims directed them to a place where four people were sitting... and, one fit the description of the suspect.  Police later detained 19 year-old Tyree Holland and secured the BB-gun... which looked like a rifle.  The victims say Holland came outside... and, allegedly pointed the gun at them while they were in a truck.  He was booked on two counts of second-degree menacing... and, released on bail.

 

A new state law will allow the use of sparklers and other small fireworks to help celebrate the Fourth of July, but only in certain counties.  The law was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo last fall... and, it included an 'opt in' provision.  That from Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley... who tells us that Chautauqua County chose not to 'opt in....' State officials say 30 counties across New York have exercised their options.  Foley says in Chautauqua County it is still illegal to possess fireworks, even those that are now allowed under the new law. I n counties where it’s legal... including Cattaraugus County... state law allows sales of the consumer fireworks from June 1st to July 5th.  There is another window for selling fireworks from December 26th to January 2nd. 

 

Officials say 12 more staffers at the New York prison where two killers escaped three weeks ago have been put on administrative leave -- including the prison's superintendent and his deputy in charge of security.  An official with knowledge of the move says Clinton Correctional Facility Superintendent Steven Racette and Deputy Superintendent Stephen Brown are among those on leave.

 

New York state returned a record, 427-million dollars in unclaimed funds last year to residents... and, the state Comptrollers office is urging people to again see if they are owed money.  State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli tells us his office is ready to again handle searches by residents to see if they are owed some of the 14-billion dollars total in unclaimed monies they have received.  DiNapoli says this is usually money from a financial institution that can't locate you for some reason or other. DiNapoli says... even if you don't believe you have money coming... it doesn't hurt to check.  He says you can do that on-line by either doing a Google search at New York State Comptroller's Office... or going on line to ocs-dot-state-dot-ny-dot-US.  DiNapoli says then just click on "unclaimed funds."  He says all you have to do is enter your name... and, if there's a matching name... you can get the check pretty quickly.  DiNapoli say there are 10-million dollars worth of unclaimed funds in Chautauqua County... and, about 5-million more in Cattaraugus County.

 

New York officials say 7.3-billion dollars is going to 25 networks of health care providers statewide to help overhaul the delivery of care and cut unneeded hospital visits.  Meanwhile, state health officials say average spending for the state's Medicaid patients has declined to $8,233 annually while enrollments rose by 500,000 to nearly one-third of the state's 19 million people.  Hospitals, physician groups and other providers are getting so-called Medicaid waivers to apply projected federal savings over five years to establish more outpatient clinics, reduce hospital beds, use electronic records and enable low-income patients to see doctors and psychologists in the same visit.  Funding ranges from $1.2 billion for the network which includes New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation to $187 million for the group that includes Adirondack Health Institute, Incorporated.  A total of 225-million dollars will go to the Southern Tier Rural Integrated Performing Provider System.

 

Last Friday's U-S Supreme Court ruling allowing Same Sex Marriage may ultimately put religious liberty in jeopardy... and, that will be the focus of a special forum in Jamestown next Monday night.  The Reverend Mel McGinness of the Kiantone Congregational Church... along with other local pastors... will host the program in the Community Room at the Prendergast Library in Jamestown beginning at 7 PM. McGinness says that, since the Supreme Court has redefined marriage, he's afraid it will also redefine religious liberty... forcing ministers that don't want to marry same sex couples to do so.  He says there's also fear that businesses owned by Christians that are in a marriage-related business -- but, don't believe in gay marriage -- will be forced to do so.

 

Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection are advising travelers to be prepared for increased traffic this week at border crossings in western and northern New York. Today is Canada Day, a national holiday north of the border, while Americans will be celebrating the Fourth of July on Saturday. U.S. Customs officials say they expect a major boost in border traffic this weekend and again next weekend. They're reminding travelers planning to cross the border during this period to expect delays and prepare accordingly. The border crossings in the Buffalo-Niagara region and at Champlain in northern New York are some of the busiest ports of entry along the entire U.S.-Canada border.

 

 

 

 

 

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